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Independents lack Interior play leads Duke to victory house community M. BASKETBALL

by Patton Callaway THE CHRONICLE

After three months of living within the house model, some independent students do not feel that the system fosters community within unaffiliated houses. The house model, implemented for the first time this year, aims to create equal opportunities for independent and affiliated students alike. Students are guaranteed a spot in their designated house for both their sophomore and junior years, said Joe Gonzalez, associate dean for Housing, Dining and Residence Life. “We felt that this model could increase and strengthen the residential community ties that students experience,” he added. “This could create a stronger sense of identity to their residential experience.” A goal of the house model is to create an identity within unaffiliated houses through student house leaders, he added. But some independent students do not feel a sense of community in their houses. “I don’t feel like I am a part of the house, but I also don’t feel like that’s a huge problem,” said Kilgo resident Zhou Fang, a sophomore. “When we have house council events, people come and just leave. It’s not very social, and it’s not fostering a community.”


Administration will consider changing the timing of house officer elections when re-evaluating the model at the end of the year, Gonzalez said. They concluded earlier this Fall, but moving elections to the Spring would allow houses to determine officers before the subsequent academic year. The house model was designed also to create an equitable solution for all students, whether independent or affiliated, but some students believe efforts to overcome division have had the opposite effect. “It’s depriving greeks from having a classic Duke experience on West Campus,” said Kilgo resident Taliya Golzar, a sophomore. “They’ve created a greek community somewhere else and segregated the Duke experience from them. No one should be forced to choose between those two defining experiences.” Before the house model, the majority of sophomores, both affiliated and independent, lived on West Campus while independent upperclassmen occupied 21 of the 27 houses on Central Campus, said Terry Lynch, associate dean for Central Campus. Beginning this year, affiliated groups live in 22 of the 27 houses on Central Campus,




Senior forward Mason Plumlee scored 19 points on 7-of-7 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Blue Devils’ exhibition game against Winston-Salem State Thursday night. by Brady Buck THE CHRONICLE

In recent years, Duke’s strength has been its prolific shooting from the perimeter. In Thursday night’s exhibition game against Division II Winston-Salem State, however, the Blue Devils’ interior post presence carried the team.


With the team shooting a paltry 1-for-17 from three-point range, Duke forwards Mason Plumlee and Amile Jefferson were forced to pick up the slack. And they delivered with 19 points and 13 points, respectively, to help the No. 8 Blue Devils earn a 69-45 victory in the team’s final preseason tune up.

“I don’t know if we broke a record for lowest 3-point percentage,” Blue Devil head coach Mike Krzyzewski said Jefferson, a 6-foot-8 freshman, brought some much needed energy to a game that lacked it, with the two teams combining for just 30 points midway through the SEE BASKETBALL ON PAGE 9

Student finds global food connections Exhibit captures Day by Elizabeth Djinis THE CHRONICLE


Graduate student Ashley Young, who is researching 19th-century food from the American South, shows off her cooking talents. She notes gumbo as a dish that combines several different cultures.

Q&A with policy adviser and Duke alum Katherine Haley Page 3

Graduate student Ashley Young is aiming to redefine what it means to be a foodie. Young’s current research—focusing specifically on the American South of the nineteenth century—aims to show how urban food markets impacted the era’s ethnic fusion of recipes. Analyzing the typical New Orleans dish, gumbo, she illustrates how various cultures intermingled to form the unique meal. “Food has always been globally connected,” Young, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in history, said. “Food is just that common denominator. Everyone eats.” Gumbo, she noted, represents SEE FOOD ON PAGE 5

of the Dead tradition by Jack Mercola THE CHRONICLE

Duke’s “Days of the Dead” photography exhibit communicates an un-American way of interacting with the deceased. As Americans and plenty of Duke students dressed in ghoulish and bewitched costumes to celebrate Halloween, Latinos and Latinas of Mexican descent prepared for their own midautumn tradition, said Jenny Snead Williams, co-curator of the “Days of the Dead” exhibit and executive director of the Latino/a Studies in the Global South certificate program. The exhibit features photographs


“You can’t tax your way to prosperity....” —Professor George Grody in a debate between Duke Democrats and Duke College Republicans. See Election Page page 2

and traditional wares of the Days of the Dead, a Mexican holiday celebrated on Nov. 1-2, during which families honor deceased ancestors through a variety of rituals. Snead Williams, who was also a photographer for the project, said the exhibit should not only inform its viewers about the community and culture surrounding the Days of the Dead, but also teach about the migration of the holiday into Americana—a culture she said makes discussion of death almost taboo. SEE DEAD ON PAGE 4

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Election 2012 OBAMA





The proposition that you can cut your way back to prosperity... austerity doesn’t work. Its killing Greece. That’s why its economy is tanking.” —History and public policy professor Gunther Peck supporting Duke Democrats in a debate with Duke College Republicans


A debate between Duke’s parties


“You can’t tax your way to prosperity, either. You take money out of the hands of people who make choices and put it in the hands of a central government who aren’t able to make the right choices.”





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Nov. 3 — Early voting closes at 3:00 p.m.

Nov. 3 — Romney hosts rally at Colorado Springs Municipal Airport Nov. 6 — Both candidates wait with bated breath as the final votes are tallied.

—Markets and management studies professor George Grody in response, supporting the Duke College Republicans






“The election will take care of itself next week. Right now our number one priority is to make sure that we are saving lives...and that we respond as quickly as possible to get the economy back on track.” —Obama, who some said needed the commander-in-chief moment that Hurricane Sandy provided just a few days before Election Day. “Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even further, and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better. —Romney, whose campaign said early Monday morning that he stands behind this 2011 statement when asked during a debate if he supported cutting disaster relief.




Las Vegas, Nev. Nov. 1 —“I know what real change looks like, because I fought for it,” President Obama said before a crowd of supporters at a campaign event at the Cheyenne Sports Complex.

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Green Bay, Wis. Nov. 1 —“But we’ve also been inspired these past few days—because when disaster strikes, we see America at its best. There are no Democrats or Republicans during a storm, there are just fellow Americans,” Obama said at a campaign event at Austin Straubel International Airport. Despite the 36 degree weather, 2,600 supporters came out.

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Nov. 1 —“We don’t need to order up some binders to find some talented, driven young women who are ready to work right now,” Obama said at a rally attended by an estimated 6,000 supporters.

Nov. 1 —“He has a campaign slogan which is Forward. I saw the signs out front, Forward. I think forewarned is a better word,” Romney said to a crowd of thousands chanting “five more days” at an event.

Junior Daniel Strunk, N.C. Young Americans for Romney college manager, shares his opinion at a debate between Duke Democrats and Duke College Republicans. Duke Democrats and Duke College Republicans went head to head Thursday to debate the issues on behalf of their chosen candidates. Seniors Elena Botella, Harry Liberman and Samantha Lachman, along with Gunther Peck, Fred W. Shaffer associate professor of history and public policy, represented the Democrats. Senior Rebecca Jeffries and juniors Daniel Strunk and Taylor Imperiale, with George Grody, visiting associate professor of markets and management studies, spoke for the Republicans. Jeffries criticized President Barack Obama for not following through on his promises. She cited continued high unemployment, high budget deficits and Iran coming four years closer to a nuclear weapon as examples of failed policies by Obama. “We’ve heard the president give excuses for his disappointments, but we haven’t heard him offer an explicit plan or concrete ideas detailing how the next four years would be any different from the last four,” Jeffries said. Liberman countered that Obama took office in a time of financial crisis and “stopped the bleeding,” he added more private sector jobs than the Bush administration and ended the war in Iraq. The debate, moderated by economics professor Connel Fullenkamp, shifted to specific issues. On immigration, Strunk said that Mitt Romney supports giving a green card to foreign students in the United

States to encourage them to stay. “Romney is captive of a radically conservative Republican party that is not in any way serious about offering fundamental immigration reform. This is the candidate who called for voluntary deportation to solve the immigration problem during the primaries—he is now backtracking from that and it does not show moral leadership,” Peck responded. On balancing the budget, Liberman argued that closing budget gap requires raising revenue and cutting spending. Strunk countered that Obama showed a lack of commitment to budget reform when he did not pass the Erskine Bowles proposal when he had the chance. When Fullenkamp asked the contestants whether there is a right to health care, Botella responded that not every medical procedure should be considered a right, but that a society that keeps its citizens healthy will be stronger than one that does not. Strunk said that what Republicans want is a society where everyone has access to a doctor and is able to determine what they want for their care. Botella noted that tuition has risen as states cut back on funding for colleges, but that Obama has taken steps to counter the trend by providing more funding for Pell grants and cutting out the middle man in federal student loans. “The best form of financial aid to pay off student debt after graduation is a job,” Strunk rebutted.


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Duke grad advises House speaker on policy Katherine Haley, Trinity ’00, has served as staffer for House and Senate members and committees on Capitol Hill, and now serves as policy advisor to House Speaker John Boehner. Haley has worked on legislation such as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Indian Child Welfare Act and the federal budget. On her way to Ohio to wrap up campaigning for the Republican Party’s 2012 election bid, Haley took some time off to speak to The Chronicle’s Pi Praveen about her life at and after Duke.


The Chronicle: You’ve been in politics for many years—what would you say is the most rewarding part of your career so far? Katherine Haley: The most rewarding aspect of my career has been meeting remarkable people from all over the country and different parts of the world who have unbelievable stories. They are men and women who are training at-risk youth for jobs, offering innovative solutions to increase access to health care, leading schools that are revolutionizing K-12 education and witnessing HIV/AIDS patients in Zambia have a new lease on life. I’m honored to have been a part of some wonderful legislative teams, working with some outstanding policy experts and developing legislation that has been signed into law.


Katherine Haley, Trinity ’00, is now the policy adviser to House Speaker John Boehner. TC: How do you think Duke prepared you for your career as a policy adviser to House Speaker John Boehner? KH: Duke is a melting pot of people, ideas and opportunities— it is hard to pick just one thing that helped prepare me. It is also a place that encouraged faith, reflection, perseverance, adventure, hard work and fun—elements that I have found throughout my career. I was a member of Duke Student Government, which gave me opportunities to see the inner workings of Duke Stores and dining services. I was an active member of LEAPS—the service

learning program that gave students tangible opportunities to apply the theories they learned in the classroom. Like many Duke students, I spent a lot of time at the Duke Medical Center volunteering as a patient advocate and conducting clinical research— seeing men and women fight for their lives was inspiring. Serving as a line monitor for several years taught me how to diplomatically say ‘No’ when fans were trying to cut the men’s basketball line—I have to do this often in my current position. I am grateful for the faculty who gave me their time to brainstorm and think through the concepts we were learning in class. Today, my mentors provide perspective, encouragement and a platform to contemplate the legislative issues facing Congress. Finally, the friendships I formed at Duke far surpass anything I could have imagined. These men and women have continued to provide love, support and accountability. TC: Having worked with Boehner for around four years now, what kind of relationship would you say you have with him? KH: It has been an honor to serve Speaker Boehner for nearly four years. I worked for him as minority leader and now as speaker. The speaker is a man for whom I have great respect—he is patient, kind, knowledgeable and very hard working. He believes in

his staff and we are motivated by a shared vision of ensuring our country’s freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution are protected. I advise Speaker Boehner on a range of issues, and he takes the points into consideration and acts accordingly. I’ve worked most closely with him on school choice, where we have seen thousands of students benefit from opportunity scholarships that have afforded them a choice in where they go to school. TC: Recent bipartisanship in the House and Senate has led to a lot of public backlash. What are your insights on the political climate in Washington over the past few years? KH: Speaker Boehner believes there is a difference between compromise and common ground. He believes it’s possible for members to find common ground with the other party without compromising on principle. One of his goals as speaker has been to create an environment in the House that is conducive to legislating in that fashion. It doesn’t always get headlines, but the House actually passed about three dozen jobs bills over the past two years, most of them with bipartisan support. We have many new members in Congress who are serving their first or second terms. All members come to Washington with a certain set of principles and have to learn to work within a system

of checks and balances. There is common ground between Republicans and Democrats, but members must learn to trust one another again and learn to work together. Congress is facing some very serious, significant issues, and there are very different philosophical beliefs in how to resolve them. Members will recognize that there is common ground to work together to solve very serious problems facing our country. TC: What are your thoughts on this election’s major issues? What have you done with regard to this election and its campaigns? KH: Jobs and the economy are the prevailing issues. Unemployment is way too high, and there is too much uncertainty for those trying to grow their businesses. In my personal time, I have volunteered for the Romney campaign in Virginia, and I will spend the waning days of the election in Ohio helping to get out the vote for all of our Republican candidates. TC: With so many successes behind you and undoubtedly many more to come, what are your hopes for the future? KH: I was pre-med at Duke and thought I would be a surgeon. While I applied to medical school, I thought it would be fun to work on Capitol Hill because SEE HALEY ON PAGE 6







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DEAD from page 1 “The exhibit is as much about the U.S. experience and transformation as it is about Mexican roots,� she said. “On a larger scale, the examination of how others remember and connect to deceased loved ones prods us to consider our own societal tendencies to push death aside and keep it quiet.� “Days of the Dead,� housed in the Friedl Building on East Campus until Nov. 6, was forged in a joint effort by faculty and students, Snead Williams added. It includes photography and a few video features that highlight the rituals of the postmortem holiday. The photographs span three contiguous walls and chronicle the full-day tradition from morning preparations to late-night celebration. Many of the pieces feature human subjects—young children, adults, the elderly, priests and families, some dressed in colorful garb with their faces painted to resemble sugar skulls. Snead Williams and co-curator Bill Bamberger were among a group of photographers who travelled to Oaxaca, Mexico last year during the holiday. Oaxaca is rich with traditional Days of the Dead celebration because the southern Mexican state was among the least affected by Catholic pressures to diminish traditional pagan practices, Snead Williams said. Thus, the group was able to capture the height of the holiday in its photographic series. “We came to appreciate how deeply rooted the Days of the Dead celebration is in the lives of the communities that hosted us,� Bamberger said. “As curators... we were looking for photographs that were informational, telling the story of the Days of the Dead celebration, but

also for images that depicted the spiritual, sensory and familial qualities of the celebration.� Bamberger, an instructor in the Center for Documentary Studies, recalled the customs he and the photographers experienced in their stay in Oaxaca, emphasizing the visit they made to the famed Xococotlan cemetery on a night of celebration. He said the warmth and liveliness of the host families are evident in the photographs. “As families gathered at the graveside for all-night vigils to honor deceased loved ones, our photographers were invited to join in the family circles,� Bamberger said. “In these intimate gatherings, stories were shared along with food and drink. The resulting photographs bear witness to the warmth and intimacy of these night-long gatherings and capture the beautiful quality of candlelight that illuminated the elaborate decorations adorning the graves.� In addition to the photography and video pieces, the “Days of the Dead� exhibit works to explain the integration of the holiday into American culture. Students from Mi Gente, Duke’s Latino student group, constructed an altar that serves as a centerpiece for Days of the Dead celebrations. As an homage to the lives of the deceased, the altar is adorned with candles, “bread of the dead,� framed pictures and prized possessions of ancestors. The altar is a meeting place for family members and their ancestors’ spirits during the Days of the Dead, Snead Williams said. “We decided to take part in this event because Days of the Dead is a prevalent and important holiday for some Latino cultures, particularly for Mexican and Mexican-American cultures,� Mi Gente co-President Birdie Rodriguez wrote in

an email Thursday. “We believe that this exhibit not only vibrantly adds a Latino cultural presence on campus, but also gives members of the Duke community to join the celebration.� Duke students also engaged the Durham community in designing the “Days of the Dead� exhibit. Students from Durham’s E.K. Powe Elementary School worked with the curators and Duke students to construct colorful tissue paper murals depicting a sugar skull and a customary “tree of life,� Snead Williams said. Some Powe students were accompanied by Duke students and given guided tours of the exhibit and later took tours of East Campus dormitories. Snead Williams said she was partly in-

spired to pursue this exhibit because her spouse has been very ill for a long period of time and has been on the verge of death more than once. She said the exhibit can encourage people not only to reconnect with the deceased, but also to widen their perspective on life and death. “I can tell you from personal experience as the wife and sometimes-caretaker of a critically health-challenged spouse, my outlook on life, what’s important and how much difficulty I can handle has benefitted from having to face death head on,� she said. “ Perhaps we would be better off as individuals and as a society if we all had life-or-death moments from time to time.�


Students look at a food display at a Day of the Dead celebration photo exhibit in the Jameson Gallery. The exhibit will run through Nov. 6.

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FOOD from page 1 the ideal mixture of cultures, combining key aspects of French cuisine—onion, celery and carrots—with bell peppers, exemplary of the Creole tradition, and okra, rooted in West African traditions. Young noted that her fervor for food and history was practically predetermined from birth. “My [topic of study] is a perfect marriage of my parents’ interests,” Young said. “My father was a high school history teacher, and my mother and aunt own a gourmet food business in Pittsburgh.” Still, her path to culinary history was lined with diverging trajectories. She entered freshman year at Yale University intending to major in evolutionary biology, but instead she underwent her own evolution. Young’s best friend at Yale, Sarah Dewey, witnessed her transformation firsthand and noted that it was an effect of her education. “She is the cardinal example I use when explaining the transformative quality of a liberal arts education to people—the opportunity to define oneself is always available, with the right initiative and love of learning” Dewey wrote in an email Thursday. “Ashley’s growth in college was a process of becoming who she is.” Although eventually settling on a history major, Young came upon her dissertation topic seemingly out-of-theblue. “One day, as I was looking at the internship database at Yale, I came upon the Southern Food and Beverage

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Museum [in New Orleans],” Young said. “I thought, huh? History and food, why not?” The experience changed her life, exposing her to the world of postbellum cookbooks and the subtle cultural ideology that lay within them. Thus, the idea for Young’s senior thesis was born. Abandoning her original topic on the American Revolution, she decided to explore all that Southern food culture had to offer. “The [cookbook] introductions just had racialized portrayals of black women who’d be working in the homes of white families, and they had conversations about the evolution of Creole cuisine,” Young said. “I wanted to unearth why these authors wrote about their food history in this way and why it was so imbibed with ethnic references and racial history.” Upon finishing her senior thesis, Young saw an opportunity to live out her childhood dream of getting a doctorate while expanding the ideas behind her dissertation with world-class professors, such as Laura Edwards, professor of history and Young’s current graduate advisor. Edwards was immediately impressed when she read Young’s dissertation proposal, noting the originality of her project. “She wanted to use food as a window on broad topics in U.S. history, such as economic development, conceptions of citizenship and American identity, race and ethnicity, and the development of the nation,” Edwards wrote in an email Thursday. “She brings her enthusiasm and her incredibly original way of looking at the past into the classroom.”



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Members of Duke Democrats argue their case in a debate with Duke College Republicans Thursday evening.


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HOUSE MODEL from page 1 leaving only three independent houses with residents. Two are currently unoccupied to provide space for students returning from studying abroad. “The ratio of unaffiliated students to affiliated students flip flopped overnight,” Lynch noted. “In regard to independents... their ability to connect with other students in their [Central Campus] building is something that we’re still trying to grow.” Junior Niel Lebeck lives in JAM! section on Central Campus, but he is not a member of the group. He said there is a sense of community within the selective living group, though he does not know members very well. “I haven’t met many people in the SLG, but they’ve been pretty welcoming,” Lebeck said. “That’s more my fault than theirs.” Lebeck noted that it can be harder to develop a sense of community on Central Campus compared to West. Living on the same hall in a dormitory and sharing more communal space, such as bathrooms, may better

HALEY from page 3 it would help me learn the difference between Medicare and Medicaid. It has been ten years since my first internship and what an adventure. It’s unclear what is next, but I look forward to serving Speaker Boehner for the foreseeable future. We have a lot of work to do. TC: A large number of Duke’s students are, as always, pursuing degrees and internships in the political arena. With your experience, what advice would you impart to these students? KH: Interning on Capitol Hill is a won-


facilitate community building. Fang noted that other independents feel segregated from their unaffiliated friends on the same campus. The new model allows students to live in the same house for consecutive sophomore and junior years, an option not previously available to independents. But a guaranteed spot in a house for the next year is less important to students compared to living with a group whom they consider friends, Fang added. “The reason people like to live in section is not because it’s in the same place every year but because all of their friends get to live together,” he said. Residential administration receives feedback through informal conversations with students, especially house leaders and resident assistants, Gonzalez said. Toward the end of the year, HDRL will send out a formal survey for official student feedback. “Beginning in month three, my personal observation is that we’re off to a good start,” he added. “But we won’t know until the end of the year.”

derful way to learn the inner workings of Congress. Volunteering on a campaign is also a great way to see the political process and understand the grassroots part of politics. If a Duke student is seeking an internship or job, it is helpful to reach out to a campaign or congressional office for which you have a tie—you are from the member’s state, went to college in the district or you have family from a particular town. Members are looking for those who are empathic to the issues most important to their constituents. Of course, students should also reach out to the Duke network. A great friend from Duke is part of the reason I’m still working on Capitol Hill.

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Nobel Prize winner and professor Dr. Robert Lefkowitz speaks with President Richard Brodhead about scientific research and mentorship in Griffith Theater Thursday afternoon.

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Members of GlobeMed sell cupcakes and raffle tickets at their Cosy for a Cause event at the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture Thursday evening



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FRIDAY November 2, 2012

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Duke still Blue Devils fail to make their run seeking its Goliath

by Danielle Lazarus CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—Although Duke embraced its sixth seed in the ACC Tournament, the underdogs had their season finished by the Terrapins. No. 22 Duke fell 2-1 to No. 8 Maryland in a back-and-forth battle in Chapel Hill. With their loss in the quarterfinals, the Blue Devils’ season is finished. Maryland (15-4, 4-2) opened up the scoring in the eighth DUKE 1 minute with a goal by senior midfield2 MD er Megan Frazer to put Duke (7-11, 0-5 in the ACC) in a 1-0 hole. The Blue Devils were on the defensive side of the ball for the majority of the first half, and they did not penetrate Maryland’s side of the field until the 19th minute. The Terrapins’ tight defense, however, immediately cleared Duke out of the circle. But in the 29th minute, the Blue Devils’ offense came to life. Each of Duke’s first half shots and penalty corners came in the final six minutes of play. Their awakened offense evened them statistically with the more consistent Maryland offense, as each team ended the first half

by Daniel Carp THE CHRONICLE

Will the third time be the charm for Duke? In two games against ranked opponents this season, the Blue Devils have been manhandled by then-No. 25 StanNo. 10 ford and then-No. 11 Clem Florida State. After vs. being outscored in these two contests by Duke a combined score of 98-20, Duke will get Saturday, 7 p.m. a third shot at taking Wallace Wade Stadium down its first ranked opponent since 1994 when it hosts No. 10 Clemson at Wallace Wade Stadium Saturday at 7 p.m. Nine games into the season, the Blue Devils find themselves in unfamiliar territory—playing meaningful football late in KEVIN SHAMIEH/THE CHRONICLE


Devon Gagliardi scored Duke’s lone goal in Thursday’s 2-1 loss to Maryland in the ACC tournament.




Jefferson embraces his inner Crazie New season starts in Blacksburg by Jacob Levitt THE CHRONICLE

Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski often describes his team as a metaphorical fist, with five working as one unit infinitely greater than five individuals. For that to happen, a great team needs a glue guy who can play multiple positions, raise the energy level, and bring up the play of everyone around him. Whether this team becomes great re-

mains to be seen, but it appears to have a glue guy in Amile Jefferson. Krzyzewski praised Jefferson for having the two characteristics most associated with glue guys—energy and versatility. “Amile is that guy who doesn’t have a position. He plays the big [and the] perimeter,” Krzyzewski said. “But you know—you are watching the game—when he comes in, the life meter goes up. He is more enthusiastic than the crowd. He is not watch-

ing the game, he is playing the game, and he is playing the game with gusto.” But for Jefferson, the energy is something that comes naturally—contagious energy is as much a part of his identity as his lanky 7-foot-2 wingspan or ability to finish inside. “I know if I can get an offensive rebound and put it back, that will bring some energy on the offensive end,” Jefferson said. “On the defensive end if I get a block or a charge or a deflection, then that can bring the energy and that helps me to get comfortable…. That’s really what I do—try to get hyped—so when I do touch the ball it doesn’t feel strange or awkward. I’m just doing what I love to do.” Although Jefferson may have been more enthusiastic than the crowd, the two certainly had the effect of building one another up. Thursday night, he made several key plays to bring the crowd to a roaring crescendo. While Jefferson put up excellent statistics overall—13 points on 6-of-10 shooting with five rebounds and a block—his game was defined by sequences of hustle plays that helped Duke build momentum. In one such sequence with two minutes left in the first half, Jefferson prevented Winston-Salem State from ending a 20-3 run by blocking a layup attempt by the Rams’ Joe Thompson. On the ensuing inbound play, Jefferson’s dogged defense drew an offensive foul from the frustrated Thompson. After each play, Jefferson

The Blue Devils are doing things differently this season—and that starts with the Hokie Open. After months of wrestling their own teammates, Duke and more than 20 other teams will travel to Blacksburg, Va. Sunday for the first tournament of the season. Last year, most of the freshmen and sophomores participated in the less-competitive Citadel Open instead of the Hokie Open. Confident in his team’s talent and preparation, new head coach Glen Lanham is bringing the entire roster to Blacksburg. “Overall [Citadel] didn’t really do a lot for our guys,” Lanham said. “The competition at the Hokie Open is tougher, but the guys that we’re bringing in are at that level of competition.” The new coaching staff has breathed fresh life into the program, making key changes that will hopefully pay handsome dividends for the Blue Devils this season. “Our new coaching staff has really changed the way things are done,” Duke sophomore Brandon Gambucci said. “We’ve been doing individual workouts the last couple months. Everybody’s weight



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Freshman Amile Jefferson pumped up the crowd all night with athletic and energetic plays.

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Coming off an 106-point win, The Blue Devils Duke preps for next exhibition take on FSU in Disney World

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Duke has depth at all positions—and Tuesday’s exhibition game against Shaw in which seven Blue Devils scored 15 or more points certainly proved it. With Duke returning to the court for the team’s final exhibition game against Charlotte, N.C.’s Queens University, head coach Cheryl Nix and her Royals know what they are going to face at Cameron Indoor Stadium Sunday afternoon. “Our kids are realistic. They know what they’re walking into,” Nix said. “We talked about representing our program well and going in ready to compete. We’ve tried to put a lot of pressure on them in practice to prepare them. Our game plan is to limit turnovers, get easy baskets and box out.” Queens has a tall task ahead of it with Duke coming off a 138-32 rout against Shaw. Despite the Blue Devils’ early success on the court, head coach Joanne McCallie plans to focus on improving various defensive aspects of the team’s game. “We have to work defensively on a number of different things, including our communication on screens, getting over screens and being aggressive there,” McCallie said. “From the standpoint of our defense: more pressure on the ball. We have to work on denying the ball better and our help side has got to be better.” Queens will look to its lineup of veteran players to exploit any lapses in the Blue Devil defense. The Royals return junior post players Shonice Pettaway and Sarah Myatt who averaged 17.7 and 11.6 points per game last season, respectively. The duo racked up 12 double-doubles as Queens went on to 10-16 record overall. Senior guard Dyonna Battle, who averaged 10.1 points per game, will also play an important role for the team. With five newcomers, Queens hopes to play well in Conference Carolinas’ play throughout the upcoming campaign. As the Royals prepare for their upcoming matchup against Duke—and their debut in the South Atlantic Conference next season—Nix has stressed the importance of

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better defense and rebounding. “We’re trying to focus on stepping up our defense and being a more aggressive team, more fast paced in transition,” Nix said. “We’re really working on our full court defense, our transition. It’s also important that we block out and rebound the ball because that is something our program has struggled with in the past.” While Queens certainly has a tall task ahead of them against a team ranked third in the AP preseason poll, McCallie has stressed that the Blue Devils need to focus on

What’s next? They’re going to Disney World! The inaugural Disney Clay Court Invitational, hosted by Florida State, begins on Friday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. The tournament not only features top college talent from across the nation, but also eight of the top junior tennis players in the country. The Blue Devils are in for an exciting weekend, with all six Duke competitors playing both singles and doubles. Juniors Chris Mengel and Fred Saba will compete as a duo, along with freshmen Daniel McCall and Josh Levine. Sophomore Jason Tahir and freshman Michael Redlicki will compete as Duke’s final pair. Ranked No. 15 in preseason doubles, Saba and Mengel are ready to flex their muscles against other top doubles teams. “We complement each other’s game styles pretty well— we’re both athletic and we’re both pretty good friends,” Saba said. “It’s always a fun time when you’re playing with someone you’re close to.” Without the issue of pair compatibility to worry about, the Blue Devils can focus on their clay-court performance. The Blue Devils appear confident in their abilities to perform on clay, head coach Ramsey Smith said. They have spent a good amount time fine-tuning their playing styles to adjust to it and re-familiarizing themselves with the surface. “We have a lot of guys who grew up playing on clay,” he said. “It’s a nice change of pace for them to get something a little bit different.” Adjusting to the surface should not be a problem for Saba. The Florida native said that playing on clay reminds him of when he was a youngster growing up in south Florida. “I love it,” Saba said. “I used to train on it every day for




The Blue Devils need to focus on their defensive communication, Duke women’s basketball head coach Joanne P. McCallie said.

fromstaffreports: volleyball, women’s tennis and swimming Duke travels to Boston College and Maryland After playing seven of their last nine matches at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Blue Devils will travel up the East Coast this weekend to take on conference foes Boston College and Maryland. Duke (13-12, 4-9 ACC) faces the Eagles Friday night and then heads to College Park Sunday to meet the Terrapins. The Blue Devils hold a 13-1 advantage all-time against Boston College (10-15, 4-9 ACC), but fell to the Eagles in three sets earlier this season. Freshman outside hitter Katty Workman leads both the Eagles and the ACC, averaging 4.11 kills per set. In the win over Duke on Oct. 6., Workman posted 21 kills and only 5 errors, and sophomore setter Kellie Barnum dished out 36 assists. The Blue Devils are 40-25 all-time against Maryland (12-13, 3-10 ACC) after sweeping the Terrapins on Oct. 5. Sophomore outside hitter Ashleigh Crutcher paces the Maryland offense with 3.84 kills per set, the second-highest total in the ACC behind Boston College’s Workman. When Duke dropped Maryland in three sets in their ACC home opener earlier this year, sophomore outside hitter Jeme Obeime buoyed the Blue Devils with 12 kills and just one error. Freshman outside hitter Emily Sklar also added nine kills and only recorded two errors. Obeime leads Duke with 247 kills on the season. Despite a lingering ankle injury that has bothered her for much of ACC play, Sklar stands just six kills shy of Obeime on the year. The talented freshman recorded a career-high 20 kills in a comeback victory


Sophomore Jeme Obeime leads Duke in kills as the team heads to BC and Maryland this weekend. last Saturday against N.C. State. The Blue Devils recorded a season-high 17 blocks against the Wolfpack, including 11 from senior middle blocker Christiana Gray. The combination of Gray and junior middle blocker Chelsea Cook around the net has stifled Duke’s opponents as of late. Cook averages 1.14 blocks per set—the sixth highest total in the ACC. The Blue Devils will finish off their ACC home matches next week, facing off against Florida State Thursday and Miami Saturday.

Two Blue Devils go west for tournament Blue Devils Marianne Jodoin and Annie Mulholland are heading out west for a round-robin tournament, set to compete against both college rivals and the top junior players. Each will compete in the singles draw and the two will team up for the doubles draw when the three-day USTA Collegiate Invitational begins in Portland, Ore. Nov. 2. For the singles portion of the tournament, Jodoin and Mullholland each will play in round-robin style competition in groups that include two other college competitors and one junior competitor. The winner of each of the eight groups will advance to a single elimination draw Nov. 4. At No. 27 in the country, Jodoin is the second-highest ranked player in the tournament behind No. 9 Michigan’s Emina Bektas. After earning the WAC Player of the year award her freshman and sophomore years, the junior transfer from Fresno State has a 5-5 record as a Blue Devil in the fall season, and will open the tournament with a match against Georgia’s MacKenzie Craft. Mullholland, a sophomore, will face the nation’s No. 3 freshman—UCLA’s Kyle McPhillips —in her opening singles match. As a freshman, Mullholland was undefeated in ACC play and finished 19-7 overall in singles matches. The No. 107 player nationally, she is 4-4 so far this fall. As a doubles pairing, the Blue Devils will face McPhillips and fellow Bruin Skylar Morton.

Duke hosts second meet of the season The Blue Devils will return to Taishoff Aquatic Pavillion this Saturday for their second home meet of the season. They will compete against N.C. State and Miami’s women beginning at 11a.m. Duke has already faced off against N.C. State previously in the season at the AllNorth Carolina Invitational in Greensboro, N.C., where N.C. State took first on both the men’s and women’s sides. Duke will hope to continue its success in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, with junior Christine Wixted still undefeated this season in both. The men and women dominated both events last week at home against Florida State, UNC Wilmington and Virginia Tech. Senior Ben Hwang will also look to beat his current 50 freestyle personal record of 20.03 to secure the title of No. 1 sprinter in the nation. Although there were rumors that Olympic medalist divers Abby Johnston and Nick McCrory would compete this weekend, they will not return to official competition until later in the season.


Duke’s Ben Hwang will look to beat his current 50yard personal record of 20.03 this weekend.


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FOOTBALL from page 7 the year and fighting for a shot at an ACC Championship. “November football at night, that’s the first thought I have—I like that,” head coach David Cutcliffe said. “November football at night means television. Television means meaningful football games. It’s a very positive thing.” Following a 48-7 trouncing at the hands of the Seminoles last weekend, the Blue Devils (6-3, 3-2 in the ACC) will face a similar level of speed and talent this weekend when the Tigers come to town. Clemson (7-1, 4-1) has dangerous playmakers at the offensive skill positions, especially at wide receiver. “They have as many weapons as anybody in football,” Cutcliffe said. “They can run it, they have great receivers, their quarterback has played at a high level for quite some time now and they execute.” Junior DeAndre Hopkins has carried the Tiger offense this season, recording 58 receptions for 909 yards and 10 touchdowns. Sophomore Sammy Watkins has rejoined the lineup after missing time due to both a suspension and an injury. He made his presence known in Clemson’s 42-13 win against Wake Forest last week, dominating the Demon Deacons for eight catches, 202 yards and a touchdown. Protecting against big plays will be the key for the Blue Devils this weekend. After allowing Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel to throw for 282 yards on just eight completions last week, Duke faces another dual-threat quarterback in Clemson’s Tajh Boyd. The signal-caller is one of the main reasons that in their four consecutive victories, the Tigers have looked like they could be the best team in the ACC. “You’re not going to stop a team like

BASKETBALL from page 1 the first half. He was active defensively and finished at the rim exceptionally well, shooting 6-for-10 from the field. “Amile is that guy that doesn’t have a position,” Krzyzewski said. “But when he comes in, the life-meter goes up. He is more enthusiastic than the crowd.” Thursday’s contest was also the first action of the season for senior shooting guard Seth Curry, who has been hampered by a lower leg injury for about a month. The veteran only played 17 minutes and struggled to find his shooting touch, converting on only 1-of-9 attempts and finishing with four points. “I was excited being out there because I haven’t played 5-on-5 in about a month,” Curry said. “I just didn’t have a rhythm at all, but I am not worried about my jump shot.” To start the game, Duke was unable to find a consistent rhythm and only led 12-7 with 11:27 left in the first half. That soon changed when redshirt sophomore Alex Murphy got loose in the open court and delivered a thunderous slam at the 10:34 mark. Although it was Murphy’s lone bucket, the dunk gave the team some much-needed energy. Following Murphy’s dunk, the team’s defense picked up considerably, only giving up six points the rest of the half. The improvement defensively was a point of emphasis after surren-


Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins caught eight passes for 202 yards last week against Wake Forest. Clemson—you have to minimize the damage,” Cutcliffe said. “We have to minimize some of the big plays we gave up last week. We can’t afford to let that become a theme.” Boyd has not had much support from the Tigers’ offensive line this season. With

dering 87 points last week to Western Washington. The Blue Devils held the Rams to just 5-for-30 shooting from the field. Drawing a charge and blocking a shot, Jefferson’s intensity and play in the closing minutes of the half helped Duke build a 36-13 lead heading into the locker room. “First half, they did a very good job defending us and taking away our offensive sets,” Winston-Salem State head coach Bobby Collins said. “They are Duke. And they are long, athletic and strong, and it showed when we were trying to execute our plays.” Winston-Salem State responded by scoring the first four points to open the second half. Given their shooting woes from the perimeter, the Blue Devils continued to feed Plumlee in the post where he delivered consistently against the outsized Rams’ frontcourt. He finished 7-for-7 from the field. “Mason has been really good,” Krzyzewski said. “He has had 22 [points] and 11 [rebounds], and 19 and 10 [in the two exhibition games]. That’s who he is. I think that’s the norm.” Despite its size advantage, Duke struggled to dominate the glass—only out-rebounding Winston-Salem State by two on the night—and was less successful in its half-court execution in the second half. Leading comfortably the entire second half, the Blue Devils regained some momentum when freshman guard Rasheed Sulaimon found a wide-open Jef-

18 sacks allowed this year, Clemson has given up more sacks than their defense has recorded. Duke’s defensive line will hope to put pressure on Boyd, but suffered a large blow last weekend against Florida State when defensive end Kenny Anunike

was injured. Anunike is listed as doubtful on this week’s injury report and likely will not be able to suit up against Clemson. Jordan DeWalt-Ondijo, Dezmond Johnson or Jonathan Woodruff will likely take his place on the defensive line. The Blue Devils’ most concerning injury from last week’s loss, however, will likely not affect this week’s matchup against Clemson. Quarterback Sean Renfree left last week’s game in the second quarter with a concussion, but has been cleared by team doctors to play against Clemson and is listed as probable on this week’s injury report. Although Renfree will likely be available for Saturday’s contest, no announcement has been made as to whether or not the redshirt senior will start. Backup Anthony Boone relieved Renfree against the Seminoles but struggled immensely, completing just 3-of-15 passes. Returning home to Wallace Wade Stadium, Duke hopes to get back to its winning ways in front of its home crowd. The Blue Devils are a perfect 5-0 at home and have followed each of their first two road losses with a home victory, two streaks they hope to extend against the Tigers. “We just want to protect our home turf,” defensive end Justin Foxx said. “We call it ‘Pride Rock.’ We want to protect our home field. Nobody wants to let somebody come into their house and beat them.” Duke continues to gain exposure on the national stage in its most successful season in two decades. Saturday’s game, which will air on ESPN2, will be the Blue Devils’ thirdconsecutive contest in front of a nationally televised audience. Duke’s matchup with the Tigers has also drawn attention from one of the ACC’s largest bowl contracts. With bowl bids to be extended in just under a month, a representative from the Chickfil-A Bowl will be on hand to scout the Blue Devils and Clemson this weekend.


Alex Murphy made just 1-of-6 shots Thursday night, he gave Duke a boost of energy with his fastbreak dunk in the first half. ferson under the rim, converting the three-point play after being fouled. The score gave Duke a 54-29 lead with 9:40 left in the game. Sulaimon, who finished with 12 points, dished to Jefferson for another bucket in the final minutes when the game was out of reach. The freshman duo’s chemistry and immediate impact thus far in the season has been one of the biggest stories, especially in light of the team’s

injuries. “Playing with Rasheed, being each others’ roommates… has really helped us to build a bond,” Jefferson said. In addition to its inability to control the boards, Duke was unable to sustain the first-half defensive effort, giving up 32 points, even though it largely neutralized the Rams’ most dangerous offensive weapon—guard Justin Glover, who scored nine points. Luckily for the Blue Devils,

Winston-Salem State also struggled to shoot the ball effectively, shooting 2-for-11 from 3-point range and 9-of-22 at the charity stripe, preventing them from ever coming within striking distance. On a night where starters Murphy and Ryan Kelly were very quiet, scoring only a combined seven points, the freshmen duo stepped up big to complement Plumlee anchoring the post. “I’m so glad we have those two guys,” Plumlee said.

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Brandon Gambucci, who tied for the team lead with 23 wins last season, will look to win at the Hokie Open, where he finished second last year.

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is under control, our conditioning’s great, technically we look better than we’ve ever looked [and] talent-wise we’re better than we’ve ever been.” Although the season has yet to begin, other programs around the country have already started to take note of the Blue Devils. “Coach Lanham is going to bring a new energy to Duke wrestling,” Virginia Tech head coach Kevin Dresser said. “He’s got a chance to have one of the best years in Duke wrestling.” In the Hokie Open, which will serve as a measuring stick, the Blue Devils hope to establish themselves as a legitimate national contender right from the get-go. The tournament will also showcase individual wrestlers’ strengths and weaknesses that need to be addressed before the start of the dual meet season. “It’s a really good indicator of where you’re at early in the season and what you’re ready to do, as well as what you need to improve on as far as managing your weight better, managing your diet or something along those lines,” Hokie senior Jarrod Garnett said. Additionally, it affords individual wrestlers a valuable opportunity to earn national recognition early in the season. “It really gets people’s names out there,” Gambucci said. “Personally it’s what got my name out there last year. There’s going to be a lot of ranked kids, which is an opportunity for other individuals to knock them off and jump in the rankings themselves.” Lanham believes that Duke will surprise a lot of people. Among the wrestlers that he thinks will make a statement in the tournament are Gambucci, senior Peter Terrezza and sophomore Tanner Hough. Terrezza recorded 19 victories last year, and Gambucci and Hough tied for the team lead in victories with 23 apiece. Hough became just the second true freshman in Blue Devil history to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Gambucci, who took second in the Hokie Open last season, is setting the bar high for both himself and his teammates Sunday. “Last year I ended up getting second so I’d like to win it this year,” he said. “We have high aspirations for it. We’re looking to get a ton of placers, a lot of champs.”

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FIELD HOCKEY from page 7 with six shots. The Blue Devils had three penalty corners to the Terrapins’ four. “Maryland put it on us in the beginning, and I think we were just absorbing,” head coach Pam Bustin said. “It wasn’t until we actually got a sense of what the tempo of the game was that we were able to step it up, turn it on and push it forward.” Duke was able to “turn it on” in the second half when redshirt junior midfielder Devon Gagliardi scored in the 42nd minute. Gagliardi’s eighth goal of the season tied the game for the Blue Devils on a play that began with junior midfielder Grace Christus’ breakaway down the left side of the field. “That goal was beautiful,” Bustin said. “That was exactly the attacking pattern and game plan we knew we could succeed with. It was just a matter of getting people in the right places and recognizing it at the right time.” Duke’s momentum was stunted in the 54th minute on a goal from Terrapin junior forward Jill Witmer. The goal forced Bustin to immediately call a timeout. “The timeout was just for us to get back to our basics,” Bustin said. “One thing our team needs to get better at is locking in with our mentality and staying on pace. I was a little short on time, though, because I was hoping to do it before [Maryland’s] goal went in.” After the goal, the Blue Devils were running out of time to tie the game up and keep their season alive. In the 71st minute, freshman defender Hannah Barreca replaced sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Blazing in a lastditch effort to galvanize Duke’s offense. Despite chances in Maryland’s circle and an incredible defensive stop by


Although Emmie Le Marchand leads Duke with goals this season, she was unable to find the back of the net Thursday against Maryland. junior defender Paula Heimbach on a Maryland penalty corner in the 75th minute, the Blue Devils were unable to convert. “We knew that if the chance came, we were going to have to [pull the goalkeeper],” Bustin said. “We had talked about it, and I’m really proud with the way we handled it.” There are many reasons to be “proud” of Duke and its season, but after its early exit from the tournament, the Blue Devils are stuck wondering what could have been. “I think we had a few more chances than the scoreboard

showed, and there were a couple of calls and corners that were pretty close, so we are disappointed,” junior forward Emmie Le Marchand said. Bustin, however, is already looking forward to next season. “Our kids are getting smarter. They’re growing, and they’re getting better,” Bustin said. “It’s too bad that the seniors don’t get another shot at being a better team again tomorrow, but time is precious. You have to take advantage of every chance you get to train and play, so hopefully that’s what the rest of the team does for next year.”

JEFFERSON from page 7 exhorted the Cameron Crazies to get to their feet. The small crowd on hand for the exhibition obliged in appreciation of Jefferson’s effort. And as much as the crowd loved Jefferson, the feeling proved to be mutual. Jefferson, a Philadelphia native who always speaks quickly, lights up and gushes about the Cameron Crazies when asked about his interaction with the crowd. “Growing up you hear about the Cameron Crazies and how much they impact the game. That’s amazing,” Jefferson said. “I’m just loving it. I love getting them into it, hearing them yell, cheer, feeling the floor shake. That’s getting the other team rattled, and I know that’s giving us an advantage because we’re used to that. We’re feeding on that.” When the regular season begins and Cameron Indoor Stadium really fills up, Jefferson will have even more energy on which to feed. YUMIAN DENG/THE CHRONICLE

With 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, freshman Amile Jefferson made a number of exciting plays that pumped up the Cameron Crazies.

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W. BASKETBALL from page 8 what they need to improve. “There is always more,” McCallie said. “You thought you played the greatest game. Once you watch film, you realize it wasn’t so great.”

Despite losing some players to unhealed injuries from last season, the Blue Devils know that they have the pieces to play well on the court. “We’re trying to make something special and it’s just going to come at different times,” McCallie said. “That’s the hand we drew.”

Pecht wins ACC Freshman of the Year


Fred Saba will play both singles and doubles, the latter with Chris Mengel as the No. 15 pair in the nation.

M. TENNIS from page 8 three to four hours a day, so no problem at all playing on it.” Similarly, Redlicki’s is looking forward to playing on the clay because many of his significant career wins have taken place on it. Martin Redlicki, Michael Redlicki’s 17-yearold brother and college prospect, will also compete in the tournament. He is currently ranked No. 12 in Boys 18’s by the USTA. “I’ve played against him in a tournament

twice, once when I was nine and the other when I was in 18,” Redlicki said. “Most importantly, I’m excited to see him and hopefully we’ll have a chance to play each other.” With the anticipation building, the Blue Devils have high hopes for great successes in this unique tournament. For some, it will be the last tournament of the fall. “I have high expectations for everyone on the team,” Redlicki said. “We have one of the best assembled squads in the country and if everyone is doing the best they can, the team should do quite well.”


With five goals and a team-high 11 assists, Cassie Pecht won the ACC Freshman of the Year award.






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Ensure study when abroad We support the adminis- response to demand that tration’s announcement of demonstrates itself through two new, Duke-sponsored an application process that study abroad programs can be competitive dependearlier this week, but urge ing upon the specific prothe University to continue gram. Without a doubt, this evaluating and experience fits addressing the into a global editorial deficit in acaDuke that demic rigor found in many looks to impart “knowledge of the approved abroad in the service of society” programs. Earlier this week, for a lot of students. Furadministrators approved thermore, Duke has mantwo new study abroad pro- aged to apply its innovative grams: Duke Neurohuman- and interdisciplinary stamp ities in Paris and Duke in to a handful of its recently Barcelona, a summer and launched study abroad profall semester program, re- grams. The new program in spectively. neurohumanities based in Almost one in two Duke Paris, the Global Semester students will study abroad Abroad that focuses on deduring their four years as an velopment in China and Inundergraduate. The expan- dia and Duke Intense Global sion of the Duke-sponsored are great examples of Duke programs is a commendable doing exactly that.

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But the efficacy of a study abroad program in accomplishing these tasks can rapidly decrease when it becomes, simply, an abroad program. It is our impression that, on average, the Duke-administered, or “Duke-in,” programs are not perfect, but they offer cultural and academic experiences that are very much superior to programs that carry the “Duke-approved” label. Either private companies or other universities coordinate the latter: Not only are the class requirements of a lower degree, but they also lack important cultural elements as well. For example, a Duke program is more likely to incorporate a homestay and guided visits to notable locations than

to house participants in an apartment complex for the entire semester. Understanding this, the Global Education Office for Undergraduates needs to use a more stringent standard when vetting the programs that qualify for “Duke-approved” status. Currently, this declaration grants too many free passes and devalues the Duke course to which the student applies the transfer credit. Students should receive credit for their work that they do abroad, whether they are on a Duke program or not, so long as the work meets the same standard that students meet on campus in Durham. We recognize that reducing the number of approved programs will likely reduce

the number of opportunities to study abroad. But doing so would empower the Global Education Office to focus on the reason why students want to study abroad and what they want to get out of the experience. This course of action will better connect high quality programs with students that want to be challenged by language, culture and academia away from Duke. Studying abroad should not be a semester off, and correspondingly, Duke should not award academic credit for an experience of the sort. We hold students and programs on campus to the high standards of an elite university, and we should hold our students and programs abroad to the same standard.

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t’ll just be a couple days of rain and wind. May- tioners. It is where I, and many other undergradube a power outage, we thought. ates at this University, hold our only memories of And the rain stopped. The wind slowed. But childhood and adolescence. The café whose waitwhat remains made history. ress knew your order before you enNow days after the unfathomtered. The spot where you parked able and unparalleled destruction your car to have a cup of coffee with of Hurricane Sandy, the Northeast your best friend, or the beach where is stagnantly saturated with salt water you kissed someone under the lifeand sand, waterlogged beyond recguard stand in the moonlight. Picognition. My home state, the Garden ture the most incredible and unState, New Jersey. A hurricane feels forgettable locations you grew up like more than a storm of rain and ashley camano in—and now imagine them swept wind and waves—it’s also a storm of away by the tide. going camando travesty and heartbreak unfurling The house you see on MTV, the over a single evening of darkness. beachfront property and the busI’m from New Jersey. You’re from Long Island tling boardwalk and the neon lights that burn or upstate New York or just outside of Philadel- against the black night sky—they were broken phia. Maybe Massachusetts or Maine. We are from and swept away and sand-covered. Ground zero the North. We are prone to mild seasons with the is filled with pools of stagnant water, and streets occasional heat surge or blizzard. We don’t do throughout the Northeast are scattered with telehurricanes—but we just did. phone poles, which form giant tic-tac-toe boards My home is a few miles inland in central New on the pavement. State police, local responders Jersey. It has withheld its identity and its history and the Coast Guard continue to conduct rescue as best as can be imagined—a few backyard trees missions, which unveil the frailty of human life as down, perhaps some shingles blown from the roof- the days pass. Casino Pier, the iconic amusement top. We are lucky. My parents are left without elec- park from Seaside Heights, N.J., is little more than tricity and heat still, unsure when the fallen power an entanglement of metal beams and wood shards lines and blown transformers will be repaired and breaking the currents that continue to mock the life can begin again. They are drinking coffee shores of New Jersey with their consistent and deboiled atop our propane-powered grill and eat- liberate waxing and waning. ing their umpteenth consecutive meal of peanut These widespread damages and the overbutter and jelly or dry cereal. We are a middle-of- whelming consideration of the next step are part the-road family in a safe neighborhood in a town of a surreal and somber experience for communiof fine reputation in perhaps the most widely rec- ties affected by this super storm—including comognizable beach region in northeastern America. munities that didn’t shelter but a drop of rain or Again we are the North—we don’t do hurricanes. feel but a breezy wind. Our Duke community— I didn’t realize I was homesick until I filtered filled with students hailing from New Jersey, New through all of the photos and news updates from York and other states on the path Sandy swept the storm. Facebook status updates asked if gas through—is undoubtedly affected by this incomstations were open anywhere nearby. Tweets bore parable storm. Thousands remain in allotted hashtags of that female name we’re tired of hear- shelters, and these people—regular people now ing or saying or answering to: Sandy. Instagram homeless or condemned from their own lives— photos were unfiltered and uncensored images of are slowly running out of gas, undergarments, devastated homes and towns, beaches and dunes food and clean water. indecipherable from streets and avenues. Water in This storm is both a reminder and a test, an places where water should never be. Boats blown acknowledgement that tragedy in improbable to land, and homes blown to pieces. Videos of jet- places is still possible and often uncontrollable skis skating over waterlogged streets, document- by humans. Americans will come together next ing the wreckage. New York City looks more like week and have the potential to create another pivVenice, replacing gondolas and singers with res- otal moment in our nation’s history. We will all be cue boats and 911 calls. Americans, no doubt, but in the wake of this devIt is unthinkable, unimaginable, to page astation at the hands of nature’s worst, we must all through the photos of destruction on the Jersey be of the North. shore. The water has receded since the storm made its unsolicited entrance, and in its departure Ashley Camano is a Trinity junior. Her column runs it has stripped New Jersey of its identity as a mecca every other Friday. You can follow Ashley on Twitter @ for sundrenched shore locals and excited vaca- camano4chron.


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don’t talk politics. As I mentioned in a previous column, might someday want to marry his or her partner. I’m not a I find that politics, along with religion, are topics that woman who needs to know that she has total control over can’t be debated. These conversations leave at least one all of her health decisions, including things like abortion person angrier than they were before, and meanwhile ev- and the option of in vitro fertilization. I’m not dependent eryone is still firm in their prior convictions. on Obamacare for health insurance. I’m Yet, while racking my brain for an idea for not a child who is aided in early learning this column, I realized that this was my last by networks like PBS. I’m not a teenager submission before the election next week. I who was brought to this country illegally, know that over the past several months the but has grown up here and wants to go two primary candidates have been poked, to college here. And I’m also not a stuprodded, dissected, praised and criticized dent relying on things like Pell Grants to by seemingly everyone with a microphone attend college. I’m not a member of the or a working Internet connection. I know 47 percent who, according to Romney, jordan siedell that virtually every person voting has already are “dependent upon government” and made up his or her mind (and I’m pretty words, lines and life see themselves as “victims.” I’m not any of sure that those people claiming to be “unthose things. decided” at the second debate only said so to get on TV). What I am is a seriously concerned individual who knows Yet I feel that if I let this election slip by unaddressed in this people that fit into those descriptions listed above. People space, I would inevitably regret my own silence, since this in my family, people who are my friends, people whom I election could shape a large part of how my life unfolds care about deeply. The same goes for you and your family over the next several years. and friends. I don’t know exactly how the economy would I will freely admit that I got caught up in the whirlwind of react to Romney’s tax cuts for everyone, or his $2 trillion hope and change that surrounded Barack Obama four years addition to the military budget that the Pentagon didn’t ago. Then again, it was hard not to, and I wasn’t alone. To ask for, or his closing of arbitrary loopholes that can’t be me, Obama seemed like someone uniquely suited to han- named yet because it’s cooler when they’re a secret. But dle the problems facing the country, mostly because he was Romney’s social policies would change the lives of people young, charismatic and, well, cool. My 18th birthday came we care about, and not for the better. That’s a fact, and a three days after he was inaugurated. I confess I didn’t think grim one at that. I can believe that either candidate’s ecoabout having to wait four years to finally cast my vote for the nomic plans and policies will eventually rescue us from the first time in a presidential election. At that time, I wasn’t wor- hole that the old policies and plans tossed us into. It’s imried about the future, only happy with the present. possible to believe, however, that Mitt Romney’s social poliTo say that things are different this time around would cies will lead this country to the place where it needs to be be an understatement of colossal proportions. This elec- in this day and age. tion season has been mostly characterized by petty sniping Broken down into the simplest terms possible, this elecand attacks on both sides, without either candidate offering tion is about two guys collecting votes to determine which a clear view forward. Obama has spent a large chunk of his one gets to live in a big white house and sign a bunch of campaign defending the actions of his first term adminis- documents and take pictures with winning sports teams. I tration while attempting to undercut Romney’s credibility. have no doubt that either of the candidates could handle At times, he has seemed overly arrogant, no more so than those three responsibilities with aplomb. One of them alduring the first debate, in which it often seemed as if he ready did. I can’t afford to pretend that that’s all there is to viewed the whole affair as unworthy of his time (this, of it, though. None of us can, because we all know better. The course, is a major reason why he lost). He didn’t accom- main reason why I cast my vote for Barack Obama is beplish everything he set out to do during his first term, and cause I’m not okay with a future in which some Americans going forward, I doubt he’ll able to accomplish all of his are left behind because of who they are. The only question goals for the next four years as well. So why should I stick left is, are you? with him? Why not Romney? After all, life for me under a Romney administration Jordan Siedell is a Trinity senior. His column runs every other probably wouldn’t be so bad. I’m not a gay individual who Friday. You can follow Jordan on Twitter @JSiedell.


Tis the season, my friends. The season to let loose and be wild. To take risks. To venture into the unknown. To geek out. ‘Tis the season of bookbagging. This biannual event is every nerd’s equivalent of Christmas morning. Okay, maybe not that extreme. It’s more like writing that cherished letter to Santa filled with all the wonderful classes you wish to take. You get to search through a giant catalog filled with thousands of tantalizing classes ripe for the choosing. addie navarro The options are endless and chocoholism the freedom is ours … unless you’re in Pratt. Sorry. Like Christmas morning, we get to wake up at the crack of dawn, click “Enroll” and then hold our breaths as we wait to see what Santa Clause and the bookbagging gods brought us this semester. It’s magical. I know I can’t be the only person on campus who feels this way about classes. As much as I despise the mid-semester blues (it’s a thing) and feel that I have a pile of work that reaches all the way up to my nose hairs, there’s something refreshing and exciting about bookbagging for next semester. It renews our sense of wonder and curiosity. It gives us hope for the future. “Why would anyone get excited about classes?” all you sad, tired and stressed-out people might ask. The answer is flow. A few years ago, a man with a crazily unpronounceable name published a book on the idea of flow. This man was named Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (MEE-hy CHEEK-sent-meHY-ee) and his book is called “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience.” In an interview with Wired Magazine, Csikszentmihalyi described the state of flow as “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.” This sounds mighty hard to do while texting. Or Facebooking. Or tweeting. Or Instagraming. Or Pinteresting. What Mr. C has introduced us to is an entirely new way to view our actions. We do some things for their external rewards (aka, being able to put it on a resume), but the activities that bring us the greatest sense of happiness and satisfaction are those that have intrinsic value. When our skill level is perfectly challenged by a certain activity—allowing us to completely lose ourselves in our work—that is when we have reached a state of flow. The key to achieving this wonderful state of existence is not just that we enjoy doing a certain activity, but that we are stimulated by it. We must engage in a task that we know to be possible, though it may be challenging. Being challenged is a good thing. It brings out a healthy sense of competitiveness and ambition (good thing we have no shortage of that here). Once we complete a difficult, but doable task, we get a huge happiness boost. Only then can we “feel part of something larger,” as Csikszentmihalyi puts it. Creativity is also surprisingly fundamental to our feelings of satisfaction in our lives. In Csikszentmihalyi words, “When we are involved in [creativity], we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life.” There you have it, Dad. Some justification for being an English major. This semester, I’ve taken a photography class that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with. Why? Because I experience flow when I’m in the darkroom developing photographs. Even if I mess something up, I know exactly how to complete the development process and this knowledge, together with the added bonus of getting to engage my creativity, lets me feel like I’m in the groove. Time flies. The ego falls away. My whole being is involved. For me, similar flow moments have occurred while playing tennis, reading a fascinating book or EVEN while taking an exam I knew I was prepared for. Anytime you lose yourself in an activity and walk away from it feeling satisfied. That, my friends, is flow. This bookbagging season, we should all be on the lookout for classes that could potentially give us a sense of flow. If we looked at classes as mechanisms for flow, they would be much more enjoyable. Papers and exams would be— dare I say it—fun? Maybe we won’t go that far, but it’s an optimistic goal worth striving for. Addie Navarro is a Trinity sophomore. Her column runs every other Friday.

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