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President Barack Obama prepares to make his victory speech on election night. by Jack Mercola THE CHRONICLE

This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation.

—Mitt Romney

After a primary and general election campaign that lasted more than a year, President Barack Obama won a second term more handily than some media and both presidential campaigns suggested in the week leading up to Election Day. At around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday evening, Fox News channel and CNN projected that Obama would win the hotly contested state of Ohio, awarding him enough electoral votes to exceed the 270 needed to clinch victory of the 2012 presidential election. In the subsequent two hours, as results continued to roll in, Obama was projected to win several other states that secured his re-election, and thousands of his supporters danced and cheered at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., the president’s national headquarters. As of 3 a.m. today, Obama had secured 303 electoral votes to Mitt Romney’s 206. Florida’s 29 electoral votes remained undeclared to either candidate—with 97 percent of precincts reporting, Obama held a slight 0.5 percent or approximately 46,000-vote lead on Romney. In Florida,

an automatic recount is provided if the margin of victory for either candidate is smaller than a half of a percentage point, so Florida’s electoral votes may remain unpledged until a recount is conducted. However, as Obama already surpassed the 270-electoral vote threshold, this will not have an effect on the election outcome. Some news media outlets predicted the Obama victory in the weeks leading up to

“We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America.” —President Barack Obama the election, but many made the claim that the race was about as close as it could possibly be. Both campaigns asserted their confidence heading into decision day. Obama’s victory proved fairly decisive, though. He was assumed to be the win-

ner very shortly after the West Coast polls closed. Obama said he shared a telephone conversation with Romney at around 12:30 a.m., in which Romney conceded the election and Obama congratulated his opponent on a hard-fought and “fierce” campaign. Although the crowd attending Obama’s 2012 acceptance speech was considerably smaller than the 2008 crowd that packed Chicago’s Grant Park, his supporters showed a familiar enthusiasm. Obama arrived behind the podium at around 12:35 a.m. CST, escorted by his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, and his two daughters Malia and Sasha Obama, who had grown considerably taller since the last time they celebrated their father’s victory. The president invoked two Americas— one of the past, imbued with the trying but successful history of building a working democracy, and another of the ideal future, refined by bipartisan cooperation, which he promised will be practiced in his second term. SEE OBAMA ON PAGE 6



Tears and cheers at Raleigh watch parties Democrat

Republican by Linda Yu THE CHRONICLE


Local Democrats cheers as results roll in, showing a victory for President Barack Obama at the N.C. Democratic Party watch party in Raleigh. by Carleigh Stiehm THE CHRONICLE

A night that began with hope ended with victory at the Democratic presidential election watch party in Raleigh Tuesday night. Democrats from all over North Carolina celebrated when President Barack Obama’s re-election was announced shortly after 11 p.m. But the night began with cautious supporters eagerly awaiting the election results. “I am definitely on edge,� said Richard Scott of Raleigh. “This isn’t the position that we had hoped to be in at this point.� The crowded ballroom was filled with supporters of different backgrounds, but everyone wore an “Obama 2012� sticker proudly. Some even turned the historically close election into a family affair. T.J. Cawley of Morrisville was concerned with getting his two children, Ryan and Shannon, home for bedtime. “They are very excited to come and see this big party to celebrate our president,� Cawley said. He added that he felt it was an important learning experience for his children, noting his own foray into local politics. “I ran for town council last year,�

Cawley said. “Even though I didn’t win, [Ryan and Shannon] really helped a lot during my campaign, and I think that they learned a lot about civic duty and American responsibility.� While some of the crowd engaged in heated conversations predicting the results of each state, the majority of the attendees surrounded two large projections in the front of the room. One screen displayed MSNBC’s election night coverage, and the other provided the real-time results of the congressional elections. Congressional hopeful Charles Malone was carefully watching this screen waiting to see the result of his election to represent the 13th Congressional District of North Carolina, describing the final moments before the announcement as “bittersweet.� “You spend so much time and effort campaigning and then all of the sudden it is over,� Malone said after losing his bid to Republican George Holding. “Either you have a new job tomorrow or you don’t.� Jeffrey Roberts of Clayton noted that Obama provided strong leadership to SEE DEM WATCH ON PAGE 7

Red jackets, ties, scarves and shawls. Long stemmed wineglass in hand. Two to four stickers: the rectangle Romney/ Ryan, the round ones with “Pat� in large font and maybe even the square “Barefoot for Senate.� People sporting such items filled the ballroom of the Raleigh Hilton Tuesday night for the North Carolina Republican Party election night party. Attendees watched the presidential election unfold on two large screens on each end of the room—one tuned to Fox News and the other to CBS. Party members mingled and bought drinks from the four cash bars in the ballroom and foyer. Red, white and blue balloons were suspended in a net above the ballroom floor. At around 8 p.m., with polls closing but still no definite results in swing states, North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes, Trinity ’67, called the group to order. He spoke on “working together to heal this land� and led the group in a brief prayer before inviting attendees to mingle. “I’m feeling pretty positive,� said Shirley Daniels, a campaign volunteer in a glittery red cap who carried an American flag and a signed Mitt Romney portrait to which she blew kisses. Reporters were also out in full force at the event. Not only had local news outlets set up in the back of the ballroom, half of a journalism class from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill floated throughout the crowd. Ferrel Guillory, a professor of journalism at UNC, explained that the other half of the class had gone to the Democratic watch party. “I’m just here doing my job,� he said, when asked about his political preference. The crowd periodically clapped when the screens showed Mitt Romney polling ahead in races. When former Charlotte


Local Republicans gather to watch election results. Although they lost the presidential race, GOP candidate Pat McCrory took the governor’s office. Mayor Pat McCrory was elected governor of North Carolina, the room burst into cheers. “We’re very excited [about McCrory]. He’ll be great for North Carolina,� said Phil Harvell of Raleigh. In regards to the national election, his wife Sharon added in a Southern drawl, “It’s going to be a squeaker—but we have high hopes.� Grant Fitzgerald of Raleigh was not as quite confident. “I think Obama’s going to win the national election, so that’s a bummer,� he said. However, Fitzgerald was in good spirits since his brother-in-law, Chad Barefoot, was elected to the state Senate by a wide margin that night. There were also quite a few young children running around the ballroom, each child papered in campaign stickers. Most, while aware that they were SEE REP WATCH ON PAGE 7









McCrory first NC Local results Butterfield cruises GOP gov in 20 years into another term by Margot Tuchler THE CHRONICLE

Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory was elected governor of North Carolina Tuesday. McCrory, a Republican, beat Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton for current Gov. Bev Perdue’s seat by a margin of 55 to 43 percent. The first Republican to win the seat in 20 years, McCrory has pledged to improve a North Pat McCrory Carolina economy that he says has slumped in the last five to 10 years and proposes to make some cuts to the state budget. Some critics argue that the cuts would hurt the state higher education system. The lieutenant governor race was not clearly decided by 3 a.m. Wednesday. Republican candidate Dan Forest declared victory with a lead of approximately 11,200 votes with all counties reporting, but Democratic candidate Linda Coleman had not conceded. McCrory thanked the people of North Carolina in his acceptance speech in Charlotte, adding that he looks forward to continuing to build a relationship

with the state for “at least” four years. “There’s a sense of urgency in this state right now,” McCrory said. “People are hurting right now. People are worried about their future. And that’s what we’re going to begin working on immediately.” McCrory also reached out to Dalton, noting that he was in his position four years ago. “I know exactly what he’s going through, and my heart is with him and his family,” McCrory said. “He works very hard, and I thank him for his service to our state.” Dalton said in his concession speech that he joined the race because of his love for North Carolina and its history, and noted that he is proud of what he has accomplished during his tenure as lieutenant governor. “We have fought the good fight under difficult circumstances,” Dalton said. “We have not lost, because we have been on the side of opportunity and progress for this state.” Dalton did not enter the race until January of this year, whereas McCrory—who lost the race for governor in 2008—started fundraising four years ago, said Ford

Governor: Pat McCrory (R) Lt. Governor: Dan Forest (R) Senate District 22: Mike Woodard (D) House District 33: Paul Luebke (D) Durham County Commissioners Brenda Howerton (D) Wendy Jacobs (D) Michael Page (D) Ellen Reckhow (D) Fred Foster (D) NC Supreme Court Assoc. Justice: Paul Newby NC Court Of Appeals Judges: Linda McGee Wanda Bryant Chris Dillon NC District Court Judge, District 14: Drew Marsh



“If You Build It…”

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RICHARD WHITE November 8th 4:30 p.m. Rm. 2231 French Family Sciences Center Duke University (West Campus) White is Professor of American History at Stanford University and a Pulitzer Prize nominated historian specializing in the history of the American west, environmental history and Native American history. He will explore the historical context of premature development and its inevitable environmental costs through the lens of the transcontinental railroads.

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by Tiffany Lieu THE CHRONICLE

Incumbent G.K. Butterfield was re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday. Butterfield handily defeated Republican Pete DiLauro and Libertarian Darryl Holloman to gain the House seat in North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. He has represented the district since 2004. Lee Baker Butter field won 75 percent of the district with 93 percent reporting, The Herald Sun reported. “Butterfield’s victory is not a surprise,” said Mac McCorkle, former Democratic political consultant and associate professor of the practice of public policy. Butterfield’s re-election will have positive impacts for the Duke community, McCorkle said. In a previous interview with The Chronicle, Butterfield said he understands the needs of students from middle to lower income families at Duke. He expressed interest in becoming more involved with student groups on campus and is making plans to visit the University.

He added that Duke students will be some of the nation’s future leaders and will help solve the challenges facing the country. Congressional redistricting shifted the University’s district positioning, changing its congressman from Democratic Rep. David Price, a Duke professor of political science and public policy, to Butterfield. Despite the shift, McCorkle remains optimistic. “It’s a blow to lose Price, but Butterfield will be sympathetic and a friend of Duke’s,” he said. Price won re-election to the 4th District, which he represented from 1987 to 1994 and again since 1997. The Duke community can expect continuity in the shift from Price to Butterfield, said senior Elena Botella, president of the College Democrats of North Carolina. “Butterfield and Price have had very similar voting records, so in that sense, much will stay the same for Duke students,” she wrote in an email Tuesday. McCorkle noted that during the congressional redistricting following the 2010 census—which expanded the 1st District to include Durham—Republican law-

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When I came to Duke, I didn’t think of myself as someone “interested� in politics. I was interested in policy, to be sure, but not in the nuts and bolts of how elected officials were chosen, and how those elected officials made decisions. This year, in the midst of the hullabaloo of the North Carolina Democratic watch party in downtown Raleigh, I did my best to sort out what was happening county by county, precinct by precinct. I am both and relieved and excited that President Obama will Elena Botella have another four years in office, and proud of my friends around the country who helped to re-elect him. And yet, I’m worried that President Obama won’t have good state governments to complement his policies. I’m worried especially about that here in North Carolina, where we lost the governorship and failed to take back the state House of Representatives or state Senate, both of which Republicans gained control of in 2010. I’m worried that budgets for our state’s schools, infrastructure and social services will continue to shrink. Although the private sector has created 4.5 million jobs

under President Obama, public sector employment is down since he took office, largely because of layoffs at the state level. I worry about our country because our constitution grants so much power to the states. But state and local newspapers are collapsing, civic institutions are weakening and knowledge and interest in these elections remain low. If Democrats had performed better in 2010 state legislative races, we’d have had much more favorable U.S. House districts in 2012, and the 113th Congress might have been as strong as the 111th—when we passed the Affordable Care Act, repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, expanded Pell Grants and almost all of Obama’s other signature accomplishments. Instead, it is likely that the two years ahead will continue to be characterized by gridlock between a Republican House and a Democratic Senate and White House. Obama deserved another term—his record on jobs and the economy in his 44 months in office far exceeded President Bush’s, and Obama has helped our nation deal with its biggest challenges, from the degradation of the environment, to the unnecessary scourge of medical uninsurance, which resulted in too many premature deaths. And yet, I retire for the night with mixed feelings.

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“regulate her vagina.� That was my first and last experience knocking on doors in Durham. But the other people I met were all incredible in their own way as well. A New Yorker interning for a local Republican office below the Mason-Dixon Line, I expected my days to be filled with caricatures of the old South—but instead I met so many wonderful individuals who touched my heart. I met men and women who were so dedicated to realizing their dreams for our country that they would do anything and everything possible in order to make a difference. I will never forget an elderly woman I met, also named Lia, whose eyesight was so bad that she could not read the buttons on the computer used to call volunteers from our local campaign office. I sat with her until she memorized all of the button sequences she needed to input voter data to the computer. It took a very long time, and I honestly don’t think I would have had the patience or willpower to do what she did. When Election Day rolled around, I thought it would be close, but my gut said Romney couldn’t pull it off. I tried to pretend I was feeling lucky, that my man was going to win big. But I was blindsided by the outcome in Florida. If you asked me on Nov. 5, I would have told you Romney was fighting for Virginia and Ohio in this election.

Apparently that was not the case. That day, the atmosphere in the Durham campaign office was so positive that I felt guilty having doubted my candidate prior to starting my shift. By the end of my workday, I thought we had a winner on our side. The volunteers’ winning attitude was infectious, and I remembered why I caught Romney fever in the first place. After four years of being promised hope, we all finally found someone who could deliver it. The election did not turn out how I had hoped, but I am proud to have been part of the effort to win North Carolina. Duke Students for Romney were not as noticeably vocal on campus as our Democratic counterparts, but we did our part. We organized voter registration drives and volunteer efforts—we knocked on doors and made calls. It may not have won us the White House, but it won us our state. And I am damn proud. I found myself on a futon writing this piece, my eyes welling with tears. I promised myself not to cry over boys, but it is not easy to work toward a goal for so long and feel the rug ripped out from under you. When you go through a breakup, your friends say that everything turns out for the best. And I know that this will... somehow. We have four more years with Obama, and I am going to start looking for the bright side.

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resultssoundoff On Election Day, Duke students gathered across campus to watch the outcome of the presidential election. From the Sanford School of Public Policy to The Loop, students held a variety of reactions to the course of the election night. The Chronicle’s Danielle Muoio spoke with students about the race and what President Barack Obama’s victory meant to them.

—Freshman Fred Heller, an independent voter at the Sanford watch party

people who voted—it’s a relief.” —Junior Audrey Adu-Appiah

“I feel like s**t right now.” —Freshman Nick Sam, on America’s indecisiveness on the candidates

“I was pretty happy mainly because environmental issues are important to me and I think Obama has clearer ideas on that.” —Sophomore Kevin Nikolaus

“I thought Obama won what he was supposed to. Not winning North Carolina seemed off, but other than that I was happy.” —Freshman Samit Patel, at the Sanford watch party

“I’m really surprised it’s been as close as it has been after some of the things Mitt Romney said after campaigning—I didn’t think it would be as close as it turned out to be. I was also surprised with Ohio—I thought it would be a Republican state this year.” —Kendall Strickland, an employee at The Loop

“I’m excited to be here with my peers. It’s great to see Duke students excited about the elections. I’m waiting to see how Ohio turns out since I’m from there and sent in my absentee ballot. I feel like it’s going to be close, but that Obama will pull it out for another four years.” —Junior Jacob Robinson, prior to the election results “I voted for Obama, but at the same time I’m not ecstatic either way. I feel more comfortable with Obama getting elected, but I’m not popping champagne.”

“I’m a resident of Florida but since both North Carolina and Florida are swing states, I voted here. It turns out Florida is closer, so I wish I had sent [an absentee ballot] in.” —Junior Sofia De Goytisolo “I’m thrilled. I was worried about how close this was going to be, but I am really happy and proud of all the

“I’m very excited about the work done here at Duke over the past several months to help re-elect the president. [Duke Democrats] are going crazy. Obama didn’t win North Carolina—that’s a bit of a disappointment, but it’s been an honor to be a part of this campaign.” —Sophomore David Winegar, president of Duke Democrats “It’s sad we lost North Carolina because we put passion and love in it, but what’s important is that we won the country and we got four more years to try and change the trajectory of the country. This is democracy at its best. It was completely grassroots—we did this.” —Senior Wilma Metcalf, who worked for the Obama headquarters in Raleigh this summer

Students brave cold to vote by Julian Spector THE CHRONICLE

Students who missed their opportunity to vote early on Duke’s campus journeyed through the cold for one last chance to cast their ballots Tuesday night. The 9,174 early ballots cast at Duke’s on-campus site did not include all eligible Duke students. Cars driven by members of Duke Democrats and a Charlene’s Safe Ride van ferried remaining voters to the polls from campus through-

out Election Day. Student voters joined other Durham residents in braving a chilly November day to play their part in the electoral process. Those living on West and Central Campuses headed to the voting site at W. I. Patterson Recreation Center, a cozy room ringed by hand-colored alphabet drawings and a blue and yellow construction paper welcome sign. Even with slightly more than an hour left, the after-work voting crowd filled

the line out to the doors. A total of 483 votes were cast at the precinct throughout the day. Sophomore Ahmed Suliman voted early, but he was at the site bringing a third round of friends to the polls. “It’s a civil right, so [people] need to take advantage of that,” he said. “A lot of students are like, ‘Oh I’m busy with a final. Oh I’ve got a test,’ but it only takes like half SEE POLLING ON PAGE 12


Local residents head to the polls on Election Day to cast their vote for president, as well as state and local offices.

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he Duke University Graduate School proudly presents the 2013 Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Mentoring to recognize the considerable efforts and accomplishments of faculty and graduate students who consistently serve as effective mentors. Designed to identify those in unityy the Graduate School community who embody both the letter and spirit of mentoring, these awards have taken D DEADLINE FOR R their place among the N NOMINATIONS: : university’s continuing November 15, efforts to cultivate a 2012 culture of mentoring.


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Duolingo: Learn a Language for Free While Helping to Translate the Web LUIS VON AHN A. NICO HABERMANN ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF COMPUTER SCIENCE, CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY The Web’s content is split into hundreds of languages. Professor von Ahn will introduce his project – Duolingo – which aims at breaking the language barrier and thus making the Web truly “world wide.”



Polls prompt some reliability concerns by Kristie Kim THE CHRONICLE

Discrepancies in state and national polling predictions raise questions about their reliability. In the final days of the presidential race, Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama remained roughly tied in nanews tional polls, while analysis state-by-state polls showed Obama leading in the Electoral College. The schism has prompted many to question the nature and methodology of various pollsters. In telephone surveys, factors such as polling voters via cell phones versus landlines, the wording of questions, the timing of the surveys and the relative sample size of respondents could impact the results’ accuracy, said Jiali Luo, assistant director of institutional research. According to a state poll released by Gravis Marketing Tuesday, Romney led Obama 50 to 46 percent at the start of election day. The national Gallup poll, however, showed Romney leading Obama by only 49 to 48 percent among registered voters Nov. 5. Both showed Romney winning, and yet ultimately, Obama was re-elected. “There are plenty of reasons why we should worry about polling methodologies,� said Sunshine Hillygus, associate professor of political science. “Given that the response rates [to polls] have been 10 percent, you have to wonder if there is a systematic bias in these popular polls.� An ‘imperfect’ method Telephone surveying is a main polling methodology. One of the current challenges, however, is the fact that a majority of people are abandoning landlines in favor of cell phones, Hillygus said. As a result, popular national pollsters, such as Pew Research Center, Fox News and ABC News, now collect two samples—the traditional landline sample and the cell phoneonly sample. Given that it is illegal to auto-dial—or use a computerized autodialer to send pre-recorded messages—a cell phone, reaching out to individuals using only cell phones has become an expensive endeavor, Hillygus said. It is an obstacle for many of the smaller pollsters, such as those on the state level, in accumulating more accurate and reliable data. Individuals who have both cell phones and landline phones are considered land-

line users for polling purposes. Such classification does not account for the fact that these voters primarily rely on their cell phones and may therefore neglect to answer their landlines, which could skew polling results. “It’s still an imperfect method,� she said. Because young adults and minorities are more likely to use cell phones, such sampling under-counts the younger, more Democratic-leaning vote, Hillygus said. “If we do not consider such factors carefully, the poll results can be quite misleading,� Luo wrote in an email Monday. Reliability Predictions of who will win based on national polls are more influenced by small amounts of error than predictions based on state polls, said Christopher Johnston, professor of political science. “[If] I had to place even money on either the state-based forecast or the national forecast, I would put my money on the state-based forecast,� he wrote in an email Monday. Johnston also attributed the reliability of the state-by-state polls to the homogeneous target populations of individual states and the frequency of swing state polls. “Swing state polls are conducted more often, and these are exactly the places where more information is helpful for reliably predicting the outcome,� he said. “ Our estimates might be more efficient on average for states where the election will be decided.� Hillygus noted, however, that nationallevel polls tend to be relatively more accurate and more reliable than state-level polls. “State-level polls tend to be less frequent and sample a smaller size pool, which leads to a lower-quality of data when compared to the national polls,� she said. The media environment that surrounded this year’s election was drastically different from that of four years ago, Hillygus said. One difference, she noted, is that organizations other than news media groups have conducted and sponsored their own polls, adding that some agencies—such as some entrepreneurial groups—are driven by personal motivations. Pundits and bloggers, for example, have also contributed to the skepticism about polling results, she said. “It’s unfortunate that polls have been criticized or praised on the basis of their results rather than on the basis of their methods,� she added.

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OBAMA from page 1 “Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward,� Obama said in his address, giving credit for his victory to voters, volunteers, his campaign staff and his family. And the crowd went wild—Obama supporters proudly waved miniature American flags and chanted “four more years� in unison. The atmosphere at the Romney headquarters in Boston, Mass., was far less jubilant. His supporters quietly and patiently awaited Romney’s concession speech, re-

“You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. And in the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together.... We’ve got more work to do.� —President Barack Obama marks he said he did not prepare prior to Election Day in expectation of a presidential victory. He took the stage at around 12:45 a.m., an hour and a half after major national news outlets projected he had lost the presidential bid. Romney was gracious in his concession, thanking his supporters for their tireless campaigning efforts, and congratulating the president on his re-election. Neither he nor Obama dedicated any time in their speech to criticizing their opponent, a stark contrast to the months of attack ads both campaigns employed. “This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation,� Romney said. Although he did not mention specifics as to how he would collaborate with Obama in the coming term, Romney promised that he would work to facilitate the mitigation of “partisan bickering� and

HOUSE from page 3 makers gerrymandered the state. This led to the packing of Democrats into certain districts, including that of Butterfield’s. Across the nation, congressional redistricting has cost Democrats seats in the House, McCorkle said. “To the victors go the spoils,� he added.

“political posturing� on the American political stage. “Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people’s work. And we citizens also have to rise to the occasion,� he said. “We look to Democrats and Republicans in government at all levels to put the American people before politics.� Obama expressed the same desire to bring an end to the partisan gridlock that has become infamous over the past four years. He said he looks forward to sitting down with Romney to create a plan to encourage politicians to work beyond party lines, but he also mentioned that the nation has its work cut out for it if America wants to move on the right track. “You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours,� Obama said. “And in the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together—reducing our deficit, reforming our tax code, fixing our immigration system, freeing ourselves from foreign oil. We’ve got more work to do.� At press time, Obama had won the popular vote by less than 2 percent, suggesting that one of the president’s major hurdles will not only be uniting a divided Capitol Hill, but also rallying the American people around the common ideals of recovering the nation and moving forward. He paid homage to nations and their peoples around the world who are still struggling to have their voices heard in their governments, and warned Americans not to let the heated campaign season fuel animosity to opposing parties’ ideas. “We can never forget that, as we speak, people in distant nations are risking their lives right now just for a chance to argue about the issues that matter, the chance to cast their ballots like we did today,� he said. Ending with a message of equality and unity for all American peoples regardless of race, age, income level and sexual orientation, Obama invoked his 2004 Democratic National Convention keynote speech. “We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states,� he said. “We are and forever will be the United States of America.�

“The Tea Party and the right wing have not done well in the U.S. Senate races, but they have really carved out beach houses in the American system in the House.� The main issue facing Congress will be addressing the fiscal cliff, McCorkle said, adding that it will be difficult to assess what will happen until the debt is resolved.


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aid the East Coast after the recent disasters of Hurricane Sandy. “Once I analyzed the map, it was easy to see the differences throughout the country where Obama and his policies have really made a difference,” Roberts said. After thanking the people of the 4th District for his re-election, U.S. Rep. David Price, a Democrat, described his desire to seek change in Congress. “I am gonna make this fight like I have never made it before for campaign finance reform,” Price said. “The future of democracy is at stake.” As the results from Ohio were released and Obama was declared president by MSNBC, spectators in the room broke out in celebration and dance as “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac played overhead. “I am super excited,” said Karen Nyreen of Raleigh. “I volunteered 10 hours today for this alone, and this moment has made it all worth it.’

Romney supporters, said this was the first such event they had attended. Abigail Cutlif of Wendell, though, was an old hand at these events despite being in sixth grade. “My dad has run for the House,” she said. “I’ve been handing out stickers since forever.” She drank tea out of her long stemmed wineglass. On the other hand, eighth grader Kenlee Jacobs of Raleigh was not quite sure what was going on. “I don’t know, they just gave it to me,” she said of the Pat McCrory sticker on her jacket lapel. At the only table in the middle of the ballroom, Kelsey Seitter, communications director of the North Carolina Young Republicans, was photoshopping a picture of Pat McCrory. “I’m making the graphic congratulating McCrory on his victory,” she said. Inexplicably, a man in a Cookie Monster suit arrived and wandered around the ballroom floor. A

cheer went up in the room when North Carolina was declared for Romney. At 11 p.m., Hayes took the stage again and excitedly declared that North Carolina was Republican. “We hold the House, Senate and Governor’s Mansion,” he said. He was followed by a speech from newly re-elected North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby, a “constitutional jurist” who noted that 52 percent of North Carolinians thought that state Supreme Court judges were appointed, not elected, though “it’s only been by election since 1868.” The speakers did not address the presidential election when President Barack Obama clinched the race by winning Ohio. They focused instead on the local victories. “I’m happy for North Carolina, but sad Romney didn’t win,” said Sherry Ellmers of Cary. The balloons were released in celebration of the state victories, and the children in the room rushed to the center of the floor, screaming and frolicking.

GUBERNATORIAL from page 3 Porter, press secretary for Dalton’s campaign. Porter said Dalton felt compelled to enter the race to stand up for families, teachers and students, as well as funding for research. “McCrory has supported cuts every step of the way and has put forward a plan raising taxes on eight of 10 North Carolinians,” he said. “That’s why the lieutenant governor entered the race.” Ricky Diaz, press secretary for McCrory’s campaign, could not be reached for comment. Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations, said McCrory’s cuts will not directly affect Duke since it is a private institution. “We’re confident that [McCrory] will recognize the value of higher education to the state and the value that research institutions like Duke provide to the state,” Schoenfeld said. “We look forward to working with him.” Mac McCorkle, a former Democratic political consultant and associate professor of the practice of public policy, said that if McCrory makes cuts to higher education, Duke will feel the effects because of its close partnerships with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University. He noted that many students take classes at both Duke and UNC and professors share work with each other. “Obviously they can’t cut the education [funding] at Duke, but we have quite a powerhouse triangular relationship and to the extent that that’s threatened, that could hurt Duke,” McCorkle said. McCrory said he will work with Perdue’s current administration to “make the transition as smooth as possible.”


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Duke students celebrate Obama’s re-election in Sanford by Georgia Parke THE CHRONICLE


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The Duke community gathered to witness the re-election of President Barack Obama in a celebratory fashion Tuesday night. The Public Policy Majors Union organized a free, non-partisan watch party at the Sanford School of Public Policy where an array of members of the Duke community flocked to monitor the election results as they poured in Tuesday night. Attendees filled Sanford’s lobby, study nooks and lecture classrooms to watch coverage of the election. The watch party, coordinated by PPMU president Andrei Santalo—a senior—also provided free food and beer. The turnout of over 300 undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty, supplied the contagious enthusiasm that spread throughout the building with each new poll closing and state projection. As the results of each state’s presidential vote were announced, entire rooms erupted in cheers. But several viewers, such as Khuwailah Beyah, a research associate at the Sanford School, said she did not trust the early projections. “With 10 percent of the vote, how do you know?” Beyah asked. “They’re putting people on a roller coaster ride.” Many students expressed a similar desire for more concrete numbers. Sophomore Dutch Waanders said he could not understand the network’s willingness to claim a candidate’s victory mere minutes after the closing of the polls. Some thought the closeness of the race was a reflection of the indecision of America between the two candidates up until Election Day. “I don’t know what the country wants,” said freshman Nick Sam, a Romney supporter. “I was worried yesterday, two days ago. Now I just don’t know what to think.” Others turned to alternative sources of information besides the televised news programs. A group of juniors majoring in public policy and political science gathered on one of Sanford’s upper levels to huddle around a computer and peruse CNN’s data collection mechanisms, including an interactive map that calculated winners for various electoral combinations. Even when surrounded by numbers, maps and television screens, the group refused to claim certainty with any state. “There’s no way we can find out who won anytime soon,” said junior Ethan Ruby at approximately 9:30 p.m. Freshman William Bobrinskoy, on the other hand, put his faith in the numbers


Students watch the results roll in at a non-partisan watch party at the Sanford School of Public even though they leaned against Romney, his preferred candidate. “After [the election in] 2000, no news station will project something that they’re not sure of,” he said. Republicans were notably sparse in the crowd of students and faculty—scattered applause greeted Romney’s gains in contrast to overwhelming noise in response to Obama’s. Brobinskoy, an independent, followed the results in a classroom projecting Fox News, which was smaller and less populated than the rooms dominated by Democrats. He and several other Romney supporters, including Sam, noted the obvious disparity of representation between the two parties at the event. “We would prefer CNN [to Fox],” Bobrinskoy said. “However, we couldn’t handle the Democratic presence. We came in [this room] because it was moderate.” Despite the distinct Democratic zeal, uncertainty over the outcome continued to dictate the atmosphere up until the

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Anthony Alston (left) said he supports Obama because of his views on social, health and military issues. Lisa Stiles (right) said she once got in a fight with a Romney supporter while working at an Obama call center. Susie Acklin said Obama has been able to address the “common people,” and she supports his views on education affordability and health care.

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Duke can’t break through for upset vs. UNC by Lopa Rahman THE CHRONICLE

Just one game above .500, the Blue Devils entered the ACC tournament in search of a signature win to strengthen their case for an NCAA Tournament berth. An ACC tournament quarterfinal matchup against their Tobacco Road rivals, the Tar Heels, afforded them the opportunity to earn that win. In a battle of the top-two defensive units in the ACC, Duke fell 1-0 Tuesday night at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, knocking them out of conference tournament and creating uncertainty for the Blue Devils with regard to their chance to play in the NCAA Tournament. “I’m sure we’re going to be in DUKE 0 that gray discussion area for sure,” 1 UNC Duke head coach John Kerr said. “You never know, we could go in, [we] could not. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that we get the nod and get another lifeline.” North Carolina freshman Danny Garcia scored the game’s lone goal off a Blue Devil (8-8-2, 3-6-1 in the ACC) turnover in the 22nd minute, giving the Tar Heels a 1-0 lead that they would not relinquish. North Carolina has won 39 straight games when scoring first. “And to give a sloppy goal away in the first half where I thought after the first 10 minutes we were doing well with possession and really in the game,” Kerr said. “It’s disappointing to give a goal away against the run of play.” Defensive solidarity has been the hallmark of the Blue Devils’ season, and Tuesday night was no exception despite their one miscue. Entering the matchup, North Carolina (15-2-1, 7-1-1) averaged 12.41 shots per game. Duke’s backfield limited the Tar Heels to just five. The Blue Devils won the shot and corner kick battles 7-5 and 2-1, respectively. They generated quality scoring opportunities, particularly in the second half, but could


In what may have been his last collegiate game, senior James Belshaw held the Tar Heels to just one goal but had no offensive support. not find the back of the net. Their best scoring chance came in the 74th minute, when freshman Ryan Thompson fired a shot just wide of the goal. “It should have been a goal, no question about it,” Kerr said. “He did everything right. He opened up his foot, side-footed it. He just didn’t hit the target and that’s disappointing because that was a great chance. I thought that was the one.”


But the Blue Devils, who have been focusing on finishing in the final third in practice, missed the mark. “We’re falling a little bit short at the crucial times, and it’s disappointing because we had three really good looks at the goal in the second half and didn’t hit the target on any of them,” Kerr said. During the NCAA Men’s Soccer Selection Show Monday, Duke will find out if its season will continue.


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Most outcomes of the 2012 season would have fallen short of expectations after Duke reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament in 2011. But no one expected that the Blue Devils would finish below .500 and thus ineligible for postseason play. “I think everyone on the team thinks we didn’t live up to our expectations,” junior defender Paula Heimbach said. Duke entered the ACC tournament with a 7-10 record, and needed to win the tournament to make it back to .500. The Blue Devils’ season came to an abrupt end Nov. 1, however, when they fell in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament to Maryland, the eventual ACC runner up. Duke finished 0-5 in the ACC. “We were lucky to experience the season that we had a year ago, but I think that gave a false sense of simplicity,” head coach Pam Bustin said. “In reality, it’s not [simple]— it’s a lot of work and a lot of focus… and I think this group has definitely realized that. They’re committed to making those changes as we move forward.” Duke began the season ranked No. 5 nationally and saw its ranking steadily decline after going 3-6 to open the season. It was

What do Duke football, “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns” and “Big Momma’s House 2” have in common? They all feature Chris Tavarez. Tavarez is no stranger to big stages. He and his Blue Devil teammates have grown accustomed to competing in front of thousands of fans every Saturday rday in college football’s largest stadiums. ms. But there are few players in the nation that share the redshirt freshman man safety’s experience off the field— en for acting on the silver screen millions of viewers. Tavarez began takingg acting classes when he was as 8 years old with hopes of breaking into television n and film, but his budding passion for football con-flicted with those dreams at first. The Atlanta native admitted that for his first few years,, he did not take acting as seriously as he should have. Football came first. “I was dealing with the big male ego of not trying to look too soft in the acting world orld and trying to look cool for my football


Emmie Le Marchand earned All-ACC honors and led the Blue Devils with 11 goals this season. ranked No. 19 by the time it beat its first higher-ranked opponent of the season, No. 15 Michigan State. The Michigan State game was huge for the Blue Devils not only because of their victory, but also because it was the last game Duke was forced to play while missing six players who were playing at the Junior PanAmerican Games in Mexico. Freshmen SEE FIELD HOCKEY ON PAGE 12

friends,” Tavarez said. “Around when I was 11 or 12 I began to find a true passion for acting. I started to figure out what acting really was.” When he was just 12 years old, Tavarez auditioned for and signed on with his first agent, Jayme Pervis of J Pervis Talent Agency. Hundreds of children from across the country audition for the agency every year, was just one of six PerTavarez said, and he w vis selected that year. year It was that sam same year when Tavarez booked his fir first role in a feature film, playing Ryan in “Big Momma’s m House 2.” The part pa was small, and Tavarez Ta recalled that he only had about three or four lines, but it was a big step in his young acting career. c “He’s just sso incredibly natural,” Pervis said. “A llot of kids will come in and they were over o the top, but Chris has always had a natural ability to act as if he’s having a conversation and be very co real. He’s just very ttalented.” As Tavarez entered entere high school, his football career began to blossom as well. He was b forced to juggle his football schedule with SEE TAVAREZ ON PAGE 11



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Chris Tavarez, No. 16, has seen limited action this season for the Blue Devils, but has a flourishing acting career and is honing those skills as a theater student. 100-percent commitment to the team, I can still do whatever I want in acting.” Tavarez continues to act and audition for roles, but since he arrived at Duke he has not had as many opportunities to act professionally. He was allowed, however, to leave the team for three days last summer to film with comedian Rickey Smiley in Atlanta. Although his acting career has taken a back seat, Tavarez has still had many chances to hone his craft at Duke. He is currently minoring in theater and is considering adding it as a second major. With limited experience in stage acting, Tavarez has relished in the chance to further study it. He

does not even tell his professors that he has acted professionally before. “I love it. The classes are great. The thing I like about theater is that people think it’s very similar to film acting, but it is actually very different. I just went straight to TV and film, so it’s great to see this from a different perspective,” Tavarez said. Tavarez said he hopes to become more involved in the theater community at Duke and eventually act in some of the theater department’s productions. Studying theater, Tavarez said, has helped him develop a better understanding for his biggest influence, Leonardo DiCaprio, who Tavarez


auditions, and once college recruiters started knocking on his door, a 15-year-old Tavarez considered quitting acting, but his parents would not let him. They told Tavarez that the skills he learned in acting were valuable to how he could present himself to other people throughout his life, and that regardless of whether or not he wanted to be an actor, he would have to continue practicing. Sure enough, Tavarez began to book more roles just as his football recruitment heated up during his senior year of high school. Receiving interest from a number of Division I programs, Tavarez was backed further into a corner—coaches wanted to know whether he would choose football or acting. He continued to audition for roles during his senior season and landed his big break when he received a lead role in the Disney Channel movie “Avalon High.” He relocated to New Zealand for four months for the movie’s filming at the end of his senior year of high school, and his commitment to acting affected his football recruitment. Oklahoma State, Oregon, Tennessee and Kentucky all stopped recruiting Tavarez due to his acting career. But Duke head coach David Cutcliffe had other ideas. He offered Tavarez a scholarship, and the safety turned down offers from Maryland, Tulane, Vanderbilt, Harvard and Princeton to play for the Blue Devils. “A lot of them just told me, ‘Good luck, but we’re looking elsewhere.’ They basically told me they were looking for strictly football players, and that’s one of the main reasons why I committed to Duke,” Tavarez said. “Coach Cutcliffe understands that football is great to be a part of, but we are students first, so grades come before anything. But he also understands that there’s life after football as well, so if there’s a way I can still show

lauds for his versatility and his selective nature when choosing scripts. Tavarez would find himself in rare company should he continue to act professionally after college. He is not the first actor-football player combo—Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, another one of Tavarez’s role models, won a national championship at Miami before going on to a successful career as a movie star. As for his future, Tavarez said he would play professional football if the NFL comes calling, but would be thrilled to pursue a full-time career as a professional actor. Hollywood couldn’t script two better endings.

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FIELD HOCKEY from page 10 Aileen Johnson and Hannah Barreca, and sophomores Abby Beltrani and Lauren Blazing represented the United States, and freshman Kendra Perrin and sophomore Jessica Buttinger represented Canada in the Games. The players missed five games, during which Duke had only one substitute on the bench. Although the Blue Devils went 2-3 in the span while they were gone, the absence of the key players had an impact on the rest of the season. “I think it took a while for us to get connected and by the time we started peaking it was a little too late,” redshirt junior midfielder Devon Gagliardi said. “We’re not going to blame our season on that, but obviously playing together for as much time as you can helps any season.” To Bustin, the loss affected the team for other reasons. “I think [the season] would’ve been a bit different if the players were here,” she said. “There were times when we had to focus on things other than hockey and that’s part of the growth of the program—how we handle things outside of field hockey. We were challenged this year… and I think we handled it really well but it was new territory for some of these athletes.” Duke’s first game with the full roster was against Boston College, throwing the team immediately into ACC play. The team fell in a close 2-1 match to the Eagles. “We were all incredibly disappointed and upset after the Boston College game,” junior forward Emmie Le Marchand said. “We all expected to set the world on fire.” The ACC losses piled up for the Blue Devils. Earlier in the season, Duke was crushed 7-3 by North Carolina. Then, a week after the Boston College game, Duke was shutout by Maryland. They later closed out the season with a 3-1 loss to Virginia.

The Blue Devils’ position at the bottom of the ACC cost them in the tournament with a low seeding. “There were number of little things [about this season],” said Heimbach. “We could’ve handled [our mentality and attitude] a little better. ” Bustin, too, noticed that her team sometimes got complacent despite their inconsistencies. “I think we were missing emphasis on the importance of owning it every day of taking care of business every single day,” she said. “It’s the commitment that you make to the program.” However, there were many bright spots throughout the season. Duke scored 11 goals against Kent State, the second most goals scored by an ACC team in a game this season. Senior defender Abby Hassinger was named to the ACC All-Tournament team. In addition, Heimbach and Le Marchand were named to the All-ACC Team. “It’s an honor and it’s quite a surprise this year because I didn’t think it necessarily was my best year,” Le Marchand said. “It’s been all about the team this year and all about the forward line. It was me who was named but it could’ve been either [Gagliardi or Buttinger].” Le Marchand and Heimbach lead the seven seniors who return to the team next year. With strong leadership and many learning experiences from the 2012 season, Bustin is ready to get started on 2013 already. “Every single person coming back is going to have a significant role in the success of the 2013 team,” Bustin said. “We’re a bit different than some other programs, because each person’s energy, attitude and preparation has an impact on this team. That’s something were really going to have to embrace and take responsibility for as we move into the spring training.” Heimback echoed that sentiment. “I already can’t wait,” she said.

an hour to vote.” Junior Elizabeth Kramer said she grew up going to the polls with her parents, so she was excited to cast her own vote, though she noted there was “no statistical significance whatsoever” to her individual vote. Chris Sheils, also a junior, joined Kramer at the polls. He said both candidates have their positive attributes and their flaws. “If only third-party votes actually meant something,” he said. Many of the voters arrived in cars driven by volunteers supporting President Barack Obama. Occasionally, a Duke-chartered Charlene’s Safe Ride van would appear, drop off a student and sit quietly across the street until he or she came back out. One driver, Durham resident Sally Swanson, was volunteering for the Durham for Obama campaign to help voters get to the polls. She said she had driven 10 or so people thus far. For Swanson, giving the rides provided a happier alternative to staying home and fretting over the polls on the computer. “I want people who want to vote to be able to vote, and I think the more votes that are reflected at the end of the day put Obama closer to winning North Carolina,” she said. The voters seemed “pretty jazzed” in spite of the 45-degree evening chill, she said, adding that, if anything, the volunteers were more likely to be complaining about the cold. But things did not go smoothly for every voter. Senior Ben Finkel, who was already registered, was told he needed to

present proof of address in order to vote. When he returned to the site with further documentation, the requirement turned out to be the result of a miscommunication among polling place staff members. Sophomore Miranda Goodwin-Raab called the Board of Elections to clarify a question about her registration, but she said she received incorrect information and ended up having to use a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots will be counted after the Board of Elections verifies the registration and address information, said Cheryle Roberts, Democratic judge at the George Watts Elementary voting site. The most frequent hiccup in the voting process, she said, is when voters change addresses without updating their voter registration and then try to vote in their former precinct. The Watts site, a fluorescent-lit elementary school gymnasium with colored gym mats stacked along the wall, serves Duke’s East Campus residents. Not surprisingly, many of the freshmen were voting for the first time. Chris Fiscella, a freshman, said that it can be easy to become distracted by schoolwork and forget about broader political issues at Duke. He made it off campus to cast his first ballot and said the process itself was very easy, but the effect was empowering. Freshman Rhianna Lee also cast her first vote—one of the last at Watts, where 532 votes were cast before the polls closed at 7:30 p.m. “It feels good to be able to have an input in what our country’s doing,” she said. “It helps me reflect on the freedoms we have that other countries don’t have and makes me really thankful.”


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Audit the house model In Tuesday’s editorial, we Because the idea behind commented on the danger of the housing model is to foster prematurely condemning the stronger residential commuhousing model before it has nity for all students at Duke, had the proper opportunity one of the most important to flourish. While the goal considerations to take into of the house account is the model is to esstrength of editorial tablish vibrant house spirit. residential life for everyone at A good indicator of this—as Duke regardless of affiliation, evidenced by the high retenthis type of residential com- tion rates amongst highlymunity will take time to fully spirited fraternities and sematerialize. lective living groups—is the While we have cautioned number of individuals who against early judgment giv- retain their right to return en this expanded timeline, to their house the following there will eventually be a time year. Retaining upperclassand place in the future for men is key, whether it be jua healthy reflection on the niors returning from abroad progress of the house model. or seniors choosing to remain When this time comes, we on campus. Establishing an recommend Duke look at the intergenerational community following metrics to gauge is an integral part of creating the model’s success. house traditions, building

It would have been interesting to see what the percentages were for male students and female students. In general, males are more likely to vote for Romney than females are, and Pratt has a higher percentage of men than does Trinity. —“PrattPride” commenting on the story “Who do Duke students want in the White House?” See more at

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friendships across classes and developing a unique identity for each house. Another set of metrics should assess whether the house model has improved equity and diversity within residential life. According to Donna Lisker, associate dean of undergraduate education and co-chair of the House Model Committee, greek men reported significantly more positive residential experiences at Duke than other groups, particularly independents. Because one of the house model’s primary goals was to close the disparity between greek men and everyone else, we should assess the model accordingly. Closing the satisfaction gap does not necessitate a dramatic composition change within affiliated and non-affiliated

groups, but students in these groups deserve equal opportunity for a rewarding residential experience. To that end, there should be a comparison between quadrangle model and house model satisfaction surveys to determine whether the new system achieves its equity goals. Lastly, it is also important to consider the extent to which the house model will interact with and change the existing social structures at Duke. Will it incentivize future classes to rush selective living groups and greek organizations at higher rates? Or will these groups lose their stronghold on Duke social life as individuals are presented with better alternatives? Tremendous transformations, such as introducing sorority

housing, undoubtedly change the social landscape as well. In order to understand how the model shapes the character of social life at Duke, it will be crucial to track these changes with real, data-driven methods.. Ultimately, it is up to students to decide what kind of housing culture they want to create for future generations at Duke. While it is foolhardy to place any hasty judgments on the housing model, in time, it will certainly be worth considering the relative gains and losses using the metrics above. Such an assessment does not have to fully doom or endorse the model. It can simply help in promoting a continuing dialogue about how to the fairest and most vibrant residential life possible.

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ur long national nightmare, the 2012 elec- country is going to get so far along in our drawn-out tions, is over. Let’s hope our country can re- suicide that we won’t be able to recover. cover from the damage. Indeed, the process is already well underway. Our As the political dialogue here at Duke suggests, powerful economy is committing a slow suicide, not the political discourse this election because of external factors but rather cycle was disgustingly polarized— due to a series of bad decisions such and it seems likely to grow more as our ridiculous level of military polarized in the future. From my spending. Despite possessing the own partisan column in the summer world’s most advanced arsenal, we (which I rightly got slammed for) to continue to devote 19 percent of fedthe vandalized Romney-Ryan signs eral budgeted expenditures to the outside West Union, the dialogue Department of Defense. This comes was dominated by hyperbole rather mike shammas at the expense of education and scithan reason, by name-calling rather ence spending, both of which are just fairly unbalanced than bipartisanship. as critical to our long-term economic Today, this polarization is evident and national security interests. As on Facebook, where we are shielded from the tem- a result of campaign rhetoric, Mitt Romney even pering effect of face-to-face interaction. It is also vis- promised to increase such spending by $1 trillion ible in the cesspool-like comment sections on news during the debates. This disregards the fact we have sites. As Americans, we have forgotten that we are a $1.1 trillion budget deficit this year, owe $16 trilAmericans. We call each other racists, socialists, sex- lion to other countries and spend more on our miliists, fascists, misogynists and communists—often tary now than at any time during the Cold War. without understanding what the terms mean. Some Fortunately, there is a way out of our perilous ecoof us label any criticism of America “anti-American;” nomic straits; unfortunately, it requires compromise, others criticize America so much you’d think we and is thus unlikely to happen. Republicans could were the world’s worst country. raise taxes above pre-Bush levels, cut tax loopholes As I wrote in a previous column, “Rather than for corporations and reduce military spending. striving to bridge the gap between our ideals and Democrats would have to accept reductions in some our reality, we have split into two camps: one group entitlements and think seriously about how to make that praises our ideals and ignores our reality, and social programs more effective. another that emphasizes our reality and derides While people may disagree with this compromise, our ideals.” for the sake of our country some sort of compromise We should be ashamed of ourselves. needs to happen. And it needs to happen soon. Unfortunately, political science suggests this vitriol Now that the election is finally over, please— is no passing thing. Rather than being a symptom of please—let us come together as Americans. Let us the election’s bitterness, it was the root cause. From stop this slow suicide. Our problems have solutions, K Street to Wall Street to Main Street, American poli- if only we can work together. Right now America tics is polarizing. As the Brookings Institute found, seems like a ripped, muscular lifeguard who, when Congress is much more polarized today than it was pushed into the pool, can nonetheless do nothing two decades ago—and this is because Americans but tread water. The sight is pathetic. themselves are more polarized. This polarization We can do better. Why? Because we have done has resulted in gridlock, which in turn has produced better. The past few months of divisive electioneerone of the most useless and lethargic government’s ing have been an absolute disgrace. Yet as Lyndon B. in our nation’s history, with a Congress that has Johnson said: “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but passed even fewer laws than Truman’s “do-nothing” tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” Congress of 1948. In a previous column I called this Let’s win. worrying phenomenon the “invisible threat,” but this is misleading. The threat is a concrete one, for Mike Shammas is a Trinity senior. His column runs it has concrete results. If we don’t tackle it soon our every other Wednesday.

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t’s Nov. 7, 2012, a year of campaign- ported some minor alterations in the tax ing has just come to a close, and our code, he exhibits an unshakeable faith in next president has just been elected. the basic tenets of progressive taxation, the As such, everyone is abuzz with celebra- income tax and the IRS in general. As an tions, frustrations and their predictions outspoken and unquestioning supporter for the next four years. Although I can’t of the Federal Reserve system, he opposes really speak to the former, it’s safe to say a full audit of the Fed and seems committhat, with regards to the latter, we more or ted to continuing its program of currency less know what to expect. and interest rate manipulaBefore moving forward tion. On top of all of this, and getting into predicthe president-elect has a tions for the next four years, track record of big spending though, it might be useful to while in office, and there is consider how the presidentno reason to believe that he elect made it to the White will do anything to curb it House in the first place. now. He will likely make use He certainly wouldn’t have of all these tools—despite chris bassil been able to do it without their persistent failures to human action the staunch commitment to bring about true recovery— a union of government and over the course of the next big business—in the form of his support four years. for initiatives like the Troubled Asset Relief He will also continue to advance the Program, a substantial federal role in the sort of government intervention in the Chrysler and GM auto crises and a health medical industry that has attributed to care bill that enlarges the market share of gross increases in cost and deficiencies in major insurance firms and pharmaceuti- care since the 1960s. The president-elect cal companies—that earned him millions is a firm believer in the efficacy of an inof dollars in campaign contributions from surance-based approach to medical care, large corporations and the securities and enough so that he previously authored investment industry. His willingness to legislation penalizing non-purchasers for serve special interests in these areas won their decisions to greedily withhold their him the sort of quid pro quo campaign fi- money from powerful and politically nancing machine that it takes to carry a connected insurance companies. He has presidential election these days. based a whole approach to rising medical As for the next four years, though, costs around reinforcing the historical what should we expect from the presi- accident that is employer-based health dent-elect? Well, if we are to take his re- insurance. He seems, much like the Concord as any indication, then it appears gress itself, to have no substantive underfairly likely that he will continue the pro- standing of either economics or medical gram of gradual reduction of civil liber- care, which leaves him ill-suited to navities that has been going on at least since gate the intersection of the two. His efthe Bush years. In fact, his support for forts to ban rescissions and exclusions the basic premise of the TSA—which is on the basis of preexisting conditions— probably the hallmark of that trend—is genuine and well-intentioned though enough alone to suggest that this may be they may, at best, be—so aggressively misthe case. The fact that he has supported diagnose the problem that it is difficult the renewal of both the Patriot Act and to take the rest of his proposal seriously. the National Defense Authorization Act, And, although he does have plans to alter which dramatically expand the power of Medicare and Social Security in one way authorities and allow the state to indefi- or another, he can best be described as nitely detain and even execute citizens of thoroughly committed to the specific vithe United States without trial, only serves sion of entrenched bureaucracy that proto strengthen this prediction. As for his grams like these represent. foreign policy, he is a strong supporter In truth, it seems like there is only one of the economic sanctions responsible thing about the president-elect of which I for the deaths of innocent Iranian civil- am unsure, and that is his name. You see, ians, and unsurprisingly favors continual as the author of a column that runs on American military intervention in the Wednesdays, I am required to turn in my Middle East. Much of his interventionist work by midday on Tuesdays, and this colleaning rests on the presumption that he umn was no exception. In another elecdoes not need congressional approval to tion, this might have presented me with a go to war, and thus it seems high likely problem. The relative lack of meaningful that he will attempt to preside over the differences between Barack Obama and world as a continual de facto proponent Mitt Romney, however, made it a little bit of the Bush Doctrine. less of a concern. If the theme for the next four years is “more of the same,”—and it seems like it Chris Bassil, Trinity ’12, is currently is—then it would be useful to note that the working for Dana Farber Cancer Institute president-elect is also relatively unlikely to in Boston, Mass. His column runs every reverse course in relation to the nation’s Wednesday. You can follow Chris on Twitter economic affairs. Although he has sup- @HamsterdamEcon.

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The Socialites

Let’s get naked


t’s your freshman year, and Duke. It is a human tendency to you’re at the activities fair. After categorize things. We assign arbiscarfing down free candy and trary attributes to people due to stealing as many fanny packs and group affiliation, because it’s easT-shirts as is humanly ier to think of things possible to carry, you as black and white realize something: rather than to see life This event is actually in fifty shades of grey aimed at getting you (although, actually, involved on campus, most of those shades not for indulging are almost painfully your kleptomania. etched in my memAfter stuffing your ory). But in my exlillie reed new possessions in perience, something wumbology your bookbag (or, if that is fairly unique you’re like me, down to Duke is that you your pants), you start perusing the can’t escape your labels. This trend options, mentally crafting each extends beyond involvement and possible life that you could have. into personal life as well. Should I do service or student govI’ll use myself as an example. ernment? Am I a lax bro or an un- My involvement in a women’s orderwater basket weaver? Will I hate ganization and my pro-equality myself later for signing up for this views have recently earned me many listservs? the title of “feminist chick.” I find Your time at the activities fair this funny because I might be the can impact you in a thousand ways world’s worst feminist. I use the (although all of these possible word “b**ch” more often than dog timelines do indeed include re- breeders, I preferred Barack to Hillentless emails that you somehow lary, and my favorite song for two cannot unsubscribe from). How- years running is “Bring It Back” by ever, there are some forms of in- Travis Porter. I don’t deserve to be volvement at Duke that are more some sort of exemplar for the femcommon than others. inist community. Still, people freThe main kind of campus in- quently use the label to predict my volvement is a sort of uninvolved behavior, telling me what I should involvement. It presents as reluc- and shouldn’t do based on my title tant tabling, Facebook activism, as Representative Feminist. med school-mandated volunteerThis isn’t limited to equalism, and, most notably, the people ity issues or politics. We Dukies who think that because they believe assign stereotypes and labels to something they are automatically everything—majors, teams, peran activist and a change-maker. Well formance groups, Greek organinewsflash, people: I’ve believed that zations, even individuals. And no Beyoncé would make world’s best matter how different you are from University president for years, but what people expect, you still carry I’ve yet to see Brodhead do even that expectation with you. At Duke, ONE “Single Ladies” dance. we have trouble letting a person’s Then there are the kids whose past, interests and involvements go classes are their extracurriculars. and simply appreciating them for These are the friends who take who they are at this moment. This all the hardest classes, which you culture can make you feel suffoknow because they tell you about it cated—trapped inside an identity all the time. These people actually that doesn’t fit. laugh at jokes professors make, use But, dearest Dukies, I have a the word “Trinitard” and refer to solution. I propose that we all get their textbook authors as the main NAKED. people in their love life. I mean it. Let’s literally get naOn the flip side are the over- ked. At other schools, they put on involved. These people disappear naked runs to let off steam. I think for days on end, only to reemerge that this is a beautiful thing. It is a looking like Gollum took up a time to bare all, to not care about crack habit. At 3 a.m. on a Friday, who you are in relation to others, they’re in a haze of e-mails, caf- and to let your involvements, past feine and cream cheese brown- and social groupings slip off like ies, near the end of a 14-hour Self your underpants. No one is labelControl app stint. Only thing is, ing, judging or staring too long they’re working on a DSG pro- at awkward areas. Everyone is exposal or sending a letter to the posed, naked of the things that typpresident of Uganda or planning ically define them, showing all of a movement to ban Sperrys when themselves (physically, and someyou are no where near a body of how, in my mind, metaphorically) water. (Seriously people, they’re for the world to see. I think that we called BOAT shoes. You wear them Dukies could use a little bit more on a BOAT.) of this type of release from societal But no matter how you’re in- pressures in our lives. So let’s get volved at Duke—whether you fit naked, and live life as it should be a stereotypical mold, or whether lived: Free from the trappings of you’re just doing what you do and affiliations, labels and pants. loving it—there is something that I have found is rather consistent Lillie Reed is a Trinity junior. Her across Duke involvement experi- installation of the weekly Socialites colences: Your involvements come to umn runs on alternate Wednesdays. define you. You can follow Lillie on Twitter @LilOf course, this is not unique to lieReed.



November 7 - 12 EXHIBITIONS Student Action with Farmworkers: 20 Years of Growing Farmworker Activists. Thru Dec 9. Perkins Library Gallery. Free. Documenting the Politics of Food: Photographs from the Rubenstein Library Collections. Thru December 10. Rubenstein Library Photography Gallery. Free. Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore. Thru February 10, 2013. 10am-5pm. Free to Duke students (1 per day with I.D.) Tickets: 919-684-4444 or tickets.

EVENTS November 7 Art History Lecture. Gregory Levine (UC-Berkeley), “Captured Buddhas.” 3-4:30pm, East Duke 108. Free. Visiting Artist Lecture. Bea Nettles (U-Illinois Emerita), “Memory Theatres: Books & Photographs by Bea Nettles.” Noon. Carpentry Shop. Free. November 8 Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising, and Marketing History 20th Anniversary Lecture Series. Nancy Fletcher, CEO of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America. 5pm, Gothic Reading Rm., Rubenstein Library. Free. Women Beware Women. By Thomas Middleton. Directed by Jay O’Berski. A Jacobean tragedy where women seize hold of their sexual power, plumb the depth of their ferocity, and find that they are capable of depravity equal to any man. 8pm, Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus. $10 Gen. Public; $5 Students/Sr. Citizens. November 9 Exhibition Opening. Experimental Communities. In conjunction with Convergence 2012: The Geo/Body Politics of Emancipation conference. Curated by XCO Group. Thru January 31, 2013. East Duke Corridor Gallery. Free. Women Beware Women. (See Nov. 8) 8pm. November 10 Women Beware Women. (See Nov. 8) 8pm. November 11 Women Beware Women. (See Nov. 8) 2pm. Organ Recital Series Concert. Alumnus Parker Kitterman returns to Duke as part of the “Alumni Series” in a recital on the Flentrop organ. 5pm, Duke Chapel. Free. Duke New Music Ensemble [dnme]. Tim Hambourger, dir. Covers Concert II. 8pm, Bone Hall, Biddle Music Bldg. Free. November 12 The Restraints: Open and Hidden. Gordon Parks’s Life magazine segregation series. Thru March 2, 2013. Center for Documentary Studies. Free.

SCREEN/SOCIETY All events are free and open to the general public. Unless otherwise noted, screenings are at 7pm in the Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center. (ED) = East Duke 108. (N) = Nasher Museum Auditorium. (SW) = Smith Warehouse - Bay 4, C105. (W) = Richard White Auditorium.


SECRET SUNSHINE (aka Milyang) (S. Korea, 2007) (ED) Feminism & Freedom Film Series


TURTLES CAN FLY (Kurdish, 2004) (W) Tropes of Home: Films from the Middle East

This message is brought to you by the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies, Center for Documentary Studies, Chapel Music, Duke Dance Program, Duke Music Department, Duke Performances, Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University Libraries, Screen/Society, Department of Theater Studies with support from the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts.

Nov. 7, 2012 issue of The Chronicle  
Nov. 7, 2012 issue of The Chronicle  

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 issue of The Chronicle. Day after elections.