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29K in NC ‘Tell no one’ about Gordon-Levitt petition to secede by Margot Tuchler THE CHRONICLE

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North Carolina is at the forefront of a grassroots movement of individual states looking to secede, following President Barack Obama’s re-election, though some say the effort is futile. After Obama’s re-election last week, more than 65 petitions in all 50 states have demanded succession, amassing 675,000 total signatures as of Wednesday. Although experts doubt there will be any lasting effects of the petitions— posted on White House website “We the People”—the Obama administration has said it will respond to petitions that garner more than 25,000 signatures within 30 days of the proposal. And as of Thursday evening, the North Carolina petition, filed Nov. 9, had almost 29,000 signatures. Also currently exceeding the 25,000 minimum are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas, whose petition has more than 100,000 signatures The North Carolina petition cites a clause from the Declaration of Independence enumerating the right to abolish a government and start a new one in its lobby to the White House. SEE PETITION ON PAGE 5

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In a multimedia production, Joseph Gordon-Levitt ran to the balcony and back again to promote his website, hitRECord. “hitRECord on the Road with Joseph Gordon-Levitt,” hosted by Duke University Union, incorporated virtual and physical audience participation as well as content from hitRECord website—a free online platform for user-generated music, stories, drawings and artistic collaboration—through a series of short films. Gordon-Levitt announced, albeit vaguely, that hitRECord will be taking the form of a television show and invited numerous students on stage to discuss “loops,” roads and Occupy Wall Street. Throughout Thursday’s show, Gordon-Levitt showcased the merit of organic, homemade art and cited his frustrations as a burgeoning actor as inspiration for the project. “That round red record button on video cameras became a symbol, and pushing the button [became] a metaphor for my own creativity,” he said at the beginning of the show. “I can’t leave it up to people to allow me to be creative.” Throughout the show, the “Looper” and “(500) Days of Summer” actor carried a video camera and recorded discussions with audience members based on tweets submitted at his request, as well as impromptu performances fueled by content previously submitted to the site. The theme of roads was first addressed minutes

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt used multimedia to woo a full Page Auditorium audience and promote his website, hitRECord, Thursday night.

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Fracking hurts home value Invisibility cloak nears perfection by Danielle Muoio THE CHRONICLE

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Duke researchers have discovered that nearby fracking can negatively impact the property value of homes dependent on ground water.

Researchers have broken ground on how living near fracking sites influences property value. Fracking—a technique used to extract natural gas in shale formations—has faced both criticism for its potentially harmful environmental impacts, such as contaminating groundwater, and support for its potential to provide more fuel and promote economic development. Duke researchers looked at over 19,000 pieces of property in Washington County, Pa. to study how living within 1.25 miles from a shale well will influence property value. They found that homes dependent on piped water had an increase in their property value and those that depended on ground water saw a decrease as a result of living near a fracking site. “It’s really difficult for the public to understand the impact of shale gas development if we don’t research the subject,” said Elisheba Spiller, co-author of the SEE FRACKING ON PAGE 7

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Duke scientists have perfected the real-life invisibility cloak, but, contrary to what Stephen Colbert said, the Duke Quidditch team will not be able to take advantage of it. The cloaking device uses meta-materials to split electromagnetic waves and channel them around an object so that they appear on the other side, hiding the object from sight. Meta-materials are man-made compounds that exhibit properties not found in nature. Nathan Landy, an electrical and computer engineering graduate student in his fourth year, recently went viral for designing a revolutionary cloaking device for microwave frequencies. The development of the cloak may enable new advances in transformation optics and the improvement

of optical devices. Landy has been featured on the Colbert Report, Forbes Magazine, Fox News and on countless blogs. The findings were first published in the November edition of Nature. “[This cloak] is probably the best that can be done,” David Smith, a co-author of the paper describing the device, said. “If you make it larger, the waves get absorbed. Anything more is a long way away.” Landy initially joined the project because he was interested in the ways meta-materials transform and objects distort light. Smith, William Bevan professor of electrical and computer engineering, noted Duke had already created a working cloak back in 2006. The new meta-material has allowed the researchers to cloak SEE INVISIBILITY ON PAGE 7


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Higher Ed editor talks current college issues lot of distance ed courses do award credit, and a lot of distance ed courses have direct involvement between the student and professor. In MOOCs, you have a professor who might be teaching 200,000 people and never interact with the students. Another key difference is that most of the growth in distance education hasn’t been from elite institutions. MOOCs, though, have top universities getting involved. They’re really quite new, and the jury’s still out on them—I think they might be a really big deal, but we haven’t seen that yet.

Scott Jaschik is the editor and co-founder of Inside Higher Ed, a daily online publication covering college and university news. Previously, he served as editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education from 1999 to 2003. The Duke Chronicle’s Emma Baccellieri spoke with Jaschik about the increasing popularity of online courses and current issues facing higher education.

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The Chronicle: What inspired you to work in higher education news? Scott Jaschik: I was a student journalist, and when I graduated from college, I realized that a lot of the people who had graduated ahead of me were working at small local papers, and they were not that happy. So I did a different type of search and looked for specialized publications and ended up at one in higher education. But I wouldn’t have devoted my career to this if I didn’t find the particular specialty exciting and very important—I wouldn’t have done this for any specialty. I think higher education intersects with every part of the world, every important issue in American society—it matters. TC: What was the motivation behind your decision to leave The Chronicle of Higher Education to start Inside Higher Ed? SJ: With a few colleagues, I’d been noticing changes in journalism and in higher ed. In journalism, more people were getting their news online instead of in print, and we noticed communities being formed where by removing the price barrier you could build a much larger audience. Higher education was changing in that what mattered wasn’t just what went on at elite institutions but what went on at institutions all over the world—at community colleges, at all kinds of other places. We built Inside Higher Ed with a model that would work for these new audiences. So we’re free and online, and by being so, we get an audience that would never pay to read The Chronicle [of Higher Education]. TC: What do you consider to be the biggest issues in higher education today?

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As editor and co-founder of daily online publication Inside Higher Ed, Scott Jaschik is an expert in higher education. SJ: One would be the way higher ed is responding to the economic changes in our society—basically since the economic collapse in fall of 2008. This has been hugely traumatic for much of higher education. The sector that I think has recovered most quickly and most completely is elite private universities, which includes Duke. Most other sectors are still struggling to figure out a new business model that will work for them. There’s also a huge coming debate over affirmative action, and right now there’s a very hot debate over MOOCs—massively open online courses—and the way they are changing higher ed. TC: What sort of future do you see for distance learning and MOOCs? SJ: Well, you need to really separate out MOOCs, like Coursera, from distance learning. At least as the MOOCs were introduced, they generally don’t award credit. A

TC: Regarding affirmative action, how do you anticipate colleges reacting to Fisher v. Texas? SJ: Well, since there hasn’t been a decision yet, schools have got a little time, I suppose, to figure it out. I think there’s a really good chance that Texas will lose the court case, and that will pose quite a challenge for colleges with competitive admissions. I’m actually surprised that most colleges haven’t been talking about it in public about the possibility that they’ll need to change their admissions systems. I think it could be very traumatic for a lot of universities that pride themselves on their diversity, that could disappear. If leading colleges and universities are forced to not consider race and still want the same levels of diversity, they’ll have to look at things like how much they value standardized test scores and how much preference they give to students who come from better high schools as opposed worst. At the same time, there’s a lot of interesting discussion about how this won’t affect all minority students the same. It would not shock me if, in a post-affirmative action world, Asian enrollment at elite universities went up. TC: How do you view college rankings, such as those done by U.S. News & World Report? SJ: We write a lot about the rankings in terms of the fact that people try to game the system, certainly they’re important to many people, and I think it’s important to subject them to scrutiny, but I don’t consider them particularly valid. People at institutions like Duke that consistently do well in the rank-

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ings sometimes get upset when I say that.... But the rankings suggest that something big happened for Duke to go from eight to seven from one year to the next—that’s just not how universities work. The other thing the rankings do is they very strongly favor certain kinds of missions and certain kinds of money, so that the best-ranked universities are the universities with the largest endowments. They encourage a certain kind of college and university. An institution, say, that is not competitive in admissions but aspires to train the best school teachers in Appalachia—that university would not do well in US News, but perhaps they’re doing more for the world than the top ten. So I just don’t view the rankings as saying who’s, quote, “best.� TC: Inside Higher Ed has very diverse coverage, with articles on community colleges alongside those on standard four-year universities. Why have such breadth in your coverage? SJ: It’s something we’re very proud of. If you look at many of the hot issues in American higher education today, they’re actually playing out more at community colleges than at elite private universities. Right now, President Barack Obama has a goal, and many states have this goal of significantly increasing the proportion of the population that gets at least a year of college. And when you’re talking about people who wouldn’t go to college at all but are now looking to go—that’s the community college sector. Community colleges are much more diverse than other universities, they have many more minority students, many more firstgeneration students, so when you’re talking about the colleges that change lives—and I guess this sounds like I’m insulting Duke, and I don’t mean to—it’s the community colleges. There are tons of students at Duke who are Harvard rejects, and guess what? Their life isn’t over, they’re doing just great. And the students who applied to Duke and didn’t get in, their lives aren’t over either, they’re at great colleges somewhere. The SEE JASCHIK ON PAGE 4


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Duke will offer courses Photographer highlights online for credit next Fall black artists’ legacy by Ryan Zhang THE CHRONICLE

Starting next Fall, the University will expand its online course offerings to include for-credit courses directed at Duke students. The collaboration, called Semester Online, will include a number of courses offered by 10 participating schools, starting Fall 2013. The platform for the venture will be 2U, an online education company. Duke began offering online courses via the Coursera platform this semester, but these classes are universally accessible and not offered for credit. Semester Online courses will be included in the cost of Duke tuition, but the number of 2U courses a student can take in one semester may be limited. “There’s potentially a lot to be gained from integrating some online elements with the rest of our curriculum,” said Provost Peter Lange. “It’s a field that’s moving very quickly and in a lot of different ways, and we’ve been open to experimenting with different types of experiences to see what we can learn and how we can best use it.” The 2U courses will be reserved for students at the participating universities— which include Brandeis University, Emory University, Northwestern University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Rochester, Vanderbilt University, Wake Forest University and Washington University in St. Louis. Lectures will be capped at 300 students, and the program will also include online discussion sections of 20 people. “[The program] will have a very significant component of face-to-face interactive

sessions,” Lange said. Duke plans to offer two or three courses to start, but may increase the offerings to six. The details of the program, such as the courses that will be offered and their format, will be determined during the next few months, Lange said. “We have to work with our consortium partners to develop a coherent curriculum of courses,” Lange said. “We have to see which of our faculty are interested.” The program brings the unique benefit of allowing Duke students to take classes with students at other schools and may have a different perspective, said freshman Nick Curran. He added that he thinks the participating schools’ students all lie within similar intellectual ranges, which will be beneficial. Freshman Po Alin said he was concerned that students would be averse to taking online classes, noting the detached nature of online learning. “There’s something about having a teacher in front of you who you can talk to after class,” Alin said. “When you’re not in a classroom with other people you can talk to afterwards, for instance, or debate with, or form study groups with.” Alin also noted the technological difficulties associated with online learning, such as possible lag in video conferences. But Chip Paucek, 2U co-founder and CEO, emphasized the flexibility of online courses. “Technology can provide high-quality learning experiences, empowering students to continue their education as they follow their ambitions, anywhere,” he said in a Duke news release.



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Photographer and historian Gary Moore spoke Thursday about the Florida Highwaymen, a group of black artists from the 1960s. by Carleigh Stiehm “There is something about their paintTHE CHRONICLE ing and their back stories that really The Florida Highwaymen Artists broke struck a cord with people,” Monroe said. through racial boundaries and pursued a “I fell in love with their stories. I fell in new artistic style, said Gary Monroe, pho- love with their paintings.” tographer and Highwaymen historian. Monroe began researching the stories Monroe presented the varied works of of the Highwaymen when he took a break the Highwaymen, a group of black artists from his job as a photographer. who lived in Florida in the 1960s. He also Because he noticed that almost all of gave an overview of his personal photog- his role models and mentors began to raphy and the overall importance of art. “burn out” around middle age, Monroe The event, “The Highwaymen: Florida’s decided to examine to work of other loAfrican-American Landscape Painters,” cal artists. was sponsored by Duke’s archive of documentary arts. SEE LEGACY ON PAGE 6


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LEVITT from page 1 into the evening, when Gordon-Levitt put out a request for tweets on the topic and selected freshman Thu Nguyen, a member of The Chronicle’s design staff, to venture from the balcony to the stage. “I literally traveled half the world to be here for the education, the experience and this show,” Nguyen, a native of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, said amid loud cheers from the audience. Nguyen’s unplanned appearance was one of many: Dozens of students joined the actor to dance in front of a green screen, act out a six-word short story—“Tell no one about this cape”—and discuss the morality of working on Wall Street. Between instances of audience participation, Gordon-Levitt showed short films created from content submitted to his site. Gordon-Levitt screened two interpretations of the same animation, “Strawberry Bootlaces,” in which he starred. One was about a family meal being spoiled by the consumption of too much candy beforehand, and the other, more edgy version told the story of someone who had just smoked marijuana and struggled through the family meal before returning to the delightful discovery of one lone strawberry bootlace. DUU President Nathan Nye said Gordon-Levitt’s performance was booked in last April. “[The Speakers and Stage committee was] looking for someone who was a household name and who had star quality but also had a lot of really interesting things to say about the role

JASCHIK from page 2 community colleges are the institutions that make the difference between somebody getting a higher education or not. That is what changes American society. If you look at who’s transforming lots of lives, it’s community colleges, on a level that elite universities just can’t. A student who couldn’t aspire to go to [The University of North Carolina at] Chapel Hill can go to Wake [Technical Community College] for two years—North Carolina has a very good community college system—and then transfer to UNC, even though they didn’t have a chance of going there originally. So when it works well, the system is great.

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Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt dons a cape that he later asked audience members to wear while acting out a short story during his Thursday night multimedia performance in Page Auditorium. he was doing—he’s a lot more than just an actor, he’s also an artist,” Nye said. Although most of the evening was purely a platform for artistic demonstrations and plugs for his website, GordonLevitt also ventured into politicallycharged territory. Noting that Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of the eviction of Occupy Wall Street protestors from Zucotti Park in New York City, Gordon-Levitt made his disdain for Wall Street clear and expressed his solidarity with the movement’s ideals. The event ended on the theme of loops, as Gordon-Levitt made an open invitation—eagerly accepted by about a third of the audience—for attendees to

come sing a cyclical song on stage. Ava Rohloff, a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, called some of the short films “inspiring,” noting that she knew little about hitRECord before seeing the show. Sophomore Cameron Mazza came into the performance not knowing what to expect, but said he thoroughly enjoyed the event. “I was expecting it to kind of be cliché, indie, very hipster... but in reality, I thought it really did pertain to every type of person,” Mazza said. “The way everyone could participate in it was really, really enjoyable... I felt like I could relate to Joseph Gordon-Levitt.”

TC: In light of the recession, some people have begun to ask if college is worth the cost. What do you think of that? SJ: The answer to the question is yes. There’s a lot of data showing that you’re better off with an associate’s degree than with a high school diploma, that you’re better off with a bachelor’s degree than an associate’s degree, better off with a bachelor’s degree than a master’s degree. Post 2008, the gains are smaller than they were in better economic times, but the gains are still strong across all fields. Everyone likes to write stories about Jodie who studied philosophy at New York University, and now she’s a barista at Starbucks—have you read that story? It’s everywhere!—but you know what? In five years, Jodie will be better off than if Jodie had not gone to college. There’s just no data— census data, IRS data— that refutes that. Having said that, in a recession it’s very dangerous to borrow huge sums of money. The questions about worth come in much more with students who are borrowing a lot of money without understanding the loan obligations and without having set career goals. So to them I would say, “Don’t borrow $25,000 a year,” but that doesn’t mean “Don’t go to college.”


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PETITION from page 1 “We petition the Obama administration to peacefully grant the state of North Carolina to withdraw from the United States and create its own new government,” the petition states. Randy Dye, creator of North Carolina’s secession petition, told television station WBTV News 13 that secession would give the people more personal control over their finances and religion. Dye, who lives in Pittsboro, N.C., is a conservative blogger. The Chronicle could not reach Dye for comment. Mac McCorkle, former Democratic political consultant and associate professor of the practice of public policy, attributes the secession attempt trend to the nation’s increasingly multicultural population. The rapidly changing demographics—a diminishing white and Protestant majority—is unnerving some people, he said. As the United States increasingly becomes a nation of minorities rather than a single majority, he expects similar uprisings to continue. “We’re in for a phase of more manifestations of this,” he said. “People… feel the need to secede because they think they’ll never win again in America— that’s overwrought.” In the News 13 interview, Dye noted that had Romney won, he likely would not have filed the petition— though he added that the secession attempts do not reflect any racial biases. He said he is concerned by what he perceives as Obama’s socialist agenda. The government can spend American taxpayer dollars freely without being wholly accountable, he contended, and that underlies the need for smaller government. “It’s just going to come down to a point where there’s just more them than us,” he said. “There’s going to be more people that want a socialist government versus a republic.” But Joseph Blocher, an assistant professor at the School of Law, said states have no legal basis for seceding. In the 1869 case Texas v. White, the Supreme Court ruled unilateral secession unconstitutional. “I can’t imagine that there’s any serious scholar or court that would recognize a state’s unilateral right to secede from the country—it’s just not a legal option,” he said. “There’s nothing in the legal claims that deserves or demands a response from the White House.” Politically, the surge of grassroots petitions will not have an impact, McCorkle said, adding that the movement is more reactionary than substantive. “They want to secede, but I wonder if they want to keep their Social Security and Medicare benefits,” he said. He added, however, that it is too soon to predict the nation’s political trajectory. Come 2014, the country could see a return to “traditional America” with Obama no longer contending for the presidential seat. Dye admitted that successful secession is a long shot, saying that the movement is wishful ideology. “I want to be realistic—I don’t think this is going to work,” he said. Still, he said he stands behind the idea of the petition—that citizens have the right to stand up against the government.

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Dancing in November

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Duke dance students and faculty perform a piece from this weekend’s November Dances show in a dress rehearsal. November Dances performances will take place in Reynolds Theater Friday and Saturday.

The 26 highwaymen began their work in 1960, Monroe noted. Many consider their leader to be Alfred Hair. “Alfred Hair never aspired to be a great artist,” Monroe said. “ In 1960, he aspired to be a millionaire by his 35th birthday.” He added that this was not a realistic goal at a time when most young black men in the South felt grateful to have a job “picking oranges on a farm and making next to nothing.” Artist A.E. Backus trained Hair in the art of fine painting, and Hair aspired to attain the success of Backus. But due to racial prejudice and bigotry in Florida at that time, Hair knew that he would never accomplish as much as a white man could. But Hair did not let this deter him from profiting from his artistic abilities. “He figured he would paint 10 paintings in the same amount of time that it took Backus to paint one, and he would charge one-tenth of the price,” Monroe described. It was with this mindset—to make as much money in as short of an amount of time as possible—that Hair began to develop a new style of art called “fast painting,” Monroe said. Although this new style “corrupted” the long-held ideas of developed painters, he noted that it gave the purchaser a chance to “add their own narratives to their paintings.” The exact lineage of many Highwaymen paintings have been lost to time or unsigned work. “They could have cared less about who painted a painting, what they cared about

was making $25,” Monroe noted. The detail and likeness of an image was not as important to the Highwaymen as the emotions that it conveyed. “We didn’t paint for perfection, we painted for color,” Hezekiah Baker, a member of the Highwaymen artists, famously said. Monroe noted that in his time studying the Highwaymen, he began to understand the discrimination that faced the rising group of black artists. Many people were apprehensive about his research. “[I was] a 50-year-old pasty skinned white guy getting out of a nice car with a clipboard,” he said. “Needless to say I was not the most popular in that area.” In his many interviews with those who remembered the Highwaymen as they first began to sell their works, Monroe uncovered a web of racial tension that led to untrue rumors and discrimination. In one story, a man described the Highwaymen style as “assembly line art.” He went on to accuse the group of stealing all of their supplies, though no reports of this were ever found to be true. Naomi Nelson, director of the Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, said that it is important for students to see the connections between art and exceeding societal expectations. She added that in some cases, the time and place of an accomplishment can be more important than the magnitude of the accomplishment itself. Nelson encouraged students to explore other works of art that can inspire students to push themselves further toward reaching the American dream. Kirston Johnson, moving image archivist of the archive of documentary arts, coordinated the event. She said it was an important way to bring art to Duke students.


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FRACKING from page 1 study and post-doctoral research fellow at Resources for the Future, an environmental policy group. “We want to spark discussion but also demonstrate there are positive and negative impacts from shale gas development.” Christopher Timmins, co-author of the study and professor of economics, said that houses within the roughly one-mile radius experience an 11 percent property value boost because the fracking utility cannot drill without the homeowners signing a lease. The lease payments and potential economic development add overall value to their homes. The study also found, however, that homes risk losing some value if they are located near shale wells and depend on groundwater, which comes from wells on the property. These homes’ property values decrease because homeowners are unsure whether their water is contaminated by shale wells and have to account for that when drafting a cost for their home. The possibility of contaminated water forces the property value to decrease by an average of 24 percent, which offsets the boost from signing a lease and leave a net decrease in value of

INVISIBILITY from page 1 a centimeter-scale cylinder from microwaves. Smith has worked on the cloaking device since 2006, when John Pendry, an electrical engineering professor at Imperial College London, joked that

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Duke researchers have perfected an invisibility cloak that hides objects from sight by directing split magnetic waves around an object.

13 percent. “We don’t want to say people using groundwater aren’t getting any benefits, but those benefits are overshadowed due to the possible risks of contamination,” Spiller, who graduated from Duke in 2011 with a Ph.D. in economics, said. “Overall the economy is booming, but there are still unfair issues —some people are being hurt by it.” Homes that depend on pipe water, therefore, are only positively affected by living near shale wells since their property values increase from the lease payments. Timmins, who is also a research associate in the environmental and energy economics group at the National Bureau of Economic Research, noted that these estimates are all relative to homes outside the 1.25 mile radius. Spiller noted that it is very difficult to clean groundwater once it gets contaminated since the water usually cleans itself by filtering through rocks. She recommended that the government either increase regulation of fracking or expand the pipe water network to those using groundwater near shale wells. Although regulation would be costly, Timmins said it is worthwhile to decrease the risk of groundwater contamination and help homeowners who bear extra costs as a they could use his math on the subject to create an invisibility cloak. Smith pursued the project in response to Pendry’s comment. “It’s a really fun project,” Smith said. “It was mentioned on the Colbert Report and that’s all you can hope for,” Although the term ‘invisibility cloak’ has been popularized by the Harry Potter series, there are still significant differences between the fiction and reality. The real-life device can only conceal a device from one angle, Landy said. The cloak is shaped like a metal square, and all of the materials can be found in a desktop computer, he added. The untrained eye is unable to see anything disappear in a demo of the device. Despite the recent breakthrough, there is still room for improvement, Smith noted. The project is supported by the Office of Naval Research and Army Research Office. The military has plans to implement the device, but Landy declined to specify how it would use it.

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result of living near a fracking site. “We’re underpricing gas right now because we don’t force [fracking companies] to incur these costs, but homeowners are taking on those costs,” he said. Currently, fracking is regulated at the state level and has many loopholes, Spiller said. For example, fracking is not regulated under the Clean Water Act, so companies do not need to disclose how many and what chemicals they put in the ground. “They are basically free to do what they want,” Spiller said. “There are some regulations on surface water issues for sites larger than five acres… but the regulations are really sort of spotty,” she said. Although shale wells cannot be built without members of the community signing leases allowing the drilling, Spiller noted that as long as a few people sign a lease, it is in other neighbors’ best economic interests to sign as well, since they will have to put up with noise and air pollution of the plant anyway. “There’s never going to be a case where it makes sense for someone to not sign a lease,” she said. “Unless everyone really banded together and signed a binded contract [against fracking], gas development is going to move forward.” Avner Vengosh, professor of earth and

ocean studies, said the perception that groundwater is contaminated from fracking is largely speculative. Although some groundwater wells in Pennsylvania contain methane, it is unclear whether this leakage comes from the shale wells. “When people talk about contamination from hydrofracking, it’s sometimes misleading,” he said. “We think it’s contaminated, but it could be naturally occurring and have nothing to do with shale gas development.” Even if people with groundwater wells have measured their water quality, often they did not do so prior to the creation of a shale well, making it unclear whether contaminants actually came from the fracking site. Faculty and graduate students are trying to build tools that will enable homeowners to see if contaminants are naturally occurring or come from fracking, Vengosh said. As long as there is a perception that groundwater wells could be contaminated as a result of fracking, however, homeowners with groundwater wells will be negatively affected because they will have to accept a lower price as long as a risk of contamination exists. “We need to think about who is bearing the cost [and] make sure those people are protected,” Spiller said.

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To recover from its first losing streak of the season with a strong finish, Duke must first make its road woes a thing of the past. The Blue Devils are in control of their own destiny in the ACC’s Coastal Division with two games GT remaining in the regvs. ular season despite a Duke 1-3 record away from Wallace Wade Stadium this year. Coming SUNDAY, 3:30 p.m. off a bye week, Duke Bobby Dodd Stadium faces an unfriendly foe in Georgia Tech’s tricky triple-option attack at Bobby Dodd Stadium Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Even with an additional week to prepare, the Blue Devils (6-4, 3-3 in the ACC) may struggle against the triple option, an offensive scheme that has beaten them four out of the last five times they have faced it. After allowing 104 points in its past two contests, the Duke defense will have its hands full against a Yellow Jacket offense that posted 588 yards of offense and 68 points in a shootout win against North Carolina last weekend. Georgia Tech (5-5, 4-3) will feature both redshirt senior Tevin Washington

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The Blue Devils have competed in the NCAA Tournament for 10 consecutive seasons. Their opponent, Miami of Ohio, is at this stage for the first time since 2002. But the red-hot RedHawks enter this game as the MIAMI only team in Division I (OH) with 20 wins this year. vs. The third-seeded No. 3 Blue Devils will take Duke on a streaking Miami Friday, 4 p.m. (20-2-1) team at 4 p.m. Klockner Stadium Friday at Klockner StaNCAA Tournament dium in Charlottesville, Va. for the second round of the NCAA Tournament. “The [RedHawks have] unbelievable belief in themselves,” Duke head coach Robbie Church said. “That’s a lot of wins. I don’t care who they’ve played and what conference they’re playing in.... They feel like they’re the Cinderella team of the tournament. They MELISSA YEO/CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

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Georgia Tech and its triple-option offense rank fourth in the nation with 324.4 rushing yards per game.

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Calipari’s comments place flopping in the spotlight by Andrew Beaton THE CHRONICLE

In the frenzy surrounding the NBA’s adoption of anti-flopping rules, here’s the question nobody asked until Tuesday night: How would it affect Duke? But Kentucky head coach John Calipari finally made the connection between the NBA’s new rule and the school most known for its basketball acting during halftime of Duke’s win over the Wildcats. “They’re flopping all over the place,” he said. “In the NBA, they’d all be suspended.” Calipari tried to distance himself from the comments after the game when he was asked about them by a Chronicle reporter. “It was a joke,” Calipari said. “You guys at Duke can take a joke, right? Jeez.” Joke or not, fairly or unfairly, Duke players have been stuck with the reputation as floppers for as long as Mike Krzyzewski has been on the sidelines at Cameron Indoor Stadium. But Krzyzewski said Tuesday that a flop and a foul are not the same thing. “I think we took some amazing charges and probably could have taken a couple more,” he said. “There’s a difference be-

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Ryan Kelly attempts to draw a charge against Kentucky’s Archie Goodwin. tween a charge and a flop. A flop means you don’t take any contact. I would hope that anybody who watches the game thinks our kids really played outstanding defense and were there to take charges.” Still, as anyone who follows college basketball knows, Duke

players have become the poster boys for flopping. Miami Heat forward Shane Battier, who has openly criticized the NBA’s new rule, is often the first associated with the label. Others, such as J.J. Redick and Greg Paulus, have also been labeled as floppers. Battier, Redick

and Paulus declined comment for the story. “Taking a charge, in general, is one of the most unselfish, good plays that a player can make,” Duke associate head coach Steve Wojciechowski said. “It’s been a staple for our program since well before I ever got here.” It was pivotal in Duke’s defensive game plan Tuesday, when the Blue Devils drew four charges in the first half prior to Calipari’s comments. After watching the Wildcats on film, the coaching staff felt taking charges would be critical to their strategy, Wojciechowski said. Josh Hairston, Seth Curry, Tyler Thornton and Rasheed Sulaimon clearly got the message, all planting in the face of contact and hitting the deck for charge calls in the first half against Kentucky. Maybe the Wildcats, or the referees, got Calipari’s message at halftime—they were not called for an offensive foul in the final 20 minutes. But the Blue Devils do not take kindly to the suggestions that their charges are not legitimate. “Anytime somebody says that, whether it’s a coach or fan, it shows an obvious lack of respect for what a good play it is,”

Wojciechowski said. “We don’t make any apologies for it.” None of the current Blue Devils compare to Battier, however, who Wojciechowski said is the best he has ever seen at taking charges. He identified two talents that made Battier the best: the intelligence to be in the right place at the right time and the willingness to put his body on the line. In an interview before the season, Duke senior forward Ryan Kelly said he tries to model his game after Battier’s more than anybody else’s. Kelly, who showed his commitment to charges, taking one in a fastbreak drill during the team’s open practice at the beginning of the year, also brushed off the bum flop rap. “You get hit in the chest and tell me how it feels. It doesn’t feel good when you get bowled over,” Kelly said in October. “The block-charge is one of the toughest calls to make in basketball, but I’m going to keep taking them if it helps our team win.” The difficulty of the call is at the core of the issue in both the NBA and NCAA. The NBA defines flopping as a “physical SEE FLOPPING ON PAGE 11


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Fla. Gulf Coast seeks to upset second ACC foe by Lopa Rahman THE CHRONICLE

After earning a signature win against third-ranked Kentucky at a neutral site Tuesday, beating an unranked team at home would appear to be an easy feat for the Blue Devils. Florida Gulf Coast, however, is riding just as much momentum—the Eagles defeated Miami, ranked fourth in the ACC preseason coaches’ poll, Tuesday. No. 9 Duke (2-0) will look to avoid being Florida Gulf Coast’s (2-1) second ACC victim Sunday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium. FGCU “Florida Gulf Coast is a good basvs. ketball team,” Blue Devil assistant No. 9 coach Jeff Capel said. “Their win Duke against Miami is as big of a win as they’ve ever had in their program, SUNDAY, 8 p.m. Cameron Indoor Stadium so they’re going to be very, very confident. We played well against Kentucky, but we don’t want that to be the only time that we do that. We want to build off it, and hopefully that becomes who we are as a team and not just who we are at times.” Eagle sophomore Bernard Thompson scored 13 points and notched four steals against Miami. After a successful rookie season, the guard was a unanimous Atlantic Sun AllFreshmen pick. “We expect him to help carry us at times throughout the season offensively, but he’s also an excellent defender,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Andy Enfield said. “He really contributes to our success on both ends of the court.” Another major contributor on the Eagles’ roster is sophomore point guard Brett Comer. Also an Atlantic Sun All-Freshmen selection last season, he recorded eight assists and zero turnovers against the Hurricanes. “We have to really get after him Sunday and not allow him to quarterback the team,” Capel said. Enfield called his team “young and inexperienced” in comparison to a Blue Devil roster that includes three seniors and two juniors who play regular minutes. Duke seniors Seth Curry, Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly combined for 51 of the team’s 75 points against Kentucky. Capel noted the importance of continuing to utilize

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Senior Seth Curry led Duke in the team’s 75-68 win against Kentucky with 23 points, 14 of which came in the second half. that experience. “Those are guys that we need to set the tone for everything we do with our basketball team and set an example for the younger guys in our program, teaching them the values and standards that our program represents,” he said. The Blue Devils, who played fundamentally-sound basketball against Georgia State and Kentucky, continued to hone those fundamentals in practice this week. Against the Wildcats, Duke recorded 16 assists and made just eight turnovers. “We’ve been focusing on our defense and executing on

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offensive sets,” junior guard Tyler Thornton said. “We’re trying to build on what we’ve started so far this season.” Duke will not be the only team trying to build on a strong start to the season Sunday night. Florida Gulf Coast is equally determined to win in its second game against an ACC opponent. “We understand and respect the abilities of the Duke players,” Enfield said. “They have a hall of fame coach, and Cameron is a difficult place to play. But we’re coming up with a game plan that takes their strengths away and gives us a chance to win the game.”

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Season opens against Blue Devils head to the Presbyterian and Iona National Championships by Nick Martin THE CHRONICLE

After netting a combined 256 points in only two exhibition games, head coach Joanne P. McCallie and d the Blue Devils are looking forward to tipping ing off against some eekend. real competition this weekend. Duke (0-0) will take on Presbyterian Saturday at 7 p.m. and Ionaa Sunday at 2 p.m., with both contests taking ng place in Cameron Indoor Stadium. “I’m just excited for or our first official game,” junior guard Chelsea helsea Gray said. Entering the season,, the Blue Devils are still short several starters, rs, as the injury bug has hit Duke hard this is year. Luckily, the Blue Devils have a relatively atively soft schedule ks of November and in the first several weeks December, and their absence will not be detrimental. “We’re very excited to play and work on things,” McCallie said. “It’s been very, very good for us, this schedule, le, relative to getting people healed up.” ould be able to have The Blue Devils should erian (1-1) and Iona their way with Presbyterian (2-0) on the boards, with h the teams boasting only two and d three players, respectively, above 6-feet-tall on their team.. Junior forward Haley ey Peters has spent most of her time hauling in the rebounds for Duke. Against Queens and Shaw, Peters grabbed 21 and 18 rebounds,

respectively, and should be able to replicate these numbers against smaller teams. “Those rebounding numbers, our defensive pressure and making sure we go inside and out is going to b be consistent every game, no matter who we pl play,” Gray said. Gray and fellow junior guard Tricia Liston led the team t in scoring in the preseason with Gray putting up preseason, 24 points against Queens and Liston dro dropping 36 points against Shaw Shaw. Liston is a three-point sp specialist, which showed in the preseason, where she went a combined 8-for-10 from behind the arc. Gray, on the other hand, is a strong, fast ballhandler who can not only set herself up for a jumper in the lane, but is also unselfish with the ball, as she led the Blue Devils in assists last season. Gray has been the driving force behind the Blue Deviils, translating her experience and energy into per SEE W. BASKETBALL B ON PAGE 12

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Both the men and women’s teams will head to Louisville, Ky. this year after receiving an at-large bid and an automatic bid, respectively, to the national meet. For the third time in just four years, the Duke men will return to the NCAA Championships. The team received an at-large bid due to their fifth-place finish at the Southeast Regional meet and previous point-earning performances. The last time the Blue Devils made it to the national meet, they came together for a solid finish, earning 21st place in a field of 31. This year, though the team has not even made it into the national rankings at this time—receiving fewer votes in the coaches’ poll than Washington, which did not qualify for the Championships—both the runners and head coach Norm Ogilvie are confident that the team’s performance will change people’s minds. “We’re focusing on the positives and the fact that we think we’re going to surprise a lot of people,” Ogilvie said. “The rankings did us a big favor by seeding us dead last at nationals. That’s a great motivator to the guys…. They’re [very] angry. They’re going to prove everybody wrong.” Senior Mike Moverman will look to lead teammates such as graduate student James Kostelnik, juniors Phil Farleigh, Lu-

cas Talavan-Becker and Brian Atkinson and sophomore Shaun Thompson in Louisville Saturday. These runners will be joined on the course by two men who have stepped up to save Duke in previous meets—senior Dominick Robinson and junior Christian Britto. Both Robinson and Britto posted stellar performances at the regional meet and effectively ensured Duke’s berth into the Championships. “I’m ready to rock,” Robinson said. “We’re all super happy that we’re here and ready to prove ourselves. It’s the third time in four years, and [the program has not] done that in a long time.” The women echoed similar sentiments as they prepared to step up to the line for the national meet. The Blue Devil runners will be led by senior Juliet Bottorff, who, after missing the previous season due to an injury, has proven that she is more than fully recovered by consistently placing first for the team. Unlike Moverman, Bottorff will be racing for a team that is highly ranked in the national polls, currently sitting at No. 10. The team’s automatic bid-earning performance is a definite improvement upon its previous season, during which only senior Madeline Morgan was able to qualify for the championship meet. Morgan will be returning to the national meet along with graduate SEE XC ON PAGE 12


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Duke heads to Tenn. and UNC by Ashley Mooney THE CHRONICLE

This weekend, the Blue Devil swimmers are in Knoxville, Tenn. for the Tennessee Invitational, while their divers are down the road in Chapel Hill, N.C. for the Nike Cup Invitational. Both meets began Thursday, and will continue through Saturday. “We’re off to a great start, and just looking forward to a great weekend,” head coach Dan Colella said. “It’s great to be here at Tennessee—one of the faster facilities in the southeast. It’s just a great facility to be finishing up our fall competition, and it’s our opportunity to have a three-day meet of prelims and finals and simulate what we’re going to be going through when we go to the ACC and NCAA Championships.” At the Tennessee Invitational, the Duke women (2-3) are facing off against No. 7 Tennessee (5-0), Kentucky (1-5) and Colorado State (05). The women’s 200-yard freestyle, 200 medley and 400 medley relays are currently ranked in the top 50 in the nation, and will hope to improve their performances this weekend. Thursday morning, junior Lauren Weaver almost broke the school record for the 50-freestyle, and was the No. 1 seed going into finals.

The Blue Devils will look to junior Christine Wixted to continue her domination of the breaststroke events after she established a new personal record of 1:02.01 at their last home competition Nov. 3. She is currently ranked 18th nationally in the 100-yard breaststroke, and has the second-best time in the ACC in the 200 breaststroke. “Christine Wixted had a great start this morning in the 200 [individual medley] and we’re just looking forward to some great performances from her as well as a number of others,” Colella said. The men (1-3) will face off against No. 13 Tennessee (3-2) and Kentucky (1-4) at the Tennessee Invitational. Senior Ben Hwang, who is currently tied for second in the nation for the 50 freestyle with 20.03, is not in Tennessee due to illness. The divers are competing in the 1-meter, 3-meter and platform events, with platform events held in Duke’s Taishoff Aquatic Pavillion. Olympic divers Abby Johnston and Nick McCrory are not competing. In their last competition, the Blue Devils hosted N.C. State and the Miami women at Taishoff Aquatic Pavilion Nov. 3. Duke placed second, coming in behind N.C. State but besting Miami.

and redshirt freshman Vad Lee at quarterback this weekend, a system that has provided the Yellow Jackets with success. Winning three of its last four games and averaging just under 39 points per contest during that stretch, Georgia Tech has attributed much of this offensive explosion to Lee’s energy. Duke head coach David Cutcliffe is no stranger to Lee’s athleticism— he saw glimpses of the signalcaller’s talent when the local Durham product played at Hillside High School. “I am very close to Vad Lee,” Cutcliffe said. “I saw him a lot over here. I had him in camp. Vad is a fine young man and a very gifted athlete. I’m glad he’s doing well.” Although the triple option is a run-oriented system, Lee is particularly dangerous because he is a threat to throw the ball as well. Despite completing just six passes in last week’s contest against the Tar Heels, Lee averaged 28.2 yards per completion. The Blue Devils will have to be wary of Washington, who leads the ACC with 17 rushing touchdowns, when he is in the game as well. “It’s not much of a dropoff between the two of them,” defensive tackle Sydney Sarmiento said. “They both know the offense extremely well. They both know how to run. They’re both fast, and they’re both smart players. We’re going to have our work cut out for us.”

Defending the triple option is taxing both physically and mentally for entire defenses, but the most difficult role may belong to the members of Duke’s secondary this weekend. The Blue Devil cornerbacks and safeties will be forced to play up in the box in run support and as a result could be left isolated in deep passing situations. “That’s really how they win games,” Cockrell said. “When they can catch you sleeping in the defensive backfield and move the ball quickly and get you on your heels. You have to study a lot of tape, and even if you study it’s going to be hard.” To make matters worse, Duke’s secondary will remain without safety Brandon Braxton for the third-consecutive game, which will mean a large role for freshman Dwayne Norman and will force cornerbacks Ross Cockrell and Lee Butler to play a variety of positions in the secondary. Last week’s 68-50 final from Georgia Tech’s matchup with North Carolina is just one indicator that Duke will have a chance to put up some points as well. The Yellow Jackets have struggled defensively this season and have allowed opponents to top 40 points on five occasions. Cutcliffe did not seem afraid of a high-scoring affair. “I haven’t found any other way to beat people than to score more points than them,” Cutcliffe said. Georgia Tech has seen some improvement on the defensive side of the football since the fir-

ing of defensive coordinator Al Groh following a 47-31 loss to Clemson on Oct. 6, but a result of that coaching change may ultimately play against them in their matchup with the Blue Devils. After Groh’s firing, interim defensive coordinator Charles Kelly simplified the Yellow Jackets’ defensive scheme. Squaring off with Duke’s spread offense this weekend, the Yellow Jackets’ base 3-4 defense will potentially leave outside linebackers matched up with speedy Blue Devil receivers such as Desmond Scott and Issac Blakeney. The stakes are high for both teams in this late-season ACC clash. The Blue Devils can reach their first-ever conference championship game with back-to-back wins. Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets are faced with a seemingly must-win game just to become bowl eligible, as they face No. 5 Georgia in their season finale. But by posting a win this weekend, Georgia Tech can achieve bowl eligibility while simultaneously giving the Yellow Jackets an outside chance at a trip to the ACC Championship game. “When you have these kinds of opportunities in a 12-team league that’s headed to a 14-team league, you best pay attention to them and take advantage of them,” Cutcliffe said. “They don’t come across your table all the time, anywhere I’ve been. It qualifies as a very big game. Handling a big game is an art.”

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feel like they can do no wrong, so that’s a dangerous team.” The Blue Devils (13-5-2) are coming off a 6-0 win against Loyola Maryland in Durham. The RedHawks advanced in a more nervewracking manner, defeating Tennessee 3-2 in overtime on the road with what Church described as a “miracle goal.” This will be the second consecutive game that Duke plays a conference champion. The RedHawks qualified for the tournament after winning the Mid-American Conference tournament. Miami also won the regular season going through their conference slate undefeated and are on a school-record 16-game unbeaten streak. Not often do the Blue Devils play a team with a more productive offense, but the RedHawks have scored 59 goals this season, one more than Duke has. Miami has also conceded two fewer goals on the season, despite playing three more games Regardless of their opponent, however, the Blue Devils have made the focus about themselves. They are striving for consistency in a season that has lacked it. Duke’s longest winning run spanned just four games. “It’s just keeping our focus, keeping our consistency and sharing the ball,” Church said. “[Against Loyola Maryland] we saw a lot of ball movement instead of people running with the ball, so we’ve got to continue to play at that level. We can’t go back to some of the older habits.” The Blue Devils will once again look to its midfielders for creativity to link the play. Of the six goals scored in the win against the Greyhounds, five were from the midfield. At the heart of the team’s midfield is junior Kaitlyn Kerr, who recorded her first career hat trick over the weekend. Church said that whenever Kerr plays well it “just energizes everybody.” “It’s about really playing my game,” Kerr said. “I think college soccer is just crazy sometimes—you’re getting so many pressures from all different angles. What I do best is I pass and move, and I just really go back to basics and thinking of what I do best and sticking to my mentality.” Kerr, who is recognizable from the large knee brace she wears on the field, has gone through three different surgeries during her career in Durham. She said that the injury is still hurting, and that she will have it checked by a doctor again after the season. “Everybody understands what Kaitlyn’s been through to be on the field,” Church said. “Ninety-nine percent of the players out there wouldn’t be able to go through what she’s gone through. And for her to come back and play, and play at the level she plays at, it’s pretty amazing.” Kerr’s role as an attacking midfielder is to draw the opposing defender away from the forwards to open up space for

act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player,” according to an NBA official release. Flops are physical reactions inconsistent with what would be expected from contact on a play. There are 18 Blue Devils in the NBA, not including the league’s rising comissioner Adam Silver. In an effort to clarify the distinction between blocks and charges, the NCAA implemented a restricted arc beneath the hoop where defensive players cannot draw a charge, except in the case of anything flagrant or excessive. The additional rule came after two seasons in which the NCAA had implemented the restricted zone without putting the physical semicircle on the floor. The NCAA’s distinction of blocks and charges requires referees to make a split-second decision between who is responsible for the contact, depending on if the defender was already in the dribbler’s path or if the dribbler “passes an opponent sufficently to have head and shoulders beyond the front of the opponent’s torso.” Easy, right? Regardless how difficult the call is to make, the Blue Devils just want people to stop talking about them flopping. “Instead of coaches and fans commenting about it in a negative way, you think people would appreciate and recognize what a good play it is,” Wojciechowski said. And Krzyzewski coyly quipped in his press conference after the Kentucky game that no matter what people say about Duke, this is not the NBA. “[The players] don’t make any money, so they can’t be fined,” he said.

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With three goals, junior Kaitlyn Kerr led the Blue Devils’ six-goal performance in the first game of the NCAA Tournament. the Blue Devils. Because of her school-record nine career goals in the NCAA Tournament, Church describes Kerr as a “big time player.” But Kerr values the team aspect of the game more than her goal tally. “I don’t even really like scoring, actually,” she said. “I don’t care about scoring and everyone can’t get over that or can’t believe me. I think that it’s a team effort, and the way we played in that game was a depiction of why we won 6-0. Everyone was sharing the ball.” This will be the first meeting between the two teams, and Kerr said that the Blue Devils will not be changing the way they play for their new opponent. “What we need to do no, matter who we play, is stick to our game plan and not change for anyone else,” Kerr said. “In the past we’ve changed our game plans too much to the other team and worried about them, whereas I think we need to just worry about ourselves and what we do best.” Should Duke triumph against the RedHawks, the team will face the winner of the match between second-seeded Virginia and Rutgers, who play after the Blue Devils. A potential Sunday contest against the Cavaliers will be a rematch of Duke’s 1-0 loss in conference play, while the Scarlet Knights will be lesser-known to the team. One Blue Devil, however, will be very fa-

miliar with a Rutgers player. Callie Simpkins’ sister, Emmy, is the starting goalkeeper for the Scarlet Knights. Callie said she was excited to finally see her sister in action in what could potentially be her sister’s last college game. The first task for Duke, though, is to serve the RedHawks their first loss in two months. “We’re feeling great. We’re taking it one game at a time and we’re really confident going into the weekend,” Callie said.


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W. BASKETBALL from page 9 leadership on the court. “I think naturally a point guard is supposed to be a leader because they control everything out there on the court,” Gray said. “They’re the coach on the court. They have to make sure everything’s running smoothly.” Duke has not been all offense, with its defense shutting down opponents in the preseason. The Blue Devils held Queens and Shaw to 11.4 and 20.6 percent shooting from the field, respectively. “Defensively, we’d like to use our athleticism more. We feel like we’re a stronger team but we’ve got to apply that,” McCallie said. “So look for that in defense, look for that in rebounding.” Presbyterian is a small college, but in their season-opener against Clemson, they showed that they will not be intimidated by any ACC teams. The Blue Hose took down the Tigers 49-46, winning the game on a buzzer-beating three pointer. Senior guard Dria David, who scored the game winning shot as time expired against Clemson, leads Presbyterian. Dria is the workhorse of the team, leading them in scoring with 19 points against the Tigers while playing a team-leading 37 minutes. “Presbyterian is a neat team in the sense

XC from page 9 student Seujin Ahn, senior Ashley Brasovan, junior Gabby Levac and sophomores Carolyn Baskir and Kelsey Lakowske. Despite the fact that the team is ranked so highly, the women are trying their best to stay focused only on enjoying their performance and remaining relaxed.

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[that] they play so many high quality opponents,” McCallie said. “They’re well coached, a very fundamental team, a team where everyone can kind of shoot and pass.” Presbyterian took down Clemson with suffocating defense. The Blue Hose were stingy with their closeout perimeter defense, with the Tigers going 0-11 from downtown. The Blue Devils will have little time to reflect on Saturday’s game as they have to turn around and play Iona. Iona will come into Sunday’s contest with an abundance of confidence, after beating Navy in their season opener, then defeating Long Beach State on a last second put-back by freshman forward Joy Adams. The Gaels are led by offensive standout and reigning MAAC Freshman of the Year, sophomore guard Damika Martinez. Martinez is averaging 24 points per contest and does so through efficiency. She is shooting .486 percent from the field and an even .500 from behind the arc while also averaging 7.5 rebounds per game. The quick turnaround should serve as a good time to test the Blue Devils’ conditioning and willpower, as the bench will be short on replacements. Both Gray and McCallie cited the tournament-feel of playing two games within 24 hours. “We’ve worked on these things, and it gets us prepared for the rest of the season, like the ACC Tournament,” Gray said. “That’s three days in a row.” “Practice has gone well this week,” women’s head coach Kevin Jermyn said. “We feel like we’re in good shape heading into [the meet]. The girls know they’ve been ranked well and I think that gives them more excitement that they could do well at a meet like this. But at the same time we’re not focused on numbers and places…. We’ll have a lot of fun together this weekend.”

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Sex We were not at all sur- trayed solely in a negative prised that a study commis- light and, especially for sioned by Trojan ranked women, questioning their Duke a measly 41st out of self-worth or the validity of 141 universities in a sexual their sexual decisions. health report card. While The Duke Social Relationwe cannot ships Project, comment on released earlier editorial the methodthis year, found ology of the study or its ac- that over 70 percent of single curacy, we strongly agree Duke students expressed a dewith its lead researcher, sire to be dating more. The auBert Sperling, who noted thors argued that their results that Duke does not have “present a picture of social enough awareness outreach life at Duke that is discrepant programs regarding sex and from common perceptions.” sexual health. The lack of Specifically, according to the campus dialogue surround- study, nearly 50 percent of all ing sex leads to a number of students do not hook-up on a negative consequences. Spe- regular basis. These numbers cifically, a lack of dialogue surprise us in part because we leaves students grossly mis- do not discuss sex openly on perceiving common sexual a regular basis, leaving Duke behavior at Duke, flooded students to guess what their with stories about sex por- peers are actually doing (say,

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students would have a rare opportunity to discuss sex in a positive, constructive way. This is especially important given that sex requires informed decision-making— the answer is not to shun all talk of sex for fear of making things awkward, but rather to talk about it openly. Only when students feel comfortable talking about sex in a positive way can students really make proper decisions about it. Finally, we have particular concern about self-worth issues surrounding sex, especially amongst women. A serious double standard exists when it comes to sexual behavior in our society: promiscuous men are heralded as studs, while women who do the same thing are called

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skipped over the Obama and Romney circles is measured by relative advantage instead of the when I cast my ballot last week. Ironically, while value of policies produced. placing me at the heart of the election season When I watched the “third party” debates morass, my move to the District of Columbia after (online only, of course), I witnessed the strikgraduation actually detracted from ing contrast of candidates like Jill the impact of my vote. In a district Stein and Gary Johnson speaking brian contratto passionately, where Obama most resoundingly with conviction and guest column trumped his opponent with 91 persincerity—perhaps due to a pocent support, it’s hard to feel the litical idealism available only to sense of civic affirmation that accompanied the candidates speaking from outside the fishbowl ballot I cast in North Carolina in 2008. of media scrutiny, and without the “benefit” of The Electoral College is partly to blame, by ren- guidance from well-salaried strategists who work dering useless the votes of 3.3 million Texans who to ensure victories at the expense of honesty, chose Obama and 4.2 million Californians (more consistency or plausibility. These candidates prethan the entire voting body of Virginia) who voted sented truly radical positions, in so far as they for Romney—all while arbitrarily ballooning the might constitute legitimate change: e.g., rejectimportance of states like New Hampshire. But ing the new normal of annual military spending this year, I found myself taking greater offense in excess of a trillion dollars (about a third of the at a problem that afflicts government more per- federal budget), and ending the miserable War vasively, regardless of elections: the failure of two on Drugs that has wasted billions while leading to party-dominated government. frightening levels of mass incarceration in states The presidential debates set the stage for an like California. unprecedented amount of public dissembling Unlike Obama and Romney, a scrutinizing and shape-shifting, transforming into meaningless analysis of these candidates’ policies probably fluff pieces for prefabricated party platforms— doesn’t merit much time, because none stood a nothing at all like a genuine rhetorical battle of chance of winning. If they were given similar meopposing, delineated value systems. When Obama dia attention, I assume journalists and watchdogs attacked Romney, he merely deflected by reposi- would find plenty of shortcomings and inconsistioning himself, in a well-tested tactic of creeping tencies. Nonetheless, I was inspired by the only into the “moderate” camp as Election Day drew presidential debates to provide new political imagnear. And when the disturbing issue of drone war- ination and alternatives. If such effects are merely fare in Pakistan was finally broached, there was no symbolic at this point, I’m certain they could be debate to be had because Romney had no point of realized—if only they were given their due via mecontention with the president’s aggressive coun- dia exposure and a public discourse conscious of terterrorism tactics. the malleable ideological cores of young people The predictability of these farcical competi- like myself. tions for victory dictated by spin rooms drove Unfortunately, youth voter turnout is consishome the problem of the Democrat/Republican tently low, I believe in part due to an electoral divide as an utter failure at the levels of ideol- system where the victors of most states are anogy, democracy and policy. The supposed virtue nounced with certitude long before Election Day. of “bipartisanship” is specious because the strate- Party pluralism would help to dissemble the obgies that enable it and the policies it produces noxious, anti-democratic swing state obsession; it resemble nothing like the reasonable compro- would mitigate and preclude the kinds of opposimise and good spirited cooperation it suggests. tional, impotent Congressional sessions we have Instead, America is presented with public policy had to witness (no less pay for) during the last as a misshapen amalgam of competing ideals, in- quadrennial; and it would present the possibility debtedness to campaign donors and frustrating of a truly reflective representation of the varied strategies that underlie lame duck sessions and and complex desires, beliefs and expectations of a filibusters. This is less a democracy than a per- rapidly diversifying American polity. petual chess tournament with huge corporate What the fringe signifies for me, if not through sponsorship. the specific candidates it presented in 2012, is hope It saddens me to see my friends with tremen- for a political horizon beyond this impossibly cordous intellect and political verve working within rupted thing we attempt to reconcile and rebalance the confines of say, the Democratic Party, when from pole to violent pole every four years. it is clear to me that there is no space for true progressivity in a system reliant on the status quo Brian Contratto, Trinity ’12, is the former music to perpetuate its own power, and where success editor of Recess.


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Quit being such a girl, Ash.” I heard this phrase on in- alone and before I knew it, 60 minutes on the monotonumerable occasions from my older brothers during nous machine had elapsed. my childhood, and as a product of the phenomenon Standing in line at Quenchers afterwards, I overheard of familial Darwinism, I learned the keys to survival. a cluster of girls chatting about what they were going I never set foot inside a dance studio and never owned to wear to Shooters on Wednesday night. It was Sunday so much as a bottle of nail polish. I let my morning. Their hands were still boldly hair tangle as I dodged tennis balls in the marked with Xs from the previous night, streets where we played running bases. I their workouts producing a concoction learned how to properly throw a baseball of sweat and cheap, plastic-bottled vodka and make a diving catch on our plush Kenthat now dampened their Lululemon tucky bluegrass lawn. I developed a natuyoga pants and matching racerback tank ral swing on a set of red Fischer Price golf tops. I stood by in a pair of ratted Duke clubs, and judging from our home videos, sweatpants, a white Hanes V-neck top, my I could have been a savant on the links by ashley camano hair tussled behind a thick headband. I the ripe age of 10. I learned how to imitate listened over my removed headphones as going camando ChiChi Rodriguez, gleefully spinning my they faintly played their rap music. It was club after a satisfactory hit, and I dressed then I realized what my brothers meant. in a Derek Jeter jersey for multiple Halloweens during the There has always been a certain stigma surrounding New York Yankees’ new millennium heyday. the intrinsic nature of “being a girl.” The whining. The Barring a few minor changes, much remains the same. crying. The desperation. My brothers warned me of the I have since grown into a loyal and perpetually disap- inevitable scrutiny and public deplore that could ensue pointed New York Mets fan and now need to spend $16 if I took my tears or troubles outside our house. “Don’t on my acrylic manicure every two and a half weeks. But I be a girl,” they told me—don’t act the way I’m genetically still play competitive sports; I wear sweatpants and untied programmed to act? I didn’t get it. But now I do. Nike shoes and can count how many times I’ve straightGirls are absolutely and undoubtedly insane. Someened my hair this semester on two hands. I would choose times certifiably. But always, always crazy. We obsess over “SportsCenter” over “Pretty Little Liars” 101 times out of people and pounds and social prestige. We dive our noses 100, and the thought of taking a photo holding up the into magazine after magazine looking for the answers to peace sign, vertical or tilted, makes me shudder. flawless beauty and abounding man candy. Spoiler alert: A few weeks ago, my competitive season in the NCAA Life is unreasonable and bizarre and unpredictable, and ended for the year, and I was struck by the thought that no matter how many articles you read or how much gossip without an alarm clock cruelly beckoning me out from you spit, happiness doesn’t come to conniving sociopaths under the covers every morning for practice, I would have who obsess over hair and nails and Diet Coke. little to no excuse for leaving the room in oversized sweatNo one knows the prescription for effortless perfecshirts and running leggings. The post-season represents a tion—the plague that casts its dreadful shadow over coltime during which female college athletes can reestablish lege campuses and finds its fuel in Facebook pictures the image of themselves in fabrics other than cotton or Ly- and Twitter feeds. The only remedies I’ve found have cra, in colors other than grey and black. I swapped my Air been in my genetics and my upbringing—I thank my Max for my Enzo Angiolini equestrian boots and switched brothers more than I can fathom. It’s time to stop the from ChapStick back to Revlon Colorstay lip-gloss. With- things I’m glad I never started myself. Get off of your out a built-in, automatic workout at practice, this left no computer and stop tacking your life together on virtual option other than to step back inside Wilson Gym. Natu- pinboards—they’re not real. In the words of my brothrally, as any respectable college girl does, I opted daily for ers: Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. the elliptical machine. Don’t bother taking yourself so seriously all the time and One day I sauntered to the machine adjacent to the quit being such a girl. television screening ESPN, selecting a dog-eared magazine en route—the latest issue of Cosmopolitan. Before Ashley Camano is a Trinity junior. Her column runs every I even broke a sweat, I was enthralled by the headlines other Friday. You can follow Ashley on Twitter @camano4chron.

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The tragedy of 2 Chainz

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auheed Epps is an intelligent individual. Epps was an honor roll student in high school and received an athletic scholarship to play basketball at Alabama State University in 1996. In interviews, he seems proud of finishing high school, an accomplishment that many others in his career field cannot claim. His answers to interview questions are thoughtful and measured. In short, he seems to know what he’s talking about, which is more than can be said for many other public celebrities. But Epps, otherwise known as the rapper 2 Chainz, consistently produces some of the most idiotic verses the mainstream music industry has ever seen. The very first line of one of his most recent hits, “Birthday Song”,” may well go on to live in infamy, since 2 Chainz uses it to explain, “She got a big booty, so I call her big booty.” When I first heard the song, I rewound the track in order to ensure that I heard 2 Chainz correctly. The fact that he keeps jordan siedell his salutations simple and to the point is admirable, but the words, lines and life reality that this lyric made its way into an actual rap song that has been heard by millions of people around the world is not. Although my friends and I got several good laughs out of the song, it made me wonder how and why 2 Chainz elected to rap in a manner more befitting a small child (albeit one with knowledge of buttock vernacular) than a grown adult. I don’t mean to pick on Tauheed unnecessarily. In most cases, music that is lacking in lyrical quality, like his music, makes up for it with catchy beats and deep bass lines. These elements do wonders for what might otherwise be lame atmospheres at parties or other social events. The need for distinctive beats is also why songs like “In Da Club” by 50 Cent will never completely fade from the public consciousness (and if you’ve never heard that song, YouTube it and thank me later). Of course, 2 Chainz is only one in a long string of successful artists who make bad popular music. One only need look up people like Vanilla Ice and Snow to confirm this. (If either or both of those names draw a blank, feel free to head back to YouTube, if only for the cultural experience.) The real problem with music like “Birthday Song” is that our society today has pushed it to the forefront of the entertainment scene, to the point where it’s even considered to be “good.” It’s gotten to the point where I want to commit acts of violence because of certain songs. Some songs are insanely popular, yet “awful” doesn’t even begin to describe them. Anyone who has listened to “How to Love” by Lil’ Wayne will know what I’m talking about. Although I’m no music critic, I’ve listened to enough songs over the years to know when I hear a bad one. Good songs across all genres are those that convey real meaning to those who listen. The artists who make good music actually say something—they don’t just fill your head with useless chatter. There are a finite number of ways to describe hooking up with women or making money, and rappers like Tyga and 2 Chainz have explored all of them repeatedly (though “women” and “money” are often replaced by other choice words in their songs, lest they lose credibility among their other hopelessly horrible rap associates). There’s a difference between indulging in artists like 2 Chainz in a setting where music quality is secondary and putting their music on a level that they don’t deserve and almost certainly never will. The tragedy of 2 Chainz is not really a tragedy at all—at least not in the sense that we’re used to seeing in newspaper headlines or on CNN. Tauheed Epps didn’t die young, he didn’t squander what wealth he had and he didn’t push hard for a goal only to never achieve it. Epps is an intelligent individual who has been putting out decidedly unintelligent music for several years, for which he has been handsomely rewarded and praised. He is one of several so-called artists who produce bad music that dominates the radio waves and iTunes charts, which very often overshadows the efforts of countless others who do their best to make music have meaning by actually saying something. Tauheed is too smart to produce music this bad, but the reality is that bad music sells big and it sells often. “Birthday Song” is an incredibly dumb song written by a man who understands the benefits of producing dumb songs. The tragedy is that our society would rather take the dumb song than look for something better. Jordan Siedell is a Trinity senior. His column runs every other Friday. You can follow Jordan on Twitter @JSiedell.


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THE CHRONICLE

Duke University Stores® would like to thank everyone who participated in our Hoops Shootout on the Plaza on Wednesday, November 14, 2012. The following is the list of winners from each division:

Men’s Free Throw 1st Place – Glen Palmer 2nd Place – Cody Leovic

Women’s Free Throw 1st Place – Sarah Woodring 2nd Place – Stephanie Smith

We also extend a special thanks to the Facilities Management Department for their help with this event.


Nov. 16, 2012 issue of The Chronicle