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Duke plans study abroad in Cuba by Nadia Hajji THE CHRONICLE
Administrators are in the early stages of making Cuba an accessible study abroad locale. In light of loosened government travel restrictions implemented in 2011, the Global Education Office for Undergraduates has initiated an exploratory group to consider a study abroad program in Cuba, said Margaret Riley, director of the GEO and assistant vice provost for undergraduate global education. The United States has imposed travel restrictions to Cuba since 1960. Currently, independent travel to Cuba by Americans remains prohibited, but some students and individuals taking part in educational and humanitarian tours are allowed to visit the country. “[A Cuba study abroad program would] enhance our portfolio and geographic distribution of our programs,” Riley wrote in an email Tuesday. The program administrators are discussing what would be an expansion of an existing study abroad program in Cuba through Brown University. The program would offer students the opportunity to
Obama unveils new gun policies by Tiffany Lieu THE CHRONICLE
The battle to reform gun control laws will soon emerge in Congress. In response to the recent mass shootings that have ravaged the nation, President Barack Obama announced a proposal Wednesday to reform gun control laws. The proposal to Congress included both action items for legislators as well as executive actions that the president plans to enact unilaterally. Local school administrators have also taken steps to increase security, so far resisting calls to arm teachers as a defense against violent attacks. Twenty children were killed in the Newtown, Conn. school
shooting in December, and 12 were killed and 58 injured in the July shooting in Aurora, Colo. The following national outcry, however, may still not provide enough momentum to ensure policy reforms, Philip Cook, senior associate dean for faculty and research at the Sanford School of Public Policy, wrote in an email Monday. “Public opinion is in support of these measures, but that is unlikely to be enough to overcome the [National Rifle Association] influence,” Cook said. Among the proposed reforms is a requirement for criminal background checks for all gun purchases, a restriction SEE GUNS ON PAGE 4 PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY CHRIS DALL
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President Obama presented a series of gun control measures Wednesday. NRA President David Keene has advocated arming teachers for school safety.
Uni picks student Lemur Center to open new office in Madagascar health director by Danielle Muoio THE CHRONICLE
The Duke Lemur Center recently acquired office space in Sambava, Madagascar, to house their latest conservation project. Since it began in January 2012, the center’s SAVA Conservation Initiative has not had a physical location to consolidate its efforts. SAVA—named for the region Sambava, Antalaha, Vohemar and Andapa in northeastern Madagascar—uses a multifaceted approach to promote environmental progress in areas suffering from rapid deforestation. The Duke Lemur Center rented a space—expected to open in about a month—to house researchers and serve as an office space in the region. SEE LEMURS ON PAGE 4
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The Duke Lemur Center will soon open offices and living space in this building in Sambava, Madagascar to house the SAVA Conservation Initiative.
Dr. John Vaughn has been appointed as the new director of student health of Duke University. Vaughn will be bringing experiJohn Vaughn ence gained from working Ohio State University’s Student Health Services and improving its health promotion activities and technologies, according to a Duke statement. Apart from being involved in Ohio State’s Student Health and Services and Department of Family Medicine since 2007,
Exhibit celebrates 50 years of black students, Recess page 4
“One part of SLG life has always made me deeply uncomfortable—the “selective” part......” —Elena Botella in ‘The sticky ‘S’ in SLGs.’ See column page 8
Vaughn is the chair-elect of the clinical medical section of the American College Health Association and chair of the social networking subcommittee of the Council of Scientific Editors. Vaughn is interested in the use of programs that use social media and technology to improve health care delivery within the student community and in the medical humanities. Vaughn earned his degree in English literature at OSU in 1993, where he later graduated from medical school in 1997. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. —from Staff Reports
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DUKE STUDENT GOVERNMENT
Students will vote on bill of rights by Imani Moise THE CHRONICLE
Undergraduates will be able to vote on a proposed student bill of rights. The Duke Student Government rules committee proposed the addition of a bill of rights to the DSG constitution, presenting the legislation before the Senate Wednesday night. The goal of the bill is to provide a mechanism for students to address wrongs committed to them by student groups. The proposed amendment received a two-thirds majority of support in the Senate. It will be added to the ballot for the undergraduate Young Trustee election, scheduled for Feb. 7. The idea for including a student written bill of rights was originally announced in a Senate meeting last October. The proposed bill describes the rights of all undergraduate students at Duke, including freedom of expression, ideology, privacy and the right to vote. “To some extent we are trying to be preventory rather than patch up a hole after its opened,” said sophomore Nikolai Doytchinov, vice president for academic
affairs. The main goal of the bill is to clarify what students should expect from the Judiciary, DSG and other student groups, Doytchinov said. Although other universities also have bill of rights, DSG’s proposed bill differs in that it is designed to be enforceable rather than theoretical, he said. Currently, student rights are ambiguous, making cases that go before the judiciary difficult to resolve. With the new legislation, a student who felt that his or her rights were being infringed upon could contact the chief justice of the judiciary, who would then take the appropriate actions, Doytchinov explained. Executive Vice President Patrick Oathout, a junior, noted that the presence of a bill of rights would greatly benefit the community and improve student life on campus. He added that the proposed new bill of rights is more comprehensive than the University’s current non-discrimination policy—a document that reinforces Duke’s commitment to maintaining an environment free of discrimination and
harassment. But some Senate members questioned the purpose of the amendment as it serves a very similar purpose to the University’s nondiscrimination policy enforced by the Office of Institutional Equity. “I agree with everything that’s written in [the bill], but I don’t know if that’s where our time is best spent” said junior Stefani Jones, vice president for equity and outreach. But adding a new set of rights does not harm anyone, Oathout said, adding that to not have the bill would be to maintain the status quo. That the document is written by students will provide additional benefits and accountability, he added. “Not only is it a set of rights that we ourselves have written, it gives us [the right of] enforcement of our own policies,” Oathout said. Other senators are concerned that the bill will eventually become irrelevant to the student body. Junior Marcus Benning, senator for Durham and regional affairs, SEE DSG ON PAGE 3
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DSG Executive Vice President Patrick Oathout presents about a possible student bill of rights at the group’s Wednesday meeting.
Prospects grow dim for nuclear talks with Iran by Jason Rezaian and Joby Warrick THE WASHINGTON POST
TEHRAN — Four weeks after agreeing in principle to nuclear talks, Iran has gone silent about its plans for the negotiations, baffling U.S. and European diplomats while also signaling internal discord over what analysts on both sides see as the best chance in years for a nuclear bargain with the West. Prospects for the talks — which U.S. officials last month described as imminent — have grown more uncertain after Iran declined to respond to at least two proposals for meeting dates, Western diplomats said. Iranian and European Union officials discussed logistical issues by phone on Monday amid hopes that a meeting could still occur before the end of the month. But with progress at a crawl, officials and analysts on both sides expressed concern that the chances for a deal were being undermined by political divisions, in Tehran as well as in Western capitals. Hard-liners in Iran have spoken publicly against making any nuclear concessions, while in the United States, conservatives in Congress have warned against a deal that would allow Iran to retain any ability to enrich uranium, even for nonmilitary purposes. “The problem for the Iranians is not the date; it’s a worry that the meeting will not be successful,” said Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a former nuclear negotiator for Iran who lives in the United States. “They want to have a meeting as soon as possible, but they don’t want to be blamed if there’s another failure.” The maneuvering over meeting dates and venues cast a shadow over a visit to Iran this week by officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog. The IAEA is prodding Tehran to grant access to military facilities where the agency believes Iran secretly conducted
research on nuclear weapons a decade ago. Iran insists its nuclear program is exclusively peaceful. Although Iran and the IAEA reported progress last month toward resolving the dispute, the agency’s chief, Yukiya Amano, told reporters that he was “not necessarily optimistic” about the outcome of the meeting. Analysts say Iran would probably preserve its bargaining chips for the broader dialogue with the group known as P5-plus-1 — the United States, Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany. Three rounds of talks last year between Iran and the P5plus-1 ended in deadlock. But Iranian envoys signaled a possible diplomatic thaw last month by agreeing to resume negotiations about possible curbs on the nuclear program. The news sent diplomats scurrying to pack for meetings that were expected to begin in mid-December or immediately after the New Year’s holiday. But two tentative meeting dates passed without a response, prompting speculation that the Iranians were stalling for time or were locked in an internal debate over whether to agree to limits on the nuclear program in return for future sanctions relief, diplomats and analysts said. “They’ve gone to ground,” said one senior U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive diplomacy. “We’re all waiting, and everyone is checking with everyone else, but there’s been nothing at all.” Still, key officials on both sides continue to suggest that conditions are right for a deal, given Western anxieties about the prospect of another Middle East military conflict and Iranian anguish over unprecedented economic sanctions. In Tehran, a growing chorus of current and former officials in recent weeks has touted the need for a diplomatic end to what they see as the root cause of many of Iran’s problems.
“For the West to become confident about our peaceful nuclear activities and for us to get our rights and get past the effects of sanctions and the difficult path the enemy has prepared for us, there is only one way, and it is negotiations,” Hassan Rowhani, a former senior Iranian nuclear negotiator, told an Iranian news agency. But in Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s many rivals are loath to give him space to make a settlement, which would allow him to take a measure of credit for mending relations with the United States before his final term ends in the summer. “While the Supreme Leader has final say on the nuclear issue, the next president would at least initially be able to enter the scene with some fresh ideas and have room for maneuvering,” Iranian political analyst Mohammad Ali Shabani said in an e-mail. In any case, Iran is unlikely to accept a deal that does not include clear timelines for sanctions relief, which would be key to gaining public support for a settlement, Iranian policymakers and analysts say. Mounting international sanctions have hampered Iran’s ability to sell oil abroad and transact with foreign banks. The economic ripple effects have caused shortages of food, medicine and imported gasoline, the latter of which has been replaced by low-quality fuel that is contributing to air pollution blamed for hundreds of recent deaths. “There are sufficient forces in the Iranian society to push for change in relations, but . . . only if the United States also shows flexibility on the nuclear issue and abandons aspects of policies that have so far failed to force Iran to bend,” says SEE IRAN ON PAGE 3
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CUBA from page 1 experience life in the Caribbean country for an extended period of time. In the past, Duke has conducted programs in Cuba, but this would not be a reactivation of any previous programs. In addition to meeting student interest for a program in Cuba, the study abroad option would also broaden the opportunities offered to students wishing to study Spanish. Last Fall, Duke only offered one semester-long international program in Latin America, which took place in Costa Rica. The other Spanish-speaking semester abroad program was in Madrid. Duke is collaborating with other high caliber American universities to discuss the possibility of expanding Brown’s program, Riley said. If realized, the program would follow the same model as the Duke in Barcelona/Consortium for Advanced Studies in Barcelona program beginning Fall 2013. The Barcelona program was formed as a combined study abroad effort among several universities who observed that there was growing interest in Barcelona as a host city for study abroad, yet there were limited program options for students. These U.S. partners created a consortium to offer academic study alongside
IRAN from page 2 Farideh Farhi, a political science professor at the University of Hawaii who specializes in Iran. But just who in Iran would make any decision to bend remains unclear. Iranian foreign policy was long thought to lie solely in the hands of its supreme leader. Over time, though, the pragmatism required
Spanish natives in the area. Administrators hope to create a similar consortium called the Center for Advanced Studies Abroad, which would include a program in Cuba. Brown in Cuba is based in the capital city Havana. Students in the program are introduced to Cuban culture and everyday life through orientation programs, and enroll in courses to understand the key issues facing the country today, according to the program’s website. The program centers upon the social sciences, arts and the humanities. Joan Clifford, assistant director of the Spanish language program, reached out to the GEO to offer her full support of a Cuba program after returning from a recent eight-day trip to the country. “At various times on my trip, I began to contemplate how enriching a study abroad experience would be, since I myself was enthusiastic about the warmth of the people, the rich artistic and intellectual tradition and the complex political situation,” Clifford wrote in an email Wednesday . Junior Detti Belina, who studied in Madrid Fall 2012, is excited by the prospect of a Cuba study abroad option. “Despite the complicated history of Cuban-American relations and concerns over the nation’s socialist government, for Iran to grow economically, militarily and politically in an unstable region replaced many of the regime’s more fundamental tendencies and widened the field of domestic players, who often have diverging interests. Today, with opposing political factions seeking to advance their own agendas, what is often perceived abroad as mixed signals from Iranian leaders is actually a set of competing visions for Iran’s diplomatic future.
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The Global Education Office for Undergraduates is exploring the possibility of hosting a study abroad program in Cuba due to loosened travel restrictions. a study abroad opportunity there would offer a mind-opening and unique experience to Duke students,” Belina said. Duke is also participating in exploratory groups in other locations, Riley noted. One such program could be in Turkey, where Duke would be the lead institution. In addition, the University
DSG from page 2 urged the Senate to consider ways to market the bill to maximize its efficacy for students. “I fear this resolution will end up like a lot of our other resolution—in a black hole,” Benning said. In response to this concern, Doytchinov proposed that Senate members play
could collaborate with Stanford University on a program in Chile. Although she is excited that the GEO is taking part in discussions on enhanced study abroad offerings, Riley said that all programs are in their early stages and no concrete progress has yet been made for the Cuba program. an active role in spreading awareness and sending reminders of the bill’s existence at the beginning of each term. “The committee has done a great job putting this together—we should think carefully and I hope the Senate takes this week to think about what it means for the student body,” sophomore Derek Rhodes, vice president for Durham and regional affairs, noted.
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GUNS from page 1 on ammunition magazines to 10 rounds, the reinstatement of a strengthened version of the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004, $4 billion to keep 15,000 police officers on the street and increased focus on and financial support for expanding mental health programs for young people. Rodney Berry, assistant principal for sixth and seventh grade at Durham School of the Arts, said he fully supports the new emphasis on mental health, adding that change must happen on a national scale. Change will take time and effort, though, given the current low level of federal funding toward such programs and the slow progress in improving criminal records and mental health records, Cook noted. “We have a long ways to go,” he said. There has been widespread support for maintaining the status quo in regards to gun control laws over the last 10 to 15 years, though such support is declining in light of the recent shootings, said Kristin Goss, associate professor of public policy and political science. She added that the country remains very divided about comprehensive gun con-
trol reform, but the majority of American voters would support specific laws. Even so, given the partisan split regarding gun control laws, it seems unlikely that Congress will enact assault weapons bans or universal backgrounds checks, Cook said. “The House Republicans are not going to oppose the NRA position, which is dead set against any legislation along those lines,” he said. Given the dominance of the Republican Party over North Carolina’s government, any reforms to gun control laws in the state will likely swing toward loosening current regulations rather than strengthening them, Cook added. On the local level, opposition to the status quo is gathering momentum. Durham Mayor Bill Bell, along with 800 U.S. mayors, teamed up with the lobbying organization Mayors Against Illegal Guns to enact new restrictions. The demands include requiring criminal background checks for all gun buyers and banning assault weapons and highcapacity magazines. “This has happened too many times,” Bell said in a joint statement one month after the tragic shooting in Newton, Connecticut. “We’ve got the message, the ques-
LEMURS from page 1 “[The new space] will just take the project to the next level and help us become more visible in the community,” said DLC conservation coordinator Charlie Welch. “It’s easier to further our objectives when more people in the community are aware about what we’re doing.” The project is relatively small, consisting of one on-theground postdoctoral researcher, Erik Patel, and the project manager, Lanto Andrianandrasana, who is also located in Madagascar. Despite the size, Welch said it has been difficult to run the project without a home base. “Erik has been running the project out of where he lives
tion is, have the people in Congress got the message.” Guns in schools Obama’s new proposal includes a provision that would finance programs to train school officials, as well as police officers and first responders, to respond to armed attacks. The NRA took a different approach, proposing to increase the number of armed security guards on school campuses. To date, 18 states across the nation—including Connecticut, the site of the recent mass shooting that was the second deadliest school shooting in the nation’s history—allow adults to carry a loaded firearm on school campuses, sometimes with a requirement of permission from the school, NBC reported. Allowing teachers to carry firearms introduces a host of new risks, however, including questions of security and control of the weapon, Cook said. A scenario involving a student stealing a teacher’s gun to use against others is not unimaginable, especially given that teachers often have items such as mobile phones stolen, he added. “It’s a terrible idea to arm teachers…. The net result may well be worse than the
and as the project grows, we need a place where people can go that is not where Erik lives,” he said. “To be taken seriously as a project in the area, you need a place where people can go.” The initiative incorporates several approaches to lead conservation efforts in the SAVA region, according to the Duke Lemur Center’s April 2012 newsletter. These include educating local people on the importance of environmental awareness, supporting reforestation efforts and conducting research in the region. Without the space, projects are scattered, Andrianandrasana said. Meetings occur in restaurants and computer work is done in cybercafes where they can print documents. Patel noted that he has lived in many places since coming
current situation,” Cook said. “There would be the added risk with no benefit.” Goss called into question the efficacy of arming teachers—who are oftentimes minimally trained—with guns, pointing to studies that show that trained police officers hit their targets only a fraction of the time. Placing armed and untrained civilians in a crisis situation could result in dangerous consequences, she added. In Durham public schools, only county sheriffs and deputies are allowed to carry firearms, and even they are expected to follow very strict guidelines, Berry said. In response to the recent mass shootings, schools across the district revisited their security plans to ensure the highest safety for students and faculty, Berry said. Only minor changes—such as increased visibility and support for teachers from the administration and other security personnel—were made to DSA’s plans. Ultimately, however, no security plan can provide protection against an armed intruder, Berry said. “You can put together a great security plan, but when someone is really bent on doing something, they can find the weaknesses in the plan,” he said.
to Madagascar, including tents and bungalows. The new space will give Patel a permanent living space when he is not on expeditions. Welch added that if the Duke Lemur Center successfully starts a DukeEngage program in Madagascar, students would be able to use the new space, which consists of two bedrooms, an office, a living room and a kitchen. “The new office space will give us the private meeting space we’ve needed for a long time as well as allow us to host visitors, such as DukeEngage students and visiting Duke professors, more effectively and safely,” Patel wrote in an email Wednesday. “It will also give us a secure location, since it is enclosed by a private locked gate, to pay salaries and take care of other financial matters in private.”
A Seminar Series on the Mathematical Modeling of Cancer
In the Spring semester, the mathematical biology seminar will be devoted to a series of talks on cancer modeling. Seminars will take place 12PM to 1PM in room 119 of the Physics Building (at the end of Science Drive). Topics will include the evolutionary dynamics that drive tumor progression and the resulting tumor heterogeneity, insights into angiogenesis from systems biology, HPV and cervical cancer, chemotherapeutic treatment of ovarian cancer, optimizing radiation dosing schedules for glioblastoma and sophisticated models of cancer in individual patients. Many of the speakers work in tightly-integrated teams of clinicians, modelers, and biologists to develop computational tools that will one day help improve clinical planning. The aim of this seminar is to catalyze similar interactions between mathematical scientists and cancer researchers at Duke. More details about the seminar including titles, abstracts, papers related to the talks, and how you can watch the talks remotely (in real time or after the fact) can be found at http://www.math.duke.edu/~rtd/sem2013/talks.html For more information or to arrange a meeting with one of the speakers contact Rick Durrett by email firstname.lastname@example.org. edu or phone 919-660-6970. In the ﬁrst seminar on January 18 Durrett will give an overview of topics to be discussed during the semester. An article on his work can be found in the January 9 issue of the Duke Chronicle.
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Georgia Tech game is a shot at redemption by Tim Visutipol
DUKE vs. GEORGIA TECH
Thursday, January 17 • Cameron Indoor Stadium 9:00 p.m. No. 3 Blue Devils (15-1, 2-1)
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No Blue Devil on the current roster has ever experienced back-to-back losses during the regular season. After its first loss this season Saturday, No. 3 Duke (15-1, 2-1 in the ACC) will need to bounce back against Georgia Tech tonight at 9 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium to ensure this record remains true. Without senior Ryan Kelly—sidelined indefinitely with a foot injury—the Blue Devils showed their mortality Saturday and are no longer undefeated. The Yellow Jackets (10-5, 0-3), looking for their first conference win, will look to capitalize on a Duke team that is still adjusting to missing a regular starter. “It’s a lot easier to get ready, get pumped for the game playing such a high-caliber team as Duke,” Georgia Tech center Daniel Miller said. “It’s something we look forward throughout the season, and something we prepare for during the off-season.” Stepping into Kelly’s place on Saturday were junior Josh Hairston and freshman Amile Jefferson. The two combined for 18 points in the loss to the Wolfpack, but could not keep N.C. State’s C.J. Leslie quiet during the contest. Although the Yellow Jackets will not offer the same offensive threat inside, it will be interesting to see how head coach Mike Krzyzewski and the coaching staff allocate Kelly’s minutes in this contest. “Well, I’m not sure you ever recapture that completely,” Krzyzewski said in his Monday ACC teleconference. “Ryan is one of the best players, and so you can’t ask somebody
MASON PLUMLEE 17.5 PPG, 11.4 RPG JOSH HAIRSTON 2.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG RASHEED SULAIMON 10.8 PPG, 0.9 SPG SETH CURRY 16.4 PPG, 42.4% 3-pointers QUINN COOK 11.8 PPG, 6.2 APG
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DANIEL MILLER 7.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG MARCUS GEORGES-HUNT 10.9 PPG, 4.4 RPG ROBERT CARTER JR. 10.1 PPG, 6.5 RPG BRANDON REED 5.4 PPG MFON UDOFIA 10.0 PPG, 3.2 APG
(Projected lineups, statistics from 2012-13 season) The Duke frontcourt is much DUKE GT weaker with Ryan Kelly still out 65.5 PPG: 79.1 indefinitely with a foot injury, 57.1 PPG DEF: 61.8 FG%: but the Blue Devils still have 47.8 42.1 3PT%: the advantage with National 41.8 30.0 FT%: Player of the Year candidate 71.5 64.9 RPG: 37.7 36.1 Mason Plumlee on the block. APG: 15.7 13.6 Yellow Jacket PG Mfon Udo4.2 BPG: 4.6 fia can be a handful, but SPG: 6.0 7.1 Quinn Cook is emerging as 11.2 11.5 TO/G: one of the elite floor generThe breakdown als in the ACC and should Duke still needs to find its groove without Kelly, be able to smoothly run the but playing a weak Georgia Tech squad should Duke offense. be the perfect remedy. Being back in front of the With Kelly injured, Duke’s Cameron Crazies after playing in a hostile road bench is even more imporenvironment, the Blue Devil backcourt should be tant. Amile Jefferson should able to improve its shooting from the last game be ready to play early and and regain its footing in the ACC. often while Marshall Plumlee and Alex Murphy could also hear their names called.
OUR CALL: Duke wins, 76-58
to just try to do what he does. Your team has to develop a little bit different personality.” Duke was also fortunate not to lose guard Seth Curry to a long-term injury after he left Saturday’s game late in the second half. Krzyzewski said Curry suffered a slight ankle sprain and will play against Georgia Tech. Curry’s status boosts the Blue Devils, especially with freshman guard Rasheed Sulaimon struggling recently. Sulaimon went 0-for-10 against the Wolfpack. “I think it can happen more with freshmen,” Krzyzewski said. “Since coming back from Christmas, he really hasn’t played that well in all aspects of the game. He’s been okay, but he hasn’t come close to playing the way he was, and sometimes, especially a younger player, if the ball is not going in, it can have an adverse effect on other aspects of your game, and that might be what’s happening with him.” The Yellow Jackets are facing an injury concern of their own with senior guard Mfon Udofia still recovering from a knock he received against Illinois in late November. Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory said that even though Udofia can play, he does not believe Udofia is fully fit and lacks some of his explosiveness. While N.C. State leads the conference in field goal percentage, the Yellow Jackets have the lowest. Despite this, Georgia Tech is third in the league in scoring defense, allowing opponents just 57.1 points per game. The Yellow Jackets are also a good rebounding team, outrebounding their opponents by SEE M. BASKETBALL ON PAGE 6
Blue Devils demolish Virginia Tech by Maureen Dolan THE CHRONICLE
Despite struggles offensively, Duke’s defense sparked the team to 58-26 victory over Virginia Tech to retain its spotless record. The No. 4 Blue Devils (16-0, 6-0 in the ACC) took an early lead, and never let the Hokies (7-10, 1-5) back in Wednesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke’s full court press and zone defense overwhelmed Virginia Tech’s offense. Hokies’ head coach Dennis Wolff admitted that his team looked “shell shocked,” which the Blue Devils certainly used to their advantage. With the score 16-12, Duke’s stifling defense held the Hokies scoreless for the final 10 minutes of the first half as the Blue Devils went on 24-0 run to erase any doubt of the outcome by halftime. “We played different defenses, and the team responded well,” Blue Devil head coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “There was some great execution. I felt we got a whole lot better defensively during the game.” The team racked up 19 steals and forced 26 Hokie turnovers during the physical game, with 23 Duke points resulting from turnovers.
Despite the score differential and overall dominance, this was not the same offensive output that the Blue Devils have produced all season. “It’s a good lesson for us as a team,” McCallie said. “You had better play some defense. You had better rebound. Because sometimes the ball doesn’t fall the way you like it to fall.” Duke’s 58 points is a season low, compared to an average of 80.4 points. Even though the team shot 45.8 percent during the first half, only just under the average for the season, complacency with the lead and an overall lack of concentration caused the Blue Devils to shoot only 29.3 percent in the second half. “Since we have been so offensive-minded all season, sometimes it’s good to be a little humble there to know exactly what you need to do on offense,” McCallie said, “[But] I’m really concerned about assists. That’s a horrible number for us.” McCallie has room for worry: While the team averages 18.5 for the season, Duke only put up eight assists on Wednesday. Sophomore center Elizabeth Williams
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Sophomore Elizabeth Williams notched her fourth 20-point game of the season, keeping Duke undefeated. was the one bright spot on the Blue Devil offense. She nearly defeated the entire Hokie offense on her own with her game-leading 20 points. While junior guard Chelsea Gray did not add as many assists as the team is used to per game, she did put up 12 points and grabbed seven steals from the Hokies.
The real test for Duke will come next week when they take on No. 3 Connecticut. The Huskies have had the Blue Devils’ number lately, besting them in their last five meetings. Connecticut plays a very physical game, and McCallie looks forward to a “dress rehearsal” for what Duke will hopefully face in the NCAA tournament.
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M. BASKETBALL from page 5 almost three boards a game, good for fourth in the ACC. â€œIn this league youâ€™d better respect everybody you play because everybody has got great players,â€? Gregory said in his teleconference. â€œBut we also want to get to a point where that respect is a healthy respect, but we go out there and try to play Georgia Tech basketball. And thatâ€™s defend better, thatâ€™s rebound better, which is a key for us, and thatâ€™s when the opportunity comes, and weâ€™d like it to come more often, to really push the ball and share the ball.â€?
Both teams are coming off losses from the weekend, something Gregory says will not affect the game at all. Georgia Tech squandered an 11-point lead to fall to Virginia Tech in overtime. â€œGreat challenge on Thursday. Play against not only one of the best teams in our conference but one of the best teams in the country,â€? Gregory said. â€œIt doesnâ€™t matter if youâ€™ve come off 20 wins or 10 losses, itâ€™s hard to play in Durham.â€? Most importantly, Miller said, it is essential that the Yellow Jackets stay focused against a Duke team looking to avoid a second consecutive loss.
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