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Former lax players settle lawsuit against Duke by Anna Koelsch THE CHRONICLE
Only one lacrosse scandal lawsuit remains against Duke after a lawsuit filed by a group of 38 former lacrosse players was settled earlier this week. The lawsuit, filed by the members of the 2005-2006 men’s lacrosse team against the University, was settled out of court. The University and the former players notified a federal court in Durham
of the settlement Wednesday. Now one lawsuit remains of the many filed against the University after three Duke lacrosse players were falsely accused of rape by exotic dancer Crystal Mangum in 2006. The accusation garnered national media attention, but charges were dropped after the accusations were proven false. The more than 200-page lawsuit, originally filed by the players Feb. 21, 2008, included 31 counts
of grievances related to the pursuit of false rape charges in 2006. It sought unspecified damages for emotional distress, fraud, negligence and other injuries allegedly inflicted by Duke and other officials. It was filed against the University and 28 other defendants, including President Richard Brodhead, Executive Vice President Tallman Trask, Dean of Students Sue Wasiolek, Provost Peter Lange and Victor Dzau,
chancellor for health affairs and president and CEO of the Duke University Health System. Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations, confirmed that the suit had been settled, but declined to provide additional comment on the settlement’s conditions. Vice President and General Counsel Pamela Bernard and Bill Thomas, an attorney for the for-
mer lacrosse players, could not be reached for comment. Trask deferred comment to Schoenfeld, and Wasiolek declined to comment. Brodhead, Lange and Dzau could not be reached for comment. The dismissal was filed “with prejudice,” so the 38 former players can never again sue Duke over the rape allegations and following SEE LACROSSE ON PAGE 4
Virginia takes down No. 3 Duke 73-67 by Jacob Levitt THE CHRONICLE
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — With the news this week that injured forward Ryan Kelly had returned to practice and could play as soon as Tuesday against Virginia Tech, the power forward position has been central to recent discussions of the Blue Devils. Thursday night, though, Duke’s power forwards were nowhere to be found as Virginia bullied past the Blue Devils for a 7366 win at John Paul Jones arena. “The four position was not played tonight by us,” head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “Those kids have done a good job for us, but tonight they didn’t play very well. We had zero offensive rebounds from that position, and that position is not blocked out.” The good news is that Kelly dressed for the Virginia game and warmed up with the team, though he did not play. The
bad news was that when Josh Hairston and Amile Jefferson were in the game, they were largely ineffective, combining for just three rebounds, all on the defensive end. As a result, Krzyzewski turned to a fourguard lineup for long stretches, with Hairston and Jefferson combining for just 28 minutes. “When they play four guards, they’re not real big, besides Plumlee,” Virginia head coach Tony Bennett said. “That gives you help [rebounding].” The Cavaliers effectively converted those rebounds into buckets, scoring 18 second-chance points off their nine offensive rebounds. Overall, Virginia outrebounded the Blue Devils 33-21. Duke only had two offensive boards, and because offensive rebounds often result in some of the most wide-open looks
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Joe Harris scored 36 points and led Virginia on both ends, giving the Cavaliers a win and their fans a chance to storm the court at John Paul Jones Arena Thursday.
DSG pres. debate canceled because of low attendance by Carleigh Stiehm THE CHRONICLE
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Juniors Stefani Jones and Patrick Oathout, DSG presidential candidates, were slated to debate Thursday evening, but the event was canceled due to low attendance.
The Duke Student Government presidential town hall debate, hosted by the Alexander Hamilton Society, was canceled due to low student attendance. The event, scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday, was supposed to feature debate following questions from the audience. The debate was officially canceled after junior Daniel
Strunk, treasurer of AHS and moderator of the debate, asked the audience if there were any undecided voters, and no one responded. There were less than 10 students in attendance, though more than 70 said they were ‘going’ on the event’s Facebook page. “I am disappointed in the turnout, but it wouldn’t have been fair to the candidates to go through with the town hall,” said senior
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Ryan Boone, president of AHS. “There were not enough undecided votes to have fair questions for both candidates.” Boone said that the debate was set for Thursday to accommodate for the candidates’ schedules. He added that the event was scheduled on very short notice and without the collaboration of other SEE DEBATE ON PAGE 3
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Scientists link two rats’ brain activity
People should consciously fight ideal body image
by Tony Shan THE CHRONICLE
by Georgia Parke
The brains of two rats have been connected over a long distance, creating an artificial communication channel between the two animals. Scientists studying brain-machine interfaces at the Nicolelis Lab have demonstrated that the real-time transfer of sensory-motor brain signals from a rat in Natal, Brazil to another in Durham, N.C. leads both rats to make similar behavioral selections. The researchers used a brainto-brain interface, allowing the visual and motor signals of one brain to be transmitted directly to the other. These results give further support to the notion that the brain is capable of processing additional signals from unconventional sources. “The study underscores the brain’s ability to find and exploit regularities between neural patterns of activity, and to use them to increase the rate of reward— even if the thing that’s doing the transduction... is derived from the activity of another animal,” said Marshall Shuler, assistant professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University. The first rat, the encoder, was placed in an environment where it was presented with a task to move toward a stimulus to receive a reward. As the encoder rat performed the task, samples of its brain activity were sent to matching cortical regions of the decoder rat, which received the microstimulation to perform the same task. Prior to connecting the brain-to-brain interfaces, both encoder and decoder rats were conditioned to move in accordance to a particular stimulus in order to collect a reward. For the encoders, the stimulus was either a visual or tactile cue, and for decoders, the training stimulus was an artificial electrical impulse delivered directly to the brain. Once both groups became proficient at the task, the two were connected to form a “dyad system” in which sensorymotor activity from the encoder group
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A recent Duke study linked brain activity between two rats who were interacting between Natal, Brazil and Durham. was fed to the brain of the decoder as stimuli in real time. The task was readministered to the encoder group and the results showed that the decoders were able to perform similarly with approximately 70 percent accuracy, even when the two groups were separated by extremely long distances. The successful performance of the decoder group is largely dependent on the quality of information extracted from the encoder, according to the study. The artificial stimulus given to the decoder group during training was a lot “cleaner” compared to the direct feed from another brain, which results in slightly lower accuracy in the experimental group, said Miguel Nicolelis, co-author of the study and professor of SEE RATS ON PAGE 4
Clinical psychologist Eric Stice suggested using dissonance theory to help combat a dangerous obsession with thinness. Stice, who is currently an senior research scientist at the University of Texas at Austin, presented his research on effective ways to combat and prevent eating disorders at a lecture Thursday hosted by the Center for Child and Family Policy. Fifty professors and researchers from both Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, congregated at the Sanford School of Public Policy to listen to his presentation. The majority of his presentation focused on his research in dissonance-induction, a method where individuals with a poor body image must outwardly disagree with the societal projection of ideal body image. “Dissonance theory practically is if you don’t believe in something, and then you’re [in support of] it, then your verbal statement is incongruous with your originally held beliefs,” Stice explained. “That creates psychological discomfort we feel hypocritical and that trains your attitude.” Stice further explained dissonance theory in his presentation as voluntarily arguing against a commonly held opinion, which leads individuals to diverge from those popular views—for example, the ideal images of supermodels. The Body Project—an eating disorders prevention program developed by Stice and Katherine Presnell, assistant professor of psychology at Southern Methodist University—uses dissonance to train people to reject those images of projected perfection. The project consists of four weekly one-hour sessions of counseling and homework in which the teenage participants who subscribe to “thin ideals” must argue against it in essay and debate form. Participants also post letters and videos on the Internet condemning the thin ideal. Follow-up surveys of the participants after three years showed that the sessions
reduced the number of eating disorders by 60 percent. “The more accountable you are, the bigger the dissonance,” Stice explained. Having conducted trials on both college and high school campuses, Stice noted that the high school programs were less successful due to the selection and supervision of counselors and facilitators. At the college level, The Body Project also employed peer mentors who facilitated the sessions, which were about 33 percent less effective than clinical physicians with several years of experience. Although the program has proven to be effective, it is still not 100 percent successful, Stice said. He noted that one reason may be that certain individuals have elevated negative mood disturbances, which can be solved by supplementary intervention. Ken Dodge, director of the Center for Child and Family Policy, explained how preventative practices are an area of clinical psychology that is continuously being researched and expanded, both in the Triangle area and elsewhere. “The mission of the center is to help translate research to practice and public work,” Dodge, William McDougall professor of public policy, said. “This is a perfect model of that [mission] that takes ideas from social psychology.” Prevention is a crucial element of treating eating disorders that continues to be developed, said Anna Bardone-Cone, an associate professor of clinical psychology at UNC who attended the lecture. She noted that Stice’s work is both interesting and relevant. “It’s not the kind of research I do right now, but I think it’s very important,” Bardone-Cone said. “I’d like to be kept abreast of it.” The event was part of the Transdisciplinary Prevention Research Center’s Science to Service: Substance Abuse Prevention Seminar series. That it took place during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is coincidental, Stice said.
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Scholar speaks against ‘inclusive racism’
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by Patton Callaway THE CHRONICLE
Tricia Rose, author and professor of Africana Studies at Brown University, challenged students to get uncomfortable during her Reggie Day keynote speech Thursday. The Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholars selected Rose as their speaker for Reggie Day to discuss “what our education is worth,” celebrating the Reggie Scholars and the life of Reginaldo Howard, for whom the scholarships were named. Rose discussed the “inclusive racism” that still exists today, especially in educational institutions. “We now have visible outcomes of equality but obscured processes,” Rose said. “We’ve moved from excluding people as a mode of discrimination to inclusive discrimination.” She explained that the system is still discriminatory, but society refuses to admit that and instead includes people from the groups who would be excluded in order to prove that the institution is not discriminatory. Although those few are included, the system remains the same. “It’s a process by which the fundamental systemic modes of created equality are not equal, and those who experience the brunt are given marginal access as proof that the inequality is not happening,” she added. Rose noted that even those selected for inclusion remain on the outside and are never fully accepted. The rules are de-
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Brown University professor Tricia Rose spoke about “inclusive racism” at Duke Thursday as the Reggie Day keynote speaker. signed for those who are included, and silence on these issues is part of the reward structure for belonging. She challenged students to develop different ways of thinking and refuse to be silent. “You have to be uncomfortable to get comfortable,” Rose said. “If education is doing its job, you should be feeling uncomfortable.” Brandon Hudson, graduate assistant SEE INCLUSIVE ON PAGE 4
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DEBATE from page 1 student groups. The event would have provided student voters with a more “hands-on” way to get to know the candidates, Boone said. There is a DSG presidential and executive vice presidential debate March 3 at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall. “If anybody had been planning on coming [to the meeting, Thursday], I really encourage them to come out Sunday because there are some really important issues to discuss,”
said junior Stefani Jones, a presidential candidate and current vice president for equity and outreach. Jones and fellow presidential candidate junior Patrick Oathout, the current DSG executive vice president, said they are excited for the opportunity to discuss their ideas at the next debate. “I think it’s important to distinguish the candidates in this race, because we have different platforms and leadership styles we plan to bring to DSG if elected,” Oathout wrote in an email Thursday. Strunk is a columnist for The Chronicle.
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LACROSSE from page 1 events in 2006, The Herald-Sun reported. â€œThe players and their families take this historic action with great reluctance,â€? plaintiff attorney Charles Cooper said at a Feb. 2008 press conference. â€œThey remain united in their determination to insist on the full truth and an accountability from Duke.â€? The University originally claimed that the lawsuit was misdirected at Duke. One lawsuit of many Only one lawsuit against the University is still pending. Three former lacrosse players who were not indicted during the 2006 rape accusationsâ€” Ryan McFadyen, Trinity â€™08, Matt Wilson, Trinity â€™07 and Breck Archerâ€”are the plaintiffs in a federal civil lawsuit against the University. Schoenfeld declined to comment on this lawsuit. Dukeâ€™s lawyers filed a motion Wednesday for U.S. District Court Judge James Beaty to narrow the remaining lawsuit, The Herald-Sun reported. The still-pending lawsuit was filed in Dec. 2007
RATS from page 2 neurobiology, biomedical engineering and psychology and neuroscience. â€œIt depends on the attention of the encoder,â€? he said. â€œIf the task is done smoothly and the signals in the brain are not too noisy, then the [activity] we record will be cleaner.â€? The study also revealed an unexpected emergent behavior. In
and originally included 45 defendants, including the University, the city of Durham, former Durham County district attorney Mike Nifong, the Durham Police Department and others. Accusations made by the plaintiffs included allegations of conspiring against Duke students and denial of a fair trial. The initial lawsuit consisted of a more than 400page complaint that was later amended in March 2008 by the playersâ€™ attorney Bob Ekstrand, Law â€™98. Ekstrand could not be reached for comment. The University hired former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick to assist in their defense, and Duke has attempted to dismiss the lawsuit. The wrongly-indicted former lacrosse playersâ€”David Evans, Trinity â€™06, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmannâ€”settled a lawsuit with the University for an undisclosed amount in June 2007. Seligmann, Finnerty and Evans were originally indicted with the rape of Mangum. Mangum currently awaits trial for stabbing her boyfriend in 2011 â€”Georgia Parke contributed reporting.
addition to the reward from the first task, the encoder rat was given a second reward if its partner performed the task successfully. Evidence of a feedback mechanism emerged, in which the encoder rat modified its action based on the performance of the decoder to receive a second reward. â€œIf the decoder did not make the right selection, then in the next trial, the encoder makes its movement smoother and more accurate, and it cleans up
its brain pattern,â€? Nicolelis said. â€œAlmost like itâ€™s paying more attention to the task to get the second reward.â€? Furthermore, upon examination of the decoderâ€™s brain, the researchers found that it was still capable of processing sensorymotor information from its own body, suggesting that the brain was simultaneously representing its own body as well as the body of the encoder rat. Although this proves the brainâ€™s ability to pro-
INCLUSIVE from page 3 for the Reggie Scholars and Trinity â€™06, served on the committee that selected Rose as the speaker. â€œDr. Rose is an intellectual that the group decided would be someone who could speak to the issues, specifically what are some of the inequities that still exist in higher education,â€? he said. A part of the Reggie Scholar community since 2003, Hudson attended the first Reggie Day in 2004. â€œI was here during a phase in which this program was being transformed, and students were starting to think abut what it meant to be leaders on campus and how to engage the broader campus community,â€? he said. â€œFor the Reggie community, [Reggie Day] is a way for us to honor Reg-
gieâ€™s legacy and instills a deeper sense of identity of the group.â€? Junior and Reggie Scholar Niara Wright said that the issue of education is very relevant to many African Americans. â€œDr. Roseâ€™s talk made us question why exactly you should be here and how to continue our African American culture by not being objectified but instead embodying the entire culture,â€? Wright said. When concluding her speech, Rose encouraged students to make the most of their education by always fighting for their values. â€œThe price is always going to be there to ask you to go from visibility to vision,â€? she said. â€œThis is an incredible educational moment for youâ€”develop an interior sense of self and have the courage to fight for people to have the same opportunities.â€?
cess alternative stimuli, it does beg the question of whether the encoder loses its sense of self, Nicolelis noted. This a question he hopes to answer through a future study with monkeys. The successful linking of two brains to complete the same task holds many implications for future biological computing devices. For Nicolelis and his colleagues, the study begins to test what networks of connected brains can do together. Additionally, the affirmation of
the brainâ€™s capabilities opens the door for more feedback-intensive neuroprosthetics. â€œOverall this work advances [the labâ€™s] goal to devise more intelligent brain machine interfaces by closing the control loop,â€? Shuler said. â€œ[These] not only takes neural activity patterns from the brain to control devices, but then uses sensors on those devices to directly stimulate the brain, because the brain can use that stimulation to learn.â€?
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HARRIS’ 36 POINTS LEAD UVA PAST DUKE by Matt Pun THE CHRONICLE
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.—The Blue Devils did not have an answer for Joe Harris. The junior scored 36 points—the most by an ACC player this season—on 12-of-20 shooting to power the Cavaliers (20-8, 10-5 in the ACC) to a 73-66 win against No. 3 Duke (24-4, 11-4) at John Paul Jones Arena Thursday night. “When Joe gets that look in his eye that he’s not going to be denied, he’s hard to stop,” Virginia head coach Tony Bennett said. Harris had been averaging 20.9 points per game in the Cavaliers last eight contests, and he wasted no time putting points on the board against the Blue Devils. After Duke missed its first two chances of the game, Harris scored a layup that sparked a 9-0 Virginia run. The 6-foot-6 guard got his point total to nine by the 10-minute mark off of a combination of layups, free throws and putbacks as Duke missed eight of its first 10 shot attempts, most of which came from outside the paint.
“He killed us in every way,” Duke senior guard Seth Curry said. “He scored off a lot of just tough plays, off loose balls and cuts and rebounds, and things like that. He was the main one whose energy we didn’t match.” After giving up nine unanswered points to start the game, the Blue Devils were unable to get ahead. Curry missed his first three shots, and Duke shot just 34.8 percent in the first half. “We just weren’t physical enough,” Curry said. “We didn’t match their energy and physicality to start the game.” The Blue Devils scraped their way back to within one point by the four-minute mark of the first half as Curry heated up and sophomore point guard Quinn Cook started shooting. Powered by a 20-8 advantage in points in the paint, Virginia still had a 28-23 lead at the break. Duke did not take advantage of the slim margin, though. After Curry hit a three to open the period, Virginia scored 10 unanswered points. “We started the second half the right SEE HARRIS ON PAGE 12 CAROLINE RODRIGUEZ/THE CHRONICLE
Duke never led as Joe Harris scored early and often, en route to 36 points. The win was Duke’s fourth road loss of the season, with the court getting stormed in each of the losses.
Jodoin thriving after Blue Devils look to transferring to Duke right ship vs. No 1 MD by Olivia Banks THE CHRONICLE
Marianne Jodoin will be the first to tell you how lucky she is to be at Duke. But ask anyone else, and and they explain why Duke is lucky to have Marianne Jodoin. Her story began in Varennes, Quebec, Jodoin’s hometown in Canada, where she grew up and attended high school before accepting an offer to play tennis at Fresno State in Fresno, Calif. Jodoin is from a French family and considers herself a native speaker, and her connection to her roots is what drew her to the Fresno State tennis program under fellow Frenchman, head coach Simon Thibodeau, who is also from Quebec. “My coach from back home knew [Thibodeau] so it was a really good way to transition,” Jodoin said. So, in a last-minute decision, Jodoin was off to the Golden State to play the game she had been playing all her life. “I decided to go to college really late so I didn’t have that many options,” she said. “And I didn’t feel like I had good enough results to go to a top-10 school.” Despite all of that, Jodoin says she thoroughly enjoyed her time in California. In her two years under Thibodeau, Jodoin was a two-time WAC Player of the Year award winner, while earning numerous other accolades. As a freshman, Jodoin played in the No.
1 spot in singles and doubles, and reached a No. 42 in the national singles rankings. “She always wanted the team to get better,” Thibodeau said. “She cared a lot, and she would be the one that would scout other teams and look at results for the upcoming matches. She was like a star that just wanted to get better and cared very, very much about doing her best.” Jodoin’s leadership on the team made her decision to transfer to Duke a crushing blow for Thibodeau and the Fresno State tennis program. Coming out of high school, Duke was not on Jodoin’s list of potential schools. “I decided quite early that I wanted to transfer,” Jodoin said, “but I told [Thibodeau] really late because I didn’t want it to affect the team results.” Thibodeau, who is now the head coach at UC Santa Barbara, said that although he was resistant to Jodoin leaving at first, he respected her decision and wanted to help out in any way possible, including by approaching Duke’s head coach Jamie Ashworth on Jodoin’s behalf at last year’s individual tournament. Jodoin recognized that the dynamic would shift drastically if she were to transfer, but she had her heart set on an NCAA championship and a school that would challenge her both on and off the court. “My coach told me that if I transfer, it’s not SEE JODOIN ON PAGE 11
by Lopa Rahman THE CHRONICLE
After losing to Maryland 10-7 during the regular season last year, Duke earned a cathartic 6-5 win against the Terrapins in the ACC tournament semifinals. But the same Maryland squad that the Blue Devils defeated en No. 1 route to winning the MD conference championship knocked vs. Duke out of the No. 19 NCAA tournament Duke with a convincing Saturday, 11 a.m. 16-10 victory in the Koskinen Stadium semifinals. Reeling from a 14-9 loss to a then-unranked Pennsylvania squad, the No. 19 Blue Devils (2-3) hope to dethrone the No. 1 Terrapins (3-0) from their position atop the rankings Saturday morning at Koskinen Stadium in Duke’s first ACC tilt of the year. “These are the games that [people] talk about,” Maryland head coach John Tillman said. The Terrapins’ leading scorers from last season, Joe Cummings and Drew Snider, are gone after notching 31 and 24 goals, respectively, in 2012. But Maryland still returns six double-digit scorers from last season, and prospered on the recruiting trail, landing two highly-ranked attackmen
in Tyler Brooke and Bradlee Lord. Hailing from Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Penn., the duo has already made an impact on the offensive end, scoring three goals in the team’s three games. “I’ve played with [Tyler and Bradlee] all my life,” said Duke sophomore Tanner Scott, who also played for Conestoga. “They’re both strong lefty attackmen who know how to shoot very well.” Maryland’s All-American goaltender Niko Amato, who recorded 31 saves and scooped up 12 ground balls in the Terrapins’ three matchups against Duke last season, continues to anchor Maryland’s defensive as a junior. Juniors Brian Cooper and Michael Ehrhardt and sophomore Goran Murray will start together at defense for the second consecutive year. Murray garnered All-America and ACC Freshman of the Year honors following a successful rookie campaign. Seniors Landon Carr and Jesse Bernhardt, who play defensive midfielder and long-stick midfielder, respectively, round out the Terrapins’ defensive unit. Last year, Bernhardt was named ACC Co-Defensive Player of the Year in addition to earning All-America and NCAA All-Tournament Team accolades. He picked up seven ground balls and caused four turnovers in SEE M. LACROSSE ON PAGE 12
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ATTENTION: BONFIRE GUIDELINES February 28, 2013 The University has requested a City bonfire permit for March 3 (UNC Women at Duke). We want to remind you about safety guidelines for basketball bonfires at Duke. Several years ago, the Durham Fire Marshal revoked permits following a bonfire that, in his view, had gotten out of control. Students and administrators subsequently agreed on the guidelines outlined below which will help ensure everyone’s safety. The bonfire site is in front of House P. The bonfire must be contained within a 40-foot marked boundary and everyone should remain outside that boundary. Do not put furniture in the bonfire. Periodically, the bonfire must burn down to a safe height. During “burn downs,” no additional fuel may be added to the bonfire. Bring beverages in plastic bottles or cans. Do not sit or stand on building roofs. Do not add fuel to the fire more than two hours following the game.
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No. 5 Duke drops first ACC game of the season by Jackie Klauberg THE CHRONICLE
After defeating Miami (19-9,10-7 in the ACC) by nearly 40 points at the end of January, No. 5 Duke (26-2, 16-1) was rocked by the Hurricanes Thursday night, conceding just its second game of the season and first in conference play, 69-65. “They outplayed us, they out-physicaled us and outhustled us and probably played their best game of the season,” McCallie said. “It’s very disturbing to have other people get double-doubles against DUKE 65 us like they did.” Last time the MIAMI 69 teams met, the Blue Devil junior duo of Chelsea Gray and Tricia Liston were among five Blue Devils who scored in double figures that night, scoring 16 and 17 points, respectively. In that game, the Hurricanes had just one player in double figures—junior Krystal Saunders. This time, three Miami players scored in double figures: Saunders and seniors Stefanie Yderstrom and Shawnice Wilson scored 16, 16 and 15, respectively. Wilson, a 6-foot-5 presence down low, also picked up 12 rebounds to add to her 16 points. “We did not make any great stops....We didn’t bring anything out,” McCallie said. “[We] lack[ed] defensive energy. They brought something to the table in the second half….a lot of energy and we did not.” Duke went into the locker room at halftime trailing by three and came out in the second half hoping to turn things around, but instead found itself in a back-and-forth battle with its ACC foe. “Miami is a terrific team,” McCallie said. “We have to have maturity to know what is important for us to focus on…. They did a great job and took full advantage.” The Blue Devils’ struggles were evident on the stat sheet. Duke amassed 19 turnovers as opposed to Miami’s 10. The Hurricanes also stole the ball 12 times from the Blue Devils, compared to Duke’s four steals. “That has a lot to do with the flavor of the game,” McCallie said.
going to be the same and you’re not going to be playing No. 1,” Jodoin said. “But I was fine with that. [Duke tennis] was something that I wanted to be a part of.” In just a few months, Jodoin has proven herself to be an exceptional addition to the Duke tennis program, not only as a player, but also as a teammate and friend. In her first season with the Blue Devils, Jodoin boasts a 14-0 singles record heading into this weekend’s matches against No. 13 Michigan and No. 18 Notre Dame. She has also clinched the final point for three of the nine dual matches so far this year. “She’s brought a lot of experience to the team,” Ashworth said. “She’s winning a lot of matches and gaining a lot of confidence, and she’s been a great team person.” Jodoin admits that the Duke experience has been different, but she tries to remain positive and energetic in every aspect of her life. Doubles partner and long-time
Prior to this game, the Blue Devils ranked first in the conference in scoring defense allowing just 50.6 points per game, while the Hurricanes sat last averaging 71.9. Duke also led the conference in scoring margin, outscoring opponents by an average of 25.1 points. The Blue Devils were led by Elizabeth Williams, who finished the game with 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Junior Haley Peters also contributed big numbers for Duke with 17 points and nine boards. Freshman Alexis Jones, who has been forced to take over more responsibility at point guard in the absence of junior Chelsea Gray, added 13 points for the Blue Devils along with six assists. “We’re in a new season since Chelsea’s injury,” Peters said. “Our focus was not where it needed to be. I thought we played very young.” The Blue Devils, who clinched the ACC regular season title last weekend with a win against Maryland, return home for their last game of the regular season as they take on North Carolina Sunday at 4 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium. “It’s disappointing, it’s a lesson for us, and we go from here,” McCallie said.
friend Annie Mulholland said that being around Jodoin’s consistently positive attitude reminds everyone just how lucky they are to be at Duke. “She’s very clearly ecstatic to be here,” Mulholland said. “She’s so grateful for being able to be a part of this program, and I think she really appreciates everything that Duke tennis has to offer.”
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Elizabeth Williams’ double-double wasn’t enough to stop Miami from upsetting No. 5 Duke.
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Transfer Marianne Jodoin hasn’t lost in her first season at Duke after coming from Fresno State.
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the NCAA tournament. “It’s nice having all the veteran guys back,” Bernhardt said of the defense. “Last year there were question marks coming in. But we were pretty cohesive as a unit.” Those question marks resurfaced in the Terrapins’ emotional 12-10 win Feb. 23 against No. 4 Loyola, which routed Maryland 9-3 in the national championship last year. “That was anybody’s game,” Tillman said. “We got one there, but we can’t keep playing like we did Saturday. We could have communicated better on defense and done defensive picks better.” The Blue Devils have larger concerns than defensive mistakes in a win against the fourth-ranked team in the country. With lopsided losses to No. 10 Denver, No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 15 Pennsylvania, Duke is already below .500. The Blue Devils have been focusing on in-the-box offense and defense this week. In their struggle to find the back of the net from inside the box last Friday against Pennsylvania, they did not manage a single 6-on-6 goal in the second half. “We only scored two man-up goals in the second half, and that’s it.” Duke head coach John Danowski said. “We didn’t score.” The Blue Devils have worked on decision making, execution and shooting in the box to avoid a similar outcome against Maryland. Defensively, the Blue Devils have surrendered 41 goals in their three losses this season, which is not a function of having to play a disproportionate amount of defense—junior Brendan Fowler has won 63.9 percent of his face-offs on the year. The problem, instead, has been defensive lapses, which the team has been trying to correct in practice this week. In particular, the Blue Devils have been focusing on off-the-ball defense, aiming for better slide angles. The team has been not only working on its technique on both ends of the field, but also mentally preparing to play a rivalry game. “There’s a different feel the week that we play Maryland,” Fowler said. “[The Terrapins] are a great team. It’s always a big deal when they come to town, and our team is all fired up for it.”
way, getting to the lane,” Bennett said. Amid that Cavalier run, the Blue Devils started to lose their composure on the road. Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon picked up a technical foul at the 15:10 mark, and Tyler Thornton fouled out with 8:15 left in the game—leaving Duke a guard short for the remainder of the game. Additionally, Virginia shut down the Blue Devils’ leading scorer, forward Mason Plumlee, holding him to just 10 points and forcing three turnovers with a number of low-post traps. “He had to earn his catches, and he had to earn his looks, and our guys really swarmed him well,” Bennett said. Duke’s struggles in the paint continued as Cavalier forward Akil Mitchell also hurt the Blue Devils, ending the game with 19 points and 12 rebounds. The Blue Devils were outrebounded 33-21 for the game, and Duke grabbed only two offensive boards. With Plumlee struggling, Curry picked up his offense after scoring just five in the first half. He ended the game with 28 points, but the rest of the Blue Devils did not follow suit. Duke went six straight minutes without a field goal in the second half. In the last 10 minutes, Curry’s efforts did not prove to be enough as Harris answered nearly every one of the Blue Devil guard’s baskets. Behind him, Virginia reached a game-high lead of 16 at the 6:38 mark. “Harris was fantastic, which we knew he would be,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “He’s just one of the best players in the country, and he had half their points. And when you’ve got a guy playing that’s at that level—their other kids played well—but it brings everybody up. You know you’re playing with a stud. He was terrific.” When Harris took a breather, Duke scored seven unanswered points, prompting Bennett to put his star back in the game. Harris fouled out with 40 seconds left, but the Cavaliers had a comfortable sevenpoint lead to close out the win. “Overall, it was a team effort tonight. It’s not like I did it by myself at all,” Harris said. “To be honest, I was just really focused and trying to win the game. Fortunately enough, I was able to make a few baskets.”
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Mason Plumlee was smothered in the post as Virginia dominated Duke in the paint.
M. BASKETBALL from page 1 from beyond the arc, that turned out to be a crucial problem for a 3-point shooting team like the Blue Devils. When Tyler Thornton finally corralled Duke’s first offensive board nearly six minutes into the second half, he kicked the ball out to Seth Curry for an open 3-pointer that the senior, who finished the game 4-of8 from beyond the arc, was able to knock down. As a team, though, the Blue Devils hit just 8-of-25 attempts from distance. Virginia, by contrast, took just 11 3-pointers, opting instead to battle closer to the basket. As a result Virginia outscored Duke 34-22 in the paint and held the Blue Devils to under 40-percent shooting from the field. “We didn’t move the ball well enough,” Curry said. “On screens and down screens and things like that they trapped and were real physically, and the only way to beat that is to move the ball real quickly and find the open man because when they trap, there’s an open person. But we just weren’t physical enough and didn’t do that.” By contrast, Virginia was able to create scoring opportunities in the lane by
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moving well without the ball. Although the Cavaliers’ execution was characteristically slow—they are the seventh-slowest team according to college basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy—it generally resulted in open looks. Too often, Duke relied on isolation plays, and many of the plays that ran through Mason Plumlee were cut off by trapping Virginia defenders, who quickly sought to double-team the senior captain. “They always doubled the post. They were playing a man and a half, and then committed two on the pass,” Plumlee said. “We can’t beat [double-teams] with just one guy. I can’t just kick it out to Quinn and it’s just Quinn’s shot. We have to beat doubles as a team.” Despite being dominated all game, Duke made things interesting by aggressively attacking the basket at the end. That, in turn, opened up better looks from the perimeter for Cook and Curry, who caught fire in the second half and finished with 28 and 22 points, respectively. But every time the Blue Devils appeared to put together a run, the Cavaliers were able to get the ball inside for an easier shot. Joe Harris seemed to be the one answering with a pair of his 36 points in each of those instances.
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Put arts in the liberal arts If buildings help build elusive endeavor. Fortunatecommunity, then it comes ly, with the opening of the as no surprise on a campus Arts Annex last September, with massive and highly vis- this paucity was partially adible structures dedicated to dressed as the arts commuthe sciences and engineer- nity now has a space to call ing that the home. arts at Duke Prior to the editorial are seemingly Annex’s estabinvisible. As a top-notch uni- lishment, spaces available versity that prides itself on for aesthetic explorations the richness of its academic were scarce. life and the diverse interests Since the Annex has of its student body, it is un- opened its doors, the space becoming to have had such has been a hit. The facility a blaring dearth of artistic opened in September, respace. Student dance groups ceiving approximately 400 had to schedule their prac- visits a week in the Fall. tices between Zumba and Housing dance and art stuyoga while only art majors dios, the Annex now hosts and students enrolled in art more than 80 hours of pracclasses had access to work tice time for dance groups studios. Such deficits stifled and artists of different exthe creative energy of stu- perience levels. Its facilities dents and made the arts an are open to all students,
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making the arts accessible and equitable. Anyone with a paintbrush can walk in to use the space. The Annex is also pursuing creative collaborations, eventually hoping to partner with Durham Public Schools to start student art programs. From these initiatives, students are creating fuel for Duke’s growing arts movement. The explosive popularity behind the Annex is reflective of the great demand for artistic resources. While the Annex is surely a step in the right direction to giving arts the attention it has earned in proportion to students’ interests, it falls short of meeting the evident need. The expansion of these resources could include more space for visual arts, includ-
ing a dark room or kiln, and space for other forms of expression, such as an a capella recording studio. Providing such additional resources will help ensure student artists can reach their full potential. Encouraging and supporting students in their artistic endeavors is a win-win investment. By addressing this Achilles heel, Duke can fully support the interests of the students it attracts. Not only will this bolster the University’s appeal to prospective students, it will be rewarding for the students already here who can continue pursuing activities of fulfillment beyond high school. Art major or not, creating art can be personally rewarding (think self-expression, skill
development, art therapy, etc.) and adds richness to the student experience. In the end, we all benefit from viewing the performances and works of our peers as it provides another medium of understanding and entertainment. We congratulate the Arts Annex on a successful start in its opening year, and we congratulate Duke for placing a greater emphasis on the arts. While we are glad that this long overdue need is finally being addressed, we should be wary of assuming this effort is sufficient. As the art movement gains momentum, this new building will surely help build community, but Duke’s commitment to the arts should continue to evolve.
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am a straight, white girl. to privacy and liberty and everything else that you A straight, white girl who writes a bi-weekly care about. But for the first time in my life, I’m opinion column—an 800-word piece of semi- afraid to say it. creative, hopefully insightful writing in which There is a constant, redundant cycle every other I—a heterosexual, Caucasian female—ask you—X week of choosing a topic that appropriately incites race, Y sexuality and Z anything-elsethe attention of the student body, you-can-identify-with—to take this or if I’m lucky, an audience that newspaper, digest my unapologetic stretches beyond the dormitories and didactic expressions, and value and dining halls on campus. How them. Internalize them. For what it’s much excitement and controversy worth, I am unabashedly preaching are we willing to incite on the comto you, my audience of I-don’t-knowment section of The Chronicle’s who’s. Anybodies. My goal is for you webpage? At any university, espeto believe what I say. Buy into it. Acat our very own, there are an ashley camano cially cept it. Feel it. increasing number of intellectuallygoing camando Not just believe it, but enjoy it. sound students who identify with Go ahead. Think about that. various student groups and causes. I’m a straight, white girl from New Jersey. I Maybe they’re racially based or maybe they’re based have an average GPA and spend an above-average on sexuality or some other demographic. Maybe time placing emphasis on the “athlete” portion of you’re in a group whose passion is going green for the compound phrase “student-athlete.” I’m not life, or maybe you’re an animal rights activist. Maypre-med or pre-law, or pre-anything for that mat- be you’re helping the homeless or maybe you’re ter. I study cultural anthropology and play sports a member of a club for business-oriented men or and sleep in between. I do not bring my own reus- women. Maybe you’re overweight or underweight able and sustainable grocery bags to Kroger, and or an alcoholic or maybe you’re following God. I don’t turn off the water when I brush my teeth. Maybe you’re an atheist. But what if you’re none I’m a vegan, but I don’t care about animal rights. of these things? I don’t drive a hybrid, and I’m not a passionate At Duke, community standards take the form of member of any student groups beyond my varsity high-leveled social norms and constant pressures to athletic team. I am, furthermore, unflinchingly be passionate about something. My peers are pascontent with all of that. sionate and trailblazing 20-somethings. They are Somehow, I still have an opinion. Every other devoted to a cause or a community or a lifestyle, week, I’m allowed to ascend up to the frightening and they are unabashedly fervent in demonstrating peak that is this soapbox, this column, to step back that passion to the world, or at least to the comup to my podium and hope you listen. In a culture munity in close proximity. They are outspoken conof continuously escalating sensitivities coupled troversial, and they are unafraid of conferring with with frank and furious opinions on topics of cross- their critics. But in this constant bombardment of campus or trans-Atlantic importance, it’s a difficult race and sex and culture and controversy, I’ve gotendeavor to be a straight, white girl and attempt to ten lost. I feel unaware and unqualified. get your attention. There’s a fine line between beI feel white and straight and relatively voiceless ing passionate and being offensive, as we’ve discov- on matters of heated debate. I fumbled with the ered in the racially, politically or sexually charged idea of whether or not this was something I felt opinion columns of recent publication. And due to comfortable publishing. This is an opinion column my own sociopolitical status, the people around me without an opinion, a manifestation of my insecuhave made me afraid to speak. rity in formulating one. As a blossoming young writer of amateur and Judge me. Call me uneducated or lacking pasflowery-worded opinion columns, it’s something I sion or cultural plurality—but I’m not going to think about every single time I sit wide-eyed and fabricate socio-cultural zeal. I have passions, but caffeinated in front of my glowing laptop. I type campus culture chooses the ones it feels are most something. I backspace. I delete it all. I write again. fervent—and those aren’t mine. I open a new document, write half of an editorial, Call me unqualified or ignorant or naïve. Call then erase the first 280 words. I am—contrary to me afraid. Maybe I am, but maybe you made me what it sometimes might seem—a living, breath- that way. ing human with a functioning mind and a fervent opinion on matters that matter. I care about the Ashley Camano is a Trinity junior. Her column runs world, and I care about this school. I care about every other Friday. You can follow Ashley on Twitter @ human existence and human rights and the right camano4chron.
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ast spring, back before we moved to our sexy new he connected his presence to past recollections, maybe location adjacent to the glorious Link, the Mul- recent burglaries in the neighborhood. Perhaps the timedia Project Studio (one place I work) held burglars were also black, or perhaps they were wearing residence in the bowels of Old Chem. I had just finished hoodies at the time, but such facts are meaningless in my afternoon shift and as I exited the lab, a white police creating an accurate first take of a stranger. officer was hurrying down the hall. He The Sanford Police Department’s stopped his hustle when I emerged. He lead investigator told FBI agents that in brought the black radio in his fist near to addition to the general circumstances, his lips. “What was the description again?” Zimmerman’s actions were based not he asked. A reply from his radio returned, on Martin’s race, but his attire, among “Black male, gray hoodie, around 40.” Afother factors. I am deeply saddened by ter playfully glancing down to examine the thought that this tragedy could have my own Duke-blue hoodie, Blue Devils been caused by something as trivial as a written across its chest, I looked back hoodie. It was an article of clothing for at the officer: “Sounds like it’s not me!” goodness sakes. He smiled, but then proceeded to ask duke partnership Our schemas often activate unconwhere I was coming from. I thought he sciously, and the judgments we form for service was in a rush. Why was he wasting time through them may differ from the factual think globally, for further questioning? What about the information actually present. We should act locally person he was looking for? I answered be especially cautious when we are about him, and thought about my staff profile to assign characteristics or motives to one in the MPS complete with a headshot worthy of any suc- another based on snippets of information. cessful black man meme. Maybe that could help vindiUnder every hoodie isn’t a hoodlum, in the same cate me. Couldn’t he see I was a Duke student? I had way that underneath every Duke shirt isn’t a pretenjust come out of a swipe access-only room. Better yet, tious, entitled student. Successful white and black men couldn’t he see that I had a different colored hoodie or can be found donning hoodies. You’ll never find a that I WASN’T 40? (I was 19 at the time.) He then pulled meme with one because the stereotypes used in memes out his handy-dandy notebook and asked for my ID and are satirical schema, but they likely filter into our actual my current address. I could feel my expression fall into schemas, and makes it harder to adjust to the facts of disbelieving contempt. reality we encounter. You’re probably thinking: White cop versus black One lesson to be learned from Trayvon’s tragedy is boy, a familiar story with a predictable point. But give that despite our reliance on our schemas, we must be me a couple more paragraphs before assuming my cognizant of the mistaken conclusions they can lead to. conclusion. The categorization of that story into a ra- As efficient and easy as auto-pilot is, we navigate comcial frame is a classic example of a schema. We all use plicated skies. You’re responsible as the pilot to take schemas to help us navigate social situations each day. control, whenever appropriate (manual override). Our My mind went to that framework, but from there my community will not gain from pretending we don’t have mind flashed to the then-recent death of Trayvon Mar- schemas, but rather from informing each other’s schetin, probably due to the same schema of the black teen mas by sharing our own “hoodies.” wearing a hoodie. This past Tuesday marked the year What happened at the end of my dealings with the ofanniversary of Martin’s death. ficer? After seeing my reaction, he seemed to sense that In a snapshot, George Zimmerman, a multi-racial I was insulted, and probably predicted my further coop28-year-old, called the police around 7 p.m. to report eration would be less eager, so he moved on. However, Trayvon as a suspicious person. That call and the calls I had to remind myself that his paired police uniform of the witnesses who heard shots are archived online and white skin may have been his “hoodie.” We all have along with a pretty detailed and objective account of the hoodies—things others perceive and attribute to mean incident. Zimmerman (hero complex perhaps) pursued things that they don’t necessarily mean. What’s your Trayvon even though he was instructed not to, leading “hoodie”? Your yamaka, hijab, greek letters? Your skin to an altercation, which concluded in a 17-year-old boy color or accent? being shot and killed at point blank range. The court Trayvon was from Miami, and it happens we have case is scheduled for later this year, so my goal is to sum- some ambassadors from that area coming on Saturday. marize, not condemn. I leave it to your exploration of While we hope to disgrace them once within Camthe facts and the later conversations I hope this column eron, let’s take a moment to commemorate this tragsparks. What is clear here is that a tragedy occurred. Ac- edy. Bring along your hoodie; we’ll have a moment of cidental deaths and those over trivial misunderstandings silence at the peak of the walkup line prior to the game are truly losses. As in basketball, losses often carry lessons, in honor of Trayvon. and stopping to learn is what makes them meaningful. Zimmerman’s call included him saying, “These Alikiah Barclay is a Trinity senior. This column is the a**holes, they always get away,” revealing that his schema eighth installment in a semester-long series of weekly columns was in use. Trayvon had bought a snack, and was convers- written by dPS members addressing the importance of social acing with his girlfriend. George knew nothing of Trayvon’s tion, as told through personal narratives. You can follow dPS reasons for being out in the rain while on the phone, but on Twitter @dukePS.
uke Confess: I’m an English major. And on such a preprofessional campus as this one, that does feel like a confession. Similar to Duke Compliments, Duke Confess allows participants to send “confessions” through anonymous surveys, which are then posted to Facebook. Absurd, goofy and even embittered statuses abound on that thing, and taking offense at every misinformed avowal isn’t worth anyone’s time. But one stuck with me, not because it was insightful or remotely based in reality, but because it was emblematic of a thousand moments I’ve had since declaring my major in Future lindsey barrett Beverage Artistry (with a minor in impolitic Poverty and a certificate in BasketWeaving and Despair). The 201st deluded goober to clog up my newsfeed when I friended the Confess account bemoaned the number of “people here [who] throw away 60k a year to major in art history, or French, or cultural anthropology, or women’s studies, etc. Unless you are plain old wealthy, don’t finance your ‘interests’ with your parents’ hard earned money. Then again it may just be that these kids received financial aid, for which I am jealous.” OK. Let’s start off with the assumption that majoring in something you’re (God forbid) interested in is an automatic bowingout from the rat race. Or that it’s an automatic life sentence to living in a refrigerator box while desperately pursuing a career that, to all you utilitarians out there, is the equivalent of “throwing away” your degree. Are there a lot of struggling, unpaid docents attempting to make it in the field in which they’ve been trained? Yes. Does your major exclusively dictate the exact field you intend to enter? Absolutely not. None of the majors our poster snidely listed art history, French, cultural anthropology or women’s studies (everyone’s favorite punching bag)—limit the opportunities of the people studying them. These are each writing-intensive disciplines that require critical thinking, discriminating analysis, exposure to a variety of texts and experiences, and an ability to express your positions cogently and persuasively. Does any of this sound like something you could use in a field apart from the academic ivory tower? That French major may be headed for a foray into i-banking, or the Art History major to law school, directions I’m pretty sure Mr. 201 would deem acceptable. Every literature major isn’t planning on pursuing multiple doctorates in proto-feminist-Marxist-Freudian analytical theory as it applies to Kierkegaard and book-larnin’ but more importantly, they’re well-prepared to do that or to go into an ever-so-slightly-less-abstruse field. Let’s next take on the fact that, though we all want to be able to support ourselves, not all of us can be bankers, consultants, lawyers, engineers or doctors. This isn’t a flawed or naïve mindset, this is a statistical reality that all of society is not segmented into five professions. There’s nothing wrong with these careers, as their immense popularity on this campus can attest. I find nothing wrong with them, as I’m planning on studying law. But there is something wrong with assuming that those are the only viable options. Moreover, the right-brain artsy types are hardly dead weight; design, for example, is a key part of what makes our brains tick, of what makes our products function and of what makes us want to buy what we want to buy. Some college dropout in a black turtleneck did a pretty good job of showing us how creativity and beauty should never be underestimated as a force in the marketplace. With the immense economic burden of college these days, future earnings aren’t just an afterthought, they’re frequently a hedged bet. To dismiss considerations of ultimate economic success in choosing a major or career is impossibly unrealistic. Even kids who grew up eating gold cereal and receiving a diamond pony every birthday live in the real world. But it’s narrow-minded and just plain dumb to think that any major other than econ (which, I might add, is the study of economics, not business, a major Duke does not have) is not worth studying. For example, J.K. Rowling was a French major; for one of the richest women in the United Kingdom—even after donating a large sum of money to charity—I think she did ok. Martin Dempsey, Duke alum and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has a Master’s in English. The degree with the highest rate of unemployment, at 13.9 percent, is architecture. And the joy that comes with studying something you love, be it philosophy, classics or anything else, is immeasurable not to mention the fact that passion is a motivating factor to work hard. So to all you econ majors out there, I immensely respect what you do. All I ask and really, this is just an 811-word shout out to the ponytailed engineer who told me to enjoy serving coffee for the rest of my life is that you do the same.
Lindsey Barrett is a Trinity junior. Her column runs every other Friday. You can follow Lindsey on Twitter @lambchop212.
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