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Hamilton Survey: greeks feel more belonging leaves Duke Initiative assesses greek life, finds benefits and drawbacks for Stanford from Staff Reports THE CHRONICLE

Jay Hamilton, director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, is leaving Duke, according to an email obtained by The Chronicle. Hamilton, also the Charles S. Sydnor professor of public policy and professor of economics and political science and, will join the Stanford University faculty this Fall. He will direct their journalism program and serve as the Hearst professor of communication. Hamilton informed Bruce Kuniholm, dean of Sanford School of Policy, of his decision through an email Tuesday afternoon. “I have been truly fortunate to be a part of the Sanford community and work with colleagues who value teaching, research and service so strongly,” Hamilton wrote to Kuniholm. Discussions about new leadership for the DeWitt Wallace center have already begun, wrote Kuniholm, who will step down from his position as dean at the end of the year, in an email to the Sanford faculty, also sent Tuesday afternoon. In his email, Kuniholm said Stanford’s abundant resources and prestigious journalism program made it “impossible” for Hamilton to turn down the offer. SEE HAMILTON ON PAGE 6

76 percent of greek men reported that their affiliation plays a role in potential leadership opportunities, compared to 49 percent of greek women.

17 percent of all undergraduate students agree that Duke’s greek culture makes them feel confident.

82 percent of greek students feel like they belong at Duke, compared to 64 percent of independent students.

Of those surveyed, 38 percent of greek women reported experiencing unwanted sexual contact, compared to 30 percent of independent women.


by Carleigh Stiehm THE CHRONICLE

Students involved in greek life are more likely to feel that they belong at Duke than non-greek students, according to a survey. A report recently published by the Greek Culture Initiative measured the impact of greek life and gender roles on student confidence, belongingness, leadership and sexual assault. Some of the main findings reveal that greeks are more likely than other students to believe that their affiliation increases their likelihood

of becoming a leader, few undergraduates feel that greek life at Duke builds confidence, and greek women are more likely to experience unwanted sexual contact than other women. Now, leaders of greek organizations are looking to act on the results. “There was some positive and some negative data that came from this study that will allow conversations about change and improvement to happen in a way that action can occur,” said Sarah Loge, program coordinator for the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. “It

is helpful to have an honest look at the fraternity-sorority community.” The survey found that only 17 percent of all undergraduate students agree that Duke’s greek culture makes them feel confident. Additionally, 41 percent of females feel more confident at home, compared to 17 percent of males who also feel that way. These statistics regarding confidence might not be an accurate reflection of the impact of greek life on campus, said SEE CULTURE ON PAGE 4

Interdisciplinarity required Greek Devil makes top for global health co-major 32 in college food contest by Anthony Hagouel THE CHRONICLE

The Duke Global Health Institute has finalized the newly authorized global health co-major and minor, available to students this Fall. Students who are interested in global health can now pair their declared majors with the Global Health co-major or minor. The new programs were approved just before spring break by the Arts and Sciences Council, after more than a year in development. The required courses are interdisciplinary in nature and address language studies, research experience and advanced global health topics. “Interest in global health has grown tremendously at Duke over the last decade,” said Gary Bennett, associate pro-

Fowler fills big shoes in Duke’s midfield, Page 7

fessor and director of undergraduate studies at the Duke Global Health Institute. “We think the field has progressed to the point where we can offer a richer, more robust educational experience for our students.” Previously, students were only allowed to pursue a seven-course certificate in global health which will be discontinued for the incoming class of 2017. Current freshmen, sophomores and juniors can either pursue the co-major, the minor or the certificate in global health. The 10-course major requires students to take three core courses, three foundational courses, three focused study courses, a senior seminar and an SEE MAJOR ON PAGE 5

by Raisa Chowdhury THE CHRONICLE


Greek Devil owner Gus Megaloudis’ gyros are becoming famous as part of the Cooking Channel’s Bracket Battle: Best in College Eats.


“I’ve decided to put the regrets behind me and focus on preventing new ones. For that, I may need some more tequila....” —Sony Rao in ‘Don’t look back.’ See column page 11

The Greek Devil may already be famous on campus, but with the help of the Cooking Channel, it could become even more renowned. The gyro on the menu of the Greek Devil food cart was chosen as one of 32 dishes to compete in the Cooking Channel’s Bracket Battle: Best College Eats, a March Madness-inspired tournament to decide the best food offered at a university eatery in the United States. “We’re very happy, [and] we’re flattered,” said Gus Megaloudis, owner, operator and manager of the food cart. “There’s so many colleges and great places to eat.” SEE DEVIL ON PAGE 6

Should we revive extinct species?, Page 2

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Prof argues against ‘Jurassic Park’-style de-extinction the spotted owl to extinction.” The argument then was that “couldn’t we log a lot more forest, and if the spotted owl is driven to extinction in the wild, we can keep them going in captive breeding programs?” But the problem is it wasn’t just the spotted owl—there were 300 other species that lived in those forests. So there’s always a lot more at stake than just the species you’re worried about. So can we restore the old growth forests of the southeastern United States where the passenger pigeon lived? Not easily! We have massively changed the landscape in the southern states, so even if we had the passenger pigeon, where would we put it?

Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke chair of conservation ecology at the Nicholas School of the Environment, is a species extinction expert who discourages species revival or de-extinction . Pimm recently had an opinion piece published in National Geographic discussing the impracticalities of de-extinction and why conservation should take precedence. The Chronicle’s Tony Shan spoke with Pimm to discuss his viewpoints on de-extinction.


The Chronicle: What exactly is de-extinction? Stuart Pimm: What people are trying to do is exactly what happens in [the movie] “Jurassic Park,” where a bunch of scientists bring back the dinosaurs. Now, nobody’s trying to bring back the dinosaurs, but nonetheless, they are trying to bring extinct species back by genetically engineering them. One of the notions is the passenger pigeon. You get some passenger pigeon DNA, and insert it into the nucleus of the embryo of a regular pigeon, and what you would get out of that is not a regular pigeon, but a passenger pigeon. TC: Because passenger pigeons are extinct, what are the sources of their DNA? SP: In much of the same way as the fossil DNA from the dinosaurs, which was a bit of a stretch, incidentally. Nevertheless, there are plenty of passenger pigeons in museums, very much dead, but you can resurrect the DNA. TC: Why do proponents of de-extinction think it would be valuable to bring back extinct species? SP: They think that it’s a way, and I certainly agree, of getting back species that we have driven to extinction with absolute carelessness. And I think it would be great to have a species that we’ve driven to extinction back, but unfortunately, it’s not anywhere near as simple as that. TC: What sorts of challenges stand in the way of species revival? SP: The problem is that reviving one species is always a very tiny part. The story in “Jurassic Park” is there’s a botanist who sees a tree that’s been extinct for a million years and is absolutely overwhelmed by this huge dinosaur, a sauropod, eating its leaves. The only problem with that is those big dinosaurs would

TC: Do you think that the intrinsic value of having an extinct species back is something worthwhile? SP: Don’t get me wrong, driving species to extinction is a bad thing. Bringing that species back is a good thing. But, there are a lot of “buts.” That isn’t to say that people shouldn’t do it, but it makes politicians think that they can do enormous amounts of environmental harm and it’s all fine because we can bring a species back if we drive it to extinction. But the fact is that 99 percent of all species we drive to extinction we are not going to bring back, because they would not be as charismatic as the passenger pigeon. SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE

Stuart Pimm, chair of conservation ecology at the Nicholas School, discourages reviving extinct species. need thousands of those trees, and you’d have to grow them too. You can’t just put one species back, you have to worry about a very large number of other species— plants, animals, insects, pollinators and symbiotic fungi. Recreating nature is a very complex task. TC: Do you think that species revival is a waste of time? SP: It’s not that I care that much about people wasting their time—their time, their money. But it is politically damaging. People were worried about how rapidly the old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest were being logged because of the spotted owl that lives there. At the rate they were going, they predicted that 90 percent of the spotted owls would be gone within 60 years. People said, “No, we have to stop logging, or we’ll drive

TC: You mention that conservation should focus on tasks at hand, like protecting endangered species. If there is a necessary trade-off between humans and nature, which there often is, how should we determine what species deserve to be protected? SP: I don’t concede that we should let any species go extinct. I think that it is a very bad thing. The fact that we are driving species to extinction 1,000 times faster than they would naturally is a measure of how irreversible and unsustainable our impacts upon the environment are. We should stop and say, “Hey, there are other ways of doing things. We don’t have to treat our environment with the contempt that we have been doing.” TC: When you watch “Jurassic Park,” do these issues cross your mind as you watch or make the movie less fun to watch? SP: Not at all, “Jurassic Park” is a wonderful fantasy and a beautiful movie to watch. I enjoyed it. But it is a fantasy and not a reality.












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Program fulfils language reqs in a single summer by Margot Tuchler THE CHRONICLE

Undergraduates can now knock out their language requirement in one summer. A new program offered by the Spanish department will condense the first three semesters of Spanish language courses into one summer program, which will focus on language acquisition and civic engagement. The Intensive Spanish Summer Institute will be directed by Liliana Paredes, associate professor of the practice of Spanish and director of the Spanish language program, and will be cotaught by Paredes and Rebecca Ewing, lecturing fellow of Spanish. In addition to language courses at Duke, participants in the program will engage with Durham’s Latino community and will spend a week in Mexico City in the middle of the program. “[The program] will have a civic engagement component which means students are going to be having experiential learning and projects and activities in the Latin community here in Durham,” Paredes said. “In a way, that component is addressing the cultural part of learning a language intensively.” The intensive course—which will span both summer sessions—is designed for students without prior Spanish language experience, since it will start with Spanish 101, Paredes said. The new program completes the language requirement, differentiating it from the Duke Intensive Spanish pro-

gram in Alicante, Spain, which covers two semesters of intensive Spanish in a six-week summer session. There are twelve spaces in the program, which draws on the University’s involvement with global education and civic engagement, said Lee Baker, dean of academic affairs for Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and associate vice provost for undergraduate education. “This particular program leverages the innovative course design that we have developed with DukeImmerse, Service Learning and existing intensive language courses, and combines those course elements with Civic and Global Engagement,” Baker wrote in an email Tuesday. “Although this is not Study Abroad, Duke is fortunate because we are situated in the Triangle, which has rich and diverse Spanish speaking communities from which our students can learn and engage.” In addition to teaching Spanish, Ewing has experience with civic engagement, having taught EDUC 307S: Issues of Education and Immigration for three years. Ewing noted that her experience in this field has helped her forge connections with the Durham community that she can draw upon during the summer program. Although students are exposed to new cultures when they go abroad, many Duke students do not interact with the Durham community, Ewing said. SEE SPANISH ON PAGE 5


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CULTURE from page 1 junior Ian Zhang, Inter-Greek Council president. “Confidence is tricky to measure,” he said. “Our [Greek Council] members strive daily to make Duke a better place through programming, philanthropy and service, and [they] hope that our positive effects of involvement extend across the entire Duke community.” The Greek Culture Initiative reached out to 4,500 undergraduates in 2012, and 636 students responded—including members of greek organizations and selective living groups, as well as independents. The community effect The study found that compared to SLG members and independent students, greek students are more likely to report that they belong at Duke, which some attribute to the sense of community found in the groups. The survey found that 82 percent of greek students feel that they belong at Duke, compared to 67 percent of students involved with an SLG and 64 percent of independent students. “Greek life is a system based around brotherhood and sisterhood, and this sense of brotherhood and sisterhood permeates through everything that we do,” said junior Jack Riker, president of the Interfraternity Council. Loge said these findings are representative of national statistics of greek students.

“They create a smaller community that helps students to feel very connected,” she said. “Any time an organization on campus can create that sense of making a large space feel smaller and assist in navigating the larger community, students are going to feel more at home.” The survey found that there is a significant difference in the feeling of belongingness between genders and academic years. Men are significantly more likely to report they belong at Duke. Overall, 80 percent of males compared to 69 percent of females feel that they belong. The feeling of belongingness can be seen more in freshmen than seniors, with 84 percent of the class of 2016 agreeing that they belong at Duke, compared to 60 percent of the class of 2012. In addition to feeling more likely to feel that they belong, students involved with a fraternity or sorority are more likely to take leadership positions than members of an SLG or independent students. Of greek men, 76 percent reported that their affiliation plays a role in potential leadership opportunities, compared to 30 percent of independent men and 39 percent of men in SLGs. Although less so than men, greek women are also more likely than other women to agree that their affiliation plays a role in potential leadership opportunities. Forty-nine percent of greek women reported that their affiliation plays a role in potential leadership opportunities, compared to 25 percent of independent women and 41 percent of women in SLGs.

Preventing unwanted sexual contact The survey defined sexual assault as “any unwanted physical contact that is sexual in nature.” Of those surveyed, 38 percent of greek women reported experiencing unwanted sexual contact, compared to 30 percent of independent women and 29 percent of women in SLGs. “The sexual assault findings were particularly alarming,” wrote senior Laura Starzenski, vice president of the Greek Culture Initiative, in an email Tuesday. “Before this survey, there was no denying that sexual assault was a problem at Duke. But seeing the actual numbers for our university compared to national data really put the prevalence of this problem into perspective.” Starzenski also said that at the time the survey was administered in the Fall—five weeks into the semester—16 percent of freshmen women polled had already experienced unwanted sexual contact from another Duke student. “O-week is one of the most exciting experiences you have as a Blue Devil, but we clearly need to do more to ensure the safety of our fellow students,” she said. Riker said the four greek councils are working with the Women’s Center to create programming to educate their members. IFC plans to have all of their members trained in bystander intervention and sexual safety in the near future, Riker said. “The reduction of sexual misconduct is something that the four greek councils have put on the forefront of their agendas, for we feel that a united Duke is one

where all people feel safe in all walks of campus life,” he said. First steps The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life will not overlook the significance of the survey’s findings of major cultural issues, Loge said. The sample of students polled is highly representative of the sentiments of the entire undergraduate student body, said Director of Institutional Research David Jamieson-Drake, who aided the Greek Culture Initiative in conducting the survey. “Their findings should be taken very seriously,” Jamieson-Drake said. In addition to encouraging greek leadership to consider the implications of the survey’s findings, the report recommends all greek students be required to complete the Prevent Act Challenge Teach bystander intervention training program. Loge added there are always ongoing conversations about how to improve the greek community at Duke, but that it is important to have a clear view of where they face the most challenges. “The first step, as always, is mass awareness of the findings and the campus culture issues,” said senior Allison Schulhof, president of the Greek Culture Initiative. She said the Duke community should consider measures such as evaluating freshmen orientation programs and implementing house courses that discuss campus culture issues like sexual assault and stress management. She added that it was important for the survey to continue in future years to track improvements in culture.

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SPANISH from page 3 Sing the night away “It’s an opportunity for students to get to know Durham better and establish a stronger community,” she said. The parts of the course that take place outside of the classroom—both in Durham and in Mexico City—will serve to promote not only civic engagement and cultural immersion, but language acquisition as well, Ewing said. The condensed nature of the course will allow students to be more comfortable with the class and encourage participation and language practice.

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experiential learning requirement fulfilled by programs such as DukeEngage, internships, monitored lab research and other fieldwork, Bennett explained. The minor consists of two core courses and three electives. “We’re especially excited about students coming up with some really neat synergies,” Bennett said. “Our interest here is in students finding the kinds of experiences that will allow them to integrate their co-major studies with global health.” This is the first liberal arts global health major in the country, according to the DGHI website. Over the past 18 months, Bennett and other faculty at DGHI have received overwhelming support from other departments through collaborations intended to finalize how the global health major will cut across disciplines, Bennett noted. It is possible to pair the global health major with any other major at Duke. The unique co-major structure is intended to allow students broad interdisciplinary ex-

Some summer language programs have existed in the past, but the department had been discussing the potential for a new course involving community engagement, Paredes said. “[Several instructors] were talking about summer school and how so many students are… doing study abroad programs and DukeEngage programs and the campus was just not really well used in summer,” Paredes said. Several spots remain open for this summer’s program, Ewing said. Students can apply for the program by emailing Paredes for additional details. posure without sacrificing depth in a discipline other than global health, he added. “My hope is that the global health comajor allows students to explore their passions about how to reduce social and health disparities through whatever avenue interests them,” senior Neha Bakhai wrote in an email Tuesday. Bakhai helped faculty and staff at DGHI develop the major and said she believes that the major will be extremely popular because of its broad applications. The new program will allow Duke students to hone vital skills to tackle impending global social and health issues said Jessica Freifeld, Trinity ’09, who earned the certificate in global health and now works as a manager at international consulting company Global Health Strategies. “The co-major will help provide students with the training they need—both inside and outside the classroom—to pursue careers in global health and, ultimately, to have a real and lasting impact on the lives of people around the world,” Freifeld wrote in an email Tuesday. Information sessions about the new major will be held March 27 and April 4.

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DEVIL from page 1 A BIG event Visitors to Cooking Channel’s online blog, Devour, can vote for their favorite menu items in the bracket. Voting for the first round ends Thursday. The winner of Best College Eats will be announced April 6 during the NCAA Final Four. Dishes that made their way onto the bracket had to be served at venues near or on the respective campus, popular among students and “absolutely awesome” according to the blog. Megaloudis added that he did not apply for the competition, but his food cart was chosen by the Cooking Channel based on restaurant reviews. Megaloudis only found out his restaurant was a competitor after his nephew called him upon seeing the contest online. The Greek Devil gyro must receive more votes than the chicken cheddar biscuit from Time-Out, a restaurant located on Franklin Street near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to make it past the first round of the foodie tournament. “Who else would they put us up against besides Carolina in the brackets?” Megaloudis asked. “The basketball team does their business, and I want to do mine. I don’t care if we don’t come in first, but we’ve got to take care of Carolina.” He added that thus far, he has made few efforts to recruit people to vote for the gyro in the tournament besides notifying friends and family. Even so, Duke was more than 250 votes ahead of UNC as of Tuesday night. Word about the contest has spread around campus despite its relatively low profile and little publicity efforts by the Greek Devil. “I voted for you three times today— I posted it on Facebook and told all my friends,” said sophomore Brandt Scheidemantel as he approached the Greek Devil Tuesday afternoon. Megaloudis noted that he is just a salesman for the food. The food at the Greek Devil is delivered fresh twice daily after being prepared by Megaloudis’ wife in the kitchen at Vita, an Italian restaurant in Durham co-owned by Megaloudis. When food does not sell out, Megaloudis said he gives unpurchased food


The Greek Devil food cart offers a gyro that is currently featured on the Cooking Channel’s Bracket Battle: Best College Eats. out for free because he only sells fresh food. “I really like the guy. He’s super friendly, and the lamb gyro is pretty good,” said senior Yang Zeng. “I think it’s a little pricey, but I really like the dude who’s there. His personality sells a lot of it. He gave me a gyro for free one day.” The Food Network, of which the Cooking Channel is a spin-off, published recipes for each of the dishes in the bracket that all interested parties may access online. Some students have mixed feelings on food at Greek Devil. Greek Devil was the first place junior Grant Oakley ate on campus as a prospective student when visiting campus. “I really liked it and the guy was super nice, [but] there was a point in my freshman year when he started putting all the ingredients in separate containers when he served gyros, and it never tasted just as good,” Oakley said. “Maybe it was my time abroad. It’s just not as good as a good Turkish doner kebab, but then what is?” Despite what happens in the competition, Megaloudis said he is proud to have the Greek Devil featured on a national platform. “I’m happy—it just says that all my hard work is paying off,” he said.


A student plays a basketball dunking game at the BIG Event—a celebration hosted by the Duke Annual Fund held on the Chapel Quad Tuesday afternoon.

HAMILTON from page 1 Since arriving at Duke in 1991, Hamilton has held many roles within Sanford. He served as Sanford’s assistant director before it became a school, as well as its director of undergraduate studies. He has also held several professorships and was previously the director of the Duke Program on Violence and

the Media. His research interests include media, economics and the environment. He has authored and co-authored several books and has received numerous awards for his research. “Jay has been one of very few who have made Sanford what it is over the last 20 years, and we owe more than I can recount here for what he has done for us,” Kuniholm said in his email.



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Marconcini still has the power by Danielle Lazarus THE CHRONICLE

It was as if Duke were saving a spot in the lineup for Chris Marconcini when he arrived in 2010. Left fielder Jeremy Gould had graduated the year before, taking with him most of the raw power in the Blue Devils’ lineup. Gould, Duke’s cleanup hitter, hit .340 in his senior season with 37 RBIs and a .510 slugging percentage. The Blue Devils knew Marconcini was capable of duplicating Gould’s production—their recruit had been an offensive force at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Tenn., hitting .490 his senior year—but they were unsure if a freshman could immediately fill such an important role. Marconcini, however, rose to the challenge and soon established himself as a fixture in Duke’s lineup. As a freshman, he started all but one game for the Blue Devils and led the team in home runs, RBIs, runs scored and slugging percentage. Marconcini’s 39 RBIs were the most by a Duke freshman in more than a decade—and two more than Gould in his senior campaign. Even at 6-foot-5, the second-tallest player on the Duke baseball team, there was nowhere for Marconcini to go but up. Despite being named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and to the AllACC Second Team, Marconcini was ready to build on his performance going into his sophomore season. “For a freshman, I guess I did well,” Mar-

talkin’bball Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski and select Blue Devils met with members of the media Tuesday to talk the upcoming NCAA Tournament, which begins Friday for the secondseeded Blue Devils against 15th-seeded Albany. Here’s the recap: >>Krzyzewski said freshman Rasheed Sulaimon will start Friday after beginning the last two games on the bench. “It feels good, but at the same time I have to bring it each and every game,” Sulaimon said.

>>Krzyzewski said both Ryan Kelly and Seth Curry are healthy and doing well, noting that the team has handled both situations well. JISOO YOON/CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

After missing last season with an ACL tear, Chris Marconcini has already hit five home runs this season. concini said. “I was happy with the way I played, but not as happy as I could’ve been. I was looking forward to sophomore year.” But on Feb. 12, 2012, sophomore year became an impossibility for Marconcini. During an intra-squad scrimmage at practice, catcher Reed Anthes ran after an easy popup down the first-base line. Marconcini, who was play-

ing first base, also ran to make the catch but was too late to hear Anthes’ call for the ball. While jumping out of Anthes’ path, Marconcini landed unsteadily on his right leg. “He called me off, and I tried to get out of the way,” Marconcini recalled. “And SEE MARCONCINI ON PAGE 8


Fowler fills big shoes at the faceoff X by Lopa Rahman

“The Seth thing was something we kind of adjusted to and the Ryan thing was a new thing. For the team to get hit with two unusual situations like that, they handled that well,” Krzyzewski said.

>>Krzyzewski also expressed his amazement at Curry’s ability to play through his leg injury all season. “It’s been one of the most unique years. And you tend to forget because you watch him perform, and his year is absolutely incredible.”

>>One of the hot topics was secondseeded Duke’s loss to Lehigh in last year’s NCAA Tournament’s Round of 64. “You can’t focus on that. You talk


When Duke’s main faceoff man and alltime ground ball leader CJ Costabile graduated last year, the All-American left a huge void in the Blue Devils’ midfield. “He was the best player in the country last year. I learned a lot from him,” junior Brendan Fowler said. “I was hoping that I could carry some of what he taught me and what I have done previously into the season.” Fowler, who has taken over Costabile’s responsibilities in the midfield, has exceeded all expectations so far this season. In their time together, Costabile showed Fowler techniques that have elevated his ground ball game. Last season, Fowler scooped up 34 ground balls in 17 games. In the 10 games that the No. 13 Blue Devils have played this year, he already has 102 ground balls, including a career-high 13 in Duke’s win against then-No. 6 North Carolina. He ranks second in the nation in ground balls per game. “CJ was great at picking up ground balls,” Fowler said. “I knew I would have to pick up a lot of ground balls to be successful, so that was something I stressed early in the preseason.” In addition to picking up loose balls, Fowler boasts a 62.6 faceoff percentage this season. He has won the faceoff battle

about it and say ‘we weren’t ready’ or ‘we weren’t as together’ or whatever the heck happened. But I think the main thing that happened was C.J. McCollum and an outstanding Lehigh team,” Krzyzewski said.

>>Krzyzewski emphasized the leadership of Duke’s three seniors—Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee—and focusing on the 2010 National Championship instead of last year’s early exit. “I’d like for them to focus a little bit more on when they were freshmen. That was pretty good—they won a national championship.” he said.

>>On a lighter note, Curry was named one of the “Hottest Guys of March Madness 2013” by Cosmopolitan magazine. “I thought it was funny,” Curry said. STEVEN BAO/CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO


Click through our NCAA Tournament bracket online with breakdowns of all the teams in this year’s Big Dance, from No. 1 Louisville to No. 16 Southern.

Midfielder Brendan Fowler is winning 62.6 percent of his faceoffs this year, filling CJ Costabile’s big shoes.

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MARCONCINI from page 7 then there was a big, old, loud pop.” Only six days before Duke was set to open its season against Texas, it lost its slugger to a torn ACL. “[When it happened], it was hard to be happy,” Marconcini said. “And it’s a slow, slow process [to recover]. For the first month or so I was on crutches and wasn’t really allowed to do anything. It was tough.” What made matters worse for Marconcini was that his teammates were struggling on the field. The 2012 season was one of the Blue Devils’ worst in recent memory. The team compiled a 21-34 overall record, while going 9-21 in the ACC, good for last place in the conference. Offensively, catcher Mike Rosenfeld was the only player to hit over .300. On the mound, only three pitchers out of Duke’s 15 on the roster posted ERAs under 4.00. The season ended with the resignation of head coach Sean McNally after seven seasons, and star pitcher Marcus Stroman left for Major League Baseball as Duke’s first ever first-round draft pick. “It was incredibly frustrating [watching from the sidelines],” Marconcini said. “You always want to be out there helping the team out, and it’s just hard to watch guys going out, working their butts off and not seeing good results.” At the same time, Duke’s troubles only motivated Marconcini to work harder. After he got off his crutches, Marconcini began rehabilitation, steadily transitioning from a workout filled with slow movements and stretches to conditioning and running on the field. Marconcini was finally cleared to play 11 months after his initial injury, in early January 2013. “It’s a great feeling for all the work you put into it, to finally get to be running and hitting and everything,” Marconcini said.

“And then finally getting to step back on that field, in Florida that Friday night [to open the 2013 season]. I was a little nervous, but it was so good to be out there.” Marconcini, however, was not completely back in shape by the start of the season. Both he and head coach Chris Pollard are not hesitant to admit that the redshirt sophomore needed to return to form before the Blue Devils could depend on him to consistently produce again. “Sometimes there’s an expectation, even as a coach, when a guy gets cleared to play and he should be right back to where he was before the injury,” Pollard said. “But the reality is that it takes time.” Despite his ongoing recovery, Marconcini’s raw power was as clear as ever. In Duke’s second game against the Gators, Marconcini mashed his first home run of the season. Now, one-third of the way through the season, Marconcini has five home runs, already one more than his entire freshman campaign. “My year started slow, but it’s starting to pick up now,” Marconcini said. “I’m starting to get more and more comfortable at the plate, so hopefully better things will come as the year progresses. It’s just like freshman year again.” On paper, Marconcini’s performance thus far is uncannily similar to 2011. Once again, Marconcini leads the Blue Devils in home runs, RBIs, runs scored and slugging percentage. But, in reality, Marconcini’s goal—and expectation—is to be better than the 19-year-old version of himself and to keep improving during his second chance at a sophomore season. “He’s still working himself back to game shape, but you can tell that he’s playing with more confidence,” Pollard said. “Each day that goes by, Chris is more comfortable with what he can do. He’s just building up. He’s just getting back to where he expects he can be and beyond that.”


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FOWLER from page 7 against nine out of of Duke’s 10 opponents this season. He struggled against No. 1 Maryland’s faceoff men, but his success against five ranked opponents—Denver, Notre Dame, Pennsylvania, Loyola and North Carolina—is a testament to his reliability at the faceoff X. Costabile was Duke’s faceoff specialist last year, but Fowler was getting groomed for the role, taking 149 faceoffs for the Blue Devils. He won 90-of-149 for a 60.4 faceoff percentage. Costabile broke his hand late in the season and played through it but did not take faceoffs at the start of the NCAA tournament. “Brendan had a lot of experience coming in,” Duke head coach John Danowski said. “He has played in a lot of big games and played terrific when CJ got hurt. We were hopeful that Brendan could be the full-time guy. So far he has been extremely consistent.” Danowski added that having the possession advantage—a result of strong faceoff play—allows Duke to relax on the defensive end. Although the Blue Devils play less defense than their opponents, Fowler contributes on that end of the field, working with the shortstick defensive midfielders daily. “He has become a much better on-the-

ball and off-the-ball defender,” Danowski said. “He’s much improved.” Balancing lacrosse and academics isn’t the only major responsibility Fowler has on his plate at Duke. He is also a walk-on linebacker for the football team, and due to the time-consuming nature of the sport, he doesn’t participate in offseason lacrosse practices or scrimmages. “I always try to get some stuff in during the week even if it’s not a lot of running around,” Fowler said. “In the fall I tried to come out and throw around with guys, do some faceoff work, nothing running so I don’t beat my legs up during football. Whenever I get the chance to get something done I got lacrosse work in.” After injuring his collarbone in Duke’s 12-9 win against Syracuse in the opening round of the NCAA tournament last season and undergoing surgery in late May, Fowler spent the majority of his summer recovering for the football season. The work he put in during the offseason to prepare for the Blue Devils’ tough lacrosse schedule this year has paid handsome dividends, leading the team to signature wins against then-No. 4 Loyola—the reigning national champion—and then-No. 6 North Carolina so far this year. Duke will need Fowler’s consistency as it looks to finish the year strong and make a deep postseason run.


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Good intentions, bad data Two studies, one recently greek women report a higher released, shed light on Duke’s sense of belonging than indeever-contested campus cli- pendent women and women mate: the Greek Culture Ini- in selective living groups, tiative’s Report on Gender the report finds that, overall, and Greek Experience and there is a drop in a sense of the Report on belonging with Gender and the women of difeditorial Undergraduate ferent years, Experience. Today, we focus with the senior class reporting on the former, which contains a lower sense of belonging some useful insights but many than the freshmen class. The statistical missteps as well. study also finds upperclass Out of the flurry of facts women feel less respected and charts laid out by the Re- from their male peers than port on Gender and Greek underclass women. Experience, several pieces of If these findings are valid, information caught our inter- they can substantiate conest. The study includes find- cerns about the female Duke ings on sense of belonging, experience. Belonging withperceived respect from others in the greek system is good, and confidence. First, greek but the report suggests that students feel they belong at women’s sense of belonging Duke more than their non- and perceived respect from greek counterparts. Although others significantly decline

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over the four years. However, we have some concerns with the statistical validity of the report itself. First, it is unclear whether the gendered phenomena mirror a larger societal trend or if they are unique to Duke. To that end, the report should have compared Dukespecific findings to those of our peers, but such comparative statistics were not made available in the final report. At one point, the report compares Duke’s rates of unwanted sexual contact to national sexual assault rates. However, “unwanted sexual contact” and “sexual assault” are highly different terms that could yield different responses. We saw no mention of indexes or scales being pilot-

tested or borrowed from standard survey-based studies, which usually establish baselines useful for comparative purposes. It is hard to gauge the exceptionality of a Dukespecific statistic if we have no sense of its occurrence in the general population. Most damningly, some major findings—including those on female belonging and perceived respect—are not based on longitudinal data. Instead of tracking a single class of women throughout four years, the study takes a snapshot in time, polling all four classes currently enrolled in the undergraduate student body. Because longitudinal studies track the same people, the differences observed in the respondents is less likely to be caused by

generational differences or sample bias. This report, which is not longitudinal, is weaker as a result. Ideally, as data is collected in the future by the Greek Culture Initiative—and Duke’s other major surveying bodies—scales, question wording, comparative data and longitudinal data would all be meticulously compiled. Without sound statistical practice, the results—even if true—are nevertheless suspect. Although the report’s results are believable to some extent, we cannot give them serious weight with the flaws in the statistical analysis. Duke should adopt better practices for future initiatives to produce sound information that can be eventually used to benefit campus culture.

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French journalist named Jean Hatzfeld has were more than the monsters that the world exdevoted his life to special correspondence pected them to be. They spoke of the altered mores and war reporting. Born in Madagascar after of 1994 Rwanda; the Tutsi victims were not people, his parents fled the Nazis, he went on but rather “inyenzi,” or “cockroachto cover wars in Iraq, Lebanon, Israel es.” They weren’t teachers or farmand the Soviet Union, even injuring ers. They were no longer neighbors. himself under gunfire while working This characterization allowed the in Sarajevo. His talent as a journalist nation to adopt a perverse morality; is amazing, but beyond that, he has killing a Tutsi meant purging your also written the most fascinating book nation. It was the right thing to do. I’ve ever read: “Machete Season.” Initially, the nationalized propa“Faced with the reality of genolydia thurman ganda didn’t completely dehumancide, a killer’s first choice is to be siize the Tutsi people. No fiery radio doubly a lie lent, and his second is to lie,” writes broadcast can prevent you from Hatzfeld. The book interviews and seeing that it is a real, live human follows a group of 10 Hutu men who lived and you’re attacking with a machete. And in fact the worked together all their lives in a small village in Hutu men spoke of spurting blood and haunting Rwanda. This community remains as they share the eyes with their first kill. However, each consecutive same prison and similar sentences for murdering murder made the act feel more and more natural. their Tutsi neighbors during the genocide of 1994. An individual murdering Tutsis could see hunThe Rwandan genocide is appalling not just for its dreds of other men doing the same. The killers saw scale, but also for the specific nature of mass mur- nothing bad happen to themselves, their families der enacted. Neighbors killed neighbors, soccer or any Hutu, and so the new national mantra was players killed teammates, husbands killed wives; the reinforced: “Tutsis are nothing more than cockspree was reliant upon popular participation. With roaches.” The ease with which people became able anti-Tutsi propaganda permeating the airwaves and to kill is terrifying. minimal centralized organization, men of varying Here it is all too clear that drawing the analogy ages and backgrounds took to the marshes with between an animal and a race of people is dangertheir machetes. ous and destabilizing. And theirs is not a unique case. Hearing the voices of the killers of Rwanda as they The speeches that named Darfur civilians “black squirm and omit and almost certainly lie to Hatzfeld donkeys” fueled and furthered violence in Sudan. is amazing. They are humanized. There is an empa- Consider any genocide in human history and you’ll thy established, not in the sense that any reader can find dangerous, animalistic rhetoric. agree with these men, nor even understand why they But the ability to dehumanize can be positive in committed these crimes. Rather, as a reader you see other contexts. Acts of aggression, of murder and that these men are just that: men. Their guilt, their rape and violence, shouldn’t be considered human. embarrassment and their frantic self-preservation Yes, it’s dangerous to attribute the perpetrators of are very real and to some degree identifiable. oppression a feral psyche. It can lead to indifference This is novel. There’s always an odd, almost and apathy and prevent the appropriate intervenironic, characterization of the people caught up in tion. But when it comes down to it, the ability to genocide. The victims are dehumanized by their identify that a certain type of behavior, although huoppressors. But in turn the oppressors become less man, doesn’t belong in humanity is invaluable. than human to all spectators. Nazi propaganda durDiscriminatory violence continues to be a realing the Holocaust depicted the Jews as a race of rats, ity. Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya’s president-elect, is being separate and below Aryans. When the Serbs carried charged with crimes against humanity by the Internaout ethnic cleansings in Bosnia in the 1990s, the tional Criminal Court for bankrolling ethnic violence. Muslims were portrayed as a savage threat, breed- Pashtun-speakers in Karachi are murdered, often with ing like animals. Yet to the American observer, little follow-up or investigation. And Rwanda remains these atrocities weren’t committed by people. The haunted by its recent past. It’s crucial that people are Serbs and Nazis and Rwandans are monsters and able to recognize what behavior is unacceptable for dogs, beasts of prey, to us. This doesn’t make these human beings, and hold people, communities and actions acceptable, but provides some logical basis nations to that standard. Monstrous behavior is unacfor their occurrence. ceptable in any day, in any age. The imprisoned Hutus spoke carefully in Hatzfeld’s book. These men were in prison; their Lydia Thurman is a Trinity sophomore. Her column guilt had been well established. But their accounts runs every other Wednesday. You can follow Lydia on Twitstill sought to resemble humanity, to prove they ter @ThurmanLydia.


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hroughout our four years at Duke, we have ofWhile generally consistent with national research, ten heard anecdotal accounts of the problems all of these findings paint an unsettling picture of a with Duke’s culture—a friend who was sexually college culture that is problematic for both men and assaulted during a night out, greek parwomen. The sexual assault statistics are ties with sexist themes, the pressures of particularly disturbing—the rates of sexallison schulhof ual assault at Duke far exceed the 20-25 effortless perfection. Until now, however, no systematic laura starzenski percent national average. quantitative evidence has been put forth Since the four Greek Councils reguest column to examine greek life and gender culture ceived the report in mid-February, they at Duke. Over the past year, the Greek have taken a proactive lead in addressing Culture Initiative (GCI) has implemented a survey of some of the issues raised by this research, particularly Duke men and women to gather data about the campus sexual assault. They are working toward implementing culture issues that students often discuss. Prevent Act Challenge Teach (PACT) training for new The survey explored factors related to confidence, members in order to teach bystander intervention skills belongingness, leadership, sexual assault and gender re- to prevent sexual assault. lations at Duke. GCI analyzed responses from a sample Inter-Greek Council President Ian Zhang said that he of 636 students and reached the following conclusions. plans to have new members undergo PACT training this The data indicates that gender relations are, in fact, April. Panhellenic President Katie Howard and Interan important issue on this campus. Only 36 percent of fraternity Council President Jack Riker stated that their women compared to 70 percent of men feel respected councils will have presidents and risk managers trained by men at Duke. In comparison, 59 percent of women in April and all new members trained starting in spring and 70 percent of men feel respected by women. This of 2014. The four councils intend to lobby the adminissuggests sexist fraternity emails and party themes are tration for more funding since the Women’s Center will merely a symptom of a deeper problem: Duke under- need more resources to expand the scope of the PACT graduate women feel a lack of respect from men. training program to meet the growing demand. That friend of yours who was sexually assaulted? The greek community has started to serve as a modShe’s not alone. We found that nearly one in three el for the greater Duke community by finding ways to Duke women (31 percent) have experienced unwant- address the gender issues that plague college campuses ed sexual contact. Greek women experience unwanted across the nation. However, the student body as a whole sexual contact at an even higher rate: 38 percent. And needs to come together to tackle these issues. while those first six weeks of freshman year are filled The aforementioned findings do not provide answers with crazy parties and new people, already 16 percent to the difficult questions Duke students will ask ourselves of freshmen women had been sexually assaulted by an- about campus culture in the coming semesters. However, other Duke student. Sexual assault of women at Duke now is the time to start understanding the causes so that needs to be reduced to well below the national average we can implement solutions and push for change. of 20-25 percent. We are seniors now, and for four years we have experiOur findings that Duke fails to contribute to wom- enced the Duke portrayed by these statistics. We’ve often en’s confidence are similar to the 2003 Women’s Initia- wondered what our Duke experience would have been tive focus group results, which suggested that women like if we had known about these issues earlier on. graduate from Duke with less confidence than when Underclassmen, here is your wake-up call. You have they started. We found that significantly fewer women heard the stories and now you know the statistics. You report that Duke’s culture contributes to their confi- are receiving this information at a time when you can dence in their senior year than in their freshman year. still change the trajectory of your experience. Awareness According to the study, 64 percent of women in the of this report may prevent you from drowning in the class of 2016 compared to 11 percent of women in the Duke culture whirlpool. Awareness of this report may class of 2012 agreed that campus culture makes them help initiate the conversation that can lead to campus feel confident. Duke women decline in their belief that improvement. You still have the time and the chance to Duke supports their confidence levels as they progress transform Duke into the place that you want it to be. toward graduation. Duke can be a better place. And it starts with you. These are not the only startling trends by class year. Upperclass females report that they belong less at Duke Allison Schulhof, president of Greek Culture Initiative , than underclass women and that they feel less respect- and Laura Starzenski , vice president of Greek Culture Initiaed by their male peers. tive, are Trinity seniors.

Don’t look back


he thing about beaches is that they always get me thinking. After the excitement of sunshine, then sunblock, then sunburns, I reach a point in every beach day where I pause, look at the waves and start to examine my college life. This process usually involves an overload of questions: Did I party enough in college? Did I party too much? Why didn’t I major in something more practical? Why didn’t I really follow my passion? And then it comes, unexpectedly and with full force: the flood of regret. The flood of regret happens most frequently during senior year and is almost always ruthless. sony rao It can cover everything from getting buckets academics to social life and since 1991 often hits hardest right after March Madness ends, when suddenly everyone has lots of free time. So the next item on my bucket list before graduation is this: Fight the urge to regret the past. College regrets can come in all shapes and sizes. In fact, much like Barney Stinson’s many “plays” on women, these can be nicely categorized. First, there’s the Major Malady: the point in your college career when you realize that you actually despise your major and that it’s time for a complete switch. This happened to me about two months into being a chemistry major, and luckily, with the right medical attention, I got out of that one immediately. But if you have reached the point of no return, then the best thing you can do is go through with it. Ultimately a major is simply an area of study and not necessarily a career choice. Second, there’s the Friday Night Double-take: the point where you look around at your current friend group and realize that you have nothing in common with these people—the only reason you are friends with them is that most of them own cars. As appealing as late-night Cookout runs are, this is not a legitimate reason to superficially like people. There’s a point in college where you have to re-evaluate your social life and find the courage to scope out a new social circle if your current one is not working for you. At the risk of some awkward initial situations, don’t regret your social experience here because you’re too scared to make new friends. Next, we have the Résumé Fluffer: the point when you’re looking over your résumé and realize that “expert salsa dancer” will probably not impress the right people. There are a ton of organizations at Duke that I wished I had joined and would have looked awesome on my résumé. At times, I think my future employers would have been so much more impressed with me if I had been president of a service organization or wrote for a scholarly publication. But ultimately, I realized that the organizations I’m in should make me, and not my future employers, happy. When I look back at college I don’t want to remember sitting around for hours at some board meeting. Rather, I want to remember doing the Wobble in front of a confused audience with my crazy dance team. Trust me, you never regret doing the Wobble. The last and probably hardest regret to overcome: The One That Got Away. This is the person whom you had a short fling with in a foreign country, or met on a bus to East and forgot to ask his or her name, or have known as a good friend for a long time and never had the guts to tell him or her how you felt. This regret is a tough one, because it often hits after you missed your chance and realized that someone was more important to you than you thought. If it is definitely too late to contact the person, then the best you can do is learn that it wasn’t meant to be, and try to move on. If you met that person in a foreign country, don’t fret. Your ardor may have been the result of a “foreign country fetish,” when the excitement of being in a foreign country and large amounts of tequila make you instantly fall in love. But if it isn’t too late and it wasn’t just a fling, then tell the person how you feel, especially if you’re a senior. Why? Simply because it will be one less beach-side regret. There are many more token regrets that I haven’t listed, but they all serve the same purpose: They make you forget the things in college that went right. So for the last couple weeks I have left here, I’ve decided to put the regrets behind me and focus on preventing new ones. For that, I may need some more tequila. Sony Rao is a Trinity senior. Her column runs every other Wednesday. You can follow Sony on Twitter @sony_rao.

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