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An invisible Notre Dame thwarts Duke 87-76 debate on marriage WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
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At Duke, same-sex marriage opponents stay quiet by Georgia Parke THE CHRONICLE
In wake of the U.S. Supreme Court hearings last week on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, California’s same-sex marriage ban, some Duke students who oppose same-sex marriage are conscious of being part of a student body that overwhelmingly supports it. Students who do not support same-sex marriage have cited the general views of the student body for why they are wary of voicing their contrasting opinions on campus. According to recent data, they are clearly in the minority on the issue. A 2011 Chronicle survey of undergraduates found that 85 percent of students polled said same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. Nationally, a December 2012 NBC/ Wall Street Journal poll found 65 percent of those ages 18 to 34 support same-sex marriage. Freshman Noura von Briesen said she does not support same-sex marriage based on her Muslim faith. Von Briesen said she
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Junior Tricia Liston led the Blue Devils with 19 points against Notre Dame Tuesday. The Fighting Irish took down Duke in the Elite Eight.
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Second-seeded Duke made its fourth straight Elite Eight exit Tuesday night, falling short 87-76 to top-seeded Notre Dame at the Ted Constant Center in Norfolk, Va. Notre Dame senior Skylar Diggins, who was named the Norfolk Region’s Most Outstanding Player, picked up two early fouls but returned late in the first half with a vengeance, hitting four 3-pointers and finishing the game with 24 points. After a quiet opening, Duke’s energy allowed it to build a nine-point lead with 5:16 remaining in the first half. The Blue Devils (333) were flying to the ball; junior Richa Jackson viciously swatted Diggins’ shot, 6-foot-3 sophomore Elizabeth Williams dove out of bounds to save a rebound and freshman point guard Alexis Jones pushed the rock furiously. Junior Tricia Liston led all scorers at the break with 13 points—both Liston and Jones were named to the All-Tournament Team. “Our first half was pretty good,” Liston said. “We held them to 31 points and we were right on pace for the [defensive] goal that we wanted to keep them at for the game. I thought we did a great job and we had great focus on the shooters and the go-tos that we wanted to shut down, [but I] wish we could have had that same focus in the second half on defense.” Despite their lackluster start, the Fighting Irish (35-1) came out in the second half firing on all cylinders. Flashy high-low passing earned the Fighting Irish a plethora of easy layups—Notre Dame finished with 34 points SEE W. BASKETBALL ON PAGE 8
Admins prepare for Law student wanted to ‘touch people’s lives’ Bass Connections by Elizabeth Djinis THE CHRONICLE
by Ryan Zhang
Andrew Katbi will be remembered by his passion for learning and dedication to helping others. Katbi, a third-year student at the School of Law, died Sunday in a car accident on Interstate 77 near the Virginia-North Carolina state border. He was returning to Duke from a camping trip in Virginia when he got caught in a 95-car pile-up and rear-ended a tractortrailer. Katbi was 24 years old and hailed from Delphos, Ohio. He is survived by his mother, father, sister and girlfriend of five years. Katbi’s mother and father, Leslie and Tarek Katbi, said their son had been an exceptional child from the time he was born, demonstrating a level of intelligence beyond his years and an immensely caring heart. His father said he began reading at the age of one and a half and, when tested by a psychologist,
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Third-year law student Andrew Katbi died in a car accident Sunday.
Duke baseball takes down Davidson, Page 7
Bass Connections, a major interdisciplinary initiative funded by a recent $50 million gift, is recruiting participants for its first class. The program—named for its donors, Board of Trustees member Anne Bass and her husband, Robert—will begin this Fall. The program will bring students and faculty with similar research interests together in project teams to discuss theoretical and practical solutions to major problems through course work and extracurricular programming. Bass Connections leaders are currently reaching out to students to gather ideas for and raise awareness of the University-wide initiative. “Word is getting out,” said Hallie Knuffman, director of administration and program development for Bass Connections, who noted that she has been happy with
student feedback so far. Information sessions held last week helped the program gain undergraduate interest, Knuffman said. The program will have five initial interdisciplinary themes: Brain and Society; Education and Human Development; Energy; Global Health; and Information, Society and Culture. Each theme will encompass a number of activities, combining existing coursework with programming, clubs and project teams. Themes will be permanent, although additional themes could be developed in the future. Project teams will cycle in and out, allowing new teams to form every year, said Andrew Janiak, Creed C. Black associate professor of philosophy and leader of the Information, Society and Culture theme. SEE BASS ON PAGE 5
“Finding the right person is more of a question of chance than a game to be won by beating the odds....” —Sony Rao in ‘Love isn’t a lottery.’ See column page 11
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DSG vice presidential candidates launch campaigns by Amy Cheng THE CHRONICLE
Thirteen students are running for Duke Student Government vice president positions. The vice presidents for the seven DSG committees—Durham and regional affairs, equity and outreach, facilities and the environment, residential life, social culture and services—will be decided in the April 11 election. The four contested positions are vice president for social culture, vice president for residential life, vice president for equity and outreach and vice president for academic affairs. Two candidates, juniors Caroline Hall and Jacob Tobia, are running for the equity and outreach position. As former DSG senator for student life, co-director for gender relations in the cabinet and an intern at the Women’s Center for gender equity and leadership, Hall said she has a background in gender issues. Her goal is to change the social culture on campus and the way gender violence issues are viewed, mainly through the Prevent Act Challenge Teach bystander intervention training program, she added. After speaking to numerous DSG senators, Hall said she wants to make equity and outreach an “actionary committee.”
Now, she noted, the committee is often perceived as reacting to issues after they happen, as opposed to anticipating problems and implementing solutions before problems occur. Tobia, a current DSG senator for residential life and former director for LGBTQ policy and affairs in the cabinet, said he wants to provide minority students a space to speak with a unified voice and to encourage greater cooperation among different communities composed of minority students. “When any individuals within our community feel excluded or marginalized, we all lose out,” Tobia wrote in an email Tuesday. “For me, that’s what the equity and outreach position is all about—ensuring that DSG reaches out to those communities and works to make Duke a more inclusive space.” His main vision is to establish a new campus body called the Equity Council, which will be composed of leaders from groups that represent historically marginalized communities, he said. Such groups would include the Black Student Alliance, Asian Students Association, Blue Devils United, Duke Disability Alliance, Diya and Mi Gente. Freshman Prashanth Ciryam, SEE DSG ON PAGE 6
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Thirteen students are competing for various vice presidential seats in Duke Student Government. The student body-wide election will take place April 11.
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U.S. deals with nuclear threats from N. Korea by Anne Gearan and Chico Harlan THE WASHINGTON POST
WASHINGTON — After more than four years of diplomacy, the Obama administration is struggling to contain the nuclear threats posed by North Korea and Iran, a pair of nations already isolated internationally and resistant to the economic incentives offered in return for an end to their programs. The nuclear ambitions of both countries predate the Obama administration, which has focused its efforts on international diplomacy to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon and to stop North Korea from restarting its once-dormant nuclear program. But amid more bellicose threats from North Korea and on the eve of a new round of talks with Iran, neither the administration nor its Asian and European allies appear any closer to resolving either case. North Korea brought the Obama administration’s difficulties into sharp relief Tuesday by announcing that it would restart a shuttered nuclear reactor at its Yongbyon facility and increase production of nuclear weapons material.
The administration has played down the North’s recent warnings, and U.S. officials suggested that the threat to restart the reactor might be a bluff. Still, the administration made clear that it is alarmed by recent statements from North Korea and its young leader, Kim Jong Un. “What Kim Jong Un has been choosing to do is provocative, it is dangerous, reckless,” Secretary of State John Kerry said after a meeting with South Korea’s visiting foreign minister. Kerry noted that he will be in Seoul next week and that the new president of South Korea will meet President Barack Obama in Washington in May. Both Kerry and Foreign Minister Yun Byungse said that diplomacy could still be salvaged but that the onus is on the North. In the case of Iran, the administration is pursuing an elusive deal to halt that country’s nuclear advances. Diplomats from the United States and five other world powers will meet with Iranian officials in Kazakhstan on Friday for negotiations aimed at persuading Tehran to agree to limits on its nuclear program. A round of talks in February was hailed as “positive” by Iranian officials, but it yielded no conces-
sions by Iran. Western diplomats involved in preparations for this week’s talks say Iran is expected to make a new offer that would include an agreement to restrict or suspend some of its production of enriched uranium. But they say Iran is likely to insist on immediate relief from economic sanctions, something that the United States and its European allies are not likely to grant. A former senior administration official said Monday that chances for a deal in the near future remain slim. “I have such low expectations for what’s going to come out of this next round of talks that I think it’s a mistake to try to set the bar,” the former adviser, Gary Samore, told a panel at the Brookings Institution in Washington. “I think that it really is unrealistic to expect that there be some kind of breakthrough in these talks.” While Iran says its nuclear program is designed to produce electricity, North Korea has conducted three nuclear tests since 2006. The first two tests used fissile material produced by the reactor at Yongbyon, which was shut down in 2007 as part of a
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was found to be â€œoff the charts intelligent.â€? But he was not one to keep his knowledge to himself. Both his friends and family noted how wonderful a teacher he wasâ€”he always wanted to share what he had learned with those around him and expose others to his passions. â€œYou would like him immediately. He just came across that way,â€? said Katbiâ€™s grandfather, Carl Skelly. â€œHe was the finest young man that Iâ€™ve ever known. He was my hero.â€? Olivia Katbi, his sister, remembered a moment from her childhood she said was indicative of Andrewâ€™s desire to help others. One day, the siblings were playing on a trampoline when Katbi showed his sister that he had learned how to do a backflip. But, instead of bragging about a talent he knew that she did not, Katbi then promptly showed his sister how to do the backflip so she could enjoy the experience as well. â€œHe seemed to grasp that his mental capability was there for a reason,â€? Tarek Katbi said. â€œIt wasnâ€™t just to improve his own personal life but to actually help others around him.â€? Katbiâ€™s wish to help others was instrumental in inspiring him to pursue a legal career, said Leslie Katbi. After interning with the Ohio Public Defenderâ€™s Office, where he specialized in death penalty cases, Andrew witnessed firsthand how he could affect social change. He used his experience from the public defenderâ€™s office as a launching point to work tirelessly to save the lives of criminals on death row. His mother mentioned that a lawyer from the public defenderâ€™s office called them the day after her sonâ€™s death to tell the family how Andrewâ€™s research had been an important force in saving the lives of seven to eight clients. â€œHe didnâ€™t want to go to Duke because of the massive paycheck [he could] get after he got out of school,â€? his father said. â€œAndrew really had a math and physics mind, but he also wanted to go beyond the classroom and actually touch peopleâ€™s lives.â€? Although Katbi achieved success in his academic life, he was persistent in his efforts to improve anything at which he was not naturally skilled, Skelly said. He remembered how Katbi, an avid sports lover, struggled with golf. When the grandson and grandfather began playing together, Katbi was frustrated at his initial difficulty at grasping the game. â€œHe got to where he wouldnâ€™t embarrass himself,â€? Skelly said. â€œHe was a perfectionist, and he wanted to be the best at whatever he was doing.â€? Katbiâ€™s family also stressed how much of a family man he wasâ€”always looking out for them and spending time with them when possible. Skelly noted how often he and Katbi texted conversationally. â€œSaturday night we were texting back and forth about the Ohio State game. Our goal was to have Duke and Ohio State meet in the next game,â€? Skelly said. â€œI texted him on Sunday, and he never answered.â€? Katbi attended Ohio Northern University as an undergraduate, graduating with a degree in finance. He planned to practice law in Ohio post-graduation and had taken a position at Baker Hostetlerâ€™s litigation department in Columbus, his grandfather said. All his family members recalled Katbi as a bright, warm, dynamic individual whose presence will be missed dearly by those who knew him and those who did not yet get the opportunity. â€œAny situation I had, he somehow knew how to make me feel betterâ€”either by talking to me or by looking at me or by going out there and throwing the football with me,â€? his father added. â€œHe knew how to make us feel good. He had that thing about him.â€?
DOMA from page 1 and her friends with similar religious convictions, several of whom are members of Campus Crusade for Christ, do not publicize their opinions about same-sex marriage out of fear that they would provoke negative reactions from their peers. “We don’t openly voice our opinions because we feel like we are going to be attacked... by anyone who does support gay marriage,” von Briesen said. “Yes, I believe everyone should be equal, but I have these religious beliefs as well. I don’t know how to compromise them.” Despite her religious reasons for opposing same-sex marriage, von Briesen said she believes it is not up to the government or the general population to decide on the subject. Von Briesen added that there needs to be greater acceptance of minority opinions on campus. “If I wasn’t religious, I would support it. It’s
BASS from page 1 Interested students can reach out to faculty theme leaders for more information. Ideally, the program will be able to involve all interested students, Janiak said. Looking to expand the initiative’s reach, faculty theme leaders are beginning to work with the Thompson Writing Program to inform new students about the breadth of academic resources offered by Bass Connections. “We’re in early discussions with the writing program about ways in which Writing 101 might have topics that connect with the themes of Bass Connections,” Janiak said. Janiak emphasized the program’s col-
N.KOREA from page 3 diplomatic deal under which heavy fuel oil was sent to the North. Pyongyang said Tuesday that it wanted to restart the reactor and other nuclear facilities to ease the nation’s “acute shortage of electricity” and to bolster the “nuclear armed force both in quality and quantity.” Experts who have visited the Yongbyon facility say the small reactor is ill-suited for power production and geared to produce weapons-grade plutonium. Plutonium can be culled from the spent fuel. When the reactor is fully running, it can produce enough plutonium for about one bomb per year, experts say. Restarting the reactor will take about six months, “unless they have been doing much of the preparatory work quietly,” Siegfried Hecker, a former director of the
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only because my religion says it is bad and has numerous justifications for it,” von Briesen said. “People need to understand where we’re coming from when we say we aren’t in support of gay marriage.” Junior Jacob Tobia, outgoing president of Blue Devils United, said he cannot speak on behalf of BDU as a whole but that he personally believes those who do not support samesex marriage “misunderstand” what same-sex marriage would mean in a legal sense. “Marriage is a legal institution with no relation to religious marriage,” Tobia wrote in an email Tuesday. “Accordingly, people should be able to marry who they want, despite religious objections. If anyone uses Leviticus [a book in the Old Testament] to condemn queer people, they better not have eaten shellfish in the past three years or owned a mixed-fiber T-shirt at any point in their life, because Leviticus says those things are bad, too.” Despite the overwhelming support for same-sex marriage on campus, Tobia said he still thinks that those who oppose same-
sex marriage have an equal right to political speech. Jack Clark, junior class representative in Duke College Republicans, said that those who do oppose same-sex marriage would be discouraged by the liberal environment to speak out. “I haven’t heard anyone on this campus be actively against gay marriage,” Clark said. “I understand why they wouldn’t, because it’s hard to take someone’s opinion seriously if people claim they’re going against civil rights.” Clark noted that opposition to same-sex marriage may not carry the same political association on campus as it might elsewhere in the country. Junior Taylor Imperiale, chair of Duke College Republicans, co-signed a letter in opposition to Amendment One to The Chronicle last April alongside Tobia and senior Elena Botella, then-president of Duke Democrats. The amendment, which was approved in statewide vote May 8, named heterosexual marriage as the only legally recognized in North Carolina.
Michael Munger, professor of political science, noted that Duke faculty are also very liberal like the student body, but are more accepting of alternative viewpoints. Munger, the 2008 Libertarian candidate for governor of North Carolina, said that he is not aware of a single faculty member who believes gay marriage should be not be allowed and that overall, there are very few conservative faculty members. Duke, nonetheless, is the most welcoming place for conservative views that he has experienced, Munger added. At other institutions such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Texas at Austin, Munger said he felt “oppressed” due to some of his conservative views. At Duke, although faculty may argue with him in the spirit of debate, Munger said it is a relatively respectful environment. “Duke stands out as a beacon of academic freedom and openness,” Munger said. “At least here, alternate views are tolerated. Everywhere else is worse.”
laborative nature. Typically, Universitywide academic initiatives come into competition with each other for participation and resources, though such competition may be unavoidable, Janiak said. “The reason it’s called ‘connections’ is that we’ve designed a structure whereby we are not competing—we are collaborating,” Janiak said. “We’re really connecting with existing programs. In many ways, we’re actually hoping to make existing programs better.” As one example, Janiak cited Bass Connections’ involvement with the statistics department in developing new data sets for students in Statistics 101 for individual and group projects. “Undergraduates, graduate students, professional students, faculty—the goal is
for all of them to be in a conversation about relevant issues,” said Susan Roth, vice provost for interdisciplinary studies and head of Bass Connections. “People who have information relevant to these problems are going to be engaged in and stimulated by conversations across these areas, with the hope of bringing knowledge to bear on problems of societal concern.” Janiak said he believes that the most innovative element of Bass Connections is the project teams and the faculty who lead them. “We have people with governmental experience, people with private sector experience, others who worked in [nongovernmental organizations], a lot of people who have been faculty members,” Janiak said. “One thing they all agree on is that
project teams that enable students to collaborate with students with different kinds of backgrounds and different kinds of expertise would be the single best thing we could do to offer students a new kind of experience.” Freshman Jennie Xu, a photographer for The Chronicle, recently joined a project team in the Brain and Society theme. She attributed her interested to the variety of disciplines offered within each team. “Bass Connections gives undergraduates a lot more exposure to topics they might not encounter in their classes,” Xu said. “I was interested in the neuroscience aspect of this project, but it also incorporates aspects of documentary studies and literature and brings in faculty from a lot of different departments.”
Los Alamos National Laboratory who has visited the North’s nuclear facilities numerous times, said in an email. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was “deeply troubled” by rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula and called for negotiations to calm them. “Nuclear threats are not a game,” he said at a news conference during a visit to Andorra. “Aggressive rhetoric and military posturing only result in counteractions and fuel fear and instability. Things must begin to calm down, as this situation, made worse by the lack of communication, could lead down a path that nobody should want to follow.” In response to the North’s recent threats, the United States has flown its largest and most powerful bombers over the Korean Peninsula and sent two stealth F-22 fighter jets to South Korea as part of a joint military exercise.
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DSG from page 2 a senator for academic affairs, and sophomore Ray Li, also a senator for academic affairs and sophomore class vice president, are running for vice president for academic affairs. If elected, Ciryam said he would redefine academic integrity, continue reworking the curriculum to ensure the usefulness of the modes of inquiries and areas of knowledge and create a syllabus archive. “Right now, academic integrity at Duke is fundamentally flawed the way it is defined in the Duke Community Standard,” Ciryam said. “It says collaboration is a good thing, but also says that receiving help of any kind that is not specifically sanctioned by the professor is a type of cheating.” Ciryam’s plan is to approach the administration and faculty and explain the values and importance of collaboration—perhaps helping to redesign the syllabus if necessary, he added. Li wrote in an email Tuesday that he believes stu-
dents deserve to have more input on issues that affect their academic experience. “Duke should extend our Fall reading period, establish online syllabus archives, create video synopses for courses, improve pre-major advising, lengthen the period for dropping classes without penalty and allow more student representation for discussion of Curriculum 2000 revision,” he added. Li said he plans to carry out the “Bookbag Sunday” event proposed by previous vice presidents of academic affairs that would feature student and professor interactions, department presentations and informal advising sessions with upperclassmen and advisers. Sophomores Fedja Pavlovic and Jacob Zionce are running for vice president for residential life. Pavlovic said that his main agenda is to implement an electoral reform that will allow elections to be based on residential houses rather than committees or classes. “DSG needs to adapt as the houses get stronger as a unit and develop strong identities,” Pavlovic said. “As house councils subsequently gain more [influence],
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DSG will lose its relevance on residential life matters.” Pavlovic proposes to divide the campus into 48 constituencies and have each constituency elect one senator. This model will result in a more personalized electoral process that is more community oriented, he added. Zionce, current vice president for residential life and former senator for residential and dining, said that his re-election campaign centers around three points: his experience, record and vision. “I have been able to foster strong relationships with important figures both within the student body and the administration,” he wrote in an email Tuesday. As a member of DSG, he has worked to increase the number of individuals in blocks from six to eight, and helped to create gender neutral housing on West Campus. Zionce’s vision includes allowing for bigger blocks on parts of campus and bringing new food vendors into the Edens Quadrangle area, as well as improving fairness for assessment process for selective housing. The most competitive position is vice president for social culture with four candidates: freshman Banks Anderson, freshman Bryan Dinner, junior Leilani Doktor and sophomore Adesuwa Giwa-Osagie. Sophomore Derek Rhodes, current vice president of Durham and regional affairs, is running for re-election unopposed and said his new agenda is not drastically different for his second year. “The biggest thing I want to focus on is the off campus mediation work that we started this year—working more closely with Durham and Duke police to ensure that there is support with students who are living or planning to live off campus,” he said. “I also want to expand internship opportunities for Duke students in Durham to establish a formal program that crosses all departments with the city government.” Rhodes added that he wants to continue building relationships with the Office of Student Conduct, city government, neighborhood associations and be the voice for students in the Durham community. Sophomore James Kennedy and freshman Lavanya Sunder are also running unopposed, for vice president for facilities and environment and vice president for services, respectively.
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76 DUKE ND 87 Second half struggles lead to Blue Devil loss by Nick Martin THE CHRONICLE
In Duke’s 76-87 loss to Notre Dame, the Blue Devils saw their championship dreams dashed. While it is hard to credit just one player for a team’s victory, the majority would agree that the Most Outstanding Player of the Norfolk Regional was the reason the top-seeded Fighting Irish were able to advance to the Final Four for the third time in four years. The Most Outstanding Player of the Norfolk Region and NCAA Tournament thus far has been Notre Dame senior point guard Skylar Diggins. The senior was paired up against freshman point guard Alexis Jones Tuesday night, one game after Jones got the best of Nebraska senior point guard Lindsey Moore. Diggins proved to the arena why she is a First-Team All-American and would not let Jones and the Blue Devils put an end to her career. “Skyler is just a great player,” Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “She does a super job. She scored for them. [She had] nine assists that I think were key…. Her game has just really continued to grow through her career, and they’re a strong team.” Once Duke lost Jones to foul trouble, the game turned into the kind of offensive scoring battle that Duke would normally win. But Notre Dame is one of the few teams that can keep up with the Blue Devils’ pace and overtook Duke in the second half, going on a 17-5 run. Junior guard Chloe Wells was assigned to Diggins, but could not frustrate her in the way that Jones had in the opening half. This allowed the Fighting Irish to penetrate the lane early and often in the second half and to score with relative ease, whether it be on a layup or a kick-out 3-pointer from junior Kayla McBride, who knocked down 3-of-5 from
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Freshman point guard Alexis Jones paired up against Most Outstanding Player of the Norfolk Regional, Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins. SEE ANALYSIS ON PAGE 8
Duke offense hot against Davidson by Danielle Lazarus THE CHRONICLE
It was easy for Duke to shrug off Davidson’s visit to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Davidson is in last place in the Southern Conference, and the Blue Devils had just swept ACC foe Boston College. Duke (17-13, 6-6 ACC) crushed the Wildcats by a score of 9-3, led by three-hit performances by three different Blue Devils. “One of the things you have to fight against after having a really good conference weekend is you come out in the midweek and you’re complacent,” head coach Chris Pollard said. “Our guys did a good job of coming out and playing the game hungry.” Davidson (8-19, 4-11 Southern Conference) opened the game with back-to-back singles by freshman second baseman Sam Foy and senior short stop Michael Zeblo. With two
outs, designated hitter Ryan Lowe singled Foy home and gave Davidson an early 1-0 lead. The Blue Devils, however, responded immediately in the bottom of the first. After battling with Davidson starter Rob Bain, senior right fielder Jeff Kremer walked and then stole second. He was later doubled home by reigning ACC Player of the Week Jordan Betts, who then scored when first baseman Chris Marconcini reached base off a dropped popup error by Foy. “I thought us having an answer was big,” Pollard said. “The [double] by Betts was huge, and so was the dropped ball to grab the lead.” The Blue Devils took advantage of another defensively sloppy inning from the Wildcats to pad their lead in the second. After singling, Duke shortstop Kenny Koplove advanced to second after Bain fumbled a throw to second base, and then advanced
to third on a wild pitch. Sophomore second baseman Andy Perez grounded into a double play, but it was enough to score Koplove and put Duke ahead 3-1. The Blue Devils scored another run in the third, when designated hitter Matt Barezo doubled home center fielder Grant McCabe, and again in the fifth, when Marconcini singled home McCabe again, to increase their lead to 5-2. Koplove, McCabe and Barezo each tallied three hits. Freshman Koplove, who struggled at the plate at the start of the season, has now hit in each of the Blue Devils’ last seven games. “I saw the ball pretty well,” Koplove said. “I’ve been working a lot… and making a lot of adjustments on my swing, trying to calm it SEE BASEBALL ON PAGE 8
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Shortstop Kenny Koplove, who struggled early in the season, has hit in each of the last seven games.
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ANALYSIS from page 7 behind the arc. “Once Lex went out we stopped focusing on defensive stops and it turned into a game of trading buckets,” sophomore center Elizabeth Williams said. “And that’s not the type of game that we wanted to be in.... We lost a little bit of focus.” With a player like Diggins on the floor, it was easy to overlook other performances, such as the one junior guard Tricia Liston put forth. Liston poured in 19 points on only nine shots and went 6-for-7 from the freethrow line. Diggins had only five more points than Liston and took seven more shots, including eight attempted 3-pointers compared to Liston’s two. Notre Dame recognized Liston’s affinity for the three-point shots, so the Fighting Irish closed out hard whenever she had the ball behind-the-arc. In previous games, Liston would pass the ball off or dribble to create an open passing lane for a point guard, but not Tuesday night. Liston made the paint hers in the opening half, making use of her dribble to penetrate
W. BASKETBALL from page 1 in the paint. Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw attributed the team’s turnaround to ball movement and spacing. “We really came out of the locker room with a lot more energy and intensity—I felt like in the first half they were outworking us,” McGraw said. “We got in our offensive rhythm. We moved the ball a little bit better [and] got better looks. Our selection was so much better because we were using the high post.” While the Fighting Irish certainly came out with renewed passion, Duke’s foul trouble— particularly that of Alexis Jones—played a huge role in Notre Dame’s second-half success. The Blue Devils came out of their man-to-man defense, allowing Diggins to find space and begin her scoring frenzy after a slow start. Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie said foul trouble forced her hand in switching the defense. “We had foul trouble,” McCallie said. “You can’t play man-to-man when you’ve got a point guard with four fouls for half a game… it was not ideal for us. We played the game without our point guard for a great deal—without Chelsea Gray and without Lex— that’s a problem.” The softened defense seemed to ignite Diggins, who had 16 points in the second half alone. While her long-range shooting remained a threat, all but three of Diggins’ second-half points came by attacking the basket. “In the second half we settled into the game and started to play our game,” Diggins said. “I thought we got the ball moving better.” Ball movement was certainly key for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame wings Kayla McBride—who also earned All-Tournament Team honors—and Lloyd Jewell were highly
the Fighting Irish’s defense and take advantage of a number of Notre Dame’s smaller guards. On one possession, she called for an isolation on the right side, backed down her defender and hit a turnaround bank-shot. “They were definitely playing me to my shot, so the lane was open, the ball-fake and drive was open,” Liston said. “I was just trying to do anything I could get open with and find my shot. It happened to be attacking the basket today.” The theme of the Blue Devils only playing one superb half then letting up in the other half has defined their season, but only came back to bite them when they played elite teams. In its loss to Connecticut, Duke only trailed by one point at halftime before going on to lose 49-79. In Tuesday night’s contest, the Blue Devils led 37-31 at halftime before succumbing to the high-powered offense of Notre Dame and losing by 11. “Our first half was pretty good, we held them to 20-something points, and we were right on pace for the goal that we wanted to keep them at for the game,” Liston said. “And so I thought we did a great job and we had great focus on the shooters and the
go-tos that we wanted to shut down. [I] wish we could have had that same focus in the second half on defense.” Another repeat has plagued the Blue Devils—Duke has made the Elite Eight four years in a row and lost every time. Although they were missing second-team All-American junior point guard Chelsea Gray, the Blue Devils still boast a roster full of McDonald’s All-Americans and All-ACC players. The talent is there, as the first half showed, but the execution was not. “It’s really hard [to get this close],” Williams said. “We felt like we deserved to be here but we didn’t play a full game that reflected that, and unfortunately, we see our result now.” Notre Dame racked up 56 points in the second half alone, more than Duke scored in its previous game against Nebraska. But the end of the game saw the Blue Devils—who cut a 16-point lead down to nine with under a minute to go—fight back. By that time it was too late, and the clock ran out as Duke failed to hit one last shot to bring the deficit back to single digits.
effective in stretching Duke’s defense, combining for 35 points and shooting 4-for-7 from beyond the arc. Natalie Achonwa, a 6-foot3 junior forward, had an impressive day on the block and finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds—her school-record 19th doubledouble this season. After outplaying the Fighting Irish for much of the first half, Duke could not muster enough offense to keep pace in the second period. The Blue Devils struggled to move the ball, often forcing Jones and Jackson to lower their heads and fire desperate attempts with the shot clock winding down. Williams felt that more inside play might have improved Duke’s offensive efficiency. “We could have gotten the ball inside a little more,” Williams said. “We didn’t do a good job of that. The turnovers really influenced that— that’s not getting the ball inside.” The Blue Devils’ offensive woes combined with Notre Dame’s improved vigor made for a very ugly second half. The Fighting Irish went on a 17-5 run coming out of the locker room and never really looked back. With 2:40 left, the game appeared out of reach for the Blue Devils, who trailed 77-62 with 2:02 remaining. But several key 3-pointers by Haley Peters and determined full-court pressure by Chloe Wells, who forced several Diggins into several uncharacteristic turnovers, kept things interesting. Down nine, the Blue Devils were forced to foul with just under a minute remaining. Notre Dame’s Ariel Braker missed both free throws, but McBride secured the offensive rebound and, after taking a foul herself, knocked down both shots at the charity stripe—the nails in Duke’s coffin. McCallie explained that the Blue Devils’ final push was too little, too late.
“It bothers me a little bit to fight so hard at the end like that. It’s like, where has that been? You have got to fight for 40 minutes at this level. At one breath, you’re inspired by it. In another breath, it is a little irritating, because you’ve got to play for 40 minutes at this level.” Duke’s lone senior, Allison Vernerey, gave great effort off the bench shooting 3-for-4 from the field and collecting four rebounds, but the French native will have to be content with four straight elite-eight finishes. The rest of the team hope to learn from Tuesday’s experience. “It’s really hard [to get this close],” Williams said. “We felt like we deserved to be here but we didn’t play a full game that reflected that, and unfortunately, we see our result now.”
BASEBALL from page 7 down. I’m going to keep working on it.” Davidson threatened in the top of the sixth, when Duke freshman righty Michael Matuella relieved starter James Marvel. Matuella allowed a leadoff walk on four pitches to Wildcat centerfielder Forrest Brandt, who used his speed on the bases to steal second and score on a single from Lowe. Lowe then stole second, and attempted to score when catcher Chris Dyer singled through the right side. Kremer, however, nailed a rocket to catcher Reed Anthes to get Lowe out at the plate, and end the inning with only one run surrendered. Davidson did not score again, but the Blue Devils’ offense continued to thrive. In the bottom of the seventh, after Barezo walked home Kremer, Koplove added his third hit of the day with a single to score McCabe. Left fielder Mark Lumpa then walked to push home another run. Walks proved to be a problem for the Wildcats all game long: in total, Davidson walked Duke nine times, while Marvel, Matuella, freshman reliever Nick Hendrix and sophomore closer Andrew Istler only issued one walk combined. “We definitely took advantage of some walks [from Davidson] there,” Pollard said. “And our pitchers pitched exceptionally well. The big number that I look at is only giving up one walk. [Marvel] gave us a quality start, and we got big innings out of our bullpen.” While Davidson has now lost 10 games in a row, the Blue Devils increased their win steak to five. Although that number is impressive— especially considering that Duke is now only four wins away from matching its win total from last season—the Blue Devils aren’t ready to stop just yet. “We’re going to keep it going,” Koplove said. “We’re going to keep rolling. I want eight. I want to sweep [No. 12] Georgia Tech. It’s ACC baseball, and I want to win against a powerhouse and show them who we are.”
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LDOC can do better Some students are uneasy decisions in the bedroom, about Last Day of Classes workplace and classroom, headliner Travis Porter’s art and media often set the sexist and demeaning lyrics. norms that govern our attiThe rap group will perform tudes and behaviors. When despite the protests, but its Travis Porter raps “Stop talkmorally quesing, suck some, tionable lyrics you’re f—ing editorial remain cause up the vibe.” for concern. Misogyny and on LDOC, it will not incite violence pervade popular rap students to rape, but when lyrics, but does their ubiquity outrageous lyrics are framed justify their inclusion in the by the glitz and sexiness of LDOC lineup? Or rather, popular artists, the ideas bedoes the normalization of come normalized. No matter these messages exemplify how critical and discrimiwhat is so concerning about nating we think we are, we Travis Porter’s invitation? internalize these messages. Individuals respond to A “new normal” that trivialmedia messages, and de- izes sexual assault inevitably meaning lyrics can have a skews our personal moral detrimental effect on the compasses and feeds into a decisions we make in our broader rape culture. daily lives. Although people LDOC is meant to be an ultimately make their own inclusive, community celebra-
Maybe we should get the cast of Sesame Street to sing on LDOC, I’m sure that would be a big hit. Oh wait, the fact that Oscar is a homeless drug addict is probably too much for the innocent Duke student body. —“GrowUp” commenting on the story “Students protest Travis Porter pick for LDOC, citing sexist lyrics.”
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tion for all students. Travis Porter’s lyrics and messages conflict with this aim —not because they might offend a certain subset of students, but because they are at odds with the University’s commitment to inclusivity and respect. On LDOC, students will face a choice when Travis Porter gets on stage: Ignore the lyrics while tacitly accepting their normalcy, or leave. No performance should present this lose-lose situation, no matter how popular the artist is. Free and even offensive speech has an important place in intellectual events like academic lectures, where it can spark meaningful discussion among thoughtful participants. LDOC, however, is not this type of event. It is unlikely that students will take a break
from their booze-filled revelries to discuss sexism and media messages when Travis Porter performs. The event facilitates celebration, not critical discussion of culturally controversial topics. If anything, the atmosphere lowers listeners’ guard to potentially destructive messages. It is not the University’s duty to eradicate offensive lyrics from the music industry. But the LDOC committee has an interest in ensuring that the event does not undermine the University’s core values or the many campus initiatives devoted to reducing gender violence. Traditionally, the LDOC committee has sought performers who are popular, talented and within its budget. In future years, the com-
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ometimes I miss the eco-reps of freshman shocker, then, that these same areas are disproyear. I miss the “Green Dorm Room” sign portionately likely to be external to the control that my roommate and I earned by virtue of of the central government. living in a non-air conditioned room with a broSo what’s behind this great water crisis? You ken radiator. I miss the free, metal don’t have to dig very deep to find water bottles. I miss having a repreits root. In line with its level of desentative vouch for my right to live velopment, 64 percent of Yemen’s with paper AND plastic recycling workforce works in agriculture. bins in my common room. This sector receives a whopping 90 Despite all these fond memopercent of the domestic water supries, I managed to live an entire ply and 37 percent irrigates a nonyear on East Campus, befriending essential crop: qat. eco-reps, without seeing a single Qat is a mild psychoactive stimlydia thurman change in sustainability practices ulant that is an indelible aspect of doubly a lie at Duke. There are better tasks daily habits in Yemen. The average for the environmental advocate at Yemeni man chews qat for eight Duke than telling fellow freshmen, “Make it a hours a day, spending his afternoon with a bulgquickie! Turn off the tap.” So I have a sugges- ing cheek, regardless of whether he’s farming, retion for those of you who aren’t ready to be done laxing or in a session of the consultative assembly. preaching about Mother Earth: Pack up your The time spent chewing qat and the lackadaisiwater conservation stickers and your enthusiasm cal attitude associated with the activity are often and head east about 8,000 miles. Get excited, blamed for the backwards and undeveloped nayou’re headed to Yemen! ture of Yemen. A Yemeni journalist, Ali Saeed alIt seems slightly unfair that a nation plagued by Mulaiki, joked prior to the revolution of 2012, “If al Qaeda in the south and extremists in the north the Yemeni people didn’t chew qat, they would should also have to worry about turning off the think about their future and about their lives, and faucet while they brush their teeth. The sad reality there would be a revolution.” of the matter, however, is that Sana’a, the capital of Despite the fact that qat appears to be an allYemen, is on its way to becoming the first capital around negative for the nation, it doesn’t have an in the world to run out of a viable water supply. appropriately poor reputation within the country. With 1,200 miles of coastline, desalination plants The ranks of qat-chewers are now expanding to inseem to be a necessary and reasonable solution to clude women, which is sometimes seen as a mark desertification. Despite the obvious need, it’s hard of feminism and progress. Anywhere else, this to tell one of the poorest and least developed na- would be considered the expansion of a nation tions in the world that they just need to suck it up of addicts—breaking the methamphetamine glass and invest over $1 billion in a desalination plant ceiling in the American Midwest was never a trilike their wealthy neighbors, the Saudis. umph of the National Organization for Women. Water scarcity is particularly crippling in a Like connecting your extra minute in the showchaotic nation like Yemen. The centralized gov- er to the extinction of the polar bears, it’s hard to ernment of Yemen has been in a state of flux think of your daily bag of qat as a contributing since the departure of Ali Abdullah Saleh in factor to the strength of al Qaeda in the Arabian 2012; even during his tenure, the northern and Peninsula. The drug itself isn’t harmful enough southern regions of the nation maintained their to prompt the same treatment as crops like opiown basic autonomy. Any sort of environmental um, yet the ancillary effects are not discountable. policy is near impossible to enforce, and educa- When it comes down to it, qat is a water-intensive tion about water issues is somewhere between crop that earns its cultivators more money than nonexistent and poor. Beyond the government’s other crops like grains. No blame can be placed inability to do much about it, water scarcity al- on a Yemeni farmer for selecting the more lucralows for the perpetuation of the very anarchy tive endeavor, and this pattern will continue unand violence that has plagued Yemen in its time less there is drastic change in qat demand or the as a post-colonial nation. Violence over wells management of water in the nation. So eco-reps, and water sources in the north and south is in- unite! There’s some water out there not getting credibly common, so rural Yemeni citizens often the respect it deserves. welcome the order and security that al Qaeda or extremist groups like the Houthis can provide. Lydia Thurman is a Trinity sophomore. Her column In some areas of the highlands, water tables can runs every other Wednesday. You can follow Lydia on drop between 10 and 20 feet annually. It’s no Twitter @ThurmanLydia.
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n the fictitious world of television series “Battle- pamphlet urged that a policy of controlled inflastar Galactica,” a popular religious refrain holds tion was “the only means to insure happiness, glory that “all of this has happened before, and all of and liberty to the French nation,” and Mirabeau this will happen again.” The series, which is otherwise argued that the losses that would result to bankers, short on phrases that can be charitably interpreted as creditors and capitalists were worth the prosperity relevant to economic history, holds a special signifi- that would return to French manufacturers. cance given the state of the economy today. On September 29, 1790, the assignatistas won In the period after the French Revolution, the Na- their second victory in the National Assembly, a tional Assembly of France found itself second issue of 800 million assignats with substantial debt and a concerning came to pass, and it was decreed that budget deficit. “There was a general the sum total number of assignats in search,” wrote historian Andrew Dickcirculation at any time could not surson White, co-founder of Cornell Unipass those already issued. As another versity, “for some short road to prosprecaution against runaway inflation, perity: ere long the idea was set afloat the National Assembly decided to do that the great want of the country was away with its view of the “water cycle” more of the circulating medium; and paper money system and to replace chris bassil this was speedily followed by calls for it with fire, declaring its intention human action an issue of paper money.” to immediately burn all assignats reAlthough support for paper money ceived in exchange for the sale of nabegan to grow, the French also had reason to be sus- tional properties. picious of a system of currency based entirely upon Actions, however, speak louder than words, and government fiat. In 1720, for instance, they had despite its verbal commitment to a controlled and seen the supply of John Law’s unbacked paper bills responsible issuance of fiat paper money, “France roughly quadruple, prices subsequently double and was now fully committed,” as White puts it, “to a their economy face ruin and hardship at the hands policy of inflation.” In November of 1790, the Naof unchecked inflationary expansion. In order to as- tional Assembly attempted to fix the exchange ratio suage the fears of those who warned of a return to of silver to gold, and then in June of 1791, 600 milLaw’s recessionary French economy, certain mem- lion new assignats were issued. These 600 million, bers of the National Assembly proposed that land like the 800 million before them, did not bear the 3 be confiscated from the Catholic Church and used percent interest rate that characterized the initially as a backing for these new paper bills, a plan that issued 400 million. The assignats, which came to be involved the added benefit of transferring almost a issued more and more frequently, had developed third of all property in France from the newly vili- into a basic fiat money system that would soon give fied church to the French government. rise to hyperinflation. The confiscation of church land also lent the As that hyperinflation came to pass, the apparent National Assembly another benefit, this time in the rise that the assignat had given to the French was reform of an apparent check on inflation. “As soon vealed to be nothing more than a passing high, the as paper money should become too abundant,” ex- ephemeral joyride that inevitably stems from the plained White, “it would be absorbed in rapid pur- issue of easy credit unbacked by hard and real rechases of national lands.” The nation, then, essen- sources. Each new round of inflation, White noted tially planned to combat inflation, should it have in his account of the time period, markedly depreciarisen, by selling off part of the land taken from ated the currency. Gold and silver were driven out the church. The paper money received in exchange of circulation, with accusations of “hoarding” and could be removed from circulation, and the value of threats of death hurled at those who were caught those bills that remained in the economy after the with gold under their mattresses and in their basesale would be driven up. Mirabeau, an 18th-century ments. “The plenty of currency had at first stimuFrench statesman, said that the process would flow lated production and created a great activity in as naturally as the water cycle. As the paper money manufactures,” White described, “but soon the marrained down into the economy, it would be fun- kets were glutted and the demand was diminished.” neled into large gluts that could be vaporized back Foreign demand dropped off, and unemployment into the monetary atmosphere until the next liquid- ran rampant. Credit and capital flows dried up. ity drought arose. “The issue of paper,” Mirabeau Business and investment stagnated. “Curious it is to would later claim with certainty, “will show that gold note,” White observed, “the general reluctance to is not necessary.” assign the right reason.” In April of 1790, to the chagrin of fiat money The specifics of the French experiment with the detractors who remembered the ruin of their fa- assignat are as interesting as they were disastrous, thers and forefathers faced at the hands of John and it would be impossible here to detail in entirety Law, that issue of paper finally came. The French the aftermath of the affair. Instead, though, it is illuNational Assembly authorized the issue of paper minating to close with a passage from another telebills, known as “assignats,” backed by national vision series, in which a psychologist-turned-actor property worth 400 million French livres and bear- suggests to his wife that they adopt the same sort ing interest at a rate of 3 percent. Almost immedi- of “open marriage” arrangement that he had recately, however, the advocates of the assignat began ommended to so many of his former clients. When to complain that the sum was too small, and a mere his wife asks if the arrangement worked for those five months later the effects of the paper money couples, Tobias Funke responds that it never does. stimulus had begun to wear off. “If it is necessary “But,” he adds, “it might work for us!” to create five thousand millions, and more, of the paper,” read a pamphlet addressed to the National Chris Bassil, Trinity ’12, is currently working in BosAssembly and disseminated to citizens in Septem- ton, Mass. His column runs every Wednesday. You can ber of 1790, “decree such a creation gladly.” The follow Chris on Twitter @HamsterdamEcon.
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t is a truth widely upheld that a single woman in possession of a sound education must be in search of a husband. Among the proponents of this fascinating theory is Susan Patton, a Princeton mother and alumna who recently submitted a controversial letter to The Daily Princetonian encouraging Princeton female students to find a husband. As part of her reasoning, Patton claims that a woman should marry sony rao a man who is as intelligent getting buckets as she is and that a young since 1991 woman is more likely to find someone her own age or older while she is still in college. Yes, I also thought the letter was meant to be an early April Fools’ joke. It wasn’t. Although Patton’s advice may be useful to those who actively search for their life partners in college, her generalizing language made her letter seem like an ultimatum to college students, particularly women: If you don’t find it here, you’re probably not going to find it anywhere else. To those who continue to live in Jane Austen’s 19th-century world of social puppetry, this is pretty great advice. But for those who believe that love and marriage are not meant to ensure your children have a double legacy option, the next item on my graduation bucket list is for you: Don’t treat your college career as a path toward perfectionism. This means not using your time at Duke to learn how to become a perfect student, have the perfect body or, referring more specifically to Patton’s handy advice, find the perfect future spouse. Patton’s equation for the perfect partner seems to weigh the factors of intellect and education above all others. Perhaps this is just my rebelliousness of youth speaking, but since when did everyone have the same criteria for finding an “adequate” spouse? Even for those attending “elite colleges,” many find that intellectual capabilities are present in multiple forms outside of the academic sphere and that intellectual capability may not even be the strongest factor in gauging our compatibility with another person. Granted, the people we meet in college may become our closest friends and teach us more about ourselves than we ever knew. But more commonly, there are many of us who still have no clue who we are and who will need to experience “the real world” in some sense to develop as individuals. The mindset that we absolutely must find our life partner in college becomes limiting because we may look for someone who fits with our current personality when we aren’t even fully sure who we are. With this social pressure to find a spouse in a four-year time frame, we could end up defining ourselves according to our partners without fully discovering our independent passions and goals. Those, like Patton, who argue that college is the optimal time to find a life partner claim that the odds of finding someone “as smart as you” dwindle as soon as you graduate and interact with a more intellectually-diverse population. Her argument neglects the fact that universities specialize in certain areas and that we increase our chances of meeting people from other specialties after graduation. Finally—and perhaps I am just being an idealist here—I believe that finding the right person is more a question of chance than it is a game to be won by beating the odds. Some seniors may have already met the person they are planning to spend the rest of their lives with, and they are fortunate to have done so. For those who haven’t, be assured that the likelihood of finding the right one does not automatically decrease as soon as you step out of these Gothic walls, unless you are looking specifically for a Duke graduate who has been to every Duke basketball game and is a chemistry major. If so, I would advise you to check DukeList. No, the probability is really only diminishing for Susan Patton’s son currently studying at Princeton, who can now enjoy the prospect of explaining his mother’s well-intentioned marriage pitch to any future love interests. May the odds be ever in his favor. Sony Rao is a Trinity senior. Her column runs every other Wednesday. You can follow Sony on Twitter @sony_rao.
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