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Alpha Delta Phi will join the Interfraternity Council in the Fall after being denied admittance in March. The off-campus fraternity has been recognized by the national Alpha Delta Phi organization since 2006, however it has never been officially affiliated with the University. Membership in a greek council is a pre-requisite to University recognition of a fraternity and eligibility for a housing section. ADPhi was denied admittance into the council, and therefore oncampus housing, earlier this semester in a private hearing with IFC. After signing a one-year probationary agreement, however, ADPhi was granted admittance into the IFC in the Fall. “Alpha Delta Phi has a strong national history of excellence, and I am confident that this culture of striving for excellence will continue on the local level as their men become a valuable resource for the entire Duke community,” junior Jack Riker, president of the IFC, wrote in an email Sunday. Junior Jay Vitha, executive vice president of the Interfraternity Council, said the IFC ultimately chose to admit ADPhi into the council because “everyone saw the benefit of having a united greek council.” To gain admittance into the IFC, the fraternity had to sign a probationary agreement that lists a number of requirements the fraternity SEE ADPHI ON PAGE 7

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Students during finals are prone to reach a high level of stress as they balance completing exams and papers in their classes. To help students prepare for their finals, The Chronicle’s Anthony Hagouel spoke with Gary Glass, assistant director for outreach and developmental programming at Counseling and Psychological Services, on how to alleviate stress. Glass got input from other CAPS staff members before compiling some tips. It’s important to recognize the advantages and disadvantages of stress. The advantage of stress is that it actually increases your capacity to meet challenges by sharpening your thinking and putting your body in “fight” mode, giving you a sense of greater energy. The disadvantage is this also activates your fear response and, if you remain in a stressed mode for too long, you begin to wear down. To de-activate the stress response and limit the amount of consistent time in that mode, keep the following tips in mind.

Arts and Sciences Council vote breaks contract with 2U Tension between faculty and administrators by Emma Baccellieri THE CHRONICLE

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The Arts and Sciences council decides against offering online courses for credit.

When the Arts and Sciences Council voted against for-credit online courses Thursday afternoon, it broke an existing contract between Duke and 2U, an internet education company. In the Fall, Provost Peter Lange signed a contract with 2U, which entered the University as a partner in the company’s Semester Online consortium of schools. Had the motion to approve for-credit online courses passed, Duke would have offered courses for credit through Semester Online for at least a three-year pilot program. Several professors voiced concern, however, that the administration was not transparent with the faculty about its dealings with 2U. Neither the decision to pursue online courses for credit nor the decision to sign with 2U specifically was voted on by any faculty governing body or committee.

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“The decision taken on Thursday was an expression of desired caution with regard to a specific recommendation and not a general turning away from what has been accomplished,” Lange wrote in an email Saturday. “We will continue to...provide our students [with] the richest learning experiences.” Although arguments against for-credit online courses focused on the merits of online learning, faculty members also expressed issues with the format of Semester Online and the timeline of the faculty’s involvement with the proposal. A number of faculty members expressed support for online learning but dissatisfaction with 2U and the way administrators discussed entering into a partnership. “We are not, as I think we’ve been characterized, ideologically opposed to online education,” said Rebecca Stein, director of undergraduate studies in cultural anthropology, SEE 2U ON PAGE 6

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Relive the weekend in photos ................................................................................................................................................................a photo essay by Caroline Rodriguez, Julia Dunn, Jisoo Yoon.

1. Duke PAWS and Canine for Service brought therapy dogs to the plaza on Friday as a study break for students before finals week.

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2.DJ Steve Aoki performed in front of a packed crowd on LDOC. 3.Nobel Laureate Dr. George Akerlof discussed the connections between individuals’ decision biases and larger economic phenomena on Thursday.

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4. Students enjoyed a dinosaur-themed Midnight Breakfast at the Great Hall on Saturday with music and festivities.

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Continued LDOC policies create safer event by Raisa Chowdhury THE CHRONICLE

This year’s Last Day of Classes festivities tried not to kill anyone’s vibe. The LDOC committee maintained changes made last year to the alcohol policy, as well as added safety features, to offer students a diverse, enjoyable and safe celebration to conclude the year. The number of emergency medical calls increased, but there were fewer transports to the hospital, a reversal of 2012 statistics. “Everything went kind of exactly according to plan,” senior Bo Triplett, chair of the LDOC committee, said. In collaboration with administrators, the committee focused on creating an event with an atmosphere that aimed to encourage community bonding. “We worked really hard in terms of allowing everyone to enjoy the day instead of just getting really drunk, and I think we really set a precedent,” Triplett said. “By providing activities that students really wanted to participate in and having bands that people cared about—it gets people excited for the event rather than just excited to party.” Many of the changes this year involved fine-tuning adjustments made last year, but these small changes helped make a big difference, Dean of Students Sue Wasiolek said. Safety measures included water stations, continuing policies restricting the amounts and types of alcohol students could have on the main quad as well as circulating public safety messages. “[Because] we had already had a year with the rules about six packs, glass bottles, no hard liquor, students were accustomed to those particular expectations and I think those of us who were there to help make LDOC fun and safe, were also much more comfortable and familiar,” Wasiolek said. Planning prior to the event involved individuals from the Office of Student Affairs, Duke Student Wellness Center, Duke University Police Department and Housing, Dining and Residence Life along with students on the LDOC Committee. “LDOC has been seeing a general trend of becom-

ing a much safer event,” junior Jay Srinivasan, director of Duke Emergency Medical Services, said. EMS received 22 calls this year, compared to last year’s 13, but involved less severe cases, he said. There were only two calls regarding trauma, but Srinivisan said he could not discuss the specific injuries or reasons, he added. Eighteen of the calls were alcoholrelated. A few damages occurred to campus facilities but all were minor, Joe Gonzalez, associate dean for HDRL, said. “There has been much greater emphasis on a safer event less characterized by alcohol,” Srinivasan said. “The LDOC Committee put a lot of great work into inculcating that sort of dynamic there.” Junior Alex Lewis said that after three years, she has come to greatly appreciate the daytime programming. “I realize with all of the concerts on campus, there’s a lot of access to music and for me it’s more about hanging out with everyone before the summer,” Lewis said. Although she did not care greatly for the performances, senior Ruthie Griffith said she enjoyed her last LDOC in Krzyzewskiville, basking in the sun. The programs throughout the day had good turnout and received positive feedback, Triplett noted. The six bands in the evening concert lineup ranged from “jam bands” to rappers, which helped please a wide variety of people, Triplett said. “This year has been by far the best concert based on my four years, I’d say even in the history of LDOC,” Triplett said. For some, the daytime events were the highlight of the day. Griffith left the quad with her friends once the music started because it was too loud. Some individuals she spoke to afterward, however, enjoyed the event. Wasiolek said she was grateful that students had executed a well-planned event, but had one change she’d like to see in the future. “As someone who is not college-age and has not been college-age for many years, I would like to change up the music a bit,” she said.

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Students participate in the silent disco during the Last Day of Classes’ celebration.

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Humanities faculty cite lack of admin support by Danielle Muoio THE CHRONICLE

Faculty members gathered Thursday evening to voice concerns about the state of the humanities at Duke. While the Arts and Sciences Council was voting on whether or not to approve for-credit online courses—a movement that concerned many professors teaching humanities courses—faculty members gathered to discuss the role the humanities have at Duke. In particular, professors raised concern about Duke’s “top-down model,â€? noting a tendency for administrators to make decisions that affect humanities departments without any humanities faculty input. “Over the past four years, I have become progressively sad,â€? said Nancy Armstrong, Gilbert, Louis and Edward Lehrman Professor of English, who helped lead the meeting. “I belong to a cohort who feels the diminution of its ability to work. My entire group of people‌ feels as if their power to act has been somewhat diminished here.â€? Such communication barriers have pushed the humanities to the sideline of Duke’s curriculum, said Owen Flanagan, James B. Duke Professor and professor of neurobiology. He added that there is a need to reiterate the value of a humanities education so that administrators begin taking faculty input more thoughtfully. “When I came here I wasn’t sure what to think. Sometimes Duke seemed like a corporation where the arts was just a cog in the machine,â€? he said. “We are not being encouraged to do the work that is typically encouraged by humanists.â€?

Duke alums create DNA tracer prototype by Imani Moise

‘A complete afterthought’ Faculty members noted there were many areas were administrators could improve communication with humanities departments. Toril Moi, James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies, said professors need to discuss with administrators more regularly about how current initiatives relate to the humanities. She noted that the existence of “high tension� regarding new forms of technology is indicative of the lack of communication. Although the meeting was set-up prior to the Arts and Sciences Council vote on whether to approve for-credit online courses, which was ultimately voted down, faculty members noted their discontent with how administrators discussed the matter with humanities faculty. When Political Science Professor David Paletz announced that the council voted against for-credit online courses, the room erupted with applause. “Instead of the administrators telling us about some new technology thing, maybe we could all get together and talk about what these technologies could do for more people in the humanities,� she said. In addition to a lack of communication about new technology, such as Internet education company 2U’s Semester Online and MOOCs, administrators need to discuss how donation money should be used to aid the humanities, rather than making the humanities an afterthought, said Michael Moses, associate professor of English. SEE HUMANITIES ON PAGE 7

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A startup led by recent Duke alums is developing technology to help build trust between fracking companies and the communities they affect. The company, BaseTrace, is designing a DNA tracer that could be added to fracking fluids to end speculation about the fluid’s effect on water supply. They have been working closely with the Triangle Research Institute and have received support and funding from the Nicholas School of the Environment, Cherokee Challenge and the Duke Start-up Challenge. Hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, is a process that involves drilling into layers of rock in order to pump high pressure fluids underground to release natural gas and oil. Once this fuel is brought to the surface it can be collected and sold for energy use. Although North Carolina legislature approved fracking in the state, some residents remain skeptical of the procedure out of fear of the possible environmental damages such as contaminated drinking water. “Hydraulic fracturing is, predictably, a large issue at the Nicholas School of the Environment,� BaseTrace CEO and founder Justine Chow, Master of Environmental Management ’12, said. “Regardless of what side communities stood on the fracking debate, there was a definite need for a tracer that could provide accountability on where con-

tamination was coming from.� After the tracer is added to the fracking fluid, the mixture would then be pumped into the ground through the normal fracking procedure, Chow said. Because the tracers would be unique to each well, the DNA will create a fingerprint for each batch of fluid which will help determine whether fracking fluids have seeped into groundwater. “It’s an extremely sensitive detection test,� she said. “If there’s any potential leakages, casing failure, or other issues that could cause hydraulic fracturing fluid to get into aquifers or surface water, a sample of that water could tell us exactly which well that contamination comes from.� In addition to its sensitivity, DNA is also an environmentally-friendly material so it can be safely introduced into the ecosystem, Chow noted. So far the company’s efforts have primarily been focused on prototype tests to perfect its product but the team is in talks with interested production firms, Chow added. BaseTrace plans to be commercialized by the end of 2013. Although this technology may remedy reservations towards fracking of some North Carolina residents, others remain opposed. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sophomore Jasmine Ruddy, a member of the environmental affairs committee of UNC student government, SEE BASE TRACE ON PAGE 7

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white shirts. They showed the student a small black handgun, demanded money and were last seen fleeing the crime scene. Chief of Duke Police John Dailey said that the suspected robbers took cash from the student. The student was not injured, the DukeALERT said, and remained unnamed in the message.

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2U from page 1 speaking against the proposal. “We simply seek due diligence on the part of the entire faculty.â€? Ultimately, 16 council members voted against for-credit online courses and 14 voted in favor, with two abstentions. Prior to the vote, there was an unsuccessful motion to table the decision until the Council’s September meeting, with 10 members voting in favor, 16 opposed and one abstention. “It’s a disaster,â€? said physics professor Steffen Bass, a member of the Executive Committee of the Arts and Sciences Council, who spoke in favor of adopting the proposal. “It was not voted down because online education is a bad thing. It was voted down on the basis of very political arguments.â€? Before the vote, faculty members, which included non-council members who had decided to attend the meeting, were invited to state their opinion. Two microphones were placed at the front of the room, one for those who supported the motion and the other for those who were against it. Among the speakers were the two professors who had already developed classes to be taught through Semester Online, Emma Rasiel, associate professor of the practice of economics, and Tom Metzloff, professor of law. “While I was disappointed with the outcome of this particular vote, I have no doubt that Duke will continue to pursue opportunities to explore the potential of online education,â€? Rasiel said in an email Saturday. The proposal would have allowed Duke students to take a maximum of four online courses for credit throughout their undergraduate career with no more than one per semester. An “opt-in/opt-outâ€? clause would have given each academic department the ability to decide whether or not it wished to participate in the program. Each department would have determined for itself whether or not to teach online courses and whether or not to grant credit towards a major, minor or general education requirements for courses taught by other school’s in the online consortium. Several professors noted the departmental flexibility as a benefit that might not exist in a future venture into online learning. Bass noted that the proposal had given Duke an “unheard of level of autonomyâ€? in terms of how departments could shape the future of online education at the University. Dean of Arts and Sciences Laurie Patton noted that although 2U is a commercial enterprise, Semester Online is a non-profit entity and the participating schools would retain full control over their respective curricula at the meeting Thursday. She also spoke of 2U’s willingness to work with Duke to provide new, satisfying models of online education. “2U will work with any faculty member on the creation of new class forms,â€? Patton said prior to the vote. “Whatever we want to do‌ 2U will support it.â€? Faculty members, however, voiced a number of concerns about the partnership prior to the vote. Jocelyn Olcott, director of undergraduate studies for history, was concerned that such a set-up would pit departments against one another and diminish interdisciplinarity. Cary Moscovitz, assistant professor of the practice in writing, noted that allowing students to take online courses for credit could dilute the value of a Duke degree. Political science professor David Paletz questioned the prestige of the consortium. The consortium consists of seven partner schools—Boston University, Brandeis University, Emory University, Northwestern University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Notre Dame and Washington University in St. Louis—none of which are as highly ranked as Duke. The consortium is meant to eventually become 20 schools, all of which would have been classified as either “direct peersâ€? or “aspirational peersâ€? of Duke. Though Semester Online had advertised Duke as a partner for several months, the University was removed from the website as of late Friday morning. When the vote count was announced, several professors broke into cheers. Their excitement was not universal, however. Bill Seaman, professor of visual media studies, started a motion on the floor for Duke faculty to continue a commitment to pursuing online education, but the motion did not pass. Still, there was talk of moving forward with exploring online opportunities. “I do not want this conversation to be about faculty versus administration,â€? Patton said in the closing remarks of the meeting. “I want this conversation to be about us moving forward with creative possibilities for online education.â€?


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He added that many donors come to the University with good intentions but only interact with administrators and developers. The administration accepts the money without first consulting with the humanities departments about how it should be used, he said. As a result, faculty members are told to develop projects that received funding, which the humanities departments may not even support. “We should talk to development about the kind of initiatives we would like to see development seek outside funding for, instead of being in a situation where we are always at it last and are being asked to develop a program that is against our goals,” he said. Moi noted that most programming coming from administrators focuses on cross-department collaboration. The University’s intense focus on interdisciplinary work, however, has in some ways been harmful because such projects are done without the humanities departments’ input. “I’m looking for a really good Bass initiative theme that is built up from the humanities, rather than tagging us on as a complete afterthought,” she said. “I’m annoyed about this insistence from above on cross-school collaboration.” Moi advocated for a more “organic” approach, where faculty members take it upon themselves to propose collaborative projects rather than being forced by administrators to do so. She added that as a result of Duke’s interdisciplinary focus, those working to do intensive research in a single discipline are less likely to receive funding.

said she is against fracking but that BaseTrace’s new technology sounds promising. Ruddy is a resident of Morehead City, one of the areas that would be directly influenced by fracking in the state, “While this [technology] will make a lot of people feel safer, I think the bigger issue is that we shouldn’t have fracking in North Carolina in the first place,” Ruddy said. “My concern is that there is not really an ‘if’ question there. There is enough data to support that it will get into the water supply. The question is when and where.” Adrian Down, a third-year Ph. D. candidate in ecology who has done research about hydraulic fracturing noted that BaseTrace will have to overcome a number of engineering and logistical hurdles in order to be successful. The uncertainty of how a DNA tracer will react to compounds deep in the earth and the tracers abil-

The humanities stigma The sentiment that humanities courses are not practical and will not lead to fulfilling careers has also hurt the way the humanities are discussed at Duke, Flanagan said. To relay this sentiment, Flanagan told a story in which a parent discussed his disappointment that his child chose to be a political science major “instead of something practical.” “There is a need for us to rearticulate the value of what we do,” he said. Professors also discussed a waning interest in certain humanities courses, such as English and history, accrediting the trend to a lack of concerted effort by the administrators to recruit interested students. Michael Gillespie, Jerry G. and Patricia Crawford Hubbard Professor of Political Science, said students are the key to making administrators realize the value in a humanities education. In addition to recruiting students interested in the humanities, faculty members should also work on programs that will engage first-years in humanities courses. He recommended an extension of the Focus program as one possible method. Sarah Beckwith, professor of English and professor of theater studies, also noted a need to make the humanities a greater part of the Duke education, and suggested a revision to Curriculum 2000, which outlines the requirements Trinity students must fulfill prior to graduation. “Curriculum 2000 is wildly out of date and deeply prejudicial, certainly to the performing arts departments and the humanities,” she said. The meeting Thursday served as a preliminary discussion to those initiatives that should occur throughout the academic year. At the end of the meeting, faculty members proposed to facilitate more opportunities for discussion with administrators and to look at ways to garner greater student interest in the humanities, among other methods. “There isn’t enough listening and talking at this university,” Flanagan said. “The better we can voice what we do... the better it will be.”

ADPHI from page 1 must meet to “ensure a smooth transition” into the council, Riker said, though he did not disclose what the requirements were. “I am confident that they will pass with flying colors,” Riker said of meeting the requirements. ADPhi has undergone many name changes since it was originally chartered on Duke’s campus as Sigma Alpha Epsilon. SAE was expelled from the national fraternity in 2002 for violating rules regarding risk management, such as hazing and illegal alcohol use. As a consequence, the chapter was immediately disaffiliated from Duke. After moving off campus, the fraternity assumed the name Delta Phi Alpha. Four years later, the fraternity was adopted by ADPhi as part of the national organization’s effort to expand to more elite institutions. Alpha Delta Phi President Stephen Potter, a junior, said he is excited that the fraternity will officially join the Duke community in the Fall. “We’re delighted to be joining the IFC and are very pleased to make our standing in Duke’s greek community officially,” he wrote in an email Sunday.

ity to withstand the high pressure, temperature and saline environment of the gas wells could pose engineering difficulties, Down said. He added that an even larger obstacle is the politics of fracking. “A bigger challenge is convincing drilling companies to use a tracer like this voluntarily or convincing lawmakers to require that such a tracer be used,” he said. “Unless there’s an economic or legal reason to use a technology like this, I doubt drilling companies will do so voluntarily.” Despite doubts, Jake Rudolph, chief technology officer at BaseTrace, said the company will benefit all parties by providing more information for resource creation and environmental stewardship. “BaseTrace will change how industry and local communities interact for the better,” Rudolph said. “We’re a hybrid technology, employing life sciences in the energy sector, and that gives us a lot of opportunity to build meaningful partnerships with different folks.”

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Renfree breaks Duke’s NFL Draft drought Quarterback a seventh-round pick by Atlanta Falcons, Vernon signs with Oakland Raiders by Daniel Carp THE CHRONICLE

Coming off a surgery that prevented him from participating in pre-draft workouts, Sean Renfree wasn’t expecting to get drafted. As the NFL Draft’s seventh and final round rolled around, he was already fielding calls from teams that were looking to sign him as an undrafted free agent. But with just six picks to go came one final call from Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, who informed the quarterback he was the 249th overall selection in the draft. Renfree had become Duke’s first NFL Draft selection in nine years. “I was ecstatic. When I heard that the Atlanta Falcons had made me their final selection, it was really a surreal moment,” Renfree said. “I’ve always had a dream of playing in the NFL. I know being drafted and playing are two different things, but it’s a step towards that goal.” Renfree will now not only have the opportunity to learn from starting quarterback Matt Ryan, but also to compete with Dominique Davis for the backup quarterback job from day one. Davis has yet to throw an NFL pass in one season of experience. The East Carolina alum was signed as an undrafted free agent following the 2012 NFL Draft.

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Sean Renfree is Duke’s first NFL Draft selection since tackle Drew Strojny was selected in 2004. “Obviously, Matt is considered one of the elite quarterbacks in the league. He’s had great success, and he’s a proven winner. So to be behind a guy like that and learn from him will be very valuable for me,” Renfree said. “I just want to be healthy at this point so I can compete for

that job. It will be a great opportunity and a challenge for me.” Before Renfree sets his eyes on making the Falcons, he must complete his rehab and get back on the football field. Renfree had surgery to repair his torn pectoral muscle the day after Duke’s

Belk Bowl loss to Cincinnati. Until recently, he had not thrown a football in nearly four months. Unable to work out for scouts or participate in the NFL Scouting Combine, Renfree’s draft stock was kept afloat from the ringing endorsements he received from head coach David Cutcliffe and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. “I’ve said it before—I think Sean Renfree is the most accurate passer in this year’s draft class,” Cutcliffe said in a press release. “A career completion percentage of nearly 65 percent for a major college quarterback is exceptional, and in Sean’s case, that happened for a reason because of his skill level, mental toughness and preparation.” Renfree continues to throw every other day and hopes he will be able to participate in some capacity during the Falcons’ annual rookie camp, which will take place in two weeks. Cutcliffe has never had any shortage of praise when it comes to his quarterback of five years, who was one of the first players he ever recruited to Duke. “The Atlanta Falcons are getting a young man who will have a positive impact on the field, in the film room, in the SEE DRAFT ON PAGE 9

Ambling and asking “Do you play for the money or for the love of the game?” grilled a third grader who had cornered Derek Jeter in a parking garage. Jeter had just signed a 10-year contract worth $189 million, and as a Metsobssessed sports Andrew snob whose parents parked in the same garage as Jeter, I felt the need to interrogate my perceived archrival. “For the love of the game, of course,” Jeter replied with a chuckle, probably wondering why this kid didn’t just ask for an autograph. But I’ve never been one for autographs, and I’ve always enjoyed asking questions. My last question of The Chronicle’s 108th Volume: How did it go so quickly? Before or after, I couldn’t imagine a better job than Chronicle Sports Editor. How many people have gotten to ask Coach K before the Olympics if he would wear chic, thick-rimmed glasses to try and fit in with LeBron James and Kevin Durant? What about asking Eli and Peyton Manning if

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they helped cook David Cutcliffe breakfast when they were his houseguests? But like many other sports editors, I often asked myself why I committed a year of my college experience to 50-hour weeks and 24-hour Twitter obsessing. I kept wondering that over and over ago about a month ago as I sat in Ambler Tennis Stadium, burning to a crisp on the aluminum bleachers—illustrating how overripe and jaded I felt as sports editor. I had two essays to write but also two writers to train, and so that and a breakfast of leftover Chipotle became my Saturday morning. Following my post-match interviews— which included a question from the coach about whether I had heard of sunscreen—I strolled back to my dorm only to notice a sign outside reads, “The tennis stadium is dedicated to the memories of all the Amblers who loved Duke.” Beyond the generous Ambler family, which donated $1.6 million for the stadium’s construction, the sign pays homage to everybody at Duke who ambles and takes the time to walk slowly enough to appreciate what exactly is going on. Sometimes it’s easy to quantify an experience: I’ve written 181 articles and 386 blog posts. Then there are tweets, pageviews and Facebook recommends.

But the times I’ll remember most are those in which I ambled, dawdled, loitered, meandered, moseyed, sauntered and strolled near Duke sports. Those moments sometimes ended up in stories, sometimes in blog posts and sometimes in tweets, but more often they became memories I’ll hold onto forever. Like when I got to the Duke-Miami game at Cameron Indoor Stadium three hours early, hoping to amble in and catch a glimpse of Ryan Kelly warming up. I didn’t see him, though I sat courtside as he came in cold and scored 36 points in the most impressive individual performance I may ever see. What I actually saw a couple hours before the game: a magical hug between Seth Curry and ESPN reporter Doris Burke, who was at Madison Square Garden a few days earlier when Seth’s brother Stephen scored a whopping 54 points against the Knicks. “Currys play well when I’m there,” Burke said. I couldn’t wait for Seth to go off for 55 points and write my story about the cutest hug ever. He scored seven. It didn’t make it into my story. Sure the most exciting moments were when Kelly hit his seven threes and chips of Pantone 287 blue paint covered my green corduroy blazer, but the most rewarding stories and questions have been

those that other people miss. A lot of people get to cover Duke basketball— not many become the de facto beat reporter for Brian Zoubek’s Dream Puffz. Breaking news is a thrill, sitting in 301 Flowers as the Associated Press, ESPN and other major news outlets chase a story you broke. But just as important are the unheralded moments: the Cameron Crazies chanting “one more kid” to Perky and Leslie Plumlee when their eldest son Miles gave his senior night speech, following a big loss to UNC last year. Maybe that moved me so much because I have two older brothers who have somehow put up with me while I asked questions and ambled, sometimes aimlessly, for 21 years. But this job has made me laugh and think and cry, so there’s no question it’s been something special. Retiring is never easy, as Coach K said to me over the summer after he had 30 fomer players in town for the K Academy. I joked that I knew the feeling: I retired from playing basketball in eighth grade. “Did you get a lot of autographs?” he joked. Questions, not autographs.


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Playing from four shots down to start the final round, No. 9 Duke stormed back to take its seventh ACC title in program history. With a four-under-par performance Sunday afternoon, the Blue Devils fought through subpar weather conditions and passed No. 14 Florida State—which had led after the tournament’s first and second rounds—to take the 2013 ACC Championship at Old North State Club in New London, N.C. “In the last hour, when the weather was almost unplayable, these guys were able to make really big putts, make pars, and that’s what we needed,” Duke head coach Jamie Green said. “I’m really proud of how these guys kept it together.” Duke posted a 25-under 839 on the weekend, setting a school record for lowest 54-hole score. The Blue Devils finished three strokes ahead of the Seminoles, who finished tied for second with Virginia Tech at 22-under. Senior Adam Sumrall and junior Austin Cody led the charge in the final round for Duke, with each posting scores of twounder-par. Cody was particularly clutch on the back nine, recording birdies on the 13th and 14th holes before sinking a 40-foot putt on the 16th hole to lead the Blue Devils’ late surge. “[Austin wanted to aim it outside a ball mark [on the green] and it was starting to rain pretty heavy,” assistant coach T.D. Luten said. “From my vantage point, once it rolled over the line he wanted, I said, ‘Oh baby’ and it disappeared.”

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A late surge on the back nine Sunday gave Duke its seventh ACC Championship in program history. As the Blue Devils played their final three holes, the weather went from bad to worse. Duke’s final three holes were amidst a heavy downpour, forcing the team to hold onto its lead for dear life. “At the end of the day, it was just a test of survival,” Green said. Sumrall finished fifth overall with an eight-under 208, the second-lowest round by a Duke player in ACC Championship history. He has never shot worse than even-par in his career at the Old North State Club. Green said Sumrall has continued to improve over the years, playing his way into the lineup last season and becoming one of the team’s leaders during his senior campaign. “He wasn’t in the lineup his freshman and sophomore year in this tournament, so I think it speaks to how he’s worked,” Green

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said. “I couldn’t be more proud of how he played this week.” Brinson Paolini and Julian Suri finished tied for seventh at five-under-par, shooting 211 for the tournament. The Blue Devils found themselves in contention Sunday thanks to a 15-underpar performance as a team Saturday, tying a school record. Suri led the way, shooting a six-under 66. Paolini and Sumrall posted rounds of 68 and 69 respectively. Duke now awaits its assignment for the NCAA Regional Championships, which will take place May 16-18. “We don’t have any idea where we’re going to be sent for regionals, but it doesn’t really matter,” Green said. “These guys have been building throughout the year. We’re just looking forward to the next opportunity.”

DRAFT from page 8 locker room and in the community—he’s just that type of special person,” Cutcliffe said. “Today, Sean realizes a dream that so many boys have at an early age, and no one is more deserving.” Renfree’s long-time friend and teammate, wide receiver Conner Vernon, was anticipated to be selected sometime on the day three of the draft. The ACC’s alltime leader in receptions and receiving yards was expected to be taken as high as the fifth round, but when the dust settled Saturday evening, Vernon’s name had not been called. But it did not take long for Vernon to find a home in the NFL. The Miami native signed a contract with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent less than two hours after the Draft had ended. “I was surprised. I think we all were. Everybody expected Conner to get selected,” Renfree said. “He’s going to be completely fine, just because of the caliber of player that he is. Lots of guys—Matt Daniels, Thaddeus Lewis and Vinny Rey—played at Duke and weren’t drafted but they’re still on teams now because they’re good players. Everybody knows Conner is a competitor and a great player.” The Raiders boast a thin and inexperienced receiving corps, and Vernon should have an opportunity to make the team in training camp. Oakland also spent its seventh round selection, 203rd overall, on San Diego State wide receiver Brice Butler. “Over the past four years, I’ve had the privilege to watch Conner grow as both a young man and football player,” Cutcliffe said in a press release. “Conner has an opportunity to be an asset to the Oakland Raiders because of his desire to compete and be the best football player he can possibly be.”

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Prioritize faculty input Although discussions about pursue online education and the purpose of higher educa- interdisciplinary learning, has tion continue, the debate over failed to recognize the value of for-credit online courses has, the humanities in a liberal arts for the time being, ended. Last education. week 75 professors penned In our view, these cona letter to The cerns illustrate Chronicle in the need to ineditorial which they criticlude faculty in cized Duke’s partnership with all steps of approving, designInternet Education Company ing and implementing new 2U. Last Thursday the Arts University initiatives. We comand Sciences Council voted mend the faculty for continudown the proposal to offer for- ing to insist that the adminiscredit online courses. tration consult with them as The concerns expressed by they develop new programs faculty members, both in the and encourage administraArts and Sciences Council and tors to take more interest in in a recent meeting convened faculty concerns. by faculty in the humanities, The concerns outlined by touch upon a number of issues the 75 faculty members who that the editorial board has published last week’s letter discussed this year. In particu- point to crucial issues that the lar, many faculty feel that the administration needs to adUniversity, as it continues to dress as it considers the future

Semester Online is not mature enough for Duke to join. ... Duke should instead invest its resources into a stronger presence at Coursera/EdX, where most of the ... competition between top schools will be taking place in the next few years. — “heyo” commenting on the story “Duke Arts and Sciences Council votes down for-credit online courses.”

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of online education at Duke. The faculty raised questions about the pedagogical consequences of online courses impugning their ability to effectively replicate in-classroom interaction and face-to-face feedback. Moreover, they rightly identified the need to protect Duke’s liberal arts curriculum from “political and commercial pressures that might otherwise hold sway” in the context of today’s increasingly commercialized approach toward higher education. Prioritizing departments and programs that promise to rake in lots of money threatens the future of many disciplines within the humanities, which, while not always as financially rewarding as other fields, remains integral to a liberal arts curriculum.

Two weeks ago, we discussed a number of these problems. We suggested that, given the seeming inevitability of for-credit online courses at some point in the future, faculty and administrators should not debate whether or not such a move is desirable, but should instead look at ways to improve platforms for online education so that they are more compatible with the humanities. Although online courses are, for the moment, off the table, the issues will certainly resurface, and any effort to find ways in which online courses can be made worthy of credit must involve faculty input and feedback. It is in the University’s best interest to incorporate all stakeholders, especially faculty, into discussions

about Duke’s move to online education. As the recent veto of for-credit online courses illustrates, when the administration pursues initiatives without gaining approval from faculty it causes dissatisfaction and narrows the space for compromise over divisive issues. Faculty are uniquely positioned to contribute to Duke’s long-term academic projects. They are responsible for and deeply committed to the high quality liberal arts education that Duke prides itself on. The humanities, in particular, form the philosophical core of a liberal arts education. All elite universities, as they navigate the uncertain future of higher education, must continue to value and sustain a strong humanities tradition.

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veryone tells you to try something new in for it. Going across the country on red-eye college. On move-in day freshman year, there flights for sporting events, editing photos with were hundreds of cars, seemingly thousands LoYo in one hand and a beer in the other, and of caffeinated upperclassmen in spending absurdly late nights in bright shirts and even more excited the office talking and watching freshmen. And me? Instead of new unhealthy amounts of television opportunities, all I could think define the rest of my Chronicle about was sleeping. The day before experience. coming to Duke, I found out I had On one of the last days of mono and instead of hookups and my summer internship before DFMOs at Shooters, my bed and I senior year, I was standing inside started a special relationship. a freezer (I promise this is more caroline During O-week, my roommate normal than it sounds) when I rodriguez dragged me out of bed to a Chronicle got a phone call offering me a information session, refusing to last-minute position on the photo senior column listen to my pleas that I had no masthead. In my normal fashion, newspaper, yearbook or magazine experience I considered the prospect for a full two seconds to speak of. I listened to a group of sophomores and made an impulsive decision, taking on what speak about the photography department and would be the most time-consuming venture of was slightly intrigued. Then they mentioned a my Duke career. Untrained and clueless about free barbecue that night. Anyone who has had a everything involved with putting a paper in the conversation with me for longer than five minutes stands every morning, I struggled to fulfill the knows my famous stomach, so naturally I was drawn role of being an editor. Instead of the fire sale in. The party that weekend only sealed the deal. I senior year I had crafted with my friends, I spent would join the elite, the proud, the illustrious and more hours in the Chronicle office than my own become a Chronicle photog. This kicked off four dorm room. But in those countless hours, I met years of intentional unintentionality, both in and several remarkable underclassmen who became out of the classroom. some of my closest friends, and I learned more in My first assignment was a challenging and one year than the other three years combined. tricky one: taking pictures of Whole Foods. While at Duke, we often get wrapped up in the And man, did I take a lot of insipid and boring daily grind. Papers, tests, problem sets, grades photos of that building. Five minutes later, I was mixed in with extracurriculars and internships standing in the Whole Foods manager’s office consume our lives with the goal of getting the as they deleted all of my photos. Apparently, all perfect job. But what is more memorable about photographs had to be approved in advance. your Duke experience? Staying up until 5 After my bright start as a professional building a.m. writing a paper? Or the equally late night photographer, I actually learned how to take a discussing the feasibility of eating fifty chicken photo and began picking up as many assignments nuggets (very doable) and who can draw the best as possible. I took on random assignments on duck (ask Beaton for a one-of-a-kind sketch)? a whim and learned more things about this The endless opportunities are what make University than actually necessary. Duke special and are only significant if we take Outside of The Chronicle, I joined club after advantage of them. More importantly, the things club. I never turned down something that seemed that may seem random or unintentional can turn novel or slightly interesting, whether or not they out to be the most meaningful. offered free food. I tried to absorb something The only way to end a senior column is with from every new occurrence and used each one to a stereotypical quote: “Never be afraid to try propel me to learn more about myself. something new because life gets boring when Sophomore year I discovered EOS travel you stay within the limits of what you already courses and commenced my free travel spree. know.” So take a deep breath, take the plunge Junior year I left the Bull City and wandered and try something unintentionally new. By around Ecuador, trying to convince the entire which I really mean, march into LoYo, take a country that I could actually form a coherent chance and try the sorbet. sentence in Spanish. Throughout my four years and among my Caroline Rodriguez is a Trinity senior and the news numerous commitments, the Chronicle office photography editor for The Chronicle. You can find started to become a second home. Whenever her anywhere on the interweb as @spyagnes or around given the chance to try something new, I went anything associated with Local Yogurt.


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he First Snapshot: times make this feeling even stronger. I remember my first night at These are special moments that will Duke before O-Week. Devil’s Piz- never be the same. zeria. Ninth St. My mom, As we face these lasts, dad and sister. I ordered it’s also very important to a spinach and cheese slice realize that we are going of pizza. No real appetite, to experience many firsts. though. This is exciting. When In conversation, my sisI wrote my high school ter said, “Spanish 1 was tergraduation speech, I rible. You can only speak tried to include my favorSpanish.” That was it. I addison corriher ite Jack Kerouac quote, broke out in hives, face “What is that feeling senior column and chest on fire. As a when you’re driving away guy from rural North Carfrom people, and they olina, I can’t even speak English well. I recede on the plain till you see their speak slowly, naturally. I knew Spanish specks dispersing?—It’s the too-huge would be an extreme challenge. world vaulting us, and it’s goodbye. But The importance of that first night at we lean forward to the next crazy venDuke was the feeling that I was about ture beneath the skies.” Right now, the to start something unlike anything line is so valuable to me because it is I had ever faced before. In that mo- hard to imagine leaving the people that ment, I knew that Duke would be in- I have grown to love. Duke has been credible and challenging. I was scared our home, and we became more than and excited. just friends, we became family—we live Four years later: together, we rely on one another and As I started my senior year, my dad we experience the beautiful ups and imparted some advice to me. He said, downs of college. For me, this bond “As a senior, you will experience a lot formed my first year in Giles. Most of of lasts: last chance to experience your my best friends today were my neighfavorite events and activities.” As he bors and my roommate. We were so natold me this, I thought about some of ïve, but like kids, we grew up, learned these things—my last game as a Cam- and changed together. eron Crazie and my last class (not to Leaving our Duke families is going mention my last LDOC). All of these to be extremely sad and difficult, but I experiences have come to pass and can find comfort in the words of Kerouac; it never be repeated, for they are unique is goodbye, but it is also the start of our to our time at this University. next crazy adventure. We are experiencWhile this seems to be a pessimistic ing a lot of lasts, but also a lot of firsts. way to look at my final year at Duke, Duke has provided me with great my dad’s advice was not intended to experiences: photographing President make me feel constant depression in Barack Obama, working in Kolkata, Inmy senior year. Although 40 years re- dia and being mentored by a Pulitzer moved, my dad also graduated from Prize winner. But Duke has also preDuke, and he understood what I would pared me for a lifetime of amazing exface as a senior who is still absolutely in periences still to come. So, I am happy love with our Gothic Wonderland. He and sad, and scared and excited to call knows that it is going to be incredibly myself a Duke alumnus. hard for me to leave this campus as an A Final Snapshot: alumnus and not a student on May 12. I am sitting in Chapel Quad. The But my dad didn’t want to dishearten sun is shining with a slight breeze— me—he wanted me to cherish and feel picture-perfect North Carolina spring every happy moment completely. weather. Small children are running Cliché? Perhaps. But at this mo- around, playing with each other and ment—with classes over and gradua- puppies. There are graduates tenting tion two weeks away—this is what is true for Duke weddings. I see The Chronito me: The past four years have been cle, 301 Flowers and the Chapel: bold, the best of my life; and of these four beautiful—everlasting. Even with the years, senior year has been unrivaled; end so close and inevitable, there is and of senior year, I expect these last resistance in this beautiful moment; few weeks to be unparalleled. You see, I cannot be sad that it is ending, only as I get closer to the end, everything is happy that it happened. made more exciting by the fact that I will never do these things again. I will Addison Corriher is a Trinity senior. never gather around a burning bench He is the photography editor for Towerview to celebrate a victory over Carolina or Magazine and a photographer for The a championship win. Chronicle. He would like to thank every Rarity makes experiences more member of The Chronicle for four amazing enjoyable and more exciting, and my years of late nights, which were always fun dad wanted me to understand that last and never productive.

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hen I made the decision to years caring more about this newspatravel 10,000 miles around the per than my grades, health or social world for college, I did what life. There’s value in investing yourany right-minded studyself in something that abroad kid would do: I doesn’t always make you started a blog. feel successful or proud, Reading it now, I but always makes you smile at accounts of the feel like you’re an irrefirst time I visited a Tarvocable part of it—someget (they sell cornflakes thing a lot of us would and carpets in the same say about Duke. store!), drove a friend’s September 14, 2009. melissa yeo car with left-hand drive, “I’m going to work resenior column witnessed a girl actually ally hard this week and talk like Gretchen Wierelax next week … is ners—things that were initially novel, what I told myself last week.” but that I don’t bat an eyelid at now. I spent my first three years here As I extend my time abroad, I recall thinking that being more meant workother firsts with a heavy heart, like the ing more. This year, I took time to not first realization that scheduled Skype work. sessions would replace simply picking Don’t get me wrong: Senior year has up the phone and calling my mom. had its share of mild panic attacks. Like Those will persist and have been hard- reading and coding 1,400 news stories er to get used to. for my thesis or writing a 20-pager durEntering my last weeks at Duke, I ing the Ohio State game or sending thought it appropriate to include a few out resumes till mid-April. excerpts from my inner monologue But between these things, I worked during my first weeks here. in advertising and uncovered a new August 19, 2009. passion. I went to concerts with a best “Homesick. Today I met two girls friend, where we immersed ourselves that live on my hall. They’re nice and in songs we’d grown up to on different we get along fine, but still, making continents and others we had just then friends from scratch is tiring.” grown to love. I walked through DurI didn’t know this then, but those ham, camera in hand, forever rememgirls and many other friends would bering the light that hits a crumbly become my family and my home away green wall and squat newspaper stands from home. We shared our successes, in brazen primary colors. I took time secrets and suffering—everything from to sit in parts of my Duke experience rocky job hunts to personal tragedy to that had hurt or angered me. hilariously awkward encounters with You might not have time to do those the opposite sex. While at Duke, I have things now, and that’s fine. I didn’t met so many intelligent, genuine and either in the years I spent shuttling lovable people who have brought me between classes, extracurriculars and immense comfort and joy on days when the impression that time spent outside home seemed so far away. these places was wasted. I don’t regret I forged other friendships with men- keeping busy, but my Duke experience tors—professors, advisors and editors would have been incomplete had I nevthat I am fortunate to have learned er looked up from the textbook, the from. Something I discovered my soph- viewfinder or the computer screen. omore year: Your teachers stay brilliant When my parents dropped me off when class is over, and learning about at Duke, my father looked around in a professor’s research can transform wonder and said, “Wow—this is a real your academic path. And Courtney, institute of education.” My time here Margie, James, Ian, Chase, Lawson, has not only been four years of educaMaya, Naclerio: Each of you has made tion, but four years of learning as well. me a better editor and photographer. I find myself mind-stretched, with hoAugust 23, 2009. rizons-broadened and still very much “Tonight I helped edit photos for a half-written book. I have made and tomorrow’s issue of The Chronicle.” changed decisions, fulfilled and broOur class has experienced a lot to- ken stereotypes and promises. gether, but I saw it all through The I have been taken care of in the Chronicle’s lens. I was in the office when best ways possible and have tried to do Katie Couric’s staff called and asked for the same. I have become less rash but Gossip Bro. When Austin Rivers hit his more impulsive, more thoughtful but celebrated buzzer-beater against UNC, less caring about the deep and infinite I was sitting under Duke’s basket. meaning of all things. The Chronicle has been a source Yesterday, on my last LDOC, I sat of valuable learning and priceless on the quad and contemplated how friendships, but it has also brought strange it was to be leaving Duke for a me frustration and grief. Trust me, full-time job in a city. Things are going for every comment you’ve seen about to be so weird. And a friend said, “Well, how The Chronicle is a hopeless rag, coming here was weird.” I’ve thought the same three times (aka It was weird—and so will be the upthrice). coming year. But with good friends, On a recent evening while hashing work I love and a little bit of time for out #chronproblems with a former myself, maybe that’s okay. sports photography editor and close friend, I realized that in a way I’m forMelissa Yeo is a Trinity senior. She is cretunate to have dug deep into some- ative director of Towerview Magazine and thing at Duke that sits so close to my the former photography editor of The Chronheart. Sure, many mornings have seen icle. 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n my last LDOC—my LLDOC—I made the deBut somehow in the turbulence of my four years here, cision to not glance down at my watch at any Duke has changed me from someone who planned every point during the day. Instead of planning, I only detail and was always on time into quite the opposite. I wanted to enjoy my friends’ company and still put my watch on every morning, but to bask in being a Duke student for one of somehow I am no longer timely. Instead, the last times. Our LDOC did not live up I procrastinate like crazy. It started with to the day’s hype: We missed all of the perputting off writing a paper or delaying formers and didn’t go to Shooters. But we when I would start studying for an exam. did end up staying up until 3 a.m., orderBut this year, I’ve procrastinated on thinking pizza and talking. It was the best LDOC ing about and accepting how different my I’ve ever had. life will be once I graduate from Duke. I’ve worn a watch practically ever since Now, I’m almost 22, and I can no longer maggie spini I can remember, though the brands and put off accepting the fact that college— senior column styles have changed. Something tells me and all the hand-holding that comes with that the Pocahontas watch that I loved so it—is spiraling to a close. dearly when I was six years old wouldn’t be the best thing After four years here, many of my original goals for to wear to a job interview—or ever again. Before coming how this place will change me have been fulfilled. I have to Duke, wearing a watch was appealing to me for aes- two of the best friends I could possibly ask for. We met thetic reasons. But more than that, I liked the security of freshman year, and through our time at Duke they have always knowing what time it was. As an overachiever and been the people who have played the most significant micromanager, I wanted to be able to ensure that I was role in molding me into the person I am and the pernever late to anything. son I want to be. I have been so profoundly lucky in In my usual fashion, I started out my Duke career as that sense. But if I could turn back the dial on my watch an early bird. As one of the 547 early admits to the class to give my freshman self some advice, I would. What I of 2013, I was overeager to make my way across the coun- would say would be centered on time—and timing. try, from rural Northern California to North Carolina. I There’s something to be said for allowing yourself to came to Duke with lofty goals, and I detailed in my mind not care so much about what the clock says—something how things would play out. I would excel academically, I learned at Duke, through procrastinating. I would have a six-figure job waiting for me upon graduation have thought that by this time senior year, I would have and make friends who would be with me forever. a clear idea of what I would be doing next year. The fact

that I’m so late in this regard is terrifying. But I also feel as though all the time I’ve spent being uncertain has allowed me to mull things over thoroughly, and to delineate the kind of person I do and do not want to be. So take your time to wander, but don’t be afraid to leap when you know in your heart that it’s time. I think I first started procrastinating simply because I got tired of always being so busy, and I wanted to allow myself reprieve. Having three papers and an exam on the horizon is a great excuse for putting off telling someone how much you love them. It’s a great way to not question whether your classes, extracurriculars and even social life are putting you on a path that will lead to happiness, and not just to a padded wallet and prestige. The other day, one of the most important people in my life asked me if I have any regrets about my four years at Duke. Of course, there are things I would do differently. But truth be told, I can’t classify any of the billion mistakes I’ve made here as regrets. The fact is, I can’t turn back the clock, and I don’t really want to. I’ll continue to put on my watch every morning and manage my day in blocks that are easily organized on Google Calendar. But Duke has also taught me that not everything can be planned. It’s important to follow what you feel, to allow yourself to stray from the beaten path. And for that lesson, I will be forever grateful. Maggie Spini is a Trinity senior. She is a senior editor and would like to thank everyone on The Chronicle’s staff for making 301 Flowers such a comfortable second home.

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n deciding the topic of my senior column, I have my slow response time and reporting needed to hapcome to the painful conclusion that the number of pen on the phones in the office. As a sophomore, Duke cell phones I have lost is probably the most accu- had seemed to lose its newness and the challenges of rate representation of my past four years the ever-referenced “work hard, play at this school. The exact number is eight hard” environment became impossible (with two close calls). To those that don’t to ignore. Relationships with friends had know me, that might sound like an exagbecome more complicated because our geration. Unfortunately, it’s not. To those relationships with ourselves had become who do know me, you probably thought less concrete. For me it meant countless it was more. hours balancing The Chronicle and my Looking back on my past phones, the personal life, which at times were very ways in which they were lost and (somedifficult to separate. samantha times) returned to me are reflective of Fast forward to junior year, when I brooks the stages in my life during which they lost my phone outside a house party near senior column happened. I won’t walk you through all campus. As a somewhat more responsible of them, but like most mistakes, there are student, I set it down to help a friend lessons to be learned from each of my phone-transgres- get into a cab, and it had been lost in the shuffle. I sions. Given that this is my last opportunity to share had maxed out my phone insurance policy (that’s posany wisdom I’ve gained at Duke, I think phone-loss is sible), but I had a nicely timed upgrade that solidified perfect, as I am an expert on the subject. my transition to the iPhone. A few weeks later, howevThe first phone casualty I experienced happened er, my editor received a voice mail on The Chronicle’s on the first floor of Aycock, when my pink BlackBerry machine from a nice lady saying she had found it and came within fatal proximity of some unfortunately- wanted to return it. Touched by the gesture, I visited placed Aristocrat. My friends and I were young and her and ended up meeting a wonderful person. Junior impressionable and still sneaking vodka into our dorm year had a habit of surprising me that way; I had chorooms, and I was shocked. Like many things in college, sen not to go abroad and subsequently fell in love with this phone damage was a first for me, and I had no idea life-long friends, came to know different grades better how to handle it. The solution came when one of us and finally explored the city I had been living in for suggested going to Cosmic Cantina to get some dried more than two years. rice, which we had been told would cure it. UnfortuInevitably, senior year has come and gone. After nately, the rice didn’t help. Instead, my friends and I a “phamily” dinner with my littles (I’m the old one had more than a few good laughs trekking to Ninth St. now), we were leaving Sushi Love and it was raining; and abandoning our plans for the night in an attempt my phone fell out of my bag while I was putting away to fix my phone. my umbrella and I didn’t notice its absence until I got Sophomore year, my phone fell victim to the North home. At that point, I had a back-up flip-phone I could Carolina State Fair. My friends and I still didn’t know use, and it was funny to realize which phone numbers I that there was vibrant life beyond Duke’s campus, had memorized (I’m pretty guilty of being contacts-deand the fair seemed like an exotic thing to do. That pendent) or already had stored. Despite my phone hazphone was never recovered, and the process of get- ards, the people I knew and loved most always seemed ting another one was much less enjoyable than the to be able to find a way to communicate with me. first time. Though I had insurance, losing this phone Today, I’m glad to say I’ve rejoined the world of meant that contacts were lost, my editor was upset at smart phones and have most of my contacts restored.

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Losing one phone (let alone eight) is not an experience I would wish on any person, but I’m sure most people can relate to some extent. Reflecting on each lost device, though, has opened my eyes to what can be taken away from it all. As a senior preparing to enter the real world, it is inevitable that time will eventually distance me from some of the people that pop up on my phone screen countless times a day. I will no longer be calling strangers for bylines (true story: I once talked to President Barack Obama on the phone from my co-worker’s dorm room) or class projects. With any luck, though, the magic that is modern technology will be able to give me little glimpses of the life I’m leaving when I get nostalgic and feel like checking up on old friends. My best advice is this: Keep your batteries charged, and don’t take any time for granted with the people who are by your side to help when you lose your phone. Samantha Brooks is a Trinity senior. She is a senior editor of The Chronicle and former multimedia editor and local and national editor. She encourages people to make at least as many mistakes as she has while they’re here, but to try not to lose as many phones.

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wrote this column last year. I wrote what was supposed to be my “final” column last spring, days after my stint as sports editor ended, about what being a part of this organization has done to chris cusack reconstruct my post-concussenior column sive mind. I wrote about my career as a journalist: Accidentally zoning out during my first Mike Krzyzewski press conference, learning to ask probing questions and interpret side-stepping answers on the fly, and how not to bury the lede. I wrote about how little I cared about journalism: My coworkers made my time as sports editor worth it every day, even after I figured out the job I was doing wasn’t my passion—or something I even liked doing all that much. And now, I get 750-850 more words to append something to that message. Uh, help? Sports have been an integral part of my entire life; between playing, coaching and reporting I’ve been around them (at least briefly) from nearly all angles. At the end of this column, though, all that changes. For the first time in my coherent existence, sports will be shoved into the background. I have the dubious honor of being the first sports editor in nearly a decade to eschew journalism as a profession, and despite my very polite letter of declaration, the NBA won’t make me draft-eligible this June. In some ways, my routine won’t change. I’ll wake up, read the Sports Illustrated headlines, check Twitter, text some friends from home and get on with my day. But I won’t get to pretend like it’s my job anymore. It hasn’t been my job in over a year, if I’m being totally honest. I filed columns sporadically (an overstatement) throughout the last several months if only to maintain the pretense that my borderline obsessive behavior about sports had some larger benefit. And it does, I think, just perhaps not the one I originally thought it would have. The Chronicle serves as a refuge for many of us, a place where people of vastly different backgrounds can form bonds through a single common thread. The sports section is a support group for the athletics-obsessed, a safe place to talk about the sort of thing that makes us socially awkward in real life around real people. But now, that’s all over. Now, I’ll have to work a real job (writing about sports, even after I realized it wasn’t the future profession I wanted, is not—and has never been—a real job) where debating second-round NBA Draft picks is not only irrelevant to my work, but not a discussion anyone else wants to have or even be around. I guess this change will probably be good for me in the long run. I’ll learn some vital social skills, namely how to carry on a conversation that isn’t centered around sports and how to do an honest day’s work (if I ever find a job, that is). It’s a daunting idea, frankly, and a challenge that I’d prefer not to have to face. I always wondered why so many former contributors to the sports section stayed on the listserv long after they graduated, but I’m beginning to get it now, as my daily departure from the office becomes more real in my mind. It’ll be easy to ignore for awhile. The summer makes for an easy transition period; news trickles in through June, then slows to an ooze in July. The withdrawal will be slight—but then football season will start in August. I’m the rare person who came to Duke with a greater love of football than basketball, and following the first Blue Devil bowl team in nearly 20 years is one of the major highlights of my entire college career. The band-aid will be torn off completely on the last day of August, when Duke opens against N.C. Central in Wallace Wade. I’ll need to find another support group by then, a new safe place in a new city where I can talk about a game that won’t even be considered for inclusion on College GameDay. I hope I’m not “that guy,” the one who continues to email bad jokes to the listserv from halfway across the country, still hanging on to an organization that has continued moving forward, even if he hasn’t. At the least, though, that desire to stick around will be a constant reminder of what this paper has meant to me and my development over the last four years—and of how socially awkward I still am. Chris Cusack is a Trinity senior and former sport editor of The Chronicle, and he is officially retired from journalism. If you, or someone you know, is hiring early retirees, please let him know.

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ome memories have stuck with me more than others. Dew-laden beer cans spread out in the grass on some blue midnight in March. A spurt of red running from a gash on my forehead. The whispery friction of leaves on branches along Campus Drive in the fall. Satisfaction. Pain. Unrest. Those things, among others, stand out to me. But none of them have anything to do with what I came to Duke to accomplish, or with the things I counted for and against my success here. Not coincidentally, they are also the kinds of memories that graduation season tends to usher from the stage, preferring to shine the spotlight on the adamantium chain of clubs, internships and awards that connect our past livesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;high schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to cory adkins the next lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a place at an ivysenior column wrapped graduate school, a reassuringly humanitarian work fellowship or a plum position at some firm, preferably located in a major metropolitan area and bedecked with those comfy Aeron swivel chairs. Relationshipsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or at least our rosiest recollections of themâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;get quite a bit of screen time as well. Stories too inconvenient to fit into the chain either fall into the dark recesses of the mind or are pushed there. I understand the impulse behind selective memory. The end of the year foists a certain anxious reflection upon us: the kind that obliges us to tell ourselves a story about how we got to where we are. Questions that we usually bear with ease take on a new weight. One in particular, becomes heavy: What happened to me? According to some schools of thought, the only accurate answer to that question is that something happened. Any attempt to describe a series of events beyond that, the argument goes, is motivated thinking that reveals at least as much about the historian as the history he claims to uncover. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve noticed that Duke students tend to give certain histories of themselves. I could be wrong. But if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m right, these spun tales affect us in tremendous ways. The classic Duke success story, the kind youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re liable to find filling up Duke news at this time of year, is of restless curiosity gradually disciplined and brought to bear on important questions that, it turns out, are exactly the sort of questions worth pursuing in prestigious graduate schools and interesting vocations. Accidents are downplayed. Everything fits together. The journey from high school to intellectual and professional fulfillment proceeds along the royal road of inevitability, at least in retrospect. I know how my own story would go. I arrived at Duke curious, majored in philosophy, developed an interest in ethics, wrote editorials for the school newspaper and enrolled in law school to continue pursuing the same interests on a bigger stage. But this story is blind to so many tragic details, irrelevant but also essential. Important friendships I blew off. Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deserve. My unexplored ambition to write one of those salacious, intrigueridden, period screenplays about the scientific revolution. Writing the Whig history of our college careers has an upshot. This kind of story downplays our losses and gilds our victories to make our minds strong for whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ahead. And it lends our college narratives finality, wrapping all of our failures and successes into one presentable resultâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a job or whateverâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that validates the whole package, letting everyone know we got our tuitionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth and are well on our way to a life appropriately richer than our parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Remembering in this way is cathartic because it helps us to forget that things could have been otherwise. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s healthier to focus on the turns we have taken and not the ones we ignored, never to retrace. But I, for one, am too young to be that healthy. From the day I set foot on campus, I set myself to telling a story that would result, in four short years, in a publicly presentable ending. But four years is too short to be a self-contained narrative; it is the mere beginning of a beginning. I worry that, when we wrestle our drives onto any path in so short a time, we lose the best parts of ourselves: the parts not readily presentable to firms and schools, but full of the energy required to imagine new kinds of lives worth living. Graduation has reminded me that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time enough left to cease plying crooked timbers into shape and start following their grains. The costs of changing courseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;unrest, pain and satisfactionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are cherished markers of youth. Are any history buffs in the audience game to consult on the steamy side of the scientific revolution? The college experience is full of loose strands, side interests and unsatisfied impulses. We lose when we cram them all into the Procrustean bed of unity. We win when we become comfortable with the uneasy contradiction that holds them all together. Those contradictions are still part of who we are. Something happened. Something will. 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Who is Nate James?

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t’s a telling irony that my Duke career began with acceptance and yet was so defined by the pursuit of it. I came to Duke an eager and excited freshman who had never expected to leave New England’s cold and rigid bounds for college. And when I first took an interest in The Chronicle, I admit it was with some reluctance. I tried to balance other floating extracurriculars, four tough classes and the opportunist social life of a first-year female—a preview of the balancing act to be amplified in the next three years. nicole kyle For some time, writing a senior column Chronicle story was a cycle of agony and satisfaction, but I started to learn what it meant to put myself out there in the Duke community. Even after being overlooked and rejected for promotions, I stayed on the Chronicle staff. (Was it an addiction?) I was growing to love the strange, old office with the strange, young people. Fast forward to my sophomore year when I traded a healthy and carefree Fall for what would be a tireless and (spoiler!) heartbreaking Spring: I ran for editor of The Chronicle. I couldn’t put myself out much farther than that. It was election day, and I stood at a podium in front of my peers. It was the hypotheticals portion of the election, when candidates address hypothetical situations to test their knowledge of journalism ethics and management. To have it told back to me, I made it through Hypothetical No. 1 all right. As I recall, Hypothetical No. 2 went something like this. Current editor: “You as editor have just discovered that Nate James has been beating basketball players during practice. Coach Krzyzewski and the Athletics Office threaten to pull all Chronicle access if you run the story. What do you do?” Me: “Excuse me, but who is Nate James?” I didn’t notice the pregnant pause of the room. In that moment, I learned that Nate James is an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team. I nodded and delivered my answer: “I’d first consult our sports editor and then …” I lost the election. That night, on the bathroom floor of our room in the Washington Duke Inn (my parents, bless their hearts, also made a trip in that weekend), I cried more tears than I ever had at Duke. This record would eventually be broken, but more on that later. In the following days, I learned the degree of my gaffe. From one close but honest friend: “The sports department was just like ‘no way’ after that.” Nate James and his identity didn’t lose me the election completely, but they certainly helped. The silver-lining? It was pretty funny, and at least I had a shot at earning my own Chronurban legend. After the loss, I was at a crossroads. I didn’t quit The Chronicle and never would. On my more cynical days, I joke that it wouldn’t be The Chronicle if I wasn’t facing some kind of momentary crisis. Was I delusional to keep going back for more, for taking the next beating that could arguably have been my undoing? But this risk and ones like it—countless job rejections, a failed bid for Young Trustee, Chronicle award applications—presented me with the opportunities that have defined my time at Duke. In my time as news editor, I learned more than I thought possible: how to be a leader and how much I enjoy making an impact. The professors who have so patiently had me in class (thank you) are familiar with the idea that, in some ways, these risks have made me my own worst enemy. The times that my friends past, present and future simply asked “Why?” of my Chronicle involvement are countless. Still, I know that my investment in The Chronicle—setback-tested and rebound-filled—has been invaluable. Without it, I wouldn’t even be aware of the questions or arguments I pose now. For me, the senior column is a strange exercise. In these 800 words—a short space to sum up four years and tack on a message, too—I step out from behind the byline and offer my insights, however useful, as today’s news. I am putting myself ‘out there’ in the most physical sense, onto these pages and screens, with the acceptance and strength to know that the reward is in the risk. Rejections aren’t special, but trying again (and again) after enduring them might be. So to all the risk-averse Duke students out there, I recommend not letting fear, a gaffe or even a 6’ 6’’ forward keep you from taking a shot. Nicole Kyle is a Trinity senior and the special projects editor and former news editor of The Chronicle. She knows that Nate James had 27 blocks in his career at Duke. Thank you to mentors Noko, Lindz, R(A)B, BWS; saviors jamesly, yy and mtru; v. 105-108. A special thanks to Aggie, Swain and the AAA crew for never failing to restore sanity.

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Mountains never meet, but human beings do meet.â&#x20AC;? importance was quickly lost, about goings-on that no lonSitting in the bright, stuffy office at the rural Kenyan ger mattered. Duke forces us to constantly adapt to immihospital with a clay duck in my lap (it was a goodbye nent change, shifting friend groups, academic interests and gift) and my impending departure weighing physical campuses every semester. We build heavily on my mind, these were the words benches merely to watch them burn. that were intended to deal with the giant elAs graduates, we will soon be tasked with ephant in the room. The saying is a Kenyan whittling down these four years of blurry proverb, and if you know me at all you likely movementâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;riding the C1, swaying in Camerarenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t surprised that I chose to begin my seon, bouncing around Europe with little more nior column with a reference to my summer than a passport and a $10 phoneâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;into a coworking in Africa. herent response when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re stopped on the Though the phrase speaks to a certain matthew chase street and asked: â&#x20AC;&#x153;So, howâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d you like Duke?â&#x20AC;? truthâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that human connections can accomThese disparate experiencesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;nights spent senior column plish what our habitat canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;tâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;on this day it sipping Tusker in a Kenyan dance hall, drinkserved a more important purpose of overing sangria in a Spanish bar, chugging cheap looking the fact that my relationships with the many indi- beer out of a Solo cupâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;largely echo the same set of feelings, viduals I met had come to an end. though they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t easily digested into a coherent sentiment. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in times like theseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;moments of conclusion and Our semesters may be punctuated with term papers and commencement, when washed-up seniors are charged with poster presentations, but college is mostly about the process providing coherent narratives of their four years hereâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; of getting to and from those benchmarks. What matters more when platitudes like this one are most abound. Faced with than the words inscribed in that 70-page paper is the act of a largely uncertain future, we resolve to fall back on anes- getting to that last page; what was most important about our thetizing ourselves with the hope that these experiences are internships wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t what we accomplished in whatever dimlynot fleeting, that our relationship with Duke doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end lit office or lab, but how that experience influenced what we with the conferral of our degrees. chose to pursue next. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we spend this time majoring Dukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gothic architecture and statues of tobacco mo- in subjects that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hold firm grasps on our futures, readguls are deceiving in that they make us feel as though weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ing Russian novels and Spanish plays whose significance is so part of a centuries-old tradition like our Ivy League cousins. minute that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even have Wikipedia pages. We forget that Duke is merely a new kid on the block, that The beauty of these benchmarks is that they provide us its over-arching priorities are constantly in flux and that its with a constant metric with which to bridge experience and institutional memory is short. expectation. We spend four years chasing varying versions In an attempt to craft this column, I sought refuge in of ourselves only to find that those visions were misplaced my personal Chronicle archive, though I found that most and misguidedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re back at square one and that any of my articlesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all 125 of themâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;were about events whose attempt to evade the inevitable restart is futile. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more

noble than the hurdles weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve crossedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the degrees completed, countries traversed, wins tallied, mountains climbedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is how we codify them into a concise narrative, how we make them motivate our next steps. As many a senior column will attest, one of the perks of working at The Chronicle is witnessing the peace that descends upon campus in the early hours of the morning from the vantage point of the office. Night after night, the quad strikes a supernatural balance, with traces of fog eerily surrounding the footsteps of the Duke Chapelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s formidable presence. These late nights often signify times of tension, excitement or depressionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;perhaps a DSG meeting ran too long, a team clinched another national championship or a student had been tragically killed. These are the nights when a lone reporter or editor realizes just how impossibly jarring college is, not because of the lectures or the social life or the tests or the internships or the job applications or the firsts or the lasts but because of the fact that these all take place within one community, defined by one degree and one name. It is in making sense of these highs and lowsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the nights spent gazing at the starry Kenyan sky, emerging from a nightclub into the grungy streets of Madrid, leaving the Chronicle office after putting an issue to bedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that we attempt to make these proverbial mountains of our college experience meet. Should the task be too challenging, at least weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have the second half of that proverb to fall back on. After all, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re only human. Matthew Chase is the co-editor of Towerview Magazine and a former University editor of The Chronicle. His biggest accomplishment at The Chronicle was having the audacity to sit through almost every DSG meeting freshman year.

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