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Chron. to cut Role of librarians changes in digital age day of print next year by Carleigh Stiehm THE CHRONICLE

by Emma Baccellieri THE CHRONICLE

This upcoming school year, The Chronicle will print four issues a week, instead of five, as part of its digital-first model. The decision came after months of deliberation between Chronicle staff members and the board of directors of the Duke Student Publishing Company. The Chronicle incorporated DSPC in 1993 when it broke ties with the University to become a financially and editorially independent, student-run newspaper. As such, the 13-member Board, comprised mainly of Chronicle alumni, is responsible for setting broad policies for the organization. The Board voted Saturday in favor of reducing The Chronicle’s print publication in order to focus on developing a stronger digital platform after gaining input from staff members throughout the year. “We’re still a daily production,” said junior Danielle Muoio, editor-in-chief of The Chronicle. “Going forward, we’re just continuing to reach our goal of getting stories to our readers in the most efficient way… we’re really focusing on our online presence because it’s the best way to get information to the most people. It doesn’t mean stopping the thoughtful effort we put into print.” Board members noted that the change will free up the staff’s resources and time, allowing for a greater focus on the paper’s content, rather than on its layout and other intricacies associated with daily print production. By shifting the paper’s emphasis to its online presence, staffers will be better equipped to provide around-the-clock news to the Duke community. “People aren’t waiting for the next day to get the news,” said David Graham, Trinity ’09 and vice-chair of the board. “It’s not enough for The Chronicle to wait 24 hours and get those stories up later on, we have to be publishing things when they happen.” Muoio added that the change will allow for the paper’s print publication to become more engaging and relevant, presenting a higher concentration of analytical pieces and feature stories. “We want to revise what goes into our print edition,” she said. “We’ll be packaging stories in a visual, captivating way to fit the reader experience.” Board members said that although finances were considered in the decision, they were not the driving force. The Chronicle has not been entirely immune to the financial issues that have affected the print media industry, but the paper has managed to maintain significant reserve funds, said Chair of the Board Elizabeth Morgan, Trinity ’90. SEE CHRONICLE ON PAGE 5

Athletics, more than halfway to its fundraising goal, Page 7


Libraries have served as campus hubs for connecting people and ideas since the first students began studying at the University— yet the role of campus libraries is changing, and with it, the role of librarians. The original library is older than the Duke name itself. In 1887, when the University was still known as Trinity College, Trinity President John Crowell established the first campus-wide, general research library. Since then, the University’s has continuously expanded and improved its library system—establishing Perkins Library in 1928, Bostock library and von der Heyden Pavilion in 2005 and adding the David M. Rubenstein collection in 2011. The Duke University Libraries are now home to more than 17.7 million manuscripts, 1.2 million public documents and tens of thousands of films, videos, audio recordings and computer files. The main function of the library, however, is no longer to just house books—much of its selection now resides digitally—and those who work within the halls of Perkins, Lilly and the five other branches of Duke Libraries are adapting to the times as well. “The role of librarian is rapidly changing,” said Jean Ferguson, head of research and reference services. She added that librarians offer a variety of core skills—understanding the needs of the research community, selecting materials to support their work, describing these materials, making materials accessible so they can be easily discovered by a wide range of people and teaching researchers how to find information on their topics.

Librarians have seen their role change over the years as students move toward the Internet to find answers SEE LIBRARY ON PAGE 12

Karsh mulls Tribune sale to Kochs by Danielle Muoio THE CHRONICLE

University trustee Bruce Karsh, Trinity ’77 and president of Oaktree Capital Management, is being pressured to stop Oaktree from selling Tribune Company newspapers to the Koch brothers. The sale would give Koch Industries Inc. control of 10 daily newspapers, which include the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and the Baltimore Sun. Those opposing the sale have staged protests throughout May and June in various locations, such as the Los Angeles Times building and Karsh’s home, citing the Koch brothers’ right-wing political agenda as a danger to the journalistic integrity of the publications. Karsh is heavily involved in the University—he has served on the Board of Trustees since 2003 and co-chairs the Duke Forward campaign. In 2011, Karsh and his wife, Martha, donated $50 million for a permanent endowment to support need-based financial aid

for domestic students and a scholarship for international students. Karsh declined a phone interview, noting that he cannot discuss the matter with the press as a member of Oaktree Capital’s board of directors. He noted, however, that the situation has not yet been finalized. “The company (not me!) announced that it is exploring strategic alternatives,” Karsh wrote in an email Wednesday. “It also said that no sale to anyone was imminent.” Senior Lucas Spangher, a former columnist for The Chronicle, reached out to Karsh to persuade him against selling the Tribune newspapers to the Koch brothers. He noted that Karsh called him from London at midnight for a 40-minute phone conversation about the situation. “The conversation was fairly unproductive or negative,” Spangher said. “His primary purpose for calling me was to explain his side of the story rather than listening to my arguments.”


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Spangher is personally opposed to the sale because the Koch brothers have given money to support scientific studies that will deny climate change. A group established by the brothers—The Koch Foundation—has been a significant funder of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Project, which aims to address criticism of the planet’s temperature record. Selling the Tribune newspapers to the Koch brothers is therefore shortsighted, Spangher said to Karsh, adding that shareholders in the company could withdraw their support over the decision. Karsh told Spangher that Oaktree Capital’s board of directors had considered that as a possible situation, but could not explain the matter further, as it was a confidential meeting. Karsh declined to comment on the phone conversation he had with Spangher. SEE TRIBUNE ON PAGE 5

Duke receives $62 million to study resistant bacteria, Page 5

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What is going on at Duke and in Durham? A world class dance festival comes to town and so does a costume-wearing, beer-drinking bike festival. This promises to be an interesting weekend. The Chronicle’s Julian Spector is back with more picks to do this weekend. And if there’s something else you’re craving or that you want to share, tweet me @JulianSpector.

Thursday: . Comically Challenged, 8 p.m. at Common Ground Theatre. If you’re into comedy, $10 will get you access to this event in which local actors challenge each other to take the stage and do something funny. The schtick is that these people are actors, but not stand-up comedians, so it’ll be an open question of whether they’ll flop or soar. The theater is a five minute drive up Hillsborough Road from East Campus. . This Is The End, film, at local theaters. There’s a certain perverse pleasure to be had in watching zombie and disaster films—society as we know it gets destroyed, and we watch with glee from our comfy, popcorn-dribbled seats. This film promises to focus on the funny side of apocalypse, as the comedic dream team of Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill and others find themselves stuck in a house together as Los Angeles collapses around them. To make matters more interesting, they’re all playing themselves.

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Shen Wei Dance Arts, 7 p.m. at Duke Performing Arts Center. The annual American Dance Festival kicks off this weekend with its all-star lineup of nationally and internationally acclaimed modern dance troupes coming to Durham to perform over the next month and a half. For starters we have Shen Wei Dance Arts, which was formed right here at ADF back in 2000. The group is known for atmospherically charged works that draw influences from across continents and disciplines. And if you’ve got $80 you’re looking to get rid of afterward, join the post-game party (it’s a “fete”!) at Parizade restaurant in Erwin Square at 8:45 to celebrate the festival’s 80th anniversary.


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New Belgium Brewery’s Tour de Fat, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. by DPAC. If there’s any event you venture out to in Durham this summer, make it this one. New Belgium, the makers of Fat Tire and other beers, have a fascination with bikes that borders on the messianic. For them, biking is not just a pastime or exercise, but a way of life. So, they travel the country with an iconoclastic circus/carnival/cabaret/magic show beer purveyor crew, spreading good cheer, good beer, and a renewed love of spinning the old spokes and chains. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. with a costumed bike parade which all are invited to join, and then continues until 5 with alternating musical and comedy acts and plenty of bizarre and fascinating amusements. I stumbled onto it last year and discovered it’s quite unlike any fair I’d heard of, and all the more fun for it. Costumes and bikes recommended.

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Durham unemployment at new low by Georgia Parke THE CHRONICLE

Unemployment in Durham county and the Triangle area decreased steadily through the spring and has remained one of the lowest rates in the state since the recession. The North Carolina Chamber of Commerce released its employment figures for April in a press release May 29th, showing an overall decrease in the number of counties with unemployment rates falling in 97 of the state’s 100 counties. The Durham-Chapel Hill metro area had the lowest percentage of unemployment out of all 14 metro areas at 6.3 percent. The statewide average is 8.5 percent. Larry Parker, spokesman for the Chamber, said the job sectors to recover most strongly are leisure and hospitality, professional and business services and transportation and utilities. “At the height of the recession, 300,000 jobs were lost [in North Carolina],” Parker said. “We are working our way to gain over 200,000 of these back. It has been a slow process, but every sector except construction has seen gains.” Durham had a decrease in unemployment of 0.3 percent in April and a 0.6 percent decrease over the course of the year so far, according to the press release. Despite the apparently minor changes in unemployment rates, Durham county remains one of the strongest job producers in the state and in recessions, generally tends to be one of the first areas to recover with new jobs or one of the most steady in terms of employment levels, Parker said. The resilience and relative prosperity of the Durham metro and other Triangle regions can be attributed to the wide range of job sectors, he added. Rural areas with fewer

employment areas, for example, are unable to recover as quickly. “There is diversity in the economy of what’s here—there’s a lot of education, health, technology types and government and business,” Parker said. “It’s a heavily populated area of the state. Even in recession it holds on to what it’s got.” Even the construction sector in Durham has made strides with additional residential developments in downtown Durham, said Ted Conner, vice president of economic development and community sustainability at the Durham Chamber of Commerce. Smaller clusters of business will “ramp up” to support the major clusters. Conner cited retail and computer industries as areas that have been strong in Durham. “A lot of activity in downtown Durham is coming to benefit from the eclectic energy that’s present here,” Conner said. “Now people are buying homes again, people are buying cars—people are regaining confidence to go spend their money. The layoffs during the recession of 2008 followed a different pattern than previous recessions, Conner said. Widespread but smaller layoffs across many different businesses allowed for more eventual regrowth than deep cuts in a few major companies would have, he explained. “What we are seeing is that companies are hiring in small batches and becoming more confident,” Conner said. “We saw the dot-com bubble burst in 2001 with large-scale layoffs. [Now we have] more universal workforce reduction versus a micro recession. It’s more like a lot of smaller reductions in the workforce. It is not indicative of any major problems in SEE JOBS ON PAGE 5

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Uni. to aid low-income kids Duke to study resistant by Emma Baccellieri THE CHRONICLE

Duke was recently announced as a partner school of Say Yes to Education, Inc., a non-profit group that helps underprivileged students apply to and pay for college. As one of the organization’s several dozen partner schools, Duke will ensure free tuition to any Say Yes scholar that is accepted with an annual family income of less than $75,000. Although the University’s financial aid plan is already designed to provide this support, becoming a partner with Say Yes presents a new opportunity to inform high-achieving, low-income students about Duke, said Allison Rabil, assistant vice provost and director of financial aid. The University is one of five institutions that entered into the organization’s College Compact on Monday, with the others being Georgetown University, Harvard University, Northwestern University and Notre Dame University. “Duke forever has been committed to need-blind admissions and full demonstrated financial aid,” said Dean of Undergraduate Education Steve Nowicki. “The whole Say Yes partnership is about identifying students from low-income backgrounds and helping them to understand how to get into these schools to the extent that they can.” Because the University’s financial aid plan already meets the standards of Say Yes, no changes were needed to become a partner school, Rabil said. “We didn’t have any trouble signing off, because we’re already doing what they’re asking,” she said. Nowicki said that the partnership appealed to Duke in large part because of the potential to spread information about the University and its financial aid. Low-income

students often automatically assume that Duke would be too expensive for them, he noted. “It connects us with students who might be well-qualified and interested in Duke but had never thought they could afford it,” Rabil said. Dean of Admissions Christoph Guttentag noted that although the University makes its own efforts to reach disadvantaged students, organizations such as Say Yes can help to communicate more broadly and effectively. “If they heard it from us alone, it wouldn’t necessarily cut through the noise that a Duke education—or education at a place like Duke—is possible for them,” Guttentag said. In addition to educating its students on the college application process and facilitating financial aid, Say Yes offers services such as mentoring, tutoring and legal help. The organization, founded by financier George Weiss in 1987, currently has chapters in five northeastern cities—New York City, Philadelphia, Hartford, Conn., Cambridge, Mass. and Buffalo and Syracuse, N.Y.—but it has plans to expand nationally in coming years. Nowicki said that Say Yes approached Duke about its participation, and the University was happy to join as a partner. “What they are presenting is very consistent with our existing policies, and in that respect, it seems a very natural fit,” Guttentag said. Nowicki noted that this is not the first organization that Duke has partnered with in order to assert its commitment to need-blind admissions. Last year, the University signed an agreement with the Knowledge Is Power Program, a national network of charter schools SEE AID ON PAGE 5

bacteria by Tony Shan THE CHRONICLE

Duke has received a commitment of up to $62 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) to launch a program that will advance research in treating antibiotic resistant bacterial infections. The federal grant money—to be distributed over the next six years—will be used to create a vast network of research specialists that, together, will design, pitch, and execute experiments and clinical trials. Duke will co-lead the efforts with the University of California, San Francisco to modernize the decreasingly effective line of antibiotics by developing new and evaluating existing drugs and treatment methods to combat resistant bacteria and identify bacteria more quickly and accurately. “The worry is that, a few years down the road, there are going to be a lot of drug resistant bacteria around and nothing to treat it with,” said Scott Evans, director of statistical and data management for the new project and principal investigator at the Statistical and Data Management Center for the Neurologic AIDS Research Consortium at Harvard University. The project will focus on four areas: two types of bacteria that can become antibiotic resistant (gram positive and gram negative), infection control and development of new diagnostic techniques, said Vance Fowler, professor of infectious diseases at Duke and one of the two principal investigators leading the project. Each area will have a subcommittee led

by some of the leading researchers in the respective field, Fowler said. The money that Duke has received so far will go towards creating this network of experts. “These subcommittees will be responsible for prioritizing the research ideas proposed by the scientific community,” Fowler said. Duke was selected to lead this project because of the resources available at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), which has an unprecedented track record in supporting and managing clinical trials networks like this one, Fowler added. He also noted that although the DCRI may not be well known amongst all undergraduates at Duke, it is a great resource that allows clinical scientists with good questions and ideas to gain access to funding and a supportive organizational structure that will aid in completing projects. “They have over a dozen active network studies very much similar to our new project,” Fowler said. “This is not their first clinical trials network, to say the least.” Although a grant of $64 million may seem like a large amount, Fowler and the other project leaders are not confident that it will cover the cost of this enormous undertaking. “Folks who haven’t worked in this area of research would very rightfully say, ‘What are you talking about? That’s the GDP of a small Caribbean nation!’” Fowler said. “But to develop a drug to the point where it becomes approved by the FDA, such a budget would be unlikely to fund even one of our trials.” SEE BACTERIA ON PAGE 5


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that serves more than 41,000 students, 86 percent of whom are from low-income families and eligible for the federal free or reduced-price meals program. As a partner school of KIPP, Duke is able to further publicize itself as a viable option for lowincome students, just as it will do with Say Yes. “In the last three to four years, Duke as an institution has paid more attention to the issues facing low-income students and first-generation students and students from schools and communities that have fewer resources,” Guttentag said. “We pay attention to organizations that support them, we pay attention to being fair to them in the college admissions process, we pay attention to providing them support once they come to Duke.” He noted that the problems facing underprivileged students have been the object of increasing attention in the past year—due in part to Fisher v. Texas, the Supreme Court case concerning affirmative action. The verdict in the case is imminent, but whatever it may be, Duke is committed to being an option for students of all backgrounds, Guttentag said. “We’ll always be interested in considering programs that both serve students and help us and are consistent with what our goals are and what our mission is,” Guttentag said. “We want smart students to have high aspirations, to realize that places like Duke are places they should aspire to and that in fact, it’s possible for students of every background to be able to succeed.”

Although the paper could continue to afford a daily print schedule on that money alone, it was ultimately decided that cutting a day of print would lead to a stronger publication that could better serve its readers, said board member Karen Blumenthal, Trinity ’81. “The process was about taking the best next step for The Chronicle, regardless of funds—it’s not about cutting, but investing for the future,” said Chrissy Beck, general manager of The Chronicle. Board members described the decision as a move to innovate and lead the paper into the digital age by choice, as opposed to eventually being forced to react to unwanted financial pressure. “We’re doing something smart before our hand was forced,” Graham said. “We’re moving forward with what we were hearing from staff… this is something that they wanted to do. The opinion was that it was something we needed to do to move to a better digital format faster.” The perspectives of the student staff and recent Chronicle

BACTERIA from page 4 Heather Cross, program leader of the new antibacterial network study who will coordinate communication between the NIAID and the DCRI as well as between members of the network itself, noted that while the budget has been well thought out, efforts will have to be made to stretch the budget’s capabilities. “We are hoping to find synergies with existing networks and existing sites…to really make a lot of the money go a lot further than what usually would be possible,” Cross said. The antibacterial network study is modeled on the Aids Clinical Trials Group (ACTG), which worked to evaluate interventions in treating HIV, said Evans, who also worked with ACTG. The project was successful in creating treatments that allowed HIV patients to live relatively normal lives. “The new antibacterial network is similar,” he said. “It looks at emerging infectious disease problems where bacteria are becoming resistant to drugs that we’ve started to take for granted.”

alumni were one of the main factors behind the decision, Morgan said. The Chronicle is not alone in its decision to de-emphasize its print presence in favor of the digital product—Syracuse University’s The Daily Orange and Berkeley’s The Daily Californian have made similar moves in recent years. Other independent college papers have gone to printing once or twice a week, and others are entirely on the web. “The college paper is definitely print-and-digital or alldigital now,” said Rick Edmonds, researcher and writer for non-profit journalism school Poynter Institute. “It’s targeted to an audience that’s by definition pretty young and on digital platforms.” Beck noted that the perspective of advertisers had also been considered, saying that the switch would not significantly affect advertiser stability. The paper will continue to print 12,000 copies each day it is published, the same figure as before, she said. “It’s something that’s going to be very positive for The Chronicle,” Morgan said. “It isn’t about printing four or five days a week, it’s really about a robust digital-first strategy that meets the needs of readers.”

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TRIBUNE from page 1 Because the Koch brothers have been known to push their political agendas by funding media campaigns—notably pulling support from PBS station WNET after it aired a piece critical of the brothers’ political activity—owning the Tribune newspapers could result in biased coverage of important topics, said sophomore Michael Pelle, who has communicated with Spangher regularly on the issue. “It’s not just in the skewed reporting of information, it’s [also the] major scientific studies they are going to choose to ignore,” Pelle said. Charles Koch has maintained that his company plans to acquire the newspapers to create a profitable business and not to advance a political agenda, according to a Wall Street Journal article. He added that there would be an editorial page that would serve as a forum for readers’ ideas. Still, Spangher maintains that the purchase would result in skewed coverage and that Duke students should keep an eye on the developing situation. “I told him that students are watching—Duke is aware of the situation,” Spangher said. “I appreciate the things he’s done for Duke, but if this goes down, there could be student action.”

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Athletics halfway to Duke Forward goal Duke athletics reaches $144 million of $250 million goal after first year of public fundraising by Daniel Carp THE CHRONICLE

Less than nine months after the Duke Forward capital campaign was launched, the University has raised $144 million toward its $250 million goal for athletics after a record-setting year of donations. Fundraising efforts—which will officially conclude in June 2017—will be used for facility upgrades, operations and athletic department’s endowment. Tom Coffman, senior associate director of athletics and executive director of the Iron Dukes, said athletics received $74 million in donations for Duke Forward since June 2012—the previous high for a 12-month period of donations was $35 million. The athletic department received multiple gifts of $5 million and $10 million during the 2012-13 academic year. “The Iron Dukes in particular have been unbelievably supportive of this athletics program. They really are the stakeholders who have driven us into this new territory,” said Kevin White, Duke Vice President and Director of Athletics. “Our alums and friends really have a chance to make a difference and close the delta between our programs and the programs we aspire to be.” Donations for Duke Forward began in the initiative’s silent phase, beginning


Duke athletics received $74 million in donations since June 2012, bolstering its Duke Forward efforts. in July 2010. Following the public announcement of the capital campaign in September 2012, donations skyrocketed. White attributed the influx of donations in part to the success of the Blue

Devils on the field. In 2012-13, Duke took home its second national championship in men’s lacrosse, made Elite Eight appearances in both men’s and women’s basketball and showcased its talents at

the London Olympics, when men’s basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski led the US Men’s National Team to an Olympic gold medal shortly after divers Abby Johnston and Nick McCrory earned medals of their own. “There’s a serious correlation between what happens with all of our programs in relation to the development activity,” White said. “We’ve had a good, strong year competitively and have a chance to do the same—if not even better—next year.” Renovations to Cameron Indoor Stadium and Wallace Wade Stadium will be some of the more visible changes to Duke’s athletic landscape as a result of the Duke Forward campaign. White described plans for a 50-foot renovation to the front of the 73-year-old basketball arena, which will provide one of college basketball’s cathedrals with a revamped lobby on the first floor and a club area upstairs. “The entrance will be pretty exciting, with lots of memorabilia, speaking to the history of the programs and Duke University. You’ll have that orientation immediately when you walk into the building,” White said. “Working with a 9,000-seat arena, we’re finding creative ways to perhaps monetize a program that takes a sizable amount of resources to sustain.” SEE FUNDRAISING ON PAGE 8


Duke athletes earn 3 All-America honors by Daniel Carp THE CHRONICLE

Duke entered the NCAA Championships carrying a streak of broken school records that dated back to early March. And in the final meet of the 2013 outdoor season, two Blue Devils made sure that streak would continue into next year. Four athletes represented Duke in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. last weekend. By the time the weekend drew to a close, two more school records had fallen and three Blue Devils had garnered AllAmerica honors. Redshirt senior Cydney Ross led the way for Duke, earning first-team AllAmerica honors and placing seventh in the women’s 800 meters. “Cydney Ross was outstanding,” head coach Norm Ogilvie said. “She went in with the mindset that she had a chance to win, and I think it’s great to lay it on the line in the last race of your career and try to win.” After placing fourth overall in the semifinal heats with a personal record of 2:03.62, Ross was in contention for a national championship heading into the final race. When LSU’s Natoya Goule, the top-ranked competitor in the field, pushed the field to start the race, Ross kept up with her stride for stride. As the runners turned for home, the

pace finally caught up with Ross and five other runners passed her. In a race where every single runner posted a personal best, Ross shattered her own school record by more than a second with a time of 2:02.48. “It was her final race in a Duke uniform and she biltzed it. She went out super fast,” Ogilvie said. “She was five seconds faster at 600 meters than she was on Wednesday—when she ran the fastest 800 of her life. So there was no chance she was going to sustain that.” Despite leading the field after six events, redshirt junior Curtis Beach faltered down the stretch and finish seventh in the decathlon but earned firstteam All-America honors as well. “Curtis had a phenomenal first day in the decathlon and was leading what was probably the deepest field in collegiate history,” Ogilvie said. “But he didn’t vault within a foot of what he was capable of and that kind of deflated him. He was in it to win it, he wasn’t coming to place—he wanted to win the thing.” Beach won three of the decathlon’s events and was the only competitor to win more than two of the competition’s 10 legs. He finished first in the long jump, breaking the school record with a jump of 25 feet, seven-and-one-half inches. He also won the 400 meters with a time of 47.74 seconds and the 1,500


Redshirt senior Cydney Ross earned first-team All-America honors by placing seventh in the 800 meters. meters with a time of 4:03.64. Beach struggled in the throwing events, finishing 17th in the shot put, 19th in the discus and 22nd in the javelin, which placed him 13th heading into the decathlon’s final event, the 1,500 meters. Beach defeated the rest of the field by nearly 12 seconds to elevate him

back into the top eight and earn firstteam All-American. “We got him together before the 1,500 and told him his goal should be to win this event,” Ogilvie said. “And he won three of the 10 events in the decathlon, which is SEE TRACK ON PAGE 8

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FUNDRAISING from page 7 Efforts to further monetize Duke athletics will also extend into the Blue Devil football program. Updates to Wallace Wade Stadium will include plans for a tower that White described as flush with suites and first-class amenities. He added that an enhanced fan experience, coupled with winning seasons from the program, could aid fundraising efforts in the future as well. “The tower will help us attract people who can help us financially suppot all 26 sports programs in the future,” White said. “We have a chance to really impact gameday football here.” When the stadium was constructed in 1929, it was the largest football stadium on the eastern seaboard that was encircled by a track. The track will be removed from the stadium, which will allow the field to be lowered and more than 10,000 seats to be added, bringing the stadium’s capacity to 44,000. White said that allowing fans to be closer to the field during games could help improve the Blue Devils’ home field advantage at Wallace Wade Stadium, where they lost just twice in 2012. But White said the biggest change for Duke athletics may be the construction of Scott Pavillion. The building will be named after Steven and Rebecca Scott, who pledged $10 million to Duke athletics in October 2012—which was the largest gift of its kind in the University’s history—followed by a $20 million donation to Duke Medecine in April 2013 to expand Duke’s sports medicine programs. Scott Pavillion will include a new office for ticket operations, a retail store and space for athletic offices. White said the construction of the 35,000-square foot structure will effectively double the space Duke athletics has for strength and conditioning and sports medicine facilities, adding that “it will affect 23 sports in a significant way.” Coffman said capital campaigns often have peaks and valleys, but added that as Duke athletics prepares to enter its second full year of public fundraising for Duke Forward, the mindset will remain the same. “Campaign or no campaign, we’re always in campaign mode. So we have no intent to stop or slow down,” Coffman said. “We have lots of needs that aren’t being addressed, so we’re going to be in campaign mode in a long time.” Although the athletic department still has four years to meet its original fundraising goal, White said he prefers not to keep dollar amounts and dates in mind. “There is no finish line,” he said.

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TRACK from page 7 pretty impressive in that field.” Making his first appearance at the NCAA Championships since 2010, redshirt junior Austin Gamble placed 13th in the discus, earning second-team All-America honors. After struggling on his first throw, Gamble, who also played four years as a linebacker for Duke’s football team, bounced back on his second attempt with a throw of 186 feet, eight inches. “It’s a lot better than he did when he was a freshman. When he was a freshman he wasn’t last, but he was close,” Ogilvie said. “He just didn’t hit that really monster throw we were hoping for but he competed well.” Anima Banks, who was one of just three true freshmen to compete in the women’s 800 meters, placed

17th overall with a time of 2:08.30 and failed to qualify for the final. But Ogilvie said that that for Banks, this race was mostly about gaining experience. “With Anima, it’s just experience. She’s going to keep getting better as she runs more races and her ceiling is huge,” Ogilvie said. “I’d be shocked if she doesn’t hold the 800-meter school record when she is a senior.” The Blue Devils will return a number of key contributors next season, as Banks, Beach and Gamble seek to return to the NCAA Championships. Although Duke’s season has drawn to a close. Ross and Beach will both compete against amateur and professional athletes in the US Outdoor Track and Field Championships June 20-23 in Des Moines, Iowa.

fromstaffreports Kyrie Irving to attend Team USA mini-camp Former Duke star Kyrie Irving is one of 27 players confirmed to attend the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp that will be held July 22-25 in Las Vegas. Irving’s last experience with USA Basketball was in the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, when he averaged 13.6, 5.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game for the United States. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski will lead three days of practice before the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase, an intra-squad game that will take place July 25. Team USA announces assistant coaches When Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski leads USA Basketball into the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he will have two new assistant coaches roaming the sidelines. USA Basketball announced that Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim will rejoin Krzyzewski’s staff as an assistant coach after two gold-medal runs in the same role. Krzyzewski and Boeheim will be joined by Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams, who will round out Krzyzewski’s staff. Team USA carries a 50-game winning streak into the next quadrennium.

Women’s basketball coaching changes Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie announced that Michele Van Gorp will serve as Director of Women’s Basketball Recruiting Operations. Van Gorp graduated from Duke in 1999 and played two seasons for the Blue Devils. She served as the Director of Basketball Operations at Georgia Tech last year. Hernando McCallie also promoted Hernando Planells to assistant coach after serving as the team’s director of relations in 2012-13. Planells will assume the role vacated by Joy Cheek, who left McCallie’s staff during the offseason to become an assistant coach at Ohio State. Duke creates Anastasia Hunt fund Duke’s athletics department established a fund to collect money for women’s soccer player Anastia Hunt, whose family lost their home May 20 in the Moore, Okla. tornado. Hunt’s Duke teammates will spearhead efforts to collect funds to assist the Hunt family throughout the season. Hunt, a junior defender, has appeared in 11 contests for the Blue Devils in her Duke career. Duke athletics took similar steps last summer to help Blair Holliday—a football player who was injured severely in a boating accident—with his medical expenses.


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s Duke students, we are expected to do really work, the more hesitant I am about entergreat things with our lives. Or at least that ing this domain that overflows with corruption was our first thought when we were ac- and backstabbers, that is characterized by shifting cepted to Duke. We are not selected solely on loyalties, selfishness and extreme greediness for our outstanding GPA or high SAT scores. We are money and power. not only weighted and judged according to our Some days I walk into the office and feel like brains. This university doesn’t just c a r e giving up on politics altogether. I feel like about how “book smart” we are. Duke chose us be- it might be time to switch my interests, because cause we somehow proved to them that there was there is nothing that can be done to change the something within us that could make way things are. But then I walk a difference, perhaps even change Gianandrea Gaetani past de Klerk’s office, and I glance the world. Duke chose us because we at the picture he has on his desk. Guest column proved to be extraordinary people. It is a snapshot of him, holding Unfortunately, as our lives go on, Mandela’s hand, a triumphant and we enter the routine of college, we start to smile on both their faces. This picture was taken forget how extraordinary we truly are. Our priori- on the day Mandela was named the first black ties shift. Money, popularity and social acceptance President of a new South African Republic, after become more important than standing out—be- his 27–year sentence in prison. It is always right cause being super-ambitious can be scary. at that moment something magical happens. My You’re probably wondering where I am going heart skips a beat, and I remember what promptwith this. ed me to do what I do in the first place. I want to A man who has marked my life is dying. I am be like him, emulate his ideals. I do not want to fit talking about Nelson Mandela. in the status quo. He has not only changed my life, but he has We all have that spark within us; we all know touched the minds and hearts of people across the that there is more to life. We are called to do great world. Everyone knows he is an exceptional man, things. We just need something—or someone—to and he has transcended religion, race and social remind us that our beliefs are still worth fighting status. He is exceptional because he is relatable. for. Why be excessively realistic? Sometimes, being One can argue that he was simply a great poli- realistic is the most terrible mistake we can possitician. That, however, would only be partly accu- bly make. Had I been “realistic,” I would not have rate and, in all honesty, quite sad. He was more applied to Duke, I would not have chosen to study than an outstanding political figure. He was 100 political science, and I would not be working three percent human. He publically suffered like every- doors down from a former President and Nobel one else, loved like everyone else and hated like Peace Prize winner. everyone else. What makes him extraordinary is Find that spark that motivated you to apply to the courage it took to truly believe he was capable Duke and embrace it. Make it the reason you wake of changing the world. He concluded that living up every morning. You may think your goals are is not about serving one’s self, but what we can do unreachable, but “it always seems impossible until for others: “For to be free is not merely to cast off it is done.” one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and Nelson Mandela once said: “A good head and enhances the freedom of others.” good heart are always a formidable combination. He believed in himself! But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, Believing and being hopeful come naturally to then you have something very special.” I think we us. But often, society tries to kill our ambition by all have pretty good heads on our shoulders, and using seemingly harmless expressions like “be re- our hearts are in the right places. Duke has proalistic.” vided a foundation upon which we can build our When I was a kid, I wanted to resemble Man- dreams. As we start to plan our lives and explore dela. I didn’t want to become a politician. In fact, our true potential, let’s not be afraid to dream big. I didn’t even know what a politician was—but Let’s find our passions, set our goals and dedicate I knew I wanted to be like him. I was little and our lives to pursuing our beliefs, because one percouldn’t understand everything that Mandela rep- son can ultimately change the world. It only took resented, but I understood that what he was doing one man to change mine. was good. Whatever it was, it made people happy. It is in part because of him that I chose to study Gianandrea Gaetani is a Trinity junior. He is curpolitical science. 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he nagging beep of a wire coming loose She laughs, and we agree that hospital mansomewhere drones on as a new rescue agement must be some bitter bunch to make skids through the side door. An unaf- the standard of care Splenda. fected, wrinkled old man in his pinstripe pa“Health care’s gone down the tubes, hasn’t jamas rolls in as the EMTs and nurses discuss it?” she chuckles. this weekend’s best Groupon I lay a towel across her lap, deal. Uninterested in liposucpointing out that her fork is tion or fusion cooking, my hand now wedged between her legs. grows limp from the bed handle “I really must be getting back it was wiping, and I catch the old to work,” I say. man’s eye. It is bleary and listNo response, so I turn to go. less, and he watches distantly as Another bed is waiting to be the young EMT checks him in. made, and as much as I enjoy a I stand there, bleary-eyed too, little health care banter, I’m not Gracie Willert passing the wash rag between about to upset an ER nurse 11 read me maybe my fingers. Why can’t I be in the hours into her shift. I backpedal trenches instead of fine-tuning out the sliding glass door. my hospital corner fold? A small “It’s not so bad, you know.” voice from a priority room startles me. I turn. “I’m sorry, I don’t understand.” Rewind. She nods. “There are worse things than beThe sounds of shuffling feet and nervous ing blind to be sure. It’s not so bad.” chatter echo back and forth between the flying I walk back into the hallway, swipe my buttresses. My day-old friends lead, and I trail card and stand outside the ER, my face in my behind, my face glued upward. How the heck hands. did they build this back then? President BrodHer words—“It’s not so bad,” echo and rehead shushes, and the innards of the Duke coil, each wave a fresh pulse in my eardrums. Chapel turn still. I lean back and look around. Rewind. Everyone is wearing lanyards. Don’t we look My lips curl up into a small smile as I enjoy enough like freshman? This is where summer Brodhead’s upbeat, almost (dare I say) Sesacamp and church collide. My elbows slink to me Street-esque lilt. “Now you all are a pretty my knees, and I stare down at my neighbor’s standout bunch. But here’s a list of your peers’ toenails. Where did I leave mine? A goofy voice accomplishments that will make you feel inadfrom the front altar startles me. equate.” Or something like that. My ears perk Fast forward. up. “Nurse, nurse, I need a hand.” “Among you is an author, a Vietnam war vetRunning to her bedside, “Ma’am, I’m not eran, a founder of an NGO …” a nurse. Just a student volunteer. What’s the Okay stop, Brodbutt. I’m sitting there feelmatter?” ing not so good as celebrity after philanthroShe looks up at me and mumbles some- pist after 1600 SAT-er are named. Not so good thing. I could have sworn she says she’s “Le- as my peers’ tragedies and triumphs make me gally Blonde.” and mine feel so small. So small and so not so “You’re what now?” I mumble back. good. “I’m legally blind.” A pause. “You brought Double-arrow fast forward. Okay stop! me dinner about 30 minutes ago? But I can’t These were moments of clarity for me, like see a damn thing. I was hoping you might show when after ten years you realize the expresme my dinner.” sion is “nip it in the bud” and not “nip it in I nod, mentally unpacking what she has the butt.” These were times when the truth was told me as I peel the Saran wrap off of her and had been so obvious I felt embarrassed to bread. not have noticed it until then. “Here. This to the left of the tray is bread.” Each of us is an old, blind lady in a hospital “Is there any butter?” she asks me. “Bread bed trying to unwrap today’s bread. Each of us can’t be without butter.” is a college freshman drowning in a sea of sup“Yes, the butter is right here next to the posed grandeur. bread,” I explain. Face in my hands, I felt frivolous for ever “Now what’s this?” she asks, pointing to a having wanted more from my health. little square packet. Elbows on my knees, I felt uninteresting for “This is a hand wipe for after the meal.” having suffered no real tragedy. I wasn’t a solShe smiles. “Oh, that little thing? They dier. Or author. Or extraordinarily kind and must be joking. Be a dear and grab me a towel, giving person. would you?” But I do have one packet. So what if it’s For the next 30 minutes, she and I parse Splenda? through her hospital tray, identifying and reidentifying bread, butter and hand wipes. Gracie Willert is a Trinity senior. Her biweekly “This here is sugar, that yucky artificial column will resume in the Fall. kind,” I mouth.

’m a straight Eagle Scout, and I care about the Boy Scouts of America. I want the organization to survive so that I can be an adult leader for my own children someday. I want to take them on their own trips to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, the place where I truly fell in love with backpacking. I want the BSA to be vibrant for my kids like it was for me. But it will fade into irrelevance unless the BSA fully accepts both gay youth and gay adult leaders. Pascal Tessier joined my troop the year that I led my own patrol of eight boys. He advanced in rank and earned many merit badges along the way. When he was in the eighth grade, he came out to his family about being gay. He felt comfortable telling them about his orientation partly because his older brother, Lucien, had come out a few years before. Lucien and I went to the same high school Andrew Kragie and led the troop together our senior year. He elevator pitch earned the rank of Eagle the same year that I did—a testament to his commitment to both serving and leading others. (Lucien did not hide his orientation but also did not make it publicly known, so his advancement was not threatened.) Until last month, Pascal would have been denied that honor simply because the organization knows that he is gay—a fact that is irrelevant to his passion for service and leadership. Fortunately, BSA leaders voted on May 23 to allow openly gay youth in scouting. Pascal can now complete his Eagle project and hopefully earn scouting’s highest rank, which he certainly deserves after bravely standing up for justice. This is a fast turnaround. Only last summer, national leaders said that BSA would not reconsider its policy—even though the military was shedding its similar “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy with support from the top brass. BSA leaders were forced to shift course after corporate donors began to withdraw support and public campaigns by activist organizations like Scouts for Equality. Public opinion also played a significant role: 63 percent of Americans wanted the Scouts to allow gay youth, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. That strong majority is representative of a more general consensus. The Pew Research Center just released an extensive report about Americans’ attitudes towards gay marriage and homosexuality. In 2003, only 47 percent agreed that homosexuality “should be accepted by society.” Today, a full 60 percent support acceptance. For the first time, Pew found a 51 percent majority of the 1,504 respondents polled were in favor of gay marriage. (Interestingly, 59 percent of those who oppose gay marriage think it is “inevitable.”) Overall “favorable” assessments for gays and lesbians have jumped by 16 percent and 19 percent, respectively, over the past decade. Society has moved towards acceptance and inclusion. Scouting took a small step in that direction last month. But the organization’s survival is at risk as long as it continues to prohibit gay adult leaders. Americans want the BSA to also allow gay leaders, 56 percent to 39 percent. The organization, however, has held onto this discriminatory policy. Partly as a result, 2012 membership in Tiger Cub, Cub and Webelo Scouts dropped by almost 55,000 compared to 2011, accelerating an overall drop of 30 percent since 1999. (Cub Scout families are generally younger and better reflect the incoming generation of parents.) If scouting continues to exclude gay adults from leadership, its decline will hasten. Families will drop out as they see upstanding, gay Scouts earn Eagle, only to be kicked out the minute they turn 18. All that will remain is the ever-shrinking segment of society that endorses homophobia. The organization will miss out on the millions of families who might otherwise join. Families like the Canadys of New Bern, North Carolina. Paul and Emily Canady both work in the Episcopal Church; he’s a priest, and she’s a youth minister. They try to live according to Jesus’ teachings and biblical principles, like justice for the oppressed and love for neighbor. Their rambunctious, four-year-old son loves sports and the outdoors. They want to introduce him to Cub Scouts when he starts elementary school in a couple years, but they feel hesitant. Should they allow him to join an organization that preaches exclusion and fear and goes against their deeply-held Christian beliefs? The Canadys are far from the only family thinking twice about the Boy Scouts. Ryan McNavage just retired from the challenging job of Cubmaster. He estimates that his suburban Maryland pack lost at least a dozen families this year, maybe as many as 20. Parents withdrew their children because they didn’t want them taught homophobia by an organization that clashed with their values. Young families like the Canadys and those who left McNavage’s pack are the lifeblood of Boy Scouts. And polls show that they are the ones most likely to reject homophobia. Their exodus would slash scouting’s ranks, and their future rejections would preclude any future growth. The BSA would cease to be a mainstream organization that teaches the best virtues of manhood to millions of boys. It would be known more for exclusion and religious extremism than for camping and service. It would fade into irrelevance. Scout troops are also suffering because they’re losing leaders. Not only are there thousands of openly gay parents ready to step in and contribute, there are many straight, adult leaders who don’t want to wear the uniform of an exclusionary organization. Others are forbidden from participating. The Honorable Craig Iscoe served as a Scoutmaster for eight years; parents in his troop still speak about him glowingly. He is an Eagle Scout himself, and both of his sons earned Eagle. Yet even if his troop asked him to lead again, he would have to refuse. And it’s not his sexual orientation that would keep him out. It is scouting’s discrimination. He is a Washington, D.C. Superior Court Judge, and the 2011 Code of Judicial Conduct prohibits him from participating in organizations that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation—organizations like the Boy Scouts of America. Finally, there’s my friend Lucien. He’s now 20 and working at a D.C. law firm while finishing college. He’s shown great courage in the fight for equality within scouting— the kind of courage that scouting tries to teach. The BSA must move quickly to allow gay adults like him to serve as leaders. It’s the right thing to do. And it’s the only thing to do if we want the Boy Scouts to thrive in the future.


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LIBRARY from page 1 Whereas librarians of the past focused mainly on history and print media, contemporary librarians’ knowledge spans the physical, conceptual and digital worlds. “We have many library staff who work in specific areas—such as data, digitization, copyright and publishing and digital scholarship—who are blurring the lines of the traditional role of librarians,” Ferguson said. At their core, librarians are still performing the same job, but with a new and expansive set of resources, said Ernest Zitser, librarian for Slavic and Eastern European studies. “Librarians are trained professionals who help to connect researchers to the information they need when they need it,” Zitser said. Although librarians formerly aided students in finding sources for information, the Internet has made information extremely readily available to students, said Lee Sorensen, librarian for visual studies and dance. This, however, has

presented new problems by creating an overload of information. “Now, as often as not, we help users ignore the ‘white noise’ of information to choose the best source,” Sorensen said. “The difference between a book collection and a library is people. That hasn’t changed with electronics. As sources become more numerous, thoughtful answers to questions become harder to find. The free Internet so often just parrots the same quotation or opinion a myriad of places.” Librarians are increasingly becoming information consultants, said Kevin Smith, director of copyright and scholarly communication. Because they spend so much time familiarizing themselves with the resources they work with, librarians are being asked to serve a role as a distributor of knowledge. “In the digital age we are called on more and more to become involved in unique research projects—not just in locating information resources, but also in describing unique works that are created at Duke, disseminating those works to a broad audience and preserving these



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unique, born-digital creations,” Smith said. Librarians are responsible for a wide variety of services that expand far beyond the typical eight-hour work day. From the ‘Ask a Librarian’ service—which allows students to send text messages to librarians until two in the morning during the Fall and Spring semesters—to consultation hours, the job of a librarian is multifaceted. To accommodate the schedules of students, many departmental librarians offer office hours in the buildings of their respective departments. “We provide a large range of services, including everything from helping with basic reference questions to digitizing books on demand, assisting with data visualizations and archiving the records of student organizations,” said Aaron Welborn, director of communications for Duke Libraries. According to research published by Duke Libraries, 14,410 questions were asked by students at the library desks between June 2012 and May 2013. An additional 14,725 questions were submitted via email, text message and instant messaging. Over 4,338 individual research consultations were completed by librarians as well. The current Duke Libraries strategic plan, developed in 2010, outlines five goals for the library system moving into the future—to improve user experience, develop new research and teaching partnerships, support University priorities, enhance library spaces and provide digital content, tools and services. Because libraries offer such vast resources, many students do not use the library system to its fullest potential. “The Duke University Libraries offer such a wide range of space, materials and services that I think it would be difficult to take advantage of everything we offer,” Ferguson said. She added that most undergraduates tend to use library spaces, particularly Perkins and Lilly Libraries, for studying and group work. Graduate students, however, often utilize libraries, especially as they are do research for their dissertations—taking advantage of library materials, document delivery and research consultations from subject librarians who have deep subject knowledge. “Many students bring both questions about resources and larger questions about how to create and manage intellectual work to the library,” Smith said. “Many students will use some of our skills and expertise, but few are likely to take advantage of all that we offer—our staff is too multitalented for that to be likely.” Beginning in July, Perkins and Rubinstein Libraries will undergo renovations to work toward Duke Libraries’ goal of improving studying spaces. The shifting, storing and reorganizing of materials will require some adaptation from librarians, but for most, the benefits of their work outweigh any inconveniences or challenges. “I love libraries because you can see ideas take form in our spaces,” Sorensen said. “You literally watch as students or researchers make media and notions collide. People take resources and make them do things the designers never intended—and new projects develop.” He noted that one of his favorite aspects of his job is when he helps students early in their research process because he then helps them form their research question and can lead them through every step of the investigative process. “It is always inspiring to me to talk with students and learn about their passions and then to have even a small role in helping them create something from those commitments,” Smith said. He added that one especially satisfying experience in his time as a librarian was helping a student get permission to adapt some famous short stories into a play. “For me it was an almost routine matter, but for him, it was a deeply held love of the works that motivated him,” Smith said. “He invited me to the wonderful production he put on, so I got to see the fruits of his labor and my small part in it.” Amongst the books in Duke Libraries are unique collections worth exploring, Sorensen said. The novelties include a book of original Star Wars designs, an extensive set of graphic novels and a collection of photography books. He added that the Music Library contains a CD collection that ranges from medieval sounds to popular rap music. From well-honed myths of a ghost in the library to discovering a secret library-based drug-selling ring at the University of Arizona, Sorensen said that he has had a lot of interesting moments working in collegiate libraries. The most memorable, however, occurred in a quiet moment in Lilly. “I once found the most beautiful love letter I think I have ever read tucked into a book. It was old, in gorgeous pre-war handwriting and so personal. I left it in the book because I didn’t feel I had the right to possess such a thing, and in the hopes another person would discover it in another 20 years,” he said.

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