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Abortion laws Pavilion sees low traffic, other venues surge cause change in Triangle by Georgia Parke THE CHRONICLE
A new law is now holding abortion clinics in North Carolina to higher, more difficult standards, but so far the Triangle has not been negatively affected by it. The law—Senate Bill 353—states that clinics performing abortions will now be held to similar standards as outpatient surgical centers. It also prevents government insurance plans from paying for the procedure, and prohibits abortions motivated by the sex of the unborn fetus. SB 353 will go into effect October 1. “The new rules haven’t been written yet so all clinics still abide by the current rules and regulations,” said Kristi Clifford, press assistant at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Five abortion clinics currently operate within the Triangle area, with two in Raleigh and three in Chapel Hill: A Preferred Women’s Health, A Woman’s Choice of Raleigh, Easton OB/GYN, Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina and Women’s Health Alliance Durham. Femcare, an abortion clinic in Asheville, is the only clinic that currently operates under the same guidelines as an ambulatory surgical center. It was closed starting July 31 after state officials found health code violations, and reopened in late August after inspectors found the operational problems to be fixed. Clifford noted that clinics are not being See ABORTION LAW, page 12
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Students flock to food trucks, such as Fosters on the Fly, causing them to sell out of numerous items.
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Although the closure of West Union presented Duke Dining with challenges, the first week without the venue went smoothly. Director of Dining Services Robert Coffey discussed dining changes with the Duke University Student Dining Advisory Committee at its first meeting of the year Tuesday night. With the Great Hall closed for construction and other eateries gone from campus, food trucks and some Bryan Center eateries have be-
come more popular—the popularity of the new Penn Pavilion, however, remains to be seen. The Penn Pavilion has not been as popular as Duke Dining had hoped it might be, Coffey said. It has been serving 1,500 to 1,700 people each day, compared to the goal of 2,000. “We’re still working on recipes and training the staff,” Coffey said, noting that in the future, the Pavilion might host sampling events in which people can try items off the menu. To boost the Pavilion’s popularity,
DUSDAC members suggested increasing advertising, particularly on the Bryan Center Plaza. Members also pointed out that the menu could benefit from more variation and that some students feel the prices are too high. Coffey noted that the Pavilion was ready for operation only shortly before the start of school, meaning that the kitchen staff has not yet had much time to adjust to the equipment. A number of eateries—including See FOOD TRUCKS, page 12
Students, faculty discuss new polisci space by Gautam hathi THE CHRONICLE
The political science department held an open house at Gross Hall Tuesday, allowing students and professors to discuss their new space. After renovations in Perkins forced them to move to the second floor of Gross Hall, the political science department held an open house to introduce students to the new space. Faculty and graduate students in the department have already been working in the space over the summer, but the event officially
introduced the space to students who just returned to campus. Although members of the political science department noted that having a single location will create a sense of community among students and professors, individuals also expressed that the department feels far removed from the campus. Bahar Leventoglu, director of undergraduate studies for political science, said the new space gives the department a single, coherent location that can be used for multiple purposes.
“I think the new place is fantastic.” she said. “We never really had a common space that we could use for events [and] for interactions with our students when we were back in Perkins.” Students also expressed their appreciation for the aesthetics and functionality of the new space in Gross. “I’m a huge fan of the new facilities. They are beautiful and it makes it convenient to have the political science classes in this building and for there to
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The Chronicle’s Georgia Parke talked to Duke Democrats President Diego Quezada, a junior and Durham native, about his role as leader and what the group’s priorities are during the year. The Chronicle: What do you hope to do as president? DQ: Hopefully making Duke a more political campus, because I feel that in some ways Duke isn’t a political campus and I want to grow that political activism on campus. TC: What do you mean by that? DQ: It takes very specific instances for people to notice politics and get involved because many people are so involved in their studies they have their own interests. It may be hard for them to deal with that and politics. When you look at what is being done at the state level, such as the voter ID bill, this affects you whether you care that much about politics or not. It’s fundamental to our democracy—the idea that we all have a vote. It’s a vital part of why we say we are this great country. TC: What are your goals for the upcoming year? DQ: We’ve already set up a retreat over fall break at Virginia Tech. We’ll stay in dorms and canvas residents in the area for the delegate races for their lower house at the state level…. Although we’re not going to put too much emphasis on the municipal elections this fall, we do want to do something because it is the election this year so I organized a meeting with one of the candidates for Durham City Council to speak to us. More broadly one of my big goals is to create Duke Democrats as a social space and a safe space. One thing we noticed last year, after the election, people really tapered off
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a lot. [We will make] the chapter a social group so people have friends. TC: How many active members do you have? DQ: About 20, probably. TC: Are you recruiting freshmen to the group? DQ: We are having our first meeting on East Campus to make it more convenient for freshmen. We’re also going to have a position on our executive board open to first year students. TC: What’s your main political issue? DQ: I think it would be voting rights I would say that this is one issue that affects students directly. At the federal level, there was a lot of controversy over the student loan bill… I am hoping to create some work around that because so many of our students take out loans. One of the biggest issues in our country is educational equity—why is it that some people are able to go to the best schools and have great education, but others because of where they were born, which they have no control over, they don’t have the same opportunities? TC: What is your relationship with Duke College Republicans? DQ: When I took the presidency I was told that one of the things we’ve been interested in doing is having a debate. I know that when I was a freshman they came out against Amendment One. Having a debate in forum to express differences is one thing, but I think also to try to create an air of agreement. The college people here may have different views than the national party, which is completely possible.
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The Chronicle’s Georgia Parke talked to acting Duke Campus Republicans president Taylor Imperiale about the state of North Carolina politics and what the group’s goals are for the coming year. The Chronicle: What are your plans for the year? Taylor Imperiale: A lot of what we’re going to try to do is find like-minded students who can talk about politics. At the activities fair we [had] a straw ballot for the 2016 presidential candidates. We also have a variety of social events for our members to not only have a group that’s about politics, but also a group that’s formed a social group based on similar views. We always try to influence people and make it known that Duke has a variety of opinions on campus and we’re not necessarily in the same boat. TC: How many active members do you have? TI: It varies and it’s hard to know at the beginning of the year. Our executive board is comprised of nine members. We have about 30 to 40 students who tend to show up to events. Our listserv has over 400 people. TC: What is your biggest political issue right now? TI: I would say that it’s the state government has obviously passed laws that I think are very important and very good as the voter ID law, for example, which I think are very beneficial. Immigration reform is probably the most important issue right now it’s the Republican Party’s best issue. In the interest of policy it would be best to adopt some kind of immigration reform.
TC: You mentioned you support the voter ID law. Can you elaborate? TI: In this country to do just about anything you have to have some kind of identification. It’s pretty strange to me that the most fundamental aspect of being an American citizen is something you don’t need an ID for. [The government] makes it incredibly easy to get and ID for free. It makes sure there is no voter fraud going on. It’s certainly helpful to make sure people have one. TC: What are your thoughts on Moral Monday? TI: The demonstration I think is a good part of democracy. I disagree with the stance they take. They continue to have the right to protest and say what they want— I just fundamentally disagree with what they have to say. TC: Can students actually make a difference by being politically involved on campus? TI: I think of course they do. It’s one of the most important things you can do as students and as Americans, becoming informed and becoming adults. Voting is important but voting can only do so much. To express yourself and be honest— the way to do that is to be involved in the community. TC: What is your relationship with Duke Democrats? TI: We haven’t had any collaborations yet. Obviously it’s still very early. I certainly hope that we… I certainly hope that we can have bipartisan support. I would always look forward to a lively debate. We had two campus debates last year and we would gladly take that up again.
The state of North Carolina has had a tumultuous summer replete with protests, controversial laws and national media attention. The Chronicle’s Elizabeth Djinis and Georgia Parke compiled a timeline to note the most controversial events of the season.
August 23rd, 2013- McCrory signs legislation that restricts foreign law, including Islamic Sharia law. January 1st, 2013- Gov. McCrory enters office. The Republicans control both the state executive and legislative bodies for the first time since 1870.
June 19, 2013- The July 29th, 2013- McCrory signs bill that Racial Justice Act is reheightens standard for abortion clinics and pealed. This law stopped procedures(See page 1 for further analysis) courts from giving a death sentence based on July 1st, 2013- 70,000 North Carolinians lose long-term race. unemployment benefits due to state budget cuts.
July 22nd, 2013- Bill is passed allowing concealedcarry permit holders to take firearms into establishments where alcohol is served as long as the owner doesn’t forbid it.
July 23rd, 2013- McCrory signs comprehensive tax reform into law, decreasing personal income tax and doubling standard deduction starting in 2014.
August 11th, 2013Voter ID laws are passed, requiring photo identification for voter registration, shortens early voting and eliminates same-day registration.
Professors reflect on protest experience by Elizabeth Djinis THE CHRONICLE
This summer, several Duke professors found themselves in plastic handcuffs. The professors, along with hundreds of other North Carolina residents, were arrested at the ongoing Moral Monday demonstrations, which protest controversial laws passed by the Republicancontrolled state government. Many believe that Moral Mondays have been instrumental in educating the public about North Carolina politics, and the protests will continue until the demonstrators get their message across. Jedediah Purdy, Robinson O. Everett professor of law, was arrested during one of the Moral Monday protests. He said the demonstrations have been successful and have attracted national attention. “[Moral Monday] has been a remarkably effective strategy so far,” Purdy said. “Most attempts at building social movements go absolutely nowhere, and this one has already gone somewhere and drawn in a lot of people who weren’t thinking about these things and paying attention to them before.” The Moral Monday protests started in response to the North Carolina government’s increasingly conservative lawmaking this year. Last year’s election resulted in North Carolina’s most conservative government in a century, with both a Republican governor and
a Republican-controlled legislature. Disagreement with recent conservative laws passed by the state’s legislature has spurred outraged citizens to protest, leading to the first demonstrations at the state legislature building in April. Protesters who refused to leave a section of the legislative building were arrested. When Governor Pat McCrory was elected in 2012, the state of North Carolina was under a different impression about the nature of his policies, said Robin Kirk, program director of the Duke Human Rights Center. The protests have been instrumental in educating those who may not otherwise follow state-level politics. “What the Moral Monday protests were able to do was not only educate people about the kind of legislation but also educate them about the real activity of the legislature and the governor,” noted Kirk, who was arrested at a July protest. “There is a huge gap between what McCrory promised as a candidate—not to limit women’s right to choose—and what he did as a governor, which is sign legislation that limits the right to choose and that limits ability to create abortion clinics.” William Chafe, Alice Mary Baldwin professor of history, noted how greatly the number of participants has grown since the start of the protests since the original group of 17. Raleigh police have See MORAL MONDAY, page 6
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GPSC gears up for annual event, Campout
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The Graduate and Professonal Student Council meets twice a month to discuss happenings that affect the graduate schools. by Carleigh Steihm THE CHRONICLE
The annual basketball campout for graduate and professional students will begin Friday at 10 p.m. This year, due to restrictions on the areas of the Blue Zone parking lot that can be dedicated to the event, fewer RV spaces were given out this year, Basketball Committee Co-Chair Patrick Killela, a fifth year pathology Ph.D. candidate, announced at the Graduate and Professional Student Council meeting Tuesday evening. “We had over 110 RVs register, but we only
had 50 spots to give,” Killela said. Campout—which is traditionally the single largest gathering of Duke’s graduate and professional students each year—is a 33 hour event that concludes with students being entered into a lottery to buy season passes for men’s basketball. On average, approximately 2,000 students compete for 725 ticket opportunities. Similarly to the tenting process in Krzyzewskiville, during Campout, participants must be present for tent checks. During the event, See GPSC, page 6
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Bats’ flight evolution could hold secrets to immunity by Sangwon Yun THE CHRONICLE
Duke researchers are using bats’ flight from illness to understand immunity overall. The evolutionary adaptations ns that enable sustained flight in bats may ay also affect disease immunity, according ing to a study led by Linfa Wang, director ector of the program in emerging infecnfectious diseases at Duke-NUS Graduraduate Medical School. Published this past January in “Science,” the study tudy compared the genomes of two o bat species, Brandt’s bat and black flying fox. “We did not choose bats,, they chose us in the sense that my first math Hendra jor virus project was dealing with virus in Australia, and it happened ened to be from bats,” Wang wrote in an email Monmail Mon day. “Our interests with bats got a huge boost when we found that they also harbor SARS-like viruses.” A previous study found that flying involves an elevated metabolism, which gives rise to a greater number of DNA-damaging molecules known as free radicals. The study found that bats evolved mechanisms to tolerate these free radicals. These mechanisms may have contributed to the development of a highly effective immune system. The researchers then mapped the bat’s genome to identify abnormal genes that may be related with this effective immune system. “It was immediately apparent that there was some important genes that were playing doubled roles in both the DNA damage response and the antiviral innate immune response,” Chris Cowled, a post-
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doctoral fellow in Wang’s team, said. The DNA damage response pathway’s association with the aging process and cancer pathogenesis raise possible explanations for low rates of cancer in bats, as well as high life expectancy relative to being smaller animals. “We initiated the genom genomic study to examine whether there is any an ‘hint’ about the bat’s ability to harbor a larger l number of viruses without suffering from disease,” Wang said. “What we disc discovered about DNA damage repair... was an extra bonus.” A subsequent article published in the Aug. 20 edition editio of “Nature Communications discussed a Communications” study in which the Brandt’s genom bat’s genome was sequenced and analyzed. an This species was noted to have the highest reported lifespan among bats at 41 years, making it “the most extreme mammal with regard to disparity between body mass and longevity.” The study identified alternations to two genes, which are common in other longlived bat species and contribute to their relatively long life span. Although the research has not yielded clinical applications, Wang said the study could have “wide-range impact” for human and animal health, as well as medicine. “The first step is to build the tool box. Unlike human or mouse, there is no offthe-shelf reagents available for bat research, so we have to start from ground zero,” he said. “Once we have the tool box, we can dig into the fundamental questions about bat biology and the four aspects mentioned above.”
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Medical students give tips to pre-meds Life as a medical student can be shrouded in mystery for undergraduates without personal connections to the medically inclined. On a weekly basis, The Chronicle will collect questions and concerns from premedical students and pose them to various individuals with a relevant perspective. This week, first year medical students Rajvi Mehta, a graduate of Brown University, and Aladine Elsamadicy, a graduate of Vanderbilt University, answered the undergraduates’ inquiries. The Chronicle: If you could go back in time and give your college-age self advice, what would it be? Aladine Elsamadicy: The medical school application process was brutal, so I would tell myself to enjoy the college life and to use it to its fullest. Don’t always pick academics over an event you probably won’t be able to do again. I gave up a lot of social activities to study and work. It’s good to maintain academics and it’s good to maintain everything, but it’s also good to remain balanced. I wish I was balanced more socially. TC: What was your motivation for going into medicine? AE: My whole life was about engineering. I was one of six kids, and I was always the engineer of the family. I did engineering in undergrad but then I did a volunteering experience second semester freshmen year. I translated for an Egyptian Coptic community for this
health fair for Vanderbilt medical students. We were providing small medical practices such as blood glucose tests, but my motivation sparked then to go into medicine. I saw that I could interact with patients and that I can do more than just solving problems on paper. I felt like I could communicate with different types of patients with my background, being diverse, and really solve problems for people. Rajvi Mehta: During my sophomore year at Brown I started this social venture in India to combat iron deficiency. Eighty percent of India is anemic—it’s a huge public health problem. During this venture through a program called “Let’s be well RED,” I went to the slums in Mumbai and worked at anemia testing and treating camps. Through these camps I realized that apart from spreading awareness, what they needed was a single solution to this problem. They’re looking for some sort of nutritional supplement that will fulfill their iron requirement. So we created these iron rich nutritional bars that we sell now in India at a very normal and affordable price. It was with this patient interaction and the ability to solve a pressing problem in my country of origin that I realized medicine is a way to combine all my different interests and passions. TC: What undergraduate class helped
you the most for the med school curriculum? AE: Because I did engineering, we did a lot of engineering courses. We took one course on system physiology, and right now in med school we’ve been doing more biochemistry, but we will get into [system physiology] later. It really taught me how to memorize pathways and how to visualize how physiologically the body and everything works as a group, and how certain aspects and changes of pathways can impact the whole system. RM: For me, it was definitely Intro to Biochemistry and some genetics courses. The pace that information is given to you at in med school is really fast, so having that background knowledge in the field helps you initially keep up with the material. TC: Do people study alone or in groups? RM: I think it’s both. Duke does a really great job in terms of getting the class to interact with each other right from day one. We learn in groups in class and I know for sure that there are student groups outside. We also spend a lot of time alone going over stuff as well. AE: People will study alone when they’re going through their “understanding phase” but when they start their “review phase,” they study in groups. It’s hard to learn in a group if you’re just
being exposed to the material, but when you go back and review, that’s when it’s good to be with a group. A lot of people do both, but a minority of students will study just by themselves and a minority of students will study in just groups. TC: I feel like a lot of the premedical classes I take won’t help me as a medical school student or as a doctor. Are the medical school classes more relevant? AE: Oh yeah, definitely. I would say that undergraduate classes give you that exposure and that foundation of what you’re going to learn. But you will relearn certain aspects and go in more detail. Simple processes, like meiosis, you will think is one way, but then in med school you will be introduced to the same concept but in ways you’ve never been exposed to before. Undergraduate med school classes will help you create a foundation. RM: I was a biochem major, so my general opinion about this is that undergrad classes give you more time to study the material that we learn in a really short time in medical school. It definitely gives you the foundation that you need. It also helps you develop these thought processes that are really helpful in terms of taking a lot of information, then picking the important points. It develops a skill set that is needed to study in medical school.
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GPSC from page 3 students have the opportunity to compete in a basketball shootout, watch the Duke football game against the University of Memphis and sing karaoke. New sound restrictions are being implemented to avoid disrupting President Richard Brodhead’s house and the surrounding community, Killela said. Campout officially begins at 10 p.m. on Friday and concludes at 7 a.m. on Sunday. In other news: Tuesday’s meeting marked the first of the
year for GPSC. “The executive committee has been working really hard this summer to start this year off with a bang,” Vice President Shannon O’Connor, a fifth-year Ph.D./MD candidate in biomedical engineering. She highlighted the accomplishments made by the GPSC general assembly in the past year, noting an increase in the student activities fee and new GPSC bylaws. President Amol Yadav, a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering, said that he hopes to focus on improving off-campus housing options for graduate students.
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Fosters on the Fly is one of the new food trucks that now frequents West Campus.
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The political science department held an open house Tuesday to unveil their new office space in Gross Hall.
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The 2012 Blue Devil squad may have had a graduating class of only one, but the 2013 team is now without its most consistent player over the last four seasons. Former goalkeeper James Belshaw graduated in December and was subsequently drafted by the Chicago Fire in the Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft. The two-year captain ended his career in Durham with 21 shutouts, a 1.04-goals against average, three All-ACC selections and was named a third team All-American his senior year. “James Belshaw had an incredible career at Duke which will be tough to beat,” Duke head coach John Kerr said. “And [the goalkeeper position] was kind of a concern for us going into a season.” So who will be able to replace the seemingly irreplaceable, the anchor of the Duke defense and team for four years? Enter Alex Long. Long grew up in Cary, North Carolina, only a 30-minute car ride from Durham. He was being recruited by Duke while he attended Green Hope High School, but ultimately chose South Carolina because of its strong goalkeeper program. “I wanted to follow the paths that the other goalkeepers there have taken,” Long said. “They have a very good goalkeeper program there and a few guys that stood out to me.” One of those guys was Brad Guzan, a Gamecock alumnus who was the 2007 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. Guzan has played on Aston Villa Football Club in the English Premier League since 2008 and was named Aston Villa’s player of the year for the 2012-13 season.
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The departure of four-year starter James Belshaw, a three-time all-ACC selection, left a big hole in the Duke defense.
After sitting out the first half of Texas A&M’s week one matchup against Rice due to a suspension agreed upon by the NCAA and his university, redshirt sophomore quarterback Johnny Manziel came off the bench to lead the Aggies to a 52-31 win against the Owls. Manziel allegedly autographed merchandise for cash—a major no-no for the NCAA, which mandates that college athletes cannot make money off their respective sports. Johnny Football responded to his one-half suspension with a clear message—he doesn’t think too highly of the NCAA. It all started on Texas A&M’s second drive of the third quarter. After scrambling for eight yards and a first down, Manziel took a big hit and got off the turf jawing with a Rice player. He then started shaking his head and signing his name in the air, telling the Owl defender, ‘No, you can’t have my autograph.’ If that wasn’t a clear enough message, Manziel wasted no time reiterating his point. On the next play, Mike Evans reeled in a 23-yard touchdown pass from Manziel to put the Aggies up 38-21. After Evans crossed the goal line, Manziel put his hands up in the air and made the ‘show me the money’ sign. But maybe it isn’t fair to assume that Manziel’s hand gestures were in any way related to the NCAA. Just look at the Clemson-Georgia matchup Saturday night after the Aggies had already played. Quarterback Tajh Boyd also made the ‘show me the money’ signal after an early rushing touchdown put the Tigers ahead. Was Boyd just mimicking Manziel or does he also have a problem with the NCAA? Maybe this is just the new preferred touchdown celebration of Heisman candidates everywhere. Perhaps in week two we will see other Heisman hopefuls and touchdown-scorers across the country imploring audiences to ‘show me the money’ after crossing the goal line. Maybe it is nothing more than an innocent celebratory gesture that looks cool on TV. But I doubt it. Like Manziel, Boyd is the star of his school’s football program, and thus helps to contribute to a large revenue stream for his university. Like Manziel,
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After three seasons at South Carolina, graduate student Alex Long has earned the starting job for the Blue Devils to open the 2013 season.
From the start of his high-school recruitment process, Long aspired to take a path similar to Guzan’s. But first, he had to redshirt his first year as a Gamecock in favor of then-junior goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer. Long hardly saw any action the following year either, playing only 17 minutes in a shared shutout with Maurer. It was his redshirt-sophomore year that Long got his chance to mind the net, helping South Carolina to a share of the Conference USA regular-season title and a spot in the NCAA tournament while averaging 1.56-goals against and recording three shutouts. Long couldn’t follow up in his redshirt-junior season, with both his goals against average rising and minutes declining. Despite his struggles, Long compares his season to the Blue Devils’ in 2012—a tough, losing battle, but with only upside. “I know [Duke’s] season was kind of a struggle, and that happened to me at South Carolina too,” Long said. “But we’re all really hungry, and we still have a lot of room for improvement. We have a long way to go, but if we put in the work I think we’ll be really good.” Long made the decision to head north to Durham this past offseason, after realizing that, with three young goalkeepers waiting in the wings, Columbia wasn’t the right place for him to take his post-graduate year. He reached out to Duke after it made a lasting impression on him from his recruitment. “Transferring was a bit unexpected, but the coaches [at South Carolina] and
I decided it was time for me to move on,” Long said. “Growing up here, this is one of the first schools I looked at for both academics and athletics.” Kerr wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to finally land his recruit, even if it was four years later than he had planned. After a solid preseason, Kerr decided to start Long in goal in place of sophomore Wade Clement, junior Wilson Fisher and senior Alex Merrill. “I knew the kid, and he had a really good career at South Carolina,” Kerr said. “He played a lot of games and comes in as a really experienced goalkeeper. He’s had an exceptional preseason and all the guys have taken to him right away. We feel really confident with him back there.” Long has had a successful run at Koskinen Stadium so far this season, giving up only one goal in his two games so far as a Blue Devil, including a shutout Sunday against Northeastern. But even with the success, Long is still just grateful for the opportunity. “It’s been incredible,” he said. “I tell the guys every day I’m so blessed to have these facilities and professors. It’s a whole different atmosphere, and I appreciate everything.” Although Long is excited about his time in Duke so far, he knows the team’s ceiling is far from being reached. “Anyone in the crowd can see our potential,” Long said. “It’s just a matter of our mentality. The attitude’s there, but we just need to be a little sharper. We have a lot of room for potential.”
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Returning to full force Blue Devils enter fall with deep roster after injury-ravaged spring by Olivia Banks THE CHRONICLE
For a squad that is accustomed to success, the Blue Devils’ Round of 16 loss to top-ranked Florida was a disappointing end to last season. Plagued by injuries, Duke struggled at times to even get a full squad on the court, playing several matches with five players and even recruiting a soccer player to fill the gap. With two veterans returning to health this fall, two top new recruits—including the nation’s No. 1 ranked incoming freshman—and the return of former No. 1 seed Beatrice Capra, who served a suspension last spring, the Blue Devils
Kahan, who boasts a 57-6 singles record in her first two seasons, underwent Tommy John surgery and will likely return by November. Goldfeld, has returned already after suffering a fracture in her hand, Ashworth said. Joining the upperclassmen, the Blue Devils welcome Chalena Scholl and Alyssa Smith, ranked by Tennisrecruiting. net as the No. 1 and No. 11 recruits in the nation. Ashworth believes that the fall will give the incoming freshmen an opportunity to hone their skills and polish their playing styles for when spring rolls around. Scholl, a Pompano Beach, Fla. native, took the junior tennis world by storm prior to matriculating to Duke. Last December, Scholl reached the semifinals 2012 USTA Girls 18 National Championships held in San Diego, Calif. She was also a quarterfinalist in the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship. “We’re expecting a lot out of our freshmen,” Ashworth said. “Both Chalena and [Alyssa] bring a huge influx of knowledge and experience to our team and they fit right nicely with what we’re trying to do as a group.” As for Scholl, her journey at Duke is underway and she is excited to immerse herself in the athletic culture as well as the academic culture at Duke. “I love it,” Scholl said. “Everyone is so supportive. The team is great, the girls are great and the coaches are great, and everyone tries to help each other in any way they can.” Scholl comes from a tennis-heavy background, with an older sister, 21-year old Chiara Scholl, who current plays on the WTA Tour. Along with Smith and Scholl, the
are primed to reestablish their winning ways this fall. “The dedication, determination and pride that we played with last spring has to carry over into this year with this new group,” head coach Jamie Ashworth said. “We have to put a product on the court that exemplifies those characteristics but also gives us something to build on.” The top objective for the team this year will be keeping everyone healthy, Ashworth said. All-ACC players senior Rachel Kahan and junior Ester Goldfeld are both returning from injuries and the Blue Devils are anxious to get back on the court in preparation for the fast-approaching fall season.
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After undergoingTommy John surgery, senior and former all-ACC honoree Rachel Kahan is on track to complete her recovery by November.
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Blue Devils are excited to have Capra back in the lineup. After missing the entire spring campaign last season, she claims she will try to remain steady on and off the court and try to be a leader for the squad. “I feel like I had a really productive summer,” Capra said. “I’m playing tournaments again, I’m healthy and I’ve been working on a lot so that I can come back to school strong.” Upon returning, Capra is excited about what the freshmen will be able to bring to the table. The Ellicott City, Md. native came into Duke as the No. 1 recruit in the See W. TENNIS, page 3
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The top-rated recruit of 2011, Beatrice Capra will play alongside the number one player in the class of 2013, Chalena Scholl.
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Boyd doesn’t see a cent of that money. The two quarterbacks seem to be making clear what college athletes, mostly football and basketball players, across the country are clamoring for—a piece of the action. It is no secret that the NCAA, collects hundreds of millions of dollars annually thanks to contracts with universities and their athletic departments. Almost all of this revenue is generated by football and men’s basketball teams as opposed to ‘non-revenue’ sports—think track and
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Quarterback Johnny Manziel’s antics might spark debate about NCAA rules, Elder argues.
field, tennis or water polo. To remain eligible at the collegiate level, NCAA scholarship athletes must retain their amateur status by not earning money off their sport. In return they receive a free education, food, apparel, travel to games and access to an academic support staff. This tradeoff is supposedly fair for players and universities, while also keeping moneyed interests from tainting the purity of college athletics. But Manziel probably didn’t pick Texas A&M for its academics and probably doesn’t care about exchanging his athletic abilities, self-made brand name and physical wellbeing for a top-notch education. What he showed Saturday is that he cares about the money—and Boyd does, too. And who can blame the two? The SEC and ACC are top football conferences stocked with athletically gifted defensive ends and linebackers who try to tear opposing quarterbacks limb from limb every week. Boyd and Manziel both risk their future athletic careers every time they step on the field, in turn producing the jaw-dropping plays and high-scoring wins that equate to big-time bucks for Texas A&M, Clemson and the NCAA. Although the two quarterbacks are certainly not the first to bring this unfair agreement to the NCAA’s attention—see Ed O’Bannon v. NCAA—they did it Saturday in a unique way. Rather than fighting it out in a court room, Manziel, and subsequently Boyd, made their points on the field in front of tens of thousands of fans, not to mention the millions more at home watching.
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Hours afterTexas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel celebrated a touchdown through a“show me the money” sign, Clemson signal caller Tajh Boyd followed suit, celebrating in the same way.
Manziel may have sparked something much bigger than a trendy new way to celebrate a big score. He can be as unpredictable and uncontainable off the field as he is to opposing defenses on the field—the perfect spokesman to stick it to the all-powerful NCAA, the perfect rallying point for athletes across the country who feel the same way. The NCAA told Johnny Football what he did is wrong. Now he is returning the favor, and the implications for college football could be much bigger than a new touchdown dance.
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class of 2011 and went on to win ITA National Co-Rookie of the Year honors with a 23-2 dual match record. “[Scholl and Smith] are amazing recruits,” Capra said. “They are going to fit into our team nicely. They have great personalities and have been working really hard, and I’m excited to be around them.” The Blue Devils are slated to begin their preseason contests on Sept. 13 in Cary, N.C. at the annual three-day Duke Invitational.
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What do yields mean? Over the summer, Duke reported its highest admissions yield since 1987. Approximately 45.6 percent of admitted students chose to enroll in the University, a significant increase from the previous year, in which 42 percent of admitted students accepted their offers. Although the higher yield rate looks good on paper, these numbers may not be much cause for celebration. Duke admitted a much higher percentage of early decision applicants this year, a move that inflated the yield rate. In 2012, early decision admittees made up only 38 percent of the incoming class. This year, Duke accepted 44 percent of the current first-year class early. When accounting for the high percentage of early decision admittees in the Class of 2017, it is important to note that, in 2013, approximately 33 percent of regular decision applicants accepted offers to attend Duke. Moreover, Duke’s highest yield rate in over two decades looks unimpressive when compared to those of other elite universities. Harvard enjoyed a yield rate of 82 percent; Stanford’s yield was 76.7 percent and the University of Chicago registered a yield of 55 percent. Although we caution against putting too
much stock in yield rates, they do have real consequences. Yield rates are important not just because they affect how Duke stacks up in the college rankings, but also because they reveal how desirable prospective college students consider our University to be. Although Duke offers
Editorial students an excellent education, the University has failed to distinguish itself from its peer institutions, and, as a result, Duke consistently loses some of its admitted students to colder climates and ivy-coated walls. Universities like Brown, moreover, distinguish themselves through signature academic programs and a well-defined academic culture that Duke has sought but not yet found. To retain more admitted students, the University should continue working to set itself apart from its peers. Duke does face limited options, though. The inflexible rank order of elite universities makes climbing the rankings an arduous task. Unique programs like Bass Connections help set Duke apart, but the University’s push for more
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interdisciplinary learning needs to become more focused if Duke hopes to claim cross-discipline learning as its specialty. More importantly, Duke should make expanding financial aid an institutional priority. Duke has done much to expand and improve its financial aid system over the past 10 years. The University, however, should do more to tap into the pool of talented applicants either turned off by Duke’s price tag or drawn to colleges with more generous aid packages. We understand that budget constraints are a real and significant barrier, but we see the expansion of financial aid as both inherently valuable and an effective step in improving yield. Under no circumstances should the University change its admissions policies merely to inflate its yields. Duke should not compromise its high standards for applicants and admit students simply because they are likely to accept their offer. Instead, Duke should address the underlying issues revealed by our low relative yield—namely, that many admitted students do not consider Duke to be as desirable as other universities in our class—and work to retain more students by improving academic quality and financial aid.
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ast spring, I wrote a column calling for American intervention in Syria. The need has only become more urgent in the intervening months. In recent weeks, definitive evidence has come forth that Bashar Assad utilized toxic Sarin nerve gas on his own people, killing as many as 1,200. This represents the use of chemical weapons in a magnitude that has not been seen since Saddam Hussein gassed the Kurds in 1988. The precedent set by enabling Assad to remain in power unchallenged, after all that he has done to his people, is a horrid one. What happens over there matters here for a number of reasons, and I wish to lay out the case for definitive intervention that would result in regime change. 1. The taboo against the use of chemical weapons is one worth preserving. Chemical weapons are an equalizer that allows smaller powers to unleash a large amount of destruction for a limited cost. They are also indiscriminate, causing fatalities amongst combatants and noncombatants alike. Assad has now utilized them a number of times without repercussion. Allowing him to escape punishment now will only encourage future use. What message does this send to would-be-despots? A world with more chemical weapons is a more dangerous place. Increased proliferation could well see more attacks like the one perpetrated by the Aum Shinrikyo cult, in which nerve gas was released on the Tokyo subway system in 1995. It is well worth it to take a firm stance now against the use of chemical weapons by nations on their own people. 2. American credibility is also at stake. Aside from the humanitarian reasons that I will detail later, there is an incredibly selfish reason for America to lead an intervention. President Obama, on Aug. 20, 2012, at a news conference at the White House stated that “a red line for us is [when] we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.” This line has clearly been crossed. Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed the intentional use of Sarin nerve gas by the Assad regime. The administration has endorsed this chain of facts, so backing away now from its established rhetoric about a “red line” will damage American credibility. Syria is not the only issue in play. Multiple signals are being sent based off of our response and Iran is most certainly watching. What leverage will American negotiators have when dealing with Iran’s nuclear program if we allow Syria to walk over our line in the sand? Credibility and resolve are important components of a robust foreign policy and compromising them in the name of expediency is a dangerous game to play.
3. Regional stability is also an important consideration for the United States. Syria has become a potential breeding ground for a new
Colin Scott THE VIEW FROM CARR generation of terrorists. The longer the conflict drags on, the greater the chance that a larger number of young men will become radicalized. Osama bin Laden may be dead, but the fight against extremism still exists. al Qaeda affiliates in many countries still seek to threaten the United States, and Syria provides them with a battleground to train a new cohort of soldiers. Many of these combatants are from the European Union and possess passports that will enable them to freely travel throughout Europe. The sooner the conflict ends, the less time these would-beterrorists get to hone their craft. These are three self-interested considerations for why the United States should seek to intervene in Syria. There is perhaps one more reason why action should be considered: the humanitarian impact. Over a 100,000 people have perished with around 1.7 million displaced. This represents a catastrophic loss of human life. Sympathy shouldn’t always dictate policy, but who else is there to ease the suffering of the Syrian people? When a state turns against its own population, those people have no choice but to rely on the international community. The dictum of “never again” is uttered after every genocide and act of mass violence perpetrated by a dictator. It is starting to sound like a hollow claim. It is in the United States’ self-interest to promote peace and prosperity, to stand against despotism and mass murder. Poverty and war breed resentment and radicalize individuals. Terrorism is borne out of desperation. The United States should move to provide substantial military aid to vetted parts of the Free Syrian Army along with implementing a no fly zone over government controlled territory. Without putting boots on the ground, America can still help give the rebels the upper edge needed to drive Assad to the bargaining table. It might not be possible to remove him from office, but by changing the balance of power, at least we could prove American resolve and give Assad a reason to negotiate. Colin Scott is a Trinity senior. His column runs every other Wednesday.
ast week, I uploaded a picture of some red cups and my dad commented this: “Chelsea. You drink too much. I never expected this behavior from my little girl. If you are too hungover tomorrow to call your grandmother on her birthday, she will cry. Love, Daddy.”
Chelsea Sawicki NAMASTE Y’ALL Sorry Dad. Growing up is difficult. Obviously, there are times when I would rather be that 7-yearold sipping Tang in my tree house; then again, she had a weird haircut and not many friends. My long-awaited metamorphosis into a semi-adult has certainly been worthwhile. But freshmen, I’m looking at you now. Why make your own mistakes when you can learn from mine? Here’s a list of the noteworthy ways I’ve flopped and evolved at Duke. 1. Alcohol. Prior to Duke: My drinking experiences went as follows: Host slumber party. Make sure parents are asleep. Sneak into liquor cabinet. Steal anything dusty and/or gift-wrapped, (cinnamon schnapps, crème de menthe, Manischewitz, etc.). Grab “mixers” from the fridge, like that fancy pomegranate juice or coconut water you’ve been eyeing. Watch Legally Blonde or equivalent. Claim drunkenness after three sips of weird drink. Never-have-I-ever/skinny-dip/prank-call cute boys. Dad complains of noise. Go to bed feeling like a badass. At Duke: It’s been a process of trial and error. Duke taught me what I like to drink, how much of it I can drink before I get freaky, how to care for drunk people and how to care for a hangover. It took me a freshman year of Franzia migraines, throwing up in weird places and developing (and killing) certain habits, such as licking things I shouldn’t and inappropriate Facebooking, to develop my alcohol savoir-faire. If Duke hadn’t taught me such etiquette, imagine what might happen after too many mimosas at brunch with my fiancé’s parents? Or too many martinis at the company Christmas party? 2. Males. Prior to Duke: All-girls boarding school. Imagine spending your week locked up with 300 wonderful girls who sweat at the sight of an adolescent male. Aside from gawking at the Starbucks townies, my interactions with boys involved being attacked by the first one to approach me at each weekend’s coed dance. After tons of sober making out, dry humping/dancing and occasionally sneaking behind the squash courts for some scandalous canoodling, we were sent back to our respective schools. No occasion for any civilized conversation. So many hormones
+ so little time = let’s get physical. And maybe text each other during the week to reminiscence in Saturday night’s awkward glory until next time. At Duke: The best thing about high school was that the males were easy to avoid. Break up with your boyfriend? He’s locked away at the boys’ school so you never see him. At Duke, however, having an icky hookup means you’ll bump into him when you’re anxious in the student health waiting room or scarfing down that haystack at the Tower at 4:00 a.m. (with bacon in your hair, of course). These situations, while unfortunate, actually teach us things. Handling an awkward encounter with poise is a useful skill. Next time you want to kick that boy out of your room in the morning, here’s what I’ve learned: “Hey! Fun time last night. Anyway, I’m going (jogging, to the gynecologist, to church, etc…), wanna join?” They never do. 3. Priorities. Prior to Duke: I was a GPA-crazed freak whose worst fears included B’s, junior varsity teams and safety schools—pretty typical for a current Dukie. I prioritized grades above developing social skills (see item number two). I put minimal effort into my appearance. No boys meant messy hair and that shaven legs were only a necessity when boys would be seeing them, and even then…. The lack of a dress code meant men’s flannel shirts, anything tie-dyed at summer camp, leggings with holes in them and L.L. Bean boots (before they were cool) comprised my wardrobe. Yes, I was a twitchy ball of stress in weird outfits with hairy legs. At Duke: My GPA took a huge hit thanks to freshman year calculus. I cried for too long (more than five minutes) and then realized I was still alive and with actual shaven legs to boot! One bad grade did not equal death. This was my academic near-death experience. Dangerous stress levels and too much time in the Chinese Reading Room were not conducive to sanity or a good math grade. I also ditched the pre-med track and thank goodness, because afterwards I realized that my girl-crush on Grey’s Anatomy’s Cristina fueled over 80 percent of my interest in medicine. Regarding my social skills, now I can usually converse with the males without twitching or talking about the weather. And as for my appearance, well, Dukies are beautiful and so I’ve starting brushing my hair and wearing hole-less leggings (most of the time). Well folks, I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into my formative years. And when in doubt, always remember: The most questionable decisions yield the best stories. I’d also suggest going easy on the Franzia (years later and I swear I’m still recovering). Chelsea Sawicki is a Trinity senior. Her column is part of the weekly Socialites feature and runs every other Wednesday. Send Chelsea a message on Twitter @ ChelsTweetzz.
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t doesn’t take more than two seconds for people to identify others who are—at least externally—very different than them. If you’re anything like me, you stare. If you look anything like me, you’ve also been stared at quite a few times. After realizing that staring, and being stared at, is not the best way to approach difference, I told myself that I wanted to become more accepting of diversity. In my mind, I would become accepting if I gained an understanding of others
Nourhan Elsayed A WORLD UNVEILED that would allow me to better relate to difference. The goal of acceptance was noble, and the idea behind diversity wasn’t entirely wrong. I wanted my worldview to expand, and what better place to do that than at Duke? It’s not that I’d been deprived of heterogeneity prior to Duke. Growing up, my closest friends were from different ethnic, religious, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds than my own. Nonetheless, I knew that living, studying, sleeping and breathing on a campus with people who were different than me would uncover issues I was unaware of. For a while, the friendships I developed indicated that I was interested in better understanding the idea behind difference. My closest friends included a devout Christian, a practicing Jew and international students from every corner of the earth. On a regular basis, I would spark conversations with people who I thought were different. In my mind, every conversation about culture, religion or upbringing made me more aware of the diversity. After each conversation I had with people I defined as different, I found that I learned more about myself than about the person with whom I was speaking. With every such conversation, I acquired different lenses through which to see the world that I originally envisioned to revolve around me. Conversations about everything from divine rights to eating habits offered me an altered approach to topics I was already accustomed to. As a result, I questioned many of my long-standing habits. It wasn’t, however, until I disagreed with someone I considered to be similar to myself that I really questioned my understanding of diversity. A conversation that started as a civil discourse about hijab—the traditional covering of Muslim women—transitioned into a fueled argument about Islamic customs. I never thought that I could disagree so vehemently with someone I considered to be so similar to me. As I listened to him speak, it took every ounce of selfcontrol I had to refrain from telling him that he was flat out wrong. I knew that if I told him so, he would become defensive and refuse to listen to me as I tried to prove to him I was right. Every time he’d offer an argument, I’d concurrently prepare four or five reasons why I believed him to be fundamentally wrong. Subsequently, he began to refute my argument with insight that I—despite having a similar upbringing and understanding of Islam—had never bothered to consider. I soon realized there was no way that he and I were going to see eye to eye. I resigned from attempting to defend myself and began to approach him like everyone else who I considered to be different. I struggled to take everything he said and put it in the context of that which I thought to be true. It was pointless. I was never going to be able to relate his views to my own. Despite my initial sentiments, I soon realized that he and I were not so similar and attempted once again to unassumingly consider his words. Although I disagreed with him, I desired to reconcile with his understanding of our faith. I left that conversation having gained an inimitable understanding of that which I thought I completely understood. In many ways, it is more difficult to accept and reconcile differences among those we consider to be most similar to us. The value of recognizing diversity among those most similar to us is that it obliges us to accept more than one perspective rather than to merely broaden our own. This is the diversity I should have appreciated from the very beginning. I ought to have anticipated acquiring diverse perspectives rather than try to expand my own. Nourhan Elsayed is a Trinity sophomore. Her column runs every other Wednesday.
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be spaces to study and eat and meet with advisors,” said junior Ben Hand-Bender, and political science major. “Perkins… was really terrible.” Professor of Political Science Tom Spragens also said he looks forward to having students interact with each other and with members of the department in the new space. “Hopefully students will hangout and if [they’re] interested in political science or a political science course this is a nice place to sit,” he said. “And you might get to know other students with similar interests or even professors.” Some students and faculty, however, expressed reservations about the move. “I didn’t come to Gross very often before. It does seem less crowded and more spread out…although I will miss the convenience of Perkins,” said junior Ryan Kelly, a political science major. Department Chair Jack Knight acknowledged the loss of Perkins’ centrality, but argued that the new space makes up for that in other ways. “Well obviously that was in the middle of the main part of campus, but I think we’re trading off that location for the opportunity of better interaction.” Knight said. “So we worry a bit about ‘Are students going to know where we are?’…but once they come down, their experience will be better than it was in the past.” It’s unclear at this point whether Gross will remain a permanent home. Knight said that plans for the department’s location in the future are still not confirmed, though it will not be moving back into Perkins after renovations are completed.
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said that the education guidelines were not completely accurate. She said that many scientific studies do not support the investigated thus far, and will continue idea that induced abortions cause miscaroperating as they have in the past until riages later in life. the law is implemented. “There is a lot of evidence to the conAlthough one clinic in Durham that trary,” Floyd said. “That [idea] came from performed abortions—the Baker Clinic for an article… from folks against termination. Women—surrendered its certification on It is more ammunition to scare women out August 21 after the law was signed, it did of getting termination.” not close because of the SB 353. Clifford said in an email Tuesday that from page 3 the closing was voluntary, and the clinic had been attempting to fix “deficiencies” that caused it to be suspended on July 5. estimated weekly attendance at more than Supporters of the law, including Gov. Pat 2,500 at the protest’s peak. McCrory, emphasized that the intention of The town of Asheville, with a populathe legislation is to promote the safety of tion of approximately 84,000 people, had women seeking abortions. 10,000 residents attend a recent Moral “These higher standards will result in Monday protest there, Chafe added, as safer conditions for North Carolina wom- an example of the far-reaching impact of en,” McCrory said in a press release. “This the protests. law does not further limit access and those Chafe, who was also arrested at a rally, who contend it does are more interested in said he does not expect the protests to politics than the health and safety of our end any time soon. citizens.” “There are rallies in every congresA second law pertaining to abortions— sional district and [we need to have] the Senate Bill 132—was also signed by Mc- realization that we’re in this for the long Crory on July 18. It covers the way in which haul,” Chafe said. “This is something schoolchildren will be educated about which is going to be going on for years. abortions. The state-mandated health cur- We need to organize ourselves so that we riculum for seventh graders now includes a can make this a permanent statement.” provision requiring teachers to inform stuSome of the controversial laws recentdents of the risk factors for preterm birth in ly enacted deal with voter identification pregnancies. The stated risks include prior and abortion clinics. Both laws signifiinduced abortion, smoking, alcohol con- cantly limit the rights of North Carolina sumption and inadequate prenatal care. residents, Kirk said. The voter identifiThis provision also requires the teaching cation law imposes new procedures that of “reasons, skills and strategies” for absti- people must carry out to be eligible to nence and that a mutually faithful monoga- vote, and an abortion law with harsher mous heterosexual relationship within a requirements for clinics, makes it more marriage is the best way of avoiding sexually difficult for them to stay open, Kirk said. transmitted diseases. Kirk added that the repeal of the Serina Floyd, a former obstetrics and state’s Racial Justice Act was instrumengynecology specialist at Duke Medicine, tal in her decision to join the protests.
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The act, passed in 2009, aimed to provide racial bias from affecting the ruling of the court in a death penalty case. Chafe said he hoped the rallies had an effect on the community. “We were there to make a stand and to explain why we felt it was imperative that people pay attention to the degree to which the legislature was trying to rewrite and destroy history by essentially going back on all the progress that North Carolina has made this past 50 years,” Chafe said.
FOOD TRUCKS from page 1 Pitchfork Provisions, Au Bon Pain and The Loop—have seen a spike in sales this year, Coffey said. To alleviate crowding, Au Bon Pain will be adding a fifth cash register and an additional grab-and-go station. The restaurant will also be expand via a cart on the Plaza, set to open soon. New frozen yogurt venue Red Mango has also been successful, with sales figures 40 percent higher than expected, Coffey said. Among other new food options is a branch of Saladelia in the Sanford School of Public Policy. In addition, the Divinity School Refectory will extend its hours next week and begin serving dinner. There are also four new food trucks on campus—Fosters on the Fly, Gussies, Captain Ponchos and Humble Pig. Parlezvous Crepes, Chirba Chirba Dumpling and Baguettaboutit have returned to campus from last year. Many nights feature multiple food trucks, and the schedule is accessible online, noted DUSDAC Co-Chair Chris Taylor, a senior.
Published on Sep 4, 2013