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Higher Edu Act Women aged 18-22 feel lasting effects of stalking renewal draws Duke response by Georgia Parke THE CHRONICLE

In anticipation of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965, administrators are hoping that this year will bring even more financial assistance to students hoping to attend Duke. The Higher Education Act was originally passed by Congress in 1965 to increase financial resources provided to colleges and universities by the federal government. The law requires that the act be reauthorized every five years to change and add to the existing policies to keep up with evolving educational systems. With 2008’s reauthorization due to expire at the end of this year, the act is currently being reviewed by the Senate Education Committee for a five year renewal. At Duke, both students and administrators have seen the law manifest in the form of increased financial aid. Sue Wasiolek, assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students, emphasized the historical effectiveness of the law at allowing students to attend universities, especially ones similar to Duke. “It has accomplished a great deal and it has certainly improved the opportunities for students,” Wasiolek said. She also noted ways in which the law can be strengthened to increase accessibility and affordability. Pell grants, a provision of the 1965 law, should be at least preserved in their current state, if not expanded upon. In 2011, the “year-round” Pell grant was eliminated, removing funding for students’ programs during the summer. Wasiolek hopes that the current reauthorization process will see the return of the year-round grant. “For students who study during the summer and do special opportunities, funding has not necessarily been available to them,” she said. Additionally, she cited the Federal Perkins See EDUCATION page 3

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A study has shown that 7.7 percent of women will have been stalked at least once by the age of 45.

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Junior Tara Trahey was running on Campus Drive from West Campus to East Campus this past Spring, when a man started following her in his car. A middle-aged pudgy man with sunglasses and a hat in a gold Suburban approached her. It was the first warm day of the year and many people were out walking. Because it was Blue Devil Days, Trahey assumed this man was a parent with a harmless question, so she

stopped and let him pull up next to her. But instead of a question, he made a derogatory comment about her. He continued following her up and down Campus Drive until she ran to hide by the Freeman Center and attempted to contact the police. Women who are stalked are two to three times more likely to experience poor mental health than those never stalked or assaulted, according to results published recently in the Social Science Quarterly. The research found

that 7.7 percent of women are stalked by the time they are 45 years old. The findings showed that women between the ages of 18 and 22 years who are stalked but not sexually assaulted are 113 percent more likely to experience their first instance of psychological distress than women in the same age range who were not stalked. “Because the experience of being stalked has such long-term harmful effects See STALKING page 12

Teenage pregnancy drops in North Carolina by Tim Bai THE CHRONICLE

Teen pregnancy in North Carolina has dropped to a record-low level, which some health professionals say is a result of open dialogue about what goes on behind closed doors. A data set released by the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics shows that in 2012, there were approximately 39.6 pregnancies per 1,000 girls aged 15 to 19—down from about

44 pregnancies per 1,000 in 2011. Additionally, 74 percent of counties reported decreased pregnancy, and the current rate is 62 percent lower than what it was at its peak in 1990. These developments are part of a nationwide trend linked to more effective birth control available to young adults as well as better educational programs designed to mentor young women on sexual health, according to a press release from the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Cam-

paign of North Carolina. Durham County had a rate of 45 pregnancies per 1,000 in 2012, ranked number 41 in the state. This is down from approximate rates of 47 and 53 per 1,000 in 2011 and 2010, respectively. “When there’s a lot of partnership, a lot of work is going on from every avenue—from the Boys and Girls Club, See PREGNANCY, page 4


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Faculty explore the political and social effects of foreign aid in Africa.

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In a student-moderated discussion, faculty examined the political and social ramifications of aid and development in Africa Wednesday. Snacking on plantains and samosas, the students asked the faculty panel about whether the aid foreign countries provide to Africa is useful. The roundtable discussion was hosted by DukeAFRICA and the African Conversations Club. “Aid is more than just a technical issue. It is a subject with an entire political context,” said Bruce Hall, assistant professor of history in the African and African American studies department. “We think about frustration on both ends of

the spectrum—both in the West and in Africa.” Other faculty participants included Fred Boadu, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering who attended university and taught in Ghana, and David Toole, senior director of research and new initiatives in the Divinity School. “We reached out to faculty with a variety of backgrounds and perspectives,” said sophomore Lily Zerihun, an organizer of the event. “We wanted to attract an interdisciplinary group where people from different backgrounds could come together to discuss the same issue.” The panelists noted that aid generally comes in the form of either loans or grants, but is linked to business instead of altruism, as seen in the competition between the United States and China in African countries. “There is no reason that African countries have to choose between American aid and Chinese aid,” Hall said. “This isn’t the Cold War, and the African countries should not to negotiate any divide. In fact, I think that Chinese interest in Africa is a positive thing, more or less.” Toole said it is important to engage local populations in foreign aid, where local leaders must decide what type of aid is best for their countries. Corruption and nationalism can, however, negatively impact the success of aid. “Africa is not short of talented people, See AFRICA page 12

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The Duke Student Government Senate denied a $602 request from the Duke Ethics Bowl Team at their meeting Wednesday evening. The team requested the funding to compete in the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics’ Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition Nov. 9. Duke Ethics Bowl founder, junior Ben Hand-Bender, said that the bowl is an important way for students to interact with “applied ethics” in an academic competition. “This is a question of how ethics should exist and be applied in very real life circumstances,” Hand-Bender said. Because the eight-member team is new this year and has inconsistent membership between competitions, traditional methods of requesting funding through the Student Organization Finance Committee were not appropriate, Hand-Bender said. Hand-Bender said that the Kenan Institute for Ethics has been unable to provide funding due to its shortcomings as a bureaucracy. Senior Patrick Oathout, senator for services, motioned for a suspension of the senate’s rules to introduce legislation for the request. “Not only did this group not go before SOFC, but they never had the opportunity to go before SOFC and they never will have the opportunity to go before SOFC,” Oathout said. “I realized that there is a bureaucratic hurdle here.” He noted that under current SOFC guidelines, groups with fewer than 10 members cannot receive funding. Sophomore Abhi Sanka, senator for resi-

dential life, questioned if the group should find two more members before asking for funding. “What I appreciate about this group is that they were very authentic,” Oathout said, noting that the group did not ask unaffiliated students o sign the group roster to falsely boost the number of members. Junior Joyce Lau, chair of SOFC, said that the group would likely not have time to receive funding through their channels in time for the Bowl competition. Some senators raised concerns about depleting the legislative discretionary fund—the total of which executive vice president Nikolai Doytchinov, a junior, did not know. “That’s the thing with DSG funding, whatever you spend on one thing, you can’t spend on another,” said junior Jacob Zionce, vice president for residential life. President Stefani Jones, a senior, said she was not comfortable with funding requests from unofficial student groups. “If DSG allocated money to a student group, we are 100 percent legally liable for anything that happens at this tournament,” Jones said. The legislation was defeated. In other business: Five nominees were confirmed to the Financial Aid Advisory Committee. They were selected from a total of nine applicants. The committee serves to represent student interests in the financial aid process. “Soon we will begin meeting with our financial aid office to begin discussing the See DSG page 3


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EDUCATION from page 1 Loan Program as a “tremendous asset.” The program provides low-interest loans to students in need of funding for postsecondary education. President Barack Obama proposed earlier this year to expand the program from $1 billion to $8.5 billion, to be distributed according to a funding formula. Another beneficial provision of the law is Title VI, said Christopher Simmons, assistant vice president for federal relations. Title VI provides funding and guidelines for linguistics and foreign studies. “We have a number of centers at Duke that study and contribute to those areas,” he said. The reauthorization comes at a time when student loans have become harder to bear due to rising interest rates. Wasiolek also spoke about the changing landscape of student loan interest rates since she came to Duke 40 years ago, a subject that the Higher Education Act also addresses. “One of the things that was so comforting 40 years ago, significantly and generally speaking, was adequate loan money,” she said. “It was always at a very low interest rate. There was a comfort one felt in borrowing money because of the interest rates.” Now, she said, there is a higher fear of carrying a large debt made worse by the heightened interest rates, discouraging people from borrowing money and pursuing higher education. Simmons pointed to a decreasing number of federal subsidies, particularly for graduate students, over the past three years. Wasiolek said that rising interest rates can be primarily attributed to members of Congress using student loan rates as a political asset when negotiating. “Many of them are justified as having a practical basis, but I think it’s more of a political foundation than anything else,” she said.

Simmons echoed this sentiment, explicitly stating that the interest rates on student loans have increased because of politics. Loan interest rates, he said, are at the mercy of Congress’s decision-making. “Congress can set that rate for student loans at 1 percent or 10 perecent but they have to do what they think is financially feasible for the government,” he said. “They have the complete power.” The Senate Education subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions has been holding hearings starting this past September on the reauthorization, addressing “a host of higher education topics,” most recently including representatives from the American Council on Education, the State University of New York at Albany and the State Higher Educaiton Officers Association, according to transcripts of the hearings. The reauthorization process will likely take multiple years, Simmons said, despite the fact that it expires at the end of the year. Historically, the law’s reauthorizing has occurred over the course of multiple years. “It’s not going to happen anytime soon,” he said.

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PREGNANCY from page 1 from the United Way, from the churches, from the schools, from every after-school program that’s out there,” campaign CEO Kay Phillips said. “If these kids are getting the same message, they’re learning the same information, and it creates partnership that makes this happen.” Phillips noted that many of the results come from the collaboration between the organization and community outreach groups. Previously, there were significantly more teen pregnancies among black girls than white girls, but Phillips said that the gap has gotten smaller largely in part due to a Core Community Project funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Jean Hanson, associate director for clinical support services and outreach at Duke Student Health, echoed Phillips’ sentiments in calling for continued education. She said more schools in the state are beginning to teach children in high school and some as early as middle school about birth control and responsible sex. “For many years, the teaching was abstinence-only, and they couldn’t talk about any sort of birth control,” Hanson said. “They didn’t know about birth control pills, they didn’t know about condoms, so they weren’t using anything… Education and knowledge, to me, are the best prevention.” On Duke’s campus, where some students also fall into the teen pregnancy demographic, Student Health’s Women’s Health Services offers pregnancy screening and birth control, among other services. Student Health also gives out around 40,000 condoms per year. No clear statistics, however, exist at the moment for the number of teen

pregnancies at Duke. Hanson pointed out that cases are usually unreported due to the availability of home pregnancy kits and the fact that about half of the women seeking pregnancy confirmation at Duke are usually graduate students actively trying to conceive. The Student Wellness Center also offers opportunities for students to ask professionals about sexual health. Despite these figures showing a decrease in teen pregnancies, Wellness will continue to educate students and promote healthy and safe sexual decision-making where students clearly communicate what they want, wrote program coordinator Maralis Mercado in an email Wednesday. “Questions are still asked by Duke students, which could have been covered in a high school sex education class, [and this] shows that there is still work to be done,” she said. Historically, North Carolina has ranked consistently among the top-10 of states with the most teenage pregnancies, Phillips said, but it placed at number 16 this year. Despite numerous roadblocks such as the government shutdown for the first half of October—which momentarily halted many federally funded outreach programs for sexual health— Phillips said by continuing to teach students how to be sexually responsible, enforcing education in the schools and allowing access to clinics and birth control, the number of pregnancies will drop even further.

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D e a n ’ s Awa r d for Inclusive Excellence in G r a d u at e E d u c at i o n

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he Duke University Graduate School is pleased to announce the creation of the Dean’s Award for Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Education for departments and programs. The Graduate School is committed to excellence, equity and inclusion in its graduate programs and to creating a welcoming environment that engages all of its diversity in the intellectual development of its students. Inclusive excellence in graduate programs means not only demographics, but is also reflected in the departmental and program climate, curriculum, intellectual discourse and recruitment, retention and graduation of individuals underrepresented in the discipline, field or area. The Graduate School seeks to acknowledge extraordinary achievements by departments and programs that contribute to this environment of inclusive excellence in graduate education.

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Blue Devils seek bowl repeat The thrill of fantasy football by Nick Martin THE CHRONICLE

When Duke travels to Virginia for the second time in two weeks, the Blue Devils can break two streaks that have stood strong throughout program history with a victory against Virginia Tech: Duke is 0-7 against the Hokies in Blacksburg and has never made a bowl game in back-to-back seasons. Saturday’s matchup pits Duke against one of the nation’s stingiest defenses and the leader of the ACC Coastal Duke Division in No. 16 Virginia Tech. The convs. test will kick off at 3:30 No. 16 p.m. at Lane Stadium Va. Tech where the Hokies are 4-1 this season, with SATURDAY, 3:30 p.m. the sole loss coming to Lane Stadium No. 1 Alabama. “Frank Beamer and his staff know how to win football games,” head coach David Cutcliffe said. “They understand the critical factors of winning football games. There’s no question that you can make those things happen with defense. Those critical factors are certainly all over the place with sacks and limiting explosive plays.” Last Saturday’s comeback victory against Virginia gave Duke (5-2, 1-2 in the ACC) an opportunity to display its resilience. Although Duke teams of the past may have started strong and rolled over, the Blue Devils flipped the script and fought back from being down 22-0 to score 35 unanswered points in the win. “You never like to go down 22 on anybody but we also had a confidence about us,” offensive guard Dave Harding said. “We knew we were capable of scoring 22 and then some to win the game. We never gave up hope. But

team, show the offense that we can hold our end too. Both sides just clicked when we had that second half shutout.” The defense will face a familiar challenge this week, facing Hokie quarterback Logan Thomas for the fourth consecutive season. He has nine touchdowns and six interceptions this season, though he has completed only 55.2 percent of his passes. The 6-foot-6, 254-pound signal-caller is the biggest quarterback the Blue Devils will see all season, and the defense will have to be more physical than

I’ve hardly paid any attention to this year’s NFL season. I wrote previously about how I’ve replaced my football fandom with cheering for Duke’s bevy of non-revenue sports, whose games this season have had more than enough action, suspense and drama to sufficiently fill my football void. Yet another huge reason that I’m not paying attention to the NFL is that this is one of the first years I haven’t participated in fantasy football in recent memory. Columnist Danny Nolan wrote two weeks about the ups and downs of his fantasy football team. His column evoked memories of my own fantasy football career, which abruptly ended after my senior year of high school. Without fantasy football, I miss having a vested interest in other teams aside from my 3-4 Eagles (who just lost to the Cowboys in horrifying fashion). I miss scanning the internet for key matchups to help me set my lineup every Saturday night. I miss running into the other members of my league, talking to them about their opponent of the week and—if they were my opponent—trash talking them before our game.

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On the defensive side of the football, Duke will look to follow up its dominant second-half performance last week against Virginia. we’d like to come out a little stronger in the future.” Duke’s defense has come on strong in the past three games, especially in the second half. The Blue Devils held both Navy and Virginia scoreless in the second half of their past two contests. The defense will look to continue their success against a Virginia Tech (6-1, 3-0) offense that ranks 110th in the FBS in yards per game. “It’s a great feeling [to post a shutout in the second half],” linebacker Kelby Brown said. “It’s one of the awesome things you get to do on defense. That feels awesome to show the

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Crucial ACC contest awaits Duke by Brian Pollack THE CHRONICLE

With only three games left to play in the regular season, every game is essentially a must-win for the Blue Devils. Duke will continue their mission to qualify for the ACC tournament on Thursday N.C. State night at 7 p.m. when vs. they host N.C. State at Koskinen Stadium. It Duke will be the Blue Devils’ first home game in THURSDAY, 7 p.m. nearly a month after Koskinen Stadium playing four straight matches on the road. “Wow, we’ve been away for so long, I think we might have to re-introduce ourselves to our home field,” head coach Robbie Church said. “It’s great to be home and to play on our field, where we’ve traditionally done very well.” Duke (6-6-4, 3-4-3 in the ACC) will look to

build on the momentum from their last game Sunday, when senior forward Laura Weinberg netted the game-winner in overtime against Notre Dame in a thrilling 2-1 victory. Following a six-match winless streak, the Blue Devils are now unbeaten in their last three contests and appear to be hitting their stride at just the right time. “We’ve crawled and scratched and grinded to get back into the NCAA tournament,” Church said. “Most people had us out and dead two weeks ago, but coming up with a win at Maryland, a tie at Clemson and a win at Notre Dame has put us right back in the middle of things.” Duke is currently tied with Maryland for ninth place in the ACC standings, just one point behind Boston College, which currently holds the final postseason slot. Teams that finish with records under .500 cannot qualify for the ACC tournament, so Duke will need at least one win and one tie in their last three

games just to be eligible for a spot. With No. 3 North Carolina looming as the final opponent on their schedule, it becomes even more important that the Blue Devils picks up three points with a victory against N.C. State (6-11, 1-10). “This game Thursday night is bigger than the Notre Dame game. It’s the biggest game of the year by far,” Church said. Duke’s defense has keyed its stretch of success lately, yielding only two goals in its last three games. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Meghan Thomas has gotten the starting nod and played well in all three matches after Ali Kershner got most of the time in goal earlier in the season. “Right now, we’re just taking [the goalkeeping situation] game by game,” Church said. “Meghan will start against N.C. State. She’s hot, and she’s done a great job.” See W. SOCCER, page 9

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LAZARUS

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Quite simply, I miss fantasy football a lot. I first entered the fantasy football world in ninth grade, almost by accident. Twelve boys in my grade had formed a league, and one of the members had suddenly dropped out. A few days before the draft, they came up to my locker at school and asked me to join in his place. It was true—I had absolutely no idea what fantasy football even meant. It couldn’t be that bad, 14-year-old me thought. What could be so bad about something with the word “fantasy” in it? So I decided to become the 12th member of the league. It turned out to be really bad. Remember AOL Instant Messaging? Well, the night of the draft, I was in a chat room with the other guys in the league, asking them advice during each round. Their advice led me to make the following selections: Round 1: Adam Vinatieri, kicker, Indianapolis Colts. Yes, I picked Vinatieri sixth overall. I quickly learned that rule number one of fantasy football is never to pick a kicker before the last round. Round 2: T.J. Houshmandzadeh, wide receiver, Cincinnati Bengels. He began the season injured. I had my suspicions at the time as to what the Red Cross symbol next to his name meant, but the guys convinced me that he was a top wide receiver. He was banged up to start the year. Round 3: Matt Hasselbeck, quarterback, Seattle Seahawks. The guys told me that he was coming off a really good

season, and I thought the Seahawks logo was cool. I did not predict that Hasselbeck would suffer two injuries during the year and relinquish the position to Seneca Wallace for half the season. So I started off pretty badly, going 0-3 to open the season. My horrible draft and subsequent defeats only confirmed my position in the league—as a permanent fixture at the bottom of the standings. However, my fortunes changed week four. I still had no idea what I was doing, but I decided that there needed to be major changes made within my team. As I was looking over the available free agent quarterbacks, I found one new name: Drew Brees. I’m not going to pretend I picked up Brees because I knew he would finish 15 yards short of Dan Marino’s passing yard record. I didn’t know that he would average more than 300 yards a game or was going to be named the 2008 AP Offensive Player of the Year, either. The real reason I picked up Drew Brees: I googled him and thought he was attractive. But Brees, along with a recovered Houshmandzadeh and a rookie named Matt Forte, led “Dani’s Team Rox Ur Sox” (yes, that was my team’s name—please remember I was 14) to an 8-1 record to finish the season. And on Monday, Dec. 28, 2008, I woke up as the champion of my fantasy football league. I joined the same league again during my sophomore and senior years of high school (I sat out junior year because that was “The Year That Mattered” for college). I came in second and third place,

ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW OF VICE PRESIDENT FOR ALUMNI AFFAIRS AND DEVELOPMENT Regular reviews of senior administrators of the University are conducted by a committee that completes a performance review and submits a confidential report to the President. Such a committee has been appointed by President Brodhead to review the Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development, Robert Shepard, who has served in his post since 2004. Susan Roth, Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies, will serve as committee chair. Other members of the committee include: Nina King (Athletics); Fritz Mayer (Sanford School of Public Policy); Laurie Patton (Arts & Sciences); Carl Ravin (Private Diagnostic Clinic); Bob Penn (Trustee); and Shep Moyle(Duke Alumni Association/Trustee). An important part of the review process is the gathering of input from the university’s many constituencies. Comments on performance and suggestions for the future are important to the committee’s work. The committee invites you to share your thoughts by email or letter, or communicate orally to any committee member. Communication should include the nature of your interactions with Dr. Shepard. The committee will discuss responses and a summary will be included in the written report to the President. All communications will be kept in confidence by the committee. The Committee would appreciate receiving your comments by November 18. Thank you in advance for your participation in this important process. Send to: Dr. Susan Roth, Chair admin-review@duke.edu

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respectively, and graduated high school having earned the respect of the other members of my league. Last year I again didn’t participate in a league. My high school league had been disbanded, and I was too distracted while starting my freshman year of college to seek one out at Duke. But this year, I joined a survival pool with my dad. Essentially, we select one team to win each week. If they win, we pick another team the next week; if they lose, we’re eliminated. It’s week eight, and, out of 288 contenders who started in the pool, my dad and I are one of 61 left. The survival pool is the way my dad and I stay connected between North Carolina and Pennsylvania, and I love that it’s something we do together. Yet, its win-and-move-on format isn’t enough to make me not miss fantasy football anymore. Although I want the teams of the other members of the office pool to lose, I don’t care enough to watch those games. I only root for the team I chose that week (and the Eagles, too, but my dad and I have yet to choose the Eagles and don’t plan on it). I miss being glued to the TV for the entirety of my Sundays, keeping an eye on a different player on almost every team. Duke sports are fun to watch, and

advancing in the survival pool is fun too, but the thrill of fantasy football is something that they haven’t been able to replace. There’s something special about the combination of intricately keeping track of football games while simultaneously praying to the football gods that insane scenarios will work in your favor—that your running back will rush 50 yards but will be stopped just before the end zone so the opposing defense, which is also on your roster, won’t surrender a touchdown. Both of those aspects are apparent in Duke sports and my survival pool, but never at the same time. I keep track of all the statistics of any given Blue Devil sporting event I’m covering for the Chronicle, yet I have to be unbiased and stop myself from willing them to win. Meanwhile, in my survival pool, I was overjoyed that the Falcons beat the Buccaneers last week, but I didn’t care about how individuals performed. The mixture of both these aspects is unique to fantasy football, where I can both play God in assembling my roster and pray to God that everything works out in my team’s favor. I know it’s week eight, but is it too late to join anyone’s league? I’ll even take another kicker in the first round.

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time for the Blue Devils to notch a signature win. It would be the first time since 1994 that Duke has defeated a ranked opponent and though defeating Virginia Tech at home is a feat they have yet to accomplish, the Blue Devils are confident in their chances Saturday. “I think sometimes we can perform better on the road,” Brown said. “It’s a different environment, a different kind of energy. There’s something about a hostile environment that kinds of gets me going. I’m excited to get up there. It’s a fun place to play.”

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The adviser’s role As students, we often have questions about our academic careers, and academic advising serves as the first line of defense against our questions and doubts, real or imagined. The academic advising system, however, has had its drawbacks. In a previous editorial, we suggested that students be paired with advisers based on academic interests and have greater access to a robust peer advising network. In light of the recent and beneficial changes made by the Academic Advising Center to improve the adviser-advisee pairing system, we have developed some new questions regarding the purpose and role of academic advising. The new system for pairing advisers with students relies on a computer algorithm developed and tested by the Academic Advising Center. Previously, potential advisers and students were paired by hand from a spreadsheet. Additionally, increasing the number of advisers to 250, with new ones drawn from the Trinity School of Arts and Sciences, Fuqua School of Business and School of Law, has reduced the number of students assigned to each adviser. Central to improving the academic advising system is concretely defining the role of an academic adviser. We recognize that it is impossible for a general adviser to keep up with all academic and

course information, which changes from semester to semester. Many students arrive at Duke, however, with the expectation that their adviser will be able to speak extensively on particular classes or major requirements. This can lead to a mismatch between what the adviser can provide and what the students

Editorial expect, creating disappointment on both sides. Instead, academic advisers should serve as general references for students. They should be able and willing to provide critical feedback and encouragement for exploring broad-ranging intellectual interests, academic paths or new opportunities. Rather than coming to one’s academic adviser with questions about a specific class, students should see their academic advisers as resources who can address larger concerns. If students have more specific inquiries regarding academics, advisers can—and in many cases already do—point students to existing online resources or to knowledgeable undergraduate advisers in each department. Overall, we think that increasing the amount of advisors to 250 is a good thing. It allows students to

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receive more individualized attention and increases the capacity of advisers to respond to unique needs. In order to maintain quality, however, advisers should arrive on the job with the expectation that they will make an effort to genuinely come to know their students. To this end, advisors should consider reaching out to their advisees as early as possible, ideally before students even arrive on campus. In some ways, an adviser acts as a safety net by making sure that students fulfill their minimum academic requirements. However, advisers can also add enormous value to a student’s decision-making process because they wield extensive institutional knowledge. Students should also take the initiative to develop a relationship with their advisers. This relationship can include anything from occasionally reaching out through email or scheduling lunch. Moreover, students can seek advice from people other than advisers. Some of the most valuable guidance can come from older friends and faculty mentors that students seek out individually. All in all, academic advising remains a work in progress and one of that we should continue to improve, as effective advising is essential for helping students squeeze the most out of their undergraduate experience.

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ne of the lines in the longer communal confession of Yom Kippur (the Jewish Day of Atonement) is “for the sins which we have committed through negotiations,” where “negotiations” is often translated as “business dealings.” The literal translation is “through giving and taking,” which in modern Hebrew usually colloquially refers to business. Hopefully it is a line that the people saying it really don’t need to say, particularly since that sort of sin is in the category of conduct between people and therefore is explicitly not forgiven on Yom Kippur! But somehow, of all the possible sins that could be committed (and with 613 commandments, there are at least that many ways to err), that makes the cut for public and verbal confession. Negotiation makes the cut because it is just so easy to use it as a way to take advantage of someone else, even if the way you do it is to refuse to negotiate. We have all seen examples, some exceedingly public, of people who refuse to engage in any form of negotiation or constructive dialogue and then turn around and blame the parties they refuse to negotiate with for the impasse. It’s an amazing level of self-delusion that can’t help but insult the intelligence of everyone who observes it. But it keeps happening. A strategy of “give me everything I want and only after that can we talk about it” isn’t a negotiation of any kind, but an ultimatum. It’s the adult (chronologically at least) version of “I’m going to take my ball and go home because I didn’t get my way.” Stephen King even used this as the tagline for his villain in “Storm of the Century,” who repeatedly said, “Give me what I want and I’ll go away.” When your basic negotiating tactic has been the basis for a horror novel, perhaps it is time to try a more productive tack. It is a behavior we have all seen and likely been a part of—at least when we were children. It often is effective because people want things to be settled even if they aren’t settled in a great way. I see it at home every day from my son, but since he is a month old and has yet to master a language I’m fluent in, we can deal with that. From an adult, much less one who has achieved any sort of position of authority, it is much harder to take. Seeing it on the national or international stage is not only mind-boggling, but actively terrifying. Part of being a functional adult is being able to have a rational discussion with people that you may have fundamental disagreements with, but still being able to forge a working relationship based on common interests or needs.

Part of the social contract is embedded in the ability to negotiate and compromise. To paraphrase the great Western philosopher

Jeremy Yoskowitz THE DUKE RAV Mick Jagger, we may not always get exactly what we want but we usually get what we need. And that is in many ways the crux of a successful negotiation—need. Remembering that what is needed isn’t necessarily the same thing as what is wanted, and then acting accordingly to ensure that needs are met and what wants can reasonably be satisfied are satisfied. In the heat of the moment, it is easy to lose sight of this, particularly when negotiations are approached as a zero-sum game where the only way for one party to feel that they have won is for the other party to be defeated. That’s not negotiation, that’s combat. Sometimes in a negotiation you do get everything you want and need, but it has to be part of a mutual compact. The art of creating a mutually beneficial working relationship is one that seems to be ever more elusive in our media-driven culture, where “if it bleeds it leads” has led to major media outlets actively seeking to shape relatively benign stories into stories of savage conflict. A story about two parties sitting down and having a productive discussion with positive—if not necessarily ideal—outcomes for all involved doesn’t have the same kind of media appeal that a narrative of endless violence and unrelenting hatred does. This is something that we can and have to change. Not only because it creates more conflict, but also because it shreds the very fabric of society when people are constantly confronted with glorified scenarios where compromise and negotiations are seen as insignificant or failures of leadership. One of the skills of leadership is the ability to recognize when to reevaluate a position one has staked out and when to recognize that sometimes a compromise is necessary. That isn’t always the path to popularity, but hopefully principled, adult leadership recognizes that they have left the middle-school mentality long behind them. Jeremy Yoskowitz is the campus rabbi and assistant director for Jewish life. His column runs every other Thursday. Send Rabbi Jeremy a message on Twitter @ TheDukeRav.


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uke has a long, cherished tradition of academic freedom—a tradition that seems to have been forgotten in the midst of the University’s contemporary ventures abroad. It all started in 1902, when John Spencer Bassett, professor of history at Trinity College, founded “The South Atlantic Quarterly,” a journal devoted to documenting development in the South, so as to promote the “liberty to think.” In one of his most conspicuous articles, “Stirring up the fires of race antipathy,” Bassett revealed his controversial opinion on the role of the Democratic Party in propagating race antipathy

Mousa Alshanteer YOU DON’T SAY? against blacks in the South. Having received the final edition of his article from the Quarterly’s editors, Bassett illicitly inserted a sentence that likely would have been retracted from previous drafts. “Now [Booker T.] Washington is a great and good man,” he opined, “all in all the greatest man, save General Lee, born in the South in a hundred years.” After Bassett’s article was published, clear battle lines were drawn between the Democratic Party’s establishment and supporters of the then emerging ideal of academic freedom. The state’s party leaders immediately called for Bassett to be relieved of his position at Trinity College. Josephus Daniels, then publisher of the “Raleigh News and Observer,” wrote “the consensus of opinion is that Prof. Bassett should be compelled to resign his position on the faculty of Trinity College at once.” Due, in large part, to the flurry of criticisms the College had received, Bassett soon offered his resignation to the Board of Trustees. President Kilgo and several faculty members, however, praised Bassett’s work at the institution. The student government soon passed a resolution in support of the professor, and James Southgate, then chairman of the Board of Trustees, received letters from John Crowell, the former president of Trinity College, and several alumni defending Bassett’s right to express his views. In due time, every member of Trinity’s faculty had agreed to offer his resignation if the Board voted to request Bassett’s. Eventually, the Board voted to refuse Bassett’s resignation, thereby causing Trinity to become one of the first institutions of higher education to stand for academic freedom. Ever since then, the issues of free speech and academic freedom have long brought many controversies to the University. On Dec. 6, 1930, for instance, Duke’s Liberal Club hosted a lecture by Norman Thomas, the 1928 presidential candidate for the Socialist Party. Within days following Thomas’ appearance, the “Southern Textile Bulletin” scolded the University for having accommodated “an advocate of social equality between the races.” William Perkins, namesake of Perkins Library and then a trustee of the University, sent President Few a duplicate of the editorial in an effort to gauge his opinion on the issue at hand. Directly referencing the Bassett affair of earlier years, Few responded that there has always been a “danger in the old South of the prostitution of higher education by politics” and that “in North Carolina, at least, we have won that fight.” Undoubtedly, he continued, “It is the business of Duke University to hear both sides of all questions” and to “give a fair hearing to every well-meaning man.” With every controversy regarding academic freedom, it became clearer that Duke’s administrators were unwilling to forego the institution’s values so as to appease the social and political tensions around them. This trend would continue throughout the years. Another controversial incident occurred when Joseph Wetherby, then director of the Duke Debate Team, defended students’ right to argue whether the United States should extend diplomatic recognition to the newly established Communist government of China. The Associated Press reported on Wetherby’s defense after the U.S. Secretaries of the Army and Navy had forbidden the West Point and Annapolis debate teams from arguing the topic. Nonetheless, the Duke Debate Team eventually participated in the year’s tournaments, and Ben Smith, an alumnus and then superintendent of schools in Greensboro, N.C., invited members of the team to

present their arguments before a local Kiwanis Club. When questions surrounding the invitation surfaced, the “Greensboro Daily News” recapped that Duke was following a tradition set years ago “by refusing to dismiss Professor John Spencer Bassett because of the clamor he raised when he expressed an unpopular view.” President Keohane once proclaimed that “on free speech issues, Trinity and Duke have always stood firm.” Sure enough, this is evidenced by history, not necessarily, however, by contemporary developments in Kunshan. In various ways, Kunshan strikes a resemblance to New York University’s campus in Shanghai. In fact, the faculty at NYU recently queried their Trustees on academic freedom at the institution’s campus in Shanghai. “We are obliged to record some grave concerns expressed by our members about the prospects for academic freedom in China,” read the letter presented by the faculty. “Simple questions, such as whether Chinese students are exempted from the nationally-mandated ideological courses that all Chinese students must take to gain a Ministry of Education degree, have not been clarified,” the letter indicated. “We have learned from press coverage that Chinese students will be forced to fulfill their first summer requirement to serve in military camps.” Additionally, in light of the recent dismissals of an economics professor, Xia Yeliang, at Peking University and a law professor, Zhang Xuezhong, at East China University, the revelation that China is employing two million of its own people to run an online surveillance program, the prohibition of seven scholarly topics—including judicial independence, economic neo-liberalism and civil rights—from being discussed in the classroom and the lack of evidence of any agreement signed between the Chinese government and NYU’s administration, the faculty at New York University were right to question the Trustees on the matter of academic freedom. Even though NYU’s President, John Sexton, indicated that the campus in Shanghai would be granted unfettered internet access, the faculty members responded that it would be difficult to “imagine the campus can subsist as a bubble on an information landscape that is so severely constrained. Under such circumstances,” they continued, “self-censorship of instructors and students is certain, even if formal state surveillance can be kept at bay.” Nora Bynum, the vice provost for DKU and China initiatives, recently addressed faculty concerns regarding academic freedom at the latest meeting of the Arts and Sciences Council. Bynum noted that the Association of American Universities, of which Duke is a member, as well as many Chinese universities, ironically including Peking University, had signed onto a statement avowing the characteristics of a research university. Among these characteristics are “the responsible exercise of academic freedom by faculty,” “teaching and service without undue constraint,” “a welcoming of competing views” and “a commitment to civil debate.” Statements such as these, however, are prone to different interpretations or, eventually, disregard by the Chinese government. Though Bynum noted that Mary Bullock, the executive vice chancellor for DKU, will report any issues regarding academic freedom to the Provost, who will then report to the Council, administrators should take active steps to protect Duke’s tradition of academic freedom in Kunshan and include students and faculty, who are not members of the Council, in the ongoing discussions. In the Board of Trustees’ decision not to accept Professor Bassett’s resignation, the Trustees wrote, “We are particularly unwilling to lend ourselves to any tendency to destroy or limit academic liberty, a tendency which has, within recent years, manifested itself in some conspicuous instances, and which has created a feeling of uneasiness for the welfare of American colleges.” They say that history repeats itself. With its reactions to the Bassett affair, the Norman Thomas lecture and the debate team’s argument on Communist China, Duke had set an example for other institutions of higher education. Now is the time that the University ought to do so in its ventures abroad: Duke, once again, can ensure that it will be the first to successfully stand for academic freedom in China. Mousa Alshanteer is a Trinity sophomore and the editorial page managing editor. His biweekly column is part of the weekly Editor’s Note feature and will run on alternate Thursdays. Send Mousa a message on Twitter @MousaAlshanteer.

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Letter to the Editor Response to “Walk out on Charles Murray” In his polemical column in the October 21 edition of The Chronicle, Prashanth Kamalakanthan calls for students to stage a “walk out” at the upcoming Charles Murray talk on Monday, October 28. But the arguments he offers to support his recommendation mix misleading empirical claims with misguided moral assumptions. The author clearly suggests (though does not explicitly say) that if scientists find data indicating statistically significant differences between human groups, these scientists must be racist or sexist and that the best explanation of the findings is that racist, sexist financiers funded the research. There are several reasons this is a fallacious and dangerous leap of logic. First, there is quite a bit of convergence among geneticists and psychologists on the idea that there are biological differences between groups of human beings. We’re all familiar with the fact that people from certain tribes in East Africa tend to dominate long distance running events, while West Africans (and their descendants in Jamaica and the Americas) fair better at sprint events. A fascinating new book by David Epstein titled “The Sports Gene” explores the biological basis of this and many other physical differences. Less familiar, perhaps, is the robust finding among intelligence researchers like Charles Murray’s late co-author, Richard Herrnstein, that IQ is partly heritable and that certain groups have higher average IQs than other groups, even when education and other environmental factors are accounted for. Who are these groups? It’s not the white Europeans that fit so neatly with Kamalakanthan’s conspiratorial narrative. In fact, nearly all IQ researchers—including Herrnstein and Murray—have argued that East Asians and Ashkenazi Jews have the highest IQs in the world. So much for the idea that Murray’s findings support his privileged position as a (non-Jewish) white male. The second major problem with Kamalakanthan’s tirade against Murray is that, although funding can influence findings, many non-profit groups like the Koch Foundation fund research that finds exactly the opposite of what they hope to find. For example, in 2012 the Koch brothers funded a major study at the University of California, Berkeley on climate change hoping the scientists would find that it was not such a big deal after all. The study, however, found what most of us would expect: Climate change is significant and is almost entirely due to human activity. Finally, the author’s insidious slide between science and morality makes our commitment to the equal worth of human beings depend precariously on empirical findings. But as Peter Singer argued many years ago, equality as a moral principle should not be predicated on equality of ability. There are differences between individuals, and average differences between groups of individuals. Evolution works by generating different combinations of genes and sifting out those that create bodies and behaviors that are relatively bad at making more copies of themselves, so it would be bizarre if people were biologically identical in all relevant respects. If equality is a moral ideal rather than a scientific claim, research into individual or group differences—whatever it finds—is no threat to equality. Denying people the opportunity to speak about controversial research does little to promote the equal right of persons to express unpopular views. Jonathan Anomaly Assisting visiting professor of political science

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STALKING from page 1 on victims, both in terms of their emotional well-being and their earnings capacity, it is imperative that victims receive ready access to immediate and sustained therapy and monetary compensation for their trauma,” said William Darity, a collaborator on the study, Arts and Sciences Professor of public policy in the Sanford School of Public Policy. A present danger On average, the Duke Office of Student Conduct files eight reports of stalking each year, wrote Stephen Bryan, director of the OSC, in an email Sunday. The OSC defines stalking as when an individual repeatedly follows or sends unwanted communication to a person and puts them in reasonable fear for his or her safe or causes a reasonable person emotional distress. “Any report is one too many, as stalking by definition creates an environment of fear for the victim,” Bryan

wrote. “I suspect there are more instances of stalking than are reported to the Office of Student Conduct.” The Women’s Center received 12 reports last year, Ada Gregory, director of the Women’s Center, wrote in an email Sunday. Students who report stalking are offered counseling and informed of their options of pursuing university disciplinary action or filing a criminal report against their stalker, Gregory said. She noted that stalking can be a particularly difficult offense to work with. “The unique challenge with stalking is that often it can be difficult because a stalking behavior in isolation may be perfectly legal,” Gregory said. Isolated incidents such as sending an email or knocking on a door, are legal, but only when they become a part of a larger pattern can a legal case be made. Single incidents may be minimized or seen as resolved by friends and family members of victims, but actually be escalating into a larger problem for the victim. “[Victims’] fear is not without merit. We know that

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stalking is frequently a predictor of very real and sometimes lethal violence later,” Gregory said. “With that in mind, it’s not really surprising that stalking would cause incredible stress and trauma in those who are targeted by those behaviors.” Although Trahey has not seen the man in the Suburban since the time he followed her up and down Campus Dr and said she has not experienced psychological distress, she has become more conscious of her surroundings. Trahey has not gone running outside on the University’s campus since the incident. “You become more paranoid because you know that things happen in the daylight,” Trahey said. Before calling the Duke Police Department after being followed, Trahey first called her friend that lived nearby and then called Durham police, who did not assist her and suggested calling the Duke University Police Department. She said the DUPD officer who responded to her call was “incredibly nice,” but no Duke Alert was sent to notify others of the incident. DUPD representatives did not respond to requests for comment. Trahey noted that while emergency precautions such as the blue light help phone system exist, she feels there is a need for greater security measures on-campus including more surveillance. She added that though the number of officers on campus has been increased, she is still weary of certain activities such as walking back from the parking lot by herself. “You have a blue button, but if someone jumps out of the bushes and grabs me, I’m sorry but my arm’s not that long,” she said. Breaking new ground The study was conducted by Timothy Diette, associate professor of economics at Washington and Lee University, and several colleagues including Darity; Arthur Goldsmith, the Jackson T. Stephens professor of economics at W&L; Darrick Hamilton, associate professor of economics and urban policy at The New School for Public Engagement and Katherine McFarland, a recent W&L graduate. The research on stalking expanded on previously published research by accounting for the age at which victims were initially stalked, their mental status prior to being stalked and exposure to other forms of traumatizing victimization. Darity explained that the study was the first to isolate stalking’s impact on mental health, from other factors such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorders. “I suspect that future studies will follow our approach,” Darity said.

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Join the Global Education Office for a fun and engaging movie night! As part of a series of events celebrating the milestone of sending 20,000 students worldwide, GEO invites students and parents to a screening of The Darjeeling Limited. A panel discussion will follow, with Duke faculty. The Darjeeling Limited stars Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, and Adrien Brody as three brothers who, at the insistence of the oldest, take a train ride through India together in order to strengthen their bond. Even though the vacation goes wrong in ways they do not anticipate, the strangeness of their setting and some revealing honesty produces some surprising changes in all of them. Sponsored by the Global Education Office for Undergraduates (GEO) and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI).

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but what Africa is short on are strong institutions. Building these institutions will help drive Africa’s future,” Toole said. “You have to engage Africans in their own futures, and I think that the West has gotten better at that over the years.” The emigration of educated Africans to highly developed countries—known as the “brain drain”—continues to hinder the continent’s development. Toole observed that the 1,500 doctors working in the Duke hospital are more than the entire country of Uganda employs. “I’m from Nigeria, and I understand that there are a lot of smart people in Africa,” said sophomore Okechi Boms, who also helped organize the event. “There just are not a lot of resources available. We need to talk to African leaders and citizens and see what they want, rather than just giving them what we think is best.” Although students seek to address issues of poverty through programs like DukeEngage, a simple answer may not be readily available, said senior Nkeiruka Umeh, chief of staff of DukeAFRICA. “I think that there is no solution to poverty,” Umeh said. “Discussions like these are important in that they remind us that aid is more complicated than we think it is.”

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“People are always telling you that change is a good thing. But all they’re really saying is that something you didn’t want to happen at all…has happened.” Now that’s a quote from Nora Ephron’s “You’ve Got Mail,” and that quote and that movie are exactly the right way to transition into the issue at hand. Somewhere around the turn of the century, something changed in pop culture. Yes, things are always changing in pop culture, but in this particular scenario I feel acknowledgement must be shown: two types of films died in order to make way for the raunchy Judd Apatow comedies of the last decade. This article is really an obituary to the rom-coms and high school comedies of yesteryear, when three-named actors like Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar and Jennifer Love Hewitt mattered. That’s when Julia Roberts made good movies, Sandra Bullock wasn’t recognized as Oscar-worthy and Kirsti Alley wasn’t super fat. It was a simpler time: when you could see movies with your parents because Jason Segel was not going to flash you in the first 10 minutes; when Paul Rudd was starring opposite Alicia Silverstone; and when Alicia Silverstone was a thing. To quickly throw-in: I love these new Rrated, envelope pushing (well, when they first started—now they’re pretty standard)

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comedies that have emerged. Two years ago, when FX seemed to exclusively play “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” I exclusively watched it. E! had “Knocked Up,” HBO had “I Love You, Man” and “Anchorman.” You get the idea. The point is I like them, I watch them, they’re great—usually. This isn’t an attack; it’s a homage to what came before and what now seems incapable of coming back. Let me show you what I’m talking about. I’ll begin with the teen movies (may they rest in peace). Their death is marked by the film “Not Another Teen Movie,” (2001) which is the only good genre spoof movie that’s been made in the last 20 years. I hope that some of these movies will ring a bell for every reader. If not, I sincerely hope that you immediately stop doing anything productive and watch them all. “She’s All That,” “Can’t Hardly Wait,” “10 Things I Hate About You,” “Cruel Intentions,” “Save the Last Dance,” “Summer Catch,” “Drive Me Crazy,” “House Arrest,” “Head Over Heels,” “Down To You,” “The Prince and Me”...I could keep going, but I mostly recommend visiting Freddie Prinze Jr.’s IMDB page. Some of these movies are actually really good and others are really terrible, but I’ll happily watch them all and I haven’t seen a movie like them since. Instead, these teen movies have given way to new animals: the raunchy or the indie. Or in other words, “Superbad” and “Juno,” respectively. The leading men of the late ‘90s—Freddie Prinze Jr., Heath Ledger, Adrian Grenier—have morphed into Michael Cera, as in “Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist,” “Youth in Revolt” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” All but one of those movies are rated R, and although these stars are the same age as their predecessors, the audiences are completely different. “Easy A” and “She’s the Man” are

the closest things to a throwback in the last decade, and they were both very good movies. There’s nothing wrong with that more “commercial” formula, but Hollywood’s locked them up and thrown away the key. I miss these movies. They were fun, funny and frankly, better than some of the above listed titles. As for the ‘90s rom-coms, they are truly missed: “Pretty Woman,” “You’ve Got Mail,” “Runaway Bride,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “The Wedding Planner,” “Notting Hill,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “While You Were Sleeping” and “French Kiss.” To be fair, there’s been a more prominent trickling of these types of movies into the 2000s: “Two Weeks Notice,” “Hitch,” “Monster-in-Law,” but they’re few and far between. I consider 2007 the official time of death for these movies with the premiere of “Knocked Up.” This movie not only changed the style of rom-com but moved the industry away from them altogether. Far more prevalent now are movies with Will Ferrell and his crew, or Seth Rogen and his. Comedies and rom-coms have always been separate beasts, but now there seems to be a bit of a merger and Mr. Apatow wins every time. A movie that embodies this struggle is “The Ugly Truth.” It’s a bad movie, but the problem is in its failed attempt to achieve the new style of comedy that has taken over the movie biz. Am I complaining about the loss of some of the greatest pieces of cinematic history? No, of course not. I don’t pretend that I named a should-be Oscar winner in the bunch. And I don’t want fewer “Talladega Nights.” I am pumped for “Anchorman 2.” But let’s acknowledge that these styles of movies are struggling to find their way to the big screen, and not for any particularly valid reason. — Jamie Kessler

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In the piano world, there are few as technically talented or as divisive as Yuja Wang. Born in Beijing, her remarkable rise to fame and flashy media presence over the past few years have garnered her an equal share of admirers and critics. On Thursday, Oct. 24, Wang will perform at Baldwin Auditorium through the Duke Performances Piano Recital Series. “She’s uncommon in that she has reached such success so young. To take that athleticism and turn it into something beautiful usually takes a little more time,” said Dr. David Heid, a Duke piano faculty member. In fact, Wang’s youth is what impresses so many. Wang started playing piano at the age of six and went on to perform with the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, all before the age of 21. “It was just a hobby, and I ended up sticking with it,” Wang said. Despite her widely acknowledged technical talents, Wang has earned a reputation for causing some controversy in the media due to her flashy dresses and obvious appeal to a younger generation. Heid doesn’t see this as a bad thing. “She’s challenging what we think classical music looks like,” he said. “For classical music to thrive in our society, it might have to be packaged differently.” And, indeed, Wang is packaging her performances in a way that is accessible to the general public. Whereas other performers do everything in their power to prevent their concerts from being recorded and put on Youtube, Wang uses it to grow her online presence. “She’s available in a way that a younger generation is,” Heid said. “I think she’s challenging what it looks like to go onstage and play. She clearly has an image she wants to present.”

Wang’s modernized approach to classical music makes her appealing to the Duke Performances staff and to students at Duke. “Always, we look for people who can communicate their music effectively,” Aaron Greenwald, Director of Duke Performances, explained. Additionally, he sees this performance as a way for audience members to make an informed decision about Wang and the controversy surrounding her. “You don’t have to do a lot of reading to realize people are pretty split on her. [The concert] is an opportunity for people to judge for themselves,” said Greenwald. When asked what she wants to accomplish through her music and performances, though, Wang is much more straightforward, cutting right through the media buzz to what really matters. “[This music] is something very beautiful and very human. I like being able to share that. I am privileged to have the chance to be the conveyor of that,” she said. Still, even after her incredible success story, she is seeking to improve and build on her talents. “There are just so many things to discover!” said Wang. “With the piano especially, there is just a huge range of repertoire.” Not only that, but Wang is ready for every chance to share her music with a new audience. “I really think I can learn a lot more from the college students at Duke,” she said. For a young, world-famous classical pianist who admits to loving Radiohead and Rihanna, relating to students at the college level may be the easiest thing for Wang. This is a performance that will likely have a great influence on the Duke community and Duke students. According to Greenwald, “There is an opportunity for that experience to be genuinely life-altering.” When asked about the immense pressure on her and worries for the future, Wang seemed not to care

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The above image was created to convey “Sustainability = Cultivating Wisdom Conciousness.”

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On Oct. 23, the Duke campus celebrated national Campus Sustainability Day in recognition of its efforts to be climateneutral by 2024. However, Duke’s pledge does not solely focus on increased efforts in environmentally conscious consumption. It concerns itself with how Duke can cultivate a culture of sustainability in students and faculty, as well as inform mindful academic conversations in all disciplines. From Friday, Oct. 25, through Sunday, Nov. 3, the 5th Annual Duke Arts Festival will carry out Duke’s pledge by integrating sustainability into its theme. For the first time in the history of the festival, the organizers have chosen a theme in order to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and expand the boundaries of artistic endeavors on campus. The organizers chose to orient the festival around

the intersection of art and sustainability in order to ask its participants and audience to consider how creativity can galvanize sustainable behaviors. “Since we now felt the festival has established itself we decided to bring more focus to this year’s

exhibition,” said Scott Lindroth, Vice Provost for the Arts, in an email. “Beyond this, we have seen more and more faculty and students exploring the intersection of the arts with other areas of academic inquiry.” Since 2009, the Office

of the Vice Provost for the Arts has organized the Duke Arts Festival with support from the Duke Alumni Association, Duke University Union VisArts Committee and the Duke Career Center. This year they have added new partners from the Sustainable

Duke campaign and Duke Sanitation and Recycling Services. Similar to prior years, the festival will feature the same core components: an exhibition in the Bryan Center, student performances throughout the 10 days and the opportunity for networking through

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urages sustainable focus DEMAN weekend. However, this year’s festival differs from prior ones in its commitment to a unifying theme and its invitation to visiting artists. This focus on sustainability is not only present in student work within the festival, but also in the work of visiting artists Chris Jordan, Bryant Holsenbeck and Pinar Yoldas. These visiting artists will present work ranging from film and photography about the threat of pollution to marine ecology, to a workshop utilizing plastic bottles as source material, to an audiovisual exhibit of endangered animals’ sounds and skeletons. Despite the integration of visiting artists, the core of the festival will still be student artwork and performances. The Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts has worked with duARTS in order to incorporate student sculptures, videos, photos, media, music, dance, poetry and theater. Apart from the galleries and performances, the festival will

also feature workshops by arts organizations on campus, as well as an art auction. “From the start, the festival has always focused on student artists, both visual and performance,” said Beverly Meek, Arts Outreach and Communications Assistant in Office of Vice Provost for the Arts. “While the exhibition always has tremendous impact when the works are exhibited in the Bryan Center—literally transforming it into a gallery— we have always included student performances, too.” The festival concludes with DEMAN weekend, which offers opportunities for conversation and networking among students and alumni in the entertainment, media and arts communities. The weekend includes information sessions, a film screening of “Good Ol’ Freda,” a Nasher reception and keynote speaker Adam Chodikoff of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” With its varied programming, the Duke Arts

Festival has come to embody not just a display of student talent, but a commitment to a culture of appreciation and mindfulness of art. The integration of sustainability as a theme helps to expand the festival and its art into various disciplines on campus. “In the past we have taken a ‘come one, come

all’ approach to the visual art exhibit in the Duke Arts Festival, and we have been gratified to receive as many as 300 pieces for the exhibit,” said Lindroth. “While I believe the act of making and engaging with art in a serious way is inherently valuable, it is exciting to see how studies in science, history, languages, math-

ematics and other fields can find expression in works of art.” The 5th Annual Duke Arts Festival is from Friday, Oct. 25 to Sunday, Nov. 3. The festival will feature an exhibition in the Bryan Center, student performances and visiting artists brought in by the Vice Provost. For more information, visit http://arts. duke.edu/festival.

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Kane conveys the theme “Sustainability = Forging a New Relationship with our Stuff.”

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Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno charmed with Best Coast’s explosive and distinctive blend of lofi, sunshine and surf pop. Cosentino’s raw, ‘50s girl group wails blended through relentless guitar and, with lyrics likable in their frankness, convinced a good number of us that, indeed, west coast best coast. That said, Best Coast’s latest seven-song mini-album, “Fade Away,” is frustrating. It’s caught somewhere between the fuzzy, punchy garage sound of their debut album, “Crazy for You,” and the more polished reverb of their sophomore album, “The Only Place.” The songs are longer but shallower. The lyrics are darker, and the lightheartedness and rashness is gone. All the qualities that we accepted and eventually loved about the band, from catchy melodies to humdrum lyrics to sticky rhythms, have lost their shine and faded away. The first track, ‘This Lonely Morning,’ has a promising start and strikes listeners with a clean, fast-paced beat. The lyrics kick off with Cosentino, earnest and unfeigned as usual: “I wait for you to call / but sometimes you don’t call at all.” The song (along with the rest of

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Advanced Dance Composition Noon, BC Plaza

Paint with Remote Control Cars! DUU VisArts + Small Town Records performance. Noonsundown, West Campus Quad

Chamber Music

Artist On-site

Look for student performances during the lunch hour. Perkins Library alcove

Bryant Holsenbeck. Help create installation. 2-4pm, Bryan Center

Look for student performances during the lunch hour. Perkins Library alcove

Theater Artist on the BC On-site Bryant Plaza Presented by duARTS Theater Council. 12:30pm

Artist On-site Chamber Music Exhibition the Very Bryant Holsenbeck. Help create installation. Noon3pm, Bryan Center

Environmental Artists Panel Discussion/ Q&A. Chris Jordan, Bryant Holsenbeck, and Pinar Yoldas. 7pm, CDS

Look for student performances during the lunch hour. Perkins Library alcove

Loud Chamber Orchestra of Endangered Species. Thru Nov 22, 9am-5pm, M-F, Brown Gallery, Bryan Center

Exhibition the Very Loud Chamber Orchestra of Endangered Species. Thru Nov 22, 9am-5pm, M-F, Brown Gallery, Bryan Center

Artist On-site Bryant Holsenbeck. Help create installation. Noon-3pm, Bryan Center

Preview Screening

Exhibition

Midway: Message from the Gyre. Chris Jordan’s film project documenting the plight of albatrosses who mistake floating plastic trash for food. 7pm, Nasher Museum Aud

the Very Loud Chamber Orchestra of Endangered Species. Thru Nov 22, 9am-5pm, M-F, Brown Gallery, Bryan Center

DEMAN Weekend Begins!

Exhibition

the Very Loud Chamber Orchestra of Endangered Species. 1pm, Reynolds Theater, Thru Nov 22, 9am-5pm, Bryan Center. See full M-F, Brown Gallery, schedule on page 6 Bryan Center

DEMAN Career Workshops 10:30am – 11:30am Perkins Library See full schedule on page 6

Bryant Holsenbeck. Help create installation. Noon-3pm, Bryan Center

work. Thru Nov 3, Bryan Center

Swing Dance

Grand Opening

5pm, BC Plaza

Media Arts + Sciences. 5:30pm. 2nd Flr, Bays 10-11, Smith Warehouse

Chamber Music Halloween Look for Performance student performances during the lunch hour. Perkins Library alcove

Bryant Holsenbeck. Help create installation. Noon-3pm, Bryan Center

student performances during the lunch hour. Perkins Library alcove

the Very Loud Chamber Orchestra of Endangered Species. Thru Nov 22,3pm, M-F, Brown Gallery, Bryan Center

Artist Talk James Saito, Obie Awardwinning stage, film & television actor. 8pm, Multicultural Affairs, Bryan Center.

Thru Dec 13, Power Plant Gallery, ATC

Chamber Music Theater on Look for the BC Plaza

Send-off Lunch + Best In Show Awards 11:45am-1:30pm Bryan Center See full schedule on page 6

Sustainability themed exhibition of student work. Noon, Bryan Center

5:30pm, Chapel Quad

Artist On-site

Exhibition Reception:

Exhibition In Practice: Work by Duke Arts Faculty. Thru Dec 13, Power Plant Gallery, ATC

Advanced Exhibition Exhibition Dance In Practice: Work by Sustainability themed Composition Duke Arts Faculty. exhibition of student

Look for student performances during the lunch hour. Perkins Library alcove

Artist On-site

PACE (Performance Art Creative Engagement.) Visual art & spoken word 1:40pm, BC Plaza

Exhibition the Very Loud Chamber Orchestra of Endangered Species. Thru Nov 22, 9am-5pm, M-F, Brown Gallery, Bryan Center

the Very Loud Chamber Orchestra of Endangered Species. Thru Nov 22, 9am-5pm, M-F, Brown Gallery, Bryan Center

Chamber Music

DEMAN & Duke Arts Festival

Art Exhibition Ends

Exhibition Sustainability themed exhibition of student work. Thru Nov 3, Bryan Center

Exhibition Exhibition

Sustainability themed Holsenbeck. exhibition Help create of student installation. work. Noon-3pm, Thru Nov 3, Bryan Bryan Center Center

Something

the Very Loud Chamber Borrowed Orchestra of Endangered Something Blue Species. Thru Nov 22, 6pm, Von der Heyden 9am-5pm, M-F, Brown Gallery, Bryan Center

Sustainability themed exhibition of student work. Thru Nov 3, Bryan Center

4pm, installation. 2-4pm, Reynolds Bryan Center Theater, Bryan Center

Chamber Music

In Practice: Work by Duke Arts Faculty. 4-6pm. Thru Dec 13, Power Plant Gallery, ATC

Exhibition Exhibition

Artist On-site Rhythm The Bryant Holsenbeck. & Blue Pitchforks Help create 2pm & 6pm, Page Aud

Exhibition Opening

the Very Loud Chamber Orchestra of Endangered Species. Thru Nov 22, 9am-5pm, M-F, Brown Gallery, Bryan Center

Sustainability themed exhibition of student work. Noon. Thru Nov 3 Bryan Center

Presented by duARTS Theater Council.

1pm

Presented by duARTS Instrumental and Choral Music Council 4:30pm, BC Plaza & Marketplace

Exhibition In Practice: Work by Duke Arts Faculty. Thru Dec 13, Power Plant Gallery, ATC

Junk Funk

Swing Dance

Duke University Percussion Ensemble (dupe) 5pm, West Campus Bus Stop

5pm, BC Plaza

Autumn at the Arts Annex. Carve your own pumpkin and enjoy free food while celebrating Halloween. 6pm, Arts Annex

Exhibition

Exhibition

Sustainability themed exhibition of student work. Thru Nov 3, Bryan Center

In Practice: Work by Duke Arts Faculty. Thru Dec 13, Power Plant Gallery, ATC

Exhibition In Practice: Work by Duke Arts Faculty. Thru Dec 13, Power Plant Gallery, ATC

duARTS Auction

Installation

Advanced (Performance Dance Art Creative Composition PACE

Good Ol’ Freda. Special guest prod/dir Ryan White ‘04. 5pm Reception & 6pm Screening, CDS, followed by Q&A

Falling Water: Plastic Sea created with discarded plastic water bottles. Thru Nov 26, Bryan Center

Dance Program 1pm, location TBD

FATHER JOHN MISTY @ CAT’S CRADLE Friday, October 25

NEKO CASE @ DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, DURHAM Saturday, October 26

MIKE STUD @ CAT’S CRADLE tuesday, october 29

Exhibition Sustainability themed exhibition of student work. Thru Nov 3, Bryan Center

Installation

Exhibition

Falling Water: Plastic Sea created with discarded plastic water bottles. Thru Nov 26, Bryan Center

the Very Loud Chamber Orchestra of Endangered Species. Thru Nov 22, 9am5pm, M-F, Brown Gallery, Bryan Center

arts.duke.edu/festival

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Exhibition Sustainability themed exhibition of student work. Thru Nov 3, Bryan Center

Come bid on student Engagement.) 5:30pm, art and performances 5pm, BC Plaza to support individual BC Plaza student grants. 3pm, Von Canon, Bryan Center

Screening

the album) hits its decline at the chorus, however. With the stage now set, the rest of the album features more heavily produced and drawn-out melodies over hurried rhythms. Each song sounds more or less like the next, and every chorus features one—maybe two—lines that are repeated a couple dozen times. The songs become all the more muddled and stale, capitalizing on the old criticisms that Best Coast is essentially a single melody with a few changes here or there. The album, while lacking in variation, manages to be both calculated and inconsistent. Part of it might be the trite and apparently formulaic songwriting on Consentino’s part, but there’s a newfound sense that the band is in the midst of an attempt to create a more layered and sweeping sound. They lose out, though, as they move away from the serendipitous bursts of carefree sloppiness that grounded previous albums and ingrained Cosentino’s yearning choruses with authenticity. On ‘Fear of My Identity,’ the first verse sounds tinny and, if you can believe it, like a less well-rhymed and less thrilling Avril Lavigne song. But when we hit the reprise, we’re struck by a satisfying guitar line. The drums keep the song going, and Cosentino’s “You taught me that my heart would grow old, oh-oh-old” is immediately electrifying. With guitar that sounds like a slowed-down version from the song before, the album’s namesake, ‘Fade Away,’ is a rock ballad that drags and doesn’t hit its groove until halfway through. ‘Baby I’m Crying’ is most successful in incorporating a new, multi-layered soundscape. The background is delicate and unfolding, and this track best exemplifies the changed Cosentino and this mini-album’s intentions. Though the title might convey otherwise, she’s no longer the stoned cat-lover recording garage songs in her bedroom about boys. We believe Cosentino’s clear voice: “Maybe one day you’ll be the one.” There’s less repetition and more engagement; it’s less haphazard and more deliberate. The slow serenade offers a new side to Best Coast, and we begin to remember exactly why we listened to them in the first place. The final song, ‘I Don’t Know How,’ brings us full circle. It reconciles all of Best Coast—what they were, are and want to be. The lyrics are just as conversational, the rhymes are just as simplistic and the choruses are just as repetitive. “I don’t know how” is stated countless times, but rather than dig into your skin, it slowly settles into you. Cosentino is confessional (sounding almost like Karen Carpenter), and you find yourself swaying and drawn in to her solid timbre. The drum pattern has a hint of western swing, reminding of the rocking waves that first inspired the band’s name. The song is uncomplicated, genuine and cultivated. By the end, we’ve sped up, we’re drawn in and we’re encompassed. We understand Best Coast, and “Fade Away,” a little bit more: “I’ve been through the summer / stuck around for the cold.”

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Cine-East Film Series comes to campus by Emily Feng THE CHRONICLE

This fall’s Cine-East Film Series features five wildly disparate films, reminding us that East Asia may be geographically proximal but culturally divergent. In particular, describing East Asian cinema in broad strokes obscures its astonishing diversity. The films in Cine-East’s lineup are filmed in a variety of languages and countries and cover vastly different subject material. In “A Touch of Sin,” four Chinese citizens unleash their social dissatisfaction in a gory frenzy of violence. A Tibetan father’s attempt to recover his beloved mastiff in “Old Dog” exposes the gaps between generational values. A girl falls sweetly in love in post-World War II Japan and saves a derelict house in “Up on the Poppy Hill.” “Bandhobi” tells of the unlikely friendship between a Korean high school student and a Bangladeshi migrant worker. The final film in the series, “High Tech, Low Life” follows two amateur Chinese ‘citizen bloggers’ as they battle state censorship to document China’s social ills. The film series, if not simply a survey of East Asian cinema, also serves as a good introduction to a few of the region’s definitive issues. The Cine-East Film Series is an annual collaboration between Screen/ Society, the programming branch of the Arts of the Moving Image department, and the Asian and Pacific Studies Institute (APSI). The series began in 2003 to encourage greater exposure and study of East Asian film. However, Tanya Lee, an APSI staff member, notes that even during the series’s first years, there existed significant appreciation for East Asian cinema, which has only grown in the ten years since. “I do hope that the Cine-East series has had a positive influence in educating Duke audiences about all facets of East Asian cinema,” said Lee. This is the eleventh year running for the film series, during which more than 200 films have been screened.

Additionally, the film series complements and reinforces other academic study on East Asia, part and parcel of Screen/Society’s larger mission to “relate film, video, and digital art to other disciplines.” APSI faculty are contacted first for film recommendations, with secondary considerations including film appeal and availability. With the exception of “A Touch of Sin,” the films in the series tie into courses taught this semester. Several APSI faculty will be introducing the films, and in years past, the series has been able to bring in the filmmakers whose work was featured. Despite its academic overtones, the film series is intended to reach a wider audience. “We hope all students will come, not just grad students who are film headies, but anyone who is interested in East Asian issues,” said Ralph Litzinger, a professor of cultural anthropology who will be moderating the screenings for “High Tech, Low Life” and “Old Dog.” “A Touch of Sin” has attracted particular interest, as the Cine-East screening will be the North Carolina premiere for the film, directed and produced by rogue Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke. The movie has already garnered high accolades for its luxurious visuals and Tarentino-like aesthetic of violence, earning a nomination for the Palme d’Or and winning a “Best Screenplay” award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. For a while, Jia was considered a bit of a fringe filmmaker, and his previous feature films engage with topics often censored in his native China, such as forced migration after the Three Gorges Dam (“Still Life,” 2006), the one-child policy (“Unknown Pleasures,” 2002) and more abstractly, China’s modernization project (“Platform,” 1998). “A Touch of Sin” can in some ways be seen as the culmination of Jia’s work so far. Based on true stories, the film captures the violent economic changes of China’s last three decades and the spectacular physical violence four desperate individuals resort to in the face of institutional corruption and discrimination.

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The scene above was taken from Goro Myazaki’s “From Up on Poppy Hill,” which was the top-grossing animated film in Japan 2011.

Cine-East’s films are not chosen with a theme in mind, yet collectively the films speak to worlds in flux. Vast societal shifts of the past and present are at work at the edges of these films. Front and center of these global dramas, however, are the films’ human protagonists, whose individual struggles illuminate larger narratives about conservationism, corruption, migration and globalization, to name just a

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Recess Interviews: artist Chris Jordan by Derek Saffe THE CHRONICLE

Seattle-based visual artist and activist Chris Jordan returns to Duke to participate in a panel and Q&A for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Duke Arts Festival on Oct. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. His work addresses issues of mass consumerism and environmentalism. Recess staff writer Derek Saffe spoke with Jordan about his journey, environmental activism as art and the experience of creating his new film, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Midway: Message from the Gyre,â&#x20AC;? which will screen at the Nasher Museum of Art on Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. Recess: What was the point in your life when you turned to activism? Chris Jordan: I had been photographing for a number of years before I began to focus on the issue of mass consumption. I was doing work that the art world would consider formalism. I always sensed that there was something missing. I wanted my art to engage with the contemporary world, and it came to me by happenstance. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t choose mass consumption. It kind of chose me because I started finding giant piles of garbage while exploring Seattle. I photographed them because I thought they were so cool-looking, especially their colors. I have this color theory that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been working on for years and the whole theory is about finding unexpectedly beautiful and complex palettes of color in subjects that were otherwise totally mundane. So giant piles of garbage were the ultimate find. I took a bunch of photos, and then some of my friends that are photographers and activists saw these photos and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Well, the colors are cool but these are really a macabre portrait of America.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; This is a subject to follow that is

cutting-edge relevant. I was sort of the last one to realize that. R: What initiated your fervor for artistic activism in this realm?

CJ: I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen the failing of what I think of as the old paradigm version of activism, which Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been guilty of myself. People talk about these issues in the framework of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the problem and hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the solution and all of you need to go do the solution.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; This kind of preachy, fingerwaggy approach to problem-solving in environmental activism [is prevalent], and I think it really misses the mark in a whole bunch of different ways. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hypocritical, and it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work. A lot of environmental activism is disempowering. They tell us the enormity of the problem and the five things we can do: bring cans back, recycle your plastic bottles, etc. These gestures are not legitimatize solutions to the problem. We all sense that, and we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talk about it, but we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make a dent in these massive frightening issues. R: So your latest documentary, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Midway,â&#x20AC;? what was the impetus for that? CJ: Well, I got interested in the pacific garbage patch, and when I researched it I found out that it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even really exist. There are millions of tons of plastic garbage floating in the ocean and they are mostly invisible. [The pacific garbage patch] is not a floating island we can take a satellite photo of. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of those images like climate change; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s invisible, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nowhere you can go and see it. I was working on some pieces and I was at a meeting with scientists and I said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to create

an abstract artwork of the garbage patch. I want to take an actual photograph of the garbage patch.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; One of the scientists then turned toward me and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Then go to Midway Island and go look in the stomachs of dead baby albatrossâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. And that just hit me like a thunderbolt. Midway is this strange, coincidentally symbolic thing. This particular bird has a long history in our poetry and literature as a carrier of messagesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the albatross. Of all possible birds, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this one that already has this mythic nature. And of all the possible names that this island could have, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Midway,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; this incredibly evocative term where humanity finds itself. It presented itself like a parable, and it just drew me to it like a magnet. R: Why is photography your most prevalent medium? And in that vein, why would you want to take a motion picture documentary approach for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Midway?â&#x20AC;? CJ: I love photography for its ability to depict something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening in the real world. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always been a lot of controversy about whether photography really does depict something in the real world. But more than any other medium, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something about taking a photo of a bird, lying on the ground with its body filled with plastic versus making a painting or a drawing. There is still something that feels real with photography and with documentary photography. When I first went to Midway, I thought about just photographing these dead birds filled with plastic. But it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until I actually met the albatross, these wonderful creatures that are big and beautiful and powerful and graceful as eagles. There are a million of them and they

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Jordan focuses new film on environmental activism.

have no fear of humans. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been living there for 4 million years and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never had a predator. R: What direction do you see your work heading from Midway onwards? CJ: I know I want to do more Running the Numbers pieces, and I would love to make another film. I really think film is the medium of our time. You can say so much in 90 minutes. You can reach a global audience so easily. R: What did you get out of being at Duke while you were a visiting professor last year and what did it contribute to your art? CJ: Being part of the Across the Threshold conference while I was there was an amazing experience and it was the first time that I was in a conference with such a body connection and so much body movement. I loved how it was centered around the arts and not technology. It was centered around the arts and inspiring, and the upcoming festival will do the same.

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