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by Kali Shulklapper Durham was recently voted the top fourth best place to live, according to a recent ranking. The report—titled “livability Top 100 Best Places to live 2014”— puts major college towns in the top spots. Palo Alto, calif. is ranked number one, followed by Boulder, colo., Berkeley, calif and Durham, n.c. local resident laurin Penland, an employee at the regulator Bookshop, noted that the Bull city, in addition to having a vibrant community, is very affordable. “The people are also friendly and it’s very easy to build a community,” she said. “it’s an intellectual community with an incredible art scene and a lot of great restaurants.” Analyzing data from more than 1,700 cities throughout the United States, livability.com focused on small to midsized cities that do not usually get their fair share of attention. experts and writers at livability collaborated with market research firms and used data from public sources such as the U.S. census Bureau, private-sector sources such as GreatSchools and nonprofit organizations such as Americans for the Arts. The cities on the list were ranked based on 8 sub-categories of criteria—amenities, demographics, economics, education, health care, housing, social and civic capital, transportation and infrastructure. This criteria was analyzed based on four guiding principles—access, affordability, choice and utilization. livability attributes Durham’s high ranking to its ability to maintain the character of the 19th and 20th century downtown while moving into a 21st century
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by Daniel Carp The chronicle
Mike Krzyzewski said he is preparing for a matchup with his arch rival like it is “the next Acc game.” This year, many are treating Duke’s first showdown with north carolina the same way. This change could not be more indicative of the way that Acc expansion has affected the conference’s landscape. Despite a century of history and hatred between the Blue Devils and Tar heels, the most-anticipated game remaining on Duke’s schedule
is a rematch with undefeated Syracuse after the teams’ first Acc matchup was an overtime thriller at the carrier Dome. But a Duke-north carolina matchup has something Duke and Syracuse—or any other team—never will: eight miles, 94 years and 236 games between them. When the ball goes up for installment no. 237 between the Blue Devils and Tar heels Wednesday at 9 p.m. at the Dean e. Smith center, don’t tell the players that the Tobacco road rivalry has lost its luster. “This is a great rivalry because it’s stood
the test of time,” Krzyzewski said. “We’re lucky people to be a part of it.... it brings out the best in both of us.” no. 8 Duke (19-5, 8-3 in the Acc) has won seven of its last nine matchups against north carolina, and is seeking to win its third consecutive matchup in chapel hill for the first time since the 2001-02 season. After recovering from early-season struggles, the Tar heels (16-7, 6-4) enter play riding a five-game winning streak. See M. BAsKETBALL, page 11 GRAPHIC BY ELYSIA SU/THE CHRONICLE
duke diet Center runs 800 calorie diet program by Kali Shulklapper The chronicle
The Duke Diet and Fitness center is promoting an approximately 800-caloriesa-day meal replacement program for people unable to lose weight through other dieting means. oPTiFAST is a calorie-restrictive diet in mostly liquid form. Patients are typically given five meals a day consisting of shakes, soups and bars that contain approximately 160 calories, 20 grams of carbohydrates, and 14 grams of protein each. Duke Diet
and Fitness offers both nine- and 18-week programs during which patients are medically supervised by doctors and other staff. “everyone knows someone who has lost a lot of weight on liquid diets just to gain it right back,” said elisabetta Politi, nutrition director at the Duke Diet and Fitness center. oPTiFAST’s multidisciplinary approach to emphasizing lifestyle changes makes it different from these other diets, Politi said. The program involves thorough medical evaluations, individual meetings with di-
eticians and weekly support group meetings led by psychologists, dieticians and exercise physiologists. She added that she would not recommend someone consuming below 1200-1500 calories a day without medical supervision. “i’ve had very obese clients who said that they thought they were going to die of hunger,” Politi said. “But the truth of the matter is in stimuli narrowing—when you don’t have a lot of food to choose from, See DIET, page 16
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E.O. Wilson advocates biodiversity preservation by Shangnon Fei The chronicle
“Father of sociobiology” e.o. Wilson discussed the wealth of the natural world and the necessity of preserving biodiversity on Tuesday at the reynolds Theater. Wilson’s talk, titled “The Diversity of life,” was sponsored by the nicholas School of the environment and the e.o. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. it follows an agreement between Duke and the foundation that will bring Wilson, a founding scholar of the study of the evolution of behavior, to teach a two-week long graduate course annually at the nicholas School. starting Spring 2014. Wilson began his talk by describing the current trajectory of all life on the planet as undergoing a bottleneck, or a devastating reduction in global biodiversity. This bottleneck, he said, is caused by human advancements in science and technology. however, Wilson believes a combination of science, technology, foresight and ethics can mitigate the effects of the bottleneck. he then spoke about the complexity of life that exists anywhere from a rainforest to a single pinch of soil, which can contain approximately 5,000 or 6,000 species of bacteria that are integral to ecosystem maintenance.
“These little things run the world, and it’s these little things that we’ve only begun to explore,” Wilson said. he explained that humans have yet to fully realize the diversity that lies within all categories of life from fungi to archaea to insects. it is this tremendous diversity of both known and unknown life that he argued must be preserved—not only for their own sake, but also for scientific advancement and the quality of life of all humanity. “We have to have a healthy environment,” he explained. “You need to have the right microorganisms in your cornfields to grow crops, and the preservation of biodiversity even around our aquafields is vital to maintaining some kind of sustainability in the water system.” Wilson added that needlessly allowing the destruction of other species could accelerate the destruction of the human race. “it’s truly an honor to have the opportunity to hear e.o. Wilson speak to us and work with our student body and faculty,” sophomore Vivian li said. “i can’t wait to see the work and global change that can come out of Duke’s collaboration with his foundation.”
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E.O. Wilson, the “father of sociobiology,” gave a talked Tuesday entitled “The Diversity of Life.”
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GPSC mulls over the role of Shannon O’Connor hopes to the graduate Young Trustee connect Board to student life
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GPSC members explored the role and impact of the graduate Young Trustee.
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The Graduate and Professional Student Council discussed the role and impact of the Young Trustee among other agenda items at its meeting Tuesday. GPSC met to discuss the overlap of goals between subcommittees of the council and receive guidance from Graduate Young Trustee Katherine Duch, Sanford ‘13. She now works for the Analyst Institute in Washington D.C. The GPSC will vote for a new graduate Young Trustee next Tuesday. This is Duch’s first year serving on Duke’s Board of Trustees, but she served on Cornell’s board as an undergraduate student. She said she gained experience in reviewing documents such as financial plans, confidence to speak with dis-
tinguished alumni and knowledge of the challenges that institutions of higher education face. As a recent graduate, Duch said managing the balance between launching her career and remaining an active trustee is the biggest challenge. “You think ‘It’s four meetings a year—how onerous can it be?’ But…it really does require quite a bit of time to stay up-to-date,” Duch said. Responsibilities of the Young Trustee include more than meetings, Duch said. She is also responsible for keeping up with emails, reading advanced materials sent to the trustees, following up with administrators and arranging what she calls “pre-meetings.” See gpsc, page 8
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by Sarah Elsakr MD-Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering Shannon O’Connor hopes that her close involvement with graduate student life will make her a graduate Young Trustee who can help the University “be even more extraordinary than it already is.” O’Connor, who is currently working on the Ph.D. portion of her dual degree, believes that the primary challenge graduate Young Trustees have faced in the past has been their distance from student life. She has worked as vice president of the Graduate and Professional Student Council and is currently the GPSC student representative to the Medical Center Academic Affairs Committee—a standing committee of the Board of Trustees. O’Connor believes she has had a chance to learn about both the common needs of Duke’s nine
graduate and professional schools and also what it is like to work alongside members of the Board. “It seems to me that a student that is engaged in the community and here for the next two years would be an ideal candidate, and I think that that would be me,” O’Connor said. “I would be honored to take on this role.” Although O’Connor cites her current involvement in GPSC as her primary way of staying attuned to the needs of the graduate and professional student community, she feels that her plans to hold easily-accessible office hours and maintain open communication with members of the GPSC executive board will allow her to stay informed of student needs if elected. Fuqua professor Joseph LeBoeuf, who met O’Connor through her involvement in the Faegin Medical Scholars Leadership Development Program, noted that she was a responsible individual who would be able to keep the promises she made during her campaign. “Shannon is the complete package in a lot of ways,” Leboeuf said. “When she says she’s going to do something, she does it, and I think you want people in this program who are all in and who are going to give it their best effort and she will do that.” Fellow MD-Ph.D. student Tanmay Gokhale noted that prior to O’Connor’s involvement as a GPSC representative for the medical school, medical students rarely See o’connor, page 8
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DSG votes down 25 Percent Compromise by Carleigh Steihm The chronicle
Duke Student Government defeated the 25 Percent compromise—an alternative to the 40 Percent Plan for allocating student annual activities fees—at their meeting Tuesday. Senators heatedly debated the parameters of the compromise, which would allow rising sophomores, juniors and seniors to allocate 25 percent of their student activities fees to the student organizations of their choosing. Senior Daniel Strunk, a leader of the 40 Percent Plan, said if the 25 Percent compromise were passed under its original conditions, he would remove his referendum for the 40 Percent Plan. As of now, the plan will be voted on by the entire undergraduate student body during the DSG president, executive vice president and Student organization Funding committee chair elections March 4. Junior ellie Schaack, vice president for facilities and the environment, said that the 25 Percent compromise is not good legislation. “i think it is terrible policy,” Schaack said. “i think this whole idea has been terrible policy since day one.” She noted that just because this policy is “less bad” than the 40 Percent Plan does not mean that it is good policy that benefits the students. When sophomore Bryan Dinner, senator for equity and outreach, was asked if the 25 Percent compromise were only relevant because it would strike the 40 Percent Plan from the ballot, he said that
question was “irrelevant.” “At the end of the day, if this passes, we are going to see an under-funding of some groups and an over-funding of other groups,” said junior Jacob Zionce, vice president for residential life. A group of senators presented the logistical benefits of the compromise in relation to the 40 Percent Plan. “This vote determines how you want to see the allocation of student funds moving forward,” said sophomore Abhi Sanka, senator for residential life. “Ultimately this is a choice between the 25 Percent [compromise] and the 40 Percent Plan.” The 25 Percent compromise differs from the 40 Percent Plan in that it does not allow incoming freshmen to allocate their money, said sophomore Mousa Alshanteer, senator for Durham and regional affairs and editorial pages managing editor of The chronicle. if approved, the 40 Percent Plan is set to launch in the 2015-16 academic year, Sanka said. “if this gets put on the ballot, there is a very high likelihood that it will pass,” said junior Jay Sullivan, senator for residential life and associate editor for sports at The chronicle, noting that it took Strunk “like a week” to garner 1,000 signatures on his petition. Freshman James Ferencsik, senator for academic affairs, noted that there still needs to be further reform of SoFc. “We don’t think this is going to entirely fix SoFc,” he said.
duke works to maintain safe bonfire practices by Shangnon Fei The chronicle
Bonfires have marked Duke basketball victories for years, but the tradition has come under scrutiny due to potential safety risks it presents. Following a victory against arch rival north carolina or a national championship, students run onto the Main West Quadrangle and burn a pile of benches to celebrate. historically, students have tried to start unsanctioned bonfires that cause breaches in safety, Durham Fire chief Daniel curia said. however, Duke has in recent years made great strides in complying with bonfire safety guidelines. “Bonfires are a very unique Duke event, but at the same time they are very dangerous events,” senior leilani Doktor, Duke Student Government vice president for social culture, said. “And there are a lot of risks involved in having so many students participate in them. But all of the guidelines have been followed very closely in the past several years.” The guidelines, which have remained unchanged for many years, include eight rules specifying where, when and how bonfires can be burnt. Some regulations have both protective and historical significance, such as the specification that all bonfires be burnt in front of Kilgo Quad-
rangle’s house P. “After the 2001 national championship, a formal marker was placed in the main quad that commemorated that win and designated that spot as the bonfire site,” Vice President for Student Affairs larry Moneta said. other rules are more technical, such as the specification that the boundary of the bonfire be contained within 40 feet. “That’s a precaution against the possibility of the benches and wood used to build the fire falling over, so the fire marshal specifies that the crowd be kept 40 feet away from the bonfire to account for that.” Doktor said. overall, administrators, DSG and the Durham county Fire Department concur that all parties are putting forth effective work to enforce the rules and promote safety during this time-honored, yet risky tradition. “over the last few years i feel as though we’ve had a lot of success. overall, Duke, the fire department and the city have all worked well to adhere to the guidelines that have been set forth,” curia said. “in the name of celebrating the achievements of Duke basketball, the most important thing is ensuring that Duke students follow the guidelines and are kept safe.”
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These pre-meetings involve Duch and her fellow Young Trustee Dr. Malik Burnett, Trinity ’07, School of Medicine ’12 and Fuqua ‘12, as well as 10 to 12 representatives from GPSc. She said this helps them stay in tune with campus life. “i sometimes feel like graduate student concerns take a backseat to undergraduate student concerns,” Duch said. She noted that Board meetings typically include luncheons with students, all of whom are undergraduates. in one instance, focus groups were invited to speak to small groups of Trustees, and again, no graduate students were invited. A few GPSc representatives raised questions to Duch about the possibility that a change in voting structure or an increase in term length could change graduate student prominence on the Board. Duch said she sees benefits and drawbacks to a term
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of three years instead of two. She said that while the third year of a graduate Young Trustee’s service could be his most productive, GPSc would have to elect fewer trustees or ask the Board for more representation. “it would be extraordinarily hard to convince the Board that they need to allocate an extra seat to a graduate or professional student,” Duch said. Duch was also asked if a current graduate student would be able to fulfill the Young Trustee position better, given that such a student would be closer to student life. Duch saw the value in such a scenario, but noted that due to differing lengths of graduate school time, unfair advantages would be given to students whose studies took longer. For their third meeting of the academic year, the Board will take a February retreat to Stanford University, Duch noted, meeting with their administrators and trustees to learn about how the university deals with similar challenges. In other business:
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felt involved in the greater graduate student community, but that o’connor’s enthusiasm and work ethic helped change that. “Shannon is very personable and one of her greatest strengths is her ability to communicate with her peers as well as with faculty and administrators,” Gokhale wrote in an email Tuesday. “Shannon has a clear passion for improving the lives of graduate and professional students, which will serve us well in a future Young Trustee.” For o’connor, serving as Young Trustee would be a way to repay the Duke community for all that it has done for her. “i want to dedicate my life to health care and to science and to research, and through that i find that i have a responsibility to the community in which i live to make it better than when i found it,” o’connor said. “even though it started out phenomenal, everything can be improved. Duke has places to go and i want to help it get there.”
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Once per season, Duke fans celebrate Tyler Thornton Day. It’s the one game per year that the team’s glue guy—the one who helps keep things together and rarely gets the credit—shines. The rest of the time, it can be easy to overlook Thornton. Other players go through slumps and funks and see their minutes fluctuate. They make bad gaffes and highlight-reel plays. They stand out. Rarely sticking out, but always there, Thornton has been ol’ reliable for Duke, which for the past three seasons has counted on him for 20 minutes per game. Rarely more, rarely less. Given two choices, he rarely makes the wrong one. In Duke’s last 12 games, he has 23 assists and only four turnovers. Always praised for his hustle and grit—a game never ends without him diving for a loose ball—he excels at the supposed ordinary. More often than not, that’s all Duke needs: the little things done right. “Against BC, later in the game, he gave the best post pass we had in a couple years to Jabari [Parker],” head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “Nothing flamboyant, just real simple.” Duke never counted on Thornton be-
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Praised for his hustle plays, Tyler Thornton has stepped into the spotlight in critical games in each of his previous three seasons. ing a star. Except for Andre Dawkins, who reclassified to come to Duke a year earlier than initially expected, Thornton is the only scholarship player on the roster who wasn’t among ESPN’s top 100 recruits. But Thornton’s AAU team, the D.C. Assault where classmate Josh Hairston also played, always won. Krzyzewski saw that winning mentality in Thornton and
sought to make him a Blue Devil. “None of us besides Josh were ranked high. But we beat all the really good players in our class, so that’s one of the things that attracted Coach to me,” Thornton said. “When he was recruiting me, he told me, ‘You’re going to be a guy who’s here for four years and really takes advantage of what Duke has to offer on and
off the floor,’ and so far I’ve been able to do that.” The first Tyler Thornton Day came in his freshman year, when he nabbed four steals in 12 minutes and sparked an 11-0 run to help the No. 1 Blue Devils rally past Maryland at home Jan. 9, 2011. Entering that game, he had three steals all season. He had played just six minutes in the previous game against UAB and did not play at all in the game before that against Miami. Since then, Krzyzewski hasn’t been able to stop gushing about him. “For Tyler to play as well as he did, it is really one of the things that makes you love coaching,” Krzyzewski said after that Maryland game. The 2011-2012 season’s Maui Invitational championship game was the next celebration of Tyler Thornton Day. The sophomore made two threes in the final 1:14, including the game-winner with 21 seconds left. “People will say it’s a lucky shot, but I’ll say I’m lucky to have him on my team,” Krzyzewski said after the win. “Sometimes you’re on a bus with a guy who deserves it and for that moment we were on his bus. Thank goodness he knew how to drive it.” Krzyzewski’s affection for Thornton may stem from their similarities. After See BEATON, page 12
Scattered thoughts Duke opens spring with while sweating sucrose second-place showing WOMEN’S GOLF
Why the Krispy Kreme Challenge should be an Olympic sport Somewhere between the sixth and ninth donuts—hands, cuffs and majority of my torso already caked in an ambiguous silver glaze— the thought popped into my head, like my mind had failed to recognize the hellscape my body was enduring: This isn’t that bad. I looked down at the white, overly jovial box at my feet. All around me were individuals—mostly male, unsurprisingly—performing this longing gaze, the contents and people in various stages of completion and regret, respectively. “This is ridiculous,” said the man to my left, two donuts behind me. I snuck a glance at his watch—I’d forgotten mine—as it ticked along: 27:45, 27:46. My mouth, dry from run-
ning and inflexible from the sugar, failed me, and I simply nodded sympathetically. Before I could register what I was doing, I stacked the remaining three donuts in a cylindrical tower and mashed them—like a trash compactor would—into a concise cake. I bit down and grimaced while my neighbor watched, awestruck. Yes, at a very basic level, the (World Famous) Krispy Kreme Challenge—an unsophisticated fuselage of distance running and competitive eating—is ridiculous, but describing it that way doesn’t do it justice. It’s gluttonous, forcing competitors to down 12 donuts in one brief sitting. It’s active, almost dangerously so—racers run 2.5 miles, eat, then struggle to claw the 2.5 miles back in less than an hour. It’s traditional, with this year’s race being the 10th annual through the heart of Raleigh. It’s paradoxical (the proceeds from this diabetic trot go to the North Carolina Children’s Hospital, which is a little like if all the proceeds from Oktoberfest went to Alcoholics Anonymous). It’s flamboyant—the costume See HUBBARD, page 12
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Despite suffering through a tough winter, the Blue Devils showed little rust when they returned to the course. No. 3 Duke finished second at the Northrop Grumman Challenge at Palos Verdes, Calif. in its first spring tournament. Because of its daunting elevation changes, the Palos Verdes Golf Club tested the nation’s best during the 54hole tournament and No. 2 Southern California won the event with a score of 14-over-par. The Blue Devils—who struggled to practice as much as they would have liked in the offseason because of weather—finished seven strokes behind the Trojans. Duke put together three consistent rounds as a team to hold its own against a field that featured seven of the nation’s top eight teams. “I think we played well,” head coach Dan Brooks said. “We’re always a little limited in the winter time with our preparation for this tournament—it’s a
really strong field for this early in the spring. On top of it, we had a little bit worse winter than normal. I’m pretty pleased with what we did.” Freshman Yu Liu picked up right where she left off in the fall season, opening with a three-under-par 68 to finish tied for third after 18 holes. The Beijing native stayed in the topfive throughout the tournament, carding rounds of three-over-par 74 and twoover-par 73 for her final two rounds to finish tied for third at two-over-par. Liu has yet to finish outside the top 10 as a Blue Devil. “She just went up against the best and finished third—that says an awful lot about a freshman,” Brooks said. “She’s just got a lot of physical talent. She’s invested herself in the game for a long time, she hits it really hard and I think the main thing we’re seeing is the benefit of hard work.” Although Duke’s standout freshman See W. GOLF, page 13
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Blue Devils finish fifth at The Farms Collegiate Invite by Michael Schreiner THE CHRONICLE
Hoping to start the spring season on a good foot, the Blue Devils succumbed to unfamiliar greens and a penal layout en route to a disappointing finish in San Diego, Calif. After ending the first day of The Farms Collegiate Invite in second place, Duke dropped three spots on the leaderboard during Tuesday’s final round to finish fifth with a 23-over-par total of 887. The Blue Devils, led by sophomore Motin Yeung’s third-place finish, ended the 54-hole tournament 27 shots behind champion San Diego after starting the final day just three shots off the lead. “We would have liked to get a good three-round, complete tournament in, and we are certainly disappointed with the way things went today,” head coach Jamie Green said. “We had a few good rounds, and certainly one good performance from one player, but we also had a lot of hiccups.” The Toreros hosted the Invite at The Farms, a narrow 6,947 yard, par-72 layout situated north of the city of San Diego. The track features poa greens, a type of grass unique to more temperate climates and one that is notoriously difficult for golfers who are unfamiliar with putting on it. Inconsistent ball striking led to big numbers as players found hazards rather than the short stuff, and a lack of confidence on the greens led to a number of
three- and four-putts for Duke. “The poa greens are a good bit different than what we are used to,” Green said. “When you doubt yourself on putting greens, that’s a recipe for disaster.” Yeung used superb ball striking to provide a bright spot for Duke by following up his three-under-par Monday total of 141 with a final round 72 to finish just three strokes off the winning individual total. A handful of course-management errors and missed chances on the greens prevented the Beijing native from firing even lower numbers. “He gave himself enough chances that he just wasn’t going to be over par,” Green said of Yeung. “He just wore down the golf course tee-to-green to the point where he was going to have a good round each day.” After a strong 36 holes Monday, freshman Alexander Matlari had a less successful final day, falling 18 spots from his sixth-place position at the start of the final round due to a final round score of 81. Matlari’s classmate, Max Greyserman, ended the tournament tied for 39th after stringing together three rounds in the mid-70’s to finish with a five-over-par 228. Teammates Turner Southey-Gordon and Michael Ricaurte rounded out Duke’s team, coming in at 59th and 63rd, respectively. Struggling with his accuracy off the tee on the Farms’ tight layout, Southey-Gordon got off to a shaky start
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Sophomore Motin Yeung finished just three strokes off the lead after posting a three-under-par total of 141 Monday. Monday morning with an 84, then managed to play his final 36 holes only eight strokes over par to finish with 54-hole total of 236. Ricaurte, in contrast, started strong with a two-under 70 in the first round before faltering with an 86 Mon-
day afternoon and an 81 Tuesday to end the tournament at 21-over-par. Duke now has a month until its next tournament, the General Jim Hackler Championship at TPC Myrtle Beach March 10-11.
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One of the key proponents of North Carolina’s recent string of success has been the play of sophomore point guard Marcus Paige, who is the Tar Heels’ leading scorer at 17.0 points per contest and dishes out 4.6 assists per game. Paige’s ability to play both on and off the ball could present a matchup problems for the Blue Devils in the backcourt. “He’s a different animal this year,” junior guard Quinn Cook said. “He’s way more aggressive. I think he has that confidence where he’s played in big games—Louisville, Michigan State, Kentucky—and he’s performed well.... It’s going to be a challenge for us to make him work.” North Carolina boasts a sizable front line thanks to a pair of players that stand at 6-foot9. Junior James Michael McAdoo and freshman Kennedy Meeks have used their bulky frames throughout the season to help the Tar Heels pull down 41.1 rebounds per game as a team—good for ninth in the nation. In addition to McAdoo and Meeks up front, North Carolina boasts considerable frontcourt depth with 6-foot-9 Brice Johnson and 6-foot-10 Joel James coming off the bench. An often undersized Duke squad has still suffered occasional lapses in interior defense but has significantly improved its rebounding efforts since the beginning of the year. The Blue Devils dominated the glass Saturday against Boston College, outrebounding the Eagles 37-23 in the contest. “It’s been a fight not having a true big a lot, but sometimes that happens and I think our guys have adjusted really well,” sophomore forward Amile Jefferson said. “It’s just about
fighting because a lot of times they’re bigger, stronger... so it’s just about fighting the entire game and making sure they feel me on every possession.” The Blue Devils are led into the contest by a pair of players who have yet to take the court as a part of the Duke-North Carolina rivalry. Freshman Jabari Parker and redshirt sophomore Rodney Hood will each make their mark on Tobacco Road basketball for the first time Wednesday. Parker, a freshman from Chicago, is fresh off a career-high 29 points and 16 rebounds in the Blue Devils’ most recent victory against Boston College. Hood has been one of Duke’s most consistent offensive weapons this season and will have a height advantage when matched up against North Carolina sophomore J.P. Tokoto on the wing. Although Hood has yet to experience the ACC’s most famous rivalry, the team captain said facing the Tar Heels is “one of the reasons why you come to Duke.” Hood added that he has followed the Tobacco Road rivalry since he was growing up in Meridian, Miss., and that his first memories of Duke and North Carolina came back in 2001. “It was a Duke-UNC game at Carolina,” Hood said. “Shane Battier was here, and I think he had the block on [Joseph] Forte. I think that was my first encounter. I was about eight or nine at the time.” With Hood and Parker set to make their debuts against North Carolina, the duo— along with the rest of Duke’s freshman class— will receive no shortage of advice from the team’s seasoned veterans. “You’ll be nervous I think, at the beginning. And once that gets out—that’ll probably go away once the ball is tapped—it’ll be loud. It’ll be noisy,” Jefferson said. “Until the game
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AMILE JEFFERSON 7.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 66.0 FG% JABARI PARKER 19.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.2 bpg RODNEY HOOD 16.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 45.0 3FG% TYLER THORNTON 3.2 ppg, 2.2 apg, 1.3 spg RASHEED SULAIMON 9.1 ppg, 2.5 apg
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KENNEDY MEEKS 7.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 16.2 mpg J.P. TOKOTO 9.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.7 apg JAMES MICHAEL MCADOO 15.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg LESLIE MCDONALD 10.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.6 apg MARCUS PAIGE 17.0 ppg, 4.6 apg, 3.5 rpg
(Projected lineups, statistics from 2013-14 season) The Tar Heels rebound at a rate DUKE UNC of 41.4 per game, ninth in the 75.8 PPG: 82.2 nation, but Blue Devil Jabari 67.5 PPG DEF: 67.4 FG%: Parker is averaging 12.2 per 47.5 45.6 3PT%: 42.0 31.9 game in his last six contests FT%: 73.9 62.4 and he’s coming off a caRPG: 41.1 35.0 reer-high 29 points too. APG: 15.6 15.7 Marcus Paige has stepped up 5.1 BPG: 3.0 for the Tar Heels in all the big SPG: 7.8 7.0 games this year and will be 9.5 12.4 TO/G: the go-to guy against Duke, The breakdown but the Blue Devils’ fiveThe Tar Heels have had several disappointing guard rotation give them the losses this year—Belmont, UAB, Wake Foradvantage down the stretch. est—but have also pulled off upsets against Brice Johnson provides North Kentucky, Michigan State and Louisville. Look Carolina with a strong spark for Marcus Paige to play up to the occasion off the bench, averaging again, but the Tar Heels likely won’t be able to more than 10 points and six keep pace with Jabari Parker if the Blue Devil rebounds per game, but the plays at the level he did at Boston College. bench production stops there OUR CALL: Duke wins, 83-79 for the Tar Heels.
starts you’ll hear about it, read about it, see it on TV.... Once that ball gets tipped, the butterflies go away and you just play.” Newcomers to the rivalry making a major impact has become par for the course on Tobacco Road. In the past three years, the
Blue Devils have seen Seth Curry and Austin Rivers—one as a recent transfer and the other as a freshman —play major roles in their first game against the Tar Heels. It now may be Parker and Hood’s turns to take part in the writing of the rivalry’s next historic chapter.
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contest this year drew Elvis impersonators, Heisenberg and Jesse, sumo outfits, Pac-man, Chinese parade dragons, tutus and enough Lycra to film the “Call On Me” music video. Oh, and it’s also competitive, strategic, unifying, noble and—provided you don’t “lose your donuts”—a damn good time. And I say this next part only somewhat jokingly: it wouldn’t make a bad Olympic sport. We already have unorthodox Olympic sports as precedents. Curling takes the most abuse in this area, but let me throw another name into the ridiculous ring: biathlon, the event that pairs cross-country skiing with riflery. It’s the sports equivalent of a Brad Paisley/LL Cool J collaboration, only without the unintentional comedy. Sports gain admission to the Olympics if the IOC deems them widely practiced around the world. Thus, I propose that the Krispy Kreme Challenge, in its current iteration, is wholly more deserving of Olympic consideration than the biathlon: I know way more runners than cross-country skiers, and I have to assume more people in the world eat donuts than shoot rifles. The Krispy Kreme Challenge: the de-facto biathlon for non-Norwegians. Baseball, softball and other sports have been discontinued at the Olympics over the years, primarily due to lack of interest. I know I don’t speak for everyone, but they could make the Krispy Kreme Olympiad a pay-per-view event and I wouldn’t blink. I mean, who would even win? If it were a team competition, I might favor the U.S. or the British (Mo Farah’s got an appetite). But Mexico—the now-heaviest nation in the world—could seize the opportunity to win its first long distance medal in forever here. Which traditionally
dominant running nation starts investing in specialized stomach coaches? Is Alka-Seltzer now considered a PED? The storylines, much like the succeeding bowel movements, are endless. To spice things up, and maintain the gregarious spirit of the original challenge, the winning country could select a charity that the losers all have to contribute to. Or, in the case of a Nigerian victory, the losers just have to actually respond to those urgent inheritance emails. On the X’s and O’s front, there’s more than enough strategy and minutiae to study. How do you eat the night before—big to expand the stomach, or fast completely to clear the backlog? What’s your donut technique—oneby-one, the tower stack, or the munchkin mash? How much water do you drink? Too little and the donut sticks in your throat, too much and you risk over-capacity. This year in Raleigh, the winning time was 30:07 from defending champion Tim Ryan, which essentially means averaging five-minute miles and spending just five minutes downing the dozen donuts. With all due respect to LeBron James and Adrian Peterson, it’s the most otherworldly thing I can imagine. As for me, I stumbled in at 45:44 without incident, on the uptick of a less-than-comfortable sugar rush. But as I ambled towards the water tent, another competitor disavowed his donuts just by my left foot. I narrowly avoided the splatter, and, looking down, I noticed similar puddles had formed past the finish line. A volunteer moved over without hesitation and acted as a surrogate traffic cop, directing people around the beige-dotted asphalt. The thrill of victory, and the agony of “da heave.” The drama practically writes itself. Someone get Bob Costas on the line.
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Thornton hit 3-of-4 3-pointers to lead the Blue Devils past North Carolina last season—Tyler Thornton Day 2013— Krzyzewsksi said he believes Thornton will be a coach one day. He also said they share a fire, one players need in moments like that game, when the Blue Devils trailed by as many as 10 to the unranked Tar Heels. “I like him because he can get angry. I don’t think players get angry like they used to,” Krzyzewski said after that win. “That comes easy for me.” The savvy Thornton displays on the court—his anger, his intelligence, his alertness—is what Krzyzewski values most, more than any 3-pointer or steal. He said Monday Thornton is the team’s best on-court communicator and again repeated that he thinks he will be a coach one day. Thornton plans to try and play professionally after college—“until my body breaks down,” he said—and after that he would like to be a coach. He doesn’t know when that will be, but he said, “By the time I plan on coaching, I don’t think Coach will still be coaching.” With Duke’s deep backcourt this season, Thornton is playing only 19.4 minutes per game—fewer than in his sophomore and junior seasons. But he is actually having arguably the best statistical season of his career. He knows he has a small role in an offense that has a plethora of scoring options, so he uses only 8.8 percent of the team’s offensive possessions, according to KenPom.com. With such a low usage rate, the sample size is limited, but he ranks third nationally in offensive rating. He’s hitting 52.6 percent of his 3-point attempts and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of nearly 4:1. Because he didn’t have to take classes this summer, he was able to practice twice-a-day in preparation for the season. “My touches on the offensive end are going to be limited based on the team we have or the players that we have,” Thornton said. “Being effective and being efficient have been my main focuses.” It’s too early to tell if Tyler Thornton Day 2014 has come and gone. The loss to undefeated Syracuse on the road had the potential, when he hit 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions to help Duke force overtime. “The Syracuse game, I don’t think it counts. The loss negates all of that. I always feel like I just step in and do what I need to do, whatever that is,” Thornton said. “I don’t go into a game and think, ‘I’m going to put the team on my back today.’ It’s just all about the flow of the game and what happens, happens.”
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came out of the gate in a groove, the Blue Devils’ seniors struggled in the first round of their final semester. Senior Laetitia Beck opened with a six-over-par 77 and Beck’s classmate Alejandra Cangrejo opened with a five-over-par 76 Cangrejo was unable to turn it around after a rough opening round—finishing tied for 49th at 15-over-par—but Beck showed resilience, playing her final 36 holes at two-over-par to finish at eightover-par in a tie for 22nd. Her bounce-back performance during the final 36 holes was crucial to give Duke’s lineup more balance because the top four scores from the five-person lineup count towards the team score. “That shows you what Laetitia can do,” Brooks said. “I’m sure she’s disappointed with her [start], but it was a really good golf course and we’re coming out of a tough winter.” Sophomore Celine Boutier quietly put together a very solid tournament, shooting identical rounds of one-overpar 72 the first two days before carding a three-over-par 74 in the final round. Boutier finished tied for 12th at fiveover-par and was likely more prepared for the high winds than her competitors because of her experience playing in the 2013 British Women’s Open. In just her second start for Duke, freshman Esther Lee showed why she was such a coveted talent coming out of high school. Lee finished strong, carding a one-over-par 72 in the final round to finish tied for 22nd at eight-over-par in her home state. kakuro_414A.txt
“She just continues to be impressive,” Brooks said, “She has a very natural ability to hit the ball hard. She’s not physically really strong to look at, but she hits it quite hard. That helps.” The entire field was tested by the difficult golf course and high winds. Only one player—Southern California’s Annie Park—finished the tournament under par. Park—the 2013 National Champion—finished at six-under-par and was at 11-under-par at one point during the final round. If Park had not been so dominant, the Blue Devils might have been able to catch the Trojans late in the final round. The sophomore won by seven strokes—the same margin that Southern California won by. “She’s a very good player,” Brooks said. “She’s somebody that thinks well on the golf course. She hits it very straight, and she’s got all the parts.” After a successful start to the spring season, Duke will return home to face yet another winter storm. Luckily, the Blue Devils have more than three weeks to prepare for their next event—the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate in Hilton Head, S.C. “It would be nice if we could play a tournament every week, but they’d flunk out of school and that probably wouldn’t be too good,” Brooks said. “We’re just going to do the best we can.”
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Welcome back, bikes Student Government recently passed a budgetary statute of $5,000 to partially fund a new campus-wide bike-sharing program. Zagster, the company currently in contract discussions with Duke, will provide bikes, regular maintenance and the ability to reserve a bike via text message or Duke card to students who enroll for a $20 annual fee. Adding a bike-sharing program to Duke’s campus is commendable. Not only is biking a good source of physical activity and an enjoyable way to travel between campuses, but it is also already popular among students. Racks across campus are regularly full, and a study conducted last fall indicated that 68 percent of students who currently drive between campuses would consider switching to bikes if a bike-sharing program were implemented. Increasing access to high quality, easily rentable bikes will likely induce even more students to participate. Indeed, Duke’s sustainability goals are an additional beneficiary of the program. Bringing bike sharing to Duke is a no-brainer. Zagster seems to be a good fit for Duke. The previous program, Duke Bikes, had several flaws, and many found it inconvenient and inaccessible.
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The proposed bike sharing contract with Zagster should solve both of those issues. As it is currently conceived, the plan calls for docking stations serving the East, West and Devil’s Bistro bus stops, which should facilitate campus mobility and reduce our heavy dependence on buses and
Editorial personal vehicles. Students frustrated at having just missed a bus could hop on an unreserved bike and arrive at their destination within minutes. Furthermore, the regular maintenance provided by Zagster would ensure that the bikes remain in good shape. In general, the program promises to offer an efficient and safe alternative to commuting by foot between campuses. Increased bike usage does not come without significant safety concerns, however. The current bike path on Campus Drive is poorly marked, discontinuous and simply dangerous. Regular buses barreling by at close proximity to bikers are a substantial deterrent for many prospective riders. Duke must consider its ability to accommodate regular bike traffic, especially given how popular
the program is projected to be. Students should also consider whether or not DSG ought to use public student funds to subsidize the installment of a for-profit bike service on campus. Although every student helps to fund the program through his or her tuition, inevitably, not every student will use the bike program. Zagster has a proven business model that has been successfully implemented at several universities. It is unclear why a $5,000 down payment is necessary, especially when these costs could conceivably be passed on to renters in the form of a slightly increased membership fee. The University and DSG should clarify the nature of the down payment and disclose the total amount the University is investing in the bike program. Transparency with use of student funds is imperative, especially when they are put toward for-profit programs that will not necessarily serve all students. Despite some concerns, the return of bike sharing to campus is an exciting prospect and, in our view, well worth the upfront cost. Zagster’s convenience, affordability and potential for growth make it attractive to students. We hope it will cement bike sharing’s place at Duke.
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he pageantry for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics was an impressive sight. Fireworks lit the skyline of the sub-tropical Russian town of Sochi and inaugurated an event which is supposed to symbolize the unity and inherent dignity of the human race. Across cultures and ethnicities, the
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media establishment for her support of the Assad regime and her ostrich-like ability to ignore the growing turmoil within Syria. Upon her arrival in the country, amid the first government assaults on Homs and Hama, she remarked, “Despite all our attempts, we didn’t manage to find the thousandsstrong demonstrations against the government.”
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Olympics is supposed to glorify the common athletic struggle in all of humanity. It’s a beautiful idea that was superficially continued last week. The last time the Olympics were held on Russia soil, America boycotted them in response to the belligerent actions of the Soviet state in its invasion of Afghanistan. Thirty years later, and now we are the ones with a security commitment in central Asia. While much has changed in our relations with Moscow, disappointingly there is a lot that has remained the same too. The Russian state is still abusing the rights of its citizens and acting in an aggressive manner abroad. Constantly undercutting American policy and supporting our opponents when the mood strikes them, Russia is no ally of this country. While Putin is no Stalin, the former KGB agent has helped move relations between the two countries down an uncertain path. It’s certainly too late to discuss boycotting the games when they are almost over, but perhaps that would have been the right response to Russian behavior during the presidency of Vladimir Putin. Putin’s government has taken discriminatory steps against members of its own populace that betray the noble ideas enshrined in the Olympic spirit. Russia has moved towards criminalizing homosexuality and has started to demonize different ethnic groups. Over the last summer, Putin enacted an adoption ban on Russian-born children to gay couples in addition to permitting police officers to detain foreigners they suspect of being homosexual, lesbian or “pro-gay.” The absurdity of holding an international event dedicated to tolerance and open-minded exchange in the heart of a dark and intolerant space is profound. In addition to its medieval stance on gay rights, the Russian government took the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics as an opportunity to broadcast its support for the murderous dictator still in charge of Syria. During the festivities, a reporter named Anatasia Popova was given the honor of walking the Olympic flag into the stadium along with other Russian notables. Popova is well known within the Russian
Her presence on the stadium floor was a piece of political symbolism that represented Russia’s continued intransience in finding a peaceful solution to the Syria question. Assad, a Russian ally, has benefited greatly from the partnership and Putin’s ability to forestall any action by the United Nations Secruity Council. Such politicking shouldn’t be part of the Olympic message and is certainly not a message that America can support. It’s inevitable that politics should make their way into the Olympics on some level. The jockeying between states is a byproduct of national competition and pride. Sochi provides a healthy outlet for exercising these forces of nationalism, and that’s a good thing. It’s vastly preferable to watch states fight over places on the podium rather than air identification zones or trade routes. Yet when states behave in a manner unbecoming of the Olympic spirit, remedial actions should be taken to remind the world community that something is amiss. Russia’s mistreatment of its own population and support for murderous dictators abroad is wrong and not something the United States should be a party to. This is not the first time that a state with totalitarian tendencies has hosted the Olympics, and it will probably not be the last. How should we as a country approach these situations in the future, and what actions are appropriate? The Obama administration has taken a sensible middle ground between boycotting and outright acquiescence in response to this problem. The president has declined the invitation to legitimize the event by taking part in its proceedings. Instead, the American delegation will consist of a group of outspoken LGBT activists. It’s a smart move and signals displeasure in the right way, but somehow it feels like a stronger display would have been more appropriate. Regardless of all the international intrigue, the young men and woman of Team USA deserve our full support even if the venue is less than desirable. Colin Scott is a Trinity senior. His column runs every other Wednesday.
Let’s talk about drugs, baby
he recent hype surrounding marijuana legalization reminded me of a particularly outrageous conversation I had with a friend a few years back. The friend—we’ll call her Sam—has been a selfproclaimed goody-two-shoes since birth. Among other self-imposed restrictions, she swore off alcohol and drugs. One day,
Rather than employ scare tactics (i.e. photos of meth addicts, cancerous lungs and prison cells), we need to teach kids about the drugs themselves—what they look like, feel like and, most importantly, how to minimize risks if they choose to use. Thankfully, nothing bad happened to Sam, but because she had no idea what she
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A little pearl of wisdom Around this time two years ago, I was huddled up on the stairs behind Friedl with tears running down my cheeks, shaking uncontrollably. I remember calling my dad at work as soon as I got out of class. “Dad, I’m so sorry… I just can’t do this. I worked so hard, and I did horribly. I don’t think I can do this anymore. Pre-med is making me miserable.” I had just gotten back my first organic chemistry exam, and, after days of lugging around that big, fat, purple book and drawing out stubborn reaction mechanisms, the curve wasn’t just out of reach, it was nowhere to be seen. The next week I withdrew from Orgo 2, and I took my very first women’s studies class—two in fact. I felt alive again, staying up late with piles of readings and forgetting what it meant to “study” only to read, read, read and write, write, write.
such is life
however, she called me with news. “OMG, Chels, you’re never going to believe what happened last night. I got drunk! And then smoked weed! It was incredible!” Sam went to a party with her older brother at which she naively drank “the punch.” But it’s what she said next that really shocked me. “This couple invited me to smoke dope with them. I said I had never done it before and was nervous, but they were so nice and showed me how. I always thought smoking dope meant putting leaves into a pipe or some paper but this was different. It was like, this sticky brown stuff that we smoked off a piece of foil with a straw. I didn’t want to sound like an idiot so I didn’t ask—but is that hash? Anyway, it was the most amazing thing I’ve ever experienced. We should do it together sometime!” Don’t feel stupid if you’ve never heard of smoking marijuana using a straw and aluminum foil—that’s because what Sam smoked wasn’t marijuana, it was heroin. While both drugs are often smoked, called “dope” and look brown and sticky, they couldn’t be more different. Naturally, Sam’s heroin consumption both amused and frightened me. Of course, it was hilariously ironic that Sam, while pure as snow and vehemently opposed to consuming anything more potent than a decaf soy latte, had unknowingly tried heroin. Of all people! I certainly got a good chuckle out of this. Then again, heroin is a highly addictive, illegal drug—what if something had gone wrong and Sam hadn’t been OK? This piqued my curiosity—how the hell did a couple of college freshmen get it? What did it feel like? How dangerous was it? Despite my (embarrassingly expensive) liberal education and open-minded parents, I couldn’t answer any of these questions. Aside from the vague, abstinence-only drug classes I received (and often skipped) in middle school, my drug knowledge came from a myriad of unreliable sources. Lifetime movies, remnants of the Reagan-era “Just Say No” campaign and my friend of a friend whose cousin was in rehab all told me that drugs were bad, drug users were evil and that I should never, ever associate with either. Basically, I knew nothing. And then, my epiphany: Much like abstinence-only sex education, abstinenceonly drug education is useless. D.A.R.E., the nation’s most popular drug and alcohol education program, is abstinence-based and largely ineffective. As in, kids will do drugs whether or not we tell them to “just say no”—so what are we supposed to do?
was smoking, the potential was there. Did you know that heroin is especially dangerous when mixed with alcohol? Neither did Sam. Even small amounts of heroin can result in brain damage or even death when combined with alcohol. This is said to be what killed Cory Monteith. It’s definitely not just heroin—there are ways to drastically reduce (or increase) health risks with any drug. The problem is, most schools don’t teach this stuff. From testing kits to ensure drugs aren’t tainted to using clean needles and staying hydrated, there are numerous ways to make drugs safer. I recently read an article about the potentially fatal interaction between MDMA and MAO inhibitors. MAOIs are a type of antidepressant, and MDMA is the popular drug behind those classy tank tops. I know many people taking antidepressants and many people constantly searching for their friend Molly—the overlap is what concerns me. Similar problems exist with other drugs. This misinformation stigmatizes these substances and their users. Yes, Sam smoked heroin—does that mean she’s a bad person? Of course not. Philip Seymour Hoffman’s recent death was linked to heroin use, but he was still an amazing actor. We’ve been taught that all drugs and their users are terrible, and that’s ridiculous. Truthfully, not all drugs are as dangerous as people believe, especially when compared to alcohol. A recent British study ranked alcohol and 19 other drugs according to their potential to harm the user and their potential to harm others. Surprise, surprise: Alcohol came out on top, even above heroin and crack cocaine. While you might judge that kid who trips on acid every now and then, it’s a hell of a lot safer than the binge drinking you probably partake in. It’s no secret that drug use happens at Duke, which is why I’m surprised that drug education doesn’t really exist here. Do you remember what you learned from the AlcoholEdu program we were all forced into as freshmen? I certainly don’t, although I’m positive it contained nothing about drugs. Administration, I’m looking at you now: Just because you strive for a drug-free campus doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. In this sense, drugs are just like sex: If we’re going to do it anyway, you might as well help us be safe about it.
Chelsea Sawicki is a Trinity senior. Her column is part of the weekly Socialites feature and runs every other Wednesday. Send Chelsea a message on Twitter @ ChelsTweetzz.
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I never questioned my choice to abandon pre-med after I mourned my losses that afternoon on the phone with my dad. It was, in all sincerity, the best failure I could have ever imagined, if only because it was jarring, stopping me dead in my tracks. Doing so poorly on that exam forced me to confront the fact that I had no “real” intentions for wanting to be a doctor, except for wanting what everyone around me seemed to want. That was my second epiphany, following on the heels of another equally charged epiphany only a few months prior that could be summed up in three words: Dear Duke Guys. I wrote “Dear Duke Guys” late one night near the end of the Fall semester. I was frustrated with social culture on campus, so I channeled it all into a short little piece about our non-existent dating culture under the reductive model of the “open letter.” A few weeks later, I published it on Duke’s feminist blog, and within a matter of minutes it began spreading like wildfire. People were “liking” and “sharing” and less than 24 hours after it was posted, it already had thousands of hits. Now, in retrospect, as the ever-impassioned feminist that I am, I can’t help but look back at the article’s problematic heteronormativity (Dear Duke Guys, signed Duke Girls) and the dismissive and fear-ridden tactic of distancing from the so-called feminist stereotype (“I’m not an angry feminist, but…”) without feeling a bit impatient with my former self. But for where I was at the time, it was bold and fearless—a product of my own inner awakening. The only problem was, it preceded me. In other words, I was the girl who wrote that article on that feminist blog, but I had yet to conceive of myself as “Danielle, the feminist.” I was in the process of becoming—and writing that piece was the spark, my jolt into consciousness. It’s important for me to admit that I wasn’t fully identifying as a feminist when I first experienced my feminist epiphany, because no matter how sharp and urgent these moments reveal themselves to be, it’s not as if we can just assume a new identity on the spot. It takes time to grow into our new selves and resilience to work through the discomfort that comes with such transitional pauses. Perhaps the best way to explain it is that “inbetween” feeling where you don’t quite know where you belong. You have one foot in and one foot out of certain groups, organizations and friend circles. Epiphanies change your relationship to everything and everyone around you. Before long, you begin to feel changed too. In her essay, “Coming to Writing,” Helene Cixous writes, “Don’t ask yourself, ‘Why… ?’ Everything trembles when the question of meaning strikes.” Sophomore year was, in this respect, my “Why?” It was a time of growing and learning, and somewhere in the mix I stopped trembling. I gained my footing and the “question of meaning” soon revealed itself to be a site of endless opportunity. It turns out that accidentally stumbling into writing helped me to find my voice, and by finding my voice, I matured as both a feminist and thinker. But without writing “Dear Duke Guys,” I wouldn’t have ever known to ask the questions that ultimately brought me to women’s studies—the sorts of questions that “answered” themselves by proposing a new set of questions and so on. And without my first epiphany, I most certainly wouldn’t have had my second epiphany. I needed both. Shortly after posting the article, I happened to reconnect with one of my childhood babysitters. When I was a little girl, I looked up to her as a smart, driven and sophisticated college student. Now, she was this successful and highly acclaimed writer with a family of her own and a life brimming with creativity. From time to time, I ask her for advice, and in one of our most recent exchanges, she told me, “If you’re ‘where you belong’ all the time, you don’t find tension and conflict. And you need that to find a voice.” I know this now. I know now what I didn’t then. I think it’s what they call “perspective.” Or maybe it’s just being open to an ever-changing life. These days whenever even a hint of self-doubt slips into my mind, I remember this little pearl of wisdom. It reminds me of the untold power of our epiphanies and our unforeseen potential to rework tension and conflict into uncovering a new sense of self. But more importantly, it reminds me how grateful I am for all of my epiphanies, my year of the “Why?” Danielle Nelson is a Trinity senior. Her column runs every other Wednesday. Send Danielle a message on Twitter @elleeenel.
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economy. They also credit Durham as “the medical city,” regarding its high health care score based on its low spending and high number of hospitals. Mary McMillan, resident of Durham for 40 years who works at Art Craft Framing Co. also spoke highly of Durham’s health care system. “I think that people don’t appreciate the medical care available here until they go somewhere else,” McMillan said. “It’s excellent.” Besides distinguishing Durham’s technological and scientific involvement in the Research Triangle Park, Livability also credits Durham with amenities and attractions such as the Museum of Life and Science and the Durham Performing Arts Center. John Valentine, who lives in Hillsborough but works at The Regulator, added that Durham’s engaged residents enhance the community. “The people here are cool, curious and creative,” he
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said. “It’s great for families… certainly not the pressure Revised SOFC bylaws also allow for the possibility of of the Northeast.” exceptions to the standards for chartered and recognized groups. Doytichnov gave the example of a passionate group with nine students applying for an exception from page 4 to the requirement that groups have 10 members. Currently, SOFC’s annual budget is accessible on the Junior Nikolai Doytchinov, executive vice president, DSG website, but Doytchinov noted that he is considerlead a presentation on the important role that SOFC ing introducing legislation that makes this practice manplays within DSG, outlining proposed changes for the datory for future administrations. future of the organization. A live feed of the current totals of all DSG transactions “It would be hard for a body of this size—that also has and accounts is being added to the website, Doytchinov so many other priorities—to also be able to fully focus said. Junior Joyce Lau, SOFC chair, worked with Doytchion the budget,” Doytchinov said, highlighting the necesnov to create a process for auditing student groups. sity of SOFC. Over 400 student groups are currently registered with He emphasized the extensive systems of checks and SOFC, Lau said. balances that exist between the senate and SOFC. “Essentially a lot of those groups are inactive,” she “Anytime a group is dissatisfied with a decision, it alsaid, noting that DSG can take back the money that has ways has the opportunity to appeal,” Doytchinov said. By requiring an election to determine SOFC chairs, been sitting in their accounts. Doytchinov also formalized a process for disciplining Doytchinov noted, the process is now democratic and groups that are found mishandling funds, though he fair. hopes this process will rarely have to be used. “We don’t fund giveaways. We don’t fund alcohol. We don’t fund decorations. We don’t fund general body meetings,” Lau said.
In other business: Sophomore Lavanya Sunder, vice president for services, noted that her senators are planning a “Meet the Marketplace” event where workers will offer their favorite dishes for students to sample. Junior Ray Li, vice president for academic affairs, noted that his senators are working with administrators to assess why a large portion of students from the Pratt School of Engineering transfer into the Trinity College of Arts and Science. This phenomenon occurs at a much higher rate at Duke than other peer schools, he said. After last year’s first annual academic homecoming, Li noted that he is helping some of Duke’s peer institutions—such as Yale University—implement a similar ceremony. “It is nice to see them following in our footsteps for once,” he said. The senate approved $1,510 for the Blue Devil United Annual Drag Show.
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your appetite decreases.” Both the nine- and 18-week programs consist of a period of meal replacement and a subsequent transition period during which patients learn how to resume eating real food. The key for someone to maintain their weight during this transition period is to add the meals back very gradually and eat food that is lowfat and well-balanced, Politi said. She added that OPTIFAST is not for everyone but is designed primarily for those who have found extreme difficulty dieting with real food. The perfect candidate, Politi said, is definitely not a foodie. The diet is recommended for those who do not have a lot of time to cook or clean. “I would recommend this diet to someone who needs a vacation from food,” she said. “Sometimes people get into vicious, mindless eating cycles and need to take a break in order to reevaluate their relationship with food and assess their eating habits.” Ginger Anderson, a 53-year old mother and native of Durham, experienced dramatic weight loss success with the OPTIFAST program. Anderson gained weight in her 40s and previously tried other programs such as Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers with little success. “I needed something simple that involved fewer choices,” Anderson said. “When you don’t have to make choices, it gives you a blank slate to start new habits.” Due to her high blood pressure, Anderson found the medical supervision to be a vital part of the process. She also found the group sessions to be helpful throughout the transition periods. Although Anderson has been off the OPTIFAST program for nearly two years, she continues to follow a Weight Watchers diet in order to monitor her carbohydrate and caloric intake. However, she credits the OPTIFAST program as the kickstart for her total weight loss—approximately 70 pounds to date. “When you stop consuming excess salts and sugars and then go back to your normal routine, you find that you stop craving them,” Anderson said. “Your body doesn’t need it.” Duke’s nine-week OPTIFAST program costs $2,200, and the 18-week program costs $3,950. Duke employees are eligible for a 10 percent discount.