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An exploration of Duke’s sexual misconduct system
by Yeshwanth Kandimalla
by Julian Spector
Approximately 15 students met with University officials, including the chief of the Duke University Police Department, Tuesday to voice concerns about DUPD’s treatment of students of color. The meeting, scheduled approximately a month ago, happened to come the day after a Durham resident Jeffrey Velez, 20, was apprehended on campus for allegedly stealing a student’s backpack, said senior Marcus Benning, president of the Black Student Alliance. The arrest, filmed in a video and considered by some to be too overly aggressive by DUPD, did become part of the discussion. University Secretary richard riddell did not permit chronicle staffers to enter the room. “i would describe the meeting as a positive step in the right direction,” Benning said in an interview afterward. “i think we have forged a better partnership.” Some of the specific points raised have long been concerns of black students and other minority students, Benning noted. Many students of color report being asked to produce identification to use Duke Vans when others do not. Many black students develop a sense of “hypersurveillance” by DUPD, often following reports of a crime and a suspect through DukeAlerts. “There has been a continuum of events that have heightened students’ sense of distrust toward DUPD,” Benning explained. “i think it took some of the administrators off-guard.” The meeting resulted in some concrete responses and steps from administrators, Benning noted. Kyle cavanaugh, vice president for
quadrangle. not a Duke student, he is being held at Durham county Jail on $5,000 bond. When Velez initially resisted arrest, officers used pepper spray to subdue him, and a video of the incident taken by a bystander has circulated on social media. Velez has been charged with trespassing on Duke’s campus twice in the past,
*Editor’s note: the students’ names were changed due to the sensitive nature of their experiences. Jean*, a senior, brought a case to the office of Student conduct last May for a sexual assault against her that took place freshman year. She said she returned home drunk after a sorority formal and awoke to find a friend raping her. he refused to stop, despite her protests, she said. in his testimony, though, the accused student pled responsible for sexual misconduct, arguing that they had kissed that night but did not have sex. The hearing occurred last August, shortly after Duke’s guideline change to set expulsion as the starting place for discussions on sanctions when a student is found responsible for sexual assault. in Jean’s case, the panel found the accused student responsible for sexual misconduct but chose not to expel him. “The panel considered expulsion but ultimately determined there was not a preponderance of evidence that rape had occurred due to the lack of witness testimony,” the hearing report stated. “however, considering the full body of information, the panel suspected that more than kissing occurred during the incident and determined there was at least a preponderance of evidence for a sexual misconduct violation.” As a result, Duke suspended the perpetrator for three semesters—the same sanction he received for an academic infraction earlier in his Duke career. Jean recalled that during the hearing it appeared that the panel had found inconsistencies in the accused’s story, leading her to be perplexed by the final outcome. “There’s no really clear process on, ‘We have this much evidence, here’s a
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Year before Monday arrest, Velez charged with trespassing at Duke by Emma Baccellieri The chronicle
After allegedly stealing a student’s backpack from Perkins library Monday evening, Jeffrey Alan Velez of Durham has been charged with felony larceny, seconddegree trespass and resisting, obstructing and delaying officers. Velez, 20, was apprehended yesterday by campus police on the West campus main
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DSG finalizes annual budget for the 2014-15 school year
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The Duke Student Government Senate finalized the 2014-15 annual budget in their last meeting of the year Tuesday evening. Debate in the Senate focused on how much funding Student Organization Funding Committee should give the Chanticleer—Duke’s student yearbook—with Senators suggesting that the publication should receive anywhere from no funding to $56,847 from students’ activities fees. The senators passed an amendment—sponsored by current senior Stefani Jones, DSG president; junior Ray Li, vice president for academic affairs; junior Ellie Schaack, vice president for facilities and the environment; and senior Ajeet Hansra, senator for academic affairs—that cut the Chanticleer’s funding from $70,000 to $20,000. The original amendment proposed allocated $15,000 to the Chanticleer, but
an amendment suggested by junior Cameron Tripp, senator for residential life, modified that number to $20,000. “Yearbooks are luxury goods whose production costs should not be entirely covered in the student activities fee,” Li said when introducing the amendment. “However, complete defunding was not an option because we recognize that the Chanticleer is a student group, and those students who work on it are benefitting and deserve to have a portion of their activities fee allocated to it.” Jones said that the amendment is economically efficient and should save students money, since the Alumni Association has said that they will contribute $20,000 if DSG funds the same amount. She said that because the yearbook will be subsidized by DSG, Duke students will pay less for yearbooks than those at peer institutions like Harvard, Princeton and Columbia universities, where yearbooks See DSG, page 8
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New DUSDAC co-chair talks changing dining scene
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Junior Gregory LaHood will take over as co-chair of DUSDAC for the next academic year.
Junior Gregory LaHood was selected Monday as co-chair of the Duke University Student Dining Advisory Committee for the upcoming school year, along with sophomore Brian Taylor. The chronicle’s Sasha Zients spoke to LaHood about his plans for the committee next year and his passion for dining.
time in each meeting where members could voice their concerns about any specific issues they encountered while dining on campus. Though we have done this periodically in the past, i ran on the platform of making it a more regular occurrence because of the way in which the contact member for each vendor could use something that is said during these discussions to initiate a conversation with that vendor. While each member has always been tasked with communicating with a group of three to four vendors, i essentially ran on a commitment to make these relationships stronger while improving the campus dining experience of students, faculty, staff and visitors. it has become very apparent that on-campus vendors are often unaware of things that they are doing “wrong,” but eager to tweak their models in order to please their student customers. This was evidenced by the Penn Pavilion, as Duke Dining Director robert coffey used feedback provided by the committee as well as posters on the fantastic Fix My campus Facebook page in order to add options to the salad bar, improve the rice at the cilantro station and, among other things, bring back the Mango Drink offered through Sitar. i essentially took the position that the committee should focus more attention on these sorts of projects next year. i also pointed to my experience as the leader of the east and central campus sub-committee this past year as well as my commitment to the success and growth of Duke Dining.
The Chronicle: What was your platform running for co-chair? Gregory LaHood: My platform in the coTC: What are your specific plans for DUSchair election was centered on my commit- DAc next year? ment to improving the relationship between GL: The primary component of my future DUSDAc and campus vendors. The plan i set plan for DUSDAc is represented by my platforth for accomplishing this was to carve out form. however, i’d also like to try and attract
more people with dietary restrictions to apply to be on the committee because i think that they offer an extremely valuable perspective to our conversations regarding on-campus dining. Additionally, i’d like to see the nutritionist who attends each of our meetings play a larger role in our discussions and potentially help the committee put together a flyer or web graphic that highlights some of the healthiest options on campus. Finally, i’d be interested in the committee holding a town-hall meeting of sorts much like that which was held for the West Union a few weeks ago. i get the impression that a lot of students feel as though their voices are not heard by Duke Dining and the committee as a whole and i think that such a meeting would be a great opportunity for a group of concerned students, faculty, etc. to learn a bit more about DUSDAc’s function on campus. TC: Why did you join DUSDAc? Why are you interested in dining on campus? GL: i joined DUSDAc because as i was walking through the Student Activities Fair during the Fall of my sophomore year, i heard a voice say, “Do you like food?” i immediately stopped, explained that love was a better term for my relationship with food and signed up for their email list. in all seriousness, though, i was not even sure what the committee did when i interviewed and eventually was accepted.... however, i knew for a fact that i was passionate about food and interested in making the on-campus dining experience of myself and my peers the best it could possibly be. i’m interested in dining on campus because i’m both a huge foodie and a value-conscious eater. So while the foodie in me wanted to keep my taste buds happy, the other side of me was interested in ensuring that relatively afford-
able options on campus would be here to stay. i’m happy with how things have turned out on both fronts. While students often express dismay over the loss of some of the better values on campus with the closure of the West Union, i want to take this opportunity to point them to the Stacks station at the Penn Pavilion where you get a footlong sub that is more substantial than those from Subway, as well as a pickle and a drink, for a comparable price. Similarly, i’m extremely happy with the gastronomical experiences that are offered by our food truck selections. i often tell my peers that my participation with DUSDAc has been a highlight of my college career and i think that i have had such a great experience because my position has enabled me to carve an hour out of each week in order to talk about a topic i love. TC: What would you like the student body to know about DUSDAc? GL: i would like the student body to know that DUSDAc and Duke Dining are truly committed to pleasing them. We are not some sort of secret club who laughs maniacally every week over ongoing distress regarding a lack of chick-fil-A on campus. current co-chairs chris [Taylor] and caitie [cristante] opened up the meetings to The chronicle this year in order to try and make our commitment to student satisfaction more apparent. i’m hoping that the town hall meeting idea mentioned above will come to fruition in order to take this initiative of transparency to the next level. Finally, i want everyone to know that DUSDAc accepts new members every year and would love to see more people submit applications at the beginning of next year. See dukechronicle.com for a Q&A with Brian Taylor, LaHood’s co-chair.
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Graduate students pool money in Duke Collective by Patricia Spears The chronicle
Seven graduate students from different departments have chosen to deposit their entire stipends into a shared account from which they pay for bills, groceries and other expenses. For two years, the group has pooled their resources as a way to create a culture of intellectual and economic collaboration. The group has chosen to remain a unified front during interviews and presentations by asking to be quoted as “The Duke Collective” rather than individual members. The project began in 2012 when a pair of roommates decided to put some of their money into a collective fund to aid friends—most of whom were on international visas and could not legally work, although they needed money— during the summer. The Collective wrote in a blog post earlier this month that this was just an extension of the wage-sharing the pair already did on a daily basis, such as buying dinner or drinks for friends.
As the project grew, the group decided to move it from a ‘charity fund’ to a full wage-sharing collective with a single bank account. They also share property such as cars and homes. Members of the collective have not received individual pushback from the administration, but they have been told there are objections to their system of wage sharing— given that individual stipends are a recruiting tool as well as a method of reward for individual students, said Karim Wissa, a member of the collective and a graduate student in literature. The collective presented at the MLA Subconference in January—a “shadow” conference held alongside the Modern Language Association’s annual conference in order for graduate students to express frustrations with the organization and discuss issues of labor and economic precarity. Bennett Carpenter, a graduate student in literature and an organizer for the MLA Subconference, said that they struggled with the group’s de-emphasis on individuals.
“It is a question that those of us organizing…have also been struggling with—how to speak in the name of a collective, not in order to efface individuality, but rather to overcome the individualization of success and failure that is constantly being imposed upon us by the economic and social structures that we live and labor in,” Carpenter wrote in an email Friday. Wissa noted that wage-sharing is not necessarily unique to the collective. He pointed to families and churches as accepted groups that allow for wages to be pooled and shared. Carpenter echoed those sentiments. He said that the Collective is challenging the University’s model of “artificial scarcity, competition and fear.” The collective plans to expand with two more members this summer, Wissa said. Carpenter believes that the Collective can be expanded, but the real push should be for reform in graduate funding and contingent labor at the University level. As far as the trajectory of the collective is concerned, Wissa has high hopes. “It’s hard to say what the future holds, so let’s just be modest—communism,” he wrote.
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The space that once housed the Duke East Campus Health Center—which closed Fall semester—is now being discussed as a potential location for a number of other services. “There are various scenarios being discussed,” said Rick Johnson, assistant vice president of student affairs for housing, dining and residence life. “It appears that office space, which is in very short supply on East, may be the future use of that space. There are three offices that have been identified for that space, but they are not in there now.” But a definitive plan of action for the space has not yet been implemented, administrators said. Student Health closed the facility on East in November after it was decided that the center did not have adequate equipment, space or staffing to serve the needs of the students, and the 600-square foot space behind Wilson Dormitory and the Marketplace has remained empty since. Student Health decided that an integration of health services at one centralized location on West Campus could more effectively provide care to students. “We believe that the small loss in convenience for students on East Campus is more than made up for by the improved access to the full scope primary care we can deliver at the Student Health Center,” said Jean Hanson, associate director of clinical support services and outreach for Student Health. Hanson said that shutting down the East Campus location in November was the right decision to make and has produced better results in terms of providing students with consistent, high-quality care. “On any given day we rarely saw more than eight to 10 students,” Hanson said. “While the East clinic was convenient for some, we could not provide the services there as we could on West. On West, there is easy access to radiology and the pharmacy, and we could draw blood or collect specimens for testing that we were unable to do on East.” Construction is set to begin on a new Student Health and Wellness Center in Spring 2015. The new building that will unite the Student Health Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Wellness Center and case management office—facilities that are currently in different locations across campus. The site for the center has yet to be determined, although the most likely location is currently a space by the Schwartz-Butters Athletic Center and Cameron Indoor Stadium on Towerview Road, Director of Student Health John Vaughn told The Chronicle in January.
misconduct from page 1 sanction,’ or, ‘He was responsible for this, now what’s his sanction,’” she said. “It just seems like such an arbitrary, subjective decision about what sanction a person receives.” Jean was one of the 154 students who came to the Women’s Center reporting an instance of gender violence in the 2012-13 academic year, of whom 90 percent reported a perpetrator from the Duke community. Of those 138 students, five went forward with a Student Conduct hearing. Jean’s case is unique, but it demonstrates the complexity that surrounds certain aspects of Duke’s sexual misconduct proceedings. As of Monday, Student Affairs decided to make the sexual misconduct sanctioning guideline available to the public. In the past, however, some students questioned whether choices made in sexual assault cases were subjective because the guideline was unavailable to the public. Stephen Bryan, associate dean of students and director of the Office of Student Conduct, said, however, that there was always a structured approach to sanctioning. “That I wish could be communicated more, because the average person might think it’s kind of a ‘which way the wind was blowing that day’ and that’s not it at all. It’s a very structured approach to sanctioning,” Bryan said. The process unpacked When a student is sexually assaulted by a fellow Duke student, they have the option of bringing the case to Student Conduct. Duke encourages victims to first report the incident confidentially to the Women’s Center. There, trained therapists, such as Sheila Broderick—gender violence intervention services coordinator—meet with the victim and provide psychological aid, as well as information about the choices available for reporting what happened. Ultimately, the choice belongs to the student whether or not to move forward with an investigation. The process can take months and be very emotionally draining, Broderick said. She pledges to stand by the victim through every step of the process, but she is forthright about saying it won’t be easy. “You’re still kind of taking a crap shoot bringing a case,” Broderick said. “You’ve got to go forward with the idea of letting go of the outcomes. You’ve got to stand up and speak your truth, and if they say he’s not responsible—you and I know that he’s responsible, and that’s at the end of the day what really matters.” When a case is initiated, the accuser and accused each submit a statement, and Student Conduct hires an independent private investigator to interview witnesses and establish the facts of the situation. After this process, which can run for weeks or months, Duke convenes a hearing. A three-person conduct panel—including one student and two staff or faculty members—presides over the process. The accuser and accused sit on opposite sides of a dividing screen and never speak to each other directly. They each deliver their testimony, then the witnesses for either side report their version of the events in question, with the panel asking questions at their discretion. The process can run from three to six hours, Broderick added. “What I can tell you, with God as my witness, is nobody gets slut-shamed in that room, nobody gets disrespectfully spoken to—the conduct panel members are exceedingly pleasant, kind, it’s non-emotional,” she said. In order to find an accused student responsible, the case against the student must meet the preponderance of evidence standard, as set by the Department of Education in its April 2011 Dear Colleague letter. This standard is often phrased as having at least 51 percent certainty that the sexual assault occurred. This in turn frequently boils down to the question of consent and whether the accused student engaged in sexual activity when he or she should have known that he or she did not have consent. “[For] a reasonable person in this situation, should they have known they did not have consent or could not get consent?” Broderick said. “And I’m sorry, [when a student is] passed out in a pool of vomit—I think you know.” Standards of evidence After the hearing, the panel members deliberate on both the ruling and the sentence, and then they write a decision explaining their rationale. Sanctions can include expulsion, suspension, disciplinary probation, recommended counseling and other educational penalties. The Student Conduct website outlines the procedure for adjudicating sexual misconduct. Duke does not currently release the specific guideline on what infractions or evidence will lead to a certain sanction, though this
should change with Monday’s decision to make available the sanctioning guideline. The lack of precise information on what to expect troubled some students. “It’s amazing how the culture of silence that applies to sexual assault victims and keeps them silent applies to the Office of Student Conduct,” said Christine*, a student who was sexually assaulted in Oct. 2010 and went through the sexual misconduct hearing process Fall 2011. “Students aren’t allowed to get any knowledge of how cases that came before them turned out, so they enter with little preparation and no way to really forecast. There’s no one you can speak to who’s walked in their shoes.” Some trends have become clearer over time. For instance, if a case does not have evidence beyond the testimonies of the accused and the accuser, the panel will rarely find the accused responsible, Broderick said, because it makes it hard to determine if a reasonable person should have known if they had consent. “These cases are strengthened by if there’s somebody else, a friend, somebody that they told pretty soon after-
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wards or if there’s some documentation through texting or Facebooking or witnesses at a party who saw them,” she noted. “I certainly wouldn’t want to say you have to have that… It’s just a matter of strengthening the case.” For Christine, whose hearing ended in a finding of responsibility, a key component of the hearing was that she had several witnesses who could testify to her inability to give consent on the night in question. “I was blackout drunk,” she said. “The jury was trying to figure out, ‘Was I drunk?’ Because if I was, therefore I couldn’t give consent. All the witnesses who saw me said I could barely stand, and he was dragging me.” Rape kits tend not to play much of a role as evidence in these hearings, Broderick said, because the case usually has more to do with the question of whether sex was consensual rather than if there was sex or not. That said, the fact that someone went to the hospital to get a rape kit examination can add weight to a case. Christine said she has spoken with other students who
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misconduct con’t from page 5 are considering bringing a case through Student Conduct, and their greatest fear is often that they don’t know if the accused will be found responsible based on the evidence they have. “I’m very honest with them and tell them it’s almost completely dependent on your witnesses and whether or not they can verify your story and prove the perpetrator committed that act, whatever it may be,” she said. “I don’t try to scare off anyone, but I tell them it can be an emotionally exhausting process.” Sentencing revealed Student Conduct provides the panel members with tools to make sentencing decisions, such as rubrics with suggested sanctions based on prior history of the accused, as well as information on similar cases from a database of the past five years of conduct hearings, Bryan said. Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta confirmed via email Monday that Student Affairs “will make clear in writing the sanction guideline for sexual misconduct.” He was unavailable for further comment in time for publication. Until this decision at the annual meeting to review judicial processes, the guidelines had not been publicly available. “They’re not secret. There’s never been thought to document them,” Moneta said in an interview April 7. Publishing such guidelines, though, might box people in when deciding on sanctions, Bryan said in an April 14 interview. Several years ago, Student Conduct
tion than expulsion. In Jean’s case, the panel found the accused responsible for some misconduct but could not find a preponderance of evidence for rape, leading to a threesemester suspension for the accused. Since that policy was put into place last August, at least one person has been expelled for sexual assault, Bryan confirmed. He added that the panels ultimately have the power to decide the sanction based on the guideline provided to them. Some factors they consider include precedent, context of the situation and prior infractions. Details on how the panel members are trained, however, are not available to the Duke community. Training policies withheld In training, the panel members learn about subjects such as assessing credibility, how to ask questions in a sensitive manner, alcohol’s effect on judgement-making, Title IX compliance and the meaning of consent, Bryan said. Broderick is not privy to the training policies, de-
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spite her role as the first point of contact for students looking to bring a case to Student Conduct. She has asked to observe them so as to provide more informed advice for the students she counsels, she said. When asked if the Women’s Center personnel could observe the training, Bryan said this might pose problems for the neutrality of the process. “Who would you send to observe on behalf of accused students? It’s really important that we are providing equity and fairness to all students,” he said. “There’s not one central body that works with students who are accused. We have disciplinary advisers who are trained by our office to offer support and guidance, but it’s not like the Women’s Center setup where most students go through them coming forward.” Moneta said he was not aware of the training information being withheld from the Women’s Center. “I hope the answer is that the training is transparent and that there’s nothing mysterious about what we’re training,” Moneta said. “They both eventually report to me, so it would not be in my interest for there to be discord.”
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“Our students sometimes are too black and white, dualistic.” — Stephen Bryan, associate dean of students published a spreadsheet of the most common infractions and associated sanctions, but the decision “proved to be a disaster.” When students received penalties that differed from the published rubric, they appealed on those grounds, in spite of the reasoning that motivated that particular sanction, such as context and prior history. A published guideline would have difficulty capturing the full range of behaviors and their sanctions, Bryan said. “Our students sometimes are too black and white, dualistic,” Bryan said. “Unfortunately, particularly underclassmen don’t realize the grayness that exists. When you commit to something in writing for a sanction, it in some ways defeats the purposes of an educational system because students are looking how to get out on a technicality....” Duke Student Government President Stefani Jones, a senior, said she had been lobbying Student Affairs to make public the sanctioning guideline for the most serious offenses. Jones, who advocated for several reforms of Duke’s sexual misconduct policy in recent years, said that publicly codifying the guideline would help students better understand the possible sanctions for a given offense if they proceeded with the conduct process. “It’s important for victims of sexual assault who are going through the conduct process to have a full understanding of what the possible sanctions might look like for a given offense,” Jones said. “And it’s just as important that they’re not misled in thinking someone might be expelled or given a very serious punishment and then they not be.” The spectrum of misconduct After weeks of navigating the conduct process through a hearing, sometimes victims of sexual assault are confused by the outcome. “I knew it was a new policy, but I think just because it was so unclear to me why there was no expulsion that it was really upsetting,” Jean said about the outcome of her hearing. “It was more than kissing—I don’t know what they think was between kissing and rape. That’s still sexual assault the way I see it.” Student Conduct defines sexual misconduct as “any physical act of a sexual nature perpetrated against an individual without consent or when an individual is unable to freely give consent.” Bryan noted, though, that expulsion is the first penalty to be discussed for cases at the upper end of the misconduct spectrum, when rape or sodomy has occurred. Thus, if a panel is unable to find a preponderance of evidence that rape or sodomy has occurred, a finding of sexual misconduct may lead to a lesser sanc-
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mediately mentioned as a descriptor of the suspect until more facts are established. Benning noted that administration, acknowledged that the University will a suspect’s skin tone is often used to infer his or her reinforce to drivers of Duke Vans that all passengers race, even though the inference may be inaccurate. will be asked to show their Dukecard. Another recommendation included purchasing For handling DukeAlerts, Benning said some stu- body cameras for police officers to record their activities, Benning added. Administrators seemed open to the idea, though they expressed concerns about the “We’re trying to help ofﬁcers cost of such cameras. Although the meeting was planned well before understand the concerns of Velez’s arrest, the incident had an emotional resonance with many students, some who personally have students of color and develexperience with racial profiling and aggressive police op greater empathy for their tactics, said senior Jacob Tobia, who attended the meeting. experiences.” “i hope that administrators include more student — Adrienne harreveld, junior voices,” added junior Adrienne harreveld, a columnist for The chronicle who attended the meeting. “We’re trying to help officers understand the condents presented the model used by columbia Uni- cerns of students of color and develop greater empaversity as an alternative. At columbia, race is not im- thy for their experiences.”
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Pitching paces Blue Devils to 2-0 victory by Ryan Neu THE CHRONICLE
A second straight shutout propelled Duke to its sixth straight win. Behind the strong arms of their pitching staff, the Blue Devils were able to eke out a 2-0 win Tuesday UNCG 0 night at Jack Coombs DUKE 2 Field against visiting UNC-Greensboro. The shutout extended Duke’s scoreless streak to 19 innings. The the last run Duke allowed coming in the bottom of the eighth Saturday afternoon against Virginia Tech. “I thought [the pitching staff] threw the ball great,” head coach Chris Pollard said. “I thought that both teams pitched great…. We got a terrific start out of Istler and then the guys in the bullpen did exactly what you want them to do. They were very efficient, they got a lot of early contact in the at bat. I thought it was a really good pitching performance by all five of our guys that threw today.” Duke (25-17) scored the first run of the night in the bottom of the fifth inning on an error by Spartan third baseman Sean Guite. Designated hitter Matt Berezo led off the inning with a walk—Duke’s second
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Conner Stevens threw a scoreless seventh inning as five Duke pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout Tuesday night.
Krzyzewskiology 101 Barring any major hiccups, I will graduate in a few weeks with a degree in public policy, a minor in English and a certificate in policy journalism and media studies. But there’s one field of study— which I’ve put in enough time for to earn a major—that won’t be printed on my diploma: Krzyzewskiology. To varying degrees, most Duke students deserve to graduate with a minor in K-ology. Even from a distance, there are tremendous life lessons to be learned from the way Mike Krzyzewski coaches the team, runs a program and demonstrates Duke’s best qualities on a national stage. As a basketball writer and sports editor for The Chronicle, I’ve had the privilege of learning studying Krzyzewskiology from up close: Sitting on press row, attending his press conferences and speaking to his players. I never got around to writing a thesis for my Krzyzewskiology major, but the following stories would definitely be included because in some way or another, I learned a whole bunch more from sitting in those press conferences than I
ever did in a classroom. The first time, I was a freshman. I wasn’t scared, but I was passive. Duke beat Virginia 56-41, but Kyle Singler— amid his senior-year funk—had more turnovers and fouls than points. A reporter asked Coach K about Singler’s poor performance. Having some fun with the question, Coach K told the writer that he sometimes writes terrible stories, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a good reporter. Now, there have been instances in which Coach K hasn’t been enamored with the journalism produced by The Chronicle. Just a year earlier, he called it “unbelievable” when a columnist suggested he bench Singler, during his junior year. (In fairness, the notion that they should have benched the eventual Final Four Most Outstanding Player was pretty unbelievable). There were incidents before that too, and so I always learned to pick my words carefully around Coach K, both in print and in press conferences. This wasn’t out of fear, but it’s important to remember that if you say or write anything, you better be willing to put your face next to it if somebody challenges it. Because they will. Like the time I wrote a tongue-incheek column making fake prop bets for this upcoming season. This includ-
ed a “Doghouse Power Rankings,” which featured then-slumping Rasheed Sulaimon at No. 1. “You know who’s in the doghouse? You are,” he said to me at the next press conference. “I have one dog, his name is Blue, and he doesn’t even live in a house…. None of my guys are in a doghouse.” Now, I don’t think Coach K hated me all of a sudden because he didn’t agree with a facetious aside in an otherwise harmless piece. (As my parents insisted, this comment was actually a good thing: “It means he reads your columns!”) And only days earlier, Coach K and I had a “kumbaya experience.” Those were his words, not mine: After I asked a question about a player, Coach K said he would need to watch the film to properly evaluate his play, then asking me to assess his own performance at the press conference. Playing his game, I replied that I couldn’t until I went back to watch it on tape. “At least you have empathy for me,” he said. “This is a kumbaya experience for us. This is terrific.” (Personally, I thought our first kumbaya moment came when we spoke at the end of the last year, and I mentioned no longer being The Chronicle’s sports editor, to which he asked if that were like him stepping down to be an assistant with Wojo becoming head
coach. Hint, hint? Nah.) I wouldn’t go as far as saying my interactions with Coach K have been unique—he loves a good back-andforth with plenty of reporters. But they have provided me with a unique learning experience: I took Krzyzewskiology during my four most formative years as a journalist. I could try and boil down these lessons and others if I really tried: Pick your battles, choose your words carefully, ask a 20-word question in five (or else you might get cut off), learn to banter well, lead by example, always act as if you’re under a microscope. But then again, as I learned in English, Cliffnotes aren’t the same as the real thing. I’m not sure what my cumulative GPA in Krzyzewskiology was. I hopefully wrote some good stories. I definitely wrote some not-so-good ones. But as a pretty smart guy once said, “If you were reading, I know I was doing something right.” In the end, I’m just grateful that Duke offers Krzyzewskiology. It’s the only place that does. Andrew Beaton is a Trinity senior. He served as sports editor of The Chronicle’s Volume 108.
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Duke looks to shake late losses in ACC tourney Fifth-seeded Blue Devils await first postseason opponent by Delaney King THE CHRONICLE
After a shaky end to an otherwise-stellar season, the Blue Devils enter postseason play in uncharted territory—looking to bounce back from their first losing streak of the season. Back-to-back losses to end the regular season dropped Duke—which held the top spot in the nation for five consecutive weeks—to No. 6 in the national rankings and the fifth seed in the ACC tournament. The Blue Devils will play at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C., and will face the winner of the previous day’s matchup between 12th-seeded Maryland and 13th-seeded Wake Forest. “There’s nothing we can do about the losses now except move forward and try to get better,” Duke head coach Jamie Ashworth said. “We were hoping not to have to go to four straight days of the ACC tournament, but we have to play with what we were dealt, and so we’ll be ready to play.” In its two closest matches since a 4-3 win against UCLA Feb. 10, Duke lost 4-3 to then-No. 17 Clemson and Georgia Tech to bid farewell to regular-season competition. Before the losses, the
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Duke dominated in doubles play throughout the regular season, but dropped the doubles point in each of its two final regular-season matches, both of which were losses. Blue Devils (21-3, 11-3 in the ACC) had claimed the doubles point in every match but one. Duke dropped the doubles points in both of its recent losses. “We were a little disappointed with our doubles this weekend—we hadn’t lost a doubles point since early Febru-
ary,” Ashworth said. “We were just too defensive, and I think if we can get back that attacking mindset and put ourselves in a good position after the doubles, we’re going to be as tough as anybody to beat.” The Blue Devils cruised to easy wins
against both Maryland (9-12, 4-10) and Wake Forest (11-12, 3-11) when the teams met earlier in the season. The Terrapins were shut out on their home court against Duke, but bested the Demon Deacons in their contest after claiming the doubles point and first three singles matches to seal the day’s win. “[We just have to] worry about ourselves,” Ashworth said. “We had good matches against both of them early in the year, and so I’m more concerned with making sure we’re in the right frame of mind and having the right attitude and the right purpose when we walk on the court rather than who we play.” With a win Thursday, Duke will have a chance for revenge in the following round of the tournament with a matchup against Clemson, which received the No. 4 seed and a bye to the quarterfinals. Before their two season-ending losses, the Blue Devils were poised to claim one of the top two seeds heading into the conference tournament, with just one ACC loss to Virginia at the end of February. “When we’ve been playing our best all year, we’ve been playing to… prove something and not to protect something,” Ashworth said. “We have nothing to protect… so we need to go into this with a mindset of making a statement as to where we’ve been through the year, and that’s being one of the best teams in the country.”
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Blue Devils ready for Bustin selected to USA historic Penn Relays Field Hocky Hall of Fame Duke to go for gold in front of tens of thousands of fans by Ali Wells THE CHRONICLE
The Blue Devils will continue a program tradition dating back before World War II when they take collegiate track and field’s biggest stage this weekend at the country’s oldest and largest competition. Duke hopes to add to its rich history of success at the 120th annual Penn Relays with talented relay squads and individual performances starting Thursday in Philadelphia. What began as Pennsylvania’s effort to add more excitement to its 1893 spring handicapped meet has grown into the world’s third most-watched track meet behind the Olympics and the World Championships. The first official Penn Relays Carnival was held in 1895 and offered nine relay races, but with the addition of high school and Olympic development contests, the event count has surpassed 100 more than a century later. “The crowds are bigger than any we
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After breaking the four-minute mark in the mile, junior Nate McClafferty and his 4-x-mile team have a chance to break Duke’s all-time record.
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The 2013 season was filled with many highlights for Duke field hockey—a shootout defeat of North Carolina, victory in the NCAA semifinals against top-seeded Maryland and a trip to the NCAA championship game for the first time in program history. Head coach Pam Bustin capped off the academic year with one more triumph— being inducted into the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame. “It’s hard to imagine yourself among those people you’ve watched and admired for so long, so it’s a bit of an unrealistic feeling,” Bustin said. “But it’s a huge honor, there’s a lot of emotion and pride mixed in with that.” Bustin began her field hockey career as a member of the Massachusetts field hockey team from 1985-88. During her sophomore year, Bustin led the Minutemen to their third Final Four in seven seasons, where Massachusetts went on to defeat Iowa in the consolation game for third place in the NCAA tournament. Honored as team captain and team MVP her senior season, Bustin was named a first-team All-American and nominated for the Honda-Broderick Award for the female collegiate athlete of the year.
After graduating, Bustin served as captain of the United States Under-21 team until 1989, when she was named to the United States National Team. She competed with the team until 1996, leading the United States to a fifth place finish at the Atlanta Olympics—the team’s second-highest finish in history. In 2006, Bustin joined the U.S. National Team as an assistant coach and guided her team to an eighth-place finish at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “I feel very fortunate to have been able to represent the United States,” Bustin said. “It was a huge part of my life from the time I was 19 until I retired at 29 or so, and it remains a huge part of my life to this day.” Bustin also held coaching duties at Michigan State, Temple and Hofstra, until arriving at Louisville in 1998. In her 13 years with the Cardinals, Bustin compiled 11 winning seasons, including six regular-season conference championships. Bustin won three Conference Coach of the Year Awards—two in the MAC and one after Louisville moved to the Big East. The Blue Devils came calling when former head coach Beth Bozman resigned from Duke Nov. 12, 2010 after an 8-11 season—the Blue Devils failed to See BUSTIN, page 16
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track and field from page 15 have seen,” director of track and field Norm Ogilvie said. “Typically 30,000 people on Thursday, 40,000 people on Friday and 50,000 people on Saturday. This is as big as it gets.” The Blue Devils’ relay success in the early outdoor season has set them up to have a slew of impressive performances in front of this big crowd. Duke will look to post some of the top times in school history in preparation for the NCAA East Regional Championships in late May. The women’s 4-x-200 meter and 4-x400 meter relays, led by juniors Lauren Hansson and Elizabeth Kerpon, are poised to break Duke records. The 4-x200 record has already fallen once this year and the 4-x-400 looks to be next after the squad posted a 3:38.60 in the 4-x-400, only a second off the record of 3:37.51. The women’s distance medley relay enters the meet positioned as the sixth and final team in the first heat, but for a meet of this caliber, a sixth seed is an opportunity to compete against and surprise the top teams. After earning her first ACC title in the mile last weekend, freshman Haley Meier will anchor the Blue Devils’ effort. “They probably have the best chance to win of all our relays,” Ogilvie said. “We have a loaded team and could really bring it together for a victory.” Saturday Duke will also take a shot at the men’s 4-x-mile relay record of 16:22.34 which has stood for more than 40 years. Adding up the personal best
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mile times of the four fastest Blue Devils—Brian Schoepfer, Nate McClafferty, Mike Moverman and Alec Kunzweiler— gives Duke the potential to match the record. “This is one of the oldest school records at Duke, dating back to 1973,” Ogilvie said. “Taking that record down is a big goal for us, and it’s not out of reach.” Adding to the tens of thousands of Philadephia spectators, Saturday’s competition will be televised live on NBC Sports Network from noon to 3 p.m. The majority of the 32 Blue Devils will compete in events, but a few athletes will take to the field individually. Sophomore Megan Clark enters the pole vault as the top seed after her season-opening vault of 14 feet, 7 1/4 inches at the Carolina Relays. Redshirt sophomore Thomas Lang, fresh off his ACC title in the javelin, enters this weekend’s meet seeded fourth. Although his competitors have recorded outstanding marks this season, the Pennsylvania native could win the event if he gets fired up by the challenge and a home crowd, Ogilvie said. Competing in the discus, redshirt senior Austin Gamble could break his own record of 184 feet, which he set at this competition last year.
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win a single ACC game. Bustin had a reputation for revitalizing programs after helping the Cardinals transform from a program in the middle of a 34-game losing streak to a perennial contender for the Big East crown. “Obviously the Duke program has a great history of success within the NCAA and a big reason for that is that it’s been able to attract some of the best hockey players in the country,” Bustin said. “You share ideas, you try to show them a path that will hopefully lead to success.” The Blue Devils turned things around immediately with Bustin at the helm, leading Duke to a 14-8 record in 2011 and the program’s first bid to the NCAA tournament since 2008. She guided the Blue Devils to the Big Dance again in 2013, the program’s first appearance in the championship game. Bustin’s 200th career victory came in Duke’s win against the Terrapins in the NCAA semifinal game, the first time the Blue Devils had beaten Maryland since 2011.
“For me, I’m just going to be happier that the path [the 2013 team] took did give them a chance to win the national championship,” Bustin said. “You think you believe in these things, but they don’t always come together. But what’s so special about 2013 team is that they did.” Bustin brought a bevy of international experience to Duke, and has helped shape her team into top players not only on the collegiate level, but also on a global scale. In 2012, six Blue Devils competed in the Junior Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. In addition, Stefanie Fee, a senior during Bustin’s first season in Durham, was named to the United States National Team in 2012. “It was awesome to come in with that experience and see who wants to grab ahold of that and who wants to make it their path, and who wants to learn for it and do the best they can for Duke,” she said. “I’d like to think that my experience and what I’ve learned over the years has been able to help them hopefully reach their own dreams and goals.” Bustin will be inducted into the Hall of Fame June 28 in Lancaster, Pa.
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with an undisclosed injury and he made his presence known. Rosenfeld went 1-for-3 at the dish with the key sacrifice to bring Berezo to third base in the fifth inning and was flawless on defense. “I thought he caught a terrific ballgame,” Pollard said. “I thought he was really, really good behind the plate and our guys have so much confidence in him. You saw how many breaking balls we buried in the dirt in a two-strike count and he handled every single one of them.” Junior Andrew Istler gave Duke another strong start on the mound, allowing no runs on only three hits and recording four strike outs in five innings of work. He ran into a little bit of trouble in the first and second innings, allowing lead off singles in both innings. Both times, however, Istler was able to avoid any issue by picking off the base runners. In the first inning, he whipped around from the stretch to nail center fielder Zac MacAneney at first base. In the second inning, after advancing to second base on a fielder’s choice, Istler picked off second baseman Hunter King to get out of trouble again. The bullpen stepped up to fill in for Istler over the remaining four innings, with four dif-
base runner of the game at that point. Catcher and team captain Mike Rosenfeld came up next, but swung and missed on a hit-and-run attempt. But, Berezo was able to successfully steal second on the play. Two pitches later, Rosenfeld came through with situational hitting, driving a ground ball up the middle to allow Berezo to advance to third with just one out in the inning. After a ground out by left fielder Ryan Dietrich, shortstop Kenny Koplove rolled a hard ground ball to third base and then reached safely after the ball was initially booted. The subsequent throw was wide of first base allowing Berezo to score on the play. It was the only run Duke would need. “It was a hit and run,” Rosenfeld said. “Tough pitch to handle. He threw it down but luckily Matt [Berezo] could get in there safe and then we moved him to third and ended up scoring the run. I would’ve loved to have gotten a base hit… that’s a situation where you just have to move the runner to third [and] get him in with our other batters.” This was Rosenfeld’s first game back behind the plate after missing all of last week
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ferent Duke relievers taking one inning each. Senior Robert Huber came on in the ninth inning to seal the deal and recorded his eighth save of the season. “I felt great,” Istler said. “Fastball was working really well. Slider was working really well too…. I work on [the pick off move] a good amount. This year it’s really improved a lot… it’s just all about quick feet and they pretty much just get themselves out.” UNC-Greensboro (17-19) had its chances throughout the game but could not find a way to push across a run against the Duke staff. The Spartans out hit the Blue Devils four to three and had lead off base runners in the first and second innings, but failed to come up with any big hits in the game. After getting a runner into scoring posi-
tion in the top of the ninth, UNC-Greensboro fell meekly, striking out swinging and then grounding out to end the game. Duke will look to extend its winning streak this weekend when the Blue Devils visit Winston-Salem, N.C., to face in-state rival Wake Forest. If the Blue Devils can continue to get pitching performances like it has of late, they could extend that streak to nine by the end of the weekend. “We’re excited,” Pollard said. “Like we’ve tried to do everyday this year, just really taking it a one day at a time. I feel very confident in saying that none of our guys were looking past tonight… and we’ll try to go out tomorrow and have a good practice, make some good adjustments offensively and then be ready to go.”
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our fair institution: a year in review At the end of every year, it is always a valuable exercise to look back and reflect on the year in its entirety, to understand what sets it apart from past years and to assess how far our fair institution has come. In the spirit of reflection and ruthless evaluation, we have assembled the most important—and overlooked—news stories of the 2013-2014 academic year. Confused about how Dr. Dre earned his degree, Jabari Parker declares intent to apply to medical school. Meanwhile, his forthcoming children’s book “Green Eggs and Slam Dunk” is set to win the Man Booker Prize. Senior class disappointed to learn that Patrick Dempsey of Grey’s Anatomy fame will not be speaking at graduation. Instead of McDreamy, graduates will get McDronestrikes. At the behest of Duke’s American Grand Strategy group, Duke annexes Eastern Ukraine, where it plans to build Duke Kiev University— DKU—to “expand its global presence in a country at the heart of the world stage.” Unperturbed by the closing of the Law Refectory, law students prepare to eat each other. DKU—the one in China—announces it has received another application, bringing the total
onlinecomment Apart from the Gloria Steinem talk, I was never engaged or included or challenged by this program that is supposed to [be] building stronger women. In fact, the rejection really hindered my self-confidence for the first semester, as I took it to mean Duke did not think I was worth investing in.
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to like 10 or something. In unrelated news, DKU shifts marketing tactics to emphasize “small class sizes” and “one-on-one learning opportunities.” Fix My Campus fixes campus. Duke School of Medicine produces a video parodying Broadway songs in an attempt to
Editorial attract applicants. Not to be outdone, the Fuqua School of Business hires Andrew Lloyd Weber to consult for its recruitment video and outsources all additional labor to Cambodia. The Law School will not be making a video, as the students with artistic talent were the first to be eaten. Duke launches a slew of new certificate programs in response to unconfirmed but definitely very high student demand. These include: Certificate in Solving World Problems and Feeling Really Good About It, Certificate in Certificate Development and Implementation, Certificate in Global NeoCreative Transdisciplinary Information and Developmental Comparative Innovation Studies of the Environment and Certificate in Knitting.
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Following Northwestern’s lead, Duke’s football team unionizes, forms AnarchoMarxist collective, redistributes all of the wealth and defeats UNC 27-25. Experts predict DukeEngage students will save the world over summer. NGO employees begin looking for new line work—world’s poor rejoice. After the landslide passage of the Forty Percent Plan, Inside Joke and the Duke Money Laundering Society are left as Duke’s only functional student groups. In case you couldn’t tell, today’s editorial was a joke. Happy LDOC and congratulations to the Class of 2014!
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Writing through the noise
’ve been “writing” this last column in my head for weeks now. Little bits and pieces of incoherent thoughts pop up here and there, but the pieces are scattered and out of place. I’ve always found the hardest thing about writing to be cementing a beginning, middle and end. It’s
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means running the risk of taking things too personally and feeling everything too deeply. It means letting your mind go to a place where maybe questions can only be answered with more questions and hard-fast truths are unpacked to nothingness. When I talk about my Duke experience as
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because we know, in theory, what we want to say, but putting it into words suddenly makes it an incomprehensible muddle. Writing is my way of trying to make sense of things. Writing is my method of wrestling down the nonsensical, or at least a good, solid attempt of trying to do so. I started writing when I was searching for myself sophomore year, and in some form or another, I haven’t stopped. I won’t let myself stop. I force myself to sit in front of that perpetually haunting blank page until I write or type out one sentence that I’ve been replaying in my head over and over. That one sentence then builds into more detail, more complexity, until there’s an essay—a new thought, a new little discovery. Writing a column this semester has been my way of trying to make sense of my time here at Duke. I haven’t exactly loved Duke. I haven’t exactly hated Duke. My feelings about Duke and of my time here are quite complicated. It’s the type of story that lacks clarity, and for good reason. Duke has, undeniably, changed me and turned me into a better and truer version of the person I was when I first came here. I describe myself most assuredly as a feminist and a writer—two parts of a new whole that has Duke written all over it. I used to think there was some value in dwelling on why I changed. Now I’m just glad that I did. Even the difficult moments—the ones that now leave me feeling rather ambivalent—brought about a heightened self-awareness that forced me to ask myself: Who am I, and what do I want? I like this version of myself a lot, but even so, I am who I am, because of both the good and the bad—the low-lows and the high-highs. In a perfect world, maybe I could shuffle the narrative around a bit and pick and choose, but alas… such is life. Writing demands that we be brutally honest with ourselves. Writing forces us to try to put into words the indescribable and contextualize the unintelligibility that most authentically defines what it means to live. This is good. This is productive. It is also painful. It means that we have to pause, sit down and make sense of the past before we can understand all the rest. It
“complicated,” what I’m really getting at is how I’ve grown stronger from my disappointments here. I like to think of it as a way of owning up to the weirdness of having the good mired in the bad. Maybe it’s even the realization that somewhere between that numb feeling of disappointment and revelation, something clicked. When I was younger, one of my favorite songs was “Best Imitation of Myself” by Ben Folds Five. I used to sit cross-legged on my bed, playing that song over and over. The magic for me was in those opening lines, “I feel like a quote out of context / Withholding the rest / So I can be for you what you want to see…” I knew that I was too concerned with what others thought of me during my impressionable teenage years. On some level, I was incredibly insecure, and I found some comfort in my hometown hero, Ben Folds, making art out of the messiness of feeling like an outsider. I’ve always identified with that sense of being a “quote out of context,” but my relationship to it has changed. I no longer see it as a weakness or coming from a place of insecurity. It simply just is. All of my columns this semester have been an attempt to pin down a contextual narrative that speaks to the two questions of “who am I and what do I want?” By telling stories and carving out this space, my intention was to write about writing and how through the act of writing, our stories can write us into crystallizing clarity. I don’t see it as navel-gazing or selfindulgent. It’s just one way of demanding more space in our busy lives for stories and for narratives. We can’t live a life void of its context, and yet we do. We define ourselves by our majors and our jobs (or lack thereof). We spend the better parts of our lives transcribing our achievements into a series of bullet points on a resume. We let superficial observations and idle gossip mark our judgment of others. Our communication with one another lacks face-to-face togetherness. We cut out the “complicated,” because it’s just easier that way. Without narrative, it’s all just noise. Danielle Nelson is a Trinity senior. This is her final column of the semester. Send Danielle a message on Twitter @elleeenel.
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‘Not all those who wander’
t Duke, we love busyness. Not business— corporations and organizations—but, rather, the state of being busy, of being scheduled to be somewhere or do something. A light week here is one with only one paper, two tests, four meetings, an intramural soccer game and eighteen hours in a tent. We are so lucky to live in a place like this—a place where so much is at our fingertips. We can dabble in every academic discipline imaginable, watch world class athletes compete, engage with hundreds of clubs and organizations and enjoy a night on the town in America’s Foodiest Small Town—or, at least, catch a ride on a mechanical bull. We’re told from Day One that our time here is finite, so we quickly get
wanted, losing an election or not being accepted to DukeEngage—I had never doubted that my path, my overarching philosophy, might be flawed. While perusing the course catalog, intent on satisfying the Cross-Cultural Inquiry Mode of Inquiry—the next thing on my list—I came across the Education department. I took the introductory class and liked it so much that I ended up adding the minor in my junior and senior years. When asked why I would pair such a thing with economics, I told the truth: I really loved going to class. In my seminars, the discussions were so interesting that I didn’t want the period to end. MondayWednesday from 1:15 to 2:30 became something
George Carotenuto guest column to work filling it, making the most of what is offered by booking our schedules wall to wall, semester to semester and even summer to summer. I spent the summer between my sophomore and junior years working in Washington, DC. While there, I began watching The West Wing and was hooked by the end of the first episode. I found a lot to love about the series, but, more than anything, I latched onto the mantra of fictional president Jed Bartlet, a simple line uttered hundreds of times throughout the series: “What’s next?” From the first time I heard it, I loved the sentiment of ‘what’s next.’ It is the idea that we should always strive for more. Hearing it, I imagined a life so hyper-scheduled that I would constantly be jetting from commitment to commitment. That is success, I thought. And the more I considered it, the more I realized that I—like many of you—have defined my life by the mantra of ‘what’s next?’ for as long as I can remember. While I built many amazing friendships there, high school was often just a series of steps intended to get me to college—a logical progression of the hardest classes, increasing extracurricular involvement, engaged summers and strong test scores. After all, we live in a world that, by and large, rewards the ‘what’s next?’ mindset. Being a “planner,” we’re told, allows us to achieve balance in life—seamlessly juggling work, school, athletics, extracurriculars and fun. Everything gets a time and place. To the casual observer—and many a job interviewer—our clear goals indicate that we are on a path, that we are going somewhere. That we are not just wandering aimlessly. We’re getting to ‘what’s next!’ Yet, the more I’ve dug into this way of life, the more I’ve realized that it has its flaws. While planning for the future is certainly important, our campus’s obsession with the ‘what’s next’ mentality has often left many of us—myself included—paralyzed by a fear of failure. We avoid risks and lack spontaneity. We spend too many nights out obsessively checking our phones, trying to confirm that we are at the “right” party or waiting for the hour at which it is socially acceptable to leave. Even in leisure, we’re doing things to have said we’ve done them. To check the box and move onto ‘what’s next.’ I see, now, with the 20-20 vision of hindsight, that I spent much of my Duke career so busy living in the next that I often forgot to live in the now. A few months into freshman year, thanks to those first friends I made in Gilbert-Addoms—those crazy people who wanted me to tent with them!—I truly felt safe here socially, and my initial fear of inadequacy dissipated some. Confident that my next included three more years at Duke, I mentally pivoted to proving myself as I had in high school, to neatly crossing off the to do’s of graduation requirements. I took up economics, partially because I had enjoyed it in high school, but largely because I had heard that the Duke department was strong and that it was the hardest, most practical major in Trinity. And, so, with that, I put myself on a path of classes in which I was always looking forward to the next—to knocking out the math, to finishing the core, to getting to the electives that would really define my undergraduate education. It was on this track that I first realized my construction of ‘what’s next’ could be wrong. While I had been denied my next throughout my time at Duke—like not getting the internship I
to look forward to, rather than something to fill my schedule and satisfy requirements. Through the issues we studied, my own philosophy of education began to change. I realized that there is more to learning, and to life, than doing the toughest, most pragmatic thing and moving on to ‘what’s next.’ While I had always believed that the purpose of school was to get people into the workforce, I came to see the benefits of wandering through the liberal arts, of creating an educated citizenry that loves learning. What are you going to “do” with an English major, an Education minor or an Ethics Certificate? I don’t know. But if you’re happy earning them—if you’re really engaged in class—then you leave here better for it, and it’s not aimless wandering at all. The thought provoking moments are why we all came to Duke in the first place. Not just for the piece of paper that will give us access to the next thing in life, but to learn from and be challenged by the incredibly smart people that surround us each day—the people who’ve shown us that every story, every experience, matters. Breaking down the philosophy of ‘what’s next’ academically allowed me to shift socially as well. While my friends didn’t change, my conception of fun did. I still made a senior “bucket list,” but going to things became less about checking them off a list and more about enjoying the experience there. I finally learned to really revel in the company of friends, loving the magical opposite of loneliness that we all come to find on this campus. I took risks, like writing a Me Too Monologue and performing bhangra in Page Auditorium. I pulled my first allnighter (talking, not working), never ready to give in to sleep—not because I didn’t want to face what was next, whatever that tomorrow would bring, but because I felt so happy and alive in that now. I will not pretend that I gave up the ‘what’s next’ mentality completely this year or that anyone truly can. But I’d like to think we can achieve a more healthy level of stress and micromanaging; taking the good of ‘what’s next’ while leaving its dangers behind. Right now, you’re probably pondering your own ‘what’s next?’ Maybe it’s the next that comes soon—that long drive away from Duke we all face. Or, maybe, it’s the job or internship or residency or graduate program that awaits you in the coming months. Or, maybe, it’s something less urgent, the amorphous future we’re all walking into. Whatever it is—it is normal. We’ll always ponder what surprises are in the cards, and, no matter how much we plan for it, life will find ways to catch us off guard. After graduation, the ‘nexts’ are not as clear-cut as the ones we entered school with. And while that may be scary, it is also liberating. We can free ourselves from the chains of whatever our small society calls “the hardest thing,” the most “prestigious” or “rewarding” path. Our first job won’t be our last, and we are not inextricably bound to the major we’ve pursued or the graduate degree we’ve earned. So, with that somewhat frightening vision of freedom in mind, I leave you with a line from J.R.R. Tolkien, taught to me by a friend unafraid to stray from Duke’s beaten paths: “Not all those who wander are lost.” Class of 2013, I hope we each find the courage to wander a little more, and I wish you good luck in all of ‘what’s next!’
In defense of sober Shooters My relationship with Shooters has been one of the more turbulent, yet long lasting, I have had at Duke. We have raised each other up, and we have knocked each other down. The biggest step in our relationship, however, came when I discovered Sober Shooters. It happened my junior year, and it took confidence in myself and confidence in my friendships. But that’s when our relationship became love. And I’m not ashamed to say it. You don’t have to drink to go to Shooters. We drink to have fun. When we go to Drunk Shooters, we have fun. We go to see our friends. We go to be seen. We go to talk to people we wouldn’t talk to sober. We go to dance. We go to make out. We go to flirt with people we’re crushing on. We dance on the bar, dance in the cage, ride the bull. These are great things. But these are all things we can do sober. I promise. The number of people that flock to Shooters prove that we want what they’re selling. We want to dance, talk and make out with each other. But why do we need alcohol to do it? I don’t think drinking is bad, but I also don’t think being sober is bad. After all, the sober me is the real me, and nothing—not even Shooters—should
have the power to make me afraid of being me. So don’t be afraid of it anymore. Go to Shooters sober. Initially, Sober Shooters is shocking, as pointed out in the recent Towerview piece, “Notes from Shooters.” You’ll probably never be quite so acutely aware of college students’ massive and raw horniness as you will be the first time you stand sober in the middle of the Shooters dance floor. You’ll notice things you never saw before. Did you know there is a picture of dogs dressed as humans having a fancy dinner hanging by the back bar? There is also a Franklin stove by the bathrooms. The first time might hurt, but it gets better. You’ll notice that, actually, there are other sober people there, too. You’ll notice that, actually, Sober Shooters is fun, too. We are all good enough to go to Shooters sober. We are confident enough and fun enough to have a great night out without alcohol. We can talk without it. We can make new friends without it. We can dance on the bar sober. We can make out sober. We can be around drunk people without drinking. We can go to Shooters sober. Try it.
Response to “Friendship House welcome Divinity students and individuals with disabilities” As active participants in Reality Ministries and frequenters of the Friendship House, we were delighted to see these communities recognized by The Chronicle. To further understanding of these unique communities, we felt the need to expand on a few things from our own experiences. On the night before the Duke-UNC men’s basketball game in Cameron Indoor Stadium, Coach K lauded the University because of its willingness to learn from students, and not simply its academic prestige. Similarly, the Friendship House thrives because members of the community recognize not only their ability to give, but also their need to receive. At the Friendship House, each resident sets a goal (such as hospitality) at the beginning of the year, and the Divinity students and friend-residents work together throughout the year to reach that goal. But to characterize the relationship between Divinity student and friend-residents as simply that of a “teacher” and “student” would be to overlook the reciprocity of these relationships. The Friendship House seeks to be a
community that learns and grows together, in a type of mutuality that we call friendship. While spending time at Reality Ministries and in the Friendship Houses, we realized that we craved friendship that can be hard to find at Duke: friendship that is unconditional and sincere. Once we recognized our own need, we began to really know and learn from people like Alex Furiness, a Friendship House resident mentioned in the recent Chronicle article. When we asked Alex what he’s taught his Divinity School roommates, he hesitated for a second—after all, he’s quite humble—then responded, “Ahhh, yes. I’d probably say the nice things I do for them. I care for people.” And care for people he does. Alex shares contagious joy with everyone he meets, whether he is volunteering at the Divinity School Library, encouraging friends through letters and texts or wowing audiences with his flawless recitations of scenes from all eight Harry Potter movies—but he’s not bragging.
George Carotenuto, Trinity ‘13, was DSG vice president for facilities and environment during his senior year at Duke.
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