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Schewel, Ali win primary By Bre Bradham | Local and National News Editor
Sarah Kerman | Senior News Reporter In Durham politics, candidates jostle each other for the endorsements of the city’s three powerful political action committees. As municipal primary election results slowly rolled in on Tuesday night, the People’s Alliance PAC took over 106 E. Main Street for their election results watch party. Before the night was over, all four of the candidates they had endorsed— Schewel, Trinity ’73, for mayor, DeDreana Freeman for Ward 1 of city council, John Rooks, Jr. for Ward 2 and Vernetta Alston for Ward 3— dropped by and took their turn thanking the PAC for its support. “I’m feeling two ways,” Schewel said after addressing the People’s Alliance. “One is, I’m feeling Steve Schewel tired because it’s been a long day of campaigning and a long several months to get here. But I’m also feeling really energized because I did really well, my volunteers are amazing and I know they are going to carry me through this next month.” The top two finishers in each race will move on to the general election held Nov. 8, even in situations where one candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote. With all the precincts reporting, Schewel captured more than 51 percent of the vote for mayor and Farad Ali Farad Ali received 29 percent. Schewel has served on Durham City Council since 2011. He is also a visiting assistant professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy and founded The Independent Weekly. Schewel received endorsements from the Durham People’s Alliance, AFL-CIO and others. Farad Ali is a former city council member who campaigned on pro-growth and economic development themes. He Chronicle File Photo
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pparently the commute from East Campus to Science Drive might not be the worst for the Duke community. Each week, faculty members of Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy fly in from different parts of the East Coast to teach their courses. Mark Stencel, visiting lecturer in the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, and Phillip Bennett, Eugene C. Patteson professor of the practice of public policy studies and journalism, are among those professors that live in two worlds, spending hours in the air every week so that they can be on campus to teach Duke undergraduates. “I teach a class once a week, and I usually fly down to Durham from Arlington, Va. and spend two days on campus,” Stencel See FLYING on Page 3
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U.S. Virgin Islands students fundraise for hurricane victims By Maya Iskandarani Contributing Reporter
As U.S. territories in the Caribbean struggle to recover from the back-to-back impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Duke is not sitting idle. Marie Perkins, Ph.D. candidate in the chemistry department, is spearheading a relief drive for the U.S. Virgin Islands through the Graduate Chemistry Council. The drive will take place Oct. 12 at the Bryan Center Plaza from noon to 4 p.m. Requested donations include medical supplies, hygiene products, non-perishable foods and cleaning products. Perkins has also started a GoFundMe page to fundraise for the cost of shipping the supplies. There will be several collection bins stationed around campus at the Fuqua School of Business, Divinity School, Law School, Department of Physical Therapy, Counseling and Psychological Services and French Family Sciences Center. The bins will remain there until Oct. 20. “In our history as a U.S. territory, we’ve never all been simultaneously devastated,” Perkins—who is originally from the island of Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands—said. “The U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are interdependent on one another, and that’s the worst part. That’s how I knew that aid had to come from the states—because it can’t happen internally right now.” Perkins is co-organizing the drive with law student Elizabeth Tobierre, Trinity ’13. She is also from St. Croix. They attended junior high school together in a building that, because of Hurricane Maria, no longer has a roof. The supplies will be sent to St. Croix, to be distributed See HURRICANE on Page 4
Incoming director of Duke Global Health Institute discusses plans for position By Sam Turken Managing Editor
Dr. Christopher Plowe, the founding director of the Institute for Global Health at the University of Maryland, College Park’s School of Medicine, will take over as director of the Duke Global Health Institute in January. Plowe will succeed Dr. Michael Merson, who stepped down in June. The Chronicle spoke with Plowe about his transition to becoming director and his vision for DGHI. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. The Chronicle: What was your reaction when you learned that you were selected to be the next DGHI director?
Christopher Plowe: I was elated when I found out. I’ve been essentially living on pins and hooks for several weeks as the process played out. At that point I was really excited about the possibility of coming to Duke. It was nevertheless a pretty difficult decision, because I’ve been at Maryland for 22 years. I’ve been very happy there. And in particular, I still have a lot of wonderful working relationships and friendships with people there. It’s hard to leave people behind. I have a box of tissues on my table in my office for conversations with various faculty and students and fellows who come by talk about what this departure means for them. My job [at the University of Maryland] for the next couple of months is really focused on making sure everybody is squared away and has a good plan where necessary. [Leaving] was not an easy decision at all. I wasn’t looking at other jobs. I really was very happy at my job. And the question was, “Is the position at Duke kind of a once in a lifetime opportunity that is just too good to pass up?” And I think it was. TC: You said you knew along the way that the search committee was considering you for the position. What was that like? CP: It’s a process. There’s a search committee and there’s also a recruiter from a professional firm. Along the way, I would kind of hear from the recruiter and or the chair of the search committee that I was still in the running. And that goes on for some months. There’s a level of uncertainty that goes on for a significant period of time.
TC: What has the transition process entailed? CP: I’m preparing. Dr. Randall Kramer is the interim director of [DGHI], so I talk to him and some of his team on a regular basis. I will be coming up to campus a few times this fall. But my full-time job obviously starts in January. I’m at the very Courtesy of Duke Photography early part of a very steep learning curve. So my job over the next Prior to coming to Duke, incoming Global Health Institute couple of months—and even after I get there for some period Director Christopher Plowe worked at the University of Marlyand, College Park for 22 years.
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FLYING FROM PAGE 1 said. “This is my third year doing this.” Stencel is teaching a class this semester that he’s taught twice in the past, on watchdog reporting and politics. Beyond his duties as a professor, he is co-director of the Reporters’ Lab on campus, and works with eight student researchers on political fact-checking. “I work about half the time at Duke, and the rest of my work time is spent consulting for clients in the media business. I work with news organizations on how they are organized, how they do business and their journalism,” he said. Bennett explained that his commute schedule has varied each semester, but currently consists of a flight into Durham on Sunday mornings followed by a three-day stay. He teaches the “News as a Moral Battleground” course in the fall and teaches two seminars in the spring, which have varied in topic over his nine years at Duke. Outside of his role at Duke, Bennett is the special projects editor of the PBS documentary series FRONTLINE, which is based in Boston. Other professors also make frequent pilgrimages to teach, Bennett said. “If you get on any of these flights coming to Durham, they are full of people working in the Triangle during the week,” he said. “I know especially that there are a lot of people in the medical community who have different appointments and affiliations that lead them to travel a lot.” Stencel noted that he feels the commute is completely manageable. “It’s not so bad!” he said. “I usually fly very early in the mornings and very late at night, which can be a little bit exhausting, but I can get up at three or four in the morning here and be in the office in Durham by eight and have my whole work day ahead of me.”
Bennett explained that Duke’s policies and the area as a whole make it easy to get into a routine and make the commute manageable. “I’ve been a journalist my whole life and have spent a lot of time on flights. Air travel in the United States can be sort of a hassle, but actually it works quite well for me,” he said. “[Raleigh-Durham International Airport] is a great airport, and getting in and out is quite easy.” Both Bennett and Stencel noted that one of the benefits of flying in was simultaneously engaging in journalism and teaching it. “One of the best things about this arrangement is that I’m working with real news organizations throughout the week and am able to bring everyday present-tense journalism experiences into the classroom,” Stencel said. “In some ways, if I was teaching full-time, I worry that I’d be losing touch with what’s going on in the news business.” Bennett echoed this sentiment, explaining that although there are some events that he wished he was on campus for, there are also merits to keeping his ties in journalism. “By being able to continue to make journalism while I’m a professor of the practice of journalism helps enrich my teaching and the class material I’m working on,” he said. Although he only teaches one day a week, Stencel stays on campus for an extra day to interact with students and student researchers at the Reporters’ Lab. The extra day gives him a “ton of time to meet with people,” he said. Bennett said that he has also found a balance between his commitments at the University and otherwise. “I’m still able to see students, and when I’m off campus, I communicate with them on the phone or via email,” Bennett said. “I don’t feel like there’s any less engagement with my students because of the days I’m not on campus.”
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Bre Bradham | Staff Photographer At the People’s Alliance watch party Tuesday night, many rejoiced after learning that Steve Schewel had won the primary. The People’s Alliance formally endorsed Schewel in August.
square off in the Nov. 8 election. Mark-Anthony Middleton and Rooks FROM PAGE 1 will also advance to the general election as the Ward 2 candidates. Middleton received was endorsed by the Durham Committee 42 percent to Rooks’ 31 percent. on the Affairs of Black People, the Friends In Ward 3, Alston received more than of Durham and the North Carolina half of the votes, followed by Sheila Huggins, Sheriff Police Association. who received approximately 27 percent. Incumbent council member Don Moffitt will City council not advance to the next round, having come Freeman received 48 percent of the in third with 21 percent of the vote. votes in Ward 1. She and incumbent Fewer than 14,000 people voted in the council member Cora Cole-McFadden, municipal primary in 2015 compared to who received 43 percent of the vote, will 25,264 in this year’s election.
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DIRECTOR FROM PAGE 2 of time—is to really learn about the institute, to learn about the Duke campus, the culture there and to understand how I fit in and how I can do my best job as director of the Institute. TC: How do your duties as the director of the Institute for Global Health at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine compare with your future role as DGHI director? CP: [Maryland’s institute] is a very different kind of institute. You might imagine that I’m going from an institute for global health to a global health institute. It sounds pretty similar. The institute that we have now at the University of Maryland is first and foremost a research institute and it’s within the School of Medicine. So our primary mission is really to have innovative global health research with a very strong focus on vaccine development and malaria. So for example, we’re trying to eliminate malaria. That can involve everything from genomics to clinical trials, to health economics, to ethics and even to
political science—one of our partners is a political think tank in Washington. But at the end of the day, what the [University of Maryland’s Institute for Global Health] is about is primarily doing research. We don’t run courses; we don’t offer master’s degrees; we certainly don’t have undergraduate majors like the Global Health Institute does. And the service part of what we do is also relatively small compared to the research part. So in my two and half years of directing the institute at the University of Maryland, we’ve more than doubled the size of our research budget. That’s one thing that I bring with me is a lot of experience helping faculty to build up their research. So my learning curve will obviously be steeper with the education mission and some other aspects of the Global Health Institute, which has a much broader scope and is a university-wide institute as opposed to an institute within a given school.
maintain the amazing success the institute has had in the first 11 years since it formed. I think we will want to grow in some new directions and respond to changes in the environment. There’s a new strategic plan for Duke University overall that we need to think about how we best respond to the priorities identified in that. But precisely how we do it and specific goals we want to attain—I’ve been reluctant to spell them out because I really want to respect the integrity of the strategic planning process and have that be a real community planning effort. I will say that among the three or four new growth areas we will invest in in the next few years will be something to do with malaria. That’s what I’ve been working on for 30 years. I will continue a much less active role than I’ve had at the University of Maryland. We will build some kind of program or center that remains to be defined in malaria research and training. And I personally have done a fair amount of teaching over TC: What are some of your goals for your position? the years, giving lectures to small groups and so forth typically CP: I’ve tried to avoid diving too deep into what my specific on malaria, but also other topics in infectious diseases, public mission is because the first thing I want to do is to help have a health and global health. I would certainly anticipate do that to strategic planning process. I guess one goal is to help nurture and some degree myself.
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TC: In addition to serving as director, you will be a member of the School of Medicine’s infectious disease faculty. Do you intend to continue your own malaria research in that role? CP: Most of the faculty in the Global Health Institute and other institutes that are on the tenured track have a home in an academic department in a school. So given my background, the natural home for me is in the infectious diseases division in the Department of Medicine in the School of Medicine. There are some great faculty in that division who do malaria research. There’s also a few scattered around other departments and other schools even who are involved with aspects of malaria. The research in general will be probably about 20 percent of my time. One project that my wife and colleague and I bringing are with us is a project based in Myanmar in Southeast Asia, focusing on research in support of malaria elimination.
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across the U.S. Virgin Islands through the office of St. Croix Senator Kurt Vialet. Perkins and Tobierre hope to collect enough supplies to fill and ship a 20-foot container “the size of a room” to the island. Perkins said she regretted not being able to send aid to Puerto Rico as well, as she is yet to hear from her family on the island. “Puerto Rico has not seen this kind of devastation from a hurricane in 100 years,” she said. “It’s just hard to get things onto the island because, as far as I know, all the ports are still down.” Devastation is widespread enough that longtime residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands have been fleeing to the mainland on so-called mercy flights and mercy cruises. Tobierre noted in particular that many parents will seek to enroll their children in school on the mainland. Neither Perkins nor Tobierre said they expected things to return to normal on the islands anytime soon. Both agreed, however, that the U.S. Virgin Islands are home to a resilient group of people. Tobierre pointed out that, in spite of the damage, the islands still put on their annual celebration of Puerto Rico-Virgin Islands Friendship Day. Perkins said some schools on St. Croix plan to open within a week’s time. “It goes to show that people know exactly what’s going on, but are still trying to get things back to normal,” Tobierre said. “Though I don’t think normal will be within the next six months.”
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Will Atkinson ............yearn for tandoor Nina Wilder .............throw a pie at will Georgina Del Vecho.....reinvent myself Dillon Fernando ........................... cry Christy Kuesel ..............eat currywurst Jessica Williams ................. drink bier Likhitha Butchireddygari............. bob
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Anyone who knows me knows I am not an adventurous eater. Sure, I haven’t fallen victim to any vegan or clean-eating craze, but I also won’t be first in line to try the sushi burrito or kale chips or whatever the kids are into these days. Comfort food is the type of food that I like best — why branch out when you can have food you know you like? That being said, I am one to try to experience local culture, so upon arriving in Berlin for the semester, I knew there was one food I needed to try immediately: currywurst. To those unfamiliar with this delicacy, let me explain the concept of currywurst. Invented in Berlin after World War II, currywurst consists of sausage with a heaping mound of ketchup and curry powder sprinkled on top. Currywurst cannot merely be classified as a German hot dog; the curry gives the dish a different flavor, and the sausage is often served cut up with a small currywurst fork, making the entire experience much classier. Berlin is home to some of the greatest museums in the world, whether your interests lie in history, art or a bit of both. Being somewhat of an arts and culture aficionado (a necessity to write for Recess, of course), I spent the summer dutifully researching all of the great museums found here. Upon arrival, my friend and I decided to go to a museum not quite known for its great works of art or comprehensive view of the 20th century. To start our Berlin adventure, we picked the Deutsches Currywurst Museum. The Deutsches Currywurst Museum, or German Currywurst Museum, is a museum chronicling the history and proper methods of preparing currywurst. The museum is a small, one-floor establishment,
done up in yellow and red to emulate the colors of currywurst. Half of the floor space is taken up by an amusing gift shop and a working currywurst stand. A passerby may wonder why currywurst, such a basic food to many Berliners, needs its own museum. But why shouldn’t food have its own museum to honor it, especially in the case of a staple to a major city? Visitors to the Deutsches Currywurst Museum leave the museum not only with a complementary serving of currywurst, but also with the sense of how currywurst connects to the history of Berlin and to the history of Germany. The creation of currywurst in intertwined with the end of World War II and the worst era of
staff note German history, where construction workers needed food that they could quickly eat while repairing the devastated city. The inventor of currywurst, Herta Heuwer, obtained some of the necessary ingredients from British soldiers stationed in the city. Now, currywurst stands can be found on practically every street corner in Berlin. Currywurst also makes Berlin stand out from the rest of Germany. Bratwurst is, of course, to be found everywhere in this country, but currywurst was created in Berlin, for Berliners. While it has since migrated out to the rest of the country, it still remains a symbol for the
capital, as evidenced by the creation of a Currywurst Museum here. So what does currywurst have to do with America or Duke or writing a coherent editor’s note? Well, nothing, directly, but it has made me reevaluate the role of food in the culture of a city, or even of a college campus. Even though Duke’s food is highly rated, it has never wowed me. And yet, as I spend more and more time away from campus, I find myself craving the Ham Benedict from the Nasher or the tacos from the Law School Café. At times, I yearn for the ease of ordering pancakes at Pitchforks and eating them in my dorm room on Sunday mornings. Food typical of North Carolina is even easier to miss. Coming from the Northeast, where fast food was never a major staple in late night cuisine, it was easy to fall in love with the plethora of fast food options just minutes from campus: Krispy Kreme, Chick-fil-A and, of course, Cook Out. Attending the North Carolina State Fair freshman year introduced me to deep-fried Oreos and funnel cake, and my life has never been the same since. I soon learned that the comfort found in these foods was echoed in the comfort I found at Duke and in North Carolina as a whole. As my days abroad are quickly passing by, I know I only have a certain number of currywursts left to eat in Berlin. While I am trying to experience Berlin in more sophisticated ways than its fast food culture, I do know that currywurst will always be there at the end of a long day. At the very least, currywurst is the perfect comfort food to eat while missing Duke, especially when bitter over missing a certain inauguration carnival and its deep fried delicacies. —Christy Kuesel
‘Blade Runner 2049’ asks us what it means to be human By Colby Matthiasson Contributing Writer
“Blade Runner 2049” has arguably induced more skepticism than any other film in 2017. The original “Blade Runner,” released in 1982, spent over 30 years amassing a cult following. A sequel threatens to tarnish not only the reputation of the original, but the loyalty of its following. The sequel’s potential mishaps and redundancies could eclipse the previous film’s impact. With “Blade Runner 2049” being such a fragile venture, one may wonder the point in revisiting a film that most prefer be left alone. “2049” director Denis Villeneuve was forced to deal with that exact question, noting that “every single fan will walk into the theater with a baseball bat.” Only with his determined mindset — that “art is risk” — could Villeneuve create the masterpiece he did, one that manages to, in an environment so foreign and unimaginable, deliver a message that could not hit closer to home. The sequel takes place 30 years after its predecessor. In that time, visionary Niander Wallace (Jared Leto) adopted the sinking Tyrell corporation and developed a more obedient replicant model. One of these replicants is Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a member of the LAPD tasked with retiring older replicant models. As a groundbreaking case develops, K, commanded by the domineering
Lieutenant Joshi (Robin Wright), must hunt down the original blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford, reprising his previous role) and keep Wallace and his replicant henchwoman Luv (Sylvia Hoeks) off his tail. “Blade Runner 2049” is neither a direct continuation nor a complete reimagination of “Blade Runner.” It uses the 2007 final cut version for its canon, which accounts for the lack of narration and the emphasis on ambiguity. Despite any differences between the two films, the heavy social commentary and elusiveness of the first film live on. The two hour and forty-three minute runtime is an understandable red flag for the average moviegoer. However, the tripartite film plays out like clockwork, effortlessly blending suspense, art and thought in a way that fully justifies its length. Cinematographer Roger Deakins, who previously worked with Villeneuve on “Sicario” and “Prisoners,” creates a seminal piece of work. Sweeping shots of the crowded, grim Los Angeles show a place that is somehow both dead and alive. Technically stunning hologram advertisements overrun the city and cop cars fly overhead. In a stark contrast, Wallace headquarters presents an unsettling facade of tranquility and modernity, which most accurately resembles the alien, decrepit remains of Las Vegas that serve as Deckard’s hideout. Music by Hans Zimmer and
Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly Ryan Gosling stars in “Blade Runner 2049,” which takes place 30 years after the 1982 “Blade Runner.”
Benjamin Wallfisch, who recently crafted the suspenseful score for “Dunkirk,” layer the setting with alternating periods of intense sound and chilling silence. This music strays from the jazz prevalent in the original, which gives “Blade Runner 2049” a distinctly obsolete, otherworldly feeling. This bleak tone is made more personal through Ryan Gosling’s performance. Gosling often plays the tough, misunderstood sensitive; with 2011’s “Drive,” he became known for it. Officer
K is a tricky character to capture. He is a replicant, but he strives to understand what it means to be human. K is a man of few words, so his internal struggle can easily be forgotten. Gosling grounds the film in his subtle emotion, giving the viewer an opportunity to empathize with his character. Impressive performances all the way down the cast list strengthen the connection between the years 2017 and See BLADE RUNNER on Page 10
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For self-taught artist Kelsey Graywill, art and science intersect
By Selena Qian Contributing Writer
Next to the waiting room entrance in Duke Hospital, there’s a glass case, filled with swirls of color on canvas that contrast with the sterile, white walls of the rest of the building. “Imagined Places,” the small sign reads. The exhibit that lives behind it is a series of landscapes by senior Kelsey Graywill. The paintings are peaceful, reflective and powerful. Graywill said she loves to explore people’s cognitive desires — such as fertility, safety and warmth — in her paintings. She wanted to create landscapes that carry meaning to other people, works that resonate. “[It] is cool to hear from people that there’s something about the composition and the colors and the form of it that feels r ig ht to them or that feels welcoming to them,” Grayw ill said. Despite Grayw ill’s cur rent successes, her introduction to ar t did not go so well. “In elementary school, I was in an art class,” Graywill said. “And it sucked.” Graywill still vividly recalls one of the main projects in the class, a study on form and shadow where everyone painted the same close-up of berries on a stem. She said the teacher later told the class that one student’s painting was so good that one of the families wanted to buy the work. That was discouraging for Graywill. She thought that art might not be her “thing.” Reflecting on this, Grayw ill said her exper ience is t y pical of ar t culture. Young students who can create ar t that closely mimics realit y generally receive praise, and this demoralizes those who have ar tistic talent that doesn’t lie in photorealism. Graywill never took formal art classes in high school, nor during her four years at Duke. She said art came more “organically” to her, as she drew portraits on her own time and later transitioned
Sujal Manohar | Recess Photo Editor Senior Kelsey Graywill’s exhibit “Imagined Places,” which depicts a series of landscapes, is on view at the Duke Clinics Building through Oct. 30.
into paint. Now, her favorite medium is acrylic paint, though she does still like pencil and pastel. The exhibit in the hospital has been a couple years in the making. Graywill originally applied to be part of the Arts & Health Exhibit Series her sophomore year. Since they ty pically showcase local Durham artists, Graywill knew it was “kind of a long shot,” but she applied because she felt that her work fit the theme. As an aspiring physician, having her art in a hospital would be a great opportunity. “Especially for medicine, you need a little bit of science and a little bit of art to understand the human condition and to understand people,” Graywill said. “So [the exhibit is] special for me in that sense because it’s a way for me to represent that passion for arts in a space that normally doesn’t really invite the arts into it.” Her works draw inspiration from a variety of sources — some spring from Graywill’s imagination, while others are grounded in actual places she has seen.
One of the pieces in the showcase was inspired by a waterfall in Iceland. Another draws from a cluster of trees Graywill saw on East Campus, near the Randolph and Southgate residence halls. This painting, though, doesn’t look much like the actual scene. Instead, it depicts a forest, with bright sunlight streaming through and creating long, deep shadows. “The way that light hits certain objects is something that sticks with me,” she said. “And I pull that into my paintings later when I make them.” Yet another painting’s inspiration comes from a trip to Nepal, one of Graywill’s favorite places. This work is clearly linked to Nepal, as it shows the prayer flags dotting the cityscape of Kathmandu. Graywill went to Nepal during high school through a global health experiential program with The Mountain Fund. At the time of her visit in 2012, she hadn’t started painting landscapes yet. She was much more into photography and drawing. “I still have a lot of memories of those
places,” Graywill said. “So [painting it] was a nice way to bring closure to the beauty that I saw there.” She has another series of acrylic paintings that depict molecular structures involved in diseases. The idea for this series came when she started studying histology and pathology and saw images that she found interesting. Graywill wanted to represent these images in a more simplified manner and saw her art as a way to do that. “A lot of the things that I do that are related to my aspirations in health have also come back around to art in some form,” Graywill said. Next semester, Graywill plans to teach a house course on graphic medicine, the intersection of comics and health narratives. She has also launched a startup called Brainability, which creates coloring books for people with cognitive impairments. These activities will allow her to further explore the intersection of arts and medicine, using art to understand science and using science to improve art.
Wolf Parade returns after lengthy hiatus with ‘Cry Cry Cry’ By Aaron Paskin Contributing Writer
Wolf Parade made their mark in the 2000s. The Canadian group’s 2005 debut “Apologies to the Queen Mary” was rambunctious and noisy, and it propelled the young Montreal-driven indie rock movement. It both borrowed significantly from and filtered out much of the weirdness of its producer Isaac Brock’s claim to fame, Modest Mouse, and it was far less gimmicky than its Canadian contemporary Arcade Fire. The record was nothing special, and it’s probably a bit overrated now, but it was enough to carve out a role in shaping indie rock in the mid-2000s. Their next two albums followed in 2008 and 2010; they succeeded in eliminating the components that nearly made Wolf Parade a Modest Mouse knock-off. But despite seemingly predetermined critical success, they failed in replacing those components with anything unique. Now, after a seven-year hiatus, Wolf Parade have released “Cry Cry Cry”, their most interesting and refined record yet.
“Lazarus Online” reveals this right off the bat. The dramatic, piano-driven track, inflected by synths and booming drums, is a confident shift in sound and a demonstration of some of singer Spencer Krug’s best work with Wolf Parade. Its production fills a room with echoing notes and Krug’s compelling, Bowie-esque voice declaring “Let’s rage against the night.” Dan Boeckner’s
“You’re Dreaming” digs up the ’80s influences from the depths of “Lazarus Online,” bringing organs and synths to the forefront of this upbeat jam. Its jumpy tempo and new wave feel is more indicative of the album’s sound than the opener. The highlights that follow, including “Incantation,” “Am I an Alien Here,” “Artificial Life” and closer “King of Piss and Paper,” do a fantastic job
Kmeron | Courtesy of Flickr Wolf Parade and frontman Dan Boeckner released their fourth album, “Cry Cry Cry,” last Friday.
of blending the guitar riff bursts and chaos that characterized Wolf Parade’s previous albums with the newfound elements of ’80s synth rock. The album’s weaknesses lie in its occasional retreads of its predecessors’ generic sounds. Single “Valley Boy” is the most forgettable track on the record, “Flies on the Sun” reverts back to Modest Mouse and “Weaponized,” while saved by a balladic breakdown halfway through and an electronic outro, suffers from Boeckner’s choppy vocals. Flaws like these occur a bit too frequently to call this album great, but they don’t take away from the successes of their surrounding tracks. “Cry Cry Cry” is a listen that’s both entertaining and deeper than expected, with just a few skippable tracks. Though it’s not groundbreaking by any stretch, it fills the void left by Isaac Brock’s departure as producer following “Apologies to the Queen Mary.” Having added the instrumentation of New Order’s rock side and the drama of David Bowie to its palette, Wolf Parade has found a sound that is just barely unique enough to stand out.
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At 20 years old, Yep Roc has found a home in Hillsborough
Will Atkinson | Contributing Photographer The 6,000-person town of Hillsborough is home to Yep Roc Records, which celebrates its 20th birthday Oct. 19 to 21.
By Will Atkinson Recess Editor
To an outsider, it would seem that Hillsborough has experienced something of a musical renaissance in the last few years. Yep Roc Records, which celebrates its 20th birthday with the Yep Roc 20 festival next weekend, moved to the Orange County town in 2012. Around the same time, Hillsborough residents formed the town’s first community radio station, WHUP, which went on the air in 2015. And just this month, a new record-storemeets-taproom called Volume will open its doors to the downtown. As a town that spans 4.6 square miles and has a population of just over 6,000, Hillsborough makes an unlikely hotbed for music. But these developments — which Yep Roc 20 helps to celebrate with an outdoor concert next Saturday at Hillsborough’s River Park — are the natural product of a community that has always been rich in creativity. “Hillsborough’s always been a creative community,” Billy Maupin, general manager of Yep Roc, said. “It’s just a lot of people trying to make something happen in a small town.” Indeed, years before Yep Roc opened its doors there, Hillsborough established itself as an improbable epicenter of history. A history of creativity Just north of the intersection of I-40 and I-85, a stretch of highway gives way to downtown Hillsborough, defined by the crossroads of Churton St. and King St. No fewer than seven official historical markers dot the short walk up the hill on Churton St., giving a glimpse of the various movements that have impacted Hillsborough. The town was established in 1754, before American independence, and even then it was no stranger to action: a quarter mile from the center of town, a group of rebel farmers was hanged by colonial officials in 1771. (These farmers, who called themselves the “Regulators,” have been immortalized by a certain bookshop in Durham.) Nearly one hundred years later, the area saw the largest surrender of Confederate troops to end the Civil War. Hillsborough’s legacy is equally a cultural one. Billy Strayhorn, who composed music for Duke Ellington’s jazz orchestra including such standards as “Take the ‘A’ Train,” grew up there with his grandmother. Numerous writers and artists, too, have spent time in the town. Today, the downtown is marked by art galleries, bookshops and locally-owned businesses, united by what WHUP President Bob Burtman calls a “creative synergy.” “People who have come here or who are from here
have a sense of wanting something more than just a place to live, a house, and really want to reestablish the sense of community that we used to have everywhere in this country,” Burtman said. “There is a real sense of wanting to be part of something bigger, that is supportive, in a very old-school kind of way, of our neighbors and our friends, regardless of their particular philosophies or religious affiliations or anything else.” The label’s beginnings Before the label settled in Hillsborough, Yep Roc was the project of two childhood friends, co-founders Glenn Dicker and Tor Hansen. Both had worked at Rounder Records, headquartered in Boston at the time, in the early 1990s. While Hansen moved to North Carolina — then in the thick of an indie rock boom in places like Chapel Hill — to work in retail for a record store chain, Dicker started up his own label, the aptly named Upstart Records. With Upstart, Dicker began to build relationships with artists like Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets, who would ultimately wind up on Yep Roc’s roster. By 1997, Dicker had moved to North Carolina to join Hansen in launching Yep Roc. Along with the label, the two formed Redeye, a music distribution company that helps fill the demand in the form of getting records on shelves, created by labels like Yep Roc. Between the collective experience and years of relationships accumulated by the two, according to Dicker, there was never any doubt that the new venture would succeed. “It kind of felt successful from the get-go,” Dicker said. “Only because it really felt like it was something that … we both really believed in. And so we were doing it completely on our own with no outside help. It felt like we had total freedom to do whatever we wanted.” Dicker and Hansen started suitably small, mostly releasing records by local bands. Los Straitjackets continued to work with them, one of their first truly “national” acts. But it was the addition of Nick Lowe — perhaps best known for penning Elvis Costello’s hit “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding” — that really put the label on the map. In the words of Dicker, he was Yep Roc’s “great legitimizer.” Once people noticed Lowe was on the label, more artists began to seek out Yep Roc on their own. Dicker acknowledged, though, that Yep Roc’s definition of “success” may differ from that of other labels. While the label has pulled internationally touring artists such as Lowe, it never adheres to any particular scene or market niche. Looking at the lineup for Yep Roc 20, from local Americana favorite Mandolin Orange to garage rockers The Fleshtones, it’s impossible to pin down any one genre or style that defines the
label’s roster. Instead, the co-founders proudly tout an artist-focused approach that includes choosing music that the two of them quite simply enjoy. “It’s certainly easier to market yourself if you have a pretty focused agenda. But again, we weren’t really in it for that, and we just wanted to work with artists who we thought were really brilliant,” Dicker said, explaining that Yep Roc reflects the diverse taste he and Hansen were raised on. “For us, being successful is having complete independence to work with the artists that we want to work with and being able to help them achieve their goals — and to basically stay in business doing it, too.” Finding a home For tunately, financial success has followed for the label. After being headquar tered in the Alamance Count y tow n of Haw River, Yep Roc set up shop in Hillsboroug h five years ago, followed last year by Redeye. The town’s unique combination of small-town community and proximity to the larger Triangle were driving factors in the move. “I think that we really found an open-armed community from the first time we opened our doors,” Maupin said. Maupin, who had met Dicker and Hansen in the early days of Yep Roc, was brought in as general manager in 2010. He also joined the board of WHUP when it started up, one of the ways the label has engaged the community since moving to Hillsborough. The Southern Folklife Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill, for example, has partnered with Yep Roc to physically release archival music recordings, while local businesses and restaurants have helped support the upcoming festival. In a town like Hillsborough — where, Maupin mentioned, you might run into the mayor while getting your morning coffee — a palpable sense of community engagement underpins the efforts of a label like Yep Roc. It’s this symbiotic relationship between the label and the town that has made Hillsborough a home for Yep Roc the last few years, and Yep Roc 20 aims to showcase that for the first time. “Having all these artists together, it’s sort of a magical moment,” Dicker said. “It just feels like a family reunion, you know, everyone coming back to hang out — and it’s amazing that everyone in the family just happens to be extremely talented.” And for a family of artists, it seems there’s no place more suitable for a reunion than in Hillsborough. For more information on the Yep Roc 20 festival, which runs Oct. 19 to 21 at locations in Carrboro and Hillsborough, visit yeproc.com/yr20.
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‘Broad City’ season four finds humor in the political moment By Jake Parker Contributing Writer
Three episodes into its fourth season, “Broad City” is growing up, for better or worse. The series’ dynamic, often stoned duo — the no-holds-barred, evertwerking Ilana and her more subdued best friend, Abbi — are changing jobs, developing a slightly firmer grasp on the conventions of adulthood and, most importantly, navigating the current political climate. The final episode of season three, “Jews on a Plane,” found Abbi and Ilana on a flight to Israel. When Abbi realizes she’s just gotten her period and is without a tampon, her conversation with Ilana is mistaken by flight attendants for talk of a bomb. Needless to say, they don’t make it to their destination and wind up travelling back to New York. However, the season four premiere makes it clear that the city viewers left more than year ago is not the one they will be returning to. In “Sliding Doors,” the season’s brilliant first episode, “Broad City” fans are transported back to 2011 for the duo’s origin story. As a burgeoning friendship develops between Abbi and Ilana, the show responds to the looming menace of a Trump presidency. Of course, the previous three seasons were a comedic response to the kind of oppressive patriarchy made explicit in the president’s comments about women, but here, those themes are explored in an unambiguously political light. The episode unfolds through two different timelines, one in which Abbi and Ilana spend the day together after both missing the subway and another in which they make their train and go their separate ways. In the former timeline, Abbi and
Ilana walk and talk about their love for Barack and Michelle Obama. “They’re so hot as a couple and as leaders of the free world. I’m so relieved we have a hot black guy as president,” Abbi says. The subtext is spelled out in bright flashy lettering: the current president is not hot or cool; he’s the worst. When 2011 Ilana gleefully proclaims, “Next is a woman,” the episode’s writers and the series’ co-creators, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, seem to long, through their characters, for a time when faith in progress was possible. Knowingly or not, they also capture the sense of liberal idealism that said a Trump presidency could never happen. The former, seemingly idealized timeline, in which the duo shuts down a cat-calling street vendor, ends abruptly when Abbi and Ilana are hit by a bus plastered with an advertisement for “The Apprentice” bearing Trump’s face. Instead, the timeline in which Abbi’s ponytail is cut off and Ilana’s dress is ripped from her by a passing male bicyclist, is the one from which the entire series stems. The first three seasons of “Broad City” are full of scenes in which Abbi and Ilana deliver withering takedowns of terrible men — almost always to comedic effect — but here, Jacobson and Glazer appear to be wrestling with the implications of a Trump presidency for the comedy world they’ve built. In the New York of “Broad City” the patriarchy is real but not unbeatable. The following two episodes are peppered with symbols of the resistance. “Twaining Day” opens with Abbi and Ilana talking about hairstyles, surrounded by the sounds of yelling. The context is soon revealed: they’re escorting a young woman to the door of a women’s health
Courtesy of Comedy Central Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer star in “Broad City,” which began its fourth season in September.
clinic, surrounded by a throng of antiabortion protestors. Wearing one of the pink hats made famous this year by the Women’s March, Ilana blows a mouthful of marijuana smoke into the face of a protester and yells, “You don’t know how much you need that.” Later, in “Just the Tips,” Abbi dons a “Stay Nasty” T-shirt and Ilana’s room is plastered with signs from Planned Parenthood and mantras from the Women’s March. For three seasons, “Broad City” has been practicing for this moment. The show makes use of all its available comedic instruments, often overlaying a joke in the foreground with something going on, almost imperceptibly, in the background. The second season finale “St. Mark’s” is constructed almost entirely around this comedic idea. As Abbi and Ilana interact just in front of the camera,
trading jokes and doing bits, they pass by a series of increasingly strange scenes unfolding around them but don’t remark on any of it. In this sense, the viewer is simultaneously exposed to two levels of comedy. In season four, the humor derived from Lynchian visuals playing out in the background is largely supplanted by political symbols and interactions, so that the show’s quirky consciousness becomes political. Abbi and Ilana are still their unfiltered, at times immature, selves, but as “Broad City” has always seemed to signal, none of that excludes its heroines from the political. Mark Twain once said, “Humor is tragedy plus time.” Jacobson and Glazer would almost certainly characterize the election’s outcome as tragic, which must mean season four of “Broad City” is what you get when you add time.
‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ begins its fifth season on a grim note By Sydny Long Contributing Writer
In a perfect world, every sitcom — no matter how jaw-clenchingly cheesy or overdone — would be like “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” There would be no more relying on stereotypes, no more characters acting needlessly cruel to one another for the sake of a cheap laugh, no more reducing characters of color to poorlywritten tokens. Unlike most network comedies, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” makes a noticeable and often fruitful effort to improve upon the sitcom format and provide an entertaining half-hour program without stooping to raunchy lows. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is today’s answer to recent sitcom legends like “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation,” taking a simple concept — a New York City police precinct detective team deals with workplace and personal issues, most of which are uniformly lighthearted — and elevating it with a deft blend of sharp writing and brilliant characterization. By avoiding tired sitcom tropes and tackling the more problematic aspects of police work, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” stands out in the modern comedy lineup. Its fifth season promises to continue delivering clever, introspective laughs. The season four finale saw Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and
Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) being sentenced to prison, falsely accused and wrongly convicted of robberies neither committed. “The Big House, Pt. 1” picks up a few weeks into their sentencing, with Peralta stuck at a crooked prison and Diaz at a women’s correctional facility. Peralta’s uptight girlfriend Amy (Melissa Fumero) and his best friend Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) are appropriately terrified and deeply miss Peralta. Diaz’s superiors Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews) and Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher) attempt to help Diaz by completing increasingly ridiculous favors for her. It is Peralta’s story to tell, though, as he fumbles his way through prison life with the assistance of his cellmate and convicted child cannibalist Caleb (Tim Meadows, who sells the role). As a cop, Peralta quickly draws the ire of his fellow inmates and even some guards, placing his life at risk. However, he continues searching for a means of proving both his and Diaz’s innocence. He also struggles to find physical security in a gang, even if that means resorting to illegal undertakings — including Ramen smuggling — and allowing an unbalanced guard to mercilessly beat him three times just to see him fired. As sunny and irreverent as most “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” stories are, “The Big House, Pt. 1” is a surprisingly dark
John P. Fleenor | Couresy of Fox ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ has difficulty finding humor in the material of its season five premiere.
season premiere. From the unflinching depiction of prison life to the realistic fear and stress regarding a loved one being incarcerated, the episode does not refrain from emphasizing the severity of its characters’ situations, nor does it pull any punches portraying the injustices of the modern prison system (Peralta actually makes a comment about how difficult prison is for transgender inmates, proving he is just as woke behind bars). Peralta tries to remain optimistic, but his brand of frat-boy enthusiasm does not exactly go over well with the
inmates, and even the unflappable Diaz admits to feeling scared by her situation. While the plotline will doubtlessly be resolved soon — almost every season of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” opens with the characters in a seemingly impossible predicament — “The Big House, Pt. 1” creates some suspense by committing to its dark, hopeless tone and plunging headfirst into the story. The only issue with the episode’s refreshingly realistic and gritty See BROOKLYN on Page 10
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BLADE RUNNER FROM PAGE 6 2049. Harrison Ford reprises his role as Rick Deckard and, despite showing up nearly two hours into the film, he finds time to remind skeptics of the complexity and compassion that made his original performance so special. Newcomer Sylvia Hoeks is wonderfully frightening as Luv, Wallace’s evil assistant. Equal parts suave and crazed, Hoeks outshines Leto’s satisfactor y portrayal of demented businessman
BROOKLYN FROM PAGE 9 depiction of prison life is that the trials of incarceration do not exactly translate well to comedy. Aside from a humorous cold opening that turns out to be a dream sequence — Boyle misses Peralta so much that he keeps falling asleep at work just to dream about him — there are few laughs or memorable moments. Splitting up the main cast of a show that depends on the dynamics between its characters for comedy is never a good idea, yet “Brooklyn NineNine” keeps its characters isolated from one another and the episode suffers as a result. Samberg is great as always, ner vously lapsing into his catchphrase of “cool-cool-cool” after being asked to murder a guard and offering Ramen tips to a gang leader, but his banter with Caleb just cannot hold a candle to his repartee with the detectives at the precinct. Even the Diaz subplot, which should be funny given i t
Niander Wallace. Robin Wright works well as the powerful Lieutenant Joshi; her scenes with K ser ve as an important catalyst for K’s internal crisis. Even Dave Bautista of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and Barkhad Abdi of “Captain Phillips” make the most of their limited screen time. “Blade Runner 2049” asks us what it means to be human. Replicants are famously advertised as more human than actual humans, yet they fail to gain equal treatment. The film intentionally makes it difficult to
fe a t u re s Cre w s’s de l i g h t f u l Ter r y a n d Br a u g h er ’s hys ter i c a l ly de a d p a n Ho l t — t h e t wo b e s t ch a r a c ters on t h e s h ow — com e s of f a s to o m e l a n ch o ly a n d u n i n s p i re d to e a r n m ore t h a n a fe w chu ck l e s . Ever yon e i s doi n g t h e i r b e s t w i t h t h e m a ter i a l g iven , but w i t h o ut h av i n g ch a r a c ters a ro u n d to b o u n ce j o ke s of f of , t h e e p i s o de n e ver t a ke s of f a n d rem a i n s re l a t ive ly g r i m t h ro u g h o ut . However odd a season premiere, “The Big House, Pt. 1” is still an entertaining episode that confirms “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” will continue its legacy of deconstructing stereoty pes and exploring the healthy relationships between its characters. As other networks unveil more sitcoms that depend on mean-spirited, twodimensional characters and their cynical outlooks, it can become difficult to have any faith in the sitcom format at all. It may not be a perfect world, but as long as “Brooklyn NineNine” is airing and shooting finger guns, it isn’t quite so terrible.
decipher whether anyone is replicant or human. In his character arc, K must decide what it means to be human, and whether his existence as a replicant is a handicap. Does being born make you human? Does being human make you better? Do origins or actions make a person? These questions make up the heart of “Blade Runner 2049,” and their eternal relevance is sure to resonate with audiences. Unfortunately, “Blade Runner 2049” has been an early box office flop, which confirms predictions that the film is
destined to match the financial success of its predecessor. Runtime, rating and false blockbuster advertising all contribute to the failure. The film ends so precariously, so perfectly, that the mere mention of a follow-up could upset the balance. Even the people who thoroughly enjoyed both “Blade Runner” and “Blade Runner 2049” are not likely to want another film. For the best chance of creating a future classic, Scott should maybe wait 35 years to revisit, considering it worked the first time.
Wil Atkinson | Contributing Photographer Downtown Hillsborough, N.C., where Yep Roc records has made its home. Full story on page 8.
Stories about Venice and de’ Barbari’s Marvelous View of 1500 Thurs., Oct. 12, 6 – 8 PM Fri., Oct. 13, 10 AM – 4:30 PM Please join us for a public symposium of scholarly discussions on the occasion of A Portrait of Venice, a multi-media exhibition that brings to life the city of Venice through Jacopo de’ Barbari’s iconic View, part of The Collection Galleries at the Nasher Museum. The exhibition is on view through December 2017. This symposium is made possible by the generous support of The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Nasher Museum, the Wired! Lab, and Visualizing Venice.
2001 Campus Drive, Durham nasher.duke.edu/viewofvenice LEFT: Jacopo de’ Barbari, Italian (Venice), c. 1460/70– before 1516, View of Venice (detail), 1500. Woodcut from six blocks on six sheets of paper, 52 1⁄4 x 109 1⁄4 in. (132.72 x 277.5 cm) (sheet). Minneapolis Institute of Art. The John R. Van Derlip Fund. 2010.88. Photo courtesy of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
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DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE ‘NOLES Despite its 1-3 record, Florida State visits Durham with as much talent as ever
By Ben Leonard Blue Zone Editor
Not too often is a 4-2 team heavy underdogs to a 1-3 team at home—the situation Duke finds itself in against Florida State. But the Seminoles are no typical 1-3 team. After falling in its season opener to No. 1 Alabama and canceling its Week 2 game due to Hurricane Irma, preseason No. 3 Florida State is a few plays away from being 3-1 despite losing its Heisman Trophy-contending quarterback in Deondre Francois. The Seminoles came within six points of N.C. State in true freshman James Blackman’s career debut and gave up a touchdown with six seconds left to lose to Miami, which trounced the Blue Devils 31-6. Now, Duke faces the tall task of toppling a talented Seminoles team Saturday afternoon at Wallace Wade Stadium. “Alabama struggled offensively against them. And I don’t know anybody that has composite talent like they do down there [at Alabama], although I know Coach [Nick] Saban is so tired of being told how good they are,” Blue Devil head coach David Cutcliffe said. “Florida State challenged ‘Bama physically. I learned from [the 2013 ACC championship] not to underestimate how good they are.” The Seminoles return nine starters on defense from a squad that was No. 12 in the
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Jimbo Fisher coached Florida State to a win in the 2013 ACC championship game last time he faced the Blue Devils. nation in defensive efficiency and beat thenNo. 6 Michigan in the Orange Bowl a season ago, and that unit hasn’t missed a beat. Despite playing the Crimson Tide and an explosive Miami offense, Florida State ranks 15th in the nation in defensive efficiency, led by a stingy front seven. Defensive linemen
Derrick Nnandi, Hosh Sweat, Demarcus Christmas and Brian Burns have all been lethal, combining for 15 tackles for loss on the season. The Seminoles limited preseason Heisman contender Bo Scarbrough to just 40 yards on 15 attempts and elite Miami running back
Mark Walton to just 25 yards. “Florida State is talented,” Cutcliffe said. “They can play a lot of people on defense and they can run. They can consume a field. I don’t know that we’ll play another defense as talented as this one.” And Duke couldn’t have run into this defense at a worse time. Behind Daniel Jones’ 14-of-42 outing against Virginia—his third straight week completing fewer than 53 percent of his passes—the Blue Devils’ passing offense accounted for just 124 yards. Duke has scored two offensive touchdowns in its last eight quarters, and only one when Jones was on the field. The redshirt sophomore has regressed significantly after a late surge during his freshman year that left some wondering whether he would declare for the NFL Draft after this season. It hasn’t all been on Jones’ shoulders, however—the pass blocking was weak against North Carolina and Miami, combining to allow eight sacks, and the receivers haven’t created enough separation. “A lot of [the struggles] are in the execution of the passing game,” Jones said. “We were better in protection and picking up pressures against Virginia. That’s a team-wide thing, so that was encouraging, although we still have a See SCOUTING on Page 13
Pulisic’s 8 saves fuel upset at No. 10 Georgetown By Andrew Donohue Assistant Blue Zone Editor
The Blue Devils wanted another shot at a top-10 team after falling just short of pulling an upset twice against North Carolina and Louisville. This time, thanks to a herculean defensive effort, they finally finished the job. No. 19 Duke knocked off No. 10 Georgetown 2-1 at Shaw Field in Washington Monday afternoon. DUKE 2 The Blue Devil defense GTWN 1 was under pressure all game, but senior Brian White and freshman Daniel Wright scored timely goals as Duke managed to hang on and grab a huge win. “We haven’t been in this spot for a while,” Blue Devil head coach John Kerr told GoDuke.com. “It’s kind of a good feeling. We finally believe in ourselves. We’re beating some good teams, we’re winning on the road, we’re playing some good stuff and we’re grinding out results.” The first half was mostly a quiet affair with few clear-cut scoring chances for either team. However, Duke (10-2-1) took advantage of one of its few opportunities. In the 25th minute, sophomore Jack Doran
lofted a beautiful ball into the box from the left side as White darted into the area. White met the ball with his head about 12 yards from goal and guided it expertly to the near post, wrongfooting the keeper and giving the Blue Devils the lead. It was White’s eighth goal of the season and his second in as many games. The Hoyas (8-2-1) mounted more pressure following the goal, but were held at bay for the rest of the half, giving Duke the advantage at the break. Georgetown came out guns blazing in the second half, pinning the Blue Devils back deep into their own end. It took several heroic efforts from senior captain Markus Fjørtoft to keep Duke ahead, but the pressure eventually overwhelmed the defense in the 66th minute. Freshman goalkeeper Will Pulisic saved a shot but could not control the rebound, which was smashed in by freshman forward Derek Dodson to tie the match. But the Blue Devils had an almost immediate response thanks to an incredible individual effort. Just more than a minute later, Wright picked up the ball and beat the defense down the left flank before bearing down on goal and slotting the ball coolly past the keeper into the far side netting. “To recover and get a goal against the run of play
was heartwarming and gave us a lot of confidence,” Kerr said. “There were a lot of momentum shifts in this game, and I bet it was for the fans a really interesting game to watch.” Following the goal, Duke settled down and attempted to control the game. Things
were relatively quiet for a brief period before the Hoyas ratcheted up the intensity again in search of a tying goal. Pulisic and the back line stood strong, See M. SOCCER on Page 13
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Goalkeeper Will Pulisic made a career-high eight saves to keep a relentless Georgetown offense at bay.
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Blue Devils run streak to 13 vs. Florida State both the opponent and some on her own team. Someone on the bench said she thought the ball was going wide. Dorsey crossed the ball from the left side of the field to an oncoming Stevens. In the middle of the box, the sophomore volleyed it with her left foot across her body, sneaking past standout goalkeeper Cassie Miller off the inside of the right post. “We’ve been focusing on getting the ball end-line and getting it across. We think we’re dangerous that way,” Stevens said. “Especially late in the game or in the middle of the game, a lot of us are tired, and Imani is so fast that only one of us is in the box.... I think we had two, maybe three people.” After the goal, Stevens and assistant coach Carla Overbeck dabbed together, something the former national team captain has been reluctant to do this year. But she promised Stevens at the beginning of the game she would dab if she scored. “My daughter was like, ‘Mom, don’t ever do
By Jack Dolgin Staff Writer
If there were any questions about this team, Duke put them to rest three minutes in. Unlike last year’s highly-touted group, which lost to Florida State in the ACC quarterfinals, the No. 4 Blue Devils opened a two-goal lead and knocked off the No. 0 16 Seminoles 2-0 at FSU 2 Koskinen Stadium. Ella DUKE Stevens set the tone with a left-footed volley off a cross from Imani Dorsey, who then scored her ninth goal of the season in the 22nd minute, to no one’s surprise. And just like that, Duke has now won 13 games in a row. “Robbie was like, ‘Out of all the goals we’ve scored, I think only one had come from the first 15 minutes,’” Dorsey said. “And so he was like, ‘I want one in the first 15 minutes,’ and we were like, ‘Okay!’ So we were high-pressing.” But Stevens’ goal did come as a surprise to
Sanjeev Dasgupta | Sports Photography Editor
Ella Stevens scored in the third minute to spark Duke’s 13th straight win and avenge last season’s loss to Florida State.
Sanjeev Dasgupta | Sports Photography Editor
Imani Dorsey scored her ninth goal of the season on a rebound off a shot from Kayla McCoy despite battling a lingering thigh muscle injury. that again,’” Overbeck said. “So Ella said, ‘If I score a goal, let’s do it.’” If getting a one-goal lead against Florida State is dab-worthy, bear in mind the Seminoles (9-30, 4-2-0 in the ACC) had not trailed any game by two goals in almost two years—since the 2015 national semifinals against Duke. The Blue Devils (13-1-0, 6-0-0) scored again, though, just 19 minutes later. Dorsey had the ball close to midfield, dribbled around a defender, carried the ball and fed Kayla McCoy. McCoy then took a shot from inside the box on the left side, which Miller bobbled for just a second. Almost like a give-and-go, Dorsey did not give up on the play, taking the rebound nearly from Miller’s hands and booting a shot into the top netting of the goal. “The thing about our goal was we were able to build from the back and then keep composure going forward, so that Kayla was able to break the line and get a good shot off,” Dorsey said. Asked if she was feeling 100 percent during the game, Dorsey—who is dealing with a lingering
muscle injury on her left thigh—said, “If I get a goal, I will say I’m at 100 percent.” But the lefty, who stayed after the game to sign shorts, t-shirts and mini game balls for several children, added that the recovery has been difficult and frustrating. Church said that a full recovery would require six to eight weeks off, by which point the season would be over. She looked fairly close to 100 percent during the game, though she did not outrun defenders quite the way she has in other games. “She has to have treatment on that, probably from now to the rest of the season, so her status is kind of iffy every game,” Church said. “She’s the one that’s going to make the decision how she feels and how long she can go with it.” On the back line, Duke held firm, giving the Seminoles few legitimate scoring opportunities. The Blue Devils stayed aggressive and drew three yellow cards—given to Ashton Miller, Taylor Mitchell and goalkeeper EJ Proctor for creeping outside the penalty box to seize a loose ball. See W. SOCCER on Page 13
Former Blue Devils Boutier, Liu earn tour cards By Ben Leonard Blue Zone Editor
Two more Blue Devils are headed to the pros. After top-five finishes in the Symetra Tour money list, former Duke golfers Celine Boutier and Yu Liu have earned a spot in the LPGA for 2018, making it 17 that have earned their tour card after playing for head coach Dan Brooks. Boutier finished third overall on the Symetra Tour in money earned this season with $112,044 and Liu finished fifth with $86,110—the top 10 finishers automatically get an LPGA card. Boutier, a former All-American, finished her Duke career in 2016 ranking fifth in school history in scoring average and 10th in wins, and she needed just one year on the Symetra Tour to move up to the highest level. Liu only spent one season in Durham, but still made an impact— she earned second-team All-America honors as a freshman in 2013-14, when Duke won Brooks’ sixth national championship. “I’m super excited to finally start my career on the LPGA because it’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” Boutier said in a press release. “I
just can’t wait to see how I can measure myself against the best in the world. It’s been a great year. Finishing in the top 10 was my goal and I’m so excited that I achieved it. I feel like I learned a lot this year, and the Symetra Tour was a great stepping stone to the LPGA.” Boutier finished second individually at the 2014 NCAA championship, and Liu shot 2-underpar in the third round to help the Blue Devils finish two strokes ahead of Southern California before announcing hours later that she would leave to play professionally in China. Liu struggled initially to adjust to professional golf, but steadily improved from her first season in 2015, when she earned just more than $8,000. One year later, she tripled that total to more than $25,000, and tripled it again this year to qualify for the LPGA Tour. “It’s been a childhood dream for me to be able to say I’m on the LPGA,” Liu said in the press release. “It was my goal at the start of the year, and to be able to do that is just a dream come true. Being able to compete against the best players in the world and to show where I’m at, it really means a lot.”
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With Celine Boutier and Yu Liu earning their LPGA Tour cards, 17 of Duke head coach Dan Brooks’ former players have made it to the highest level.
SCOUTING FROM PAGE 11 ways to go. We’re getting on the same page on routes with the receivers better.” The running game that will match up with the Seminoles vaunted defense has been doing its job this season. The two-headed backfield monster of Brittain Brown and Shaun Wilson has averaged 5.9 yards per carry this season in support of Jones, and Duke’s stingy run defense is No. 7 in the nation in yards allowed. Duke’s defense will face a relatively less daunting task than its offense will—Florida State ranks 119th in the nation in scoring. However, Blackman, who has filled in for Francois ever since he suffered a seasonending patella tendon injury against the Crimson Tide, has steadily improved. After passable performances against N.C.
State and Wake Forest, Blackman stepped it up against Miami, completing 60.7 percent of his passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns. No one will confuse Blackman for former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, but his steady hand has been enough to guide the Seminole offense, and lead backs Jacques Patrick and Cam Akers have been effective, combining to rush for 5.3 yards per carry. If Blackman continues to manage games and can avoid the turnovers that plagued him against Miami, he can help lead a steadily improving Seminole offense. “We’ve gotten better,” Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “The offensive line has gotten better. James [Blackman] has gotten better....We should be making that one other play in those games.” Hank Tucker and contributed reporting.
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Kayla McCoy assisted on Imani Dorsey’s goal to put Duke in front by two.
FROM PAGE 12 Duke’s defense also blocked a number of shots taken inside the penalty box. Although the final game sheet listed the weather as “partly sunny,” it was anything but after the first few minutes, raining for parts and staying cloudy for the rest. In that way, the weather was similar to the chances that Florida State had, slimming throughout and improving late in the second half with a few shots near target. With the Seminoles heading back to the Sunshine State, Church said the Blue Devils will get a rare Fall Break for the next two days before playing their last regular-season home game next Sunday against Miami. But Duke will almost certainly play more home games in the postseason, as it is tied for first in the ACC with a 6-0 record and has an RPI ranked in the top four in the nation.
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M. SOCCER FROM PAGE 11 though, thwarting every attack. Pulisic in particular was very impressive and finished the match with eight saves, including one on a point-blank header off a corner kick with 45 seconds remaining to preserve the win. “They were serving balls in from both sides, corner kicks, taking shots from every angle,” Kerr said. “[Pulisic] did a great job, and the defenders did a good job clearing all but one opportunity.” The Blue Devils were outshot 19-8 on the afternoon, but outdid Georgetown in the only stat that matters. They were helped by the absence of the Hoyas’ leading scorer Achara, who has scored six goals in seven games already this season. The match concludes a run of four games in 10 days for Duke, which went 3-1 during that period to position itself well for an NCAA tournament bid entering the final stretch of ACC play. The Blue Devils now have some
time to rest before another big opportunity on Friday night, when No. 5 Clemson comes to Durham for a heavyweight ACC matchup that will have major postseason implications.
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Freshman Daniel Wright scored the gamewinner shortly after Georgetown equalized.
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T H E I N D E P E N D E N T D A I LY AT D U K E U N I V E R S I T Y
An institutional succession A
t his official inauguration last Thursday, President Price called upon the collective body of the University to renew its commitment to both progress and change in the 21st century. Central to Price’s speech was his extensive linguistic use of the Duke Forest and the metaphor of environmental succession—defined in his speech as “a natural regeneration whereby each stage of renewal prepares the land for the stage to come.” In the place of the old growth of the 20th century and Brodhead’s tenure, Price emphasized the need for a new, revitalized “university in the forest,” one in which Duke will be able to tackle the many pressing societal problems of the second millennium. Price’s speech, optimistic and incredibly theoretical, seemed to promise a new golden age for Duke University. Yet in many ways it also emphasized tradition and continuity, especially in his evoking of the relentless aspirations of J.B Duke and President Few, seemingly mythical figures “who dared to see a university in a nearwilderness of pine and pasture.” The tradition of evoking this recent, legendary founding myth is one that is familiar to the language of almost every Duke president since 1924.
President Brodhead invoked a similar image at his inauguration, referencing the drive of both Few and Duke to imagine “one of the world’s great universities” within a place of “thick, unbroken woods.” Paradoxically, it seems that Duke’s progressive “charge to make bold choices of our own” is one rooted in a not so distant,
Editorial Board imagined past. If history has shown us anything, however, is that the legendary Duke drive referenced by Brodhead and Price to expand and progress farther than our forbears have gone will inevitably bring conflict and probing debates, especially in our current “world of ferment.” Price’s relatively short time on campus has yielded an onslaught of critical intersections for action and this trend will likely maintain its vigor throughout his tenure. A lot of this will not simply be remedied by grand speeches given to a contented crowd. With the constant stream of threats streaming out the White House as well as more localized
onlinecomment “Liberals have run universities for decades and yet I constantly hear about how universities are examples of rape culture run amok. Maybe it’s time to give conservatives a shot at running things.”
—Bolt Taustian, responding to “Step up to the plate, men,” published Oct. 4, 2017
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clashes with racial injustice, being a leader at this time will not be easy. It will require the “Duke drive” coupled with deep compassion toward all community members—including academic and non-academic workers struggling for better workplace conditions and pay—in order to know when to cast off tradition in favor of a bold new future. These sentiments were addressed by other speakers at the event and truly reflect an important standard that the Duke community must set for Price’s tenure here. All in all, the inauguration speeches and festivities left many in high spirits and with great hope for the future of the University. As students flocked to their fall break destinations, a calm fell over the campus that filled the Gothic Wonderland with a sense of promise and bright ambitions for the coming years. As the weather cools down and the leaves start to change, the newly minted president’s points on the cyclical regeneration of both Duke’s leadership and its surrounding flora seems particularly fitting. If Price commits to the tasks bestowed upon him and heeds the advice of students, faculty and Durham community members, Duke may truly be able to enter a golden era of transformation and progress.
Letter to the editor
ollowing the October 1st shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, The Chronicle’s editorial board published an editorial titled “An Americana death” that rightfully called for urgent gun reform. However, the editorial board’s assertion that “the more complex elements of America’s gun problem” can be attributed to “violent white masculinity” are not only inaccurate, but also subvert attempts to have meaningful conversations about race, gun violence and social inequalities in the United States. The article correctly pointed out that statistically,
Joseph Rufo LETTER TO THE EDITOR the majority of mass shootings are committed by white men (according to data collected by researchers at Mother Jones), but it fails to assess whether or not they are disproportionately committing mass murder. A recent article by Slate magazine reevaluated the same data set and showed that 56 percent of mass shooting events were carried out by white males; however, approximately 73.9 percent of Americans are white, according to the 2012 Census
Bureau. Compared with other races, whites are actually underrepresented among mass shooters (note: sex was not taken into account, as 97 percent of mass shooters are male). Statements published by The Chronicle’s editorial board, such as the notion that “whiteness lies at the center of [mass shooting-related] tragedies almost every time,” only serve to promote racial stereotypes. Ironically, the editorial board made the claim that “conservative commentators want to…perpetuate the disgustingly racist narrative of Muslim terrorists being at the heart of public violence.” This statement not only demonstrates the editorial board’s failure to understand racism at the most fundamental level (muslims are a religious group made up of many races), but also unveils the hypocrisy in its argument. If it is wrong to promote false narratives about a Muslim propensity for violence, it is equally wrong to promote false narratives about violent white masculinity. Perhaps it would be beneficial to shift the conversation away from baseless racial stereotypes and instead focus on strategies to correct structural disadvantages, which are established predictors of violent crime, that different communities face. Joseph Rufo is a Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science PhD Student.
The Fall Break
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On Instagram and the sorority squat
You know what man, I think the Cubs really have a shot at running it back this year,” my Uber driver said when we were about halfway through the 40-minute ride from O’Hare airport to Northwestern University. He knew nothing about baseball. I knew less. As that topic quickly lost steam, we transitioned into a riveting conversation about his son’s burgeoning accounting career. I found this slightly more compelling than baseball, but not compelling enough for the conversation to endure for the remaining 20 minutes. My meager 4.6 Uber rating could take another hit. I put my head down and began to scroll through Instagram. The reason I choose to recall this seemingly banal Uber ride is not to strike up a discussion on the awkwardness of sitting in a car with a stranger or to discuss my social ineptitude. I tell this story because in this Uber ride, I had an epiphany—an epiphany that could either turn out to be a quick fad or perhaps a meaningful life decision.
Sami Kirkpatrick WORMS IN SPACE Scrolling through my Instagram feed, I came across a video posted by a girl with whom I went to high school. I watched a sorority recruitment video in which my friend kisses her sister on the cheek, looks at the camera and says “We’re sisters.” The caption read: “There’s nothing like being sisters in more way than one!” As the video replayed almost demonically over and over again, I sat there motionless, overcome with a singular thought: I need to quit social media. I deleted Instagram on the spot. My friend’s soul-draining post is not entirely to blame for this. I had been contemplating an exodus ever since I had become aware of the incredibly mechanical nature of my social media routine. Every morning when I wake up, I automatically pick up my phone to check all of the posts I missed in my slumber. I open my Snapchats, watch my unwatched stories and scroll through my Instagram feed until I recognize the pictures. This process repeats itself periodically throughout the day: when I’m waiting in line, when I’m watching TV, or before I go to bed. The funny thing is that I’m not really soaking up any of the information that flashes before my eyes, nor do I care in the slightest about the content of the posts I’m seeing. It’s as though years of pictures of brunch, parties, dogs and bathing suits has left me completely lobotomized. Often I’m not even aware that I’ve made the decision to check social media; I find myself pulling up Snapchat completely instinctively. Above all else, my checking habits stem from a compulsive need to not leave things incomplete. Quite simply, they represent an utter waste of time. This weekend, while visiting my friends at Northwestern for fall break, I became increasingly aware of social media’s grip on the modern college student. On Saturday, for instance, I accompanied my friend Maude’s sorority members as they
participated in a Northwestern homecoming tradition. At 8 a.m., they all headed over to a frat house, woke up the frat boys and started drinking as a pregame of sorts for the tailgates—which are really also just pregames themselves for the football game, to which no one seems to go anyway. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “That sounds like it sucks.” But let me stop you right there: it did. I was the only guy not wearing purple in a sea of sorority girls, all of whom sported their various interpretations of “style meets school spirit,” and I found myself assuming the role of photographer time and time again. Packs of girls squatted in front of various landmarks throughout Northwestern’s campus, in front of frat house signs, atop elevated surfaces and even in a local park where concerned parents looked at them with disgust. After the tailgates had ended, the girls reconvened in their rooms as they consolidated the photos taken and began the painstaking process of deciding which one seemed worthy of posting. “Scroll through them and star the ones you like best” is a phrase I came to know well. An intense, Twelve Angry Men style deliberation ensued. But with time, each girl came to a photo with which they were content. The deciding factor almost always was whichever photo the girl personally looked best in. This sparked controversy when another girl believed that she looked bad in said photo, but the agreement seemed to be that one must accept when she looks bad in another’s photo. In the future, she has permission to do the same to the friend. Some girls had brainstormed captions ahead of time and were ready to post. Those who hadn’t faced another long and grueling battle ahead. At the end of this long day, I was left completely drained. Laying on the blowup mattress Maude had put out for me, I couldn’t help but think about how thousands of people were currently looking at these photos I had taken—commenting things like “Ugh perfection” or “fire emoji x5”— and about how meaningless it all is. The fact of the matter is, this short life we live has so many amazing things to offer. I can say with utmost confidence that none of these things are found on an Instagram feed. I’m not saying you need to go all Eat Pray Love or anything like that. You can still sit and stare at a screen—just do so with a purpose. Instead of clicking through Snapchat stories, watch Atlanta or Veep. Nothing your friends are doing or writing about is anywhere close to as cool to the other things that are available at your fingertips. But most importantly, next time you’re tempted to look down at your phone in social scenarios, resist. Look up, smell the roses and listen to your boring Uber driver talk about baseball and accounting. Sami Kirkpatrick is a Trinity sophomore. His column, “worms in space,” usually runs on alternate Wednesdays.
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Sleeping too much, too little or just right? W
hen my brother was in high school, I remember attending a college info session where a senior talked about how he learned to embrace the non-academic aspects of college. The only part I remember now is him talking about his sleep schedule. For his first few years, he went to sleep at 10 p.m. every night and missed out on a variety of social experiences as a result. But when he became an upperclassman, began sleeping later and started to embrace spontaneity, he was able to embrace college life more wholeheartedly. At that point in my life (when I was in elementary school), I thought I was an insomniac because I couldn’t fall asleep by 9:30 p.m. every night. The idea that one could be missing out because he or she was getting a healthy amount of sleep boggled me. Originally, I wanted to make a plea for students to get more sleep, based on the statistic that one-third of Americans are sleep deprived. According to a recent survey, 21.5 percent of Duke students reported sleep deprivation as a factor affecting academic performance. More than one in four high
Amy Fan FANGIRLING school students reported falling asleep in class at least once a week. A recent Chronicle article focusing on “the freshman plague” pointed out that getting insufficient sleep contributes to getting sick. All students should follow the advice by which Arianna Huffington lives—that we should schedule our sleep and treat it as a non-negotiable appointment. Given the evidence, this seems like an obvious lifestyle change that could massively improve student well-being. At a panel sponsored by The Huffington Post during the spring of 2016, then-sophomore Riley Griffin brought up the culture where students believe they must choose two out of school, socializing, and sleep. Frequently, they choose sleep. In particular, she said: “We face this excessive anti-sleep culture where we prioritize almost everything before we do health and wellness—specifically mental health. We are driven by motivations like GPA or even physical health in the sense that so many people prioritize working out or socializing, but sleep has always come last.” It’s not like getting enough sleep is rocket science. It’s arguably as challenging, if not less so, as eating healthy and exercising. The same survey mentioned earlier showed that Duke students perform better than the national average at these tasks. But it’s also impossible to ignore the reality that Griffin mentions. Religiously sleeping at the same time each night means that there are likely social experiences that will be missed. It might mean that homework is left undone, tests are not adequately studied for, or late night dorm room chats—a cornerstone of the college experience— are lost. People who do pre-orientation programs tend to gush about their experiences, despite that they barely get any sleep during these programs. Students will sometimes rave about the temporary sense of accomplishment they feel after finishing a big assignment or project (immediately after, they crash and fall asleep). Even if the experiences aren’t entirely positive, they’re characterized as a part of the stereotypical college experience. Other scientific evidence suggests that lack of sleep can pose certain benefits, contrary to what Huffington asserts. Another body of research finds that not getting enough sleep one night may lead to “tireless stamina, enhanced creativity, heightened awareness, and a cheerful mood” in some cases. Sleep deprivation may be an effective treatment for some people dealing with depression. Others believe that getting too much sleep can be counterproductive. When it comes to choosing between undersleeping and oversleeping, undersleeping seems like the more efficient option to many. When considering pros and cons, it almost seems as though the price for having those interesting, valuable, wildly exciting college experiences equates to a degree of sleep deprivation. But should health be regarded as a luxury at a place where so many resources are easily accessible to us students? Our attitude toward the importance of sleep matter. It affects whether we choose to show up for the 8:30am class when we could use an extra hour of sleep. It affects whether we feel pity for the friend who pulled an all-nighter, or acknowledge it as a part of the student experience (as long as they sleep well the next night). Perhaps most importantly, it affects how much we truly believe the “sleep is temporary, GPA is forever” mentality. Amy Fan is a Trinity sophomore. Her column, “fangirling,” runs on alternate Wednesdays.
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A STORY OF FAITH Chaplain and U.S. Army Captain Kimberly Hall, an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, has not only had her life changed by her work within civilian ministry, but also by a surprising call to work with Army Soldiers. Originally, life as a minister was not a part of her plans. But after a lot of soul searching, Chaplain Hall eventually heeded God’s call to work in and pursue the path of ministry. She served her community for ten years as both an associate and senior pastor, but then found herself answering yet another call, one that led to the U.S. Army.
ANSWERING A CALL OF NEED After three separate encounters with Army chaplains, each trying to convince then Pastor Hall to join, she realized working with the Army might be a new path God had designed for her. While the call to serve in the Army was unexpected, she does not regret changing her life once again.
Her choice was not only one of faith, but also one that helps ﬁll an important need within the Army. As the number of clergywomen in the civilian world continues to expand, more women are joining the military as chaplains. Chaplain Hall not only helps ﬁll a need within the Army, she represents a growing voice within all faiths.
THE WORK OF FAITH Just like her life, her work with the Army hasn’t been predictable. But Chaplain Hall has already made an impact on the Soldiers she serves. “My chaplain assistant and I executed and implemented ‘Operation Smile,’ a series of events designed to boost the morale and spirits of the Soldiers and the civilians under our care. Our [most successful event] was when we stood out in the early morning hours holding colorful homemade signs that simply read, ‘Have a Beautiful Day!’ We would wave and smile at all incoming cars that came on to the Army post. As it turns out, we made an indelible impact by this simple act of cheer.“ With a blend of traditional and non-traditional work, it is easy to see why each of Chaplain Hall’s days are different. And while she always has a lot to do,
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Chaplain Hall ﬁnds that her work with Soldiers is worth the effort that it takes. “The most rewarding experience is seeing solid transformation occur in Soldiers’ lives that range anywhere from relationship healing, to baptisms and just simply journeying with them and pointing them to the light at the end of the tunnel and having them grasp it. That is a joy!”
SERVING SOLDIERS “Our motto in the Chaplain Corps is ‘Pro Deo et Patria.’ It derives from the Latin, which means ‘For God and Country.’ Putting on this uniform, I have a unique opportunity to do great work in caring for the souls of Soldiers. … The motto I personally live by as a chaplain is this: ‘I am here to serve and not to be served.’”
Ultimately, the work she and the other chaplains do each day helps take care of Soldiers’ hearts and minds. And Chaplain Hall’s experiences in the Army have helped to solidify her own faith as well. “Living this Army life has further cemented my belief that God has not and will not fail or forsake me. My ultimate faith lesson in all of this is to trust God and to not be afraid.” If you feel the call to serve with the Army Chaplain Corps by serving Soldiers as a chaplain in the U.S. Army, visit goarmy.com/hc42
“In the ﬁrst few months [of] wearing this new ‘hat’ as an Army chaplain, it felt very surreal. I kept looking at my uniform and my surroundings and saying to myself, ‘Wow!’”
CAPT. KIMBERLY HALL