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GRAD STUDENTS ASK FOR $15 PER HOUR Administrators say most grad students receive that amount
Blue Devils dominate ACC championship By Drew Johnson Associate Sports Editor
Victory has eluded the Blue Devils all spring. Whether it be injury, illness or a poor opening round, something always seemed to get between Duke and its next win. That changed his weekend, as everything finally clicked for the Blue Devils, and at just the right time. Fifth-ranked Duke captured the ACC title in resounding fashion, blowing the field away with a 15-under-par performance at the Grandover Resort and Country Club’s par72 East Course. Duke jumped out to a fourstroke lead Saturday and never relinquished it, eventually leaving second-place Florida State 27 strokes behind by the end of 54 holes as the team earned its second consecutive and 21st all-time conference championship. The Blue Devils were led by the onetwo punch of Leona Maguire and Jaravee Boonchant that has guided them all season, with the two players jockeying for the individual crown throughout Monday’s round before tying for first at 6-under-par. Maguire See W. GOLF on Page 13
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promised a $15 per hour wage Staff Reporter by 2019. John Zhu, senior public affairs officer of the Duke Graduate Photos by Mary Helen Wood | School, explained in an email that Associate Photography Editor Duke Ph.D. students cannot be Last Thursday afternoon, the assigned to research or teaching Bryan Center plaza was packed assistantships that exceed an average with music, dancing and brightof 19.9 hours per week so their eyed prospective students as primary focus is their academic groups advertised their upcoming progress and dissertation. showcases and fundraised for Zhu stated that graduate students charities or future events. already receive more than $15 Amidst the hubbub was a group per hour on average based on the of students manning a table with current stipend schedule. According posters. Like many of the student to Zhu, a Ph.D. student’s “current groups that frequent the BC plaza stipend significantly exceeds $15 per they were asking for money—but hour” and actually “averages to more not from passerby. The students than $29 per hour.” were asking for increased pay from “In addition, Ph.D. students get the University for graduate students benefits that no other Duke students as part of the Duke Graduate Student Duke Graduate Student Union gathered Thursday afternoon to or employees receive, including free, Union’s pay campaign. platinum-level health insurance advocate for $15 per hour wages for all. Claire Ravenscroft, a fourthfor six years; guaranteed tuition year Ph.D. candidate and member of the DGSU pay working coverage for five years (worth more than $175,000 total); tuition group, explained that the central pillar of the pay campaign is that scholarships for the sixth year for those who do not have other Duke should pay all campus workers $15 per hour—including sources of tuition support; up to $5,000 a year to help cover the cost graduate students. of child care; free access to Duke recreational facilities for five years; “If this is going to be a fair campus and a prestigious campus and access to grants to help cover unexpected medical expenses,” that likes to compare itself to other R1, top tier institutions, they Zhu wrote. should begin by making good on their promises and treating But DGSU’s petition claims that making more than $15 per hour everyone on campus with the respect and dignity that they is not always the reality for graduate students. deserve,” Ravenscroft said. Members of DGSU dispute Duke’s summer funding claims in All Duke employees and full-time contract workers who work See GRAD STUDENTS on Page 4 more than 20 hours per week and 36 weeks per year have been
Marc E. Bassy to headline LDOC concert Staff Reports The Chronicle
R&B and rap artist Marc E. Bassy will headline the Last Day of Classes concert Wednesday afternoon. Sophomores Morgan Bird and Andrew Oliver, LDOC committee co-chairs, announced the updated lineup in a statement Tuesday afternoon. Yesterday, the committee noted that previous headliner GoldLink had cancelled his appearance. “We are excited to announce that Marc E. Bassy will be joining the LDOC lineup as the 2018 headliner,” Bird and Oliver wrote. “We are thankful for our team, who was able to turn around a contract in two days. Check See LDOC on Page 4
The evolution of campus concerts
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Blue Zone Editor Ben Leonard writes that Duke won’t have enough balance to win a title next year. PAGE 11
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Duke prof. helps produce new guidelines Former employee to treat cancer patients with HIV faces charges for trying to pawn Duke property UNIVERSITY
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A Duke professor is helping to create new guidelines for improved treatment for cancer patients with HIV. The National Comprehensive Care Network is an alliance of 27 cancer centers that has created a guide of best practices for treating cancer. The aim is to synthesize the evidence and practices available to make sure that all patients receive the best possible preventive, diagnostic, treatment and supportive services. Recently, Gita Suneja, associate professor of radiation oncology and global health at Duke, co-chaired the NCCN panel that produced a new set of guidelines for treating cancer in patients living with HIV. “In the research that led up to this, we saw patients who have both cancer and HIV are a lot less likely to get cancer treatment compared to people who don’t have HIV,” she said. “We found that surprising and concerning because many of these cancers
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are treatable.” Research illuminating this disparity in treatment was published in 2014. A year later, Suneja led an effort to survey U.S. oncologists about how they treat patients with cancer and HIV. The results indicated that doctors who were more concerned with toxicity— the degree to which a drug can harm patients—and efficacy—the ability of a drug to produce a beneficial outcome—were less likely to administer standard cancer treatments when caring for patients who had HIV and cancer. A majority of respondents agreed that the guidelines available for cancer management in patients with HIV were insufficient, suggesting that better standards would increase the number of HIV patients receiving standard cancer care. Instead of focusing on one cancer subtype, the guidelines that Suneja and the panel produced will be useful for oncologists treating a variety of cancers in a specific population that is currently more at risk than cancer patients in general. The guidelines discuss some specific cancer types—including cervical cancer and Hodgkin’s lymphoma—and include a general summary of principles unique to people with HIV, including HIV management during cancer treatment, drug-drug interactions, radiation therapy, surgery, imaging and supportive care. “Those are things that the average oncologist may not be aware of,” Suneja said. “We tried to really synthesize the data out there into a format that’s really easy to use for clinicians treating those patients.” Now that the new guidelines have been distributed, Suneja explained that the goal is to start getting treatment to people who need it, especially people who are at risk of not receiving such treatment. As more and more people are living longer with HIV, the number of patients developing cancers related to both HIV infection and typical aging is increasing. This makes cancer a leading cause of death for this population, Suneja said. “It’s disappointing that people who have survived HIV and now have a life expectancy almost as long as people without HIV are less likely to get cancer treatment and have worse outcomes,” she said. “[This work is] about making cancer treatment more accessible and available to people, even those with chronic medical conditions.”
By Maya Iskandarani Staff Reporter
A former Duke employee is facing criminal charges for attempting to pawn Duke property. Troy Daniel Mortenson, a former employee of Duke Health Technology Services, was arrested in early April on two counts of obtaining property by false pretense after he tried to pawn Duke-owned computers at two Raleigh pawn shops, according to a WRAL report. A resident of Youngsville in Franklin County, Mortenson was employed at Duke for about a year before resigning in February 2018. He pawned a Lenovo laptop and an Apple iPad Air 2 at Picasso Pawn in Raleigh for $185 and another Lenovo laptop at National Jewelry and Pawn in Raleigh for $180, according to the arrest warrant. The two attempts occurred on Nov. 17 and Dec. 12 last year, respectively. The Wake County warrant claims that Mortenson had no right to pawn the devices because they were not his property to sell. Mortenson also faces five other charges of obtaining property by false pretense—two in Wake County and three in Durham County. All alleged crimes occurred between November 2017 and February 2018. As of April 10, Mortenson is being held at Wake County Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond. Duke Health Technology Services did not respond to requests for comment.
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Outgoing DSG President Riyanka Ganguly reflects on her term By Lexi Kadis Senior News Reporter
[continues to] focus on that because at the end against the students…Our hope is of the day, I know [DSG] is doing a lot, but… that both sides are willing to engage students don’t know about it. in dialogue.
The Chronicle spoke with senior Riyanka Ganguly to reflect on her term as Duke Student Government president. Ganguly gave advice for president-elect Kristina Smith, a junior, including how DSG can serve as a bridge between students and the administration. This interview has been edited for clarity and length.
TC: Was it your idea to redesign the DSG weekly email? RG: [We made] a conscious decision to revamp [the email]. I wrote every email, and I added my own humor and jokes to it, but it was a very strategic effort by the communications team. [We] tried to think The Chronicle: What have you learned the of ways to spread the news of what we do in most as president? more approachable ways. Riyanka Ganguly: I’ve learned most the extent to which administration takes into TC: Is there anything about where account our decisions as students, and the DSG is right now that worries you for the power we have if we choose to speak up. I’ve coming year? always been pleasantly surprised by the ease of RG: I think DSG can do a lot better about access to administration given my role [as DSG being a bridge to the administration— president]. I’ve also been pleasantly surprised to communicate with students what the by how willing the administration are to meet administration is thinking and doing and with students, and to communicate and take to better facilitate dialogue. It has always into account our opinions. surprised me how easy it is to connect with For any big decision, there’s a student administration, but I understand the barriers in representative or a student voice [present], place that make it intimidating [for students], and I think that’s really important. After and that’s why [DSG] is there. going to conferences with other student body presidents across the nation, I’ve realized that TC: Given the recent alumni weekend not all schools have that, so I’m much more protest, could you further comment on how appreciative of Duke and of the power that DSG can serve as a bridge to connect students students have to enact change. and the administration? RG: We’ve been in communication with TC: If you had one main critique of what students and administration. I think in order happened this year, what would it be, and how to be a bridge we need to listen to both sides… might it change going forward? Being that bridge requires the patience to RG: We could do more in terms of listen to both sides. This protest raised a lot communicating what we’re doing to the of valid concerns. In order for us to be that general student body. That’s something bridge, we need to show our dedication to I’ve tried to focus on this year, and why I’ve those demands and to show what has already focused a lot on the website and the DSG been done to [meet those demands]…We blast. I hope that the next DSG administration have been against any disciplinary conduct
TC: What was the hardest thing for you as DSG president, professionally or personally? RG: It really challenged the way in which I approached problems and issues. Personally, I am no longer pre-med because of being DSG president, I actually decided to quit this semester. Personally, I recognize the value in understanding how policy worked or how budgets work, and a lot of the time, I felt that I was ill-prepared in how to structure my arguments. Special to the Chronicle For example, I had a lot of passion Senior Riyanka Ganguly, outgoing Duke Student for an idea, but I didn’t think through Government president, looks back on this year. the policy implications of it, how it would hold up in court or how the finances an open mind, and realize that even though at would work. These are the questions that first something may seem obviously wrong… anyone asks before investing in anything…I it requires patience to delve into the issue. At had to figure out how to speak the language the end of the day, you do have to represent to make [my ideas] more effective…how to all students—not just a minority of students, phrase it and how to sell it. That has been the not just the majority of students. In order to hardest part for me. do that, it takes a lot of patience to do the due Another thing is that at the end of the day, diligence of talking to everyone. it’s very difficult to please everyone. I’ve gotten Also, remember to just have fun with it! so many responses from the [email] blast, but Put your humor into it…The DSG blasts are sometimes people forget it’s a person behind one of the few times in the week when I’m 100 the blast…Learning how to balance both percent me—that’s all my humor, it’s how I positive and negative feedback in productive talk [and] how I think. manners is something that I’ve personally learned as well. TC: Do you have any last words you want to say to the undergraduate student body? RG: We have a lot of passion at Duke, and TC: What advice do you have for DSG we have a lot of good people. But I don’t think president-elect Kristina Smith? RG: I would [tell her to] learn to not take See GANGULY on Page 4 things personally. Approach everything with
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Zhu wrote that the Graduate School does try to help make up this funding gap. FROM PAGE 1 “The Graduate School provides a significant number of summer research fellowships that help bridge the gap for students its Tuition, Fees and Stipends Schedule. The nine-month pay on nine-month funding,” Zhu wrote. “Those fellowships are schedule for 2017-2018 is listed as $22,912 while the 12-month intended to provide a meaningful level of summer support to as pay schedule is $30,550 in the Graduate many students as possible with The Graduate School’s pay schedule. available resources.” I look forward to working School’s The students’ petition states In addition to guaranteeing Ph.D. that the stipend for Ph.D. students with Duke to make this an students who work as assistants a minimum is “usually around $22,000 a year.” even better place to work. yearly wage of $31,200, the petition also calls Casey Williams, a second-year Ph.D. on the University to shift the nine-month student, pointed to the question of hannah rogers pay schedule to a 12-month one so that they summer funding availability and caps FIFTH-YEAR PH.D. CANDIDATE make a living wage year-round, have the AND COORDINATOR OF THE DGSU funding cycle begin in August to match the as a primary concern for the graduate COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE academic year and provide a $1,000 stipend students who are not on 12-month pay schedules. to each incoming graduate student worker “In my opinion, it’s misleading to publish a document to help with relocation. implying grad students make $30,550 a year (and to tell this At their BC plaza event, DGSU members stood next to a to reporters) without explaining it, providing evidence or display covered with bright sticky notes and posters that asked acknowledging the caveats,” Williams wrote in an email. “What does Duke owe you?”
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“This could be a dollar amount, in terms of ‘Duke promised me I would get paid $15 per hour, but I don’t make that much money,’” Ravenscroft said. “’This is the difference between what they promised and what I actually get.’ Or it could be something more general like ‘Duke owes me an environment free of sexual harassment and discrimination.’” DGSU members reached out to Provost Sally Kornbluth at the beginning of April for a meeting and after an initial exchange they planned to take the “Duke Owes You” poster event to the Allen Building to deliver the petition at 4 p.m. However, Kornbluth responded on April 17 that she would be willing to meet with them about the campaign. Accordingly, DGSU changed plans. “[Kornbluth] has agreed to meet with us in May, so we are not doing that portion of today’s event,” Ravenscroft said. Hannah Rogers, a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate and coordinator of the DGSU communications committee, emphasized that she hopes for all workers to be treated fairly and get the respect they deserve. “I look forward to working with Duke to make this an even better place to work,” Rogers said.
LDOC FROM PAGE 1 out his music on Spotify, and we’ll see you tomorrow!” Marc E. Bassy is perhaps best known for his song “You and Me,” which features G-Eazy. Last year, he released the album “Gossip Columns.” Other LDOC performers this year include Quinn XCII, who recently released the new song “Winnebago” and Seeb, a group that just released a new album called “Nice to Meet You.” The concert will be kicked off by indie pop band Smallpools, and will also feature additional programming.
GANGULY FROM PAGE 3 we have enough faith in each other, and I don’t think there’s enough facilitated dialogue. We are very quick to dismiss anyone and everyone…We are not making a conscious effort to be friends with each other. If one of our friends shared an opinion with us, we [would] have more patience for them, and we [would] believe them.
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from cameron to the quad How campus concerts have changed, page 8
duke powwow NASA puts on annual event on Abele quad, page 7
first-years reflect What life will look like beyond East Campus, page 9
recess editors Who is Marc E. Bassy?
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on the cover: NASA’s Annual Duke Powwow. Photo by Xinchen Li.
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Look at any of the bylines in the print edition of Recess, and you’ll notice we’re the only section of The Chronicle that uses this term for our staff: “writer.” I’ve always found this title — where “reporter” or “correspondent” or “contributor” or some variation might have otherwise been — to be especially fitting for what we do at Recess. On one level, the designation is a necessity in a section that, more than any other, deals equally in news and opinion. It’d be a little odd, for example, to give the title of “reporter” to someone who may write a feature on a visiting artist one week and a definitive ranking of campus playlists the next. But on a greater level, the title emphasizes the role of Recess not only as a source of content but as a workshop, a place where students can become, yes, writers. In its very format, the section encourages, even necessitates, an exploration of voice and style. Like so many other would-be Chronicle writers, it was this quality that attracted me to Recess in my first semester at Duke. At one of the first interest meetings, I’d responded that I was interested in news, sports, opinion and culture — effectively circling “all of the above” on the mailing list sign-up — and, accordingly, I attended a few different sections before settling on one. I quickly realized, though, that I had no interest in covering any sport other than basketball; I didn’t have enough opinions to fill an 800word column once a week; and I wasn’t captivated by the talk of nut graphs and ledes that greeted me in the first news meetings. Recess presented itself to me as the one place where (almost) anything would go: In my first month of writing, I previewed a live film score on campus, reviewed an album and penned a (well-researched and, I’d add, justified) takedown of the Marketplace playlist. For the first time in my life, I was given the incentive to write regularly about
things that interested me, to grow as a writer and to make mistakes. That last part of the equation — the mistakes — has taken on a new dimension for me in my past year as editor, because I’ve made, well, so many. As a writer, those mistakes were more personal, stemming from the process of learning how to engage with sources, how to retain my subjectivity without compromising accuracy, how to accept criticism. As an editor, though, there’s an entire section (at the risk of seeming fatalistic) riding on them. Our second issue of the school year, and one of our biggest at that, saw a misprint that, in hindsight, is easy to laugh at: It took two rounds of editing and three pairs of eyes for us to realize that we’d run “venereal” in the place of “visceral.” Elsewhere, there have
staff note been the inevitable, unpredictable glitches on online publication, the pitches missed and the corrections issued. Granted, the mistakes have come fewer and farther between as the year has gone on. And if this seems like a grim review of a tenure, it’s not — on the contrary, to even have the opportunity to develop those writing and editing skills, and all the mistakes that entails, is a privilege. As my term as editor has drawn to a close and my search for real-life work has begun in earnest, I’ve become more and more aware of this fact. Rarely, if ever again, will we have the nearly unlimited resources to write
and to learn offered in a place like Recess — especially with no prior journalism experience, as was the case for me and for most writers here. Beyond Duke, the chances to be published are slimmer, the price for mistakes dearer. The Chronicle, in the end, is a student publication. And this is a fact that doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive with good reporting. Rather, we should recognize it as an opportunity to encourage learning, exploration, even mistakes, as there is no better time to do so than now. If journalists have one vice, it’s self-importance, and we should never assume that our work, while important, reaches some ideal of objective truth. We are in the business of telling stories — whether that’s an administrative scandal, a new exhibit at the Nasher or a retrospective review — and we should urge our writers to find the joy in doing just that and, while we’re at it, resist taking ourselves so seriously. I hope Recess will continue, long after I’m finished at Duke, to be a haven for the students seeking an outlet to write creatively and the content that doesn’t seem to fit anywhere else. For now, I’m confident that the section will be in good hands for the foreseeable future. And I’ve realized that, as much as I’ve loved being editor, I’ve kind of missed being a writer. —Will Atkinson
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Annual powwow brings attention to Duke’s Native American population By Ashley Kwon Staff Writer
On April 14, the Native American Student Alliance had its annual powwow on Abele Quad. The event drew the attention of a lot of students and alumni visitors with its tribal costumes and dances. Generally starting in February and taking place throughout summer, powwow is a ceremony in which Native Americans come together to celebrate their cultures through praying, singing and dancing. The event has variations in different tribes — in the tribe of junior and NASA Chair Shandiin Herrera, it starts with a prayer and is mainly composed of dancing, which is a form of healing and ceremony to remember veterans. Colleges also have their own division of powwow, but the event at Duke has mostly been involved the gathering of local North Carolinian tribes. Powwow had been held sporadically on campus until last year, especially because of the small Native American population at Duke and the scarcity of resources available to them. This year, the Center for Multicultural Affairs helped NASA organize the event. With the help from the CMA and other members of NASA, Herrera began planning for the event in January. Having attended powwow events at other universities, including N.C. State and UNC-Chapel Hill, she was able to contact musicians and dancers from several local tribes, including Lumbee, Haliwa-Saponi and Cherokee. She also invited vendors to sell Native American crafts, ranging from jewelry to dream catchers. “A huge part of it is having a visual event going on,” said junior Rayleigh Palmer, vice president of NASA. “Because NASA is so small, we have trouble trying to advertise who we are. So whenever we have powwow, there is dancing. There is food. It really attracts people.” Although the event did garner attention, the Native American population at Duke remains almost unrecognizable. Despite efforts such as having a Native American student recruiter and providing opportunities for Native American high school students
to visit the campus, the number of Native American students at Duke had just reached 1% of the entire student body this year. Duke also does not have any Native American faculty members. Meanwhile, although North Carolina has one of the largest Native American populations on the east coast, there are not many students coming to Duke from North Carolinian tribes — most Native American students at Duke come from the Navajo tribe. Therefore, NASA also calls for more diversity within Native American students represented in Duke’s student body. Because it is such small community at Duke, the powwow holds a special meaning for Native American students, despite coming from different tribes and backgrounds, as an event in which they can reconnect with their cultures. “Especially here at Duke, it is really hard to feel connected to home,” sophomore Imani Hicks, who volunteered at the event, said. “In [my] reservation, I am constantly surrounded by Native culture. So this is the one time for me when I get to hear the drums and be around the Native American community.” To Herrera, the event was a chance to strengthen her identity both as a scholar at Duke and a representative of her cultural traditions. “Being at Duke and having an opportunity to bring both of my worlds together are very important to me and other Native American students,” she said. “A lot of times, we do feel left out of the conversations at Duke, because there are no Native American professors or Native American Studies program. So it is more like us having to self-advocate to see this big event happen.” The powwow also allowed Native American students to view the event from a different perspective to explain it to nonNative American audience. “In general, when I go back home, I just go to the powwow,” Raymond Allen, a thirdyear graduate school student in biology, said. “But seeing the other side of the coin, I am like, ‘This is the kind of effort that is needed to organize the event.’” For most of the students who organized and volunteered at powwow, the event was
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Xinchen Li | Staff Photographer A dancer performs at Duke’s annual powwow celebration, which took place Saturday, April 14.
valuable in sharing their traditions with the Duke community. “It is not only for Native students. It is also for the general public who have never been to powwow and do not know what powwow is,” junior Amber Hall, who also took part in organizing the event, said. “It has to become this effort that not only reflects our heritage and our pride, but it also has to incorporate the element of alliance for people who
want to get involved but are not necessarily Native American.” The event was also a reminder of the presence of Native American students at Duke and the voices they deserve to have. “Powwows are ceremonial gatherings and very cultural,” Hicks said. “It shows Duke students that we exist, [although] a lot of people do not know that there are even Native Americans on campus.”
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From Cameron to the quad: How campus concerts have evolved By Selena Qian Staff Writer
Wednesday is LDOC, which means students will be celebrating with a day of activities culminating in an outdoor concert. But the LDOC festival is a tradition that’s only 21 years old, starting in 1997, according to the DUU website. In that time, LDOC has changed significantly, as have other concerts on campus. LDOC Ten years ago, LDOC was considered an incredibly highrisk event — and it was. Tom Szigethy, associate dean and director of the Student Wellness Center, said the first year he started working at Duke, a woman was allegedly sexually assaulted during the event. They also surveyed the student body and found that 40 percent “couldn’t care less if the whole event went away.” Students felt that LDOC didn’t represent Duke and was “pretty much drunken debauchery.” Szigethy said that, in 2009, damages to residential halls after the event totaled around $25,000. There were also several hospital and EMS calls for alcohol poisoning. Elizabeth Turner, Trinity ‘10, became co-chair of the LDOC committee in her senior year, and recalled the high costs of the event in her junior year. “The year before I was chair, when I was a junior, LDOC was not great, not only concerts-wise — we had the highest number of trips to the ER, vandalism and all those things,” Turner said. “And the administration actually threatened to shut LDOC down.” The following year, Turner and her co-chair focused on changing the message of LDOC, shifting away from the image of excessive drinking. Szigethy was very involved in these initiatives, and they were successful. In the following years, damages dropped to less than $5,000 and hospital calls decreased. The initiatives included changing rules about the amount of alcohol people could carry, moving the EMS station from inside a residential hall to outside in front of the Chapel and creating other activities throughout the day. The LDOC committee started bringing in more food and water and hosting arts and crafts. Some events, like the Chapel climb, are only open to students who have not been drinking, due to safety concerns. Szigethy said these initiatives provided incentives for delaying drinking and allowed students who choose not to drink to feel included in the festivities. Moving the EMS station also impacted the culture of LDOC. It led to students starting to look out more for each other because they knew how they could help each other. “That started to shift some ownership,” Szigethy said of the outdoor EMS station. “Students were [now] owning the issues and staying involved in it rather than just passing it off to the nearest adult that they could find.” Prevention initiatives also included reducing the number of people on the quad. LDOC advisor Jessie Stellini wrote in an email that in 2010, non-Duke students were barred from the event for the first time. Szigethy said this approach made prevention more cooperative with the Duke student body by focusing on the problems associated with the thousands of nonDuke students attending. Duke students were less defensive and more willing to change behavior as a result. Concerts in Cameron Turner was also chair of Major Attractions — now called Campus Concerts — in her senior year. She headed the planning of the last concert in Cameron Indoor Stadium on April 1, 2010, featuring N.E.R.D and Kid Cudi. At that time, Kyle Fox, now associate director for marketing and communications, advised Major Attractions and was involved with the planning as well. “It was really a roller coaster,” Fox said. “It was the most stressful and most rewarding thing I think that I’ve done professionally.” Major Attractions was the oldest committee in DUU, established in 1954. Fox said the main reason for the name change was that DUU was trying to use “natural language” that made the committee goals clear from the name. Turner said the change “really bums [her] out” because she felt that it had a historical significance. From the 1960s to the 1980s, Cameron hosted concerts nearly every year, including such high-profile acts as The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Bruce Springsteen and Santana, according to a pamphlet from Major Attractions. Prior to the 2010 show, the most recent Cameron concert featured T.I. and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah in 2007, Turner’s first year at Duke. Turner said that concert flopped, only selling about 2,500 tickets of Cameron’s 5,400 capacity. This lack of success led
Sujal Manohar | Recess Photo Editor (top); Courtesy of Duke University Archives (bottom) Students stand in Abele Quad during LDOC 2017 (top); Students await an April 12, 1978, concert at Cameron Indoor Stadium (bottom).
to the three-year hiatus of concerts in Cameron, but Turner wanted to bring it back in her senior year because it was part of a longer history at Duke. She began planning the final Cameron concert in June 2009, before the school year even started. The concert required more planning than an outdoor show or a Page Auditorium show because Cameron was in regular use. Turner and her team had to schedule around basketball, and the committee needed a full four days for set-up. That set-up included putting down a special floor, building the stage, installing sound equipment and wiring and having a fire marshal inspect the space — which eliminated any dates during the basketball season. These factors led to further complications in the alreadydifficult concert planning process, and Fox said the logistical issues may have been a major reason in no longer using Cameron for concerts. Cameron’s 5,400-person capacity also means that DUU must advertise to other schools and the general public to ensure they recoup costs through ticket sales. Fox cited changes in the music industry as well — bands used to tour more and sought to play in college arenas. Further, Cameron was not built solely for concerts, meaning its acoustics are not the best. Coupled with the increased expectations of sound quality due to advancing technology, that quality means that the way bands sound in the space can be a letdown. Junior Caroline Levine, Campus Concerts chair, wrote in an email that people now also prefer their concerts outdoors, which may help explain today’s lack of concerts in Cameron. Only one concert a year is typically indoors and hosted in Page. Concerts
also move indoors on occasion due to rain, but in those cases, Cameron would not be the go-to location due to the need for different sound and lighting equipment. However, people still look back fondly on concerts in Cameron. Turner’s father told her about seeing Santana and Springsteen play in Cameron, and Jim Hodges, director of conference and event services, recalled seeing Billy Idol in Cameron when he was still in high school. “I wish for Duke students’ sake that they would do it,” Turner said. “It’s really cool to see a concert in Cameron.” Looking forward DUU and its various partners plan to continue to evaluate and improve on events. Levine said Campus Concerts has begun to introduce Penn Pavilion as a rain location because it most closely resembles an outdoor venue, with standing room instead of fixed seats. The Wellness Center has also introduced new initiatives and hopes to establish discussions of prevention for any large event, not just LDOC. Although Fox no longer works directly with DUU, he said he is interested to see what the organization continues to do in the future. In his 12 years working at Duke, Fox has seen committees combine, disappear, reappear and disappear again. He cited Heatwave as an event that seems like it has been around for a long time, when it actually only started four years ago. “There’s no barrier to starting a tradition, and then in three or four years having it be something that sticks around forever,” Fox said.
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Symposium celebrates the cinematic legacy of literature’s favorite monster By Alexandra Bateman Staff Writer
Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” celebrated its 200th birthday this week with a two-part symposium focused on questions of science, ethics and responsibility. Hosted by Duke Science & Society — an organization that explores the ethical, legal and policy-related questions raised by science and technology — the symposium began last Thursday with a panel discussion on Frankenstein’s many film adaptations, lovingly nicknamed “Frankenfilms.” Marsha Gordon, a film studies professor at N.C. State, Deanna Koretsky, an assistant professor in English at at Spelman College, and Misha Angrist, Duke Science & Society senior fellow, traced the creature’s cinematic history from his first appearance in 1910 to modern representations like that of Tim Burton’s 2012 film “Frankenweenie” (2012). The panel set out to show how we can trace cultural, social and even scientific attitudes through the decades by examining the film adaptations of Shelley’s story. Contrary to the green-skinned, bolt-necked creature we now recognize as Frankenstein’s monster, the original filmic depiction of the creature more closely resembled a hairy caveman — assembled not from amputated limbs but from a mixture of substances in a cauldron. The next adaptation was Universal Pictures’ 1931 “Frankenstein” featuring Boris Karloff. This film not only codified the creature’s appearance but added plot elements that would become hallmarks in future films including the lab set-up and the lab assistant character. This incarnation of Shelley’s story hints at one of the novel’s primary underpinnings — the loneliness of solitude and the human desire for total, god-like control — but leaves much of
the novel’s seriousness and contemplation of human nature behind. While none of the Frankenfilms offer as comprehensive and intricate a story as Shelley’s original novel, they do end up raising interesting questions about gender and race. Although she was the daughter of the early women’s rights advocate Mary Wollstonecraft, Shelley’s own gender politics are regressive by today’s standards, yet seem to be headed in a forward-looking direction. None of the female characters in Shelley’s novels have a happy ending — they all wind up dead. But both films “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935) and “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” (1994) take Shelley’s gender representation several steps backward. In these films, the female creatures created to cure the monster’s loneliness are reduced to horrific monsters without language or free will. Their sole purpose is to free the original creature from his distress and thus they have very little autonomy themselves. In keeping with Shelley’s tradition, these female creatures don’t live lives any of us would envy. Equally problematic is the blaxploitation film “Blackenstein” (1973). During the 1970s, Hollywood realized that it could make money off of black people by including them as main characters in films. Though these films featured the first appearances of black Americans in primary roles, the characters they played still often fulfilled stereotypes about the black community. Made the same year that recombinant DNA was discovered, the film combined the horror, comedy and exploitation genres with a scientific spin. In this film, the creature is the result of recombinant DNA treatments gone wrong — a plot element that perhaps reflects the fear of the potential for this new scientific development at the time. Despite the ways in which Shelley’s novel has been distorted, exaggerated and
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons James Whale’s 1931 film “Frankenstein” was an early instance of Frankenstein’s monster in film.
manipulated, it has formed the basis for a whole lineage of films and ideas of which we still see contemporary incarnations. Films like “Gattaca” (1997), “Jurassic Park” (1993) and “X-Men” (2000) rely so heavily on the themes Shelley proposes that it’s difficult to say that they would have been possible without it. We still see filmmakers raising the same questions of responsibility and the
relationship between creator and creation today. It’s not likely that we will ever stop grappling with these questions, or that we will ever cease to find new ways to talk about them. But it is thanks to Mary Shelley and her monster that we are able to have these discussions in this way — through the eyes of an egomaniacal scientist and his doomed and lonely creature.
First-year students reflect on becoming ‘upperclassmen’
By Sydny Long Staff Writer
The recent influx of prospective students on campus for Blue Devil Days has brought to the attention of the current first-years just how close they are to surviving their first year at Duke. It seems like only yesterday they were the high school seniors being whisked around campus for Blue Devil Days, trying to figure out the layout of West Campus and wondering which dorm they would be assigned to come August. Now those same high schoolers are spending hours in Perkins studying for their upcoming finals and beginning the arduous process of sorting through the mountains of free T-shirts they’ve accrued over the past few months. Their first year is coming to an end, which is stirring feelings of excitement and dismay as they pack their bags and prepare to bid East Campus farewell. “I’m going to miss the sense of community that East Campus provides,” first-year Maria Pita said. “I like that East feels like a world of its own. I’m not sure if living on West Campus will be quite the same in that sense.” While some students have expressed frustration with East Campus and its isolating distance from the university’s center, most seem to have developed at least some degree of attachment to the campus. Its small area — the dorms are proximate to one another, and the centrality of Marketplace and its quad essentially forces the first-years to mingle and form strong bonds that will hopefully carry over into the significantly larger, less-dense world of West Campus. Pita isn’t alone in missing East Campus. First-
year Brooke Scheinberg echoed Pita’s sentiments about the intimacy of East. “I’ll also miss East Campus,” Scheinberg said. “Living on West will be super convenient I’m sure, but having a place where everyone in my class lives, eats, et cetera has helped me cultivate more relationships with freshmen that I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise, and I’ll miss that.” In addition to the change of scenery, firstyears are also coming to terms with how they’ve changed over the course of their first year at Duke. Most students would probably be surprised by how much they’ve learned about themselves and their interests — academic or otherwise — since O-Week. A student’s first year is a transformative period that will set up how the student decides
to tackle the rest of his time at Duke, whether that means changing his planned major, joining a new club or putting himself out there to make new friendships. Pita said that her first year at Duke has been a tremendous period of self-growth. “I knew and expected that coming to Duke would be an amazing academic experience but I was caught off guard by how much personal growth I experienced,” Pita said. “I didn’t expect to learn so much about myself, the things I value, and how I approach my relationships with people. Duke has made me more introspective than I’ve ever been and I think that’s because I’ve met a lot of people I’ve come to admire and this in turn has made me look at myself and my
Chronicle File Photo In the next couple weeks, most first-year students will finish their stays on East Campus.
actions more critically than ever before.” Scheinberg shared the sentiment. “I also made significant progress in figuring out what I want to do with my life, which is really comforting,” she said. Moving on in one’s academic career is always a daunting process, especially when that movement is accompanied by such a drastic change in environment and expectation. With most of the introductory classes behind them, students will finally be tackling the more specific, rigorous courses that pertain to their planned major and taking on more responsibility as they assume leadership roles in the clubs and organizations they joined as a first-year. Duke is a place of great academic stress and rigor, and it can be easy to dread the upcoming transition and long for a return to the simple bonding activities of O-Week. The current first-year class, however, isn’t deterred by the increasing difficulty and the challenges they will meet upon returning to campus in August. “I’m excited to dive deeper into my fields of study, take harder and more interesting classes, settle more into Duke, and act as a mentor for the new class,” said Scheinberg, expressing enthusiasm rather than unease about her future at Duke. Pita is also optimistic about her transition from first-year to upperclassman, viewing it as an opportunity to continue her journey at Duke. “I feel that in this year alone, I’ve gained a better sense of what I want to do in the future and I’m excited to see how those passions develop or whether I abandon them altogether and take up new ones I don’t even know about yet,” Pita said.
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COMMANDING THE DRAW
Olivia Jenner broke her own program record for draw controls this season By Ben Feder Associate Sports Editor
In what has been an up-and-down season so far ripe with uncertainty, there has been one constant: junior attack Olivia Jenner’s domination at the draw. Despite her unit struggling to find the back of the net at times—the Blue Devils went scoreless for more than 34 minutes in a one-goal loss at Notre Dame April 15—they have generally been able to keep it close due to the sheer amount of possessions Jenner and the rest of the draw team has generated. Jenner came to Durham talented at securing draw controls. She broke the Duke record for single-season draw controls as a freshman, ranking sixth nationally in draw controls per game. But this year, she’s taken her game to a new level, surpassing her own program record April 9 in a 16-12 loss against High Point. On the season, Jenner is averaging 8.5 draw controls per game, good for third in the nation. “It’s something that she takes a lot of pride in, and she’s done a lot of work—physical work, but also film work—to watch herself and watch other people she’s drawing against in preparation for games,” head coach Kerstin Kimel said. “We want all of our juniors to assume some
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and secured the top spot in high school lacrosse for the eighth straight season. She reached out to players—some of the best in the country— nearby to practice the draw, and she did not have to leave her house to find her main source of competition: her sister. Maddie Jenner, who will be joining Olivia
I first realized I’d really like this sportswriting thing the night of Nov. 18, 2015. It was my first “big” assignment as a mere freshman, a top-15 women’s basketball matchup between Duke and Texas A&M before the wheels came off during that starcrossed season for the Blue Devils. Duke lost in overtime, and I submitted my recap probably a moment too late for our then-sports editor Ryan’s liking before strolling to the media room in Cameron for what remains my favorite press conference I’ve attended as a reporter. After referencing Duke’s team full of McDonald’s All-Americans, Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair said, “I’ve got a lot of Burger Kings, but they’re pretty good and I’m not trading them.” That quote has stuck with me ever since, and not just because it combined two of life’s greatest joys—sports and burgers. I think it also describes the work
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Olivia Jenner averages 8.5 draw controls per game, the third-most in the nation. sort of leadership, and she really wanted to take ownership of the draw and the draw team and the extra work that they put in.” Jenner fine-tuned her craft over the summer to become one of the most dominant forces in the nation on the draw. The Annapolis, Md., native used her hometown to her advantage, as Jenner’s high school team at McDonogh had just extended its national win streak to 177 games
Championship or bust next season? Not so fast For the third straight year, it’s apparently going to be Duke’s year. As usual with another No. 1 recruiting class and Mike Krzyzewski at the helm, expectations are championship or bust for the Blue Devils. Curb your enthusiasm. I’m not buying it. Although this team boasts an unprecedented conglomerate of raw talent with the top three recruits in the country, it also has a number of fatal flaws—youth, a potentially shoddy defense and a lack of 3-point shooting. This is the year—if you want to be disappointed. With dunking extraordinaire Zion Williamson and elite slasher R.J. Barrett, Duke will undoubtedly be ranked near the top of the preseason top 25. The Blue Devils will be very good, but they won’t seriously contend for a championship. Why? First, Alex O’Connell very well could be the team’s most reliable 3-point shooter. And he probably won’t even start. The way I see it, Tre Jones will play point guard, Cameron Reddish, Barrett and Williamson will play on the wing and Marques Bolden will occupy the post, replacing Duke’s entire starting lineup from this season. None of them has proven to be a reliable 3-point shooter as of yet. Jones, Barrett and Reddish are all extremely athletic, strong in transition and elite at getting into the lane, but have not proven that they can shoot from deep at the college level. The idea of Williamson or Bolden finding a consistent perimeter shot is a wild pipe dream. This could make the Blue Devils’ offense very one-dimensional.
Duke was great inside this year, but only had one true 3-point threat in Gary Trent Jr., and it got bounced in the tournament. In 2016-17, it could shoot from deep, but had nothing inside, so it got bounced. As with teams that rely on more experienced players, the one-and-done model only seems to work with teams that can demonstrate balance on offense and can play some semblance of defense. Can Duke really get a zone to work with an entirely different set of players—especially with a group that doesn’t have twin towers like Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr.? It seems really unlikely. One could argue that Williamson’s athleticism and strength could help replicate that sort of production, but he’d still have to play alongside Bolden. Sure, Bolden was once a five-star recruit too, but he just isn’t athletic enough to be a true presence on defense for the majority of a game in a starting role, even in a zone. It’s also a stretch to assume that a Duke team starting four freshmen and a relatively inexperienced junior could be a strong man-to-man defensive team. Will this team have a chance to win a title? Yes. But Blue Devil fans should not go into the season thinking this is the year. A lot of development will have to come on the perimeter, and perhaps a miracle needs to happen for an incredibly young defense to come together. High expectations are a dangerous thing. They turn losses catastrophic, big wins expected and championships mildly exciting. It’s one thing to hope for a championship, but another to expect it. This team has far too many flaws to expect one. No team ever should. As a student, I wouldn’t chant “We Want Six” before a game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Verbalizing the implied only reinforces Duke fans’ absurdly high expectations.
Growing up a Stanford fan, I grew to expect nothing from a football team that was ecstatic to avoid a winless season. When the Cardinal made the Orange Bowl in 2010 after struggling for years and years, it was one of the best days in my life as a sports fan. Granted, Duke basketball is *slightly* different from the state of Stanford football in 2006, but the principle is the same. When you finally reach the pinnacle, lower expectations make it all the more sweet.
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Big man Marques Bolden might be the only veteran to start next year for Duke.
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W. LACROSSE FROM PAGE 11 next year in Durham, is McDonogh’s de facto leader on the draw. At 6-foot-2, she uses her size to overwhelm her opponents, and she snagged 165 draw controls last season. So Jenner, who generally towers over her opponents at 5-foot-10, had to deal with some serious competition over the summer. Maddie only helped make her better. “Last year, I was someone who really struggled against people who pushed the ball or were really strong in general, so something I tried to work on was getting faster with my hands and just doing more draws in general in the offseason,” Jenner said. “My sister is someone who I practiced a lot against this summer, and she definitely pushed me to do better.” After watching Jenner for nearly three seasons, Kimel can generally tell when she is getting on a roll from the draw, which has become even more valuable due to the introduction of the shot clock two years ago. “You can just tell because her hands are moving really quick, but also she is able to track the ball really well and easily,” Kimel said. “She’s putting the ball in places where she can find it right away and get her hands to it.” On the other side of the field, it can be tough to maintain focus when the ball is constantly in the attacking half. Generally, if the offense has held onto the ball for a few minutes, the entire defensive unit will huddle to stay on the same page. But when sophomore goalkeeper Gabbe Cadoux is between the pipes, something completely different is going on. Cadoux will run around the net, sometimes breaking out a jump or two, much to the excitement
of her teammates on the sideline. “[I run] just [in] the area. Jump up and down in the crease, whatever works,” Cadoux said. “Everybody thinks it looks funny, but I love it.” Although sometimes it may be hard for the defense to regain focus on its first possession in a few minutes, the unit loves when Jenner goes on her mini-spurts, such as the one to kickstart the Blue Devils’ 21-12 win against Louisville in early March. Jenner won the initial four draws, helping engineer a quick 4-0 Duke lead. Jenner finished with a career-best 15 draws on the afternoon, helping set the table for freshman attack Charlotte North’s record-breaking eightgoal performance. “Especially when we’re on a roll, and I know our whole defensive unit gets so excited, and the whole midfield and attack [as well],” Cadoux said. “It’s really what sets the momentum for scoring goals and making defensive stops.” Although she is not the only contributor, Jenner has led the charge in the Blue Devils’ dominance at the circle. The team leads the nation in draw controls per game, and is outdrawing its opponents by more than 100 this season. Starting midfielders Catriona Barry and Maddie Crutchfield have both racked up more than 40 apiece this season, and Jenner is quick to acknowledge that she could not reach these heights without them. “[Being first in the nation in draw controls per game is] definitely a cool accomplishment just because this has been something that I’ve been doing since middle school, but I think it speaks more highly of the people I have on the circle,” Jenner said. “That’s a pride thing for us that if we get the draw, we have more possessions.”
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V. 113 FROM PAGE 11 of The Chronicle’s sports department and the newspaper as a whole. We’re not the McDonald’s All-Americans of the profession, the reporters with decades of experience from ESPN, CBS Sports or The Athletic who fly across the country to cover every major basketball tournament and sporting event all year. But my team of full-time students who don’t get paid a dime for journalism makes up for it with countless hours of hard work to provide coverage of Duke sports as thorough as any other organization out there. When I had the privilege of covering the PK80 Invitational in Portland, Ore., on Thanksgiving break last fall, the championship game against Florida started at 8 p.m. on the West Coast. By the time I finished my story and pasted it into the next day’s print paper remotely, our other writer, our photographer and I were the last three people in the Moda Center’s media room at 1 a.m. after all the national media had called it a day, and it was 4 a.m. in The Chronicle’s office in Durham. The rest of our leaders were still up there in 301 Flowers at that hour while our sports managing editor and blog editor, Mitchell Gladstone and Ben Leonard, printed out and checked the pages for any mistakes. I’m pretty confident we were the only newspaper east of the Mississippi to fit that game in Monday’s print edition, and that’s just one of many testaments to the staff I’ve worked with for three years. After a childhood that revolved around my sports teams, I certainly wasn’t good enough to continue any sort of personal athletic career into college, and I needed to find another team to occupy my time. The Chronicle has exemplified all those qualities that make my life fulfilling—teamwork, unity and dedication to a larger purpose— and when I had the opportunity to lead the department where I had carved out my niche here at Duke, it was a challenge I happily accepted. I knew I was taking on a new full-time job as sports editor, but it usually didn’t feel like work, mostly because of the coworkers who have become some of my best friends. They made my workspace in 301 Flowers feel as much like home as my dorm room or the house I grew up in, and I was happy to spend the better part of a week in the office at the end of May last year, consumed with preparing our
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Duke won the PK80 Invitational last year thanks to three comeback victories.
summer send-home issue as a nice diversion after both of my childhood dogs died in my first three weeks of summer. I found comfort and encouragement from my Chronicle teammates time and time again as the year went on, even when I made mistakes that inconvenienced everybody else. Like the night in September when I put our fall sports preview together and didn’t realize I also had to fill a three-page sports section in the regular paper until it was after midnight. The blank pages looking back at me on InDesign were all my fault, but nobody in the room complained or scowled at me. Our news department adjusted their front page so I could have a lead story to put in sports, we dropped in some other content that had never made the print paper and we made it work, even if it was a later night of production than everybody involved had planned. So no, things weren’t always smooth sailing in this job, and moments like that made it the most stressful year of my life. It was easily my most rewarding year as well, though. The Chronicle has given me opportunities I couldn’t have dreamed of when I went to Duke games growing up in Durham in Cameron’s upper bowl, getting me courtside seats and a ticket to the postgame locker room for ACC tournaments, this year’s home game against North Carolina and more. But the biggest reward of all was the honor of captaining such a resilient and caring team of Burger Kings who have done so much writing and editing behind the scenes to make my job possible for a year. I wouldn’t trade them for anything. Hank Tucker is a Trinity junior. He served as sports editor of The Chronicle’s 113th volume.
W. GOLF FROM PAGE 1 eventually emerged victorious in a three-hole, sudden-death playoff against her teammate to earn her third career ACC individual title. “We’re thinking about big things this year,” Duke head coach Dan Brooks told GoDuke.com. “The conference is strong, but we felt like we needed to do well here. We need to do really well in our conference tournament to think about beating Arkansas, Alabama, UCLA—there’s some really, really good teams out there. We feel like we’re right where we ought to be, and we may even need to get a little bit better.” Heading into the event, all eyes were on Maguire to lead her team and capture yet another individual ACC championship, and the senior positioned herself well to do both with a onestroke lead over Boonchant through 36 holes after rounds of 67 and 70. Early in the final round, though, a sixth-hole eagle by Boonchant allowed the freshman to take the lead. Boonchant eventually walked off the par-5
18th with a birdie, a round of 72 and a oneshot advantage over Maguire. The senior responded on 18 with a clutch three-quarter wedge that rolled just a few feet away from the hole to match Boonchant’s birdie and force a playoff with a 73. Boonchant—who opened with scores of 71 and 67—was on the ropes after skulling her approach shot over the green on the first playoff hole, but delivered the necessary up-and-down while Maguire missed a midrange birdie putt. The two tied again on the second playoff hole before heading to the par-4 17th hole, where Boonchant pulled her drive into a left bunker fairway. From there, the freshman was forced to punch out and could not reach the green in regulation, clearing the way for Maguire to capture the title with a two-putt par as Boonchant bogeyed. “It’s been a goal of mine to win as many ACC titles as I could, and as a senior, this is my last chance,” Maguire told GoDuke.com. “I knew Jaravee was going to push me all the way today and she played some really nice golf, and I think just going out there we were both trying to play as
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Leona Maguire won her third individual ACC championship in a three-hole playoff.
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well as we could. I guess it was nice knowing that given Carta’s 75. The senior slipped in her final 36 the team title was already there and coming back holes, though, carding 10 bogeys or worse to just two birdies for rounds of 76 and 79 Sunday and to Duke either way.” Despite the playoff loss for Boonchant, the Monday, respectively. The wire-to-wire win is in great contrast fact that the freshman—who has yet to earn her first career win—could hold her own against one with the team’s other spring events—which of the best, winningest and most experienced saw the team consistently playing catch-up players in NCAA history shows her ability to help after slow starts—and positions the Blue Devils well heading into the NCAA Regional carry the team in the postseason. “She’s one of those sneaky good players,” May 7-9. Site assignments for the next round Brooks told ACC Network. “There’s nothing of competition will be announced Wednesday about Jaravee’s game that would make you think, evening on the Golf Channel. “It’s a huge confidence-booster going into ‘Wow, she’s going to dominate the golf course,’ or whatever, and she’s just a very sweet person. But the rest of the postseason,” Maguire said. “I think we’ve maybe underachieved a little bit so wow, can she play. She’s a real tiger inside.” Ana Belac also posted a top-five finish, earning far this spring, so it was really nice to get a big her best result of the spring season with a tie for win here and wait and see where we’re going third at 2-under-par. Belac set herself up well for regionals.” from the start, displaying solid ball striking in the opening round by hitting 15 greens in regulation Walk to Duke! to earn birdies on holes 1, 10 and 17 en route to (919)-309-9765 a 2-under-par 70. Although she slipped to begin www.TrinityProp.com round two with a 5-over-par start through six holes, the sophomore rebounded with three West Campus East Campus birdies in her final 12 holes for a 74 before signing Georgetown Poplar West for another round of 70 Monday that included Governor Campus Walk three birdies and a lone bogey. Murchison Anderson Virginia Elena Carta was only playing in her second event of 2018, but still managed to earn her best finish of the season, tying for fifth. The junior struggled in the first round with six bogeys and just three birdies to post a 75, but tidied things up Sunday as she went 3-under-par on the back nine after having eight pars and one bogey on the front, good enough for a 70. The Udine, Italy, native was 3-over-par through 13 holes in the last round, but birdies on holes 13 and 17 along with an eagle on the final hole allowed Carta to finish in red numbers with a 71. Lisa Maguire, competing in herSyndication third ACC Sales The York The New New York Times Times Syndication Sales Corporation Corporation 620 Avenue, New 620 Eighth Eighth Avenue, New York, York, N.Y. N.Y. 10018 10018 championship, turned in an opening-round For For Information Information Call: 1-800-972-3550 Unique and historic properties score of 74 that counted toward theCall: team1-800-972-3550 total
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espite what the 60 degree temperatures and scatters of rainfall might suggest, summer is rapidly approaching and Duke’s undergraduates are finally heading into their last day of class this week. As a result, the campus is once again buzzing with excitement for the annual day of revelry and heavy drinking that accompanies the end of every academic year. This exhilaration was slightly quelled however when the LDOC headliner, GoldLink, cancelled days before he was set to perform. While the LDOC committee members scramble to get another act together last second, Editorial Board has taken it upon ourselves to suggest a number of possible substitutions that would surely win over the student body. First up, might we suggest an appearance by that boy from your biology class that ghosted you two weeks ago, but now wants to see your notes from last lecture? Or, perhaps all the peers that you promised to have coffee or dinner with for the past five months, but have failed to follow through with?
However, if the ambiance the LDOC committee is aiming for is more vibrant, the Board recommends the exceptionally nice, high-energy barista in Vondy that doesn’t judge you even when you regularly consume three large lattes and several slices of pumpkin bread in place of an actual dinner. In the event that none of these suggestions are free to entertain hordes of drunken, sunburned college kids, the Board has created a compilation of a few other candidates. If the committee really wanted to get the crowd going, they’d design a collaborative set between
Editorial Board your parents’ disappointment, your casual prescription drug dependency and the crushing pressure to complete the quantitative science requirements that you’re putting off to senior year. These classics will pair well with an appearance by the shattered ego of
President Price and the mounds of internship rejection letters clogging up your inbox. A few ideas that didn’t quite make the cut include: all the feral cats roaming campus, the rich pre-med you’re trying to seduce last minute, drafts of memes you were too self-conscious to post, the impending thigh chafing from your cute summer dresses, your countless missed opportunities, the recurring nightmare you have about Larry Moneta becoming your step-dad, all the Plan B you washed down with Kombucha during Sunday brunches and the haunting knowledge that your existence is ultimately a negligible, infinitesimal moment in an inconceivably large, indifferent universe. The Editorial Board sincerely hopes that some of the submissions above will be seriously considered by the committee and we look forward to the yearly twentyfour hours of dubious life choices ahead of us. In case you couldn’t tell, today’s editorial was a joke! Editorial Board wishes everyone a safe and fun LDOC!
Happy LDOC, Duke students! Endings, mescaline, clothes
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t is a time of endings. It is a time of packed bags, final examinations and the changing of old guards. It is a time of goodbyes, temporary and otherwise. Such a time deserves a requisite column. And so here you are, and here, again, am I. What should we
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talk about? There are many options. I could spin you a pleasantly generalizable parable. I could offer a childhood memory, lyrically presented. I could talk about this University, or questions I don’t know the answers to, or something dumb, like donut holes. Whatever I write about, it has to be good. It has to impress you, entertain you, teach you something. It has to be as good on the fourteenth read as the first, if not better. It has to reward an intensely metaphorical read as richly as it would one steadfastly literal. I refuse to pretend that my goal when Ispeak is anything less than leaving you unable to. You’re giving me your time, and, honest young entrepreneur that I am, I insist on giving you your money’s worth. So I’m going for all of the above. I’m asking you to indulge me as I aim high. I’m talking to you today about clothes. On a May morning in 1953, Aldous Huxley, author of the famed dystopian novel Brave New World, ingested “four tenths of a gram of mescaline” dissolved in a glass of water. He describes a particularly poignant moment of his resulting experience as he glances down as his own trousers. “Those folds—what a labyrinth of endlessly significant complexity! And the texture of the gray flannel—how rich, how deeply, mysteriously sumptuous!” He later dissects the perceived meaning of his experience with the characteristic alacrity of a novelist: “civilized human beings wear clothes, therefore there can be no portraiture, no mythological or historical storytelling without representations of folded textiles.... In the average Madonna or Apostle the strictly human, fully representational element accounts for about 10 percent of the whole. All the rest consists of many colored variations on the inexhaustible theme of crumpled [clothes].... Very often they set the tone of the whole work of art, they state the key in which the theme is being rendered… they express the attitude to life of the artist.” He gives examples: Piero’s “untutored folds,” Bernini’s “sartorial abstractions.” He goes on for pages, even, at one point, comparing the material of his pants to a “divine not-self.” What exactly he meant by this I’m not entirely sure. I do know for certain that almost exactly 65 years ago, Aldous Huxley, creator of worlds, spent hours of his life staring, rapt, at clothes. On September 12, 2010, a woman known to the
world as Lady Gaga wore a dress made out of meat on the stage of the world. The dress was made out of flank steak. The designer was Franc Fernandez. The stylist was Nicola Formichetti. The intention, according to Gaga, was to protest the US military’s then current “don’t ask don’t tell” policy. Aldous Huxley might instead argue that the purpose was to subvert a genre, to replace the expected with the unexpected and so shock the onlooker into paying attention. Gaga’s dress was widely hailed as weird, unnecessary, misplaced within the artistic context she was working with. She was given a medium and asked to present something within that medium. But her goal that day was not to operate within any particular context or medium. Her goal was to elicit mindfulness, to draw the viewer, wide-eyed, into the world they were taking for granted. I had a dream the other night. I was in a beautifully Dahl-esque factory, all bronze clockwork and fantastical motion. Around me, cloth was being made. Enormous looms snapped and whirred, pulling speedblurred thread from gargantuan spools of sturdy wool and soft cotton. High above, bolts of finished cloth soared as they sorted themselves according to color and type: sequined turquoise chiffon and scratchy umber tweed and opulent red plush, all pirouetting in the air like gloriously deranged flying carpets. My head careened wildly as I looked around me and caught things that I had at first missed. A specialized apparatus for joining calfskin and leather. A series of tapestries in the process of being woven that all seemed to depict slightly different versions of the a single sweatshirt. A machine whose only purpose seemed to be waterproofing small left-handed gloves. It was all completely ridiculous. It was all completely magnificent. If this sounds anything less than aweinspiring, then my words have failed you. Suffice it to say that this place of cloth and motion was one of the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. In the midst of this wonder as I stared, dreaming, I heard a voice. It said to look down. I resisted. Who wouldn’t, amidst this spectacle? The voice insisted. I obliged. Below me, the floor was carpeted. Nothing fancy. The opposite, in fact. The carpet was plain grey, with a nap too shallow to be luxurious and too thick to be minimalistic. I looked at it for a long minute, longer than anything else in that place. As I looked, I woke up. We’re surround almost always by cloth, by clothes. Look around you, and there they are. How dare we let the ever-present become invisible? How dare we fail to mythologize the everyday? So here we are, you and I, at an ending. You ask me for meaning. And I give you clothes. Mihir Bellamkonda is a Trinity first-year. His column, “small questions,” usually runs on alternate Mondays.”
How Greek is your major?
few months ago, the Chronicle looked at what the major composition was like within each Greek organization. What about Greek composition within each major? If you’re sitting in a room with all the students in a particular major, what does that room look like? Based on the proportions of students studying the most popular majors in 2017 (and assuming similar proportions for the class of 2018), this is an estimate of what the proportion of each major plotted against the proportion in Greek life looks like the graph to the right. Note: Both the Chronicle and University data measure the total number of majors, not the total number of students. (aka if a student is double majoring, they’re counted twice in the data). 33 percent of students are double majoring. These graphs assume that roughly an equal proportion of students inside and outside Greek life are double majoring. The horizontal line is drawn at 33.8 percent, the proportion of the class of 2018 involved in Greek life. Additionally, only majors that made up more than 5 percent of total majors in the class of 2017 were included (about 125 majors in each class), as variation across smaller majors may be larger from year to year. There are two exceptions: (1) neuroscience, which made up 3 percent of all majors, is grouped together with psychology. (2) Biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical engineering, which made up 6 percent, 5 percent, and 3 percent of all majors are grouped together as “engineering.” Aside from computer science, each major seems to be skewed in its distribution of students towards or away from Greek life. And of all the majors plotted, only engineering and biology are disproportionately non-Greek. For every major that is disproportionately Greek except for public policy, there is one gender significantly bringing up the average and another bringing it down. This may not tell us that much though, as almost every
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major in the top 10 likely has a gender skew as well. For instance, according to NPR, in 2010, over 75 percent of psychology undergraduate majors were female, and under 20 percent of engineers were female. There’s something to be said about the network that Greek life provides, and how business and policy oriented majors— economics, public policy, psychology, political science—along with computer
There’s an odd danger to making this kind of knowledge public. The groups we join and the people we socialize with shouldn’t be closely intertwined with our academic interests, right? The worst thing that could happen if this data gets spread is the gap widening between “Greek” majors and others (though l hope it motivates people to want to bridge the gap). And while in a perfect world, our
Note: Both the Chronicle and University data measure the total number of majors, not the total number of students. (aka if a student is double majoring, they’re counted twice in the data). 33 percent of students are double majoring. These graphs assume that roughly an equal proportion of students inside and outside Greek life are double majoring. The horizontal line is drawn at 33.8 percent, the proportion of the class of 2018 involved in Greek life. science, seem to be disproportionately represented in Greek life. Contrast that with biology—a major in which people typically go on to graduate school of some type—and with engineering, a profession that requires a specific set of hard skills along with a certain set of soft skills.
classmates shouldn’t influence our classes or major… They kind of do. Setting Greek life aside for a second, what is it like to be in a intro class in an extremely popular major and to realize that no one looks like you or that none of your friends are there? Who will you turn to for help and advice
when things inevitably get challenging? Advisors and other external support systems are great, but regardless how accessible they become, they won’t be the same as having peers and upperclassmen helping you through the process. So how much does the personal get tied in with the social get tied in with the professional get tied in with the academic in college? And what professional connections are being lost by not being in the right social groups? What social connections are lost by not being in the right academic groups? What personal connections are lost by not being in the right professional groups? A few weeks ago, I requested to view my admission files. Aside from being forced to revisit all the numbers that seemed to dominate my high school career, I was reminded once again that I applied to Duke as a public policy major—and not subtly either. It was the topic of nearly every essay I wrote, almost every extracurricular commitment I highlighted, and I somehow spun all three of my intended majors into something policy-oriented. Two years later, I am not a public policy major. Not anywhere close. Before this semester, I hadn’t even taken a single class in the department. Have my underlying interests changed? No. Am I happy with my current major? Yes. And even though I may just be a classic case of someone changing majors after matriculating, I am also convinced that Duke is the only college I would have gone to where I would have picked my major. So sometimes I still wonder—what are the things I would have considered studying had I just known more people studying them? What are the classes I would have dared to take, the people I would have dared to reach out to for help, the conversation I would have dared to have? And how much of that was influenced by the people I knew outside of classes? Amy Fan is a Trinity sophmore. Her column, “fangirling,” usually runs on alternate Wednesdays.
I learned more on Tinder than I did in college
learned more about myself on Tinder than I did in my first year of college classes. Sorry, Mom. Okay, let me explain a little bit. Four years of all-girls Catholic high school had not brought me loads of experience in the dating department, and aside from awkward conversations with one or two cute guys on the C1, this trend continued into college. A few friends casually used Tinder last semester, but I didn’t really think it was a popular thing at Duke. However, I was unprepared for the frenzy that occurred when Tinder announced that the campus with the most right swipes in their bracket of 64 schools would win a concert from Cardi B. All I knew is that I was ready. LDOC would arrive and there I would be, singing along to the queen herself because of the outstanding attractiveness of my classmates. A few nights later, my roommate was hanging out with a friend, both working their hardest to bring Cardi to Duke by relentlessly swiping right. I was headed out to study, but somehow, the next thing I knew, beckoned by the siren call of Bodak Yellow and my friends’ urgings, I was hesitantly clicking download. In just a few seconds, there it was, the innocuously appealing pink flame on my phone screen. Before I could even click the app open, one of my friends grabbed my phone. She immediately began scrolling through my camera roll, looking for pictures to put on my profile. “Don’t worry, I know exactly what will look good.” I cringed
a little when I saw her click upload, officially making me A Person On Tinder. It’s for the Cardi B concert. Don’t worry. Tons of people are on here, I told myself. The first profile popped up. I basically flinched, swiping left so quickly that I didn’t even process the entirety of his face. I thought to myself, If I just swipe left on everyone, I won’t have to know what people think about me. And if I do swipe right, it’ll only be for the contest—not for real. Reassured, I settled into a rhythm. Left, left, left, left—wait, his profile says Duke? Right, I guess. The fun continued for a little longer, laughing as we saw TA’s from last semester, friends’ older siblings, and people from down the hall. I went to bed later that night, reassured that it was harmless, that I would delete the app soon, and that it really didn’t mean anything. But just when I had finished ruining my circadian rhythms by staring at the blue light of Instagram in my dark room, I saw the little flame on the screen inviting me back in. An hour later, I finally looked up after my screen told me I was out of swipes, realizing that I had gotten sucked in. I told myself that for every catfish profile and guy asking for people to send him pictures of their feet, there would be just one more UNC student with cute glasses or Duke sophomore with a funny Vine reference in their bio. The pings of dopamine I felt when the screen briefly went black to proclaim “IT’S A MATCH” helped me fall asleep, comforted by the validation I thought I had received.
Over the next couple of days, I found myself constantly chasing this high of approval. Every spare moment I had was devoted to swiping. Bus rides, walking to class, and Perkins trips all became consumed by my search. What did I expect? I knew I would never act on any of it, so was this solely an exercise in narcissism, a weak attempt to mitigate my insecurities? If I was just seeking approval, why did I feel so invested? I was conflating my supposed attractiveness with actual personal worth, telling myself that each match was some kind of personal victory. I had to be likeable and attractive, and the binary of Tinder—right or left, yes or no—amplified the pressure I had been feeling without me even realizing it. This tipping point was a long time coming. I’ve felt lost in a sea of likes, comments and messages before, wondering if the pictures of a girl I barely knew in high school at a frat party thousands of miles away are really worth my energy. But I stuck around, just in case. My fear of missing out dovetailed perfectly with my search for approval, so when the Tinder wave arrived, I let myself become swept away without stopping to think if this was really the healthiest thing for me to be doing. While I haven’t opened up Tinder in a while, the app is still on my phone—and I’m sure that the original flood of activity brought on by my endless swiping has slowed to a trickle. There have been times I’ve thought about checking it again, especially after exhausting my Instagram,
Facebook, and Twitter feeds (if you couldn’t tell by now, I spend too much time on my phone). Most people are capable of using social media in a perfectly healthy way. However, I think I’ve realized that maybe my phone isn’t the place where I’ll find self-assurance. I love a wholesome dorm room dance party and runs on the Al Buehler trail, but you’d never guess it from a Facebook album or a pithy sentence or two in my Tinder bio (“here for Cardi xoxo”). I’ll feel good about myself eating Pitchforks tater tots and watching foreign films, not when I’m holed up somewhere glued to my phone screen, desperately seeking validation. Duke is a place that certainly makes it easy to feel less than adequate, and for too long, I’ve tried to overcompensate for the insecurity I sometimes feel. Despite this, I’ve learned that even if I’m not raking in the right swipes or the likes, I am lucky to have people who help me remember every day that I am enough. So sorry again, Mom—that’s the most valuable thing I’ve learned this year. It may not have been a profound thought about The Communist Manifesto or an eloquent sentence in Arabic or an insightful answer to a stats problem, but at least I’m not still searching for it on my phone. And hey, now there’s a headlining spot open on LDOC… Anyone down to party with Cardi? Ann Gehan is a Trinity first-year. Her column usually runs on alternate Tuesdays.
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