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Bill Clinton to speak at Duke Chapel celebration will honor life of Franklin
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Former president Bill Clinton will speak at Duke next week, University officials announced Wednesday. Clinton will attend an event June 11 hosted by the University to honor the late historian John Hope Franklin and his wife Aurelia Franklin. “A Celebration of the Lives of John Hope and Aurelia Whittington Franklin” will begin at 11 a.m. in the Duke Chapel in honor of Franklin and his late wife Aurelia, who passed away in 1999. The couple was married June 11, 1940—next week’s event marks the couple’s 69th wedding anniversary. “I think [Clinton’s attendance] is really significant and meaningful for the Franklin family—significant and meaningful for the many countless admirers of Dr. Franklin, his former students, his colleagues,” said Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations. “He lived in so many different worlds over the course of 94 years. Having the former president of the United States come and participate in this celebration is really a demonstration of [Franklin’s] impact on the country.” Other speakers for the celebration include Vernon Jordan, an attorney and a civil rights advocate who was a close friend of Franklin, Franklin’s niece Cynthia Gibbs Wilson, trustee emerita Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans and President Richard Brodhead. The event is open to the public and a live webcast will be available online.
ica, Franklin expressed his sentiments when asked if he admired Clinton and his presidency. But not without some hesitancy. “Yes, I do [admire him],” he said. “You see, when you say that, it’s a sweeping question. This doesn’t mean I’m not critical of some of his policies and some of the things
Uncle Harry’s general store will relocate this summer to vacate space for a new restaurant coming to Central Campus. The store will close for the summer June 7, and is expected to reopen in its new location in November, said Paul Manning, director of project management with the Facilities Management Department. “Uncle Harry’s is going to move 50 or 75 yards away up into a space that is referred to as the Mill Village,” said Jim Wilkerson, Duke’s director of trademark licensing and stores operations. “There are some older buildings there that are now being renovated and one is being renovated for the new location for Uncle Harry’s.” Administrators have been looking for some time to add restaurants serving alcohol and other social facilities to help make Central Campus a more enjoyable place to live, particularly with the economy putting construction on New Campus indefinitely on hold. “I mean this has been an issue that’s been around for a while, and we started talking in earnest about this particular solution about six months ago,” Manning said.
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Former president Bill Clinton awards John Hope Franklin with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1995. Clinton will speak in the Duke Chapel next week to honor the late historian and his wife Aurelia. While in office, Clinton awarded Franklin the Charles Frankel Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the highest honor awarded to civilians. Clinton also selected Franklin to head a national task force on race in 1997. In an August 1997 interview with The Washington Post shortly after his appointment to lead the seven-person White House initiative to improve race relations in Amer-
City budget sees $11M cut Brodhead praises Duke’s ties to RTP by Julius Jones THE CHRONICLE
As revenues fall during one of the deepest recessions in recent memory, Durham city officials will approve a budget with some of the largest cuts in more than a decade. The 2009-2010 fiscal year budget—which was presented by City Manager Tom Bonfield May 18 during a city council meeting—calls for $11 million worth of spending cuts for a final budget of $344.4 million, a 3.1 percent decrease from the previous fiscal year. There was a $4.75 million reduction in revenue and a $9.28 million reduction of expenditures for the general fund, which is financed by taxes and fees and used to fund nearly every public service and job provided by the city. The Durham City Council will vote to approve the budget June 15. The 4.3 percent decrease in approved expenditures from last year represents the first decrease since 1996. City officials suggest, however, that the budget is simply a reflection of the current economic difficulties. “This was an exceedingly difficult budget and if you look at the state budget—good God almighty,” said City Council member Eugene Brown. “We have had two re-
RALEIGH — President Richard Brodhead spoke in front of hundreds of international representatives at a science and technology parks convention Wednesday. Brodhead, a member of the Research Triangle Park board of directors, presented for a session titled “Creating New Partnerships to Enhance Innovation” at the International Association of Science Parks’ World Conference on Science and Technology Parks. This year, RTP hosted the events at the Raleigh Convention Center. In his speech, Brodhead explained the mutual benefits of cooperation between research universities and science parks. “Duke is very much benefited by the community that surrounds us,” Brodhead said in an interview after the event. “It gives us an effect of mass far beyond what any university can
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“I did not see myself ever coming back to Durham.... At Duke, we don’t normally venture out into Durham.” —Dorien Bolden, founder of Beyu Caffe. See story page 4
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France Flight 447 quesMichelle backs Sotomayor tions still unanswered WASHINGTON — The White House dispatched first lady Michelle Obama to defend Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor Wednesday, part of a broad offensive to humanize the judge that came as former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich backed off his harsh criticism of her as a racist. Mrs. Obama told students at a high school graduation that Sotomayor is “more than ready” to be a justice and compared the judge’s life story of humble beginnings and high achievement to the paths taken by her husband and herself. Sotomayor, who grew up in a New York City housing project and went on to Princeton and Yale universities, “says she still looks over her shoulder and wonders if she measures up,” Mrs. Obama said at Howard University, chiming in on Sotomayor’s behalf as her husband began a Mideast trip.
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FERNANDO DE NORONHA, Brazil — Military planes located new debris from Air France Flight 447 Wednesday while investigators focused on a nightmarish ordeal in which the jetliner broke up over the Atlantic as it flew through a violent storm. Heavy weather delayed until next week the arrival of deep-water submersibles considered key to finding the black box voice and data recorders that will help answer the question of what happened to the airliner, which disappeared Sunday with 228 people on board. But even with the equipment, the lead French investigator questioned whether the recorders would ever be found in such a deep and rugged part of the ocean. As the first Brazilian military ships neared the search area, investigators were relying heavily on the plane’s automated messages to help reconstruct what happened to the jet as it flew through towering thunderstorms.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Opening a mission to write a new chapter on Islam and the West, President Barack Obama consulted Wednesday with the Saudi king “in the place where Islam began,” prelude to a high-stakes speech in Egypt meant to ease long-held Muslim grievances against the United States. The son of a Kenyan Muslim who lived part of his childhood in Muslim-majority Indonesia, Obama planned what aides called a “truthtelling” address Thursday, aimed directly at the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims. Many harbor animosity toward the U.S. over its staunch support for Israel, its terrorist-fighting policies and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many Americans, likewise, formed negative perceptions of the Muslim world after the 9/11 attacks. In advance, Saudi King Abdullah staged a lavish welcome after Obama’s all-night flight to Riyadh.
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Bridge renovation will affect traffic, East wall by Lindsey Rupp THE CHRONICLE
East Campus will be getting a facelift courtesy of the North Carolina Department of Transportation in July 2010. As part of project B-3638, the NCDOT will replace the Main Street bridge, known as Bridge No. 316, that crosses over Campus Drive. The tunnel under the bridge is a hotspot for student graffiti murals. Project Engineer Doug Taylor said the project will necessitate removing and rebuilding approximately 500 feet of the East Campus wall. “We don’t know exactly how much we are going to take down, but it’s going to be rebuilt to look similar to what’s there,” he said. “That’s why we’re working with the campus on that, because they might have [a contractor] they want to work with who they worked with before.” University Architect John Pearce said the campus will lose part of its wall because the new bridge will be widened to meet transportation standards. Bridge 316 has to be replaced according to its NCDOT sufficiency rating, Taylor explained. The NCDOT inspects bridges annually and rates them according to structure and function from 0 to 100. When a bridge such as the Main Street
bridge scores below 50, it must be replaced, he said. Preliminary costs for the replacement, excluding the appraisal of the wall, are $975,000, Taylor said. This project, however, qualifies for funding under the federal govenrment’s Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program, which will provide 80 percent of the funding, he added. Replacing Bridge 316 is expected to take 18 months rather than the typical year to complete, partly due to the extended period for rebuilding the wall, Taylor said. Construction will force Main Street traffic travelling between Broad Street and Gregson Street to detour—probably onto the Durham Freeway, he said. The wall, a gift from Benjamin Duke, was built in 1916 by Trinity College and the city of Durham to beautify the neighborhood, according to the University Archives. “Ben Duke got his wall, and it’s out there, and if you’ve looked at it, it’s made of stone,” Pearce said. “Parts of the wall will be replaced up into where the bridge actually has to be built… that doesn’t look like the Ben Duke wall, but we also did not get one of those stanSEE BRIDGE ON PAGE 6
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After Wall Street, Alum finds drive in coffee biz by Julius Jones THE CHRONICLE
When Dorian Bolden, Trinity ’02, graduated from Duke, his future seemed promising. Degree in tow, Bolden headed to Wall Street and started his dream job at Bank of America, working in investment banking. For two years, Bolden, the kid from the ATL, was living the life. Everything was great until a pair of unforeseen events in 2004—the death of his father and a merger by his employer—triggered a series of events that have led him back to the Bull City. Bolden left Wall Street and spent three years working in coffee houses and restaurants, hoping to find his passion instead of simply a career. Bolden has returned to Durham ready to fulfill his dream of owning a coffee shop, Beyu Caffe. The “Caffe” shop, which will be located on Main Street, has a target opening date of September. “After my father died and with everything that was going on at work, I was going through a rough period,” Bolden said, reflecting on the origin of the shop’s name. “When I was deciding what I wanted to do moving forward, my roommates would come to me and say ‘be yourself’ or
‘be you,’ so that is where the name comes from.” He added that the name is also his special homage to coffee and to the love of espresso he gained at an Italian coffee shop in New York City, called Si Caffe or “Yes Coffee.” Bill Kalkhof, president of Downtown Durham, Inc., said Beyu Caffe will join a long list of business and entertainment options downtown.
“When I was deciding what I wanted to do moving forward, my roommates would come to me and say ‘be yourself’ or ‘be you,’ so that is where the name comes from.” — Dorian Bolden, Trinity ’02 and Beyu Caffe owner Both Kalkhof and Bolden said they hope Beyu Caffe will encourage students to come downtown and become more familiar with the city in which they live. “With Beyu Caffe we are creating an atmosphere that we hope that Duke students will find attractive and exciting to come to,” Kalkhof said. “You couldn’t have said that seven years ago but you can say that now.” Bolden came back to Durham in 2005 because his girlfriend, now his wife, was in the city studying medicine. Originally, Bolden planned to move back to his home in
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worried about the force’s ability to protect and serve. Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said he thinks the impact on police services would be “minimal.” He added that the department will keep a watchful eye on crime trends to monitor the impact of their decision to freeze hiring. “Nothing is written in stone,” Lopez said. “If I feel something needs to be addressed, then I will move resources around and make sure we are able to address the issue.” One particular concern is the elimination of three domestic violence investigator positions, a decision that was poorly received by some members of the community when it was reported by The (Raleigh) News and Observer May 30. The decision means that there will be a 15 percent decrease of follow-up visits by domestic violence investigators, with officers conducting interviews over the phone instead of in-person. Lopez said some people may be confused when they hear there will be a decrease in visits, but that every domestic violence call will still be responded to by an officer. Despite the elimination of several positions, the department’s $47 million budget is a 5 percent increase over last year. Lopez said the extra funding would be used to increase officer pay and services and to enhance incentives for men and women to join the force, since recruitment is something the force has struggled with over the years. “It’s quite evident that the community is concerned about public safety and the mayor was aware of that and I think that’s why we fared so well,” Lopez said. The increase of the department’s budget is a result of the city’s commitment to maintaining core services, such as public safety, garbage collection and water and sewage, Thompson said. “I would not have supported the budget unless core services are safe and I think they are,” Brown said. “I think no one likes the budget but that it is the harsh reality of the economic crisis we face.”
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BRODHEAD from page 1 provide for itself. It’s really one of the seats of innovation in the country and we want to be a part of it.” Brodhead’s speech was followed by presentations from Bill Dean, director of the Piedmont Triad Research Park in WinstonSalem, N.C., Paris Kokorotsikos, chairman and chief executive officer of Greek company Euroconsultants and Rafael Gomez, director of innovation at La Salle Innovation Park in Madrid. The presenters emphasized the benefits of collaboration among science and technological parks, businesses, academic institutions and governmental entities provide to all involved—and ultimately to society. The University’s connection to the RTP began more than 50 years ago before the park’s founding in 1959, said Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations. Each corner of the triangular RTP headquarters building points directly toward the Duke, North Carolina State University or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campuses.
“It’s a place where the ideas, the research and discovery that take place at Duke can then be translated into practice and commercial action in RTP,” Schoenfeld said. He added that the park has become “a magnet for the kinds of enterprises... that want to tap into the expertise of three great universities.” In his speech, Brodhead told the international audience that companies located in RTP are not the only ones who benefit from the minds of Duke, N.C. State and UNC. Working with RTP encourages the universities to interact with each other and discover their commonalities, he said. Brodhead cited as an example the collaboration among schools’ expertise and research in energy that RTP helped bring about. “[The Research Triangle Institute International] has spotted the possible mutualities in our energy groups... [and] helped us understand that all these things could be brought together... to make us more competitive for things like grants,” he said. RTP now houses more than 170 research and development organizations in North Carolina, and its
CLINTON from page 1 he has done.... For one thing, even if President Clinton’s motives are very different from mine, it doesn’t mean I don’t have an important opportunity there to address the whole question of race in this country. But I happen to know for a fact that President Clinton knows an awful lot about my views and respects them.” Throughout his lifetime, Franklin authored a number
non-profit arm Research Triangle Institute employs about 2,800 people in more than 40 countries, according to the RTI Web site. Playing host to the four-day IASP World Conference on Science and Technology Parks, RTP attracted attendants from all over the world. “They look at RTP as one of the great success stories,” Schoenfeld said. “People come from all over the world looking to emulate RTP.... It sounds like a very simple and practical thing, but it’s actually very difficult…. When you can get the government, the private companies and the universities together, you have a very rare mixture.” Brodhead said this mixture helps companies and researchers capitalize on their strenghts to accomplish their goals. “It is the nature of university culture that a lot of researchers don’t think about how to turn... research discovery and innovation into development and production,” he said in his speech. “It is an essential advantage... to have access to a research and development apparatus... to help researchers and inventors carry their ideas into development and implementation.”
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of written works, most notably “From Slavery to Freedom,” a story about the experiences of African Americans chronicling the time from when they left Africa to the Civil Rights movement in the 20th century. Franklin was a pioneer in the field of African American studies and a noted figure in the Civil Rights movement. The James B. Duke professor emeritus of history, Franklin was also the namesake for The John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies, a group of programs that explores new approaches to sharing and gaining knowledge.
“I call history like it is. The president has said that. I look it straight in the face,” Franklin said in his 1997 interview with The Washington Post. And next week, Clinton and all those in attendance may revisit the history Franklin wrote for the nation. “It’s a great affirmation for Duke that Professor Franklin spent the last part of his career and his life at Duke and in Durham,” Schoenfeld said. “We’re proud to be hosting this celebration of a very long life that has had such a great impact on the country.”
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Duke does not have plans for diverting its own traffic, including any changes to the C-2 bus route, which is the only University bus route to cross over the bridge, Pearce said. Although the project will not change the design of the much-graffitied Campus Drive tunnel beneath it, Pearce said there is basically nowhere to divert Campus Drive traffic should it be disrupted. “I actually don’t know whether the busing people really know about this project,” Pearce said. “I’m not sure anyone at Duke really knows about this project because it’s not really on any Duke burners because it has just been about the wall.” Pearce said the NCDOT is currently working on a final memorandum of agreement—an internal agreement that must be acceptable to the University and Durham, which are parties of the discussions but not members of the memorandum.
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Director of Dining Services Jim Wulforst said the project had become a “high priority” in the last 30 days. Wulforst said the new eatery, which will occupy Uncle Harry’s current location, will offer fare like pizza and burgers, and will also serve beer and wine. The restaurant’s name has yet to be determined, Wulforst added. The style of service will likely be somewhat similar to that of The Loop, Wulforst said. He added that the restaurant is projected to be open at least until 2 a.m. on weekends, but the hours of operation may change after the restaurant opens. Initially, the restaurant will likely serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night, Wulforst said. But the hours may be reduced to lunch, dinner and late-night if breakfast and lunch demand is low. “We’re going to engage student discussion, and work with [Duke Student Government and Duke University Student Dining Advisory Committee] in approving menus, identifying hours,” Wulforst said. “Our goal is to engage student views and opinions on what the name should be and how it’s going to be operated and create an opportunity for student views.” Bon Appetit—which manages several University dining venues including Great Hall and The Marketplace—will operate the new restaurant, Manning said. Manning said Uncle Harry’s current locale was needed for the new restaurant because there is not another location on Central that is large enough for the concept. “From my perspective, Uncle Harry’s does not need as much space now as it did, you know, some years ago, because quite frankly the business there has declined significantly over the past seven to nine years,” Wilkerson said. “I think that’s mostly due to the greater variety of prepared food available on campus.” Wilkerson said there will not be any changes in Uncle Harry’s operation when it reopens in its new location in the Fall despite a smaller size. “The new location will be nice—it will be renovated and almost new—and it will have sort of an old country store style ambiance and the space that we need for the products that we know sell at Uncle Harry’s,” he said. “In terms of stores it meets our needs, and of course our needs are based on the students’ needs, so we feel like it will be a good store.” An e-mail from Residence Life and Housing Services to summer Central Campus residents sent Tuesday afternoon informed students of the store’s closing. Manning said the absence of Uncle Harry’s will impact Central’s summer residents, adding that they will have to visit other stores, such as Whole Foods, for their groceries. Although junior Alyssa Granacki said she does not shop at Uncle Harry’s often, the store’s closed doors could still be a problem for others. “I personally don’t shop there a lot so it doesn’t make a big difference to me,” said Granacki, a summer Central resident. “But if you did and you didn’t have a car, then I imagine it would be a huge inconvenience.”
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Uncle Harry’s general store will be closing June 7 in preparation for its relocation to Mill Village. The move will make way for a new restaurant on Central which will offer services similar to The Loop.
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Follow the MLB Draft Tuesday, June 9, when several Blue Devils—including first baseman Nate Freiman and pitcher Andrew Wolcott— should be selected.
Duke finishes 14th at NCAAs Crotty to by Sabreena Merchant
stay for fifth year
The Blue Devils’ promising start to the NCAA Championship blew away with the weather Wednesday, and Duke couldn’t replicate its early success, ultimately falling short in the final round of tournament play. The Blue Devils carded a 12-over 296 in the third round–the 18th best round of the day–after completing a marathon day of play at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. Weather stoppages forced Duke to complete its second round Thursday before playing the final 18 holes, and the rough finish left the Blue Devils in 14th place. The top eight seeds qualified for the final day of match play, and Texas A&M was crowned as the 2009 national champion. Despite the setback in the last round, Duke’s play in the two days prior was more than enough to warrant praise from rookie head coach Jamie Green. “I am very proud of our guys for being in position to compete for a spot in the match play heading into the back nine today,” Green said. “I am proud of the guys for their efforts and how hard they work all year long, every single day on all parts of their game.” The team went through a rocky stretch at the start of the calendar year when thenhead coach O.D. Vincent abruptly left Duke to take on a position in the athletic department at Washington, his alma mater. The three-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year’s departure could have sent the program reeling, as Vincent was already the third Blue Devil coach in less than a year. SEE M. GOLF ON PAGE 12
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Junior Adam Long shot 7-over on the week to help Duke to a 14th-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
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4 Blue Devils headed to nationals by Gabe Starosta THE CHRONICLE
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Senior Tyler Clarke qualified for nationals with his performance in the ACC Championships April 18.
Though few graduated seniors remain on campus in early June, four Blue Devil athletes will be in Durham until next week, preparing for the seasonending NCAA Outdoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. June 10-13. Seniors Tyler Clarke, Jade Ellis, Patricia Loughlin and Molly Lehman all qualified for the NCAA meet for the first time in their careers. Clarke, a decathlete, did so several weeks ago, while the trio of Ellis, Loughlin and Lehman earned their places through their performances at the NCAA East Regional in Greensboro last weekend. Athletes had the chance to guarantee themselves a spot in the NCAA field with a top-five finish in their events at the regional competition. The sixth-to-12th place finishers in each regional event were then compared to participants at other regionals, and the top scorers in that range were granted atlarge bids to nationals. Ellis, the ACC champion in the long jump, and Loughlin, a middle distance runner, booked their tickets to Fayetteville the easy way, finishing near the top of their respective events in Greensboro.
Loughlin ran the 3000-meter race in 10:10.61, good for second place and an automatic bid to the NCAA meet. Ellis, who holds the school record in the long jump, performed well again under pressure. He did not quite match his ACC-best and career-high mark of 25 feet6 inches, but his 24-3.75 last Friday was good enough for third place. Duke’s other national qualifiers, Clarke and Lehman, were made to sweat a bit more by the NCAA. Clarke’s score of 7,326 points in the decathlon at the ACC Championships in April earned him All-ACC honors, but he did not find out until mid-May that he would be invited to nationals. Lehman, meanwhile, had to wait until Tuesday to receive her at-large bid. Lehman finished 11th in the 1500m at the East Regional with a time of 4:34.90, which included a stumble near the end of the race. Nonetheless, the senior’s result was good enough to merit a bid to nationals. “I’m running at a different level than I ever had before,” Lehman said. “My goal from the beginning of this indoor season was to make it to outdoor nationals because I was so close last year.” Clarke, Ellis and Loughlin begin their NCAA events June 10, and Lehman’s opening-round race starts the following day.
Attackman Ned Crotty, who led the NCAA in assists and points this year, announced last week he will exercise his fifth year of eligibility and return to Duke for the 2009-2010 season. Crotty won the ACC Player of the Year award after an outstanding senior season, his first as an attackman after switching positions late in 2008. He scored 23 goals and recorded 55 assists for a total of 78 points, the best in the nation. Crotty had played midfield for the Blue Devils the previous three seasons. After the 2006 season was cancelled midway through the year because of the ongoing legal scandal, Duke’s players were granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA. The sport’s governing body mandates that student-athletes only play four seasons in any one sport, and in effect, the NCAA did not count the 2006 season toward that total of four for any Blue Devil interested in playing lacrosse for one extra year. In the past, players like Matt Danowski and Tony McDevitt have taken advantage of the NCAA’s offer and played an extra season at Duke, and Zack Greer did the same at Bryant under former Blue Devil head coach Mike Pressler this year. Some players, though, have chosen to pass up a fifth year to pursue other opportunities–defenseman Dan Oppedisano, for example, graduated and took a job in finance in New York City after the 2007 season instead of remaining in Durham. The rest of Duke’s current seniors, including midfielders Mike Catalino, Steve Schoeffel and Sam Payton, have yet to announce their future plans. —from staff reports
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Senior Ned Crotty, who led the NCAA in assists and points in 2009, will return to Duke next season.
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fromstaffreports Asack dismissed from football team Redshirt senior Zack Asack has been dismissed from the Blue Devil football team for a violation of team policy, the program announced in a press release Friday. Asack began his Duke career as a quarterback and started as a freshman in 2005, but was suspended from the University in 2006 for plagiarism. In his absence, Thaddeus Lewis was given the starting nod and has manned the position ever since. Asack played in all 11 games at quarterback last year, but was mostly used to run the ball in short-yardage situations. Head coach David Cutcliffe’s staff moved Asack to safety during the Spring, and Asack recorded four tackles in Duke’s Spring Game April 18.
Stafford-Odom will focus her attention on coaching Duke’s guards and on recruiting. “We are very excited to welcome Trisha to the Duke family,” head coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “She is a high-energy person with a proven track record of excellence. She has a passion for the game, passion for recruiting and I have no doubt that she can bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to our program.” Ross, McFadyen taken in MLL Draft Fifth-year seniors Brad Ross and Ryan McFadyen were both selected in the Major League Lacrosse draft, held May 27 in Hoboken, New Jersey. Ross, a midfielder, was chosen by the Toronto Nationals in the second round with the 15th overall pick. McFadyen, a defenseman, went 33rd to the Washington Bayhawks. Ross and McFadyen were also named USILA Scholar All-Americans for ther academic performance this year.
Curry to try out for U-19 National Team Seth Curry, the former Liberty standout who transferred to Duke after the 2008-2009 season, was selected to try out for the USA U-19 National Team, coached by Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon. Tryouts will be held June 16-18 in Colorado Springs, Colo., and of the 17 players invited to tryouts, 12 will make the squad. The team will participate in the FIBA U-19 World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand July 2-12. Curry, the younger brother of former Davidson star Stephen Curry and the son of former NBA player Dell Curry, averaged 20.4 points per game in his only season at Liberty. He will be a redshirt freshman next season, which he will have to sit out as per NCAA regulations. He and Al-Farouq Aminu are the only two ACC players participating in the tryouts. Three Blue Devils named All-Americans Three members of Duke’s national-title-winning women’s tennis team earned All-American honors, led by individual national champion Mallory Cecil, a freshman. Cecil was joined on the All-American team by sophomores Reka Zsilinszka and Ellah Nze. In the ITA’s close-season rankings, Cecil was ranked No. 1 in the nation, Zsilinzska ended up No. 20, and Nze finished as the nation’s No. 28 player. Stafford-Odom named to McCallie’s staff Trisha Stafford-Odom, a former WNBA player and assistant coach at UCLA, has been hired as an assistant coach, the program announced Monday.
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Redshirt senior Zack Asack was dismissed from the Duke program Friday. He started seven games at quarterback in his Blue Devil career.
M. GOLF from page 11 But the arrival of Green, who built Charlotte into a powerhouse before coming to Duke, brought stability back to the program. The team played in eight stroke play competitions under Green’s leadership, and notched five top-5 finishes and one victory. Duke carried the momentum of a successful spring campaign into the national championships, recording a 13-over 297 to end the first day in a tie for tenth place, betraying a pre-tournament No. 38 ranking. Senior Clark Klaasen shot a 1-over 72 to pace the Blue Devils on Day 1. Klaasen, who finished the tournament with a 54-hole total of 5-over 218, had Duke’s lowest score on the first and third days. Senior Michael Quagliano led the charge on Day 2, firing a 4-under 67 to vault into sixth place individually and bring the Blue Devils into the top eight. Quagliono’s round was the third-lowest score in Duke NCAA Championship history. “I am really proud of the way Michael went out there and competed as well as he did,” Green said. “He really putted well this week. He hit his putts solidly and was reading putts beautifully.” “I just wanted to give each putt a chance to go in,” Quagliano said last Wednesday. “I am putting really well right now, so I feel if I can get it on the green I have a chance to make birdie.” Unfortunately for Quagliano and his teammates, that wasn’t the case in the final round. The senior carded three bogeys and one double-bogey in the first five holes and never recovered from his slow start, finishing with a three-day score of 5-over 218 to end in a tie for 30th place with Klaasen. Junior Adam Long was one of the few bright spots on the final day, as he recorded a 1-over 72. Long finished in 47th place individually. “Adam was our most consistent player all year,” Green said. “He was our top scorer and was the guy that we really leaned on all year long. That didn’t stop this week.” Although the Blue Devils fell short of their ultimate goal in Green’s inaugural campaign, the team’s stretch of strong play to end the season bodes well for the future, particularly if the team’s newest coach doesn’t continue the recent exodus at the top of the program. “We talked throughout the spring about being able to get to the national championship on the final round,” Green said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t play our best during the middle portion of the round, but the guys hung in there until the end... I am really proud of our guys.” ASSOCIATE IN RESEARCH
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Like a pack of wolves During the past several Her duties include directing weeks, North Carolina State pre-law services, overseeing University has found itself a leadership initiative for law wrapped up in a political cor- enforcement officers and coruption scanordinating dal involving a speaker staff editorial Mary Easley, series. the wife of former North CarN.C. State Board of Trustolina governor Mike Easley. ees Chair McQueen CampMike Easley, who fin- bell and Provost Larry Nielsen ished his second term last resigned last month after they year, is under federal and received criticism for their state investigation for al- role in Easley’s hiring. Campleged abuses of power that bell, who had close ties to the involve several accusations former governor Easley, acof corrupt activity during knowledged that he proposed his tenure as governor. hiring Mary Easley in 2005. His wife Mary has also But Mary Easley herself has come under scrutiny for a po- refused to step down. She held sition she received in 2005 as a news conference May 22 to an executive in residence and make her case to the public senior lecturer at N.C. State. and defend her position. Last year, Mary Easley received And from a higher educaa five-year contract that upped tion perspective, Mary Easher annual salary to $170,000. ley’s position at N.C. State is
Give me a break.... It’s obvious she believes the Appeals Courts “make policy,” and that she believes in judges making laws. Her “disavowal” is offered with a smirk, a laugh and eyerolling.
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nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, she seems to be appropriately qualified for the job. She earned a law degree from Wake Forest University and previously served as a professor at North Carolina Central University’s School of Law. Her background as the state’s first lady makes her a valuable addition to the faculty, and she clearly holds merit beyond her husband. The public outrage over her contract is the product of a political witch hunt. Her salary of $170,000 is quite high and it is sure to have shock value for those unacquainted with the university paradigm. But this is not an outrageous figure for a major university, even a publicly funded institution like N.C. State. The average salary
for a N.C. State professor is more than $110,000, according to data published last year by the American Association of University Professors. UNC system President Erskine Bowles, who signed off on Easley’s salary in 2008, is among those now calling for her resignation, explaining that “we are now at a time that is different.” It seems obvious that Mike Easley’s political stature helped his wife get a job at N.C. State. Those connections, along with her background and name recognition, made her an attractive commodity to the school. Big names, like Mary Easley’s, garner the type of recognition that helps universities build new programs. Which is exactly what N.C. State was doing. It is impossible to envision
a similar scenario playing out at a private school like Duke, where AAUP data shows that professors make more than $150,000 per year on average, and connected faculty members are the norm. But even the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, pays its average professor more than $135,000 annually. We believe N.C. State should not be faulted for simply trying to keep up with these big spenders. In today’s higher education environment, luring faculty members with star power is a way of publicizing a school’s brand. The political uproar over the Mike Easley investigation does not change the fact that arrangements like Mary Easley’s are par for the course in higher education.
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t one point last Sunday, somewhere between hydrating away a mysterious headache and shooting rifles at an old pharmacological textbook with my two best friends from high school, it occurred to me that I should probably be doing more to earn my Duke degree. This kind of thought never troubled me during the sleepless weeks preceding finals, or during the numb hours connor southard I spent in K-Ville. dead poet But I suppose that a few weeks of summer idleness (I will be in summer school a few weeks from now, thank you) have gotten to me: I feel like a bit of a fraud. For me, the slings and arrows of self-accused fraudulence have always left me with an oddly anodyne feeling that falls somewhere between extreme smugness and liberal guilt: “There he goes, gaming the system again!” This followed by, “Why don’t you be less of a selfish idiot, idiot? Honesty is the best…” Most of the time, I can silence the second voice by putting on a little N.W.A. But this most recent bout of fraudmania reared its head at a time when I was particularly vulnerable to accusations of wasted time and too-easy privilege, because I’m still a bit uneasy about my grades from last semester. Two semesters into my Duke education, I’ve managed to get what we’ll call Pretty Good Grades. Of course, most of us can say as much at a time when the mean GPA at Duke is 3.44, meaning that we are all children of Lake Wobegone; above average, even if we’re not especially good-looking. And it’s a good thing, too. I think the one fact we managed to really hash out in the course of all those long hours in the Wilson common room—other than the fact that Kyle Singler is an underrated on-ball defender—is that grades have a mystical level of influence over our future lives, almost as if we are currently in the process of getting a series of powerful and significant runes tattooed on our furrowed foreheads. “Walk uneasy, ye who do not respect the Grade!” I do respect the Grade (my mother wants me to grow up to be a doctor, a lawyer or may-
be an astronaut), and so I was a bit worried that a second semester that was a serious study in frippery, slacking, and all-around tomfoolery could still yield Pretty Good Grades in a slate of classes that, while not quite quantum mechanics and bioengineering, were still a far cry from Bonkistry. I feel like a fraud because I didn’t do much to earn my sacred Grades a few months ago, and I’m not doing much now, unless law schools care about a steady hand with a .30-30 Winchester, an underrated legal skill if ever there was one. To alleviate my sudden insecurities last Sunday, I did what I usually do when I have academic angst: I rushed up from the basement to pester my professor parents. When I loudly asked them about the significance of grades— badly interrupting their breakfast reverie, complete with Grapenuts—there was at first a long, drawn-out pause, and a few Michael-Corleone silent glares thrown my way. My law professor father broke the silence first: “I give my third year students who work hard mostly ‘A’s. Because I am confident that they can be attorneys, and I don’t want to get in their way. It pisses off some of my colleagues. Don’t put this in your column.” I nodded sagely. “As for you, you’ve never shown much interest in any kind of job, so I really wouldn’t worry about it.” He returned to frowning over David Brooks. My English professor mother quoted her old mentor, writer George Garrett: “‘Give your graduate students high grades, because the world will sort them out soon enough.’ Did you feed the dog?” I had fed the dog. I contemplated these two paradigms for a while—jobs and benevolence. Unbeknownst to my father, I do have designs on some kind of job some day, and I do enjoy a little benevolence. But, somehow, I wasn’t feeling any better. I went out and shot—which always tends to improve things—and brought up the subject with the two aforementioned high school friends, both of whom also get Pretty Good Grades. While one of them loaded the magazine of a .22 pistol, the other waxed thoughtful: “Connor, the thing to remember about grades is that they don’t have universal significance. They just kind of exist. So, are you next on the Winchester, or am I?” Connor Southard is a Trinity sophomore. His column will run on Thursdays during the summer.
lettertotheeditor Oxford got it right In Nathan Freeman’s May 28 column, “Hire professors on merit,” the columnist implies that Oxford University should have hired Derek Walcott as its prestigious Professor of Poetry, even though he had two serious past allegations of sexual misconduct toward women. Although his argument that most poets throughout history (citing Pound) are typically mentally unsound is an interesting one, it is completely irresponsible to suggest that Oxford should have hired him anyway, based on the merit of his poetry. The Professor of Poetry delivers three lectures each year, and is a position reserved for the most respected poets of our time. Such a pro-
fessor needs to be a role model for students, and a man who has stained his career by attempting to coax a female student into sexual relations (and then marking her down on her final grade for rejecting him) deserves no such title, not at Oxford or any university. Oxford got it right by refusing to elect Walcott, and appointing Ruth Padel as the first woman to the position instead. Even though Padel later stepped down, it delivers a sweet irony in favor of the sex that Walcott has chosen to objectify in the past, delivering the true “poetic justice” that Freeman writes about. Megan Weinand, Trinity ‘12
Let there be no moral men
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n “Rules for Radicals,” Saul Alinsky writes that “he who fears corruption fears life.” There is, in fact, no honor in living the life of a moral man. The study of ethics is paramount to the college curriculum. But once removed from institutions of higher learning, the student can receive the unhappy surprise of seeing the higher good subjugated by the hideousness of Real Life. When once admiring from afar the beauty of justice, equality and liberty, in Real Life one is forced to witness the remains of ideals maimed courtney han by circumstance. From the good life? this vantage point, one quickly realizes that decision-watching is very different from decision-making. Because making is a synonym for creating, ethical decision-making requires creativity and ownership of one’s creation. Ethical decision-making for Real Life requires the decision-maker to recognize two critical principles. The first is taken from Newton’s 3rd law of motion: “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” In the realm of ethical decision-making, one must acknowledge that all actions involve counteractions. By this law, no action, however good or bad, goes unpunished. Second, is to separate ethical decision-making from moral humbuggery. One must understand that Real Life cannot be built from the flimsy idealizations of virtue ethics. Real Life requires a structure, and Real Decisions with which to hold it. It is not difficult to be moral by talking and watching. To be honorable takes the courage to roll up one’s sleeves and get dirt under one’s fingernails. As Jacques Maritain says, “the fear of soiling ourselves by entering the context of history is not virtue, but a way of escaping virtue.” To counter Real Life one needs to arm oneself with Real Means and accept that with every Real Mean is a Real Counter-Mean. After understanding the nature of the impending creation, the decision-maker must be very systematic. He must first examine the End he has in mind. Identifying the End is difficult because the End often hides itself in the messiness of the Means. As Mortimer Adler writes, “We must distinguish means that are merely means, and means that may be both means and ends—means to a
proximate end and, in turn, means to an end that is itself a means to some further end.” Often one will find that the means and ends are one and the same; the end is the beginning of a new means. Ends can never justify the means if the ends are means themselves. In such a case, one falls into a decisionmaking trap: it is futile to judge the ethical nature of an action’s means using only spurious ends. After identifying the End, the decision-maker must find with Machiavellian grit, what means are available at hand. Simply put, what will work? With viable options on the table, he should then engage in a utilitarian brain-wracking of the best for the most. If the end is an indefinite end, he must also scrutinize what is best for the most today and tomorrow. Before choosing, the decision-maker must re-consider and re-invent his means. This is the lather-rinse-repeat philosophy, and where creativity comes into play. Inventing new means to attain the same end requires subtlety and persistence, but it can be done because the ends are rigid, the means are frayed. Now, it is not impossible for a man to live life without ever finding himself at an ethical crossroad scratching his head. Such fabled men have what Mark Twain calls, “the calm confidence of a Christian holding four aces.” But for us mortals, a clean moral slate is evidence of fear; fear of staining one’s reputation. Morality is fodder for the ego. Morality is the sugar-coating over the bitter pill; the snow that conceals the blood on the battlefield. Moral principles, time and again, have been used to shirk action and mask suspect aims: try, for example, to know a political party based on its name. For the student facing the first fork on the high road eyeing storm clouds at every turn, recall that ethical decision-making is an induction from higher learning into Real Life. Remember that one can create one’s own roads. Remember that honor is ownership of one’s creation, and to lie awake at night, cognizant of a creation’s consequences is the mark of a conscience realized, an honorable man conceived. As Winston Churchill says, “You have enemies? Good! That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” Because every action has a reaction, and Real Life is filled with Real Means, no honorable man is purely moral. Let there be no moral men. Courtney Han is a Trinity senior. Her column will run every other Thursday during the summer.
The golden years
he rich, sour odor rose up from the asphalt. Oh, it was beer, all right, four acres of sloshed beer. And those big white scraps littering even the sycamore islands? Mashed beer cups. And that bubbling panorama of bobbing heads, shoulders, elbows—four acres of America’s college elite, Dupont students, pumping thousands, thousands of gallons of beer and hosing it down their gullets, and it comes out... where? And the result was—what?—piss, piss, great fluffy fumes of piss, four acres of it. The above passage, which chris bassil bears striking resemblance true story to an October morning in the Blue Zone, is an excerpt taken from Tom Wolfe’s “I am Charlotte Simmons.” The novel, published in 2004, takes place at the fictional Dupont University, which is complete with gothic architecture, overnight fraternity formals and a building called Giles. While Wolfe, a Duke parent (Alexandra Wolfe, Trinity ’02), maintains that the novel was not written entirely about Duke, any young Blue Devil could effectively refer to an afternoon with the book as a trip down memory lane. However, how closely Wolfe’s Dupont University is based on Duke is not as important as a larger issue addressed by the author and the occasional Duke undergrad alike: The notion that the undergraduate years are something of a void, a passing in which no time is lost and no harm is done. They are seen as a brief period where the supposed heights of curiosity and vitality meet, giving the college-going individual the right to “experiment” and, put more philosophically, “live.” If such a fantastic period of time does exist, the college years certainly are the logical place for it to do so. Away from the family for the first time, young adults finally have the freedom to dabble in all forms of release without the immediate fear of being found out, and are free also of the more eventual fear of disappointing parents and siblings alike. Likewise, stumbling into class hung over is acceptable, if not hilarious, but isn’t quite comparable to doing the same thing as a member of the workforce. This, of course, should come as no surprise, as college kids have been getting messed up for years. The question, then, posed by Wolfe through the character of Laurie McDowell, is not one of profundity, but rather of reality. Is this truly the way things are? Surroundings would certainly have it appear that way, at least here at Duke. The prevalence of night-life activities on campus keeps close to everything within walking distance, thereby eliminating almost any harm to be done by alcohol consumption, save taking a tumble from lack of balance. Any beverage inside a Solo cup on this end of Campus Drive is fine, no matter what your age. Duke even tucks tailgate back into the Blue Zone, away from the judgmental eyes of the Durham community (I’ve lived in Durham all my life and had no idea about Duke tailgate until I got here). This is in no way some sort of thinly veiled reprimand, nor is it an attempt to expose the obvious. The University should, in my opinion, be lauded for its success in keeping inebriated students off of the roads, as well as for enlisting campus police to enforce safety and not severity (or sobriety). The two, as the administration obviously recognizes, comprise a reciprocal relationship. I, for one, will certainly continue to enjoy such an environment as long as it is here. And, as far as tailgate goes, let’s not try and fix what isn’t broken. However, an accumulation of drinking tickets by those in one’s social circle, some of which did not disappear so easily as others, begs the question as to whether or not such a lifestyle can remain a secret, even for eight short semesters. Future employers will likely be latched on even to this article, searching for something to show for those college years. And it’s not so much that anything in the Chronicle archives should be enough to deprive a worthy individual of an opportunity. It’s not that those drinking tickets will end up affecting anything, as they do tend to a(we’ve all heard of a friend laughing away alcohol-related misdemeanors with a similarly Type-A employer). Really, it’s nothing other than the realization that college is more of a brown-out than a black-out. That’s all it boils down to. So come on. Let’s experiment and live. Come morning, we’ll all act as though we don’t remember a thing anyway. Chris Bassil is a Trinity sophomore. His column will run every other Thursday during the summer.
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