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one hundred and fifTh year, issue 17
Senior BLue deviLs Lay siege TO BLaCk kNighTs Civic service ARMY 19 marks day of elected to 35 DUKE remembrance TH board by Audrey McGowan
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Senior David hershey was elected to the Trinity heights neighborhood Association board Saturday evening. hershey is the second student to serve on the board in the past two years. Strained relations between some students and others living in the neighborhood came to a head in February, when the Trinity heights Action committee sent a report to Duke and Durham officials expressing frustration with student-occupied “party houses.” Amid the tension, Joe Meyerowitz, Pratt ’09, was elected in April to the ThnA board, in hopes of improving relations between students and residents. hershey said he hopes to achieve similar goals. “i just want to create a relationship with my neighborhood,” hershey said. The election took place at 6 p.m. in the Trinity heights pocket park during a neighborhood potluck picnic. Attendees included student and non-student residents and several Duke Student government representatives. This was the first year ThnA held elections in the fall rather than the spring, a change made to ensure students interested in running for a board position have the opportunity to serve for an entire term. hershey said he wants to reduce any problems with “party houses” and promote a better neighborhood environment.
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duke’s defense swarms an army ball carrier during the Blue devils’35-19 victory at West point. see spOrTsWrap.
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Thousands camp for basketball tickets
The eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks began in contemplative silence and ended with a celebratory concert to honor the victims and observe the country’s first national Day of Service and remembrance. Friday began with a campus-wide moment of silence—sponsored by Duke Student government, Duke American civil liberties Union, Duke conservative Union, Duke Democrats, Duke republicans and Purple—at 8:46 a.m., the time at which the first hijacked plane hit the north Tower of the World Trade center in 2001. Sterly Wilder, associate vice president for alumni affairs, Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations and Provost Peter lange also laid a wreath at the memorial plaque in Keohane Quadrangle Memorial grove to commemorate the lives of the six Duke alumni who were killed in the attacks—J. robinson lenoir, Peter ortale, christopher Pitman, A. Todd rancke, Frederick rimmele and Michael Taylor. The national Day of Service and remembrance was officially instituted for the first time this year when President Barack obama signed the edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in April. in observance of the day, the Duke center for civic engagement sponsored a volunteer fair Friday, which brought 40 nonprofit organizations to campus to promote a wide range of causes and attract student volunteers. Amber Whitley, student outreach See serVice on PAge 6
Graduate students will sit behind both baskets in upcoming season by Natalie Alberman The chronicle
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about 2,500 graduate and professional students camp out in the Blue Zone back lots this past weekend for a chance to buy season tickets to men’s basketball games.
Prospective graduate student basketball spectators gathered this weekend for the annual graduate and Professional Student council’s basketball ticket campout. The turnout this year surpassed previous years. From 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday morning, approximately 2,500 graduate and professional students camped in tents and recreational vehicles in the back lots of the Blue Zone for the opportunity to purchase season tickets for men’s basketball. Despite a change in location and a registration fee increase from $5 to $10, campers did not feel a substantial difference from previous campouts. Jan Pierskalla, a third-year graduate student in political science, said little had changed although campout moved from last year’s soccer field off Science Drive back to the accustomed Blue Zone. in addtion, there was less free food and an earlier tent set-up time was implemented Thursday night. Felicia hawthorne, co-chair of the gPSc Men’s Basketball committee and a second-year Ph.D. candidate in genetics and
“Duke students are polite even if they are intoxicated” —C-5 Bus Driver Larry Demery on Duke students. see story page 3
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Men’s soccer: Road Warriors Blue devils upset no. 16 virginia in charlottesville, SPORTSWRAP 2
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a wreath laid at the memorial plaque at keohane Quadrangle memorial grove honors the six duke alumni killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11.
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China retaliates against U.S. proposal for tire tariff
Beijing — China fired back against proposed tariffs on Chinese tires imported to the united States by announcing Sunday that an anti-dumping and anti-subsidies investigation would be launched on u.S. auto parts and chicken products, state media reported. The move could signal the start of more trade tensions between the massive trade partners at a time when the two economic powers were expected to lead the way out of the global financial
crisis. “This case is perceived as a turning point in u.S.-China relations and likely to represent a trend toward subtle, if not overt, forms of protectionism from both sides,” said james zimmerman, a partner in the law firm Squire Sanders & dempsey in Beijing. “american business in China should be prepared for what might be a zealous retaliatory response from China, which might impact a broad range of u.S. commercial interests.”
Thousands demonstrate Obama pushes health reform against Obama policies minneapoliS -— after several days spent exhorting lawmakers in washington to back his health care overhaul, president Barack obama took to the road Saturday for a campaign-style rally in which he said he will not cooperate with republicans determined to kill his plan for political purposes. obama spoke to about 15,000 people at the Target Center here, invoking the phrases and insurgent spirit of his 2008 campaign. a raucous crowd cheered him and launched into chants of “yes we can,” the anthem of obama’s presidential bid. The president made a wry mention of his speech before a joint session of Congress wednesday, during which rep. joe wilson, r-S.C., shouted,“you lie!” “i can already see that this crowd is a lot more fun,” the president said Saturday.
waShingTon —Tens of thousands of conservative protesters, many complaining that the nation is racing toward socialism, massed outside the u.S. Capitol Saturday, angrily denouncing president Barack obama’s healthcare plan and other initiatives as threats to the Constitution. The crowd—loud, animated and sprawling—gathered at the west front of the Capitol after a march along pennsylvania avenue. invocations of god and former president ronald reagan by an array of speakers drew loud cheers that echoed across the mall.on a windy, overcast afternoon, hundreds of yellow “don’t Tread on me”flags flapped in the breeze. “hell hath no fury like a taxpayer ignored,” declared andrew moylan, head of government affairs for the national Taxpayers union, urging protesters to call their representatives.
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general david petraeus (left) visits Lt. Col. ralph kauzlarich (right) in the eastern Baghdad military base rustamiyah saturday. petraeus was briefed about kauzlarich’s accomplishment during the surge.
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After 9 EMS calls, Through the eyes of a bus driver admins make more changes to Tailgate A night out with... Campus Bus drivers
by Trent Chiang The chronicle
It’s almost midnight, but Larry Demery’s night has just begun. Demery, 50, is the only one driving the C-5 bus tonight. From 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., he cruises from West Campus to Anderson Street to Ninth Street to Brightleaf Square, a route that neatly encompasses the off-East Campus social scene. Thursday through Saturday, C-5 buses ferry students from tense academic environments to relaxation and entertainment. When Demery comes to a stop in front of the Chapel, students hop on board with cheers and laughter. The night shift is challenging for him. He sleeps whenever he can before starting his long night of work. “You got to do what you need to do,” he said. C-4 driver John Jackson describes a similar lifestyle. His nights are restless, but he makes the most of daylight hours. “I got the time to do what I want to do in daytime,” Jackson said. Demery has worked for Duke for almost a year, and he hopes to hold the job until he retires. Previously, he worked for the Durham Area Transit Agency. “Students and the general public are quite different,” he said. “The general public works without a day off.” When the pack of students has boarded the bus, Demery heads to Perry Street, leaving the Chapel in the rearview mirror. Students buzz about the past week, their candor heightened by a social lubricant. Demery does not think his passengers’ drinking is a problem, at least for now. “All of this is normal to me, I don’t take it personally,” he said. “If you go drink, it’s better to experience it when you’re young. That way you will have nothing to lose. You will not lose your job or family because you don’t have one.” Jackson doesn’t mind the drunk passengers either. “Duke students are polite even if they are intoxicated,” he said. Demery loses most of his passengers when the bus reaches Brightleaf Square. Driving the bus is a job, but Demery says that bringing the students to a place where they can let loose makes him feel like he is taking part in the fun as well.
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Student safety is the largest concern for Larry Demery, a C-5 bus driver who ferries students from West Campus to Ninth Street and Brightleaf Square. “The bus takes students [and] myself to an area where we can unwind and entertain ourselves,” Demery said. Back on West Campus, Demery hops off the bus so he can stretch his legs before his next ride. A group of students approaches, asking him for a light for their cigarettes. Demery obliges. “It’s a young thing, you know,” he said. After all, Demery can remember when he was in their place. The only things that have changed since he was young is that the boys are louder and the girls are more attractive, he says. But Demery can’t reminisce for long. It’s 1 a.m.—time for another ride. At each stop, Demery’s service is rewarded with a chorus of ‘thank you’s.’ Demery says he has grown to care about his passengers. “I kind of like you guys. At your age, you could be my children,” he said. “I act like a parental character and take care of you guys.” And like any parent, Demery says his biggest concern for students is safety. See Night out on page 6
At the rest of the season’s Tailgates, expect to see fewer scantily clad students dancing atop truck beds in the Blue Zone and more recycling bins, administrators and campus leaders said last week. After deeming the first Tailgate of the year a success, representatives from Duke Student Government, the Office of Student Affairs, Duke Police Department, Campus Services and Emergency Medical Services met Friday to re-evaluate the event and make further changes to the new guidelines implemented for this football season. The most visible new policy will be a ban on dancing and standing on vehicles, said sophomore Pete Schork, DSG vice president for campus and athletic services. “Dancing on cars is risky,” he said. “Although most people dancing on cars are responsible and will be fine, someone could fall off, maybe fall on their head.” Students will still be permitted to sit on the tailgate of cars or in pickup truck beds, but may not stand on top of vehicles or in the beds, Schork said. See tailgate on page 4
CORRECTION A Sept. 9 story “New neuroscience major gains popularity,” incorrectly attributed a statement made in its third paragraph. The statement should have been attributed to Aubrey Rho. The story also incorrectly described the title of Christina Williams. Williams is the director of undergraduate studies for the neuroscience major. The Chronicle regrets the errors.
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tailgate from page 3 Senior Caitlin Sacha, director of Duke EMS, said there was an increase in the number of emergency incidents at the first Tailgate—from four calls last year to nine this year. “Six of the calls were serious enough that the patients had to be transferred to the emergency department,” Sacha said. “I can’t get too specific as to the exact nature of the calls but obviously at Tailgate, intoxication is always an issue.” Sacha added that she is unsure if the call volume for Tailgate will remain as high for the rest of the football season. “I think we’ll have to see what happens with the next Tailgate,” she said. “It’s hard to tell if the increase in call volume was because it was the first Tailgate of the year, or whether it was a pattern that will continue. This year seemed to be more serious than last year, which was concerning for us.” Student leaders and administrators also decided to enact a number of logistical changes during their meeting. Schork said that at the next Tailgate, there will be more recycling bins to help execute the new policy requiring students to drink out of Solo cups. “We didn’t feel like the recycling bins were accessible” he said. “They also filled up quickly, so we’re going to have a larger recycling bin. That way groups will be able to follow the no-can policy better.” A waiting period will also be put into effect to avoid the chaos of vehicles and partygoers entering the Blue Zone at the same time. For the next football game, vehicles will be allowed in from 2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. and students may enter after 3:15 p.m. In addition, OnlyBurger and Chick-filA will now be available at Tailgate for pur-
chase on food points. “We would prefer if students would grill for themselves and others,” Schork said. “Because most people grill in groups, we’re having the option of food for sale available for students who don’t know anyone who’s grilling.” Sue Wasiolek, dean of students and assistant vice president for student affairs, said she hopes the new changes will provide Duke students with a safer Tailgate environment. She added that meetings between student leaders and administrators will occur for the rest of the football season after each Tailgate this year. Xavier watson/The Chronicle
DUSDAC members and campus leaders taste food from the Food Factory in Cary, N.C. Saturday. Students and Director of Dining Services Jim Wulforst are evaluating the possibility of bringing Food Factory to campus.
Food Factory on campus remains a ‘real possibility’ by Jingwen Hu The chronicle
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Dancing on top of vehicles will be banned in the upcoming Tailgate, administrators said Friday. Duke EMS received nine emergency calls during the last Tailgate.
About 30 minutes away from Duke is a small deli that can bring its diners’ taste buds to a New York deli nine hours away. But bringing that same taste to campus is taking longer than some expected. Several student representatives from the Duke University Student Dining Advisory Committee, campus leaders and Director of Dining Services Jim Wulforst lunched at The Food Factory in Cary, N.C., Saturday. Talks to bring the eatery to campus began last year and a plan was approved by Duke Student Government to open the eatery by this Fall, but the plans fell through. “Things kind of just went on hold,” Food Factory Owner Jim Schmid said. “I don’t know. You’ll have to talk to Duke
about that.” Wulforst said the plan was suspended because of Dining’s financial troubles, which he declined to provide further details about. “We are very prudent with the way we spend money,” Wulforst said. “All projects have to be approved by senior administrators.” Adding a new restaurant on campus means a host of new construction and rental costs, which cannot be assessed accurately for The Food Factory because the total cost depends on an eatery’s location. Schmid said he would like a space at Duke where his staff can replicate what it does in Cary—making food on location. Even though the future for the project See food factory on page 7
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Fuqua‘steps Project uses DNA tests to exonerate inmates up’ to foster leadership by Matthew Chase The chronicle
by Jennifer Sekerak The chronicle
Insults and accusations were hurled back and forth by students learning the tenets of leadership through several group activities at the Step Up Retreat Sunday afternoon. The intense debates were brought on by the discussion of a final activity of the fourhour workshop, which centered around the “Six Domains of Leadership” and was held at the Fuqua School of Business. The first-ever Step Up leadership program resulted from a collaboration between Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta and the Fuqua School of Business/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics. David Pittman, senior associate director of the Office of Student Activities and Facilities, who was involved with the event, called Sunday’s retreat the “inaugural kick-off” to the Step Up program, in which there will be more opportunities for leadership training. COLE created a leadership model that was predominantly used for executives and businesses, Pittman said, adding that the creators wanted to “take this model and facilitate learning leadership.” “[The committee] wanted to provide a common language through which students could connect and learn about leadership,” he said. The day began with a PowerPoint presentation See leadership on page 6
For most Duke students, Sept. 2 was just another day spent walking to class, studying in the library and preparing for the second half of the week. But for Joseph Abbitt, that Wednesday was no ordinary day—after spending 14 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Abbitt walked out of the Forsyth County Detention Center a free man. Even though he was jailed in WinstonSalem, N.C., Abbitt’s freedom has connections to Durham. At least eight Duke School of Law students—all of whom were members of the Duke Innocence Project—reviewed Abbitt’s case over a span of three years to make a claim for his innocence. Project members work with the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, an independent nonprofit organization that works with all N.C. law schools, to review many cases of inmate innocence. Abbitt was initially detained in 1995 after two teenage sisters identified that he had raped them in 1991. Even though Abbitt pleaded innocent, he was put behind bars on the basis of the alleged victims’ statements. Upon reviewing the case, Theresa Newman, clinical professor of law and a faculty adviser to the project, said law students talked to the Forsyth county clerk and police offices and made formal requests to preserve the DNA evidence. Newman said scientific testing—which ultimately led to Abbitt’s exoneration— is key in determining a case of wrongful conviction. She noted that one of the project’s current cases—the case of Kalvin Michael Smith—is similar to Abbitt’s
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case but lacks DNA evidence. “That’s a case that is in the same jurisdiction as Joseph Abbitt’s, so it’s the same [District Attorney], but it doesn’t have any DNA in it,” said Abbit, who is also co-director of the Wrongful Convictions Clinic and associate director of the Center for Criminal Justice and Professional Responsibility. “So we are finding it much more difficult to achieve justice that doesn’t include DNA, but we are equally persuaded of the inmate’s innocence.” Forsyth County District Attorney Tom Keith said in 2005 that he would conduct new DNA tests for inmates who believed doing so would help their claims to innocence, but Newman said the project still had to convince Keith to pursue Abbitt’s case upon the completion of their review in 2008, The (Raleigh) News & Observer reported this month. But DNA testing was only part of what law students investigated. Dan Queen, a third-year law student who worked on the Abbitt case in Spring 2008, said he reviewed the witness testimonies to look for inconsistencies that might lead to Abbitt’s exoneration. “While there was no doubt that these girls had gone through this awful ordeal, there was a lot of doubt that it was this particular defendant,” Queen said. Even though he found Abbitt’s case convincing, Queen said he was shocked to hear the news that Abbitt had been freed, simply because so often these cases do not come to fruition. Nationally, Abbitt is only the 242nd person to be released based on DNA evidence, and he is only the seventh person to do so from North Carolina.
“At the time, it’s really frustrating to be doing some of the work you’re doing because so often you just don’t see positive results, and you don’t see a positive outcome, and you don’t see justice prevail necessarily,” Queen said. “It was really exciting to be a part of getting him released even though my input was so small, but I think more broadly it affirmed what you do as a pro bono attorney…. It makes you feel like you’re actually making a difference on somebody’s life.” Although Duke students contributed to Abbitt’s freedom, they were only a part of the effort. Chris Mumma, the executive director of the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, said students at other law schools also contributed to the work. “It’s important that all schools are participating in this work,” Mumma said. “It’s not the case of one school doing more than the others, it’s just a matter of the draw as to what school gets what.” To celebrate Abbitt’s freedom, members of the Innocence Project served cake in the Star Commons in the School of Law and allowed law faculty and staff to sign a poster card that will be sent to Abbitt, said Sarah Rutledge, a law student and the student director of the project. Rutledge added that approximately 60 to 80 incoming students indicated interest in the Innocence Project. “That [event] was really exciting, and it really meant a lot to us to be able to celebrate something concrete at the law school and to have a chance to show the incoming law students… that the work they’re about to dive into can really make a difference,” she said.
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trinity heights from page 1 Students, including some affiliated with fraternities and other groups, began moving to Trinity Heights after Duke purchased twelve houses that had been rented to students on Buchanan Boulevard and neighboring streets in February 2006. THNA President Christine Westfall, who noted that she used to live between two offcampus fraternity houses, said she was directly affected by the excess noise and scattered trash caused by her neighbors’ late-night parties. “Most students have been great neighbors, but that particular culture isn’t the best fit for a residential neighborhood,” she added. “However, the student awareness is certainly helping this year.” Several Trinity Heights residents said they were receptive to having a student serve on their neighborhood association board. “I think that it’s a great idea, and given the number of students who live in the
neighborhood, I think it’s the right thing to do and the fair thing to do,” nine-year resident Sabrina Lamar said. Lamar said she and her husband have embraced the increased student presence, utilizing student residents as babysitters for their three young children. Lamar added that she hopes Hershey’s presence on the board will help build respect for the community. Junior Will Passo, vice president for Durham and regional affairs, said he hopes Hershey will serve as a liaison between students and neighbors. Passo said he has put many hours into the Trinity Heights situation, speaking with residents and targeting their specific issues and requests. He said he believes that by taking a more “grassroots approach,” the relationship between students and other residents can be improved. “You always read about the bad things, but this is a good thing that’s happening,” Passo said. “This is the model for what we want to happen.”
leadership from page 5 detailing the Leadership Pyramid, in which the six aspects of being a leader were outlined. Personal, relational, contextual, inspirational, supportive and responsible are the areas the Step Up program identified as key to a leader developing strong skills and achieving “credibility, trust, and community,” according to the presentation. Pittman said the most outstanding aspect of the retreat was the “collaborative partnership” between all of the offices within Student Affairs. He said the program aims to emphasize to students that “leadership is for everybody,” a sentiment echoed by the many students present at the retreat. Ultimately, students came for a wide variety of reasons. Christine Wu, a freshman, said she was eager “to see how leadership structure is at Duke and to see potential resources offered to an aspiring leader.” Other students such as freshman Yang Zeng wanted to
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Senior David Hershey was elected to the Trinity Heights Neighborhood Association board Saturday evening. Hershey said he hopes to create a relationship between Duke students and his neighbors.
meet others who shared his passion for leadership and collaboration. After the presentation, the group split to engage in the leadership activities that drew on students’ teamwork and communication skills. After the activities, participants discussed how their work demonstrated characteristics that a successful leader should have. In the end, most students said they came away with a positive impression of the program. “[It was] a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon,” Zeng said. Pittman said any student who was not present at the retreat is still encouraged to attend any of the other Step Up programs to be held throughout the year. The COLE model will continue to be the base for other programs in the following months as other divisions of Student Affairs— from the Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Life to the International House Orientation Peers Program—hosts their own program based on the six domains, he said.
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service from page 1 coordinator for the DCCE, said she thinks service is the best way for students to remember 9/11. “On 9/11, so many lives were lost, so many risked their lives,” she said. “We can honor those people and the lives of those people.” Many students and volunteer coordinators said they hoped students would use the day of service to become more involved in their communities throughout the year. “I think every day should be national service day,” said Allison Curseen, a second-year graduate student in English, who was attending the fair. “We should be thinking about our country all the time.” Susan Paul, director of volunteer services for The Arc of Orange County echoed Whitley’s statement. The Arc is a nonprofit organization that promotes education for people with developmental disabilities. Service is essential for the country, Paul said, to keep America strong and to keep America united. “[Service is] a wonderful opportunity to create awareness about local nonprofit organizations—who we are and what we do—and create an affinity between students and something they feel passionate for,” Paul said. Rachel Grady, a cancer survivor who founded Hold Your Head Up, which provides business attire, mentoring and professional development services to low-income women, said the chance to partner with students give her a muchneeded chance to raise awareness about her organization. The National Day of Service and Remembrance culminated with a candlelight vigil in front of the Chapel and a concert sponsored by the student organization Purple. The concert, with featured performances by 2AM Club and Mike Posner and the Brain Trust, was attended by several hundred students. “The concert gave people the chance to come and show their support,” said Purple Concert Co-director Joyce Kim, a junior, adding that she was grateful for the chance to celebrate the end of the organization’s Social Activism Week.
Night Out from page 3 “Safety is more important than saying ‘thank you,’” he said. “You got on the car and did not break your ankle, is what I care about.” Around 2 a.m., he looks up at the clock on the dashboard. One more hour to go. He stops by the Main West Quadrangle for a short rest before the next ride. He has his first yawn of the night. Once he gets home, he will nap until noon to prepare for tomorrow’s late-night shift. Demery spots a young woman walking alone and stops the bus to pick her up, though no stop is marked. “Got you,” he says playfully to the student. But then, he speaks in all seriousness. “If you’re drunk and alone, we will call SafeRides to get you home,” he noted. Moments like this—helping students make it through the night—are what make Demery’s job worthwhile. “Drive the bus safely, don’t slam the passengers around,” he said. “Give them the chance to board the bus and make sure they get out of the bus properly. That makes them feel more safe when driving.” Demery looks up at the clock again—another hour has passed. It’s 2:40 am, and he has only one more ride to go.
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basketball from page 1 genomics, said the fee change has been a long time coming. “With the T-shirts that are distributed costing more than the $5 fee and an overall decrease in monetary donations because of the recession, it was necessary,” Hawthorne said. The stagnant economy also meant fewer food donations for the committee compared to previous years. Hawthorne said, however, the food distribution had been a relatively new addition to the Campout, and two meals were still provided within a 36-hour period. Due to concerns about a Fall outbreak of swine flu, there were some questions about the hygienic conditions of the Campout grounds this year. The GPSC Men’s Basketball Committee collaborated with the Student Health Center to ensure sanitary food preparation and distribution in addition to providing campers with individual bottles of hand sanitizer, Hawthorne said. Campers had to make it through the weekend without missing two attendance checks to be entered in the ticket lottery. If chosen, graduate students pay $150 for season tickets to every home game, which averages to less than $8 a game. This year, these tickets will place some graduate students on each end of the court, Jon Jackson, associate athletic director for communications, wrote in an e-mail. Although some students said Campout is a large time commitment, others said the weekend is less demanding than the undergraduate tenting experience for basketball tickets. A first-year law student Sam Tasher, Trinity ’09, said he recognizes the priority graduate students receive. “I appreciate a less rigid weekend Campout as opposed to tenting,” Tasher said. “The big difference is that Campout is not in the middle of the winter and not a long-lasting duty.” Many campers saw Campout as a time to take advantage of participating in different events while showing school spirit. Claudia Ahwireng, a second-year law student and a first-time camper, said the planned events helped give graduate students a chance to get involved in the community and show their spirit. Events included a Guitar Hero tournament, a live DJ and dance party Friday night and several group outings.
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food factory from page 4 is unclear, the addition of The Food Factory remains a “very real possibility,” Wulforst said. In the next few weeks, the administrators hope to engineer a new plan to solve Dining’s financial issues with the input of Duke Student Government and DUSDAC. DSG President Awa Nur, a senior, and Campus Council President Stephen Temple, a junior, were among the diners Saturday. “Momentum just faded in the project... I want to rejuvenate student interest [in The Food Factory],” said DUSDAC Co-chair Jason Taylor, a senior. The tasters chose their own entrees from the lunch menu, which featured wraps, salads and The Food Factory’s signature sandwiches. Wulforst, who has introduced new eateries over the years in order to up the quality and increase the variety of food, said Duke is considering bringing The Food Factory to campus because revenue decreases if “you don’t refresh concepts.” Although University administrators and student leaders are still trying to decide on the best way to bring the restaurant to campus, all of the diners Saturday were impressed by the fare offered. Schmid opened The Food Factory with his wife Lisa almost nine years ago. He had worked in a deli in New York City as a kid growing up in Queens, and his deli now offers a “hybrid” of classic fares from a typical New York Jewish deli, a German deli and an Italian deli, Schmid said. If it opens at Duke, The Food Factory would serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night, Schmid said. “We’ll be back for sure,” said Sharon Deluca, a Long Island native who moved to North Carolina nine months ago. Deluca said she found out about The Food Factory online and drove 45 minutes to the deli with her father. As Schmid chatted with his customer, the subject shifted from food to 44th street in New York City. “[The Food Factory] tasted just like New York,” Deluca said. “We’ll bring the whole family [next time].” Despite praise for his food and the interest Duke representatives had in bringing the eatery to campus, Schmid said he was still unsure about his restaurant’s future at the University. “As far as I know, there’s no commitment yet,” Schmid said.
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Vote ‘no’ to DSG-ICC separation In today’s DSG elections, nating the position of the vice students have the opportu- president for the ICC, raises a nity to vote on four referen- number of serious concerns. dum questions, as well as se- As we have pointed out in relect their candidate of choice cent weeks, it is troubling that for the Special Secretary for there is no structure in place the Young Trustee Process. for an independent ICC, and We support the plan for editorial the first, seccarrying out ond and fourth Young Trustee questions on the referendum. reform through a Special SecA reform of the DSG judiciary retary is deeply flawed. will allow for its more efficient The ICC certainly has valoperation as an independent ue in bringing together the oversight body. Establishing leaders of our largest student DUSDAC as a part of DSG groups, and its members will guarantee student input represent diversity outside on the dining experience at of what is typically present Duke. Lastly, a gender-neutral in DSG. The independence constitution will lend itself to that today’s referendum ofa more inclusive student gov- fers, however, comes without ernment. a clear plan for leadership But the third referendum and organization for the ICC question, which seeks to sepa- going forward. Without this, rate the Inter-Community it is likely that ICC will have Council from DSG by elimi- limited potential for success
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DSG has created the position of Special Secretary for the Young Trustee process to consult with the student body and formulate a new selection process. If anything, though, it trivializes any attempt at true and fair reform. The position will appoint one individual to a job that requires the commitment and independence that only a committee of multiple people can bring. It tasks this individual with a workload that can only be accomplished over the course of months, not just six weeks. Poor advertisement yielded a shallow pool of candidates. And the rushed timeline prevented students from educating themselves on the position and the qualities of the two candidates. These are not character-
istics of a truly democratic election process. What’s unfortunate, too, is that there really is no choice in this matter. Even if the referendum does not pass and the VP for ICC still exists, one of the two Special Secretary candidates will likely be appointed the VP of ICC and put in charge of the YT process regardless. The referendum on the separation of ICC and DSG as it stands today is irresponsible because it leaves both the ICC and YT reform with very limited chances for longterm success. For this reason, vote no to DSG-ICC separation. Will Robinson and Chelsea Goldstein recused themselves due to ties with ICC and DSG respectively.
I agree with your characterization of Obama as a centrist and suggest that you take it a bit further and assign the centrist label to the entire country in 2009.
in the long term. It seems to us that there is nothing wrong with the current ICC set up. Each of its members is already the leader of a campus group and cannot be expected to take on the additional responsibilities that come from organizing an over-arching body. Thus, ICC’s relationship with DSG is vital, as DSG provides it with a democratically elected leader that can convene meetings and lobby for its recommendations. Moreover, we have yet to see any concrete examples of how the current relationship is oppressive to either group. The referendum also holds great implications for the future of Young Trustee selection reform. In order to ensure a democratic reform process,
hat ever happened to free T-shirts? Does anyone think this whole social activism thing has gone too far when that one staple of the standard pre-hobo track student has all but vanished? Last week was Purple Social Activism Week, marked with an overflow of actually stylish Ti am charlotte shirts that happened simmons to cost approximately a bajillion pounds monday, monday sterling (that’s about $1.67 bajillion). I’m all for covering my chest with Mother Teresa, and trust me, I’ve been there before, but this time I found the cost to be too high. It’s been a long time since I read “Atlas Shrugged,” so that several-month period where I was ideologically opposed to altruism in all forms has since passed, and I’m not saying that I’m just point-blank against social activism. I just think, when it comes down to brass tacks, the pricing schema of their activism hampers their competitive advantage over other activist groups. What? Competition among activist groups, Charlotte? But we’re all just trying to make the world better one impoverished African or South Asian or South American or Durhamian or Dukian at a time, right? Wrong. Our decisions over how to apportion our parents’ hard-earned FLEX points are constantly in flux, due to the ever-changing market of charitable organizations on campus. According to the DukeGroups database, there are 55 registered service organizations. That’s a lot of information through which to wade when making crucial donation decisions. And while Purple Week may have grabbed your attention for a while, it’s hard to be certain that donning the standardized test answer sheet with the bubbles filled in all funny-like is bringing the most good to the most people. Prepare to have some knowledge dropped on you, in the form of a tacky “so you want to…” list. SO YOU WANT TO… SAVE THE KIDS IN DURHAM? You have a number of options here. Through Entrepreneurial Latina Leaders in Action (ELLA), your support goes to forming support networks for adolescent girls. Through Future Is Now (FIN), your money goes to forming support networks for young girls. Through The Girls Club (TGC), your
money goes to forming support networks for adolescent girls. But after my research, if helping Durham kids is your game, the Duke-Durham Tennis Program (DDTP) is your best bet. They play tennis with kids in Durham. SO YOU WANT TO… SUSTAINABLE… UH… COMMUNITY… OUTREACH? According to their description on DukeGroups, Circle K International “aims to better both local and international communities by focusing on youth outreach, leadership and community collaboration to provide a positive and sustainable impact.” Not to be out-vagued, Discover Worlds is all about “making a difference by raising awareness and taking action. Discover Worlds is an entirely student-run non-profit organization which encourages students to make high impact changes at both a local and international level.” But I’d go with Nourish International, which solves world hunger by… feeding people who aren’t hungry. You can support them by buying an all-you-can-eat meal, but not eating all you can, lest they operate at a loss. SO YOU WANT TO… ADOPT A GRANDPARENT? I’d go with Adopt A Grandparent. SO YOU WANT TO… LOOK CULTURALLY SENSITIVE AT YOUR GOLDMAN INTERVIEW? Hands down, the Duke Microfinance Leadership Initiative. It has ‘finance’ and ‘leadership’ in the title. SO YOU WANT TO… SUPPORT CULTURE ON CAMPUS? Make sure you attend a fundraising activity for the Duke Association for Greater Gaming Education and Recreation (DAGGER). They play video games in ways that require the coordinated and codified organizational structures of a student group—because you can’t set up a LAN party without being chartered by Duke Student Government. Consider the Bass Fishing Team a close second, neck and neck with the Bridge Club (you can bring your adopted grandparent to that one). Hopefully this can serve as a pretty handy reference guide when you’re forced to address the competitive overlap between service groups. If you didn’t find this helpful, you can attend the first info session for the Duke Students Who Disdain Other Duke Students Who Create Too Many Groups, where we’ll discuss community outreach and global/local strategies for positive, sustainable impact and translating field successes into envelope-pushing paradigms for resume padding. Roses are red / violets are blue / human rights, environmentalism, race relations, cancer awareness and educational inequalities are purple / and Charlotte Simmons is confused.
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n the Cowboy State, my windy home, this is the time of year when Wyomingites become Robert Duvall. I’m not even talking about the Robert Duvall of “Lonesome Dove.” That’s a year-round thing, Augustus McCrae kicking pigs and fighting outlaws and all. No, right now we’re all gussied up like Robert Duvall as Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore in 1979—“Apocalypse Now,” Coppola’s 1965—wearing a cavalry hat, a pair of olive green dress pants and connor southard no shirt. We like to strut dead poet around in this get-up, take deep breaths as VC shells send you out-of-towners ducking for cover and declare, “I love the smell of sagebrush in the morning. Smells like Indian Summer!” Like McCrae-Kilgore Duvall, we get boisterous, proud and fearlessly happy not only because we like fights and hats anyway, but because we have something to be happy about. This is the finest time of year in Laramie, Wyoming: It’s not too dry, not too hot, it hardly ever hails and it’s guaranteed to snow no more than once in a given three week period. The trout are still catchable, and the pronghorn antelope are getting twitchier. Hunting season approaches, and even North America’s dumbest land mammals can sense that another year has gone by without the signing of a ceasefire. Our dreamy (if not peaceful) Indian Summer is the best time to be a Wyomingite. And I’m missing it as I ruminate here in the tree-infested middle of North Carolina, where the phalanxes of boatshoes and pastel combinations make it seem as though we were all born right here in the Gothic Wonderland. You might say I’m Gus McCrae with no pig to kick or Col. Kilgore with no Charlie and no surfing. I’ve never hunted antelope before, but at times like these, I start to get a rather British knot of fabricated nostalgia—Victoria Regina! Empire!—in the pit of my stomach. Except instead of wanting Ceylon back, I want nothing more than to crawl two hundred yards through cow shit and sagebrush after a tawny sheep.
But that’s all right, because I’ve got that timeless link to the visceral, merciless-but-playful animal that is the Wyoming Experience: the Perkins Library “New and Notable” shelves. That’s where I found the short story collection “Fine Just the Way It Is,” by Annie Proulx. Some of you may know Proulx as the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of contemporary classic “The Shipping News.” In Wyoming, we know her as the rugged and reclusive writer who somehow finds a way to keep in touch with “The Paris Review” from what by all accounts is her home in a roving caravan of sheepherding, knife-fighting Arapaho gypsies. The stories themselves capture the essence of Wyoming on the page, from aging cowmen with bullish ideas about the honorable way to wear a belt-buckle to teenage pioneer husbands who wear neither socks nor expressions. All of it, even the over-the-top bits (Wyomingites do occasionally manage a coherent English sentence, though you wouldn’t know it from listening to our own Dick Cheney), brought a wistful tear to my eye. I was swelling with Wyoming pride, and I had no idea what to do with it. All of my efforts at Duke commonplace-ness seemed a little bit silly. What I should have done just then was channel the spirit of Robert Duvall—the jovial spirit of Wyomingites At Our Best— and put on my beloved black leather cowboy boots while swigging some Koltiska (I wish I could say that you wanted to find out what that is). It was raining that day, so I could have tried to convince someone to go mudbogging in their Lexus. Best case scenario, we would have gotten stuck and made up a cool story about how it happened. Vintage Wyoming. That’s the only thing I have to give that I know for sure that Duke can use: a little taste of my rough, quirky homeland. Same goes for everyone: Don’t just think about the best parts of your spiritual home, tell the tales and the lore and disrupt the natural flow towards sameness that happens whenever disparate and diverse people gather in one homogenizing place. I may not own a cavalry hat, but I’ll wear my boots every once in a while, and I’ll tell you why if you ask. Return the favor however you like. And I promise: First pig I see on West Campus, I’ll give that sucker a damn good kick. Connor Southard is a Trinity sophomore. His column runs every Monday.
fter five semesters of overloading (with up to six classes) while juggling a job and still being involved in campus groups, I decided that senior year, I would finally give myself a break. Lucky enough to have no major assignments until midterms or finals, I have found myself with more free time than I have ever had in all my years at Duke. Unfortunately, no one else seems to feel quite the same way. Initially excited to have more time to spend sue li with friends or explore Durouter spaces ham, I was disappointed to find that even in the second week of school, many students were bombarded with problem sets, or the most dreadful of all, meetings. With this newfound freedom, I decided to take a walk with a fellow insomniac on a weekday night. Standing at the end of the Academic Quad looking towards the Crowell Clocktower, glowing beyond the voluminous trees, we found ourselves standing on the edge of one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. As we circled behind the Duke Chapel, I also realized that tourists travel thousands of miles to see architecture similar to what we have looming over our heads every day—a sight that we often fail up to look up at and appreciate. What would happen if Duke does not blur past us as quickly as it did? What would happen if we take the time to have more midnight conversations, gaze up at the moon and to secretly believe that we live in castles (because we do)? To find out, I have a fun little scavenger hunt for anyone who wants to participate. Scattered all over West Campus are miniature shields embedded in the intricate architecture of the Gothic buildings, one of the many details that some of us ignore hustling on the way to class. Below, I have provided a list of descriptions of some of these shields. Your mission is to match them with where they are located on West Campus (which house or academ-
ic building). This adventure is best undertaken when the campus is void of drunken students and late night Saladelia frequenters. Feel free to partake in this activity alone as you stroll through the forest behind the Bryan Center or with a friend, whose voice can echo with yours underneath the lights of CIEMAS. You can send your responses to email@example.com along with any comments about your experience (even if it was a huge waste of time!). I will take anyone out for lunch on food points who gets all the answers correctly. If for some reason I receive an overwhelming number of responses, I will put all winning submissions in a bucket and randomly select a winner so that I do not starve for the rest of the semester. 1. An owl with a divider above its head 2. “Forestry” 3. A hand carrying a torch 4. An eagle over a star 5. A cross on a hill with a laurel surrounding it 6. A blank shield flanked by two lions 7. A coat of arms with four quadrants with a shell in the upper-left hand quadrant and a skull in the upper-right hand quadrant 8. A ribbon with “Washington Lee” hanging over a round medal with “AD 1782” 9. Three lions with long, whip-like tails stacked on top of each other 10. A coiled snake on the right approaching a cup on its left They say that at Duke, you can do homework, participate in extracurriculars, have friends or sleep. Choose three of the four. I have regularly even heard students say that they hadn’t eaten all day, not because they weren’t hungry, but because they forgot, too caught up to realize or remember. The fact that we don’t even have time to eat or sleep must say something about our community. As we dash off to our next responsibility, I hope that every once in awhile, we take the time to slow down. Sue Li is a Trinity senior. Her column runs every other Monday.
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letterstotheeditor ICC endorses DSG referendum The Executive Board of the Intercommunity Council is currently composed of 25 leaders of large student groups on campus and meets bi-weekly to discuss issues facing students on campus. Until now, the ICC has existed as part of Duke Student Government by virtue of the the fact that its chair has been a member of the DSG Executive Board. This connection has caused confusion and dissonance about what ICC’s purpose and mission are meant to be. Assigning a DSG Executive Board member to chair the ICC as part of their official function raises questions about ICC’s intended role. The role could be interpreted as an independent one in which ICC sets its own agenda, its opinions affecting the operations of all of its representative groups, including DSG. But it could also be seen as a supporting role in which the ICC is obligated to reflect upon items before DSG and return opinions on those issues. We feel ICC best fits the independent role, existing as a group whose purpose is to reflect upon the issues facing all of its member groups, including but not limited to DSG. We, the ICC, are incredibly excited, both about the potential for change and about working together to increase collaboration and cooperation between our groups. We feel we can better achieve these goals when we can select our own chair and set our own agenda, without a formal DSG ICC position. Therefore, we are writing to encourage Duke students to vote in the elections and vote in favor of the referendum today. We also invite each of you to pose questions to student leadership through the ICC. In the end, we answer to all of you. Michelle Fang President, Asian Student Association Scott Gorlick President, Duke Hillel Adam Hinnant Chair, Duke Honor Council David Hu Chair, Student Organization Finance Committee Erika Manderscheid President, Panhellenic Council Adam Nathan President, Duke Partnership for Service Awa Nur President, Duke Student Government Ankit Prasad President, Engineering Student Government Alexis Rosenblum President, Duke International Association Stephen Temple President, Campus Council Amanda Turner President, Black Student Alliance Vivek Upadhyay President, Duke Diya Paul Youm President, Inter-Greek Council Slavery unrelated to current racial tensions Dayo Oshilaja’s Sept. 10 column, “Race matters,” on race in America ends by invoking longgone American slavery. Although I am perfectly happy to have conversations about how race affects one’s life in America, I am quite tired of talking about slavery. America did not invent slavery and we weren’t the worst slavers in history. Slavery has been practiced by major civilizations of all racial origins throughout history, including African civilizations. Slavery as an institution is completely discredited and nearly wiped out thanks primarily to the white leaders of the formerly dominant British empire. The founders of our country intended from the beginning to abolish slavery and eventually fought a massive civil war precipitated in part by the tension between slave owners and abolitionists. To say that slavery is this unique American sin that plagues racial minorities even today is simply ludicrous. Vast fortunes have been won and lost since the end of slavery in America by immigrants of many different races. Oshilaja needs to recognize that slavery is long gone in this country and does not contribute to the ongoing troubles of African Americans. Mike Jenista Graduate student, Mathematics
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Clark, Research Scientist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champag ne
Co-sponsored with HASTAC
ting ading Group Mee Bruno Latour Re welcome
uate Students UNC-CH Faculty and Grad in Critical Thought, Carolina Lectures Presented with the
klin Center 4:30pm, 240 Fran ) at www.fhi.duke.edu (Reading available
12:00pm, 240 Franklin Ce nter *Soccer Politics is a semester-long series cosponsore d by the Center for French and Franc with the Office of the President, Offi ophone Studies ce of the Provost, the Franklin Huma nities Institute, Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation, Athletics Depar tment, Center for International Studie s, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for Docum entary Studies, and the Department of Cultural Anthropology. More information is available at: www. soccerpolitics.com
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