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Brodhead 28 UVA DUKE 17 meets Indian Great Scott! Duke wins 3rd straight Minister by Taylor Doherty

D.C. gathering intended to build international ties

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Duke is making another move to maintain its position as a frontrunner in global education. Kapil Sibal, India’s human resource development minister, traveled to Washington, D.C. last Thursday to meet with President Richard Brodhead as well as the presidents of Boston, Georgetown, Harvard and Yale universities and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The meeting served to help all parties better understand Richard Brodhead mutual interests rather than to work out specific plans or partnerships, Brodhead said. He noted that Duke can benefit from developing such relationships. “First of all, we already have many international students, and for Duke to be known around the world is very important to Duke in terms of attracting top talent to our student body and faculty,” Brodhead said. “But See india on page 4

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Wide receiver Austin Kelly dropped this pass, but the Blue Devils made just enough plays to earn a 28-17 victory over Virginia Saturday in Charlottesville, Va. The win was Duke’s third straight in ACC play.

Down 17-12 with less than four minutes remaining, senior quarterback Thaddeus Lewis dropped back on second down and let fly. Darting past his defender with his hands stretched out just far enough to get control of the ball, Conner Vernon made the catch and took it 42 yards, all the way to the endzone, to give Duke both the lead and the game’s momentum. On the following Virginia offensive possession, defensive end Ayanga Okpokowuruk forced a fumble on the Cavaliers’ 7-yard line that tackle Charlie Hatcher scooped up for a score. Though the touchdown put the Blue Devils (5-3, 3-1 in the ACC) up by just one possession, it proved to be the game’s dagger. Scott Stadium went absolutely silent. After making another defensive stand, junior kicker Will Snyderwine­’s field goal on the next Duke drive sealed the 28-17 victory Saturday afternoon over Virginia (3-5, 2-2). “Our defense played a complete football game,” Cutcliffe said. “They had a lot of big hits, did a tremendous job of stopping the run and a tremendous job of competing and challenging every pass. Our kicking game, five field goals, wow, what can you say, it was huge.... I could not be more proud of a group of people.” As Cutcliffe talked to reporters after the See Cavaliers on SW 4

Despite restrictions, Franklin St. party rolls on By Dennis Ochei The Chronicle

Costumed outsiders still found their way to the Halloween party on Franklin Street this year—despite Chapel Hill’s second straight push for a “Homegrown Halloween.” As a result of the town’s initiative to keep the Franklin Street tradition local, attendance dropped last year from an estimated 80,000 to 35,000. But the Town of Chapel Hill announced Sunday that this year’s number was back up to about 50,000, as students from North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and other schools said they had few problems getting to Franklin, which runs through the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, either by foot See franklin on page 5 Caroline rodriguez/The Chronicle


“I saw the ball had popped out, and I grabbed it and scored. It was such a surreal experience....”

­—Nose guard Charlie Hatcher on his game-clinching touchdown. See story SW 5

Women’s Soccer: Pack mentality Duke defeats N.C. State in Raleigh to guarantee ACC tournament berth, SW 7

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Clinton praises Israeli concessions as “unprecedented”

JERUSALEM — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had offered “unprecedented” concessions on West Bank settlement construction in an effort to restart peace talks, a departure from the administration’s earlier criticism of Israel and a possible signal of impatience with the refusal of Palestinian leaders to join negotiations. At the start of a day of diplomacy that stretched from Abu Dhabi to Je-

rusalem, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas rejected Israel’s latest offer, relayed by Clinton, to curb most West Bank construction. The chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, said the plan would have excluded about 3,000 Israeli housing units under construction and would not have applied to East Jerusalem—thus falling well short of what has become a firm Palestinian demand for resuming direct talks with Israel.

Climate bill struggles to Happiness helps practice pass in skeptical Senate SAN FRANCISCO — Frustrating though trying and trying again may be at the time, such practice appears to pay off psychologically. In a study assessing factors affecting overall well-being and hourly well-being, researchers at San Francisco State University and elsewhere asked several hundred people to provide accounts of their behavior, their feelings of enjoyment and stress and the overall satisfaction of their psychological needs on two days. They found that behaviors designed to enhance feelings of autonomy—doing what one wants rather than what one is told—and relatedness—a sense of connection to others—made people feel good at the time. Behaviors designed to enhance competence didn’t.

WASHINGTON — The climate change bill that has been moving slowly through the Senate faces a stark political reality when it is read in committee this week. With Democrats deeply divided on the issue, unless some Republican lawmakers risk the backlash for signing on to the climate change legislation, there is little hope for passage. For all the effort of Sen. John Kerry, DMass., to keep Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., as his most visible GOP ally, key Republicans are making their opposition clear. And Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee who was initially seen as one of the only Republicans who might consider backing the majority, is now helping lead the opposition.

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Ajitbhai Narela, a farmer in India, is concerned about plans for a nuclear power plant proposed by the United States and India. Narela and numerous other villagers and farmers are petitioning against the nuclear power plant, adding yet another obstacle to the controversial plans.

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Chronicle wins Best of Show honor The Chronicle earned first place honors in the Best of Show competition at the 2009 National College Media Convention this weekend in Austin, Texas. The annual convention, hosted by the Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Advisers, includes representatives from college newspapers, yearbooks and magazines from across the country. The Chronicle received the award for first place in the four-year college daily tabloid category Sunday. It last won the award in 2005. The designation denotes excellence among the attendees at the convention. The contest involved submitting one issue from the current semester to be evaluated by an ACP judge. Chronicle editors chose to submit the paper’s Oct. 1 issue, which featured a front page story on global health in North Carolina and a Recess section about Durham’s mobile food offerings. The Chronicle beat out a submission by The Daily of the University of Washington, the second-place winner. Indiana University’s student newspaper, The Indiana Daily Student, won first place in the four-year college daily broadsheet category. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel, finished second among the broadsheet entries. Earlier this Fall, The Chronicle was ranked ninth on The Princeton Review’s 2009 “Best College Newspaper” list. —from staff reports

A Wall to Remember

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A student paints on a replica of the Berlin Wall on Main West Quadrangle during the Freedom Without Walls Graffiti Contest Friday afternoon. The walls were erected to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the original Berlin Wall in November 1989 that paved the way for the reunification of Germany.

Alum sets fire to 9/11 memorial

A Duke alumnus was arrested Saturday for setting fire to the temporary resting place of victims of 9/11. Brian Schroeder, Trinity ’05, turned himself in to New York City police Saturday night for allegedly setting fire to a section of Memorial Park’s chapel, located on Manhattan’s East Side. New York Fire Department personnel responded to the incident Saturday morning and quickly extinguished the flames. Police believe the incident to be the result of a drunken dare, the (New York) Village Voice reported. The victims’ remains were not dam-

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aged, but items such as photos, notes, candles and flowers to honor the deceased are missing. It is unclear whether they were destroyed in the fire or stolen. A wooden bench was damaged in the fire. In an e-mail to family members of 9/11 victims, Nazli Parvizi, community affairs commissioner for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said little is left inside the chapel. “This chapel served as a quiet sanctuary where families could spend time near the remains of their loved ones and leave notes, photos, mementos, etc. behind,”

Parvizi wrote. It is unclear how Schroeder gained access to the facility, as unique photo IDs are required to enter the site. “Anyone who would set fire to the inviolable Memorial Park chapel is craven and contemptible,” Bloomberg said in a statement Saturday. “Fire marshals and police will investigate this aggressively and bring whoever is responsible to justice.” Schroeder was a Theater Studies major at Duke and recently graduated from Harvard Law School. —from staff reports

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india from page 1 second, the world is an interesting place, and a university that’s holed up in itself is going to miss a lot of interesting developments.” But the universities represented at Thursday’s meeting are not the only ones seeking global connections. The Institute of International Education, one of the world’s most prominent international education organizations, announced Oct. 16 that it would launch the Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education. CIPHE will begin its International Academic Partnerships Program later this year. The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, seeks to increase the number of partnerships between universities and

colleges in the United States and those in India and China. “The research university of the future is going to be the university that has the ability to operate on a global stage,” said Michael Schoenfeld, Duke’s vice president for public affairs and government relations. Daniel Obst, director of membership and higher education services at the IIE, said program funding will go toward the formation of an expert advisory group and study tours in China and India for 20 pilot institutions. The program will also provide necessary training activities and materials for the 20 institutions as well as develop an online portal to provide similar resources to other universities. The IIE is currently in the process of developing application and nomination forms for the

pilot group institutions. Obst said the application process will begin later this year. “One thing that we’re aiming at is to identify institutions that don’t have a lot of experience abroad,” Obst said. “We want a diverse group of institutions, but all with a keen interest in one of the target countries.” The two-year program will be divided so that one pilot group will focus on India during the first year, and the other pilot group will explore China during the second year. Obst said the IIE has already received hundreds of inquiries from colleges and universities looking to participate in the program. “I feel like we’re meeting a very important need based on the feedback we’ve already received,” he said. Duke, along with several other

U.S. colleges, has recognized the value of such foreign partnerships by working on strengthening its relationship with China and India in the past. Throughout the last 25 years, the University has largely focused on bringing the world to Duke by increasing the number of international students, offering more financial aid to those students and nurturing partnerships with institutions abroad, Schoenfeld said. “Now, the next phase is to bring Duke to the world,” he said. “We have one of the great names in higher education, [and] we have lot of people who want to connect with Duke… so we have the ability to be very selective and very judicious in making those relationships.” Last October, Brodhead traveled to India with the intent to strengthen Duke’s international ties. The president was joined by Schoenfeld,

Blair Sheppard, dean of the Fuqua School of Business, Prasad Kasibhatla, associate dean for international programs at the Nicholas School of the Environment and Bruce Kuniholm, dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy. In India, officials discussed various issues pertaining to Duke, including Fuqua’s Cross-Continent program, Duke’s service learning and study abroad programs, Sanford’s collaboration with the Indian Administrative Service and the possible expansion of Duke’s Talent Identification Program for middle and high-school students. “I think all our schools to various degrees are exploring potential options in India for academic programs,” Kasibhatla said. “We’re talking to various institutions in India as a follow-up to that visit. However, we’re very much in the exploratory stages still.”

Trick or treat – dance style

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Dancers from Defining Movement, Raas, Sabrosura, Rhythm & Blue, Pitchforks, Duke Chinese Dance Troupe and Lady Blue showed off their talents at Page Auditorium during the Halloween Showcase Friday night.

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franklin from page 1 or by car. “We’re seeing similar numbers to last year and so far there haven’t been any arrests.” said Lt. Kevin Gunter of the Chapel Hill Police Department when he spoke briefly with reporters at approximately 10:30 p.m. He soon disappeared into a group of police officers headquartered at the University Baptist Church on Franklin Street. Officers on duty declined to give a substantial statement. Ghosts, ghouls, and the occasional witch haunted the street, alongside more eclectic costumes, such as Legos, Geico Cavemen and a marauding band of H1N1 viruses. For a single night reality and fantasy melded into one, wizards and fairies ordered lattes from Starbucks and robots, aliens and sea monsters frolicked in the street. But behind the storybook atmosphere was frenetic police activity as law enforcement officials attempted to manage the activities of the night. At 9:38 p.m., Chapel Hill police officers suspended vehicle traffic, and anxious students and adults immediately poured out from the sidewalks onto the street, turning the road into a Halloween festival ground. Additional police officers were dispatched to the street and emergency medical technicians were available on site to treat the occasional reveler.

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Roadblocks were put up, and partygoers were searched and stripped of any potentially dangerous articles. Students said they expected Franklin Street to be closed earlier, and an Oct. 30 news release from the Town of Chapel Hill said many streets would close at around 8 p.m. “They said on the news [the police] had shut the street down at 7 p.m.,” said Iva Winstead, an East Carolina University sophomore. “Meanwhile cars were driving right by,” she added. Other students said they were disappointed that the street was not blocked off until after 9 p.m. “I think it’s a lot smaller this year,” UNC junior Cradle Harris said. “I think it’s kind of crappy that they haven’t shut the street down, and there aren’t people out walking around like there normally is. It’s pretty packed on the sidewalks, it would be nice if we had space to socialize more.” Chapel Hill and UNC police increased their presence around 9 p.m., but the streets were well packed before then. By the time the roadblocks and security checkpoints were set up, the streets were already crowded with costumed revelers. Because UNC was within the boundaries set up by the police, anyone entering from the campus could join the party without being stopped. Police started to clear streets around 12:20 a.m., and the area was reopened to traffic at around 1:50 a.m.


Scenes from Halloween Photos by Caroline Rodriguez and Maddie Lieberberg

Students party on Franklin Street (top left, bottom left) and on Main West Quadrangle (right) to celebrate Halloween. Despite an initiative by the Town of Chapel Hill to keep the celebrations exclusive to locals, more than 50,000 attended the Franklin Street festivities.


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High court considers death penalty case for third time by David Savage Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court is considering, for the third time, the case of a California murderer who was sentenced to die in 1982 for the brutal killing of a young woman. Twenty years ago, the California Supreme Court affirmed a death sentence for Fernando Belmontes, but since then his case has bounced back and forth in the federal courts. Three times in this decade, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned his death sentence as flawed. The case is the latest skirmish in the long-running war between California prosecutors and the 9th Circuit over the death penalty—and it helps explains the oddity of capital punishment in California. While death sentences are common, executions are rare.

California has by far the largest death row in the United States, with 685 inmates. Yet only 13 condemned prisoners have been executed since capital punishment was restored in 1977, far fewer than the 38 death-row inmates who have died of natural causes. By contrast, Texas has carried out 441 executions during the same time, and has 358 inmates on death row. Virginia has executed 103 convicted murderers during that time and has only 18 inmates serving death sentences. Among them is John Allen Muhammad, who is scheduled to die Nov. 10 for one of the deadly sniper attacks that terrorized the Washington area in autumn 2002. The stark differences in execution rates reflect the contrasting approaches of the regional U.S. courts of appeals. In the South, the Richmond, Va.-based 4th Circuit and

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the 5th Circuit in New Orleans are dominated by conservative judges who are inclined to reject appeals and to uphold death sentences. The 9th Circuit, based in San Francisco, has a core of liberal judges who say it is their duty to carefully scrutinize capital cases. “There is no greater burden that falls on a member of the judiciary than to sit in judgment on whether an individual shall live or die, and no greater responsibility than to make certain that every capital defendant receives the full protection to which he is entitled to under our Constitution and our laws,” said Judge Stephen Reinhardt of Los Angeles, defending his decision to again set aside Belmontes’ death sentence. In a 2-1 decision last year, Reinhart and Judge Richard See death penalty on page 7

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SCARY GOOD Blue Devils win Halloween thriller in Charlottesville

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Halloween cruel to Hokies in Duke rout by Chris Cusack The chronicle

On Senior Night at Koskinen Stadium, the Blue Devil underclassmen stole the show as No. 16 Duke (12-4-0, 4-3-0 in the ACC) routed Virginia Tech 4-1. The Hokies (5-10-2, 2-5-0) be1 came the Blue DevVT ils’ fifth victim in as DUKE 4 many games. After consecutive Senior Night losses in 2007 and 2008, the Blue Devils were determined to send their

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Sophomore Temi Molinar chipped in one goal as Duke earned a critical ACC win against Virginia Tech.

seniors off with a victory. In the final regular season home contest for Josh Bienenfeld, Michael Burdick, Trae Harrison, Jordan Lewis, Ryan McDaniel, Eduardo Meza and Matt Thomas, the Blue Devils jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. In the 16th minute freshman Andrew Wenger fired a shot from 25 yards that Virginia Tech goalkeeper Stefan Caulfield saved but could not contain. In a play representative of Duke’s game-long hustle, Daniel Tweed-Kent literally ran over his defender to finish the play, blasting a high shot into the net. Five minutes later Tweed-Kent struck again, earning his first career multi-goal game. The Blue Devils worked the ball left to right across the field with some nifty ball handling from Cole Grossman and Ryan Finley. Finley threaded the ball to the streaking Tweed-Kent just inside the penalty box, and he promptly snuck the ball between the goalkeeper and the near post. “In the beginning of the game we talked about defense, offense and transitions as things we need to focus on. Every time I could make a run to be the extra man I tried to just run as hard as I could,” Tweed-Kent said. “[The coaches] said, ‘Just give it your all while you’re out there and if you need a sub [because] you can’t run anymore, then you come off.’” However, the Hokies struck back quickly with a goal in the 22nd minute. Charlie Campbell finished a long free kick into the box with a header as Duke goalkeeper James

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Sophomore Daniel Tweed-Kent scored twice Saturday to lead Duke to a 4-1 win over Virginia Tech on Senior Night. Belshaw could only watch in frustration. Duke answered 15 minutes later. Sophomore Ryan Ruffing fought his way from the right corner towards the goal box, where he fed Temi Molinar, who promptly knocked the ball home. The rest of the period saw even more

chances for the Blue Devils, but they were unable to further stretch their lead before halftime. Duke was able to cement its victory early in the second half, though. Finley fought See m. soccer on page 8

ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW OF EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT The Faculty Handbook requires regular reviews of senior administrators of the University through a committee that conducts a performance review and submits a confidential report to the President. Typically these reviews occur in the fourth year of the administrator’s five year term. Such a committee has been appointed by President Brodhead to review Executive Vice President Tallman, who has served in his post since 1995. Greg Jones, Dean of the Divinity School, will serve as committee chair. Other members of the committee include: Asif Ahmad (Health System), Jack Bovender (Trustee), Deborah Demott (Law), David Hsieh (Fuqua), Rob Jackson (Nicholas School), Deborah Jakubs (Library), Nan Jokerst (Engineering), Benjamin Reese (Institutional Equity), and Kerry Watson (Durham Regional.) An important part of the review process is the gathering of input from the University’s many constituencies. Comments on performance and suggestions for the future are important to the committee’s work. The committee invites you to share your thoughts by email or letter, or communicate orally to any committee member. Communication should include the nature of your interactions with Dr. Trask in order to understand the context of your comments as fully as possible. The committee will discuss responses and a summary will be included in the written report to the President. All communications will be kept in confidence by the committee. The Committee would appreciate receiving your thoughts by November 15. Thank you in advance for your participation in this important process. Greg Jones, Chair Trask Review Committee Box 90030 Durham, North Carolina 27708

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Blue Devils slam way past 2 more ACC foes by Tim Visutipol The chronicle

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Kellie Catanach had 41 assists Saturday as Duke stayed in the ACC title race with another win.

For Maryland and Boston College, the scariest part of their trip to Duke during the Halloween weekend was not ghosts or ghouls, but the play of the Blue Devils, who ruthlessly won both games without dropping a single set at Cameron Indoor Stadium. After sweeping Boston College (11-12, 0 1-11 in the BC ACC) FriDUKE 3 day night, Duke took UMD 0 to the court DUKE 3 again on the night of Halloween and easily dealt with Maryland for another ACC win. The two victories took Duke (21-4, 11-2) over the 20win total for a sixth straight year. After a tight first set against the Terrapins (11-15, 3-10) which the Blue Devils scraped through 2521, it took five straight points off the serve of sophomore Amanda Robertson to open a 10-point lead in the second set. “In the first set we didn’t really come out as aggressive as we should have,” sophomore setter Kellie Catanach said. “In the second we did a good job of jumping on them and being aggressive.” Despite the big lead, Duke allowed Maryland to hang around.

The Terrapins pulled to within seven points and saved three set points before eventually falling to Duke, 25-18. “We just stopped communicating a little bit [near the end of the set],” Catanach said. “It was important that we worked through it.” This would be the last of the Duke’s worries as the third set proved to be quite comfortable, with the Blue Devils having an attack percentage that was almost twice as effective as that of the Terrapins. Most of Duke’s mistakes were a direct result of the many confusing attacks by the Maryland offense. “We needed to make some adjustments to pick that stuff up,” head coach Jolene Nagel said. “We needed to be on our toes because we really didn’t know what they were going to do.” Duke was led by senior Rachael Moss and sophomore Sophia Dunworth, who finished the game with 10 kills each. They were assisted by a solid performance from Catanach, who had more assists per set in this game than her season average. Through the game’s early stages, the Blue Devils were always seen with smiles on their faces. “It’s a fine line between being relaxed… and at the same time being focused,” Moss said. “By laughing it off we move on, but still learn from our mistakes.” These two matches start the

second half of the ACC season, and after recording two wins, Duke remains only one game behind ACC leader Florida State. “This gets us off to a good start [for the second half of the ACC season],” Nagel said. “It’ll reenergize us before we hit the road for some tough matches.” Catanach believes the ACC title is in the Blue Devils’ grasp should they continue to perform at the level of this weekend. Moss, however, believes these two games also showed the character of the team. “There were a lot of distractions,” she said. “This showed that we could stay together as a team and find that energy.” Duke now plays on the road for the next two weekends, first swinging through Florida to take on Florida State and Miami.

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Rachael Moss had 10 kills Saturday in leading Duke to a 3-0 win over Maryland.

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Vanderbilt 31 - 56 No. 11 Ga Tech The Yellow Jackets parried some early Commodore offense and pounded Vanderbilt with their running game for the nonconference win. Running back Jonathan Dwyer had a career-high 186 yards for Georgia Tech.

game, a loud celebration in the locker room was audible for more than a half-hour. The coach’s address gave his quarterback high praise. And it was well-deserved—with 343 yards passing on the day, Lewis became the seventh player in the history of the ACC to throw for 9,000 yards. The senior threw the ball well despite the pressure of an aggressive Virginia line that sacked him six times. “Our guy, if you look what he has done over the past four weeks, tell me a quarterback that has played better,” Cutcliffe said. “The guy we have never gets mentioned, and that is OK if that is what you want to do, but show me [a quarterback] playing better.” Although Lewis threw for 343 yards Saturday, the pass that gave Duke its lead late in the fourth was the team’s only offensive touchdown. As the Blue Devils would get closer to the Cavaliers’ endzone and the field essentially became smaller, Virginia’s physical, powerful secondary kept Duke from converting opportunities into touchdowns during the first three quarters. The Blue Devils seemed to have no trouble getting the ball deep into the Cavaliers’ zone during the first half, but their lack of efficiency in the red zone forced Duke to kick field goals. Fortunately for Duke, Snyderwine kept the the team in the game. The former walk-on had three field goals in the first half—including one for 44 yards on the Blue Devils’ first drive—and added another successful kick early in the fourth quarter to retake the lead 12-10. After Vernon’s catch and Hatcher’s fumble recovery, Snyderwine fittingly sealed the game with a 43-yard field goal. His 5-for-5 total set a career high. “I was pretty busy in the first quarter, but [I’ll do] anything I can do to help,” said Syn-

Quarterback Thaddeus Lewis is tackled on a running play during the Blue Devils’ 28-17 ACC derwine, who has now made 11 consecutive field goal attempts. “I’m excited we got the win in the end. I’m pretty happy.” With the win, the Blue Devils have now won three ACC games in a row, a feat that they haven’t achieved since 1989. And perhaps more importantly, the win over Virginia keeps a bowl game berth within realistic reach. With four games re-

maining in the regular season need two wins to become bo faces North Carolina, Georgia Wake Forest in the upcoming f For many of the Blue Dev enced players, talk of a bowl ga familiar topic of conversation. Lewis insists that Duke will con

No. 13 Va Tech 17 - 20 UNC (Th) North Carolina may have salvaged its season with a three-point shocker Thursday night in Blacksburg. Casey Barth kicked a 21-yard field goal as time expired to improve the Tar Heels’ record to 5-3. Hokie quarterback Tyrod Taylor was held to just 161 yards passing on the night.

Wake Forest 27 - No. 19 Miami 28 Miami recovered from a dreadful first three quarters with a furious rally to crush the Demon Deacons’ upset hopes. Trailing by 13 in the final period, the Hurricanes recovered a fumble and scored to cut the lead to six, and Jacory Harris led a late touchdown drive that he capped with a 13-yard pass to Travis Benjamin in the end zone with just over one minute left.

Florida State 45 - 42 N. C. State A game devoid of defense ended in the home team’s favor as the Seminoles scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:36 to play for their second straight win. Florida State blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, but recovered behind receiver Bert Reed and quarterback Christian Ponder. Russell Wilson passed for 349 yards for the Wolfpack.

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its next opponent each week, it’s hard to not take a minute to enjoy being a part of a competitive football team. It’s the sort of thing that Okpokowuruk, a senior, hoped for when he committed in high school to join the Blue Devils. “We are enjoying every minute of it,” Okpokowuruk said. “This is why we came here— to turn [the program] around. It feels great.”

bythenumbers 81: Total rushing yards for Duke Saturday

It’s becoming a common occurance throughout this increasingly impressive football season for the postgame press conferences to double as a celebration of this year’s vastly improved Duke offense. And indeed, Saturday’s was no different. Amid the almost comically uproarious cheering coming from the adjacent Blue Devil locker room, a crowd gathered around quarterback Thaddeus Lewis—he of the fourth consecutive 300-yard passing games— while nose guard Charlie Hatcher sat relatively unnoticed, despite his crucial rule in the victory. What does this all mean? Possibly that many have missed something crucial about the reasons for Duke’s three straight conference wins (that’s the first time since 1989, in case you missed it). That crucial something: Duke’s defense has been just as integral to the team’s recent success as its offense. If not for big stops by the defense against Virginia Saturday, the Blue Devils would not have come away with their first win in a decade at Jefferson’s university. “Our defense played a complete football game,” head coach David Cutcliffe said. “They had a lot of big hits, did a complete job of stopping the run and did a tremendous job of competing and challenging every pass.” From its play in the first quarter, when Virginia’s offense could only muster one total yard, to when the Blue Devils hit the locker room 15 minutes of play later—only up 9-3 despite being

inside the Cavaliers’ 30-yard line three times—the defense made it clear that it would keep Duke in the game even if the offense continued to stagnate. Its finest moment, though, did not come from its role in stopping Virginia’s first half attack. It came in how it nailed the coffin closed—the game was, in fact, on Halloween—on the Cavaliers’ chances with eight minutes to go. After Lewis hit Donovan Varner for a 40-yard pass in what was the first time all game that the Blue Devils got a big offensive play, Duke had just three yards to go to put itself up one on Virginia. Then, Re’quan Boyette was tackled for a loss of four yards, and Lewis threw a pick in the back of the end zone. Things looked as bad as the hastily-put-together costumes in the student section of Scott Stadium. The Cavaliers had the ball at the 20, up five, with the opportunity to eat up a lot of clock or make it a twopossession game. Duke’s defense, said Ayanga Okpokowuruk, knew that it was crunch time. “We knew we had to step up. Everyone was looking into each other’s eyes and trying to fire each other up,” Okpokowuruk said. Three plays on the vital Virginia drive resulted in four total yards. The defense had once again given the offense a chance to win the game. “That was a big stage in the game,” Cutcliffe said. “They did the natural thing to try and run the football, and they really did not have a ton of success [throughout the game] running it, so our guys responded. It was huge.”

The stop set up what would be the contest’s most memorable play—Lewis somehow getting the ball off while being swarmed by a ferocious pass rush, finding Conner Vernon for a 42-yard touchdown which put Duke up 18-17. Now it was time for Okpokowuruk and Hatcher to go ahead and win the game for Duke. “Coach [Marion] Hobby kept telling us to finish our rushes, and we had plans to pressure the quarterback,” said Okpokowuruk. “I tackled him and went for the ball. I honestly didn’t know it had come out until I saw Hatcher running with it.” “I saw the ball had popped out, and I grabbed it and scored. It was such a surreal experience,” Hatcher said. “We always talk about who’s going to make the big play. I didn’t know it’d be me, and I didn’t know how to react.” The sidelines did. Okpokowurk’s forced fumble and Hatcher’s recovery for a touchdown sent the Blue Devil sidelines into a frenzy. A sea of orange flocked to the exits as soon as Hatcher’s feet touched the end zone. The score put Duke up 25-17 with 3:22 left in the game. And despite the mass exodus of Wahoos from Scott Stadium, there was still plenty of time for Virginia to mount a comeback. But that didn’t happen, thanks to Jeremy Ringfield. The redshirt junior laid a colossal hit on quarterback Jameel Sewell when the Cavaliers were forced to go for it on 4th-and-10 on their 28-yard line. It was nothing new—just the knockout punch from an overlooked unit.

343: Passing yards by QB Thaddeus Lewis 6: Times Lewis was sacked by the Virginia defense Saturday 42: Distance of WR Conner Vernon’s gamewinning receiving touchdown with 3:45 left in the contest 5: Number of field goals made by junior kicker Will Snyderwine. 19: Fourth-quarter points scored by Duke to ensure the comeback against the Cavaliers. The Blue Devils scored two touchdowns and recorded two field goals 228: More yards of total offense that the

Blue Devils recorded than the Cavaliers. Duke had 424 yards of offense, and Virginia was held to just 196

1989: Last time Duke won three straight ACC games

QUOTE OF THE GAME “We always talk about who’s going to make the big play. I didn’t know it’d be me, and I didn’t know how to react.” —Duke nose guard Charlie Hatcher

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Duke has fallen just short against ACC opponents over and over this season, and the disappointing trend continued Saturday as the Blue Devils (9-9, 0-5 in the ACC) registered a 2-1 loss against No. 3 Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. Duke posted strong efforts both offensively and defensively, but was unable to secure the DUKE 1 win against the Cavaliers (16-2, 3-2) in its last regular season contest. 2 UVA Going into the game, head coach Beth Bozman understood the quality of play that it would take to defeat Virginia on its home field. “It’s like walking into Cameron [Indoor Stadium] and expecting to beat Duke. It’s a tough place,” Bozman said.

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However, No. 14 Duke quickly demonstrated its ability to play with the Cavaliers. The Blue Devils’ offense ignited early with a goal in the 20th minute by senior defender Lauren Miller, her fifth of the season. The tally came off a penalty corner, and sophomore Stephanie Fee picked up the assist. Although Duke went into halftime with the lead, Virginia gained offensive momentum early in the second half, led by sophomores Paige Selenski and Michelle Vittesse. Selenski, ranked seventh nationally in goals per game, tipped the ball into the net off a pass from Vittesse in the 39th minute to give the Cavaliers their first goal. Just four minutes later, Virginia’s offensive duo struck again, this time with a goal from Vitesse. She netted her sixth goal of the season on a two-on-one offensive opportunity facilitated by an assist from Selenski.


Virginia’s commanding offense kept the Blue Devil defenders active the rest of the way. Goalie Samantha Nelson was a force in the cage, saving eight shots, six of which came in the first half. Nelson out-stopped Virginia goalie Kim Kastuk 8-3 to drive the Duke defense. Nelson has been a dominant force in the net this season, recording 75 saves and two shutouts for the Blue Devils. The Duke offense registered four shots on goal Saturday. Miller led the team with three shots, while senior Amie Survilla added one. Survilla, the team’s leading scorer, had 20 goals this season, making her the ninth-best in goals per season in Duke history. Survilla’s offensive talents were kept in check by the Cavalier defense, though, and Virginia held on for the win. Duke looks to reverse the outcome of Saturday’s game in a rematch with Virginia in the first round of the ACC tournament Nov. 5. The team must win next Thursday’s game to keep its record above the .500 mark required to be eligible for an NCAA tournament berth.

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Senior Lauren Miller scored Saturday, but Duke was beaten 2-1 by Virginia to put a possible bid to the NCAA tournament in jeopardy.

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After a season in which the Blue Devils’ newest additions played an integral part in the team’s success, it was only fitting that a freshman led Duke to victory with a berth to the ACC tournament on the line. Freshman midfielder Nicole Lipp scored twice as the Blue Devils (8-7-4, 4-4-2 in the ACC) defeated N.C. State 2-0 Sunday in the final match of the DUKE 2 regular season. “As a team we deNCSU 0 cided that we wanted the season to go on and everyone was just fighting so we could do that,” Lipp said. “The mentality was great. [In the second half] we came out there and knew what we had to get done.” But Duke’s postseason prospects were still very much in the balance after 45 minutes. In the first half, head coach Robbie Church said the Blue Devils seemed to be a half step behind the pace of play, failing to create many scoring opportunities. The Wolfpack (8-9-2, 2-7-1) took advantage of Duke’s sluggish start and fired six shots in the opening stanza compared to only two for the Blue Devils. At halftime—deadlocked in a scoreless tie—Duke made a conscious decision to elevate its level of play, and the Blue Devils translated their desire to extend the season into increased hustle and aggression. “They knew what was at stake, and we became ball winners in the second half,” Church said. “We started to dominate and pinned them in really from the beginning of the second half all the way through.” Church said Duke also changed the way it advanced the ball into Wolfpack territory. Instead of attacking through the center of the field, the Blue Devils began moving up the wings, and this tactical adjustment paid off in the 58th minute when Lipp tallied her first goal of the season. After sophomore midfielder Cody Newman played a cross into the box from the left side of the field, the ball deflected off the hands of N.C. State goalkeeper Kim Kern and was knocked around before it

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sportsbriefs Both S&D teams get big wins The Duke men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both came out of the weekend with marquee victories against two of last year’s top 25 squads at Taishoff Aquatic Pavilion on campus. Facing Georgia Tech, a team that finished last season ranked 19th in the country, the Blue Devil men recorded a 171.5-128.5 victory Friday. Duke was inspired by junior Spencer Booth, who won the 200-meter backstroke and the 100-meter fly race. And in the longer-distance relays, the

Blue Devils came off the blocks quickly as well, placing teams in both the first and second positions. The women’s team did just as well to defeat Houston, last year’s 17th-ranked squad, by a large margin. The meet’s final score Friday was 188-110. Ashley Twitchell led the way for Duke by winning the 1000-meter freestyle race. Just 10 minutes later, Twitchell scored more points for the Blue Devils with a second-place finish in the 200 free contest. But it was in the butterfly races that Duke earned itself a big win against the Cougars. Shannon Beall and Elizabeth Bellew finished one-two in the 200-meter race, and Beall won the 100-meter fly as well.

Blue Devils get votes in coaches’ poll Duke Football’s recent upswing was recognized this week by three coaches across the country as the Blue Devils received three votes in the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll. Former Duke head coach Steve Spurrier used to vote for his old team in each season’s inaugural poll, but this is the first time the Blue Devils have received real votes since Spurrier ended that practice two years ago. Just three ACC teams appeared in this week’s poll: No. 11 Georgia Tech, No. 17 Miami and No. 24 Virginia Tech. The Hokies dropped from 13th to 24th after their Thursday night loss to unranked North Carolina in Chapel Hill. —from staff reports

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Freshman midfielder Nicole Lipp scored twice to seal Duke’s place in the ACC tournament with a win Sunday.

rolled in front of Lipp, positioned about 12 yards away from goal. She proceeded to rocket a one-timer toward the back post and found the back of the net. Duke had a chance to build on its slender one-goal advantage in the 73rd minute when a Wolfpack defender tackled Newman in the box. Senior Elisabeth Redmond took the ensuing penalty kick, but her shot was off target and flew wide right of the net. Even though Redmond and top scorer KayAnne Gummersall could not add to the lead, Lipp was there to pick up the slack. She said she made a mental note to get forward and into the box against N.C. State after playing more of a defensive midfield role in Duke’s previous contests.

Her efforts paid off again in the 82nd minute when she stole the ball from a Wolfpack defender and slipped a shot past two more opponents into the lower-left corner of the net. The win catapulted the Blue Devils into a tie for sixth place in the ACC standings, but Duke will be the eighth seed in the postseason tournament since it lost matches against Maryland and Virginia. Although the Blue Devils ended up with the last slot in the conference tournament, Church was impressed with the way his team overcame adversity this season. “What a great, great accomplishment that is in this conference,” Church said. “For us to finish sixth—all the things that we’ve gone through, all the players that we’ve lost during the course of the year and the way we started out. It’s a tribute to the character of the ladies on this team and the heart of this team.”

m. soccer from page 2 his way down the left sideline and then towards the middle, where he sent a cross into the box that Nick Sih finished in spectacular fashion, crushing the ball past the helpless Hokie goalkeeper. “I thought we had a good performance,” head coach John Kerr said. “We had a couple of periods where we were kind of lulled, but we got off to a good start. We talked about getting in good positions to score, and it was evident tonight in all four goals.” With such a dominating show, Kerr was able to play all of his seniors for most of the second half. With five minutes remaining, he took the senior starters out to a standing ovation from the Duke crowd. For the remaining time, the Blue Devil bench remained on its feet in celebration of both the important ACC victory and its departing players. “I really couldn’t ask for anything more from every single player on the team,” Bienenfeld, a senior, said. “Everybody gave it their all, and it was unbelievable to win in our last home game of the regular season. It’s obviously the day you never think will come when you join the program, and it’s here today. This day’s going to come for everyone, and it comes by fast.” After the game, Kerr shot over to the scorer’s table to check on the progress of the Maryland-Virginia contest, a crucial game in Duke’s quest for an ACC regular-season title. The game ended in a draw. With the victory and a tie between Maryland and Virginia, Duke moves into a tie for fourth place in the ACC with Boston College. The Blue Devils sit two points behind first-place Maryland, making this Friday’s regular-season conclusion against Wake Forest of vital importance.

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“A great many people are frustrated by the pace at which these cases are resolved,” said Ronald Matthias, a CaliforPaez, also of Los Angeles, ruled that Bel- nia assistant attorney general who overmontes’ lawyer had provided “ineffective sees litigation on the death penalty. He assistance of counsel” because he failed to noted that other Western states “face the tell the jury of the “traumas that Belmontes same logjam.” faced as a youth.” Given this evidence, the The 9th Circuit hears cases from nine jury might have spared his life, they said. states, several of which have large numEight conservative judges of the 9th bers of prisoners on death row. They Circuit dissented and said the full appeals include Arizona (122), Nevada (79), Orcourt should reconsider the ruling. It takes egon (35) and Idaho (18). None of these a majority vote of the Western states has carcircuit’s 27 judges, ried out an execution “There is no greater however, to re-hear in the last two years, such a case. according to the Death burden that falls on In 1981, BelmonPenalty Information a member of the jutes broke into the Center in Washington, home of Steacy McD.C. diciary than to sit in Connell, 19, and beat “We’ve had just one judgment on whether execution since 2000,” her to death with a barbell. He stole a Steve Wilson, a an individual shall live said stereo and sold it for spokesperson for the or die.” $100. Arizona attorney genIn two earlier — Stephen Reinhardt, eral.In December 2006, rulings, Reinhart and Paez had overJudge of Los Angeles a federal judge put turned Belmontes’ executions on hold in death sentence on California while the the grounds jurors may have thought they state revises its protocol for lethal injeccould not consider his conversion to Chris- tions. tianity in prison as a reason for leniency. Critics of the death penalty have cited Police and prosecutors said Belmontes had high costs and seemingly endless litigashot and killed a man two years earlier, but tion as a good reason for abolishing capithat evidence was kept from the jury. tal punishment. Last year, the California After each of the rulings overturning Commission on the Fair Administration his death sentence, the California attorney of Justice called the state’s death-penalgeneral appealed to the Supreme Court. ty system “broken” and “dysfunctional” Twice before, the justices set aside the 9th and estimated it costs the state $137 milCircuit’s decision. lion a year. The state’s lawyers have been waiting for The justices met Friday to discuss several weeks, anticipating the high court pending appeals, including the Belmonwould act soon on their latest appeal. They tes case, and may act on the case as soon are used to waiting. as Monday.


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What the special secretary shouldn’t do In the past weeks, we have Even worse, a prolonged presented our vision for what selection would politicize a the Young Trustee selection process that should above process ought to be. But it is all else be about selecting a just as important to note the technocrat. Increasing the characteristics total length and mechaof the seleceditorial nisms that the tion timeline process ought not include. would force candidates to First, the selection pro- become quasi-public figures cess should not be longer and pressure them to meet and should not follow a dif- with organizations and indiferent timeline. A year-long viduals to make their case. system or one that spans Face time and politicking part of the Fall and Spring would trump quality and exsemesters would provide perience. little time for seniors in An application deadline in leadership positions run- the first weeks of the Spring sening for Young Trustee to mester is also sensible. Potenprove themselves. In addi- tial Young Trustees have time tion, it would eliminate the to complete their applications possibility for juniors, who over the long winter break, often study abroad, to be which is not as cluttered as a fully involved in the selec- typical Duke student’s sumtion process. mer or Fall semester.


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Second, the person in charge of facilitating the YT selection process should not be appointed by Duke Student Government or any other student organization. Instead, they should be elected by the student body at large. This drastically reduces issues of bias associated with the process, especially if coupled with the stipulation that the student in charge of the process agrees not to run for Young Trustee in the future. The leader of the YT selection process should be elected in the Spring DSG elections in order to ensure high voter turnout and avoid Fall elections that drastically over-represent luninformed freshmen voters. And even if

elected alongside other DSG officers, this position should remain independent from the DSG Executive Committee to further prevent conflict of interest. Third, the selection of the Young Trustee should not involve anyone other than students. The student chosen for the position should bring new and challenging perspectives to the Board of Trustees once appointed, and involving Board members could jeopardize this result. Creating any role for faculty members in the nominating or selection process is also misguided. The Young Trustee position is designed to give voice to the student perspective, and the involvement of faculty members would counter this purpose.

Fourth, the process should not be void of opportunities for organizations and individuals to offer their input—both negative and positive—about the candidates for Young Trustee. Instead of trying to keep conversation neutral, the process should seek to gather as much evidence as possible about the character and quality of candidates’ leadership and service. Reforming the Young Trustee selection process is an inherently difficult task. Although no perfect process exists, Special Secretary for the Young Trustee process Amanda Turner should steer clear of the above stipulations in the by-laws she presents to DSG this Wednesday.


ou know that sound people make when they’re holding in a laugh, but they also make it when they’re mocking something? The one where it’s this nasal-guttural sound that’s technically the beginning of a chuckle but sounds dangerously close to a snorting sound. Yeah, that sound is really hard to transliterate. I’ve experimented for a while, and I decided that “Phhttrrrbbh” is the closest you’re i am charlotte gonna get. simmons For instance: If monday, monday I were to say, “Hey, I’m concerned the Young Trustee open forums are going to be overflowing, do you think we should tell them to move them to someplace bigger?” you would be correct to respond, “Phhttrrrbbh!” With all the options open for Duke students this Halloweekend, there were a lot of opportunities to dismissively “Phhttrrrbbh” things. Among the “Phhttrrrbbh-able”: Watching the World Series. Who watches baseball anymore, really? Thirty years ago, when the Pittsburgh (where?) Pirates beat the Baltimore Orioles (what-now?), almost 38 million people watched it. Adjusted for inflation, that’s like a billion people. Today, a game between the Pirates and Orioles would draw about six viewers, likely single obese men aged 35 to 50 who haven’t showered in the previous month before the game. Last year’s World Series (a real doozy, if you ask me) drew less than 14 million. This year, it’s a competition between the team most hated around the nation (the Yankees) and the team most hated in their own town (the Phillies). Major League Baseball could not have orchestrated a more loathsome World Series. In fact, although I moan and groan about the decline of baseball, I didn’t even watch the World Series. I spent my Halloween chilling at Devil’s Eve staring at guys’ crotches as they walked by. Normally, that sort of attention is welcome, but when a few approached me to talk about where we go from here, I explained to them that it was part of my costume. I was Alex Rodriguez, reverted to his normal choke-artist form just in time for the October Classic, just watching balls go by. I guess these conversations sort of improved the look, as it inevitably led to me striking out with men aboard. Speaking of which, Devil’s Eve was pretty “Phhttrrrbbh-able.” After Chapel Hill decided to again restrict access to one of the best Halloween par-

ties in the country, Campus Council swooped in and filled the void—and then some! Not only was there a costume contest, there was also a live performance of the Thriller dance! Like, omg, wow! Phhttrrrbbh. Okay, so maybe you weren’t watching the World Series or lame-ing the night away at Devil’s Eve. You could have gone to see the Duke Players Lab performance of “Nevermore”…. Phhttrrrbbh. It’s true, there’s nothing that says Halloween like a death-metal infused re-interpretation of the Gothic Wonder-boy in the Gothic Wonderland (translation: Edgar Allen Poe at Duke University). And a raven that crows at you as you walk by it on the Plaza all week does kinda set the mood for a Halloween experience so sombre and grotesque that you can only spell s-o-m-b-r-e the British way. Because if there’s one thing to be said about modern-day Halloween celebration, it’s that it stays true to its Pagan ritual roots. Oct. 31 is all about phantasms and fright. Phhttrrrbbh. Let’s get real, the only “non-Phhttrrrbbh-able” Halloween activities were the party at Shooters II (theme: Who the hell cares? It’s the same as Shooters every other night, but now there’s orange and black streamers. Why do they even bother decorating the place?) and its Erwin and section tributaries. Halloween has rightly become an evening for liberating bacchanalia, where you can dress up as zombie or the swine flu and have no one judge you for it. And I wouldn’t be doing my job as a Chronicle columnist if I didn’t also mention that we girls can dress like skanks. But that’s just so oversimplified. There are pirate skanks and princess skanks and ironic skanks and even Alien skanks. It’s not fair to lump us all together. Not to mention, it’s not truly skanky to revel in the freedom we get from Halloween. The whole point is that the normal rules of decorum no longer apply. The whole universe stops for us to have a good time without worrying about our clothes for once. Heck, even the time-space continuum opened up at 2 a.m., as the end of Daylight Savings Time sent us hurling an hour backwards through time. So there’s obviously higher forces in play here, trying to let us dress how we like for a night. So no mourning the death of traditional Halloween activities. Would you prefer we return to celebrating the warding off of ghouls and other paranormal spirits? Phhttrrrbbh! Charlotte Simmons is just baiting for criticism when she uses the word “skanks.” She actually finds that kind of offensive herself, but needs to maintain her streak!

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Bookbagger, thou art mortal


ith Halloween just finished and winter fast approaching, it’s probably appropriate to spend a little time soberly contemplating one’s mortality. Or, if you’d rather not get so dramatic, you can meditate on the ever-shortening lifespan of your undergraduate career. As a sophomore who spends most of his time with sophomores, and as a decorated veteran of a typically confusing freshman year, I can safely say that the nagging feeling that “time is running out” is not a phenomenon unique to upperclassmen. Take the phenomenon of “Bookbag Angst.” For many of us who lack the good fortune to be able to map out our collegiate years with a bulletin board, notecards and tacks (you eternally connor southard lucky engineers, you), each dead poet semester’s book-bagging is an almost cinematic adventure. After debating whether or not to don our dashing Indiana Jones fedoras, we dive into a world of courses ranging from the intros and surveys (Econ 51) to the arcane (Literature 151LS; Russian Fairy Tale) and try to grab hold of the most promising slate of four or—for the real action heroes among us—five classes. Some majors are more structured than others, moving students through a relatively clear progression of core courses and required classes. But no matter what, there’s always going to be some room for choice, and that can get complicated. There’s really no way to attend an American university (even Brown) and somehow avoid the stress of having to actually pick specific courses to take during one’s academic career. Many courses, compelling as they might appear, will just have to be relegated to the “could’ve/would’ve/should’ve” pile. But there’s a difference between admitting the inherent difficulties of making a fairly substantive choice that affects one’s time—that’s reasonable stress—and that more insidious emotion: “Bookbag Angst.” I can’t give a number to describe how common “Bookbag Angst” really is, but I’ve seen multiple instances among friends and acquaintances in which normal mulling and thinking through devolve into something like minor existential worry—a lighter version of what some long-dead Germans called “Sturm und Drang.” It’s a mortality thing. We students pay a wholesome sum to attend our (future) alma mater dear, and it’s not at all unreasonable that we expect a number of things from our classroom “education.” Ideally, we’d like the classes we take to cumulatively satisfy our intellectual curiosity, teach us some demonstrable skills (i.e., writing, statistical analysis) and hone our more abstract thinking skills—the age-old justification for an, erm, liberal arts education. All that has to be done inside of eight short semesters—mortality. Which begs the question: shouldn’t the process of picking exactly the right classes to teach us exactly the right things and serve exactly the right purpose be “that big of a deal”? Nah, not really. Not that there’s anything wrong with carefully selecting what seem to be the most enriching/enlightening courses. But this idea of some fundamental educational mortality—that all the essential nuggets of learning are hidden in the vast labyrinth of four years of book-bagging classes, and that they must be sought with a sort of desperate focus—doesn’t stand much scrutiny. An undergraduate liberal arts education (so I have to exclude you engineers again, you lucky dogs, you) was not conceived of and does not function as a one-time filling of an individual’s “knowledge tank.” We are not SUVs being pumped full of all the “knowledge”—concrete and abstract, left brain and right brain—that we’ll need to use until we eventually die. What our education can do is provide a rarely exact, eclectic, multifariously challenging exposure to a smattering of ideas and a part of the body of general academic knowledge. And then we get to add to it and augment it and appropriate it for the rest of our lives. “Learning how to learn” may be a cliché, but it’s one of those annoyingly useful ones. If you buy the idea that there’s value in a diverse liberal arts education, then you recognize that there is value in all sorts of study. Mrs. Ruland in the fifth grade was right; learning really is a life-long process, and anything that’s so essentially tied up in all aspects of living one’s life is bound to be too complex to plan for by mulling syllabi on ACES. It’s a waste to spend too much time trying to predict not only what exactly, in all senses of the word, you will “learn” in a given class, but also what you “should” be learning. Angst about death, not your Bookbag: it’s more poetic, anyway. Connor Southard is a Trinity sophomore. His column runs every Monday.

Pointing fingers at SOFC


he Student Organization Finance Committee, responsible for $740,000 of student funds annually, has recently suffered much criticism for its lack of organization and oversight. Curious as to whether these accusations were true, I was given the opportunity to sit in briefly on one of SOFC’s weekly meetings. Admittedly, my understanding of SOFC’s inner workings, including its undisclosed decision-making guidelines for allocating funds and formal proceedings which are also withheld from the public, is far from complete. Through my own personal observations, however, I have come to realize that merely pointing fingers at SOFC will not provide long-term solutions for student life and events on campus. To provide greater context for SOFC’s role, SOFC distributes $640,000 to student sue li organizations annually outer spaces and allocates $100,000 to student groups who request funding for events. SOFC is also in charge of recognizing and chartering new student organizations that then become eligible for funds. That means your love of many major events, including K-ville, Awaaz and Springternational, are in the hands of 12 very important students. Despite the low rates of participation, and often times, awareness, of what happens in our government, we should really care where the $114.50 Student Activities Fee that we pay each semester goes. Elected by Duke Student Government and not by the student body, SOFC members have been accused of being unrepresentative of the student population. Although many arguments can be made for or against various decisions made by governmental officials, how can we blame them for failing to represent us when only 27 percent of the student body voted in the last senatorial elections and several DSG senators ran unopposed? The concern with misappropriated or wasted funding is not only an issue regarding the accountability and leadership of SOFC. It is an obstacle many student groups face as well. During the SOFC meeting, groups were asked about how they reached their estimates for food and advertising and how they planned to promote their event—important considerations that had not been taken sufficiently into account. Many student organizations that request funds for events often times miscalculate their budget, have poor estimates of turn out and struggle to publicize their event. Events held by selective living groups and fraternities that use public funds also tend to fail to recruit students from places

on campus other than their own community. Many student groups, through no fault of their own, do not know how to plan good events. Furthermore, many of Duke’s 329 student groups do not get sufficient recognition. Due to the sheer number of groups, some will fall to the waysides. There must, however, also inevitably be some groups that do great things or have the potential to do great things that are hindered by a lack of public support. The Duke Innovative Design Agency, of which I am a designer, has begun to improve advertising with events, especially through more noticeable Plaza boards and flyers, but is not responsible for developing the general structure of groups or helping them reach their goals. Many groups simply do not know how to get their names out there or gain public support. As a counterexample, Purple and WISER, two active and well known organizations on campus, were able to effectively make use of their affiliations within the Greek system to heavily promote their causes and events. Reliance on fraternities and sororities, however, as a way to garner the majority of support for events skews the social scene at Duke and neglects the greater issue. As part of a solution, the Duke University Union has reproposed a Union Consulting Group, initially formed in spring 2009, to provide personalized advice to student groups with the overall goal of improving the quality of student-run programs. Partnering with UCG, SOFC could make funding contingent on meetings with UCG which would cut excessive costs. Or, after funding an event, SOFC could refer event planners to UCG to help plan and effectively carry out the event. Although only time will tell what holds for the future, UCG is at least taking one of the first steps towards improving events on campus. Even brochures that could provide tips can benefit emerging student groups and ultimately, make better use of funds. President Richard Brodhead, the Board of Trustees and Larry Moneta are big names at Duke. They are some of the administrators that make funding decisions and shape Duke policy. At the end of the day, however, they don’t run Duke. Duke students run Duke, or at least, run the parts that make Duke memorable. Yes, the selection process for SOFC should be more stringent, and there should be greater accountability for such an important presence on campus. That is a given. Recently, the SOFC Auditing Committee has expressed renewed concern and more vested interest in SOFC’s practices. But until we can increase public awareness, educate students and motivate them to get involved, there’s only so much blame that we can place on a select number of our peers. Sue Li is a Trinity senior. Her column runs every other Monday.

lettertotheeditor Support affordable biologic drugs Initiatives like DukeEngage have funded students to learn first-hand how issues of global health affect those in developing countries. But sometimes, you don’t have to go anywhere to profoundly influence global health. Biologic drug affordability is one aspect of reform that has received little attention. Biologics are different from conventional drugs in that they are derived from living cells. These include drugs like Humira for treatment of Crohn’s disease, priced at $4,000 per month, and Herceptin, used to treat breast cancer, which can cost $37,000. Unlike conventional drugs, there is currently no FDA approval process to enable cheaper generic biologics to come to market, meaning that prices are likely to stay high indefinitely. Generic biologics could provide an estimated $71 billion in savings over the next 10 years. Unfortunately, current provisions to approve generic biologics sponsored by N.C. Sen. Kay Hagan and Rep. David Price have some major flaws, including 12 years of additional market protection (conventional drugs get five years despite comparable research and development costs) apart from 20-year patents. This 12-year protection, coupled with provisions that allow companies to make minor changes to the drug and receive additional 12-

year periods of protection, effectively creates a “no generics” proposal. Student groups at Duke and the University of North Carolina have cast aside our rivalry to work side-by-side, as we are concerned that the proposed “no generics” provisions stand between patients and affordable access to tomorrow’s breakthrough medicines. As part of the campaign, we call for no more than the five years of exclusivity, which is the protection given to conventional drugs. Thanks largely to generic competition, the cost of first-line AIDS therapy in developing countries dropped from $10,000 per year to less than $100 per year. Today, you have the opportunity to improve the health of millions. We ask the Duke community to contact your Congressional representatives, and stand with UNC in support of patients’ right to affordable generic biologic drugs now. Chris Manz Second-year student, School of Medicine American Medical Student Association David Watkins Fourth-year student, School of Medicine Universities Allied for Essential Medicines

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Celebrating THE Sanford ScHool of PublIc PolIcy

Inaugural Series

november Speakers november 3, 5 p.m. fleishman commons, Sanford building

Michael Sandel Justice, What’s the Right Thing to Do? Prepare to question your convictions. Harvard Professor Michael Sandel’s wildly popular course “Justice” draws more than 1,000 undergraduates each year. The course addresses difficult moral dilemmas in everyday issues such as affirmative action, same-sex marriage, patriotism and rights. He is author of the book, “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?” and the new PBS series of the same name. Book signing after the talk. contact: Sanford Events Office, (919) 613-7428.

november 4, 5 p.m. fleishman commons, Sanford building

Isaac Herzog Israel, World Affairs and the Peace Process rudnick Endowed lecture Israeli Minister of Welfare and Social Services Isaac Herzog will deliver the 2009 Rudnick Endowed Lecture. He will discuss the role of Israel in world affairs and the current state of the peace process with the Palestinians. The lecture is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Development and the Center for Jewish Studies, with funding provided by the Rudnick Lectureship Endowment. contact: Katie Joyce, (919) 681-1698. These events are free and open to the public. Parking available in the Bryan Center parking deck. SanfNovEventsad.indd 5

november 9, 5:30 p.m. Page auditorium

fareed Zakaria The Rise of the Rest: The Post-American World One Year after the Election of Obama ambassador S. davis Phillips lecture Newsweek International Editor and CNN host Fareed Zakaria will discuss the changes in America’s role in international affairs since the election of President Obama. This lecture is made possible by the Ambassador S. Davis Phillips Endowment and is cosponsored by the American Grand Strategy Program and the Sanford School. The event is free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be distributed at the event, on a first-come, first-served basis. A limited number are available in advance from or by phone at (919)684-4444 ($5 handling fee, limit 4). 10/23/09 11:38 AM

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