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Disaster in Haiti resonates across campus Cutcliffe in serious talks with Tenn. by Julius Jones The chronicle

Duke administrators, faculty and students are rallying to provide support and aid to victims of a violent earthquake in Haiti. The quake, which measured 7.0 on the Richter Scale, shook the capital city of Portau-Prince and the surrounding area Tuesday at approximately 4:53 p.m. local time, leaving almost the entire city in ruins and the city’s nearly 2 million residents without access to food, water or shelter. “The international response to this disaster has been encouraging and inspiring, as has the immediate action on the part of the Duke community,” President Richard Brodhead and Dr. Victor Dzau, chancellor for health affairs and president and chief executive officer of the Duke University Health System, wrote in an e-mail to the Duke community Thursday evening. “Now we ask you to support the people of Haiti as they rebuild their country and to look for ways in which Duke can make a difference in the lives of people who have lost so much.” Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta said the University is forming a steering committee comprised of major stakeholders, including Duke University Medical Center, the Office of Student Affairs, the Center for Civic Engagement and cultural organizations representing students from the affected regions. A similar response procedure was put in place after the Indonesian tsunami in 2005 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. See Haiti on page 8

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Haitians work to rescue a man trapped in the rubble after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Port-auPrince, Haiti Tuesday afternoon. “The international response to this disaster has been encouraging and inspiring,” President Richard Brodhead wrote in an e-mail sent to the Duke community Thursday.

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RGAC reveals revised menu Panhel, two fraternities may get space on Central by Christine Chen The chronicle

Selective living groups and fraternities will have more choices as they vie for new sections this semester. A new menu of on-campus sections available to living groups was released at a meeting of Campus Council Thursday night. Last semester, some living groups protested that the original menu of places to live was unpalatable. Many of the sections include common rooms and more of them are on first floors—features that leaders of student living groups requested last Fall. A chart showing the new menu for sections is available on The Chronicle’s Web site. The revised menu was created this week by members of See RGAC on page 7

Read juniors’ thoughts on their Welcome Back Party, Page 4

Duke Football head coach David Cutcliffe’s name increasingly became linked with the vacant head coaching position at the University of Tennessee Thursday, and there has been contact between Cutcliffe and Tennessee representatives, several sources told The Chronicle Thursday. The Knoxville News Sentinel additionally reported that Tennessee was still in the interviewing phase of the search process, and that Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton wrote in a text David Cutcliffe message that no offer had been made to any coaching candidate. Duke sports information director Art Chase told The Chronicle Thursday evening that although Hamilton’s office has not been in direct contact with Cutcliffe, the Duke head coach has been in touch with people associated with the Tennessee football program about possibly bringing Cutcliffe to Knoxville, Tenn. Chase added that Cutcliffe was in Durham Thursday and See cutcliffe on page 14

Major initiatives mark Sanchez’s tenure Jan. 11 was last day for former MCC director, staff specialist by Joanna Lichter The chronicle

Last semester, two staff positions were eliminated as part of the proposed merger of the International House and the Center for Multicultural Affairs. The merger is on hold this semester to allow for student input, but Jan. 11 marked the last day at Duke for Multicultural Center Staff Specialist Juanita Johnson and Julian Sanchez, formerly Julian Sanchez the center’s director. “I am very lucky to have had the best job on campus working on the most important agenda with outstanding groups of progressive students, and a devoted cadre of staff and faculty colleagues,” Sanchez wrote in an e-mail. Sanchez was recruited to Duke in 1993 by Janet Smith-Dickerson, former vice president for student affairs. DickJuanita Johnson erson hoped Sanchez’s prior experience would provide support to a wider range of minority

groups on campus. Sanchez spent 10 years as the Director of Minority Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He declined to be interviewed by phone for this story. Johnson, a Durham native, had been working at Duke since 1981. Although she relocated briefly to Virginia, she returned to Duke in 2003. “I’m one of those people that accepts change,” Johnson said in a November interview. “The part I had a problem with is the way it was all handled.” Johnson said she and Sanchez were dismissed the morning of Nov. 9. Later that day, Zoila Airall, assistant vice president for student affairs, announced the merger to the Council of Cultural Groups Presidents. “It’s a sad thing to... get a call at 8:45 a.m. and they tell you you are going to be in a meeting at 10 a.m. with no information on the meeting,” Johnson said. “I don’t see how my meager salary made a difference or a dent in the reduction of costs.” Johnson could not be reached for comment this month.


“I didn’t think anyone would do it because I don’t think people really care.”

­—Junior Will Passo on the Young Trustee Nominating Committee. See story page 3

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Missile strike may have killed top Taliban leader

White House seeks advice Haitians seek TPS from U.S. from corporate executives WASHINGTON, D.C. — In response to Haiti’s devastating earthquake, dozens of immigrant advocacy groups and several members of Congress are renewing a long-standing call for the Obama administration to grant temporary legal status and work permits to as many as 125,000 Haitians in the United States illegally. By law the secretary of homeland security, in consultation with the secretary of state, can offer “temporary protected status,” or TPS, to illegal immigrants of a particular nationality if calamities such as a natural disaster or war make it too burdensome for their home countries to receive them. Although immigration authorities have halted all deportation flights to Haiti for the time being, there was no word yet on whether TPS would be granted. Supporters of Haitian immigrants have been lobbying for the move since the fall of 2008.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal government has corporate envy. So the Obama administration has invited dozens of the nation’s top executives to the White House on Thursday seeking tips on how the federal bureaucracy can become leaner and meaner. That means thinking of ways to cut costs and getting federal agencies to place a higher priority on better serving the public, in areas including immigration, education and the census. White House officials are hoping to use new technologies, such as the Web and text messaging, to make that all happen. But the private sector’s entrepreneurial zeal may not translate so easily to federal agencies. For example, the Census Bureau spent $600 million on a project to make its 2010 count electronic, but the effort failed and the census will be conducted by paper this year.

ISLAMABAD — A U.S. missile strike might have killed the top Taliban leader in Pakistan on Thursday even as Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani told Parliament that the drone attacks were a threat to the nation’s sovereignty and could “undermine the war on terror.” The attack came during a three-day visit to Pakistan by U.S. special envoy Richard Holbrooke. U.S. drone missiles struck a religious compound in northwest Pakistan, where Hakimullah Mehsud, one of the most wanted men in the country, was believed to have spent the night. Mehsud recently inherited the leadership of the Pakistani Taliban, which seeks to overthrow the Pakistani government and replace it with a rudimentary Islamic theocracy. A Taliban spokesman said Mehsud was still alive, but officials said he might

have been among at least 10 Taliban militants reportedly killed in the air raid in Pasalkot village in the conflicted tribal area of South Waziristan. The Pakistani army has been conducting anti-militant operations in that region for the past several months. Even if Mehsud escaped, the continued American pounding on key militant targets in Pakistan’s tribal areas makes clear that U.S. officials are determined to keep up the barrage of drone attacks that have intensified, over Pakistani objections, since a suicide bomber killed 7 CIA agents at a base in Afghanistan late last month. No senior Taliban leader has been confirmed killed by such a strike since August, when Hakimullah’s predecessor Baitullah Mehsud died, and Pakistanis complain that they often kill civilians.

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Bodies line the streets in Port-au-Prince as Haitians desperately search and rescue school children from the rubble of the earthquake. Many Haitians are still trapped under debris waiting for assistance and some locals have been shocked by the lack of local and international rescue aid.

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With YT apps due, leaders Huerta will Program evaluate success of reforms headline to promote MLK events immersion A&S Council

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the kind of people who will come out and say, ‘Oh, well it’s up to the students and I know a lot of students, and it’s ultimately up to them, so I would be happy to be in this process now.’” Morrison added that he expects more underclassmen to apply for Young Trustee because many freshmen and sophomore senators were active in crafting last semester’s legislation. Applications for the position are due by 8 p.m. tonight. He predicted that the number of

Dolores Huerta, a labor leader and activist, will deliver the keynote address at Duke’s Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Chapel. The theme of the commemoration is “Where Do We Go from Here? Overcoming Inequity and Building Opportunity.” Huerta will speak about how America can deal with some of the challenges it faces, according to a Duke News release. Huerta, along with Cesar Chavez, founded the United Farm Workers labor union in the early 1960s and then organized a national grape boycott in support of farm workers who were being mistreated. She currently runs the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which helps train organizers in poor communities. On MLK Day, the African Children’s Choir will sing at 2 p.m. in Page Auditorium. At 5 p.m. students and community members will march from the Admissions Office to the Chapel and hold a candlelight vigil. The vigil will offer remembrance for Haiti, which suffered a devastating earthquake Jan. 12, and a speech by Ben Reese, vice president for institutional equity.

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Duke may pilot a new educational program in which small groups of students and professors would work together on a project for a semester. At the Arts and Sciences Council meeting Thursday, faculty members were presented with a draft proposal for a program called Duke Immerse that would provide undergraduates with personalized intellectual immersion. Tentatively, the program would have students forgo their traditional four-class regular course load for a semester and instead collaborate with two or three faculty members on a project for eight hours a day. Possible projects include investigating the origins of the universe, analyzing service learning or studying human error. “[We have] such a wealth of faculty who do research and are developing new knowledge and ways to think about things and our students are so bright, doesn’t it make See duke immerse on page 5

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DSG Executive Vice President Gregory Morrison said he expects to see a similar number of applications for Young Trustee as previous years, but speculated that there will be more underclassman applicants. by Matthew Chase The chronicle

Duke Student Government’s decision last Fall to select the Young Trustee through a general body election has drawn more attention to the process. Incorporating an election into the Young Trustee process might change the applicant pool, said DSG Executive Vice President Gregory Morrison, a junior. “I think that there are folks who would be good Young Trustees but who are not interested in running an election,” Morrison said. “I suspect that there will also be

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The “Welcome Back Juniors Party,” held in the Von Canon Rooms of the Bryan Center Tuesday night, was a chance for many juniors to catch up with friends returning from semesters abroad. Free food and Tshirts also helped to draw a crowd. The Chronicle’s Alejandra Bolívar asked juniors in attendance what they thought of the event.

Sanchez said he will remain in Durham for now. He plans to stay in touch with all those he has worked with and will continue to help those who seek his assistance. “I feel honored to have been given the opportunity to serve Duke University and its fabulous students for the past sixteen-anda-half years,” Sanchez wrote. “One of my dear students reminded me recently that all things happen for a reason... as a result I see the glass half-full.” In addition to advising many student groups at Duke, Sanchez helped establish new organizations to make the University a more inclusive campus. Shortly after his arrival, Sanchez created the Presidents’ Council, which started the Unity through Diversity Forum. The forum brought together students of various backgrounds to present “state of the univer-

“Every free T-shirt is one less day of laundry.” -Yuval Toren “It’s great to be back and see my friends. I really appreciate Duke doing this great event.” -Garrett Lustig “Free stuff is always good.” -Brian Jiang “Since a lot of people were abroad last year, it’s nice to see old friends.” -Christina Lee “I didn’t realize I knew this many people, it’s nice to see them all in the same place.” -Victoria Jackson “I think it’s great we’re doing this. This gives us a sense of home. We have the sophomore experience. I don’t think we have enough things for juniors.” -Yujin Chun

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Juniors enjoy free food and receive free T-shirts at the Welcome Back Juniors Party in the Bryan Center Tuesday evening. “Good company, free shirts.” -Agnes Chao “Excited to see everyone back at school. We don’t see our class as much as we should.” -Ashley Chang

“We’re just juniors looking for free food.” -Jackie Woodruff “Transition has been really smooth, as if I’d never left.” -Sammy Tesfalidet

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MLK Day from page 3 Alysa Stanton, the first black female rabbi in America, will speak Tuesday at an event titled Chaos or Community: A Mosaic of Dr. King’s Living Dream, which includes presentations by several student groups about the legacies of King’s dream. The event will be held at 6 p.m. in Reynolds Auditorium, and

sity” reports on race relations at Duke. These reports later led to the establishment of the Multicultural Center. The 10th annual forum is scheduled to take place this Spring. “This, for many reasons, was a significant and important accomplishment,” Sanchez wrote. “I am so proud to have been associated with this phenomenal group of students.” Sanchez also worked with students to create the Center for Race Relations and the Common Ground retreat program. Although Sanchez and Johnson are no longer at Duke, Sanchez said he is optimistic about the impending changes to the MCC. “In regards to the future of the Multicultural Center, I have no idea what’s in store,” Sanchez wrote. “I can only say that I am delighted to see that students will be given a voice in deciding its fate since it was their proposal.” Stanton will speak with students afterward in the Mary Lou Williams Center. Stanton is currently the rabbi of Congregation Bayt Shalom in Greenville, N.C. Student volunteers will help package meals to be sent to Haiti, Bolivia and other countries at an event at Durham’s Southern High School. Duke will provide transportation to the event, which will run from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

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Duke immerse from page 3 sense that we should get engaged and work together?” said Ruth Day, Arts and Sciences Council chair and associate professor of psychology and neuroscience. Susan Lozier, chair of the Academic Council Committee on Undergraduate Education who submitted the proposal, said the program is still being developed, but the committee hopes to have a pilot program available by summer 2011. “We don’t think it is going to be for every student or for every faculty member, but we do feel that there is a sizable fraction that would be interested,” Lozier said. “The faculty is submitting ideas and developing full proposals and we do feel that it is something that will have faculty very interested.” Interactions between students and faculty would mimic those of start-up companies where members work toward a common goal. The program aims to have a dedicated space on New Campus, once it is constructed, so that the interactions could occur frequently and on an informal basis. “We send students away for study abroad programs for cultural immersion and we have DukeEngage, so what we want to do is provide a strong intellectual immersion that we would have the faculty responsible for here on campus,” she said. Faculty on the council acknowledged that there are many challenges that still need to be addressed such as funding and

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curriculum, but George McLendon, dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences said the program could be something that “captured the imagination of donors.” Last Spring, some Duke Student Government representatives participated in a focus group discussion about the program and Lozier said they were “really enthusiastic” about the idea. Members of the ACCUE hope to go back to DSG once it has formulated a more formal proposal and get their feedback in order to address student concerns such as the program’s time commitment and assessment methods. In other business: McLendon gave an update from the Budget and Priorities Advisory Committee, which included an idea that would save $1 million by using energy more efficiently in the French Family Science Center. He also discussed a way to save money on faculty research accounts by using a different accounting method. The council also discussed expanding to include representatives from the Nicholas School of the Environment, Sanford School of Public Policy, and the international comparative studies and neuroscience departments. Council members may vote on amending their bylaws at their meeting next month. The council reviewed the results of course evaluations and announced that it will work to move evaluations online to be more environmentally friendly.

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so said. “I don’t want it to be the same old, same old people on the committee.” Six students joined the YTNC in the last Young Trustee applicants, however, will be month: Seniors Ankit Prasad, Engineering similar to previous years. Fourteen students Student Government executive president, applied for the position last year, and 16 Eric Kaufman, Interfraternity Council presstudents applied in both 2007 and 2008. ident, and Erika Manderscheid, Panhellen“There are many new people who may ic Association president; and juniors Priya be attracted by the idea of having an elec- Bhat, First-Year Student Advisory Countion, but there selor Board would equally co-chair, Ste“The people we pick might not be some folks phen Temwho are turned necessarily have the highest GPAs ple, Campus off by the idea Council presbut rather would come from dif- ident, and of having an election,” Will Benesh, ferent areas of campus, which I Morrison said. Duke Uni“I suspect that versity Union think is really important.” the number vice presi— Will Passo, dent of exwill be about the same.” DSG VP for Durham and regional affairs ternal affairs. ApplicaThe YTNC tions for the will consist of six at-large 18 students members of the Young Trustee Nominat- once the six at-large members are chosen ing Committee, which will select three this weekend. Young Trustee finalists, were due at midSenior Meg Foran, who chairs the group night Tuesday. Junior Will Passo, DSG vice of student leaders formerly known as the president for Durham and regional affairs Intercommunity Council, wrote in an eand chair of the Senate committee select- mail that she communicated with members ing the at-large students, said 11 students of the group and with other organization applied for the positions. He said he is sat- presidents eligible to be on the nominating isfied with the number of applicants. committee as well as the six students who “I didn’t think anyone would do it be- volunteered for the positions. She added cause I don’t think people really care, and that other presidents expressed interest in the actual nominating committee is a huge joining, but did not ultimately participate commitment,” Passo said. as a result of schedule conflicts. He added that he wants students who Both the at-large YTNC and the Young are less prominent on campus to sit on the Trustee positions were publicized in two eYTNC. Passo said his committee will meet mails to the student body. A Dec. 7 DSG Sunday to discuss the applicants. blast e-mail included a link to the applica“The people we pick might not neces- tions posted on the DSG Web site, and the sarily have the highest GPAs but rather Office of Student Activities and Facilities would come from different areas of cam- included a link to DSG’s homepage in its pus, which I think is really important,” Pas- blast Dec. 17.




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RGAC from page 1 the Residential Group Assessment Committee, fraternity and SLG leaders and Residence Life and Housing Services administrators. Council members also discussed plans for Central Campus and considered a proposal for Central housing from several greek organizations. The Panhellenic Assocation, Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity could potentially establish space for themselves on Central. Campus Council Vice President Alex Reese, a junior, said the initiative is part of an attempt to foster a greater sense of community on Central. Junior Elliot Johnson, Central Campus representative, added that having a greek presence on Central would increase social opportunities on the campus. About two-thirds of greek buildings would be near Alexander Avenue, Reese said, and RGAC would assess the groups’ adaptations to Central. The groups would have access to one-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom suites, said Steve Nowicki, dean and vice provost for undergraduate education. Groups would fill entire buildings and share common rooms. Common areas would give groups like the Panhellenic Association space to carry out their activities, said senior Alyssa Dack, recruitment vice president of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Because Panhel does not currently have designated commons space, Central could help create a sense of unity among sorority members as well as provide opportunities for programming. “Right now the nine chapters don’t have the chance to bond,” Dack said. Still, Nowicki emphasized that adding greek space to Central would not make it an exclusive campus. “We haven’t forgotten the independents,” he said. “Central is not just for sororities, but also for general [students].” In other business: Campus Council is working with the Haitian Student Association, the Duke University Union, Duke Partners for Service and Duke Student Government to coordinate student aid efforts for the recent earthquake in Haiti.

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Rescuers work to pull a man from the rubble in Port-au-Prince after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit the Haitian capital city Tuesday afternoon. Duke will hold a march and candlelight vigil honoring Haiti Monday as part of planned events for Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.

“We anticipate that there will be substantial student interaction in helping out,” Moneta said. “I don’t necessarily do it because it falls within the purview of Student Affairs, it’s just a function that I have taken on in several previous instances.” A meeting at 3 p.m. today will continue coordination efforts, Moneta said. The gathering is open to any student interested in helping with relief efforts. Elaine Madison, associate director for programs at the Center for Civic Engagement, said she expects students to donate a large sum to help with relief efforts. “Duke students and faculty are very generous and very fast at raising funds and responding to natural disasters,” Madison said. “The infrastructure for making that easy and effective is currently being constructed.” She noted that although there are currently no plans for Duke students to volunteer on the ground in Haiti, Dukies will have opportunities to do more than donate money. Next Wednesday’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Million Meals Service Event has been modified in light of the recent tragedy. The 50,000 meals expected to be packed by representatives from Duke, North Carolina Central University, Southern High School and the Durham Rotary Club will go to aid relief efforts in Haiti, Madison said. The earthquake has taken a particularly emotional toll on the University’s small but close-knit Haitian community, many of whom still have strong ties to the Caribbean nation. Last Thursday, senior Isabelle Figaro left Haiti on one of her frequent trips back to her parents’ native country, barely missing the wrath of the most forceful earthquake to hit the region in at least 200 years, according to the United States Geological Survey. When she heard of the disaster, Figaro said her first response was shock, then tears. “It was the same for me,” said senior Fernande Legros, who serves as co-president of the Haitian Students Association alongside Figaro. “I was in disbelief and when my mom called me, I didn’t want to believe it.” The past two days for Figaro and Legros have been a whirlwind of back-to-back meetings with administrators, tears, little sleep and constant glimpses at their Facebook pages to be in touch with family and friends in Haiti. Internet access is more reliable than phone access throughout the country, Figaro said. Although members of the Haitian community are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the University and the country as a whole, they hope the commitment to rebuilding the country is long-term. “I hope that this support is sustained past this week,” Figaro said. “When CNN moves on to something else, that we’re still able to continue on with our goals with the same enthusiasm we had when we started.” Several members of the Duke community who are not Haitian have been investing time and talent in the country for many years. For 10 years, Miriam Sauls, director of theater and communication for theater studies, has been traveling to Haiti on vacation at least once a year. On her most recent trip last summer, Sauls taught memoir writing alongside Jay O’Berski, a theater studies lecturing fellow who helped the Saint Joseph’s Home for Boys turn their memoirs into on-stage productions in Petionville, a district adjacent to Port-au-Prince. She, too, has spent the few days since the earthquake in desolation. “I first went on a church mission trip because I wanted to do some hands-on work in a country that needed work,” Sauls said. “I soon realized that more was given to me by the Haitian people than I could give to them. They inspire me.” Sauls and O’Berski were accompanied on their trip by Divinity School Chaplain Sally Bates and Beverly Meek, Duke’s arts outreach and communications assistant. Meek, who had never been to Haiti before, said she was inspired to visit the country after she opened up her home to three Haitian boys for an exchange program. “I met someone from there and I wanted to know more about where they came from,” Meek said. “There is so little there for most of the people yet the place and the people were remarkable at the same time.... It’s hard living, but the people do live.” Several people agreed that Haiti was a nation of resilient people that can rise to the challenges this natural disaster will bring. “I have no doubt in my mind that if any people can overcome this disaster, the Haitian people can,” Figaro said. “Haiti has been defined by the strength of its people and getting over disaster.”

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MIAMI — Despite enjoying warm weather in Miami, Duke was forced to overcome a frigid shooting spell to eke out a victory over the Hurricanes. The No. 7 Blue Devils (15-2, 3-0 in the ACC) extended their win streak to eight by sending Miami (13-3, 1-1) to its first loss in four games. Fresh off of earning their first top-25 ranking since 2004 after an upset of then-No. 13 Florida State, the No. 25 Hurricanes stormed out of the gate, outmuscling and outhustling the 69 DUKE Blue Devils. Sophomores Riquna MIAMI 62 Williams and Shenise Johnson— the top two scorers for the nation’s ninth-ranked scoring offense—average over half of their team’s points per game, and tallied 12 of Miami’s first 20 points en route to an early nine-point lead. However, Duke’s 3-2 zone defense soon converged strongly on the two, and Williams was forced to settle for 10 points on 4-of-23 shooting on the night, while Johnson managed a modest 19 on a 7-for-17 effort. “We’ve got two of the best scorers in the conference on our team, and that defines us,” Hurricane head coach Katie Meier said. “Duke did a great job of keeping us from scoring.” Down low, though, the Blue Devils seemed uncomfortable with Miami’s ultra-physical style of play early in the game, and forced up many off-balance shots despite having solid post positioning. Ultimately, Duke’s leading scorers Joy Cheek and Jasmine Thomas never found their comfort zones, together putting up a meager 24 points on 7-of-36 shooting from the field. In what came down to a rough-and-tumble contest between both teams’ role players, Duke’s skilled inside scorers See w. bball on page 15

With a 17-3 doubles record in the fall season, junior Reid Carleton and freshman Henrique Cuhna lead No. 19 Duke as the Blue Devils look forward to starting regular season play. And yet, as the team prepares for its own Duke Invitational exhibition tournament this weekend, it does so without the help of its two strongest players. Due to a win in the ITA Carolina Regional Championship and a run to the national doubles championship match, Carleton and Cuhna played more fall season matches than any of their teammates. As the NCAA limits players to 25 total contests prior to the official start of the spring season, Carleton and Cuhna will not compete in their home tournament against East Tennessee State, Elon and North Carolina this weekend. The players go into the season ranked No. 8 nationally in doubles. After the Blue Devils struggled significantly last season in winning the all-important doubles point, head coach Ramsey Smith is glad to see that this newly formed team was able to learn to work together so quickly. Although Cuhna joined the Blue Devils after growing up and playing in Jau, Brazil, the language barrier isn’t affecting the partners while they’re out on the court. “Tennis is a universal language and they get along great playing doubles,” Smith said. “They had an unbelievable fall and they have being doing great as a team. One of the problems last season was that we didn’t have a legitimate No. 1 doubles team so that put a lot of pressure on No. 2 and No. 3, but with Cuhna and Carleton really establishing themselves as No. 1 and everyone playing well and playing a lot over break, I’m excited to see everyone play.” Smith decided to use the absence of his dynamic duo this weekend as an opportunity to do some new things with his lineup.

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Head coach Ramsey Smith (right) will be without his No. 1 player, Henrique Cunha (left), at this weekend’s Duke Invitational. “Unfortunately, they are sitting out,” Smith said. “I think it’s actually a good thing because it will give some of our other guys a chance to play a little higher and get some opportunities against top players.” See m. tennis on page 15

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Demon Deacon forward Al-Farouq Aminu’s touch around the basket could give Duke’s post players trouble.

When Duke entered halftime up only three points against Boston College Wednesday night, a worried apprehension quietly spread through Cameron Indoor Stadium. In the No. 8 Blue Devils’ locker room, though, the team’s leaders made sure that Duke (14-2, 2-1 in the ACC) didn’t lose its second consecutive conference game. “[At the break] it was really the team doing a lot of speaking. And being 1-1 in conference, there was no way our veterans were going to let us go 1-2,” junior Nolan Smith said. “Yeah, [individuals within the team were vocal],” junior Kyle Sinlger said. “We have great leadership and great experience on the team. Coach [Mike Krzyzewski] didn’t say much.” The Blue Devils came out for the second half as an entirely different team, specifically on the defensive end, as the

Eagles managed to score just 24 points after intermission. “It started with our defense. It set the tone,” sophomore Miles Plumlee said. “We got a lot of momentum going. We just came out with more energy on defense.” Duke will need that defense when it hosts Wake Forest Sunday at 8 p.m. The Demon Deacons (11-4, 2-1) are coming off a strong overtime victory against Maryland for their second conference win and are led by sophomore Al-Farouq Aminu, who is averaging 17.3 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. Aminu dominated the contest against the Terrapins, scoring 24 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. But in Wake Forest’s lone conference loss at Miami, Aminu made just 3-of-12 shots and scored a season-low nine points. Containing the big man will be crucial for See WAKE on page 14

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WAKE from page 13 the Blue Devils to secure their third conference win. “It’s another ACC game and it’s going to be a tough opponent,” Smith said. “[We have to] go back to practicing hard and playing the same [way] we played [against Boston College].” At the point guard position, Wake Forest is led by senior Ishmael Smith, who is averaging 13 points and six assists per game. In his first trip to Cameron in 2007,

Smith entered the game leading the ACC in assists. But the thenfreshman was held without an assist while committing eight turnovers in a Duke win, and the Blue Devils hope to force a repeat performance from the guard. Duke will have to protect its basket Sunday as Wake Forest is averaging more than 77 points per game and is shooting better than 45 percent from the field. Anything less than a stellar defensive effort will be unacceptable to the veteran leaders that have kept this team focused all season.

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Nolan Smith could be asked to guard Wake Forest’s shifty point guard, Ishmael Smith.

Cutcliffe from page 1 that he did not know if Cutcliffe planned to travel to Tennessee in the coming days for direct negotiations. Director of Athletics Kevin White told The Chronicle that he and Cutcliffe spoke Thursday, but declined to elaborate on the nature of that conversation. Contrary to Internet rumors, no team meeting has been held to inform the players of Cutcliffe’s decision to remain at Duke or leave for Tennessee, according to four members of the Blue Devil football team who requested anonymity. “The guys are worried about it,” one member of the squad told The Chronicle. “We read ESPN, too. We love Coach Cut— he’s the reason why guys even thought about coming here.” Earlier in the day, several media outlets, both in Tennessee and North Carolina, reported that Cutcliffe had in fact accepted the Volunteers’ head coaching job. But most of those outlets later retracted their reports and updated their websites to reflect the uncertainty surrounding Cutcliffe’s possible departure. Chase declined to comment on whether Cutcliffe is interested in the Volunteer head coaching position, but Duke’s head coach has been associated with Tennesee for close to three decades. Cutcliffe was an assistant coach at Tennesee between 1982 and 1998, and again in

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In two seasons, David Cutcliffe has compiled a 9-15 record as Duke’s head coach. 2006 and 2007. He served as the head coach at Ole Miss in between those two stints with the Volunteers, giving him plenty of experience coaching and recruiting in the SEC. Cutcliffe’s departure would be a significant blow to the Duke Football program, which has improved its regional and national standing in the last two seasons. After going 1-23 in previous head coach Ted Roof’s final two years, Cutcliffe has won nine games and made the Blue Devils com-

petitive in the ACC for the first time in a decade. Beyond the win totals, Cutcliffe has given Duke Football a presence on campus, and his players have built a strong connection to him, even though many were recruited by Roof. “Cut is like a father to me— he’s a father to all of us,” a member of the football team wrote in a text message. “Love is an understatement.” Ben Cohen contributed reporting to this story.

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willed the Blue Devils to victory. Junior Krystal Thomas led the way with 15 points and 12 boards, her third double-double of the season and second in the last four games. “I loved the rebounding battle,” head coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “Krystal was just money, tremendous game.” The Blue Devils also saw strong contributions from forwards Karima Christmas and Bridgette Mitchell, who scored 12 and 10 points, respectively. Duke warmed up in the early goings of the second period and gained a fivepoint lead and all the momentum behind a Shay Selby 3-pointer with 16 minutes remaining. The Blue Devils would never relinquish the lead though the Hurricanes

Sophomore Luke Marchese is looking forward to this weekend’s matches and the challenge of playing in a higher spot than usual. Marchese posted a Duke freshman record with nine ACC wins last season, tying for the most ever during league play by a Duke player, and he knows that he is capable of playing even better tennis. “I’m going to be playing a lot of doubles this year even though I didn’t play a lot last year,” Marchese said. “I’m hoping to play pretty high up in the singles lineup because I feel like I proved myself last year.” Although the upcoming matches won’t count as dual matches or toward the team record, Marchese said the Blue Devils take the matches just as seriously. “We’re ready to get into it early,” Marchese said. “It’s the first weekend back and it’s good to get a little jump on it. Hopefully we can get some momentum going for the season because it picks up quick…. We treat it like it’s war.” The Duke Invitational will begin Saturday at noon against Elon, and will continue into Sunday when the Blue Devils face East Tennessee State at 10 a.m. In Duke’s final match of the tournament, the Blue Devils host North Carolina Monday at 2 p.m. All matches will be held in the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center. The Blue Devils play their first regular season match Jan. 23, when they face Elon again, this time in a match that counts in the standings.

“Krystal [Thomas] was just money.” — Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie

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Junior Krystal Thomas’s double-double helped Duke overcome Jasmine Thomas’s poor shooting night.

managed to enter the bonus with over 11 minutes left in the game, as the referees balanced out a lightly-officiated first half by calling a whopping 22 fouls in the second. Nevertheless, stiff defense kept Miami off the line for much of the period,

much to Meier’s chagrin. “I just wish we would have gotten to the line more, because we were making enough field goals to beat them,” Meier said. “We’ve got to get tougher.” Despite a late, final charge by Miami that cut the lead to three with under a min-

ute remaining, near-perfect foul shooting down the stretch helped the Blue Devils escape with a win. “At the end of the season, it’s not about 20-30 point victories,” McCallie said. “It’s about digging out and sticking together as a team.”

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A taxing ordeal in the Steel City When Pittsburgh Mayor would decrease Pittsburgh’s Luke Ravenstahl found his budget gap by several million city facing a budget short- dollars. fall and needing about $15 Although it never bemillion to pay city employ- came a reality, the proposed ees’ pensions, he thought tuition tax raised several imof a quick-fix portant questo pull the tions about editorial government the appropriout of the red: a tuition tax. ate relationship between loThis Fair Share Tax, as it was cal government and its resicalled, would have levied a dent institutions of higher 1 percent tax on the tuition education. What became paid by students attending clear from the ordeal is that college in Pittsburgh. government agents would The plan, however, was do well to cooperate with quickly squashed last month universities, rather than by a coalition of the city’s bully them. 11 colleges and universities, Practically speaking, Raincluding the University of venstahl’s proposal was shortPittsburgh and Carnegie Mel- sighted. It is true that students lon University. Instead of the living on a college campus do tax, these institutions offered place an added burden on to increase their voluntary government-provided services payments to the city, which in a given municipality. But in


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ed, would also have strained town-gown relations and prevented effective partnerships between the City of Pittsburgh and its colleges and universities. More importantly, though, the defeated tuition tax was problematic on a philosophical level too. First, this proposal disregarded universities’ non-profit status and unfairly singled out these institutions for taxation. Colleges are often easy targets for government intervention because many of their constituents—young students— do not vote. But in this case, political ease is not a valid excuse to place an additional financial burden on select non-profits. Second, enacting a meddlesome tuition tax sets a

dangerous precedent of mingling politics with a public good as important as higher education. American colleges and universities thrive because of their autonomy, and taking away from this freedom by increasing state intervention would likely detract from the quality of university life and work. Talk of a tuition tax quickly petered out in Pittsburgh, but the lesson learned there still remains. College towns and their resident universities can and should have a mutually beneficial relationship. But using tax threats to score political points and boost a struggling city’s coffers only works against the worthy aim of cooperation between town and gown.

The NFL Blitz Conundrum

iven the choice, would you rather have god by mashing buttons on a controller, thereby your life consist of an abundance of hy- creating the façade of a strategy-based game. Winper-important, fate-riddled moments or ning can be conveniently attributed to skill and long periods of anticlimactic but ultimately real- losing to a fluky turn of events. Again, this expeity-bound existence? This choice rience is strictly preferable to a nois better known in some circles as nonsense best-man-wins contest, The NFL Blitz Conundrum. wherein the loser would assume full Midway’s late ’90s video game accountability for his loss. franchise offers players two sets of Did the inventor of Blitz conrules that govern NFL game play: struct the game with these ideas in arcade and tournament mode. mind? I e-mailed NBA Jam and NFL These contrasting modes roughly Blitz creator Mark Turmell for his parallel the choices presented by thoughts on arcade and tournament ben brostoff the afore-stated existential quanmode. He noted that experienced bro’s stuff dary. users enjoyed testing the limits of Choose arcade, the game’s dethe CPU god that can transform the fault option, and the CPU does its best impression passing accuracy of ’99 Kordell Stewart into that of Tim Donaghy in the 2002 Lakers-Kings series by of ’09 Peyton Manning. Turmell remembered: giving the inferior team every feasible advantage “A mini goal became trying to come back from a needed to tie or win the game. If the ’97 Patriots large deficit, get within one possession and score are down 27-10 to the Cowboys, Drew Bledsoe sud- on the final drive to win. Others would simply try denly becomes a cross between Drew Brees and to see how large a margin that [they] could win by, Chris Johnson and Troy Aikman morphs into Ja- even with the behind the scenes ‘catch up code.’” Marcus Russell. Even Blitz masters feel some meaningful affinity Enable tournament-mode, however, and it’s towards arcade mode (unless, Turmell acknowlas though you’ve meshed rudimentary graphics edged, money or bragging rights are on the line). with Reagan-era politics: the government (or, in The inception of arcade mode derived—rather our case, the CPU) is a complete non-factor in the appropriately—from Turmell’s knowledge of arcompetiveness of the game. Blitz’s default setting cade psychology. The master of the Blitz universe inevitably makes every game come down to the wrote, “The reason all of this came about is because final 15 seconds. The alternative mode, strangely in the arcade, where you’re asking for money to enabled by a cheat code, more or less results in continue into the next period, it becomes less enthe best player winning (albeit without the melo- ticing to add in more money when you are losing drama of physics-defying turnovers and inexplica- by more than a touchdown. So we endeavored to bly blocked field goals). Playing Blitz isn’t exactly keep the games close to maximize buy-ins.” Turtwo roads diverged in a yellow wood, but it’s as mell knew where most people stood on The NFL close as you can get at 64-bit speed. Blitz Conundrum and accordingly devised a wildly Any avid Blitz player would tell you that most successful financial model. games are played under the game’s default gameSo, in a virtual reality, it seems the answer to play setting. This trend can in part be blamed on the NFL Blitz Conundrum is that people prefer a lack of appealing alternatives. Turn on tourna- non-stop excitement to self-aware realism. In realment mode and you might as well be watching a ity, this is obviously not the case, as there’s someweekend of football in which 75 percent of the thing to be said for knowing where one stands. games are duds: under this setting, the game Most people deal with the fact that they’re not and bears a depressing resemblance to reality. On the never will be the best at anything, however uncomcontrary, Blitz in its purest form escapes every ra- fortable this admission may be. The rest lead lives tional person’s conventions about reality: in the of self-delusion or go into finance (not coincidenBlitz universe, equilibrium is not some tendency tally, a psychological study several years ago found toward entropy and the balancing of energy and a group of traders at an investment bank believed matter, but rather a sort of profound epicness that they were controlling the random movements has no regard for pass interference. Blitz, as it was of a line by pressing buttons. It is highly possibly meant to be played, is never mundane. NFL Blitz was the impetus for this study). In this Furthering the allure of arcade-style Blitz is respect, Blitz at best is only a rough psychological that it’s self-esteem friendly. Essentially, a typical profile of humankind. 30-minute session of NFL Blitz consists of two people with more or less equal skill passing back and Ben Brostoff is a Trinity sophomore. His column runs forth the influence of some unruly and illogical every Friday.

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n a grainy YouTube video, a chaotic scene unThis movement is important because it has sucfolds. Police in riot gear stand opposite a group ceeded where others have failed. It has reached of shouting students, separated by heavy metal precisely those students that society has convinced barricades. Soon, the cops begin to see politics as irrelevant, and encharging into the students, batons couraged them, demanded them, raised menacingly, forcing them to risk their educations and even backward. their bodies for their fellow stuThe students push back, and the dents and for the broader principle cops respond with force, violently of accessible, dare we say free, eduswinging their batons at anyone cation for all. within range. The fight rages back But it is also important for the and forth. michael stauch way it shows how quickly we learn Slowly, the students’ shouting re- spread the embers and adapt when involved in pracsolves itself into rhythmic chanting: tical political struggle. Why have “Shame on you!” they chant at the students gathered around Wheelcops, “Shame on you!” er Hall? They are there to prevent a police riot What is happening here? Where have these stu- against the occupiers. They are there to guarandents come from? What’s behind their willingness tee that the students occupying Wheeler don’t to defy the police and so many of our society’s tra- face harsh legal charges. In the heat of struggle, ditional strictures and mores? students asked where the cops might carry out arThe video is called “UC Berkeley Budget Pro- rested students, and volunteered to block those test. The Wheeler Frontlines,” and in the back- exits physically to ensure the safety and freedom ground stands Wheeler Hall, at the heart of the of their peers. We can learn much from these couUniversity of California, Berkeley. The previous rageous actions. day, Nov. 19, 2009, around 40 protesters occupied The cops, on the other hand, were there to Wheeler to protest fee increases in the UC system, contain those students inside Wheeler. More pracissuing a series of demands. These students have tically, they were there to cut off the occupiers been called “whiny spoiled brats” and accused of from the sympathetic students outside. By cutting parasitically living off the taxes of hard-working off this access, the cops—and the administration, Californians. But their demands, and the response let’s not forget, that pays their bills and calls their from the broader student body, tell a very differ- shots—sought to starve the occupiers out, to force ent story. them, through exhaustion and starvation, to conIn addition to demanding amnesty for them- cede where principle held fast. selves and other students involved in the moveThe sad irony of this situation is that the stument against budget cuts, they demanded that 38 dents inside Wheeler and those amassed outside recently fired janitors be reinstated. This suggests showing their solidarity were fighting to secure a not the actions of a bunch of “whiny spoiled brats” cheap and accessible education for the students of but rather students seeking in their own way to precisely those cops so eager to bash their heads make concrete links with the struggles of working in. They were fighting not to retain their own privpeople facing harsh austerity measures today. ileges, but to extend those privileges—namely a What is perhaps even more significant about good education—to all people. these recent events is the support they received These lessons are deeply important to all of us from broad swathes of students throughout the at Duke University. We have conceded two great UC system. Some might denigrate the occupiers as assets to our community in the firing of Juanita so many bandana-wearing anarchists cut off from Johnson and Julian Sanchez. What’s more, we have the student body, but footage and online photos done so with hardly a fight, accepting the first PR tell a different story. statement we heard from the administration. We There we see students wearing Berkeley sweat- are capable of more than this. In a time of ramshirts and jeans, themselves the sons and daugh- pant cynicism, where so many are so convinced of ters of hard-working Californians, being dragged their own powerlessness, students just like you and away and arrested by police. Many commentators me in California have shown us the way. ignore this dynamic, and it is precisely because A new society struggles to break free all around they ignore it that we should pay so much atten- us. We must have the vision to recognize it when we tion to it. It means that the movement at Berkeley see it, and the courage to fight to make it a reality. and elsewhere has broken through the boundaries that confine this kind of radicalism to lit deMichael Stauch is a second-year Ph.D. candidate in partments and the lofty seminars of grad school. history. His column runs every other Friday.

Cheap healthy good


s we have been constantly reminded in recent weeks, we are at the end of a decade that has left a sense of doubt lingering in all of us. Our own vulnerability never fails to astound us after the realization of each new threat— whether it’s from the people left off no-fly lists, the hydrogenated oils still lurking in “trans-fat free” foods or the latest round of job cuts. We are at the intersection of a cultural moment of crisis and the usual annual drive toward self-improvement that are both pushing us to reeliza french structure our lifestyles. Our country je ne sais quoi is imperfect, our culture is imperfect, but the worst implication of all—we are imperfect. So we’re striving for critical shifts in behavior patterns—to improve our quality of life while coming to terms with our limited bank accounts. Like any recent cultural phenomenon, there is a spate of personal blogs to document it. One in particular succinctly encapsulates what we all need to characterize our new lifestyles: “Cheap Healthy Good.” It offers lists like “10 Easy, Inexpensive Steps to Healthier Recipes” and budget and calorie breakdowns for every posted recipe. It seems like the inevitable offshoot of a society now focused on the bottom line. Our problems—from obesity to security, from healthcare to the economy—have been exposed in the starkest light, and they are too glaring to ignore. We want so badly to be “good” again and to recapture the sense of safety we once had that we are collectively atoning for the unknown sins that have landed us in this hellish spot. In some ways, we’re scrambling to get back to the last time there was a garden at the White House—a victory garden—when most Americans believed our country had the unequivocal moral high ground and people could enjoy a steak dinner without any thought of cholesterol or simple carbohydrates. For once, the resurgence of “retro” tendencies isn’t merely a fashion trend or a hipster affectation. People are re-mastering the lost art of stretching a dollar out of a renewed necessity to make do and muddle through. Although it would be impossible for any of us as Duke students to deny the current unhappy state of our nation, it would be equally impossible to claim that it trumps class schedules or social calendars as our top concerns of the new semester. After all, most of us see campus life as a welcome respite from reality, and rightly so. On campus, you can avoid the increasingly scary world of dollars and cents and instead conduct your financial transactions in FLEX and food points. The real estate bubble in your neighborhood back home may have burst long ago, but prime real estate on Duke’s campus will always be Main West Quad. If prominent displays of status are no longer acceptable among the country’s most politically and economically powerful, at least the familiar games of social leverage are still at play on campus. At the same time, what Chronicle editors have dubbed Duke’s story of the decade, “Making a smaller Duke,” is essentially the story of the decade all across America. We’re downsizing, cutting costs and re-thinking our priorities as much as any institution in the country. Sometimes, this translates into real sacrifices: staff cuts, construction delays, loss of facilities like the student pharmacy and the compromise of student groups like the International House and the Multicultural Center. In other cases, this means smaller adjustments for each of us. Your sorority or fraternity might reduce the budget for events. You and your friends might forego those $15 lunches at the Refectory and make better use of your Central Campus kitchen. While we worried about applying to college, meeting our roommates and passing our exams, everything around us changed. Even if the events of the decade haven’t necessitated an immediate change in your day-to-day life, you will be obligated to do a certain amount of self-improvement and re-evaluation just to navigate this new landscape. Living more simply now marks our progress and frugality is once again a virtue. Our essential ideas of success and failure, excess and necessity are shifting and we need to adjust according to where they fall into place. In reality, our shared efforts to be cheaper, healthier and better are in vain. We can’t reverse the damage we have done or the mistakes we have made. According to the constraints of time, we are forced to move forward even if we would prefer to go running back to more light-hearted times. We are transitioning into the new decade with a compromise. We have traded in getting ahead for getting by, but we still have time to determine whether we lose anything in the exchange. Eliza French is a Trinity junior. Her column runs every other Friday.

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