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Plumlees power Duke in win by Dan Ahrens The chronicle

Before Sunday night, Miles Plumlee had yet to put it all together in one cohesive performance. Countless times he had finished plays with powerful dunks and wiped opponents’ shots out of the air with his long arms. But while Plumlee dominated certain possessions, he had never taken complete control of a game. That is, until Sunday against Wake Forest (12-4, 2-2 in the ACC), when the sophomore forward registered career highs with 19 points and 14 rebounds in leading the No. 7 Blue Devils over the Demon Deacons, 90-70, in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The elder Plumlee’s breakout performance could not have come at a better time. Facing an extremely athletic Wake Forest front line in a brutally physical game that featured 47 fouls, Duke (15-2, 3-1) needed inspired inside play to carry them. “When [Miles] plays like that, it energizes everybody,” said Mason Plumlee, Miles’s younger brother and fellow forward. “Any time he’s hitting shots and dunking on people, he’s fun to play with.” Miles Plumlee wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. The sophomore threw down an alley-oop from Scheyer 41 seconds into the game and finished the first half with 13 points and 11 boards. Mason Plumlee made See M. BbAll on page 10

Three football players face gun charges Aycock evacuated as gunshots fired on East Team dismisses Drew, Griswould and Putnam by Lindsey Rupp The chronicle

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Duke’s Miles Plumlee (left) and Wake Forest’s Al-Farouq Aminu (right), the key figures of Sunday’s contest between the two ACC rivals, battle for a loose ball during the Blue Devils’ 90-70 win in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Three football players were arrested Sunday after police said they fired several shots from a handgun on East Campus. Freshmen John Drew, Kyle Griswould and Brandon Putnam were charged with felonious possession and discharge of a weapon on educational property. All three have been dismissed from the team and are barred from campus until the charges are resolved. The three were held in jail Sunday, each on $40,000 secured bond, said Chief John Dailey of the Duke University Police Department. According to jail records, the three have since been released. A fourth suspect, who is not a student, is still under investigation and police have See felony on page 15

Huerta stresses economic equality Cutcliffe Latina labor leader and activist recalls King’s message turns down Tennessee by Maggie Love The chronicle

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As a part of Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, students and Duke community members participate in a march to the Chapel Monday before a candlelight vigil remembering victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti.

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It is well known that Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream. But Ariel Dorfman thinks grapes have dreams too. At the University’s 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration—“Where Do We Go From Here? Overcoming Inequity and Building Community”—in the Chapel Sunday, Dorfman, Walter Hines Page research professor of literature and Latin American studies, discussed keynote speaker DoHuerta’s leadership alongside >> ON THE WEB << lores Cesar Chavez in the successful 1960s Check out a slideshow video Delano grape strike. from the MLK weekend at Huerta, Dorfman said, had helped make the dreams of the farm workers who picked those grapes come true by demanding higher wages for the workers. Today, Huerta is president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, an organization that helps people start grassroots groups. “[Grapes] do not want their sweetness sullied by knowing that the hands that pick them are not free,” Dorfman said while introducing Huerta.

The David Cutcliffe Era will extend into at least a third season after Duke’s head coach rejected overtures from the University of Tennessee near the end of last week and decided to remain with the Blue Devils. “After much thought and consideration, Karen and I reached the decision that Duke is the place for our family,” Cutcliffe said in a statement. “We have both family members and lifetime friends in the Knoxville community and share a deep respect for the University of Tennessee. Our ties to the school and the eastern Tennessee area are obvious. But before Tennessee’s hiring process comes to a conclusion, I know that Duke University is where we want to coach.” The Volunteers have since hired former Louisiana Tech head coach Derek Dooley to fill the vacancy in Knoxville.

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by Gabe Starosta The chronicle


“Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Stanford... all have very nice medical spaces. It’s something we desperately need.”

­—Vice Dean Edward Buckley on the new medical school building. See Q&A page 4

See where RGAC placed each living group, Page 3

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Five killed by suicide attackers in Afghan capital

US works to prevent a GAO urges budget changes Hatian refugee crisis WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Government Accountability Office has recommended that the U.S. government establish a central national security budget and then set aside money by responsibilities, breaking with the current arrangement of letting departments and agencies decide how best to arrange their budgets. That setup has created “a patchwork of activities that waste scarce funds and limit the overall effectiveness of federal efforts,” said Gene Dodaro, the GAO’s director and acting U.S. comptroller general. “Different organizational structures, planning processes and funding sources to plan for and conduct their national security activities...can hinder interagency collaboration,” Dodaro said, with the result being “budget requests and congressional appropriations that tend to reflect individual agency concerns.”

Think for yourself. No one else is qualified. — Frank Vizarre

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As a massive international relief effort lurches into gear, U.S. officials are stepping up measures to prevent last week’s earthquake in Haiti from triggering a Caribbean migration not seen in nearly two decades. Experts see no signs for now of a seaborne exodus, although history shows that such events are difficult to predict. That said, South Florida counties have readied contingency plans, immigration authorities have cleared space in a 600-bed detention center in Miami and President Barack Obama’s administration officials have begun discouraging Haitians from attempting the hazardous 600-mile sea crossing to Florida. “Please, if any Haitians are watching, there may be an impulse to leave the island and to come here,”Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Saturday at Homestead Air Reserve Base in Homestead, Florida.

TODAY IN HISTORY 1840: Antarctica is discovered.

KABUL — A small but determined squad of at least seven suicide attackers laid siege to the very heart of the Afghan capital Monday morning, detonating explosives, hurling grenades and engaging in a fierce four-hour gun battle with security forces in one of the most brazen insurgent assaults on Kabul in at least a year. The attack left two civilians and three members of the Afghan security forces dead, and 71 people wounded, 35 of them civilians, senior Afghan security officials said at an evening news conference. The officials said most of the injuries were caused by grenades. They said seven attackers were involved, and all died in the assault. A six-story shopping center was gutted by fire during the siege, and one suicide attacker drove an ambulance to a busy traffic circle near the education

ministry, detonating a blast that blew some of the windows out of the ministry and left a large crater in the road. A spokesperson for the Taliban, in e-mail messages to news outlets, claimed responsibility for the assault, saying government ministries, the central bank and the presidential palace were among the targets. The attack began at 9:50 a.m. when the first attacker blew himself up at a traffic circle near the entrance to Afghanistan’s central bank and close to the south gate of the heavily fortified presidential palace, where President Hamid Karzai was preparing to swear in 14 parliamentaryconfirmed members of his cabinet. About five minutes after that explosion, witnesses described how a band of three more attackers stormed into the shopping complex directly across a narrow street from the Justice Ministry.

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Japan Airlines Corporation is expected to file for one of Japan’s largest ever bankruptcies Tuesday. JAL will continue operating under a state-backed restructuring plan as it tries to free itself from about $16 billion of debt by discontinuing unprofitable routes and cutting its workforce by one third. During the past year JAL’s stock has plunged from a peak of 200 yen in Jan. 2009 to close at five yen Monday.

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DUSDAC members review a draft of the menu for the new Central Campus eatery during the group’s meeting Monday night. DUSDAC co-Chair Jason Taylor said the restaurant is a cross between the Great Hall and Faculty Commons.


Students oppose direct choice, seek alternatives by Sanette Tanaka The chronicle

The Duke University Student Dining Advisory Committee announced at its meeting Monday that it will not support the University’s “directed choice” dining proposal and urged administrators to consider alternatives. The proposal, announced last month, requires students to spend 500 to 700 of their food points at non-contracted venues serviced by Bon Appétit Management Company,

such as Marketplace and The Great Hall. DUSDAC maintained that the proposal did little to solve the long-term cost issues in the Duke Dining system. “The most important thing, as we’re waiting for administrators to deliver that final plan for our feedback, is that we continue to advocate for the student body’s wallets and taste buds,” said junior Alex Klein, DUSDAC co-chair and The Chronicle’s online ediSee DUSDAC on page 4


Music at Duke There are still openings in the following classes for Spring 2010 Music 49S: From Opera to Film (ALP) TuTh 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM, Jacqueline Waeber

How opera, and other forms of musical theater, have influenced the cinematographic aesthetic and made their ways into films, from La Traviata to Moulin Rouge.

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In May 2009, the Board of Trustees approved plans for the School of Medicine to construct a new Learning Center at the center of Duke’s medical campus. The Learning Center will be the first large-scale medical education building constructed at Duke since the Davison building in 1930. The facility will allow medical students to engage in the latest hands-on training and medical education techniques, which tend to emphasize simulated exercises more so than working on actual patients. The Duke Endowment pledged $35 million to fund the facility in April 2008, and the medical school hopes Edward Buckley to raise an additional $15 million through a capital campaign it began last Fall. Dr. Edward Buckley, vice dean for medical education, spoke with The Chronicle’s Alejandro Bolívar about plans for the new facility and how it will improve medical education and training at Duke. The Chronicle: What is the purpose of the building? Edward Buckley: The building is still in planning stages but it’s coming along. Unlike an office building or a lab building, it’s meeting a lot of different needs for a lot of different people. It’s an education space, serving student life [and an] advisory function for students and staff, office space, [and there will be] one whole floor for simulation and patient encounter. A lot of different groups have a stake in what the building looks like. The planning stage is dealing with all this.

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TC: Give us an overview. EB: Medical curriculum will be movEB: It is scheduled to have five floors. ing toward team-based learning, as opThe first floor will have a large multi-use posed to lecture-based. You may have a media room that can be broken down physician overseeing your care, but you’ll like a hotel ballroom. When we do our have others involved. We need to train inter-professional functions, we’ll have individuals both as a leader of a team a facility that will allow us to do this; we and as a member of the team. It’s a very do not have dynamic, very enplaces for gaging type of eduthis now. cational activity. We “If you look at the top ten The second don’t really have a story will medical schools in the coun- facility that allows us house major try, we are the only one that to do it. The [Duke lecture hall University-National areas. The doesn’t have a significant up- University of Sinthird floor is gapore Graduate to-date medical building.” to have trainMedical School] is ing labs and — Edward Buckley, already using this. small group TC: How does vice dean for medical education the building’s conrooms. The fourth floor struction position will have the Duke’s School of student life area and advisory folks to Medicine in relation to other medical have synergy between students and sup- schools of the same caliber? port staff. The fifth floor is simulation EB: It put us back in the race. If you and patient interaction. look at the top ten medical schools in the TC: Where will the building be lo- country, we are the only one that doesn’t cated? have a significant up-to-date medical EB: Next to the [medical] school li- building. Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Stanbrary at the absolute epicenter for where ford and [Washington University in St. the medical school will be 10 years from Louis] all have very nice medical spaces. now, right smack in the center of the ac- It’s something we desperately need. The tion, just like the Davison building was Duke Endowment recognized this need. when the medical school was founded. TC: Has the recession impacted the The building will be contiguous with the project in any way? library, which we anticipate utilizing as EB: The $35 million pledge from the part of the student program with study Endowment is still in place, though it is space and access to materials. not going to cover the entire cost. I am not TC: How does this new project reflect sure how much [this building] is going to changes in medical education? cost, probably between $40 to $50 million.

tor. “Students will not accept a fate of directed choice, nor any other plan that seeks to treat vendors differently from one another.” Last month, Duke Student Government President Awa Nur criticized the directed choice program proposal. DUSDAC also introduced a draft of the menu for the new Central Campus eatery, which will be located in the space previously held by Uncle Harry’s General Store. This venue will be serviced by Bon Appétit Management Company. The menu features a variety of breakfast dishes, soups, sandwiches, burgers and pizzas, as well as late-night selections available until midnight during the week and 2 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. “My understanding is that [the restaurant] will be a cross between the Great Hall and the Faculty Commons,” said DUSDAC co-Chair Jason Taylor, a senior. “I think it’ll be a fun destination that we’ll all be curious to check out. After the novelty wears off, I think Central Campus students will use it much more. It provides good balance for Central.” The eatery is on schedule to open next month, administrators have previously said. In other business: DUSDAC plans to suggest changes to the Merchants on Points program, but plans to do further research until discussing with administrators. The committee will evaluate which vendors should be subject to cuts and alterations, and hopes to give recommendations by the end of the academic year. The committee also discussed details about its Berry Tripping” event, which will be held in the Bryan Center next Thursday. Students will be able be able to sample food after their taste buds are altered by small red berries called miracle fruit.

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MLK weekend from page 1 Economic equality, central to Huerta’s work, was also integral in her speech. “[Martin Luther King, Jr.] knew that at the bottom of everything, we had to fight for economic justice,” Huerta said to the filled Chapel, adding that the way to redistribute wealth in the United States is through labor unions. Huerta noted that other issues America faces include “campaigns of terror” against immigrants and the persistence of racism. Education was another key point in Huerta’s speech. “If we do not have an educated citizenry, we will have mob rule, and we’re pretty close to that right now,” Huerta said, but adding that it is also important for youth to value “the people that work with their hands.” Ben Reese, vice president for institutional equity, said this is the first year a Latina woman has given the commemoration address. “This not only continues a history of presenting prominent social justice leaders, but the appearance of Dolores Huerta is an opportunity to further engage the Latino community in the community of Duke,” Reese said. The speech was generally well-received by the audience, though some thought the message had a liberal slant, specifically when she labeled talk show hosts Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck as evil. “I thought it was a tad bit political.... I wasn’t sure what her agenda was with that,” freshman Ritza Calixte said. “[But] I liked her speech. I thought it was very vibrant and educated.” Calvert Johnny, an audience member whose son danced in the processional and recessional for the event, enjoyed Huerta’s speech. “I think she was pretty profound yet simple,” Johnny said. “She was encouraging us to find our own ground, to think of ourselves as important people.” Huerta closed her speech with a call for greater political involvement in order to advance economic equality. “The only way we can honor Dr. King’s legacy is to continue doing the work,” Huerta said The audience responded with chants of “si se puede,” a Spanish phrase that Huerta and Chavez coined, meaning “yes we can.”

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Obama to seek more funds to boost schools by Michael Fletcher The Washington Post

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama is slated to visit a Virginia school Tuesday to announce plans to seek $1.35 billion in his next budget to expand his signature education initiative to improve schools. Obama plans to go to Graham Road Elementary School in Falls Church, which the White House calls a low-income but high-achieving school, to signal his intention to expand his Race to the Top program. The federal initiative uses the lure of grants to encourage school districts to raise standards, make better use of data to track student achievement, and take more forceful steps to intervene in failing schools. The $4.35 billion effort was enacted last year as part of the $787 billion economic stimulus plan, marking one of the largest federal expenditures ever on the nation’s public schools. Even though money from the first year of funding is just now moving toward being awarded to states, Obama administration officials credit it with prompting education policy changes in many parts of the country. States must compete for a slice of the federal money, and the first deadline for applications is Tuesday. But the promise of federal money has prodded 11 states to revamp their laws to allow for more charter schools, for new plans to remake failing schools, and to create more incentives to

attract better teachers. Also, 48 states and the District of Columbia have joined in an effort to develop a common core of rigorous educational standards to replace the current system in which states have wildly different benchmarks for what should be taught in school. “We want to challenge everyone—parents, teachers, school administrators— to raise standards, by having the best teachers and principals, by tying student achievement to assessments of teachers, by making sure there is a focus on lowperforming schools,” Obama said in a statement released by the White House on Monday. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the program has attracted applications from 30 states. By extending the initiative, he said, “we have an opportunity to create incentives for far-reaching improvement in our nation’s schools.” Under the planned expansion, school districts—not just states—would be eligible to compete for the increased federal aid. It remains to be seen what kind of reception Obama’s plan will receive in Congress and from states, which have the primary responsibility for financing and running the nation’s schools. While Race to the Top has piqued the interest of many states and school districts, others have turned their back on the prospect of new federal money, calling the reform agenda attached to it an intrusion on local educational prerogatives.

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Cutcliffe’s UCONN 81 message UConn showdown turns into blowout hits home


Women’s basketball

by Sabreena Merchant The chronicle

Head coach Joanne P. McCallie prefaced Monday night’s game against Connecticut by saying that the Huskies were the most unbeatable team ever. Forty minutes later, after the No. 7 Blue Devils had played about as well as they have all season, they still found themselves on the losing end of a 33-point rout, falling 81-48 at Cameron Indoor Stadium for their first home loss in 24 contests. Duke (15-3) has battled against six ranked teams this season and defeated three of them, including then-No. 3 Ohio State in December, but McCallie admitted that No. 1 Connecticut (18-0) was on a different level than the rest of the teams in the country. “They’re definitely on their own,” McCallie said. “Their efficiency is what makes them different.” That quality was most prominent on the offensive end. Connecticut was red-hot from the field, connecting on 53.6 percent of its shots, and benefited from crisp ball movement. The Huskies had 24 assists on 30 field goals and rarely forced up contested looks. Many of those open shots came from beyond the arc, and Connecticut shot a sizzling 13-of-25 on 3-pointers. It was difficult for the Blue Devils to key in on defense, as five Connecticut players scored in double figures and six players

had at least three assists. Preseason AllAmericans Maya Moore and Tina Charles had quiet games by their own lofty standards, but the Huskies’ backcourt carried the scoring load, led by Kalana Greene

with 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Guards Tiffany Hayes and Caroline Doty also chipped in 13 points apiece, making See uconn on page 14

Before walking into the Laurinburg (N.C.) Chamber of Commerce’s annual membership meeting Tuesday night, David Cutcliffe left his phone in his truck. The next time Duke’s head coach picked it up, he had about 80 text messages and 20 missed calls, and he was about to learn, in his words, “how many e-mails and texts a Ben BlackBerry can take at one time.” Lane Kiffin had just announced he was leaving Knoxville for the glitz of Los Angeles, of course, but Cutcliffe didn’t know that. “I said, ‘Holy smokes, World War III started, and everybody forgot to tell Scotland County,’” he told The Sporting News. These past few weeks—and more locally, last six days—have been about as close to a turf war as a college football coaching search can get. By Friday morning, about 60 hours after the blitz began, Duke Football, improbably and somewhat shockingly, escaped battle as a winner. That’s not something you hear every day. We’re also not used to seeing highlights of Duke’s football coach on loop on national television. ESPN’s star pundits aren’t accustomed to publicly


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Kalana Greene and Jasmine Thomas went back and forth Monday, but the Huskies won easily in the end.

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Women’s basketball

Effort not enough against composed Huskies by Lucas Nevola The chronicle

The Blue Devils had a sound game plan to limit the Connecticut offense: Mix up defenses, swarm on Husky forward Maya Moore and pound the glass. Duke accomplished all three of these goals, and it still lost by 33. That’s how most of this season has gone for Connecticut, who has not lost in its last 57 contests, winning all 57 by Game double digits. the first Analysis half,In the Blue Devils pressed the Huskies after most made baskets and seamlessly switched defenses from a trapping 3-2 zone to a pressure man-to-man. “I thought it was not a bad defensive effort in the first half overall,” head coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “We did some good things, but we didn’t carry those through.” Moore seemed off her game in the half, scoring only six points on two wide-open 3-pointers while avoiding most of the rough play inside. Duke’s defense forced eight Connecticut turnovers and used a packed house in Cameron Indoor Stadium in an attempt to rattle the Huskies. On one specific occasion, the Crazies tricked Connecticut center Tina

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Connecticut forward Maya Moore scored a quiet 20 points, most of them from the perimeter, to help kill any Duke hopes Monday. Charles into chucking a 30 foot 3-pointer while there were still five seconds left on the shot

clock. Charles’s shot was more like a fastball and smashed into the shot clock, ironically reveal-

ing that she had been fooled. Nevertheless, Connecticut took a double-digit lead into halftime

and ten minutes into the second half it was clear that the Huskies were simply too good. “They’re an excellent team,” McCallie said. “They do a lot of things well. Defensively they’re aggressive, of course, but they’re the best transition team I’ve seen in a long while. They could probably run with the pros transition-wise.” Duke could not be faulted for lack of effort as it fought hard on the boards and actually outrebounded Connecticut for the game. However, with all the action going on inside, the Huskies simply switched their attention to the 3-point line, hitting 13-for-25 on the night. Guard Tiffany Hayes hit three 3-pointers, including two from well beyond the men’s arc. Moore hit six 3-pointers, although a few of those came after the result of the game was no longer in doubt. Every time it seemed the momentum may have switched to the Blue Devils, Connecticut responded with a run of its own. Duke opened the second half with more pressure defense, and Jasmine Thomas stole the ball on the Huskies’ first possession. After her layup the Blue Devils only trailed by eight. But this was as close as they would get in the See wbb analysis on page 13

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m. bball from page 1

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Foward Mason Plumlee’s reverse dunk in the second half gave Duke an emotional boost in a 90-70 victory Sunday.

outstanding play a family affair, chipping in a few baskets himself, including a reverse slam in traffic off an offensive rebound. Wake Forest stayed with Duke blow-for-blow, however, hanging close thanks to great efforts by forward AlFarouq Aminu. The heralded sophomore converted several acrobatic plays, including a thunderous dunk to give the Demon Deacons a 34-30 lead late in the first half. “Those are statement plays,” Mason Plumlee said of all the above-the-rim action. “When you get that chance you have to take it.” Duke made a statement of its own at the end of the first half, as a Jon Scheyer three capped a 16-4 run and gave the Blue Devils an eight-point advantage at the break. That shot was a lone bright spot for Duke’s perimeter, as Scheyer, Kyle Singler, and Nolan Smith combined to shoot just 5-for-28 from the floor in the first 20 minutes. Cold shooting was not the only thing plaguing Duke’s offense. The Blue Devils found themselves in serious foul trouble, struggling to avoid whistles when crashing the glass and being called for fouls 13 times in all. “Coach [Mike Krzyzewski] said at halftime, ‘You guys in foul trouble, don’t play like you are [playing],’” Mason Plumlee said. “I think that’s why we came out so strong in the second half.” Despite Krzyzewksi’s advice, Duke let Wake Forest claw its way back into the game, tying the score at 55 on another Aminu dunk six minutes into the half. On the next possession, however, Singler shook off his struggles and hit the most important shot of the game, a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give the Blue Devils a three-point lead. Scheyer continued the trend on the next possession by making a layup through contact and tacking on the free throw. “I know the whole team has confidence in our shooters,” Scheyer said. “That’s why it’s easy for us to just keep shooting even if they’re not falling.” Thankfully for Duke, it appears

as though the Blue Devils have found a successful alternate option on offnights from the outside. The Blue Devils notched 46 points in the paint, and the Plumlees combined for 30 points and 21 rebounds. The brothers also dominated the game on defense, forcing a bevy of air balls when driving Demon Deacons were forced to adjust their shots. “The defense is the key for us,” Miles Plumlee said. “Our defense can be some of the best in the country. When we lock down and really put our minds to it, it pays off.” Duke showed how tough it can be on that end of the court in limiting Wake Forest to 15 points in the final 14 minutes of play. Singler also showed flashes of returning to his usual self, making several key shots down the stretch. The junior’s gutsy performance included hitting a free throw moments after injuring his wrist, a play that embodied the physical nature of the contest. “I don’t think that’s the way games are always played,” Krzyzewski said. “Certain games are just played at a higher level…. Tonight was the most hard fought game all year.” And thanks in large part to Miles Plumlee’s best performance as a Blue Devil, Duke was able to rise to the occasion.

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him, but here he got to the rim against Wake Forest.

Following what head coach Mike Krzyzewski would call the hardest fought game of his team’s season, senior Brian Zoubek sat in the locker room with both arms cut up, still stinging from his matchup down low against Wake Forest’s own 7-footer, Chas McFarland. As a result of foul trouble, the center played just nine minutes, but if you’d seen him you’d never have believed it. Forwards Lance Thomas, Miles Plumlee and Mason Plumlee recorded four fouls each in a game that never seemed to get into a rhythm, as contact led to whistle after whistle, especially in the first half. Ultimately, the Blue Devils’ Game success came from adapting to Analysis that style of play. Duke enjoyed an eight-point lead at the break not by shooting the ball particularly well—Singler, Scheyer and Smith went 5-for28 in the period—but rather by converting on free throws, pulling down more rebounds than their opponent and avoiding costly turnovers. Going into the game, both teams were 2-1 in the conference and desperately seeking a third win. Both teams—at least before the game—were well rested. Miles Plumlee started the game with an alleyoop courtesy of Jon Scheyer, came back down the court on the next possession for a contested layup and then never slowed down. The sophomore had the best game of his career and, along with his 19 points, grabbed 14 rebounds. “Miles, I mean to sum it up in one sentence, Miles Plumlee was a beast,” Smith said. “You know, he was tremendous tonight. He did everything that we needed him to do.” With 2-of-11 shooting, Singler’s stat line failed to capture his actual value in the first twenty minutes of the contest, during which he had eight rebounds to go along with eight points. But as Singler began to find his shooting touch, Duke seemed to get into a rhythm. With 14 minutes left in the second half and the game tied 55-55, the junior hit a 3-pointer that kickstarted a 13-0 run for the Blue Devils. But even though Duke did shoot 56 percent during the second half, closing the game hardly proved easy. Mason Plumlee—who missed six games earlier this season with a broken wrist— hit the floor after being flagrantly fouled by Wake Forest’s Ishmael Smith. And Singler, too, was punished by contact, briefly coming out of the game during the second half when it looked like he had injured his wrist. By the time the action ended on the court,

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Wake Forest forward Al-Farouq Aminu runs over Duke center Brian Zoubek, a play that symbolized Sunday’s bruising game. the Blue Devils and Demon Deacons had combined for 47 personal fouls, with the majority of the contact taking place just feet away from the basket. During the second half, Zoubek and McFarland were called for a double foul after getting tangled up and bringing each other to the ground. Just possessions later, McFarland fell to the floor as he got boxed out by Duke’s center—but this time the referee made no call, instead shaking his head in amused disbelief. By the time the final buzzer sounded, the Blue

Devils had secured another 20-point victory in Cameron—all but one of the team’s home games have been by at least that much—but the box score surely didn’t capture the fact that each and every one of Duke’s 90 points came contested. “It was just a fight in the paint,” Smith said. “I went in there a couple times and I was like, ‘Nah, let me get out of here.’ It was too physical down there for me…no, but it was definitely a war for 40 minutes. Those guys probably have to get in the ice bath right now, after a game like that.”

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Blue Devil head coach David Cutcliffe looked happy and relieved at a press conference Friday afternoon.

cohen from page 8 and constantly touting Duke’s football coach. And Duke’s football coach doesn’t regularly turn down overtures from other schools, let alone Tennessee—a real football school, one with a fan base whose passion rivals, if not exceeds, those who follow the goings-on in Cameron Indoor

Stadium. (Trust me on the Volunteer faithful’s zeal. I’ve read far too many Tennessee message boards in the last few days. My browser aches from refreshing.) It’s true that when Cutcliffe released his statement announcing his return at a time most undergraduates were still sleeping on Friday, nothing had changed. At 9:09 a.m. Wednesday, Cutcliffe was Duke’s head coach. He was on Thursday at 9:09 a.m., and

on Friday, he most certainly was. The assistants were the same. The workout schedule was the same. The players were the same. As much as nothing had changed since Tuesday night, though—well, a lot had. It was impossible to watch ESPN for an hour without hearing Cutcliffe’s name, without being inundated by analysts extolling Cutcliffe’s credentials and, on Friday, without learning that a certain football coach had turned down Tennessee to stay at Duke. Quick, send some thank-you notes to Lane Kiffin. He’s given Duke Football about as much publicity—and the right kind, too—as the program’s had in longer than anyone living on campus can remember. “You couldn’t hire a New York P.R. firm to get what we’ve gotten on ESPN,” said Cutcliffe, sporting a leather jacket with Duke’s letters stitched over the heart. “This time of year? I’m sure people were glancing at it saying anything about Duke, thinking we’re No. 7 in the country.” So what does that change, exactly? “It puts Duke Football on the map more than we already were,” tight end Brett Huffman told me. When the most-recognized college football analysts are going on air—or sending tweets to thousands of followers— to praise Cutcliffe, all press is good press, mostly because of its implications on the recruiting trail. National prospects don’t read midweek notebooks and game stories in the local paper. But presumably, they do watch “SportsCenter,” and they now know that the coach they might commit to just spurned Tennessee to stay at Duke. High school juniors in rural North Carolina will know it, and so will the sought-after talent in California, where, Cutcliffe said, he walks into high schools “in the middle of nowhere” and everyone knows who he is. And if they don’t? You can bet Duke’s staff will be telling anyone who will listen.

“We’re here to stay. We’re here to build a program,” said Cutcliffe, repeating the mantra he established when he was introduced on a wintry December day in 2007. “We’re grown men—look at the decisions we make. It’s got to mean something. I had no intentions of that, but it’s a byproduct of it.” These first days of classes put Duke’s players on edge. On Thursday night, some players wandered around Yoh Football Center, trying to learn whether their coach would be back. Huffman told his mother—who called “like, every five minutes,” he said—Thursday night that he thought there was a 90 percent chance Cutcliffe was gone to Knoxville. “I’m just happy with that 10 percent,” he said. Chris Rwabukamba paraded around his apartment at 8 a.m. Friday, when the text message from his teammate—”Yes!”—landed in his inbox. By Friday afternoon, there was closure. Cutcliffe talked about loyalty, and about what Duke meant to him, and he even cited a Bible verse. (Matthew 6:21: “For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also.”) Would Cutcliffe have left if he could have taken his assistants? At this point, it doesn’t matter. His underlying message on Friday was sufficiently clear: He intends to be at Duke for a long time. What recruit doesn’t want to hear that? On Wednesday, Michael Wilbon, the co-host of ESPN’s “Pardon The Interruption,” opened the show by spinning Kiffin’s departure into a disguised blessing for Tennessee. “Let me get the guy from Duke, David Cutcliffe, who used to coach here—who’s a real coach,” said Wilbon, donning the perspective of a Volunteers fan. “Let me get him back here and say, ‘Happy days are here again.’” One weekend later, those happy days exist. They’re just at Duke, instead.

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wbb analysis from page 9 second half, as Hayes hit one of her long treys less than a minute later and the rout was on. “I thought our IQ dropped for the second half,” McCallie said. “We made some choices that hurt us greatly.” In the second half, Connecticut used sharp passing to prove its superiority. They moved the ball all around the court and had assists on 80 percent of their field goals. There were a few positives to take away from the game. McCallie pointed to the end of the first half, when the Blue Devils played even with Connecticut over the final seven and a half minutes. To Duke’s credit, its defensive pressure never let up even in the second half when it seemed the Huskies could not miss. And of course, the 33-point win actually reduced the Huskies’ average margin of victory this season, which was 39.7 before their trip to Durham. “I’m very proud of our team’s effort in terms of playing hard,” said McCallie, “but very disappointed [in the end result] as you might imagine.”

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cutcliffe from page 1 Cutcliffe, a former Tennessee assistant, was reported to be in serious talks with the school throughout Thursday and was unavailable for comment at the time, but came out with a statement Friday indicating his intention to continue building the Blue Devil program. Cutcliffe said he addressed his players Friday morning and informed them of his intention to stay, and at a press conference that afternoon, Duke’s head coach elaborated on his reasons for staying. Some reports suggested that Cutcliffe turned down the Tennessee job because of his loyalty to his assistants; Tennessee may have insisted he leave some of them behind in Durham, and Cutcliffe discussed his loyalty to his fellow coaches and to Duke in general. “We’re a group,” Cutcliffe said of his relationship with his coaches, players and the Blue Devil program. “We’ve invested a lot in each others’ lives, so wherever we go, we go together.” Cutcliffe, who arrived in Durham in December 2007, worked at Tennessee for nearly 20 years, giving him an unparalleled familiarity with the institution and football program. After former head coach Lane Kiffin bolted for USC, Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun both turned down the job, making Cutcliffe one of the leading candidates. Had Cutcliffe left, Duke would have had to search for its second coach in three years. Instead, the University can rest easy. “David Cutcliffe informed us this morning [Friday] that he intends to remain the Duke football coach for a long time,” Duke Vice President & Director of Athletics Kevin White said. “He is a tremendous football coach, and an even better person with a terrific family. Simply put, we could not be happier or more excited about the future of the Blue Devil football program.” Cutcliffe has compiled a 9-15 record in two seasons at Duke—a record that would not have gone over well in Knoxville, but one that represents a marked improvement at Duke. Cutcliffe took over the Blue Devil program while it languished among the worst in the FBS and has made it competitive in the ACC in his time at the helm. His decision to turn down Tennessee could also have a major impact on this year’s recruiting class. National Signing Day, the day by which football recruits need to choose which school they plan to attend, is Feb. 3, and had Cutcliffe left, it would have thrown Duke’s recruiting class into disarray. With him in Durham, the Blue Devils can expect to keep all currently committed recruits, although this weekend’s incident involving three freshman football players firing a gun on campus has put a damper on the excitement surrounding Cutcliffe’s decision to stay at Duke.

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it tough for Duke to get stops even when Moore and Charles were not on the court. “When I was in foul trouble on the bench in the first half, I was just cheesing like a little kid in a candy store because they were doing so well,” Moore said. Connecticut’s offensive prowess stood in stark contrast to the Blue Devils’ woes. Jasmine Thomas emerged as the only legitimate scoring threat against the Huskies. Her ability to work off screens and hit tough jumpers as well as drive into the lane kept Connecticut working on defense, particularly in the first half when Thomas scored 11 points and dished out two assists with no turnovers. However, she got little help from her teammates, allowing the Huskies to change their defensive strategy in the second half to cut off Thomas’s driving lanes. “We couldn’t keep her in front of us most of the time—she’s just fast enough with the ball,” Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma said. “In the second half we did a much better job of whoever wasn’t guarding her getting to the spots where she was going so that there was earlier help so that she either had to pass the ball or pull it out. We didn’t give her a lot of lanes to slash through.” Duke had difficulty as a whole in the halfcourt set, stagnating against the aggressive Connecticut defense. The Blue Devils couldn’t find open players to pass to, resulting in a lot of one-on-one action on the offensive end. As a result, Duke assisted on only seven baskets and turned the ball over 23 times, a number of those coming on travels. With Thomas struggling, the Huskies broke open the game in the second half as the backcourt spearheaded a 14-4 run to

firmly take control of the contest. The Blue Devils couldn’t take care of the ball and had several one-shot possessions, allowing Connecticut to run out in the open floor and score at a frenetic pace. “The biggest difference in the second half was rebounding on the defensive end,” Greene said. “We got out in transition.” The Huskies refused to let up, even as they sported a 20-point lead, and reserve Lorin Dixon put the exclamation point on another dominating team performance with a four-point play as the shot clock expired with seven seconds left. “You’re never used to playing that kind of team,” McCallie said. “I’m grateful for the experience and disappointed in the outcome.”

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felony from page 1 not released his name. Officers responding to a fire alarm in Aycock Residence Hall at around 3 a.m. Sunday heard shots fired from a car near Jarvis Residence Hall. Dailey said the alarm was unrelated to the gunfire. Police located the vehicle near Blackwell Residence Hall and traced it to one of the charged players. After further investigation, officers also believe the suspects discharged the weapon on Campus Drive, according to a Duke news release. Dailey said he does not know how many shots were fired, but thinks the suspects were firing the weapon—a semi-automatic handgun—into the air. “Clearly anyone who fires a weapon on campus is dangerous, at least at that time,” Dailey said. “We charged them with a pretty serious crime.” Although Dailey said the suspects’ motives remain unclear, he said the incident does not pose a continuing threat John Drew to campus. Head football coach David Cutcliffe released a statement Sunday about the incident. “These types of offenses are going to be associated with dismissal from our team,” Cutcliffe said. “While these three young men did not meet the expectations of those in our program, our prayers are with them and their families Kyle Griswould during this difficult time.” Drew, a 315-pound defensive tackle, played in all 12 games his freshman season and recorded 34 tackles. He was projected to start during the 2010 season. Griswould, a running back, and Putnam, a defensive end, did not see playing time last Fall. The three could face 13 to 16 months in prison if convicted, Dailey said. Brandon Putnam For now, the investigation into the incident is ongoing. DUPD is collaborating with multiple law enforcement agencies to investigate where the weapon came from, Dailey said. More charges could be filed as the investigation proceeds, but Dailey said he does not anticipate charges being filed against any additional students. Dailey said DUPD is still investigating whether alcohol or drugs were involved in the incident. None of the students have been charged with substance violations. The campus did not receive a DukeAlert notification following the incident. “We felt like there was no ongoing threat and that we

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Helping Haiti Last Tuesday’s earthquake ham, North Carolina, it’s rocked poverty-stricken Haiti easy to succumb to helpand shook hearts and minds lessness and detachment, across the globe. In the seven to focus on the cultural days since, harrowing images differences and geographihave flooded newspapers cal distances that separate and televisions, us from an telling the stoimpoverished editorial ry of a country island nation brought to its knees by na- in the Caribbean. ture’s wrath. At moments like these, But amidst the story of though, it’s more important Haiti’s unimaginable pain than ever to reaffirm our and loss is the tale of every- common humanity. day citizens and their govThe University, through ernments—from the United its mission statement and States to Japan, from Mex- strategic plan, has commitico to Iceland—banding ted itself to being a global together to help Haitian institution, one that mobimen, women and children lizes its human capital and in their time of need. unparalleled resources to As we watch this crisis address our world’s most unfold from our little cor- pressing challenges. In ner of humanity at Duke Haiti, we can practice what University’s campus in Dur- we preach.

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rebuilding a country so deeply scarred by colonialism and economic injustice will involve not only bricks and stones, but also the transformation of systems and policy. To this end, the Duke community should continue to play an active role in supporting international humanitarian aid organizations and the Haitian government as the country climbs back onto its feet. The University can organize sustained volunteer efforts to enable students and staff to directly contribute to the rebuilding effort. The existing DukeEngage group program in Haiti should be continued, and collaboration with Board of Trustees member and Duke alumnus Paul

Farmer, Trinity ’82, and his Partners in Health organization should be expanded. In addition, the Sanford School of Public Policy, the Nicholas School of the Environment, the Pratt School of Engineering and the Global Health Institute should make a special effort to educate the next generation of Haitian leaders, as these schools could send students and professors to Haiti to address its challenges first-hand. While global inequity is not isolated to one small nation, this University—guided by its core belief in using knowledge in the service of society—can play an active role in rebuilding a society so desperately in need. Now and in the future, we can make a difference.

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ow much does your life weigh? ImagBut a commitment to independence is a thread ine for a second that you’re carrying a that runs through contemporary culture, the outbackpack. I want you to pack it with all come of a societal education that has taught us the the stuff that you have in your life.” importance of individual rights and self-autonomy. Thus begins a gimmicky yet reOur responsibility to each other as vealing speech Ryan Bingham has family members, as friends and as delivered countless times, standing fellow human beings oftentimes rubs in front of countless middle-aged our belief in our existences as selfAmericans waiting to be inspired by governing beings the wrong way. his startling life philosophy. In case We’ve all fallen victim to Ryan you don’t recognize his name, Ryan Bingham’s train of thought, espeBingham doesn’t actually exist— cially when we’re feeling invincible: shining li he’s the protagonist, played by a the people in our lives temporargracefully aging George Clooney, of ily seem like hassles—or, to adopt all too human “Up in the Air,” one of those other the metaphor, excess baggage. I’ve movies that came out this holiday complained about my stifling mothbreak (no, really, “Avatar” wasn’t the only one). er, friends who step on my toes with their expectaContinuing with his speech, Bingham instructs tions, commitments I’d rather not have made. If listeners to fill their backpacks with the people in we could be our own masters, indebted to no one, their lives: siblings, parents, significant others— we think we’d be happy. No more messes, no more the list continues. Then, in a move that we saw fights, no more compromises. coming all along, he asks us to feel how heavily But it’s a fallacy to mistake these transient irritaour backpacks lie on our shoulders. He insists that tions for a viable life philosophy. The symbiotic, mutuour relationships—“[a]ll those negotiations and alistic relationships Bingham pooh-poohs during his arguments and secrets, the compromises”—weigh speech are essential precisely because they’re mutual, us down, make us move slower, live slower. Some reciprocal alliances—because we exist in sinusoidal beings, he admits, “are meant to carry each other, fashion, and no one can stay invincible forever. to live symbiotically over a lifetime.” Some are At some point or another, we will all need somemeant for this, like swans, like star-crossed lovers. one to carry us. Even though our weight will be a Then he delivers his punch line: “We are not burden on the shoulders of those around us, we swans. We are sharks.” trust and hope that their compassion will overrule Bingham is a consistent man. He lives his life this momentary inconvenience. In “Up in the Air,” in accordance with the advice he gives others, de- when an acquaintance tells Bingham that he’s just lights in a sharkish career flying around and pro- “a parenthesis” in her life, he can only blame his fessionally firing the employees of various corpo- own philosophy of independence. rations. He travels light, avoids obligation. Likewise, some may say that Ayn Rand weakI don’t want to spoil the movie, but suffice it to ened in her later years: she fell in love—not the say that if Bingham’s shark lifestyle were to proceed kind of self-glorifying love that she once espoused swimmingly without conflict, there wouldn’t be in “Atlas Shrugged,” but the kind that breaks much of a movie. On the other hand, his mindset is hearts, ruins lives, incapacitates its victims. When one that has become increasingly pervasive in our her lover left her for another woman, she was devmodern/contemporary/“Bowling Alone” society. astated. Was it an artistic flourish when she eventuHe’s not the sole champion of independence ally died of heart failure? either—Bingham’s message is distinctly NietzRand teaches us a lesson worth remembering. schean, distinctly Randian. After all, Ayn Rand’s If she wasn’t able to maintain her stubborn misanmorality of selfishness was the focus of a house thropy, we can’t either. In a sense, we are all starcourse I took last semester. She’s a woman to crossed lovers, swans in need of companionship. whom the “objective” truth necessitated a rejec- Human connections don’t constitute the nuisanction of altruism, who once said that civilization es weighing us down—life itself is capricious and was “the process of setting man free from men.” inconvenient. We all need more than fair-weather To Rand, the greatest threat to a human being was friends with whom to ride out the storm. an infringement upon his freedom. Forget this, and we may end up like Rand, trapped Few would go as far as buy Randian (and now in the stingy seclusion of our selfish philosophy, a Binghamian?) thought completely. We all aww at mere parenthesis in the lives of those around us. cheesy Hallmark cards, profess to love our siblings, collect friends on social networking sites. No one Shining Li is a Trinity sophomore. Her column runs would call himself a shark, per se. every Tuesday.

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Spring beats Fall


’ve got an idea! For my first column I’ll prattle on about all the exciting things I’ve done over break and how they all magically relate to whatever the heck my theme is supposed to be! None of the other columnists will think of that! I shall be famous throughout the land! I’m betting on a book, a movie and possibly a merchandise line, all commemorating my originality. I’m kidding (except for the merchandise line). jeremy walch That sort of introduction anger turned would suggest purpose and coherence, which, despite sideways being thoroughly adorable ideas, aren’t really my style. Granted, I’m not sure what exactly my style is—but I know it’s not that. Instead, I think we should discuss why you all should be excited for the Spring semester! Since I’m sure the linguistic gurus (all six of you) are seething at my usage of discuss, let me say this: I’ve been told, “We need to discuss what you did/said” plenty of times. What inevitably follows is way more one-sided than an actual dialogue, so it must be an accepted euphemism, Q.E.D. (kind of). As long as we’re playing word games, let’s start the comparison with usages and connotations. Fall has some pretty bad vibes. You can fall on your face, fall from grace and even fall in love. Watch out for that last one, it leads to arrhythmia. Fall is also a mere letter away from fail, which can’t be coincidental. In contrast, spring is just rife with good feelings. You can have spring in your step, spring into action and spring a surprise (party). Spring is also an anagram of awesome. No, really. Would I lie to you? Weather is also an important topic to cover, since it’s the preferred topic for seven out of 10 awkward conversations, according to a recent survey I conducted in my head. The Fall semester starts during August, which in Durham means the temperature is measured in terms of circles in Dante’s Inferno rather than degrees Fahrenheit. By December, though, everyone’s piling on extra layers to stay warm—except for the New Englanders and Chicagoans who take pleasure in the suffering of warm climate creatures, as they are gleeful sadists. Spring is just the opposite; we start out freezing and get warmer. As this term progresses, you will observe that girls’ clothing gets skimpier and skimpier. It’s like the world’s slowest striptease! Sweet! That makes Fall a reverse striptease, I guess? Apparently some things aren’t good in reverse. Spring has some important things around here that Fall just doesn’t. For starters, there’s this tenting business. I wasn’t sure if that was noteworthy enough to include at first, but I heard a rumor that there’s a few basketball fans around here. That’s just a rumor, though. Remember, you didn’t hear it from me. I’ll deny I ever said it. This semester also has greek rushing, greek bidding, greek pledging and Greek salad. This will affect about a third of you freshmen, assuming your class trends with the current undergraduate composition. Personally, I just can’t understand why two-thirds will pass on the delicious salad. Caesar’s no Greek, guys! (I’ll deny making that joke too.) Sometimes, though, what you don’t have is just as important as what you do. Spring has but one break, as opposed to Fall’s two. “But wait, Jeremy,” you say, “two breaks are clearly better than one!” Au contraire, mon ami! I’ve found that professors tend not to acknowledge the existence of the short October break, blithely assigning work as if the days off were not there. Consolidating our vacation into a weeklong spring break creates a scheduling obstacle that can’t be ignored. Plus we can go to the beach! On another academic note, grades in the Spring tend to be higher than in the previous Fall. Note that this claim is based on a cursory inspection of the posted Dean’s List cut-offs and should not be considered scientific, representative, statistically valid or remotely accurate—but that’s not important! You’ll all do better this semester, I promise! If I haven’t convinced you yet, good for you. I’ve just been rationalizing anyway. Here’s the real reason to be excited for Spring: carpe diem. That would’ve made for a boring column, though, now wouldn’t it? Jeremy Walch is a Pratt junior. His column runs every other Tuesday.


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Reimagining the Duke Dining experience

uke University prides itself on the diversity of its With some notion of what you think the dining expericampus dining options. Any student who has vis- ence should be, consider the basics of Duke Dining. Does ited another university can appreciate having over 30 campus eateries—many how privileged we are to have more than 30 of which are only open until lunch—suit awa nur and eateries available to us on campus. Indeed, our needs anymore? Should the Great mike lefevre our unique dining program has drawn apHall grow to become the focal point of plause from students and is seen as a com- guest commentary West Campus dining, or should it be repetitive advantage in college admissions. placed in favor of more popular, branded This choice comes with a cost. In order to maintain concepts? At the risk of losing campus eateries, should we the broad selection of eateries, Duke effectively subsidizes really maintain the Merchants-on-Points program? the dining program to the tune of a few million dollars Last semester, University administrators presented us per year. Many departments—including Athletics—are with something called “directed choice,” which was their subsidized by general University funds, and the recession quick-fix solution that guided more dining dollars to has made it clear that Duke Dining (among other depart- Duke-run eateries like the Great Hall. We have made our ments) needs to become more solvent. While making this position clear on this proposal: It fails to consider the imchange will not be easy, we believe that it gives us all the pact of our dining model on student life and gives those it chance to think critically about our dining program and serves—including you—only false choices. It also ignores make long-term changes that are ultimately more cost- numerous issues with the same dining facilities it forces us effective and will bring the community closer together. to use. Clearly, this is not the solution. What does it mean to rethink the Duke Dining experiBut the $2.2 million gap remains this year, and we ence? It means that first of all we consider what the pur- would be remiss if we did not take this opportunity to repose of food on campus is. Is dining an experience for the pair a broken system. We challenge the administration to student, in an atmosphere and space that brings people move on from the tired idea of “directed choice,” and together to engage each other? Consider the Market- we hope you will join us in encouraging them to keep place, where freshmen can share meals with their class- students in the picture. ” mates at all hours of the day. Alternatively, as many upperclassmen believe, should dining be quick, convenient Awa Nur and Mike Lefevre are president and chief of staff of and inexpensive? Duke Student Government, respectively.


3,000 miles down I-40

n Jan. 2, my twin brother and I set out from our place to stage a version of Jersey Shore with southerners home just north of Boston, Mass. Nine days and instead of ‘guidos.’” 3,500 miles later, we arrived at his new apartment But with the Winter Forum on climate change underin Los Angeles, Calif. way on campus, I also got to thinking about My brother has studied television prothe carbon footprint of my little adventure. duction for three and a half years at EmWe could have flown to Los Angeles, but erson College in Boston. He’s spending then we would have shipped a lot of stuff his senior spring “abroad” in LA with an from coast to coast. And with the urban internship in the industry, which is why we sprawl and limited public transportation packed his life into the back of our car and in West Coast cities like LA, you practically hit the road. need a car to get around. Even though driving across country isn’t And while racking up frequent flyer bradford colbert miles the most eco-friendly vacation plan out is great, you would miss the local the other side there, seeing the country by Honda Civic newspapers from 30,000 feet up in the was a great experience. You might think that air. If you want to see the states from the being stuck in a car with the same person for a week and a ground level, a car is your best option. half would start to wear on you. You’re not going to believe Some people would suggest train travel as an altername, but my brother and I didn’t really fight at all on the tive to driving, but it’s not as attractive an alternative in road trip. We got along great and made an excellent team this country. A map of Amtrak’s routes looks like a skeldriving and navigating. We don’t get to spend a lot of time eton compared to the comprehensive fleshed-out rail together during the year since we go to different schools, systems in European countries. Often, U.S. trains are so nine days in a car was surprisingly bearable, even fun. outdated and freight trains dominating the rails lead to Nine days did not give us a lot of time to visit the towns unreliable service on Amtrak routes through heavy shipalong the way, and after eight to 10 hours of driving each ping regions. day, we were usually pretty exhausted by the time we The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act apreached a new city. Still, we did our best to experience propriated $80.9 billion to infrastructure improvements, what America had to offer. including $1.3 billion for Amtrak, $100 million for other One of my favorite things to do in each new city was public transit agencies and $8 billion for intercity passento pick up the free weekly alternative newspaper. I love ger rail projects and specifically high-speed rail developthese papers for their coverage of the local arts and music ment. Like many projects in the Act, it is unclear what level scene and the glimpse they offer into local politics (which of support will be available once stimulus funds dry up. is never very flattering). I was already familiar with the The Acela line from Boston to Washington, D.C., via Boston Phoenix, St. Louis’s River Front Times and, of New York, currently Amtrak’s only high-speed line, has course, the Independent Weekly here in Durham. By the proven modestly successful in drawing passengers away time I got to the Memphis Flyer and the Oklahoma Ga- from the airlines. Perhaps that success can be repeated zette, I started to get a little jaded—why does every city’s with a Midwestern line from Chicago to St. Louis, or one “independent” newspaper look exactly the same, anyway? between California’s major cities, but vast improvements (But maybe that is just the sarcastic edginess of the local in coast-to-coast rail travel do not appear likely in the near political commentary rubbing off on me.) future, especially without continued support for Amtrak. Sampling the local media was best done in the print We are constantly surrounded by messages about gloformat, because trying to listen to the radio down south balization, but don’t forget that there are plenty of opis always a gamble. To be more specific, it is just as likely portunities to be a tourist in your own country. I would that any radio station you pick up will be country music love to recommend a EuroRail-style voyage across North or Christian rock as it is that it will be music to which the America, but we’re not there yet. Keep your mind open rest of the country listens. to the idea of riding the rails across the country, as that Radio station roulette aside, the countless miles of very well might be an option in the future. But don’t wait emptiness between the major cities in the West do start to until Amtrak gets on track; so in the mean time, take to wear on you, leaving you a lot of time for contemplation. the roads and see your country. You would be surprised Most of my ponderings were decidedly anti-intellectual— all there is to see over the 3,000 miles of I-40. ideas like “The Beach Boys were probably really disappointed once they started ‘Surfing USA’ and got outside Bradford Colbert is a Trinity senior. His column runs every of California” and “Daytona Beach would be the perfect other Tuesday.

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