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FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2010
ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTH YEAR, Issue 84
Work to begin G’TOWN DUKE soon on new VERIZON CENTER • Saturday • 1:00 p.m. • CBS Devils to throw down with G’town Keohane wing by Scott Rich
by Zachary Tracer
Both Duke and Georgetown are in the top 25—of the U.S. News’ Best Colleges 2010, that is. Yes, the No. 8 Blue Devils (17-3) and No. 7 Hoyas (15-4) are also ranked in the AP Top 25, but it is the pair’s similarities off the basketball court that make this nonconference rivalry—which continues Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.—unique. Duke and Georgetown are both fairly small, private universities, strange in a college basketball landscape dominated by larger public schools like North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky. The two are also considered some of the most academically prestigious schools in the country during a time when schools like Memphis are embroiled in controversy surrounding academic dishonesty. In short, it’s rare for one such university to succeed in modern college basketball, let alone two on the same court. “It does add a little something,” Duke associate head coach Chris Collins said of the rivalry, “because when you hear Duke and you hear Georgetown, you instantly think of very good academic schools that
The University will soon begin preliminary work on the site of the proposed fourth building of Keohane Quadrangle. Fencing will be put up around the site Feb. 8 and utility work will begin soon after, Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta said. The Board of Trustees has given approval for the preparatory work, and will decide whether to fully approve construction of the residence hall, deemed K4, at its February meeting, Moneta said. The outside of the building will match the three existing Keohane buildings. The interior will be separated into two houses and will contain a mix of single rooms, doubles and suites. Moneta said the “very creative suites” would be two stories high, but declined to give further information. Campus Council President Stephen Temple, a junior, said the suites would encourage more seniors to live on campus. “This will obviously be a very popular dorm,” he said. Moneta said the dorm will be an example of the kind of residence halls administrators envision for New Campus,
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Junior Kyle Singler had a double-double against Georgetown the last time the two teams faced off Jan. 17, 2009 and will have to give another strong effort for the Blue Devils to emerge with a victory Saturday.
MEET THE YOUNG TRUSTEE FINALISTS The Young Trustee Nominating Committee announced the three undergraduate Young Trustee finalists Thursday night. Students will vote for the Young Trustee Feb. 9. Chelsea Goldstein, Senior Major: Political Science Involvement: DSG VP for Academic Affairs; Duke Debate President; member of The Chronicle’s Editorial Board What do you hope to accomplish if you are elected Young Trustee? “I hope... [to] represent the undergraduate experience as accurately as possible so the Board can come to the best decisions for the Duke community.” John Harpham, Senior Majors: Political Science, French Involvement: Former Chair of The Chronicle’s Editorial Board; A.B. Duke Scholarship Selection Committee What do you hope to accomplish if you are elected Young Trustee? “I want to serve Duke by helping to make this a more dynamic, closely connected community.” Zachary Perret, Senior Majors: Biology, Chemistry Involvement: President of DUU; Institutional Advancement Committee of the Duke Board of Trustees What do you hope to accomplish if you are elected Young Trustee? “The Young Trustees in the past have done a great job and I would love to build on that success and further establish the position as someone who the Board continues to look to on undergraduate issues.”
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Administrators, students grapple with dining deficit by Lindsey Rupp and Toni Wei The chronicle
Administrators and students involved in rethinking Duke Dining have said little about their negotiations to reduce the deficit. Vice President for Campus Services Kemel Dawkins met behind closed doors with Duke Student Government President Awa Nur and two other DSG leaders to discuss the state of Duke Dining Services. Dawkins and Director of Dining Services Jim Wulforst have declined to discuss possible changes. Although Thursday’s meeting did not yield a plan for dealing with the $2 million deficit facing Dining Services, Nur, a senior, said every aspect of Dining is under close scrutiny. “Nothing is safe,” she said. “This is a huge problem affecting Dining, we would be remiss in not looking at everything in trying to solve this deficit.” See dining on page 6
Freshmen make early impact for Duke, Page 7
“We still want to throw a great party, and that’s why we’re here at Campus Council.”
—Senior Adam Nathan on this year’s library party. See story page 3
A Jan. 28 article on page 1 incorrectly stated the new role that Gregory Jones will assume. He has been named senior adviser for international strategy for the University as a whole. The Chronicle regrets the error.
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U.S. Military faces criticism after death of Imam
Officials seek swift deal Gitmo’s future still hazy with Detroit terror suspect WASHINGTON — The closure of the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is beginning to look like a protracted and uncertain project for the Obama administration as a host of political, legal and security concerns limit the president’s options. Having missed the one-year closure deadline set last January in an executive order, the administration is planning to transfer some detainees to a state prison it hopes to acquire in Illinois. But there appears to be little mood in Congress to provide the administration with either the funding for the prison or the authority to transfer detainees who will be held indefinitely. At the same time, opposition is building to plans to transfer a number of detainees to a civilian court in Lower Manhattan for federal trial.
Ingratitude is the essence of vileness. — Immanuel Kant
WASHINGTON — Authorities are inching toward an agreement that would secure cooperation from the suspect in the failed Detroit airline attack, according to two sources familiar with the case, even as fresh details emerged about the intense and chaotic response to the Christmas Day incident. Seizing on the near miss, GOP lawmakers have mounted a sustained attack on President Barack Obama and the Justice Department, saying they may have lost out on valuable intelligence by charging Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in a federal court rather than under the military justice system. But new details complicate that narrative, suggesting that Abdulmutallab, 23, clammed up even before he was informed of his right to remain silent — a warning that could have come later had he been placed in military custody.
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KABUL, Afghanistan — Soldiers in a military convoy shot and killed a local imam as he was sitting in his car with his children here Thursday morning, according to the U.S. military and several Afghans who live near the scene of the shooting. The nationality of the soldiers was not immediately clear. U.S. officials said only that the convoy was part of the U.S.-led coalition, without specifying the country. Residents said the soldiers were American. U.S. officials expressed regret for what they called “an unfortunate incident” and said in a statement that soldiers in the convoy “fired on what appeared to be a threatening vehicle.” Neighbors said the imam did nothing to provoke the shooting, but was in his car, with three children in the back seat, waiting for a fourth son to get into the vehicle.
The killing prompted a brief protest in the neighborhood of Paktia Kot, within a few miles of Camp Phoenix, an American military base, before elders from the neighborhood called it off out of fear of escalating the violence. Residents expressed outrage over the shooting of a man they described as a respected religious leader from Laghman province, who has spent the past three months in Kabul teaching classes at an Islamic school and preaching at the Marqazi Jumad mosque. “A lot of innocent people have been killed by the Americans,” said Shabaz Khan, 20, a high school student who attended the mosque. “How long can they keep doing this? The people will bear it for a day, or two days, or three days. Eventually everyone will stand against them and fight the jihad.”
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Marie Delise was awakened by labor pains hours before the sun hit the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She stood up and began walking with her husband for the nearest hospital, past scores of Haitians made homeless by the devastating earthquake earlier this month. After two hours of walking through the streets, Delise arrived at the main hospital gate, now guarded by U.S. troops.
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DPD officer Council allots $5K for library party indicted in cocaine case Campus council
by Nicole Kyle The chronicle
The Duke Partnership for Service presented the budget for the The Benefit—the annual library party—at Campus Council’s weekly meeting Thursday. The Benefit is a collaboration between DPS and Purple. The party will be the biggest event of DPS’s “The P.S. Program.” “The P.S. Program is a grassroots social service recruitment program that will aim to gather 25,000 hours of service campuswide,” said DPS President Adam Nathan, a senior, who presented the proposal to Campus Council. This year’s library party will focus on service, with five sections of the library themed based on five different elements of service. The Link will be transformed into a dance floor, von der Heyden Pavilion will have an environmental theme, the first floor of Perkins Library will center around poverty and education and the first floor of Bostock Library will focus on health issues. “We still want to throw a great party, and that’s why we’re here at Campus Council,” Nathan said. “It’s a great way to bring different sources of people together around such an important theme of service.” The council voted to allocate $5,000 in funds to The Benefit, indicating a 43-percent increase in funds from last year’s $3,500 allocation to the Library Party, said Finance Committee Chair Sean Puneky, a senior. In other business: After months of negotiation, the pets See library party on page 5
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At the Campus Council meeting Thursday night, members consider the budget proposal for the annual library party—named The Benefit this year. Members ultimately voted to provide $5,000 to fund the party.
A former officer with the Durham Police Department was indicted Wednesday on federal charges of distributing fewer than five grams of crack cocaine and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. An October 2009 complaint lodged to Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez resulted in immediate criminal and internal investigations into 35-year-old Sherrod Peace’s activities. Peace, who is not currently in custody, was investigated by DPD officials as well as members of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force. “We take any allegation of misconduct by our employees very seriously and thoroughly investigate all complaints. Law enforcement officers take an oath to serve and protect the community and we must be held to a high standard,” Lopez said in a news statement released Thursday by DPD. Peace, who had been a member of DPD’s Uniform Patrol Bureau since 2003, resigned from the force on Dec. 31, 2009, according to the (Raleigh) News & Observer. Peace played football at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a defensive lineman from 1998 to 1999, WRAL reported. —from staff reports
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As tenting begins, Crazies revive sacred rituals by Paul Horak The chronicle
Juniors Cami Parrish, Lauren Deruyter and Mark Pratt are spending their third Carolina winter as residents of Krzyzewskiville. Their tent is a dark makeshift mass of tarp and strings, which can be pulled to hoist the shelter into the air to make room for the group’s 12 Cameron Crazies. On the tent’s surface are the spray-painted names of the Duke Men’s Basketball team. Today, scores of blue tenters will join the black tenters, braving the cold air and hard ground for more than a month to earn a spot in the sea of blue that will greet the Tarheels March 6 . K-ville debuted in 1986, but “crazie” sports fans date back to the time of our ancestors. Humans are social animals, and play is a fundamental part of human behavior. Sport, as a form of organized play,
can bring people together in groups that resemble the clans, tribes, hunting bands and warring parties of old. “Originally, these groups... would have been literally vital, but psychologically, we don’t really distinguish important from unimportant memberships anymore,” Mark Leary, professor of psychology and neuroscience, wrote in an e-mail. “So, we can get carried away by a group of guys throwing a football down a field.” Orin Starn, Sally Dalton Robinson professor of cultural anthropology, said sports fans at a game exhibit “communitas”—they have equality based on a group ritual. These communal rituals are often marked by costumes, chants and “sacred language,” Starn added. Duke basketball fans speak their own “sacred language” in the stands of Cameron Indoor Stadium: cheers echo, feet pound, painted faces shout “Let’s go Duke!” and blue afros bob up and down.
“Being part of the crowd in Cameron or even just watching a game at home gives one the sense that he or she is connected with other people—other members of the clan, so to speak,” Leary said. Starn said attending a sporting event can be a religious experience for some. “There’s a bunch of believers,” he added. In the dark outside her tent, Parrish said she thinks tenting was part of the Duke experience and a way for students to bond. “Gameday is exciting,” she said. “We spend all day getting ready, changing clothes, painting faces and cheering Duke fans as they walk by and taunting UNC fans as they walk by.” Parrish and her friends will be guaranteed a spot at the game, but others who were not as devoted or lucky will have to watch events unravel on television. They will crowd in common rooms or on dormitory futons to watch what may be Duke’s first home victory over the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2005. Across the country, millions of other basketball fans will tune in.
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Cameron Crazies engage in a “group ritual” meant to heckle the opposing team during Wednesday night’s game against Florida State.
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Keohane from page 1 and that it will help bring more students to McClendon Tower. “That’s a lot of ambition for a small 150-bed building,” Moneta said. University officials said they plan to complete the dorm in time for the Fall 2011 semester. Moneta said the construction will not block paths between Edens Quadrangle and Main West Quadrangle, but that the utility work will be loud because it involves digging.
Library party from page 3 community on Central Campus has been confirmed and will be available this Fall. “It’s nice to see our work come to fruition,” said Campus Council President Stephen Temple, a junior. Campus Council members also discussed Resident Life and Housing Services’ Room Pix survey, asking lifestyle questions, to determine roommates. “The idea we’re trying to get at with the lifestyle questions is how your room is going to be used,” said Jen Frank, assistant director of accommodations for RLHS. A survey was e-mailed to students Wednesday looking for feedback regarding the effectiveness of the lifestyle questions posed on the current questionnaire. Students expressed concern when asked about roommates’ social behavior. Twenty percent of students were most concerned with sleep schedules and 20 percent of
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According to an e-mail sent Thursday night by Joe Gonzalez, associate dean for residential life, work may begin as early as 7 a.m., but work that could disrupt students will not start until 9 a.m. In the message, sent to residents of Keohane and Edens late Thursday night, Gonzalez said electricity, water and steam may be cut off in those quadrangles occasionally, but that students will be informed of those disruptions beforehand. He also invited students to a presentation about plans for the new residence hall to be held on the fifth floor of McClendon Tower at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
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students were concerned with socializing, Frank said. Frank suggested to the council that a question be added to the questionnaire similar to, “Do you prefer that your room be a social space, study space or a little bit of both?” “Subjectiveness of the answer is the concern,” Frank said. Council members discussed how to fix this problem and the questionnaire, and how best to address students’ concerns about social habits in a roommate. This will be discussed further at future meetings. In addition, the Collegiate Readership Program, which offers newspapers at two bus stops on Central and other locations across campus, was renewed at Thursday’s meeting. The program, which is co-funded by Campus Council and Duke Student Government, offers the Financial Times, The New York Times and USA Today to students free of charge. larsa al-omaishi/The Chronicle
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million. We decided not to pass it on to students but to try to pay for it out of central funds. The problem we have now is we don’t have any more central funds.” In April, Trask said officials hoped to announce changes to dining in early 2010 and implement a plan for Fall 2010. Nur said Thursday that the timeline for eliminating the deficit has changed—the University will work to reduce the deficit by $1.5 million over two years. Throughout the process, Nur said DSG has served as an active participant in discussions as a representative of students. “Contrary to how it’s looked, there has been plenty of student involvement,” she said. “We’ve had regular meetings with the administration starting in September up to now, and they’ve listened to us.” Contracted vendors that could be affected by changes to Dining have not been part of discussions. Managers and owners of several campus eateries, including Alpine Bagels, Armadillo Grill, The Loop, The Refectory and Tommy’s Rubs and Grubs, said they have not received any official communication. “I think Duke will come to a happy medium,” said Steve Eller, director of operations at Alpine Bagels. “We haven’t put a lot of thought to it, the only thing we’ve heard or thought about was what’s in the newspapers.” Refectory owner Laura Hall said she too has only heard rumors about changes to Dining. She said that ultimately, student preference should direct the change. “We’re successful, we pay our dues to Duke, so they do well with us,” Hall said. “People shouldn’t mess with success.” Tommy’s owner Tom Meyer said that although he is opposed to taking dining options away from students, he supports making Dining profitable for the University. “It is revenue that the University needs to maintain campus life, but it’s revenue that independent vendors, like me, need to keep our own businesses,” Meyer said. “I’m sympathetic to what Jim [Wulforst] has to go through.” Sanette Tanaka contributed reporting.
Nur said she plans to present more ideas to administrators in a meeting Tuesday. Potential solutions could include changes to both the freshman and upperclassman dining plans. The first plan proposed by administrators, called Directed Choice, would have required students to spend 500 to 700 food points at the six Bon Appétit Management Company vendors, Nur said in December. She said she would work to block this plan. Executive Vice President Tallman Trask said Jan. 22 that Directed Choice is no longer under consideration. A proposed 6 percent “tax” on contracted-vendor food purchases is also off the table, Nur said, calling it “another form of Directed Choice.” Nur said there is talk of “reworking” the freshman meal plan. She said administrators and students have discussed increasing the number of Marketplace meals per week to 19 from 12, but the plan was rejected. She added that increases to the plan’s price also have not been agreed upon. Still, Trask said he anticipates freshmen will have to purchase a larger meal plan. Administrators and DSG are now looking for “a fair way for non-freshman undergraduates to participate in the solution,” he said. Nur said administrators and student leaders are discussing increasing the size of the smallest plan offered to upperclassmen and eliminating food point refunds. She said a new plan would not include both options. Dining has operated under a $2 million annual deficit for more than two years, largely as a result of a switch from ARAMARK Corp. to the caterer Bon Appétit, Trask told The Chronicle in April 2009. “[The deficit] is basically the result of deciding three years ago we wanted better food,” Trask said in April. “When we switched vendors the price went up about $2
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A student is served food at the Marketplace. Administrators and students recently rejected a proposed first-year dining plan that would have increased the number of Marketplace meals included per week.
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Blue Devils’ defensive duo creates imposing presence by Patricia Lee The chronicle
Karima Christmas and Keturah Jackson can be seen in social settings staying calm, mild and perhaps even timid. The two are what most people call shy, and both take a while to be entirely comfortable with someone they have just met. But when they are on the court, whether at home or away in foreign territory, a new side of them is unleashed. “We’re both pretty quiet, reserved and laid back, especially if we don’t know people, so it’s pretty ironic how we’re out there bringing energy to the court,” Jackson said. “The court is our comfort zone, and the aspects of our personality that may not come out everyday come out then.” Jackson and Christmas provide the No. 7 Blue Devils (17-3, 5-0 in the ACC) with strength, intensity and confidence on the court, working together to play the best defense they can and bringing out the best in their teammates.
With both players defending the basket and going after rebounds, Christmas and Jackson are two imposing competitors that always pose a threat on the court. “Our strengths are bringing the energy on defense and being able to work on defense and offense,” Christmas said. “We have this sort of intensity and a very strong defensive mindset, like being able to deny and talking to each other. We’re both always intense and looking to shut down the opponents and score points.” “They are two very terrific and special guards for us,” head coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “They are both strong and tough-minded. They are an inspiration because they play so hard, they are physically strong, and they bring a lot of energy and toughness to the floor.” In Duke’s last contest against Maryland, the pair combined for 11 points and 10 rebounds to help the Blue Devils gut out a gritty 58-57 victory, demonstrating their physicality and experience in a tough road See WBBALL on page 8
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Senior Keturah Jackson showed off her toughness in a hostile arena in College Park, Md. and will be called upon to do the same tonight against the Seminoles.
Early entries make their mark for Duke by Andy Margius The chronicle
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Mary Clayton (pictured) and her fellow freshman Jessica Stiles both made the jump to college a semester early and have already experienced success on the court at Duke.
Two months ago, Mary Clayton and Jessica Stiles were seniors in high school undergoing the stresses of school dances, the 7:30 bell, and, of course, college applications. Fast forward to today and the two are starting athletes on the top women’s tennis team in the country. “Socially, it’s been fun,” Clayton said. “Everyone’s been welcoming. And honestly, it’s the nicest group I could ask for in a team.” Beginning their Duke careers in January as opposed to August, the girls are the newest members of the Class of 2013. Although adjusting to college is a daunting task for most students, Clayton and Stiles are challenged to adapt while simultaneously playing on a team poised to repeat as national champions. To top that, the two are jumping right into a freshman class that has already mastered the bus schedule and the Marketplace menu. Yet both say the transition has been relatively smooth due to the camaraderie of the team. “The first week was pretty hard,” Stiles said. “It was hard trying to get into the schedule of tennis and classes. And you’re away from home, which adds to it. But the team’s been very helpful and I’m feeling settled now.” “Obviously, the first week was a shock with the amount of reading, but now I’m used to it so it’s more manageable,” Clayton said. Both Clayton and Stiles said that Duke was a top choice from the beginning of their respective college searches, with the national title
playing little role in their decisions to attend. Academics were a bigger factor in their decisions to come to Duke. For Clayton, they were especially important given her family’s background. Her father played tennis at Northwestern, two of her older siblings played at Stanford and her oldest brother played for Harvard. However, Duke was a better fit for her. “Boston just wasn’t for me,” Clayton said. “Stanford I liked, but I kind of wanted to branch off from my siblings.... And it just clicked for me when I got here. I loved the campus. I loved the team. And, obviously, academically it’s amazing.” Stiles was likewise attracted to Duke by a multitude of factors. “I looked at Yale and things like that, but I didn’t think they had a good balance,” Stiles said. “But when I came here and saw the girls were motivating and supporting of each other, that made a difference for me, even more than a national championship.” As the two have adjusted to life at Duke, Clayton and Stiles have grown particularly close to each other. Both obviously practice together, but see each other often off the court as well. They take classes together, live in the same dorm and eat dinner together regularly. “Jess and I are really close, and she’ll probably be one of my best friends by the end of the four years,” Clayton said. “From the first day we saw each other here we’ve been really supportive of each other.” See Freshmen on page 8
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environment. “Karima has strength and athleticism, and when all her gears are in play, there is no one who can stop her,” junior Jasmine Thomas said. “If Karima is attacking, I am confident that I can give her the ball and she’ll know what to do with it. Keturah knows the game very well, and even when she’s not scoring, she’s defending and still poses a threat on the court.” And despite their leadership roles, neither Christmas nor Jackson fail to acknowledge the importance of every individual player on the team, saying that Duke would not be what it is without everyone on board. “All the players on the team give energy in different ways—some in steals, some in shots and some in rebounding,” Jackson said. “We have a close team off the court and that translates to a close team on the court. If one of us gives the other a piece of advice, we don’t take it personally because we know she just wants to help.” This bond that exists among all the players is manifested between Christmas and Jackson through their passion and leadership, both on and off the court. At team gatherings, the two of them are known to come out of their shells and bring a little bit of their court intensity back to the dorms. “It’s great being able to rely on them during play, and if we didn’t have them, we would miss out on a lot of energy, especially on defense, and there would not be as many steals or as much ball pressure,” Thomas said. “And even at our team functions, they bring a sort of energy. They both have good humor, and they are always around cheering people up.” This dynamic duo takes the court tonight when Duke plays No. 13 Florida State (18-3, 4-1) at 8:30 p.m. in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
It is obvious that the girls have made a smooth transition on the court. Clayton and Stiles are both undefeated this season, each posting 2-0 singles records. They have won all of their matches in straight sets and have only dropped seven games combined. As the season progresses and the two get more and more familiar with Duke, both will look to make their marks on the university. They have already become just the second freshman pair in the last five years to win its first two matches. For now, though, both Clayton and Stiles will just focus on being college kids. But they aren’t going to miss the defining moments of what should be their senior year in high school. “I’m still going to go back and graduate with the class, which is nice…p and hopefully go to prom,” Stiles said. And if the two freshmen continue to succeed on the court, they’ll have plenty of occasions for celebration at Duke, too.
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Kyle Singler had an efficient 20 points against the Seminoles, but still shot 3-of-10 from behind the arc.
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Don’t haze me, bro It’s that time of year again. sity premises, that is harmThe beginning of Spring se- ful or potentially harmful mester ushers in a variety of to an individual’s physical, seasonal phenomena: tent- emotional or psychological ing, rushing and for an un- well-being, regardless of an lucky few, hazing. individual’s willingness to Hazing is a very real prob- participate or its bearing lem on Duke’s on his/her campus, and membership editorial the Universtatus.” sity’s firm policy against it is The problem of hazing justified. But any top-down seems to closely mirror the enforcement will only gen- University’s dilemma over erate a lasting solution if it alcohol enforcement. Hazis coupled with a meaning- ing, like underage drinking, ful shift in student cultural is against the law and can be norms. harmful to students. ThereGenerally associated with fore, the University must fraternity pledging but not adopt strong language against exclusive to it, hazing is de- the behavior in order to profined by the Office of Stu- tect itself from liability and dent Conduct as “any action prevent injury to students. taken or situation created, But when it comes to whether on or off univer- on-campus drinking and
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hazing, draconian enforcement tends to backfire. If the University cracks down every time an underage student drinks or every time an underclassman male has a pledge paddle sticking out of his backpack, then it is likely to drive the activity off campus—where hazing and drinking, unregulated, are typically more dangerous and more extreme. The solution to this problem, however, isn’t to simply back down and do nothing. Hazing has a negative impact on the individual, their group and the University community as a whole. Even seemingly innocuous pledge tasks like shotgunning a beer in front of an admissions tour and streak-
ing through classrooms are disruptive, and they should not be taken lightly. Turning a blind eye toward small violations only gives tacit consent for more egregious ones to occur. In the face of this dilemma, the University should continue to articulate a firm, principled stance on hazing, but it should also take whatever steps are necessary to build a culture that does not accept this behavior. This week’s e-mail sent from the Dean of Students’ office publicizing hazing policy and highlighting the availability of a hazing hotline for students, parents, faculty and staff to report policy violations is a good first step, but more comprehensive action is needed.
The University should continue to provide the education and tools that will empower students to think twice before perpetuating tolerance of hazing. Students need to know what constitutes hazing, what individual rights and protections they have and what channels exist for reporting, anonymous or not. This sort of outreach cannot be limited to one blast e-mail during rush season; it must be consistent and continual. Policies, enforcement, emails and hotlines, though, will result in no change without a fundamental shift in undergraduate culture. For ultimately, the power to curtail hazing ultimately rests with students.
Too much happiness
s soon as I heard the title of Alice Munro’s about what will guarantee a satisfying life for newest collection of stories, “Too Much each of us. Happiness,” I had to read it. Having too Other less intensive modes of insight into hapmuch happiness is an intriguing problem—like piness abound. In 2009, the online magazine Slate being too rich or too beautiful— hosted a guest blog by Gretchen Ruthat poses a provocative quandary, bin called “The Happiness Project.” but unfortunately it’s not one I can Now she has an independent blog envision facing ever. and a book by the same title on The The potentially unnerving, yet New York Times Bestseller List. She ultimately instructive characterisoutlines simple steps toward a haptic of the collection, as a New York pier life that include taking the time Times review notes, is that “a Munro to identify what adds to your overall story is liable to end in the middle happiness and, equally as imporeliza french of things—that is, well before (or tant, what detracts from it. je ne sais quoi well beyond) the moment when a Sometimes, despite all the rereader expects to find resolution.” search and writing on the subject, we This is perhaps the most effective way to articulate just don’t know for sure what will make us happy. an authentic quality of real life within the realm In most cases, we have to take the only apof fiction. Our lives aren’t delineated by neatly proach to happiness available—trial and error. We wrapped-up plot lines or regularly punctuated by might have to fix the choices we have made that moments of self-realization. ultimately lead to unhappiness in the future, but Often when we read a story or see a movie we at least we can appreciate it when we get it right anticipate the familiar narrative arc that ends the first time. with a moment of revelation. All of the conflicts At this point in the semester, we are starting eventually resolve themselves, and we interpret to face the consequences of our decisions. The this happy ending as an affirmation that our own grace period of drop/add is over, and we have problems can be solved so easily. When we don’t committed to clubs and organizations again. get this gratification, we necessarily confront the Rush and recruitment are reaching their fateful unsettling fact that we may never achieve a com- ends, and it’s time to get cozy with all of those prehensive sense of happiness. At best, we are new friends you’ve suddenly made—or to adforced to reconsider happiness as a long process just to life with the new label of “independent.” rather than a definitive and instantaneous trans- Like it or not, we are now fully invested in these formation. choices. If we aren’t already immediately hapAt one point or another, we’re all a little mysti- pier because of them, well, we’ll have to wait it fied by this process of achieving happiness, and we out and see. can’t resist the impulse to dissect it in an effort to Even if you do find the path to happiness, staymake it more attainable. ing on it entails an ongoing effort. Soon enough This past June, The Atlantic published an ex- it will be time to weigh your options again, tensive article, “What Makes Us Happy?,” primar- whether they are graduate schools, jobs, internily about one part of the Harvard Study of Adult ships, study abroad programs, research grants or Development, the Grant Study. Started in 1937 service trips. and directed since 1967 by Dr. George Vaillant, The Times review of “Too Much Happiness” the study tracks the lives of 268 Harvard men (in- describes another characteristic of the stories cluding Ben Bradlee and JFK) from their time as that aptly reflects real life. As the plots progress, undergraduates until their deaths. It involves fre- “[t]he very shape of things, along with our sense quent questionnaires, collection of medical data of what is important and why, seems to shift.” and regular personal interviews. Our lives lend themselves to constant reevalRather than conduct a reductive search for uation as our situations change. It is precisely the “secrets” to success, researchers analyze the because we are constantly confronted with new unprecedented set of data to find those factors choices that we have renewed opportunities for that could contribute to a well-adjusted life as happiness. Ultimately the conditions conducive well as those associated with discontent. They to our happiness are those with which we are have made interesting findings about exercise, presented, and it is up to us to find our way. alcohol use, social adaptations and other elements from all aspects of our lives, but it reEliza French is a Trinity junior. Her column runs mains impossible to make blanket statements every other Friday.
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Streak for skeptic
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SPN.com’s Streak for the Cash competition, like a whole host of other things in life, visibly encourages reckless and reactionary decision-making. The goal of SFC is to string together more consecutive correct predictions about the future than anyone else over a set time period. Outstreak the world and receive monetary empowerment: a cool hundred thou. The curveball is the deceptive easiness of the aforementioned predictions. The guy who puts together Outcome A and Outcome B for your betting pleasure is an odds-making genius who self-admittedly receives an abundance of hate mail for crushing the collective spirit of SportsNation. ben brostoff Jason Gilbert, the much-maligned bro’s stuff StreakMaster, specializes in suckering America into bets that reflect an unseemly overconfidence in human foresight. For instance Tuesday, 94.9 percent of SFCers picked Liverpool of the English Premier League to win outright over Wolverhampton: the match ended in a tie. In a cruel twist of irony, the Liverpool game was one of the most popular matchups offered on SFC that day. Right around the start of that unfortunate futbol debacle, my probability class commenced with this question: What number of people would need to gather in a room to ensure more than a 50 percent chance of two or more of them having the same birthday? Had Vegas opened up a 45.5 over/under on this question, most people would have flocked to the over like Brett Favre throwing into triple coverage. The answer is about 23. In related news, Steve Nowicki isn’t too fond of Duke’s QS requirements. As someone who has heard the professorial shpiel on the common misconception that a terrorist attack is statistically more likely than a car crash far too many times, I have absolutely no desire to discuss our conceptions of probability at length. The point of the preceding anecdotes is not that we have a fundamentally flawed grasp of chance (although this probably is true), but that Liverpool’s failure and the 23-person birthday guarantee remain surprising. Skepticism should logically increase with age, especially if in your formative years the world’s financial system collapses on itself and a popular movement arises that is obsessed with exposing the backwardness of supposed “common sense.” And one of the leaders of this movement teaches at your school. Yet, there has been no discernible surge among the ranks of the skeptics at Duke, save for a rush-induced wariness of the value of the 10:05 AM lecture. Maybe it’s rather appropriate that the people who have a copy of “Freakonomics” in their dorm rooms are often the same guys who pay $8.50 for lunch, myself included. Some might call it predictably irrational. Casual observation would suggest that among the college-aged, the Arielys, Dubnars and Gladwells of the world are currently more intellectual curiosities than bonafide models for imitation. Having picked up various tidbits of advice about applying for jobs as a student, it would seem that skepticism about accepted methodology is actually frowned upon by the outside world. The budding finance whiz must confidently list an orderly sequence of steps if asked how to value a corporation. A future software engineer should necessarily approach complex problems in a direct and precise fashion. A wannabe newspaper columnist need use parallel construction. There is no room for skepticism when you’re trying to maintain the guise of certainty. So, during your next behavioral interview, be the picture of total confidence and not skeptical empiricism. “Tell me about a time you missed an obvious solution to a problem,” interviewer X may request. “Doubt is the cousin of overskepticism…” you will respond, before launching into a story about how you once took several hours to manually write out the value of a triple integral when you could have done the whole thing using spherical coordinates in five minutes. “Too much analysis is paralysis,” you might conclude. Thus exists the cognitive dissonance stemming from a theoretical awareness of the value of skepticism paired with the pragmatic inconvenience of critical thinking. Indeed, this psychological hang-up is what makes Streak for the Cash so frustrating. Every time you think you’ve made a can’t-miss pick, a small voice inevitably reminds you that you’re an inherently irrational being easily manipulated by incentives. Were you to always listen to this voice, however, you would run the risk of being late for class and unemployable. Being skeptical has a high opportunity cost. On a positive note, we might have the same birthday. Ben Brostoff is a Trinity sophomore. His column runs every Friday.
CORRECTION The print version of the Jan. 28 column “Look me up on Facebook” misspelled the author’s name. The author is Metty Fisseha. The Chronicle regrets the error.
spent this past weekend in Detroit burying an the devil isn’t in the freedom business. The Lavalas uncle who just died of cancer. As I drove back movement demonstrates this. Based largely in the to the airport Tuesday morning, amid the ruins parishes of radical clergy members sympathetic to of a willfully neglected and not forgotten city, I lis- liberation theology, this movement turned Christened to the radio, where all anyone tianity into a weapon against opcould talk about was an article posted pression and not simply one of the on Anderson Cooper’s blog called, oppressor’s tools. In the process, it “Haiti is not our long-term priority. showed that religious faith can be a Detroit is.” powerful tool in a people’s self-liberaThis article has a number of probtion, not the cause of their suffering. lems, but here I would like to focus As always, it is the content of an idea on one in particular: its assertion and the use to which we put it, that that “Haiti’s not really our problem michael stauch determines its value in the process at all.” The most cursory look at the spread the embers of human liberation. last 200 years of Haitian history tells Given that the crisis in Haiti is a different story. largely the responsibility of our govIn 1804, more than 60 years before the Civil War ernment’s long-term meddling in Haitian affairs, put an end to slavery in the United States, the Hai- how should we respond? tian people gained their freedom in what journalist Aristide’s role as leader and spokesperson of Kim Ives called, “the first and last slave revolution Lavalas—but also product of its dynamic movein history.” It was a revolution that established Haiti ment—gives us a clue. In a 2007 interview, Aristide as “the first black republic in the world, the first described the relationship between himself and independent nation of Latin America,” a revolu- that movement. “It isn’t a matter of struggling for tion that became “the touchstone of all the other the people, on behalf of the people, at a distance revolutions [in Latin America].” from the people,” he said, “it’s a matter of strugThe people of Haiti have been paying for it ever gling with and in the midst of the people.” since. Some, like Robertson, fight against the people, Almost immediately, the U.S. and France, each using whatever power and influence he has to stymotivated by their own interests, spearheaded mie their self-liberation. an international embargo against Haiti. France Others choose to fight for them and on their demanded, and eventually received, reparations behalf, albeit from a distance. from Haiti to pay for its effort to crush the Haitian These are the vast majority of non-governmental revolution. The U.S. sought to contain the exam- organizations now operating in Haiti or flocking to ple of a successful slave rebellion from spreading its aid. Selma James, longtime lefty political activist, to its Southern slaveholding states. It was only dur- once quipped that it’s ironic to call these groups ing the Civil War, when the North could benefit “non-governmental” as they so often arrive alongfrom such a slave rebellion, that President Abra- side U.S. troops (see Iraq) and do their bidding. ham Lincoln recognized Haiti as an independent Many of these organizations limit their activity to nation. packing lunches and donating money to approved The intervening 150 years of Haitian-U.S. rela- institutions in Haiti. They are condescending savtions have been little different. iors, struggling for the people, on their behalf, and Since 1915, the U.S. has invaded and occupied from a distance. the country four separate times. From 1957 to Still others fight not for the people, but with 1986, it openly supported the repressive Duvalier them and in their midst. Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti dictatorship, until the Duvaliers were overthrown is one of them, and this goes a long way toward exby Lavalas, or “the flood,” a grassroots movement plaining the controversy surrounding it recently. out of which future Haitian president Jean-Ber- Jean’s organization, according to a Washington trand Aristide emerged as spokesperson. In the Post article paraphrasing its president, “does what past 20 years, the U.S. has openly or tacitly support- others can’t, because Jean gives it unusual access to ed Aristide’s overthrow twice! In 1991, it supported the country’s slums.” The racists and condescenda military coup after Aristide became the country’s ing saviors fear Haiti’s slums. They forget that the first democratically elected president, and in 2004, Haitian people, from the most skilled surgeons to it essentially kidnapped him, forcing him onto a the slum dwellers living 20 deep in shacks around U.S.-chartered airplane and airlifting him to Cen- Port-au-Prince, have proven time and again that tral African Republic. they will fight and defeat racists and that they need This cursory overview shows not only that the no condescending saviors. current crisis in Haiti is “our problem” but also, Donate not only to groups like Jean’s Yele Haiti, fundamentally, the result of 200 years of meddling but grassroots organizations like Batay Ouvriye and in internal Haitian affairs by the United States. the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund that seek not Racist comments, like those by Pat Robertson, only to meet immediate needs, but lay the groundever the scatological demagogue, have attributed work to fulfill the promise of Haiti’s long-deferred the troubles the Haitian people have experienced dreams. over the last 200 years to an alleged pact they made with the devil in exchange for their freedom. Michael Stauch is a second-year Ph.D. candidate in But whatever Robertson or anyone else says, history. His column runs every other Friday.
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