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ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTH YEAR, Issue 90
Central eatery Duke teams 66 BC DUKE 63 with Indian Blue Devils escape from Eagles’ nest pushed back until March 1 company by Kelly McKisson
by Sonia Havele
Duke is making another move to strengthen global relations—this time, with the prospect of medical advancement in mind. The University will collaborate on two initiatives with an India-based drug company to develop new drugs and to fund Duke research of disease in the Indian population. The company will provide the necessary fundnews ing for these projects that has become more analysis difficult to attain in the United States. Duke will be working with Jubilant Biosys Limited and Jubilant First Trust Healthcare Limited, a subsidiary of the Indian company Jubilant Organosys Limited, which is the largest integrated custom research and manufacturing services and leading drug discovery and development services company in India. Jubilant Biosys Limited, specifically, is a drug development company that provides solutions to the global pharmaceutical industry. Last November, Duke signed two letters of intent with the Indian company in New Delhi. The collaborators have been in discussion for more than a year as to how they
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Junior Nolan Smith scored 21 points Saturday as Duke narrowly left Chestnut Hill, Mass. with an ACC road win against Boston College. Jon Scheyer also poured in 21 for the Blue Devils. SEE STORY PAGE 8
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The opening of Mill Village has been delayed again, leaving Central Campus residents with few nearby food options for another month. Last weekend’s snowfall halted work at the site for several days, pushing the finish date back to “somewhere around March 1,” said Steve Nowicki, dean and vice provost of undergraduate education. When it opens, Mill Village will offer Central residents a restaurant and an enlarged Uncle Harry’s General Store, as well as social space. Students said the temporary grocery store on Central lacks many food items they need to prepare meals. “I understand fully that the temporary Uncle Harry’s is less than desirable,” Nowicki said. “But it really is just a matter of a few weeks before Mill Village and the new Uncle Harry’s opens up.” Some students said they are unhappy with the lack of meal options on Central. “It’s been rough on us,” said Central resident Nutishia Blake, a junior. “We have lower food points anyway and then they took away Uncle Harry’s. It puts us in a bind.” Although there is a temporary replacement for Uncle Harry’s, Blake said it does not offer much variety. See central on page 12
IFC nabs 234 In improving cleanliness, recruits from DUHS cuts costs, fatalities pool of 499 by Ben Joseph THE CHRONICLE
by Samantha Brooks THE CHRONICLE
Let the pledging begin. As the three weeks of rush came to an end, brothers from the campus’ 15 Interfraternity Council fraternities gathered to distribute bids on East Campus to 297 students who received them throughout the past week. As of Friday night, a total of 234 recruits had accepted bids given by fraternities, which marked the deadline for acceptances, said IFC President Eric Kaufman, a senior. The number of acceptances this year indicates an increase of 21 accepted bids from last year’s class of 213. This year’s rush also showed an increase in participants, rising to 499 from last year’s 470. Junior Louis Hellman, IFC vice president for recruitment and pledging, said the members of the IFC executive board were satisfied with the See IFC on page 4
Tar Heels come calling in Cameron Monday, Page 7
For Duke University Health System, cleaning up may help keep costs down for patients. Last month, several Consumer Reports National Research Center surveys showed that 4 percent of patients and 28 percent of nurses saw problems with hospital cleanliness. DUHS infectious disease specialist Dr. Deverick Anderson recently published a study showing a lack of cleanliness can be costly for patients. Data from seven Triangle-area hospitals found that patients who contracted post-surgical infections faced almost $60,000 in additional charges from readmission and an increased length of stay. The Duke University Health System is working to improve cleanliness. “Until recently, there weren’t many ways to objectively determine how well hospitals were cleaned, with most inspections consisting of a cursory glance as employees did rounds or other tasks,” Anderson said. “Duke recognized it as an issue and implemented a number of methods to assess the cleanliness of its clinics and operating rooms.”
Duke already had a program through which hospital staff would leave invisible liquid dots on surfaces and return with an ultra-violet light to check whether the surfaces were adequately cleaned, Anderson noted. He added that like the six other hospitals he studied, Duke is successful at preventing surgical site infections, as only 1 to 2 percent of patients develop them. Still, problems with hospital cleanliness revealed a seven-fold increase in mortality rates and a total cost of $19 million dollars for the seven hospitals examined, so Anderson said he believes an intervention would be cost-effective. “Duke does pretty well in preventing surgical site infections,” Anderson said. “That was somewhat the point of my article, that even at these well performing hospitals you add it all up and it’s $19 million dollars.” According to HealthGrades, a health care ratings company, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Duke is rated average among the national standard for lack of infections acquired at hospitals. Associate Chief Nursing Officer Yvonne Spurney said
“He is going to be a very strong fencer—he is already.” —fencing coach Alex Beguinet, on freshman Anthony Lin. See story page 10
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Duke falls to Illini but recovers for two wins, Page 6
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Makeshift Haitian jails packed, no justice system up PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Haiti’s criminal justice system was brought to a standstill by last month’s earthquake, which leveled the capital city’s courthouse. But crime did not stop, and that has left police commanders with jail cells full of frustrated inmates who have not been given a chance to go before a judge. At the main police station, which was damaged by the quake, more than half of the 81 prisoners are being housed in a makeshift cell set up in a small courtyard. It
is a pit of anger and squalor. With 46 people crowded inside, there is no room to lie down and no reason to think that would be safe. “It’s hell. H-E-L-L,” Bouzy Archange Jr. said from behind bars. “I’m in hell.” A few steps behind him, two younger inmates began to swing at each other. “They are fighting all the time,” Archange said. “You have to watch yourself.” Like many in the cell, Archange had been there longer than the 48 hours allowed under Haitian law.
TSA to scale back on plans Palin ponders presidency for private plane security NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Sarah Palin said she “won’t close the door” on a potential presidential bid sometime in the future during an interview on the “Fox News Sunday” program. “It would be absurd to not consider what it is that I can potentially do to help our country,” she said. “I won’t close the door that perhaps could be open for me in the future.” Asked why she wouldn’t run for president, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee responded that she would. “I would if I believe that that is the right thing to do for our country and for the Palin family,” she said. “Certainly, I would do so.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Citing industry objections, the Transportation Security Administration is preparing to scale back a controversial plan to expand aviation security rules for the first time to thousands of private planes. TSA officials said this week they expect to issue a revised plan this fall that will significantly reduce from 15,000 the number of U.S.-registered general-aviation aircraft subjected to tougher rules. Instead of mandating that all passengers aboard private planes be checked against terrorist watch lists, name checks in many cases could be left to the discretion of pilots, they said. The shifts would mark significant rollbacks of security changes.
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india from page 1 could work together best. Dr. Krishna Udayakumar, assistant professor of medicine at the Duke Translational Medicine Institute, was an active player in developing business relations with Jubilant. “Now that the letters of intent have been signed, we can finalize the agreements in the next several months and kick-start relations in the near future,” Udayakumar said. Robert Taber, vice chancellor for corporate and venture development at Duke University Medical Center, noted that Jubilant possesses certain assets including funding, resources and expertise that Duke needs to further its drug development projects. “It’s a natural partnership,” Taber said. “Jubliant is willing to invest in an earlier stage.... They have the resources of preclinical development that we could never develop ourselves.” The first step of the partnership will focus on four to five research projects each year, applying funding from Jubilant, and co-developing these research projects with some of the work being done at Duke and some being done at Jubilant. For the last few years, it has become more difficult to attain venture capital to invest in early stage development of drugs and research because investors have become more conservative, Taber noted. Because of these setbacks, Duke has been trying to develop partnerships outside the United States, like its collaboration with Jubilant. The other aspect of the partnership will be run through the Duke Global Health Institute, which will develop a population-based cohort study. A group of Indian patients will be studied through a Jubilant-owned hospital chain in Kolkata. Blood and urine samples will be collected in order to better understand the history of both infectious and chronic diseases in the Indian population.
crimebriefs McWasted Duke and Durham Emergency Medical Services responded to a student who was unresponsive at McDonald’s in the Bryan Center from underage consumption early Saturday morning. The student later regained consciousness, refused further treatment and was escorted back to her room. Unclothed A student reported Friday afternoon that clothing was taken from an unsecured laundry room in Bassett Residence Hall.
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DUHS CEO and President Dr. Victor Dzau (center) signed two letters of intent with Jubilant Biosys Limited and Jubilant First Trust Healthcare Limited last November to form a partnership on two initiatives. “The interesting twist to this is that we’re not just interested in the clinical aspects of the study, but understanding the biology that underlies the development of these diseases particularly in populations as they transition from rural to urban geographies,” said Dr. Svati Shah, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology and principle investigator of the study. Shah added that Kolkata was chosen as the primary location for this study because it represents a wide variety of Indian populations and is the third largest city in India for transitional populations moving from rural to urban settings. As in its other collaboration with Duke, Jubilant will also fund the study and increase its role in the project by developing biobanking facilities to store the collected
blood samples. Because Jubilant is funding the study, the majority of the process will take place in Kolkata. “In the kind of work that we’re trying to do, there is no single entity that can do this. It has to be collaborative and multidisciplinary as well,” Shah said. “There is something to be said in understanding the epidemiology of disease, but by understanding the biology of disease there can be so much that can be done to prevent disease development in populations outside of the United States.” As Duke expands its involvement across the globe, the collaborators hope the partnership with Jubilant will improve health relations between the United States and India. “I think this [collaboration] fits very nicely in Duke’s new global perspective,” Taber said.
Weed-out A graduate student was cited last Wednesday morning in Central Campus apartments for possession of marijuana. Catch me if you can A woman received a suspicious check last Tuesday on Blackwell Street from a third party that identifies Duke University as the financial source. The check was deemed forged. Student discount A witness reported last Tuesday afternoon that a student took items from the Bryan Center Book Store without paying for them. Making the cut A stun gun and box cutter were removed from a student’s room in Giles Residence Hall last Monday afternoon because of the prohibition of weapons on campus.
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IFC from page 1 turnout. “We were very pleased. We were able to substantially increase numbers in rush from last year as well as the number of bids given out and the number of kids who accepted bids,” Hellman said. “Rush went a lot smoother than last year. This year we were able to finish everything very quickly and eliminate dirty rush techniques as much as possible.” Dirty rushing, a term that refers to the violation of recruitment rules by fraternities, was not a large problem this year, Kaufman said. “Every recruitment process has its share of violations,” he said. “This year was nothing more, nothing less.” As of Monday night, the deadline for
official bid acceptances, Delta Sigma Phi had the most accepted bids at 27, Hellman said. The two fraternities with the fewest acceptances were Phi Delta Theta and Delta Kappa Epsilon, each with one. These totals do not include snap bids, or late acceptances, which were not complete until Friday. Kaufman declined to comment on final numbers for individual chapters, deferring to the chapter presidents. This year was the first year of rush for a new fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon. SAE President Brad Larson, a junior, wrote in an e-mail that SAE’s first IFC rush was a “learning process.” “It is true that we are a new fraternity, but that did not put any pressure on us to give out a lot of bids as a way to get a lot of pledges,” Larson said. “We think the best way to create a quality fraternity is to focus on the quality of guys, not the number of
guys.... Certainly being new made it difficult in terms of rush, because we had never conducted an IFC rush before.” Hellman said one of the most significant changes that affected rush this year was the new Panhellenic rush schedule, which was held over the course of two weekends instead of the usual five-day period beginning before the start of the semester. “It changed the dynamic of when [fraternities] held certain events, particularly because [they] couldn’t pull any official events with sororities until the whole thing
was over,” Hellman said. “You couldn’t hold any events the first two weekends and bank on a lot of girls showing up. It definitely wasn’t ideal, but I think we were able to work around it. [IFC rush] definitely had a different feel.” Chapter presidents—excluding Larson, Delta Kappa Epsilon President Tucker Howard, a sophomore, and Sigma Chi President Andrew Bevan, a senior—did not respond to requests for comment Sunday. Pi Kappa Alpha President Zach Prager, a sophomore, declined to comment.
IFC rush by the numbers The 15 IFC fraternities gained 234 pledges this year. The Chronicle breaks down the number of new brothers headed to each fraternity, as of last Monday night’s bid card deadline.
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Cutcliffe revels in Manning family’s Super Bowl exploits by Harrison Comfort THE CHRONICLE
Quarterback Peyton Manning led the Indianapolis Colts into Super Bowl XLIV yesterday to take on the New Orleans Saints. Although Manning threw for 333 yards on 31-of-45 passing and a touchdown, the Saints defeated the Colts 31-17 to win their first Super Bowl in team history. Despite not being able to win his second championship, Manning had at least one person in his corner: Duke head coach David Cutcliffe. “I am going to pull for the Indianapolis Colts,” Cutcliffe said last week. “I did have the pleasure of coaching their quarterback Peyton Manning in college... and I’m pulling all the way for my man Peyton.” Before Manning started his Hall-of-Fame-caliber career in the NFL, the four-time NFL MVP played at Tennessee where Cutcliffe served as the Volunteers’ offensive coordinator. Manning blossomed in Cutcliffe’s offense and took
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David Cutcliffe’s star pupil, Peyton Manning, started at quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts in last night’s Super Bowl XLIV in Miami, Fla.
over under center early in his first season. Over the course of his career, Manning shattered the school’s records, becoming Tennessee’s all-time leading passer with 11,201 yards and 89 touchdowns. He amassed a 39-6 record at quarterback, earning the most wins in SEC history. One of the streets surrounding the Volunteers’ football stadium was even named “Peyton Manning Pass”. And yet over a decade after Manning and Cutcliffe took the Volunteers to the 1998 Orange Bowl, the two remain close friends. Manning even had his former coach’s ear the night before National Signing Day. “I had a couple kids I was trying to get on the phone I couldn’t get on the phone,” Cutcliffe said. “You know the world has caller ID now, so I’m at the point where I’m really mad. Then my phone rings, and I didn’t really want to talk to anybody and I said ‘Goddangit, who is this?’ I looked down and it was Peyton.” Cutcliffe has a unique connection to the Manning family. In addition to reaching the national spotlight with Peyton, Cutcliffe also coached Peyton’s younger brother, Eli, at Ole Miss. The younger Manning went on to win the Maxwell Award as the nation’s top all-around player and threw for 10,286 yards and 84 touchdowns. Eli Manning has gone on to achieve considerable success in the NFL, also winning a Super Bowl MVP award with the New York Giants in 2008. And last Wednesday, when Peyton Manning spent the day talking to reporters on Super Bowl Media Day, the 12-year veteran still made time to call Cutcliffe to discuss the sport they both love. “We ended up having about a 50-minute talk, and it put me in a good mood,” Cutcliffe said. “I got to talk some Xs and Os, got to hear about his work week and the circumstances surrounding the ballgame. We got into details of pass protection and routes.... I had fun.” Even though Super Bowl XLIV did not fare well for Manning, the future Hall of Fame quarterback is still in the prime of his career. His passion for the game developed during his time at Tennessee, and Manning believes Cutcliffe is on his way to creating a similar winning tradition in Durham. “Peyton loves it here [at Duke], he really does,” Cutcliffe said. “He loves this staff, he loves the persona of the place, and he enjoyed his time here when he came and stayed with me for about three days and he understood exactly what we are trying to do here.”
Duke responds to Illini defeat with 2 victories by Patricia Lee THE CHRONICLE
Despite sweeping the No. 1 doubles and Nos. 1 and 2 singles spots, No. 21 Duke (4-2) fell to No. 12 Illinois 5-2 Friday at Sheffield Tennis Center. Coming off an early 8-2 win from senior Reid Carleton and freshman Henrique Cunha in doubles, the Blue Devils failed to gain a lead as their Nos. 2 and No. 3 spots suffered 8-3 and 8-5 defeats to the Fighting IlILLIN 4 lini. That same trend continued, as Cunha and Carleton both won their DUKE 2 singles matches but the rest of the team lost all four contests. 0 ND “Overall we competed really well, but it was a disappointing DUKE 7 loss toobviously a really good team,” head coach Ramsey Smith said. “Early on we had NCCU 0 chances in singles to set the tone, and DUKE 7 if we can win at No. 1 and No. 2 we should be able to win the match.” In front of a sizable crowd, Duke seemed simultaneously energized and tense with the increased fan support. At the beginning of the singles round, Duke led in three of the six matches before losing its momentum. The players also had minor problems with cramping in their matches, something the coach attributed to nerves. “We had an amazing crowd, which is awesome, but a couple of the guys seemed tighter than usual and didn’t play as loosely as they usually do,” Smith said. “Illinois outplayed us, but there were some chances we had that we didn’t fully capitalize on.” Cunha and Carleton were the only Blue Devils to come See illini on page 11
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Reid Carleton won every match he played this weekend as the Blue Devils lost to Illinois but defeated Notre Dame and N.C. Central.
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For players, Carolina DUKE UNC just another ACC foe CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM• MONDAY • 7 p.m. • ESPN2 by Patricia Lee THE CHRONICLE
It’s the game all the fans have been waiting for—the showdown between two teams whose rivalry goes way back in history. It’s the battle between light blue and dark blue, North Carolina and Duke. But for the players, it is nothing more than another game against an ACC team. “When you try to hype it up and make it something more than what it is, that’s when you mess up,” senior forward Joy Cheek said. “It’s been going on for years and years—it’s a big game because the schools are strong, the rivalries are strong, but you can’t think that. You have to play them like you play Clemson, Miami, whoever else you play.” And although the No. 9 Tar Heels (16-5, 4-3 in the ACC) and No. 6 Duke (18-4, 6-1) face some rivalries in recruiting— both Cheek and junior Jasmine Thomas were pursued by the Tar Heels—head coach Joanne P. McCallie dismisses the game as having any significant meaning, other than a historic one. “I think that it’s something [to talk about] after the season,” McCallie said. “In the season,
it’s like dominoes and they’re all lined up and you try to knock the dominoes down, but out of season, season’s over, and you’ve been successful against the rival and there’s talk about that, and that’s where rival games take on life—in the past tense, like, ‘Oh I remember that game.’” Fan support should play a significant role in giving more energy to Duke’s players and increasing the amount of enthusiasm—Cameron Indoor Stadium is typically close to sold out when these two teams meet— though the main focus of the players is still playing Duke’s brand of basketball.
“When you try to hype it up and make it more than what it is, that’s when you mess up.” — Senior Joy Cheek “It’s a fun game for fans because it’s a very historic game, and it’s great having the fan support and the tickets sold out, but that’s
outside our arena,” McCallie said. “For our situation and our cause, which is playing our basketball and the way we want to command and dictate those kinds of things, it’s more [irrelevant].” This is the first time since Feb. 21, 1997 that the two teams meet coming off of losses, as Duke lost to Boston College Feb. 4 and the Tar Heels to Miami the same day. Duke, however, is looking to turn the tide and execute better defense against a team which has strong post players, like the ones the Blue Devils saw in Chestnut Hill, Mass. During that game, the Eagles shot 32 percent whereas Duke shot 38 percent, but Boston College still managed to come through 61-57 by taking more shots. “I think it’s great that we have another team that has excellent post players. It’s going to be a team defensive effort,” McCallie said. “You get back at practice and you demand more. You have an awareness of what we did not accomplish last game out, and it will be definitely be a focus point against Carolina.” “Teams are always growing and gaining experience, and we’re
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Joy Cheek stressed that Monday’s game against North Carolina is no more important than any other ACC contest. Duke lost its last conference matchup to Boston College.
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Trying week ends with tough road win by Joe Drews THE CHRONICLE
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Last year, the low point of Duke’s season was a sixpoint loss at Boston College, its fourth defeat in six games. The Blue Devils weren’t going to let that happen again. Playing less than 48 hours after an 86-67 win over Georgia Tech, No. 10 Duke used a late first-half run to push its halftime lead to 10 points, and then it fought off a secondhalf Eagle rally to earn its second road win of the season Saturday in Conte Forum. “We knew coming in that this was going to be a big game for us,” junior forward Kyle Singler said. “Thinking back on last year, we knew that this was a turning point in our season. So it’s kind of ironic, at this point in the year, winning [at Boston College]. Hopefully it turns our season around again.” But this time, the team’s improvement won’t have to wait until after the Boston College game. After getting blown out at Georgetown Jan. 30, Duke responded this week by disposing of No. 21 Georgia Tech Thursday and then toppling the Eagles (12-11, 3-6 in the ACC) Saturday. “Coming up here, we had to make a lot of changes after this game [last year],” guard Nolan Smith said. “This year, we made changes before this game. It worked, but now we’re [still] not satisfied.” Singler, Smith and Jon Scheyer led the way for the Blue Devils, playing 119 of a possible 120 minutes and scoring a combined 54 points. But it was senior center Brian Zoubek who ensured that Duke (194, 7-2) wouldn’t have another nightmare in Boston, where its season ended in the NCAA Tournament last year. Moments after draining a rainbow 3-pointer to pull his team within a point of the Blue Devils, Boston College guard Reggie Jackson brought the ball up the court with the Eagles one long ball away from forcing overtime. Jackson was swarmed by the Duke defense and swung the ball to the top of the key to Joe Trapani. Trapani, Boston College’s second-best 3-point shooter, momentarily had an open look, but the 7-foot-1
Zoubek quickly closed out on him. Trapani was forced to hoist a contested 3-pointer that clanged off the front of the iron, clinching Duke’s 66-63 victory over the Eagles. “Zoubek made the play of the game,” head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “We have a close-out drill, where it doesn’t make any difference who you are—perimeter or big guy. If you see a shooter, you have to have a sense of urgency, and he had the sense of urgency of a senior.” That play capped a whirlwind trip for the Blue Devils, who had just one day off between games and got as much as they could handle from Boston College. The Blue Devils also made their own lives more difficult by not capitalizing on offensive opportunities. Before Smith and Scheyer made four clutch free throws in the final 30 seconds, Duke shot just 11-for-22 from the charity stripe. The Blue Devils also misfired on a number of easy looks inside all afternoon, highlighted by Mason Plumlee’s missed dunk with just more than four minutes remaining. But Duke converted when it mattered most. The Blue Devils made 6-of-8 free throws in the final minute, including splits by freshmen Ryan Kelly and Andre Dawkins. Dawkins had not seen any game action before that— he also didn’t register action against Georgia Tech—and he made his first free throw to give Duke a two-possession lead. “For people who don’t play basketball, that’s a really tough thing to do, [to] come in the end and hit a free throw cold like that,” Scheyer said. “I can’t say enough about him.” That free throw proved important with Jackson’s proficiency from beyond the arc. And when the Eagles’ sophomore guard was forced to give up the ball on the final possession and Trapani’s desperation heave missed, Duke avoided any 2009 flashbacks and simultaneously built on the momentum of the Georgia Tech victory. “We needed to win this game,” Krzyzewski said. “Missing layups, free throws against a really good [team]—we needed to win this game. It’s a big, big win for our basketball team based on how things have gone for us.”
Senior Lance Thomas looked intensely toward the basketball on this occasion, and he may have done so too frequently Saturda
Maryland 92 — North Carolina 71 Ga Tech 73 — N.C. State 71 Virginia Tech 70 — Clemson 59 Wake Forest 64 — Virginia 61 Florida State 71 — Miami 65
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Senior Jon Scheyer is typically an excellent foul shooter, and that skill came into play late in Duke’s win over Boston College. Scheyer went 6-of-6 from the line on the day and made two clutch free throws to help seal the victory.
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Motion offense brings success
by Sabreena Merchant THE CHRONICLE
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ay against Boston College: The forward fouled out after playing only 22 minutes in Conte Forum.
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Junior Kyle Singler rarely found an easy look against the Eagles and shot 4-for-14 from the field.
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — It’s no secret the Blue Devils have struggled on the road this season. Part of the problem has been the team’s difficulty generating a rhythm on offense. Lack of ball movement and player movement has led to stagnant possessions and contested shots, and consequently, a lot of low scores for Duke away from home. To counter that, head coach Mike Krzyzewski started working on the team’s motion offense this week in practice, the idea being that a balanced attack would better serve No. 10 Duke against a Boston College team that has had its fair share of success against the Blue Devils, particularly at home. It worked, as a solid offensive showing—especially in the first half—balanced Duke’s Game stringent defensive effort in a Analysis 66-63 win over the Eagles. “What we wanted to do this week is we wanted to have more guys touch the ball,” Krzyzewski said. “And so motion is not just to get unpredictable movement, but it’s to make everyone think that we’re scoring, that not one guy is scoring.” In the first half, the Blue Devils were incredibly smooth on the offensive end, converting on 15-of-25 shots for a 60 percent clip. The efficiency on offense resulted from good spacing and movement, both on and off the ball, and Duke had seven assists on 15 scores. Junior Nolan Smith led the way in the opening session with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting and three assists. Smith scored in a variety of ways, including coming off of curls, pulling up from midrange and driving directly to the basket, giving the Eagles fits as to how to defend him. “Every shot that I was taking, I had confidence,” Smith said. “My teammates, they know where I like the ball and they do a great job of getting me the ball where I like—off curls and getting those good midrange looks.” Kyle Singler and Jon Scheyer chipped in seven and nine points in the first half, respectively, on a
combined 7-of-13 shooting, including seven straight by Scheyer to close the period and give the Blue Devils a 10-point lead entering halftime. “Sometimes in our losses, we didn’t move the ball as well,” Scheyer said. “For whatever reason on the road, we haven’t done that. So that’s something we talked about and I thought we did a really good job of that today.” Duke barely managed to hang onto its first-half advantage in the closing stretch. With the Blue Devils playing their second game in 43 hours, tired legs left
“Every shot that I was taking, I had confidence.” — Junior Nolan Smith the team unable to move as effectively in the second half. The wear showed on the stat sheet, as Duke shot only 8-of-23 in the second period and struggled from the free throw line throughout the game, making just 15-of-26 free throws. With the motion coming to a halt, Duke turned to its most important strength: its veteran leadership. After Rakim Sanders blocked Smith on a potential fast-break layup and Corey Raji converted for the Eagles on the other end, Scheyer calmly sank a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession to maintain the Blue Devils’ double-digit lead. And when Boston College pulled to within four with under two mintues to play, Smith found an opening in the lane for a lay-in to keep Duke comfortably in front. “Today we showed a lot of poise, and we played together,” Smith said. “The guys that we have on the court are definitely ready for anything.” Even though the Blue Devils’ offensive plan faltered in the second half, Krzyzewski maintained that the team will continue to work on its movement with the ball as ACC play progresses. And even if the ball stops moving, Duke knows that it has experienced leaders to make the correct plays, as the veteran perimeter came through once more Saturday in a tough road environment.
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Guard Nolan Smith slaps five with graduate assistant Chris Carrawell late in the Blue Devils’ road win in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Saturday.
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Blue Devils cruise past hapless Hoosiers by Kyle Lambrecht THE CHRONICLE
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The Duke men earned a marquee victory by defeating defending national champion and No. 1 Penn State.
Duke men earn upset win over No. 1 PSU by Jacob Levitt THE CHRONICLE
Duke’s fencing program is probably best known for Becca Ward, the sophomore sensation who won a silver medal for the United Sates in women’s saber at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She continues to star for the Blue Devils, finishing a perfect 12-0 Sunday, including 3-0 in her matches against No. 1 Penn State. Ward, however, is not the only young fencer contributing to Duke’s emergence.
Despite an inauspicious upset loss in the opener to Air Force on the men’s side, the Blue Devils rebounded in a big way, going on to defeat defending national champion and perennial powerhouse Penn State, also No. 1 on the men’s side, for the first time in 25 years. Duke earned the victory by winning 15 out of 27 bouts. Both the men’s and women’s teams See fencing on page 11
As the reigning NCAA champion, No. 1 Duke extended its winning streak and remained unbeaten on the season this weekend, sweeping Indiana 7-0 Saturday at Sheffield Tennis Center. The Blue Devils (5-0) have lost just two 0 points all season, IU blanking three oppoDUKE 7 nents along the way. The Blue Devils extended their doubles winning streak to 15 against the Hoosiers (7-1). The No. 1 doubles team of senior Amanda Granson and junior Ellah Nze defeated Indiana’s Leslie Hureau and Myriam Sopel soundly with a victory of 8-3 in only 44 minutes. At the No. 2 doubles spot, senior Elizabeth Plotkin and junior Reka Zsilinszka dominated Lindsey Stuckey and Evgeniya Vertesheva, 8-4. Rounding out the doubles matches, sophomore Monica Gorny and freshman Jessica Stiles overpowered Maria Guerreiro and Katya Zapadalov at the No. 3 spot to help the Blue Devils grab the doubles point and take an early lead in the match. “[Doubles has] really been a focus for the coaches since the season started,” Zsilinszka said. “It’s really starting to show now. It’s good timing because we’re about to go to the [Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s] Indoors.” The Blue Devils may have been spending time focusing on doubles, but their dominance in singles has shown fans that Duke is a contender for yet another national title. Zsilinszka, ranked 20th in the nation, swept Vertesheva 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 1
singles spot. Losing only one point to Guerreiro at the No. 6 spot, Stiles showed the future potential of the program and moved to a perfect 3-0 on the season. Nze was the only Duke player that faced a challenge from an opponent. After winning the first set 7-5 over Hureau at the No. 2 singles spot, Nze charged back and swept the second set, 6-0, to finish the match. Plotkin defeated Sopel 6-2, 6-1, and Clayton beat Stuckey 6-2, 6-1 at the Nos. 3 and 5 positions, respectively, and Gorny topped Zapadalova 6-4, 6-2 at No. 4 to finish the sweep. The Blue Devils travel to Madison, Wisc. Feb. 12-15 for the ITA National Indoors.
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Ellah Nze was challenged in the first set by her Indiana opponent but won the second 6-0.
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away with wins against Illinois, with Cunha narrowly defeating Dennis Nevolo, 6-4, 7-6, and Carleton gaining a victory over Johnny Hamui, 6-4, 6-1. “I think personally I played well, but unfortunately we didn’t win the game,” Cunha said. “Overall, everybody competed well, and we have the team to win this, but we weren’t playing as well as we should have.” Sunday, though, Duke responded in the best way possible to its disappointing loss against the Fighting Illini. The Blue Devils hosted Notre Dame and N.C. Central and won both matches easily, as Duke recorded 7-0 sweeps against the Fighting Irish (3-3) and the Eagles (0-3). Against the Irish Sunday afternoon, Duke won the doubles point when Dylan Arnould and David Holland won a tight 9-8 match, and the Blue Devils never looked back in the sweep. Sunday evening’s matchup with the Eagles proceeded in similar fashion, and Duke hardly struggled despite its busy weekend in getting its second win of the day against overmatched N.C. Central.
not a tremendously experienced team, and the team’s still coming together and growing, and I don’t want to lose to learn, but I guess we had to. You learn that if people aren’t going to be consistent, you have to do different things and you have to move things around. We really want to go after our game and we have found ways to make our presses effective against quick teams or not-as-quick teams.” The Blue Devils always aim for playing an all-around game but know that when it comes down to it, they must focus on what’s necessary against particular opponents, whether it be rebounding, shooting from the field or pressing. And in North Carolina’s case, Duke will be facing a strong post offense combined with quick, athletic guards. “We want a complete game and we want to play our offensive game, but it’s what it takes to win,” Cheek said. “So if defense is what it takes to win that night, then that’s what we have to do.”
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Head coach Joanne P. McCallie is just 1-4 against North Carolina in her two-plus seasons at Duke, but her squad is favored tonight at home.
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fencing from page 10 went 3-1 on the weekend, with the 10th-ranked Duke men’s lone loss coming to Air Force. The women fell against Penn State despite Ward’s undefeated mark. Both squads managed to defeat crosstown rival North Carolina. “The team is very young—we have a lot of freshmen on the men’s team and the women’s team... and we have good support with the seniors,” head coach Alex Beguinet said. Of Duke’s 15 victories on the men’s side against Penn State, freshmen and sophomores combined for 10. Anthony Lin stood out among the freshmen, going 8-4 in his bouts. “He is going to be a very strong fencer—he is already,” Beguinet said. “As a freshman, he is leading the saber squad.” Beguinet also hailed freshman Emily D’Agostino as a leader on the women’s team based on her performance. She nearly matched Ward’s outstanding record, going 11-1 in her bouts. Fellow freshmen Lily Shepard (8-2) and Keara Mageras (6-2) also provided a boost to the women’s team. Duke finished both days of the tournament with its strongest effort, showing the improving nature of this young team. Both squads won easily against Brandeis in their final matches of the day.
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hospital from page 1 hand-washing is an issue in hospitals. Unlike procedures that are trained, such as sterilizing medical equipment, she said hand-washing is sometimes forgotten because it is so common. According to the Consumer Reports survey, 26 percent of nurses reported that hospital staff would sometimes not wash their hands. Director of Nursing Practices Judy Prewitt said handwashing is affected by unpredictable patient interactions. “You have that patient with partial hypertension who’s a little woozy and needs to be helped,” Prewitt said. These unexpected interactions are sometimes forgotten and hands are not washed, she added. Hospitals are utilizing a number of basic methods to reduce incidents of contamination. They are also employing new technologies to keep vulnerable patients in a safe, pathogen-free environment. “We are using a UV-light emitting device that we can wheel into rooms and we can turn on and [use to] disin-
fect the room after initial cleaning,” Anderson said, adding that the device will be used after hours in areas with high traffic. Prewitt said places like children’s play rooms should receive special attention because they are filled with germs that can cause infections. Other ideas that are currently being considered include Radio Frequency Identification wristbands that alert the wearer when he forgets to wash his hands after interacting with a patient. “Although technology can definitely help by acting as a memory aid, we can’t entirely rely on technology,” Spurney said. “Sometimes working together and keeping an eye out for each other works just as well.” Prewitt said she believes that assessing past incidents and working on ways to improve procedures could be more beneficial and cost-effective. “We’ve done a huge amount of work on catheter-associated infections and we’ve cut that down substantially,” she said. “When you start looking at how that translates, that’s money. It’s also patient lives.”
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“It’s not unexpected,” sophomore Yue Jiang said of the delay. “I think it’s great that the University is taking the initiative to put in a restaurant.” Jiang, who lives on Central, said finding a place eat his next meal is not usually difficult. “Duke is really good with Merchants on Points,” he said. “Central’s really nice because you have your own kitchen.” Jiang is also a member of Ubuntu, a new selective living group housed on Central. He said finding food is not an issue for the social group. “Either we’ll go off-campus or we’ll order in,” he said. Jiang said he did not think that the absence of a main Central eatery affected Ubuntu’s recruitment process this semester.
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Congress should pass loan reform When the University an- to change the student loan nounced last month that it system an uphill battle. would be voluntarily particiHigher education is a pating in the Federal Direct public good, and all AmeriStudent Loan Program next cans should have access to it. Fall, it did so partly to stay That’s why it is particularly ahead of the disconcerting curve. At the that Congress editorial time, it apis hesitating to peared as if the federal gov- put students’ interests first ernment would enact legisla- and switch to direct lending. tion to disburse Stafford and As President Barack PLUS loans directly to stu- Obama and Secretary of Eddents instead of using private ucation Arne Duncan have lenders to do so. noted, the current federallyBut now, the future of this funded student loan system federal plan—once consid- is broken. Private companies ered a legislative shoo-in—is offer loans to students, but in jeopardy. The Democrats’ if a student defaults, it is the loss of a filibuster-proof 60 government that pays the seats in the Senate coupled cost. Uncle Sam absorbs all with increased lobbying from of the risk, providing the priprivate loan companies have vate loan industry with what transformed the political amounts to a subsidy of billandscape, making any effort lions of dollars per year.
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Right now, we have an inefficient system in which private lenders profit off the backs of taxpayers and students. This is unacceptable. Recent attempts by the student loan industry to defend itself pose a formidable obstacle to proponents of change, but the arguments posed by these private companies are hollow and myopic. Loan companies like Sallie Mae have argued that a switch to direct lending is an unwarranted government takeover of private industry that would cut back on customer service for students and eliminate thousands of jobs. But government is already deeply involved in the student loan industry, and a federal takeover would only cut out the inefficient middle-
man and ensure a taxpayer savings of around $80 billion over the next ten years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Moreover, portraying student loan reform as a job-killing government intervention in a private industry obfuscates the real issue at play: the federal loan system exists to increase access to higher education and develop the skills of the American people, not to provide jobs. The bottom line is that a short-term job loss is a small price to pay in order to secure the long-term economic benefit of a better-educated work force. With savings from switching to direct lending, the government can expand the Pell Grant program and increase tax
credits to families with student loans—both of which will help extend the opportunity for higher education to low-income Americans. What we are seeing now in Washington is a classic case of lobbyists and private companies putting selfinterest before the good of the American people. In response, presidents from major research universities like Duke as well as the leaders of community and state colleges—whose students stand to benefit most from direct lending and an expansion in Pell Grants— should fight back. Congress must hear that when it comes to financing higher education for our country’s neediest, there should be no room for politics.
A day in the life
onday, Monday, Monday. 8:45 a.m.: Wake up, no snooze. Come on, get up. I promise once you roll over and slide your feet on the ground it’ll be easier. That’s it. Now get in the shower, the hot water will get ya up. Hurry though— here’s the plan: start eating by 9:15, finish getting ready, gather your stuff and out the door by 9:40. Don’t land in the fourth lot in the Blue Zone, and laura keeley you’ll be in class beduke wonderland fore 10:05. 9:20 a.m.: Why isn’t the coffee brewing? Where is my textbook? Where is my computer charger? Where are my car keys? 9:40 a.m.: Computer? Check. Spanish textbook? Check. Computer charger? Check. Pubpol readings for 4:25? Check. Gym clothes for relaxing (ha!) yoga at 2:50? Check (still smirking). Ummm uhhh English story that needs to be finished by tomorrow? Check. Do I have my computer charger? 9:43 a.m.: GET COFFEE, TURN OFF POT. Do not forget and burn down apartment—roommate would be mad. 9:53 a.m.: Fourth lot on the right in Blue Zone. ETA in Allen building? 10:07. 10:07 a.m.: Allen Building. Figurative pat on the back for correctly guessing time. 10:08 a.m.-11:20 a.m.: Mindlessly take notes. Avoid making eye contact with the professor at all costs. 11:21 A.M.: Cancel lunch plans. I’m sorry, Sharon, I’m busy. Didn’t finish my readings for my 4:25 and I have class before that at 2:50, and I have to send emails to Mary, Harry and Larry…and Jerry. I’m real sorry bud, but I’m busy, ya know? I’m busy. We’ll reschedule. 11:30 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.: Pick up a triple club sandwich with no tomatoes and a large coffee from Alpine bagels before the lunch rush. Run to table in the library and spread out your stuff like a bird molting feathers. Read, email, eat, read, eat, email, eat, eat, re-read due to lack of focus, respond to new email, read, eat, read, read, read. 2:36 p.m.: Miss bus, too full. Curse C-1 gods, and the entire South in general for failing to notice everyone but them is in a hurry. Desperately try to resist the urge to punch the freshman babbling next to you. 2:41 p.m.: Finally get on bus. Contemplate impending lateness. Initiate weak, forced conversation with that girl you kind of know. “What are you doing?” “Going to class.” “Me too!” 2:54 p.m.: Arrive at Yoga (four minutes late). 2:55 – 4:07 p.m.: “Clear mind”and “let go” of stress. Forget to breathe while stretching and try not
to pass out and give into the tunnel feeling and visible spots. 4:07 p.m.: Get out late and miss the C-3 at 4:08! Dejectedly wait for C-1. Resign yourself to the fact that you will be late for your 4:25 in Sanford. 4:10 p.m.: Notice missed call from Mom. Quickly return it. “Hi Mom, yeah I’m good, very busy. In fact, can’t really talk now, I’ll call you back…soon. Love you, too.” It’s one of those days. 4:something, but after 4:25 p.m.: Arrive at your once-a-week, two-and-a-half hour class. Try to settle in and mentally relax. 6:55 p.m.: Time for meetings and more email! YAY! 7:05 p.m.: Alpine. Wheat bagel, toasted, low fat cream cheese. Fro yo as a reward for another day (almost) done. Another large coffee – sixth cup of the day. One more nutritionally worthless meal (Which reminds me, you didn’t make it to the gym today…). 9:00 p.m.: Meetings done. All emails answered that, if unanswered, could lead to a nuclear meltdown. Library or home? Hey Caitlin, wait are you in Blue Zone?!? Drive me to my car?!?!? 9:20 p.m.: Arrive at home. Sit on couch. Breathe. 9:21 – 10:05 p.m.: Mindlessly stare at computer screen. 10:06 p.m.: Snap to! To-do list: 50 pages for English due tomorrow and 17 questions spread out over 30 pages for Spanish due tomorrow. Not going to be collected, so make maximum minimal effort. 11:00 p.m.: Más Café. 11:05-2:20 a.m.: Switch between reading, Gchat and facebook. Rachel: Are you going out Wednesday? You: Gahhhhh I wish! There is no way though Rachel: Aww that sucks! End of conversation. 2:20 – 2:23 a.m.: Self-reflection and soul searching. Was I always this busy? Was it like this last semester, last spring? 2:30 a.m.: Bedtime. 2:33 a.m.: Remember questions due Wednesday. 2:40 a.m:. Remember you promised to help out Jennie Thursday after class. Jfdsjlkafj… no basketball game for you! 2:43 a.m.: Remember to tell your group that they now need a replacement for the walk-up line. 2:50 a.m.: SLEEP! SLEEP QUICKER! Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday. 9:15 a.m.… And it starts all over again. Eat, work, email, shower (maybe), class, read, write, work out (hopefully), eat, more class, more emails, more reading… less sleeping. This lifestyle is what 26, 694 high school seniors dream about, and what 602 have already bound themselves to for the next four years of their lives. This is a day in the life of a Duke student. Laura Keeley is a Trinity junior. Her column runs every other Monday.
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Playing your cards right
f you’re good at something, never no major. do it for free.” These reasons are why I’ve come up You look stressed. Really, take a with some interview techniques that, even deep breath. We’ll get this all worked out. if they don’t get you the job, they will damn I’ve got some things you need to hear. sure get you noticed. But don’t worry, The good news about this absurd world they’ll get you the job. If they don’t, you alis that your perspective ways know where to look for is pretty much the only some easy, high-paying work. thing that should matter Your role will be to knock off to you, and if that won’t the guy who cracks the safe. cheer you up, try listenBigger cut for everybody. ing to George Carlin do First, dress for the job you stand up. That is one want, not the job you have/ twisted son of a woman. are qualified for. If you’re I guess it would be more monday, monday not stuck-up, you immeditwisted if a man birthed ately should have gotten the joker him, but we don’t get a excited, because you reallot of those these days. ized that you must wear your Maybe there’s too little BPA in our water Darth Vader costume to your next interbottles. view. At least that’s the job I want: Master Back to perspective. Did you know that of the Dark Side of the Force. in studies, a little more than 80 percent Second, be positive. I’m no scientist, of those polled say they have above aver- but I’ve been told this relates to having as age looks? And only 30 percent had below many protons as possible, and to get rid of average taste in music? Thank God only electrons whenever you can. You may want 10 percent of them were atheists. On the to shuffle your feet along any thick carpet, other hand, thank Satan only 2 percent of to build up electricity and remove electhem go to worship every week. trons. The person interviewing you will no Now, I’m here to give you a little advice doubt credit you with having a shocking into your future, specifically about be- personality and as someone who is posiing successful in interviews. As someone tively electrifying. who must hire a new staff for every “job” Third, don’t show up on time. It’s tacky. I undertake (unfortunate events occur to No one likes a snob. Don’t you want them my employees during our “work”), I have to think you would be dedicated to your become quite the perceptive interviewer. job? You need them to firmly believe you I also have an uncanny knack at mak- have no life. That’s why you need to show ing people think I’m insane. It comes in up early. I’m not talking about being there handy. 15 minutes before the interview. I’m talkWhen I was first entering the work- ing K-ville early. Live in a tent outside the force, I had some trouble with companies. company’s building for at least a month You see, no one at any company thought before your interview. Head Line MoniI was qualified for their new opening. At tor Zach White knows this is how you show lower-paying jobs, they just wouldn’t take a true commitment. At worst, you can say kid straight out of college, no matter how that’s the most useful thing you learned under-achieving or perfectly qualified he in college. You probably won’t be lying, may be to work for minimum wage. On either. the other hand, prestigious employers would look at my resume and ask how I The Joker sang for the king and queen, in a managed to graduate with straight Ds and coat he borrowed from James Dean.
Young Trustee Endorsements Vote Goldstein for YT As the executive members of Duke’s chapter of National Organization for Women, we would like to endorse Chelsea Goldstein for the position of Young Trustee. Sensitivity to gender issues aside, we felt Goldstein best articulated and demonstrated the qualities necessary in an effective Young Trustee. Goldstein displayed a well-honed ability to communicate with confidence and clarity, aptly exemplifying her ability to think quickly on her feet. Perhaps most importantly, she conveyed the importance of maximizing her opportunity to speak, a quality that is essential in a Young Trustee. Finally, we were extremely impressed with Goldstein’s high level of experience. Her former position as Duke Student Government’s vice president for academic affairs instilled her with unparalleled experience in dealing with administrators on a personal level—leaving behind a legacy of tangible results. Yet what fully solidifies our endorsement of Goldstein is her high sensitivity to the subtle workings of gender on Duke’s campus. It is worth reiterating: Her acknowledgement of Duke’s gender-based problems is in addition to her already substantial qualifications. Goldstein is set apart from other candidates by her track record of working with a nuanced understanding of gender disparity while adhering to her personal convictions. The other candidates also displayed impressive qualities. Zach Perret showed a comfort and competency with leadership, backed up by his past role as president of the Duke University Union. This experience, coupled with his awareness of diverse student needs, qualifies him as an adequate representative of student interests. John Harpham’s strong record as an academic and as a written communicator offsets his lack of face-to-face interactions with student and administrators. Like the other candidates, he conveyed the requisite assurance in his qualifications. Yet Goldstein’s unparalleled communication skills, her record of not only acknowl-
edging problems in campus culture, but actually affecting visible change and her unique adaptability makes her our candidate of choice. Claire Finch Vice president, Duke chapter of National Organization for Women Trinity ’10 Vote Goldstein for YT Blue Devils United is pleased to endorse Chelsea Goldstein for the position of Young Trustee. While Goldstein demonstrates an excellent grasp of many issues and problems facing the University, we are particularly impressed by her specific knowledge of the underpinnings of Duke’s administration. Goldstein is an expressive and organized speaker--an essential skill that will ensure a strong student voice on the Board of Trustees. Additionally, Goldstein is exceptionally aware of and sensitive to LGBTQ issues that arise out of both University life and the Board itself. Her proposals to support gender-neutral facilities and bathrooms in any new housing construction were well reasoned. We feel that she will reliably speak on behalf of Duke’s LGBTQ community to the Board when necessary, a critical role after the departure of Tom Clarke, a former LGBTQ Trustee. We also commend Chelsea for her understanding of the difficulties faced by other underrepresented groups on campus. We have the utmost confidence that in a boardroom setting she will be fully capable of conveying the value and central importance of identity centers to the Duke experience. Ultimately, we feel strongly that Chelsea Goldstein is the most capable and bestsuited individual for the position of Young Trustee. Viviana Santiago President, Blue Devils United Trinity ’10
Tragedy of our commons spaces
n the wake of another weekend, the commons room is a mess. Mustard and ketchup, swirled across the carpet and linoleum, has lionized a crass four-letter slur about a female body part. The culprits? Footloose scofflaws, likely inebriated, who committed the task under the auspices of cowardice and anonymity. We may safely assume that they were Dukies. Visitors often ask about the ethical climate at Duke. Measuring the degree of honor proves to be an ongocourtney han ing struggle, so many refer to ethics-related campus organs. on the other hand The Kenan Institute, an ethics certificate, Encompass Magazine, a Mode of Inquiry requirement and more than a dozen Spring 2010 course offerings that believe “ethics” is important enough to include in the title— reveal a comforting candy shop of academic ethical chitchat. But our common spaces show that although we may be interested in ethics, we aren’t living the creed. Indeed, if we use the condition of our common rooms as a measurement of our campus-held integrity—well, we look like a crowd of shirkers and hooligans. Stolen furniture is by now a near ubiquitous whodunit across West Campus. Food items and clothing are taken from public refrigerators and laundry rooms. Enter an unlocked public toilet over the weekends, and by the luck of the dice, one too likely encounters objectionable odors, litter and evidence of disgraces that should be reserved to the presence of
their owners. If you believe anonymity in common spaces makes you impervious to sanction, makes you invincible, unaccountable and thereby license to nincompoop-ery—well, you’re probably right. You’re the reason I’m disappointed. What’s worse, I’m ashamed. I’m embarrassed to call myself a Duke student when the state of our commons only affirms what others have accused. Let’s toast to GQ: We really are douchebags. And it’s not just Schmitty! The critic may be thinking, dear girl, let college be a lesson to you about the real world. Human nature is self-advantage, not the hugging-hand-holding-sharing hocus pocus that only fools can stomach. He may call upon Plato’s “Republic,” and Gyges, the poor shepherd who takes advantage of a ring that makes him invisible to seduce the queen, murder the king and rule Lydia himself. So writes Plato, through Glaucon, “If you could imagine any one obtaining this power... and never doing any wrong or touching what was another’s, he would be thought by the lookers-on to be a most wretched idiot.” So, too, might he raise Garrett Hardin’s critical 1968 Science contribution on the tragedy of the commons for a theoretical group of cow-herders. Multiple individuals who act independently with self-interests, will deplete a shared resource despite existing knowledge of its communal long-term benefits. Although our commons are suffering from over-abuse or under-use like Hardin suggests will occur, I’m still of the habit to look down upon the advice of those who tell us to carry with us the smelling salts of cynicism. They say that when our eyes are temporarily blinded by too rosy a hue, cynicism helps us
to see the real world. But that’s just it: Undergraduates aren’t in the real world, and we aren’t fully formed rationalists yet. If academia has given us anything, it is the opportunity to temporarily suspend the real-world needs of people like Plato’s shepherd and Hardin’s cow-herders. College life is communal, and should delay rather than accelerate ethical deterioration. The real tragedy is that the few who read this column are likely to already respect commons spaces. The defectors to which this rant is addressed are likely not reading at all. In the event that this does reach a defector, what I ask is this: Remember that we, and future Duke students, pay for our commons rooms. Wipe a used counter and leave alone that which is not yours. Know the names of the people who live around you, and ignore the rationalization that left behind messes give cleaning staff jobs. Going around campus and breaking windows also employs people, so that’s not a valid excuse. When the few who do try grow tired of being suckers, one wonders if common spaces should be eliminated and replaced with lockers or rooms. While we are here, we should want to and try to uphold the integrity behind our castle walls. If we don’t, as we don’t now, we will remain hypocrites and sloths. The incongruity between our intent and our actions smacks of a distressing display of moral turpitude. Our downfall comes by a tragedy of the commons and an even sadder tragic irony. Courtney Han is a Trinity senior. Her column runs every other Monday.
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