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ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTH YEAR, Issue 91
Jay Sean 79 DUKE UNC 51 Carolina crushed in rivalry rout ‘down’
by Vignesh Nathan THE CHRONICLE
Joy Cheek won the tipoff and tapped the ball towards Jasmine Thomas. She dribbled it down the court, calmly took the open jumper and scored. Only three seconds into the game, Duke was already ahead off of an easy field goal. It was that type of night for the Blue Devils in a rivaly matchup against the Tar Heels (16-6, 4-4 in the ACC). No. 8 Duke dismantled No. 18 North Carolina Monday, rolling to a 79-51 win in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Rebounding off a tough road loss to Boston College, Duke (19-4, 7-1) put on an electrifying performance for the 6,902 fans in attendance as the Blue Devils stalled the ACC’s leading offensive squad and dominated on their own offensive possessions. “I’m very proud of our team, our fight, our effort, our hustle,” head coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “This is the kind of game we’d like to have more often than not.” After that opening score, Duke reeled off eight straight points, increasing the score to 10-0 before North Carolina forward Laura Broomfield finally managed to get her team its first field goal 2:42 into the game. But Duke maintained its intensity throughout the first half, scoring effortlessly against a capable North Carolina defense. See carolina on page 11
Artist has yet to sign contract, DUU says by Lindsey Rupp THE CHRONICLE
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Duke recovered from its upset loss against Boston College in a big way Monday with a rout of rival North Carolina, and some students celebrated with a small-scale bonfire. SEE STUDENT SOUND-OFF PAGE 5
After undergraduate YT reform, graduate students look to expand presence on Board by Matthew Chase THE CHRONICLE
When the undergraduate Young Trustee-elect celebrates victory tonight, he or she will not be the only fresh face on the Board of Trustees. Later tonight, members of the Graduate and Professional Student Council General Assembly will select the graduate Young Trustee. Jeremy Block, a seventh-year Ph.D. candidate in biochemistry, Adrienne Clough, a second-year graduate student in the Fuqua School of Business’ Health Sector Management program, and Alethea Duncan, a fifthyear Ph.D. candidate in chemistry, are the three graduate Young Trustee finalists. But many graduate and professional students, including graduate Young Trustee Screening Committee Chair Yang Yang, have Yvonne Ford said that electing only one graduate Young Trustee is not enough. “People always ask me, ‘Who do you think is the best?’” said Yang, a third-year Ph.D. candidate in physics. “I always reply that these three are the best we chose from all of the candidates. The best recommendation I can make is to have all three to be
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the Young Trustee. It’s really helpful for us to have more Young Trustees appear at the Board of Trustee meetings.” GPSC President Yvonne Ford, a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in nursing, said GPSC members have discussed increasing the number of graduate Young Trustees, but no GPSC action has come out of those discussions. “When you look at fair representation, I think the graduate and professional students should have two representatives that are active on the... Board because of our numbers at the University,” Ford said. Initially, undergraduates had three voting Young Trustee spots, but the Board replaced one of the undergraduate trustees with a graduate trustee in 2001. There are always two graduate trustees, one serving as an observer and one as an active voter. There are three undergraduate Young Trustees at any time—one observer and two voters. Richard Riddell, vice president and University secretary, said students are in charge of reforming the process. Adding another graduate trustee is not currently on the Board’s agenda, he said. “The approach has been to let the students work on this themselves,” Riddell said. “So for there to be any change, I would See young trustee on page 6
“I said, ‘Terror is forbidden in Islam. You cannot do it in the name of Islam.’”
—Visiting Professor Mohsen Kadivar said in Iran 11 years ago. Kadivar was arrested and sentenced to 18 months in prison because of the speech. See story page 3
Baby, don’t worry. British hip-hop artist Jay Sean plans to perform at the Last Day of Classes celebration April 28, his day-to-day manager Thara Natalie confirmed Monday. “More than anything, Jay is just really happy to get out to the colleges and meet his fans and see everyone up close,” Natalie said. “That’s why he’s really excited to do the colleges, to meet the older crowd, not just his teeny-bopper fans.” LDOC Committee co-Chair Christie Falco, a senior, said a contract with Jay Sean has not been signed, but she confirmed that the committee has spoken with him. Falco said she expects a contract to be finalized “soon” and to announce an LDOC lineup by Friday. “No contracts have been signed with Jay Sean, so he is not coming to LDOC at this point,” Falco said. Duke University Union President Zach Perret, a senior and member of the LDOC Oversight Board, said there are currently no binding contracts to ensure that any See ldoc on page 8
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British hip-hop artist Jay Sean will perform during the Last Day of Classes festivities April 28, Jay Sean’s day-to-day manager Thara Natalie said Monday.
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China recalls over 170 tons of melanine-tainted milk
Regulators warned about Prez invites GOP to debate complaints in Toyota cars WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama moved to jump-start the stalled health-care debate Sunday, inviting Republicans in Congress to participate in a bipartisan, half-day televised summit on the subject this month. Obama made the offer in an interview with CBS News anchor Katie Couric hours before the network televised the Super Bowl. Obama challenged Republicans, who have been largely unified in opposing his proposals, to bring their best ideas for how to cover more Americans and fix the healthinsurance system to the public discussion. ”I want to consult closely with our Republican colleagues,” Obama said. “What I want to do is to ask them to put their ideas on the table.... I want to come back and have a large meeting, Republicans and Democrats to go through, systematically, all the best ideas that are out there and move it forward.”
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The nation’s largest auto insurer alerted federal safety regulators on numerous occasions starting in 2007 about a rise in reports of unexpected acceleration in Toyotas, according to State Farm Insurance. The warnings, from a firm that maintains a vast store of crash data based on its customer base of more than 40 million, followed a stream of consumer complaints about the alleged defect. Regulators received the warnings over a year before they pressed the automaker to issue recalls affecting millions of cars and trucks. Congressional investigators are now focusing on whether the government reacted properly to the complaints and other evidence regarding the acceleration problems. The insurer’s warnings to the NHTSA are likely to add to criticism that the agency missed or overlooked signs of trouble.
BEIJING — China recalled more than 170 tons of milk powder after authorities found some batches of tainted dairy products ordered to be destroyed in 2008 had instead been redistributed. Ningxia Tiantian Dairy was shut after a police investigation found it had repackaged and sold more than 164 tons of milk powder tainted with the chemical melamine, the China Daily newspaper reported, citing the local government. About 170 tons of tainted milk powder that should have been destroyed in 2008 was given to Tiantian by an unidentified company as payment for debt, the newspaper said Monday. The recall undermines China’s efforts to restore confidence in its dairy industry after melamine-tainted formula killed at least six babies and sickened about 300,000 children in 2008, according to
government figures. Tiantian’s closure exposes a weakness in China’s law enforcement practices said John Eldred, managing partner of law firm Keller and Heckman LLP in Shanghai. Any milk powder suspected to have contained melamine “should have been recalled and set aside and dumped,” Eldred said. The incident also suggests companies are still failing to test products, he said. Melamine is a chemical used in the production of plastics that can also be used to make the protein levels of watered-down milk appear higher. Ningxia Tiantian, based in the northwestern province of Ningxia, was a small company and couldn’t afford to buy a machine needed to test for melamine, the English-language China Daily reported, citing Zhao Shuming, Secretary-General of the Ningxia Dairy Industry Association.
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Q&A with Mohsen Kadivar
New initiative aims to foster diversity talks
by Ciaran O’Connor THE CHRONICLE
Mohsen Kadivar, a visiting professor in the religion department, spent 18 months in an Iranian prison for speaking his mind. Kadivar, 50, who is teaching an undergraduate class and a seminar in the Divinity School, is a prominent Iranian cleric and political dissident. Most recently, along with four other leading opposition figures outside Iran, Kadivar drafted and signed an open letter calling for free elections, the release of political prisoners, more freedom of speech, an Listen to the independent judiciary interview and the resignation of Iranian President Mahpodcast moud Ahmadinejad. online Kadivar studied at Qom Seminary for 17 years, reaching the level of education needed to become an ayatollah. But after receiving a Ph.D. in Islamic philosophy and theology in 1999 from Tarbiat Modares University in Tehran, Kadivar was jailed for publicly criticizing the political system of Iran. After political pressure forced him out of Iran in 2007, he came to the United States and began teaching college students about Iran and Islam, first at the University of Virginia, and now at Duke. “I have a specialty in two cases of Islamic studies—Islamic philosophy and theology on the one hand, and Islamic jurisprudence on the other hand,” Kadivar said. “Every semester, I have one course on Iran, one course on Islam. I think it’s good for students to know something about... Islam, and also about political thought in Iran.” He is currently teaching “Ethics and
by Sanette Tanaka THE CHRONICLE
The Chronicle’s Ciaran O’Connor sat down with Mohsen Kadivar to explore his views on Iran’s power structure, the recent elections and protests and the nation’s nuclear ambitions. The interview has been edited for length and clarity. A more complete version of the interview can be accessed on The Chronicle’s Web site at www.dukechronicle.com. TC: Tell us about the evolution of your political views. When did you become
In a few weeks, students will be able to wine and dine at intimate dinner parties in various eateries on and off campus. At the Duke Univeristy Student Dining Advisory Committee’s Monday night meeting, DUSDAC co-Chair Alex Klein announced that the dinner discussions will focus on diversity and integration in a manner similar to the student-led retreat program Common Ground. Klein, a junior, is also The Chronicle’s online editor. Committee member Michael Kramarz, a senior, will lead the project and confirm details regarding funding, location and participants. The inspiration behind the dinner parties stems from Across the Table, a Chicago-based nonprofit program that allows eight individuals to eat together and discuss topics like race, identity and religion. The meals take place at a variety of restaurants around the city. “The dinners would bring together students who typically stay in their own social groups and would never sit down and have a meal together,” Kramarz said. He added that he wants to hold the first dinner before spring break, with biweekly meals to follow. The eight to 12 participants
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Mohsen Kadivar, a visiting professor in the religion department, was sentenced to 18 months in an Iranian prison 11 years ago after he published his speeches and interviews criticizing the Iranian regime. Politics in Post-Revolutionary Iran” to undergraduates and “Islamic Philosophy: Prophecy and Revelation” to graduate students. Only a handful of students have enrolled in his undergraduate class, which has a capacity of 40. “I was a little disappointed, I have to say, because he’s offering a course on politics and revolution in contemporary Iran and the enrollment was fairly low for whatever reason,” said Richard Jaffe, chair of the religion department. “I guess the students don’t know about him, but it’s really quite an opportunity. He’s involved very heavily in the Iranian opposition movement and
is a real major figure in Iranian politics.”
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Nurse raffles off own house to help CDH foundation by Shaoli Chaudhuri THE CHRONICLE
While some choose to raise funds in conventional ways—by selling cookies or washing cars—Venus Standard is raffling off her house. Standard, a labor and delivery nurse at Duke University Hospital, is raffling off her Chapel Hill townhome Feb. 27 as part of the House of Hopes and Dreams Raffle to raise funds for the Parker Reese Foundation. The foundation helps families with babies diagnosed with diaphragVenus Standard congenital matic hernia. CDH is a rare, life-threatening disease caused by the diaphragm’s failure to fully close while the baby is in the womb. In serious cases, many CDH babies survive only a few hours after delivery. Standard’s efforts for the CDH cause began in 2006 when patientJessica Singletary’s baby, Parker Reese, died of CDH just 20 hours after her birth by cesarean section. “There are some patients you kind of cling to, and Jessica happened to be one of them,” Standard said. “She made a statement that clung to my heart... It happened to be Mother’s Day weekend... she said she couldn’t believe she was burying her first daughter on Mother’s Day weekend.” Standard admitted that a provider’s relationship with a patient typically ends on release from the hospital.
House of Hopes and Dreams Raffle will give participants a chance to purchase $10 tickets to win Duke labor and delivery nurse Venus Standard’s Chapel Hill townhouse. Proceeds from the raffle will go to fund the Parker Reese Foundation’s Parker House—a foundation-sponsored house in which the families of CDH-diagnosed children can stay while being treated—and to raise awareness of the birth defect congenital diaphragmatic hernia. First prize is the townhome, second prize is $50,000 and third place prize is $25,000. The drawing will take place April 15. For more information, visit www.cdhhouseraffle.com “Some nurses and some providers get attached to the patients and take to them,” Standard said. “Does it happen extremely often? No it doesn’t.” Singletary, with her husband Ashley Singletary, went on to establish a foundation in honor of their child, forming “pockets of groups” of families with CDH-diagnosed children. Singletary said she asked Standard See raffle on page 8
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studentssoundoff:women’sbasketballbonfire Following the Women’s Basketball team’s win over the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Monday, students celebrated by setting fire to two unpainted campus benches in the middle of Main West Quadrangle. Despite a slow start, the benches eventually burnt amid chants of “Go to hell Carolina, go to hell!” into the traditional rivalry bonfire, something students hope will be repeated later this week. The Chronicle asked students watching the bonfire their thoughts on the practice. —compiled by Toni Wei “We weren’t sure at first if a lot of students were going to come, but there’s a lot more enthusiasm, and it’s my first time seeing it. Even though it’s taking a long time to get going, everyone’s enthusiastically cooperating.” —Liz Jones, sophomore, A-Team member
“It’s exciting. It’s fun to watch benches burn.” —Gabby Hope, junior “I didn’t even know they burnt benches for women’s games, but I’m happy they are. Hopefully we’ll have a repeat on Wednesday. Gasoline would be nice too.” —John Bria, sophomore “It’s great to have two really great basketball teams this year. I hope we’ll get to do this again, it’s a great way to close out senior year, with fun traditions.” —Kait Nagi, senior “I’m just really glad we’re celebrating Mark Brunell’s Super Bowl victory and giving him the credit he deserves.” —Grady O’Brien, junior
“We made that bench last semester, and we didn’t even get a chance to paint it. They could have burned something else, something older maybe.” —Yujin Chun, junior “I’m just excited because it’s my first [bonfire], although I didn’t go to the game.” —Jennifer Molnar, sophomore “I think it’s really cool. I didn’t really know they did this, but I’m a huge basketball fan, and the first UNC win at Duke is awesome. It’ll probably pick up later once more time goes by.” —Kelsey Campolong, freshman
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After the Women’s Basketball team’s 79-51 victory, students gathered and set fire to two benches on Main West Quadrangle Monday night.
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dusdac from page 3 in each dinner would complete a short application prior to the dinner. “I don’t think there will be any shortage of interest in this,” Klein said. In other business: Carolina Fojo, east coast fellow for Bon Appétit Management Company, discussed the company’s efforts to ensure sustainability in its food production. The Farm to Fork program guarantees that 25 percent of Bon Appétit’s produce is bought locally within 150 miles. Fojo said the company also follows livestock regulations, including purchasing meat from farms that raise animals without routine antibiotics and eggs from uncaged birds. “When we brought in Bon Appétit three years ago, we appreciated their focus on sustainability, engaging the local community and using fresh products,” Director of Dining Services Jim Wulforst said. “It was clear that they were on the cutting edge for the past 10 years. We believe in what their mission is.” Additionally, the Mill Village restaurant on Central Campus is still scheduled to open March 1, weather permitting, Wulforst said. The interior of the building should be finished this month.
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At DUSDAC’s meeting Monday, members discuss a new initiative to sponsor intimate dinner parties with hopes of fostering discussions about race, identity and religion.
young trustee from page 1 expect the students themselves to talk about it, and we would be happy to help facilitate it.” In the past, the graduate and undergraduate Young Trustee selection processes have been relatively similar. This year, however, Duke Student Government passed a bylaw to allow the undergraduate student body to vote for one of three finalists in today’s election. The process for selecting a graduate Young Trustee has not changed. The GPSC General Assembly, which consists of about 70 representatives, will hear opening statements from the graduate finalists and have the opportunity to
question them before voting, said Elise Van Buskirk, a general assembly representative and a second-year graduate student in cell and molecular biology. Van Buskirk, who is also a member of the graduate Young Trustee Screening Committee, said she likes the current process. She said having the graduate trustee elected by the graduate and professional student body would not be reasonable. “I think it’s a pretty good setup because the graduate and professional students tend to be a little more separate in the way that they go about their lives and days,” Van Buskirk said. “There is not as much interaction between members of the different schools and programs as there would be at the undergraduate level. The general assem-
bly, having gone to different general assembly meetings and hearing what’s going on in the community, have a more holistic idea of the needs of the graduate and professional students.” Throughout the undergraduate Young Trustee selection process changes, DSG senators and students attending Young Trustee open forums voiced concerns that most Young Trustee applicants have come from either DSG or the former Intercommunity Council. Yang, however, said the graduate process has not seen similar issues with predominately GPSC candidates applying. He said 25 students applied for graduate Young Trustee this year, and they came from several different graduate and professional schools and programs. “You can see from the three finalists, two were not members of GPSC, but they work with graduate- and professional-level issues,” Yang said, adding that the committee looked for candidates knowledgeable about broad graduate issues. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a member of GPSC, what’s more important is that you need to have involvement in this level.”
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kadivar from page 3 critical of the Iranian government? How did you wind up in jail? MK: After some of my speeches and interviews were published in Iran about 11 years ago, I was arrested by the government and sentenced to about 18 months in prison. At the time, I criticized the regime and compared the goals of the [Islamic] revolution to the reality of the regime. I made a speech in a mosque in Iran and criticized [the murders of] four scholars by the intelligence service. I said, “Terror is forbidden in Islam. You cannot do it in the name of Islam.” After release from jail, I continued my academic work but they made some restrictions on me. They didn’t allow me to continue my teaching in the university because they thought that my connection to students was not so good for the government. TC: In the last presidential election, incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defeated reformist candidate Mir-Hossein Moussavi, despite widespread allegations of voter irregularities and fraud. Tell us about your reaction to the election and the subsequent protests, and your efforts to support the opposition since then. MK: I supported Mir-Hossein Moussavi. I believe that he won the election and that the government cheated and replaced him with Ahmadinejad. About the protesting, [it was] completely non-violent protesting. But the regime used violence against the protesters. After several times, some young protesters used very radical slogans against the Supreme Leader [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei], and against the regime, so [the regime] fired against the protesters. Also, the regime censored and made a lot of limitations for the media. We do not have free media now in Iran.
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TC: Can you tell us your opinion on the current state of democracy in the regime and your hopes for reform? MK: Iran is so complex… The regime is supported by about 10 to 15—not 50—percent of citizens. [Iran’s oil reserves] mean that the government does not need to listen to the citizens. Gradually, the government restricted and decreased the level of democracy in Iran. In the Iranian constitution, you have a contradiction... between democratic values... and autocracy and despotism. The Supreme Leader has a lot of legal power. He is like a king. He has the right to veto all law making. In American media, they think it’s so simple. Our challenge to reach democracy will take a lot of time. We try to increase the role of citizens, the rights of citizens, those democratic values that we have in the Iranian constitution. Democracy is not something that you can export from the U.S. or Europe to other countries. TC: Do you agree with sanctions? Do you think they can be effective in facilitating reform? MK: I do not agree with sanctions. Iranian citizens will suffer more than the regime. When the citizens are in trouble, the regime can use it as an instrument and make more restrictions against the citizens. TC: What do you think about Iran’s nuclear ambitions? Do they have a right to pursue nuclear weapons and do we have a right to try to stop them? MK: The nuclear issue is not an important case for Iranians. It’s the issue for foreigners, for Americans, or Israel or other European countries. If you ask an Iranian, “What’s your goal?” I think less than 1 percent say, “nuclear energy.” [Other Middle Eastern countires] have a nuclear bomb, like Israel, and we didn’t hear anything from the U.S. against them. I think it’s a double standard, it should be condemned and prohibited for all countries the same.
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Mohsen Kadivar, who was sentenced to 18 months in Iranian prison 11 years ago, sat down with The Chronicle’s Ciaran O’Connor to talk about Kadivar’s views on the recent Iranian election and the state of the Iranian regime.
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ldoc from page 1 artists will perform at LDOC. Although he could not comment on the specifics of LDOC artist recruiting, Perret said DUU generally contacts agents of available artists and submits a formal offer. Perret said that if the artist accepts the offer, it is usually a verbal commitment to perform, not a legally binding contract. Duke will then send the artist a contract to sign, and the returned contract is binding, Perret said.
“The budget is about the same [as last year], give or take about $10,000.” — Senior Zachary Perret, Duke University Union president larsa al-omaishi/Chronicle file photo
Ben Folds (above) headlined last year’s Last Day of Classes celebrations. This year, Jay Sean’s manager has confirmed that the Indian hip-hop artist will perform at LDOC festivities in April. Duke University Union officials, however, said Jay Sean has not signed any contracts formalizing his commitment.
“We don’t release [performer information] until we have a contract because it’s not finalized,” Perret said. “The issue is, we don’t want another Lupe [Fiasco] thing.” Hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco backed out of his signed LDOC contract in 2008 to tour with rapper Kanye West. Perret added that DUU will sponsor Cameron Rocks, a concert in Cameron Indoor Stadium, April 1. He said the partial concert lineup should be confirmed this week, and the full lineup will be announced in two weeks. “I can confirm that it’s happening and that it’s going to be awesome, but I can’t tell you who it is yet,” Perret said. Natalie and Falco declined to say how much Jay Sean would receive for his LDOC performance. LDOC will operate on a smaller budget this year. Last year’s LDOC committee overspent its budget by $17,000 and had to borrow money to cover the shortfall. The committee has since repaid its loans in full, and at its Dec. 1 meeting, DUU approved a $5,000 optional loan to lessen the impact of the repayment on the committee’s budget. Perret said the budget is not yet finalized, and Falco declined to comment. “The budget is about the same [as last year], give or take about $10,000... but keep in mind that last year’s LDOC was in debt,” Perret said. “That said, the quality of LDOC shouldn’t suffer this year. I’m confident that this year’s LDOC will be as good if not better than last year’s.” LDOC 2008 cost about $130,000 and LDOC 2009 cost approximately $142,000, according to Chronicle calculations.
raffle from page 4 to become a member of the foundation’s board because she was “there from the beginning.” “If it weren’t for Venus,” said Singletary, “I would never have seen my daughter alive. She just took that extra step, went a little bit above and beyond. She’s a very special part of our family—we love her to death.” The Parker Reese Foundation sponsors a house, called Parker’s House, in which the families of CDH-diagnosed children—many of whom travel to Duke Hospital or UNC Health Care from out-of-state—can stay. The maintenance of the house as well as its mortgage have yet to be paid, however, which is why Standard came up with the idea of raffling her house as she was planning to move anyway. The Foundation will buy Standard’s house and sell raffle tickets for the house for $10 per ticket. Profits will go toward paying off the mortgage and funding CDH research, Singletary said. Dr. Michael Cotten, the neonatologist who worked with the Singletarys in 2006, said he considers Standard’s gesture remarkable. “I think in our world, in the intensive care nursery where the babies can stay three, six months, the nurses can develop a very strong relationship with families,” he said. “It manifests in different things... they spend time with families, they may babysit for a family. They maintain contact.” Or they raffle a house.
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I was in the Dean Dome the last time Duke won there—the last time Duke beat North Carolina anywhere, actually—and even though the win is only two years old, it seems a long time ago. On that chilly night in Chapel Hill, a presidential candidate named John Edwards, clad in his blue jeans, plopped down in an aisle seat midway up the section behind North Carolina’s bench. Every hair rested in place. People hovered around him, hoping to talk to the best hope of a Tar Heel in the White House. He smiled liberally, and he waved a lot. The star of the Blue Devils’ win was a point guard who Ben now plays football. The Tar Heels’ stud was an All-American center who now moonlights as an AT&T pitchman. Mike Krzyzewski was still six months from a trip to Beijing, and Roy Williams was about a year away from snipping down nets in Detroit. And hey, the Tar Heels were even ranked back then. So: It’s been a long time. We’re older, some of us are wiser and presumably the players on both teams are better at basketball. Things are different, for sure. But how much remains the same? When Duke is a top-10 team but not a dominant one and North Carolina is absent even from the Also Receiving Votes section of the Top 25 poll—don’t forget to chuckle while you can—is the rivalry as fiery and meaningful as it usually is? Two years ago, a bus carrying No. 2 Duke chugged the 8 miles down 15-501 to face the third-ranked Tar Heels. Later that year, they met in Cameron Indoor Stadium with the ACC title hanging in the balance. Last
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With just 30 seconds left in the second half Monday night, with 12 of her players cheering exuberantly along with the standing crowd, even head coach Joanne P. McCallie couldn’t suppress a smile. The reason? Her Blue Devils, after struggling down the stretch last week in Chestnut Hill, responded with their best defensive showing of the season against No. 18 North Carolina. “We felt we gave the game at Boston College away,” McCallie said. “There was a different kind of focus tonight, I could tell in the locker room.” Game It didn’t take long Analysis for the Blue Devils to make amends for the surprise loss to the Eagles. From the opening tip against the Tar Heels, No. 8 Duke looked like a different team than it has all year and played with a ferocious defensive intensity for the full 40 minutes. Just 25 seconds into the game, guard Keturah Jackson sprung into the passing lane to intercept a lazy ball from Tar Heel guard Italee Lucas on North Carolina’s first possession. That early defensive stroke would set the tone for what would become a signature performance. The Blue Devils began the game on a 10-0 run and never allowed the Tar Heels to come within striking distance the rest of the game, in large part due to a bevy of outstanding defensive stops. Duke’s unrelenting full-court press and stingy man-to-man defense led to 11 Tar Heel turnovers in the first half, but it was the team-first manner in which Duke was defending that truly impressed. The Blue Devils seldom allowed an uncontested shot in the paint throughout the first half, and near-flawless defensive rotations from Duke play-
ers kept North Carolina from getting off quality shots early in the shot clock. “Our team was talking [on defense]—we were communicating all the time,” Jackson said. “It makes it so much easier knowing I have four capable players helping me.” Jackson played arguably the best game of her career Monday night and was the defining force on defense for the Blue Devils. She led the team with five steals and held Lucas, the Tar Heels’ leading scorer, to just six points on 2-of-8 shooting. Lucas averages 16.6 points per game. “My mindset was to just shut them down,” Jackson said.
In the second half, Duke switched to a 2-3 zone defense almost exclusively in order to keep its players out of foul trouble. Though zone defenses are typically vulnerable to long-distance shooting, the Blue Devil guards were able to stay latched onto the Tar Heel shooters and effectively play the passing lanes. In one sequence, junior Jasmine Thomas nearly intercepted two kickout passes from the Tar Heel forwards, then forced guard Cetera DeGraffenreid to hoist a deep 3-pointer that clunked off the backboard, a foot above the rim. North Carolina See analysis on page 11
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Keturah Jackson’s defensive effort was exemplified by her impressive five steals in Duke’s 28-point rout.
11 years later, Redmond kicks off pro career in WPS by Nicholas Schwartz THE CHRONICLE
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Midfielder Elisabeth Redmond led Duke in assists and was second in goals in 2009.
When American defender Brandi Chastain blasted what would become an iconic penalty kick past Chinese goalkeeper Gao Hong to clinch the 1999 Women’s World Cup, Elisabeth Redmond was an 11-year-old girl dreaming of one day playing soccer on the big stage. Redmond never could have predicted that Chastain’s finish would give her just that opportunity, 11 years later. Starting in March, Duke’s star midfielder will take to the professional pitch in preseason training
camp with the Saint Louis Athletica, a founding member of the newly created Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) league. 2010 marks the second year of the fledgling league, which has already overcome its fair share of adversity. Just last month, WPS’s showcase franchise, the Los Angeles Sol, folded after team owners declined to continue their investments in the club. Financial difficulties have become a calling card for professional women’s leagues, particularly for a sport like soccer that doesn’t currently have major
drawing power in this country. WPS, however, is not the first women’s soccer league to launch in the United States. Following the 1999 World Cup win, Americans’ interest in women’s soccer was at a high, and for the first time, investors were willing to oversee the development of a national professional league. The Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) was born in 2000, with eight teams across the country featuring many of the best See redmond on page 10
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redmond from page 9 players in the world. Though the league had widespread initial support, multiple corporate sponsors and even a national television contract, high operating costs would soon doom the league. Even though many players, including Duke assistant coach and national team hero Carla Overbeck, agreed to substantial salary cuts, the writing was on the wall before the third and final season ever began. “Leagues struggle, and they struggle early on especially,” Overbeck said. “It seemed every few months the league was asking investors for a few more million dollars, and after a while it was obvious that that wasn’t going to happen anymore.” WUSA discontinued operations in the fall of 2003, and professional women’s soccer went on an indefinite hiatus. Though league officials attempted to line up new investors and resurrect the league the following year, it proved a hard sell, particularly since MLS, the men’s equivalent, had not yet proven that professional soccer could be successful in the United States. MLS has since developed into a financially stable and growing league, and with Americans showing more affection toward the game, the skeleton organization left over from WUSA convinced new investors to revive the defunct women’s league. New organizers promised a less financially risky business model, with WPS League commissioner Tonya Antonucci seeking to avoid the failures of the WUSA by employing a “local, grassroots approach.” She asked team investors to shoulder operating budgets of around $3 million per season, a far cry from the extravagance of the WUSA, whose team owners collectively lost an estimated $100 million over three years. The first WPS season saw moderate success, and attendance for the playoff rounds averaged about 5,500 fans per game—close to the figures the WUSA managed. Despite
the Sol folding, the future of the WPS looks bright, as no other league boasts as many national team stars. This season, the WPS welcomes two new franchises, the Philadelphia Independence and the Atlanta Beat, to bring the total number of teams in the league to eight. In St. Louis, an energetic fan base is hoping the Athletica can make a run to the top of the standings this year, after a second-place regular season finish to the Sol in 2009. Redmond joins a side led by U.S. National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo and recent acquisitions such as defensive midfielder Shannon Boxx and striker Lindsey Tarpley. “It’s going to be incredible [playing with those players],” Redmond said. “I’ve played with some of them before, and I have so much respect for them as players and people.” Redmond’s journey begins in March with training camp, where she will compete for one of the Athletica’s 18 regular roster spots. If selected by manager Jorge Borcellos, who also coaches the Brazilian women’s national team, Redmond’s season would begin in April and span 24 regular season games leading into WPS’s championship tournament. Still, Redmond knows that the pitch could be a long way away. “I feel like I have another job with training,” Redmond said. “I’ve been practicing every day, running, lifting…. I spend about four hours a day just preparing.” As a WUSA veteran herself after a stint playing for the Carolina Courage, Overbeck knows Redmond possesses the talent to play professionally and is confident that the Blue Devil can successfully transition to the high-speed, high-skill professional game. “From the second she stepped onto the soccer field at Duke, you could tell she was on a different level,” Overbeck said. “I know how hard she’s worked, and she’s absolutely got all it takes to play with the professionals.”
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In her career at Duke, Elisabeth Redmond benefitted from being coached by Carla Overbeck, a former member of the U.S. National Team and the WUSA.
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cohen from page 9 season, the Tar Heels were the best team in the country, and simply playing them gave Krzyzewski’s squad a chance to register a season-changing win. These weren’t the types of games that are going to loop on ESPN Classic 20 years from now, but they were substantive. The consequences of winning and losing extended beyond an errant Gerald Henderson elbow, and for that reason, we cared, and so did any other hoops fan. The Duke-UNC rivalry wasn’t resting on its laurels. Both teams had earned the attention. This year? Well, to be honest, I kind of forgot there was a game Wednesday before I channel-surfed and landed on Dick Vitale calling an overtime thriller in Chapel Hill. This year? A North Carolina win would improve its record to 3-6 in the conference. This year? Duke’s matchup three days later against Maryland is more relevant. And all of that matters about as much as every college basketball game not taking place in Chapel Hill on Wednesday night. That is, not at all. Circumstances have changed, but they always do. Variables are the constant of this rivalry—of every rivalry in college sports. Every four years, there are not only new players, but also new fans, jumping up and down on the exact same bleachers and risers their predecessors did. Those students will be acutely interested in the rivalry forever. They will take extended breaks from Wall Street cubicles to sneak peeks at the nearby television, and they will gather in the local bar, knees twitching in anticipation in the split second before the opening tip is tossed. One day, eventually, they will tuck their children into a room adorned with college memorabalia and tell them about the time Mommy and Daddy kissed for the first time near a bonfire, facepaint peeling the whole time. That’s because the Duke-Carolina game is a seminal experience for us. I couldn’t tell you the subject of an academic paper I wrote last week, but I remember sprinting into Cameron Indoor Stadium to snag a seat before the game my freshman and sophomore years. I remember convincing a bartender in Colorado on spring break last year to switch the game to the big screen so that my best friends and I could watch with too many nachos and not enough beer. I remember standing on the Cameron bleachers, an hour before any Crazie sidled into his spot, watching Jon Scheyer hoist jumpers in a toasty, empty, silent stadium and wishing for just a few more minutes of peace, for the game not to start at all. And I remember walking through Krzyzewskiville hours after that 2008 Duke win in Chapel Hill, having filed stories and taken photos on the court. We were the last reporters to leave the arena, and by the time we returned to campus, an impromptu bonfire had been quelled, and the players had been mauled getting off the bus outside Cameron. The tent city was quiet. Most people were sleeping. I found a friend and we sat outside, in the 3 a.m. cold, and we talked about the game with the precision of an event just hours old and the nostalgia of a shared memory. We needed to digest it, one last time, before we moved on. Most of us, after all, spend just four years here. We’re not entitled to graduate, nor are we ensured of leaving with jobs or wisdom. But we are guaranteed eight basketball games between Duke and North Carolina, and from there, it’s up to us to make the most of them. Which is why on Wednesday night, North Carolina fans will tell themselves that beating Duke would make up for an NIT season. Duke fans won’t take pity on the Tar Heels. Instead, they’ll just tell them to go to hell. They will mean every word of it.
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carolina from page 1 Whenever its opponent cut the deficit into single digits, Duke would quickly respond with another silencing field goal. With the Tar Heels incapable of slowing the Blue Devils inside the paint, Duke went 17-of-33 from the field in the first period, including a 42.9 percent performance from 3-point range. The sharpshooting peformance propelled the Blue Devils to a 42-33 lead as the first half drew to a close. At the start of the second half, Broomfield hit another field goal to cut Duke’s lead to seven. But that basket would be the closest the Tar Heels ever got to closing the defecit. The Blue Devils outscored the Tar Heels 37-18 in the second half to win the game by a 28-point margin and seal their 13th consecutive win in Cameron Indoor
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Karima Christmas scored eight points and collected seven rebounds in Duke’s 79-51 defeat of North Carolina Monday in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Stadium against a conference opponent. Impressively, the Blue Devils’ success came in spite of a tough shooting night for leading scorer Jasmine Thomas. The junior guard went 3-of-15 from the floor and missed all five of her attempts from behind the arc. But Thomas’s lack of scoring output was more than made up for by a balanced Duke attack that featured six players scoring in double digits. Even forward Shay Selby, who has only recently returned from offseason knee surgery, chipped in with a 10-point performance. In addition, senior forward Bridgette Mitchelle scored a game-high 12 points in her final home contest against the Tar Heels. “That’s the power of the team,” McCallie explained. “Everybody on this team can offer something, and we’ve got to dig it out of ourselves to win every game.” However, as notable as the Blue Devils’ offensive performance was, defense was what really defined their win against the Tar Heels. Duke was able to hold the ACC’s leading scoring offense nearly 30 points below its average of 80.5 points per game. The only team to best the Blue Devils’ defensive performance against North Carolina was national juggernaut and current No. 1 Connecticut, who downed the Tar Heels 88-47 Jan. 9. Duke was effective in pressuring the ball throughout the game, forcing 25 turnovers and snagging 15 steals. In addition, the Blue Devils notched eight blocks, with three of those coming from junior center Krystal Thomas. But out of these impressive defensive statistics, Duke’s dominance on the boards stood out. Duke outrebounded the Tar Heels by a 5228 margin, grabbing almost as many defensive rebounds as North Carolina did on both ends of the court. “We’re a better defensive team now,” said McCallie. “The team deserves all the credit. They totally controlled the game from the board end.” For the Blue Devils, they couldn’t ask for a better way to begin rivalry week. With only the Jan. 18 home contest against Connecticut drawing more fans, Duke was buoyed by a strong home crowd that certainly didn’t leave disappointed after the final whistle—particularly as the 28-point victory was the largest Duke win over North Carolina in nearly seven years. “[The rivalry] is really impressive,” said freshmen center Allison Vernerey. “That’s what makes the game fun and great. You have all this intensity and enthusiasm around you, and it gives you the energy to play better than you do usually.”
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Duke center Krystal Thomas had three blocks Monday night, including this one against Tar Heel guard Cetera DeGraffenreid.
analysis from page 9 lacked any sort of punch from behind the arc, shooting 1-for-11 in the final period and 4-for-19 for the game. Thomas’s game was a snapshot of Duke’s disciplined, hard-nosed team defense. Though Duke’s leading scorer had a horrendous 3-for-15 shooting night, Thomas finished with three steals and a block, and along with Jackson, helped anchor a perimeter defense that held the Tar Heels’ starting backcourt to a woeful 12.5 percent shooting night. Duke kept up that intensity until the final whistle. Already up 15 with 8:15 remaining, the Blue Devils closed the game on a 17-4 run and didn’t allow the Tar Heels, the highest-scoring team in the ACC, to score from the field for eight minutes. “The hustle plays we made on defense.... There’s no X’s and O’s to that,” McCallie said. “That’s just down to our players. That’s them getting after it.” With the win, Duke extended its lead atop the ACC standings, and if the Blue Devils continue to play defense with such passion, another conference crown could be on the horizon. “We’re changing, evolving,” McCallie said. “That’s what makes this time of year so special.”
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furcation of classes that fulfill the QS requirement. For the most part, QS courses break down between large lecture courses designed to draw students seeking to fulfill the requirement and smaller, more difficult courses designed for majors and others immersed in a particular discipline. Having QS courses targeted at non-math-intensive majors is fine, but these large, general courses often lack rigor and intellectual stimulation. Students enroll to pad their GPAs and nab an elusive QS code, not because they are genuinely interested in the subject matter. This works against the purpose of a liberal arts curriculum. Second, courses that carry the QS requirement are inconsistently coded.
Under the current coding system, individual instructors and department are responsible for identifying which Modes of Inquiry and Areas of Knowledge are fulfilled by a particular course. But without a rubric of what does and does not qualify as a QS course, the designation seems arbitrary. If a course that requires as little quantitative analysis as CompSci 82 bears the QS code, then a course like Econ 51—one that requires substantial quantitative thinking—should be marked as QS as well. The current QS requirement is not working, and it is encouraging that Trinity College administrators have convened a committee to reevaluate it.
As this committee moves forward, it must devote considerable attention and careful thought to clearly defining what a QS course should look like and how it should engage students from a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. Examining existing QS courses—like Stat 101—that are stimulating, relevant and generally accessible could be a good place for the committee to start, as would evaluating the possibility of creating more seminars that focus on quantitative studies. Challenging students to learn outside of their comfort zone and explore new ideas should be the purpose of a liberal arts curriculum. To this end, a revamp of the QS requirement is sorely needed.
Never say forever
ell me if you’ve heard this one before: Boy loved someone, we would stay with them forever. meets girl on cruise ship, falls in love with If we really understood a friend’s innermost self, girl, but girl is socioeconomically inacces- we could stay close regardless of time or distance. sible and also about to marry someone else. And If we were really passionate about a cause, we also there’s a huge iceberg into would be willing to sacrifice almost which the cruise ship collides, anything for it. and most people on board die— This is supposedly what real including the boy. Nevertheless, sentiment looks like. But I also she cherishes his memory for the suspect that a deep-seated insecurest of her life and never again falls rity underlies the collective ideal. in love the way she did during that Fetishizing forever is easy if we buy magical April of 1912. into the inherent value of tempoOr how about this one: boy ral continuity, if we think it lends shining li meets girl, convinces her to date legitimacy to an otherwise intanall too human him against her better judgment, gible emotion—for example, love falls in love with girl, but she is cartor friendship. ed away to a snobby private college But it’s also the oldest behavand never replies to his letters. Also then she dates iorism trick in the book. It supposes that nothing and gets engaged to someone else. Nevertheless, matters but an outward sign of dedication and he forgoes his other life goals in order to build belittles anything that doesn’t make the forever her a dream house they once talked about during cut. As an emotional defense, this makes sense. their summer-long relationship. Eventually she re- What friendship would admit its own inevitable alizes her mistake and runs back into his arms and collapse? Who wants to be inessential in someone they are in love forever and ever. else’s life? We would all like to be too important to There are more where those came from—a be left behind. never-ending supply of stories about never-ending Permanence, however, has never been a part of devotion. Around Valentine’s Day, the urge to be- the whole being alive equation. Some wise scholar lieve in romantic fate gets worse: We should sup- named Charles Darwin once wrote something posedly be confessing our undying love to some- about adaptation, though he never strictly meant one and accompanying this promise with flowers it to be about individual action. His lesson still and chocolates and other cliches. If we don’t sticks though: In order to live, we must change. have an eternally special someone in our lives, we We must adjust. Nothing is worth single-minded should wallow like the miserable wretches we are. fixation, not even love, not even an ideal. We are continually fed this ideal by Hollywood, Though forever may seem to be the more aesHallmark, Harlequin and other media outlets that thetic choice, it’s hardly the practical one. Necesdon’t start with “H.” As a result, everyone gobbles sitating permanence is as unrealistic as it is damup the aesthetic of forever. We are taught to love aging. If we adopt the standard set universally by soulmates and lifelong romances and destined rom-coms and Valentine’s Day cards, we would happiness. have to admit that every short-lived friendship and If you’re shaking your head at the idea of a ro- every ended relationship mattered very little to us. mantic soulmate, don’t worry—this phenomenon We would have to believe in the eventual culminaisn’t limited to just the gushy aspect of life. We’re tion of our lives into something perfect and unalall in love with the idea of forever. Whether this terable, fated and enduring. forever is spent in love, or in companionship, or The alternative to that mentality is one infinitein loneliness, or in hatred, or even in death— ly more well-adjusted and levelheaded. Instead, whatever the perpetual circumstance may be, we could shed the inaccurate expectations we’ve we’re impressed when it occurs. been spoon-fed our entire lives and realize that Alongside everlasting romance, we are also in- the only constant is change. We could accept the trigued by noble martyrs and lasting friendships. momentary significance of our human connecWe place on a pedestal those willing to die for a tions without demanding that they last a lifetime. cause, believing that their stubborn adherence to In essence, we could leave the martyrdom to a principle is worth more than our own piddling the martyrs. They can keep suffering for the sake part-time hobbies. We measure the depth of our of principle. Thanks, but no thanks—we’d rather friendships by how long they’ve lasted. After all, be moving on with our lives. longevity reflects true loyalty and investment, which makes it all the more worthy, right? Shining Li is a Trinity sophomore. Her column runs This is how the logic proceeds: If we really every other Tuesday.
s I stared across the interview table into empty space, there was only one phrase that seemed appropriate for the conversation: “My name is Kousha, and in Russian that means cat urine.” The bus stop has been replete with conversations relating to jobs and internships. It seems like that time of year when underclassmen are looking for internships, juniors are starting to think about their job hunt next year and seniors kousha navidar like me are desperately clinging to anythe bus stops here thing that seems like it will legitimize their undergrad education (please hire me! I will do anything for your company! I’ll be a crash test dummy for Toyota if it means I can tell my mother I’m employed!). An integral part of getting a job is interviewing. Even though they’re necessary, I think interviews make us act less like people, and more like products for someone else’s consumption. For this reason, it is important for us to separate our worth as human beings and our success in the job market. Last week I learned this lesson through my encounter with cat urine. I went to New York for a potential job. Even though I had prepared responses about my interest in the company, the job and my experience, the interviewers started in a totally unfair way: They asked me to talk about myself. In my bewilderment, the only thing I could think of was the funny coincidence a friend once told me that my name meant “cat urine” in Russian. Now, whether introducing myself as cat-pee-guy was a good choice is highly debatable. But it reflects a danger many are susceptible to in interviewing: I tried to present myself as an image that I thought others desired. I could have said a lot of things about myself, but I decided to talk about my name because it seemed like the best way to project an image of humor. Am I actually funny? Another debatable question. But I sure wanted my interviewers to think so. I don’t think I’m the only one with this desire. We are often given two competing pieces of advice when job hunting: always sell yourself, yet always be genuine. So, I try to come across as the ambitious downto-earth independent team player that always looks at the big picture while I get my satisfaction out of paying attention to the details. If this described my everyday behavior, I’m pretty sure even simple tasks like brushing my teeth would make my head explode. So how do we project a certain image while remaining true to oursleves? Well, in the best case they match up perfectly; we find a job we want that fits exactly with who we are. But what about the other 95 percent of the time when the job I’m applying for isn’t an ice cream taste tester? (Unfortunately, I probably wouldn’t even get a phone interview after answering the first question on the interest form: “Are you lactose intolerant?”). Maybe the trick is just coming to terms with the fact that there are some unavoidable concessions we make when we interview. Your employer is looking for something specific, and we need to be willing to present ourselves in a way that clearly fulfills the specificity, even if it means generalizing our identity in the process. And we come to terms with this by realizing that job interviews are not meant to judge our worth as people, but to judge how well the product we’re offering fits with the needs of the customer to whom we’re selling. In that same cat-urine interview, it turned out that they couldn’t hire me, because they had a policy of not hiring recent graduates. Does that mean I’m a bumbling and heartless fool? No. There’s plenty of other evidence to prove that, but not in this case. So whether you’re set for life, set for summer or don’t have anything set at all, remember that the process of interviewing does not judge the quality of your character. And try leaving cat urine out of the conversation. Kousha Navidar is a Trinity senior. His column runs every other Tuesday.
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PSA: Toyota’s teaching moment
oyota was cruising down the highway in his hot-selling It wasn’t just the floor mats, was it Toyota? The accelerator Prius, pedal to the metal (if indeed it is possible to go sticks too, doesn’t it? So if I manage to dislodge it from the floor pedal to the metal in a Prius), zipping past Chrysler mat, I still am going into that gorge, aren’t I? And you didn’t in her PT Cruiser, sideswiping Ford in his fatell me? And it isn’t just the Prius, is it? But remously ill-conceived Edsel and finally passing ally Toyota, the Camry? Not the Corolla! And by General Motors as the rear engine of her the Highlander, VENZA, Tundra, Tacoma, SeChevrolet Corvair burst into flames. quoia, Avalon, Matrix and RAV4? I think you Toyota sped on, luxuriating in his self-satneed to sit down, Toyota. I think it’s about time isfaction, high on success. “How long I have that you admit that you have a problem. You worked to overtake the American giants as need to come clean and sober up. the world’s number one automaker!” ToyYes, I understand, Toyota, it’s very lonely at ota thought. “The meticulous engineering the top. Perhaps you became a bit dizzy with jordan rice and the unrelenting marketing campaigns success and let some mistakes slide you would real talk have finally paid off. I am the most powerful not have tolerated five years ago. It is certainly brand in the industry. My name is synonyunderstandable; you worked hard to make it mous with excellence.” to the top, and you deserved some rest and relaxation, but Thoughts of the Camry, Corolla, Prius and RAV4 flashed in not that sort of R&R. You had your wild nights; you had your his mind. “That’s four of the 15 best-selling cars in the United fun. But look, Toyota, look at all of the people you let down States. And I am even more popular overseas!” Toyota boasted who cared so much about you. Look at how you hurt those as he flipped off Chrysler, Ford and GM. “You smell that? That’s who you loved. not just low-carbon emissions. That’s the smell of success.” And I know, Toyota, it’s even more stressful when you Toyota turned back toward the road and realized that he have Chrysler, Ford and GM, not to mention Hyundai and had almost missed the upcoming bend. “Close call,” Toyota the other pretenders, all capitalizing on your recent slip-ups thought as he took another swig of beer and let up on the ac- and infidelity to your customers. If it helps, you can rememcelerator. But the accelerator did not come up with Toyota’s ber they were in the same place as you just a few years ago. foot. Toyota tried to make a sharp turn, but the car was going They nearly ended up out on the street, selling Explorers in too fast. Out of control, the car went off the side of the road, exchange for unspeakable things. Now they are back on their through a cactus patch and into a gorge, Thelma and Louise- feet thanks to some charity efforts, winning a sales footrace style. Unfortunately, the Prius is not a performance vehicle. with sprained ankles only because you blew out your ACLs. The beloved hybrid met a fiery end, and Toyota nar- Just get those knees repaired, get up and win the race. rowly escaped the wreckage, though he sustained grave inYou may feel alone right now. You may feel like things juries. Embarrassed and dazed, Toyota remained quiet for are spiraling downwards too fast to turn it around. But I the next few weeks, only occasionally muttering something think that you realize you have a problem. Now just start about floor mats and gas pedals. Toyota could not bring climbing your way back to the right path. himself to tell those who had been so loyal to him, those This was a Public Service Announcement. If you or somewho had loved him, about his failings. one you know finds yourself in a situation similar to Toyota’s, But Toyota could not conceal his shameful secret as news please seek help from a trusted friend, family member or a of the accident spread quickly around the world. To make health care professional immediately. You aren’t alone. matters worse for Toyota while he stuttered his way through public apologies and promises to make amends, new inJordan Rice is a Trinity senior. His column runs every other stances of his reckless disregard for safety began to arise. Tuesday.
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letterstotheeditor Controversy over Tebow ad unwarranted I was extremely disappointed in Thomas Gebremedhin’s Feb. 4 column “The birth of Tebow.” First, he criticized the ad before watching it, calling it an attempt by CBS to push a political agenda “down the throats of millions of Americans.” However, this is ad was not exclusively pro-life. Indeed, Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the country went out of their way to support it. The ad does not focus on legal merits or the political arguments for or against abortion; instead, it celebrates life and choice. It is an incredible story about a brave woman who despite her painful and complex situation, decided to carry her pregnancy to term and give birth to her son. I find nothing political about that story. Gebremedhin also throws out statistics that describe the infant mortality and maternal death rates of people in the same situation as Pam Tebow. He describes her outcome, based on her decision to choose life, as ‘lucky’ implying that an abortion would have been safer and posed no threat to her own health, not to mention the life of her baby. He fails to mention the statistics that explain risks of abortion and the research that links abortion to breast cancer, miscarriages in later pregnancies and serious mental health issues. Everyone talks about the risks involving continuing a complicated pregnancy and the ad simply gives the other side of the story; the joy and happiness Pam Tebow found when she decided to choose life. Michelle Baretto President, Duke Students for Life Trinity ’12 Chronicle coverage of State of the Union leans left The Chronicle’s coverage of President Obama’s State of the Union was considerable. But, consistent with The Chronicle’s Jan. 19 coverage of “Honoring the Legacy of
MLK with Dr. Fisher,” there were some problems with factchecking and misquoting, that I would like to clear up. Firstly, please stop referring to myself, the president of the Duke Republicans on campus, as a senior. Though I realize you may be trying to push me off me as soon as possible, this is not rocket science; nor is it economics. Secondly, in reference to my “sound-off” quote Wednesday, it was implied that while I “have nothing to dislike about Obama,” I found his words frank, and even admirable. Although his insistence on insuring emergency room dead wood on the dole of the hard-working discredits his ability to see clearly the problems of the country, the President has done a good job in the following ways: 1. The delay of the Gitmo closure. 2. The refusal to release photos of tortured (yes, tortured) terrorist suspects was and continues to be good for this country’s security and envy abroad. 3. The President’s refusal to prosecute or discredit high-ranking anti-terror members of Bush’s administration upon entering office in January. 4. The M. Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act resolved, in the end, to be nothing but good for the country, warming especially to those who supported the President in 2008. 5. Mobilizing conservatives in such a critical mass In what was intended to suggest to the Chronicle, as disclaimer, that I was not hating merely to hate, but instead find the President distasteful on a number of policy and personal fronts, my tasteful and guarded statements were jumped upon as if to say, “Look here! The Republicans flagellate over our Supreme Leader, as well! March onward, lovers of peace and welfare, we have strange bedfellows!” You work at an “independent daily,” and not at Pravda. Justin Robinette Chair, Duke College Republicans Trinity ’11
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All events are free and open to the general public. Unless otherwise noted, screenings are at 7pm in the Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center. (“White” = Richard White Auditorium.) 2/11 Downtown 81 (Nasher) Warhol Film Series. Striking “lost” film chronicles the explosive early-1980s Manhattan art and music scene. Stars a 19-year-old Jean-Michel Basquiat. 2/14 3 films by Hollis Frampton (Nasher, 2:30pm) Framing Language series. Presented by visiting instructor/filmmaker David Gatten!
My First Time “I remember my first sexual experience. I was alone at the time!” (Story #6509) “I still have the Metallica shirt he wore that night.” (Story #23960) “File mine under Clumsy and awkward!” (Story #4294) If you did it, you probably remember it. And now you can hear about everyone else’s! My First Time, a new play in the style of The Vagina Monologues, features four actors in hysterical and heartbreaking stories about first sexual experiences written by real people… just like you.
Events Wednesday, February 10 MUSIC. Akanda Robinson Memorial Concert featuring works by Bill Robinson performed by Penelope Jensen, soprano; Eric Pritchard, violin; Jimmy Gilmore, clarinet; Randall Love, piano and others. 8 pm. Nelson Music Room. Free.
Thursday, February 11 THEATER. Stories from Medellín. A senior distinction project written and directed by Danya Taymor. Based on interviews and research done in Medellín, Colombia, home of the notorious Pablo Escobar. 8 pm. Brody Theater. Free. Friday, February 12 THEATER. Stories from Medellín. (See 2/11.) 8 pm. Brody Theater. Free.
Duke Performances in durham, at duke, the modern comes home.
WAIL! Miguel zenon esta plena septet Thursday, February 11
· 8 pm | Reynolds
rudresh Mahanthappa’s indo-pak coalition Friday, February 12
· 8 pm | Nelson
ravi coltrane quartet Saturday, February 13
· 8 pm | Reynolds
duke student tickets always $5
for tickets & info 919-684-4444 dukeperformances.org
miguel zenon esta plena septet rudresh mahanthappa’s indo-pak coalition ravi coltrane quartet
Tuesday February 16 8 pm Reynolds Theater $5 Duke Students $10 Duke Employees $15 Adults
2/16 Death and the Maiden Films of Ariel Dorfman. Polanski’s film adaptation of Dorfman’s play about a political activist who becomes convinced that her guest is a man who once tortured her for the government. Q&A to follow with Ariel Dorfman!
Saturday, February 13 THEATER. Stories from Medellín. (See 2/11.) 8 pm. Brody Theater. Free. MUSIC. Faculty Recital: Susan Dunn, soprano and David Heid, piano. Berg, Seven Early Songs; Schumann, Frauenliebe und Leben; Chopin/Viardot mazurkas. 8 pm. Baldwin Auditorium. Free.