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ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTH YEAR, Issue 109
Small classes fall victim to budget cuts
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10% cut to Trinity hits faculty, certificates by Matthew Chase and Christina Peña THE CHRONICLE
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Duke’s trio of seniors—Brian Zoubek, Jon Scheyer and Lance Thomas (left to right) plays its final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium Saturday against rival North Carolina. The last time the Blue Devils beat the Tar Heels at home, none of these three seniors had begun their careers in Durham. by Caroline Fairchild THE CHRONICLE
Seniors Jon Scheyer, Lance Thomas and Brian Zoubek are no strangers to success in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Over the past three seasons, the Blue Devils are 47-2 at home. In Cameron, they have won 15 games this year by double figures and have defeated 12 of their last 16 opponents by 20 points more. But there is one goal the seniors have yet to accomplish on their home
court: beat North Carolina. Saturday night at 9 p.m., the trio will have its final chance to do so. “We have got to get a win on Saturday,” Thomas said. “That’s basically it. We’ve got to make sure we’re ready to go.” Senior Night will mark the last game for the three seniors in Cameron, where Duke is 15-0 with a scoring margin of 26.6 points per game this year. The Blue Devils hope to extend their home court dominance through Saturday night
against the Tar Heels. “Senior Night is obviously a big night for all of us,” Zoubek said. “We’re focused on ending the conference season with a win and gaining some momentum going into the ACC Tournament.” The last Duke win in Cameron between the Tobacco Road foes was a 71-70 contest in 2005 led by National Player of the Year J.J. Redick. Since
Although the primary mission of the University’s budget cuts is to protect undergraduate academics, students may soon feel the direct effects of a cost-conscious Duke. Academic departments in the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences have not been asked to make any more cuts. Last semester, the administration asked departments to reduce their budgets by 10 percent, a measure that led to minimizing administrative costs and discretionary funds. Budgetary decisions are mostly left to individual departments, but the Trinity administration has begun to take a more active role in cutting. Courses with enrollments of five to eight students were evaluated, and about 20 courses were cut this academic year, said Lee Baker, dean of academic affairs of Trinity College. Baker estimated that only 25 students were affected by the decisions, adding that those small courses were “not a good use of... tuition dollars.” Courses being cut are taught by non-regular rank professors, Baker noted. “We have been trying to keep [course eliminations] under the radar,” Baker said. “We will see if it works. That seems to me like a perfectly reasonable experiment to take because maybe it won’t work, but hopefully it won’t impact course availability or course size or undergraduate research.”
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K-ville shut down after midnight Grand Challenge by Lisa Du and Emmeline Zhao THE CHRONICLE
Krzyzewskiville was shut down after midnight Thursday following the first personal check, likely due to the prevalence of intoxicated students. Line monitors told The Chronicle early Friday morning that emergency medical services was called “several times” to assist at least two students who passed out from drinking excessively. Junior Eli Freiman, internal coordinator for Duke EMS, said there were several calls to EMS from K-ville Thursday night, but could not confirm the exact number. He declined to comment further. Police and line monitors mandated the termination of the first night of personal checks, the annual event that occurs in the days leading up to the basketball game against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Students
said line monitors were ushering tenters and partygoers out of K-ville because police were arriving 25 minutes after the announcement. Head Line Monitor Zach White, a senior, declined to comment on the Thursday night events around 12:30 a.m. Friday. He added that it is unlikely he will comment on the issue at a later date. Because one tent check was called Thursday night, there will be four tent checks Friday night, White said. An e-mail sent around 3 a.m. Friday morning by Line Monitor Zach Harris, a senior, to members of the K-ville e-mail listserv stated that drinking games, such as beer pong, would not be allowed in K-ville during Friday night’s personal checks. Junior Michael Tooley said he has attended personal checks every year since he has been at Duke. “This was the worst tenting experience I’ve ever had,” he said. “People who don’t know how to drink drank too much.”
“He’s probably one of the most, if not the most, powerful person in sports.”
—Stephen Windham on ESPN President George Bodenheimer. See story page 3
Summit concludes by Tullia Rushton THE CHRONICLE
RALEIGH — The second annual Raleigh regional summit on the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges—one of five regional events leading up to the National Grand Challenge Summit Meeting in Los Angeles, Calif.—ends today at the Raleigh Marriott City Center. The purpose of the summit is to encourage students to think about critical problems in society and to view their education in a creative way, said Deborah Hill, director of communications for the Pratt School of Engineering. “These problems are not going to be solved by one
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Baseball team’s move off campus leaves home field questions, Page 9
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Chilean earthquake may mean more deficit spending
Democrats make moves Sales of existing homes drop to advance jobs agenda WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fewer Americans than expected signed contracts to purchase previously owned homes in January, indicating that the extension of a tax credit is doing little to lure buyers. The index of purchase agreements, or pending home sales, dropped 7.6 percent after a revised 0.8 percent increase in December, the National Association of Realtors announced. Other reports Thursday showed that factory orders increased and first-time jobless claims declined. The drop in contract signings adds to evidence that the housing market, which is at the center of the worst recession since the 1930s, is struggling to rebound. Reports last week showed unexpected declines in purchases of new and existing homes. The market may get another blow this month if the Federal Reserve ends planned purchases of mortgage-backed securities.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Democrats’ jobs agenda regained momentum Thursday as the House passed one measure designed to boost employment and the Senate pressed forward on a separate and more ambitious bill. The House voted 217-201 to approve a $15 billion measure that would give tax breaks to companies for hiring new employees. Six Republicans joined the vast majority of Democrats in supporting the bill, which also includes a one-year reauthorization of the law governing federal highway funding, as well as an expansion of the Build America Bonds program and a provision allowing companies to write off equipment purchases. More than 30 Democrats voted against the measure, as liberals complained that it was too small and too focused on tax cuts rather than on spending.
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SANTIAGO, Chile — Chilean Presidentelect Sebastian Pinera, who promised austerity after the outgoing government posted its first deficit in five years, may have to go on a spending spree to recovery from Chile’s biggest earthquake in 50 years. Instead of shrinking the state and boosting savings as he promised before elections in January, Pinera may now have to ramp up deficit spending, borrow abroad for the first time since 2004 and tap the country’s $15 billion in offshore wealth funds after the Feb. 27 quake that killed about 800 people. Pinera is reformulating his agenda for this year to cope with the challenges of reconstruction and pledged his government will be “the government of reconstruction,” he said Thursday. There’s no doubt this will be very expensive,”said Sebastian Edwards, a former World
Bank chief economist for Latin America. “It would be silly for him to take a dogmatic view and I would be shocked if he did.” Pinera, who takes office March 11, inherits from President Michelle Bachelet a catastrophe that may have caused as much as $30 billion in damage to ports, hospitals and the main highway. His popularity may tumble if he fails to respond swiftly to the needs of 2 million Chileans whose homes were damaged by the quake, according to the New York-based Eurasia Group. The president-elect, a billionaire investor, criticized the outgoing government for wasteful spending during the election campaign. Presenting his deputy ministers to reporters Feb. 19, he said he was committed to “a healthy, responsible, serious and sustainable public and fiscal policy” that would translate into a “more austere budget in 2010.”
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Police arrest suspect in series ESPN president to speak at Duke, of off-campus bank robberies attend UNC game by Taylor Doherty
by Michael Shammas THE CHRONICLE
Police are still investigating a string of Durham bank robberies in recent weeks. The latest robbery, which occurred at SunTrust Bank on University Drive Feb. 25, marked the sixth such incident within a span of 16 days. Chapel Hill resident Mario Shawn Johnson, 32, has been charged with a Feb. 17 robbery of the BB&T bank on Duke Street, Durham Police Department officials announced Wednesday. Johnson remains at large as of Thursday night. Durham police suspect that the robberies may be related, but are not sure which of the six may be connected, DPD Public Information Officer Kammie Michael said. She added that in the robberies, the suspect usually entered the bank and handed a teller a note demanding money and implying use of a weapon. “Our investigators are trying to determine which, if any, of those robberies are related to each other,” Michael said. “We have had people charged with committing more than one bank robbery.”
News releases from DPD Feb. 17 and Feb. 25 described the suspect as a black male about 6 feet tall wearing a dark ball cap. Durham County Sheriff’s Lt. Stan Harris also confirmed that police are investigating the possibility that some of the robberies were committed by one man. He added that some of the suspects from the robberies before last Thursday may have been operating in tandem. “We’re looking into it to see if there is a nexus between the suspects from last week and the previous week,” he said. “We have more than one suspect.” Police named Willie Mortez Daniel, 41, as the suspect Feb. 26 and charged him with the SunTrust robbery the day before. He allegedly entered the bank around 12:35 p.m. Thursday and handed the teller a note with instructions demanding money. He then reportedly left with an undisclosed sum and fled in a Jeep Grand Cherokee containing another man and a woman. Police arrested Daniel Saturday in Granville County See bank robberies on page 7
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It’s a lucky weekend for sports fans at Duke. George Bodenheimer, president of ESPN and ABC Sports, will be on campus just before the Duke-UNC basketball game Saturday. Bodenheimer will take part in the Fuqua School of Business’s Distinguished Speaker Series today in Geneen Auditorium at 5:15 p.m. Fuqua has sponsored the series since 1984, aiming to allow students to gain insight from business leaders and strengthen Fuqua’s relationships with major corporations. The approximately one-hour talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Kevin White, vice president and director of athletics, is a longtime personal friend of Bodenheimer and assisted Fuqua to bring the sports executive to campus, said Fuqua’s Director of Corporate Relations Stephen Windham, Trinity ’93. “He’s probably one of the most, if not the most, powerful person in sports,” Windham said. “In terms of who would you bring if you could bring anyone, if the business school could bring anyone to share their perspectives on the industry, about sports, about the media, there would be few who could talk about these issues from the vantage point that he can.” Chris Privett, senior public relations specialist for Fuqua, said Bodenheimer was not available for comment this week. Bodenheimer was named the Most Powerful Person in Sports by The Sporting News in 2003, but his path to the position was far from traditional. Upon graduating from Denison University in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in economics, Bodenheimer had difficulty finding a job in the sports industry. See bodenheimer on page 6
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For the first time in the last few years, the Duke/CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook Survey projects good tidings for the United States economy in the coming months. The quarterly survey, sent to about 1,400 chief financial officers globally, showed that U.S. companies’ financial heads expect strong earnings growth of 12 to 14 percent, as well as a 9 percent increase in capital spending for the next 12 months. Employment levels, however, are predicted to remain relatively steady, with projected full-time employment levels increasing only 0.2 percent in 2010. “I think the economy is improving, and the capital spending results are indicative of that, but when people are out of work it kind of puts a lid on how fast economic improvement can be,” said John Graham, survey director and D. Richard Mead, Jr. Family professor of finance at the Fuqua School of Business. “The employment numbers are not bad news, but I wouldn’t call it good news either.” The survey—which Duke played a key role in founding—has been running for 56 quarters. CFO Magazine Senior Editor Kate O’Sullivan said the survey has been accurate in predicting the current economic direction. Graham said the results from this quarter’s survey, which were released March 3, were the most encouraging since the economic downturn began. “We’ve been doing this survey for 13 to 14 years, and for the first 10 we heard good news all the time, and I started thinking ‘Gee, are CFOs all optimistic?’” Graham said. “But lo and behold, the last few years they’ve been
incredibly pessimistic. This quarter again, it’s the most optimistic survey we’ve had in at least three years, and that’s really good news.” O’Sullivan said she was pleasantly surprised by the double digit projected earnings growth percentage, but added that it may be skewed by the recession. The strong increase comes after several years of weak growth and it is easy to come up with a high number from such a low base, she said. “Things really fell off a cliff over the last couple years,” she said. “They’re coming back, but slowly and not in a straight line.” The survey also showed that Asia’s CFOs are much more optimistic about future growth, whereas Europe is lagging behind, projecting a flat capital spending budget and decreases in employment of up to 4.7 percent for part-time workers. O’Sullivan said Europe’s dismal spending and employment numbers are significant, especially because reducing labor in Europe is much more difficult than in the U.S., where labor laws are not as strict. Asia is expected to post 5 percent increases in employment, and 10 percent increases in capital earning and spending. In the survey, approximately one-fourth of American companies said they were planning to expand overseas over the next two years, and China and India—not surprisingly—were their two top destinations, O’Sullivan said. Graham said Duke’s expansion into Asia will be a boon to the school in coming years. “It’s a great place for the University and exactly where you want to be, in a high growth area,” he said.
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Council reviews RGAC scoring Pass/fail option renamed and restructured by Sabrina Rubakovic THE CHRONICLE
Leaving a chair in a dormitory hallway may be more damaging than you think. This is one of the actions that results in an “excessive cleaning charge” under the residential group assessment process, causing residential communities to lose points in the evaluation. At Campus Council’s meeting Thursday night, members continued an ongoing review of the residential group assessment process. The focus was on two aspects of the rating process—excessive cleaning charges and community interaction. With regard to evaluating excessive cleaning charges, members deliberated on whether to rate groups based on the dollar amount of charges acquired, or the number of billable hours of maintenance work put in. Using billable hours accounts for inflation of charges and allows groups to see the effect of their messy habits on housekeeping employees, council members said. “I think [using billable hours] very nicely introduces the human element,” said Facilities and Services Chair John Pryor, a junior who served as co-chair of the Residential Group Assessment Committee this year. Council members also discussed the format of the scoring system. “The main problem with the RGAC scores before was they were too confusing,” said Programming Chair Ben Goldenberg, a sophomore. Many noted that some excessive cleaning charges acquired may be outside of a group’s control, or due to factors like leaving a chair in a hallway. Selective House Council President Kait Nagi, a senior, said there should be a certain number of billable hours allowed without a negative evaluation. Members also discussed the community interaction—previously called quadrangle interaction—section of the evaluation. This section requires groups to hold a certain number of events per semester that are free and open to the public. “The purpose of giving a group space is to allow them to utilize it in ways other than just living there,” Goldenberg said. Debate focused on the number of events each group is
by Joanna Lichter THE CHRONICLE
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Campus Council members focused on two specific aspects of the RGAC scoring process—excessive cleaning charges and community interactions—during its meeting Thursday night. required to facilitate. Most members thought four events per semester was too demanding, but that three was reasonable. “With an increase in quantity, you’re going to have a decrease in quality,” said at-large member Tommy O’Malley, a junior. Council members also discussed whether the evaluation should focus heavily on attendance at each event. Public Relations Director Christine Hall, a junior and member of Towerview, said an emphasis on attendance is too subjective of an evaluation. “If one person came to that event and got so much out of it, then it’s worth it,” she said. Vice President Alex Reese, a junior, noted that attendance matters, but that the amount of advertising effort put forth by the group is more important. In other business: Reese said the council is working with lawyers to determine whether the University can implement gender-neutral housing. He noted that the council is pushing forward with truly co-ed housing, as co-ed blocking introduced two years ago has not worked as planned.
The Arts and Sciences Council eliminated the pass/fail grading option for undergraduates during its meeting Thursday, replacing it with a satisfactory/ unsatisfactory option. Students can now apply to take courses on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis once each semester and summer session, though only four satisfactory/unsatisfactory courses may be counted toward graduation requirements. “[The new policy] meets the original intention brought forward by the students,” Arts and Sciences Council Chair Ruth Day, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, said in an interview. “We want students to be adventuresome in their course-taking without the fear of bad grades.” Under the current grading system, a passing grade is not calculated into a student’s grade point average, but a failing grade is factored in. The new policy—which will take effect this Fall—will not count an “S,” satisfactory, or a “U,” unsatisfactory, into a student’s GPA. Both “S” and “U,” however, will appear on the transcript. Furthermore, students who receive a “U” in a course will not receive course credit, and will be ineligible for the Dean’s List. The changes also apply to physical education courses and other classes that can only be taken on a non-graded basis. The new policy also allows students to switch from taking a course on an ungraded basis to a graded basis up to four weeks before the end of the semester. See arts & SCIENCES on page 6
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Arts & Sciences from page 5 “We want to encourage departments, if they see fit, to allow more courses to be elected for satisfactory/unsatisfactory status,” said Peter Feaver, professor of political science and public policy. “And it has enough penalty to keep students from being cavalier about it.” Like classes taken pass/fail, courses taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis will not count toward major, minor or certificate requirements unless students receive permission from the director of undergraduate studies of the department or program. The new policy prohibits students taking fewer than four courses from taking a course on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Revisions to the nongraded course policy were first proposed two years ago by former Duke Student Government Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chelsea Goldstein, who is now a senior. At the meeting, faculty members also voted to expand the council to include majors outside Arts and Sciences departments and programs. This includes the new neurosci-
ence major and majors offered at the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Sanford School of Public Policy. Under the new bylaws, one representative and one alternate from each of these majors will be elected to the council. “When we talked through becoming a school, which we did in July, we knew we could stay with Arts and Sciences or go like [the Pratt School of Engineering],” said Ken Rogerson, director of undergraduate studies in public policy. “The model we have is to keep undergraduates with Arts and Sciences. We feel this is our home.” In other business Vice Provost for Academic Affairs John Simon reported that Duke has been placed on monitoring status by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Although the University was reaccredited Tuesday, it has not “demonstrated that its institutional effectiveness, with regard to student learning outcomes, have occurred broadly in undergraduate and graduate programs,” according to a letter written to Duke by SACS. Simon said the University will submit a report by Sept. 7 to SACS to lift itself from monitoring status.
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Professor Peter Feaver explains the new satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading policy at the Arts and Sciences Council meeting Thursday.
bodenheimer from page 3 A family friend told Bodenheimer about the launch of the new sports network in Bristol, Conn. and suggested that he seek employment there, said Chris LaPlaca, ESPN’s senior vice president of corporate communications. Bodenheimer ended up taking the only position that was available—a job in the mail room—and made the decision to slowly work his way up in the organization. At the time, ESPN was hardly the media powerhouse that it is today—many people found the idea of a 24/7 sports network on TV to be unsustainable. “There was a lot of skepticism, and as George likes to say, ‘We were very bad listeners,’” LaPlaca said. ESPN, however, has emerged as a media giant in the last 30 years, dominating not just television but also the Internet with its exhaustive sports coverage. Since Bodenheimer became the company’s fifth president in 1998, the company has experienced record growth. LaPlaca said he expects Bodenheimer to speak to the audience about the growth of the company from its humble beginnings and about the importance of brand recognition and innovation. He added that Bodenheimer will use personal anecdotes about the path of his career to give the Duke community insight into his experiences. “I think the one thing he’ll talk about as well tomorrow is the notion of how important culture is to any company, and what the ESPN culture means to our success and what we try to do for fans every day,” LaPlaca said. “We have a very simple mission that he articulates very clearly, and it’s, ‘serve sports fans.’ That’s what we try to do every day.”
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grand challenge from page 1 group alone. It’s going to take complex and creative groups of people,” Hill said. The regional summit began Wednesday and is hosted by Duke and North Carolina State University. Administrators estimate that more than 600 students and faculty from southeastern schools registered for the summit. Forty-three students presented posters displaying projects that aimed to solve the 14 Grand Challenges outlined by the Academy. Lecturers spoke on a broad scope of topics, such as the sustainability of energy and the availability of clean water. Speakers included John Chambers, chair and Chief Executive Officer of Cisco Systems, and Kristina Johnson, under secretary of energy and former dean of Pratt. Sophomore Amanda Britt won first place for her design of an X-ray development timer, aimed at improving the quality of developing X-rays manually. She will advance to the National Grand Challenge Summit meeting in October. “The presentations that were going on all day were fascinating. It was so interesting to hear all the speakers and
experts in a lot of different fields,” Britt said. “I got some new ideas that will hopefully help me further my project.” The Grand Challenges encompass several broad themes, including sustainability, health, security, the joy of living and taking a global perspective on engineering, said John Gilligan, professor of nuclear engineering at N.C. State. Administrators said the Research Triangle provided a unique environment for the summit. Duke’s innovations in medical engineering coupled with N.C. State’s research in nuclear fusion and security augment the status of the Triangle in the scientific community, Gilligan said. The summit strengthens the relationship between Duke and N.C. State, and by doing so, promotes fundraising for research and attracts government projects and private businesses, said Geoffrey Ginsburg, director of the Center for Genomic Medicine in the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy. Nancy Allbritton, chair of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and N.C. State’s joint department of biomedical engineering, said the Triangle is a “vibrant area.” “[The summit] enhances the image of the Research Triangle on multiple levels,” she said.
bank robberies from page 3 for robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was also charged with breaking and entering, possession of stolen property and larceny from an incident in Granville County Jail last week. Banks have been told to exercise extra caution, Michael said. Several banks declined to comment. “We have notified local banks and shared photos of the suspects with them,” she wrote in an e-mail. “We have also sent the photos to the media hoping someone would recognize the suspect(s).” Despite the robberies in Durham, several Duke students said they still feel safe on campus. “I actually feel very safe within Duke because we have the campus police and other students around during most hours of the day,” said freshman Anamika Saha. She added that this sentiment does not, however, extend outside the University’s campus. “Once you go outside the walls, you don’t feel as safe anymore,” she said. “If it’s towards the evening, you definitely feel like you shouldn’t be off-campus at that time.”
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trinity cuts from page 1 Smaller Duke, smaller Trinity The University has also reduced its faculty hiring. Carla Antonaccio, chair of the classical studies department and professor of archaeology, said administrators are limiting hiring in Trinity to 10 new faculty members whereas in a normal year 20 to 30 new professors would join the faculty. “[The administrators] don’t want to make commitments that they can’t keep in the long run,” Antonaccio said. Michael Munger, chair of the political science department, said the cut in additional faculty is a form of attrition. He added that the reduction of new faculty members will not affect next academic year, but it could be a problem for Fall 2011 because hiring is a long process. Munger emphasized that tenure track faculty have not been affected by the budget cuts. Faculty salaries have remained static, although professors do not yet know if there will be a raise pool, Munger said. The reduction in new faculty, however, does affect departments who are losing professors next year.
Three or four professors in the cultural anthropology department will be on leave next year, said Orin Starn, chair of the cultural anthropology department. Starn said he will not be able to replace all of those positions, so students will see fewer cultural anthropology classes. “Certainly for next year, there is not money for us to offer as many courses as we would like,” Starn said. “It’s just like, ‘What is the minimum number of courses you need to have a good curriculum?’” Much of the money saved has come from two retirement incentives offered to University employees, in addition to regular employee turnover. In total, 384 employees accepted early retirement packages offered this academic year as budgetary reduction measures. George McLendon, dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences, said the administration restructured departments and reallocated responsibilities to consolidate. “Some small number of positions were eliminated and it wasn’t the individual’s choice,” McLendon said. “That doesn’t mean there was anything wrong with the individual, they just didn’t have that job anymore. As we started looking at how to make the most efficient use of resources,
some jobs just disappeared.” McLendon could not say how many people were laid off. Departmental restructuring due to the retirement incentives and layoffs, however, has resulted in increased workloads for remaining employees. “We are balancing the budget on the backs of people who are at the bottom of the food chain because we will not cut faculty salaries,” said Alexander Rosenberg, chair of the philosophy department. “The... administrative-support employees make the smallest amount of money and are the most vulnerable.” Baker said departmental restructuring has been an effort to utilize staff members more efficiently. “People have been very understanding, people have been very creative and they have been forced to identify priorities,” Baker said. Cutting into certificates Cuts are also beginning to apply to some certificate programs. Baker said some certificates’ budgets will be cut by 10 percent next fiscal year. But some programs have already been forced to cut. Tom Rankin, director of the Center for Documentary Studies and director of the documentary studies certificate, said the certificate program plans to reduce its budget by 10 to 15 percent. He added that the cuts have been largely administrative, but that the certificate is making changes to instruction. “We are not adding any new courses, but we are trying to maintain all existing courses,” Rankin said. “Enrollment [sizes] are higher than they used to be.” Funding for certificates varies by program. Many certificates have access to grants and funding from graduate schools, which has helped them to avoid significant cuts. ‘Next year will be the worst’ Although academic departments have cut their budgets across the board, Baker said the reductions have not affected every department and program equally. “It’s a grab bag,” Baker said. “It’s not super consistent.” Dan Kiehart, chair of the biology department and a professor of biology, said the natural sciences departments have been able to endure cuts well. “I think that unlike other departments that don’t have other fund codes to turn to, the natural sciences bring in a fair amount of external funds which, if appropriate, can be used to take up some of the slack,” Kiehart said. But there is still a level of uncertainty concerning next year’s budgets. Budgets are currently being finalized as departments conclude their meetings with Sandy Connolly, senior associate dean for finance and administration. Connolly was not available to comment after multiple requests. “[The Germanic languages and literature department] will have, to some extent, fewer courses and fewer options for students and the courses will have more students,” said William Donahue, chair of the department. “It’s regrettable, but my sense is that the academic integrity is being protected as much as possible. Despite the cuts, we are very privileged.” But Munger said the University has yet to see the worst of the downturn. He added that the administration is implementing budget reductions now in anticipation of next year. “Next year will be the worst year,” Munger said. “We will have only limited money in terms of how tight the budget is.” Department chairs, however, are optimistic and appreciate that administrators have given them control of where to trim. “We need to remind ourselves what the core of our curricula is and try not to let this economic moment erode the quality or depth of programs,” Rankin said. “It’s harder, but I think it’s quite possible.”
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Move off West leaves Jack Coombs Field’s role in question
Duke to play just seven home games on campus by Gabe Starosta THE CHRONICLE
Duke’s West Campus is littered with historic athletic venues—throw a rock far enough and you’re liable to hit the 70-year-old Cameron Indoor Stadium, where both basketball teams play, or Wallace Wade Stadium, the football team’s home since the Great Depression. Even Koskinen Stadium, the site of both lacrosse and soccer, isn’t exactly a spring chicken. The Blue Devil baseball team, too, has its own classic on-campus venue, Jack Coombs Field, built in 1951 and named after the most successful coach in Duke baseball history. But this year, the baseball program became the first of Duke’s premier teams to move the majority of its home games off campus. The primary reason is that Duke has access to one of the best minor league parks in the country—the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, home of the Triple-A Durham Bulls, in downtown Durham. The stadium cost a cool $16 million to build and is as pretty as they come: brick exterior, great sightlines, giant wall in left field, comfortable seating. The DBAP is a gem located just a couple miles from West Campus. Negotiations between the Bulls and Duke began last spring and lasted between four and six months, Kevin White, Duke’s vice president and director of athletics, wrote in an e-mail. A timeshare in Durham Brad Berndt, an associate athletic director at Duke and baseball’s sport administrator, is responsible for approving the team’s budget and schedule. Berndt said Duke jumped at the opportunity to play in downtown Durham as soon as the option became viable. “We thought [playing at DBAP] was great exposure and a great way to continue the Duke-Durham partnership,” Berndt said. In the end, the program worked out a kind of timeshare between Jack Coombs Field and DBAP. Glamorous weekend series, like those against ACC rivals Miami, Virginia and North Carolina, would take place downtown, whereas midweek
games would be held on campus. The only exception was an April series with Florida State, which was scheduled for Jack Coombs because DBAP was already booked, White added. That left 18 games at DBAP and 13 on campus. Waterlogged outfield causes move to Cary Last week, though, baseball officials announced that six of those 13 home games, including the series against the Seminoles, would be moved to the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, a 25-minute drive from campus. The move seemed odd considering the sheer distance from the University and the fact that baseball has never been a huge draw for fans. The reason for the move was a waterlogged outfield. Both Berndt and head coach Sean McNally said the drainage system at Jack Coombs, particularly in the outfield, is poor, and that if it rained one day, the next day’s game would have to be canceled because of rough field conditions. Given how cold and wet this winter has been in Durham, the team felt it had no choice but to move games that could not have been rescheduled—games against out-of-town opponents Xavier, Quinnipiac and Florida State— away from Jack Coombs. With the DBAP unavailable on certain dates, the games were held in the next-best facility in the area. The weather gods threw a monkey wrench into that logic earlier this week after the Blue Devils’ game against Xavier, which had already been moved to Cary, was canceled due to snow. Still, the bigger problem remains the flawed outfield at Duke’s traditional home park. “This has been a gradual deterioration of the field,” Berndt said. “Prior to this year, when we were kind of in a drought, that masked some of the issues going on with the substructure. But when we started to get rain, it became unplayable. And even when it’s dry, it is one rain away from being unplayable.” See DBAP on page 17
Blue Devils open ACC tourney Duke hosts No. 4 ’Horns by Harrison Comfort THE CHRONICLE
The No. 9 Blue Devils enter the postseason fresh off a first-place finish in the ACC. And after securing a share of the regular season title in its win over Virginia Feb. 26, Duke’s next goal is simple: winning a conference tournament championship. UMd Today, Duke will take on ninth-seedvs. ed Maryland (19-11) in the ACC TournaNo. 9 ment quarterfinals at 3 p.m. in GreensDuke boro after receiving a first-round bye. Rather than make the short trip down FRIDAY, 3 p.m. Greensboro, N.C. to the Greensboro Coliseum Thursday to scout the Terrapins, the top-seeded Blue Devils (24-5) remained in Durham to focus on what they need to do to make a successful run in the tournament. “In 18 years of coaching, I’ve never treated any tournament like that,” said head coach Joanne P. McCallie, who was named ACC Coach of the Year this week. “I know there’s a lot to be said about matchups, and I do understand that, but it’s about us and what we need to do. It’s a class issue at Duke. See w. bball on page 18
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Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie was named ACC Coach of the Year Thursday. It is her first such honor in three seasons at Duke.
Duke is hungry for victory. After starting the season ranked 19th, the Blue Devils have fallen out of the Top 25. A win against No. 4 Texas (11-1) at Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center Friday at 2 p.m., however, could change that fact. No. 4 “[Texas] is good and they are Texas going to play well and make their vs. runs, but when it comes down to crunch time and we’re in position Duke to win, we have to move forward,” assistant coach Josh Goffi said. FRIDAY, 2 p.m. In recent years, Duke (5-2) Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center has struggled to prevail in the crucial moments against high-quality opponents. In fact, no player on the current roster has ever taken part in a victory over a top five opponent, Goffi said. See m. tennis on page 18
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Crazies prepped for Carolina by Vignesh Nathan THE CHRONICLE
In the days leading up to his last DukeNorth Carolina game at the Dean E. Smith Center last month, Tar Heel senior forward Deon Thompson felt nothing short of optimism. “This could be a great opportunity for this team to rally around this game and definitely come together to win [the remaining ACC games],” Thompson said. Thompson’s uplifting statement did not materialize for the Tar Heels that night, as they went on to lose 64-54 after a 12-2 Duke run midway through the second half. The Blue Devils (25-5, 12-3 in the ACC) won five straight after that victory in Chapel Hill, leading up to Wednesday’s loss to Maryland which opened up the ACC title race once again. If No. 4 Duke beats North Carolina (16-14, 5-10) Saturday at 9 p.m. in Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Blue Devils guarantee themselves a share of the ACC regular season title. A loss, on the other hand, opens up the possibility of a second-place finish. However big the rivarly might be, it takes a former Duke star to put the game into perspective. “It’s not just about the Duke-UNC rivalry—that’s the last thing [the players] are probably thinking about,” current Charlotte Bobcat Gerald Henderson said. “They’re thinking about the ACC title. If they keep that in mind, everything should fall into place.” In Duke’s way is an improving Tar Heel
squad that has gone 3-3 since that loss to the Blue Devils. This statistic, unusual coming from North Carolina, is a dramatic improvement upon the Tar Heels’ previous 2-7 record in conference play. The play of the North Carolina upperclassmen has spurred their recent success. Junior guard Will Graves has finally found his offensive rhythm, averaging 16.7 points per game and 4.3 rebounds in his last three games. In addition, senior guard Marcus Ginyard has averaged 9.3 points through the last four games. More importantly, he has been dominant on the glass, grabbing 9.8 rebounds per game. And tomorrow night, the crowd at Cameron Indoor can rest assured that the Tar Heels’ juniors and seniors will bring their “A” game. They’ll be fighting for a possible NIT bid, but also for pride and an uplifting end to a devastating season. After all, these guys haven’t lost a game in Cameron yet, and they do not want to start tomorrow. On the defensive end, the Tar Heels will be facing the most imposing trio of scorers in college basketball—Jon Scheyer, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith. This “Big Three” has scored the vast majority of the points for the Blue Devils this season, averaging a combined 53.3 points per game. In Duke’s victory over Virginia Tech, the three stars combined for 63 of the Blue Devils’ 67 points. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski doesn’t seem to mind the trio’s heavy scoring load. “I encourage all three of those guys,”
Krzyzewski said. “They have the proverbial green light.” In order to win tomorrow night, the Tar Heels will hope to slow down that trio and force other Blue Devils to score. In its five losses this season, Duke’s other two starters have averaged only 7.8 points per game. On the other hand, North Carolina will face its fair share of difficulties. First and foremost, the Tar Heels are without its starting center, sophomore Ed Davis. Davis, the team’s leading rebounder and secondleading scorer, is out for six weeks with a wrist injury he suffered against Duke. This will likely neutralize what many consider to be the Tar Heels’ only true advantage over the Blue Devils—their frontcourt. With the departure of Davis, North Carolina will likely switch to sophomore Tyler Zeller and freshman John Henson to match up against Duke. However, given his recent surge into the national spotlight, Duke center Brian Zoubek may be too much for Zeller to handle. But the ultimate challenge for North Carolina will be much greater in number—9,314 to be exact. A packed Cameron Indoor will be filled with its annual shipment of Tar Heel-loathing fans. Although this fact hasn’t seemed to affect North Carolina over the last few years, the Tar Heels have never been as vulnerable as they are this season. And while the Tar Heels and their proud faithful might give up anything to forget about their lowly season, you can bet the Cameron Crazies won’t let them.
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This game contained an ending Blue Devil fans won’t soon forget: the Tar Heels’ David Noel dribbling the ball off his foot in the corner and failing to get a shot off at the buzzer to give Duke the win. J.J. Redick scored 18 points and DeMarcus Nelson had 16 in the victory, Duke’s last in the series.
A young Tar Heel named Tyler Hansbrough absolutely spoils Senior Night for a host of Blue Devils, including J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams. Hansbrough, in his freshman season, put up 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Duke still won the conference champsionship this season.
In the Blue Devils’ worst season in the last decade—Duke finished 8-8 in ACC play—the Tar Heels came into Cameron as the heavy favorite and didn’t let that burden affect them. Freshman Brandan Wright scored 19 for North Carolina, while Jon Scheyer scored 26 for Duke.
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then, the Blue Devils have lost four consecutive matchups at home, including a disappointing 101-87 loss in 2009 at the hands of North Carolina dynamic duo Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson, who combined for 42 points on the night. Indeed, the Blue Devils have seen their fair share of setbacks in Cameron against the Tar Heels. And while Zoubek hasn’t spoken directly with Scheyer and Thomas about the impending contest, he acknowledged the unspoken gravity of winning tomorrow night’s game, both for the rivalry and for his fellow seniors. “We recognize it’s going to be a big night for a lot of reasons,” Zoubek said. “The most important thing is to get that win and play well while we go at it.” For the senior center, Saturday night’s matchup represents the culmination of a unique historywith North Carolina. Freshman year, he made a rare start against the Tar Heels in place of Josh McRoberts—a vote of confidence from head coach Mike Krzyzewski. In his
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first three seasons, Zoubek hardly ever started and averaged only 4.1 points per game, but he covered Hansbrough with determination in that 2007 contest. However, Zoubek enters tomorrow’s game at a completely different place in his Duke career. Ignited by his careerhigh 16 points and 17 rebounds against Maryland three weeks ago, Zoubek has since established himself as a significant asset to the team. He has tried to seize every opportunity to excel in the games remaining in his time as a Blue Devil. “For me, the important thing is to keep being consistent,” Zoubek said. “I have to try to build every day and establish my role every chance I get.” But Duke fans can’t help but feel the absence of one player who won’t be playing in his Senior Night game: Gerald Henderson. At the end of his junior season, Henderson entered the NBA draft and was selected with the 12th overall pick in the first round by the Charlotte Bobcats. While he is still content with his decision to leave the Blue Devils, Henderson acknowledged some sentimental feelings toward not suiting up against
North Carolina tomorrow. “I’m happy for [the seniors],” Henderson told The Chronicle. “They’ve put their four years in and had great careers. I’m sure Saturday will be an emotional day for them, Senior Night. Myself, looking back, that’s definitely something I will miss doing. To have a Senior Night and to go out with those guys would have been a great thing.” In Henderson’s absence, Scheyer has remained a constant leader for Duke throughout the season. A strong contender for ACC Player of the Year, Scheyer averages 18.8 points per game and has successfully directed the Duke offense from the point, a position he transitioned to in the latter part of his career. And as the leading scorer with 24 points in the Blue Devils’ 64-54 victory against North Carolina last month, Scheyer knows what spearheading a win against Duke’s archrival feels like— just not at home. Sending the Tar Heels back down 15501 with their heads down while the Blue Devils leave Cameron with pride is a moment none of the seniors have ever experienced—and one they would never forget.
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n Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Tar Heels had come away victorious.
Then-freshman Brian Zoubek started over Josh McRoberts against North Carolina in 2007 (above), and Lance Thomas (right) has been a steady role player for Duke since arriving in Durham.
mes in Cameron Indoor Stadium, starting with the Blue Devils’ last victory in 2005.
2008 DUKE 68 - UNC 76 March 8, 2008 In a back-and-forth game to close the season, the Blue Devils fought back from a double-digit halftime deficit to take a 68-66 lead with several minutes to go. But Duke didn’t score another basket, and the Tar Heels pulled out the win behind a double-double from Tyler Hansbrough.
2009 DUKE 87 - UNC 101 February 11, 2009 Tar Heel guard Ty Lawson showed his speed and skill in the second half, scoring 21 of his 25 points in the period to seal a statement win for North Carolina. This was the Tar Heels’ fourth consecutive win in Cameron Indoor Stadium—a place Tyler Hansbrough never lost.
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A-10 Owls fly down to DBAP Tough Terp test by Zach Powell THE CHRONICLE
As most students make travel plans for spring break, Duke welcomes Temple (0-7) for a three-game set at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Blue Devils (4-3) hope to extend their three-game winning streak Temple off the strength of last weekend’s vs. sweep of Fordham. The Owls, out of the Atlantic Duke 10, have started the year slowly but have still put runs on the board, avFRIDAY-SUNDAY Durham Bulls Athletic Park eraging nearly eight runs over their last five games. Their struggles largely stem from the poor performance of an experienced pitching staff, combining for a team ERA of 11.75.
Despite the lackluster record, the Blue Devils aren’t taking anything for granted. “We have a lot of respect for Temple,” Duke head coach Sean McNally said. “We’ll have to plan on being at our best to win. They’re a club that can and... will score runs. Coming out of the Northeast, their pitching evolves as the year goes on because they’re not able to get outside much in the preseason. We know Temple will pitch much better than they have the past couple weeks.” Offensively, Temple is led by senior second baseman Tony Jusino, the reigning Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week, and junior leftfielder Byron McKoy. “We’re going to attack those guys,” McNally said. “It will be a good opportunity for our pitching staff to test See baseball on page 17
ahead for Duke in Baltimore by Alexander Stuart THE CHRONICLE
Saturday morning, No. 9 Duke gets the chance it’s been waiting for to prove that its loss to Notre Dame was nothing but an early-season slip-up. The Blue Devils head to Baltimore, Md., this Saturday to play in the first game of the Konica-Minolta Faceoff Challenge. There, Duke will match up against a familiar ACC foe, No. 6 Maryland, at the home of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, M&T Bank Stadium, at 11 a.m. “It’s exciting for our guys—it’s a big event, first ACC opponent of a young season,” assistant coach Chris Gabrielli said. “Our guys have played in the big stadiums before [and] our older guys have played there [M&T Bank Stadium]. I don’t think they will be in awe of playing in a big stadium.” No. 7 While the Blue Devils have experiUMd ence playing in front of large crowds, vs. they will have to be prepared for a hosNo. 9 tile environment, as M&T Bank StadiDuke um is a mere 30 miles from Maryland’s campus in College Park. SATURDAY, 11 a.m. “It’s definitely a pro-Maryland crowd Baltimore, Md. there. That’s just another obstacle,” Gabrielli said. “It’s going to be one of many events where fan favor will be in the favor of our opponent.” Duke (2-1) is coming off an impressive 16-11 victory over Penn last weekend, and the Blue Devils hope to emulate their second-half performance Saturday for all four quarters. In that game against the Quakers, Duke was down 7-4 at halftime, but stormed back with a furious eight-goal rally to secure the win. “We like how we fought for four quarters—we played our best lacrosse at the end,” Gabrielli said. “We’re trying to figure out a way to get going [early]. First three games we had, we played fairly well in the second half, especially the fourth quarter. So if we can find a way to emulate that early on in the game and try and win the first quarter, that will be good for us.” The Blue Devils will have to be very sharp this weekend as the Terrapins (2-0) have run rampant offensively in their first two games of the year, totaling 27 goals scored. A win Saturday would give the Blue Devils an early leg up in the ACC race, as there are only four teams in the league in men’s lacrosse. It would also give Duke confidence a boost after a rockier-than-expected start to the season.
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McNally said that playing games in Cary is only a temporary measure, and he and White both said that they expect to continue splitting home games between Jack Coombs Field and DBAP in the future.
itself and see where we are.” The Blue Devils will feature the same weekend rotation that was so successful against Fordham. Michael Ness (1-0, 3.60 ERA) will take the hill in Friday’s contest, while southpaw Eric Pfisterer (1-1, 8.68) and Jonathan Foreman (1-0, 3.75) will get the ball in the final two games of the series. Duke also boasts a bevy of talented relief men that McNally calls “the most talented staff I’ve had in five years at Duke.” The relievers certainly lived up to that superlative last weekend, giving up only one earned run in ten innings of relief against Fordham. Thus far, the Blue Devils’ offense has been inconsistent, averaging almost eight runs per game in Duke’s wins but being held to just over three in its losses. The Blue Devils have had success when facing a pitcher for the first time, scoring in the first inning of every game, but have struggled in responding to the pitchers’ adjustments the second and third times through the lineup. “The buzz word is ‘aggressive,’” McNally said. “We want to try to create some big innings. We had some big innings against Fordham and we’d like to do more of that this weekend.” This series with Temple begins a stretch of six games in six days for the Blue Devils, leading directly into ACC play against rival North Carolina.
Little urgency to Jack Coombs renovations Improvements to the drainage system at Duke’s oncampus facility, however, are still only in the brainstorming stages, and Duke Athletics is studying the feasibility of renovating the drainage system, White said. “Our facility staff is working with our baseball coaches and [Facilities Management] to evaluate the situation and determine the best course of action to address the situation,” Mitch Moser, an associate athletic director responsible for the department’s finances, wrote in an e-mail. Curiously, the park has undergone several renovations in recent years, including the installation of an all-weather hitting and pitching practice facility and the redesign and improvement of the locker rooms, according to GoDuke.com’s description of the stadium. Neither White nor Moser would disclose what a drainage system revamp might cost the athletic department. They also declined to disclose any details of the financial arrangements with the Durham Bulls or the USA Baseball complex that allow the Blue Devils to play at those parks. Durham Bulls General Manager Mike Birling declined to provide financial information and could not be reached for further comment Wednesday or Thursday. The attendance question Even though Duke’s baseball team has improved rapidly since McNally took over four seasons ago, attendance has remained constant at Jack Coombs Field. But no one is sure whether the move to the DBAP—an unquestionably nicer, more enjoyable ballpark—will trump the ease of walking to Jack Coombs from a West Campus dorm. More than 300 people attended each game of a doubleheader Feb. 27, 2009 at Jack Coombs Field; meanwhile, just 147 attended Duke’s home opener against Fordham last Friday, Feb. 26. Attendance did improve slightly as the weekend progressed, as 367 people watched the action Saturday and 273 showed up Sunday, but Berndt called attendance “sparse”.
“Even when [Jack Coombs Field] is dry, it is one rain away from being unplayable.” — Brad Berndt Although comparing statistics from just one weekend over a long season does not prove attendance trends, it does show that attendance on campus was somewhat easy to predict, whereas attendance at DBAP may fluctuate. Despite the slow start, Duke officials are thinking positively about getting students and other fans to downtown Durham. “The DBAP is a remarkable venue for our players, students, faculty, staff and community supporters,” White said. “We are confident that Duke fans will support Coach McNally and his team and fully expect attendance, over time, to be greater downtown than it would be on campus. There is a strong marketing plan in place in order for this to occur.” If last year’s ACC tournament, which DBAP hosted, is any indication, White might be right. Fans from all over the conference flocked to Durham for the eightteam event, and more than 2,300 fans were in the stadium for Duke’s final game, a loss to Virginia. The ACC tournament and a standard three-game series between Duke and an opponent are not truly comparable, as the tournament featured daily triple-headers involving only quality teams. But DBAP’s environment was surely one of the factors that drew fans to the stadium. It’s not clear yet if Duke fans will turn out at DBAP more than they did at Jack Coombs Field, and there’s no real time line on fixing the drainage system at the Blue Devils’ historic home. What is certain is that Duke’s baseball program has expanded its regional and recruiting appeal by moving its home games to one of the best minor-league ballparks in America while putting itself in the awkward position of not playing its home games on campus, where most of its students live. Whether the benefits of making such a bold move outweigh the drawbacks is something the program won’t know for some time.
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Duke’s pitching staff—both its starters and relievers—kept Fordham’s bats quiet last weekend in a three-game sweep against the Rams.
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m. tennis from page 9 “A lot of teams that haven’t been used to winning against the top five teams, what they do when they get to a turning point is they tend to go backwards, so that’s kind of where we’re at right now,” Goffi admitted. And the Longhorns will certainly provide the Blue Devils with a difficult challenge. In particular, Texas’s depth across singles and doubles will put pressure on all of Duke’s players to play at a high level. While Goffi and head coach Ramsey Smith are confident their players have the talent to defeat the Longhorns, they have stressed the mental aspect of the game this week in practice. “Everything is right on cue to have a good win here,” Goffi said. “What we’re prepping our guys with is the mentality
going into the match and the mentality during the match.” One thing working in Duke’s favor is that, because the temperature is forecasted to be below 50 degrees today, the match will be played in Sheffield rather than the outdoor Ambler Tennis Stadium. Texas, which has been practicing outdoors, is upset about this change and will have to cope with a hostile crowd indoors. “[Against] Illinois, we must have had 700 people come out here indoors. It was loud and crazy,” Goffi said. Goffi urged students to come out to the game, located right next to Krzyzewskiville, and support the team. “[Playing in Sheffield] definitely helps our guys,” Goffi said. “[A large crowd] lets the momentum roll on our side… [and] carries us through tough times, those defining moments in a match where you push forward or fall backwards.”
w. bball from page 9 We’ve got to go to class, and we’ve got to practice. It doesn’t fit what we need to do.” Today’s game will be the third time that McCallie’s team has played the Terrapins this season. The Blue Devils won the first matchup 58-57 on a game-winning shot by senior Bridgette Mitchell in College Park, Md. Duke also defeated Maryland 71-59 at home Feb. 21 on a night where junior Karima Christmas posted a career-best 25 points. Facing the Terrapins only two weeks
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March 4, 2010 The University has requested a City bonfire permit for March 6 (UNC Men at Duke). We want to remind you about safety guidelines for basketball bonfires at Duke. Five years ago, the Durham Fire Marshal revoked permits following a bonfire that, in his view, had gotten out of control. Students and administrators subsequently agreed on the guidelines outlined below which will help ensure everyone’s safety. 1. The bonfire site is in front of House P. The bonfire must be contained within a 40-foot marked boundary and everyone should remain outside that boundary. 2. Do not put dorm furniture in the bonfire. 3. Periodically, the bonfire must burn down to a safe height. During “burn downs,” no additional fuel may be added to the bonfire. 4. Bring beverages in plastic bottles or cans. 5. Do not sit or stand on building roofs. 6. Do not add fuel to the fire more than two hours following the game. 7. The use of any accelerant is prohibited. 8. Bonfires on any other day or at any other location are not permitted. Students who participate in a bonfire on any other day or at any other location may be subject to prosecution. Celebrating basketball victories with a bonfire is a Duke tradition. Follow these basic safety rules so we can continue this tradition for years to come.
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Mustache decision rash, uninventive The recent decision by two were somewhat more President Richard Brod- acceptable given President head to shave off his mus- Brodhead’s lack of presence tache is rash and disturb- on either service, which iting. Our fearless leader’s self is short-sighted.) unfamiliar naked upper lip The lack of consultation needs to be with his closest addressed. advisors—his editorial It has been wife and grown the ongoing sentiment of son (who had never seen his this board that all major father stache-less)—is also university decisions should troublesome. Brodhead’s be accompanied by con- mustache had been around stant and preemptive com- for eight American Presidents, munication with relevant the Eighties and all of Duke’s stakeholders. NCAA championships. If the This decision, however, removal of a several-decadecomes as a complete shock. old mustache is an individual The lack of clear and con- affair, the list of sudden changsistent communication over es that could happen at the this decision to remove such University is frightening. iconic facial hair is disturbIronically, Brodhead ing: no e-mail, no mass text originally grew the mustache message, no tweet or four- in graduate school to make square check-in. (These last himself look older (and,
Wouldn’t call it the last laugh. Here’s hoping we get them again on a neutral court next week.
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according to him, to have something to show for himself while working tirelessly on his dissertation). But having had the mustache since his days at New Haven, he now looks younger. The absence of a cogent reason for the mustache removal is disheartening. In a meeting with The Chronicle’s editorial board a week ago, Brodhead indicated that “it was time for a change.” Besides the obvious Obama reference, we found this to be vague rationale for a such a tangible and visible undertaking. It’s an unexpected action that has literally changed the public face of the University overnight. For his sake, and the University’s, let’s just hope that
the mustache did not have any Samsonian qualities. Looking to the real motivations for the shave, he might be trying to better fit in with students, as the mustache is only popular among fraternity pledges and Coffehouse hipsters. Or maybe he’s a fan of Jeopardy! and is following in the footsteps of host Alex Trebek—who adopted the sans-mustache look himself several years ago. Or he may have just watched an Animal Planet marathon and realized he lacked the necessary tusks to go mano-a-mano with an Atlantic Walrus. Finally, while it’s a well known tactic to use a fake mustache to hide in plain sight, in this case, President Brodhead has managed to perform the opposite. Either way, this fortunate-
ly appears to be an isolated incident. If Chancellor for Health Affairs Victor Dzau shaves off his mustache, however, the University itself may be at a tipping point. If there is any silver lining to this otherwise disastrous situation, it is that Brodhead had his nose neighbor removed at the Duke Barber Shop. At least he had the sense to support a campus business. Now if only he ate all his meals at contracted food vendors. The University would be wise learn from this fiasco and increase actual transparency, not just the visibility of Brodhead’s upper lip. way. In case you couldn’t tell, this is a joke edit. Have a great spring break everyone!
Crutching a mile in another person’s shoes
henever I start to question the morality I crutched up to the cash register. “Let me get of Duke-kind, I think back to my time on your coffee. I know how you like it.” With that, she crutches. chauffeured me to the nearest table and told me “Six weeks? Six entire weeks?” I to take a seat—every single morning remember nervously questioning for the next six weeks. Her genuine the orthopedic surgeons in hopes kindness brightened my day, everythat they were joking about the exday, and she wasn’t the only one. tent of my time on crutches. “No no, Never have I had so many doors you see I can’t do that,” I assured held open for me by boys I know them. “I’ve done it once before and don’t do it out of habit. Never have that was only for two weeks and I I had so many free rides to and molly lester was miserable. I just can’t.” from class or so many professors I immediately launched into a willingly give me extensions on pamore taste, pity party at the news that I would pers. Never have I had so many ofless filling be on crutches for 42 days and fers for free beer. 42 nights. I’d seen people do it Sure, there were those people before—their backpacks loaded, palms gripped who stared as I hobbled along, but I always just tightly around the crutch handles, sweating (al- stared right back, fighting fire with fire. On one ways sweating) as they trekked to and from class— peculiar occasion, I even had a security guard but I would not, could not refrain from walking question the legitimacy of my crutches. for a month and a half. “Do you actually need these ma’am?” she asked “Too bad,” the doctors told me as I propagated me, her brows furrowed with skepticism as she my concerns. “We’re really sorry for the inconve- stared at my crutches. For some reason unbenience, but your knee cannot bear weight for six knownst to me, she seemed to think I planned on entire weeks. If you cheat, you will most likely need using my crutches as weapons at Tailgate. surgery again and we all know you don’t want that, “Weapons?” I thought to myself. “Why would I correct? It will be over before you know it.” pretend to be on crutches, crutch the half mile up I did not think doctors were allowed to lie to Towerview to the Blue Zone dressed in a gold lamé their patients, especially about recovery time, but leotard, come to Tailgate, take a crazy pill and start those eight words—“It will be over before you smacking people left and right with my newfound know it”—were about as far from the truth as one ‘weapons’?” I had to laugh, but quickly assured her could venture. Six weeks is a long time, and I be- that this was not my intention and that I did in fact came your run-of-the-mill Negative Nancy—always need the crutches for transportation. grumpy, rarely friendly and late to everything. Nevertheless, my overall experience as a Duke My negative attitude, no matter how obnox- student temporarily out of commission not only ious, did not, however, dissuade my fellow Duk- reassured me of the goodness of Duke-kind, but ies from constantly offering me a helping hand. gave me the opportunity to literally “walk” a mile Strangers, professors, friends of friends, Alpine in another person’s shoes. It is rare that one has the Bagel employees, librarians, anyone and everyone chance to see campus from a different perspective, on Duke’s campus greeted me daily with a smile but to a (very) limited extent for six weeks, I did. and offers of assistance. I realize my handicapped state was very temporary, Our Gothic Wonderland, in spite of its beauty, is but it gave me a new appreciation for the daily lives not what one might call “handicap-friendly.” There of those permanently challenged with disabilities. are no elevators in the Languages Building; if it Seemingly insignificant gestures from others make rains, the floor in the lobby of Perkins becomes a all the difference. slippery death trap and don’t get me started on the So, thank you my fellow door-holding, coffeedifficulties of entering and exiting the C-1 bus. Yes, serving, beer-offering Dukies. Keep up the good Duke boasts a number of challenges for those tem- work, but don’t limit it to us girls on crutches. A porarily or permanently disabled, but the generos- little kindness goes a long way. ity of its people made up for this in spades. “Girl, what did you do to yourself?” Mary, one Molly Lester is a Trinity junior. Her column runs of my favorite Alpine employees, asked me when every other Friday.
The Internet in the hourglass
very clever English scholar some time ago came up with the novel idea of modeling essays on hourglasses. The idea is relatively simple: A good essay should begin broadly, narrow to a thesis and body and eventually open up to wider phenomenon. Education perhaps is not so different. Primary education and high school are necessarily broad, introducing the most general aspects of a few disciplines. College and graduate school act in part as detailed magnifications of a subfield of academia. The narrowben brostoff est section of the proverbial hourglass bro’s stuff is likely the production of an original dissertation—research so intensely focused that it merits an advanced academic degree. To take the analogy to its natural conclusion, post-formal education is again pushing the limits of the hourglass outward: Learning new skills that lie outside one’s own chosen academic field for pragmatic purposes (e.g. a chemical engineer gaining a basic knowledge in bioinformatics). Many complaints about the hourglass revolve around the fact that it takes a substantial amount of time and effort for the sand to pass through the middle: Formal education now routinely takes a quarter of a century. A lot of it takes unnecessarily long to learn because of bureaucracy. Graduating from Duke, for instance, takes four years instead of three largely because of Curriculum 2000 and the 10 or so courses that constitute one’s major. Were an open curriculum instituted and major requirements parsed down to say, five, one could comfortably (meaning, not scanning ACES for cross-listed courses every semester) graduate in three years if he or she overloaded each semester and used the maximum of two AP credits. Increasing the acceleration of education would also allow individual departments to improve the range of their course offerings to undergraduates. Most people take large lecture classes to fulfill Trinity or core major requirements—strike them out, and department heads then have room to add significantly smaller classes with more focused scopes. A faster-moving education thereby becomes a more specialized one. The positive implications of an accelerated college curriculum are clear: What isn’t clear is how to increase speed without shortchanging completeness of education. Here is where the Internet can be of value. The New York Times “Room For Debate” blog on Wednesday ran the opinions of six respected authorities on education—three professors, a provost and two writers—in order to come to some sort of tentative conclusion on exactly how much value. The impetus for the blog entry came from a recent trend of expansion in online student enrollment and University online presence—Rutgers made news two weeks ago when its president, Richard McCormick, announced the university planned to triple online revenues over the next five years. To be fair, McCormick’s move was out of economic necessity more than a desire to increase the rate of student trajectories through curriculums. In fact, most discussion about online education revolves around how cost-effective it is. Schools rarely expand their online course offerings in an effort to cater to students eager to explore their majors without the impediments of dreary introductory lecture courses. Such courses—four or five of which are required for many popular majors—are ideal candidates to be replaced by online offerings. These courses basically consist of sitting in a huge lecture hall listening to a professor read off Powerpoint slides—there is virtually no difference between watching a YouTube video and going to class. Professors could pre-record video over the school year and then assign graduate students or non-tenured faculty at enormous discounts to devise tests, dole out assignments and grade over the summer. In two summers, an economics student—from home—could check off Econ 51, 55, 105, 110 and 139, classes that are as viable online as in real life. If a class has no legitimate writing assignments, face-to-face interaction or lab, there’s no reason not to have it online in the first place. By any standard of the imagination, there is no discernible advantage to having a class of this type in a lecture hall. It only proceeds to annoy the faculty member who’s assigned to teach introductory material and the students who have to make the trek from Edens, Central or East. A new flowering of Duke courses online, then, could save the University big money, help students who either want to graduate earlier or take more interesting courses (or both) and improve the general welfare of faculty and undergrads. Certainly, downside potential exists—online learning is still an experiment without reliable results. But that should not preclude the institution of at least experimental online courses. Some school down the road apparently is teaching first year Spanish online for academic credit. Duke, meanwhile, has yet to enter the vast realm of online undergraduate education. Time will probably necessitate that this entry happen soon: the hourglass demands it. Ben Brostoff is a Trinity sophomore. His column runs every Friday.
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Ghosts in the rabbit hole
here are ghosts among us. parent that they no longer care if you can see right Not like Casper, the bubbly kid-friendly through them. Humans spending days at the same ghost, or like some green glob that “don’t computer, playing the same game, listening to the look good” from Ghostbusters. The ghosts of Duke same music, absorbed by the same false reality. are everywhere, in classrooms, on Witnessing all of this brings up an the quads, at the ePrint stations. Like ethical question: Is there a moment all good ghosts, they try to blend in when those in the real world should and, when they can be spotted, they intervene on a ghost’s behalf? The must look as human as possible. ghosts immortalized by Patrick Who are these beings of the nethSwayze and Bill Cosby were able to erworld? They are the “plugees,” ask for help. But what if our ghosts normal humans who have chosen are more like Harry Potter’s Myrtle, elad gross to plug into the electronic universe, abandoned in some odd corner of be it through serial text messaging, campus to deal with their problems kitty babies ever shuffling iPod playlists or vidalone? Should we grab our magic eo game marathons. wands, jump onto a broomstick and Walking across campus, it’s hard not to notice fly in to the rescue? Or do we just watch as these that every third person has been implanted with ghosts fall deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole? some ear-festering device. And with new technolo- We’ve pretty much come to a social consensus that gies constantly being devised to “make our lives substance abusers should sober up, stay clean and easier,” the ability to check out of life is becoming return to normal lives. What about the person admore egalitarian in scope. It’s possible that in just dicted to virtual reality? a few more classes of Duke students, a majority on Perhaps many of these gaming or earphone campus will fade in physical composition and be- wearing ghosts were pushed into their lifestyles come modern-world ghosts, connected to the real by some harshness of the real world. In the video world only in the fact that their electronic banter game world, Mario and Luigi will always let you must flow through real hardware. boss them around on their adventures to save To some extent, there is really no point to rage Princess Peach. Crash Bandicoot and Sonic the against the machine. This article was written with Hedgehog will never refuse your wish to see them an electronic word processor, fact checked using spin in circles. Niko Bellic will never hesitate to Internet research and edited through special- steal a tricked-out Humvee and run over crowds of ized software. There are legitimate uses for these pedestrians at your behest. electronic devices, some that could even promote And today, video games have eliminated the more human-to-human interaction. chance of failure! There is no longer such a thing But, like in any good ghost story, the shades as “Game Over.” If something goes wrong, the playwho wander the earth hold on dearly to some er can always restart from the last saved instance. vital secret. Behind that word processor window, This security and sense of control is just not there behind the web browser with 13 open tabs, be- in the real world. Then how do you convince a hind the open documents folder attesting to just ghost disenchanted with reality to put down the how studious the computer’s owner is, there lies a controller when the virtual world seems to offer so seemingly innocent icon, one that probably looks much more? cheerier than the rest of its desktop brethren. All it Like any good ghost story, there must be a way takes is a double click and the computer becomes to reanimate these lost souls. If we are to throw a a gateway into a new world. Alice falls into the rab- rope down into the rabbit hole, we have to prombit hole as the computer, rather than showing you ise that reality offers something greater than Wonspelling errors within a midterm essay, now asks derland. But if so many people have tuned out, one seemingly innocuous question: have chosen to plug in rather than walk through New Game? campus outside an iPod bubble, can we actually As the atom-splitting innovation of all electronic make that promise? And if we cannot, are we the manifestations, the video game has the potential reason why a person chooses a World of Warcraft to bring people together or lock away individual over a world of reality? souls in a Wonderland of the fake. If you don’t believe, take a walk through the computer clusters all Elad Gross is a Trinity senior. His column runs every around campus. Some ghosts have become so trans- other Friday.
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