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Monday, March 22, 2010
ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTH YEAR, Issue 115
Brodhead 53 CAL DUKE 68 Full steam ahead to Sweet 16 recaps Duke on finances
by Scott Rich THE CHRONICLE
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — In a contest typified by physical defense and poor shooting, it was ironically two dunks that provided the bookends to Duke’s Sunday night victory over California in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. With just over eight minutes to go in the first half, Miles Plumlee came off a screen set for Nolan Smith and found himself with an open lane to the basket. When Smith’s alley-oop pass was slightly long, Plumlee gracefully adjusted, grabbing the ball behind his head and slamming it home in one fluid motion. That dunk spurred a 13-3 Blue Devil run before which No. 1 seed Duke (31-5) was only up three on a scrappy California team thanks to some poor shooting. But after that moment, the Blue Devils ran away from the eighth-seeded Golden Bears (24-11) thanks to virtuoso performances by both Smith and Brian Zoubek, whose own rather enthusiastic dunk (again off a Smith assist) with just less than four minutes to go in the second half gave Duke a 19-point lead. That play punctuated the Blue Devils’ 68-53 victory over California and Duke’s second straight trip to the Sweet 16. “Getting the dunk felt great,” Zoubek said. “I knew that was a big point in the game where we just created a little separation there.” See california on page 10
President announces renewed wage freeze by Emmeline Zhao THE CHRONICLE
One year after President Richard Brodhead’s “Message to the Duke Community” announced a smaller Duke, a new memo from the president paints a picture of the University’s finances that is relatively less grim. In an e-mail to faculty and staff Friday morning, Brodhead presented a recap of the administration’s efforts to cut the University’s deficit by $100 million over three years. The message, titled “Financial Update,” also revealed that benefits-eligible employees making $80,000 or less annually will receive a one-time Richard Brodhead payment of $1,000 for fiscal year 2010—which runs from July 2010 to June 2011. The pay freeze that was implemented last fiscal year is still in effect for all employees. This marks an increase in the number of employees receiving the
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With fellow stars Jon Scheyer and Kyle Singler misfiring from the outside, junior Nolan Smith took charge of Duke’s offense when the Blue Devils needed points. He had 20 in a comfortable win over California.
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Health reform clears Lefevre would catalyze dialogue historic House vote with admins, build collaboration DSG Presidential candidate // MIKE LEFEVRE
By Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery The Washington Post
by Taylor Doherty THE CHRONICLE
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If elected, DSG presidential candidate Mike Lefevre, a junior, would focus on facilitating dialogue with administrators.
Junior Mike Lefevre doesn’t look at the Duke Student Government presidential position as a stepping stone or an opportunity to pad his résumé. It’s a chance, he explained, to represent the student voice. “Put this on paper: I’m not interested in running for Young Trustee, I’m not going to do it,” Lefevre said. “This is it for me. I was a senator, I was vice president [for campus services], I’m chief of staff, and this is as far as I go... to become president and work for kids.”
In his second vie for the presidency, Lefevre stresses the importance of “getting everyone to the table”—both helping groups work with other organizations and facilitating conversations with the administration. Under Lefevre, DSG members wouldn’t go to the meetings of other groups to pitch their ideas, but instead to listen, the candidate said. Samuel Veraldi, director of finance for campus services, witnessed Lefevre’s influence as a DSG representative when
“It’s our No. 1 priority right now.” —Fred Knipper, director of DUPD’s Fire Safety Division, on fixing fire alarm malfunctions on East and West Campus. See story page 3
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Democrats scored a historic victory in the century-long battle to reform the nation’s health-care system late Sunday night, winning final approval of legislation that expands coverage to 32 million people and attempts to contain spiraling costs. No Republican voted for the measure, which now awaits the signature of President Barack Obama. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who muscled the bill across the finish line after weeks of arduous negotiations, entered the House chamber Sunday night to a standing ovation from Democrats. “After more than a year of debate and after hearing the calls
How’s your bracket? The Chronicle’s Scott Rich looks into Duke’s path to the Final Four after Weekend One, PAGE 10
of millions of Americans, we have come to an historic moment,” she said before the House approved a bill that passed the Senate on Christmas Eve. “Today we have the opportunity to complete the great unfinished business of our society and pass health insurance reform for all Americans as a right, not a privilege.” The year-long debate has consumed virtually all of Obama’s time in office, potentially endangering his reelection and Democratic majorities in the House and the Senate. It has inflamed the partisanship that the president pledged to tame when he campaigned for the White House and has limited Congress’s ability to pass any other major See health care on page 16
Blue Devils host LSU in Round of 32 Monday, Page 8
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Electoral commission in Iraq rejects national recount BAGHDAD — As new results from this month’s election continued to show a neckand-neck race, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Sunday issued a strongly worded warning that without a nationwide recount, the country could descend into violence. The electoral commission quickly rejected the request, saying a recount would be neither necessary nor feasible. Maliki’s statement, in which he pointedly invoked his role as “Commander in Chief of the armed forces,” alarmed some
U.S. and Iraqi officials who worry Maliki is laying the groundwork to stay in office even if he does not win a plurality of the vote. Maliki’s party has alleged the vote counting has been marred by fraud. Maliki, a Shiite who is increasingly isolated politically, is in a tight contest with secular Shiite Ayad Allawi, who draws his support largely from Sunnis. Allawi’s strong performance threatens the control that Kurds and religious Shiite politicians hold on government power.
Changes to student loan Red River threatens towns included in health care bill FARGO, N.D. — The Red River is expected to crest at 37 feet Sunday, while residents of Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn., wait to see whether their sandbag levees contain the rising water. “Everyone is in a wait-and-watch mode right now,” said Theresa Orecchia of Fargo’s communications office. The river was at 36.98 feet as of 11:15 a.m. local time, according to the National Weather Service’s river gauges. Last year’s 40.8-foot crest killed 91,000 cattle and prompted federal emergency payments of more than $139 million. Greg Gust, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D., said the river will hold near 37 feet throughout the day and begin declining in the evening.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Legislation hailed by supporters as the most significant changes to college student lending in a generation was included in the health care reform legislation taken up by the House of Representatives on Sunday night. The student aid initiative, overshadowed by the health care debate, proposes to overhaul the student loan industry, eliminating a $60 billion program that supports private student loans with federal subsidies and replacing it with direct government lending to students. By ending the subsidies and effectively eliminating the middleman, the bill would generate $61 billion in savings over 10 years, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
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Students at Duke celebrate the traditional Indian festival of Holi on East Campus. Participants mark Holi, the festival of colors, by throwing colored powder and water on each other. The event is also celebrated with bonfires, firecrackers, singing, dancing and sweets.
Th i s we e k a t D u ke . . . . MONDAY
Grand Theft Auto: Class Action Law School 3041, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Ted Frank, president of the Center for Class Action Fairness, discusses the litigation surrounding hidden sex scenes in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Duke Chorale Spring Break Tour Concert Baldwin Auditorium, 8 - 9:30 p.m. The Duke Chorale, directed by Rodney Wynkoop, will perform short works from their Spring Break tour of New England.
Berry-Tripping Von Canon A, 9 - 10 p.m. Come try Miraculin (Miracle Fruit) tablets and see what foods taste different to you. One $5 ticket for each tablet, sold in Bryan Center Plaza this week.
Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims Westbrook 12, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Dr. Freeman and Dr. Antepli will be showing this DVD and leading a discussion regarding the film.
The Uses and Abuses of Adam Smith Goodson Chapel Westbrook Building, 4 - 5 p.m. Amartya Sen received the Nobel Prize in Economic Science in 1998 for his contributions to welfare economics.
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Fire alarm glitch affects West, East campuses
Water, earth, fire...
by Sony Rao
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Members of the Duke Chinese Dance Troupe perform in the group’s annual showcase, titled “Elements” this year. The Saturday performance in Page Auditorium featured dances from DefMo and Sabrosura.
Campus Central Fire Alarm Monitoring System is not currently dispatching 911 notifications, Duke police discovered Friday. Although a fire will still trigger the alarms, the Fire Safety Division of the Occupational and Environment Safety Office discovered in a routine maintenance check Friday morning that alarms in buildings across campus will not immediately notify 911 as they should. In an alert notice sent to the Residence Life and Housing Services emergency list-
serv Friday evening, the Facilities Management Department informed residents that in the event of a fire, they should immediately evacuate the facility and call 911. Resident assistants were asked to post the alert flyer in their buildings. “Alerts only come on a Web site that warn the community in case of a dire emergency,” said Gloria Graham, assistant chief of the Duke University Police Department. “This is more of a maintenance issue.” Fred Knipper, director of the Fire Safety
Rugby team goes bald H1N1 outbreak caused for child cancer research by patient transmission by Jinny Cho THE CHRONICLE
Nearly forty heads worth of hair lay heaped on the lobby floor of Duke Children’s Hospital Friday afternoon—a quantity that volunteer stylist Amy Torres said she has never witnessed in her years cutting hair at Raleigh’s Salon Blu. Eight Duke physicians and about 30 Duke Rugby club team members had just shaved their heads to support childhood cancer research. The event, hosted by Duke Children’s Hospital for the first time ever, helped raise funds for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a non-profit organization that coordinates worldwide head-shaving events to provide
grants for research in pediatric cancer. And through collected donations, Duke Rugby team members raised $14,494 for donning bald heads–the largest collection of funds raised by any sports team in the state. “The participants took it to a whole new level,” said Jane Hoppen, director of partnerships at St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Dr. Daniel Wechsler, division chief of Duke’s pediatric hematology-oncology department, was the first to bare his scalp, cheered on by physicians and fellow participants as each dark lock fell to the floor. Although he reacted with surprise to a photo of his bald head—while his young
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from Staff Reports The Chronicle
Last November’s outbreak of drug-resistant H1N1 among four patients at Duke University Medical Center likely occurred through patient-to-patient transmission, according to a report released Saturday. Five Duke physicians joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the North Carolina Division of Public Health to examine the nature of the outbreak, which CDC confirmed Nov. 23, 2009. The report was presented Saturday at the Fifth Decennial International Conference on Healthcare-Associated Infections in Atlanta.
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“We found that the oseltamivir-resistant H1N1 influenza was isolated to the four patients,” Dr. Luke Chen, DUMC infectious diseases specialist, told WRAL. “There was no evidence of spread to additional patients or caregivers on the affected ward.” According to the report, four patients were admitted to the hematology-oncology ward late last September for reasons unrelated to influenza infection. After one patient experienced fever, however, the remaining three patients became infected one, three and five days after the first onset of influenza-related illness. See H1N1 on page 5
Here’s a look at what the Career Center has lined up for you! Juniors, its time to start thinking about life after Duke! Whether you plan to start your career, attend graduate school or look for short-term and fellowship opportunities— the Career Center is here to help you!
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Career Center Open House 6:30-8:30 pm
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March 23, 2010 Resume Review Bryan Center Plaza on the Plaza (Rain location: Bryan 1:00-5:00 pm Center 2nd Floor, above the Multicultural Center)
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March 26, 2010 Drop-in Advising Smith Warehouse Bay 5, 2nd Flr. for Juniors 12:00-5:00 pm
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alarms from page 3 Division said he does not know when the problem will be fixed. “This is the first time something like this has occurred,” Knipper said. “We’re not sure exactly what’s wrong.” Knipper said that although most of the alarms in East and West Campus buildings are affected, health system facilities
and Central Campus apartments are not. Knipper added that the safety of campus residents should not be significantly affected by the issue, but the division is still trying to fix the defect in the systems as soon as possible. “It’s our No. 1 priority right now,” he said. “We have been working on this all weekend, waiting for the corporation to get back to us.”
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Signs posted Friday at entrances to dormitories across East and West Campus warn students that the fire alarms will not automatically notify Police in case of a fire.
H1N1 from page 3 The study also reported that all four patients were ambulatory and capable of interacting outside their rooms before they were infected. Three patients were located in adjacent rooms. Chen told WRAL that influenza can often be hidden under other conditions, and influenza diagnoses are difficult because many patients have other medical problems that may produce fever
or respiratory symptoms. “One key thing we can learn from this outbreak is that all clinicians and health care workers should suspect the diagnosis of influenza even among very ill patients who have multiple medical problems,” Chen said. The report concluded that increased vigilance and aggressive isolation are necessary to limit potential transmission of H1N1. Medical administrators at Duke could not be reached for comment Sunday.
finance from page 1 bonus—to approximately 70 percent of University employees, Brodhead said in an interview. “Duke simply cannot make permanent salary increases at this time without aggravating our future budget problems and jeopardizing jobs,” the e-mail reads. Employee benefit packages— which provide health, life and dental insurance, tuition reimbursement and a retirement plan—will not be affected this calendar year, though potential changes for next year would be determined as necessary, Executive Vice President Tallman Trask said. “I’m hoping we can avoid [cutting benefits] by cutting other items,” he said. Last year’s salary freeze allowed for a one-time $1,000 supplement for those making $50,000 or less, which saved the University about $18 million, Brodhead noted in his e-mail. The freeze and payment for next fiscal year will save Duke an estimated $20 million, Trask said. Much like Brodhead’s “Message to the Duke Community” last March, this year’s e-mail does not detail changes that will affect employees of the Duke University Health System, as they follow separate procedures. DUHS employees will be notified of salary adjustments later this year. Employees whose contracts are dictated by agreements with a collective bargaining unit—including bus drivers, labor union
Local 77, food service workers and housekeeping staff—will face changes in accordance with their respective contracts. Approximately 500 employees fall under this category, Trask said. A smaller deficit This time last year, University officials estimated that Duke faced a $125 million budget deficit and created a three-year plan to reduce that deficit accordingly. Brodhead announced last month, however, that recent calculations based on the market rebound left the University’s deficit closer to $100 million instead. As of June 2009, Duke’s endowment was valued at $4.4 billion, down from $6.1 billion the previous year. Over the last calendar year, the endowment earned more than $400 million, Trask said, noting that it has increased by 11 percent over the last six months. The $25 million decrease in deficit is derived from the 5.5 percent payout from this $400 million increase. Endowment spending has constituted about 12 to 13 percent of the University’s operating budget in the previous two fiscal years. Additionally, although the overall number of donors has increased, the number of people making large contributions— amounts of more than $10 million—has decreased, Trask said. But for now, as a result of cutback efforts such as freezing capital projects like the construction of New Campus and renovating
the West Union building, reducing expenses across departments, offering early retirement packages and not filling vacancies, the University is about halfway toward eliminating its budget deficit one year into its three-year path. And through early retirement incentives and natural attrition, Duke has trimmed more than 450 people from the workforce, avoiding large-scale layoffs. Approximately 400 were retirements, Trask noted. “We should be very pleased with the progress we’ve made, it has not been easy,” Brodhead said in the interview. “We have to continue to work on this or we’re just taking it out on the future.” Still, officials are looking for places to cut costs while protecting faculty positions, academic programs and financial aid. “Everything else is on the table,” Trask said. “It depends on what happens, what choices we get. Some vacancies have to be filled and others don’t have to be filled.” Trask added that he does not think significant layoffs will be necessary because officials “know enough and have gotten far enough” to eliminate the deficit without involuntary downsizing. With two more years left in the University’s plan to entirely eliminate the budget deficit, officials are anticipating significant progress through continued administrative cuts and strategic vacancy management. “We’re getting there, but we still have a long way to go,” Trask said.
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All applications for the SOFC Annual Budgeting Process are due Wednesday, March 24 at 5PM. Information about the 2010-2011 Annual Budgeting Process for Chartered Organizations is now online on the SOFC website: http://student.groups.duke.edu/ Student_Organization_Finance_Committee
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THE FUTURE OF THE PAST, THE FUTURE OF THE PRESENT:
The Historical Record in the Digital Age MONDAY, MARCH 22 5 :00– 6:30 PM SOCIOLOGY-PSYCHOLOGY BUILDING, ROOM 130
DAVID S. FERRIERO Archivist of the United States National Archives and Records Administration ARE WE LOSING OUR MEMORY? The View from the National Archives The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the independent agency of the U.S. government responsible for the records of all the agencies of the government. The shift to electronic records systems, extensive use of electronic mail, and the emerging uses of social media herald a paradigm shift in the work of the government, the definition of “records,” and NARA’s responsibilities. As Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero will share his agency’s strategies and challenges in creating the records program of the future.
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daughters observed with wide eyes and hand-covered mouths—Wechsler said going bald was the least he could do. “St. Baldrick’s has been very supportive of our research and clinical programs here at Duke,” Wechsler said. “My faculty has gotten grants from St. Baldrick’s, and we feel like this is a small way to give back to them and also to show solidarity for our patients.” Wechsler, who has worked in the hematology-oncology department for 20 years, added that unlike physicians in the emergency room or intensive care unit who only see patients once, he and his fellow pediatric oncologists stay with patients during a “key and stressful” part of their lives, remaining in touch for at least 10 years after their diagnoses. Duke Rugby head coach Jay Wisse said he proposed the fundraising idea to the rugby team earlier this year, adding that the players have responded with enthusiasm and dedication. The team has made efforts to become more involved in community service and not make the team “just about rugby,” said senior Jacob Wood, vice president of Duke Rugby. “This will hopefully strengthen the bonds between us and also with the people that we play for—the Duke community and people at Duke Hospital,” Wood said. The event was a poignant scene for Holly Barber of Greensboro, N.C., whose 20-month old son Matheson has been in remission for nine months after being diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia at the age of 5 months. Holding Matheson in her arms, Bridgett Campbell—a clinical nurse
in pediatric hematology-oncology, who admitted the child to Duke Hospital just after Christmas Day a year ago— helped him clasp the hair buzzer and shave the head of Dr. Brian Belyea, a first-year fellow in the division who helped treat Matheson. “It’s payback time,” Belyea remarked. Despite the cheers and laughter, several participants noted that temporary hair loss is not a choice for the millions of children who face cancer “You develop bonds with other parents who have children with cancer,” Barber said. “But it’s hard—you want to know people are going through it, but at the same time, the statistics are just bad. So you meet families, and in a way, you lose families too.”
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Volunteer stylist Amy Torres shaves the head of a member of the Duke Rugby club team to support childhood cancer research.
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Zoubek, Smith pick up the slack WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: DUKE FACES LSU CHALLENGE IN NCAA TOURNEY MEN’S LACROSSE: NITTANY LIONS TAMED • ONLINE: PHOTO SLIDESHOWS FROM THE WEEKEND
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No problems for Duke in NCAA opener DUKE vs LSU 72 DUKE HAMP 37 MONDAY • 7 p.m. • ESPN
Defense leads rout of underdog Lady Pirates in first round at Cameron Indoor
Blue Devils host Tigers Monday with Sweet 16 in reach by Harrison Comfort THE CHRONICLe
by Nicholas Schwartz THE CHRONICLE
Part of the grandeur of the NCAA Tournament is that small schools from relatively unknown conferences finally get an opportunity to knock off the giants of the game on a national stage, and for a few moments Saturday, it looked like 15th seed Hampton might just give No. 2 Duke an unexpected opening-round test. An outmatched Lady Pirates team couldn’t consistently makeup for its shortcomings, however, and the Blue Devils (28-5) advanced to the second round with a 72-37 victory behind a stellar defensive performance. Hampton (20-12) came out swinging in the early minutes and took advantage of a rattled Duke team in the post by pounding the ball inside. Forward Melanie Warner’s drop-step and finish in the lane over the much bigger Krystal Thomas gave the Lady Pirates a 6-3 advantage, and Hampton held an 8-7 lead through the first TV timeout. Head coach Joanne P. McCallie countered with freshman forward Allison Vernerey, who scored two quick points off the bench to give Duke a lead it would never again surrender. “We were all so excited to play that we let our excitement get the best of us [early on],” senior Keturah See hampton on page 13
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Jasmine Thomas scored 13 points against Hampton, and she will be called upon to score even more against LSU Monday night.
After Duke’s blowout victory over Hampton Saturday, it seems appropriate for the team to take on a more challenging opponent in its pursuit of a national championship. And since Louisiana State also routed its opponent in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, it fits the part well. The Blue Devils will host the seventh-seeded Tigers (21-9) tonight in Cameron Indoor Stadium at 7 p.m in a secondround matchup. Duke (28-5) enters familiar territory as it has won at least one game in all of its 16 Tournament appearances, even though the Blue Devils were eliminated at this stage last year in a disappointing loss to head coach Joanne P. McCallie’s former team, Michigan State, on its home court. Despite Duke’s previous success early on in the postseason, it recognizes the importance of not taking the seventh-seeded Tigers lightly—especially since the teams are so similar. “LSU is an excellent basketball team [and] they’re very athletic,” McCallie said. “You have to start with Alison Hightower, one of the best players in the country, a lefty slasher like no other…. They’re a terrific team all the way around.” Hightower, an honorable mention All-American last season, is one of the best scorers in the nation. The senior guard averaged 18.2 points per game this season while shooting 40 percent from behind the arc and presents an offensive threat much like Duke junior Jasmine Thomas. See WBB PREVIEW on page 13
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Tribe sent Defining stretch begins with win packing in Duke romp by Felicia Tan THE CHRONICLE
by Dan Ahrens THE CHRONICLE
Coming off a 10-day rest and playing on the mainland for the first time in three weeks, rust was a concern when the Blue Devils faced William and Mary Sunday. The Tribe’s hot start only added to the worry, as the hosts DUKE 6 stole the doubles point and put presW&M 1 sure on Duke’s singles lineup. The No. 7 Blue Devils (12-2) responded ideally, however, sweeping all six singles matches en route to a lopsided 6-1 victory in Williamsburg, Va. “It was good for us to get back into the swing of things,” head coach Jamie Ashworth said. “We play better when we are in match mode.” William and Mary (5-9) came out much more match-ready than its favored counterparts, and the Tribe dominated second and third doubles 8-3 and 8-2, respectively. That guaranteed back-to-back doubles losses for defending national champion Duke. Just as it has all season, though, the team’s vaunted singles roster answered the call. It didn’t take long to level the score, as Elizabeth Plotkin quickly defeated her opponent, 6-0, 6-2. Shortly See w. tennis on page 14
Out of a timeout called by Penn State, Duke’s Tom Montelli sped down the center of the field. The defenseman passed it off to senior Ned Crotty, who fed Zach Howell. The attackman buried the ball in the net, adding another quick first-quarter goal to make the score 4-2. The No. 8 Blue Devils (4-3) scored at least four goals in each quarter and raced past the Nittany Lions 20-11 11 in an up-tempo game PSU that saw six Duke DUKE 20 players earn two or more goals. Howell led the way with five tallies, while senior Max Quinzani added four goals and senior Parker McKee chipped in with a career-high three scores. The final tally of 20 goals registered Saturday at Koskinen Stadium marked a season high for the Blue Devils. “The pace was up and down, which is something that we practice a lot,” head coach John Danowski said. “We play a lot of players, and we want to be able to dictate tempo. I thought today, tempo certainly went our way.” Penn State (0-6) struck first, with a goal samantha sheft/Chronicle file photo from Chris Hogan that gave the Nittany Lions a brief lead. Howell evened the score Junior Zach Howell’s game-high seven points, including five goals, led Duke to a badly needed victory. for Duke one minute later off an assist from Will McKee. After Penn State’s Matthew sively from the faceoff successes. Quinzani, in tune with Ned, he gives us the ball and Mackrides registered one more goal for the especially, did most of his damage early, makes us look good.” ISO 12647-7 Digital Control Strip Nittany Lions, the Blue Devils then reeled scoring all four of his goals in the first half. The nation’s leader in assists, Crotty 84919E “I was really just focusing on getting in off five straight in a span of six minutes and finished with five helpers and one goal didn’t look back. synchrony with my attack group,” Quinzani of his own. Against a Penn State squad that was win- said. “I met eyes with Ned [Crotty] a couple Coming out of halftime, though, the ning 62 percent of faceoffs coming in, Duke times, he hit me on a couple crosses. He won 18 of 34 and was able to create offen-T:10”did the same thing with Zach. When we get See m. lax on page 14 2007
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Purdue, Baylor lay in wait
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by Scott Rich THE CHRONICLE
Anyone selling glass slippers this March must be quite happy. In one of the more unpredictable NCAA Tournaments in recent memory, Cinderellas abound in the Sweet 16. Three double-digit seeds—No. 10 Saint Mary’s, No. 11 Washington and No. 12 Cornell— have all survived to the Tournament’s second weekend. Meanwhile, in a stunning upset, No. 9 Northern Iowa defeated the Tournament’s overall No. 1 seed, Kansas, to also advance to the regional semifinals. And all this should put a smile on the faces of Blue Devil fans everywhere. In reaching the Sweet 16, Saint Mary’s had to go through the No. 2 seed in the South, Villanova, a team which many prognosticators felt would beat Duke to reach the Final Four. Now, Blue Devil fans can put the nightmares of last season’s loss to the Wildcats safely to bed. What’s more, Duke was the benefactor of a somewhat unconventional upset when No. 4 Purdue defeated fifth seed Texas A&M in overtime Sunday night. While the Boilermakers were seeded higher than Aggies, most felt that the Purdue would be quickly sent home in this Tournament without star forward Robbie Hummel. But with the Boilermakers advancing, Duke will avoid facing Texas A&M in front of what could have been a hostile crowd in Houston. Instead, the Blue Devils will face a team that is now, without Hummel, likely worse than the squad the Blue Devils pummeled on Purdue’s home court in 2008. If Duke can advance to the Elite 8, though, a much tougher matchup might await in the form of Baylor, another Texas school that will be playing mere hours from campus. In guard LaceDarius Dunn, forward Quincy Acy and center Ekpe Udoh, the Bears feature what many Blue Devil fans fear most—a highly athletic core. Still, Baylor is probably a better matchup for Duke than Villanova, and the Wildcats’ plethora of hyper-athletic guards, might have been. If Duke is able to make it to Indianapolis, not having the shadow of the Jayhawks looming can only help Duke’s chances. But after a weekend filled with Cinderellas pulling out big wins, there is no reason to assume anything will go according to plan the rest of this Tournament for the Blue Devils—or anybody else.
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Nolan Smith was able to create his own shot Sunday, finishing with 20 points on 9-of-18 shooting.
In arguably his best performance since he scored 16 points and grabbed 17 rebounds against Maryland more than two months ago, Zoubek was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field and scored 14 points to go with 13 rebounds. Smith, though, was the real catalyst for the Blue Devils on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Besides assisting on both momentum-building dunks, the junior led all scorers with 20 points on 9-of-18 shooting, contained the Golden Bears’ top scoring threat in Jerome Randle and played all 40 minutes of the game. “Nolan, especially at the end of the clock, is our go-to guy,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “He’s been our on-the-ball defender the whole year, so he’s scoring and defending on the ball. That was a marvelous performance by Nolan.” Indeed, the Blue Devils needed scoring from Zoubek and Smith, the players Krzyzewski called his team’s “unsung heroes,” on a night when stars Kyle Singler and Jon Scheyer had trouble converting open shots. Scheyer was 1-for-11 on the night, including 1-for-8 from beyond the arc, while Singler was 1-for-6 from 3-point territory despite shooting 50 percent overall. It was that subpar shooting that allowed California, the Pac-10 regular season champion, to stick with the Blue Devils for most of the first half, even though Duke’s ferocious defense forced the Golden Bears into seven turnovers. California had only three assists in the first half, and its offense devolved into a series of one-on-one drives and contested jumpers, prompting more than one frustrated fan to angrily shout “Pass the ball!” at the Golden Bears. After Plumlee’s reverse alley-oop, California missed seven of its next eight shots, including numerous ill-advised attempts by Theo Robertson and Patrick Christopher. That stretch ended when Golden Bear head coach Mike Montgomery called timeout after a Zoubek tip-in put Duke up 12 with under four
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Kyle Singler shot poorly from the perimeter against California but found some success getting to the rim. Singler, a junior, finished with 17 points against the Golden Bears.
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CAL 53 minutes to go in the first half, and the Blue Devils never led by less than seven the rest of the way. “We played an outstanding defensive game tonight against a championship team,” Krzyzewski said. “I thought the discipline that we had defensively was the difference in the ball game…. The kids played a beautiful defensive game.” Despite that exceptional defense, though, the Golden Bears made a run in the second half, scoring eight straight points after the 16:54 mark thanks to some difficult 3-point shots by Randle and Robertson. Zoubek, though, answered the bell with backto-back baskets to end that run, and two more baskets by Smith and Singler put Duke back up comfortably by 15. “Zoubs was huge for us throughout the game, especially at that time,” Krzyzewski said. “We went to run motion and Brian got two big buckets.” In a weekend filled with upsets, the Blue Devils were able to survive a disappointing shooting performance by turning to what has defined this team—defense and rebounding. And in order to survive another game—Duke’s next contest will be against Robbie-Hummel-less Purdue in Houston— the Blue Devils will need to continue their stalwart effort on the defensive end of the court. But a few more game-changing dunks won’t hurt, either.
“We’ve had bad shooting nights before... and we’ve been able to bounce back. Brian [Zoubek] was a big part of that rebounding the ball, and I think our defense was a big part of that, too.”
— Junior Kyle Singler
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Former Duke player Jamal Boykin, now a California starter, was given the difficult assignment of guarding Kyle Singler outside and Brian Zoubek in the paint Sunday.
Without the 3-pointer, Blue Devils lean on defense by Scott Rich THE CHRONICLE
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The past few seasons, a 3-for-17 shooting performance from beyond the arc might have doomed Duke. Sunday night, though, this year’s Blue Devils Game showed why they’re diffrom those previAnalysis ferent ous editions that fizzled out early in the NCAA Tournament. In defeating California 68-53 Sunday night in Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Duke showed that it need not rely solely on the 3-point shot as it has in the past, instead using rebounding and defense to slowly but surely defeat the Golden Bears. That newfound balance propelled the Blue Devils into the Sweet 16 and likely increased fans’ optimism that this team can go further. “In the past… they were limited teams, and they couldn’t play the defense that this team can play because we have big guys,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “That’s the difference. We’re a better team this year…. This is a better team because it can play total defense, and it doesn’t have to rely on that other stuff.”
Indeed, the Blue Devils’ defense was as stifling as the Jacksonville humidity all night, forcing California into 11 turnovers and limiting them to six assists. A key factor in that defense was the play of Nolan Smith, who guarded 5-foot10 guard Jerome Randle all night. Randle, who led the Golden Bears with 18.8 points and 4.4 assists per game this year and was called a “blur” by Krzyzewski Saturday afternoon, scored only 12 points while shooting 5-for-12 from the field against the Blue Devils. And while Smith was in the senior guard’s face Sunday, it was surprisingly two of Duke’s slowest players, Brian Zoubek and Miles Plumlee, who had the biggest influence in containing Randle. California ran numerous screens in an attempt to free its leading scorer for 3-point shots or drives to the basket, but Zoubek and Plumlee were able to hedge off of the picks and slow down Randle long enough for Smith to recover. “Brian and Miles, on the highball screen with Randle, stayed up there long enough so Randle couldn’t measure Nolan until Nolan got back,” Krzyzewski said. The importance of Duke’s defensive per-
formance was magnified by its offensive inadequacies, especially from 3-point range. The Blue Devils shot a measly 17.6 percent from beyond the arc, including a 2-for-14 combined 3-point shooting performance from Jon Scheyer and Kyle Singler. Still, Duke’s defense was able to contain the Golden Bears until the proverbial lid came off the Blue Devil basket. “It says a lot about our team, especially defensively,” Scheyer said of his team’s ability to overcome his off night. “I’m proud of all our guys. Nolan carried us offensively and Zoubs did a great job too offensively, so those guys made some big plays for us and our team defense was great.” When Duke found itself unable to score from long range, it was able to turn to the paint to stem the tide. Zoubek’s continued emergence on offense played a key role— the senior was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field on the night, finishing with 14 points to go along with 13 rebounds. Zoubek was able to score in a variety of manners, utilizing his newfound turn-around hook shot to perfection early in the game and tipping in numerous errant shots later. He capped off the performance with a rare, thun-
derous two-handed dunk that provided the exclamation point on the Blue Devil victory. “He doesn’t usually do that, so I’m happy for him,” Singler said of Zoubek’s dunk. “It was kind of fun.” But Zoubek wasn’t Duke’s only offensive option in the paint, as sophomore Miles Plumlee also had one of his better performances of the year, scoring six points of his own, grabbing three rebounds and challenging countless Golde Bear shots. Plumlee provided a legitimate secondary post option for Duke, scoring on turnaround jump shots and athletic dunks in the paint. Previous Duke teams might not have had the luxury of 11 offensive rebounds, or the ability to turn to Zoubek or Plumlee in the paint when shots weren’t falling. But combined with a brilliant defensive effort, these newfound weapons provided the Blue Devils with the boost they needed to earn a Sweet 16 birth. “We’ve had bad shooting nights before... and we’ve been able to bounce back,” Singler said. “Brian was a big part of that rebounding the ball, and I think our defense was a big part of that, too.”
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Duke cruises at Koskinen by Ariel Smallwood THE CHRONICLE
Duke collected an easy victory with a 19-10 win over Navy at Koskinen Stadium Sunday on the strength of an outstanding first half offensively. Senior Lindsay Gilbride led the No. 6 Blue Devils with four goals and two assists, with two NAVY 10 goals coming in the first four minutes of the game. Duke (9-1) creDUKE 19 ated an early hole for Navy (9-2) as the Blue Devils outscored the Midshipmen 7-0 in the opening 10 minutes of the first half. “The big thing is that we wanted to set the tone,” head coach Kerstin Kimel said. “We wanted to make sure, playing a younger team, that we would put ourselves in a position where we set the tone from the get-go.”
Duke’s momentum slowed in the last 20 minutes of the first half, and the Blue Devils scored four goals before going into the locker room with an 11-2 lead. After halftime, Gilbride once again took control with a goal at the 27:23 mark to put the Blue Devils up 10. “Lindsey is one of our main leaders on offense,” Kimel said. “She did a great job of making sure the offense did the things that we worked on in practice.” The points emphasized in practice–ball movement, balance and placement–continued to translate onto the field in the second half. With three more quick goals from the Duke offense, including two by junior Christie Kaestner, the first 10 minutes of the second half closely resembled the tone that was set before halftime. In the last 10 minutes, the Navy offense caught a spark
and scored five consecutive goals, but by that point, the outcome had been long decided. In the end, the Blue Devil defense, along with goalie Kaitlin Gaiss’s eight saves, proved too much for the Midshipmen. Gaiss, a freshman, has fit comfortably into her new role after sophomore goalie Mollie Mackler’s season-ending injury. “Kaitlin is playing the way she is capable of playing,” Kimel said. “She is a fantastic goalie, especially given the situation. She hadn’t played at all [because] we were redshirting her. I think she has done an exceptional job.” Gaiss has attributed her success on the field to hard work and practice during the year. “I never considered that this was a redshirt year to hang out, but its been a year where I can develop and get better as a goalie,” Gaiss said. “I think that I have done that every single day. My attitude is to always support my team, and I went in there and tried my best.” For Kimel, the performance of Gaiss, as well as the offensive jumpstart from Gilbride and Kaestner, was just a small part of the victory on Sunday. “I think it was a total team effort,” Kimel said.
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any shots—but the point guard exploded from the field when given the opportunity. With just over three minutes left in the first period, Thomas came roaring out of a television timeout to extend a 23-3 run that spanned the last 10:13 of the half. After burying a one-handed floater that was enabled by a dazzling spin move in the paint, Thomas connected on consecutive 3-pointers over Duke’s next two possessions and sent the Cameron faithful into a frenzy. “Everyone was playing off of each other and that allowed me to create and find some space within the game,” Thomas said. The highlight of the first half—and possibly the season thus far—came with just minutes remaining before the break. Out of a timeout, Thomas lobbed an inbound pass from the sideline to a streaking Karima Christmas, who—in midair—caught the ball at the bucket and coolly laid it in. “I know the crowd appreciated it, but it’s something that we’ve practiced 100 times,” McCallie said. “I didn’t
even have to diagram it in the timeout.” Duke got great production from some unexpected sources as well. Keturah Jackson—a 44 percent shooter on the season—went 6-for-6 from the field for 13 points, and Bridgette Mitchell added 13 of her own to go along with three blocks and two steals. Defensively, Duke played to its strengths and relentlessly pressed a helpless Hampton squad. The Blue Devils forced 10 turnovers in the first half alone, allowing for easy points in transition. Combined with Duke’s hot shooting—the Blue Devils shot 45.6 percent for the game—McCallie’s team was able to build enough of an early lead to allow the coach to empty the bench in the second half and rest her starters for the second-round game Monday. “I thought we had great intensity throughout, we took care of the basketball, we shot the ball well and I thought that we played some pretty good defense,” McCallie said. “It was really great to be back after being gone for several days.”
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The Tigers have also played against some of the country’s top teams during their conference slate. The SEC features the likes of Vanderbilt, Georgia and No. 1 Tennessee. Where the Blue Devils and Tigers are most alike, however, is the teams’ ability to dominate the game under the basket and play with strong defensive intensity. “They’ve got a player they rely on and who is willing to answer the bell—[LaSondra] Barrett is terrific on the inside. They’ve got a lot of depth in their post players,” McCallie said. “At this point, everyone is good, and everyone is really good at this point. LSU is a tremendous defensive team, and so are we.” Duke and Louisiana State have each had tremendous success on the defensive side of the ball this season. The Blue Devils limited opponents to 54.5 points per game, while the Tigers gave up just 51.7 points per contest. Barrett is responsible for a large part of her team’s defensive success due to her smart decision-making and aggressive play in the paint. The sophomore forward leads the Tigers in rebounding with 6.7 boards while also chipping in 12.8 points per contest. For the Blue Devils to be successful against Louisiana State, though, they must continue to show their toughness like they did Saturday. “I think everyone was engaged and contributed. We were all in tune,” senior Kenturah Jackson said. “Another word that can be used [beyond business-like] that goes along with focus is hungry. It helps our focus knowing that we’re hungry and that we cannot take any game for granted.” And with a victory over the Tigers, Duke would earn a trip to the Sweet 16 in Memphis, erasing the memories from last year’s loss in East Lansing.
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w. tennis from page 9 after, Duke seized the lead on the heels of another win, this time by Reka Zsilinszka. Freshman Mary Clayton added a 6-2, 6-4 victory to push the Blue Devils further ahead and add to the momentum. After falling behind, William and Mary dug its heels in and made sure that the easy wins were over for Duke. Junior Ellah Nze had to grind out a tough victory at No. 1, eventually prevailing 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to close out the Tribe’s upset hopes. “We didn’t play great in doubles,” Ashworth said. “But we never trailed in singles.” Wednesday, Duke will have another chance to round into form, this time against an elite opponent. The Blue Devils return to Ambler Stadium for their first home contest since beating North Carolina State Feb. 25. Northwestern, the team they beat for last year’s national title, will stand in their way. “They won the national indoors and I’m sure they know we knocked them off a year ago, and they are coming in with a lot to play for,” Ashworth said. “And we are, too.”
Duke Baseball swept by Miami The Blue Devils’ second ACC series at Durham Bulls Athletic Park didn’t quite go as planned, as Duke was swept in a three-game set by conference powerhouse Miami. The No. 11 Hurricanes (14-5, 5-1 in the ACC) eked out a 3-1 win in a pitchers’ duel Friday at DBAP behind a complete game from starter Chris Hernandez, who allowed just two hits in all nine innings of work. Duke’s Michael Ness suffered the loss despite giving up two runs on five innings, a typically solid start from the senior. Saturday and Sunday’s contests, meanwhile, belonged to the bats, and Miami did just well enough at the plate to pull out two more wins. The Hurricanes dominated Duke (12-7, 2-4) in an 11-3 thrashing Saturday, but Sunday, the Blue Devils went into the ninth inning even with Miami before allowing a single run in the top of the frame. Hurricane pitcher David Gutierrez shut down the Blue Devils in the bottom of the inning to get the save. First baseman Jeremy Gould was Duke’s best performer
Sunday, as the senior scored two runs and stroked two hits. Defense was surprisingly an issue, however, as the Blue Devils committed three errors in front of 596 people at DBAP. Female swimmers make national noise Duke swimmers Abby Johnston and Ashley Twichell put together solid performances at the NCAA Championships, hosted by Purdue, this weekend, giving the Blue Devils their best finish under head coach Dan Colella. Johnston, a diver, earned All-American honors after finishing fourth in the one-meter springboard event. Overall, Johnston finished 25th on points in the competition. Blue Devil Ashley Twichell also did well and earned a 14th-place finish in the 1,650-meter freestyle race. Twichell’s time at NCAAs was slightly slower than the time she had set at the ACC Championships, but her finish was still a nine-place improvement over her performance last season.
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Nittany Lions changed up their defense, marking Duke’s prolific attackmen more closely. The Blue Devils made the requisite offensive adjustments, with midfielders and defensemen going harder to the goal. The changes allowed Robert Rotanz, Steve Schoeffel and Mike Catalino to combine for five tallies after halftime. McKee also answered the call with the first multiple-goal game of his career. With three minutes remaining, a ball dropped by Tucker Virtue sent the Nittany Lion defense scrambling to retrieve it. Virtue got the ball to McKee, who found the back of the net one more time. “I just do what we normally do,” McKee said. “Six guys go across the field, it doesn’t matter how big their sticks are. We just go to the crease…. The ball just came to me. I was the guy right in front and put it in the back of the net.” A slight source of disappointment for the Blue Devils came from a somewhat sloppy defensive effort, which allowed Mackrides four goals and Nick Dolik two. Although McKee admitted that Penn State shouldn’t have scored double digits against Duke, Danowski attributed giving up those goals to the speed of the game. Against Loyola last weekend, the game was slower and played mostly in the box. Saturday, Danowski said Duke gave up a whole bunch of scramble goals to Penn State— for instance, after saving the ball on the sideline on the defensive end, or following a violation play on the faceoff— but “that happens when you’re playing fast.” Freshman Dan Wigrizer had seven saves in three quarters of action, while seniors Devon Sherwood and Max Wygod manned the net for the Blue Devils in the fourth quarter. The Blue Devils’ games will now come fast and furious. Starting Tuesday, Duke plays five games in a span of two weeks. “We’ve got a lot of games in a short amount of days,” Quinzani said. “It’s just good to get a win under your belt and start the track meet off right.”
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Presidents as far back as Theodore Roosevelt have rued the nation’s approach to health coverage, a system that serves relatively well the 150 million Americans who receive health insurance through their jobs but provides few affordable options for people who work part time, are self employed or work for companies that don’t offer health benefits. Obama conveyed to the wavering House Democrats who visited the White House in recent days that he put his presidency at risk by pushing the House to act on the Senate bill. Although many House Democrats found the Senate legislation lacking, passing it was the only option after Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., won a special election in January and cost Democrats their filibuster-proof Senate majority. The 34 Democratic defectors were fewer than the 39 who voted against the House version approved in November but substantial enough to underscore the political uncertainty for many Democrats, especially those who represent moderate to conservative districts. While the vote delivers on a major Obama campaign promise, it also solidifies Pelosi as a political risk-taker with a deep understanding of how far every member of her Democratic caucus is willing to bend. Along with Obama, Pelosi was one of the few prominent Democrats who didn’t flinch when Brown won his Senate seat. Instead, she sold her caucus on the Senate legislation, orchestrating the fixes bill to address major concerns and secure just enough votes for passage. “He knows the administration so well— that helps him out, too,” Veraldi said. “He’s worked with them so much. He has a good, balanced perspective.... I think that gives him considerable leverage.” Inside the classroom, Lefevre has the same presence, said former Mi Gente copresident Luciano Romero, a junior. The two took a public policy class titled “Civic Participation and Community Leadership” during the Spring of their freshman year and have worked together periodically on campus initiatives. Once Romero assumed his leadership role, he sought Lefevre’s advice on increasing the involvement of Mi Gente’s members and expanding the organization’s presence on campus. Lefevre encouraged Romero to work with other cultural groups—such as the Asian Students Association—to host collaborative events, Romero noted. “I remember Mike as someone who was very assertive,” Romero said. “It’s hard not to be engaged by somebody like Mike. When I saw him speaking in the class, he would light up the room.... It was something that I admire of him.”
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Opening access to all At its meeting last week, Over the past few decades, the Academic Council unani- the price of academic journal mously approved the Duke subscriptions has skyrocketOpen Access policy and gave ed. At the same time, these inthe green light to creating an creasingly expensive journals online public database—titled have become more and more DukeSpace—to specialized. house the arFor any given editorial ticles published academic field, by University professors. there are an endless number Under the terms of the of journals. Open Access policy, faculty At campuses with wellmembers will have the option funded library systems, adof releasing their work to the ministrators have the finanpublic, and they will retain ex- cial resources to cover the clusive ownership rights if their increase in the price and material is published online. quantity of journals. We are In creating a strictly opt- fortunate at Duke to enjoy in open access database for relatively limitless access to scholarly material, the Uni- academic journals and arversity is building up the ticles, no matter how obscure intellectual community at or specialized the topic. Duke and beyond, and conBut at less well-off colleges tributing to the democratiza- and universities in the United tion of knowledge. States and across the globe, li-
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brary budgets are tight, and administrators have been forced to pick and choose which journals they can pay for. Open access repositories help to address this problem by providing equal academic resources to students and scholars. Aside from broadening access, an online database can help bring coherence to the articles produced by faculty at the University. Right now, researchers are forced to consult separate databases to find relevant academic articles. With one central clearinghouse, secondary sources are just one search away. In addition, a publicly available DukeSpace database would allow the University to showcase to the outside community the exciting work produced by its faculty
members. It could also be used to connect students and professors who are conducting similar academic research and thereby increase collaboration. The creation of an open access repository, however, will not come without caveats and consequences. Since the DukeSpace database will house working drafts and articles that have yet to be subjected to peer review, the University should clearly label each article according to its stage in the academic review process. That way, database users can properly contextualize the researcher’s findings. And although Duke is just one of a handful of prominent institutions—including Harvard University, Stanford University and the Massachu-
setts Institute of Technology—to create open access databases, this trend could produce at least some undesirable outcomes. If a majority of universities create databases and if professors bypass the traditional journal submission process in favor of online publication, open access repositories could displace traditional academic journals and the peer review process. The public would enjoy greater access to information, but the quality and reliability of that information would be dubious. For now, though, Duke’s decision to join the ranks of universities that offer open access to scholarship is a positive development, and we eagerly await the launch of DukeSpace.
his column might be somewhat political. I apologize. Before I begin, let me go on record as saying that I consider myself largely apolitical. To let you know where I’m coming from, I would describe myself as pretty middleof-the-road, fiscally right and socially left. I admittedly get a lot of my news from “The Daily carson moore Show.” I would rathhumor me er allow you to keep your opinions for whatever reasons you may have than try to convince you that we should end the war today and launch air strikes on abortion clinics. My inclination against political evangelism is probably why I hate Fox News so much (not to mention my preference for a rational argument rather than people yelling at each other), so I was willing to get off my lazy butt and give Fox the same “fair and balanced” treatment they give me (which is to say I looked up the most ridiculous stories I could find to bias myself as much as possible while writing this column). In my mind, Fox News will always be represented by the people it puts on the air. Probably the first person who comes to mind when thinking of Fox News for most people will be “Papa Bear” Bill O’Reilly. He epitomizes the bullying and the propensity for ignoring rational arguments for which the channel is known and is the mediator of the “No-Spin Zone,” a zone which is famously entirely spin. Then there’s Glenn Beck, the staunch conservative, who is in urgent need of a mouthectomy after such gaffes as comparing Al Gore’s work in climate change to the Holocaust and essentially threatening to kill Michael Moore. Then there’s the “background people,” as I will call them, who do all of the grunt work—for instance, the actual news. This group includes people like Shepard Smith and Juliet Huddy, who I’m pretty sure have no idea what is going on. The main difference between these three types of people is this: Bill O’Reilly and company believe in their cause, not necessarily their message. They understand that bullying and gross exaggeration is one way to get it across to the people who watch their shows. They know that the American people can be easily shepherded into doing what they say if they say it loud enough (for example, O’Reilly can be linked to the murder of an abortion doctor, Dr. George Tiller, whose name he repeatedly mentioned while making threats on air).
The Glenn Becks, specifically limited to only Glenn Beck because he’s completely insane, truly believe what they say and see themselves as the Messiah of the “American people,” the definition of which is specifically limited to staunch conservatives. Other types of people, regardless of their country of origin (usually America), socioeconomic background (the educated elite) or political belief (usually Democrat, but often portrayed as fascist, communist, socialist or all three, which is totally possible) are the enemy. They are apparently out to end the way of life of regular people like you or me, provided of course that you and I watch the Glenn Beck show. The other people, mostly anchors, writers and reporters, have already been fleeced by Fox News. They have no opinions other than those of the network, and I honestly believe they don’t understand that they are part of a machine because they aren’t bright enough to realize what they’re doing. They do as they’re told, and they are told to report on a very specific agenda. That’s not to say that they’re stupid—they’re just not above the system like, say, Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity. These otherwise intelligent people getting completely swindled by Fox News is what concerns me. I’d like to think the average American is pretty intelligent, but if you take a message, say the aggrandizement of a specific conservative agenda, and then you frame it in frightening, us-versusthem, “they are out to destroy us” rhetoric and you hammer that message home over and over and over again while simultaneously drowning out the other side, you reduce these intelligent people into mindless automatons who will start to follow you. And if they follow you long enough, then even Glenn Beck sounds rational. If you’ve ever heard him speak, an army of Glenn Beck followers is about the scariest thing you can think of. I’ve seen it happen; my grandmother actually believes that roving death squads will put her down if the health care bill passes. Not that MSNBC is any more balanced, or that CNN even has news on anymore. There really are no other options. The problem is that Fox News is everywhere, no longer limited to conservative strongholds, and they’re making headway—even into Wilson Gym. Whatever happens, we can’t let them take over our school. They are out to end our lives as we know them: they’ll take away student health and send out roving squads to force seniors to graduate. This is war! It’s us versus them. Carson Moore is a Pratt senior. His column runs every other Monday.
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lettertotheeditor Don’t coerce Duke women into choosing life An 18-year-old Duke student finds out she is pregnant. Where should she go? What should she do? This is where Duke Students for Life would take a stand against abortion, spending money and effort to blow up pictures of aborted fetuses and visualize statistics on the numbers of baby murders. Such tactics are emblematic of movements trying to scare or shock onlookers away from what the movement is protesting. But pro-life supporters are in a unique position to do something that other movements cannot: collaborate and prevent. Despite the incredible amount of money pro-life activists receive from religious and conservative groups, pro-choice supporters are constantly disappointed by how pro-lifers funnel everything into what happens after unprotected sex, and, do so in a way that often shames or confuses women. Conservatives and liberals should agree on a right to make decisions without interference from the government. Yet pro-lifers use their influence to try to force legislation that reduces women’s options. Conservatives and liberals should also agree on the impor-
tance of preventing unprotected sex and unwanted pregnancies. Yet pro-lifers are most known for picketing Planned Parenthood and other women’s clinics, screaming at patients and workers rather than encouraging the use of the birth control and sex education services these offices provide. No one should be shamed or scared into making an individual, life-changing decision. No one should be coerced into a decision by simple ignorance of the options. We have a unique opportunity on Duke’s campus for pro-lifers and pro-choicers to come together and educate women about unprotected sex, about how alcohol and drugs can contribute to sexual assaults and unwanted pregnancies and about women’s options should an unexpected pregnancy occur. It is hard enough for Duke women to navigate sex. Places like the Chapel and the Women’s Center should together form a support network to help women make the best choices for themselves. After all, you can’t “choose life” without first being able to choose. Nicole Nelson Trinity ’09
Chaos is fair
’m not a big fan of heroics, but a great story really does tug at my heartstrings (the three of them I have left). I would tend not to condone driving under the influence, but how great of a story would it be to get a DUI between 8 a.m. and noon? Or what about getting a DUI while biking? I guess DUIs shouldn’t really be involved in your lifelong ambitions, but we all have our own hopes monday, monday and dreams, right? the joker If there’s one thing I could have above all else in the world, it’d be to get a speeding ticket while walking. Those 5 mph speed limit signs are a real speed trap. If I were a cop, I’d get the Krispy Kreme delivery service on speed dial and chill there indefinitely, easily surpassing my ticket quota. Serves those athlete-wannabe types right for “jogging.” Pretentious health nuts. Once you’re so well in touch with the law as I am, I think it’s only fair for you to be granted the privilege of handing out tickets for things that clearly should be offenses. Like people who walk painfully slowly three abreast (heheh, I said breast) across the sidewalk and prevent us important folk from going places. Or people who talk on their cell phones in check-out lines and take twice as long to pay. And of course, worst of all, this recent trend in our general culture to accept that a car’s hazard lights can be used as a “Free Parking Anytime, Anywhere” pass. I’m not really OK with this trend, because it’s unfair to those of us who are actually important enough to have “Free Parking Anytime, Anywhere” passes. The snipers on top of the White House were pretty pissed when I drove up and parked right in the Lincoln Bedroom, but hey, Obama and I go way back.
These hazardous parkers really need to be punished somehow. Because Duke Parking has too little to do and too much time (wait, switch those words around ‘til it makes sense), I’ve taken it upon myself to help them out. I’ve been putting tickets on any student’s car that is parked somewhere illegally with its hazards on. The only exception to my rule is if there are key three Greek letters on the car, it slides by, because I obviously can’t ticket cute little girls. It’s all in the man code. Ticketing attractive women just starts a vicious cycle that makes everyone worse off. The crux of my revenge plan on these egotistical parking fiends is that I needed a lot of real-looking tickets, and I’m just not that autistic—errr, artistic. Pretty much what it came down to is that I needed to park my car in the Allen building lot at all times, except for on football game days when I put it in the Blue Zone and on basketball game days when I put it in the Card Gym lot. The majority of Duke Parking’s revenue comes from my 616 tickets since August. So, sorry Anabel, you’ll probably not be getting Christmas presents from me this year. Maybe you can hope for something extra from Santa. To my unhappy daughter and all you doubters, you’ve gotta trust me. Creating all that unnecessary worry for the students who don’t actually have tickets and all that confusion for Duke Parking will be worth it. Imagine the chaos that I’ll have created: Literally dozens of people who keep calling in to Duke Parking about why they can’t pay their tickets, and Duke having no idea how to solve the problem. Maybe they’ll just charge you anyway. I wouldn’t put it past ’em. Revenue is revenue, and we all gotta get paid. They’re just going to take advantage of you ending up on the wrong side of the chaotic chasm. And you know the thing about chaos? It’s fair. The Joker is the man with the foolish grin, keeping perfectly still.
he University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team is one of the best in the nation. At least, that is the conclusion one could reach after UNI took down the mighty Kansas Jayhawks Saturday afternoon. Kansas boasted a veritable buffet of McDonald’s AllAmericans coached by a championship winner. UNI won its unheralded conference with little fanfare and no nationally-recognized players. And yet, the highly unexpected outcome replicates an annual ritual of March hopes dashed by the little guy. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament still draws mike meers our attention and proves more captivating than virmike check tually any other sporting event, and the spectacle of the upset is a major reason why. An article in the Wall Street Journal last Thursday chronicled the persistence of March Madness popularity despite the “talent drain” that has arguably diminished the level of skill in college basketball in recent years. The idea is that viewers crave exciting games. The talent that is still out there is overcome by teams made up of its “less-skilled” counterparts. Of course, that leads to the more popular and exciting conclusion that the Northern Iowa’s of the world are less talented teams that just happened to have a day for the ages. That obviously isn’t always the case; the sports columnists can give you a hundred reasons why so-and-so 13 seed was able or even expected to vanquish that down-and-out 4 seed. At its base, however, perceived “upsets” are the results of our entrenched expectations for the teams that are playing. For instance, our collective propensity to take great stock in national rankings and tournament seedings that often have difficulty representing the “true caliber” of many matchups leaves us stunned when the upset occurs, even when it may not have been so much of an upset after taking a closer look. The sports networks endlessly rehash “underrateds” and “overrateds,” knowing not to get too comfortable with the expectations for any team in the field. However, we aren’t as adept at approaching life more generally with the same zeal for deconstructing common assumptions we make. Entrenched expectations are something of an American tradition, generating the fodder of thousands of against-theodds human-interest pieces and producing the basis for our interactions on a day-to-day basis. It can be something as trivial as expecting greeks or independents to fit into a particular personality mold, or something of such historical and social significance as expecting individuals of particular ethnic backgrounds to conform to certain characteristic stereotypes. I expect (sorry) that most students reading this column have experienced the ways in which expectations regarding both of these considerations take the forefront on campus on a regular basis. How can we begin to tear down the walls of presumption that are too high too often? It is obviously an ongoing institutional process that has seen women’s rights, civil rights and the gay rights movements redefine prejudices and presumptions that disenfranchised generations of Americans. But there is also a very personal side to it that isn’t always readily acknowledged. We constantly internalize information that dynamically reshapes our expectations on a regular basis, yet too often we project a more rigid and unchanging form of the same perceptive product. That is what makes the NCAA tournament simultaneously such a captivating event and an opportunity for more general reflection: the notion that all expectations should be thrown out the window because you will likely be surprised every single day. Perhaps we can learn to second-guess our perceptions of others and of ourselves. Maybe we can take a leaf from the book of upsets and take a shot at achieving something that we wouldn’t expect to be possible; make friends with someone whose company we wouldn’t expect to enjoy; take a chance that leads us to redefine what we know to be set in stone by the laws of expectations. It can sometimes be fun to live in the relative surprise of the upset, but it is too often isolating and counterproductive to allow our assumptions to obscure what we know. Take a cue from the NCAA tournament: Be prepared for anything, and enjoy the moments that defy your expectations. Mike Meers is a Trinity senior. His column runs every other Monday.
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