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Bell backs 52 LSU DUKE 60 Duke claws its way to Memphis Lewis in US Senate race by Chris Cusack THE CHRONICLE
It may not have been Senior Night, but that’s sure what it felt like Monday in Cameron Indoor Stadium. No. 2 Duke used a late rally led by senior captains Joy Cheek, Bridgette Mitchell and Keturah Jackson to defeat No. 7 Louisiana State, 60-52, to send the Blue Devils (29-5) to the Sweet 16 in Memphis. In their final home game, a contest that saw seven lead changes and 15 tie scores, Cheek and Jackson overcame a slow start to score the Blue Devils’ last three baskets and extend possessions with aggressive rebounding to keep the Tigers (21-10) at bay. And before the decisive 14-6 run to close the game, Mitchell picked up the slack by creating her own offense when her teammates were unable to run a set play, hitting jumpers from all over the outside. “She [Bridgette] is kind of our city slicker, our tough hard-nose,” Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “Joy is a very tough player [and] she has a very high IQ about basketball. I know she was upset about her play early in the game but she didn’t hang her head.” For the majority of the evening, it looked as though the Blue Devils would be stunned for the second straight year in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. See lsu on page 11
by Jeremy Ruch THE CHRONICLE
Durham Mayor Bill Bell announced Monday his endorsement of Kenneth Lewis, Trinity ’83, a Durham attorney vying for the Democratic Party’s nomination for U.S. Senate. In an event held at the Beyu Caffe in downtown Durham, Bell praised Lewis’ strong family background and calm demeanor. “He will be bringing a very important and sensitive touch to the U.S. Senate,” Bell said of Lewis’ bid to represent North Carolina. Lewis, who has spent more than 20 years as a business and finance lawyer, is a longtime participant in Democratic politics and helped fundraise for President Barack Obama’s Senate and presidential campaigns. Lewis said he has spent time working with nonprofits and helping small businesses gain their footing. “I am not a career politician,” Lewis said in an interview Monday. “I am not going to Washington D.C. to join the Senate—I’m going to change the Senate.” If selected to represent the Democratic party, Lewis will be up against incumbent
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Senior Bridgette Mitchell’s quality shooting kept Duke level with Louisiana State for much of the second half, and late scoring by fellow seniors Joy Cheek and Keturah Jackson sent the Blue Devils to a win over the Tigers.
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Non-union employees DSG PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE // gREGORY mORRISON will staff Devil’s Bistro Morrison emphasizes by Sanette Tanaka THE CHRONICLE
Marking a departure from other non-contracted campus eateries, the new Central Campus restaurant, The Devil’s Bistro, will be run by Bon Appétit Management Company but staffed with non-union workers. Hundreds of workers in the Durham-based union Local 77 work in housekeeping, facilities management and dining services on campus. In Dining, Local 77 employees only work in non-contracted vendors run by Bon Appétit, such as The Great Hall and Marketplace. The University’s employment of these union workers, particularly in Dining, has drawn sharp criticism over the years for
relaxed work rules outlined in the contract between Duke and the labor union. For The Devil’s Bistro, Dining Services has selected Bon Appétit to manage the new eatery but opted to hire independent workers to staff it, Local 77 General Manager Michael Gibson confirmed. Now, the union plans to file a complaint against the University’s decision to employ independent workers, Gibson said. “We think that’s a violation of the current contract and labor law, and we’re going to oppose it, of course,” he said. “We believe we should prepare the food in Dining Services. We will use the
continuity in campaign by Joanna Lichter THE CHRONICLE
From his plan for the future of Duke Student Government to his trademark bow tie, junior Gregory Morrison favors consistency. Morrison is running for DSG president this year, and he said in his platform that it is time students enjoy a level of regularity in their student government from year to year so that michael naclerio/The Chronicle multi-year initiatives may be If elected, DSG presidential candidate completed. Gregory Morrison will create a five-year “We are not maximizing the plan to promote consistency within DSG. impact students can have as far
as the University,” Morrison, who currently serves as DSG’s executive vice president, said in an interview. “We need to do things... to get student government to move to be a University stakeholder, and be focused on the big picture.” Morrison’s anticipated fiveyear plan calls for reducing overlapping positions, better defining officer responsibility and increasing collaboration among student groups, he said. In his campaign for the See MORRISON on page 6
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Duke hosts Dartmouth at Koskinen, Page 11
“Diversity isn’t just a nice word or something you create by seeing what categories someone may fit into.”
—Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christoph Guttentag. See story page 3
Blue Devils take on Davidson, Page 10
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Four businessmen plead guilty to bribery charges
Supreme Court rejects GOP will challenge Obama Michigan’s proposal again LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — As President Barack Obama celebrated his health care victory, Republican leaders in several states vowed Monday to challenge the landmark legislation in court, arguing that the new federal rules are unconstitutional violations of state sovereignty and individual liberty. Scholars contend the merit of such claims is unproven at best, given constitutional provisions and legal precedents that grant wide latitude to Congress to regulate national affairs. But the declarations foretell a period of court battles and statehouse resistance after months of opposition to the health care bill. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican, said the state will file a federal lawsuit Tuesday, an action that Republican Gov. Robert McDonnell endorsed as “meritorious.”
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WASHINGTON, D. C. — Monday, for the second time this year, the Supreme Court rejected a bid by Michigan to force the closure of Chicago-area locks and dams, a step the state contends is needed to keep Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan. The justices refused to order Illinois and federal officials to take a number of steps to prevent the fish from infiltrating the Great Lakes, where they might damage the region’s fishing and tourism industries. The high court rebuffed a similar bid by Michigan in January. The state renewed its request after the Army Corps of Engineers reported finding Asian carp DNA in Lake Michigan. The administration of President Barack Obama and Illinois urged the Supreme Court not to intervene, arguing that they are already stepping up their fight to keep the fish from reaching Lake Michigan.
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BEIJING, China — Four businessmen— one Australian and three Chinese— pleaded guilty Monday to accepting bribes in a case that has highlighted the perils of doing business in China. Lawyers and an Australian consular official told reporters that the Australian, Stern Hu, along with three colleagues at the Australian mining giant Rio Tinto—Liu Caikui, Ge Minqiang and Wang Yong—acknowledged to a court in Shanghai that they had taken bribes. However, the four disputed the alleged amounts, which ranged from about $1 million to almost $10 million. Tom Connor, the Australian consul general in Shanghai who attended the hearing, said Hu was accused of taking bribes of roughly $146,500 and $790,000. “Mr. Hu made some admissions concerning some of those bribery amounts,
so he did acknowledge the truth of some of those bribery amounts,” Connor said. The case against Hu comes at a time of heightened tensions between China and the Western business community that for decades has been key to China’s development, bringing in technology, management practices and billions in investment, helping transform China into an exporting powerhouse. Western businesspeople now complain that they no longer feel welcome in China. In one of the most publicized cases, Google recently vowed it will shutter most if not all of its operations in China unless the government allows the Internet giant to stop censoring search results. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Beijing issued Monday its most negative report on the business climate here in years.
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Hassan Nemazee, a top political fundraiser for President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, exits federal court in New York after pleading guilty to three bank fraud charges and one wire fraud charge. Nemazee faces up to 20 years in prison for the 12-year scheme during which he defrauded banks of $292 million. He must report to jail April 30 and will recieve his sentence June 30v .
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Peer schools initiate LGBT outreach CrimeBriefs Package deal A woman took four packages of cookies from the Duke North Hospital Atrium without paying for them Sunday morning. After a Duke Police officer confronted her, she paid for two of the packs and returned the others.
by Caroline Fairchild THE CHRONICLE
In an attempt to increase diversity on their campuses, The University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth College are extending recruitment outreach efforts to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Duke currently does not have a formal system in place for identifying admitted LGBT students through its Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christoph Guttentag said he supports Penn’s efforts. He noted that they are an important step in making a college campus welcoming to every community. “Diversity isn’t just a nice word or something you create by seeing what categories someone may fit into,” Guttentag wrote in an e-mail. “Its meaning on a college campus lies in bringing together students, faculty and administrators with different backgrounds, interests, values and experiences, and just as culture, ethnicity and geography are appropriate parts of that mix, so is sexual orientation.” As a standard part of recruitment, outreach allows current students to share academic and social interests with prospective students who have similar backgrounds. Although it is common practice for outreach efforts to target specific religious denominations, races and extracurricular interests, universities typically do not have programs geared toward individuals who identify as gay or interested in LGBT issues. Beginning this year, Penn’s LGBT Center can contact applicants for undergraduate admission who self-identify as part of the LGBT community or who have in-
Stalking under the influence An employee called Duke Police because she felt that an unknown man was following her Sunday morning. Officers stopped the man at Duke North Hospital and discovered him to be an intoxicated and disoriented student. The student was admitted to the Emergency Department. Pissed A drunk cadet from West Point urinated on the personal property of two students early Saturday morning. The cadet escaped when officers arrived, but he was captured a short time later and arrested. lauren dietrich/Chronicle file photo
Participants march near East Campus in the annual N.C. Pride Festival and Parade last Fall. Two of Duke’s peer institutions are using admissions-based outreach efforts to bolster their LGBT communities. dicated that gay advocacy is important as they make their college decisions. Penn’s center can then inform those applicants of the programs and services that are available to them at the university, according to a Feb. 26 Inside Higher Ed article, which also notes that a similar process exists at Dartmouth College. Guttentag said Duke’s office might err too much on the careful side due to everchanging attitudes about the issue. “I also believe we’ve been too cau-
tious in thinking of good ways to respond to that and in realizing that some of us who went to high school a while ago aren’t fully aware of how much attitudes have changed among many teenagers, and adults, in the last decade or so,” Guttentag said. Although the University does not identify LGBT students through its admissions process, Duke LGBT Center
Rung-dry An employee reported a stolen ladder on Coal Pile Drive Friday morning. Quite a cite Police stopped a former student for driving at a high rate of speed and passing other vehicles at stop signs on Towerview Drive Wednesday morning. The individual was cited for careless and reckless driving. Unsigned work Signs were discovered to be missing from the tunnels under Jarvis Dormitory Monday afternoon.
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Senate panel passes financial regulation bill by David Cho and Brady Dennis The Washington Post
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate banking committee voted along party lines Monday to transform the regulation of financial markets, sending another piece of far-reaching legislation to the full Senate a day after Congress approved an overhaul of the nation’s health system. After Republicans decided to save their objections for the full Senate floor, Sen. Christopher Dodd, DConn., the committee chairman, pushed forward with a financial-regulation bill that sheds several compromises reached with opposition lawmakers and instead hews more closely to the blueprint advocated by President Barack Obama’s administration. With the landmark vote on health care behind them, administration officials intensified efforts Monday to get
the reform of financial regulation adopted before the November midterm elections. Obama and his senior advisers are planning to focus more on this issue, seeking to tap into the anger among many voters over Wall Street excesses, a senior administration official and congressional Democrats said. As the country recovers from its worst economic crisis since the Depression, Obama and his allies on Capitol Hill are pressing for the most dramatic remaking of financial oversight since then. In seeking to recast the rules that have long governed the financial sector, the bill would in part establish a bureau inside the Federal Reserve to protect consumers and set up a council of regulators to survey threats to the financial system. The legislation would also bring financial derivatives under government oversight and empower officials to seize the biggest fi-
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nancial firms if they face collapse. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner Monday escalated his attacks on banks that oppose the financial overhaul. He warned that the administration could unilaterally impose far stricter rules on the industry if the legislation falls short in Congress. “If we fail to enact reform legislation here at home, we will be forced to use the limited and inadequate authority we have,” Geithner said at a conservative think tank in Washington. He said the administration, in consultation with regulators, could impose higher capital requirements—the amount of money banks must keep in their reserves to protect against unexpected losses. That would eat into their profits. “To protect the American economy from the failures of the existing system, we will have to consider forcing parts of the financial system—the parts we can regulate—to operate with higher capital... than would otherwise be necessary,” he said. The Senate committee vote, which capped a hearing that lasted a mere 21 minutes, marked an abrupt acceleration and was applauded by administration officials, who have been eager to move the legislation forward after months of informal discussion among lawmakers. The committee action came three months after the House passed its version of a financial regulation bill. “We are now one step closer to passing real financial reform that will bring oversight and accountability to our financial system and help ensure that the American taxpayer never again pays the price for the irresponsibility of our largest banks and financial institutions,” Obama said in a statement. Dodd had said earlier that he planned to spend the week considering revisions to his bill. But in approving his bill, the committee’s 23 members—13 Democrats and 10 Republicans—did not consider any of the major changes that lawmakers from both parties had proposed in recent days. Republicans did not protest Dodd’s decision to send the package to the Senate floor. GOP lawmakers had crafted hundreds of amendments for the committee to consider and submitted them late last week. But with Republicans on the committee lacking consensus among themselves on some issues, Sen. Richard Shelby, Ala., the ranking Republican, decided to forgo action on the proposed amendments. He plans to negotiate with Dodd behind closed doors. “It brings us a step closer,” Dodd said of the quick committee vote. He added that a prolonged debate on the committee could have led lawmakers’ positions to harden, reducing the prospects of consensus. “This allows us to buy some time, if you will, to work on the product we need to present to our colleagues as a whole. And that’s an advantage,” he said. Shelby said he hopes the two men can find middle ground. “We’re not polarized today,” he said. “We’re not going to the floor polarized; we’re going to the floor right now in the spirit of trying to work a consensus bill, a meaningful, substantive bill that I’ve said all along that we need.” In recent weeks, Dodd had sought to negotiate a bipartisan deal with Sen. Bob Corker, Tenn., but ultimately forged ahead without the freshman Republican. Corker made it clear that he was disturbed by the committee vote. “It is pretty unbelievable that after two years of hearings on arguably the biggest issue facing our panel in decades, the committee has passed a 1,300-page bill in a 21-minute, partisan markup. I don’t know how you can call that anything but dysfunctional,” Corker said. Yet he said, he remains optimistic that “we can still get to a bipartisan bill before we get to the [Senate] floor.” The committee vote was sharply criticized by some advocates for the financial industry. Edward Yingling, chief executive of the American Bankers Association, said the bill would impose harsh rules on traditional banks, putting them “at an even further disadvantage to non-banks and reduce the ability of our industry to support the economy.” But Ed Mierzwinski of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a leading consumer advocate, applauded the measure. “It’s been over a year and a half since taxpayers bailed out the Wall Street bankers after their reckless actions ravaged our economy and cost us our jobs, our retirement income and our homes,” he said. “The prospect of floor action, while overdue, is welcome.” Still, he added, the group will work to strengthen the bill by pressing for a freestanding consumer regulator outside the Fed and for all derivatives, hedge funds and private equity to be regulated without exception.
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Guam’s new Marine base faces grievance from locals by Blaine Harden The Washington Post
HAGATNA, Guam — This remote Pacific island is home to U.S. citizens who are fervent supporters of the military, as measured by their record of fighting and dying in America’s recent wars. But they are angry about a major military buildup here, which the government of Guam and many residents say is being grossly underfunded. They fear that the construction of a new Marine Corps base will overwhelm the island’s already inadequate water and sewage systems, as well as its port, power grid, hospital, highways and social services. “Our nation knows how to find us when it comes to war and fighting for war,” said Michael Cruz, lieutenant governor of Guam and an Army National Guard colonel who recently returned from a four-month tour as a surgeon in Afghanistan. “But when it comes to war preparations—which is what the military buildup essentially is—nobody seems to know where Guam is.” The federal government has given powerful reasons to worry to the 180,000 residents of Guam, a balmy tropical island whose military importance derives from its location as by far the closest U.S. territory to China and North Korea. The Environmental Protection Agency said last month that the military buildup, as described in Pentagon documents, could trigger island-wide water shortages that would “fall disproportionately on a low-income, medically underserved population.” It also said the buildup would overload sewage-treatment systems in a way that “may result in significant ad-
verse public health impacts.” A report by the Government Accountability Office last year came to similar conclusions, saying the buildup would “substantially” tax Guam’s infrastructure. President Barack Obama had planned to visit Guam Monday as the brief first stop of an Asia trip, but he delayed his travel because of Sunday’s health care vote in the House. Obama is aware of the problems here and had planned to promise some federal help, White House officials said. “We’re trying to identify and understand the current conditions on Guam and the potential impact of the relocation,” said Nancy Sutley, head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, who will lead a delegation to the island Tuesday. “There’s no question that the environmental conditions on Guam are not ideal.” Besides a new Marine base and airfield, the buildup includes port dredging for a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, a project that would cause what the EPA describes as an “unacceptable” impact on 71 acres of a vibrant coral reef. The military, which owns 27 percent of the island, also wants to build a Marine firing range on land that includes one of the last undeveloped beachfront forests on Guam. In a highly unusual move, the EPA graded the buildup plan as “environmentally unsatisfactory” and said it “should not proceed as proposed.” “The government of Guam and the Guam Waterworks cannot by themselves accommodate the military expansion,” said Nancy Woo, associate director of the EPA’s western regional water division. She said Guam would need about $550
million to upgrade its water and sewage systems. White House officials said the EPA findings are preliminary. Guam government officials put the total direct and indirect costs of coping with the buildup at about $3 billion, including $1.7 billion to improve roads and $100 million to expand the already
overburdened public hospital. On this island—where a third of the population receives food stamps and about 25 percent lives below the U.S. poverty level— that price tag cannot be paid with local tax revenues. “It is not possible and it is not fair that the island bear the cost,” Woo said.
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morrison from page 1 DSG presidency, Morrison stresses the importance of improving undergraduate involvement with DSG, especially in academics. Morrison said if elected, he will ask Provost Peter Lange to assemble a 10-year review of Curriculum 2000 to “re-evaluate and align [it] with University and world priorities,” the platform reads. Morrison added that he will work to increase student representation in academic governance on both the Arts and Sciences and Academic Councils. The University’s biggest challenge will be balancing the deficit, Morrison said. DSG should work closely with the student body and administration to cut back on inefficient programs and create new ones that meet student needs, he added. “Next year, the budget deficits will be worse,” Morrison said. “I would like to be more proactive and more directive in terms of working through the financial crisis, by setting long-range goals and agreements that will influence budget cuts today.” One of these goals is developing a stra-
tegic dining plan that will eliminate the budget deficit and address the cultural problems surrounding Duke Dining. The plan calls for identifying and evaluating private contractors that do not generate revenue, reducing the number of Merchants on Points vendors and expanding the DSG Duke-Durham discount program that benefits non-MOP businesses. Chris Roby, Office of Student Activities and Facilities director and DSG adviser, said he is impressed with Morrison’s leadership skills and ability to “command the fore.” These qualities—combined with Morrison’s inside knowledge of the University—make him a great presidential candidate, Roby added. Junior Kendyl Tash, a DSG athletics and campus services senator and president of Dukes and Duchesses, has worked closely with Morrison on numerous projects. “I have watched him set goals and work relentlessly to achieve them,” Tash said. “I’ve also been impressed by his ability to listen. Each person’s opinion is granted equal weight as part of a larger conversation that Gregory helps to create. Better discussion creates better decision.”
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Kenneth Lewis, Trinity ‘83, accepts an endorsement from Durham Mayor Bill Bell for the Democratic Party’s U.S. Senate nomination. Bell announced his support for Lewis, a Durham attorney, at Beyu Caffe Monday.
endorsement from page 1 Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., who has held his Senate seat since 2005. But a spokesperson for Burr maintained that he also is not a career politician and has been loyal to his constituents. Burr’s Campaign Communications Director Samantha Smith noted that prior to running for Congress in 1994, Burr spent 17 years as a sales manager. “His No. 1 priority has been serving the people of North Carolina,” Smith said, adding that Burr has spent approximately 190 days in the state this year. Representatives for Cal Cunningham, former Democratic member of the North Carolina Senate, and North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall—Lewis’ two primary rivals for the nomination—could not immediately be reached for comment Monday night. Lewis said his campaign would make a special attempt to reach out to young people. Ayo Matory, a Harvard University stu-
dent who was sitting at the cafe during the endorsement ceremony, said Lewis approached her and invited her to join his campaign. “He was very friendly and warm,” she said, adding that she intends to take him up on his offer. But recent polls indicate Lewis may still be facing an uphill battle. A survey released March 16 by Public Policy Polling, a Raleigh-based survey company, showed that Lewis has the support of 11 percent of North Carolina primary voters, Marshall is shown in the lead with 20 percent and Cunningham follows with 16 percent. The Democratic primary election will be held May 4, and the North Carolina U.S. Senate election will take place Nov. 2. Nonetheless, Bell expressed optimism about Lewis’ chances for success in the campaign and as a senator. In an interview Monday, Bell described Lewis as very methodical and a quick learner. “We’ll be seeing a lot more of this young man,” he said.
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A construction team works on Central Campus’ new Mill Village complex, which will house The Devil’s Bistro restaurant. The eatery will be the only Bon Appétit location on campus staffed with non-union workers.
means that are legally available to us to ensure that we have workers in it.” Bon Appétit Resident District Manager Michael Aquaro said the management company is not required to work solely with union employees, though most of its eateries are staffed with Local 77 workers thus far. He added that Bon Appétit did not determine who staffed the restaurant. “Duke went through the standard process of having the operation be contracted out to a vendor and Bon Appétit and workers were selected,” he said. Gibson said current union workers have not received the news favorably. Vice President for Campus Services Kemel Dawkins said the decision to hire independent laborers is unrelated to concerns about staff ability or union work rules, which mandate, among other things, a cap on work hours. Current Bon Appétit eateries do not operate past midnight, and most close before 9 p.m. “Contractually, Duke has the right to bring on other eateries and other labor,” Dawkins said. “On Central, we decided to go with a different approach and dining concept—comfort food, many hours, seasonal employment—and for that reason, we chose Bon Appétit.” The University’s contract with Local 77 workers defines a full-time schedule as a 40hour work week, according to an April 2009 memorandum titled “The State of Dining at Duke University,” written by junior Mike Lefevre, Duke Student Government chief of staff. The stipulation reduces flexibility in adjusting shift schedules. Additionally, Duke has historically offered year-round employment to full-time union workers. Gibson could not be reached for further
comment Monday. The memorandum also notes that employees are considered tardy—and not absent—if they arrive less than four hours late to an 8-hour shift. Workers are considered to have taken an early departure if they leave an 8-hour shift more than four hours in. An employee is dismissed after 18 tardies or early departures. From Dining’s list of 16 vending contractors on campus, Bon Appétit best matched the restaurant’s logistical needs as a nine-month business, Director for Dining Services Jim Wulforst said. “We wanted to have someone who is part of the Duke family running the location,” Wulforst said. “It’s a seasonal Bon Appétit location with Bon Appétit employees.” Two longtime Bon Appétit managers will run the new restaurant. General Manager Andrew Craven and Executive Chef Tyrone Hall have worked in the Marketplace since November 2009. They previously worked in the Duke Diet and Fitness Center. The Devil’s Bistro is slated to open April 2 after being repeatedly postponed because of inclement weather and construction setbacks. The delay also led to the resignation of more than half of the 12 hired employees, Wulforst said. “We’re in the process of filling those holes,” he said. “Now we’ll open for 30 to 45 days and then close. A lot of employees aren’t interested in such a short working period.” The Devil’s Bistro may serve as a model for a new dining structure to help alleviate the internal problems and deficit in Dining, said Steve Nowicki, vice provost and dean of undergraduate education. “Instead of fix after fix after fix, I’d really like to see us break through and do something very systemic,” he said. “What I can do is push on tangible things, like the Bistro.”
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LGBT recruitment from page 3 Director Janie Long wrote in an e-mail that the center does have an active presence in Blue Devil Days. It also maintains a prospective student page on its Web site and has a liaison in the admissions office who communicates specifically with students if they have questions concerning gay issues. In addition, Long and LGBT Center staff members attend recruiting trips to inform students about the center and its work. Sophomore Ollie Wilson, a member of Blue Devils United, said he approves of Penn and Duke’s individual recruitment efforts. But he said extending outreach effectively could be difficult because of the private nature of applicants still forming their identities. “Since options for sexual orientation aren’t check boxes on college application forms, the only real way to do outreach would be to contact those students,” Wilson said. “The outreach process would have to be very tactful and careful with which students they contact.” The admissions staff treats a student’s application as confidential because some students share facts that their families are not aware of, Guttentag said. He noted that the University’s cautious approach toward reaching out to LGBT prospective students reflects this reality. Still, Wilson said he thinks that Duke needs to follow in Penn’s active footsteps if it wants to provide an open and approachable atmosphere to prospective students. “The LGBT community has historically been an underrepresented and marginalized group on many college campuses,” Wilson said. “Any effort to promote it and attract more members of that community to our campus is extremely important. It would send a clear message to prospective students that Duke is a welcoming environment with many resources available to LGBT students.”
Vietnam offers cheap labor, tech goods by Jason Folkmanis and Nguyen Kieu Giang Bloomberg News
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — Vietnamese property developer Dang Thanh Tam, one of the country’s richest men, is trying to lure companies from China to his industrial parks with the promise of cheap labor costs. Tam’s Kinh Bac City Development Share Holding Corp., Vietnam’s thirdbiggest publicly traded property developer, has attracted companies including units of Japan’s Canon and Sanyo Electric. Tam, 45, was one of Vietnam’s richest men at the end of 2009 based on his stock holdings, according to Thanh Nien newspaper. Vietnam has begun to export more higher-value goods to the United States, with global camera equipment companies shifting some production from China, according to the International Trade Commission. Manufacturers can benefit from a weakening dong in Vietnam, which competes with China for the export of footwear, garments and furniture, amid pressure for the yuan to strengthen. “Production costs in China are becoming more expensive,” Tam, Kinh Bac’s chairman, said in an interview, citing higher labor costs in the world’s most populous country. “The transportation costs in China are also becoming very high.” The company operates industrial zones in and around the capital Hanoi and the northern coastal city of Haiphong, Tam’s birthplace. Two of Vietnam’s three largest ports, Cam
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“Production costs in China are becoming more expensive.” — Dang Thanh Tam, Kinh Bac chairman “The north is very near China and it’s easy for companies in China to move to,” Tam said. “Kinh Bac wants to focus more on the northern provinces of Vietnam.” Sanyo Electric last year started operating an optical-parts plant in a Kinh Bac park in a province bordering Hanoi, according to Yuko Hosaka, a Tokyo-based spokesperson for the Japanese electronics maker. “We chose the location because it was nearby many of our clients’ bases,” she said. “Vietnam’s diligent workers were also among the reasons.” Canon, the world’s largest camera producer, said Vietnamese workers are “industrious, quick learners and quick
to catch on to new technologies,” according to an e-mailed response from its Vietnamese unit to questions from Bloomberg News. Tokyo-based Canon makes laser and ink-jet printers and scanners at a Kinh Bac park near Hanoi in Bac Ninh province, where the Vietnamese property company is located. The company may benefit as Vietnam’s currency, the dong, weakens, especially as the United States pressures China to allow its currency to appreciate, said John Marron, managing director of Midas Clothing in Ho Chi Minh City, which exports Vietnamese-made Zara and Converse apparel. The currency has weakened 8.3 percent in the past year after Vietnam’s central bank devalued the currency twice. In contrast, the yuan, which is pegged to the dollar, was little changed in that period. In Vietnam, a Communist Party congress next year may cause the central bank to use currency depreciation to boost exports and create jobs, Standard Chartered said in a report this month. President Barack Obama last week urged China to move toward a more “market-oriented exchange rate,” and the House plans to hold a hearing this month on China’s currency policy. “Multinational manufacturers in China would want to diversify due to the risk for protectionist measures in the U.S.,” said Tai Hui, Singaporebased head of Southeast Asian economic research for Standard Chartered. “If you are only in China, you might want to have a plan B.”
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Right in the heart of Tornado Alley, the cyclone that would tear through the status quo of this year’s NCAA Tournament touched down at approximately 8:45 p.m. Saturday. That’s when, at the home of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Northern Iowa’s indomitable Will Ali Farokhmanesh threw down a lightning bolt that struck dead center into the heart of No. 1 overall seed Kansas’s national title aspirations. And just as a monster twister leaves nothing but a clear path in its wake, the road to a Final Four appearance suddenly seemed wide open for the Tournament’s remaining three No. 1 seeds—including Duke. With the first chance to respond, Kentucky eviscerated Wake Forest Saturday evening, steamrolling to a 90-60 victory. Syracuse had the next crack at it against Gonzaga Sunday morning and came through with a dominant 40 minutes, neutering the Bulldogs in a 87-65 rout that was far more lopsided than the final score indicated. Stacked up in comparison to these superlative performances, Duke’s 68-53 win over California Sunday lacked the panache of those other two blowouts. Duke didn’t have a Wes Johnson-like contribution of 31 points and 14 rebounds as the Orange did Sunday. The Blue Devils’ offensive effort paled in comparison to the overpowering run-and-gun attack that Wall, Cousins and company employed in Kentucky’s demolition of Wake Forest. But as my colleague Alex Fanaroff would attest, Duke’s failure in passing the
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Before his team’s second-round matchup against the Blue Devils, Louisiana State head coach Van Chancellor knew that his star player, Allison Hightower, would need to have a career night for his squad to beat Duke. “If Allison Hightower only has 10 points tomorrow night, I’ll be playing golf by Wednesday afternoon,” Chancellor said Sunday. “That’s if my back is okay.” Game Although the Analysis questions about his back remain unanswered, Chancellor may have found comfort in Hightower’s dominant performance early in the game. Barely eight minutes in, Hightower had already put up a 5-of-5 performance to score 11 points. It was at that point when Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie knew something was going dreadfully wrong. Her squad was already down 15-8 to the Tigers, and the Blue Devils had failed to capitalize on their last three shots. Duke’s man-to-man defense complemented the Tigers’ offensive playbook almost perfectly, allowing the visitors to drive the ball into the paint often and successfully. Hightower was having her way against Duke junior forward Karima Christmas, dribbling the ball into the lane and putting up unconventional yet oddly successful layups in an almost Greivis Vasquez-like fashion. “We were a little bit behind the ball, chasing,” McCallie said of her team’s early struggles. “This was elevating their quickness, which was getting [Hightower] excited. She rubbed our players off
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Blue Devils showcase skills at NFL Pro Day by Andy Moore THE CHRONICLE
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The Blue Devils only committed five turnovers, their fewest of the season, Sunday against California.
LSU guard Allison Hightower scored 11 quick points before a Duke defensive switch to a zone shut her down.
Over a dozen Duke Football players showed off their speed, hops and agility in front of 17 NFL scouts at Brooks Practice Field Monday. The scouts, representing over half of all NFL teams, were there for Pro Day, a one-day event where Vince Oghobaase, Thaddeus Lewis and other Blue Devil seniors hoped to get noticed and improve their draft stock. It was a culmination of weeks of preparation for the players, who welcomed the overcast skies during the grueling workout. Noel Durfey, strength and conditioning coach for Duke Football, has worked with Re’quan Boyette, Leon Wright, Vincent Rey and others since December in drills designed for the event. Lewis and Oghobaase elected to train elsewhere
over the past few months. “We haven’t done as much conditioning,” Durfey said of his training regimen. “It’s more speed, power—teaching drills and getting good at them. Just focusing on what they’ve got to get done today.... The furthest we run [during training] is 40 yards.” Results from the training were obvious. Wright ran a 40-yard dash in a blistering 4.41, while Rey impressed scouts on the bench press. Michael Tauiliili was a surprise addition to Monday’s workout group. The former Duke linebacker signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent last year but didn’t make the final roster. He hoped he could catch the eyes of scouts one more time at Pro Day. One Blue Devil already attracting attention among NFL scouts is Oghobaase.
Oghobaase ran an underwhelming 5.46 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine but improved on that number Monday. He also moved noticeably better in the agility drills than he had earlier in the month. “I definitely helped myself out today,” Oghobaase said. “I had an average showing at the combine, but I ran way better today.” The defensive lineman will stay in Durham until his next workout with the Houston Texans in a couple of weeks. Lewis—the sixth-fastest quarterback at the NFL Combine—chose not to run any drills for the scouts other than to throw some pass patterns. Lewis looked sharp, but he found difficulty at times hitting his marks. Part of the troubles could be chalked up to unfamiliar receivers. After the drills were over and the scouts had shut off their stopwatches, Durfey hoped they saw what he saw during his time working with the players: hard-working, determined athletes. “They’re going to work. They’re going to give everything they’ve got every day,” he said. “You can’t ask much more than that— to have a kid come in and work his tail off for you every day.” Will Flaherty contributed reporting.
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No break for Blue Devils after losses to UM by Tom Gieryn THE CHRONICLE
After an emotional weekend series victory over then-No.11 North Carolina to run their win streak to 11 out of 12 games, the Blue Devils hit a wall against No. 11 Miami last weekend. Duke (12-7) looks to get back on track against Davidson (13-7) Tuesday night at Wilson Field in Davidson, N.C. The Blue Devils came away winless from their three-game set against Miami, managing just eight extraDavidson base hits in the series vs. while committing five Duke errors and allowing four unearned runs. “Our defense TUESDAY, 7 p.m. wasn’t particularly Davidson, N.C. good, and our offense was just OK,” head coach Sean McNally said. Davidson, meanwhile, won two of three games on the road against Southern Conference rival Furman last weekend. The Wildcats bashed eight extra-base hits in the finale alone, including four home runs. Duke will try to resume its winning ways Tuesday night behind 6-foot-6 freshman righthander Chase Bebout, who has posted quality efforts in both of his midweek starts. The Blue Devils, who rank last in the ACC with just nine home runs, hope to take advantage of Davidson’s hitterfriendly home ballpark as well. “I’m anxious to see how our hitters re-
flaherty from page 9 weekend “eye test” against its chief competitors in this NCAA Tournament field is irrelevant. Although statistically, in terms of seeded teams, the Blue Devils have the toughest remaining road to Indianapolis—the South is the only region that can still boast three of its top four seeds in the Sweet 16 field—the individual matchups Duke can expect in Houston fall strongly in its favor, whereas Kentucky and Syracuse may be forced to overcome formidable No. 2 seeds in West Virginia and Kansas State, respectively. The Blue Devils lucked out when Purdue narrowly squeaked out an overtime victory against Texas A&M in its second round matchup, because the Aggies would have deeply tested Duke on account of their extensive frontline depth and stalwart perimeter defense. Instead, Duke will be matched up against a Boilermaker squad that lacks the scoring punch provided by injured junior star Robbie Hummel and boasts only JaJuan Johnson as a solitary post presence to counter a resurgent Brian Zoubek and the pair of Mason and Miles Plumlee. But what about the homecourt advantage that Baylor could have in a likely Elite Eight showdown with the Blue Devils? Although the potential of a partisan Baylor crowd is often cited by analysts as a factor that could give the upstart Bears an edge, don’t buy into it as a decisive
spond,” McNally said. “We expect to score some runs down there.” Duke also needs to get back to its characteristic good defense, which had committed just 12 errors in 16 games before the miscues in the Miami series. McNally said the Blue Devils have been unable to make any specific preparations for Davidson. “That’s kind of the nature of the college baseball season: There’s not a lot of practice time,” he said. The Blue Devils have handled Davidson well during McNally’s tenure as head coach, racking up five wins out of six matchups. Duke carries a nine-game nonconference winning streak into the contest, which will be the Blue Devils’ first road game since Feb. 21, when they lost three of four games at an openingweekend tournament in Waco, Texas. Duke will need to get used to a road atmosphere, with the next two weekend series to be played on the road, first against one of the conference’s worst teams in Boston College, then against Georgia Tech, one of its best. McNally likes to build his team on a foundation of quality pitching, timely hitting and excellent defense, and he knows that his team needs to get back to basics Tuesday before resuming ACC play Friday. “We know if we’re not good in those three phases generally, we’re not going to win, and this is our opportunity to work on that before we get back into the ACC next weekend,” he said.
element in a potential matchup between the two teams. As a Houston native and longtime Big 12 basketball observer, I can attest that the concept of Baylor as a school with a loyal basketball following is far from proven. Despite being a Top 25 team, the Bears were only able to muster one home basketball sellout all season, coming in their final home contest against Texas. Green and Yellow will likely be the predominant color scheme in the Reliant Stadium stands this weekend. But it will take way more than a friendly crowd for Baylor to overcome the Blue Devils because of the very thing that made Duke’s early Tournament play appear so comparatively bland—its relentless focus on the fundamentals. Duke’s five-turnover game against California was the team’s most blemish-free ballhandling performance all year. In fact, for more than a 30-minute stretch against the Golden Bears, the Blue Devils only committed a single turnover. It’s impossible for opponents to capitalize on mistakes when they are never made in the first place. Duke’s refusal to give away the ball—and the points that invariably result from such turnovers—will play a decisive role in a game against a Baylor team that finished dead last in the Big 12 in turnover margin. And although Baylor’s athletic forward Ekpe Udoh will pose a significant headache in the paint, I’m hard-pressed to think that the Blue Devils will deviate from their current pattern of dominant re-
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Duke goes into a road matchup with Davidson on the back of a three-game sweep by ACC rival Miami.
bounding performances. Zoubek stepped up to provide a crucial double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds against California, and when his standout play is coupled with the frontline depth provided by the Brothers Plumlee and Lance Thomas, Duke should be able to overwhelm the Bears on the boards. Sticking to the basics might not thrill fans as much as a scintillating John Wall reverse dunk, but Duke fans’ hunger for the sweet taste of a Final Four will be more than satisfied by the Blue Devils’ vanilla approach. And rest easy, Blue Devil nation. Tornado Alley doesn’t stretch as far south as Houston.
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Duke’s win over California wasn’t as flashy as Kentucky’s destruction of Wake Forest.
analysis from page 9 some screens pretty well.” Then, Duke made the change that won the game. The Blue Devils switched to a zone defense, rotating between a 1-2-2, 2-3 and 3-2 to fully utilize the potential of Duke’s size advantage. The Blue Devils had four players more than six feet tall in their starting lineup, whereas Louisiana State only had two. And suddenly, Hightower was not such a nightmare for Duke’s defense anymore.
would register back-to-back-toback turnovers. “We had to stop turning the ball over that much,” Chancellor said. “We are not a turnover-prone basketball team. Some of [our struggles] tonight were self-inflicted, and some of our troubles due to Duke.... [McCallie] did a nice job changing this team to a multiple-defense team.” Even when Louisiana State managed to survive the Blue Devils’ press, the Tigers could not convert on open looks when they got them late in
“If Allison Hightower only has 10 points [Monday], I’ll be playing golf by Wednesday afternoon.” — LSU head coach Van Chancellor “When we made the switch [to zone], [Hightower] had two-and-a-half players around her,” McCallie explained. “So we tried to clog the passing angles around her.” It showed. After her incredible start, Hightower was held to 1-of-11 shooting for the rest of regulation. And, in a manner mirroring their struggling leader, the rest of the Tigers began to falter as well. Duke’s stifling defense, more specifically its full-court pressure, forced Louisiana State to give the ball away 22 times. On more than one occasion, the Tigers
the game. In the second half, Louisiana State shot 33.3 percent, compared to a blistering 52.4 percent clip in the first 20 minutes. “I am really proud of our team, especially the secondhalf defense with the field-goal percentage that was forced, the way our team stayed together as a unit and the way our team communicated,” McCallie said. And in a game in which the Blue Devils’ offense was less than impressive, the team needed a dominant defensive performance to book its ticket to Memphis for the Sweet 16.
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lsu from page 1 The Tigers abused Duke’s man-to-man defense with a motion offense run through the post. Allison Hightower racked up 11 quick points off of 5-of-5 shooting in the opening minutes, earning open looks on drives left and right. However, the speedy guard would be held to only 1-for-11 shooting the rest of the way after the Blue Devils switched to a zone. “They played us man and I wanted to start down there and tell Joanne [McCallie] to stay in the man,” Louisiana State head coach Van Chancellor said. “When they went to that 1-2-2 zone, they’re so big in it. It makes it look like they have six players out there.” Often playing with two centers on the floor, 6-foot-4 Krystal Thomas alongside 6-foot-5 Allison Vernerey, Duke’s length kept the Tigers’ offense out of rhythm. The Blue Devils’ full-court pressure was equally disruptive, and the combination of the two caused 22 Tiger turnovers on the night, most of them traveling penalties. “If you turn the ball over 22 times against a team this good on the road, it’s hard to come back from that. I don’t care what else you do,” Chancellor said. Despite such dominating defense, Duke was unable to pull away from a much smaller Louisiana State squad. Once again, the Blue Devils were forced
to overcome a poor shooting night by Jasmine Thomas, who never looked in sync with the rest of the offense. Instead, Duke turned to Mitchell—an energetic defender not known for her scoring—to carry the offensive load. The senior finished with 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting in her final contest in Durham. “I thought the difference maker for Duke was [Bridgette] Mitchell,” Chancellor said. “Mitchell’s the one who hurt us. She made some dagger shots.” In the end, the Blue Devils’ greatest strength was their depth. The Tigers had three players on the floor for the entire game who simply wore down by the final minutes. On the other hand, only Jasmine Thomas played more than 35 minutes for Duke, while the other four starters played about 30 apiece. On tired legs, Louisiana State could not drive or hit the necessary jumpers to hang with a Blue Devil squad that smelled blood in the water. “I think winning those games is a lot of credit to mental toughness because you’ve got to be able to fight,” Cheek said. “You’re tired, we pressed the whole game, we’re a running team and I think we we’re able to finish these games because we’re a lot tougher mentally.” With the win, Duke advances to the Sweet 16 in Memphis, where it will face the winner of No. 3 West Virginia and No. 11 San Diego State, who meet tonight.
Blue Devils host Big Green on short rest Duke doesn’t play in the Ivy League, but for the next couple of weeks, it sure seems like the Blue Devils belong in the Northeast. Playing for the second time in four days, No. 10 Duke returns to the Koskinen Stadium field tonight at 7 p.m. when it hosts Dartmouth (2-2). After traveling to Washington, D.C. for a matchup with No. 12 Georgetown this weekend, the Blue Devils then face Ivy League oppoDartmouth nents Brown and vs. Harvard back-toback. No. 10 Duke (4-3) Duke won its second TUESDAY, 7 p.m. straight game Koskinen Stadium when it crushed winless Penn State, 20-11, over the weekend. The Blue Devils’ three leaders on the attack—Ned Crotty, Max Quinzani and Zach Howell— all put up big numbers, and Duke’s veteran defense more than held on for the win. The Big Green have already been in the state of North Carolina for a few days after suffering a 15-6 loss to the Tar Heels Friday night. In that game, Dartmouth held North Carolina to a single goal in the first quarter, but then gave up nine unanswered tallies as the Tar Heels pulled away. Duke has had some trouble putting away opponents this season, although there haven’t been many easy ones on
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Senior Ned Crotty racked up five assists Saturday in Duke’s nine-goal victory over Penn State at home. the schedule. The Blue Devils’ three losses have come against Notre Dame, Maryland and North Carolina, the Nos. 3, 4 and 5 teams in the nation. Blue Devil attackman Jonathan Livadas, who is a graduate student at Duke, played his undergraduate lacrosse at Dartmouth. —from staff reports
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Senior Joy Cheek’s work on the boards and in the paint late pushed Duke over the top against Louisiana State.
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Now that students and administrators have collaborated to secure a short-term solution, we are pleased that both parties have committed to future dialogue to bring about the reform of a broken system. This will require hard work and difficult choices. The current dining structure tries to provide students the best of both worlds. One the one hand, Dining officials want to enable student choice and maintain a variety of dining venues catered to different tastes. At the same time, University higher-ups want to promote dining as a way to build community and forge relationships. These priorities work
against each other, and this conflict has produced a large part of the current Dining deficit. Administrators wanted to improve the quality of the food at the Great Hall and the Marketplace in order to preserve those venues as communitycentered, so they entered into an expensive contract with Bon Appétit. This decision, however, was not coupled with any scaling back of the contracted vendors like McDonald’s, The Refectory, Blue Express or The Loop. Naturally, then, students continued to flock to these vendors, diverting business away from the Bon Appétitrun venues. The University cannot
expect a financially soluble dining system that emphasizes choice to exist alongside heavily subsidized eateries that are designed to promote social interaction. Therefore, as students and University officials plan for the future of dining at Duke, they should carefully weigh the oftentimes conflicting goals of community and choice. There are creative ways around this dilemma, and with the anticipated renovations of the West Union building still a few years down the road, students and administrators should work together to find them. It’s just too bad it took a fee increase to set plans for reform into place.
hate airports with a passion. They’re so full ard and no one would care so long as the name of suck that my intuition says they should col- matched. lapse in on themselves and form small black Once you get past security, which is a sepaholes—little, tiny microcosms of rate adventure I’ll leave out in inescapable suck. Airports are the the interests of faux patriotism, only inorganic thing that I hate you’re in the concourse—or, as I more than printers, which for the prefer to call it, the Land of Frirecord were created by Satan to involity. Now I won’t pretend to uncrease the homicidal tendencies of derstand the complexities of the computer geeks. air travel economy, but it seems Allow me to explain: In case like there’s a teensy bit of wasted jeremy walch you hadn’t been reading the bymoney here. lines or deduced it from my writTake a look at the directory for anger turned ing, I’m an engineer. You may RDU (it’s online). There’s a shoe sideways have heard that engineers have shine and spa in both terminals. this thing about efficiency. SpecifiThere’s a shop for golf miscellany, cally, we like it. It’s practically an aphrodisiac, which I imagine has everything you need to get actually. Wooing a female engineer? Plan an ef- a birdie on Flight 1647. Brooks Brothers might ficient date! I’ll leave it to you to determine the be useful for the business traveler who forgot to metric for efficiency. (Caveat: this does not actu- pack business attire and can’t stand the prospect ally work, apparently.) of paying less for it in an honest-to-goodness Conversely, inefficiency drives us crazy, and store in his or her destination city. Rosetta Stone not in a kitten on catnip sort of way. While small software is perfect for international travelers. It’s inefficiencies can be viewed as an opportunity just a little late for that by the time you get to for an improvement, gross inefficiencies are a the airport, unless you happen to acquire lanfrustratingly hopeless cause. Imagine you are guages in mere hours. Taxco Sterling, a jewelry my Writing 20 professor and I turned in an es- store: Honey, I bought you this necklace at the say which I composed by pouring alphabet soup airport! into a funnel and writing down the letters as they Are any of these things near the top of my list emerged. You would not view that as opportunity of needs? Not so much. Try finding a power outfor improvement. let, though. I’ve got better chances of getting a Whatever your ideal model for efficiency is, air- second date. The eco-conscious would quickly ports are the antithesis of that. Whatever you don’t point out that this scarcity is a good thing, but I’m need exists in opulence, whatever you do want is confident that it wasn’t by design as that would imscarce and whatever simple process you can think ply some level of foresight. of requires at least 16 times as much effort to acAlso, if saving power is a concern, how about complish in an airport. those conveyer belts you can ride in the conLet’s suppose the first thing you want to do at courses? How much energy is being wasted bethe airport is check in. At least in some cases you cause people are too lazy to walk a whopping forty can do this beforehand online, so I’ll give some yards? I especially enjoy the ones with the broken credit there. In many of the airports I’ve been record voice cautioning us to “watch your step as through, you can check in at these automated you exit.” kiosks near the desk, which is a pretty neat way Supposing that you manage to survive until to avoid human interaction I guess. Those work boarding without your head exploding (I keep pretty well unless you want to, God forbid, check waiting for it to happen), you might discover that a bag. your flight has every seat equipped with satellite This is the part that kills me. I can check in, radio. This is a somewhat admirable technological pay for my baggage and print my boarding pass feat. It’s just that I’ve never actually seen anyone with these kiosks. Then I have to go to the person use it in lieu of a portable music player. Personally at the desk to actually get my luggage tagged and I’d trade the radio for a square inch or three of sent off to be inspected for the WMD’s I keep in leg room. my pajamas. So, to conclude, I love airports. They’re aweLiterally all this person does is put the (auto- some. I think I’ll get married in one, maybe even matically printed) tag on my bag and take a curso- to one. It’s a good thing there’s a chapel in RDU! ry glance at my ID, which never elicits any reaction despite looking nothing like me. I’m reasonably Jeremy Walch is a Pratt junior. His column runs evconvinced it could depict a colorful Galapagos liz- ery other Tuesday.
A more perfect K-ville
oth the calendar and the sunshine indicate that the seasons are finally changing outside, but inside on CBS, it’s still basketball season. My masterfully crafted senior Spring schedule does not include any classes on Thursdays or Fridays—perfect for watching way too much of the NCAA tournament. The Blue Devils made it through the first two rounds in Jacksonville and are moving on bradford colbert to the Sweet Sixteen in Houston this weekend. Meanwhile, the other side here in Durham, the last bench has been burned and the tents have been packed away until next winter. Despite a slow, late start and more grace than anyone can remember, K-ville was generally well received this year, and the line monitors should get a lot of credit for that. The white tenting Web site crash of a year ago was avoided and some simple changes made a world of difference. For example, designating zones of the parking lot where tenters could find their appointed line monitor during personal checks made the process run more smoothly. But logistical concerns aside, I want you to think about the roughly 1200 students who make K-ville their home away from home until the big game and ask an important question: what kind of government reigns in K-ville? In Plato’s “Republic,” Socrates sets out to establish an ideal society and considers several possible forms of government. Socrates coins the term timocracy for the first form of government that arises: rule by the most honorable. K-ville likely began as such a timocracy with the most devoted fans, the craziest of crazies who get in line first, put in charge of trying to organize the chaos while keeping the spirit alive. But today, the line monitors are not chosen on this basis. If they were, there would be no need for a standardized selection process—we could just ask the members of Tent 1 what size jacket they wear and sign them up. Instead, the current line monitors pick the new line monitors through an application and interview process. As Socrates warns, timocracy gives way to a simple oligarchy—rule by the wealthy few. The line monitors’ “wealth” is their guaranteed seats in the first two rows to every basketball game without having to wait in line or sleep outside. But to earn that jacket, line monitors must fulfill two roles. The first is to manage attendance in a fashion that keeps the Cameron Crazies different than any other group of fans in the world. The second is to serve as the voice of the Cameron Crazies in the behind-closed-doors meetings with administrators and athletic department officials. This year’s line monitors took it upon themselves to also play social planner for K-ville residents. Thanks for the effort, guys, but for the most part we’d really prefer if you just monitored the line like your name says. If any other group of mostly-upperclassmen told a group of mostly-underclassmen that they had 15 minutes to show off a talent or else they had to sleep outside, it would probably be called hazing. Tenters are not out there for your amusement; they are there to wait in line for a basketball game. Then there was the K-ville volleyball tournament. And the K-ville capture the flag game. And I’m really sorry that nobody wanted to stay at Shooters on a Thursday night and party with you, but that’s no reason to call three tent checks the following night. That’s just being mean. Instead of all the games and contests, line monitor efforts should be focused on promoting attendance. The gimmicks only reinforce the myth that games are too difficult to attend. Most of the line monitors are doing a fine job, but every year there are a few who abuse their power. Unfortunately, tenters like myself have no way of holding you guys accountable for good or bad behavior. Put another way, K-ville’s 1200 residents— by the way, that’s more students than any West Campus quad, or all of Central Campus put together—have no democraticallyelected representative body. Socrates predicts that when an oligarchy proves unsustainable, a democracy will rise to replace it. Line monitors, your ruling power is not God-given or guaranteed. Try to remember what it was like to be a tenter. We’re all Cameron Crazies rooting for the same team, crammed into the same student section and chanting the same cheers. So keep K-ville fair and focused on basketball, plain and simple. That’s all we ask. Bradford Colbert is a Trinity senior. His column runs every other Tuesday.
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Ceci n’est pas un jeu
ad news, guys. It turns out that Thomas Hob- fornian high-school students in 1967, the Stanford bes was right. The life of man is “nasty, brutish Prison Experiment in the 1971. (If you’re in need and short” after all. In fact, it might actually of a healthy dose of cynicism in your life, read up be nastier, shorter and more brutish on those experiments and then try to than we previously feared possible. feel warm and fuzzy about human naAll thanks to French television, of ture.) course. Again and again, humans have provLet me explain. A documentary, en creepily susceptible to influence, “The Game of Death,” that aired in submitting to authority even when it France last Wednesday cast doubt asks unconscionable deeds of them. on the integrity of human moralSuch results suggest that historically ity when subjected to the pressures troubling acts of collective immoralshining li of authority. In a replication of the ity—genocide, torture, among other all too human famous experiment by Yale Univerdisquieting examples—shouldn’t sursity psychologist Stanley Milgram in prise us all that much. As a species, we 1961, scientists—under the premise are much less staunch about our ethical of a reality game show—asked participants to deliver principles than we’d like to think. near-fatal electric shocks to a man seated on a stage Researchers behind the most recent justification in an electric chair enclosed in a chamber. of this theory imply that their experimental findings Imagine it for a second: Each player is told he is were largely influenced by the unreality of television. participating in a pilot of an exciting new show with a Christophe Nick, producer of “The Game of Death,” beautiful and famous hostess. Every time the man in attributes his contestants’ manipulability to the aura the box (supposedly the contestant’s game partner) of a game show—“In a game,” he insisted during a regets a trivia question wrong, audience members egg cent interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corthe contestant on, urging him to press a lever that poration, “the boundary between reality and fiction will reprimand his partner by zapping him with a jolt disappears. And even if your partner screams, begging of electricity. you to stop, you’re still in the game.” The victim—skin blotchy and sweating—squirms So run most interpretations of these results: In in pain, calling out for the contestant to stop, but the the face of external pressure, we compromise our inmore he protests, the more the audience and the TV stilled codes of ethics and, under the influence of the show hostess encourage his punishment. Caught on mob (or rather, of any authority, whether it be granttape, each contestant is faced with a moral choice— ed through political or social means), engage in acto shock his partner by pressing the lever, or to refuse tivities that our supposed “true” selves wouldn’t. and challenge the authority of the show’s host. This regressive element of morality is unavoidWhat should participants have done? What would able. Somewhere in the mishmash of influences and you do in this situation? If you think like the psychol- authoritarian guidelines lies personal judgment and ogy students that Milgram polled in the 1960s before choice, but where? And how much room do we allow he performed the original experiment, you would it in between bouts of being herded, sheep-like, by guess that very few of the contestants would actually dominant culture? obey such an obviously cruel command. All is not “Lord of the Flies”-apocalyptic, however, But—and here’s the inevitable twist—you’d be and we are not always faced with the choice of elecwrong. An astounding 80 percent of participants fol- trocuting or squashing our friends with boulders. Inlowed instructions. stead, morality is gradually, subtly developed—a dayThe French are not an entirely sadistic bunch. to-day conversation we hold with our surroundings. The game show was a fake. The man in the chamber In order to avoid a life as “nasty, brutish and short” as was a hired actor in on the whole thing—no humans Hobbes bemoaned, we must not only exist in civilizawere hurt in the making of this disturbing scientific tion but conscientiously choose which teachings of experiment. society to accept. Nor can we blame the show’s findings on the Only then, when we find ourselves faced with a weak-willed, backbone-less character of the French tell-tale lever to test our morality, will we know that as a culture (however compelling that argument may the decision we make is actually our own. be). This most recent experiment is reminiscent of many others of its kind: Milgram’s original set up in Shining Li is a Trinity sophomore. Her column runs 1961, The Third Wave carried out on unwitting Cali- every Tuesday.
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March 24 - March 30
All events are free and open to the general public. Unless otherwise noted, screenings are at 7pm in the Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center. (“Nasher” = Nasher Museum Auditorium; “White” = Richard White Auditorium.)
3/24 Behind Me (Derrière moi) Quebec Film Festival. Q&A to follow with director Raphaël Ouellet! 3/28 The Cove (White) New Eco-Feminism: The Oceans. Followed by a panel discussion with Professors Neel Ahuja, Anne Allison and Eva Hayward! 3/29 West of Pluto (À l’ouest de Pluton) Quebec Film Festival.
God’s Architects / Zack Godshall The documentary God’s Architects tells the stories of five visionary builders (in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee) and their enigmatic creations. With neither funding nor blueprints, these builders dedicate their lives to creating architectural realms that for most of us exist only in the imagination. The film indirectly functions as a personal essay that explores the nature of inspiration and dedication to a creative project, no matter how absurd or mysterious the circumstances may seem.
Friday, March 26 Reception at 6pm Screening at 7pm Center for Documentary Studies
3/30 El-Haimoune (Wanderers of the Desert) AMES Presents: Nacer Khemir Retrospective.
Events Wednesday, March 24 Faculty Recital. Rebecca Troxler, flute, and Dan Berlinghoff, piano. Back Together Again, 30 Years Later! Works by Roussel, Gaubert and Pierné. 8 pm. Nelson Music Room. Free.
Saturday, March 27 Chamber Music Master Class with the Antares Quartet. 1 pm. Nelson Music Room. Free.
Duke Performances in durham, at duke, the modern comes home.
los lobos + leo kottke all-acoustic double bill
Thursday, March 25 • 8 pm | Page
antares quartet Friday & Saturday March 26 & 27 • 8 pm | Nelson
lunchtime classics: bartÓk
Tuesday, March 30 • 12-1 pm Rare Book Room Free & Open to the Public student $5 duke tickets
Los Lobos & Leo kottke • 3/25
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Sunday, March 28 Encounters: with the music of our time and pulsoptional. Presenting Thom Limbert’s Time Piece and Chia-yu Hsu’s Among Gardens, with Jane Hawkins, piano. 3 pm. Baldwin Auditorium. Free.