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ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTH YEAR, Issue 121
Duke invites 3,372 to join Class of 2014
by Patricia Lee THE CHRONICLE
MEMPHIS—With just over four minutes left in the game, No. 2 Duke seemed to have clinched a bid to the Final Four. The Blue Devils led No. 4 Baylor by eight points, 46-38. But then things turned sour, and missed shots and fouls from the Blue Devils helped the Lady Bears gain four quick points in the next 10 seconds. Duke used solid rebounding to briefly stabilize its lead before center Krystal Thomas, the team’s most effective guard against Baylor’s 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner, fouled out. From there, the game only went further downhill, as the Lady Bears’ Melissa Jones made a quick layup followed by an easy basket by Griner, earning the Lady Bears a onepoint lead with 45 seconds left. Senior Bridgette Mitchell fouled Jones, who made both free throws, all but guaranteeing at least an extension into overtime, if not a victory, for Baylor. Under immense pressure by Baylor’s strong defense, senior Joy Cheek missed two 3-pointers as time expired to end Duke’s bid for a trip to the Final Four, 51-48. “It was a very interesting basketball game, and it was a very hard fought, physical contest,” head coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “I’m very proud of our team’s efforts and the fight they showed out there. See wbb on page 11
Acceptance rate exhibits annual drop to record low by Joanna Lichter THE CHRONICLE
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Senior forward Joy Cheek, who missed two 3-pointers in the game’s final seconds, reacts to Duke’s loss against Baylor. The game prevented the Blue Devils from making their first Final Four since 2003.
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Freshman Nick McCrory won the national title in platform diving Sunday.
Freshman Nick McCrory captured Duke’s first-ever individual national title in swimming and diving, taking home the championship in platform diving Sunday in Columbus, Ohio. McCrory also placed second in the three-meter dive and fourth in the one-meter. McCrory had an excellent first season in Durham. He went undefeated in the regular season and set multiple records, including three Duke records, two ACC records and two ACC championship meet records. But he saved his best for last. McCrory obliterated the competition once he reached the finals. In his third dive of that round, he earned a 10 from every judge, good for 96 points. He followed that dive with his highest-scoring dive of the championship, earning 9.0’s for a dive that had a higher degree of difficulty. McCrory’s 534.00 points set a new NCAA championship meet record. The freshman was the only individual to represent Duke at the event, and he scored 52 points for the Blue Devils. That led Duke to an 18th-place finish, the highest national finish in program history. It was the first time the Blue Devils placed at the NCAA championship meet under head coach Dan Colella.
“The children are clearly taking the brunt of the financial crisis.”
—Marguerite Kondracke, president of the America’s Promise Alliance on the financial crisis’ effect on education. See story page 4
The Class of 2014 has already made its mark at Duke—for being the most selective class in the University’s history. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions accepted 3,372 high school seniors Monday evening, bringing the total acceptance rate to roughly 14.8 percent. Those admitted were selected from a pool of about 26,770 applicants—11 percent more than last year. “The admissions rate and the selectivity rate is going to keep declining,” said Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations. “The class of candidates for entry into Duke was once again, by many objective standards, the most accomplished to date.” The total number of accepted students is 3,974, taking into account both early decision and regular decision pools—3,059 in the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and 913 in the Pratt School of Engineering, said Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christoph Guttentag. Approximately 150 fewer regular decision applicants were admitted See class of 2014 on page 6
ADMISSIONS IN DEPTH Part 2: INSTITUTIONAL PRIORITIES
Duke balances competing goals in admissions by Jessica Lichter THE CHRONICLE
To Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christoph Guttentag, there are ultimately two factors that determine the size of the envelope an applicant receives: what Duke can do for the individual and what the individual can do for Duke. With the luxury of highly competitive applicant pools, Duke and other selective institutions do not only consider merit in the traditional sense when making admissions decisions. Instead, they also practice “institutional engineering”—admitting students to fulfill other university goals.
“Everything Matters” The Class of 2014 will read Ron Currie, Jr.’s novel this summer, PAGE 3
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Blue Devils to take on Brown, Page 10
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Subway explosions in Moscow kill at least 38 people
Man threatens to kill House USPS wants to cut Sat. mail representative Eric Cantor WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Postal Service would cut Saturday mail delivery starting in the first half of 2011 under a plan the agency will give its regulator Tuesday. The Postal Service, which forecasts a $238 billion budget deficit by 2020, says it would save about $3.3 billion in the first year from eliminating deliveries on one day and $5.1 billion a year by 2020. “Given the fact that we’re facing such a huge deficit, we’d like to move as quickly as possible,” Postmaster General John Potter told reporters Monday in Washington. The Postal Service will file its five-day delivery proposal with the Postal Regulatory Commission in Washington Tuesday. It is also seeking permission from Congress, which requires delivery to all U.S. addresses six days a week.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Philadelphia man was charged Monday with threatening to kill Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., and his family in the first such arrest since an outbreak of harassment and vandalism began against members of Congress more than a week ago. Norman Leboon, 33, posted a YouTube video last week in which he threatened to shoot Cantor, the second-ranking Republican in the House, and his family. An affidavit released Monday did not say why Leboon allegedly wanted to harm Cantor, the only Jewish Republican member of Congress, but in the video, he calls Cantor “pure evil.” The battle over health care has led to a spate of threats against members of Congress. At least 10 House Democrats reported death threats, or incidents of harassment or vandalism at their district offices last week.
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and internal security agency known as the KGB. The location prompted speculation that the attack was intended as a warning to the FSB, which has led the Kremlin’s sometimes brutal efforts to suppress the separatist insurgency in Chechnya and the rest of the North Caucasus. The second, less powerful blast occurred at the Park Kultury station, four stops away on the same line, as commuters were exiting a train. Officials said evidence at the scenes, including body parts, indicated both bombers were women wearing belts packed with explosives as well as bolts and iron rods that acted as deadly shrapnel. ”I realized something had happened because I smelled the smoke. There was a huge crowd trying to get out, and shouts that people were being crushed,” said Irina Kedrovskaya, a journalist who was on her way to work at the time of the blast.
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Health summit stresses local collaboration Class of ’14 to read Currie’s ‘Everything’ by Ethan Marks THE CHRONICLE
Health care experts and policymakers from Duke, Durham and across the nation met Monday for the ninth annual Durham Health Summit. The event, held at the Durham Marriott Convention Center downtown and titled “Many Minds, Many Hands, One Goal: A Healthy Durham,” focused on increasing collaboration between the Duke University Health System and the Durham community. Dr. Victor Dzau, chancellor for health affairs and chief executive officer of Duke University Health System, served as chair of the summit. He said collaboration is absolutely vital to the goals of both Duke and the community. “It is our responsibility to engage with each other to find solutions for health issues in Durham,” he said. “Only by doing this can we truly convert the ‘City of Medicine’ to the ‘City of Health.’” The keynote speaker of the afternoon was U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, who was nominated by President Barack Obama in July 2009. She spoke briefly on her experiences in the health care field, both as a physician and a policymaker, and on some of the challenges she faces in her new role. She also praised Duke and Durham for their efforts to work together on pressing health issues. “What we’re trying to do on a national level is exactly what you’ve been doing here in Durham, and we applaud you for that,” Benjamin said. “Hopefully, we can learn a lot from what you’ve done.” The struggling economy and the in-
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weight or obese. Harris also provided some positive news. In the past year, she said, key statewide laws have been passed that provide comprehensive sexual health education to students
In preparation for their first semester at Duke this Fall, the fresh-faced Class of 2014 will be reading Ron Currie, Jr.’s “Everything Matters” this summer. Currie begins his novel set in 1974 with a baby boy learning the world will end in 36 years—June 15, 2010—when a comet crashes into Earth. The novel continues to show how the protagonist grows up with this foresight. “There is something for everyone [in ‘Everything Matters’],” said sophomore Meredith Jewitt, a member of the Summer Reading selection committee. “It can be read in a superficial or in-depth way and it’s up to the students to choose how they want to engage in it.” The protagonist, John “Junior” Thibodeau, is a particularly relevant character because he ages with the students and faces similar life experiences with respect to relationships with parents, siblings and romantic interests, Jewitt said. She added that she hopes Currie will be able to speak to the freshmen in August, considering the success of Junot Diaz’s visit last year. Diaz wrote “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” which was the summer reading for the class of 2013.
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City Council member Mike Woodard, Trinity ’81, participates in the “Community Dialogue” portion of the Durham Health Summit Monday afternoon. Panelists discussed how they envision a healthy Durham. creasing rate of uninsured has made improving county-wide health more difficult, said Gayle Harris, director of Durham County public health. She said there still exist large racial disparities in health between blacks, whites and Latinos, and that 71 percent of Durham residents are over-
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Panel seeks increased gov’t spending on children by Maggie Love THE CHRONICLE
Education is always at the forefront of political discussion, and even more so in times of economic crisis. Panelists and keynote speaker James Heckman, a Nobel prize-winning economist, addressed such issues pertaining to education in the conference “Investing in Children” in the Sanford School of Public Policy Monday afternoon. Former N.C. governor Jim Hunt was among the panelists. State government employees, Durham government officials and Durham social service workers numbered among those present. The conference was a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke. Heckman, Henry Schultz distinguished service professor of economics at The University of Chicago, said child success can be measured through both cognitive and noncognitive abilities, which are often shaped by a child’s education as well as the environment in which they grow up. “Even things that are genetically determined are moderated by the effects of the environment,” he said. The current economic environment is focusing attention on problems with education, said moderator Marguerite Kondracke, president and chief executive officer of the America’s Promise Alliance. “The children are clearly taking the brunt of the financial crisis,” Kondracke said in her introduction. All three panelists addressed education through the lens of the recession. In considering ways to prioritize spending for children, the three options are to either increase deficit spending, raise revenues or
reduce spending in other areas, said Lawrence Aber, board chair of New York University’s Institute for Human Development and Social Change. Aber added that to these ends, reducing spending on the elderly, such as by increasing the retirement age, will be inevitable. Hunt said that to gain public support for increased spending on children, it is crucial to measure students’ cognitive development. “I would challenge you here [at Sanford to] figure out what to do,” Hunt said. “But I want every child who starts at school... to be healthy and ready to learn.” Ron Haskins, co-director of the Brookings Center on Children and Families and former White House and congressional adviser on welfare issues, said a child’s most valuable resource is a pair of committed parents. He proposed putting the majority of investments in children toward minority children. Haskins cited statistics that indicate Caucasian students make more than their parents, in contrast to black children, who tend to make less than their parents. “[Statistically] black parents cannot even pass their well-being to their own children, despite their best attempts to do so,” Haskins said. Heckman added that the achievement gap between Caucasian students and minorities is determined by parenting skills at least as much as it is affected by income. He also noted that although remedial programs should be improved, it is more effective to invest early in a child’s life. “There is a lot to be learned but I think the contours are there,” Heckman concluded.
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Nobel prize-winning economist James Heckman discusses the impact of the current financial crisis on children, noting that a child’s success can be measured through cognitive and non-cognitive functions.
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Chapel goes dark for Earth Hour 2010
sends a clear message that Americans care about this issue and want to turn the lights Saturday, the Duke Chapel went dark to out on dirty air, dangerous dependency on commemorate Earth Hour 2010. foreign oil and costly climate change imThe symbol of the University was just one pacts and make the switch to cleaner air, a of many illuminated monuments worldwide strong economic future and a more secure that switched off its lights for an hour to nation,” the Web site notes. make a statement. The Golden Gate Bridge, The idea to include the Chapel was proGreat Pyramids of Giza and Eiffel Tower posed by sophomore Ben Soltoff, co-presiwere among the sites dent of Duke Environsupporting the internamental Alliance. “It was more aesthetic tional effort to save en“I suggested the ergy and promote susChapel because I always than functional.” tainability. Earth Hour noticed that the light’s is organized annually by — Ben Soltoff, usually on and it’s not the World Wide Fund really serving to light EA co-president the campus,” Soltoff for Nature. Duke students have said. “It was more aesparticipated in Earth thetic than functional.” Hour before, but this is the first year the Soltoff worked with Roe and Tavey Chapel was a part of the demonstration. Capps, environmental sustainability direcThe symbolic gesture was coordinated by tor, who were the primary coordinators for the Office of Sustainability. the event. “We wanted to send a message with Although the Chapel was the most obthe Chapel [because it] is such an iconic vious manifestation of Duke’s growing building [and] is something important to concern for climate change and support Duke,” said Casey Roe, sustainability out- of Earth Hour, smaller-scale participation reach coordinator. took place as well. Roe said Soltoff played An estimated one billion people united a large role in promoting the event to the by turning their lights off between 8:30 and Environmental Alliance. Soltoff added that 9:30 p.m. local time Saturday. Last year, he encouraged the members of the group 4,100 cities in more than 80 countries on to join the Earth Hour Facebook page and seven continents participated in the event, to turn their lights off during the hour. according to the Earth Hour Web site. Na“Duke’s participation in Earth Hour was tionally, about 80 million Americans in 318 one way we hope to raise awareness across U.S. cities participated in 2009. campus of our efforts to reduce energy “In the U.S., where we are already feeling and address our climate footprint,” Capps the impacts of climate change, Earth Hour wrote in an e-mail. by Sonia Havele THE CHRONICLE
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class of 2014 from page 1 this year compared to last year, due largely in part to the high number of students accepted early decision, which totaled 602, he added. This year’s acceptance rate marks a decrease in the proportion of those admitted—down from last year’s recordbreaking 17 percent. Guttentag said the University is also aiming for a smaller class—roughly 1,705 students—to provide more adequate housing on campus next year. “The class last year had 1,720 students and was of a size that was stretching the ability to house everyone as comfortably as we’d like,” Guttentag said. In light of the economic downturn, the University has received significantly more applications for financial aid, Alison Rabil, assistant vice provost and director of Financial Aid, wrote in an e-mail. “More families are qualifying for need-based aid and those qualifying are averaging higher grants than before,” Rabil said. She added that Duke is still committed to meeting 100 percent of the demonstrated need for all families. Guttentag said that despite the recession, he expects this year’s enrollment numbers to be similar to those of
admissions from page 1 “If things matter to the University, we would not be doing our job if we didn’t take that into account,” Guttentag said. Several factors can give an applicant an edge in the admissions process: race, athletic and legacy status, residence in North Carolina and a special talent in music or the arts are among them, Guttentag said. Preference is also given to first-generation college students as well as to applicants coming from “families that have already been generous to Duke.” For a school of Duke’s size and caliber, about 40 to 50 percent of the student body is likely to be some sort of “special applicant,” said Don Betterton, former director of financial aid and a former admissions committee member at Princeton University. Yet what makes a special applicant is in constant flux. “These are dynamic tensions within any institution,” said Steve Goodman, Trinity ’85 and an educational consultant and admissions strategist. “Which is why admissions is more of an art than a science
previous years. “Based on our experience in the last couple of years, I expect that given the commitment of the Financial Aid Office, the ultimate effect of the recession will be fairly minimal,” Guttentag said. “I think that people will become more confident about the economic situation in the next several years.” New admit Marcayla Hester, a native of Athens, Ga., is a finalist in the Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholarship Program—the University’s premier merit scholarship that awards full tuition, room and board to a few finalists each year. Citing economic reasons, Hester said whether she is selected for the scholarship will largely determine her admissions decision. Admitted students must make their decisions by midMay. Until then, prospective freshmen are invited to attend Blue Devil Days, which provides students with the opportunity to attend classes, live in dorm rooms and meet upperclassmen. Guttentag said the University is expecting a high turnout for the upcoming event, which takes place five times throughout April. “It’s interesting, because one of the things I get to do as we are making the last several hundred decisions, is to get a sense of the class,” Guttentag said. “My guess is that when all is said and done, and when the class arrives in August, people are going to think they are an interesting group of students, that their talents are broadly spread.”
because it’s hard to nail this specifically. In one given year, the football coach has more sway than the soccer coach, and the alumni folks have more sway than someone else. It depends on the people who are applying that year.” Shifting priorities Indeed, some highly controversial institutional priorities have diminished in importance over the years. Although a few still exist, the number of development cases— students from families that have donated significantly to Duke or have the potential to do so—has dropped in the last 20 years, Guttentag said. Part of the reason Duke admitted so many development cases in the 1980s was because it was going through a phase of “outrageous ambitions”—in the words of former president Terry Sanford—seeking to transform itself into an internationallyrenowned university. In addition, Guttentag said the Office of Undergraduate Admissions did not have its current level of autonomy during that time period. Departmental lobbying Nevertheless, there are several University departments that currently advocate on behalf of certain special applicants. Individuals from these departments identify the “strongest” applicants in their respective categories and then relay these choices to an admissions officer. Some of these priori-
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ties have remained constant for decades. Because the University prides itself on a strong athletics program, there has been a long-established relationship between the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Department of Athletics. The admissions process for athletes is yearround. Guttentag said he handles football and basketball, and two other associate admissions directors split the remaining 21 sports. Initially, coaches assemble a list of athletes they would like to recruit along with those students’ academic information, such as grades and SAT scores, and present this list to an admissions officer, Senior Associate Athletics Director Chris Kennedy said. The admissions officers then let coaches know whether they should recruit a given athlete, with an understanding that “recruit” does not guarantee acceptance, Guttentag said. “There is no commitment to admit until the application is in,” Guttentag said. “Eight times out of 10, once we’ve given the green light that it’s OK to recruit, typically that student is going to be totally fine and we’ll be able to admit…. [But] we could find out that someone who looked fine academically is personally problematic or that someone who is applying junior year is suddenly taking lousy courses in their senior year.” As the University continues to work to build itself as an elite institution, Guttentag also personally works with the Office of University Development and the Office of Alumni Affairs. Sterly Wilder, associate vice president for alumni affairs, wrote in an e-mail that representatives from the OAA make a case for all legacy applicants and “want to make sure that the admissions office is aware of our most active and committed alumni.” She added that participating in alumni events, advising and mentoring current undergraduates and interviewing admissions applicants are considerations aside from financial donations that determine whether an alumnus is active. Although Wilder declined to comment on how top legacy applicants are determined, unofficial observations are just as important as official designations, Goodman said. “It would be hard to ignore a person who gave $100 million to Duke,” he said. “That’s different from the family who gave $50.” Other institutional priorities have only recently become prominent factors in admissions. Reflecting Duke’s recent push to strengthen the arts, artistic talent is now given special attention in the admissions process. Since about five years ago, faculty from five different art departments have assessed artistic submissions from applicants and rated them on a five-point scale, said Vice
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Provost for the Arts Scott Lindroth. Each department then compiles a list of the top 25 to 50 applicants in each program. “Those are the ones most highly prioritized by the department,” Lindroth said. “These are students who have displayed remarkable ability in the arts, and we ask the [Office of Undergraduate Admissions] to take those into account as much as they can.” From process to practice Not all special applicants have departments advocating on their behalf. Still, some of those priorities are given equal or more weight in the admissions process. Race is a prime example. Guttentag said that although there is no specific department officially lobbying for underrepresented minorities, these applicants still receive significant consideration. Using the academic profile universities report for the 25th to 75th percentile of the student body, the extent to which certain factors are given preference can be visualized, said Betterton, who also works as an independent college counselor. When looking at the academic profile alone, underrepresented minority applicants should compare themselves to the 25th to 50th percentile of the current student body to gauge their chance at admission, and legacy and early decision applicants should measure themselves against the 40th to 50th percentile. Regular applicants with no special tags should compare themselves to the top 75th percentile of enrolled students, he added. The Deciding Factor Even though it has to accommodate competing University interests, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has the final say in who gets admitted. Guttentag said that if he believes an applicant cannot succeed at Duke, he does not admit that person under any circumstances. “[Guttentag] really understands how to walk the line between helping us be competitive and admitting people who can do the work and graduate,” Kennedy said. “We understand how the pressure comes to bear on him.... I don’t think anyone on campus has a harder job.” Following admissions committee rounds, Guttentag said he reviews all of the “least clear” applications, making the final admissions decision. These are applicants who would have been denied had they not possessed a significant special factor. Throughout his time at Duke, Guttentag said he has disappointed every department. “My job is the equitable distribution of unhappiness,” he said. “The more people I disappoint, the better job I am considered to be doing.”
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summit from page 3 and prohibit smoking in bars and restaurants. Several presenters talked about Durham Health Innovations, a partnership between Duke and Durham County that is jointly funded by DUHS and the National Institutes of Health. It will fund the implementation of 10 innovative models of care to improve health outcomes in the community. One of the main concerns raised about the Duke Health Innovations Program was the cost of the new proposals. Some of the money will come in the form of federal grants that were included in the health reform bill signed into law last week, said Dr. Robert Califf, vice chancellor for clinical research and director of the Duke Translational Medicine Institute. He added that all agencies will have to become more efficient at what they do. Randy Tucker, supervisor of an in-jail drug treatment program at the Criminal Justice Resource Center in Durham and a participant at the summit, said that bringing together different organizations and groups in Durham is vital not only to improving the health of the county but also to saving money. “When you get this kind of broad community support for the health initiatives being proposed, and when these initiatives are carried out across the entire community, the changes can really pay for themselves,” he said.
reading from page 3 “I think the Summer Reading program allows students who come from almost every corner of life to begin their careers at Duke on common ground by discussing issues and underlying themes that relate to everyone,” freshman Thomas Varner, a member of the Summer Reading selection committee, said in a statement Monday. “The summer reading book can open an incoming student’s eyes to new perspectives and experiences similar to how they will do so throughout their Duke career.” “Everything Matters” was one of six possible selections for the Class of 2014’s summer reading. The other five books were “The Girl from Foreign,” by Sadia Sheppard; “Oryx and Crake,” by Margaret Atwood; “Outcasts United,” by Warren St. John; “The Road,” by Cormac McCarthy; and “The Snakehead,” by Patrick Keefe. The freshman summer reading is selected from a list of books recommended by faculty, students and staff. The selection committee narrows the list down to five or six books after several rounds of discussions, and a final book is chosen after feedback from the Duke community. Copies of “Everything Matters” will be mailed to the Class of 2014 early this summer.
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A Conference in Honor of JOHN HOPE FR ANKLIN Sponsored by the Duke Center on Law, Race and Politics PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE: Michelle Adams Elizabeth Alexander Richard Banks Jeannine Bell Lawrence Bobo Eugene Borgida Khalilah Brown Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin Paul Butler Jennifer Chaćon Dalton Conley Matthew Countryman William “Sandy” Darity Luis Fraga Luis Fuentes Rohwer Farah Griffin Lani Guinier Melissa Harris Lacewell Jonathan Holloway Karla Holloway Vincent Hutchings Michael S. Kang Randall Kennedy Taeku Lee Glenn Loury Kenneth Mack Angela Onwuachi Willig Orlando Patterson Richard Pildes Laura Richman Cristina Rodriguez Daria Roithmayr Brent Staples Ray Suarez Gerald Torres
This conference aims to frame a new scholarly discussion of race. What are the issues that should be at the heart of our public discourse on race? What can we as scholars and empiricists offer to this discussion that might help address racial inequality or improve our understanding of race? What is the significance of President Obama’s election for APRIL 8–10 racial identity and equality? 2010 Should — can — we reframe the at DUKE LAW SCHOOL stories we tell about race? Join us as we launch an ongoing, interdisciplinary community to explore these and other issues with the first annual conference of the Duke Law Center for Law, Race and Politics. This conference honors the life and work of the late Dr. John Hope Franklin, who taught at Duke Law School and devoted his life’s work to understanding the impact of racism on American life. The conference is sponsored by the Center on Law, Race and Politics and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University. For more information, contact Lisa Musty at the Duke Center on Law, Race and Politics, (919) 613-8522, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ron Currie’s ‘Everything Matters’ was selected as the summer reading for the Class of 2014 by the Summer Reading selection committee Monday.
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Stingy Baylor defense spells doom for Devils Brittney Griner finishes with nine blocks by Patricia Lee THE CHRONICLE
MEMPHIS—Typically the strongest element of its game, Duke’s defense failed to hold in last night’s game against Baylor. Time and again, the Lady Bears broke through for quick shots and easy buckets. Though Duke pressed Baylor for much of the entire game— and double-teamed Game 6-foot-8 freshman BrittGriner for most Analysis ney of the time—the Lady Bears were never fazed. They demoralized the Blue Devils’ defense with uncontested fast break baskets and utilized their superior quickness to outrun Duke up and down the court. “The two things that won the game were our press and their press,” Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey said. “Their press allowed our quickness to get by them and score transition buckets, and it allowed us to cut that lead.” The holes in the Blue Devils’ defense are partly accountable for the Lady Bears’ 12 fast break points and 34 percent shooting percentage from the field. And they didn’t hurt Griner’s stunning performance. She finished with 15 of the team’s 51 points, going 6-for-13 from the field and making all of her shots either in the paint or from the free throw line.
After falling behind 26-21 at the half, Baylor went to a smaller lineup, helping the Lady Bears down low, by allowing for easy shots under the basket when Baylor’s smaller players quickly passed the ball to Griner or junior guard Melissa Jones. “We needed some steals and needed to score some points in transition so we went to a smaller lineup to do that,” Jones said. “[Duke] had kind of an advantage with their overall team height. We felt that if we got the ball, we would be able to run on them. Fortunately we have some very quick offensive players on our team, and they were able to get some buckets for us.” But Duke’s shortcomings on the defensive end weren’t the sole flaws that led to the Blue Devils’ 51-48 defeat in the last minute of the game. Facing strong defensive pressure from Baylor, Duke was unable to cope and was held to a season-low shooting percentage of 23 percent, tied a season low of 48 points and only made 3-of-17 3-point field goals in the game. “They have quick guards on the perimeter, and we got by them, but with Griner in the paint, it makes you think twice about going all the way to the basket,” said junior Jasmine Thomas, who led Duke’s scoring with 16 points. “When we did pull her out, we still settled for outside shots. We could Christina pena/The Chronicle
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Brittney Griner led a tough Baylor defense, which held Duke to a season-low 48 points on 23 percent shooting.
A team of its own For a short while this weekend—about as long as Baylor led on Sunday—I privately wished I had a reason to root for Cornell or Butler, the NCAA Tournament’s two pseudo-Cinderellas whose fans seemed so gleeful in their cheering. This was new to them. They didn’t have three national championship banners hanging in their arena. Their students did not matriculate expecting to raise another in their four years, and their coaches and players weren’t bombarded with questions about why they hadn’t made the Final Four in five years. For a team Ben like Cornell or Butler, the outpouring of emotion after an upset was not relief but euphoria, pure as a Jon Scheyer jumper. Of course, Duke isn’t supposed to be that plucky upstart. It’s the team that Cornell and Butler dethrones, the one that everyone roots against, the one whose NCAA Tournament loss opens a torrent of schadenfreude. The Duke that we’ve come to known is J.J. Redick throwing up the shocker after swishing 30-footers, Steve Wojchiechowski slapping the floor at midcourt, Christian Laettner blowing kisses to an adorMichael Naclerio/The Chronicle ing crowd. In short, Duke is neither Cornell nor Butler. Duke, shown here celebrating after its win over Baylor, has found Duke is Duke, and more simply, it’s supposed to be the a unique identity as the season went on, senior Ben Cohen writes. Duke that everyone hates as much as they cherish their
own team. But on Sunday, just as Duke began to pull away from Baylor, two realizations hit me and, I imagine, many others. The obvious first one was a reactionary impulse: We’re going to the Final Four. (Except with a smattering of celebratory four-letter words that would make Mike Krzyzewski proud.) The second was one that had formed over the entire season and crystallized in one game: This is not that Duke team, and we’re better off for it. These Blue Devils have little in common with the Duke teams that have won national championships. It’s probable that no one on this team will have his jersey retired; five of Duke’s 13 retired numbers were worn in 1991, 1992 and 2001. This team lacks a genuine superstar; the national championship teams featured names that are still, almost 20 years later, synonymous with Duke Basketball. This team seemed delighted and surprised to plow through the South region; the national championship teams were expected to waltz the entire way. The dichotomy between these two types of teams— successful as they both may be—reminded me of a certain issue of Sports Illustrated that hit newstands when this year’s senior class still haunted high school hallways. It was the yearly college basketball preview, and the cover was a photo of Duke players running in Cameron See Cohen on page 11
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wbb from page 10 We did the best we could with what we had, and our team fought very, very hard.” Throughout the game, Duke had trouble defending Griner, who made countless easy shots in the paint and accumulated 15 points, 11 rebounds and nine blocks. Losing Thomas for the last three minutes certainly helped the freshman’s cause, clearing the way for her go-ahead layup. “[Thomas] was critically responsible for making Griner work so hard,” McCallie said. “What Krystal Thomas did was tremendous and outstanding. Obviously, Brittney Griner is just a young, developing, excellent player. She’s very hard to defend. If you take our best 6-foot-4 player out of the game for the last three minutes, it changes the game enormously. And they took advantage, and Griner scored right away.” The Blue Devils started the game on a cold streak, missing 10 jumpers and three layups early. A Jasmine Thomas free throw was Duke’s only score for the first six minutes. Thomas and her teammates were hesitant on offense, trying to compensate for Griner’s size. “If she’s standing in the middle of the paint, you don’t want to take it right at her,” Thomas said. “We are trying to draw her out, trying to pick and choose our shots. We may have missed our first 10 shots, but a lot of them were right in the paint with her.” Duke’s troubles continued all night, shooting only 23 percent for the game. The Blue Devils particularly struggled in the paint, as Griner dominated defensively. Of Duke’s seven second-half field goals, only two came inside. When asked about what made Baylor’s defense so difficult to beat, Cheek answered, “Griner. When you have somebody in the paint with shot-blocking ability like that, it can make it difficult for you to take the shots you want to take.” The freshman power forward was in for almost the entire game, sitting out less than a minute. Other than Griner, however, Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey wanted to put quicker, smaller players on the court to add offensive firepower. “We needed offense, and I didn’t think we were getting offense,” Mulkey said. “I went with some fast and quick athletes because they have been pressing all year. If they were going to keep pressing, let’s attack the press and get some transition buckets to cut the lead. I realized we were going to give up some offensive boards, but
we were giving up those offensive boards with the five that had been playing the most minutes all year.” Monday’s game was McCallie’s second NCAA Tournament matchup with Mulkey, the first coming when McCallie coached at Michigan State and faced the Lady Bears in the championship game in 2005. McCallie came away from the last contest with an 84-62 loss. This time the margin was much smaller, but the result stayed the same. McCallie’s team saw its season end. An ending no Blue Devil could have hoped for.
Analysis from page 9 have taken it in to the basket.” Griner finished the game one block shy of a triple-double, and her intimidating presence in the paint had a noticable effect on Duke. While Baylor showed poise in making shots during its comeback, the Blue Devils rushed theirs, firing up ill-advised attempts. “[Our struggles making shots] had a little to do with patience and taking the right shots,” said senior Joy Cheek,
who missed both opportunities for a 3-pointer to tie the game in the last 17 seconds. “At the beginning of the game, we moved a lot and kept them on their toes. We attacked more and got to the line. When you have somebody in the paint with shot-blocking ability like [Griner does], it can make it difficult for you to take the shots you want to take.” And in the end, it was those difficult shots that could have made all the difference in another thwarted attempt by Duke to make the Final Four.
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Due in part to a swarming Baylor defense, junior guard Jasmine Thomas shot poorly in Duke’s loss, finishing 4-for-18 from the field for 16 points.
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Reade Seligmann, now with Brown, faces his former team Tuesday as Duke takes on the Bears at Koskinen.
Fresh off a 15-10 road win over No. 13 Georgetown Saturday, No. 7 Duke (6-3) will face off against No. 16 Brown (3-2) at Koskinen Stadium Tuesday at 3 p.m. The Blue Devils look to continue their recent No. 16 momentum, as they Brown are putting a fourvs. game winning streak on the line. No. 7 After a fairly slow Duke start, Duke’s offense TUESDAY, 3 p.m. has come alive as Koskinen Stadium of late, dismantling their opponents by an average margin of almost nine goals per game in their last three contests. As usual, attackmen Zach Howell and Max Quinzani have been leading the way, piling up 23 goals between
the two over the stretch against the Hoyas, Dartmouth and Penn State. The Bears, on the other hand, limp into Tuesday’s contest coming off a tough 1110 loss to fierce rival Massachusetts. Brown particularly struggled on faceoffs, losing two-thirds of them to the Minutemen. This could be good news for the Blue Devils, whose performance in that area has been the lone tarnish on an otherwise flawless run as of late. This matchup also features the return of former Blue Devil Reade Seligmann. The senior midfielder has scored six goals and chipped in eight assists for Brown. After two years at Duke, Seligmann transferred in the aftermath of the scandal surrounding the lacrosse team during the 2006 season. Following his enrollment at Brown, he won the Bears’ most improved player award in 2009 with a 12 goal and 21 assist campaign.
COHEN from page 9 Indoor Stadium accompanied by a headline that most Duke observers still remember: “Can Anyone Stop Duke?” The question seemed apt for that year. Duke had the most talent in the country, as it often did, and as a senior, Redick appeared poised to cap his career with the only laurel he was missing. They weren’t the Beatles, as the Blue Devils were in the early 1990s, but the 2006 Blue Devils embodied the Duke team we all know and most everyone despises. It was the last year that Duke was Duke. Since then, Duke Basketball has been pronounced dead by its detractors. Because the program was bounced in the first round of the Tournament in 2007, the second round in 2008 and throttled in the Sweet 16 in 2009, it was no longer elite, and Krzyzewski was over the hill. There was no reason to hate Duke, because the Blue Devils didn’t win enough to deserve the attention. And at the start of this season—alarmingly unathletic, anyone?—this Duke team didn’t appear to be the one to snap the skid. It didn’t help when the Blue Devils laid eggs at Georgetown and N.C. State, of course. This was the team that would make the Final Four? It had no flash, no stud, no John Wall dance. What it does have, though, is a swarming defense and an ultra-efficient offense, ranked first in the country by Ken Pomeroy. (Duke’s points per possession on Sunday was the highest Baylor allowed all season, and its Friday performance was the secondbest against Purdue.) It wins ugly. It wins with juniors and seniors, a core group of experienced veterans that endured talk, for almost four years, about Duke’s fade into obscurity. It wins when Jon Scheyer cans threes, Nolan Smith sinks mid-range jumpers and Kyle Singler exploits mismatches. It wins when Lance Thomas pounds the offensive glass and Brian Zoubek protects the defensive boards. It wins, quietly, against onslaughts of vitriol directed at Duke teams of the past. It won two games against North Carolina, an ACC championship and an ACC Tournament title, almost as if no one noticed. All year long, I’ve struggled to define this team, mostly because I tried to equate this year’s Blue Devils with their predecessors. They’re not. This team wins because it has lost. “I never had a group exactly like this one,” Krzyzewski said after Sunday’s win. “Again, we’re not a great team, but we are a really good team, but we have great character.” For almost six years, and with more urgency recently, we’ve waited for a return to the last weekend of college basketball. I’ve never been on campus for a Final Four, and neither has any other undergraduate. This is President Richard Brodhead’s first Final Four in the Allen Building, and Director of Athletics Kevin White’s first Final Four, period. This type of thinking—Final Four or bust—was exactly what Krzyzewski assailed almost as soon as he returned to Durham from Beijing in August of 2008. “Sometimes being here at Duke, because we’ve been very, very successful and won a lot... [people] expect you to be perfect,” Krzyzewski said. “It’s like, ‘What, we haven’t gone to the Final Four? What, we haven’t won a national championship?’ It’s very spoiled and it ruins it a little bit—really, a lot.
“I never had a group exactly like this one. Again, we’re not a great team, but we are a really good team, but we have good character.” — Mike Krzyzewski “For the rest of my career, I’m not going to do that relief thing. I’m going to go after it, I’m going to do it. And if somebody doesn’t go to the Final Four during their four years at Duke, then that’s just too damn bad.” It’s something we won’t have to worry about for another four years. And because of that, the jeers and howls and envy will return, in all their glory, this weekend and next year and for the foreseeable future. They will be aimed at a new kind of Duke team, one that is decidedly different from the ones that booked Final Four tickets in October. It’s been a while, relatively speaking, but this Duke team is something else entirely. It’s one we can call our own.
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Next year’s Duke Student Govern- he brought ZipCars to campus. This ment president is in for a tough job. past year he helped reject Duke Dining Services’ plan for He must provide strong direction for “directed choice” and editorial instead negotiated for the Senate, exhibit sophisticated institutional knowledge a wiser increase to the dining fee. and work toward a clear vision—all Lefevre’s relationships with adthe while adapting to unforeseen ministrators, his desire to make a challenges. Above all else, he must difference, his technical skills and stand strong in his beliefs and stand his keen grasp of student needs up for students as the University con- make him most qualified to lead tinues to weather the fallout of its DSG and fight cuts mandated by the Allen Building. budget crisis. Although he must make a conWith some reservations, we think that junior Mike Lefevre is best po- certed effort to include cultural, acasitioned to fulfill this difficult and demic and student affairs issues more multifaceted role. prominently in his agenda, Lefevre is By no means is Lefevre the per- prepared to effectively tackle whatfect candidate. But over the past ever challenges come his way. The Chronicle’s independent year as DSG chief of staff, however, Lefevre has exhibited personal and Editorial Board formally endorses professional growth, and his track Mike Lefevre for DSG president. record speaks to his passion for results. Two years ago as vice president Chelsea Goldstein and Michelle Sohn for athletics and campus services, recused themselves from this editorial.
The office of EVP—unlike the Although he is the most expeDSG president or other vice pres- rienced candidate, Schork has not idents—is internally rested on his laurels. focused. But by runHe has adopted a comeditorial ning efficient Senate prehensive platform meetings, assisting senators in draft- with concrete plans to fully address ing legislation and skillfully manag- the responsibilities of the EVP and ing the legislative process, the EVP the shortcomings of the Senate. can play a crucial role in pushing As EVP, Schork would reinstate the Senate toward productivity and policy statements to keep track of furthering DSG’s external advocacy. each senator’s progress and monitor Pete Schork has the experience representatives who are slacking in and the ideas to make this happen. their duties. Additionally, Schork’s A sophomore and the current idea for an Executive Council comvice president for athletics and cam- posed of student leaders could fill pus services, Schork has spent the an important advisory role for the past year managing and mentoring a Senate. committee of senators and interactThe EVP must actively take ing with administrators during nego- charge, innovate and lead with vitiations over Duke Dining’s deficit. sion. Schork is most qualified and This first-hand knowledge gives most prepared for the job. him a leg up on the other candiThe Chronicle’s independent dates, and it uniquely positions him Editorial Board formally endorses to hit the ground running as soon as Pete Schork for DSG executive vice he assumes office. president.
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Why you should stop working on your thesis
pril at Duke: you’re coughing, your eyes are ing alumni reunions sophomore year? Do you rewatering, the tissue you are using is satu- member Alhambra beer and patatas bravas every rated with mucus and your skin is blotchy Monday at Cabañon in Madrid junior year? Do and red. you remember when we beat UNC “Are you crying?” a friend asks twice and went to the FINAL FOUR you. IN INDIANAPOLIS senior year? You get on the defensive. “No, Then come the deep, reflective no,” you say. You mutter something conversations. Have you become about allergies, stutter something the person you wanted to be? How about pollen and a cure involving have you changed? Where will local honey. you be in 10 years? Will we still be “No. You’re definitely crying.” friends? Hugging may then ensue. jordan rice You’re caught. You definitely You are stuck in a mire of sap. real talk are crying, and now that someone The constant torrent of emotion has called you out, you’re now borpouring out of your soul disgusts derline weeping. You try to hold it in. You try to you. You so wish you could go to your class on stand up straight, smooth out the wrinkles in your East Campus without the ghosts of freshman year clothes and compose yourself. memories haunting you for an hour and 15 minBut then the montage that has been playing utes. You so wish your conversations were less like non-stop in your mind commences anew: the final goodbyes at your deathbed. But your wishes Plaza, Cameron, the gardens, that beautiful area cannot come true. between the Chapel and the Divinity School. Even Graduation looms large with its crushing fithe C-1 and the Bryan Center make it into the nality, and seniors are in the final death throes reel, flashing before your eyes. Then comes your of college. You may try and console yourself with freshman year dorm. thoughts of reunions. Maybe you’ll go to a Duke “I have to go,” you say as you take off with the bits game at Madison Square Garden. Maybe you’ll and pieces of your remaining dignity. But just as you come back for homecoming. Those will all be take the first steps you realize the double meaning lovely. But the terrifying truth is that May 16 you of your words. You. Have. To. Go. You have to leave will sit with the people who have been everything Duke, leave college, leave your friends and leave a to you over the past four years on the campus you life relatively lacking in consequences. You have to have called home. On May 17, you and your comenter the so-called “real world.” Strange city, work, munity will pack up and drive Somewhere Else. taxes, 401(k) plans and Craigslist roommates who There will be new communities you will join, can only be one of two things: murderers or mur- new friends, new colleagues, new places to frederous sexual deviants. The tears flow faster. quent. But those that you had here—your frat, For the members of the class of 2010, the turn your sorority, your freshman year hall, your study of spring coincides with the autumn of their Duke abroad group, your intramural team, your favorcareer. Consequently, they are stuffed to the sinus ite classmates from seminar, a bench by your old with nostalgia and their breathing is constricted dorm, the staircase leading up to Cosmic, Shootwith emotion. Other symptoms include: eyes glaz- ers, your favorite treadmill in Wilson, your table in ing over in reflection, declarations of love to se- Perkins—those have mere weeks left. cret four-year crushes and contemplative solitary There is no turning your back on the reality strolls around campus. that an entire chapter of your life will soon come Very soon, these symptoms will manifest them- to an end all at once. Now is the time to mourn selves on these editorial pages as Chronicle staff and celebrate it properly, to give it a proper sendmembers pour their hearts into senior columns. off. So, exit out of Word, cancel your meeting You may begin to find your friends appreciating with your advisor and stop working on your thesis, their time with you more. problem set or paper. Get your closure before the You will reminisce. Do you remember countless curtain closes on your time as a Duke student. hours talking about nothing in the Bell Tower study room freshman year? Do you remember when we Jordan Rice is a Trinity senior. His column runs evplayed laser tag in the Sanford building after crash- ery other Tuesday.
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all too human
dukechronicle.com DSG Endorsements Environmental Alliance endorses Passo and Schork During the past few years, sustainability has become increasingly institutionalized at Duke. We are glad to see that the presidential campaigns of Will Passo and Mike Lefevre both can capitalize on this momentum and lead Duke to a more sustainable future. Both understand the importance of Duke’s sustainability efforts and both have shown the will and ability to make progress. However, in the upcoming election, we support Passo. Despite Lefevre’s commendable environmental accomplishments, we believe that Passo has demonstrated an unmatched passion as an advocate for student interests. This is the intended role of the DSG president—to represent the student body and lobby on its behalf. It is the vice presidents who are directly involved in pursuing specific projects to completion. Although Lefevre has demonstrated his capacity in a vice presidential role, we strongly believe that Passo is better suited for the DSG presidency. In addition to having the necessary experience for the job, Passo also takes a more holistic view of the needs of the student body, and this makes Passo our candidate of choice, although we do recommend marking Lefevre as a second choice. In the race for executive vice president, we are impressed with all three candidates’ enthusiasm for environmental initiatives, yet the clear choice in this contest is Pete Schork. His efforts as vice president for athletics and campus services have given him a comprehensive understanding of Duke’s sustainability projects, and he has presented a clear plan for how those projects can move forward in the coming year. Not only is Schork the most experienced of the three candidates, but he has also taken initiative on several occasions through his work with the Student Environmental Sustainability Committee in support of improving sustainability at Duke. Environmental Alliance strongly endorses Will Passo for president and Pete Schork for EVP. Ben Soltoff Co-president, Duke Environmental Alliance Trinity ’12 Mikael Owunna Co-president, Duke Environmental Alliance Pratt ’12 College Republicans endorses Lefevre In an extremely tight vote, Duke College Republicans voted to endorse Mike Lefevre for DSG president. We endorse Lefevre with Will Passo as second preference in the instant runoff. We felt that Lefevre has a track record for tangible positive change on campus. During the past three years he has represented the student body in DSG with passion and integrity, often serving to bridge the gap between faculty and students. Among his many accomplishments, Lefevre brought Zip Cars to the University and worked to close a $2.2 million budget gap in Duke Dining. We believe his thorough understanding of Duke’s institutions will help further empower the student body and advance the well being of
the student body. We were also highly impressed with DSG presidential candidate Will Passo. Passo’s ability to articulate his ideas for the future of DSG speaks highly of his ability to potentially lead the student government. Duke Democrats would no doubt favor Passo for president because he has served as a Duke Democrat executive. Yet the Republicans were still extremely impressed by his former DSG service and his platform for DSG president. Of the three candidates, Will Passo seems to be the biggest advocate for us—something we need from a DSG president—and personally and professionally would find him to be an asset as our DSG president. Justin Robinette Chair, Duke College Republicans Trinity ’11 Duke Democrats endorses Schork Duke Democrats officially endorses Pete Schork for DSG executive vice president. Schork demonstrated the greatest grasp of the issues facing Duke and seemed most prepared to actually implement concrete solutions to systemic problems plaguing DSG. We were also impressed with Schork’s record this past year, particularly his work helping to pass sweeping reform of the Young Trustee process. The new bylaw, that Pete tirelessly helped push through the Senate, guaranteed all students a right to participate for the first time in the selection of their Young Trustee—easily the greatest step DSG has taken in our time at Duke in making DSG a government of, for and by Duke Students. We were also impressed with Jane Moore. We enjoyed her passion for making DSG a more transparent and effective body and found her to be quite insightful about some of the systemic problems facing DSG. However, her answers lacked Schork’s specificity and contained few concrete solutions. We were disappointed with Price Davidson and feel that he is unprepared to be EVP, despite being the incumbent EVP’s deputy. His answers were often superficial and convoluted. We were particularly troubled by Price’s suggestion that the YT election should be overturned in favor of the previous insider process, reducing the number of students participating in the selection of the Young Trustee from over 2,000 to less than a hundred students. As a student organization committed to transparent and effective government, we proudly endorse Pete Schork for DSG executive vice president. Ben Bergmann President, Duke Democrats Trinity ’11 Duke Partnership for Service endorses Lefevre The Duke Partnership for Service was impressed by all three of the presidential candidates, and believes that each would promote opportunities for increased collaboration between DSG and dPS. Mike Lefevre has an innovative spirit and eagerness to represent the student perspective. He also has an extensive vision for taking the service culture at
Duke to the next level, and we appreciate his emphasis on cooperation among various student organizations to achieve that vision. Will Passo has a unique perspective on community engagement at Duke, and as the current DSG vice president for Durham and regional affairs, he also has the experience working with these issues. His engaging personality and experience working on service-related projects makes him a promising advocate for dPS in student government. Gregory Morrison’s focus on strategic planning aligns closely with our organization’s aims of creating lasting change in social action at the University. Despite the strengths of all three candidates, dPS has chosen to endorse Lefevre for president. Lefevre has great respect for the student perspective and has made clear his priority to work with existing organizations to improve the student experience. His tangible ideas are creative, realistic and closely aligned with our values of community, engagement and innovation. dPS also interviewed the candidates for the executive vice president, but decided not to make an official endorsement for the position. dPS has as its mission to promote a culture of community engagement on campus. The executive vice president’s role is primarily managerial and not fundamentally involved in maintaining such culture on campus. We therefore feel that it would be inappropriate for dPS to make an official endorsement for this position. Becky Agostino President, Duke Partnership for Service Trinity ’11 Blue Devils United endorses Passo and Schork Blue Devils United is proud to endorse Will Passo for DSG president and Pete Shork for executive vice president. DSG president is first and foremost an advocate for all students. We feel that over the past three years, Passo has gone out of his way to connect with a diverse group of students on campus and has developed a thorough understanding of their issues. His position on gender-neutral housing and women’s safety is particularly compelling. As the undergraduate LGBT organization at Duke, we are confident that he will serve as a strong ally to our students. We are concerned by Mike Lefevre’s administration-based approach toward the position. In speaking to our group, Lefevre said that he has little connection to student groups outside of DSG. We are afraid that he has not dedicated enough time to understanding the specific concerns of diverse students. We believe that the DSG president must not only be a partner with the administration, but also an empathic advocate for the students she or he represents. Lefevre may be a good bureaucrat, but we need much more than that from our DSG president. We confidently stand behind Passo and Shork for president and EVP, respectively. Viviana Santiago President, Blue Devils United Trinity ’10
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March 31 - April 6
All events are free and open to the general public. Unless otherwise noted, screenings are at 7pm in the Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center. (“White” = Richard White Auditorium.)
3/31 40 Square Meters of Germany (40 Quadratmeter Deutschland) Accented Cinemas of the Middle East. A young Turkish bride’s hopes for a better life in Germany are stifled when her husband locks her in their apartment while he is away at work. Winner for Best Debut Film at the 1987 Rotterdam International Film Festival!
Cameron Rocks! N.E.R.D. w/ support by Kid Cudi DUU Major Attractions Committee is pleased to have N*E*R*D and Kid Cudi headlining the legendary Cameron Rocks! show this year. N*E*R*D, a funk/rock/hip hop collaboration formed by Grammywinning producer Pharrel Williams, has toured with Kanye West, opened for Jay-Z, and collaborated with artists such as Santogold among others. Supporting N*E*R*D will be Grammy-nominated hip hop artist Kid Cudi. In 2009, his single “Day ‘n Nite” reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B/Hip-Hop charts.
Events Wednesday, March 31 MUSIC. Jazz @ the Mary Lou. With Professor John Brown and his house band. 9:30pm. Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture. Free. Friday, April 2 ART. Me Too Campaign Exhibit. Sponsored by Duke University Union. April 2-8th. BC Plaza. Free. MUSIC. Jason Adamo. 5:30pm. Armadillo Grill. Free.
MUSIC. Duke New Music Ensemble [dnme]. Dan Ruccia, director. Remixology: Duke graduate and undergraduate composition students present acoustic, electroacoustic, and electronic remixes of Stephen Jaffe’s Cut-time Shout, as well as new works. 8pm. Bone Hall, Biddle Music Building. Free.
Tuesday, April 6 FILM. The Art of Knowing. Distinguished Visiting Filmmaker David Gatten will present his 2004 film about the library of 18th-century Virginia landowner and author William Byrd II. 12:30pm. Perkins Library Rare Book Room. Free.
Monday, April 5 MUSIC. Graduate Composers Concert. New works by graduate student composers Youngmi Cho, David Kirkland Garner, Jamie Keesecker, Alex Kotch and Dan Ruccia. 8pm. Nelson Music Room. Free.
MUSIC. Duke Jazz Combos. 8pm. Nelson Music Room. Free.
Duke Performances in durham, at duke, the modern comes home.
kronos quartet featuring
the world premiere of a new quartet by maria schneider saturday, april 10 · 8 pm page auditorium
student $5 duke tickets
In ResIdence apRIl 8-10 For Full residency schedule visit dukeperFormances.org
Thursday, April 1 8:00 pm Cameron Indoor Stadium $25 Duke Students $30 Non-Duke Students $35 General Public
4/ 5 Bab’Aziz - The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul AMES Presents: Nacer Khemir Retrospective Winner of the Golden Dagger for Best Picture at the 2006 Muscat Film Festival!
for tickets & info
March 30th, 2010 issue of Duke Chronicle