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desks—and increasing revenue by selling advertising space on campus. In just the last 36 hours, more than eight large billboards have sprouted on West Campus, providing the University with an estimated $50 million in increased funding. “The corporate sponsorship is necessary to maintaining our academic integrity,” Wideskull remarked. “Otherwise, we’d be resorting to faculty bake[d] sales.”

Students voted to go green Wednesday in an unusual way. In a landslide instant runoff vote, Duke Student Growers approved a $40,200 fund to subsidize the purchase of marijuana for ‘broing out.’ The ganja green fund will also pay for small bongs and pipes for student organizations. Students will not be permitted to use DSG funds for vaporizers or gravity bongs. “Dude, this funds is gonna like, bring people together, man,” said DSG Funding Pre$ident Dave Whaaa, a senior. “This is the most efficient use of student dollars to bring the most enjoyment.” DSG Senior President WaWa Noir did not support the resolution. “No way in hell,” she said. “I’ll take a cold 40 over a dank dub any day.” Noir proceeded to shotgun a Busch Light and kick a hole in the wall. DSG President-elect Lite Myfire said the fund will enable students from all socioeconomic groups to enjoy a universal pastime. “I’m down for some Olympic bro-ing out,” senior Vinnie Vines said in his smokefilled dorm room. “Want a hit?” The Circle Cafe will offer special brownies on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and

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Starving for cash, Duke sells out

Basic math error leads officials to overlook $900 million deficit by #Eazy Eight

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The recession has left its mark on Duke. What administrators revealed in February to be a $100 million budget deficit is actually a $1.00 billion shortfall, Executive Vice President Shortdude Asks confirmed. The figure discrepancy is the result of slight rounding errors in estimated endowment losses. The Gothic in Wonderland-themed Financial Report caused calculation difficulties because the psychedelic color coding

and number-matching was hard to read, especially in 3-D, officials said. “NBD, just dropped a zero or two, it’ll work out,” Asks said. “You’d be surprised how hard it is to do math when you’re wearing these special glasses and lots of colored dollar signs keep growing bigger and bigger.” President Rick Wideskull announced Wednesday a 100-year plan to gradually reduce the new deficit. Portions of the plan call for physically reducing the number of seats available in classrooms—leaving just

Mixup gives NERDs revenge

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Admissions cuts recruit, blames March Madness

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The future of the Duke Basketball program took a significant hit yesterday when the Office of Admissions dropped the ball. Ayrie Kirving, the No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2010, received word that a mixup in the application process resulted in his rejection. “I was just watching March Madness on my laptop during the admissions meeting and I was completely zoned out,” said Cristóbal Buenosdías, dean of undergraduate admissions. “Whatevs [sic], one Final Four every six years is good enough for me.”

Students and concert go-ers looking forward to a night of arena-style hip hop will be sorely disappointed tonight. A terrible typo has led the Duke United Undergraduates to book NERDs—a traveling group of Carolina Institute of Technology professors and students—instead of N.E.R.D. rappers Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo. “Who knew punctuation was so important?” said DUU Central Committee Chair Chair Max Beret. “They sounded pretty legit on the phone.” The CarTech group will be rapping about the agricultural history of North Carolina and enlightening the crowd on a different kind of Bedrock. Their hits include “Plow Dat” and “You’s a Ho-Down.” CarTech front man Jimbo Digger said the group was pleased to finally headline before an audience in which livestock will constitute a negligible portion of the crowd. “We’s reel excitahed to play for the kids,” Digger wrote in a statement. “This mightcould be the bass day in our whole lahfs.” Kid Cudi said he would not withdraw from the event, although he did request that 16 additional bottles of moon-

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The University has settled with former men’s lacrosse coach Mike Pressler over the coach’s claim that a Duke official slandered him. Individuals on both sides of the settlement declined to comment on its terms Wednesday evening. “Coach Michael Pressler is an excellent coach. He did a great job building the Duke men’s lacrosse program, while maintaining a 100 percent graduation rate in his 16 years,” Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations wrote in a statement. “Duke Michael Pressler wishes nothing but the best for Coach Pressler in his future endeavors, especially at Bryant University and as he leads Team USA in the world lacrosse championships. The University will have no additional comment on this matter.” John Burness, who was then Duke’s senior vice president of public affairs and government relations and is the University official named in the suit, said he is glad the case has been resolved. “I’m pleased with it. I was a party to the signing off on that statement, I’m perfectly comfortable with it and I’m glad the decision is behind us,” Burness said. Pressler, who led Duke’s team to three ACC Championships and two NCAA Final Fours, was asked to resign from the University in early April 2006 when his team’s season was canceled at the height of the lacrosse case. The University initially reached a financial settlement with Pressler in March 2007. That settlement included a payment of an undisclosed amount to Pressler and specified how both sides should comment on the agreement. “Duke and Pressler agree that neither they nor their agents, principals or representatives will make disparaging or defamatory comments regarding the other party...,” the settlement read, according to a copy included in Pressler’s suit. Following the settlement, Burness made comments about Pressler in the media that the coach said were defamatory. In today’s statement, the University appeared to apologize for Burness’s remarks, which were made to Newsday and the Associated Press. “Duke University regrets any adverse See pressler on page 6

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Julia Gaffield, a graduate student in history, discovered one of the original copies of Haitian Declaration of Independence in London’s British Archives February 2.

Duke graduate student Julia Gaffield made history when she uncovered the only known printed copy of Haiti’s Declaration of Independence. Gaffield, who is studying 19th century Haiti for her doctoral dissertation, found the previously lost document Feb. 2 in the British National Archives in London. The document can be traced back to Jan. 20, 1804, when it was attached to a letter sent by Jean-Jacques Dessalines, first ruler and and governor-general of the Republic of Haiti, to Sir George Nuget, lieutenantgovernor of Jamaica, according to the National Archives Web site. The document was signed during the Haitian Revolution, which lasted from 1791 to 1804. “I wasn’t expecting to find it, but I guess I was hoping,” Gaffield said. “I saw the cover letter saying that enclosed is this printed document, and I was reading it thinking ‘maybe this is going to be here, maybe this is going to be here.’ I came across it and I instantly knew what it was.” Researchers have spent decades trying to locate the document, but many determined it a lost cause after it was not discovered in time for Haiti’s 150th anniversary in 1954, said Deborah Jenson, a French studies professor on Gaffield’s dissertation committee. Laurent Dubois, professor of French studies and history and one of Gaffield’s dissertation advisers, said the document marks a valuable addition to the sparse collection of items from that time period. “The early history of Haiti, especially the period that Julia’s working on, is a particularly challenging moment to get a handle See gaffield on page 6

Threat of swine flu abates on campus

Admins remain cautious after Duke reported 14 new cases last week by Tullia Rushton THE CHRONICLE

Just as Duke students are looking forward to finishing up the academic year, swine flu may be on its way out. Recently, Student Health has only recorded a small number of H1N1 cases, which mirrors the national trend, said Dr. Bill Purdy, executive director of Student Health. Dean of Students Sue Wasiolek said that despite the lack of swine flu cases on campus, Student Affairs is keeping a close watch on the illness. “We are following the lead that the infectious disease specialists are providing to us and keeping a close watch locally, regionally and nationally,” she said. Although there are few swine flu cases on Duke’s campus, North Carolina colleges have seen a relatively high number of cases during the past month relative to other colleges in different states, according to the American College Health Association’s Pandemic Influenza Surveillance data. For the week of March 20-26, North Carolinian colleges reported 47 new H1N1 cases—the most in the nation. Of those 47 cases, 14 were reported on Duke’s campus, Flu Coordinator

Christine Mulcahy said. Colleges in North Carolina have also seen one of the highest cumulative swine flu infection rates in the nation with 6,556 cases since August. North Carolina also has the third highest flu count, trailing Pennsylvania and New York. Cumulatively, Student Health treated 1,504 cases of H1N1 during the academic year, Mulcahy said. Purdy said there have been no reported cases of the seasonal flu on campus this year and only a few cases reported throughout the state. Currently, due to the unpredictable nature of the swine flu, administrators are not planning to make any significant changes to University policy regarding the disease unless they are advised to do so by Duke’s infectious disease specialists, Wasiolek said. “For summer camps, we recommend to get the swine flu vaccine,” Purdy said. “It’s less likely there’s going to be a second wave of the active flu, but one can never say for sure.” Last summer, there were several outbreaks of swine flu at the University, which affected the football team and led to the cancelation of the second session of the Talent Identification Program summer camp.


“SOFC cannot legislate.” ­—DSG Executive Vice President Gregory Morrison. See story page 5

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Afghan parliament rejects Karzai’s election proposals

Obama admin approves Deadline passes for claims coastal oil and gas drilling WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal government promised last month to pay more than $1 billion by the end of March to tens of thousands of black farmers who had filed decades-old discrimination complaints against the Department of Agriculture. But Congress headed home for a twoweek recess without appropriating the money, and the farmers are frustrated that the agreement’s March 31 deadline was not met. The White House and congressional leaders say they want to pay the restitution, but farmers in the case say the government has been slow to deliver. “The administration announced this settlement like this was all over, but we haven’t gotten a dime,” said John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers Association. “Right now, it’s planting time, and we thought we would have the funds in time for this season.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that his administration will approve significant oil and gas exploration off America’s coasts. The move, which includes a possible sale two years from now of leases off the Virginia shore, ends a long-standing moratorium on oil and gas drilling along much of the East Coast, from Delaware to central Florida. In a speech on energy security, Obama said he was steering a course between staunch opposition to any new offshore drilling and advocacy of opening all U.S. waters to energy exploration without restriction. The compromise, which Obama said has been under consideration for more than a year, split environmentalists, with some applauding the administration’s moderation and others questioning its precedent-setting decision.

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KABUL, Afghanistan — The lower house of the Afghan parliament on Wednesday resoundingly rejected President Hamid Karzai’s bid to change the nation’s elections law and to exert more control over the commission that investigates voting fraud. The vote represented a sharp rebuke of Karzai’s effort this year to change the law by presidential decree while parliament was on recess and a show of force by a legislature that has become increasingly willing to resist rubber-stamping presidential proposals. The decision comes after the parliament rejected many of Karzai’s proposed cabinet nominees, creating an ongoing state of political limbo, and amid pressure on him by the United States to do more to fight pervasive corruption. “This is a very important day for Afghanistan’s democratic institutions,” said

Peter Lepsch, a senior legal adviser for Democracy International in Kabul. “The legislative branch has used its constitutional authority to stem presidential power. That’s a big deal.” The vote by the lower house, known as the Wolesi Jirga, does not appear to mean the end of Karzai’s proposal to change the elections law. Afghan and Western officials said the upper house must also vote on the decree. With parliamentary elections scheduled for September, some officials suggested that delaying long enough might allow the new law to survive. “I would consider what you have now is a half rejection,” one Western official in Kabul said on the condition of anonymity because the official is not authorized to speak publicly. “It is a significant move that the Wolesi Jirga overwhelmingly rejected the decree, but it doesn’t give any finality.”

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Arthur Fry, inventor of the Post-it note, demonstrates the adhesive quality of his creation at the National Inventors Hall of Fame induction ceremony held at the National Press Building in Washington, D.C. Wednesday. Fry is one of this year’s 16 inductees, which also include the inventors of Corning Ware, the electrothermal hydrazine rocket thruster and the video game console Magnovox Odyssey.

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Questions arose regarding Duke Student Government’s interaction with the Student Organization Finance Committee at the DSG meeting Wednesday night. Senators learned that SOFC had given Duke Partnership for Service, an organization that connects student groups devoted to service, the power to allocate programming funds to certain student groups—a power that SOFC typically oversees alone. Both SOFC and DSG will review the funding allocations after dPS does, but DSG members said they did not know about this new procedure. DSG President Awa Nur, a senior, voiced her frustration that SOFC had delegated the power to allocate funds to dPS without DSG’s knowledge. “You are going to have your own goals. And if an organization comes to you and you don’t like their goals, I am worried about what comes from that,” Nur said, addressing the dPS members present. She added that SOFC is supposed to be an unbiased committee. Members of dPS said the organization can provide a broader scope with regards to the funding needs of organizations related to service work, noting that the organization has met every group’s funding priorities so far. Many DSG members agreed that dPS’s goals­—which include creating a service community at Duke, helping groups operate effectively and increasing groups’ capacities for change—are sound, but that SOFC should not have administered this

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At DSG’s meeting Wednesday night, dPS President Adam Nathan defended the group’s power to distribute funding, noting that dPS is more familiar with the specific organizations and funding issues. power without DSG’s knowledge. “SOFC cannot legislate,” said Executive Vice President Gregory Morrison, a junior. “It’s a little bit interesting how we have an entire new constitutional change that has been birthed by a subcommittee.” SOFC Chair David Hu, a junior, was not present and did not respond to an interview request by phone following the meeting. dPS President Adam Nathan, a senior, said SOFC gave dPS the power to distribute funding to the groups because dPS is more familiar with those organizations and issues.

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“Because we have a fiduciary responsibility over our organizations, it makes sense that we would be the first responder for people who want to start a group,” Nathan said. “The last thing that I would have wanted to do is impose something on the student government.” In other business: The Senate passed a resolution endorsing the creation of a creative writing See dsg on page 6

A Durham police officer who was put on administrative leave for selling counterfeit items is back on duty. George McClain, a patrol lieutenant and shift supervisor for the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, was put on paid leave March 8 after an undercover officer purchased a fraudulent handbag from McClain’s La Fondita restaurant, located on Avondale Drive in Durham. McClain returned to duty March 15, said Richard Buchanan, major of operations for the Sheriff’s Office. Special Agent Daran Dodd with the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State, filed the warrant March 8 to search the business after an undercover investigator acted on a complaint regarding the sale of “counterfeit trademarked items including handbags and cologne.” See mcclain on page 6

CORRECTION A March 30 article “Duke invites 3,372 to join the Class of 2014” incorrectly listed the name of the scholarship for which Marcayla Hester is a finalist. Hester is a finalist for the Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholarship. The Chronicle regrets the error.


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gaffield from page 3 on because archives don’t really exist for this period as they do for others,” he said. “This has given us the chance to create an archive of all of the materials that are scattered all over the [world].” Jenson and Gaffield have done extensive research on Haiti’s Declaration of Independence and other early Haitian documents. She added that this period in Haiti’s history is especially difficult to research because Jean-Jacques Dessalines was illiterate and dictated his documents to secretaries. “The document is so remarkable because it... is the first document that we can trace directly to the Haitian government,” Jenson

dsg from page 5 minor, to be run by the English department. English professor Deborah Pope requested a creative writing minor be created last year, but the English department’s advisory committee dismissed the idea without providing Pope with a reason, said Vice President of Academic Affairs Cynthia Chen, a senior. “The creation of a creative writing minor at Duke would allow those students outside the major interested solely in creative writing to pursue a concentration more tailored to their interests,” the resolution states. “[It] would also

said. “As a result, we have much more information about the document than has ever been confirmed before, and it gives us the real, original, magical representation of the independence of the first black republic.” Jenson said Duke plans to open a “Haiti lab” at the Franklin Humanities Institute to examine the Haitian Declaration and other primary sources from Haiti’s past. The lab will also host research on Caribbean studies, Creole studies, global health, law and virtual informatics. “The search for more ‘discoveries’ like Julia’s will be part of the research and education engagements of the lab,” Jenson wrote in an e-mail. “[It] will help produce books, articles, web resources and pedagogical materials that help expand Haitian

provide a significant step in furthering the University’s arts initiative to increase the presence and impact of arts programs.” The body also approved a budgetary statute to allocate almost $310 to purchase 20 AM/ FM transmitters for use at Wilson Gym. Each TV at the gym is synchronized with a radio station that gym-goers can listen to using the transmitters. Senators also passed a resolution requiring organizations listed on the DukeGroups directory to update their contact information­, mission statement and the estimated number of members. If groups fail to comply, they will be labeled “defunct.”

mcclain from page 5 The undercover investigator, who was not named, purchased a handbag with the Coach trademark for $55. The bag was subsequently examined and determined to be a fake. “No charges have been made against him,” Buchanan said. “Based on our internal investigations and the fact that there were no charges filed, there was no reason to keep him at home.” Buchanan noted that McClain was not at the restaurant when the search occurred. “It was standard procedure, not reactionary,” Buchanan said. “Under any circumstance where there is a criminal investigation involving one of our officers we have to put them on leave until things get resolved.” This prompted Dodd to file an application for a search warrant, which

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studies in both the United States and Haiti. Graduate and undergraduate students will be able to use the lab to pursue individual and collaborative research projects and to interact with lab members and visitors.” Interest in the discovery, however, is not limited to Duke. Ted Widmer, director of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, said the Library has a strong connection to Haitian history and plans to create a virtual library of Haitian historical documents. He also plans to incorporate Haiti’s Declaration of Independence in the digitized collection. “We’re putting up the virtual library and I would love to add this to the collection we’re beginning to create,” Widmer said. “I’m hoping through the magic of the Internet to see

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was approved and led to McClain’s eventual administrative leave. Dodd said he could not comment due to nature of the ongoing investigations. Liz Proctor, public information officer for the North Carolina Secretary of State, confirmed that no charges had been filed and that the investigations were still in progress. Proctor added that an officer from the Durham County Alcoholic Beverage Control Board was also present at the search, noting that there were some “separate issues” with liquor licenses. Durham ABC officers were not available for comment after several attempts. McClain has been with the Durham County Sheriff’s office since 1995. McClain’s restaurant is still in business. An employee from the establishment declined to comment, but did say that McClain was almost never there.

it soon. We’re trying to raise awareness of Haiti’s rich history at a time when the world is focused on their poverty. By seeing how far they’ve come and how many obstacles they’ve overcome, it helps to inspire us to help them in their hour of need.” Although the discovery has been kept relatively private, Gaffield said the reactions she has received have been enthusiastic. “We haven’t talked to many people about this, but the reaction we’ve gotten has been really positive,” Gaffield said. “One of the first people that I talked to when I got back was a librarian and archivist from Haiti, and he was just overjoyed with it. He was just so excited. But it’s been mostly an internal thing. [Duke] is a very supportive place for research and a find like this.”

pressler from page 3 consequences that the Newsday or [The Associated Press] article had on Coach Pressler or his family,” the statement said. The comments led Pressler in October 2007 to claim that Duke violated the terms of his separation agreement. In January 2008, Pressler modified his claim to state that Burness’s comments were slanderous. Lawyers for Duke argued that Pressler’s dispute with the University should be subject to arbitration, not heard in court, but a Durham Superior Court judge rejected that claim. It is unclear why Pressler’s suit ended in a settlement. Jay Trehy, one of Pressler’s lawyers, declined to comment on the settlement. Pressler could not be reached for comment. In a Wednesday interview, Schoenfeld said, “the statement represents the sum total of our comment on this matter.”


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theSANDBOX. Today is April Fools’ Day. You probably figured as much by The Chomicle cover of The Chronicle. In Recess, we struggled to figure out how to acknowledge this non-holiday in our silly pages that I frequently hope no one reads. Since our pages are mostly full of content (no thanks to Kid Cudi’s refusal to give interviews—or so certain students say), we thought the cover would be a great site for some April Tomfoolery. In tossing ideas around, someone suggested Recess columnists Jack Wilkinson and Brooke Hartley should be photographed making out. It would be blown up large, lots of students could see it. Wilkinson and Hartley have never met. Nonetheless, Jack, who spends hours up here every night because he is always taking too much time writing, sent Brooke a text message. A “TXT” as the kids call it. Moments later, Brooke was on the

phone with Jack. As you probably figured out, in spite of editor Will Robinson’s approval, the cover never materialized. It stopped at the idea stage. That said, the conversation did raise an interesting issue. Other than Monday, Monday, Brooke and Jack are the only Chronicle columnists who do not have photographs running alongside their columns. You, the reader, must have no idea what they look like. I could make a go at ekphrasis, but I’m not going to. Instead, I’m going to tell you that in spite of their habitual tardiness in writing columns, they are both beautiful on the inside. There might not be a photo of either of The Chronicle’s two best columnists, but don’t let that distract you from the fact that they’re are wholly wonderful people who enrich these pathetic pages with their 600 words each week. Thanks pals. —Andrew Hibbard

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Hopefully you are all following my epic job search and its less-than-astonishing pitfalls. With no better options, I’ve now been forced to lick the long shaft of HBO. Luckily they have a new show I identify with almost as much as Real Sex. Currently, I am drawn to How to Make It In America, a show that really only shows you how not to make it in America. Featuring the best opening credits since Cable 13’s Highland Falls—shameless plug— the show is about two dudes hustling in New York, if you define hustle the way Manny Ramirez does, which is not running out pop flies. These guys spend more time in right field playing with the grass then I did in my whole Little League career. This duo should be dominating. We have Slick-Rick-Rico-Suave Cam smooth-talking everyone. And then you have Ben, a Jewish guy from New York. How does he not have any connections? He’s a Jew in Jew York! It’s not that I don’t want him to succeed, I just want him to want to succeed. They should just take the “Make” out of the title. How to Accomplish Nothing with Your Day Except Waste Time Fretting About How You’re Doing Nothing with Your Day in America. He doesn’t have an excuse like weed. Also, Ben, you’re going about your love life all wrong. You can’t stand drunkenly out in the street yelling at past lovers and then threaten their boyfriends. Believe me, I know. And you can’t take them back when they get drunk and show up at your door. Believe me, I know. And you can’t pick some random girl up at a Salvation Army, invite her to a party and bang her in the same night. Believe me, I—wait, what’s that like? Let’s talk about the other characters. Besides Kid Cudi, who seems to only be on the show to slay box and drop smooth oneliners, the best character is clearly Cam’s cousin, Rene Calderon. In his finest role since Boogie Nights, Luis Guzman shines as

the ex-con gone somewhat legitimate. The new CEO of one of the best entrepreneurial ideas ever, he invested in an energy drink called Rasta Monsta, a drink he claims is “like fruit punch, pero spicy.” Wait, that’s a terrible idea. At least Rene isn’t the only one making questionable business choices. Kappo, the Wall Street douche, decides to invest in Crispy, the clothing company started by Ben and Cam. Now I know why the banks are responsible for this recession. Also, tell me Kappo isn’t every Duke i-banker. Coked out 90 percent of the time and pathetically eager to use his money to buy coolness. And he jizzes in his pants when he can. Lastly, how the hell do these guys have so much fun? When I end up sleeping on my cousin’s futon in Brooklyn, you know what going out is going to be like for me? It’s called the bartender sneaks the line cook drinks when the dinner rush ends. These guys go out every night with hot models who actually have personalities— that’s the most far-fetched part of the show. I’ve partied with models in New York. It’s like partying with a mic stand—thin as a rail and when you talk to it, you only hear your own voice. Sounds like a certain breed on this campus—I’m looking at you, Panhel. The season finale is swiftly approaching and maybe something unpredictable will happen. At this point, I don’t expect anything to go right for them, they will never make it and I will never learn “How To.” So HBO, give me a chance or I’ll be forced to keep making spray paint stenciled T-shirts for Hit up the site, people, I need to make 100 bucks before Google AdSense sends me a check. I’m at 20 cents. Jack Wilkinson is a Trinity senior. His column runs every other Thursday.


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White Rabbits gain spot among Brooklyn elite It took White Rabbits one album—their debut Fort Nightly—to join the ranks of Brooklyn’s indie elite, and with sophomore release It’s Frightening, the band is already headlining their own tour. Kevin Lincoln spoke to guitarist Alex Even about the band’s supporting days, working with Spoon frontman Britt Daniel and developing from album to album. Fort Nightly seemed to be distinguished by how good “The Plot” was as a single, with the rest of the album orbiting around that song, whereas It’s Frightening seems much more level and coherent as an album. Was that an intentional thing or was that just how it worked out? Yeah, that was definitely intentional, a thing that we tried to do. After Fort Nightly had such a big sound, we kind of wanted to see if we could scale it back a bit. I think that sort of tempered some of the songs and kept it pretty cohesive. Did you guys reduce the different types of instruments you used on It’s Frightening from Fort Nightly? Yeah, there was a variety of instruments used on Fort Nightly, the use of horns and some other things, that didn’t really make sense for the songs on this record. Pretty much traditional rock instruments used on this record. I’ve seen a lot of people throwing around comparisons between you guys and Spoon, which was helped along by the fact that Britt Daniel produced It’s Frightening. Could you tell me a little bit about the role he played in putting together the album? I’ve also seen some misleading comments in the press suggesting that maybe he had something to do with writing the songs, which isn’t true. We wrote all the songs. But we would demo material that would end up on It’s Frightening, and we would e-mail it to him and talk about the songs and what we wanted to do with them and where they would go, and he would just offer some advice. I think it makes sense that people would hear a lot of Spoon in it, because he recorded it. He didn’t shy away from putting his own touches on things and we wanted that. We were really open to a pretty involved collaboration with somebody, and it was a blast. I definitely heard some similarities to Spoon, but I think you guys overall have

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Brooklyn’s White Rabbits are in the midst of headlining their first tour after previously playing in support of bands like Spoon and the Walkmen. The tour follows the release of sophomore album It’s Frightening. a gloomier thing going with It’s Frightening of have a Poe-ish sense about them, and than you get on a lot of the Spoon albums— I could understand that, but it definitely especially with Stephen Patterson’s vocals, wasn’t intentional. I got the American existentialism feel, which have this angst to them. Did you guys the trouble of being in American society. go for a darker sound? Well, we didn’t really go for it, it just sort You have a little bit of the National going of happened. It’s what sounded good to us on in the lyrics but not in the sound really. Oh right, yeah. We’re friends with those at the time, I suppose. It was written mostly at night—we would work at night and sleep guys. They’re great. By this point, you guys have toured with a during the day—and I think maybe the record has a reflection of the feeling of being lot of intelligent indie rock bands like yourAiley Ad2-DTH-Duke:Layout 1 3/29/10 9:57 AM selves, Page 1 and now you’re the headliners. How awake while the city around you is asleep, was it to be supporting so many great groups that sort of darkness. I get kind of a literary sense from It’s before you guys had your own tour? Especially for a young band, it’s an inFrightening. Are you guys into books? Yeah, we’re all readers. We’re probably valuable experience just because you see not the most avid, but we definitely share how these older, more mature bands operbooks with each other when we’re on the ate and the life they still bring to their muroad and when we’re at home. I can’t point sic. It’s definitely shaped our band. Are there any particular bands you’ve to any specific literary influence for this record. I’ve heard people say the lyrics kind toured with that have really influenced you?

Spoon and the Walkmen are probably the biggest two. We actually shared a practice space with the Walkmen for a while. It’s been fun on this tour because we get to bring out younger bands and do the same thing, and I’m finding I’m just as inspired by the younger bands we take out as well. We took out a band called Glass Ghost and they’re amazing. They’re from Brooklyn. They changed the way I listen to music every night that I saw them. It’s great. And we’re about to go out with this band Here We Go Magic, and they’re simply a fantastic, fantastic band, so I’m excited. I know you guys came from Columbus, Missouri and moved to Brooklyn. Do you see yourselves as a part of that Brooklyn contingent of indie rock bands, or is it more of a different feel because you have those different origins? I would say yes and no. We’re friends with a lot of the bands from Brooklyn— there are just so many bands in Brooklyn, there’s like five million of them. But yeah, we go to each other’s shows, we play shows with each other and work on each other’s projects. In that sense we’re pretty tied in, but probably with some of the more obscure bands from Brooklyn, none of the blockbusters—no MGMTs or anything. Considering you guys moved in a very distinctive direction from Fort Nightly to It’s Frightening, where are you guys going now for the next album? That’s to be determined. We’re actually working on a couple new songs for this tour. There’s a lot of ideas floating around, but it usually takes a while for us to combine some of the members’ ideas into a cohesive thing. Chances are it probably won’t sound that much like It’s Frightening. So you’re going somewhere else? Right. Well, we all sort of look at records as it’s more fun to make a record when it’s just this document of a time, of what you were interested in at the time. Some concern for continuity between records, but overall just being excited that you can shape a new sound on each record is fun. White Rabbits will play at Local 506 April 7 with Let’s Wrestle at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

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Miller assesses ‘Lay of the Land’ in NC by Andrew Hibbard THE CHRONICLE

Performer Tim Miller has built his reputation as much on the quality of his work as on the controversy surrounding it. A central figure of the culture wars, California-based Miller was one of the NEA Four, a group of artists who lost their federal funding in the 1990s for socalled obscene content. This incident, as well as his status as a gay male in America and his Australian partner’s difficulties with obtaining citizenship, continue to influence Miller’s intensely personal and political work. Next week, Miller will begin a week-long residency at the North Carolina School of the Arts and will perform Lay of the Land, his most recent work about California’s Proposition 8 and other issues, Thursday. How has Lay of the Land changed as the narrative of Prop 8 has unfolded? There are so many unfolding narratives. It’s non-stop wherever I go. This piece is so topical, and there’s so much going on. Everywhere I’ve done the piece, it’s been enmeshed in something way beyond Prop 8. The first stop on the tour was in Tallahassee, where on the same day Prop 8 passed they passed Amendment 2, which was really right out of the Third Reich. It makes it nearly impossible for gay people to sign a contract in that state—it’s right up there with the Nuremberg Laws of Nazi Germany, banning all kinds of marriages between Jews and Gentiles. Or Boston—while I was performing there, just over 50 miles away, Maine overturned their marriage equality bill. It’s just nonstop stuff cooking and happening while I’ve been doing the piece, which was made and premiered during the court case in California. And the piece is really informed by the incredible energy and power of my home state declaring marriage equality a fundamental right only to have it snatched away by 52 percent of the voters. It’s a roller-coaster ride. But it makes it incredibly interesting because it’s not the only thing I’m talking about—there’s the unfolding story of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which is literally on the front page of the newspaper practically every day, certainly the last 10 days. You have to read the newspapers before you go to the theater. Given former Senator Jesse Helms’ stance during the NEA Four controversy, what is the particular resonance of performing in North Carolina? I have a very close relationship with North Carolina. Certainly among states in the Southeast, it’s the state I work in the most. I’ve premiered shows there—it’s such an amazingly interesting and complicated state. Very contradictory political impulses. The NEA thing, which is so personally linked to my personal narrative, is one of the things Jesse Helms, as he molders in the grave, is best known for, along with racism and killing people—that happy list of things. So it’s always very charged for me. But it’s somewhere I go a lot and work with students, as

I will be at NCSA. Almost every year I go and work at Wake Forest. Part of the reason I have such a long history with North Carolina is that 20 years ago, at the time of the NEA Four stuff, I was very involved in the Southeast with this theater organization called Ultimate Roots. A lot of people in North Carolina just didn’t want their state associated with Jesse Helms, so I think a lot of people just started bringing me to show that I can come and perform there. In a lot of years, it’s the state I perform in the most, even more than California. You’ve incorporated the intersection of your different identities, especially Christian, in your writing and past performances. Do you think about the similarities between Christianity’s performative qualities and your own performance? It’s certainly something I think about. There’s obviously charged connections between solo performances and American preaching traditions—not even just that, the connection between theater and spiritual practice in all cultures is really linked, and in Western tradition it’s explicitly linked. Solo performance really carries that forward— you’re using narrative, you’re telling stories, you’re addressing the people who are there. You acknowledge the people in the room and you acknowledge the world outside the room. You’ve got the points you want to make through parable and humor and working the aisle. I love how ministers work the aisle, which of course is something solo performers love to do with their wireless microphones. All those links are really fun, but I push beyond that because I teach from time to time at the Claremont School of Theology [in California]. It’s something that really interests me. It’s stuff I bring up a lot when I do campus visits, partly because I think it’s an interesting connection and a way in for the students who are raised really religiously and feel they can’t talk about that. And there’s the obvious nutty obsession, a certain non-representative bunch who only think about gay sex instead of feeding the poor or infant mortality rates—that seems a little more important. Gently and provocatively nudging the obsession with the tiny, almost nonexistent mention of anything resembling gay people in the Bible, compared to the hundreds and hundreds of mentions that every rich person is going to hell and divorce is a capital crime and menstruating women should be kept in mud huts. It’s this obsession with a couple of things that are interpreted to comment on my husband and my life, which I reject completely. It’s interesting stuff to weigh in on, and not just in the Southeast. It’s a strong and pointed thing anywhere in the country. It’s a very complex religious and culturally religious country, and it’s good stuff to engage. How do you deal with the question of audience and yourself as spectacle?

Audiences are quite amazing and feed you. So what I’m really interested in how do we use the people in the room in that particular place, whether it’s Winston or Boone, N.C. or Chicago, Illinois. What’s going on in the world? Who’s here tonight? How do I make something happen here? Whether it’s from the stage or the moments I’m engaging the audience or asking them to form a jury, which I do in this show. This show is about citizenship, its rights and

another subject. With all that, it’s kind of a rich lively space to parachute in to the 30 or 35 states and see what’s going on there. After NCSA, I’m going into parts of Virginia I’ve never performed in before. I’ve always been in the D.C.-Richmond corridor. To go to Virginia right now where you have an insane attorney general [Bob McDonnell] trying to strip what few rights gay people have in Virginia and to take away the nondiscrimination in hiring at V-Tech

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Performance artist Tim Miller has led a career entrenched in controversy. A target of Jesse Helms in the culture wars, Miller is performing his latest piece next week. responsibilities and the way they are surgically denied to gay people in this country to let us know very clearly we are not citizens. Short of voting, we are denied all the basic fundamental rights of citizenship, which are historically marriage and military service. That’s why those are the things we fight about so much. It’s this kicking and screaming to let queer people see themselves as citizens. Voting is off the table, you can’t really deny people the right to vote—except when we do [laughs]. Anyone who has served in prison pretty much can never vote again. It’s the way Jim Crow laws continue through the drug war—anyway,

and UVA. And that will clearly go right into Lay of the Land in all its meanings. So that’s the kind of feeling with performance, that the audience is co-creating it with you. It’s a written piece with sets. It’s not like I make a whole new piece for Virginia Tech, though the Congresswoman from Winston-Salem makes an appearance in this show—Virginia Fox, who is a complete nut of course. [She’s] the one who trashed Matthew Shepard from the floor of the House of Representatives, who said being gay had nothing to do with it and it’s a big gay hoax. So I imagine the kind of action that should be See miller on page 7


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a prophet

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The prison epic genre has a welcome new addition with the tremendous French film A Prophet. French Muslim teenager Malik (Tahar Rahim) must endure a six-year prison sentence for a vague, petty crime. A middle school dropout, he’s illiterate but maintains a raw, undeveloped cleverness. His ethnic makeup makes him a “straddler” between the jail’s two warring mafias: the Corsicans and the Muslims. Malik quickly proves himself to Corsican mob boss and inmate-for-life Cesar (Niels Arestrup) by killing fellow Muslim Reyeb (Hichem Yacoubi), whose ghost haunts Malik for the remainder of his jail time. Malik quickly rises in Cesar’s ranks, doing the boss’ dirty errands on daylong prison leaves, while simultaneously maintaining relationships with the Muslims. On the outside, Malik starts his own drug trafficking with the cancer-ridden former inmate Ryad (Adel Bencherif). Director and co-writer Jacques Audiard paints a powerful portrait of prison life. He lends incred-

ible visuals to each of his many multi-dimensional side narratives, knowing when to let his camera go free and when to keep it confined. Audiard captures the limitations of Cesar’s existence through a reflection of the window on Cesar’s television screen, layering two forms of escapism upon each other. Eerie lighting lends atmosphere to Malik’s often therapeutic talks with Reyeb’s ghost. Especially affecting are the sequences in which Reyeb’s ghost is aflame. Watching Malik rise in power education and pure machismo—including a stunning automobile assassination in the streets of Paris—is supremely satisfying to witness. The nearly unknown Rahim makes a similar ascent, striking a powerful introduction to global cinema with a startling and nuanced performance. Veteran actor Arestrup initially instills Cesar with intimidating authority and later on captures the hopelessness of his dwindling power. Nominated for best foreign-language film at this year’s Oscars, A Prophet deftly weaves together issues of crime, race and control, producing a captivating cinematic experience. —Charlie McSpadden

Off Broadway, alum returns to Duke by Paul Horak THE CHRONICLE

On his day off, Broadway talent Aaron Lazar will trade the towering steel structures of busy New York for the flower-filled lanes of Duke. It will be the Trinity ’98 grad’s first time back at his alma mater since his five-year reunion. In addition to spending time with former friends and professors and stopping to take in the welcome warm weather, he will also be giving a theater master class open to everyone. The master class, to take place Monday evening, is a chance for serious theater students to get one-on-one time with an industry talent at the pinnacle of his profession. Lazar will share the expertise and insight he has gained from his experiences in the Mecca of theater with students who may be considering following in his footsteps. After graduating from Duke, Lazar went on to study at the CollegeConservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Over the past 10 years, he has been a part of numerous musicals including Les Miserables, South Pacific and currently A Little Night Music. “The best thing has been exploring and working with people across the world, never knowing when the phone will ring and who will be on the other end,” Lazar said. In fact, there were plans to bring Lazar to Duke last semester, although they had to be scrapped when he got a call from the producers of A Little Night Music. In the play, Lazar assumes the role of Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm alongside Broadway newcomer Catherine Zeta Jones and the venerable Angela Lansbury, who is 84. “I like characters that are well written, and I generally play ‘privileged’ characters—often aristocrats and such,” Lazar said. It is indeed a privilege to have Lazar come to Duke. Contrary to some popular belief, the lives of professional Broadway actors and actresses are

extremely busy. Eight shows a week, six days a week, three hours a show. Take into account the rehearsals and pre-show preparations and you easily see a workload total of more than 40 hours a week. But it wasn’t Lazar’s busy schedule that was keeping him from coming to Duke—it was finances. Senior Margaret Skoglund is one of the people most responsible for Lazar’s visit. “It was like torture trying to find funds,” Skoglund said. “But eventually things fell into place and we were able to agree on a date and get the backing of a lot of interested and supportive people and organizations.” Skoglund first met Lazar last summer in a small New York City diner. She is interested in one day becoming a theater producer, the person responsible for managing industry talents like Lazar. “By the end of our meal we were talking about Aaron’s career and my own interests,” she said. “Aaron mentioned some work he was doing with a friend and The Americana Project and a ‘meet and greet’ turned into an internship opportunity.” (The Americana Project is an educational documentary venture that explores the meaning of America from several different perspectives. In an effort to help his friend, the creative mind behind the project, Lazar started a company to distribute films like those featured by The Americana Project.) One of the many things to have come from that internship is Lazar’s visit to Duke next week. It is sure to be a life-changing event for some people—on the stage and in the audience. People in their college years are at a critical point in their development when they must consider making enduring commitments. One of those commitments is to a career. Lazar came to Duke on a scholarship for singing with the intention of one day going to medical school. Like so many Dukies, he found that he had other interests outside of medicine. Jody McAuliffe, professor of the practice of theater studies at Duke, was one of the professors who worked to nurture Lazar’s talent while he was studying in the Music Department. “He was a great student and warm person,” McAuliffe said. “He has become a great resource and role model and I am glad that he is coming to share his experiences.” Lazar’s talent was apparent in his acting as an undergraduate, she added. He was cast in several campus productions while at Duke, most notably as Orpheus in Orpheus Descending. The play was so successful that it was performed at the Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans. Many of the students who will work with Lazar in his master class have had stage experiences like his while at Duke. Lazar looks to guide them on the road to a fulfilling career of self-discovery. “I enjoy exploring each character and the creative experience, but more than anything else I always find that I walk away from a role having learned something about myself,” Lazar said. special to The Chronicle



Aaron Lazar will perfom and speak in East Duke 209 on East Campus at 4:30 p.m. April 5. The event is free.

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Erykah Badu follows through on the promise of her 2008 album New Amerykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War with the release of Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh. It may be billed as a musical sequel, but Pt. 2 is a refreshing step back from its politically inclined predecessor. Return of the Ankh is a more personal, introspective work that puts the soul and emotion back into Badu’s songs. The music is as seductive and laid back as only the best soul and R&B, distinguished by Badu’s unique voice. Return of the Ankh stylistically travels back in time, with a heavy emphasis on drum machine loops and synthesized keyboards and strings marking the first half of the album. The ponderous opener “20 Feet Tall” draws the listener in with hypnotizing and minimal-

ist musical arrangements, allowing Badu to express her full vocal range through soaring melodies. As the album progresses, however, the layers of samples are gradually stripped away to reveal organic instrumentation. The music gets jazzier and the vocals more relaxed as the LP develops a groove characteristic of past trends in its genre. This culminates in the gorgeous closer “Out of Mind, Just in Time,” reminiscent of dark, smoke-filled clubs with its moody piano and solo strings. This pattern notwithstanding, Return of the Ankh’s greatest flaw is its apparent lack of cohesiveness. The lyrical unity and clarity of its predecessor is absent, and the tracks don’t flow into one another quite as smoothly as one might expect. Still, the strength of the tracks themselves makes it clear that New Amerykah, Pt. 2 is an accomplished effort from an artist fully aware of being at the top of her game. —Jeff Shi


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Usher, everybody’s favorite R&B superstar circa 2004, is back with his sixth album, Raymond v Raymond. This seems like it should be a big deal: although his R. Kelly-for-kids-sans-statutory-rape act has lost a bit of its luster in the past five years, Usher still holds a fair amount of capital in the pop music realm. But at the same time, Usher also released an album in 2008 titled Here I Stand, and if you weren’t previously aware of it, you aren’t alone. An ode to married life via slow-burning ballads, Here I Stand was something of a foil to previous blockbuster Confessions and never gained the commercial

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success of its predecessor. Raymond v Raymond finds the pendulum swinging back toward Confessions, dropping mere months after his divorce from wife Tameka. In this context, the album title becomes difficult to parse—lead single “Papers” indicates it may be a reference to Usher’s (surname Raymond) divorce lawsuit. But the twin-mirror image cover art suggests a T.I. vs. T.I.P./I Am... Sasha Fierce-style dual personality concept. Like both of those albums, though, Raymond v Raymond fails to achieve the undeniable pop-music euphoria of its creator’s prior work. The most obvious shortcoming is a glaring hole where the hook-heavy, club-ready singles— think “Love in This Club” off Here I Stand or “Yeah!” from Confessions—ought to be. Usher’s

best approximations here sound either uninspired (“Lil Freak”), or forced [“Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)”]. They’ll get some radio play, but Usher’s slow and steady decline from superstardom will only be exaggerated by trying to get by on brand name alone. “OMG,” produced by, is a relentlessly annoying exercise in call-and-response, in no way salvaged by Usher’s tired, Autotuned vocals. Only “Papers” stands out, successfully reproducing the personal anguish that pervaded Confessions without resorting to gimmickry or melodrama. By and large, though, Raymond v Raymond is an album filled with tracks that fail to show authentic emotion. Maybe one go-round on the newly single playboy train was enough. —Ross Green

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MILLER from page 3 happening in her office. With the body as the locus of performance, how do you deal with that as the site of physical identity and psychological trauma? In some ways, it’s required of us. Certainly the queer body—also, the queered body—in America is so messed with and problematized, troubled from the incredible invasion of our homes, our bedrooms, our citizenship and our ability to maintain our households and tax equity. It’s so thoroughly messed with that you have to start developing those skills really early on whether you’re an artist or not. How do we negotiate safety? How do we negotiate when to be out, when to be not? How do we negotiate this most important part of my life—the person I love, which I think anyone would say is the most important thing in life if you’re lucky enough to be with the love of a partner, husband, spouse? To know that’s disrespected and grounds for dismissal from the U.S. military. Those kind of coping mechanisms and walking that tightrope are something everyone is familiar with, whether you’re an undergrad at Duke or a performance artist doing my show in Winston. It’s in us at a cell level. Our bodies are at risk. If you’re visible in ways that are obviously queer, if it’s a bad night in Durham or Winston-Salem, you’re probably going to have trouble. This is embodied. I’ve had three relationships, and two of those three men have been al-

most killed in anti-gay violence. It’s systemic. It’s encouraged by one of the political parties. They call other members of Congress s—it’s unbelievable—and don’t seem to get censured for it. From the top down, that integrated embodied citizenship is troubled in all kinds of ways. Performance is one of those ways you can start to put the pieces together in the way that creativity does. You pull the fractured parts of ourselves forward. Even if it’s false reintegration—or maybe temporary is the better word—for the period of the performance at least, I’ve integrated performer in relation to community, the audience that’s there, the energy that gets raised. Performance is a really charged place because it is embodied, not just the performer’s body, but everyone is physically there in a time when we’re increasingly not there. Sitting in a cafe with our best friend texting people we’ve never met who are Facebook friends is such a strange contradiction—not being where we are. Performance is one of those great places where if you’re suddenly texting or on your cell phone, you may well actually be yelled at. It’s a place that privileges real time and embodied presence. It seems like a really good place to address some of that wounded space that’s certainly around our queer citizens’ bodies. Tim Miller will peform Lay of the Land April 8 at the Agnes de Mille at the North Carolina School of the Arts.


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Director Atom Egoyan has seen better times, and his latest film Chloe is more successful in concept than execution. After 20 years of marriage, Catherine Stewart (Julianne Moore) is keenly aware that her husband, handsome professor David (Liam Neeson) has been unfaithful. Noticing his insidious behavior, Catherine resorts to hiring Chloe (Amanda Seyfried), an attractive young call girl, to seduce him and then relay the morbid details. Apart from these rendezvous—Chloe licks her lips and bats her eyes suggestively—little happens. There’s no enthralling story here, nor is the acting of much consequence. Neeson, who’s been unimpressive as of late, sees his sexuality and primacy in the film subordinated to the two main actresses and appears awkwardly aloof despite his character’s supposed scholarly charm.

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Bulkogi, Durham’s newest food truck, is stationed in the Wachovia parking lot on Ninth Street during the evening hours. Rather than review it, we thought it best to present some photographs of the Korean barbecue tacos to tantalize your taste buds. Spicy meat and kimchi on a tortilla? It’s a delicious taste of L.A.’s Kogi in the heart of the Bull City. Yum.

And Catherine’s desperation as a befouled lover is confounding—what exactly does she gain from affirming the lascivious truth of her forgone conclusions? The film’s answer is the obvious erotic impetus: when Chloe recounts the graphic details of her sexual exploits with David, for instance, Catherine is so aroused, she incites a homoerotic tryst with the wide-eyed hooker. Sure, scenes like this are evocative—the camera fixates on Chloe’s loins—but the film lacks the flirtation that its eponymous call girl masters and it never even reaches the thrill of psychodrama. There could be a charged subtext about the power mechanisms we use to express our sexuality, even in hostile ways. But waiting for any meaningful intellectual undercurrents to surface is futile here: it’s ultimately the burden of the viewer to over-interpret to that end. Egoyan has greater directorial chops than this film would suggest—1994’s Exotica did Skinemax with a lot more style—but Chloe is downright neutered in comparison. —Brian Contratto

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Displacement: The Three Gorges Dam and Contemporary Chinese Art March 25 – July 25, 2010

IMAGE: Yun-Fei Ji, Water Rising (detail), 2006, Mineral pigments and ink on mulberry paper, 22.5x450 inches. Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York.

Displacement: The Three Gorges Dam and Contemporary Chinese Art is organized by the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago. The exhibition is curated by Wu Hung, Smart Museum Consulting Curator, Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History, and Director of the Center for the Art of East Asia, University of Chicago, in consultation with Jessica Moss, Smart Museum Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, and Stephanie Smith, Smart Museum Director of Collections and Exhibitions and Curator of Contemporary Art. The exhibition and related programs have been supported by Dan Bo, the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, the University of Chicago Women’s Board, and the Center for East Asian Studies. The accompanying publication was made possible by a generous gift from Fred Eychaner and Tommy Yang Guo. At the Nasher Museum, the exhibition is supported by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Asian/Pacific Studies Institute Duke University, Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, the Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina, Diane Evia-Lanevi and Ingemar Lanevi in honor of their daughter Sammy Lanevi, the North Carolina Chinese Business Association and The Chronicle. | 919-684-5135



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Look out for The Chronicle’s special Final Four supplement Friday, featuring profiles of Duke’s championship rivals and an in-depth look at the history with West Virginia

women’s basketball

Promising season concludes on sour note by Jeff Scholl THE CHRONICLE

When then-unranked Texas A&M routed then-No. 6 Duke 95-77 in the Blue Devils’ second game of the season, questions arose about the team’s ability to put together a dominant 2009-2010 campaign. “It was such a miserable loss,” head coach Joanne P. McCallie told The Chronicle. “It was absolutely pathetic.” Did Duke have the pieces to make a run in the NCAA Tournament? Or would the Blue Devils fail to make it past the first Season in weekend like last year’s top-seeded squad? Review Thirty wins, a regular season crown, an ACC tournament championship and a trip to the Elite 8 later, McCallie’s players proved that they possessed the talent and motivation necessary to be counted among the nation’s best teams. Although the Blue Devils came up just short of reaching the Final Four in a threepoint loss to Baylor Monday—they led up until the final minute­—McCallie views this season in a positive light and as a building block for future years. “[This season] is one that we’ll look back on as a catalyst for future success,” she said. “It feels like things are starting to fall into place, but we’re still seething after that [Baylor] loss.” After falling to the Aggies Nov. 15, Duke won 11 of its remaining 13 noncon-

ference games, highlighted by an 83-67 win over then-No. 3 Ohio State. The two losses came against No. 2 Stanford and No. 1 Connecticut­—both of which have reached the Final Four. By the time the ACC slate began on Jan. 7, the Blue Devils were ready to cement their identity as a team predicated on defensive toughness and physicality. The stat sheet re-enforced their conviction. Duke led the conference in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense, rebounding margin, blocked shots and steals en route to the school’s first ACC regular season title since the 2006-2007 campaign. McCallie emphasized how each of her Blue Devils became devoted to playing stifling team defense, and that collective commitment was sparked in part by a challenge she issued at the beginning of the season. The coach called her players weak, and they responded by hitting the weight room with a passion, ultimately increasing their maximum bench-press weight by at least 20 percent each, according to McCallie. “The weight room was critical to our endurance, strength and ability to play physical without fouling,” she said. “Throughout the season we were described as an edgy, gritty and physically demanding team. It takes that kind of team to win a national championship.” And even though Duke won’t be cutting

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Duke’s season came to a bitter end Monday night in the Blue Devils’ upset loss to Baylor in Memphis.


Carleton leads “Favorite” label no problem Blue Devils in for experienced Duke squad Wolfpack win by Chris Cusack THE CHRONICLE

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Riding a four-match win streak, Duke hardly noticed the absence of its freshman sensation, Henrique Cunha, in singles play Wednesday in an easy 6-1 victory over N.C. State (13-7, 1-4 in the ACC). Junior Reid Carleton, who has struggled of late, stepped up big in a decisive 6-1, 6-3 victory over No. 70 Jaime Pulgar at the top slot. The DUKE 6 Wolfpack sophomore was recently named ACC Player of the Week afNCSU 1 ter his shocking defeat of Guillermo Gomez of Georgia Tech, the fifth-ranked player in the country. “It was a very large win for him confidence-wise,” assistant coach Josh Goffi said. “He was in a little rut, but he worked through it today and beat a very good player at number one.” While Cunha continues to nurse his sprained ankle— the freshman played doubles Wednesday but sat out the singles portion—the rest of the Blue Devils’ singles players have risen to the challenge of playing higher in the lineup. Wednesday, in particular, No. 3 Torsten Wietoska and No. 4 See m. tennis on page 12

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Head coach Mike Krzyzewski knows getting to the Final Four is never easy, even though he has reached that stage 11 times in his career.

Since 1998, Duke has been awarded a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament nine times. That’s almost twice as many as Kansas and North Carolina (five apiece), and at least three times as many as any other team, yet the Blue Devils have endured a well-documented struggle with high expectations. Having been upset in its last five NCAA Tournament appearances after earning—except in 2006-07—25-plus victories per year, Duke has heard its fair share of flak. In fact, as the Blue Devils enter Indianapolis as the only No. 1 seed left, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski can’t help but feel for the dispatched favorites. “People are going to throw [criticism] in Kansas’s face just like they throw in our face [that] if you’re eliminated before the Final Four... you’re some type of failure,” Krzyzewski said. Krzyzewski and Co. will be in a familiar position this weekend, battling against national perception. Arguably overseeded with a suspiciously easy regional draw, the Blue Devils are once again expected to win. Any lesser result will bring on a barrage of criticism and even more claims of the NCAA conspiracy to overrate Duke. Even the bookies in Las Vegas have deemed the Blue Devils the prohibitive favorite, but the team refuses to buy into that line of thought. “This isn’t an easy tournament. Otherwise, more people would go to the Final Four every year, and more people See final four on page 12

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Aussie Whitaker gets toplevel experience in Melbourne by Nicholas Schwartz THE CHRONICLE

For many Duke students, spring break provides an opportunity to escape from Durham and see exotic bits of the world, if only for a few sun-soaked days. Last month, senior Alison Whitaker left the country, as well—but rather than spending her time lounging on the beach, Whitaker was busy trading shots with some of the best golfers in the world at the Handa Women’s Australian Open. Whitaker, a native of Melbourne, Australia, has made the journey back to her homeland three of the past four years

to take part in the Women’s Open—the crown jewel of Australian golf. This year’s edition was held at the Commonwealth Golf Club in Melbourne—just a seven-iron away from the Duke senior’s home. The Women’s Open allowed Whitaker to take a break from the grind of team golf, and gave her a chance to return to her golfing roots. “It’s such a treat to be able to go and play in front of a home crowd,” Whitaker said. “I flew around the world, got hammered with jet lag and jumped straight into a whole bunch of golf.” This year, Golf Australia, the

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Senior Alison Whitaker’s playing partners were LPGA stalwarts at a tournament in Australia.

down-under equivalent of the USGA, pushed back the start of the Women’s Open from its traditional February date to March 1114 to align the tournament with a break in the LPGA schedule and entice some high-profile golfers to vie for the championship. Whitaker was in her element rubbing shoulders with worldrenowned players such as Laura Davies (73 professional wins) and Karrie Webb (seven LPGA major championships), and finished tied for 21st out of a 150-player field. Tournament golf in Australia, as opposed to team-oriented golf in Durham, provides a different challenge for Whitaker, and the Aussie has shined in her trips home. In her three appearances in the Women’s Australian Open, the two-time All-ACC recipient has never finished worse than 55th. Part of that success can be attributed to Whitaker’s familiarity with Australian-style courses. The architecture of most Australian courses provides a stark contrast to the majority of courses in this country and allows Whitaker to showcase different aspects of her game. While country clubs in the United States commonly feature tree-lined fairways, strategically placed water hazards and generally slower surfaces, the geological makeup of Australia provides more natural courses that embrace the terrain of the country and the links-style origins of the game.

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Alison Whitaker finished in a tie for 21st at the Handa Women’s Australian Open. “I had to change my game to suit the courses we play over here,” Whitaker said. “Over here, there’s a lot more water… and the grass grows vertically, which means it stops the ball a lot quicker, so you have to hit a higher shot.” The pressure of playing individually versus playing in a team format also gives the Women’s Open a different layer of competitiveness for Whitaker. Without teammates to rely on, players have no one to answer to but themselves,

something Whitaker relishes. “It’s a nice break to just play for yourself now and then, and it’s a different experience,” Whitaker said. “All of a sudden it’s not your team that’s on the leader board—it’s your name.” With a raucous gallery behind her—mostly composed of Whitaker’s friends and family— the Duke star coolly reeled off rounds of 70-74-78-74 on the See whitaker on page 12

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Making good on our promise This week, The Chronicle trators have enacted broad reported that the percentage increases to financial aid to of Duke students who come ease the burden for students from families that earn less from low-income families to than the naattend Duke. tional median But now that editorial household inthe aid is in come has lingered in the low place, it is time to go beyond teens throughout the past words and put promises into decade. These numbers are action. troubling. By all accounts, the issue is University administrators not that the Office of Underhave rightfully affirmed the graduate Admissions is denymoral imperative to ensure ing qualified students from low educational access for stu- socioeconomic backgrounds. dents from all socioeconomic As long as they demonstrate backgrounds. High-achieving potential and are prepared students can be found in every to handle the academic rigor economic class, and although of Duke, admissions officers it is an expensive proposition have proven willing to admit to matriculate more students low-income students. in need of financial aid, it can Instead, the problem is enhance the quality of the that the University must do University, increase diversity a better job reaching out to and combat inequality. students from disadvantaged To their credit, adminis- backgrounds. For these stu-


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dents, the sticker price of a Duke education is shocking, and attending a local state school often seems like a more realistic alternative. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix to breaking down the deeply ingrained cultural barriers that separate Duke and many other elite universities from qualified students in low-income communities. Sending admissions officers to schools that do not traditionally feed students to Duke can help bridge the divide. But it will require more than a yearly visit to build strong relationships with these communities and market the University as an accessible place. To have any chance at long-term success, this strategy will require a substantial investment of time and financial resources.

If administrators ever hope to increase the socioeconomic diversity of the applicant pool, however, they cannot think of it strictly as a “Duke problem.” The cultural barriers that prevent low-income students from applying to Duke also prevent these students from applying to other highly selective universities. The University can take leadership on the issue, but it must act in concert with peer institution to promote private education as accessible and well within the reach of students from all backgrounds. Programs like QuestBridge, a non-profit organization that seeks to place qualified low-income students at top-tier universities, could provide an interesting model for large-scale, collaborative efforts among

universities to achieve socioeconomic diversity. Lofty initiatives are good, but small-scale changes within the higher education community can make a difference as well. For example, the large amount of space on the Common Application provided for students to list their activities and awards might seem daunting and discouraging for the low-income applicant who forgoes extracurriculur involvement to work a job. Something as simple as rethinking an application’s appearance could go a long way in encouraging underprivileged students to apply. With a strong financial aid program and need-blind admissions, the pieces are in place for Duke to enroll lowincome students. Now, it must go out and find them.

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judge people. We all do—everyone including the anonymous Chronicle online commentators to those who aimlessly loiter on the Plaza when the weather’s nice for the sake of people watching. We observe, we compare and, inevitably, we reach a verdict. Writing a column about Juicy Campus = shallow. metty fisseha Long boarding i’m just saying down the walkway = hipster. Having to complete10 hours of alcohol education due to possession of malt beverage citation = typical Duke student… right? Right. Let’s face it: Everyone has at least one friend who has met with Judicial Affairs, or has gotten that pink slip of paper with a court date on it. As such, based on a few amazingly accurate stereotypes, we can draw some critical assumptions about the Duke student who recently enrolled in Genesis Substance Abuse Counseling. First off, I’d bet the kid was greek. Check. Second, definitely underage. Check. Third, that the citation was incurred at Shooters II, and the student promptly hired attorney at law Woody Vann, prominent in the Duke lacrosse case, to expunge their record. Check, check and check. Similarly, these assumptions contribute to the way in which the Duke student interacts with the other attendees of the counseling session. We are all aware of the tension that exists between the Duke community and neighboring “Durhamites.” Naturally, the Duke student in the Genesis classroom would feel isolated and displaced in the midst of his or her fellow classmates. Well, it didn’t help that the only other Dukie showed up to class 20 minutes late. What he tried to explain as an honest mistake was immediately perceived by our two other classmates and instructor as his not caring enough to arrive to class on time. Is that too far fetched for an assumption of a typical Duke student? That he was too busy doing important “Duke” things that he couldn’t be bothered to take his substance abuse class seriously? And yes, I am the greek, underage consumer of alcohol who, at Shooters II, was apprehended by ALE. Sorry for being so predictable, at least I made it to class on time.

But this guessing game goes both ways. Inasmuch as our instructor and classmates have these common assumptions that guide their perceptions of us, I also have a reservoir full of stereotypes that influence the way that I act toward them. Firstly, from the moment I saw one of my classmates, whom I’ll call Chris, I knew that he would try to get either my attention or phone number. Check. Similarly, with my other classmate—let’s call her Dee—her do-rag and thick Southern drawl allowed me to immediately peg her as someone who isn’t too educated. Check and check. My assumptions of them, coupled with their assumptions of me, made for a polarized atmosphere where Dee and Chris were on one team and I was on another with tardy Duke student No. 2. Within minutes, Dee and Chris were cracking jokes together, and I was left to laugh along on the sidelines too intimidated to chime in. And I thought I would get points for also being black… didn’t happen. But what about when these divisive assumptions start to falter? Like the time all four of us went out on break and had cigarettes together, laughing at the irony of smoking outside of drug education class. Or when the assumptions cease to matter altogether? Dee shared with us that the reason she’d resorted to smoking weed this weekend was because her friends had been killed in a car accident after having fled gunfire outside a nightclub in D.C. Meanwhile, all I could come up with as an excuse for my binge drinking was the fact that my ex-boyfriend’s a pathological liar. These are not equivalent; I’m not going to pretend they are, but maybe it’s okay that they’re not. This realization is what gave me the push to reach over and squeeze Dee’s hand in support. In that moment I hated myself for thinking of her as an uneducated hustler. Or when Chris confided in us that he doesn’t have any friends because everyone around him sells drugs. All I wanted was to be his friend, and I regretted ever feeling like he was a creep for trying to talk to me. In all honesty it would be virtually impossible for me to erase all traces of bias and preconceived notions of other people from my mind. However, there is something to be said about keeping ourselves in check and knowing when to abandon our stereotypes for the sake of building more accurate and substantial understandings of people (i.e. through actually getting to know them). Metty Fisseha is a Trinity junior. Her column runs every other Thursday.

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uke may be in the Final Four, but adverse impact on graduates just because the according to former professor of hy- university sends a letter of explanation along drology Stuart Rojstaczer, it doesn’t with its transcripts. Princeton should know even belong in the Sweet Sixteen. better. Employers, who already skim resumes, Rojstaczer, a well-known critic of grade are unlikely to read a several-hundred-word inflation, was not talking about NCAA missive on Princeton’s grading policies while basketball. He was referring to his “Sweet sorting through a stack of applications. Sixteen” bracket of toughThe only way to congrading universities, recentfront such a challenge is ly published on his Web site, through a collaborative fort between Duke and its Princeton and M.I.T., peer institutions. Barring however, did make the cut. this, reform must be gradResponding to concerns ual and cautious. like those from RojstacHarmonizing standards zer, Princeton University vikram srinivasan for excellence across (and embarked on a policy of within!) academic departuncommon grade “deflation” six years ments at Duke would be conviction ago, making it the only one a good start. It’s no secret among its peer institutions that two A’s within the same to do so. Under the policy, Princeton di- department can signify very different levels rects professors to issue only a certain per- of achievement. Enforcing more strictly the centage of A’s and B’s in classes. Despite a idea that certain grades convey certain levels Jan. 29 New York Times article citing gen- of competence may do more to restore coneral student dissatisfaction with the policy, fidence in academic rigor at Duke than any administrators there remain unapologetic. other mechanism. Now is as good a time as any to make There is of course also the option of clear that Duke does not need such a policy, increasing academic standards in courses much as some might love to see Duke follow known for handing out free A’s. If a lack Princeton’s lead. Though grade inflation of intellectual engagement is the concern, poses real concerns, it is not a problem with making students work harder for their a simple solution. A rash attempt at address- grades may be a plausible remedy. ing it may do more harm than good. Still, Princeton’s one-size-fits-all apThe debate over grade inflation is not proach would prove problematic, not least new. It owes to the well-documented evi- due to statistical variation. Some classes dence demonstrating a significant increase may have zero students that perform at an in grades at universities nationwide. During A level. Others could have 20. the last 20 years, for example, the average Besides, there’s no rush to solve the GPA has increased by 0.21 at private schools problem now. When grades at Duke cease and 0.16 at public schools across America. to meaningfully differentiate between stuRojstaczer writes that Duke has shown dents, employers and graduate schools will the greatest grade inflation among institu- let the University know and Duke will take tions nationwide, increasing by more than appropriate action. We have a ways to go 1.0 over the last 50 years. Although he attri- before we reach that stage. butes this in part to Duke’s historically low Duke’s approach so far—avoiding a grades, he questions whether the increase rush to conclusions—should earn it high can be explained purely by this factor marks from students. Let’s hope it doesn’t alongside increasing student quality. botch them by buying into the wisdom of Sure enough, the 2003 Provost report a Princetonian misstep. showed that rising SAT scores only account for about half of Duke’s actual grade inflaVikram Srinivasan is a Trinity senior. His coltion. Meanwhile, Rojstaczer’s Web site reports umn runs every other Thursday. that the average GPA at Duke was about 3.44 in 2007. Columbia’s average GPA in 2006 was 3.42. Yale’s average in 2008 was 3.51. So this is not a Duke-specific phenomenon. The problem, according to Rojstaczer, is that grade inflation cheapens education. “In this culture, professors are not only compelled to grade easier, but also to water down course content. Both intellectual rigor and grading standards have weakened,” he writes. “The evidence for this is not merely anecdotal. Students are highly disengaged from learning, are studying less than ever, and are less literate. Yet grades continue to rise.” These are serious concerns, and Rojstaczer supports them with extensive social science research. But these problems are notoriously difficult to solve and not amenable to blunt force approaches like Princeton’s. Grade inflation did not emerge consciously out of some new institutional consensus among universities or academics. Instead, it has been a general, unexplained trend, reflecting broader changes in ideas about differentiation in achievement. Unilateral action to address the issue, then, can only disadvantage graduates angling for position in a competitive job market. Princeton officials can deny this all they like, pointing to the lack of evidence for the new policy’s harmful effects as a testament to its success. Common sense says otherwise. It is wishful thinking to believe that a measure systematically reducing student GPAs will not have an

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Reducing emissions reduces opportunities


retend for a minute that you are the able to finance any part of the new power president of the United States. One plant in Ghana. of your advisors says to you, “Mr(s). Although it’s difficult to foresee conPresident, we need to start doing something sequences such as these, it is nonetheless about climate change.…Why don’t you issue helpful to discuss them because they deman executive order requiring onstrate how complex decifederal agencies to reduce sions involving emissions regreenhouse gas emissions ductions can become. What associated with their projseems like a clear train of ects by 30?” Would you do thought­—greenhouse gasit? It seems straightforward ses cause global warming enough, after all. An easy which is bad for the planet, first step toward fighting clitherefore we should restrict dan flavin mate change. greenhouse gas emissions— Now suppose I told you gets muddled when we in real life that issuing the order would consider the far-reaching curtail the activity of the impacts of those actions. Overseas Private Investment Corporation, People who oppose big reductions in forcing it to shelve plans like the one it had carbon emissions as a strategy for combatwith the government of Ghana to help fi- ing climate change often do so based on nance a new 130 MW gas-fired power plant. the belief that such reductions would prove Would you still think issuing the order was a to be economically disastrous. Whether or good idea? not this is true is hotly debated. It’s certainWhat if I told you that half of the peo- ly not making economic development any ple in Ghana have limited or no access to easier for people in Ghana. Still, propoelectricity, forcing them to use wood or nents of big cuts claim the cost of curtaildung to heat and cook with? And what ing emissions will be dwarfed by the costs if I told you that as a result of this activ- we will incur in the future if we continue to ity many Ghanaians are afflicted with re- do nothing. Do situations like the one in spiratory disorders, blindness and other Ghana alter this analysis? maladies due to frequent and prolonged As last December’s Copenhagen Conferexposure to smoke, and that estimates ence showed, developing nations aren’t keen put the death toll from indoor air pollu- on committing to large reductions in carbon tion there at close to one million people, emissions. Cheap fossil fuels have been a big mostly women and children? What if I part of economic and social improvements told you that building that power plant the world over. No country wants to see its would mean not only an improvement in growth curtailed by emissions regulation. the health and safety of all those people, It’s awfully hard to convince a nation but a much needed chance for economic fighting hunger or dealing with an outprogress? What if I told you being unable break of AIDS that preventing a few deto do so was only one of many unintend- grees rise in global temperature over the ed consequences of issuing the order? next century should be a top priority. MakWould you still do it? ing electricity cheap and reliable is an abAs you’ve probably guessed, this situation solutely necessary part of enabling these is not a hypothetical one. President Obama countries to combat their problems. By issued the order for a 30 percent reduction penalizing or prohibiting them from using in emissions associated with federal agency the energy sources available to them, we projects last October, and the OPIC was un- are only furthering their predicaments. There exists a myth that since it’s the 21st century and we have all this great technology, developing countries can skip the messy fossil fuels business and move straight to renewables for their energy needs. As good as this sounds, it leaves out the fact that tapping energy from renewable wind, solar and geothermal sources is still expensive, often unreliable and difficult to scale. Likewise, nuclear power is often too costly an option, and it carries its own set of political hurdles. We need to realize that developing countries must be allowed to utilize available fossil fuels if they are going to be able to build their economies. Claiming that we are helping them by chastising them for doing so makes no sense. By scolding developing nations for using resources like coal and gas to provide electricity, we might as well be scolding them for improving the welfare of their citizens. Developing countries must walk before they can run. Focusing on curtailing carbon emissions limits growth and unfairly ignores the welfare of millions of people who could see an immediate improvement in their quality of life. Supporting countries in decisions to make intelligent use of their resources allows them to establish foundations that make possible steady improvement in the social and economic situations of their citizens. So what do you want to do now, Mr. President? Daniel Flavin is a Trinity senior. His column runs every other Thursday.

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final four from page 7 would win it,” Krzyzewski said. “It doesn’t take much to get eliminated. It can be one guy having a bad minute. It can even be a coach making one sub the wrong way.”

“This isn’t an easy tournament. Otherwise, more people would go to the Final Four every year, and more people would win it.” — Mike Krzyzewski Christina peña/The Chronicle

Joanne P. McCallie plans to use the ups and downs of this year as a teaching tool for future Duke squads.

w. bball from page 7 down the nets in San Antonio, this set of Blue Devils set the bar high for future teams in terms of their overall athleticism. McCallie called this year’s squad the strongest she’s seen in her 18 years of coaching—and Duke proved to be one of the strongest teams in the country as well. Rebounding is one of the easiest ways to measure physical strength and toughness. Even though no player averaged more than 6.7 rebounds per game this season, Duke rarely lost the battle on the glass. The Blue Devils out-rebounded their opponents by an average of nine boards per game, the eighthbest mark among all Division I teams. Duke also developed a penchant for scoring points off turnovers, and it ranked second in the nation in steals with 13.3 swipes per contest. Fortunately for the Blue Devils, juniors Jasmine Thomas and Krystal Thomas—the team leaders in steals and rebounds, respectively—will be back to lead the defense. On the offensive end next year, Duke

will miss the contributions of second-leading scorer Joy Cheek, fourth-leading scorer Bridgette Mitchell and Keturah Jackson. Despite the departure of the seniors, the Blue Devils will return their best offensive weapon: third-team All-American Jasmine Thomas. The junior guard averaged a team-high 16 points per game, scored 20 or more points 11 times and posted only the third triple-double in school history Nov. 27 against Marquette. Starting center Krystal Thomas and explosive guard Karima Christmas also have one more year on the hardwood of Cameron Indoor. Even with all the returning talent and experience, McCallie knows that team chemistry does not necessarily transfer from year to year. If Duke wants to replicate and possibly exceed the success it had this season, the players will need to come together and understand their roles all over again. But now that they have been as close as 45 seconds away from the Final Four, the 2010-2011 Blue Devils should be as hungry as ever for some tournament hardware.

However, Duke has shown throughout this tournament that its strengths combat the meltdowns that have plagued it in the past. The Big Three has become a more resilient bunch as the season progressed. After starting out ice-cold from beyond the arc against Purdue in the regional semifinal, Jon Scheyer adapted his game to accentuate another of his strengths: free throw shooting. He ended up with 18 points off of 7-8 shooting from the charity stripe, proving that even without the 3-pointer, the Blue Devils are still dangerous. “We’ve grown a step further in each of our years. It says a lot for our group to get to this point, but we really want to finish it off,” Scheyer said. “I feel like the confidence that comes from just being through it helps more than anything.” Years of playing together has helped foster a mutual belief in and respect for everyone on the team. In the one-and-done era of college basketball, very few teams—mid-majors excluded—can boast a starting lineup of three seniors and two juniors. “Everyone’s gotten better. Nolan and I, and the seniors, we’ve gone through a lot,” junior Kyle Singler said. “We’ve developed a closer bond with each other, and it’s

tougher to break us apart.” The recent emergence of Brian Zoubek has also helped spark the team to a plus-8.3 rebounding margin in its current eight-game winning streak. For the first time since Duke advanced to the final weekend of the NCAA Tournament in 2004, the team has a player who can corral missed 3-pointers, keeping offensive possessions alive. “Zoubs does a lot of stuff that doesn’t show up in the box stats,” junior Nolan Smith said. “He sets screens, he gets offensive rebounds for kickouts. He does all the little things.” In fact, the only similarity between the 2009-2010 Blue Devils and any predecessor from 2006-2009 is the name on the front of the jersey. But forgetting the past could send Duke back home to a national chorus of boos louder than ever before.

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Jon Scheyer has found ways to hurt opponents beyond simply firing 3-pointers from the perimeter.

m. tennis from page 7

whitaker from page 8

David Holland played efficient tennis, winning their respective matches 6-4, 6-0 and 6-2, 6-2. “Those guys stepped up big today,” Goffi said. “We’ve played without Henrique for the last four matches and it has really gotten our team to come together. [It] has made our team stronger.”

6,102-meter, par-73 Commonwealth course. The senior described her rounds as a blur, mostly because she was having such a great time on the links. “[Davies, Katherine Hull and I] had a blast out there. At the end of the [third round], I couldn’t tell you how any of us played…. I had to look at my scorecard because I couldn’t remember if I played well or if I played bad,” Whitaker said. “I just had fun out there.” According to Whitaker, the lessons she learned from playing against the best have proven to be priceless back at Duke. “Playing with Laura Davies…. She plays the way people play when they’re playing with friends. She just has so much fun with it [and] she’s completely fearless,” Whitaker said. “That’s the biggest thing I’ve taken out of [the experience]…. You just have to be true to yourself out there on the golf course.”

“He was in a little rut, but he worked through it today and beat a very good player at number one.” — Assistant coach Josh Goffi, on junior Reid Carleton Duke (10-5, 3-0), which remained undefeated in conference play, has looked particularly impressive against its ACC opponents. In their three matches, the Blue Devils have defeated conference counterparts by a combined score of 17-4. “We’ve earned our stripes [in nonconference play], and when we go into battle in the ACC, we feel like we can beat anyone,” Goffi said. “The win against USC really gave us a lot of confidence.” Duke’s ACC schedule, however, gets considerably more difficult this weekend as the Blue Devils will face No. 18 Virginia Tech Friday and No. 1 Virginia Sunday, both at Ambler Tennis Stadium. Nonetheless, Goffi remains confident in his team’s ability to compete against the highestquality opponents. “We’re riding a wave of confidence, [and] the most important thing we can keep in our minds is to stay strong mentally and, most importantly, stay positive,” Goffi said. “If we keep on being positive and working towards things, we’re going to get what we want.”

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Reid Carleton stepped up a line and cruised to a straight-set win at No. 1. Victories over the Hokies and Cavaliers would be especially sweet given the weekend sweep Duke endured last April. The Blue Devils lost two close matches, 5-2 and 4-3, and are now looking for payback in order to improve to 5-0 in the ACC. “We have our biggest weekend coming up,” Goffi said. “We’re definitely looking to get a little revenge on Virginia Tech first, and look to carry the momentum into Sunday against the No. 1 team in the country.”

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