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Duke taps into iPad for Fall 2010 Med school looks to add its 13th dept. by Rachel Sussman THE CHRONICLE

Next year, some Duke students will be able to play with Apple’s latest toy—and use it for classwork, too. The Duke Center for Instructional Technology is looking for ways to incorporate the iPad into the classroom, said Lynne O’Brien, director of academic technology and instructional services. CIT plans to buy a number of iPads for faculty and students by this Fall. “We’re very interested in what the iPad might enable for education and research at the University.” O’Brien said. “Duke is a leader in exploring the use of mobile devices with multimedia. I think we will do some kind of explorations with the iPad.” She added that funding from the Duke Digital Initiative will be used to purchase iPads for loans at The Link in Perkins Library next semester. Her department is looking to understand the iPad’s strengths and weaknesses, particularly in relation to its readability. CIT will compare the reading experience of the iPad to the Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, laptop and other electronic devices as well as to the standard hard copy. O’Brien said Duke’s faculty will make the final judgment regarding the iPad’s educational and technical value. Members of the faculty can approach CIT with a research question and a plan to use the iPad in the classroom. If CIT approves the

Orthopaedic surgery awaits Board approval by Ashley Holmstrom THE CHRONICLE

The School of Medicine has never taken the creation of a new department lightly. After months of proposals and years of preparation, the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery will upgrade its status from division to department, pending the Board of Trustees’ approval at its May 14-15 meeting, said Dr. James Nunley, orthopaedic surgery division chief. The School of Medicine currently has James Nunley 12 clinical science departments, seven of which were founded in 1930 at the school’s inception, said Dr. Michael Cuffe, vice president for medical affairs for the Duke University Health System. “The decision has been unanimously approved at every level so far, so it’d be pretty extraordinary to have it turned down [by the Board],” Nunley said. He added, however, that the Board could

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New CHP reforms living group evaluation by Nicole Kyle THE CHRONICLE

It was out with the old and in with the new as Campus Council voted unanimously to pass the Collaborative Housing Process at its meeting Thursday. The CHP is a response to the administration’s decision that another housing shuffle, like the one that occurred this January, will not occur. It is constructed to ensure residential group accountability to the community while rewarding positive stewardship and community involvement, said Campus Council President Stephen Temple, a junior. CHP incorporates the formation of the Approval and Removal Committee and a new Residential Group Assessment rubric. “I’m really impressed and it will really address a lot of concerns for affiliate groups, but at the same time this is a process that stays true to independents and addresses groups,” Temple said. “It’s very fair and clearly outlines expectations.” CHP is the result of months of work to revise the current RGA process. “The old process was unduly punitive,” said Campus Council Vice President John Pryor, a junior. Under CHP, the RGA committee will comprise four un-

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affiliated student members, two representatives from the Interfraternity Council, two representatives from the Selective House Council and a staff adviser. The new rubric is much more specific, Temple said. It assigns specific point values and states requirements, like requiring groups to host six open events per year. Temple said RGA scores will be gathered annually and sent to Campus Council for consideration. Campus Council will then examine the scores and isolate any outliers— groups with particularly low or high scores—and then forward a list of these groups to the ARC. The ARC will decide if low-scoring groups will be placed on probation and also award incentives like TVs or basketball tickets to high-scoring groups. ARC can also choose to punish or reward groups not referred to it by Campus Council, Temple said. He also said groups cannot be on probation for more than two years. ARC has the ability to take groups off probation or take away their on-campus housing. Temple added that groups without housing will have the ability to submit requests for housing to ARC. Groups that already have housing can apply to ARC for a new section. ARC will evaluate these requests on See campus council on page 9

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Members of Campus Council approved the Collaborative Housing Process at the group’s meeting Thursday evening.


“When you’re playing in front of 8,000 people and on ESPNU, you have no trouble motivating guys....”

­—Men’s lacrosse head coach John Danowski on playing Virginia. See story page 12

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Volcanic ash disrupts air travel for thousands across Europe

Hospital visitation rights Old CIA tapes raise concern extended to partners of gays WASHINGTON, D.C. — The 2005 destruction of 92 videotapes documenting the harsh interrogation of terrorism suspects at secret CIA prisons immediately prompted concern at agency headquarters that the decision was not adequately cleared and may have been improper, according to newly released documents. A day after the destruction, Kyle “Dusty” Foggo, then the executive director of the CIA, was told that “we may have `improperly’ destroyed something,” according to an e-mail. The message was written by Foggo’s deputy, who remains undercover, according to a former intelligence official. “There may have been some people who thought precise procedure wasn’t followed, but I haven’t heard of anyone who believed at the time that any law had been broken,” said a U.S. official familiar with the matter.

A man’s errors are his portals of discovery. — James Joyce

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama mandated Thursday that hospitals extend visitation rights to the partners of gay men and lesbians and allow same-sex couples to share medical power of attorney, perhaps the most significant step so far in his efforts to expand the rights of gay Americans. The president directed the Department of Health and Human Services to prohibit discrimination in hospital visitation in a memo that was e-mailed to reporters Thursday night while he was at a fundraiser in Miami. Administration officials and gay activists, who have been quietly working together on the issue, said the new rule, once in place, will affect any hospital that receives Medicare or Medicaid funding, a move that covers the vast majority of the nation’s health-care institutions.

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LONDON — A cloud of volcanic ash that wafted in from Iceland shut down airports across Northern Europe on Thursday, causing a ripple effect that is expected to snarl air traffic around the globe for days to come. The paralysis that began in London and Paris soon spread to Hong Kong and Tokyo, to Nairobi and Buenos Aires, and to New York and Washington. It was, by all accounts, one of the most bizarre acts of nature ever to constrict world travel, and it grounded tens of thousands of passengers internationally. Until the eruption, which began last month, Iceland’s long volcanic history was little known beyond trivia games, but as that legacy surfaced Thursday, so did news that the last time the Eyjafjallajokull volcano exploded—187 years ago—the eruptions went on for more

than a year. Officials were at a loss to predict how long it would take for the ash to dissipate or for flights to resume. If the particle-laden cloud lingers through the weekend—and there were predictions it would take two days to clear once the eruptions stop—it could disrupt plans of President Barack Obama and other world leaders to attend Sunday’s state funeral for Polish President Lech Kaczynski, who died in a plane crash. Experts said that the weather radar on aircraft cannot detect the cloud of ash and that the particles could choke jet engines enough to shut them down. As the cloud moved across Europe on Thursday, officials closed the airspace in Britain, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland, and parts of France, Germany and Poland.

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Conference explores Obama Debate over financial administration, nat’l security overhaul intensifies by Brady Dennis

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Aziz Mekouar, the Moroccan ambassador to the United States, speaks during the “National Security Challenges and the Obama Administration” conference in the Fuqua School of Business Thursday afternoon. by Rohan Taneja THE CHRONICLE

Dozens of professors, high-ranking government officials and other experts have gathered this week at the Fuqua School of Business to debate U.S national security policy. The conference, sponsored by the School of Law and titled “National Security Challenges and the Obama Administration,” includes two days of panels on topics such as cyberterrorism response and environmental effects on security. Yesterday’s event drew some of America’s top legal minds, including Robert Litt, the general counsel for the Director of National Intelligence and Jeh Johnson, the Defense Department’s general counsel. Johnson, expressed support for President Barack Obama’s policies on national security. He said decisions like closing the

detention center at Guantanamo Bay are given deadlines by federal judges in most cases. The role of the courts is crucial in establishing national security policy and speeding up the decision-making process, even if this means that policies cannot always remain uniform. “Consistency for the sake of consistency has its risk,” he said. “I am confident that the policies of the Obama administration will stand in the courts,” Major themes being addressed during the conference include how the current administration is changing U.S policy, and whether the nation is moving in the right direction. The federal government’s role in assuring national security was a controversial topic. Paul Rosenzweig, a panelist from See security on page 8

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—“Big bank bailouts! Big bank bailouts!” So goes the refrain for Republican leaders this week, whose escalating attacks on a proposed overhaul the financial regulatory system center on charges that the legislation perpetuates taxpayer-funded rescues of big Wall Street firms. Democrats have remained equally persistent in dismissing such claims as “false talking points” and a “parade of bamboozlement,” according to Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., the bill’s author. They argue that their legislation does just the opposite, ensuring that failing financial firms would be shut down and that their management teams, shareholders and creditors would suffer painful losses—all without a dollar of taxpayer money at stake. As shouting senators from both sides try to sway public opinion, Democrats on Thursday signaled a willingness to bet that they have the stronger hand. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, DNev., said he plans to bring the financial overhaul bill to the Senate floor as soon as next week—earlier than expected. The strategy, according to Obama administra-

tion officials and congressional aides, is to pressure Republicans by daring them to make an election-year vote against legislation that Democrats have portrayed as essential to reforming Wall Street. For their part, Senate Republicans have scrambled to remain united in their opposition to the current legislation, going as far as to try to get all 41 members to sign a letter pledging to block the bill unless Democrats revive bipartisan negotiations. “There’s no reason for this not to be a bipartisan compromise, but we’re out of the room right now,” Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H. said in an interview this week. “I think the only thing that gets us back to the table is that we show that they can’t pass the Dodd bill on the floor without Republicans being engaged in the process.” In the meantime, GOP leaders have continued to insist that the bill, put forward by Dodd, the banking committee chairman, and supported by the White House, is little more than a way to solidify the United States as a bailout nation. Behind all the fiery rhetoric lie serious policy disagreements over Dodd’s legislation.

CORRECTIONS A caption for a photograph that accompanied the April 15 article, “Forum promotes cultural dialogue,” incorrectly named the speaker shown. The individual pictured was Vivian Wang, program coordinator of the Center for Multicultural Affairs. The Chronicle regrets the error.

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Seniors Jon Scheyer (left), Brian Zoubek (center) and Lance Thomas (right), members of the men’s basketball national championship team, throw the ceremonial opening pitches at the Durham Bulls game Thursday afternoon.

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ipad from page 1 professor’s proposal, students will be provided with iPads to use in the course. After a semester, the professor must provide an evaluation of the device. O’Brien said that so far, about eight to 10 faculty members have contacted CIT to learn more about the iPad. “I wouldn’t be surprised if in the Fall, we have at least half a dozen instructors doing some type of experiment with them over the course of the semester,” she said. David Johnston, a research scientist in marine science and conservation at the Nicholas School of the Environment, is hoping to get funding to use the iPad in his course on marine megafauna. “One of the things that we can do with mobile devices [like the iPad] is use rich media to help explain how those animals move, how they spend their days and where they go using video animation,” Johnston said. “Mobile applications provide the ability to interact with data and to explore the information to better understand it.”

He said the iPad could be used to explore population models or demonstrate how penguins forage and use their flippers to swim. Even students who do not sign up for courses that use iPads may see benefits from the device. The Duke University Computer Store currently has iPads for sale and has sold approximately six so far, said Twanda Whitten, assistant manager at the store. O’Brien said there are many iPad applications that could be useful for students, including a new application created by Blackboard Inc. She added that the University was involved in early testing of Blackboard’s application, which allows students to access information on Blackboard from an iPad. Duke was asked to be involved in the process due to its “reputation for trying to do things early with new technology,” O’Brien said. In Fall 2004, the University provided a 20 GB iPod for every incoming freshman to encourage academic use of the devices.

“With the iPod... we chose to be one of the early institutions to find the role of this new technological device in education,” O’Brien said. “We decided to let 1,000 flowers bloom, to make broad access to [the iPod].” Since then, the University has not provided free technological devices for its incoming students and there are no plans to provide iPads to the Class of 2014. “The iPod project was a one-time project that was funded through strategic initiative funds.” O’Brien said. CIT will have iPads available for examination at the upcoming Instructional Technology Showcase April 30 in Perkins Library. At the event, Duke faculty will discuss what they have done with technology in their classes. Students and faculty will also be able to propose ideas to CIT consultants at the event. “If there are people out there who have interesting ideas for learning, I hope they’d get in contact with us,” O’Brien said. “The best ideas don’t come from the companies and they don’t come from us—they come from the faculty and students.”

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Obama reports $5.5 million in 2009 income by Michael Shear and David Hilzenrath The Washington Post

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Jan. 20, 2009, Barack Obama raised his hand and took the oath of office. It made him president, and it didn’t hurt his book sales, either. On Thursday, the White House posted online the 2009 tax return for the president and the first lady, offering a peek into the book royalty engine that continues to fuel their status as millionaires. The first couple reported an adjusted gross income of $5.5 million, almost all of it from royalties

associated with the president’s two best sellers: the 2004 “Dreams from My Father” and the 2006 “The Audacity of Hope.” The first book—about his early life and his struggle to find a racial identity—earned about $3.3 million in 2009. The second, a more policyoriented book, brought $2.3 million in for the president and his family. In 2008, the books together earned them $2.6 million. A large portion of the royalties came from sales overseas, an indication of the president’s popularity abroad . The tax returns indicate that $1.6 million of the total

book income was taxable in “various” foreign countries. As president, Obama collected a salary of $400,000, an amount that reflects an increase that took effect in 2001. A White House official said Obama’s money is not kept in a blind trust, as other presidents— including Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan—have done. The income from the books, together with the money Obama inherited from his grandmother after she died in late 2008 and other income, required Obama to pay $1.79 million in taxes.

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orthopaedic from page 1 reject the proposal if it detects a flaw that was previously undiscovered. The Division of Orthopaedic Surgery has been interested in becoming a department at Duke since the early 1980s, Nunley said. Becoming a department will allow the group to follow a commonly accepted national model for medical departments and have a seat at the table on decisions about resource and space allocation. Almost 90 percent of medical schools across the country have orthopaedic surgery departments, Cuffe noted. Duke’s orthopaedic group—which currently has around 50 clinical faculty members—has a research portfolio that would put them in the top three to five departments in the country, Cuffe said. He added that Duke orthopaedic surgery has performed excellently in all three of the medical center’s areas of focus: research and education, the Private Diagnostic Clinic and the Duke University Hospital. Research is most important within the medical school, and the hospital and PDC—an independent practice of the faculty physicians—are important for clinical practice, he said. “They are a large department and they deserve [the departmental status],” Cuffe said. “We don’t do this very casually.... Three years ago, we put together principles [for becoming a department] for what is best in terms of education, research and the clinical practice.” Before the Department of Dermatology was approved February 2009, there had not been a new department since 1991, when the Radiation Oncology Department was created, Cuffe said. Duke Orthopaedic Surgery has grown significantly over the past 25 years, Nunley said, adding that the division now has 50 faculty and 150 physicians in surgery, compared to seven faculty and 50 physicians in 1980. Because of its steady growth, Nunley said he believes orthopaedics should have a stronger voice in decisions regarding operating room space, equipment and research labs. In order to get to the current point in the approval process, the department upgrade proposal was brought before multiple committees, Cuffe said. The proposal was then presented to the Academic Council, which endorsed it March 18. If approved by the BOT in May, the School of Medicine will make orthopaedic surgery an official department July 1, 2010, Cuffe said, adding that the PDC and university hospital will follow suit. Nunley said the importance of orthopaedic surgery is evident in current statistics. Thirty percent of doctor visits are musculoskeletal related, and projections show that there will not be enough orthopaedic surgeons by 2020 to treat hip fractures in women with osteoporosis, he said. He added that change to departmental status will help with faculty training and retention and hopefully expose medical students to orthopaedic surgery earlier in their education. Cuffe said he is confident in the division’s chances. “I think [this process has been] driven appropriately,” Cuffe said. “It has been followed very closely, very slowly, very deliberately. We’re really excited, as is the dean, that we’re going to have a [new] department. It will be very good for the medical center.” Nancy Andrews, vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, declined to comment. Dr. Victor Dzau, chancellor for health affairs and president and CEO of DUHS, could not be reached for comment.

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Campus council from page 1 a case-by-case basis. Temple noted that groups will only be able to move sections if space is available. “Just because a group wants to move doesn’t mean they can,” said Joe Gonzalez, associate dean for residential life. According to the CHP handbook, ARC will have a membership proportional to the population of West Campus, with five unaffiliated members, one representative from IFC and one from SHC. ARC will be jointly chaired by the president of Campus Council if he is unaffiliated and by the executive director of Residence Life and Housing Services. If the president of Campus Council is affiliated, Campus Council will choose one of its unaffiliated members instead. The executive director of RLHS position is currently vacant. Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta, Dean of Undergraduate Education Steve Nowicki, Terry Lynch, RLHS assistant dean for Central Campus and Deb LoBiondo, RLHS assistant dean for West Campus, will be mem-

bers of ARC. Two additional staff members chosen by the ARC co-chairs will also join the committee. Two stipulations IFC and SHC requested were to have representatives present at the meetings where Campus Council selects staff members and independent students to serve on the ARC, and to make the director of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life a voting member of ARC, Temple added. Campus Council granted these requests, but the director of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life can only vote when ARC is considering a fraternity. The council emphasized the importance of collaboration with the ratification of CHP. To support this initiative, Campus Council has made the CHP handbook available on its Web site and has created a survey to encourage students to submit feedback on the new process. In other business: The council voted to award $1,640 to the third annual McKids Fest, a fundraiser sponsored by McKids, a studentrun organization dedicated to volunteering and fundraising for the Ronald McDonald House of Durham. McKids

Fest will feature student performance groups like DefMo, the Pitchforks and Panda Force. The event will offer free food, drinks, T-shirts and prizes. The fundraiser is April 23 on the Bryan Center Plaza. Campus Council Facilities and Services Chair Douglas Hanna, a freshman, announced that the committee has received approval to purchase a reverse vending machine. The committee is also purchasing ice machines and a photo machine to be installed in McClendon Tower, Hanna said.


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Trio of freshmen making impact on the diamond by Jason Palmatary THE CHRONICLE

While it has been a bit of an up-and-down season as the Blue Devils have been forced to navigate through college baseball’s toughest conference, there is certainly reason to be excited about the future as a number of freshmen No. 8 have been making significant conFSU tributions. Infielders Marcus Strovs. man and Eric Brady and starting pitcher Chase Bebout have been Duke particularly impressive. Head coach Sean McNally knew FRIDAY-SUNDAY that he had brought in a talented Cary, N.C. recruiting class and had expectations that they would be able to contribute in some fashion, but it wasn’t until the fall that he got a good feel for how the incoming players would fit into the mix. “Our fall was really important as it gave these guys the chance to compete internally against the other guys in our program,” McNally said. “It was then that they and I realized that these guys had a chance to step in and play a lot immediately.” Although the freshmen’s talent level has never been questioned, their role at Duke wasn’t immediately defined. In the case of Brady, the coaching staff was always impressed with the readiness of his defensive game at the college level, even though there wasn’t an opening for him in the infield. However, when senior Ryan McCurdy vacated third base to fill the void at catcher, Brady—a high school shortstop—was the logical replacement. The Cary, N.C., native has had to adjust to battling ACC pitchers and is hitting a respectable .242 on the season. But getting comfortable with the different angles

playing third and quicker reaction times on the defensive side is something that has come relatively easier. “You are so much closer, and everyone is hitting the ball hard,” Brady said. “Now, I know why they call it the hot corner.” See freshmen on page 14

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Freshman Marcus Stroman, who has pitched and played the infield, has displayed tremendous versatility in his first season at Duke.

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Difficult course looms at ACCs by Nicholas Schwartz THE CHRONICLE

This morning, No. 5 Duke will tee off in the ACC Championships at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., looking to continue the Blue Devils’ dominance of the tournament over the past two deACC cades. BeChamps. fore being FRIDAY-SUNDAY dethroned Sedgefield C.C. by Wake Greensboro, N.C. Forest last year, Duke won 13 ACC titles in a row from 1996 to 2008. Freshman Lindy Duncan will hope to carry the substantial momentum she’s generated in the spring season into Greensboro. Duncan leads the ACC in scoring average at 72.38, and is coming off of two consecutive top-five finishes—including a

No. 5 Blue Devils face utmost challenge in UVa by Jacob Levitt THE CHRONICLE

No. 5 Duke has passed its recent tests—entering this weekend, the Blue Devils have won eight straight—but it faces something of a final exam against No. 1 Virginia Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Duke (10-3, 0-2 ACC) has beaten four ranked opponents over its last eight games and five over the course of the season, but No. 1 has gone only 2-3 against top-10 teams. UVa Virginia (11-0, 2-0) has beaten three topvs. 5 opponents this season, including thenNo. 5 No. 1 Syracuse. Duke While the Blue Devils are trying to treat the Cavaliers like any other opponent, the SATURDAY, 8:30 p.m. team is well aware of the fact that this is a Charlottesville, Va. game of a different magnitude. “We coach everybody the same way, [and] we look a lot at what we do—what are we doing well and what are we struggling with—it’s the next game and the next set of preparation,” head coach John Danowski said. “[But] when you’re playing in front of 8,000 people and on ESPNU, you have no trouble motivating guys, and the guys are gonna be anxious and ready to play.” Over the last five years, Duke has been up to the challenge of facing an always-talented Virginia squad, going 5-0 against the Cavaliers since 2004. “We’ve always kind of matched up well against them even though we play kind of similar styles,” senior captain Ned Crotty said. “They’ve been better at our style than we have this year... but we’re still playing our own game and we’re just focusing on execution.” See cavaliers on page 14

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tournament victory in the Liz Murphey Classic—over Duke’s last two outings. “I’m just going to try and have a really good practice round, and try to learn the greens as best I can,” Duncan said. The unique greens will likely be the story of the weekend, and the team that can tame the dome-shaped surfaces has a good chance at winning come Sunday. Sedgefield was designed by legendary golf architect Donald Ross, the mastermind behind countless American classics including Oakland Hills and North Carolina’s own Pinehurst No. 2, and the course will prove to be one of the stiffest challenges Duke has faced this year. Ross courses are typified by subtle natural challenges and

Since its remarkable win over thenNo. 3 Southern California, No. 14 Duke is on a torrid streak, winning 10 of 11 matches and solidifying its secondplace position in the ACC standings. Miami This weekend, vs. the Blue Devils travNo. 14 el to Florida and look to continue Duke their impressive FRIDAY, 3 p.m. run Friday at 3 p.m. Coral Gables, Fla. against Miami (9-10, 3-6 in the ACC) and Florida State (136, 6-3) Sunday at 1 FSU p.m. in their reguvs. lar season finale. No. 14 “We’re in a Duke great place now, and it really started SUNDAY, 1 p.m. Tallahassee, Fla. when we beat USC. It proved to our guys we could compete at the highest level,” head coach Ramsey Smith said.

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Duke hosts pair of top-15 rivals Duke and Miami aren’t natural rivals. Coral Gables is hundreds of miles away from Durham, and Miami only joined the ACC a few years ago, so there’s no historical link between the two programs, either. But one was forged last season, during which the Blue Devils had to go through Miami not once but twice en route to the national championship. After losing to the Hurricanes 5-2 during the regular season, Duke won an epic ACC tournament championship match, 4-3, to claim that crown. Then, the two teams met for a third time in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals, and Duke performed well enough to earn a 4-1 victory. No. 15 Two days later, the Blue Devils were FSU national champions. vs. This year hasn’t gone as smoothly No. 6 for either program after both teams Duke lost their best players—Duke’s Mallory Cecil and Miami’s Julia Cohen, SATURDAY, 1 p.m. who met in the semifinals of the individual portion of the NCAA tournaNo. 11 ment last season, are now full-time Miami pros on the WTA tour. In their absence, though, both vs. programs have remained elite. Duke No. 6 (18-5, 6-3 in the ACC) recently went Duke through a rough patch during which it lost three straight conference SUNDAY, 1 p.m. Ambler Stadium matches, but the Blue Devils are still ranked sixth in the nation. Miami (16-3, 9-0), meanwhile, comes in at No. 11 in the most recent poll and is tied for first in the conference with fellow undefeated North Carolina. The two teams will meet Sunday afternoon at Ambler Tennis Stadium, with doubles play set to begin at 1 p.m. The Hurricanes have dominated the conference thanks in part to the stellar permormance of their best player, senior Laura Vallverdu. Sixth-ranked Vallverdu, an NCAA individual finalist in 2009, has gone 16-3 in the team campaign, and she will provide a real challenge to No. 50 Ellah Nze, who figures to play on the top line for Duke Sunday. The Blue Devils can’t concentrate solely on Miami, though—No. 15 Florida State will also visit this weekend. That match is set to begin Saturday at 1 p.m. at Ambler, and the Seminoles (12-7, 6-2) are neck-and-neck with Duke in the race for third place in the ACC behind the Hurricanes and Tar Heels. —from staff reports


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W. Golf from page 12 unforgivingly undulating greens that reward only the most accurate approaches. “When you play courses like Sedgefield, it’s kind of like there are three greens within one green,” senior Alison Whitaker said, “and you have to know which part to hit into. Sometimes you have to hit away from where the flag is.” Head coach Dan Brooks has been stressing short-game preparation ahead of the test at Sedgefield, as the Blue Devils as a team were slightly lackluster when close to the hole two weeks ago at the Bryan National Collegiate. To simulate the fast pace of the upcoming greens, the groundskeepers have cut the grass shorter at the Duke practice facility. And although the Blue Devils will be prepared for the slippery surfaces, they will need to remain focused and hit intelligent shots to overcome the landscape. “It feels like you’re trying to land the ball on a basketball,”

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Brooks said. “The ball just wants to spill off in any direction.” The break in the schedule following Duke’s last tournament April 2-4 has been kind to the Blue Devils, who have all been able to sharpen their games in practice. Freshman Courtney Ellenbogen, for one, has made visible advances in her ball striking over the past week and a half. She will need to be accurate over the par-71 track, which includes more than a few well-guarded landing areas off the tee and bunkers surrounding many of the greens.

“It feels like you’re trying to land the [golf] ball on a basketball.” — Head coach Dan Brooks “Courtney’s made a really evident improvement with her long game, and it takes some courage to do that [at this point in the year],” Brooks said. “She’s got a big challenge ahead of her.”

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freshmen from page 12 Joining Brady in the infield on a regular basis has been fellow freshman Marcus Stroman, who was picked in the 18th round of last year’s MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals but never seriously considered bypassing the collegiate level. In high school, the Long Island native excelled both on the mound and at shortstop. Stroman, the regular second baseman, has been an anchor up the middle for a unit with one of the nation’s highest fielding percentages and has continued to make strides at the plate. He has also been impressive late in games on the mound, going 3-1 and even locking down three games with saves. “We knew Marcus was really talented from

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the get-go,” McNally said. “We always knew that he would be able to contribute but just didn’t know where. He’s done great things out in the field and out of the back end of the bullpen as well.” With Stroman and Brady busy trying to solve opposing pitchers, their fellow first-year, Chase Bebout, has been trying to quell opposing bats. By his own admission, the 6-foot-6 righthander wasn’t always the favorite to be the first freshman to crack the regular pitching rotation. “I was one of the most rocky guys coming in,” Bebout said. “I wasn’t in good shape, and I wasn’t mentally tough. The older guys have been tough on me, but it’s helped me in getting the most out of my ability.” Bebout, who got his feet wet in starts against lesser nonconference competition such as Quinnipiac and Liberty, is a perfect 4-0 on the season with an impressive 3.21 ERA. Last weekend, McNally gave him a vote of confidence in the form of his first weekend start and ACC debut against Clemson. He rewarded his coach’s faith by pitching into the eighth inning of a 7-2 win that clinched the series, and he will start the Sunday game this weekend against Florida State. Though the Blue Devils are still a long way from where they hope to be a few years from now, and the freshmen’s dearth of experience definitely has led to some mistakes, winning matchups against top-25 teams like Clemson with crucial contributions from the younger players is certainly promising. ISO 12647-7 Digital Control Strip “The more you play early, the better,” McNally said. “The more exposure you get to the ACC, the better. These are the guys that are going to be setting the bar for the other guys in their class and guys coming in after them.” 2007


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cavaliers from page 12 Crotty and Duke’s other seniors have been executing well this season—recently, Crotty and fellow captains Max Quinzani and Parker McKee were named as finalists for the Tewaaraton Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top player. But this week’s practices have allowed Duke to return the focus to preparing itself to be the best it can be, and the training was particularly valuable since the Blue Devils had not had a full week to prepare for a game since the March 20 game against Penn State. 84906J In fact, the eight days between this match and Duke’s last game—a 19-8 blowout of Presbyterian—represent the longest stretch between games Duke has had the entire season. T:10” The timing couldn’t be better for the 100 40

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m. tennis from page 12 “Everyone is contributing to the wins right now.” Coming off an exhilarating 4-3 victory over No. 19 North Carolina which featured several gritty, come-frombehind victories, Duke (15-6, 8-1) will rely on its toughness and no-quit attitude to finish its ACC season on a six-match win streak. In the last month, the Blue Devils are 4-1 in meets decided by one point. “I think this year we’ve shown a lot more toughness than we have the last few years,” Smith said. “Our guys are fighting really hard and are coming through in the clutch.” Despite the emotional win over its archrival, Duke still has a lot to play for in these final two matches of the regular season. A pair of victories would impact the Blue Devils beyond seeding in next weekend’s ACC tournament and would help them achieve their goal of hosting an NCAA regional on May 15 and 16. The coaching staff continues to emphasize the importance of every match, especially given what’s at stake for Duke.

“I think it’s important to just take it one match at a time. [We] know we’re near the end of the season and we need to be 100 percent prepared for each match,” Smith said. “There are only a few matches left, so we look to finish [the season] strong.” Early in matches, Duke will rely on the pairing of freshman Henrique Cunha and sophomore Reid Carleton, who recently earned the No. 1 doubles ranking in the country. In their first match after ascending to No. 1, however, the tandem lost 9-7 to North Carolina’s Clay Donato and Stefan Hardy. Despite their small lapse, Smith continues to have complete confidence in his top doubles team and believes they still are the top duo in the country. “They deserve it with how many matches they’ve won and the teams they’ve beat. You know rankings are nice, but I think both of them are a lot more focused on helping the team get wins,” Smith said. The tremendous play of Cunha and Carleton seems to have rubbed off on their teammates, as the Blue Devils seem poised to leave Florida victorious and make a run in the ACC tournament.

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Vote for Akpaninyie The two candidates for Akpaninyie wants to work Duke Student Government with the Duke Center for vice president for Durham Civic Engagement and the and regional affairs—Ubong Duke Partnership for Service Akpaninyie, a sophomore, to improve the publicity of and Gordon Wilson, a fresh- service programs and make man—are remarkably similar. it easier for Duke students Ultimately, to volunteer in though, AkDurham. Wileditorial paninyie’s exson advocates tra year of experience and for a similar approach. his deeper understanding Akpaninyie hopes to of Duke-Durham dynamics increase collaboration bemake him the best person tween Duke, North Carolina for the job. Central University and the Both candidates have University of North Carolina served in the Senate’s at Chapel Hill. Wilson’s platDurham and regional af- form expresses similar aspirafairs committee, and both tions. of their platforms place a These ideas are creative, strong focus on the need to but they fail to take into acstreamline civic engagement count the fact that the funactivities between Duke and damental role of the VP for Durham. Both aim to build Durham and regional affairs relationships between Duke is not programmatic in naand local universities. ture. Although off-campus


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events and community service initiatives are nice, what matters most is that the VP builds the necessary relationships and develops sophisticated on-the-ground knowledge to effectively represent the student body to the external community. The two-year history of this vice presidential position underlines this important distinction. What enabled Will Passo and his predecessor Andrew Brown to successfully diffuse the unrest in the Trinity Heights neighborhood was not any program or event, but rather the fact that they had taken the time to attend neighborhood association meetings, speak with residents and listen to their concerns. This is the approach next year’s vice president must

adopt, and it is within this context that each candidate should be evaluated. As a sophomore and second-year member of the Durham and regional affairs committee, Akpaninyie is inherently more qualified for the position of VP. Because he has lived in Durham for two years and has experienced life on both West and East Campuses, Akpaninyie is better positioned to understand the ins and outs of the Durham community. He will also be able to more effectively engage with Durham as the representative of the student body. This is not to discredit Wilson’s candidacy. He is intelligent, articulate and a sharp thinker. His “Crazie for a Day” proposal—which would use athletics to bridge

the Duke-Durham divide—is imaginative. But as a freshman on East Campus, Wilson has lived in Durham for only eight months, and he has not been fully exposed to all facets of the Duke-Durham relationship. With another year of experience, Wilson could make a fine VP candidate. Although both candidates are solid, Akpaninyie’s vision, experience and leadership potential push him over the edge. The Chronicle’s independent Editorial Board formally endorses Ubong Akpaninyie for the position of vice president for Durham and regional affairs. Chelsea Goldstein, Michelle Sohn and Charles Colbert recused themselves from this editorial due to ties to the candidates.

Casting the net

ince moving off-campus this semester, I have It is not enough to enjoy something in the mocome to dread the daily ritual of gathering ment—that one quote that sticks in your mind, my belongings for my day on campus. Every the image that jumps out at you, the experience morning I think surely, I don’t of meeting someone new or the need to take all of this with me, company of an old friend—and but then I realize there is nothing move on without giving it a second I can leave behind. thought. I need the computer charger so This is not to say we should dwell that I can spend the odd hours in on the past, but rather we should between classes sending rapid-fire take full advantage of the present. e-mails and working piecemeal on We need to take all that is given to assignments that are quickly comus, gathering it up to keep with us eliza french ing due. I need to bring a packed for the duration. je ne sais quoi lunch when there is no time to buy Even the experiences that may food and eat with friends. bear down on us the hardest, that Even something as trivial as chapstick provides make us close our eyes and cringe to think of them essential relief at the crucial moment, after a long and are almost too heavy to hold, often make the day of pensive lip-chewing . deepest impressions on our lives. The net can be To make matters worse, I only accumulate strong enough to catch and store everything, if we more—books, papers, bottles of water, cups of are willing to hold it open. coffee—as I continue on throughout my day. As the pressures of our lives relentlessly push us I am almost always on the verge of dropping toward the future, taking the time to fully approeverything and watching all the objects of my daily priate the present hardly seems worthwhile. But it life tumble into disarray across the floor. Even af- is exactly as we are evaluating what would be best ter I finally set my bags down and have my hands for us later that we most benefit from understandfree, my shoulders and arms still ache from the ing the experiences that define us now. phantom weight. The learning curve for self-awareness on colBut I need to carry this unbearable burden to lege campuses everywhere is steep. Undergrads live the life I lead, to be me as I have come to be. are notorious for changing majors almost as often Even if the rest of you haven’t resorted to be- as we allegedly change romantic partners. coming bag ladies, you all carry as much as I do Even if neither of these stereotypes is accurate, and collect as many new items each day. very few of us can say that we are living exactly the When the author Jonathan Safran Foer spoke life we thought we wanted when we first arrived on campus Monday night, he compared writing to at Duke. casting a net. He described it as a way to capture We can never know now what we will need later. all of the little things that strike us in passing, to So I will keep packing my bag each morning full of make sure they stick with us, rather than fall for- everything that I might need to get me through my gotten out of our minds. day. And I will keep the net cast to catch the little Writing is his way of casting the net, but each things that would otherwise slip by into the past. of us can do the same by merely slowing down, even for just a brief moment of conscious selfEliza French is a Trinity junior. This is her final reflection. column of the semester.

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Love and rage


he end of the school year is a time of summing up. Some might look back on the articles I’ve written over the course of this year and see only a litany of hopelessness. Others might, and sometimes have, responded angrily to what I’ve written from time to time. Still others may be reading this column for the first time. To them I say welcome, and I invite them to look back at the archives online and michael stauch form their own opinions. spread the embers Still others have responded positively. They like what I say and the fact that I say it here at Duke. But they ask what they can gain from the perspectives I offer. They ask what the alternatives to the society we currently have are. Though they don’t say it in these terms, I see them asking how to live in our world today. How do we live if we’re opposed to so much of the barbarism we see around us? Yet, alternatives seem so few and far between, and acts of resistance, however brave, are quickly and brutally brought back within the realm of the possible, which is so often the realm of quiet desperation. To them I can give little comfort. We live in a cold, hard world. Our society is organized so that a very few live comfortably, still fewer live very well and fewer still live in profligate, even obscene wealth, while the vast majority lives from one day to the next, barely scrapping by. Increasingly, we approach destitution, and many of us live every day wondering where our next meal will come from. All this in an era when we’ve conquered the limits of the natural world, from the heavens above to the smallest atomic particles down below. Meanwhile, a layer of people is trapped in between these two: always grasping at the brass ring of fleeting success just out of reach, always fearful of being cast down into the depths below. The old truths provide no comfort, and many never believed them to begin with. A college education is no guarantee of employment. Owning a home is no guarantee against homelessness. Saving money is no guarantee against working well into your 70s or longer. These formerly self-evident truths are laughable in our generation. Those that once believed them today found themselves in an unsatisfactory situation. That is our world today. It is a cold, hard world. To pretend otherwise would be a betrayal. None of this will change unless we choose to change it. It will only ever change when great numbers of people, through practical experience gained in concrete struggle with the forces that oppress and oppose them, succeed in liberating themselves. A new society will be realized through the self-activity of ordinary people, or it will not be realized at all. But where does that leave us? At the risk of being terribly reductive—although all polemicists practice the art of inflammatory reduction if they hope to have any success—let me suggest two ways of being: love and rage. Love for family, friends, political comrades won in struggle for common liberation. Love for our ragtag, motley crew of renegades and castaways holding aloft the banner of a different world. Love for the men oppressed by the image of G.I. Joe masculinity that destroys the best of what’s inside us. Love for the women crushed by the “perfect” bodies of the Barbie dolls of our youth. Love for the suicidal tendencies we all inherit and try our best to overcome. Freedom, as they say, is a constant struggle. And that’s where the rage comes in. We are going to need a good bit of rage to create the world we all so desperately want and need. We need the rage to say “no” as much as we need the love to say “yes.” The rage of “sick days” at work when we feel fine or the rage of a freeway occupation demanding free education for all of us. The rage, the love, that expresses itself in passing out thousands of fliers, in getting rejected day after day but still coming back. The love that expresses itself in doing the slow, patient work necessary to build our power. The rage, the breathtaking rage, that sees a moment of insurrection as a breakthrough for our world. Love and rage. To live in our society, to overcome it and create something new, we need to embrace both. Love and rage—the creed of a new world in our hearts, waiting for the work of our hands to bring it forth. Thanks for your time, and good luck out there. Michael Stauch is a third-year Ph.D. student in history. This is his final column of the semester.

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want you to apply for a column because, in short, you know things the rest of this University does not. Let me explain. Anyone who attends a university for a few semesters will naturally feel an idealistic impulse to claim they know it inside and out. For seniors with but a few weeks left at Duke, this impulse probably has never been stronger. After ben brostoff four years of belonging bro’s stuff to any organization, it’s tempting to believe you understand it intimately. At some level, this is probably true. A Duke senior surely could describe any aspect of this university—be it academics, residential life or sports—better than anyone on the planet. Yet, the best astrophysicists in the world cannot forward a Unified Theory of Everything no more than the most passionate Blue Devils can explain the massive, nebulous entity that is Duke. The modern university has become so impossibly huge that it’s entirely feasible two college graduates will have absolutely nothing in common outside of the obvious. Duke is no exception. Academic overlap between students is in no way a given, as Curriculum 2000 grants undergraduates the power to fulfill graduation requirements in a countless number of ways (although, rightfully so, it’s still bashed for being too restrictive). With 6,000-plus undergraduates, there’s any number of niche social groups one could fall into that would completely differentiate his or her experience from a comparable peer. Of those 6,000 undergrads, Cameron’s student section can only house about a third, so the increasingly popular “basketball brings us together” argument is at best an advertising gimmick. Duke facilitates extremely stratified student experiences. Consequently, you writing 800 words about your time here would be infinitely different from me writing 800 words about mine. This little fact is what makes the back pages such a valuable part of The Chronicle. Five days a week, you’re


afforded the opportunity to gain new insight about the university from three of your peers and/or a faculty member, alum, administrator or other significant Duke personality. There is virtually no limit to the uniqueness of these insights. Over the past two years, reading this section has provided me with knowledge about the pressures of attending college as an illegal alien, the merits of the Troubled Assets Relief Program from the vantage point of a Duke economics professor and the hesitancy of an alum about Duke’s expansion in China. It has been my window into the myriad aspects of Duke I can never hope to know on a personal basis. As Editorial Page Editor for Volume 106, I hope to make it yours. What will afford me the opportunity to achieve this goal is you. And by “you,” in no way am I strictly referring to the undergraduate reader. I take you in this instance to mean not only undergraduates, but anyone who can represent even the slightest part of the Duke experience, so long as it’s from a unique angle. Fortunately, for the aspiring columnist in the Gothic wonderland, there is no shortage of these angles. One need not be a supremely engaged extracurricular protégé to be a skilled writer who can construct a cohesive column. Simply the ability to generate original content and present it in a structured manner will suffice for the job. The rest is practice. Indeed, there are perhaps few other ventures at Duke that can give you as thorough a grounding in creativity, research and writing as penning a weekly or biweekly column. So, I invite everyone at least tangentially affiliated with Duke, from any walk of life here, to apply for a column for next semester. I want to read about a professor’s attempts to reform his or her academic department. I want to know what it is exactly a biomedical engineering student studies and the consequences of these studies for the future. I want to learn the precise details of another culture from a student studying abroad, and how this culture compares to Duke’s own. In short, I want to absorb the spectrum of experiences possible at Duke: in this manner, the backpages can begin to encapsulate the enormity and complexity of Duke itself, if not make sense of it. Ben Brostoff is a Trinity sophomore and the Editorial Page Editor for Volume 106. E-mail him for a columnist application at Applications are due April 23.

Like it or not, Blue Devils are winners

portscasters say many sports fans dislike Duke University’s basketball team, which once again won the NCAA national championship. Why? Well, like the New York Yankees, it wins a lot. Duke has played in robert krueger the final game for the Men’s Division I naguest column tional basketball championship eight times in the last 24 years, almost twice as often as any other team. But Duke’s real sports success lies elsewhere. In 71 years, except for Stanford University in 1942, Duke is the only one of America’s academically rated Top 10 universities ever to have competed in the final round of the national basketball championship. Since 1987, U.S. News & World Report has annually ranked America’s universities. In 22 of 23 years, Duke was ranked in the Top 10. Others most often in this category are Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Chicago, MIT, Columbia, Cal Tech, Penn and Stanford. In demonstrating excellence in both academics and men’s basketball, Duke has no rival. Recently Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, suggested banning college teams from postseason play if they graduated less than 40 percent of their players. He noted that among universities in this year’s NCAA basketball playoffs, Baylor graduated only 36 percent, Kentucky 31 percent, California 20 percent and Louisville 38 percent. Although there are various methods of figuring college graduation rates, in the last decade Duke graduated 100 percent of its basketball players who stayed four years. Using the

Graduate Success Rate followed by the NCAA, Duke in 2009 graduated 92 percent. The money-grubbing commercialism found in many NCAA Division I college sports programs merits censure. During the declining Roman Empire, after Romans enjoyed watching professional gladiators fight, they tossed their broken bodies into the street. Universities that recruit students with little chance of ever graduating seem comparably callous. Duke’s rigorous academic standards require its famously successful Coach Mike Krzyzewski to recruit from a much smaller pool of high school athletes than most other college coaches. But obviously, Coach K and Duke value not just athletic prowess but also academic success and well-formed character. Coach K turned down the chance to coach Kobe Bryant and the L.A. Lakers, and also reportedly declined to coach the New Jersey Nets at $12 or $15 million per year average. Why? Maybe Coach K and Duke value money less than the opportunity to develop both mind and body, to encourage both intellectual growth and athleticism among the young. Our society should not forget that while developing athletic talent can be useful and important, the principal purpose of a university is to develop academic talent and character. Robert Krueger was an associate professor of English and vice provost and dean of Trinity College before serving as congressman, U.S. senator and an ambassador. A version of this column ran in the San Antonio Express-News April 14.

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• Student vs. Student-Athlete Talent Show • Celebrity Guest Judges featuring Coach Cutcliffe • The Men’s Basketball Team will be performing

20 | FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010 the chronicle

April 16, 2010 issue  

April 16th, 2010 issue of Duke Chronicle

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