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MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010
ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTH YEAR, Issue 135
Duke College Duke breaks ground on new dorm Republicans impeach chair Robinette says he was ousted due to his sexual orientation by Joanna Lichter THE CHRONICLE
Junior Justin Robinette has been forced to give up his position as chair of the Duke College Republicans. Robinette says he was ousted because he is gay, but other College Republicans denied Robinette’s claims. In a meeting Wednesday night, the group’s executive board voted unanimously to remove Robinette as club chair. The articles of impeachment approved by the organization list several instances in which Robinette displayed unprofessional conduct, but make no reference to his sexual orientation. “From the comments made to me before, from the hostile environment creatJustin Robinette ed... I believe my sexual orientation had a reason as to my impeachment,” Robinette said in an interview Sunday. Members of the College Republicans executive board rejected Robinette’s accusation, adding that his sexual orientation was widely known long before his impeachment. Robinette formally resigned from office Thursday following Wednesday’s impeachment vote. Robinette had served as the group’s chair since his sophSee robinette on page 7
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President Richard Brodhead (left) and Steve Nowicki (front row, right), dean and vice provost for undergraduate education, break ground on the K4 residence hall Friday. The building, which would complete the Keohane Quadrangle, marks the beginning of a new housing model for Duke. by Caitlin Johnson THE CHRONICLE
A week after the grand opening of Mill Village on Central Campus, Duke kicked off another project designed to improve residential life. Students gathered on Keohane Quadrangle Friday to watch President Richard Brodhead and Steve Nowicki, dean and vice provost for undergraduate education, break ground on the planned K4 residence hall. The ceremony, which included free frisbees and plas-
tic hard hats that read, “I built K4,” marked the beginning of construction on the first new residence hall since Bell Tower Residence Hall was completed in 2006. It was also Brodhead’s third ground-breaking this year—the first two were for the cancer center at Duke Hospital and for the campus in Kunshan, China. “You build buildings to enable what can happen in that building,” Brodhead said in his speech Friday. “For China See k4 on page 8
9 UVA DUKE 13 Brodhead emphasizes Duke drops No. 1 Cavs alumni donations in talk by Danny Vinik
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Concert marks Chapel’s 75th anniversary, Page 3
Duke walked into Charlottesville, Va. on an eight-game win streak, but without a marquee victory to its name. It leaves having knocked off the top team in the nation, an undefeated Virginia squad looking to beat Duke for the first time in seven years. The No. 5 Blue Devils did more than just defeat the Cavaliers in their 13-9 victory Saturday night. They dominated Virginia in all facets of the game and head back to Durham with a newfound confidence. The Cavaliers (11-1, 2-1 in the ACC) scored the first three goals of the game before Duke (11-3, 1-2) got on the scoreline. Senior Steve Schoeffel found redshirt sophomore Justin Turri in front of the Cavaliers’ net for Duke’s first goal with just more than
Duke alumni gathered this weekend to catch up with old classmates and give back to their alma mater—more than $11.1 million in givings. President Richard Brodhead greeted former Duke students Saturday for his annual Reunions Weekend State of the University address in Page Auditorium Saturday afternoon. Drawing on his talk from last year, Brodhead’s speech highlighted the financial state of the University relative to the unfavorable economic conditions over the past several years. Brodhead spoke to classes ranging from the Class of 1960 to the Class of 2010 on the importance of alumni donations and expressed his gratitude for those who have given to the University
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Duke’s attackmen had plenty of reason to celebrate Saturday night, as the Blue Devils scored 13 goals to take down undefeated Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.
by Tullia Rushton
“As a developmental leadership program, we wouldn’t want to have just one entry point into the program.”
—former Robertson Scholars Executive Director Tony Brown. See story page 4
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President Richard Brodhead receives class gifts before a speech in Page Auditorium Saturday. The address highlighted the financial status of the University.
FSU takes rubber game in Cary, Page 9
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Iran calls for U.S. disarmament of all atomic weapons
Mining industry hiring GOP criticizes financial bill practices raise concern WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama accused Republicans Friday of trying to carve out “special loopholes” for the financial sector in regulatory reform legislation and warned they would soon face a choice, whether to side with an unpopular industry or ordinary Americans. His pointed comments came as all 41 Senate Republicans signed a letter criticizing a bill before the Senate to overhaul financial oversight. They said the measure would stifle the economy by giving the government “unlimited regulatory powers” and called on the administration to start a new round of negotiations. Republicans added that they have the votes to prevent Democrats from bringing the bill to the floor.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 200 former congressional staff members, federal regulators and retired lawmakers are employed by the mining industry as lobbyists, consultants or senior executives, including dozens who work for coal companies with the worst safety records in the nation, a Washington Post analysis shows. The revolving door has also brought industry officials into government as policy aides in Congress or officials of the Mine Safety and Health Administration, which enforces safety standards. The movement between industry and government allows both to benefit from crucial expertise, but mining safety experts say it often has led to a regulatory system tilted toward coal company interests.
TEHRAN — Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the destruction of all atomic weapons Saturday, starting with those in the U.S. arsenal, in a speech at a nuclear disarmament conference attended by representatives of 60 countries. The two-day forum, titled “Nuclear energy for all, nuclear weapons for none,” came a week after the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, to which the Islamic republic was not invited. The United States was not invited to the Tehran conference. Ahmadinejad took particular aim at
President Barack Obama’s announcement this month of a new U.S. policy that does not rule out the use of nuclear weapons against Iran and North Korea. “Threatening with nuclear weapons only dishonored the American government officials and more fully exposed their inhumane and aggressive policies,” he said. Iran’s nuclear program was heavily debated at the Washington summit last week,with the United States working to win support from China for a fourth round of sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program.
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Pictured with her 5-month-old daughter Sabreen, Habiba Abdi fled Somalia after al-Shabab, a militia linked to al Qaeda, learned she was pregnant but unmarried. More than 2 million Somalis have fled the country because of al-Shabab’s violent insurgency against Somalia’s U.S.-supported government.
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Theater 2010: New Plays Festival Brody Theater, 7-9p.m. Enjoy plays written, directed and produced by students. Sponsored by Theater Studies.
East Asian Cinema—”Pacchigi! (We Shall Overcome Someday)” Griffith Theater, 8-10p.m. A Romeo and Juliet film featuring Japan’s Korean population and the volatile ethnic relations of 1960s Japan.
I <3 Female Orgasm White Lecture Hall, 6-7:30p.m. Join us to laugh and learn about the climax of the semester: “the big O.” Taught by sex educators Marshall Miller and Jocelyn Benson. Sponsored by Healthy Devils Peer Educators.
Haiti’s History: Foundations for the Future East Duke Parlors, 1-6p.m. This two-day event brings together leading scholars from Haiti and the United States to explore Haiti’s past and future.
Documentary Narrative Speaker Series: Wells Tower Center for Doc. Studies, 7-9p.m. Celebrated short story author and journalist Wells Tower will talk about documentary influences and his work across genres, including screenwriting.
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Concert celebrates Chapel’s 75th year Browne wins LEAF award by Tullia Rushton THE CHRONICLE
About 4,000 alumni gathered on campus this weekend as the Duke Chapel celebrated its 75th anniversary. Chapel staff decided alumni weekend was the best time to appreciate the history of the Chapel because both old and new students would be present to participate in the events, Dean of the Chapel Sam Wells said. Events included a worship service Sunday morning led by William Willimon, former dean of the Chapel and current bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. A concert was also held in the afternoon featuring the Duke Chapel Choir and organists. “[The Chapel] has been a great towering influence on the lives of those who came to the University,” Wells said. Wells noted that although 75 years may seem like a long time, it is only the beginning for the Chapel, adding that 75 years is a relatively short time in Chapel history. Construction of the Chapel began in 1930 and was completed in 1935 under Julian Abele, the chief architect for the Chapel. Structural changes over the past 75 years included the replacement of several wooden pews with wooden chairs after a fire in 1971 and the current restoration of the Chapel windows. Wells also said he hopes to bring “faith to intellect and intellect to faith,” despite the increasing religious diversity on Duke’s campus. “We hope the Chapel can be close to [all] hearts, despite religious affiliations,” he added.
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Duke Chapel Choir and organists perform during a concert celebrating the Chapel’s 75th anniversary Sunday. Wells also emphasized the need to reach out to current students. “We recognize that the nature of the student body is changing,” he said. “There are not as many people who naturally [or] immediately find a home at the Chapel so it’s important for the Chapel to find them.” In a speech to alumni Saturday, President Richard Brodhead noted that the Chapel has been a point of inspiration on campus. Brodhead compared the success of the Chapel construction, which occurred during the Great Depression, to the progress of the University through the recent eco-
nomic downturn. “Anyone can do well in an upturn, let’s see what we can do in a downturn,” he said. The Chapel not only holds significance for those on campus, but also for those living in the Durham area. Durham resident Meri-Frances Rega, whose fiancé has sung in the chapel choir for the past 10 years, noted that the Chapel is a large part of the community. She added that she and her fiancé will get married in the Chapel this June. “Being able to get married in the Duke Chapel is the icing on the cake,” she said.
Jackson Browne is no stranger to success. Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne received the 2010 award for Duke Lifetime Environmental Achievement in the Fine Arts in Page Auditorium Saturday afternoon. The ceremony, which drew a crowd of more than 100, annually honors an artist whose work has inspired others to create a sustainable future worldwide. The award was established last year by the Nicholas School for the Environment, and actor Robert Redford was the inaugural award recipient. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, Browne has become a household name for many with famous hits, including “Running on Empty” and “Somebody’s Baby.” His next album, titled “Love is Strange,” is set to release next month. “Whatever solutions we find must be solutions that we find together,” Browne said. In his speech, Browne emphasized the See browne on page 5
EDITOR’S NOTE An April 14 article, “Election marred by absences,” contained a quote that was incorrectly attributed to Aris Baras, a student in the School of Medicine and the Fuqua School of Business. The quote has been removed from the online version. Please contact Will Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
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soundoff:reunionweekend Duke Alumni from the classes of 2005, 2000, 1990, 1980, 1970 and 1960 were invited to campus this weekend to reunite and celebrate the years they graduated with their classmates. Alumni from other classes could also be found around campus spending time with friends and family. The Chronicle asked alumni what it was like to be back on campus and how it has changed since they graduated. —compiled by Carmen Augustine
“When we were here, the drinking age was 18.” —Tim Stodder, Engineering ’81
“It’s fabulous to be back and it’s just as beautiful as ever. It’s a walk down memory lane for us.” —Kim Makris, Trinity ’80
“It’s twice as big as it was when we were here.” —Allen Sewell, Trinity ’75
“It seems like there’s more obvious security.” —David Anderson, Trinity ’85 “It’s a lot spiffier than when we were here.” —Jan Bird, Trinity ’75
“I have a new appreciation for these old people. [The reunion] comes around very quickly.” —Steve Kiefer, Trinity ’85 “I would say the two most surprising things about the Duke campus are one, how much it stays the same, and two, how much it has changed... I just finished walking around East Campus and it’s pretty much exactly the same.” —Larry McMichael, Trinity ’75 “I’ve gotten lost on campus already, which I wouldn’t expect after five years.” —Daniel Landau, Pratt ’05 “In one way it feels like we never left. We just rode the bus from East to West and it was the same rumble.” —Bobbie Brown, Trinity ’80
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Alumni joined students in the Old Duke concert Friday as a part of alumni weekend festivities.
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Robertson names five new scholars from Class of 2013 by Nicole Kyle THE CHRONICLE
Five new scholars have joined the Robertson Scholars Program’s Class of 2013, program officials announced last week. Duke freshmen Fabio Berger, Alpha Tessema and Kelsey Woodford, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill freshmen Alec Rubenstein and Lauren Winston, were accepted through the Robertson Scholars’ First-Year Scholar program, which debuted this year. In an unprecedented procedure for the program, freshmen already enrolled in either university this year were allowed to apply to the current scholar class. “As a developmental leadership program, we wouldn’t want to have just one entry point into the program,” said Tony Brown, former executive director for the Robertson Scholars Program. “It opens up some of the program’s resources to other students at Duke and UNC.” The Robertson Scholars Program focuses on leader development through education and collaboration. The program requires students to study at both Duke and UNC and integrates community service, usually through a summer internship or volunteer Alex Perwich opportunity. Brown, who served as executive director from July 2007 to February 2010, pioneered the pilot program and was the first to suggest opening the scholarship to current freshmen. There were initially questions about how the pilot would change the Robertsons’ dynamic, but the applicants selected are indicative of the program as a success, Brown said. “I think the fact that we originally planned to select four [new scholars] and we selected five is evidence the transition went really, really well,” he said. The new scholars were selected from a pool of 161 applicants and a multi-step selection process, said current executive director, Alex Perwich, who assumed the position Feb. 15. Perwich said that as the new director, his agenda for the 10-year-old program is not one of change but of development. Using the program’s growing resources is a large part, he said. “It’s a young program with a growing alumni base,” he said. “It’s a dynamic, changing environment—we need to be a relevant resource always—it’s an incredible opportunity to be in the leader development industry.” Prospective applicants were e-mailed about the pilot program last November and applications were accepted until midJanuary. After winter break, finalists were selected through a series of three interviews. The process aimed to conclude in late February but was slightly delayed due to the shift in leadership. Winston said the delay made her believe that she had lost her chances at acceptance. “I’m really time line-oriented so I was under the impression I did not make it to the next round,” she said. “When I got the word I had made it through the preliminaries, I had already decided I hadn’t been chosen.” Across the board, however, the scholars agreed that the news was well worth the wait. “I mean, I was euphoric, I don’t know how to put it in any other word,” Berger said. “It took a while to sink in, something that huge—I really saw it as the first day of the rest of my life.” Tessema, who had applied to the program as a high school senior but was not selected, said he applied to Duke for the Robertson and jumped at the chance to apply again this year. “When we found out, it was numb and... unreal,” he said. The scholars said they are looking forward to a variety of new resources in the future. “The opportunity to study at both universities and to participate in the summer program, both domestic and abroad, are the things I’m looking forward to,” said Rubenstein. The other scholars in the program are also an attractive resource, Berger said. Woodford said the program’s unique perspective on leadership was appealing to her, and is also what she is most excited to encounter. “I will learn to lead in a collaborative way,” she said. “It’s a developing thing for me—it will make me grow as a person.” Perwich and Brown said they have high hopes for the new Robertson Class of 2013 members, but they do not know whether the program will continue to extend applications to freshmen until later this year. “The key thing now for them is to become assimilated into the program,” he said. ‘They don’t have any catching up or making up to do—as of today they are part of the Class of 2013 of Robertson scholars.”
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browne from page 3 need for worldwide cooperation in solving problems and highlighted connections between environmental and social causes. He said he believes that ideas such as human rights and environmental protection are linked, and that there is a strong relationship between poverty and sustainability. “Those on the margin of society have the least opportunity to be in tune with the natural world,” he said. A political activist throughout his career, Browne said he highlights environmental themes and encourages sustainability in his work. He is a member of Musicians United for Safe Energy, a group opposed to nuclear energy use, and most recently endorsed John Edwards in the 2008 presidential campaign. He has performed at benefit concerts for various nonprofit organizations. Ariel Dorfman, Walter Hines Page Research Professor of literature and Latin American studies, intro-
duced Browne at the ceremony and spoke to his success and character. A close friend of Browne, Dorfman is also famous for his own political activism in his home country of Chile. “[Browne] is filled with a deep humanity,” Dorfman said. “He holds each person sacred, and it’s not strange that he wants to treat the earth the same way.” Browne also discussed environmental issues, such as the problem with single-use plastics, which he said were uneconomical because they are not biodegradable and cause elevated water costs. Despite serious challenges, however, Browne said he maintains a strong sense of hope for the future and believes in worldwide potential for sustainability. Browne ended his speech by singing for the audience, including an improvisation on songs he is currently writing. “Cutting through the veil of illusion, moving beyond past conclusions—if I could be anywhere right now, I want to be here,” Brown sang.
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Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne performs after he received the Duke Lifetime Environmental Achievement award Saturday afternoon.
brodhead from page 1 this year. “You can help us give to future students the opportunities you valued in your time here,” he said. Donations this year ranged from the Class of 2010’s gift of $20.10 to the Class of 1980’s check of almost $2.6 million. Brodhead noted that the University’s goal is to raise $11.4 million in alumni donations by June 30— the end of the fiscal year. At the end of June, the class with the highest level of donation participation will win the “President’s Cup” and the class with the highest dollar total will receive the “President’s Platter,” Brodhead said. In his speech, Brodhead noted that the recession has not hurt Duke as much as other institutions. Despite the poor economy, the number of students applying to Duke has increased within the last couple years, he said, adding that 26,700 students applied to join the Class of 2014—a 10,000-applicant increase from six years ago. Brodhead noted that Duke still manages to allocate $100 million for undergraduate financial aid each year. “The great universities aren’t the ones that only make progress during plush times,” Brodhead said. “The great universities are the ones that keep making progress in bad times too.” In addition to Duke’s finances, Brodhead described the current status of the campus and student body. He mentioned the constructions of the Nasher Museum of Art and the French Family Science Center, the success of the men’s basketball team and the recent improvement of the football team. He also noted the important role diversity in culture and skill plays in campus atmosphere. “Every day there is talent coming together to do something that no one could do alone,” Brodhead said. The congregation gave Brodhead a standing ovation as he finished his speech with a final thank-you to all who returned for campus for Reunions Weekend. “President Brodhead is very charismatic and I thought he did very well,” said Laura Dawahare, Trinity ’85. “Also, I live in Lexington, Ky. so I was very excited about [the National Championship] win.”
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Weekend wrapup Photos by Larsa Al-Omaishi, Lawson Kurtz, Tyler Seuc and Margie Truwit
The eventful weekend saw the K4 residence hall break ground and alumni from the Classes of 1960 to 2005 return to campus. 1. On Friday, the 10th annual Duke Startup Challenge concluded with Wasabi winning the Grand Finale event. 2. Howie Day performed during the Old Duke concert on Keohane Quadrangle Friday. 3. Students participated in the first annual Bull City Showdown Saturday, a basketball tournament for students from Duke and North Carolina Central University. 4. Anita Bhatia, global head of knowledge for the International Finance Corporation, the World Bankâ€™s private sector branch, spoke during the Spring Business Conference in the Levine Science Research Center Saturday.
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robinette from page 1 omore year. He was re-elected to the position without facing an opponent in February and confirmed in March—three weeks before he was forced to resign. Robinette also serves as co-chair of the North Carolina Federation of College Republicans. Many of the instances cited by the executive board to justify Robinette’s impeachment occurred prior to his March confirmation. Among other allegations, Robinette was accused of fixing group elections, neglecting to coordinate events with the College Republicans at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and exhibiting unbecoming conduct, according to the articles of impeachment. “Generally, it was conduct very unbefitting of our leadership,” said Duke College Republicans Executive Director Sam Tasher, a first-year law student and Trinity ’09. “It started in February through his actions. He pushed out a lot of formerly active people in the organization. Initially we didn’t do anything about it.” In the last few months, several individuals left College Republicans because of Robinette’s leadership and have only returned after his removal, Tasher added. He said Robinette had repeatedly disrespected club members, demanding resignations of
those who disagreed with his own agenda. But junior Cliff Satell, former College Republicans vice chair, said he thinks Robinette’s sexual orientation played a role in his dismissal. “It was premeditated. It was set in stone before anything happened. These people, all of them, voted three weeks ago to reelect Justin,” Satell said. “And during the three weeks where it was discovered that he is gay... the next meeting that was held... he is impeached.” Satell said he was approached by junior Carter Boyle, the incoming Duke College Republicans chair, prior to Thursday’s board meeting. Satell said Boyle asked him if he knew about Robinette’s sexual orientation and proceeded to discuss the matter in a negative tone, implying that he had told others as well. Boyle, however, rejected these claims, adding that most board members had known of Robinette’s sexual orientation for months. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” Boyle said. “Most of us knew about this for months or years and if we really felt this was an issue... something would have come up in the past.... It is utterly preposterous.” The “trigger” for Robinette’s impeachment was his mishandling of the organization’s endorsement for Duke Student
Government president, Boyle said. In a close vote, College Republicans endorsed junior Mike Lefevre, current DSG chief of staff and now president-elect. Robinette, however, supported junior Will Passo, vice president for Durham and regional affairs. After the endorsement was written, Robinette modified it to reflect the qualifications of both candidates and the board’s dissenting opinions, Boyle said. “The way the situation was handled was a kind of embodiment of the way he handled club business,” Boyle said. “It’s simply that
he tried to go through the endorsement as a partial endorsement of Passo, when his executive board fully endorsed Lefevre and only Lefevre. We had the endorsement written up and he chose not to send it in to The Chronicle, and he changed it.” Although Satell thinks the executive board raised some legitimate points as grounds for Robinette’s impeachment, he said it is clear that the underlying factor was Robinette’s sexual orientation. “Put it this way,” Satell said. “If he wasn’t gay he would still be president.”
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it is to spread Duke all over the world, for the cancer center to continue research and for K4 to expand undergraduate housing.” The residence hall, which will be built on the grassy space behind Keohane, will complete the quad and enable conversations between administrators and students about a new housing model for the University. In some ways, K4 is a starting point for thinking about how to build New Campus, Nowicki said in a speech at the ceremony. “Eventually, our hope is that when students move from East to West Campus, everyone will be able to live in a house [section] for all three years” Nowicki said in an interview. “Old Duke used to do that, and we are learning from what worked in the past.” K4 will house 150 much-needed beds and be composed of two houses, Nowicki said. Each house will have a high percentage of singles and suites. Under the envisioned new housing model, sophomores would be placed mostly in doubles, and students would be able to move into singles and suites within their house as juniors and seniors. The new model, which aims to foster community within the dorm, is currently still under development. Nowicki has worked closely with Campus Council along the way to reconceptualize the housing system and hopes to begin discussions with the student body next semester. Representatives from Campus Council and Duke Student Government met with the K4 design architects to discuss plans for the residence hall, said Campus Council President Stephen Temple, a junior. “The building is flexible and dynamic, it goes with both the current quad model and the new model,” he said.
It will be exciting to be able to form and maintain a sense of community over one’s Duke career under the new model, Temple said in a speech during the ceremony. Nowicki said he envisions K4 as a new center of the campus community. The dorm will look like the buildings surrounding it with touches of modernity. It will have bigger windows, a large, two-story common room for each house and a common space that is not connected with either house. The University also hopes to update McClendon Tower and Tommy’s Rubs and Grubs restaurant, but these plans have not been finalized, Nowicki said. The 9/11 Memorial, which commemorates Duke alumni who died during the attacks, has been moved from the Edens side of Keohane Quad to protect it during construction, Nowicki said. Once the dorm is completed, the memorial and the trees that were part of it will be returned to their original locations. The trees have been replanted in a nursery, while the memorial is being housed at an alternative location.
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President Richard Brodhead speaks before the ground-breaking of the K4 residence hall on Keohane Quadrangle Friday afternoon.
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Duke, the fourth seed in the ACC tournament, will play BC Thursday in the quarterfinals NCAA Tournament bracket champion Scott Rich writes about Brian Zoubek—again
No. 6 Florida State uses explosive offense to take two of three from Blue Devils
Faceoffs, ground balls let Duke scoop a victory
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Brian Litwin’s two-run double in the seventh inning Saturday gave Duke one of few leads against FSU.
It was déjà vu all over again. Duke’s historic struggles against Florida State continued over the weekend, as the Blue Devils (21-16, 6-12 in the ACC) dropped two of three games to the Seminoles. No. 6 Florida State (28-9, 12-6) has won every series it has played at Duke’s home field, and even a switch to the USA National Baseball Complex 16 in Cary could not FSU change the Blue DUKE 3 Devils’ luck. In the opener, 6 Duke starter ChrisFSU DUKE 10 topher Manno continued his 8 struggles on the FSU mound, surrenDUKE 3 dering six runs in only one inning of work. The bullpen was no more effective, though, with the Seminoles smashing their way to a 16-3 victory. Manno has performed progressively worse over his four starts and has shown none of the form that made him the Blue Devils’ most promising starter heading into the season. “I just think it’s inconsistency,” Duke head coach Sean McNally said. “Sometimes you get in a stretch where when you See baseball on page 11
Blue Devil comeback falls just short at ACCs by Nicholas Schwartz THE CHRONICLE
Facing a 15-shot deficit entering the third and final day of the ACC Championships in Greensboro, N.C., the No. 5 Blue Devils knew they needed to play nearly flawless golf and hope for some help in order to capture the program’s 17th ACC title. Although No. 13 Wake Forest opened the door Sunday with its worst round of the weekend, Duke just couldn’t overcome a wealth of high scores on the unforgiving 6,355-yard Sedgefield layout. The Blue Devils were just one shot behind Wake Forest as the first groups were nearing the final holes after a stellar front-nine erased the Demon Deacons’ lead. However, against some of the toughest holes on the course, Duke wasn’t able to put the cap on a remarkable comeback, and the Blue Devils
had to settle for third place, five shots behind Wake Forest and one stroke back of No. 17 Virginia. Wake Forest freshman Michelle Shin birdied the 54th and final hole to lower her total to 2-under for the tournament, good for a one-stroke victory over Virginia’s Brittany Altomare on the individual table. On a windy third day, Duke came out on fire, looking to atone for a late Saturday slip during which senior Alison Whitaker dropped five shots over the last two holes and Kim Donovan put her tee shot on the par-3 16th into a water hazard. Donovan birdied the first hole of the day Sunday, and four of five Blue Devils played the front nine at par or better on a day when the field was averaging scores of 11-over. “The great thing about this group is that it’s not about what you tell them [before the round]—they were ready to go,” head coach Dan Brooks said. “They came out believing it was possible for us to win this.” See w. golf on page 12
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Sophomore defenseman CJ Costabile, filling in for faceoff man Sam Payton, won 10 of 13 draws against Virginia. by Danny Vinik THE CHRONICLE
Without the services of senior faceoff man Sam Payton, Duke was searching for someone to step up and take his place. Sophomore CJ Costabile and senior Terrence Molinari made Payton’s absence a non-issue Saturday in Charlottesville. The two combined to win 17 of 25 faceoffs, including 10 of 12 in the second half, to lead Duke to a 13-9 victory over No. 1 Virginia on the Cavaliers’ home field. “Losing Payton was definitely a big loss, but with such a deep roster, [we] just got to have the next guy step Game up, and CJ Costabile Analysis and Terrence Molinari really stepped up big for us and did a great job,” senior Ned Crotty said. “It was definitely something that helped keep the momentum going our way.” “We were delighted with the effort we got from both Terrence Molinari and CJ Costabile,” head coach John Danowski said. “We were able to score some goals off the faceoff game, create transition, and I thought we really played smart off the faceoffs.” Molinari paced the attack by winning seven of his 12 faceoffs. The senior did not play last year due to injury, but has come back this season to add depth to the Blue Devils’ attack. Costabile won 10 of his 13 draws, collected four ground balls and assisted on junior Zach Howell’s goal to open the fourth quarter and make the score 10-7 in Duke’s favor. Even after his great performance, Costabile humbly attributed his success to his teammates.
“Wing play really separates me having a great day at the X from me having a bad day at the X,” Costabile said. “Parker McKee and his ability to get ground balls is just ridiculous. He makes it really easy for guys like me and Terrence. Wing play is what really makes the faceoff play work and it makes my job a lot easier.” McKee collected six ground balls during the game while Duke’s two other starting defensemen, Dan Theodoridis and Mike Manley, each collected three. Virginia’s See analysis on page 12
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Terrence Molinari’s success at the faceoff X was instrumental in Duke’s ball possession Saturday.
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Despite loss to ’Canes, Duke holds onto 4th in ACC by Gabe Starosta THE CHRONICLE
A weekend that started so brightly for Duke ended on a bitter note Sunday afternoon after the Blue Devils let a victory slip through their fingers against No. 11 Miami. No. 6 Duke (19-6, 7-4 in the ACC) was forced to play on backto-back days against two quality opponents in No. 15 Florida State Saturday 0 and FSU the Hurricanes DUKE 4 S u n d a y , the 4 but UM Blue Devils DUKE 3 made quick work of the Seminoles in the first match at Ambler Tennis Stadium. Sunday, though, Miami (17-4, 10-1) jumped out to an early lead in doubles play, winning matches at Nos. 1 and 2 to earn the point. Once the dual match progressed into singles, it looked like Duke might not have needed the doubles point—sophomore Monica Gorny, playing at No. 6, and senior Amanda Granson, at No. 4, won their matches very quickly to give the Blue Devils a 2-1 advantage. Duke, however, would get only one more win, a straight-setter on Court 3 from Reka Zsilinszka. The match came down to Courts 1 and 5, and the Blue Devils
needed either Ellah Nze or Mary Clayton—both of whom had won their first sets—to pull out another and give Duke the fourth point it needed for the victory. Instead, Miami fought back in both matches to win, giving the Hurricanes the emotional 4-3 triumph. “We talk about [when] playing a team like this who is top 10 in the country, we have to be at our best emotionally, physically and mentally, and mentally, we were not,” head coach Jamie Ashworth said. “We gave away points in doubles, we gave away points in singles—we have to take from this that if we can bring all three of those, then we’ll be fine and we’ll let the results speak for themselves, but we had some lapses there that just cost us.” On the positive side, Granson’s singles win made her Duke’s alltime winningest player in ACC competition. Ashworth praised the senior’s constant improvement and reliability throughout her four years at Duke, and also praised Granson for her contribution in doubles, where she has played on the top line alongside Nze. Although the team defeat to Miami is disappointing, the Blue Devils’ seeding for the upcoming ACC tournament in Cary will not change. Duke locked up the fourth seed in this weekend’s
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Sophomore Monica Gorny won her matches in singles and doubles Sunday, but it wasn’t enough for Duke to overcome Miami. tournament with an easy 4-0 win over the Seminoles Saturday. In doubles play, the thirdseeded duo of Zsilinszka and Liz Plotkin cruised to an 8-2 win, and the pair of youngsters Clayton and Gorny pulled out a 9-7 win on Court 2 to give Duke the point. Singles play progressed even
more smoothly—Duke won in straight sets at the bottom three seeds, giving the Blue Devils an insurmountable 4-0 lead. “I thought it was one of the cleanest matches we played all year,” Ashworth said. “We played good doubles and took advantage of that going into singles. I
thought it was one of our cleanest, best efforts all the way through.” Duke will hit the courts next in the ACC tournament quarterfinals Friday morning. The Blue Devils will face either Florida State, the fifth seed, or winless Maryland, the No. 12 team in the conference. Jeff Scholl contributed to this report.
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After a lackluster performance against Miami Friday, No. 14 Duke (16-7, 9-2 in the ACC) avenged last season’s drubbing in the ACC tournament quarterfinals by convincingly defeating Florida State (13-8, 6-5) Sunday. “We talked about DUKE 3 how we wanted to finish the regular 4 UM season strong,” head coach Ramsey DUKE 5 Smith said. “It felt especially good be2 FSU ing able to sneak by FSU because they’ve really dominated us the last couple years.” After losing the doubles point, the Blue Devils won five of six singles matches, three of which went three sets, to win 5-2 against the Seminoles. Senior Dylan Arnould had an inspired performance in his final regular-season match, as he overcame a disappointing first set to win 1-6, 7-6, 6-4. “Dylan Arnould came through huge today,” Smith said. “He’s had a tough stretch towards the end of the season, but he really stepped up and clinched it for us in the end.” Freshman sensation Henrique Cunha finished the season undefeated in ACC play with an efficient 6-3, 6-2 victory over Jean-Yves Aubon. Cunha adds this accomplishment to a season resume which already includes five ACC Player of the Week awards and defeats of some of the nation’s top singles players. “I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of that from a freshman,” Smith said. “He’s just been unbelievable all year. He’s consis-
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Junior Jared Pinsky improved to 6-0 in ACC play as the Blue Devils split their weekend doubleheader. tently playing great players every match and just finding a way to win. He’s been such a great leader as a freshman.” Despite its great play Sunday, Duke struggled to overcome the hangover from beating rival North Carolina last week in its 4-3 loss to the Hurricanes (10-10, 4-6) Friday. The Blue Devils’ second loss in ACC play came at the hands of a Miami team that was only 3-6 in the conference coming into the match. Even with the loss to Hurricanes, Duke still secured the No. 2 seed in the ACC tournament beginning Thursday in Cary. The Blue Devils will receive a first-round bye, meaning they will begin play in the tournament quarterfinals Friday.
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Fryt’s win vaults Duke women into 5th place A trio of Blue Devil juniors highlighted a strong performance by Duke at the ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Clemson, S.C. Redshirt junior John Austin opened up the competition with a victory in the javelin, marking the first time a Duke thrower had won the event since 1963. Austin’s winning toss went 225 feet, good enough to break the school record he set two years ago. Also on the men’s side, junior Ryan McDermott continued his dominance in the steeplechase by repeating as champion of the 3,000-meter race. McDermott’s time of 8:56.01 earned him his second title and the ninth in Duke history in the steeplechase. Finally, junior Amy Fryt matched McDermott’s accomplishment by triumphing in the pole vault for the second
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Junior Amy Fryt defended her 2009 win in the pole vault with a jump of 13 feet, 1.5 inches at the ACC Outdoor Championships in Clemson.
baseball from page 9 make a mistake, it gets hit hard. That’s what’s happened to him—he’s made some bad pitches and he’s paid for it.” Saturday’s game started out in similar fashion, with Florida State jumping out to a 5-1 lead. Unlike Friday, though, Duke was able to wake up the bats to earn a 10-6 comeback victory. In the sixth, senior Will Currier started the Blue Devils’ four-run rally with a double and was quickly brought around by consecutive singles from Jeremy Gould, Marcus Stroman and Brian Litwin. After the Seminoles regained the lead in their half of the seventh to make the score 6-5, the Blue Devils struck back again in the bottom of the frame, capped by a two-run double off the bat of Litwin, who finished with three hits and three RBIs. After a solid start by Dennis O’Grady, Stroman held Florida State to only one hit over the final three innings to earn the win. “I like the pressure situations, coming in as the closer,” Stroman said. “I attacked the zone, mixed up my pitches, hit some spots. I just had my command going.” In the series’ rubber match, Duke sent Chase Bebout to
“Sometimes you get in a stretch where when you make a mistake, it gets hit hard. That’s what’s happened to [Chris Manno]—he’s made some bad pitches and he’s paid for it.” — Head coach Sean McNally the mound. Sporting a 4-0 record with a 3.21 ERA and fresh off a dominating start against then-No. 11 Clemson, the rookie cruised through the first four innings, giving up only one hit. In the fifth, however, the Seminoles took a 4-3 lead as Bebout lost control of his fastball, allowing two hits and three walks. Florida State never looked back, winning 8-3. “He was commanding the ball so well early on,” McNally said. “I think the biggest part of it is being a 6-foot-7 righthanded pitcher with a lot of things going a lot of different directions.” After both starting pitchers were removed following the fifth inning, the game came down to a battle of the bullpens. The Duke relief was ineffective, giving up four runs, while its Seminole counterpart no-hit the Blue Devil lineup the rest of the way. Although Duke managed to get two runners on base with no outs in the ninth against closer Mike McGee, the All-American retired the next three Blue Devils to secure the win. In the end, Duke found itself in a position it knows all too well, outlasted by another of the ACC’s elite.
straight season. Fryt managed a jump of 13 feet, 1.5 inches to take home the title. Fryt’s performance was also instrumental in moving the Duke women’s team up the standings into fifth place, a sixspot improvement from last season. The Blue Devil men finished in eighth place. “Overall, our first two days were nearly flawless,” head coach Norm Ogilvie said. “Our last day, we didn’t perform quite as well as we had hoped, but we’re still very proud of the overall team effort. The wind was incredibly strong, up to 30 mph gusts, but the kids still competed really hard. The depth in the women’s distances was fantastic and Amy Fryt was clearly the best women’s pole vaulter in the conference.” —from staff reports
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w. golf from page 9 Freshman Courtney Ellenbogen fired the shot of the day just minutes into her round. On the par-4 2nd, Ellenbogen smashed her drive—a blind shot over a few elevated bunkers— into the left rough, leaving her 140 yards to the flag with the ball slightly below her feet. Ellenbogen flew a nine iron just short of the green to a front pin placement with the green sloping away from her, thinking she’d have a good chance at birdie.
“You can play a lot of good golf, and [the course] can turn against you on the last few holes.” — Head coach Dan Brooks “It rolled perfectly down to the right and into the hole,” she said. “I couldn’t quite see the ball go in, but all the people cheered.”
Ellenbogen’s eagle and birdies on 16 and 18 propelled her to a round of 73, her best of the weekend. Donovan also parlayed her hot start into a solid day, carding an evenpar 71. No Blue Devil finished worse than 16th individually, with three players—Whitaker and freshmen Stacey Kim and Lindy Duncan—finishing in the top ten. Big numbers plagued Duke throughout the weekend, however, and stripped the Blue Devils of a chance to win as a team. Duke had an uncharacteristic 11 double-bogeys in three rounds, as well as a triple-bogey on the 16th and a quadruple-bogey on the ultra-narrow par-4 17th. “It’s a great finishing golf course,” Brooks said. “You can play a lot of good golf, and it can turn against you on the last few holes.” Duke’s unflappable resolve was apparent Sunday however, as the Blue Devils were at least 10 shots better in the final round than any team but Virginia, which edged Duke by a shot. Against one of the toughest courses Duke has played this year, Brooks was pleased to leave Sedgefield just 22-over par. “Our effort was really good—it just didn’t go our way,” Brooks said. “When you don’t win, this is the kind of losing you want to do—when you do all you can and it just doesn’t go your way.”
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Zach Howell scored three times Saturday against Virginia, and all three goals came in the fourth quarter of Duke’s 13-9 victory.
analysis from page 9 starting defense combined to collect just one ground ball the entire game. “We really, truly emphasized ground balls,” Danowski said. “I wasn’t talking about faceoffs in particular, but certainly that helps. I thought the guys did a phenomenal job of chasing ground balls and picking up ground balls at crucial times.” While the box score shows that the Blue Devils dominated on ground balls, they had their struggles early on. The Cavaliers scored the first three goals of the game and had 23 shots in the first half. Although Duke won seven of the 12 faceoffs in the first 30 minutes, Virginia collected 18 ground balls, three more than the Blue Devils in that span. The second half was an entirely different story for Duke. Danowski’s squad won 10 of 12 faceoffs, including all six in the third quarter, and collected 16 ground balls, more than three times as many as Virginia did. And yet Duke’s dominance in the faceoff circle extended beyond ground balls and the offensive side of the field. It was just as important to the defensive side of the game. “The faceoff game is obviously crucial in any game, but especially this game, because they have such an explosive offense,” junior Zach Howell said. “It’s something where we don’t want to give them the ball too much and we want to have as many opportunities to score as we can, and in the second half we were able to do that.” Duke faces Virginia again this Friday in the ACC tournament and will be looking to sustain its secondhalf performance for all 60 minutes, with or without its top faceoff man. “We thought that Sam Payton might play next week and that would be different for sure, but we had success today and maybe we don’t need to play Sam,” Danowski said. “We’ll take a look [at the film] and see what it is we need to do and how we can get better as a result of this game tonight. We’re always looking to improve.” After Saturday night’s performance, the Blue Devils can rest easy knowing that if Payton isn’t ready to go, they have two replacements ready to step up and take his place.
a minute remaining in the first period. “[The goal] was big because the longer it takes to get the first one, it seems like you’re never going to score,” head coach John Danowski said. “Psychologically and emotionally, I think the guys really did settle down and take a deep breath and said, ‘It’s going to be okay.’ If you had said to me at that moment, ‘You’re going to score 13 goals tonight,’ I would have said, ‘You’re crazy. That’s not going to happen.’ It was an emotional goal for everyone.” Just 14 seconds into the second quarter, Turri struck again, this time off a pass from senior Parker McKee. Two minutes later, senior Ned Crotty got in on the action with his 12th goal of the year. On the next Blue Devil possession, Crotty was knocked down in the offensive zone and flipped a pass towards the front of the net. Senior Will McKee grabbed the bouncing ball and scored the Blue Devils’ fourth goal of the game. The Cavaliers were not prepared to lose their undefeated season easily. Virginia ended the half with three goals of its own to give it a 6-5 lead at halftime. After the break, Crotty showed why he is one of the leading candidates for the Tewaaraton trophy, given to the nation’s best player. The senior entered the game leading the country in assists, and in reseponse, the Virginia defense backed off him and played the passing lanes, hoping to limit Crotty’s playmaking ability. Instead, Crotty adjusted his game and attacked the net, scoring two more goals within the first five minutes of the second half to put the Blue Devils up 7-6. “They were playing him to be a feeder, so Ned just recognized what the opponent was doing,” Danowski said. “He knew he had to go to the goal. He played like a senior and not only scored goals, but made a lot of great decisions with the ball.” Duke continued its domination throughout the third quarter, scoring two more goals, and emerged with a 9-7 lead. At the beginning of the fourth period, the Blue Devils ensured that Virginia wasn’t going to save its perfect season. Sophomore CJ Costabile took the faceoff to start the final 15 minutes, and after a tough battle, won the draw. Costabile then dished the ball off to junior Zach Howell, who fired it past Virginia goalie Adam Ghitelman for his first goal of the game to give the Blue Devils a three-goal advantage. A minute later, Quinzani sprinted around the net and bounced a shot past Ghitelman for his second goal of the game. Just 22 seconds after that, Howell added his second score, and Duke never looked back. After a tough start to the game, Duke dominated the final three quarters. The defense shut down the Virginia midfield throughout the entire second half, surrendering just 11 shots and three goals in the final 30 minutes. But while the victory was big for the Blue Devils, the team knows that it still has a lot left to play for this season. “It’s a big win because of confidence,” Howell said. “I don’t think we get much further than that, because we have to get up and play them again on Friday in the ACC tournament.” After Saturday’s performance, Friday can’t get here quick enough.
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Fisseha for VP for ACS More than any other posi- gets by cutting bus routes tion within the DSG execu- and raising dining fees. tive board, the vice president None of the candidates for athletics and campus for VP for ACS is fully preservices is detail-oriented pared for this position. But and requires a nuanced, so- of the three, junior Metty phisticated unFisseha’s poise derstanding of and unique editorial many facets of perspective the University—from Din- make her the best choice ing Services and parking to for the job. intramural sports and the Fisseha is calm, cool and DukeCard office. articulate—essential qualiAnd next year, more ties for building relationthan any other DSG of- ships with administrators, ficial, the VP for ACS will managing a Senate commitbe forced to deal with the tee and leveraging change continued fallout from the for the student body. CouUniversity’s budget crisis. pled with her communicaCostly new plans and pro- tion skills is an air of apposals will be completely proachability that will allow off the table. Instead, the her to reach out to her peers vice president will be forced and involve them in their to defend student interests student government. And as administrators trim bud- as a junior, she has a depth
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of experiences at Duke unrivaled by her competitors. Fisseha’s knowledge of the University, however, is not entirely reassuring. She does not seem well versed in any issue aside from dining. Even so, her plans and proposals for this area are scant on detail and rely too heavily on her relationship with Director of Dining Services Jim Wulforst. Fortunately, with two capable former VPs for ACS—Pete Schork and Mike Lefevre, working as DSG executive vice president and president—it is unlikely that next year’s VP for ACS will be alone in taking on the major issues facing this portfolio. These include issues like the continued dining deficit, the parking shortage and the renegotiation of the din-
ing union’s contract. With Schork and Lefevre at the administrative bargaining table alongside Fisseha, we think that she could bring a valuable perspective. Of the two remaining candidates, we found freshman Chris Brown to be slightly more compelling. He proposes an interesting yet cost-effective plan to increase dining choice by adding Bon Appétit-run eateries. Although he is the only candidate with experience working in the DSG Senate, Brown possesses a knowledge of athletics and campus services that is superficial at best. The final candidate, sophomore Yingyi Shen, simply is not up for a job as important as the VP for ACS. Her broad
goals and approach do not mesh well with this detailoriented leadership position. Moreover, practically every plank of her platform requires increased spending. This is highly unrealistic given the University’s financial situation. If Fisseha is willing to learn, put in hard work and translate her communication skills into substantive change, she could make a quality vice president. The Chronicle’s independent Editorial Board formally endorses Metty Fisseha for vice president for athletic and campus services. Metty Fisseha is a Chronicle columnist. The Chronicle’s Editorial Board operates independently of its columnists.
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number of things I’ve learned through trial is an art, especially in written form, and there is and error: no shame in lacking the capacity for it. The benWrite in short sentences and short para- efits of potentially being funny by accident are graphs. In terms of holding readers’ attention, outweighed by how painful it is to read the work there is a remarkably short leash, of someone who is lacking the art especially with students rifling but is nevertheless convinced of his through the paper on the bus or own comedic genius. in the Great Hall between classes. Try to generate a balance beConsider whether you would read tween clarity and sophistication. your own work under the same Don’t treat your readers like they conditions. When in doubt, get to are five years old—we go to Duke. the point. However, don’t embark on some Read the Chronicle daily. It is a abstruse treatise on abstract exismike meers great source for column material, tential indeterminacy without a mike check and it is never a bad idea to stay point of reference or relevance. It abreast of relevant campus affairs. makes you look like you’re inseIt’s largely unacknowledged by those who aren’t cure about your intelligence for one, and often on the inside of it all, but there is a whole world comes out far less interesting than was originally of issues swirling around campus at any given mo- intended for another. ment that are often in the vein of the broader Do you want to write about something that is innational or general philosophical discussions that teresting to you? Or something that will be interestinterest us. In my columns, I also like to try to mir- ing to readers? Sadly, the two are often mutually exror the material in the news pages rather than pro- clusive. If you are writing strictly for your personal ducing an amalgamation of disparate ideas. edification, enjoy yourself and don’t set any limits. Ask yourself the big question: Do you feel like If you would rather get as many people as possible doing a lot of research? If so, check far and wide to read, hot button issues like diversity of any kind for sources so that readers can’t play the “gotcha” or social trends on campus are proven commodities game with some obscure reference that you hadn’t that never go out of style with the reading public. If checked. If not (which is, invariably, the more like- you’ve done things right, you’ll generate some hate ly scenario), stay lofty and undefined, but maybe mail in the form of comments. throw in a bold claim or two so that you can have While we’re on the topic, remember to apprecifun reading the “gotcha” comments from angry ate feedback, even when it is negative. Comments readers. of any kind mean people are reading, which is all Always check the Chronicle archives (which, a columnist can ever ask for. You can also play a mercifully, are searchable online) before writing. game where you compare the generally unkempt Chances are your rant about how nonsensical pol- discourse online where anonymity reigns with the icy A is or how disillusioned you are by social trend painstaking efforts of those who actually write letB are actually written verbatim every other year by ters to sound smarter than you. a columnist who didn’t check the archives. History Finally, no matter what you do, don’t ever ever repeats itself, but columnists give a loud voice to write an overbearingly clichéd final column. But that which is repeated. don’t try to avoid cliché by being edgy and origiClaim holiday pieces early. They are easy col- nal, because that comes across as cliché as well. umn fodder in the event that ideas are scarce or And definitely don’t make fun of clichéd farewell classes are pressing. However, this fact constitutes columns as part of a column that you think is units only drawback: Most columnists try to write cliché, because that’s as cliché as it gets. something related to Valentine’s Day or HallowThanks to anyone who ever read my work. I’ve een within a week on either side of the actual date, enjoyed every minute of writing, and the idea of so there is virtually no chance of being original. having you out there is a big reason why. Find out early on whether you are funny or not. If you are, congratulations—your column will Mike Meers is a Trinity senior. This is his final have readers. If not, don’t try to be funny. Humor column.
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he only sensible way to live in this tritious nor delicious. world is without rules.” Maybe you’re watching a football game Next Monday, you’ll find out and Duke has a fourth down (not too surprissomething no comic book coling). Instead of saying “catch lector has ever discovered: the that punt” the announcer says true identity of the Joker. A “patch that [something else].” lot of you religious types have You shouldn’t be offended at his been pretty upset about certain being accidentally insensitive. things I’ve written. But do you You really should be laughing know who you’re fighting? What at the announcer, because that if I told you I’ve read scripture clip is going viral on YouTube, in the Chapel several times? Or monday, monday guaranteed. for you feminist types, what if Or what about this, you’re the joker you found out I was a 40-yeargetting on an airplane for spring old woman with three kids who break, and you ask the volupjust enjoyed a little ridiculousness on Monday tuous blonde travel agent for a ticket for Pittsmornings? burgh, but you mess it up again. Maybe she’d be You see, the problem with reading a satirical obliged to honor your request to strike in supcolumn and getting offended is that you can’t port of breasts. She just might give you one of know the true intentions of the writer. Maybe those cute little pink ribbons… or maybe someI believe exactly the opposite of everything I thing a little more provocative. say and am actually critiquing the system. Or Who cares if you actually wanted a ticket to maybe I actually am in favor of cirrhotic livers Pittsburgh ‘cause who really wants to go to Pittsand receiving no education for the 30 grand burgh in March anyway? Even Ben Roethlisbergyou pay in tuition. er wasn’t in town. He was down in some SouthI can just imagine some of you folks read- ern city, and allegedly down with some Southern ing “A Modest Proposal” and getting outraged girl, as well. Too soon? Whoops. at the thought of eating babies (they taste like They may sound very similar, but just trust chicken) to solve overpopulation. You’d gladly me, horseback riding and whoresback riding are join in going to Town Square to hang Jonathan totally different. One of them makes for a great Swift in effigy. bachelor party, the other involves paying money No one panics when things go according to for sex. plan. But you see, sometimes things don’t go Say you’re sitting in your class that happens to according to plan. A lot of times around these be about sensitivity to sexual orientation issues. parts, people panic because their inbred sensi- It’s an Easy-A (again, not surprising), so you’re tivities get disturbed. What you’ve really gotta on the computer and are typing in the URL to acknowledge is the speaker’s attitude. get on Facebook. But at the last second, you deIf a friend of yours calls you a jerk-off but is cide to check your e-mail first. You by accident smiling and chuckling all the while, you’re prob- don’t hold delete for enough time, so once you ably gonna take it in stride, no matter how of- type in “gmail.com” you’ve got “f- mail.com” as fensive you think jerks who aren’t on are. You’ve the only words on your computer screen. Everygotta take the same perspective when you’re body behind you labels you as “that girl” who dealing with other people. doesn’t understand how offensive some words Sometimes words come out wrong or get can be. And you were just being harmlessly inmixed up. How many times has your mom called decisive about whether you wanted to check Fayou your sister’s name before? (No, it’s not be- cebook or e-mail first. You weren’t trying to be cause your butt looks big, Johnny). Have you bad, but you’re “only as good as the world allows ever wanted a box of cereal but asked for a socks [you] to be.” of beer-eal? No matter what those bros on spring break told you, beer for breakfast is neither nuThe Joker seems insane, Anabel.
lettertotheeditor The consequences of DSG Judiciary’s ruling The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations are free to spend unlimited amounts of money in federal elections. The DSG Judiciary ruled in Bergmann, Robinette, Barrios, Gould, Catapano v. Duke Student Government that the Attorney General does not have the authority to move the campaign packet deadline without a vote of approval by the Election Commission. The Supreme Court correctly decided its case because a strict reading of the Constitution, federal laws and the tax code implies that corporations are legal entities akin to people. Thus, corporations should not be discriminated against with arbitrary campaign contribution limits. This interpretation signals that spending money is akin to speech, and is protected by the First Amendment. Likewise, the DSG Judiciary correctly decided its case because a strict reading of the DSG constitution does not explicitly grant the Attorney General the power to shift the election timeline under any circumstance, without the consent of the Election Commission. The Supreme Court ruled incorrectly,
however, in that its decision is an affront to democracy that may have unforeseen consequences. If spending money is recognized as protected speech and corporations may spend freely on federal campaigns, then a corporation’s voice will likely count for more than the average citizen’s voice in elections and, by extension, policy decisions. Comparably, the DSG Judiciary ruled incorrectly in that its original decision voided the aspirations of 13 individuals and faulted them for seeking to participate in student government. The decision in no way considered the context of an election packet due date following a national championship victory, the minimal notice given to the student body of an upcoming election, and the reality that the DSG election itself was beyond uncompetitive. Before anyone in the Senate, Judiciary or executive branch drafts another resolution, lodges another complaint, or makes another decision, please consider the broader implications for the already limited democracy that DSG is supposed to epitomize. Andrew Schreiber Senator, DSG Academic Affairs Committee Trinity ’11
veryone knows I’m kind of a big deal. If you’re lucky enough to actually know me, you should probably ask for an autograph now before I go Hollywood and only do things for cash-money. Whoops… too late. Validating my claim, if you happened to watch the NCAA championship game two weeks ago (I bet some of you did), you probably saw me all over national television for a total of 15 seconds. Also, if you hadn’t noticed, I’m a Chronicle columnist. Essentially these two aspects comcarson moore bine to make me the most minor cehumor me lebrity ever on campus in the last week or two. On the totem pole of fame, I rank somewhere ahead of the Coke machine at Jimmy John’s that gives you too much syrup and just behind Kid ‘N Play’s hair. As I walk through Alpine, people look at me and I can just see almost a dim glimmer of confused recognition—“I’ve seen that guy,” they seem to say. And then, just as quickly, they turn around, stop caring and go back to whatever in their lives was way more important than me: staring at a wall, for instance. Rest assured, all of this undeserved self-aggrandizement is actually leading up to something. I met someone at senior pub crawl this Thursday who actually recognized me from my column (BAM! celebrity’d!), and at some point during our short conversation she mentioned how much easier it is to get people to read about things that infuriate them rather than the positives in life. Because I’ve had the distinct pleasure of ranting about things that infuriate me on the backpages every other week this semester, and I’ve really enjoyed it, I think everyone should at least consider applying for a column (keep in mind, they gave me one... they’re obviously not picky in who they choose). But this week I’m turning my style on its head—oh snap—and taking up my reader’s challenge. In this column, my last, I’m going to tell you what I love most about this place before my class gets rounded up and ceremonially sent off to the Great Gothic Wonderland in the Sky next month (oh wait, they already did that, it was called the senior Chapel Climb). Only a few years ago, you’d been admitted to every non-Ivy school you applied to and you were trying to decide between going to Duke and any number of other, less awesome schools that totally didn’t just win a national championship. You probably solicited advice from people, and they mostly all said the same thing: College is what you make of it, and ultimately the people you surround yourself with will define your college experience. Not only is that pretty much the opposite of helpful when you’re looking at some pretty attractive options, but it also turns out it’s completely true. You could go pretty much anywhere and find a group of reasonably worthwhile people, have a great time and end up at the end of four (or five, or six…) years with a degree and some pretty great memories. But here, incredible people surround you. I had never met people who were so intelligent until I came here, and though that didn’t always work out for me curve-wise, it is truly a blessing to be among people with a wealth of knowledge that they’re willing to share and an intellectual curiosity that’s contagious. As an example of how extraordinary the people here are, consider the single best indicator of societal Zeitgeist: bathroom graffiti. You can find this art form pretty much anywhere, but on Duke’s campus the best place I’ve found is the Bryan Center; the upstairs bathroom by the bookstore is best, followed closely by the bathroom next to Griffith. Like all bathroom graffiti, there are questions and comments concerning sexual practices and ease of finding companionship. Then there’s commentary about the basketball team—apparently we can win a title with a third Plumlee (to which someone adds, “Hells yes!” and signs it Mason Plumlee—possibly Mason himself). There are references to pop culture and trivial nonsense. But then there’s substance; a reference to Shakespeare’s most famous stage direction (obscure, anyone?) from “The Winter’s Tale”: “Exit, Pursued by a bear,” or a brief but poignant expression on the meaning of existence, or equations scrawled hastily on the grey plastic stalls. Heck, the entire idea for this column came from a comment on the bathroom wall that “this wall provides a better representation of our community than any of our publications.” Duke students are great at being college students—they care about things like sex and Ke$ha songs and national championships (could you tell? I’ve only mentioned our championship four times). But just when you least expect it, they reveal their insight and depth in a meaningful way that makes you grow, regardless of whether it’s in a conversation, during a class, within the pages of a newspaper or even scrawled on the side of a stall. So thanks to everyone—students, professors, family and friends—for making my college experience the best it could be. Carson Moore is a Pratt senior. This is his final column.
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