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The Chronicle Homecoming Supplement September 24, 2010

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Table of Contents 5 6 7 8 8 University faces $40 million budget deficit

Second year of budget cuts forces University to hold salaries, reduce staff.

Ongoing investigations review Potti allegations Accusations of resume falsifications and faulty scientific research plague cancer researcher.

Duke, Durham invest in the Bull City’s revitalization Bull City Connector provides free transportation for 1,200 riders a day.

Administration confident in new health insurance plan New plan minimizes potential premium increases.

CollegeRepublicans face discrimination accusations Former DCR chair Justin Robinette alleges he was victim of a “culture of discrimination.”

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Friday, September 24 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Homecoming, Half Century Club, and Volunteer Leadership Conference Registration/Check-in Bryan Center, upper level 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Conversation with the Curators of the Rare Book Room Biddle Rare Book Room, Perkins Library 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

THE RECORD: CONTEMPORARY ART AND VINYL Nasher Museum of Art 10:30 a.m. – noon

Schedule of Events 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Fabulous Friday Open House Duke Center for LGBT Life 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Homecoming Pep Rally

Main Quad, West Campus Campus Council’s annual Homecoming Pep Rally will be bigger and better this year than ever before. Featuring free t-shirts (for on-campus students), Coach Cutcliffe, Dancing Devils, Cheerleaders, Pep Band, and a performance by Fastball. Coach Cutcliffe will speak promptly at 4:00.

Lemur Center Tour 1

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Freeman Center for Jewish Life, 1415 Faber Street (located at the corner of Campus Drive and Swift Avenue)

Van departs from Bryan Center at 10:30 a.m.

Walking Tour of West Campus

Tours begin at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 2138 Campus Drive Noon – 9:00 p.m.

Jewish Life at Duke Open House

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Duke Black Alumni Welcome Reception

Bryan Center Plaza

Stay Bridge Suites-Durham (3704 Mt. Moriah Road Durham, NC)

Noon – 2:30 p.m.

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Homecoming Hub

Lunch for Alumni Volunteers and Half Century Club Members

Scharf Hall, Michael W. Krzyzewski Center for Athletic Excellence [parking is available in the Bryan Center parking lot for volunteer leaders and HCC members] 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Half Century Club Dinner

Scharf Hall, Michael W. Krzyzewski Center for Athletic Excellence [parking is available in the Sanford School of Public Policy parking lot] 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.

Shabbat Services

The DiVE (Duke immersive Virtual Environment) Fitzpatrick Center, Room 1667A

Freeman Center for Jewish Life, 1415 Faber Street (located at the corner of Campus Drive and Swift Avenue)

2:00 - 4:00 pm

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Career Center, Smith Warehouse, 114 S. Buchanan Blvd (located in Bay 5 on the second level, accessed via Bay 6)

East Campus Turf Fields, by Brodie Gym

2:45 – 4:15 p.m.

Page Auditorium, West Campus

Van departs from Bryan Center at 2:45 p.m.

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Koskinen Stadium, West Campus Tickets on sale at the gates, Adults $5, Duke students and youth 12 and under Free.

Career Center Open House

Lemur Center Tour 2

Alumni Admissions Information Session

Room 0016 Westbrook Building (newest addition to the Divinity School, next to Duke Chapel) 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

A World Together: Duke and Global Development Von Canon A, lower level, Bryan Center 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

East to West 5K 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

NPHC Step Show

Duke Men’s Soccer vs. Boston College

7:15 – 8:15 p.m.

Shabbat Dinner

Freeman Center for Jewish Life, 1415 Faber Street (located at the corner of Campus Drive and Swift Avenue) Please RSVP for dinner ($18/per person) at or call 919.684.1949.

Walking Tour of West Campus 2

7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Goodson Chapel, Westbrook Building (newest addition to the Divinity School, next to Duke Chapel)

Tours meet on the first floor lobby of Perkins Library

8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Tours begin at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 2138 Campus Drive

Bostock Library and von der Heyden Pavilion Tour 1 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Duke Black Alumni Networking Session

Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture (201 West Union Building)

Friendship at the Margins: A Fresh Approach to Mission

Loudon Wainwright III & Friends HIGH WIDE & HANDSOME: A TRIBUTE TO NORTH CAROLINA’S CHARLIE POOLE Reynolds Industries Theater 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Volunteer Leadership Reception

Twinnie’s, Fitzpatrick Center

9:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Wilson Gym and IM Building

Pratt School of Engineering AlumniStudent E-Social

First Annual Bill Joklik Lectureship: Poxviruses Do It All In the Cytoplasm Bryan Research Center 103S

Wilson Recreation Center, Meeting Room B

President’s Homecoming Dance

Saturday, September 25 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Homecoming, Half Century Club, and Volunteer Leadership Conference Registration/Check-in

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1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Duke Smart Home Tour

1402 Faber St., across the parking lot from Freeman Center for Jewish Life, corner of Campus Drive and Swift Avenue 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine, and Applied Sciences - Pratt School of Engineering Tour

Bryan Center, upper level

Tour meets in the Lobby of the Teer Building (see map for location)

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Von Canon B and C, lower level, Bryan Center

Homecoming Hub on the Bryan Center Plaza

VLC Breakfast Featuring Guest Speaker: Sim Sitkin 8:30 a.m. – noon

Habitat for Humanity Project 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Volunteer Leadership: Forever Duke

Duke Alumni Association Pre-game Gathering 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Master of Management Studies (MMS): Foundation of Business Open House

Von Canon B and C, lower level, Bryan Center

The Fuqua School of Business, Breeden Hall, Office of Admissions

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Griffith Film Theater, middle level, Bryan Center

Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium, East Campus

Oil Futures

10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Duke Black Alumni Brunch and Forum: “Where Do We Go From Here?” Von Canon A, lower level, Bryan Center 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Homecoming Hub activities continue…

Duke Field Hockey vs. UNC 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.


Griffith Film Theater, middle level, Bryan Center 2:45 – 4:15 p.m.

Lemur Center Tour 4

Van departs from Bryan Center at 2:45 p.m.

Bryan Center Plaza

3:00 p.m.

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Wallace Wade Stadium

Bostock Library and von der Heyden Pavilion Tour 2 Tours meet on the first floor lobby of Perkins Library 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lemur Center Tour 3

Van departs from Bryan Center at 11:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Walking Tour of West Campus 3

Tours begin at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 2138 Campus Drive 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Volunteer Break-Out Sessions

• Alumni Admission Advisory Committee (Von Canon B, lower level, Bryan Center) • Fuqua School of Business (Room 030 Westbrook Building) • Networking/Career (Multicultural Center board room, lower level, Bryan Center) • Reader Project (Meeting Room A, upper level, Bryan Center) • Regional and Duke Engage (Von Canon C, lower level, Bryan Center)

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Duke Football vs. Army 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.


Duke Black Alumni Post Football Game Jazz at the Mary Lou

Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture (201 West Union Building) 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Carolina Chocolate Drops + Joe Henry Reynolds Industries Theater 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Duke Chorale Reunion Concert Duke Chapel

Sunday, September 26 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Panhellenic Apartments Ribbon Cutting and Open House

202 & 204 Alexander Avenue, Central Campus

Half Century Club Boxed Lunch

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Noon – 2:00 p.m.

Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium, East Campus Admission is free.

Multicultural Center, lower level, Bryan Center

The DiVE (Duke immersive Virtual Environment) Fitzpatrick Center, Room 1667A 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Throwback Throwdown: A Black Student Alliance & Black Graduate and Professional Student Association Tailgate Production Clocktower/Main Quad 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Volunteer For Duke! Bryan Center Plaza

Duke Field Hockey vs. Richmond

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University still grapples with $40 million deficit by Matthew Chase THE CHRONICLE

As the University approaches its second year facing budget cuts, administrators are working to balance academics with a budget deficit currently sitting at about $40 million. In an effort to reduce costs, the University redistributed the campus services department following the departure of Kemel Dawkins, former vice president for campus services, in June. Executive Vice President Tallman Trask, who decided to not fill Dawkins’ position, estimated that the elimination saved the University about

“We’ve been forced to reduce staff, hold salaries constant for two years and cut back our department budgets by 10 percent.” — Alvin Crumbliss, dean of Trinity College three-quarters of a million dollars. Dawkins’ departure—and the subsequent eradication of the campus services department—led to major redistribution of Dawkins’ former responsibilities. Among the changes, Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta is in charge of Dining Services and Vice President for Human Resources Kyle Cavanaugh now oversees campus safety, including the Duke University Police Department. He also oversees the Office of Disability Services. Facilities Man-

agement and Parking and Transportation, among other services, now report directly to Trask’s office. Although administrators still have a long way to go to eliminate the budget deficit entirely, reports from the 2009-2010 fiscal year showed signs of growth. After the University’s endowment fell about 27.5 percent in the 2008-2009 fiscal year, the endowment saw a 13.2 percent recovery last fiscal year. Giving also increased to $345 million in fiscal year 2009-2010. This was a 15 percent increase from fiscal year 2008-2009, when giving was at a record low, down 22 percent from the previous year. But giving has mostly consisted of private one-year donations and the University has not seen a sufficient number of longterm pledges, Provost Peter Lange said at the first Academic Council meeting of the semester Sept. 23. As the University grapples with a budget deficit this year, the number of faculty members in Arts and Sciences must shrink, said Alvin Crumbliss, interim dean of the faculty of Arts and Sciences and dean of Trinity College. After seeing steady faculty growth since the 2005-2006 academic year, the number of Trinity faculty hired will have to be smaller than the number of faculty leaving the University. “We’ve been forced to reduce staff, hold salaries constant for two years and cut back our department budgets by 10 percent,” Crumbliss said of budget cutting measures at the first Arts and Sciences Council meeting of the semester Sept. 16. Duke will also have to reduce the number of faculty searches it conducts this year. Last year, the University conducted 58 searches, but Lange indicated that it may only be able to conduct 50 this year.

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As the University looks to continue budget cuts this year, the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences faculty is expected to shrink as the University will hire fewer new faculty members than the number of faculty leaving.

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Ongoing investigations review Potti allegations by Sonia Havele THE CHRONICLE

Multiple investigations of cancer researcher Dr. Anil Potti began in recent months following allegations that the scientist falsely claimed to be a Rhodes Scholar and published flawed research. In an internal investigation led by Provost Peter Lange completed in August, the University identified “issues of substantial concern” in Potti’s resume. Although Lange declined to comment on the particular concerns, The Chronicle identified several inconsistencies in his resume and biographical sketches. Potti was placed on paid administrative soon after the resume concerns were raised and has not responded to requests for an interview. Two additional investigations are currently underway: a research misconduct inquiry conducted according to Duke policies and federal law and a review of Dr. Potti’s

scientific research by an external body. A representative from the Institute of Medicine confirmed in August that the organization had been approached to conduct the external review. But at the time, Dr. Victor Dzau, chancellor for health affairs and president and chief executive officer for the Duke University Health System, declined to name the organization being hired, citing a confidentiality agreement between Duke and the agency. “I think in the end it has to be an unbiased third party that really looks at all this in a way that will provide an answer to everybody’s satisfaction—not what’s posted on a website or put in a paper or anywhere in the public domain,” said Dr. Michael Cuffe, vice president for medical affairs. “It’s really work of Ph.D.-level statisticians from an unimpeachable third party that will really give us the right answer here.” Potti’s work was first called into question when biostatistician Keith Baggerly, associate professor of bioinformatics

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and computational biology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, published concerns in 2007. Baggerly and fellow biostatistician Kevin Coombes published another article in the fourth issue of the 2009 volume of Annals of Applied Statistics that raised additional concerns suggesting that Duke was putting patients taking part in Potti’s clinical trials at risk. Duke commissioned an outside review of Potti’s work in late 2009 in response to questions about the safety of clinical trials based on Potti’s research. Although the clinical trials were reinstated upon the completion of the first investigation, additional concerns raised by scientists and the allegations that Potti had falsified his resume led Duke officials to pursue another review of his research. “That changed, in my mind, the balance of the equation,” Cuffe said. “I will acknowledge that when someone has allegations of misrepresentation in one part of their professional life, to me that raises concerns about misrepresentations in other parts of their professional life.” In addition to the investigations, two health care companies—Eli Lilly and Company and CancerGuide Diagnostics—ended their relationships with Potti in light of the resume and research misconduct allegations.


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Duke, Durham invest in the Bull City’s revitalization by Ciaran O’Connor THE CHRONICLE

Durham, with some help from Duke, has worked to revitalize downtown in the last two years with projects like building a theater and implementing a free bus line. In August, Duke and Durham teamed up to create a physical link between the city and one of its largest employers. The Bull City Connector, a free bus service that runs six days a week from Trent Drive on West Campus to the city’s downtown, was made possible by joint contributions from the University and Durham that freed up $3 million in federal stimulus money allowing for the purchase of six hybrid/diesel buses. So far, the Connector has been more popular with Durham residents and Duke employees than with students, Phail Wynn, vice president for Durham and regional affairs said in an interview with The Chronicle Sept. 1. “There are about 1,200 riders per day, and I’m not even sure that all the students are aware of it yet,” Wynn said. “We were hoping to have a daily ridership of 2,000 by the end of the year, and right now we’re about 60 percent there.” While they are quick to praise the degree to which the colorful Connector buses have allowed Duke employees to get to work quickly and free of charge, both Duke and Durham hope the Connector will encourage students to interact more with the Bull City. “We need to really open up the opportunity for students to explore all of the city,” Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield, who manages the City Council, said in an interview with The Chronicle this summer. “That’s why I was such a pusher to get the Bull City [Connector] going.... It will hopefully make downtown Durham more attractive to Duke students, especially at night.”

Duke also expanded its physical presence downtown. The University committed to long-term leases in West Village and the American Tobacco District, which helped provide Durham collateral for developers to construct the offices, retail and apartment spaces now standing there. During its May meeting, the Board of Trustees took time to discuss Duke’s involvement in Durham and toured downtown. Almost two years before the Connector’s debut, in December 2008, Duke joined the Bull City in celebrating the opening of the 2,800-seat Durham Performing Arts Center, which now plays host to music and theater acts from around the country. The University contributed $7.5 million of the venue’s reported $46.8 million price tag. “It’s a great day for Durham. We have a theater that can now draw top cultural events,” President Richard Brodhead told The Chronicle at the center’s ribbon cutting ceremony. “It’s part of a whole fabric of revitalization.” Mayor Bill Bell told The Chronicle in May that he believes DPAC is just one example of the valuable role Duke has played in advancing the city’s development. “When you consider the economic downturn, the fact that we’ve been able to move forward says a lot, and it could not have happened without Duke,” he said. Durham’s revitalization has also encouraged Duke graduates to stay in the city after graduation. The Raleigh-Durham area is the third most likely place for alumni to end up, behind only New York and Washington, D.C., according to an exit survey of the Class of 2009. “As Durham grows and develops it’s been a more attractive place to live,” Chris See durham on page 10

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DUHS confident with College Republicans face new health care policy discrimination accusations by Tullia Rushton THE CHRONICLE

Health care reform may prove costly for Duke and its employees. The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed by President Barack Obama in March, will lead to increased health insurance premiums for employees and also raise University costs. The higher costs come mostly from a provision of the law requiring that employers offer health insurance to employees’ dependents until they are 26. Vice President for Human Resources Kyle Cavanaugh announced during a Primetime Employee Forum Sept. 9 that the health care premium increases will be held to less than half of the national average increase of 10 to 15 percent. He did not say how much the premiums will increase. Cavanaugh said new initiatives to use more generic medications and to mail-order medications that individuals take frequently helped the University keep premiums from rising more, according to Duke News. “If we had not made those changes, we’d be looking at premium increases of 10 to 15 percent,” Cavanaugh said at the forum. The new health care plan requirements will cost the University an estimated $1 million, Cavanaugh told The Chronicle earlier this month. Currently, the University covers about 85 percent of all employee health care costs and 50 percent of dependent costs, Executive Vice President Tallman Trask said earlier this month. Specific details about changes and costs

will be made public when employees begin enrolling for the new premiums with their dependents, beginning Oct. 8, according to Duke News. The University will use data from the enrollment period to get an idea of how many

“We are going to see a lot more tools for managing your care at home, well beyond things like WebMD and medical dictionaries online...” — Kyle Cavanaugh, vice president for human resources new dependents will be have to be insured when the policy takes effect Jan. 1. “We don’t know how many people we are going to get yet,” Trask said earlier this month. “We’re trying to figure out how many [new dependents] there are out there and might come back on our plans. It’s a wide range, from just under 1,000 to over 3,000.” Duke will continue to improve the health care experience for employees by expanding hospital facilities and increasing the information available to patients online, said Dr. Michael Cuffe, vice president for medical affairs. “We are going to see a lot more tools for managing your care at home, well beyond See health on page 10

by Joanna Lichter THE CHRONICLE

Since last Spring, the Duke College Republicans have faced several discriminatory charges relating to club activities, election processes and executive leadership. The allegations against DCR began in April when former DCR Chair Justin Robinette claimed he was impeached because he is gay. “From the comments made to me before, from the hostile environment created... I believe my Justin Robinette sexual orientation had a reason as to my impeachment,” Robinette told The Chronicle in April. Members of DCR said Robinette was removed for other reasons, adding that his sexual orientation was widely known prior to his impeachment. Robinette formally resigned from office the day after his impeachment vote. DCR’s articles of impeachment stated that Robinette was impeached because he had “repeatedly failed in his capacities as chair.” Among other charges, Robinette was accused of mishandling group endorsements, fixing internal elections, neglecting to coordinate events with the College Republicans at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and exhibiting

unbecoming conduct. Robinette had served as the group’s chair since his sophomore year. He was re-elected in an uncontested race in February and confirmed in March— three weeks before he was forced to resign. Shortly after his impeachment, Robinette filed a discrimination claim with the DSG Judiciary against DCR. The Judiciary ruled there was not substantial evidence to convict DCR of discrimination. The Judiciary said the club removed Robinette as chair for valid reasons including unprofessional conduct, as stated in the articles of impeachment. In its final meeting last year, DSG considered an amendment to suspend the club’s charter but decided not to take direct action against the organization. Instead, senators passed a resolution requiring the Student Organization Finance Committee to ensure that all chartered groups specify election procedures and non-discrimination policies in their constitutions. SOFC will also ensure that group elections are “free, formal and publicized” and be conducted after their constitutions are approved. Robinette revisited During the summer, anti-gay graffiti was discovered on the East Campus See robinette on page 10

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Rebel Artists in London and New York, 1914-1918 September 30, 2010 - January 2, 2011 “Long live the Vortex”

From the Vorticist Manifesto published in Blast, 1914.

Rare works from a short-lived but pivotal modernist art movement during World War I. The Vorticist style combines machine-age forms, vibrant colors and the energetic imagery suggested by a vortex. The Vorticists was co-organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, and Tate Britain. At the Nasher Museum, support for the exhibition is provided by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Marilyn M. Arthur, Trent and Susan Carmichael, the Graduate Liberal Studies program at Duke University, James and Laura Ladd, and Olympia Stone and Sims Preston, with assistance from the British Council.

Exhibition Opening and Curators Conversation Thursday, September 30, 7 PM Wyndham Lewis, Kermesse (detail), 1912. Ink, wash and gouache on paper, 13 3/4 x 13 13/16 inches. Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund and Gift of Neil F. and Ivan E. Phillips in memory of their mother, Mrs. Rosalie Phillips.

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Bridge, some of which was directed at Robinette. Robinette also claimed that he and other former DCR members had received numerous death threats, intimidating Facebook messages and had been cyberstalked and harassed since the end of the school year. In May, Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta recommended an informal mediation between current and former club members. Former DCR members invited included senior Cliff Satell, former club vice chair, and Robinette, who were “unable to attend” the meeting for personal reasons, Robinette said. Shortly after, Satell said he received an e-mail from the Office of Student Conduct suggesting a formal mediation between the two parties. But in an e-mail to the OSC July 22, Satell insisted on having a list of demands met by the DCR before coming to the table—an option not viable in formal mediation. Satell’s asked for a written apology from Club Chief of Staff Rachel Provost, a senior, to various club members and to the gay community at large; a written apology signed by DCR Executive Board for creating a hostile environment; a written commitment by DCR not to spread hateful information about former club members; the opportunity to ask Provost a series of questions on the record and a commitment by DCR members to undergo sensitivity treatment in matters related to the gay community, according to the e-mail.

Fall action In August, Robinette and eight other plaintiffs filed a new suit against the club in the Judiciary. The eight additional plaintiffs were not named in the suit due to “multiple death threats... fear of physical or blackmail retaliation by DCR officers, the serious nature of the allegations and a past history of student-on-student anti-gay harassment by DCR Executive Board Officers,” according to the suit. The Judiciary, however, declined to review the second case brought against DCR, citing that Robinette did not provide the court with any new evidence except for records of “student-on-student harassment,” which falls outside of the court’s jurisdiction. The DSG Senate decided to defund the College Republicans Sept. 9 and took the first step toward de-chartering the organization on the basis that the club demonstrated a “culture of discrimination.” But less than a week later, DSG President Mike Lefevre vetoed the Senate’s action after receiving separate letters of resignation from Boyle and Vice Chair Travis Rapp, a senior. Lefevre said he met with SOFC Chair Max Tabachnik, a senior, who confirmed that SOFC will govern the next College Republicans election. Lefevre added that DCR must comply with SOFC’s ruling. The Senate did not overturn Lefevre’s veto at its next meeting. “Essentially all I want is a public apology and retraction,” Robinette said in a September interview. He expects to graduate at the end of the Fall semester.

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durham from page 7 O’Neill, Trinity ’95, told The Chronicle in July. O’Neill is the assistant director of regional programs for the Duke Alumni Association and the coordinator of the Duke Club of the Triangle. “The economy has played into that—it’s a reasonable place to live.” Durham’s renowned food scene has also contributed to its reputation as an appealing place to live after graduation. In October 2008, Bon Appetite magazine dubbed the DurhamChapel Hill area “America’s Foodiest Small Town,” citing local establishments that range from LocoPops to Parker and Otis in historic downtown Durham.

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