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Tuesday, october 5, 2010
ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTH YEAR, Issue 29
Weed alternative poses health threat Duke Med to implement five-year plan by Sonia Havele THE CHRONICLE
Although alcohol remains Duke students’ drug of choice, some undergraduates have recently experimented with a new, “legal weed.” K2—also known as spice, genie and zohal—is a leafy green, synthetic drug said to have effects similar to marijuana. Often marketed as incense, the drug began appearing in U.S. tobacco shops and convenience stores in late 2009. Serious concerns about the drug have emerged in the last year after more than 500 reports were made to poison control centers across the country, according to The (Raleigh) News & Observer. Side effects have allegedly included hallucinations, elevated heart rates, vomiting and seizures. Despite a warning label noting the product is not meant for human consumption, college students have reportedly been smoking K2 in dorm rooms across the country. “Something you’re not supposed to smoke” Students say that though some of their peers have experimented with the drug, few have become regular users—its reputation as an alternative to marijuana may not be deserved.
by Tullia Rushton THE CHRONICLE
Dr. Victor Dzau stressed a positive future for Duke Medicine with the start of a new five-year strategic plan at the yearly State of Duke Medicine address. Dzau, chancellor for health affairs and president and chief executive officer for the Duke University Health System, addressed a large audience of medical staff in Searle Center Lecture Hall Monday, outlining ambitious priorities despite uncertain times ahead for the medical community stemming from the changes to national health care policy and the remnants of one of the worst economic downturns yet. “Any strategic process is only as good as the people and the teams of people who execute it and implement it,” he said. The plan, Dzau said, will generally follow three key categories of “decisions” to drive organization and preparedness for the health system: must-do or must-complete decisions, regret-less decisions and unclear risk or reward decisions. The first set— falling under the category of must-do or must-complete decisions— concerned projects that have already been started prior to the new strategic plan.
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Gawker founder to teach MMS class by Nicole Kyle THE CHRONICLE
In the age of new media, the University will welcome a new face to its faculty this Spring. Elizabeth Spiers, founding editor of Gawker.com and Trinity ’99, will be teaching a class as part of a new entrepreneurship program within the Markets and Management Studies certificate curriculum. “This class is going to be half theory and half application,” Spiers said. “I want students to come out of the class with a fully-formed business plan for a new business.” The class will be called “The Start-Up Clinic” and will be one of four courses offered under the new program, said its direcElizabeth Spiers tor, Gary Hull, a lecturing fellow in sociology. Hull, who also serves as director for the Program on Values and Ethics in the Marketplace, brought Spiers to Duke. “This class is going to be much more valuable than a standard management class,” he said. “Its focus is going to go from conception to actual execution over a period of time.” The class will be capped at about 21 students who will be broken into teams of three to four to develop a business plan, Hull added.
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Spiers is a successful media consultant, entrepreneur and writer who has launched numerous start-ups and websites, including Crushable.com and TheGloss.com. She also founded Breaking Media, the company responsible for sites such as Dealbreaker. com, AboveTheLaw.com and Fashionista.com. This year, Spiers was named one of Fast Company’s “Most Influential Women in Technology.” Last Spring, Spiers gave a guest lecture to Hull’s class in the Entrepreneurial Challenges Focus cluster. “The students loved her,” Hull said. “So when I started putting together an entrepreneurship program through MMS, the question became what four courses should we offer—that’s when I thought about asking Elizabeth if she wanted to teach a course.” Hull declined to name the other three courses. Leading a classroom is not new to Spiers, though. Indeed, she teaches a course on new media for the School of Visual Arts in New York City as part of its Master of Fine Arts Program and also led a summer school for entrepreneurs at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University this past summer. “I really do enjoy teaching, so I’m always happy to have the opportunity to do it again, particularly at Duke,” she said. “I did my undergraduate work there, so I’m always going to have a big soft spot for it.” See spiers on page 8
Count Me In A North Carolina program lets 16- and 17-year-olds pre-register to vote, PAGE 4
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Dr. Victor Dzau, chancellor for health affairs and president and CEO of the Duke University Health System spoke on the state of Duke Medicine Monday.
“We’re in the public eye a little bit. Sometimes it’s hard to be open because of past or current negative reactions.”
—Local teacher Tom Greene on LGBT teachers. See story page 3
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Self Leadership Presentation Flowers 201, 5:30-7p.m. Dr. Kelly Crace leads a workshop on how to overcome obstacles and become more productive in work and in life.
Dirty Projectors Perofmance Page Auditorium, 8-10p.m. Dave Longstreth’s genre-melting indie rock ensemble bears the torch for a new kind of all-devouring eclecticism. Cost is five dollars.
Screening of The Ants White Lecture Hall, 8-9:40p.m. Cine-East presents a movie about ant soldiers in the military of World War II Japan as part of the East Asian Studies film series.
“It’s not a good time for traditional powerhouses. USC and Texas fell out of the rankings entirely after the Trojans lost at home to unranked Washington and the Longhorns dropped their second consecutive contest. No. 14 Florida continues to struggle in the post-Tim Tebow era, getting routed by the top-ranked Crimson Tide 31-6–putting up less points than Duke did against Alabama two weeks ago–and falling seven spots.” — From The Chronicle Sports Blog sports.chronicleblogs.com
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Broadway actress Cherry Jones returns to the stage to star in Bernard Shaw’s Mrs Warren’s Profession presented by the Roundabout Theatre Company. Jones will play Mrs. Kitty Warren who is a successful madame and her daughter, Vivie, who must deside between a career in law and her love life. The play, which explores feminism and vice is a spirited revival of a classic which has promise to entertain a new audience.
A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. — George Santayana
TODAY IN HISTORY
1912: The first James bond movie, Dr. No, is released.
Global marine census reveals new species
Potential poltical deal between Maliki, Allawi
WASHINGTON, D.C.— A lone deep-sea snail living within a hydrothermal vent. The migratory tracks of great white sharks crossing ocean basins. These are just a handful of the discoveries that came out of the Census of Marine Life, a decade-long project that finished Monday. Encompassing more than 2,700 scientists from 80 nations and territories across the world, the census sought to answer a basic but daunting question. In the words of its scientific steering committee chairman Ian Poiner: “What did live in the ocean, what does live in the ocean and what will live in the ocean?” Ten years after the study was launched, much of the sea remains unknown. At its start only five percent of the ocean had been seriously explored, and even now, there are no observations for 20 percent of the sea, while more than half of the ocean has only been subject to minimal exploration.
BAGHDAD — Officials from the Sunnibacked slate that won the most votes in Iraq’s parliamentary election said Monday that they might support letting Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki keep his job if their top candidate is sworn in as president with expanded powers. That new authority would broaden the presidency’s mostly ceremonial role to include foreign policy, defense and energy sectors, said a senior official inside the largely Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc. The deal would stop Iraqiya’s planned boycott of a Maliki government and end a seven-month impasse that has put Iraq in limbo since the March 7 vote. It would also achieve U.S. goals of an inclusive government, with Maliki and secular Shiite Ayad Allawi sharing power and representing both Iraq’s Sunni and Shiite Arab votes.
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Kenan-Biddle Grants available for Inter-Institutional Student Projects The Kenan-Biddle Partnership, funded by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust and The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, is now taking grant proposals from Duke and UNC students for projects designed to enhance the intellectual life at both universities by strengthening established or encouraging new collaborations. Preference will be given to proposals made jointly by students from each institution. Project proposals must have a student or students who serve as the project initiator. Proposals should be designed to stimulate collaborative arts, sciences and humanities projects between the two universities. The proposal should be specific about the activities and duties the participants would undertake and must include at least one public exhibition, presentation or performance. If you are interested in learning more about the Kenan-Biddle Partnership, please visit www.studentaffairs.duke.edu/kenan-biddle.
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Purchasing essays online not Local teachers worth the effort, prof finds form LGBT support group by Anna Koelsch THE CHRONICLE
Students paying hundreds of dollars for academic papers online may be surprised by how little they get for their money. A recent study by Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Behavioral Economics at the Fuqua School of Business, and Aline Grüneisen, associate in research at Fuqua, investigated the quality of online essay mills, which sell papers to high school and college students. Although many of the sites claim they are supposed to help students write their own papers, Ariely wrote on his blog that “with names such as echeat.com, it’s pretty clear what their real purpose is.” Ariely and Grüneisen bought four essays for between $150 and $216 each, but they contained significant errors and passages that made little to no sense. “The essays were completely incoherent,” Grüneisen said. The essays cited sources from Wikipedia, and one source was in Russian, she added. There were also awkward word substitutions, like the replacement of “cheating” with “deceiting.” When the researchers asked for a refund due to the poor quality of the papers they received, one of the essay mills threatened to turn the researchers in to a University dean for using its service, Grüneisen said. The essays the researchers bought related to how and why people cheat. One paper read, “Cheating by healers. Healing is different.... But these days fewer people believe in wizards,” to answer the assigned cheating prompt. “If a paper [like that] was turned in, I would fail the student and take it to the honor code council,” Ariely wrote in an e-mail. The experiment originated from a conversation Ariely had with undergraduates about honesty and challenges they face. The students mentioned Adderall, ly-
by Brandon Levy THE CHRONICLE
special to The Chronicle
Professor Dan Ariely bought and studied several class essays from websites and concluded that the papers were full of errors. ing on resumes, plagiarism and essay mills. Grüneisen added that the poor quality of essays produced by essay mills should be enough to keep students away from them. Grüneisen does not think essay mills
Local teacher Tom Greene had the idea for the Proud Apple Social Club after meeting a number of openly gay teachers on Duke’s campus at last year’s North Carolina Pride Parade. Greene, a government and economics teacher at Chapel Hill High School, started the club to provide an open forum for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teachers to discuss issues both related and unrelated to the LGBT community. At the beginning of each month, the organization convenes and acts as a social group and support network for educators who are open about their sexual orientations in their professional lives. “It dawned on me that it would be good to see these teachers more than once a year at [the parade], and that it would be a good support network,” Greene said. “We could talk about difficulties and be there to support one another because we have similar experiences, not only being gay but also in our professions.” The club spread through word of mouth and its Facebook page, which has 45 members as of Monday night. Meetings are held the first Thursday or Friday of each month— usually in a nearby restaurant or bar. Greene said the group helps its members deal with the challenges associated with being an openly gay teacher. For example, he described a teacher who had a student pulled from her after-school program when the student’s parents found out about her sexual orientation.
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DUKE SUMMER READING PROGRAM ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS Please submit your suggestions for the Class of 2015 summer reading! The Book Selection Committee will choose this year’s text based on the following criteria:
• Prompts stimulating debate and lively discussion • Resonates with incoming students • Encourages thought and personal reflection • Enriches the intellectual life of students Submit your nominations online at: http://studentaffairs.duke.edu/summer-reading
Class of 2014 • Class of 2013 • Class of 2012 • Class of 2011
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N.C. initiative allows voter pre-registration by Caitlin Johnson THE CHRONICLE
As the nation works to motivate young voters to go to the polls Nov. 2, North Carolina looks to engage an even younger subset of the population. Through a new law that allows 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote, the state hopes to get youths interested in democracy and voting at an early age. The law, which took effect Jan. 1, 2010, allows teenagers to pre-register at the same time and age they get their driver’s licenses and requires voting processes to be incorporated into high school civics curriculums. Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy North Carolina, said he hopes the new law will send the message that registering is the ticket to “first class citizenship,” just as a driver’s license is a “ticket to freedom.” “Research shows that if you get kids interested in and practicing voting early, it will help them see it as regular life and an expression of power and who they are,” Hall said. “However, if they don’t vote by the time they are 30, they will likely never vote.” In an attempt to secure some of those young voters, members of the Durham County Board of Elections visited eight area high schools in September as part of an initiative to get 16- and 17-year-olds pre-registered to vote. The Board of Elections staff teamed up with Democracy North Carolina and Kids Voting Durham, registering and pre-registering a total of 579 students. “The visit was successful, students were engaged, they were listening and they actively wanted to participate,” said Ketty Thelemaque, advisor of Young Teen Democrats at Charles E. Jordan High School, one of the schools the Board of Elections visited. Still, it is unclear how this law will actually affect the voting habits of teenagers once they are able to vote.
“I don’t think pre-registering will solve the problem,” said Diego Quezada, a senior and president of the Young Teen Democrats at Jordan. “It’s very easy to get registered at 18. I don’t think the problem is opportunity to register, but lack of interest.” Thelemaque said she hopes pre-registration and the expansion of the civics curriculum to include voting processes will make students conscious earlier, allow for serious discussions with those who are already voting and make the voting process real for them. To pre-register, a teenager fills out the regular voter registration forms and the file is automatically sorted into an incomplete que, which also stores forms that are missing information for already eligible voters. When those teenagers are eligible to vote in the next election and meet all other voter criteria, the system transfers their forms to the general registered voter list. Individuals are then sent a notice by mail that they are registered to vote. There is not a significant implementation cost associated with pre-registration, said Mike Ashe, Durham County Board of Elections director. It will use the same forms and go through the same processing as every other voter registration. “Historically, 18- to 25-year-olds vote less than any other age demographics,” Ashe said. “This statute affords the opportunity for more young people to participate in democracy and vote.” According to FairVote.org, a website to promote voter participation, other states including Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, Rhode Island, Delaware, and the District of Columbia allow pre-registration at age 16, and California and Oregon at age 17. “Young people are the largest group in our society that are not registered,” Hall said. “I think there is just not an orientation to encourage them to get involved. There is more lip service than actual service.”
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Members of the Duke University Student Dining Advisory Committee heard a presentation from the Great Hall and suggested improvements for the eatery at their meeting Monday.
Great Hall business up 5 to 7% from last year by Sanette Tanaka THE CHRONICLE
Minor changes to the Great Hall had business booming in September. The campus eatery’s traffic has increased between 5 and 7 percent, and sales have grown from 20 to 25 percent during Friday lunches—typically the slowest period of the week, said Nate Peterson, resident district manager of Bon Appetit Management Company. Peterson and Bon Appetit Marketing Manager Sarah McGowan discussed possible improvements for the eatery with the Duke University Student Dining Advisory at its meeting Monday night. “Fine-tuning our program and really
nailing down customer needs helped us make the necessary changes,” Peterson said. “It took some time, with trial and error and really figuring out what works and what doesn’t.” He added that Bon Appetit has made a few minor modifications this year, such as lowering Friday lunch prices in the Great Hall by $1 for the majority of stations and adding a bruschetta bar to the vegan and vegetarian stand. Bon Appetit runs nine eateries that operate on campus, including the Marketplace, the Trinity Cafe and the Devil’s Bistro. The Great Hall serves more See dusdac on page 7
The Distinguished Speaker Series AT THE FUQUA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS Today! Tuesday, 5 October 2010
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“If marijuana was legal, I don’t think you’d ever find someone who would prefer K2 to marijuana. And there’s a low enough risk of getting in trouble with marijuana that it’s essentially legal on campus.” — Scott Spencer, sophomore the new product sells for about $15 to $20 per gram. However, both students said they are wary of the substance’s synthetic origins. “It’s synthesized, and it’s made from something you’re not supposed to smoke,” Chappell said, adding that he prefers not to smoke K2 because he believes it is worse than marijuana for his health. Spencer also said K2 is not a drug he would choose to smoke often, particularly on Duke’s campus. “If marijuana was legal, I don’t think you’d ever find someone who would prefer K2 to marijuana,” he said. “And there’s a low enough risk of getting in trouble with marijuana that it’s essentially legal on campus.” Students seeking to try K2 normally find it readily accessible. In addition to its availability online, Chappell said last
Unknown among administrators Because K2 is still a legal substance in North Carolina, it is difficult for administrators to monitor. Typically, administrators learn about drug use through situations in which students are being reprimanded, said Tom Szigethy, associate dean for students and director of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Center . K2 is therefore more difficult to monitor. “We’ve not seen a spike of students telling us about [K2],” Szigethy said. “The most common drug of choice, of course, is alcohol, and I would say that [marijuana] is second on the list.” Jean Hanson, assistant director for Student Health, said there have been no known cases of Duke students being hospitalized due to the drug’s adverse side effects. “I am not familiar with K2 and have seen no references to it in reports from the [emergency department],” she wrote in an e-mail. “I do not even know if there is a specific test for it.” Szigethy said that in many cases, bad experiences with drugs offer an educational moment to students, allowing them to consider the reasons they felt it necessary to use the substance in the first place. “There can [still] be implications if they kind of skirt the law—there can be negative implications on their life choices,” he said. “They’re using [drugs like K2], and... they have no idea about the long-term implications of using this substance.” In light of its reported adverse effects, researchers at Saint Louis University, Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts have teamed up with the federal Centers for Disease Control and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to study how K2 affects the human body, the Associated Press reported in March. Although K2 is still legal in many parts of the country, some states—such as Kansas and Kentucky—have banned the drug. Several other states are in the process of outlawing the product.
“I think a lot more people were doing it last year,” said sophomore Will Chappell. “They were trying to give it a chance because they didn’t really know what it was.” Smoking K2 as a substitute for marijuana has left some students disappointed. Chappell said K2 is “nowhere near as good as weed” and that he experienced an “angry high” from the drug that put him in a bad mood. Sophomore Scott Spencer said K2 had “a bad psychological effect” on him and made him feel paranoid. Despite their unpleasant experiences, Chappell and Spencer agreed that K2 does bear some resemblance to its illicit counterpart. Spencer said the cost of K2 is comparable to that of certain kinds of marijuana, noting that
spring some students purchased the drug from Expressions, an adult and tobacco store located in Chapel Hill. The store no longer sells the product, an employee told The Chronicle, but students say that Hazmat, a tobacco shop in Chapel Hill, sells K2. The store’s employees declined to comment on the product, noting that they were told not to talk to the media about K2 after the store’s recent appearance in a newspaper about the drug.
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arts events at duke unIversItY O Ct 6 – O Ct 12
Duke Symphony Orchestra Thursday, October 7. 8pm. Baldwin Auditorium Is that Schumann with one “N” for two? Guest artist Cicilia Yudha, pianist. The Duke Symphony Orchestra is directed by Harry Davidson. Free.
ART. Deena Stryker: Photographs of Cuba, 1963-1964. Stryker’s black-and-white photographs of revolutionary Cuba open a window into an unsettled time in that country’s history. Through Dec. 12. Perkins Library Special Collections Gallery. Free. ART. Literacy Through Photography–Arusha, Tanzania. Work from a Center for Documentary Studies project with DukeEngage students in Africa. Through January 8, 2011. CDS Gallery. Free. October 6 MUSIC. Early Vocal Music Master Class with Stile Antico. 5pm. Nelson Music Room. Free.
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October 7 LECTURE. First Thursday (Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art) talk about the The Record exhibition. 6:30pm, Cash Bar. 7:00pm, Lecture. Nasher Museum. Free. MUSIC. Duke Wind Symphony. Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, director. “Around the World,” with guest violinist Eric Pritchard. 8pm. Baldwin Auditorium. Free. October 9 MUSIC. Duke String School. Dorothy Kitchen, dir. 3pm: Beginning Ensemble & Intermediate I. 7pm: Intermediate II and DUSS Youth Symphony Orchestra. Baldwin Auditorium. Free.
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proud apple from page 3 “We’re in the public eye a little bit,” he said. “Sometimes it’s hard to be open because of past or current negative reactions. The group helps [members] navigate any issues.” Many members have expressed interest in expanding the club from a social group to an advocacy group. “There have been a lot of suggestions to make the meetings more formal and to hold events,” Greene said. “I foresee this club evolving and taking on advocacy, but it’s based on what the other members want to do and our shared vision.” Greene added that many members are sponsors of gay-straight alliances in their respective schools and adopt “an aggressive approach” to offensive language in the classroom. “We see ourselves as not only advocating for ourselves but also for students,” he said. Member Nick Winstead, an English teacher at Northwood High School in Pittsboro, said taking action to address issues that affect the LGBT community would be a “natural” next step. John Pickett, who teaches first grade at New Hope Elementary School in Chapel Hill, also emphasized the importance of advocacy. “The amount of LGBT youths taking their own lives recently has been shocking,” he said. “As educators who can relate to the struggles of these youths, I think that our group has a strong desire to address the bullying and school climates that lead to LGBT youth suicides.” Kaela Cogswell, a senior at Chapel Hill High School and president of the school’s Queer-Straight Alliance, said the students at CHHS are generally more accepting of gay students and teachers compared with students at other schools. Some LGBT stu-
dents from neighboring institutions had to transfer to CHHS in order to feel safe, she said, and for that reason support groups are important for members of the LGBT community. “Students can’t possibly achieve in school and teachers can’t feel confident if they don’t feel accepted and don’t have a support group in place,” she said. “That is what [gay-straight alliances] and clubs like the Proud Apple Social Club are [for].... They give that needed support to students and teachers.” Winstead said the Proud Apple Social Club members can serve as positive role models for gay students. “It’s good that we have so many proud and out teachers in this area who are willing to be visible,” he said. “We can give a positive image, and that’s very needed these days.”
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First-grade teacher John Pickett says the Proud Apple Social Club should take on an advocacy role.
THE GOTHIC BOOKSHOP PRESENTS
Stanley Hauerwas Reading from Hannah’s Child TODAY! October 5th, 5-7pm Rare Book Room, Perkins Library
Once called “America’s best theologian” by Time Magazine, Professor Hauerwas is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School. The Gothic Bookshop will be on hand at the event to provide copies of Hannah’s Child at a 20% discount off the cover price. Gothic Bookshop Duke’s Independent Book Shop 684-3986 • Upper Level Bryan Center email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc sponsored an event at the Duke Smart Home to highlight ways students can be environmentally friendly while maintaining a busy college lifestyle.
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ditional vendors will be introduced due to physical space constraints and limited machinery available.
customers than any other eatery at Duke, said DUSDAC co-Chair Alex Klein, a senior and former online editor for The Chronicle. “We like to bring in Duke’s largest vendor at least once a semester so we can hear about the ways they are trying to improve their operation, food-wise and otherwise, as well as offer feedback,” Klein said. DUSDAC suggested creating a weekly e-mail for meal specials and re-evaluating the way the eatery cooks meat dishes. Peterson said he did not anticipate any large-scale alterations in the near future, adding that he would like to gather more feedback. If students want to provide suggestions, they can speak with the chef on duty, write on Bon Appetit’s website or fill out a comment card in the Great Hall. Although the Great Hall currently has two independent contractors—Sushi Nara and Sitar—Peterson said no ad-
In other business: Juniors David Wang and Nari Sohn and sophomore Katherine Franklin made a guest presentation to DUSDAC about starting a Duke chapter of the Campus Kitchens Project. The organization is a nonprofit service group that repackages and donates food from campus eateries to the local community. The Campus Kitchens Project currently has branches at 25 schools. Wang said Alpine Atrium showed interest in working with the students and would potentially offer its kitchen to repackage the food. “This project is completely feasible, and it is already being run at different schools,” Wang said. “We have direction; we have all the necessities as far as eateries and planning.” DUSDAC asked the students to consider the legal issues regarding using a kitchen on campus and health factors in repackaging food.
medicine from page 1 These include the completion of the Duke Cancer Center and the School of Medicine’s Learning Center, which is the first building to be built specifically for medical education in 80 years, and the addition of the Duke Medicine Pavilion that will “meet the expanding patient volume,” Dzau said. He noted that according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the medical school is in a better financial situation than the average private and public medical schools. “It’s encouraging to see that we have the greener grasses in the medical school neighborhood,” Dzau said. The second category, regret-less decisions, are necessary for future success regardless of environmental factors. He added that some of the plans in this category were those that were “put on hold because of the economic collapse,” but are now being reevaluated as the economy begins to rebound. Dzau said it is essential for the medical community to become more aligned in what he refers to as the “Power of One.” He added that employee care, updated medical technology, aggressive faculty recruitment and increases in academic support are all important for Duke Medicine’s future success. Dzau also announced that the Health System Board of Directors recently approved the use of $50 million to launch an international search for a director of the Cancer Center through Spencer Stuart, an executive search consulting firm. Construction on the Cancer Center is expected to be completed by early 2012. The third category of decision making is where the magnitude of the risk or reward is unclear, Dzau explained. These decisions are directly related to the uncertain nature of the path for both Duke and national health care. Dzau’s examples of third-category decisions included additional building or leasing for academics, investment for more research space and partnerships or affiliations with other organizations. “My concern is the many approaches that made [Duke Medicine] successful today may not be as successful in the next [several years],” Dzau said. Toward the end of the speech, Dzau reflected on the commitment demonstrated by Duke’s medical community during the past year and briefly discussed Duke’s volunteer service in Haiti following the earthquake in January. Duke sent five relief teams to Haiti earlier this year, Dzau said, after the earthquake destroyed much of the Port-au-Prince and other settlements in the region. Despite the health system’s entrance into what Dzau called “uncharted waters,” the general sentiment of the audience was positive about the direction in which Duke Medicine is going. Jewell Booth, a pediatric clinical nurse, said she was impressed with Duke’s international relief efforts despite a poor economy. “It’s great Duke already contributes locally, but reaching out to international areas is pretty amazing,” said Booth, who was on one of the teams sent to Haiti. Dzau concluded his address by quoting Duke Medicine’s mission statement, highlighting the ideas of transforming health and medicine globally and locally and also eliminating health inequalities. “The people of Duke Medicine are as strong and well prepared as anyone to navigate the foggy future that lies ahead,” Dzau said. “By this time next year, we will have pulled ahead together to meet every challenge that comes our way.”
“We absolutely support [the concept] and if the vendors can pull it off logistically and legally, we want them to give their food if they can,” Klein said. He added that many student projects fall through for various reasons. “Every year, we get five to 10 groups of students who come in with really ambitious ideas and I think only two have come into fruition,” he said. “It’s tough.” DUSDAC also discussed its role in Duke’s upcoming Food Week, a collaborative initiative to raise awareness about food-related issues. Food Week will be held Oct. 25 through 29. In addition, the Refectory at Duke Law recently created a homemade, unprocessed cheese whiz alternative for their Philly cheese steaks at the request of Duke Student Government President Mike Lefevre, a senior. The sauce is currently called “ooey gooey” cheese. To boost sales, DUSDAC members brainstormed alternative names for the newest addition. Suggestions included “Bedda Chedda” cheese whiz, “Cheddariffic,” “Lefevre Whiz” and “Hot Mike Sauce.”
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online essays from page 3 are widely used, however. She said she thinks purchasing cheaper essays from friends is more common. The Office of Student Conduct has not seen cases of essay purchasing in a couple of years, but there have been cases in the past, said Stephen Bryan, associate dean of students and director
spiers from page 1 The class is designed so that students will learn how to “boot-strap” a small business, Spiers said. She said she wants to teach students in the class how to deal with the challenges of starting and running a small business, specifically as they are young entrepreneurs without “trackrecord[s].” “Generally you don’t know how to run a business until you’ve tried it,” she said. “Figuring out what you’re going to do and how to monetize it... I basically want to walk [students] through the steps so they have a starting point for doing something like that later.” Spiers also emphasized the changing media environment and its implications for the business world. “We’re getting a lot more sophisticated about how to monetize media—instead of a classic display ad, there are a lot more options,” she said. “This leads to more complex business models, which in my opinion create a lot of new opportunities for young entrepreneurs.” Spiers’ media experience will be increasingly valuable for the Duke community, said James Hamilton, director of
for the OSC. Even though essay mills are not widely used at Duke, Ariely said the mere existence of the mills is a problem. “The existence of these sites and their popularity can create what we call ‘social proof’ where people think it is okay to do this, particularly when they hear that other people are doing this,” Ariely said. the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy. “I think more and more students are becoming interested in how to start new media ventures,” he said. “It’s wonderful that she’s going to be sharing her experiences with Duke students.” Other faculty members expressed excitement about Spiers as well. Last Spring, Spiers spoke to students in Sarah Cohen’s class, “News as a Moral Battleground.” Cohen, the Knight professor of the practice of journalism and public policy studies, said Spiers’ unique perspective and insight into job prospects in new media was particularly helpful to the students in her class. It is not yet confirmed how students will register for the program, Hull noted. Although it will be similar in structure to the Focus program, Hull said he does not yet know whether students will be required to apply. Still, Hull is confident that the students who manage to make it into “The Start-Up Cinic” will be rewarded. “[It’s] her smashing track record of success,” he said. “She’s very smart, she’s very sincere, she really cares and the [students] she’s going to be training will get it.”
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Our interview with Mitchell Phillips, creator of Duke apparel website AmpersandThreads Duke Men’s Golf leads the Wolfpack Intercollegiate after day one. PAGE 10
Revenge on the minds of Blue Devils
Singler, Smith honored Seniors named to Wooden watch list
by Jay Vitha THE CHRONICLE
Tonight’s match versus Davidson is not just any non-conference match for Duke— tonight, revenge is the only thing on the minds of the Blue Devils. Last season, the Wildcats stunned Duke in a convincing 4-1 Davidson victory at home. Tonight, in Koskinen Stadium at 7 p.m., vs. the No. 9 Blue DevNo. 9 ils (4-2-3) get their Duke chance to prove last season’s upset was TUESDAY, 7 p.m. just a fluke. Koskinen Stadium “That was a horrible loss,” senior captain Cole Grossman said. “It was one of the most disappointing of my career. I’ve been thinking about it since then.” Duke is preparing differently for Davidson (4-3-3) this season, making sure they don’t overlook the Wildcats. Grossman said he would be playing a more aggressive midfield against Davidson, as he did against Maryland on Friday. He did, however, admit that the Blue Devils
by Andy Moore THE CHRONICLE
Another cog was added yesterday to the hype machine being built for Duke’s 201011 season. Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith were named Monday to the John Wooden preseason top-50 list by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. “I think it’s a great honor and much deserved,” associate head coach Chris Collins said. “If you saw what they accomplished last year and the momentum they have now, it’s something that’s great for both of them. We believe they are two of the elite players in the country.” The two players, who serve as the Blue Devils’ captains, both saw their games reach new heights during last season’s national championship campaign. Smith, especially, saw his numbers explode from his sophomore year. He averaged 17.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists irina Danescu/Chronicle file photo
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Senior Cole Grossman is still angry about Duke’s loss last year to Davidson, and he wants to “dominate them.”
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Believe the hype with Rivers Sports journalism is full of hyperbole. The world of Duke sports is no different—it seems a yearly ritual, for example, for a rumor about Mike Krzyzewski being offered another job to be blown out of proportion. So it’s a rare occurrence indeed when the nation doesn’t seem to fully recognize the Scott momentous significance of any story, let alone one dealing with Duke, a program that always is in the national spotlight. But that’s what seems to be happening after Austin Rivers’s verbal commitment to the Blue Devils. The importance of Rivers’s commitment cannot be over-hyped, overvalued or over-reported. Now it seems as if Duke is the hottest program in college basketball, only a year after many
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Will the talented Austin Rivers have head coach Mike Krzyzewski again cutting down the nets?
analysts proclaimed the Blue Devils were taking a backseat to rival North Carolina, in a prime example of hyperbole in action. Think about it: Around this time last year people had moderate expectations for the Blue Devils’ upcoming season, and the program had just lost out on megarecruit Harrison Barnes. It seemed as if Duke lived in the shadow of the defending national champions down Tobacco Road. Now the Blue Devils are themselves the defending champions. And they’re the clear cut favorites to repeat this season, and they just wrapped up arguably the best high school player in the country. That’s an incredible turnaround, no hyperbole intended. What’s even more important for Duke fans still smarting over the Barnes defection is that the Blue Devils out-recruited the Tar Heels for Rivers. But this time, See rich on page 10
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Duke sits in first in Wolfpack Intercollegiate by Staff Reports THE CHRONICLE
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Duke’s No. 2 golfer, Wes Roach, played less than steller, but the rest of the Blue Devils went low Monday.
The No. 23 Blue Devils came out firing in the opening day of action at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate Monday, taking a three-stroke team lead into the final day of golf today. Duke’s five golfers shot a a combined minus-10 in the two rounds, while host school N.C. State shot minus-seven, good for second place. Two other ACC schools, Maryland and Wake Forest, rounded out the top four in the competition after day one. Duke was led by Brinson Paolini, who carded back-to-back rounds of two-under on the par 71 course, good for the second best individual score. Freshman Yaroslav Merkulov sits in third after firing a 67 in his second round of the day. Merkulov ac-
counted for six birdies and only two bogies in that second round. The Blue Devils’ No. 2 golfer, senior Wes Roach, struggled, posting the Blue Devils’ worst score—145. Roach shot a double bogey in both of his rounds and scored a three-over in a first round that included only two birdies. Freshman Austin Cody made his collegiate debut while competing as an individual. He rebounded from a poor first round to shoot two-under in a second round that included only one bogey. The Wolfpack Intercollegiate is played at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course, a difficult track ranked by Golfweek magazine as the No. 22 on-campus collegiate course. The Blue Devils have had great success in the tournament in recent years, winning it five times in the past ten years.
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according to Dave Telep, Scout.com’s national recruiting director, Duke was able to hold off its rival without much difficulty. “Once he publicly decommitted from Florida, it looked to me like Duke moved into a leadership position with him that they never relinquished,” Telep said. “This one, behind closed doors, was heading Duke’s way. It would’ve been an upset of pretty big proportions if he went anywhere else.” All this would be enough to leave Duke fans, and the program itself, feeling pretty chipper. And that’s without even mentioning Telep’s most intriguing comment regarding Rivers. If the lockout alters the NBA MORE collective bargaining agreement ONLINE as Telep thinks it might, Blue Devil fans might get to see an NBAA full version of Scott caliber talent in Cameron for Rich’s interview with more than the customary year. “Things are going to change Scout.com’s Dave with the collective bargaining Telep: dukechroniclesports.com agreement,” Telep said. “It is entirely possible that we see either a 20-year age limit instituted or we see two years in college required. People who use the term one-anddone from this point forward are putting themselves in a position to get a little egg on their faces, because one-and-done could be a term that is one-and-done after this year.” The lockout might not just affect Rivers but his possible teammates in 2011, as well. Even if the 20-year age limit is not implemented, the possible absence of NBA basketball in 2011 could keep Kyrie Irving and Mason Plumlee in Durham for an additional year. While it’s foolish at best to try to prognosticate so far in advance, next year Duke could trot out a backcourt of Irving, Rivers, Seth Curry and Andre Dawkins, with the Plumlee brothers (all three of them) anchoring a deep front-court. If you take into account Rivers’ potential on an actual basketball court, then this story reaches the next level. Forget the comparisons with Barnes—Rivers could be better. He’s an extremely polished scorer, who will instantly make the Blue Devils better when he steps foot in Cameron Indoor Stadium. “Austin’s game is extremely mature for a high school basketball player. He’s got a scoring array,” Telep said. “The easiest way to picture Austin Rivers is as a guy that’s just more advanced. It sounds very simple, but the fact of the matter is he has NBA style about him in terms of what he can do as a perimeter player.” So there seems to be no downside to this story—Rivers’s commitment has helped reengineer Duke’s recruiting pitch, it has given fans still sore over Barnes some measure of revenge and it could lead to one of the more talented Blue Devil teams in history. And for once, the hyperbole that will invariably be thrown around by fans, and the media, is actually merited. Even if Rivers is still a high school senior.
Junior midfielder Temi Molinar and the rest of Duke face Davidson, which is coming off a 1-0 loss to College of Charleston, tonight at Koskinen.
believe it is from a lack of effort. Likewise, sophomore James Belshaw chalked the difficulties up to the ups and still haven’t gotten their positioning quite right. downs that accompany any season. “We are halfway through the season and we haven’t “Everyone has off-days,” sophomore goalie James figured it all out yet,” he said. “It’s okay though— Belshaw said. “We’re looking to put goals past [Davidhopefully we’ll peak during the ACC and NCAA tour- son] and make a statement.” naments.” Grossman and Kerr agreed that they would not Adding fuel to the fire, overlook Davidson this both teams enter Tuesday’s time around, noting the match following tough losses. “It has been on our minds for a importance of the non-conDavidson fell 1-0 to College of ference game on Duke’s year....We respect them enough schedule. Grossman exCharleston Saturday and Duke suffered a tough loss to No. that this is the bigto dominate them. I think we’re plained 8 Maryland Friday. The Blue gest game of the year for a ready to destroy them.” Devils failed to force Terrapin team like the Wildcats, so goalie Zac McMath to make a is important for Duke to — Cole Grossman ittake single save throughout the enthem just as seriously tire match. as an ACC opponent. “We’re still trying to get Duke knows that Davidback on track from the Maryland game,” head coach son will be well-prepared for Tuesday’s match—but the John Kerr said. “We created good opportunities but Blue Devils seem ready to step up to the challenge. didn’t convert.” “It has been on our minds for a year,” Grossman said. Kerr stressed that he is not disappointed with his of- “We respect them enough to dominate them. I think fense despite the team’s recent struggles. He does not we’re ready to destroy them.”
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WOODEN from page 9
Left off the preseason top-50 list were both Miles and Mason Plumlee. Some online commentators pointed to their absence as a possible snub, which Collins thought might be a great motivator to the frontcourt duo. “Obviously, we believe that they have the potential to be great players,” he said. “[They] can use things like that as motivation and play with a chip on their shoulder.” The ACC was not as well-represented as it has been in recent years, but six non-Duke players still made the list, including Virginia Tech’s Malcolm Delaney, North Carolina’s John Henson, Florida State’s Chris Singleton, N.C. State’s Tracy Smith, Boston College’s Joe Trapani and Maryland’s Jordan Williams. Freshmen were not eligible to be included.
and 1.2 steals per game in a season that saw him comfortably step into a starting role for the first time in his career. Perhaps his defining moment came in the Elite Eight against Baylor, when he scored 29 points to lead Duke to the Final Four. Singler, who spurned a possible top-10 NBA draft pick to return to Duke, was named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player after averaging 20 points and nine rebounds in Indianapolis. He is expected to again deliver big numbers for the Blue Devils. Collins denied that either will be affected by any new expectations brought on by the Wooden watch list. “I don’t think it’s anything new for these guys,” Collins said. “Kyle has had to play from high expectations from day one, and Nolan last year saw the pressure to perform and he responded great to it.”
IN OTHER NEWS: According to Collins, the team has
spent the last few weeks working out in very short sessions. The NCAA stipulates that at this time of the year, players are allowed to train and lift weights on their own time, but can only practice with the team for two hours a week. It is a frustrating system for the coach. “The last two weeks, we’ve instilled the defense and offensive work we’re doing with this team,” he said. “It’s a tease, though, because you get out there and you realize the window of time to work on it is so small.” The freshmen—Kyrie Irving, Josh Hairston and Tyler Thornton—have adjusted well to the new Duke system, a result partly stemming from their professionally run high schools, Collins said. “They’re doing great. They’re all mature beyond their years,” he said. “I think they’re ahead of most freshmen.” Duke’s fans will get their first look at the freshmen and the national player of the year candidates October 15 with the start of Countdown to Craziness.
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NATO convoys attacked Bernanke warns of in strikes in Pakistan high budget deficits by Karen Brulliard the washington post
LAMABAD, Pakistan - Militants carried out two new attacks on NATO convoys in Pakistan on Monday as the government closure of a vital entry point into Afghanistan continued for a fifth day, underscoring the fragility of the coalition forces’ most important war supply route. NATO has tried to diversify its paths for importing fuel and other supplies, most recently by opening new land routes via Central Asia. But it remains heavily dependent on the highways of Pakistan, where popular opposition to the war and to the United States, along with political instability and a simmering Taliban insurgency, all pose constant threats to convoys’ safe passage. U.S. and NATO officials have played down the significance of the ongoing closure of the busy Torkham crossing, saying it has had a minimal effect on their ability to equip troops. One senior NATO official said he expected the border crossing to reopen this week, after the completion of an investigation into the NATO airstrike that prompted Pakistan to seal Torkham. But Pakistani officials conditioned a reopening on improved security for convoys, and security only deteriorated Monday. In a pre-dawn attack, a band of armed men shot and torched as many as 20 NATO fuel trucks parked at a depot near the capital, Islamabad, killing three people. Later, two trucks were ambushed in an attack that killed two people in the southwestern province of Baluchistan, where a second crossing into Afghanistan has remained open. The Pakistani Taliban, an offshoot of the Afghan insurgency, claimed responsibility for the attacks and vowed to carry out more. Pakistani government officials expressed doubt about the Taliban claim, but the threat raised the prospect that the Torkham blockade might last longer than expected. Pakistan closed Torkham to war supply trucks on Thursday after a series of NATO helicopter incursions and strikes on Pakistani territory, including one that Pakistan says killed three border troops and injured three others. NATO tankers were set ablaze in two separate attacks Friday. The NATO airstrikes have enraged and embarrassed the Pakistani government, which depends on U.S. military and civilian aid but also faces domestic criticism for its alliance with the United States, a nation that a majority of Pakistanis consider an enemy.
Pakistan’s importance in the supply chain also gives it leverage over the U.S. war effort, a power it exercised by closing the Torkham crossing. Officials have continued to denounce the airstrikes, which NATO said were carried out in self-defense, as violations of Pakistani sovereignty. Pakistan and NATO have since embarked on a joint investigation into the most recent air incursion. Pakistan’s foreign minister met in Brussels on Monday with NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who apologized for the deaths of the troops and expressed hope that the border “will be open for supplies as soon as possible.” The Pakistani supply route was precarious even before the tensions over the airstrike. In 2008 and 2009, a spate of ambushes - some of which employed rocketpropelled grenades - caused Pakistan to temporarily close border passes, and many drivers refused to make the dangerous trips. Authorities say thieves who loot the trucks’ cargo, sometimes with the complicity of drivers, carry out many such attacks. Given the unpredictability of the Pakistani roads, NATO announced in June that it had opened a new route into Afghanistan through Central Asia. Some Afghan officials said this week that NATO should continue to reduce its dependence on Pakistan, where the Afghan Taliban insurgency is based. “It can no longer be sold that because of communication lines, because of transportation, we should be turning a blind eye to whatever is happening there,” said Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Afghanistan’s deputy national security adviser. “Afghanistan has five other neighbors. . . . You cannot justify that because of trucks bringing oil to me I would allow terrorists.” Hustle and bustle continued Monday at the Torkham pass, where passenger vehicles and trucks carrying food and other non-NATO supplies crossed freely. But at one muddy field near the crossing, nearly 200 trucks carrying NATO cargo sat idle, their drivers lounging nearby. The convoys - owned by private contractors - are typically loaded in the southern port of Karachi, then make their way north to the border. Drivers complained Monday that their companies typically provide security in the form of two poorly trained and poorly paid private guards per 10 vehicles, an arrangement that they said was no match for armed gangs or Taliban fighters.
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The nation’s economic future would be endangered if the government does not rein in budget deficits in the years ahead, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Monday, and Congress should consider new budgeting rules to try to make that happen. “One way or the other, fiscal adjustments sufficient to stabilize the federal budget will certainly occur at some point,” Bernanke told an audience in Providence, R.I. “The only real question is whether these adjustments will take place through a careful and deliberative process . . . or whether the needed fiscal adjustments will be a rapid and painful response to a looming or actual fiscal crisis.” With his comments, Bernanke again waded into an area of economic policy over which he has no official responsibility but has become more vocal about this year. He avoided endorsing specific tax or spending policies, and his speech did not explicitly address the major fiscal policy debate of the moment: whether to extend all or part of George W. Bush’s tax cuts, scheduled to expire at the end of the year. He did, however, say that “economic conditions provide little scope for reducing deficits significantly further over the next year or two” and that “premature fiscal tightening could put the recovery at risk” which implies that the tax cuts should not be allowed to expire in 2010. Bernanke has aimed to use the weight of his words to try to give more momentum to efforts to reduce the budget deficit in the medium to long term, and said it is “crucially important” that fiscal policy be put on a more
sustainable path. “An improving economy should reduce near-term deficits, but our public finances are nevertheless on an unsustainable path in the longer term,” Bernanke told the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council in a speech. “We should not underestimate these fiscal challenges; failing to respond to them would endanger our economic future.” And indeed, taking action now to reduce deficits a few years down the road could help the economy now, he argued, by increasing public confidence and helping keep interest rates low. Bernanke said Congress should seriously consider “fiscal rules” that could make it easier to rein in the deficit over time, such as a stronger version of “PAYGO” pay-as-you-go rules now in place. He noted that nations ranging from Sweden to Canada to Chile have had success reining in deficits through rules that aim to limit the options of future budget-writers. “Although not all countries with fiscal rules have achieved lower deficits and debt, the weight of the evidence suggests that well-designed rules can help promote improved fiscal performance,” he said. Earlier Monday, Bernanke told a group of college students in a town hall meeting that additional purchases of bonds by the Fed, an action the central bank will consider at its next policy meeting, could benefit the economy. “I do think that additional purchases - although we don’t have precise numbers for how big the effects are - I think they have the ability to ease financial conditions,” Bernanke said at the event. Several of Bernanke’s Fed colleagues have shown an inclination toward such steps in recent days.
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perience differentiate themselves from undergraduates. In its first year the degree largely attracted recent Duke graduates, but in its second year more international students have enrolled, a sign that it is quickly expanding in scope. We hope the MMS program continues to become more selective in its admissions process. It should be well advertised internationally so that it can develop its own distinct niche at Duke. There are several other areas that must be evaluated as the degree continues to develop. The MMS program prepares its students for entry-level finance, marketing or consulting jobs. The University should be mindful of the fact that the program places MMS
students in direct competition with Duke undergraduates for these positions. While the size of the MMS program makes this a relatively minor issue (this year there are 101 MMS students, the inaugural Class of 2010 had 92 graduates) it will be important to monitor whether the growth of this program adversely affects undergraduates’ chances of finding employment. Given that this program was created in the middle of an economic recession, the University should reflect on whether the degree was merely an opportunistic creation to boost tuition revenue. Preexperience programs do not have the reputation in the United States that they do in Europe. Fuqua is one of only a few American institutions
offering such a degree. The reasons for keeping the MMS program in place should not be purely financial, but instead reflect real educational priorities. While it certainly brings in additional dollars for the University, the MMS program must continue to distinguish itself and its graduates, not only when it comes to job placement but also in providing students with more than a brief supplement to their undergraduate careers. While we are pleased with the progress of the MMS degree in its first year, we hope the program is thoroughly evaluated during the next two years to ensure that it occupies its own distinct niche as a part of Duke’s core academic mission.
ne of the best things about going to a top- ful crowd. While I can cite poor marketing and tier school like Duke is the endless oppor- advertising as well as the fact that it’s midterm petunities that we students have access to. riod as some of the factors that made Joe College This includes more than just the prominent Day an epic fail, I choose to instead turn to a bigalumni on Duke Connect that we can ger problem. We as Duke students reach out to, the millions of books in have a severe case of famous-peothe library system at our disposal and ple fatigue. Allow me to explain. the world-renowned professors that When I discovered that Secretary teach our classes. of Defense Robert Gates was comSpecifically, I’m talking about the ing to Duke last week, I vowed that endless events and speakers that we I would stand in line at whatever have on our campus. Let me tell you: time I needed to in order to snag my Duke’s repertoire of famous visitors free ticket. Turns out that this meant metty fisseha is far from shabby. During my three I had to be at the box office at the i’m just saying years here, everyone from Al Gore, crack of dawn on Sept. 3, which at Robert Gates and Richard Dawkins to the time seemed impossible since I Maya Angelou, Oprah, Pharrell and, more recently, had gone out the night before and was unable to drag Theophilus London, have been added to this list. myself out of bed. I know it sounds dumb now, but I Not only does this snapshot boast a vast appeal took the loss, rolled over and went back to bed. to different interest groups, but it also calls attenAnd that’s coming from the Political Science tion to the fact that the politicians, poets and per- major who, if she would have attended, probably formers that come here are among the very best. would have had the courage to ask Gates a quesNot to mention that many of the events they’re tion that she’s writing her independent study pacoming to Duke for, such as Joe College Day and per on. If there’s one event I would have benefitthe Environment and Society Lecture Series, are ted the most from this year, it was this one. But I free or subsidized for Duke students. was too hung over to make it. Not to mention my Talk about a great deal. fury when I found out that, despite the fact that So you can understand my amazement to find the tickets ran out, one of my friends who actually that turnouts for some of these events are embar- attended told me there were plenty of empty seats. rassing, at best. Case in point: this past Joe College Talk about salt on the wound. Day. I’m pretty sure that no more than 40 people What’s even more unfortunate is that I’ve heard were in the audience for all three acts (and that similar stories from numerous classmates. After the includes the Joe College Day committee members brief stint of regret and feeling of self-worthlessness and staff who had to be there). According to staff that plagues us for a minute or two for missing somemembers in DUU who also noted poor turnout thing so important for a reason so frivolous, we all this weekend, over the past few years there’s been seem to arrive at the same conclusion: it sucks that a negative correlation between the budget for Joe we missed this, but there will be many more events College Day and attendance. In other words, we just as awesome with people just as famous. spend more and more money for an event that Seems that when it comes to accessibility of opfewer and fewer people are going to. portunities at Duke, our gift is our very own curse. That’s not to say that this is entirely the fault of The fact that our university incessantly brings such the student or the committee members. Granted, outstanding speakers and performers to campus has some artists appeal to more or less people depend- instilled in us students a lack of urgency and appreciaing on the type of music that they play. But consid- tion. There’s always the sentiment that if you miss this ering the fact that three acts, Anya Marina, Theo- one, there will be another right around the corner. philus London and Cute is What We Aim For, cater And while that might be true, it still doesn’t to practically every music genre and are also rising make it right for Gates to look out to an audience national sensations, I have a hard time believing of many missing chairs or Theophilus London to that all three put together couldn’t pull more than hear himself through the microphone instead of 0.7% of the Duke undergraduate population. the crowd singing along. So let’s push ourselves “It really depends on the campus,” said Theo- out of this unappreciative funk and drag ourselves philus, who after performing at Duke was on his out of bed or onto the quad on time for once. way to Los Angeles to perform at a sold out venue. When you leave this place, you won’t forget about “I still had a great time performing here, but some the missed opportunities. places just draw a bigger crowd than others.” However, it’s still important to ask why we fell Metty Fisseha is a Trinity senior. Her column runs under the category of places that drew such a piti- every Tuesday.
’m old school. I’m anti-establishment. Hell, I may even be blasphemous, but I can’t keep quiet any longer. I am a Twitter-hater. Really though, I just don’t get it. What’s the point of this micro-blogging website? Is it a way to keep in touch with technologically savvy family and friends you don’t have time to call? Or text? Or, God forbid, have a conversation with in real molly lester life, tête-à-tête? Is it a way to be a cyber- more taste, less filling groupie for actors and rappers and athletes that you’ll probably never meet, but can prove your devotion to by joining 100,000 other people just like you in stalking their every move? Or is it simply a medium through which the bored and the egotistical can publish their hourly thoughts and hope that someone, anyone, tweets back @ them? Maybe I don’t think highly enough of myself and what goes on inside my head. JustDontGetIt tweets, “It finally feels like fall in Durham. I am happy. @RandomFriend, aren’t you happy it’s not 90 degrees anymore?” Chances are RandomFriend already realizes that the weather is cooler and that I’ll probably run into them on campus sometime today. Why would I tweet this out? Does RandomFriend have to respond? If not, will RandomFriend at least mention me, JustDontGetIt, in one of his/her upcoming ramblings? “@JustDontGetIt, you are cynical and probably haven’t spent any time on Twitter. Give it a chance.” Well I did. I gave twitter.com a chance. I searched some of my tweeting friends and even stalked the 100 most-followed tweeters and read what they had to say. I still don’t get it. Turns out I’m not the only skeptic either. During a two-week period in August 2009, a San Antoniobased market research firm, Pear Analytics, analyzed 2,000 tweets published in English by U.S.-based users and separated the tweets into six categories by content. Forty-one percent of these 2,000 tweets were classified as “pointless babble.” That’s almost half of all tweets! Scrolling through the Twitter home page is like sifting through my Gmail inbox: Only half of the stuff is worth reading and the other half just gets thrown away. Sure, Twitter fans say it’s a good way to keep in touch with busy friends, but as of late, many have admitted (yes, through various blogs and other digital interfaces) to feeling “too connected.” It’s an argument that our generation has faced ever since the emergence of AIM and Facebook and smart phones with full QWERTY keyboards, but I think it’s still valid, particularly when Twitter flies (like a bird!) into the mix. This hyper-awareness of our peers and their feelings and doings now has a name—ambient awareness. Social scientists use this term to describe the new level of social awareness propagated by the constant contact with one’s friends and colleagues via social networking platforms. New York Times Magazine writer Clive Thompson jumped on the JustDontGetIt bandwagon when he wrote in September 2008, “For many people... the idea of describing your blow-byblow activities in such detail is absurd. Why would you subject your friends to your daily minutiae?... The growth of ambient intimacy can seem like modern narcissism taken to a new, supermetabolic extreme—the ultimate expression of a generation of celebrity-addled youths who believe their every utterance is fascinating and ought to be shared with the world.” So, the way I see it, we’ve all taken on only-child tendencies, constantly telling the cyber world to “look at me... I’m relevant!” Twitter, however, has done quite well despite disbelievers like Mr. Thompson and myself. Jack Dorsey, creator and founder of twitter.com, and his 190 million monthly users have created a colossal online project in four short years worth more than $150 million. It was ranked one of the 15 most visited websites worldwide by Alexa Web Information Service’s web traffic analysis. According to the geniuses at Wikipedia, Twitter revolves around the principle of followers, and the more you have, the more popular you’ll be. Here, I’ll leave you with a final thought. Didn’t your parents always tell you not to be a follower? That popularity isn’t important? And that the universe doesn’t revolve around you? Maybe I’m just afraid that if I created a Twitter account and starting tweeting to the world, I’d have no followers and people would see me for what I truly am: a cynic with a column that allows me to publish pointless babble in way more than 140 characters. Molly Lester is a Trinity senior. Her column runs every other Tuesday.
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letterstotheeditor PowerPoint, column demonstrate lack of respect While the humor of Gossip Bro’s Monday, Monday column is not lost on me, the overall glorification of Karen Owen’s PowerPoint and the implied sentiment that it was an act of sexual liberation equates “shattering the glass ceiling” with humiliating members of the opposite sex. Why should we congratulate Karen Owen for subjecting men to the objectification, embarrassment and harassment that women have fought against for years? Sexual liberation, in the most perfect sense, requires respect for all individuals involved. Yes, we should be happy that modern women can embrace their sexuality, and more power to Karen for her voracious sexual appetite as well as her ability to snag “9s and 10s” as only a “6.7.” Nevertheless, the public nature of the PowerPoint, and even its existence, demonstrates a lack of respect for both men and women. Alyssa Granacki Trinity ’11
Monday, Monday column perpetuates stereotypes The publishing of Gossip Bro’s Monday, Monday column today was absolutely shameful. The content of this column is a controversial one to begin with and I do not take issue in posing an unconventional opinion; yet, this was done in a classless and inappropriate manner. Individuals at this institution are constantly complaining about upholding the integrity and prestige of Duke University and this column has further perpetuated the nonchalant hook-up culture here at Duke. The issue with Karen Owen’s PowerPoint is just that— one of perpetuation. Simply put, the PowerPoint is a perpetuation of the stereotyped Duke woman. Owen did not “embrace her sexuality.” Rather, she has loudly exploited herself and has allowed questions about the dignity of the University to resurface in the public eye. The disgrace I feel toward the condoning nature of Monday, Monday’s column as a male Duke student athlete is immeasurable in comparison to anything I have ever read in The Chronicle. J. Alexander Kluge Trinity ’12
A new face for Trinity College
uke is writing the book on globalized educa- tegic Plan. The “Update” acknowledges that “the retion and interdisciplinary studies. sources necessary for building and sustaining our misDuke should also write the book on student sion and goals have been significantly reduced, both involvement in academic governance. in endowment income and in yearly For both books, the new dean of giving.” The three-year rolling average faculty of Arts and Sciences and dean of endowment income includes a -26 of Trinity College will be a significant percent rate of return for fiscal year co-author. 2009, which will negatively impact the This year, Duke will be making a maA&S budget at least until the close of jor new hire. The new dean will be the fiscal year 2011. permanent replacement for George The new dean will be the point perMcLendon, who departed last year to gregory morrison son on prioritizing and undertaking take up a position as provost at Rice long-term cuts to the A&S budget. He finish the thought or she will likely preside over both sigUniversity. The deanship of the A&S faculty is crucial to the academic expenificant budget cuts (in the short term), rience of undergraduates. The dean oversees the 36 and, once the economy improves, spending increases academic departments and programs that make up and renewed aggressive growth. The dean needs to the College of Arts and Sciences and reports directly position Trinity now, in the era of belt-tightening, for to the provost. The dean—a key figure in fundraising planned, smart and competitive expansion later. and attracting new faculty—is the face of Trinity ColAbove all, though, students need an A&S Dean lege to the world. who will include students in the decision-making proAnd we’re getting a new one. cesses of Trinity College. A faculty search committee will be working through The dean should use students as a resource in the semester to find a suitable finalist. What are they making budget, strategic, planning and academic delooking for? cisions. Students bring to the table an irreplaceable The posting for the job on Trinity’s website ex- perspective on what student reactions, obstacles and plains, “The University seeks for its next Dean an outcomes are likely to be to new initiatives. Students intellectual leader who has a strong reputation also sit on the opposite side of the classroom when for published research, an ability to articulate and it comes to what it means to learn globally, to study implement a strategic plan... and a track record of in an interdisciplinary major or certificate and to be working collaboratively with faculty colleagues across taught by great faculty in the classroom or lab. Only a the university.” Unsurprisingly, the new dean is also student can really speak to those experiences honestly to have a “proven interest” in undergraduate educa- and freshly. tion, interdisciplinary studies, internationalization, Not only should the new dean be open to underdiversity and the “application of knowledge to the graduate input at the administrative level, but he or needs of society.” she should also be willing to emphasize to new faculty Commendably, the faculty search committee rec- hires the importance of the undergraduate experiognizes Duke undergraduates as key stakeholders ence at Duke and the importance of communicating in the search process and included an undergradu- with students. The dean should lead by example. ate student, senior Ben Getson, as a member of the An A&S Dean willing to really engage with the committee. Getson will be able to shape the search student experience could mean an unusually roprocess by sharing his perspective as a student. Hav- bust conversation about reviewing Curriculum 2000, ing a student in the room interviewing candidates also expanding innovative use of technology (like elecsends a strong signal to prospective new deans that tronic course evaluations) and managing potentially students have a stake in major administrative deci- decreased course and program offerings during the sions and that we are an important group with which recession. to collaborate. If the search committee selects a Dean committed Aside from the basic considerations in the online to making student input an integral part of the way job listing—necessary for any successful senior admin- Trinity College is run, the undergraduate experience istrator at Duke—what should Trinity students really will be the major beneficiary. The choice of a new be looking for in their new dean? dean of the faculty of Arts and Sciences and dean of He or she will need to have a vision for moving the Trinity College is, therefore, a huge opportunity for undergraduate experience in Trinity College forward. us amid a time of great challenges. In these resource-limited times, that is no small task. In January, Trinity College published a highly inGregory Morrison is a Trinity senior. His column runs formative and thoughtful “Arts & Sciences Strategic every Tuesday. This column interrupts the three-part series Plan Update.” The “Update” notes the highly changed on the University Strategic Plan. Part three of that series will environment in which we must now pursue the vision run Oct. 13, after the release of the University’s FY 2009and goals of the original 2006 Arts and Sciences Stra- 2010 financial reports.
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NASHER MUSEUM OF ART AT DUKE UNIVERSITY
The Vorticists: Rebel Artists in London and New York, 1914-1918 September 30, 2010 – January 2, 2011 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. LEFT: 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.
October 15 – 17
A surreal one-act play by Adam Sobsey about the relationship between Wyndham Lewis and Ezra Pound, drawing inspiration from the Vorticist movement and Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens. Directed by Jay O’Berski. Supported by a grant from the Council for the Arts, Office of the Provost, Duke University. Oct. 15 and 16, 7 p.m. Oct. 17, 2 p.m. Tickets $5. Free to Duke students. www.tickets.duke.edu or 919-684-4444.
ABOVE: David Bomberg, The Mud Bath, 1914. Oil on canvas, 152.4 x 224.2 cm. Collection of the Tate, London. Purchased 1964. ©Tate, London, 2010
The Vorticists: Musical Allies Sunday, October 31 | 2:30 PM Rare British avant-garde works of the 1914-1919 period by Lord Berners, John Foulds and their European colleagues Debussy and Stravinsky. Featuring Becky Troxler on flute, soprano Penelope Jensen, Jane Hawkins and Randall Love on piano, and comments by musicologist Philip Rupprecht. Nasher Museum members get free admission, free audio guides and 10% discounts in the store and cafe. 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, Pepper and Donald Fluke, James and Laura Ladd, Olympia Stone and Sims Preston, and Nancy Palmer Wardropper, with assistance from the British Council.