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Friday, October 22, 2010

New ordering process could save $30M


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by Matthew Chase THE CHRONICLE

Faced with shrinking budgets, universities nationwide are looking for creative methods to cut costs. To save money at Duke—up to $30 million—administrators plan to consolidate the process for ordering items. Office supplies, lab equipment, services and other supplies currently cost the University $650 million every year, Executive Vice President Tallman Trask told the Academic Council last month. To reduce the cost of these expenditures, the University expects to go live with a software program that could save anywhere from 5 to 20 percent of every dollar spent. The electronic program, produced by Cary-based SciQuest, connects users with contracts that offer lower costs and price cuts. It also eliminates paperwork, which can be time consuming. “You’ve got to have some kind of efficient system, and this is an attempt to basically automate and put online the ability to mass negotiate prices but then let people pick out the orders whenever they want to,” Task said. Reducing costs by only 5 percent could save the University about $30 million a year.

by Joanna Lichter THE CHRONICLE

A natural gas leak in downtown Durham forced the evacuation of nearby buildings Thursday morning, including restaurants and Duke offices in Brightleaf Square. A worker accidentally cut a gas pipe underneath Main Street near Watts Street. A contractor was doing work underground at the intersection and accidentally hit a 4-inch pipeline, said Angie Townsend, spokesperson for PSNC Energy. Approximately 150 Duke employees evacuated the Duke University Press and Duke Psychiatry offices, according to a Duke news release. Duke employees could not re-enter the offices until 3:30 p.m. because the buildings had to be empty for two to four hours while they were inspected for traces of gas, said Vice President for Human Resources Kyle Cavanaugh. “I want to commend the management in these two offices,” Cavanaugh said, adding that the University was in contact with local emergency officials. “It was a calm and collective evacuation—impact was localized on members of small buildings.” The contracting company, All Star Underground, was

University officials provided a detailed presentation to faculty members Thursday regarding the underlying processes and structure of Duke’s budget. Provost Peter Lange and Executive Vice President Tallman Trask explained the University’s revenue, expenditure and management structures at the Academic Council meeting Oct. 21. James Roberts, executive vice provost for finance and administration, gave an overview of Duke’s accounting system. The presentation followed a request by Council Chair Craig Henriquez and professor of biomedical engineering, who asked for clarification of Duke’s budgetary system. The administrators explained the University’s management center budgeting strategy, which decentralizes resource allocation decisions to academic deans. In this way, deans are primarily responsible for balancing departmental budgets and deciding in which areas to make cuts. “[Deans] have a responsibility to improve academic programs as much as possible and hit the right balance... in cutting programs,” Lange said. “Rarely have we said, ‘You need to make this cut and this is how you need to do it.’” If departments generate surplus revenue, Lange said deans can use this money at their discretion for academic purposes. Lange also elaborated on the revenue sources for Duke’s schools, including the Fuqua School of Business and the School of Law. “The Law School has extremely stable tuition. The likelihood that Arts and Sciences and Law will not hit its tuition target is very unlikely,” Lange said. “For Fuqua, [there are] a lot of tuition programs. Some go up and some go down. They are more dependent on the external environment. The amount of risk in the budget from tuition is higher.” President Richard Brodhead also addressed faculty members, providing a brief update on the Board of Trustees meeting earlier this month. Brodhead said the Board focused its discussion on the endowment, undergraduate admissions and global strategy, among other issues.

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Duke Women’s Rowing, in partnership with The Susan G. Komen Foundation, hosted a Row for the Cure event Thursday. Food and tank tops were available for purchase as members trained in one-hour shifts.

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Offices evacuated in Brightleaf gas leak by Alejandro Bolívar THE CHRONICLE

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Thursday’s gas leak paralyzed Brightleaf Square, forcing its evacuation and shutting down more than 23 businesses. The leak lasted approximately 45 minutes.


“I hear time and time again... that there isn’t a real coherent arts community on campus.”

­—Vice Provost for the Arts Scott Lindroth. See story page 3

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TOKYO — Japan’s former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama will lead a delegation to Vietnam to discuss obtaining rare earth supplies and lobby for nuclear and rail contracts, an official in his office says. Hatoyama will leave for Vietnam Friday, Daisuke Haga, Hatoyama’s parliamentary secretary for policy said. Nine other officials will join the trade delegation, he said. A meeting is planned with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on Monday in Hanoi, said a Vietnamese National Assembly official who can’t be named because he isn’t authorized to speak to the media. Japan is seeking alternative supplies of rare earth metals after China,which controls more than 90 percent of world supply, cut export quotas of materials used in Toyota hybrid cars as well as disk drives and batteries. Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s government set aside an unspecified amount of money to find new sources of the metals.

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Arts Festival to showcase student work over next two weeks by Julian Spector THE CHRONICLE

An expanded, two-week Duke Arts Festival will begin today in an effort by students, administration and alumni to make arts more visible on campus. The festival is co-sponsored by the Office of Vice Provost for the Arts, the Duke University Union Visual Arts Committee, the Duke Alumni Association and the Career Center. Building upon last year’s Duke Arts Weekend, the 2010 Arts Festival now includes a student art exhibit in the Bryan Center, numerous theatrical,

musical and dance performances, panel discussions with Duke alumni working in the arts and a reading by U.S. Poet Laureate W. S. Merwin. “I hear time and time again... that there isn’t a real coherent arts community on campus,” said Scott Lindroth, vice provost for the arts. “There are lots of small pockets of students that are working more or less independently. Doing the festival is an attempt to try to bring that community together, to help establish that community through programming that draws on as many talents on campus as we can find.”

Lindroth explained that the idea originally came from an undergraduate two years ago who suggested an event in the Bryan Center where student bands could sell their CDs. Logistical concerns prevented this from happening, but in 2009 the University created a different arts event in the Bryan Center—the Duke Arts Weekend. “We started by doing a large exhibit of visual arts in the Bryan Center,” Lindroth said. “We put out a call for submissions and a little over 100 pieces of visual art came in. It was just a weekend—up on Thursday, gone by Monday.” The weekend also included a dinner reception and career panels with alumni in

the arts. The panels were run by the Duke Entertainment Media and Arts Network, which seeks to connect alumni in arts, media and entertainment fields with each other and with current Duke students, according to the festival website. Lindroth said the weekend “made student arts visible in a way that had not been done before.” For the 2010 Arts Festival, the organizers of the Arts Weekend lengthened the event to two weeks, including Parents’ Weekend and Alumni Weekend. The festival schedule expanded to include a larger Bryan Center exhibition as well as performances See arts on page 6

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Group approves gender-neutral and coed housing by Nicole Kyle THE CHRONICLE

The glass ceiling has finally been broken, at least in terms of Duke’s residential life. Campus Council approved a gender-neutral housing option on Central Campus and a coed housing option on West Campus at its meeting Thursday night. “This policy is an accommodation without taking anything away from anyone,” said senior Lauren Haigler, ad hoc member of Campus Council’s policy committee. The options—a result of student support and desire to offer more housing options to present and future Duke students—are projected to be put into place by RoomPicks 2011. The policy, however, is still awaiting the approval of Residence Life and Housing Services, said Campus Coun-

cil President Stephen Temple, a senior. Gender-neutral housing will be an opt-in program on Central and male and female students will be able to live in the same apartment. Students who choose gender-neutral housing will be placed in the same housing lottery as other students. Coed housing at Duke is defined as males living next to females with single-gender bathrooms. This will be put into place as a small, opt-in residential program, similar to the Wellness Community or the East Meets West program. This means male and female students will be allowed to block together and live in the same hall. The space for coed housing on West is yet to be determined, Haigler said. She added that Residence Life and Housing Services and the policy committee are aware that there is concern over what spaces will be allocated to the program.

“That was a big thing that came up in policy,” she said. “It just so happens that most of the spaces that can accommodate this program are in buildings where a lot of people want to live.” These policies follow the results of a recent survey put out by Campus Council. Of the 11 percent of the student body that responded, 550 students supported coed housing, but 382 said they would prefer to have single-gender bathrooms. Campus Council voted unanimously to pass Central’s gender-neutral housing policy. The proposal was supported by 492 students, according to the survey. “This is one of the more important things that Campus Council will do this year,” Temple said in an interview. “It allows us to serve a niche on campus that hasn’t been previously served and I really hope students will take advantage of it.” The University is not the first to implement such a policy. Other top institutions such as Yale, Harvard and Stanford universities, Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania offer some form of gender-neutral housing, Haigler said. “We’re behind and we’re losing our competitive edge in not having this,” she added. See campus council on page 6


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Panel examines Duke grad encourages start-ups sports ethics, gamesmanship by Jie Wang


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Just in time for the start of basketball season, panelists at the Kenan Institute for Ethics’ “Bending the Rules: Gamesmanship in Sports” event discussed how high-stakes competition can encourage winning at all costs. The panel included Joe Heath, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto, Jan Boxill, director of the Parr Center for Ethics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Greg Dale, director of sports psychology and leadership programs for Duke Athletics. The group spoke in front of approximately 15 faculty members and a couple of students in the West Duke Building about the tendency of athletes to circumnavigate rules intended to ensure fair play in order to win. “Most of ethics has a general purpose of getting people to behave more cooperatively,” Heath said. “But competition is the opposite of that. Rather than using various instruments of social control, we allow people to act in a non-cooperative fashion—and we even encourage it.” He noted that athletes are rewarded for their relative achievement and not their absolute achievement. Athletes’ success does not depend on how well they play, but instead on how much better they are at their sport than competitors. Heath called this tendency “socially mandated, noncooperative behavior.” Boxill said sports have moral significance for both society and the individual that contribute to the character and culture of America. Having conducted research on detriments to the integrity of sports, she mentioned performance enhancing drugs and cheating as prevalent issues. “Forty percent of [interviewed athletes] admitted to cheating and even more admitted they knew multiple people who cheat,” Boxill said, adding that she believes these statistics are a byproduct of the “winning at all costs” mentality. Rules maintain difficulty, competition and a safe athletic environment, but when they are violated the game is no longer fair. Boxill defined “gamesmanship” as the idea that players can find new, risky ways of playing the game to gain an advantage and cites it as the root cause for the manipulation of rules in sports. Dale shared his hands-on experience with athletes and recognized the influence of coaches, noting that professional players often say they were taught gamesmanship and how to bend the rules from a young age. He said he believes it to be an integral part of sports because players compete to win. “[Humans] value winning over everything else,” Dale said. “It’s rewarded.” Boxill also spoke about the inherent respect that players should—and often do—show for each other. “It is about decency,” Boxill said. “We all have the desire to win but, that doesn’t mean... we must win at all costs.”

For students who have a concept for a business but no idea how to start it, a recent Duke alum has some advice. Poornima Vijayashankar, chief executive officer of business consulting start-up BizeeBee, spoke via Skype to students interested in business about how to start a company Thursday in Teer Building. She advised students to think of an idea, ask others opinions on it and then “execute the idea.” Howie Rhee, managing director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, moderated the session on start-up companies and introduced Vijayashankar. “The goal is to help students be inspired to start a company,” he said. Vijayashankar, who graduated from Duke in 2004 with

a degree in both electrical and computer engineering and computer science, stressed the importance of knowing your market and maintaining self-confidence. “Know your demographic and think about product and market potential,” she said. “Don’t fixate on the fact that everyone might have your idea if you have a novel approach to it.” After graduating, Vijayashankar was the third engineer to join, a finance management start-up, where she gained valuable experience observing how the business and engineering teams interacted with each other. She said working at allowed her to be a part of a company from its launch to its acquisition for $170 million by Intuit, an accounting software company. “I loved building a personal finance product and See start-up on page 6

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brand at Now I’d like to do the same in the small business space at BizeeBee,” Vijayashankar said, explaining that Bizeebee aims to simplify small business software by creating custom development solutions. Vijayanshankar told students to spend the time and research the “pains” that customers face and attempt to come up with a solution. She added that she got her idea for Bizeebee from her experiences in Bikram Yoga studios, which she said used technology that was not user friendly. “Once a pain is realized and a thought process ends with a viable idea, you should get other people’s opinions on it,” she said. “Too many people [think to themselves,] ‘Oh, I have this idea and it is brilliant and I don’t want anyone to steal it.’” Still, she stressed the importance of execution over the importance of the original start-up idea. Senior Andrew Brown, who asked Vijayashankar about domain names for new companies, said he enjoyed the event. “It’s great to talk to another entrepreneur who’s reasonably young and in a similar position to us. She was incredibly receptive with sincere feedback,” he said. Divya Iyer, a graduate student in engineering, said she attended the session because “these start-up companies connect you to the real world instead of university school cases which teach ‘fake’ cases.” Vijayashankar’s final words served as a warning to young entrepreneurs. “People who are young often ap-

installing a fiber optic line between two Duke buildings when Jim Berbube, the company’s owner, said it hit an unmarked line, WRAL reported. PSNC will investigate whether or not the line was properly marked. In all, 23 businesses lost their natural gas service, Townsend said. Other buildings, including the Durham School of Arts, were evacuated, and traffic was directed around the area. The leak was stopped within 45 minutes of when the contractor proach this as a quick money-making system, but it’s not,” she said. “You get involved and you realize this is something you do for the long run.”

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Vijayanshankar delivered a lecture Thursday in Teer 203 via skype on business start-up, stressing the importance of execution over the original idea.

called 811, a federal number intended to avoid instances of hitting underground lines while digging. Some local business owners were frustrated by the accident. Rosana Silva, owner of Chamas Churrascaria, Piazza Italia Restaurant and Amelia’s Cafe, noted that she still had to pay employees despite the fact that she was not able to open back up for business until 5:30 p.m. “We were affected a lot—we lost all the lunch business because we could not take reservations,” Silva said. “The way the economy is, things like this happening shouldn’t be happening.”

campus council from page 4 In other business: The council elected senior Priya Bhat as student co-chair of the Approval Removal Committee under the Collaborative Housing Process, said Public Relations Director Jeremy Ruch, a sophomore. Bhat was elected from a pool of 11 applicants, he said. The council had received 12 applications, but found one applicant ineligible due to residential affiliation. After postponing the ARC co-chair election from Oct. 1, the number of applications tripled, Ruch said. ARC is responsible for hearing petitions from groups seeking residential privileges. It will also use the Residential Assessment Group Committee’s scores to determine if groups should be placed on probation or if privileges should be revoked. RGAC information sessions will be held Oct. 26 at 9 p.m. and Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. in McClendon Two, said RGAC Chair Ashley Jordan, a junior. The sessions are open and will go over the CHP and what the RGAC expects of the selective living groups that are going be evaluated in the Spring, Jordan added.

arts from page 3 from the theater studies department, the Dance Program, the music department and numerous student performance groups. “We are having people perform right out in the open in the Bryan Center, on the Bryan Center Plaza, at the entrance way to Perkins Library [and] one group is going to perform on a bus,” Lindroth said. “The audience is going to be more transient [than in a traditional theater], but everyone seems comfortable with that.” As the chair of the DUU Visual Arts Committee, senior Bibi Tran coordinated the Bryan Center student art exhibition. She said the committee collected over 200 drawings, photographs and paintings by students. This week, the Visual Arts Committee is finalizing plans for a collaborative mural to decorate the Perkins Library hallway opposite the Gothic Reading Room. She said the mural supports the festival’s goal of making arts on campus visible. “Once people see there’s a possibility to get involved with a project like this, once the first steps have been paved, people who hadn’t been involved are showing interest on a community-wide level,” she said. Photographer Marissa Bergmann, a senior, is one of the many student artists whose work will appear in the exhibit. “I feel like we separate art from the other disciplines,” she said. She supports the festival’s attempts to “integrate the arts with general campus life and not to think of it as something so separate.”

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academic from page 1 At Henriquez’s request, Brodhead also discussed a recent op-ed article that appeared in The Herald-Sun, which lists compensation bonuses for several officials in the Duke University Health System and Duke Management Company. Brodhead noted that University administrators did not take any salary bonuses. “[The article] neglected to note that the numbers in question were from calendar year 2008 and thus were from the period before the financial downturn and lack of salary increases,” Brodhead said. “Secondly... people who work at DUMAC and people who work in executive positions in the health system are not compensated with a flat salary—they are compensated with a base salary and then an ‘at-risk’ salary.”

In other business: James Siedow, vice provost for research and professor of biology, gave a presentation addressing potential changes to faculty summer salaries. The changes will only affect faculty members who are employed nine out of 12 months and receive federal research funding—excluding medical school faculty and professors who receive non-federal grants. Siedow added that new federal research standards require professors to complete their grants at the same time they receive compensation for their research. “Federal sponsors increased the emphasis to align compensation for effort on a funded project with the time that the effort actually occurs,” read Siedow’s presentation. “In response, Duke conducted a review of nine-month salary appointments and identified issues to address this.”

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eprocurement from page 1 “Don’t count on $30 million yet,” Trask said, noting that the actual estimate is subject to change. SciQuest announced that Duke would purchase SciQuest software July 13, and the University will begin pilot tests of the program in January. The “rollout” is expected to take 12 months, according to Jane Pleasants, assistant vice president for procurement and supply chain management at the University and the Health System. Once implemented, department chairs, faculty members and researchers will use the software. Increasing efficiency The program—which will be named “Buy at Duke”— will allow users to purchase items online from a catalogue that is established by SciQuest. “What we are using SciQuest for really is to host the catalogues,” Pleasants said. “Those catalogues are huge. We only have to build one integration point to have access... to many vendors.” The benefits of the updated procurement program should be almost immediate, Pleasants added. “It gives us the ability to do a lot of spend-analytics,” she said. “We will be leveraging all of Duke’s buying into one place.” The new program will mark a drastic shift for the University—which currently relies on paper-based procurement methods, Pleasants said. Faculty and staff currently have access to some eProcurement programs, such as Staples’ EWay online ordering system, which provides specialized Duke prices. “We have standing orders with vendors where the prices may or may not be negotiated,” Trask said. “This is just an attempt to put it all together in one big box.” Choosing cautiously Although eProcurement programs like SciQuest have been in existence for more than a decade, Pleasants said the University was initially cautious about using one of the programs immediately after the dot-com boom. “You didn’t even know [which eProcurement companies] would be around [after the boom],” Pleasants said. “Every single company that came and knocked on our door... most of them are not even around now.” SciQuest was chosen out of the large group of eProcurement programs in today’s market because of its large database of supplies necessary for research, Pleasants noted. Pharmaceutical companies such as GlaxoSmithKline also use SciQuest’s purchasing technology. In fact, Pleasants said the desire for an eProcurement program initially came from the School of Medicine in 2008—however, the recession in that year complicated those plans. “All major IT projects were put on hold,” Pleasants said. When the University received American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding earlier this year, the project was able to be re-evaluated, she added. Catching on to the trend Duke, however, will not be the first university to implement a widespread eProcurement program. SciQuest serves more than 165 customers, many of

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whom are higher education institutions, according to Julie Hepner, market director for higher education at the company. Some of those schools include Harvard, Stanford and Yale Universities. The University of North Carolina General Administration also signed a contract with SciQuest last year, though not all UNC system schools, like UNC-Chapel Hill, use the software. Many universities have reported that the software program has been effective. Emory University, which first purchased SciQuest software in 2003, disclosed that it realized $6 in savings benefits for every $1 spent on the SciQuest program in a May report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. “[The cost of the SciQuest software] is really not huge—it would actually be surprising how low the annual subscription is,” Pleasants said, adding that the company charges both an implementation and an annual fee. For the program to be successful, however, Pleasants noted that individual departments will have to establish appropriate approval processes that expedite supply orders.

Hepner added that SciQuest looks forward to working with Duke, especially because it is a local company. “We are the market leader within higher education and primarily within research-driven education,” she said. “I love the idea of having Duke as a live and successful customer.” Taylor Doherty contributed reporting.

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Duke travels to Blacksburg, faces rolling Virginia Tech by Matt Levenberg THE CHRONICLE

While Duke has become mired in a five-game losing streak, its opponent Saturday has seen a different reversal of fortune. Since beginning the season 0-2, the No. 23 Hokies (5-2, 3-0 in the ACC) have won five straight and now find themselves again in the national rankings. Head coach David Cutcliffe is aware of the tough assignment they will present for the Blue Devils (1-5, 0-3). “We are facing a huge challenge,” Cutcliffe said. “We are going to play an extremely talented Virginia Tech team.” Despite Duke’s five straight losses, there have been positives coming out of its recent play. After allowing an average of 44.5 points per game in the first four games of the season, the defense has vastly improved, giving up just 21 points to Maryland two games ago and 28 to a potent Miami offense last week. Those numbers fail to fully credit the defense, however, as one of Maryland’s touchdowns was scored on a punt return and seven turnovers by Duke’s offense against Miami forced the Blue Devils to defend a short field for most of the game. Saturday, the unit will turn to its leading tacklers, linebacker Abraham Kromah and safety Matt Daniels, as well as freshman linebacker Kelby Brown, to contain the Hokies’ potent offense. Brown entered the starting lineup against Maryland, and has made the most of his opportunity, ranking among Duke’s top four tacklers in

its last three contests. One of the defense’s continued weaknesses, though, is its inability to pressure opposing quarterbacks. With just two sacks in their last five games, and four all season long, the Blue Devils have given opposing quarterbacks too much time to find open receivers downfield, a problem that could be exacerbated Saturday by Tyrod Taylor. The defense will attempt to disrupt the pocket and force the experienced Hokie quarterback to make mistakes. Taylor leads ACC quarterbacks in passer rating this season and boasts a four-to-one touchdown-to-interception ratio. He has led his team to score 40 points or more in each of its last three contests. Virginia Tech’s ground attack is no less dangerous, ranking 15th in the FBS in yards per game. The Hokies’ rushing attack will get even stronger this week with reigning ACC Rookie of the Year Ryan Williams poised to return from the hamstring injury that has kept him out since Week 3. He joins Taylor, who is always a threat to run, and running backs Darren Evans and David Wilson in the backfield. Duke has struggled against the run thus far this year, surrendering just over 210 yards per game on the ground, good for 110th in the FBS. The Blue Devils will also look to get their own offense going this week, which may be difficult against Virginia Tech’s stingy defense that has allowed less than 18 points per game in its last four contests. A five-interception perSee virginia tech on page 15

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Duke, which was named No. 1 in the preseason ESPN/AP Coaches Poll yesterday, takes on St. Augustine’s Saturday at 7 p.m. Members of the FIBA summer teams, including Coach K, will be honored in a ceremony prior to the game.

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Blue Devils upset country’s 9th-ranked team by Nicholas Schwartz THE CHRONICLE

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Laura Weinberg scored two goals in less than two minutes in the first half, and Duke upset No. 9 Boston College.

With a berth in the ACC Tournament still yet to be clinched, Duke took the field Thursday night needing maximum points against conference powerhouse Boston College to have any DUKE 3 hope of postseason play. 0 B.C. Behind two Laura Weinberg goals and suffocating defensive play, the Blue Devils (9-5-3, 3-4-1 in the ACC) got exactly what they needed and moved one step closer to the postseason. In front of a lively crowd at Koskinen Stadium, Duke topped the No. 9 Eagles (10-4-1, 3-4-0) 3-0. Now sitting in seventh in the conference standings, the Blue Devils moved themselves to just inside the cut line with two games remaining on the schedule. Duke looked overwhelmed with the physicality and speed of the Boston College attack at the start, and the Eagles grabbed the early momentum and nearly scored within the opening five minutes. Striker Brooke Knowlton forced Duke goalkeeper Tara Campbell to make a sprawling save after breaking the Blue Devil defense in the

fifth minute, and constantly outmuscled an overmatched Duke backline in the opening 20 minutes. Behind the stellar play of Campbell, however, the Blue Devil defense would keep the Eagles off the scoreboard, and the Duke offense would soon turn the tide. Just minutes after a Marybeth Kreger volley nearly missed from inside the penalty area, the Blue Devils were knocking on the door again. With the Boston College defense on its heels, a long spell of Duke pressure finally yielded a goal in the 23rd minute after the Eagles backline missed a vital clearance. After freshman Kaitlyn Kerr was swarmed by defenders in the box, the ball fell kindly to Weinberg. She gathered possession and fired a bullet to the right corner of the goal past an outstretched Jillian Mastroianni, giving the Blue Devils a shocking 1-0 lead. “[Kerr] was surrounded by three defenders.... I just happened to be making a slashing run into the box, she was able to find me and I just slotted it into the corner,” Weinberg said. Energized by the goal, Duke struck See w. soccer on page 15

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Caashia Karringten [pictured] and Emmie Le Marchand bring an international flavor to the team—along with world-class offensive game.

In a freshman class described as one of the most talented ever to join the program by head coach Beth Bozman, two players, Emmie Le Marchand and Caashia Karringten, bring a bit of international flair to the team. The two players followed diverging paths to Duke Field Hockey, with No. 11 Le Marchand blazing a new trail from Penn St. across the pond in England, and Karvs. ringten following in the footsteps of many other Canadian Blue Devils. No. 17 “We have a long line of Canadians Duke in the program,” Bozman said. “We SATURDAY, 12 p.m. have a long history with them, espeUniversity Park, Pa. cially with the Vancouver kids.”

Karringten had been to campus a few times, attending various camps, and she eventually caught the eye of Duke’s coaching staff. Le Marchand, however, describes her path to Duke as a “long story” which all began when the Blue Devils recruited a player at the Junior World Cup, held in Boston last year. This player was not Le Marchand. “We actually recruited a teammate of hers from her club team,” Bozman said. “We brought this girl in and she decided that the academic priority at Duke might not suit her, and she went back and told Emmie what a great place this was.” Fortunately for the Blue Devils, Le Marchand was keen to sign on to what Duke has to offer, and she now is the team’s leading goal-scorer. The first English player to comSee field hockey on page 15


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ACC position at stake in showdown at Clemson by Danny Vinik THE CHRONICLE

Ryan Finley delivered when Duke needed him most Tuesday. The Blue Devils hope that he can put on a repeat performance tonight when they face off against Clemson at 7 p.m. in Clemson, S.C. Finley scored twice in Duke’s victory over High Point Tuesday night, including the overtime winner off a cross from Clemson freshman Jonathan Aguirre. Head coach vs. John Kerr stressed, No. 24 though, that while Duke the junior finished both goals well, he FRIDAY, 7 p.m. and the rest of the Clemson, S.C. offense must continue to be active around the net. “I’m still asking for him and Cole [Grossman] and Chris [Tweed-Kent] to be more active in the final third,” Kerr said. “We’re trying to create even more openings and be even more dangerous because as the games go deeper into the end of the season and the ACC Tournament, we’re going to have to be a little bit more dynamic with our movement.” Tonight’s game provides No. 24 Duke (63-4, 1-2-2 in the ACC) with a great opportunity to move up in the ACC. Kerr’s squad currently sits sixth in the conference and needs a victory to get back into the top half of the league. Clemson (3-7-3, 0-3-2), meanwhile, is still searching for its first ACC victory, and Kerr

knows the Tigers will be desperate for a win. “They’re fighting for their lives,” Kerr said. “If they do beat us, they’re going to leapfrog us in the standings on a head-to-head basis, so it’s a very important game for them, and it’s a very important game [for us] as well.” If the Blue Devils want to prevent Clemson from walking away with a victory and overtaking them in the standings, they are going to have to find a way to score in road games. Duke has been shut out in its past three away games and is scoreless on the road in ACC play. To fix the Blue Devils’ inconsistent offense, Kerr tinkered with using Wenger as a forward earlier this season. Injuries to the backline, though, have kept Wenger on defense, and he will stay there against the Tigers. “With Sebastien [Ibeagha] and Andrew back there, we’re solid,” Kerr said. “Our first objective is to make sure that we don’t give away any silly goals and unnecessary goals. I don’t want to change something that’s working well.” The Blue Devils have played a hectic schedule in recent weeks, with four of their past six games away from Koskinen Stadium, including a long trip to Santa Barbara, Calif. And while the results have not always been exactly what Duke has been looking for, Kerr expressed satisfaction with his team’s performances through the travels. “I’m very proud of how we’ve done so far, and I think Friday is a big test, [but it is] a big opportunity for us as well.”

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again just 84 seconds later, picking apart a reeling Boston College defense. Sophomore midfielder Nicole Lipp delivered a carefully measured cross deep down the left flank for Mollie Pathman, who outran her defender and fired a pass to the waiting Weinberg. With a defender on her back, Weinberg made no mistakes with the finish, driving the ball into the right corner and sending the Blue Devil faithful into a frenzy. Visibly demoralized, the Eagles struggled to sustain possession for the rest of the half, and failed to test a stellar Duke defense which outhustled and outplayed Boston College for the majority of the game. Though the Eagles forced nine second-half saves from Campbell, they were unable to beat the sophomore, who was in top form throughout. Near the end of the second half, with Boston College sending all available players forward, a quick Blue Devil counter attack in the 86th minute sealed the upset for Duke. A ball through the last line of defense sent Weinberg streaking towards the endline, and the freshman coolly crossed to a charging Molly Lester, who easily tapped it in with the goalkeeper off her line. With the win, the Blue Devils leapfrogged Virginia Tech and Boston College in the conference standings, but will still need to earn more points than the Hokies and the Eagles over their last two games. Duke next faces N.C. State Sunday at Koskinen Stadium. “We’re still not out of the woods yet,” Church said. “We’ve got to play an N.C. State team that hasn’t played all week... and they’re going to be very hungry to play us.”

formance last week could lead to fewer passing attempts for quarterback Sean Renfree, so Duke may look to move the ball on the ground more this weekend. “We need our backs to take a bit of pressure off the quarterback,” Cutcliffe said. “One of the best ways to take pressure off the quarterback is to put your backs in a position to run the ball.”

field hockey from page 13 pete under Bozman, Le Marchand has set a precedent for others to follow, with another player from England in next year’s freshman class. Like all freshmen, both Karringten and Le Marchand have had to adapt considerably to college life at Duke, a challenge made greater by being foreigners. However, for Karringten, the transition may not have been as extreme as it was for Le Marchand. “Well I don’t think it’s such a change for Caashia,” Bozman said. “We just think Canadians are Americans, just a bit further north.… But it was certainly an adjustment for Emmie because she was coming from England. The weather alone was different, especially the hottest fall we’ve ever had [since I’ve been here].” Both players have also had to adjust to the different style of hockey played in the ACC. “I think the style of hockey is different,” Karringten said. “It’s really attacking, whereas I think Canada is more composed and they like to go back a lot.” This sentiment was echoed by Le Marchand, showing the clear difference in hockey around the world. “I think it’s more direct here,” Le Marchand said. “Whereas a lot of the work I had done in England was in midfield… posting up and being able to turn with my back behind the ball… here it’s being able to get my feet round and going towards the goal, so it’s certainly more aggressive.” For Le Marchand another challenge has been a change in position, from midfield, which she played in England, to the forward line. “I’ve really enjoyed playing a different position and having a bit more license to go to goal and shoot,” Le Marchand said. “I’ve scored some goals so I feel like I’ve been reasonably successful so far. I just hope I can keep that up for this season and future seasons.” Karringten, who started playing hockey at the age of seven to follow her two sisters, has trained with the Canadian women’s senior national team, and says that the experience has given her a smoother adjustment. Interestingly, she claims the level of play in the ACC is not much different than that of the national team. “It definitely got me prepared,” Karringten said. “It’s not that much of a change. I think the girls down here make it intense and competitive.” Both players can be happy with the performance they have put in so far this season, becoming integral parts of the team as the season draws to a close and the Blue Devils seek a tournament berth. “I’m really excited,” Le Marchand said. “Two games left… two big games.” The first of those two games starts this weekend at No.11 Penn State Saturday. No.17 Duke will look to keep up its successful run from last weekend, when it beat William & Mary and then-No.19 Old Dominion.

Renfree’s struggles have been well-documented, but sophomore Desmond Scott and freshman Josh Snead will attempt to help him out this week. Both are averaging over five yards per carry; however, the Blue Devils have been out-rushed in each of their contests since opening day. Before the season Duke had its eyes set on playing in a bowl game. Unfortunately, after its recent losing streak, a bowl bid seems unlikely. A major upset over the Hokies, though, would go a long way toward restoring the program’s confidence.

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Medical Center is an oftenutilized resource for pre-health and science majors. Increasing student-faculty interaction and extending learning beyond the classroom are priorities for any university that prides itself on undergraduate education. Duke has taken steps toward reaching these goals by funding student research, instituting collaborative fellowship programs and providing opportunities to earn academic credit for research. The ability to graduate with distinction in Trinity College by conducting research on a project outside a major provides an incentive to pursue research in a subject that a student finds personally fulfilling. Furthermore, the intellectual benefits of participating in research are extensive. Students hoping to enter gradu-

ate schools will be expected to not only participate in research, but also formulate and lead it. An immersion in the research process as an undergraduate provides useful background experience to draw upon throughout an academic career. The benefits apply in the professional world as well, where students translate their theoretical studies into practically applicable skills. Duke has been successful in fostering a vibrant undergraduate research community in recent years. We hope Ron Grunwald, recently appointed director of the Undergraduate Research Support Office, continues this momentum. Most importantly students should take advantage of these unique chances—at every level of study, the opportunities are there for the taking.

Technology and the classroom As there has been with any form of advance- ductively be labeled the “arrow of information.” ment or progress in the past, there is now consid- The professor disseminates his lesson to the stuerable hesitancy on the part of some to embrace dents, who in turn consume it without immedithe educational tech revolution going on around ate alternative or complement. Even in seminar settings, in which matters of us. Reputable newspapers like The opinion may be openly disputed New York Times and the Boston or discussed, thus giving the apGlobe have published pieces that expearance of equitable exchange, press concern and anxiety over the the flow of source information is growing role of electronic media in controlled entirely by what the education, and many professors still professor chooses to incorporate disallow the use of laptops in their into readings, handouts and other classrooms. The reasons behind preparatory devices. their resistance, though sometimes chris bassil The laptop alters this arrangedifficult to quantify exactly, seem to ment because it places the student range from personal preference in just a minute on the same plane as his professor. some cases all the way to societal disHe now controls the same power satisfaction in others. Many of these roadblocks may appear to be over information and the lesson as the teacher, well founded but hopefully will evaporate in light with vast implications for practicality. A student of more careful consideration. Take, for example, can momentarily delve deeper into a given subject the charge that is probably the most frequently if he feels that the lecturer has not given it enough levied against laptop use in the classroom, which is time, or he can access secondary sources to imthat the personal computer, rather than enhanc- mediately buttress an argument he is preparing ing a student’s learning experience, serves instead to make. He can clarify basic points of personal confusion without slowing down a seminar discusas a distraction. The underpinnings of this problem are ob- sion in order to do so. In short, the laptop helps to scured by the obviousness of this observation. synthesize and centralize the daily learning expeOf course the laptop offers the opportunity for rience so that it occurs holistically and in a sort of distraction in a classroom setting; that is unde- “real-time” setting. If anything, it has the potential niable and is not in dispute. However, it’s not to increase a student’s focus on a given subject, the fault of the laptop that a student becomes should he be that aforementioned sort of student distracted any more than it is the fault of the Su- that seeks to harness the aid’s true capacity in the doku puzzle in the back pages of the newspaper classroom. Unfortunately, even these arguments, solthat they’ve brought with them. It is up to each and every student to maintain his own focus id as they may be, fail to totally see the point, during class, and the mandate against the com- and they share their pitfall with the naysayers. puter misses the mark in that it is an attempt to Whether the laptop is supremely beneficial or inspire attention in students that could be more the most superfluous of distractions is irreleadequately fostered by alternative means. After vant, and moralizing on the topic is ultimately all, if a student spends the entirety of his semes- a waste of time. It is here, and it is becoming inter in lecture on Facebook and his test scores do creasingly incorporated in the settings of work not suffer, then I would suggest that it is not lap- and education. Rather than resist or promote top usage that that professor needs to be evalu- this inevitable revamping, it is ultimately more important simply to accept it and to become acating and reforming. The suggestion of personal responsibility is not climated with the contemporary classroom fronan unreasonable one. In fact, it follows the pat- tier that it seems to be bringing along. By movtern that society has set for almost anything that is ing past personal feelings on this new aspect of capable of abuse: alcohol, tobacco, fatty foods and education and instead hastening to streamline even exercise. It is up to consumers to use respon- interaction with it, an individual can help to sibly, and their motivation is, or at least should be, guarantee himself further success in his field, derived from their sole implication in the conse- whatever it may be. If only the strong survive, then those who until quences of failing to do so. But there is another, far more subtle repercus- this point have abstained might be wise to catch sion of the presence of the laptop in the class- up. It’s better late than never. room, and that is the silent restructuring of the educational hierarchy. Traditionally, the economy Chris Bassil is a Trinity junior. His column runs of the classroom has operated as what can very re- every Friday.

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ashington, D.C. of the 1960s was a amok, but the Republican Politburo itself pleasant place to grow up and had seems infested with the walking dead: much to offer. Four seasons to en- Nonviable and un-electable, they exist joy the outdoors, the Smithsonian, other to work the rubber chicken circuit, raise museums and art galleries and the ma- funds and to hector the disciples. jestic halls of government. Chief among such Years later Chelsea Clinton zombies is Newt Gingrich. and the Obama girls would The other day I received go on to attend the same a call from a Gingrich opschool I did (as did Amy erative announcing my Carter, surreptitiously), but recognition as a “Chamtony would not have been pion of Medicine” for my an apt descriptor for the tireless efforts to drive a Sidwell Friends of the 60s stake through the heart of thomas sporn Obamacare. Who knew? and 70s. Richard Nixon, good Quaker that he was, For the consideration of table for one sent his daughters there, as several thousand dollars, did a number of his henchI could join Newt himself men and lower-level minions. The parents up in D.C. on election night over dinner of many of my friends and classmates were and hear my name read as I received my elected officials or served at the pleasure award. of an incumbent regime. This resulted in Wear a dark shirt so you’ll look good on the periodic repopulation of one’s neigh- TV, Newt’s man told me. Sorry Newt, I am borhood and classroom as the American not a Republican, and academic medical electorate perpetuated the endless cycle pay scale doesn’t furnish that type of disof turning the incumbent bums and lying cretionary income, not to mention that I skunks out of office. Winners from previ- wouldn’t ever give you a nickel. Asked by ous elections were routinely packed off, as NBC’s Matt Lauer what federal program, promised chickens failed to appear in pots entitlement or apparatus of the governand Happy Days were, in point of fact, not ment the GOP would cut in the event of here again. landslide Republican victories, with conNew faces would arrive in town, no trol of both Houses, the former Speaker of promises were left unmade and the cycle the House couldn’t name one, preferring would begin anew. There were durable to ramble about welfare reform at the local politicians to be sure, but D.C. is gener- level and take on things such as workmen’s ally a town of transients. With 2010 mid- compensation. term elections just days away, predictions Back to the Ruling Elite. In the lifeare for a run on For Sale signs in the time of the average Chronicle reader, D.C. real estate market as another sorry the Ruling Elite has presided over and lot is turned out. Republicans, buoyed by enabled disastrous economies and poprecent, massive and record turnout early ulated its own ranks with those more voting by white males, are anticipating interested in obtaining appropriations huge gains in Congress, and at the gu- to build a yacht basin in his or her disbernatorial level as well, interpreting this trict rather than the dedication to serias a referendum on an activist Congress’ ous leadership and problem solving. It profligate spending and what is per- prosecutes wars it cannot and will not ceived as Obama’s social engineering. win, raises taxes and the cost of living, The Democrats chalk this up, ho-hum, has broken the spirit of the ruled and to the usual mid-term, anti-incumbent destroyed faith in government. In the sentiments held by the governed. final calculus and in years to come, the I remain unconvinced it matters who’s pitched battle lies not between Demoin control in Washington. The last thirty crat and Republican or Right versus years have given rise to an entrenched Left, but between the Ruling Elite and and surprisingly non-diverse political class the Ruled. and Ruling Elite, and any differences at It will not be the Tea Partiers or faux the core of these groups lie more at the populists, espousing the maudlin, relidegree and gradation of beliefs, rather gious nationalism so popular of late, than at a purely ideological level. The at the front. But for practical purposes Ruling Elite and its functionaries show with elections looming, it’s best to heed remarkable similarities in background, Mencken: When the water reaches the education and patterns of ascendency, as upper deck, follow the rats. well as tastes, habits and avocations and subscribe to the same social canons. Dr. Thomas Sporn is an associate professor Regardless of political orientation, in the Department of Pathology. His column Elitists hold identical views on the role runs every other Friday. of government and the need for Americans to be ruled and told what to do. In the service of government, many of the Elite blend into and out of the priTea Party also benefits from welfare vate sector or academics, many with no state job experience outside of government Come November, many Tea Partywhatsoever. backed candidates will most likely be Colorful and controversial figures dot elected to congress. Of those candidates, the political landscape from time to time, 100 percent are Republicans. Their main but their fleeting celebrity does not confer platform tenants surround smaller govmembership among the Ruling Elite: acaernment, fewer taxes and more fiscal redemic and service pedigrees too lackluster, sponsibility—in short, no more freebies. perceived accomplishments too meager, However, there is an inherent hypocrisy ideas and personae too extreme. Quirky that needs to be exposed. The Tea Party Ross Perot was at one point in the 1992 candidates, like Joe Miller of Alaska, inpresidential elections favored over both tend to cut what they term “entitlement Clinton and George H.W. Bush, before his programs,” ridding the U.S. of any semmovement lost traction and he faded away blance of a welfare state. What I want to to become just a footnote in American poknow is, how does one define an entitlelitical history. Similar fates will befall the ment? Exactly what qualifies as welfare? current pretenders who aspire to Ruling Take Mr. Miller of Alaska for example. Elite status. Does the fact that he received $7,000 in Today’s conservative faithful are galfarm subsidies, a low-income hunting vanized by what is perceived as Obama’s foundering and a socialist legislature run


A higher standard

n the seven years since the Board of the future, although the benefits are clearly Trustees adopted the current LEED stan- recognized: “Sub-metering water, lighting, dard to target a level silver certification heating and cooling separately will provide on all new construction and renovation proj- us data to compare to the pre-construction ects, the University has registered 27 projects design model and evaluate which systems with U.S. Green Building Council for certi- are delivering as predicted,” Noonan wrote. fication. Despite the seemAnother approach is ingly large number of registo raise the standard of tered projects, Duke is not Duke’s LEED target certifiyet getting the full benefit of cation level and expand the its LEED commitment. use of the other LEED sysWhile “generally” resulttems which address other ing in better buildings from aspects of the building life a maintenance and utilities cycle including operational perspective, John Noonan, liz bloomhardt optimization and interior associate vice president for renovations. green devil facilities, informed me in an Two schools are setting e-mail that “as we audited a clear standard in their past LEED projects, we found a lot of em- achievement of high level LEED certificaphasis placed on scoring points, and per- tions. Harvard has 70 registered projects, haps less so on focusing the points in areas 26 of which are certified, with 15 of those that impact energy.” Specifically, accord- Gold certified. The University of Florida has ing to a 2009 study of 20 LEED registered 27 registered projects, 6 gold certified and projects on campus, conducted by Nicholas 10 certified. In 2009 UF also raised its miniSchool Masters student Amy Dao, Duke was mum LEED standard to gold, from silver. only awarded an average 28 percent of the Duke could do the same and achieve the total number of energy points, while getting same outcome as specific energy or moniover 50 percent of the available LEED points toring requirements. While the current Uniin all other categories. versity focus is on energy and our carbon While the energy points are generally footprint, pursuing LEED means working considered the hardest to get, since the fo- toward energy objectives as well as other suscus of the University’s current sustainability tainability goals including water conservaefforts are in reducing the carbon footprint, tion and indoor environment quality. the energy subcommittee of the University’s Invariably, a proposal to raise the buildCampus Sustainability Committee has been ing standard raises the question of cost, working on a LEED+ policy that specifically and cost is a tricky thing to get a handle on addresses this shortfall with respect to the when it comes to green building. I spoke energy consumption of the new and reno- with Joel McKeller, a LEED AP who also vated buildings on campus. The policy aims writes the blog “Real Life LEED.” McKeller to identify “specific LEED points that must told me the cost of LEED comes from sevbe achieved for every project and other eral places including the certification propoints that we strongly encourage,” Noonan cess, added time for design and increased told me in his e-mail. construction costs. He also told me that Without addressing cost, this is an ap- individual design firms will have a cost proach that addresses the decentralized premium number they like to share with Duke model of building construction which clients considering a LEED approach, but typically employs a different set of stake- firms are generally unwilling to share that holders and participants on every project. information publicly. It does, however, put a bind on the LEED USGBC and several other studies have process, which is designed to facilitate cited cost premiums between 0 and 6 perwhole system thinking and optimization. cent for the range of certification levels, Regardless, the new requirements are still with platinum certifications generally being in development, and therefore not being ap- the most expensive. On an $80-100 million plied to current building projects underway building, that seems like a reasonable investon campus, like the K4 dorm. Noonan re- ment, especially considering the long-term assured me that the design team on K4 has payback, which is often harder to appreciate “worked to optimize energy efficiency.” He at a program level or without careful considalso pointed out that the energy models pre- eration, but can be easily justified on a Unidict K4 will use 20 percent less energy than versity wide basis. other air-conditioned dorms on campus. More important than a higher or speIf the new policies would affect an even cific LEED standard, McKeller insisted, was better outcome, K4 will have been a missed going through the LEED process and letopportunity. ting the points fall where they may. While Policies requiring increased measure- recent studies have indicated the need ment and verification are also somewhere in for more investment and inclusion in the LEED design and construction process by all relevant parties, I’m not ready to agree that the process is all we need. Still clawing my way out from under the and fishing license, while his wife collectpile of information that is LEED and builded unemployment qualify as welfare? ing efficiency options, I’m inclined to think The truth is that we all benefit from we’re on the right track setting priorities for the welfare state at some point in our life. targeting energy points, but Duke should Whether it’s the collection of emergenalso consider a higher LEED standard for cy aid, Medicare, Medicaid, the Earned new projects and existing buildings. Income Tax Credit or collecting spouOn some level it’s a put-your-moneysal benefits as a military widow, all of us where-your-mouth-is kind of argument: If are on welfare! Let’s be honest, when it we want to lead, let’s lead. Since we’re in an comes to the Tea Party, all one needs to economic recession, now is the perfect time know is that once again we have a group to seriously consider the trade-offs, and lay of citizens who have imagined themselves out standards for the future of the Duke to be an oppressed minority, falsely becampus, even if that means reconsidering lieving that the benefits they receive are the plan and revisiting all the options. the only ones rightly deserved. I, for one, am not buying this distinction, and neiLiz Bloomhardt is a fourth-year graduate ther should anyone else. student in mechanical engineering. Her column runs every other Friday. This is the conIvan Martinez clusion of a two-part series on Duke’s LEED Duke Divinity School ’12 commitment.


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