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Duke looks to fortify India connection
ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTH YEAR, Issue 54
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Satell will likely appear in court in December
As President Barack Obama traveled through India throughout this week, he encouraged the country to develop stronger ties with American companies—a goal that has elicited support from many American universities, including Duke. Some U.S. university officials traveled with Obama during his three-day stint in the country, which began Nov. 6. Although Duke representatives did not travel with Obama, many University members have confirmed that Duke wants to strengthen its existing bonds with India. “India is a country of great interest to us,” said Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations. “The opportunity is there for education, research, public service—the demand for education in India is huge.” Along with many other universities, Duke plans to eventually establish a permanent presence or site in the country. Plans, however, are not yet entirely clear. Schoenfeld said the Board of Trustees will not be discussing a “specific plan or proposal for India” at its meeting in the first week of December, though Trustees typically discuss
Senior faces child porn allegations by Taylor Doherty THE CHRONICLE
Duke Student Government selected leadership to oversee the Young Trustee process Wednesday night. Eight DSG representatives were elected to fill the eight DSG spots on the Young Trustee Nominating Committee. Before being put to a Senate vote, the 10 nominees were questioned about their campus involvement and bias. The bulk of the committee’s work will take place in January and February, when they will work about three to four hours per week. The committee’s members are freshmen Ajeet Hansra, Andrew Hanna and Ben Shantz; sophomores Christine Larson and Brandon Putnam; juniors Ashley Baker and Louis Ortiz; and senior Joe Catapano. Eight DSG representatives also accepted nominations for the YTNC At-Large Member Selection Committee, which is responsible for filling the half of the YTNC reserved for nonDSG members. Although the Senate had originally planned on electing five members to the selection committee, all eight were voted in.
A Duke student charged with obtaining and possessing child pornography is expected to appear in court next month. Cliff Satell, a senior, was arrested in April 2009 on five counts of seconddegree exploitation of a minor and five counts of third-degree exploitation of a minor. Satell obtained and possessed digital videos of preteen and teen boys engaging Cliff Satell in sexual acts, according to the warrants for his arrest. The second-degree charges are for obtaining the pornographic material and the third-degree charges are for possessing it, Durham County Assistant District Attorney Mark McCullough said Wednesday. “As the legal process is unresolved, it would be inappropriate for me to comment at this time,” Satell wrote in an email Sunday. “I will alert you that Duke has concluded its disciplinary process regarding this matter and I am still scheduled to graduate on time in May and the school will be taking no further action.” Satell is former vice chair of Duke College Republicans and a vocal supporter of senior Justin Robinette, the former DCR chair who alleged that he was impeached because he is gay. Satell also accused the club of improperly removing him from its listserv, but the Duke Student Government Judiciary rejected that claim. Satell has not yet entered a plea, but McCullough said he will likely be called to court during the first week of December. McCullough said that since the case was turned over to him six months ago, he has been in the process of negotiating a plea offer with Satell’s lawyer, William Cotter. Cotter did not respond to repeated requests for comment. Satell allegedly committed the crimes between Feb. 20, 2007 and March 24, 2009, according to the arrest warrants. He was arrested by Lt. Greg Stotsenberg of the Duke University Police Department April 21, 2009. The magistrate originally set Satell’s bond at $175,000, but it was later reduced to $50,000. He was released from
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Dave Eggers, an accomplished author and human rights advocate, spoke at this year’s Weaver Memorial Lecture in Page Auditorium Wednesday. SEE STORY PAGE 3
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DSG selects Young Trustee Committee by Melissa Dalis THE CHRONICLE
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DSG selected eight representatives for the Young Trustee Nominating Committee Wednesday. DSG also discussed tailgate reform and DSG diversity.
“Although it’s not explicitly stated, the underlying implication for a lot of these fliers is that alcohol will be involved.”
—Freshman Ani Mohan on East Campus fliers. See story page 3
Duke Football reacts to Tailgate’s cancellation, Page 7
Duke Performances sees decrease in Fall ’10 attendance, RECESS page 3
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Ending Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Sanford 04, 12-1p.m. The first American soldier wounded in the Iraq War. Eric Alva of the Human Rights Campaign speaks on ending Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
Water Scarcity 101 LSRC A158, 12-1p.m. Disque Deane Jr., Chief Investment Officer for Water Asset Management gives a presentation on water scarcity.
An Evening with Polish Writer Olga Tokarczuk Perkins Breedlove, 7:30-10p.m. Come for an evening with one of Poland’s most acclaimed writers.
“This is not a knock on Barnes, but a knock on the voters. How can voters justify listing Barnes as one of the top five players in the entire country before he steps on the court? In the ACC alone, there are better candidates for the All-American team than Barnes. Two of these candidates are entering their senior seasons and have excelled at the collegiate level already.’” — From The Chronicle Sports Blog sports.chronicleblogs.com
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Pictured is an artist’s rendering of a planned 15 Penn Plaza skyscraper. The planned building will be about as tall as the Empire State Building. The building will have 67 stories available for both residential and business interests. Some complain that the tower will be an unnecessary eyesore and that it’s large size will cast a shadow on the streets below.
A brother is a friend given by Nature. — Jean Legouve
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Doctor is expanding late London students protest term abortion clinics planned tuition increase A Nebraska doctor who is one of the few in the country to perform abortions late in a pregnancy said Wednesday that he would open new clinics in Iowa and the Washington area. LeRoy Carhart said he decided to open the clinics because Nebraska had implemented a new law that made it illegal to perform abortions beyond the 20th week of a pregnancy. Only a handful of doctors perform abortions in late pregnancy, and Carhart has been the target of antiabortion protests. George Tiller, who was one of the few doctors who were public, was fatally shot by an antiabortion demonstrator while attending church in Wichita, Kan., in 2009. Carhart said he worked with Tiller for 11 years. “The laws are more favorable in these other jurisdictions, and we’re going to do the maximum the law allows,” Carhart said in a telephone interview.
LONDON — In the fiercest protest yet against dramatic austerity measures in Britain, tens of thousands of students took to the streets of London on Wednesday, with a breakaway group storming the headquarters of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party. Protesters marched in opposition to a government plan that could triple the cost of tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, part of a broader effort by the new Conservative-led coalition to slash the British budget deficit, which is now one of the highest in the industrialized world. Almost 50,000 students marched peacefully on the Parliament building in the shadow of Big Ben, but the demonstrations turned violent later in the day as dozens of protesters broke windows and forced their way into the lobby of the Conservative Party’s headquarters.
Correction The Nov. 10 story “City still faces poverty, health challenges, DPD chief says” incorrectly named Jose Lopez as the Duke police chief. Lopez is actually the chief of the Durham Police Department.
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Eggers speaks about human rights violations by Ashley Mooney THE CHRONICLE
Yesterday evening author David Eggers addressed violations of human rights during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the main subject of his book, “Zeitoun.” He collected narratives from those affected by Katrina—one of which gave rise to his bestseller—as a part of Voice of Witness, a nonprofit book series cofounded by Eggers that documents human rights crises and social injustices. “We are never more human, we are never more alive and sure of our purpose on the planet than when someone needs help,” Eggers told students in Page Auditorium. “We were starting to hear about human rights abuses in the wake of the storm, and it just made sense [to collect these narratives].” “Zeitoun” describes the experiences of a Syrianborn immigrant named Abdulrahman Zeitoun during the turmoil caused by the hurricane. After the storm swept through his neighborhood, Zeitoun used a canoe to help his community, saving several of his neighbors and their pets. His efforts to help were short-lived, however, as he was arrested for unclear reasons and placed in a makeshift prison behind the Greyhound station in New Orleans. While in prison, Zeitoun was denied his basic rights, was not allowed to see a lawyer and could not make a single phone call. Eggers said this violation of human rights was not an isolated incident. “This was a moment in American history when we could have done better,” Eggers said. “We learned a lot See eggers on page 6
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Despite policies prohibiting students from posting fliers in unauthorized areas, it continues to be a problem on campus.
Fliers still a problem on East by Lauren Carroll THE CHRONICLE
For the last seven years, fliers advertising fraternity parties, concerts and events have been continuously shoved under students’ doors against University policy. Although new tabling policies were implemented this year, the fliering rules have been the same for many years, said Joe Gonzalez, associate dean for residence life. New policies for tabling and a reminder of the existing regulations regarding fliers on East Campus were sent in an e-mail last month to students who hold leadership positions in student organizations. Tabling at the Marketplace is now limited to four student organizations at any given time on a first-come, firstserve basis.
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The flier policies stipulate that only one flier per event may be posted in each designated area, alcohol may not be advertised on East and quarter-sheet fliers may not be shoved under doors. The e-mail also encouraged students to take advantage of Residence Life and Housing Service’s flier-posting service. Students who use this service can bring up to 16 copies of a flier to the RLHS office, where an employee will then post the fliers in designated East Campus buildings. Other advertising regulations are listed in The Duke Community Standard, including a list of where fliers cannot be posted. The list consists of “doors, trashcans, entryways, exteriors of buildings, interior walls, stairway railings, floors, benches See fliers on page 12
Remembering Those Who Served On this Veterans Day, we thank the men and women who served in the military, and especially those who died while serving their country. To honor alumni who lost their lives in World War II and the wars in Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq, the Duke Alumni Association laid a wreath today by the wall that displays their names in Memorial Quad, beside Duke Chapel.
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Audio files raise questions about Afghan elections by Joshua Partlow THE Washington Post
KABUL, Afghanistan — After some friendly chitchat, the man referred to as “your excellency” got down to business: In a cellphone call, he instructed the Afghan election official which candidates should be named winners in the parliamentary elections. But the election official was worried. He had already doctored some votes, he replied, and the election staff was being searched every day at work, according to audio copies of alleged conversations between the two men. The audio files, broadcast on Afghan television Tuesday night and obtained independently by The Washington Post, represent the latest in a gathering storm of recriminations against the Afghan organization responsible for administering the Sept. 18 elections for the lower house of Afghanistan’s parliament. If authentic, the conversations—purportedly between Afghan cabinet minister Ismail Khan and a member of the election staff—raise new questions about the fairness of the elections and the stewardship of Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission. The final results, which could be announced as early as this week, have been delayed nearly a month amid accusations of ballot box stuffing, falsified voter cards and bribery. Losing candidates have led protests and warned of possible ethnic strife. The attorney general, meanwhile, has opened criminal investigations into several members of the election commission staff. A protracted political fight over the legitimacy of the elections is something U.S. and NATO officials are trying to avoid. As they prepare to make their case for progress in the Afghan war at a summit in Lisbon and a December review in the United States, they have said the allegations lack evidence. The audio recordings feature Khan, the
minister of energy and water and the former governor of Herat province in western Afghanistan, according to several Afghan officials who have heard the tapes. The election official was identified as Abdul Rashid Ershad. A candidate for parliament from Herat, Al Haj Ghulam Qadir Akbar, said Ershad gave him recordings Ershad had made of his discussions with Khan in order to show the political pressure being exerted on the election staff. Akbar said he would have won a parliament seat if Khan had not intervened. “I was a winner, but by the order of the warlord Ismail Khan, I lost,” Akbar said. “What they are doing is damaging the democratic process in this country.” On the recorded calls, Khan refers to Akbar as “completely crazy” and says he should be removed from the list of winners. According to preliminary results, Akbar finished 11th in his province, good enough to secure one of 17 allocated seats. But he says he was subsequently told by election officials that he had dropped to 19th. A secretary for Khan said he was not available for comment. Ershad, the election official, could not be reached. One of the commissioners at the Independent Election Commission, Momina Yari, said Ershad “didn’t have the authority to act in such a way.” She described him as a low-level, temporary employee in the public-outreach department with no authority over the vote database. “Definitely now an investigation will start today and we will take action against him,” she said. The commission has acknowledged that voting fraud took place on a large scale. In announcing the preliminary results last month, the commission said it had thrown out 1.3 million votes, about a quarter of the total cast, because of irregularities and signs of fraud. The proportion of disqualified ballots is on par with that in last year’s fraud-marred presidential vote, an ugly political spectacle
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The Develle Dish launch party took place in the Women’s Center Wednesday. THe Develle Dish blog is a place for students to come together to discuss experiences of being on campus as women. in which the commission was accused of bias in favor of the incumbent, Hamid Karzai. This time, with new leadership at the commission, election officials say the voting process was improved through stricter, if more complicated, anti-fraud measures. The commission employs 350 people working in two shifts to tally votes at its headquarters in Kabul, all under videotaped surveillance.
The commission’s “leadership, from all appearances, seems in a very, very deep way committed to delivering a better election, a rules-based election, a credible election,” said a Western diplomat in Kabul. A commissioner, however, conceded that “possibly there was technical fraud done by our staff in the tally center. I personally cannot claim it was 100 percent transparent.”
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Congress unveils graphic cigarette warnings by Rob Stein THE WASHINGTON POST
WASHINGTON D.C. — After decades of reminding people about the dangers of cigarettes, offering nicotine gum or patches and making smokers huddle outside, the government is turning to gruesome pictures. Federal health officials Wednesday unveiled plans to replace the warnings cigarette packs began carrying 25 years ago with new versions using images that could include emaciated cancer patients, diseased organs and corpses. Public health authorities and anti-smoking advocates hailed the move as a milestone in the battle against tobacco in the United States that began in 1964 when the surgeon general first declared cigarettes a public health threat. That battle made steady progress for decades, but has been stymied in recent years, with a stubborn one in five of adults and teens still smoking. Tobacco remains the leading cause of premature and preventable death in the country, causing 443,000 deaths each year and about one-third of all cancer deaths. Armed with new powers approved by Congress last year, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing warnings that include one containing an image of a man smoking through a tracheotomy hole in his throat; another depicting a body with a large scar running down the chest; and another showing a man who appears to be suffering a heart attack. Others have images of a corpse in a coffin and one with a toe tag in a morgue, diseased lungs and mouths and a mother blowing smoke into a baby’s face. The new warnings will cover half the front and back of each pack and 20 percent of each large ad. The FDA will gather public comment on 36 proposed images until Jan. 9 and select nine by June 22 after reviewing the scientific literature, the public comments and a study involving 18,000 people. Beginning Oct. 22, 2012, any cigarette makers that do not put the new warnings on their packaging will not be allowed to sell their brands in the United States. “When the rule takes effect, the health consequences of smoking will be obvious every time someone picks up
a pack of cigarettes,” FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said. The move was praised by public health and anti-tobacco advocates, although some said they wished the warnings included other elements, such as a toll-free number to call to help people quit and messages about the benefits of quitting. “In implementing the new warnings, the United States is catching up to scientific best practices,” said Matthew Myers of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Others, however, criticized federal officials for not going further, such as by banning smoking in more places.
“It is important that FDA keep the warnings as fresh as possible so that they don’t lose impact over time.” — David Kessler, former FDA Commissioner “Pictures on cigarette packs is a totally inadequate federal response,” said John Banzhaf III, a professor of public health law at George Washington University who runs the activist group Action on Smoking and Health. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, which is suing the federal government over tobacco regulation, said it was reviewing the proposed new warnings. “It is worth noting that the legality of requiring larger and graphic warnings is part of our lawsuit that is currently pending,” said David Howard, an R.J. Reynolds spokesman. But Philip Morris USA, which has supported FDA regulation, said the company “has actively participated in the FDA’s rule-making and public comment processes and plans to do the same on this proposal.” At least 30 other countries already require graphic warnings, including some, like Brazil, that often go even
further than the proposed U.S. messages. Canada, which became the first country to require more graphic warnings in 2000, has seen a significant drop in smoking. “It’s always difficult to point to a particular policy and say it’s due to that,” said David Hammond, a researcher at the University of Waterloo in Ontario who worked with the advertising agency that developed the candidate warnings for the FDA. “But all the evidence does point to the fact that these things do help.” Some studies, however, have found that some strong warnings may, paradoxically, encourage smoking. But most experts said research indicates that more graphic images can help reduce cigarette use. “The bottom line is that there’s no magic bullet,” Hammond said. “But about one-third of smokers say this increases their motivation to quit, and about the same proportion of former smokers say they remind them why they quit.” Hammond and others warned, however, that within a year or two smokers become inured to the images, which will make it crucial that they be changed to remain effective. “It is important that FDA keep the warnings as fresh as possible so that they don’t lose impact over time,” said David Kessler of the University of California, San Francisco, who tried to regulate tobacco when he was FDA commissioner and a flood of revelations emerged about the industry. Hamburg said the warnings will be updated as needed. The warnings are part of a broad new federal anti-smoking strategy, officials said. The FDA has already restricted the use of the terms “light,” “low” and “mild”; banned the use of fruit, candy, and spice flavorings; and is considering taking action against menthol cigarettes. The federal health-care overhaul provided free access to anti-smoking therapies, and the stimulus package spent $225 million to support local, state and national anti-smoking efforts, officials said. Other measures have been taken to stop the illegal sale of tobacco products over the Internet and through mail order, including illegal sales to youth. Staff writer Leslie Tamura contributed to this report.
CLIMATE CHANGE, BOREAL FORESTS AND THE LEGACIES OF HISTORY Dr. Nancy Langston November 11th at 4:30 p.m. Love Auditorium, LSRC Duke University (West Campus) The 2010 Lynn W. Day Distinguished Lectureship in Forest and Conservation History welcomes Dr. Nancy Langston, Professor in the Department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology with appointments in the Department of History and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Author of Forest Dreams, Forest Nightmares and Toxic Bodies: Hormone Disruptors and the Legacy of DES, Langston is Editor-elect for the journal Environmental History. She will explore the connections between forests, fisheries, toxics, and climate change, focusing on Lake Superior boreal forests.
Parking is available in the parking deck on Science Drive at a cost of $2.00. For a map of the area go to: http://map.duke.edu/parking/1 A reception will follow at 5:30 p.m. in the Hall of Science.
The Lectureship is sponsored by the Forest History Society, the Duke University Department of History, and the Nicholas School of the Environment. For more information and directions please call the Forest History Society, 919/682-9319. www.foresthistory.org
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Pentagon group finds minimal risk in lifting gay ban during war by Ed O’Keefe and Greg Jaffe the washington post
WASHINGTON D.C. — A Pentagon study group has concluded that the military can lift the ban on gays serving openly in uniform with only minimal and isolated incidents of risk to the current war efforts, according to two people familiar with a draft of the report, which is due to President Barack Obama on Dec. 1. More than 70 percent of respondents to a survey sent to active-duty and reserve troops over the summer said the effect of repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy would be positive, mixed or nonexistent, said two sources familiar with the document. The survey results led the report’s authors to conclude that objections to openly gay colleagues would drop once troops were able to live and serve alongside them. One source, who has read the report in full, summarized its findings in a series of conversations this week. The source declined to state his position on whether or not to lift the ban, insisting it did not matter. He said he felt compelled to share the information out of concern that groups opposed to ending the ban would mischaracterize the findings. The long, detailed and nuanced report will almost certainly be used by opponents and supporters of repeal legislation to bolster their positions in what is likely to be a heated and partisan congressional debate. Obama has vowed to end the ban. Senior Pentagon officials requested the survey to address areas in which the repeal might cause conflicts that could hinder the military’s ability to fight.
dsg from page 1 Senior Ben Bergmann, an athletics and campus services senator, presented a 2009-2010 diversity report of DSG. Male over-representation was the most significant finding, with males making up 70 percent of DSG, 100 percent of the executive board and 78 percent of the Senate. Only the Duke University Student Dining Advisory Committee was about equally split between males and females. The study also found that 40 percent of DSG members were Christian, 49 percent were politically left and 41 percent were public policy or political science majors. In addition, 70 percent of non-freshmen were not in a greek organization. Tailgate issues resurfaced at the beginning of the meeting, and executives said that although Tailgate
“There are challenges here, and we want the time so we can make the process of implementation as smooth as possible,” said a second person who was briefed on the report but had not read it. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen, and uniformed and civilian leaders of the four military branches received copies of the draft report late last week. The document totals about 370 pages and is divided into two sections. The first section explores whether repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” would harm unit readiness or morale. It cites the findings of a survey sent over the summer to 400,000 active-duty and reserve troops, a separate questionnaire sent to about 150,000 military spouses, the responses submitted to an anonymous online dropbox seeking comments, and responses from focus-group participants. The second part of the report presents a plan for ending enforcement of the ban. It is not meant to serve as the military’s official instruction manual on the issue but could be used if military leaders agreed, one of the sources said. Among other questions, the survey asked if having an openly gay person in a unit would have an effect in an intense combat situation. Although a majority of respondents signaled no strong objections, a significant minority is opposed to serving alongside openly gay troops. About 40 percent of the Marine Corps is concerned about lifting the ban, according to one of the people familiar with the report. A Defense Department spokesman declined to comment for this article.
with a capital “T” will no longer exist, they will be looking into other institutions’ tailgates and devising a plan throughout the Spring semester for the future of tailgate. “Tailgate is not what we’re fighting to bring back,” said DSG President Mike Lefevre, a senior. “The location will never be the same. If there’s one thing I can promise you, it’s that. I think that tailgates in general are great for a university to get people out on a Saturday, to rally around a university and hopefully to go to the football game—that is what we’re fighting for.” In other business: An abbreviated C-2 bus route has been proposed for next semester and will soon be tested. The new route will save three minutes per trip, according to a DSG press release.
eggers from page 3 about ourselves, about our reaction, our response, how we could have improved it in the wake of Katrina.” He noted that many of the issues in dealing with Katrina could have been solved by simple communication. “A lot of the news and information that we were getting and the rumors that were being spread in the wake of Katrina were not valid,” Eggers added. “We made assumptions of the people of New Orleans without listening.” Despite his opinions surrounding the numerous failures and missteps in the response to Katrina, Eggers said he remains hopeful. He said the Zeitoun family received overwhelming support from hundreds of Americans after the release of the book. Many felt a sense of personal responsibility for Zeitoun’s mistreatment while in prison. In an e-mail sent to the Zeitoun family, Tammy Stewart, a woman from Texas, apologized on behalf of her country saying, “I am so sorry for the persecution that you endured.” Eggers said he gained hope from such responses and believes that everyone has a deep sense of decency. Audience members also expressed similar sentiments after hearing Eggers speak. “I was inspired, I was challenged,” said Barbara Williams, Trinity ’74. “I wish his voice were louder and more a part of a larger national dialogue.” Tony Zeoli, lead developer of the Reese Felts Digital Newsroom at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, expressed his appreciation for how Eggers delivered his lecture. “I liked his temperate tone and the way that he could have showed anger because he’s seen so much,” he said. “It was nice to hear somebody say things are OK in America.” Eggers concluded his talk by giving the audience a simple piece of advice. “One, listen. Two, have faith. Three, take action. Four, stay human.”
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theSANDBOX. Is Boardwalk Empire the new The Wire or The Sopranos? Though the gritty Prohibition crime drama is only on its eighth episode, the new series is already drawing comparisons to HBO’s other pivotal shows. Let’s explore at length the ties between these three artistic landmarks. For one, they are HBO original series. All are gritty crime dramas. Terence Winter is the screenwriter for Boardwalk and The Sopranos; Steve Buscemi also acts in both. Boardwalk and The Wire explore the story from not only the criminals’ perspective but also from the perspective of the law officials investigating them. The Sopranos shares 27 actors with the Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas; Martin Scorsese directed the pilot episode of Boardwalk. Critical response for each of them generally includes the words “complex,” “grand,” “staggering,” and “saga.” They all feature prominent
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staffer’s note. gay characters (spoiler alert: there is a prominent gay character in Boardwalk Empire). Michael K. Williams appears in all of them (as Ray Ray in The Sopranos; as Omar—one of the prominent gay characters—in The Wire; and as Chalky White—not gay this time—in Boardwalk Empire). Fans of the shows range from “zealous” to “militant” and consider even the most moderate criticism a personal affront. And perhaps most importantly, IMDB.com users ranked all three shows higher than WALL-E and March of the Penguins. This all points to a culture of nepotism, corruption, and intrigue within the walls of HBO that surpasses that depicted in their programs. Yet the most invidious crime of all is that, at the end of Boardwalk Empire, the viewers will have been duped into watching the same show three times. —Josh Stillman
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It’s pretty clear, in the midst of Runaway’s most extravagantly overblown moment—CGI fireworks, red-hooded disciples with a papier-mache Michael Jackson parade float, soon-to-be album centerpiece “All of the Lights”—that we are witnessing a Kanye West Moment. We’ve seen them before (“George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” “Taylor, I’mma let you finish…”), an amorphous collection of instances when West’s superego is simply overwhelmed by a tidal wave of his own ambitions, delusions, whatever. In the end, the rest of us can’t help being swept along too. This one, though, might be the Kanye West Moment. Fellini-esque camera angles, directed by a man who confesses to never having watched a single Fellini film “all the way through”? Sandwiching samples of Aphex Twin and Bon Iver around a verse by Pusha T, all in the span of thirtyfour minutes? Whatever your take on his phoenix-crashing-to-earth minidrama— the allegory more thinly veiled than star Selita Ebanks in her birdsuit—one aspect of Runaway seems fairly obvious: on the Venn diagram of who would and who could make the film, the central region is big enough for ’Ye alone. And while Runaway is awash in self-indulgence, Kanye’s artistic impulses are often brilliant and always intriguing. Those red hoods are a fairly obvious homage to Joy Division’s “Atmosphere” video; elsewhere, he’s incorporated a ballet scene recalling Swan Lake. Every shot in Runaway is extended, making the whole affair seem more like a sequence of dramatic stills than a narrative. Without doubt, there are some cringe-worthy moments (Ebanks’ ad-
ventures with a teacup are cloying and apropos of nothing), but on balance they’re outweighed by the film’s considerable visual gravitas. Runaway also contains a good amount of material from West’s upcoming My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy; between the film and ’Ye’s weekly “G.O.O.D. Fridays” output, he’s released at least rough cuts of almost every track on the album. It’s a defiant gesture: he insists that “hackers” who would provide leaks of the album prior to its release date can’t offer what he does, and that most of the already-released songs feature a different mix in album form. Regardless, it’s a strategy only a handful of musicians have the artistic capital to pull off, and it requires a degree of creativity even fewer possess. These days, he’s crashing CMJ parties in Williamsburg rocking diamond grills and a gold Horus chain the size of Rick Ross. Or, you know, holding court in his Hawaii studio with Justin Vernon and a good portion of hip-hop’s top brass at his disposal. In a recent MTV interview he proclaimed his desire to be the best rapper in the world—that won’t ever be the case, nor will anyone ever accept his monolithic claim to be the “voice” of a generation as schizophrenically segmented as this one (although in retrospect, our relentless, Twitter-enabled selfabsorption probably aligns better with his ethos than we’d care to admit). But watching the absurd climax of West’s debut film-noir, it’s hard to deny that this is, indeed, his moment—in a way few other pop stars could ever claim. Ross Green is a Trinity junior.
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Duke Performances faces a dip in ticket sales by Kevin Lincoln THE CHRONICLE
Decreasing ticket sales may lead to a change in programming next year for Duke’s cultural and artistic presenter. Through the first two months of Duke Performances’ 2010-2011 season, overall ticket sales are down 20 to 30 percent from the previous year despite an uptick in the number of tickets purchased by students. This downturn comes after steadily increasing attendance since Aaron Greenwald took over as interim director for the organization in 2007 and as director in 2008. Ticket sales, however, contribute to only a small portion of Duke Performances’ operating budget, which is heavily subsidized by the University. “This is going to require a pretty serious recalibration of how we plan a season, how much we do,” Greenwald said. “I’m very comfortable with the brand that we have built and the kinds of things that we present and the kinds of projects we help produce, but looking toward next year— and assuming that this is sort of the new normal—we’re going to have to figure out how we can do less and go deeper with the programs that we are doing.” Although the overall number of tickets sold is down from last year, student attendance is up considerably: There have been about 3,500 tickets purchased by students as of Nov. 5 this Fall, compared to approximately 3,200 tickets purchased total in the fall of 2009. In terms of proportions, Greenwald and Director of Marketing Ken Rumble said Duke Performances’ core group of multiple-ticket buyers comprises about 25 percent of sales, and students make for 25 to 30 percent—the rest are single-ticket buyers. “My sort of theory about what’s happened is that we’ve identified our core audience pretty well; we effectively communicate with them, they bought tickets en masse and now they’re kind of done,” Rumble said. “Now we’re working on expanding that audience and getting more singleconcert buyers or more people that are going to buy multiple [tickets].” The theme of Duke Performances’ current season, which began Sept. 17, is “In Durham, at Duke, a Nation Made New.” Under this conceptual umbrella, programming has been organized into distinct series that all focus on the various ways in which contemporary American art interacts with its traditions and influences. Greenwald and Rumble cited the lower-than-expected sales for shows by folk singer Loudon Wainwright III, vocal ensemble Stile Antico, pianist Andras Schiff and jazz outfit the Del McCoury Band as collectively indicative of a trend in attendance so far this season. “I can tell you totally straight-faced: I thought that this was the most commercially viable season we’ve booked,” Greenwald said. “To have Del McCoury sell less than 700 tickets is kind of wild.” Despite this decline, administrators said the organization’s efficacy can be measured in more areas than strict show attendance. This year’s programming has also featured extensive involvement between artists and students as well as a high caliber of artist featured, said Scott Lindroth, vice provost for the arts. He added that the rising student attendance is encouraging and in line with Duke Performances’ fundamental goals. “One of the things that has made Aaron so effective as a leader is that he’s really seen his mission as reaching out to the campus community and especially to the students, and that has been one area that has not been suffering at all,” Lindroth said. “Duke Performances is not only an entertainment opportunity... it’s an arts presenter, and it’s one that ties into the educational mission of arts programs on campus.” In terms of the changing cultural landscape in the Triangle, Greenwald and Rumble said two factors stood out as important in considering current sales. The first is the recession, which Rumble said he believes is affecting the public later than he expected: With patrons having often suffered either depleted savings or lost jobs, there is less flexibility in how many shows they are able to attend. The second factor is the growing presence of the Durham Performing Arts Center, which presents a competing option for the concert-going public. Greenwald said DPAC’s booking arm has gottten a better feel for the taste of Durham residents. “We know [DPAC’s] been successful,” he said. “Our sense is that we’re dealing with a shifting marketplace.” Since opening in November 2008, DPAC has drawn musicians like Melissa Etheridge, Norah Jones and Lyle Lovett, providing a new alternative for an evening out that didn’t exist last year. A couple attending a show at DPAC
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Despite seeing an increase in the number of tickets purchased by Duke students, attendance for Duke Performances—the University’s cultural and artistic presenter—has fallen overall in the first two months of the 2010-2011 season from last year. may spend more than $250 when one factors in tickets, dinner and a babysitter, Greenwald said—leaving less money to spend on other programming. There are two prominent differences between Duke Performances and DPAC, which is connected to the University through the American Dance Festival and Office of Student Activities and Facilities discounts on DPAC tickets. The first is in their intrinsic missions: DPAC is purely commercial compared to Duke Performances’ educational commitment. Also, DPAC is directly tied to its own dedicated physical venue, while Duke Performances is not. “It’s a continual challenge in terms of the logistics,” Lindroth said. “Certainly Page Auditorium is a liability, in terms of being able to present events for large audiences, since it’s such an uncomfortable venue. Compared to DPAC or Memorial Hall, it is going to be a less attractive setting for a performance.” Memorial Hall is the primary location for programming by Carolina Performing Arts, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s presenting body. Despite indicating uncertainty this early in the season, Sean McKeithan, the marketing and communications coordinator for Carolina Performing Arts, also said his organization has seen the recession in its attendance. “I think there’s a degree to which perhaps you can feel
a bit of a slump in sales, but nothing too worrisome,” McKeithan said. “I feel like there’s a lot of talk of the economic climate, and I think we can definitely feel that—I think our subscription sales are down a little bit this year—but we’ve been selling a lot of single tickets…. I definitely don’t think the arts are super-protected right now.” Though sales have decreased overall, some Duke Performances shows have sold out—including the Books and the Carolina Chocolate Drops concerts—and Greenwald cited several particularly successful events, namely the three “Sounds of the South” shows at the Hayti Heritage Center in downtown Durham. But the shift in attendance will require adjustments by Duke Performances. Greenwald and Lindroth both said there will likely be less programming next year, with a possible decrease from the 51 performances this year to approximately 40. Through this revamping, they intend to create space around each particular piece of programming and better highlight the artists. And regardless of the logistical differences between this season and the next, the overall goal of Duke Performances will remain the same. “Our mission is to offer things that are inspiring, that are beautiful,” Greenwald said. “And we need to offer these things in a sustainable way.”
November 11, 2010
we were once angels of kings
seats were made vacant on crowded subways now we stand and watch as you sit across two seats
With legs spread wide as if your manhood were just that big from “Beautiful Like” by Danika Manso-Brown
Duke slam poetry group makes moves by Maggie Love THE CHRONICLE
For a group with such deliberate performances, Spoken Verb had quite the spontaneous beginning. About two years ago, senior Noel Susberry and junior Danika Manso-Brown were in the car on the way to a dance conference when they started making up verses. Liking the material, they wanted to branch out with a campus organization. This past summer, Manso-Brown spoke with Deen Oloko and Alex Alston, both juniors she’d known since freshman year, about starting the University’s only spoken word club. “We really just needed an outlet at Duke,” MansoBrown said. ‘We needed a space to be creative.” The only other spoken word club that Spoken Verb is aware of is the 2002 Local Colour, which consisted of nine members and had a political focus. Like its predecessor, Spoken Verb’s primary tool of expression is dramatic vocalization, a style popularized in poetry slams. The group—whose slogan is “speak and make moves”—conveys socially conscious themes, centering primarily on issues faced by minorities and women, through a blend of poetry and performance. They intend to incorporate the art forms of dance and music into future shows, Manso-Brown said. “A lot of our work can’t stand just being written
down—yeah, it just would not survive,” she said. The group members’ social interests are reflected in their majors. Oloko and Manso-Brown are both sociology majors, Susberry is studying political science and Alston, English. The group’s major courses have in turn enhanced the awareness of their poetry, Manso-Brown said. Although their content is often autobiographical, the group also looks to the experiences of others for inspiration. “The first things that come to you are the things that you’ve lived and the things that you’ve known about,” Alston said. “Then when you gain confidence, you think, ‘I can lend a voice to someone else who may not be heard.’” The subject matter of Spoken Verb poetry is often heavy, but it is frequently delivered with humor. In contrast with more complex statements, which take time to absorb, humor hooks the audience instantly, MansoBrown said. “It’s not like, ‘Ha ha, that’s hilarious,’ it’s, ‘Ha ha, that’s so true,’” Manso-Brown said. Oloko pointed to one of Manso-Brown’s poems, “Beautiful Like,” for the added relatability humor brings to the art form. “We were once angels of kings/Seats were made va-
cant on crowded subways/Now we stand and watch as you sit across two seats/With legs spread wide as if your manhood were just that big,” goes one of the poem’s lines—hardly done justice in print. The verse was among many to receive widespread laughter and snaps from an engaged Mary Lou Williams Center Oct. 15, the date of the group’s opening showcase. Spoken Verb has also co-hosted an open-mic night with IMPACT Christian Ministry and the multicultural selective living group Prism, and will host their third and final performance of the semester in December. The group is pleasantly surprised with the response it has gotten so far. Though they would have been happy to bring in 20 people to the first showcase, members said, the Mary Lou was filled to standing room only. But what Alston found even more striking was the diversity of the audience members. “Although the four of us are black or identify as black, this is not a black thing,” Alston said. “You don’t have to be black to like spoken word or to be a spoken word artist or to come to an event, and just to see the various faces—white faces, Latino, Latina faces, biracial people you couldn’t place in a race—that’s so uncommon at Duke in any kind of informal setting like this, to see that was really rewarding.”
November 11, 2010
Hoof ‘n’ Horn...
Student-run theater group strong in 75th season by Julian Spector THE CHRONICLE
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Fresh on the heels of its mostly sold-out fall show Into the Woods, Hoof ‘n’ Horn has entered its 75th season as the self-proclaimed oldest studentrun theatrical group in the South. Hoof ‘n’ Horn President Nathaniel Hill, a junior, said the student organization prides itself on being completely self-sufficient. “We are an entirely independent musical theater company, entirely student-run,” Hill said. “Everything that you see—from the business management and budgeting to the marketing, choreography, directing, all the set design, all the building of the set, every instrument you hear—is students.” Hoof ‘n’ Horn does not receive funding from the University. As an independent organization, they must fund each production based on the previous show’s revenue, some donations and program advertisements. They also apply for Student Organization Funding Committee grants from Duke Student Government. Hill said costs for each show include everything from costumes to lumber for the set. He likens managing Hoof ‘n’ Horn to running a business—a rare opportunity for a 20-year-old student. Instructor in Theater Studies Dan Ellison acts as faculty advisor to the group but describes his role as an observer. He currently teaches a course on Nonprofit Cultural Institutions and said the weekly Hoof ‘n’ Horn executive committee meetings “are run as well or better than a lot of nonprofit arts organizations that I’m familiar with.” Like all recipients of SOFC funds, Hoof ‘n’ Horn allows any student to participate, which means membership is not strictly defined. Hill estimates that over the course of a year around 150 to 200 students are involved in at least one show in some way and that roughly 50 participate in two or more shows. The group serves a social as well as theatrical function for its members: It has two social chairs who plan parties throughout the year, as well as an annual beach trip. Junior Vivek Patel, Hoof ‘n’ Horn vice president and fall producer, got involved in the technical side of Hoof ‘n’ Horn productions as a freshman. “They needed somebody to help with the sound design; I actually had no theater experience before I got here,” he said. “The guy who was helping me was a professional sound designer. He had worked on Broadway shows before. So I learned a whole lot of stuff from him.” Patel recently produced Into the Woods. After
acquiring the rights to the show, he appointed the production council, which includes the director and choreographer, and he oversaw marketing, auditions and casting. He also arranged for Hoof ‘n’ Horn to perform a medley for the Board of Trustees. Putting on the show independently as students is challenging, Patel said, especially in the technical aspects, but the control they have over the process is ultimately rewarding. “We can choose whatever we want to do,” Patel said. “We can direct the show however we want to direct it. Because we have all that power, it’s really good life experience. You have to make everything work yourself.” Hoof ’n’ Horn was started in 1936 and performed a student-written show called The Devil Grins. The group performed annual, student-written musicals (with the exception of Anything Goes in 1952) until 1961, when they transitioned to more typical Broadway shows, like Once Upon A Mattress, Bye-Bye Birdie and Guys and Dolls. Now Hoof ‘n’ Horn produces three mainstage shows each year and one children’s show. Professor Jeff Storer came to the Department of Theater Studies in 1982. He has watched Hoof ‘n’ Horn develop in the 28 years since and collaborated with them on Carousel and Cole, two shows they co-produced with Theater Studies. “One of the really incredible things [about Hoof ‘n’ Horn] is institutional memory,” Storer said. “They do a terrific job of passing down year after year after year the core of the organization. They do a great job of teaching the next generation, passing down what Hoof ‘n’ Horn is and what they do in such a well-organized and focused way.” Holly LeCraw, Trinity ’88, performed in almost every Hoof ‘n’ Horn show during her time at Duke. Now a published author, she wrote in an e-mail that her time with Hoof ‘n’ Horn was “absolutely the most important part of my Duke experience.” “The poise you learn from being onstage and dealing with the inevitable stumbles and crises is invaluable for any profession,” LeCraw said. “There have been countless times that I’ve gone into ‘the show must go on’ mode when I am nowhere near a stage. Also, since I’ve published my first book and have been touring with it, I feel like I’m performing again in a small way, and I am definitely drawing on that experience.” In conjunction with the 75th season, current Hoof ‘n’ Horn leaders are planning an invigorated outreach program to connect current students with Hoof ‘n’ Horn alumni like LeCraw. Elements might include a regular alumni newsletter, master classes hosted by visiting Hoof ‘n’ Horn alumni and a reception during reunion weekend, when the spring show Aida will be performed. “Networking is very important, and a sense of the past is important too,” LeCraw said. “I remember alumni visiting when I was a freshman, and it made a big impression on me.” As they enter Hoof ‘n’ Horn’s 75th year with the winter show Chess, the group’s leadership said they have a sense of confidence in their current situation. Hill noted that audition pools this year were significantly increased from last year. He added that attendance has also gone up—more than 2,000 people went to Rent last spring, and Into the Woods sold out seven of its 10 shows. In Patel’s words, “Hoof ‘n’ Horn is on the up.”
November 11, 2010
In Carrboro, anarchists convene over books by Tong Xiang THE CHRONICLE
This weekend, the pen is mightier than the mob. The inaugural Carrboro Anarchist Bookfair, held at artspace-cum-club Nightlight, features 19 vendors and organizations that will distribute literature throughout Saturday. Tabling will be accompanied by lectures and presentations by various anarchist groups. Promotional materials advertise topics including “radical southern history,” “insurrectionary film,” “prison organizing” and “gift economics.” Groups such as the Asheville Local Exchange Trading System, Common Threads, Cuke and Sew zine, Durham Community Media and the Institute for Experimental Freedom will be represented at the fair. The event aims to continue the work of the spring and fall NC Rising—two anarchist conferences which took place in Chapel Hill in March and Asheville in October— to “create a space where people who are interested in an-
archism and alternate forms of organizing can meet each other,” said self-described anarchist Brian Dee. An author and community organizer, Dee is “working to coordinate the event”—none of the anarchists interviewed would directly identify themselves as leaders of the fair. Anarchism’s academic heritage should speak to Duke students, Dee said. “[Anarchism is] becoming relevant again in this crucial historical juncture through things like open-source software,” he said. “It exists as an intellectually rich tradition, even if it doesn’t always end up being taught.” With dual connotations of Molotov cocktails and pseudo-intellectual noisemaking, anarchism frequently elicits knee-jerk revulsion from both liberals and conservatives, Dee said. “The goals and tools of anarchism are frequently misunderstood,” he said. “Anarchism is a critique of power relations within society as opposed to J.R.R. Tolkien’s notion of
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‘bearded men with bombs.’ It’s opposition to oppression in all forms, saying that all forms of hierarchical power are hostile to freedom, unhealthy and unnecessary.” Lydia Theia, another coordinator of the book fair and co-manager of bookstore cooperative Internationalist Books, agrees. “For me, anarchism is not just like an engineered utopia,” Theia said. “It actually is trying to transform the social relationships you have in your everyday life immediately… [to create] self-governing, non-coercive social relationships based on consensus.” The tools of modern-day anarchism are similarly less radical than most would assume, said Mike Cohen, an organizer for Croatan Earth First!, a North Carolina-based environmental activist group. “I don’t believe in the lifestyle self-flagellation some advocate,” Cohen said. “I drive a car to work, and I’m talking on a cellphone. I think while making technology-free spaces in our lives can be personally fulfilling, I don’t think scaling back individual use confronts the problem of industrial civilization.” Event planners aim to close the gap between theory and practice with their presentations, which include a graffiti workshop, a discussion of anarchist philosophy and a documentary film covering the struggles of the Chilean Mapuche people against their government. The bookfair is emphasizing the pragmatism of change through direct-action grassroots campaigns, Dee said. He is quick to maintain that the fair’s brand of anarchism is firmly grounded in reality. “For me, the center of gravity is not to discuss the possible utopias that we don’t live in, but to navigate this world and make decisions in it,” he said. “I do vote, I do pay taxes [and] I don’t see the Rube Goldberg machine of the electoral process as the most important mechanism for social change.” The day will conclude with a dance-party fundraiser for the Prison Books Collective, a Chapel Hill-based prisonabolitionist project that sends free literature to inmates. And in Theia’s opinion, Duke students shouldn’t be intimidated: “People are less inhibited and friendlier at anarchist parties, and they’re a lot safer because people are less likely to steal your s*** if they think you’re comrades.” Carrboro Anarchist Bookfair takes place Saturday at Nightlight, 405 1/2 Rosemary Street in Chapel Hill, from 1 to 7 p.m. A benefit show for the Asheville 11 begins at 8 p.m., and the dance party starts at 10:30, with the location to be disclosed at Nightlight. All events are free and open to the public, and donations are suggested. For more information, visit www.carrboroanarchistbookfair.wordpress.com.
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The Carrboro Anarchist Bookfair will take place at Nightlight, a former art space that now serves as a nightclub, and it will feature 19 different vendors and organizations distributing literature.
November 11, 2010
man on the moon ii: the legend of mr. rager universal motown
Kid Cudi’s much-anticipated second album casts him as a vulnerable loner, struggling with newfound fame and his own persistent neuroses. Sound familiar? It should. Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager purports to be a sequel to Cudi’s debut Man on the Moon: The End of Day, but in reality it’s more like a retake. In fact, it’s difficult to evaluate MOTMII outside the context of its predecessor— though in a vacuum, the Cleveland rapper’s second effort would probably garner a reception remarkably similar to the first. Cudi still favors spacey, electro-minimalist beats. The half-baked autobiography concept returns basically unchanged. Cudi has wisely done away with Common’s laughably contrived voice-over narration, but other fauxcinematic impulses, like the “Mr. Rager” alter ego, are more than a little reminiscent of his first album. As before, the production—again courtesy of Emile and Plain Pat, with assists from No I.D. and others—is the album’s strongest suit and Cudi’s most distinguishing characteristic. This second batch of songs sees Cudi consolidating the influences that made his debut, if not critically acclaimed, at least blogworthy. He samples St. Vincent at one point and Choir of Young Believers at another, which would seem like a blatant play for indie credibility but for the ingenious execution. Collaborators like Ratatat, designed to highlight Cudi’s rockist tendencies on MOTM, are absent, but not conspicuously
so—Cudi has internalized trip-hop guitar melodies into his own repertoire anyway. More so than its predecessor, preoccupied as it was with making really big pop songs, MOTMII succeeds in creating its own sonic atmosphere, full of foreboding electronic flourishes and dark, propulsive 808s. Although Kanye rightfully gets most of the credit for the proliferation of emotive, self-conscious rap music, Cudi has been just as influential in shaping exactly how it sounds. And yet, the album only sporadically works on more than a superficial level. For one, Cudi sometimes falls victim to his own genre-bending; while he’s clearly partial to his flat, affect-less singing voice, he’s much wittier and more compelling when actually rapping. For another, despite his considerable personal popularity, Cudi remains steadfastly awkward and uncharismatic on record. It’s not just the frequency of absolute clunkers (“I love the darkness/I’d like to marry it”) or the limited vocabulary. It’s his redundant and often sullen self-pity; the “people don’t understand me” ethos is easier to sympathize with when not used so relentlessly. Indeed, Cudi’s at his best during his brief forays into humor (“Cudders/ HBO, that Vitamin Water/That’s money to blow/Cause your money for blow”), which go a long way towards humanizing his otherwise pretty miserable persona. Of course, one could have written a similar paragraph about MOTM. As on his debut, Cudi’s attempt at constructing an album-length narrative falls flat, in part because the plot never materializes. Our hero was sad at the beginning, is sad at the end and picked up a coke habit in between. The truth is that not much has changed in Cudi’s world. —Ross Green
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Have you ever wanted to see Robert Downey, Jr. get a face-full of Zach Galifianakis’ hairy gut? It’s really rather amusing. Due Date serves up these two highly competent actors in deliciously contrasted roles. But, like many alleged comedies before it, this movie makes the mistake of pursuing sentimentality as well as humor. By doing so, it weakens its case for both. The premise is simple: Robert Downey, Jr. plays classy, composed architect Peter Highman. He critiques his wife’s list of names for their forthcoming child via Bluetooth headset and needs to fly from Atlanta to LA to be there for the birth of said child. After a few unfortunate run-ins with Zach Galifianakis’ greasy, hairy schlub of a character, Ethan Tremblay, poor Peter winds up on the no-fly list and ends up driving cross-country with none other than Ethan himself and his bat-faced dog. The movie looks polished and sports a sleek, folkrock-leaning soundtrack. It does have occasional funny
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moments, often derived from the combination of Galifianakis’ awkward plaintiveness and Downey, Jr.’s snappish single-mindedness. These moments of humor compete for screen time with strains of drama: Ethan has just lost his loving father and seems desperate for any sort of human connection. Neither character can be sufficiently funny while pulling off pathetic, so Galifianakis falls well short of his full comedic potential. There are also several misplaced moments of mild sadism, such as when Downey, Jr. knocks down a small child who was bothering him with a toy snake, or when the driving duo are violently assaulted by a wheelchair-bound veteran with a baton. The whole story line suffers from eventual unbelievability. I can buy these characters getting stoned while driving a Land Rover on the highway. Ramming through Mexican police cars in a high-speed chase seems harder to accept. Driving across the American Southwest in a stolen Mexican customs vehicle strays a bit too far from reality. Despite these flaws, the charm of the leads goes a long way towards making this movie enjoyable. For the most part, it is. If the filmmakers had just tried to make a straightforward road trip comedy, it would have been a good deal more successful. —Julian Spector
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Working against the monotonous tides of rap and hiphop that have washed over the 2010 charts, soul singer CeeLo Green’s The Lady Killer—and its lead single “F**k You,” currently dominating clubs across the country—makes for a more-than-welcome movement in a fresh direction. This huge-voiced crooner’s mainly been working behindthe-scenes in the hip-hop world for the last few years, collaborating with marquee names like Kid Cudi and, as duo Gnarls Barkley, producer Danger Mouse. But six years after his last solo release, Cee Lo Green… Is the Soul Machine, the smooth talker is back on his own, sticking to his roots without losing popular appeal. Funky and passionate, The Lady Killer’s catchy beats are infectious to the point where they’ll stick with the listener long after the album’s run its course. Green hits with the facts straight from the start, telling the world as it is in “The Lady Killer Theme (Intro)”: “When it comes to ladies/I have a license to kill.” Proceeding with the fresh techno beats of “Bright Lights, Bigger City,” each sequential track takes a new turn; whether fast-paced or slow, every song’s dynamics are refreshing enough to stand on their own. The old school feel Green’s rocking proves perennial as it is woven through “F**k You,” “It’s OK” and “Old Fashioned.” Each song carries its own rhythm, soulful and drenched in the labor of love. With the intimacy of the old-school coupled with Green’s suave and sexy voice, The Lady Killer is diversifying commonplace party music and broadening the scope of Top-40 hits. —Rachel Orfinger
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For Colored Girls should not be taken lightly. Tyler Perry does it again: His newest film perpetuates yet another negative stereotype of African-American women and their unfortunate romantic relationships. Based on playwright Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, Perry’s adaptation features an all-star black cast, poetic dialogue and powerful acting. Nevertheless, an overly dramatic plot and stints of black rage from each character makes For Colored Girls Perry’s latest addition to his arsenal. Unlike his other films, Perry incorporates poetry into the plot. The actors deliver Shange’s poetry with eloquence and strength. Perry’s incorporation of poetry comes at inappropriate times, fitting free verse during critical scenes; dense lines confuse the story and interrupt the flow of the movie. The use of molasses-like poetry doesn’t excuse Perry’s recycled actresses and the characters they portray. Although each actress brings personality and power to her respected character, Perry casts women who cater to his signature plot of female suffering and rage. Janet Jackson plays virtually the same type-A executive as in Why Did I Get Married? Kimberly Elise portrays the same battered product of an abusive relationship as in Diary of a Mad Black Woman. In fact, the entire plot line is a retread of motifs from previous Tyler Perry Company films. This movie over-exaggerates the interactions between African-Americans and the general American public. The film even seems to parody Precious with its dank Harlem backdrop and melodramatic ending. For Colored Girls isn’t the movie one would want to see for a fairy-tale ending. It isn’t even a movie worth seeing for its “keepin’ it real” affectation. For Colored Girls fails to empower hurt women—it sickens them. —Ashley Copeland
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One shot on goal all B.C. needs to top Duke Grossman hurt in the loss by Andrew Beaton THE CHRONICLE
CARY, N.C. — The Eagles only had one shot on goal last night, but they made it count. For the fourth season in a row, No. 19 Duke lost in the first round of the ACC Tournament, falling to Boston College 1-0 at WakeMed Soccer Park. The DUKE 0 fourth-seeded Blue Devils entered the game looking to avenge last 1 BC year’s tournament loss to the Eagles, which they lost by the same score. “We really wanted to come out and take it to them,” junior midfielder Chris Tweed-Kent said. “For some reason, we just weren’t able to.” No. 21 Boston College (10-3-5), seeded fifth, jumped out to an early lead in the 16th minute when junior forward Edvin Worley received an up-field pass that he played into the box. Worley threaded the ball between defenders, leaving an easy tap-in for junior forward Amit Aburmad—the Eagles’ first and only shot on goal for the entire game. After conceding the score, Duke (9-5-4) played with a renewed sense of vigor and competed well with Boston College for the rest of the first half. With 21 minutes remaining in the period, senior Cole Grossman made a strong pass to Tweed-Kent, only to have the shot blocked by goalie Justin Luthy. Only four minutes later, the Blue Devils had another opportunity as Tweed-Kent sent a strong cross in margie truwit/The Chronicle
Chris Tweed-Kent and the Blue Devils couldn’t top Boston College last night despite holding the Eagles to only one shot in the contest. Duke fell 1-0.
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Scouting the opponent
Duke Football reacts to ban on Tailgate
Inconsistent Eagles bring shaky QBs by Stuart Price
by Andy Moore
Boston College’s streak of 11 straight bowl game appearances seems to be in jeopardy. Currently holding a 4-5 record, the Eagles must win two of their last three regular season games in order to obtain postseason eligibility. Boston College sits in this unfamiliar position primarily because of inconsistency at quarterback—the team has featured three different signal callers throughout the season. Freshman Chase Rettig replaced openingday starter Dave Shinskie and backup Mike Marscovetra permanently after a crushing 44-17 loss against N.C. State five weeks ago. Over his last four starts, however, Rettig has averaged a measly 12 completions and 138 yards per game while throwing just two touchdowns and five interceptions. The Eagles’ dismal passing attack is the main reason the team averages only 19.2 points per game, last in the ACC. With Boston College’s weak passing game and an offensive line that has given up 24 sacks, look for head
As discussion has arisen among students and administrators around the cancellation of Saturday’s Tailgate, Duke’s football team and its coach have stayed largely quiet. At Tuesday’s weekly press conference, where head coach David Cutcliffe and a select group of players answer questions from the media, none of the Blue Devils advocated strongly for or against the ban. Senior linebacker Abraham Kromah said that he appreciated the fans who attend games, but added that more student support must be earned through consistent winning. Cutcliffe also refused to directly address the cancellation, instead making it clear that the decision was not up to him. Larry Moneta, vice president for student affairs, said Monday that he had the full support of Kevin White, Duke’s athletic director. “I was not directly involved in that,” the third-year head coach said. “That’s got different circumstances,
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Abraham Kromah and the rest of the Blue Devils have stayed away from saying they are strongly for or against the cancellation of Tailgate.
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notebook from page 7 and that was a University issue. I’m not in the position to comment or anything because I don’t know enough about it.” The official attendance for Duke’s 55-48 win over Virginia last Saturday was 22,741, the smallest home crowd of the year. The University does not release the official number of students in attendance, though figure was estimated to be in the low hundreds. But on Tuesday, as he did after the game, Cutcliffe made a point to thank the Duke loyalists for their support. “When you turned around and looked at the ones that [were] there, they’re unbelievable,” he said. “That’s why we went over there [after the game]. I was worried with some of them that they’d fall off the wall! I could hear them during the game.” When asked if cancelling Tailgate would further deplete the student section for the upcoming game, Cutcliffe remained upbeat about students involvement in pregame activities. “You’d have to ask them,” Cutcliffe said. “Surely there’s other things they can do. I bet you if they want to get together a little bit, there’ll be some crowds gathering.”
While Cutcliffe and his team have sidestepped the issue, Duke’s sports information department has been forced to confront it directly. After media outlets erroneously reported that Duke had canceled “tailgating,” the media-relations office fielded calls from fans and season-ticket holders and was forced to clarify the state of tailgating at Duke, said Art Chase, the University’s sports information director. The statement the office released, a collaborative effort with Duke news, said that Moneta and students would work in the spring to create a “new form of football celebration.” “[The news reports] caused quite a bit of confusion with fans and Iron Dukes,” Chase said. “Multiple offices got calls from fans and season ticket holders. That was what prompted us to release the [statement].” The statement added that tailgating— not the event students refer to as Tailgate— would still go on in parking lots beside Wallace Wade Stadium. “Duke University officials have cancelled a student ‘Tailgate’ event prior to Saturday’s home football game versus Boston College, but there will still be tailgating going on in the parking lots outside Wallace Wade Stadium,” it announced.
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Still, Duke kept the Eagles on their heels by maintaining possession and trying to set up opportunities. The Blue Devfrom the corner to Ryan Finley, but the ils continued to outshoot Boston College, and finished with five corner kicks, while sophomore forward botched the volley. “Against Wake, we played a lot better the Eagles had none. “We didn’t execute as well as we normaland executed better,” head coach John Kerr said. “We didn’t take advantage of the ly do,” Kerr said. “We had a lot of the play, but we just didn’t get the important goal to territorial play we had.” Duke held the majority of posses- even things up.” Playing from behind appeared to sion throughout the game, with much of it coming in be a problem for Duke. Even the Eagles’ territory. As a result, “We really wanted to come though the Blue Devils were able the Blue Devils finished the first out and take it to them.... For to hold posseshalf with three some reason, we just weren’t sion, the Boston College defense shots on goal to able to.” calmly sat back Boston College’s walled off one. — Chris Tweed-Kent and the attack. In the second “It is tough half, Duke did when you give up not relent on its pressure, continuing to play the game a goal and you are playing down,” Tweedon Boston College’s half of the field. The Kent said. “Tough to play the game down, Blue Devils, however, had to continue for but we did the best we could, I guess.” Now, Duke will have to watch the rest of much of the second half without Grossman, who left the field with an injury with the ACC Tournament from the sidelines. approximately 20 minutes remaining. The Blue Devils will see what the rest of Grossman appeared to injure his left shin their season holds on Monday, when they after a Boston College defender pushed learn who their NCAA Tournament firsthim from behind. He was sent to Duke round opponent will be. “We just have to keep our heads high Medical Center after the game for X-rays, and his status for the rest of the season is and move on,” Tweed-Kent said. “Things just didn’t fall for us.” unknown.
scouting from page 7 coach David Cutcliffe to turn up the defensive pressure against the Eagles. While the Blue Devils’ top pass-rushing weapons, defensive end Patrick Egboh and nose guard Charlie Hatcher, have combined for only 2.5 sacks, the duo will try to cause a disturbance in the back field on Saturday. “We’re not rushing the passer very well,” Cutcliffe said. “We would love to get [to the quarterback] some more…. Last ballgame, I thought [Virginia quarterback Marc] Verica, when we could get near him or in his face, was very average.” Stopping Boston College running back Montel Harris, however, should be considerably more difficult for Duke’s defense. The 5-foot-10, 200-lb junior has already amassed 1,020 yards and punched in six touchdowns. Harris is coming off a remarkable performance in the Eagles’ 23-13 victory at Wake Forest last weekend in which he rushed for 183 yards and three scores. “He’s not a big guy, but he just makes people miss, and he’s stronger than you might think,” Cutcliffe said. “He’s got tremendous lower body strength, and he never lets his feet stop. [There are] no flush blows on him.” Boston College’s powerful running attack could open up opportunities for
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DUHS pioneers community health model In an uncertain health Care” report states that in care landscape, the Duke 2008 Duke spent approxiUniversity Health System has mately $7.5 million dollars in demonstrated its commit- support of the Lincoln Comment to preventive medicine munity Health Center, at and community health by which 78 percent of patients targeting lowwere uninsured income popuand 83 percent editorial lations in Durlived below the ham County. poverty line. Moreover, Duke Duke’s recent partnership spent $45 million in 2008 with the Lincoln Community treating uninsured patients Health Center has created a in its own emergency departvenue for families without in- ment, sometimes for cases surance and Medicare to ac- that were not emergencies. cess quality health care. The Therefore, this initiative is a collaboration has established way to provide patients with three new clinics in recent access to affordable primary years, including Lyon Park health care centers. Clinic, Walltown NeighborWe commend Duke Comhood Clinic and Holton Well- munity Health for pursuing ness Center, The Washington such an effort in our comPost reported. munity. It is heartening that The Duke University Duke is at the forefront of Health System “Partners in the challenge to the rising
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health care costs and chronic health problems that confront America. With the political debates surrounding the affordability of quality care for many Americans, it is refreshing that Duke, among several other institutions, has been proactive in finding a solution. Furthermore, it is laudable that the project targets the core of rising chronic health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity by providing primary care to populations most at risk for these diseases. In 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that nearly 30 percent of adults in North Carolina were obese. Nationally, the highest rates of obesity tend to be found in black populations, according to the CDC. The Duke Com-
munity Health partnership is a step in the right direction as it provides patients with access to preventive primary care, which will hopefully prevent the onset of chronic problems. It is important to note that the initiative has also been successful in developing Duke-Durham relations. As the Duke associate vice president of community relations, MaryAnn Black, told The Post, Duke’s image in the community has improved greatly through such projects, especially in the eyes of black and Hispanic residents. Additionally, we hope that this initiative receives greater attention from students interested in health care and medical issues. The system assembled through Duke Community Health is one that could fun-
damentally change health care in our country, as our health care and government institutions deal with the rising number of patients incurring costly lifestyle diseases. Involvement through community service at these clinics would be an engaging and meaningful experience for Duke students. The partnership between the DUHS and the Lincoln Community Health Center is a constructive method to control costs. By providing affordable and preventive health care to local residents while cutting costs in its emergency department, Duke has admirably taken the right approach. The initiative has proven to be an effective way to attack the problems at the core of our nation’s health care challenge.
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he media coverage of Duke this semester has encounter on campus AND take action on those gone beyond the pages of The Chronicle. problems.” Damiani adds that their goal is to “afGawker, Jezebel, Deadspin, The Huffington fect deep structural change regarding gender inPost, The View, Forbes Magazine, Bro equity on Duke’s campus.” I think Bible and even the New York Times that a positive for the WC is recoghave chimed in on PowerPoint-gate nizing that any isolated example of and Fraternity E-mail-gate. inequity has deeper roots. There’s Partly in response, women at Duke even an all-male group, Men Actin multiple organizations are gaining ing for Change, which adds the traction in their quest to highlight genother gender to the equation. der disparities on campus. If you were There have also been housing to pick the average Duke student off changes in response to student samantha the plaza, he or she probably wouldn’t demands. The Women’s Houslachman know about the proliferation of new ing Option on West Campus and my favourite things Panhel housing on Central Camgroups just in the past two years. For the University that’s as polarizpus both are new living commuing as the Yankees or Sarah Palin, the progressive ini- nities instituted this year. Yet both serve a limited tiatives on campus get little exposure. It’s a shame, number of women and are more band-aid solubecause there are campus groups which are putting tions than long-term ones. Furthermore, Camforth original goals not just associated with what’s al- pus Council approved gender-neutral and co-ed ready happened, but what we need going forward. housing options for 2011. These all got coverage The question that then has to be asked is: what when they were being discussed as possibilities, is newsworthy? Do these groups deserve more but we haven’t seen follow-up as to what their imexposure than the typical blast e-mail or fliering pact has been. campaign? Or do we need to wait on tangible imThere are yet more new initiatives, as two publipacts before championing their efforts? cations launched this past week. Womyn Magazine, The first area of recent change is advocacy. The a publication about queer women at Duke, and The Greek Women’s Initiative, started this Fall, aims Develle Dish, which “aims to connect women from to “empower greek women, initiate dialogue and all over campus, whether they identify as feminists propose solutions to the dilemmas men and wom- or not.” Both provide a forum for student voices. en face at Duke.” I initially wondered why Panhel We can still make more tangible progress. First, isn’t already doing these things. Sophomore Kelsey our campus and leadership organizations need to Woodford explains that as “Panhel represents tradi- foster a culture of encouraging women to run for tionally white sororities, just doing it through Pan- positions. It’s simply easier for fraternities to suphel wouldn’t be intercouncil.” The GWI has repre- port their members who are up for election. As a sentatives, both men and women, from almost every member of a sorority, I haven’t experienced a simichapter on campus going through facilitator train- lar culture or thought that I would have the same ing with the Center for Race Relations. After that, campaign base if I were to run. It’s imperative that they will go back and promote discussions within more women, either affiliated or independent, are their chapters on what issues they see as being im- represented in student government (there are nine portant. Indeed, Woodford added that facilitation women in the DSG Senate, which has 40 spaces). is the first step because “[the GWI] don’t want it Housing changes need to be made to address just to be just 10 people deciding what the gender disparities in our current model. The indepenissues are right now—that would be unfair.” dent sophomore woman with the bottom-of-theTo me, there are obvious issues that must be ad- barrel lottery number who’s pushed to Central dressed, but it makes sense to field feedback from because she would otherwise be living alone in within the community before coming up with a Edens... just shouldn’t be in that situation. We plan of action. GWI leaders characterized the infa- need to realize the full implications of quirks like mous fraternity e-mails as “a symptom of a greater this in the system. problem… with campus culture.” It’s important Every one of the above groups is part of a to acknowledge that these problems affect inde- broader movement toward gender equity at pendents, too, but the GWI limits itself to matters Duke. I hope they get more exposure and memwithin greek life. bers because we all have a stake in their success And that’s where non-affiliated groups come and momentum. in. The Women’s Collective is, as senior Taylor Damiani said via e-mail, “a place where women Samantha Lachman is a Trinity sophomore. Her colcan discuss frustrations with gender inequity they umn runs every other Thursday.
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few weekends ago, I was speaking with an alum- more hours to eat, or dine as we now call it. Why does nus of my fraternity who graduated in 1991. I it take longer now than it did three years ago? Because grilled him for at least two hours on different now every time we go out we rehash everything that traditions he had “back then.” I was tryhas happened over the past three years ing to hear stories about some of the worth of dinners and other epic events. things he can distinctly remember. Most This is how stories of confusion beof his stories were not of epic one-night tween ranch dressing and clam chowstands or drunken shenanigans, but of der can go from being stupid to hilariactivities he looked forward to every ous simply by being talked about (I’ve week. The idea of keeping simple, susfound the logic behind Justin Beiber!). tained traditions alive was reinforced As our traditions are much like those of last weekend when I returned to my jerey steinman my fraternity, a new “significant other” summer camp for our yearly tradition of must eat out with us to be initiated into einsteinman a campfire reunion, which turned out our friend group. The fact that we’ve to be a night of the counselors sharing gone to every restaurant this side of 15an awesome plethora of stories about former campers 501 is irrelevant, but the concept of creating stories by or events from previous reunions. This has made me consistently telling stories is important. think about the traditions I have been part of during This year, as I have the luxury of being old, I’ve made my time at Duke. If someone asked you what your tra- my groups and started to weld all of them together so I’m ditions were at Duke, how would you answer? not alienating anyone. I’ve started inviting frat members I have the luxury of having multiple friend groups, to FNDs and I have a FND friend who lives in section as each with eclectic traditions of their own, but the big- my “G.D.I.” roommate. I’m not saying that you should try gest set of traditions comes from my fraternity. When I to make a tradition yourself and try to fit a round peg into joined, my friends and family were shocked, as I enjoy a triangular hole, just let it happen naturally. That being beer and section parties about as much as Larry Moneta said, if someone wants to start a tradition, you shouldn’t enjoys Tailgate. Being in a frat isn’t about having a spe- go crimping their style; just go with it as it’s all about the cific type of beer you drink or recurring party themes company—everyone’s style will be crimped together. The (or writing misogynistic e-mails), but rather it’s the sense more the merrier, as they say. of having someone with whom you can tell stories and In 30 years, when you look back on college, what make jokes. I have more inside jokes with my frat broth- will you remember? I can almost guarantee you that in ers than obscure cultural references. These stories and 30 years, I will not remember the score of the national jokes aren’t unique by any means, but the people that I championship game, but I’ll remember who was with share them with are. Any activity can become a tradition me when we won. I’m not going to remember how good when you share it with all your friends. the food was at the WaDuke (it’s overrated), but I’ll reThe act of creating traditions with friends is not member going at the end of the semester to waste food limited to fraternities, but rather a process that begins points. I’m not going to remember which restaurants freshman year. My 2011 Jarvis-ites and I have a tradition we went to, but I’ll remember the FNDs that allowed my of going out to eat every Friday at seven somewhere friends to cement their faces into my memory. within 30 minutes of Campus, affectionately referred Now if only I can remember some of their names… to as FNDs. When it first started, we went somewhere close, ate and tried to get back as quickly as possible. Jeremy Steinman is a Trinity Senior. His column runs Now that we are seniors, we consistently take two or every other Thursday.
letterstotheeditor Liberal arts, liberal options Antonio Segalini’s column “A slippery slope” refers specifically to the creation of the finance concentration within the Economics major in his argument that Duke, a liberal arts school, is deviating from its mission statement by offering educational paths that resemble those of traditional undergraduate business schools. Mr. Segalini’s argument is unfounded on several levels. First, his presentation of Duke’s mission statement is incomplete and misleading. Read it and you will find that Duke seeks to “…provide wide ranging educational opportunities…” for its students. In this light, the development of a finance concentration is a definitive step in the right direction. New and expanded course offerings afford those students who desire it the opportunity to learn both theoretical and applied concepts in the field of finance—which, by the way, is a subfield of economics. And besides, learning how to use ideas is just as important as learning the ideas themselves. Second, Mr. Segalini seems unable to distinguish between a degree from an undergraduate business school and a degree in a business-related field from a liberal arts college. The curricula of business schools are restrictive in nature—why should we criticize the economics department for adding more options and flexibility? To assert that the availability of a finance concentration is turning Trinity College into a business school is paramount to asserting that the availability of a dance major is turning it into a conservatory. Third, the economics department as a whole clearly remains committed to a broad range of course opportunities in all areas of economics. Actual and planned increases in finance offerings do not come at the expense of offerings in other areas of economics. Finally, Mr. Segalini makes no reference to the many extra-curricular finance training initiatives offered by the economics department’s Financial Education Partnership. These programs are another example of the department’s commitment to providing increased op-
tions to all students, regardless of their major, minor or certificate. Emma Rasiel Associate Professor of the Practice, Economics Director, Financial Education Partnership Daniel Curtis Trinity ’11 Fall semester event nights for Duke Basketball games Date Opponent Special Event Time 11/14 Princeton Season Opener 5:00 11/16 Miami of Ohio* Freshmen Night* 7:30 11/19 Colgate* Large Groups: 30+ People* 8:30 12/01 Michigan St. ACC/Big 10 Challenge 9:30 12/08 Bradley* Greek Night* 9:00 12/11 St. Louis* Inferno Night* 12:00 *“Theme night” games will run differently than standard walk-up line games. The first 250 students in line will be let in regardless of affiliation. After 250, students who are part of the “theme night” group will be let in to Cameron. These students MUST register before the game by picking up a wristband to be part of the theme night group. Details about where to pick up the wristbands will be posted on the website, K-Ville facebook group, and sent to the cameroncrazies listserv. After the theme night group is let in, we will go back and let in any remaining students in the walk-up line. For more details, please visit our website, www.dukegroups.duke.edu/kville. I would encourage ALL students to attend these games, even if you are not part of the theme night group. Last year, nearly every student who arrived by tip-off got into the games, so please don’t be discouraged from attending a game if you are not part of the “theme night” group. Hope to see all of you on Sunday for the home opener versus Princeton! John Reynolds, Head Line Monitor Trinity ’11
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CES registration is here. As always, the English department can count on its loyal majors for some free publicity. But this time, my own reasons for shilling are a little bit unusual. Right now, an English class would be an excellent counter to the epidemic of bad storytelling afflicting the nation. I admit that the 2010 mid-term election cycle got to me. Consider for yourself the pallor of the weakas-Natty-Light narratives on display this past election season. connor southard Republicans spun tales about dead poet radically shaking up government. They pledged to do this by pushing a policy agenda—lower taxes and lower taxes—that’s been on the docket since Warren G. Harding lived in the White House. Did that really sound like “change” to anyone? But hey, Democrats didn’t tell any story at all, except to claim that certain policies “saved us from another Great Depression.” And if Kobe Bryant hadn’t jumped straight to the NBA he’d have played at Duke and… and hypotheticals mean less than an exhibition game. The right tried to sell Americans a rusted ’82 Cutlass with no radio, whereas the left insisted that we should be happy with a fixedspeed bike, because “it could be worse.” The Republicans were shallowly opportunistic while the Democrats were dithering and fatalistic. Both sales pitches were cynical. Republicans assumed that the path to victory lay in saying whatever would stoke the flames of a generic-but-passionate public discontent with everything. Democrats showed a stultifying, mealy-mouthed willingness to spend another two years hoping that unemployment numbers magically drop on their own so that the agenda, whatever it might be, can be pushed in 2012. None of it, needless to say, was even remotely Churchillian or in any other way compelling. It would have been mighty nice to see someone stand up and say, “I have nothing to offer you but blood, toil, tears and sweat,” or something that wasn’t either sly or bloodless. But no. If you were looking for either inspiration or substance this fall, you might as well have ignored politics and stuck to reading Dostoevsky. Not a bad idea, actually. And actually, a good read is probably the first step that any of us can take towards recovering from this pessimistic, inglorious election cycle. Let’s all go read an effing novel. And besides, you can get credit for that if you take an English class. Seriously, good books just might be the answer here. It’s possible, just possible, that if we and our leaders spend enough time reading “Mrs. Dalloway” and “King Lear,” or whatever you please, we can somehow force more intelligent political narratives, rhetoric and discourse into being. Maybe if everyone from both houses of Congress were forced to take a six week crash course in, say, twentieth century literature, they would all emerge with a newfound sense of our fundamental alienation from the impersonal, dehumanized world in which we have lived for the past 100 years. Maybe Yeats’ “The Second Coming” could remind them of the catastrophic societal unraveling we might face if we don’t address climate change and improve public education and the basic inequalities of our society. Maybe, just maybe, Nabokov’s “Humbert Humbert” could give them a compelling allegory for the destructive cruelty of unrestrained greed. Yeah, OK, I was kidding. I really was, I promise. Not going to happen. Even I’m not that tragically naïve. The truth is, I was going to write a pretty standard, sentimental piece hawking the English department. But these days, I feel quainter and quainter every time I argue that anyone should spend their time contemplating the written word. We live in anxious times and we face big, concrete problems. What good can novels or poems or plays do us in such a complicated, tumultuous era? As always, there are a number of good answers to that question. But in the aftermath of a very charged election season, one thing is clear: The public figures who are telling us about ourselves and about our country are doing a worthless job of it. Our politic cultural is moribund, and our politicians are either beleaguered or motivated by all the wrong things or both. None of them are challenging us or inspiring us in an admirable way. This would all make for a very deflating novel. So, I don’t really care whether or not you take an English class next semester. It’s not a bad idea. But do yourself a favor regardless and keep reading good books. The beautiful thing about a book like “Gatsby” is that it only gets better as the times get madder. Connor Southard is a Trinity junior. He is studying in New York for the semester. His column runs every Thursday.
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prison the day of his arrest after posting bail, according to court documents. Since Satell was arrested about a year and a half ago, the case has been transferred to North Carolina Superior Court, but Satell has not yet appeared in court. McCullough declined to comment on the length of time of the proceedings and referred questions on that subject to Satell’s lawyer. “I will say that court dates normally occur every 30 to 60 days, but once [a case] is in superior court, that can vary,” McCullough said. DUPD concluded its investigation and has turned the case over to the district attorney’s office, Duke Police Chief John Dailey said. He declined to discuss details of the case, saying it would be inappropriate to do so prior to a trial. If the case goes to trial, McCullough said he would also seek information from computer forensics experts in the Durham Police Department or the State Bureau of Investigation. Duke administrators declined to comment on Satell’s case or his status at the University, citing student privacy laws. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act requires that universities have written permission to disclose student information or records. In reference to student conduct cases in general, Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta said students accused of crimes are sometimes issued an interim suspension, but that such suspensions are “based exclusively on a threat to the community.” Dean of Students Sue Wasiolek said such suspensions are typically reserved for violent crimes.
general international activities. “We want to establish some kind of base in India, which will allow us to do some of the same kinds of programs that we will do in China,” said Provost Peter Lange. The University has not yet identified a funding source for its site, Lange added. Some Indian officials seem receptive to American universities’ efforts to expand. Indian Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal recently led an effort to encourage more universities to assist in educating the more than 550 million people under age 25 in India. To enroll just 30 percent of its potential students, the country will need to enlist the support of 600 more universities and 35,000 colleges in the next 12 years, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. But the establishment of U.S. degree programs is contingent on the passage of the Foreign Educational Institution Bill, which would allow foreign education providers to enter the country. Its passing is dependent on approval from the country’s parliament. As a part of the U.S.-Business Council, many universities recently lobbied the Indian legislature in favor of the bill’s passage. Officials from Boston University, Arizona State University and Rutgers University in Brunswick, New Jersey were among those present in India during Obama’s visit, Bloomberg Businessweek reported. Many other university presidents have recently made trips to India in an effort to plan offices, research facilities and campuses in the country. Although the University’s plans for developing a site in India—if made legally possible—will be finalized in the future,
many of Duke’s partnerships with the country were emphasized in Obama’s visit. A Nov. 6 White House Press Release announced that the trade transactions highlighted in Obama’s trip exceed $14.9 billion and will support more than 50,000 U.S. jobs. These partnerships included the Medanta Duke Research Institute, a proof-of-concept clinical research facility located at the Medanta Medicity, a hospital located in Gurgaon, India. The Indian facility is scheduled to open in the middle of next year, according to Dr. Krishna Udayakumar, director of Duke Medicine Global. “This will be one of the foremost facilities in the world to conduct early phase clinical research,” Udayakumar said. The White House also noted Duke Medicine’s partnership with Jubilant Life Sciences—a collaboration that will work to develop new drugs and fund Duke research of disease in the Indian population. “I think it’s a recognition and an acknowledgement of the fact that Duke is playing at the very highest levels when it comes to our connections and relationships with India,” Schoenfeld said of the White House recognition of Duke. “It’s a sign of the respect and esteem that both the White House and India have for Duke.” Udayakumar confirmed that the University is working to develop more partnerships, including one that is finalized and that will likely be announced in the future, he said. “We have a lot of ongoing projects and we will be building those relationships over time,” he said. “At the moment, we don’t have plans for anything like a medical school or significant campus.” Members from Duke Medicine will likely make a trip to India at the beginning of December to finalize its agreements with Medanta and Jubilant, he said.
fliers from page 3 or ceilings... any tree or utility pole.” Despite these restrictions, fliers are often posted in forbidden areas because students are generally unaware of these policies. “I was vaguely aware of [the policies],” said freshman Ellen Paddock. “Fliers should generally stick to the major flier posts, but you see them so often in other places that I’m not exactly sure what the rules are.” East Campus resident assistants are told about the flier policies so that they can ensure that unauthorized fliers are not posted in the dorms, said sophomore Ming Jiu Li, an East Campus RA. Multiple copies of unauthorized fliers, however, still cover student and RA bulletin boards, he noted. “[Students feel] if you are limited to what RLHS says... you don’t know if you will get enough publicity for the event,” he said. The main objectives of the flier-posting policy are to keep the fliers in a central area in each building and to prevent advertisements from being covered by multiple copies of other fliers, Gonzalez said. Despite the intentions of the policies, many students find that improperly distributed fliers provide more effective advertising. “Quarter-sheet fliers under doors and fliers on benches are the most effective because they’re noticed more,” Paddock said. “If they’re only posted on the flier boards, it won’t be effective, no matter how colorful they are. There are so many, you can hardly read them.” Additionally, the policy prohibiting fliers advertising alcohol at events has proven largely ineffective. “Although it’s not explicitly stated, the underlying implication for a lot of these fliers is that alcohol will be involved,” said freshman Ani Mohan.