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ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTH YEAR, Issue 62
DukeEngage builds on external partnerships Four seniors
awarded top scholarships by Anna Koelsch THE CHRONICLE
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DukeEngage expanded its offerings this year to include nine new programs—five domestic and four international—for summer 2011. The expansion reflects new and growing partnerships with the Foundation for Sustainable Development and the Social Entrepreneur Corps. by Anna Koelsch THE CHRONICLE
Applicants to DukeEngage this year may have noticed the list of international programs followed by three letters: FSD and SEC. DukeEngage has added nine new programs for summer 2011—five domestic and four international.
Most of the international programs are affiliated with outside “volunteer-sending organizations”—two of the four are run through the Foundation for Sustainable Development, and a third program is run through the Social Entrepreneur Corps. In the past, DukeEngage has offered an FSD-sponsored program in Kenya and an SEC-sponsored program in Gua-
temala, but this year DukeEngage expanded its partnerships. The two new FSD programs in La Plata, Argentina and Jodhpur, India and the new SEC program in Nicaragua are part of a larger effort by DukeEngage to partner with external foundations. See dukeEngage on page 5
Four Duke seniors were recently awarded prestigious scholarships that will allow them to conduct graduate work in the United Kingdom. Jared Dunnmon, a mechanical engineering and economics double major from Cincinnati, Ohio, was named a Rhodes Scholar Nov. 20. Rhodes Scholarships award students with two to three years of graduate study at the University of Oxford. Dunnmon is Duke’s 43rd Rhodes Scholar. Seniors Nick Altemose, Katherine Buse and Allie Speidel are three of this year’s Marshall scholarship recipients, which were announced Tuesday. As many as 40 Marshall scholarships are awarded each year. Barbara Wise, assistant director of the Office of Undergraduate Scholars and Fellows, said Duke should be proud of the recent recipients. “This is the largest number of Marshall Scholarships [Duke] has ever had, to my knowledge,” Wise said. Since the founding of the scholarship in 1953, Duke students have won 22 Marshall Scholarships. Marshall Scholars pursue two See scholars on page 8
Putnam seizes new opportunities after return to Duke by Nicole Kyle THE CHRONICLE
Sophomore Brandon Putnam does not squander second chances. Putnam returned to Duke this semester after voluntarily withdrawing last Spring while he faced gun charges. He and two fellow football players were dismissed from the team after an incident in which a gun was fired on campus. Putnam pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges related to possessing a concealed firearm on educational property. But while away from campus, he submitted an application for re-enrollment. “I’ve learned that you can’t let moments define you— you have to define yourself daily,” he said. “As [Head Football Coach David] Cutcliffe would say, ‘You either get better or you get worse everyday.’ I’m still adhering to those goals and striving to get better everyday.” By returning to Duke, Putnam turned down multiple offers for full athletic scholarships from various Division-1 football programs, and his playing days are now over. He’s a serious student, though, boasting a 3.8 GPA while pursuing a public policy studies major and markets and management certificate. He expects to graduate on time, as he took classes online through a local college in Atlanta while away from Duke so that he would not fall behind.
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Someday, he hopes to become an athletic director at a premier Division-1 university like Duke, Stanford University or Vanderbilt University. The only one of the three former football players to return to Duke, Putnam said even when his status at the University was threatened, his desire to return was never up for negotiation. He said his feelings for Duke never changed, and that when he committed as an athlete he made “a lifelong decision” that Duke would be the school where he earned his degree. “I decided to come back to my home, Duke, to be a part of something bigger than myself,” he said. “The people here are good company—everybody here has a goal to aspire to be something bigger than what the eye can see. I wanted to be a part of something great and continue to have a great Duke experience.” “Leadership amongst peers” Since returning to the University, Putnam has wasted no time getting involved. He’s a manager for the men’s golf team and a member of Duke Student Broadcasting, the Duke Investment Club and the Duke Marketing Club. See putnam on page 5
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Brandon Putnam returned to Duke this year as a sophomore. He voluntarily withdrew from the University last semester while facing gun charges.
“I hope we’re entering a new chapter where people are more willing to identify as Republican.”
—DCR Chair Stephen Bergin on Ellmers’ election. See story page 4
Plumlee explodes for 25 pts in Duke win, Page 9
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onschedule... Volleyball vs Wake Forest Winston-Salem, N.C. 7-11p.m. Away game.
Men’s Basketball vs Kansas State Kansas City, Mo., 10:15-12p.m. CBE Classic
Thanksgiving Recess Begins 10:30p.m. Have a great break!
The No. 25 Tar Heels are 2-2, with victories over mighty Lipscomb (at home, by only 14) and Hofstra. To be fair, No. 15 Minnesota is now ranked and Vanderbilt is in the “Others receiving votes” category. That said, their defensive effort was pretty shoddy and they trailed for pretty much the entire second half in both games. Harrison Barnes went 4-for-24 in the two games combined. — From The Chronicle Sports Blog sports.chronicleblogs.com
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The mayor of Mogadishu, Somalia, Mohamed Ahmed Noor, speaks to a crowd in support of the nation’s new prime minister. Noor came from London and is risking his life in an attempt to help rebuild one of the most dangerous cities on earth. The city has a budget of $50,000 and has not had is garbage taken out in 20 years. Noor has the tenacity to make changes, but he has a long, dangerous road ahead.
A mistake is simply another way to do things. — Katharine Graham
TODAY IN HISTORY
1889: The first jukebox is put into operation in San Francisco.
US may reduce aid to for-profit colleges
Madagascar trade is hurt by recent coup attempt
WASHINGTON, D.C.—For-profit colleges that pay recruiters on the basis of the number of students they sign up may lose access to government student aid, which provided the colleges with $26.5 billion last year and can account for as much as 90 percent of company revenue. The Department of Education, seeking to strengthen oversight of the for-profit college sector, is considering boosting fines and disqualifying colleges from participating in federal-aid programs when they give bonuses to admissions officers for enrolling more students, said James Kvaal, deputy undersecretary of education, in a telephone interview. Forprofit colleges got about 23 percent of all federal student grants and loans that went to U.S. universities in 2008-2009, according to the Government Accountability Office, while educating about 12 percent of all students.
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar—Madagascar’s government hoped last week’s referendum on a new constitution would ease the nation’s political and economic isolation. Instead, a coup attempt on the day of the vote plunged the economy deeper into turmoil. “It’s a step back,” Lydie Boka, the director of Lille- based risk analysis group StrategiCo., said by phone Friday. “In order for the EU or U.S. to come back there needs to be a return to political stability.” The European Union and the United States halted non-humanitarian aid to Madagascar after President Andry Rajoelina, a former DJ and mayor of Antananarivo, the capital, seized power from his predecessor Marc Ravalomanana with the help of the military in March last year and later reneged on power-sharing agreements. Wednesday, 20 senior officers turned against him, demanding that he hand power to the army.
Ireland calls elections after financial concerns
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TSA security Group reviews feedback on campus eateries scanners stir controversy duke university student dining advisory committee
by Joanna Lichter THE CHRONICLE
Using student and managerial feedback, the Duke University Student Dining Advisory Committee suggested improvements for several campus eateries. At the meeting Monday night, club members extensively discussed student concerns at the Marketplace, which they said largely revolved around the low quality and limited range of food options. Freshmen Chris Taylor and Jocelyn Wells conducted student surveys and also met with Head Chef Mike Moroni to address dining issues at the venue. Based on the survey’s results, many students feel the Marketplace’s food options are “too bland or too salty” but think that the menu changes frequently enough, Taylor said. The survey also indicated that freshmen look forward most to pizza, pasta, salad and ice cream at the East Campus venue. “People just don’t realize that [customers] actually want junk food,” said
DUSDAC co-Chair Alex Klein, a senior. “That’s all the most unhealthy, standard cafeteria-style stuff they serve. People aren’t looking forward to the beef stroganoff, spicy Thai or Indian food... where the gourmet stuff is.” Taylor said several students expressed their desire to bring West Campus vendors like Sitar to the Marketplace. Director of Dining Services Jim Wulforst did not rule out the possibility, but added that time and budget constraints make it difficult to bring outside vendors to East Campus. “The truth is, how many people... could go back and have a second [helping], if they eat at Sitar?” Wulforst asked, pointing to potential financial issues. DUSDAC members also discussed issues that arose after members met with managers from various Central and West Campus eateries. Co-Chair Andrew Schreiber, a senior, met with Lih-Mei “Grace” Chao, the manager of Grace’s Cafe in Trent Hall. Chao’s
primary concerns included her Central Campus location and close proximity to classrooms, which prevent her from playing music or having televisions in the eatery. The restaurant also cannot post advertisements in its sitting area because bulletin space is reserved for academic flyers, Schreiber said. “Grace said, ‘All my customers tell me they go to Panda [Express] every day and Grace’s once a week because Panda is [on West Campus] and Grace’s isn’t,’” Schreiber said. Based on student feedback, Schreiber suggested that the cafe consider a liquor license to allow the vendor to serve popular beverages like sake, beer and dollar shots. Klein, former online editor for The Chronicle, gave a presentation about the Law School Refectory, which he said is still struggling to attract more customers. Klein suggested that the restaurant change its marketing strategies from the “homemade, ghetto-ized” e-mail model to a professional look to expand its customer base. The Law School Refectory recently had to discontinue its brunch service on Saturdays due to low turnout. “People know the Divinity School location and don’t know the sister or cousin location at the Law School which I think is better... and has better customer service,” Klein said. “Attracting [customers] is much, much harder than retaining them.” Sophomore Beth Gordon also reported on The Loop, noting the popularity of the “novelty” ciabattas and desserts. Gordon commended The Loop for implementing previous DUSDAC suggestions, including standardizing portion sizes by using weights. Still, Gordon said many students have complained about inconsistent food preparation times at The Loop, but she added that these times vary based on the item students order.
by Chinmayi Sharma THE CHRONICLE
When students fly home for Turkey Day, they may have to show airport security officials more than just the contents of their bags. Thanksgiving, one of the busiest times for air travel, approaches in conjunction with the national implementation of new full-body scanning technology. The Transportation Security Administration first began using the Advanced Imaging Technology in 2007 but decided to widely expand its use after a Nigerian man attempted to detonate a bomb hidden in his underwear aboard a flight over Detroit on Dec. 25 last year. The scanners reveal a passenger’s unclothed body to a TSA official, reducing the chance that a terrorist could hide explosives. But some people, including Duke students, have expressed discomfort with what they consider an invasion of their privacy. “These aren’t X-rays, they are essentially images of the naked body,” said Sharif Labban, a freshman who will be traveling from Raleigh/Durham International Airport, where the scanners will be in place. “I understand they are for the sake of national defense, but I do not see the distinction from pornography.” The TSA stresses that the images are anonymous and claims on its website that “advanced imaging technology cannot store, print, transmit or save the image, and the image is automatically deleted from the system after it is cleared by the remotely located security officer.” But The Washington Post reported last week that United States Marshals saved 35,000 images from a similar scanner at the Florida Federal Courthouse that were then See TRavel on page 8
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Duke University Student Dining Advisory Committee co-Chair Andrew Schreiber, a senior, presented feedback and suggestions for Grace’s Cafe, located in Trent Hall, at the group’s meeting Monday.
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Ellmers wins Congressional seat by less than 1% of votes by Tong Xiang THE CHRONICLE
The North Carolina State Board of Elections confirmed the winner of the state’s closest House race today. Republican Renee Ellmers defeated Democrat Bob Etheridge for the seat in the 2nd Congressional District in a race determined by less than 1 percent of votes cast. After a recount that did not change the election’s outcome, Etheridge, who was running for an eighth term, conceded defeat Friday. Ellmers was initially Renee Ellmers announced the winner Nov. 2 by a margin of 1,489 votes. When the district’s 10 counties retallied the results, Ellmers’s lead on Etheridge narrowed by six votes. Including Ellmers, Republicans won six of 13 seats in the House of Representatives in the midterm elections. In a statement released by his office, Etheridge congratulated Ellmers, recounted his accomplishments in office and identified external factors that he said contributed to his loss. “The combination of the national tide that swept the country, massive amounts of secret corporate cash funding a campaign of distortions and dirty politics by Washington D.C. partisan operatives was too much to overcome,”
the statement said, likely alluding to a well-publicized episode—allegedly the brainchild of Republican strategists— where he was filmed roughly handling a college student. Ellmers was also the target of negative press during her campaign, as she was widely criticized for an ad condemning the proposed Park51 Muslim community center in New York City. Conservatives were divided on Ellmers. She was endorsed by Sarah Palin and the Tea Party movement, but the Republican National Congressional Committee refused to fund her campaign. Although surprised by the race’s outcome, Duke Democrats President Ben Bergmann, a senior, is confident that Etheridge will run again. “The election of Ellmers is pretty shocking. I think it shows the power of certain fear tactics she used around the mosque debate in New York, as well as the salience of the Tea Party,” Bergmann said. “I strongly anticipate that [Etheridge will] take back the seat.” But David Rohde, professor of political science, said the election results were not unexpected. “[Etheridge] was far from being a healthy incumbent this year,” Rhode said. “It’s the kind of thing that happens in an election like this, in that people who
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Purple hosted a forum Thursday to discuss unique approaches to social activism. The panel included Robin Kirk, director of the Duke Human Rights Center and Sean Carasso, an organizer for child rights in the Congo.
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dukeengage from page 1 DukeEngage Executive Director Eric Mlyn said previous programs with FSD and SEC have been successful, adding that students overwhelmingly reported positive experiences with both programs. “I visited two programs in Kenya this summer and was very impressed with [FSD’s] model,” Mlyn said. “It was an incredible approach to civic engagement.” Senior Brooke Kingsland, DukeEngage student advisory committee member, said the committee did not weigh in on the decision to add more FSD and SEC-affiliated programs. “From what I understand from the beginning, DukeEngage was hoping to move away from the model of working with outside organizations, but given the lineup for this summer, it seems that is different now,” she said. Kingsland stressed the importance of continuing engagement with programs once students return to Duke. Kingsland, who participated in the DukeEngage Women’s Institute for Secondary Education and Research program in summer 2009, said the ability to work with the faculty adviser and participate in the Duke WISER student group after she returned from Kenya were the main reasons why she loved her experience with DukeEngage. “I question the sustainability of student involvement and whether students are able to continue engagement [with FSD and SEC-affiliated programs] in the same way,” Kingsland said. “The outsourcing [of DukeEngage programs] has to have a really well-merited reason.” Expanding partnerships Although three programs affiliated with these volunteer-sending organizations are new this year, DukeEngage has worked with SEC for three summers and FSD for one summer. George Glickley, SEC co-founder, said DukeEngage originally reached out to partner with the organization. “I think DukeEngage was looking for intelligent opportunities,” Glickley added. Mlyn said DukeEngage did not shift to outside partnerships out of a financial need, adding that upper administration has always strongly supported DukeEngage funding. “The addition of [FSD and SEC] programs this year was not at all motivated by budgetary concerns,” he said. FSD programs have three elements unique from other DukeEngage programs, Mlyn said. Students live in home stays to learn firsthand about the local people and culture where they are doing service work. Students also work individually with small, grassroots community organizations, and every student part of an FSD program receives $200 to create and implement his or her own project. Mlyn said the application process to FSD and SEC programs does not differ from other DukeEngage programs. Applications to FSD and SEC programs will be expedited to their respective program coordinators, Mlyn added. SEC programs specifically revolve around microfinance initiatives. Duke students on SEC programs work as interns to help “mom-and-pop endeavors” with what Glickley referred to as “the last mile”—they help gauge which products would be most beneficial for entrepreneurs to sell in their areas. The partnership between DukeEngage and SEC has been a beneficial one, Glickley said. Before the partnership, SEC could not provide enough products to entrepreneurs and did not have enough human resources staff. “The work that DukeEngage interns are able to do in two months is work that would take the organization two years,” Glickley said. “For us, it’s been a complete blessing that every summer we have a great influx of human capital.” He said Duke students represent the largest portion of university volunteers working with the organization, adding that SEC has partnerships with other universities. Although SEC benefits from its partnership with Duke, Glickley said the organization helps fund the programs. SEC programs are partially funded through SEC donors, but DukeEngage pays for living expenses, technical training and lodging, he said. Mlyn noted that he did not have figures available for the differing costs of the new DukeEngage programs. Evaluating Engagement Many students spoke positively of their experiences with the outside organizations. Junior Lauren Zalla was originally supposed to work with WISER this past summer through DukeEngage until she was reassigned to an FSD-run program in Kenya.
The WISER DukeEngage program was shut down last summer after problems with a contractor. Zalla agreed to serve on an FSD Kakamega, Kenya site with a non-governmental organization. African Canadian Continuing Education Society, the program, operates nine non-formal primary schools throughout the Western Province of Kenya in communities that cannot afford the hidden fees associated with Kenya’s primary education, Zalla said. She said her work with FSD was fulfilling, adding that one of the hallmarks of her experience as an intern was the ability to live and work independently. “Being an FSD intern gives you the skills—from grant writing to asset mapping—to help you pursue a career in international development,” Zalla said. “You develop bonds with family and coworkers, learn the language and really feel like part of the community.” FSD programs are especially beneficial for their interns to learn about real world solutions while working independently, Zalla said. “As an intern you learn to identify strengths in the community and build on them rather than pouring money to solve a problem,” Zalla said. Freshman Bryan Lockwood applied to the Kenya FSD program for the upcoming summer because of the opportunity to serve in a place with higher need than his hometown. He said the program’s affiliation with FSD was not the reason he selected the program, but added that he found FSD’s mission worth supporting. “Programs such as DukeEngage in Kenya help FSD reach its ultimate goal of sustainable development,” Lockwood said. “They give university students like me the chance to be a part of this movement.” Staying close to home Lockwood said he will apply for a domestic program if he is not admitted to the Kenya FSD program. “There are plenty of areas close to home that could use the aid that I can provide,” he said. Mlyn said a cornerstone of DukeEngage is its domestic programs, even though Duke offers more international programs. The five new domestic programs will be located throughout North Carolina, in Bayou Grace, La. and in New York City. “We added more domestic programs this year because I feel we have an ethical commitment to the domestic U.S.,” Mlyn said. He added that programs were devised with the goal of addressing a certain target, such as the new program in Louisiana intended to alleviate damage from this summer’s oil spill. Domestic programs will also allow for more students to participate in DukeEngage. “We receive twice as many applications as we can afford to support,” Mlyn said. “Our goal is to reach as many students as possible.”
putnam from page 1 Earlier in the semester, Putnam was selected to serve on Duke Student Government’s athletics and campus services committee. In November, Putnam was voted onto the Young Trustee Nominating Committee. “Leadership amongst peers is extremely important... [and] I feel I can help pay my dues to Duke by determining who shares the passion I have for this campus,” Putnam said of his role in selecting Young Trustee finalists. When Putnam applied for an at-large senator position in DSG, his background never came up as an issue, said DSG President Mike Lefevre, a senior. “We didn’t even know [about the charges], and I think that was much better,” Lefevre said, noting DSG representatives learned of the charges after Putnam’s election. Since joining the Senate, Putnam’s perspective and enthusiasm have been his two of his best attributes, said DSG Executive Vice President Pete Schork, a junior. These qualities were contributing factors in his nomination to the YNTC, he added. “[Putnam] has been a productive member of DSG since he began in late September, and I think people acknowledge that,” Schork said. “People were impressed with what he had to say and contribute [during YNTC nominations]... and plainly, he’s been doing a great job—he’s a great guy.” Making an impact Putnam’s main project in DSG is an alcohol education initiative that will inform students about the specifics of Blood Alcohol Content. The initiative will provide students with a walletsized card that estimates BAC based on gender, weight and number of drinks and aims to promote safe drinking habits. “Everybody’s not going to look at them but still we want to help kids that are susceptible, that will accept change,” he said of the cards, which will be available in the Fall. To put it together, Putnam has worked in collaboration with Healthy Devils and the Duke Student Wellness Center. “Working with Brandon has been great,” Elizabeth Prince, assistant director of the Wellness Center, wrote in an e-mail Sunday. “It is nice to work with a student that is driven and wants to encourage their peers to be safer and wants to have impact on campus.” Putnam has not forgotten the charges from earlier this year, but he is looking forward to his future and is nothing but optimistic. “I like to consider it a minor setback for a major comeback,” he said.
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shared with the media after a Freedom of Information Act request. “These images leave little to the imagination,” freshman Nancy Anderson said. “The problem is that people don’t know how much of their body is being shown. If they did, it would make anyone wary of airport security.” The scans are not mandatory and passengers can choose an “enhanced pat-down” instead—said to be more time consuming than the scanners and more thorough than the basic pat-downs used before the Christmas Day bombing scare. Those who oppose the scanners hope to create long, inconvenient lines at airports nationwide by opting for the frisk instead of the scan on Nov. 24, which they have deemed “National Opt-Out Day.” David Schanzer, associate professor of the practice for public policy, believes the new system is not the right course of action. “I think you can get more security for the buck by investing in intelligence activities, more by screening people more thoroughly when they apply for visas as well as having behavioral screening in the airport,” he said. “[These scanners] only address a very narrow aspect of the general threats airports face.” According to the TSA, the government used federal stimulus funds to buy 450 AIT units, to be placed in major airports across the country. But Schanzer said he believes that the $2.5 billion being spent creating and maintaining the units is money wasted because air travelers will find ways to circumvent the technology in time. The best the scanners can do, he said, is act as a deterrent. The TSA has never in its history prevented a terrorist attack through its security measures, according to CBS news. Sophomore Rohan Taneja, head of the Policy Center for Defense and Diplomacy at the Roosevelt Institute, said he believes the legality of these scanners and pat-downs has already been established and that the marginal benefit of intensifying the scanners to “get the job done” supersedes the discomfort some airline passengers may feel. “Terrorist groups now have more access to higher technology and this is a step in the right direction to combating that,” he said. “We won’t know how effective the new measures are until they are implemented but the need for change is clear in the ineffectiveness of our current system.” RDU Spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin said some passengers comment on the scanners and a few have complained. “But compared to the massive of number of people that go through our doors everyday, it is nothing,” she said. According to U.S. Gallup Polls, 4 out of 5 Americans support the use of the scanners despite the amount of people that vocally express distaste for the technology. “At the end of the day, it is still a matter of national security and I would rather endure one awkward moment for the ability to feel safer as I fly,” Anderson said.
years of graduate study in the United Kingdom. Dunnmon said the application and interview process for the Rhodes was an extensive test of character and quick thinking, including the question, “What would you do if you were the governor of Indiana?” Dunnmon, an Angier B. Duke scholar, plans to study engineering or mathematical modeling. He added that Duke’s curriculum allowed him to pursue his varied interests with relative ease. “The flexibility of curriculum here was great,” Dunnmon said. “I was able Jared Dunnmon to do a legitimate second major along with engineering.” During his time at Duke, Dunnmon has conducted research with engineering professors Earl Dowell and Jonathan Protz, devising experimental designs and theoretical models regarding micro-scale wind turbines. He also sings in the Duke Chapel Choir and plays with the club tennis team. As a Marshall Scholar, Nick Altemose, a biology major from Temecula, Calif., plans to study genomics at the University of Oxford. Altemose, who also was a finalNick Altemose ist for the Rhodes and is an A.B. Duke scholar, said the relationships he developed with Duke faculty were instrumental to his success with the Marshall application. “I have to credit my mentor in the lab, Dr. Huntington Willard [director of the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy], and all the professors who took care to give attention to undergraduates, which I think is unique to Duke,” Altemose said. Altemose has worked in Willard’s lab for the last three years, researching reKatherine Buse gions of the human genome that were not included in the Human Genome Project. At Duke, he co-founded an organization that reaches out to local high school students to emphasize research opportunities, and is involved in the selection of A.B. Duke Scholars. He has served as a member of Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Life Advisory Board and as a teaching assistant for the computer science department. As a junior, Altemose won a Goldwater Scholarship in Science, Mathematics and Engineering. Allie Speidel Katherine Buse, an English major from Chapel Hill, plans to pursue graduate work in science fiction and contemporary literature at the University of Liverpool. An A.B. Duke scholar and Faculty Scholar, she has served as editor of Duke’s literary magazine The Archive and worked to organize a speaker series which integrated faculty from the humanities and natural sciences. She was also the cofounder of the “Population Working Group,” the Franklin Humanities Institute’s first undergraduate working group, and is on the A.B. Duke scholar selection committee. Buse said the application process was an opportunity to introspect about why she would be good at studying literature. “I had been told that [the application process] was a really tough, backbreaking process that would steal your soul,” Buse wrote in an e-mail. “That was not my experience at all.” A biomedical engineering major from Manlius, N.Y., Allie Speidel intends to study regenerative tissue engineering at Imperial College London. Speidel said her experiences with the Baldwin Scholars program and the Collegiate Athletic Pre-Medical Experience program were particularly helpful toward the winning of the Marshall scholarship. “The mentorship and relationships that I have been able to build through those programs have been so powerful,” Speidel said. “Everyone... was extremely helpful with everything from reading over drafts of my essays to helping me prep for the interview.” Speidel, a member of the women’s varsity swim team, has also worked as a Pratt Fellow in biomedical engineering professor Kam Leong’s lab. She has researched cell differentiation with hopes of understanding how dead cells might be reprogrammed to regenerate dead heart tissue. Speidel has also served as a chemistry and calculus peer tutor and as a first-year advisory counselor. “Each one of these students has done an amazing job and have been selected because they will be leaders in their fields,” Wise said. “We think it’s just awesome.”
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ellmers from page 4 normally wouldn’t be in danger become vulnerable and then idiosyncratic things happen that determine when people lose.” Since Nov. 2, Ellmers has been attending congressional freshman orientation in Washington, D.C. during the recount process. Her victory coincides with the victories of a number of other Republicans in the House. The party gained more than 60 seats in the midterm elections, the highest number gained by either party in one election since 1948. Duke College Republicans President Stephen Bergin, a senior, is excited about the possibilities of a Republican-controlled House. “In last four years there’s been a lot of trouble with the party.... I hope we’re entering a new chapter where people are more willing to identify as Republican,” he said.
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82 DUKE MARQ 77 A PLUM PERFORMANCE Younger Plumlee dazzles with 25 points, 12 boards
Duke survives turnover-filled battle
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by Scott Rich
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Guarding Duke’s perimeter play is challenging enough. With Monday night’s contest against Marquette as an indicator, the addition of strong post play could make the Blue Devils lethal. For the first time this season it was Duke’s post game—not its perimeter play—that spurred the Blue Devil offense. And if Mason Plumlee continues to have games like he did in Kansas City, opposing Game coaches might have to Analysis try to find a new antidote to Duke’s attack. “I don’t know if you can pick a poison because everyone is poisonous,” Marquette head coach Buzz Williams said. The added potency of Plumlee’s attack came at the perfect time for Duke. On a night when the Blue Devils committed an uncharacteristic 19 turnovers, Plumlee balanced those lost possessions with additional ones gained from his six offensive rebounds. He also provided a new offensive threat when the Blue Devils needed to slow down the offense. The final line: 25 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks, three assists. “Plumlee is good off the bounce. Plumlee can hold his position. Plumlee gets deep catches,” Williams said. “He just wore us out.” Plumlee appeared to be the focus of Duke’s offense from the opening tip, surprising given the attention showered on the team’s deep perimeter corps. The Blue Devils’ first basket was scored on a Plumlee
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mason Plumlee sensed his team was struggling. Midway through the second half, No. 1 Duke led Marquette by only two. The Blue Devils had just squandered a 12-point lead, and the upset-minded crowd in the Sprint Center was clearly behind the Golden Eagles. But in a play that exemplified Plumlee’s best game ever as a Blue Devil, the sophomore forward rebounded an errant Andre Dawkins 3 on Duke’s next possession, made a single power dribble and sunk a shot in the paint despite heavy contact from his defender. It was this common scene that rescued the Blue Devils (4-0) from a feisty Marquette squad Monday night, as Duke used Plumlee’s second consecutive double-double to power to an 82-77 victory. “Mason obviously was outstanding,” head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “We got him the ball and he made some great moves down there, just simply great moves.” But Plumlee’s career day, which included 25 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks and three assists, masked an uncharacteristically sloppy performance by Duke’s perimeter. After wowing the nation through his first three games, freshman Kyrie Irving struggled with five turnovers, while his partner in the backcourt Nolan Smith had six of his own. These turnovers prevented the Blue Devils from running away from the Golden Eagles (4-1) during a first half
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Mason Plumlee turned in his best performance yet as a Blue Devil, scoring 25 points and grabbing 12 boards.
Duke to face Kansas State on its home turf The No. 1 Blue Devils will face a formidable challenge Tuesday night in Kansas City, Mo.—they play the No. 4 team in No. 4 the country, in front KSU of what amounts to a vs. home crowd, no less. No. 1 Kansas State (4-0), Duke which blew out No. 22 Gonzaga Monday TUESDAY, 10:15 p.m. night in the semifiKansas City, Mo.
nals of the CBE Classic, has its campus located only two hours away from the Sprint Center. The purple-clad crowd easily seen on television Monday should be even more pronounced Tuesday. In the Wildcats’ victory over the Bulldogs, senior Jacob Pullen dropped 18 and kickstarted a 12-3 run that put Kansas State ahead by 15 with 12:22 to go in the game. The Wildcats would go on to win, 81-64. —from staff reports
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Duke men, women disappoint at NCAAs by Sarah Elsakr THE CHRONICLE
On Monday, Duke’s cross country teams raced for the last time this season at the NCAA Championships. And after a surprisingly successful stretch to close the regular season, the Blue Devil men headed into Terre Haute, Ind., with confidence. Yet the Duke men finished the race in 21st, leaving the team feeling disappointed with a result that was still a full seven places
higher than last year’s. “[We] could have run a better race,” men’s head coach Norm Ogilvie said. “We were a bit timid early in the race.” James Kostelnik—a junior who placed third for the Blue Devils behind Bo Waggoner and Andrew Brodeur—said strong winds could have contributed to Duke going out slower than desired. However, he Chronicle file photo
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Bo Waggoner finished with a time of 30:59.1 to place 88th in his final collegiate race in Terre Haute, Ind.
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cross country from page 9 also mentioned that the initial strategy for the Blue Devil men was to go out a bit conservatively, since that had been successful during the Regional meet. “We gave it everything we had,” Kostelnik said. “We just didn’t do as well as we wanted.” On the other hand, the Duke men are rounding off what Ogilvie described as “the best season Duke has had in at least a decade.” And with two members of the competing team still in their junior year, the Blue Devil men have earned valuable racing experience for next season. “We had five seniors run top seven,” Ogilvie said. “And watching them improve from where they were freshmen year until
where they are today is extremely satisfy- as it had hoped to perform at least as well ing. They never quit.” as it did the preceding year. However, the Although Kostelnik, like many others on Blue Devil women dropped to 17th this the Duke team, felt that his performance year, a tie with Oklahoma State. left something to Junior Carly Seybe desired, the jumour came in first “[It was] the best season nior was also willfor Duke and was ing to look on the closely followed by Duke has had in at least a positive side. sophomore Juliet “I think one of Bottorff and junior decade.” our captains, seVermeer, — Men’s coach Norm Ogilvie Esther nior Bo Waggonwho took second er, said it best,” and third, respecKostelnik said. tively. “He said, ‘It’s been a successful season if “I think they ran as hard as they could,” we’re disappointed with 21st at nationals.’ women’s head coach Kevin Jermyn said. “We We’ve improved tremendously.” had higher hopes but they ran their hardest, The women’s team was also disap- and that’s where we ended up.” pointed with the way the meet played out, As with most meets this season, the coaches
met with each runner before the meet and went over an individualized race plan. Despite the personalized strategies, the women did not cross the line where they hoped to be. However, both Seymour and Bottorff were still able to finish in the top 100 at the meet. “My mentality was to enjoy the last race of the season,” Seymour said. “To stay relaxed in the first half and then pick up the intensity.” Looking back on the 2010 season, the women realize the need to be more aggressive, and as their coach put it, “be more consistent.” “We had a lot of great races across the board,” Jermyn said. “We just lack the ability to have five or more athletes consistently have good days at the same time. We are a good team; we are learning how to become one of the best.”
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Freshman Kyrie Irving had an up-and-down night against Marquette Monday, scoring 11 points and dishing out seven assists, but also committing five turnovers.
m. basketball from page 9 in which they shot 55 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the arc. Turnovers also spurred Marquette’s early second half run, when the Golden Eagles were tied with Duke with just under 12 minutes to go. Led by Jimmy Butler’s 22 points and the team’s seven second-half offensive rebounds, Marquette was down by just three with 11:51 to go. Irving proceeded to turn the ball over on a double-dribble when faced with pressure from a Golden Eagle trap, and an offensive rebound on the subsequent Marquette possession led to a 1-and-1 for Darius Johnson-Odom. Tie game. “I thought we played well in spurts,” Plumlee said. “[But] we had too many turnovers at times.” Perhaps due to those turnovers, the Blue Devils made a conspicuous effort to feed Plumlee the ball in the post as the game wound down. But it was Duke’s seniors—Smith and Kyle Singler—who were able to calm Duke down and take over the game at its most crucial moments. Smith finished the game with 18 points on 8-for-12 shooting, while Singler scored 14 of his own despite another off night.
The seniors’ true impact showed, however, in the way they helped their younger teammates face the team’s first true adversity of the season. After Smith was called for an offensive foul midway during the second half, he and fellow captain Singler called the team the team together at halfcourt for an impromptu conference. The Blue Devils immediately responded. Duke forced a Golden Eagle turnover, then Irving made a layup. Marquette, in contrast, seemed to fold under increased expectations once it tied the defending national champions. “We were trying to hit home runs, and we did not even have our eye on the ball,” Marquette head coach Buzz Williams said. “It is just due to immaturity.” Marquette’s smaller size forced Duke to adjust throughout the game, as starting forward Ryan Kelly played only 12 minutes in the game while reserve guards Andre Dawkins and Seth Curry both played more than 18. Despite the size difference, though, Marquette still matched Duke’s rebound total in the second half with 19. “They are not big but they’re strong,” Krzyzewski said. Another strong player, Plumlee, put the exclamation point on the Duke victo-
ry. In a fitting moment, the sophomore finished Marquette off with two minutes to go after he made a layup and followed it with a block on the defensive end of the court. For this one night, at least, it was Duke’s post that rescued its perimeter.
No. 1 Duke 82, Marquette 77 Marquette (4-1) No. 1 Duke (4-0) MARQUETTE min fg 3-pt ft r a Butler 38 9-19 0-2 4-6 6 1 Otule 11 2-3 0-0 0-0 3 0 JohnsonOdom 36 4-15 1-6 4-5 6 2 Blue 25 2-6 1-3 0-0 4 1 Buycks 23 2-6 0-3 0-2 5 1 Cadougan 22 2-3 1-2 0-0 2 7 Crowder 30 6-11 1-4 2-2 3 1 Gardner 15 4-7 0-0 1-2 4 0 TEAM 3 Totals 200 31-70 4-20 11-17 36 13 Blocks — Otule FG % — 1st Half: 36.1, 2nd Half: 52.9, Game: 44.3
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DUKE MIN FG 3-PT FT R A TO Plumlee 32 12-16 0-0 1-4 12 3 3 Singler 38 5-13 2-7 2-2 6 0 2 Kelly 12 1-3 0-1 0-0 1 2 0 Irving 34 4-9 1-4 2-3 2 7 5 Smith 35 8-12 1-2 1-2 9 3 6 Thornton 0+ 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Dawkins 21 3-6 1-3 0-0 4 3 0 Mi. Plumlee 10 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 3 Curry 18 1-4 1-1 0-1 0 2 0 TEAM 3 Totals 200 35-64 6-18 6-12 39 20 19 Blocks —Ma. Plumlee (5), Kelly (2), Singler, Irving, Dawkins FG % — 1st Half: 55.2, 2nd Half: 54.3, Game: 54.7
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bucket from the post on a play that was designed to get him the ball. He scored a few minutes later off a strong putback in the paint. And Duke went right back to Plumlee after the first media timeout; its faith was rewarded with another basket in the paint. Some may write off Plumlee’s career day as a symptom of Marquette’s lack of height— the Golden Eagles have just one player taller than 6-foot-8 and normally play at least three players around the perimeter. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski discounted the seeming lack of competition for Plumlee, though, calling the Golden Eagles “strong” down low. But it was Plumlee’s performance beyond the statistics that truly showed his improvement over last season. The freshman Mason Plumlee didn’t have the confidence, the body control or the strength to score putbacks with contact—the sophomore forward had two and-one’s against Marquette. Freshman Plumlee didn’t have the experience to consistently dominate the post without turning the ball over or picking up ill-advised offensive fouls—sophomore Plumlee was the focus of Duke’s offense on this night. “Of course as a player you always want the ball,” Plumlee said. “I just wanted to stay within the plays and take the opportu-
“Plumlee is good off the bounce. Plumlee can hold his position.... He just wore us out.” — Coach Buzz Williams nities that come my way. My teammates did a good job of hitting me.” Without a resurgent Plumlee, the Blue Devils’ turnovers might have doomed them against a feisty Marquette team. Kyle Singler’s and Seth Curry’s cold shooting night could have made scoring a chore. But with Plumlee, Duke had the consistent offensive threat in the post it has lacked this year. And if Plumlee continues to progress in this fashion as the season continues, he could prove to be one poison too many for opposing teams.
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What we’re thankful for Like the Pilgrims, the Edi- But he sure is better than torial Board is no stranger to our megalomaniacal Uncle hardship. We routinely carry Larry—our moms were a the light of wisdom into the bit miffed that he wanted to blackest recesses of Duke’s cook the turkey and book unknown continent. That’s the lodgings this year. tough stuff. We’re thankBut this staff editorial ful for good week, we’ve dehealth and we cided to stop excoriating the figure everyone else ought evils of Duke University, take to be too. Which is why we a step back, and remember can’t figure out why the Uniwhat we’re thankful for. versity and the FDA got rid of We’re thankful for fam- Tailgate and FourLoko in the ily. Especially our newfound same month. Uncle Dick. There’s nothing Those members of the like a clasp on the shoulder Duke community with from Uncle Dick to get us overly-vivacious-liver-disease back on the straight and nar- (OVLD) depended on that row— a good ol’, withering- combination of dipsomaly firm, too optimistic clasp. niacal hoedown and psychoCome to think of it though, stimulatory poison to keep he is always asking Mom and their condition in check. It Dad for some money just figures that their treatment to get by till next month. wouldn’t be covered under
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ObamaCare. We are grateful, though, that our second mom and pop over at Shooters II picked up the Tailgate slack—at least some institutions still orient themselves on family values. We’re thankful for dedication. That’s why we want to commend all seven Duke Football fans. They’ve been the picture of élan this season—foam fingers hoisted high through thick and thin. It means a lot to the players. In fact, the football players seem so distracted by their fans that they always seem to forget to go to Tailgate. Obsessions can be dangerous, we suppose. We’re thankful for interdisciplinarity. The Allen Building’s always telling us how Duke students and fac-
ulty have the chutzpah to break down institutional barriers. But Karen Owen, whose tireless energies have made Duke’s Department of Horizontal Studies the best in the country, deserves special commendation. Owen’s perspicacious use of critical theory and social scientific quantitative modeling made the department the most searched for on Google. No wonder we had so many early applicants! We’re thankful for crack research and great researchers. It’s no wonder Duke produced so many post-graduate scholars this year—students have role models like former (Australian) Rhodes Scholar Anil Potti to show them the ropes! We mean it, seriously, some of that research is so
cool that we should probably start clinical trials right away. We’re thankful for good sense, especially our own. The Editorial Board’s ability to effortlessly resolve hard topics of broad concern— not to mention in prose that is at once workmanlike and belletristic—is a veritable Thanksgiving miracle. We’re not thankful for those who suggest otherwise; the Editorial Board has no time for unsolicited advice. Besides, we’re pretty sure the ever-productive DSG has just made a forum for that sort of thing. In case you couldn’t tell, this editorial is a joke. The Chronicle’s editorial board wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving break!
ew areas of our popular culture are as synonyEven our own image of ourselves changes conmous with image and brands as hip-hop. Art- stantly based on our daily successes and failures— ists with names like Gucci Mane abound and we are winners if we ace the test or land the job songs like “Aston Martin Music” top the Billboard and losers if we skip the gym or don’t go out on a charts. Jay-Z, the 40-year-old disputed Saturday night. king of rap, just published a memoir We are a student body (I suspect about his successful hip-hop career. like many others) sometimes obIn “Decoded,” Jay-Z shares the stosessed with cultivating the “right” imries behind his lyrics and also reflects age. Aside from how we look and act on the major events in hip-hop and in person each day, we present ourAmerica that have influenced him. selves via Facebook pages, Twitter acAn excerpt from the book on counts or Linkedin profiles. These Time magazine’s website addresses a different modes of interaction give eliza french controversial comment made in 2006 us the opportunity to create as many je ne sais qois by Frederic Rouzaud, the managing different personas, each one bestdirector of Louis Roederer, the mansuited to a certain objective. ufacturer of Cristal champagne. At the time, rapCollective and group reputations are also superpers (including those on Jay-Z’s Roc-a-fella records imposed on our already complex individual characlabel) were increasingly name-dropping Cristal in ters. Almost every organization on campus has some their lyrics over other brands like Moët. When a sort of visible branding—T-shirts, flyers, posters, Fareporter from The Economist asked Rouzaud how cebook events. We choose to affiliate ourselves with a he felt about Cristal being associated with rap and group because its stated purpose aligns with our perhip-hop, the executive made it clear that these sonal values in some way, but also because its image artists were not his ideal customers. Jay-Z took of- is consistent with what we hope to project to the exfense and organized a boycott of the champagne ternal world. We wear the T-shirts and handout the that significantly impacted sales of Cristal. flyers because we want the distinction of that recogIn the book, he explains his outrage: “When peo- nizable brand conferred on our individual image. ple all over started drinking Cristal at clubs—when But all of us have at least one brand in comCristal became a household name among young mon: Duke. consumers—it wasn’t because of anything Cristal had We all chose to come here over other universidone. It was because of what we’d done.” And, at least ties because of Duke’s distinct reputation. We all according to Jay-Z, hip-hop had done something re- hope that the prestige of a Duke education will markable for the brand. “Cristal, before hip-hop, had open the proverbial doors that might otherwise a nice story attached to it: It was a quality, premium, remain stubbornly shut. luxury brand known to connoisseurs. But hip-hop This is the advantage we have in our relationgave it a deeper meaning. ...The word itself—Cristal— ship with Duke that we don’t have in relation to took on a new dimension. It wasn’t just a premium other brands, and that hip-hop didn’t have in its champagne anymore— it was a prop in an exciting relation to Cristal. story, a portal into a whole world. Just by drinking it, Duke invited us to wear the Duke logo and to we infused their product with our story, an ingredient put its name on or resumes, websites and social that they could never bottle on their own.” media profiles. The University has become an inHip-hop didn’t appropriate the brand to foster an tegral part in our personal narratives, associated image of prestige and wealth. Instead, rappers added by default with our proudest accomplishments a new connotation to the brand that didn’t necessarily and our most glaring shortfalls. It is tied up in detract from the brand’s established reputation. each of our stories, and its image will rise and fall This simple move belies a sophisticated under- in the eyes of others according to our individual standing and recognition of the nature of a brand. successes and failures. The power to define its image isn’t limited to the If we each promote the image of Duke created producer. Those that choose to consume it, bran- by a Rolling Stone article or a Gawker headline, dish the logo or promote its name also contribute that’s all it will ever be. to the image of the brand. A Duke diploma may cost about $200,000, but we Image, including one that is officially “branded,” ultimately determine its value. Wear the shirt, say the is a fragile and precariously-constructed entity. We name and make it mean exactly what you want it to consider ourselves so savvy with media, marketing mean. Give it a “new dimension” all your own. and advertising, but we somehow forget that an image can be manipulated or completely altered much Eliza French is a Trinity senior. Her column runs evfaster than the reality it purportedly reflects. ery other Tuesday.
Stuck in the 1980s
or help understanding the foreign policy headlines of the past week, let’s return, briefly, to the spring of 1983, when Barack Obama was a student at Columbia University. What were the burning international issues of that time? Well, first was the “nuclear jackson diehl freeze” movement, which was prompting mass demonstrations the washington post around the world by people worried about the standoff between the Soviet Union and the United States. Obama published an article about it in a campus magazine in which he invoked the vision of “a nuclear free world.” The Middle East, meanwhile, was still reeling from the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon—which was the apotheosis of the Zionist right’s dream of creating a “greater Israel” including all of the Palestinian West Bank. Back to November 2010. The Obama administration is devoting a big share of its diplomatic time and capital to curbing Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank—most recently, offering Israel’s right-wing government $3 billion in warplanes in exchange for a 90-day moratorium. Meanwhile, it has committed much of its dwindling domestic political capital to pushing a new nuclear arms control treaty with Russia through a reluctant Senate. So has nothing changed in the past quarter-century? In fact, almost everything has—especially when it comes to nuclear arms control and Israel’s national objectives. What hasn’t changed, it seems, is Barack Obama—who has led his administration into a foreign policy time warp that is sapping its strength abroad and at home. Start with the New START treaty that Obama has made a priority for the lame-duck Senate, at a time when Americans don’t yet know what income tax rate they will pay on Jan. 1. The treaty resembles the landmark U.S.-Soviet arms control treaties that were negotiated in the years after Obama wrote his article—and it would perpetuate their important verification measures. The difference is that no one stages marches today about U.S. and Soviet—now Russian—strategic weapons, and with good reason. The danger of a war between the two states is minuscule; and treaty or no, Russia’s arsenal is very likely to dwindle in the coming years. The threat of nuclear weapons now comes from rogue states such as North Korea, Iran and Syria, and maybe from terrorist organizations. Obama believes that U.S.-Russian treaties will lead to better containment of that threat - but that’s at best an indirect benefit. That doesn’t mean the START treaty is worthless. The Senate ought to approve it if only to ensure the continued monitoring of Russian missiles. But does it merit dispatching the vice president and the secretaries of state and defense to Capitol Hill for a desperate (and uphill) lobbying offensive? It’s hard to see why. The same might be said about Obama’s preoccupation with stopping Israel’s settlement expansion in the West Bank and Jerusalem—a campaign that even Palestinian and Arab leaders have watched with bafflement. True, almost everyone outside Israel regards the construction as counterproductive, and only a minority supports it inside Israel. But that is just the point: The dream of a “greater Israel” died more than 15 years ago. Even the Israeli right now accepts that a Palestinian state will be created in the West Bank. The settlements have become a sideshow; the real issues concern how to create a Palestinian state in a Middle East where the greatest threat is not Israeli but Iranian expansionism. What to do about Hamas and Hezbollah and their Iranian-supplied weapons? How to ensure that the post-occupation West Bank does not become another Iranian base? Those issues did not exist in 1983—and the Obama administration seems to have no strategy for them. Not all of the administration’s foreign policy is anachronistic. Obama’s tour this month of India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan reflected a cutting-edge concern with rebuilding U.S. influence in Asia and forging alliances with its democracies in response to a rising China. Iran has been the target of a relatively successful multilateral sanctions campaign, though that has yet to affect its nuclear program. The START treaty with Russia is part of a larger strategy to coax its brutish regime toward more responsible behavior. Still, this administration is notable for its lack of grand strategy—or strategists. Its top foreign-policy makers are a former senator, a Washington lawyer and a former Senate staffer. There is no Henry Kissinger, no Zbigniew Brzezinski, no Condoleezza Rice; no foreign policy scholar. Instead there is Obama, who likes to believe that he knows as much or more about policy than any of his aides - and who has been conspicuous in driving the strategies on nuclear disarmament and Israeli settlements. “I personally came of age during the Reagan presidency,” Obama wrote in “The Audacity of Hope.” Yes, and it shows. Jackson Diehl is deputy editorial page editor for The Washington Post.
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lettertotheeditor In defense of Harry Potter In response to the column “Harry Potter sucks,” I would first like to say that I agree with Ms. Li: The world would be a much better place without stories emphasizing love, friendship and sacrifice, written in prose accessible to children. The contention that J. K. Rowling’s series is somehow standing in the way of children’s connection with classic “Literature” is completely off-base. Does Ms. Li really believe that if there were no Harry Potter series, any but the most bookish of 10-year-olds would pick up “Treasure Island” or “Gulliver’s Travels” instead? The choice kids are making is between reading Harry Potter and reading nothing at all, not between Harry Potter and “Great Expectations.” I am a fellow English major. I even read “Jane Eyre” for fun. However, I believe the attitude ex-
pressed in this column makes the study of English seem extraneous to those who are not already convinced of its value. There is a famous quotation by Mark Twain that goes: “A classic is something everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.” They are often verbose, impenetrable and down-right boring. Books like Harry Potter, on the other hand, foster a pure love of reading and story, removed from expectations of gaining prestige or experiencing arbitrarily-defined high culture. Children, their parents and nostalgic college students alike are not looking to boost their egos when they turn to the Harry Potter series. They read these books (and re-read them) because they want to, not because they should. Laurel Burk Trinity ’13
The One Man Show: Entr’acte or New Deal?
he legitimacy of the University undergraduStudent Conduct currently has a jurisdiction that ate judicial process depends on student in- is much too wide. Duke undergraduates may curvolvement, but the extent of that involve- rently be prosecuted by Student Conduct for violament, while always acknowledged tions of University policy—published as necessary, has not always been or unpublished—that occur on or off quality. Too often students feel that campus, from the time they apply to they have no meaningful input into the time they graduate. I do not deny the formulation of judicial polithat students must be accountable cies. These frustrations came across for their actions. All of us should reclearly in former-DSG President Elspect the Duke Community Standard. liot Wolf’s series of Chronicle colAt issue here, however, is not merely umns on the topic in 2007, which gregory morrison student accountability, but rather acevery Duke student ought to read. countability to whom and for what. finish the thought Being liable to Student Conduct for In 2008, Student Affairs agreed to the formation of a Judicial Affairs everything at all times while enrolled Student Advisory Group that was to “consider all at Duke is an unnecessarily wide dragnet. proposed changes to Judicial Affairs policies and Serious consideration ought to be given to deprocedures and issue recommendations with re- fining and protecting a student’s right against spect to those changes to the Vice President for self-incrimination. According to the University’s Student Affairs.” 2010-2011 bulletin, students must comply with any A summer investigation by DSG into JASAG’s “directions, requests, or orders of any university activities revealed “substantial deviations from representative or body acting in an official capaciits charge and an unfortunate misuse of student ty.” Substantial tension exists between this directive representation.” An August letter from current and the integrity of the process of an administraDSG President Mike Lefevre, a senior, and Execu- tive hearing, the first step in the Student Conduct tive Vice President Pete Schork, a junior, to Vice process (when an accused student meets with a staff President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta clearly member of the Office of Student Conduct). Clear expressed student opinion that: “It is essential that regulations should be formulated and published as the creation of Student Conduct policies at Duke to when students have the right to remain silent. University be a process with equal participation Most importantly, however, students sanctioned by from students, administrators, and faculty... When the Undergraduate Conduct Board do not currently [conduct] proposals are moved to final approval, have the right to appeal that decision to an appelstudents, faculty and administrators should con- late body composed, at least in part, of their peers. vene jointly for a vote.” Under current policy, students may appeal decisions In response to the failure of JASAG, Lefevre to a board currently consisting only of administrators asked Moneta if students could sit on the (hereto- and faculty. fore undisclosed) administrative committee responIf students have the right to a hearing before their sible for designing undergraduate conduct policies fellow students, as it seems they do considering the and if that committee could meet during the aca- existence of the UCB, then students should have the demic year, when students are around to share their right to plead their case before a group of their peers perspectives, instead of over the summer. throughout the judicial process. The composition of Moneta agreed. the Appellate Board should be expanded to include A Sunday DSG press release called the two students to assure the integrity and legitimacy of the changes a New Deal for students: “a historic step full judicial process. in the push for greater student influence in formThese issues merit deep reflection, and the incluing the policies that govern undergraduate life.” sion of students (finally) on a central policy-making In exactly the way we would hope, Student Affairs committee gives us an appropriate venue for delibresponded positively to a constructive student pro- eration. posal to increase student input on policies directly At the end of the day, though, “The policies and relevant to the undergraduate experience. Lefe- procedures governing the conduct of undergraduvre made a reasonable and well-timed request. ate students may be amended at any time by the Moneta made an excellent decision to incorpo- vice president for Student Affairs and may be imrate students in the decision-making architecture plemented with adequate notice to the university of judicial affairs. community.” Hopefully, the administrative committee will take The recent changes are steps in the right direcadvantage of its new student members to begin a wide tion, but don’t get too excited. They might only interranging discussion about judicial affairs, personal re- rupt the long retrenchment of student rights. It’s still sponsibility, student rights and undergraduate educa- very much a one-man show. tion at Duke in the context of Student Conduct. Three pressing policies offer themselves immediGregory Morrison is a Trinity senior and former Duke ately for priority reconsideration. Student Government EVP. His column runs every Tuesday.
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