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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2010
ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTH YEAR, Issue 63
Suit challenges 19 DUKE DUPD power to make arrests
UNC 24 Ex-employee
charged with embezzlement
by Matthew Chase
by Joanna Lichter
Durham lawyers are challenging Duke police officers’ authority to make arrests due to the University’s long-standing religious ties. Two local attorneys filed a motion Nov. 23 challenging the arrest power of the Duke University Police Department because of the University’s ties to the state United Methodist Church congregation. Defense attorneys Bill Thomas and James Monroe are asking that an October driving-while-impaired arrest be dismissed and that the court suppress all evidence in the case because they claim the Methodist ties are a violation of the separation of church and state. Sophomore Thomas “Alex” Holloway, 19, was arrested at 3:54 a.m. Oct. 11 at the corner of Ninth and Main streets for driving while impaired and for underage consumption by DUPD officer Doreen Hogan. Holloway’s court date for traffic violations is scheduled for Dec. 13. Holloway declined to comment and Thomas could not be reached for comment Sunday. Although the case is not being filed directly against Duke, its outcome could challenge the University police force’s arrest power.
A former Duke employee allegedly embezzled $267,000 from the University, according to an arrest warrant from the Durham County Magistrate’s Office. John Cotton, age 49, is a former business manager in the Department of Surgery, said Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations. Cotton was removed from his position in August and has not been employed at Duke since then, he added. In addition to the embezzlement charges, Cotton is accused of securing property under false pretenses. He allegedly abused his position to order products and services worth $58,706 for personal use. “This kind of case is extremely rare, which is [why] we take it very seriously,” Schoenfeld wrote in an e-mail Sunday. “The University has a number of business and audit processes to protect against theft like this, but no system is absolutely foolproof.” Cotton, who lives in Raleigh, was released from Durham County Jail Wednesday after posting a $25,000 secured bond.
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A late fourth quarter rally was not enough to push Duke over North Carolina Saturday. The Blue Devils lost their seventh straight game against the Tobacco Road rival, 24-19. See SPORTSWRAP page 5.
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DSG secures undergrad rep. on student conduct boards by Anna Koelsch THE CHRONICLE
Students are getting more involved in University conduct policy after a recent push led by Duke Student Government. DSG and the administration created two student representative seats on the committee responsible for approving undergraduate conduct policies and one student representative seat on the Undergraduate Conduct Board’s appellate board, which reviews appeals from students or student groups who are not satisfied with an Undergraduate Conduct Board decision. Both groups previously had no student representatives. DSG President Mike Lefevre, a senior, said these changes were motivated by a noticeable disconnect between administrative decisions and student input. During the summer, Dean of Students Sue Wasiolek and Stephen Bryan, associate dean of students and director of the Office of Student Conduct, said members of the Office of Student Conduct Student Advisory Group unanimously approved the new alcohol policy of six beers per person during Tailgate, Lefevre said. “[Advisory group members] said ‘I didn’t vote on anything,’” Lefevre said. “That raised some red flags.” Lefevre and junior Pete Schork, DSG executive vice president, designed the revisions to the approval committee and the appellate board this summer, which were approved last week by Vice President for Student Affairs
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Larry Moneta and Dean and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Steve Nowicki, respectively. “Most students don’t think about undergraduate conduct until they go through it,” Lefevre said. “That process can be the difference between getting expelled and staying at Duke.” The student representative on the appellate board will likely be a member of the UCB or one of its co-chairs, and students on the approval committee will be selected through a DSG appointment process, Lefevre said. The approval committee was also rescheduled from meeting only once in the summer to meeting twice during the academic year, which should lead to “real discourse” since students will be involved, Lefevre said. The idea of adding students to the undergraduate conduct process is not a new one—former 2006-2007 DSG president Elliott Wolf, Trinity ’08, focused on restructuring the way student conduct decisions at Duke are made and proposed sweeping overhauls of the student conduct process, but was unsuccessful, Lefevre said. “[Wolf] was told that the time [immediately after the lacrosse scandal] was wrong,” Lefevre said. “That rationale continued.... It’s about time we start turning over those pages again.” See student reps on page 8
Duke dominates Oregon and Kansas State, SPORTSWRAP page 4
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DSG President Mike Lefevre has worked with the administration to create student representative positions on undergraduate conduct boards.
“The materials alone are not a course any more than having a textbook is having a course.”
—Dir. of Academic Technology Lynne O’Brien on online classes. See story page 3
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Hunger Lunch BC Plaza, 11:15a.m.-2:15p.m. Nourish International hosts a volunteer hunger lunch to empower poor communities.
“Machiavelli’s Mistake” Nasher, 4-6:30p.m. Hosted by the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Samuel Bowles will discuss “Machiavelli’s Mistake: Why Good Laws are No Substitute for Good Citizens.”
Business in the Wide World of Sports Fuqua Kirby Reading Room,6-9p.m. Larry Kristiansen, VP of Production at ESPN, will speak along with key sports industry leaders.
“As Larry Moneta said in his e-mail to students regarding the cancellation of Tailgate, ‘We have critical games ahead and need your full support of our team.’ It is a twoway street, however. How are students supposed to react when the most interesting game of the year—against Duke’s loathed rival North Carolina—is scheduled when none of the students are in town?” — From The Chronicle’s Sports Blog sports.chronicleblogs.com
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Townspeople hold a rally to support Somalia’s new prime minister, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, a Somali American, after the fall of President Siad Barre’s government. Still, people report distrust of the new prime minister in light of recent violence in the region.
Beauty always promises, but never gives anything. — Simone Weil
TODAY IN HISTORY
1825: First Italian opera in U.S., “Barber of Seville” premieres.
BP to sell Argentina assets US and S. Koreans warn N. to cover Gulf oil spill cost Korea with naval drills BP has agreed to sell its share of an Argentina-based oil and gas company for $7.06 billion in cash, bringing to about $21 billion its total sales of assets to help cover costs from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. After the sale, BP will have nearly reached its goal of selling about $30 billion in assets by the end of 2011 to help cover spill costs and bolster cash holdings to assure investors and lenders of the oil giant’s financial stability. The asset sales are expected to reduce BP’s assets by about 15 percent. The price of the Argentina operations fell $2 billion to $3 billion short of what many analysts expected. Nonetheless, the latest sale of what is considered a non-core asset for BP demonstrates the huge scale of the London-based oil firm’s operations. In addition to asset sales, BP is raising more than $2.5 billion a quarter for spill costs from the suspension of its dividend.
SEOUL — South Korea and the United States began joint naval exercises Sunday that will include live fire and bombing drills as North Korea deployed missiles close to the Yellow Sea and warned that it will turn the region into “a merciless shower of fire” if its territory is violated. South Korean officials said the exercises, called in response to the North’s deadly artillery barrage last week of civilian-inhabited Yeonpyeong island, began when the USS George Washington aircraft carrier strike group entered the exercise zone, along with South Korean warships. Officials said the live firing would begin later in the day. Tensions were high Sunday morning as the sound of North Korean artillery briefly led to an emergency evacuation for the remaining two dozen or so civilian residents on Yeonpyeong, though no shells landed on the island.
Democrats push Obama on tax-cut compromise
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Universities make courses Duke provides Thanksgiving available to public online traditions away from home by Fei Chen
People all over the world can now take certain classes at Massachusetts Institute of Technology without having to apply, enroll or even pay tuition. Through MIT’s OpenCourseWare Program, anyone with an Internet connection can take classes ranging from linear algebra to physics. Lecture notes, videos and exams for about 2,000 courses are posted online, and anyone can obtain them without a registration. More than 100 universities worldwide—23 in the United States including Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health and Tufts University—have put course materials online through the OpenCourseWare Consortium. Duke is not currently involved in the project, which is partly funded by charitable organizations, said Steve Nowicki, dean and vice provost of undergraduate education. Duke has not formulated an official opinion on online lectures, but Nowicki said he firmly believes in trying to “transform away from an older textbook model” to a “new model which is more open.” He noted, however, that this new model would have to include a stable financial basis, as MIT’s program depends on charitable contributions. “Half of the funding is coming from MIT and half is from foundations and private donations,” said Lynne O’Brien, director of academic technology at Duke. “It’s not at all clear that that kind of funding would be available for other institutions
and it would be very expensive for Duke to fund it entirely on its own.... [But] I have not heard anybody say that the cost is the major factor holding that up.” Nowicki sees potential for extending such a program beyond simply putting lectures online. His hope would be for the lectures to help students learn the primary content of the course on their own so that when they come to class, they have already been exposed to the material and can more actively engage with it. Although conversations about making course materials more openly available have started, there is no specific program at Duke right now that is trying to get faculty members to put their lectures online. Director of Digital Information Strategy Paolo Mangiafico said Duke has had the capability to record lectures from many classrooms through the DukeCapture, an automated recording system at 60 different locations across campus that allows professors to stream lectures on several different online locations. He added that it is up to the professors to decide whether they would like to record their lectures, share them publicly or only make them available to enrolled students. “Duke provides both the technology and the people to support the faculty who want to do that,” O’Brien said. “However, there is nobody at the administrative level or anywhere else saying you ought to do this or you have to do this.” See opencourseware on page 8
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by Jie Wang
While some Dukies returned home for Thanksgiving to see family and friends, others remained on campus. Some students said a trip home was either too expensive or time consuming given the break’s short span. Others simply did not feel the need to go home for Thanksgiving because they do not celebrate the holiday. “We don’t have Thanksgiving in Hong Kong,” freshman Edlyn Koo said. “So the holiday experience was new to me, and I
didn’t feel the need to go back [because of that].” For those who stayed on campus, the University hosted a sushi night at Wilson Dormitory, provided buses to Southpoint mall for Black Friday shopping and served a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, allowing international and domestic students to enjoy the holiday together. Lisa Beth Bergene, assistant dean of Residence Life, planned some of these events for Duke students on East Campus See thanksgiving on page 8
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The International House, located on Campus Drive, hosted its annual Thanksgiving dinner Thursday for students, both domestic and international, who did not go home for the holiday.
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Q&A with Richard Mooney Richard Mooney is the director of graduate studies for the Program in Neurobiology and has been running a lab at Duke since 1994. Mooney, the George Barth Geller Professor of Research and Neurobiology, is dedicated to understanding the biological basis of learning by studying the learning processes of songbirds. The Chronicle’s Julian Spector spoke with Mooney about his research. The Chronicle: What is the long-term research goal of your lab? Richard Mooney: The primary focus of the lab is on learning, memory and communication—the intersection between those three things. Where they come together in part is through the studies of songbirds, which learn to sing. They use their songs to communicate to one another, they produce and perceive these really complex vocalizations—sort of analogous to the way that we produce and perceive speech sounds—and, unlike most other animals, but like us, they learn how to do it; they learn how to sing. They rely on the auditory experience of an appropriate model, much like we learn to speak in part by emulating our parents. TC: How did you decide on songbirds as the ideal test subject for this research? RM: I’m not a bird fancier necessarily, it’s just a really powerful system to study learning in. They teach one generation to the next; they teach song. In a relatively short time, in a few months one can witness the whole learning process from memorizing the model to emulating that model accurately, copying that model accurately. TC: Generally speaking, how do these birds learn to sing?
RM: What they sing is a product of the environment they grow up in, the songs they heard when they were young. Those memories of the songs are translated into their own songs through a process of vocal practice and rehearsal. To draw a broad analogy, its like the transformation that an infant undergoes—as they learn to speak they babble, they refine their speech sounds and shape their speech sounds through sensory motor integration. They listen to what they’re doing, they have a
memory or a target that they’re trying to match—another speech sound, like the sound of their parent. TC: How do you study the birds, exactly? RM: We use a really wide variety of techniques to see what the brain is doing, figuratively and literally. Literally, we use an advanced kind of microscopy to look into the brains of birds as they learn to sing to actually see what changes occur to the structure of the brain as the juvenile bird is learning. It allows you to look fairly deeply
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Richard Mooney has been studying the brain activity of songbirds during the process of learning to sing in order to gain deeper understanding of the biological basis of learning.
into the brain, maybe half a millimeter or so, which in terms of optics is really a lot. It turns out a critical area for sensory actions is right on the surface of the brain. The figurative approach is we use electrical techniques to record the activity of single nerve cells in birds as they are singing and as they are listening to other birds sing to them. We use these microdrives. They’re these very tiny chassis—they weigh about a gram—that have little motors in them that allow us to move very fine microelectrodes, really really fine wires. TC: Does the bird need to be subdued at all? RM: The microdrive technology is really powerful because it allows you to monitor what individual nerve cells are doing as an animal engages in behavior. Not subdued, not anesthetized but freely behaving.... And it seems like female birds, when they see birds with the headgear, are stimulated by them—it’s kind of like a hat or something. TC: What level of detail can you get in imaging the songbirds’ brains? RM: You can resolve what’s going on at the single synapse level in the living animal. If you’re familiar with fMRI or PET scanning, this gives you resolution on the level of millions of neurons or many tens or hundreds of thousands, not at the single synapse level. The reason that distinction is important is because synapses are really the unit of fundamental organization in the nervous system. That’s the building block from which all the complex computational power of the brain is derived. See mooney on page 8
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Duke wins games in Kansas City and Oregon over break FOOTBALL: DUKE LOSES SEASON CLOSER TO UNC. PAGE 5 • WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: DUKE WINS ROAD GAMES AGAINST PITTSBURGH AND CHARLOTTE. PAGE 2
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Duke survives squeaker against UNC-Charlotte by Danny Nolan THE CHRONICLE
The Blue Devils started a four-game road trip this past week, looking to keep their early perfect record intact against Pittsburgh and Charlotte. While Duke’s first contest against Pittsburgh, did not prove challenging with the team winning by 38, the second game was a different story. Saturday, CharDUKE 61 lotte (3-2) gave UNCC 55 the Blue Devils all they could handle, No. 6 Duke DUKE 93 with (6-0) shooting a 55 season-low 29 perPITT cent from the field and managing only 15 points off the bench. The team overcame its struggles, though, and beat the 49ers 61-55. “I feel like this is a great game for us to learn from as a team,” head coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “You find yourself in a tough, ugly game, you’ve got to be a little bit tougher and you’ve got to find a way. And finding a way is a sign of an excellent team, a special team.” Duke came out cold, falling behind 22-7 to the 49ers before a rejuvenated defensive effort sparked a comeback. The Blue Devils started to contest more three-point shots, slowing down a hot Charlotte team that started the game
shooting 6-for-7 from downtown. This, plus the devastating interior defense, resulted in a 21-6 Duke run to end the first half, bringing the score to 28-28. Senior center Krystal Thomas led the inside battle and turned in her most dominant performance of the season to help the Blue Devils, scoring 10 points while also collecting 14 rebounds and swatting eight blocks in the game. The turning point in the game came right after halftime. The 49ers went on an 8-0 run to take a 38-30 lead early in the second half, but did not hold that advantage for long. The Blue Devils went on a scoring rampage, led by senior forward Karima Christmas, who had 12 points in the game, seven of which came in an 18-2 run that gave Duke a lead it would never relinquish. Before the come-from-behind win against Charlotte Saturday, the Blue Devils put together their best team outing of the season Wednesday night against Pittsburgh, winning 93-55. Six different players scored in double-digits for Duke, led by senior guard Jasmine Thomas, who scored 16 points. The bench was the real story, though, scoring 44 points to help the effort, in comparison to the Panthers’ dismal two points from an all-freshman bench. The Blue Devils also scored at will in the paint, taking a 46-18 advantage over Pittsburgh. Junior guard Shay Selby, who has been
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Senior Krystal Thomas led Duke in its come-from-behind win against Charlotte Saturday, scoring 10 points. bothered by an injury for the season thus far, scored a career-high 15 points, nine of which came from three-point range. The Panthers (3-2) clung to a lead early, but were no match for Duke’s hot
shooting. The Blue Devils shot 51 percent from the field, as well as 41 percent from behind the arc. Duke will continue its road trip Tuesday at 7:00 PM against James Madison.
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Duke draws No. 12 overall seed
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Catanach named ACC player of year; Nagel is coach of year Coming out on top has never been sweeter for ACC champion Duke, which was given the No. 12 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament as well as awards for the ACC’s top player and coach. The Blue Devils’ NCAA Tournament fate was decided Sunday, with the team drawing High Point in the opening round, and the winner of the Ohio-Penn game for the second round. Both games will be held in Cameron Indoor Stadium as part of the University Park, Pa., regional. Before Duke found out its tournament route, the team racked up two major conference awards. Blue Devil setter Kellie Catanach earned the title of ACC Player of the Year following her performance this season that led the Duke offense to be ranked 19th in the country in kills per set, 22nd in assists per set and 37th in hitting percentage. Catanach led the confer-
ence and ranked 19th nationally with 11.40 assists per set, ending the season with 20 consecutive matches in which she had 30 or more assists. The 6-foot-2 junior setter not only impressed on offense, however, aiding a Duke defense that held opponents to a conference-low .170 hitting percentage. But Catanach was not the only Blue Devil to earn honors at the end-of-the-year awards ceremony Wednesday, as head coach Jolene Nagel was named ACC Coach of the Year, and four other Duke players were named to the All-ACC team. Senior middle blocker Becci Burling, junior rightside hitter Amanda Robertson, sophomore middle blocker Christiana Gray and freshman libero Ali McCurdy joined Catanach as members of the All-ACC team. —from staff reports
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During Bob Wheeler’s time at Duke, he was a three-time All-American, 1971 NCAA champion and 1972 Munich Olympics participant.
Bob Wheeler passes away
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Setter Kellie Catanach earned ACC Player of the Year honors last week. The Blue Devils begin their NCAA Tournament run Friday at Cameron.
Bob Wheeler, a 1974 Duke graduate who participated in the 1972 Olympics, died at the age of 58 last week. Still the Duke record-holder in the outdoor 1,500-meters, indoor one mile and indoor 1,000-meters, Wheeler was a three-time All-American during his time at the school. He won the individual title in the 1,000-meter race at the 1971 NCAA Track & Field Championships. The Mountain View, Calif. native, who was inducted in 1989 into the Duke Hall of Fame, was a member of the ACC’s 50th Anniversary track team, which honored the conference’s all-time best athletes. At the Munich games in 1972, Wheeler competed in the 1,500-meters but failed to reach the final, medalqualifying heat. —from staff reports
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DUKE DOMINATES OVER BREAK
Homecoming sweet for Singler, who scores 30 in victory by Patricia Lee THE CHRONICLE
PORTLAND, Ore. — Though the posters around the Rose Garden Arena advertised the match98 DUKE up be71 OREGON tween No. 1 Duke and Oregon as “Singler Minded,” a better word would have been “single-mind-
ed.” For Kyle Singler, at least. Despite the Medford native coming home to play for the first time in his college career and facing his younger brother E.J. at the same time, Kyle Singler only had one goal in mind—to come away from the game with another victory for the Blue Devils (6-0). “It was a little different today since my brother played with the other team, but when we started playing, basketball is
basketball,” said the senior forward, who matched a career-high 30 points en route to Saturday’s 98-71 win over the Ducks (42). “Leading up to the game, I was kind of nervous, but when the game started, I instantly settled in and felt a lot better. It was a lot of fun, and I thought Oregon played really hard, but we just played a little better.” See oregon on page 7
In a hotly anticipated matchup between the two Singler brothers, Kyle won in a convincing fashion, scoring 30 points to E.J.’s 14. Duke’s Singler also played lockdown defense on E.J.
In the Blue Devils’ two games over Thanksgiving break, they beat their opponents, Kansas State and Oregon, by a combined 41 points
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LEFT: Kyle Singler scored 30 points against Oregon Saturday, leading Duke to a 27-point win; RIGHT: Nolan Smith scored 17 and dished out four assists against Kansas St.
Irving leads Blue Devils to Coach K’s 800th win at Duke by Scott Rich THE CHRONICLE
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Matchups between top-five teams aren’t supposed to be this one-sided. One team isn’t supposed to dominate the scoreboard from start to fin82 DUKE ish, force its oppo68 nent to commit 21 KSU turnovers and hold a preseason All-American guard to 1-of-12 shooting. But that’s what No. 1 Duke did against No. 4 Kansas State Tuesday night in a game that cements Duke’s claim as the early season favorite for the national title. Behind CBE Classic MVP Kyrie Irving’s 17 points, five rebounds and six assists, along with double digit performances from four
other scorers, the Blue Devils (6-0) defeated came a subpar performance against the the Wildcats 82-68 to earn head coach Mike Golden Eagles with 17 points of his own. Krzyzewski his 800th victory at Duke. Not to be outdone, fellow senior Kyle Sin“They knocked the living piss out of gler added 11 of his own, including a conus,” Kansas State head coach Frank Martin tested fade-away jumper with 12:53 remainsaid. “If there’s ing in the second one [team] bethalf that spurred an “They knocked the living ter than them, 8-2 Duke run. AnI don’t want to piss out of us.... If there’s one dre Dawkins continplay them.” ued his stellar play [team] better than them, I While Irving in the early season was the star of the with 11 points on don’t want to play them.” night for Duke, 4-for-4 shooting, coming back — Kansas State’s Frank Martin including a perfect from a turnover3-for-3 from behind plagued perforthe three-point arc. mance against Marquette to dominate the But perhaps the most encouraging fast break against Kansas State, Duke’s of- sign for the Blue Devils was the continued fense was distributed well among its pletho- production from their players in the post. ra of scorers. Senior Nolan Smith also over- Coming off of his finest performance at
Preseason All-American guard Jacob Pullen, who led Kansas State to the Elite Eight last year, was held to just four points on 1-of-12 shooting
Duke, Mason Plumlee scored 10 points, grabbed five rebounds and was named to the All-Tournament team. His older brother, meanwhile, made the most of his limited playing time. “The main thing I saw was that our big guys really played well,” Krzyzewski said. “You don’t know until you are in these situations how your kids will react. Playing a good team in an outstanding environment, you can’t practice this. Our kids responded at a very high level.” Duke’s outstanding play was compounded by Kansas State’s struggles. The Wildcats (5-1) shot 3-for-17 from beyond the arc, were forced into many turnovers by the Blue Devils and disappointed from the charity stripe. “You can’t turn it over 21 times and be See KANSAS ST. on page 7
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C AROUND THE AC Maryland 38 - No. 23 NC State 31
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Needing a win to take the ACC’s Atlantic Division, N.C. State instead got humbled. Danny O’Brien threw for a career-high 417 yards, and Torrey Smith caught four touchdowns to make up for the Terrapins’ negative rushing yardage and help Maryland play spoiler to the Wolfpack’s title hopes.
No. 22 Florida State 31 - Florida 7
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State went into its game against Florida with the chance to break a six-game losing streak against the Gators. Thanks to quarterback Christian Ponder’s 221 passing yards and three touchdowns, the Seminoles did just that. They will next play Virginia Tech in the ACC championship game.
No. 16 Va. Tech 37 - Virginia 7
19 DUKE UNC 24 Duke falls to UNC in season closer 80-yard drive that ended in a 5-yard Josh Adams touchdown reception. With an ofHaving won only a single game in its fensive line that dwarfed Duke’s defensive previous 21 meetings against North Carofront, North Carolina head coach Butch lina, Duke hoped to use the season finale Davis called plays that pounded the Blue to reignite an on-field rivalry with the Tar Devils on the ground, and Duke simply Heels and head into the could not provide an anoffseason on a high note. swer offensively. After being bowled over “We ran for over 250 24-19 on Saturday by a yards, protected the QB high-powered North Caroreally well, moved the lina offense, however, the pocket some which cerBlue Devils ended a disaptainly helped T.J. We got pointing season knowing production out of evthere is much room for imery single group,” Davis provement in 2011. said. “We got whipped,” head With his 116 yards on coach David Cutcliffe said, 23 carries, Elzy became “in probably every sense of the fourth different Tar the word.” Heel running back to On a cold night in Walrush for over 100 yards lace Wade Stadium, it was against Duke in the Duke (3-9, 1-7 in the ACC) past four years. Though which would strike first, but Elzy only managed one North Carolina (7-5, 4-4) touchdown run against quickly answered back. On the Blue Devils, his ability their second drive of the to knife through the degame, the Blue Devils went fensive line and extend 45 yards after turning the North Carolina’s offenTar Heels over on downs, sive possessions helped and a nine yard toss from to keep a bruised Duke quarterback Sean Renfree defense on the field for to Austin Kelly made it 7-0 over 39 minutes. Duke. To make matters It was all Anthony Elzy worse for the Blue Devfrom there. ils, the Tar Heels conThe senior running verted on 11-of-17 third courtney douglas/The Chronicle back rushed six times for down plays, including 28 yards and caught two TOP: North Carolina held Duke to 275 offensive yards, and the Blue Devils only converted on passes from quarterback third down four times; BOTTOM: The Tar Heels took the Victory Bell for the seventh straight time. See football on page 8 by Nicholas Schwartz THE CHRONICLE
T.J. Yates in a 94-yard Tar Heel drive to even the score at seven. On North Carolina’s next drive, Elzy was featured in nine more plays, and the Tar Heels converted a 25-yard field goal to make the score 107. Right after halftime, Elzy starred in an
BLACKSBURG, Va. — It had been a decade since a team went undefeated in ACC play. Virginia Tech, with a win over the struggling Cavaliers, changed that Saturday. Behind two touchdowns each from Ryan Williams and David Wilson, the Hokies won their 10th straight game Saturday.
No. 18 S.C. 29 - Clemson 7
CLEMSON, S.C. — After defeating the No. 1 team in the country, former Duke coach Steve Spurrier added another marquee win to his résumé Saturday night—a dominating victory over rival Clemson in Death Valley. Stephen Garcia threw for two touchdowns and Alshon Jeffery had 100-yards receiving in the game. The Gamecocks next play in the SEC title game against Auburn. —by Andy Moore
STANDINGS ATLANTIC ACC OVERALL Florida State 6-2
Boston College 4-4
Wake Forest 1-7
North Carolina 4-4
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Disastrous third down defense hurts Duke by Andy Moore THE CHRONICLE
11-for-17. It’s tough to win a game when your opponent converts with that proficiency on third down. “That was really [the] key factor in the game,” junior safety Matt Daniels said. “Those are the times where we really have to get them off the field, and we weren’t able to do that.” The ease with which North Carolina converted on third downs, including seven times Game in the second half when Tar Heels held onto Analysis the a dwindling lead, allowed them to hold onto the ball for almost 40 of the contest’s 60 minutes. It kept the Duke defense on the field until it was exhausted. And it psychologically beat down a tired Blue Devil team. Perhaps the worst moment of Duke’s third down defense came relatively early in the game—with six minutes left in the first quarter. Sean Renfree had just led Duke down the field for a convincing drive ending with an Austin Kelly touchdown that sent Duke’s bench into a celebration seemingly more suitable for a fourth quarter score. With a 7-0 lead, Will Snyderwine sent a booming shot into the North Carolina end zone. Tar Heel Matt Merletti could only run it back to the 11-yard line, and after a false start penalty, North Carolina began its drive from the 3-yard line. On first-and-15, Anthony Elzy got the call, and Daniels flew through the line, slamming into the running back and holding him to a 2-yard gain. Then it was second-and-11, and
Elzy was given the ball again. He could only make it two yards before being brought down by Abraham Kromah and Charlie Hatcher. The Tar Heels—favorites in the game and playing in front of a crowd predominately in their favor—found themselves standing in the shadow of their goal posts, down 7-0 and in very real danger of seeing their next play develop into a safety. Instead, T.J. Yates was given plenty of time to step back, find his target and hit tight end Ryan Taylor, who turned a long post pattern in the middle of the field into a 40-yard completion. A few Elzy rushes later, and North Carolina had tied the game. The Chapel Hill denizens never looked back, and Duke never again had the lead. Despite how early that completion was in the contest, Daniels would call it one of the game’s “defining moments.” It set the tone for the rest of the game, and it showed that the Tar Heels were not to be counted out— ever—on their third down plays. Head coach David Cutcliffe attributed the lack of a pass rush as one of the reasons why Yates and North Carolina were able to convert 64 percent of their third down attempts. Over and over again Saturday, Yates was given upwards of seven seconds to find his receivers and complete a pass. North Carolina’s offensive line rarely collapsed, and any blitzes that Duke threw out simply failed to materialize. Damian Thornton recorded the Blue Devils’ only sack in the game, an inconsequential tackle coming late in the second quarter. “One of the things we have to do, no question... is get to the quarterbacks better to play pass defense,” Cutcliffe said. “Everybody wants to talk about the secondary
all the time, [but] that goes hand-in-hand [with the pass rush]. You can’t let the quarterback get comfortable on you, period. You’ve got to hit him more.” Cutcliffe’s frustration with the team, easily seen in the postgame press conference Saturday, leaked out in his characterization of Yates’s performance. The senior quarterback, who went 28-for-35, had not played an exceptional game, Cutcliffe said. Duke just couldn’t get the job done. “If we were in man-to-man, we tried to get to the quarterback. [But] we couldn’t get
there, and when you don’t get there, their receivers found ways to get open and away from us,” he said. “Yates didn’t make any great throws—it was easy. He was just taking it and tossing it to a guy right in front of him.” The coach’s frustration at a loss much more debilitating than the final score would indicate was understandable. North Carolina gave Duke plenty of chances to win its first game in seven years against the Tobacco Road rival. But when the Blue Devils allowed their opponent to go 11-for-17 on third down, the odds were stacked against them.
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Anthony Elzy shredded Duke’s defense Saturday, rushing for 116 yards and several timely third downs conversions.
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oregon from page 4 The two brothers played together at South Medford High, leading the team to back-to-back state championship appearances, including a title win in 2007. The older sibling then decided to go further from home to play his college ball while E.J., who scored 14 Saturday, chose to stay in Oregon. But no love was lost for the elder Singler. When he was called to the bench with 5:30 left in the game, Duke fans all stood and clapped, with most Ducks’ fans clapping as well. “Throughout my whole life, the state has supported my family and me a lot,” Kyle Singler said. “I’m very thankful for the fans and all the support, and everyone coming out today to watch.” And for the entire Blue Devil team, picking up its sixth consecutive victory of the season and first nontournament road victory was a good way to end the month of November. “I’m very pleased with how we played,” head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “Oregon played their hearts out…. They spread you out and pressured you, and I thought we handled it well. We turned it over too much in the last ten minutes of the first half and the beginning of the second half, but our effort was good.” Duke had 19 turnovers to Oregon’s 11, but made up for it by holding an advantage in assists and shooting percentage. The Blue Devils went 53.2 percent from the field and made 13-of-27 from behind the arc while the Ducks shot 33.8 percent overall and finished 5-of14 from 3-point range. Though Duke had a relatively large 40-25 lead at the end of the first half, the Blue Devils increased the aggressiveness and pace of play to almost double that margin by the end of the game. Senior guard Nolan Smith played a big role in the team’s sudden surge of energy and momentum in the latter part of the game after shooting 1-of-8 in the first half. “I just wasn’t being aggressive in the first half and being really laidback, but in the second half, I came
“It was a little different today since my brother played with the other team, but when we started playing, basketball is basketball.” — Kyle Singler out to attack and made plays for myself and started making plays for others,” said Smith, who made all eight shots he took from the field in the second half and ended the game as Duke’s second-highest scorer with 18. “Maybe I was a little homesick, but there was definitely a mentality where I wasn’t in the aggressive mindset, and the coaches were saying ‘attack, attack,’ and that’s what I was doing the second half.” But Singler and Smith weren’t the only ones who made their mark on Saturday’s game. With the clock winding down and four-and-a-half minutes left in the contest, the underclassmen saw their opportunity to prove their worth on the No. 1 team in the country. Sophomore Ryan Kelly—who was again featured in the starting line-up—started a series of 3-pointers by making one with 4:28 left. Three more ensued, with sophomore Andre Dawkins making two and sophomore Seth Curry adding one. The barrage came when the game was no longer in question, but it still showed how deep this Duke team is. “As a team, we picked it up in the second half, and we just had to attack more and take advantage, and opportunities opened up,” Kelly said. “The end of the game… that’s something that shows the guys are continuing to grow. We have our ups-and-downs, and in a sort of sense, we’re a young team with a lot of young guys, and we’re just getting better as the season goes on.”
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Against Kansas State Tuesday, freshman Kyrie Irving played lockdown defense on Jacob Pullen, while also scoring 17 points and tallying six assists.
KANSAS ST. from page 4 11-for-23 from the foul line and have any chance to beat the No. 1 team in the country,” Martin said. Kansas State’s star, guard Jacob Pullen, epitomized those issues. The normally sharp-shooting senior was 1-for12 from the field, including 1-for-8 from downtown, and turned the ball over four times. Pullen was hounded by both Irving and Smith all night and was unable to find any open looks given the Blue Devils’ ability to switch off screens. Even when Pullen did find an open look, he couldn’t knock it down. He airballed an open look from beyond the arc immediately following a Kansas State timeout late in the second half.
“It wasn’t a single job on my part, it was really a team effort,” Irving said of his team’s game plan against Pullen. “We had to really lock in on him and learn his game. We did a great job on him defensively, which gave us offensive momentum.” This dominating performance also came in an arena in which Wildcat fans outnumbered Duke fans by a wide margin—Irving said the contest “felt like a road game.” That should prove useful this weekend, when the Blue Devils face their first true road game in Oregon. But more importantly for Duke, the game served as a statement to the country that the Blue Devils seem not to be easily intimidated, neither by a hostile environment nor an imposing foe. “They’re very well deserving of the ranking they have,” Martin said.
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football from page 5 many deep inside their own territory. In the third and fourth quarters alone, North Carolina found the necessary yardage on third down seven times, as an overmatched Duke defensive line simply could not pressure Yates, and the senior quarterback was allowed all the time he needed to pick out his receivers. In the third quarter, the Blue Devils cut the Tar Heels’ lead to seven after a Will Snyderwine field goal, but a drive taking up 5:48 on the clock would swing the momentum back in North Carolina’s favor. With third down completions to Ryan Taylor and Christian Wilson, as well as a 35-yard pass to Dwight Jones, Yates
coolly led the Tar Heels’ offense up the touchdown run from quarterback Branfield. Shaun Draughn’s three-yard scam- don Connette to pull Duke within five, but per on the next play gave North Caroli- North Carolina’s ability to sustain long posna a two-touchdown advantage with just sessions would doom the upset bid. over 11 minutes remaining. Though Duke forced a third down on the “Dwight made ensuing Tar Heel some big plays, offensive series, “We gave it our all like we and his 11 catchElzy’s easy two-yard es a lot of times run on third-and-1 always do, but you know, bailed us out,” Daextended the drive close only counts in hand vis said of Jones, and forced Cutwho had 121 reto burn his grenades and horseshoes.” cliffe ceiving yards on remaining timthe day. — Matt Daniels eouts. When the The Blue DevBlue Devils evenils made it intually got the ball teresting after Charlie Hatcher dropped back with just 56 seconds remaining, Renfree Draughn in the endzone for a safety, set- could not engineer a game-winning drive ting up a drive which ended with a two-yard with 76 yards to cover.
3 G I B PLAYS FROM THE GAME
1ST QUARTER DUKE 7, UNC 0
Duke’s season ended not with a bang, but with a six-yard completion over the middle to Austin Kelly. “You can always guarantee it’s going to be MORE a close game ONLINE when you go against a rival Wondering why Duke’s like UNC. It’s a football and basketball lot of emotion games were scheduled and a lot of inat the same time? Us tensity going too. into the game, dukechroniclesports.com and a lot of preparation,” safety Matt Daniels said. “We gave it our all like we always do, but you know, close only counts in hand grenades and horseshoes.”
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UNC 24, DUKE 19
On their own 7-yard line, the Tar With 5:04 left in the game, North Needing a 65-yard play, Sean Renfree Heels mount a drive that ties the Carolina’s Shaun Draughn is tackled throws a six-yard pass to Austin Kelly game. And it all starts with a 40-yard for a safety by Charlie Hatcher. Duke who is brought down before he can pass from T.J. Yates on third-and-9. scores again on the next drive. lateral to a teammate.
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Potti is gone, but problems remain Duke cancer researcher of Duke’s Institute for GeDr. Anil Potti resigned Nov. 19 nome Sciences and Policy. after his work was subjected Whether Potti committed to more than three months research misconduct by makof investigation for research ing intentional or reckless misconduct. In some ways errors is still not known, and Potti’s resignaexisting investion marks the tigations into editorial culmination of his work led a painful process for Duke, by Duke and the Institute of but the University must con- Medicine will continue. The tinue to grapple with several University could be forced issues raised by this situa- to pay back grant funding if tion. the American Cancer Society Potti’s resignation reveals or other organizations dethat his oncology research termine that Potti obtained was flawed. His decision to grants through fraud. Three step down and thus potential- clinical trials that relied on ly avoid research misconduct Potti’s research have already sanctions was based on his ac- been stopped and Dr. Joseph ceptance of “full responsibil- Nevins recently began the ity for a series of anomalies in process of a retracting a secdata handling, analysis and ond paper he co-authored management,” according to with Potti, this a 2006 paper Huntington Willard, director that was published in the Na-
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conducted by a leading oncologist such as Potti is extremely difficult to replicate. Few are qualified to even begin the process of questioning such cutting-edge work and this is made clear by the fact that it took roughly 1,500 for a group of biostatisticians to recommend that trials based on Potti’s research be stopped. A researcher like Potti, who was on the Medical School’s track to tenure, has earned nearly the greatest level of trust the University can bestow. Therefore it is essential to ensure that persons of high character, integrity and trustworthiness are filling these prestigious ranks. The fact remains that Potti lied on his resume when he applied for a job at Duke. He
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Vandwelling “Ken, I have a troubling issue to raise with you.” just to be safe I decided to keep it a secret. On my first day, I went to the parking services Uh-oh. I got this message about a month ago from office, wrote in a fake address on the registration my program director. I didn’t need to read on to form, and bought a parking permit. Like many first-year grad students, I was exiled know what it was about. It probably to the Mill Lot on Ninth Street, next had something to do with the fact ken ilgunas to the Erwin Apartments. that, for almost two years, I’d been guest column It took me a while to get the living in my van at Duke. hang of vandwelling. I had nowhere Before I go on, let me address and respond to some clichés: No, for the millionth to wash my dishes, the nearest public bathroom time, my van is not “down by the river;” no, I haven’t was a quarter-mile away and I constantly worried abducted anyone yet; and no, my van—I promise if I carried to class the musty, musky, “my-eyes-areyou—is certainly not a rockin’ (but please don’t starting-to-water” odors that resided with me in come a knockin’—that would really freak me out). the van. But over time, the van grew on me. Each mornIn January 2009, I began my studies in the graduate liberal studies department. When I ar- ing, I was awakened by cheerful birdsong, I found a rived, all I had was a suitcase full of clothes, a flat spot and I got to know my neighborhood well. backpack full of camping gear and $4,000 in the Plus, I was able to keep it a secret from everyone. I took showers at Brodie, got electricity and Wibank. Somehow I’d have to stretch my money out that first semester to cover tuition, transportation, Fi at Lilly, and knew what garbage bins to scour for day-old food. I got my food bill down to $4.34 a home, food, etc. I could have taken out loans like any normal a day, and my expenses down to $103 a week (not person, but I was determined not to. That’s be- including tuition). For the first year, I kept the van a secret from cause—just months before—I’d finished paying everyone. But living in hiding was taking its toll. off my $32,000 undergraduate student debt. To pay it off, I worked almost nonstop for two When I couldn’t take the loneliness anymore, I and a half years. I took a series of odd jobs, shovel- revealed my secret in grand form by publishing ing away, scoop by scoop, the mountain of money an article about my experiment on Salon.com. I in front of me that threatened to—if I didn’t do had no idea how Duke would respond, but was desomething radical about it—cast its shadow over lighted that they didn’t seem to care. I’ve grown so used to the discomforts of vandwellme for the rest of my life. I saved everything, bought nothing and put each ing that they’re no longer discomforts. Nor is frupaycheck toward my debt. For those two and a half gality a novelty or a challenge anymore, but a way of years, my monthly bills more or less ruled my life. I life. As I approach my graduation this May, I know told myself that if I was ever lucky enough to enroll that I’ll be leaving with, in addition to my degree, in school again, I’d do things a bit differently. another sort of education—an education just as So when I got accepted to Duke, I made it my valuable as the one I got inside classroom walls. goal to graduate debt-free. Sometimes I look back on that first year and I refused to take out loans. I pledged not to laugh when I think about how paranoid I was. I borrow. I’d eat cheap, find a part-time job, and should have known that a university would nevbuy a van—a 1994 Ford Econoline for $1,500—so er do anything to prevent a student from saving I didn’t have to pay apartment rent. money or exploring new ways of living. I wasn’t afraid of cold nights or the summer This is why I was so surprised when I got an eheat. Nor was I afraid of car theft or going hungry. mail about a “troubling issue.” Two weeks later, I I was, though, deathly afraid of campus security. I was kicked out of the Mill Lot and vandwelling at figured if Duke found out, I’d get kicked out of my Duke would never be the same. parking lot and be forced to go back into debt. Before I applied to Duke, I looked over the camKen Ilgunas is a second-year Master of Arts in Libpus parking regulations to see if I’d be breaking eral Studies student. This is part one of a two-part seany laws. The rulebook didn’t address the issue, but ries. Part two will print in tomorrow’s edition.
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Flight log It is amazing how much traffic there is at 4:45 in the with trusting someone you don’t know with getting you morning. Much to my surprise, I found I was not the from point A to point B. only one trying to catch an early flight home Sunday. Ladies and Gentlemen, my name is Lisa and your The roads were jammed and everyone pilot’s name is Will (or Bill?). He swears seemed to be heading to the airport. he just blew a .02 and is good to go. This seems to always happen. Maybe it I’m sure the guy is qualified, but it isn’t a 15-minute trip after all. just started to pour and there is quite a The trip is always fascinating around bit of turbulence. You sure he didn’t lie Thanksgiving. It is simply the greaton his resume? And are the wings supest small talk holiday. The variety of posed to shake that much? food people willingly admit to having Someone woke the baby. He does not at their tables, for instance, astounds seem to be excited for the flight. me. The conversations are surprising- antonio segalini Thankfully, the pilot does his job and ly candid: topics focus on family and the plane stays in the air. Passengers musings food and are not sponsored by Halldon’t expect more than the minor demark (some by Macy’s, though). I can tails: Turbulence could be caused by any just talk about turkey and describe the eccentric de- number of factors, but we will always assume it is minor tails of an Italian Thanksgiving. turbulence unless told otherwise. The pilot focuses on It is really hard to talk to someone whose job is to his job, and we focus on our books or unauthorized make sure there isn’t a package near your package, mobile devices. He stays quiet save for some meaningthough (please buy me dinner first). less commentary about the flight’s current location or But the small talk always dies at the gate. Children distance above the ground, getting us to our destinaare the only people who are truly and visibly excited tion without ever being more than a name mumbled to go on a plane. Maybe it is because their naivete into a microphone. shields them from the improbable yet possible risk It was Dick, right? And why are we over Tacoma, that each flight takes on. Most people take one of two Washington? paths: either they talk to their companion(s) or, if We all then walk along safely. The flight does not they are all alone, become true introverts. They push take us to our destination, but does a lot of the legwhole-heartedly into the book they have been push- work. Within five minutes, the pilot’s name is forgoting off, or read the fashion section of the newspaper ten. All the troubles go away and focus turns toward for the second time. the future. Two girls talk in Korean, one girl reintroduces herThere need be no conflict between the pilot and the self to “Lolita” and everyone else texts as if they are pos- passengers, because more likely than not it is just tursessed. They brush off small talk and constantly check bulence. And even if it isn’t, there isn’t much you can the time, as if there is really somewhere important to be do at 30,000 feet. at 8 a.m. on a Wednesday. I do the same, because I am an enormous hypocrite. Antonio Segalini is a Trinity sophomore. His column runs There’s always tension in the air. I guess that comes every Monday.
Black Friday and other dark days
f you discount it, they will come. before the first miracle on 34th Street. In 1939, as the That’s the philosophy of retailers at the holiday country was recovering from the Great Depression, reseason, judging by the predictably exuberant qual- tailers lobbied President Franklin D. Roosevelt to move ity of their ads. Doorbuster deals! Midnight madness! Thanksgiving one week earlier to give people more Gobblepalooza! time to shop for the holidays, ostensibly Ready, set, charge! to boost the economy. He caved, but Conylan mui Such hyperventilation has become gress changed it back to the last Thursday par for the course on Black Friday, the the washington post of November within two years. day after Thanksgiving that traditionally Two generations later, stores are in the kicks off the holiday shopping season. That one day ac- same position and are turning to the same techniques. counted for nearly $11 billion in sales last year, accord- Too much is riding on the holiday season to allow shoping to research firm ShopperTrak. pers to browse on their own volition, with holiday sales But as the country stumbles toward economic re- expected to rise a meager 2.3 percent over last year’s covery, one short day is apparently no longer enough total, to $447 billion. to win the hearts and minds—and wallets—of AmeriSo retailers are ginning up special occasions for us can consumers, particularly when retailers rely on to shop. There can be kernels of real consumer behavholiday shopping to ring up as much as half of their ior trends behind them - online retailers saw spikes in annual sales. In recent years, the industry has filled sales before they coined the term “Cyber Monday” five the calendar with a slew of new landmark shop- years ago, for example - but the equation can flip quickping days to keep consumers fired up right through ly. Now, it is often the sales that are in search of shopChristmas. pers, rather than the other way around. Anyone want There is Small Business Saturday, started by Ameri- a $19.99 Martha Stewart enamel cast-iron pot, down can Express this year to send customers to those long- from $39.99 at Macy’s? suffering mom-and-pop shops. Then comes Cyber Anyone? Monday, created by a trade group, when we return to I wonder what would happen if retailers just relaxed work after Thanksgiving and collectively slack off by and consumers shopped free-range, grazing stores at shopping online. Free Shipping Day, the brainchild of their own speed. If no one worried that they had missed a coupon site, comes next. And Super Saturday, a retail the Biggest Sale of the Year! Or, worse, that they were industry term, rounds out the season on the last week- duped because the true Biggest Sale of the Year! was end before Christmas. still to come. Exhausted yet? There’s more. I do love a good deal. But the limited-time-only As the calendar has become more crowded, re- pressure can be bruising, and I like to believe that tailers have resorted to increasingly far-fetched ideas we would still shop - and more merrily - without it. to stand out. Infomercials tried to muscle into the Surely it can’t be necessary to camp outside a Best game with a short-lived Info-Mania Sunday in 2007. Buy a full 10 days before Black Friday, as the comThat was the same year Wal-Mart called for Friday to pany said one family did this year at a store in St. be stretched over two days - a 48-hour Black Friday to Petersburg, Fla. accommodate its deals. This year, social coupon site Maybe instead of busting down the doors, we could Groupon wins “Most Creative” with the introduction just amble through them. That’s not what the retailers of Grouponicus, a “holiday” when deals last longer want, though. They want our calendars filled, so that than the usual one day. now, just a few days after Thanksgiving, I already feel “Believers acknowledge that all other winter holidays behind. are obsolete,” states one of the tenets of Grouponicus. This ridiculousness is rooted in history. The retail Ylan Q. Mui is a business reporter for The Washington industry has shaped our celebration of Christmas even Post.
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lettertotheeditor Some liberal girl on Thanksgiving In light of the recent “holiday,” I am taking over Gossip Bro’s sexist and racist column this week to tell people what they are actually celebrating when they sit so complacently at their “Thanksgiving” tables. These people are the same people who refer to Columbus Day as a holiday, not even recognizing that he was actually a MONSTER who massacred hundreds monday, monday if not millions of Nagossip bro tive Americans! HAPPY NATIVE AMERICAN GENOCIDE DAY EVERYONE. I know about this because unlike you I’ve actually opened up a Howard Zinn book and read about the atrocities behind America’s TRUE history, the one that your spoon-fed mainstream media would never dare to mention. Thanksgiving is not only a monument to white people who think they deserve everything (oh, hey Duke students!). Even worse, it commemorates everything wrong with what we did to the Native Americans and the fact that we celebrate it as a holiday of thanks just further insults the once proud and noble people who are the Native Americans. Maybe you don’t know what I’m talking about, and maybe you just right me off as another college girl who is angry about some cause because I ACTUALLY use my brain instead of worrying about what boots go with what leggings and what sorority letters will go with my boobs. You’re right, I am angry. Maybe I am a “GDI.” And maybe, just maybe, I’m not actually caught in the Duke bubble where you’re too busy complaining about Tailgate and other superficial issues to actually notice that there is racism all around you, EVEN IN THE HOLIDAYS YOU SO IGNORANTLY CELEBRATE, and it just further perpetuates our ethnocentric mindset. WAKE UP SHEEPLE! You probably didn’t know that the Europeans who arrived in America discovered a peaceful people with no weapons, only to turn around and give them diseases and make them slaves and stab pregnant women, only to name a few. It was really bad. You probably didn’t know that the Wampanoag people, the beautiful and honorable native tribe that Thanksgiving is supposed to celebrate our cooperation with, were actually exploited until they all died. I know it’s probably not what you want to hear because it clashes with your cookie-cutter Disney story Pocahontas image of Native America, but you’re all guilty. You sit there, happily stuffing your face with turkey, assuming that you’re the greatest because a white man discovered America and made everything so great, but you probably didn’t even know that the Chinese discovered America first. Oh, you didn’t hear that? I didn’t think so; it’s not something you would be taught in your ethnocentric school. Maybe you should open up a Gavin Menzies book and read about how the Chinese explorers came to America in 1421 way before the “hero” that you think came here in 1492. So is exploitation and murder what we are celebrating? Are we giving thanks for racism and alienation? In my Writing 20 class freshman year we learned about the concept of the “Other,” and on this holiday this idea of alienation is rife. But you don’t realize the otherization of other peaceful cultures and you continue to give thanks and then go out shopping on what you so racistly call “Black Friday,” only furthering the consumeristic nature of our gluttonous and irrespectful society. So go ahead, eat your turkeys (who also have NO voice when you pluck them and kill them) and laugh with your families that all those Native Americans never got to have. Rachel Marie Weingarten-Stevenson Trinity ’13 Campus BluePrint contributing writer Center for Multicultural Affairs Lady Blue Residential Assistant, Pegram Dormitory Women’s Center Ally
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But Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations, said the case does not pose a substantial threat to the University. “There is a huge leap between where we are today and DUPD not being able to exist,” Schoenfeld said. “It will continue to be business as usual.” Duke Police Chief John Dailey could not be reached for comment. Duke’s legal team is “working closely” with North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities and has provided information for state and local officials, Schoenfeld added. The challenge to DUPD’s arrest power was not unexpected given the recent challenge of Davidson College’s arrest power. In an August ruling, the N.C. Court of Appeals reversed a drunk driving arrest made by a Davidson officer on a street adjacent to the campus. The defendant argued that the arrest was unconstitutional due to the college’s ties with the Presbyterian Church. “We hold that the delegation of police power to Davidson College... is an unconstitutional delegation of ‘an important discretionary governmental power’ to a religious institution in the context of the First Amendment,” the Aug. 17 majority opinion reads. The N.C. Supreme Court later delayed the enforcement of the appeal’s court ruling because Davidson needs to ensure safety on campus. The defense of the Davidson police statute, which could be heard by the N.C. Supreme Court as early as January, is being supported by the college, NCICU, the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association and four policing associations, Schoenfeld said. Davidson College requires that 80 percent of its Board of Trustees and its president be active members of a Christian church. All students must also take a religion course at the college. The Davidson case, however, cannot be used as a precedent in Holloway’s defense because prosecutors have appealed the former to the N.C. Supreme Court. Still, Thomas indicated that he and other local defense lawyers planned to challenge DUPD’s arrest power, according to an Aug. 18 Herald Sun article. University bylaws require that the Methodist Church elect 24 of the 37 Board of Trustees members. Thomas also cited the bylaw stating that Duke’s aims are “to assert a faith in the eternal union of knowledge and religion as set forth in the teachings and character of Jesus Christ, the Son of God... to develop a Christian love of freedom and truth ... and to render the largest permanent service to the individual, the state, the nation and the church.” Thomas also mentioned the Duke Chapel’s central location on campus, the Latin motto translated as “Knowledge and Religion” and the prominence of the Divinity School as reasons why the University violates separation of church and state. Due to strong religious affiliations, other N.C. colleges have previously been stripped of their police powers and now rely on local police officers to monitor campus safety. Campbell University and Pfeiffer University both lost their policing powers in 1994 and 2002, respectively. But Schoenfeld said Duke’s historical ties with the Methodist Church are different than the religious affiliation of the other schools. “The circumstances at Duke are different from the other cases in which this has come up so as to not make this a valid comparison,” he said.
The warrant notes that Cotton was “entrusted” to receive the funds he is charged with embezzling, but instead stole them for himself. “He claimed the goods and services were for Duke business when it was not,” reads the warrant. Doug Stokke, assistant vice president of communications for Duke University Health System, deferred comment to Schoenfeld. DUPD Chief John Dailey could not be reached for comment.
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A new lawsuit contends that Duke Police do not have the power to make arrests because the University is a Methodist institution.
opencourseware from page 3 Alvin Crumbliss, interim dean of the faculty of Arts and Sciences and Trinity College, and Ed Gomes, senior associate dean for technology services in Trinity, wrote in an e-mail that some faculty have expressed a desire to share their course materials more openly, and that they would prefer a method of uploading material to one place where some material could be protected while other content could be open to the public. But Judith Kelley, a public policy professor who teaches a popular lecture course, Public Policy 55D “Intro to Policy Analysis,” said she is most concerned with what is in the best interest of her students. She said she believes that the more materials that are posted online, the harder it becomes for students to get engaged in the classroom. She fears it would decrease students’ motivation to attend lecture, to pay attention and, most importantly, rob the lecture of novelty and life. “It detracts from the class experience being vibrant and alive in real time,” Kelley said. “It’s substituting a real experience for an online experience.” Still, Nowicki said, MIT has been very pleased with the program and finds that it attracts students to MIT and helps the school’s brand internationally. He said, however, the program hasn’t necessarily changed the educational experience itself at MIT. “What you get for an MIT education is the interaction with the faculty members, with the other students,” O’Brien said. “The materials alone are not a course any more than having a textbook is having a course.”
mooney from page 4 TC: What do you see when you look into a songbird’s brain? RM: Birds, like humans and other vertebrates have a structure where they have the cell body and these branchlike structures called dendrites, these bushy structures emanating from the cell body. Those are the sites where other nerve cells make contacts, make synapses with that nerve cell and where nerve cells are able to signal one another. And there are specialized protrusions on the dendrites called spines..... So, a nerve cell with more dendritic spines has more synaptic partners, more cells talking to it. Similarly, a cell that loses spines loses synapses. The general dogma is that when we learn new behaviors and form new memories, synapses get built. But testing that in a natural learning paradigm has been really hard. The studies we did were really the first to do that. TC: What did you observe about these dendritic spines during the process of learning song? RM: We found dendritic spines in naïve birds can turn over at a really high rate. Turnover is the average of spines gained and lost, in this case in a relatively short interval. If you take those naïve birds and expose them to the tutor— the adult bird that provides the model that the bird will then copy— the birds with the higher turnover rate will learn more from the tutor. We monitor turnover in this area, we look at spines, we count how many come and go and develop a baseline measure. Then we take the bird and expose it to its tutor and we ask a couple months later how much did you learn from that tutor? The birds that had high turnover right at the time when they were exposed to the tutor learned a lot. The ones that had low turnover didn’t learn. We also found out that right before and after they hear the tutor song for the first time there’s this rapid stabilization of spines. Spines go from being dynamic to being really stable. In a 24-hour period things snap into a completely new state.
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John Cotton, a former business manager in the Department of Surgery, has been charged with embezzling Duke funds.
thanksgiving from page 3 as a way to ease their transition for their first Thanksgiving away from home—or first Thanksgiving in general. More than 50 students gathered at Pegram Dormitory on Thanksgiving Day to eat turkey and cranberry sauce while watching the New England Patriots play the Detroit Lions. Those on West Campus also enjoyed traditional Thanksgiving fare with a meal provided by Duke Dining in the Great Hall. Along with traditional meals, Grace’s Cafe, TGI Friday’s and Randy’s Pizza stayed open for the holiday. Students said they were grateful to the people who planned these traditional holiday experiences. “I appreciate what they’ve done for us because they could have stayed home with their families, but they provided us with a really great Thanksgiving,” said freshman Lucy Wei, an international student. Most international students understood the historical importance of the holiday but some said they were confused by the importance of the food. “I understand the holiday and the significance of the turkey, but I don’t know why we eat stuffing and cranberry sauce,” said freshman Jenny Zhang, a Chinese international student, adding that she did enjoy the festivities. “I’m so thankful I’m here at Duke and for all the people who care about me.” The aftermath of the Thanksgiving meal concluded with resting until Black Friday sales began. Students were whisked away on buses to Southpoint and enjoyed themselves while buying cheaper clothes, electronics and more. Koo said she signed up for all of the events hosted by Duke but that Black Friday was her favorite part of the break because of the reasonable prices. “I thought the sales were really awesome, and it was a good thing that it didn’t feel that crowded in the store like my friends had told me [it would be],” Zhang said. “I guess I’m used to it because there are usually this many people in China shopping on a normal day.”
student reps from page 1 Moneta said he did not think student voices have been excluded from University decision-making, citing the Honor Council’s increased role, the creation of the Greek Judicial Council and the Judicial Affairs Student Advisory Group. He said it was the first time he had been asked if students could participate in the review of judicial policies, adding that timing may have played a large role in that. “I don’t see this move as anything dramatic,” Moneta said. “[It’s] just an ongoing effort to expand student participation in various consultative processes.” Schork, however, said he believes the Judicial Affairs Student Advisory Group, created in 2008 and now called the Office of Student Conduct Advisory Group, devolved into simply a discussion group. “There was a void, and the void was not filled,” Schork said. “It’s a pretty great victory to have students in the room [when administrators make conduct-related decisions.]” Lefevre said the small changes made this year were easily agreed to by the administration and will have “huge implications.” “We made a well-reasoned case, and the administration agreed. That’s the way business should be done,” he said in an e-mail. “This wasn’t the high-visibility battle we... expected.”