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TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011

ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTH YEAR, Issue 77

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Chambers to speak at graduation

Report closes investigation into fatal fall

Haitian dream

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Graduates at this year’s commencement ceremonies will hear from a speaker who is a philanthropist, a politician and a prominent businessman. President Richard Brodhead announced to a select group of students Friday that Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers will deliver the graduation speech May 15. In addition to serving as the chairman and CEO of the communication and information technology company, Chambers has worked for former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and was involved in social responsibility efforts following Hurricane Katrina and the 2008 earthquake in China. “I am delighted that John Chambers will be Duke’s commencement speaker this year,” Brodhead said in a press release. “John has been a leader in an industry requiring constant innovation that has contributed to the connectivity of modern life. His commitment to global citizenship and corporate responsibility will inspire our students as they contemplate their future directions.” Brodhead selected Chambers to deliver the speech after the commencement speaker student advisory committee

The investigation into the accidental fall and death of senior Drew Everson has been officially closed. Acute ethanol intoxication was a “contributing condition” to the blunt trauma of the head due to a fall, which was fatal, according to the report issued Jan. 14 by the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner office. Drew Everson The toxicology report released the same day indicated that Everson had a blood alcohol content of 0.133 upon admission to Duke University Hospital, nearly 10 hours after he was last seen by friends. It is unclear what Everson’s BAC was at the time of his fall. “It could be a lot higher or the same,” said J. Robert Zettl, forensic technologist in Colorado and member of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists. “You would need a whole lot more information than [his weight and BAC upon admission] for me to say. You’d need to know how much he drank, what he drank, how long he had been drinking and what he ate that day, among other things.” Everson, who would have turned 22

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Randall Robinson, who is known for his activist work on behalf of Haitian immigrants, spoke at the annual Commemorative Service for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Duke Chapel Sunday.

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Duke to open office in D.C. $5K Kenan-Biddle by Maggie Spini THE CHRONICLE

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Duke will open a center in Washington, D.C. this year to connect Duke students, faculty and alumni working in the capital.

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Duke will open a permanent office in the nation’s capital, which is home to the University’s third largest alumni base and hosts more than 100 Duke student interns each year. The space will serve as a hub for Dukies in Washington, D.C., said Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations. He said he hopes the office will be fully functional this year. “The office will be almost like an embassy in Washington,” Schoenfeld said. “It will work to strengthen connections between students, faculty and alumni in Washington, while increasing Duke’s national visibility.” Although plans are still tenuous, Schoenfeld said a permanent office will facilitate classes and other events associated with Duke. The School of Law, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Sanford School of Public Policy are among the schools that will take advantage of the office’s resources. The University currently has an interim office run by Landy Elliott, assistant director for federal relations. The

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Ten projects designed by students from both UNC and Duke have each been awarded a $5,000 grant as part of the inaugural Kenan-Biddle Partnership class, part of an effort to increase collaboration between the two schools. “We received more than 90 proposals, which made the selection process highly competitive,” said Ronald Strauss, executive associate provost at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and co-chair of the grant selection committee, in a Duke news release. “We are confident that the 10 projects chosen are well designed to achieve the benefits intended by

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HUARAZ, Peru — Glacier melt hasn’t caused a national crisis in Peru, yet. But high in the Andes, rising temperatures and changes in water supply over the past 40 years have decimated crops, killed fish stocks and forced villages to question how they will survive for another generation. Without international help to build reservoirs and dams and improve irrigation, the South American nation could become a case study in how climate change can destabilize a strategically important region, according to Peruvian, U.S. and other officials. “Think what it would be like if the Andes glaciers were gone and we had millions and millions of hungry and thirsty southern neighbors,” said former CIA director R. James Woolsey. Peru is home to 70 percent of the world’s tropical glaciers, which are also found in Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile.

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Alum pledges $5M to Duke Law to help spur initiative by Yeshwanth Kandimalla THE CHRONICLE

Duke Law is $5 million richer thanks to Stanley Star, an alum who spent one year enrolled in the school before leaving Durham to become a businessman. The School of Law announced Jan. 7 that Star, Law ’61, and his wife, Elizabeth Star, pledged $5 million to spur a matching gift initiative. Stanley is the former principal of Cliffstar Corporation, a leading juice manufacturer, according to a Duke news release. Two of the couple’s children graduated from the University. “I know how important it is for [the School of Law] to have endowed chairs and professorships to attract the best faculty,” Star said. “I think the gift could fund three or four chairs.” Jeff Coates, associate dean for external relations, described the Stars’ gift as a “rare opportunity” to increase financial support for the law school’s programs, adding that the $5 million will lay the groundwork for a matching gift initiative. “The initiative created by the $5 million... will be the largest such effort coordinated by the law school,” he said. “It will incentivize donors to match this gift with their own contributions.” Although the logistics of the matching gift initiative have not been finalized, several prominent benefactors of the law school have expressed their intent to contribute gifts based on the Stars’ pledge, Coates said. “The Stars’ gift inspired Debbie and me

to join the effort,” Peter Kahn, Law ’76 and a member of the Board of the Trustees, said in a statement. “We hope others will likewise feel that same sense of excitement about how great this law school can be if we all come together to support it.” Star said he did not initially consider a matching gift initiative but “got onboard quickly” after it was suggested by David Levi, dean of the law school. “A matching gift is a terrific way to motivate others to give,” Levi wrote in an e-mail. “Stan and Elizabeth Star are leading not just by example but are offering to other friends of the law school the opportunity to increase the value and impact of their own gifts and philanthropy.” Star said he made his first gift to the law school approximately 15 years ago. He chose the school as the major beneficiary of his philanthropy because he values the importance of the education that the school provides to its students. The Stars’ earlier gifts have funded a wide variety of law school initiatives. Their $3 million pledge in 2004 created Star Commons, a major public gathering place and event venue in the law school. This latest gift came after Star sold his business. Apart from motivating other donors to pledge major gifts, the Stars’ contribution to the law school is expected to fund additional endowed chairs and professorships as well as academic scholarships for law students, Coates said. He added that the See donation on page 8

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Henry Fairbank (right), who served as chair of the physics department and worked on the Manhattan Project in World War II, is pictured with his brother Bill (left), who also taught at Duke.

Former Physics prof revered for scientific, family values by Sonia Havele THE CHRONICLE

Henry Fairbank, former professor and chairman of the physics department, passed away Thursday after a brief illness. He was 92. Fairbank served as chairman of the department from 1962 to 1973. He was highly regarded by his colleagues and students not only as a physicist, but also as a citizen and family man, said Adjunct Professor of Physics Dewey Lawson, who worked under Fairbank as a graduate student. After completing his Ph.D. in phys-

ics at Yale University, Fairbank joined the Manhattan Project during World War II, which developed the world’s first atomic bomb. Following the war, Fairbank returned to Yale to join the department of physics. In 1954, he received a master’s degree following studies as a Guggenheim Fellow at Oxford Universitiy, working in low temperature physics and focusing his research on liquid helium. “He was very highly regarded among low temperature physicists around the See fairbank on page 8


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presented him with a “lengthy list” of candidates in the Fall. The committee began convening to compile the list at the end of last academic year said Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations, who added that this year the University sought a speaker committed to the mission and goals of the University who also had a connection to Duke. Chambers attended the Pratt School of Engineering from 1967-1968 before transferring to West Virginia University to receive a degree in business. Senior Stephanie Chang, who served on the speaker selection committee, said she was happy to hear that the selected speaker comes from the tech industry. She added that many previous commencement speakers have come from fields like public policy, she is glad to see variation in the selection of the speaker. “I am an engineer, and I was pretty excited to hear that a tech speaker was coming,” Chang said. “The fact that he does have a Duke connection was the key factoring—he would be able to have something of a more personalized commencement speech for Duke.” Cisco Systems, a multinational corporation based in the Silicon Valley, is one of the world’s biggest technology corporations. The company’s annual revenues have grown from $1.2 billion to $40 billion since Chambers took over as CEO in 1995. Chambers has received a number of accolades, including being named one of BusinessWeek’s “Top 25 Executives Worldwide,” one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” and one of Barron’s “World’s Most Respected CEOs.” “John Chambers is one of the great American success stories in business who is pretty widely known and respected for his involvement in the greater society,” Schoenfeld said. Chambers received the Clinton Global Citizen Award in 2007 in addition to the U.S. State Department’s top corporate social responsibility award from former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. At Duke, Chambers was also a panelist at the celebration of the opening of the Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Sciences in 2004 and

temporary office serves as a source of support for Duke faculty, staff and students coming to Washington and helps connect policymakers in D.C. to Duke faculty and resources on campus, Elliott said. The current office is housed in a space rented from Washington University in St. Louis. As more students and faculty take advantage of opportunities in Washington and some Duke schools look to augment their programs, a permanent office will better meet the needs of the University, Schoenfeld said. The Sanford School of Public Policy already has a palpable presence in Washington, D.C. Its students intern and do independent studies in the city, and many faculty members participate in roundtables and provide expertise to policymakers, said Sanford Dean Bruce Kuniholm. Assistant Dean for Communications and Marketing Karen Kemp also noted the potential benefits of an office in Washington for Sanford. “Having Duke staff in D.C. will help us expand our network more quickly,” Kemp wrote in a Wednesday email. “It also will enhance Duke’s visibility and help us make Sanford faculty and their policy-related research more readily accessible to legislators.” Kuniholm said Sanford is looking to establish a semester-long program in Washington, D.C. but the idea is in its planning stages. Kemp said she would like to see the semester program incorporate the expertise of alumni working in Washington for guest lectures. Schoenfeld said it likely will not change the nature of programs already in Washington. An office may, however, facilitate some of their programs, for example by providing seminar rooms for classes.

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Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers will be this year’s commencement speaker, President Richard Brodhead announced Friday. spoke at the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges in March 2010. Chambers has made several commencement speeches in recent years, speaking at Santa Clara University last year. Chambers has also been known to have a somewhat non-traditional speaking style at past commencements— when delivering the address at University of the Pacific in 2007, Chambers left the podium to walk through the graduates while delivering his speech, without the help of notes. During the speech, Chambers spoke about the importance of adapting to life changes and the need for social responsibility in business. “You will not achieve what you are capable of in life unless you reach out and give it a try,” Chambers said. “As you take risks you will periodically fail. That will make you stronger.”

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Blue Devils dominate conference road test Behind 22 from Jasmine Thomas, Duke wins its third straight against ranked team by Sabreena Merchant THE CHRONICLE

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — There was upset fever in the air at the Donald L. Tucker center Friday two days after the Duke men saw their undefeated season come to a crashing halt against Florida DUKE 87 State. But the Blue 70 Devil FSU women made sure a repeat wasn’t in store in Tallahassee, turning in a very complete performance against the No. 22 Seminoles (14-4, 2-1 in the ACC). The 87-70 victory extended No. 3 Duke’s win streak to 16 games. “Credit Duke for playing great team basketball tonight,” Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. “I thought that they were more solid than we were.” The Blue Devils (17-0, 3-0) built an early lead thanks to hot shooting from beyond the arc. The Seminoles played a zone for much of the early part of the game and paid the price as Duke sank four 3-pointers to build a 26-19 edge heading into the second media timeout. Senior Jasmine Thomas hit two of those threes en route to a team-high 22 points, the third straight game she has scored 20 points against a ranked opponent. Haley Peters and Chloe Wells chipped in the other two scores from long range on a night

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when the Blue Devils’ freshmen scored 46 points. Their contribution was timely, as second-leading scorer Karima Christmas had only five points and spent most of the game in foul trouble. Duke maintained a comfortable advantage for the rest of the opening period by capitalizing on Seminole turnovers. The Blue Devils’ aggressive defense on the perimeter, combined with uncharacteristic sloppiness from Florida State, led to errant passes throughout the first half. As a result, Duke converted 21 points off of 14 Seminole turnovers. “We were just intense, we were aggressive,” said Thomas, who had a game-high three steals. “I definitely liked our defense better in the first half than in the second.” Florida State found its way back in the second half, attacking the offensive glass and connecting from outside to whittle a 14-point lead down to three. But the Blue Devils never lost their composure late in the game. With the score at 56-53 following a layup from the Seminoles’ leading scorer Cierra Bravard, Thomas hit a midrange jumper early in the shot clock to regain a five-point advantage. “Jasmine’s always great,” Semrau said. “She’s just clutch all the time. She just makes their team go.”

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BLACKSBURG, Va. — The Blue Devils’ bus travelled through Blacksburg, Va. Sunday afternoon to finish the backend of a two-game weekend road trip— and inside Cassell Coliseum No. 3 Duke kept on rolling. With Virginia Tech as their host, the Blue Devils (17-0, 3-0 in the ACC) overcame cold shooting with strong bench play and their typical DUKE 57 stifling defense en route to a 57-43 vic43 tory over the HokVT ies (9-9, 0-4). Despite coming out strong in the first half, when Duke shot 15-of-30 from the field and never trailed, the Blue Devils struggled to find their touch in the second half—especially from the perimeter. After going 0-for-7 to start the final period, Duke posted an icy 24.2 shooting percentage in the half with only eight total field goals. Beyond the arc the Blue Devils found themselves shooting a meager 4-for-22 for the game. “It would be nice if you go 7-for-7 and hit a lot of shots and those kinds of things,” head coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “But the thing that’s really hard is to be like the first half where we hit a lot of shots, and to still be aggressive and rebounding and playing the full game.” Indeed it was the concept of playing the full game that helped Duke through its cold spell. The Blue Devils took advantage of their missed shots to focus on crashing the boards to the tune of 29 second-half rebounds, including 16 on the offensive glass. Duke’s defense, meanwhile, was swarming all afternoon. The Blue Devils’ superior athleticism held Virginia Tech to just 18-for-56 from the field while giving up only four total free throws. The Hokies also managed just 18 points in the paint against Duke’s 32. Virginia Tech racked up 22 turnovers in the game, and four of the Hokies’ five starters gave the ball up on three or more occasions. “We cannot have 22 turnovers in a game,” Virginia Tech head coach Beth Dunkenberger said. “We cannot get outSee virginia tech on page 6

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Could Mason Plumlee be the new Zoubek? Well, that’s a relief. No, Coach K and the Blue Devils won’t match Bob Knight’s 1976 Hoosiers, but I’d like to propose that it’s for the best. Just ask the 2007 Patriots, or better yet, the 1991 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, whose quest Chris to go undefeated ended in the NCAA tournament at the hands of Christian Laettner and Grant Hill. In the age of the 24-hour news cycle, though, a game and a half of bad basketball has not only cost Duke its top ranking, but also inspired a multitude of columns pointing out the Blue Devils’ glaring weaknesses. Most have focused on Duke’s apparent overreliance on three-point shooting over the past three games, a symptom reminiscent of the J.J. Redick-era teams that bowed out of the NCAA Tournament early. This has been pointed out as a major symptom of the Blue Devils’ shortcomings just days removed from praising the team as the best in the country. With Duke now No. 4 in the Associated Press poll—and the team looking like the live-by-the-3 teams of the past—the sky is apparently falling. Not so fast. Despite the underachieving team performances of last week, Mason Plumlee has begun to shine on the glass, reminiscent of Brian Zoubek a year

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ago. Anyone who watched last year’s team knows how large an impact Zoubek had down the stretch, most notably his 10.1 rebound-per-game average following the February trouncing of Maryland in Cameron Indoor Stadium, in which the big man had 16 points and 17 rebounds. Indeed, the “Zoubek effect” was crucial in bringing home a national title, even more so than Scheyer’s ballhandling or Singler’s shooting. Through the fall there was little sign that the gap Zoubek left could be filled by any of the post players on the roster. Duke dropped from 5th a year ago to 92nd in national rebounding margin in his absence, including dismal performances that left it outrebounded by Princeton and UNC-Greensboro. People didn’t realize that the dearth of rebounders was such a big issue, because the Blue Devils shot the ball so much better than they did at this time last year—40.8 percent versus 38.5 percent. But after the shooting performances of last week, it’s evident that the threes won’t always fall. Behind Mason Plumlee’s rebounding, that may not be an issue. Plumlee’s improvements on the offensive glass are most promising. Offensive boards most obviously lead to a greater number of shooting opportunities, but also to more space around the key. Post defenders often must choose christina pena/The Chronicle

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After grabbing 30 rebounds in the last two games, Chris Cusack thinks Plumlee may be the new Brian Zoubek.

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76 DUKE UVA 60 Duke battles back against Cavs by Caroline Fairchild THE CHRONICLE

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski said during his postgame press conference Saturday that experience always leads to growth, even when that experience may have been a bad first half or a demoralizing loss. Sophomore Andre Dawkins proved just that in the second half when he ignited the Blue Devils with 12 of his 14 points to lead No. 1 Duke to a 76-60 win over Virginia in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The win extends the Blue Devils’ home winning streak to 30 games. “Experience is a hell of a thing and we want to use experience to help [us] and not hurt [us],” Krzyzewski said. “Really all four of the ACC games have been like that and we’re continuing to learn.” A disappointing performance out of the gate led Duke (16-1, 3-1 in the ACC) to trail the Cavaliers (10-7, 1-2) by as much as 10 points in the first half and by six going into halftime. Shooting a mere 8.3 percent from downtown, the Blue Devils had

a hard time converting their long range shots and missed 11 of their first 12 from behind the arc. Senior Nolan Smith kept his team in the game with 13 points— however his fellow players’ lack of support made it difficult for Duke to get into any rhythm on offense. Krzyzewski said that the sub-par offensive performance allowed Virginia to control the game’s tempo and play at a slightly slower speed. Although the Cavaliers’ defense didn’t necessarily force turnovers, he said, it also left little room for ball movement and for the Blue Devils to operate. “We weren’t playing that badly,” Krzyzewski said. “We just could not put the ball in the basket. Certainly part of that was their defense because they make you take those [bad] shots, but those are shots I believe that our guys can hit with more regularity than they did today.” Sophomore Ryan Kelly echoed his coach’s sentiments and said that the team couldn’t allow low shooting percentages to lead to Duke’s second loss in a row.

“We knew we had to pick it up,” Kelly said. “We were sitting there saying, ‘You know we aren’t making shots, but that is not what our focus has to be. Our focus has to be aggressive defense and we need to get stops and then our offense is going to come.’” And indeed, in the second half, Duke picked up its defensive efforts and saw players other than Smith—who finished the contest with a game-high 29 points— contribute offensively. Dawkins’s offensive runs, including a stretch where he hit three 3-pointers in just over three minutes, inspired a new level of intensity for the Blue Devils. Mason Plumlee was integral to Duke’s success as well and racked up a careerhigh 16 rebounds. Although he missed some key shots inside for the Blue Devils, the sophomore successfully executed a difficult set of assignments, including managing the defense from the inside and preventing penetration to the basket See m. basketball on page 8

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from 10.5 points per game with Irving to 3.9 points without him. When Duke most needed points on In ACC play, things have gotten tougher, Saturday, trailing Virginia by four and still not just for Mason but for the entire corps looking very out-of-sync, it wasn’t Kyle Sin- of big men. The four post players—the two gler that stepped up. Plumlees, Josh Hairston and Ryan Kelly— Nor was it Nolan Smith, combined for 22.1 points per game in noneven though he and Sin- ACC games, and have averaged just 10.3 in Game gler did combine for 42 four conference tilts. It would seem that Analysis points in the contest. playing Virginia without its star post player When the Blue Devils would have been a chance to improve upon were down and needed that, but Hairston and Miles Plumlee went a spark to get back up, the contributions scoreless while Mason Plumlee and Kelly came from Seth Curry and Andre Dawkins. combined for only 13 points. A foul with 12:45 left in the second half on “Offensively the game’s going to come a 3-point attempt put Curry at the line for to us,” Kelly said. “Finishing around the three shots, and he made all three. On the basket—we’re continuing to work on that next series, Dawkins drained a layup and and playing through contact.” was fouled, then forced a turnover that There’s no doubt that Mason Plumlee led to a Smith slam which turned a four- is a talented rebounder, particularly on the point deficit into a three-point lead and defensive glass, where he ranks first in the awoke a dormant Cameron crowd. It was conference with 8.3 boards per game, but critical for a team it’s easy to wonstill searching for der how a player “I know he missed shots in- that pulled down its identity in the wake of Kyrie Ir10 offensive reving’s injury that side, but he had 16 rebounds, bounds in the last players like Dawkand in the last 10 minutes he two games ended ins and Curry up with just three orchestrated our defense.... field goals. Part of demonstrated an ability to put the Mason had a heck of a game.” the problem has team on their been his inability — Coach K on Plumlee to finish around shoulders. But as valuable as their the rim. He shot contributions just 2-for-5 against were, there’s still one glaring area where the Cavaliers to bring him to 4-for-15 from Duke finds itself wanting. the floor in ACC play and 15-for-35 postThe contest against Virginia marked two Irving. Those are low percentages for a straight games where the Blue Devils have player who takes many of his shots near or stared down the barrel of defeat against around the rim. opponents playing without significant post Nonetheless, head coach Mike Krzyzeplayers. Duke took on Florida State without wski praised Plumlee after the game, saying 6-foot-11 junior Xavier Gibson, who ranked repeatedly that he played well and that the as the seventh-best prospect according to coaching staff didn’t want to remove the Draft Express. Gibson represents exactly the 6-foot-11 sophomore from the contest. kind of athletic big that could have given “I know he missed shots inside,” Krzyzethe Blue Devils fits inside. Duke then faced wski said, “but he had 16 rebounds, and in the Cavaliers without their leading scorer the last ten minutes he orchestrated our deand rebounder, 6-foot-8, 242-pound senior fense…. Mason had a heck of a game. [If] he Mike Scott. Scott averages a double-double, hits those shots, then it would be ‘whoa,’ but and his 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per it’s ‘whoa’ even if he didn’t hit the shots.” game would rank eighth and second in the The play of Dawkins and Curry on SatACC, respectively, if Scott had appeared in urday gives Duke reason to hope that the enough games to qualify. guards can absorb some extra scoring presEven with those two players watching the sure. But once the Blue Devils start to face games in street clothes, though, the Blue other teams at full strength in the post— Devils’ forwards still struggled on offense. beginning tomorrow with Tracy Smith at Mason Plumlee, Duke’s primary inside N.C. State and continuing later with road threat, scored just five points against Vir- rematches against Miami’s Reggie Johnson ginia. The sophomore has seen his offen- and Maryland’s Jordan Williams—the Blue sive production plummet since Kyrie Irving Devils could really use Krzyzewski’s first got hurt, with his scoring average dropping kind of ‘whoa.’ by Tom Gieryn

12:01 LEFT IN 2ND HALF DUKE 47, VIRGINIA 44

Thanks to an on-target pass from Andre Dawkins, Nolan Smith slams home a dunk that awakens a dormant Cameron crowd, keeping them loud during the rest of Duke’s game-defining run.

6:56 LEFT IN 2ND HALF DUKE 62, VIRGINIA 52

Dawkins hits three 3-pointers during the Duke run, including a final three that pushes the Blue Devils’ lead to 10. Virginia head coach Tony Bennett calls the shots “the dagger.”

C AROUND THE AC Georgia Tech 78 - UNC 58

ATLANTA — Ol’ Roy was not pleased with how his team shot the ball Sunday night—27.6 percent, the worst for the program since 1955. In a game in which the Yellow Jackets caused North Carolina to go 16-for-58 from the floor, Georgia Tech’s Iman Shumpert matched a career-high (set last year against the Tar Heels) with 30 points. Glen Rice, Jr. chipped in 24. Harrison Barnes and John Henson led North Carolina with 11 points each.

Florida St. 84 - N.C. State 71

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The ACC’s top team followed up its upset performance against Duke with a win over N.C. State Saturday, thanks to a flawless day from Bernard James. James hit all eight of his field goal attempts en route to a career-high 16 points. Tracy Smith had 19 for the Wolfpack in his fifth game back since his injury.

Miami 72 - Boston College 71

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Behind Durand Scott’s 19 points, Miami snapped a two-game losing streak to take down Boston College. Reggie Jackson had 22 for the Eagles, as well as a shot to take the lead with 20 seconds left. Julian Gamble blocked the chance, though, and Boston College lost its first game in conference play.

Va. Tech 94 - Wake Forest 65

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Wake Forest continued its quest for ACC infamy Saturday, losing for the seventh time in eight games. Behind Manny Atkins’s career-high 16 points, the Hokies easily coasted to a 44-24 halftime lead, then went on an 8-2 run to start the second half. The Demon Deacons have now lost their three ACC games by an average of 23 points. —by Andy Moore

STANDINGS

ACC OVERALL

Florida State 3-1

13-5

Duke

3-1

16-1

Boston College 3-1

13-5

Clemson

2-1

13-4

North Carolina 2-1

12-5

Virginia Tech 2-2

11-5

Miami

1-2

12-5

Maryland

1-2

11-6

N.C. State

1-2

11-6

Virginia

1-2

10-7

Georgia Tech 1-2

8-8

Wake Forest

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Duke’s rookies followed Thomas’s example. After Chasity Clayton cut the lead to three once more, freshman Chelsea Gray hit perhaps the biggest shot of the game. With 11:28 remaining, Gray nailed her only three of the night to give the Blue Devils a two-possession lead. She finished with 13 points and four assists. Fellow freshman Tricia Liston, who tied a career-high with 15 points, hit a 3-pointer to follow Gray, and Peters got a critical putback when Thomas missed from beyond the arc on the ensuing possession. “I’m just excited to see the way in which Jasmine is leading the younger players,” head coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “The younger players are following her lead, her attack mode, the way she plays the game and her intensity.” As time ran down and Florida State picked up its pressure, Duke stayed sharp on offense and continued to find the open player. The Blue Devils finished with 17 assists, a number of them coming on dumps into the paint when the Seminoles crowded the perimeter. Gray started and finished the game at point guard, allowing Duke to have two passing threats out of the backcourt. As a result, Thomas was able to get more players involved and had a game-high eight assists despite playing off the ball. And it was the Blue Devils’ deep offensive attack that made the team difficult to defend when several players hit big shots to keep the Seminoles in the hole. “It’s good to see our team react that way to a run on the road, keep our composure and not get out of our game,” Thomas said. “We were still patient on offense, still attacking, trying to get the best shot we could, and we ended up doing that.”

rebounded by 10. That’s giving extra possessions to the other team. If we start a game and I say ‘Okay, you’ve got 15 more possessions than me to start the game,’ odds are I’m not going to win.... It comes down to a game of possessions.” The Blue Devils’ bench didn’t hesitate to capitalize on the extra possessions. Every Duke player saw the floor as the six bench players managed to outscore the five starters, 29-28. Sophomore Allison Vernerey led the way for the Blue Devils’ reserve corps, scoring 15 points and pulling in seven rebounds in a high energy performance that McCallie called “fantastic.” “Vernerey did what good backup post players do,” Dunkenberger said. “We said she’s going to get the ball, she’s going to get it deep, she’s going to get on the left block and she’s going to turn to her left and score. And she did it again, and again, and again.” Vernerey was particularly effective in the second half as the rest of the team seemed to wear down. She pulled in three offensive boards and tallied nine points in the period. Just as the Hokies seemed to be figuring out how to chip away at the lead, Vernerey made a key three-point play with 6:04 remaining in the game to jump start a 10-0 Duke run. Freshman Tricia Liston completed that run with her own three-point play to put the Blue Devils up by 20 just under the four-minute mark, thwarting any hopes of a Virginia Tech comeback. Liston finished with 13 points off the bench for Duke. With another successful road trip in the books, the Blue Devils look forward to returning to the friendly confines of Cameron Indoor Stadium for the first time in two weeks when they take on Georgia Tech this Friday.

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Against Virginia Tech, the Blue Devils survived a cold shooting night with their defense and rebounding.

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Duke women sweep weekend; men take match against Queens The swimming and diving teams opened their spring season with mixed results, with the men’s team beating Queens University of Charlotte 241-23 but falling to undefeated South Carolina 165-135 in the Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion. The women’s team swept the weekend, winning 160-140 over the Gamecocks and dusting the Royals 237-47. The men’s team kept the match with the Gamecocks close, behind strong performances from the medley relay B-team, which collectively broke the school record in the 200-meter race with a time of 1:32.28. Also, in the 50-meter freestyle the Blue Devils took the top two spots, with sophomore Ben Hwang taking first followed by senior Nick

Garvy. The divers continued to dominate, led by Nick McCrory, taking four of the top five spots in the one-meter. The women’s squad remained undefeated, thanks to a bevy of solid results. Sophomore Cara Vogel took the top honors in the 100-meter backstroke, and finished second in the 200-meter backstroke behind teammate Meghan Dwyer. Diver Abby Johnston set a new pool record on the three-meter board with a 377.85, smashing the mark previously held by Olympic silver medalist Anastasia Pozdniakova. The Blue Devils will next face Virginia on Sunday, Jan. 23. —from staff reports

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Duke’s men topped Queens University, but fell 165-135 to South Carolina.

cusack from page 3 before stepping up in the lane to cut off a driver, giving up prime rebounding position, or give up the drive in order to stick with their man in the post. Nolan Smith’s poor shooting of late, a combined 11-of-35 against the Terrapins and Florida State, is largely the result of the former, with coaches beginning to tell their big men to leave the Plumlees unguarded under the hoop to keep Smith out of the lane. However, I think the Blue Devils are in the midst of a transformation that will take them back towards the team they were last season, led by the younger Plumlee. Although the sophomore had a rough fall—pointed out in this space perhaps too often by myself—his last two games have quietly been the best of his young career. Eight points combined is nothing special, but thirty rebounds is, especially against the Florida State and Virginia backcourts. And while two games is too small a sample size to make any kind of predictions about the rest of the season, it’s a reason to be hopeful. If Mason Plumlee can continue to develop into the paint-controlling force he was expected to be—and is already according to NBA scouts—in a month or so this team will look and play completely differently than it has all season. Regardless though, I think we can all agree on one thing, nothing will ever beat throwing up the big “Z”.

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m. basketball from page 4 by Cavaliers’ big man, Assane Sene, who ended the night with eight points and five rebounds. Krzyzewski made the decision to go small in the second half, rotating Smith, Dawkins, freshman Tyler Thornton and sophomore Seth Curry around Mason Plumlee at the center and senior Kyle Singler at the four position. Although this was largely because of Virginia’s goal of spreading the ball on defense, it was also due to Plumlee’s success down low. Consequently, junior Miles Plumlee was starkly missing from Saturday’s matchup and only saw four minutes of play the entire game. Krzyzewski said this was again due to the younger Plumlee’s standout performance.

“He has had 30 rebounds in the last two games,” he said. “That is an asset that is being developed.... Miles will obviously have more opportunities especially when we are playing the bigger teams.” Saturday’s contest marked the last time that Duke held the No. 1 position in the polls. And with the status of star freshman Kyrie Irving still in the air, the team faces an uphill climb back to the top. Krzyzewski, however, is focused not on what the team has lost, but the challenges of the present. The Blue Devils will be tested again tomorrow night at 7 p.m. when they face N.C. State in Raleigh, N.C. “We have won a lot of games and each game is its own entity, each game is its own masterpiece, failure or success,” Krzyzewski said. “It doesn’t really make any difference what you have done in the past, it’s what you do on that particular day.”

DUKE FALLS TO NO. 4 To no one’s surprise, Duke lost its No. 1 spot in college basketball’s national polls Tuesday. After losing to Florida State Wednesday and surviving a surprising onslaught from Virginia Saturday, the Blue Devils fell to No. 4 in the Associated Press poll and No. 5 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. In the AP poll, Duke sits behind Ohio State (18-0), Kansas (17-0) and Syracuse (18-0). In ESPN’s tally, Pittsburgh (17-1) sits ahead of Duke as well, despite also

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For all the pomp and cir- seek to meld their own expecumstance surrounding col- riences and philosophies into lege graduation ceremonies, an address that is reflective the name of the individual and forward-looking, congratenlisted to deliver the com- ulatory and inspirational. mencement address often garWe believe John Chamners the most public scrutiny. bers has the experience and Although knowledge to John Chambers deliver an apeditorial may not have propriate and the instant name-recognition impactful commencement of previous speakers such as address. Oprah Winfrey, we believe Further, Duke has extensive the chief executive officer ties with Chambers on both and chair of the board at Cis- a personal and professional co Systems is a strong choice level. His selection as this year’s to help celebrate Duke’s commencement speaker could Class of 2011. potentially herald future colWhile superficially judged laboration between Duke and on their relative “importance,” one of the nation’s most innocommencement speakers’ vative technology companies. lasting impact is found in Although he only spent his or her ability to convey a one year as a student in powerful message with intel- Duke’s Engineering School ligence and eloquence. Com- before transferring to West mencement speakers should Virginia University, Cham-

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bers has frequently and tangibly signaled his fondness for the University. Through a scholarship fund, Chambers has endowed a fellowship for distinguished graduate engineering students to pursue research opportunities at the Fitzgerald Institute for Photonics at Duke University. Under Chambers’ tenure, Cisco has promoted several unique collaborations with the University. Last year, Fuqua unveiled a virtual lecture hall utilizing Cisco’s TelePresence technology, allowing students and professors in Durham to connect with academic and corporate luminaries around the globe. In 2008 Duke partnered with Cisco to build a campus wireless network that was the largest of its kind. These collaborations alone do not make Chambers a good

selection for the commencement address. While his litany of professional awards, including the distinction of making Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” list, speak to his prominent stature within the business world, we realize that a speaker culled from corporate America may not appeal to all graduates. Chambers, however, distinguishes himself from other corporate leaders in two important ways—the technological foundation of the company he leads and his record of philanthropy and corporate responsibility. Cisco, which has a strong presence in Research Triangle Park, is a company that relies on research, collaboration and innovation. These are skills that graduates have practiced at Duke and will likely employ in their

future. In an era marred by financial irresponsibility and excess, Chambers’ blending of economic growth and social responsibility has specific relevance for students entering the professional world. Ultimately, the quality of Chambers’ address will matter more than his accomplishments. The University and the student advisory committee deserve praise for finding a unique speaker with interesting experiences and a fondness for Duke. For the students, parents and faculty gathered in Wallace Wade May 15, John Chambers’ speech will complement the main event. The celebration of our graduates, their accomplishments and their experiences yet to come are the key components of a meaningful commencement.

Party of one “I am not interesting,” I said firmly in French, place, just like the words we say (or the words we my syllables clipped and assertive. The Senega- commit to detailed, graphic PowerPoint presenlese salesman dangling fabrics in front of my tations) can easily ricochet off the gothic stone face looked at me curiously. “Look, I said, I’m not walls and zoom straight back at us. interesting,” I repeated and turned In my time as a student joursharply away, back into the bustle of nalist, I’ve always sought to juggle the market. the different voices and perspecAs anyone who has spent a long tives I encounter here, presenttime abroad knows, there are moing them and then stepping ments as a foreigner when you back to let them jostle amongst feel remarkably in control, coastthemselves for the reader’s opining through an unfamiliar place as ion. But constructing article afif you’ve spent a lifetime doing it. ter article this way, I’ve become ryan brown Throughout my four months in Daincreasingly frustrated with the kar, Senegal, I experienced many first world problems one voice that was always left such instances—bargaining for taxis out—my own. like a local, eating with my hands I’ll tell you one reason why and politely declining marriage proposals in that gets on my nerves. As a student body, we three languages, to name a few. have a remarkably short institutional memory. But that ease is deceptively fragile, toppled Already, there are no undergraduates left on by the tiniest of mistakes. You mix up two little campus who were here to witness the long and words in French, for instance, and suddenly in- painful debacle of the 2006 lacrosse case. Even stead of letting vendors in a market know that for my class, which arrived in Fall 2007, this event you’re not interested in what they’re selling, you’ve exists only as a kind of vague shorthand for injusexpressed an apparently emphatic belief in your tice, a logo we wear on T-shirts and appropriate own dullness. But to me, this particular mistake in a world-weary way whenever the media maligns felt somehow appropriate. Excuse me, everyone, my Duke again. The Campus Culture and Women’s subconscious seemed to be announcing, but lest initiatives have slid even further from our collecyou be confused, I’m just not that interesting. tive consciousness, and by next year, a fourth of As a reporter for The Chronicle during the the student body won’t have lived through Karen past three and a half years, I’ve more or less op- Owen or Tailgate-gate. erated under that basic assumption. I’ve interMaybe this is just the history major in me talkviewed Mormons and civil rights photographers, ing, but if those of us about to graduate don’t transgender students and undergraduate military speak up and make our own experiences at this veterans, local politicians and President Brod- university known, we risk letting events that were head. I’ve traveled to the Democratic National important to us be inherited by the next genConvention and the North Carolina Seafood Fes- eration as blurry, secondhand impressions, void tival, and I once pissed off a legion of frat stars of specificity and nuance. We risk letting them by getting their crude party invites re-posted to hash out our battles and make our mistakes all Gawker.com. over again. And in doing so, we’re letting the But never once have I written about myself. outside world continue to see us as a campus of It’s the curious thing about being a journalist— sex-crazed, hedonistic douchebags from New Jereverything you write is at once yours and not sey (when everyone knows we’re actually all from yours at all. Although it’s not always obvious, re- California). porting and writing the news is a deeply personal In the grand scheme of things, of course, the endeavor, born of conversation and observation, issues I’m proposing to tackle here are small, selfof probing niches and dark corners and trying to centered and privileged—in other words, First streamline an impossibly complicated world into World problems. But if we don’t discuss and sort manageable, 500-word chunks. out the messes on this campus, how do we expect But it is also a craft that calls for an almost to discuss and sort out the messes in the world? superhuman level of detachment and objectivity. Until we figure ourselves out, the bigger And though we rarely get credit for it, the job of problems will just have to wait. For now anythe college journalist is even more difficult, be- way, I’m just not that interesting—er, I mean, cause the people you report on don’t just disap- interested. pear into the ether when you publish the article. They’re in your econ class or sitting right across Ryan Brown is a Trinity senior. Her column runs from you on the C-1. The words we write in this every other Tuesday.


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How we learn how to learn One of Duke’s signature appeals is its curriculum. also be charged with thinking beyond the CurricuDuke students don’t have cumbersome general edu- lum 2000 framework. cation requirements like they do at other schools. As I’ve written before, faculty should be the drivIndeed we don’t really have any classes ing force in developing curriculum. that all students are required to take, Our current system is friendly to the inaside from Writing 20 and a freshtroduction of new courses. Dean Baker man seminar. There are even dozens wrote that “the curriculum never gets of variations among those two. Duke’s stale because every semester our faccurriculum, called Curriculum 2000, is ulty develop hundreds of new courses; probably just about as flexible as you’d many of these classes are responsive to find at any university in the world. current topics or the latest research in Curriculum is at the heart of the Uniareas... our curriculum keeps evolving versity. Lee Baker, Trinity dean of aca- gregory morrison and adapting as new classes receive ardemic affairs and associate vice provost finish the thought eas of knowledge and modes of inquiry for undergraduate education, wrote to [designations]—our general education me in an e-mail that the goal of curricurequirements are never, ever static or lum in a liberal arts education is to empower students stale.” This being said, students need not have a fun“to think critically and globally, write persuasively, ar- damental role in decisions about what, exactly, congue logically and analyze with precision... to innovate, stitutes a liberal arts education. Bringing students adapt and figure things out by themselves.” Curricu- into the room is not always helpful, and sometimes lum teaches students how to learn. might be downright counter-productive. Students Duke aspires to be this nation’s leading university. are, however, undeniably key stakeholders when it Because of our relative institutional youth, we inno- comes to what is taught in classrooms at Duke. Comvate in ways other institutions do not. I think it’s fair prehensive curriculum design should include all to say that for the past decade Duke has been setting stakeholders. trends defining undergraduate education. Administrators should not be wary—nor do they But the problem with being the trendsetter is that seem to be—of this call to re-evaluate how we strucif you ever stop to take a break, you might very well ture teaching and learning. lose your spot out in front of the pack. Just because Dean Baker seemed perfectly cognizant that, as we have a strong, versatile curriculum now doesn’t he put it, “Eventually, we will have to take a hard mean it can’t be made better. look to see if our current suite of modes of inquiry Four events over the past decade have put a pres- designations are properly aligned with our institusure on Curriculum 2000 which is more systemic, tional and educational priorities.” Alvin Crumbliss, perhaps, than the pressures which led to the current interim dean of the faculty of Arts and Sciences, review of the Quantitative Studies “Area of Knowl- has asked that Duke Student Government prepare edge” and the previous review of the Cross Cultural a white paper on curriculum. DSG Chief of Staff Inquiry “Mode of Inquiry” prompted by the 2007 Andrew Schreiber, a senior, has been working with Campus Culture Initiative. Two of these events are Duke’s Office of Institutional Research to prepare a global and two are Duke specific. The global events, poll of students regarding curriculum that should be the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the financial crisis conducted in the coming weeks. Data from this poll of 2008 have set the tone and direction of the 21st will be passed to DSG Vice President for Academic century. The Duke events, the formulation and pub- Affairs Kaveh Danesh’s new curriculum committees lication of the 2006 strategic plan “Making a Differ- that will be responsible for drafting a report to the ence” and the opening of Duke Engage, prioritized provost. I expect that report will ask that the provost in new ways Duke’s commitment to “knowledge in convene a new study committee on curriculum. service of society” and “global citizenship.” Innovation in curriculum should remain one of It’s been a decade since Curriculum 2000 came the University’s great assets. It’s time to take a look at online and almost seven years since it was last re- Curriculum 2000 10 years in and to engage in a robust viewed in a holistic fashion (by a committee includ- conversation, as a campus, about how our academic ing students chaired by Steve Nowicki, vice provost life advances some of Duke’s emerging educational and dean of undergraduate education). The time priorities like globalization and civic engagement. has come for another review which might specifically tackle how our curriculum integrates the concepts of Gregory Morrison is a Trinity senior. His column runs globalization and civic engagement but which might every Tuesday.

So how does this work? Am I supposed to mine the latest current events for an interesting column topic, throw in a few facts and figures that I Googled and pretend to have an opinion that I then pretend people will care about? Forgive me if I’m a little new to this whole “normal column” thing, and I might be a little gun-shy about writing now that my name and picture appear next to my rambling incoherencies. I have to admit I don’t derek speranza actually read the news, and I’ve never actually looked am i doing this right? at a Chronicle. Most of my news is gleaned from disjointed phrases viewed out of the corner of my eye from a combination of Facebook statuses and Google search bar suggestions. I guess it’s not surprising, then, that until this morning I was wondering what the big deal was about Kathy Lee Gifford being able to “move and breathe on her own,” not even stopping to think about what it was that she was doing before she had those faculties. A few tweets later, and the social networking community had me thinking that Taylor Lautner went on a politically motivated shooting rampage while wearing a red G-string, and I still had no idea why he went after Kathy Lee. When I finally did try to inform myself about one of the more horrific tragedies in recent memory (referring, of course, to the Arizona shootings), I was suddenly reminded why I don’t read the news: It’s ridiculous! I went to what I thought was a respectable news source, CNN.com, to put an end to the inanity that had been driveling its way into my consciousness. No headlines about Gabrielle Giffords, though, so I still had no idea what anyone was talking about, but dammit at least I knew “Which stars dazzled Piers Morgan?” (an actual CNN headline). And right there is the problem with the state of modern journalism. Now, I’m not one of those recalcitrant old curmudgeons who pines for the days of Edward R. Murrow in the evenings and a paper copy of The Times with my morning coffee. Indeed, the Internet has been nothing short of a boon to almost every facet of American life. But with its bountiful blessings to business and communications, the Internet has also provided the masses with the ability to see only what they seek out, and nothing more. Instead of gathering around the television to consume “news” as a good in its own right—one that men with the occupation title of journalist have produced for them in a 30-minute package—people can segment what news they see and ignore the rest. And when more people click on a story titled “Are we too obsessed with Facebook?” (another actual CNN headline) than a story about the Tunisian revolution, then the financial health of news outlets is directly dependent on how many idiots they can attract with their headlines and content. Even on that rare occasion when CNN is discussing something newsworthy, like, say, politics, the language is dumbed down to attract the same audience demographic as the CW’s “Gossip Girl”: “Are McConnell, Obama BFFs?” was the actual headline to the top story on CNN’s website just a few weeks ago. Incredulous, I went back to show someone just a few hours later, but to my dismay the headline had been updated to: “Spotted in DC: Cranky bipartisanship.” My response when I saw this type of language comprising the top headlines on what is considered by some to be one of the nation’s top news outlets was the only one they deserved: OMFGWTF. I’m all for a free market, and if the dispersal of viral videos and celebrity gossip is the road at the end of journalism’s course, then it is the province of no one to force it any other way. All I ask is that you think before you click on “Dog has a makeover to look like a panda,” consider the homepage of a news website as a mirror to reflect our society and ask yourself into what, exactly, it has devolved. Derek Speranza is a Trinity junior. His column runs every other Tuesday.


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the partnership.” Originally, the student proposal deadline was changed from Nov. 15 to Nov. 22 after no applications were submitted and several requests were made by students to extend the deadline. Grants awarded include scholarly projects such as DukeUNC Bhutanese Empowerment Project, Triangle University Food Studies, Duke/UNC-Chapel Hill Working Group in Contemporary Poetry and Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and Science. Applicants were required to include at least one public exhibition, presentation or performance for each proposal and were chosen by a committee of students and admin-

tomorrow, sustained severe head injuries after falling down an outdoor stairwell behind the East Campus Union early Oct. 22. Friends last saw him walking to his Watts Street apartment off East Campus at 2 a.m., the report stated. A Marketplace employee found him unconscious at the bottom of a seven-step cement staircase at 11:30 a.m., and Everson was then transported to the Duke University Emergency Department. According to the medical examiner’s report, Everson suffered from multiple skull fractures, diffuse subarachnoid hemorrhage, subdural hematomas and hemorrhage, which eventually led to him being pronounced brain dead at 8 p.m. Oct. 23. The Duke University Police Department closed its investigation after the medical examiner’s report was released, said Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations. “The medical examiner’s report released today provides finality to the extensive investigation by the Duke Police,” Schoenfeld said in a statement Friday. “The Duke community is deeply saddened by this tragedy and continues to mourn Drew’s death. His legacy at Duke will be long-lasting, and we offer our thoughts and prayers to Drew’s many family and friends.” Schoenfeld noted that DUPD consulted with outside law enforcement agencies in order to construct and reconstruct the accident in addition to conducting interviews and reviewing available medical information. He also confirmed that all of Everson’s personal belongings were found in his pockets. “There are just a number of aspects of the situation and all evidence indicates an accident,” Schoenfeld said in a November interview. In the months following the tragic accident, Everson’s family and friends have been actively working to ensure that his memory lives on. Campus Council, of which Everson was a member, sponsored a tribute at the first home men’s basketball game Nov. 14 and gave the first 1,000 students attending Viking helmets, which had been Everson’s trademark attire at basketball games.

school has seen a decrease in contributions over the past two years during the economic downturn but could not provide more specific statistics. Coates pointed to the matching gift initiative as an indicator of a potential “return to normalcy” in law school donations this year.

“I have no doubt this group of

Kenan-Biddle Partnership grantees will contribute admirably to our mutual benefit.” — Larry Moneta, vice president for student affairs and co-chair of the grant selection committee istrators from both Duke and UNC. The grants, which are funded by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, were created to strengthen and create relationships between the two campuses. “We have experienced many successful collaborative efforts between students from our two great schools,” said Larry Moneta, vice president for student affairs and co-chair of the grant selection committee, in a Duke news release. “I have no doubt this group of KenanBiddle Partnership grantees will contribute admirably to our mutual benefit.” Proposals for the 2012 class of grant recipients will begin to be accepted in November.

fairbank from page 3 world,” Lawson said. In 1962, Fairbank was recruited from Yale to be the chairman of the physics department at Duke. In 1996, one of his graduate students, David Lee, along with two other collaborators, won a Nobel prize for work on superfluid helium-3. Lee credited Fairbank for suggesting the cooling method that led to their successful work. Fairbank was a devoted Duke basketball fan and attended home games of the men’s and women’s teams with his wife, Martha. The two were also active runners and competed in several masters tournaments across the country and abroad between 1975 and 1989. Henry ran the Boston Marathon when he was 59. Fairbank’s ashes will be interred in the columbarium at the Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Durham, where he and his wife were members for 48 years. A memorial service will be held there on March 12. Everson’s family donated his organs, according to the medical examiner’s report. They are also working closely with Pi Kappa Phi fraternity—of which Everson was a member—and Duke Partnership for Service to rebuild a playground at the Durham Crisis Response Center as part of an initiative called PlayTime 2011. The playground at the DCRC will be dedicated in Everson’s honor, senior Carissa Mueller, chief of organization outreach for dPS, wrote in an e-mail.

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