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ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTH YEAR, Issue 84
DA: Officers’ use of lethal force justified
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Duke students joined volunteers from NCCU and Southern High School to package meals for the needy in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
DPS superintendent unveils strategic plan by Tong Xiang THE CHRONICLE
Eric Becoats is starting off his second semester with a new plan and a lot of buzz. The new Durham Public Schools superintendent unveiled his strategic plan Wednesday evening to invited students, teachers and members of the community. In the position since July, Becoats conducted a “listening and learning” tour, surveying students, teachers, administrators and Durham community leaders on the needs of DPS before proposing major
changes. The strategic plan was based on the tour’s findings, and Becoats presented the plan’s six areas of focus at an upscale event at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in Research Triangle Park. These include improving “academic acceleration,” “communications and partnerships,” “equitable standards,” “effective operations,” “talent development” and “wellness and safety.” The concepts are to be implemented through increasing the rate at which students achieve academic benchmarks, developing systems of
accountability enforcement and rethinking resource allocation with an eye toward sustainability. Regional business leaders and DPS Board Chair Minnie Forte-Brown spoke along with Becoats and expressed their support for his agenda. City Council member Mike Woodard, Trinity ’81, said he was optimistic about the plan. “I think that the achievement gap is the biggest problem facing DPS right now, but a very close second is the dropout rate,”
Nearly a year after the officer-involved fatal shooting outside of Duke Hospital, the Durham County district attorney has announced that the actions of the involved Duke policemen were authorized. The State Bureau of Investigation completed its review of the incident in September then turned in the results to the DA, Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations, wrote in a Tuesday e-mail. “It is standard procedure in North Carolina for the SBI to investigate any shooting death involving a law enforcement officer,” he wrote. “The DA reviewed the findings and determined that the officers’ actions were justified, so the investigation is closed.” Chief John Dailey of the Duke University Police Department deferred all comment to Schoenfeld given the “serious nature” of the matter. The incident occurred March 13 at about 1:09 a.m., when DUPD officers Larry Carter and Jeffrey Liberto responded to a report of a suspicious man outside of Duke University Hospital’s main entrance. Durham resident Aaron Lorenzo Dorsey, 25, attacked the officers and tried to take one See shooting on page 5
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Irons’ court date rescheduled for March by Sanette Tanaka THE CHRONICLE
A former Duke student accused of rape who was supposed to appear in court today is now scheduled to face charges March 21. Former Trinity sophomore Eric Irons was arrested by Duke Police Sept. 8 for the alleged second-degree rape and firstdegree kidnapping of a female Duke student. The incident allegedly occurred at a Central Campus apartment party April 17, according to the probable cause affidavit. Irons’ court date had previously been pushed back from Nov. 9, 2010. The reason for the delay remains unclear. The assistant district attorney previously handling the case, Mitchell Garrell, is no longer working in the Durham County District Attorneys’ Office. An unnamed source in a Dec. 19 article in The Herald Sun did not specify whether Garrell was fired or voluntarily left his role as an assistant district attorney. Assistant District Attorney Kelly Gauger, who began working in the office in the beginning of 2011, will replace Garrell
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for the case. Gauger said she could not comment on why Garrell is no longer the prosecuting DA or why the court date was rescheduled. “As far as how a case is being handled, I’m not in a position to say [anything],” Gauger said. Irons’ attorney Bill Thomas said Irons plans to face the allegations in court, The Chronicle reported in October. Thomas did not respond to multiple attempts for comment. “Eric Irons is an innocent man,” Thomas said in October. “We have located witnesses and have evidence that the allegations made against him are entirely false. I have every confidence that, once all of the facts are known, that Eric Irons will be completely exonerated of any wrongdoing whatsoever.” Irons withdrew from the University the day following his arrest. His whereabouts remain unclear, although the warrant for his arrest states that he resides in Hong Kong. Gauger declined to comment on Irons’ present location, adding that if she did know, she would not be at liberty to say. Taylor Doherty contributed reporting.
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A State Bureau of Investigation review concluded that two officers’ actions in a shooting outside Duke Hospital were justified.
“At this point women are their own worst enemies in perpetuating the leadership disparity.”
—Sophomore Samantha Lachman in “Elect her.” See column page 10
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The Politics of Deficit Reduction Rubenstein 200, 3-4p.m. Professor of Public Policy Don Taylor will lead a discussion on the politics of deficit reduction.
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“I have now been classically conditioned to snap out of my sleeping bag once I hear the terribly distinctive call of the sirens. Subsequently, my fellow tenters and I will stumble haphazardly out of the tent, pulling on our shoes and shivering. The onehour grace that’s called afterwards is only a small relief—you might be able to run to McDonalds or your dorm.” — From The Chronicle News Blog bigblog.dukechronicle.com
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Charlotte, North Carolina is home to the nation’s largest bank and is full of competing banks and bankers yet it still struggles to pay its firefighters and policemen. While the city recently experienced a boom in real estate, the bubble has burst and the city must deal with the aftermath. City officials are debating on whether cuts should be made to the salaries of public employees.
Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why. — Bernard Baruch
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President Obama brings Controversy in Iraq after his message to Wisconsin supreme court ruling MANITOWOC, Wis.—President Barack Obama took his State of the Union message on the road Wednesday afternoon in a state he won easily in 2008 but one that shifted sharply to the GOP in the 2010 midterm elections. “In this new and challenging time, when America is facing tougher competition from countries around the world than ever before, we’ve got to up our game,” he said on the factory floor at Orion Energy Systems, a highefficiency-lighting company based here. “We’re going to need to go all in. We’re going to need to get serious about winning the future.” Obama’s stop at Orion was the first of three he made at companies in this Eastern Wisconsin town of about 34,000. He is the first sitting president to visit Manitowoc.
BAGHDAD—Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s new coalition partners are vowing to fight a controversial ruling by Iraq’s highest court that would place key independent institutions effectively under his control, setting the stage for a major showdown between the factions even before his new unity government is fully formed. According to the ruling by the Federal Supreme Court, all of the independent institutions enshrined in Iraq’s constitution would, in the future, come under the direct supervision of the cabinet, headed by Maliki. Most significantly, the decision would affect the independent election commission, which is credited with steering Iraq through three national democratic elections that, though flawed in many ways, were judged by the United Nations to be free of political interference.
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Duke Tours Senate criticizes lack of communication to play up academics duke student government
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A perceived lack of communication between DSG’s Executive Board and the Senate about a proposal to merge Campus Council into DSG caused confusion among the Senate. At Duke Student Government’s meeting Wednesday night, senators expressed frustration at being left out of the Executive Board’s decision-making process concerning the potential redistribution of Campus Council work to DSG and the Duke University Union. As outlined in a presentation to Campus Council last week, the merger would create a Residence Life and Dining Committee and a new vice president position in DSG, in addition to redistributing Campus Council’s programming responsibilities to the DUU. “People are upset that there are a lot of back room negotiations that happened behind the backs of members of this body,” said senior Ben Bergmann, athletics and campus services senator. DSG President Mike Lefevre, a senior, stressed that no decisions about a merger have been set, adding that the final decision will be made through a student referendum Feb. 15. Still, many senators had “sour tastes in [their] mouth[s]” that they were not included in the process to change the three organizations. Lefevre said that plans for a potential merger began in November 2010. Senior Gregory Halperin, academic affairs senator, questioned why members of the Senate were not informed from the beginning that a potential merger was being explored. “It seems to be that there’s a severe lack-
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people on Campus Council who would have taken it on a personal level,” Lefevre said. In addition to the DSG Executive Board, the Campus Council Executive Board, DUU President Yi Zhang and DUU Executive Vice President Annie Kozak, both seniors, attended meetings planning the potential restructuring. “I think we could have done a better job of including people who were interested,” said DSG Executive Vice President
The University is tweaking its campus tours to reflect new global and academic opportunities at Duke. Over the past several years, feedback received by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has prompted administrators to ensure that campus tours place more emphasis on Duke’s academic offerings, Provost Peter Lange said. The suggestions for improvements to campus tours came from several different sources, including alumni involved with the admissions process and surveys of prospective students and their parents. A recent nationwide survey, as well as earlier feedback, suggested that Duke’s reputation did not fully reflect major changes to the academic program over the past decade, particularly initiatives such as DukeEngage and the growth of certificate programs, Lange wrote in an e-mail Monday. The responses indicated that prospective students wanted more information about academics or were simply not aware of the new programs, he added. Last week, Lange met with student tour guides and admissions officials to discuss the renewed focus on academics, said junior John Mekjian, co-head coordinator of Duke Tour Guides. At the meeting, Lange encouraged tour guides to foster a broad understanding of campus life
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At the Duke Student Government meeting Wednesday night, members of the DSG Senate expressed disappointment in the Executive Board’s lack of communication over a possible merger with Campus Council. of-trust issue here,” added senior Joe Catapano, an academic affairs senator. “Everybody under the sun knew this was going to happen... and you go behind our backs.” Lefevre and DSG Chief of Staff Andrew Schreiber, a senior, said the delay was justified because the potential changes affected more parties than just DSG. They said Campus Council’s small size warranted the organization’s attention prior to informing the Senate. “It would have been disastrous to present this to DSG first because there are a lot of
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US offers approval for Arab protestors by Scott Wilson
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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is openly supporting the antigovernment demonstrations shaking the Arab Middle East, a stance that is far less tempered than the one the president has taken during past unrest in the region. As demonstrations in Tunis, Cairo and Beirut have unfolded in recent days, President Barack Obama and his senior envoys to the region have thrown U.S. support clearly behind the protesters, speaking daily in favor of free speech and assembly even when the protests target longtime U.S. allies such as Egypt. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that “the Egyptian government has an important opportunity . . . to respond to the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people.” She urged “the Egyptian authorities not to prevent peaceful protests or block communications, including on social media sites.” Asked whether the administration supports Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs replied only: “Egypt is a strong ally.” Administration officials say they will pursue a dual-track approach in the coming weeks, both speaking with civil activists in Egypt and meeting with officials to encourage reform in the bellwether Arab nation. Such an approach comes with a degree of risk in the region, where democratic reforms have often empowered well-organized Islamist movements at odds with
U.S. objectives. As a result, the United States has often favored the stability of authoritarian allies in the Middle East over the uncertainty of democratic change. The administration’s assertive stance contrasts sharply with Obama’s approach during his first year in office, when he often tempered his advocacy of human rights and democracy with a large measure of pragmatism. His decision this time reflects the rising importance of those issues in his foreign policy goals. The president is also less reluctant to inject the United States into the Arab Middle East after two years of speaking directly to the Muslim world, withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq and supporting an Israeli-Palestinian peace process, even though it has since faltered. Polls show U.S. popularity rising in many Arab countries since Obama took office and falling in a smaller number of others. “Some of the confidence and assertiveness comes from having spent time in government, and now we’ve identified ways where we want to make our push,” said a senor administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss White House thinking on the Middle East developments. The official said Obama’s emphasis on Internet freedom as well as on U.S.-funded programs to encourage rule of law and government accountability are among the measures the administration is using to foster change. “We’ve aligned our approach to where
DPS from page 1 he said. “Clearly the proof of the plan is going to be in its implementation, though it’s a solid blueprint to achieving some of these goals.” Enunciating like a revivalist preacher, Becoats introduced each area of focus with an epigram. Frederick Douglas, Barack Obama and Stephen Covey were among those quoted. According to material released at the presentation, progress in these six areas will be measured by the achievement of smaller goals with concrete completion dates. DPS students were asked to attend. Carlton Royster, a junior at Jordan High School, said he had a good overall impression of Becoats’ remarks. “The speech was astounding—he had some good things to say,” he said. “But if there’s one thing I wanted to hear, it was about the [End of Course tests].... You’ve got some smart kids out there and it’s holding them back if they don’t pass the EOC.” Some parents at the event expressed skepticism toward the strategic plan. Natasha Nazareth-Phelps, Trinity ’92 and the mother of an elementary student en-
rolled at George Watts Montessori elementary school, said she was distrustful of Becoats’ buzzwords. “It’s difficult to know exactly what he addressed because instead of putting up specifics, he had quotes,” she said. “You can’t disagree with Stephen Covey, you can’t disagree with President Obama’s inaugural address.” Sabrina Lamar, another Watts parent, said she was concerned about the effect budget cuts might have on the school district. “He did not say anything about budget cuts,” she said. “To have these amazing goals and things to say about what you want for a district without addressing the fairly dismal financial situation is fairly irresponsible.” After the speeches, formally-dressed attendees mingled with representatives from Durham businesses, who sat at tables and pitched their goods—ranging from party planning to financial services. Hors d’oeuvres like zucchini caper dip with biscotti and mouthfuls of Caesar salad in edible Parmesan spoons were served. Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps students were stationed at all exterior and interior doors and handed attendees a copy of the strategic plan—on either a glossy brochure or a USB flash drive—upon their exit.
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Students, teachers and faculty gathered in Raleigh to hear newly appointed DPS superintendent Eric Becoats deliver a speech highlighting plans that will deliver improvements to Durham’s schooling system.
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shooting from page 1 of their guns, Dailey said in a statement March 17. When other efforts to stop Dorsey failed, one officer fired his gun and fatally wounded Dorsey in the head. Administrators declined to say which officer fired his gun. The gunshot wound caused severe trauma to Dorsey’s brain and skull, according to the report by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill. Dorsey also had an abrasion and laceration on the inside of his lower lip. At the time of the incident, the DUPD officers had nonlethal weapons as well as guns on their persons, Aaron Graves, former associate vice president for campus safety and security wrote in June e-mail. “Duke police officers do carry less than lethal weapons such as impact weapons (batons), pepper spray and we do deploy Tasers but not every officer carries one on his/her person,” Graves said in June. “As to why the officers took the specific actions they did, this information is being obtained through the investigatory process.” When asked why the officers discharged their guns, Schoenfeld said the officers’ lives were at stake. He declined to provide further details about the incident. “When an officer’s life is in jeopardy then it is standard law enforcement procedure to end the situation as quickly as possible so as not to harm others,” he wrote in an e-mail Wednesday. Following the shooting, the officers were placed on paid administrative leave. Both are back on full-time duty, Schoenfeld said. Carter has worked for DUPD for 24 years and Liberto for three years. An officer is permitted to use lethal force “to defend himself or a third person from what he reasonably believes to be the use or imminent use of deadly physical force,” according to N.C. general statutes. All DUPD officers are trained how to use lethal weapons, Schoenfeld said. “You cannot predict when an individual will present an imminent and direct threat to others, so it is important that
law enforcement officers be trained and prepared to protect themselves and the safety of others,” he said. After the incident, the officers received psychological and other support from DUPD, Schoenfeld said, adding that DUPD has a standard process for counseling officers who are involved in shootings and other traumatic situations. Medical tests did not find drugs or alcohol in Dorsey’s body, and no weapons were found in his possession. Dorsey was identified as the victim four days after his death. His fingerprints were submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to identify him. He was a 5-foot-four-inch, 180-pound black male with black hair and a beard. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a black jacket, grey sweatshirt, white buttoned shirt, blue T-shirt, blue jeans, black belt and black shoes, according to the medical examiner’s report. One officer suffered minor injuries in the incident. Dailey declined to say which officer was hurt or describe his injuries, but added that the officer was treated and later released by Duke University Medical Center’s Emergency Department. This incident marks the second DUPDinvolved shooting, and the first in nearly 29 years. The last time DUPD officers were involved in a fatal shooting was Oct. 21, 1982, according to Chronicle archives. Two policemen fired at Danny Winstead about a block away from the entrance to Duke Hospital after he injured the officers with a wooden board. A grand jury later decided not to file charges against the policemen. About 10 years later, a Durham police marksman fatally shot fugitive Ricky Lamont Coffin when he held four Duke Hospital employees hostage at gun point. Regarding the March 2010 incident, Doug Stokke, assistant vice president of communications for Duke University Health System, deferred comment to Keith Lawrence, director of media relations. Lawrence could not be reached after multiple requests for comment. Noelle Talley, public information officer for the North Carolina Department of Justice, declined to share a copy of the SBI report.
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After feedback from parents of prospective students indicated campus tours did not fully reflect Duke’s scholarly offerings, the University encouraged Duke Tour Guides to focus more on academics.
tours from page 3 that includes academic experiences both inside and outside the classroom. “We have been deepening and enriching these [experiences beyond the classroom] over the past decade, and we want to be sure they are fully reflected in the tours,” Lange said. Although tours do not have a fixed script, the student guides are trained with a manual that gives an outline of information to cover. The manual’s section on academics has been expanded based on Lange’s recommendations, Mekjian said. “We will encourage guides to talk about their favorite professors... their study abroad experience or where they hope to study abroad,” he added. Mekjian noted that there will not be any changes to the physical tour route itself. Admissions officials noted that a renewed focus on academics will help appli-
cants more fully understand the resources available for Duke students on campus. “Everyone already knows about basketball,” said Samuel Carpenter, assistant director of undergraduate admissions. “[Applicants] are not writing their essays about being Cameron Crazies—they’re writing about DukeEngage or doing research, and we want to make sure they get that information [from the tours].” Carpenter attributed the heightened interest in academics to the competitive nature of undergraduate admissions, noting that visiting students want to know more about specific programs relating to their areas of study. To accomplish this academic shift, tour guides will speak about their own academic pursuits, Carpenter said. “[The tours] will draw on the anecdotal experience of the tour guides and try to offer some examples,” he said. “We want to encourage [prospective students] to think about their own academic experiences and how they might relate to Duke.”
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dsg from page 3 Pete Schork, a junior. “We didn’t include you guys as much as we could have, but we were dealing with a sticky situation.” There will be a forum for the student body to discuss the proposed changes to DSG and Campus Council Monday Jan. 31. In other business: Two DSG committees may be redefined. As the Residence Life and Dining Committee is added, DSG is considering reorganizing the Athletics and Campus Services Committee and the Student Affairs Committee to reflect changes in the University’s administra-
protests from page 4 we see the currents of democratic reform moving,” the official said. In his June 2009 address in Cairo to the Islamic world, Obama said “there is no straight line to realize this promise” of democratic government with respect for human rights. He offered mild advice to the region’s autocrats, saying that “governments that protect these rights are ultimately more stable, successful and secure.” But within weeks, tens of thousands of Iranians rallied in the streets after a presidential election widely believed to have been rigged in favor of the incumbent, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
tive structure. Under the new structure, there could be five committees. In addition to the Academic Affairs, Durham and Regional Affairs, and Residence Life and Dining committees, DSG could add Student Life and Athletics, Services and Environment committees. Vice President for Student Affairs Gurdane Bhutani, a sophomore, proposed a file sharing service exclusively for Duke called DukePie. Questions rose about DukePie’s legality, prompting the idea to be postponed for a week. The Honor Council and DSG will host a President’s Forum Feb. 4, featuring President Richard Brodhead, Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta and possibly Dean of Students Sue Wasiolek.
While calling on the Iranian government to respect the right of its people to demonstrate peacefully, Obama stayed largely on the sidelines as the Green Movement rose and fell under the weight of a government crackdown. One senior administration official said at the time: “There is clearly a debate going on among Iranians about Iran. This is not about us.” Conservatives criticized Obama for not calling for the Iranian government’s overthrow. Obama signaled a different approach to democracy last fall in his address to the U.N. General Assembly, where, in addition to calling for a final settlement of the ArabIsraeli conflict, he elevated human rights as a tenet of his foreign policy.
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theSANDBOX. Cellophane has a black tag around its toe, and it’s not going anywhere. Digital media has exploded into the hands of consumers and pros alike, scratching film’s death sentence into its fragile surface. What many have not realized is that this empowering democratization of video technologies is changing the way actors act and directors direct, even in Hollywood. When I was in LA a few weeks ago, I met with Duke alum Bob Yeoman, wellknown for his cinematography in Wes Anderson’s feature films. He is very much old-school in his methods, swearing by film. But it’s not just the look that he loves; it’s the very way that films are made. When film is rolling, everyone respects the camera, as it can cost $20 for every second. They strive for perfection with each take. In our generation, he said, that dedication is lost. Reusable digital media costs nothing. Extra takes cost nothing. It’s no longer a question of why the camera should be on; it’s a question of why not. Filmmaking is now not only an art form of trained and rigorous techni-
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EDITOR’S NOTE cians—it is an art form of you and your iPhone. You could even make the next 3D HD box-office hit for under $1000, and people are trying. Most, however, are still failing. But, unlike in the past, even those horrendous disasters can easily find an international audience. For free. Movies have always been about heightening the craft of storytelling, but now that everyone can tell his story, it is only the small minority who actually care about the quality. Much like blog posts, Facebook and Twitter, people frequently consume the thoughtless media that come off the top of others’ heads. Our minds are losing that vibrant ability to discerningly capture a few exquisite frames. They are instead turning into the very drives upon which we record 60 minutes of awful home video. Recording is meaningless. Deletion is meaningless. The experience of consuming craft is a rarity, and now when we see it, does it still stick, or does it go out when we empty the trash? —Andrew O’Rourke
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In four years at Duke, Reynolds Price is the only professor who ever told me I might fail his class. The message wasn’t meant specifically for me. As a sophomore in his class on the poetry of John Milton, Price opened the semester by saying he would likely fail four of the 40 people currently enrolled. I looked around, and I saw faces that reflected confusion back, a failure to comprehend something that they’d likely never heard before. I didn’t fail, but that’s not the point. Professor Price held me to a higher level than nearly any other educator I’ve ever had in both the classes I took with him, and for that, I’ll always be in debt. Reynolds, though, would never think of it as a debt. Much has been written of the man’s ineffable generosity and true care for his students, and I don’t want to add to the din with broad or sweeping generalizations. I can only speak to my own relationship with Professor Price, which spanned two semesters, a couple hours in his office and one visit to his house, where my Spring ’10 Gospels class read from the apocryphal gospels we’d spent the last month writing. His home was an amazing thing, the living room a gallery; we parked in a field and drank Coke out of bottles. As we all read and listened to each other with the respect we’d earned over months of discussing words others have died over, it was impossible to not feel humbled in the presence of our professor and his art. When we left, we each shook his hand and promised to stay in touch. Leaving behind a litany of books that speak for themselves, it’s hardly surprising that Price requested no public funeral. Be-
tween his scholarship and his fiction, the man spent his entire adult life portraying himself, the South and his faith in a beautiful American language. I remember the first time he truly criticized my writing, on a first draft of my proto-gospel, and I absorbed his advice almost immediately, left class and changed my draft. And I did better. Few professors can be said to only accept the best of your work, but this describes Price to perfection. He expected dedication and thoughtfulness from his students, a genuine effort that was never hard to give in one of his classes, both among the most intellectually engaging I’ve ever taken. And best of all, he demanded discussion. He required it. By doing so, he drew the quality from his students even if they might be otherwise resistant; he forced them into the discussion, and in my experience, people usually shined. One last anecdote. Particularly in the wake of his death, I can’t help but remember our Milton class on Jan. 28, 2009, when Reynolds sat at his desk on the raised dais of an Allen classroom and said, “My good friend John Updike died yesterday.” He then went on to tell us about Updike, a name that I’ve always regarded with a sort of assumed reverence, and to try and dissuade any of us from smoking cigarettes, as Updike had been killed by lung cancer. Something about that story, unsurprising as it should be considering Price’s own incredible renown, sticks out to me two years later. It was the sadness. He said it with a voice that seemed truly conscious of a death, and not that of John Updike, the American treasure, but John Updike, a man he knew and liked. Two years later, this is how I feel about Reynolds. —Kevin Lincoln
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Hank Willis Thomas surveyed by Franklin Center, Institute by Andrew Hibbard THE CHRONICLE
Hank Willis Thomas has, in his short career, branded our collective memory with his stunning and evocative imagery. With a keen sensitivity to the impact of visuals and visual history, Thomas reveals a cultural treachery of images far beyond Magritte’s purview. In the small, multi-site survey of Thomas’ work curated by Diego Cortez at the John Hope Franklin Center and Franklin Humanities Institute, the artist’s impact becomes immediately clear. The Center hosts Hope, eight works from 2003 to the present, which illustrates the artist’s engagement with popular imagery and the formation of cultural identities—most often black masculinity. In his most iconic works from the Branded and Unbranded series, Thomas appropriates advertising images to consider the links between past and present conceptions of blackness. “Hang Time Circa 1923,” in a stunning black and white print, depicts the iconic “Jumpman” logo emblazoning Michael Jordan’s line of shoes and clothing lynched. The work collapses historical moments of black history, considering the historical formulation and sublation of black male identity—the athlete, the able-bodied slave and the lynched man. The inclusion of Thomas’ more recent engagement with femininity enhances the exhibition’s discourse on gender. “Alive with Pleasure” (2009) portrays an arc of JET Magazine-style pinup girls and models from the latter end of the 20th century. This rainbow functions not only as an interrogation of image-forming identity but also as the desiring (male) gaze that creates and sexualizes these women. At the Franklin Institute, these issues are given actual words in “Question Bridge: Black Male.” The video, a collaboration with photographers Chris Johnson, Bayete Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair, is a single-channel draft of a still-in-progress multi-channel video installation and web
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At both the John Hope Franklin Center and Franklin Humanities Institute, Diego Cortez curated a survery of the work of Hank Willis Thomas, who appropriates advertising and considers blackness in his art. project. The project places black men Warehouse. In the shape of a speech bubof varying age from around the U.S. in ble and printed with the word “HOPE,” the a dialogue regarding black identity and eponymous site-specific balloon not only enmasculinity. These isolated figures come gages the namesake of the Center and Instiinto contact through video sequencing. tute at which the work is shown, but is also The deeply personal accounts vocalize the only point of the exhibition in which the so many of the issues at play in Thomas’ space can live up to the work. The balloon, photo-conceptual work but surrender to which also references Thomas’ lenticular a documentary or ethnographic aesthet- print “Hopeless/Hopeful” (2009), is playful ic. Although the dialogue of “Question and multivalent, gently urging us to perform Bridge” makes clear the themes at work, its simple imperative: hope. the oral-linguistic vector of the film traps it in a more intellectual field, rendering Hope is on display at the John Hope Frankthe print work more emotionally compel- lin Center, and Question Bridge and Hope ling. (2011) are on display in the Franklin HumaniThe only new work in the exhibition is ties Institute within Smith Warehouse. All are a large-scale balloon floating above Smith on display through March 4.
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CDS hosts class for Merge Records It’s a marriage of community and University in the truest sense: The Center for Documentary Studies will offer a new course this Spring in video editing for Merge Records. The Durham-based record label represents seminal artists like Arcade Fire and Dinosaur Jr. Cam Carrithers, instructor for the course, Cam Carrithers brings original, raw footage he shot for the company during their 15th anniversary music festival in 2004. The groups captured include Spoon, The Clientele and Destroyer—students will get to decide which material appeals to them most. “I thought it would be really cool to use footage that people in the community would actually care to use,” said Carrithers, a freelance video editor and producer who has also worked for MTV in the past. Each student will edit one live video recorded in a multi-camera shoot. Working with this un-edited material, students will not only gain editing experience, but directorial insight as well. The fate of the edited material depends largely on the quality of output produced by the students. Merge has yet to decide when or where to feature the final products, though they will likely be used in a promotional capacity. Either way, participants are bound to learn much working for a professional cliSee cds-merge on page 7
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Sam Beam moved to Warner Brothers in last October, which makes Kiss Each Other Clean his first major-label release. That’s traditionally been an important line of artistic demarcation for indie acts benefitting from newfound studio bells and whistles, but not so here. In part, this is because Beam’s last album, 2007’s The Shepherd’s Dog, represented the kind of stylistic development we typically see from major-label debuts, introducing a range of electronic, jazz and blues elements into Iron & Wine’s previously lo-fi palette. Consequently, Kiss Each Other Clean is more occupied with refining Beam’s newly ambitious sound than with reinvention. The first iteration of Iron & Wine came with a readymade characterization: Beam as the acoustic troubadour, like Nick Drake with a Southern Gothic bent. When he began to bring his compositions out of the bedroom, it was easy to view the more complex arrangements as window dressing, purely aesthetic additions. But this narrative obscured a more fundamental change: As Beam’s arrange-
ments have evolved, so have the songs underneath. Whereas the melodies on The Creek Drank the Cradle were lilting, unobtrusive things, on Kiss Each Other Clean they’re bigger and more engaging. Beam still shies from traditional verse-chorusverse structure, but his refrains are increasingly dynamic. And though Kiss Each Other Clean generally follows in its predecessor’s sonic footsteps, Beam doesn’t hesitate to take chances. He drops a big, fuzzy synth line into the middle of opening piano ballad “Walking Far From Home” and uses a tinny vocal filter on centerpiece “Rabbit Will Run.” Both tracks are transcendent, owing in large part to their dynamic production. Beam retains his affinity for layering and harmonizing vocals, probably the most direct link to his stated inspiration of ’70sera radio pop. Not all of these risks pay off; ironically, the saxophones he employed to magnificent effect on The Shepherd’s Dog standout “House by the Sea” are mostly unwelcome here on “Big Burned Hand” and “Your Fake Name Is Good Enough for Me.” But Kiss Each Other Clean rarely misses completely, an expansive yet intimate collection that highlights Iron & Wine’s evolving strengths. —Ross Green
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Talib Kweli, the Afro-centric lyrical mastermind who rose to prominence alongside Mos Def with 1998’s Black Star, isn’t a prolific rapper by any means. He releases a new album every few years, usually to critical acclaim, bolstering his status as one of the most intelligent rappers in hip hop. But while working on his upcoming album, Prisoner of Consciousness, Kweli found himself with an excess of material. Rather than release the songs as a series of demos, he compiled them into a digital-only album, Gutter Rainbows. Rainbows is Talib’s first self-released record after leaving Warner Brothers, but instead of running wild with his newfound freedom, he remains grounded in his talents. Kweli capitalizes on his rapid-fire delivery and witty topicality with gems like, “Yeah I’m a product of Reaganomics/From the blocks where they rockin’ a fez like Jay Electronica.” The diffuse production credits give the album a slightly disjointed feel but allow Kweli to explore different aspects of his persona on each track. He plays with archetypes from the principled, loyal man on “Friends & Family” to the uncertain, conscious Native Tongues rapper in “So Low.” Other standouts include the gritty “Tater Tot” and the intensely brazen “Palookas,” where he boasts, “You ain’t got a verse that’s better than my worst one.” Kweli has never been one for excessive self-promotion, allowing his reputation to precede him and relying on a devoted fan base to keep him relevant. But releasing Gutter Rainbows as a prelude to his forthcoming album might be the B.K. M.C.’s most successful promotional tactic yet. —Katie Zaborsky
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Dan Bejar has done it again. Destroyer’s ninth full album, Kaputt, is simultaneously fresh and familiar, providing new listeners with a level of comfort while appeasing diehard fans. Founder and frontman Bejar’s folksy, wizened voice remains Destroyer’s most recognizable sound. Instrumental breaks prevail throughout the work, but each song ultimately depends on Bejar’s vocals, which blend beautifully with his casual, jazzy melodies. Sibel Thrasher compliments his voice with her own sweetly heavy backing vocals. Bejar’s stimulating lyrics are another element of Kaputt that is both typical of his past work and intriguing on its own. Lines like, “Wasting your days/chasing some girls all right/ chasing cocaine through the back rooms of the world all night” are both engaging and enlightened, casting Bejar as a sobering realist. Occupying a balance between half-sung and half-spoken, Bejar’s words are accompanied by a wide variety of instruments and sounds. Steeping his style in jazz, Bejar incorporates bass, saxophone, flute and other woodwinds into this album with space-age electronics to create an unlikely fusion. Prevailing above these two seemingly conflicting genres are the earthy tones of experimental folk rock, and the combination actually results in a successful blend. As an opening statement, “Chinatown” samples the three musical styles mentioned above while still maintaining a Destroyer sound. “Suicide Demo for Kara Walker” works as the album’s centerpiece and one of Kaputt’s most evocative, emotional tracks. “Bay of Pigs” closes the record by reinforcing a sense of understated darkness. Although some of the jazzy elements can stray dangerously close to Kenny G territory, they generally contribute to the tranquility of the album. Even in Destroyer’s impressive discography, Kaputt stands out as particularly relaxed and comfortable in its own skin. —Kyle Karnuta
January 27, 2011
Bang on a Can All-Stars perform with Kotche by Josh Stillman THE CHRONICLE
Tomorrow night in Reynolds Industries Theater, Duke Performances will host new music ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche as they push forward the relationship between rock and classical music. Bang on a Can All-Stars, a group Director of Duke Performances Aaron Greenwald calls the country’s “foremost mixed small ensemble for [new] music,” formed in 1987 and consists of clarinet, cello, keyboard, electric guitar, bass and drums. Playing an innovative hybrid of rock and classical, they have collaborated with artists as eminent and diverse as modernist composer Philip Glass, rock musician and producer Brian Eno and
avant-garde hip-hop artist DJ Spooky. Glenn Kotche, drummer for the successful art rock band Wilco since 2001, has been playing the instrument for over 30 years. In addition to his rock credentials, Kotche has maintained an eclectic solo career: His work on film scores, original compositions and side projects amounts to over 90 albums. As part of this season’s “Inventors” series—which includes such pioneers as Wayne Shorter and Kronos Quartet—the show is intended to demonstrate that “the combination of experimental daring and pure commitment can produce a new, omnivorous American art, one that marks how the true innovative spirit refuses to rest,” according to the Duke Performances website. Due to Wilco’s demanding schedule,
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The drummer of indie-rock band Wilco since 2001, Glenn Kotche will be joining up with new music ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars for a show that is part of Duke Performances’ Inventors series. Kotche’s performances with the Bang on a of experimental music,” Greenwald said. Can All-Stars are infrequent. Despite the rar- “They lend credibility to both worlds.” ity of their collaborations, though, Kotche The set list confirms this commitment spoke of his deep respect for the ensemble. to exploration. One piece, a Kotche origi“Any time I play with them I bring my nal called “Snap,” is a commissioned work A-game, because they’re world class musi- based on the music of Stax Records, the cians who are as well-versed in rock as they R&B label of the ’60s and ’70s. The group are in classical, and they’re constantly play- will also play a number of pieces by venering brand new music,” he said. able American composer Steve Reich. Greenwald also said this fusion is part of Reich, renowned as one of the progeniwhat makes a show like this so compelling. tors of minimalism, was awarded a Pulitzer “It’s great when you can have people Prize in 2009 for his Double Sextet. Heralded that come out of the world of pop music that are equally accomplished in the world See dp on page 8
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cds-merge from page 3 ent, led by an instructor with a personal relationship with the company and years of experience in the field. “[They will] understand why we did certain things when we shot it—how we really approached it like any documentary,” Carrithers said. Students will set up accounts with Dropbox, an online storage space, so that they can share edits and idea concepts beyond classroom hours. This method will make the class more accessible to students like Katie Rowland, who will commute from outside the Triangle area. Rowland, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, plans to pursue video production professionally. “It’s great that we’ll be able to edit something worthwhile and not something [frivolous],” Rowland said. “It’s always great to add another skill or experience with a professional client to the list.” Pilar Timpane, who works with the Office of Student Community Volunteer Programs and has prior experience in docu-
recess mentary video editing, echoed Rowland. “It’s a great way to keep learning while expanding your professional portfolio,” Timpane said. Before coming to Duke, Timpane was familiar with the Center for Documentary Studies and was excited to hear about the course through a CDS newsletter. Although the class has garnered interest from community members, Carrithers is hoping for greater enrollment of Duke students. “We want to get more undergraduates—it would be nice to have some of the student body in the class,” Carrithers said. The class is intended for those with video editing knowledge and experience using Final Cut Pro, but Carrithers emphasized that the course would be as collaborative as possible. Students with a passion for the music involved are encouraged to register. “With enough dedication, everyone can get up to par,” Carrithers said.
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Merge Records 15th Anniversary Videos begins Feb. 3.
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rifts and conflagrations, a new set of paintings by William Harmon, is now on display in Golden Belt’s Room 100 gallery. The works are abstracts with embedded materials in acrylic and will be on display until March 13.
The Center for Documentary Studies will host a course starting Feb. 3 that involves editing footage from Merge’s 15th anniversary concerts in 2004.
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Bang on a Can All-Stars consists of clarinet, cello, keyboard, electric guitar, bass and drums, and combine classical and rock leanings.
Bang on a Can All-Stars and special guest Glenn Kotche will perform in Reynolds Industries Theater tomorrow night at 8 p.m. Tickets are $38/$32 for general admission and $5 for students and can be purchased at the Duke Box Office or tickets.duke.edu.
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The act of walking can provide exercise, a time to reflect on the day, even a glimpse of the Great Outdoors. But for the characters in The Way Back, walking offers a grueling, potentially deadly path to freedom. The film tells the purportedly true story of a group of prisoners who escaped from a WWII-era Siberian gulag, or work camp, and walked all the way to India, traveling some 4,000 miles. The action starts with Polish protagonist Janusz (Jim Sturgess) undergoing interrogation by the Soviets. The torture-induced testimony of his wife lands him in a gulag cutting trees in blinding snow and sub-zero temperatures. As one guard informs the inmates, Siberia is their prison. The deadly cold, miles of empty taiga and the well-known bounty on their heads all bar the convicts into a hellish world of slave labor and curtailed life expectancy. That is, until Janusz and a few acquaintances decide to make a run for it. Their group is mostly made up of civilians on the wrong side of the Party, except for Valka (Colin Farrell), a deliciously off-kilter murderer with a beloved knife. This makes for some intriguing group dynamics—who should be the first to be eaten, if it comes to that? And Janusz asserts his leadership, mostly through a dogged insistence on putting one foot in front of the other. Director Peter Weir excels at the development of environments. Audiences will come away with an intense gratitude for never living in the Soviet Union. Once outside, the breathtaking landscape cinematography takes command as the escapees venture, step by step, into ever more southerly environs. National Geographic Films had a hand in the production, for which viewers should also be grateful. The only aesthetic misstep comes in a clunky final montage. The story moves at an appealingly meditative pace. After all, this is a film about people walking for months over thousands of miles, and after watching it, audiences may feel like they have experienced a journey, too. They run out of food, find food, sneak past Soviet villages, lose friends to the ferocious elements and more. This is no rapid-fire thriller; life here proceeds cyclically, as it should. Accepting that, The Way Back serves as a satisfying and gorgeous depiction of the extremes of human perseverance. The trick, as Janusz puts it, is to “just keep walking.” —Julian Spector
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Duke may be losing four seniors next year, but head coach Jamie Ashworth has a solution—one of the nation’s top recruiting classes. Beatrice Capra, Monica Turewicz and Annie Mulholland all signed national letters of intent to play for Duke in the fall of 2011, the program announced. “As a group, we are looking for great things out of this recruiting class,” Ashworth said in a statement. “Together they bring a tremendous amount of national and international experience to our program.... Our program will not miss a beat with the addition of these three girls. Their desire to improve and help keep Duke at the top of the national rankings speaks volumes.” Capra, a native of Ellicott City, Md., is the second-best recruit in Beatrice Capra the Class of 2010, according to Tennisrecruiting.net. She took off her senior year of high school and participated in the 2010 U.S. Open, beating Karolina Sprem and Aravane Rezai before falling to Maria Sharapova in the third round. In addition to advancing so far in a Grand Slam as an 18-year-old, Capra has also won the French Junior Open. Turewicz, ranked in the top five of the Class of 2011, is considered to be the best player in the state of Illinois. She made it to the semifinals of the USTA International Spring Championships last year and carries a 16-11 prep record. The final recruit, Mulholland, hails from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and is ranked as the No. 40 recruit in the country. — from staff reports
Duke holds Tigers to just 12 points in first half of blowout by Steven Slywka THE CHRONICLE
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Duke’s stifling defense forced Clemson into 19 turnovers in the first half. The Tigers scored only 12 points on 5-of-28 shooting.
There would be no need for an epic comeback this time. Instead, the Blue Devils dominated Clemson from the start last night in Cameron Indoor Stadium, defeating the Tigers, 92-37. After having to rally from a 20-point deficit Sunday against N.C. State in the largest comeback in school history, No. 3 Duke (20-0, 6-0 in the ACC) utilized its full-court press to overwhelm Clemson and remain college basketball’s only undefeated team. Duke quickly erased any lingering doubts from Sunday’s game, as Clemson had no answer for its defensive pressure. The Blue Devils forced 19 turnovers in the first half alone, holding Clemson (9-13, 2-5) to just 12 points on a 5-of-28 shooting performance. Furthermore, the easy baskets generated by the pressure led to a season-high 59 points at halftime, in which every Blue Devil had scored and five were in double digits. Not only did Duke showcase its stifling defense, it also displayed an energy level not seen in the first half of the N.C. State game. Players fearlessly dove for loose balls and consistently out-hustled Clemson on the glass. “I thought we got a whole lot better,” head coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “It was just a really dominant first half. We had lots of contributions from many different people, lots of intensity, [it is a] terrific defensive effort to hold any team to 12 in the first half.” Kirstyn Wright led the Tigers with 15 points, but she was See clemson on page 8
Smith to face Reggie Jackson one more time in Cameron by Vignesh Nathan THE CHRONICLE
It’s the final stretch for senior Nolan Smith, and he knows it. He only has six games remaining at Cameron Indoor Stadium. That means he only has six more chances to hear Trip Durham announce his name in the starting line-up, Boston and only six more chances to conCollege tinue solidifying his name in Duke vs. basketball history. No. 3 But, and perhaps most imDuke portantly to him, he only has six more attempts to lead his team THURSDAY, 8 p.m. to victory. Cameron Indoor Stadium “Each game is coming close to becoming my last game here,” Smith said. “Every game is going to be very important to my team and me. I want to go out as strong as possible in Cameron.” As one of the teams only two seniors, his responsibilities only become heavier when he’s forced to defend
one of the best guards in the ACC tonight at 9 p.m. in Cameron Indoor Stadium—the Eagles’ very own Reggie Jackson. “They have a very good guard in Jackson, who will be my assignment,” Smith said. “Stopping [him] is going to be our key to the game.” And it’ll be a challenging. At 6-foot-3 and 205 lbs, Jackson will tower over Smith with an inch of height and over thirty pounds of mass. To make matters worse, Jackson’s impressive statistics complement his intimidating stature. As a junior, he leads the entire team in almost every significant statistical category: points (19.1), assists (4.9), steals (1.2) and blocks (0.7) per game. But the accolades don’t stop there. He’s been named ACC player of the Week twice this season, and ranks among the ACC leaders in seven different categories. Consequently, he’s been instrumental in Boston College’s resurgence as an ACC title contender this season. Stopping him will be essential to a Duke (18-1, 5-1 in the See m. basketball on page 8
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Guard Reggie Jackson not only is averaging 19.1 points and 4.9 assists per game, but has a considerable weight advantage on Nolan Smith.
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Deft passing, tenacious press key Duke win by Jacob Levitt THE CHRONICLE
Sunday’s slow start against N.C. State nearly cost No. 3 Duke its undefeated record, but last night’s game against Clemson game could not have started more differently. Game Behind a dominant Analysis press and spectacular passing, Duke jumped out to a 59-12 halftime lead against the Tigers. “[Starting strong] wasn’t just something that we’ve been talking about since last game,” senior guard Jasmine Thomas said. “We’ve been talking about that for a while.... I think our defensive intensity is what sparked that tonight.” The Blue Devils’ press was nothing short of dominant in the first half—the Tigers shot less than 18 percent from the field. Duke’s ability to jump passing lanes, combined with the team’s superior athletic ability and aggressive style of play, forced Clemson to commit 19 first-half turnovers. The Blue Devils took advantage, scoring 27 points off turnovers. In the second half, Duke didn’t back off entirely, forcing 17 turnovers and coming up with 11 steals. But the Blue Devils didn’t press—likely because pressing an obviously overmatched team while holding a 40-point lead seems in poor taste. Calling off the press made a clear impact on the stat sheet. Without the press, Duke’s defense was solid but unspectacular, surrendering 25
second-half points on 36 percent shooting. The offense also fell into mortal territory without the benefit of a suffocating press. Assists fell from 16 in the first half to only six after the break, and the team made fewer than half as many shots from the field, largely due to the missing fastbreak points the press had generated. Consequently, this lack of intensity in the second half highlighted the strength of the Blue Devil’s ball movement in the first half and their offensive success earlier on in the night. Part of that success came from deft passing. Duke had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2:1 at the break, which is a good individual number for a point guard. For a team, it’s striking. As a result of making the extra pass, all 11 Blue Devils scored in the first half. “An extra pass is kind of an easy pass,” head coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “You can see it coming and you can spot your teammate, and I thought everybody did that.... And I just think that makes us terribly difficult to defend.” Between the defensive pressure and offensive distribution, Duke showed an incredible focus in the first half. Even though the dominance wavered in the second period, the overwhelming impression was one of a very poised, focused team. “[The Blue Devils] did a lot of smart things tonight,” Clemson head coach Itoro Coleman said. “They made the extra passes, they trapped well, [and] their transition offense was really good.”
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the only Tiger to record a point until the final two minutes of the first half. Overall Clemson was 14-of-53 from the field, including just 17 percent in the first half. Ball movement was the key to Duke’s offense, allowing the Blue Devils to shoot over 59 percent for the opening period. On back-to-back possessions, Jasmine Thomas found freshman Richa Jackson for easy lay-ups, and extra passes around the arc led to multiple threes from Shay Selby and Chelsea Gray. As a team, Duke shot 12-of-29 from behind the arc, including 53 percent in the first half. Jasmine Thomas attributed the shooting performance to a well-executed transition game. “We found our transition,” she said. “I think that had a lot to do with why we shot so well. We were getting easy buckets, running the floor, and moving the ball and finding the open player.” With an upcoming game at No. 2 Connecticut looming Monday night, there was a possibility of Duke overlooking the lesser-regarded Tigers, but senior Krystal Thomas quickly put that notion to rest. “We just take it one game at a time,” she said. “This is the ACC and we have to take care of our conference before we do anything in March.” Jasmine Thomas added that, despite her team’s 55-point win, there is still more work to be done. “This is definitely not Duke at its best,” she said. “Our first half was great, but our second half shows where there’s room to grow. Once we play a full 40 minutes like we played the first half, that will be Duke at its best.” Making tonight’s efforts all the more impressive was this game’s placement in the schedule. Following an emotional comeback win and directly preceding a hypedup showdown against Connecticut—the defending national champion—this game had all the makings of a trap-game. Instead, the Blue Devils made a statement.
ACC) victory tonight. Fortunately, Smith is one of Duke’s best defenders, leading the team with 1.5 steals per game. But, whether or not he can handle Jackson’s significant size advantage will be a question that can only be answered on the court. But to spend too much time worrying about Jackson wouldn’t be doing the Eagles (14-6, 4-2) justice. After all, he is only half of the duo that compromises Boston College’s major offensive attack. The other, senior forward Joe Tapani, will also be looking to leave his mark in Cameron. One of Boston College’s most consistent scorers, Trapani is as versatile a forward as they come. Although he plays inside the key, and leads the team in rebounding, he’s well known for his long-range shooting abilities, hitting 32 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc. Luckily, Duke may have found itself an answer to Trapani in sophomore forward Ryan Kelly, another big man well known for his shooting abilities. “Certainly, Trapani’s been a guy whose had a great career so far. The numbers he puts up are very good, and I want to be able to put up those numbers in the future,” Kelly said. “He’s a skilled player who can shoot the basketball and also put the ball on the floor and get to the basket. I guess you can see a similarity [between us] there.” Kelly will be returning to the court after undoubtedly the finest performance of his career last Saturday against Wake Forest, in which he led the team in scoring with 20 points, in a statistically perfect performance. He hit all of his field goals, 3-pointer, and free throw attempts to complement his six rebounds and two steals. The Blue Devils can only hope that the game instilled in him a sense of confidence that will carry over toward the remaining schedule, starting with Boston College tonight. After all, Smith will need a little help to make his last stretch of games in Cameron special.
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Entrepreneurial ideas belong to students Two years ago, a student members—as they should— at the University of Missouri given that innovation lies uninvented a new app for the iP- der many faculty members’ hone and iPad. Quickly there- purview. But until recently, after, university lawyers brought many schools had no clauses a lawsuit against him, claiming covering student inventions, 25 percent ownas these cases ership and tworarely arose. editorial thirds of any Providing stuprofits incurred, according to dents the same rights as facula story published this week by ty members is not the correct the Associated Press. way to handle this situation. Missouri was wrong to Faculty and students have claim any ownership or profit two distinct purposes on camin this case. Considering the pus. Faculty members are growing ubiquity of such in- supposed to innovate and stances and the University’s generate new ideas. When a recent emphasis on entre- university claims partial ownerpreneurship, Duke should ship of a professor’s invention, examine its intellectual prop- the claim is justified because of erty policies as well. the risk-reduction agreement Most universities have in- between the institution and its tellectual property provisions employee. Should the invenalready in place for inven- tion fail, faculty members are tions developed by faculty still employed, not out on the
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profit the professor makes, that is another matter. However, the university should still have no claim on the student’s portion. The final tricky situation for students involves inventions or creations made for a class project. For example, a student makes a movie for a film class that becomes a hit. The student would have to credit the professor and the class in the film, especially if collaboration, such as editing or just working through ideas, happened through the project. Article III of Duke’s Intellectual Property Rights states that works created for a class are not subject to immediate licensure by the University. Still, appropriate credit must be given. If a university wants to attract innovative students, it cannot hastily lay claim to
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streets like individual inventors who lack institutional support. Students, on the other hand, are here to learn. The University should have only a limited stake in creations that arise from their educational process. If students invent something of their own accord alone, without using university resources, the university cannot claim rights to it. This is why Missouri ultimately redacted its suit. If working on a project in collaboration with a professor, the property rights to any invention created between the two should be handled as they wouldn be for any other collaboration. In that case, student and professor would share credit and profit. If the university then lays claim to any
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The American Association for Undergraduate fairs, questions “how invested women are in supportWomen and Running Start are bringing the “Elect ing each other, just for the sake of supporting another Her: Campus Women Win” initiative to Duke Feb. 5. woman. I’m not sure if that’s something we prioritize.” She contrasts this argument with The Women’s Center, Office of Student fraternities, which she said support Activities and Facilities, Duke Student each other “hard-core.” Government and the Baldwin Scholars Sophomore Chris Brown, DSG are sponsoring this workshop that aims vice president for athletics and camto provide women with tools to help pus services, concurs with the camthem successfully run for leadership popaigning strength of fraternities. sitions on campus and encourage them However, he doesn’t paint them as to consider public service after college. the machines I accused them of beI ran for DSG in the Spring of my samantha ing, responding that as a member freshman year and lost. I didn’t feel lachman of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity he’s “[s] comfortable asking my sorority or fellow Baldwins for help with campaigning. my favourite things urrounded by 60 brothers that I know support me in everything I do, There didn’t seem to be a precedent for whether it’s running a campaign... that, and moreover I was brand new to both organizations and didn’t feel justified in doing working on school work or setting up for a party... so. After that, I didn’t go out for an at-large position. there are 60 people in the trenches with me.” He I don’t regret running: It was empowering to put my- added, “Fraternities are very organized bodies... and self out there, and I didn’t take it personally when I that carries over well to other areas.” There are perils to trying to emerge out of the lost. Since I never asked for help, I have no idea if crowded field as a woman candidate. I found junior these groups would have supported me. The bigger issue is that women at Duke aren’t go- Jane Moore’s flyers for the executive vice president ing out for these positions, and I think this workshop race last year, which featured high heels and the strawill expose the reasons why and potentially amelio- tegically placed question, “Want m00re?” disappointing, distracting and degrading because they empharate the situation. To clarify, DSG and other campus organizations sized her sexuality rather than her stances on issues. Alexandra Swain, a sophomore senator for Duraren’t necessarily hostile environments for women. And women don’t always lose elections or at-large ham and regional affairs, hit it on the mark when bids when they do run. Many female leaders have she said, “there are a lot of socially active women that flourished in and derived influence from their posi- care about Duke institutions and how they run.... I tions. Still, sometimes women are pre-emptively afraid just don’t think women see their role is to be leadof running. It is our responsibility as a community to ers in student government, so that’s what we need to take a top-down and bottom-up approach to change change. We do have a right to be there and have our the tides of this phenomenon. voices heard.” Swain says she’s always been “very comCampus elections are bizarre processes. The only fortable” competing with men. successful strategy seems to be information overload. Of course, the apathy and discouragement after Piles of flyers, banners that compete for dorm-estate, losing isn’t gender specific. And as Brown says, “there publicity stunts and old-fashioned canvassing are de are no barriers to entry” for women to run. In fact, rigueur for candidates. One historical exception is El- “Elect Her” is just the most recent of many women’s liott Wolf, who became DSG president in 2006 after initiatives. At this point, women are their own worst a superb series of columns and an infamous movie- enemies in perpetuating the leadership disparity. sharing website in his name. It doesn’t end with elections. Cynthia Chen, forFemale Duke students I talked to have variously mer vice president for academic affairs, wrote in an ecalled the electoral process intimidating, opaque or mail that at times she felt “intimidated” on DSG exec, non-representative. Sophomore Christine Larson, and “sometimes got the feeling that it was harder for a DSG senator for student affairs and chair of the [her] to assert authority as a VP.” Exec this year is enYoung Trustee Nominating Committee, said in an e- tirely male, so the status quo now might discourage mail that she decided to apply at-large because, “I feel women from going for those higher-level positions. like [the at-large process] actually portrays who I am Whether these issues are perceived or real, they and why I am qualified better than the election.” have tangible impacts for women at Duke. Hopefully Beyond the at-large process, it’s imperative for this workshop emphasizes the collective responsibility this workshop to isolate why so few women run in women have to step up and run this Spring—and in elections. the future. The lack of solidarity both among and within women’s organizations on campus is concerning. JuSamantha Lachman is a Trinity sophomore. Her column nior Ebonie Simpson, a DSG senator for student af- runs every other Thursday.
Why all the fuss? Every once in a while, I get a friendly reminder that the world is not as wonderful as I make it out to be. Before you dismiss my obvious conjecture, grant me the attention of your lingering eyes for a bit longer. The latest reminder came just two days ago when a friend insisted my focus on genderneutral language was alienating him from the feminist cause. Some 30 minutes of discussion later, I concluded that as a man, he’s unlikely to ever unbhumi pirohit derstand why something so nugot privilege? anced as using “man” to mean “humankind” bothers me. As the realization sank in, I felt defeated and wondered why I even cared that he agreed with me. Am I just a fatalist attempting to change what seems like a pre-determined world order of inequity? Why all the activism to change something as simple as language when the privileged will rarely truly understand the impact of words on the unprivileged? The thought pestered me for a while until I spoke with another friend, a student who graciously recounted his experiences as a gay man. Growing up in a place where homosexuality is taboo, he learned that his feelings toward other men were termed “gay” after watching television and films. The same media labeled his feelings as unacceptable, so he turned to prayer to be cured. He loathed himself and became angry at God for being unable to change him. Rather than live with constant rejection for the rest of his life, he began wishing he had never been born. After three years of self-hatred, my friend slowly came to realize that despite his attempts, he would never like women romantically. By then, he had transitioned to Duke and had found a community of people who were accepting of LGBTQ life. Realizing that there were others like him, he began expressing his sexuality and, to his pleasant surprise, found acceptance. So when this same friend went back home recently, he found the courage to come out to his family in the hopes that they would be just as accepting. Rather, they told him he was an abomination and was going to hell, and he came back to Duke homeless – without any financial or emotional support. What hurt the most, he said, was knowing that his mother – his best friend and the woman he loves and respects more than anyone else – may never want to see him again. The cruel memories of being different are sinking in again. He doesn’t know how he’ll finance his education, where he’ll go during breaks, when he’ll talk to his mother, whether he’ll ever feel accepted by the god he still believes in, or whether the place he used to call home will ever have the same name again. Yet, he yearns to go back to his community where being gay can mean being arrested because ultimately, home is home and nowhere else will ever feel the same, he says. As he tells me all this, I look into his eyes. His face is expressionless, but his eyes tell a different story of emptiness. I try to understand the pain he is going through, but I know I simply cannot. I am heterosexual and my heteronormative world will never require me to understand. And then he smiles. Even though he can never make this world his own, he says, he wouldn’t have had the courage to come out without the allies he has found at Duke. His decision to come out was influenced by the support of the people he has chosen to surround himself with. Other friends of his cannot openly identify as LGBTQ because they have not had the same encouraging experiences from their peers as he has. Reflecting on this, I realize that perhaps society isn’t stuck in a fatalistic trap after all. No, we all cannot understand what it feels like to loathe yourself because of an attraction to the same gender. On the other hand, if a simple divergence in language – insistence in not using “gay” as an adjective for emasculation, for instance – helps someone like my friend realize that he has just as much worth as any other member of the community, then perhaps we don’t need to exactly understand the struggle. Perhaps we just need to be aware of our privileges and how they affect others. And perhaps something as simple as a shift in language can mean that others don’t have to hide behind anonymity or feel fear. It seems simplistic, but as the Buddhist saying goes: “The thought manifests as the word. The word manifests as the deed. The deed becomes habit, and habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care.” Bhumi Purohit is a Trinity senior. Her column runs every other Thursday.
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lettertotheeditor Stranded Yesterday, at about 4:15 p.m. at the East Campus bus stop, I witnessed something absolutely disgraceful on the part of Duke Parking and Transportation. A C-1 bus, Bus 672, had stopped and let on two passengers. Four more girls were standing at the bus stop, and they started moving toward the bus. Yet, as they approached the bus, the bus driver started to pull away. The girls gesticulated wildly and appeared to be in the driver’s line of sight, but still he or she drove away, with only two passengers onboard and four left waiting in the cold. What makes it worse is that this was not the only time. Just ten minutes later, another C-1, Bus 669, approached the bus stop. By this time, the bus stop was full of students, since no bus had picked up stu-
dents in a while. This driver dropped off all of the passengers but then drove straight past all the students waiting at the bus stop! This is absolutely reprehensible. Why should these bus drivers, sitting high in their air-conditioned coaches, be driving straight through our bus stops and leaving students stranded in the cold? Is it that these drivers are especially callous and cruel, or that they were instructed to do so by their superiors? Either way, somebody needs to be held accountable. Gaurav Sen Trinity ’12 Resident Assistant, West Campus
Think bigger, Mr. Obama America, President Obama emphasized in his So is Siemens fleeing Germany while GE shutState of the Union address, must really be open for ters its foreign plants and hurries home? Not quite. business. It must create growing markets for the alter- Both companies have more employees overseas native energy industry. It must generate more scien- than they do in their homelands, but Siemens has tists and engineers. It must build highalso struck a deal with its union, IG speed rail and Internet to compete with Metall, to keep its highly skilled proother nations’. It must adjust corporate harold meyerson duction workforce—128,000 Gertaxes so they’re more in line with our man workers—in place, at work on guest column global competitors’. its highest-value-added projects. The All of these proposals are well and union has reached similar agreegood, and a distinct improvement over the Repub- ments with other leading manufacturers, such as licans’ alternative program of disinvesting public BMW and Daimler. funds in the nation’s future in hopes that the private If we’re going to rewrite our corporate tax code, sector will take up the slack. But making America why don’t we rewrite it to reward those companies more open for business addresses just one part of that employ workers at good jobs here at home? U.S. our national economic decline. The other challenge unions are almost surely too weak to get the kind of is how to make our corporations more open to doing deals that German unions get, but why can’t our tax business in America. laws discriminate between those companies that both U.S. corporations can’t sit on their nearly $2 tril- develop and manufacture their products here and lion in cash reserves forever—but that doesn’t mean those that go abroad for cheaper labor? they’re going to invest their stash in job-creating enTo put America’s multinationals on a homewardterprises within the United States. In recent weeks, bound course requires more than simply the nomiseveral leading corporations have boosted their divi- nal lowering of taxes, building better roads and rails, dends and buybacks of their own stock. Those are and turning out more scientists and engineers. We legitimate ways to use their money, but as job gen- need to either raise tariffs on unfair foreign comerators they fall short even of John Maynard Keynes’ petition or reduce taxes on companies that keep, facetious proposal to hire people to bury banknotes bring or create jobs at home. in the ground and then dig them up again. Neither solution addresses the fundamental Will Obama’s suggestions, if enacted, lead to a re- problem, which is that the model of capitalism in naissance of domestic investment? The long-deferred the United States (as in Britain) prioritizes shortupgrading of America’s online and on-the-ground in- term shareholder value over all other concerns—a frastructure would in itself create jobs and certainly en- prescription for domestic disinvestment if ever there hance productivity. Helping universities turn out more was one. In Germany, where share value is just one scientists and engineers would increase productivity, too, concern of corporate boards, which consist of an though our ability to do this on a scale large enough to equal number of management and employee repmatter probably depends on limiting pay in the financial resentatives, gross investment in plants and equipsector, to which increasing numbers of our young quants ment increased 9.4 percent last year amid a boomhave been flocking for the past two decades. ing economy. Lowering the corporate income tax rate from The United States is hardly about to alter our 35 percent while closing the loopholes that enable fundamental corporate structures, necessary companies to pay far lower rates will surely simplify though that may be to engender a full-blown ecothe tax code. Whether it will increase domestic in- nomic renaissance. But we can at least use tariffs vestment, however, is anybody’s guess. According and taxes to reward those corporations that invest to a University of North Carolina survey of multi- at home and penalize those that disinvest in this national corporations’ tax payments from 2003 to nation’s future. We can, one hopes, distinguish 2007, as reported by Bloomberg Businessweek this between friend and foe. That carrot and stick is month, the effective tax rate of U.S. multinationals what’s missing from the president’s commendablewas 26 percent, while the global average for mul- as-far-as-they-go proposals. tinationals was 25 percent. General Electric paid taxes at a rate of 11.5 percent, while Siemens, GE’s Meyerson is editor-at-large of American Prospect and German counterpart, paid 29 percent of its income the L.A. Weekly. This column originally appeared in the to that government. Washington Post.
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