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ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTH YEAR, Issue 98
The new Young Trustees
LUDACRIS DAY OF CLASSES
Sohn to serve as first female YT since 2004 Merger of Campus Council and DSG approved with 90.1% of vote by Joanna Lichter THE CHRONICLE
After 3,248 undergraduates cast their votes, senior Michelle Sohn was elected Young Trustee in the second-ever student-wide election Tuesday night. The election was determined in an instant runoff, with Sohn defeating senior Matt Davis by 92 votes, 1,629 to 1,537. The election saw the largest voter turnout in recent history, as 49.94percent of students cast ballots. “I feel so incredibly blessed...
I think that’s the only way to describe it,” Sohn, former member of The Chronicle’s independent editorial board, said Tuesday night. “Blessed and honored.” Students also approved a referendum on the Young Trustee ballot to merge Duke Student Government and Campus Council. The referendum passed with 2,951 votes—or 90.1 percent of all voters. Polls opened Tuesday at 7 See sohn on page 6
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Ludacris, who is scheduled to perform at this year’s Last Day of Classes, last took the Duke stage in 2003 in Cameroon Indoor. by Matthew Chase and Nicole Kyle
Saaem ‘humbled’ to be elected as gradYT by Matthew Chase THE CHRONICLE
The Graduate and Professional Student Council general assembly elected Ali Saaem to serve as the graduate Young Trustee Tuesday night. At the meeting, Saaem, a fifth-year biomedical engineering graduate student, said that his goals include improving aid for students, making life safer on and around campus and internationalizing Duke. “Duke has been a place of transformation for me,” said
Saaem, who is an international student from Bangladesh. “I love Duke and will want to see this institution grow and continue being a great place for students.” During Saaem’s first term on the Board of Trustees—which will begin in the Fall and last for two years—he will be a non-voting member, though he will be able to vote in his second year. Two graduate Young Trustees serve on the Board at any time. “I am elated and humbled at See saaem on page 6
Get out the way, Ludacris is comin’ to Duke. Representatives from the artist’s record label confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the rapper will be performing at the Last Day of Classes celebration April 27. “It is on his calendar,” said Tawni Sears, a representative from Ludacris’ record label, Disturbing tha Peace. “His touring manager only puts it on there once it has been confirmed.” Record label officials said a contract had been signed for the performance but did not provide comment about when the deal was finalized or the cost of the performance. The rapper’s manager, Chaka Zulu, could not be reached for comment. Ludacris and his management are out of the country until the end of the month, Sears added. “It’s on my schedule, so it is going to happen,” said Greg Rogers, a member of Ludacris’ management team and DTP executive.
“Little did I know standing in the supermarket with my two daughters that my cousin... was dying...”
—Author Edwidge Danticat on the earthquake in Haiti. See story page 4
This will be Ludacris’ second appearance at Duke. The Atlanta-based rapper performed in Cameron Indoor Stadium Sept. 23, 2003 in a concert sponsored by Duke University Union’s Major Attractions Committee. Student response to the news has been generally enthusiastic, especially after last year’s subdued reaction to Jay Sean’s performance and other LDOC acts. “I am completely surprised that we are able to have him, first of all,” said sophomore Tara Hazle. “I think it’s a great change from who we’ve had in the past. We’ve had some great people but no one this popular in a long time.” Other students welcomed the change in musical style that Ludacris brings and hoped that the other LDOC artists will be as varied in sound and genre. “I’m really excited about [Ludacris],” said sophomore Will Hawkins. “I enjoyed LDOC last year, but I think it’s great to have more hip-hop and more rap. I think this is something a lot of students will like.”
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Some students were also glad that this year’s selection may elevate the event’s status. “Ludacris is one of my favorite rap artists by far,” said sophomore Charles West. “He’s recognizable as an actor in films and as a Grammy Award-winning artist. I’m also interested in hearing his whole range of songs... this will be one of the first times we’ve gotten a real A-list star.” Senior Marni Siegel added that Ludacris will make her final LDOC celebration----and birthday, which is the same day as LDOC---that much more memorable. “I’m very excited to see Luda,” she said. “He is definitely the biggest name artist we’ve had since I’ve been here, and it will be a great way to celebrate my 22nd birthday!” LDOC Committee co-Chair Will Benesh, a senior, refused to comment, as did committee Chief Financial Officer Alex Shapanka, a sophomore. CoChair Lindsay Tomson, a junior, could not be reached for See Ludacris on page 6
DUU elects new president, Page 3
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Mad Men Mad Women Perkins Link, 7-8 p.m. Martha Reeves, professor of Women’s Studies and Markets and Management Studies, will lecture on women’s issues in the 60’s.
“If you know someone who is known as a drinker, it may be time for a little talk. According to a publication released earlier today, the World Health Organization (WHO) claims that alcohol is responsible for approximately 2.5 million deaths each year, which is a higher total than—you guessed it—AIDS, tuberculosis and violence combined.’” — From The Chronicle’s News Blog bigblog.dukechronicle.com
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The youth pictured above in a Tunisian coffee shop discuss the future of the country. Since former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was ousted last month due to strong protests that rippled across the Arab world, Tunisia has been a nation in transition. Before elections take place later this year, many key issues, including the extent that Islam will play in the country’s future, need resolution.
It’s morning again in America. — Ronald Reagan
TODAY IN HISTORY
1666: Netherlands & Brandenburg sign treaty.
Investigation of WikiLeak’s Pro-democracy protests founder begins in earnest escalate in Yemen capital ALEXANDRIA, Virginia — An odd confluence of important issues came together in a federal courtroom Tuesday: the criminal investigation of WikiLeaks, free speech and social networking. It all stemmed from the government’s attempts to get personal information from the Twitter accounts of three people linked to the WikiLeaks probe. Their lawyers argued that the data—screen names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, credit card and bank account information, and Internet protocol addresses—is protected by the First Amendment. Prosecutors said the request is a routine part of their criminal probe. It was the opening salvo in what experts expect to be a long and difficult investigation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and others suspected of disclosing thousands of classified documents on the anti-secrecy website.
SANAA, Yemen — Anti-government protests unfolded for a fifth straight day here Tuesday, marked by brief but violent clashes, as thousands of people clamored for democratic reforms in Bahrain, the first time the seismic effects of the revolts in Egypt and Tunisia had rippled to the Persian Gulf. In the Yemeni capital, several hundred pro-democracy and pro-government demonstrators clashed near the old campus of Sanaa University, with the fights spilling into side streets. The tensions erupted when government supporters attacked their rival protesters with knives, rocks and sticks, forcing them to disperse. Witnesses said that Yemeni security forces beat some anti-government protesters and that police did not attempt to stop the violence. Several protesters, including a lawmaker, were wounded, according to witnesses.
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Group elects Sussman as new president
by Yeshwanth Kandimalla THE CHRONICLE
Three years after two offenders on probation were implicated in the deaths of Duke’s Abhijit Mahato and UNC’s Eve Carson, North Carolina has striven to revamp its probations enforcement system, though state officials say there is still progress to be made. Two of the three accused of the murders were on probation at the time of the incidents, shocking the University and local communities and illuminating problems within the state’s probation system. Laurence Lovette, who was allegedly involved in both cases, is facing ongoing charges, and Demario Atwater will serve a life sentence for the murder of Carson, who was UNC student body president at the time of her death. Some lawmakers alleged that the men had been under inadequate state supervision, which then Director of Community Corrections Robert Lee Guy called “a dark cloud” over his agency. Lovette’s probation officer had been assigned 126 other cases with little training and 10 different probation officers had handled Atwater’s case before he was charged in Carson’s murder, the Associated Press reported. Changes since 2008 to the N.C. Division See probation on page 12
by Kotoe Oshima THE CHRONICLE
As of 7 p.m., police were allowing cars to proceed slowly by the site of the crash, but traffic was backed up heavily in all four directions. The collision occurred at approximately 6 p.m. after a Jeep traveling on Science Drive toward the Bryan Center ran a red light and was hit by a Ford SUV, according to the driver of the
Incoming DUU President Rachel Sussman will lead the organization’s effort to increase communication and collaboration across campus. Sussman, a junior who was selected Saturday to run the organization, said she wants to unite the community through innovative programming and working with other student groups. She will begin her term in April and succeed current president Yi Zhang, a senior. In addition to working with Duke University Union since her freshman year, Sussman’s experience with multiple organizations will aid DUU’s goals, said sophomore Alex Shapanka, chair of the Speakers and Stage committee. Sussman served as a coordinator for the now-defunct Union Consulting Group—which made efforts to improve the quality of campus programming—and currently works at the Duke Coffeehouse. “[Sussman] is dedicated, passionate and will do a great job as president of DUU [by] maintaining it as one organization rather than separate committees,” Shapanka said. Sussman said she supports the merger of Duke Student Government with Campus Council, the group in charge of residential
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A multi-vehicle crash at the intersection of Science Drive and Towerview Road Tuesday evening sent three people to the hospital and blocked traffic for more than half an hour.
Three injured in car accident on campus by Zachary Tracer and Toni Wei THE CHRONICLE
Three people were injured in a multi-vehicle crash at the intersection of Science Drive and Towerview Road Tuesday evening. The conditions of the injured individuals could not immediately be learned. Traffic was blocked at the intersection for more than half an hour after the collision.
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Gov. Perdue urges NC to ‘do more with less’ from Staff Reports THE CHRONICLE
Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue gave the Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature a glimpse of her budget proposal Monday in her State of the State address. Addressing the first Republican-controlled legislature in more than a century, Perdue proposed a spending plan $2.2 billion smaller than the 2009 budget. Despite the financial cuts, Perdue plans to reduce the corporate income tax, improve education, protect teacher positions, promote job creation and rework state government. “[The budget] spends 11 percent less per capita and sheds thousands of state positions,” she said in her speech Monday. “Never before in history has North Carolina better lived the phrase ‘doing more with less.’” Specific details on how Perdue would pay for her proposals, particularly in light of a shortfall Perdue now projects to be $2.4 billion for the fiscal year beginning July 1, will be included in her formal budget proposal expected Thursday. Although improving the state’s services will be difficult with the reduced budget, Perdue said this can nonetheless be achieved by making government more efficient and “more capable of serving the 9.5 million people who call North Carolina home.” In her speech, Perdue outlined plans to help reduce the budget gap including reorganize
government by merging 14 offices and departments into eight. In addition to cutting jobs, Perdue proposed an early retirement package with the potential to eliminate additional positions. “I have made deep and painful cuts,” Perdue said. “I will listen to any suggestion for cutting waste, finding savings and stretching our limited resources.” As Perdue described her proposed budget cuts, she promised to protect teacher and teacher-assistant jobs and noted that she wants to live up to a 2008 campaign pledge to give high school students who earn good grades a tuition-free two-year college degree. Still, Republicans have been pushing for more significant cuts. The governor briefly acknowledged the divide between her vision and the vision of the GOP, but said she would not back down from the plans she believes are right for the state because of “partisan politics.” “Tonight, you have heard me talk about what makes North Carolina great,” she said in her speech Monday. “You have heard me talk about our capacity to change, our toughness in the face of adversity, our relentless ability to reinvent ourselves and keep on going. You have heard me praise the leaders that came before us.... And you heard me talk about my priorities of creating jobs, educating our children, and transforming state government. Hear me now: I will not back down from these priorities.”
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Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat said Tuesday that the Haitian literary community has experienced a stylistic shift as a result of the devastation of the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Danticat relates literary response to Haiti tragedy by Praveen Tummalapalli THE CHRONICLE
Acclaimed Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat spoke to an audience in Smith Warehouse about how she and other affected writers responded to last year’s Haitian earthquake Tuesday night. The event was part of the Provost Lecture Series called “Natural Disasters and Human Responses.” Danticat began the presentation by recalling her experience on Jan. 12, 2010—the day of the earthquake—when she received a call with the news of the disaster. “We had heard before that there could be an earthquake in Haiti, but it didn’t register.” Danticat said. “Little did I know standing in the supermarket with my two daughters that my cousin... was dying, his son was dying, countless people were dying.” In her speech, Danticat described the destruction caused by the earthquake and its effects on her and the other members of her family. The author said that in her opinion the media’s focus on individual rescues minimized the perceived scale of the tragedy. Haiti, which has long been an island with a strong literary community, has experienced a stylistic shift as a result of the earthquake, Danticat explained. Throughout the event, Danticat read her own writing and that of other writers responding to the disaster from her books “Brother, I’m Dying” and “Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work.” “There was an outpouring of testimony,” she said. “Writers who were mostly fiction writers before were turning to [testimony
about the earthquake].” Danticat said even though many Haitians struggle daily to find basic material needs such as food, water and shelter, stories are still important to the morale of the people. To illustrate her point, she related her experience with the organization Li, Li, Li—which translates to Read, Read, Read! in Haitian Creole—an organization that reads stories to children displaced by the earthquake. “Why tell stories?” Danticat asked. “In the camps you would grapple with that issue, but as soon as you saw the children and their eyes you knew more than any other moment why stories are important—because you saw the world around them disappear.” Following her presentation, Dantitcat answered questions from the audience. Many audience members were already fans of the author’s writing and approached Danticat with copies of her books and requests for her signature. “It’s nice to get her view of [the earthquake] as a Haitian,” said event attendee Pamela Bivens-Pippin. “It gives me a view that I wouldn’t have seen, especially on the national news, and she has a voice that is so unique.” Professor J. Lorand Matory, director of the Center for African and African American Research, praised Danticat for her activism in Haiti as well as her writing. “Ms. Danticat is a brilliant writer who’s been extraordinarily prolific across a range of genres,” Matory said. “Her writing is generally deeply sad and moving. She makes it impossible for us to turn away from suffering because she identifies it on an individual scale.”
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Obama careful in criticizing crackdown by Scott Wilson and Thomas Erdbrink THE washington Post
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama cautiously criticized the Iranian government Tuesday for carrying out a deadly crackdown on street demonstrations, as hard-line legislators in Tehran called for the execution of several prominent opposition leaders. Obama’s careful formulation—calling on the government to allow protesters to express their grievances but stopping short of calling for a change in leadership—highlighted the sharp differences between the political dynamic that his administration faces in Iran and the one that shaped the recent revolt in Egypt. In Egypt, Obama had to balance the United States’ longstanding support for a secular ally against the reality that President Hosni Mubarak’s popular backing had all but evaporated. But in Iran, Obama confronts an Islamist regime hostile to U.S. interests and eager to turn any opposition movement into a proxy for the United States and Israel. Earlier in the day, scores of Iranian lawmakers led a spontaneous demonstration on the floor of parliament, calling for the execution of Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, who have been under house arrest for some time. In a statement, 221 members of parliament said, “We believe the people have lost their patience and demand capital punishment.” The threat provided an ominous turn to the Iranian unrest, which Obama had yet to comment on publicly until his Tuesday news conference. In the days before the Egyptian turmoil reached its climax, Obama aligned himself with the demonstrators’ demand for a new government. With Iran he has not been so bold. His call for Iran’s government to allow peaceful protest echoed the one he made after the opposition Green Movement emerged on Tehran’s streets in June 2009 following a disputed presidential election, a response many conservatives criticized as tepid. “We were clear then and we are clear now that what has been true in Egypt should be true in Iran, which is that people should be able to express their opinions and their grievances and seek a more responsive government,” Obama said. “What’s been different is the Iranian
government’s response, which is to shoot people and beat people and arrest people.” Obama spoke as anti-government protests spread in the region, driven by what Obama described as “a young, vibrant generation within the Middle East that is looking for greater opportunity.” In a message that he intended for “friend and foe alike,” Obama said, “if you are governing these countries you’ve got to get ahead of change,” a tacit warning to such U.S. allies as Saudi Arabia, Jordan and others with autocratic rulers contending with rising democracy movements. The White House recently began Farsi and Arabic-language Twitter feeds to better reach those young demonstrators, sending out key statements from the president and administration officials. The Arabic feed, launched Feb. 9, has more than 1,200 followers; the Farsi feed that began four days later has nearly 3,500. “What has become clear during Egypt and Tunisia is that you need to communicate in the space where people are talking,” said Tommy Vietor, the National Security Council spokesman. Obama did not comment directly on the execution threat, made by fist-pumping lawmakers a day after anti-government demonstrators defied a government ban on protests. But he said he found it “ironic” that Iran’s government is “pretending to celebrate what happened in Egypt when, in fact, they have acted in direct contrast to what happened in Egypt by gunning down and beating people who were trying to express themselves peacefully.” The mood on Tehran’s streets has changed dramatically since Monday’s demonstration when two people were killed, according to the semiofficial Fars news agency. Although opposition websites have said the victims were protesters, government-backed entities claim the men were members of a paramilitary organization and had been killed by the opposition. Kazem Jalali, a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the parliament, told the Fars news service that “the efforts of the Supreme Leader [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei] were focused on trying to bring Mousavi and Karroubi back into the folds of the revolution.”
duu from page 3 policy and programming. The merger was approved yesterday as a referendum on the Youth Trustee ballot, receiving 90.1 percent student support. Next year, large-scale programming formerly run by Campus Council, including Homecoming and Old Duke, will fall under DUU’s jurisdiction. Internally, DUU has experienced communication issues at times between its 16 committees, Zhang said. She added that DUU will restructure its executive board to streamline responsibilities. In other business: The Speakers and Stage committee announced that six-time Grammy award winner John Legend will perform March 25 at 8 p.m. in Page Auditorium. Tickets for the event, which is co-sponsored by the Black Student Alliance, go on sale this morning at the Duke University Box Office. In addition, the theme for DUU’s annual semiformal event is “A Night in Paris,” said senior Alison Lane, chair of the Annual Events Committee. Duke Royale, a cocktail party held at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens’ Doris Duke Center, will be held for the fourth consecutive year this April.
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Junior Rachel Sussman will begin her term as president in May, succeeding current Duke University Union president Yi Zhang, a senior.
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saaem from page 1 the same time that the general assembly put their faith in me, and it is still registering,” Saaem said after the meeting. “There were 30 plus [applicants], so it was pretty nerve-wracking.... [The other finalists] were very qualified. They would have been fantastic representatives.” Saaem tallied more votes than the other two finalists, second-year MBA candidate Joshua Makaron and Jennifer Snook, third-year MBA and master of environmental management candidate. Before voting Tuesday night, the general assembly discussed the candidates in a 10-minute closed session—a routine process, GPSC Vice President Felicia Hawthorne said after the meeting. GPSC would not release the number of votes each candidate received. For the past four years, Saaem has had some experience interacting with the Board, serving as a student representative on the Business and Finance Committee. The committee recommends fiscal policies, provides financial overviews of the University and administers funds to certain University programs. In his speech, Saaem emphasized Duke’s need to globalize while maintaining its relations with the local community. “I grew up in Bangladesh hearing names of schools in Boston and New York. I want to make Duke and Dur-
sohn from page 1 a.m. and closed at 10 p.m., although the results were not announced until two hours after the polls closed, per DSG bylaws. None of the three finalists—Davis, Getson or Sohn— received a majority Tuesday night, with Davis earning 1,371 votes, senior Ben Getson 358 and Sohn 1,449 before the runoff. Sohn is the third woman in the past decade to become a Young Trustee, after Katie Laidlaw, Trinity ’04, and Sara Elrod, Trinity ’02. “I am very satisfied with the 49.94 percent voter turnout and think it is indicative of the great campaign efforts put forth by the finalists,” said DSG Attorney General Ryan Clark, a junior. “The voter turnout has been the highest DSG has seen in at least four years.” In the campaign process, two violations were reported. Monday, Getson was accused of distributing an unsolicited flyer. The DSG Board of Elections decided to dock 0.5 votes from Getson, although no votes were subtracted in the election process because the system rounds down the total number of ballots cast. Tuesday, a student sent an email to about 400 students with a link to a YouTube video promoting Davis, who is also the undergraduate student
ham a global name,” Saaem said. “I see globalization as a highway that goes both ways—that as we look to develop programs and locations in China or extend what we have in Singapore... that we maintain academic standards at home and abroad.” He also emphasized the fact that he will maintain contact with graduate and professional students—possibly by means of social media. “I would like to be more than your Young Trustee, I would like to be a ‘Twitter-Trustee,’” he said, noting that he would like people to submit their concerns to him via Twitter. He added that he hopes to foster interdisciplinary studies because “there are still roadblocks to people being able to go from one institution to another.” GPSC members also briefly discussed the possibility of increasing the number of graduate and professional students that are elected to the Board. Although all three undergraduate Young Trustees serve for three years each, the two graduate Young Trustees each serve for two years. “We are definitely pushing for equal representation, but as a lot of these things are, it is a work in progress,” Saaem said after his election. “Our hope is that graduates will come to parity with undergraduates. When that will be, I do not know.” After Saaem graduates this Spring, he said he plans to be employed “in the area” over the next couple of years. representative on the Duke Student Publishing Company’s Board of Directors, which publishes The Chronicle. The Board of Elections subtracted two votes from Davis’ total, which did not affect the overall election. Additionally, an injunction was filed yesterday regarding the DSG-Campus Council merger referendum. Although students were required to vote on the merger, the Board of Elections ruled the mandatory vote constitutional. Clark said the Board of Elections reviewed the bylaws and balloting procedures and did not find that the merger’s voting process violated policy. “There were some hiccups on the way... but I felt that with the circumstances given, it was the fairest election it could possibly have been and that’s thanks to a lot of people who made the whole process go smoothly,” Sohn said. Several students wrote in a variety of candidates who did not formally campaign—including men’s basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski, Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta and Karen Owen, Trinity ’10. Students wrote in a total of 212 candidates, Clark said. Senior Brooke Kingsland, former write-in candidate, stopped campaigning and resigned as DSG executive secretary Monday evening after she was prohibited from participating in last Thursday’s formal debate. The Board of Elections does not permit write-in candidates to partake in formal debates because the bylaws do not explicitly per-
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LUdacris from page 1 comment. The committee is releasing details of LDOC’s full lineup via text message Feb. 28. DUU President Yi Zhang, a senior, similarly had no comment, noting the distinction between the roles of DUU and the LDOC Committee. DUU sponsors the LDOC Oversight Board to monitor the financial decisions and efficiency of the LDOC Committee, but has no impact or input into the selection of the artists for LDOC, she said. The Oversight Board is comprised of DUU and Campus Council members. The budget for LDOC this year has not been released, though The Chronicle reported last October that this year’s committee is “debt-free.” The committee spent $68,000 in artist costs to bring Jay Sean, Flogging Molly and Rooney to campus last year. Last October, DUU allocated $25,000 to the LDOC Committee—a $10,000 increase from their contribution the previous year—and Campus Council allocated $15,000. The University administration is unable to give LDOC funding.
Car Crash from page 3 Ford, Nicholas School instructor Jeff Pippen. The Jeep flipped on its side and landed on a Subaru, which was stopped at the red light heading away from the Bryan Center. The driver of the Jeep and two passengers in the Jeep were injured and transported to the hospital. Pippen and the Subaru’s driver sustained minor injuries.
mit it. Kingsland still received 56 votes, Clark said. In the course of the election, Sohn received seven formal endorsements, Davis received three and Getson secured one. Getson declined to comment on the election Tuesday. “All of the people supporting me made a really good push,” Davis said Tuesday night. “Obviously I was disappointed we couldn’t win, but I’m really happy with the effort we put behind it.” As Young Trustee, Sohn said she hopes to achieve three major goals: see that Duke’s international strategy reflects University policy in Durham, ensure the transition to the house model occurs smoothly and analyze results of the socioeconomic diversity report and update to the 2003 Women’s Initiative. As the newest Young Trustee, Sohn will serve on the Board of Trustees for three years, one year as a nonvoting member and the final two as a voting member. Sohn will attend her first meeting in September. Until last year, the undergraduate Young Trustee was selected through a joint process of DSG and the InterCommunity Council.
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Surging Blue Devils meet slumping Cavs by Jeff Scholl THE CHRONICLE
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Virginia’s Mustapha Farrakhan scored 15 points in the Cavaliers’ 76-60 loss to Duke in Cameron a month ago.
The last time the Blue Devils and Cavaliers met, Virginia held a 10-point lead in the first half and didn’t relinquish it until 12 minutes remained in the game. One might have thought the Cavaliers’ strong performance against Duke would be a sign of things to come for the rest of the season, but the path Virginia has since taken through conference play does not seem fitting of a team that put a real scare into the Blue Devils. While Duke has won all of its ACC games since their previous meeting, the Cavaliers have lost five of seven during the same stretch and sit two spots away from the bottom of the conference standings. Now Virginia (12-12, 3-7 in the ACC) will look to rekindle the spark that led it to early success against the Blue Devils (232, 10-1) a month ago, as the Cavaliers host No. 5 Duke at John Paul Jones Arena tonight at 7 p.m. The explosion of Seth Curry over the past three games, in addition to the continued stellar play of Nolan Smith, has kept the Blue Devils at the top of the ACC, while Virginia continues to flounder, most recently losing away at Miami and Florida State— albeit by a combined total of nine points.
The Cavaliers’ meager offensive output of 62.7 points per game clocks in at last in the conference, and they are also the worst rebounding team in the ACC. The loss of senior forward Mike Scott due to an ankle injury has clearly hampered Virginia’s presence on the boards. Assane Sene leads the Cavaliers in rebounding at just over five boards per game—and no other member of the squad averages more than 3.7 rebounds per contest. The lack of rebounding, on both the offensive and defensive ends, can be largely attributed to Virginia’s four-guard starting lineup. Leading scorer Mustapha Farrakhan plays at one of those guard spots and is one of the Cavaliers’ many sharpshooters. Freshman K.T. Harrell, for instance, shoots better than 45 percent from beyond the arc. The only ACC team with a better overall 3-point field goal percentage than Virginia is none other than Duke. Accuracy from downtown helped the Cavaliers maintain their lead over the Blue Devils for the majority of the game in the previous matchup Jan. 15, but Duke clamped down on the perimeter in the second half and held Virginia to just 1-for-7 shooting from 3-point range. See m. basketball on page 8
Men’s lax, basketball teams quite similar Last Wednesday on the main quad, benches burned in commemoration of another important victory for Mike Krzyzewski and his team. But as of Saturday, they aren’t Tom the only team on campus working to defend an NCAA championship. The basketball team may draw more of the national coverage and local fanfare, but don’t sleep on John Danowski and his men’s lacrosse squad to repeat last season’s magical run to a national title. The teams might do well to use one another as inspiration as the season goes along. Neither is the current favorite to take home the title in its respective sport, at least not if the polls are to be believed; in fact, both look up at
four teams above them in the last sets of rankings. Duke was ranked No. 5 in Monday’s AP poll, and the preseason USILA poll placed the lacrosse team in an identical spot. They’ll even battle some of the same opponents: Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland are all ranked ahead of the Blue Devils in lacrosse, and while none of those teams are as dangerous on the basketball court, a road hoops matchup with the Tar Heels nonetheless looms as Duke’s biggest challenge remaining on its schedule. Throw in the fact that perennial rival North Carolina possesses the No. 1-ranked incoming freshman in each sport—Harrison Barnes in basketball, and attacker Nicky Galasso in lacrosse—and the Tar Heels promise CHRISTINA PENA/Chronicle FILe PHOTO
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Like Mike Krzyzewski, men’s lacrosse head coach John Danowski looks to defend his NCAA title this year.
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gieryn from page 7 to be potent for some time to come in both arenas. The lacrosse team can take comfort in the experience returning to its roster, however, as six of its 11 starters are back for the 2011 campaign. The basketball team didn’t have quite that luxury, with three departing starters out of five. But what the hoops team lacked in returning experience, it made up for in returning scoring. Krzyzewski returned over 63 percent of his scoring output, with the graduation of low-scoring players like Brian Zoubek and Lance Thomas. Danowski, on the other hand, gets back just over 42 percent of last season’s goal scoring, as talented attackers Max Quinzani and Ned Crotty both exhausted their eligibility. Nonetheless, both squads return two of their top four scorers from their previous campaigns: Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith on the hardwood, and lacrosse captains Zach Howell and Justin Turri on the turf. A potent recruiting class will also help the lacrosse team make up for that scoring loss. The Duke basketball freshmen looked to be a promising group, but the loss of Kyrie Irving has dampened their immediate impact. The lacrosse team, on the other hand, adds five recruits from Inside Lacrosse’s top 100, including the fourthranked player in defenseman Luke Duprey and the 12th-ranked recruit in attacker Jordan Wolf. That’s the present, but there’s also the history to consider, as both of these programs have defied the odds of the recent past to bring titles back to Durham.
Danowski and his players have resurrected the lacrosse program from the scandal that ravaged it back in 2006. Krzyzewski didn’t face such an explicit challenge in bringing his program back from adversity. But the mid-2000s were nonetheless a fallow period for Duke basketball as well, as the team didn’t win more than two NCAA Tournament games in any season between 2004-05 and the 2010 championship run. And then there were the championship games, both won by the Blue Devils in miraculous, heart-stopping fashion: Gordon Hayward’s midcourt heave barely missed putting Butler in the record books, and C.J. Costabile’s dramatic overtime goal put his team back in the winner’s circle. Together, the two teams became the first basketball/lacrosse pair to win titles since North Carolina in 1982. Repeating individually would be a feat in itself for either squad, but repeating together would likely go down as one of those “unbreakable” records. So while each team will have its hands full worrying about its own schedule, it certainly couldn’t hurt for them to throw in a cheer or two for the other defending national champion. And although Duke lacrosse will be televised nationally just five times— while their basketball counterparts won’t play five games that aren’t on TV sets across the country—its title quest is equally important to the prestige of Duke athletics. No benches will be burned for the lacrosse team as it competes for another championship, but perhaps there ought to be.
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m. basketball from page 7 As a result of the inconsistent production from 7-foot center Assane Sene inside, the Cavaliers frequently live and die by the 3-point shot, so the Blue Devils’ success in tonight’s contest will hinge upon their ability to get through screens and close out shooters. On the offensive end for Duke, the secret is out, as Seth Curry has cracked the starting lineup and emerged as a consistent third option for the Blue Devils behind Smith and Kyle Singler. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski praised Curry Sunday after the Miami game for his development and growing reliability. “Everything about his game is quicker,” Krzyzewski said Sunday. “These last two games he’s been outstanding.” Given the dangers posed by Curry on the perimeter, Virginia may have an even more difficult time defending Smith than it did Jan. 15, when the guard finished with 29 points, seven rebounds and six assists. “Seth has not only been shooting, he’s
been handling the ball. And what [that] does is you can put in Nolan in different spots,” Krzyzewski said. “He can be off the ball, and then what happens when you’re off the ball is you can have what I call a second penetration. You can get it to [Nolan], and now he’s fresh, he hasn’t been zigzagged coming down [the court], and he can make plays.” Smith enters tonight’s game holding both ACC player of the week and Oscar Robertson national player of the week honors (given by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association). He hurt his eye in the first half of the Miami game but bounced back to lead the team in scoring in the final period. “You could tell with the eye, the scratched eye, he wasn’t the same,” Krzyzewski said. “Then at halftime, god bless him, a lot of kids wouldn’t have been able to respond, but he gets 16 [points] in the second half.” And if Smith can manage to produce those numbers when nursing an injury, the Cavaliers should be wary of what he can do when at full strength.
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DICE program commendable In Fall 2009, the Domes- American colleges, they artic-International Conversa- rive on campus with much tional Exchange program less knowledge about the colheld focus groups with in- lege environment than Amerternational and domestic ican students. The memo also students to gauge the social points out that some internaand academic atmosphere tional students have difficulty students face. with the style editorial The memo the of writing and program leadthat they ofers issued showed that un- ten only learn this style after dergraduate international struggling in Writing 20. students struggle in areas Additionally, some students such as finding adequate struggled to adjust to the style advising for post-graduation of classes at Duke, in which careers and adjusting to the class participation and resocial life at Duke. quired homework often play a The DICE memo, a collab- major role in grades. Further, orative effort of Duke Student the memo noted that many inGovernment and the Interna- ternational students do not join tional Association, focuses on fraternities or sororities due to a variety of challenges for in- lack of information about the ternational students. Among process—and that they regretthose is the fact that, because ted not doing so later. international students tend to We commend the Internarely on media coverage of the tional Association, DSG and U.S. for information about the administration on their ef-
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program through which international students present information about Duke to their respective high schools. And Zoila Airall, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, told The Chronicle that non-native English speakers can now take a Writing 15 supplement along with Writing 20 to improve their English writing skills. We hope some of these programs can be extended to include more advising within the International Association, especially as older students are experientially qualified to mentor younger ones. The orientation for international students should also be expanded, and perhaps the University should implement a pre-orientation program that international and domestic students can participate in together. This would ensure that international and domestic students can interact
with each other prior to the start of their freshman year. Eventually, these advisory programs should accompany financial aid reforms, as international applications to Duke are not need-blind. Lessening the monetary burden on international students’ families would allow students from more diverse socioeconomic backgrounds to attend Duke. Self-segregation and feelings of exclusion are common among all students, domestic and international. Yet when it comes to lack of information or familiarity with cultural norms, directed programming is warranted. The International Association is sensibly ensuring that international Duke students will be able to join the University environment in a more comfortable way.
Finding true love
’m a person who doesn’t think Valentine’s Day dating scene and meaningful relationships. This is a “Hallmark holiday.” I enjoy the silly tradi- blame is misplaced. Duke professors Suzanne Shations of giving valentines and taking a date out nahan and S. Phillip Morgan have conducted the to watch a cheesy romance film. I “Duke Romantic and Sexual Relamust admit that I’m even a sucker tionships Survey” over the past four for “Love Actually.” years to compare student behaviors But February 14 often serves with student attitudes. They found as a reminder of the love that is that one third of Duke students missing from our lives. Sometimes are in committed relationships (6+ people go to extreme lengths to fill months), one-third are hooking up a romantic void. According to Net(but usually not having sex), and glimse.com, 15 percent of women one third are not in relationships or chris edelman hooking up. Duke students are also send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day. quite romantic in their ideals of love shades of blue Here at Duke, our interest in and are egalitarian and progressive finding true love is reflected in the in their attitudes toward dating. fully enrolled and waitlisted “Dating and Mating” If these results surprise you, then you’re not house course. It is evidenced in the GoodCrush alone. As it turns out, Duke students surveyed lovers matching service notice sitting in your in- drastically overestimated the proportion of their box right now. It is demonstrated by the packed peers hooking up and having sex and drastically audience for Few Quad’s “How to Find True Love” underestimated the proportion in committed reevent yesterday evening. And it is testified to by lationships. Looking beyond the commonly cited the two hours we spent talking about attractive- media misrepresentations of Duke, Shanahan ness and dating in Dan Ariely’s behavioral eco- hypothesizes that the fundamental reason for nomics course on Valentine’s Day. this may be that Duke students feel compelled Though Duke students like to think of Uni- to hide their romantic love. By displaying affecversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the tion in public, you may be perceived as a less seri“relationship” school, UNC students share the ous student, a less career-oriented person and a same desires that Duke students do. Every Val- less independent individual. Duke students can entine’s Day, a popular economics professor, therefore rationalize going to an analytic talk Ralph Byrns, Ph.D., gives a lecture on “The Eco- about how to find love because it seems to have nomics of Finding True Love.” This year, more productive value, but they remain unwilling to than 600 students pack a lecture hall with stand- hold hands with partners because of potential ing room only to learn that true love is perfectly social perceptions. inelastic (consistent supply and demand, no Really, this should come as good news because matter what the price). it means that many of your peers are looking for What is it we all hope to gain through taking the same things you are! As Will Smith says in the courses on love and graphing utilities functions? movie Hitch, “No woman wakes up saying, ‘God, What is it we’re all looking for? According to Trin- I hope I don’t get swept off my feet today!’” We ity junior and co-teacher of “Dating and Mating,” can blame Duke all we want and tell ourselves Kimberley Goffe, much of it can be summed up by that things would be different if we were at UNC. a simple fact: “We’re all really young and horny.” But then we’d be lying. If anything, the results of That’s true, but Duke students’ fascination with Shanahan’s and Morgan’s survey show that Duke love has something to do with more than just sex. students are more romantic and more committed Personally, I believe it has something to do with than their counterparts at other colleges. the text we get in the morning from our loved Right now, we are surrounded with far more one for no other purpose other than to say, “Just potential partners than we will be at any other wanted to let you know I was thinking about you.” time in our lives. We know that. They know that. I believe it has something to do with having some- As Shanahan said, “Duke is kind of a romantic one to talk to after a long day of classes, activities place.” It’s up to you to decide if you want to make and homework. excuses or to live fully in this place, but know that And I also believe that despite popular opin- there’s probably someone on this campus right ion, Duke is a breeding ground for this kind of now who’s hoping you’ll come and sweep them romance. off their feet… Ollie Wilson, a Trinity junior and the other teacher of “Dating and Mating” explained to me Chris Edelman is a Trinity senior. His column runs that many students blame Duke for the lack of a every other Wednesday.
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Betting against the odds
ast Wednesday night, Cameroon Indoor rocked minister chemotherapy to those patients whose canand rolled as the Blue Devils rallied from a 14-point cer cannot be cured by surgery, in many cases behalftime deficit to defeat hated North Carolina by cause the cancer has already spread throughout the six points. Afterward, a bonfire raged as patients’ bodies. the student body celebrated. The chances of long-term survival At first glance, the win over UNC— with metastatic cancer are small. Metaand with such a dominant second-half static colon cancer, for example, carries a performance!—would seem to prove 5 percent five-year survival rate; for lung Duke’s superiority over the Tar Heels. cancer, only one percent of patients surBut according to college basketball vive five years, and only 19 percent even statistician Ken Pomeroy, Duke’s close survive for a single year. win may have suggested the opposite. And yet, every day, the attending phyalex fanaroff Last season, 1,049 conference games sician and I would walk into patients’ farewell tour were re-matches of games previously rooms, and, armed with pictures from played that season. The home team won CT scans showing a decrease in the size the second matchup less than half the time. And if the of our patients’ multiple tumors, we would pronounce first game was decided by single digits (like last week’s that the patient’s cancer was “responding” to our chebig win), the winner of the first game won the rematch motherapy. And every day, I would wonder who we only 33 percent of the time. thought we were fooling. We knew the prognoses were The point of this statistical odyssey was not to sug- bad. The patients, universally, knew their prognoses gest that Duke won’t beat UNC March 5 (they will, obvi- were bad. And still, we’d say, “The chemo is working, ously), but to demonstrate the importance of keeping your cancer is responding.” track of results and using real data to guide concluBut after the win over UNC, it all made sense. We sions. Imagine a situation in which an individual had can use the data to set expectations, to know that, statisto use the results of a head-to-head matchup to choose tically, Duke only has a 33 percent chance of winning at the better of two teams (or better yet, just imagine the the Dean Dome or that a metastatic lung cancer patient NCAA Tournament seeding process). If the winner of only has a one percent chance of living for five years. the head-to-head matchup was playing in its own arena, But, wonderfully, statistics will never tell the whole it may not be fair to conclude that the losing team is story. Only one in three teams that win a close home truly inferior. game win the re-match, but maybe Duke will be the In the grand scheme of things, the NCAA Tourna- one. Only one in 100 patients will truly overcome lung ment is a fairly trivial example. (Back when I was a sports cancer, but maybe this patient will be the one. columnist, I never could’ve imagined writing that senJust like I didn’t spend the whole second half of the tence.) But in my real life, where I try to pretend I don’t UNC game fretting over whether a close win would care too much about college basketball, the importance doom Duke in the re-match, my oncology patients of using real data to guide conclusions is extremely im- shouldn’t spend the rest of their lives thinking about portant. We call it evidence-based medicine. their diseases’ dismal prognoses. I recently finished a rotation in medical oncology Like any basketball fan, they should worry, but only clinic. I saw patients with lung cancer, liver cancer, when things are going badly, and they should cheer colon cancer, breast cancer, bone cancer, leukemias their heads off whenever they get the chance. and lymphomas. In general, when a patient is sent to see a medical oncologist, the prognosis is likely Alex Fanaroff is a fourth-year medical student. His column grim—medical oncologists are the doctors that ad- runs every Wednesday.
Why UNC hates us
s much as I love Duke, there are times I feel out of place here. It seems everyone I meet either lives in North Carolina, is a fourth-generation legacy or has dreamt of coming to Duke from infancy. I certainly fall into none of those categories. I’m from San Diego and hadn’t even considered Duke as a possibility until my junior year of high school. Duke was the last school I visited, January of my senior year, and from then on the decision was clear. I knew scott briggs Duke was where I wanted as i see it to be, but there was admittedly a lot about the school I didn’t know. Imagine my surprise when upon arriving in the fall I learned about the Robertson Scholars Program. It seemed to me unheard of for two intense rivals to have a program that entails students studying at and living on both campuses. Such a system would never even be considered by University of Southern California and University of California, Los Angeles. That just isn’t the way they operate. On top of that, since arriving at Duke just a semester ago, I have witnessed a generally accepting attitude of Duke students towards the Tar Heels. It is observations like these that made me believe the Duke-UNC rivalry was different. It seemed to me as though the administration and students of these two great North Carolina schools could separate sports from academics, allowing us to communicate and work together in a productive way. As a matter of fact, that was supposed to be the topic of this article. But last week, that all changed. My shift in position has nothing to do with the game because, in my opinion, both teams have a great deal to be proud of. In fact, much of what has tainted my opinion on this issue occurred well before Cameron Indoor Stadium came alive that evening. The morning of the big game, The Daily Tar Heel ran a column titled “Why I Hate Duke.” The content of this column, which actually first ran in 1990, is summed up pretty completely by the title. I find no reason to repeat here the blatant lies and contempt that abound in it. What was actually more shocking to me was the editor’s note at the bottom, which in part read: “The DTH management felt that ... [this column’s] thematic content remains relevant as a wonderful reminder of why we hate Duke.” It is one thing for a writer to spew hatred all over his column. That’s his choice. It is another thing for the editors of the paper to imply that this hatred is characteristic of the entire Tar Heel community. The whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth and had a tangible air of unprofessionalism to it. But then again, I should probably expect nothing more from a school whose Chancellor, Holden Thorp, tweeted the very same day in reference to Duke, “Our students are talking about the future and asking smart questions instead of wasting time sitting in a tent.” That’s a bold statement when you’re the consensus second place school in a rivalry of two. As they say, them is fightin’ words. With all of this in mind, I’d like to address what I consider to be the real state of affairs in the Duke-UNC rivalry. My original critique, at least as it pertains to Duke, was correct. The Blue Devils can separate athletics from academics. We can put on face paint, support our team and when all is said and done we can still act like mature adults. We don’t outright bash UNC at every opportunity. We make it about us, not them. They, on the other hand, make it about, well, us again. Chancellor Thorp, if you were really concerned with “the future and asking smart questions,” you wouldn’t busy yourself throwing cheap shots over Twitter. You might take a cue from President Brodhead, who wrote in response, “Hey Holden, someone hacked your Twitter account to talk trash. May the best team win.” The Tar Heels can’t let an opportunity pass them by to tell the world how we’re arrogant, privileged and inferior. As a general rule, the more you complain and whine about something, the less people care. It’s unfortunate. Jealousy does ugly things to people. Scott Briggs is a Trinity freshman. His column runs every other Wednesday.
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probations from page 3 of Community Corrections, which is responsible for probations enforcement, have resulted in significant progress, said Pamela Walker, public information officer for the agency. According to data provided by the division, the average number of probation absconders per month in North Carolina have steadily declined from 15,642 in June 2008 to 10,782 in December 2010. An absconder is an offender that the assigned probation officer is unable to make their scheduled contact with. “The entire process has been reworked,” Director of Community Corrections Tim Moose said. “What we’re doing fits right into our goals for criminal justice.” Walker and Moose said they were unable to provide data regarding the number of offenders who received felony or misdemeanor charges while on probation because they said it would be very time consuming. Evidence-based practices Moose and Walker point to what they consider “a culture change” in the way the organization handles each individual offender. Before, offenders were supervised based on their court sentences, Moose said, whereas now the division also takes into account individuals’ personal backgrounds and propensities to commit future offense—a process he called “evidence-based practices.” “We now have an offender assessment,” Moose said. “It looks at an offender’s arrest history, family situation, employment, drug or alcohol use, antisocial tendencies and uses that informa-
tion to determine the risk of a repeat offense.” Based on this new approach to handling cases, for example, Moose said that Lovette would have likely been better supervised because he would have received an offender assessment within 60 days of sentencing to determine the risk that he would commit more offenses. Citing findings from the National Institute of Corrections, an agency within the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Walker said that though high-risk individuals are likely to become repeat offenders, low-risk individuals under excessive supervision are more likely to commit additional offenses. This information is incorporated in the training classes for probation officers so that they can better supervise their assigned offenders, she said. Stricter policies for offenders and the use of new technology is also aiding monitoring. All offenders are now subject to warrantless searches and routine drug screenings, a practice previously reserved for high-risk offenders, Moose said. The use of database software—called the Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Automated Data Services—pools information from different law enforcement agencies and started to be implemented statewide in early 2010. Almost all North Carolina counties are now part of the N.C. Warrant Repository, Moose said, which allows local law enforcement to pull up arrest warrants even during routine traffic stops. Continued diligence The efforts to reform the Division of Community Corrections are “definitely ongoing,” Moose said. Since 2008, for example, the organiza-
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tion has seen a marked decrease in unfilled probation enforcement positions. The number of vacancies per month statewide dropped from 119 in July 2008 to just 31 in January 2011. As of last month, there were no vacancies in Durham County. “There has been a big emphasis on filling officer vacancies,” Walker said. Local law enforcement officials—including Steve Mihaich, deputy chief of the Durham Police Department—have responded positively to the changes.
Mihaich noted that DPD has a “good working relationship” with Community Corrections division, though he acknowledged that the organization cannot possibly prevent all offenders from committing serious crimes. Duke Police Chief John Dailey said he expects Duke University Police Department to soon begin use of CJLEADS, which will to further strengthen the collaborative efforts between his force and Community Corrections.
chronicle graphic by addison corriher
Since the deaths of Abhijit Mahato and Eve Carson in 2008, the state has revamped its probation system and seen a significant decline in the number of probation absconders per month.