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Six compete for new vice president position

Krzyzewski’s 900th win takes Duke to Sweet 16

by Anna Koelsch THE CHRONICLE

Seventeen undergraduates will seek to grab spots on the Duke Student Government Executive Board. The candidates for DSG president are Ashley Jordan, a Central Campus representative on Campus Council, Isaac Mizrahi, an at-large senator for residence life and dining, and current Executive Vice President Pete Schork, who are all juniors. Sophomore Gurdane Bhutani, vice president for student affairs, and freshman Patrick Oathout, an academic affairs senator, are the candidates for executive vice president. A new position created as a result of DSG’s merger with Campus Council has generated unmatched interest this year compared to other DSG Executive Board races. The newly formed office of vice president for residence life and dining, attracted six applicants—juniors Jeremy Moskowit and Esosa Osa and freshmen Leila Alapour, Walter Gurzynski, Samuel Kebede and Philip Srebrev, wrote DSG Attorney General Ryan Clark, a junior, in an email Thursday. Junior Ben Goldenberg currently

by Laura Keeley THE CHRONICLE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With nine seconds left on the clock, the top-seeded Blue Devils were in a familiar position. They were up by two. But their opponent had the ball. Michigan’s Zack Novak grabbed Nolan Smith’s missed free throw and kicked it ahead to Darius Morris, the Wolverines’ leading scorer. Morris dribbled down the court toward his team’s basket, and he made it all the way into the paint before Ryan Kelly jumped in front of him. Morris pulled up and released his shot cleanly. Kyrie Irving thought it was going in. Ryan Kelly said he thought, well, “at least we aren’t going to lose right here,” and was prepared for overtime. Michigan head coach John Beilein also liked what he saw. But the shot hit the back of the rim and bounced out. And when that oh-so-close attempt fell to the floor, Smith picked the ball up and dribbled it safely back to Duke’s side of the floor. The buzzer sounded to officially seal the Blue Devils’ 73-71 victory over the Wolverines in the Time Warner Cable Arena and a trip to the Sweet 16.


Int’l coalition begins strike against Libya By Liz Sly, Joby Warrick and Greg Jaffe The Washington Post

TRIPOLI, Libya — U.S. and British warships rained scores of Tomahawk cruise missiles on Libyan air defenses and French warplanes swooped down on military vehicles Saturday, launching a U.N.-supported military intervention intended to stop Moammar Gadhafi's brutal assault on opposition forces. More than 100 missiles slammed targets along Libya's western coast, destroying radars, transmitters and anti-aircraft batteries to signal the start of “Operation Odyssey Dawn,” a multination military campaign intended to protect Libyan civilians and rebels forces. The U.S. and British missile barrage opened up the skies over Libya for flights by warplanes from other countries as the Obama administration ceded to allies the primary responsibility for policing Libyan airspace. President Barack Obama, in remarks shortly before the missiles flew, said Gadhafi had brought the attacks upon himself by failing to heed international demands for a cease-fire. “This is not an outcome the United States or any of our partners sought,” Obama said from Brazil, where he was beginning a five-day visit in Latin America.

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Irons’ court date postponed to May 16 from Staff Reports THE CHRONICLE

Former Trinity sophomore Eric Irons will now face rape allegations in district court May 16—marking the third time Irons’ court date has been moved since November. Irons’ court date was originally scheduled for Nov. 9, 2010, but it was pushed back to Jan. 27. In January, the court Eric Irons date was again moved to March 21. The reasons for the delays remain unclear. Irons was arrested by Duke Police Sept. 8 on charges of second-degree

‘House, M.D.’ producer discusses ethics and the media, Page 4

rape and first-degree kidnapping of a female student. The incident allegedly took place at a Central Campus apartment party April 17, according to the probable cause affidavit. Many witnesses reported the female student was “very intoxicated,” the affidavit reads. Mitchell Garrell, the assistant district attorney previously handling the case, no longer works at the Durham County District Attorney’s Office. Garrell was dismissed from his post in December, although the reasons for his departure remain unclear, WRAL reported Dec. 20. Assistant District Attorney Kelly Gauger, who started working in the

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Johnston wins national championship

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Abby Johnston led wire-to-wire in the final rounds to win the first women’s individual title. SEE SW PAGE 3

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“It’s about celebrating the fact that we all love living here, and this place is so awesome.”

­—Coordinator Merywen Wigley on Marry Durham. See story page 3

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“The last time the Blue Devils had a big man elevate his game to another level in the middle of the season, they won the national championship. There are two big men filling that role for Duke this year: Miles and Mason Plumlee. The older Plumlee led the way with 13 rebounds, 11 of which came in the first half before the 87-45 victory against Hampton had been all but decided.” — From The Chronicle’s Sports Blog

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Volunteers walked 4.8 miles around Duke University and its surrounding neighborhoods Sunday as part of the 37th annual Durham CROP Hunger Walk. Organizers set a goal of raising $200,000 through soliciting 3,000 walkers, according to The Herald-Sun. As the oldest walkathon in North Carolina, the event has raised more than $3.2 million since its creation.


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CIA launches investigation Protest movement gains into training procedures momentum in Bahrain WASHINGTON — The CIA has launched an internal review of how it trains and deploys security officers overseas after a fatal shooting by one of the agency’s contractors in Pakistan triggered a diplomatic crisis and new recriminations between the two nations’ spy services, U.S. officials said. As part of the probe, the agency is expected to examine decisions on where security guards are sent, the scope of their activities in foreign assignments, and the rules of engagement that govern how and when they may use lethal force, officials said. Officials stressed that the review is not expected to scrutinize the conduct of Raymond Davis, a contractor who fatally shot two Pakistani men on Jan. 27 and returned to the United States this week after being released from a Pakistani jail in Lahore.

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MANAMA — A protest movement that was inspired by the new calculus of the democratic revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt now appears to be following a decidedly old equation: the Sunni-Shiite divide that has riven the Middle East with violence for centuries. And with Saudi Arabian tanks now in Bahrain to help keep order and many of the nation’s majority Shiites dismayed that their demands for greater influence in the country will not be met anytime soon, the future of this prosperous island looks suddenly contentious and bleak. “I could see a Sunni extremist blowing himself up during an Ashura celebration”— a major Shiite holiday —“or a Shia going to a Sunni mosque,” said Jasim Husain, a member of the main Shiite opposition political society, al-Wefaq. “Bahrain is not going to be stable,” he said. “The country has changed forever.”

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Durham gets hitched in civic engagement ceremony by Tong Xiang THE CHRONICLE

More than 2,000 Durhamites held hands, declared their vows and married their city Saturday. Marry Durham attendees vowed to be civically engaged, celebrate diversity, make environmentally sustainable decisions and support local businesses and nonprofits. In a symbolic gesture of residents’ commitment to their city, Reverend Carl Kenney conducted faux marriage ceremonies in a downtown Durham parking lot. The event raised a total of $25,397 from individuals and Triangle-area businesses, more than double its original $12,000 goal, that will be distributed among five beneficiaries: the Eno River Association, Genesis Home, the Latino Community Development Center, the Scrap Exchange and the

Walltown Children’s Theatre. “When you get married, you marry your finances together,” said Merywen Wigley, the event’s coordinator. “Let’s bank locally, let’s put our money in local organizations that use our money to do good things in our community.” The festival, which covered Rigsbee Avenue between West Geer Street and West Corporation Street, aimed to celebrate the city’s civic pride, Wigley added. “The event is really about getting people who love Durham together to commit to the future of our community,” Wigley said. “It’s about celebrating the fact that we all love living here, and this place is so awesome.” Local bands and dance groups performed at the event, while many of Durham’s food trucks—including the Sausage

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More than 2,000 Durham residents took part in a ceremony Saturday in an effort to promote civic engagement and commitment to the community. Reverend Carl Kennedy delivered the marriage rites to an enthusiastic crowd.

Wagon, KoKyu and Taqueria y Pupuseria El Buen Sabor—attracted long lines. Many attendees came in costume—Mark “Thunder” Zumbach strode down the wedding aisle on stilts while wearing a top hat and tails. A consultant who moonlights as an emcee, Zumbach said that Durham’s creative community is essential to its character. “Durham’s got a great artist community,” Zumbach said. “They don’t just show up, they bring it.” The event’s success reflected Durham’s rapid growth, said Mayor Bill Bell. “[Marry Durham] shows how much this city has evolved for the better,” Bell said. “If you looked at this street three or four years ago, you wouldn’t have recognized it.” Brian Green, an accountant who donated $500 to the featured charities, said he has been watching Durham evolve for the past nine years. “I’ve been in the Triangle for about 18 years—the first 10 of which I lived in Cary, where Durham had such a horrible rap,” he said. “I got exposed to Durham in 2002 and instantly fell in love with it, and anything I can do to improve it I will.” A single phrase sparked the event. “Last summer [a group of friends and I] were having this conversation about how great Durham is,” Wigley said. “Someone said, ‘Well, if you love it so much, why don’t you marry it?’ And that was how it began.” Many community leaders attended, including Duke Dean of Students Sue Wasiolek, North Carolina Central University Chancellor Charlie Nelms and Rep. David Price, D-N.C. Noting that the event challenged citizens to engage more deeply in the community, Price stressed that Duke

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Many participants dressed up in traditional wedding attire for the ceremony, which raised $25,397. students should also pay attention to this message. “My daughter was a Duke student, and two of her most significant and meaningful experiences were helping out at the soup kitchen and mentoring students,” he said. “A Duke student who doesn’t take full advantage of Durham is really missing something.” A few attendees used the faux wedding as a platform to mock the rhetoric of anti-gay rights movements. One protestor shook a placard that read, “It’s Sodom and Gomorrah, not Sodom and Steve.” Another sign declared “City-sexuals are an abomination.” The protestors seemingly represented the themes of the festival and maybe of Durham itself —an enduring passion for community and a taste for absurdity.


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Panel discusses dynamic between bioethics and media by Matt Barnett THE CHRONICLE

Bioethical issues have moved beyond the realm of the health profession and into the living rooms of Americans everywhere. In a session titled “Medical Ethics as Seen on TV: The Case of ‘House, M.D.’” held Friday, Laurence Kaplow, a consulting producer for the popular television show, joined Jeremy Sugarman, Trinity ’82 and Medicine ’86, and Harvey Meyerhoff, professor of bioethics and medicine at Johns Hopkins University, to discuss the overlap of bioethics and media as part of the 2011 National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference. With the goal of making the subject of bioethics more approachable to students, the speakers sought to frame the issues through

the lens of popular television shows. “If you actually talk to American people, you find out that for 26 percent of the American public, entertainment is the main source of health information,” Sugarman said. To illustrate this link between television portrayal and public perceptions of medical information and ethics, Sugarman showed the audience the results of several studies. He cited a study in which Grey’s Anatomy viewers were asked whether or not an HIV-positive woman could have a baby without HIV before the airing of an episode in which an HIV-positive woman learned that she could. The study showed that after the episode, viewers were more likely to believe that HIV was preventable in offspring than prior to the viewing.

“What you’re seeing—in a real experiment, not a correlation—is that this is having a real impact on people,” Sugarman said. “The higher the dose of this [information], the idea is that you begin to adopt it.” He noted, however, that there are usually disparities between TV portrayal and reality. On TV, for example, most heart attack victims are young, but in reality, victims are usually older people. “There were mixed messages going out there,” Sugarman said. “If people are using that as health information, what do we think of that?” Representing the perspective of an entertainer, Kaplow spoke of the responsibility of writers to be as medically accurate as possible, but he admitted that writers have

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a tendency to be liberal with the truth. “We’re telling... people what they should do in certain circumstances, which is very scary,” Kaplow said. “We have to take liberties to keep you interested for 42 minutes­ —it’s more complicated than it seems.” Sugarman and Kaplow played clips of “House, M.D.” and discussed the ethical dilemmas introduced. One recurring bioethical theme depicted by the show is the issue of informed consent in a medical context. “Our show deals with consent a lot,” Kaplow said. “How does anyone without a medical background or degree consent to anything, because [patients] don’t know what [doctors] are actually going to do to [them]?” See house on page 6

Speakers outline future of bioethics by Lucy Hicks THE CHRONICLE

Preventative care and personalized medicine will be powerful forces in the medical community in coming decades, said speakers at a bioethics conference this weekend. The three-day 2011 National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference titled “Bioethics: More Personal or More Global?” drew students together to discuss ethical, social and legal implications of developments in technology and medicine. One Friday session opened with a video introduction from Duke Trustee Paul Farmer, founder of Partners in Health and Trinity ’82, in which he noted discrepancies in access to quality health care between the rich and the poor. Two medical experts then took the stage for addresses to the conference’s attendees: Dr. Ralph Snyderman, chancellor emeritus of the Duke University Health System and James B. Duke professor of medicine, and David Ewing Duncan, awarding-winner author and journalist who recently published the book “Experimental Man.” Snyderman focused his speech on the transformation of health care into a more preventative and proactive practice versus a more reactionary approach he referred to as “find it, fix it.” Duncan detailed the experience of researching his book, which consisted of putting himself through countless genetic and environmental tests to determine his predispositions to numerous medical conditions. “We are in the beginning of what I consider to be the second See bioethics on page 6

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US officials clarify role in Libyan strikes By Mary Beth Sheridan and Scott Wilson The Washington Post

PARIS — As international forces launched attacks Libya on Saturday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton struck a tone highly unusual in the annals of American military interventions: humility. “We did not lead this,” she told reporters. But her modest words belied the far larger role the United States played as international forces began an open-ended assault on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's military capabilities. U.S. warships fired more than 110 Tomahawk missiles into Libyan territory to disable air-defense systems. And the French and British warplanes that began to enforce the emerging no-fly zone operate under U.S. command. Vice Adm. Bill Gortney, director of the Joint Staff, described the U.S. role to reporters at the Pentagon: “We are on the leading edge of a coalition military operation.” The administration's mixed message reflects the challenge President Barack Obama faces at home and abroad as he opens a third military front in a Muslim nation.

coalition from page 1 “We cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy.” Gadhafi responded defiantly in words and deeds, warning in letters to France and Britain that “you will regret” the interference in Libyan affairs. Thousands of Gadhafi supporters, meanwhile, gathered at airports and outside Gadhafi's home in the capital, effectively becoming human shields. “I'm not scared, because I am here with my leader,” said Azoum al-Mishaei, 30, a teacher. Shortly before midnight, Gadhafi made an uncharacteristically brief speech, lasting less than three minutes in which he called

Obama has spent much of his first term seeking to repair U.S. relations with the Islamic world, and his emphasis on the international support for military strikes in Libya is an attempt to allay suspicions over U.S. intentions. And as budget deficits mount at home, the American public is looking for other nations to carry the fiscal burden of the fighting after a nearly a decade of war. But U.S. diplomats were key in broadening and securing a United Nations resolution authorizing military force in Libya, and U.S. military power proved essential Saturday in preparing the battlefield for a no-fly zone to be enforced by European and possibly Arab nations. As much as Obama has sought to strengthen the international organizations that the previous administration disdained, the United States remains essential to the operation in Libya, despite the president's and Clinton’s efforts to play down the American role. The early cooperation may be tested soon as signs emerge

the attack “a second crusade.” Libyan state television reported that targets in the capital and four other cities had been attacked and that large numbers of civilians had been injured. The report could not be independently confirmed, and no explosions were heard in central Tripoli. Occasional bursts of anti-aircraft fire punctuated the night, but it did not appear they were targeting aircraft. Jeeps of Gadhafi supporters noisily chanting slogans continued to hurtle through the streets, as they do every night, into the small hours of the morning. The military assault began less than 48 hours after members of the U.N. Security Council approved a resolution authorizing military force to prevent the annihilation of

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Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s refusal to cease fire has triggered the start of “Operation Odyssey Dawn,” a coalition effort to protect civilians.

civilians and rebels who have been under siege by Gadhafi's military for more than two weeks. The resolution drew broad support from European nations and key Arab allies, coming less than a week after the Arab League for the first time endorsed the use of military force against one of it members. In the face of escalating assaults by Libya against the last opposition strongholds, U.S. and European allies moved quickly to begin implementing a no-fly zone. Early Saturday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton joined foreign ministers from 22 countries in Paris to work out details of the plan. “We have every reason to fear that, left unchecked, Gadhafi will commit unspeakable atrocities,” Clinton said in a Paris. The U.S. role, she said, was to “support an inter-

national coalition as it takes all necessary measures” to enforce the U.N. resolution. The military campaign against Gadhafi began Saturday afternoon Tripoli time as about 20 French fighter jets roared into Libya to begin carving out a no-fly zone over Benghazi. The French jets began patrolling a 600-mile area over Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city, and fired rockets on at least one Libyan vehicle near the rebel stronghold in eastern Libya. “A first target was engaged and destroyed,” a French military spokesman said. French President Nicolas Sarkozy confirmed in a televised address that French warplanes had entered Libyan airspace to prevent Gadhafi's “murderous madness” against Libyan civilians.

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House from page 4 Sugarman and Kaplow also discussed the evolving portrayal of doctors on television and the characters on “House, M.D.,” noting that the character Dr. Gregory House often violates the expectations of a medical doctor. “House speaks what we all think and what we’d like to say at any given moment,” Kaplow said. “He says what we’re all thinking; he says what we’re all feeling; and we’d all love to have that freedom.” Junior Jarey Wang, co-president of the Duke Undergraduate Bioethics Society, said the main reason Kaplow was invited was because he represented the chance to introduce medical ethics in a way that made these esoteric topics more accessible to students who might otherwise not be aware of bioethical concerns.

“Because almost all students have watched [medical dramas], it was a good opportunity for those who don’t have as much experience in bioethics to be introduced to the field,” Wang said. Freshman Debbie Xie, a fan of the show, attended the lecture and said she enjoyed the speakers. “I thought it was really cool to see what the producer of House thinks, especially in terms of what he does for the show and how his own opinions might come up,” she said. The lecture was a welcome addition to the conference because it explored the dilemmas facing health professionals, Wang said. “The conference theme is ‘Bioethics: More Personal or More Global?’” Wang said. “That’s the question that we are asking all our participants, whether bioethics is all about the patient or whether there are larger issues we should consider.”

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office in the beginning of 2011, will handle Irons’ case. In a January interview, Gauger declined to comment on Garrell’s departure and the delayed court date. Gauger could not be reached for comment Sunday. Irons, a 19-year-old from Hong Kong, was charged and released Sept. 8 on a $75,000 bond, according to court records. He withdrew from the University Sept. 9 following his arrest. Irons’ attorney Bill Thomas told The Chronicle in October that Irons plans to face the allegations in court. Thomas did not respond to multiple attempts for comment in the past two weeks. “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.” In October, Thomas also declined to say whether Irons had returned to Hong Kong since withdrawing from Duke. According to his Facebook page, Irons currently lives in Hong Kong and attends Hong Kong International School. Irons declined to speak with The Chronicle in a March 2 Facebook message.

biggest transformation of medicine,” noted Synderman, citing new health care reform and increasingly advanced medical technology. The other major transformation was in the 20th century when doctors developed a more scientific understanding of disease and its causes. Synderman said medicine should be more focused on prevention of health threats instead of simply treating current diseases and conditions. He noted that two-thirds to three-quarters of hospital money is spent treating diseases that could have been prevented before they developed. This sort of care would be less lucrative for hospitals but necessary in the future to accommodate the growing number of people needing doctors and medical advice. “Personalized medicine [will be] an approach to health care that recognizes each individual’s unique health risks, strengths and needs,” Synderman said. Synderman said he expects the “find it, fix it” method to be something of the past as soon as a decade from now, and noted that people will increasingly go to doctors for preventative care. Duncan then took the stage and focused his remarks on the methods of personalized medicine. To research the value of genetic testing for “Experimental Man,” he said he under-

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Laurence Kaplow, consulting producer on the TV show “House,” noted 26 percent of Americans get health information from entertainment. went labs from more than 250 companies, donated 3 liters of blood and was tested for 7 to 10 million genetic markers. By comparing his results to national data, he was able to evaluate his susceptibility to certain diseases. For example, Duncan noted that his percent chance of having a brain aneurism is 15 percent greater than the average expected for his reference group. Although Duncan admitted he was slightly skeptical of some of the results, he noted that these tests could soon be widely available, especially if the costs of genetic testing continue to decrease. Currently, however, they are not entirely cost-effective. If people know about their own predispositions to certain diseases, he said, they may be more likely to alter their lifestyles to decrease their risks.

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Blue Devils take first round win in blowout 10-point halftime lead becomes 45-point edge by Vignesh Nathan THE CHRONICLE

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Krystal Thomas used Duke’s height advantage to become one of eight Blue Devils to score at least eight Saturday.

The pregame warm-ups were quite the sight. Looking at Duke and UT-Martin practicing, one would not believe these two squads were about to play against one another, let alone in an NCAA Tournament game. The Blue Devils had a tremendous height advantage at every position. “We knew there was a size difference,” Skyhawks’ head coach Kevin McMillan said. “We weren’t DUKE 90 pretending that there wasn’t.” UT-M 45 Realizing this, the game plan should have been simple for head coach Joanne P. McCallie. Take advantage of her team’s tremendous height by passing the ball inside the paint and using a potent post presence to score easy, short-range and low-risk buckets. Unfortunately, this strategy did not materialize. Not, at least, at first. It took the entire first half for Duke to get its act together before defeating UT-Martin 90-45 Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium. For the first 20 minutes of regulation, the Blue Devils were unable to capitalize on their height. Though Duke was efficient offensively, scoring 41 points off a 10-point performance from senior Jasmine Thomas, the team’s major shortcomings came on the defensive end of the ball. The Blue Devils allowed a pesky UT-Martin squad to force its way under the basket and score against Duke’s much larger, more power-

ful defenders. At times, the Skyhawks were even able to outhustle the Blue Devils to grab offensive rebounds that granted them lethal second chance opportunities. By the time the whistle blew at halftime, the underdog UT-Martin team was only down by 10 points, 41-31. “Halftime was very aggressive. I was furious. The defense we were playing at that time was absolutely horrific,” McCallie said. “I did not like anything in that first half to be honest with you, so I spoke about that.” McCallie’s “aggressive” halftime tactics must have paid off, because a much different squad took the court to begin the second period. On the Blue Devils’ first possession, sophomore Allison Vernerey found the inside lane for an easy layup. Merely 30 seconds later, senior Krystal Thomas scored a short-distance jumper off an offensive rebound. One minute later, Thomas did it again, matching her entire first-half offensive production in less than two minutes of the second period. The difference was stunning. Without their ability to score inside the paint, the Skyhawks were forced to take heavily-contested jumpers and commit frustrating turnovers. Their field goal percentage fell from 41.7 percent in the first half to 26.3 percent in the second while committing 15 turnovers, six more than in the opening period. “I just think that in the second half we came out with the mindset of focusing on defense. Our defense was very lax in the first See w. basketball on page 8






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Johnston wins Duke takes down Big Green championship by Staff Reports THE CHRONICLE

No. 3 Duke easily handled No. 18 Dartmouth (3-2) on Saturday afternoon, winning 15-7 at Koskinen Stadium. The contest, dubbed “Meg’s Game” in honor of the life and memory of friend of the program, DUKE 15 Meg Wasley, held special meaning for the Blue Devils (8-1), who jumped DART 7 out to a 9-0 lead and never looked back. Nine different players scored for Duke, who outshot the Big Green 38-20. Senior Christie Kaestner ignited the opening run for the Blue Devils, scoring her first goal just under two minutes into the game before adding another, along with two assists,


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Christie Kaestner scored Duke’s first goal just two minutes into the game.


Abby Johnston posted a national-championship winning six-dive score of 409.35 Friday, giving her the program’s first title victory. by Staff Reports THE CHRONICLE

It’s been a 31-year wait for the women’s swimming and diving program, but after more than three decades of waiting, the program has its first national championship. Junior diver Abby Johnston posted a six-dive score of 409.35 on the three-meter springboard at the Women’s NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas Friday, which won her the first women’s individual national title in school history. Performing the same program she would use in the finals, Johnston placed fifth in the preliminary round with a score of 338.45, but that was enough to earn her a berth in the finals. Minnesota diver Kelci Bryant, who won the preliminaries, nipped at Johnston’s heels throughout the finals, but Johnston led from start to finish en route to her title. She started strong by earning a pair of nines and a total score of 25.5 on her first dive, which would prove to be her best of the day. When weighted by the degree of difficulty, the 76.5 points put her tops in the first round, and she never looked back. Her thirdround score of 69.75 was also tops for that round, and she never placed lower than fourth in any round. Senior distance swimmer Ashley Twichell and freshman diver Haley Ishimatsu also competed at the national meet. Twichell was seeded fourth in the 1650 freestyle, and her time of 15:56.73 was good for a career-best fifth place in her final meet. Ishimatsu, on the other hand, has just begun her Duke career, and she took 11th place in the platform diving event with a score of 325.70. Led by the 20 points earned by Johnston’s national title, the trio garnered 54 points in total, placing the Blue Devils 19th in the nation as a team. The top-20 placing was a marked improvement from last year’s 28th-place finish.


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The Provost’s Lecture

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After the Storm: Post Katrina Photographs by Alex Harris, photographer and professor of public policy


Six months after Hurricane Katrina, Alex Harris drove to New Orleans. He created this series of triptychs of the abandoned and battered Gulf Coast. The exhibit is on the first floor of Rubenstein Hall.


Contact: Karen Kemp 919-613-7394


Sponsored by the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Office of the Provost.



Diego Bencomo became just the second Blue Devil to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Wrestling Championships over the weekend. Wrestling at 184 pounds, the redshirt sophomore upset No. 6 seed Ryan Loder of Northern Iowa in the second round before falling to No. 3 seed Steve Bosak of Cornell Friday. Bosak, whose Cornell squad is ranked No. 1 in the nation, defeated Bencomo by technical fall, winning 150. Bosak entered the tournament as a two-time NCAA

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m. basketball from page 1 “We told our kids it would be like playing Butler in the national championship, going into this game,” head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “I’m proud of our effort and obviously ecstatic that we’re moving on.” The last-second drama was sparked by Tim Hardaway, Jr.’s personal 7-0 run for No. 8 seed Michigan. The freshman had struggled to find his shot for most of the game, but it arrived just in time for the Wolverines. After five misses, Hardaway hit his first 3-pointer at the top of the arc to cut the Blue Devils’ lead to one with 1:28 remaining in the game. “When you hit a 3 when you’re down by four in this type of game, the game pressure on your team is immense,” Krzyzewski said, referring to the pressure on Duke. “I don’t know if there’s any word for it. You can’t practice it. But it’s immense in this Tournament when it happens.” Duke corralled the offensive rebound off an Andre Dawkins’ missed 3-pointer with about one minute to go. Irving and Nolan Smith passed the ball back and forth near the halfcourt line to kill time and look for an opportunity to attack the Wolverines’ 1-3-1 zone defense. With about 10 seconds left on the shot clock, Smith made his move and started to drive. Irving also started to move and slipped in the side gap between the top man and the man on the right wing for the Michigan defense. Smith saw this and fed the ball to Irving. As Irving got the ball, he saw Stu Douglass setting up to take a charge. Irving, who had been called for a charge earlier in the half, pulled up and let the ball fly. The shot kissed off the glass before going through the rim to put the Blue Devils up by three. “Oh yeah, I thought mine was going in,” Irving said of his shot after the game. “So I stopped, just stopped and popped it and hit it off the glass. It was a good shot.” Krzyzewski said afterward that Irving’s presence on the court was the difference between winning and losing. “For him to be put in that position and make that floater as soft as it can be, that’s a heck of a thing for that kid,” Krzyzewski said. “We wouldn’t be going forward if he didn’t play today.” Despite shooting 59 percent from the field in the first half, the Blue Devils were only ahead 37-33 heading into the locker room. When they came out and shot 1-for-5

to start the second half, Krzyzewski called a timeout. As his team walked to the sideline, he took off his suit coat and was as emotional as he’s been all year. “He was extremely animated,” sophomore Andre Dawkins said. “He was slapping the floor, yelling at us, imploring us to pick up the energy and play harder because if not, we were going to lose the game, and that would have been the end of our season.” Duke responded by going on a 13-2 run over the next four minutes to push the score to 52-39. Nolan Smith was the Blue Devils’ catalyst throughout that stretch as he scored Duke’s first 11 points after the timeout, including a crossover so effective it left Hardaway on the floor. “The switch that I flipped today was ‘I don’t want to take this Duke jersey off,’” Smith said. “It’s as simple as that.” For Krzyzewski, the win brought him to 900 for his career, only two shy of his former coach and mentor, Bob Knight. Knight, who coached Krzyzewski at the United States Military Academy at West Point, holds the all-time record for wins in Division I basketball. “I feel it’s amazing that a coach and his point guard can be the first two coaches in the history of our game to win 900,” Krzyzewski said. “I’m glad I can share a moment, that moment with him.”

Duke 73, Michigan 71 Michigan (21-14) Duke (32-4) Michigan min fg 3-pt ft r a Morgan 21 4-5 0-0 2-2 3 1 Novak 40 4-9 4-9 0-0 5 1 Douglass 40- 1-4 0-2 0-1 3 3 Morris 29 7-14 0-1 2-2 3 6 Hardaway, Jr. 39 5-12 1-6 4-4 3 2 Vogrich 13 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 Horford 2 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 McLimans 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 Smotrycz 14 2-2 2-2 1-1 1 0 TEAM 4 Totals 200 27-53 7-21 10-11 22 13 Blocks — None FG % — 1st Half: 44.4, 2nd Half: 57.7, Game: 50.9

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Duke held a 15-point edge over Michigan, but ultimately the contest came down to the final seconds.




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It may have required his jacket to come off, but Mike Krzyzewski still won his 900th game Sunday. The coach now sits just two wins away from tying Bob Knight’s record


Coach K beats Beilein at own game by Alex Krinsky THE CHRONICLE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michigan head coach John Beilein challenged Duke to a chess match against his unusual 1-3-1 zone defense and arsenal of 3-point shooters. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski beat him at Game his own game. Duke adjusted its Analysis lineup to incorporate more guards that could protect the perimeter on defense as well as penetrate Michigan’s zone en route to a 73-71 victory. “It’s an unconventional team that is coached brilliantly,” Krzyzewski said. “You hardly ever play a team that has... a 3-point shooter and sometimes five 3-point shooters out on the court at the same time.” In the first half, Michigan’s Zack Novak and Evan Smotrycz were able to take advantage of Duke’s larger lineup, including both Plumlee brothers, by



combining for five 3-pointers. Duke was dominant on the glass, out-rebounding the Wolverines 18-10, but Michigan stayed in the game by finding good looks from outside. Krzyzewski reacted by inserting a fourguard lineup onto the floor, with Ryan Kelly playing down low. “We’ve done it a little bit in practice,” Kelly said. “Defensively we needed me to play the five, and I stepped up to that challenge.” Despite Kelly’s 6-foot-11 frame, the forward was able to compete athletically with Michigan’s guards, defending both the perimeter and the paint, depending on the personnel transitions. The sophomore proved to be effective as Smotrycz hit no 3-pointers in the second half, and Novak only sank one. “Because of my size and my length, I could get in the way of shots and do different things that a smaller guy couldn’t do,” Kelly said. “We played really good team



defense—there’s the bottom line. A lot of switching happened, especially when we had those four guards and one big.” Kelly and Kyrie Irving both came off the bench and did an excellent job using their skills to exploit the weaknesses of Michigan’s zone. With three Michigan players clogging the lane, Duke relied more on its guards to find highpercentage looks outside the paint. Using his size to create favorable mismatches, Kelly added an efficient 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting during his 23 minutes of play. Many times Kelly was isolated beneath the basket, slipping behind the wall of defenders in the paint. Meanwhile, Irving’s contribution was his ability to get to the line. The freshman used his superior athleticism to beat the Michigan guards off the dribble and then draw fouls in the lane. Irving scored 11 points in the game, nine of See analysis on page 6

While the final score would not indicate it, Duke held a commanding lead over Michigan for much of the second half. The Wolverines cut it to two with 8 seconds left


IRVING DOES IT AGAIN In his first game back on Friday, Kyrie Irving scored 14 to lead Duke to a second-round win. Sunday, Irving had 11, including the Blue Devils’ gameclinching shot—his only field goal


in Charlotte thanks to a big 3-pointer In one of the most improbable finishes in NCAA Tournament On Selection Sunday, there were many questions about VCU e game’s final minutes, as well as a history, Butler and Pittsburgh exchange game-changing fouls in even belonging in the Big Dance. Sunday, thanks to a blowout h 5.4 seconds left in the contest the final two seconds. Butler advances to the Sweet 16 win over No. 3 Purdue, the team advanced another weekend

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analysis from page 5 which came from free throws. “Kyrie is a heck of a penetrator,” Krzyzewski said. “If he plays the whole year, he might be the best player in college basketball. The kid is that good. So he has a knack for [drawing fouls] you know, God given, and we try not to hold back what God gave him. We try to put him in positions where he can use his talents.” The team utilized Irving’s talents by putting the ball in his hands with a one-point lead and just 32 seconds left to play. Irving cut behind the Michigan defenders in the middle of their zone, received a pass from Nolan

W. LACROSSE from page 3 throughout the rest of the first half. Emma Hamm played a part in four straight goals over a ten-minute stretch in the opening period, notching three goals and an assist. The redshirt junior led Duke with six points, closely followed by Kaestner’s five. The second half was a much more even affair, as the

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Smith and nailed a bank shot to give Duke a threepoint lead. “Kyrie penetrated, which you can along that side gap, and he made a great shot,” Krzyzewski said. “That was a big time shot after they hit a big three.” This game was determined by who could adjust to the opponent’s game plan. While Michigan lacked the personnel to stop Kelly’s size and Irving’s penetration, huge contributions from Duke’s bench enabled it to successfully pick apart the 1-3-1 zone and shut down the Wolverine’s hot shooting. Duke won 73-71 and moved on to the Sweet 16. Checkmate.


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Blue Devils traded goals with Dartmouth. The Big Green’s Greta Meyer opened the period with a goal before Duke responded with three of its own to take a 12-2 lead. Dartmouth responded with five of their own, split up by two Duke goals set up by Amanda Jones. The game was followed by a postgame ceremony which recognized Wasley’s family.

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Drew Van Orden was one of several Duke pitchers to struggle against Clemson this weekend. The Blue Devils lost three in a row. by Matt Levenberg THE CHRONICLE

Duke entered this weekend’s series with No. 16 Clemson having won four of its last five contests, including a series win over ACC opponent N.C. State. But the Blue Devils’ momentum came to a screeching halt in front of over 4,000 fans for each matchup in Doug Kingsmore Stadium as they DUKE 3 dropped all three games of the series to the Tigers. Duke head CLEM 9 coach Sean McNally cited the hostile road environment as an DUKE 7 obstacle, but not as an excuse the results. CLEM 16 for“It was our first road series in the ACC,” McNally said. DUKE 6 “However, we did not play well CLEM 9 in any phases; it is unacceptable to be swept. We will use this as a learning experience and be better the next time out.” The Blue Devils’ pitching had been a strength thus far this season, with the team (15-7, 2-4 in the ACC) having allowed nine runs in only two of its previous 19 contests. In this weekend’s series, Clemson (10-7, 3-3) scored 34 runs in three games, reaching or topping the nine-run mark in every contest. On Friday, freshman Drew Van Orden was knocked out of the game in the third inning after allowing eight runs. The Blue Devils went on to lose that matchup 9-6—the narrowest of this past weekend’s deficits. Dennis O’Grady took the mound Saturday with an outstanding 1.80 ERA, but was tagged for six runs in just three innings before being taken out of the game. After Duke briefly took a 6-5 lead in the top of the fourth, O’Grady fell apart and reliever Eric Pfisterer was unable to stop the bleeding, as the Tigers racked up seven runs in the fourth inning. The Blue Devils could not battle back from the 12-6 deficit and wound up losing 16-7. Duke sent out its other ace Sunday, Marcus Stroman, who sported an impressive 0.64 ERA through 14 innings of work this season. But Clemson got the best of him. Stroman allowed six runs through just under five innings while the Tigers’ starter Scott Firth took a shutout into the seventh inning. Clemson’s pitching staff limited the Blue Devils to just three hits in Sunday’s contest, capping off the series sweep. Duke’s pitching was not aided by its defense, which had been typically reliable this season. After committing 19 errors through the first 19 games of the season, the Blue Devils committed five errors in this series. Ultimately, though, 29 of the allowed 34 runs were earned, showing that pitching was the heart of the problem this weekend. Still, McNally maintains a positive outlook and believes that pitching will remain a strength of the team. “The reality is, top to bottom, we did not pitch well,” McNally said. “We were not aggressive in the strike zone. We are going to have to be moving forward.”

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Balanced attack propels Duke kicks off ACC Blue Devils in big victory play with two sweeps by Andrew Beaton THE CHRONICLE

Duke’s offensive explosion in the second period of Sunday’s game was unlike anything senior Zach Howell had DART 10 been a part of in DUKE 18 his four-year collegiate career. “We were able to move it and find the open man,” Howell said. “It was some of the best ball movement we’ve had up to date.” Led by an eruption of 10 goals in the

second period, the No. 7 Blue Devils defeated Dartmouth 18-10 Sunday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium. The quarter was highlighted by a stretch in which Duke scored seven goals in slightly over four minutes. After the Blue Devils (6-2) jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead, when Robert Rotanz put one into the back of the net 1:10 into the game, the Big Green responded with the game’s next two goals. This lead was only momentary, however, as Duke See M. LACROSSE on page 8

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The ball hit the let cord, bounced up, hit the cord again...and rolled onto the court for match point. With that, the Devils NCST 0 won Blue their 24th DUKE 7 singles set to complete a perfect weekend in 0 WAKE singles play. DUKE 7 After three close 4-3 losses to ranked squads Michigan, California and Pepperdine, No. 10 Duke (11-6, 2-0 in the ACC) opened its conference schedule with two comfortable wins against Wake Forest (6-6, 0-2) Friday and N.C. State (8-6, 0-2) Sunday at Ambler Stadium. The Blue Devils did so in convincing fashion, sweeping both the Wolfpack and the Demon Deacons 7-0 without dropping a set in singles play. “In our last four matches things didn’t really go our way,” head coach Ramsey Smith said. “Things kind of turned in our favor this time.” Smith went on to cite the final double-let cord play going Duke’s way as

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Zach Howell, one of 13 Blue Devils to score against Dartmouth, posted a team-high three goals Sunday.

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Duke had fallen in 3 straight meets before this weekend, when the team turned it around with two 7-0 wins.

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W. BASKETBALL from page 2 half and we allowed UT-Martin to execute much more effectively than we wanted to,” Krystal Thomas said. “The second half we made an emphasis to stop the penetration, to contest their shots, as well as limiting them to one shot.” For these reasons, the Blue Devils were easily able to put the game out of reach for the smaller UT-Martin squad. Duke went on a series of streaks, including a 13-2 run to begin the half, to expand its lead to an insurmountable difference. With 5:51 remaining in the game, McCallie was confident enough in her team’s assured victory to try something unorthodox—play five freshmen. For the remainder of regula-

wrestling from page 3 qualifier and boasted a 35-3 record. Bencomo competed in the consolation bracket after falling to Bosak and faced sixth-ranked Joe LeBlanc of Wyoming. The Blue Devil kept the match close during the first

tion, the Blue Devils would be represented by five players who had never before experienced an NCAA Tournament game. One might expect that, with five freshmen on the court, Duke’s 32-point lead would begin to diminish. But that assumption would be wrong. Led by an 11-point performance from Haley Peters, the freshmen demonstrated capability and adeptness well beyond their years, further inflating the Blue Devils’ lead to 45 before the whistle blew. “I think our freshmen are sophomores now,” McCallie said. “I think that they are much more competitive, and there is no comparison to December and where we were then to where we are now.” McCallie’s squad will take on Marist in the second round at 7 p.m. in Cameron Indoor Stadium. period, but LeBlanc began to pull away in the second, taking a 13-7 lead. LeBlanc ultimately picked up an 18-8 major decision, and Bencomo’s successful season came to a close. The redshirt sophomore finishes the season with a 2715 record, racking up the most wins of his collegiate career. He also posted a 4-3 record against top-20 opponents.

M. LACROSSE from page 7 notched 12 of the game’s next 13 tallies. Head coach John Danowski cited his team’s youth and lack of experience dealing with Dartmouth’s complicated defensive schemes when explaining why it took the Blue Devils a little time to get into the rhythm of the game. “We have to remember we have two freshmen on attack, a sophomore on first midfield, two sophomores on second midfield, and guys who played defensive midfield last year, so this is their first time playing extended zone offense,” Danowski said. “It does take a while, and it’s a good learning experience.” With a comfortable 14-4 halftime lead, the starters were able to rest for much of the third and fourth peri-

“The Penn game always lingers with us.... Playing another Ivy League opponent brings back those feelings.” — Zach Howell ods. Howell led Duke with three goals, all of which came in the first half. Overall, the scoring was evenly spread with 13 different players finding the back of the net. The Blue Devils’ dominance in the second period all but assured a win, and they seemingly went on cruise control in the second half. In the final two periods, they were outscored 6-4 while turning the ball over 12 times. The Big Green (3-2) had 12 turnovers for the entire game. “I was really disappointed in the second half. We played a lot of people in the second half, but the expectation is that you play the right way,” Danowski said. “We went offsides, committed bad penalties­—I was disappointed, and we certainly discussed that after the game.” The victory moves Duke to 14-0 all-time against Dartmouth and to 1-1 on the season against Ivy League opponents. The Blue Devils fell earlier in the season in a disappointing loss to Pennsylvania. “The Penn game always lingers with us, because that’s the point in the season where we looked at ourselves and had to figure out what we needed to do to right the ship,” Howell said. “[Playing] another Ivy League opponent brings back those feelings.”

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an example of the Blue Devils’ luck changing. After sweeping the doubles matches against N.C. State for the first point, Luke Marchese raced out to an easy 6-1, 6-2 win at the sixth singles spot to give the Blue Devils their second point. He finished his match before Fred Saba on the next court had even taken the first set. The Wolfpack has no ranked players on their squad, compared to three for the Blue Devils, and were unable to come back from the early deficit. No. 9 Reid Carleton, on court two, took Duke’s third point 6-2, 6-1, followed closely by Chris Mengel on court four, also in straight sets. “It was a really good week, starting with our first practice on Tuesday,” Smith said. “I think it set the tone for our two matches. It’s a simple formula, you know, if you focus and practice hard and do the right thing you’re going to play well.” Although the results showed Duke being the much stronger side, the Wolfpack challenged the Blue Devils and frustrated many players. Duke’s Henrique Cunha was visibly agitated at his own play at times when scraping through to win the first set 7-5. His match had an international feel to it as it pitted Cunha, a native of Brazil, against Dominic Hodgson from London, one of eight N.C. State players that hail from outside the United States. After a slow start during the first Cunha finally showed his class and took a commanding lead in the second set, breaking his opponent’s serve first to go up 5-1. The same story was played on courts four and five with Saba and Jared Pinksy all taking big leads in the second after coming through narrowly in the first. Duke would finish the matchup with the Wolfpack without losing a set, and the Blue Devils dropped only one doubles match throughout the whole weekend. “All the guys played well. We didn’t drop a set... against two pretty good teams,” Smith said. “I was really happy with how we played. It’s the ideal way to start the ACC season.”

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dsg from page 1 leads the residence life and dining committee as interim vice president for residence life and dining. Of the six candidates, four are currently involved in DSG. Gurzynski, Moskowitz and Osa are at-large senators on the residence life and dining committee and Srebrev is a student affairs senator. “It’s not surprising to see such strong interest in the residence life and dining committee,” DSG President Mike Lefevre, a senior, wrote in an email Sunday. “Everybody has something to say about their meal plan and dorm.” He added that the committee appeals to two groups: students who were part of Campus Council and students interested in dining. Schork wrote in an email Sunday that the dining aspect of the new committee is particularly attractive because most students care about the food they eat, and dining is “inherently exciting.” In contrast to the residence life and dining committee, only one or two candidates decided to run for the other vice president positions. Vice President for Academic Affairs Kaveh Danesh, a junior, is running unopposed for re-election. Sophomore Alexandra Swain, a Durham and regional affairs senator, is also running unopposed for vice president of the Durham and regional affairs committee. Although Lefevre and Schork were disappointed that the academic affairs vice president and Durham and regional affairs vice president races are uncontested, they both expressed confidence about the individual strengths of Danesh

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and Swain. “Kaveh’s been an impressive visionary this year as vice president for academic affairs. He has excellent rapport with top administrators,” Schork said. “Alex has gone above and beyond this year as a [Durham and regional affairs senator]. She has already done a great job of creating dialogue between Duke students and Durham community leaders.” Sophomore Michael Habashi and junior Ebonie Simpson, both student affairs senators, are running for the vice president for student life—formerly student affairs—position. Sophomore Harry Liberman and junior Christina Lieu, both senators for athletics and campus services, are competing for vice president for athletics, services and the environment— the committee formerly referred to as athletics and campus services. The slightly modified committee names are a reflection of committees’ expanding purviews. The athletics and campus services committee will be referred to as the athletics, services and the environment committee and the student affairs committee will be called the student life committee. The changes largely resulted from the addition of the residence life and dining committee, which reallocated some of the different committees’ responsibilities, Lefevre said. Lefevre added that the races for vice president for student life and vice president for athletics, services and the environment should be “fun to watch” because of the mix of “clear heavy-hitters and some dark horses” running against each other. Schork added that this year’s selection of candidates offers the student body a wealth of options.

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Students gathered on the Duke Chapel’s steps Friday evening in recognition of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan March 11 in a vigil organized by undergraduates.


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Libya from page 5 that the Obama administration and its European allies, particularly French President Nicolas Sarkozy, differ over how long military operations will last and to what end. Sarkozy has spoken out far more aggressively than Obama on the danger Gadhafi poses to his people and the region, suggesting an end game that includes his removal from power. But U.S. officials stressed Saturday that the resolution and the operations underway now are focused on protecting Libyan civilians from Gadhafi’s advancing forces, not pushing him from power. Mark Quarterman, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said the risk in Libya is that the military operation will not end quickly or decisively. He said it is easy to imagine Gadhafi’s well-armed government remaining strong, despite the no-fly zone. “After the first few days, this could settle into a protracted fight between Gadhafi and the rebels, essentially a stalemate with neither side able to retake ground or negotiate an end to the fighting,” he said. “Then what do you do?” Both Obama and Clinton have emphasized that no U.S. ground troops will be involved in the Libya operation. Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, told reporters that “the contribution from the United States will be at this front end”— such as the missile attacks to clear the way for French and other nations’ warplanes. “And the enforcement of the no-fly zone over time will be up to our allies and partners,” said Rhodes, who was traveling with Obama in Brazil. The administration’s approach had been criticized across a broad political spectrum of U.S. lawmakers and activists, who see a lack of leadership in Obama's part-of-a-team approach. But David Mack, a former senior U.S. diplomat in the Middle East, said Obama is aware of the dangers of another clash with Libya that Gadhafi could cast as unilateral American intervention. Mack cited the 1986 bombing raid of a Gadhafi compound authorized by then-President Ronald Reagan, who dubbed the Libyan leader “the mad dog of the Middle East.” “The rhetoric was very satisfying,” Mack said. But despite the bombing, unilateral financial sanctions, and covert arming of Libyan rebels, he said, “we didn't change his behavior one whit.” The U.S. government is more unpopular in the Muslim world than it was in the 1980s, after a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, which the United States invaded in 2003 without U.N. support.

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On Saturday, Clinton emphasized the role that Middle Eastern countries are playing in the operation, saying that the recent Arab League endorsement of no-fly zone over a member country “changed the diplomatic landscape.” At least three Arab countries have promised to contribute to the military operation, U.S. officials said. As the military operation began, Sarkozy appeared to take a more central role than Obama. He made the first announcement that the military operations had begun, declaring to a large audience gathered for the summit that French warplanes had been dispatched to Libya. Clinton, by contrast, spoke only to the handful of American reporters traveling with her. The muted diplomacy and message is a way to play down the conflict to the American public as well. A Pew Research Center survey released last week found that more than six in 10 Americans do not believe the United States has a responsibility to do something to stop the conflict in Libya. Beyond public opinion, the Pentagon is also wary about the resources that a prolonged military operation in Libya will require and whether its current goal of protecting civilians will expand to include Gadhafi's removal. Obama has said the Libyan leader “must leave.” But for now, the U.S. military is in charge of the intervention in Libya.

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Duke Fuqua Energy Club hosts its Student Think Tank Spring Symposium in RAND Corporation and the Brookings Institute.

Hot pot

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House model fosters community For months Duke adminis- tion has on attitudes toward trators have outlined the goals the residential experience of the house model in broad and to promote community strokes. But last week, the ad- in residential life. But the ministration finally offered long-term success of the house some concrete details on just model will require a reduction how Duke’s in the physical quadrangles will inequalities in editorial become shiny residential life. new houses by Fall 2012. The administrators outlined At a Campus Council meet- a selective living group placeing Thursday, Donna Lisker, as- ment process that will move sociate dean of undergraduate some SLGs from their existeducation, and Joe Gonzalez, ing sections and relocate them associate dean for residence based on “fit” rather than on life, laid out a plan for this Residence Group Assessment transformation that includes Committee scores. Reshuffling reshuffling selective living through this “fit” principal— groups based on where they fit, which places groups based on balancing the distribution of af- their size and ability to recruit filiated and unaffiliated houses new members—should help and creating cross-class com- eliminate the value judgments munities across campus. underpinning previous SLG This plan stands to neutral- evaluation processes. The deize much of the impact loca- cision to keep housing assign-


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ments secret until after SLG recruitment is also crucial— next year’s recruitment will be based more on the character of the group and less on its location on campus. The flexibility inherent to the “fit” model will allow the administration to spread selective and non-selective houses in equal proportion on West and Central campuses. This must happen if all campus spaces are to be considered equal. All houses will be communities in their own right, and their locations should point toward the similar aims— cohesion and camaraderie— of selective and non-selective communities rather than draw attention to the differences. Finally, the transition plan signals a dramatic shift in the vision of West Campus. Rather than striving to house

all sophomores on West, the administration will seek to promote cross-class communities, which will result in 25 percent of sophomores living on Central Campus, and will provide incentives for seniors to remain on campus. Getting to live in the newly renovated Central Campus may lessen the sting for sophomores who never get to live on West. It’s unlikely, however, that many seniors will feel compelled to remain on campus for their fourth year—housing in Durham is too cheap, and the call of independent living too strong. Attempts to create cross-class communities may be better served by prioritizing the reintegration of juniors returning from abroad into their previous houses over seniors’ right of return.

The administration cannot rid some areas of stigma by simply reshuffling students and groups. The goal of deemphasizing residential location would be served by further decreasing existing on-campus housing inequalities. Although much has been done to improve Central, scant attention has been paid to another perennially disliked campus space, Edens Quadrangle. Making Edens a uniquely attractive living space would help eliminate one of the most glaring facilities inequalities on campus. Much of the initial and long-term success of the house model rests on how well this transition is executed. Hopefully, the reality of the housing model will reflect its lofty goals.

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Readin’ all the front pages/Readin’ all the about something that costs $9 million? $9,000 is back pages/Gotta make my mind up/Which probably pretty relatable, roughly the price of column can I read?/ a used human car or 20 percent of a student’s It’s Monday, Monday/Read the paper on Mon- yearly tuition. Now consider that $9 million is day/Everyone usually just does the about what Duke takes in from crossword, crossword/Monday, Monone class’s yearly fees. As there day/Why’s there just one Monday?/ are four classes paying each year, Everybody’s trynna catch that Gothic that means these NFL people Squirrel.” can’t split up an amount equivaLooking for a celebration three lent to each student paying their days ago, I crawled into the Craven fees in full... for 250 years. computer lab while someone was So when you pick up a paper listening to this awful song with and read that these bozos are an imminently catchy tune. (I may monday, monday haggling over that much money, have taken artistic liberties in reit is rather disingenuous to read gothic squirrel producing the lyrics.) The actual that article without juxtaposing it title informed me that the William with a more comparable number. Hung-esque attempt at fame was excreted by Despite the fact that 250 seems more managenone other than Rebecca Black in her new-ish able than 9 billion, the fact remains that almost single, “Friday”—a video for which had more nobody on Duke’s campus can understand what than 27 million views on YouTube. To put that it means for Duke to take in that much money. in perspective, Justin Bieber, who she has consis- Let’s not even get started on the U.S.-China trade tently been compared to, had 490 million views deficit of $252 billion. for his equally awful song, “Baby,” the last time I On the flip side, the tsunami/earthquake/ snuck into the lab. nuclear fiasco is just as detached for someone in Due to the fact I am constantly surrounded by the U.S. for a completely different reason. Finanhumans almost 10 times my size, I try to under- cial damages aside, some students don’t understand different frames of reference all of the time. stand the sheer magnitude of this quake. It meaBecause of this, I can understand why things that sured as a 9.0 magnitude quake, but what does are catastrophic to me, like rain and falling acorns, 9.0 mean? I’m sure you heard about the Haiti are relatively minor to you. I would have thought earthquake, which was a 7.0. According to comthat since Duke students could usually understand plicated squirrel formulas that calculate energy what 27 million views means in terms of YouTube released, Japan’s quake had 1,000 times more envideo epic-ness, they would surely have some level ergy than Haiti’s. Go ahead and text “Japan” to of perspective in other walks of life, but my obser- 80888 to make a $10 donation if you think 1,000 vations of reactions to a few current events have is a big number. put this assumption into question. So you can figure out that for proper context, I enjoyed hearing the pseudo-intellectual frat you need a comparison to something else relevant stars of main quad discussing the recent lockout and an understanding of the metric used. You of the NFL. Though slightly distracted by their should try out these ideas for March Madness, pastel clothing, sips of Natural Light (whose too. See that Kyrie led Duke with 14 points in his name more closely describes how plants grow first game, then think about the opponent. Then than any aspect of a beverage) and rounds of point out on a U.S. map where that university is cornhole, I heard that the NFL players and own- located. ers could not figure out how to properly split I’d bet you $9 billion you can’t. up $9 billion. I had a hard time grasping exactly what they were saying because I really don’t The Gothic Squirrel was under the impression that know how much money that is. Quick: Think of Thursday was the start of the weekend, not Friday, something you have that costs $9 billion. What Friday.

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ike many Americans, I love March Madness. In fact, it might be the most wonderful time of the year. Why so? There are many reasons that make people love the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, but today I’ll focus on the underdogs. We love to cheer them on: George Mason, Princeton, Davidson and (as I am writing this) 16-seed UNC-Asheville. They have stories that we love to tell and repeat. The season of March brings with it a powerful motivating force that harrison lee can let a tiny, underfunded school like Butler almost only a master of evil beat an arrogant dynasty like Duke. Sports columnist Bill Simmons calls it the “Nobody Believed in Us Theory”—the disrespect bred by the hubris of favored schools helps motivate the underdogs to fight harder and win in the end. Never mind that Butler was one of the top 20 teams in the tournament, with a first-round draft pick in its front court. Our culture celebrates the conquest of larger-thanlife challenges in every realm and likes to follow that simplistic dichotomy of little hopeless versus big hubris. Duke was a huge underdog to UNLV in ’91 (despite going to the Final Four three consecutive times beforehand); Jesse Owens was supposed to be crushed by Hitler’s elite Aryan athletes (never mind that he was the greatest collegiate track athlete of all time); Master Chief would never be able to beat the Covenant (all he had was unlimited save-game reloads); David’s newfangled slingshot thingy wasn’t going to put a dent into Goliath (the power of God notwithstanding), and on and on. The problem is that by holding such a black-and-white perspective, we disrespect what the “underdogs” have done and what they continue to do. And the underdog, everyoneis-against-us narrative is seductive and powerful. It teaches us to love the underdogs that win and dismiss the ones that don’t; at the same time, it teaches us to undercut what both groups have accomplished. I came into Duke having been rejected by Harvard, Yale and Princeton; To say that I came in with a little bit of a chip on my shoulder would be like saying Big East teams play a little bit chippy. And I took that attitude to everything I did. I was going to be a doctor, not because I wanted to be a doctor, but to prove those smug argyle-wearing hipsters wrong! I had nothing, but I was going to finish with everything! I was going to pull myself up through hustle and hard work! Nobody believed in me! Of course, to say that I was some kind of Horatio Alger/’85 Villanova hybrid was to do a disservice to my prior achievements, as well as the extraordinary community around me that enabled me to matriculate at one of the world’s top universities. And it came around to bite me in the end. I ended up dropping out of pre-med, and boy, did that sting. There was no triumph of my will over academia, and I wasn’t the plucky outcast who managed to defy the odds of surviving pre-med. It took me a long time to accept that what I was doing instead was still worthwhile and that, underdog or not, I was proud of who I was and what I had become. It’s an ongoing struggle for me to accept my own accomplishments for what they are, and not for whether they were “clutch,” or if I’ve “overcome” anything. Self-esteem is tough; it’s much easier to cast yourself as an underdog. Every day I see Duke students going through the same struggle, in the classroom (“I have like, four midterms next week; I’m going to DIE!”) and on the hardwood (“everyone hates Duke and plays their best against us, so we’re ALWAYS fighting an uphill battle.”). While it may feel good to cast ourselves as oppressed by the weight of public opinion, doing so is almost counterproductive. A more moderate attitude is healthier. Take Duke, for example. In my mind, I want to say the NCAA tournament is like the Death Star, and Nolan Smith is our Luke Skywalker (with Kyrie Irving setting a ball screen and yelling, “You’re all clear, kid, now dunk this thing so we can go home!”). But if they don’t win a championship this year (knock on wood), I’m still going to remember them fondly, as a team that crossed the 30-win mark with masterful play and solid teamwork. And remember: No matter what, there’s always next year. Harrison Lee is a Trinity junior. His column runs every other Monday.

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here is something cute about the entire Blue ‘important’ aspects of an education in a grand dialogue. Devil Days process. Innocent high school seniors These topics need to be discussed within the greater come onto campus—many experiencing Duke context of comparing Duke to its peer institutions. for the first time—expecting to gain Instead of hiding so many aspects of information that will help them decide the University from prospective students, whether they will attend this university. Duke should be proud of the each part Truthfully, such weekends have very litof our success. We should use Blue Devil tle impact on most people that come. It’s Days to facilitate discussions between highly unlikely that a presentation on students and specific departments. Why pre-law advising will convince someone just let students see a schedule of classes to matriculate. when you can have them talk to profesAnd for the select few who are very antonio segalini sors and advisors about specific major much on the fence, Duke’s Blue Devil paths? Why not let the Department of musings Days do very little to distinguish us from Economics and Duke’s thriving Financial similar universities. Living with a current Education Partnership have a discussion first-year does provide insight, but being exposed to the with students about Duke’s presence on Wall Street? “life of a freshman” and touring the campus aren’t exSuch discussion does not mean Duke condones stuactly groundbreaking tactics. dents preselecting majors before coming to campus, For those of you unfamiliar with the system, Blue but rather it shows an openness and understanding Devil Days match prospective students who have al- that many students may have specific interests prior to ready been accepted with current freshmen or, in some coming here. Duke need not rely on one specific asrare cases, upperclassmen. Furthermore, tours and in- pect of the undergraduate experience because many formation sessions help teach the students about Duke. diverse features make this university one of the best in These information sessions allow students to choose to the country. Students’ interests may differ, and many hear about various different Duke experiences, such as may not want to hear about DukeEngage, but the Unipre-professional programs and DukeEngage. Although versity has something for everyone, and that needs to the information is relevant and has its place, the only be portrayed during Blue Devil Days. separation from peer institutions comes through DuDuke is right to promote and advertise DukeEngage keEngage. Considering this is already the most men- as the single biggest difference between us and everytioned reason for why people are interested in Duke one else, but the fact that we often don’t promote the when they apply, it seems unwise to make it the center- various thriving (non-basketball) aspects of the Univerpiece of the weekend. sity is unacceptable. When students come to campus Obviously there are limitations to what can and can- from various parts of the country and spend money to not be done during a prospective students weekend. make an important decision between Duke and other The school cannot always count on the men’s basket- top-notch universities, they expect to discover exactly ball team to play in and win a National Championship why Duke is better than College X (and maybe even during a Blue Devil Days weekend. And though the T- College Y). Instead, they are given a few keynote adshirts and bags are all very nice, students usually do not dresses in a rigid format that leave little time for perpick a school based on the free stuff they get. sonal exploration. What will last is Duke’s ability to compare itself faThe weekend merely reiterates an already established vorably to other schools in multiple different aspects. fact that Duke is a great university, and spending one’s What I remember most from my Blue Devil Days undergraduate years in the Gothic Wonderland would was Duke students’ high acceptance rates to top law be an amazing opportunity. Blue Devil Days programschools. You want to go to Harvard Law? Well, going ming needs to go beyond that and let prospective stuto Duke University will give you the best shot outside dents know that we are The Best rather than just great. of Harvard undergrad. Want to work on Wall Street? The only way to raise matriculation rates is to successBeing in North Carolina is not going to stop you from fully recruit interested students. And if Duke wants to be getting employed by a top investment bank. The Best, we have to recruit the best students we can get. The point is not that we should focus on different Maybe we should turn to Coach K for some inspiration. subjects. Instead, we need to incorporate topics such as study abroad (go abroad with NYU without going to Antonio Segalini is a Trinity sophomore. His column runs NYU), employment opportunities and the various other every other Monday.

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