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ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTH YEAR, Issue 140
Record debts loom after graduation
Survey reveals happy faculty by Lauren Carroll THE CHRONICLE
Duke faculty satisfaction is relatively high compared to that of its peer institutions, Academic Council members learned at their meeting Thursday. At the meeting, Provost Peter Lange shared the results of the 2010 Faculty Survey Report, a survey administered to faculty members last Spring. The report detailed survey results in terms of school and department within the University as well as faculty rank, gender, race and ethnicity. The report also included comparisons to a similar 2005 Duke survey and a 2010 survey of faculty satisfaction at other highly-ranked colleges and universities. According to the 2010 report, female faculty at Duke are less satisfied with salaries and access to teaching assistants than their male counterparts, though men and women are both highly satisfied with most other aspects of their professional lives. Women also found it more difficult to balance career and family life. Also, more women than men found scheduling and “scholarly productivity” to be stressful. Lange noted that these patterns can also be found at other schools. “In general, the differences that show up at Duke between genders show up as well at our peer institutions,” he said. Lange added that overall satisfaction of professional life is similar among faculty members from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. He noted, however, that black and Hispanic faculty members believe that they have to work harder than their colleagues to convince people that they are equally qualified as scholars. Some of the results, when compared to the 2005 findings, reflect how faculty response has changed due to both
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Duke is incoming freshman Lionel Watkins’ dream school, but the debt he will incur during his four years almost kept him from attending. Watkins is part of a national trend among college students who are subject to severe student loan debt after graduation. The New York Times reported last week that student loan debt will likely exceed $1 trillion this year as Congress considers cuts in government funding for federal aid. For the first time in U.S. history, student loan debt will exceed credit card debt, according to The New York Times. The Project on Student Debt, a nonprofit research and advocacy initiative, reported last year that the average student loan debt was $24,000, up 6 percent from 2009. With the House of Representatives proposing cuts to the Pell Grant Program, around 1.7 million See loans on page 5 chronicle graphic by ted knudsen
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Q&A with Richard Brodhead The rapidly approaching end to classes presents an opportunity for the Duke community to reflect on a year that at different times attracted desirable and unwanted national attention. In the same year that a PowerPoint raised questions of what values define student culture, the University received the largest donation in its history— an $80 million gift that will allow Duke to overhaul central gathering areas for students. The Chronicle’s Julian Spector sat down with President Richard Brodhead Thursday, focusing in particular on his role in helping students shape campus culture. The Chronicle: There’s been a lot of talk this year about campus culture and redefining campus culture. How would you define campus culture as it is currently? Richard Brodhead: Let me take a step back. Duke is peculiarly a school that loves itself. People at Duke love Duke to a degree that’s quite remarkable among universities. At the same time, people at Duke also sometimes love to criticize Duke, and especially the culture of Duke. The things that are criticized here are really not that peculiar to Duke. If we talk about alcohol issues, if we talk about gender issues and even issues of sexual harassment and sexual abuse, many of these questions came up this past year, but
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you know these are not questions peculiar to Duke in any way. But Duke takes them as if they were. I thought what was so useful about this past year was the extent to which students understood that rather than just grumbling about campus culture and wondering why administrators don’t change it, students understood that campus culture is student culture and the ones who will make it will be students in significant part, with our support to be sure. And I thought there was lots of evidence this year of people stepping forward to become the creators of campus culture. TC: What specifically stood out to you? RB: I thought that the Greek Women’s Initiative was a very striking fact. I thought the Duke Student Government took a very proactive role this year on questions of campus culture— the night I went to the forum, the very high level of discussion that was already going on in a pretty intense way. TC: If you were a student at Duke now, what steps would you take to address campus culture? RB: That would depend on what student I was. The best culture for Duke or any school would be the one See brodhead on page 8
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President Richard Brodhead sat down with The Chronicle to discuss the nearly finished school year, campus culture and dealing with press coverage.
“I lost the mayorship of Shooters II. There are no study rooms left in Perkins. LoYo ran out of punch cards.”
—Senior Margie Truwit in “#dukegirlproblems.” See column page 14
Blue Devils battle UVa for the second time in a week, Page 9
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Earth Day: Duke Campus Farm and Community Gardens Tour Duke Community Gardens, 10a.m.-4p.m. Tours will be hosted at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Procession of the Stations of the Cross Duke Chapel, 11:30a.m.-12p.m. The procession will end at the Chapel in time for the beginning of the noon Good Friday service.
DUI’s Big Show 14 Page Auditorium, 8-10p.m. Duke University Improv’s biggest show of the year will feature new videos, sketches, and improve. Tickets are $7 per person.
“‘The craziest things we’ve had were often the quickest ones gone,” says Mohamed Ismail, a sophomore involved with the Student Sustainability Leaders and the Environmental Alliance. ‘My favorite has been a jelly bean statue to store jelly beans that sang when you opened it. We had a book by Dan Ariely dropped off and taken within two minutes.’” — From The Chronicle’s News Blog bigblog.dukechronicle.com
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The New Plays Festival was held in Brody Theater Thursday, featuring plays by seniors Alex Young and Ben Bergmann for their senior distinction projects.
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New Republican majorities, Syrian president lifts governors make mark emergeny law of 48 years WASHINGTON, D.C. — As state legislatures adjourn over the coming weeks, new Republican majorities backed by GOP governors are leaving their mark in a wave of legislation that reaches far beyond the economic issues that dominated the midterm elections last fall. South Dakota passed the most restrictive abortion bill in the country, Wisconsin and Ohio moved to limit collective bargaining rights of public workers, and Kansas, Texas, South Carolina and Montana are on the brink of passing measures to impose strict photo ID requirements at the polls. The measures are among the thousands of bills proposed as newly empowered GOP statehouses take advantage of their first opportunity in decades to have such a broad impact on policy. Twenty legislative bodies across the country flipped from Democratic to Republican control, and the party picked up governorships in 10 states.
BEIRUT — President Bashar al-Assad ordered the lifting of a 48-year-old state of emergency and abolished the Supreme State Security Court Thursday, moves that some anti-government activists said fell short of what is needed to resolve the country’s political crisis. The Syrian leader also issued a decree that “allows peaceful protests,” state-run television reported Thursday. The measures follow a decree by Assad Thursday in which he named a new governor for Homs, the site of deadly clashes. At least 130 people have been killed in the unrest, according to New York- based Human Rights Watch. Syrian forces have tortured protesters and it is impossible to verify how many remain in detention, HRW said. Activists say the number killed exceeds 200. The newly appointed Cabinet approved a draft of the decree that scrapped the emergency law.
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Perdue, officials to announce entrepreneurship initiative from Staff Reports THE CHRONICLE
Officials will gather Monday for the announcement of an entrepreneurship initiative aimed at supporting high-growth companies and creating jobs. Stephen Schwarzman, chair, CEO and co-founder of The Blackstone Group, will lead an announce of the endeavor 11 a.m. at the Washington Building of the Ameri-
can Tobacco Campus located in downtown Durham. The initiative will take place in the Research Triangle Park region, according to a media advisory, though details of the nature of the plans remain unclear. Other speakers at the event include: Gov. Bev Perdue; U.S. Senator Kay Hagan; U.S. Representative Brad Miller; U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra; Duke President Richard Brodhead; N.C. Cen-
Oathout files second DSG judicial complaint from Staff Reports THE CHRONICLE
A judicial complaint was filed regarding the Duke Student Government Senate and class executive elections Thursday night. According to a release from the DSG Judiciary, plaintiff Patrick Oathout, a freshman and candidate for athletics, services and the environment senator, filed a complaint against the DSG Board of Elections, arguing that Attorney General Ryan Clark, a junior, violated the election bylaws by changing the election rules and regulations without approval from the Senate. Oathout currently serves as an academic affairs senator and rules committee member. Clark had sent an email to election candidates April 20, which said the due date for reporting campaign budgets was April 21 at 10:30 p.m. According to the election rules, however, specifically in Section II, Part A,
subsection c, the deadline for submission of this material is the day before the election. This was found to be in direct contradiction to the election bylaw, which states that candidates have up to 48 hours after polls close to turn in their budget forms and receipts. The Judiciary found that the election’s rules and regulations originally approved by the Senate were unconstitutional in that it violated the election bylaw at the moment of its passing. The Judiciary also decided that this rule may not apply in the future and that all candidates in the Senate and class executive elections have until April 23, 2011, at 10:00 p.m. to submit their budgets and receipts. The Judiciary also recommended “that the Attorney General and Board of Elections take more time to carefully prepare cogent, cohesive and consistent rules and regulations to govern elections in the future.”
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public and private collaboration encouraging American entrepreneurship. According to the firm’s website, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation is in the midst of a five-year, $50 million entrepreneurship initiative. The first major grant established the Blackstone LaunchPad at two colleges in the Detroit area, which helps entrepreneurs turn ideas into businesses that will spur economic growth.
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The Duke University Greening Initiative held the Tour de Duke Thursday afternoon as a part of the 2011 Earth Day celebrations. The tour started on Science Drive and continued to East Campus.
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council from page 1 the economic downturn and changes within the University, Lange said. For example, almost all faculty members indicated higher satisfaction with their office space in 2010 than in 2005, particularly those who work in buildings that have recently undergone renovations. Also, the results showed lower satisfaction with technology and research staff in 2010, which could reflect cuts made due to financial constraints, Lange said. The results shared in the meeting were just an overview of the full report, Lange said, noting the importance of analyzing the findings within individual academic departments to create small-scale action plans. In other business: James Siedow, vice provost for research and professor of biology, and Vice Dean for Research Sally Kornbluth shared administrative plans for addressing budget concerns that are affecting University research. Kornbluth explained that costs, particularly in the School of Medicine, are increasing—due to the loss of some very large projects—while federal funding is decreasing. She added that the best ways to overcome these chal-
lenges are reducing expenses, using reserve finances, investing in promising research ventures and increasing additional revenue sources. “Whether we can find people who are creative in getting revenue is important,” Kornbluth said, adding that the School of Medicine has recently been approached by large pharmaceutical companies interested in financing research. Although the costs of research are increasing, Siedow noted that the number of grant proposals coming from the University are increasing, particularly from the Pratt School of Engineering. The council also elected five new members to the body’s executive committee— Peter Burian, professor of classical and comparative literature; Philip Costanzo, professor of psychology and neuroscience; Warren Grill, chair of the University Priorities Committee and Addy professor of biomedical engineering; Cynthia Kuhn, professor of pharmacology and cancer biology, and John Payne, Joseph R. Ruvane Jr. Professor at the Fuqua School of Business. They also reelected John Staddon, James B. Duke professor emeritus of biology and neuroscience, as faculty secretary of the council.
DSGSenateandclasscouncilelection >>Academic Affairs: Class of 2014: Dan Pellegrino and Leila Alapour Class of 2012: Tyler Hayes >>Athletics, Services and the Environment: Class of 2014: Neil Kondamuri and Stefani Jones Class of 2013: Brandon Putnam and Cary Politzer >>Durham and Regional Affairs: Class of 2014: Grace Lynne and Marcus Benning Class of 2012: Monique Barrios and Lauren Pfeiffer >>Residential Life and Dining: Class of 2014: Mia Wise and Daniel Stefanus Class of 2013: Cherry Tran and Rohan Taneja >>Student Life: Class of 2014: Leilani Doktor and Caroline Hall Class of 2013: Raasti Said and Ayan Salah Class of 2012: Daren Miller and Manny Olojede >>Class Councils: Class of 2014 President: Andrew Leon Hanna Class of 2014 Vice President: Andrew Rotolo Class of 2012 President: Toby Ubu Class of 2012 Vice President: Caitlin Ryan
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loans from page 1 low-income students—a fifth of current Pell recipients—would lose eligibility to the program, the Huffington Post reported last week. These changes, among other federal spending cuts, have forced universities across the country to reconsider the financial aid packages they are offering incoming freshmen for the upcoming school year. “My family continues to assure me that they support my decision to attend any university, no matter the financial situation,” Watkins wrote in an email. “I, however, am very apprehensive.... I hope to attend [medical] school after graduation, and graduating with what could potentially be somewhere between $40,000 and $50,000 of debt is frightening.” Lower than average Duke’s average student loan debt upon graduation is currently ranked below the national average. In 2010 students graduated with an average debt of $21,884—a decrease from $23,093 in 2009, according to statistics from the Duke Office of Financial Aid. Alison Rabil, assistant vice provost and director of financial aid, said the University has been able to decrease the average student loan debt every year for the past three years because of the Duke Financial Aid Initiative, which began in 2005 and raised more than $300 million. The initiative enhanced the need-based undergraduate financial aid program by implementing financial guarantees, such as eliminating the parental contribution for families with institutionally determined incomes less than $60,000 and eliminating loans for families with incomes less than $40,000. “From Duke’s perspective, our student loan debt is going to be significantly less than the national average because we are able to meet student need,” Rabil said. “The tuition is
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not insignificant and with the funds from the initiative, we are able to cap our student loans and borrowing from families.” Rabil added that she is skeptical that the University will be able to lower the average graduating senior’s debt for the 2011-2012 academic year. “I would love to go below $20,000,” she said. “But given the economy, I don’t know if that is going to happen. What seems to be happening is that we limit the borrowing in the package, but... some students do decide to take out the maximum amount of federal support in order to pay for the parent contribution piece.” Debt upon graduation James Johnson, visiting professor of the practice of public policy, wrote in an email that students could potentially leave Duke with debt that stays with them well into their 40s. Citing a decline in need-based tuition grants, a rise in tuition and weak finances for some families, Johnson said many students must make tough decisions upon graduation. “Higher student debt could impact... career choice, and might make many students think twice before committing longterm to a position in the nonprofit or public sector,” he said. Katie Henderson, Pratt ’10, is currently working as an energy auditor for small businesses while paying back loans she took out during her time at Duke. “I didn’t get my job until October after graduation so my grace period worked out for me,” she said. “But if I hadn’t gotten a job, it might have been very uncomfortable.” To assist students who are graduating in debt without a job or who are in a difficult financial situation, Rabil said the financial aid office holds exit interviews with all students receiving financial aid to go over strategies and options for repayment. “If you have several loans, you can always
apply for a deferment and... talk to your lenders about what your options are,” Rabil said. “For any kind of federal loan, as long as you let them know that you are not in a position to make the payments, they can give you a forbearance [on payment] or some sort of flexible solution.” A class struggle The prospect of high student debt may deter some students from enrolling at Duke next Fall. Stefan Gorham, an early decision applicant from New York, said he was pleased with the package that Duke offered him. He wrote in an email that Duke provided funding for all expenses aside from a small amount of loans and his expected family contribution, which he called a “very reasonable amount.” The expected family contribution is calculated using an institutional formula that takes into account a family’s income and assets and makes allowances for factors such as a family’s living expenses and the number
of children in college. Watkins said he was “shocked” by the University’s calculation of his EFC, as well as the fact that he cannot use outside scholarships toward his EFC. Before receiving his financial aid package from Duke, Watkins received an EFC calculation from Yale University, Stanford University, Rice University, the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern University ranging from $750 to $7,000. His expected contribution from Duke is $8,500. Jacob Vigdor, professor of public policy and economics and director of graduate studies, wrote in an email that while households may be less likely to put money toward bigticket purchases given the current economy, many families still value higher education. Students see their education as an investment in the future, making the debt worth it, he said. “For a small number of [students], that means paying tuition at an elite private university like Duke,” Vigdor said. “We certainly believe that an investment in a Duke education will pay off for our students down the road.”
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brodhead from page 1 that gives the fullest outlet for student energies and creativity and friendship. Why are residential universities so supremely valuable is because academic study isn’t broken off from all those other dimensions of engagement and creativity. So I would like this to be a place that people just experience as a place of infinite opportunity to do all kinds of things—anything that would cross your mind, you would find a way to do here. Sometimes when people talk about campus culture, the idea is, well there are only some kinds of things to do here and not other kinds of things to do. Would you say that’s an accurate statement? There are a lot of things to do. And if anybody thinks that some of those things are understated or undervalued, well, get out there and push them forward would be what I would say. The University is actually amazingly eager—very, very willing and eager to help students carry forward the things that give student creativity full outlets. This is a school full of dancing. We know there’s not adequate space for dancing on campus, but we’re trying to figure it out. And I use that just as one of a million examples. Even with this business about the intramural fields. It’s funny, Duke is so well known for athletics, but Duke isn’t overstocked with athletic facilities for ordinary students. It will soon have a lot more of them, as over time, it will soon have a lot more practice space for student artists. It already has ample research space for student scientists and everybody else. TC: In your email in the Fall about campus culture, you addressed the need for students to lead the change. As president, you are charged with providing the vision
and guiding the University, but you also have the desire for the students to lead the change. How do you find the line between you providing the vision and letting the students lead it? RB: Not an easy thing. I’ve been very articulate on this campus about the dominant value I see for students in their education, and the word I have found above all for it is “engagement.” I don’t want people to just take courses. I want students to be intellectually engaged. I want their curiosity and creativity to be the driver of their education. I don’t want students to just enroll in extracurricular activities. That does not impress me at all. I want students to feel driven to do all the wonderful things that bring students together and open possibilities on this campus. Just for that reason, we also need to understand students are the age where they are now the responsible agents of their life. It would be neither practicable nor desirable for the adults at the University to set the social life of the University. What you want to say is, let’s try to remember what the sort of dominant values are here, and then you go figure out the best way to live out those values. That’s what I would say. TC: So is your role in that process as a facilitator of discussion? RB: I think so. I think it is partly to challenge people and partly to provide support for people in their many efforts. You see things as facts that actually represent collaborations between students and the University. I’ll give you one small example. An event I always very much enjoy is the library party.... Well, the library party was dreamed up by students..... Look at the party this year. The party this year was not an administration creation. It was created by the [Duke Marketing Club], and all the cool stuff that was there from the history of advertising collections, that was all brought out by students. The whole thing was staged by students with the cooperation of the
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Duke Men’s Golf will look for its first ACC Championship in six years this weekend. Lacrosse coach John Danowski was named ACC coach of the year yesterday.
Experience on the side of Blue Devils Four seniors make up battle-tested crew
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Ellah Nze and her fellow four-year players will look to win the second ACC tournament of their careers.
The Blue Devils will make the short 20-minute commute to Cary, N.C., this weekend to participate in the ACC tournament. ACC As the No. 1 seed Tourney in the field, Duke received a firstFRIDAY-SUNDAY round bye and Cary Tennis Park will play its first Cary, N.C. match against N.C. State Friday at 9 a.m. The Blue Devils (21-3, 10-1 in the ACC) easily defeated the Wolfpack (15-7, 5-6) 6-1 in the regular season. The Blue Devils have every right to be confident about their ACC tournament prospects this weekend. After all, they did seem to steamroll over conference opponents this year, only dropping one ACC matchup against Florida State to close the regular season. Duke’s résumé included See w. tennis on page 11
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Duke to face UVa again in ACC tourney Danowski said. “In order for us to be successful we’re going to have to play much, The Blue Devils’ quest for an ACC much better on the defensive end and tournament title begins tonight at 7:30 we’re going to be much more attentive at Konskinen Stadium, as they will face on the wings and on the faceoffs.” Virginia for the second time in one Stanwick, a finalist for the Tewaaraton week, after defeating the Cavaliers last Trophy and a member of the All-ACC Saturday, 13-11. team, has been one of the most electric The contest seems like déjà vu—the attackers in the country, anchoring an ofteams will play fense that ranks in the same staNo. 1 nationally “In order for us to be sucdium they did with 13 goals per last time, only cessful we’re going to have to game. Duke clearwith strangely benefited last play much, much better on lyweekend reversed roles. as the While the Blue Cavaliers’ scoring the defensive end.” Devils (10-4, efforts lacked the — John Danowski incisiveness and 3-0 in the ACC) were considered touch of Stanthe underdogs wick. one week ago, they have regained their His presence in this upcoming game confidence and acquired a newfound may a deciding factor. At the moment, poise. The Cavaliers, on the other hand, Stanwick is listed as day-to-day and it will have found themselves in a slump, look- be a game-time decision if he plays. ing for answers and players to step up. Regardless of whether Stanwick plays, Key to this entire matchup is the fact Virginia (8-4, 1-2) will rely on its depth to that Virginia may again be missing their defeat the Blue Devils. best player, Steele Stanwick. Duke is in a similar position, looking for “We recognize they were not playing with their best player,” head coach John See m. lacrosse on page 10 by Dawei Liu
Clinching the No. 2 seed and getting a first round bye in this week’s ACC tournament, Duke plans to take full advantage of its well-rested team to come away with an explosive performance Friday against No. 3 North Carolina at 7 p.m. The tournament, which is being held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., started on Thursday with the Cavaliers facing the Tar Heels and Virginia Tech against No. 3 Boston College. UNC “We feel great vs. and are really exNo. 2 cited about the poDuke sition we put ourselves in, getting an FRIDAY, 7 p.m. extra day of rest this WakeMed Soccer Park Cary, N.C. week and basically spending all week tuning up our game,” head coach Kerstin Kimel said. “We’re not necessarily putting in a whole lot of new or exciting things, and we’re just trying to get better at what we’re doing.” When Duke (13-2, 4-1 in the ACC) faced
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Duke and Virginia’s last game ended in a 13-11 Blue Devil win. They play each other yet again Friday at Koskinen.
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Christie Kaestner recorded a goal and an assist the last time Duke and North Carolina played.
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m. lacrosse from page 9 more players to contribute. “Anybody can step up at any time,” Danowski said. “We rely on no one [player]... but we rely on everyone to make the play that is available to them.” Last week it was midfielder Robert Rotanz who had one of the best performances of his career, with five points off four goals and an assist. Other players who will be expected to contribute include junior CJ Costabile and freshman Jordan Wolf, both of whom were named to the All-ACC team yesterday. Senior Zach Howell, the only starting attacker from last year’s national championship squad, and the other upperclassmen will be looked on to provide leadership and game-winning experience. “[Senior leadership], it’s huge this time of the year,” Danowski said. “The hope is that we learn from last year’s experience and those guys can show the way.... It’s about your seniors and their sense of urgency.” This time around, Duke hopes to avenge a loss suffered to Virginia in the ACC tournament last year. Odds are good that, under the leadership of Danowski, the Blue Devils will be able to accomplish this. Duke has a strong record against the Cavaliers, losing only one of its previous 11 meetings against Virginia. Tonight the Blue Devils will look to continue that hot streak.
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CJ Costabile has taken the majority of the faceoffs for Duke this year, winning 55%. Danowski identified faceoffs as a key factor in Friday’s game.
w. lacrosse from page 9 North Carolina (10-4, 3-2) earlier this season on April 15, the Blue Devils came away with an 11-10 victory at home. It was just one of many one-goal margins the two teams have seen in the past number of years. “We’ve played them so many times over the years and had so many one-goal games that we would expect nothing less than a full-on battle for 60 minutes, and they would expect the same,” Kimel said. “A couple of years ago, the roles were reversed, when UNC had a bye in the first round, and we had a first-round game and turned around and beat them 14-4. We’re well aware that anything can happen in the tournament, and we’re prepared to do our best.” Throughout the season, the Blue Devils have seen many of their players go down, notably seniors Sarah Bullard and Caroline Spearman, both of whom came back in the last few weeks. But with their return, Duke is looking stronger than ever, especially having a young defense that has grown immensely this year. “I think that certainly the injured players coming back into the mix has helped on both sides of the field, and I think we’ve definitely bolstered our defensive side of the ball and have more experience back there,” Kimel said. “In general, I see where we are based on our last game, and we fought really hard and showed a ton of hustle. “I’m looking forward to building on that performance and playing a sharper game going into [the semifinals]. That’s what we’ll need to do if we’re looking to continue Sunday.”
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The rivalry between the Tar Heels and Blue Devils has included some wars in the recent past, including an 11-10 Duke win on April 15.
w. tennis from page 9 marquee road wins over then-No. 3 North Carolina and then-No. 5 Miami. “We’re playing to win [the tournament]. All of our preparations this week have been to be victorious,” head coach Jamie Ashworth said. “We put ourselves in a really good position, getting a bye.... Our goal is to win it. We’re as battle-tested as anybody.” Ashworth also explained that Duke is wellequipped to handle high-pressure situations that characterize tournaments. Four of the squad’s eight members are seniors, and three have seen this tournament in years past. Reka Zsilinszka, Ellah Nze and Elizabeth Plotkin were also present when the Blue Devils took home the conference and the national title two years ago. “We have a confident group of girls who believe in themselves. I think if it were a young group, things might be different,” Ashworth said. “But we have four seniors, and I think they understand what we need to do this week to get things done.” Given this experience and success in the regular season, the Blue Devils are the heavy favorites to win the tournament. The path will not be easy, however. The ACC is widely considered to be the best conference in the country, now boasting seven teams in the top-25. This number even reached doubledigits at one point in the season. Even Ashworth was quick to note the potential for his squad to stumble early. “It used to be the case if you were the No. 1 seed and you played the No. 8 seed, it was an easy match,” Ashworth said. “But honestly, there are no easy matches. There are five or six teams in the tournament that pose a serious threat to us.” Looking forward, perhaps this tournament provides an opportunity beyond bragging rights in the ACC. Playing against such a talented field will not only give Duke confidence, but also reveal any weaknesses to improve upon before competing for a national title. After all, if the Blue Devils can compete against anybody in the ACC, they will likely also be able to stand their ground against anybody in the country. “Look at the past couple of years at the NCAA Tournament, we always had to get by ACC teams,” Ashworth said. “There are going to be ACC teams in the tournament, and to keep getting wins of that caliber is a perfect way to spring into the tournament. It can do a lot for our team.”
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very same course. The course, a 7,102-yard track, is only three yards longer than the Club at Irish Creek, where the Blue Devils played some of their best golf of the season. —from staff reports
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Housing assignments must be objective The release of Residential process applies value judgeGroup Assessment Commit- ments to living groups—and, tee scores last Friday raised by implication, to the areas questions about how the ad- that they are placed in. ministration will use RGAC This flies in the face of scores and the “fit principle” house model principles. The to assign living house model groups space aims to make editorial in the house residential life model. at Duke more equitable. But RGAC scores can have no this cannot happen as long place in the house model. For as some areas—Central Camthe house model to work, the pus, Edens Quadrangle—are administration must stick to stigmatized as undesirable. the value-free fit principle and By moving groups with low work to ensure that the assign- RGAC scores to these areas, ment process is free of bias. the administration will only The RGAC evaluations are perpetuate these stigmas. a poor basis for housing asThe assignment process signments. RGAC scores are must be value free. The adcurrently a composite of “sec- ministration should create tion stewardship” and “com- a computer program that munity interaction” scores. places living groups based on This is a vague and contro- group size, not their conduct versial rubric. But worse, the from the previous year. This
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’m a self-described complainer. Just your av- cal upheaval? Ritz, then Shooters? eRecruiting erage, worst-case scenario person. After Toe- needs to stop advertising jobs I don’t want. I gate back in December, I would have told you need to save this five-dollar bill for the weekend. Kyrie “Kerrie” Irving was down for We need to go to the ABC store the count, if not due to some cosmargie truwit again. Did we watch “You Don’t mic retribution from Matt Howard, Mess With the Zohan” again last senior column then due to excessive Dougie-ing. night? For the first two years of my colleThe hashtag has united my giate career, my friends and family were on the stream of complaints into a less-than-coherent receiving end of this venting, or as they have chronicle of my Duke experience, and yes, my been coined, “Epic Margie Truwit Freakouts.” #dukegirlproblems. I’ll be the first to admit that But, to be fair, I had a lot to complain about. my #dukegirlproblems have consumed me at My internship search freshman year proved fu- times, often resulting in rants on wearing heels tile, which clearly meant I was destined for a in von der Heyden or sparkly Toms shoes. But lifetime of unemployment and mediocrity (as maybe, just maybe, these problems aren’t probof press time, I have yet to find full-time em- lems at all #rebeccablackseatquandary. ployment, so take note, freshmen). “The Great Over the last few years, “The Epic Margie Computer Crash” of sophomore year resulted Truwit Freakout” has transitioned from a self-inin a freakout akin to Hansel’s “Where did all duced panic to a steady stream of laughter. Sure, the files go?!” (Thankfully for me, I had Tail- it wasn’t exactly optimal to drive back and forth gate to drown my sorrows #RIP #betterlucknext- to Greensboro for the men’s and women’s bastimehansel). But at the end of sophomore year, ketball ACC Tournaments for a grand total of 12 I discovered perhaps the greatest thing since schleps on I-85. I may have even tweeted about commercial-free airings of “Titanic.” said hajj to Greensboro, followed by #dukegirlAnd that, dear readers, is the Twitter. No problems. But I sure did get some laughs out of longer would my friends have to endure my it, even making a list of the “Top Things to See freakouts—at least, not in person. In an even on I-85 Between Durham and Greensboro” #buyjgreater moment of fortune, I discovered eff. I won’t lie and tell you spending Spring break the hashtag (or to you Twitter-illiterate, the in Perkins writing my thesis was all that fun eipound sign). Initially conceived as a sign for a ther. But getting kicked out at 6:00 p.m. was sure “trending topic,” the hashtag is often a “trend- worth some lulz. With the help of the hashtag, ing problem.” Although #whitegirlproblems the Twitter and some fantastic friends, I’ve found continues to define my life, I’ve found other that almost every ridiculous event in my life, even hashtags to be equally important in my passive- Chronrage gone wrong, is worth a fit of laughter. aggressive rants to the Twitterverse. Here are These last four years could have been as stressa few of them, ripped directly from my over- ful and difficult as a mid-season, non-conference utilized Twitter account. road game (#stjohns), had I panicked about ev1. #dukegirlproblems: I lost the mayorship of ery mediocre grade, every back-focused basketShooters II. There are no study rooms left in Per- ball photo and every Cook Out cashier who tried kins. LoYo ran out of punch cards. Why in the to steal my change. But being able to laugh at world is the poli sci department located up three these things has made my Duke experience all flights of stairs? We’re actually in Perkins on a the more memorable. And hey, don’t you burn Friday. I just ran into the Grinch in Vondy, liter- calories laughing anyway? #dukegirlproblems. ally. I’ve only been to Sushi Love once this week. So will I ever stop kvetching? Probably not. But 2. #chrongirlproblems: Do you srsly need a it will always be followed by some srs lulz. And graphic? What do you mean we’re not sending don’t forget the hashtag. anyone to the Maryland game? Is the Fresca button still broken? How are things in Azkaban? @Mtru23 served as Sports Photo Editor for VolCan we run one more photo of Kerrie? Is spell- ume 106, and in addition to the Twitter, would like check installed on these computers? They are so to acknowledge her family and friends, and in parawkward. Can we LOLChron? ticular, the bbm group and Google Doc crew #real3. #seniorspring: Must half the countries in- lygoodatsocialmedia. and Tasti D-lite, for its nutrivolved in my thesis be in the midst of srs politi- tional value.
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he accomplishment of my academic career be a stutter-step toward my own end zone, a move that I’m probably most proud of is really just that I’ve pulled more than once after getting too ena bit of stunt work, or maybe not: I wrote a chanted with my own tiny quickness like I’m some 5,000-word sentence that, comprising sort of fleeing cat, catching the footthe second chapter of my tripartite seball and dodging laterally then trying chase olivieri nior thesis, took me hours and hours to curl around, running straight into senior column to create, hours I received credit for one of my bigger fraternity brothers and spent bent over like a scrivener because they’re all bigger than me, a coffee table purchased from TROSA in downtown except for maybe one, and he’s not stupid enough Durham for a comically low price, maybe twenty dol- to play tackle football, which by the way is one of lars, I know it was at a discount—my roommate and the most enjoyable things in the world along with I grabbed it along with a plaid couch, ironic in its playing pickup basketball even though just a couple college ugliness and an octagonal, yessir, octagonal weeks ago I launched a shot over the backboard, I’m nightstand, upon which sits a pile of overdue nov- just inconsistent is all; but writing that 5,000 word els checked out from Perkins Library where, in case sentence became the most challenging and enjoyyou didn’t know, a fantastic selection of fiction has able and satisfying thing I’ve ever done, even if it been collected, books of comic obscurity that they’ll doesn’t stand on its own but is instead an integral get to you in a couple days at most; I swear, if you part of the crowning achievement of what I largely haven’t checked out a novel or book of poems from studied here to do, which is try and write a book, the library before, you should go ahead and do so try and write in general whether I’m writing shorter just for the sheer esoteric challenge of it, try and sentences or longer ones like this that The Chronidecide on the most rock-covered forgotten book of cle would never, ever otherwise let me publish, and some literary value you can and I bet you they’ve got I know I mentioned the point already but I think I it barcoded and stacked away in the Library Service got a little off track, the point of this is this: Figure Center—and bent over this table I’ve downed with out what your long sentence is, everyone has their the faith of a monk Mr. Coffee-brewed coffee out of a project that they don’t necessarily have to complete white ceramic mug as I hammered together clumsily before they graduate but, let’s face it, if they don’t at and slowly a short novel, my thesis for distinction in least give it their best try then they are deserting an creative writing; this 5,000-word sentence might have unfinished act, not only whatever the unfinished act been mere stunting and goofing around because might be but also their time at Duke, the opportunisurely I didn’t need to write something so long, I ties here, the chances they—you—have that might could have broken it up with periods and made it far not ever be as easily achievable again; so part one, more readable, but then, this is the point, the point figure out the manic or stupid or idiosyncratic thing of the sentence and the point of me being here at you want to do, part two, work hard and develop the Duke and the point of what I’m going into the world skills and knowledge you need to pull it off well and stumbling and unmoored to try and do—if I had just part three, get it done and then graduate like you written that second part like I did the first and the know it’s time to go. third then that sentence would be only a brick wall in my brain except, instead of a wall, it would be a Kevin Lincoln is a Trinity senior. He is the Recess pile of bricks, it would be unbuilt, untried, it would editor and the co-editor of Towerview magazine.
letterstotheeditor The rights of the accused As a law school faculty member who occasionally serves as a faculty advisor to students before the Undergraduate Conduct Board, I share the concerns expressed by Mike Lefevre, Duke Student Government President. Students before the UCB face career-altering charges that, if prosecuted in criminal court, would be felonies. The current “clear and convincing” evidence standard, while probably too low given the nature and consequences of some UCB charges, ought not be lowered to the greater weight of the evidence used in civil courts. If the goal is the accurate adjudication of rights and begins with a presumption of innocence, surely a higher standard than greater weight is required. If Duke should have learned anything from the lacrosse fiasco, it is the importance of the presumption of innocence. Lefevre is also correct about the UCB’s confusion in role between adjudication and education. Each time I appear with a student before the UCB, I learn that some right that previously existed has been abolished by administrative fiat, further weakening the accuracy of adjudications. For more than 25 years, students who wished to appeal were entitled to a copy of the tape made of the proceedings, so that they could have it transcribed (at their own expense) and be able to quote from it for their appeal. Literally, today, I learned that students no longer have that right. They may only listen to the tape in an administrator’s office. While I could understand that a rule limiting what a student could do with a tape and requiring its return could be necessary, the current rule throws an unnecessary hurdle before a student exercising his or her right to appeal an erroneous determination. In a world where what appears on a transcript stays with a student forever, for serious charges adjudication must be kept separate from education. The time for education comes before the alleged offense or after final adjudication. In between, we must safeguard the rights of the accused.
Donald H. Beskind Professor of the Practice of Law Studet commencement speakers not representative In a few weeks, current Duke Student Government President Mike Lefevre will continue a long legacy of white male student speakers at Duke’s commencement ceremonies. A student speaker should be both engaging and speak on topics that resonate with and reflect upon the thousands of graduates in attendance. Given these basic qualifications, one would think over the course of a decade these speakers—selected by a committee of students, faculty and administrators—would at least somewhat mirror the demographics of Duke’s student body. However, in the past 10 years all student speakers were men, and only one was non-white. The most recent female student speaker was in 2000 during Nan Keohane’s presidency, and at the time she was the fourth consecutive woman selected for this honor. The number of white men who have been selected as student commencement speakers inaccurately portrays Duke graduates. It is problematic that a university supposedly committed to diversity has indicated over and over again that a white man is a better representative of Duke’s graduating students than a woman or a person of color. Although we know that Lefevre is an articulate speaker and a prominent campus leader, we feel that his voice has been heard enough and, more importantly, that his selection continues the trend of an unsettling bias. By choosing yet another white male as the student commencement speaker, this year’s selection committee missed an important opportunity to select a student that better recognizes Duke’s diverse graduates. Becki Feinglos Trinity ’11 Anne Moriarity Trinity ’11
e entered college four years ago as a class eager to experience self-exploration and growth together, excited to take full advantage of the University’s myriad programs. By the time I exit just a few weeks from now, that transformation will have been re- emmeline zhao alized, but to a different degree and senior column just from a single experience that spanned a career. To outsiders, my Duke experience could be considered three years of confinement and one year of probation-turned-release come senior year. I’d prefer to call the former voluntary surrender. Through junior year, my friends had already ingrained an image of me shackled to my desk at The Chronicle for 70-to-80-hour workweeks. Anyone who has been in my position at the paper, or any comparable one for that matter, can attest to its thankless, under-appreciated and unforgiving nature. The only immediate gratification is from the stunning and always error-proof product you pick up on newsstands Monday through Friday. The only recognition is from the vitriol of critical online comments and emails received the day a story runs. I went into it knowing that, and not only left it with no regret or resentment, but rather an unparalleled experience that I wish upon every undergraduate at Duke. The hours were long, the efforts directly thankless, but the lasting results were the sanctity of a brotherhood that forever intertwined my life with those who became both my colleagues and my family. I never had a plan and likely never will. But my years at The Chronicle gave me direction. I entered Duke with major “undeclared,” and walked into The Chronicle’s attic office during orientation week expecting nothing more than something to do in my free time. I would later learn, to both my dean and my academic advisor’s dismay, that classes would soon become this so-called “free time.” Some of the wisest words alumni and fellow journalists have shared with me apply to so many Duke students: Journalism is about the reveal, it’s about telling the hard truth. It’s also about creating community and conveying why we, as citizens, should care. My hard truth is that my Duke education came from beyond the classroom with three years at The Chronicle and one year emeritus. When my term as news editor concluded and I sashayed out the heavy wooden doors of 301 Flowers a year ago, I didn’t realize that my personal graduation had just passed. But my final year away from the office allowed me to reflect on the effervescence that were the years prior. My work may not have been clearly lucrative, but the community we’ve created comes in layers: our Chronicle family, our network of sources, and you, our readers. V. 105 was both my rock and my momentum. Will and Hon, there isn’t enough I could put in these thin pages about you both, but you have my eternal gratitude and appreciation for the work we’ve done together. I couldn’t be more proud of how far we’ve come and where we’re all going. V. 105 DHs, I’m extending to you the public thanks that you so belatedly deserve. V. 105 babies, you’re always going to be my freshmen—and I’m so incredibly proud of you for the perseverance you’ve shown. Jarvis, thanks for not forgetting me. EBSAK for life. Finally, my completely unqualified and unsolicited message to those who still have the benefit of more than a few weeks left at Duke: Take your experience beyond the classroom and that 350page textbook. Choose one, or a few, activities to be dedicated to, but choose ones that you’re truly passionate about. Let them offer you the direction my activity gave me. Commit and learn to be selfless. For some reason, the greatest copy editors always find immense satisfaction in seeing the result of hours of editing, never to see their own name in the byline. I’ve realized that my senior year has been one of searching to assuage the void that was once filled by my leadership at the paper. Simply put, creating tangible results and nurturing the future of my organization was more satisfying than “living up senior year,” regardless of the dearth of explicit appreciation or gratitude. Yet, through such drought, the true value of a craft is realized. A legacy is carried out by the future leadership of the organization, by the apprentices who stayed and performed for an implicitly rewarding erudition, toward an increasingly worthwhile goal. That’s incomparably more touching and telling than any thank you note one could ever receive. This isn’t a plug to join The Chronicle. Rather, it’s a push to find passion outside of the four-walled, blackboarded classroom you’re so familiar with. I sincerely hope that your Duke experience is as unique as mine and that you can realize success and satisfaction through selfless dedication. Build your own community and tell your hard truth; show, through your own work, why your successors should care. This dexterity is where we Duke students stand out and where our once quixotic ambitions become reality. It is how we come together to build our network of communities and work toward a greater good. Emmeline Zhao is a Trinity senior. She is the former news editor and former university editor.
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