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SOUTH CAROLINA STUNNER Gamecocks erupt in second half, upset Duke in Round of 32

Claire Ballentine The Chronicle Currently provost at the University of Pennsylvania, Vincent Price will become the University’s next president in July. He will succeed current President Richard Brodhead, who has led Duke since 2004. The Chronicle spoke with Price about how he is preparing for his new role and his plans for when he arrives. This interview has been condensed for print. The full version can be found online. The Chronicle: How has the transition been going in the past several months? Vincent Price: I have been working with the transition team at Duke out of the president’s office, and they have been terrific in coordinating opportunities for me to meet with all of the various direct reports to the president. I’ve been meeting with some of the deans and groupings of faculty. I had the opportunity to meet with some of the student leaders on both the graduate and undergraduate level, so it is a wonderful and well-structured introduction to Duke. I’ve also had the chance to interact with the Board of Trustees, which is a terrific and terrifically engaged group, and to spend time with Dick Brodhead, who has been very See PRICE on Page 6

Jeremy Chen | The Chronicle The Blue Devils gave up 65 second-half points on their way to a third first-weekend loss as a top-three seed since 2012.

Amrith Ramkumar The Chronicle GREENVILLE, S.C.—A week after riding a wave of momentum to a historic ACC championship, a similar wave was developing in hostile territory. But instead of carrying the Blue Devils, it was casting a large shadow over the team—it was also Gamecock red. No. 7 seed South Carolina used a second-half avalanche to overcome a 10-point deficit and shock second-

seeded Duke 88-81 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena Sunday night, feeding off the energy from a rowdy crowd less than 100 miles from its campus to put a horrendous first half in the rearview mirror. After making just 7-of-35 shots in the opening 20 minutes to trail by seven points, the Gamecocks shot 71.4 percent in the second half to advance to their first Sweet 16 since 1973. SEC Player of the Year Sindarius Thornwell led the charge for South Carolina with 24 points, six rebounds and five assists. He also shut down the Blue Devils’ leading scorer—sophomore

Luke Kennard, who tied a season-low with just six field-goal attempts—and got plenty of help from forward Chris Silva, who added 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Gamecocks dominated in the second half. Although Duke finished with five players in double figures led by Grayson Allen, it never really threatened after a Duane Notice triple made it 60-53 with 8:52 remaining. The loss was just the second in the Round of 32 for head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s team since See M. BASKETBALL on Page 10

Two new Latinx restaurants come to Ninth Street Jamie Cohen The Chronicle You may have loyalty to Chubby’s or Cosmic on Ninth Street, but two new Latinx food options are opening soon. Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken and Del Rancho Mexican Grill are both coming to Ninth Street. Alpaca Chicken will serve fast casual Peruvian cuisine, and Del Rancho will feature Mexican dishes with sitdown dining.

Han Kang | The Chronicle Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken is scheduled to open on Ninth Street in May.



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oven that burns natural wood charcoal. The restaurant uses traditional Peruvian seasonings for both its meats and common South American sides—rice, beans, corn, yuca fries and plantains. “Despite the small menu, customers can never decide what to order because everything tastes so good,” said Julissa Colaco, manager of Alpaca Chicken’s new Ninth Street location. Although Alpaca Chicken already has a location in Durham and three others in the Triangle area, the restaurant’s owners were hoping to expand and cater to Duke students. Siblings Ruby, Amrvir and Ranbir Bakhshi took ownership of the chain from their parents in 2015. Alpaca Chicken’s original restaurant opened in Durham in 2007 as

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Mami Nora’s. The restaurant on Ninth Street is scheduled to open in May and will be Alpaca Chicken’s fifth location. Chicken plates include two sides along with dipping sauces and start at $6.99. “Ninth Street is very popular place…we don’t necessarily want to compete with the other restaurants on Ninth Street, but we want to grow with the street itself,” Colaco said. Del Rancho Mexican Grill: 730 Ninth Street Del Rancho Mexican Grill is anticipated to open on Ninth Street during the second week of April and will serve an authentic Mexican lunch and dinner menu with a fullservice bar. Ninth Street will be Del Rancho’s See NINTH STREET on Page 5



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Duke experts caution against loosening FDA regulations Caroline Brockett and Abigail Xie The Chronicle President Donald Trump has made cutting back on Food and Drug Administration regulations a priority, but what are the potential costs? In his Feb. 28 speech to Congress, Trump called for “slashing the restraints” from the FDA’s “burdensome” drug approval process. He pointed to a 20-year-old student who survived Pompe disease as an example of the benefits when treatment is allowed to reach patients sooner rather than later. But Duke faculty said that Trump’s efforts to slash FDA regulations could have dangerous consequences. “The president is complaining about the FDA being slow and overly cautious,

and I think the president is right about that critique of the FDA of 20 years ago, but I think that’s not true of the FDA today,” said David Ridley, faculty director of the Health Sector Management program. “In the past, the FDA was too slow approving all drugs and set too high a bar for some breakthrough drugs, but today the FDA is faster reviewing all drugs, and also gives some shortcuts to breakthrough therapies.” In a recent interview with ABC11, Dr. Steven Patierno, deputy director of the Duke Cancer Institute, said he believes that these regulations are in place to “balance patient safety with entrepreneurship.” Dr. Robert Califf—who was FDA commissioner for a year but resigned after Trump took office—told The Chronicle that rhetoric about loosening drug approval requirements is “misplaced and incorrect.”

“Shortening and expediting is a great idea, but it needs to be done without lowering the standards,” said Califf, who is now the Donald F. Fortin professor of cardiology at the DCRI. He pointed out that more than 90 percent of drugs that enter clinical trials currently do not make it to the market. If regulations are loosened to approve those, he said “a lot of people are going to get hurt or end up taking ineffective drugs.” Instead, improving patient engagement earlier in the process would lead to faster recruitment in clinical trials, he said. Ridley also noted that public confidence in FDAapproved drugs could be undermined if they do not undergo proper scrutiny. And there are protocols in place to expedite drug approvals when there are no currently available treatments, Califf said, citing one of the most controversial decisions during his year-long tenure. Despite many concerns raised about a lack of rigorous scientific data, the FDA approved a Sarepta Therapeutics drug in September for treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Califf deferred to the judgment of Dr. Janet Woodcock—director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. In doing so, he also noted that the lack of alternative treatments was a consideration. “If you have a serious disease with no treatments, the law already enables the FDA to expedite drug development,” he said. A new commissioner On March 10, Trump announced his nomination for the next FDA commissioner— Dr. Scott Gottlieb. Gottlieb has formerly served as the FDA’s deputy commissioner for medical and scientific affairs during the George W. Bush administration. Although Gottlieb’s history of

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Courtesy of Duke Photography Dr. Robert Califf was FDA commissioner under President Obama and is now a professor of cardiology at Duke.

supporting lowering FDA regulations has been the subject of criticism, Califf said Trump’s other reported potential picks could have been worse. “I think people [in the scientific community] are breathing a sigh of relief,” Califf said. “[Gottlieb] knows the FDA, he knows the industry.” Although FDA commissioners naturally differ by administration, Califf said that the commissioners actually “come out agreeing with each other on almost everything.” This includes the regulatory process itself and how it needs to operate independently of politics. “The club of former FDA commissioners is in constant communication,” he said. “We’ll certainly be weighing in [on issues].”

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Students on financial aid receive New clinic strives to help patients manage chronic pain gift cards for food during break Shagun Vashisth The Chronicle The new Duke Perioperative Pain Care clinic, which opened earlier this month, is seeking to help patients recover from surgery without chronic pain. Spearheaded by Duke’s anesthesiology department, the clinic provides patients with procedures for pain management, with increased attention to the pain medication prescribed as well as physical fitness assessments and exercises. The clinic also provides care individualized to each patient’s pain levels and goals after undergoing surgery.

“There is a huge opportunity right now to improve health care services, and one of the areas with opportunity to do so is pain management. Pain comprises a huge portion of health care spending, “ said Dr. Padma Gulur, professor of anesthesiology and the clinic’s medical director. “So, we at Duke Anesthesiology explored gaps in care so that we could decrease spending on pain.” Out of Duke’s 40,000 yearly surgeries, the anesthesiology department found that among the top 35 percent of patients who required the most resources for treatment, only one in 10 of those patients actually See CLINIC on Page 5

Courtesy of Duke Photography The Duke Perioperative Pain Care clinic held a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 6 to celebrate its opening.

Matthew Riley The Chronicle A new Duke Student Government program provided students on financial aid with additional resources to pay for food during Spring Break. With limited food points and a temporarily closed Marketplace, many firstyears have to purchase food from off-campus vendors during breaks. But last month, DSG approved a voucher program to alleviate food costs for financial aid students. Junior Kevin Mutchnick, senator for equity and outreach, introduced the budgetary statute, which

allocated $1,500 from the DSG surplus fund to purchase $150 Whole Foods gift cards to cover 10 first-years’ meals during Spring Break. “I don’t quite know what I would have done without it,” first-year Lauren Hadley said. “This was very important for my needs, as I actually had surgery on my ACL the Thursday before Spring Break. I had someone take me to Whole Foods to buy stuff I needed.” Hadley noted that before the surgery, she had planned on working extra hours during break to cover her meal expenses. But her injury limited her ability to work, which made her worry about how she was going to See GIFT CARDS on Page 5

Han Kang | The Chronicle The program, which was created by junior Kevin Mutchnick, provided 10 students with $150 gift cards to Whole Foods.

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Housekeeper reuses Das Boot tarp for village’s summer camps Bre Bradham The Chronicle Last summer, a part of Krzyzewskiville found itself a continent away from Cameron Indoor Stadium. To some housekeepers, the remnants of tents left behind by K-Ville residents after the game against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill look like an annoying mess. But Donna Hudson sees the discarded tarps as valuable resources. Hudson, who hails from a village in South America, has been the housekeeper for the Sanford School’s Rubenstein Hall since the building’s opening 12 years ago. During last year’s tenting season, her daily walk to Rubenstein led her by K-Ville—

where the large blue tarp on a tent called “Das Boot” was a daily envy. “Where I come from, the tarps are so expensive,” she said. “We need them greatly during the summertime for our camps and our vacation bible school.” Andrew Method, Pratt ’16 and one of the founders of Das Boot, explained that the tent has traditionally been covered in a tarp since it was started in Spring 2013. The tent—which has its own flag made out of an emergency blanket and pink duct tape— was expanded to house two groups a couple of years ago, for a total of 24 students. This expanded tent was covered by a 50 feet by 30 feet tarp. Normally, the group would salvage any tarps that were in good condition to reuse them the next year, Method explained. But

Courtesy of Duke Photography Hudson’s village used the tarp from last year’s Das Boot tent to host its summer camps and vacation bible schools.

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serve Mexican food. Our food is great, but I haven’t seen their menu or their prices,” Arroyo said. second location—the other is located in Cosmic Cantina worker Jorge Rodrigues North Durham. Restaurant owner Ernesto said he thought his restaurant caters to Geronimo said he believes Ninth Street is the a different crowd than its competition. ideal spot for a second restaurant since it has a Although the new restaurants might lot of foot traffic. slow down their business during the day, “We have a loyal customer base in Durham, Rodrigues said he does not expect to see a but we want to cater to those individuals who decline in customers during the restaurant’s live closer to Ninth Street, as well as Duke late-night hours. students,” Geronimo said. Del Rancho has a large menu that features from page 3 fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, burritos, special plates and other items. Geronimo said his restaurant serves “traditional” Mexican food— benefited from the resources in place. priced around $10 per meal—and offers a “We noted that the first time a patient different environment than the other Latinx interacted with our specialty care service was restaurants already on Ninth Street. in the recovery room, following their surgical He also emphasized that none of the procedure,” Gulur said. “This is less than Latinx restaurants on Ninth Street have a full- ideal because we often times realize ways to service bar. have optimized the patient’s situation and “The bar will have lots of cheap mixed prevented pain, like changing prescriptions or drinks and plenty of TVs, like a sports bar,” attending to behavioral risks.” Geronimo said. “This will attract older Duke Beyond a need for preoperative care, students in a way that the other Latinx Gulur noted that providing patients with a restaurants on Ninth Street do not.” pain-management plan only after the surgery is not sufficient. The competition “Patients are often not ready for routine Blue Corn Café owner Danielle Rios said outpatient care after being discharged,” she she thinks it is great that new Latinx restaurants said. “They might need a gentle hand back are opening nearby—especially since Tijuana into the community, which didn’t exist. Flats closed last year. Eight out of 10 patients don’t follow plans “The whole area is growing, and a street provided, and patients being readmitted to that is full of people and merchants is a fruitful treat pain is common.” one,” Rios said. The clinic is perioperative, which means She added that Alpaca Chicken and Del that it conducts thorough check-ins with Rancho cannot be compared to Blue Corn patients before, during and after their Café, a fine dining restaurant with locally procedures. Gulur explained that the reason sourced Latin American food. this service was not provided before was On the other hand, Chubby’s Tacos manager because it cost extra. Rosiri Arroyo said he was worried about the “Preventative care is not easily reimbursed competition—primarily Del Rancho. in the current ‘service healthcare system,’” “Chubby’s and Del Rancho will both Gulur said. “It’s more of a value service, but


last year, Hudson reached out to the group and asked if she could use the tarp, and the group agreed. Hudson said that several professors helped her put the tarp up so that she could have a truck move it to her house. Once she got the Das Boot tarp home, she stuffed it and some other tarps into a barrel and shipped them to her village. Hudson’s village lies along the Pomeroon River in Guyana, a country with fewer than one million people on South America’s northern Atlantic Coast. Transportation around her village is extremely limited. To get to school, Hudson would travel an hour and a half each way by canoe. “There’s no roads there. Completely none,” she said. “All of the days I lived there before I came to the United States, my means of transportation was by canoe only.” Hudson usually returns to her village each July, when she has time off and the village holds its vacation bible school. She said that when she has time off from work here in Durham, she often goes places like the Durham Rescue Mission and Goodwill to buy toys, books and pens to send home for the children. She ships them out in May so they will have arrived when she gets back to Guyana. This past summer, she went home to find that the people had constructed a wooden structure, using the Das Boot tarp as the roof, for their camps and bible schools. “Before I could even go home, the people were finished building the tent. And to my surprise, when I look at Das Boot in America and Das Boot in Guyana, the shape of it was almost the same,” she said. “We had a great time under Das Boot.” Hudson noted that she is thankful for the students who camp out and leave behind the supplies—being able to reuse them saves her a lot of money. She said that as we move towards value-based health care, which focuses more on whether a patient’s health improves, programs like this clinic will flourish.” Physicians hope that the clinic will help decrease patients’ reliance on opioids for pain relief. The clinic could also spur a higher rate of patients returning to work following surgical procedures. Commitment from the anesthesiology department at Duke and leadership at the Duke Hospital made the clinic possible, Gulur explained. She added that an improvement in functional recovery post-surgery could catch the attention of peer institutions—a step to work toward. “With data proving that good progress can be made with the clinic, we hope that there will be national change, and that these services will be provided to more and more patients,” Gulur said. “We ultimately hope our clinic can serve as a model that other health care systems can adopt.”

GIFT CARDS from page 3 pay for food. “This program saved me a lot of anxiety and helped me focus on healing,” Hadley said. To choose who would receive the funding, DSG randomly selected 10 students out of those who responded to a listserv email sent by the Office of Financial Aid and the Office of Access and Outreach. Mutchnick noted the high demand for this program, saying he received more than 100 responses in less than three days after advertising the program. “It was really hard to tell 90 people that we don’t have the funding to give [them],” Mutchnick said. The program asked participating students to sign a contract pledging that they would

Courtesy of Duke Photography Donna Hudson, a housekeeper in Rubenstein Hall, sends supplies to her hometown in Guyana, South America each May.

she collected some smaller tents from this year’s K-Ville, but nothing as large as Das Boot last year. “I mean those tarps, they’re expensive,” Method said. “When we had 24 people under it and it was 50 feet by 30 feet, those ran $200 to $300. There’s a lot of money in K-Ville, even though it looks like a shanty town. Hopefully seeing that some good can come from it will spur an effort to save and reuse what comes from K-Ville.” In Guyana, people in the village left the tarp on the wooden structure they built, but it is no longer in the best shape. “I heard from the people there that after a certain time, the tarp would be no good anymore because of deterioration. A big wind came and tore a part of it,” Hudson said. “I got some more, no really huge ones this time, but I got three of them that I am about to ship to them to re-cover the top of the thing.” not use the gift cards to purchase alcohol or lottery tickets. However, there is no in-store enforcement mechanism to ensure that students comply. Mutchnick explained that although the program was a success, a financial aid technicality threatened to derail the initiative, which originally proposed cash awards to students for purchasing food. “If you give people cash, then that deducts from the money financial aid can give students.” Mutchnick said. “Through gift cards, it’s more of a gift in the eyes of financial aid.” Mutchnick quickly revised the proposal to allow funding for the purchase of gift cards. In addition to this initial hurdle, lastminute confusion with the University Center for Activities and Events the Thursday before break almost prevented funding for the program. After Mutchnick emailed Larry Moneta, vice president for student affairs, the same day, UCAE approved the funding that Friday. Mutchnick emphasized that Moneta’s support was crucial in resolving the last-minute confusion at UCAE. When asked how he helped the voucher program, Moneta said he played a small role. “I simply asked UCAE staff to explore solutions and they did,” Moneta wrote in an email. Mutchnick said he hopes the program will expand, eventually including all students on financial aid struggling to get meals during break. Junior Riyanka Ganguly, presidentelect and current vice president for equity and outreach, added that she hopes the program will serve as a wake-up call for Duke’s administration. “In the future, we hope the Office of Access and Outreach will adopt [the program] and for it to be implemented during all breaks,” Ganguly said.

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PRICE from page 1 generous in working with me during the transition. TC: How has your perception of Duke changed from when you were first named president? Anything surprising? VP: I wouldn’t say anything surprising. I would say that the things that attracted me to this opportunity have been underscored with every visit. With each trip to Durham, I fall in love with Duke just that much more. It’s been wonderful. The strength of the people is what stands out in my mind—fabulous leaders at every level of the institution, and their engagement with and commitment to Duke is impressive. So a number of things have impressed me, but I would say that the people stand out at this point.

The Chronicle president at Duke and his outline for me of things I should be thinking about during the transition. He has been generous in giving his time, very thoughtful and very, very supportive. TC: What sort of advice has he given you about being president? VP: Mainly his working relationship with constituencies across the campus. As I’ve said, I’ve been meeting with many of the direct reports to the president, and a lot of it is by [giving me] background. Issues that various offices on campus have been dealing with, bringing me up to date, discussing the budget of the University. It’s a general orientation to the ways of Duke and the Duke community.

TC: What do you think the biggest learning curve will be for you as you move from the position of provost to president? VP: The president is much more externally focused, doing TC: What are your impressions of President Brodhead much more development work than I have been doing as so far? provost, and engaging more directly with the trustees but VP: He has been wonderful. [I’ve been] getting to know also the alumni community. I have done these things during Chronicle File Photo Price said that he is looking forward to moving to Durham and him, having the opportunity to hear from him about his my time as provost, but will be doing much more of that presidency, things that he has found useful in his time as work as president. Less operational engagement day-to-day living in the Hart House on campus. in the management of the University because that falls to the provost with the deans. Of course, a broad familiarity of what is happening at the University is crucial. So the president is receiving lots of briefings and updates and is less engaged directly in the operational oversights. In my time at Penn, I’ve [not] had an opportunity to work with every single one of the disciplines represented at Duke. We don’t have a divinity school here at Penn, so there are new schools and enterprises at Duke that I will be learning much more about. But largely it’s a similar collection of schools and programs. Athletics, for example, at Penn reports to the provost so that is a reporting structure that I will have at Duke as well, and it’s one that I welcome. TC: What are your plans for getting to know students on campus? VP: I will certainly be looking for structured opportunities to do that, through student government, spending time with you and your editorial board perhaps, spending time with the college houses, getting out and about campus. I hope to be as physically available on campus as I can be, walking around campus instead of being trapped in my office. So I’m going to be relying upon suggestions of various groups. I have already received lots of invitations for meetings. Spending time in the college houses, getting to know the community of Durham and spending time in the city of Durham, learning about the ways that our students engage with the local community, site visits to each of the faculty. These are the things that I very much look forward to. TC: What do you anticipate will be the biggest challenge you face as president? VP: I think assuming the presidency of a world-leading institution brings with it a tremendous amount of responsibility to maintain the trajectory that the institution has been on, and it has been on a wonderful trajectory. I don’t think I will face significant challenges with the leadership team. I think since there are some broad similarities between Penn and Duke, the major challenge that I would identify is respecting Duke for its differences from my own experience here at Penn and being self aware. So that when I see something that I perhaps have seen before and I believe I understand it, asking myself if I actually understand it and whether I understand the intricacies of the situation as it plays out at Duke.

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Blue Devils let middling South Carolina offense send them packing Sunday Mitchell Gladstone The Chronicle GREENVILLE, S.C.—After his team warded off Troy to win by 22 despite a few defensive lapses, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski made an observation that seemed prophetic when the Blue Devils’ season came to a crashing end Sunday night. “We’re a good defensive team. I don’t think we’re a great defensive team,” he said. The transformation into a great defensive team capable of contending for a national championship never came for Duke and its yearending loss epitomized why a team oozing with talent at every position is heading home after the NCAA tournament’s first weekend. The good unquestionably showed during the early minutes Sunday. For the first 20 minutes, the story of the Blue Devils’ matchup with South Carolina was the opposite of what most expected. Instead of the gritty, physical Gamecocks slowing down Duke’s dominant attack, it was the Blue Devil defense that was controlling much of the game. South Carolina made just seven shots before intermission—good for only 23 points and a seven-point deficit as the teams went to the locker room. Despite giving the ball away 13 times and allowing the Gamecocks to collect 12 offensive boards in the first half, Duke was in control of the game. The defense tallied six blocks in the first 20 minutes—five came from graduate student Amile Jefferson—and ran South

Jeremy Chen | The Chronicle SEC Player of the Year Sindarius Thornwell led his team to 71.4 percent shooting in the second half as the Gamecocks took advantage of a rattled Duke defense.

Carolina off the 3-point line as the Gamecocks shot just 3-of-17 from long distance. Even when South Carolina found open space, its inability to knock down wide open shots at every level of the court made a furious comeback like the one that transpired seem almost impossible. Yet as the Gamecock defense stayed physical in the second half, the Blue Devils’ faded into a haze of foul trouble, blank stares and retreating feet as it has so many times this season—and

their opponent took advantage. “It was a physical game but they didn’t give up,” freshman Frank Jackson said. “I think we were expecting them to kind of lie down, but they popped back and kept going at us.” After shooting a miserable 20.0 percent from the field in the first half, South Carolina put Duke’s inconsistent defense on its heels and generated open looks all over the court with SEC Player of the Year Sindarius Thornwell as the focal point.

The Gamecocks missed just eight shots in the second half, hit 4-of-5 triples and shot 91.3 percent from the charity stripe to storm past the Blue Devils. Although Duke limited itself to just five turnovers after halftime against a relentless South Carolina defense, it was the Blue Devils’ inability to slow one of the worst offenses in the field of 68 that led to its demise. Duke finished the year ranked 48th in basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted defense metric—national championship teams have finished in the top 15 in 14 of the last 15 years. The Gamecocks got 24 points and five assists from Thornwell, but it was a pair of role players that hurt the Blue Devils in the final 20 minutes of Duke’s season. South Carolina’s Duane Notice and Chris Silva poured in 27 combined points after halftime as each finished with 17 on the night. Silva also grabbed 10 rebounds, including five on the offensive end, as the Gamecocks attacked in the lane time and time again en route to 30 points in the paint. “They come at you for the whole game,” junior Grayson Allen said. “We fought all the way through, but their defense gets to you. They’re very tough defensively, and I think that’s what really kept them in the game.” Despite Allen and company started the game by making five of their first seven 3-pointers, South Carolina did not panic defensively. Even as its offensive display made one See DEFENSE on Page 10


Lambert’s knee injury mars Duke’s Round of 64 rout Andrew Donohue The Chronicle

In their first NCAA tournament game since 2015, the Blue Devils shredded an overmatched opponent missing four starters as expected. But a second-quarter injury scare will likely leave Duke needing to make adjustments before Monday’s Round of 32 contest. The second-seeded Blue Devils used a 31-2 second quarter to blow No. 15 seed Hampton out of the water 94-31 Saturday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium in their NCAA tournament HAMP 31 opener. After a start, DUKE 94 sluggish Duke ripped off a 26-0 run to end the first half and effectively end the game early. Redshirt junior Rebecca Greenwell was the catalyst for Duke offensively, scoring 26 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to lead the way in the romp. “My teammates did a really good job finding the openings when they were pressing,” Greenwell said. “Lexie [Brown] was great with nine assists—we all did a really good job taking advantage of the openings.” However, the Blue Devils got bad news in the second quarter when sophomore point guard Kyra Lambert went down with an ugly-looking knee injury when a Lady Pirate player landed on the back of her leg. Lambert did not return to the contest,

joining her teammates on the bench on crutches for the second half with what looked like a ligament injury. Although Duke will conduct an MRI to determine the extent of the injury, the Blue Devils will almost certainly not have their fourth leading scorer and one of their main ball handlers for Monday’s matchup with 10th-seeded Oregon at 6:30 p.m. “Kyra is out for a long time,” Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “I really really feel bad for Kyra, it was very random. She got hit in a trap.” That was about the only thing that went wrong for Duke (28-5) early on, though. After Hampton (20-13) hung around early on with activity on both ends to keep the score at 9-6, the Blue Devils used their laughable size advantage and strong play from Greenwell to close the first half on a 39-4 run and secure a huge 50-14 edge in points in the paint. Freshman forward Leaonna Odom backed up Greenwell’s 15-point first-half effort with 13 of her own, and Duke’s matchup zone had the Lady Pirates flummoxed all night long. Odom finished with 23 points and six rebounds, using her size and speed advantage to post up smaller defenders. “[Odom] was very efficient with her game,” McCallie said. “[She’s] learning to play several positions as well.” Playing without four of its best players, including two-time MEAC player of the year

Neal Vaidya | The Chronicle Sophomore point guard Kyra Lambert went down with a knee injury in the second quarter Saturday when a Hampton player landed on the back of her leg.

Malia Tate-DeFreitas, Hampton shot just 18.2 percent and committed 21 turnovers, leading to a 16-5 advantage in fast break points for the Blue Devils. Even though Duke’s leading scorer in Brown did not have a banner scoring day, she finished with nine assists to go along with her 11 points and ran the offense efficiently after Lambert’s exit. Luckily for Duke, even if Lambert is not able to play Monday, Brown is a capable floor general as

one of the top guards in the nation. “I’ll have to take more of the point guard responsibilities,” Brown said. “We’re most successful when I’m running the point and Becca is on the wing. We want to stick to what we’ve been doing all season long and this gives us a little extra motivation, playing for your teammate that’s down.” The Blue Devils’ depth will be tested See W. BASKETBALL on Page 13

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John Danowski sets Division I record with 376th win Sid Bhaskara The Chronicle When John Danowski was hired to come to Duke, he inherited a program reeling after three of its players had been falsely accused of rape, the head coach who led the team to the 2005 national title game had been fired and the end of the Blue Devils’ 2006 season had been cancelled. But Duke had also recently showed it could be one of the top programs in the nation, and Danowski cemented that status, quickly putting the J’VILLE 6 lacrosse case in the DUKE 13 rearview mirror. And after leading DUKE 12 the Blue Devils to G’TOWN 7 eight straight Final Fours in his first eight seasons beginning in 2007 and the team’s first three national championships, the former Hofstra head coach has continued adding to his legacy. Danowski set a new Division I record Monday afternoon by capturing his 376th victory in No. 13 Duke’s 13-6 win against Jacksonville at Koskinen Stadium. Now in his 35th season, Danowski eclipsed former Virginia and Brown head coach Dom Starsia’s record as his team extended its win streak to four and honored its leader by signing the game ball to mark the achievement.

“It was great. It actually brought tears to my eyes,” Danowski said. “Just to see the excitement in their faces and to feel good about this number. It felt really good.” Coming off back-to-back top-15 wins, the Blue Devils (7-2) stayed hot, jumping out to a 5-1 lead against former Duke assistant John Galloway’s team. Blue Devil attackmen Justin Guterding, Jack Bruckner and Joey Manown continued leading the way, combining for 10 points despite the wet weather to ensure Jacksonville (0-6) never got closer than three goals after the opening period. Sean Lowrie also added a hat trick for the Blue Devils. Danowski’s team got off to another fast start Saturday at Georgetown (2-5), again starting with a 5-1 lead and cruising to a 12-7 win on the road. Guterding had five goals and Manown added two goals and two assists in their team’s fifth straight win and Danowski’s 377th. “It’s great to be a part of it,” Bruckner said of Danowski’s accomplishment. “He sacrifices a lot for us. To be able to work hard and get some reward for him, even though he doesn’t really care about it, it is really good to be a part of it.” Integrating this Duke team—one of the youngest he has ever coached—represents just one of the many challenges that Danowski has had to weather during his long tenure in Division I lacrosse. Beginning his career as a coaching assistant at LIU-C.W. Post, the former Rutgers midfielder went

Chronicle File Photo Duke head coach John Danowski led the Blue Devils to eight straight Final Fours from 2007 to 2014, including three national championships.

27-16 in three years after earning the head coaching position in 1983. Still nascent in its development, lacrosse was not very popular, and Danowski earned a meager salary in years as the chief architect for the Pioneers. Danowski turned his 27 wins into the head coaching position at Hofstra in 1986. In 21 years with the Pride, Danowski lifted the program from mediocrity to a

consistent NCAA tournament presence. In 1993, the year he earned his first F. Morris Touchstone Award for Division I Coach of the Year, Hofstra made the NCAA tournament for the first time in 15 years and won its first ever tournament game. “At Post I was a part-time coach making $4,000,” Danowski said. “I was See M. LACROSSE on Page 12


Blue Devils reeling after blowout loss at Penn Dilan Trivedi The Chronicle PHILADELPHIA—For the past 10 years, the Blue Devils have been one of the top programs in the nation, almost always ranked in the top 10 and contending to advance to the Final Four. But if Saturday’s loss was any indication, Duke might be heading toward its worst season in a long time without some serious adjustments. The No. 19 Blue Devils suffered their fourth loss in five games in lopsided fashion, dropping a 16-6 ledger at No. 13 Pennsylvania DUKE 6 Saturday afternoon PENN 16 at Franklin Field. Despite jumping out to a two-goal lead halfway through the first half and only trailing by a pair going into halftime, Duke was unable to withstand a 4-0 Quaker run to open the second half. The game was decided in the last 15 minutes of the first half and the first 10 minutes of the second. Trailing 4-2, Pennsylvania went on an 8-0 burst by shutting out the Blue Devil offense in its zone scheme and getting 11 saves from goalkeeper Britt Brown. On the other end of the field, Caroline Cummings, Emily Rogers-Healion and Natalie Stefan combined for 13 goals to run away from a Duke team searching for a response. “I’m not sure if I have the answer right now if I’m being truthful,” Blue

Neal Vaidya | The Chronicle The Blue Devils got off to a strong start and led 4-2 Saturday before a slew of turnovers against Pennsylvania’s zone defense let the Quakers take control.

Devil head coach Kerstin Kimel said. “I think we have to do some serious evaluation on what we are running and make some changes schematically or personnel-wise.” Duke (5-4) started strong, grabbing a 3-1 lead after an early Pennsylvania goal. In the first 15 minutes, Kimel’s team was active and hustling for 50-50 balls after errant passes and missed shots. Senior Hayley Shaffer put two balls past Brown, including one as the shot clock expired. After a Quaker goal cut the lead to

one, the Blue Devils responded quickly following a draw control by Olivia Jenner when junior Grace Fallon found the back of the net to make it 4-2 with 17:42 left in the opening half. But Duke’s momentum disappeared after that. The Blue Devils coughed up the ball nine times in the first half, letting Pennsylvania (6-1) control possession and go into the break up 6-4. Alex Condon, one of four Quakers with hat tricks on the rainy afternoon, scored twice before the

end of the period, then Cummings scored three times early in the second half to squash Duke’s comeback hopes. Once again, sloppy stick play and untimely turnovers plagued the Blue Devils, who committed many of their 19 giveaways during the gamedefining stretch. “I don’t think it’s any secret that we are struggling to execute against a zone defense,” Kimel said. “There was nothing easy for us.” After freshman Catherine Cordrey momentarily stopped the bleeding with a free-position shot to make it 10-5 with plenty of time left, the home team responded with a 5-0 run to turn the top-20 matchup into a blowout of epic proportions. On defense, Duke was facing an onslaught for much of the contest. Starting goalkeeper Jamie Lockwood only made four saves and sat out for 15:14 in favor of rookie Gabbe Cadoux— who allowed four goals and made no saves—so Kimel was not too upset with the defense in front of her netminders. “I think we did a really good job shutting off some of their players and some other kids we let them really have a day. I also think we had a tough day between the pipes,” Kimel said. “[The defense] gave us possessions and gave us the opportunity to have the ball. We play a lot of defense so we will have some breakdowns.” See W. LACROSSE on Page 13

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M. BASKETBALL from page 1 1997—the Blue Devils were 15-1 in the same round entering Sunday night. “The physicality ramped up again in the second half and we weren’t able to match that,” said senior Matt Jones, one of three Duke players who fouled out. “When the shots stopped falling, we had to find other ways to win, which we have, but today, we just couldn’t muster enough energy to really make that late push.” Duke (28-9) was in control early on, using an 11-0 run to go up 24-14 as it held the Gamecocks (24-10) without a point for more than six minutes. But South Carolina’s tenacity—head coach Frank Martin’s team entered the day in the top five in basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted defensive efficiency metric—prevented the Blue Devils from building a bigger lead. Against the Gamecocks’ pressure, Duke coughed it up 13 times in the first half and had four players pick up at least two fouls. “We thought we played good defense in the first half. But they did, too,” Allen said. “It’s not an easy task to score on them, and that’s what allowed them to keep the game closer in the first half. And that’s what really opened it up in the second half for them, too, is their defense.” Even after the Blue Devils went ahead 35-25 early in the second half, Duke looked out of sorts because of foul trouble. That’s when South Carolina found its offense. With Duke on its heels, Thornwell and company were relentless in transition, pushing the ball up after Blue Devil turnovers and misses and sharing the ball like a completely different team after intermission. A 14-3 run capped by a Silva dunk gave the Gamecocks their first lead since the opening minutes at the 15:19 mark, and even with Allen and freshman Frank Jackson knocking down big shots, Duke’s inability to get stops ended its season in shocking fashion. “We knew that they were a physical team. It was a really physical game and some things didn’t go our way,” said Kennard, who went just 1-of-6 from the field to get his 11 points and also fouled out. “They hit shots as well, they were able to knock down shots, make plays. They got stops, turned us over and they’re a

good team, so they got momentum off of those turnovers.” Krzyzewski’s team also went ice cold down the stretch, not making a shot for more than five minutes as its opponent lived at the free throw line. Notice found his rhythm from long range with the Blue Devil defense scrambling, and P.J. Dozier also knocked down a few key jumpers to keep a rattled Duke team from making a big push. Despite a double-double from graduate student Amile Jefferson—who did his best to galvanize his teammates in the physical contest—the Blue Devils could not find a way to keep South Carolina contained in their zone or man defenses. As Martin used nine players for at least nine minutes to deal with the Gamecocks’ own foul trouble, Duke was left trying to cobble together stops and serviceable offensive possessions as its inconsistent reserves looked on. The depth many expected entering the season never developed, and it caught up to the Blue Devils in the worst way imaginable. Krzyzewski was essentially stuck with a six-man rotation Sunday as freshman Harry Giles only played three minutes after halftime. “I wish we had some of that tape that doesn’t let water into the boat…. The game was very complex in the second half with the fouls,” Krzyzewski said. “We got worn down. It’s the most physical game we’ve been in all year.” Duke will now head into the offseason with plenty of question marks following a third opening-weekend loss as a topthree seed since 2012. Jefferson and senior Matt Jones will depart, freshmen Jayson Tatum and Giles are expected to declare for the NBA Draft and Kennard and Allen could also test their draft stock in the coming months. But after a roller-coaster season defined by a preseason No. 1 ranking, a slew of injuries, unmet expectations and the thrill of an ACC title, the Blue Devils were only focused on each other with their locker room soaked with seasonending tears two weeks earlier than many thought it would be. “I’m grateful for this season, all these guys—just the love I have for them,” freshman Frank Jackson said. “We’ve been through a lot this year and I wouldn’t want to go to battle with any other guys.”

Jeremy Chen | The Chronicle Sophomore Luke Kennard tied a season-low in shots with six and made just one Sunday. He was also one of three Blue Devils who fouled out.

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Jeremy Chen | The Chronicle Graduate student Amile Jefferson posted a double-double but got very little help inside as the Gamecocks drove the ball down Duke’s throat.

DEFENSE from page 8 wonder whether head coach Frank Martin’s side would reach 50 points for the game, the Gamecocks used their physicality to start chipping away at a 10-point deficit and impose their will. “They not only are good technique-wise, but they add heart,” Krzyzewski said of South Carolina’s defense. “They add toughness. They add all the intangibles that go with great technique. And then they’re all committed to it. They played it at a high level and the game was a very physical game.” That toll manifested itself in the foul column. The teams combined for six fouls before the game’s first media timeout. And the Blue Devils and Gamecocks finished the night with 48 fouls between them—five players, including Matt Jones, Jayson Tatum and Luke Kennard, fouled out of the game. Despite lofty expectations entering the season, Duke’s defense never seemed to be able to match its full-throttle offense. Even though the Blue Devils held opponents to 70 points or fewer seven times since Feb. 4, Duke ranked below 14 of the other 15 top-four seeds in the NCAA tournament in adjusted defensive efficiency. And with their season on the line, the Blue Devils had no answer as the Gamecocks found a rhythm. In a seven-minute span starting just before

the 12-minute mark of the second half, South Carolina hit seven of its 10 field goal attempts, busting the game wide open from a 48-all deadlock into a 10-point advantage at 68-58 despite some impressive shot-making on the other end of the court. With a deeper bench and plenty of support from a rowdy Gamecock crowd that traveled a little more than 100 miles to what was supposed to be a neutral-site game, South Carolina never gave the Blue Devil defense a chance to catch its breath. “It’s tough,” Allen said. “When they got out to that lead, we thought we could come back, because we’ve come back in games before, but they kept the lead…and they did a great job of knocking down their free throws.” The Gamecocks got basket after basket, nearly tripling their first-half output as they put up an eye-popping 65 points in the second half—by far the most Duke allowed in a half this season. Even with the Blue Devils’ two best defensive players in Matt Jones and Amile Jefferson fighting tooth and nail all year on that end of the court, injuries and a lack of continuity across the board prevented Duke’s defense from evolving as many thought it could. And as Jones sat in his uniform for the final time after the game, one could not help but wonder how Krzyzewski will fill their shoes defensively moving forward. “I’m kind of numb right now,” Jones said. “I gave everything I had the last four years.”

Jeremy Chen | The Chronicle Head coach Mike Krzyzewski barely played his reserves after halftime, forcing his six core players to try to slow down South Carolina while managing their foul trouble.

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M. LACROSSE from page 9 also a residence hall director. My wife and I got two meal passes so we could eat during the semester while we were running the residence hall. To coach at a place like Hofstra, which was the next step, I never dreamt I could be at a place like Duke, in the ACC and… I’ve really been blessed.” Upon his arrival in Durham, Danowski transformed the program. Although the Blue Devils had become consistent national championship contenders, the program had never finished the job, losing the 2005 championship game to Johns Hopkins before the infamous lacrosse case in 2006.

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In addition to making the Final Four again in 2007, Duke quickly shook off the fallout from the case and built the foundation for a dominant eight-year stretch. “Coming here was, we always said this from the beginning, it was a chance to help,” Danoswki said. “It was about just helping a group of young men navigate a very difficult time and there was no blueprint. There was no game plan for that. Lacrosse was kind of a sidebar to all of the other things that were going on initially.” Danowski’s tutelage lifted Duke to the status of the premier program in college lacrosse as he guided Matt Danowski—now an assistant coach for his father—and Ned Crotty to the Tewaaraton Award in 2007 and 2010, respectively. The year Crotty won

Chronicle File Photo The Blue Devils celebrated three national titles in five years from 2010-2014 but were eliminated in the NCAA tournament’s first round in 2015 and 2016.

the award was also the year of CJ Costabile’s iconic overtime game-winner against Notre Dame that earned the Blue Devils their first national title. Duke would repeat as champions in 2013 and 2014 behind dominant performances from veterans Jordan Wolf, Josh Dionne and Brendan Fowler, as well as the next generation of star Blue Devils like Deemer Class and Myles Jones. Between 27 wins at LIU Post, 192 at Hofstra and 158 at Duke with more to come, Danowski has cemented his place as one of the most decorated coaches in his sport, even earning the position of U.S. national team head coach in 2016. But he is still most focused on getting the Blue Devils back to the Final Four after consecutive NCAA tournament

first-round upsets, and Monday’s win was still about Duke’s growth. After allowing 9.3 goals in their first four games, the Blue Devils have tightened up defensively, surrendering just 6.2 in their last five contests. Duke will look to keep rolling when it opens conference play with a stiff challenge at No. 6 Syracuse Saturday. “When you’re in the middle of a season, you don’t really think about these things,” Danowski said. “You have 42 young men that you’re responsible for, and you’re trying to help along the way. I think this is something that when you’re retired, you look back, and you can look back fondly at the numbers and see these things, but right now it’s about today’s game and moving forward.”

Neal Vaidya | The Chronicle Freshman attackman Joey Manown has been coming into his own lately—he had two goals and two assists Saturday at Georgetown.

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To Kimel’s point, the Blue Devils also forced 19 turnovers and were just about even or ahead in every major statistical category except the most important one—converting possession into shots and goals. After looking shell-shocked on the field for much of another road contest, Duke will look to right the ship and earn its first ACC win next weekend at Virginia. With just seven regularseason games left, the Blue Devils will likely face their first stretch as an unranked team in several years and have plenty of work to do to get out of the conference cellar. “We have not as a program been here in a long time and I have to figure out a way to get us back on track,” Kimel said. “[Our] confidence isn’t in a great place right now. The bottom line is we have to play better.”

with Lambert’s injury, as sophomore guards Crystal Primm and Faith Suggs will be counted on to step up. Suggs, who averaged less than six minutes during the regular season, played 15 on Saturday night and Primm will likely take Lambert’s spot in the starting lineup. Duke will face a step up in competition Monday against the Ducks, who used a lastsecond shot to upend No. 7 seed Temple in Saturday evening’s first game. The Blue Devils still have a few areas to clean up after its first game in almost two weeks— McCallie’s team still committed 19 turnovers in Saturday’s contest. “Oregon is a fantastic team,” McCallie said. “[They have] terrific young players, great inside game, inside presence, great outside game. They’re very balanced that way.” Neal Vaidya contributed reporting.

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Neal Vaidya | The Chronicle Redshirt junior Rebecca Greenwell had 26 points and 10 rebounds and will look to keep rolling Monday against an Oregon team that advanced on a last-second shot.

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his past week, nearly 100 first-years and sophomores spent their Spring Breaks on campus participating in the inaugural offering of Spring Breakthrough. Spring Breakthrough, the brainchild of Provost Sally Kornbluth, is a fiveday program offered to underclassmen during which students can take an interactive seminar course free of charge during the spring recess. In addition to free education, students participating in the program are provided meals and extra Flex points to cover dining during the duration of break. The premise of the program, with creative courses ranging from “The Biology of Popular Science Fiction TV & Movies” to “Encountering Thoreau in the South,” is to give undergraduates at Duke an opportunity to explore an academic interest outside of their respective focus areas. As emphasized by Provost Kornbluth, the main aim for Spring Breakthrough is to facilitate an environment of “risk-free deep intellectual engagement.” Echoing Kornbluth’s sentiments, Spring Breakthrough offers the chance to engage with talented professors like behavioral economist Dan Ariely or classicist Joshua Sosin without the burdens of tuition or graded participation. Although staying on campus to engage with the politics behind “Hamilton” may not seem like the most

exciting Spring Break plan to a Duke student, Spring Breakthrough is a welcome alternative to those students looking for further intellectual engagement beyond the typical classroom experience. Quite often, the student body at Duke has been criticized as being too antiintellectual and too pre-professional—a characterization that the national media has facilitated through their ever present coverage of the next Duke scandal. Spring Breakthrough, however, belies this media stereotype. Embodying the spirit of ambitious intellectualism very

Editorial much present throughout Duke’s student body, the program gathers together students who would much prefer to spend their Spring Break by the shelves of Perkins rather than the sands of Panama. Moreover, the cost-free nature of Spring Breakthrough provides a financially feasible Spring Break option to Duke students of more moderate means. The costs of traveling back home for Spring Break, not even to mention vacationing in the Bahamas, can be prohibitively expensive for students dependent on need based financial aid. To those limited by their financial

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circumstances, staying on campus during their Spring Break is often the most fiscally realistic option, albeit with the added burden of paying for on-campus dining. Consequently, Spring Breakthrough epitomizes a much welcome alternative to those Duke students strained by their financial circumstances to afford a memorable Spring Break experience. In short, the Spring Breakthrough is a refreshing move on the part of the administration to provide a cost-free, intellectual Spring Break experience without the burden of graded assessment. The administration should aim to harness the spirit of Spring Breakthrough in its implementation of future academic programs. Perhaps a coordinate Fall Breakthrough program could be conducted as an academic counterpart. Alternatively, the idea of having students lead their own Spring Breakthrough courses in the style of houses could be explored. Being an experimental program, there is always room for improvement as burgeoning academic programs like Spring Breakthrough entrench themselves into the intellectual fabric of Duke. Nonetheless, Spring Breakthrough in its future offerings will no doubt continue to facilitate the processes the “processes of inquiry and discovery” so integral to a Duke undergraduate education.

Letter to the editor

ear President Brodhead: We have had ties with Duke University beginning with our youngest son, Steven, who graduated from Duke in 1990. We paid for his education without relying on financial assistance. Since that beginning we have supported Duke and given financially (e.g. to the Center for Athletic Excellence, etc.) for which we have been recognized by membership in the James B. Duke Society. During these years, certain factions on university campuses have attempted to “out liberal” each other and in many cases, created a climate of intolerance unless one mirrors the political beliefs of these factions. Duke has not been immune to these factions and activities. The “gang of 88” professors who rushed to judge as guilty racists the three white Duke lacrosse players are examples of individuals who, to use a term of our former President Obama, were proven to be on the wrong side of history. More recently, the

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United States from Sri Lanka and obtained her “green card” as a lawful permanent resident. We find it puzzling that Duke is prepared to admit and offer financial aid to a student who arrived illegally on the same basis as one who followed immigration laws; apparently, Duke believes there should be no reward to a student who is “documented.” The following is a portion of the Conclusion of Duke and 16 other universities’ friend of the court brief (the “Amicus Brief”) filed in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York in opposition to Executive Order 13769, entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” on which we have highlighted some interesting language: “CONCLUSION: Amici take extremely seriously the safety and security of their campuses and of the nation: if amici’s campuses were not safe, or the towns and cities in which they are located were not secure, amici could not maintain their world-renowned learning


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aborted decision by an administrator(s) to create a “welcoming environment” for Muslim students by authorizing their call-toworship from the Duke chapel tower seems to demonstrate how willing some are to advance the activities of one favored religious group at the expense of another. Earlier this month Duke’s Department of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies sponsored an event “Ideas for Activism in the Time of Trump” described as “How our North Carolina Moral Monday Movement can be a model of a diverse coalition that brings together social justice people to take a stand against the Trump Administration.” It seems that a university department is not educating but rather indoctrinating when it promotes activism against a duly elected President and his administration. We tried without success to locate prior events by this Department to promote activism against the Obama Administration. In your December 8 message on immigration issues you noted that Duke recently announced that “undocumented” students will now be admitted on a need-blind basis and will be eligible for university financial aid if they are not permitted to work on campus. Our daughter-in-law immigrated legally to the

environments. Amici, however, believe that safety and security concerns can be addressed in a manner that is consistent with the values America has always stood for, including the free flow of ideas and people across borders and the welcoming of immigrants to our universities.…” [emphasis theirs] Notwithstanding as the Ninth Circuit acknowledged, even while upholding a TRO, that “the Government’s interest in combating terrorism is an urgent objective of the highest order;” this conclusion as well as the reasoning stated in the body of the Amicus Brief for opposing the Trump temporary ban on certain immigration from seven countries makes it clear that Duke and the other Amici universities believe that the determination of the safety and security of our nation is not unlike a debating society on one of their campuses and that they have the knowledge and expertise to participate in combating the terrorism concerns of our country—a frightening theory. All the above lead us to believe that Duke and other universities of the same politics have plenty of money to support their agendas and do not need continued support from us. Sincerely, James H. Ball, Sr. and Wendy A. Ball

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Our wilting tree of liberty

ust before 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, the Washington Metro Orange Line from New Carrollton to Vienna was packed like sardines. Inside the train, shouts of “they just struck the White House” and “the Capitol is gone” confounded the fearful workers and students onboard. Hysteria was ubiquitous and clarity was absent—such as the mania consuming millions in the world today. Hysteria remains a profound quality of human nature, one that drives the most pragmatic to unfounded judgements. It makes teachers and law enforcement jump to wrongfully assume a high school freshman is a terrorist, and it allows racism to flourish. A fear of the unknown makes enclaves uncomfortable with “the other”—a factor that plays well in the hands of social exclusivity on college campuses. However, on the global stage, though the repercussions are vaster, hysteria in the face

of cosmopolitan globalism—one often the target of the populist challenges to neoliberalism, informed by lessons from the 2008 recession. Populist fervor is rooted in real hardship faced by millions now neglected by a president who does not deliver sustenance through his words. When the platitude “America First” is offered as an epithet for American grand strategy, the first question that comes to mind is: what exactly constitutes “America?” Born citizens? Naturalized citizens? Green-card holders? Immigrant workers and expatriates? Or is the “America” being put first a strictly geopolitical reference—that the defense of borders suprasses all vested global intersts? For previous presidents, putting America first has meant putting values and the pursuit of liberty and justice in corners throughout the world. Meanwhile, the current President has yet to deliver a cogent strategy. American confidence in our democratic


Working for the top dollar

f you’ve taken a couple of computer science classes at Duke over the last few years, you’ve probably noticed something surprising. No, it’s not the dramatic changes in your sleep schedule or the hours upon hours spent debugging, only to find that you made a dumb mistake in line 2 of your code. Those things, after all, were bound to happen. The answer is much simpler: there are more people in class (and I don’t mean only on exam days). Yes, you have may have noted that the comp-sci lecture halls seem a little more packed these days than they once were. Perhaps you have considered that your observations were indicative of a larger trend occurring. If so, then you would be correct. Computer science has become one of the more popular majors at Duke, and in a few years, it

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of tragedy is notably lacking. Ethnic cleansing attempts continue to ravage populations subjected to murder, rape and torture. In the early days of this March alone, thousands fled South Sudan for UN-run camps in nearby Uganda.. A few days later, on March 14, a landslide in Addis Ababa killed 113. In Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Kenya alone, more than 20 million face starvation and famine. While the families of victims surmount agonizing trauma, and the refugees fleeting war torn areas seek succor, the Trump administration has not demonstrated an intent to even acknowledge these realities. At the same time, tensions within the public are exorbitant worldwide as the state-based international order is challenged by non-state actors and cyber threats. On Friday, March 17, Trump responded, “At least we have something in common, perhaps,” to a question on the National Security Agency’s wiretapping capabilities, while in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Just before, he quipped, “Immigration is a privilege, not a right.” His comments, as well as those of top members of his administration, offer the same polarizing rhetoric that feeds media frenzy and diverts attention from the long-lasting damage being incurred. Never in American history has the shorttempered pomposity of a president rendered so many blind to imminent danger. With control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, Republicans are introducing thousands of bills to Congress. One bill defunds Planned Parenthood, which already does not use federal funding for abortions. Another rescinds a rule from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that protects “hibernating bears with their cubs and [the] denning of wolves and their pups,” as described by President and CEO of The Humane Society. A disillusionment with crisis has left mainstream media consumers unimpassioned despite the lingering threat of legislation amidst a volatile global climate confronted with famine, ideology-rooted wars, legitimate threats of nuclear warfare and more. Trump is up against a conjured enemy

origins and the Constitution begat the establishment of the United States Agency for International Development, and explains why the country has put soldiers’ lives in danger in the pursuit of democratization in the Middle East and beyond. Putting America first has always included putting our values in global cooperation and diplomacy first too. And yet, with no demonstrated comprehension of these historically-based intricacies of national priorities, Trump named his first iteration of a budget, “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again.” Crystals are formed under immense pressure. If the practice of holding institutions of governance accountable should follow suit, then the next four years will provide a sparkling realization of the current global order. As soon as it is pointed out, pressure irreversibly becomes palpable. Let recent events act as testament. Yes, emotions have an uncanny clamp on the way that individuals process information. Yes, governments no longer exercise a monopoly over information, nor over violence as the global arms trade reaches its highest point since the Cold War. However, despite a rapidly changing environment that the current generation of young people will soon be tasked with confronting, the current state model may prove resilient. Fear and anger consumed hordes of innocent civilians who found themselves in the nation’s Capitol during the vicious September 11 attacks. Was their hysteria unwarranted? No. The feelings of none can ever be invalidated— by any authority. However, the attacks of 2001, and the immense media blowback, offer an important lesson on heightened public awareness: between the shouts of false claims that the White House and Capitol were attacked, an instinct guided the fearful train riders back to their homes. Today, we must remember that very same approach of shrewd attentiveness in the face of terror. Sabriyya Pate is a Trinity sophomore. Her column, “in formation,” runs on alternate Mondays.

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may very well be the most sought-after degree on campus. Likewise, STEM majors across the nation are becoming more and more commonplace, while the number of humanities majors has fallen in recent years. The data is clear: people everywhere are jumping on the tech bandwagon. But why? You will likely hear a variety of different answers to that question. People may mention the fabulous amenities available at places like Google and Facebook. Perhaps they’ll talk about the opportunity to work for an industry innovator such as Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Ellison or Jeff Bezos. But in the end, what really appears to attract people to Silicon Valley is the prospect of making money. Nearly seven in ten job seekers during the past year identified “salary and compensation” as being among their top considerations. (For comparison, only three in five said the same about “perks and benefits.”) And with several tech-related jobs now ranking among the highest paid in the nation, it isn’t all too difficult to connect the dots. At first blush, there appears to be nothing inherently wrong with picking a major due to its expected financial returns. In fact, it may even be understandable, at least to some extent. Nowadays, one of the top desires of a soon-to-be college graduate is security. Those who are not planning on furthering their educations will be thrust into the real world, jarred from the comfort of the routines they have established over the past few years. Faced with such a prospect, it is easy for many to engage in worst-case thinking: they picture themselves homeless and living on the street. The only way to avoid such hypothetical situations, they conclude, is to find a job. And, for reasons ranging from simple greed to the desire to justify the investment of college, this job must pay lots of money. So, what exactly is the problem? The harsh truth is that most people don’t particularly enjoy their majors. This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise: the choice that makes the most money is often also the one that provides the least amount of happiness. Is a little extra money worth spending

four or so years studying something you don’t like? Many people seem to think is is. After all, they probably believe that they can eventually convince themselves to like their majors, thus removing their initial cognitive dissonance. But even then, issues can arise. People flocking to popular majors such as computer science will simply saturate their respective job market, potentially leaving many people out of work. After all, if everyone has a computer science degree, then no one has a computer science degree. In addition, those who fail to successfully rewire their interest levels will not be that invested in their chosen line of work. This should probably bother more people than it currently does. After all, do we really want doctors and lawyers who don’t care about their jobs? Indifference in this case cannot

be tolerated, especially when other people’s lives are on the line. You might be thinking, “Well, who cares if people may not be suited to their professions? At least they’ll be making boatloads of money!” That may be true, but at what cost? Studies have shown that a majority of Americans are unhappy at work. Even in the perk-saturated world of tech, employees exhibit signs of dissatisfaction with their jobs. (Things don’t seem to be much different in other countries, either.) What could be going so horribly wrong? People have put forward various theories, but the answer seems pretty clear: when people choose majors they don’t like, they end up in jobs they don’t like, leading to discomfort and unease. A contestant on a popular Chinese dating show made the rounds on the Internet when she famously declared, “I’d rather cry in a BMW than smile on a bicycle.” It would be easy to criticize her and label her as shallow. Unfortunately, if you apply her statement in the context of majors and jobs, many people seem to share her beliefs. You’ve probably heard it said a million times that money can’t buy happiness, that you should chase your dreams and do what makes you feel happy. But how many people who say these things actually believe them? It is time to time to let our actions speak louder than our words. We need to stop discouraging people from pursuing majors solely on the basis of hypothetical future employability, especially when our reasoning relies on faulty misconceptions. We need to start asking whether or not some people are good fits for the jobs they want—it may hurt at first, but it will pay off in the long run. And perhaps most importantly, we need to understand that people should be to allowed to strive for jobs they will enjoy and work they will excel at doing. For those currently doing just that: keep up the good work, and continue leading by example. Ben Zhang is a Trinity senior. His column, “human foibles” runs on alternate Mondays.

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Duke Chorale Spring Tour Concert Rodney Wynkoop, director Tuesday, March 21 8 pm — Baldwin Auditorium Free Admission

The Duke Chorale will share works from their Spring Break tour to Costa Rica, including a diverse selection from composers such as J.S. Bach and William Byrd to contemporary works by Eric Whitacre and others, including Central American folk songs and African American spirituals. Info: 919-660-3333 or


DUKECREATE ART WORKSHOP – CERAMICS Thursday, March 23 6-8 pm Arts Annex

GALLERY TALK: ROUAULT EXHIBITION Thursday, March 23 7 pm Nasher Musuem of Art


FRESH DOCS SCREENING OF “ELIZABETH KING / BODY OF WORK” Friday, March 24 7-10 pm Center for Documentary Studies



HOOF ‘N’ HORN PRESENT THE ANEID: A NEW MUSICAL Thursday, March 30-Sunday, April 9 Reynolds Industrial Theater

Brought to you by Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies, Center for Documentary Studies, Dance Program, Music Department, Master of Fine Arts in Experimental & Documentary Studies, Nasher Museum of Art, Screen/Society, Theater Studies with support from the Office of the Vice Provost of the Arts.

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