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From 2 missed checks to being Tent 1 in K-Ville
The story of the first students to enter Cameron for the UNC game By Ann Gehan Contributing Reporter Special to The Chronicle Ten of the 12 members of the tent named “Cassius Outside” pose for a photo at Krzyzewskiville. The group had the best combination of attendance, spirit and trivia knowledge, so they’ll be Tent 1 for UNC.
The first Wednesday of white tenting, sophomore Cathy Wang decided to squeeze in some work on a problem set after Duke’s game at North Carolina State University. With only two problems left, she figured she had plenty of time to finish her assignment before night hours began at 1 a.m. in Krzyzewskiville. She didn’t realize until approximately 2:40 a.m.— when she opened her laptop to missed calls and frantic texts from other tent members and friends in K-Ville— what time it was or that she had missed the start of her tent shift. “I have three alarms for each of my tent shifts at different times,” Wang said. “My phone died, and I didn’t notice, so my alarms didn’t go off.” The group had missed a check. It was the morning
of Feb. 20, and there was a week of tenting to go. The next day, the group found out their tent would be Tent 1 for the UNC game. But one more missed check would mean they would lose the top spot—and be bumped to the back of the line. After a season filled with wind, snow and administrators preventing students from burning benches, Tent 1 will be the first group of 12 students through the doors of Cameron Indoor Stadium when Duke hosts the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Saturday. The students will be rewarded with frontrow seats to one of the most famous rivalries in college sports. The road to the top spot began Jan. 11, when 13 black tents began tenting. It wasn’t always easy.
First, it took weeks of searching to pull together the ideal tenting roster. Senior Josh Young had been in Tent 1 for the past three years, with fellow senior Ameen Ahmad joining him last year. Ahmad and Young, who were roommates as first-years, recruited two other friends from their housing block to join them, but they still needed to find eight more members. Potential tent members constantly joined and dropped out—seven members cycled through before the final 12 were solidified. One potential tenter realized after spending his first two nights in K-Ville that he had already planned to leave for spring break and wouldn’t be on campus for the game. The final member did not join until black tenting had already See TENT on Page 16
Ken Jeong to speak at Class of 2020 Commencement ceremony
Make-A-Wish to fulfill student’s dream of attending Duke-UNC
By Nathan Luzum
By Carter Forinash
Ken Jeong will deliver the Commencement address for the Class of 2020, according to an announcement video at the Duke-North Carolina State basketball game Monday night. Jeong, Trinity ‘90, is an actor and comedian best known for roles in the TV show “Community” and “The Hangover” film series, in addition to currently serving as a judge on “The Masked Singer.” After graduating from Duke with a bachelor’s degree in zoology, he attended the University of North Carolina
School of Medicine, where he earned his medical degree in 1995. He practiced medicine for a decade before moving on to the comedy scene. “I am thrilled that Ken will be returning to Duke as our commencement speaker,” President Vincent Price said in a news release. “If all the world’s a stage, there are few Dukies who have successfully played so many roles—he is an actor and an advocate, a doctor and a devoted Blue Devil, Mr. Chow and Dr. Ken. I know he will inspire our students to pursue careers of similar passion and purpose, and maybe give us a few laughs along the way.” Jeong will also receive a doctor of humane See JEONG on Page 16
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On a hardwood floor in his native Jersey City, N.J., Antonio Sellers found out that he’s going to be setting foot on another basketball court this week: Coach K Court, at this weekend’s Duke-UNC showdown. Sellers, a 16-year-old varsity basketball player for his local high school, has been battling brain cancer since March 2019. Last week, the Make-A-Wish Foundation surprised him with tickets to see Duke men’s basketball host the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this Saturday. Flanked by his coaches, teammates, classmates and family on the basketball court at Hudson Catholic Regional High
School in Jersey City, Sellers rocked a Duke jersey—with a proud #1 on the front—and a baseball cap with Duke basketball branding. In the spirit of a true Cameron Crazie, Sellers broke into a chant of “Duke! Duke! Duke!” when he was told about the trip to North Carolina. “I was about to cry but I can’t do that right now,” Sellers told reporters at the ceremony. The moment capped off a day that Sellers had been less than excited about. To keep the tickets a secret, his mother had told him that he had to go to school for an assembly—but did not tell him what it was about. “My mom told me I gotta do something [at school],” he told NJ.com. “So I was like, ahh.” See MAKE-A-WISH on Page 3
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Remembering Ida Stephens Owens, first black woman to earn Duke Ph.D. By John Markis
1992 NIH Director’s Award. Owens remained an active alumna and served as a member of the Trinity College Board of Visitors and the Women’s Studies Advisory Council. For her efforts and impact on the University, she received the first Distinguished Alumni Award from The Graduate School in 2013. The Duke Bouchet Society, which supports graduate students from minority groups who are studying STEM subjects, also hosts an annual dinner in her honor. The Graduate School released a documentary in 2014 detailing her life and career.
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Ida Stephens Owens, the first black woman to earn her doctorate at Duke, died Feb. 24 at the age of 80. Born in Whiteville, N.C., Owens received her undergraduate degree in biology from North Carolina Central University—then called North Carolina College at Durham—in 1961. Under the tutelage of Mary Townes, an acclaimed professor who served as a role model and has campus buildings named in her honor, Owens was considering applying to graduate school at Duke at a time when the Graduate School had just been desegregated.
[It] is always gratifying to share with [students] a little about the legacy of Dr. Owens and to watch the success of those that travel the path that she helped.
Dr. Owens was a trailblazer, an outstanding scientist and a vibrant and hard-charging presence. john zhu
Courtesy of Roketa Sloan Ida Stephens Owens giving a speech at the Duke Bouchet Society in 2013.
that Owens was “a true pioneer at Duke.” “As one privileged to work with graduate and professional students from across the Owens was able to get into contact with campus, it is always gratifying to share with James Tosteton, chair of Duke’s department of them a little about the legacy of Dr. Owens physiology. Tosteton was recruiting students and to watch the success of those that travel from neighboring black colleges for graduate- the path that she helped blaze for them,” level science work, and his passion for science Guinn wrote in an email. “Last week the and desire for change compelled Owens to heavens became a whole lot more enlighted, as apply. She was admitted to the Graduate Dr. Owens and NASA pioneer Ms. Katherine School and enrolled in September 1962, one Johnson made their transitions on the same year after the school integrated. day. The world is better for the lives that they Chandra Guinn, director of the Mary Lou led and the intellectual contributions that Williams Center for Black Culture, explained they made.” DIRECTOR OF THE MARY LOU WILLIAMS CENTER FOR BLACK CULTURE
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Ebony G. Patterson . . . while the dew is still on the roses . . . On view through July 12, 2020
nasher.duke.edu/patterson ABOVE: Visitors explore Ebony G. Patterson . . . while the dew is still on the roses . . . at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, where the exhibition is on view through July 2020. Photo by J Caldwell. Ebony G. Patterson . . . while the dew is still on the roses . . . is organized by Pérez Art Museum Miami. The exhibition is curated by Tobias Ostrander. At the Nasher Museum, this exhibition is supported by The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Fund for Exhibitions; Fox Family Foundation; Katie Thorpe Kerr and Terrance I. R. Kerr; Lisa Lowenthal Pruzan and Jonathan Pruzan; Kelly Braddy Van Winkle and Lance Van Winkle; and Parker & Otis. Ebony G. Patterson is represented by Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.
Completing her postdoctoral work at the National Institutes for Health, Owens pursued an interest in investigating how the body processes medical drugs. She steadily progressed from a contributing researcher to a director in the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. In this position, Owens was responsible for dedicated research on glucuronosyltransferases, complex enzymes that help the body process drugs. She also determined the cause of Crigler-Najjar syndrome, which leads to jaundice. For a lifetime of contributions, she received the
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“Dr. Owens was a trailblazer, an outstanding scientist and a vibrant and hardcharging presence,” wrote John Zhu, director of communications for the Graduate School, in an email. “She would have found success no matter what school she went to, and we were lucky to have her as part of the Duke family. She will be dearly missed, but her life and career will continue to inspire scholars at Duke and beyond.” Owens is survived by her husband, Herbert, their two children, two siblings and many other loving relatives. In lieu of flowers, the Owens family asked for donations to the Graduate School’s Annual Fund.
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Coronavirus in Wake County By Stefanie Pousoulides News Editor
The first person to test positive for the coronavirus in North Carolina is a man from Mary Helen Wood | Photography Editor Wake County. NC governor Roy Cooper. Joe Fisher of WRAL tweeted Wednesday that the Wake County health department is treating the case as an “isolated incident” and the risk to the county at large is low. Health officials are FROM PAGE 1 reaching out to people who came within six feet of the man for more than 10 minutes between She knew that it would be worth it to him, Feb. 25 and March 3, Fisher reported. though. According to his father, Keith Sellers, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday his son has been a fan of Duke “since he was afternoon that the patient is “doing well” and able to understand college basketball.” “in isolation at home,” according to a news The tickets aren’t Sellers’ only connection to release. The individual recently traveled to the iconic rivalry game. Antonio Sellers plays on Washington State, the site of a recent outbreak, the same varsity basketball team that saw Hudson and spent time at a long-term care facility. Catholic alumnus Jim Spanarkel more than 40 North Carolina Laboratory of Public Health years ago, before his All-American-caliber career conducted the coronavirus-positive test, at Duke that saw him become the men’s basketball which has yet to be confirmed by U.S. Centers team’s first 2000-point scorer. Another Duke legend, Bobby Hurley, now for Disease Control and Prevention lab. The man traveled from Washington the head men’s basketball coach at Arizona to Raleigh-Durham International Airport State, also sent Sellers well-wishes. Feb. 22, according to ABC11. He was not Now, Antonio Sellers will have a chance to exhibiting symptoms at that time. Officials are leave his own mark on the history of Cameron attempting to identify the other passengers on Indoor Stadium. “This is something Antonio always the flight and test them for the virus. There have been more than 100 cases of wanted,” Felicia Sellers told CBS. “Duke COVID-19 nationwide, 27 of which have been was the school, he always said, that’s where confirmed in Washington, according to the I want to go play. Our journey has been a little different, we’ve taken a different road, Washington Post. “I know that people are worried about this and although he has to go to Duke and visit virus, and I want to assure North Carolinians our this way I believe that he’s going to be visiting state is prepared,” Cooper said. “Our task force another way down the road.” and state agencies are working closely with local Duke Athletics directed The Chronicle to health departments, health care providers and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which did not others to quickly identify and respond to cases respond to a request for comment in time for that might occur.” publication.
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The Fruit has become a popular spot for Durham’s burgeoning EDM scene, page 5
‘in the mood for love’? Local Arts Editor Eva Hong reflects on Wong Kar-wai’s seminal film, page 6
What are you in the mood for? Nina Wilder.................... socialism
Kerry Rork ..................pet sounds
Will Atkinson ..............thesis draft
Sydny Long ........costly care bears
Miranda Gershoni ........revolution
Jack Rubenstein .......... jake’s toes
Sarah Derris .............public transit
Selena Qian ...... quitting graphics
Alizeh Sheikh ................mediation
Eva Hong ...... kar-wai w/o glasses
On the cover: Wong Kar-wai’s “In the Mood for Love.” Photo courtesy of USA Films.
staff note I didn’t grow up particularly religious. My parents rejected most political and corporate institutions with a persistent Gen X apathy. We did, however, have our own set of unplanned rituals. As the Carolina thunderstorms rolled through summer afternoons, our home became a place of earthly worship. Family and neighbors gathered in our ashtray garage congregation, breaking
bread and beer on a scattered group of wooden stools and plastic chairs, cigarette smoke wafting as the incense of our ceremony. My dad’s bulky speaker blared a choir of alternative rock radio and scratched Motown CDs. The storms danced in a cacophony of chaos and vitality, the shouting thunder and soothing rain dynamic and impending yet natural and inviting. What lingers in my memory, though, is not the splintering stools or smoke or even the striking thunder; it is the soundtrack of the storm. The Motown
CDs radiated a bouncing energy, filling the room with an undeniable positivity in the midst of destruction. Now, any time I hear The Temptations or The Supremes or Smokey Robinson, I’m transported to innocent childhood summer afternoons. And any time I’m in the rain, I hear these artists and their timeless spirit. Looking back, it seems intentionally poetic — a symbol for hope or “finding light in the darkness.” But my dad doesn’t care about metaphors or juxtaposition or psychology. He just likes old music and watching the rain fall. And as I grew up, he and my mom always found ways of showing the joy inside a storm. Like many American families, we felt the blow of the Great Recession. After the crash of 2008, my dad, working in housing construction, was forced to file for bankruptcy. We sold our model SUV, the seemingly flawless vehicle of success and stability, in exchange for the “beater”: a two-door faded blue pickup with a cracked windshield and a rich history. At the time, I was only seven and didn’t know anything about a recession or bankruptcy. I just knew we had a new funny little truck marked with the chipping paint of adventure. We would hop in the beater and explore the flea market wonderland or garage sale mysteries. We played swindler with the local dollar movie theater with my mom’s Mary Poppins purse of homemade popcorn and Capri-Suns and unfinished
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Halloween candy. It wasn’t Disney World. But it always felt just as exciting. Even as I’ve grown and been fortunate enough to travel internationally and attend one of the nation’s top colleges, my favorite memories are those sitting around the garage just talking and laughing and listening. Listening to each other. Listening to the rain. Listening to the charm captured by ‘60s Motown groups. While my memories may be altered by childhood naivety and adolescent angst, the lessons learned remain valuable. Do not suppress struggles, but embrace vulnerability and vulnerable moments. Stop viewing hard times solely as a standard to which you compare better times. Stop waiting for the rainbow after the rain. Find the song complementing the soft fall of water nourishing the earth. All times are good times, if the music is loud enough. In Duke’s fast-paced environment — the academic and social social spheres alike — there is constant pressure to ace classes, find internships and eventually obtain a lucrative career. It’s easy to succumb to academic expectations and the ensuing anxiety. Take a moment to let go of these constraints, let go of concerns over grades and careers and the ever-intimidating future, and immerse yourself into the soundtrack of your personal storm. Because you can’t buy happiness, but you can sure as hell sell it. –Skyler Graham
The future of underground nightlife in Durham is taking hold at The Fruit By Tessa Delgo Staff Writer
In Durham’s burgeoning underground EDM scene, The Fruit is quickly becoming the life of the party. Originally a result of founder Tim Walter’s admiration for and collaboration with DJ collective The Floor, the venue’s slate of electronic music-based parties spans more than 60 upcoming events, ranging from one-off experiences to a weekly series. This Friday, March 6, The Fruit will host an 18 and over dance party titled Unrivaled Groove. The event is produced by party collective and record label Maison Fauna, which is composed of co-founders Sarah Damsky, Joe Bell, Simon Briggs and Nick DeNitto. Damsky, who spearheaded the event, will perform as DJ Kir alongside fellow local artists Monsieur, Murad Dwell, Treee City, Sunmoonstar and \ / (pronounced “two”). A portion of the party’s entry fee sales will benefit Coral Morphologic’s Miami Coral Rescue Project. The DJs will pay homage to U.K. Garage music, a subgenre of house music that originated in England in the 1990s. According to Damsky, UKG is “percussive, fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously,” and is the genre that inspired her to begin producing and DJing. “It seemed only fitting that the first party I threw with my fellow creators at Maison Fauna be an homage to [UKG],” Damsky wrote in an email. “The artists performing at Unrivaled Groove are all local and all incredibly talented. The production has to be on par with their talent and my drive, and that’s the attitude I go into every planning process with.” After Unrivaled Groove, Maison Fauna’s presence at The Fruit will continue with the kickoff of the weekly DECIDUUS series on March 13. The series, spearheaded by Bell, will feature underground house and techno artists
every Friday in The Fruit’s basement, starting with Baltra. “[DECIDUUS] is going to change everything for Durham,” Damsky wrote. “Now you don’t need to go to New York to see Baltra or LA to see Masha — they’re going to be here … collaborating with our scene. It will bring a much needed kind of consistency that the dance scene here doesn’t yet have.” Until now, Durham’s underground dance party scene has been occupied by standalone or monthly events, such as Arcana’s First Friday offerings or The Floor’s FOUNDATIONS series held every third Saturday of the month at The Fruit. “There isn’t really a place where, if you decide you want to go out and dance on a random Friday night to house and techno, you can just go to without really thinking,” Damsky wrote. “[DECIDUUS offers] a different kind of consistency: same place, same time, great outof-state headliners with wonderful local support, every single Friday.” The expansion of the local underground EDM scene, like The Fruit itself, is an organic outgrowth of the community’s desires. For years, The Fruit was home to Moogfest afterparties, produced by The Floor. According to Walter, the afterparties were a “huge hit,” with attendees often comparing the featured artists to those in the New York scene. With the support of the audiences as well as fellow Durham arts entrepreneurs, such as Kym Register of The Pinhook, Walter began to feel The Fruit could add to the scene by providing space for electronic music. “[The Fruit] was a space that I bought to use as a place to make and show art, but I didn’t really know what exactly was going to happen with it. I’m not a techno-dance entrepreneur who said ‘Hey, here’s a missing piece,’” Walter said. “[We were] just listening to what the community wanted, and what was available and what seemed to work well in the space.”
Photo by Nvtevisuals Sarah Damsky DJing at The Fruit, where she opened for Nora En Pure in December 2019.
The Fruit’s model is especially welcoming to artists and groups who fall outside of the mainstream, with no standardized price for bookings, raw warehouse aesthetics and a heavy emphasis on grassroots social media and word-of-mouth promotional campaigns. This combination has lent itself to The Fruit becoming home to an eclectic calendar of events with a close-knit community of attendees, making it an apt breeding ground for underground nightlife. “House and techno music have deep roots in marginalized communities. For that reason, dance events are hubs for art, release, beauty, selfexpression, self-love, joy and freedom,” Damsky wrote. “I remember reading somewhere that a club should feel like a home away from home, a place where anyone, regardless of identity, can come to dance and feel safe.” Events held at The Fruit enforce a zero-
tolerance policy towards any and all hatred, with organizers doing “everything in [their] power to make our parties accessible and inclusive,” according to Damsky. This commitment to inclusion is reflective of the mentality of much of Durham’s creative community. “We have something really special here. There’s a general cognizance of what others are doing, and because of that, a lack of selfishness,” Damsky wrote. “I’ve experienced the same feelings of love in Durham that I felt at events in larger cities, but to an extent that’s even more honest, open, and stable. I hope that those who come to the events we throw feel that unique magic. It is imperative that every city has a space where they can have a communal experience of joy, freedom, and self-expression through dance.” Tickets for Unrivaled Groove are available for $10 at bit.ly/durhamUKG.
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On the everlasting beauty of Wong Kar-wai’s ‘In the Mood for Love’ By Eva Hong Local Arts Editor
In many ways, Wong Kar-wai’s “In the Mood for Love” was the first real movie I ever watched. Before that, I’d only seen Hollywood franchise blockbusters or teen drama rom-coms on Netflix with friends. Watching movies was more of a social event or an escape for me, and it mattered more what inside jokes my friends and I could pull out of the experience than why the characters were laughing or crying. I never connected deeply with any character or thought of cinema as anything more than over-acted action, over-dramatic drama and over-the-top special effects, even though at the time I was desperately craving a form of expression that would allow me to liberate all the angst and confusion I was feeling. I dreamed about a parallel world that could serve as a mirror to my reality, a mirror that can help me forget myself and see myself clearer at the same time. That was a dark past that I’m now often reluctant to acknowledge, for I have been transformed into someone who annoys her friends with constant talk about films (and worst of all, old films and French films), film festivals, award seasons and obscure directors’ names. For the past three years, I have been so eager to shake off my shameful ignorance about cinema and to expand my “watched” list that I would rarely use my time to rewatch a movie — except “In the Mood for Love.” I The first time I ever watched “In the Mood for Love” was my first year of college. I was taking an Intro to Film Studies class then, where the professor screened a movie every week to illustrate the film concept or movement we were learning about. For the first week, the professor, who proved to have very good taste throughout the entire semester, assigned “In the Mood for Love.” For some family reason, I was at home at the time and therefore missed the class screening. But I didn’t want to fall behind so soon and decided to just stream it on my laptop. As I grew increasingly frustrated that I couldn’t find the movie on any of the streaming platforms I was subscribed to, Mom approached me curiously. “What are you doing?” “I have this movie that I have to watch for a class. But I can’t find it anywhere.” “What movie is it?” “It’s called ‘In the Mood for Love.’ By Wong Kar-wai.” “Wong Kar-wai?! Which one is it? What’s the Chinese name?” I looked up from my frustration, a little surprised. In my memory, Mom never goes to the cinema, at least not voluntarily. What would she know about this odd Hong Kong director of whom I could not find a picture without his sunglasses? “Umm… I don’t know. Let me find it… I think it’s Huāyàng Niánhuá?” “花樣年華.” She said it so firmly and beautifully, as if she had just taken it
out of a dusty memory box that she had tucked away carefully for years. Then she went to search the TV stand drawers and magically produced a DVD. “I have the movie here. Wanna watch it together?” She put the DVD into the rarely-used player and we both found our cozy spots on the couch. A simple phrase in traditional, blocklike fonts explained the setting — Hong Kong, 1962. One of the two protagonists, Su Li-zhen, played by the magnificent Maggie Cheung dressed in her fitted flower-patterned cheongsam, glanced casually out the window and straight into my heart. Mom and I looked at each other and raised our eyebrows, acknowledging the jealousy and amazed appreciation of female beauty that we both read from one another’s expression. Then actor Tony Leung entered, habitually handsome, mannered, mysterious and a little melancholic as his character Chow Mo-wan moves into the same apartment building and thus begins a love affair with Su. I looked at Mom again, but this time she paid no attention to me. She stared at Leung’s profile as he smoked silently with those deep and turbulent eyes, his jawline, the curve of his lips and the arch of his nose gradually engulfed by the rising smoke. I smiled. I could almost see that little girl who stared at the poster hung above her bed in the same dreamy way. II My subsequent viewing experience can be described as “inexplicable.” I was intrigued, amazed, mesmerized and then perhaps just hypnotized. I was nervous to witness the real power of film for the first time, bewildered by what I was seeing on the screen and ashamed with my previous ignorance of this magic, this strange feeling. The ambiguity. The gaze. The unsaid words. The passion that smears the screen. I looked at Mom again, her eyes now shining in the dark living room. It must be wonderful to be able to move people like this. Intrigued by the silence downstairs, Dad came down and peeked into the living room. Immediately identifying what we were watching, he sat down on the couch, too. Unmindful of the additional audience, Cheung swung down a set of damp, narrow stairs to a noodle stand, dangling a green food container between her fingers. Her figure was hugged by a silk cheongsam, her tilted face kissed by the lone fluorescent lamp hanging from above. A cello moaned in the background, its beats tapping on her footsteps. A polite glance exchanged with Leung. Or wait: Did it actually happen, or was it just embellished by memory? I quietly glanced at Dad to see if he had also become trapped by this memory, but found him instead looking at Mom, who still could not remove her eyes from Leung — who, at this point, was staring at the rose on Cheung’s cheek under warm, yellow light. Déjà vu. This movie came out in 2000, one year after I was born. Could I have seen this exact scene, both the one on screen and the one in the living room, when I was just a baby wrapped in Mom’s
Courtesy of USA Films “In the Mood for Love” is beloved for its depictions of intimacy.
arms, listening to Nat King Cole’s “Quizas, Quizas, Quizas” as my lullaby? Or was I ultimately the one who fell for memory’s tricks and fabricated a moment? Like the two characters to satisfy all their yearning, loving and yearning for love? Quizas, quizas, quizas. III It is extremely hard to fully explain or grasp the impact “In the Mood for Love” has had on me since, including my discovery of cinema, my self-reconciliation, my connection with my family and my subsequent creative pursuits. All I know is that the lights, shadows and the said and unsaid feelings in this movie have been forever burned into my brain, always reminding me of how this artistic medium can be both so vividly and ambiguously beautiful. Dad later joked about Mom’s crush on Leung (surprise) and how she was said to look like Zhou Xuan, an iconic Chinese singer who sang one of the theme songs in the movie (I checked the photos – they do look very similar in some ways). Now, a movie poster of this Wong Kar-wai masterpiece hangs above my bed in my dorm, and I sometimes lose myself staring at it, too, even though I still haven’t asked Mom whether she had done the same in her youthful years.
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Robinson dazzles in Blue Devil win By Michael Model Associate Sports Editor
In Duke’s loss Saturday at Virginia, players other than Tre Jones and Vernon Carey Jr. shot 6-for-34. The Blue Devil bench responded Monday night against North Carolina State draining 10 of 15 shots...in the first half. Veterans Jordan Goldwire and Justin Robinson provided the spark the 12th-ranked Blue Devils needed to erase another poor start and ultimately avoid NCSU 69 a third consecutive DUKE 88 defeat. Cassius Stanley would lead Duke in scoring with 18, but it was Robinson’s eight firsthalf points that headlined the home team’s 88-69 victory in Cameron Indoor Stadium. “It’s amazing. When J-Rob comes in and gives us a lift like that, it really lifts everyone,” senior captain Javin DeLaurier said. “He’s a guy who’s come in—for the four years I’ve been here—every day in practice works his butt off just making everybody better and getting better himself. When he steps on the court, he’s always ready when his number is called, and he proved that tonight…. J-Rob came through big time.” The Blue Devils (24-6, 14-5 in the ACC) missed 12 of their first 13 shots and quickly found themselves in an eight-point hole against the Wolfpack. While slow starts have become the
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Normally Duke’s 11th man, graduate student Justin Robinson stole the show Monday night. norm for the team, no one in Cameron could have predicted what came next: Duke’s 11th man quickly became its first man. Robinson drained a triple to cut the N.C. State lead to 20-15. A minute later, Robinson struck again with another conversion from downtown to cut the lead to three. With the game eventually knotted at 23, it was the San Antonio native who would grab the offensive rebound and slam
it home to give Duke its first advantage of the evening, capping a 13-3 Blue Devil run. “We needed a little more energy on defense, and then once our defense picks up our offense always follows,” Robinson said. “Anytime I get a chance to play I want to bring energy, I want to bring leadership and talk. Luckily I got a couple See ROBINSON on Page 13
Highlights from Duke’s 1st spring practice By Max Rego Staff Writer
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still on Clemson’s campus finishing his degree: “You always have technology today, so [Brice] gets a lot of information. Everything we can legally do, we’re doing. He’s willing
to study, he’s hungry, we have phone conversations, so all the things you can do, See FOOTBALL on Page 12
Ninety-three days after concluding a 5-7 2019 campaign, the Blue Devils returned to the practice field, holding their first spring practice Monday morning. After the practice, a trio of Duke players, quarterbacks Gunnar Holmberg and Chris Katrenick and safety Michael Carter II, and head coach David Cutcliffe addressed the media. Here are some key quotes from the media availability Monday. Carter on seeing cornerback Mark Gilbert, who has missed the majority of the last two seasons, back on the practice field: “It made us all happy to see him out here today, moving full speed. Just knowing everything he’s had to go through, all the adversity he’s faced. For him to be able to overcome it and get out here and smile through it all is really powerful for us. It makes us want to work hard for him, especially.” Cutcliffe on communication with incoming graduate transfer quarterback Chase Brice, who is
Ben Cohen on his new book ‘The Hot Hand’ What do a Norwegian margarine tycoon, William Shakespeare and Steph Curry all have in common? They are central figures in The Hot Hand, a new book from Ben Cohen, Trinity ‘10. In the book, Cohen explores the question that has fascinated psychologists, economists, statisticians, basketball players and more for decades: does the hot hand exist? The Chronicle’s Derek Saul spoke with Cohen, who served as The Chronicle’s V. 104 sports editor and V. 105 Towerview editor, over the phone this week to discuss The Hot Hand, which will come out March 10. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. The Chronicle: What sparked you to write this? Ben Cohen: I had written a few stories about the hot hand for The Wall Street Journal a few years ago. And usually what happens after I spend enough time thinking about a story is that I don’t want to think about it anymore, but with the hot hand, the opposite kind of happened. I felt like I wasn’t done with it, I was just kind of getting started. Sometimes I’m exhausted. In this case I was kind of invigorated. and I just really couldn’t get the hot hand out of my head. I think there are really two reasons why. The first is that just on a pure story level, it was really compelling. Here was something that everyone thought to be true, only to be told that it wasn’t, only to realize that maybe it really was. One of the things I’ve learned at The Journal, and even in some cases with The Chronicle, is that every great story needs tension. And I just couldn’t believe how much tension there was in this fight over a single idea. But the second reason is that the whole thing was rooted in basketball, which was kind of irresistible to me. This was an excuse basically to write a story in which the main characters, or some of the main characters anyway, are Nobel Prize winners and genius scholars, but also NBA superstars. I don’t really get the chance to do that every day in my day job and I kind of wanted to try. TC: What was the hardest part of the process of putting this together? BC: Just finding the stories because I knew in order to write a book about this idea, I would need to apply the idea far beyond academia and I would need to put human faces on the
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Michael Carter II (left) will welcome back fellow defensive back Mark Gilbert with open arms.
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Cassius Stanley comes alive to ignite Blue Devils By Winston Lindqwister Associate Sports Editor
As far as Cassius Stanley was concerned, the first 20 minutes against North Carolina State were an eternity ago. All the freshman phenom cared about was getting across the floor, and getting to the rack fast. N.C. State missed a layup and it was open season, with all five Blue Devils thundering down the court in a dead sprint. With the Wolfpack’s Markell Johnson caught ballwatching, Stanley blew past his man and locked eyes with Wendell Moore Jr. In the blink of an eye, the Los Angeles native soared high above the rim, grabbing Moore’s lob with his right hand and stuffing it at the hoop to bring the entirety of Cameron Indoor Stadium on to its feet. Stanley’s one-handed slam was one of three highlightreel plays the freshman guard made in the second half of Monday’s blowout win against N.C. State. Although the young Blue Devil started the evening incredibly cold, Stanley showed enough grit to reignite through adversity, offering Duke the tantalizing prospect of a consistent third option outside of point guard Tre Jones and center Vernon Carey Jr. “I was running the floor, it was a split timing thing because I knew people were behind Wendell,” Stanley said. “I was lucky we caught eyes because he threw a beautiful pass. I’m just excited to see what it looks like.” Like most of his teammates, Stanley opened the first half uncharacteristically flat, especially considering the quality of looks he was given. Repeatedly, the freshman would shut down in the half court, beating his man on an iso drive and finding his way all the way to the rack, only for the ball to rattle in and out. By the end of the opening 20 minutes, Stanley led the team in shots but had just four points to show for it. “It’s a mindset,” Stanley said. “The coaches keep telling me it’s going to fall eventually. It was a tough start to the game, but they said find ways to score in other ways. Find ways to impact the game outside of scoring like rebounding, blocks, stuff like that. It loosened me up and got easier.” However, once the Blue Devils were able to reset their footing and go straight into a transition-based offense, Stanley was able to showcase the best of his game to put the evening away for Duke. It started with a stop from the Blue Devils’ rarely used 2-3 zone. With Stanley able to anchor himself at the wing
FOOTBALL FROM PAGE 11 we do. I have to be respectful of the fact that he’s a full time student at another university, he’s busy, but he’s a sponge. So we will continuously be in that mode.” Cutcliffe on the mindset of Gilbert throughout his battle with a hip injury: “He’s full speed. His effort in rehab has been phenomenal and he’s gone through the initial surgery and another one to try to correct a few things. The doctors, the training room, and our physical therapists have done a great job with him, [he has] a willingness to work, and his attitude has been the best I’ve seen Mark have. He’s really been upbeat, and I think as he got closer to the realization, ‘I am going to be able to play this game again,’ he really got excited. So, he had a good time out there today, it was really evident.” Cutcliffe on sophomore receiver Jalon Calhoun taking the next step and depth at the receiver position: “I think he did it today. I told [wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor] after practice, when I’m coaching offense or coaching quarterbacks, I’m coaching all of them. Coaching him in detail today, I think he understands defenses, I
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After an incredibly cold first half, Cassius Stanley starred in the second period to spark Duke to a blowout victory. on defense rather than move at the mercy of his assignment, the young guard was in prime position to shoot down the court and get to the rim, where Jones was ready to provide the lob for a two-handed slam. Another possession, another stop, and just like that, Stanley is at the rim for the one-handed meteor. And just when Cameron felt like it couldn’t get any louder, the Los Angeles native grabbed another missed N.C. State shot and drove straight to the basket for an and-one layup that brought the roof down, building a double-digit lead the Blue Devils would not give up. “What we walked through defensively we did not do at the start of the game,” head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “Markell [Johnson] is magical with the ball screen and you cannot defend it alone, you have to defend it with five guys and we weren’t doing it. So the only thing we could do was try to keep them out of our paint…. That worked for us. The other thing is that we rebounded well and it gave us a fast break. It gave us
a really good fast break out of the zone.” By using a 2-3 zone, Duke was able to use Stanley where he is most lethal: in transition. Without having to slow himself down in a half-court offensive setting, the former four-star recruit was able build rhythm by leveraging his elite athleticism for easy buckets, setting the tone for his teammates to follow suit. With the NCAA tournament just around the corner and the Blue Devils still looking for consistency heading into March Madness, the prospect of a high-energy go-to scorer like Stanley is invaluable. As long as Duke is able to put Stanley in a position that plays to his strengths, the Blue Devils have an explosive player whose energy, even in the face of adversity, may be the difference maker in Duke’s postseason campaign. “It was amazing. [Krzyzewski] brought the energy and we matched,” Stanley said. “It was nonstop. That’s what we have to do to continue the season.”
think he understands instructions, and he goes and tries to do exactly what you ask him to do. His short-space quickness is better, his strength is better. He’s a guy that literally could catch ninety balls, but thank goodness he’s not alone. The receiving core today, we don’t have a bunch of numbers, we’ve got people coming in to help them, but we have to keep them healthy. Jarett Garner is still out, so we’re down one scholarship receiver, but I thought they had tremendous attitudes today and they played fast. We had a true freshman working out there [as well].” Holmberg on the sense of competition amongst the Blue Devil quarterbacks: “Iron sharpens iron. Me and [Katrenick] are good friends. Off the field, on the field, we’re always trying to make each other better. We’ll talk about certain things, but when we’re out there, we’re definitely competing against each other.... Don’t do anything that you wouldn’t out of character just because you’re trying to win a job.” Katrenick on Cutcliffe taking reins of the offense: “Big thing for us is going to be tempo and that’ll show in practice. So, every drill we do, we’re going to have tempo and focus on ball security, things like that. But, it’s great learning from [Cutcliffe]. You know, when you mess up, there’s always a good explanation and that’s kind of how we’re growing.”
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Head coach David Cutcliffe will take over playcalling duties this fall, emphasizing tempo in practice already.
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hot hand. And that meant I would actually need to go find those human faces. I need to find real people with real stories who can help illuminate this idea. I really could have chosen from anywhere, right? That’s sort of the beauty of the hot hand is that I think that it’s kind of universal and the lessons from it really apply very widely. And so, when you can write about anything, it can become hard to pick that one thing to write about. So, I knew I wanted to write about Steph Curry, I knew I wanted to write about NBA Jam. But when I first started writing the book I had no idea I would write about Shakespeare, Raoul Wallenberg, Van Gogh, and Spotify and so many other things that came from this book as I was talking to people and reporting and really reading very widely. So, that was the hard part. Writing was obviously hard, reporting was hard, but just finding the right stories I think was challenging, but also honestly the most rewarding part of it, too.
shots to fall early and that was able to help a lot.” While the Wolfpack (18-12, 9-10) would counter with a 9-0 run of their own to retake a 32-25 lead, Robinson bought Duke’s go-to scorers enough time to find their rhythm and carry the team the rest of the way. Carey bullied his way to the line late in the half, looking more reminiscent of the player that dominated the Wolfpack for 27 points and 12 rebounds in Raleigh. Carey finished the half with seven points and Wendell Moore Jr., added four in the final 30 seconds as Duke entered the locker room with the 38-36 edge. Out of the break, it was Stanley’s turn to shine. After struggling mightily in the opening 20 minutes, the switch flipped in the second half. Stanley unleashed a level of aggression that had been missing during the past few weeks, leading the Blue Devils on a game-deciding 13-3 run that was capped by arguably his most explosive dunk of the season.
TC: Who was the most interesting source you spoke to during this process? BC: I’ve written like a bajillion stories about Steph Curry over the years. And in fact, my fascination with Steph actually goes back to when I was at Duke because Davidson’s run in the NCAA tournament was when I was a sophomore at Duke, and I just remember being so captivated. It was a really down year for Duke basketball, and Curry was just magical to watch. Davidson came to Cameron the next year, Steph’s last year of college basketball, and by that time he was like this folk hero. He was coming off the NCAA tournament run. He was the leading scorer in the country. The line to get into Cameron the night that Steph came was longer than any line I saw in four years other than tenting for Carolina. It went all the way around K-Ville, by the tennis stadium and basically across Towerview Road. It was insane. It was like the Beatles were coming to town basically, and it was Davidson coming to play Duke in January.
Stanley was long overdue for a dominant outburst after a dismal last three halves. He was a nonfactor against Virginia in a 1-for-9 effort and could not find the bucket once again in the first half Monday. “Everyone goes through ups and downs throughout the course of the season and we have faith in one another,” DeLaurier said. “We know Cassius is always going to bring it, he’s competitive. He really exploded in the second half and helped us win tonight.” While Robinson and Stanley stole the show, Duke’s victory was a total team effort. Goldwire added 11 points after a couple slow games offensively, Moore added 10 points and six rebounds, and Matthew Hurt rebounded from a brutal set of minutes against Virginia with a strong seven-point, fourrebound performance as well. The Blue Devils’ turnaround comes at a crucial time following back-to-back losses. Duke needed to get back on track heading into the elimination games that will headline the rest of the month. The Blue Devils will return to the floor Saturday to close the regular season against Tobacco Road rival North Carolina.
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TC: This book is very economics and statistics heavy. I wouldn’t have pegged you as an English major. BC: This is a book about psychology, economics and statistics. And I did not take a single psychology, economics or statistics course at Duke. Not a single one. I learned as soon as I left school that I probably should have taken a statistics course because so much of what I do now is based on data and poring through numbers and trying to find stories that way. And being able to wrap my mind around interesting psychological theories, but also complex and statistical formulas. And so, I would not have pegged myself as someone who would write a book like this as an English major, either. Probably some economists and psychologists and statisticians might say that I shouldn’t have written a book without this background, but now it’s out in the world. TC: You mentioned the fascination with Steph Curry and his apparent ability to get the hot hand that dates back to your time at Duke. Was there anything else that happened at Duke that really inspired you to dive into this topic? BC: Part of this book is using basketball as an excuse to explore the rest of the world. I think that part of that idea comes from Duke. Duke in the 1970s and 1980s invested in a few departments that could lift the entire university. One of them was the English department, and there was stuff in biotech but clearly Duke’s identity to the outside world is the basketball team. Letting basketball be a front porch and using it to do all sorts of other things is sort of ingrained in this odd way. That might be a bit of a stretch, but I don’t think it’s so crazy. You can do a lot of things through basketball and that’s one of the things that four years at Duke ingrained in me. TC: Did you have a hot hand period while writing this? BC: No, I wish. It was slow and methodical and it took me forever. I definitely felt that while working, but not while writing this book. It was very disciplined, and banging out a certain number of words every day. It would have been a lot easier if it just came pouring out of me.
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How DukeEngage made me a socialist
ukeEngage gets a lot of flack for its voluntourism, performative altruism and minimally impactful yet costly presence. Critics of international development programs might compare it to a Peace Corp-esque form of soft imperialism. However, with almost
works to end youth homelessness. The problem of homelessness in San Francisco is large, visible and pervasive. Each morning on our walk to work we would pass through the Tenderloin district, which has one of the highest concentrations of people experiencing homelessness in the country. Snuggled amidst the
Nathan Heffernan COLUMNIST 5,000 participants since its conception, DukeEngage can serve as a unifying experience for many Duke students. We all have unique stories and perspectives on how our respective programs challenged us: some students cried every week, some changed their major from economics to public policy, others suffered from the culture shock of realizing that poverty has larger impacts than not being able to join Greek life. My program had a different impact on me: it made me a socialist. I spent last summer participating in DukeEngage San Francisco, working with the nonprofit organization Larkin Street Youth Services that
hot take of the week “Bernie Sanders is daddy.”
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picturesque city of San Francisco, this neighborhood was a constant reminder of the shocking wealth inequality in the city and the bay area. In my workplace, I was surrounded by people who worked tirelessly to fight youth homelessness. They attacked the issue from multiple angles, addressing factors ranging from trauma to education to employment. Larkin’s results for pulling youth out of homelessness are impressive, but in a city like San Francisco, the problem of homelessness seems impossible to permanently combat. In several of my public policy classes, we refer to such issues as “wicked problems,” in that there is no complete solution due to the complexity of factors involved. Even if you were to give a person a living space and a job, there’s a chance they are not able to keep that job. Even if they keep that job, low wages and high cost of living mean that they are only one medical event away from returning to homelessness. The path to self-sufficiency not only requires immense resources and commitment from the individual, but ongoing community support, and continual investment by government agencies. There just isn’t a feasible solution for everyone. The longer I worked at Larkin Street, and the more conversations I had with the staff and people who used their resources, the more I understood that the solution to this problem is fairly simple. To get rid of homelessness, provide everyone with a home. No barriers, no prerequisites, no payment. When I first heard this suggestion, I was taken aback. I wondered why I rarely thought of that as the primary and singular solution to solving homelessness. Why had my public policy classes suggested incrementalist programs of rent subsidies, free college education or more rehabilitative prison sentencing? Why was the thought of giving people experiencing homelessness a home without conditions of employment or sobriety considered radical? I realized that summer that most people are completely content with the reality of other people experiencing homelessness—and poverty in general. They are content under the assumption that these people deserve to be experiencing homelessness. I noticed that volunteers and supporters at Larkin Street liked Larkin’s higher education programs, and were always interested in hearing more about those in particular. I frequently heard comments that suggested someone had to have a college degree to get a job that paid enough to live in San Francisco. These people recognized that life in the city was unaffordable for the majority of residents, but had no intention of changing it, and were completely content to exclude a class of people who they didn’t even realize were necessary to their own privileged existence.
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They were satisfied with the mere opportunity for what they saw as a select and talented few to work their way up the ladder to a better life. My concept of poverty was similar to this for most of my life. I learned about charity and altruism in the context of the Catholic church. We were taught to donate our money and time to aid people less fortunate than us, and to be grateful for how fortunate we were. Poverty was an inevitable thing that always existed, and through grace and kindness we could make impoverished peoples’ lives incrementally better. We rarely questioned why poverty continued to exist, and what our own roles in aiding inequality were. When I started to understand and study societal issues in high school, I saw how unjust our systems were. My classes in college on race theory opened my eyes to how deeply embedded racial inequality was in our society, and in everyday institutions. But I was still limited in my perspective. Every solution I was taught or exposed to worked within a larger system that requires individuals to earn their right to survive in our society. My thinking, my frame of reference, my baseline for solutions all operated under the frame of capitalism, both economically and culturally. The solutions I learned were not intended to better people’s humanity, only their productivity. After my DukeEngage experience, my worldview changed immensely. I noticed how ingrained the individualist mindset is in America, and how it coexists with people dedicated to helping others. I saw how ads for donating and supporting social causes center around the character of a person—if a person is hardworking then they don’t deserve to be experiencing hardship. It was the same narratives I saw used by nonprofits last summer to fundraise and advocate for change, because they knew people would only help those experiencing homelessness if they would later be productive to society. A lot of students leave DukeEngage feeling fortunate for their lives in the United States, and for their immense privilege, newly contextualized. I left DukeEngage feeling deeply unfortunate to live in such an individualistic and disparate society, despite our wealth and potential for something greater. Many proponents of individualism care about the wellbeing of others, but their good intentions are trapped within rigid ideas of what gives value to a person’s life. I don’t think I am capable of being a true socialist. I have benefited immensely from capitalism in most aspects of my life, and I continue to do so at Duke. This current wave of democratic socialism is a good opportunity to channel my empathy into a form of positive change, with little to no detriment to my life. But more important than the policy itself, there comes a necessary and driving cultural change. It involves us seeing inherent value in people’s lives, and expanding what we view as a human right. It requires communication, sharing of knowledge, and experiences that bring us closer to communities removed from us— and a genuine desire for change.
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and fans and exploitative of the athletes, that makes a mockery of the student-athlete ideal of long ago.
A solution is clearly needed. Why not hire NBA candidates as Adjunct Professors, with a salary and a right to attend what classes they wish? I’m sure that idea is flawed but we need many ideas to move beyond the hypocrisy we all pretend isn’t there when winning records are so impressive.
Bill Nichols graduated with the Class of 1964.
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appy Super Tuesday! Today North Carolinians head to the Poles to vote in primary elections, which makes this a topical time to discuss an issue I’ve experienced lately: namely, the American voting system. I’m afraid that the Poles, while certainly nice people with a rich culture and history, are too inaccessible for most voters.
ne in five graduate students experience bullying in their workplaces and one in five experience harassment. Stop and think about that. This polling suggests that 30% of graduate students have experienced bullying or
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As an enthusiastic Bernie Sanders supporter, I have been excited to cast my vote for a Democratic Socialist candidate in the Democratic Presidential primary race for a few weeks now. When I boarded an overnight flight from RDU to Poland (with a connecting flight in Madrid, Spain), I figured I would quickly find the nearest Pole, grab a pierogi, and hop on the first flight back to the United States. As it turns out, it hasn’t been so easy—there’s only a few hours of Super Tuesday left here and I still can’t figure out how to vote. So now I write to you from Kraków, Poland, a beautiful city in an Eastern European country with a fascinating history. Today, Kraków is vibrant, and the old city has a quaint charm with a basilica that towers above the grey cobblestone streets and local chachki vendors. Wawel Castle is a little ways out, but the courtyard is worth the trek and the interior now serves as one of the nation’s largest art museums. Walk around the neighborhood to find affordable eats including delicious Zapiekanka (bread with baked mushrooms and cheese on top—yum!), or head out further to see groups of synagogues in the Jewish district that attest to the Polish Jewish community’s long history in the city. Additional fun fact: did you know that Poland has the second best water in the world? All in all, I’d recommend a trip to Kraków to any traveler on a budget looking to find the splendor of pre-Soviet Eastern European architecture and engage more with this region of the world. That being said, The Poles are not an effective voting method. Upon my arrival, I met plenty of Polish people and informed them that I intended to vote for Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary. Most did not understand my vote, so I let them know that I was voting for “Barnard Sanders, the Senator from Vermont” in case the nickname confused them. Judging by the fact that they walked away and rolled their eyes at me, I think that most of the election officials don’t speak English—which seriously makes voting a challenge for native English speakers. Is it just me, or is this the weirdest caucus ever? Don’t get me wrong, the Polish people are quite nice! One English speaker was confused when I told them my Presidential preference, but they told me that I needed to head to a Pole-ing station. But where could I be Poled? According to Polish citizenship law, “any foreigner who has been living legally by means other than a permanent residence visa in Poland for a minimum of 10 years is eligible for Polish citizenship.” Unfortunately in my case, I have only been in the country as a traveler for less than 24 hours and am thus ineligible to be Poled. It’s almost like this system is designed to deny inexperienced voters the means to enact the political change they desire! Supposedly there have been “early voting Poles” conveniently located on Duke’s campus for the past few weeks to mitigate the complications of voting for students and local North Carolinians. I imagine that these Poles will guide similarly weary voters to RDU to head to some Polish city for the adventure of their lifetime as they forget about their civic duty to participate in the American electoral process. And seriously, this trip has already been great. I’m making every moment count, hitting every tourist spot that I can, and I’ll be ready to upload a photo album to Facebook soon. And it’s worth mentioning again, the water is so good! But also, it shouldn’t be this difficult to vote.
harassment—most of them women and nearly half at the hands of supervisors. These numbers are more than statistics to me. Harassment and discrimination are plaguing my world as a third year graduate student in Pharmacology and Cancer Biology (PCB) at Duke. Since leaving my research laboratory due to harassment and hearing similar stories from too many of my peers, it has become abundantly clear to me that Duke University’s current policies are insufficient to prevent harassment and discrimination. As administrators and faculty engage in legal battles, graduate students are forgotten, and their lives and careers are forever changed. Mindful of the current climate, the Duke Graduate Student Union (DGSU) is asking for a basic protection for graduate students: “Guarantee a workplace free of harassment and discrimination.” When each passing scandal hits, Duke claims to be intolerant of harassment and discrimination. Yet even with allegations confirmed, the perpetrating employees remain at Duke. This sends a message to perpetrators: we will tolerate your behavior here. Troublingly, this type of institutional tolerance is the greatest predictor of harassment and discrimination according to a report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. One problem is the limited scope of Duke’s definition of harassment and discrimination. Duke only prohibits harassment based on protected characteristics like race, sex, and religion. If a mentor persistently degrades the intelligence of their trainee or publicly berates them, this is not considered prohibited behavior, though it certainly creates a toxic work environment. Even when harassment and discrimination is based on a protected trait like gender, there may be little concrete evidence unless overtly sexist comments are made and it falls on the complainant to
I’m afraid that the Poles, while certainly nice people with a rich culture and history, are too inaccessible for most voters. Jordan Diamond Class of 2021
Think about it: if I, a white, middle class man coming from a community that emphasizes civic engagement can be so easily confused by the voting process, I can only imagine how difficult navigating this system is for most voters. What about those who can not afford the $400 one-way flight to Poland, or those afraid of flying? Given that Pole-ing stations have long been a struggle for voters with disabilities, that poorer Americans and people of color are less likely to vote, and that Poland is facing increasing economic challenges that may threaten infrastructure, I’m seriously concerned that the whole system of American elections is fragile and not available to all. We need to fight to make Poles accessible to all. We should reject voter identification laws, because some people may forget their ID’s before heading to Eastern Europe. The federal government should sponsor regular trips to Poland during election season so that everyone can vote and also try the world-ranked water. And lastly, someone should tell me how I can cast my ballot because I have class tomorrow and would like to return home. Jordan Diamond is a Trinity junior. His column, “diamonds in the rough,” runs on alternate Tuesdays. Editor’s note: this column was published on Tuesday, March 3.
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prove intent. DGSU is asking that Duke “expand the university’s definition of harassment and discrimination to protect all graduate workers from hostile, abusive, and intimidating work environments.” In order to create harassment and
discrimination-free work environments, Duke should implement comprehensive, regular trainings for faculty, administrators, staff, and students. Clicking through harassment and discrimination training slides and selecting obvious answers on a quiz does not constitute comprehensive training. Research shows that effective training is in-person and at least four hours long. Current in-person training sessions from OIE on harassment and discrimination do not demonstrate an understanding of the circumstances graduate students actually encounter, leading to “unproductive” and even “condescending” training experience according to a third year PhD candidate in PCB. To prevent misunderstanding or dereliction of reporting duty, I support DGSU’s demand to “require annual in-person harassment and discrimination training for all workers, managers, and mandatory reporters at Duke.” Even when OIE confirms allegations of harassment and discrimination, it falls on the department itself—often the chair of the department—to act on the recommendations of OIE. Peers are not impartial judges and are likely to be overly lenient when (or if) acting on the recommendations of OIE. As a result, DGSU demands that Duke “design harassment and discrimination sanctions to protect the grievant, not the university” and “ultimately, institute an independent and neutral thirdparty grievance process.” Graduate workers deserve a safe and productive work environment, and Duke is failing them. Support current graduate workers and urge Duke to meet DGSU’s Fair Contract demands. Zollie Yavarow is a third year PhD student in Pharmacology and Cancer Biology and a member of the Duke Graduate Student Union.
“ Graduate workers deserve a safe and productive work environment, and Duke is failing them. Support current graduate workers and urge Duke to meet DGSU’s Fair Contract demands. ” Zollie Yavarow
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letters honorary degree at the ceremony. begun, three days after the other members of His selection breaks a recent tradition of the group had started. tapping trustees to deliver the commencement “Nobody wanted to put in the effort,” Young address. Lisa Borders, Tim Cook and David said, referencing one of the many factors that Rubenstein gave the speech in 2019, 2018 and resulted in the initial low interest in this year’s 2017, respectively. Ten Duke alumni have been tenting season. chosen for the honor since 1987, and Jeong will Thanks to a mid-season resurgence in be the 11th to take the stage. tenting registration, all 130 tenting spots in “College is about self-discovery, and if I Krzyzewskiville are now full, according to hadn’t attended Duke, I never would have been K-Ville’s official website. an actor, comedian and Instagram model,” Despite the general student body’s lack of Jeong said in the release. “I am honored and interest, competition for the top spot remained thrilled to be coming home and sharing my fierce among black tents. The order of black love with my Blue Devil family.” tents is determined by points from attendance Born in Detroit, Jeong was raised in South events, spirit points and scores on a trivia test Korea and Greensboro, N.C. He skipped a grade about Duke basketball history. The top five in high school, graduating at the age of 16 and tents all received the maximum number of matriculating at Duke in 1986. The entertainer attendance points by attending various other was initially set on a pre-med curriculum but Duke sporting events with at least 10 of 12 tent began dabbling in theater as a sophomore, members present. leading to dueling interests that would stretch Studying for the trivia test was an adventure for more than a decade. of its own. Young conservatively estimates His goals of becoming a doctor and that the tent’s shared study guide for the test pursuing a comedy career were intertwined, was 75 pages, with more than five years of as he performed stand-up comedy even while accumulated study material passed down from working 90-hour weeks during his residency previous tenters. in New Orleans. In 1995, Jeong won a standBut the factor that put them solidly in the top up contest and was invited to Los Angeles for spot? The tent’s theme of “Cassius Outside” and a performance, but declined an agent’s offer to its decorations, which helped them dominate represent him after delivering his Hollywood the spirit competition to secure Tent 1. The debut, opting to continue the long road toward tent’s inspiration was a combination of firstbeing a physician. year Cassius Stanley and the popular “Cash Me Post-residency life brought him back to Los Outside” meme, and its decorations pay homage Angeles, where he worked at Kaiser Permanente to its name with a door and a window drawn on hospital and continued stand-up comedy. its tarp, Stanley’s face, and even landscaping on Finally, he found himself acting on Comedy the tent’s “‘front porch.’” Central’s “Comic Groove” in 2002 and starred The tent also had a robust Instagram in his first film as a doctor in Judd Apatow’s presence, with more than 330 followers and “Knocked Up.” regular updates on K-Ville happenings and In 2006, he stopped his medical practice to tent activities. pursue acting full-time, but Jeong still retains Becoming Tent 1 didn’t mean the season was his medical license. smooth sailing. In addition to the missed check “We are so excited to have Ken Jeong speak during white tenting, the group also missed this year,” senior Katie Cassedy said in the release. one during blue tenting. Tents are allowed one “Jeong is an example of the extraordinary missed check per tenting period, with a second possibilities when you graduate. He will really missed check resulting in the tent being moved resonate with students for years to come, and I to the back of the line. think he’ll bring a lot of laughs too.” “That’s the theme of our tent,” Ahmad said. The Class of 2020 Commencement “We’ve had a lot of close calls, but we always ceremony is set to take place atTimes Wallace manage to pull through.” TheMay New 10 York Syndication Sales Corporation 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, N.Y.last 10018 Wade Stadium. On the day of blue tenting, no one could For Information Call: 1-800-972-3550 For Release Tuesday, March 3, 2020
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fill the time slot from noon to 3 p.m., so the group agreed to use their one allowed miss for the period in the event there was a check called when no members were in K-Ville. No checks were called during the three hours Cassius Outside was empty, but Ahmad, who was scheduled to arrive at 3 p.m., forgot to show up, missing a check that occurred at 3:12 pm. To prevent a repeat of Ahmad’s mistake, the group decided on an accountability system: 15 minutes before every grace period ended, the tent member arriving in K-Ville would have to text everyone else to confirm they would arrive on time. Wang was so anxious about messing up the schedule that she kept it open on her laptop constantly, checking whenever she opened or closed another window. “We’re all trying to balance so many different things, but that’s what makes it fun at the same time,” Ahmad said. He would know, since he spent almost all of black tenting studying to take the Medical College Admission Test. Between regular schoolwork, reviewing for the test and getting enough sleep, he was left with limited time to spend in K-Ville. Despite his packed schedule, Ahmad was the tent’s hero on at least one occasion. He woke up one night to Young in his room, telling him to run to K-Ville to cover for a missing tent member. Despite Ahmad’s protests, Young insisted that they needed to go to K-Ville after seeing the line monitors outside Kilgo Quad, preparing to call a check. “Sprinting to K-Ville at 1 a.m. half-asleep
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in shorts and a t-shirt, getting the check, and then going back home to bed. That’s one of the close calls I talked about,” Ahmad recounted with a laugh. From Zion Williamson’s triumphant return to Cameron to the tent’s namesake’s highlight-worthy dunks, this season has been full of highlights for Cassius Outside—but their favorite part of tenting isn’t related to basketball at all. “Our tent was very mixed in terms of the initial level of interest in basketball, but I don’t think that it’s necessarily about the basketball game itself,” Ahmad said. “I don’t really see the purpose of tenting for multiple months for a two-hour basketball game, but what makes it really cool is our ability to come together.”
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