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By Nathan Heffernan Columnist

We’ve heard it long before coming here: Duke is safe and Durham is sketchy. Step outside the stone walls of East Campus and crime-ridden neighborhoods await. When I toured Duke in summer of 2017, someone asked if East Campus was safe being situated so close to downtown Durham. The tour guide reassured the pfrosh that several safety features such as help towers, security guards, and Duke Alert existed on campus. She went on to say that most students feel extremely safe while on Duke campus, quelling the fears of the trembling pfrosh while implying that Durham inherently imposes a threat on the Duke student population. The fears many Duke students hold of parts of Durham are rooted in a biased perception of the city. The characterization of Durham by Duke students as a crimeridden city, or “sketchy” as I have heard countless times, is indicative of the strained relationship Duke and Durham have had since Duke’s conception. Despite a rich history of successful business and cultural movements, Durham has been viewed as unsafe and inferior for years by outsiders. This racially-influenced characterization of Durham has percolated to Duke students’ current view of the city, and contributes to the lack of interaction many students have with the Durham community. Duke students have tendency to accept this portrait of Durham as sketchy, and in doing so we ignore issues of safety and crime prevalent on our own campus, from our own students. Since we are college students at a elite university, we view our breaches of the law and order with a different attitude than crime in Durham. Students can feel comfortable with drinking and getting drunk in public while on campus since alcohol policy violations are handled by student conduct, instead of the local police force. Students who engage in recreational drug use also face fewer repercussions and feel more freedom than Durham residents. There is a illusory sense of safety when doing drugs at an institution like Duke that makes substances seem less dangerous just from their context. Duke students who habitually use certain drugs are treated differently by society.

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For the second year, The Chronicle has fielded a survey for the first-year class, asking questions about the Class of 2022’s demographics, beliefs, lifestyles and plans for their time at Duke. In the survey, The Chronicle asked first-years a wide range of questions to get an in-depth look at the lives of the new Duke students. Unlike last year’s survey, this year’s also asked whether Duke should make standardized testing scores optional. The survey gave a detailed look into the academic, personal, social and political backgrounds of the Class of 2022, with questions asking about anything from their high-school test scores to their alcohol and drug use. The students also revealed how they would like to spend their next four years at Duke—from which majors they were pursuing, to which color they wanted to tent for basketball games. The month-long survey was posted on the class’ Facebook page in July, with prizes for random participants. Overall, 259 first-years—about 15 percent of the class—took the survey, but not everyone who participated answered each question. Last year, Jerry Reiter, professor of statistical science, said that the students’ reason for opting out could be more problematic than the low response rate. Lack of access to the survey or low enthusiasm for Duke could make the results unrepresentative of the class, he said. But just as many students may

have chosen not to complete the 30-question survey due to time constraints—which would not change the results dramatically. The Chronicle released the full survey data Tuesday with comparisons of groups throughout the week and fully in print Oct. 22. But before publication, we have presented some different demographics where the survey reflects the Class of 2022 profile—which was released by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions—and others where it does not. Where the two datasets disagree, you can decide for yourself whether the data is skewed.

The Chronicle surveyed more than 250 first-years about Race and ethnicity Chronicle’s survey participants their experiences and wereTheunder-representative of a typical year in terms of race and ethnicity in two major beliefs. categories. While 10 percent of the Class of

2022 is black and 11 percent is Hispanic, only 6 percent and 5 percent of the respondents identified in that way, respectively. In contrast, Duke’s class profile lists only 28 percent of the class as Asian or Asian-American, but AsianAmerican students made up 38 percent of those who took the survey. However, the survey was on par in its representation of white students. One potential reason for these discrepancies was that, unlike the admissions office’s tally, The Chronicle’s survey included “other” as an option—which was chosen by about 6 percent of respondents. The survey was fairly representative of international students in the freshmen See CLASS on Page 4

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Alum takes reins of N.C. art museum

Fuqua dean says Trump’s visa changes are affecting international applications

By Julianna Rennie

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Valerie Hillings, Trinity ‘93, was recently hired to lead the North Carolina Museum of Art. She is leaving her role at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, where she has worked as a curator for the past 14 years. In addition to her role as curator, Hillings was also a member of the management team tasked with planning a future Guggenheim museum to be located in Abu Dhabi, according to a press release. “Valerie Hillings brings expertise and vision to her new role as director of the North Carolina Museum of Art,” N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper said in the release. “I’m confident that her leadership will help take the Museum to the next level for the people of North Carolina and visitors from around the globe.” The first exhibit Hillings curated was for the Duke University Museum of Art, formerly located in the East Duke Building. She co-curated the exhibit—entitled “SoHo at Duke IV: In Search of Self”—with Lisa Constantino. Hillings added that the exhibit was inspired by Douglas Coupland’s 1991 novel “Generation X,” and she was fascinated by the idea of being told what people her age were supposed to be like. A self-described “pop culture junkie,” Hillings said she was drawn to artists confronting similar questions through pop culture symbols from her own generation. The show included a particular piece called “Sculpture for Teenage Boys,” a pyramid

Is “Make America Great Again” making the United States less relevant on the world stage? In light of President Donald Trump and his administration’s changes to visa policy, Bill Boulding, dean and J.B. Fuqua professor of business administration of Fuqua Business School, thinks so. Boulding argues that the policy shift has caused the United States to become a less desirable place to study and therefore, less of a world player. Juan Bermudez | Sports Photography Editor “The rise of nationalism in many parts of the world is Fuqua’s dean says the visa policy is affecting business schools. a threat to economic vitality in those regions,” Boulding said to The Chronicle. similar or greater declines in the amount of Boulding said that more and more international international applicants. students and their parents are coming to him with safety In light of these trends, Boulding is pushing to maintain concerns about studying in the United States because of the student body’s diversity. politically-reinforced anti-immigrant sentiment. He says he has doubled the amount of international Many international students also feel unsure that they events and emphasizes Duke’s welcoming environment to will be able to finish educational programs in the United both prospective and incoming students. States because of the fear of encountering difficulty Additionally, Duke’s administration is working hard to going to and from their home countries, based on the strengthen the confidence of international students that perception of increased harassment and security checks they will be granted H-1B visas and, thus, will be able to at airports, he noted. work in the U.S. after graduation. As a result of the Trump administration’s changes “Our careers team is also doing all it can to support to the H-1B visa, Boulding also international students and help said international students also My parents were immigrants match them with employers who will fear not being able to secure work and I strongly believe in the sponsor visas if they desire to work in in the United States—even after the U.S.,” said Boulding. positive impact immigration completing MBA programs. Boulding warns that the antiThe H-1B visa is used by has on an economy. immigration rhetoric dominating employers to recruit tens of political climate could have repercussions bill boulding for the future economy. He argues that if thousands of international DEAN OF FUQUA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS the United States does not continue to workers, especially from India and China. However, under the present attract the “best and the brightest,” then administration, the H-1B visas have also become more it will stop producing the entrepreneurs that are critical to its difficult to acquire. continued competitiveness as a country. As a consequence of this uncertainty, the United “My parents were immigrants and I strongly believe States has become a less attractive place to pursue MBA in the positive impact immigration has on an economy,” programs. In fact, according to the most recent survey said Boulding. of prospective students by the Graduate Management Because of his personal connection and insight into the Admission Council, less than 50 percent of prospective probable ramifications for the business world, Boulding has full-time MBA students want to study in the United States. made it his mission to advocate for international students This fact can be seen in the percent decline of to be able to access business education in the country of applicants to top business schools in America. Duke’s their choice. Fuqua Business School experienced a six percent decline “I’m a big believer in the power of business to of full-time MBA program applications, chiefly driven by transform the world for the better, but to do so requires a drop in international applicants. developing leaders who will use business as a force for Other highly-ranked universities have experienced good,” Boulding said.

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Special to the Chronicle Valerie Hillings, Trinity ‘93, is taking over as the leader of the North Carolina Museum of Art.

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‘An integral part of American culture’: Duke cultural anthropologist explains the state fair By Amelia Martin Contributing Reporter

Lee Baker, Mrs. Alexander Hehmeyer professor of cultural anthropology, has done research on the traditions of fairs. Since the North Carolina State Fair is in town this week. The Chronicle spoke with Baker about his interest in the events and the sociological concepts behind them. The interview has been edited for length and clarity. The Chronicle: What are some of these parallels between state fairs in the United States and other

celebrations/expositions around the world? Lee Baker: There are many. A lot of Americans think, “Oh we don’t really have culture,” but that’s not true. When you make that bonfire and burn the benches after the Carolina games, that’s a feature of an expressive culture that’s just as exotic as some sacrifice in the hills of Papua New Guinea. The state fair is another aspect of this culture. Whether it’s in Minnesota, North Carolina, or Colorado, the fair not only marks the transitions between the seasons, but also celebrates family and community. These fairs are structured similarly to other big carnivals, like Carnival

in Brazil or Mardi Gras. When people come together in big groups to celebrate something like this, unique things can happen. Rules are relaxed. You get to break them for a moment as part of a celebration of a larger community. You can light something on fire in the middle of the quadrangle for a brief period of time to celebrate this sense of unity. So that’s where the fair comes in as well. You spend too much money. You eat stuff you would never eat on a normal day. People push the limits—deep fried anything. That’s all part of the fun and part of the celebration of community and family. TC: Do you foresee the fair evolving at all as parts of the United States become increasingly urbanized and a decreasing percentage of the population becomes involved in agriculture? LB: I don’t think so. I think these fairs have established very durable traditions, so I don’t think the format, the structure, the celebration or the food is going to change too much. State fairs have been remarkably resilient in that they haven’t evolved much since the 1940s or 1950s. I think that one reason for this is that people want their kids to have experiences similar to the experiences that they had as kids. I don’t think there’s a widespread desire for the fair to evolve with the times. We could easily

be playing virtual reality or high-tech shooter games, and instead we’re throwing softballs at milk cans and darts at balloons. TC: What is your favorite aspect of the state fair? Does your family have any particular traditions associated with the event? LB: My family has been going since my kids were young. I love gardening, and my hobby is collecting and growing house plants—drives my wife crazy—so I like to go to the exhibits on the plants. My wife is a quilter, so she gets excited about the quilting exhibits. We usually stop by the farm animals and the fun house for the kids. My son loves the fun house. Then we get food—our turkey legs, our corn and usually a funnel cake—and go on four or five rides. We try to only go on a few. You can’t do 20 of them, you would go broke! TC: Are there any aspects of the North Carolina State Fair specifically that you find particularly intriguing? LB: Well it’s an integral part of American culture, that’s for sure. It’s a celebration of North Carolina and, by default, our diversity. When you walk through the state fair, the level of diversity is incredible. You see the South Asians from Cary, the Mexican families from Durham, the Republicans, the Democrats. You see rich people, poor people, working class, middle class. The full range of humanity is at the fair. To me, that is a true celebration of North Carolina and North Carolina’s diversity. Everyone feels welcome— spending too much money and eating things that they shouldn’t be.

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class. About 11 percent of survey participants indicated being international, and 11.5 percent of the Class of 2022 hails from outside the United States. Socioeconomic diversity The Chronicle’s survey asked participants to estimate their immediate family’s total annual income in ranges. Although the University does not release information about annual family income of students, The New York Times released data about Duke’s socioeconomic diversity in 2016. Although The Times used different metrics to classify the data it reported, The Chronicle performed a cursory comparison between its own data and The Times’. The survey responses were largely an overrepresentation of students with family incomes in the Top 20 percent—but mostly matched the income ratios for those in the Bottom 80 percent, as reported by The Times. Like last year, The Chronicle’s survey overrepresented the


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of beer cans wrapped in pop culture labels that the artists bought at truck stops. “When you dug into it, it was a piece that was critiquing the macho culture that boys had to confront,” Hillings said. “It just seemed so perfect for a university audience.” The accompanying piece for girls had umbrellas on a wall and was called “It’s Raining on Prom Night.” The exhibit was successful, attracting an audience of more than 400 students, she said. “Never before have so many students expressed enthusiasm about coming to the museum,” Hillings wrote in an article published by The Chronicle in 1993. Curating the exhibition at Duke was a defining moment in her career path and “set the stage” for what she would become, she said. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in art history from Duke, Hillings went on to earn a master’s and doctoral degree in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. Then, Hillings accepted a curatorial position at the Guggenheim in New York. For the past decade, she’s been developing Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, a museum for modern and contemporary art in the United Arab Emirates. Hillings has also served on the board of advisers for the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke. The Triangle has undergone a cultural renaissance since Hillings was a student, with many contemporary artists now living in the area and thriving arts programs developing at local universities. “There is a confluence of creativity in the area that I think will feed and nourish what the museum needs to become in the next 10 or 20 years,” Hillings said. For Hillings and her family, moving back to the Triangle will be a homecoming. Her parents live in Virginia and her husband, another Duke alum, is from Charlotte, N.C. “I’d been on an amazing track for the last 14 years, but I decided that I didn’t want to be on a plane or in a hotel for the rest of my life,” she said. “I wanted to begin to ground myself.” The position became available when Larry Wheeler, who had been at the helm of the museum for the past 24 years, announced his retirement. Hillings will be the first woman to serve as director of the museum, but she’s in good company. “If you look at the Ackland [Art Museum in Chapel Hill] and the Nasher, they have [female] directors, so I think I just joined a great community,” she said. Linda Dougherty, chief curator and curator of contemporary art at the North Carolina Museum of Art, said she was eager for the museum to have female leadership. She explained that although museum staffs across the country are predominantly composed of women, they are typically led by male directors. Dougherty also said that Hillings’ experience working in other museums is a strength. “I’m grateful to have someone in that position who has a curatorial background, who understand what this culture is like,” Dougherty said. When Hillings takes over Nov. 1, she plans to work with the staff to show more pieces from the permanent collection, which she thinks of as the lifeblood of a museum. “I’m someone who really loves a collecting museum—that idea of stewardship of objects that belong to the people, in this case the people of North Carolina,” she said.

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Contrary to popular belief, the ideal place to watch a concert is not center stage, but rather from the left-hand side, stage right, about three feet from the speakers. In this spot, the bass hits the hardest. You can feel every strum of the strings, every blow to the drumhead in your chest, like the music is coming from you and not from the instruments being plucked and struck on stage. I know this from experience, though I can’t tell you how old I was at my first concert, or even who I saw. I love live shows the way some people love the beach or picnics or afternoon naps. I prepare for live shows the way some people prepare for war or a really intense hiking trip – I’m outside the venue doors at least three hours before they open, home-packed lunch and a minimum of four liters of water on hand. I plan my social life, my flights home, my work shifts around my concert schedule. It’s the only portion of my Duke routine that has been set in stone. I remember being picked up early from school one spring day my junior year of high school. I daydreamed through AP English Literature, knee bouncing anxiously, waiting for the phone call that would release me. My dad and I were driving four and a half hours to see my favorite band La Dispute play in Greenville, NC. It was going to be the first time I’d seen them perform in person (watching shaky, poorly-recorded videos on YouTube doesn’t count). If my dad thought I would forsake my pre-show ritual for a few extra hours with James Joyce, he was wrong. We arrived at the venue three and a half hours early, second in line only to a couple in lawn chairs. We spent the next hours wiping our brows, guzzling our water, and seeking whatever shade we could reach without compromising our spot in line. It’s a lot — the waiting, the heat, the standing solidly in one place for hours on end. But that spot — three feet from the stage right speakers — is worth it. To feel the riffs that you know by heart reverberate in your chest. To feel simultaneously that you are the only person on the planet and that you are surrounded by

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people in mutual understanding. Now that I live 800 miles away from my dad, I usually go to concerts alone. My friends and I share the smallest sliver of the musical venn diagram, so dragging them to a hardcore show at a dingy dive bar is near impossible. But this year, on my birthday, a friend and I drove an hour down the highway to see my favorite childhood band, Fall Out Boy, play in Greensboro. Although I’d seen them three times before, their performance wasn’t any less moving, nor did it feel any less significant. In fact, it felt like coming home. I didn’t realize that feeling was showing on my face until my friend said, “Tonight is

staff note the closest I think I’ll ever come to seeing you have a religious experience,” as we walked to the parking lot. Admittedly, she’s right; I’ve never been religious in the traditional sense. Though I was baptized Catholic, I don’t frequent mass, take communion or go to confession. I haven’t set foot in a religious service in years. But I’ve never felt alone, adrift in the cosmos or whatever else you’re supposed to feel if you don’t subscribe to a religious doctrine. I’ve always had music. In my 22 years, I’ve spent more time converting YouTube videos to MP3s, watching my favorite musicians give interviews and waiting in line for shows than I’ve spent studying or going to school or hanging out with friends. I collect the tattered posters from concerts I’ve attended and hang them in my

room. I design album covers for my favorite bands in my free time, even though they’ll never see them. I have a dedicated concert savings account. I don’t leave home without my headphones. As a graduating senior, I’ve been considering what I want my life after Duke to look like. What career would I like to have and where do I see myself five years from now? How am I going to support myself? Where will I live? And of these practical questions are important. But they are important to me largely because of how they might affect my relationship to music. Can I secure a job that pays enough to support my habit? Will this job be in a city with a healthy music scene? How flexible will my evenings be outside Duke’s walls? I have to consider these questions because my church is a concert. It’s the knowledge that if the pit gets too rowdy and you’re knocked over, someone will reach down to pick you up. Every person with you in the crowd feels the same energy and the same dedication to the sound that you do. Every time I go to a show, I’m going to mass. Every lunch I eat on the sidewalk outside the venue is my communion. Every bottle of water thrown on the sweating crowd from the stage is holy. My church is that spot. The one three feet from the speakers, to the left of center stage. To me, that’s the most spiritual place on earth. It’s the place where I feel most connected — to the world and to myself. -Alexandra Bateman

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Oktoberfest brings German food and culture to Duke’s campus By Joel Kohen Contributing Writer

The patio outside Au Bon Pain is usually populated by busy students eager to finish their homework or by hungry ones who prefer the natural air to the AC’s constant blast inside. On Friday, however, the area became home to a dazzling crowd celebrating Oktoberfest, a traditional German holiday held annually at the beginning of fall. Organized by Duke University Union, the Oktoberfest featured German classics like Bratwurst, a special kind of sausage, soft pretzels with salt, Obazda, a mixture of cheese and butter, and of course, copious amounts of beer. The patio was decorated with draperies in blue and white, the official colors of Bavaria, the south-German state that is home to Oktoberfest. Cardboard cutouts of men in Lederhosen (leather pants) and women in Dirndl (customary dresses) were arranged next to the long buffet, making for a somewhat comical, but also adorable atmosphere. Not long after the official 5:30 p.m. start, a long line started to form across the area, ranging all the way up the stairs to the Bryan Center Plaza — a feat similar to the notoriously endless lines in front of German nightclubs. The first 100 students had been promised a free Oktoberfest beanie, which explains the many early-birds the event drew. Music was provided by modern, local groups as well as by the Asheville-based Mountain Top Polka Band. Founded in 2010, the band specializes in Southeast German music and performs at events in North Carolina and neighboring states. Its repertoire includes traditional tunes with accompanying English lyrics, as well as folk songs like “Der Vogelbeerbaum” or “Das Kufsteiner Lied,” which are not only sung in German, but use

specific rural dialects. Since the drinking age in Germany is 16 for beer, Duke was forced to make some changes to the ubiquitous culture of alcohol consumption that characterizes most festivals of this kind. Beer was only served in an enclosed area labeled “Beer Garden,” where students had to present a valid I.D. before they were allowed entrance. In an effort to curb underage drinking, strict security was in place. Although German is a common language studied at Duke, most academic accounts of Germany focus either on the country’s rich cultural history in the fields of music, literature and philosophy, or on its current position as Europe’s strongest economic power. The Duke Oktoberfest was a welcome addition to this, as it showcased the more jovial and colloquial aspects of central Europe that often go unnoticed in purely historical analyses. Obviously, the large beer tents and overwhelming mass of inebriated people that characterize the original Munich Oktoberfest could not be recreated, but the jolly and talkative atmosphere created on the patio resembled the famous vibe on a smaller scale. Originally conceived as a celebration of Prince Ludwig’s marriage with Princess Luise Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen in 1810, Oktoberfest is now the world’s biggest beer festival, drawing around 6 million visitors per year to the Theresienwiese in Munich, the capital of Bavaria. It is traditionally opened by the mayor of Munich, who taps the first keg and then hands the festival’s first beer to the Bavarian prime minister, who serves a position like that of a governor in the United States. Although its primary attraction is indeed the beer served in “Maß,” glasses that hold 34 fluid ounces (1 liter), there are also copious food trucks and amusement rides


for sober entertainment. Inquiring about the Duke event’s authenticity may, however, be the wrong question to ask. “Well, not too much,” said Fiona Danner, a visiting student from Berlin’s Humboldt University who grew up in Bavaria. She said that neither the potato salad served nor the pretzels were close to their European counterparts, but she still commended the picture booth and the joyful mood everybody seemed to be in. “They did try their best given what America sells as German food, which is slim to none,” added Max Gardner, a junior who previously studied in Germany as part of the Duke in Berlin program. Apart from intensively studying the language, he had explored the country’s food scene, its avid soccer fans and the many cultural attractions that its capital

has to offer. Both Danner and Gardner noted that hot dog buns, like those served along with the sausages at Duke, are unheard of in Germany, where a special kind of breakfast roll called “Brötchen” is the go-to side on such occasions. In spite of all limitations, the event was a pleasant introduction to Germany’s celebratory culture and a great change to the dreary first week after fall break, in which many students return to their studious selves after the recreational activities they enjoyed over break. Those in search of drunken hordes may have been better off at Shooters or at the numerous fraternity parties, but the event certainly gave students a taste of its Bavarian counterpart. No matter if students will experience their next Oktoberfest in Germany or at Duke, pretzels and sausages are guaranteed at either location.

Joel Kohen | Contributing Photographer The patio outside of Au Bon Pain turned into a Bavarian Volksfest for two hours on Friday.

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Draw Durham program lets student artists sketch their surroundings By Kerry Rork Contributing Writer

Student artists at Duke, especially those not majoring in visual arts, know the struggle of finding like-minded individuals and opportunities to practice their craft well. A new DUU initiative hopes to address this challenge. Juniors Della Tao and Joyce Er have been involved in the Duke visual arts world since arriving on campus. As chairs of the DUU VisArts committee last year, they quickly noticed this lack of community. “There aren’t visual arts organizations where the members just show up, meet each other, make art, get to know other artists and grow as artists themselves,” Er said. During their sophomore year, they begin searching for ways to combat this problem within the visual arts community at Duke. Their solution was Draw Durham: BiWeekly Sketch Walks, an event modeled off of a modified version of urban sketching. This method of sketching is an international movement where artists draw from life, rather than from photographs, perfect for the introduction of artists to Durham and its wider artistic culture. Draw Durham was founded with the purposes of “building a visual arts community and introducing Duke students in general into the greater Durham area,” Tao said. Although it is still in its early stages, the program is doing just that with a growing artistic community involved. “The sketch walks are a step in the right direction: showing the university that there is a genuine demand for visual art,” Er said. The program began with two workshops:

Kerry Rork | Contributing Photographer Draw Durham: Biweekly Sketching is a new program that brings student artists into Durham and allows them to sketch the world around them.

one for making watercolor kits and another for book binding. The goal was to prep the artists with everything they could need to go out and sketch. Since then, the program has gone on two sketch walks: one to Durham Farmers Market and one to 21c Museum in downtown Durham. Student instructors and professors accompany the artists to help guide them as they explore the city. These instructors are able to help beginners learn to draw and guide lifelong artists in perfecting their craft. Beyond the community of artists they are creating at Duke, the founders of Draw Durham hope to expose them to the many artistic outlets in the city. The goal is to eradicate the false perception that “there is no art in Durham,” when in fact, the city has a

booming arts culture and community. Tao said that while the artists were at the Duke Farmer’s Market, a number of individuals came up to talk about their passion for art and potential opportunities. Artists also take inspiration from the Durham community to create their own pieces. Initially targeted towards freshmen, the program is now comprised of a diverse mix of individuals, ranging from juniors to grad students. “It is for everyone,” Er said. You don’t need to have skill.” The main requirement is a willingness to learn and grow as artists. Inspired by Jason Polan’s Taco Bell Drawing Club, Tao and Er have been working to establish a Pitchforks drawing group that meets on alternating Saturdays between the

sketch walks. Poland founded the club in 2005 in New York City, where he and other artists would gather at a Taco Bell once a week and sketch and talk. Tao and Er hope to do the same thing at Pitchforks on campus. This opportunity would give artists a low commitment method to express their passion and practice their skills. They hope to have this secondary group up and running after fall break and the end of midterm season. Since Draw Durham was founded, Er said Duke has provided extensive financial support in providing facilities and materials. “The university isn’t necessarily against supporting the visual arts,” she said. “They’ve just been waiting for someone to come out and work on it.”


‘A Star is Born’ retells a classic tale of fame, love and sacrifice By Bre Bradham Editor-in-Chief

Standing on the side of the stage as a stadium crowd roars and Bradley Cooper’s teasing cowboy crooner begs her to join him, Lady Gaga’s Ally has a choice to make. She can walk out on the stage and sing a duet with him, or she can let the opportunity of a lifetime pass. It’s a trope that you’ve seen a dozen times, but you can’t help the voice in your head begging her to do it. You know she’s going out there, but God, what if she doesn’t? The tension squeezes you, despite the feeling that you may have seen the exact scene before. But it grabs you, because the desperation in Lady Gaga’s voice as she debates going onstage makes you think that even she does not know how it will end. The scene, like this remake of “A Star is Born,” overpowers its stale tropes by the sheer willpower of two lead actors hellbent on dragging the musical romance into the 21st century — and they have the chemistry and vocals to do it. The 2018 version is the third remake of a film first released in 1937. The second edition came in the 1950s, followed by a 1976 rendition featuring a permed Barbra Streisand as Esther Hoffman. The 2018 version is modeled after the 1970s remake, and the plot is frustratingly dated. By day Ally is a waitress and by night she is a singer at a drag bar, where she first meets Cooper’s Jackson Maine. He stumbles in one night after performing a concert nearby. They lock eyes as she belts out the last notes of “La Vie en Rose” in smooth French while lying down with her back on the bar. This waitress-bar-singer version of Gaga

— with choppy brown locks and barely any makeup — is not one the “Edge of Glory” singer has shown often. Stripped of the shiny outfits and styling, she’s nearly unrecognizable. This uncharacteristic vulnerability is part of what makes her character so compelling. Where an unknown actress’s visage would be taken as her “normal” and her transformation into a pop star throughout the course of the movie would feel new, Gaga grows into her superstar form and style throughout the movie. Ally’s rags-to-riches metamorphosis is thrown askew by the audience’s cognizance of her real-life counterpart as a perfectly coiffed pop star. Ally’s vulnerability early in the movie, when her confidence is challenged by her insecurity in her physical appearance — specifically the size of her nose — is expertly portrayed by Gaga in her big screen debut. But she does not let her co-star Cooper, a novice singer who also directed the film, rest on his acting laurels to play the cocksure country singer. All the music in the film was recorded live. After the pair meet at the drag bar, they spend the night talking with one another. He asks Ally to join him at a concert the next day, but she initially declines, but eventually decides to go and takes the stage with Maine. They belt out a duet (“Shallow”) that was conceived the night before in a parking lot. A whirlwind climb follows as Ally carves out a fan base of her own and lands a record deal, which steers her away from the country music the pair was singing and into the pop landscape. The soundtrack, a consistent highlight of film, continues to shine down the stretch. Cooper’s gravelly boom comes

through in “Always Remember Us This Way,” though Gaga is in a stunted version of her full rock star form in the choppy and repetitive “Is That Alright?” The soundtrack has now given the pair a No. 1 album, as it topped the charts and has more than 48 million streams. As Ally’s success continues to grow, Maine’s alcoholism and drug addiction worsens. The tension created by her career threatening to eclipse his own as she lands a record deal and sings on “Saturday Night Live” is softened by their ability to call each other out on his jealousy. They get engaged, with a guitar wire ring, and married in one day.

But his addiction continues to be a roadblock for their relationship, and after a disaster at the Grammys he ends up in a rehabilitation center. Like he sings in “Shallow,” she is a salve for his worsening addiction. “I’m fallin’ / In all the good times / I find myself longing for change / And in the bad times I fear myself.” Like her response in the first song they sang together, it is Jackson’s struggle—borne in a difficult childhood and sharpened by addiction—that brings the love story to a dramatic and heart-wrenching finale. “Tell me something boy / Aren’t you tired tryin’ to fill that void?”

Photo Courtesy of IMDB The 2018 film “A Star is Born” is the fourth time this classic tale of love and fame has been told.

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A guide to the must-eat foods at the North Carolina State Fair By Christy Kuesel & Jessica Williams Recess Editor & Media Production Editor

The N.C. State Fair comes to town just once a year, drawing in over 1 million visitors from across the state. Although the fair features rides galore and a number of exhibitions and competitions, the real star of the event is the food. Ranging from classics like deep fried Oreos to oddities like the Krispy Kreme burger, fair food packs a high enough calorie and sugar count to satisfy any craving. Recess sampled a selection of foods from the fair. Funnel Cake A classic fair food, the warm, squishy dough was perfect for the chilly night. It’s best with a generous amount of powdered sugar — a benefit to taste buds but a detriment to black clothing. While there are more flavorful (and extreme) desserts at the fair, funnel cake is the perfect food to share with friends.

Jerk Pork Wrap with Mango Sauce This delicacy took home the top media prize on the State Fair preview day, and it deserves all of the praise it has garnered. No, it’s not what typically comes to mind when you think of fair food. None of it is deep fried, and there’s even a vegetable or two inside. But it does feature warm, flavorful jerk pork that’s cooled down by the inclusion of the mango salsa. The state fair is about trying new things and this wrap is a must-try. Sweet Roasted Corn While roasted corn was a familiar fair food, all the signs for “sweet” corn were mysterious; how sweet could this vegetable be? After tasting some to find out, it was evidently just plain roasted corn, dipped, like all others, in a vat of straight butter. Flavorful and fresh, the corn seemed like a healthy(-ish, not really) fair food option. Plus, there’s something primal about gnawing into an ear of corn with nearby livestock and horticulture shows.

Bloomin Onion A completely new food for one of the Recess editors, bloomin onions quickly became a new fair favorite. The dish was initially a bit off-putting; the onions at first look like huge hairy spiders, but are seriously addicting once eaten. With basically the same flavor as onion rings, the fried onion paired perfectly with the ranch-like dipping sauce. Also, an onion is a vegetable! Eating an onion and corn in one night is super healthy… just disregard the butter and the fried bits. Deep Fried Oreos If any food could sum up the State Fair, it would be deep fried Oreos — they’re unexpectedly wonderful, and like the fair, the health effects will stay with you long after the night is over. It’s an unlikely match, but deep frying Milk’s Favorite Cookie and covering it with powdered sugar creates a sensational treat. It is perhaps one of the unhealthiest things you can get at the State Fair, but it is worth it.

Cheesecake on a Stick This is a grossly underrated fair food. Aside from the fact that most things taste better on sticks (marshmallows, kebabs, etc.), the sweetness of the chocolate coating perfectly complements the richness of the cheesecake. The sprinkles give the dessert an amazing balance between creaminess and crunchiness that’s hard to find anywhere else. Best of all, it’s portable. At no other time can someone casually bring cheesecake with them to wait in lines, talk with friends or drive home. Candy Apple The downside to the State Fair is the long lines and prices for food — it can take 20 minutes to get deep fried Oreos — and the food is notoriously overpriced. None of these stereotypes apply to the candy apple. It’s available for $2, there’s no line and it’s stationed conveniently near the exit to grab as you make a dash for your bus. Is it the highest quality? No, it’s a pretty standard apple covered in candy. But you do get exactly what you paid for.

Jessica Williams, Christy Kuesel & Likhitha Butchireddygari | Contributing Photographers The N.C. State Fair features a wide array of sweet delights, like deep fried Oreos and Krispy Kreme burgers.

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Loving to hate Radiohead: When perfection overshadows emotion By Will Atkinson Culture Editor

Over the summer, I attended a screening of Paul Thomas Anderson’s music documentary “Junun,” which featured a Q&A with the director himself along with some of his co-conspirators in the making of the film. Among them was Jonny Greenwood, who has become Anderson’s chosen composer, responsible for the scores for “There Will Be Blood,” “Inherent Vice” and, most recently, “Phantom Thread.” But the obvious elephant in the room, once the moderator opened the floor to audience questions, was Greenwood’s other project — that is, Radiohead, in which he is the lead guitarist. Although the night had nothing to do with the band, more than one eager audience member took the chance to ask Greenwood about the group’s plans, often prefacing their question with a drawn-out paean to its genius: How was the movie different from Radiohead? When can we expect the new album from Radiohead? Like, how did you do that guitar riff on “Paranoid Android?” Greenwood, all too aware of his band’s outsized reputation, graciously deflected most of these questions (after the last one, he quickly decided it was time to put the Q&A portion of the evening to rest). But that screening displayed Radiohead’s cult in a nutshell, symptomatic of the hegemony the act has enjoyed over the 25 years of its existence, a status that’s been upheld by (mostly white, mostly male, mostly on the internet) critics and fans. As the target of utterances of “Best Band Ever,” Radiohead seems to rival only The Beatles, its very name ensuring legions of fawning reviews for every new project. And like the Fab Four, no other band attracts so much ire, both from listeners who find its music more difficult than enjoyable and from dedicated music enthusiasts who find its influence overblown. If even Jonny Greenwood is weary of Radiohead’s deification, isn’t there a problem? I rolled my eyes along with Greenwood when the conversation kept steering back to Radiohead

that night. But part of the pleasure in my own cynicism, indeed, is that I, too, have something of my own fanboy history with the band. If’s metrics are to be believed, there was a period of time somewhere between eighth and ninth grade where, it seems, I listened almost exclusively to Radiohead — so much so, in fact, that even today they’re my most-played artist of all time, a fate I may never escape (and it’s not even close). I suppose that it was only natural. Unlike other bands, Radiohead’s catalog had the benefit of being thoroughly and exhaustively documented on the internet; spend any amount of time on Pitchfork, Wikipedia or Rolling Stone, and you start to get the point. My work was cut out for me. And this made it easy to get lost in it all: I began with the Britpop pleasure centers of “The Bends,” dove headlong into the moody underworld of “Kid A,” went back a step to catch up on “OK Computer” and then again into the 2000s, the scattershot “Hail to the Thief” and the kaleidoscopic “In Rainbows.” (I, like many others, simply never made the time for “Pablo Honey.”) I learned “Karma Police” on piano, I attempted to dissect the drumming pattern of “15 Step,” I was entranced by the reversed-audio gimmickry on “Like Spinning Plates.” Even if my appreciation was colored by the band’s presupposed greatness, I incorporated these tools into my musical vocabulary, linked these moments with my own experience. But unlike some other artists I discovered during formative years, I don’t find myself revisiting Radiohead again and again. Maybe, for one, I’m simply more self-conscious of how unwittingly typecast my nascent taste was: because of course a moody adolescent is going to identify with Thom Yorke warbling about Y2K anxiety, soul-sucking neoliberalism and not one, but two George Orwell novels. These days, copping to a Radiohead phase is more a self-deprecating joke than an actual admission of an interest. In addition, there’s no doubt that Radiohead

is, in a practical sense, good at what it does: At this point, one gets the sense it is less a “band” and more a group of five professionals working on a project, with a longevity and chemistry that few other artists can boast. The group’s greatest achievement may be its ability to distill its more experimental influences — from krautrock to IDM and tape manipulation — into rock music that is at once accessible and meticulously constructed and, by all accounts, “perfect.” But that’s part of the problem, because perfection isn’t interesting, or particularly fun. It’s stasis. In this sense, Radiohead can feel like a dead end amid the tributaries of its various influences. The band’s fingerprints are all over modern rock, from Coldplay and Keane (regrettably) to Moses Sumney (less regrettably). But too often the spontaneity, the humor and the rough-aroundthe-edges charm of its forebears — CAN and Faust come to mind — are lost under Radiohead’s clinical devotion to studiousness. From the “perfect record,” where else is there left to go?

For all its self-seriousness, when Radiohead lets pathos and vulnerability take the wheel, the results are often, counterintuitively, the most stunning: Take the raw wall of sound of “The Bends,” or the hearton-sleeve of “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi” or the crushing dance of 2016’s “Present Tense.” Beyond all the precious arrangements and the all-consuming front of alienation, Radiohead sometimes makes room for sadness, for catharsis, even for joy — which is nothing if not the point of pop music. To Greenwood’s credit, when asked about the guitar line for “Paranoid Android” at that screening, he replied, simply, that he didn’t really know what notes he was playing at the time. The answer didn’t surprise me; too often, I think, people forget that most rock musicians are just rock musicians. It was assuring, too, to hear this bit of levity from him. Jonny Greenwood doesn’t take Radiohead too seriously, so why should we? I’ve always believed that to really love something you should be its harshest critic. Whether I choose to admit it, the same is true for Radiohead.

Alexandra Bateman | Design Editor Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood was chosen to be the composer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread.’

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Coach K isn’t ignorant. He’s tired of listening The FBI’s college hoops corruption trial has made for plenty of bombshell headlines the last two weeks. When names like Rick Pitino, Bill Self, Deandre Ayton and Dennis Smith Jr. mix with companies such as Nike, Adidas and Under Armour and piles of cash as large as $150,000, would we expect any less? But the case has had plenty of flash and very little substance. No real evidence has emerged to suggest that any of these coaches knew about the shady deals happening in parking lots or on the sidelines of AAU tournaments. Yet after Blue Devil head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s first press conference of the season Monday at Duke’s media day, there was plenty of outrage. Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel wrote in a Tuesday morning column, “The great Mike Krzyzewski, who is way too smart for this, who is way too strong for this, is just going with the status quo and claiming that a federal trial and under-oath testimony and FBI wiretaps are just nothing, nothing at all.” Jeff Goodman, a basketball analyst for Stadium, tweeted, “I am not buying this. At all.” Why all the anger directed at the winningest coach in Division I history, one who has been regarded as an ambassador for the game of basketball for much of this century? This is what Coach K had to say about the trial: “I think it’s minute. It’s a blip. It’s not what’s happening.” Eleven words later, many were suddenly convinced that Krzyzewski doesn’t understand

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Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski stood firm at media day when asked about the ongoing NCAA investigations. the magnitude of the situation. He went from a wise leader to a cranky old coach who doesn’t want things to change. Change—where have we heard that word before? Ah, that’s right, the very same Krzyzewski talked about it when one of his own player’s name came up in a set of documents Yahoo got from the FBI. “It’s a horrible time for the game, but the game has begged, it’s been on its knees begging for change for years, and sometimes unless something horrible happens, you just don’t change,” Krzyzewski said in February. “We need change. We need to take a look at amateurism and define it probably differently. We have to look at it through the prism of a 16-year-old kid and a family, and what they should be allowed and make sure it’s the same

things that are allowed to other NCAA athletes or maybe do something that would be ahead of the game and become more modern in what we’re doing.” So what happened? The NCAA convened its Commission on College Basketball and made the most minimal of efforts to reform. The group came up with a vague set of recommendations, and the group of 11 socalled experts consisted of no current coaches and just two current athletic directors. If you truly think that former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and retired Army General Martin Dempsey are the people that understand the ins and outs of college hoops better than anyone else, you’re sorely mistaken. While all of this was happening, Coach K continued to talk.

He spoke up as far back as last year’s Duke media day, telling reporters in October 2017, “We don’t have a good model, a model that fits what’s happening in basketball.” And in August, once the NCAA’s recommendations were published, he said, “I’m being somewhat critical of the coordination and the implementation, the process of getting there and the process of making it happen. Who is doing that?” The answer? Not Kryzewski, Roy Williams, Jim Boeheim, Tom Izzo or any of the game’s veteran leaders, coaches who have always been respected and trusted when it comes to the sport of basketball. This is far from a full-throated defense of Coach K. Maybe Krzyzewski really doesn’t understand what is going in the game because the Blue Devils are isolated in their sport, among the upper echelon of program who need not turn to shoe companies to dump bags of cash upon their recruits’ doorsteps. He is not, however, apathetic when it comes to problems surrounding the sport. Krzyzewski is not a hypocrite, turning his back to scandal and telling us, ‘Everything’s fine, nothing to see here.’ Perhaps he is making an attempt to salvage college basketball’s image, but maybe he is simply worn out. Coach K may just be frustrated that, even a year after he first talked about these issues, nobody at the NCAA is listening, that his voice is being excluded from conversations which could shape the sport for years beyond his career. At age 71, Krzyzewski only has so much time in front of him. And with his 44th season as a coach just days away, he isn’t looking back. So until the NCAA is ready to listen to Coach K, don’t expect him to have much more to say.


Scouting the opponent: Can Duke solve Virginia? By Ben Feder Associate Sports Editor

The past three seasons, Virginia has had Duke’s number. Regardless of the Cavaliers’ record—they have finished 12-25 overall during their win streak—they have always managed to find ways to upend the Blue Devils. This year’s squad may be their most talented one, too. Led by junior quarterback Bryce Perkins and two likely All-ACC cornerbacks in Juan Thornhill and Bryce Hall, Virginia has seen its talent translate to positive results, highlighted by a signature 16-13 victory against then-No. 16 Miami last weekend. “It is just a staple of really good football,” Duke head coach David Cutcliffe said. “You can see the influence of his recruiting taking place. They’re a blend of some veteran players and some good young players, so it’s now what I’d call a typically good Virginia football team.”

Despite struggling against the Hurricanes— tossing three interceptions in the contest— Perkins has been a difference-maker in his first year under center for the Cavaliers. Initially an Arizona State recruit that starred at Arizona Western Community College last year, Perkins has found his place in Charlottesville, Va., bringing a completely different game than his predecessor Kurt Benkert. While Benkert frustrated opponents with his passing precision within the pocket, Perkins poses more of a dual threat, also liking to make plays with his feet. He ranks second on the team with more than 400 yards on the ground. Perkins has formed a dynamic duo with senior tailback Jordan Ellis, who has been nearly impossible to bring down behind the line of scrimmage, averaging 5.5 yards per carry and notching seven touchdowns so far. Perkins is not always looking to run once he escapes the pocket, though. Oftentimes, he has made some of his biggest plays with his arm.

Regardless, the Blue Devils know that they do not want to play with fire. “The biggest thing is we’re just going to have to keep [Perkins] in the pocket and contain him, and when in doubt, wrap up and make the tackle,” linebacker Joe Giles-Harris said. “He’s an

elusive guy, so the biggest thing we need to focus on is tackling and making sure we know where he’s at all times, not letting him run wild and do whatever he wants.” See SCOUTING on Page 13

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The Blue Devils have failed to take down the Cavaliers in each of the last three seasons.

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Blue Devils held scoreless in shocking defeat By Karthik Ramachandran Staff Writer

After taking down a second top-10 opponent in eight days Friday, the Blue Devils took a step back with a disappointing loss. Despite controlling a majority of the match, No. 14 Duke fell to High Point 1-0 on a rainy Tuesday night at Koskinen Stadium. Junior Ilias Kosmidis scored the sole goal of the match for the Panthers in the 26th 1 minute with a wellHPU 0 placed penalty into the DUKE bottom right corner that sent sophomore goalkeeper Will Pulisic the wrong way after a foul on the edge of the box by senior Ciaran McKenna. On the other hand, the Blue Devils struggled to get anything going offensively during the match. “[We need to] finish, execute, and score,” Duke head coach John Kerr said. “We didn’t execute on a number of opportunities that we presented ourselves with so that’s disappointing, but we weren’t at our best tonight.” The Panthers’ high press stifled Duke’s attempts at moving up the pitch, but the Blue Devils were eventually able to break it. Ian Murphy finally got off a high cross, which flashed across goal, but it wasn’t met and was eventually cleared. High Point (11-2-0) responded quickly, mounting sustained pressure on the Duke defense and nearly capitalized on a defensive turnover, but couldn’t manage a shot on target. The next few minutes of the first period

saw the Blue Devils’ up their attack, and they were eventually rewarded with a corner kick that resulted in their first shot of the game from sophomore Daniel Wright. Just after that, junior Max Moser fired a free kick that was deflected just wide, giving Duke another corner that was dealt with by the Panthers. The Blue Devils continued to pour crosses into the box but were unable to convert any of them into goals. Kerr believes that had Duke converted one of their chances, they may have been able to establish a strong foothold in the match. “These are big moments that if you get one you can get another couple, because your confidence grows,” Kerr said. “We just may be a little sloppy and a little tired and we didn’t finish off the chances.” After dealing with several Duke corners in the box, High Point launched an attack of their own down the wings, earning the penalty that would win them the game. After the goal, the Panthers upped their intensity, pushing all the way up the field in an attempt to harass the Blue Devils into turnovers. However, Duke (8-4-1) was able to put together a series of short passes that saw them break away up the field, culminating in a dangerous header from freshman Seth Kuhn that floated just over the crossbar. The next few minutes saw both sides exchange possession without creating any threatening chances. As the game turned into a midfield battle, the match became chippier, with both sides totaling 16 fouls in the first period. The Blue Devils closed out the last five minutes of the half with

more momentum, and in the 43rd minute, Moser found space in the box to fire a driven shot on target that took an unlucky bounce off the inside of the left crossbar into the hands of Panthers goalkeeper Keegan Meyer. The second half saw Duke begin to dominate possession, applying constant pressure in the final third. High Point struggled to manufacture any offense, with only a handful of sporadic counterattacking moves during the second half that were dealt with comfortably by the Blue Devils in an effort led by freshman Aedan Stanley, who had a key block as the Panthers looked to be clear on goal. Head coach John Kerr was pleased with the team’s defensive effort. “We were fine,” he said of the defense. “We were in control most of the game.” Duke continued to win corner kicks, but High Point was able to deal with the entirety of the Blue Devil attack. The next 30 minutes featured good passing actions around the box from Duke. Freshman Issa Rayyan caused serious problems for the Panthers defense

with his darting runs along the right wing as the team sought to get the ball to junior Daniele Proch, who has scored eleven goals this season. However, the Blue Devils could not find a good final product, with several wayward shots and crosses producing nothing more than goal kicks. The match closed at a frantic pace, with Duke desperate to draw level. Several of a series of final shots near the box were deflected or were sent wide, and when the final whistle blew, the Blue Devils had attempted twenty shots, but only two were on target. High Point was one of several difficult opponents the Blue Devils have faced in recent matches. “One of the things…in their advantage was they had a weekend off,” Kerr noted. “We played a lot of big games lately, so it’s hard to be consistent over a long period of time and we’ll bounce back and we’ll recover and get ready for Friday night.” Duke will look to shake off Tuesday’s defeat with another match Friday at home against Pittsburgh at 7 p.m.

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By Caroline Kassir Staff Writer

After a thrilling win against Clemson that drew national attention, the Blue Devils look to build on their three-game win streak during their final two home games of the 2018 regular season. No. 10 Duke will face Louisville Thursday at 7 p.m. at Koskinen Stadium before playing its last conference home game against No. 11 L’Ville Boston College Sunday vs. at 1 p.m. If the Blue No. 10 Devils can capitalize Duke on the momentum they have gathered THURSDAY, 7 p.m. Koskinen Stadium during their recent stretch and sweep the weekend set, Duke will put itself in contention for home field advantage during both the ACC and NCAA tournaments. After a small rough patch midway through the season, the Blue Devils appear to have found their stride of late. “I’m very proud of how we fought over the last three games,” head coach Robbie Church No. 11 said. “This team BC sometimes seems to vs. be better when we’re No. 10 backed up against the Duke wall. These are two of SUNDAY, 1 p.m. the toughest teams Koskinen Stadium we’ve played all year, both of them have done really well, so they’re very

important games for us.” The Thursday game will be the first meeting between Duke (11-2-2, 5-1-1 in the ACC) and Louisville since the Blue Devils bested the Cardinals in a 3-2 double-overtime finish in September of last year, snapping a streak of four consecutive scoreless ties between the teams. Louisville (11-30, 5-2-0) is coming off an impressive 2-0 victory against Wake Forest on the road. The Cardinals were able to control possession and outshoot their opponent in the win. Junior forward Brooklynn Rivers, who was named Top Drawer Soccer Player of the Week back in September, currently leads the team in assists and is tied with Maisie Whitsett as the teams’ leading scorer. The duo can be expected to test the Blue Devil defense Thursday. After facing Louisville, Duke will have two days to prepare to host the eleventh-ranked Eagles (13-1-1, 5-1-1) for what is sure to be an exciting and intense matchup. Boston College is coming off a hard fought 1-1 double-overtime draw against Miami, with the Eagles’ only goal coming from sophomore Sam Coffey. In order to secure a victory on Sunday, Duke must find a way to contain Coffey, who is currently fourth in the nation in scoring, recording 10 goals and 11 assists for the season. Sunday’s match is also Duke’s Senior Day, honoring the collegiate careers and accomplishments of Chelsea Burns, Taylor Racioppi, Kat McDonald and Kayla McCoy as they all play their last conference home games in the blue and white. Duke’s seniors have been powerful leaders in their final seasons, and have been doing

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What’s in a vote? (And should you vote in Durham at all?)


fter weeks of emails, registration efforts and social media rants, early voting in North Carolina is finally upon us. However, as we all attempt to find a few extra minutes within our busy schedules to drop by the Brodhead Center to cast a ballot, we should take time to reflect on the state of civic participation—both locally and around the country. Anytime someone voices voices dissatisfaction with domestic policy or the current White House administration, they’re sure to be met with a chorus of sanctimonious voices insisting voting is the only path to change. While it certainly is one of the more obvious forms of political engagement, this knee-jerk reaction to suggest registration raises an important question: how can all American citizens effect change through the democratic process when thousands of American citizens are actively hindered from voting? And what does the privilege to vote mean for temporary Durhamites like ourselves? Across the United States, voting rights are under fire as many citizens are finding out that they are unable to perform the most basic of rights. Indiana has purged nearly a half-million registered voters. In Georgia, Secretary of State Brian Kemp–who is also running for

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governor–has put a hold on more than 53,000 newly registered Black voters. A voter ID law in North Dakota that requires voters to have a current residential street address is targeting thousands of Native Americans who live on reservations without an address. Issues with Florida’s voter registration site two days before

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the deadline prevented residents from being able to register to vote. These examples shed light on the way in which voter suppression across many states acts to disenfranchise voters—especially along racial and class lines—and complicate an often over-simplified situation. These conditions give even greater weight to members of the Duke community who are able to cast their vote. More than ever before, students are being bombarded with publicity posters lining Crown Commons, Facebook posts advertising the Party at the Polls and even emails from President Price. With the creation of an early voting station conveniently located in the Brodhead Center, the university isn’t shying away from actively pushing Duke students to cast their vote. Duke itself yields significant decision-making power within Durham politics. Take, for instance, the fact that Durham mayor Steve Schewel is an alumnus and current professor of Duke. The university’s financial power also allows it to shape day-to-day operations of Durham, like when it removed funding from the Bull City Connector. As Duke students, we come to Durham and reside here for four years, only to pick up and leave once we graduate. Given this, what are the ethics of our power to wielding significant influence within local Durham elections? What kind of political actors does

the university encourage us to be? When the majority of the Duke student body never step foot into Durham—save for a Saturday night trip to Shooters—how can we expect, then, that Duke students feel enough commitment to be given the responsibility to weigh in on local politics? While groups like POLIS have been leading the effort to publicize voter registration and to improve participation rate in the midterm election, there has not been the same emphasis given to educating Duke students about the candidates. If Duke is interested in creating students who are actually partners within the Durham community, then their messaging needs to place more emphasis on voter education instead of solely voter registration. The most immediate thing we as temporary Durham residents can do is ensure that we are informed before we cast our ballots. But the longer-term take-home message is that, while voting is certainly a civic duty, our political and community engagement should not end with our vote. Joining local advocacy campaigns by getting involved with groups such as Durham CAN or Durham People’s Alliance is a powerful way to engage with the community politics beyond occasional trips to the polling station. There are robust opportunities for Duke students to get involved through direct service agencies too, including Habitat for Humanity and the Community Empowerment Fund. Ultimately, yes, vote. Read up about local candidates and the constitutional amendments on the table— especially given that one is about reviving voter ID. But, once you’ve gotten your sticker, commit to doing more than the bare minimum. We must do better to pursue alternative, meaningful ways of engaging with the community beyond using it as a political chess piece— we owe it to Durham for all it does for us.

Letter: Demonstrate courage by voting


ear Chronicle, Your editorial, “Dissecting Dixie” (10/15/18) offered more than the usual skimpy allure for students to consider issues of class and race in the context of the elite education they are receiving. Elite is, of course, something toward which to aspire in education. I liked especially these thoughtful words in the context of class, and concerning myths about other geographical regions of

the United States. Now, an invitation: there is something students may do, and rather immediately, to act upon their selfreflection. That is, VOTE. You do have time. You do have the opportunity to think about and actually act on behalf of those upon which our privilege as citizens has depended. Please demonstrate your courage and your regard for others. In doing so, prove to the rest of the world that a new

SKETCHY FROM PAGE 1 When Duke students buy drugs locally, the legal consequences are rarely felt by them but often by the surrounding community. The attitude that there is a distinction between Duke students and the rest of society leads us to conceptualize substance abuse among us as party habits or personal issues rather than crime. Our place at an elite institution allows us to breach safety and healthy boundaries constantly, without compromising our innate status as “safe” and “not-sketchy.” Duke also feels more sketchy for different people. The sexual assault rate at Duke is 40 percent of female undergraduates, double the national average. The idea that Duke is a safer place to go out than Durham is flawed given the incredibly high rates of gender violence on campus. These crimes are again viewed differently when the perpetrators are Duke students, both because of the leniency Duke students receive and our treatment of Duke students as innately worthy of respect and privileges. The Duke community can be unwelcoming for racial minorities, especially after frequent hate speech incidents on campus and lackluster administrative response. While white Duke students may feel scared only when stepping off campus, students of color can be on edge after racial incidents and when in all-white spaces. Members of the LGBT community feel unsafe after hate speech incidents and when in overwhelmingly straight places. If you are someone who has never felt that Duke is

generation actually does care! If not, others must assume that when so few young voters participate, with so much at stake, student actions are driven only by narrow self-interest. You can find all you need about early voting, absentee ballots, and everything else at Duke Votes. Stephen Jaffe is the Mary and James H. Semans professor of music composition.

“sketchy,” consider what aspects of your identity and your experiences contribute to that feeling of safety. A few weeks ago my dad asked me if Durham was still as “sketchy” as it was when he went here. I reminded him that years ago, he and some other students tore down a field goal post after a football game and dragged it back to East Campus to be burned. While dragging back the post, the students inflicted massive damage to cars and roadside structures. Although current students satisfy their pyromaniac tendencies with closely regulated bench burning, many of us still partake in illegal activities. Although there may be nothing inherently wrong with alcohol or recreational drug use, we should be aware of how our status in society allows us to do those things freely under a different set of laws and stigma than other members of society. We need to recognize the privilege that we have to make mistakes, be lightly reprimanded, and continue on with our education. In our time at Duke we are kept safe from consequences that destroy low-income communities for the same actions. To call Durham “sketchy” is to disrespect the city’s rich history and ignore how systems of inequality operate in this country. As Duke students, we should challenge the ways we are conditioned to think and learn that Durham is not a threat. And likewise, consider that maybe we as Duke students can be a threat, disturbance or nuisance to our surrounding community. Nathan Heffernan is a Trinity sophomore. His column runs on alternate Tuesdays.

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An ethical appeal to voting


irtually every student knows about the first line of the Community Standard. When students are asked about the Standard, even the vaguest answers will often come close to the first line saying something along the lines of, “It has something to do with not lying or stealing, right?” Though the Community Standard does apply to academic honesty and integrity, it also applies to so much more. The second and third lines say, “I will conduct myself honorably in all my endeavors and

Duke Honor Council COLUMN I will act if the Standard is compromised.” “Acting” can take many forms, but one of the most tangible forms it can take is voting. Many people say that it is your ‘moral and civic duty’ to vote, but nobody ever really explains why. In honor of Honor Council’s theme of civic engagement this month, here are my top five reasons you should vote: 1. Everyone deserves to have their voice heard One of the greatest parts about Duke is the notable diversity of the student body. Every individual on this campus brings with them a wealth of knowledge, derived from unique experiences. With every new voice that enters the Duke community, a new, worthy and notable perspective is added to our collective knowledge. It is each of our individual voices that builds this institution and what shapes our communities. Voting, by the same virtue, allows each one of us to express our individual voice on a host of topics that affect our communities. Voting is the most concrete way to show politicians and others in charge what issues really matter and how they affect you. Without voting, your views and perspectives effectively remain untold to the government, causing the government to overlook you and

your interests. Don’t give up your voice! 2. This will impact you for generations The bills that become laws today will undoubtedly have a lasting effect on our generation. Voting is one of the only ways to ensure that our vision of what the future should be actually happens. Several sources have found that, though young voters are making up an increasing proportion of the electorate, they are voting at a much lower percentage than other generations. How you vote today as an 18 to 22-year-old could very well shape and define what happens when you are 60, 70 or 80 years old. By not voting, you are relinquishing your right to shape your future and, should you so decide, your potential children’s futures. If young people truly are the future, then they should vote to shape it! 3. Voter suppression is a real problem The United States has a long history of denying groups of people the right to vote through voter suppression laws, including through literacy tests and grandfather clauses. Despite how ‘ancient’ this may seem, these forms of voter suppression existed within the lifetime of many of our parents and grandparents. North Carolina has not always been a place where people of every color, creed and gender could vote; even now there are controversial ballot measures that directly affect individual voting rights in North Carolina and other states that warrant attention and discussion. It is more important than ever to vote when we have the chance, because many who came before us did not have that opportunity. 4. Life exists beyond the Duke bubble When we are holed up in Perkins, it’s easy to forget that something (anything) exists beyond Duke and our next midterm. Outside of these proverbial four walls, there are people whose lives are directly affected by issues on the ballot. There are ballot measures that affect schooling, federal funding for parks and roadways, and so many more items that directly impact our communities. Many different legislative changes appear on

the ballot this midterm that are as important as, if not more important than, choosing specific candidates for office. If and when you vote, don’t just focus on the big-ticket items, because it is the smaller, less publicized ballot measures that have the most lasting impact. 5. It’s in the Community Standard Last, but not least, the Community Standard implores us as members of the Duke community to “conduct ourselves honorably in all of our endeavors and to act when the standard is compromised.” If there are laws or other institutions that you feel violate your unalienable rights, go out and vote to change it. Acting when you see something wrong or that could be done better is your moral responsibility as a member of the Duke community. If you feel even more strongly about an issue, go out and volunteer, petition and voice your concern to give others the opportunity to vote and act when the standard is compromised. By voting, you are playing a crucial role in shaping future generations, and it is your right and duty to make your voice heard. Our very own Duke Community Standard, which helps define what we as a community view as moral and just, was itself defined and evolved through a series of votes early in its conception. The best and easiest way to act is to vote! Even though students at Duke and our peer institutions don’t always enjoy being inundated with messages about voting, it is extremely important that students not only recognize the need to vote, but actually do turn out to vote. Educate yourself on the policies and the candidates so that you may tackle this endeavor honorably. No matter which party or platform you support, voting is the best way to make a change. As Dr. Seuss wrote, “So, open your mouth, lad! For every voice counts!” So Duke students, go out, vote and make your voice heard! This week’s column was written by Trinity junior Matthew Gayed.

Have you eaten yet?

Have you eaten yet?” It’s a common greeting among the older Chinese generation from times when food was not so abundant, as a way to both say hello and ask, “how are you?” I first realized not too long ago that almost every time I speak to my grandmother on the phone, this is the first question that she asks me.

During the Cultural Revolution in China, my grandfather spent years in a labor camp where food was hard to come by and family visitations were allowed only every once in a blue moon. When a visit was allowed, my grandmother would cook up some hard-to-come-by flour with sugar and send it with my five-year old mother, making her promise not to eat any and to save it for my

Lance Tran COLUMNIST It’s funny how much my family talks about food: my mom or dad will often call just to ask what I’m eating, what I’ve been cooking. They’ll tell what they’ve recently tried to cook or send pictures of new foods they’ve tried. It’s no secret that I really, really like food. I grew up in a restaurant family and ‘helped’ my parents prepare sauces before I could count to 10, learned the ins and outs of the kitchen before I graduated 5th grade, and started waiting tables in middle school. I’ve always been surrounded by food, and feel at home in a busy kitchen during dinner rush. This love for food runs in my family, but I’ve been thinking a bit more about why food means so much to me, and why people feel so strongly about it. Food is clearly something that matters a lot to people—I quickly surveyed my friends about their favorite foods they ate at home and got: fried chicken, egg and tomato, patacones de Colombia, homemade noodles, gumbo, zha jiang mian, Vietnamese spring rolls, guiso de carne, Kare-kare, congee, kimbap. Y’all clearly love food. It’s mundane, it’s constant, it’s sometimes boring. It’s there when we share heated arguments over Thanksgiving turkey, or chatter over hot pot in the freezing winter, or kick back over barbecue (Kansas City has the best, feel free to prove me wrong). But food has so much meaning because it oftentimes carries a story.

grandpa. Upon receiving the treat, my grandpa would share it with my mother anyways. Years later, my aunt as a young girl would be sent to live in the rural villages as part of Mao Zedong’s Up the Mountains Down the Countryside

Campaign. My grandmother would cook food especially spicy to fend off potential thieves in the hopes that her daughter could eat more. Whenever my grandpa would hear that somebody was visiting from the village my aunt was in, he would rush home to roll up his sleeves, knead some dough, and steam some buns to send for her to eat. I think about how these are the very same buns that they made for me when I was growing up, and I can’t help but feel guilty for ever wasting a bite. My grandma still loves sharing recipes with me, and when I ask, every recipe comes with a different story. The cha siu bao I love is the same my mother discovered in Hong Kong. The curry I cook is the same my grandmother learned from her childhood in Myanmar. The cheung fun I enjoy is the same my father cooked finding his way in Kansas City. The Hakka food I dream of while

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cramming for midterms is the same my ancestors shared in China. (Sometimes I wonder where my love for cheap pizza, Capri-Sun, and cosmic brownies fits into this). Food brings back memories and comforts, and for that reason we choose to share. It’s a way to connect to their culture and their home. When my friend’s mother makes us Brazilian feijoada, or our family friend gives us a sack of homemade tamales, I know it means something special to them. But because of the bond between our foods and our cultures, food also acts as a means for our agency and self-expression. Food history offers an understanding of what we eat in a broader context of migration patterns and cultural exchanges. These dynamics matter, and help explain why some cuisines are seen as cheap and destined for take-out and others are expensive and seem to belong on white tablecloths. Because it’s such an important part of people’s culture, identity and agency, it does matter. It’s why people would feel so upset to see their cultures misrepresented, misconstrued, exploited or disrespected by somebody else. So when someone chooses to share their home food with you, appreciate it for what it might mean to them. Many Asian parents don’t always say “I love you,” or “I miss you,” or “I wish that I could see you.” But when my family asks if I’ve eaten today, I know what it means. At Duke, it can be hard sometimes to find the time and space to take care of yourself in the most basic ways. The academic, social and professional pressure cooker of stress that is college tends to make you forget about, or intentionally forgo your sleep, mental health and diet. So whatever your favorite foods are, whatever brings you comfort and makes you feel healthy. Whether it’s rice and beans, Sunday gravy on pasta, fried chicken, sesame noodles, tamales, curry or schnitzel for all I care: Find some time and call up your momma for the recipe. (And share it with me, too.) Lance Tran is a Trinity senior. His column runs on alternate Tuesdays.

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Family Weekend Concert Duke Chapel Saturday, October 20, 2018 8 pm

Three of Duke’s largest student music ensembles-- the Duke Chorale, directed by Rodney Wynkoop; Duke Symphony Orchestra, directed by Harry Davidson; and Duke Wind Symphony, directed by Verena MösenbichlerBryant, celebrate Family Weekend with a showcase concert featuring an eclectic selection of works.

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VISIONARY APONTE: ART & BLACK FREEDOM Wednesday, September 19-Saturday, November 17 Power Plant Gallery

ONE HURRICANE SEASON Thursday, October 11-Sunday, February 17 Kreps and Lyndhurst Galleries, Center for Documentary Studies

AMI STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL Curated festival of works produced in Spring 2018 AMI Courses at Duke University. Monday, October 22, 2018 7pm

DANCING AT LUGHNASA Thursday, November 8-Sunday, November 18 Sheafer Theater

NOVEMBER DANCES 2018 Friday, November 16-Saturday, November 17 7:30 pm Bryan Center Reynolds Industries 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, Program in the Arts of the Moving Image’s Screen/Society and Theater Studies.

October 17, 2018  
October 17, 2018