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Charles York | Associate Photography Editor Academic Council Chair Don Taylor and Jack Bovender, chair of the Board of Trustees, placed a chain on President Vincent Price.
By Nathan Luzum Health and Science Editor
As the sun descended behind Page Auditorium Tuesday evening, Vincent Price ascended to the stage in Abele Quad to become the 10th President of Duke University. In an inauguration ceremony in front of the Duke Chapel, students, faculty, representatives from other institutions, trustees and two former presidents—Nannerl Keohane and Richard Brodhead—looked on as Price assumed his new role. In his address, Price highlighted the importance of regeneration and growth of the University in a new age while reaffirming Duke’s commitment to the highest standard of teaching. He emphasized interdisciplinary research as an essential component in tackling modern challenges and making new discoveries. Reflecting on the University’s role in North Carolina and abroad, he pledged to use Duke’s intellect not only to better the world as a whole but also improve the local community in which Duke resides. “We are called upon to answer the challenges of the day,” he said. “So let us think of today not so much as a beginning but as another renewal, both a renewed commitment to values that guided the choices of our predecessors at Duke, and a renewed charge to make bold choices of our own.” He touched on the history of Duke’s landscape to draw a comparison between the trees and the University itself. Just as the land that Duke sits on has undergone ecological changes through the years, Price explained, Duke itself has experienced similar periodic renewals. “Throughout our history, each iteration of this institution has risen with purpose to meet the great challenges of its day, and has shaded and seeded the ground for grander
things to come,” he said. He noted that Duke’s renewal originates in the classroom with passionate faculty and eager students. Hinting at the importance of transforming education in an age of technology, Price explained that all facets of life have been altered by the digital age—likewise, the education system must also adapt to suit those needs. Price called upon the University not to shy away from, but to instead embrace the new age of technology. “Our new century calls for a university audacious and
In investing Vincent Price with the power of this office, we are selecting him to be the vehicle of our collective and outrageous ambition. JACK BOVENDER
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visionary enough to fundamentally redefine teaching and learning in higher education,” he said. “I believe Duke can and will be that university.” In the past, research along strict disciplinary lines has led to a number of discoveries over the years, Price explained. However, he noted that modern research requires interdisciplinary communication to achieve its goals. He cited several interdisciplinary endeavors that Duke had already created and declared his commitment to continue embracing this new brand of research. “As our collective knowledge has grown, so too has the realization that the most pressing problems and far-reaching
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opportunities of our world do not fit into one discipline or profession,” Price said. “We must prevent our research from ossifying around practices that were designed to confront another century’s challenges, and that limit our ability to confront the emerging problems of today.” Price then addressed Duke’s role in the community— both locally and internationally—and emphasized that the University’s work “does not stop at Duke’s gates.” He encouraged members of the University to seek out others different from themselves in order to understand—and ultimately better—the world. The inauguration ceremony also featured several other speakers, including Amy Gutmann, President of the University of Pennsylvania. As president of the university at which Price previously served as provost, she offered her strong endorsement of Price as Duke’s next president. “We’re absolutely thrilled for our good friend Vince, but it stings,” she said. “Truly, if ever an academic match were made in Heaven, this is the one.” She emphasized the linkage between Duke and the University of Pennsylvania, explaining that West Campus architect Julian Abele was in fact a Penn graduate. Price is just the latest example of the qualities and values shared by Duke and Penn, Gutmann said. Noting that Price grew up with five brothers, she humorously added that his upbringing gave him “a true gift for staying cool under fire” and for “fostering affinity out of difference.” Durham Mayor Bill Bell also attended the ceremony and praised Price for several decisions during his first three months as Duke’s 10th president. To considerable applause
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American Grand Strategy email features Students question campus safety after event with VP of recognized hate group recent dorm intrusion By Bill McCarthy
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A dorm room intrusion and the ambiguous DukeALERT that followed have sparked fresh concerns about campus security. Shortly before 9 p.m. last Friday, Duke community members received a DukeALERT indicating that a “suspicious person” was found in a West Campus dorm room. Details later emerged that the incident occurred in Gamma Phi Beta sorority’s section in Edens 3A. John Dailey, chief of the Duke University Police Department, wrote in an email that a criminal investigation is still ongoing. However, some students expressed frustrations about the nature of the DukeALERT, as well as the University’s handling of the situation. “They are always very ambiguous about things,” said sophomore Joseph Hsiung. “I feel like that’s a problem because the whole point of DukeALERTs is to ensure the safety of the students.” Dailey wrote that “the goal of a DukeALERT Timely Warning is the prevention of a similar crime.” But though the DukeALERT was issued at about 8:53 p.m., the incident had been reported to DUPD at 7:17 p.m, according to the Duke Community Safety Report for the week of Sept. 25 to Oct. 1. This means that the “timely warning” was not issued until more than 1.5 hours after DUPD was alerted of the incident. Senior William Tong called this delay “unbelievable” and the DukeALERT consequently “useless.” “It basically gives the suspect a window in which he/she can do anything since students are not alerted [until] 1.5 hours later,” he wrote in an email. In an email on the day of the incident, Dailey told The Chronicle that “nothing was taken” by the intruder. However, Gamma Phi Beta residents told Hsiung—who also lives in Edens 3A—that “little things” were taken. The DukeALERT itself—which described the subject as an approximately 30-year-old male between 6 feet and 6 feet 5, with “medium complexion” and a short buzz cut—was also inaccurate, contended sophomore Robin Yeh in a post on the See SAFETY on Page 8
American Grand Strategy—an interdisciplinary campus initiative—publicized information related to a designated hate group last week. In a Sept. 26 email newsletter, the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy promoted several upcoming events happening on or near campus. In the “Events from our Friends” section, the email included a reference to a lecture from Frederick Fleitz, senior vice president for policy and programs with the Center for Security Policy—a Washington think tank designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group. If I were [aware that it was classified in such a way], I would have flagged that,” said Melanie Benson, program coordinator for AGS. “We’re sent information on talks at Duke or in the surrounding area on a regular basis, and if the talks are on a topic that is squarely within our wheelhouse— which is the response of American foreign policy to global challenges—we consider them.” Despite having previewed the think tank’s website to prepare a biography for Fleitz, she said that she did not know the Center for Security Policy was classified as a hate group. When scouting events to highlight in emails, AGS considers the topic, the speakers and their professional history, she added. Benson said Peter Feaver, professor of political science and director of AGS, took the lead with vetting the Center for Security Policy. He was approached by contacts at Icon Lecture Series—a Raleigh nonprofit that hosts speakers covering salient political issues—asking that he forward information related to the event. Feaver did not make it clear whether he knew that the Center for Security Policy was a considered a hate group, but he did note that the publicity should not be mistaken for support. “Getting advertised by AGS is not a sign that we endorse every position a speaker might take; rather it is an endorsement that this speaker is likely to offer an interesting or important perspective on matters of consequence,” Feaver wrote in an email. He noted that AGS strives to expose students and the community to a wide range of perspectives on international relations. “We are especially alert to speakers whose views might not
normally get presented in this area, and who are particularly influential in the current Administration,” he wrote. The Center for Security Policy “has gone from a respected hawkish think tank focused on foreign affairs to a conspiracyoriented mouthpiece for the growing anti-Muslim movement in the United States” since its establishment in 1988, according to its profile on Southern Poverty Law Center’s website. President Donald Trump attended rallies and summits hosted by the group during his 2016 presidential campaign. In a 2015 press release calling for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, the Trump campaign cited a Center for Security Policy study that was later debunked. The poll claimed that a quarter of all Muslims living in the United States believe violence against Americans is justified under global jihad, and that half believe they should have the choice of being governed according to Sharia. Lane Pickett, communications assistant at the Southern Poverty Law Center, said the think tank was labeled a hate See HATE GROUP on Page 3
Courtesy of Duke Photography Peter Feaver, director of American Grand Strategy, was in charge of vetting the Center for Security Policy.
Price, professors debate about public deliberation at symposium By Sam Kim Contributing Reporter
As part of the two-day inauguration festivities, President Vincent Price and some of Duke’s most accomplished professors gathered for a symposium Thursday to discuss what the University’s role—if any—is in public deliberation.
The symposium comprised two panels, respectively moderated by Philip Bennett, Eugene C. Patterson professor of the practice of public policy studies and journalism, and Abbas Benmamoun, vice provost for faculty advancement. Panel topics were inspired by Price’s previous research on the role of public deliberation and differences of opinion. Panelist D. Sunshine Hillygus, professor
Bre Bradham | Staff Photographer The faculty symposium was part of President Vincent Price’s inauguration meant to engage professors on issues relevant to the University.
of political science, questioned what “public deliberation” meant in the first place. “When you turn on the news or scroll through your Facebook feed, it is the furthest thing from public deliberation,” Hillygus said. “How do we think about meaningful deliberation when it looks like, from the media and politics, that the world is burning around us?” Though public communication is usually associated with news and social media, Hillygus said people should not expect the media to provide discussion. “The incentives of the media are not to promote deliberation,” she said. “Quite the opposite. Their incentives are page views and click-throughs.” Price agreed, characterizing the problem with today’s media system as its emphasis on “buying and selling attention.” Price said he saw the participants of public discussion as belonging to one of five groups: leaders, experts, interest groups, reporters and the mass audience. “We just need to keep it above the line, so that the interest groups, the experts and political elites do everything,” Price said, drawing from the political columnist Walter Lippmann. “What the media should do is just keep the public in check.” Instead, Megan Mullin, associate professor of environmental politics, said that universities should lead the way in public discourse. She said that universities play two
crucial roles in public deliberation: providing a “venue for the free exchange of ideas” and “evaluating the quality of ideas.” Robert Califf, Donald F. Fortin professor of cardiology and former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, also noted the power that universities have to drive social discourse. “Right now, universities and their health systems are the biggest employers in the most parts of the U.S.,” he said, speaking from his experience at the FDA. “I didn’t realize just how powerful universities were as lobbyists.” While Hillygus acknowledged that universities should play a “central, foundational role” in fostering discussion, she said other institutions, like high schools and public education systems, play just as important a role. But all panelists agreed that internet and social media can be unconducive to constructive discussion. “I joined Twitter last year, and it has caused me quite a bit of stress every time I go on to it,” said Curtis Bradley, William Van Alstyne professor of law. “There’s always some kind of flame war or disagreements or people just liking their side versus liking the other side.” Califf said that though Google searches can be a helpful repository of information, they can also be used to mislead people. See SYMPOSIUM on Page 3
PRICE FROM PAGE 1 in the audience, Bell lauded Price for his commitment to raise Duke’s minimum wage to $15 by July 2019 and for the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue. “Both of these actions, in my opinion, were the right actions at the right time,” he said. “They demonstrated his leadership and sensitivity to the moral and human conditions of justice and equity in our city.” Bell added that the relationship between the city and University had gradually improved throughout his terms
on the Durham County Board of Commissioners and eventually as Durham mayor, which has spanned the tenure of four—and now a fifth—Duke presidents. Jack Bovender, chair of the Board of Trustees, also spoke during the event, noting that Duke has long been characterized by its “outrageous ambition.” “In investing Vincent Price with the power of this office, we are selecting him to be the vehicle of our collective and outrageous ambition,” he said. “We are putting our trust in him and urging him to be our guide through the many challenges and opportunities to come.” Bovender also reminded the audience that Duke’s enduring values remain steady even as a new president
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comes to the helm. “At William Preston Few’s inauguration as president in 1910, outgoing president John Kilgo suggested that while this institution’s administrators change, its purpose and principles remain the same,” he said.
SYMPOSIUM FROM PAGE 2 “The world’s expert gets no more time on the internet than someone who thought about it for 10 seconds but has a flashy way of saying it,” Califf said. Mullin suggested that a way forward in fixing this gap in public deliberation could lie in the ability to close the door and have conversations that aren’t all advertised on Twitter and don’t all become part of a public space. Referencing Price’s research on the subject, Mullin also emphasized the need for understanding others’ perspectives. “If we can explain the reasoning behind somebody else’s opinion, Price argued that our own opinions themselves become more present, more high-quality,” she said. Price said the problem of public deliberation was ultimately one of civility. “It’s rooted in how we improve the conditions of the manner of our conversations,” he said.
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Charles York | Associate Photography Editor Students, faculty and alumni gathered to see President Vincent Price’s inauguration Thursday evening.
group for its anti-Muslim rhetoric in 2015. But despite this designation, Feaver wrote that the event– scheduled for Oct. 17—will focus on Iran and North Korea, which is worth advertising. “The CSP has been around a long time and their views are well known and widely reported,” he wrote. “They also provide a useful window into the thinking of the Trump Administration.” He continued that although the SPLC has an extensive history with well-known views, AGS acts independently of their influence. “As a university, we should not let any outside group impose a blacklist or seek to prevent us from at least hearing about different points of view,” he wrote.
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ROAD TRIP FOR REDEMPTION Blue Devils prepare to face Cavalier team they have not beat since 2014
By Ben Leonard Blue Zone Editor
College football comes at you fast— something Daniel Jones learned the hard way last season. With a chance to tie the game late in the fourth against Virginia, Jones dropped back in his own end zone, and it almost looked like he had a receiver open. But almost faster than he could drop back, outside linebacker Jordan Mack appeared out of thin air and leveled him like Jones said he had never seen before. Jones crumpled to the ground and fumbled—one of his six turnovers on the day—and the Cavaliers recovered to score a touchdown and seal the game. If it wants to avoid a similar fate this Duke season, Duke and vs. its struggling passVirginia blocking unit will need to keep the heat off Jones Saturday SATURDAY, 12:20 p.m. at Scott Stadium in Scott Stadium Charlottesville, Va. Charlottesville, Va., at 12:20 pm, against an opportunistic Virginia team coming off a road win against Boise State. The task won’t be any easier against a team that is tied for second in the ACC in turnover margin and is returning eight starters on defense, including Mack and preseason All-American Micah Kiser. The Cavaliers have been a peculiar nemesis for the Blue Devils recently, beating Duke the last two years despite winning just two other ACC games during that period.
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Daniel Jones committed six turnovers last season in a home loss to Virginia and fumbled in the end zone in the closing minutes to seal the defeat. “They’re a better Virginia team, more experienced with their defensive system, more versatile, using a bigger portion of what they do,” Blue Devil head coach David Cutcliffe said. “We were very erratic offensively, obviously. At times, we were outstanding against them on offense. Defensively, we were very consistent. They made plays, we didn’t.” Tied for 117th in the nation in sacks allowed, the Blue Devils’ pass protection hit
a low point in a 31-6 drubbing against Miami last Friday. Jones threw for 166 yards on 41 attempts—just 4.0 yards per attempt—and was sacked five times. Without any time to let his receivers get downfield, the redshirt sophomore had few opportunities to work the vertical passing game and completed just one of seven attempts of 15 yards or more when he got the chance. Cutcliffe admitted that the offensive line
got “whipped” against the Hurricanes and challenged them to step it up at his weekly press conference Tuesday. “What we didn’t do was protect the passer. We did lose the battle of receiver versus defensive back in those plays,” Cutcliffe said. “The offensive line did not get whipped in the run game. Our offensive line was very physical.” Certainly, the Blue Devils (4-1, 1-1 in the ACC) have not struggled to block for their two-headed monster of running backs, senior Shaun Wilson and redshirt freshman Brittain Brown. In the loss to Miami, the pair combined for 111 yards on 19 carries, and they have averaged a whopping 6.0 yards per carry this season. What’s been the difference between the run blocking and pass blocking units? The ability to adjust when unexpected things happen. “It’s having a set possibility. We’re more used to understanding if something happens in a run. We can adjust to it easier,” sophomore lineman Julian Santos said. “When things are flying more in a pass, it’s harder to pick up. It’s mental errors.” Certainly, not all of the struggles have been on the offensive line’s shoulders— Duke’s receivers have been anything but explosive this season, and Jones posted two of the three worst completion percentages of his career in his last two games. Some of the Blue Devils’ biggest struggles have come in the red zone, where they are No. 122 in the country in touchdown percentage. See FOOTBALL on Page 5
Duke shuts out Wolfpack in 12th straight win By Sid Bhaskara Staff Writer
It was a business-as-usual affair for No. 4 Duke, as it overpowered a gritty conference opponent to push its winning streak to 12 games. The Blue Devils played a physical and polished game on both sides of the ball to put away N.C. State 2-0 Thursday night at Koskinen Stadium. Juniors Kayla 0 McCoy and Chelsea NCSU 2 Burns were responsible DUKE for the goals. “I think we’re playing well,” Duke head coach Robbie Church said. “That’s the best [N.C. State] team I’ve seen in 15 years.... I was very very happy with that win. I didn’t think we were as aggressive in the final third in the first half.” The first half was a frenetic one for the Blue Devils, as they traded possessions and set pieces with the Wolfpack. Although Duke (121-0, 5-0-0 in the ACC) held a slight offensive
advantage throughout, the offense could not capitalize on its initial chances—Imani Dorsey ran offside once and had another shot graze the top of the crossbar. Senior goalkeeper EJ Proctor staved off NC State (8-4-1, 1-3-1) with some pinballstyle defending, catching and punching balls out of the air as the Wolfpack threatened the Blue Devil goal, until Duke found an offensive breakthrough in the 37th minute. After a through ball landed right at her feet around midfield, McCoy beat her defender all the way into the six-yard box before firing off a shot from a tough angle across the goal line and into the bottom right corner. “Chelsea made a great defensive effort and won the ball and was able to lift her head and see me out on the wing,” McCoy said. “The way N.C. State was defending us, I saw that I had space to run around the defender and I got around her. My goal was just to get in the box to give the best chance in any sense, and I saw the See W. SOCCER on Page 5
Charles York | Contributing Photographer
Junior Kayla McCoy scored the first goal of Thursday’s game and nearly had another goal just after halftime.
FOOTBALL FROM PAGE 4 Now, Jones and the offense will have to rally against a team that tormented him last year. “We’re all human,” Cutcliffe said of Jones’ mentality after last year’s 34-20 loss to the Cavaliers. “You know he knows what happened in his mind and he wants to prove himself and play better. But what Daniel has to do is make sure the people around him are in position to make plays and do what he does best. When you start zeroing in on what ‘I’m going to do,’ it never works.” Despite the struggles at the line of scrimmage on offense, the defensive line has been stout for Duke, helping it rank No. 6 in the country in rushing yards. It helped limit dynamic Hurricane running back
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Mark Walton to just 51 yards and 3.0 yards per carry, and will face a relatively impotent rushing attack against Virginia (3-1, 0-0). But the Blue Devils will have to limit the big plays in the secondary that plagued them against Miami. Duke yielded seven passing plays of 25 yards or more to quarterback Malik Rosier and the Hurricanes and will now face dual-threat Cavalier quarterback Kurt Benkert, who threw for 336 yards and three scores against Duke last season. Against a dynamic offense, the Blue Devils will try to get back to the basics. “We’ve simplified our defense a lot, so we don’t get distracted and confused with shifts and motions,” safety Alonzo Saxton II said. “It’ll be a lot easier on us.” Michael Model and Ben Feder contributed reporting.
Charles York | Contributing Photographer
Chelsea Burns doubled Duke’s lead with a tap-in goal in the second half.
in late in the first half. The freshman midfielder harangued the Wolfpack defense with wellFROM PAGE 4 timed runs and quick passes. keeper shifting across. I was just able to slide it The defense’s efforts also showed on the past her.” scoresheet with a sixth clean sheet of the season. With the goal near the end of the first half, Led by a pair of seniors in Morgan Reid and the Blue Devils came out of the halftime locker Schuyler DeBree as well as newcomer Taylor room with all the momentum. Not content with Mitchell, Duke’s defense allowed just four shots her one goal, McCoy pulled up from the 18-yard on goal and one corner kick. Reid, DeBree and box to try and test Wolfpack goalkeeper Sydney Mitchell ensured that Proctor was not seriously Wootten, but Wootten successfully deflected the tested over the course of 90 minutes. knuckleball shot from down the middle. “It’s definitely helped me a lot,” Proctor said. But Duke’s aggressiveness did not end there. “Just having Morgan, Schuyler, who’ve played Drawing a free kick from the right edge of the together since we were all freshmen. Then you box, senior Ashton Miller put in a deft cross that have Chelsea who came a year later. It makes Ella Stevens flicked behind her to Burns for a having a freshman like Taylor Mitchell get into the flow of the game easier.... It’s easy to trust tap-in score. The Blue Devils tried to add a third score in them and not have to worry too much about with a curving rocket by Karlie Paschall that organizing them. New York Syndication Corporation faces a quick turnaround as it readies nearly beatThe Wootten to theTimes far post. Although Sales Duke 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10018 to play No. 14 Florida State at home Sunday she did not enjoy the first goal of her career, For Information Call: 1-800-972-3550 afternoon. Paschall was everywhere after being substituted For ForRelease Release Thursday, Friday, October October6,5,2017 2017
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Duke’s offensive line has struggled in pass protection this season and allowed Miami to sack Daniel Jones five times.
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T H E I N D E P E N D E N T D A I LY AT D U K E U N I V E R S I T Y
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A note from an angry alum
ear President Price, As an esteemed, geriatric and obscenely wealthy alumnus, I’ve taken it upon myself to once again write a tediously long, rambling letter expressing an opinion that no one requested or desires to read. It seems particular fitting given your recent official induction into the Duke family. Under the tenure of Brodhead, I’ve watched the beloved university—where I studied, dodged the draft and was hazed into emotional instability—transform into a liberal cesspool. The Gothic Wonderland I once held so close to my heart is now overrun with snarky women studying physics and politics of all things! In recent years, I have withheld my donations in light of the distressing transformation of my beloved alma mater into a hive of Marxist thought and homosexuality. However, with the end of Dick’s tenure, I’m confident that we can finally address the new direction Duke desperately needs. The students need leadership like yours to return Duke to its glory days. I can’t think of a more inspiring figure than you: white, old and unwaveringly loyal to the stock portfolio of the university. Now is the opportunity to earn back my support. For your convenience, I’ve compiled a small list of said grievances. First and foremost, the campus architecture can only be described as a bastardized cross between the
onlinecomment “Somebody PLEASE get him some adult glasses!”
—William Maxwell Gregg on President Vincent Price, responding on Facebook to “Campus gets ready for Price’s inauguration,” published Oct. 5, 2017.
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Chadley Chateau in the Riviera and my private Bauhaus villa in Bavaria. On their own, both are delightful to the senses. But at some point, this university has to decide whether or not it’ll be a Gothic Wonderland where the best and brightest brood or an ever-expanding glass box with, admittedly, impeccable selfie lighting. Personally, I prefer the latter when I drive up Campus Drive in my chauffeured porsche for alumni weekend. And indeed, I do not have the words to describe my
Editorial Board disappointment with the dullness of the West Campus lawn. We need greener grass; more vibrant, no matter the cost! May I remind you that Harvard is importing its grass from the Brazilian pampas? Furthermore, the quality of students on this campus has obviously dropped since the Class of 1963. They take useless majors, like history or literature, and spend too much time making “dank, duke-specific memes” instead of actually studying. Back in my day, you could always be sure to find an Andover man at Duke ready to work for Bain instead of these soft public school kids who want to work for the Peace Corps or some useless non-profit. Moreover, these dorms obviously leave much to be
desired. My grandson, Leonard Chadley VI, even wrote to me asking that I donate a wine cellar to his section, since obviously Duke is unable to provide for its students! I also suggest on expanding the wooden paddle fund for Greek life in order to continue the legacy of producing masculine Duke men. While I’m on the subject, the composition of our student body has me trembling in my titanium, goldencrusted knee replacements. For one, women are on West Campus now, shamelessly flaunting their bare ankles to defenseless Duke men. The names of our students now average almost three syllables, two more than I’m willing to spend my time pronouncing. Whatever happened to “Jack” or “James”? Furthermore, the food at the Brodhead Center is clearly way too over-seasoned! May I remind you that half of Duke remains unable to process such piquancy? How about some traditional dishes with mayonnaise and saltine crackers for once? Lastly, I feel the need to inform you that the editorial board is simply crawling with communists! A dose of McCarthyism is important for our university. Affronted, Leonard Chadley IV, Class of 1963 In case you couldn’t tell, this was a joke edit! Have a great Fall Break!
Young, woke and black T
his is the era of popularized black intellectualism. Twitter is teeming with emboldened minority youths who call out cultural appropriation, xenophobia, and American society’s racist tendencies. Millennials don’t see rappers like Chance as just rappers anymore– they’re social activists, they’re intellectuals for what they reveal about black culture to white audiences. I’ve had multiple discussions in different settings about racism being the father of race, not the child. People who don’t identify as black or African
Victoria Priester ON THE RUN FROM MEDIOCRITY American are raving about the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and I haven’t even been yet. Are you really woke if you haven’t read Between the World and Me? With the rise of black intellectualism comes a bombardment of statistics about subconscious racism towards black women—the tendency to discriminate against black people of which many aren’t even aware they’re guilty. These statistics show the truth that I, a black girl who grew up surrounded by whites and Asians, knew in the back of my mind all along to be true. Black women are seen as less innocent and less in need of protection than women of other races. On dating websites, black women are seen as the least desirable option by people looking for potential matches. And new findings like these are everywhere, popping up all the time to further fuel the anger of the young generation of minorities who want an end to discrimination. I feel a certain sense of validation when I read articles from HuffPost Black Voices, because now I have statistics to support what I feel to be true when guys pick my white friends to dance with first at Shooters or when my friends don’t insist on walking me back to my dorm at night. I feel knowledgeable, even slightly empowered when I tell my friends about microaggressions I’ve experienced for years that they never considered before. On one hand, it’s good to be woke, and it’s good that we as a society are beginning to acknowledge implicit racism. If we weren’t aware that subtle acts of racism were still happening, it would be a much more difficult problem to address. And now that this information is out in the open, both those who are aware and who were previously unaware can reflect on what we deem “attractive” when we scroll
through social media or go to parties. But when being a woke, conscious black girl is the hip thing to be, it can also come with a toll on self-confidence. I know that black and brown women are beautiful. Should I still double-check my makeup or worry about if my hair is frizzing every two minutes if guys are going to look right past me anyway? How do I walk out of my dorm with confidence into a world that doesn’t think girls who look like me are pretty? Or even if some do, their attraction to black girls or brown girls is often considered a fetish–especially if they themselves are not black or brown. White beauty is the standard for attractiveness, the norm of who to like, the expectation for the girl heterosexual men should pursue. The truth is that all of this wokeness and this constant intake of literature touting the prevalence of racism can lead to an over-analysis of social situations, at least in my case. There are some instances in which, even if subconscious racism did occur, the healthier thing to do is to let it go. And this doesn’t just apply to attraction. At a restaurant, why was my order the one the waitress forgot to put in, even when I saw her write it down? Why are people who come to visit my family surprised that we live in “such a nice house?” It’s hard because now that I have the tools to recognize instances of implicit racism, I feel that in every instance I’m supposed to take a stand, not to sit there and accept it. Now that I’m “woke,” I’m supposed to figure out how to make instances of racism less common. I want to be aware when instances of racism happen, but I don’t want to be the “angry black girl” who constantly broods over racial injustices, a monster alter-ego that lurks just below the surface of my thoughts. I don’t want to be so hyperaware of every result of “cosmic injustice,” that I forget to live a life with joy and self-confidence. I must choose the battles I want to fight against discrimination, because trying to fight or even mentally analyze all of them takes too much mental energy, can take away too much peace of mind. And as of right now, I don’t have the answer for how to cope with beauty standards that don’t take black women into account, with preferences that are all based on the same European features. So I keep checking to see if my curls are still intact, and I keep dancing. Victoria Priester is a Trinity first-year. Her column, “on the run from mediocrity,” runs on alternate Fridays.
Letters to the Editor
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Cornerstones of integrity
an Buchanan’s latest piece of media criticism struck an increasingly frayed nerve. Why must we speak of the “mainstream media” as a single entity? Which media outlets are part of the MSM, and which aren’t? Does Fox News count? Maybe the 53 percent of Democrats cited in the article that believe the MSM publishes fake news were including Fox News in that group (if so they’d be correct). The truth is that this lazy formulation does
e were very interested in the article, “Underprotected: Only two-thirds of Duke students reported practicing safe sex,” in the September 11 issue of The Chronicle in which Duke students reported their sexual behaviors in a survey. Among those sexually active students, 66 percent used condoms for vaginal sex and 3 percent for oral sex. The authors were rightly concerned in reporting that condom use for anal sex dropped from 60 percent in 2012 (at time of an earlier study) to
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nothing but serve right-wing propaganda efforts. The media landscape is made up of a massive variety of institutions, and lumping legacy print media in with CNN allows conservative commentators to tar responsible journalism with the failures of irresponsible journalism. Conservative outlets like Fox News and Breitbart repeat ad nauseam that viewers can’t trust an imagined mainstream media bogeyman, eager sophomores piously repeat a soft core version of that message in the pages of college dailies, Americans lose faith in their institutions, the rich profit and the ice caps melt.
22.7 percent in 2016. However, of this percent, it was not clear how many were men who have sex with men, the highest risk group for acquiring HIV. At Know Your Status, a Duke student-led program, we have been providing free rapid HIV testing for students since 2006. We have trained dozens of students in safe sex counseling and testing, and we have collected sexual behavior data as part of an Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved study which has yielded results that have been presented in various conferences and medical journals. We recently reported that among 188 men who have sex with men, 54.2 percent reported using a condom at last sexual encounter. It is interesting that our results for MSM differ substantially from what is being reported in The Chronicle. We felt that this was an interesting discrepancy to raise. We offer free HIV testing and counseling to the entire Duke student community every Monday and Thursday in the Student Wellness Center. Additionally, for students who feel they are at high risk for HIV, pre-exposure prophylaxis is available at Student Health and the Duke PrEP Clinic. The CDC defines a high risk individual as a man or woman engaging engaging in a sexual relationship with an HIV positive parents, having unprotected sex, or using injection drugs. We encourage peer education groups such as PASH to refer students to us for HIV testing.
Joseph Feldblum is Duke ‘17 with a PhD in Evolutionary Anthropology.
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Carleigh Smith is a Trinity junior.
Weather versus workload
Cartoon by Daniela Flamini, a Trinity junior.
ast, present, and future all converge today on Founders’ Day, as we remember the Duke family’s role in our university’s origins while ushering in a new era under the leadership of President Price. Anniversaries such as these are quirks of the human imagination–we remember a past that we’ve never experienced, while collectively celebrating a future that has yet to arrive.
Even as we authored a new chapter of Duke’s history through yesterday’s inauguration, the only words most of us will remember writing this week will be the answers to our midterm exams. Even as we are told to remember the roots of our institution’s past, what we really want to recall is the complex physics formula for a test that seems so crucial to our individual future. After all, for students, history is a major, not a moral reminder–which is why it’s so easy for the present to supersede the past. For that reason, today’s column is about “foundations” rather than “founders.” Our campus’ physical foundations have certainly evolved over the years, from Gothic stone (West) to Georgian brick (East) to architectural accidents (Central) and to the glass-paneled modern day (Vondy). Likewise, our ethical foundations have also been rebuilt with the passing of time, with the memories of our codes of conduct old enough to be forgotten but young enough to keep coming back. Today, we’d like to celebrate a specific cornerstone of our campus’s history – the Community Standard. Unlike other “foundations” at Duke, the Community Standard doesn’t have a named “founder.” It’s a community creation (hence the name)–one proposed, and later revised, by us. All first-years should know it by now, having signed it at O-Week and at the top of their first midterm exams. Hopefully faculty inscribed it into their syllabi and discussed it during the first day of classes. And for the rest of us, integrity by now should be a routine. And that’s the problem. Morals, like memories, are malleable. We remember the world, and ourselves, the way we want to–as good, honest people. It’s easy to get tired of the moralizing message of “don’t cheat.” Duke students don’t cut corners–we work hard. Duke students don’t lie or steal– we build each other up. And as a general rule, we are in the right for these black-and-whites of good-and-bad. But life, especially in a school, is messy, and the data tells us a different story. Nearly a third of students report acting dishonestly in the classroom. The primary culprit appears to be unauthorized collaboration–with the number of students entering the gray area between individual and group work increasing by 20 percent. This challenge isn’t unique to our university. For example, the “Duke of the North” experienced a doubling in misconduct cases associated with “inappropriate collaboration” last year. In situations like these, there are two possible explanations. The first is behavioral: students, for whatever reason–whether it’s the stress of competition, the convergence of multiple deadlines, or (hopefully not) malicious intent–are pushed to cross ethical lines. The second is structural: systems of learning might be outdated from how education occurs in practice today (e.g., more technical, more group-based). Addressing the first begins with each of us– thinking critically about what we’re doing and why. Resolving the second starts through conversations–like the ongoing dialogue in the Computer Science Department about the best way to orient students around process rather than outcomes. On the Honor Council, we’re working to parse out the subtleties of this cause and effect. We hope our programs, from “Integrity Week” to speaker series to Faculty-in-Residence Nights, can help remind all of us about our community’s ethical foundations. We also hope that our policy work with Duke Student Government and administrators can help correct flaws in our current system– because communities begin with individuals, and at Duke, we create our own codes of conduct. We don’t hold all the answers–in part because ethics, like education, is not an endpoint. But as summer fades to fall and the long night of midterms begins, we hope that the memories sparked by Founders Day can serve as a reminder of a different kind of foundation at Duke–one set by students rather than developed by donors. The onus is on us to make integrity a tradition worth celebrating.
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SAFETY FROM PAGE 2 Fix My Campus Facebook group. “[The affected student] was misquoted in that she described the man as ‘light skin’ and they reported him as ‘medium complexion,’” she wrote in her Sunday post, which has since received more than 110 reactions. Some students also criticized DUPD for their ambiguity in using the term “medium complexion” in the first place. Tong wrote that differentiating complexion as light, medium and dark was “just not very helpful.” “I don’t know if this is a political correctness thing, but if it [is], it’s stupid,” he wrote. “There’s nothing wrong with saying the suspect was white/yellow/brown/black and so on. Medium complexion is just not very clear and I don’t think any U.S. emergency service would use those vague terms, so why should we?” Race and clothes worn are the best way to identify a person, Tong wrote, noting that information such as height is essentially pointless “unless this suspect is a dwarf or Hagrid.” Beyond the ambiguity in characterizing the subject, some students also expressed their frustrations with the ambiguity of the location. “The [DukeALERT] was pretty much useless,” wrote senior William Rollins in a comment on the Fix My Campus post. “There are many dorms on West, so ya gotta be a bit more specific than ‘West Campus dorm.’” Tong echoed these sentiments, noting that if DUPD had provided more precise information, students nearby could have been “vigilant of the surroundings” to potentially spot the suspect. “West Campus is massive and I don’t understand why they cannot just reveal the fact that it occurred in Edens,” he wrote. “They have that information when it was reported to them and clarity is always good.” DukeALERTs are issued with attention paid to preventing harm towards the victim and the investigation, Dailey wrote. “In the DukeALERT message we work to balance [maintaining] victim privacy (a specific residential location may undo that), provide objective descriptors (for example, specific clothing items and color, vehicles), suggest crime prevention tips and have no negative impact on the investigation,” he wrote. However, some students said that the DukeALERT should
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also take into account another factor. Hsiung said that though Duke often tries to “generalize things,” their practices are harmful to Duke students. “Not only are you doing the opposite of preventing it from becoming a larger than needed situation, you’re actually just causing a greater number of people stress because they don’t know where it is, if he’s still out there or anything like that,” he said. ‘The least we could do’ “Why the hell don’t we have more security cameras in public areas?” Tong asked. In her post, Yeh similarly argued that security cameras could be a “simple solution” to identify the subject’s face or the license plate of his car. “It can’t be a cost issue because Duke is loaded and it can’t be a legal issue because it’s permissible to monitor public areas,” Tong wrote. “The least we could do is try to monitor entrances and places where DukeCard swipes are necessary so things like this don’t happen.” The University previously installed security cameras in East Campus residence halls, wrote Larry Moneta, vice president for student affairs, in an April email. Kyle Cavanaugh, vice president for administration, also noted in April that Central Campus had been equipped with security cameras. However, cameras on Central are not necessarily located in residential apartment complexes, said Joe Gonzalez, interim assistant vice president of student affairs and dean for residential life. Six months later, security cameras have still not been implemented on West Campus residence halls pending “decisions on locations and appropriate technology,” Moneta confirmed in an email. As of yet, Gonzalez said Duke does not have a set start date for installation. “Unfortunately, retrofitting a network of cameras to accommodate many doors in an environment not originally designed to include security cameras took more planning that we would have preferred,” Moneta wrote. “But, they will be installed in the near future.” Upon being asked to be more specific about the “near future,” Moneta wrote that he expected security cameras to be installed no later than the Spring semester. He also noted that cameras would only be installed by dorm entrances and exits. Beyond the lack of security cameras, Hsiung also expressed his concerns about general security in Edens. He wrote
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a comment on Yeh’s Fix My Campus post, highlighting a welcome email from August in which Shelvis Ponds, residence coordinator for Edens Quad, compared the dorm to the biblical Garden of Edens. “Edens is one of Duke’s best kept secrets, and I am certain that you are well on your way of finding all the treasures and character in our garden,” Ponds—who identified himself in the email as “head horticulturalist”—wrote. Hsiung indicated his concern for students’ safety, writing that the “suspicious person shouldn’t be a representative ‘character’ in what I call home.” However, in the aftermath of the incident, Edens residents received no communication from their residence coordinator or any other members of HRL. Ponds directed The Chronicle’s request for comment to Gonzalez. “It’s kind of scary and frustrating, and I feel like as an RC, you should say something about it,” Hsiung said. “In the beginning of the year, he said this is like the Garden of Edens, and how wonderful everything is. But then sketchy things like this happen.”
Chronicle File Photo Last Friday, two students found a suspicious man in their Edens 3A dorm room.
No-Man’s-Land as Nature Preserve The Strange Case of Cold War Conservation The 2017 Lynn W. Day Distinguished Lectureship in Forest and Conservation
Dr. Lisa Brady Professor of Environmental History at Boise State University, and author of War upon the Land: Military Strategy and theTransformation of Southern Landscapes during the American Civil War
October 12, 2017 at 5:00 pm Reception to follow immediately!
Field Auditorium – Environment Hall Duke University’s West Campus Following World War II, conservation took a strange turn. Cold War animosities turned large swaths of land in places such as Germany and Eastern Europe, Korea, and Puerto Rico into militarized areas. Although subject to extensive damage and pollution, these sites also experienced varying degrees of “rewilding,” becoming de facto nature preserves.
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In her talk “No-Man’s-Land as Nature Preserve: The Strange Case of Cold War Conservation,” environmental historian Lisa Brady will explore how and why these militarized areas became ecozones, what environmental scientists have learned studying them, and how conservation can heal even the wounds of war.
The Forest History Society, Duke University’s History Department and the Nicholas School of the Environment are cosponsors of this lecture.