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April 13, 2010 issue of the Duke Chronicle

Transcript of April 13, 2010

  • The ChronicleThe independenT daily aT duke universiTy

    TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010 ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTH YEAR, ISSUE 131www.dukechronicle.com

    WR Williams makes switch to cornerback, Page 9

    onTherecordIf youve just graduated from college or if youre a CEO in the

    [Research Triangle Park], we have housing options for you. Carver Weaver, DCC director of business retention on housing. See story page 3

    DUSDAC: Devilishly goodCommittee gives Centrals newly opened

    Devils Bistro high marks, PAGe 4

    lawson kurtz/the ChroniCle

    A Duke senior looks out over the Universitys campus from the top of Duke Chapel. Members of the Class of 2010 lined up on the Chapel Quad Monday for the annual Senior Chapel Climb.

    Its The Climb Burness to head Franklin & Marshall

    by Lindsey RuppTHE CHRONICLE

    John Burness will return to Lancaster, Pa. to lead his alma mater, Franklin & Mar-shall College, this summer.

    Burness will begin a one-year term as in-terim president of Franklin & Marshall July

    1, according to an an-nouncement from Dale Frey, chair of the colleges Board of Trustees.

    Ive just had an ex-traordinary experience over the time that Ive been [at Duke] and Im going to a place that I care about very, very deeply, Burness said. I think its

    like a sabbaticalitll be a very interesting year for me, hopefully I can do some good for [the college], and Im looking forward to coming back to Duke.

    Burness has served in a number of roles at Duke, including 17 years as senior vice president for public affairs and govern-ment relations.

    Provost Peter Lange, who worked with Burness for eight years, said Burnesss time at Duke will serve him well in his year-long post.

    Im just really really pleased for him, and

    Brown to explore dining, busing options

    SEE brown ON PagE 5

    DSg vICe preSIDenT for STUDenT AffAIrS CAnDIDATe

    by Matthew ChaseTHE CHRONICLE

    Despite his current role as a Durham and regional affairs senator, freshman Chris Brown hopes to start addressing issues pertaining to another part of the University.

    Brown is the only candidate running for Duke Stu-dent governments vice president for athletics and campus services.

    athletics and campus services is, to me, what affects the day-to-day life of Duke students, Brown said. and in my opinion, when I go about my day, the ideas and what I am passionate about changing fall under the ath-letics and campus services bubble.

    although junior Metty Fisseha, a Chronicle colum-nist, and sophomore Yingyi Shen submitted campaign packets to run for the position, they were among 13 candidates whose campaigns were nullified april 9. These candidates had submitted their packets after at-torney general Var Shankar, a senior, had extended the campaign packet deadlinean action that the DSg Ju-diciary deemed unconstitutional. miChael naClerio/the ChroniCle

    freshman Chris Brown, who is running unopposed for vice president of student affairs, will make dining and transportation his top priorities.

    New director not just an army guy

    SEE burness ON PagE 4SEE perwich ON PagE 6

    New recreation dept. to improve progamming

    by Caitlin GuentherTHE CHRONICLE

    Students looking for ways to get active outside of varsity sports will have new options, thanks to the Duke Depart-ment of Campus Recreation.

    The new recreation department, headed by Managing Director of Campus Recreation Felicia Tittle, aims to re-vamp the way students can participate, exercise and get in-volved in sports and activities by engaging the mind, body and spirit through recreation, according to its mission statement. The department oversees four areas of recre-ation, including aquatics, intramurals, outdoor adventures and sport clubs. Director of athletics Kevin White appoint-ed Tittle to the position last September.

    Most of the changes that Tittle has made already in the department involve internal administrative adjustments

    SEE recreation ON PagE 7

    by Diana SheldonTHE CHRONICLE

    alex Perwich likes to be clear that he has no bias when it comes to the Tobacco Road rivalry.

    Im not from Duke, and Im not from UNC, he said. I just am.

    This is fitting, given Perwichs recent appointment as executive director of the Robertson Scholars Program, a position he assumed Feb. 15.

    Perwich replaced former director Tony Brown and will serve as the third head of the 10-year-old merit scholarship program, which grants approximately 18 undergrad-uates each at Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill full scholar-ships, including tuition, room, board, man-datory fees and summer stipends.

    Brown said Perwichs impressive back-ground make him a strong addition to the program.

    Theres no question in my mind that we are a leadership development pro-gram, Brown said. To have someone with

    John Burness

    Perwich aims to mold Robertsons into leaders

  • 2 | TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010 ThE ChRonICLE

    The Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Duke University has positions for work study or non work study students for part-time tour guides from May 3 - August 21, 2010. Also, two full-time internships are available.

    Looking for a summer job or extra spending money during

    summer school?

    The Primary responsibility will be providing walking tours of West Campus to prospective students and their families. Part time guides work a flexible schedule which could include as many as 4 tours per week. This is a perfect opportunity to earn some extra income while attending summer school. Being an active participant in the Duke community is a plus, as is enthusiasm.

    Interested individuals should contact Samuel Carpenter,

    Assistant Director of Admissions, at 919 684-0172 or


    worldandnationCamP leatherneCk, afghanistan

    u.s. marines are mounting an intensive effort to disrupt the opium harvest in the former taliban enclave of marja by confiscating tools from migrant workers, compensating poppy farmers who plow under their fields and collaborating with Drug enforcement administration per-sonnel to raid collection sites.

    the steps amount to one of the most novel u.s. attempts to crack down on a key part of afghanistans drug trade while seeking to minimize the impact on individual farmers, many of them poor sharecroppers who face economic peril if they cannot harvest or sell their crops.

    the plan to pay farmers, who will re-ceive $120 for each acre of tilled fields, prompted a tense debate among ma-rine officials and civilian reconstruction personnel, some of whom argued that it

    provides preferential treatment to those in marja who planted an illegal crop.

    But the marines program eventually won the approval of secretary of state hillary Clinton. in a march 30 cable to the u.s. embassy in kabul, she called the effort the best decision in the face of an array of less-than-perfect options.

    President Barack obamas adminis-tration ended a program to eradicate poppy fields, saying it would drive farm-ers into the hands of the insurgency. in-stead, the military and Dea operations here have been directed toward catch-ing traffickers and drug kingpins and toward interdicting shipments of opium and processed heroin.

    when we went into marja, we didnt declare war on the poppy farmer, said Brig. Gen. lawrence nicholson, commander of the 2nd marine expeditionary Brigade.

    Nothing endures but

    personal qualities. Walt Whitman

    ToDAY In HISTorY1980: U.S. boycotts Summer Olympics in Moscow, Russia.

    washinGton, D.C. even as Presi-dent Barack obama met sunday with a succession of global leaders to discuss better control of nuclear materials, his administration highlighted a seemingly dissimilar message: the u.s. nuclear ap-proach remains as strong as ever.

    while obama entertained for-eign leaders at Blair houseshaking hands, bowing politely and posing for picturesDefense secretary robert Gates and secretary of state hillary Clinton gave interviews meant to re-assert the nations military strength. they indicated that the united states would spend $5 billion this year to modernize its existing nuclear weap-ons, which they said could be used if the countrys security is in danger or in response to the threat of a biologi-cal attack.

    U.S. budget deficit narrowswashinGton, D.C. the united

    states posted a budget deficit for a re-cord 18th straight month in march, re-flecting gains in government spending to bolster the economy.

    the excess of spending over revenue de-clined to $65.4 billion last month, compared with a shortfall of $191.6 billion in march 2009, according to treasury Department figures released monday in washington. the year-over-year narrowing reflected a decline in outlays for the troubled asset re-lief Program to shore up financial firms.

    a deficit thats forecast to reach a record $1.6 trillion this fiscal year illustrates the challenges facing President Barack obama and Congress as they struggle to spur the recovery while keeping the budget gap manageable. Deterioration in the govern-ments balance sheet in coming years rais-es the risk of higher interest rates.


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    U.S. Marines try novel tactics to disrupt opium harvest

    Top U.S. officials stress countrys nuclear strength

    aDeel hallm/the washinGton Post

    Amit Jain, owner of an electronics shop in Mumbai, India, sold five 64-gigabyte ipads for $2,258 each, three times more expensive than the $699 retail price in the U.S. He received the ipads through unofficial distributors. Consumers outside of the U.S. will account for half of the 2010 ipad sales, said Brian Marshall, an ana