March-April 2012

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Bull Rising
Moments after Brad Brinegar told the staff of McKinney advertising agency that it would be moving from Raleigh to Durham, six employees came to him... Read more
[caption]© Glenn Bartley/All Canada Photos/Corbis[/caption]From a low branch of a towering oak in Duke Forest, a cardinal belts out his signature... Read more
Anxiety is in the air. Or certainly in cyberspace.   In early February, the Duke thread on a popular website for college applicants, College... Read more

March-April 2012

Departments

The Quad

Before coming to Duke in 2008, Stephen Kelly spent twenty-eight years in the U.S. Foreign Service, holding diplomatic posts on four continents. Nearly a decade of that time was spent in Canada,...
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It won’t surprise anyone that the new Duke Cancer Center contains the most advanced technology around for diagnosing and treating cancer. Some of the standout features of the $235 million facility,...
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On his first day at Duke, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey A.M. ’84 was mistaken for a priest. Given that he was recently named chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff—and wears a chest full of medals for his...
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Noted journalist Fareed Zakaria will deliver Duke’s commencement address during graduation ceremonies on May 13. Zakaria, an editor-at-large for Time and columnist for the Washington Post, hosts...
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Asilent protest by around forty students on Martin Luther King Jr. Day turned a spotlight on an unpublished academic study, underscoring the delicate contours of discussions involving race at the...
  • Forward thinking: Hanna works to mobilize youth around pressing global concerns. [Credit: Megan Morr]
For Andrew Leon Hanna '14, solidarity isn’t just another buzzword; it’s a generational imperative. In a closing ceremony at the 7th UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris, Hanna and 210 other conference...
  • Spidey senses: Masked avengers and caped crusaders overtake Perkins Library for its annual party. [Credit: Megan Morr]
By day, it’s a mild-mannered library, filled with studious but zombie-eyed denizens who prowl its stacks in strict silence. But on one night in late February, Perkins Library rolled out its secret...
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What does a yearbook wish for on its hundredth birthday? Well, mostly just to keep on going.In an era when many universities have cut their yearbooks or put them online, The Chanticleer—which...
  • A man of distinction: Nathaniel Hill, center, with Ragtime cast members. [Credit: Daniel Scheirer II]
As a freshman member of Hoof ‘n’ Horn, Nathaniel Hill had a minor role in Sweeney Todd, the first collaboration between the musical group and the departments of music, dance, and theater studies in...
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Alone on a stage, senior Alison Kibbe has just finished speaking about feeling alienated for Christian beliefs, while at the same time feeling judged by other Christians. Naomi Riemer ’13, who has...
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It’s rare to see students out of bed at 10 o’clock on a Saturday morning, but East Duke 209 was packed beyond capacity for the opening lecture of “Flamenco Alive!: New Research in the Vital Art of...
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At Duke, “anxiety” is hardly an unusual word. But where does anxiety disorder come from? How about schizophrenia? Obsessive-compulsive disorder? Depression?These questions drive Ahmad Hariri’s...

Ideas

  • Good news, bad news: Demographic shifts have virtually erased segregation, but not racial inequality. [Credit: iStock]
In 1975, the extreme racial segregation of many American cities led George Clinton and the funk band Parliament to record “Chocolate City,” which contrasted several cities with nearly all-black...
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When Don Young needed a biopsy to test for prostate cancer, he was ap- prehensive about the procedure. But he got some help from an unexpected source.Johann Sebastian Bach.Classical distraction:...
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The days after the September 11 terror attacks—a period of high stress and anxiety for most Americans—turned out to be a relief for at least one group.Whales in Canada’s Bay of Fundy experienced...
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Only a hardy few of Duke Magazine’s readers were around when the university hired its first campus barber or published its first yearbook. If you’re one of them, David Goldstein wants to talk to you...
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Matthew Hastings didn’t need a huge particle collider to split an electron. Instead, the Duke physicist did it virtually, with the help of several massive supercomputers.Fundamental particles:...
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When a few dozen students and faculty members gathered last fall for the first meeting of Duke’s Neurohumanities Research Group, neuroscience professor Michael Platt welcomed them by acknowledging...

Observer

  • Step by step: Curt Taylor, left, and Jeff Wilcox navigate the Al Buehler trail with ease. - Jon Gardiner
From out of the dusk on a gorgeous autumn day, two men, both shirtless, run toward me. Bright leaves drift down from the trees, carpeting the ground beneath our feet as my friend and Duke colleague...

Sports

  • Border crosser: Israeli citizen and varsity golfer Laetitia Beck at the UNC Tar Heel Invitational last fall. [Credit: Jon Gardiner]
It’s a balmy, sun-drenched afternoon in late January, the kind of day when golfers will skive a couple hours to play a round or two. But up in the study room of the Karcher-Ingram Golf Center—a...

Muse

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Anyone who follows the news will recognize the schizophrenic character of public discussion of American higher education. On one hand, its research universities are “the envy of the world.” As James...

Forever Duke

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Michael DiLeo attended Duke during the late Sixties, when the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, and other social upheavals led to student protests that rocked college campuses across the...
Jimmy Soni is having a bit of a thrill ride. Then again, Jimmy Soni has had a lot of thrill rides. The twenty-six-year-old alumnus was recently named the new managing editor of The Huffington Post,...
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Growing up on Long Island, Laura Gentile was immersed in sports from a young age. She attended U.S. Open golf tournaments with her father, and while still in grade school played goalie as her two...
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Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans ’39, Hon. ’83—lifelong philanthropist, civic leader, humanitarian, and great-granddaughter of university namesake Washington Duke—died January 25 at the age of ninety-...

Retro

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In the fall of 1947, three Duke roommates had an idea to launch a campus radio station. Using a turntable and microphone balanced on a desk in their Kilgo Hall dorm room, Ethelbert “Sonny” Elmore Jr...

Devil's Own

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Arisaema sikokianum. W.L. Culberson Asiatic Arboretum. Paul Jones, curatorCobra lily: This flower derives its scientific name from the small Japanese island of Shikoku, where it was first described...
  • The price of popularity: "The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club" by Charles Dickens, left, inspired imitations such as Thomas Prest's knockoff "Penny Pickwick." [Credit: Mark Zupan]
Charles Dickens’ first novel, commonly called The Pickwick Papers (1836-37), sent the memorable characters Samuel Pickwick and Sam Weller on a series of comic adventures through picturesque England...
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Born in Charlotte in 1911, Romare Bearden moved with his family in 1914 to Harlem, where he spent much of his adult life. He studied at the Art Students League of New York under George Grosz in the...