Nov - Dec 2002

Singing out: Sonali Hippalgaonkar, left, rehearses with a cappella group Dèjà Blue. Jon Gardiner.
Listen to one of Duke's vocal groups, The Pitchforks, sing "Good Old A Cappella" on their 1998 CD Tastefully Done. Male harmony sings, "Shoo-bee-doo-... Read more
Because I want to visit Afghanistan,I flippantly told history professor John Richards as he went around the class last spring asking why we were... Read more
"It's important to have thinking nurses with excellent research skills. The old hierarchy simply doesn't hold anymore." Mary Champagne Dean, School of Nursing. Chris Hildreth.
[caption]Changing face of the profession: some 1941 graduates, above; a current class in the new Fast Track to Nursing program, below, directed by... Read more
"Beginning tomorrow, I'm going to be there," Gil Scharf told his employees at Euro Brokers Inc. on September 17, 2001. "If you can't make it tomorrow, that's fine. If you can't make it next week, that's fine too. If it takes you a month, it doesn't matter." Chris Hildreth.
At 8:45 a.m. on September 11, 2001, Owen May was sitting in his car, its turn signal blinking, first in line to turn left into a parking garage... Read more
Chris Hildreth.
 In October of 2001, Ann Miller, public documents librarian in Duke's Perkins Library, received a document that she hadn't exactly anticipated... Read more

Nov - Dec 2002

Departments

Gazette

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 - Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South, edited by professors William H. Chafe, Raymond Gavins, and Robert Korstad, and the staff of the Behind the Veil...
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 For lemurs taking part in a new research project at Duke's Primate Center, the experience will be a feast of gummy bears, apples, popcorn kernels, hard nuts, dried fruits, and local foliage. But to...
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 Questions on how we respond to shady accounting, conflicts of interest, and corruption were taken up by faculty at the Fuqua School of Business and by Duke graduates and supporters at an August...
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 This fall's class of graduate students, spurred by the faltering U.S. economy and improved financial packages, is the largest and most diverse in Duke history, Graduate School officials told Duke's...
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 What kind of artist would skin a Tickle Me Elmo? Someone who thinks items of popular culture could challenge an audience into rethinking what constitutes a living being. Someone fascinated by...
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 Duke trustees approved two building projects on campus at the annual fall meeting in October: one to expand the amount of teaching space for the department of Theater Studies in the Bryan Center,...
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 People newly diagnosed with HIV/AIDS today are more likely to be female, young, heterosexual, a racial minority, and living in rural areas than in the past. They are also less likely to trust the...
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 Ritual of remembrance: attendees at a Founders' Day ceremony to plant a tree for each of the six Duke alumni killed on September 11, 2001, participate in the planting. Jon Gardiner.Duke held its...

Forum

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 I must speak to you about something that I can only formulate as the soul of the university. I begin, moreover, with a litany that may not seem entirely appropriate to this edifying setting: Enron...
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 On Situs Editors:I applaud Julia Connors for her heartfelt writings of the Situ family ["Under the Gargoyle," May-June 2002]. I have also been blessed by having the Situs pass through my life, and...
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 Duke moved into a tie for fourth in U.S. News & World Report magazine's latest annual ratings of national universities that offer doctoral degrees. The magazine listed Princeton as Number 1,...
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 No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me." So said Ralph...
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 1876. Alexander Graham Bell gives us a perfectly good telephone--and look what happens. We asked the new wireless generation: What is your official position on the cell phone? Mixed, it seems. In...
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 Crafting by hand: Rankin, left, with husband and pottery co-owner Ruggles; handiwork on display,belowI don't think I was a typical Duke student," says Douglass Rankin '71. "What I got out of my...
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 We asked a few librarians which books they're planning to check out for the holidays.Eric Smith, an associate librarian in Perkins, has been waiting for the paperback version of David McCullough's...

Campus Observer

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 Director Storer: quelling performance anxieties.On a late-October Friday evening, a large man, round in the middle and bald on top, a man who by nature and by profession does not sit still or keep...

Syllabus

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 The history of Afghanistan--what is left of it--is no more uplifting a subject than its present. It is as much a history of war as a history of culture. Yet, lest we repeat mistakes, it is a course...

Mini-profiles

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 Public Policy Geek is how Sofi Frankowski characterizes herself when she was a Duke student. Determined to work for social justice as an environmental-advocacy attorney, she plowed through the...
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 Don't be fooled by this farmer. Paul Ecke III is just as likely to talk about diversification and copyright protection and strategic alliances as he is about plants and soil and rainfall. And...

Alumni Register

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 Moving and motivating: Dance professor Vinesett, students' choice.Ava LaVonne Vinesett, assistant professor of the practice of dance, was named recipient of the 2002 Alumni Distinguished...
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 Charles A. Dukes Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service to Duke were presented to fifteen young-alumni organizers, alumni admissions advisers, and other exceptional leaders. The awards are...
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 Carol Louise Anspach Kohn.Lanty L. SmithSusan Matamoros Stalnecker.Paula Hannaway Crown.Four alumni, including two current trustees, have been nominated to Duke's board of trustees by the executive...
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  Benenson: trustee emeritus and founder of the Benenson Awards in the Arts at Duke. Les Todd.From nominations made by alumni, faculty, trustees, administrators, and students, the Duke Alumni...

Between the Lines

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 Class-notes sections don't exactly provide the weightiest matter in university magazines. But they do provide a vital link among alumni, and between individual alumni and alma mater. Illustrating...

Sports

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 Gatekeeper Jackson: "these guys are students and that comes first"Basketball appears simple enough: bounce, bounce, pass. But making basketball appear on television sets and in magazines and...

Books

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  Quartet for Three Voices By James Applewhite '58, A.M. '60, Ph.D. '69. Louisiana State University Press, 2002. 64 pages. $22.95. When Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul came from England in the late...
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 Paperboy: Confessions of a Future Engineer By Henry Petroski Knopf, 2002. 384 pages. $25. ngineering is a discipline that separates the men from the boys. This is easy to prove: Give an unassembled...

Gallery

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   Clarence BirkheadChief of Police At Duke since 1988 Describe yourself in three words:Ambitious, spiritual, fairDescribe Duke in three words:Leader, political, excitingWhy Duke?Professional...
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 Shame to All but to the Dead (also called Unemployed-ville), David Burliuk, 1933Oil on canvas, 84 1/4 x 60 1/4 inchesIn 1991, the Duke University Museum of Art began assembling a collection of...
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 On the spot: the 36th parallel runs directly through the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. 

Q&A

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 Biologist Jackson: immersed in a delicate resource.One billion people are without access to safe drinking water. Five to ten million die from poor sanitation each year. Is the global situation...

Student Snapshot

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  From appearances, Dan Freilich is a typical Duke freshman: Blue Devils Basketball visor off to the side and backwards; polo shirt with its collar hanging lazily, and no buttons done up; messy...