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Friday, February 23, 2007

Duke/Nifong Hoax: Day #311

Updated - today's items:

Meg Bourdillon, Duke Chronicle:
Lax team set to face offCampus preps for event, tailgate - At the men's lacrosse season opener Saturday, there will probably be thousands of fans cheering-but not many chugging beers. Several students said they plan to grill and participate in informal tailgating in the parking lot near Koskinen Stadium prior to the game, and the pep band will start playing about an hour before face-off.

"It's going to be just like a basketball game," said senior Daron Gunn, co-treasurer of the pep band, about the band's performance before and during the game. "It's just great to support fellow Duke students in everything that they do."

Enthusiasm for the game has sprung from both the student body and the local community. By Thursday evening, a Facebook event marking the game had more than 1,000 confirmed attendees, about half of whom were Duke students...

John Taddei, Duke Chronicle:
Blue Devils ready for season ahead — For the third straight year, Duke opens its season with the expectation of competing in the Final Four on Memorial Day Weekend. Dreaming of Duke's first national title is something the Blue Devils have done since falling one goal short of the title to Johns Hopkins in 2005 and holding the No. 2 ranking in 2006 before their season was cut short after eight games. The same expectations are still there for Duke, ranked sixth in the Inside Lacrosse Men's Division I Media Poll. But this year, the specter of the program's first championship holds an entirely new significance...

Neil Best, Newsday:
ESPNU, CSTV growing pains — There's a really big event tomorrow in lacrosse, a national story that will spotlight the unofficial pastime of your favorite island. Dartmouth vs. Duke, the Blue Devils' first game since, well, you know. It also is arguably the biggest event in the two-year history of ESPNU, the college sports-focused entry from the Bristol-based sect bent on world domination. There's a problem, though: Relatively few of you can see it...

Editorial, Duke Chronicle:
Playing by the rules of the game — The game against Dartmouth promises to be a major campus event, and one of the first times people on all sides of the issue-including students, professors, Durham residents and the media-will come together...

It is important to note that no value judgment can or should be placed on individuals' decisions to attend or skip the game. If you go, so be it; if you don't, so be it. For those who do plan to attend, however, it is important that the rules of the game be respectability and responsibility.

Administrators have asked students not to use the parking lots directly surrounding Duke's lacrosse field in order to avoid any undue media attention or massive tailgate celebrations. The decision to move pre-game rituals away from the stadium is a good one and certainly merited...

Patrick Stevens, The Washington Times:
Piecing It Back Together — Tony McDevitt was looking around Duke's school store just before Christmas, trying like so many others to finish up some holiday shopping.
It was an ordinary trip. But then an employee spotted McDevitt's Duke lacrosse sweatpants, a sure sign the defenseman was a member of the once-embattled team that had its season short-circuited by rape accusations last spring.

There were no cursive glances, no awkward exchanges. Instead, the most apparent thing was just how much support the Blue Devils enjoy nearly a year after enduring a tumultuous investigation.

"We're all out of your T-shirts," the storekeeper said. Consider it just another step in Duke's lacrosse saga, which included a midseason suspension of the program, a coaching change and more attention for the team than anyone in the tight-knit sport could have fathomed. It has led up to tomorrow's season opener against Dartmouth, in what is expected to attract perhaps the largest crowd in 6,500-seat Koskinen Stadium's history. The spotlight, so searing last year, is again on the Blue Devils. And Duke lacrosse is moving on...

AP/News & Observer:
Duke makes appeal to lacrosse fans — The Duke's men's lacrosse team will play its first game of the season at 2 p.m. Saturday against Dartmouth, and university officials are asking students to be on their best behavior.

"We expect the game to attract considerable attention from reporters, both local and national," Larry Moneta, vice president for student affairs, wrote in an e-mail to students Tuesday. "Given this reality, it's important that we demonstrate outstanding sportsmanship and appropriate fan behavior."

Moneta said the Duke athletics department "has requested that no signs be brought into Koskinen Stadium. Paint your faces but leave your posters and other signage at home." There is no admission charge to the game...

Quint Kessenich, Inside Lacrosse:
Return of the Devils — Saturday at Duke will be the most scrutinized regular season college lacrosse game ever. The entire sports nation will be on notice. This game transcends the sport. It’s the rebirth of Duke lacrosse, and it promises to be an event of unusual magnitude.

I was down in Durham on Monday and will return on Friday for practice and meetings before our ESPNU telecast on Saturday at 2 p.m. I can smell the anticipation building.... Welcome back Duke.
Greg Beaton, Chronicle blog: Once again a media frenzy — Never before has the first men’s lacrosse game of the year been such a huge event. Today, head coach Matt Danowski and his son, the team’s star attackman, held a press conference in the media room in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

There were about half a dozen broadcast journalists with cameras in two, as well as a handful of print journalists. Particularly notable in the press room was veteran New York Times columnist George Vecsey. It’s not unusual to see a well-known columnist or media personality in Durham for a basketball game, but this was certainly something new to lacrosse.

LieStoppers forum: Who's going to the game on Sat?

John Aldrich, professor of political science;
Peter Burian, professor of classical studies;
William Chafe, professor of history; [Group of 88 Member]
Kerry Haynie, associate professor of political science; [Concerned Faculty Member]
Fred Nijhout, professor of biology;
Wendy Wood, professor of psychology

column in Duke Chronicle:
Moving forward at Duke — The time has come to move forward. The primary issue is how we live as a community at Duke-how we behave toward each other, the values we espouse, the rules we pledge to uphold in our interactions. Now is the time to turn what has been a time of crisis into an opportunity for constructive change-to help make Duke a model of mutual respect and caring.

Whatever happened at the lacrosse party last spring, three facts remain undisputed: racial epithets were used; a Duke student group hired two female strippers for the entertainment of young men; and underage drinking was encouraged. In the ensuing months, we have heard our students grapple with these and related issues that reflect patterns of behavior found, not only on our campus, but-according to colleagues elsewhere-at our peer institutions as well.

The comments of one Duke student illustrate the larger problem. "I went to a fraternity party on campus last fall," a first-year woman disclosed, "and was shocked to see a stripper there, and hear insulting remarks made about her." After listening to numerous such comments, it is clear that the hiring of such dancers for organized parties is no anomaly at Duke.

"We are all guilty," another woman student declared, "because we have never called to account those people who have engaged in date rape or sexual assault." Stories of racism (often indirect) are frequent, as are those of women being treated as sexual objects, or of gay students being denigrated. These stories from our students expose a reality many of us had previously ignored. It is time to create a different kind of campus culture...
Duke Chronice: comments - I am absolutely shocked that, after all the uproar that the "listening" ad has caused, such a distinguished historian as William Chafe would sign another letter (i) relying primarily on anonymous quotes; (ii) declaring we know certain things are true--racial slurs, strippers, and drinking--but ignoring other things we know are true--unethical conduct by the prosecutor and no evidence of the alleged crime that started this uproar; (iii) completely denying any responsibility or misjudgment in signing the "listening ad"; but (iv) writing now that "We are all guilty...because we have never called to account those people who have engaged in date rape or sexual assault."

When did it become acceptable to use unsourced anonymous quotes from random people to prove a point? Would this be acceptable in a student paper? What happened to our beloved University that repeated private and public denials by the lacrosse team supplemented by polygraphs count for less in the minds of certain professors than "a first-year woman disclosed" and "another woman declared"? ...

LieStoppers: Leftist Professors Strike Again on Sexism, Racism, Athletic "Double Standards" Attacked - The "[Listending Statement] ad" is re-written, again!

...After reading it, my immediate thought was that they should have titled it "Rather Entrenched" as opposed to "Moving On."

Duke Chronicle:
CCI cites 6 areas for improvement - Committee report recommends elimination of sections, suggests changes to social life, athletics, admissions — According to a copy of the CCI report obtained by The Chronicle, the committee has proposed a number of recommendations, varying in scale, to improve the undergraduate experience in six major areas: curriculum and experiential learning; faculty-student interaction; residential life, social life and dining; alcohol; athletics; and admissions...

KC Johnson:
No Surprises from the CCI — In perhaps the least surprising development at Duke of the past year, the Campus Culture Initiative, whose leadership was dominated by extremist critics of the lacrosse team, has produced a report recommending the agenda of . . . extremist critics of the lacrosse team. (The Chronicle obtained a copy.)...

Duke Chronicle: comments - Why is not surprising that this group thinks it should be mandatory to take one of their sex/race/gender classes? After all, now that the entire world knows what fools they are, who would voluntarily pay money for one of their classes?

LieStoppers forum: Duke Campus Culture Initiative, The Culture War is Launched

The Providence Journal - membership req :
Truth be known, Bryant did get a good man — Mike Pressler sat in his small office yesterday afternoon at Bryant University, talking about how happy he was to be coaching lacrosse again.

A year ago at this time, Pressler was sitting on top of the world as coach of the Duke lacrosse team. He had one of the best teams in the country, at one of the best schools in the country, and it seemed things were about to get even better.

“We were very, very excited about the 2006 season, in so many ways,” he said. “I had almost all my players back from a 17-3 team that had led the nation in scoring and lost in the national championship game by one goal, to Johns Hopkins...

Herald Sun:
Paper picks up awards — The Herald-Sun has won seven N.C. Press Association awards for outstanding work in 2006, including coverage of the Duke lacrosse case, sports and photography. The awards were presented Thursday night at the association's annual winter institute in Raleigh. The awards included:

-- Second place in general news reporting for coverage of the Duke lacrosse case.
"I'm proud to work with some truly outstanding writers, editors and photographers at The Herald-Sun, and to see their work honored by their professional peers -- especially on some of the biggest stories of the past year -- is gratifying, " said Herald-Sun editor Bob Ashley.

comment: Bob Ashley is raking in the hardware. After picking up the prestigious Johnsville News award: Best Director/Editor of an organ of misinformation and lies in support of an evil corrupt D.A. and his hoax; he adds to his trophy case -
KC Johnson:
We're #2! (of 2) — “Second place [of two newspapers] in general news reporting for coverage of the Duke lacrosse case.”

COMMON VS. DUKE LACROSSE PLAYERS: Rapper may run into static during April gig due to past statements. — A freestyle rhyme spat by rapper Common at Emory University last year may come back to haunt him during a scheduled visit to the campus of Duke University in April.

During his concert at Emory, the Chicago M.C. dissed the white Duke University Lacrosse players who were accused of raping a black exotic dancer. At the time, the case was a constant presence in the news and revelations about the accuser’s credibility had yet to surface...

YouTube: Common's Freestyle at Emory University

The Chronicle Blogger: Complete Coverage: Common Controversy

KC Johnson:
The Piot Principle — Academic freedom rests on a basic principle that professors’ specialized training renders them qualified to have control over academic matters—such as evaluating scholarship, making new hires, setting up curricula. It’s hard for the media, or the general public, to challenge the evaluation of academics about the quality of a professor’s scholarship, or the appropriateness of personnel decisions.

The lacrosse case, however, has shone a light into the thinking of an outspoken minority of the arts and sciences faculty at one of the nation’s finest institutions—on an issue where the media and the public are perfectly capable of evaluating academics’ opinions. And the academics’ performance has not been impressive...
KC Johnson:
Comments Policy — have activated the moderate comments section of the blogger software. All comments will need to be cleared through me before posting...

related: LieStoppers forum - KC Johnson's Blog, Is there really a problem?

Protecting Our Innocents — we would like to bring your attention to a recent post by our dear friend Kathleen Eckelt at Forensic Talk...

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LieStoppers: Big Sweep for the Men!
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Michael Gaynor:
Don't link Justice Thomas to Nifong, Professor Johnson — Robert K.C. Johnson, liberal, lifelong Democrat voter, Obama supporter, blogger extraordinaire and Brooklyn College history professor, has learned much from the Duke case as well as taught much. But he has much more to learn, if he thinks of United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as part of the problem that manifested itself in the deplorable political prosecution that became known as the Duke case and conservatives as unconcerned about protecting civil liberties...

In time, the step-by-step back down by the prosecution in the Duke case will be complete. But will the political and social environment conducive to a scandal like the prosecution of the Duke case (the prosecution was the scandal, there was no rape or sexual assault) continue? If it does, it won't be Justice Thomas' fault. He has set the right example and should not be insulted by being grouped with Mr. Nifong.

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