Friday, November 23, 2007


Students who wish to join Mike Nifong and some in the Group of 88 as paragons of unethical behavior now can do so. Today I received an e-mail informing me--for only $12.99--I could purchase a pre-done term paper on the lacrosse case. The title? "Ethical Analysis: 2006 Duke Lacrosse Case."

The irony, of course: any student who submitted this "ethical analysis" as a paper would be committing plagiarism, the most serious ethical impropriety in the academic universe.

One course for which such a paper probably would not be topical is Group of 88 stalwart Karla Holloway's fall 2007 law school offering, “Race, Gender, and Privacy: Law & Literature.” According to Holloway’s CV, it’s the same class as:
  • (arts & sciences) Women’s Studies 300.02;
  • (arts & sciences) English 381.02;
  • (arts & sciences)* African-American Studies 391.02.

The class “is aimed at students interested in the intersections between literary and legal studies, with a particular focus on race and gender. The subject of the class is ‘privacy,’ and we will read extensively in cultural and legal studies that have considered the matters of privacy-both in social histories and in case law, and we will devote some time to theorizing race and gender in literary studies.”

Race and gender as the dominant themes in a Group of 88-taught course. Who could have guessed it?



Anonymous said...

This paper might be perfect for Karla Holloway's course.
It would have to exclusively focus on the ethical and moral lapses of the White members of the lacrosse team.
1. Under age drinking.
2. Racial discrimination, (Real or imagined.)
3. Stealing (Taking the money back from the underclass sex workers.)
4. Use of White Privilege. (Having families that used their resources to "unfairly" defend them against the accusations of DA Nifong.)

The description provided of the paper available doesn't seem to take that position however.

anon said...

Somewhat off topic but this reminds me of another fun irony from the annals of the academe. My husband and I attended our son's graduation from William and Mary in 2002. The graduation speaker was Lamar Alexander who chose the author Alex Haley as one for the graduates to emulate by "finding the good and seizing it." I sat in my seat, steam coming out of my ears, gazing down at the doctoral and masters candidates all of whom had to submit original research in order to earn their degree, while the keynote speaker praised a plagiarist over and over. But such ironies are commonplace among university faculties these days. Some years ago Insight Magazine published a list of politically incorrect colleges. The link provided no longer works but here is the list, albeit dated:



Founded: 1876.

Enrollment: 4,218.

Total Costs: $20,000+.

Description: Affiliated with Christian Reformed Church.


Founded: 1977.

Enrollment: 257.

Total costs: $17,000.

Description: Affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church.


Founded: 1946.

Enrollment: 1,016.

Total costs: $32,000.

Description: Private liberal-arts college.


Founded: 1946.

Enrollment: 1,682.

Total costs: $19,100+.

Description: Roman Catholic university.


Founded: 1876.

Enrollment: 2,313.

Total costs: $12,700.

Description: Affiliated with Presbyterian Church (USA).


Founded: 1776.

Enrollment: 996.

Total costs: $24,000.

Description: Private men's college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA).


Founded: 1844.

Enrollment: 1,167.

Total costs: $21,000+.

Description: Private.


Founded: 1867. Enrollment: 1,200.

Total costs: $12,000 in-state; out-of-state, $19,200.

Description: Part of large state university.


Founded: 1848.

Enrollment: 1,484.

Total costs: $27,000.

Description: Affiliated with Presbyterian Church (USA).


Founded: 1853.

Enrollment: 109.

Total costs: $17,000+.

Description: Private.


Founded: Annapolis, 1784; Santa Fe, 1964.

Enrollment: Annapolis, 452; Santa Fe, 431.

Total costs: Annapolis, $32,400; Santa Fe, $32,500.

Description: Private.

Annapolis:; Santa Fe:


Founded: 1840.

Enrollment: 1,458.

Total costs: $15,000 in-state; out-of-state $20,000.

Description: Public.


Founded: 1971.

Enrollment: 267.

Total costs: $21,700.

Description: Affiliated with Roman Catholic Church.


Founded: 1860.

Enrollment: 2,302.

Total costs: $22,000.

Description: Private, nondenominational evangelical.


Founded: 1693.

Enrollment: 5,469.

Total costs: $11,550 in-state; out-of-state, $24,000.



Baylor University's College of Arts and Sciences, Waco, Tex.

Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, Ala.

Carleton College, Northfield, Minn.

Davidson College, Davidson, N.C.

Furman University, Greenville, S.C.

Millsaps College, Jackson, Miss.

Pepperdine University, Malibu, California.

Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.

St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn.

Stamford University, Birmingham, Ala.

Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, Merrimack, N.H.

University of Chicago

University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn.

Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va.

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Gary Packwood said...

Karla Holloway and her colleagues must have contacts that are so airtight that a 'pre-done' term paper will be written about them someday.

Contracts written In a haze of egotistical stupidity by the former Duke president.

Now we are going to learn that there are no rules in a privacy knife fight.

Stay tuned!

Debrah said...

"Today I received an e-mail informing me--for only $12.99--I could purchase a pre-done term paper on the lacrosse case. The title? "Ethical Analysis: 2006 Duke Lacrosse Case."

This is totally insane....and could definitely serve as the subject of a Saturday Night Live skit.

And with the writers' strike, I'm sure they could use it.

Does anyone teaching at Duke's law school--someone who is really qualified to teach law--object to Karla Holloway being made part of their faculty?

I wonder how they interact with her, knowing that her presence there and her total lack of scholarship bastardize their own mission in so many ways.

Anonymous said...

Re: Karla-think Vs Cosby-think

The chart below is interesting. There is more significance to this chart than first meets the eye.
I wonder what Bill and Karla would say about it?
JBHE Weekly Bulletin
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.

Women Dominate the Honor Roll
at Black Colleges and Universities

2006-The chart lists the college
Percentage of female enrollment
Percentage of female honor roll

Clark Atlanta U...70%.……84%
Dillard U……...……78……….86
Fisk U……………....69.………77
Hampton U…….….65.………75
Howard U..…………69.………77
Tuskegee U……….57.……….72
Wilberforce U…….59.……….71
Xavier U...…………75………. 81
Bill: That is a wonderful achievement for women, but it would be better if those percentages represented 50% men and 50% women.

“Stable families with a successful mother and father raising children together, will bring the American dream to everyone.”

Karla: Who needs men?

Debrah said...

"In a letter this week to N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper, State NAACP President William J. Barber II raised the possibility that the scam is racially motivated."


One would think that Barber and company could take a few days off from this tired schtick during this season of gluttony.

Roy Cooper must be laughing.

Oh, the irony.

Michael said...

"Numerous ethical decisions were handled poorly, and at times, in a tasteless manor by the various parties of the"

Hmmm. and it charges $12.99 for this gem.

My daughter is bugging me for UPI. She read a little in the car and wants to read the rest of the book.

Michael said...

> The subject of the class is ‘privacy,’

Perhaps the class will talk about making up wanted posters.

Anonymous said...

Maybe she'll do a unit explaining just whose privacy Meehan was protecting by keeping those DNA results secret.

I'm still disappointed she'd not doing a class on "the intersections between literary and legal studies" on the question of parental responsibiliity for how their children turn out.

Anonymous said...


Have you, or anyone else, ever seen the same course with multi-titles and course numbers before? I have not seen it but perhaps I’ve just missed it.

Anonymous said...

A careless glance at Holloway's CV, replete with current course offerings, conveys the (mistaken) initial impression that she is teaching five courses (fat chance there). Of course, upon closer inspection, one realizes she is teaching only two, one of which is cross-referenced with three other departments or programs. Thus, in 'Karla's World' 1 + 1 = 5 (recall that, during the LaCrosse fiasco,nothing plus nothing equalled 3 - in 'Karla's World'). Karla has been 'elevated' to the William R. Kenan [Distinguished] Professorship of Mathematics, hasn't she?

Anonymous said...

It's bad enough to buy a term paper but how stupid do you have to be to buy one with poor grammar? My favorite:

"Numerous ethical decisions were handled poorly, and at times, in a tasteless manor by the various parties of the investigation."

A tasteless manor? LOL

Anonymous said...

Search for Meaning said
"Have you, or anyone else, ever seen the same course with multi-titles and course numbers before? I have not seen it but perhaps I’ve just missed it."
On our campus, there are several classed team-taught between members of two departments that are listed by both. Not exactly the same situation, but similar. The listing is seen by more students, and so may have more seats filled.

Bill Alexander

Anonymous said...

What does "theorizing race and gender in literary studies" actually mean? "Yakking about" or something more substantial?

Anonymous said...

Tasteless Manor -- is that the hotel next to the Duke Inn?

This term paper seems to be a good illustraton of the old principle that you get what you pay for (or maybe "caveat emptor").

Anonymous said...

An interesting aspect of the 88 is how many of them are in multiple departments. Humm?

Anonymous said...

300-level courses at Duke are NOT undergraduate courses, as you indicate KH's course is. Here's the run-down:

000s: lower-division undergraduate courses

100s: upper-division undergraduate courses

200s: advanced undergraduate and graduate courses

300s: graduate courses, no undergraduates allowed

As a grad student in the English department, most of my coursework has occurred at the 200-level. Unfortunately, since there is no mechanism to ascertain whether or not a Duke undergraduate is actually "advanced" enough to be able to do graduate level coursework, some of my seminars have been a bust because of precocious kids who really think they're capable of handling material that they aren't (yet) ready for. Anyway, 300-level courses, exclusive to graduate students, are unfortunately uncommon.

Anonymous said...

On the other side of Tasteless Manor you will find the offices of Forthcoming Press.

kcjohnson9 said...

To the 3.29:

thanks--made the correction.

To answer a few questions above:

Cross-listing of courses is not at all uncommon at Brooklyn. We do it for financial reasons--we don't have enough faculty to offer all the courses we would like. For instance, next semester in History, we're cross-listing courses from Classics, Judaic Studies, and Africana Studies.

In an ideal world, we wouldn't have to do this, because the department would be fully staffed.

That obviously isn't the case at Duke. But, as a commenter above noted, cross-listing is often done with weakly enrolled courses to ensure that the course will have enough students to run.

I can't recall ever seeing a course that was cross-listed in four departments.

It's also highly unusual for a course to be cross-listed in the Law School and arts & sciences departments: the two have different pedagogical expectations. I entered the Ph.D. program at Harvard in 1989; I've stayed in touch fairly closely with the curriculum since I left. I can't ever recall a case where a graduate course in the department was cross-listed in the Law School.

Of course, looking at the description for Holloway's course--and the requirements (six novels)--it sounds very much like an arts & sciences class, and not much like a Law class at all.

Anonymous said...

"An interesting aspect of the 88 is how many of them are in multiple departments. Humm?"

It is the charade of interdisciplinarity. It makes them appear to be well-grounded in a wide variety of fields and disciplines, when, in fact, they are not (a disproportionately large number of them do not even appear to have a solid grounding in their own fields of alleged expertise).
Secondly, it is a pathetic attempt to increase enrollment in typically nonsensical courses that would not otherwise attract students intent on pursuing a truly serious education.

Anonymous said...

Flashback: X-G-88 Stalwart: Houston Baker
(The Listening Ad was not about guilt? Just ask Nancy Grace!)

I wonder if the horrible conditions Baker witnessed at Duke prevail at Vandy as well?

Read the whole transcript again if you missed it, we don’t have to wonder why Duke paid millions to the LAX3.
NANCY GRACE Transcript:
Duke University’s Lacrosse Team Coach Resigns in the Wake of Gang Rape Allegations Against Three of his Team Members
Aired April 05, 2006 - 20:00:00 ET

GRACE: The only statement that would mean anything at this point, Professor, would be an [Indictment.]

BAKER: [I could not agree with you more.]

Baker: I’ve taught in many places. In tier-one, traditionally all-white universities across this country, [administrators know that a culture of violence], a [culture of rape], a [culture of gay-bashing], a [culture of racism and misogyny] exist. [Duke is no different] in that respect.

Baker-“You know, I can’t out-answer you, Nancy. [You’re great.”]

Baker: “And it seems to me that [disbanding the team] clears a space for us to [reconstruct a culture] of citizenship, and community, and [ETHICS*], and responsibility, and accountability at Duke University and, hopefully, become a national model, Nancy.

This is an [out-of-control unit]. It doesn’t have any place on a campus that says it is predominantly interested in academic activity.”

*(Does he mean like the [ethics?] of professors changing student’s grades I wonder?)

Anonymous said...

Holloway's course: Race, Gender, and Privacy: Law and Literature. Is this a new triad? What happened to race, gender, and class? I need to audit this course so I can learn to associate privacy with race and gender. Perhaps there are some federal grants that will support research in black privacy v. white privacy, male privacy v. female privacy, homosexual v. heterosexual privacy, transgendered privacy.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
What does "theorizing race and gender in literary studies" actually mean? "Yakking about" or something more substantial?

11/23/07 1:32 PM

I triple-dog dare you to ask Karla Holloway (yes, a triple-dog dare--we just finished watching "A Christmas Story").

Doubt you'll get a straight answer from her.

You'll likely get more of her upper class ebonics. She likes to use big words that she thinks makes her sound intelligent, when they really give away what an insecure, hate-filled, racist nit-wit she is.

For all the time she's spent in Academia, I doubt she even knows the definition of many of the multi-syllable words she uses.


mac said...

I think Professor Holloway should offer a Doctorate in Thinkology, just like the Wiz. (Except she doesn't get to play the Wiz.)

At her own university.

Somewhere over the rainbow, where the yellow brick road intersects with race and gender. The hoax participants in the Dee Pee Dee would make terrific flying monkeys, BTW. Gottlieb especially.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
A careless glance at Holloway's CV, replete with current course offerings, conveys the (mistaken) initial impression that she is teaching [five] courses (fat chance there). Of course, upon closer inspection, one realizes she is teaching only [two],
Karla teaching two courses instead of five----And how is that NOT good news?

Anonymous said...

As much as I think KH is a pathetic A**-clown, it is probably not such a big deal that "interdisciplinary" classes are listed under multiple class designations if different happens all the time.

Please do not get me wrong...two classes is two too many! However, if we are going to hurl mud at this shameful excuse for a educational professional, let's keep to the real targets...racism, lack of integrity, hard-to-define field of expertise, amoral behavior, "creative" CV, etc.

ES Duke 1990

Anonymous said...

I was surprised to see Karla Holloway identified as a Professor of English and a Professor of Law at Duke. I never really thought about it, but I just always assumed that a "Professor of Law", though not necessarily a lawyer, was someone with expertise in law. Apparently, this is not the case.

"Holloway, as well as about ten other faculty members, hold joint appointments at Duke and are called "Professors of Law." Duke School of Law prides itself in its interdisciplinary appointments. The Duke School of Law site gushes that " No law school is more interdisciplinary than Duke."

Is there a difference between a "Professor of Law" and a professor who teaches some random course at the School of Law? At Duke, there doesn't appear to be any differentiation and so Karla Holloway is a "Professor of Law."

Holloway does not hold a J.D. and her only legal training appears to be a Duke M.L.S. which she received in 2005. I'm not sure, but I think she was teaching at the School of Law before this date.

The majority of the professors at the Duke School of Law do hold J.D.degrees and also have many years of expertise compared to Holloway who completed a one-year program of study. I thought it was comical, in a sad sort of way, that Holloway, whose writing style is extremely difficult at best, was teaching prospective lawyers how to write.

The whole situation makes me wonder. If Holloway taught a course on Gender, Race and Medicine in the Medical school would she be a "Professor of Medicine" or if she taught a course on the intersection of Gender, Race and Engineering at Pratt would she be a "Professor of Engineering"?

"Professor of Law", at least at the Duke School of Law Duke, doesn't seem to mean very much.


Anonymous said...

4:10, I am puzzled also by the mix of "Race, Gender, and Privacy: Law & Literature." And I am extremely curious what the texts are.

So we can pay a small fee to download term papers on ethics...which is surely no more striking than Professor Baker's interview with Nancy Grace about....ethics. Too rich!!

Happy belated birthday, Debrah!!

My present to all of you (Thanksgiving, Birthday, Harvest Celebration) is to urge you to read "Infidel" as quickly as you can get a copy--tomorrow would be good. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somalian refugee, former resident of Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, and Kenya, former member of the Dutch parliament, film writer/maker with Theo van Gogh, and, as I understand it, currently under a fatwa, and in transition between the US and Europe with serious security related issues, crosses all kinds of sacred religious, familial, intellectual, national, and political boundaries in her mind blowing book.

Professor Holloway could perhaps incorporate some of Ms. Ali's work in a class or two. Ms. Ali is (or should be) the voice of modern feminism and therefore of deep interest to the Women's Studies departments around the country.


Anonymous said...

LOVE that manor house!

Doubt that the 88 would know what to actually DO in one though.

Anonymous said...

Tasteless Manor is actually a forthcoming (sic) adaptation of the classic British sitcom Fawlty Towers.

John Burness stars as the pompous, fawning, accident-prone hotel proprietor Basil Tasteless.

Kim Curtis plays his domineering wife, Sybil.

Richard Brodhead keeps the audience in stitches in his role as Manuel, the clueless waiter from Barcelona, while Dean Sue Wasiolek plays the well-meaning Polly, bemused by the constant chaos surrounding her.

The first episode features a special guest appearance by Professor Ole Holsti as the Colonel, a doddering old buffoon who is just one of the many zany guests at Tasteless Manor.

Anonymous said...

I am amazed that a professor who does not understand the principle of innocent until proven guilty would actually hold a joint appointment at a prestigious law school. Have any of her colleagues tried to explain this principle to her? I also wonder how many law students actually sign up for her courses. After all, what would they get out of this class?

Nevertheless, I would say that a course entitled “Race, Gender, and Privacy” may actually be a step in the right direction. Since she has conspicuously removed the subject of class, does this mean that Holloway has finally realized that professors with endowed chairs at Duke are members of the upper class? Or does this concept not apply to those who study race, class, and gender?

Anonymous said...

Anon wrote

"What does 'theorizing race and gender in literary studies' actually mean?"

Since I have written and lectured on this (irrational) movement, I can tell you. It means to interpret all texts (fiction and nonfiction) through the lens of race and gender.

Here are two actual examples.

Gender: "Othello" is interpreted not as a play about the tragedy of envy. Rather it is a tragedy about the oppression of women (because Desdemona dies).

Race: The Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights are not political treatises meant to defend individual rights. Rather they are documents written by whites to enslave blacks.

Duke Prof

Anonymous said...

So what's the connection between Holloway and the term paper for sale?

Anonymous said...

This is from the Duke law school website, describing prerequisites for the legal "degree" that Holloway was bestowed:

"Rule 1-2. Admission to Candidacy for the M.L.S. Degree

Persons who have graduated from an accredited college and who have achieved distinction IN A LAW-RELATED FIELD OF STUDY OR WORK may be admitted as a candidate for the degree of Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.)...."

It seems to me that Duke University was exceedingly over-expansive (and apocalyptical) in their definition of the phrase "in a law-related field of study or work."

Remember, Karla Holloway did not begin her "law-related" attempt to lynch her students until 2006. Yet, she got her MLS Degree in 2005. Maybe the Duke University Law School also accepts future "law-related" endeavors? I suspect that on her 2004 application for the MLS program she presciently listed her publications about the Duke LAX Hoax as "forthcoming."

Here is my last post about Mike Gaynor, as I feel like an angel dancing on a pin. Previously, I had noted that his arguments seemed to be a bad parody of Brian Meehan. See if you can guess who he sounds like with this, his latest argument on Liestoppers:

"The May 12, 2006 report [written by Meehan] was glorious news for the first two wrongly indicted and nearly as good for the third. Nifong had to flip flop like Senator Kerry. He went from his office's court filing asserting that the absence of a finding of DNA would exonerate to no it would not and he'd prove the gang rape 'the old-fashioned way.' "

If you guessed the Levicy-enabler, Vegas (or begas as mac likes to call it), then you win. Nothing. But good show anyways.

Sure, Mr. Gaynor, there is no doubt that Levicy and Meehan were bending over backwards doing FAVORS for the lacrosse team. I think I saw them both wearing blue rubber lacrosse wristbands and Duke hoodie sweatshirts at the Georgetown game before it got cancelled.

Personally, I believe that the only reason Meehan did not "create" evidence against the lax team was because of the excellent job done by the SBI. Compare the testimony of the SBI witness with Meehan's obfuscation at the Nifong disbarment hearing. The SBI is the reason there was ANYTHING favorable to the players in Meehan's May report. These are probably my opinions. MOO! Gregory

Anonymous said...

What's next for the Kentucky fried cookoo?

Racial and gender decisions in medicine?

Indeed, Karla's stop was long ago, she just needs to be kicked off the bus at this point in time.

mac said...

I think it's heartening that someone would make a capitalistic enterprise out of the Klan of 88's work and the hoax in general.

Ah, American enterprise!

If UPI does become a movie, you might expect a number of satirical knockoffs, making fun of the KKK.
(you know, the Kommunist Korrectology Klan.) Certainly there'll be t-shirts.

In any case, if they keep offering courses about nothing - (as this thread illustrates) - the University will have to be renamed "Fluke." As in: "it'll be a fluke if you can get a job with a degree from this university."

Has kindofa ring to it, eh? Fluke University?

Anonymous said...

I remember reading,"A Rockefeller Family Portrait",by manchester decades ago-my mother had purchased it even further back.There was a blurb about JDR I-giving money to Hillsdale,inpre Civil War times.It read,"founded by fiercely independent Free Will Baptists,Rockefeller was giving money to a scholarship to help educateblack women at a time when most colleges would educate neither blacaks or women"
And they're still pretty independent.

Anonymous said...

I moight have mentioned this before,my father referred to certrain majjors as "trust fund degrees"-after a very nice female cousin.The gist of this was my asking how Eve could make a living with what she studied.His reply;"Your cousin,Eve ,has a very good trust fund.You,however,will have to make a living."

Anonymous said...


I just clicked to the link you provided, and wandered around the website. It seems that they've listed their essay on the Duke Lacrosse case under a subcategory entitled ... "Ethics"!

Anonymous said...

Well, Moo = this is how good a show it was - two Boards of Nursing disagreed with the opinions of all those who chose to harass Nurse Levicy. The board is the final trier of facts for all matters concerning nurse ehics and performance.

Anonymous said...

From the Duke website:

"Rule 2-6. Requirements for the M.L.S. Degree

The requirements for the degree of Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) are the completion of 30 credits over two consecutive semesters in-residence at the Law School. [see Rule 3-7] Other than those originating in the Law School, cross-listed courses may not be counted toward the degree."

In 2005 the Duke School of Law had 210 successful JD candidates including many who received joint degrees. In 2005, the Law School also awarded one Master of Legal Studies degree. I assume the candidate was "Professor of Law," Karla Holloway .

Anonymous said...

KC, you have often noted that Duke students are often more sensible than their professors, and it seens that Holloway's cross-listed course is another example of that fact. While students can take this course in no less than four different disciplines, it turns out that there are only six students registered:

Womens Studies 300.02 (Advanced Topics). no students registered

English 381.02 (Special topics seminar), 2 students registered

African and African American Studies 391.02 (Special topics), no students registered

Law 753.01 (Gender privacy: law & lit), 4 students registered


She does teach an undergraduate English course with 22 students, but the course content suggests that Holloway is preparing herself to teach in the medical school as well!


This is a class for students interested in the field of bioethics and medicine, and the literary narratives that take identitiarian ethical crises in science and medicine as their subject. We will read from contemporary literature and classic bioethics as well as explore the translational issues that emerge regarding ethics as it moves from film to narrative to public discourse. Thematic foci include reproduction, gender and race, reproduction, death and dying, and genomics.

Readings will likely include: My Sister’s Keeper (Picault); As I Lay Dying (Faulkner); Children of Men (James); Wild Seed (Butler); 1984 (Orwell); Never Let Me Go (Ishiguro).

Films will likely include: Wit, Children of Men, 1984, Gattaca.


The sad fact is that Duke and similar schools keep people like Holloway on the payroll so that they can appear politically correct, but the schools realize that these so-called scholars can do little harm since no one is listening (as it were). It's only when something very unusual happens, such as the rape hoax, that parents and alumni see how the university is spending their hard-earned dollars.

Anonymous said...

Interesting commentary in today's Baltimore Sun. Gregory Kane comments about the hypocrisy of the NAACP letter to the media chiding them for not covering the march on Washington to protest the treatment of African Americans in the criminal justice system. Kane, an African American writer, asks where the NAACP was when three white lacrosse players from Duke were falsely accused. For article, here's the link:,0,6223924.column

Gary Packwood said...

Duke Prof 11:45 PM 11/23/07 said...

...Anon wrote
..."What does 'theorizing race and gender in literary studies' actually mean?"
...Since I have written and lectured on this (irrational) movement, I can tell you. It means to interpret all texts (fiction and nonfiction) through the lens of race and gender.
...Here are two actual examples.
...Gender: "Othello" is interpreted not as a play about the tragedy of envy. Rather it is a tragedy about the oppression of women (because Desdemona dies).
...Race: The Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights are not political treatises meant to defend individual rights. Rather they are documents written by whites to enslave blacks.
Thanks for this. Very helpful.

The plan I would imagine is for the Race/Gender/Privilege crowd to reach critical mass at which point we will see a group of Duke graduates ...slowly take control of the political machine in the South.

Is it possible to sit for the bar exam and be admitted to the bar in any of the Southern States without graduating with a law degree (JD or LLB) from a ABA accredited law school?

Will the Master in Legal Studies allow anyone to sit for the bar exam?

If one of these folks enters a race for the US Senate for example, with a Masters in Legal Studies, would it be reasonable for the electorate to believe that the candidate is a legal scholar even though they have not earned the Juris Doctorate or the older LLB degree?

Also, would it be reasonable to expect a graduate with the B.A. in Women's Studies or African and African Black Studies be consideration a candidate for admission to the Masters in Legal Studies program at Duke?

The Duke academic, scholarly and financial resources are so vast and so global that I fear the alumni have forgotten to check for termites in the very foundation of their magnificent institution of higher education.

Debrah said...


More great police work in Durham.

* We see a lot of potential in the city's new crime-fighting cameras. It's unfortunate that potential wasn't realized last month when thieves broke into Gary Andrews' Kountry Kitchen restaurant and made off with a cache of stolen goods.

At least one of the new cameras is pointed at the commercial block on which the restaurant is located. The camera, however, was not working properly at the time of the break-in. But had it been, Durham police might have had a recording of the break-in to use in helping to solve the crime.

Part of problem with the cameras stem from their wireless connection. Chief Jose Lopez told reporter Ray Gronberg that he thinks the system needs hard-wired, fiber optic links between cameras and computers.

"The system is OK, but it's not to where I'd want it to be," Lopez said.

Sure, the $121, 471, 13-camera surveillance system is only an experiment. But let's give it a real chance to help fight crime. The Durham Police Department should do whatever it takes to make the system more reliable.


Debrah said...

TO Observer (8:37 PM)--


Debrah said...

Letter from the N&O.


These "activists" would not come to the defense of a real injustice such as the Lacrosse Hoax---in fact, they helped perpetrate it---yet they whip up and invent a false scenario out of this nothingness:

What NCCU is doing
In the Nov. 16 article "Nooses spur revival of civil rights fervor," an undergraduate student at N.C. Central University is quoted as saying that after she watched her classmates return from the Jena Six civil rights demonstration two months ago, she didn't see them taking the meaningful steps needed to sustain a movement.
I watched over 40 NCCU School of Law students leave on our bus to Jena in September. When they returned, we had a gathering where we heard their stories and how they could help with Michyl Bell's litigation needs. In October, Professor Irving Joyner arranged for Louis Scott, Michyl Bell's attorney, to speak to 100+ NCCU law students about how they could work on incidents of civil rights violations in North Carolina. Our student leaders organized a meeting for 50+ students interested in starting a civil rights journal at the law school, a direct outgrowth of the trip to Jena.

What are our students doing for our community? Come to NCCU School of Law and find out.

Lydia Lavelle

Assistant dean of Student Affairs

NCCU School of Law

Chapel Hill

Debrah said...

Do coffee shops discriminate against women?

Anonymous said...

"Numerous ethical decisions were handled poorly, and at times, in a tasteless manor by the various parties of the investigation."

"a tasteless manor" = the Duke administration building?


Debrah said...

Note to readers:

The above letter from Ms. Lavelle lists "Chapel Hill" perhaps because this woman lives there.

NCCU law school, as we all know, is in Durham.

Let's keep that straight.

Debrah said...

I hope KC does more media work in Israel.

The Haaretz appearance was very informative, and if any of you were able to skim the comment section you would have seen how tame posters in Wonderland are in comparison.

mac said...


A "pre-done term paper." Hmmm.

Isn't that like the "pre-done" findings of NCCU students, the NCNAACP, the Klan of 88, Nance Grace (and other assorted space aliens) and Richard Brodhead, who had a pre-set determination that a rape occured? Not to mention Bob Ashley, John Feinstein, Salmonella Roberts, the NY Times, 70% of MSM and the Dee Pee Dee, as well as the clueless Victoria "The Truth is Out There" Peterson. And Grant "Prowess Envy" Farred, and a whole host of others.

Perhaps they ordered their pre-drawn conclusions from a similar service, since they all seemed to be speaking from the same script.

Except for Nancy Grace, who added a later claim that she was a "murder victim." I don't think that was scripted - (and she may have been off whatever meds she may have required when she made the comment.)

Anonymous said...

New Term: Blacktivist?
Witty this:
Anarchists, Communists, [Intellectuals], College Students, Hollywood Activists, [Blacktivists], Hacktivi
** BLACKTIVISTS -- "Blacktivists are very careful not to do anything that might cause them to be perceived as sellouts by other Blacktivists, and if they must watch Friends or listen to Steely Dan, they usually do so in private.

Speaking out against the thuggery championed in rap music is strictly forbidden, and can cost the violating Blacktivist all his street cred.

A large vocabulary, good grades, infrequent use of "peace out", and a high paying job in the private sector are all cause for suspicion, and voting Republican is immediate grounds for eternal banishment."

** INTELLECTUALS-"Since the 1960s, American universities have become the main breeding grounds and feeding troughs for Intellectuals.

... One of their most interesting behavior patterns is that they rarely make public statements about subjects in which they are trained. They make profound and sweeping statements about the global economy, human rights, the environment and international politics even though they teach linguistics or art history."

Other terms at:

mac said...


Did the "discrimination against women" take into account the tips that were left by the customers?

Old people and minorities tend to (note that I didn't say ALWAYS) tip very low, and younger white males tend to tip very high. Don't know how young white women tip, but "profiling" and preferential treatment is sometimes based upon experience.

IF I were serving coffee, I wouldn't expect much of a tip from someone like Holloway, but I might from someone like you. (And I could schmooze you both the same,
probably with different results.)

On the other hand, old people of all races, generally speaking, are really poor tippers.

Anonymous said...

Re: Levicy
If she is content with never being allowed to work in the field of sexual assault nursing for the rest of her life, then I guess things are fine for her.
Ordinary nursing, the part of her career than has not been incinerated by her misdeeds, pays OK. There is enough demand that she could find work nearly anywhere, especially if she changed her name (again).

Anonymous said...

Re. tips:

An experienced waiter at a very nice restaurant told me that this is how a tip should be calculated: 15% of the ticket, minus alcohol and tax. Thus, if you have alcohol on the ticket, then 10% of the total ticket (including tax) usually is almost identical to the 15% of the "food-only" that is the standard.

Re. slower service for blacks at restaurants: I didn't think it mattered until a second waitress told me this: blacks get slower service because they are poor tippers.

Anonymous said...

Anon at 6:39 wrote

What's next: "Racial and gender decisions in medicine?"

That was "next" years ago. There already is a "feminist approach" to biology and medicine. One "argument" is that women don't use the Renaissance-inspired methods of logic and science. Rather, they "do science" via "intuitions" and feelings.

(If you have a strong stomach, and a feminist "dictionary" on hand, you can read this junk in their journals and conference papers.)

Racial "decisions in medicine" is "multicultural medicine," a movement that has been around for years. This, essentially, is affirmative action applied to the distribution of medical resources, e.g., access to doctors, seats in medical schools, R&D by pharmaceutical companies.

I don't think people realize the degree to which race and gender have infected every cultural institution.

Duke Prof

Debrah said...

It occurred to me....while contemplating the strangeness of Karla Holloway and her ilk.....

.....that when universities allow someone like her to infiltrate a particular department in which they have no background, degree, or expertise, it's similar to when journalism departments at universities hire people to teach just because they have a proven record of success and are well-known in that field.

You see this a lot, although only the idiot 88 types try to use the title "professor" in front of their names without having a PhD.

In Karla Holloway's case, she doesn't even have a long career of experience and proven success as do those journalists who are sometimes brought in to teach.

When I think about it, it scares me how unqualified that woman is to be teaching anything having to do with the law.

Given her history, she would be considered an outlaw among most civilized onlookers.

Debrah said...

Below is an interesting comment from someone clueless in Idaho which was left on the forum of Haaretz where KC appeared.

Notice this person doesn't even spell Israel correctly. Not a typo because it is spelled incorrectly each time throughout:

"Academics are in their own little world talking to other academics and having fierce little political battles in their own little circles and nobody else really cares.

The real reason Isreal is losing political support in the US is that American Jews are growing more ambivalent towards Isreal. And who can blame them? Isreal demands loyalty and $$$$ and in return gives them constant criticism. Tells them their rabbis aren`t real rabbis, their marriages aren`t real marriages, their grandchildren aren`t real Jews. I think the final insult was telling them they should embrace the right-wing Xtian fundies because they are `such good supporters of Isreal.`

Isreal itself is becoming too politically fractured and polarized to maintain its tight rein on US foreign policy and public opinion.
Sometimes we read your newspapers and think...if these people weren`t so beseiged and threatened they could easily break into a civil war. JMHO"

Anonymous said...

Holloway is stupid. Anyone who teaches the same thing over and over again proves they're too dumb to teach anything else. And students who pay Duke's high prices deserve better than a stupid professor. Especially one who's not only stupid - but also a racist bigot.

Debrah said...

I have a very special Diva idea for the upcoming holidays.

Even though the phenomenal KC has already done a very comprehensive and entertaining review of members of the Gang of 88, highlighting some of the most shocking ones.....

......I'd like the Wonderland crew to go back and choose one of your favorites. Give a quick review of what is taught by the person you chose. Then explain--or offer your best guess--how students might use what is taught in a particular 88 class when they get out into the real world.

Practically speaking.

For instance, Michael Hardt, who might be Duke's only resident king of love, is one of my favorites. His is no ordinary love.

The Diva has been intrigued by Hardt's fascination with pheromones and the sexually titillating life of an orchid.

In my view, this area of study requires more exploration.

My experiences inside a greenhouse will never be the same.

Another example was the miriam cooke home video with her dutiful husband. One for the record books.

I'm sure you have your own.

Such holiday fun and magic to savor!

Debrah said...

TO Mac (1:18 PM)--

Very good insights.


Anonymous said...

1:20PM "Ordinary" nursing is to SANE as Harvard is to West State Kentucky College. There is no comparison. Watch the ED nurses the next time you visit, Neonatal Intersive Care, etc. That is "ordinary" nursing.

Anonymous said...

Re: Karla a Law Professor?

There are dozens of sites that list Karla as a Law Professor.
One observation I noted was that, “No one with any legal background would have signed the Listening Ad.”

IMO this is closer to reality:
Tacky female threesome representing the LAW profession, more or less, less, least

Nancy Grace - Wendy Murphy
- Karla Holloway

Anyone can pretend to know the law....
Now I get it! Shudder

Anonymous said...

Re: GP 11:08:

Now that you bring up the question of sitting for the bar exam, I have an interesting question. There are some law schools that are NOT accredited by their respective states, in some cases because they do not choose to jump through the Bar Assoc. hoops. Nevertheless, in some states which permit it ( Cal. is one) their graduates take the SAME bar exam as those who attended the accredited schools. If they are able to score the same requisite scores as the others, should they be able to be lisenced in that state? Reciprocal states?

Until the stranglehold of liscensing is broken within the various states, we will continue to see law education as it has always been. Controlled by the powers that be.

The issues should not be about the power of the State Bar Assoc., but about the competence and knowledge of the potential lawyer. They are NOT always the same.

Anonymous said...

Every season is the season of gluttony for Barber. Mix in a salad, dude!

Anonymous said...

1:20PM If the SANE gig pays a dollar more a shift than "ordinary" nursing, I would be amazed. It is a part time on call position so probably some money to be made for the on-call. It is not a full time nursing position,

Anonymous said...

As a job that makes a real difference in other peoples lives, often at moments of high importance to them, clinical nursing is imho right at the top. And, fwiw, State Nursing Boards do not judge an applicant on the basis of misbehavior that is outside the scope of nursing practice. So Levicy can still work in the field.
Yet one can wonder how an awowed feminist, proud to have produced "The Vagina Monologes", who when into SANE training as soon as was possible for her and who clearly had an agenda("I never heard a woman lie about rape") really feels about being comprehensively disgraced on a national stage after her first sally into the arena of a real-life alleged rape case. And, as a consequence of that, being absolutely useless to the cause of any woman who may have, in fact, been sexually assaulted.

Anonymous said...

Flashback: Keeping the Faith

“It’s Sunday Morning Time to confess”

That Sunday morning, March 26, also brought a sanctimonious sermon condemning the lacrosse players by Father Joe Vetter at Catholic mass in the Duke Cathedral.

Two team members and parents were there. Afterward, Rob Wellington’s father, Bob, confronted the priest, saying that 70 percent of the players were Catholic and that they needed the priest’s support.

The response: “Tell them to confess their sins first.”

"Until Proven Innocent" - Page 75

Anonymous said...

Re: Famous Last Words:
“Lucky enough to have a SANE nurse?”

Explains a rape kit, “If they’re lucky enough to end up at a hospital that actually has a SANE nurse, which is a sexual assault nurse examiner, who has been trained to conduct the kit, that’s best-case scenario.

They actually know the kit inside and out.“
(And, how to manipulate the information!)

(Ms. Adair gives very graphic information about the rape kit.)
(If I sat on a rape trial jury, and the LAX case was used to show how rape objectivity can vary. I am sure it would give me a shadow of doubt about possible feminist-tainted information.

I would guess some attorneys have added the LAX case to their playbooks already. Crystal has given me second thoughts about the rape shield law as well.)

(From the Sally Grace transcript with Houston Baker)

Anonymous said...

This entire event was about her "nursing practice". Now that her final "Trier of Facts" has not puished her "nursing practice" is no matter. If she was not being judged on her "nursing practice', then why judge her? It is shameful that you folk can not admitt a higher authority fould her not wanting and posters were wrong to call for her to be burned at the stake. This whole thing was incited by two SANE nurses who did not even know, the Physician collected the rape kit stuff.

Anonymous said...

Actually, she took the 84 hour Certification course to be a SANE about a year out of graduation from an accredited Nursing School. You folk can not get your facts correct in an effor to harass this nurse. All the Sane nurses do is collect the swabs and material from the accusser and complete a Question and Answer checklist. The SANE gig and this nurse's involvement are way overstated.

Debrah said...

Why should the H-S worry about the shield law? They have consistently printed what they wish whether it's true or not.

Ashley column in the H-S:

Bipartisan support for 'shield law'

Nov 25, 2007

Congressmen Ron Lewis and David Price are ideologically poles apart, and I daresay there are few things on which they agree.

Lewis, a former Bible-bookstore owner, was first elected to Congress from Kentucky's second district, which included my then-home of Owensboro, in the Republican sweep of 1994. Price has represented us here in the North Carolina fourth since 1987 -- except for two years following that same Republican sweep.

Lewis has one of the more conservative voting records in Congress. Price has one of the more liberal.

Yet, last month they both voted in favor of a "shield law" for journalists.

The bill would protect reporters from subpoenas forcing them to testify, to turn over documents gathered in reporting a story or to reveal the identity of a confidential source.

While federal prosecutors for years generally refrained from trying to force reporters to divulge such information, that has changed.

"No journalist was found in contempt or imprisoned for refusing to disclose a confidential source in a federal criminal matter during the last quarter of the 20th century," according to a background paper from the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

Recently, however, "an unusually large number of subpoenas seeking the names of confidential courses have been issued by federal courts in a remarkably short period of time," the paper says.

Because of that trend, media organizations have mounted an effort to persuade Congress to pass the Free Flow of Information Act. Similar efforts in the past have gained little traction, but this one has made progress.

The vote in the House last month was an overwhelming 398-21, a measure of the bipartisan support reflected in Lewis and Price joining in voting for it. Lewis was one of 71 cosponsors of the bill, a list that spanned the political spectrum.

The road ahead is less certain than that vote might suggest. The bill now is in the Senate, and the Judiciary Committee has approved a similar bill.

Still, Senate passage and presidential approval are steps that "may prove to be gargantuan," a letter from the ASNE to its members warned right after the House vote.

The letter, from ASNE president Gilbert Bailon and the group's Freedom of Information Committee co-chairs, David Westphal and Pat Yack, did celebrate the "unprecedented step forward" of the House action.

But they noted that "as our experience in getting key FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) reform legislation passed (showed), one senator, acting alone, can throw up a potentially impenetrable roadblock to passage."

And, as the letter noted, the president is likely to veto the legislation.

"The White House dislikes just about everything in the bill . . . from the definition of the journalists the legislation protects to the burden of proof the government must overcome when a journalist is subpoenaed to testify or to produce other newsroom documents," First Amendment attorney and N. C. Press Association lobbyist John Bussian of Durham wrote in the NCPA's November newsletter.

The quest for the federal shield law is based on the long-standing, but now challenged, theory that the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of the press gives journalists wide latitude in reporting and disseminating information.

Thirty-three states, including North Carolina, have shield laws that offer journalists protection in state courts.

In most of those states and in the House bill, the shield is not without exceptions, and virtually no journalist argues there should not be some exceptions.

A confidential source's identify, for example, "can be compelled if disclosure is necessary to prevent 'an act of terrorism against the United States or other significant specified harm' to national security," another ASNE background paper notes.

In finding for those exceptions, though, a court would have to weigh whether "the public interest in compelling disclosure outweighs the public interest in gathering or dissemination news or information.

The news media have been criticized for overreliance on confidential sources. But many stories of enormous public interest would never have come to light had key sources not been assured of anonymity.

Senate passage of the shield law, and a veto override if necessary, will help ensure those stories will still be told.

Debrah said...

There are obviously people at the Herald-Sun who are trying to build up coverage of NCCU athletics and play down coverage of Duke.

This is so ridiculous and bad business as well.

H-S letter:

Duke coverage lacking

It was very disappointing to open The Herald-Sun on Thursday and discover that the Duke-Marquette men's basketball final was missing. Not so in my copy of the N&O. It is hard to be taken seriously as Durham's newspaper if you can't get the Duke score in the paper.

Somebody in charge made the conscious decision not to update the front page or the sports page with either a late score or the AP story during the press-run. It's bad enough that you depend on the AP to write your story, at least take the effort to put it in the newspaper. Your readers and your advertisers deserve better on one of your most profitable advertising days of the year.

Steed Rollins Jr.
November 25, 2007

kcjohnson9 said...

To the 9.47:

I have allowed the comment, only to make the following point.

I am unaware of any evidence that any "trier of fact" has evaluated former SANE nurse-in-training Tara Levicy's performance in the lacrosse case. if you have evidence that such an investigation not only occurred but actually found that Levicy behaved according to appropriate standards, could you please provide a link and/or citation?

Anonymous said...

btw, KC, are you aware that the ABA has a permanent daily link to your blog?


Anonymous said...

KC The Board states "Complaints are taken very seriously." All the posters who wrote, they complained in writing to NC and wrote the NH board to notify them of her "sins." The Board would have investigated the complaints. The first statement of Board Actions is "no action", which I believe happened in this case.

kcjohnson9 said...

To the 11.17:

Thanks for the clarification: as I understand it, you (a) "believe" there was an investigation of Levicy's conduct in the lacrosse case; and (b) "believe" that "no action" was taken. It appears, however, that you have no evidence that an investigation ever occurred, much less that any determination was reached.

That's a far, far cry from stating that the "trier of fact" has made a determination that SANE nurse-in-training Levicy behaved according to professional standards in the lacrosse case.

Subsequent comments making such a claim, therefore, will not be cleared, unless a link can be provided to a report or statement of either the North Carolina or New Hampshire nursing board.

Gary Packwood said...

Anonymous 5:32 said...

...Re: GP 11:08:
...Now that you bring up the question of sitting for the bar exam, I have an interesting question. There are some law schools that are NOT accredited by their respective states, in some cases because they do not choose to jump through the Bar Assoc. hoops. Nevertheless, in some states which permit it ( Cal. is one) their graduates take the SAME bar exam as those who attended the accredited schools. If they are able to score the same requisite scores as the others, should they be able to be licensed in that state? Reciprocal states?
...Until the stranglehold of licensing is broken within the various states, we will continue to see law education as it has always been. Controlled by the powers that be.
...The issues should not be about the power of the State Bar Assoc., but about the competence and knowledge of the potential lawyer. They are NOT always the same.
You bring up an old argument that applies to many professions including law, medicine, all of the rehabilitation therapies and even in some cases, hair care technicians.

However this time you frame the argument around power rather than decisions made over the decades to protect the public from harm.

Power associated with the view of our world via the race/gender/privilege prism no doubt.

It is a good thing to re-visit this issue from time to time however I am hoping young students don't think this is a new issue or that 'power' is a new concept.

Young students should never think that Holloway has created a cutting edge issue for Women's Studies or AAA Black studies. We have been here many times before and the use of the emotional terms such as POWER is not going to be the one tiny straw that breaks the camel's back of licensure.

Let's shine the light of truth on what Holloway is attempting to do at Duke and allow the students and their families decide if they want to tag alone with her.

Anonymous said...

FindArticles - Karla Holloway to lead African and African-American studies at Duke University

I found the above while searching the net for a publication...any publication...that could support the notion that Karla Holloway is qualified to be a "Professor of Law."

I didn't find even a single article but I did come across a fascinating article on the appointment of Karla Holloway to lead the AAAS program in 1996. The article is the "baby book" of the Duke AAAS department and of the G88.

Besides Holloway, many of the most notorious G88 names are there ...Chafe, Baker, Lubiano and a host of their enablers. It is evident that the G88 Duke takeover was well established way before the 2006 lacrosse team ever took the field.

As for Karla Holloway's credentials to be a "Professor of Law", I'm still searching but, maybe she "stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night".


Debrah said...

A brief history of Duke University which some might find interesting.

They always stick Brodhead's mug on everything.

Anonymous said...

Thanks GP ( 11:56). Comments about the law exam.

Question is whether any person who has had a course of study, leading to a JD, and who attains an acceptable score on the State Bar Exam schould be granted a liscense to practice law in the state where the test was given and passed.

Or is it still going to be the good ole "accreditation" power play?

I am NOT saying that a few courses in law make that cut. I am advocating a full couse of law studies which are comparable to other similar educational requirements AND an acceptable score on the State Bar Exam.

Otherwise, I think it is misrepresenting one's own educational preparation and seriously compromising the safety and well-being of those who might be misled by one posing with "legal" credentials but who actually has not invested the time or study to merit that trust.

I'm not a lawyer, but I would think that would be fraudulent?

Michael said...

Regarding Levicy, she picked a good place to move to:

The Union Leader (Manchester NH), BACK TO SCHOOL; Pg. H6
August 6, 2006
379 words

DURHAM In an ongoing effort to address the statewide and national shortage of nurses, the University of New Hampshire and Granite State College have joined forces to introduce distance learning into R.N. baccalaureate and master's degree programs for nurses. Beginning fall 2006, registered nurses with associate's degrees or diplomas can...,%202006&ws_len=811&ws_lni=4KKW-SBC0-TX51-P2Y1-00000-00&ws_lastupdate=20060809&ws_title=UNH,%20Granite%20State%20College%20offer&ws_refer=

Debrah said...

This is definitely worth checking out.

A timeline is provided of Semans' life along with the Duke family and their relationship with the university through the decades.

Mary Semans grew up in NYC....across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but moved back to Durham where she now lives.

I didn't know she was born as early as 1920!

She is the first cousin of the late and infamous Doris Duke.

A very interesting and kind woman; however, I still cannot understand her strong support of Brodhead given his lack of leadership.

Nor can anyone else.

Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans

One Spook said...


Thank you for your comments to the 11:17 and for doing us all a favor by not clearing her endless similar comments in the future.

As much as I and others have tried to reason with this old nurse commenter, aka "Vegas" or "Begas," she continues to be stuck on stupid in her inability to understand Levicy's treachery in this case.

To summarize, Levicy deserves criticism and remains culpable in civil suits by other parties for her actions and statements BEYOND what was contained in the original SANE report that, as a trainee, she completed on the accuser.

As other experienced SANE professionals have commented here and at other Blogs, such "freelance statements," beyond what is contained in the written SANE report, are a serious violation of ethics and practice for any SANE nurse.

According to both written and verbal (press) reports, Levicy made additional statements to Nifong, Hinman, and Gottleib during the case.

She also made statements to at least one attorney representing a lacrosse player.

Those are facts.

Levicy's specific actions with these individuals were never fully revealed because the criminal case was dismissed, and Duke's liability for any wrongs by Levicy, with respect to the three players who sued Duke, are protected by the lawsuit settlement Duke entered into with those players.

There is a possibility that Levicy's role may ultimately be probed in some future lawsuit.

Anyone with a normal body temperature can see that her departure from Duke medical was no doubt initiated by Duke; her actions in the lacrosse matter would have been carefully examined during any future legal proceeding wherein she was called as a SANE "expert." As a result, she was a potential ongoing embarrassment for Duke medical.

No one commenting here has ever presented any official, publicly available account of any review of Levicy or any determination of her behavior by any licensing board with respect to her actions in the lacrosse hoax.

Generally, license review boards only respond to actions brought by someone wronged by a licensed practitioner in some field. If no action is so brought, nothing happens and no "record" exists.

If one follows the statements of Nifong, Hinman, and Gottlieb, it is easy to see they all contended that Levicy's "statements" would help prove the State's case.

Defense attorneys clearly believed that Levicy would be a key witness for the State.

Given that the actual report itself did not include much of value to the prosecution, Levicy's "statements" must have been of considerable value to Nifong and company.

Just because the full extent of Levicy's actions and statements have not yet been made public, or that no Nursing Board has banned her does not mean that she bears no blame.

And, it is easy to see from quotes that are a matter of record that Levicy's judgment was clearly clouded by her own perception of her SANE role as a "woman's/victim's advocate."

One Spook

Debrah said...

Insane SANE

People show up here as well as on some other blogs and give testimonials to Levicy.

Always defending her incompetence and her open biases.

It's a curious thing to me.....why?

IMO, I think some women who are in the healthcare profession just want to give unqualified support.....and some men whom I have witnessed recently just have a kind of protective feeling toward her.


Listen, all you women know what I'm talking about.

Some men are drawn to the waif-type with the soft voice and shy demeanor. Especially nurses.

The macho men love nurses. They have this fantasy of being well-tended by a woman.

Levicy would tend to them, all right. LOL!

This woman is a flaming feminist who believes that women never lie about being raped.

Just listen to this video. It makes all that KC has reported crystal clear.

This woman is a liar.....for her own personal agenda.

Anonymous said...

Time is telling the truth of all these matters.

Gary Packwood said...

Debrah 3:23 said...

...Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans
...A very interesting and kind woman; however, I still cannot understand her strong support of Brodhead given his lack of leadership.
...Nor can anyone else.
I think this kind lady confuses Richard with Ricardo Montalban who at one time in the late 1970's was seen on TV schlepping the Chrysler Cordoba with its 'soft Corinthian leather' all the while stroking the living room furniture.

Corinthian Leather? From Corinths?

I theenk eet ees true that like the cherished nauga, the corinths have, sadly, joined the ranks of the dodo and the passenger pigeon since Chrysler killed them all for those seats.

Their unsurpassed beauty ass well as their supple hides, like Brodhead's Presidency, will forever be missed.

The ladies do love Ricardo.

Never mind.

mac said...

KC (re: 11:23 am)
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Debrah 4:03:
Thank you, too! A most insightful interview.

Anonymous said...

In other news, early admission applications to Duke are up 7% over last year. Doesn't seem like this blog thing is working.

kcjohnson9 said...

To the 2.45

An intriguing comment on "this blog thing." (A tip, since it appears you're just now getting familiar with the internet: it's normally just called a "blog," short for "weblog.")

As for the blog "working," it also appears that you're new to the site. I'd invite you to peruse the more than 1000 posts and more than 900,000 words. As you'll discover, not one word of these more than 1000 posts contains even a hint from me that the blog would or would not be "working" if students did (or did not) apply to Duke. Perhaps you have DIW confused with another "blog thing" you have encountered in your on-line experience.

Debrah said...

"In other news, early admission applications to Duke are up 7% over last year. Doesn't seem like this blog thing is working."

It would seem you are a bit nonplussed.

Exploring the rate of admissions at Duke is not the mission of Wonderland.

However, I must admit that more than a few people have voiced concerns regarding the caliber of professors who are allowed to teach there.

Perhaps you confused their concerns with the posts written by KC.

The quality of education students receive at Duke would be a concern for anyone....especially after the shocking behavior of the Gang of 88. They have been revealed for the entire country to see.

Anonymous said...

Anon at 2:45 wrote

"Doesn't seem like this blog thing is working."

I guess not -- unless you count helping to exonerate three innocent students, while exposing their faculty tormentors, as "working."

Duke Prof

Gary Packwood said...

This is where Holloway finds students for the Women's Studies program. Notice the OR in the description.
Duke University Women's Studies CERTIFICATE Program

Degree offered: Certificate
Faculty working with students: 125 affiliated with Women's Studies
Students: 150 affiliated

Program Description
Women's Studies provides a focal point within the university for the study of women, gender, and feminist theories. Graduate Students can enroll in a four-course certificate program. Certificate candidates must include women, gender, sexuality, or feminism as a significant aspect of their preliminary examination and dissertation project, and/OR they must include a women's studies core, associate, adjunct, or affiliated faculty member on their preliminary examination and dissertation committees. Duke has a large and distinguished faculty in feminist scholarship, with particular strengths in literature, history, medieval studies, religion, cross-cultural studies, and social psychology. Because Duke employs a full-time archivist in women's studies, graduate students have remarkable assistance in their research. Advanced students are designated as "Scholars" and form a cohesive intellectual community. Teaching and research assistantships form an important part of the graduate education of students interested in feminist scholarship.


Debrah said...


So now you have a comedy schtick going?


BTW, is Ricardo still alive?

I think I recall reading that Tatoo--Hervé Villachaise (sp?)--died.

That was a funny little show; however, like The Love Boat, it provided a place for second and third-tier actors who had had their day.

Anonymous said...

3:06. ZING, KC.

The point of this blog was never to discourage prospective students from applying to Duke, was it?

This whole year of trials ( and some yet to come) and tribulations would be nothing but an exercise in frustration if students quit going to Duke.

The point of this "blog thing" is to expose hypocrisy, sham, and outright criminal behavior in regards to Durham, and to the extent pertinent, Duke, SO THAT the place and the school might have a CHANCE of returning to greatness.... well, at least some modicum of "goodness".

It would be a terrible shame to have students stop applying to Duke. It would also be a terrible shame if we find the same holligan faculty and administration still running the show in the near future.

One very interesting measure of the effectiveness of this blog, and others like it, will be the comparison of the number of students who voluntarily subject themselves to the classroom "experience" of being taught by one of the Gang of 88 (versus the pre-Hoax days). Now if THAT enrollment goes up, we will truly have to consider that we have failed. Eh, KC?

Anonymous said...

Wow, testy testy KC. You have an incredibly thin skin. I apologize for getting your goals confused with those of some of your commentariat.

How about getting the Duke administration to take concrete policy steps to show it has come to grips with what caused the faculty's rush to judgment? How's that working out for you?

Anonymous said...

I just can't do the LOL "blog thing" so I'll say, the response to 2:45 was just funny.

But then all the MoveOn.Duke comments are becoming funny in and of themselves. Desperation (hopelessness) seems to bring out even more and more ludicrous statements. It happened with Nifong.

Anonymous said...

You must be greatly relieved at the 7% Early Decision applicant increase, anon @ 2:45 PM, after the number of Early Decision applicants to Duke plummeted 20% last year, from 1,501 applicants in 2005 to 1,198 in 2006.

This means Duke had a whopping 82 additional applicants this year (approx. 1,280)-- based on your percentage increase figure, which is not based on any official information from Duke because the University will not release the Early Decision figures until mid-December (insider info? ooooooh). This, of course, means that the total number of Early Decision applicants in 2007 is still fewer than the number in 2005 (1,501) or 2004 (1,489). But celebrate small gains, you're only down 209 applicants from where you were... 3 years ago.

There's no reason to assume that DIW would have any impact on students' decisions to apply early to Duke. Such is not the purpose of the blog. More likely, this year's stampede to Duke is due to the fact that early deciders can no longer expect early decisions from Harvard or Princeton, which have dropped this type of admission program, described by President Broadhead as one that "often favors wealthy students."

It's understandable, though, that Duke, unlike Harvard or Princeton, or unlike Yale or Stanford which have non-binding early acceptance programs, would want to lock up-- sorry-- lock in those "often" privileged early deciders before another round of pot-banging begins.


kcjohnson9 said...

To the 8.32:

Apology accepted. As you become more experienced in the internet, you'll discover that the opinions of the person who runs the blog are usually expressed in his or her posts, not in comments from other people expressed on his or her blog. For a comparison to a medium with which you might be familiar: most people do not consider letters to the editor in a newspaper to express the opinions of the newspaper's editorial board. Instead, they look to editorials written by the editorial board.

I'm glad, as well, to see that you've conceded in your comment that the faculty was guilty of a "rush to judgment." As, perhaps, you know, even President Brodhead publicly apologized for some of the "ill-judged" faculty statements.

In terms of the likelihood of this administration launching a Coleman Committee-like inquiry into the causes of what you yourself have termed the faculty's "rush to judgment," I am a realist: with the possibility of a lawsuit by the 43 unindicted players still looming, such an inquiry is unlikely--just as it's unlikely we'll see the Whichard Committee resume its inquiry into the DPD as long as lawsuits against Durham are looming.

It's unfortunate that both Duke and Durham have to put legal concerns ahead of a pursuit of the truth, but I do understand the financial justifications for their actions.

Anonymous said...

Just what does one do with a "Certificate in Women's Studies"?

Debrah said...

TO Ralph--

It's a prerequisite for study of the mating habits of sea snakes.

Anonymous said...

Just what does one do with a "Certificate in Women's Studies"?

If I were a Certified Women Studier I know what I'd do. Not that one needs a piece of paper.


Anonymous said...

Phelan asked

"Just what does one do with a 'Certificate in Women's Studies'?"

Learn which pots are best for banging (copper good, cast iron bad), and which t-shirts are easiest for removing (short sleeve good, long sleeve bad).

Duke Prof

Anonymous said...

"Just what does one do with a 'Certificate in Women's Studies'?"

Learn ... which t-shirts are easiest for removing.

Duke Prof

I learned that in college without having to take any WS courses.

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Anonymous said...

Is any member of the 88 not a Communist?