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Jean-Baptiste vetoes SOFC budget

Duke Student Government President Joshua Jean-Baptiste issued a pocket veto this weekend of the 2003-2004 Student Organization Finance budget, DSG Executive Vice President Justin Ford said Sunday night.

Ford said that he had been out of town this weekend and that he only learned of the veto Sunday when he returned to the DSG office and saw that Jean-Baptiste had not signed the copy of the budget passed by the DSG Legislature last Thursday. The lack of a signature before 7 p.m. Saturday constituted a veto, although it remained unclear Sunday night why Jean-Baptiste did not sign the budget or even if he meant to veto it. He could not be reached for comment.

Ford said the Legislature is likely to take up the budget again at this Wednesday's meeting. The measure passed nearly unanimously last week.

Chronicle honors staffers at annual banquet

Matt Atwood, editor of TowerView magazine and former City & State editor of The Chronicle, was awarded the Matthew A. Sclafani Memorial Scholarship Award at the newspaper's 11th annual awards banquet Saturday night.

The scholarship is awarded each year to a staff member who demonstrates the journalistic excellence and charismatic leadership embodied by Sclafani, who was editor of the newspaper's 86th volume and died in 1992 after a lengthy battle with leukemia.

The selection group, a subcommittee of the Duke Student Publishing Company Board of Directors, recognized Atwood for his devotion to TowerView, The Chronicle's news magazine now in its fourth year. In his speech, Atwood, a senior, thanked the staff of TowerView for helping him with this year's volume.

Also at the banquet, senior Mike Miller received the sixth annual Editor's Award for Excellence in Departmental Leadership for his contributions to the staff and the organization. Miller served this year as Health & Science editor.

Alumni win Pulitzers

Two Duke alumni won Pulitzer Prizes, the highest award for journalism excellence, last week.

Kevin Sack, Trinity '81, and Los Angeles Times colleague Alan Miller won in the National Reporting category for their "revelatory and moving examination of a military aircraft, nicknamed 'The Widow Maker,' that was linked to the deaths of 45 pilots." This is Sack's second Pulitzer. Cornelia Grumman, Trinity '85, of the Chicago Tribune won for Editorial Writing for her "powerful, freshly challenging editorials against the death penalty."

Both Sack and Grumman are former Chronicle staff members.

K-ville meeting set for Tuesday night

A town hall meeting on the future of Krzyzewskiville has been set for 9 to 10:30 p.m. April 15 at the old Hideaway. Outgoing Head Line Monitor Jeremy Morgan and incoming Head Line Monitor Donald Wine will discuss with undergraduate students potential changes to the annual tenting process for men's basketball games.

Keyes to speak Tuesday night

Former ambassador, presidential candidate and political commentator Alan Keyes will address the political future of America during the third-annual Russell Kirk Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the Duke Conservative Union and the Major Speakers Committee of the Duke University Union.

The event is at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Griffith Film Theater in the Bryan Center. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer period. Tickets are free and will be available on the Bryan Center walkway, as well as at the door.


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