around our basketball programs. Isn't it silly to think we have to have a mindset centered around sports?"
Rajeev Dassani is an aspiring film director. In an
area in which course credit is far less important than
practical experience, he pursues his art mostly outside
his conununications studies major, in an extracurricu-
lar group called the Carolina Production Guild. The
group tries to produce two or three films each semes-
ter, at a quality level they hope will get them noticed
in student categories at film festivals.
This spring, the guild is producing
comedy; part drama about a recently married couple
looking for a way out of their dead-end sexual relation-
ship; two other short films are in the works.
The same thing is going on
at Duke. Neither university has
a film school, and the students
have to find funding where they
can. Unlike video, film is an
expensive process, and, as Das-
sani says, volunteer casts and
crews have to eat while on the
set. The Carolina group is brac-
ing for a 50 percent cut in its
share of student fees next year,
which could drop the group
back to a single film.
Dassani isn't a Robertson
Scholar, nor are any of the other
student filrrunakers. But the two
groups' coffers are a little fatter
with a $3,000 grant from the
Robertson Scholars Collabora-
tion Fund. Theirs was one of 12
proposals chosen from 47 in fall
2001, when the Robertson pro-
gram started looking for stu-
dents, faculty and staff at the
two universities who were working together.
Dassani had previous contact with members of
Duke's Freewater Productions; now, they staff crews
half-and-halffrom both schools.
"Filnunaking by nature is such a collaborative ven-
ture," he said. "We're not a USC or an NYU. I didn't
go to film school, because I wanted the broader experi-
ence you can get here. Some people say you shouldn't
go over to Duke - the whole rivalry thing. If1 can
gain something from there, and they can gain some-
thing from me ..."
Each group has used drama students from the other
school in film productions. Dassani looked into taking a
film tutorial course at Duke; it won't be offered until
next fall, and he will have graduated. But he has seen
As a new faculty member, the best seats Dick Kohn could get in the Smith Center were in the rafters. It turned out to be a good place to
forge a merger between competing camps - while a
war took shape on the floor down below.
Feb. 5, 1992, was one of the more memorable nights
in the Duke-Carolina basketball series. Duke was unde-
feated and ranked No. 1 in the country; the Heels had
won 16 and lost three. Montross, Davis, Phelps and
Reese vs. Laettner, Hurley and two Hills. The Blue
Devils would be national chaD1pions, and the trophy
would come to Chapel Hill the following year.
The game is remembered for Hubert Davis' ' 92
shooting, Christian Laettner's two missed
shots near the end, and the two free throws
with which Derrick Phelps ' 94 put the
Heels ahead for good and brought down
the house with 44. 5 seconds to play - but
the most enduring image is the blood run-
ning down the forehead of Eric Montross
Kohn and his new friend, Duke history
Professor Alex Roland, saw only part of the
ganle. They were designing a graduate pro-
gram in military history that would straddle
two can1puses. Kohn, now chair of Car-
olina's curriculum in peace, war and
defense, was new to the history departtnent.
He was entertaining his counterpart at
"We said to each other, we both teach in
fine, nationally ranked history departments,"
Kohn recalled. "Shouldn't we collaborate in
some way rather than competing or even
appear to be competing?"
The program now attracts two to five
new grad students each year who seek a
specialty in military history; it has about 15 students at
a given time. The courses are listed with both history
departments, and the students work with both facul-
ties and typically have a professor from the "other"
school on their exanunation boards.
Kohn usually goes over to Durham to teach the
"The program has produced enormous benefits,"
he said. "This is a situation where one plus one equals
"I think people are blinded by the sports rivalry.
The real story is the academic collaboration. The
world really doesn't recognize how close the two stu-
dent bodies are, geographically and in terms of collab-
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