SMELL THIS MAGAZINE. Ink and glossed pages—32 of them—like all the Towerviews that came before. Although it might smell and sound like its predecessors, we hope you feel something is awry. You should; you see, this page begins Towerview’s 13th volume. But your editors have no cases of triskaidekaphobia.
Thirteen might be a floor hotels choose to skip, but for us, it is a chance for this magazine to depart from its usual. The truth—what all stories strive for, what each reporter sets out to learn, what each writer seeks to observe—itself can be something strange. The truth is what jolts us, what leads us to action, what inspires compassion. From now until next May we will write stories that provoke and enlighten you. We will illuminate the workings of institutions and amplify voices that might otherwise go unheard. We will show you the color of this campus and of the city it sits in. You may judge us by our fresh cover.
The making of this issue has been hectic. We didn’t work in the office until the very end. Your editors wrote from across the country and then across an ocean. And the contributors:
To start off, you’ll hear from three students on summertime ventures. Dukies span the spectrum in the nation’s capitol. A tongue disappears in the Irish Isles and DukeEngage happens in Kenya. Closer to home Nate Glencer shows us a favorite place to cool off—and jump off—during Durham’s long, hot summer.
The Bull City is also the scene for two of our features. Convicted murderer, author and Duke alum Michael Peterson has spent the last decade in prison, but his presence is strong in the lives of those who still support him. Michaela Dwyer takes a look at the Durham Performing Arts Center, gone from spark to flame to ignite the city’s downtown. For our third feature, we cross an ocean once more, as Allie Yee tells the story of a recovering Japan through the eyes of her family on a visit that used to happen each year.
We leave you with a round of golf, how it is when life is the movies, and why you should think before you eat. Turn the page.
Christina Peña & Rachna Reddy
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