Breaking Out gallery opens third annual display of sexual assault victims' portraits

The Breaking Out project gallery will open in the Bryan Center this Wednesday, displaying its yearly artistic outlet for victims of sexual assault.

In its third year of operation, the Breaking Out project presents photos of students who have experienced sexual violence holding posters displaying quotes from their assailants, friends or families. The photographs serve as both the fulfillment of an artistic vision and a therapeutic process for participants, said senior Hanna Metaferia, the director of the project.

“We see it as an opportunity for students who have experienced sexual violence across the spectrum to speak out against the culture of silence,” Metaferia said.

Each participant in the photographs is positioned in a way that captures his or her personal story, she said... Read more

Duke Med tries Broadway take on admissions recruiting

The Duke School of Medicine is using a new tool to appeal to prospective applicants this year: a musical.

DukeMed debuted a 16-minute montage of Broadway song parodies on YouTube last week.

Nine songs are used in the video. Here are some highlights from the altered lyrics:
  • "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables — "Then I was young and unafraid, AMCAs were seen as an adventure, one application was displayed, no field unfilled no role unlisted."
  • "Anything You Can Do" from Annie Get Your Gun — "Anything you can score I can score higher, I can score MCATs higher than you."
  • "Getting to Know You" from The King and I — "Getting to know Duke, getting to try the great food scene... Read more

DashBoks: The New Stress-buster for Parents?

The first time a parent lets their teenager take the car on their own, they may be smiling on the outside, but inside they are having a panic attack. Will they drive safe? Will they break any speed limits, run a red light, or drive the wrong way down a one-way street? Will they go where they say they are going, and avoid dangerous neighborhoods?

Until their teen pulls back into the driveway, parents are at a state of unrest. Not that they don’t trust the teen. It’s just a natural reaction when they have no clue what may be happening out on the road. It’s a problem we all face: Fear of the Unknown... Read more

Sunday Secrets feature Duke submission referencing self-harm

Special to The Chronicle
An anonymous submission revealed suicidal thoughts in an entry on Sunday. is a website aimed at bringing awareness to issues that are typically ignored due to social stigma. The website is a collection of secrets written on anonymous post cards that are mailed in from around the country.

The postcard showed a picture of the Duke Chapel and read, "Sometimes I wish I had the courage to jump off the top of this chapel. I'd ask for help but no one actually cares. No one actually understands. Everyone is self absorbed in their own lives."

The post garnered many email responses from readers of PostSecret offering support. One response came from a Chapel Hill resident who urged the anonymous poster to stay safe and seek out suicide prevention in the area... Read more

Some DSG candidates struggle with attendance

Some vice presidential candidates struggle with attendance at DSG meetings.
Chronicle Graphic by Elysia Su

Some vice presidential candidates struggle with attendance at DSG meetings.

The Duke Student Government vice presidential and senatorial elections are April 10.

Some of the 12 candidates running for election as vice presidents have struggled with attendance in their current positions.

Junior Nikolai Doytchinov, executive vice president, has previously expressed concern about the increasingly poor attendance at DSG Senate meetings.

“When senators skip, DSG loses its input, and constituents lose representation,” Doytchinov previously told The Chronicle.

Title 2, Sections D and E of the DSG Constitution state "two unexcused absences result in bad standing" and "three unexcused absences can result in removal from the Senate."

In order for an absence to be excused, a senator must email the EVP before the meeting with the reason for the missed meeting... Read more

Symposium unites science and religion in harmony

Fields often pitted against each other came together peacefully over the weekend.

The first Duke-UNC Religion and Science Symposium was held at the Mary Biddle Duke Trent Semans Center Saturday to explore the intersection between the two fields. A team of approximately 10 students from Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill organized the daylong event with a grant from the Kenan-Biddle Partnership.

“It started with conversations with other students where a lot of use were studying religion or were very religious and were also pursuing scientific knowledge and there was this sort of division, not necessarily in our religions or beliefs, but in how it was articulated in other areas,” said sophomore Abdul Rahman Latif, one of the main organizers and a Robertson Scholar.

Many of the students involved with planning the event are pursuing majors and minors that combine formal study of religion and scientific disciplines... Read more

'Suspicious package' downtown investigated by bomb squad, deemed benign

A laptop and a suitcase were no match for an 800-pound bomb-detecting robot in downtown Durham this afternoon.

A suspicious object in a planter by the NC Mutual Life Building on West Chapel Hill Street in Durham was investigated by a bomb squad and robot, who discovered it to actually be a suitcase containing clothes and laptop.

The investigation closed off part of West Chapel Hill Street and a section of Duke Street Monday afternoon to allow for a remotely operated robot to safely approach the planter, according to the Durham Sheriff's official Twitter account. A member of the bomb squad then approached the "suspicious package," which was near the police headquarters. People inside the NC Mutual Life building were evacuated and moved to a nearby building.

Luckily, the scare was over when the team found no explosives in the package that turned out to be a benign suitcase. An all-clear was issued at approximately 4:15 p.m. and the streets were subsequently reopened... Read more

Cumings asserts Korean War never ended

Historian and author Bruce Cumings spoke at the Asian Pacific Studies Institute’s forum, "Paradox of the Post-Cold War in Asia: Korean War and Beyond," last Friday.

Cumings is the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in History and chair of the history department at the University of Chicago. He is an expert in modern Korean history and international relations in East Asia. Cumings spoke about the suspension of war under the Korean Armistice for more than 60 years. He said the agreement has rendered relations between North and South Korea ambiguous—neither in a state of peace nor war.

“The Korean War is the best example in our current world of how easy it is to get into a war, and how terribly hard it is to get out,” Cumings said... Read more

Water bottle filling stations to be added on campus

30 new water bottle filling stations are being installed across East and West campuses.

The water bottle filling stations manufactured by Elkay are part of an effort to increase sustainability by reducing plastic waste from disposable water bottles. The stations have a display to show how many disposable water bottles users have avoided using through filling their own bottles. The goal of these installations is to guide the University toward becoming carbon neutral by 2024.

“Before, students mainly saw these in their freshman dorms on East Campus, but they didn’t have the same opportunity when they went to classes or when they moved to West,” said junior Tristan Ballard, Duke Student Government senator for services who led the project. “Now, all these fountains are available on West Campus and at many of the most popular locations, and not only the students but professors, staff, they can use them too.”

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The Whole Planet Foundation

"Microcredit ignites the tiny economic engines of the rejected underclass of society. Once a large number of tiny engines start working, the stage can be set for bigger things." -Professor Muhammad Yunus, founder of Bangladesh's Grameen Bank

It’s Sunday morning, and you shuffle across Broad Street to Whole Foods to pick up some bacon and eggs from the breakfast bar and a few groceries. When you get to the register, your cashier rings up your items and gives you your total. But the conversation doesn’t stop there, because your cashier asks you a question: “We’re investing in a future without poverty – want to help?”

This might seem like an odd question to hear at a grocery store. But at Whole Foods Market, this is simply part of the culture. Once a year, Whole Foods Market stores participate in an Annual Campaign to raise money for the Whole Planet Foundation®... Read more