In 2006, The Chronicle moved to make its editorial board independent of the editorial staff at the paper. Today, the editor-in-chief, editorial page editor, former editor-in-chief and between 10 and 15 voting members sit on the board. Members cannot be in a major student body leadership position during their time on the board without consultation with the board’s Chairperson. Board members are also explicitly prohibited from writing or editing other daily or weekly sections of The Chronicle.
The mission of the editorial board is to enrich campus dialogue by offering thoughtful opinions on a variety of issues; to hold students, faculty and administrators publicly accountable for their statements and actions; and to help students sharpen their journalistic and writing skills. Board members must show a breadth and depth of knowledge, experiences and perspectives to contribute to the board’s discussions of five editorials each week. The unsigned editorials are written anonymously by one voting member and based on the consensus of the board’s discussion.
In an effort to be transparent, the names and brief biographies of the Board’s chairperson and current members are posted below.
Members of the 2016-2017 Editorial Board
Alan Ko, Editorial Board Chair. Alan is Trinity sophomore from New Jersey. He is currently a history major at Duke. On campus, he is a foilist on the Duke University varsity fencing team, a circulation student desk assistant at both Perkins and Lilly Libraries and a member of the Undergraduate Library Advisory Board.
Sydney Roberts, Editorial Board Chair. Sydney is a Trinity sophomore from Oregon who intends to major in Literature with a certificate in Marxism and Society. They are a contributor to Duke’s satirical publication Department Of, an Undergraduate Writing Tutor and a member of the Political Leadership Council for Duke’s Center for Politics, Leadership, Innovation and Service. Sydney spends their free time involved with campus activism and exploring the local food scene.
Surabhi Beriwal, Editorial Board Member. Surabhi is a Trinity junior from Pittsburgh, Pa. She is a math major pursuing a pre-health track. She is an East Campus Resident Assistant, works in the Thompson Writing Studio and leads her Indian dance team, Rhydhun. In her free time, Surabhi enjoys Duke basketball, spoken word poetry, Taekwondo and trying new foods.
Leonard Giarrano, Editorial Board Member. Leonard is a Trinity senior from Sarasota, Fla, studying Computer Science and Philosophy. He is a West Campus Resident Assistant and co-president of Duke Students with Interracial Legacies. In his spare time, Leonard enjoys cheering for Duke basketball in Cameron, jamming out on Rock Band in the Bolt and playing concerning amounts of Tetris. Leonard chaired the board in his junior year.
Michael Gulcicek, Editorial Board Member. Michael is a Trinity sophomore from Madison, Conn. who is actively avoiding major declaration. He is a Resident Assistant in Giles and a senator on DSG’s Equity and Outreach Committee. A lover of the arts, Michael enjoys playing French horn, theater for social change and great movies.
Max Kramer, Editorial Board Member. Max is a Trinity senior from Tampa, Fla. pursuing an interdepartmental major in the Psychology and Philosophy departments as well as a minor in Economics. He works in the Moral Attitudes and Decision-Making Lab in the Kenan Institute for Ethics. He can throw a baseball 105 mph, but chooses not to.
Helen Liu, Editorial Board Member. Helen is a senior in Trinity from Philadelphia, Pa. Outside of the Board, she is passionate about empowering others through global health and education, as well as the intersection of business and social impact. Helen spends her time outside of ICS and Global Health classes getting lost in Durham, obsessing over Quenchers smoothies and trying to write like Willa Cather.
Colleen McClean, Editorial Board Member. Colleen, originally from rural California, is a combined MD/PhD (Immunology) doctoral student in the Medical Scientist Training Program completing her fifth of many years. She enjoys working with undergraduates, sitting on several University committees and boards, mentoring and thinking about science, health and the academy from a global, philosophical perspective. Colleen’s spare time is spent outside whenever possible.
Dumi Mtambo, Editorial Board Member. Dumi is a Trinity senior from Harare, Zimbabwe. He is working towards a double major in Economics and Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Global Health. Outside of the Board, Dumi is a member of Hoof’n’Horn musical theatre company and an avid performer. His interests include listening to music, writing, and keeping up with current research in health policy.
Kyra Noonan, Editorial Board Member. Kyra is a Trinity senior.
Asa Royal, Editorial Board Member. Asa is a Trinity sophomore from St. Louis, Mo. He has yet to decide on a major but is interested in political science, computer science, philosophy and all types of policy. In his free time, Asa enjoys tinkering with headphones and keyboards, reading the Economist and listening to NPR.Tyjair Sadler, Editorial Board Member. Tyjair is a Trinity sophomore from Atlanta, GA. He intends to obtain a double major in public policy and neuroscience. As the president of Sherwood House of Craven dorm, Tyjair is dedicated to creating a warm and welcoming environments for all his residents. He is also a member of the Cardea Fellows. In his spare time, Tyjair loves to read, work out and discover music.
Hannah Wang, Editorial Board Member. Hannah is a Trinity junior from Charlotte, N.C. double majoring in Political Science and Music. Outside of the Board, she is involved in leading the Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit and Duke Asian American Theater. In her spare time, she enjoys composing, making piano covers of rap songs, Zumba and late-night philosophical debates.
Claire Ballentine, ex-officio non-voting member. Claire is a Trinity junior from Gatlinburg, Tenn. majoring in sociology with a certificate in policy journalism and media studies. She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Chronicle and in her spare time, loves running and watching movies in theaters.