After publishing a column questioning the working condition and workers rights policies at DKU, I received an email from Nora Bynum, the former director of global strategy for DKU who is currently...
It was an evening in early September, around dusk.
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Even for alumni halfway across the world, the last few months have been a cause for celebration.
Following the passing of Nelson Mandela, the Black Student Alliance celebrates his life, his legacy and his spirit.
The Muslim Chaplain and an adjunct faculty of Islamic Studies
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Muslims all around the world just celebrated Hijri, the Islamic New Year, and welcomed the year 1435.
Nothing hurts or disgusts me more than seeing the denial of humanity in any shape or form.
Tomorrow, 1.7 billion Muslims around the world will complete the four day celebration of one of the two most important religious festivals in the Islamic calendar: Eid al-Adha.
For anyone who has been paying attention to what has been going on in Muslim majority societies only through news headlines, it has really been a rough couple of weeks.
When will humanity at large realize how harmful and destructive this trend is and work hard to recover so that the overwhelming majority of peaceful, moderate, sane people will have their voices...
As institutional control becomes more removed from Duke, it becomes more difficult to determine if our DKU leadership and Chinese partners will make decisions with the same institutional values we...
On Tuesday night, America watched as Bill de Blasio defeated Republican candidate Joe Lhota by a landslide in the New York City mayoral race.
When Duke announced the construction of Duke Kunshan University in the Jiangsu province of China in 2010, our University community was left with many unanswered questions.
There is a primary election going on right now and a municipal election in a few weeks. It’s probably safe to say most of us don’t know much about it.
In 2006, The Washington Post accepted applications for a new feature. They didn’t ask for any experience in journalism, graphics or business.
DukeEngage makes for a woefully ineffective relief organization.
Sometimes drunk texts are great. A former girlfriend once rekindled our dormant relationship because she said, “I still love you”—in a 3:00 a.m. text from 500 miles away.
The lessons that participants learn are diverse, as you might expect from a diversity retreat. They don’t all learn the same things. But it’s safe to say that they do all learn some things, and...
The government shutdown is hitting close to home—800,000 government workers’ families are going without pay, many near my hometown in the D.C. area.
We were women at work that evening, not girls playing sports. Women unafraid to get hit. Women proud to hit someone and hit them hard. We were Blue Devils that night, blue collars out. And we...
Duke has a culture overflowing with bountiful intellect and contagious influence.
We were finishing our pregame warm-up last week before our match at the University of Virginia when one of my teammates’ parents arrived at the turf.
Picture all of your friends celebrating an incredible triumph, while you are confined to a small, lonesome patch of land far away.
What’s the one thing for which you’re more willing to die than lose?
Graduate School 2014
Instinctively, I retreated to my room. It wasn't really my room—just the place where piles of not-yet-ready-to-discard possessions accumulated, a dumping ground in a house I only visited.
There’s been a flurry of talk lately about race, religious and socioeconomic relations (a perennial topic) with confessions of secrets and explanations for apparent hypersensitivity towards labels...
A married father of two, an engineer living in Germany and a handful of college and graduate students in such places as Colorado, Ontario and Mexico. What do they have in common? They all strip...
Buried under a pile of leaves in the woods near my house, we found it—the Holy Grail of the peri-pubescent crusade: a wrinkled copy of an old Playboy magazine.
“Is it true that a lot of gays are in frats?”
While this semester may very well be the hardest I’ve worked in my life, my current grades can hardly speak on my behalf.
On Sept. 20, 1994, baby Bryan burst onto the scene into the world of consciousness and earthly delights.
Duke is hard. Like, really hard. And as my pre-med aspirations grow closer to extinction, I’m still fighting to keep the dream alive.
This semester, by far, has been the most taxing semester I have had at Duke to date.
During my first year at Duke, I ripped through my food points faster than Spongebob did his trousers.
Professor of the practice in Slavic and Eurasian studies
what would dostoevsky do?
People—real people, not their avatars—flock to Duke from all over the world. Why don’t they just stay home and log on?
My guess is that they are drawn not by the prospect of serving as fact-delivery receptacles in a process that one of my teachers calls “the data dump,” but by the promise of participating in an...
Sometimes my job requires me to receive documents via email, in PDF format.
Recently, ads have been cropping up around campus offering thousands of dollars in prizes for students to think things up.
You bought your professor. Do you want him or her to stay, or do you want him or her to go away and write the next great novel? It is in your power.
My all-time stress level peaked around age 4, when I became utterly terrified of everything.
Do you remember those fifth grade classes about demystifying the body’s path to adulthood?
Hola mis amigos! I'm writing to y'all from Santiago, Chile, and I'm ashamed to admit that that is basically the extent of my Spanish.
This study examines a ritualistic sexual phenomenon that is becoming increasingly prominent on elite college campuses.
My father spent a month of my childhood bedridden after back surgery, and from his boredom sprang a passion for infomercials.
Earlier this month, multinational aerospace corporation Boeing threatened to relocate production of its 777X commercial jets away from the Seattle area if the union that represents its workers did...
In March of 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law.
It is by now no secret that the federal government’s rollout of its online health insurance exchange market—one of the key provisions of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act—has been nothing short...
In January of 2014, Stanley Kubrick’s seminal film “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” will celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Late last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expressed his frustration at the failure of the Senate to pass a measure related to energy efficiency.
the view from carr
The last two weeks have seen a public uproar over the “discovery” of American spying on close allies and friends.
On a bus in Copenhagen traveling from the suburbs into the city center, I overhead the phrase “government shutdown” laughingly blurted amid a flurry of Danish.
Last Spring, I was assaulted while walking from Erwin Terrace.
Two weeks ago, I attended the Petraeus lecture with open ears and a desire to hear from a distinguished public servant about his experience in government.
I run to relieve stress. I’ve been going outside periodically since high school to burn steam and forget about whatever it is that’s been bothering me.
elements of style
I spent my freshman summer in Mound Bayou, Miss. working for a local outreach organization called St. Gabriel’s Mercy Center.
Last year, you spent approximately $33.57 to fund The Chanticleer, and you probably didn’t even know it.
Every pre-med student at Duke should watch the documentary “A Lion in the House.”
For the last year and a half, I have collected adages whenever they popped into my head.
Last year, I wrote a column extolling the virtues of being a member of a minority political viewpoint on campus.
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I will be honest and fess up now. I am a radical when it comes to residential life and civic engagement on campus.
My job is incredibly rewarding but also requires hours of behind-the-scenes work and preparation. I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to myself, the line monitors and the work we do...
Dining at Duke has changed in the last year. A lot.
No value is more American or more collegiate than skepticism.
brave new world
This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for my family and friends, the semester I four-pointed, my dog Maddie and the fact that we haven’t yet blown ourselves up.
Colorado is known for skiing and pot. My hometown’s a bit different—it’s known for methamphetamine and Mormons. “Breaking Bad” and “Big Love” make me homesick.
The world is making less and less sense to me lately. I guess this is supposed to happen in college, but nonetheless, it’s disorienting.
At age 13, I had an existential crisis.
I woke up today feeling controversial.
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mind the gap
I was not ready for graduation. I told everyone that I was, just like I told myself, but the truth is that I was terrified. I had fallen in love with not only Duke, but also the larger notion of...
Day by day, month by month, the institution of Duke—the Chapel, the Dillo, the parking tickets—fades into the cobwebs of my memory, throwing the relationships and memories I do remember into sharp...
My folks are neither tiger mothers nor helicopter parents. They simply want the best for me. They worry about my safety.
The air in Beijing is the stuff of legend.
I will never be Miss Congeniality, homecoming queen or the girl with 200 likes on her profile picture. I have accepted that.
I wish I could say I had some sassy, critical anecdote to report. It would be better that way. I wish I were feeling contrary or daring. But right now all I really can do is notice how things grow...
I sometimes write best about what I, individually, think I know… maybe. Ah, perfect.
As my time here is drawing to a close, I am beginning to see just how much Durham has to offer Duke. And this is embarrassing.
“I’m so disappointed. You should have been there. You should have been there when your father died. But you left.”
The Campus Rabbi and Assistant Director for Jewish Life
the duke rav
I have no problem admitting that I’m a huge Kanye West fan.
One hundred and fifty years ago this week, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a short, two-minute address that has become one of the best-known speeches in American history.
Every October, a certain quote has special meaning in the American Jewish community.
One of the skills of leadership is the ability to recognize when to reevaluate a position one has staked out and when to recognize that sometimes a compromise is necessary.
I used to know how tough I was. Growing up playing a variety of contact sports, practicing martial arts and serving in the military gives you the sense that you know your physical and mental limits.
Law 2015, Trinity 2012
wait a minute
An independent judiciary is the hallmark of a functioning democracy.
In the paradoxically blistering and dripping afternoon heat of August, as you proudly tack a whiteboard to the door of your newly arranged dorm room, you bid adieu to your parents.
When Chief Justice John Roberts gutted the Voting Rights Act last June, he argued that the United States is no longer divided along racial lines.
The Netherlands has some skeletons in its closet.
Last summer, the North Carolina legislature unanimously passed the Safe Harbor/Victims of Human Trafficking Act.
My brain and I have been playing a super fun game recently.
First and foremost, let me apologize. This article will make no sense. I’ll admit it: I’m on drugs. I found out today that I have vocal nodes, a la Pitch Perfect.
Intelligence, once thought to be a complex trait created through a mixture of many genes and environmental factors, was proven in a recent study to be entirely determined by a single gene that...
So now that it’s Gender Violence Awareness Week, I’m taking this excuse to get raunchy. I’ve dabbled in mild sexual references and unnecessary innuendos, but now I have some questions I want answered.
This problem has student activists up in arms and ready to do whatever it takes to bring to justice the—oh, f*ck it, I just don’t care anymore.
this one time in africa
This past week I had the privilege of speaking with Daniel, a Duke student from Kenya, and Robert, a Duke student from Zimbabwe, about their first impressions upon arriving in the United States for...
HIV/AIDS is a topic that cannot be divorced from realities across the African continent.
It is true that Uganda is not a hub of literature publication yet, but the talent and the multi-dimensional stories are there. If only we wouldn’t settle for a single story, we could see them.
Flight to Africa: $1500. Rent: $400. That safari you’ll go on: $125. Food: $400. International SOS Coverage: $200. Cost to student: priceless.
Each year, over one million tourists visit Uganda. Thirty-five percent of them stay less than a week, while only 4 percent remain there longer than 46 days.
a few remarks
What started off as a fleeting tragedy suddenly had become an irreversible pattern, as America’s favorite game was revealed to have a lethal connection to mental disease.
As we approach the one-year anniversary of Alex Smith being demoted by San Francisco 49ers head coach, Jim Harbaugh, in favor of the upstart, fleet-footed Colin Kaepernick, I believe it is...
We are spoiled here at Duke, and not just by the amenities, the academic opportunities or the status granted us by attending this University.
When I moved into my dorm this past August, the first thing I did was begin setting up my Bay Area sports shrine, in order to pay respects to my hometown and favorite teams.
News headlines over the past week have been strewn with claims that Oklahoma State University must join the ranks as yet another university to go rogue.
It was nearly 3:00 p.m. and I had yet to officially get out of bed.
Some people think I’m weird. Others show concern for my sanity. But mostly, people are just perplexed as to how anyone could enjoy getting vital fluids sucked out of them.
After two weeks of crystal beaches, endless calamari and awkward sunburns, I am pleased to report that I survived South Africa and have returned from my trip abroad.
I love Duke, but sometimes I just need to get the hell out.
Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever be able to love someone as much as I love my cats.
Just in case coming back from Thanksgiving to finals wasn’t enough, you will be happy to know construction is taking the Bryan Center Plaza away for two years.
With a stellar football season and this weekend’s Wake Forest comeback win, it’s finally official.
As a University, we really should take a gander at our cesspool of college kids playing tonsil hockey and sexing each other.
Welcome back, Dukies. As a lot of you know, Duke’s largest racial controversy of the year (or at least, so far) occurred last week.
Now that October and the accompanying madness of dressing as sexy nurses, sexy school girls, sexy doctors and sexy sluts has finally passed, it’s time for my favorite holiday of the year: No Shave...
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Duke football has given students the opportunity to disregard all personal and social differences, throw their arms around each other’s shoulders and demonstrate, in unity, the respect that their...
Duke has a long, cherished tradition of academic freedom—a tradition that seems to have been forgotten in the midst of the University’s contemporary ventures abroad.
Let us stop waiting. Let us engage in the political sphere like no generation ever has before, and, together, we can ensure that our beloved president did not die in vain.
Sanford was a true visionary—a role model, but above all, a hero. And to me—in my eyes, he is a hero who will never be forgotten.
Dr. King is right: We have waited on time for too long. Now is when we ought to actually chart the future of our great University.
a world unveiled
As the oldest daughter of first generation Egyptian immigrants, I could write books about the intersection of Arab traditions and American customs.
As I switched from desktop to desktop, I examined carefully each of the necklaces on the screen.
This Eid, I will once again thank God for giving me a memory that will always embody the spirit of Eid.
She kissed my head and promised to be back before I woke up. After a week of no contact, it was evident that my mom wasn’t returning.
Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” and Arudhati Roy’s “The God of Small Things” are the only two books I’ve ever reread.
realpolitik with patrick
I am privileged to have made many mistakes, endured a lot of failure and encountered much disappointment in my nearly four years at Duke University.
Despite tremendous campus policy achievements over the past four years, from online course evaluations to a Red Mango in the Bryan Center, there are still many places where Duke can do better.
My maternal grandfather taught college English most of his life.
One wonders what Duke Student Government might be like if there were fewer unanimous votes and more partisanship. We might see more substantive discussion of dining options, tailgate and endowment...
I am a huge fan of the The Hunger Games trilogy. It rivals my early enthusiasm for the Harry Potter books, and I frequently invoke references to it in conversation.
Turning left off Duke’s East Campus, Durham’s Main Street is a straight shot for a stretch.
Somewhere along the way, students and educators became an afterthought at this school.
It took them two weeks to find all the bodies in the desert. What little remained was enough to traumatize the responders.
A man is stealing your home, poisoning your food and burning the forests around you, all the while explaining why you should thank him.
Farewell, Afghanistan. Twelve years ago, my country’s military crossed the seas to launch its longest war yet on your soil.
as i see it
Members of the Duke community, I have a confession to make: I am a future consultant.
Columnists, myself certainly included, tend to do a lot of complaining.
Today, my roommate, who is currently working on his honors thesis in public policy studies, recounted to me a story from an interview he conducted with an unnamed state representative.
Last night, as I was getting ready to leave The Chronicle’s office in 301 Flowers and go home, I remembered that my car was not on campus.
I believe that transparency requires open dialogue, whether we’re talking about President Brodhead or the members of this very newspaper.
December 6, 2013
Starting in the spring, purchases made with food points at on-campus venues will be taxed.
December 5, 2013
Many students have walked up to the main entrance of the Bryan Center Plaza and been shocked to see a brown slab of wood halting their path.
December 4, 2013
Members of Duke’s Student Government are working to add more courses about local history and politics to the course registry.
December 3, 2013
Seventeen-year-old Jesus Huerta was in the back seat of a police vehicle when he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Nov. 19.