John Kerry’s “chicken” game
A year ago, John Kerry was sworn in as U.S. Secretary of State. Kerry decided to focus much of his efforts on reviving the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, which were in a stalemate at the...
An open letter to Lauren/Aurora
Whoever you are, I want to laud your courage in coming forward, speaking up and bringing your story into the light.
Add LGBTQ identity question to college application
When I narrowed down the list of universities to which I would apply, admittedly the factors I considered were arbitrary. Since I had not yet come to terms with my gay identity, not even in the...
Response by The 40 Percent Plan to DSG columns
At a recent meeting, the Duke Student Government rammed through changes to the way student groups get funding.
DukeOpen victory suggests new model for activism
On Jan. 30, 2013, I held the first meeting for DukeOpen, a student group advocating endowment transparency and investment responsibility.
Remembering Ben Ward
On Dec. 14, 2013, Duke University lost one of the greatest, most inspirational teachers it has ever known.
Bureaucracy, inefficiency and The 40 Percent Plan
In short, SOFC is not perfect, but I strongly feel that it is a better system than that which would exist under The 40 Percent Plan.
K-ville is stupid, so go do it
K-ville is stupid. That’s the most important thing about tenting. Next to the stupidity, everything else is just sweetener.
Whose academic freedom?
As we’re both aware, the American Studies Association recently passed a resolution to endorse the academic boycott of Israel.
The ASA boycott of Israel is hypocritical and wrong
A few weeks ago, the members of the American Studies Association have voted in favor of boycotting Israel.
Indulge in the present
As I walked along the Bryan Center Plaza on Thanksgiving morning, I took a second to stop and admire the petite, white Christmas tree situated cozily next to the metal dining tables.
I came to Duke with an empty wallet
In my four years at Duke, I have tried to write this article many times. But I was afraid. I was afraid to reveal an integral part of myself. I’m poor.
Professionals in education
The summer before my senior year of college, I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in teaching high school social studies.
Why I’m “hypersensitive” to race
So let me introduce myself. My name is Ronnie JaMaal Wimberley Jr., and I am not black*. I am black. And it’s time we recognized that difference.
If you Google “Oscar Hijuelos,” you will find articles that praise him for being a pioneer of Latino immigration writing.
Why investment responsibility matters
We stand in support of DukeOpen because we love Duke and we appreciate our history.
Knowledge in the service of society
We were two—two in a crowd of about 1,200 peers our age—staring intently at former President Bill Clinton.
One must think twice, maybe three times, before using religious terminology. Words that are commonly used in the media to describe “religiously motivated” acts of violence are of special concern.
It's time to listen
It's 3:30 a.m., and I'm on a bus between Kampala, Uganda and Nairobi, Kenya before returning home to the U.S.
Please be safe
Little did I know what horrific news would come my way in the next 30 minutes—my youngest child, my son, Matthew, a wonderful 21 year old Duke senior, was dead.
A word of wisdom
It’s been a whirlwind, huh? The second you arrive on Duke’s campus, your belongings are literally jarred loose from your vehicle by some bewildering students.
A Turkish model of democracy?
What began as a peaceful protest last week in Istanbul to save a park from being demolished has turned into a much larger, anti-government movement in a matter of days.
In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate
The tragedy in Boston is a heavy weight on the heart of every American.