Year in photos: A look back at 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, The Chronicle looks back on the photos that captured life at the University during the last 12 months. Ranging from changes in walk-up line policy to the renaming of the Carr Building, these are the photos that defined 2018.

Snow Day: Round 1

The start of the Spring semester brought 10 inches of snow to campus. Canceled classes allowed students to enjoy the snow and participate in a snowball fight at Duke Gardens.

The Ruby Opens

More than 3,000 people attended the Rubenstein Arts Center grand opening, which showcased new dance studios, a theater and makerspace. The photo shows dancers ready to perform, framed by the staircase.

The Last Walk-Up Line 

Chaos erupted at this year’s walk-up line to enter the basketball game between Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, leading to a policy change by the Line Monitors. The walk-up line will be replaced by flex tenting, which will introduce additional white tents not guaranteed entry to the stadium. The photo shows Cameron Crazies, some of whom tented for weeks, finally entering the game.

Students Celebrate Win Against UNC

The traditional bench burning after the North Carolina game on Abele Quad drew hundreds of students. Duke defeated North Carolina 74-64.

Grayson Allen’s Last Game in Cameron

After four years at Duke, then-senior Grayson Allen played for the last time in Cameron Indoor Stadium. In an emotional moment, he embraced Coach K after the game.

Condoleezza Rice Visits Duke

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited Duke in May to discuss political risk and international affairs. This image captures the lively and engaging discussion at the Sanford School of Public Policy.

Tim Cook Speaks at Commencement

This year’s commencement speaker was Tim Cook, Fuqua '88, who is a Board of Trustees member and Apple CEO. He told graduates to be fearless and “leave the world better than you found it.” 

Convocation for the Class of ‘22

President Vincent Price, other administrators and student leaders welcomed the Class of 2022 to Duke during Convocation at the Duke Chapel. This photo captures Price surrounded by other university administrators and professors.

A new vendor at the Brodhead Center

Sazón opened at the Brodhead Center this Fall with Latin American cuisine offerings such as quesadillas, tacos and arepa bowls. It has quickly become a popular eatery on campus, serving around 700 people per day during its first month.

Random Roommates 

For the first time, all first-years were paired with a random roommate. This image captures two students in their East House dorm room as they reflected on the roommate policy after living together for several weeks.

Silent Sam protests

At UNC, protesters toppled Silent Sam—a statue of a Confederate soldier—in late August, drawing national attention to the controversy. After UNC administrators suggested constructing a multimillion-dollar building to house Silent Sam, protesters took to the streets once again to criticize the proposal.

One year of DACA Uncertainty 

Students protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, known as Dreamers, reflected on the uncertainty they face as undocumented students under President Donald Trump's administration.  Trump rescinded former President Obama’s executive order offering protection for Dreamers in September 2017, yet the policy remains in place pending litigation.

Pictured above is junior Axel Herrera Ramos, a DACA recipient.

Football makes it to a bowl again

Duke football claimed its third straight bowl victory by trouncing Temple in the Walk-On's Independence Bowl after posting a 7-5 record during the regular season. This photo shows backup quarterback Quentin Harris, who stepped up to lead the Blue Devils to victories against Baylor and N.C. Central after starting quarterback Daniel Jones was temporarily sidelined with an injury.

Housekeeping policy changes 

In September, The Chronicle reported that some housekeepers were now required to work weekends, and proposed policy changes would force housekeepers to rebid for their shifts. A week later, John Noonan, vice president for facilities, informed his employees that the shift rebidding would be canceled. This photo shows Charles Gooch, former housekeeping union president, who resigned in response to the changes.

Nobel Peace Prize winner speaks on campus

Nadia Murad, the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, spoke at Duke in October. She discussed her advocacy work against the use of sexual violence in times of war. This image captures her answering questions as audience members in Penn Pavilion look on.

Fall colors at Duke 

Campus Drive was surrounded by colorful leaves in October and November. The trees framed the Chapel on the way to West Campus.

Men’s basketball begins

Duke men's basketball season started with Countdown to Craziness in October. Freshman starters R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish were the nation's top three recruits—in order—according to the ESPN Class of 2018 rankings.

Sights on 6 

Duke men’s basketball has its sights on a sixth national championship as it begins the season. Despite losing 86 percent of its scoring from last season, four freshman starters have filled the gap as the Blue Devils end the 2018 calendar year ranked as the top team in the nation. 

Women's basketball's Mikayla Boykin returns

After being forced to sit out the majority of her freshman season due to an ACL tear, Mikayla Boykin has sparked the Blue Devils since her return this fall. After a sluggish start to the season, Duke women's basketball had a strong December and remains undefeated in the friendly confines of Cameron Indoor. 

Puppy Kindergarten 

The Duke Canine Cognition Lab Puppy Kindergarten is a popular spot for students to de-stress. This image shows two of the puppies who are in training to eventually become service dogs.

Mural to honor Tree of Life shooting

In response to the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, Jewish students painted a mural on the East Campus bridge. A few weeks later, the mural would be defaced by a swastika.

Carr Building is renamed

The Board of Trustees formally stripped the Carr Building of its name after the actions of Julian Carr—the building's namesake and an unabashed white supremacist—came under fire. At the beginning of the semester, Duke's history department filed a request to rename the building, which will be called the Classroom Building until a new name is decided upon. 

Snow Day: Round 2

At the end of the Fall semester, campus transformed into a winter wonderland. This image frames the snow-covered buildings and trees with the arches of Few Quad.


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