We’re halfway through 2021, and June has brought news and changes as students scattered to their summer activities. Duke’s beloved men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski announced his retirement after next season. Olivia Rodrigo’s new album kept us entertained through the growing heat of summer. The University announced new COVID-19 safety guidelines for the upcoming fall semester, allowing vaccinated students to go unmasked in many indoor areas. With all these new developments, here are five stories from The Chronicle that our readers found most interesting.
After Jon Scheyer, current assistant head coach, was announced as Duke men’s basketball’s next head coach, he was immediately faced with questions from the world over how he would fill the shoes of legendary Coach K. However, 33-year-old Scheyer, a former Blue Devil team captain, shouldn’t worry about anything. Sports Editor Jake Piazza outlined how this is the perfect time for Scheyer to step up. Read more about Scheyer’s journey in basketball and his plans for the future.
Amy Chua, a former professor of law at Duke Law School and the current John M. Duff, Jr. professor of law at Yale Law School, allegedly hosted dinner parties at her home in violation of COVID-19 guidelines. The dinners, which included maskless students, apparently included alcohol. In 2019, Chua pledged to avoid drinking and socializing with students. After Chua was asked to teach a small group course of 15 first-year students, she believed this pledge was no longer active. Chua has since been removed from the list of professors to lead small group courses in the next academic year.
This Blue Devil took to the Jeopardy stage June 3, after qualifying for both the college and adult contestant pools. Although she ultimately walked away unsuccessful, she was able to go to California for filming and compete, moderated by guest host Mayim Bialik. Read The Chronicle’s Q&A to learn about her studying process, New York Times crossword skills and her reflections on the show.
4. Dear Mom
As Pride Month wrapped up, this column from Dillon Patel, Trinity ‘16, resurfaced on readers’ screens after he shared it on Twitter. Patel wrote the column in 2014 as a sophomore, as a way of coming out to his parents. Since then, he starred on reality TV show Family Karma, and just received a Full-Ride Scholarship as the Class of 2023 Prism Fellow to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. The Prism Fellowship recognizes an MBA student with strong leadership in the LGBTQIA+ community.
The Chabad at Duke University Undergrads is getting a new, permanent meeting place for its community. Chabad, an orthodox movement within the Jewish tradition, raised enough money to purchase a 17-bedroom boutique hotel across from East Campus, soon to be the Fleishman House. Named for professor of law and founding director of the Sanford School of Public Policy Joel Fleishman, the center will be a space to dine, lounge, socialize and host Jewish students and their families.
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Maria Morrison is a Trinity senior and a digital strategy director for The Chronicle's 117th volume. She was previously managing editor for Volume 116.