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Update: This story was updated at 9:23 p.m. Friday with information from President Vincent Price and Provost Sally Kornbluth’s email to faculty, including that students will have to re-register for Fall courses and that faculty will not be required to teach on campus if they have concerns about health and safety.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many students are scrambling to find new summer plans after their original arrangements, including internships, travel, research, DukeEnage and study-abroad program, were canceled. To help students in this struggle, Duke has expanded its normal catalogue of summer classes. By partaking in summer classes, students can catch up or get ahead in their academic pursuits while waiting for the pandemic to end so that they can resume other activities.
Two Durham teens put up 100 copies of Sunday's New York Times front page near the East Campus bridge, representing the lives lost in the United States to the coronavirus.
A student has filed a class action lawsuit against Duke, alleging that the University “financially damaged” students by switching to remote learning without refunding tuition and student fees.
After North Carolina entered the second phase of reopening May 22, Durham held back from lifting restrictions for a week and a half, after a recent spike in COVID-19 cases.
A professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has filed a class action lawsuit against Duke, alleging an illegal agreement between Duke and UNC to suppress competition over faculty.
From John Lumpkin, retired Director of the Schieffer School of Journalism at Texas Christian University, previously Vice President of Associated Press:
Karen had a profound effect on journalism students at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth while I served as Director of the Schieffer School of Journalism. It was another example of the reach of her exceptional life.
She brought business journalism at TCU to a new level as visiting professor, hired through a grant we secured from the Donald W. Reynolds Center at Arizona State University to create an emphasis on business reporting. In doing so, she had a one-way commute in DFW Metroplex traffic of an hour or more for a one-hour classes in more than one subject.
In addition, she and I co-taught a newly established journalism capstone course in 2014 in which competitively chosen students partnered with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in a major reporting project on civil asset forfeiture. The editor of the Star-Telegram warmly described the project here.
Currently leading business journalism instruction at TCU is Dr. Melita Garza, who, like Karen, was a business reporter who acquired an MBA to accelerate their knowledge and understanding of the field they chose to cover.
Dr. Garza wrote me after hearing of Karen's passing:
The Chronicle’s best wins bracket previously introduced some of Duke men’s basketball’s top moments throughout the years. This new series coincides with those moments, shedding light on some of Duke Athletics’ other highlights throughout the school’s storied history. We hope you enjoy this stroll down memory lane. Today's moment: Nancy Hogshead brings home four medals at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.
Karen received a lot of anxious emails from me in 2010. My year as editor of The Chronicle was rich in scandals—students accused of serious crimes, a star cancer researcher who fabricated work, a salacious parody thesis that went viral. I turned to Karen through it all. She chaired the Duke Student Publishing Company's board of directors, but for me, she was a gut-check and a guiding light. Knowing Karen would be my fiercest defender made me feel brave and drove me to pursue stories worthy of her support.
While the world is home craving sports and looking toward the recently-released NFL schedule, three former Blue Devils checked in with head coach David Cutcliffe to discuss their days donning the blue and white, how Cutcliffe's teachings help them as professional athletes and more.
Far from getting bogged down, the Duke University Wetland Center is planning new partnerships to expand its operations.
Despite the hit the music industry is taking from the COVID-19 pandemic, many labels are still pushing out new releases. Some artists, faced with canceled tours and festivals, are finding that they have more time than ever to make music. (Charli XCX took this sentiment to the extreme, recording a whole album while quarantined at home.) While April saw big releases from Fiona Apple, RINA SAWAYAMA and The Strokes, the month of May arguably featured even more acclaimed artists. Here are some of the best albums released this month.
I remember sitting shotgun in Karen’s rental car, driving from Flowers to Bullock’s Bar-B-Q for a staff dinner during one of the DPSC board meeting weekends. It was not the first time we’d met, but it was probably the first time I had Karen’s ear to myself. Fellow staffers, more senior and more talented than me, were always clamouring to catch her because, well, who wouldn’t?
"Karen was such a treasure to our neighborhood. From our first meeting at Moss Haven Elementary, her friendship always pushed me to go further and to try new things. Whether it was sharing Girl Scout cookie mom duties with her or picking up adult piano lessons because Karen thought we should renew our skills, she was a force to be reckoned with. You could not tell her 'no.' After our group became empty-nesters, we sat around Karen’s expansive dining room table while a friend described her idea for a book club for the group. The book club became a way for us to stay connected and Karen’s presence always elevated the group. What a treat to hear from a celebrated author’s point of view when discussing a book while enjoying one (or two!) of her famous cookies. She will be dearly missed."
It is hard to imagine how anyone could offer better leadership to any organization at Duke than Karen Blumenthal provided for The Chronicle during the past few decades.
I first met Karen Blumenthal when I was a reporter at The Chronicle and she was a member of the Duke Student Publishing Company board. Like a lot of people, I was initially intimidated by her; if I had to measure up to her, I was never going to make it in journalism. Also like a lot of people, I came to adore her, and she became my most important mentor. (I long ago gave up on measuring up to her.)
Sometime during my senior year, we got a tip at the Chronicle about a salacious incident on Central Campus involving an athlete that had resulted in a heavily redacted police report. Being baby news vultures, we salivated at the prospect of a scoop, but being young and dumb, we were ready to call it quits after making a round of cursory phone calls and not getting anywhere. The editors and I debated whether to run something that would’ve been mostly innuendo, or to kill the story and move on. As always, we turned to Karen for wisdom. I can’t remember her exact words but I believe it was something to the effect of: “Have you knocked on every door of Central Campus to see if anyone heard anything? THEN WHAT ARE WE EVEN TALKING ABOUT?”
As Duke faces the challenges of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, two task forces of administrators and academic leaders are guiding the planning process.
In an interview on National Public Radio, Grammy Award-winning singer Fiona Apple reveals the inspiration behind the name of her latest album. She was watching an episode of “The Fall,” a British television show in which a police detective (played by Gillian Anderson) attempts to rescue a kidnapped girl. Upon encountering a padlock, Anderson mutters to “fetch the bolt cutters.” It is a small, throwaway line, but Apple says she shot up from her couch while watching and decided it would be the name of her album.
The coronavirus outbreak has shuttered many summer projects and programs, but the interdisciplinary narratives of Duke’s Story+ will continue to be told in spite of — and even because of — the current circumstances.