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A generation past hiding in the wake of #FreeBritney

(09/03/20 1:58pm)

Long before mental health initiatives made waves in mainstream media, Britney Spears was the voice that nourished the soul of a generation. With tracks like “Work Bitch” that empower us to persevere in our life hustles, the Princess of Pop resides in Gen Z minds and her hottest albums are squeezed into just about any early '00s playlist. While that side of the pop star keeps singing, it’s hard to imagine that a completely opposite life off-screen was molded for her 12 years ago.

The Killers’ 'Imploding the Mirage' is refreshingly optimistic

(09/03/20 4:00am)

In 2004, the Killers dropped one of the best debut albums of the 21st century. “Hot Fuss” gave us  “Mr. Brightside” and “All These Things That I’ve Done.” Their second album, “Sam’s Town,” was even better. It seemed like the band was on a clear path of improving and creating grand synth-pop and pop rock records. While they did continuously release extremely catchy songs, the problem with the third, fourth and fifth albums was the monotony. There was little evolution in musical composition or lyrical prowess. When the band announced the release date of their sixth album, I was met with a great contradiction between what I wanted and what I expected from the album. I wanted the Killers’ style but with a fresh and unique spin; however, I expected the same sound they’d been using for 20 years. 

Key quotes from Duke men's basketball's Henry Coleman III's press conference

(09/02/20 7:29am)

Last Thursday, Duke men's basketball Director of Operations & Player Development Nolan Smith organized a Black Lives Matter protest in Krzyzewskiville. After Smith, head coach Mike Krzyzewski and others took the stage, freshman Henry Coleman III closed out the protest with a powerful speech of his own.

Duke needs a climate school

(09/02/20 4:05am)

The climate crisis is often framed as just another “social issue.” Well, it’s one hell of an issue. Here are some fresh new highlights: we are currently living through an incredibly fast mass extinction, the rapid destruction of ecosystems critical for human survival and permanent shifts in the water systems civilization is built along. For those not particularly concerned about other species, sea level rise alone is projected to force hundreds of millions of people from their homes in the next thirty years (around when your kids start college), swallow our most valuable cities, undermine breadbaskets of the world and spark dangerous social cascades resulting from the cumulative weight of the chaos. Not to mention, if we keep chugging recklessly forwards, we can unlock climate tipping points that will unleash fun new horsemen of the apocalypse, like trillions of locusts triggered by increased cyclones. Or melting permafrost awakening ancient plagues from their icy cocoon. To complicate matters further, the eco-fascists (and regular fascists) are here—both the Christchurch and El Paso shootings were motivated by an alt-right ideology that incorporates population control for environmental purity. I honestly was bored watching the last “Mission Impossible” because the stakes seemed lower and the mission more possible than the project of stabilizing our biosphere while also dealing with the endless pile of existential garbage. 

Living Arts Collective's Death Café encourages dialogue around mortality

(09/01/20 9:17pm)

Nine months into a year characterized by a global pandemic, many of us have been thrust uncomfortably close to the idea of death — much closer than six feet. National and global death tallies are repeatedly plastered on our news and social media feeds. Right now, an open chat with strangers about death may be just what we didn’t know we needed. 

This week in Duke Athletics history: Football wins first game in 3 years, students carry goal posts to Chapel

(09/01/20 5:29am)

The Chronicle’s website includes daily coverage of Duke Athletics dating back all the way to 2001. Let’s take a look through the archives to find interesting events and articles that premiered during the week of Sept. 1-7 over the last two decades.