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Film room: Duke football seeks to exploit Kansas's weak defense

(09/23/21 5:43pm)

Last week, Duke football took on Northwestern and the Blue Devils had themselves a game...well, a first half. After going up 30-7 by halftime on the backs of the usual suspects—running back Mataeo Durant and quarterback Gunnar Holmberg each had great games—Duke gave up 16 more points and scored none in the second half. While the win against last year’s Big Ten runners-up was certainly an encouraging penultimate nonconference matchup, the Blue Devils’ performance in the second half clearly shows that there are still some kinks that need to be ironed out before Duke gets into the meat of its season. 


Peeling the onion of cultural identity

(09/24/21 4:00am)

Hailing from multiracial and multireligious Singapore, I am hardly a stranger to diversity. In the public housing estate I lived in, the concurrence of Chinese funerals and Malay weddings was not an unusual sight. Festivals like Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Hari Raya were never exclusive to any one racial group but celebrated collectively through a mutual exchange of greetings and delicacies. The sizable and ever-growing immigrant population has enriched the local food scene with manners of international cuisines from Korean and Italian to Caribbean and Nepalese, promoting awareness of their cultures among locals. With fluency in both English and Mandarin—the product of 10 years of institutionalized bilingual education that I once detested with a passion but am now immensely grateful to have undergone—I have had the versatility to traverse freely between Western and Asian cultures and acquaint myself with the values and norms that underpin them.








A definitive guide to pretending you know Durham restaurants

(09/23/21 4:00am)

When my medical school classmates hear that I went to Duke for undergrad, they assume I know a lot about Durham restaurants. This is a very fair assumption. If I met someone who lived somewhere for four years, I would assume they could at least name a few good restaurants in the area. However, people severely underestimate my ignorance about all things culinary in Durham.


Bandaging capitalism

(09/23/21 4:00am)

A few weeks ago, I saw the application for the Arete Fellowship go live. It involves a series of conversations about effective altruism and how we can implement its philosophy to do the most good in our lives. Because I am DukeStudent™ and don’t make any RashDecisions™ as I am perfectly Logical™, I decided to consult one person who strongly disagrees with effective altruism and one person who enjoyed the Arete Fellowship. This took so much time that I didn’t end up applying, but at least I am now incompletely informed rather than completely uninformed.


STEM isn't everything

(09/23/21 4:00am)

Coming from a decidedly non-rigorous high school, the barrier to entry for technical knowledge as a Pratt freshman last year seemed insurmountable. I was stuck in intro level courses, while my friends were sailing ahead with their AP credit placements; I was disheartened that college had barely begun and already I was starting from behind. I initially applied to engineering programs because I wanted to push myself academically, but staying in Pratt just seemed brutal.



‘Really disheartening’: Mitchell-White House members frustrated with broken promises, lack of adequate spaces

(09/22/21 1:29am)

From students being asked to move out of their assigned rooms the day before the first day of class to broken promises regarding a house course teaching space, student leaders of the Mitchell-White House are frustrated with Duke Housing and Residence Life.