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From Classroom Building to Coach K: Seven stories to keep your eye on this year

(08/27/19 4:00am)

Take a deep breath and listen closely. Notice anything missing? Construction has quieted down significantly, with the completion of the new Hollows Quad and renovations of Craven Quad. But just because West Campus has momentarily calmed down in terms of construction, that doesn’t mean that all the excitement is gone. Here are a few stories, people and questions to watch out for this year.

The Unlicensed Ethicist: Political correctness

(08/27/19 1:38pm)

My friend has a history of working with cognitively disabled children. If he overhears someone casually say something is “r*******,” he does not hesitate to speak up. Yet when he saw Marketplace was serving fish tacos again, he offhandedly remarked, “Oh my god, I’ll blow my brains out if I have to eat that again.” I have no interest in seeing my friend’s brains splattered across Marketplace and, frankly, am offended. Should I call him out?

Duke-Alabama: More than a game

(08/26/19 4:00am)

Duke Football takes the field in Atlanta on Saturday in its first season-opening game with Alabama since 1972.   In this one, like the '72 game, Duke will play before a full house (in the Mercedes Benz Stadium) against an Alabama team ranked No. 2 nationally preseason polls. For all of that, the game stands for so much more in the lore of college football and in the Duke program's return to the national stage under Coach David Cutcliffe.

Q&A: Jay Bilas discusses Duke’s 1982 recruiting class

(08/26/19 3:06am)

 When he was hired by Duke four decades ago, Mike Krzyzewski was a young head coach with limited prior experience. After a tumultuous few seasons to open his tenure in Durham, Krzyzewski was able to put together a legendary recruiting class in 1982 that opened the door for him to put together arguably the most impressive coaching resume of all-time. Krzyzewski is now a five-time national champion with the Blue Devils, the all-time winningest coach in college basketball and a three-time Olympic gold medal winner as coach of U.S.A. basketball. 

Do Duke students care about Bach?

(08/26/19 4:00am)

Duke University Chapel houses one of the finest pipe organs in the United States. Built by the legendary Flentrop Orgelbouw of Zaandam, The Netherlands, the mammoth instrument dominates the great arch separating the narthex and the nave of the neo-gothic building. The Flentrop is a tracker-action instrument that contains 5,033 speaking pipes controlled by four manual keyboards and pedal. It has a flat-head V8, two four-barrel carburators, solid valve-lifters, short-stack headers, and a toploader four-in-the-floor transmission.