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7 takeaways from the 40 Percent Plan 'Great Debate'

(02/28/14 11:21am)

Supporters and critics of the 40 Percent Plan came together Thursday night to debate the amendment, which will be on the Duke Student Government election ballot Tuesday, March 4. On the affirmative were the plan's architects seniors Daniel Strunk and Ajeet Hansra. On the negative were DSG President Stefani Jones, a senior, and Student Organization Finance Committee Chair Joyce Lau, a junior. Senior Scott Briggs, editorial pages editor for The Chronicle, moderated. For those who couldn't make it, The Chronicle has hashed out some of the main disputes that came up in the "Great Debate."



Music Review: James Vincent McMorrow

(01/09/14 10:53pm)

McMorrow has come a long way since proclaiming that he has “been breaking hearts for far too long” in his first album. “Post Tropical,” is an album containing a ten-song reflection on loss and the fleeting nature of love. His tone has changed, he’s not nearly as buoyant, but the result is something remarkable. It’s the same delicate, breathy voice of McMorrow’s, but the poetry he sings is more complex and more solemn. Upon hearing the album for the first time, I was surprised by the depth of the first single, 'Cavalier.' This song’s style, punctuated by delicate synthesizer chords, shows a more mature McMorrow crooning about remembering his first love with intensity. 'Cavalier' is a departure from the more playful McMorrow I saw perform in Minneapolis during the summer of 2012.


Mural bridges Duke and Durham, celebrates Latino community

(11/07/13 11:17am)

"This project specifically aims to bring Duke students and faculty and the local community together through the art of mural painting, to highlight the contributions and importance of Latinos in our community, and to produce a piece of highly visible public art that can be enjoyed by all," said Jenny Snead Williams, executive director of Duke's program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South.



Manbites Dog production dares to raise, embrace questions

(10/10/13 7:30am)

As a piece of theater, "Cock" employs a rather minimalist approach. Out of the four characters, only one character has a full name, John, while the male love interest, his father and the female love interest are called M, F and W, respectively. There are no props, no costume changes and only one noise beyond the actors' voices. A gong punctuates time and interaction, propping up the ‘cock fight’ motif that serves as the inspiration for the play’s promotional materials as well and provides the structure to the play. Along the same lines, the play is performed in the round, an ideal setup for John and M to throw punches within the constraints of the audience ring.


Watch List: Market Street Coffeehouse

(09/26/13 6:10pm)

Market Street has the obligatory high-quality Wi-Fi and power outlets to allow for successful studying, but it goes above and beyond with its variety of high-quality caffeinated beverages. Its offerings range from the Frosty Caramella—Market Street’s version of a Starbucks Frappuccino—to an always-changing array of flavored coffees from the Triangle’s own Red Rooster Coffee Company.


Film Review: In a World...

(09/26/13 8:19am)

The film’s casting is impressive, particularly in the case of Geena Davis as Katherine Huling. Huling, a very minor character, is the executive producer of The Amazon Games, the 'quadrilogy' with a feminist twang that sparks a voiceover battle between Carol (played by Lake Bell), her father (Fred Melamed as Sam Soto) and up-and-comer Gustav Warner (Ken Marino). Huling chooses Carol’s voice for The Amazon Games’s trailer but is quick to tell Carol that she got the role because of her gender, not her talent. It is so perfectly tongue-in-cheek to cast Davis, well-known for supporting women in conventionally male roles (I’m still reeling from the cancellation of 'Commander-in-Chief" seven years ago).



Film Review: The Butler

(08/29/13 10:05am)

“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” starring Forest Whitaker in the title role, tells a story of race in America and culminates with (spoiler!) the election of Barack Obama in 2008. Through the experiences of one man and his family, “The Butler” provides a quality, albeit rushed, two-hour history refresher about how the status of African Americans in American society has changed.




DukeEngage designed to shift culture, bolster brand post-lacrosse

(04/19/13 10:04am)

Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series evaluating DukeEngage since its inception in 2007. This article analyzes the relationship between DukeEngage and the Duke brand. In Part 3, The Chronicle will illustrate critiques of the program and discuss DukeEngage’s responsive strategic plan. In Part 1, The Chronicle focused on the DukeEngage experience.


Ideal DukeEngage experience elusive for some

(04/18/13 11:14am)

Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series evaluating DukeEngage since its inception in 2007. Today’s article focuses on the DukeEngage experience for students. In Part 2, The Chronicle will analyze the relationship between DukeEngage and the Duke brand. In Part 3, The Chronicle will illustrate critiques of the program and discuss DukeEngage’s responsive strategic plan.