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A ‘second Duke education’: Chief communications officer Michael Schoenfeld looks back at his 14 years with the University

(07/20/22 2:13am)

Over four decades ago, Michael Schoenfeld took his first steps on Duke’s campus as an undergraduate. This July, he will graduate from his “second Duke education” — 14 years as the University’s chief spokesperson. 

‘Enough is enough’: North Carolinians gather at State Capitol to advocate for gun safety

(06/15/22 12:59am)

Gun control activists gathered across the country Saturday in the wake of the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Tex. that killed 19 children and two teachers. In Raleigh, the March for Our Lives event saw hundreds of North Carolinians rally in front of the State Capitol building to send lawmakers a clear message: “Enough is enough.”

Here are the campus resources available for students experiencing sexual harassment

(06/03/22 5:09am)

In April, a female Duke student sought a no-contact order from the University after reporting alleged nonconsensual sexual contact and stalking by a male student. Despite successfully obtaining a no-contact order from the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, she was denied a restraining order by a Durham judge during an April 19 hearing. 

‘Our Father’: Avoiding and encountering the pitfalls of true-crime documentaries

(06/01/22 11:00am)

When Jacoba Ballard took her 23andMe test in 2014, she expected one or two half-siblings — after all, the Indianapolis fertility clinic her mother attended stated that her biological father’s sperm donation would be used no more than three times. When Ballard received her results, she found not one, not two, but seven half-siblings — and that was just the start. Years later, the 94 recorded half-siblings are seeking justice against their father — the fertility doctor who impregnated his patients with his own sperm and without their consent. 

‘The lives of actual living and breathing women’: Protestors mobilize amid possible overturning of Roe v. Wade

(05/20/22 2:27am)

“We hold that [Roe v. Wade] and [Planned Parenthood v. Casey] must be overruled,” wrote Justice Samuel Alito in an initial majority draft opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The 98-page document, obtained by Politico, was leaked to the public on May 2 and has since reignited the debate around abortion rights in the United States. 

Upcoming commencement events for Duke's undergraduate, graduate and professional students

(05/02/22 6:04am)

Duke will confer degrees to about 1,712 undergraduates and 4,100 graduate and professional students who finished their coursework in September 2021, December 2021 or spring 2022. Beginning Friday, May 6, a series of events will be held in celebration of the Class of 2022.

‘I didn’t think it was real’: More than 100 formerly incarcerated Durhamites receive universal basic income deposits

(04/15/22 3:45am)

More than 100 formerly incarcerated members of the Durham community received a deposit of $500 directly into their bank accounts in March. The money was granted unconditionally—no work requirement or strings attached—and the first of 12 monthly payments were dispensed through the Excel Pilot Program. 

“Our Kids Can’t Wait” campaign led by Durham Public Schools educators aims to improve teacher, student conditions

(03/29/22 7:41am)

The Durham Association of Educators’ “Our Kids Can’t Wait” campaign hopes to transform Durham’s public education system. Their demands address issues facing students and educators, which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

DSG approves K-Ville Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility committee, holds elections for president pro tempore

(03/24/22 7:53am)

Duke Student Government senators approved a new Krzyzewskiville Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Committee and held elections for the 2022-23 DSG president pro tempore at their Wednesday evening meeting.

DSG debates funding Students for Justice in Palestine speaker events at Wednesday meeting

(03/18/22 5:41am)

Editor’s note: Several individuals featured in this article were concerned about experiencing harassment after publication. In a recent column, Duke Student Government President Christina Wang highlighted some of her experiences dealing with extensive bullying over the last few months after she vetoed recognition of Duke’s chapter of Students Supporting Israel, citing inappropriate social media conduct by the organization in her veto.