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Question number three

(12/06/17 5:00am)

When I tell someone that I’m graduating a semester early, I know exactly how that person will react to the news: 1) Express shock that I’m leaving early 2) Say some obligatory phrase of congratulations 3) Ask me what I’m going to do with my spare semester, plus with the rest of my life 4) Try to arrange some food date — that never happened freshman year and sure as hell isn’t going to happen now — to say goodbye. And while this routine type of exchange has become all but second nature to me, it’s that third question, “So, what are you going to do next?” that always gets me.

Hidden talents

(09/06/17 4:00am)

With syllabus week long gone, the real first week of school is now halfway over. The part of me that dreads actually putting effort into classes has taken over and paralyzed my brain—a sensation best described as that spinning, rainbow wheel that shows up when a Mac momentarily freezes, buffering right inside my head. This is problematic to say the least. Being a senior who’s graduating this fall, I thought that I would be more pumped to finish out the school year and put my best foot forward because my brain would be flashing around pompoms like a cheerleader strung out on coke screaming, It’s the final stretch! Let’s get this done and finish strong. Instead, I dropped a class last week because it was raining and I didn’t want to go outside. Yeah, I’m that pathetic.

'Witness' and the disappointing evolution of Katy Perry

(07/05/17 4:00am)

With her latest album “Witness,” Katy Perry promised her fans a new sound: “purposeful pop.” Every track would be socially aware and promote 360 degrees of liberation as far as politics, sexuality and negativity were concerned. And being a huge KatyCat since “I Kissed a Girl,” I was pumped that she was making any sort of transformation. Didn’t we all need to forget that her last single, “Rise,” ever existed?

An editor's goodbye

(04/26/17 3:59am)

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m sorry to say that this is the end of times…with me as Recess editor. There’s a lot of self-inflicted pressure and expectations for this editor’s note because it very well could be my last piece of published writing—ever! Plus, the final Recess editor’s notes in the past have been so heart-wrenching and actually meaningful that I could never compete (sorry, I wasn’t best friends with Robin Williams.) So instead, I’m going to write about something that’s the complete opposite of meaningful—un-meaningful, if you will—to the masses: my time here at Duke and at The Chronicle.

Recess reviews: Louis C.K. is the sharpest he’s ever been in latest special

(04/12/17 4:00am)

The first time I ever heard a Louis C.K. joke, I shat my pants. Sorry… to be more politically correct, I “sharted” my pants—you know, that rare hybrid. In my defense, it was about seven years ago. I had food poisoning and was resting in bed, trying to pass the gruesomely stomach-contorting time by hauling though an endless series of recommended YouTube clips. The joke was from one of his early half-hour HBO gigs, where a sweaty, infuriated and somehow altogether charming Louis C.K. delivered a bit about how he and his wife have to pretend that their daughter doesn’t suck at hide and seek when she decides to hide in plain sight.

Editor's Note

(01/11/17 5:00am)

If you’ve read any of my editor’s notes, dear reader, you know that I hate writing these with every fiber of my being. My latest qualm with the idea of editor’s notes is that I, a junior in college—whose greatest obstacles so far would make Syrian refugees scoff, laugh and lose even more faith in humanity—have to pontificate some grandiose insight into life that I discovered within myself after using my latest failed midterm to wipe away my tears on the third floor of Perkins. I found an inspirational Tumblr post about it; now I have to write about it. ~full body, emotionally-invested snaps for Dillon~

Laughing out loud

(10/19/16 4:00am)

I rarely laugh out loud and actually mean it. No, it’s not because I think I have a holier-than-thou sense of humor, where I shun anything that’s not up to my comedic standards. (But I do think bad puns are just as egregious as war crimes.) So-called friends would describe my sense of humor as crude, brash, vulgar, and drumroll...unfunny. But I think if the people in your life choose to have you around and tolerate your reliable joke bombing, then that’s true friendship—or you’ve paid them well. See what I mean?

Enjoy your summer, please

(06/06/16 4:00am)

Being that it is summer break, the last thing I want to do is write an editor’s note. Now don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy editing and managing arts and media content for tens of people—if I didn’t, I wouldn’t have taken this job. However, summers for me are sacred. I need a break from the trials and demands of the school year. I’m realizing now that after this one, I only have one real summer left—which, of course, is reserved for people do their big internship. So in all actuality, I’m pretty much booked (or should be theoretically) for the rest of my life until retirement. That’s fun.

Recess Interviews: Khan T'10 on working for 'Full Frontal with Samantha Bee'

(04/21/16 9:19am)

Naureen Khan, Trinity ’10, a former local and national news editor for The Chronicle, has gone to write for publications such as National Journal and Al Jazeera after her time at Duke. Currently, Khan is the lead researcher the satirical late night show “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” currently the only late night show with a female host that has also received rave critical praise. Khan spoke to The Chronicle’s Dillon Fernando about her time at Duke and her experiences in the journalism and the media industry. Khan’s conversation with The Chronicle has been condensed for clarity.

Writing the meaningful editor's note

(03/31/16 6:17am)

According to some middle-aged woman’s blog, William Faulkner once said, “I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately, I am inspired at 9 o’clock every morning.” You’re amazing, Will, and we exalt your easy muse, but do you really have to rub it in? I’ve been sitting at my laptop for the past four hours and have written a net of absolutely nothing. I have what is known as the dreaded Writer’s Block.

LDOC lineup analysis, 2016 edition

(03/31/16 6:20am)

The acts for the 2016 LDOC were announced last week without the pitiful fake-out video of last year and caustic Yik Yak student tirades. There are a wide slough of student opinions on the lineup ranging anywhere from “At last, someone good” to “Yay, diversity” to “Seriously another bad year” to first-years’ “Is LDOC an instrument?” No matter your opinion on the LDOC lineup, Recess gets the skinny on the artists so you can get a little more hype about the upcoming concert.

Duke Gardens showcases nature exhibit for local artists

(03/24/16 7:19am)

As expected during the calm of Spring Break, campus was eerily empty. Even the ebb and flow of p-frosh, their families and members of the Durham community walking on the grounds in nearly perfect weather made only but a subtle hum. Honestly, it seemed as if the only place on campus during the break inhabited by life, both people and foliage, was the Duke Gardens and its annual natural art exhibition.

Being a kid again

(01/29/16 6:24am)

When I was four years old, my pre-school teacher told the all the kids in my class to draw a picture of what we wanted to be when we grew up. Many of them sketched figures of people representing the typical dream jobs for kids at that age: a police officer, an astronaut, a princess, a pop star. One girl just drew a dilapidated stick figure holding a sack of money, and when the teacher we all called Missy asked her what that meant, she innocently replied something her mother had muttered often: “Marry rich.” Clearly, she was destined to dig for gold, and not just in her nose.

Visual Media Studies course exposes students to social art

(01/14/16 7:34am)

When most people think about classic examples of art, Leonardo Da Vinci’s "Mona Lisa" poised on a wall in the Louvre or Michelangelo’s "David" standing proudly in Florence probably come to mind. What most people might not consider is the artistic merit and beauty that can be expressed through some of the daily activities and cultural and social movements in our everyday lives. 

The end of a semester

(12/03/15 7:47am)

With every editor’s note, I struggle with coming up with a topic. I struggle with finding the time to write it. I struggle with making my note somewhat meaningful for my fan base of two, that reads these—one fan being my mother, the other an Internet troll. It has come to that point where I’m desperate for filling the word limit, because as of 2:47 a.m. Tuesday morning I am facing fatal writer’s block.