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Do I deserve to be at Duke? It’s a question I’m sure every student has asked themselves, and one that my ethics professor, in so many words, posed to the class last week as we discussed the merits of the “I worked for it, I earned it” mentality.
When one thinks of the word “anime,” a few things often come to mind. Japan, where the art form originated, for one, and the stylized graphics typical of the genre — pops of color, vibrant characters and fantastical worlds — for another. While, at least in America, this is what the word connotes, “anime” actually encompasses a broader range of hand- and computer-animated films, and it’s an art form that’s been expanding worldwide over the past 50 years.
Hidden away behind the galleries and brunching students at the Nasher Museum is a little classroom. Room enough for only about 20 people at a time and filled with charcoal, easels, sketch pads and various other art supplies, it’s a tranquil space isolated from the hubbub of the rest of the museum. It is in this room that artists gathered for the latest in the Nasher Creates Sketching Series: “Figure Studies and Carlo Dolci.”
I love all types of music; I always have. The mixtapes I used to make for my mom (who else?) when I was little included everything from Hilary Duff to Nirvana to Stevie Wonder. I grew up in a musical household in a musical city, so it only makes sense that I would be musical, too.
If you’re not a graduate student — or a graduate student in the Nicholas School of the Environment, specifically — there’s a good chance you may not have heard about its leading publication, Eno Magazine. Founded in 2011, Eno Magazine is an annual arts and environment magazine that is run entirely by the Nicholas School community.
When you read the title “Reflections Within the Transitioning Grid,” an image undoubtedly forms within your mind—of mirrored surfaces, perhaps, or of the countless “reflection” papers your seminar professors have surely assigned throughout the course of your study. For me, the title invoked a sense of curiosity. Grid as in electricity? Grid as an artistic element? As in what modern cities are built on? I would soon learn that the interpretations I dreamt up all spoke to one of the fundamental themes of the exhibit: change.
Making the leap from high school to college brings with it many opportunities: the excuse to pursue unique areas of study, the ability to work with world-renowned faculty and the chance to meet new people from all over the world. But what can be seen as one of the biggest opportunities the transition to college presents is not entrenched in its facilities or faculty—it is the opportunity to “reinvent” oneself. At an elite private school like Duke, most people don’t come in with a horde of their high school friends and classmates who know who they are and how they act, and neither are they limited by parental constraints like curfews or expectations to behave a certain way. Going to college presents an opportunity to be who you are, free from the pressure of your previous social identity.
This June marks the fourth annual Artists Convening for the Southern Documentary Fund, a Triangle-based nonprofit that advances documentary projects made in or about the American South. Founded in 2002, the SDF’s purpose is to give a voice to regional documentary artists, connecting them to industry professionals and providing them fiscal and professional support.
What is bad music? It’s a question that I, along with numerous other journalists and bloggers—even college professors—across the U.S. have asked myself on countless occasions. Does bad music even exist if the true purpose of the medium is to entertain? In this case, as long as there is at least one person enjoying what has been created, there is no such thing.
When you look at the statistics, “Fifty Shades Darker” does not seem like the blockbuster film its earnings would indicate it is. A 4.9/10 on IMDB. A whopping 9% on Rotten Tomatoes. A general consensus among critics of “sloppy,” “boring” and “nonsensical.” Never before has such an objectively bad film skyrocketed to the top of the charts, so far doing even better than its predecessor “Fifty Shades of Grey” despite garnering worse reviews. These statistics elicit the question: what has led to the massive consumption of this film? Why is the “Fifty Shades” franchise so popular? It’s a question even I asked myself as I paid $17.69 to enter the movie theater and watch a film I knew would end up disappointing me.
Sorority life. Feminism. Many would say that the two ideas are incompatible, that a system based on placing women into groups based on a pre-established social hierarchy has no place in the empowerment of the modern day woman. In some regards, that statement rings true. Sorority life can reinforce unrealistic and outdated stereotypes: that women must remain pure and virginal (which contradicts the stereotype that, according to popular culture, they are the exact opposite), that beauty comes from following idealized Western beauty standards and that the only way to belong is to be willing to conform.
Art gets a bad rap.
Last Friday night, Duke NeuroCare, an on-campus organization devoted to raising awareness about neurological and psychiatric disorders and their prevention, hosted a talk by Sgt. Kevin Briggs, a retired California Highway Patrol officer. Briggs patrolled the southern end of San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge, a popular place for suicide attempts, for almost 20 years; in his talk, he recounted his experiences and the lessons he took away from them, even chronicling some of his personal adversities. After the talk, The Chronicle sat down with Briggs to talk about his experiences and how the lessons he learned can be applied to a college campus.
One of the best (and worst) things about going away to college is the independence that comes with it. Gone are the days of curfews and having to spend your weekends doing chores, but also gone are the days of home-cooked meals and having someone willing to do your laundry and dishes for you. Independence— it’s something anyone who’s spent any significant amount of time on a college campus realizes makes people do stupid things, but it’s a necessary part of life. It’s also something I never fully understood the implications of until this year.
The Duke Common Experience is one almost every student has endured; it is common, after all. This year’s common experience was “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson, an emotional novel about the author’s experiences working as a lawyer with underprivileged people on death row. The novel particularly focuses on the author’s work with a wrongly convicted man named Walter McMillian. Even if you are not a part of the Class of 2020, chances are you’ve heard of the book, the author or the rave reviews the first years have been giving it. Despite the fact that it touches on some pretty touchy topics — the death penalty and race relations in the South, for example— so far “Just Mercy” has not generated the negative publicity that “Fun Home” did last year after one freshman publicly and adamantly refused to read it.
Ever since media has existed, so has media bias; the two go hand-in-hand. Countless political cartoons and infographics have been made on the subject, warning readers of the dangers of getting their information from only a single platform or of not validating sources. But the problem that faces social media users today isn’t that they don’t realize media bias exists, it is that they don’t know that they’re falling prey to it.
Last year, Duke saw the addition of a new pre-orientation program to its long-standing repertoire of Projects BUILD, WILD, Waves, Change and Search: Project Arts, or pArts.
Despite its up-and-coming technology, music and art scenes, Durham doesn’t exactly seem like it would be the perfect location for the next Coachella—and it’s not; because this May, the Bull City will be hosting an event that could be another great musical experience: Moogfest.
On April 5, 2016, something unprecedented happened on Duke’s campus: Street Medicine, Duke’s premier (and not to mention only) urban dance group hosted its first ever hip-hop dance showcase, dubbed Unleashed.