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The problem with abolishing Greek life

(04/07/21 4:00am)

Over the past year the calls to abolish Greek life at Duke have grown louder. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the murder of George Floyd, many students were left questioning their support for a system which, in their view, perpetuated misogyny, racism, classism, and a slew of other bigoted norms. An Instagram page emerged and detailed explicit accounts of sexual assault, exclusion, and other forms of misconduct among Duke’s Greek community. 152 posts and 2,296 followers later, the forum is firmly cemented as a mainstay in Duke’s discourse regarding the matter. More recently, calls to abolish have reached a deafening pitch as dramatic increases in COVID cases have been linked to in-person rush events. After a weeklong lockdown, the sentiments on and around campus seem to be unchanged: Greek life must go. Little will change, unfortunately, should Duke submit to this demand.

Why I spoke up for people I oppose

(03/16/21 4:00am)

It’s been nearly a month since I published a piece advocating for people who foster beliefs that I regularly oppose. The reaction to what I wrote was larger than I ever could have imagined. I had countless people reach out to me to express gratitude for speaking on what I did. My arguments made their way into at least a few classes. I was criticized and insulted for everyone to see on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and even the Duke Confessions page. It got overwhelming pretty fast. No part of me regrets what I did, but with such a dramatic reception I’ve been forced to reflect on why I thought it was necessary to speak out for an ideology with which I disagree.

Stand up for Duke's conservative voices

(02/17/21 5:00am)

“Being a conservative feels like a joke at Duke.” I don’t often agree with my friend on political issues, but he’s right about this one. In this age of acceptance, you’d be hard-pressed to find a group on campus more unpopular than Duke’s conservative population. From the posts we make on social media, up to the professors we expel from the classroom, it seems like students here just aren’t comfortable with political disagreement.

Duke should reopen the Gardens

(02/02/21 5:00am)

It’s Sunday, January 24, 2021. After a mild Carolina winter, life is beginning to reawaken at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Though the arrival of spring is months away, a number of plants and animals dear to the Duke community have already begun to rise from their slumber. Plumes of color warm the landscape as glowing red camellias and sunny yellow winterhazels come into bloom. Blue jays paint the sky with their song while eastern gray squirrels scavenge the dew-covered grounds below. Everything seems to be in place, but one creature is notably absent: the Duke student.