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As a Duke alum and former Chronicle editor-in-chief, I read with some dismay the Oct. 10 story about the student who attempted suicide in Aycock, "Student attempts suicide." What, exactly, was the point of running that story? The student was apparently not charged with a crime, nor does the attempt appear to have had newsworthy ripple effects beyond the predictable gossiping about it. Lest you think that suicide attempts are inherently newsworthy, please ask yourself when you last saw a major newspaper run an article about the suicide attempt of a non-public figure. And to the extent that you ran the story because you wanted to make a larger point about Duke's mental health support network, the story contained absolutely nothing to that effect. It was, instead, simply prurient, and an unnecessary invasion of the student's privacy. I hope that in the future, you will exercise more discretion.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumphs of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.-Teddy Roosevelt, April 23, 1910
CHAPEL HILL-Dressed to the nines in suits and sportcoats, 13 University students met yesterday with UNC-Chapel Hill's director of Public Safety to discuss police behavior at a March 30 fraternity party at UNC.
Speaking to a packed house Friday afternoon in the East Duke building, world-renowned literary critic Terry Eagleton asked the question "Where do postmodernists come from?" and proceeded to offer his own provocative set of answers.
The cost of a Duke education was the hot topic at Friday's meeting of the Board of Trustees, as the board approved a tuition increase that outpaced previous projections and drew criticism from some board members.
During Tuesday night's Duke Student Government meeting, Trinity junior Husein Cumber, chair of the Student Organizations Finance Committee, revealed to the legislature that due to two years of overbilling on the student activities fee, DSG currently holds a budgetary surplus of about $150,000-and that Cumber and two others have known about it since last October.
By Rose Martelli and
Due to two years of incorrect overbilling on the student activities fee, Duke Student Government currently holds a budgetary surplus of approximately $150,000, officials in the organization revealed Tuesday.
Without a single minute of discussion about the three candidates and after only a brief question-and-answer session, the Duke Student Government legislature and the Intercommunity Council voted last night to approve Trinity senior Shavar Jeffries as the next young trustee.
The application process for the position of young trustee, which has come under fire in recent years, has received mixed reviews from those involved in the process this year.
The three 1996 finalists for young trustee, released Sunday by the Intercommunity Council, have all held the top leadership positions in some of the largest student organizations on campus.
Roy Cohn was one mean son of a bitch. As Joseph McCarthy's number-one hatchet man, he destroyed lives in the name of democracy, pursuing Communists, leftists and homosexuals with a vitriol that matched, if not exceeded, that of his boss.
Trinity senior LaRonda Peterson, Duke Student Government vice president for community interaction, has refused to release to The Chronicle the names of the 1996 applicants for young trustee.
Barring the gauntlet
With twice the number of sophomores participating in rush this year as compared to last year, sororities are attempting to deal with a dramatic increase that few of their members saw coming.
By the time the students in Bruce Payne's New York-based "Leadership and the Arts" program return from their semester in the city, they will have seen 15 operas, attended some 16 to 20 Broadway and off-Broadway plays, taken in several dance performances, visited a variety of museums, and participated exclusively in the first class that the Metropolitan Opera Guild has ever offered to college students.
Earl Williams will always remember his son's smile.
Hollywood must have been naughty this year, because Santa seemed to want nothing to do with several anxiously awaited films released in December. Among those who got Scrooged by audiences were Sydney Pollack's remake of the Audrey Hepburn-Humphrey Bogart classic Sabrina; the multi-directed Four Rooms, which included offerings from Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez; and Oliver Stone's Nixon, which critics seem unable to speak of without using the word "controversial."
Amid allegations that he illegally borrowed money from subordinates in his department, a transportation services supervisor resigned last Friday and, in an unexpected turn of events yesterday, withdrew that resignation.
In an often-heated and sometimes subdued meeting on Central Campus Monday evening, bus drivers and administrators avoided a potential employee strike by sitting down to discuss allegations that the recent termination of transportation services supervisor Daniel Breeden was racially motivated.