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Attempted suicide story should not have been printed

(10/15/08 4:00am)

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.

Chronicle editor reflects on four years 'in the arena'

(04/24/96 4:00am)

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

Uncertainty, investigation delayed revealing DSG surplus

(02/16/96 5:00am)

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.

New program in New York to teach leadership in fine arts

(01/12/96 5:00am)

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.

These movies may be boring... But they're not as bad as you think

(01/11/96 5:00am)

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."