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Charlottesville is a watershed moment for our country. It calls on all Americans, particularly white Americans like myself, to take a long, hard look at the beliefs we hold and the institutions we cherish. For me, that has meant taking a long hard look at the Duke Chapel.
On Wednesday, roughly 40 representatives from a variety of majors in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences met with Sociology professor Suzanne Shanahan, Duke Student Government President Tara Bansal and DSG Chief of Staff Kushal Kadakia to discuss the curriculum review. I was nominated by the Psychology department to attend the meeting. Although I consider myself a very informed Duke student, this my first first in depth exposure to the proposed sweeping curricular changes, on which the faculty will vote in February.
Sometimes it’s hard for me to remember Duke before Yik Yak.
“She probably got in because of affirmative action. She doesn’t really deserve to go to Duke.”
Maybe you’ve been there. Have you ever walked down the street—or past a fraternity bench—and heard unwelcome, objectifying comments about your body? Have you heard sexist, homophobic or racist slurs that make you feel unsafe on campus? Have you been touched inappropriately at Shooters or at a party, ruining what should have been a fun night out with your friends?
The first time I read Rolling Stone’s inflammatory article about the University of Virginia, something didn’t feel right to me. In the piece, a young woman alleged that she had been brutally gang raped at a fraternity party her freshman year and claimed that her peers and the administration had failed across the board to protect her.
If you’re like most Americans, you probably spent last Sunday watching the Seahawks and the Patriots face off in what may be America’s favorite sporting tradition, the Super Bowl. Maybe you ate wings, analyzed the commercials and watched Katy Perry’s halftime show wondering what on earth the now-infamous Left Shark was doing.
In light of last week’s controversy over the University’s decision—and then reversal of that decision—to allow the Muslim Adhan to be broadcast from the top of the Chapel, I’ve been thinking about what it means to be a Christian in the interfaith community that is the Duke student body.
In early December of my freshman year, I sat in Page Auditorium with several hundred other first-year women, listening to a presentation about sorority recruitment. Much to my surprise, after covering details about logistics and costs, the presenter soberly reminded us that we would be able to visit CAPS and speak to a counselor if we needed to during the process. I honestly thought she was joking. Mental help? Over a sorority?
Yesterday, hundreds of Duke students found out whether or not they had been accepted into one of DukeEngage’s 26 international immersion programs. The lucky ones who have been accepted will soon receive t-shirts and training materials, all bearing the program’s motto: “Challenge yourself. Change your world.”
Duke isn’t known for its town-gown relations.
It was about 6pm on a Sunday, and I was walking with two friends in the East Village. We were talking and laughing, enjoying our last week in the city. All of a sudden, a large man walking by reached out and grabbed my butt.
“Hookup culture” is a myth.
So-called “game-changers” rarely change the game.
On August 22, during a Divinity School orientation panel on diversity, Dean of the Divinity School Richard Hays asserted that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching” in response to a question about resources for LGBT students. Hays reminded students that the United Methodist Church, the Divinity School’s affiliated denomination, does not ordain homosexual clergy or recognize same-sex unions. In his subsequent “apology” letter, Hays accused critics of “gravely misinterpreting” what he had said, while continuing to stress the school’s connection to the United Methodist Church and its outdated teachings.
“Should I be worried that I haven’t made friends yet? Every group seems so solidified.”
This year’s Duke Chapel student preacher spoke on a topic relevant to many Duke students—perfectionism.
A semester after Duke changed its sexual misconduct policy, administrators welcomed the announcement of a national task force examining sexual assault on college campuses.
The WHO Speaks campaign has returned to campus with a new mission.
Despite previous uncertainties, independent common rooms on Central Campus are safe for now.