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Remembering Karen Blumenthal: What would Karen do?

(06/01/20 4:00am)

Karen received a lot of anxious emails from me in 2010. My year as editor of The Chronicle was rich in scandals—students accused of serious crimes, a star cancer researcher who fabricated work, a salacious parody thesis that went viral. I turned to Karen through it all. She chaired the Duke Student Publishing Company's board of directors, but for me, she was a gut-check and a guiding light. Knowing Karen would be my fiercest defender made me feel brave and drove me to pursue stories worthy of her support. 

Number 3: Duke goes global

(12/31/09 8:26am)

Durham has become too small for a Duke that increasingly has its eyes set on the international horizon. This decade, particularly since the start of the Brodhead Era, has been marked by Duke's desire to expand its global reach and its growing presence abroad—but the University's hunger for international footing is unlikely to be satisfied even in the next decade.

Guests remember Franklins at John Hope and Aurelia Franklin Celebration event

(06/13/09 12:18am)

Although many renowned speakers helped make the John Hope and Aurelia Franklin Celebration event memorable, who were the guests at the event and why did they attend? In this video series, The Chronicle interviewed students, university faculty and administrators and friends of the Fraklins who came to the Chapel. The series investigates why attendees felt it an important event to attend and what they hoped the speakers and the program would focus on. The series also features memories of the Franklins and attendees' reactions to the even.

Few Life: A Dorm Full Of Housing-Independent Juniors

(02/04/09 4:11pm)

The juniors who make up a majority of Few Quadrangle are what Steve Nowicki, vice provost and dean of undergraduate education, calls "housing independents"—students not living in an SLG or a large block like a fraternity section. Although Nowicki said the University does not do enough to serve those independents, Few became an unintentional experiment in what large-scale independent housing might look like in the future.

North Carolina brews you should be drinking

(10/25/11 8:00am)

The outfield of the Durham Bulls Athletic Park played host to the 16th annual World Beer Festival Saturday Oct. 8. Duke undergrads were scarce, maybe because tickets were $40 or maybe because it was Fall break. The brewers didn’t seem disappointed—the event’s two sessions drew thousands of locals and visitors, but they were generally older drinkers with more refined, experienced palates. Apparently, those new to beer tend to gravitate toward the cheap, highly alcoholic stuff, at least at first.

Soundoff: World Beer Festival

(10/12/11 8:00am)

Locals and visitors flocked to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park this Saturday for the 16th annual World Beer Festival, hosted by “All About Beer Magazine.” There, attendees had the chance to try hundreds of beers from breweries varying from Fullsteam to Anheuser-Busch. A number of Duke students, including members of the Fuqua Beer Club and other graduate students, arrived in groups for the event held on a warm October day. The Chronicle’s Taylor Doherty and Lindsey Rupp spoke to a number of the attendees about what drew them to the event.

Remembering Duke's Lost

(09/28/11 8:00am)

John “Rob” Lenoir, Trinity ’84, wore glasses. After a day of trading bonds at Sandler O’Neill, on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center’s south tower Rob would wrestle with his kids. Usually, he remembered to take his glasses off, until, in the throes of one match, his daughter broke them. He never replaced them with contacts.