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Duke alum charters non-profit Respectacle chapter at Wake Forest to collect, refurbish used eyeglasses

(03/10/23 5:00am)

When Bryce Polascik, Trinity ‘20, was an undergraduate at Duke, he set up an eyeglasses donation box in the Campus Center Pharmacy through Respectacle. Respectacle, a non-profit aiming to increase eyeglass accessibility, collects unused or old glasses then refurbishes and uploads them to an online catalog where anyone can order a pair that matches their prescription for just a few dollars in shipping costs. 



Candis Watts Smith named interim vice provost for undergraduate education

(01/16/23 12:51am)

Candis Watts Smith, associate professor of political science, began her new role as interim vice provost for undergraduate education this month, per a release. Outgoing Vice Provost Gary Bennett, will work alongside Smith as he transitions into his new position of dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences on Feb. 1. 


‘The state of our city is good’: Durham Mayor Elaine O’Neal delivers first State of the City Address

(04/19/22 5:22am)

After three months in office, Durham Mayor Elaine O’Neal delivered her first State of the City Address on April 18. She reflected on Durham’s previous year and shared her plans for the year ahead, focusing on the topics of safe neighborhoods, shared economic prosperity, public health and inclusivity. 






‘Serve the larger Duke community’: Meet Graduate/Professional Young Trustee finalist Yedidya ‘Didi’ Yeshurun

(03/15/22 4:52am)

As a Graduate/Professional Young Trustee finalist, Yedidya “Didi” Yeshurun, a Moskowtiz & Stern Scholar and master of laws candidate at Duke Law School, hopes to offer a global perspective on bridging gaps among institutions of higher education and their surrounding communities.



Duke doctoral student Devang Thakkar shares inspiration, methodology for creating Wordle archive

(02/23/22 2:35am)

Wordle, a daily internet game invented by Josh Wardle where users have six opportunities to guess a random five-letter word, has skyrocketed to popularity since its creation in October 2021. But Wordle resets each day, leaving users out of luck if they wish to go back to previous Wordles they missed. 



Bringing the B.A. in Economics ‘back to life’: Recent changes decrease math prerequisites for some students

(02/10/22 3:02am)

Beginning in fall 2022, Duke’s fourth-most popular major will undergo some significant changes. In order to differentiate the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science economics degrees, the B.A. will soon have fewer required courses and fewer math prerequisites. 



Duke’s on-campus gyms return to regular hours of operation as in-person classes begin

(01/17/22 3:06am)

With Duke’s constantly changing COVID-19 policies, the operating hours for on-campus gyms have been in flux. Fortunately for students who have had trouble squeezing their workout into limited hours, Duke has announced that Brodie and Wilson Gyms will soon return to normal hours.


‘We’re fighting for working class people’: Durham County Commissioner Nida Allam makes bid for U.S. House

(11/30/21 7:24am)

High-quality public education, affordable housing, reproductive justice and a safe, livable planet: those are just some of the tenets of Durham County Commissioner Nida Allam’s platform as she now takes on Congress.