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Fellow hobbitses, we will have our $270 million precious in just one week. Make no mistake—this is no typical precious. Our precious was forged in the depths of J.R.R. Tolkien’s mind, then passed through the long ages until it finally rest in the capable hands of the great Peter Jackson; truly, our precious seems destined for greatness.
Thousands of years ago it was written in Corinthians 15:26: “And the last enemy to be destroyed is death.” Throughout history, we humans have vainly tried to defeat death in whatever way we could. We have created religions that promise an afterlife. We have, like Alexander the Great, conquered entire nations—not for land but for eternal fame. We have searched for “fountains of life.” The Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang even ingested mercury tablets in an attempt at immortality. When this backfired, islander Xu Fu convinced a desperate Huang that if only he lent him some treasure-laden ships he would find an elixir on the mythical island of Japan. Needless to say, Fu never returned, and today we are still headed toward the same destination as these men. It is a destination that is conceived as paradise by many and oblivion by few. It is a destination that has consumed billions.
Our long national nightmare, the 2012 elections, is over. Let’s hope our country can recover from the damage.
To Americans, the scene is unimaginable. Returning home from an exam, 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai looked on in horror as armed men stopped her bus. “Which one of you is Malala?” the gunmen demanded, before shoving a gun against her soft hair—against a little girl’s head—and pulling the trigger. Rather than apologizing for this heinous act, the Taliban has incredibly spent the past few days trying to justify it.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu displayed an appalling level of temerity when, during the U.N. General Assembly meeting that ended Oct. 1, he waded into American domestic politics and suggested President Barack Obama could do more to support Israel.
Nearly two years after its inception, the Arab Spring rages on. Children are dying. Regimes are crumbling. Families are failing. Faced with this reality, first and second generation Middle Eastern immigrants at Duke are left to wonder what is happening to their homelands. Although they live in Durham, they are casualties of events taking place a world away.
“The world needs more Chris Stevenses,” said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as she paid tribute to the U.S. ambassador to Libya moments after he and three colleagues were assassinated in Benghazi. As usual, the secretary was spot on. But she could have also said, “America needs more politicians like Chris Stevens.”
The time was late, my eyes were bleary, and after a long day of studying I was sitting at my desk staring at Facebook. It was the middle of finals week, so other than a few brief forays from my room to eat, social interaction over the past few days had been basically nonexistent. As I scrolled through various statuses (most of which were humble-bragging or expressing some form of cliché political outrage), something snapped. What snapped? I don’t know. What I do know is that my mouse clicked the “deactivate” button, and for a brief moment I thought I’d finally mustered up the courage to delete my pixelated existence forever.
On Aug. 6, America did something incredible. We landed a rover on Mars.
In the middle of the dreaded Logic Games section of my LSAT two weeks ago, while frantically darkening in bubbles and trying to decide whether A can sit next to B or C or if it in fact has to sit next to D, I had an adrenaline-fueled realization: I’m a rising senior.
A few days ago I did the unthinkable: I watched Fox “News.” And as I listened to an old, white, Southern, anti-gay, anti-abortion conservative debate politics with another old, white, Southern, anti-gay, anti-abortion conservative, something struck me. These people are almost extinct. At this point they’re practically an endangered species. And if Republicans don’t act soon—if they don’t, as Charles Darwin might have said, adapt—they will become extinct, if not from changing social norms then from demographics alone.
There is an old Syrian proverb: “A little spark can kindle a great fire.”
As the state’s gubernatorial election heats up, candidates are courting North Carolina college students on the issue of education
The United States should help Iranian human rights activists in their efforts to attain a more democratic society, said Shirin Ebadi, recipient of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize.
Some students and faculty are ambivalent about this year’s U.S. News and World Report law school rankings.
A decisive frontrunner has yet to emerge in the Republican nominating contest.
In a move intensifying ongoing debate regarding preferential admissions, the United States Supreme Court recently decided to hear a case that could potentially limit or even ban race-based affirmative action policies at universities.
Mitt Romney’s victories in Michigan and Arizona Tuesday could swing momentum in his favor heading into Super Tuesday next week.
Mitt Romney’s Tuesday victory in the Florida Republican primary has likely cemented his position as the GOP frontrunner.
Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s alma mater is not the only thing he has in common with some Duke students.