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The first time I went in for a meeting at the Community Empowerment Fund (CEF), I was hungover. I guess it’s been a running theme in my college career—going to class and meetings and workouts hungover, and hoping nobody will notice.
Opinion Editor Leah Abrams hosts a discussion with reporters Maria Morrison, Matthew Griffin and Olivia Wivestead about the Durham election results.
Tired of poring over page after page of incomprehensible academic theory? Physics textbook weighing down your bag? This fall break, take a break from your existential dread and job applications and check out the top five most read opinion pieces of and September. As you'll see, it's been a fall full of hot takes and rich discourse. And don't forget to check out the top News, Sports and Recess pieces too.
So, you’re starting college. Congratulations!
“Da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da! If I were the president I would be giving $3 million to starving children. I would also end the war in Iraq. I would try to make everyone happy.”
Do you have a lot of hot takes? Do you have a lot of cold takes? Do you have any takes at all, provided they are well-written?
As volunteer advocates at the Community Empowerment Fund (CEF), a nonprofit that works with individuals toward goals of financial independence, we often work alongside justice-involved community members (those who have come into contact with any part of the criminal justice system) who routinely confront a society that continues to punish them long after they leave detention in the criminal-legal system. As they begin the slow work of rebuilding their lives and rejoining their respective communities, they must navigate limited housing options, employers who refuse to hire them, bureaucratic and nightmarish expungement processes and a public conditioned to fear and disregard them. One consistent barrier is the “Box”—a question on the initial employment application asking if the applicant has ever been convicted of a crime. Resulting in the disproportionate rejection of African-American and Latinx job applicants, this Box represents a prejudice ingrained in so many employers against the formerly incarcerated. It is a codification of denied opportunity to those seeking economic stability for themselves and their families. We witnessed countless individuals confront the disappointment, discouragement and rejection generated by the Box, and being forced to start over again. More often than not, we witnessed this rejection when CEF members applied to jobs at Duke University and its Health System.
Last summer, I was in Detroit as the city opened its highly-anticipated reinvestment in public transportation: the QLine. It’s an above-ground streetcar trolley that runs down Detroit’s main street, Woodward Avenue. It glistened and smelled fresh; its clean seats and big windows emanated newness. The QLine’s construction costs came out to be a whopping $144 million—a mix of public and private investment—but luckily for other passengers and me, it offered free rides all summer.
Larry Moneta, a vegan muffin and Young Dolph walk into a coffee shop. It sounds like the opening of a weird joke. But what follows, as most of us are well aware, is the unjust firing of two Joe Van Gogh employees.
I chose Duke because I wanted to be busy.
Rush is a ubiquitous part of Duke culture. But why? What does it give us? What does it take away? Chroncast presents: the rush series. Where we explore the impacts of selectivity and housing on Duke’s culture. This week, we sat down with Trey Walk, a Trinity junior who dropped his SLG last December. Find out why here.
“My high school, Hillside, is just five minutes away, but when I’m here it feels worlds apart.”
Fifty-seven percent of the inmates sitting in the Durham County Detention Facility right now are locked up because they could not afford to pay bail.
A few of our beautiful columnists. Clockwise from top left: Jack Dolinar, Nima Mohammadi, Daniela Flamini, Sabriyya Pate, Amy Fan, Kushal Kadakia, Mitchell Siegel, Carly Stern, Max Labaton.
Israel was hard for me.
Last Tuesday, as sunlight glittered across the pristinely green lawn of Abele Quad, shouts of gibberish echoed throughout the gothic arches of West Campus. Shrouded in long, black robes and sunglasses, young men powered forward determinedly on a path that made little sense to an outside observer.
On Dec. 14, 2012, a young man armed with a semi-automatic weapon burst into Sandy Hook Elementary School and fatally shot 26 people–20 of whom were small children. On Jun. 12, 2016, another young man with an automatic weapon open-fired on a crowd at Pulse nightclub, killing 49 people who had gone out to enjoy a night of dancing. On Oct. 1, 2017, an older man with an automatic rifle murdered 58 people from the 32nd floor of a hotel, indiscriminately open-firing on a crowd of country music festival-goers.
When Mayor Bill Bell took office 16 years ago, the city of Durham looked nearly unrecognizable compared with its appearance today. There was no American Tobacco Campus, no DPAC, no Parlour, and little to do in the downtown corridor. When Bell took office, he pledged to undertake an unparalleled revitalization effort that would sweep the city in the following decade. The investment brought billions of dollars to the city that renovated old tobacco mills into livable spaces, attracted novel start-ups and businesses, and made a Durham a destination for arts, food, and culture.