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Affordability beyond financial aid

(03/02/18 5:00am)

Four weeks ago, I wrote that too much of Duke’s annual budget is going towards housing and luxuries, and not enough towards financial aid. Since that time, I have held plenty of conversations with friends and classmates about the merits of giving in higher education. I’ve thought about the money that goes towards Duke’s relationship with Durham, about the portion of our annual budget that goes toward paying our staff, and about our administration’s fiscal priorities. But mostly, since that time, I have reflected on what affordability on this campus actually looks like in action.

Denmark isn’t all it's cracked up to be

(02/15/18 6:48am)

This past semester, I lived in Copenhagen for four months, studying the expansive welfare state I had heard so much about. It only made sense; I am a progressive and a public policy major. Bernie Sanders’ invocation of Denmark as the model for American liberalism throughout the 2016 Democratic primary fascinated me. I read The Huffington Post in 2013 as Sanders explained that Denmark had “developed a system which guarantees a strong minimal standard of living to all—including the children, the elderly and the disabled.” Sanders reiterated this point in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, when he pointed to Denmark—and its Nordic neighbors—as a prime example of good governance.

Class of 2018, don’t write a check to Duke

(02/01/18 6:25am)

This week, Duke will wine and dine the Class of 2018. Our seniors will be treated to midnight breakfasts, nights of trivia and a lavish dinner at the Washington Duke that would leave the jaws of everyday Americans on the floor. The week of extravagances reveals a single, clear goal: to remind the Class of 2018 of all that they have provided before their time at Duke comes to a close.