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A statement on behalf of the Duke Climate Coalition regarding the September 29th Climate Commitment announcement

(4 hours ago)

On the global stage, Duke is known for its public commitments to sustainability and the advancement of climate science and conservation. Much of the research that Duke does is, in fact, at the forefront of discovery in this field. The recent Climate Commitment announcement, however, demonstrates that we are still falling short of Gold Standard university climate action. During the kickoff event, members of the Duke administration emphasized their commitment to focus more on energy transformation, climate and community resilience, environmental justice, and data-driven climate solutions. To be clear, this expansion of Duke’s climate action plan is a great step forward, and we are grateful to the people who have spent so much energy on making Duke a leader in the environmental field. Still, the ceremony notably failed to mention the Board of Trustees’ refusal to divest the Duke endowment from fossil fuel companies, thus implying that the university will maintain its position as a financial supporter of the fossil fuel industry. While this announcement is no surprise considering the Duke administration’s history of failing to fully commit to combatting the climate crisis, the Duke Climate Coalition and the Divest Duke team are nonetheless disappointed. We know that the university can do better.

Take of the week: Duke football has the potential to play itself into ACC Championship contention

(09/29/22 9:38pm)

Duke has been revitalized under first-year head coach Mike Elko, starting the season 3-1 alongside newfound passion from the Wade Wackos at Wallace Wade Stadium. As excitement builds into the start of the ACC schedule, there is hope that the program will build back to competitive status within the conference, after finding itself winless in ACC play last season. Is it possible that in year one of the Elko Era, Duke could find itself ready to compete at the top of the conference?

Duke women's soccer's Friday match against Virginia rescheduled for Sunday due to Tropical Storm Ian

(09/29/22 7:12pm)

Duke's match against Virginia at Koskinen Stadium has been rescheduled for Sunday due to the approach of Tropical Storm Ian, per a team release Thursday. The tilt between the second-ranked Cavaliers and fourth-ranked Blue Devils, originally set to kick off Friday at 7 p.m., will instead begin at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Beyond the yellow wallpaper: A look into gendered medical gaslighting

(09/29/22 4:00am)

Imagine being trapped among four walls closing in upon you. The walls are painted a dirty, sickly yellow. Fractals of sunlight filtered through splintered pieces of wood are your only remaining contact with the outside world. Such is the plight of the unnamed protagonist in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s masterwork, “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Ambushed by her husband in a colonial mansion after the traumatic birth of their child, she is said to suffer from “nervous depression,” needing absolute rest to recover from her hysterical tendencies.

Film room: Analyzing Duke women's basketball forward Mia Heide

(09/28/22 7:57pm)

After an up-and-down 2021-22 season, Duke returns to the hardwood this year with a handful of fresh faces and true grit. In this series, the Blue Zone analyzes the new signees’ film for the 2022-23 season. We previously looked at Kennedy Brown, Taya Corosdale,  Ashlon Jackson and Emma Koabel. Next up is Mia Heide: