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New housing committee aims to transform residential life, is not against selective living, members say

(12/11/20 5:57am)

Duke’s Next Generation Living and Learning 2.0 Committee will not diminish or eliminate Greek life and selective living groups, hoping rather to improve non-selective housing through a residential quad model, distinct quad traditions and greater faculty engagement on West Campus, committee members said Wednesday.

Why studying inequality matters

(12/14/20 5:00am)

COVID-19 has laid bare the social inequalities of our age: Counties with higher rates of poverty and housing density also have higher COVID-19 morbidity and mortality. Risk of death of COVID-19 is three times higher among Black, Hispanic and Indigenous Americans than for white Americans. And millions of Americans have lost access to jobs, income and healthcare in the crashing economy. 

What about our legacy?

(12/11/20 5:00am)

This week, Duke will release admissions decisions for thousands of Early Decision applicants. Hundreds of students will be receiving the good news: a place at one of the most elite institutions in the country. Education is always thought of as a great equalizer. However, at Duke, children and grandchildren of alumni are given special consideration in the admissions cycle. If historical data is upheld, 19% of the incoming Trinity Class of 2025 will hold legacy status. Legacy admissions, whether unintentionally or by design, do very little to reduce the inequalities present in higher education. Duke specifically must confront how its adaptation of this admissions policy impacts the classes they accept.

Cameron Chronicles Season 4, Episode 3: 'Things Get Real'

(12/10/20 9:53am)

The Blue Devils faced their second major test of the year with a top-10 battle against No. 6 Illinois, though the aftermath has cast a shadow of doubt around this year's Duke team. From the same offensive woes to inconsistent play, Tuesday's loss exposed a host of problems that the Blue Devils need to address quickly before ACC play.