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The Chronicle’s leadership stands with Black students. We are committed to racial justice on Duke’s campus and for its students. We will stand firmly behind Black students and their allies as they grieve the death of George Floyd, and as they protest systemic racism and police brutality.
On May 24, The New York Times printed on its front page the names of 1,000 victims, just 1% of the over 100,000 people who have lost their lives to COVID-19. Among them, a newlywed, a jazz pianist, an educator and a portraitist — all members of a greater community. With any disaster, the mind takes time to adjust to the loss of mentors, friends and loved ones, especially when they are not our own. For some, myself included, it is difficult to feel anything at all, save for a numb listlessness, while others are feeling intense despair and hopelessness. Both emotional states can be considered symptoms of grief in the wake of such staggering loss.
Meet with students and console crying babies. Lecture and put a movie on for the kids. Research and homeschool. For Duke faculty with young children, this is the daily reality.
The Recess masthead and staff have been outraged and dismayed by recent events, actions and online discourse exhibiting the deeply entrenched cruelty, racism and anti-Blackness present across the country and in the Duke community. These atrocities compound past transgressions committed by powerful institutions that we engage with daily, and we will no longer remain silent.
After a national search, John Blackshear will be Duke’s next dean of students and associate vice president of student affairs, wrote Mary Pat McMahon, vice president and vice provost for student affairs, in a Thursday email to students.
Black lives matter. This phrase isn’t simply a political platitude or social media trend. It is the recognition and affirmation of Black people’s humanity. Whether straight or queer; male, female or non-conforming; rich or poor—all Black lives matter. They have always mattered, but at times like these—when police violence plagues the streets of cities across the country and when the President of the United States’ words add fuel to the fire—we must advocate harder for systemic change.
When Scotty Shaw, Trinity ‘09, helped create HackDuke: Code for Good, a social impact hackathon at Duke, he had no idea he’d later work on a hackathon organized by the European Commission to combat the effects of a global pandemic.
As much as I can claim to dislike TikTok or attempt to avoid the app entirely, I still find myself singing TikTok hits like “Roxanne” by Arizona Zervas or “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa. From grocery stores to the radio, these songs are becoming ingrained into my mind in a seemingly permanent way.
If you’re wondering, I did watch all of “Never Have I Ever” in one sitting.
Decades after closing, the legacy of Durham’s Power Company nightclub lives on. Months into social distancing, it’s difficult to avoid reminiscing about times we’ve spent surrounded by people we love. For the more than 800 people who belong to the “Power Company Alumni!!” group on Facebook, many of those times were spent at Durham’s Power Company nightclub during the 1980s and 1990s. The Power Company closed in 2000 when the owners transitioned the space into Teasers Men’s Club, but former frequenters regularly share music, photos and memories that ensure its legacy endures.
Black undergraduate students at Duke continue to grieve alongside many members of the Black community nationwide over the losses of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, Sean Reed, George Floyd, and the countless other victims of racially charged violence against Black people in America. Each day, we lose more members of our community to increasingly normalized and racially motivated acts of violence. These include police brutality perpetrated by law enforcement, whose duty is to protect and serve; and hate crimes committed against members of our LGBTQ+ community, especially Black trans women, which often go completely unnoticed by the public. These despicable acts are upheld by the notion that Black bodies are disposable. We, the Black Student Alliance, offer condolences, support to our community, and call on the wider Duke community to demonstrate that Black lives do matter through tangible action.
The Chronicle’s best wins bracket previously introduced some of Duke men’s basketball’s top moments throughout the years. This new series coincides with those moments, shedding light on some of Duke Athletics’ other highlights throughout the school’s storied history. We hope you enjoy this stroll down memory lane. Today's moment: Duke takes home a third consecutive national title in women’s golf in May of 2007.
With various professional sports leagues preparing plans to return to action, the NBA is currently considering multiple options for the conclusion of its season. Currently, Orlando is the overwhelming favorite to be the host city for the NBA’s “bubble” of players, coaches and other league and organizational personnel, as the ESPN Wide World of Sports offers the facilities to accommodate such a large group.
After a national search, the Duke University School of Medicine named Adrian Hernandez vice dean and executive director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute last month.
Young people can help change a system that perpetuates racial inequality by donating or protesting—and heading to the polls.
Duke has canceled all undergraduate study away programs for the Fall 2020 semester, citing health and safety concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As I stood atop the grey slab of concrete in front of the Durham County Police Station, I raised my right hand in the air, stretched my finger out, and scanning the massive crowd of onlookers, I declared, “It is, Just Us!” In unison, each voice loudly repeated, “It is, Just Us!” The strands of “No Justice, No Peace” had run its course. It had been declared. Now, I felt a new, declarative chant must be thrown into the universe.
Duke has announced steps to address the impact of racism on campus, including revising the undergraduate community standard to create a “more concrete” protocol for responses to hate and bias incidences.
I have never believed myself to be racist. But I haven’t been anti-racist either. I began to understand this more fully when I attended a Durham for All webinar shortly after the killing of Ahmaud Arbery became public. A Black woman from Durham expressed with exasperation and passion how White people need to be fighting the way Black people have to for their lives if the system is going to change.
On Saturday, President Vincent Price released a statement regarding the death of George Floyd and the recent events in Minneapolis and across the country. Over the past few days, some of the most notable members of Duke Athletics have joined him.