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May music roundup: Perfume Genius, Charli XCX and more

(05/27/20 10:02pm)

Despite the hit the music industry is taking from the COVID-19 pandemic, many labels are still pushing out new releases. Some artists, faced with canceled tours and festivals, are finding that they have more time than ever to make music. (Charli XCX took this sentiment to the extreme, recording a whole album while quarantined at home.) While April saw big releases from Fiona Apple, RINA SAWAYAMA and The Strokes, the month of May arguably featured even more acclaimed artists. Here are some of the best albums released this month.

Remembering Karen Blumenthal: An unmatched mentor

(05/29/20 4:00am)

I remember sitting shotgun in Karen’s rental car, driving from Flowers to Bullock’s Bar-B-Q for a staff dinner during one of the DPSC board meeting weekends. It was not the first time we’d met, but it was probably the first time I had Karen’s ear to myself. Fellow staffers, more senior and more talented than me, were always clamouring to catch her because, well, who wouldn’t?

Remembering Karen Blumenthal: 'A treasure to our neighborhood'

(05/29/20 4:00am)

"Karen was such a treasure to our neighborhood. From our first meeting at Moss Haven Elementary, her friendship always pushed me to go further and to try new things. Whether it was sharing Girl Scout cookie mom duties with her or picking up adult piano lessons because Karen thought we should renew our skills, she was a force to be reckoned with. You could not tell her 'no.'  After our group became empty-nesters, we sat around Karen’s expansive dining room table while a friend described her idea for a book club for the group. The book club became a way for us to stay connected and Karen’s presence always elevated the group. What a treat to hear from a celebrated author’s point of view when discussing a book while enjoying one (or two!) of her famous cookies. She will be dearly missed."

Remembering Karen Blumenthal: 'A counselor and guide'

(05/28/20 4:00am)

I first met Karen Blumenthal when I was a reporter at The Chronicle and she was a member of the Duke Student Publishing Company board. Like a lot of people, I was initially intimidated by her; if I had to measure up to her, I was never going to make it in journalism. Also like a lot of people, I came to adore her, and she became my most important mentor. (I long ago gave up on measuring up to her.)

Remembering Karen Blumenthal: 'Have you knocked on every door?'

(05/28/20 4:00am)

Sometime during my senior year, we got a tip at the Chronicle about a salacious incident on Central Campus involving an athlete that had resulted in a heavily redacted police report. Being baby news vultures, we salivated at the prospect of a scoop, but being young and dumb, we were ready to call it quits after making a round of cursory phone calls and not getting anywhere. The editors and I debated whether to run something that would’ve been mostly innuendo, or to kill the story and move on. As always, we turned to Karen for wisdom. I can’t remember her exact words but I believe it was something to the effect of: “Have you knocked on every door of Central Campus to see if anyone heard anything? THEN WHAT ARE WE EVEN TALKING ABOUT?”

Fiona Apple moves forward on "Fetch the Bolt Cutters"

(05/26/20 10:02pm)

In an interview on National Public Radio, Grammy Award-winning singer Fiona Apple reveals the inspiration behind the name of her latest album. She was watching an episode of “The Fall,” a British television show in which a police detective (played by Gillian Anderson) attempts to rescue a kidnapped girl. Upon encountering a padlock, Anderson mutters to “fetch the bolt cutters.” It is a small, throwaway line, but Apple says she shot up from her couch while watching and decided it would be the name of her album. 

'Not just rah-rah football': Duke football prepares for 2020 season remotely

(05/30/20 8:37pm)

Over two months have passed since college sports were put on hold throughout the country. While many question marks remain overall, from eligibility rulings to transfers, there’s a lot of uncertainty focused around the biggest money maker in amateur athletics: college football.

Historic moments: Duke women’s basketball becomes first ACC women's basketball team with an undefeated regular season

(05/22/20 6:42pm)

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 women’s basketball marks their place in history with an undefeated regular season.

At least some students to return in Fall, details to be announced by end of June

(05/21/20 7:45pm)

"Students will be returning" to campus for the Fall semester, with details—including how many will return, what the calendar will be and what the return looks like—to be announced by the end of June, Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations, wrote in a Thursday email to The Chronicle.