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Radical 'Randys'

(09/04/19 4:00am)

The political discord at Duke and in America’s body politic more broadly is plagued by Radical ‘Randys’. These political extremists dominate the conversation both on campus and on the airwaves of cable TV, whether it be Fox News or MSNBC, as they appeal to only their own tribe of ideological followers who share their respective world views. These radicals have little to no interest in cooperating with their opponents on the other side of the aisle, much less arguments and facts that run contrary to their own.

The politics of apolitics

(09/04/19 4:00am)

Last month, when I decided that I wanted to learn about the upcoming presidential election, I did what I thought my politically conscious friends would tell me to do—re-download Twitter, unfollow Kim Kardashian and find a few senators, a few journalists, a few left-wing news publications and all twenty-something candidates that were running at the time. For good measure, I followed Trump and Fox News. In about 20 minutes, I compiled a stream of tweets that seemed educational at first but quickly turned into a firehose of opinions. So I stopped checking Twitter for a few days. 

Rethinking the Duke smoking ban

(09/03/19 4:00am)

A few days ago, I was with some friends who were enjoying cigarettes on campus, before a gentleman stopped us to inform these smokers that smoking was “illegal” on Duke’s campus. Notwithstanding the falsity of his statement, the incident got me thinking more broadly about the incoming smoking ban on Duke’s campus, and perhaps why Duke should take a step back and reconsider its efforts.

Taking time for ourselves

(09/03/19 4:00am)

Even though I’ve just started my sophomore year, freshman year feels like it occurred in a previous lifetime that I have no connection to anymore. Even more baffling, the previous summer seems like a hazy turn of events concocted out of of some fever dream. Though these events seem to have happened so long ago now, when I try to place myself back in these parts of my timeline, I remember the individual moments and days that seemed to stretch on forever within them. This leads me to wonder, how did those seemingly unending moments fade away from my immediate recollection so fast?