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Who do Duke students want in the White House?

(11/06/12 9:57pm)

The Chronicle, in partnership with the Duke Initiative on Survey Methodology, conducted an IRB-approved poll of 3,200 undergraduates via email from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2. The poll yielded 1,155 responses, an approximate response rate of 36 percent. The Chronicle would like to thank Sunshine Hillygus, associate professor of political science, and Scott Clifford, a survey associate at the Initiative, along with David Jamieson-Drake and Jiali Luo with the Office of Institutional Research. The listed statistics are approximations.

Music Review: Flying Lotus

(10/04/12 8:31am)

There are three main groups of people who will listen to the new Flying Lotus album Until the Quiet Comes. There are those who have listened to his previous work and been pleased. These people liked his previous two albums for their thick textures, dense arrangements of an almost uncountable number of noises simultaneously and undying hip hop electrojazz energy. There are those who have listened to his previous work and been displeased. These people might have been turned off by the chaos and noisiness of 2010’s Cosmogramma and 2008’s Los Angeles, FlyLo’s sophomore album. “Robot music,” they might have called it. And then there are those who are approaching Steven Ellis, the man behind the stage name inspired by an aquatic flower, for the very first time.

Q&A with population expert John Seager

(09/25/12 10:25am)

As the global population continues to increase rapidly, the earth and its resources will struggle to sustain the entirety of the human race, said John Seager, the president and CEO of Population Connection. The nonprofit seeks to educate people about global population issues and advocate for family planning and the empowerment of women. The Chronicle’s Jack Mercola spoke with Seager about population growth and resource distribution as well as America’s role in helping to solve these issues.

Duke grad in Tunisia discusses latest unrest

(09/21/12 12:03pm)

The U.S. embassy staff in Tunis, Tunisia evacuated Sept. 14 amidst deadly riots sweeping that nation and the Middle East, but recent graduate Dania Toth stayed in Sousse, Tunisia. Toth, Trinity ’12, moved there days after graduation to serve as coordinator at the American Corner Sousse, an educational and cultural center in Tunisia hosted by AMIDEAST, one of the Middle East’s biggest American nonprofits, and funded by the State Department. The Chronicle’s Jack Mercola and Danielle Muoio asked her about her experience with recent turmoil and rioting in the region.