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Letter: Alum calls on Divinity School to support LGBTQ+ students

(11/15/19 5:00am)

I was pleased, though saddened, to see the report of the failure of my alma mater, The Divinity School of Duke University, to address adequately the continuing discrimination within The United Methodist Church regarding people who are LGBTQ+.  This discrimination, which I will call institutional bigotry, prevents people who are LGBTQ+ from being ordained in ministry in The UMC, further preventing clergy from conducting a same-sex marriage and holding same-sex marriages in UM church facilities.  At this point, United Methodist Church law is discriminatory, biblically unfounded, theologically bankrupt, and separated from the ways of God.

DukeEngage: Performative altruism

(11/15/19 5:00am)

On Friday, many students will send in their applications for DukeEngage, the summer volunteering program comprised of both domestic and international projects. Students will get the opportunity to teach English in China, practice environmental conservation in Thailand or create culturally responsive educational tools in Chicago. When they go, they bring with them the ideal of doing good in communities around the world.

A piano that wants you to succeed: At the Wellness Center, the Steinway brings joy to many

(11/14/19 8:06am)

Sophomore Catherine McMillan wasn’t sure if she liked playing the piano anymore. Was she truly passionate about playing the piano, or was this just something that others expected of her? Her mother was a piano teacher, and she had been playing since pre-school. But McMillan’s pieces didn’t sound the way she wanted them to, and she thought that maybe her best piano-playing days were behind her. 

How to improve DSG: Duke's tin-pot democracy

(11/14/19 5:00am)

Has our government failed us? It claims to uphold “the highest ideals of democratic representation,” yet cronyism abounds. It purports to “promote the welfare” of its citizens, but its legislative agenda consists of self-congratulatory vanity projects. If nothing else, this house has resolved to its own wondrous virtue. Our elected representatives’ failure to live up to their stated ambitions comes at a great cost: their own legitimacy. Constituents wonder “what… [their representatives] even do” and whether legislators simply seek some “fluff to add to their resumes.” Duke’s foremost deliberative body, Duke Student Government (DSG), faces a crisis of confidence. 

Key three: Duke men's basketball needs to solidify starting lineup against Georgia State

(11/14/19 4:14am)

No. 2 Duke is coming off its first game of the season in which it broke the century scoring mark. The Blue Devils seek to continue their dominance against Georgia State Friday night. A win might vault them to the top of the basketball food chain. The Blue Zone looks at three keys for Duke to win its fourth straight game:

Lyle May and the necessity of higher education in prison

(11/14/19 5:00am)

In 1999, the state of North Carolina incarcerated Lyle May in Raleigh’s Central Prison, placing him on death row. North Carolina has not executed anyone since 2006, so while he probably won’t be subject to the form of state-sanctioned murder known as the death penalty (though as long as execution exists, his fate is uncertain), he will almost certainly never leave prison. In 2004, despite the criminal-legal system’s attempts to completely sever Lyle from society, he began correspondence courses with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Adams State University, and Ohio University. These courses allowed him to earn college credit, an associate’s degree, and progress toward a bachelor’s degree from a distance, and his education blossomed into public writings for his own blog and outlets like The Marshall Project and Scalawag.