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Hoof ‘n’ Horn brings artistic and political fearlessness to campus with ‘Cabaret’

(10/25/19 2:16am)

From sex and money, to gender and sexuality, to bigotry and empathy, to loneliness and betrayal, there are certain topics that are undoubtedly hard to discuss. As young adults, these ideas become even more complicated, and art can help us understand them. After six weeks of arranging, choreographing and rehearsing, Hoof ‘n’ Horn presented “Cabaret” Oct. 17, an energetic yet reflective musical that sparks conversations about contentious issues. 



Forty-eight percent

(10/25/19 4:00am)

In the first week of my Civic Engagement FOCUS class, we were instructed to write about one issue that distressed us most about our, thus far, limited perspective on campus culture. I finished my paper in  fifteen minutes--there was not one single issue I, as a female-identifying student, was more aware of than lack of a certain culture: consent. It’s as subtle as a waist-grab at Shooters, a sudden hand-on-the-back at Devine’s, an unwanted and unspoken invitation to dance, marked by the drunken presence of a boy standing a bit too close. It’s as overt and violent as the 48 percent of undergraduate women--and this percentage is most likely under-representative--surveyed in 2018 reporting having been sexually assaulted since their enrollment at Duke. 




Building a future in the Bull City: Why the Affordable Housing Bond is a must

(10/28/19 4:00am)

While working in the field of eviction diversion, I saw family after family struggling to make rent in overpriced apartments. Many of these folks had grown up in Durham and watched it change into a different city, one in which increased development and a new trendy sheen had sky-rocketed the cost of living. Now, as noted in a 2019 report published by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a person in Durham must work 2.8 full-time minimum-wage jobs in order to afford fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment. If a person can no longer meet this financial hurdle and is evicted, the eviction becomes a permanent mark on their rental background and credit history. In a city like Durham, where the demand for housing is always rising, it often means that finding another place to live in the Bull City will be impossible.