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Duke-Alabama: More than a game

(08/26/19 4:00am)

Duke Football takes the field in Atlanta on Saturday in its first season-opening game with Alabama since 1972.   In this one, like the '72 game, Duke will play before a full house (in the Mercedes Benz Stadium) against an Alabama team ranked No. 2 nationally preseason polls. For all of that, the game stands for so much more in the lore of college football and in the Duke program's return to the national stage under Coach David Cutcliffe.

Q&A: Jay Bilas discusses Duke’s 1982 recruiting class

(08/26/19 3:06am)

 When he was hired by Duke four decades ago, Mike Krzyzewski was a young head coach with limited prior experience. After a tumultuous few seasons to open his tenure in Durham, Krzyzewski was able to put together a legendary recruiting class in 1982 that opened the door for him to put together arguably the most impressive coaching resume of all-time. Krzyzewski is now a five-time national champion with the Blue Devils, the all-time winningest coach in college basketball and a three-time Olympic gold medal winner as coach of U.S.A. basketball. 

Do Duke students care about Bach?

(08/26/19 4:00am)

Duke University Chapel houses one of the finest pipe organs in the United States. Built by the legendary Flentrop Orgelbouw of Zaandam, The Netherlands, the mammoth instrument dominates the great arch separating the narthex and the nave of the neo-gothic building. The Flentrop is a tracker-action instrument that contains 5,033 speaking pipes controlled by four manual keyboards and pedal. It has a flat-head V8, two four-barrel carburators, solid valve-lifters, short-stack headers, and a toploader four-in-the-floor transmission. 

What happened to my attention span?

(08/26/19 4:00am)

I remember release night for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” like people remember family births and weddings. I was seven and a superfan, so my dad woke me up at midnight to stand in a line which stretched three blocks through our sleepy Dutch city. When we reached it, the bookstore was filled with synthetic fog and plastic decorations, and a Hogwarts-robed cashier even comped my copy because we were tenth in line. We made a twelve-hour drive to vacation in Provence the following day, and I’d finished the book before we parked the car.

Bon Iver’s “i,i” concludes Justin Vernon’s journey of self-discovery

(08/23/19 4:52pm)

On “i,i”’s third single “Faith,” Justin Vernon remarks that “this year’s a visitor.” The angelic voices of the Brooklyn Youth Choir follow as Vernon affirms that his faith is not yet gone, and the magnificent pantheism of Bon Iver comes into full focus. The cycles of nature and ego are one and the same in the world of Bon Iver. So when the trailer for “i,i” likens the record to the arrival of autumn, we can just as well interpret the album as the completion of a long personal journey.

Introducing: The Community Editorial Board

(08/23/19 4:00am)

For the past 13 years, the Editorial Board of The Chronicle has published weekly and, for much of that history, daily columns reflecting on issues related to Duke and the broader communities that the University touches. Comprised of students and advised by Chronicle staff, the Board strived to maintain its stated mission “to enrich campus dialogue by offering thoughtful opinions on a variety of issues; to hold students, faculty and administrators publicly accountable for their statements and actions; and to help students sharpen their journalistic and writing skills.”