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Letter: K-Ville, step up your game!

(01/24/20 5:00am)

Two years ago, I took my wife to the Clemson vs. Duke game in Cameron and was surprised to find that I was able to buy a ticket behind the benches in what used to be student-only seating. My first response was to be disgusted with my alma mater, assuming they had kicked students out of these seats so they could sell them.  I then found out that the most likely truth was that the students simply weren’t filling these seats, even for conference home games. Last night I witnessed with embarrassment a “TV-side” student section that was empty from the baseline extended! For a home conference game vs. Miami (who has beat us five times in recent years) on ESPN. Unbelievable.  A full, loud, and appropriately rowdy student section has been a key ingredient to success for the past forty years.  Don’t take victory for granted.  Y'all need to step up your game.

‘1917’ is a dazzling wartime tale, but is it fresh enough to win Best Picture?

(01/25/20 5:03am)

“1917” has taken the awards circuit by storm with its technologically innovative and visually striking approach to the war film genre. Written and directed by Sam Mendes, the film follows two British soldiers as they embark on the ambitious overnight mission to reach the British army’s 7th Division before they march into massacre. The pair faces the prospect of navigating “no man’s land,” a mud marsh containing booby traps and populated only by corpses, in broad daylight in order to reach the German front line and deliver their message in time. “There’s only one way this ends,” Colonel MacKenzie (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) declares hauntingly. “Last man standing.”

When MLK came to Durham: A new Museum of Durham History exhibition looks back

(01/24/20 5:00am)

It was the best ice cream in town. It was in the heart of Durham and its black community. Yet it was a site of segregation. When, on June 23, 1957, seven African American students led by Rev. Douglas Moore visited Royal Ice Cream Parlor and sat in the section reserved for white customers and refused to leave, they were arrested and later appealed their case to the Supreme Court.

Mac Miller gives a final goodbye on the unfinished ‘Circles’

(01/25/20 5:00am)

After a year and a half, the family of beloved rapper Mac Miller has decided to release “Circles,” Miller’s sixth studio album that he had been working on prior to his death in 2018. Intended to be a companion album to Miller’s wildly successful previous record, “Swimming,” “Circles” continues Miller’s discussion of themes like depression, personal growth and pushing through life’s hardships. And while “Circles” once again provides a beautifully honest and raw introspective look into Miller’s troubled mind, its repetitiveness keeps it from reaching the high standard that his past works have set.

Beyond the arc: Duke men’s basketball moves past struggles with dominant win against Miami

(01/23/20 4:21am)

The Blue Devils were able to put consecutive losses behind them, thrashing the visiting Miami Hurricanes 89-59. Duke led from wire to wire, moving the ball effectively against the multiple defenses that Miami utilized and locking down the Hurricanes’ high ball screen action on the other end. The Blue Zone is here to give you three overall takeaways, three key stats and a look ahead to the future for Duke:

Live blog: Former Blue Devil Zion Williamson makes NBA debut with the New Orleans Pelicans

(01/23/20 2:09am)

Over six months after making his scintillating preseason debut, Zion Williamson will finally appear in an NBA game tonight. Williamson has missed the past six months recovering from a torn meniscus with the rookie having surgery on his knee in October. The Pelicans decided to be overly cautious with his rehab, and he now takes the pro hardwood for the first time.

Why is it so easy to waste food at Duke?

(01/23/20 5:00am)

I remember opening the refrigerator in the Crowell common room last semester to find nine half-eaten Sazon meals. Yesterday, I watched as a Duke Dining employee threw away an incorrectly made Tokyo Bowl and began again. Try as some of us may to conserve resources, we waste food that many struggle to afford each day.

‘Tobaccoland’ exhibit reveals connections between Duke, Durham, tobacco and vaping

(01/23/20 5:04am)

This year, smoking policies are changing on both the federal and campus level. Not only are there now greater nationwide age restrictions when buying tobacco products, but Duke is launching a Smoke-Free Campus initiative this summer. Looking at the history of smoking, its advertisements and its relation to Duke’s campus can help us understand the impact and intentions of these changes. 

On Awkwafina, appropriation and Asian American identity

(01/23/20 5:01am)

On Jan. 5, Awkwafina became the first performer of Asian descent to win a Golden Globe award for lead actress in a motion picture. While her performance as Billi in “The Farewell” may have been the first time I have seen a character who looks like me authentically portrayed on the big screen, her win does not come without a bitter aftertaste. For many Asian Americans, myself included, her history-making recognition validates the importance of seeing ourselves represented in film. Yet we cannot ignore the fact that Awkwafina’s win also rewards a career-long exploitation of Black culture for personal gain.