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Duke alumna Jill Karofsky wins Wisconsin Supreme Court seat over incumbent conservative

(04/14/20 4:10pm)

After the nation focused its attention to the Wisconsin elections last week—which were held after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a delayed Election Day or mail-in ballots—Jill Karofsky emerged victorious in the hotly contested State Supreme Court race. Turns out, she's a Duke alumna.

Keep the Bull City strong: Support the Duke-Durham Fund

(04/15/20 4:00am)

Last week, Duke launched three equally-important philanthropic initiatives to support those impacted by the coronavirus. One of the initiatives, the Duke-Durham Fund, aims to tackle the broader impact of COVID-19 by committing $5 million to local nonprofits, community-based organizations and small businesses such as barbershops, restaurants and bars. As all of us rightfully focus on the very immediate health crisis in front of us, meaningful contributions to the Duke-Durham Fund could lessen the impact of another potential crisis on the horizon for Durham.

Asian Americans, bite the hand that feeds

(04/15/20 4:00am)

In 2014, Vijay Iyer delivered the keynote speech at a reunion of Yale Asian American alumni. Addressing a room of people who may as well have been Asian Americans from Duke, he contemplated on what it means to be “Asian American.” Iyer argued that “to succeed in America, is somehow, to be complicit with the idea of America—which means that at some level you’ve made peace with its rather ugly past.” 

You could make this place beautiful

(04/14/20 4:00am)

There was a window on a quiet street in South Carolina with its shutters wide open, light spilling onto the dark, green lawn. By the window sat a girl with long hair, wearing her mother’s borrowed clothes. Behind her there was a white blanket, strung up with a chip clip and some tape to hide the walls she painted purple when she was twelve years old. There was a little table across from her, topped with all seven Harry Potter books, a laptop teetering dangerously at the very top of the stack.

How a ‘scam’ COVID-19 aid effort solicited donations from Duke students on social media

(04/13/20 6:12am)

Duke students have organized to provide money and resources to local communities amid the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, a network of now-deleted social media accounts attempted to solicit donations for alleged assistance to the Duke and Durham communities with unclear identities or intentions.