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In in the past three years, I have written extensively—and often pessimistically—about being gay at Duke. My ramblings have covered how every aspect of being gay at Duke is uncomfortable: from finding a roommate, to walking past the chapel, to finding someone to date. Many students, alumni and professors have reached out to me to discuss an article, which I always appreciate and enjoy. But looking back I realize that I have painted a rather sad, although nuanced, picture of being gay at Duke. In reality, over the years I have experienced many beautiful moments of being gay and finding a community on campus. And I want to celebrate that—as well as reflect on why it can be difficult for most of us.
They say the devil is in the details. But in Durham, the Blue Devils are in the details—and numbers.
Since its last conduct update Feb. 4, Duke has issued 111 additional sanctions on students that could be included on their disciplinary record, and this semester, there have been nine student hearings for alleged flagrant violations of COVID policies, administrators wrote in a Wednesday email to undergraduates.
Both the Blue Devil men and women were competing in their first NCAA Championships since 2012, and they made sure to make the most of the opportunity.
For Duke Health, the pandemic’s impacts have gone beyond the treatment of one disease.
As the vaccine rollout continues across North Carolina, students have answered the call to volunteer at one of Duke’s vaccination sites.
Sportswrap is your one-stop shop for everything Duke athletics, where we’ll recap how each of Duke’s sports currently in competition performed over the last week and give a brief look ahead. Here’s our recap for the week of March 8-15.
With most on-campus students weeks away from being eligible for vaccines, Duke shattered COVID-19 case records last week.
No. 6 Duke had its seven-match winning streak snapped via a 2-5 defeat at Georgia Tech Friday, the team’s second loss to the Yellow Jackets this season.
In early February, two fully electric buses began traveling the C1 route between East and West campuses.
It had been five years since a Blue Devil medaled at an NCAA Championships.
Muslim educator and activist Blair Imani discussed the concepts of intersectionality and social and personal identity with students on a Monday night virtual talk.
The Durham Interfraternity Council—the governing body for nine fraternities that recently disaffiliated from the University— expressed support on Monday for Duke’s “stay-in-place” order and announced a new hotline and judicial board to address fraternity violations of Duke’s COVID-19 guidelines.
Right down the road from the most famous golf course in the world, Duke women’s golf was part of a battle that would have made the Augusta National gods proud.
It’s been nearly a month since I published a piece advocating for people who foster beliefs that I regularly oppose. The reaction to what I wrote was larger than I ever could have imagined. I had countless people reach out to me to express gratitude for speaking on what I did. My arguments made their way into at least a few classes. I was criticized and insulted for everyone to see on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and even the Duke Confessions page. It got overwhelming pretty fast. No part of me regrets what I did, but with such a dramatic reception I’ve been forced to reflect on why I thought it was necessary to speak out for an ideology with which I disagree.
The Blue Devils have finished undefeated in nonconference play for the first time in 26 years.
As a queer cis woman, I loved being a part of my high school’s varsity swim team. The pool was a place of acceptance, expressing my emotions productively, and discipline. I learned so much about confidence, teamwork, friendly competition, and myself. And the team… they were family. When I was struggling with depressive episodes and panic attacks, my team was there to support and encourage me. When I came out, my coach and teammates asked how they could be allies. Yet for far too many trans athletes across the country, sports are a place of feeling ostracized and unwelcome. I could not imagine the pain of even missing a year participating in the sport you love due to transphobia.
Duke’s abrupt disqualification from last week’s ACC tournament may have been the last straw in a disappointing 2020-21 campaign, but the Blue Devils already have a head start on the competition next season with a pair of commitments from five-star recruits Paolo Banchero and AJ Griffin. Already positioned for success, Duke’s outlook could brighten even further as a host of other top prospects make their decisions this spring.
Coming off a huge 4-2 victory at Virginia Tech last weekend, Duke couldn’t keep up the momentum at home in Koskinen Stadium, losing 2-0 to Notre Dame this past Friday. Once again, the Blue Devils succeeded in maintaining possession, but their forwards and midfielders were unable to capitalize with goals.
Can an action like pulling a lever be moral or immoral? The intuitive answer is no. In a vacuum, where it is just one person arbitrarily moving their lever, it’d be hard to say that this has any moral value. However, in the classic trolley problem, where pulling the lever averts the death of five people by condemning someone else to die for them, that action does acquire an ethical ‘meaning’. Does it matter that we’re pulling a lever, though? The problem would carry the same implications if we pressed a button instead. In fact, if the question was “should you save five people’s lives if it meant ending another one,” we’d see the same dilemma without even describing a particular action. This suggests that actions find their morality from the context that surrounds them and the principles that underpin them. They are moral chameleons; once the trolley passes the split in the track, the action of pulling the lever loses its character. What happens if we try to give certain actions their own independent moral meaning—paint the chameleon? The intuitive answer is nothing good. Unfortunately, that seems to be a popular thing to do.