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An ode to nature and Colorado

(10/13/20 4:55pm)

Growing up, I never considered myself an “outdoors-y” person. I am from Colorado, the best state for outdoors-y activities, yet I never participated in them. I never went rock-climbing at the Flatirons. I never went sledding at the rolling sand dunes. And no, I never went skiing or snowboarding on the iconic Rocky Mountains. (I know, take my Colorado ID away now.) As a child of immigrants who moved to Colorado because of job opportunities, not because of the outdoors like a decent portion of the Colorado population, I was never introduced to these activities through family weekend trips. Instead, my family weekend trips included eating free samples for lunch at Costco and smacking watermelons at H-Mart to know if they’re high quality or not (an essay for another day). I never thought much about this contrast in experience. Colorado was just a place where I lived, and that was it — until COVID happened.

How to (safely) celebrate fall in the Triangle this year

(10/13/20 4:55pm)

With limited options for social engagement, Halloween is looking very different this year. Normally, students would be prepping for costume parties or heading over to Franklin Street. My own sparsely decorated dorm room isn’t quite enough to get me in the spooky spirit. Thankfully, the Triangle has a vibrant array of fall festivities of which students can enjoy all month. 

Cunningham’s texts, Tillis’ diagnosis: How they affect the Senate race

(10/12/20 6:03am)

For a race that could determine which party gains congressional control, the North Carolina U.S. Senate race looked stable for months. Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham held a comfortable lead over the incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC). But on Oct. 2, a sex scandal and a positive coronavirus test changed the race. 

Give us a break

(10/12/20 4:00am)

This time last year, Duke students could be found sprinkled across the globe for fall break, enjoying dinners with family, or simply unwinding from a hectic semester. This year, the reality on campus is much different: Students in face masks and jackets hide away in the libraries (until 11pm) and dorms, stressing about their 3-hour lecture videos and debating whether to report symptoms from their Zoom-induced headaches. Unlike previous years when students were greeted with a relaxing hiatus from school work and stress upon completion of their midterms, on May 29th, the Duke administration announced the decision to proceed with the fall semester without any form of break or holiday weekend. The implications of this decision have become all the more apparent over the last two grueling months of hybrid and online classes. Without the typical milestones of parent’s weekend and fall break, many students feel trapped like Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day,” replaying the same daily routine for months on end. 

Just be

(10/12/20 4:00am)

I was on sabbatical during this past Spring semester. Sabbaticals are a gift, not only in university settings, though probably most prominently so. It is a gift to rest, reflect, renew and rejuvenate. Of course, for professors, there’s the expectation that one will also engage in another “r,” that is, research. And I did that this past Spring.

Extra point vs. Syracuse: Duke runs through the Orange, picks up first win

(10/11/20 2:58pm)

Saturday marked Duke's first win of the season, and it won the game in a dominant fashion. A strong run game and stout defense allowed the Blue Devils to beat Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. The Blue Zone breaks down yesterday's contest with three takeaways, stats and what to look for moving forward.