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It's time for the Divinity School to come out as gay

(02/18/20 5:00am)

The United Methodist Church is embroiled in controversy about its regressive stance against gay marriage. Duke’s Divinity School, a United Methodist Church seminary, has long found itself in the crosshairs of UMC’s tradition and student advocacy for better progress on queer issues. Lately, the school has considered its future given the possibility that UMC may split into different factions based on different congregations’ social values. Student advocates calling for condemnation of “UMC’s discriminatory LGBTQ policies” are important; however, they do not go far enough. It’s time for the Divinity School to come out as gay.

Letter: Why I sued and called for a new Young Trustee election

(02/17/20 8:29am)

Imagine walking into the polling booth November 3 and the walls were covered with images of children being held under ICE custody. While as Duke students, the vast majority of us would agree that children should not be in cages, we can also agree that such an election would not be fair. Polling booths should be politically neutral. 

It takes a village: Lessons in collective action

(02/17/20 5:00am)

This week, in the short lull between the end of the Young Trustee campaign season and the beginning of the DSG races, we’re presented with an opportunity to reflect on the work that has been accomplished in the political arena and to consider the challenges that the University and its students, faculty and staff, continue to face in the coming year. However, the chance of healthy reflection seems to be constantly overshadowed by inevitable fights over whose individual triumphs have had the greatest impact. 

The hate that lives in our community

(02/17/20 5:00am)

As many of you have become aware, a swastika—the infamous symbol of hate and bigotry—was found painted on the East Campus tunnel last week. This space is commonly used by students and community members to share expressions of peace, love, solidarity and whimsy. While this vile icon was immediately painted over following its discovery and the action was quickly condemned, its impact withstands.

Duke women's basketball upsets Florida State in Cameron thriller

(02/17/20 12:53am)

Sunday afternoon is the time people flock to Pitchforks, getting their tasteful brunch of the day. The 14th-ranked Florida State Seminoles stepped into Cameron Indoor Stadium Sunday afternoon, drowsy and unenergetic, much like the Pitchforks-inhabiting students. What Florida State didn’t realize was that instead of being a customer, it was the daily special on the menu.