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On DSG and laptops

(03/27/19 4:00am)

Last week, the Duke Student Government (DSG) Senate voted to ban laptop use during their weekly Wednesday night sessions. The new policy, unsurprisingly, was met with mixed responses, notably from Senators Jimmy Xiao and Kyle Melatti, who cited accessibility issues, in speaking out against the ban. Meanwhile, President Kristina Smith, and President pro-tempore Avery Boltwood spoke in favor of the new policy, claiming that it would improve engagement during long, multi-hour DSG sessions. Although not as “scandalous” in comparison to some past DSG controversies, this new policy provides an opportune time to reflect upon our student government’s many shortcomings (and positives). 

'Deepest challenge that our species has ever faced': Stanford professor discusses gene editing ethics

(03/27/19 6:33am)

From designer babies to genetically modified food, gene editing has brought many ethical questions to the forefront. A Stanford professor came to campus Tuesday to discuss some of these questions that gene editing presents. 

Is being gay compatible with religion?

(03/27/19 4:00am)

Every day on my walk to class, I stroll past the stunning Duke Chapel that towers above me. Sometimes I stop to stretch my head up and take in the glorious architecture. I see this iconic structure every day, but I can’t remember the last time I’ve stepped in. The chapel is the epicenter of this school, yet religion is the most distant thing I experience on this campus. The stained-glass windows give me aesthetic delight and a warmth of nostalgia, but the reminder of religious institutions brings back dormant memories that leave a sinking feeling in my stomach.

La Dispute's 'Panorama' explores how to navigate a loved one's grief

(03/26/19 4:30am)

Part of a fringe sub-sub-genre lovingly dubbed “The Wave,” La Dispute is a divisive entity with a fiercely loyal following and a way with words. Over 10 years ago, they released their first full-length album, “Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair” — an album that turned Japanese folklore into scream-spoken vocals set to all manner of instrumentals influenced by screamo, jazz, prog-rock and punk. Now heralded as “one of the most unique hardcore albums of the century,” “Somewhere” flipped the script on what it meant to be a hardcore or post-hardcore band.