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COVID-19 and demanding the impossible

(03/30/20 4:00am)

It is difficult to believe that it has only been a few weeks since I left Duke for spring break with the (perhaps naive) assumption that I would return. In that short time, with the shift to online classes, student evacuation/evictions and stay-at-home orders, our lives have been upended in the wake of the coronavirus. 

ChronSports' 2020 what-if series: Duke men's basketball

(03/29/20 6:37pm)

With the suspension and later cancellation of all Duke athletic competition due to the spread of coronavirus, many Blue Devil seasons were abruptly cut short. The Chronicle is going to take a look back at those seasons affected as well as what we missed out on with their cancellations. First up: men’s basketball.

Sufjan Stevens’s ‘Aporia’ is uncertain music for uncertain times

(03/28/20 4:00am)

On Tuesday, a few days ahead of its slated release date, Sufjan Stevens released “Aporia,” his latest collaborative effort with his stepfather Lowell Brams. From their minds was born the album whose title means something akin to “at a loss” in Greek, a message that is not lost on listeners or the musicians themselves amid the current pandemic-induced uncertainty.

Derivative? Who cares. ‘Kid Krow’ is great anyway.

(03/27/20 6:52pm)

Conan Gray is lonely. A global pandemic has him isolated at home, surrounded by the comforts of musical instruments and Taylor Swift and Lorde posters. The real-life embodiment of #quirky, he has his long hair down and a guitar in hand as he jokes around with his fans on an Instagram Live counting down the minutes till his debut album, “Kid Krow,” is released. One thing leads to another, and before long, he’s singing his album’s singles acoustically for the camera.

Committing to ungrading, in an emergency and after

(03/27/20 4:00am)

As the COVID-19 pandemic forced a transition to online learning, my social media feeds were full of urgent questions from colleagues in academia. We wondered about what goals still made sense, and how to support our students when many of our own lives had been (and could still be) upended. One thing many of us seemed to agree on was that, at a minimum, it would be both kind and practical to abandon the notion that making distinctions between a B- and a B was a good use of our remaining time this semester, or what our students needed from us right now.