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A $73,513 education

(02/25/19 5:00am)

Last week the Board of Trustees approved a 3.9 percent increase in the cost of undergraduate tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year, which will now be $55,380. The total “official” cost of attendance including tuition, room, board and fees will now be $73,519, up from $70,873. While the 3.7 percent increase was the lowest rate of total cost increase in about 20 years—as reflected President Vincent Price’s statement that the adjustment reflected “concerns about balancing the costs of providing our educational experience”—student responses, as expected, have been less than favorable. As always, dissatisfied upper middle class Duke students went onto social media to voice their concerns about the 3.9 percent tuition hike. 

Case study of integrity outside of the classroom: White tenting

(02/25/19 5:00am)

Tenting has been a phenomenon on Duke’s campus for over 30 years. Beginning in 1986 with a group of friends who just wanted one of the best spots for the Duke vs. UNC game, the practice of tenting exploded into the intricate and complex system of checks and balances that we know today. The tenting groups are heavily regulated and monitored by the line monitors to ensure that everyone is following the tenting rules accordingly. As many know, there are varying levels of tenting: the black level, the blue level, and the white level. A couple of weeks ago, the line monitors rolled out a new approach to determining who was eligible to white tent and—in replacement of the walk-up line—flex tent. As for any other complex methodology, it is important to analyze the procedure put into place to evaluate its systematic integrity. Essentially, we must ask, “Did the methodology put forth by the line monitor committee demonstrate both honor and integrity?” 

Ethics of genome editing: Avoiding false equivalencies

(02/25/19 5:00am)

Centuries from now, history will likely associate 2018 with the birth of the first genome-edited babies. This event, disclosed in November by Dr. He Jiankui from China, dragged humanity further into a murky ethical quagmire surrounding human embryonic germline editing. I stand with the vast majority of my colleagues in the scientific community who believe that that the experiment revealed in November was ethically inappropriate, lacked medical merit and failed to conform to international norms. However, despite this deeply flawed example of human germline experimentation, increasing investments and research can benefit our society. Proper use of genome editing can feed millions, treat cancer and alleviate suffering. 

I don’t know sh*t about the light rail project but holy f*ck do I want a big new choo choo train in town

(03/01/19 2:49pm)

Let’s cut the crap: I don’t know a thing about trains and you probably don’t either, but I’ll be damned if the prospect of a luscious locomotive cruising through Durham’s downtown doesn’t get me hot under the collar. Here are five reasons why the proposed light rail system is an absolute no-brainer:

Beyond the arc: Zion-less Duke men’s basketball squad handles Syracuse on the road

(02/24/19 9:21pm)

Duke came into Saturday not having lost on a Saturday nor in their lucky black uniforms. Both streaks stood intact as the shorthanded Blue Devils pulled away late to beat Syracuse 75-65. The Blue Zone takes a look at three key takeaways and stats from the game and previews what’s to come:

Duke women's lacrosse completes late comeback against Virginia Tech in overtime

(02/24/19 6:50pm)

Losing by one goal and needing the ball with just 25 seconds left, the Blue Devils were on their way to another heartbreaking defeat against the team that ended their season a year ago. Opposing defender Leigh Lingo was running free down the left sideline as the home team was struggling to chase her down.

Recess roundtable: Why criticism?

(02/24/19 5:00am)

Much discussion has erupted in recent weeks regarding the (purportedly) fading necessity of reviews. In an age of discontinued Netflix-star-ratings, Amazon top customer reviewers and enraged YouTubers, the long-form reviews of movies, books or music that once dominated newspapers are increasingly seen as antiquated or downright ignorant. Ahead of the Oscars on Sunday, staff writer Joel Kohen, culture editor Will Atkinson and design editor Nina Wilder chimed in with their opinions as to why thorough media criticism still deserves a place at the table of today’s journalism.