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Yes, you should donate your organs to Duke

(02/04/20 5:00am)

Duke students of late have wrestled with the proper relationship between the University and our expected contributions after graduation. Steve Hassey sparked debate in 2018, writing that student donations may make more of an impact at other organizations than they can at Duke. In a 2019 column, Ethan Ahuna argued that students should “give because you care about Duke students, because you want the institution to do better, because you are proud of your alma mater.” Now that graduating seniors face increasing pressure from the University to make meaningful contributions, it’s worth reaffirming: you should absolutely donate your organs to Duke.

Devils in the closet

(02/04/20 5:00am)

It’s 3 a.m. on a Saturday night at Duke, and I am happily tucked in bed after a long night of socializing. Bored and curious, I open up the gay dating app Grindr and scroll through eligible bachelors in my area. The page is filled with blank anonymous profiles, mostly college-aged and within 1,000 feet of me. Bios read “Discreet” and “DL” (down-low) or say “DM me for a face pic.” The few profiles with face pics belong to my friends. 

Destigmatizing pre-professionalism

(02/05/20 5:00am)

There is one question that all university students must have some programmed response to: what are you studying? It seems like a simple question about one’s current area of interest, but the question probes at something much deeper in our lives. It asks—why are you at university? What do you plan on doing in the future? What do you value in life? Where do you find meaning?

We need to address the aftermath of sexual misconduct at Duke

(02/03/20 5:00am)

Given my easygoing lifestyle, I didn’t think that I’d ever personally face sexual misconduct. In December of my freshman year, I experienced a brutal wake-up call about the reality of sexual misconduct here at Duke. There was a situation with a fellow first-year who wanted to do something I didn’t want to do, but his intentions were clear.