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Time will tell

(09/20/17 4:00am)

As a student studying abroad, I'm probably expected to write about what an awesome semester I'm having. A beautiful European city, a plethora of museums to visit, endless events to attend, embarrassing yet endearing mistakes with the language, a great homestay family—all would be more than suitable topics for this staff note. But I'll spare you the fluffy descriptions of cobblestone streets and dramatic stories of the cultural lessons I've learned. It's not just the culture that's been on my mind. Since I've been in Berlin, I can't stop thinking about time.

The Duke bubble is real

(04/19/17 4:00am)

The "Duke bubble" is definitely real. Whether or not we undergrads like to admit it, we are part of our own little world; with food points, gyms, arts events, gardens and libraries all within walking distance, it would be relatively easy to get through an entire school year without ever stepping off campus and into Durham. And many of us don’t…aside from journeys to Shooters or possibly a grocery run to Harris Teeter or a date on Ninth Street. What many of us don’t realize, though, is that the Duke bubble doesn’t even encompass all of Duke.

Manners Makyth Man

(11/30/16 4:59am)

It all started when my British boyfriend called me "uncultured swine" for eating my chocolate chip pancakes wrong at Pitchforks. Aside from cutting too many chocolate chips into one bite, I didn’t realize that there was a wrong way to eat pancakes,and I certainly didn’t care much to learn the right way after a long night of essay writing. Utilizing the practical American single-hand method, I used my fork to both cut and pick up the pancake bites. Why dirty a knife if the pancakes were soft enough to just cut with a fork? He didn’t see it the same way, though. Each turn of my fork dividing the pancake was a personal affront to generations of his tea-drinking kind. What was the point of knives at all if people weren’t to use them?

Recess talks to the U.S. National Poet Laureate

(11/30/16 5:00am)

The United States National Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera visited Duke's Rubenstein Library Nov. 17 to read selections from his poetry and other works in both Spanish and English. Herrera is the first Mexican-American and Latino to be named poet laureate. The Chronicle sat down with Herrera to discuss his writing process, his activism and the subtle beauties of life. The following interview has been edited for clarity.   

To watch or not to watch

(09/28/16 4:00am)

I watch movies more than I probably should. Although I can’t say exactly when I fell in love with film, movies have been a part of my life as long as I can remember—whether it was watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” every Christmas or being forced to see “To Kill a Mockingbird” by my grandmother, my childhood was dotted with films I would love more and more as I got older. In high school, I’d find myself pretending that I could multitask well enough to watch “Fargo” and do Calculus homework at the same time (which I couldn’t)—and my preferred social activity was watching movies with friends.

A Day in the Life at Duke in Oxford

(07/13/16 4:00am)

From learning British slang to acclimating to Oxford’s famed tutorial system, students attending Duke in Oxford this summer have been thrown into a culture far different from that in Bull City. Forty-five are at Oxford’s New College (which is actually quite old—it was founded in 1379) studying humanities subjects including Victorian Literature and Modern British History. Here’s what a day might look like for them:

The good and the bad of political memes during election seasons

(06/06/16 4:08am)

  In one of the most turbulent, amusing, and even sassy American presidential elections of all time, it’s not surprising that social media has exploded with political activity—from lighthearted jokes to angry tirades on both sides. In the world of political posts, memes have stolen the show. Shared by anyone from the politically obnoxious but mercurial high school classmate you keep forgetting to unfriend or the older family member who posts way too much, political memes have clogged Facebook and other social media for months, and will probably continue to do so even when the election is actually over. But are political memes worth reading and posting? Here are our pros and cons of political memes: