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A brief history of Duke pranks

(03/24/16 7:27am)

From the fire extinguisher in Giles’s oven to the pizza box in Randolph’s dryer, pranks conducted by this year’s freshman class are notorious among underclassmen and upperclassmen alike. However, pranks aren’t unique to the Class of 2019; campus history is scattered with jokes and antics from the very beginning. Here are some of the more notable pranks reported on by The Chronicle in the last 60 or so years.



Recess Interviews: Lesley Jane Seymour T'78, More Magazine

(02/25/16 8:29am)

Lesley Jane Seymour graduated from Duke in 1978 and is now the editor-in-chief of More Magazine. The Chronicle’s Jessica Williams conducted an email interview with Seymour, who visited campus last weekend for the Duke Women's Weekend and an Artstigators coffee chat with students, about her challenges at Duke and her lifelong career in writing.



Recess Interviews: Eric Oberstein on his Grammy win

(02/18/16 7:56am)

Eric Oberstein, Trinity '07 and associate director for Duke Performances, won his second Grammy Award Monday for Best Instrumental Composition for producing Arturo O'Farrill's "The Afro Latin Jazz Suite" on the album Cuba: The Conversation Continues. Obserstein previously won the 2014 Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy for his work as producer on the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra album The Offense of the Drum. The Chronicle's Jessica Williams conducted an email interview with Oberstein to talk about his musical origins leading up to his Grammy success.


Ward Theatre premieres 'Jacuzzi' next month

(02/11/16 6:28am)

The Ward Theatre Company will open its premiere season in North Carolina later this month with a production of “Jacuzzi”—a “deadpan thriller” written by New York’s The Debate Society. Looking to be a hip, comic production like no other, “Jacuzzi” centers on a solitary ski cabin where “the wealthy and the aimless meet in the simmering waters of a hot tub.”



Antic Shakespeare presents modern-day, gender-bent 'Romeo and Juliet'

(01/28/16 7:06am)

Shakespeare’s infamous star-crossed lovers will come to Duke Valentine’s Day weekend. Antic Shakespeare, a small theater company on campus, will perform Romeo and Juliet in a contemporary setting while staying true to the play’s text. With its only major production of the semester, Antic Shakespeare hopes to offer a new take on the tragedy, making it more accessible to college-age students.




Handel's Messiah relocated after 82 years in Chapel

(12/03/15 7:48am)

Although construction on the Chapel seems like it’ll never end, it will not get in the way of all of Duke’s traditions; the Duke Chapel Choir will perform Handel’s “Messiah” in Page Auditorium this weekend. After 82 years of “Messiah” at Duke, this year is the first in which performances will take place outside of the Chapel. With beautiful music and Christmassy vibes, the “Messiah” will again be a great start to the holiday season—regardless of its location.


Music Review: "Made in the A.M."

(11/19/15 8:27am)

Arguably the most popular current boy band on the planet, One Direction released their most recent album Made in the A.M. Nov. 13. With the biggest-selling worldwide album of 2013 and the highest-grossing concert tour of 2015, the band entered 2015 only to lose band member Zayn Malik in March. Made in the A.M., the first of their albums with only a quartet, highlights One Direction’s versatility, even without their fifth member.



Q&A: Mike Posner returns to campus as DEMAN keynote speaker

(11/05/15 7:46am)

Mike Posner, Trinity ‘10, first topped the charts with his 2010 single “Cooler than Me.” Since then, he has enjoyed success with hits like “Please Don’t Go” and song-writing titles on Maroon 5’s “Sugar” and Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend.” Posner is coming to campus this weekend as the keynote speaker for DEMAN Arts and Media Weekend. The Chronicle’s Jessica Williams conducted an email interview with Posner about his time at Duke, his favorite music of the moment and DEMAN. 



There's A Light (Over at the Rialto): The live spot for 'Rocky Horror' in Raleigh

(10/22/15 7:22am)

For anyone who’s seen "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," it’s obvious from the beginning scene that it’s unlike any other musical film. Featuring catchy tunes, plot twists and fishnets and science fiction abound, "Rocky Horror" has been a cult classic since its release in theaters in 1975. Written by Richard O’Brien and directed by Jim Sharman, Rocky Horror celebrated its 40th anniversary this year.



Music Review: V

(10/08/15 5:55am)

After releasing albums every few years for most of their career, punk/noise rock band Wavves recently picked up their speed by releasing two albums in 2015: "No Life for Me" in June and most recently, "V" on Oct. 2nd. Although released within two months of each other, "No Life for Me" is the better of the two.


Nasher works with Alzheimer's patients to engage with art

(10/01/15 7:03am)

For people with Alzheimer’s, life is a constant struggle, both against the disease and against the stigma it creates. Cognitive loss makes it harder for individuals to connect to friends and family, as well as to their own emotions and memories. Luckily, there are resources available to help patients cope with their experiences.