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37th NC Latin American Film Festival shares often overlooked narratives of Latin America

(09/29/22 10:00am)

The 37th annual North Carolina Latin American Film Festival (NCLAFF) will not only offer a variety of short-length to feature-length films, but it will also be a chance to engage students and the public into a dialogue concerning issues faced by Latin American people that may be overlooked by popular media. 

Like lead-filled piñatas: the story of the Frangible Bullet Project, Duke’s largest military-funded research endeavor

(09/30/22 4:00am)

For those who have sat in, worked in, or slept in Gross Hall (shout-out to all the Pratt stars), chances are you know very little about the building’s titular figure, Paul Magnus Gross. Particularly the fact that he led a team at Duke to design a novel bullet that would help thousands of American soldiers to more effectively shoot their targets during World War II.

Durham’s Holistic Empathetic Assistance Response programs seek to decrease law enforcement intervention, divert over 800 calls

(09/27/22 1:57am)

After almost three months in operation, the Durham Community Safety Department’s new Holistic Empathetic Assistance Response Teams pilot programs have decreased more than 800 law enforcement interactions. 

Reflections on Latinx Heritage Month

(09/27/22 4:00am)

This September 15th marks the start of Latinx Heritage Month. It has made me reflect a lot on my journey exploring culture—the importance of it, and the ways I have had to defend it. When I came to Duke, I was so lost. It felt like nobody would ever understand the hardships I had to overcome to even get here. My freshman year, I was hardly involved with Mi Gente or any cultural organization for that matter. Then, I decided to take a chance and join the Political Committee in Mi Gente; for the first time, I did not feel alone. Joining gave me the confidence to speak Spanish, get connected with my roots, and express myself through culture. I was able to meet amazing Latinx leaders on campus who cared about the issues our community was facing. Mi Gente allowed me to find connections in a year where COVID made that especially hard. Cultural organizations, in general, are great touch points for marginalized students. However, more needs to be done for students outside their own labor. There are obstacles for Latinx students everywhere I look. Everyday, whether it be through extracurriculars or an academic environment, I saw my mentors, who are also Latinx students, be forced to defend their right to be here. My time at Duke has been very emblematic of this. Everyday, I fight for the right of students of color to exist on campus. I realized that expressing my culture was worthwhile, but I had to fight for my right to do that. The closer I came to traditional or dominant systems at Duke, the more issues I had with honoring my culture. Organizations like Mi Gente, where I was able to freely be myself and become grounded, sometimes feel completely antithetical to the systems in place at this university. Student activists must often sacrifice their mental health and overall college experience, spending time in hostile environments, for the sake of the students who come after them. That was true for my mentors and myself, and will be true for future students like us. 

Duke volleyball's 9-match win streak ends with losses to Syracuse, Boston College

(09/26/22 3:23am)

The number nine carries some ancient significance. There were nine planets in our solar system before Pluto got the infamous downgrade. Dante’s “The Divine Comedy” describes nine circles of Hell. There are nine muses in Greek mythology and nine different levels in both the Aztec and Mayan underworlds. They say a cat has nine lives.