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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. 

How to live Uber-free: A Duke student’s guide to the Triangle’s public transportation

(09/26/22 1:24am)

In search of a public transit guide for your next car-free adventure off campus? With bus fares remaining free until 2023, now is the best time to hop on a bus and explore. GoDurham has a trip planner that can help you navigate your routes. Here are the easiest ways to navigate from Duke to the nine popular places in The Triangle area.

How ‘Epic Rap Battles of History’ influenced a generation

(09/28/22 10:00am)

Imagine yourself 10 years ago. You’re at your friend’s house for a sleepover. It’s late at night, and all of you are crowded around your friend’s dad’s work computer, taking turns showing each other YouTube videos. Someone presses play on a video titled “Abe Lincoln vs. Chuck Norris” and says it’s part of a series called “Epic Rap Battles of History” (ERB). Before you know it, several hours have passed and you’ve gone through the entire channel’s catalog. By this point, the sounds of the birds chirping outside your window have ingrained themselves into the beats of the songs you’ve spent all night memorizing.

Mipsterz’s ‘Alhamdu Muslim Futurism' visits the Ruby

(09/26/22 10:00am)

Over the last two months, Duke has been the lucky site of the “Alhamdu Muslim Futurism” (Alhamdu is short for al-hamdu li-llāh, the Arabic phrase for “praise be to God”) world premiere, likely the first ever exhibit entirely dedicated to Muslim Futurism. Muslim Futurism is an Afrofuturism-inspired art movement which imagines a world where Muslims are free from religious prejudices and can create their own world. 

Duke football showed grit in defeat to Kansas, but there is still plenty of room to grow

(09/25/22 12:13pm)

LAWRENCE, KAN.—As chants of “Rock Chalk, Jayhawk” rang around David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium and fans poured from the student section onto the field, quarterbacks Riley Leonard and Jalon Daniels met at midfield, exchanged a bit of conversation and embraced. It’s the kind of moment one would expect at the end of a football game, but after the gunslinging, punch-for-punch affair that preceded it, the gesture was anything but a formality.