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What if our school work actually mattered?

(03/07/24 5:00am)

You know that feeling when you work really hard on an assignment? You stay up late and wake up early. You diligently spend hours in the Gothic Reading Room reading and re-reading your writing, checking the logic of your algorithm or crafting that perfectly persuasive memo. And then you submit it and get a grade back. It’s an “A” and you’re stoked. Then the high wears off. You take back the paper and you admire the grade one last time. Then, you throw it in the trash or never open the document tab again.

No. 12 Duke baseball runs 28 through Appalachian State in home beatdown to continue hot start

(03/06/24 5:48am)

With Wednesday’s matchup canceled due to weather, Duke only had one midweek opportunity to test its mettle before a monster weekend series against No. 1 Wake Forest. On Tuesday afternoon against Appalachian State, the Blue Devils made the most of that opportunity. 

QuadEx could be great. Here’s how (Part II)

(03/06/24 12:53pm)

In my last column about QuadEx, I wrote about how Duke’s attempt at housing reform could mature into the most positively transformative feature of Duke’s community if it implemented a coherent model around the fundamental core of shared spaces. The tree ring model of concentric layers to community growth provides a coherent vision for how QuadEx could become a beloved and admired feature of Duke, but there is another facet that will be crucial to its success, and which deserves its own treatment: the cultivation of a middle scale of housing community.

The case for adding a Middle East and North African Studies pathway to the AMES major

(03/06/24 5:00am)

Duke’s AMES (Asian and Middle East) department is broken. Our university has neglected a major providing a catch-all for over 60% of the world’s population, multiple continents and countless ethnicities — all in the name of what? Censorship concerns? Funding constraints? Fear of ___ (please, admin, fill in the blank)?

Pro-Israel groups display Israeli flags commemorating Oct. 7 deaths, pro-Palestinian students stage protest

(03/05/24 3:21am)

A pro-Israel coalition of Duke students and other supporters organized a display Monday, setting up 1,200 Israeli flags on Abele Quad to memorialize the lives lost in the Hamas-led Oct. 7 attack on southern Israel. Several pro-Palestinian students quickly mobilized a protest, decrying what they termed “Israel’s genocide.”