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If you give a college student an Apple...

(04/13/22 4:00am)

Walk into any lecture hall here, and you’ll see what a fellow columnist described as a “sea of Macs.” Work out in Wilson gym, and more people than not are sporting some generation of AirPods. Swipe into your dorm, or pay for your food at WU, via Apple Watch. Be added to a text chat of 10 people and still have blue bubbles. Write the first draft of this column on an iPad with an Apple Pencil. Type it up on a MacBook. Welcome to Duke.

Duke to allocate majority of anonymous $11 million donation to endowed professorships, fellowship funds for Sanford

(04/12/22 4:43am)

Earlier this month, Duke received an $11 million donation from an anonymous alumni family. The majority of the gift, $8.75 million, will go towards the Sanford School of Public Policy, which is currently celebrating its 50th year.

Please at least try and do research

(04/12/22 4:00am)

The Community Editorial Board’s (CEB) articles are full of inconsistent, oftentimes hypocritical viewpoints that do not represent the student body, and it is getting increasingly worse. The CEB used to stand for positions that are objectively good for the student body, such as criticizing Durham’s increase in violent immigrations and customs enforcement agents, and promoting union and labor efforts. Truly, this group was a force of good for the university to advocate for those who didn’t always have a voice or who the university administration chose to ignore. The CEB used to be a body who many thought would gladly stand by students who have demands and sometimes even demanded the university to do more for marginalized identities themselves. Lately, the CEB has stood in contrast to students' needs, even for movements with overwhelming support such as Disability and Ethnic Studies programs. Somehow along the way, their messaging has become undeniably inconsistent from the values it grew on.

Living as a work of art

(04/11/22 3:00pm)

Before coming to Duke, I held a certain assumption about the college experience: I would finally be able to spend the bulk of my time doing things I actually liked, and even though I would still need to put in a lot of effort, I would be able to balance my engagements with a sense of clarity and confidence.The first part of my assumption turned out to be true. The second part I’m still trying to figure out.

‘Hitting is contagious’: Duke softball continues offensive dominance in sweep of Virginia

(04/12/22 4:52am)

2021 was a breakout year for Duke, as “Team Four” was the ACC champion, made the program's first NCAA tournament and missed the NCAA Super Regionals by just one run. That team likely wouldn’t have missed that stage, however, if it had scored more than two runs across its first 25 innings at the NCAA tournament.

Defining free speech: DSG’s role in funding speakers

(04/11/22 4:47am)

Recently, Duke Student Government appropriated $16,835 for the Students for Justice in Palestine to host two speakers at their “Palestine 101” and “Narrating Resistance and Agency: Shifting the Discourse on Palestine” events. While the apportionment of such funds is traditionally a procedural stepping stone, this occasion has sparked controversy. Past comments by the speakers, particularly Mohammad El-Kurd, draw into question the role of DSG in monitoring and endorsing the language of speakers it chooses to grace with our tuition dollars. We raise the question of whether it was appropriate for DSG to fund these speakers, and whether new standards for funding similarly objectionable future speakers need to be established.

Sights and sounds at Dreamville Festival, 'a microcosm of the entire music scene'

(04/11/22 12:00pm)

Until recently, I’d never been to a music festival before. I’d been to a handful of concerts before COVID, but festivals are a whole different ball game. From the all-day performances to the abundant food options to the various other amenities, music festivals seemed to me to be a utopia where one could forget about their problems for a shining moment and watch their favorite artists perform.