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The flipside of upward mobility

(10/02/23 4:00am)

This year, I’ll make about as much as the average American. I’m 20; I’m not old enough to legally drink. I don’t have a full-time job. Shortly after I graduate, I’ll make more money in a year than the largest amount my parents made combined when they were both still alive and working. This will most surely happen before I’m old enough to rent a car. I used to think the idea that, at some point, making a six-figure salary would be amazing — now I usually don’t apply to jobs if their TC is only 100k. I guess it’s always easy to get accustomed to the idea of having more.

Duke’s obsession with shareholder returns in a climate crisis

(10/02/23 4:00am)

I have been active in the campaign to get Duke to fully divest from fossil fuels since I was a freshman. I went into it knowing it would be frustrating and that the work would rarely yield any significant results. Still, I’m graduating in less than a year, and I cannot stand the fact that I will likely be leaving having made no impact on Duke’s investment practices despite the years of hard work by Duke Climate Coalition’s (DCC) campaign. I have tried my best to be patient, to understand that the bureaucracy of a college administration can often hinder rapid change, but I am sick of being patient. As I write this, many island nations are facing the threat of becoming uninhabitable in the coming decades, millions of people are dying annually because of climate change and we have already passed the point of no return. Now is not the time to slowly let things happen at a pace that our current system feels comfortable with. 

Beats' picks: Can No. 17 Duke football take down No. 11 Notre Dame in prime-time showpiece?

(09/30/23 5:49pm)

Earlier this month, the Blue Devils defied odds and took down then top-10 Clemson at home. On Saturday night, No. 17 Duke faces its second major test of the month against No. 11 Notre Dame at Wallace Wade Stadium. The Chronicle's beat writers are here to offer their predictions about whether the Blue Devils can stay undefeated against a talented Fighting Irish team:

Take of the week: Duke's clash with Notre Dame is perfect opportunity to buy into Blue Devil football culture

(09/30/23 2:09am)

There’s no lack of sports participation affiliated with Duke – the men’s basketball program is widely considered one of the greatest in collegiate history. The Blue Devils recognize the importance of the basketball culture and have frequently attempted to leverage the team’s success to benefit the football program. In the 90s, for example, the Duke president at the time coined the term “Wade Wackos” to describe the student section for Wallace Wade Stadium, attempting to borrow the alliteration used in the more iconic Cameron Crazies. “Everytime We Touch” by Cascada, a tune largely tied to men’s basketball, plays at football games with hopes of bringing similar intensity and excitement. 

AGS hosts panel on changing landscape of college athletics, sports’ impact on U.S. diplomacy

(09/29/23 4:28am)

The Duke Program in American Grand Strategy hosted a panel about the changing landscape of college sports and the role sports play in the United States’ foreign diplomacy, as part of the Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture Series Thursday evening. 

5 things to know before No. 17 Duke football takes on No. 11 Notre Dame in blockbuster Saturday night matchup

(09/29/23 3:35am)

If its Week 1 win against then-No. 9 Clemson was the official start of the ‘Elko Era’ in Durham, Saturday’s matchup against No. 11 Notre Dame has the potential to be Duke’s declaration as a national contender. However, to be a contender they have to beat a contender, and the Fighting Irish will challenge the Blue Devils in every facet of the game.