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“I am in love with my cousin.”

(02/11/22 7:21pm)

I grew up in Florida, which is a state infamous for its peculiarity. Among all peculiarities, a common one is that some Floridians’ first kiss was one of their cousins. Disclaimer: not everyone in Florida goes around making out with their relatives (@Alabama), but it was a quirky fun fact about a few too many people I knew. However, no matter how many times I heard the same “we were just fooling around” story, I always first felt shocked, then afraid, and ultimately, repulsed. My extreme reaction told me that this shouldn’t be happening.  

Matthew Harris’ former classmates recount his worrisome behavior, call for accountability from philosophy department

(02/09/22 6:16am)

A former Duke doctoral student who sent University of California, Los Angeles campus members a video referencing a mass shooting last week had previously displayed concerning behavior to students in Duke’s philosophy department that went unaddressed by faculty, according to current and former graduate students.

Students isolate in their dorm rooms after Duke COVID-19 isolation housing briefly reaches capacity Jan. 29

(02/09/22 6:01am)

Students who tested positive for COVID-19 last weekend isolated themselves in their dorm rooms after Duke reached maximum capacity in isolation housing on Jan. 29, according to an email from Student Health obtained by The Chronicle. 

Five things for Duke women's basketball's matchup against Florida State

(02/09/22 3:51am)

With both Duke and Florida State entering Thursday’s contest at Cameron Indoor Stadium off the back of necessary wins, the stakes are high for whose momentum will continue and whose will falter once again this season. Here are five things to look out for as the now-unranked Blue Devils take on the Seminoles.

Anxieties and ambiguities: Duke’s 2022 COVID-19 policies

(02/08/22 5:08am)

Duke’s approach to the COVID-19 pandemic has raised a number of concerns among the student body and the Durham community. Many have criticized Duke’s strict measures to avoid the spread of disease in classrooms while also allowing popular events, such as basketball games, to continue. If Duke’s administration prioritizes attendance at these games over core academics in regard to its COVID-19 policies, what does that emphasis reveal about its attitude towards the Duke experience—which should presumably be focused on educational opportunity?

Make the Blue Devil less sexy

(02/09/22 5:00am)

The world of advertising has been undergoing a radical transformation over the last few years, with many mascots facing massive changes in the name of progressiveness. We’ve seen Barbie made more body-positive, and Aunt Jemima Syrup renamed. And recently, to much public scrutiny, we saw the M&M mascots redesigned to be more gender-neutral. With all of these changes, I believe it is time for Duke to make the same moves towards a more inclusive society and make the Blue Devil mascot less sexy.

Five observations from Duke men's basketball's first half against Virginia

(02/08/22 12:46am)

No. 7 Duke had a short break between its 20-point Saturday win in Chapel Hill to a 7 p.m. home tipoff against Virginia. The Blue Devils came out flat and allowed the Cavaliers to jump out to an 8-2 lead to start. They battled back, but Virginia holds a 34-29 lead at the half. Here’s five of our observations from the opening 20 minutes.