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Column: AJ Griffin is flying, now it's time to sit back and watch him soar

(02/07/22 6:25pm)

Duke has played four games since I wrote “Let Griffin Fly” Jan, 25. I’ll admit that he didn’t look great during the two-point crunchtime win against Clemson. One-of-7 for two points with just three rebounds to boot probably marked his worst performance as a Blue Devil. Less than 12 hours after I advocated for freshman guard AJ Griffin’s shooting to be the key focal point of the offense over generating more opportunities for Paolo Banchero. I feared that my column hadn’t even survived a single game. When it comes to the development of young talent, however, patience is always a virtue and like a fine wine, Griffin has only gotten better with age.

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan speaks to Duke students about Biden administration's priorities, challenges

(02/07/22 7:11am)

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan spoke with Duke students about the Biden administration’s current national security challenges and priorities for the year over Zoom Thursday evening.

Combatting ‘grind culture’: Mary Lou Center keynote speaker Tricia Hersey encourages attendees to slow down, rest

(02/07/22 6:56am)

What could you accomplish if you had more time to rest? Nap Ministry founder Tricia Hersey encouraged listeners to consider this question in a Black History Month keynote event hosted Sunday evening by the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture.

Jane Campion's 'The Power of the Dog' is Netflix's best shot at Best Picture yet

(02/07/22 1:00pm)

Netflix has come close to the coveted Best Picture Oscar win in recent years, with stellar titles “Roma” in 2019, “The Irishman” and “Marriage Story” in 2020 and “Mank” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7” last year. While winning several well-deserved Academy Awards, the streaming service has fallen short of winning the coveted Best Picture title. The award’s importance is exaggerated and drifts further away from mainstream credibility, yet it’s still a huge honor for studios like Netflix who have built a healthy repertoire of must-watch films. This year, Netflix is placing its hopes in Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog'' to take the big prize home, and after watching it with Duke Screen/Society, it’s easy to see why it’s a favorite.

'I like to shine': Duke women's basketball's defeat of Wake Forest another chapter in Day-Wilson's rise

(02/07/22 4:38am)

With 2:44 left in the second quarter, Duke trailed by six. It had already committed nine turnovers and looked like it would be chasing Jewel Spear and the Demon Deacons for the rest of the game. And then Shayeann Day-Wilson showed up. She scored seven of Duke’s 12 in that final two minutes and 44 seconds, helping the Blue Devils enter halftime with the lead, something they hadn’t had for 18 minutes of play. 

has the internet… reinvented language??

(02/07/22 1:00pm)

There is no greater reminder of my intellectual devolution than my high school annotations. As I flip through the pile of neon Post-it Notes decorating my three-year-old copy of “Frankenstein,” I am confronted by the words that were once frequent guests in my writing: “polysemy,” “duplicity,” “sycophant” and my personal favorite, “quotidian.” They were summer camp words — words you take on every adventure and grow attached to for a few weeks, before inevitably falling apart sooner than you expect. And each time you’re reminded of the time spent with these words, you recognize how you’ve grown while grieving over the loss of your youthful potential. 

Get a piece of the magic on Eels' latest album 'Extreme Witchcraft'

(02/07/22 3:00pm)

Eels is hard to define. From the riveting melancholiness of “It’s a Mother****er”, the soulfulness of “A Swallow in the Sun,” to the carefree spontaneity of “I Like Birds,” this band’s music cannot be boiled down to one or two words. Even in a single album there are multiple motifs, emotions and storylines, and Eels’ new album “Extreme Witchcraft” is no exception. As Eels’ frontman Mark Everett, also known as “E,” puts it, “Sometimes it's simple and pretty, other times it's loud and grating. It's been a lot of things over the years, and we still don't have an easy answer for this one.”

Cucciolo Osteria: A must-try for Durham residents and Duke students alike

(02/07/22 5:00pm)

A short walk from East Campus, straight down West Main Street, lies Cucciolo Osteria, an upscale, yet friendly restaurant, offering “modern Italian Cuisine with a twist.” Brought to Durham by cousins Jimmy (a Duke alum!) and Julian Kim, Cucciolo Osteria is the sister restaurant to their inaugural location in Seoul, South Korea. Best known for their rotating selection of pasta dishes and their curated wine and cocktail offerings, they’ve made a solid impact on the Durham restaurant scene since opening in 2018. 

"RENT" still feels universal, 25 years later

(02/07/22 5:00pm)

Last Sunday, Jan. 30,  I went to DPAC to see “RENT, The 25th Anniversary ‘Farewell Season of Love’ Tour.” RENT was written by Jonathan Larson in 1996 and tells the story of eight friends, new and old, who struggle to make a living and a life at the height of the AIDS epidemic in New  York City. It was my second time seeing the musical and my first time at DPAC. Needless to say, my expectations were high.