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Share your opinion, join the Editorial Board!

(01/05/22 5:00am)

Student discourse is common on campus, but how often do you get to shape the very substance of this dialogue? Duke is home to an extremely diverse student body – in interests, political thought, race, etc –, but when can you interact with a truly diverse cross-section of these different populations? In 301 Flowers (or more recently, on their very own Zoom applications), a group of 10-15 students gather weekly to engage in lively discussions and write about issues pertinent to our student body. In these meetings, voices from across campus come together to confront any questions that arise regarding campus, local and national news. There are no limitations to what we can write about – articles topics have ranged from the fiscal responsibility of the University and pre-professionalism on campus to reflections about campus social life and commentary on political changes in Durham. We are the Community Editorial Board, The Chronicle’s independent student voice, and today, we invite you to join the discussion.

"A serene kindness": A tribute to Bryan Lopez

(01/05/22 5:00am)

I had the honor of working with Bryan Lopez in my Writing 101 class in Fall 2019. Bryan impressed me with the precision and clarity of his writing. His comments in class were always insightful, and his gentle bearing towards his classmates revealed a serene kindness. But I was particularly struck by his kindness and sensitivity as I got to know him outside of the classroom. I was lucky enough to have lunch and coffee with Bryan several times throughout the semester, where we talked soccer, music and the challenges of life in college. Speaking with Bryan, I had the sense that I was dealing with a tremendous intelligence. In March 2020, as pandemic life forced us to switch to online instruction, I ran into Bryan on one of my afternoon walks. Encountering Bryan’s shy smile in this tumultuous time gave me a great amount of peace. I’m shocked and saddened by the news of his passing. My condolences to his family and friends.

Simple steps for Duke to reduce community spread

(01/04/22 8:00am)

The arrival of Omicron in the U.S. has created a winter season defined by uncertainty: test shortages, flight cancellations, and ever-changing guidance from public health authorities. Unfortunately, it seems as if the worst is yet to come. Epidemiologists predict that the Omicron variant will peak in mid-January—where anywhere between 2.5 and 5 million Americans will become infected in just a week. I sympathize with the Duke administration as they face the Herculean challenge of bringing students back to campus. Nonetheless, in the meantime, there are simple and common-sense steps the administration can be taking to protect students, faculty, and staff from infection.

K’s Influence Beyond Coach K Court

(01/05/22 2:00pm)

Duke has changed a lot since the early 1980s. The Bryan Center, built in 1982, isn’t so new anymore, upstaged by gleaming glass boxes in multiple directions. Wallace Wade Stadium now has premier club seating and no longer has a track around the field after the athletic department decided it was worth investing in a competitive football program. University presidents have come and gone. So has Armadillo Grill.

If you’re tenting, shame on you. But more than that, shame on Duke for allowing it.

(01/01/22 5:00am)

We all saw the email last week. K-Ville will play host to tenting once again, and the reassuring bit is supposed to be the increased testing and social distancing. Another set of headlines you likely saw last week was the national shortage in rapid tests. Duke has long been a contributor to this problem, stockpiling massive amounts of COVID tests to regularly test their student body and keep classes in person, but is about to become an even more offensive party—increasing the amount of tests withheld, not only during a testing shortage but also during a notable surge in infection rates.