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My love-hate relationship with small talk

(12/22/21 1:00pm)

The introvert in me avoids it. I dreaded O-Week for this very reason. Sharing small talk with people I don’t know and will likely never run into again has always felt so trivial to me, especially at the gloriously chaotic “2025 Welcome Carnival.” Yet, I know that small talk is the polite thing to do — and sometimes the only thing you can do — so, I’ve grown to tolerate it. Plus, I would be naïve to think I’d ever be able to avoid these conversations entirely. 

Taking a look at Duke men's basketball's ACC slate

(12/21/21 5:54am)

Duke men's basketball's nonconference schedule is finished, and it plays its first ACC game of the season on Wednesday, facing off against Virginia Tech Wednesday night at home in Cameron Indoor Stadium. With that in mind, the Blue Zone takes a look at how the Blue Devils finished their nonconference slate and three key matchups of their ACC season:

Age of innocence: Revisiting 'Spirited Away,' 20 years later

(12/22/21 1:00pm)

With his 2001 film “Spirited Away,” Hayao Miyazaki set out to make a film for 10-year-olds, but wound up reaching everyone who has ever been a 10-year-old. In many ways, the animated classic is an affectionate tribute to childhood, and may even be more fitting for adults than 10-year-olds, as those who are no longer children hold dearer the vividness of childhood days than those still living them.

Thoughts on the AP Poll: Duke men's basketball stagnant in the rankings for the first time this season

(12/20/21 6:19pm)

Another week of college basketball is in the rear view, meaning that it's time for another installment of the Blue Zone's thoughts on the latest AP Poll. This week, Duke's three wins held them in place as the No. 2 team in the nation as teams around the country gear up for conference play.

X-Factor: Mark Williams' defense, paint presence will be crucial for Duke men's basketball against Virginia Tech

(12/20/21 11:01pm)

Having wrapped up the nonconference portion of its schedule, Duke men's basketball is set to kick off its ACC slate Wednesday with a home matchup against Virginia Tech. Before then, the Blue Zone has you covered with a player from both sides that could be his team's key to victory: