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Al Bloom became DKU executive vice chancellor July 1, succeeding Denis Simon. 

Q&A: Meet new DKU Executive Vice Chancellor Al Bloom

On July 1, Al Bloom took office as executive vice chancellor of Duke Kunshan University. The Chronicle reached out to the DKU community to gather questions for the university’s newly inaugurated administrator and caught up virtually with Bloom to talk about his new position.

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March 10: The anatomy of a day

March 10, when President Vincent Price announced classes would transition online, was a historic day for Blue Devils. Many students casually exchanged goodbyes before taking off for spring break, thinking they would see each other in just a week—only to realize days later that their time on campus had come to an abrupt end. Some would never walk across the quad as a student again. 


'Jumping for a moving bar': A history of the push for fossil fuel divestment at Duke

Since 2012, students have launched multiple campaigns to push Duke to divest from fossil fuel holdings. Eight years later, the University has not committed to full divestment. Students tell a story about bureaucratic inertia, delay and what they consider a battle for the future of our fragile planet. Administrators, however, argue that divestment would accomplish nothing because Duke’s fossil fuel holdings are very small. Here is a comprehensive history of advocacy for fossil fuel divestment at Duke.