Juniors Josh Berman and Alejandro Vogel were elected Class of 2022 Class Council president and vice president, respectively, in an election that saw the Duke Student Government Judiciary strip votes from their opponents for violating election rules.
The coronavirus pandemic loomed large over the first-ever online meeting of the Board of Trustees.
Ashlyn Sanders, Graduate School ‘15, is the founder of NeuroVice, a medical technology company committed to alleviating the painful consequences of seizures. Inspired by her own experience with Chiari malformation, a condition in which brain tissue extends into the spinal canal and causes disorientation and seizures, Sanders is on a mission to change the current seizure safety guideline that discourages putting anything in one’s mouth during a seizure.
The Chronicle spoke with Ken Jeong, originally announced as this year's commencement speaker, about basketball, his time at Duke and his advice for graduating seniors.
Commencement has been postponed, but seniors will be able to celebrate online while they wait for the real deal.
In the end, senior year may be remembered for the last two months. Still, before the pandemic, before Zoom classes and empty quads and a postponed commencement, the year saw student activism, construction and basketball games for the ages.
When Duke students learned that classes were moving online, many were on spring break trips with friends or lounging in their childhood homes. But senior Peter Sun was spending nine-hour days working on the largest volunteer-run COVID-19 case tracker in the United States.
FIR and their families live in first-year residence halls to encourage interaction between students and faculty outside the classroom. They host events to bring residents together, something increasingly difficult to achieve in the wake of Duke’s coronavirus response as all students have moved out of East Campus residence halls.
Winston, a pug belonging to a Chapel Hill family participating in a Duke research study, tested positive for COVID-19. He may be the first dog in the United States to test positive.
The CARES Act, intended to address the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, allocated around $14 billion directly to higher education. Duke joined several other top private universities in rejecting the $6.7 million it would have received.
Blue Devils will be studying, conducting research and more throughout the world next year, with a little help from the State Department.
The Duke Student Government Judiciary ruled on five cases related to Spring 2020's student elections. A Judiciary report notes that the branch saw the highest number of petitions of any election cycle since it was founded in 2009.
A Duke Student Government Judiciary report harshly criticized DSG for a variety of perceived failings in the spring's student elections. The investigation that produced the report found that DSG officials “repeatedly neglected” to follow DSG’s Constitution and bylaws during the elections.
After initially announcing that student belongings would either be stored for the summer or shipped home, Duke is now giving students the option to come back to campus and clear out their rooms in June.