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In defense of Professor Evan Charney

The Sanford School of Public Policy recently decided not to renew the contract of Evan Charney, a professor of the practice who teaches PPS 302 (Policy Choice as Value Conflict) as well as courses on free speech and genomics. We, the co-signed, write this letter to demonstrate our support for Professor Charney and to express our desire for the Provost’s office to reverse this decision.


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Letter: An open letter to Larry Moneta

Choosing “Good Sex” as the subject of an email about campus sexual harassment/assault is…zany, at best. It struck me as “tactless” at the time. However, what bothered me most about the email you sent to the entire Duke student body on April 18, urging us to fill out this survey, was the surprisingly oblivious revelation that “we have more female identified than male identified respondents,” followed by a nudge to “step up guys!” Do we really have no inkling as to why women might be more represented, when the current U.S. president’s admitted approach to women is to “grab them by the pussy”?


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Letter: I was the target of the racial hate committed at 300 Swift

“N***** lover." I came home from the library to find the racial slander scribbled on the front door of my college apartment. Two racially-charged incidents occurred within two days at Duke University. Following the first incident, many students, including myself, used social media platforms to express their anger and to call for administrative accountability. I never imagined that I would be the target of the second incident.


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Alumni in support of Duke’s “The People’s State of the University”

As alumni of the University, we implore Duke University to meet the group’s list of demands, which includes implementing a $15/hr pay for all employees, hiring faculty of color, and increasing CAPS and Duke Women's Center funding for trauma-trained counselors and psychologists, among many others. We ask that you take the time to sit down with activists and other student leaders and execute actionable steps to address their concerns.


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Letter to the editor

I am a part of Kristina Smith’s campaign for DSG President. I was there when the alleged campaign misconduct occurred. And I am here to tell you that the Board of Elections has a created a controversy where one does not exist.


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Letter to the editor

I’m a sophomore at Duke University and a friend of Alex’s. I just wanted to write that Alex was a bright light in the lives of everyone that knew him. He impacted everyone with his selfless and loving personality and deserved nothing but the best.


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Letter to the editor

Alex McIvaine was a St Andrews School junior when our son, a freshman, decided to try his hand (or feet) at cross country. Alex was one of several gifted runners on that team but that excellence did not prevent him from dropping back from the lead on training runs to talk with the newer runners, encourage them and build the kind of rapport that made training runs fun for everyone.


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Letter to the editor: Remembering an old friend

There are no words to express the sorrow and condolence held over the passing of Alex. He was my oldest friend at Duke, and although we grew apart in the last few years, he was always such a comforting and cheering presence on campus. The last time I saw Alex was during parents weekend, when he took his time to greet and talk with my mom, which she notes he never failed to do.