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Editors' Note

Like President Brodhead, our time at Duke is coming to an end. But although we’ve only been here for four years compared to Brodhead’s 13, we’ve nevertheless had some time to get to know this place.


In the eye of the storm

When Richard Brodhead called up his close friends at Yale to tell them that he would be taking the President’s job at Duke, they were shocked. “People couldn’t believe it,” he said of his friends’ reactions.


Inside the life of Duke's first lady

Cindy Brodhead knows how to throw a party. Tucked away behind the football stadium and Blue Zone, the Hart House—where the Brodheads have lived for the majority of their 13 years at Duke—has three giant tents filled with sharp linen tablecloths and blossoming peonies on the afternoon I visit.

Senior Policy Advisor for the Trump Campaign Stephen Miller throws up a peace sign while saying hello to the crowd, before a Donald Trump event July 28 in Cedar Rapids. Miller criticized Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton over her new slogan “stronger together,” believing that that didn’t include working class Americans.

‘A very young person in the White House on a power trip’

When Charlie Rose asked President Donald Trump’s senior advisor Stephen Miller, Trinity ’07, about the “chaos and turmoil” that followed Trump’s executive order halting immigration, Miller responded with a line that was representative of his entire political career. “If nobody’s disagreeing with what you’re doing, then you’re probably not doing anything that really matters in the scheme of things,” Miller told Rose. Miller—an outspoken conservative activist since high school—has come under intense scrutiny in recent days for his role in drafting and implementing an executive order which includes a halt on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries and indefinitely bans Syrian refugees.

Brodhead said he has become better at handling stress since becoming president but still has bad habits, like looking at his email "just one more time."

'I can’t exaggerate how little my life is like the life of anyone I know'

President Richard Brodhead doesn't remember the last time he ate dinner at home. In the past few days I've spoken with him, he's flown to California for lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook and given keynote addresses honoring the Nasher Museum of Art and Nicholas School of the Environment, as well as persuaded faculty members to vote in favor of an undergraduate program at Duke Kunshan University.

Creating the new curriculum has been a multi-year process. 

Imagining a new curriculum

When Laurie Patton asked the Arts and Sciences Council’s Curriculum Committee whether Duke’s undergraduate curriculum needed an update, they told her that it wasn’t broken enough.

Neurosurgeon Dr. John Sampson.

Shawn Rocco/Duke Health

The decades-long quest for a cure

Medical researchers have typically been wary of using a word like “cure,” but for many, including patients around the Duke community, the promise of immunotherapy seems to be just that. For most cancer patients, treatment options have traditionally centered around the so-called “three pillars”–surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy–explained Smita Nair, an associate professor of survey and the leader of Duke’s Tumor Microenvironment and Immunotherapy Focus group. In the past few years, however, researchers at Duke and across the globe have made vast breakthroughs in repurposing the body’s natural immune defenses, using these modifications to attack cancer in a more direct approach.


Duke community feels threat from Trump

On a liberal college campus, disappointment over the election of a Republican president is nothing new. But the election of Donald Trump has brought out something more at Duke and across the country. A number of students and faculty told The Chronicle that they feel fearful after seeing the results of the election. Several students have spoken out and dismissed these fears as an overreaction, but for some, they are real.


'Get your a** out there and make a difference'

In 2008, when massive youth vote turnout turned North Carolina blue, only 36 percent of Duke students cast ballots. Four years later, in 2012, Duke was ranked one of the top five most politically apathetic colleges in the country, according to The Huffington Post. The other schools at the top of the list included the College of the Ozarks, Ohio North University and the University of Scranton.

First-year Nikhil Sridhar (top left), first-year Mitchell Siegel (top right) and grad school student Jackson Berger are among the students at Duke supporting Trump.

Duke students for Trump?

First-year Mitchell Siegel is a typical Duke student in many ways. He’s from New York, lives in Giles residence hall and is interested in politics.

Women's soccer players mark an X on their arm for each shutout.

X marks the shutout

When All-ACC defender Christina Gibbons dribbles down the field, you’ll notice something peculiar on her left arm. The Raleigh native carries on a longstanding tradition for the Blue Devils—drawing an X for each shutout the team has recorded up to that point in the season on her fellow defenders’ arms. She draws them on sunny days, rainy days and even cold ones when they wear long sleeves and no one can see the marks—with one exception. “I don’t draw Chelsea [Burns’] because apparently Olivia [Erlbeck] draws Chelsea,” the senior co-captain said.