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Ann Gehan


Every Sunday in the Carr building, MFA students curate "salons" where they screen experimental film.

Racism? Blame Duke

I’m usually not a confrontational person. Honestly, most interpersonal communication kind of terrifies me, and I will go to great lengths to avoid it (hence the existence of this column). 


Older, wiser and still overwhelmed

Welcome back to campus! Hope you’re feeling ready for that first beautiful view of the chapel, first super late night in Perkins, and first encounters with all of the bright-eyed, confused-looking first-years who are now on campus. With the start of a new school year comes the traditional deluge of advice, goal setting, and ‘we back’ Snapchat stories, so I figured I’d throw in my two cents. However, the first-years have had enough of people talking to them this week. They’ve already heard how amazing their Duke experience will be and to take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities coming their way, so instead, this one is for the sophomores. I feel totally qualified to give this advice, since I myself am a sophomore (meaning I’ve got about ten days of not being a first-year under my belt) and have now been to O-Week twice, so obviously I know everything.


Turn frustration into action

Changing our campus culture will take every single one of us—we can no longer just stand there and refuse to engage with the work that is already being done, wishing for uncomfortable things to go away. 


Do better, Duke

Being a Duke student involves much more than passively observing Duke’s institutional power at work—we have a responsibility to question, challenge, and criticize. 


Three bubbles

Every time I sit down to write this column, inevitably there will be at least one moment—often more—where I agonize over what to say, how to say it, and if I should even say it at all. 

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