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Carly Stern

Carly Stern is a Trinity senior. Her column, "never been satisfied," runs on alternate Fridays.



Learning to see clearly

After four years, I feel an enduring gratitude to Duke for the ways in which it has shaped me and helped me to continue the process of defining who I am. At the same time, I have never felt stronger in my conviction that there are important questions to be asked, systems to be reformed and social structures to be shattered. Feeling grateful does not mean that we must accept the institution in its entirety without acknowledging its shortcomings, and daring to affirm that they can—and must—be improved. 


Listen to third episode of new Chronicle podcast

“Chroncast” aims to bring you narratives tucked away in different corners of campus that you wouldn’t usually find. For seven minutes, we are asking you to pop in your headphones and jump into someone else’s life. During your commute between East and West Campus, you can get lost in an engrossing conversation before you return to your obligations and re-enter your reality.


Drug use: An issue for Duke or Durham?

We are taught to criticize, analyze and deconstruct systems of power in the classroom. But applying the same logic to evaluate the balance of power between Duke and Durham reveals that our academic ideals might diverge from our lived decisions. We distance ourselves far from the language of addiction, incarceration and crime. Inside Duke’s walls, we are Duke students: ambitious, invincible, blameless.


Campus disclosure is under attack

But in trying to stifle national conversations, Jackson has affirmed the permeability of our stories and the potency of our voices. We can take action by doing the very thing she fears: speaking out.


​Seams undone

Next semester, my writing will take place far from Duke’s pines, under which hurried students rush to class. I will be far from a chapel quad wrought with protests or the C1 stuffed with students packed tightly against one another. My writing will reach Duke from across the ocean, surrounded by a hustle and bustle of an entirely different kind.


A thousand words

Every other week this past school year, I sat down to contemplate my thoughts, explicate my world and unwind in 1,000 words. At a discussion with an alumni Chronicle columnist last September who has pursued a career in journalism, I posed the question, “Do you think you write for yourself, or do you write for your readers?

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