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Katie Tan

Katie Tan is a Trinity sophomore and a features managing editor of The Chronicle's 117th volume.


Even in a pandemic, Keith Upchurch, Trinity ‘72, and Nugget, his 10-year-old golden retriever, have kept coming to campus to see students. 

Keith and Nugget bring joy and relief, even in a pandemic

Amid the many changes on Duke’s campus necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic, one old sight reliably persists: a smiling canine face and her familiar owner. The beloved dog-owner duo—Keith Upchurch, Trinity ‘72, and Nugget, his 10-year-old golden retriever—have promenaded through Duke’s campus since 2012. Since Upchurch retired from the Durham Herald-Sun in 2016, they have visited the University almost every day. 


‘Essential workers of Duke’: Marketplace staff keep East Campus dining hall open in pandemic

Much has changed in the East Campus dining hall. Indoor seating is closed for students. Most tables and chairs are wrapped in caution tape. Stickers line the floor, indicating the direction students should travel and the six-foot distance they should keep while standing in line. Workers praised Duke's overall efforts to keep the virus spreading, but said they have been tested infrequently and questioned the decision to put a testing location in the same building.

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