Margot Armbruster is a Trinity senior and opinion editor of The Chronicle's 117th volume.
The Chronicle is accepting tributes to Daniel Joseph Watt, a residence coordinator in Edens Quad who died Tuesday in a motor vehicle accident.
March 10, when President Vincent Price announced classes would transition online, was a historic day for Blue Devils. Many students casually exchanged goodbyes before taking off for spring break, thinking they would see each other in just a week—only to realize days later that their time on campus had come to an abrupt end. Some would never walk across the quad as a student again.
Since 2012, students have launched multiple campaigns to push Duke to divest from fossil fuel holdings. Eight years later, the University has not committed to full divestment. Students tell a story about bureaucratic inertia, delay and what they consider a battle for the future of our fragile planet. Administrators, however, argue that divestment would accomplish nothing because Duke’s fossil fuel holdings are very small. Here is a comprehensive history of advocacy for fossil fuel divestment at Duke.
If my form fails, Gillespie never interjects. But I suspect that’s because every time I spill something, he gets to pop it in his mouth.
This University’s mission statement trumpets our “real leadership in all we do,” but if we tackle our ensnarement in fossil combustion gradually, rather than reexamining our fundamental modes of being, there will be nothing left to lead.