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February 28th, 2019

"They lose time with their families, cannot attend religious services, are unable to work second jobs, and have to pay for childcare on the weekends. This exploitation seems unimaginable. - Jason Glasser on the residential housekeepers at Duke and how Duke is exploiting them.

Orange Is Not The New Black
Thanks to Duke. We’re talking about the Durham-Orange Light Rail project, which Duke has decided not to sign onto before the deadline, which is today. Back up…what is this project? Essentially, it is a proposed 17.7-mile light-rail line which is estimated to provide over 26,000 trips per day to Durham and Chapel Hill commuters. So…what does this have to do with Duke, you may ask? The line would connect Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, and UNC Health Care, and would require Duke to give up land for free. This means Duke’s permission is necessary for the $2.5 billion plan to go into action. In a letter, Duke expressed concerns about how the project might cause issues at Duke Hospital and Duke Eye Center due to electromagnetic interference, vibration from construction on a train line nearby, and the potential for utilities and power being disrupted. Basically, Duke said they would only sign on if they project gave them a whole lot of insurance moola to ensure that Duke’s health facilities can perform as well as possible.

48% Too High
Some of you may remember the sexual assault survey sent out to students in 2016 which found that a disturbing 40% of female Duke undergrads had been sexual assaulted since arriving to Duke. Well, things just got even worse. The same survey was sent out this past year and found that in the past two years, the number of female students that have been sexually assaulted at Duke has grown by 7.8%. That’s almost half the female pool of students surveyed. Let that sink in.  The survey also found that 13.5% of male students say they have been sexually assaulted. Even worse? After seeing the findings of the survey, Larry Moneta dug deeper, asking many female students what percent of undergraduate women they think have been touched in an uncomfortable way at a party or kissed when they didn’t want it. The answer he received? Between 80% and 90%.

Yeah, Sure, ‘Cause $55,880 Grows On Trees
The Board of Trustees just approved a 3.9% increase for Duke undergrad tuition. Though being a Dukie is getting pricier and pricier annually, this year’s rate of increase in total tuition cost is the lowest its been in over 20 years. Thanks, President Price (ironic). But seriously, is the price really right? Apparently, in order to balance the costs of providing the educational experience that Duke does, the increase is necessary. Price explained that the school is trying to continue to push down the increases in tuition that families have to bear each year, noting the particular burden these increases place on families in the middle income range. The best part about the increase? Duke’s increased investments in financial aid for the 2018-19 school year, which is expected to come to a total of $175 million.

We Have Our Own Network?!
Broasting live from ACC! In 2016, the ACC announced the launch of its own linear channel, the ACC Network, which will launch this August. Though the ACC Network does not have all of the contracts it needs to be a household cable channel, it has exclusive events that are expected to attract subscribers. That’s right, people!! We’re gonna be on TV!!!! Well, not exactly, if you’re a NARP like us. Throughout the course of the year, the network will televise approximately 1,300 sports events per year. And you can probably guess who will be boosting our rating numbers…It starts with “Z” and ends in “ion.” 

Who Are We Without Zion? 
Don’t beat yourself up, men’s basketball. We’re honestly all asking ourselves the same question. After the Blue Devil’s loss to the Virginia Tech Hokies on Tuesday, critics are highlighting the men’s basketball team’s lack of identity without Zion Williamson. Losing 72-77, the Devils struggled to rotate fast enough to keep up with the Hokies’s quick shots. Freshman R.J. Barrett had an especially tough time, as the Hokies ganged up on him on defense in addition to him feeling sick during the first half. 

Keep That Streak Going
No, not the Snapchat streak…the Duke women’s basketball team winning streak against Clemson, who they are matching up against in Cameron Indoor today at 7p.m. The Blue Devil’s has won 22 straight matchups against the Clemson tigers, but there are some questions about whether or not they can pull it off again given Clemson’s ranking in the middle of the ACC while Duke is at the bottom.


We’ve Hit The Motherload!
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally victimized by Duke’s freshman food point plan. The incoming freshmen really have hit the motherload of food points, after Duke decided to increase the freshman food point plan from 500 to 800. This comes after junior DSG member Liv McKinney raised concerns about the unhealthy eating habits that such a small food plan promotes for freshmen. After conducting a survey, McKinney found that many students on financial aid who ran out of food points were unable to add more, as the plan expects freshmen to, since food points are not included in most financial aid packages. Many students were forced to skip breakfast in order to get lunch equivalency at Marketplace. This new plan will allow all first years to eat lunch every day, either at Marketplace or on West, while still using their breakfast swipe. Thank you, McKinney!

Time’s Up Pt. 2
But this time, for Lisa Borders’ son…or at least that’s what a Santa Monica woman wants for him. Here are the deets. Remember Lisa Borders, the speaker for this spring’s commencement who resigned from her position as CEO at Time’s Up, a company working to combat sexual harassment against women in the workplace? It turns out that Borders’ decision to resign was due to a sexual assault allegation brought against her son, Garry Bowden Jr., by a woman claiming that he inappropriately touched her during a “healing session.” Welp, that’s a little ironic. Bowden “vehemently” denies the allegation of sexual misconduct, but Borders has not released further details about the case. 

Iced Out
The ICE raids in North Carolina earlier this month resulted in the arrests of around 200 people. Duke sophomore Steven Herrera, who was born in Guatemala and was previously an undocumented student, spoke to the Chronicle about ICE and the immense fear he had of them as a child, when he was on his way to school in the wake of raids. Apparently in NC, ICE raids are often conducted in public spaces rather than county jails because ICE agents are not permitted to enter these jails without cooperation from the local government. This leads to more arrests of undocumented immigrants without criminal records. Herrera gives the following advice to Duke students on how they can support those affected by ICE. “Reach out to your friends that are directly and indirectly affected by this,” he said. “Like personally for me, this is an ongoing fight that I’ll never get away from.”

Spicy magic touch from ZenFish!
  1. Pop América Duke Student Opening: At the Nasher! Come out tonight from 8-10 to join fellow students in the opening of the new exhibition called Pop América: 1965-1975. The opening party will include dessert form the Nasher Café, a dance performance and dance lesson from local dance company Somos Mambo, and an opportunity, of course, to check out the new exhibit!
  2. Sunset Hike at Oconeechee Mountain: This Saturday from 3:30 to 7:30, join UNC’s Carolina Adventures for a sunset hike on one of the few mountains in the Triangle area. Transportation and dinner is included! Be sure to register before Saturday at noon.
  3. Smallpools at Motorco: Smallpools will be performing at Motorco next Saturday, March 9th. After their hit song “Dreaming,” the band has gained support from alternative radio stations across the country, late night TV programs, and serves as the opening act for Twenty One Pilots, Walk the Moon, Grouplove, and Two Door Cinema Club on their national tours. Come check them out!
  4. Duke vs. Loyala Men’s Lax Game: Come out to Koskinen field next Thursday to watch the Duke men’s lax team battle it out against Loyola. It will be a game you won’t want to miss.  
  5. CK Duke Hosts Tobacco Road-Milk Party 3.0: Come join Camp Kesem at Tobacco Road Sports Café on Friday from 10:30 to 2. There’s a $5 entry fee—all the proceeds will go towards Camp Kesem to continue to help support children whose parents have been impacted by cancer.
  6. Lewis Klahr: Open Eyed Sleep: Check out this special program of Klahr's experimental films and cutout animations. March 7th at the Rubenstein Arts Center, Film Theatre. 

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