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February 14th, 2019

“[Megan Neely’s] resignation is proof of what many students already know: that like in our country at large, racism is perpetuated within the highest levels of this university.” —Alicia Porile, on why Megan Neely’s decision to step down was the right one

Trey Bae
Tuesday night, undergrads decided that Trey is in fact bae when they elected him to be their next Young Trustee. According to John Markis, attorney general for DSG, Walk won on the third and final round of voting, earning 36.6 percent of the first-round vote. Brian Buhr came in second, with 31.1 percent of the vote, Luke Farrell came in third with 26.9 percent of the vote, and Archana Ahlawat in fourth with 5.4 percent. A total of 3,174 undergrads out of 6,923 undergrads voted, meaning we got a participation rate of 45.8 percent. Worse than that of the United States. C’maaaaan, people! But, we digress. In Trey Bae we trust. PS. Trey, we hope whoever your Valentine is came up with that rhyme before we did.
What’s up, Watson?
Duke alum Meredith Watson, who recently made headlines for accusing Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (Trinity ’20), of sexually assaulting her, also just alleged that she was raped by Corey Maggette, a men’s basketball player who was on the team when she attended the University. According to Watson, after the incident around 20 years ago, she went to the Dean who gave her no help and told her not to pursue the claim. She also told Fairfax, who was a friend of hers at the time. Maggette did not hear about these allegations until he read about them in the media and says he “completely and categorically” denies any charge of sexual assault against him. Fairfax also denies the accusations strongly, but Duke has asked Fairfax to step down from the Sanford Board of Visitors and removed his name from the website until the allegations are resolved Duke, among others like ESPN, where Magette currently works, is looking into the situation now.
Allen Building Takeover, 50 Years Later
The famous Allen Building Takeover took place on February 13, 1969 and brought the school’s attention to the need of African-American students at Duke and lead to the creation of an African and African American Studies program here. On the morning of the takeover, students barricaded themselves in the first floor of the Allen building, issuing a list of demands to the administration called “The Black Demands,” such as demanding the creation of a black student union, financial reassurance for black students, the right to a black dorm on campus, and much more. The students threatened to burn student records if the police were sent in to get rid of them. Later that day, the students left the building peacefully after being given an ultimatum from the administration, but soon clashed with police, resulting in the police firing tear gas at the students. The 90 minute clash left 23 students and 2 police officers injured. Check out the full timeline of the results of the Allen Building Takeover here. Some of the students who were a part of the protest back in 1969 came back to Duke to share their memories of the takeover this past week. The Chron even got to meet a few of them to learn where they ended up, and how the takeover has made an impact on the rest of their lives. Power to the BADASS people!

Louisville or Loserville?
Tuesday night No. 16 Louisville thought they were about to pull off a big win against the Duke men’s basketball team, with the Blue Devils trailing by 23 points at halftime. But Duke dominated in the last 10 minutes of the game, overcoming the largest deficit it has since Coach K came to Duke. The Blue Devils ultimately stunned Louisville with a 71-69 win. Freshman Cam Reddish was a key player, scoring 10 points after halftime to help the Blue Devils catch up to the Cardinals. See you in Loserville, Louisville. Oh wait…no we won’t.
En Garde!
On guard? Is that how you say it? Anyway. Duke men’s fencing destroyed their competition in their only home meet of the season in Cameron Indoor on Saturday. The team finished 4-1, beating out Air Force, Johns Hopkins, Boston College, and North Carolina. This comes just after the Blue Devils dominated at Northwestern in their last competition, beating five opponents including then-No.1 ranked Notre Dame. The women’s team crushed it the next day, finishing 3-2, crushing Air Force and Boston College.
Uncool, Carolina
Despite their strong performance last week, the Duke women’s tennis team took a hard L to third-ranked UNC 4-0 in the ITA Indoor National Championships semifinal match. Not that we wish ill upon them, but we’re really freaking glad they lost to Georgia in the championship the next day. But don’t fret…this isn’t the end. Duke’s got some time to figure it out before they head down to Florida to face No. 20 Florida State, No. 17 Miami, and then open up ACC play. Let’s get it, ladies.


HRL’s Behind Schedule Again, What’s New
First on campus living, now balconies. Here’s the scoop. In August, all of the balconies at 300 Swift were closed off to residents due to a concern that the railings were not sturdy enough to keep students safe. While students were told the safety reviews would be quick, 6 months have passed and their balconies are still blocked off. Even worse, the students are encouraged to always keep their blinds closed, as part of the investigation involves workers examining the balcony via binoculars from the outside. Doesn’t it seem like there may, perhaps, be a more efficient way to investigate these railings? Just a guess. Well now, apparently the potential work on the balconies may have to be done over the summer as it may be “overly disruptive.” NOW it’s overly disruptive?! Face palm.
The Chrons Tips for Lover-less Valentines
Because we know you want to spend your Valentine’s Day following your college paper’s tips for what to do when you’re alone on Valentine’s Day. But hey, we’re just here to help, no hard feelings, no judgements, everything’s cool, nobody panic. Perhaps you could, oh I don’t know, get serenaded by a cute a cappella boy? Orrrrr maybe learn how to make yourself a punch rug (whatever that is)! Or maybe you could head over to the Devil’s Krafthouse and impress a cute girl with your knowledge of something extremely random that she might be concerned you spend your free time studying. Or you could just head to bed with a movie and a big bag of chocolates, ‘cus that usually works for us. Plus that way, you don’t have to interact with anyone. Life hack!

Don't need a Valentine, just need a big fat BEC from 19th hole
  1. P4P-Checks: The P-Checks concert is finally tomorrow! Icona Pop! I don’t care! I love it! Pancakes for Parkinson’s will also be flippin flapjacks at the event right after the concert in order to raise money for Parkinson’s research. Come on out and support!
  2. Inside Joke Presents: Inside Roanoke: The Lost Comedy: Come laugh until you ccry at Inside Joke’s free comedy show this Saturday at the Reynolds Industries Theater at Duke. You won’t regret it.
  3. The Standard Hosts Mavericks: Need an excuse to hit the taproom? Join the Standard at Mavericks this Saturday to celebrate their print magazine, #AtWill, from 11pm-2am. Don’t forget to try their limited edition drink, The Standard!
  4. TEDxDuke 2019: Small Act, Big Impact: Next Saturday, come to TEDxDuke to hear some brilliant Ted Talks all focused on the theme of Small Act, Big Impact. Tickets for students are free and you can checkout more info on the talks here.
  5. Me Too Monologues 2019: Only 3 more chances to see Me Too Monologues. The show is so fantastic; it can’t be missed. Be sure to check it out this weekend, either on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.  
  6. "The Hitch-Hiker" (debut of Ida Lupino retrospective): Watch this 35mm archival print at the Rubenstein Arts Center's Film Theater. Sunday, February 17 at 7pm. 
  7. Margie Gillis Residency: check out this Canadian choreographer, performer, and teacher, during her week-long residency at Duke. Events include lecture demonstrations and a workshop on "Reclaiming the Body" for assault and trauma victims. 

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