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April 18th, 2019

"Most importantly, we remain anxious to learn more about the concrete steps that will be taken to address issues in our Department and throughout the University, so that we might view joining this 'higher education partnership' as more than window-dressing." - A letter to The Chronicle asking how Duke will address sexual harassment. 

This is the final Dirt of the 2018-2019 school year. We'll be back and better than ever in the fall!

No Mo L-Mo
Current Tufts administrator Mary Pat McMahon will replace Larry Moneta as the new vice provost/VP for campus life starting July 8th. McMahon is known for her “boundless enthusiasm and energy” and is planning to incorporate ideas from student leaders to enhance the work of the Student Affairs team and strengthen relationships with all members of the Duke community. While at Tufts, McMahon largely contributed to the creation of all first-year resident halls (somewhat similar to our East Campus) and a restructuring of the curriculum. She also served on the President’s Mental Health Task Force and on the Steering Committee for Tufts’ Sexual Misconduct Prevention Task Force. 

Grad Section Is the New Frat Section
Sigma Nu and Kappa Alpha Order will have to say goodbye to their frat sections at 301 Swift next year, as those apartments will be converted to graduate student housing beginning next fall. Both fraternity sections will be relocated, with SNu moving across the street to 300 Swift and KA moving to Craven on West Campus. The 301 apartments will house between 20 and 25 grad students and the remaining apartments will be converted to administrative buildings that still reek of beer and bagged wine. Just kidding about the last part. The majority of grad students placed in these 301 apartments will be international students in order to ease the process of them finding housing, which is often difficult to organize from overseas.

Tunnel Vision by Kodak Black. Also by Duke
You know the secret underground tunnels that run through East Campus that, as a freshman, you vowed to sneak into before you graduated? If no, check yourself, since seeing the tunnels has been named one of Duke’s five unofficial graduation requirements. If yes, you’re in luck, because now you don’t have to do any sneaking. As part of the Senior Giving Challenge, students who donate to the Annual Fund are given the opportunity to sign up for one of 100 spots on a guided tour of part of the tunnels, which are only open from April 15th to April 19th. You might want to take advantage of this opportunity, since sneaking into the tunnels is getting harder and harder. According to Dean Sue, usually two to four students are caught sneaking into the tunnels per year, but that number is quickly dropping thanks to increased security measures and cameras. The tunnels, which were built in the mid 1920s and run for almost a mile under East Campus, have never previously been open for student tours.

To Whoever Bashed Harambe's Write-In Campaign in 2016:
Junior Tony Dagher proved that it really is possible! When the ballot for DSG elections came out, there were no names listed under senior class president, so Dagher decided to launch a last-minute write-in campaign. Though Dagher originally planned on running just to ensure that his class had a class council, he mistakenly thought someone else was running for the position and decided to drop out, not wanting to take it away from anybody else who really wanted it. When the ballot came out empty, Dagher was able to convince over 50 students (the required number to win an election by write-in) to vote for him by emailing the DSG attorney general with his name. Now that he’s officially President Dagher, he wants to bring back social events such as Midnight Breakfast and to improve marketing of upcoming DSG elections so that future presidents don’t have to gain their position via write-in like he did.
Jonesing for Jones
Daniel Jones will likely know which NFL team is jonesing for him by the end of the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft next Thursday. Our experts made a breakdown of the potential teams Jones might end up on in just 10 days. 4 QB’s across the country are predicted to be first-round picks: our very own Daniel Jones, Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray, Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, and Missouri’s Drew Lock. It ultimately comes down to six teams for Jones: the Oakland Raiders, the New York Giants, the Denver Broncos, the Miami Dolphins, the Washington Redskins, and the New England Patriots. 

Ta, Ta, Texas Tech
Duke baseball destroyed Texas Tech in the 2018 NCAA super regional on Tuesday night, taking home a 13-6 W. You know, Texas Tech…the ones who eliminated us in last year’s NCAA super regional final? Yeah, them. Despite the Durham Bulls Stadium crowd’s surprising pro-Red Raider chants, the Blue Devils prevailed. Now that they’ve hit their redistribution quota for the season, the Blue Devils will begin their journey to a three-game series at No. 23 Clemson starting Friday. 

Top 5 Moments from the Men’s B-Ball Season. GO! 
Two weeks ago, Chronicle readers voted on their five favorite moments from the 2018-19 men’s basketball season. The results are in, ladies and gents. Coming in first place, the Duke’s 23-point comeback against Louisville. No arguing that one. Next? Duke winning their 21stACC championship. Yeah, baby. Third: the brotherhood throughout the season between Williams, Jones, Reddish, and Barrett. Fourth is Reddish’s buzzer beater at Florida State. That dagger triple will go down in history. Finally: Duke’s obliteration of Kentucky—the game when the Blue Devils had a 21-point lead after just nine minutes into the game.
Lots of Love for Mr. Lee
Last week’s explosion at the coffee shop, Kaffeinate, left the city devastated. Ten Duke employees and nine firefighters were injured, and the owner of Kaffeinate, Kong Lee, died. Lee’s two children described him in a Facebook post last week, noting that he “had the biggest, purest heart.” Lee and his two children originally opened up the café “because he loved to serve people,” and he often worked 12-13 hour days without complaint to keep the café going. Kaffeinate became a hub for Duke student and Durham locals alike, many of whom expressed their support for the Lee family on the Facebook post. Lee was using much of his profits from Kaffeinte to fully support his elderly mother, so the Lee family is accepting donations that will be used to continue caring for her, to pay for the funeral, and more. So far, the community has already raised over $150,000. 
Even Though You Pretend You Don’t Care…
…You care how the Ivy League’s admission rates for the Class of 2023 compare to ours. You’re not fooling anyone, but don’t worry—we’ve got the dirty deets to satisfy your competitive guilty pleasure. As you know, we had record low acceptance rates for both early and regular applicants—18.2% for early applicants and 5.7% for regular applicants. How’d we get those numbers? Duke had the largest increase in applications (4,300, baby!) compared to all of the Ivies, University of Chicago, MIT, Northwestern, and Johns Hopkins. Take THAT, world. As for acceptance rates, Princeton’s early acceptance rate was 13.9%; UPenn’s was 14.55%; Yale’s was 13.2% paired with a 6.91% regular acceptance rate; Columbia’s was 14.6% paired with a 4.0% regular acceptance rate; Harvard’s early action rate was 13.4%; MIT’s early action rate was 7.3%; Northwestern’s overall acceptance rate was 8.9%; and Johns Hopkin’s early decision rate was 31%. Soooo, we didn’t win but we didn’t lose. And we’re way better at basketball.
Yooooooooo! Check out These Yoyos!
Meet the two Duke students who have crowds whooping and cheering at their yoyo routines. Sophomore Ethan Cheung and junior Jason Lee are professional-level yoyo-ers (is that a technical term?) and recently showcased their skills at the Asian Student Alliance’s Lunar New Year showcase. Cheung participated in his first professional competition, the World Yoyo Contest in Orlando, Florida when he was 14 years old. He placed 129th. He returned to the same competition in 2017, this time in Reykjavik Iceland, where he placed 10th. Okay Cheung, we see you! As for Lee, though he has never participated in any professional competitions, he has been perfecting his craft since the 2nd grade as a personal hobby. Check out these two yoyo-ers’ performance at the Lunar New Year that had the audience going wild.
A big ole’ beautiful stack of pancakes. Thank youuuuu, Mad Hatters. 
  1. Frozen Yogurt for St. Jude: Join Tri Delta tomorrow from 12pm to 10pm at Local Yogurt for some froyo. 15% of the proceeds will go directly towards St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help them treat and defeat childhood cancer.
  2. EmpowerHerVoice x Planned Parenthood Talk Series: Tomorrow between 4:30 and 5:30pm, come to the Holsti Anderson Room 153 in Perkins to hear a colab talk series by EmpowerHerVoice and Planned Parenthood. The theme of the talk is sexual health and its relation to female empowerment. There will also be food! 
  3. “Dynamic” by Momentum Dance Co: Come out to the Reynolds Industries Theater at 7 to see Momentum Dance Company’s “Dynamic,” their annual Spring Showcase. The all-female show will feature original choreography from all dance styles and a number of guest performances from other Duke dance groups.  
  4. Sanford Senior Night: Public policy seniors: Come out to Sanford tonight between 7 and 9 for some hors d’oeuvres, music, community, a photo booth, and raffle prizes. Please RSVP here! Donations to Sanford are highly encouraged for all attendees via the Duke Senior Giving Challenge’s website.
  5. DUI Big Show 22: Come out to Page Auditorium Saturday at 6 to watch Duke University Improv’s end-of-the year show where they will unleash new videos and perform their classic improv. Admission is free! 
  6. Duke Opera Workshop - These are a Few of My Favorite Scenes: Featuring staged chamber operas and operatic scenes in Baldwin Auditorium. 

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