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THE CHRONICLE
February 7th, 2019

“I am calling you to consider whether your silence, your quiescence about this investigation, is due to a bias against students in Greek life.”
– Tim Kowalczyk, on independent Duke students’ silence regarding the alleged victims of fraternity hazing on campus as compared to their outrage regarding Neely’s email.
 

Duke vs. Hate & Bias: A Bloody Battle

The Bias and Hate Task Force (yes, we have one of those), is ready to make some changes. The Task Force’s advisory committee has just recently crafted and submitted a draft proposal to the administration in the hopes of improving Duke’s response to incidents perceive as harmful. If you recall, students were pretttyyy pissed with how the University responded to such incidents last spring. Hoping to bring in all perspectives, the committee is comprised of faculty, undergrads, grads, stuff, and administrators—the whole package deal. The main solution they’ve been talking about in their meetings is some form of community response, meaning there would be a policy or set action to consult a broad and diverse group of people to address and respond to the specific incident. As per the controversy last year involving L-Mo, Duke Memes For Gothicc Teens, and an unfortunate viral Snapchat, the proposal also aims to distinguish free speech from incidents perceived as hateful. Don’t hold your breath, though, folks. The approval process for this petition sounds like a longgggg and windy road.
 
Things Are a Little…Hazy
Classic hungover descriptions of Devine’s the night before, quoted from Duke students themselves. Some frats on campus are dealing more with a moral hangover right now, however, after two were suspended entirely and the new member activities of one were suspended, all for suspected hazing. This week, the Interfraternity Council responded to the hazing allegations in a statement signed by IFC chapter presidents. The statement includes ways that the frats in question will address hazing concerns, including the creation of an internal task force, mandatory chapter-specific dialogues on the subject, a day-long summit about the harms of hazing, and a partnership with the North American Interfraternity Conference. The statement also includes a commitment by the IFC chapter presidents, obliging that they will temporarily suspend “all IFC chapter activity” if more hazing allegations come to light during their suspension.
 
Who Knew Biostatistics Could Be Controversial
It can be when you send an email to students asking them not to speak Chinese in their academic building. Yeah…that’ll do the trick.  Friday, Prez Price and 35 members of Duke’s leadership sent an email to all students, faculty, and staff in response to the incident. The email recognized that similar hurtful events have been consistently happening on campus. In addition to reiterating Duke’s Statement of Diversity and Inclusion, as well as highlighting the importance of valuing the identities of everyone on campus. Pre$ident Price’s wisdom is, once again, priceless.
 
Not So Happy Campers
Duke just got slammed by a trio of lawsuits alleging that four children were coerced into sexual acts by another child due to “negligence” and Camp Kaleidoscope, a Duke-operated camp for chronically sick children. Duke denies the allegations which state that the institution participated in a “conspiracy to hide child sexual abuse that took place as a result of their negligence.” So, what the heck happened?! Apparently, one of the counselors at the camp, all of whom are volunteers, left five children aged 7-10 alone in a cabin for an hour, and when the counselor came back, allegedly found four of the boys engaged in oral sex. All but one of the five boys was taken to the hospital after. A week later, the camp shut down. Holy drama. Duke’s responses to the lawsuit state that counselors involved “exercised reasonable care and diligence” in their work at the camp.

Lovin’ You Is Red(dish)
The Blue Devil men’s basketball team had a rough first half of their home game against the Boston College Eagles on Tuesday night, posting one of their most inefficient shooting nights of the season. Cue Cam Reddish to save the day. He came in RED hot (get it?) after the halftime buzzer, landing 24 points. Thanks to him, the Blue Devils walked out with a clean win, 80-55. We really think Taylor Swift’s song is about you, Cam.
 
I C U, UVA
Remember the Blue Devil’s sweet, sweet 72-70 victory against UVA three weeks ago? Well Duke’s about to let you watch them take home another W, in Cameron. Woah there, back up. Duke is not about to give Cameron Indoor tickets to only students, dream on ladies and gents. But, they’re giving us the next best thing. The next Duke vs. UVA game, which will be this Saturday at 6pm at UVA, will be projected on a big screen in Cameron for students to come watch. Like Cameron Crazies, but different!  
 
Ashworth is Worth It
The fourth-ranked Blue Devils women’s tennis team crushed Illinois 7-0 on Sunday, losing only one set during the entire afternoon. That win marks the team’s fourth consecutive match without dropping a single point. Damnnnn, ladies. It also means the team’s head coach Jamie Ashworth has hit 500 wins in his career. Working for the program since 1997, Ashworth now has a 500-25 record (yes, you read that right), nine Final Fours, and one natty champ.

 

I DON’T CARE!
I LOVE IT! Heck freaking yeah, people. Icona Pop is coming to K-Ville as the headliner for the annual P-Checks concert. They were announced as the headliner through a reveal video made by Duke University Union, which disclosed that other artists at the concert will include MC4D. According to DUU’s chair Dylan Posner, this is the first time since current seniors have been on campus that a female artist is headlining at a campus concert like this one. The concert will begin at 8:00pm in K-Ville on February 15th. Come keep the tenters company, they’re getting lonely.
 
Just Another Reminder That We’re Not in The Ivy League
Turn that frown upside down, the Ivy League is for people who don’t have a village named after their famous basketball coach. But just in case you were hoping that the Ivy League crests on the outside of WU mean we’ve been inducted into the society and no one told you, you hoped wrong. Many more buildings around campus are adorned with crests from other schools such as Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, but it turns out no one is 100% sure why. Legend has it that when Duke was being built, a University representative was a main proponent of the architects installing the symbols of these institutions in order to signify the similar qualities and ideals they shared with Duke. When The Brodhead Center was first built, it originally had 35 different shields throughout the different levels and entrances of the building, representing institutions from around the world.

In Young (Graduate) Trustee We Trust
The three finalists for Graduate Young Trustee have been announced! This year’s finalists are Sam Howe, Nathan Bullock, and William Brody. Brody, who has already graduated from Duke twice, once from Trinity and once from Fuqua, is on the road to his third degree. He was also a Graduate Young Trustee finalist last year. Bullock is a Ph.D. student in the department of art, art history, and visual studies. In addition to being a literal doctor of the arts, he’s a candidate for the certificate in feminist theory. Howe is a J.D. candidate in the School of Law and currently serves as the editor-in-chief of the 68th volume of the Duke Law Journal. Jeeeez, since when do people’s resumes sound like this?!

Now that it's finally warm...we'll be seeing you very soon, Parlour
  1. P4P Checks: Duke’s Pancakes for Parkinson’s will be flipping up pancakes to raise money for Parkinson’s research right after the P-checks concert in K-Ville next Friday. Batter will hit the griddle at 10PM, so be there.
  2. Inside Joke Presents: Inside Roanoke: The Lost Comedy: Next Saturday the 16th, come out to the Reynolds Industries Theater on campus to watch sketch comedy about what happened in the Ranoke colony. It’s also not-at-all colony related, so don’t worry, you’ll love it. Plus, tickets are free.
  3. Champagne & Dessert Tasting with Moet Hennessy at Unscripted: Come out to Unscripted Durham this Valentine’s day to have a boozy celebration with a champagne and dessert tasting. Featured champagnes will include Veuve, Moet, and Ruinart. Clink!
  4. Me Too Monologues 2019: The moment you’ve been waiting for…Me Too Monologues are finally back! Come watch Duke students act out stories submitted anonymously by other students! First show is this Friday, 7PM.
  5. 2019 Women’s Health Panel: Friday, February 22nd, The Duke Women’s Center will be hosting a women’s health panel, where you can learn about careers in healthcare, women’s health issues, and how current developments in medicine and healthcare impact you as a woman. See you there!

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