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January 31st, 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.

Notorious Neely
Last Friday, a Duke grad professor, Megan Neely, took some SERIOUS heat (we’re talkin’ flames), for sending an email to students warning against speaking Chinese in their class building and all professional settings, despite that they may be native Chinese speakers. Neely cited that two unnamed professors had approached her earlier about the issue, after hearing a couple of students speaking Chinese in the study and lounge areas of the class building. Unless you’re living under a rock, you definitely knew all of that already. But wait, there’s more. Turns out, Neely sent a similar email out last February with the subject line “To Speak English or To Not Speak English.” Shakespeare starting teaching at Duke, you guys didn’t hear? Now Neely has stepped down from her role as director of graduate studies and she’s being investigated by the Office of Institutional Equity, as per a request from a student petition that over 2,000 people signed.

It’s All a Little Hazy  
Two duke fraternities, Delta Tau Delta and Pi Kappa Phi have recently been suspended, and new member activities at Sigma Phi Epsilon have been suspended while investigations of hazing allegations get underway. Uh ohhhhh. Duke is working with the national offices of the three frats in question as well as with the Duke Police Department. DTD prez Matthew Gallardo wrote that the frat is aware of the allegations they face and are working with its central office to get things sorted. Now, it’s a waiting game.
Duke Feeds Ferrous
…A big fat plate of $10.3 million—allow us to explain. In 2017, confidential documents called the Paradise Papers were released, revealing Duke’s investments in a company called Ferrous Resources. Ferrous isn’t all that favored, given their plans to build a controversial pipeline in Brazil that lead to protests on protests on protests in the country for years. Though we didn’t originally know how much Duke had invested in Ferrous over the years, we have the deets now. The Chronicle did some digging and found that between 2008 and 2015, Duke invested $10.3 million, and that they have $1 million currently invested. The Chron also found out that Duke was investing in the company amongst a money laundering scandal. Yikes all around. Including Dukies, students all around the country are starting to get a liiiiittle pissed about the lack of transparency of their school’s investments, like Stanford and Columbia. Hey, at least we’re not the only ones feeding the beast.

Has Anyone Seen a Broom?
Because the Duke women’s tennis team SWEPT Gonzaga and Old Dominion last weekend, beating both teams 4-0. In the first doubles match, senior duo McCarthy and Hamlin lost to Gonzaga, they cleaned up their act in the second and third matches, saying “Goodbye Gonzaga.” Similarly, though Old Dominion came out ready to fight, the Blue Devils rose to the occasion by the middle of the first set, sending them home empty handed. Now the team is headed to Seattle to compete in the next round of the ITA team indoor championships.

Notre Damn
The Duke Men’s basketball team, ranked 2nd in the league, beat out Notre Dame 83-61 on Monday. During the game, Zion Williamson shot 83.3% from the floor—his fourth time in the past 8 ACC games that he’s shot over 80%. Junior Jack White didn’t do as hot, attempting only one shot. Duke struggled in defense throughout the game giving up 18 offensive rebounds to the Fighting Irish. Thankfully, that only translated to 15 second chance points. Ha, take that.
Marques is the Key
After a somewhat underwhelming first two years on the team, junior Marques Bolden is finally bringin’ it. Coming into the season, he earned the fifth starting spot, and within his first five games, averaged 2.6 blocks per game and shot at a 66.7 percent clip from field. Then, his performance dropped, leading Coach K to put him on the bench. But Bolden brought it back in Duke’s game against Syracuse earlier this season, re-earning a spot in the starting lineup for the game against Virginia. In Monday’s game against Notre Dame, Bolden pitched eight points, got seven rebounds, and showed off his killer defense.


K-Ville’s Callin’ in for Backup
It seems like everyone, especially the line monitors, are pretty triggered by the chaos that ensued in the walk-up line for the UNC-Duke Game last year. K-Ville security has gotten strict AF since last year, and it showed in the hours leading up to the Duke vs. Virginia game on January 19th. The entirety of K-Ville was gated off, and as opposed to all students being allowed in K-Ville as per usual, this time only students with wristbands for the game were allowed past the barricades. Apparently this made things run much more smoothly, since game-attendees usually have to be much more careful about their alcohol consumption than simple tailgaters, who won’t be standing in Cameron for 4+ hours and can get as drunk as they want. As for the UNC-Duke game, while the security plans haven’t been released, it seems there will be stricter reinforcement of the NC state drinking laws than in previous years. 

Okay Ladies, Now Let’s Get in Formation
Duke students were showin’ some serious love for ladies throughout the country as they participated in the Raleigh Women’s March on Saturday. The protestors, who marched from the NC State Legislative Building to Halifax Mall were not only fighting for women’s rights, but also for LGBTQ rights, Black Lives Matter, DACA, and more. Junior Rachel Lau, who rallied the Duke marchers, explained that people can’t stop trying “to make their voices heard, because people are listening.” Notable were the clever signs that protestors carried throughout the march, with one reading, “Two of Trump’s three wives are immigrants—proving immigrants are taking the jobs no one else wants.”
I’m Not Done Yet
Bobby Menges, a junior who died of cancer in the Fall of 2017, was famous on Duke’s campus for his infectious smile and generosity. In his memory, his family created the I’m Not Done Yet Foundation, which just pledged $875,000 to help young adults with chronic conditions like Bobby’s. Bobby’s older brother named the foundation in honor of the fact that no matter how sick he was, Bobby “was never really done no matter what he was doing.”  Throughout his years in treatment, Bobby often noticed he felt slightly out of place in the treatment facilities, as they were all geared towards young kids or old people, but not young adults. So, one of the many aims of the foundation is to create spaces where young adult patients feel more comfortable. Another aim is to provide support programs for families, especially parents, of children with chronic illnesses. We miss you, Bobby!

Hey Napoleon, give me some of your tots.
  1. CPM Documentary Film Series: Come out to the Ruby to join The Coalition for Preserving Memory shed light onto the realities of genocides that are often not discussed in pop culture via a series of documentaries. No tickets required!  
  2. Me Too Monologues: The ever-so-anticipated annual show, Me Too Monologues, is finally back starting Friday, February 8th.  The show is entirely written, performed, and produced by Duke students based on anonymous submissions from members of the Duke community about their identities.
  3. LASO Beginning of Year Party: Duke’s Latin American Student Organization is hosting a beginning of the year party at Maverick’s this Friday starting at 10. Venmo @DukeLASO $10 for tickets!
  4. National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day: AKA, the best holiday of the whole freaking year. Come celebrate at Maple View Farm Ice Cream, this Saturday at 8AM.
  5. Hoof ‘n’ Horn Presents Spring Awakening: If you haven’t gotten the chance to see the musical Spring Awakening on campus, the show will be playing until February 3rd. You won’t want to miss it!

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