Guess I’ll Die:
Some students on financial aid got the news earlier this month that the University will no longer pay for their student health insurance. Health insurance is required to enroll in classes, so students must either find health insurance on their own or pay $3,535 UP FRONT before the fall semester begins to buy Duke’s student health insurance. I did the math, and it turns out $3,535 could also pay for six months of my rent, a relatively nice used car, three fancy laptops, or around 12,000 bags of ramen. It’s a lot of money, is what I’m saying. But hey: if you sell your kidney to afford this health insurance, at least when you develop surgical complications in the middle of your chemistry lecture, your E.R. visit will only have a $150 co-pay.
This Is More Complicated Than 19th Century Russia:
Duke has literally 60 different titles for professors, which seems… excessive? The takeaway, though, is that Duke has hired a ton of non-tenure track faculty, including adjunct faculty, over the past ten years, while the number of tenure-track faculty has actually decreased since 2008. It’s almost like tenured professors are more trouble than they’re worth! But also, the committee of professors who investigated this found that adjunct professors don’t actually um, earn a living wage. Whoops!
Please Give All Of Us Some Money:
Rounding out the “Duke financially cuts corners in a way that screws over various members of the community” triad today is this story about graduate student pay. Graduate students don’t get paid for the school year until the very end of September, which means they pretty much have to take out loans for such frivolous expenses as coming to Durham, getting an apartment, and buying furniture. That’s what you get for majoring in English, I guess?
I Mean, Definitely Do Vote, But Maybe Also Be Informed:
It’s finally voting season, baby, and that means you need to know what’s on the ballot. Since I know all of you changed your voter registration from Connecticut to North Carolina because you wanted to be a swing voter in 2016, you may not be highly informed on the issues of our dear Tar Heel state (don’t yell at me, that’s just what it’s called!). Never fear, The Dirt is here. To avoid frantically googling things like “what is an attorney general” while in line to get your ballot (I know, we’ve all been there), you should read this article about what amendments are on the ballot and what they mean. My favorite is the hunting and fishing amendment, which is both VERY North Carolina and also relatively useless since you like, already have the right to hunt and fish.