Another Day, Another Racial Incident
Welcome back to campus, oh and also, someone wrote the n-word on the wall of the Mary Lou Saturday. In case you’ve been living under a rock, this is NOT the first time something racist has happened at Duke in the past five years… or this year. Apparently it’s being investigated, but it’s not a great way to welcome students, especially Black students, back to campus.
Driving The Carr Off The Road
The history building on campus? Well, it turns out that the historians who have offices there know some Duke history, and they aren’t exactly thrilled with it. Carr Building on East campus, which you may know from such hits as Language 101 classes and freshman seminars, is named after a pretty disgusting person. Julian Carr was an incredibly wealthy tobacco salesman who was a big fan of the Ku Klux Klan and black people not having the right to vote. Carr also donated the land that became East campus… but um, also… the Ku Klux Klan.
Who’s Getting Fired from the White House Now?
No, not a D-List reality T.V. star! This time, it’s Darren Beattie, a visiting instructor at Duke from last year. Beattie left Duke at the end of his contract, then went to work as speechwriter for Trump… with Stephen Miller, another… controversial... Duke alum. But! Then he got fired earlier this month, after CNN found out he attended a conference tied to white supremacists. It seems like there might be a theme in the biggest stories this week… hmm. Also, that whole conference? He went while he was still teaching at Duke. Yikes!
Fortunately, I Keep All My Cash Buried In My Backyard
Nope, it’s not Groundhog Day! You might remember that two years ago, Duke got sued (and is still being sued) for mishandling employee retirement funds. Well! They allegedly did it again, folks. Allegedly, Duke took money employees paid into their retirement funds and used it to… pay Duke employees instead of like, investing it in the retirement funds. NOT great! We’ll see what happens in like, one to two years, because that’s how the legal system works.