It Has Been 5 Days Since Our Last “Racial Incident:”
This has really not been our month, you guys. Or our semester. In an alarming but also somehow not at all surprising turn of events, someone left stickers for a neo-Nazi group last week. A few days before that, someone also painted a swastika over the mural students painted in memory of the Tree of Life shooting victims. On the bus last week, an excited first-year who had not read the Chronicle yet that morning exclaimed, “wow, this is so cool!” when she saw the local reporters gathered in front of the East campus bridge tunnel, only to be silenced by an upperclassman’s shouted explanation from the front of the bus. Welcome to Duke! A number of people in close proximity to you hold some disgusting views, and there’s not much you can do about it because you don’t know who they are! Unless you do, in which case you should probably email The Chronicle!
You Won’t Get Any Dancing Here, It’s Part of a Much Larger Social Problem:
I have been inside Shooters for a total of 30 minutes of my life, but I can confidently declare that the outsized space it occupies in Duke consciousness makes Kim Cates nothing short of a marketing genius. Unfortunately, Kim Cates is not also a resolving the systemic problem of sexual assault genius, and therein lies the problem. Students with the Duke Men’s Project, which you may remember from last year’s Fox News “kids these days are liberal snowflakes” fame, are organizing a boycott and PROTEST outside Shooters for next semester. I, personally, am excited to see how awkward it will be when students inevitably cross their classmates’ picket line, except I will not see it, because I’ll be asleep.
Finally, Some Good News… Oh, Actually, This is The Opposite Of That:
Not feeling paranoid enough yet? Maybe this will do it: last week, an undergraduate at Duke was admitted to the hospital with highly contagious and dangerous bacterial meningitis! This news item had me texting all my friends with paragraphs of Contagion-like global pandemic scenarios since it happened just as students were jetting off to destinations around the globe in extremely confined metal tubes of disease circulation (aka airplanes) for Thanksgiving. Fortunately my fears have not been borne out, since bacterial meningitis is not as contagious as something like cold or flu… but it’s still a great time for a Dirt public service announcement. Bacterial meningitis can be transmitted via airborne DROPLETS of your disgusting saliva and mucus, as I learned via frantic late-night WebMD research, so cover your mouth!!!
Yes, Virginia, Gentrification Is Bad:
“Is gentrification really so bad?” you might ask yourself as you enjoy one of Durham’s dozen craft breweries and/or seven artisanal coffee shops and/or $2,000/month apartment. Turns out: yes! Literally 900 people each month face eviction filings in Durham, and it’s only getting worse. The law school has a clinic specifically dedicated to helping people defend themselves against eviction filings, and you should read about it.