September 12th, 2019

“Facebook may lead you to believe that all international students are stupidly rich, but the cost of being international is much higher than you’d think.”
- Felicia Chen, on the cost of being an international student 

If You Ain’t First…
You’re tenth. Don’t listen to Ricky Bobby. We’re talking about the latest U.S. News and World Report college rankings, which placed Duke in 10th this year. Sadly, that’s a drop from last year, when we were ranked No. 8. So, who beat us out this year? Here’s the breakdown. Princeton came in first, followed by Harvard. Then, Columbia, MIT, and Yale were all tied for third, meaning no one came in 4th or 5th. ’Cause that makes a lot of sense. Stanford, UChicago, and UPenn were all tied for 6th. Here’s a suggestion—can U.S. News and World Report make up their mind? Since no one came in 7thor 8th (seriously, who was in charge of this thing?), Northwestern came in 9th, followed by the one and only Duke University. But don’t feel too special…because we were tied for 10th with Johns Hopkins. So, basically, no one decided anything, and we’re still No. 1. 

Trust(ee) The Process
The Board of Trustees hosted its first open forum meeting of the year last week to review highlights from last spring and to discuss plans for the coming year. As you may recall, the Board created four “task forces” (like in the CIA, but less exciting) last spring: the Future of Central Campus task force, the Activating the Global Network task force, the Advancing Duke Science and Technology task force and the Next Generation Living and Learning Experience task force. You can guess the goals of each of them. Representatives from each task force joined the meeting to share their respective progress with attendees. Spoiler alert—none of it is groundbreaking. Senior VP of the Board Richard Riddell assured that all four task forces plan to take action this year after a lottttt of time strategizing last year. He also shared that this year, Duke plans to connect with city stakeholders and leaders from UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State. 

We Belong Here
September 4 marked the fifth year of Duke’s Black Convocation Ceremony, continuously serving as a night of “community and recognition” for Duke’s black student population. This year’s ceremony was held in Penn Pavilion, which was decorated with posters depicting protests on campus throughout the years for racial integration. The theme of the ceremony was unity, as the event was intended to “speak to both the distinctiveness and the beauty of Duke’s African diaspora.” Many attendees found the night to be a true moment of solidarity, such as William Page, program coordinator for the Center for Documentary Studies, who reflected: “Blackness means family, resilience in a day-to-day way and a generational way, and the opportunity to commune.” 
See Ya, Tennessee
The Blue Devil football team will be traveling all the way to Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium to take on Middle Tennessee for the first time ever. Apparently, the Blue Raiders had their best season yet last year, and plan on bringing it this Saturday. However, this season marks their first season without their star QB, Brent Stockstill. Their new QB, redshirt sophomore Asher O’Hara, has big shoes to fill, as Stockstill graduated as the team’s all-time leader in completions, passing yards, AND touchdowns. Plus, we have Quentin Harris…so…we’ll let you do the math.
Give Us More Max Moser
Because we can’t get enough of him. Max Moser brought the Duke men’s soccer team to victory on Sunday against Harvard Crimson with two assists in just 14 minutes. Moser, who originally wasn’t expected to play due to a lingering injury, also briefly came off the bench for Duke’s game against Princeton on Friday night, when he notched another assist. With four assists this early in the season, Dukies have high hopes for Moser as the team awaits a matchup with No. 7 Virginia this week.
The Duke men’s basketball team will be repping some new uniforms this upcoming season. The new unis, which can be seen on the team’s Instagram posts from yesterday, appear to be reminiscent of Duke in the 1980s, with full blue side panels and a new waistband. It’s safe to say that fans approve of them. Check it: 

That’s the weird yellow fish's reaction to bubbles in Finding Nemo and Duke students’ reaction to bubbles in the BC. Yep, you heard it here first—a bubble tea vendor may be moving into Red Mango’s new spot in the BC. The plans can’t yet be solidified due to flooding damage in the space from the summer, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed. Originally, Duke Dining hinted that the space might be occupied by Ginger and Soy or a kosher deli, but now, bubble tea seems to be in the running. In further exciting food news, if you don’t use all your food points at the new bubble tea shop, the Merchants on Points program is expanding this year to include Naan Stop, Vine Sushi, Zweli’s and Devil’s Pizzeria, delivered straight to your door. 

Thrive is Surviving, But Maybe Not Thriving
You remember Thrive—the eatery on Central Campus that relocated to 300 Swift when Central got ripped to shreds? Apparently, Thrive has changed both their look and their menu, leaving students less than enthusiastic about the new gig. Some say the eatery is now more of a store than a homey restaurant, with one student explaining that it’s “a lot less glamorous.” Have you met us? We need glamour! There’s also no more fried food on the menu, which is obviously a huge concern. However, there are some perks. For one, the small space allows for workers and students to interact more frequently. Also, 300 Swift residents are prettyyy pumped to have such easy access to Thrive’s tasty food, as opposed to the offerings they’ve had in the past. Oh, and Thrive still sells beer and wine. On food points. Sooo….’nough said.
On cloud 9 with this double cheeseburger from Clouds Brewing
1. Duke Media-ville: Opportunities in Creative Industries: Come out to Wilson Wednesday, September 25th to network with creative companies like HBO, NBCUni, VICE, and more! There will also be Monuts, obviously. You won't want to miss it! 
2. Me Too Monologues Coffeehouse Show: Tomorrow at 6:30 come out to the Duke Coffeehouse on East to hear a few monologues to see what Me Too on campus is all about.
3. Latinx Heritage Month Kick-Off: Stop by the BC plaza tomorrow from 5-6 to help kick-off the start of Latinx Heritage month at Duke! There will be food (we're talkin pupusas), games, prizes, dancing, and more! 
4. 3rd Annual CiderJAM: Come out to Bull City Ciderworks next Saturday, September 21st for six food trucks, six jam sessions with local bands, and tons and tons of CIDER! 
5. Black Wall Street-Homecoming 2019: Come out to Black Wall Street on Parrish Street in Durham from September 25-September 27 for their Homecoming's 5th year. Get tickets here!

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