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April 11th, 2019

"Part-time. No benefits. No job security. They are "adjunct" faculty, or "part-time instructors." This exploitation is not new. It has been around for 40 years. This is the great college cheating scandal." - A letter asserting that contingent faculty are marginalized

Crisis at Kaffeinate 
Yesterday marked a dark day for Downtown Durham after an explosion near Kaffeinate, a coffeeshop near Brightleaf Square. A contractor hit a two-inch gas line under the sidewalk, causing a gas leak and ultimately an explosion that impacted approximately 15 buildings, causing one to partially collapse and many to lose their windows. Kong Lee, owner of Kaffeinate, died in the explosion, and 25 were injured, including one firefighter from the scene who was seriously injured but is expected to live. Eight Duke employees were also injured from shattered glass, and Duke’s buildings in the nearby area were evacuated and over 500 employees who work downtown are being relocated. Stay Bull City Strong. 
Bye Bye Delta Sigma Phi
Duke has “moved for closure of its Delta Sigma Phi chapter. Their decision comes after “recurring risk management incidents” by DSig members over the past year. Although Duke began working with the DSig chapter and with the national organization on improving risk management, two “incidents,” one in the Fall and one in the Spring, proved the last straws for the chapter. It seems that it’s officially Delta Sigma Bye, as the brothers officially no longer have a section on Central Campus.

Two Women Say Professor Sexually Harassed Them
Remember last year, when an anonymous Duke student came forward via The Chronicle to discuss Duke’s opaque and ineffective handling of her sexual harassment case with a Duke professor. Well she’s back, and un-anonymous as ever. Meet Lara Haft ’17, who’s decided to go public with her story implicating religious studies professor Melvin Petersin order to support another former student, Jill Hicks-Keeton—Master of Theological Studies ’07, Ph.D ’14 who recently blasted Peters in a tweet, which included a letter she wrote to the University about being “humiliated and harassed” by Peters while she was a grad student at Duke. Soon after, four of Hicks-Keeton’s male peers wrote a letter to the University in support of her claims and tweeted them out. According to VP for public affairs and government relations Michael Schoenfeld, Peters is not scheduled to teach again at Duke in the future, although it is unclear if this is due to Haft and Hicks-Keeton’s allegations. Perhaps Duke’s new membership to a higher education partnership aiming to combat sexual harassmentis the next right step towards preventing more issues like these from occurring.
In an official team tweet on Monday evening,Tre Jones announced that he will return to Duke for his sophomore season instead of declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft. He was projected to be a late first-round pick…so he must really love us. In his first season as a Blue Devil, Jones had 5.3 assists per game, ranked 3rdin the country in assist-to-turnover ratio, and was named to the ACC All-Defensive Team for his performance as Duke’s defensive linchpin. During his sophomore season, Jones will continue developing his jump shot and work on becoming a more consistent offensive threat. We’re so glad you’re coming back, Tre Bae!
The Largest Freshman You Will Ever Meet…
Are the ones who might come to Duke to complete Duke basketball’s 2019 class. Meet Matthew Hurt, who is officially deciding where he’s headed on April 19th, choosing between Duke, UNC, Kentucky, and Kansas. The 6-foot-9 forward would be an important addition to Duke’s frontcourt, as he has a clean shooting touch that returning Blue Devil seniors lack. R.J. Hampton is riding a similar train, choosing between Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, and Memphis. After Jones’s decision to come back to Duke, Hampton likely wouldn’t join the Blue Devils until 2020 unless he’s assured he’ll be a focal point of the team. We’ve also got Trendon Watford and Kira Lewis Jr. debating whether or not they’ll call Cameron home at the start of the 2019 season.  
The Girls of Augusta
Remember hearing about Augusta National Women’s Amateur tournament? One of the first times women were invited to play on 18 of the most famous holes in golf? Well, the 5 Duke women’s golfers who contributed to history being made turned in solid performances in the tourney last week. Sophomore Jaravee Boonchant lead Duke, finishing with a two-over-par 218 to tie for 12thplace. Incoming Blue Devil Freshman Erica Shepard also made the top-30 cut, earning her a spot in Saturday’s final round and finishing the weekend tied for 23rd, with a five-over-221. Shepard is also currently ranked 63rdin the world for amateur golfers, despite still being in high school. See you soon, Shepard. 
Watch The Gap
Between the budget for men’s and women’s sports teams at Duke, which is $636,649 according to this year’s Athletic annual equity report. The budget for men’s teams, which comprise of 378 male athletes, is $1,110,436, and the budget for the women’s teams, which comprise 281female athletes, is $474,777. According to senior associate director of athletics Art Chase, this difference in funding depends on tons of factors, including length of tenure, level of success, market forces, and more. Hellooooo, we’re talkin’ about Coach K’s salary here…as in $7,040,984. And Coach Cutcliffe’s, which is $2,535,207. The gap in these salaries compared to those of other coaches are heavily influenced by “market forces." 

Red Mango, Meet Your Match 
Remember when Duke robbed us of our youth and moved Red Mango OUT of the BC (even though they simply relocated it to the other side of campus)?! Well, we do, since it’s left a sad, empty Red-Mango sized hole on the second floor of the BC that is just begging to be filled. Duke has just begun considering different vendors that could take the place of Red Mango’s old location, including Quickly Tea House and Ginger and Soy. Quickly Tea House will fill the bubble-tea void that students have been struggling with since the relocation and redesign of Red Mango, and Ginger and Soy would make dumplings even more readily available to students…even though Ginger and Soy is currently right across the way from the BC in West Union. Can’t complain about more dumplings, though. 

Free Speech Freed
Last month, President Donald Trump decided he won’t be giving any federal research grant money to colleges that fail to protect free speech. With this new executive order, Trump hopes to rid of “speech codes,” “safe spaces,” and “trigger warnings” on college campuses that are often used to “suppress” students arguing against far-left ideologies. So, how will this order impact Duke, because we know the University loooooves its research grants. According to VP for public affairs and government relations Michael Schoenfeld, Duke’s policies, which the institution follows closely, already reflect a commitment to free speech. Schoenfeld added that the government’s attempt to legislate free speech policies like this from the federal or state level is “deeply misguided.” The question now is if Duke will find a way to distinguish between “unpopular political speech” and “speech that attacks someone’s basic personal safety and rights” or if it’s too hazy to draw a line between the two. 
Pitch. Forks. 'Nough. Said.
  1. DSig KA Friday Night Lights: Come out to the West Campus Turf Fields to cheer on KA and DSig as they battle for flag football supremacy in the name of The Mik Foundations annual scholarship to help deserving Durham high school students pay for college.
  2. Puppies for Parkinson’s: Next Thursday, come out to Abele Quad on West to hang out with puppies and eat pizza, pastries, and popsicles to raise money for Parkinson’s Research! 
  3. CPM 24-Hour Name Reading Ceremony for Victims of Genocide: April 14th, Duke’s Coalition for Preserving Memory and 200+ Duke members will be remembering the victims of the seven unrecognized genocides by reading their names for 24 hours straight. Sign up to read here to support the cause.
  4. Duke DEMAN Happy Hour: At the Devil’s Krafthouse, next Friday to meet creative alumi who could help you land a job in media AND to eat guac. What could be better.
  5. E-Ball 2019: April 12this the E-Ball! The theme this year is Met Ball, and the event will take place at the Durham, Museum of Life and Sciences. Check out the info on tickets here
  6. Bad Roads: Duke Theater Studies' spring mainstage production. This is a powerful play that explores what it's like to be a woman in wartime, specifically in the Ukraine. Shows span from Thursday, April 4  to Sunday April 14 at the Sheafer Theater. 
  7. Food for (Digital) Thought: this interactive exhibit by the "Inspired Foody" Emma Gabay (T '19) helps build people's confidence in their kitchens. Friday, April 19 in Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center. 10am - 7pm.
  8. Duke Jazz Ensemble Performance w/guest artist Rufus Reid: Reid is a bassist who has toured and and recorded with jazz greats like Art Farmer, Stan Getz, and Kenny Burrell. Student admission is free! Friday, April 12th at Baldwin Auditorium. 8pm. 

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