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Bre Bradham | Associate Photography Editor Hollows Quad, off Towerview Road, is Duke’s newest residence hall quad. It’s comprised of two buildings, Hollows A (not pictured) and B (shown above). The buildings are divided into suites of various sizes, which include kitchenettes and living rooms.

Bre Bradham | Associate Photography Editor Top: A peek inside the living space of a Hollows suite Bottom: The amenities available as you walk into Hollows B

New year, new buses: 2019 sees bus route shakeup By Nathan Luzum Managing Editor

As Central Campus stops housing undergraduates, Duke’s bus routes are changing with the times. The C2: East-Central-West, C4: Central-West and CCX: Central Campus Express routes will no longer run in Fall 2019, while the C1X: East-West Express will run for the first time since 2015. The C1S route, servicing Smith Warehouse, and the Swift Avenue route—both modified and tested during the summer—will remain in place for the academic year. Like the C1, the C1X will connect the East Campus and West Campus bus stops. Unlike the standard C1, it will provide direct service by bypassing the stops between campuses. The new route will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, providing an estimated six-minute ride from campus to campus. Duke previously introduced the C1X route—initially with three buses—in Fall 2011. At the time, some students and staff voiced displeasure at C1X buses repeatedly speeding by them as they waited at stops between the campuses. The express connection remained in service until 2015, when it was discontinued during a bus route overhaul. When designing the new routes, Parking and Transportation Services considered student input via a survey posted to the

Fix My Campus Facebook page, wrote junior Craig Cronin, president of Fix My Campus, in an email to The Chronicle. Among the 46 students who responded to the survey, 96% favored reintroducing the C1X, Cronin explained. Of those who favored the route, most preferred that it stop at the East Campus bus stop instead of Southgate Dormitory, which was

Aaditya Jain | Associate Photography Editor Duke will discontinue the C2, C4 and CCX bus routes this year.

the other option offered on the survey. “The vast majority of respondents voted for the C1X idea, and they got it,” wrote sophomore Austin Ritter, director of social media and head of parking and transportation for Fix My Campus, in an email. Carl DePinto, director of Parking and Transportation Services, also applauded the reintroduction of the route. “With the loss of the CCX, [the C1X] will be a valuable addition to our already successful campus routes,” he wrote in an email. Among the other service switcheroos is the Swift Express, which is now the Swift Avenue Shuttle. The new shuttle will run along Alexander Avenue instead of Oregon Street, allowing it to stop at the International House, which remains on Central as other buildings are demolished around it. The shuttle will run at similar times as the current Swift Express, from 8 a.m. to just after 2 p.m., before taking a fourhour break and starting up again at 6 p.m. and stopping just after midnight. The Smith Warehouse route has been replaced with the C1S, which will only provide eastbound service to the warehouse area, unlike the previous CSW route, which made See BUSES on Page 8

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Frats rule to bar first-years Take an inside look into from O-Week parties the new Hollows Quad By Bre Bradham By Nathan Luzum Managing Editor

A new Interfraternity Council rule hopes to keep first-years away from fraternity parties this Orientation Week. The regulation applies to parties from move-in day on August 20 through the first day of classes on the following Monday. Typically, newly arrived first-year students comprise a significant portion of O-Week party attendees for some fraternities. “IFC decided that aligning with the University’s long-standing expectation that first-year students not attend O-Week parties would be in support of the orientation experience, and would better align with the [North American Interfraternity Conference] Standards around alcohol and recruitment,” wrote Emilie Dye, director of student engagement for fraternity and sorority life, in an email. This change comes on the heels of North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) guidelines announced earlier this year. Those guidelines—set to go into effect Sept. 1—influenced the O-Week rule, Dye mentioned. Duke’s IFC fraternities are under the NIC umbrella and will be expected to comply with the changes, which include substance-free rush events and third-party bartenders to serve hard alcohol. IFC has informed fraternity chapters, New Student Programs and other relevant

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organizations to dissuade first-years from attending parties, Dye added. “Some of the other expectations around the NIC’s Health and Safety Standards also include enforcement of a guest list at events, so firstyear students should not be on guest lists for O-Week,” she wrote. Any potential violations of the O-Week provision will be referred to IFC’s executive board, Dye explained. If chapters are determined to have violated the rule, the board will issue punishment, such as fines or recruitment sanctions. Sue Wasiolek, dean of students and assistant vice president for student affairs, wrote that she was “enormously proud and pleased” with the decision, and that the new policy will benefit incoming students and fraternities. “This decision will better enable the firstyear students to focus on their transition to Duke while the fraternity members are able to get settled back on campus and begin to plan for the new year,” Wasiolek wrote. Although potential rule violations are often routed through the Office of Student Conduct, she explained that IFC will be tasked with enforcing its new rule. Whether they are able to effectively enforce it remains to be seen. “It has the potential to be an outstanding example of student self-governance,” she wrote. Senior Harrison Labban, president of IFC, declined to provide additional comment.

Top: A common room in Hollows B, adorned with cooking equipment, seating and tables. Bottom left: Hollows kitchenettes feature full fridges, microwaves, sinks and cabinets. Bottom right: The main entrance to Hollows A. Workers are still putting up finishing touches.

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Duke Kunshan University breaks ground on Phase 2 By Maria Morrison Health and Science News Editor

Phase 2 of construction at Duke Kunshan University began this past Friday, and the expansion is projected to more than double the current size of the campus. At the groundbreaking ceremony, Chancellor Feng Youmei, Executive Vice Chancellor Denis Simon, DKU board members and leaders of other universities gathered to celebrate this next step toward DKU’s completion. “Compared with Phase 1, Phase 2 integrates the entire campus from the perspective of academic[s] and operation,” Simon wrote in an email to the Chronicle. “There are individual buildings for [the] library, [the] community center and [the] sports complex which are absent in Phase 1.” Phase 1’s construction began in 2010 and was finished in

August 2019, culminating in the completion of the Innovation Center, a three-story building that houses laboratories, a library, classrooms and conference rooms. Its construction included six buildings and 750,000 square feet. Phase two will see the development of 22 buildings totaling 1,648,299 square feet that span across 46.95 acres. This includes 1,260,798 square feet above the ground and 387,501 square feet below. Inside the new buildings will be 26 new classrooms and 18 to 22 new laboratories. This will increase DKU’s capacity to 2,000 undergraduate students, 500 to 800 graduate students and 800 employees, according to DKU’s press release on Friday. DKU’s underground garage will also have a higher capacity and improved safety for students and employees, Simon wrote. “The Kunshan government is yet to publicly disclose

Courtesy of Duke Kunshan University Phase 2 construction will greatly increase the size of Duke Kunshan University to include new classrooms, laboratories and more.

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the total cost of Phase 2 so we are unable to provide that figure,” wrote Craig McIntosh, senior editor for the office of communications at DKU, in an email to the Chronicle. At the forefront of Phase 2 construction are a focus on students, flexibility in design and the use of sustainable materials. Simon described the overall theme as “a worldclass liberal arts research oriented university with multiple high tech features.” Another goal for the construction is LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, Simon wrote. The visitor center will earn a platinum certification, while four other buildings will earn gold and five more silver. The design plan allows for as much open green space as possible for student activities, and includes water features limited to a small fountain and some ponds. Phase 2 is set for completion by the end of 2021.

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What you need to know about Duke social, housing life Staff Reports The Chronicle

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During the summer, The Chronicle asked incoming first-years to pose their pressing questions about life at Duke. One popular theme was interest in Duke’s social scene and the complex system of Greek life, selective living groups and independent housing. The Chronicle reached out to individuals affiliated with each housing system to get their perspective on campus communities and the University’s social scene. Please keep in mind that for the 6,000+ students at Duke, there are 6,000+ social experiences. The advice below draws from many facets of Duke’s social scene, but only accounts for a small portion of the entire student population—remember that although this advice may help you navigate the non-academic side of Duke, your experience is bound to be unique.


Housing at Duke is divided into selective living—composed of Greek life and selective living groups—and independent living. Greek life can be further subdivided into four categories, each under the umbrella of a separate council. The Interfraternity Council oversees 15 of Duke’s fraternities, and the Multicultural Greek Council governs Duke’s multicultural fraternities and sororities. Additionally, the National Pan-Hellenic Council supervises eight of Duke’s traditionally African American fraternities and sororities, and Panhellenic Association presides over 10 sororities at the University. Non-Greek Selective Living Groups comprise the other portion of Duke’s selective living community, with more than 15 SLGs currently recognized on campus. The purposes of these groups can vary, with some being “purely social in nature” whereas others are “based upon some fundamental intellectual or cultural theme,” according to Duke’s Student Affairs website. Duke also boasts 30 independent houses for students who did not join a selective living group. Students can choose to live on their own (provided that single rooms are available at the time of room selection), with a roommate or as a block of three to six students. The Chronicle collected responses from members of each group listed above. Senior Rachel Kim, president of Multicultural Greek Council, and a general NPHC email did not respond to a request for comment in time for publication.

Could you outline how the rush process works? What’s the appropriate number of SLGs/Greek organizations to rush?

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For all selective living organizations, students must wait until at least the Spring semester to enter the rush process. Senior Harrison Labban, president of IFC, explained that students interested in the IFC rush process would register their interest in the Fall semester before entering the rush process in the Spring. IFC rush consists of three rounds, with chapters extending invites to potential new members (PNMs) at the end of the first two rounds and bids after the third. Labban explained that there’s no ideal number of fraternities to rush, but that casting a wide net would be beneficial. “There is no recommended number of groups to rush, but I would encourage PNMs to check out as many chapters as possible,” he wrote. “Every chapter offers a distinct perspective on the Duke experience and a different opportunity to find community on campus; by getting to know a diverse range of groups during rush, PNMs can go into bid day as wellinformed as possible.” Aspiring members of NPHC chapters undergo a process called intake, where each organization has its own application process for new entrants. Some chapters require students to be sophomores before applying, according to the council’s website. MGC groups will hold campus meetings to initiate their intake process, according to the Student Affairs website. This process may occur whenever chapters feel that there is “enough interest from qualified students” to build a class of new members, according to the website. Senior Pingyi Zhu, president of the Panhellenic Association, explained that the recruitment process involves interacting with all 10 of the Panhellenic sororities. “This means that going through Panhellenic sorority recruitment basically means you rush all 10 chapters,” she wrote. Recruitment takes place during two weekends and consists of four rounds, Zhu explained, with bids being extended at the end of the last round. She also cautioned first-years considering sorority and SLG recruitment to be mindful of the time required to pursue both avenues. “SLGs vary in terms of what kinds of events they choose to do and how many rounds they require during their processes, so if you’re trying to rush both, make sure you’re leaving yourself enough room to breathe,” Zhu wrote. Senior Jacob Levine, former rush chair of the SLG Cooper, explained that SLG recruitment usually occurs in two to three rounds, which take place over three weeks. Whereas the initial events are intended to gauge interest from a larger student population, the subsequent weeks are focused on more intimate conversations, he added. Levine mentioned that he rushed three SLGs into the second round, a task he called “manageable but difficult.” Junior Simal Soydan, a member of the SLG Mundi, explained that Mundi rush includes three rounds, which begin with open houses where students can indicate their interest in rushing and meet current members. Later, there are other events including parties and salsa dancing events, he explained. At the end of the process, students are informed of the final decision via email. See SOCIAL on Page 6

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The Chronicle answers an assortment of your pressing questions Staff Reports The Chronicle

A while ago, The Chronicle let incoming first-years ask their pressing questions. Here are responses to a selection of questions. Please keep in mind that although some questions are straightforward, not every question has one simple, cut-anddried answer. This article will answer questions about signing up for clubs, doing laundry, housing with the Baldwin Scholars program and joining the Investment Club. Next time, The Chronicle will answer questions about rush and other aspects of the Duke social scene.

What is the process for signing up for clubs like? How many do people usually join and what are the typical time commitments?

Duke is home to hundreds of clubs and organizations, so there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Every group on campus should be registered on DukeGroups, where you can break them down into categories (e.g., campus governance, culture and identity) and see what you may want to join. Time commitments can vary wildly depending on the club—anywhere from meetings twice a month to several hours a day. Junior Devin Mahoney, the chair of the Student Organization Finance Committee—the student body responsible for funding most student clubs on campus—promises that there’s “something for everyone.” “The process for signing up for clubs is super straightforward!” she wrote in an email. “In the first month of school, Duke LAUNCH hosts the activity fair, where you can meet representatives from many of the student clubs and sign up for their email list. Clubs communicate mostly via email, so every week they will send information about upcoming meetings/events/ volunteer opportunities, etc.” Mahoney added that club sizes can vary from 10 to 200 people, yet they all provide opportunities to engage first-years. Likewise, time commitment is dependent on the club and your role within it. Gerald Harris, director of student engagement for University Center Activities and Events, explained that there are several ways to explore the more than 600 registered student groups at Duke—visiting DukeGroups and attending the Aug. 28 afternoon activities fair on the East Campus Quad are only starting points. “Students join at many paces. There is no typical,” Harris wrote in an email. “In that same vein, organizations have very different time commitments. I’m always going to advise you to get involved early. But most importantly, find your routine. This is a very new experience for you. You don’t have to solve the out of classroom experience by the first month. We also have people here to help you! You are welcomed to come see us in UCAE-Student Engagement anytime.”

What do most students do about laundry? Do it themselves, or buy commercial service?

Most students do their own laundry. On East Campus, each dorm has its own laundry room with a handful of washing machines and dryers. It costs $1.50 to wash and $1.25 to dry, and you can pay with your DukeCard or coins. With DukeCard, the money comes out of your Flex

budget, so remember to load up on Flex on move-in day. You can reload Flex online or at the DukeCard office during the year. The percentage of Duke students who use a commercial service for laundry is unclear, but it’s not especially common. Laundrymen is the most popular laundry service and also the only University-approved one, according to its website. The service costs $38 per week for a 20-pound bag, and $50 per week for a 30-pound bag. “Laundrymen is a private company owned by a husband and wife (Howard and Jennifer Wood) in Durham,” wrote Jennifer Wood, the operations manager and an owner of Laundrymen. “Being that we are a private company, we are not comfortable providing membership numbers, but feel we are well represented across the student body,” she added.

Some students do use Tide Pods or other laundry pods, though they tend to leave clothes stuck together. Using detergent will get the job done. Most importantly, remember to set a timer for your laundry. It can be annoying to go to the laundry room, primed to wash your dirty clothes, only to find a bunch of finished machines with clothes still in them. So don’t be surprised if you forget to empty your laundry and see a pile of your clothes on top of the dryer when you check later. But if you’re on top of your laundry, there shouldn’t be any problem. Small fires have occasionally broken out in laundry rooms, with a Randolph dorm dryer most recently catching fire in Fall



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What makes SLGs/Greek organizations different in terms of communities and events?

One major difference is that most SLGs are co-ed—besides all-male Wayne Manor and allfemale Illyria—while fraternities and sororities are single gender. Labban explained that a distinction is the national network associated with fraternities, as all Duke IFC chapters are affiliated with a national organization. This creates an “expansive, national alumni network” and a “brotherhood” with every member of a particular fraternity, he noted. Another difference, Zhu noted, is that each Panhellenic organization partners with a philanthropy organization to conduct one fundraising event each semester. Students considering whether to join should also consider the financial implications, as members pay chapter, school and national dues for an organization, she explained. “Panhellenic sororities do have certain social events that happen each semester, namely date functions, crush parties and formal/semiformal. Other organizations on campus besides Greek organizations and SLGs may hold similar events,” Zhu wrote. “Other mandatory commitments include weekly chapter meetings, chapter initiations, and sometimes semesterly sisterhood retreats.” Levine pointed to the “diversity dynamic” that can differ between SLGs and Greek life, though he acknowledged that the dichotomy isn’t a strict one. “There are many Greek organizations that are making efforts to become more inclusive, and there are also SLGs that are not making these efforts,” he wrote in an email. “All types of selective living groups have biases in their selection processes, and some are stronger than others.” A 2018 investigation by The Chronicle found

that SLGs are more diverse in some categories, students living in their residence hall. However, but not all, compared to Interfraternity Council he emphasized that community is more than and Panhellenic organizations. just proximity. Although he said he doesn’t feel close How necessary is rushing if you just want to many of the students living near him, to have a good time and make friends? Chodavadia builds his community in other It’s not necessary, according to students from ways—from classes, clubs, organizations and both selective and independent living groups. random conversations. Zhu stressed that living organizations are And he finds that most people couldn’t care just a few of the many groups that populate less which living category he falls into. Duke’s campus and allow students to forge “If you’re talking to someone who does friendships and connections. care if you’re in Greek Life or an SLG and has “If you go on DukeGroups, you can see the ascribed some sort of arbitrary, self-serving hundreds of student organizations that are on and self-affirming hierarchy to those things, campus, from sports clubs to arts clubs to tea maybe that person isn’t worth your time,” appreciation clubs,” she wrote. “There are many Chodavadia wrote. “But the good news is most outlets on campus that can serve as paths to making people don’t do that.” friends and having a good college experience, and Levine explained that he values the friendships being in a sorority is just one of them.” that have come from being part of an SLG but Senior Saheel Chodavadia, an independent realizes that his closest friends came from classes, student who serves as chief of staff for Duke clubs or his first year at Duke. The desire to Student Government, added that he draws his pursue meaningful friendships—not necessarily friendships from many sources, including his membership in a selective organization—is a first-year dorm, late-night study sessions, campus defining characteristic of students who have organizations and even casual conversation. healthy social lives, he added. Although friendships might not necessarily be as Junior Andrew Orme, a former columnist pre-packaged as in selective groups, he mentioned for The Chronicle who has written about being that this could work out for the better. an independent student, argued that there is a “You might have to work just a bit harder lack of community for independent students to make and maintain friendships because the on campus, though he admitted that he believes environment isn’t created for you as it is in it’s largely a “self-fulfilling prophecy.” selective groups, but sometimes that just means Dissatisfaction with being independent the friendships you make and maintain are leads some students to blame those in selective stronger and deeper than the rest,” he wrote. groups for their fate and to perceive Duke’s Labban agreed that rushing was not necessary social structure as being much more set in to fulfill the social aspect alone—he emphasized stone than in reality, Orme explained. that joining a selective organization provides more “People constantly talk about the lack of than just social benefits and improves “academic, community on campus for independents, but athletic and leadership development.” at the same time, absolve themselves of any responsibility for making that facet of campus Is it true that there’s a lack of community life better,” he wrote in an email. for independent students? The solution, Orme added, is for Chodavadia explained that it depends students not to take the outcome of the rush on the definition of community. Moving process personally and construe themselves into sophomore year, he acknowledged that as victims. people have varying degrees of familiarity with “At the end of the day, nobody besides some

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childish [first-year] pledges really care about whether you’re independent or not, nor should they,” he wrote.

Any advice for first-years on the fence about rushing a selective organization, or any tips on navigating Duke’s social scene?

Most of the students The Chronicle contacted advised first-years to try out the rush process regardless of their interest level. Students can begin rushing and are free to decide whether they want to join a group after attending events and meeting the members, Labban explained. Zhu added that first-years going through the recruitment process need to keep their physical and mental well-being in mind amid the hectic rush of events. And for those who become members of selective groups, she encouraged them not to view their living group as an enclosure but instead continue to interact with other students. Junior Kate Chen, director of administration and order for Panhellenic Association, agreed with the importance of not becoming isolated within a social group. “Even if you and your O-Week friends/ [first-year] friends end up going into different social circles, make sure to make an effort to keep talking and hanging out with them,” she wrote in an email. “Rushing a Greek organization isn’t a done deal, and I know many people who started sorority rush and realized it wasn’t for them.” Chodavadia recommended that first-years “stay true to [themselves]” when deciding which groups to join. “You can find your best lifelong friends in SLGs or Greek Life, but you can also find them elsewhere,” he wrote. “Don’t second-guess yourself and don’t change yourself or your values because it seems all your friends are going in one direction and you’re going the opposite.” Nathan Luzum and Jake Satisky contributed reporting.

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BUSES FROM PAGE 1 both westbound and eastbound stops at Smith. Weekend bus routes will also change with the loss of the CCX, as DePinto noted that two C1 buses will run on weekends. In previous years, there was often only one C1 in operation over the weekend. A route change to the C3: East-Science Drive was discussed but ultimately not implemented, Cronin added. The proposal would have shortened the C3 route by discontinuing stops at the Mathematics and Physics Building, allowing it to run more often. However, everyone wasn’t a fan of altering the route, Ritter explained. “The other route ideas drew both emphatic support and heavy criticism,” he wrote. “So, in my eyes, [Parking and Transportation’s] decision to continue with the current C3 route makes sense.” Duke’s bus fleet itself is also undergoing changes, as

Parking and Transportation Services has received three new buses in 2019, DePinto mentioned. Last year, the University announced that it would purchase two electric buses for campus transportation, which are slated to make their debuts in July 2020. “Looking ahead to this year, I am positive that thousands of hours of traveling time will be saved for members of the Duke community,” Ritter wrote.

FROM PAGE 5 2018. In 2015, another small fire broke out in a Randolph dryer containing a pizza box. So make sure that the items you’re placing in dorm washers and dryers belong there—no matter how soggy your pizza might be, throwing the whole box in the dryer will only create problems.

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The Baldwin Scholars program is open to femaleidentifying undergraduates. The program includes a retreat, seminars, dinners and a housing section where scholars live together. First-years apply each Fall to be Baldwin Scholars— with the application due date set for Oct. 4 this year—and 18 are chosen. The program is available at no additional cost to its scholars, but it does not give any tuition aid. Senior Daisy Almonte, who is part of the Baldwin Scholars program, explained that scholars are required to live together in Few Quad FF during their sophomore year. Scholars use right-of-return to be guaranteed a room for the next year. She explained that some Baldwin Scholars will choose to live elsewhere after their residency requirement is up, as Almonte lived in Few FF for her sophomore and junior years but will be moving off campus for her senior year. Colleen Scott, director of the program, added that scholars could bring a non-Baldwin student into the section as a roommate if they wish. “You would also live in section junior year, unless you study abroad or you want to live elsewhere on campus (this last scenario could only occur if our section is full),” she wrote. “Senior year, you are welcome to live in section, elsewhere on campus if we are full, or off campus.”


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Brandon Foreman, Trinity ‘19 and former executive copresident of Duke Investment Club, explained that first-years begin their time in the club as general body members. In that capacity, they can attend meetings and are added to the group’s listserv, where they can receive emails regarding opportunities and activities. Many first-years will then enter the 10-week investor training program (ITP), a finance course taught by veteran club members, explained junior Henry Don, an executive officer of the Investment Club. Don added that after the course is finished, students will take a final exam and give a stock pitch, which will determine whether they become Investment Club certified. “I know this seems like a lot and potentially stressful, but as long as you attend the ten-week course and meet the additional attendance requirements, you will have all the resources you need to pass the final exam and become Investment Club certified,” he wrote in an email to The Chronicle. The next rung of the Investment Club ladder is the analyst position, which requires an interview with two club officers, who determine whether candidates advance to become a junior analyst or senior analyst. Finally, Don explained that analysts can progress to the officer position via an application assessed by the executive team. This is where the networking component comes in handy, he noted. “My advice here is to just be as active in general body meetings and ITP classes as possible, asking questions when you may not understand something [...] and possibly even asking executive officers if they’d be willing to grab a coffee or lunch so you can ask about their experiences in the club,” he wrote. “If you do these things,” he continued, “you’ll demonstrate to the executive officers that you’re serious about the club and would add genuine value to it if you were an officer yourself.” Foreman advised first-years interested in the club to attend the general body meetings and participate in ITP classes, giving them an early look into the career and an advantage in snagging competitive internships. Don pointed to several other finance organizations on campus including the Association for Business Oriented Women, Duke Consulting Club, business society Scale and Coin and business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi. Nathan Luzum and Jake Satisky contributed reporting.

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Blue Devils make scrimmage debut, weather injuries By Shane Smith Blue Zone Editor

After almost two weeks into the start of fall camp, the Blue Devils were finally able to step onto Brooks Field this past weekend for some game-like action. Despite some unfortunate news coming last week—the promising offensive duo of wideout Jake Bobo and quarterback Gunnar Holmberg both went down with injuries and were declared out indefinitely—Duke turned an optimistic leaf Aug. 10 at Wallace Wade Stadium. The Blue Devils took part in an intrasquad scrimmage, the first chance this year for anticipated players like redshirt senior quarterback Quentin

Harris and preseason all-ACC running back Deon Jackson to show out. With the first-team offense going up against the secondteam defense and vice-versa, there were plenty of familiar faces stepping up to make plays as well as some potential breakout players. “In eight practices all of the execution things, all of the fine-tuned things aren’t going to be great,” head coach David Cutcliffe said. “What I’m going to grade tonight is I want to see consistency of focus and consistency of effort. I thought we got good effort and I thought our offensive focus was really poor in the first half. Right now, that’s the bigger test to me: will this team be able to play 60 minutes with focus


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In Quentin Harris’ two starts in 2018, he proved to be effective as a dual-threat option, and will be called upon to take over the starting role ful-time in 2019. and effort?” All eyes were certainly on the redshirt senior Harris, who will attempt to fill the large shoes left by the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Daniel Jones. Harris started two games for Duke last season, but finally gets a chance to be a focal leader on the team. The offense got off to a rocky start under the command of the Wilton, Conn., native, relying heavily on the run and attempting most passes near the line of scrimmage. It wasn’t until the end of the practice that Harris found his groove, completing two deep balls including a touchdown to redshirt senior Aaron Young. “We’re just trying to get a feel for each other, and this is the first time we’ve really had a game like atmosphere where it’s full tackle to the ground,” Harris explained. “I think a little bit of it was just getting acclimated to the situation and then starting to get a groove and get comfortable with the tempo. Then you saw things start to pick up there a little bit later on.” Like many predict heading into the 2019 season, the Blue Devil defense looks like it will be the team’s strongest unit. With former all-ACC performer Mark Gilbert still sidelined indefinitely with a hip injury, junior Michael Carter II stepped up with two interceptions. Highly touted freshman Tony Davis, who enrolled early last winter, also had an interception to end Harris’ last drive. “We had a big point of emphasis, which is just get the ball, takeaways and second and third efforts,” Carter II said. “When the ball is in the air, we’re returning to the receiver. The D-Line did a great job forcing the ball out of See FOOTBALL on Page 13

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What happened to Duke men’s basketball’s title banners? By Ramona Naseri Associate Sports Editor

As one of the smallest arenas in the nation, Cameron Indoor Stadium has a charm drawn from its preservation of history. But some things eventually require renovation. There are five national championship banners hanging in Cameron, each one commemorating the memories of a specific team and its road to victory. The banners represent an illustrious 25-year period of Duke basketball history in which the Blue Devils cut down the nets five times—in 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010 and 2015. They have become a symbol of Duke’s reputation for success as a basketball program under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. But as Krzyzewski has aged in Cameron Indoor Stadium, his banners have too. Although he has continued to stay with the times throughout the years, the original banners have slowly become outdated, and the banners commemorating the first three Duke titles were replaced after the Blue Devils claimed their fourth championship nearly 10 years ago. “The first three (1991, 1992 and 2001) were replaced when the 2010 banner was hung. The 2015 banner was created to match the current look,” wrote Mike DeGeorge, director of sports information for Duke men’s basketball, in an email to The Chronicle. Although vinyl replicas now hang in the Cameron rafters, the original first three banners will still be kept around. DeGeorge noted that the vintage banners are in Duke basketball’s inventory, where they await future use. The renovation was done by Atlantic Sign Media in Burlington, N.C., in an effort to keep size, font and material consistent among the five banners. The first three banners were made of silk, yet the new look is composed of a heavyduty, fire-rated vinyl.

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The Blue Devils captured their fifth and most recent national championship in 2015, and the silk banners commemorating the first three titles were replaced to match the look and heavy-duty, fire-rated vinyl, material of the 2010 and 2015 banners. Duke isn’t the only university that values a uniform follow when making these types of changes. “Aesthetic changes in Cameron are approved by banner look. In 2007, North Carolina’s Dean Smith Center Athletics Department leadership and the basketball staff,” went through a major change, as banners were replaced and he wrote. rearranged due to space constraints. York Times Syndication Sales Corporation DeGeorge explained that a renovationThe in New the historical 620 Eighth New York, N.Y. 10018 See CHRONQUIRY on Page 13 stadium isn’t a spontaneous decision, as there is a process Avenue, to For Information Call: 1-800-972-3550 For Release Monday, August 19, 2019





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FOOTBALL FROM PAGE 10 the pocket and just getting the quarterback up probably when he didn’t want it in the air. Just making them force errors, that benefited us.” New wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor may have had his unit damaged with the loss of Bobo last week, but there are plenty of options that should step up to fill the sophomore’s role while he recovers from a collarbone injury. Freshman Jalon Calhoun reeled in a deep ball from Harris towards the end of practice after receiving a good deal of his reps with the first-team offense. Fellow first years Eli

Pancol and Darrell Harding Jr. have impressed in camp early on as well. “[Calhoun] has been tremendous,” Cutcliffe emphasized. “He’s as good a natural football player as we have. He comes to work every day. Almost runs himself in the ground every day. He was a quarterback in high school and just a pure playmaker. He started day one. With Jake Bobo going out at that position, he had earned second team by then. That’s why he was in that starting role.” Brittain Brown was the feature running back for the first team with Deon Jackson sitting out the scrimmage, but it was freshman Jordan Waters who stole the show running the ball. The natural safety

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was stuck in the backfield to see what he could do and the Fairmont product did not disappoint, gashing the Duke front seven with his speed. “I moved Jordan Waters to running back to see what he looks like. He’ll never go back,” Cutcliffe emphasized. “Jordan’s been [at running back] for four or five practices, believe it or not, but that’s how he does everything. He will impact this team.” With the days counting down until their season opener in Atlanta, it’s clear that the Blue Devils have some work to do with tightening up their offense, but the other side of the ball is already looking like it could carry Coach Cutcliffe’s squad to its fair share of wins this year.

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Thrust into a more prominent role due to Jake Bobo’s injury, Jalon Calhoun impressed in the scrimmage, hauling in a deep ball from Quentin Harris during the latter portion of the afternoon. The speedy Greenville, S.C., native figures to get a lot of playing time in his freshman year.


CHRONQUIRY FROM PAGE 12 There’s a bit more thought that goes into the national championship banners, even far after they are earned. So, the next time you find yourself counting Duke’s national championship wins along with the pre-game hype video, pay close attention to the banners that hang above you. Editor’s note: This article is a product of our service we call Chronquiry. A reader submitted a question, other readers voted on the question and The Chronicle got the answer. If you have a question you would like answered about anything related to Duke, visit dukechronicle. com/page/chronquiry.

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Your eyes aren’t failing you—Duke’s original commemorative banners do have a new look to them.


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he Chronicle has evolved drastically since our initial publication on Dec. 19, 1905, and Monday marks another major milestone in our transition to a digitalfirst platform. Our latest website redesign is finally complete after six months of planning. We’re thrilled to provide arguably the most immersive student journalism experience yet to the Duke University and Durham communities.

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Monday Monday’s official O-Week survival guide


elcome to Duke! As you settle in and get used to this new environment, you may feel overwhelmed. Luckily, your good buddy Monday Monday is here to assuage your fears by providing some fool-proof tips to surviving orientation week.

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every time you leave the room. You’re not cool until you text your beleaguered roommate whenever you need to enter the room. Tip #7: Keep your room door open to encourage your hallmates to talk to you. Becoming friends with your hallmates is a good idea, because sometimes you need a place to crash when you forget your key (see tip #6) and your roommate isn’t back yet. Tip #8: Another way to make hallmate friends is to “accidentally” enter rooms. “Oh, I thought this was my room,” you will say. “No silly,” they will say, and thus your friendship will blossom. (You should also perhaps learn social engineering skills.) Tip #9: Attend a frat party. This is a good idea because it is now banned. There is nothing more academic than doing what you are not supposed to do. Tip #10: Do not skip the True Blue sessions. That’s it, that’s the punchline. Note that O-Week is about more than Monday Monday what you should do. not not true It’s also about what you shouldn’t do! And do not, under any circumstances, take my advice seriously.

Tip #4: Prepare a fun fact. If you prepare one fun fact, then you will be prepared for all possible ice breakers. Please note that once you choose a single fun fact, this can be the only fun thing about you from now on.

Tip #1: If you meet your roommate’s family while moving in, be sure to make a good impression. Sit in the room and do absolutely nothing while they unpack your roommate’s bedding and furniture. Your utter uselessness will ensure your invitation to their beach house during spring break. Tip #2: Attend all the events. Literally all of them. Including other students’ academic advising meetings. Tip #3: Harass the freshmen basketball players during the class photo. This may be your only opportunity to interact with a celebrity in your life. Tip #4: Prepare a fun fact. If you prepare one fun fact, then you will be prepared for all possible ice breakers. Please note that once you choose a single fun fact, this can be the only fun thing about you from now on. Tip #5: Become best friends with your RA. I’m fairly certain there’s a rule in the RA handbook that they legally cannot arrest you for smoking weed in your room if you’re best friends. Tip #6: Do not wear a lanyard! Do you want to look like a fool? Instead, forget your DukeCard and key

Monday Monday wants you to know that the most important part of O-Week is learning how to pace yourself at Marketplace. Just because you can eat a slice of pizza doesn’t mean you should. “Monday Monday” is the anonymous satirical column from the Chronicle.

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College advice column, hold the pressure


o, you’re starting college. Congratulations! An old Chronicle tradition dating back at least 100 years suggests that I give you some advice as you sit on the precipice of your Duke career. And because I’m self-absorbed and hate breaking rules, I’ll acquiesce. My DukeHub profile says I’m a senior, which means I must have been here three years, though—as corny as it sounds—I couldn’t tell you where they went. I certainly feel more mature, but I don’t feel much wiser or even like a better person.

Leah Abrams CUT THE BULL This, though, might make me the perfect candidate to give advice, because my advice is realistic. I don’t expect you to stay on your pre-med track; I haven’t taken a single science class at Duke. I don’t expect you to hook up with every crush from a class or a party; I’m still dating my high school boyfriend. In truth, I don’t expect you to do anything other than find your most authentic self in these four years… And if you fall short of that, well, you’re in good company. All this to say, if you’re like me, you’re coming into Duke with a million expectations. And somehow, if you’re like me, you’ll meet them all and miss them all simultaneously. There’s nothing to prepare you for the twists and turns you’re about to face. But, as much as I hate using this section as a diary, I figured I’d walk you through my experience to give you a better idea of what’s to come. First-year year(?): I became a columnist for the Chronicle before I got to campus, cause, why not?

I moved in to Giles and got sweaty at Devine’s. I learned to be scared of men during O-Week. I ate so, so many Marketplace curly fries. I turned in my first graded essay. I got my first C on my first college essay. I went to the writing studio and got an A on the final draft of my first college essay. I tried to white tent but didn’t make the cut. I rushed and joined a sorority. I took Public Policy 155 and was the only person in the history of the world to enjoy it (sorry, Sanford). I came to class hungover and threw up in the bathroom. Twice. I did DukeEngage and claimed to be one of those people who went in prepared and picked a good one. Maybe, but we should probably fix the bad ones. Sophomore year: I applied for things and didn’t get them. I applied for other things and did get them. I lived on Central Campus—a joy most of you will never experience—and developed Seasonal Affective Disorder from the lack of windows. I became a Teaching Assistant for Public Policy 155, and tried to convince other people to enjoy it. Everyone tried to get an appointment at CAPS while pretending like they didn’t need an appointment at CAPS. I became an advocate with the Community Empowerment Fund and saw Duke differently. I wondered if I deserved to be somewhere like Duke. I joined an SLG and stopped going to Shooters so often (still love you, Devine’s). I took a class with Bill Chafe and understood why people went to college. I tried again to white tent, but didn’t make the cut. I became disillusioned; I saw pervasive inequality everywhere. I joined a group of progressive student activists. I went to live in Montgomery, Alabama for the summer. It was sweaty.

Junior year: I went abroad to Madrid, Spain and lived with a host family. I grew closer with friends, new and old. I went to thirteen countries in planes and trains and BlaBlaCars. I appreciated art and tried to be more creative. I started a short story and never finished it. I lost things and found things and was stolen from and was given to. I dropped my sorority and still kept the friends. I moved into a house and built a little family there. I lit more candles and read more books. I finally took an English class and loved it. I tried to white tent and didn’t make the cut, again. My friend dropped out of his white tent so I took his spot and spent three miserable nights in K-Ville. I watched Zion bust his shoe in the first 27 seconds of the Carolina game. But hey, Obama was there. I resisted the urge to go through consulting recruitment. I pretended not to judge my friends for going through consulting recruitment. I became the Opinion Editor for the Chronicle and vowed to focus our contributions more on policy than emotion. But alas, here we are. The point is, this week marks the beginning of a new chapter for you. As you’re going through it, each moment feels all-consumingly important, unbearably significant. Some of those moments actually are. But in hindsight, at least to me, they all add up to a beautiful blur of lessons. I wish I had known that going in. I encourage you to dive head first into as much as you can with the knowledge that all of the hard is temporary and all of the fun is temporary but all of the growth is permanent and necessary. And don’t go to class hungover. Leah Abrams is a Trinity senior and the Editorial Page Editor. Her column, “cut the bull,” runs when she feels like it.

What’s wrong with Duke? White supremacy is the root


noose hung on a campus tree, a Latinx mural defaced, the n-word scrawled on the Mary Lou Center, a Swastika painted on the East Campus bridge, hateful words said to a student in a burka, students being told they shouldn’t speak their native language on campus. Each past event has a set of facts, known and unknown, that nevertheless flow from a root problem: Duke has a prevailing culture of white supremacy and cultural imperialism that must be named if we are to address it together and live into our status as a global university.

Don Taylor GUEST COLUMNIST “White Supremacy” to most white people means “White Supremacists”—those marching in Charlottesville in 2017, chanting “Blood and Soil,” or committing the explicit acts of racial intimidation and violence that are unfortunately increasing. However, I have come to understand that most people who are not white understand white supremacy to be the subtle rules and norms that privilege whites, to the detriment of blacks, people of color and anyone who cannot pass for white. White supremacy need not be noisy, and its essence is the quiet default that white America is the ideal, making everyone else “other” who must strive to belong. The processes that make black children more likely to be suspended from school, produce college educated black household wealth levels that are similar to those of high school drop-out whites, and that have led me to assume that black male students on Duke’s campus must be athletes are some examples of

white supremacy at work. Cultural imperialism is related, and assumes the English language and white American culture to be the ideal, with other languages and cultures representing deviations from the norm. Some quick definitions: All humans have prejudices—assumptions about persons from other groups based on little or no individual information; this is inevitable in human beings. Discrimination is acting on prejudice to exclude, shun, ignore, slow, ridicule or harm others. Anyone can discriminate if they have situational power, just as anyone can be discriminated against. People can be unaware they are discriminating. Racism is when a group’s collective prejudice has the power to systematically discriminate, without having to be overt, or even aware. Some call this ‘structural racism’ to distinguish it from blatant acts like scrawling a swastika. White Supremacy is a form of structural racism, and the book “White Fragility,” by Robin DiAngelo has helped me to learn about myself, and how I have both benefited from and helped to perpetuate this system. If you have read this far, are white, and are mad or think I have lost my mind, try and force yourself to read her book. Or let’s get a cup of coffee and chat. I spent most of my life not having this insight, but after a season of reflection, I believe that our unwillingness to name the reality of white supremacy is a barrier to creating the Duke community that we claim to want. If you want an academic treatment, James B. Duke Professor of Sociology Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s classic “Racism Without Racists” is the seminal work. Having a culture of White Supremacy does not undo all the good at Duke, nor say that everyone at Duke is a “racist” in the way the term is commonly used. In fact, sorting

people into groups of “racist” and “not racist” in unhelpful and diverts attention from the systems that operate in quiet, efficient auto-pilot. My goal is to start a different conversation on campus, and I am primarily speaking to my Duke colleagues who are white—we will have to change if Duke is to make progress in this area. If you are a white member of the Duke community, there is a good chance you are thinking “I am a progressive/liberal and believe in equality and reject racism so can’t be a part of structural racism, and I haven’t personally benefited from white supremacy.” I have come to understand that sentiment is wrong on both counts, at least in my own life. DiAngelo’s book White Fragility makes a strong case that progressives and liberals who are intellectually committed to equality and oppose racism are blind to, and thus perpetuate white supremacy. Two personal examples to stimulate dialogue: I received ‘White privilege’ while staying at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Philadelphia a few years back when I went out a side door without my key to get a local newspaper dressed in what my adult children call my “homeless guy look”—an old overcoat and tattered wool toboggan. However, I strode through the main door of the Ritz, confident that I belonged despite how I was dressed. No one said a word. As I read my paper in the lobby, I watched as a black man elegantly dressed in a navy suit, red tie and electric blue scarf was stopped three times as he crossed the same lobby, each time being asked, “May I help you?” He didn’t need help. White supremacy produced the unwritten rules that allowed me easy access to a space because I was white, even though I was dressed like I didn’t belong, and made a Black man who was dressed in Ritz-style still have to justify

being there. Two of the three people stopping him were people of color, no one in Klan robes was anywhere to be found in the lobby, and we were not in the South. Friends and colleagues who are black tell me that being asked “Can I help you?” with a tone that questions their existence in that space, are a common occurrence. I have not had to endure the racial stress of striving to prove I belong across my 51 years on Earth. Reflecting on this hotel experience triggered a memory from a spring afternoon in 1986, when I was caught skipping school, just a few weeks before I graduated from Goldsboro High School. I don’t recall the details, but do remember meeting with the principal, a black man, who ran a tight ship. I was braced for what was to come, but he asked me almost pleadingly “not to put him in a bad position like that again before I graduated,” and gave me no punishment at all. A black classmate would not have been treated the same way. Extra burdens based on race in one direction—and extra lenience bestowed on the white default—are a fundamental part of our country and therefore, Duke University. They don’t invalidate the other parts, but they are real, and they add up. Whites do not have to overcome race to live into what we achieve, while people who cannot pass as White, do. All else being equal. I know this is bracing to read because it was hard to write, but I do not wish to offer judgment. Instead, I offer my hand in friendship, so that we can begin a journey together, out of love for Duke. Don Taylor is on faculty in the Sanford School of Public Policy. He is the former chair of the Academic Council and the current Director of the Social Sciences Research Institute.

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