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By David Min Columnist
I think we have forgotten who we are as Asian Americans. The conversations that I have with my East Asian parents and peers about topics like immigration and race in the United States not only disappoint me but also lead me to believe that we are either purposefully or subconsciously attempting to shed our status as perpetually foreign as a means to achieve “honorary Whiteness.” To make it to positions of power—and even to get to Duke University—we, to some extent, adapted ourselves to the confines and customs of Western culture, often with the understanding that we can only succeed by keeping our heads down. Our parents and popular discourse sold us on the vision of assimilation as the goal of racial politics only achievable through “stoic patience, political obedience and self-improvement.” These virtues aren’t inherently wrong but have become weaponized to place the burden of inequality on the oppressed; they obfuscate our understanding of the legacy of racial discrimination in the United States by shifting the discussion to an issue of “family values” and “education” and away from slavery, Jim Crow, the war on drugs and mass incarceration. There nevertheless exists a pervasive understanding of Asians as the Model Minority and that this myth was propagated solely by White supremacist structures. However, it’s harder to admit that we as Asians often benefit from such stereotypes and even perpetuate them. We seldom have to worry about being stopped and frisked by a police officer, faced with housing or loan discrimination, or people thinking that we “don’t belong” at elite universities. See MODEL MINORITY on Page 9
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Students, administrators mull the move By Lara Hansen Contributing Reporter
International House—one of the few buildings remaining on Central Campus— may soon find a new home. The International Association is in talks with administrators about moving I-House to East Campus starting in January from its location on Central Campus. Sitting on Alexander Avenue, the house is currently
surrounded by office buildings and apartments undergoing demolition, as Central is being phased out from housing undergraduates. “We’re looking for a space on East that would serve as a touchdown point for I-House,” said Mary Pat McMahon, vice provost/vice president for student affairs. McMahon explained that in the past weeks, she has repeatedly sat down with the Student Affairs leadership team to come up with a plan to create a visible space for undergraduate and
graduate international students. The goal is to have a short-term solution in place by January, McMahon explained. Senior Paulina Guerra, president of International Association, wrote in an email that the potential move to East Campus brought her “a lot of relief” and noted that the location change would make it more accessible for first-years. See I-HOUSE on Page 12
DSG rejects Young Life By Kaitlyn Choi Contributing Reporter
Mary Helen Wood | Photography Editor Duke Student Government decided not to recognize Young Life at its Wednesday meeting.
The Duke Student Government Senate unanimously declined to recognize Young Life as an official Duke student group at its Wednesday meeting. Young Life is a national Christian organization that has branches serving middle and high school students in Durham and Chapel Hill. The group had requested official recognition to recruit and support a greater number of students, as it already has a following on campus. But Young Life was rebuffed over concerns about the national organization’s policies concerning LGBTQ+ leaders. At last week’s DSG meeting, senators noted that the national organization’s rule barring LGBTQ+ individuals from leadership positions violates the Student Organization Finance Committee’s
guideline that every Duke student group include a nondiscrimination statement in its constitution. The Senate had then tabled the vote to give Young Life members the chance to speak to senators at this week’s meeting. Young Life’s sexual misconduct policy states that “we do not in any way wish to exclude persons who engage in sexual misconduct or who practice a homosexual lifestyle from being recipients of ministry of God’s grace and mercy as expressed in Jesus Christ. We do, however, believe that such persons are not to serve as staff or volunteers in the mission and work of Young Life.” Senator Tommy Hessel, a junior, suggested that the Duke Young Life chapter amend its rules to comply with Duke’s nondiscrimination policy. However, Jeff Bennett, a master’s candidate at the See DSG on Page 4
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Alum loses narrow ‘Learning to Fail’ class 9th District special election teaches students to take risks By Matthew Griffin University News Editor
After two years of campaigning and ten months of limbo following an election tainted by voter fraud, Democrat Dan McCready lost Tuesday’s special election to become the Congressional representative for North Carolina’s 9th District. McCready, Trinity ‘05, cast himself as a centrist, according to an analysis of the race by the New York Times, focusing on affordable access to health care and running under the motto of “country over party.” His website also lists education and tax cuts for the middle class among his priorities. The Republican candidate, Dan Bishop, claimed victory with 50.8% of votes with 99% of votes reported, as of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night. McCready’s bid for office appeared to end in defeat last November, when Republican Mark Harris defeated him for the seat by fewer than 1,000 votes. However, the State Board of Elections ordered a new election when it emerged that Harris had been the beneficiary of a scheme in which volunteers collected absentee ballots from voters and either destroyed them or marked them for Harris. In the wake of the fraud scandal, Harris decided not to run in the new election and cited health issues as his reason. Bishop was the architect of HB2, a controversial 2016 state law that was colloquially called the “bathroom bill” and required transgender people to use bathrooms that aligned with their sex at birth. The bill
was passed in response to a Charlotte City Council ordinance that protected the right of transgender people to use bathrooms that aligned with their birth sex. It was repealed in 2017. Bishop threw his lot in with President Donald Trump as he campaigned for the seat. He spoke at a Trump rally, and both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence visited the state on Monday to rally support for him. His website touts his “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, professes support for Trump’s border wall and states that “lower taxes and smaller government are better for families and better for our economy.” The race was closely watched and regarded as an indicator of things to come in the 2020 presidential election, according to The New York Times. The candidates spent almost $14 million between them. McCready had raised $15 million as of last week, and money poured in from Republican interest groups to level the playing field. McCready majored in economics at Duke and graduated in 2005. He served in the Marines after graduating, then started a solar energy business in North Carolina. His bid for the 9th District seat began more than two years ago, in 2017. Speaking to The Chronicle after a rally last month, McCready compared running to office to joining the military. “I felt that calling again to serve when I realized really how divided our county has become, how dysfunctional Washington has become and what a need we have for new leaders,” he said.
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Gould] didn’t tell you until you walked in the door,” said junior Jessica Zhao, a former student in the class. “But [the challenges] usually First-year Dylan Schneiderman walked required us running around campus, engaging out of Gross Hall with one mission on his with strangers or deepening relationships that mind—he had just more than an hour to we already had and making us step out of our persuade as many strangers as possible to comfort zone and think creatively.” play a game of tic-tac-toe. The challenges were far from random, He was in competition with his classmates: though—each one was carefully selected for every undergraduate he acquired, he would by Dinin and Gould to emphasize one of earn two points, plus one point for every year the core learning objectives of the class: they were above him; for every professor, resilience, awareness of difference, growth he would receive 10, for every basketball mindset, challenging discomfort, integrity and player, 25; and if he could persuade women’s mindfulness. To them, all of these qualities are basketball head coach Joanne P. McCallie, essential for entrepreneurs. football head coach David Cutcliffe or men’s “We don’t think you can go into the basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski to play world and be good entrepreneurs who with him, he would get make things for people 100, 100 and 1,000 With the challenges, you and create things and points, respectively. make things happen really didn’t know what to This kind of task, if you’re not aware though seemingly expect... of difference,” Gould strange to outsiders, said. “We also talk is commonplace for jessica zhao about growth mindset JUNIOR as opposed to a fixed students in the course entitled “Learning mindset, and how a growth mindset can to Fail,” taught by instructor and author Aaron Dinin, Trinity actually open you to new experiences and ‘05, and Amanda Gould, project coordinator new ways of reframing failure.” and digital humanities specialist for the Learning to Fail is a relatively new class Franklin Humanities Institute. at Duke. Dinin has been teaching it for four An Innovation and Entrepreneurship years, and has been joined by Gould for the course, Learning to Fail has garnered a last two. The class grew out of a spontaneous reputation on campus for centering around experiment that Dinin conducted in 2015, weekly wild, creative challenges. when he was teaching a first-year Writing 101 “With the challenges, you really didn’t See FAILURE on Page 12 know what to expect, because [Dinin and Contributing Reporter
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Thrive survives at 300 Swift location, but with smaller menu By Priya Meesa Contributing Reporter
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With the start of the new school year, one question is weighing on everyone’s minds: is Thrive thriving? Thrive, a popular eatery previously located on Central Campus, offers food options from late night snacks to quick breakfast items to acai bowls. Since the closing of Central Campus, the restaurant has relocated to the apartments at 300 Swift Avenue. Along with the change in location, the menu has been cut down and the store has been reconfigured to fit the new, smaller space. These changes have received mixed reviews from both employees and students. “I liked [Thrive] before because it was more like a restaurant,” said Jasmine Harris, a sophomore who lives at 300 Swift. “It is more like a store now.” The previous incarnation of Thrive on Central Campus boasted a restaurant-style eatery where students could sit down and order a range of items off the menu. Harris described the old location as comfortable and homey—a great place to grab a meal while studying or chatting with friends. Asnaldo Aldama, an employee who has worked at Thrive for nine months, noted that the menu, configuration and size of the space at Thrive have all been cut down from its previous location. The layout of the new space is tight and resembles a convenience store, with rows of common food items lining the back walls and a counter where students can order food. Located adjacent to Thrive are a few tables where students can eat and work. “[The new Thrive] is a lot less glamorous,”
Michelle Tai | Features Photography Editor Along with the change of scenery, Thrive has also cut its menu and adapted the store to fit in a smaller space.
sophomore Jessi Brooks said. In addition, the store has shifted its focus to a more health-based menu. The restaurant no longer offers many of its popular fried options, such as chicken tenders. It still sells beer and wine. “The relocation [of Thrive] is beneficial to a certain extent,” Aldama said. “The reason I think that it’s not beneficial is because half of the menu is gone, which includes most of the fried food items, which is what the kids like.” Although some students are not happy with the loss of these menu items, other students appreciate Thrive’s new health-based focus and
frequent the store for its popular acai bowls. “There are a lot of places on campus where you can get fried food,” Brooks said. “So the fact that the menu changed doesn’t really impact me. I like the acai bowls and the things they serve now.” The new location is also more convenient for students, despite the decrease in size. Tucked away on the first floor of 300 Swift, the location allows students living in the apartments to have easy access to Thrive’s diverse food offerings. “I’m very appreciative of [Thrive’s new location],” said sophomore Jacob Spigelman, a
resident of 300 Swift. “The food is super good, and [Thrive] has really good healthy options.” Another benefit of the new location is the opportunity for workers and students to interact on a regular basis. “I love the new location because everybody is all in one space,” said Melissa Spivey, an employee who has worked at the eatery for about a year. Thrive is doing well at its new location, Spivey added. “Oh we thrive,” she said, “and we gonna thrive every year.”
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Bryan Center could welcome new bubble tea vendor By Anna Zolotor Contributing Reporter
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Sujal Manohar | Associate Photography Editor Red Mango’s former location has been empty since May 2018.
A new year brings new changes to dining at Duke, and a replacement for the gated space that once housed Red Mango in the Bryan Center might come in the near future. Robert Coffey, executive director of dining services, wrote in an email that Duke Dining is mulling the idea of bringing a bubble tea vendor to Red Mango’s former location. Junior Annie Roberts, co-chair of the Duke University Student Dining Advisory Committee, said that plans to put an eatery in the space left vacant by Red Mango’s move to Wilson Gym in May 2018 are currently on hold because of summer flooding damage. “The most recent idea from DUSDAC, based on student
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input, is placing a bubble tea operation in that space,” Coffey wrote. “If all works out during the vetting process a formal [request for proposal] will be going out this semester for DUSDAC to select a bubble tea operator.” He explained that multiple vendors were floated as potential options last year, but that due to the “limited space” and “various facility restraints,” they didn’t work out. In the spring of 2018, Red Mango replaced Quenchers in Wilson Gym, leaving its former site on the first basement level of the Bryan Center vacant. Last fall, Duke Dining hinted at the possibility of opening a kosher deli in the space. In April, Dining said it was considering a bubble tea vendor and Ginger and Soy. The move to Wilson garnered controversy because of students’ attachment to the healthy options and welcoming atmosphere. A change.org petition to keep Quenchers in Wilson, which stated that the loss of the eatery would be “an extremely heartbreaking event on campus,” accumulated more than 2,000 signatures. Roberts said that despite the rocky start at the new venue, Red Mango’s updated menu, which includes smoothies, salads, sandwiches and juices, has been received “fairly well” by students. She noted that the new academic year has seen other dining updates, including new food trucks, new Merchants on Points options and renovations at Pitchfork’s, formerly known as Cafe Edens. She expressed excitement about several new vendors coming to Duke this year. Arepa Culture, a food truck specializing in Venezuelan cuisine, will be on campus Wednesdays starting at 5 p.m. Some on-campus food trucks will now be located in Edens Quad, which Roberts said is a more convenient location for most students, especially with the addition of the Hollows. The Merchants on Points program will also feature expanded options this year, including Naan Stop, Vine Sushi, Zweli’s and Devil’s Pizzeria. The program allows students to purchase food from restaurants around campus using food points during certain time periods, which can be useful for students when no on-campus vendors are open nearby. First-years also have 800 food points this year, a change that’s allowing them more freedom to sample food from eateries other than Marketplace. Furthermore, Roberts noted that Pitchfork’s—a popular eatery located in Keohane Quad—has been renovated to help with long lines and improve customer service. “A lot of students rely on [Pitchfork’s] for a lot of different meals,” Roberts said. DUSDAC works with Duke Dining to determine new vendors at Duke, control the food truck program and interview prospective vendors, she explained. One of Roberts’ goals for the group this year is to “strengthen our relationship with the larger student body,” she said. She added that she would like students to feel comfortable approaching the committee directly with suggestions. She also wants to strengthen DUSDAC’s public relations program and push for Duke’s sustainability initiatives to be implemented in the University’s dining programs. “Dining is very responsive,” Roberts said. “If they can do it, they’ll make it happen.”
DSG FROM PAGE 1 Duke Divinity School and current Young Life member, argued that the Duke chapter could not break with national standards. “We cannot go outside the bounds of national policies,” Bennett said. Senior Rachel Baber, another Young Life member, also spoke in front of the Senate in a push for recognition, pointing out that Duke community members involved in the organization currently have to drive to Chapel Hill for official meetings. Senator Ava Changnon, a sophomore, raised the question of Young Life’s policies potentially discouraging LGBTQ+ members from not only holding leadership positions but also attending the club. Baber responded that the organization holds an “antidiscriminatory cause” and will thus not prohibit individuals from joining the club based on their sexuality, regardless of whether they can serve in leadership positions. After the round of questioning, Senator Jackson Kennedy, a sophomore, delivered a negative speech on chartering the group. He mentioned that the group, in its SOFC application, registered as having a national affiliation with Young Life as well as the fact that its national policy contradicts Duke’s nondiscrimination policy. Kennedy argued that DSG could not recognize the group given the issues with the national organization’s policies. No positive speech on the topic was given. The Senate then proceeded on the final vote, in which the Senate unanimously turned down official recognition of Duke Young Life. In other business: The Senate unanimously approved $2,500 in funding for Duke Spoken Verb, and chartered Sikh Society, a club aiming to build community for Sikhs at Duke and raise awareness about the religion.
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jimmie’s art is electric
Duke electrician moonlights as an artist, page 6
‘southbound’ rethinks the south Exhibit aims to break down stereotypes, page 7
What’s been on your mind lately? Nina Wilder ..............jeremy renner
Kerry Rork ............... leopard skirt
Will Atkinson ...............yale plates
Sydny Long .............larry stylinson
Miranda Gershoni ........revolution
Jack Rubenstein .................tik tok
Sarah Derris ....................... rucaps
Selena Qian ................. graphicsss
Alizeh Sheikh .................... physics
Eva Hong ................................. oui
staff note I spent this summer in New York, a cesspool of sights, sounds, and — mostly to its detriment — smells. Armed with a class and an internship and living just a few blocks from Union Square, my days filled quickly. Coming from Duke, I was used to this nonstop mindset, this rapid pace of living. It wasn’t until attending a poetry reading at a bookshop on Prince Street that I began to understand what this excessive busyness seemed to be leading me toward. A book with pink flowers on the cover caught my eye, along with its intriguing title: “How to Do Nothing.” While the book first piqued my interest through this attractive promise, the subheading, “Resisting the Attention Economy,” ultimately made me buy it. Rather than arguing in favor of retreating from
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society and abandoning one’s responsibilities, Jenny Odell emphasizes the importance of being intentional with one’s attention, rather than aimlessly following a to-do list. She first maps an attention economy that encourages constant productivity and virtual engagement, thus sacrificing sustained and purposeful attention. “Doing nothing” then becomes an act of what she calls “resistance-inplace,” a disengagement with the toxic systems that aim to capture every bit of our attention, leaving us disconnected from ourselves and our communities. She concludes that without taking back our attention, we have no chance of making the kind of inter- and intrapersonal connections required to address our largest issues, including climate change, systemic racism and our mental health crisis. Without stopping to connect deeply with the physical and emotional terrain of these realities, we will continue to rush toward dated and harmful practices in the name of productivity, ultimately hitting the same
walls we have for decades. While sustained attention can certainly address these larger issues, I felt encouraged by the ability to immediately begin incorporating more intentionality into the minutiae of my daily life. I realized just how much importance I place on being busy, on feeling productive, so much so that my selfworth has come to depend on it. After reading Odell’s book and being lucky enough to meet her a few weeks later at a book signing, I experienced New York much differently. During my lunch breaks, rather than rushing back to the office so I could prove just how dedicated I was to my supervisor to ensure a glowing recommendation letter, I soaked up every minute of time they gave me, sitting against a tree with my eyes closed in the sun in the quietest spot I could find at the park. I didn’t feel guilty on the days where I stayed in bed well into the evening because New York was just too much for me that day. Doing nothing became my new prerogative. A key tenant of “doing nothing,” according to Odell, includes reconnecting with one’s temporal and spatial environment. Putting conscious awareness towards these most valuable resources we each have allows intentionality to surface. Odell addresses that this kind of disengagement is of course much easier for certain people with certain privileges than others. But because she advocates a mindset shift rather than sending her readers on expensive retreats or assuming everyone can drop their lives to “do nothing,” the message of taking back one’s attention can be more accessible than it may seem. With intention and awareness at our disposal, we will certainly be much better equipped to live the lives we always claim we want, lives not governed by the benchmarks of productivity we set for ourselves, which seem to conveniently take a new shape as soon as we reach them. I knew that arriving back at Duke would
challenge my newfound sense of awareness. The way most people here interact with both each other and themselves suffers from a deep lack of intentionality, authenticity or sustained awareness. With our heads down — both literally as we gaze at screens and metaphorically, bumping into each other like sharp-edged bumper cars, racing toward some vague finish line — we miss out on taking advantage of our internal and external resources. It’s not that all Duke students must meditate daily (although I think everyone could benefit from it) or take copious amounts of time away from studying to ponder in the gardens, which is simply unrealistic for most of us, it’s just that there must be a mindset shift as to where our values lie: Are they in what we produce or who we are? “How to Do Nothing” by Jenny Odell taught me that attention is powerful, and placing your attention on what our capitalist systems have labeled “nothings” — taking time for yourself, engaging in activities that are intellectually, culturally, mentally and emotionally stimulating but don’t necessarily advance you toward your productivity benchmarks — are not only important to reach your goals, but are actually the crux of life, and without which we sacrifice our full humanity. At Duke, I’ve found refuge in the blurriness of spaces that welcome rounded-edges, mostly by getting out of my comfort zone and this sizable bubble. By paying more critical attention every day, to the physical place I’m living in, to the people around me, and to my own and others’ emotional world, rather than allowing all of my time to be sucked away by the forces that be online or even by homework, by going to talks or concerts off-campus or simply asking the name of the woman who serves me coffee every morning, I hope that I can consciously decide where my values actually lie, and maybe get to do a little more “nothing” in the process. —Miranda Gershoni
Duke electrician Jimmie Banks reflects on his passion for art By Tessa Delgo
Fittingly enough for a modern-day Renaissance man, Jimmie Banks lists Leonardo da Vinci among his chief artistic heroes. In addition to being an exhibiting artist at the Rubenstein Arts Center, Banks is a Duke Facilities Management electrician of 22 years, a former head cook of a barbecue restaurant, a breakdancer and a friend to everyone he meets along the way. “Jimmie Banks Retrospective,” Banks’ exhibit that was displayed at the Ruby from July 11 to Sept. 1, showed portraits of family members, former Duke athletes and celebrities he admires. According to Banks, his “biggest inspirations” are the people around him. “I like to capture the essence of a person,” Banks said. “I like to look deep within, and just pull it out. People are the hardest thing to draw, and that’s the most fun thing for me to create. It’s very challenging, but I love it.” These days, Banks enjoys recognition as an artist from exposures such as his retrospective at the Ruby, but his abilities stem from humble roots. Entirely self-taught, Banks began his art career as a child in Richmond, Va., instinctively feeling called to draw his neighbors, his seven siblings, the sky — anything he saw. Noticing her son’s burgeoning passion, Banks’ mother purchased a paint-by-numbers oil painting set for him when he was 10. Within a year, he turned that gift into a recreation of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” That same painting hung in his exhibit this summer. “It’s still my favorite piece I’ve ever created,” Banks said. Though Banks’ schedule involves working 40 hours a week at Duke, a part-time security job in Raleigh and being a father to two sons, he makes sure he prioritizes his art, creating five to 10 drawings a day. “It’s like breathing — I’ve got to draw,” Banks said. “Finding time can be tough, but I make sure I’m doing things I love. I cook, I spend time with my family — I love those things. I love doing electrical work, too. Doing construction, you see a lot of creativity in that. I love fixing things, making things work and working with my hands. It’s all just so fueled by passion.” Before he had professional art opportunities, Banks would draw at restaurants and during lunch breaks — whenever he had down time, he drew. Eventually, people took notice, and co-
Courtesy of Duke Arts Jimmie Banks has been a Duke Facilities Management electrician for 22 years. Banks also moonlights as an artist.
workers sought portraits of family members and fellow restaurant customers paid for his meals in exchange for his art. “One time someone gave me a bag of apples [for a portrait],” Banks said. “I try to accommodate whatever someone’s willing to give. It’s never been about the money for me.” His effort was eventually noticed by student leaders at the Mary Lou Williams Center, who reached out to Banks in 2006 for his first official commissioned piece. Over the course of a single day, Banks created a portrait of the late Reginaldo “Reggie” Howard, the first African American president of Duke Student Government and namesake for the Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholars program. The portrait now hangs on the second floor of the Friedl Building. By working at Duke, Banks said, he has “met people from all over the world — a lot of talented people. When they’re in awe of my work, or they show enthusiasm, it just makes [me] want to draw more.” Since the opening of “Jimmie Banks Retrospective,” which was part of the Durham 150 celebration honoring the city’s 150th anniversary of incorporation, Banks has received commissions from members of the local community and love from those who
supported him beforehand. “I keep in touch with most of the people [whom I’ve done portraits of],” Banks said. “Some of the basketball players I’ve done who come back to campus, they’ll see me and say, ‘What’s up, Jimmie? You still doing your art?’” Currently, Banks is working on illustrations for a children’s book, an opportunity he was offered after the author of the book visited his exhibit at the Ruby. “My schedule can get kind of tough with doing these projects, but life is so short,” Banks said. “I try to make the most out of my days, get everything I can out of them — sometimes losing a little sleep to get [things] done.” According to Banks, he plans on maintaining his myriad passions “as long as [he has his] health,” staying on with Duke Facilities Management until he retires, working towards having an exhibit at the Nasher Museum and even opening a restaurant somewhere along the line. “Ultimately, I want to be known as someone who enjoys life,” Banks said. “[At Duke], I always see busy people. You have to take time for yourself, for your passions. I tell students, ‘Do what you really love.’ It keeps you looking younger. Keeps you happier, too.”
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Durham’s ‘Southbound’ exhibit resists stereotypes about Southern identity By Skyler Graham Contributing Writer
The American South is an ever-changing landscape, its growing communities and dynamic businesses pushing the region away from strict definitions. With a dark history and rich culture, it’s convenient to describe the South as nothing more than a land of sweet tea and bitter discrimination. The New South, however, presents a progressive transformation from 19th-century Dixie. This fall, “Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South” illustrates the heartbreaking stories of the past and pluralistic identity of the present. There are two installations of the “Southbound” exhibit: “Flux: Nostalgia vs. the Future,” presented in Durham’s Power Plant Gallery, and “Home: How We Make Ourselves,” located in NC State’s Gregg Museum. The two installations work in conjunction to highlight the comforts of Southern culture as well as the similarities between its dynamic past and hopeful present. Curated by Randall Kenan, author and professor of English and comparative literature at UNC-Chapel Hill, this iteration of “Southbound” artfully presents the issues facing 21st-century America. Presented with more than 200 photos from over 50 artists, Kenan had to answer: Which photos represent the New South? Which images — which stories — portray the values of the modern era? “Teaching about the South, you have certain ideas, certain preconceived notions, and I was trying to make them fit,” Kenan explained. “I had to listen to the photos. I had to see what jumped out at me.” The product is a gripping, and nonetheless
realistic, depiction of the modern South. All photos were taken after the year 2000, and this modernity only enhances the contrast between the rustic past and the increasingly urban present. Featuring photos of interracial couples, oil-ridden oceans and “Black Trans Lives Matter” protests, the collection displays an unmistakable awareness of the social, economic and environmental issues of today. But it does not neglect the influences of the past, as photos of Confederate reenactments, rural churchyards and rifle-adept women illustrate how Southerners still look to the past for guidance and self-understanding. Kenan also wanted viewers to recognize the diversity of the modern South: “I was impressed by the inclusion of those not typically represented in the South,” he said. “The growing Latinx and Muslim populations are integral parts of Southern communities who deserve appreciation.” The combination of Southern traditions with contemporary communities reinvents the Southern identity. One photo in particular, captured by photographer Tammy Mercure, shows a group of young girls sitting in anticipation for a dance recital. Despite coming from different backgrounds, the girls demonstrate a genuine sense of unity not uncommon in Southern communities. No matter how the appearance of the South changes, the feeling of Southern hospitality remains. The “Southbound” project is not limited to photography. Online, viewers can discover poetry, essays, videos and a playlist revealing the diversity of artwork within the South. “The phenomena of the New South can’t be captured in photographs alone,” co-curator
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Rachel Boillot | Courtesy of Duke Arts Buncombe County, N.C., by Rachel Boillot is one of the photos on display in “Southbound.”
Mark Sloan explained. “One medium [of art] wasn’t enough.” The artistry of “Southbound” awakens both the eyes and ears — Durham-based musician and Southern musicologist Jake Xerxes Fussell created a playlist of 35 songs capturing the thoughts and emotions of the New South. This playlist includes titles across different genres and different generations, ranging from Walker Calhoun’s banjo-heavy folk hymn “Guide Me, Jehovah” to Lil Wayne’s rap “Tie My Hands,” which addresses black systematic oppression. Poet Nikky Finney was commissioned to write in response to the “Southbound” photos, eloquently illustrating her perspective without any knowledge of the photographer, subject or location of each photo. “If I had been locked in a cell with each of these photographs taped to the walls around me
I know I would’ve eventually made it out alive because of the hope and the life that I found in this masterful collection of images,” Finney states in her piece. “I could have written a story about each and every one of these photographs had I had the time.” For this exhibit, what defines the South is not bigotry but resilience. Changing the image of the region does not mean erasing its history, but rather embracing the ability to change the future. The New South — diverse, flourishing and empathetic — embodies an eagerness to care for all. The thought-provoking words and photos of “Southbound” exemplify this ambition, revealing how, in the words of Southern Gothic author William Faulkner, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” “Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South” will be on display September 6December 11, 2019 at the Power Plant Gallery.
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Scouting the opponent: MTSU a true road test
What do we know about Duke so far?
By Evan Kolin Assistant Blue Zone Editor
After dismantling North Carolina A&T this past Saturday, Duke travels to Murfreesboro, Tenn., for yet another matchup against a team outside the Power Five. This time, the Blue Devils will be taking on Middle Tennessee at Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium Saturday at 7 p.m. for the first ever meeting between the two schools. Last year marked the Blue Raiders’ best season since they joined Conference USA in 2013, as head coach Rick Stockstill’s squad finished 7-1 in conference and appeared in the program’s first Conference USA championship game. “[Middle Tennessee] has a great program,” Duke head coach David Cutcliffe said. “This is a championship program, hats off to [Stockstill]. Middle Tennessee is a great football school...this is a big, tough challenge for our football team—they know it. They’re very aware of that.” But 2019 brings a new-look Blue Raider offensive unit, and it all starts with the quarterback position. For the first time since 2014, Middle Tennessee will begin a season without Brent
Stockstill as its starting quarterback. The Murfreesboro native graduated as the program’s all-time leader in completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns. Over the summer, it was unclear who would fill in for Stockstill under center entering the 2019 campaign. Since then, redshirt sophomore Asher O’Hara has taken control of the job and has had success through two games. O’Hara completed 22 of his 32 pass attempts for 217 yards and two touchdowns in the Blue Raiders’ season-opening loss at Michigan, which had college football’s second-best defense in terms of total yards allowed per game last year. The Illinois native followed that debut up with 367 yards and four scores in a dominant 45-26 win against Tennessee State. It certainly helps that O’Hara has one of the country’s most experienced wide receivers to throw to. Senior wideout Ty Lee entered this year as the NCAA’s active leader in career receptions and an honoree of the Biletnikoff Award Watch List as the country’s top wide receiver. The Georgia native has See SCOUTING on Page 9
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Duke’s secondary will be tested Saturday.
Block party powers Lily Cooper-led Blue Devils By Jake C. Piazza Staff Writer
The Blue Devils knew that playing this match without injured explosive outside hitter Ade Owokoniran would be difficult, but their ruthless net presence proved to be much more difficult for UNC Greensboro to overcome. Duke traveled to Greensboro, N.C., Tuesday night to face off against the momentum-filled Spartans, with the Blue Devils coming out on top in Fleming DUKE 3 Gym, defeating the UNCG 0 Spartans 3-0 (2521, 25-16, 26-24). Though Duke received contributions across the board, Lily Cooper was the dominant force for the team, as she finished the game with a team-high nine blocks. Head coach Jolene Nagel had nothing but praise for the sophomore middle blocker out of Wildwood, Mo. “Lily has been able to play ever since she’s gotten to Duke,” Nagel said. “But she’s definitely becoming more of a force as a blocker and expanding her tool box in regards to her hitting and everything [else], too. So, she’s coming along nicely and we’re just gonna keep working at it every day.” UNC Greensboro’s outside hitters were a problem throughout the match for the Blue Devils, but the countless Spartan errors,
combined with Cooper’s blocking, rendered its powerful offensive attack ineffective. The error bug bit both teams early and quite often. The game started out with poor passes, and the third set began with several missed serves by both teams. Though Duke (5-2) was victorious in the end, UNC Greensboro nearly pushed the game to another set. Heading into tonight, the big question was who was going to fill in for Owokoniran’s lethal attacks from the outside. Gracie Johnson and Samantha Amos once again gave the Blue Devils their answer, as the two combined for
So far, we’ve seen Duke play two games against very different teams with very different, but expected, outcomes. Week one, No. 2 Alabama dismantled the Blue Devils 42-3 to start the season and the following Saturday, Duke took its turn as the bully to an inferiorly talented team, tearing apart North Carolina A&T 45-13. Now, already more than 15 percent into their 12-game schedule, we know very little more about the Blue Devils than we did before the season even began. Perfectly symbolizing Duke’s uneventful start to the year, the Blue Devils sit in the dead center of ESPN’s Football Power Index, ranking 65th out of 130 FBS teams. While there has not been much to take away about Duke’s prognosis for the rest of 2019 yet, there are still 120 minutes of football to dissect. Here’s what we know so far about the Blue Devils:
15 kills on the night. Johnson started off red hot and cooled off as the sets progressed, but as she simmered down, Amos heated up to give Duke enough offense to secure another victory. Amos’ night was highlighted by a ferocious one-on-one block during the second set to allow the Blue Devils to pull ahead. Despite a strong night for many Blue Devils, junior outside hitter Payton Schwantz struggled. She posted an uncharacteristic hitting percentage See BLOCK PARTY on Page 9
Quentin Harris can chuck it—or can he? The quarterback that averaged less than five yards per attempt against the Crimson Tide hardly resembled the same player that threw and flew his way to 428 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns against the Aggies seven days later. Which Quentin Harris will Duke get this Saturday against Middle Tennessee and beyond? The answer lies somewhere in between. Harris’ best trait as a passer, his willingness to take deep shots downfield, also leads to inconsistency. But if the redshirt senior can keep avoiding sacks and turnovers, I expect Harris to continue to exceed expectations behind center. Running backs galore The two-headed running back monster of Deon Jackson and Brittain Brown transformed into a trio when Mataeo Durant carried the ball seven times against Alabama and into a quartet last week when freshman Jaylen Coleman tallied five rushes in the blowout. Heck, even a former safety is joining the party, with Jordan Waters taking snaps as a running back in the preseason. Though productivity among the unit is evenly distributed so far, it’s a mistake to spread the love too much. Jackson is the best playmaker on the offense, with 1,100 yards for scrimmage and nine touchdowns a year ago, and will likely see the bulk of carries when ACC
Jackson Muraika | Staff Photographer
Lily Cooper and the Blue Devils are on a hot streak, sweeping UNC Greensboro on the road.
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SCOUTING FROM PAGE 8 nine catches for 116 yards and a touchdown through two games this year. “You got to put some pressure on the quarterback first,” Cutcliffe said regarding mitigating Middle Tennessee’s aerial attack. “You can’t let them have time. They play often with four receivers. They’ve got different personnel groups. They’re going to throw a lot of screens to get people the ball where they can get started running with it. It’s just part of your game plan is you try to take what people do really well away as best you can.” One big component Duke’s defense has to watch out for is the deep ball. Of O’Hara’s six touchdown passes on the year, five were longer than 20 yards, including two of 59 and 80 yards to Jimmy Marshall and DJ EnglandChisolm, respectively. “They’re a very fast group,” safety Michael Carter II said. “They are different [from] week to week. They come out in a lot of different formations that’s not conventional to what we usually see...on Saturday we have to be able to operate fast.” The difficult part of containing that outside speed is that the Blue Raiders boast a formidable rushing attack as well. Although they struggled to the tune of just 67 yards on 28 carries against the Wolverines, O’Hara and company exploded for 237 yards on the same amount of attempts the next week against the Tigers. The dual-threat signal caller rushed 11 times for 103 yards in the contest, with redshirt sophomore running back Chaton Mobley adding 104 yards on nine attempts and two touchdowns.
On the other end of the ball, coordinator Scott Shafer has transformed Middle Tennessee into one of the most consistent defensive groups outside the Power Five. The Blue Raiders have posted two consecutive top-70 defensive campaigns since the former Syracuse head coach came to Murfreesboro, and that number shouldn’t deviate much this season. Middle Tennessee’s best defensive group is likely its safeties, starting with redshirt senior Jovante Moffatt, who returns after missing all but four games last season while recovering from shoulder surgery. Junior Reed Blankenship—who posted two interceptions and a blocked PAT this past Saturday— joins him in the back end, entering 2019 on the Preseason All-C-USA team as well as the watch lists for both the Bednarik Award—best defensive player in college football—and Jim Thorpe Award— best defensive back. Outside that duo, however, the Blue Raiders are forced to replace their top three cornerbacks from last season, inexperience that Moffatt and Blankenship simply can’t overcome by themselves. Still, Middle Tennessee does have some explosive athletes in its front-seven—including linebackers Khalil Brooks and DQ Thomas— and should be a formidable test for a Duke offense preparing to enter its ACC slate after this game. “We’re going to be treating each game like it is the most important game on our schedule,” quarterback Quentin Harris said. “Because it is. The next one is always the most important one…we’re looking forward to playing [the Blue Raiders], and the game there, a night game, which will always be fun.”
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of -.059 on the night, with only four kills in 17 attempts in addition to a missed serve. Despite Prone to big plays Schwantz’s mistake-filled night, there was a silver Through two weeks, Duke has yielded four lining, as she delivered three critical points for her touchdowns of more than 20 yards, including team in the middle of the second set to put her North Carolina A&T’s Jah-Maine Martin’s 66- team up 14-11. yard scamper that he went virtually untouched Although there were a few impressive on a run up the middle. individual performances, the game tonight The Blue Devils’ go-to 4-2-5 defensive required all hands on deck, with Nagel emptying scheme can leave them susceptible to long her entire bench. gains, meaning this may be a recurring and “It was important for us to get people frustrating theme for Duke, as it has been for opportunities out there,” Nagel said. “[For the last two seasons in Durham. everybody] to gain some experience and hopefully some confidence, I was really excited Reed-emption we were able to do that.” Three years after a disastrous freshman Using the entire bench worked in Duke’s season during which he hit just three of his favor tonight, as the Spartans (5-2) were held 10 field goal attempts, A.J. Reed is back as the to a dreadful .096 team hitting percentage on Blue Devil placekicker. While a low stakes kick the night. with Duke already up by three scores, Reed Among the reserves was Blue Devil connected on a 50-yarder against the Aggies, freshman outside hitter Moorea Wood, who flashing the boot that initially earned him the made her collegiate debut. Though she got off starting role as a true freshman. to a rocky start on a critical missed serve late in the third set, Wood contributed to UNC Bye bye, triple-option Greensboro’s awful hitting percentage, posting After running a triple-option for much of a respectable stat line of three blocks in her the first half against Alabama, the Blue Devil minimal playing time. offense looked a lot different against North The unsung hero of the night was Mackenzie Carolina A&T from the start, even running Cole. Although her stat line was not the most an empty-back set to open the game. Though glorious one of the night, Cole provided an Harris still kept it 13 times, many of these were evident boost of energy to her team, frequently on scrambles and draws out of shotgun. diving on the hardwood. Is the triple-option gone for good? Probably All the Blue Devils’ fingers will be crossed in not. Cutcliffe said after the Crimson Tide hopes for Ade Owokoniran to return by Friday contest that Duke would “continue to tinker ahead of the team’s three-game weekend. In with” triple-option sets, but any worry that the meantime, Duke will continue to send The New York Times Syndication Duke would turn into a plodding option-onlySales outCorporation invitations to the Lily Cooper and friends’ 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, N.Y. team should be gone. block10018 party. For Information Call: 1-800-972-3550 For For Release Release Thursday, Tuesday, September September 10, 12, 2019 2019
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Come one, come all: Space and place at a PWI The Community Editorial Board is fully independent of the editorial staff of The Chronicle. fter two years of construction, Duke University will celebrate Sept. 28 the unveiling of the campus’ newest structure, the “state-of-the-art” Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center. Walk, run, or drive on Duke University Road or Campus Drive to view the 20,200 square-foot pavilion. Though ostensibly open to everyone—alumni, community
the Duke Chapel. Julian Abele, the Black architect of West Campus, was recognized significantly only in 2016 with the renamed Quad and a commemorative plaque on the ground. This exemplifies the afterthought towards space for marginalized groups. The Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA), a space “to think critically about diversity and social justice” is on the lowest level of the Bryan Center alongside La Casa, a space for Latinx students and the Asian American Pacific Islander Bridge for Action Solidarity and
organization, for the second time, lending validity to a group that explictly bars LGBTQ members from leadership positions. This highlights how power is not just in the hands of administration, but also in the hands of students. Certain students will matriculate and enter the upper echelons of alumni, donors with the resources to make decisions and leave a legacy of how space is constructed on campus. These gothic stones and immense glass walls don’t
COMMUNITY EDITORIAL BOARD members, students and staff alike—ultimately, this new structure is an alumni and visitor center, a $25 million suite of event spaces and offices. It may be open to the community at large, but it is not for the community, begging the question—where are the community spaces on campus? For whom are they built and where? And what, as a recent column asks, do these differential investments in spaces tell us about who is valued and cared for on this campus? Our campus spaces, new and old, reflect the histories and values of the University. In front of the Duke Chapel stands an elevated, larger-than-life statue of James B. Duke, dedicated in 1935. The statue is located on what is now Abele Quad, the center of West Campus in front of
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Education (AAPI BASE). The Hindu Students Association (HSA) shares a single prayer room in the basement of the Bryan Center Greenhouse with the Buddhist Community. The Student Disability Access Office (SDAO) is on Oregon Street, Central Campus where students no longer live and buses less frequently go. Most of these community spaces for cultural and identity groups materialized as the result of advocacy and activism from students and supporting staff and faculty members. While some make efforts to create inclusive, welcoming spaces, others have chosen to uphold the exclusionary nature of the university. It has been just over a year since the Mary Lou Williams Center—a place made in contrast to other campus spaces by and for Black students—was vandalized. The past academic year saw its fair share of hate and bias incidents that have largely seen a lack of decisive action to address the issues. Just yesterday, Duke Student Government (DSG) debated approving the Christian organization Young Life as an official student
at first tell of white supremacy, ableism, or xenophobia. Their grandeur seems to say nothing of absence, until you look closer. The decision to allocate space (or not) to student groups, the design of our living spaces, the donations given to certain construction projects but not others, the defacement of cultural spaces, the threats against those that ask for recognition—these are the markers of a University steeped in “white supremacy and cultural imperialism.” As we think about engaging with “violent, uncomfortable histories” we cannot forget the ways that those histories are present. They are intercalated in the physical geography, architectural landscape and administrative and campus decision-making processes. In this way, is necessary that we consider belonging grounded in, yet more than, location. We must, simultaneously, be actively moving to create a community that transcends physicality. How will we care for each other—within this campus and once we have moved beyond?
MODEL MINORITY FROM PAGE 1 accept and even relish in stereotypes about our propensity for math problems and hard work. Racial equality, however, is an objective good, not a dividend paid out to those who meet the societal standards for what constitutes an upstanding minority. The Model Minority paradigm creates a wedge between Asians and other minorities while fueling an anti-Black, capitalist meritocracy that justifies the status quo for people of color.
convincing, I think that it is both ethical and possible to do comparative analysis between the Black experience and the Asian experience in the United States. Many, including soft-left liberals, argue that comparing the material conditions and positionality of minorities devolves into a race to the bottom that encourages an “Oppression Olympics” and that this is a bad thing because it denies the legitimacy of victimization of other groups. This threat—based on the idea that we are all equally people of
David Min MILK BEFORE CEREAL In this column, I argue that our transformation to the acceptable had very little to do with our culture and investments in education. Independently of whether or not we were able to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, Asians still need to be more vocal about racism and politics. I understand that many of the arguments I am making are quite broad; I seek to reduce the number of incorrect generalizations about the Asian community especially because most of my musings begin from the standpoint of East Asians in the United States. I will not extrapolate my thoughts to other Asian populations because there are significant differences that hinder the accuracy of my analysis. The pattern of Asian upward mobility is real, but the mainstream causal analysis is incorrect. Research investigating the widespread assumption about Asian parents’ extraordinary investments in education found that educational gains alone could not account for Asians closing the wealth gap with Whites. Asians received better opportunities as a result of a drastic shift in public sentiment in the 20th century fueled by geopolitical conflict and the civil rights movement. Providing equal rights to Asians helped the United States’ international standing and struggle against communist regimes, particularly in Asia, by forwarding the argument that the U.S. was a liberal democracy where people of color could enjoy identical protections and opportunities. Similarly, Asian stories were used as propaganda to curtail concessions in the civil rights movement by embracing the “hard-working nature” of Asians and insinuating that Blacks were to be blamed for their own poverty. The stereotypes of Asian obedience and docileness allowed the U.S. to advance the understanding that patience would be rewarded and that political retaliation would be met with militant resistance. Regardless of whether you find this historical analysis
color—is an intellectual charge that relies upon the same colorblind logic as the “stop playing the race card.”. Not only does this view presume a monolithic understanding of racial victimhood, but also dangerously and incorrectly allows Asians and other immigrants groups to conflate their experiences with those of Black people in the United States. Progress is only possible when the oppressor wills it, but civil society has consistently demonstrated that it has a psychotic compulsion to commit anti-Black violence. Chattel slavery has replicated itself with different names; the accumulation of history from the Atlantic Slave Trade to the Prison Industrial Complex and the murder of Trayvon Martin are proof. The truth is that Asians (and everyone else)—including the smart, woke ones at Duke—need a history lesson on the “true scale and nature of black suffering.” Having an understanding of the racial triangulation between White, Black and Yellow is essential to understanding how inequality is established, sustained, and perfected. I am not a self-hating Asian-American, and it should be obvious that my argument isn’t that we as a group have not experienced structural antagonisms. Precisely, to remember who we are as Asians is to remember internment and Fu Manchu. To remember is to acknowledge that this is not our country regardless of whether it may fetishize our women and commodify our cuisine. To remember is to understand that White civil society believes we are personalityless, desexualized and ultimately forgettable. The lived experiences of our own peers and ancestors should, if anything, give us greater reason to inquire more deeply about race in the United States and to stand in solidarity with the oppressed. David Min is a Trinity sophomore. His column, milk before cereal, runs on alternate Thursdays.
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Letter: West Union fish is delicious
didn’t try West Union until my sophomore year. I respectfully ate all of my Marketplace swipes for breakfast and dinner. For lunch, I salvaged peanut butter and jelly from Marketplace in the mornings and put it together in my Basset triple in the afternoons. I was happy. I enjoy food, and even though I turned away when the Marketplace workers poured Egg mix onto their omelette pans, I never complained.
Maxwell Silverstein LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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Don’t eat the West Union fish
t’s the beginning of the new school year, and for The Chronicle opinion section that means an onslaught of patronizing columns directed towards first-years written by people vastly unqualified to give any sort of life advice. I have no interest in reading how one year at Duke taught you the importance of stress management or how it took time for you to make this new environment feel like a
easily the third worst food poisoning I’ve ever encountered, topped only by a tainted batch of Bojangles purchased in Rougemont, North Carolina, and the mayonnaise-topped hamburger I ate in Damascus, Syria. It’s not the first time I’ve been burned by JB’s either. The blackened salmon tip pineapple goulash they served last year passed through my system quicker than Pete Davidson goes through
and down the court. Prioritizing the brochure over user experience is very on-brand for Duke. The quality of West Union food isn’t bad, but it is clear that the design of the building was much more important to Duke than the food itself. Duke got rid of Central Campus because it looked like an East German DMV, but Central was super fun and most people I know who lived there
hastily chosen girlfriends. But let’s not just pick on JB’s. Freshman year I frequented the poke stand at Ginger and Soy; however, after biting into a cartilage chunk the size of Paul Giamatti’s left testicle for the third time, I decided to call it quits. The sushi place whose name I don’t know has fish, but they also think that cream cheese belongs in Japanese inspired cuisine, so if I were you I’d steer clear. I think the root of the West Union fish problem is really just an identity issue. West Union is a great college dining hall, one that I’m grateful to have had for all of my four years, but at the end of the day it is just a dining hall. The sleek stand facades and glass architecture give the vendors the confidence to attempt dishes they have no business attempting. It’s kinda like how that doughy white guy fiending for a pickup game in Wilson thinks he can take pull up threes just because he’s rocking a newly-purchased pair of Kyrie 5’s. You can peacock all you want but you’re not fooling anyone after you start gasping for air three trips up
loved it. Duke doesn’t have a frat row and any on-campus parties are strictly monitored, but that just makes parties move off campus where Duke can pawn off the problem onto Durham residents and the local police. Not sure what any of that really has to do with West Union fish but I have to write another hundred words for The Chronicle to publish this and I’m running out of fish jokes faster than Pete Davidson goes through hastily chosen girlfriends. I guess I’ll wrap this up the way any good advice column does: with an unnecessary and overly sentimental restatement of my simple premise. Here goes nothing: Duke can be a hard place to adjust to, and sometimes you may feel overly stressed or like you’re missing out on countless opportunities. But one thing you should miss out on is the fish in West Union, cause that s*** will destroy your insides.
Sami Kirkpatrick KINDA KIDDING home. I don’t need a thousand words to tell me that college life presents you with a lot of options but you should probably only commit to a few; and while we’re at it (even though it’s off topic) I may as well mention that the column about “Radical Randys” pissed me off too. I’ve been here for three years now and I still feel just as dumb when it comes to navigating this school as I was in my first week. I’ve never met with my major advisor, I’ve never set up a Flunch, and I don’t know where half the buildings are. In a lot of ways I’m even less grounded than I was as a freshman. I spent a good year and a half caring way too much about mixer themes or who was bringing who to date functions. If I really think about it, there’s honestly only one piece of advice I feel completely qualified to give: Don’t eat the fish in West Union. Last week I made the poor decision of purchasing the salmon at JB’s Chop House and it only took a few short hours before I was projectile vomiting into the drain of my tub shower. It was
Sami Kirkpatrick is a Trinity senior. His column, “kinda kidding,” runs on alternate Wednesdays.
Sophomore year, I ate West Union with joy. We didn’t even have Sazón. JB’s, Tandoor, Sprout, ABP, Gyotaku, and especially the place upstairs lorded over Marketplace in quality and presentation of food. After a year of dry chicken, hummus, and peanut butter and jelly, I felt like a king, and the wellbalanced meals I was then eating made me consider my body to be a respectable throne room. Understandably, never have I felt more disrespected than when Sami Kirkpatrick came to my palace and spat his article about JB’s Salmon onto the ground. Years of construction went into West Union and with it years of thought: in carefully selecting the restaurants, menus and food that students would be eating for years to come. Feeding thousands of people every day with differences of background, dietary restrictions, and eating preferences is a careful dance. They have to meet those needs as well as provide options that satisfy the nutritional requirements of college students that would often prefer to eat ramen or mac and cheese in their rooms than go out and spend money on an egg sandwich. Incidentally, one of those nutritional requirements is fish. Fish provides essential Omega-3’s and other vitamins that help power our brains as well as keep us healthy. Unfortunately, fish is also extremely hard to handle. Fish spoils quickly and transporting the quality of fish that JB’s puts out is an even harder challenge. Shipments of fish are often made on Mondays, and I imagine Sami, who despite claiming to be a restaurant connoisseur, foolishly ordered fish on a Friday—when it is more likely to have spoiled. Still, I am skeptical that Duke, the JB’s staff, and Jay Singletary (who was nominated as a Chron15 Icon) would be anything less than Gordon Ramsay levels of careful with their food. Noting that Sami’s report of food poisoning is extremely rare, I feel it may be nothing less than a coincidence poorly timed with perhaps a large order of Heavenly Buffalo’s to fill Sami’s appetite for destroying the reputation of campus dining. Providing food for thousands of customers without a single complaint until this article is an exceptional challenge that Duke has handled phenomenally. On other college campuses, I’ve seen reports of grasshoppers in the salad, bugs in meat, and worse. Duke has displayed an amazing dining program that is overflowing with amazing options, like Chef’s Kitchen and Sazón and the perpetually changing second floor restaurant. I can only imagine that Sami wrote that article because the lack of Omega-3 in his diet has worn away at his judgment. Maxwell Silverstein is a Trinity senior.
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I-HOUSE FROM PAGE 1 “I-House staying on Central Campus while everything around it is torn down is a source of a lot of discontentment within the international community,” Guerra wrote. In June, The Chronicle reported that International House was to remain on Central for at least a year with no concrete plans on the horizon. Moreover, International Association students said they hadn’t heard about the plan until Spring 2019. Larry Moneta, former vice president for student affairs, stepped down at the end of the academic year, leaving the decision of an alternative location to his successor, McMahon. Since then, I-House has continued to remain open on 300 Alexander Avenue. “Even when Central Campus was active, I-House’s location was not ideal simply due to a lack of visibility,” Guerra wrote in an email. “With only one bus serving the Alexander Drive stop, I-House has become nearly invisible.” To the displeasure of staff and visitors, Guerra added, the Swift Express does not operate between 2:00 and 6:00 p.m., which represents a significant chunk of the house’s hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is possible to take the C1: East-West bus and walk to I-House, but Guerra mentioned that the option is unappetizing for most students. “An uphill walk in an area that is soon to be busy with demolition is not attractive or welcoming to anyone,” she wrote. Guerra also raised the possibility of health hazards for those who visit or staff I-House as it becomes encircled by the demolition. Over the summer, Moneta wrote in an email to The Chronicle that administration “would never permit anyone to occupy an unsafe environment.” Li-Chen Chin, assistant vice president for intercultural programs in student affairs, noted that she has visited the I-House several times during demolition.
“The staff continue to carry their important work and serve the international community as well as the University at large,” she wrote. Senior Shyam Pradheep, president of the International Association, agreed with the excellent work that the I-House staff performs but is concerned about the message Duke is sending to international students. He noted that the University must prioritize creating an international center. As of now, Pradheep added, I-House doesn’t have the space or the resources to provide international students with the help they would need to have a good Duke experience. On the long term, availability of resources needs to be improved, so that I-House staff can do better. “The I-House staff does a phenomenal job, but it’s really hard for them to do the best possible job in terms of what they are given,” Pradheep explained. He mentioned that McMahon has been receptive to these demands. Since taking office in July, she has been eager to discuss both short-term and long-term plans and goals for the I-House. Pradheep said that it was the first time in a while that he had received as much support from the administration. Before McMahon took office, he recalled that the International Association continuously encountered backlash from the administration when addressing issues of content. “She took a call with me as soon as she took office, and I think that says a lot,” he said. McMahon also stressed the importance of longer-term strategies in the form of outreach possibilities, resources and projects. Having been an international graduate student in London herself, McMahon said she understands the different needs and struggles of international students. “To me, understanding the global footprint of Duke is really important,” she said. “We know that people’s ability to make a ton of adjustments in a short period of time needs to be complemented by additional resources.”
FAILURE FROM PAGE 2 class also entitled “Learning to Fail.” “It was the day after the [Duke men’s basketball] national championship and I had a 10 a.m. class, so I figured my students were going to be not well-rested,” Dinin said. “So I took them out to Ninth Street and encouraged them to go to restaurants and ask if they could just have one item for free and see what happened. I figured that everyone would get rejected and that was the goal, was to experience that it was okay and failing wasn’t the end of the world.” To his surprise, almost every one of Dinin’s students managed to come back with one free item. The next year, Dinin was asked to develop and teach an Innovation and Entrepreneurship elective class called Learning To Fail, and the class in its present iteration was born. Since then, it has come to mean many different things to a variety of students through the years. To senior Sophia ParviziWayne, who took the class as a junior, it was a way to overcome the personal struggle she often felt with failure, both as a student and as an athlete. “As an athlete, we’re meant to be learning to win,” Parvizi-Wayne said. “It’s a tough thing to fail. Learning that failure can be productive is something that’s really hard to grapple with, especially at Duke, with all the athletic and academic perfection.” In the end, however, Parvizi-Wayne said the class was about much more than just failure. “A lot of this class was about learning ways to approach people, and honestly, learning to be a better human,” Parvizi-Wayne said. “I really think I came out of this class with a better outlook on life. I get rejected all the time from jobs and it’s not rejection; it just wasn’t for me. And that’s one of the benefits of this class—it’s
not just about learning how to fail, it’s learning how to move on from that failure.” Zhao echoed similar sentiments about applying the lessons learned in class to her personal life. “In one class, [Dinin and Gould] gave us all flashcards, and asked us to write about a moment when we felt vulnerable and what it felt like, and then what it felt like when others showed vulnerability,” Zhao said. “To us, vulnerability feels like weakness, but when other people are being vulnerable, it feels like strength. That was something pretty eye-opening.” One of the final challenges presented in Learning to Fail is a “create-your-own” personal challenge. Zhao took a reflective route, using the opportunity to get closer to two people she knew by asking them “The 36 Questions that Lead to Love,” coined by psychologist Arthur Aron, and contemplating her own experiences in relation to others’. Parvizi-Wayne, determined to solve a problem on campus, took on a project in which she created a map of every facility on campus where students could seek out mental health resources, whether that be recreational, physical, psychological or wellness-related, and then turned that information into a digital application. These individual learning experiences are part of what make Learning to Fail so special in the eyes of its students. According to Gould, she would like to see students take away from the class whatever they need. “We have students come to us and say, ‘I feel braver now’ or ‘I feel more mindful of my surroundings’ or ‘I feel more resilient’,” Gould said. “If there’s self-discovery, then [students] also have the courage to apply that [to their lives].” Learning to Fail is offered every semester, and is open to students of all grade levels, regardless of previous experience with the Innovation and Entrepreneurship certificate.
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