Young Trustee Interview with Liz Brown


Artwork by Wei Tan

Department Of: How do you think President Price has done in his first semester in office?
Liz Brown: I think he’s done a pretty good job. […]  I think it’s like pretty obvious he’s a PR guy. But I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing for an institution as big as ours. I think that was a big flaw of Broadhead. So, been fairly impressed. But I’m not into the whole dog thing.

DO: Do you hate dogs?
LB: Yeah, I hate dogs. And I don’t like people who like make dogs their thing. Like I wonder if he got them for Duke. You know? Like for his “I’m gonna be president” and “I’m gonna have these two cute dogs and I’m gonna walk them everywhere.” It’s a little much for me. I’ve never seen a picture of him with his dogs before Duke so like, yeah. But other than the dogs, he’s cool, yeah.

DO: If elected, who on the Board of Trustees, would you try to make your best friend?
LB: I think the obvious answer is Tim Cook or Adam Silver because they are pretty famous. And I actually am so intrigued by Adam Silver. I like, can’t believe he’s a real person. He looks like an alien. It’s so crazy. I think there’s some really cool, I think a little more like, low-key people on the Board. There’s a woman named Alison Duncan. She’s the California district court lady. And I’m excited to meet her. Continue reading “Young Trustee Interview with Liz Brown”

Young Trustee Interview with Bryce Cracknell


Art by Wei Tan

Department Of: How do you think President Price has done in his first semester as President?
Bryce Cracknell: Uh, better than President Broadhead.
DO: Care to elaborate?
BC: I think his decision to remove General Lee I mean, shows where he lies on things. Our former president I’m sure wouldn’t have made the right decision.

DO: Okay, throwing some shade. What has been your favorite part of Duke and your least favorite part?
BC: My favorite part of Duke that I’ve been able to get involved with is my environmental justice work. Least favorite part of Duke, it’s complicated, but constantly doing a lot of the labor for the administration around issues of justice and talking about injustice on campus. Always, doing that labor.

DO: If elected, who on the Board of Trustees would you try to make your best friend?
DC: Ooh, um, probably Adam Silver. I have some ideas about the NBA. Like he proposed a new tournament to happen in the middle of the season similar to how soccer is. I think that’d be great. Also, because my team, the Hornets, are struggling right now. If there’s any way we can help make them better, I’m for it. Continue reading “Young Trustee Interview with Bryce Cracknell”

Young Trustee Interview with Amy Kramer


Artwork by Wei Tan

Department Of: How do you think President Price has done in his first semester as president?
Amy Kramer: I think he’s done a great job. I think taking swift action with the statues on the Chapel was, I think, the right move, showing that he’s willing to take action when necessary and I think some of the other things, like housing reform, he’s moving more slowly on, shows that he’s pretty deliberate about his decision making and thoughtful. I’m going to try and get a selfie with him this weekend.

DO: What has been your favorite part about Duke? And your least favorite part about Duke?
AK: My favorite part of Duke is easily, the learning I’ve done outside the classroom.
DO: And your least favorite part?
AK: It’s part of my platform in terms of access and equity.  I think, financially, Duke has to balance some long-term financial solvency of the university. But I think [there are] different ways to continue investing in students.  […] We celebrate at this university how many students are first in their families to go to college, but I think Duke can do a better job at investing in that academic support. I spent a semester at UNC, so I’ve seen things that Duke does really well and often doesn’t get credit for. Particularly with disability services, with that said, they can still do a better job. Continuing investing in students, continuing supporting students, so there is that access to opportunities and equity across the Board.

DO: If elected who on the Board of Trustees, would you try to make your best friend?
AK: Oooh, any of the strong women. I was just looking at some of their bios, like the head of the WNBA, who’s turning [the WNBA] around. Just some powerhouse women, just a coalition helping to change the conversations. Continue reading “Young Trustee Interview with Amy Kramer”

Young Trustee Interview with Chinmay Pandit


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Department Of: How do you think President Price has done in his first semester as President?
Chinmay Pandit: I think he has done a good job. He has big shoes to fill, but um, I think he’s kind of handled the transition well and has articulated a good vision for the university and also brought two really cute dogs to campus which is a pleasure for all of us.

DO: What has been your favorite part of Duke?
CP: Like physically? Or just like, anything about it?
DO: Whatever you think that question means.
CP: Okay, um I think the relationships I’ve formed with people have been the best part. I think the classes that sucked or the classes that weren’t great –  I think the people or the relationships that I’ve formed throughout have really kind of given Duke value.

DO: What is the part about Duke that you hate the most?
CP: Mm. That’s tough. Really crowded buses. Or not being able to get just past like that yellow line on the bus and having to wait for the next one. That’s kind of a bummer. Continue reading “Young Trustee Interview with Chinmay Pandit”

Seven Alternatives to No-Shave November

No-pave November
Students abstain from paving any new roads on Duke’s campus, a ritual that students have called “cleansing” and “absolutely necessary after half a semester of non-stop paving.”

No-slave November
This one is popular among some of the religious groups on campus. From Leviticus 25:9-10: “On the Day of Atonement you shall sound the trumpet throughout all your land. You shall make the fiftieth year holy, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants.” On November 1, students will drop their S’well water bottles in a big lecture and release all their indentured servants for the month.

No-lathe November
Engineers will abstain from using lathes and instead find other ways to rotate their workplaces about an axis in order to perform difficult mechanical tasks. Tough one.

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Holiday Clapbacks to Invasive Parents

Going home for the holidays? Consider these responses to your extended family’s loving questions over Christmas break.

Have you secured an internship for this summer yet?
        Have you secured a retirement plan yet?

Where’s the rest of your skirt?
        Where’s the rest of your teeth?

You need to raise that GPA
        You need to raise that hand before you speak to me.

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Fake Kickstarter


Campaign Name: A Duke Student Worthy of Your Time
Campaign Goal: $30,000

Campaign Info:

Hi there, welcome to my Kickstarter campaign. My name is Addison McCaughley, and I am a junior at Duke studying Public Policy, Arabic, Chinese, Dance, and I am getting the AMI certificate, and I have a healthy social life, and I exercise 2-3 times a week, but I usually don’t break a sweat, and I read 4-6 hours a week for pleasure, and I eat 1-3 meals a day on average, and I keep up with politics. This sounds like a lot, right?

That’s where you come in!

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