Duke University

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Duke Freshman: Why I Won't Read That Book

It's about the images, not the ideas

(Newser) - Some Duke freshmen made headlines this week for refusing to read a graphic novel assigned to them. In the Washington Post yesterday, one of them provided a fuller explanation of the stance against Alison Bechdel's Fun Home. "The book includes cartoon drawings of a woman masturbating and multiple... More »

Duke Freshmen Refuse to Read Graphic Novel on Sexual Identity

Say Alison Bechdel's 'Fun Home' goes against personal, religious beliefs

(Newser) - Alison Bechdel's Fun Home , a "family tragicomic," is a graphic memoir about the cartoonist's relationship with her distant father growing up and her coming of age as she grappled with her sexual identity. But although the committee tasked with giving incoming freshmen at Duke University a... More »

New NCAA Champs: Duke

They beat Wisconsin 68-63

(Newser) - The package deal has delivered Duke another national championship. Tyus Jones scored 23 points, his good buddy and freshman teammate Jahlil Okafor added a couple of key baskets in the closing minutes, and the Blue Devils beat Wisconsin 68-63 last night to give coach Mike Krzyzewski his fifth national championship.... More »

Duke Does U-Turn on Muslim Call to Prayer

Evangelist outraged by plan to allow call from chapel tower

(Newser) - "What was conceived as an effort to unify was not having the intended effect," officials at Duke University said yesterday after beating a hasty retreat from plans to allow the Muslim call to prayer to be broadcast from the Duke University Chapel bell tower. When the plan was... More »

Man Blind for Decades Sees Again With Bionic Eye

Larry Hester is country's 7th recipient of device

(Newser) - It's been 33 years since Larry Hester started going blind. But thanks to a new bionic eye, the 66-year-old is experiencing vision once again, Duke Medicine reports. Granted, "it's not vision as we traditionally know it," a Duke University scientist tells Duke Medicine. But "turning... More »

Skull Shapes 'Feminized' About 50K Years Ago

Smaller brows, less testosterone helped us advance: study

(Newser) - Hope you're sitting down, gentlemen: A new study says that homo sapiens made a huge leap in abstract and symbolic thought 50,000 years ago because their skull-shape "feminized" and testosterone levels went down, Pacific Standard reports. Experts at Duke University analyzed over 1,400 modern and ancient... More »

John Wayne Heirs, Duke Fight to Lasso His Nickname

University doesn't want Wayne estate using 'Duke' on its bourbon bottles

(Newser) - John Wayne’s family and Duke University are riding a litigious path into the sunset. The American icon's heirs have sued the academic institution for the right to market bottles of bourbon using the word "Duke," the late legend’s famous nickname, reports the AP . The bottles... More »

Scientists: China's Bulldozing of Mountains Is Nuts

Chinese experts say environmental damage is already evident

(Newser) - China is bulldozing its mountains by the dozen to make way for cities—a move that could prove disastrous, Chinese scientists warn in Nature . The country is only a fraction of the way through its plan to flatten more than 700 mountains, move the debris into valleys, and build on... More »

Duke Lacrosse Accuser Guilty in Boyfriend's Slaying

Crystal Mangum faces up to 18 years in jail

(Newser) - The woman whose rape accusation against three Duke lacrosse players was ultimately dismissed has now been found guilty of second-degree murder. Crystal Mangum stabbed her boyfriend in the chest during a fight in 2011, the News & Observer reports, and he died 10 days later. She said the stabbing was... More »

New 'Invisibility Cloak' Actually Works—Sort Of

Duke University team renders small cylinder 'invisible'

(Newser) - Well, it's a work in progress anyway: A cloak of invisibility in development for six years has finally made an object invisible—at least from a certain angle, from passing microwaves. A team of Duke University electrical engineers used the cloak to render a half-inch cylinder "invisible" for... More »

Houston Family's College Bill: $1.5M

Marc and Beverly Ostrofsky have five daughters

(Newser) - Good thing he wrote a bestseller. Houston dad Marc Ostrofsky has tallied up his family's college costs, and "we’re looking at roughly $60,000 to $70,000 per child per year," he tells KHOU . "A total of about $1.5 million after tax dollars."... More »

Ex-Duke Basketballer Dies in Fall From NYC Building

Thomas Emma was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1983

(Newser) - Former star basketball player Thomas Emma plunged from the 12th floor of the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan to his death in an apparent suicide, says the NYPD. Emma's body was found at 11:30am yesterday on a second-floor landing of a building on Central Park South. Emma... More »

Duke Frat Under Fire for 'Slut' Emails

Come as a 'total slut,' says Sigma Nu's party invitation

(Newser) - Just weeks after a crude Yale frat chant landed the Ivy in hot water, a series of fraternity emails calling female students sluts is sparking a campus gender war at Duke University. The emails, sent by Sigma Nu, invited women to attend the frat's Halloween party dressed up as a... More »

Sex-Rating 'Thesis' Embarrasses Duke

Karen Owen's 42-page PowerPoint rated her sexual liaisons

(Newser) - College kids, take note: In today's world, nothing is private. Especially not former Duke student Karen Owen's mock senior thesis about her sexual exploits while on campus. The 22-year-old, who graduated this year, prepared a 42-page PowerPoint presentation that analyzed and rated her sexual liaisons with 13 student-athletes to share... More »

Gates Challenges Elite Students to Join Military

Defense chief: 'Instead of J Crew, they wear body armor'

(Newser) - Defense chief Robert Gates wants students from prestigious universities to join the military, arguing that more of the country's "best and brightest" need to step up. In a speech to Duke University students, Gates praised those who do choose to serve, reports Politico . “Instead of wearing J. Crew,... More »

College Waiting Lists Bigger Than Ever

Uncertain economy has schools, students hedging bets

(Newser) - The odds aren't looking good for the 3,382 high school seniors currently wait-listed by Duke—the college thinks it will probably end up taking only about 60 of them. Duke is far from the only college to dump record numbers of applicants into admissions purgatory this year, as economic... More »

Duke Returns to Title Game

Blue Devils' 78-57 victory sends West Virginia packing

(Newser) - Duke moved within 40 minutes of its first national title in 9 years tonight, getting 23 points from Jon Scheyer to pull away from West Virginia, 78-57. Kyle Singler had 21 and Nolan Smith 19 for the Blue Devils, who squashed West Virginia's feel-good story and will now try to... More »

No. 1 Seed Duke Advances

Blue Devils eliminate Baylor to gain Final Four

(Newser) - Nolan Smith scored a career-high 29 points and top-seeded Duke used a big run late in the game to beat Baylor, 78-71, today in Houston. Duke, the lone No. 1 seed remaining in the tournament, will play in the national semis for the first time since 2004, against East Regional... More »

Michigan State Returns to Final Four

Tennessee heads home after Spartans pull out another squeaker, 70-69

(Newser) - Raymar Morgan made a free throw with 1.8 seconds left today in St. Louis, giving fifth-seeded Michigan State a 70-69 victory over sixth-seeded Tennessee and a spot in its second straight Final Four. The Vols' Scotty Hopson tied the game with a free throw with 11.2 seconds left,... More »

West Virginia Stuns Kentucky

Backup point guard Joe Mazzulla leads Mountaineers into Final FOur

(Newser) - It's almost heaven, West Virginia. Da'Sean Butler and the Mountaineers are off to the Final Four for the first time since 1959. Injury replacement Joe Mazzulla scored a career-high 17 points in his first start this season and No. 2 seed West Virginia handled a cold-shooting, top-seeded Kentucky team stocked... More »

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