Opinions

Mass shooters should remain nameless

Mass shooters should remain nameless

03/21/2019 By Duke Staff Following another egregious attack carried out by a white supremacist, this time in Christchurch, New Zealand, the world is grieving the loss of 50 innocent lives at the two targeted mosques on March 15. While New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has received worldwide praise for her handling of the crisis […]

Social media plays dangerous role in proliferation of far-right ideas

Social media plays dangerous role in proliferation of far-right ideas

03/21/2019 By Ollie Gratzinger | Opinions Editor Our world is more connected now than it ever was before. In our hands, we hold access to every bit of information ever known; it’s only a click away. We can send messages across the world in a fraction of a second. There’s no doubting that technology has […]

Tucker Carlson drama demonstrates Fox News’ true colors once more

Tucker Carlson drama demonstrates Fox News’ true colors once more

03/14/2019 By Ollie Gratzinger | Opinions Editor As time goes on, it gets harder and harder to find any redeeming qualities in the cesspool that is Fox News. From accusations of editorializing news stories with a right-wing twist to alleged sexual harassment, the network’s bigwigs face a list of controversies that could span a country […]

Good programs exist beyond the Ivy Leagues

Good programs exist beyond the Ivy Leagues

03/14/2019 By Duke Staff Entering the “real world” and trying to find worthwhile, stable employment is a feat that every college student will have to grapple with at the end of their academic journey. This is especially stressful in the competitive field of journalism, where jobs are scarce as it is, let alone internship opportunities. […]

Green New Deal a good start, but lacks funding, alienates moderates

Green New Deal a good start, but lacks funding, alienates moderates

03/14/2019 By Alexander Wolfe | Staff Columnist  The resolution introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) has been the subject of national media curiosity for some time since its introduction on Feb. 7. Fancying my own ability to sift through complex economic and political language, I took the time to read […]

Socialism not a dirty word, many misunderstand its meaning

Socialism not a dirty word, many misunderstand its meaning

03/14/2019 By Timothy Rush | Staff Columnist  Socialism, love it or hate it, it is something that almost everyone has heard about. Depending on who you are, this word can evoke thoughts and images so varied it almost seems meaningless. To some, the word evokes images of the oppressive Soviet Union or that of the […]

Jussie Smollett allegedly lied about attack; set back work of activists

02/28/2019 By Ollie Gratzinger | Opinions Editor In the early morning hours of Jan. 29, Empire star Jussie Smollett was walking through the streets of Chicago when a pair of masked men allegedly attacked him. Smollett claimed that the two assaulted him with racial and homophobic slurs, placed a noose around his neck and roughed […]

‘Green Book’ not worthy of Oscar award

‘Green Book’ not worthy of Oscar award

02/28/2019 By Duke Staff This past Oscars season yielded a slew of exciting winners; Rami Malek took home the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. Black Panther’s Ludwig Goransson, Hannah Beachler and Ruth Carter won Best Original Score, Production Design and Costume […]

Vatican must be accountable in light of sexual assault claims

Vatican must be accountable in light of sexual assault claims

2/28/2019 By Timothy Rush | Staff Columnist  On Feb. 22, the Vatican began a four-day meeting of 190 church leaders to address the ongoing issue of sexual abuse within the Church. The meeting was called “The Protection of Minors in the Church,” with an emphasis on listening to abuse victims and tackling the issue head-on […]

There are more pressing national emergencies than Trump’s wall

There are more pressing national emergencies than Trump’s wall

02/21/2019 By Ollie Gratzinger | Opinions Editor The good news: There isn’t going to be another government shutdown. At least, not right now. The bad news: Trump plans to issue a national emergency to build a wall along the U.S./Mexico border. Since the National Emergencies Act was passed in 1976, 58 national emergencies have been […]