Author Archives: DukeCheck

✓ Suppose we opened a school. And no one wanted to attend?

Immediately after the joyous announcement last summer that DKU had received “final approval,” Team Brodhead set its marketing plan into motion. Festoons of balloons appeared on the Durham campus, hoping to draw the attention of Dukies desiring to go to … Continue reading

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✓ Chinese students shun DKU

With President Brodhead silent at his side, the Chancellor of Duke Kunshan University dropped a bombshell at a news conference in China: The new backwater university is drawing very few applications — and almost none from within China. According to … Continue reading

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The blog is on vacation for a few days.

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Huerta – developing

Durham DA to announce Tuesday afternoon whether any criminal charges will be brought in the death of Jesus Huerta.

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✓ Women’s basketball loses Chelsea Gray for season

The same kneecap, again. The women’s basketball team has lost point guard Chelsea Gray for the rest of the season, because she broke her right kneecap during the first half of the BC game on Sunday. The injury was initially … Continue reading

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✓ Rick Wagoner. He’s back!!!

Duke PR, in both Durham and Kunshan, announced this morning the creation of a 19-member international advisory board that will, according to the official announcement, counsel the top leadership of Duke Kunshan University “on a wide variety of issues.” If … Continue reading

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Hi Uncle Dick!!!  Happy New Year!!!!  Let’s roll the clock back for a moment. 1972, when you received your third degree from Yale, a Ph.D.  In 1980, you were awarded tenure, which under the stodgy Yale system, meant  you were … Continue reading

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✓ Obama to speak on Raleigh campus

President Obama will be delivering a speech on the nation’s economy at North Carolina State in Raleigh on Wednesday. Previously, we only knew that the President was planning a trip to the Triangle area. On Saturday, NC State Chancellor Randy … Continue reading

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✓ Another slap at academic freedom

Peter the Provost has revealed that professors at Duke Kunshan University will not have tenure. The disclosure — affecting a basic right of faculties that the American Association of University Professors codified back in 1940 — puts another crimp into … Continue reading

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✓ A woman named Willingham. A man named Thorp. Duke should be so fortunate

Over at UNC,  the talk of the campus this Friday evening is not Saturday’s contest against Number 2 Syracuse, nor the irrational hope that Roy Williams and his team can repeat their victories from earlier this season, when they defeated … Continue reading

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✓ Huerta: Durham cops release their report

At 2 PM Durham Police released their internal report into the death of 17-year-old Jesus Huerta while in police custody. As Loyal Readers know, Huerta was located after his sister called 911 to report him missing and suicidal. He was … Continue reading

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✓ Look at what the cold snap did to the Roney Fountain in Duke Gardens

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✓ Martoma: Harvard Law expelled Duke honors graduate after he faked his transcript

Prosecutors and defense lawyers are expected to deliver opening statements on Friday, in the trial of Mathew Martoma for the biggest insider trading scandal in Wall Streeet history, one that meant a whopping $276 million for his employer. At Duke, … Continue reading

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✓ Advisories

HUERTA The Durham Police Department will release its report on the death of Jesus Huerta while in police custody at 2 PM Friday. OBAMA President Obama will visit the Durham area next Wednesday, to highlight the nation’s economic progress. There … Continue reading

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✓ The admissions office is covered by a shroud

The lead story in the Chronicle today — about the growth of early admissions — simply does not answer some questions that have hovered over this program for a long time. First, our best information is that Dean Guttentag includes … Continue reading

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✓ Team Brodhead flip flop

With a firestorm brewing, Allen Building sent out an e-mail on the eve of the reopening of dorms for the spring semester saying it wasn’t going to zap the commons rooms for independents living on Central Campus after all. This … Continue reading

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✓ Huerta: more and more questions. Cops didn’t search dead teen’s backpack for six weeks

In the Jesus Huerta case. Loyal Readers will recall he is the 17-year-old high school student who was approached by police, arrested on a warrant, searched, handcuffed behind his back, put into a police car for a trip to headquarters … Continue reading

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✓ The story of a summa cum laude Dukie who became a one-trick pony on Wall Street

In 1995, he got a degree summa cum laude from Duke. On Tuesday, he went on trial in federal court in New York, on charges that could land him in jail for 45 years. Life has indeed been a “broad … Continue reading

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✓ Duke researcher planning World Cup ceremony. Read this; it will surprise you

CBS News is reporting that at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this coming June, a paralyzed teenager will walk onto the field and kick the ceremonial ball. Thanks to research at Duke. The teen’s lower body will be supported … Continue reading

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