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Tuesday October 19th

Duke University

Location: Durham, N.C.

Type: 4-year, Private

Year founded: 1839

Total enrollment (fall 2014): 14,850

Undergraduate enrollment: 6,646

Undergraduate applicants (class of 2018): 31,523

Acceptance rate: 12.4 percent

Graduation rate (after four years, fall 2013): 87 percent

Undergraduate tuition and fees (2014-2015): $47,243

Sports nickname: Blue Devils

Website: www.duke.edu



Former Duke College Republicans still seek resolution

A year ago, Justin Robinette, a junior at Duke University at the time, was removed from his position as chairman of the Duke College Republicans for reasons that are still disputed. Robinette claimed he was impeached because of his sexual orientation — he is gay — but members of the board who impeached him cited other reasons, such as neglect of his responsibilities as chairman.

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Duke professors to receive pay increase

After a two-year pay freeze, Duke University professors will be receiving a 3 percent salary hike for the upcoming academic year. While many private universities have experienced some pay increases during the last few years, public universities are still enduring a dry spell which could lead to possible retention problems.

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Duke Medicine partners with Indian research institute

Medical students at Duke University will soon be able to travel to India and practice in a different country. A partnership between Duke Medicine and Medanta — the Medicity, a for-profit collection of specialty institutes located near New Delhi, was recently established. The initiative is called the Medanta-Duke Research Institute.

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Kenan-Biddle Partnership receives 90 grant proposals

Despite the historically bad blood between them, students at UNC and Duke University are eager to cooperate with one another. By the extended Nov. 22 deadline, the Kenan-Biddle Partnership had received about 90 proposals for its newly announced grant, suggested to be about $5,000 per proposal, said Ron Strauss, executive associate provost and co-chairman of the partnership’s review committee.

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Duke-UNC project proposals due today

UNC students seeking to collaborate with Duke University students through a new program have to submit their applications today. Applications to the Kenan-Biddle Partnership were originally due on Nov. 15, but the deadline was extended to today in response to several requests for extensions.

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Justin Robinette files complaint against Duke University

After six months of wrangling with Duke University administration over his harassment claims, senior Justin Robinette has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education against the school. The complaint contends that administrators discriminated against him because he is gay and failed to take appropriate action when he claimed he was being harassed by students and fellow members of the Duke College Republicans.

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Duke seeks alternative to fallen tailgate tradition

Despite expected protests following Duke University’s decision to cancel its popular tailgate celebration, the campus remained calm for this past weekend’s football game as most students simply moved the party off campus. University administrators said the partying was kept to a minimum and was contained to Greek houses, residence halls and bars located near the campus.

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Duke cancels tailgate after unconscious minor found in portable toilet

The raucous tailgate party before football games at Duke University has been canceled after an underage teenager was found unconscious in a portable toilet following Saturday’s celebrations. The tailgate tradition started in 2003 and has since evolved into a university-wide event complete with costumes, alcohol, loud music and, more recently, regulations from the Duke administration.

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Kenan-Biddle grants see little competition, few applicants

Students interested in getting a $5,000 grant for next year might benefit from a lack of competition. As of Monday, no applications had been submitted for the Kenan-Biddle Partnership, a three-year, $150,000 collaboration between UNC and Duke University. The grants — suggested to be about $5,000 — are intended to fund student-led projects in the arts, sciences and humanities on either campus.

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Duke students tired of media attention to graphic PowerPoint slides

Students at Duke University say they are tired of the negative publicity their school has received after a PowerPoint created by an alumna describing her sexual escapades garnered national attention. Karen Owen, a 2010 graduate of Duke, created a 42-slide PowerPoint presentation about her sexual exploits with 13 Duke lovers — many of them college athletes.

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College Republicans did not violate membership rules

Duke University’s student judiciary ruled in a majority vote Wednesday that the university’s College Republicans did not violate the student government’s constitution by removing former chairman of the club Justin Robinette and a former member Cliff Satell from their listserv. Satell filed the case against the College Republicans, alleging the club had been selective in its membership by removing him from the listserv. But the judiciary ruled that since Satell said he would be boycotting all of the club’s events, the College Republicans had a reason to remove him.

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Former UNC Chancellor James Moeser rides with former Duke President
Nannerl Keohane on the Robertson Bus on its inaugural trip in 2001.

Courtesy of UNC News Services/Dan Sears

UNC and Duke join for new partnership

On Monday, UNC joined Duke University in unveiling the Kenan-Biddle Partnership, which will aim to bridge the 8-mile gap between the two campuses by promoting student-led projects, with preference given to projects proposed jointly by students from both schools.

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