Your 5 best stories of September

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Happy 20 days until Halloween! We’re seven weeks into the semester, and while the horrors of Sunday can last all year, some things don’t happen until September. Duke officially announced its climate pledge as a tropical storm battered campus. Our football team rode a three-game winning streak before falling to Kansas. Durham Pride made a return to East Campus and Durham’s Fandango debuted.

There’s a lot to follow, and some stories have gotten more attention than others. Here are the five articles you spent the most time reading in September — in TikTok and written form.

1. Why is North Carolina ranked the worst state in which to work?

North Carolina ranked last on Oxfam’s 2022 list of the best and worst states to work for in America, ranking 52nd behind all other states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Sanford professor says NC’s ranking is due to the state’s minimum wage, right-to-work laws and lack of paid time off.

2. This saga ends here

We are number one…with a zero at the end. In the 2022-2023 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s Top National Universities ranking, Duke dropped from ninth to tenth place. Some of the major factors used to calculate rankings include graduation and retention rates, social mobility, graduation rate performance, undergraduate academic reputation as determined by peer review, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources per student, alumni donations, and graduate indebtedness.

5. ‘The most humble kid’: New starting quarterback Riley Leonard brings faith, advantage and smiles to Duke football

Sports Editor Sasha Richie introduced us to sophomore quarterback Riley Leonard as he prepares to lead Duke football in his season.


Nadia Bey
| Digital Strategy Director

Nadia Bey is Trinity’s Senior Director and Digital Strategy for The Chronicle’s 118th volume. She was previously editor of Volume 117.

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