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Announcement of Nominees and Recipients

Congratulations to the following students, organizations, faculty and staff, who have been recognized for their leadership and service!
Mark your calendar: award recipients and nominees will be celebrated at IN THE SPOTLIGHT on April 16, 2015, at 4 pm at the Arts Annex. The event is open to the Duke community.

Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-Learning Awards

Trish Ike
Laxmi Rajak
Jamie Bergstrom
Emma DeVries
Trish Ike
Rosie Nowhitney
Anthony Olawo
Laxmi Rajak
Lauren Taylor

Baldwin Scholars Unsung Heroine Award

Dr. Suzanne Shanahan
Jessica Alvarez
Hope Arcuri
Zeena Bhakta
Nourhan Elsayed
Jaclyn Grace
Farzain Rahman
Dr. Suzanne Shanahan
Gloria Tomlinson

Lars Lyon Volunteer Service Award

Ileana Astorga
Ileana Astorga
Jennifer Garand
Quinn Holmquist
Quang Nguyen
Alice Reed
Corey Vernot

Student Org Line-Up

Black Student Alliance 
Environmental Alliance
Muslim Student Association

Up & Comers
Black Women's Association
Blue Devils United
Camp Kesem of North Carolina
Duke International Relations Association
International Association
Le Bump
Sigma Gamma Rho
Students of the Caribbean Association

Star Advisor Award

J'nai Adams
Alec Greenwald
Mehdi Emamian
Kearsley Stewart
Tearria Beck-Scott
LB Bergene
Joan Clifford
Liraz Cohen
Leslie Digby
Courtnry Fauntleroy
Peter Feaver
Deona Hatley
Debbie Lo Biondo
Sean Palmer
John Rawls
Kathy Shipp
Allison Shumar
Adam Tomasiello
Xiao-fan Wang
Marianne Wardle
Jerrica Washington
Kristin Wright
Bin Yin

Julie Anne Levey Memorial Leadership Award

Luke Duchemin
Aishu Ramamurthi
Priya Sarkar
Amir Williams
Drake Breeding
Luke Duchemin
Kimberly Eddleman
Chinmay Pandit
Aishwarya Ramamurthi
Riley Rearson
Priya Sarkar
Sarah Turner
Shadman Uddin
Moses Wayne
Amir Williams

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award 

Rasheed Alhadi
Rasheed Alhadi
Emily Du
Leena El-Sadek
Thomas Fitzpatrick
Lucas Metropulos
Simardeep Nagyal
Bailey Sincox

Class of 2018 Awards

Advocacy Award
Tionne Barmer
Olivia Bowles
Taylor Jones
Chandler Phillips

Innovation Award
Canyon Dell'Omo

Raul Buelvas Award
Andrea Lin

Service Award
Michaela Stith

Spirit Award
Jonathan Osei

William J. Griffith University Service Award

Outstanding Contributions to the Duke Community
Jonathan Hill-Rorie
Jennifer Moreno
Lauren Reuter
Elisa Berson
Jaclyn Grace
Jonathan Hill Rorie
Tiffany Lieu
Jennifer Moreno
Lauren Reuter
David Robertson

Outstanding Contributions to the Durham and Local Community

Catherine Blebea
Cecelia Mercer
Catherine Blebea
Raisa Chowdhury
Joshua Latner
Cecelia Mercer
Amy Trey

Outstanding Contributions to the Global Community

Lucas Metropulos
Titilayo Shodiya

Student Affairs Distinguished Leadership and Service Award

Building Alliances through Collective Engagement

Jaclyn Grace
Jaclyn Grace
Stefanie Engert

Commitment to Diversity

Daniel Kort
Karina Santellano
Zeena Bhakta
Charlotte Ke
Daniel Kort
Jennifer Moreno
Karina Santellano

Respect for Community

Lizete Dos Santos
Catherine Blebea
Lizete Dos Santos
Jenna Lanz
Lucas Metropulos

Expanding the Boundaries of Learning

James Tian


Umer Ahmed
Rasheed Alhadi
Abena Ansah-Yeboah
Anika Ayyar
Sebastian Baquerizo
Elizabeth Barahona
Evan Bell
Zeena Bhakta
Eeshan Bhatt
Erin Butrico
Nur Cardakli
Leah Catotti
Pim Chuaylua
James de Giorgio
Anita Desai
Stephen DiMaria
Rinzin Dorjee
Leena El-Sadek
Noura Elsayed
Mina Ezikpe
Nicolena Farias-Eisner
Jeff Feng
Riyanka Ganguly
Gabriela Gomez
Yossra Hamid
Katie Hammond
Jonathan Hill-Rorie
Samantha Holmes
Rebecca Holmes
Kathy Hong
Trish Ike
Sydney Jeffs
Teresa Ju
Safa Kaleem
Anna Kaul
Joe Kreitz
Michael Laskowitz
Anna Li
Lin Liao
Grace Lim
Leo Lou
Yvonne Lu
Chloe McLain
Jackson Moore
Eliza Moreno
Manish Nair
Brittany Nanan
Lauren Nathan
Quang Nguyen
Cam-Ha Nguyen
Vinai Oddiraju
Ogechi Onyeka
Chandler Phillips
Sania Rahim
Martin Ramirez
Shruti Rao
Dana Raphael
Zalika Sankara
Karina Santellano
Jordan Schermerhorn
Mali Shimojo
Sammi Siegel
Elliott Smith
Sri Sridharan
Sean Sweat
Carine Torres
Amir Williams
Jessica Witchger


Duke Support
WomC Campus Impact Award
Betsy Alden
Jessica Alvarez
Savanna Hershman
Shajuti Hossain
Eliza Moreno
Sania Rahim
Duke Support
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

WomC Community Impact Award

Imari Smith
Imari Smith
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

WomC State Impact Award


WomC National Impact Award

Alissa Anderegg
Alissa Anderegg
Janie Long
Dana Raphael

WomC Global Impact Award

Korrine Cook

Korrine Cook
Kendall Covington
Risa Pieters

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Not Insignificant

We had just wrapped up at the Istanbul Archaeology Museum, drained from taking in all the incredible history exhibited in the museum’s three buildings. The consensus was to take the tram to a spot for lunch, then hop on it again to find a baklava shop we’d heard is amazing. The tram is one of several fantastic methods of public transportation used by what feels like everyone (at the same time) in the city of Istanbul. A seat on the bus, metro, or tram is a highly coveted spot that is not easily attained. In fact, sometimes just getting on any of these vehicles is a nearly impossible feat because they are so crowded. “Maximum Capacity” doesn’t seem to be a concept as firmly held here as it is in the U.S. As we approached the tram, desperately seeking nourishment after an exhausting outing of museum-going, we discovered hoards of other people on the platform who we would soon have to fight for a spot. The tram arrived and its doors opened, the poor passengers inside desperately trying to escape before being trampled by the masses boarding. Amidst this commotion, while trying to edge my way in without elbowing an elderly woman in the face, I felt a hand squeezing my butt. Suffering some sensory overload from the experience of getting on the tram, it took me a few seconds to realize this was happening, and to notice that the hand had not let go. When I did finally realize, I whipped around—no easy task when one has no more than a half-inch radius of personal space around her—and attempted to identify to whom the brazen hand belonged. My friend had witnessed this all go down, and pointed to a short, middle-aged man in a blue dress shirt and grey slacks who was holding a briefcase. He had turned to face the door, but looked over his shoulder a few times at me as I glared at him and shared some choice words I wish I knew how to say in Turkish. Our stop came soon after my futile attempt to give him a piece of my mind, and he was quickly lost in the crowd of passengers exiting.

The incident, his subsequent looks of complete indifference at me as I uselessly berated him, and the absence of a reaction from any of the passengers nearby who’d also watched it all happen brought me to the disturbing realization that what I had just experienced was, in a word, insignificant. I felt violated and uncomfortable in my own skin. The members of our group did their best to console me, through belatedly cursing the perpetrator or sharing their own stories of being publicly groped by strangers. I was overwhelmed with fury, but social etiquette urged me to stifle my anger and attempt to distract myself until I could be alone and reflect.

I never thought I would feel more like a compilation of body parts, assembled solely for the purpose of being assessed, criticized, and used by men, than at a Duke fraternity party—until I came to Turkey. I was warned, of course. Both of my parents effectively told me to put my feminist identity on hold during my time in Turkey, reminding me constantly that my views would not be received well in a country whose deputy prime minister told women they shouldn’t laugh out loud in public. They and many others warned me that life would be different as an American woman in Turkey—especially one who does not look Turkish in the slightest—and I would be expected to adapt. I’m okay with adapting. I want to be challenged. I enjoy exploring beyond my comfort zone. Being transformed against my will into a walking piece of meat for men to invade with their stares and debase with their words, among other things, does not fall into any of those categories. Nor does being expected to accept it as normal.

Throughout my first month and a half here, I have already met several incredibly intelligent, outspoken, headstrong Turkish women whose respective brilliances inspire me. Simultaneously, I have seen how the day-to-day culture of male entitlement, especially as expressed through street harassment, treats these women and all women as disposable objects. My experience on the tram was insignificant—to be expected, even. Because, from my western point of view, if you identify as a woman in Turkey, you automatically forfeit the basic human right of being treated as an equal to someone who identifies as a man.

The realization that the previous sentence requires no “in Turkey” to be true is an incredibly uncomfortable truth to accept. The idea of women as objects—to be owned, to be used, to be disposed of, to be replaced—is certainly not unique to this country. As I mentioned, the most objectified I’ve ever felt prior to coming to Turkey is when in attendance at a frat party at Duke. I have realized how easy it is to sit on the high horse of a westernized perspective and criticize other countries for the inequalities they are enforcing and perpetuating. It is far more unsettling to recognize the fact that, though it may manifest itself in different ways, gender inequality is as much a constant in our society as it is anywhere else. Being violated by a stranger on the tram was a blatant reminder that I am living in a man’s world, a world in which my womanhood renders my rights, my experiences, and my value insignificant.


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Upgrading to iOS 8

On Wednesday, September 17th, Apple released iOS 8 to most mobile devices. If you have an iPhone 4, you are out of luck, but if you have an iPhone 4S or newer, you will be prompted for this update.

At this time, Student Affairs ITS is advising against the upgrade if you are still using an iPhone 4S. While this device can run the new iOS, it will lack some of the newly release Apple apps and some users have reported the iPhone has slowed down. Upgrade at your own risk!

As for everyone else, the only issue you may run into is that downloading the update over the air will require 5.8GB of space; which not everyone will have! This will cause you to have to go through and delete items such as apps, music, or photos before being able to download and install the update. 

If you don’t want to have delete items, you can plug your phone directly into the computer and download the update via iTunes. This method only requires 1.1GB of space! 

If you have any questions about this upgrade, you may contact Student Affairs IT Services by email to service@studentaffairs.duke.edu or by calling 684-5143.


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Accessing The Student Affairs Network Attached Storage (NAS): Mac/Windows

The Student Affairs Networked Attached Storage is a collaboration space for departmental files managed by Student Affairs ITS. By default full-time staff are provisioned access to only their assigned department’s staff and student folder(s).  Access to non-departmental, drop-off, and/or student employee access (includes graduate assistant employees) must be submitted in a request to Student Affairs ITS by e-mailing service@studentaffairs.duke.edu to track change management.

Accessing The Student Affairs Network Attached Storage (NAS): Mac Workstations

  • Select "Go" from the "Finder" menu across the top of your screen.
  • Select "Connect to Server..."

  • In the field "Server Address" type (or copy/paste):


  • Select "Connect"

  • Input your netID and associated password (Student Employees: do not use "SA-netID, which is for your computer login only, use your normal netID and associated password here)
  • Select "Connect"


Accessing The Student Affairs Network Attached Storage (NAS): Windows Workstations

  • Select "Start"
  • Select "Computer"

  • Select "Map Network Drive"

  • The "Drive: Letter" does not matter, select any letter you would like.
  • For "Folder" input or copy/paste:


  • Check "Reconnect at logon"
  • Check "Connect using different credentials"
  • Select "Finish"

  • insert your netID with "win\" prior to your netID
  • example: win\netID
  • insert your assocaited password
  • Select "OK"




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A Brave and Startling Truth

Dr. Maya Angelou delivered the convocation address to incoming Duke students for the past 24 years. With her passing, we offer A Brave and Startling Truth, which she delivered to the Class of 2016. The poem was first delivered in June 1995, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the United Nations.

A Brave and Startling Truth
written by Maya Angelou
Dedicated to the hope for peace, which lies, sometimes hidden, in every heart.

We, the people, on a small and lonely planet
Traveling through casual space
Past aloof stars, across the way of indifferent suns
To a destination where all signs tell us
It is possible and imperative that we learn
A brave and startling truth.

And when we come to it
To the day of peacemaking
When we release our fingers
From fists of hostility
And allow the pure air to cool our palms

When we come to it
When the curtain falls on the minstrel show of hate
And face sooted with scorn are scrubbed clean
When battlefields and coliseum
No longer rake our unique and particular sons and
Up with bruised and bloody grass
To lie in identical plots in foreign soil

When the rapacious storming of the churches
The screaming racket in the temples have ceased
When the pennants are waving gaily
When the banners of the world tremble
Stoutly in the good, clean breeze

When we come to it
When we let the rifles fall from our shoulders
And children dress their dolls in flags of truce
When land mines of death have been removed
And the aged can walk into evenings of peace
When religious ritual is not perfumed
By the incense of burning flesh
And childhood dreams are not kicked awake
By nightmares of abuse

When we come to it
Then we will confess that not the Pyramids
With their stones set in mysterious perfection
Nor the Gardens of Babylon
Hanging as eternal beauty
In our collective memory
Not the Grand Canyon
Kindled into delicious color
By Western sunsets

Nor the Danube, flowing its blue soul into Europe
Not the sacred peak of Mount Fuji
Stretching to the Rising Sun
Neither Father Amazon nor Mother Mississippi
      who, without favor,
Nurtures all creatures in the depths and on the shores
These are not the only wonders of the world

When we come to it
We, this people, on this minuscule and kithless globe
Who reach daily for the bomb, the blade and the       
Yet who petition in the dark for tokens of peace
We, this people, on this mote of matter
In whose mouths abide cankerous words
Which challenge our very existence
Yet out of those same mouths
Come songs of such exquisite sweetness
That the heart falters in its labor
And the body is quieted into awe

We, this people, on this small and drifting planet
Whose hands can strike with such abandon
That, in a twinkling, life is sapped from the living
Yet those same hands can touch with such healing,
     irresistible tenderness,
That the haughty neck is happy to bow
And the proud back is glad to bend
Out of such chaos, of such contradiction
We learn that we are neither devils nor divines

When we come to it
We, this people, on this wayward, floating body
Created on this earth, of this earth
Have the power to fashion for this earth
A climate where every man and every woman
Can live freely without sanctimonious piety
Without crippling fear

When we come to it
We must confess that we are the possible
We are the miraculous, the true wonder of this world
That is when, and only when
We come to it.

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Collaboration & Change for a Common Good


Collaboration & Change for a Common Good
A Reflection on Collaboration in Campus Life
India Pierce and Sean Novak


One way that we can work effectively to create change for a common good is to work collaboratively across communities. With this in mind, India Pierce from the Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity (CSGD) came together with Sean Novak from the Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA) to create a program that explored the intersections of race and sexual orientation. As part of the CMA’s En/Countering Racism series (E/C), they created a program for students to gather and explore intersectionality. This was done in order to deepen participants’ understanding of themselves and others as a means to building stronger coalitions for social justice.

En/Countering Racism is one part of the CMA’s Race Speaks Initiative. The series aims to provide a safe space for people to share their experiences encountering racism and build participants’ capacity to effectively counter it. The more we explore intersectionality, the more we will see that life is much more complex than our politically polarized times might suggest.

In the beginning, the focus was on doing good works and providing students the opportunity to enrich their understanding of themselves and others. However, in the midst of the project the true essence of collaboration became apparent. As much as they wanted the students to leave anew, they walked away from the experience impacted themselves. The project became more than just another event to host or dialogue to facilitate. It was a lesson in how to successfully collaborate. On the heels of the recent rollout of the Student Affairs Leadership Development model, India and Sean thought to share some insight regarding their experience.

Sean’s thoughts…

I had the pleasure of collaborating with India this past semester for our En/Countering Racism Series. I approached her with a very broad idea. I felt there was a need to host a program that explored the intersections of race and sexual orientation. I came to India with that basic starting point and little expectations. I know that I desired for the program to primarily be geared toward stimulating ideas for how and why individuals and organizations should work across communities (Ex. Black community and Asian Community) and movements (LGBT justice and racial justice movements.)

After a few brainstorming sessions, we came up with a concept about “challenging the face of privilege.” As we talked, India and I found a common desire in challenging ourselves to think about our privilege. On the surface, you can assume that I am White and I am male. Additionally, you can assume that she is a woman and Black. I knew from conversation that we had a similar social economic background, coming from a poor and/or working class background. With our education and current profession, we are both experiencing relative mobility in that aspect of our life. However, both of us are more than just this. As we talked, it was clear that we both acknowledged that we have multiple and intersecting identities. We both acknowledged that we needed to consistently bring our whole selves to the table and not just our racial identity, or sexuality, or gender identity, or class background, etc. We both believe that no aspect of our experience pertaining to our identity operates in isolation of other identities. It all intersects. We thought it important that we all explore our privilege instead of just pointing fingers at those who we perceive as “the privileged.”

In my opinion, what worked so well with India and I was that we were both willing to be open, honest, and vulnerable. We threw ideas around. We had a level of trust built that allowed for us to brainstorm without worry of being ridiculed for our ideas. Neither one of us had ulterior motives. This wasn’t a case of either one of us putting together a collaborative program in order to build our professional portfolio. We did this for the love of the work. India appeared to have a common desire for creating and expanding community and empowering students to work for equity. We had a common goal of providing people a space to explore the complexities of their lived experience not only to see how unique and distinct those experiences are but also, how we might be able to find common interests.

Next, I feel that we had mutual respect for and were resourceful with one another’s strengths. Instead of positioning ourselves against one another, we just focused on the work. I love the work I do. That’s why I committed to it. That’s why I chose this as a profession because I had a deep desire to work particularly with racial reconciliation and justice. It was obvious to me that India had a similar passion and commitment. After observing her track record in the short time she has been here at Duke and the conversations that we’ve had, India had similar motivations as I to embark on this journey together.

Additionally, what worked so well with our collaboration was a mutual willingness to compromise. India may have had an idea and I may have not initially agreed or thought differently. Instead of resisting, I discerned her suggestions. Sometimes, I might come back and say, “I think we should do this instead.” She agreed at times and disagreed at other times. Nonetheless, it was never personal. We had built a strong foundation from the start so we had a common goal. There were no suggestions that intentionally led us off course from that goal. Compromise can be a long and tedious process when you’re trying to organize a collaborative effort. I could easily have taken this program on myself (as could she) and created all the content. It would have been quicker and easier in the short-term. However, I am a firm believer that when you build bridges with weak foundations they are bound to collapse. Compromise and equitable collaborations are absolutely necessary for a sustainable initiative or program. If I wanted something for my professional portfolio, I could have just thrown it together and advertised it. In my opinion, compromise in collaboration is the difference between (1) being seen as a leader and (2) being a leader.

The last item that I will touch on is that we both put in our work. There was a mutual effort. We delegated duties and when one of us thought the other was taking on more than they should, we expressed it. After all, how could we take an inequitable approach to developing a program partially geared toward empowering participants to be more equitable? That wouldn’t be establishing a solid foundation. Sometimes, I was caught up with other projects or was simply slacking. I was open and honest about it with India. She was honest with me when she was falling behind as well. We made adjustments and knew what we were working with most of the time.

It truly was a pleasure working with India and I am going to enjoy working with her to build a larger initiative off this collaboration.


Thoughts from India…

I have been at Duke for a little less than a year but it did not take me long to understand how much of a buzz word “collaboration” is for folks around here. Yet, it seems to be at times easier to talk about than it is to do. Call it newbie naivety, but I believe that if us Student Affairs folks could figure out how to succeed with our collaborating efforts we will all win. I remember sitting down with my supervisor early on during my time here, sharing with her all of my ideas for how we could work with other identity/cultural centers. Encouraging of my enthusiastic spirit she encouraged me to consider every opportunity that presents itself.

Unwavering in my opinion, that’s exactly what I did when I embarked upon a wonderful collaborative project with Sean. He approached me about creating an event that would work for the CMA’s En/countering Racism series and I don’t want to brag but the experience was the stuff dreams are made of. I say this because I have often been approached about collaborating on events where the real intention was simply to use our space or for us to provide financial support. I wasn’t being asked to be a partner in the creation of an event, most of the time the planning for the event was already completed. In those instances I can’t help but feel a little confused because that is not how I see collaboration working. Don’t get me wrong, I cannot and do not want to collaborate on everything. However, what I am normally asked for is to be a sponsor of an event not a collaborator on the creation of an event. It would have been easy for Sean to fall into the same pattern, as En/countering Racism is a series that he plans on his own. He could have come to me with a vision and plan for how we would work together and what the event would be, leaving very little room for me to interject; I appreciate that he did not do this.

Our first few meetings were us just talking about the issues that are important to the students we serve. We discussed the types of programs that were the most successful in each of our offices and sought to take some of those elements and include them into the work we would do together. I can’t remember how we came to the topic of privilege but when we got there everything seemed to fall in place.

Working on this project showed me that there is a clear difference between working with people and collaborating with people. In any working relationship there are some pretty basic expectations that one has for their teammate, like completing tasks and meeting deadlines. However, successful collaborations go beyond the logistics…beyond the things on paper. Successful collaborations push and cultivate the growth of us as individuals. Our project focused on challenging the traditional notions of privilege, a topic that could not be taught to others until we did a little of the work ourselves. We had numerous conversations about the spaces in which we felt we had privilege and those that we didn’t. For both of us, we discovered that it is important that we bring our whole selves into our work. In order to do that we must first see beyond the check boxes of identities and see ourselves as the complex individuals that we are. At first glance it doesn’t seem that Sean and I would have much in common, aside from the fact that our home sports teams were rivals, Michigan and Ohio State.  Despite Michigan’s inferiority to Ohio State, we found out we’ve had some similar experiences in certain aspects of our life and others that were completely different. It was on those things that we were able to build a strong foundation for our work. I didn’t feel the anxiety that I’ve felt when working with others where I had to do x, y, or z otherwise it wouldn’t get done. Most importantly I was able to be myself, I admitted when I didn’t know something or was swamped with other things. It was our flexibility and openness that helped Sean and I work well together. We discussed how we approach creating events and when we’re at our best so we could support one another where we were and not where we would prefer the other to be.

At the center of every collaboration must be trust, and it is probably the hardest part of any true collaboration. We by nature are looking for ways to save our own butts. We expect the worst in others and over compensate for bad things that haven’t even happened yet. Those approaches are a disservice to those who we are committed to serve. I am of the belief that the best collaborative experiences often look like magic. Magic is something that can be taught, you teach it by encouraging people to think outside the box and embrace the process of stepping into the unknown. If we want our division to be one in which we are truly collaborating and creating meaningful programming for students we must first start by teaching the skills that people need to be successful at those things like emotional intelligence, communication skills, and effective management skills.  I believe that these skills helped cultivate a healthy working relationship between Sean and I. I look forward to what happens next as we build off this collaboration.

Sean and India closing…

We had a wonderful time working together. This started off as a one-time program to explore the intersections of race and sexual orientation and it is now developing into a half-day workshop. We plan to restructure and expand this program to provide an opportunity for students to engage even deeper into the complexities of intersectionality. One of the primary purposes will be to galvanize and equip students to work across identities and movements. Additionally, we will be altering this workshop to provide a professional development opportunity for colleagues to consider an intersectional approach to advising student organizations as well. As advisors, we think it is important for students to work collaboratively and not always in isolation from other organizations and communities.

In closing, we believe that collaboration is a vital component for us to provide the best service possible for our students. It is difficult to be influential in encouraging students to work together if we are not setting the tone for what it looks like. One of the most powerful things we can do to increase our ability in advising students is to first advise ourselves. Working collectively can be a daunting task with competing interests. However, we believe that enduring the struggle and fighting through the dissonance can produce sustained initiatives that will prove to serve students and ourselves well.


Thank you for your time.


India & Sean


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Green Dining Awards

Duke Dining locations recognized for sustainability efforts!

It isn't uncommon for Fares Hanna, the owner of Twinnie's and Blue Express eateries on campus, to spend time researching user-friendly, compostable to-go containers or rearranging his kitchens to accommodate reusable china and silverware.

Both locations were just crowned "Most Improved" in the Green Dining Awards, which highlights Duke eateries and their sustainable practices every year, since 2010.

Read more.


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SA ITS How To: Add your office phone for Multi Factor Authentication

  • Click on "Multi-factor authentication" on the right panel

Select "Register here"

  • select "Use multi-factor authentication for all NetID-Protected websites"
  • click "Add a basic cell phone or home/office phone"

  • Select "Home/office phone" from the drop down menu of what type of device you would like to register

  • Fill out your DIRECT office phone line.
  • Nickname your device "Office Phone" for convience

  • Henceforth all sites that require a netID authentication will require you to choose click on the "choose one option" and you will need to select "Call my Office Phone".  A automated system will then call your office line and require you to press any number on your phone to authenticate.  The system will then hang up the call.  You can now select "Enter"
  • The process can be repeated if you would like to use your personal cell phone to authenticate in case you are away from the office and require access to a Duke website that requires your NetID.


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New Years Resolution: Be a Little Braver

I recently read the book by Daniel Bergner, “What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire.” After my initial eye rolling “who but a guy can talk about female sexuality?” thoughts, I opened my mind and read.  Then I heard him in an interview say the following beautiful words.  I was so moved that I pulled over to the side of the road in order to fully attend to what he was saying.

“I sometimes think we have to be a little braver about just caring more. Caring, and being open about caring about sex, with one’s partner sounds like it should be easy, but I think often it’s not because you can fail and you can feel hurt. And so I think that candor and caring are important and might well be the root to maintaining passion.”

Indeed.  How brave it is to just care more?  Care for self, for our bodies, for our sweethearts and our sexual partners, for the earth and for one another and dare I say it, for our own and the other person’s sexual fulfillment and needs getting met.  In the era of the college “hook up,” (whatever that means), how brave is this concept of caring.  And how connected to desire caring is for all of us, female, male and the rest of us in between.

I recently had a conversation with a friend when I expressed my confusion as to why he was not dating.  By conventional standards, he fit all the requirements: successful, good looking, educated.  He could, I told him, afford to be picky.  “Why am I not dating?”  He asked.  “Because I feel like the whole model is just not real.”  He went on to question if people are really honest with themselves and with the other person in those first several coffee/dinner get to know you conversations.  Not that people intend to be dishonest, perhaps, but it is our nature to put our best face forward.  “Shouldn’t we all,” he conjectured, “show up to that first date with the list of our failures and our fears and hopes and needs and see if my list meshes well with your baggage?”  Perhaps it’s no more complex than the Galway Kinnell poem, “Why Regret?”  Kinnell writes beautifully about monarch butterflies and the miracle of their migration back to the same place in Mexico, even the same tree where they hatched and their ancestors hatched for generations.  Yes, why regret indeed?  Kinnell says, in essence, afterall, “Doesn't it outdo the pleasure of the brilliant concert to wake in the night and find ourselves holding hands in our sleep?”

Imagine, the simple act of waking up holding hands with your beloved is as miraculous as the monarch migration.  For this new year, I wonder, what would it take for all of us to be brave and just care more and be more open about our needs and our desires? Mr. Bergner, what do women want?  Perhaps for an end to the need for hand wringing books being written about the mysteries of female sexuality because we are caring more and we are being more open.  And then we watch the desire come naturally from that place, beautiful, colorful, multi faceted, like the wings of the Monarch butterfly.


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