The Student Health Fee for Spring Semester 2013 EXPIRES at 5:00 pm on Friday, May 17th. This means that all Duke students who have paid the Spring Fee can continue to use the Student Health Center (SHC) through May 17th. Depending on your status at Duke, there are different rules that apply after that date. If you are:
Graduating on May 12th – After May 17th, you can no longer be seen as a patient at the SHC. You must find another source for health care. The only exception to this is if your SHC provider requests that you follow-up for a condition for which you were seen prior to May 17th.
Taking summer classes at Duke – Students who are taking summer classes pay the Summer Health Fee each term.
Summer Term I May 15 – June 27 $106.00
Summer Term II July 1 – August 11 $106.00
Summer Term I and II May 15 – August 11 $212.00
If you are taking classes for the first term or both terms, you can continue to use the SHC uninterrupted. If you are taking classes during the second term only, you must elect to pay the first term health fee to be allowed to use the SHC between May 17th and the start of the second summer term. Likewise, if you are only taking classes during the first term, you must elect to pay the second term health fee to continue to use the SHC throughout the whole summer.
Not taking classes, but staying in the area – Students who will return to Duke for Fall Semester but are not taking summer classes can elect to pay the Summer Health Fee, utilizing the SHC uninterrupted between Spring and Fall Semesters.
Prescriptions can be renewed at the discretion of the prescribing provider for up to 30 days after graduation (e.g. June 12, 2013). After June 12th, only returning students can have prescriptions written or phoned in by SHC providers.
Students may request that copies of their records be forwarded to other providers. Appropriate release will be required. For more information, visit our website: http://studentaffairs.duke.edu/studenthealth, click on Forms & Policies and look under the “Clinical Forms” section. Alternatively, you may call 681-WELL (681-9355) and press menu option 6.
Several recent incidents on Central Campus have raised concerns among students and parents about security. While Duke, including Central Campus, has a very low crime rate, we want to assure you that every incident gets our full attention. Student safety and well-being is our highest priority.
Central Campus has become a vibrant community and a popular gathering place for many at Duke. We introduced the house system this year, which afforded sororities the opportunity to live together for the first time in Central Campus apartments. Sophomores and other living groups were also added to the mix, together bringing a new level of student enthusiasm to Central.
In anticipation of increased activity on Central Campus, Residence Life and Duke University Police enacted enhanced security plans during the academic year, including:
• Increased presence of campus police and security auto and foot patrols assigned to Central Campus • Staffing at Anderson and Alexander bus stops for students who want a walking escort • Outdoor lighting improvements • Continued monitoring of “blue light” security phones
Discussions for further improvements continue. In the coming days, DUPD and Residence Life staff will be visiting a number of apartments to offer crime prevention tips and on-the-spot safety improvements where possible, such as locking bars on sliding doors. Residence Life and DUPD staff met just recently with DSG and Fix My Campus student representatives to walk around central and discuss concerns and possible solutions. A variety of security improvements are being explored to make campus as safe as possible, and further safety enhancements will be shared as they are approved and implemented.
Safety is a shared responsibility. Students can do their part by taking simple steps like locking their doors, keeping to lighted paths at night, walking in groups when possible, and reporting suspicious activity to police. The university will do its part by ensuring that police officers are deployed to areas of concern throughout the day, and that information is shared with students on a timely basis.
We welcome your questions or suggestions. We are here to help, and to keep campus safe.
Larry Moneta Vice President for Student Affairs
Chief John Dailey Duke University Police Department
The week before last, award-winning Chinese writer Yan Lianke paid a visit to Duke and UNC Chapel Hill, delivering a talk titled “My Literary Self-criticism”. I never read his novels but his controversial works have been under heated discussion in China for some time. I was curious about the talk, especially the title, so I went to attend it at UNC Chapel Hill.
Over the 50-min talk, Yan touched on several main topics – ranging from social responsibilities of contemporary writers in modern China era to his fear of detachment (of him and his works) to the masses, among others. All of them are thought-provoking to me, and I will select two to talk about here.
The first is about the detachment to the masses. Like many successful persons in his generation, Yan was born in some poor rural town far away from the cities. His success in career brought him respect and reverence from people in his hometown, but at the same time, their hope of being helped by him, both financially and politically. Yan doesn’t blame these people, and I agree with his rationale. Most of time, it’s not these people are greedy or lazy, it’s the political system that only allows certain percentage of people to enjoy the prosperity that China’s fast development has brought to, while most of the population (the massive group without proper education, without money, without political power) still lives in a quite bad condition. Moreover, in Chinese traditions, especially in the rural areas, people who became successful in the cities are sort of responsible to help the poor. Sometimes it’s in the form of donating money for road construction; sometimes it’s in the form of recommending jobs for them in the cities, among others. Therefore, once they found out that someone among them got famous and/or became rich, they believed they will be helped. Yan feels really bad that every time he visits his hometown, villagers constantly visit his home only for asking help. Between them there seems to be nothing else worthy being talked of. (My father was born in rural area too, and though he’s not famous or rich, but every time we went back to visit his family in the village, all I could see was the begging – no emotion involved, no interests in how my father’s life etc. ) Yan, being a writer, is pretty concerned about this detachment as he’s afraid that his works cannot reflect what the masses are thinking and perceiving.
The other is about his controversy in China. One of his recent novels had been criticized to be expressing his hidden sentiments and feelings to one scholar by means of gentle allusions and ambiguous phrases. Other than this, his invited comments on the disputed island between China and Japan appeared on New York Times and another Japanese newspaper in 2012 and were under heated debate among Chinese people. Some blamed him to be a traitor. My concerns are more on an individual Chinese level, especially the bad feelings of criticizing my own country and countrymen in front of foreigners, therefore I asked him a question during the Q&A session after the talk: as a Chinese student studies abroad, how should I respond to foreigners' criticism of China and how should I talk about China's problems in front of an international audience; I felt bad about saying anything bad but true. His answer: remain truthful and the world would respect you. Not sure why but I was almost bursting to tears upon hearing these.
I am very glad that I took the time to attend his talk. It’s always interesting to meet different Chinese scholars, businessmen, politicians and others, to listen to their opinions and they usually help me shape my thoughts about my motherland in a more clear, systematic and firmer way.
The Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture Cordially Invites You to Enjoy A Late Afternoon Delight featuring Live Jazz & Fabulous Dessert
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 3:00 - 5:00 Mary Lou Williams Center 201 West Union Building
In celebration of YOU, our 30th Anniversary & in gratitude for another successful year... In honor of our namesake’s 103rd birthday & In gratitude for the awesome service of our graduating student staff!!!
THIS WILL BE THE LAST MARY LOU DAY BEFORE OUR BIG MOVE TO FLOWERS!!!
Graduating students will soon take their first steps down career paths that may take unforeseen directions. In his 30 years as a college career counselor, William Wright-Swadel has picked up some wisdom about the road ahead for soon-to-be graduates, which he shared in a live "Office Hours" webcast interview on Friday, April 5.
Each year we seek to make the Abele Awards an extra special event by theming it with something from the history/creative genius of Black life. In the past, we’ve honed in on the Harlem Renaissance, contemporary Hip Hop, and The Wiz. This year we take for our inspiration both the year of integration at Duke and the sound of Motown. We imagine that young people in 1963 had to be listening to the “sound of young America” as artists like, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, The Temptations, Mary Wells, The Marvelettes, and The Vandellas played on their record players. Thus, the sound of Motown would have been spinning on their record players, as the world would have been spinning toward equality.
We have designed an Abele Awards that continues to highlight the contributions of Black students annually, and that honors what five courageous "crossovers" did in the evolution of a world class university! This year's Abele Awards is a tribute to 1963 and the Motown Sound. In our planning we seek to honor the style and significance of the Motown era by designing the space to emulate elements one would expect to see from that era. Our research has included menu, video, songs, attire, people, and history. We are hoping to bring all of that alive in this “Circa 1963.”
So, the 27th Annual Abele Awards, seeks to turn the Searle Center into a musical soundstage that brings the music of Detriot to Durham on Saturday, April 13th, 2013 at 6PM. Join us in our celebration of Black student excellence!
I’ve always hated when classes require you to do weekly responses for the reading. As if processing one hundred pages a week on eighteenth-century European expansionism wasn’t enough work. It’s always just told me that the professor doesn’t trust us to actually read. Apparently, we need some sort of accountability to do what we’re paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to do. Also, so what if we skip the reading? Our final grades will suffer, the professor won’t. This semester I’m taking a course on Antonio Gramsci that has no written assignments save for a final paper. The rest is reading, which I actually do. Shocker – not that it helps me understand what the heck Gramsci was trying to express. Grappling with the reading is hard enough.
But while I’m convinced some classes have response papers to make it look like the students are doing work, there is value in writing about the reading. These assignments force us to sit and think about what we just consumed. They inherently put us in a state of reflection helping us to better comprehend and perhaps appreciate the material.
With college quickly coming to a close, I, like every other senior, have been contemplating my time here and what it means for the next steps. Sometimes I sit on the plaza or the McClendon walkway and just take it all in and think. I remember the days when 1,500 freshmen would wait in a mob at the East Campus bus stop on a Friday night and would fight each other to get on the C1 to go out on West. Those times are over. Duke has changed. For better or for worse? And have the policy shifts impacted who I am as a graduate? Who knows? There are arguments for all sides. Reflecting on the change, asking the questions and trying to figure out some answers will help us value our experience here and understand our principles.
Operating solely within our heads, however, can lead to a rush of thoughts that are difficult to organize. As much as it pains me to say it, weekly response papers help navigate the corresponding literature. Putting pen to paper makes me more conscious of what I am thinking and will in turn say.
During the summer of 2011, I went to Belfast on Duke Engage, which exposed me to a lot of history and information that was difficult to process in only two months. To help gain a firmer grasp on my time in Northern Ireland, I maintained a blog with daily updates about the journey. In doing so, I was more conscious of my place in that foreign city. Serving as a student blogger for Student Affairs this year has afforded me the same self-awareness (in addition to some self-indulgence and nostalgia). By writing about issues on campus every week or so, I had to think more critically about the whole situation to provide a more comprehensive opinion. It has assisted me in knowing who I am at Duke and what Duke is to me.
I still submit that some weekly responses are a waste of time, but response papers can be important, particularly the ones we draft on our own volition. Through writing, we learn. So try blogging.