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CAPS Pledge of Support

In response to recent actions of racism that have been coming to the surface on campus, and in recognition that such unacceptable behavior is not isolated to this instance or this campus, CAPS would like to re-iterate our pledge of support to our students and the campus community.

CAPS Pledge of Support

When our community is shaken by tragic or abhorrent events on campus or beyond, CAPS’ staff wants to acknowledge the impact of these events on the students we serve.  As believers in every human being’s potential for healing and growth, we hold firm to the values of inclusion, multicultural diversity and social justice. We believe in empowering all people – including those who are marginalized and oppressed – to act together to challenge injustice, to condemn discrimination, and to promote a common humanity of equitable treatment and social cooperation.

We seek to foster a community that is safe for all students.  Just as reactions to controversial events vary across campus, they also vary among the CAPS staff.   We are each uniquely affected and respond with an array of complex emotions and viewpoints. At the same time, we strive to understand and respect perspectives that may be different from our own. Therefore, we join voices in making this pledge to all Duke students: your perspectives, values, and experiences will be welcome at CAPS, you will be safe, you will be respected, and you will be heard. 

We want to remind you that you are not alone and that there are a variety of services available to support you through arduous times.  We applaud the tireless efforts of campus organizations, student groups, and committed individuals who provide spaces for discussion of all forms of inequality at our university and in our world.  We invite students to access these many resources.  We also invite you to reach out to CAPS as needed for emergency walk-in appointments, individual or group counseling, or tailored outreach programs by request.  We can be reached by phone at 919-660-1000.  To learn more about us, please visit http://studentaffairs.duke.edu/caps/about-us.

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Looking for a job for the fall? Work for UCAE!

Work with UCAE!

Opportunities at the Arts Annex 
Position: Front Desk Operations
Support the daily operation of the Arts Annex and the vibrant arts community that calls the Arts Annex home.
If you want a fun, open, creative environment to work in please email Wlm5@duke.edu

Position: Arts Annex Marketing Assistant
Support the Arts Annex marketing plan, social media content creation, graphic design, and the Arts Annex monthly newsletter.
Experience in marketing and design is extremely encouraged.
For more information email Wlm5@duke.edu

Opportunities with Launch
Position: Launch Agent
As a Launch agent, you can expand your skill set in advising, project planning, and leadership!
Here's a clip to see more of what Launch does: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=286TgwrrxGA
A commitment of 2 consecutive semesters is required as well as 8 work hours per week including a weekly meeting on Wednesdays from 3-5pm.
Apply at tinyurl.com/applytolaunch by April 3rd or email dukelaunch@gmail.com

Opportunities with The Source
Position: Source Expert
The Source needs more awesome team members!
Find out more information here via Duke List (
https://dukelist.duke.edu/posting/show/52204), or email Ali Shumar at allison.shumar@duke.edu

Opportunities with the UCAE Front Desk
Position: Front Desk Operations
Assist with the daily front desk reception duties each week. This is a unique opportunity to support the UCAE staff, while gaining first-hand experience in Student Affairs.
If you are interested in this position, please send an email to Allyson Hemric detailing: Your qualifications, experience with UCAE, why you are interested in the position, and hours of availability.Contact Allyson Hemric in UCAE: Allyson.hemric@duke.edu, 919-684-4741.

Opportunities with the Center for Leadership Development and Social Action
Postion: Work creatively, gain social media skills and real world office experience. Apply to be on the UCAE Center for Leadership Development and Social Action's Operations or Creative Team.
Apply on Duke List
Creative Team:
Operations Team:

Opportunities with DIDA
Position: Show off your marketing skills and help the Duke community effectively communicate via graphic design, photography, videography, web design, social media strategy, copy writing, and marketing consulting.
Apply via Duke List



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Got Milk? … What Kind?

Walking into Joe Van Gogh a few mornings ago, I can’t say I was very surprised to see macadamia nut milk being advertised as the newest addition to the menu.  In February, coffee-giant Starbucks started offering coconut milk, and just a quick trip to the Lobby Shop presents you with rice, almond, and soy alternatives to your classic dairy staple.  Alternative milks are trendier than ever, but before you get swept up in this cow-less chaos (or strain your brain pondering how to milk an almond), it’s important to evaluate the nutritional differences that exist amongst the plethora of dairy-free options.

Cow’s Milk:

After coming from the cow, traditional milk is pasteurized (heated, then quickly cooled) to kill bacteria.  Then, depending on the type – non-fat, 1%, 2% or whole – the liquid is “skimmed” to remove a certain percentage of milkfat.

A cup of dairy milk contains between 90 and 150 calories (depending on the milkfat level), and is a good source of protein with 8 grams per cup.  Dairy milk ranges between 0 to 8 grams of fat and contains 12 grams of naturally occurring sugar per cup. A cup of cow’s milk contains 30% of the recommended daily value of calcium and is fortified with vitamin D.

Why vitamin D you ask?

Vitamin D is necessary for the body’s absorption of calcium.  It’s also important to note that D is a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning your body needs to consume some fat – either in or alongside the milk – for effective absorption.     

Nut Milks (Almond, Cashew, Macadamia):

Nut milks are made when almonds, cashews, or macadamia nuts are blended with water and later strained.  This liquid is then enriched with nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin E.  It’s helpful to think of nut milks more like nut “teas” – these liquids contain the flavor of the nuts but, due to the straining process, lose most of the fat and protein typically associated with the nuts themselves.  Unsweetened nut milks have fewer calories than dairy milk (~30 cal/cup) but also less fat and protein (2g fat, 1g protein/cup).  Nut milks have more calcium than milk (45% daily value) due to the fortification process.    

Soy Milk:

Soy milk is made in a similar fashion to nut milk – soy beans are pressed into water, insoluble fiber is removed, and vitamins and minerals are blended into the liquid.  Unlike nut milks however, soy milk largely retains the soy protein with 7-8 grams per cup, comparable to dairy milk.  Most soy milks contain around 100 calories, 4 grams of fat, and 45% of your daily calcium per cup making it quite similar to low-fat dairy milk.    

Rice Milk:

Rice milk is made by boiling brown rice with water, pressing the substance through a mill, straining, and lastly, fortifying with calcium and vitamin D.  A cup of rice milk has a calorie count close to dairy milk (90-120 calories) but contains little to no protein and is low-fat (2.5 grams).     

Coconut Milk:

Non-dairy refrigerated coconut milk (not to be confused with canned coconut milk, which is a high-fat cooking ingredient rather than a beverage) is made by husking coconuts and pressing the pulp to release a cream that is blended with water and fortified with vitamins and minerals.  Unsweetened coconut milk has fewer calories than dairy milk (around 45 per cup) while containing 5 grams of fat, but no protein.  Like other alternative milks, coconut milk contains more calcium than dairy milk (45% of DV), but this is due to fortification.

So, how to choose the milk that’s right for you? 

In terms of calorie count and calcium, these milk varieties are all very similar.  Your first key consideration then should be allergens – avoiding lactose, nuts, or soy if necessary.  Next, think about protein – dairy and soy milks can serve as protein sources while other milks cannot.  Third, think about fat – remember you need some fat to absorb vitamin D and calcium.  Finally, it’s necessary to mention taste!  It’s important to be aware of sweetened and flavored alternative milks; just like sweetened and flavored dairy milk, these versions contain added sugars and can tack on empty calories.  


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IHouse 50th Anniversary - World Music Night

I hesitated at the threshold wondering, ‘Is this the right place?’ Then a group of smiling faces greeted me and I was welcomed into the Duke International House family. That was four years ago, at the IHouse Intl Spouse / Partner Orientation. As I was reminiscing thus, SangHee’s voice brought me to the present with a ‘Hello everyone, Good evening!’ It was World Music Night, part of the 50th anniversary celebration of IHouse, where we were treated to eight wonderful performances and (you guessed it!) a quiz.

‘To me, music is like breathing’ – Huda Asfour, (postdoc, Biomedical Engineering department) got the show started with an Arabic song accompanied by the rich notes of the Oud (Arabic instrument) that she played. Next performance was her own composition that conveyed the feeling of ‘being unsettled’. You can listen to more of her songs here.











‘To me, music is a means of expressing my thoughts and emotions’ – Bryan Somaiah, (undergraduate, Trinity College) got the attention of the audience with his sweet voice, simple lyrics and soft notes of the acoustic guitar.
‘Music is energy for life’ – Duke Dhoom (dance team of undergrads and grads) took to the dance floor with a spring in their step. Their performance was so energetic and lively that we had to grip our seats to stop ourselves from getting up and dancing.

World Music Quiz – Lisa Giragosian (IHouse) tested the audience on their knowledge (in my case, ignorance) of world music by playing songs from different countries. Needless to say, the closest I got was identifying the continent from which the music came. So, no prizes for me.

‘To me, music is happiness’ – Pratiksha Sharma (Undergraduate ’18) sang a Nepalese song about unrequited love, in her soothing voice.

IHouse Divas – Annette Moore, Li-Chen Chin held the audience spellbound with their mellifluous rendering of ‘The Round of Leprechauns’ and ‘Tap Dancer’ on the flute and clarinet.

‘To me, music is the Food for Soul’ – Rimli Sengupta (spouse of Duke postdoc), in keeping with the season, harmonized a melody about the onset of spring, followed by an emotional English song ‘Leaving on a jet plane’. Her voice touched us gently like a breath of fresh air.

‘Music is happiness and passion’ - Devil’s Reject (undergraduates) had the audience clapping to their A Capella singing of popular songs like ‘Are you coming to the tree’ and ‘I’m Yours’.

Racemates – Duke Indie Rock and Progressive Folk band played some great music for us. Check out their facebook page for more info. Special thanks are due to them for managing the sound system, the entire evening.

Thank you IHouse, for the musical jamboree and for reminding us that: ‘Music is the universal language of mankind’ – H W Longfellow.


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Even in Spain, I'm Reminded of Duke

Spain. El extranjero. Of course things are different here. But halfway through my semester, I find myself noticing similarities to the gothic wonderland. Here are a few of my observations on the subject…

1) At Duke, people run to make the bus. Here, the students run for the trains. (And like Dukies, are well acquainted with the doors shutting in your face.)

2) Here, too, there is construction everywhere. (Look familiar?)

3) Students here also love coffee. So much that you can get fair trade brew out of a vending machine. Yes. A vending machine. Duke, step up your game!

4) It’s not just in the Blue Zone where people find creative ways to make the most of the space in a parking lot. How did they even get out of the car with that tree right there?

5) Also similar is the random, weird-looking cats wandering around—like the ones that live on West. Where do they come from?! And why do they look at you like that, like they know something. Watching...

6) The Duke Chapel ain’t the only striking church at night.

7) Spanish sports fans know how to dress for the occasion. (Perhaps they learned from us Blue Devils?)

8) They take my breath away. I was walking around the other night and it hit me, as it often does (but not often enough) on campus: I am so very lucky to be here.


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There’s An App for That-But Should I Use It?

Have you noticed that now-a-days there appears to be a mobile app for everything: one to monitor our sleep, our exercise, our diet, our breathing, our heart rate and so on and so on.  But the question begs, just because the app exists, is it really always in our best interest to use it? As dietitians we hear a lot about calorie and physical activity tracking apps, so we’d like to review a few of the more popular ones. Important point to remember is that both diet and exercise are behaviors, which are not typically tracked using numbers: mindfulness, hunger/satiety, feelings; whereas apps tend to be all about “the numbers”; calories, fat, protein, carbs, sugar, time spend exercising, intensity of exertion, number of days, minutes, hours etc.  Just because the numbers “hit” your target, doesn’t mean you’re engaging in healthy behaviors. It’s important to try to create healthy behaviors and habits that are long lasting, not just for immediate gratification.  

1.       My Fitness Pal-Tracks food intake and exercise and is focused on weight loss. Estimated calories burned during exercise are added to “daily allowed calories”.  Allows users to connect with a community for support, which is an important predictor of long term success (healthy support system).  Concerning is that exercise becomes a reward to eat more or leads one to believe that you’ll lose more weight the more you do, which is not necessarily true. Weight loss is complex and doing more and eating less, doesn’t always lead to more weight lost. Be careful not to set goals that are unattainable, especially long term.

2.       Lose It!-Very similar to MFP in that it is primarily for those who want to lose weight (just like the name!) but also tracks some other nutrients beside the regular carbohydrates, protein, and fat, such as cholesterol, sodium, sugars and fiber.  This app also includes a social aspect. This app might be appropriate for someone wishing to increase fiber or lower saturated fat intake to reduce cholesterol, but as with any weight loss app, be careful with weight loss goals.

3.       Recovery Record-Target audience are those struggling with disordered eating, but can be used by anyone.  This app uses no “numeric” values but rather focuses more on “mindfulness” of meal timing, balance as well feelings and emotions. Users can collaborate with their treatment team (dietitian, therapist, MD) if the practitioners also have the app. 

4.       Couch to 5K-This is a physical activity app that gives the user a specific fitness plan to work up to running a 5K.

5.       Health Watch 360-This app not only allows the user to track food and exercise, but over 500 conditions and symptoms (sleep, anxiety, etc.). Most comprehensive of all the apps which is a nice way of reminding us that there is more to “health” than just eating and exercise.

While some number tracking can be helpful for a short period of time to increase awareness of certain behaviors; i.e how much one eats based on “energy intake” or how much you are moving (steps), these apps are very detail-oriented and can cause someone to micromanage food and/or physical activity, which is not the goal.  If focusing on diet and exercise is preventing you from getting sleep or going out with friends (because you’ve already eaten your day’s quota), it’s time to move away from the app and reconnect with the bigger picture.

Unsure of what to eat? At Duke you can take advantage of meeting with one of the dietitians at Student Health-it’s covered by your health fee.  If you’re not inclined to do that, then just be wise to the fact that apps may be fine, temporarily, in conjunction with other behavioral changes, but using apps exclusively to make changes may not get you the results you wish.



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Student Events Calendar for March 2015, provided by the Student Organization Resource Center

Each month the UCAE Student Organization Resource Center provides a promotional calendar of upcoming student organization events. All published events have been registered via DukeGroups Event Registration for greater than 30 days. 


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Jerry (Bei) Sun, 1994-2015

Jerry (Bei) Sun, a Duke University biology student, passed away Wednesday, March 4, from a rare form of cancer. Jerry was scheduled to graduate from Duke in 2016.

Duke flags were lowered to half-mast in his honor.

"Jerry loves every one of you," said Jerry's mother, Cathy Liu. "He appreciated all the help the Duke community gave him. Although he may not have been in contact with you during the past few months, I know Jerry missed all of you very much!"

Jerry first came to Duke as a high school student at North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham to do an independent study project in the Center for Biomedical and Tissue Engineering. The lab became an important part of his life at Duke.

"Jerry came to us as a talented student with a deep interest in science. He was curious and bright, and learned complex materials quickly," said Jun Chen, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, who oversaw his work both as a high school student, and subsequently as a Duke student beginning in the fall of 2012. "Jerry worked and thought creatively, and his contributions were equivalent to those of a junior graduate student."

Jerry was diagnosed with a germ cell tumor this past spring. During his treatment, he expressed great thanks and wonder at the support he received from his friends and family.

"You guys... I don't know even know where to begin," he wrote in a recent Facebook post. "I left my inbox alone for a day and it completely exploded. Thank you for the overwhelming support. Thank you for sharing my story. Thank you for your kind words. I've been humbled every step of the way by the kindness and support of the community around me."

"Jerry was the type of guy that you could trust your deepest secrets with and he would never tell a soul," said Lucy Ma, a close friend. "We talked about classes, friends, lab work, relationships. He was great at giving advice and maintaining an objective perspective. He was dedicated to his friends, academics, and family. I miss him dearly."

Jerry is survived by his parents, Jingli Sun and Chunying Liu; a younger sister, Lily May Sun; paternal grandmother, Sulan Xia; maternal grandmother, Zhilan Cui and maternal grandfather, Yixun Liu. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Huaide Sun.

Services will be held Saturday, March 14. at 2 p.m. at Chinese Christian Mission Church, 4528 Bennett Memorial Road in Durham.

Memorial contributions may be made online to Duke Cancer Institute through https://www.gifts.duke.edu (in memory of Jerry Bei Sun).

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SnapChat Across the Atlantic

What I would send across the Atlantic if I used SnapChat
…Little snippets of my home and study-abroad experience in Spain!

Scene 1—Brr-eakfast:

Each day in my new Madrid apartment brings new comforts, surprises, joys and challenges. These of course begin the very moment I wake up, when I enjoy a delicious breakfast while wearing finger-less knit gloves. (Americans, I have realized, are total whimps when it comes to the cold—we actually turn the heating on. The bad-ass Spaniards on the other hand…)

Scene 2—At  the “Uni”:

Entering a classroom composed entirely of Spaniards speaking animated, rapid Castellano? That brings your “new kid at school” complex to a whole new level. Knowing the answer to the question, but being unable to articulate the language quickly enough to speak a coherent response? That is frustrating. Sitting in class and not understanding what in the world was just said? Ha, well I suppose some confusions are endemic to university life in general.

Scene 3—My host family is better than yours:

I unfold from its tin-foil casing a beautifully made bocadillo. Fresh avocado, sliced cheese of delicious origin, vinaigrette, pepper…You get the idea. This is a damn good sandwich.

A non-Dukie but fellow American student looks laughs. Her host parent also packed a sandwich for her. She unpacks it; two slices of Wonder-Bread. Nada más. The fellow American looks relieved and tells me that it is better than the 5-pack of uncooked Oscar Meyer hot dogs she got for lunch yesterday.


Scene 4—Tripping on your tongue:

When you speak in Spanish, and then afterwards realize that the literal translation went something like this: Yes I will like to have ordered me a pint of coffee…So perhaps their lingering gaze was not because you are incredibly attractive, but rather that you made no sense.


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Are You a Moody Foodie?

I remember several years ago as a young adolescent my daughter and her friend dressing up in homemade Halloween costumes as “We’ve Been Dumped Girls”. The costumes consisted of PJs, bathrobes, fuzzy slippers, hair in sloppy ponytails, smeared mascara and of course empty containers of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.  Creative-Yes! Accurate? Let’s see…

New research shows that people with temporary mood lows generally bounce back pretty well on their own regardless of what they may eat. Those with more prolonged mood lows may turn to food on a more regular basis for comfort but the resulting lift in spirits is generally short lived and may result in cyclical emotional eating patterns. For these folks consulting a qualified therapist for an evaluation is the best advice.

But for the majority of us who experience temporary emotional lows the “comfort” we receive from eating certain foods may have more to do with associations we have with that food than any magical mood lifting powers. For example did you and your mom (or dad) make cookies together for fun? Did you share an ice cream cone with a beloved grandparent?

 The memory of the good feelings may be what is actually helping.

Although we do know that foods high in carbohydrate temporarily make you feel better, a piece of fruit or a granola bar will do the job just as nicely as ice cream or brownies or chips—although these foods will probably not be the thing that comes to mind first.

Here is a list of some “comfort” with a healthier twist”

·         Oatmeal

·         Fresh fruit and a little nut butter

·         Nuts and dark chocolate

·         Bean soups

·         Grilled cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread

·         Whole grain granola bar

Let’s face it though; sometimes you do just want a little ice cream because it tastes good. Enjoy it for that reason alone.



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