April 2012

How Elite Colleges Still Feed Wall Street’s Recruiting Machine

By LAURA NEWLAND, Duke Alumna (2010), from the New York Times

Two years ago, I graduated from Duke, one of many elite colleges that function as a farm team for Wall Street. Four years before then, I had never heard of Goldman Sachs. A bank had always been that one-story building across from a gas station where my mom deposited checks and I took more lollipops than I was supposed to. But at Duke, I was quickly seduced by a Wall Street recruiting machine that is reshaping the culture of higher education and diverting the career paths of our best and brightest.

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Status update on laptop backups

On April 13, an email was sent to all Division laptop users regarding the ongoing upgrades to our backup system.

As of now, we've begun migrating users to the new system. You should see no disruption in backup service during this process, although you may experience a few redundant backups until the old system is completely taken offline. We're also using this opportunity to clear up any laptop issues that may have prevented users from being backed up in the past.

If you haven't already, please review the email and make sure you've followed the steps described to prepare your laptop for backup. If you didn't receive the email, or have questions about it, please don't hesitate to contact the Student Affairs ITS Support team at service@studentaffairs.duke.edu.

If you've submitted a question and haven't received a personal response, please bear with us. We received a number of questions and haven't yet been able to respond to them all personally. We appreciate your patience.

Failure to follow the steps outlined in the email may result in your laptop not being backed up, which may in turn result in data loss in the event of malfunction, damage, or loss of your laptop.

Thanks, and stay tuned for more updates!


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The Blue Devil is in the Details: Duke Students Lead Effort against NC Amendment

As HRC’s National Field Director, I was thrilled to be in North Carolina this week participating in a number of campaign events aimed at defeating Amendment One.  Nowhere was there more energy and organization that at Duke University, where student leader Jacob Tobia and others in Duke Together Against Constitutional Discrimination have set the bar incredibly high for outstanding work against Amendment One.  Polls have already opened and the final day to vote is May 8.  If Duke students are any indication about where this country is headed, and how this vote will go down, we can all be proud and encouraged by their depth of commitment to fairness and equality and the extraordinary organizing skills that will help us defeat this hateful amendment in North Carolina.

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Getting Started with foursquare

Using foursquare is easy! Just visit the foursquare website and create an account - you can even sign up with your existing Facebook account. Watch this short video to learn all about foursquare.

Follow Duke on foursquare

Once you have an account, the first thing you'll want to do is to follow Duke University so you always know what's happening around campus. Plus you'll be eligible to earn that coveted Duke Blue Devil badge!

Duke Lists

Now that you are following Duke on foursquare, take a look at some of the great lists we have prepared for you. Some of these are:

Get the App!

Now, go download the app for your phone, then get out and find your friends on foursquare. Compete for those important mayorships on campus. But most of all, have fun exploring.


Now that you have the app downloaded, we have a step-by-step guide to getting started. Just follow along with these images as we walk you through the process of creating an account, following Duke University, and your first check-in.


1. Launch foursquare for the first time.

2. Login with your Facebook account. (You can also create a foursquare account using your email address if you don't have a Facebook account or if you prefer not to link these accounts.)

3. Finish the account creation process.

4. Tell foursquare a bit about yourself.

5. Now that you havea an account, add some friends. It's more fun that way!

6. Use foursquare search to find friends. 

7. Search for Duke to find the Duke University account.

8.Once you find the Duke University account, click the big "+" sign to follow us.

9. You are now following Duke University on foursqure. Now you can get that fancy Duke Blue Devil badge by checking in around campus.

10.Now follow Duke's lists on foursquare for great places to visit. Start with the Duke LDOC 2012 list.

11. Now checkin to let your friends know where you are and to find cool stuff near you. Just click the Check In button to see a list of nearby venues.



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Welcome to the New Site!

We're working hard to make information easily available to you and will continue to use our blog, website, twitter feed, Facebook page, email lists (and more!) to be available to you in many ways.  

We welcome your input and feedback and please send any comments to dukecareers@studentaffairs.duke.edu with the word FEEDBACK in the subject.

Regular blog posts will come soon, but in the meantime check out a few of our favorite TED talks:



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Brownstone, SLGs and the Duke Experience

Submitted by Dan Fishman, president of Brownstone

At their very best, selective living groups offer a place on Duke's campus to call home. They offer a place where the doors are always open, where everybody knows everybody, where an interesting and diverse group people learn about each others' experiences. Where people care how you are doing and can help you when something is afoot. Where people work together to do the hard work of forming community. A place where, when you return to Duke in twenty years, you can say you lived.

There is something about living with people--and knowing that you will continue to live with these same people--that makes an SLG an easy place to form friendships. You won't get to know everyone well. You won't love everyone you get to know well. But, if it's the right fit, you'll find a core group of people who change the way you navigate Duke. You'll learn to take pleasure in the traditions of the dorm, to make new traditions that will last longer than your four years. You'll learn to cherish the wisdom of upperclassmen and, in turn, you'll teach younger members about your own experiences.

I rushed Brownstone as a quiet, shy, bookish freshmen. At the time, I had been disappointed with my social experience on East campus. My friends were splitting in four or five different directions, and I looked at the great big world that is West campus and realized that I wanted a place to start fresh. During rush, I looked at Brownstone and Round Table, but before long I focused entirely on Brownstone. I remember feeling that if I could learn to become even two-thirds as wonderful as the upperclassmen, I would be happy.

As an upperclassmen, I've formed new ideas about the importance of SLGs. First and foremost, it is quite possible to form a strong community outside of an SLG. Your SLG will not be the only community you are a part of at Duke--and it shouldn't be if it is. Being accepted to live in an SLG will not necessarily define your Duke experience, though it can if you want it to. SLGs are not for everyone, and many people who are totally excited about living in an SLG as a freshmen feel disconnected from the SLG as a senior. My best advice for anyone who is looking at rushing an SLG is this: treat rush as a chance to meet a group of amazing Duke students. If it works out, put in the effort to reach out to members of your SLG. If it doesn't, don't let it keep you down. There are always opportunities at this school for people who seek them out. And it's often the experiences you never expect that end up changing you the most.

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Duke Student Leadership and Service Awards

On April 18, more than 60 students, faculty, staff, and alumni were recognized at the annual Duke University Student Leadership and Service Awards, the university’s most prestigious awards for leadership and engagement, recognizing individuals and organizations who have made a significant impact at Duke and beyond.

Every nominee was deserving, and the stories were truly inspiring. It is clear that Duke students are highly committed to serving communities and bringing fairness, equity, and a voice to those who often times are marginalized.

The elegant setting, inspiring video footage, and the addition of student hosts helped create an evening of reflection and a spirit of community to celebrate the change that occurs through character, collaboration, and citizenship.

Please visit the Duke University Leadership and Service web page to view a list of awards and winners. Thank you to all who supported the awards, and congratulations to all the winners.

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Are You Latina?

The RACE: Are we so Different? A Project of the American Anthropological Association has been in Durham for the past few months and was here through January 22. I recommend people to go see it as it provides many different perspectives and insights on the topic of race. However, this is not simply a plug for an art exhibit. I was excited to attend a private viewing of the exhibit on behalf of one of my colleagues early in the fall. There were various community members in attendance, some university employees, some city hall staff, volunteers, and museum staff as well.  I found myself engaged in conversation with a person who worked in city hall.  The person was telling me about the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration they were going to have the next day. I was glad to see that the city was acknowledging the month and making a deliberate effort to celebrate it with the community and their staff.  I was asked if I was Latina and I said, “Yes, I’m Puerto Rican and Dominican”.  The response was, “Oh! We are having people from different countries tell their stories of when they came to America and I don’t think we have any Dominicans. Would you like to come and speak?” This was the moment for me when so many thoughts rushed through my mind at once. “Wait… was I just called immigrant? Just because I say I’m from those islands, does that automatically mean I must have immigrated here? Do I sound like I don’t speak English properly? What did I say or do to make you think I should be invited to tell my ‘Coming to America Story’?” “Do Americans that say they are “Italian” or “Irish” or even “African Americans”, have to tell their personal immigration story?

All these thoughts passed through my mind within moments but my response was, “Well that’s nice, but I’m from Florida.” As an educator, you would think that my response to such moments would be more eloquent but as it was happening, I struggled between annoyance, anger, astonishment and formulating a response.  Afterward, I could not help but be extremely frustrated that I let a teachable moment go by without telling the person about how being a Latina doesn’t necessarily mean that I was born anywhere else but right here in the United States. Why have people been conditioned to think so? How can we challenge this thought process?

Read more about Race Speaks!

So, if you can, please go see the exhibit; but look at it with open eyes, an open heart, and an open mind…

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Multitudes Interactive Photo Project

Multitudes, an interactive photo project and exhibition will be featured in the Perkins Student Art Gallery. The 40 potraits of Asian students at Duke aims to display diversity and subvert stereotypes. A.B. Duke scholar Tong Xiang is a project co-director and A.B. Duke scholar Andy Chu is a participant in the exhibition.

Perkins Library - Student Art Gallery
Currently on display

For more information: http://www.dukechronicle.com/article/multitudes-project-heads-perkins

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Focus at Duke

During Blue Devil Days, a number of people asked me about the Focus Program. I was so excited to talk to them about it; I decided I was going to blog about it. So what’s the Focus Program really like? While each Focus graduate will give you a different answer, I can say with confidence that Focus was the second best Duke-related decision I’ve made so far – the first of course being my commitment to Duke University.


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