Thank you Rubens for agreeing on being our featured student for the month! As a Karsh Scholar I have been able to appreciate your openness to new students and willingness to help everyone and before you leave I want to share your story with everyone!
With Spring Break (for those of you who get the time off) about a week away, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you well with the rest of the semester and offer a few thoughts about current events and their implications for many of you. It is not my intent to make this a political commentary, but I want to be sure to express my concerns for the many of you who might be feeling insecure or vulnerable right now as things rapidly change in the national scene. Here’s what I want to say:
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.
For this blog post, some of the interns at the Women’s Center decided to share our personal history with feminism. We have all had different experiences and there isn’t a singular theme among our stories, but we hope that our experiences encourage others in the Duke community to explore what feminism means to them.
From Colleen O’Connor (Community Building and Organizing Intern): `
Dear Faculty and Friends,
The new year has begun and its been a mad rush to the finish/start line! When I wrote to you over the summer, we were in the midst of an array of construction projects with extremely tight timelines. Fortunately, with the help of many people, we accomplished all our objectives and opened with wonderful new facilities for the Duke community. I hope you'll wander over the the Bryan Center to see how we've transformed that building. We welcome to the BC our new Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (formerly the LGBT Center), new food venues (Red Mango and The Loop), new offices for University Center Activities and Events, The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Center for Multicultural Affairs as well as new offices for me and my colleagues in Student Affairs. Check it out and stop by to say hi!
Congratulations to freshman Alex Shih for winning the Super Bowl Dinner football grill give-a-way! Guests were invited to select their choice for the winning Super Bowl team for a chance to win the football grill. The Super Bowl Dinner was held on Thursday, 1/31 at Great Hall and Marketplace and featured “super” fun menu item such as a wing bar and Super Bowl team favorites to include San Francisco’s garlic fries and the Ravens’ pit beef sandwich. Also at the dinner was a Coke bottle toss game donated from the Department of Athletics. Thanks to all for a great event!
Seated in groups of three or four, about 10 Duke community members held sheets in front of them as they phonetically recited words from the pages.
"Nin hao! Jin tian nin yao zhao shen me yi fu ya?" said SangHee Jeong, program coordinator with the International House who is from South Korea and is working to improve her Chinese conversational skills. She was asking a student partner, "Hello! What clothes are you looking for today?"
"wo jiu sui bian kan kan," the student partner replied. "I'll have a look."
by Deja Beamon
Maybe I’m just abnormal. I feel like all of my blogs could start with this sentence. LOL (is it lame to put lol in a blog?)
Anyway, in the spirit of feminism (well at least my interpretation of it), I am hesitant to slightly criticize Greek life. Sororities in their most basic form are a great step forward for our society. Nowhere else is it really encouraged to get a bajillion college educated women together to…do whatever sororities do.
My first tango with Greek life was in the movies that I never saw. Well except Legally Blonde but I refuse to see that as an accurate depiction. Anyway, Animal House comes to mind as the quintessential Greek film. But it’s about dudes. And I really don’t care about that.
Todd Adams, senior associate dean in the Dean of Students office, will be leaving Duke this January to become assistant vice president and dean of students for Student Affairs at Northwestern University.
by Nadine Goldberg
New Blue Devils: let me be the millionth person to congratulate you on your admission to the Duke University Class of 2017. Welcome to the Duke family!
As an early decision applicant to Duke’s Class of 2016, I will never forget the whirlwind leading up to December 14, 2011 – checking (and re-checking) the Duke Undergraduate Admissions Facebook page like it was my job, having to excuse myself from a meeting because I was so excited by the announcement that our admissions decisions would be released a day early, and racing to my computer when a call from a friend informed me that the site had gone live before 6 PM. I don’t think I have ever run so fast.
But above all else, it was the first line of my acceptance letter that left an indelible imprint on my mind.