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Jack D explains what happened:

As many of you know, early in the morning yesterday someone entered my dorm and sprawled on the wall of the first floor, “Death to all fags @ Jack.” In just five words and an ‘at’ symbol, my sense of security and safety on this campus was shattered. 

Efforts have been made to find the assailant but the likelihood of success seems minimal. However, the person who wrote on the wall is greatly unimportant.

I would like for people to understand who I am. I wish to be a peer and not a name. I grew up near Boston with a single mother and siblings. I played sports throughout school and spent summers volunteering. I am a freshman but have lived as a proudly out and visible gay man on Duke’s campus. I am Jack. I am the fag. I do not deserve this treatment. No one deserves this treatment.

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Student Affairs Leadership

Dear students,

Yesterday, a wall of East Hall was defaced with defamatory language aimed at the LGBTQ+ community and an individual Duke student. While the language has been painted over, it does not erase the pain and fear. This is a very serious incident and we will continue to investigate. If you have information that you think would be helpful to us in learning more about who is responsible, we encourage you to contact the police or other university official. 

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Hanan Awel, '17

Thumbnail My parents told me that when I was a young toddler, I wanted to be a doctor, dancer, writer, flight attendant, singer, and actor all at once. I was constantly envisioning myself as a new person each time I came up with a new profession; I was always living in the future. I could never pinpoint what I wanted to do. Duke changed that.

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Dean Sue Wasiolek

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On our last day, before we said goodbye to Peru, we once again had some memorable, unexpected experiences.  We were stunned to awake to snowy weather, as the day before on Lake Titicaca had been glorious.

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Dean Sue Wasiolek

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After spending two days at Machu Picchu and several days visiting other ruins, spectacular churches and various Peruvian sites, it's hard to imagine that there is anything more spectacular in this country to see; however, today proved this assumption wrong.  I think it's fair to say

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Dean Sue Wasiolek

Yesterday was supposed to be slow and relaxing.  Somehow, it turned out to be quite busy!

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Dean Sue Wasiolek

We awoke this morning to rain - and even though it was a cold rain, several folks make the trek to MP, only to turn around and return to the hotel. 

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Dean Sue Wasiolek

It's Day 3 on the Duke Alumni Association (DAA)  "Treasures of Peru" trip to Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca and I think we've had about 9 hours of sleep.  As was the case with the first  DAA trip that I took as the University representative two years ago, the travel logistics have been perfect (knock on wood) and the 24 alums on the trip are fabulous!  Everyone is thoroughly enjoying getting introduced to the history and beauty of Peru and to getting to know each other.  The classes represented by the alums range form 1959 to 2005, with some folks coming from as close to campus as Chapel Hill and as far away as San Diego, with Trinity, Fuqua and the Medical School represented.

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This blog was written by Ashley Taylor, a recently graduated Duke student.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009:
    Today is the day of all days. Today is the day I find out if I got accepted into Duke University.     What a rush! It is 8 a.m., and I run to my computer. As I open my email, I see that I have ONE     message in my inbox: the sender—DUKE UNIVERSITY. Should I open it? I was bombarded     with a flux of emotions. I was torn between the possible excitement of being accepted and the     potential disappointment of being rejected. But I HAD to check. Here goes nothing: click...     YES!!!!!! The email read:

    "Dear Stephanie Amador,
    Congratulations! The Admissions Committee and I take great pleasure in offering you a place     in the Duke University Class of 2013…"