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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

We left Yucay by bus this morning and headed to the train station where we boarded Peru Rail to the Town of Machu Picchu (MP). The train ride was as interesting and beautiful as the rest of our trip, as the train followed the river and we made our way through various ecosystems, including the lush tropical areas.   When we arrived at the train station in MP, we boarded a bus to the MP site and that's where the TRUE wonder and amazement of this trip began.

There was a slight drizzle as we entered at the gates of MP, so we donned our rain jackets while others of us (me included) purchased a $2 poncho.   About 10 minutes later, I was no longer wearing the poncho as the rain had stopped and our magical tour of MP began.

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Dean Sue Wasiolek

Day 4 with the True Blue Peru Crew! Every day in Peru is better than the one before!  There is so much to share that I don't know where to begin. 

The day started with a jog through the town of Yucay.  I'm not sure how large the town is; I can only tell you that it has one traffic light.  Running along the road was an adventure, as the drivers did not yield to me at all.  I enjoyed seeing the dogs, donkeys,  and cows, but was particularly inspired by the farmers who were out in the fields working the land by 6 AM.  I returned to the hotel for an awesome breakfast.  The contrast between our hotel and the poverty of Yucay is remarkable and has haunted me all day as we drove through other small towns on our way to various sites.

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Dean Sue Wasiolek

Day 4 with the True Blue Peru Crew!

Every day in Peru is better than the one before!  There is so much to share that I don't know where to begin. 

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