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!
“If you do not take random naps, you are not living life” - despondent pre-med student after coming from a chemistry lab.
As finals season approaches, most of us find ourselves running low on sleep. CAPS recommends 6-8 hours of sleep to maximize productivity. Although napping daily isn’t advised (sad, right?), such times call for dire measures- in this case should suffice. No one wants to take the bus back to East or Central Campus or walk down the countless steps to your room in Edens (you might as well just go to Wilson if you needed to work out) just to take a nap. I asked a couple of students- whose napping habits are questionable- for the perfect napping spots around the Campus Center.
This list is in no preferential order.
Dear Class 2021,
I hope you are having a great start to your fall semester!
Duke Dining has reviewed first year students’ dining patterns and preferences and will increase access to meals as an enhancement to the current East Campus dining model.
As of Monday, September 11 both Plans H and I will provide nine Dinner/Brunch meals at the Marketplace in place of the seven meals previously available to you. There will be no additional cost for these extra meals.
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:
My name is Cyan and I am currently a freshman here at Duke. I’m from New York so I’m a bit far from home, but my experiences at Duke make it worth the travel. What I really love about my school, and part of my decision to come here, had to do with all of the opportunities that are offered. I came here telling myself to take advantage of the resources that I have while I can.
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.
Thanks to some training, three Duke University students saved a man's life recently during a school trip in the Pink Beds areas in Pisgah National Forest.
Jared Schwartz, Kyrstin Lulow and Isa Zawilla were going to the Otter Hole, an off-the-beaten-path swimming spot, when they came across a man who was wheezing and holding his chest. After some deliberating and difficulty translating, they discovered that he had been stung, presumably by a yellow jacket. The students believe the man was only stung once.
Through their training, as part of the Project WILD (Wilderness Initiatives for Learning at Duke) program, they were able to identify the signs of anaphylactic shock, a severe allergic reaction that can be fatal.
Nominations are now being accepted for the Class of 2019 Duke Common Experience. As a piece of the coming changes to Orientation this summer, we have decided to enhance our Summer Reading program. While we will still have a book the incoming class will read, there will be a variety of programs connected to the book both during the summer and over the course of the fall semester. These will include:
- Virtual content sharing of key themes and ideas over the summer months
- Connection with Alumni Affairs in reading the selection
- Speakers and programs during the year connected to the selection
- One over-arching theme that connects the selection to programs here at Duke during the year
However, the biggest change is the format for hosting the author and discussion about the book and what we seek to do over the summer.
October is one of the hardest months of the fall semester, especially for freshmen. Up until midterms, the first few weeks of class are a time for settling in, meeting new people, and trying out new clubs at Duke. After about a month of wavering between friend groups and activities, many freshmen start to wear out and become frustrated with their experience. Around this same time, they are taking their first midterms and writing their first papers, adding to the overall stress of feeling uncomfortable here.
As a junior I thought I was prepared for the upcoming school year, especially in my role as a second year RA on East Campus. I expected my life to be relatively similar to my sophomore year in Bell Tower, but Iâve been pleasantly surprised by the changes that have come with a new RA team in Blackwell this year.