Blog Author:
Larry Moneta, Ed.D. Vice President for Student Affairs

Dear students,

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:

Blog Author:
A community response

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.

Blog Author:
Jake Schapiro, Peer For You Peer Responder

Peer For You is now welcoming applications for Peer Responders to serve Duke students for next year.

Applications due March 16. Apply now.

We are a student-run resource that provides the space for undergraduate students to reach out for support and referrals in times of struggle. Any Duke student can send an anonymous message to one of our Peer Responders about a struggle or challenge that they are currently facing. The approached Peer Responder will respond to the message within 24 hours.

Blog Author:
Elizabeth Hoyler, '16

A few mornings ago, as my roommate was getting out of bed, she lovingly joked that I had just changed my shirt for the third time that day in an attempt to find the right outfit. Embarrassed as I am that this actually was true, allow me to defend myself!

I have fallen victim to the buzz.

You know what I am talking about. We’re back to school. To friends. To burning the midnight oil. And though my freshman year was no picnic, the memories of any exhaustion or stress that it brought have been gradually glossed over by memories of summer.

Don’t feel confident you understand? Here are a few other telltale signs that you’ve been buzzed, too.

by Alex Shapanka

Before I came to college my mother told me the next four years would define my next forty. As a burnt out high school senior, I didn’t want to hear it. I interpreted her words to mean that I need to apply myself and do well academically so I was prepared for the next step, the real world. But after thirteen years of diligence, I was ready to relax and enjoy my time.

I joined different clubs, some of which I liked, some I quit. I’ve dabbled in different academic disciplines, feeling for something that would hold my interest. Two years in, I was happy with my experience but felt like I had wasted time. Friends were polishing their resumes and setting themselves up for successful careers at Morgan Stanley and Procter&Gamble. I thought I had botched two years of the four that would set up my future.

by Alex Shapanka

'A college degree – a symbol of higher education. From an early age we’re taught that going through secondary school and university will prepare us for the “real world.” Whoever said that was a liar, sharing only half-truths. Sure, we train our minds for intellectual pursuits, making them dexterous enough to achieve in the workforce. But our higher education is pretty unilateral, and the last time I checked the world was not so singular. There is more to life than running regressions and cranking out twenty page research papers. No, I’m not referring to going to Shooters or Devines. I mean emotion.

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.

Duke Parking and Transportation Services is offering free shuttle service to Raleigh-Durham International Airport for the Thanksgiving holidays.

Rides to the airport are available on Tuesday, Nov. 20, and for the return to campus from the airport on Sunday, Nov. 25.

Book your reservation.

Early Voting site: Trinity Room, in the West Union building, at the dates/times listed below:


Thursday, October 18, 2012 - Saturday, October 20, 2012:  9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday, October 21, 2012:  12:00 PM - 5:30 PM        
Monday, October 22, 2012 - Saturday, October 27, 2012:  9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday, October 28, 2012:  12:00 PM - 5:30 PM        
Monday, October 29, 2012 - Friday, November 2, 2012:  9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 3, 2012:  8:00 AM - 1:00 PM    

Read more about voting on campus.