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Blog Author:
Brian Njoroge

“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.

Blog Author:
Nick Antonicci, Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

My name is Nicholas Antonicci, I use the pronouns he/him/his, and I'm the Director of the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity here at Duke University.

Yesterday, I woke to the news of tragedy of 50 innocent people killed at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, a gay bar on a night celebrating Latinx people and communities.

I struggle to put feelings and emotions into words, to put pain into soundbites that appease and comfort those around me.

I struggle with balancing immense sadness for the lives lost, with anger at the forces which allowed this to happen and will continue to happen, namely homophobia and transphobia. I balance wanting to care for others, with frustration in the ways many of those who are responding are centering the feelings of heterosexual and cis peoples.

Blog Author:
Triveni Raghavan

Written by: Triveni Raghavan

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” – St. Augustine

When we make travel plans, we often look at the most popular destinations while missing the hidden gems close by. One such destination is nearby Hillsborough, just 20 minutes away. As part of the CLG series, SangHee Jeong of IHouse, organized a trip to this quaint little town, rich in history, culture and beauty. It was a grey, cloudy morning so we trooped into the vans armed with umbrellas, rain jackets, cameras and the itinerary for the day.

Blog Author:
Tierney Marey

HUT!

It’s going to be a showdown…
Seattle Seahawks vs Denver Broncos…
We are all going to be watching on the biggest screen we can find…
The parties have been planned, pizzas are ready to be ordered
It’s the SUPERBOWL!

Blog Author:
Tierney Marey

If the GIANT garbage bag that I threw out last semester, full of readings, is any indication: College students do a lot of reading! Sometimes I feel like I spend my entire life here at Duke moving my eyes over pages and pages of black and white text. It’s a fierce battle…the reading must be conquered in order to achieve the ultimate prize…sleep.

Reading, and more importantly reading efficiently was exactly what this week’s CLG workshop Active and Efficient Reading addressed. We had a great guest speaker Jackie Ariail from the Academic Resource Center come and speak to us about how to improve our reading speed, style and comprehension. Slow readers never fear! It is possible to increase your reading speed, whilst still retaining information. Here are the top tips from the evening:

Blog Author:
Tierney Marey

From Nepal to Germany or China, Australia, or South Korea, there were internationals galore at Welcome/CLG’s kick-off party at International House on Thursday. The party welcomed new comers at Duke and celebrated the commencement of International House’s Connect.Learn.Grow workshop series. Over the next 9 weeks International House will host a variety of workshops designed to help internationals and non-internationals alike settle in, or re-appreciate their home in Durham.

Blog Author:
Christy Lohr Sapp, Associate Dean for Religious Life, Duke Chapel

A friar, an imam and a rabbi walk into a lounge … This might sound like the start of a joke, but actually, it’s the start of an interfaith gathering on campus. The Duke Chapel Lounge is not a 70s-era bar with dim lighting, fruity drinks and mood music, but it is a place where connections are made and interfaith interaction happens on a regular basis.

Blog Author:
Elizabeth Hoyler, '16

When you ask the average Duke student what they want to do during their free time on a Friday morning, you can bet your bottom dollar that Party-Monitor training is not on the list. I am no exception. So when my SLG mandated that all sophomores head over to the Wellness Center to get said training, I huffed and puffed and went over. I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t think there would be much value in the experience. I thought they would be telling me lots of things I already knew, that it might be patronizing, and worst of all: a total waste of time.

I was wrong.