Central Campusâs theme for this year; our one-word call to action is: SOLIDARITY. The concept of standing together in opposition to threats to the well-being and progress of our collective community. My hope, and this is where you come in, is that we as a campus can promote solidarity, in it's multidimensional nature, to the larger Duke and Durham community, and most importantly, to each other.
Stephanie Klein, N-1 (target starting date is July 20, joining us from NC State)
Samantha Babb, N-2 (new RC joining us from Clemson University)
Aneshia Wilson, N-3
Kevin Erixson, N-4
Briana Enty, C-1 (new RC joining us from Bowling Green State University)
Matt Bailey, C-2 (moved from N-2)
Jeremiah Salois, Craven Quad
D'Najah Pendergrass, Crowell/Wannamaker Quads
Shelvis Ponds, Edens Quad
Jill Zalewski, Few Quad
Jeff Nelson, Keohane Quad
Charlie Clausen, Kilgo Quad
Coming to Edens, I was extremely nervous about how things would turn out. The majority of my dorm mates freshmen year were people I did not feel connected to, and my RA was usually MIA. More than that, people always talk about Edens as a sort of âblack holeâ of West Campus because of it being the farthest dorm from all the academic buildings and the Bryan Center.
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.
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.
It isn't uncommon for Fares Hanna, the owner of Twinnie's and Blue Express eateries on campus, to spend time researching user-friendly, compostable to-go containers or rearranging his kitchens to accommodate reusable china and silverware.
Both locations were just crowned "Most Improved" in the Green Dining Awards, which highlights Duke eateries and their sustainable practices every year, since 2010.
By the end of freshman year most students have come to love East Campus. Frankly, I still miss East in a lot of ways. I miss knowing that almost everyone on the quad was a member of my class. I wish that I could still count on the fact that it was more likely than not that I would run into someone I knew when getting breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I will always think that Brodeie is way better than Wilson, and I will feel a stronger affiliation to Southgate than any other place I’ve lived on campus. For me, East Campus means community. There is an overwhelming sense that the people you are living with get you. Everyone comes into freshman year vulnerable, and looking for a sense of belonging. The East Campus community was deliberately designed to foster that very sense of belonging, and was directly tied to where you live.
My first post goes out to the freshman. Welcome to Duke! I hope the start of your Duke experience has been as much of a whirlwind for you as it was for me! I remember these first couple weeks at Duke being exciting, challenging, ridiculous, silly, daunting, and many times, a bit lonely. Some people have a seamless transition into Duke, but those people are few, and far between. I want to encourage those freshman still struggling to find your place here. It doesn’t happen over night, nor should it! If you haven’t found your crew, don’t worry, chances are neither have most people. You are not alone.
I must have been asked at least a hundred times so far, “So Casey, why did you come to Duke?” And my answer is always the same. I tell the story of being on the wait-list and receiving a surprising phone call from the admissions office. I wish I could finish the story by telling people I jumped with glee at the exciting news, but the truth is I had already decided to go to Drexel. Although I wasn’t overly anxious to live in Philadelphia, I wanted the process of choosing a college to be over. I was also upset that Duke hadn’t accepted me sooner than mid-May. But no matter how sour I was over my college decision, I just couldn’t say no to Duke University.