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:
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:
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 Deja Beamon

College uproots you. When you’re in high school, you crave for it. The independence, freedom. Your parents haven’t gotten you in years. You know you can take care of yourself, if only someone would let you. And then you get here.

And at the end of each semester, you are forced to pack up. And leave. And figure out your summer plans, 'cause you can’t not do anything. And then summer is over and you leave, and then you are here. After the first year, you dread leaving. The hasty task of packing. Throwing out half of your belongings because you refuse to buy another fucking box.

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.

Submitted by Monika Jingchen Hu

When I talked to my college friends who are currently in graduate schools in different American universities, they were surprised to know that Duke graduate students can enjoy fall break. I was quite “proud” to announce that I would be taking my fall break off, traveling and meeting old friends. This time the destination is Seattle.

So I booked my tickets early in September, and never really thought about traveling schedule after that. All I knew was I would have a place to stay for those days and friends could show me around, so I didn’t have to plan and worry.

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.

Thumbnail Good "cyber hygiene" is increasingly important. This October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and Duke's IT Security Office is kicking off a campaign to remind Duke faculty, staff and students to make sure their computers stay healthy.

Dear students,

The new academic year is upon us, and the Student Affairs staff and many others have been working all summer to be ready for you. We expect an exciting year of construction, renovation and many new initiatives including the start of the Duke House system. The site for the Event Pavilion behind the Bryan Center has already been cleared and we invite you to join us for the launch event on the BC Plaza on Wed, Aug 29 at 4 pm. You can follow the West Union/Bryan Center/Pavilion plans at Also, watch for announcements of open ‘town meetings’ where we’ll share more details about the plans ahead.