Mask your face (not your voice), selective org planning pause, and #FindSanctuary with Duke Chapel
While North Carolina regulations have recently changed, all Duke students are still required to adhere to university requirements limiting informal gatherings indoors or outdoors to 10 persons or fewer. These precautions should be practiced both on campus and off! The discipline you've shown so far is the reason we've been able to continue our classes and student life on campus. Keep up the good work!
While many of us here in Durham would love an afternoon spent wandering Duke Gardens, sharing a gentle reminder that the gardens remain closed. Only very limited student access is permitted, and only for approved academic purposes through reservation by faculty or staff.
Goods news though—Duke has lots of other open green space to study or hang out in on campus while getting your nature fix!
The following message was emailed to all Duke students on Tuesday, September 11, around 7 p.m., regarding preparations for Hurricane Florence:
The following message was sent to all off-campus Duke students on Tuesday, September 11, around 9 a.m., regarding preparations for Hurricane Florence:
The following message was emailed to all Duke students on Monday, September 10, around 2 p.m., regarding preparations for Hurricane Florence:
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:
With great sadness, we share that Savannah Goodman, T '18, passed away this morning, December 19th, after complications from a bone marrow transplant. She was diagnosed with an immune deficiency disorder at Duke Hospital at age 6 and was fulfilling her lifelong dream of studying Pre-Med at Duke so that she could become a pediatric immunologist to treat children much like herself.
465 miles away. 9 hours and 30 minutes away by bus. 7 hours and 45 minutes away by car. 1 hour and 30 minutes away by plane.
As we waved goodbye to our son on his first day of college, these numbers consumed our thoughts. They imposed a physical boundary on our relationship with our son, transforming months of excitement into miles of separation. Whereas these numbers had simply troubled our minds, however, the unfamiliar emptiness of our home had truly crushed our hearts. With our son at Duke, the dinner table now had one less plate, the study table one less book, and his bedroom one less snore.
I welcome the Class of 2020 and welcome back the rest of you. Summer has flown by and we've been working hard to be ready for you. Our newest students have already experienced what I hope they have found to be an informative, inspiring and enjoyable orientation (and pre-o). The rest of you have come back to finally find West Union open (and incredible!), our new student health building getting closer to opening (early 2017), our new arts center on Campus Drive moving along quite nicely, and a new residence hall under construction on East Campus. We have new spaces for our Latinx and Asian-American communities in the Bryan Center and I imagine those of you in Wannamaker were quite surprised by the beauty of that renovation.
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.