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Tinder Vs. Friendsy

With just a swipe to the right, Duke students can select their ‘match’ on Tinder, the mobile ‘dating service’. Let’s be honest, Tinder dating is more likely to be fun and fleeting than a long-stemmed roses affair. Renowned for being a little casual, sleazy and exciting, Tinder is definitely more popular on campus than its ‘no-risk’, ‘pick your level’ competitor, Friendsy.

Boasting “no randos,” Friendsy, unlike Tinder, is campus contained. It seems as though this concept turns some Dukies off. Declaring interest in someone online who you may run into after a Perkins all-nighter is a tad confronting. Tinder offers a world of non-Duke possibilities. I mean what’s dating without a little stranger-danger?

More significantly though, most Duke students haven’t even heard of Friendsy.

“I have no idea what a Friendsy is,” confessed sophomore Shelby Wailes.

Wailes’ comment pretty much summed up most of the student body’s knowledge of the app. Maybe Friendsy’s PR and Advertising team should get the hint?

For other students it is all about the who, and not the how... Read more

Demystifying forbidden fruit: The tunnels

Duke has numerous programs that encourage students to explore intellectually and globally, but it seems many students have found other realms for exploration not officially sanctioned by the administration.

Running under both East and West Campuses are tunnels used for distributing utilities such as power and steam to dorms and other buildings. Though there is a steam line running between East and West, there is no tunnel connection between the two.

It has become a tradition for Duke students to explore these tunnels, perhaps more accurately describes as connected basements, as one of five unofficial “graduation requirements” (the other four being a backwards drive around the traffic circle, climbing Baldwin Auditorium and sexual escapades in both Sarah P. Duke Gardens and Perkins Library).

A quick Google search yields a plethora of results about how to gain access to the tunnels as well as videos of their interiors, which range from cramped corners to relatively spacious hallways. But the resource would probably be experienced students... Read more

In Case You Missed It 9/26

With the advent of midterm season, its understandable if keeping up with the news has fallen by the wayside. Here's what happened this week.

Who needs a bucket of ice water when there's a whole pool? The Central Campus pool will close Sunday for the winter season. To mark the last day, Duke Aquatics will dump ice into the pool for a "Polar Plunge."

An army veteran who lost his sight and had to have both legs amputated came back to thank the Duke doctors who helped save his life.

Provost Sally Kornbluth presented the University's strategic plan. Research will get expanded, extracurriculars will get investigated and engineers will get to go abroad... Read more

Edens Gone Wild


Almost all residents of Edens are familiar with “The Stork.”

“That’s what we used to call it,” said Pryanka Krishnan, a junior year Edens resident.

It turns out that the “stork” is actually a great blue heron, a large wading bird found near open water and wetlands over North America, the Caribbean, and the Galápagos islands.

However, Deanna Badger, a fellow junior resident, knew this from the very beginning.

“When [Deanna and I] first saw it, we were walking together, and I saw this shadow of this weird thing with a beak. And I’m like, ‘Whoa! A stork,’” Krishnan explained. “And [Deanna's] like…that is a great blue heron... Read more

Student activists support environmental dialogue

Just days before Tuesday's United Nations Climate Summit, more than 400,000 people, including a number of Duke students, participated in the People’s Climate March in New York City.

Claimed as the largest environmentally-themed march to date, the event aimed to highlight crucial environmental issues. The UN Climate Summit convened 120 world leaders to discuss the increasing threat of carbon pollution. The Duke-affiliated attendees were specifically interested in how they could affect relevant change on-campus.

Prathibha Juturu, a sophomore majoring in environmental engineering, was one of the six students who travelled to NYC on a biodiesel powered bus with Divest Duke to march 30 blocks.

“Participating in this rally alongside students from all different colleges, like [University of California,] Berkley, has made me feel even stronger about this cause that I am really passionate about," Juturu said. "I felt a unique sense of empowerment and motivation to effect change that I feel sometimes lacks here at Duke... Read more

One Who Looks at the Mountain

After a 9-year journey through Tanzania, Yahya Jongintaba—formerly known as Jon Michael Spencer in a past life— has returned for a pit stop at Duke.

In 2005, Jongintaba decided to leave behind everything he owned in order to lead a nomadic life in Africa.

“I had a very nice home, a very nice car. I had a lot of art I had collected in my world travels and a library of a couple thousand books—a significant portion of which I had gotten abroad—books I could never get here,” he explained.

In fact, some of those books like Blues and Evil, Theological Music, and Protest and Praise were his own publications. From 1986 to 1987, Dr. Spencer settled at Duke as a post-doctoral scholar then spent 3 additional years as a visiting professor in the Divinity School. In his 23 years as a professor, he held positions at North Carolina Central University, UNC Chapel Hill, University of Richmond, Bowling Green State and the University of South Carolina teaching topics that include but are not limited to theology, American studies, the blues and African-American studies... Read more

Duke Global Education Fair 2014

The Global Education Fair presented a series of options through which students can extend their learning beyond Duke.

The fair was held in the Bryan Center Tuesday, with representatives from over 70 programs tabling and disseminating information about the study abroad opportunities available to students. The purpose of these global education programs is to help students explore fields with a new perspective without feeling confined to Duke's campus, said Amanda Kelso, the assistant vice provost for undergraduate education and executive director of the Global Education Office.

"[These programs can] make the world your classroom," Kelso said.

Kelso recommended that applicants be intentional about how they choose programs, especially since Duke offers a selection of programs from a variety of disciplines like public policy, foreign language learning, neuroscience and many others.

When choosing the most suitable program, students should consider "what's right for [them]" and "what comes to [their] mind [when they picture themselves studying abroad]," Kelso said... Read more

Introducing Cafe Edens and Cafe DeNovo

In the midst of all the renovations, some dining venues on campus have also started fresh.

Pitchfork Provisions—the popular dining spot near the Keohane and Edens dorms, was renovated and renamed to Café Edens this past summer. Although the Pitchforks menu remained the same, the dining area was renovated, wrote Rick Johnson, assistant vice president of student affairs, in an email Wednesday.

“The food has always been great since Pitchfork Provisions took over,” Johnson said. “The interior of the restaurant was old and did not match the quality of the food served.”

The food and proximity of Café Edens make it a popular option for late night snacks, said sophomore Kevin He, a Keohane resident.

“Overall, the atmosphere is definitely nicer,” he said. “The booths are great for eating with friends and the red chairs give a retro feel."

In addition to renovating the dining area, the name of the restaurant was changed as an effort to connect Edens with the rest of campus, Johnson said... Read more

ChronYourRadar: September 15th-21st

Need to know what's going on this week? Check out ChronYourRadar, the Chronicle news blog's weekly round-up of events on campus and in Durham.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Week: Duke is holding its first I&E week since launching its certificate program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship this Fall. The week will include panel discussions, an entrepreneurship fair and more. Full schedule of events here.

Wednesday, Sept. 17th: Learn more about Duke's newest campus at the year's first info session for Duke Kunshan University. DKU opened its doors this August after years of planning and delays, and applications have now opened for both Spring and Fall 2015. Allen Building boardroom, 5:30 p.m.

Later Wednesday evening, check out traveling photography exhibit "Hard Art, D.C. 1979" at the Center for Documentary Studies' reception and discussion with the artist... Read more

In case you missed it

Haven't had a chance to read those newsletters flooding your inbox? Feeling unconnected with the world outside those stone brick walls? Not to worry. The Chronicle's Big Blog is excited to introduce a weekly roundup of news stories about the University and Durham that may have slipped through your radar.

A swamp creature recently uncovered in Africa has been named Jaggermeryx naida in honor of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger by a team of researchers including Greg Gunnell, a paleontologist at the Duke Lemur Center. The crooner and creature both share the trait of luscious lips. Angelina jolie was another potential namesake but ultimately Jagger’s lips won out.

Female baboons that exhibit overall more sociable behavior, particularly those that have male friends also tend to live longer, according to study of more than 200 baboons in Kenya that biology professors Susan Alberts and Jenny Tung... Read more