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Spotted: Freshman b-ball phenoms Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith shooting spitballs at innocent passersby on the Plaza while waiting for their milkshakes at the Victoria's Sweets cart. Singler leveraged his six-foot, eight-inch frame to target students cutting up the staircase from Kilgo, while Smith protected his flank on the main West Campus Plaza. Not seen: A phalanx of dark-suited managers rushing to mop up the residue.

It's not hard to fill up most things at Duke, save women's basketball games and MARKETPLACE BRUNCH. So why are certain Duke-in abroad programs so desperate for warm bodies? First, Duke-in-Madrid-long the University's most popular abroad program-dramatically under-enrolled for Fall 2007 due to rumored predictions of a highly academic semester. Now, Duke-in-Paris is flooding listservs across campus and taking out full-page color ads in The Chronicle (sticker price: $1,012.32) in a last-ditch attempt to fill its slots. Reads the subject line of one email blast from the Department of Romance Studies: "It's not just about the croissants." No, but it might be about time to find a better pitch than the baked goods.

Oops-Kappa. PiPhi. Saturday night. What could go wrong, right? For the sororities' mid-February semiformal in Chapel Hill, a music mix-up led to an empty DJ booth at Spice Street restaurant. Sources tell RM that the only CD available was Britney Spears and the brave (read: buzzed) girls and their dates got down to more than their fair share of classic Britney beats. RM predicts other sororities will jump on this trend. A little "No Strings Attached" at spring formal, perhaps?

Too much of a good thing?- Last summer 90 undergraduates eschewed cash$blinga summers for DukeEngage. The well-funded pilot program in civic engagement-the hot academic buzzphrase of the year-is looking to place three times that many students across the globe this summer and RM hears the applications are pouring in.

Officials declined to say whether any rejections would be meted out, but sources tell RM that applicants are being steered toward Duke-sponsored programs in such fun summer spots as Durham, as opposed to the highly competitive and exotic independent funding proposals.

Bullock's is basically foreign cuisine, right?


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