From The Editors

Coming back from Spring Break, a heightened sense of immediacy permeates everything we do. Last Day of Classes looms six weeks away, and Commencement lurks just two weeks behind it. We graduating seniors are increasingly nostalgic. The time after spring recess becomes a never-ending series of lasts. The last time we sleep late for a Monday class, for example, or the last time we make an impulsive decision to picnic in the Gardens. But there are a whole lot more lasts, and in some ways, this issue is about embracing them before it’s too late.

In this month’s cover story, Towerview contributing writer Nathan Freeman profiles fellow Duke senior Steven Galanis, taking us inside the growing world of Spartan Entertainment, the company Galanis co-founded as an East Campus resident almost four years ago. It began with Wednesday Night Beer Pong at Shooter’s, but now Spartan lends its name—and Bull City bar connections—to any number of late-night events in the spirit of everything from raising money for charity to celebrating a new sorority pledge class. In short, the company has a stranglehold on Duke students’ nightlife in Durham. A monopoly over the last bull rides and breaths of air on the Devine’s patio. And in those lasts, it’s sometimes worthwhile to reflect on firsts. In the beginning, Galanis envisioned a company that could even out Duke’s hierarchical social scene. Check page 12, and maybe head to Main Street, to see if the man’s accomplished that.

This year’s seniors have already seen their last home basketball game in Cameron Indoor Stadium, the hallowed venue that celebrated its 70th birthday earlier this year. Cameron’s been home to some of the average Duke graduate’s most visceral and pleasurable memories—some of the most painful, too—and seniors can leave campus assured that won’t change in the next 70 years. Cameron might look different, and so might Wallace Wade Stadium, but the deep play that the stadium houses won’t change.

So enjoy this, your second-to-last Towerview. After all, not everything has to end so abruptly.


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