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Editors' Note

(04/16/14 7:30am)

____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>Dear Readers,For some reason, when we became Towerview editors, we thought that editing a magazine would be a glamorous job. Now that we’ve led Towerview through Volume 15, it seems like a big part of our job is actually crisis control—particularly when writers decide at the last minute that they don’t want their stories to be published, writers don’t turn in what we expected, writers don’t turn in anything at all or senior administrators are displeased with a story. We also appreciate how heavily we rely on students and community members (like our freelance illustrator, Alan Dippy) who volunteer their time and talents to make Towerview happen. Towerview’s staff deserves a big shout-out. The camaraderie we developed during brainstorming sessions with our associate editors eventually trickled into our social lives. For a story published in our November issue, we all went on a ghost tour and pub crawl through Durham. Another one of our favorite memories is walking for an hour through the snow to get from our off-campus houses to The Chronicle office on a snow day. We had to finish the March issue before sunset to we could walk home, and chased students on the quad to get last-minute responses for The Inquisitor. And how could we ever forget posing with snowmen and our unofficial mascot, Misty, for our editors’ note photo? Daniel Carp and Danielle Muoio take over Towerview after this issue, and we wish them the best of luck! But first, we invite you to delve into our last issue. You’ll find our version of the Duke student body’s unofficial graduation requirements in the Watch List (p. 8). Sid Gopinath takes us on a creative tour of Shooters II Saloon (p. 10), and Sharif Labban shows us how tattoo culture has changed in Durham over the past 20 years (p. 5). If you’ve noticed an increase in the number of mopeds you see around campus, then check out Emily Feng’s story about Durham’s very own moped gangs (p. 15). You’ll also find stories about returning home. Ryan Zhang interviewed international students who take a break from Duke to serve in their home countries’ militaries (p. 22), and Daniel Carp looked at the trend of former Duke basketball players who return to Duke as coaches (p. 18). Finally, our cover story details the history of the Duke Lemur Center, from its early days as a somewhat unregulated behavior station to the thriving research hub it is today (p. 26).See you later, and thank you for a great year!

Letter from the Editors

(09/26/13 8:52pm)

____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>Dear Readers,Whether you consider yourself to be a glass-half-full kind of person or a cynic, you’re probably a bit of an optimist because you believe in the value of a college education. We want to better ourselves, maybe make a difference in others’ lives and eventually make our marks on the world. (Wouldn’t even the cynics among us agree?) Fall is our season because it’s ripe with opportunity. Maybe it’s something in the air, or the fireflies that glow at night. We want to get out of the classroom, dorm room, library and do things this fall. It might not happen at all, but we make hopeful plans anyway, and because we hope and plan, some of it might just happen. Ergo, we’ve put some thought into our fall bucket lists. We want to climb to the top of the Duke Chapel and get a new perspective on the miniscule students rushing around below. Before we got into Duke, tour guides told us about having a faculty lunch with a cool professor. It’s time to gather up the courage to actually “flunch.” Many Blue Devils sleep in tents to get into Cameron Indoor Stadium for the Duke-UNC basketball game, but how many show up to support our lesser-known teams like cross country or wrestling? We want to check out every Duke team in competition at least once. (Check out our profile of head football coach David Cutcliffe).We’re going to embarrass ourselves while salsa dancing at Cuban Revolution on Thursday nights. It’s time for Ashley to take her dog, Misty, to the quarry for an afternoon runaround. In October, we’re going to gorge ourselves on fried Kool-Aid and hopefully not get sick on our friends on the rides at the N.C. State Fair. How have we not yet been to the Durham Farmers’ Market? We published a photo essay of it in Towerview’s summer issue, for goodness’ sake. The Duke Teaching Observatory holds regular open houses, and we’re going to watch the Orionid Meteor Shower there Oct. 21. Everyone settles into a routine at Duke, but not all routines are good ones. Why not get out of Perkins and study in one of the 10 spots that our writers selected for our October Watch List? Ashley got a head start on her bucket list when she and Sharif Labban went to Paint Nite at the West End Wine Bar for a less conventional date. Later in the issue, three Duke professors reflect on what motivated them to partake in the Moral Monday protests, and the repercussions of their arrests. It’s time to jump into the Fall semester.

Express yourself at Paint Nite

(09/26/13 5:53pm)

____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>Attending too many Greek date functions or wasting food points at the Washington Duke Inn can get stale after a few years, so we ventured into Durham for a fresh night out.We entered the top loft of the West End Wine Bar on Main Street to find smocks, brushes and individual canvases scattered among the alcoholic beverages. The painters were an eclectic mix of dating 20-somethings, mother-and-daughter pairs or groups of friends looking for a way to spice up their Tuesday summer nights.Created as a way to draw the 21-and-older crowd to local pubs, Paint Nite “makes art accessible to people who don’t consider themselves artists or creative in any way,” according to the company’s website. We hadn't painted since high school, so this was a test of how much those skills had deteriorated. For convenience, we picked an event in downtown Durham, but Paint Nite hosts events in bars throughout the Triangle Area during slower weeknights.For many, it was their first time painting. But Krystal Kerns, a local artist and our teacher for the night, eased many of our fears by providing step-by-step instruction for creating our own sunset scenes.“I created all of [the example] paintings with my Paint Nite classes in mind, because I’m going to be teaching people who have never painted before,” Kerns said. “It’s something that comes easy to me because I’ve done it for so long, so I have to think outside of the box a little bit, take really good paintings and simplify them.”Kerns led the group with two canvases: one completed sunset to model the collective goal, and a blank one on which she recreated the sunset. She patiently explained her process of blending colors, utilizing different brush strokes and how to get the most out of combinations of black, blue, red, white and yellow—the seemingly limited palette available to us.As the evening progressed, so did the mishaps. An amateur brush stroke resulted in a stain on Sharif’s pants. Ashley’s attempts at palm trees looked more like shish kebabs. Across from us, our fellow painters were having some of their own problems.“Your painting is looking good, mine is jacked up,” the woman across from me told her friend. “Oh man, I just jacked my sun up!”In between various stages of the painting, Kerns walked about the room and gave us suggestions on how to “un-jack” our paintings when necessary.Though the booze provided an initial lure to the experience, after the first hour the participants became so engrossed in their paintings that most ignored the bartender's invitations for more drinks.As the night dwindled down and our canvases began to look like masterpieces, Kerns gave us a chance to move about the room and check out everybody else’s paintings. No two pictures were alike. Some painters added starry scenes or tiny birds, while others frantically added more paint to cover up small mistakes.“My favorite part is definitely the end when everyone is done,” Kerns said. “Then you get to see how everybody actually did put their own little input into everything and no two pictures look alike. That’s really the most fun of it all because when you’re done and you’re looking around from your seat at what everybody else has done, it’s a really cool experience to be a part of—you all collectively created something different.”Despite the group's general lack of painting experience, the inevitable mistakes and the constant feeling that we were about to damage our work irreparably, no one walked away from the experience without a smile. Somehow, we managed to create two decently executed tropical sunsets to display side-by-side on an apartment wall. Now it's up to guests to figure out who painted which.“I would love to be able to paint something by myself but I can’t, so [Paint Nite] allows me to have some guidance while I created it,” said Nancy Williams, another Paint Nite patron. “[I loved] hearing people go ‘this is awful, this is awful,’ and then their finished product looks awesome.”Paint Nite tosses some spice into Durham's social scene. If you need something new in your life, grab a brush and a beer and see what you can make.