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To see the potential of others and guide them to greatness is a gift.
After 21 years, this quintessential Long Islander is leaving...for good. The girl who speaks at the speed of light and embodies all stereotypes of New York, is packing up her life and learning to say y'all. I'm taking my unmistakable accent, and with my family, am relocating to the South.
This semester has been a time of readjustment and analysis. First, there was the transition back to life on campus after a semester abroad. Then there was dealing with the movement of social life and most friends' residences off campus. Lastly has been my entrance to single life for the first time at college.
As I walked to the gym two weeks ago I was shocked by the condition of Krzyzewskiville. I know what you're thinking: Jen at the gym? That's as frequent an occurrence as a solar eclipse. But I digress. As I made my way up to the gym I gaped at the cemetery-like atmosphere of the famous fan site. Tents were left in tatters, broken down on the lawns. Pieces of chairs and other furniture were left scattered in pieces. Tarps were strewn about. It looked like nuclear fallout in the tent city, and as I stood taking in the grim view, it became blatantly clear: Duke's spirit is dying.
Due to lack of verbosity and today's national holiday, this week you get two topics.
Forget label wearing, name dropping and the basketball team. The latest announcement from administration by far separates Duke from all the rest. I hear conversations about "the monorail" and mistakenly assume it's in reference to The Simpsons. Then I find out that it's a possible transportation system for campus. But there's more: We're going to have "Main Street" and tear down and rebuild all of Central. So, as Duke plans to sink exorbitant amounts of money into a project that will come to fruition when we're in our forties, I ask: Is this a University or a theme park? I can just see it now: We'll officially rename it The Gothic Wonderland. Instead of Epcot, we can do Frat-Cot where all the fraternities kicked off campus can have their own "nations of the world" area. Clearly, the Chapel is the Magic Kingdom. We can even have students work as characters, dressed up as professors and administrators. With tuition about to clear the $40,000 mark I'm sure we can afford it. And if construction costs go over, we can always have the members of Pi Kappa Alpha build it for us as part of their community service. But before we start sketching plans for "It's Nannerl's World" and "The Washington Duke Teacups," let's focus on the main problem with this part of the Master Plan: There are improvements that can and should be made now.
So I'm back at Duke and life on campus is in its normal state of affairs. Tenters are wearing 8.6 layers of clothing and telling anyone who will listen just how cold it is outside; there are enormous stray cats roaming the campus day and night; Bill Burig and Larry Moneta are still in stiff competition for the title of most hated man at Duke. But best has been getting to see the Duke characters once again. I'm referring to the six or so stereotypes of students that some of our peers willingly fulfill. It's these kids-the Duke players-that make campus a demented version of The Real World. The roles are not embodied by the majority of students, but those who take them on definitely add a little spice to everyday events. Some of these characters we love, others we love to hate. And so, for lack of an intellectually challenging topic this week, here's my little character summary. These are Duke's soap opera wannabes.
As my stay in Australia comes to an end, I find myself reminiscing about what I've learned during these past few months. Yes, it sounds like the trite opening line to a college admissions essay, but this 20,000-mile distance away from home has brought on many new perspectives. Most importantly, it's been a reality check about Duke and the social bubble in which we live.
Lately it seems every couple I know is redefining their relationship in order to see other people. Couples aren't breaking up, but rather reshaping what they are under new names for the sake of a quasi-single life in college. Everyone has a different name for their new situation: there's the "non-exclusive hook-up", the "open relationship" and the ever popular "taking a break." Whatever title they may be given, relationships in this new genre all amount to the same thing: a trial separation, only without the marriage.
On a typical night out in Australia it's inescapable--everywhere I look couples are all over each other, and it seems every place in the country is an unspoken Lovers' Lane. I don't know if it's the South Pacific currents or the time difference, but the people down under have no problem sharing their love with the rest of society everywhere and at any time.
1990s: Kegs are not permitted on campus unless authorized and monitored by the University.
At this month's Miss Universe pageant the final five contestants were asked a ridiculous and insulting final question. To pick the woman who would best represent the universe, the judges asked: "What makes you blush?"
They are one of the great mysteries of college life, the seemingly unavoidable result of a night of drinking: hangovers. Everyone offers a remedy--from coffee to multivitamins--but no one has found a cure. Although there is no proven antidote, there are steps people can take before, during and after drinking to help lessen their morning-after pain.
Business professionals in chemical industries who take Duke's Chemistry for Executives program may no longer be laughed out of the room when they speak in scientific terms.
Bringing to life Chancellor for Health Affairs Dr. Ralph Snyderman's vision for prospective care in the Durham community, a new program now provides medical outreach to hundreds of local residents. Started in January of 2000, Promising Practices aims to help patients who suffer from asthma, diabetes and hypertension take care of themselves.
This is the second article in a three-part series on the history of the School of Medicine.
Children of the Triangle are discovering physics through a new, interactive exhibit at the Museum of Life and Science.
Learning and practicing stress management skills may help lower glucose levels in people with Type II or late onset diabetes as much as some medications, according to a recently completed year-long study.
The use of stethoscopes for heart exams by primary care physicians may one day become a thing of the past, thanks to a Duke study on miniaturized echocardiography machines.
A clinic originally designed to treat high blood pressure and kidney disease now serves as one of the most popular weight loss programs in the nation, and it is located just around the corner.