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Duke organizations united against amendment one

(04/16/12 9:14am)

This past week, Duke College Republicans, Duke Democrats and Blue Devils United sat down for a dialogue about Amendment One facilitated by the Center for Multicultural Affairs. After an hour of discourse, we came to realize that we are all in agreement on some important aspects of this discussion. We believe it is the responsibility of North Carolina’s government to afford the current legal privileges of state-sponsored marriage to all committed couples, regardless of gender. We believe that these privileges are best conferred on all couples through civil unions that are legal in nature.

Commentary on the article “Students perceive low risk for HIV”

(04/12/12 11:32am)

I am writing with regard to the article entitled “Students perceive low risk for HIV,” published on April 2, which describes the ongoing HIV testing program on campus called Know Your Status. It has been my pleasure to be involved with KYS since 2008, and I am grateful to the hardworking program directors and multiple volunteer testers for their efforts every Monday in the Bryan Center as well as at Durham Technical Community College. As I believe this is a very important public health endeavor, I wanted to help clarify several points.

Duke Democrats reviews DSG presidential candidates

(04/11/12 4:00am)

This year’s DSG presidential election is unique. After having met with all three candidates, the Duke Democrats is confident that all three will passionately and effectively represent the Duke student body. For president, in lieu of endorsing one particular candidate, Duke Democrats would like to share our perspectives on the three candidates to assist members and non-members of our organization in their decision.

The Baldwin Scholars endorse Swain for DSG president

(04/11/12 4:00am)

The Baldwin Scholars enthusiastically endorse Alex Swain for the position of Duke Student Government president. Alex has shown herself to be a tireless advocate for students through her work on the House Model Working Group and her efforts to bring a one-stop early voting site onto campus. Moreover, her connection to Durham and her success as vice president of Durham and regional affairs speak to her ability to bring different factions of our community together. While we found Chris Brown and Strat Waldt to be impressive in their own ways, Swain’s passion for gauging student body interests and acting upon them ultimately appealed to us.

Diya endorses Swain for DSG president

(04/11/12 4:00am)

As Duke Diya’s Executive Board interviewed the candidates for DSG president, we found that each candidate brought a unique perspective. Chris Brown was deeply aware of the disconnect between DSG and the broader student body, and his approach was rooted in opening communication between DSG and the students. Strat Waldt stressed the importance of making the student body more aware of the multiculturalism of Duke.

Sports Clubs endorses Brown

(04/11/12 4:00am)

The Duke Sport Clubs’ Executive Board would like to endorse Chris Brown for the position of DSG president for the upcoming school year. From the executive board of the second largest student-based organization on campus, we recommend Chris Brown for this position based on his extensive experience serving on the DSG and in various other student organizations on campus, and champion him for his attentiveness to the needs of the student body, including those of Duke Sport Clubs. In his previous positions in DSG, he has demonstrated his capabilities in carrying out what he advocates, evident in his administrative hand in the installment of swimsuit dryers in Wilson Gym, which are a boon to all who swim in Taishoff, especially to the water-related sports clubs in our program. His excellent leadership qualities and commanding presence show that he can get things done, and his innovative and feasible solutions to current problems offer a wide new range of possibilities and potential for change in the new year. The students speak and Chris Brown listens and acts. For this reason, we as executive members of Duke Sport Clubs endorse Chris Brown to be the new president of the Duke Student Government.

Response to ‘Call to act: reform the sexual misconduct policy’

(04/06/12 4:00am)

Although we commend recent efforts to increase awareness of sexual assault on Duke’s campus, we were concerned by comments made in the April 5 article “Call to act: reform the sexual misconduct policy.” The Office of Student Conduct Advisory Committee was expressly designed so that student representatives could speak freely with Office of Student Conduct administrators about issues pertaining to campus policy. The use of a specific quote from this free flowing conversation without any context or nuance undoes much of the trust that has been built between student leaders and Student Conduct administrators and hampers future communication. There are certainly more effective ways of advocating for an issue that we believe students care about deeply.

More than minerals

(04/02/12 4:00am)

This Wednesday, the Duke Advisory Committee on Investment Responsibility will hold a public forum before it votes on whether to pass a proxy voter resolution around conflict minerals—the first committee action on investment responsibility in five years. This vote is the culmination of months of advocacy that have put Duke in an “activism spotlight,” appearing in publications from The Huffington Post to Taiwanese news site Uonline. Because of this spotlight, the implications of Duke approving this resolution stretch far beyond our campus.

Reaction to recent MMS commentary

(04/02/12 4:00am)

I entered the UCLA School of Law, at 19, as the youngest person to have ever been admitted there. When I soon discovered that law was simply not for me, and that I wanted to do business instead, I did not have many options. As it turns out, the rumors about a JD are wrong: You can’t do anything you want with a law degree. These days, you can’t even get a job at Starbucks with a law degree. Applications to Bain, Accenture, Capital One, Deloitte, AT Kearney and so on.… I sent out over 75 applications in total, and all of them fell completely flat. I was nearing the end of my time in school, and I did not have a plan. An MBA requires at least two years of work experience for one to get anything out of it, and I had never worked a full-time job in my life.

Response to “MMS: Making Mediocre Standard”

(04/02/12 4:00am)

I was surprised by the bleak outlook of the previous article on the MMS program. Therefore, I would like to share a much more positive experience of MMS, my own. I graduated from U.C. Santa Barbara in 2010, and coming from a public school I was thrilled to experience the level of personal attention and professionalism that the Career Center at Duke provides for each student. Prior to MMS, I was working on an account team for a financial management software developer in Los Angeles. When I decided to leave my job, it was to build on my experiences and undergraduate education at Fuqua, and hopefully launch myself into the industry I desired.

Seeking clarification of ‘Exhibit depicts refugees’ concerns’

(03/26/12 4:00am)

I am Prakash Nayak from India, a fellow in Master of International Development Policy in Sanford School. I have strong observation about an article published in The Chronicle on March 22 titled “Exhibit depicts refugees’ concerns.” The piece says that “Tibetan settler are being treated as threat or drain to Indian economy and looked down upon by others” is a complete misleading fact about status of Tibetan population in India. I come from one of the eastern state of India, where thousands of Tibetans have been settled by Indian government. I can strongly say that they and their social and economic condition is not below par. I would rather say that they are even more developed in comparison to an average Indian.