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Column: Parents just don't understand

(10/22/02 4:00am)

The Duke store is stocking up on Duke Dad bumper stickers. Reservations have been made at Magnolia Grill. In four days, rooms will be as clean as they are all year. It's that time again: Parents' Weekend! Nevermind that they will find nowhere to park; somehow, the 'rents will arrive at your dorm and ooh and ahh over your roommate's skills/ taste/talent in (blank) as you stand back, devising the next activity for these people you love and want to make proud but sometimes detest--what is your relationship with these folks now?

Me, us, Picasso

(09/10/02 4:00am)

I have started going to church again after two years of being too open-minded for the religion of my childhood. In short, my intellect took me to a place this past summer--while roaming the streets of Paris amidst stimulants of all kinds--in which I realized that it was not enough. With a basket of goods filled to the brim, I glanced inside and saw there was more room. "Oh my gosh, there is more to find." It was more like remembering than realizing.