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Applications to graduate programs dropped sharply this year, as foreign students increasingly steered clear of Duke and other American schools. Particularly down in this year's applicant pool is the number of students from China, as total graduate applications from that country dropped from about 2,000 to about 1,000.
Students who complain about the quality of Marketplace food now have quantitative data to back up their gripes, as the eatery rated dead last in Dining Services' most recent Performance Assessment for Culinary Excellence rankings. Meanwhile, the world's common denominator of food, McDonald's, earned a resounding first place over all other University dining establishments.
Less than 36 hours after a student was reportedly raped on West Campus by an unknown assailant, another forcible sexual assault was reportedly committed by a Central Campus intruder early Sunday morning. Police consider the assaults to be unrelated at this time.
Nine months after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to consider an appeal of a key lawsuit verdict against the University, the "devastating" effects on research many predicted have not come to pass. However, administrators said they remain concerned about possible constraints on University research and the specter of costly legal battles in the future.
Better stash that beer--the cops will be your neighbors if you live in the new, recently approved East Campus dormitory.
President Nan Keohane is beginning to get a better sense about her post-presidency plans, which will become reality July 1 when Dean of Yale College Richard Brodhead takes her place at the helm of the University. To begin, she is taking a one-year sabbatical at a prestigious research center near Stanford, Calif. Next, she wants to write an important work of political philosophy about inequalities and has no interest in writing her memoirs.
The Office of Information Technology suffered a rough day Tuesday as a hardware snafu stopped many users from receiving e-mail for over eight hours and a new, unrelated virus slammed the University.
The Interfraternity Council has created an interim replacement for annual review, the now-defunct process by which selective living groups were evaluated on their contributions to the residential community.
A stomach illness known as gastroenteritis has beset several University residence halls over the past two weeks. Despite rumors of a wide-ranging trend, Director of Student Heath Dr. Bill Christmas said few cases have been confirmed and he does not consider the uptick in gastroenteritis to be abnormal.
Residence Life and Housing Services Director Eddie Hull defended his decision to abolish annual review at a panel discussion Monday, citing his desire to take a fresh look at West Campus residential life in light of a quadrangle-based model. Some in attendance questioned whether this new model would mean a dim future for selective living groups on campus, to which Hull replied that he is "neither considering nor not considering any particular outcomes."
For reasons that remain obscure, Duke students have long preferred to study abroad in the fall semester than in the spring semester. With the numbers becoming increasingly lopsided in recent years, student affairs administrators are looking to alleviate the institutional strain of the study abroad disparity.
In a shocking move that defies a unanimous Campus Council resolution and erases a long-standing feature of residential life, Residence Life and Housing Services Director Eddie Hull has completely eliminated annual review for the immediate future. Annual review is the process by which selective living groups are evaluated on their contribution to the residential community.
Keohane offers ambivalent review of Mona Lisa Smile
Pre-eminent science policy expert Lewis Branscomb, Trinity '47, explored the gap between inventions and innovations in a lecture at the School of Law Thursday.
After a job well done--most notably the $2.36 billion Campaign for Duke--Senior Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development John Piva has announced his retirement. Robert Shepard, who has worked closely with Piva as vice president for development, will become vice president for alumni affairs and development.
President Nan Keohane has become such an institution at Duke that her first name, "Nan," has become students' frequent shorthand for the administration. "Nan needs to change the admissions policies." "Nan's getting rid of fraternities." "Nan should fix this lightbulb."
Sophomore Michelle Bholan called her mother freshman year, confused and troubled by the lack of interaction among races at Duke. Her mother told her that sometimes, self-segregation is just the way the world works.
This is the first article in a series this week examining institutional diversity.
As part of continuing efforts to emphasize leadership education, the Fuqua School of Business has created a scholarship program for qualified graduates of the United States Military Academy.