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Game day at Duke when you don’t like basketball

(02/21/19 10:18pm)

As you no doubt realize, yesterday at Duke was a day mostly dedicated to preparing for and then watching the Duke v.s. UNC men’s basketball game. I have the dubious distinction of being one of the very few undergraduates at Duke who has never attended an athletic event, nor watched a full game on television. Basketball is unavoidable here, but I certainly do try.

Letter: Why did you tent?

(02/21/19 7:57pm)

I don’t just tent for the Carolina game. Yes, the game is usually the highlight of the tenting season, but I wouldn’t tent if I didn’t enjoy spending time bonding with 11 of my friends. But I am also a die hard fan, and as a Duke student, I really enjoy cheering for all of my fellow Blue Devils. But we want to be the center of attention, and often our self-centeredness comes at the expense of our peers. 

Statement to Duke’s Leadership and Faculty from the director of the Asian American Studies Program

(02/21/19 4:08pm)

Introduction: I submit this statement as the director of the new Asian American Studies Program and as a representative of the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. I also submit this statement as an alumna of Trinity and a former student activist with a mandate from our current students, in the wake of the discriminatory biostatistics incident, to call Duke’s faculty and Duke’s leadership to action. 

How to ask better questions

(02/21/19 5:00am)

A few years ago, a group of students at my high school started a blog inspired by Humans of New York, where they compiled photos and stories of students and teachers. I was happy about this because I love reading Humans of New York stories, stories ranging from trying to fulfill the American dream to having a mother that’s an activist to writing a play about an ex-girlfriend. However, when I looked at the blog for my high school, there weren’t the compelling stories and insights that I expected. There were just pictures of people I knew with vague generalizations such as, “I love sports at this high school and how competitive it is” and “I’ve had some really influential teachers.” 

Letter: The 50th anniversary of the Allen Building Takeover

(02/22/19 5:00am)

Thank you for soliciting our memories on the 50th anniversary of the Allen Building takeover. One of this past week’s events nearly brought me to tears. I viewed the library exhibit and attended a discussion at the Mary Lou Williams Center, where I again saw the list of demands by the African American students. One was to increase the population of black students at Duke to 29 percent by 1973. This demand was so powerful to me because I matriculated to Duke in— you guessed it—1973. That demand, read today, almost felt like they asked for me by name.