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Young Trustee selection is a thorough, fair process

(03/23/22 4:00am)

I am writing on behalf of the Young Trustee Nominating Committee (YTNC) to provide clarity regarding the process for selection of the Undergraduate Young Trustee. I would like to first re-iterate my appreciation for the work that the committee has done since November 2021. Many hours have been dedicated to this process and I appreciate all the time spent in service to the University by my fellow committee members. 

Administrative bureaucracy threatens a student-oriented university

(03/22/22 4:00am)

While we all painstakingly wait for the bi-weekly Qualtrics survey that promises Amazon gift cards, Duke should be involving campus organizations in their administrative decisions. Instead of adulating anonymous, unreliable survey data, administrators should consult those affected by their decisions – namely Duke students. This consultation should include direct conversations between the administration and groups of students who can provide a student-orientated outlook on the problem. Duke University governs by consolidating decision-making power into the hands of a small number of executives. While this small body of bureaucrats may improve efficiency in enacting policy, officials can lose touch with university groups and fall victim to serving large university donors and annual college rankings.

Duke University and I have a deal. We’re both failing to uphold our side of the bargain.

(03/22/22 4:00am)

It’s no secret that universities don’t open their doors to students out of the goodness of their hearts. They’re not public schools operating for the sole purpose of providing an education to relevant individuals. Instead, universities are the hub of their mercantile relationships with students, where an education and recognized credentials are offered in exchange for money, publicity and student-led advancement.