The tragedy is that while Duke’s administration squanders money by chiseling away at the edge of pavements, many small improvements — actually capable of strengthening a sense of community among students and improving student life — go completely overlooked.
When my summer ended, I realized I should have cherished my college experience a lot sooner because of its flexibility, its friendships and its fleetingness. I sometimes thought Duke was a dungeon, but I should have realized it is Neverland.
Words don’t have to mean anything in and of themselves: They don’t have to conjure up a mental picture or reduce to some essential definition. Instead, we use words much like how we use game pieces, in a sort of language game we learn by observation.
As Halloween approaches each year, I find myself yearning for the expansive celebrations of my childhood. Not just for the costumes and the festivities, but for the sense of community, the shared experiences and the collective effervescence that the holiday symbolizes.
QuadEx does not claim to supplant existing social circles; rather, its intended purpose is to provide solace to those students who are atypically reserved or reticent or encounter financial constraints preventing them from indulging in a vibrant social life.
As people of America, it is our responsibility to not allow our history of violence against and oppression of Black communities to be swept under the rug.