The Live Movement is not a force to be reckoned with, nor a student cause to brush under the rug. Rather, the student-led Live Movement is something the Blue Devils can stand to learn from. What the Live Movement and subsequent Blackburn Takeover teaches us is that students are worthy of occupying spaces on campus, and thus the spaces on campus must be worthy enough for the students that occupy them.
While a common refrain in Phineas and Ferb is “carpe diem,” or “seize the day,” it seems like Duke students would rather seize tomorrow, disregarding short term happiness and mental stability for the possibility of looking impressive and being successful later.
“I’m all for this change and getting out the vote,” she explained, “but I am a little bit nervous about me and my sorority sisters because this weird thing happens when we get drunk where we become Republicans, and I know we aren’t the only ones.”
Okay, Viktoria. Don’t panic. You have a Plan B for a reason. I repeated this mantra in my head as I searched for a pre-packaged serving of Lucky Charms. No luck there either. Okay, Viktoria. Don’t Panic. You have a Plan C for a reason. My back-up English muffin was also missing.
Another perspective, however, has been absent from the stream of discussion, one which I’d like to make a gentle but thorough case for; that QuadEx is a seriously good idea that will unequivocally improve the student experience of living at Duke.
When they are at the gym, the presence of a gym crush is more powerful than the most caffeinated pre-workout and the hypest gym playlist. Suddenly, those last two reps feel like nothing and the heaviest barbell on your back barely registers. The prospect of three sets of planks is less repulsive when you spot a certain somebody nearby.
In fact, I think a lot of medical students feel like the sixth floor: consistently told they’re destined for something great, but currently stuck filling a number of vague roles until they find out what the future holds.