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Jimmy Soni



The persistency of hope

One of the peculiar features of undergraduate life is that we can draw knowledge from an ocean of personal experience without ever turning attention to the life experience of the adults who inhabit...


Remembering Abhijit

I took special notice when I learned that Abhijit Mahato, a graduate student at Duke University, was murdered in late January. I graduated from Duke last year, and though I didn't know Abhijit...


My Central Campus Wish List

Very rarely is a university given the chance to cure so many ills with a single project. But if the Central Campus overhaul represents anything, it's that one golden opportunity to pause, furrow...


Unspeakable things spoken

A year ago, on a C-2 bus, I met a mother and son visiting Duke for the first time. She leaned over to ask the location of a particular building, and we soon started chatting about the University,...


The Great of This Place

What kind of student should Duke graduate? Former President Terry Sanford thought a Duke grad ought to be "a Renaissance man with a purpose." Speaking at his inauguration in 1970, Sanford told...


Shaking things up

To: Provost Lange and Academic Deans of Trinity and Pratt Re: Making Duke's First Semester Pass/Fail Academic culture is undoubtedly the toughest thing to change at a university. Whereas...


Having the heart

Early on the morning of April 18, 1985, Mike came into the world with misplaced vessels and a hole in his heart. In the first hours of his life, he was flown by helicopter to the only surgeon...


Talkin' 'Bout My Generation

We are a university tapped out on tragedy. After furious fundraising for the tsunami and hurried help for hurricane victims, there was little to no student response to an earthquake in Pakistan...

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