The Dirt Would Like To Take Credit For This:
Just kidding, I know as well as you know that all of this is meaningless. But anyway, some good news is that the changes that were going to make housekeeping at Duke more difficult, unpleasant and undervalued have been scrapped. Stay tuned for the next change that will make working at Duke harder, because I am sure there will be one!
It’s Almost Like The Climate Is Changing:
Another week, another hurricane. Wait what? Yep, your rain boots may not have dried out yet, but it’s time to put them back on. Hurricane Michael has already destroyed the panhandle of Florida, and it’s coming our way, but won’t apparently be as bad as Florence. I just saw a guy walking through campus with a giant umbrella, which is appropriate, but he was wearing leather loafers without socks. We love to suffer for fashion, I guess. Anyway, a very normal and good climate we have here! I think the fact that we’re using paper straws in West Union will really make a dent, though.
Maybe We Should Just, I Don’t Know, Change It:
Turns out, the history department is not a huge fan of the name of the Carr building. Remember that white supremacist? Sure you do, because his name is still etched into the stone of the history building on campus. Well, 140 professors have publicly said they think the name should be changed and signed a letter to that effect this week. Let’s see what the Board of Trustees, a group of people who have profited from the exploitation of others, have to say about it some time this year. Or maybe next. Maybe we need another committee?
I just Love Buildings. Love to Build One Someday:
Did someone say CONSTRUCTION? If there’s one thing we here at Duke love, it’s a construction project. Duke is building two more new dorms “as soon as we can”! Wow! My personal theory is that men who idolized construction work as little kids have never really moved beyond it, and as soon as they get themselves to a position of power, make it their number one priority to build new buildings of dubious value. I personally am mourning the loss of Central Campus, a place where I spent two years in pleasant, near-total isolation.