Every week, we collect anonymous entries sent in using the link on our sidebar and post them all on Monday. We post anything as long as it doesn't contain personal attacks, hate speech, or express or insinuate that one is at risk for hurting themselves or someone else. Please read this for an explanation of this policy and seek help if your or a friend find yourself in that position. With those exceptions aside, please feel free to submit your thoughts and questions. :)
Yo yo yo. Happy FDOC...which, depending on your course load, might not have a "d" in it. But in any event, we're back at Duke and things are rollin'!!
We'll have a blog meeting soon--but in the meantime, if you are interested in writing for the blog, shoot me an email!
I hear last night's welcome reception at the Center was a big hit (I couldn't make it because I was busy with my JWives at a Jewish Life @ Duke Event). Thanks to everyone who came out (hardy har har). Come see us again outside the Marketplace for snow-cones and jousting on Thursday from 5-7!
A friend sent me this article from the New York Times about bisexual men. Titled "No Surprise for Bisexual Men: Report Indicates They Exist," the article reports on a study that found "evidence that at least some men who identify themselves as bisexual are, in fact, sexually aroused by both women and men." No, duh? Thoughts?
And now, comments from our Community.
When someone asked me about what my biggest fear as an RA was, I lied. My biggest fear does not involve drunken vomiting (although I will admit it ranks high). Instead, what comfort I found in finally accepting my sexuality at Duke is shattered by the prospect that my residents WILL care about what sex I prefer to date or sleep with. The last thing I need is for my ability to perform my job and create a meaningful relationship with my residents be hindered by an aspect of myself, which quite frankly, I'm proud of. Now normally I wouldn't care. If someone doesn't except me for who I am, then I don't have to speak or associate myself with said individual. But as an RA, I'm required to stay involved with my residents. There is no "hands-off" or "ignore the problem" clause in my job description. If my past experiences are correct, then my worries are probably unfounded and people tend not to care. Honestly I hate confrontation (ironic considering the job of an RA), but maybe any potential conflict that would arise involving LGBTQ students would give the experience to diffuse these situations. I'm just curious. Has anyone else in "positions of authority" (I mean this in the broadest sense) gone through similar situations?
Please remember that there are a number of resources available on campus and in the local community. These resources are available over breaks and throughout the school year. If you or a friend are experiencing thoughts or urges to harm yourself or somebody else, please reach out to the following resources: In an emergency, please don't hesitate to call CAPS at any time, including "after hours" at (919) 966-3820. Ask to speak to the advice nurse and tell them you are a Duke student. You may also call the Trevor Project, a national hotline specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and questioning youth (college students included). Their number is 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386).