August 15, 2011

Anonymous Posts (8.8.11-8.14.11)

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. :)

Colorado is a pretty amazing place. I feel so fortunate that I got to spend 9 weeks of my summer up here in the Rocky Mountains, making amazing relationships with other staff and working with some truly terrific campers. For instance, yesterday, a camper and I talked about his two moms and how that made his life different than everyone else's. That said, I'm stoked (with a tinge of sadness) to head back to Phoenix--110+ degree weather and all. And as if the reality of being a senior hasn't hit me yet (I sort of maybe just figured out my classes), the next time I write I'll be in the midst of spending a week in Boston to research for my senior thesis before finally getting back to my dorm sweet dorm (read: Few Quad/WHO House!).

Seeing the amazing It Gets Better video from the Visa employees made me wonder if any elected officials had done anything similar. There are quite a few, including one made from splicing together 13 individual videos from senators. It features Senators Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Chris Coons (Del.), Maria Cantwell (Wash.), Dick Durbin (Ill.), Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Al Franken (Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Charles Schumer (N.Y.), Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), Mark Udall (Colo.), Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.), and Ron Wyden (Ore.).

Please remember that there are a number of resources available on campus and in the local community. These resources are available over summer, too! 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).

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