Citing an apparent lack of funds, the popular annual Commencement Eve tent party in the Blue Zone (a.k.a. "beer trucks") has been "terminated by the DAA in consultation with all University departments involved with Commencement."
I have attended the event in the past and am very sad to see it go. It provides a great send-off to graduating seniors and their families, and it allows students to spend one last night together with their friends before everyone parts ways forever the next day. Now, students will "be able to spend more time with their families" the night before Commencement.
Lame. Very lame. Especially after seeing the amount of money that the university as a whole pours into other endeavors, and the amount of money DAA must have spent on things like flowers and candle-chandeliers for Alumni weekend.
It was also a great place to allow parents to embarrass their children by showing off their dancing skills!
All kidding aside, though, Duke looks cheap and sour-tempered.
As a graduating senior, I'm pissed. Most of my friends are pissed, too. I get that it costs a lot of money, but this is the event that almost every senior looks forward to, that even the parents who are there enjoy, and it's a little absurd to cancel it. A lot of seniors are withholding senior gifts and saying they won't donate for a long time with this being cancelled. A bit petty, perhaps, but we feel screwed over here.
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When did this tradition start? I graduated in 94 and never heard of it, but maybe that's because I lived off campus at the end. Sounds like fun, though.
I thought this was an interesting last quote from the article:I haven't even been out 20 years yet, but these were not defining events when I was at Duke: Tailgate didn't exist; LDOC didn't exist (as an event -- obviously we had a last day of classes); tenting was completely different, so personal checks were not a social event, although camping out obviously was; and if Beer Trucks existed, I missed them. I know it's hard to reach very far back for perspective when you're an undergrad, but arguing that these 4 events define Duke seems a stretch.“Of all the big special events at Duke like Tailgate, LDOC, personal checks and Beer Trucks, the administration has already canceled two of them,” he said. “These are the events that define Duke and canceling them marks big changes in the social scene and the aspects that make Duke different from other universities.”
That quote is sensationalism by the Chronicle... per usual. The guy who said it may feel that way, but in no way is it representative of the student body's opinion as a whole. Yes, Beer Trucks is an event seniors care about being able to have, but to the rest of the school, it doesn't matter if it happens this year or not.
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On the other hand, with the Suns missing the playoffs this is the perfect time for a certain alum to come back to campus and bail out Duke once again.
I'll tell you one damn thing. We're gonna have two beer trucks.
---Coach Tom D'Armi (1935-2010)
A movie is not about what it's about; it's about how it's about it.
Some questions cannot be answered
Who’s gonna bury who
We need a love like Johnny, Johnny and June
---Over the Rhine
The big tent party during grad weekend was instituted as part of several reforms that followed the infamously poor behavior of the class of '89 during their commencement. The intent was to provide a social outlet for the weekend and/or to get students quietly hung over for the next morning.
My guess is that the tent and toilets are the major expense for the event, along with staffing.
DSG recently passed a resolution to fund beer trucks:
The planned event will use only 30% of the budget that Kim Hanauer cited as being too cost-prohibitive for the Duke Alumni Association to handle.
I hope it doesn't rain.