This afternoon members of Maureen Quilligan’s Medieval and Renaissance Literature class (English 173) were outdoors sword fighting. Yes, you read that correctly—sword fighting.
Quilligan, R. Florence Brinkley Professor of English, gave her students an option of dressing in medieval and renaissance attire, sword fighting and reading Chaucer aloud in the Great Hall at 4:30 p.m. in order cut their final twenty page paper in half.
“I remember watching A Knight’s Tale and thinking what a beautiful story and wanting to experience it,” said junior Tony Jiang. “This was pretty close, plus who doesn’t like sword fighting?”
Before the actual sword fighting took place, David McClutchy, stunt choreographer and coordinator, instructed the students on how to spar for six hours upon the request of the students, said Quilligan.
That’s good to know. Those swords looked pretty darn realistic, as did their outfits.
The students seemed to be enjoying themselves, as did Quilligan who watched and clapped enthusiastically.
When asked why she decided to take the course, senior Yujin Chun said, “I didn’t need to take this course because I had already fulfilled my ALP credit, but Professor Quilligan is known for being such a great professor.”
Their paper is half its original length and they got to strut around in those cool medieval threads sparring each other and read Chaucer aloud to a (Great) Hall full of people. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me.
Police charged someone with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and damage to property on West Campus Sunday morning.
A golf cart was found vandalized Saturday in Parking Garage 4.
Dazed and confewzed
A law enforcement officer was assaulted in Few Quadrangle early Friday morning.
Toys and books were allegedly stolen from Duke North Hospital on Friday night.
A vicious cycle
A bike was stolen from the bike rack outside of Basset and Baldwin Wednesday afternoon.
Rebel without a cause
Someone attempted to steal a laptop from Perkins/Bostock Library Wednesday morning, but the theft was prevented.
What were you doing back in 1993?
If you are like me, then you probably don’t remember because you were still under the age of three. Luckily, a foray into the dusty depths of The Chronicle archives revealed what was going on at our to-be alma mater.
Tuesday, September 28 opened with an ongoing search for the missing body of Brian Wright, an engineering senior. Wright presumably drowned in a rock quarry filled with water in near the Eno River—an attraction that current Duke students still frequent.
On a lighter note, did you know that in 1993 the idea of making East Campus an all-freshman campus was being seriously considered? And that many students were vehemently opposed to it? On Tuesday, The Chronicle displayed the protests on the front page. Over 50 students met on Monday night to discuss their reasons against the change, which include issues such as isolation of the freshmen, the different pace of life, and expenses (West Campus dormitories were more expensive than those on East Campus).
The debate continued over the next few days. On Wednesday, September 29 one senior weighed in with his…interesting perspective. Here is one paragraph:
“East is the yin, the female. At its bosom lies the dome of Baldwin. Art and music and dance are the languages spoken among its ionic columns and coffeehouse. West is the yang, the male. Standing erect, the Chapel dominates this space. Basketball and the sciences are rationalized under Gothic arches and Burger King.”
Well, I’m never going to look at our iconic landmarks the same way again.
The Chronicle also announced the creation of an experimental race car on Thursday, September 30. Dave Zavelson, president of the University chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), made the car for an annual national competition. The car was able to go from zero to 70 miles per hour and was displayed for Duke students to see in a parking lot. He is incidentally now working for Dell and recently presented Dell’s upcoming Inspiron duo, a combination of a tablet and notebook.
And it is not just the articles that provide a blast from the past. Here are some photos from Friday, October 1:
(To the left) East Campus bus stop, which hasn’t changed much, but from what I can see of the buses have. Imagine riding in that lovely submarine-like vehicle!
In Friday’s issue, I found two letters to the Editor complaining about a cartoon that was published on Monday. The letters strongly disapproved of a cartoon called “Road Kill.” According to one letter, the cartoon, “portrayed a dog catcher from the city pound and the owner of Hong’s Korean Food staring at a stray dog. One of them says to the other, ‘You wanna flip for it?’” The implication was that the Asian man was going to eat said dog. Both of the letters to the Editor complained about the inherent racism and disrespectful nature of the cartoon. Unfortunately, the archives did not contain the Monday issue.
That’s it for this week, but who knows what this amateur archaeology may uncover next? I don’t, and you probably don’t either, so stay tuned for next week’s post!
“This Week in Chronicle History” is a weekly feature that dives into the depths of The Chronicle archives to recount what was going on then—now.