Dessert for Thought 2013

The Honor Council held an event at the Nasher Museum in the Spring of 2013 to talk about issues of identity and mobility. The keynote speaker was Jimmy Soni, T‘07, Managing Editor of the Huffington Post website. He spoke about his path from Duke to the consulting industry and finally to media. Students then rotated in groups from table to table and had fifteen-minute discussions with faculty members and administrators about group identity and the ability for social mobility both on Duke’s campus and beyond.

Duke Encourage

Duke Encourage was a post-it note and Twitter campaign to help build morale and foster a sense of community on campus in the Spring of 2013. The notes were stuck on walls and billboards all around campus and featured inspirational messages. Students were encouraged to take notes with them and tweet about their notes using #DukeEncourage. The second phase of the campaign was to paint one of the construction walls on the Bryan Center Plaza with uplifting quotes, sayings, or notes to other community members. The campaign received a lot of positive feedback. During finals week this year, Councilors braved the cold to paint one of the construction walls of the Bryan Center (pictured below). The c


A campaign that was initiated in the Spring of 2012 to bring into question some seemingly commonplace occurrences in Duke Undergraduate student life, both academic and extracurricular. The enigmatic acronym of YBTT was posted all around campus with no actual explanation as to what the letters meant, everywhere from the bus stop, to dorms, to all over campus. The meaning of the letters, “You’re Better Than That,” was released to the student body at the end of the week in a Chronicle column.


Each Fall, the Honor Council goes on a retreat to bond with each other and, specifically, to welcome the new members to the Council. In 2012, the retreat was to the P-WILD ropes course in the Duke Forest, and in 2013, the Council ventured into the wilderness for an overnight camping trip in the Eno River State Park.

O-Week Excitement

Each Orientation Week, the Honor Council hosts information sessions and sets up a booth at the Activities Fair to try to recruit interested freshmen to apply for the Council. This past O-Week, freshmen excitedly answered questions about the Council to win Honor Council schwag, like the bro tank pictured below.

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