Let’s get one thing out of the way right from the start. It’s really easy to turn roll our eyes at on-campus projects that claim to “change Duke permanently for the better”—or, in many of our minds, bolster over-zealous resume builders hoping to impress future job recruiters. However, this attitude undermines and disservices many of the awesome student group organizations doing incredible work for Duke. As The Rival wants to do all it can to keep students informed, we’ve decided to showcase progress made by various organizations that actually do make Duke a better place, whether we acknowledge it or not. This week, we’re working with Fix My Campus, and we thought it would be cool to share 3 awesome things the DSG-run program has done to improve our home.
- They updated the equipment in Duke’s various gyms.
While places like Wilson and Brody are definitely a step above your local 24-hour fitness or other university gyms, a number of students have complained that equipment supply is low (I’ve never seen so many exasperated people deplore the fact that “literally all the treadmills are taken” in my life). Guess what, Fix My Campus has got you covered. With more TRX bands, treadmills, and updated equipment, now it’s easier than ever to get into the best shape of your life.
- They improved the study experience in CIEMAS.
Pratt Stars, this one’s for you. As an Econ major, I admittedly haven’t spent too much time in the e-quad, but I once went to CIEMAS and was pleasantly surprised by how quiet it was. That is… until someone got up form their chair, in which case a violent nails-on-a-chalkboard screech shot up from the ground, ricocheted throughout the building, and dissipated into Perkins. Did I that someone was me? Thankfully, I’m not alone. Apparently this is a common experience, so FMC added felt to all the bottom of the CIEMAS chairs. Simple, but really effective.
- They added safety lights to the Washington Duke Trail.
The WaDuke trail is one of campus’s most beautiful nature reserves and places to go for a run. The only problem? It is extremely poorly lit, making traveling through the trail at night unwise at best, and a scene from Taken 3 at worst. I don’t mean to suggest that the trail is unsafe, but the emergency blue-light path that spans much of campus is a very welcome addition here. Anyone uncomfortable with traversing the path—either during the day or at night—can find solace in the fact that help is only the press-of-a-button away.
So, there you have it! Three awesome things Fix My Campus is working on right now. Check back in with the Rival to stay updated on all of the cool projects going around campus.