Duke provided me with superb professional training. It’s where I met lifetime friends and married the greatest woman in the world. It’s the primary reason we choose to make Durham our home.
Now that you know that, I want to share some hopes I have for Duke as it begins a new academic year.
First and foremost, I hope this year alums tell the development office and their class officers something like:
“I love Duke."(to be continued)
"Because of that, I’m holding off giving or pledging until I know more about Duke’s actions and inactions in response to Crystal Mangum’s lies; DA Nifong's and others' attempts to frame three obviously innocent Duke students; and the frame-up ‘cheer leading’ that came loud and venomous from many at Duke, including faculty.”
“Mind you, I’m not saying I won’t give. I’m saying I’ll hold off giving until BOT Chair Steel and President Brodhead give me and other alums more information.”
“Since March 2006 we’ve all gotten dozens of letters, e-mails, copies of Duke Magazine and what not. We’ve been to Alumni Weekend. I’ve talked to people who were at those 'dinners with Dick' or whatever they were called.”
“But we've gotten no explanation for why Brodhead never said in March ’06 the lacrosse captains had cooperated fully with police. There must have been a reason for his withholding that information. We want to know what it was.”
“We also want to know why Brodhead let the “wall of silence” lie spread, thus adding to the already great danger the players faced from racists and other unstable people living near campus.”
“A lot of us wonder why Brodhead or Steel or someone at Duke didn’t speak out against those vicious ‘activists’ who waved ‘CASTRATE’ and ‘GIVE THEM EQUAL MEASURE” banners and shouted threats at the students on March 26, 2006 right on Duke property?”
“Please don’t get me wrong. I love Duke. And as I say, I want to contribute.”
“I will. As soon as I get satisfactory answers to the questions I’m asking.”
"I don't expect you to provide them. Steel and Brodhead need to do that."
“I know nothing I’m asking about is your fault. You’ve been very nice to talk to and I appreciate your listening.”
“I hope you’ll ‘pass the word up the line.’”
“Somebody at Duke needs to tell us something besides: ‘We made an out of court settlement on that suit and the others so we can’t say anything. Now let’s all move on and support Bob and Dick.’”
“It’s time Duke told us the truth of what happened and what didn't happen.”
“We’re not children. We can handle the truth. We deserve the truth.”