Duke is playing a basketball game tonight

In case you somehow missed it, Duke is in the men’s basketball championship tonight. The game starts at 9:18 p.m., at which time access to West Campus will be restricted to persons affiliated with the university. Students can watch the game in Cameron, if they so desire.

If you’re looking for a place to watch the game, I see that The Cookery is doing a special thing. If you plan to stay home and avoid the crowds, I’m guessing this will be a pretty big day for Heavenly Buffaloes, so if you also intend to order wings you might want to order early.

Also: people around here sometimes like to set things on fire after basketball games. Plan accordingly.

Zagster bike rentals show up on Duke campus

Following the end of Duke’s in-house bike lending program last year, the student government and the university worked together to find a replacement. They gave the nod to a company called Zagster, and this week I’ve started seeing the bikes on campus:

This one’s on West Campus in a not-so-visible location behind the Allen building near the quad. I also spotted one near the main bus stop on East Campus earlier this week (but failed to grab a photo).

There are four stations to start with: two on West Campus, one on Central Campus, and the one on East Campus. Although the location behind Allen pictured above isn’t exactly prime real estate for visibility, it could be pretty convenient assuming you know where to look for it. When I swung by it looked like the rack was full, except for a single bike that I saw somebody take out of the rack as I approached.

I’m always glad to see this sort of initiative, but with the bike stations located only on campus the potential for wider utility will go unrealized. I’d love to see the city some how tie into Duke’s efforts; imagine how much more useful this kind of program would be if there were stations at Ninth St., downtown, etc.

Happy Earth Day!

Inspired after reading about Duke’s “Unpark Yourself” Earth Day “alternative commute” challenge, I decided to grab a selfie on the way to work this morning:


My morning ride doesn’t normally take me through Duke Gardens, but I figured that’s about the best place in Durham to take a picture this time of year.

Did I actually decide wear green because of Earth Day? Would you believe me if I said no?

Baby, it’s cold outside

The forecast says we’re in for a low of 9F. Or is it 10? I guess maybe staying in double digits would be a psychological victory or something.

Well, whatever it ends up being, it’s going to be cold. Stay warm and all that. For some inexplicable reason DPS is delayed two hours, and for an even more inexplicable reason my kid’s day care is also delayed two hours, so you should probably check the news for closings and delays.

Also, in totally unrelated but intriguing news, the Duke Police caught a guy who had been living in the Bryan center for at least several weeks. One tip off:

University employees with offices in the basement of the Bryan Center had been experiencing the strong smell of burning incense for several weeks. Employees thought that it might have originated from one of the Religious Life prayer rooms, located around the corner from our office, but that was never confirmed, Wells said.

For some reason, I’m guessing incense wasn’t the only thing the dude was lighting up.