Hey everyone! I’m Cade (sounds the same as the “cade” in arcade). I provided the pronunciation because when I meet people they think I say Kate and then it’s just awkward. Anyway! I’m from a small town in the great lands of the Midwest called Eureka, MO. I am Brownstone’s Treasurer, majoring in Neuroscience and getting a certificate in Markets and Management Studies. I basically love any sort of outdoor activity and am training for triathlons, so if you love exercising or just want to try it out, definitely hit me up! Also, I enjoy just chilling with people, watching movies, and doing random things. I’m super excited for rush and can’t wait to meet you all!!
Madhu Ganesh encompasses the living, breathing spirit of Brownstone. From her funky-fresh DefMo moves to her obsession with peacocks and paisley, I promise you one meeting with this mysterious temptress will not be enough. Of course, there is the matter of her bizarre sleeping positions, in which she seems to be doing yoga, her fancy collection of shot glasses, and her undying passion for changing majors. The good news is, this basically makes her an expert on everything so whether you want to discuss your love for In-N-Out Burger, So You Think You Can Dance, or Jon Stewart this saucy girl has got you covered. However, be warned she doesn’t believe in modern medicine so she might give you her multitude of tropical diseases. She also loves her large collection of stuffed animals, which she likes to pretend are real pets. Whether you find her hidden away in a dance studio or devouring a breakfast quesadilla, this charismatic beauty will leave you dazzled.
Hello! My name is Jake Theios, I’m from the beautiful wine country of Napa Valley, California! (if you have any questions about grape varietals, you can ask me, though your local BevMo cashier probably knows more than I do.) I’m currently a sophomore majoring in Economics and minoring in Cultural Anthropology (two very different subjects, but they keep me well-rounded). Some random facts about me, I’m a total geek when it comes to movies and books, especially Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Lord of the Rings. I enjoy good Italian food, even though I’m greek (my name actually means god; no big deal). Oh and Olive Garden is great too (the mecca of mediocre family dining. If anyone wants to take a trip there I’m down!). Living in Brownstone is totally awesome and has been one of the best parts of my Duke experience. I’m really excited to meet all of you and for what rush has in store!
Hey y’all I’m a sophomore from Des Moines, Iowa (greatest state in the union). I’m majoring in neuroscience and am on the club tennis team. I enjoy eating, going to the gym, playing tennis, and any other generally fun activity. Brownstone is a great group definitely check it out! Look forward to meeting y’all.
Born in Colombia, South America, raised in the Sunshine State. Self-proclaimed beach-bum. Life quote is Hakuna Matata which was spoken by the great, wise Timone & Pumba. Life goal is to travel the world with my mother and brother doing Global Health work. Love music, like alot. Dancing is the only reason I still go to parties which is why you won’t see me at parties where no one is dancing. I don’t care if people don’t know how to dance, long as they’re still dancing/moving. I’ve been described as chill, laid back etc. I’m happy with it. Better to be known as chill than to be known as stuck-up or something. I’m Social Chair for Brownstone so if a party sucks, come to me it’s all my fault, and then let me know how to make it not suck. If a party’s sick then just know the next one will be even better. I dance for Sabrosura which is Duke’s Latin Dance group. It’s super fun and if you ever wanna learn salsa or any kind of Latin Dance let me know and I’ll help you out and we can go out Salsa dancing with the rest of Brownstone’s amazing dancers.
At Duke, I’m studying Global Health and Cultural Anthropology which really just means I love people but not like pansexual kind of love, more like “We are Family” kind of love. If you have any questions about Pre-Med, Global Health, or Culanth stuff let me know, I’d love to chat. Come by the room (J301) whenever, even if it’s not during rush events I’m usually home in the evenings and if I’m not home then my roommate Cade is a super genius and loves helping a brotha/sista out.
Bhavya or Bhavs or Babybabybabybhabs has been a certified Brownstone member since the day she escaped the womb. She lives that vibrant pre-med lyfe, so obviously you can find her at Shooters almost every day…in your dreams. She’s pretty much already a doctor. Come to her with any illness and she probably has medicine or pills or dat purp (cough syrup) for it. I guess this makes her a pharmacy.
Things she will never do: run (even if violent villains are chasing her), walk, unless it’s absolutely necessary, wake up earlier than 2pm on weekends, navigate, and defy gravity.
Things she loves to do: win arguments, have conversations in Italian, dance around the halls in a towel, sing in the showers, and order from the Loop at 3am.
But be warned of her super power: one conversation is all she needs to find about your entire life.
PS. Ask her what #anklenowcankle means and you win a cash prize.
Hi! My name is Brian Dorsey, I’m a sophomore mechanical engineer. I’m also on the varsity wrestling team, so most of my time is spent in E-quad, Wilson, and Brownstone section. I am from the greatest country in the US–Texas. Austin, more specifically. I love sports, music, making stuff, and Brownstone. I plan on earning my master of engineering degree at Duke immediately following undergrad.
Hello! My name is Tze Kang and I’m a sophomore from Singapore. I’m attempting to double major in electrical engineering and computer science, so although my room is conveniently located next to the brownstone entrance, you’ll have a better chance finding me in either the e quad or perkins fighting a losing battle against my ece/cs classes. I’m also on the swim team, so the rest of my waking hours are spent at swim practice in Taishoff pool. Other than that, I love food and exploring new places to eat off campus. I like to cook as well, because I find it satisfying to create a nice meal from scratch. But probably more because I just love eating. Other things about me, I enjoy watching and playing all kinds of sports, and have interests in photography and wines. I’m also a trained assassin in the Singapore military. Just kidding, but seriously though. Overall I’d like to think that I’m a approachable guy, so feel free to stop by and say hi!
Greetings! I’m a sophomore hailing from Princeton, NJ, with a grand plan to pursue a major in Neuroscience, a certificate in Arts of the Moving Image, and a minor in Global Health. Maybe it’s because my initials are CCC (c^3), but I like to do things in three’s! Be it through photography, music, or words, I love creative expression. I think tritones are beautiful, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find me far from a camera, the latest Pentatonix release, or my beloved a cappella groups, Something Borrowed Something Blue and Temptasians! I’m also involved in the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Alpha Phi Omega, and pre-health communities. Random tidbits: I commentate excessively during movies, my hair has its own personality, and Loki Odinson is my favorite villain (#lokied). I like to think that I have the “Humans of New York gene” for delighting in the colorful stories that define people…so, heads up! Conversations tend to get profound and personal pretty quickly with me. Get ready to exchange more than names during rush!
Hey everyone! My name is Medha Gudavalli and I am a sophomore majoring in public policy with a minor in Spanish and pre-med. Im known for my pro-napping and plate dancing. Im currently a member of Lasya, Dukes and Duchesses, and Project Heal. If you’re semi-awkward I am too and we will get along great
Hellllllo! My name is Jenna Freedman and I am from the bright and sunny city of Weston, Florida! I am currently a sophomore majoring in Biomedical Engineering (if you ever need to find me, a good place to check is Perkins…). Some random things about me, I love midnight dollar sundae trips, talking, midnight movie premiers, karaoke, and attending musicals (I can’t sing, so any aspirations I have ever had of being in one no longer exist). One of my many life goals is to one day compete on Amazing Race and of course win (Survivor used to be on this life goal list as well until I accepted that I probably wouldn’t survive). If you’re ever interested in hearing a good story, stop on by! I’ve actually been told how I’m such a great story teller and that I should get a twitter specifically for my stories. Last but not least, I absolutely love my Brownstone family and living in section. Well see you all soon and I can’t wait to meet all of you!
Hey y’all! I’m a sophomore from Charlotte, NC majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Philosophy and Art History. I am one of those crazy, busy pre-meds you met on the first day at Duke. When I’m not doing art with children in the PACU, working in Dr. West’s neurobiology lab, or tutoring for Orgo, you will likely find me painting pianos or curating art exhibits for DUU VisArts. After a busy day, there is no better place to relax than Brownstone. I love having deep philosophical talks with my big, eating dorm dinner with my fellow brownies, and laughing non-stop at parties. As my friends know, I love to talk. So, if you are willing to brave the five flights of stairs, please stop by J501!!
Hi all! My name is Debbie, and I’m a majorless premed sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia! Outside of school and Brownstone I am involved with FAC Board, volunteering at Duke Hospital, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Interesting things about me? I can’t snap, whistle, fold my tongue, or wink, but I can sleep for days and eat way beyond my size. I really love running, Roger Federer is my jam, and Lord of the Rings makes me really happy. Rushing Brownstone was one of the best decisions I made at Duke – I absolutely love this family and hope you come to hang out and get to know us!
Hey Everyone! My name is Connor Hann, and I’m from the Virginia/DC area. I’m a sophomore double majoring in Physics and Math. (It’s more fun that it sounds, I promise!) In my spare time I do a lot of musicy things. I play a bunch of instruments, and I play in the Duke Wind Symphony and the Duke Saxophone Quartet. Early in high school I was converted from a couch potato to a cross country runner, so I love to go for runs too and am a part of the club running team. Other interesting facts: I love Jazz, Dinosaurs, Cosmology, and I do not like chocolate – I know. That’s wrong. I’m well aware that not liking chocolate makes me a heathen, un-American, etc… Anyway, I’m so excited and cannot wait to meet you all!
Hey hi hello! My name is Georgia and I am a sophomore from Vermont, though at Duke I’m here in North Carolina despite having lived in California, Illinois and Ohio prior. Clearly I like states, so it makes sense that I’m majoring in political science to better get to know the U.S. of A. and its governmental institutions. Please stop by if you’re a fan of The West Wing or House of Cards (or—unrelatedly but equally important—Gilmore Girls). If I’m not hanging in the Brownstone tower you can assume I am at the Chronicle office, where I write and edit for the news department and try to pretend I’m Rory Gilmore. Apart from journalism and politics, I dig ukuleles, Christmas lights, and those giant Toblerones you get at the duty-free airport stores.
Hey everyone! My name is Rebecca Passman and I’m a sophomore majoring in biology. Come talk to me about Brownstone, The Office, The Mindy Project, The Food Network, Duke basketball, or anything else! I love living in Brownstone (come stop by J206!) and I am so excited to meet you during rush!
Hey, everyone! I’m Andrew, a sophomore from the beautiful, white, sandy shores of Lawnguyland, New Yawk, majoring in Theatre and Public Policy. When not engaging in Brownstone shenanigans, I’m usually rehearsing for Hoof ‘n’ Horn musicals or singing with my dear Brownstone Big, Phoenica, in Rhythm and Blue, our a cappella group. I love theatre, Broadway, music, politics, tennis, cats, fancy tea, cats, the third-floor study room, How I Met Your Mother, and cats. If any of these are of interest to you, you should definitely stop by and meet me and my Corncob of a roommate. I also give really good hugs. So.
Hey y’all my name is Nandita Singh and I’m pursuing a Biology major with a Neurobio concentration. Aside from Brownstone, I’m involved with WHO speaks, DPS Global Health, DSG, and volunteering at the Hospice center. I was born and raised in Texas and am a loud, proud supporter of America’s team THE DALLAS COWBOYS. I enjoy Wingstop, Sunday night football, all things Bollywood, stalking Roshni Jain, Taylor Swift sing-alongs, playing basketball, and movie marathons. I can’t wait to meet all of y’all!
Hey everyone! My name is Eddie and I’m a senior majoring in Biology on the Pre-Med track! I’m repping the West Coast from Vancouver, Washington State! Aside from academics, I enjoy playing and watching sports especially basketball and tennis, eating, and just chilling with friends. I rushed Brownstone last year and it was definitely one of the best decisions I have made here at Duke! Definitely check out some of our events and come meet us all! We’re quite a diverse group of people so it’ll be fun! Looking forward to meeting everyone!
Hey! My name is Detti and I’m from Silver Spring, Maryland. I’m a junior majoring in Evolutionary Anthropology and also studying pre-medicine. At Duke I enjoy working in my lab, going to the gym, playing occasional IM sports, and exploring Durham/hanging out with friends. After college I plan to work in a lab for a year or two before going to medical school. Brownstone is a great community of fun, diverse people with a wide range of interests and I’ve really enjoyed living with them in my time at Duke. You should definitely check it out this spring!
OHHAY. Linde Liu here. Feel free to call me Linde Loo Hoo. I hail from sunny southern California and basically, westcoastbestcoast. I’m studying electrical and computer engineering and playing with invisible forces makes me feel like a wizard. Just came back from a semester in France and have oh so many stories to tell. I like (MUSIC) (nature) (FOOD) (traveling) (FRIENDSHIP) so come by and chat (:
Hey! I’m Naureen. I don’t have any catchy nicknames because no one has ever been able to give me one that doesn’t sound like a disease, which is sad because I love giving people nicknames! Feel free to step up to the challenge. I’m currently in my junior year working toward a major in Chemistry and a minor in Spanish. When I’m not studying really, really small particles, I enjoy cooking, creative writing, watching documentaries, and doing Pilates/yoga. If there’s a documentary you want to see, I’m down to watch, or if you need a partner for Pilates classes at Wilson, just ask! Brownstone is home to some of the most genuine, accepting, and diverse people I’ve met at Duke, and I’m grateful to get to live with them!
Hey guys! I’m Oriane Matthys and I’m from Santa Barbara, California (agree with Linde: westcoastbestcoast). I’m studying biomedical engineering and I just came back from a semester abroad, so if you’re interested in doing the same come talk to me! In my (essentially nonexistent) free time I enjoy catching up on Modern Family and Greys, having dance parties in David’s room (soon to be Sean’s room), and hanging out with my Bstoners!! Please come up and introduce yourself to me during rush–if you can make it up to the tower…
Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Countrywomen, and Cameron Crazies: Hello! People call me Mike, but you’re welcome to try to come up with a better nickname. I dare you to. Most attempts have heretofore been disastrously unsuccessful. You can find me in room 403 of the illustrious princess tower; I’m always down to sip tea and discuss some theater, art, philosophy, or board game strategy- or, like, everything all at once. I also love the outdoors. I’ve been trying for two and half years to organize a geocaching expedition here at Duke, and doggonit I will be successful before I graduate. Here’s where I shamelessly plug the Theater Studies play, in which I’m acting this semester (along with Top-Dog Thomas Kavanagh); catch it April 3-13.
Other things I like: feminism, Colorado, sports (in moderation), origami, fooood
Things I dislike: cats, meanies
I can’t wait to meet you! Hope you enjoy Brownstone!!!
Hello friends! My name is Debbie, and I’m a junior from Bethlehem, PA (Christmas City USA and the home of Peeps!) studying Mechanical Engineering (Aerospace Concentration) and Religion. I really really enjoy eating chocolate, blueberry ice cream, and Taiwanese foods; sleeping; and rock climbing with Kristie (another Brownie)! Recently I’ve also discovered a fascination with the connections between samples and songs and an interest in foreign/indie-esque films. So if you have any favorites (movies or music), let me know and we can watch/listen to them together!
Hey guys! I’m a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering, with a heart for Kenya. I have dual citizenship between Brownstone (4th floor 5ever) and the E-quad. A few things about me: I’m fluent in sarcasm, a Southern California girl born and raised, a Bible study leader and active member of Campus Crusade for Christ, and always down for a good pun battle. I’m laid-back, candid, and stoked to get to know everyone during Rush! Come visit me anytime in room 403 or leave me a note and we’ll meet up somewhere with a lower altitude (#towerproblems).
Hi! My name is Chirag (or Craig, depending on who you ask….) and I’m a senior from the SF Bay Area! I am majoring in Chemistry and Biology and minoring in Chinese. I spend a lot of time in my lab feeding my cells and tucking them into bed, but they’re my babies and I love them so it’s okay. I also love dancing and my defMo family, politics, tech, spending food points, espresso, lifting, and watching tv (but not like Bao – no one watches TV like my rooommate). I’m excited for my final rush (what) and to meet you!
Hi!! I’m Idaliz Baez and I’m a senior in Pratt studying Civil and Environmental Engineering. I am constantly on the go between performances (Deja Blue A Cappella, Hoof ‘n’ Horn, and Duke Players) and working two jobs on campus. In my free time (when I can find some) I like to nerd out with some video games, read a book, or go for a run. I am currently a Co-Op at NASA Goddard but am still undecided on where life will take me after graduation. I look forward to meeting you all!
Hello! I’m Ashley and I’m a senior from Houston, TX. I don’t like summarizing myself, but I think if I could describe myself with one word, it would be…food. Yes, I know that is not an adjective. But in food, you’ll find all life. Oooh deep. Not really. But really, you’ll find everything I am and all that I care about if we talk about food…so let’s talk. Let’s eat. Let’s live.
Hey hey hey (emphasis on the 2nd “hey”)!! I’m Michelle, a proud Brownie. A picture’s worth a thousand words, right? Well, you may notice I’m a bit crazy. Here’s what you can’t see. I’m a senior (what?!) majoring in International Comparative Studies and I have too many interests for my own good. I’m a member of Out of the Blue (all female a cappella), I work at the Center for Multicultural Affairs (currently located nowhere), and I’m from West Virginia (first you’ve met, right?). Well that’s a snapshot of me, but what can you really know from all that? Unless you’re a psychic (which Patrick Jane claims don’t exist), you’ll just have to come talk to me. I’ll be in my room….or Joey’s. I love Rush and I’d very much enjoy your company in living out my signature: Dance. Embrace. Forgive. Create. Laugh. Learn. Love. Pray.
I love Brownstone, write for the Recess, occasionally act, and teach yoga at Duke. I think I’ll be a math major, but brownie and doubting roommate Mike Myers thinks I’m going to switch again. I would spend a night philosophizing and/or playing improv games in a heartbeat. I used to always take mid-day naps, but have recently discovered coffee. I’m also a Russophiliac; I dream of dachas in Saint Petersburg. My pet social issue is food. I like sharing tea, chocolate chip cookies, and bananagrams.
UPDATE: My daily caffeine intake can no longer stop naps.
NOTE: Brownie Jen Margono eventually stole this beloved pillow peticorn from my helpless hands in a cruel act of white elephanticide. — at Brownstone White Elephant 2013.
Hey guys. My name is Andrew Chiou, and I’m from Vancouver, Washington (yes, there is a Vancouver other than the one in Canada). I’m a senior premed double majoring in Biology and Psychology. You might think that I look quite similar to another Brownie, but once you meet both of us, it’ll become quite obvious that I’m a lot cooler. When I’m not cheering on the Lakers and the 49ers, I am busy eating my favorite mint chocolate chip ice cream while watching Grey’s Anatomy ….(I mean, uhhh….eating raw meat and working out my man pecs). I also enjoy playing basketball or tennis and then going on late night McDonalds runs with my friends. The people in Brownstone are some of the best I have ever met so you should definitely come by and get to know us! I promise you, it will be a decision you will not regret. I am looking forward to meeting you all!
Hey guys! I’m Christian, a junior from the Chicago suburbs. I’m majoring in Economics and Chemistry with a Math minor. If I’m not in section, I’m giving tours or hanging out at the Catholic Center. I hate studying in the library (it’s way too quiet in there and I always wind up talking which apparently annoys people), so I’m in the third floor study room or my room (J307) a lot. Come stop by and talk about tv shows (I watch The Office, Modern Family, Archer, Game of Thrones, Big Bang Theory, Revolution, Suits, and more…), movies, Venice, Econ, fun mashups, or really pretty much anything. You can always count on my room to have plenty of food, candy, and old Wall Street Journals laying around. I can’t wait to get to meet all of you!
Hey! I’m Ritza and I’m from Gainesville, Florda (Go Gators!). I’m a senior studying Sociology and Theater Studies so if I’m not in section, I’m probably at a rehearsal. Hit me up if you wanna chat about the arts at Duke!
Hi, my name is Meghan and I’m a sophomore from Missouri! I’m studying statistics (go ahead, make the “eww” face) and will probably get minors in sociology and Arabic. I love How I Met Your Mother, chai lattes, middle-of-the-night IHOP runs and reading. I also refer to Panera as “Bread Co.” because it started in my home city as St. Louis Bread Company and I stubbornly refuse to change my ways. I’m going to be studying abroad this semester in India and China, but if I weren’t, you would probably find me in the 3rd floor study room hanging out and “working” for most of the night. I’m sorry I won’t be around to meet you all, but I hope that you enjoy rush and that at least some of you make it up to visit the awesome people on the fourth floor (my former home)!
Hey all, my name’s Steven. I’m a senior studying theater studies and headed to medical school after I graduate. Theater’s my life and I’m usually always in rehearsal for something or other – usually for the department, Duke Players, or Antic Shakespeare. During my years at Duke, Brownstone’s been such a family to me and I love it for the diversity of people in it. There’s such great bonding between all the members and that can only come from having so many interesting, accomplished people together in one group that genuinely want to get to know you.
Hey, I’m Spencer. I’m a senior in the Theater Studies department. I’m all into the arts and studying human life and all that stuff, so I’d love to hear your story. Although I live off campus, you should feel free to ask me questions about Brownstone. Everyone in this group is a unique individual with a unique experience, so be sure to sit down with a couple folks. It’s a big group. It certainly changes over time. But what never changes is that it’s vibrant, diverse, and friendly. That was the combination that attracted me to Brownstone exclusively. If you see it too, then go for it!
Hey everyone! My name is Tulsi Desai and I’m a senior in Brownstone. I’m from Sugar Land, Texas. A few things that I’m known for: my unusually 3-octaves-lower-than-the-average-female voice, obnoxious laughter, and being stuck in the “tool shed” (also known as the Pratt Student Tool Shop) for absurd amounts of time (shout out to all my fellow MechE’s). Nicknames include, but are not limited to, tuls, pterodactyl, and winter beast. Apparently I resemble the latter two when I wake up in the morning. I’m pumped for Brownstone rush this year, and can’t wait to meet all of you!
y0000 my name is Andrew Leon Hanna and I’m a junior here at Duke. I’m studying Public Policy, Arabic, and Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE). The main things I do outside of school are heading up dPS and IGNITE Peer Mentoring over at Hillside High School. Come by my r00m (J303) any time and we’ll sit on the balcony and throw Sour Patch Kids at people.
Hey guys! My name is Athidi Guthikonda, and I’m a junior from Charlotte, NC. I’m a pre-med Program II major studying the Biopsychosocial Determinants of Health and Behavior. I’m a huge fan of chocolate, coffee, soy chai lattes from vondy, Bollywood movies, dancing, jogging, and simply hanging out. I am quite easy to talk to and am super stoked to get to know you during these next few weeks!
Hey folks! I’m Brownstone’s resident news junkie, and hail from Northern Virginia. I study international relations and Middle East and Asian history. I love discussing international security and politics, so if that’s your thing, let’s chat. I’m also an itinerant bibliophile. Finally, I keep Brownstone on its toes. I love a good prank or joke (memes included), so be warned.
Hey all! My name is Kushal and I’m from the D.C. area. I’m a junior majoring in Electrical Engineering, Physics, and Math. I’ll be the tall brown kid wandering around whose voice you can hear from the other end of the hall. Feel free to talk to me about world/ethnic music, sports/fitness (I have more injured joints than not), or life, the universe, and everything. I also work on invisibility cloaks and stuff so let me know if your interested in that.
Hello, I’m a sophomore from Sarasota, Florida majoring in Mathematics and Statistics (with a minor in Philosophy). Here, I tutor kids, play guitar, and do some reading. Also, I’m Brownstone’s Historian and I’m looking forward to meeting all of you. Until then,
Hey there! My name is Joey and I am a senior mechanical engineer from Arizona. I absolutely love being a part of Brownstone and I am the IM sports coordinator. I have my door open 24/7 and I am always down to chat and have some tea. I’m a big fan of deep conversations– I help host brownstone dinners where we discuss the big questions in life. When not in section you can find me on the dance floor– swing dancing. I enjoy teaching it too, so ask me for a free lesson! I am also involved in Cru and I volunteer in the 2 year old’s classroom at my church. Stop by, I’d love to get to know you!
Hi there! My name is Reese and I’m a senior from the suburbs right outside our nation’s capital. I’m studying Program II in global health and plan on going to medical school in the future. I believe in singing loudly in the shower, wearing colorful toe socks so I can wiggle my toes, and starting memorable conversations with strangers. I also watch an exorbitant amount of Food Network, consume an ungodly amount of froyo, and love swimming, running, and curling up with a good book with a side of hot tea. I believe in magic. Cheers!
Hi! My name is Roshni, and I’m a pre-med junior majoring in English and minoring in Chemistry. It’s an odd assortment, I know, but nothing about me, an Indian from a rural town in Kansas, is really all that generic. In my spare time, I enjoy kicking back with friends, eating, exploring, watching movies and television shows, reading books, playing doctor, and daydreaming about all the places I’d like to travel to someday. I’m sad to say I won’t be around much during rush, but please stop me and say hey if you see me! I’d love to get to know y’all!
Hey! I’m a Trinity Senior majoring in Political Science and Economics with a Psychology Minor. Next year I will be going to Trinity College Dublin in Ireland on a Mitchell Scholarship to study Public Policy and Political Science. I hail from the great Midwest- the greatest state in our union to be precise (Ohio for those of you who don’t know). Besides writing a Chronicle Column (published every other Thursday #shamelessplug) I’m involved in a lot of political groups on campus. Feel free to talk to me about domestic politics or international relations. Or for the less politically inclined, mentioning almost any TV show (especially Seinfeld or The Wire) or movie will do the trick.
Hello, I’m Abby and I’m from Cincinnati. At Duke I like learning about Public Policy and Music the most. My likes include naps and kittens. My dislikes include waking up from naps and the absence of kittens. You can often find me singing with the girls’ a cappella group, Out of the Blue, performing with Hoof ‘n’ Horn, playing any variety of musical instruments, or napping. I enjoy talking about musical theatre, politics, movies, music, literature, ghosts, video games, environmentalism, grammar, history, food, and TV shows (mostly Game of Thrones), so if any (or none) of those things appeal to you, you should come talk to me.
Hey all! My name’s Rebecca Pham. I’m a senior double majoring in Biology and Dance and I will be pursuing a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy post graduation. Interesting things about me? I’m three inches away from being legally a midget, I hiccup after every meal, and I love sour patch kids, spooning, babies, and all things Indian (particularly mango lassi, samosas, and Bhangra). I’m addicted to my defMo and Dhamaka families and my life literally revolves around dance. So if you ever feel the urge to groove out or get your inner funk on, I’m your gal.
Greetings and salutations! I am a junior biology major. I enjoy playing tennis and eating. I am from the greatest state in the union (Iowa). Definitely give Brownstone a look—it is a fun and welcoming community!
Hi everyone! My name is Leah, and I’m a basically a crazy liberal-feminist-francophile-wannabe rap star. I study political science and ethics, and I am particularly interested in global collective action and sovereignty.
Holla! My name is Kyle Karnuta, and yes, that is a boy’s name. I’m majoring in European/Russian History, minoring in Environmental Science, and hope to have my own music festival one day! I like playing guitar (badly), singing, rock climbing, longboarding, and watching videos of people doing other cool things that I can’t. If you want to talk about music or the British Royal Family, I am your homegirl. I’d love to hear your story, stop by and I’ll make you some tea!
Hello! My name is Dan Fishman. I’m a philosophy and English double-major. I spend most of my free time listening to music and reading and writing poetry. I’m the current President of Brownstone but I won’t be anymore by the time rush comes around. I’m the Music Editor for The Chronicle and I run poetry events and literary festivals with The Archive. I’m a senior, but I’m excited to meet everyone and if rush is anything like it’s been the past few years, it’ll be a lot of fun.
Hey all! My name is Mark Hoffman and I’m a junior double majoring in ECE and Computer Science with a minor in Philosophy. So basically I spend my time coding and playing with electricity! I’m also a big sports fan and try to go to as many Duke games as possible as well as playing sports myself. Come by and talk to me anytime!
Whaddup! My name is Danny Concha and I’m a Junior in Brownstone. There are plenty of things that I love to do, but I am especially interested in music. I play the guitar, write my own songs and can frequently be seen roaming the halls strumming along to some tune. I’m from Seattle so I’ve grown up in the heart of a great music culture which I love to share with other people. So let me know if you want music suggestions… I’m studying Mechanical Engineering and one day I hope to work with medical devices. I’ve been abroad in France this past semester (so feel free to ask about how awesome the wine, cheese, and bread were in Paris), but I’m coming back just in time to meet all of you guys!
Hey, hey! I am Mitchel Gorecki, a senior majoring in biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering and financial economics. I am currently working in computational advertising, but will likely pursue something entrepreneurial or end up at medical school. I am a driving enthusiast, photographer, audiophile and maybe a little bit of an adrenaline junkie. I love meeting new people, so come introduce yourself anytime.
Hey, I’m Divya from Salisbury, Maryland (the lonely part near Delawhere? that no one knows about). You can call me div, divnat, or gremlin. I’m a premed senior studying biology and cultural anthropology. My favorite activities include dancing, eating pie, watching arrested development, and generally being a menace. I live out of section this year– but I will be around during rush so hopefully I can meet most of you!
Hi everyone. I’m Sean (the one splayed out on everyone’s laps), the current VP of Brownstone (I’m a big big fan of PB&J Tacos from the Dillo), and a senior. I’m majoring in Biology, and yes Premed (but the two are unrelated). When I’m not involved in Brownstone shenanigans I like to eat. The only reason I tutor is so I can afford my eating habits, so if you have any questions about where to bring a date, where’s a good brunch, or where can you find some good asian food make sure you find me (I live in a big room on the bottom floor)! And I’m also from Singapore. Also I volunteer. Also I work in lab. Also I like tea. Also I like Pimms.
Hello! My name is Anthony Lin and I’m a senior majoring in Neuroscience and Computer Science. On campus, I am involved with the FAC Program, Alpha Phi Omega (the community service organization), and fence for the Duke Fencing Team. I love playing sports, listening to music, and FOOD. Seriously though…nothing brings me more joy in life than a good meal. Apparently word got out one time and Man vs. Food’s producer sent me offer to appear on their North Carolina episode. Awesome or embarrassing..? Anyways, come drop by my room! I’d love to meet you. We can talk about all sorts of things!
Hey guys! I’m Kristen, a junior from a little town called Sherrills Ford, NC. I like to say that we have more cows than people (if you don’t believe me, look it up!). I’m the new Brownstone president, majoring in Biology with a Chem minor and the Genome certificate. I enjoy singing in the a cappella group Deja Blue, as well as napping, eating any and everything, and learning about all things India (I’m secretly brown). Come talk to me about research, HIMYM, corgis, Brownstone, DukeEngage, good ‘ole NC, PTX, being a PK, eating local, baseball, or anything else! Rush is my absolute favorite time of year, so expect to see a lot of me!
Hi, my name is Caroline Williams and I’m a sophomore studying Civil and Environmental Engineering. I’m also on the Duke Women’s Rowing team. And when I do get a spare moment of free time I love hanging out with other brownies! I can’t wait to meet you during rush!
Hi friends! My name is Bret Lesavoy and I am a junior from Allentown, PA. I am actually an RA in Crowell G (directly diagonal from Brownstone) this year, but I still love being able to take advantage of the amazing Brownstone community. I am a Biology major with a minor in Chemistry. Outside of class, I enjoy being a member of the Junior Class Council and the Pre-Dental Society, working in Dr. Noor’s lab, playing tennis, hanging out with friends, watching How I Met Your Mother, and eating yogurt. My favorite memories of Duke include witnessing the craziness and celebration that ensued after Austin Rivers made the three pointer that caused Duke to beat UNC by one point and performing in the open mic night during last year’s Brownstone rush. If you have any questions, need advice about academics or life in general, or simply want to talk definitely reach out to me! I look forward to getting to know you all!
Hey! My name is Divya and I’m a senior studying psychology and political science. I just applied to law schools and hope to live somewhere warm and happy! In my free time I love going out (Wednesday shooters, anyone?), exercising, and reading. Come by my room on the second floor for a chat! I’m always looking forward to meeting new people.
Hey there, my name is John Bowman and I’m from Charlotte, NC. I’m a Sophomore majoring in Environmental Science & Policy and I’m especially interested in environmental economics and energy policy. I’m “studying abroad” at UNC next semester so I probably won’t be around too much, but feel free to talk to me if you see me around section!
I am a senior biology major going to med school next year. I am passionate about improving the standard of care for pediatric cancer through research, so I will attend a combined MD/PhD program where I can learn how to become both a physician and scientist. Outside of the classroom and lab, I love playing intramural soccer and swing dancing. Brownstone is an amazing community so I spend a lot my time walking down the hall and just hanging out in different people’s rooms. I also have a big passion for music. I used to play cello in high school and have always wanted to learn how to play guitar. I am a huge Jack Johnson and John Mayer fan. I also love traveling and learning about different cultures. I never got the chance to study abroad or do Duke Engage, so this summer I hope to go backpacking through Europe.
Hey! My name is Amrita (pronounced “um-ri-th-ah”), and I’m a senior. I’m majoring in Neuroscience and getting a certificate in Information Science & Information Studies. I’m obsessed with mint chocolate chip ice cream and dark chocolate. I’m originally from Mountain View, a city about an hour south of San Francisco and also the headquarters of Google! I can’t wait to meet all of you
Hey everyone! My name is Samir Rao and I’m a senior majoring in Economics and minoring in Neuroscience! When I’m not playing foosball in the common room I’m usually making short films with other brownies, screening mind-bending thrillers in my room, or having a nerf gun battle in the hallway. Come to our room for a hot cup of tea, or an even better hot bowl of ramen!
Hey, my name is Kevin Nikolaus. I am a Junior Coloradan studying mechanical engineering. I like working on random projects, growing rare plants, hitchhiking, and adventure. I want to work over winter at one of the Antarctic Research stations after college, and afterwards train a SAR dog. At Duke I am involved with the Outing Club, the SmartHome, and the Robotics club. I also like cutting down bamboo, dumpster diving, and building bikes at the Durham Bike Co-op. I am looking forward to meeting everyone!
I’m a senior from Bridgewater, New Jersey studying biomedical engineering and markets and management studies. I’ve been really involved with Brownstone social programming, mixers and parties, so hit me up if that’s something your interested in! Aside from meeting new people and hearing about other Duke students’ diverse interests and experiences, I enjoy Thai food, Bollywood movies, dancing, cheering on the Celtics, TED Talks, watching (and rewatching) Suits and Game of Thrones, Awaaz, and plenty more. From Tenting to FACing, Common Ground to DukeEngage, there are so many wonderful things I’ve experienced at Duke, and being in an SLG definitely is certainly high on that list. Brownstone is an open, fun community rich in history, tradition, and warmth – check us out and come say hi!
Hey rushees! I’m a pre-med junior from the crazy, lovely city of Austin, Texas! I’m a Program II major studying global health determinants and interventions. Some of my involvements on campus involve teaching piano at Walltown Children’s Theatre, co-leading the Duke Undergraduate Research Society, and studying maternal obesity in a neuroimmunology lab. I’m a huge fan of Suits, life-chats, frozen yogurt, and traveling. I spent last spring in Chile and summer in Uganda for global health fieldwork, so come share stories from abroad!
Hey guys! People around here call me Phoenica, short for Phoenica. If it helps, it’s pronounced like Phoenix, the valley of the sun where I call home. I’m a junior double majoring in environmental science and EOS. I’m coming back from one of the best experiences ever, having just spent a semester tromping through the tropics in Costa Rica, and am super stoked to be back in section! When I’m not socializing in Brownstone at 2am, I’m probably in Biddle. A lot of my time goes towards being in Duke Chorale and my aca-awesome a cappella group, Rhythm and Blue. I love singing and music, but I’m also a photographer, audiophile, food enthusiast, spray painter, Youtube addict, and perpetual chapstick loser. Brownstone has been such a huge part of my duke experience, and I can’t imagine not being part of such a great community. Stop by my room (204) to jam, talk, or just say hi. Looking forward to meeting all of you!
Hey everyone, my name is King Lu (and yes, that’s my real name haha) and I am a filmmaker majoring in Economics. I love directing and screenwriting and hope to one day create feature films as a profession. In my free time outside of class and filmmaking, I enjoy lifting weights, playing basketball, shootin’ the breeze with friends, and reflecting on life and social issues. My door is always open (figuratively, not literally…) so feel free to come by anytime to chat and hang out. Always happy to have company!