Taking Stock of Froshlife…

The Froshlife Program has been around for just over 11 years here at Duke, and filled a valuable niche of programming for First year students. Not only did the documentary film festival capture a glimpse of student life, but it was a way to bring residence halls together, tap into the creativity of our first-year residents and provide a great space for campus departments to support student projects. Despite being popular for several years, the progress of technology that has a camera in everyone’s pockets has also rendered the model antiquated and in need of significant overhaul in order to present it in a fashion that connects to today’s current college student. Additionally, the majority of the planning committee has moved on to other responsibilities and university partners have wavered on the necessity of the program in its current form. Our students are currently over-programmed and do not have as much depth with the programs they are connected with. This over-programming leads to many students signing up for programs and not attending. For these reasons, we have decided to not host the Froshlife Film Festival this year. Instead, the New Student Programs Team, working with the Program Coordinator in Housing, Dining and Residence Life, staff from the Office of Information Technology (OIT) and former Froshlife participants and organizers, will work to brainstorm a more sophisticated model that increases student participation, connects with academic and community ideals and presents a quality product to the greater Duke community. If there are any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact Jordan Hale at jh175@duke.edu.

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