What would you do with $40,000?
Forty thousand dollars is seriously life-changing money, and having that sort of money to use freely opens up countless avenues. You could buy a car. Use it as a down payment for a house. Go on vacation.
Or, you could choose to give it to wannabe-Yale. Twice a year.
That’s the choice around 1,600 of our neighbors up the Tobacco Road make annually. For about $40,000 a semester, Duke students are given the opportunity to wildly inflate the cost of goods in Durham with daddy’s money, get raucously drunk in a barn with hedge fund kids dressed as cowboys and pretend like they give a rat’s ass about basketball.
Speaking of basketball, you may know that we at UNC have a little thing going on with Duke's team. Every year, come rivalry season, a corner of Duke’s disgustingly pristine, faux-collegiate-gothic campus undergoes a bit of a makeover.
Remember how Duke kids pay nearly $40,000 a semester? Well, some of them get tired of their cushy dorms (some Duke dorms have full-sized beds?), so they pack up and spend up to a quarter of that semester in a tent. And boom – a tradition.
The messy array of tents hoisted on splintered wooden pallets juxtaposes nicely with the pastiche stone buildings surrounding them. It’s a nice reminder that you can live in a tent for extended periods of time without being harassed by authorities, as long as you’re rich. In typical Duke fashion, their rendition of a Depression-era Hooverville comes laden with excessive rules and administration.
“Tenting” is the process by which Duke students acquire tickets to the UNC v. Duke basketball game played at Cameron Stadium. About eighty lots in Krzyzewskiville, the area in front of Cameron Stadium, are distributed to the top scorers of an exam that tests participants on trivia about the Duke basketball team. The tenting test features some truly obscure questions. For example: “What month of what year did Kyle Filipowski’s girlfriend’s American Red Cross-issued CPR certification expire?”
“I studied more for that test than any test at Duke,” said an exasperated Gabrielle Gitman, a first-year at Duke whose group was lucky enough to get a spot.