One of the blue-clad young ladies in the photo above is Michelle Picon, a Duke graduate/Miami grad student who felt compelled to write a letter about her evening in the BankUnited Center last week for the Hurricanes’ whoopin’ over the Duke Blue Devils. Michelle and a handful of her friends believe they were mistreated while sitting in the Miami student section, where they wore Duke gear. At the Miami home game. Against Duke. Duke, then the No. 1 team in the country. Shocking!
Michelle accused school administrators of preventing her group from making it to the front of the student section — No way! — and she said the undergraduate students around her were immature — Get outta here! — and used profane language in their chants and taunts. Appalling!
Needless to say, such spiteful actions would never be used against any graduate students at Duke (or any other self-respecting university), regardless of their previous educational or athletic allegiance. Halfway through the berating, the Dean of Students switched tactics entirely, encouraging us to report any instances of abuse at the hands of the drunken, fratty undergraduate mob. I’m unsure if his intentions were to atone for his embarrassing behavior thus far, or merely to buy more time for students to pass us in line to the stadium. Regardless, he showed only mild surprise when we told him that the fluffy pathetic Hurricane mascot had already picked a piece of pizza up off the ground and thrown it at us, followed shortly by the empty box.
“At least our Blue Devils have class,” she wrote.
It’s one of the Dukiest things you’ll ever read.