Duke TIP Manifesto
The Duke TIP Manifesto was written by a TIPster in response too the increasing amount of rules that took away the TIPsters freedoms, including: 1. Having to walk in two-file lines everywhere. 2. Not being able to have free seating during any of the meals. 3. Not being allowed to go onto the balconies right outside our rooms. 4.Not being allowed to go into suitemate's rooms. Believe it or not, this manifesto was accidentally written. During the final evaluation form, Paul wanted to make it known that there were too many dumb rules at Duke TIP, and so he starts writing about them in the "What would you tell another student about Duke TIP box." When he reached his word limit, he transitioned to the box that asked for new class ideas, adding that "since there is a text limit in the box above, I will continue here:." Paul's Duke TIP manifesto was read outloud to his Biological and Chemical Sciences class by his TA Lauren, who laughed with Paul along with the rest of the class.
Duke TIP Manifesto
I really liked Duke TIP. However, what bothers me about it is that they have some of the smartest kids in the US, but we are treated like second graders. The "walk in a double file line" rule is insulting to me. I haven't had to do that since first grade. Look, I know that you guys have to make sure everyone is safe so you don't get sued(and because you are people with a conscience), but has anyone gotten lost before the two file line was implemented? Did enough people get lost that the two-file rule needed to be applied to everyone? Further, what about the "you can't be in your suitemates room" rule. Of course, sexual conduct is bad, but the rooms are literally connected to each other. Suitemates just go into each other's rooms to play games or talk because it is more comfortable than talking in the bathroom adjoining the rooms and more quiet that the hallways and lounges. Duke TIP seems to be crafting rules based on the "idiot's veto," where a dumb kid does something dumb and makes(transition to second text box) Also, since there is a text limit in the box above, I will continue here: everyone else suffer. Last year, we could go onto the balconies on our rooms. It was a great view, and it in the mornings if you woke up and were tired, you could go onto the balcony and get the fresh air. Not anymore. The worst rule is the "sit with your class at breakfast rule." It is so hard to meet and talk with people who are outside your RC group and outside your class. The problem with free time is that a lot of kids want to just stay in their rooms, so it is hard to meet others(please don't make a rule requiring people to be out of their rooms for twenty minutes of free time.). Just allow free seating in one of the meals during the day and your problem is solved. Kids meet other kids in Evening Activities and meet in breakfast every morning to talk. Sounds great to me. In the future, please allow more freedom for the kids here so that they have room to grow. Thank you.