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Duke’s tenting population expands near Towerview Drive

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DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 18: A Duke student watches the snow falling on the tent city of Krzyzewskiville, outside of Cameron Indoor Stadium, as he waits for the game between the Duke Blue Devils and the North Carolina Tar Heels on February 18, 2015 in Durham, North Carolina.
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Krzyzewskiville is expanding back towards the main part of campus with a new section off of Towerview Drive which will feature flex tenting.

People in this suburb of K-ville, if you will, are not guaranteed entry. It’s intended as a response to last year’s disaster when, as the Duke Chronicle recounts, “the line descended into chaos on game day. Students were eating signs, throwing full beer cans and cutting in line rampantly before mob of students erupted, casting aside barricades in a drunken rush to try to get into the game.”

Clearly that was undesirable and no one wants what should be a fun bit of college life to get out of control with some injuries and physical suffering. Violence is unacceptable though and then there is the magic word that changes everything: liability.

Maybe the system could be modified. We’d give priority to people who came to every game and we’d give credit for supporting women’s basketball as well and possibly football. Maybe you could find some way to give points for positive social interactions like working with the Durham Rescue Mission.

Those people would get to be first in line and then maybe tenting could be a way to sort out who gets the best seats once they’re inside.

At the heart of it, Krzyzewskiville should be a happy and positive experience and the other side of the coin is this: if you spend all your time trying to figure out how to run the thing then you’re going to drain the fun out of it anyway.

There should be a way to do it that limits danger and maximizes fun while not turning administrators - student and otherwise - into campus versions of this guy.

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