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Letter: In Defense of Brodie Gym and Puppy’s Breath

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Duke recently announced that they would be delaying the opening of Brodie Gym on the East Campus due to “staff issues” until January after setting an earlier target date for the reopening in mid-October.

I recognize that staffing shortages persist across much of the United States as we come out of COVID and get the country back to work, but it got me thinking, “How do these staff shortages affect other programs?” of Duke? Here is what I found:

Every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and on game days from 2 hours before to 1 hour after all home sporting events, you can purchase a Zion Williamson jersey for $ 200 in the Duke complete but almost empty. College sports store at the Scott Family Athletics Performance Center…

but freshmen cannot train at Brodie Gym due to “staff issues”.

Daily from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. you can book a tee time and play golf at the Washington Duke Inn where golf staff are provided by Duke Sports – the same group that presumably runs Brodie Gym – and for larger groups, they will even encourage you can book conference room space and meals through the hotel…

but freshmen cannot train at Brodie Gym due to “staff issues”.

Every day except Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from 10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. you can visit the Nasher Museum of Art and buy a crochet flamingo in the gift shop…

but freshmen cannot train at Brodie Gym due to “staff issues”.

On Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can request a tour and visit lemurs while discovering Madagascar at the world-famous Duke’s Lemur Center …

but freshmen cannot train at Brodie Gym due to “staff issues”.

During the week from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., you can visit the Puppy Kindergarten run by Duke’s evolutionary anthropology department and enjoy a whole year of puppy breath …

but freshmen cannot train at Brodie Gym due to “staff issues”.

The shocking part of these staffing inequalities is not just that Brodie Gym is closed. It’s that freshman who has to spend an hour or more roaming the west campus in crowded buses where it’s next to impossible to socially distance yourself, to work out in a crowded gym where it’s next to impossible to socially distancing themselves and then attending sweaty and smelly meals and classes where their classmates, even with their olfactory senses masked, no doubt wish they could be MORE socially distant, all because Duke chose to put his personnel resources elsewhere.

Meanwhile, the multi-million dollar, fifty thousand square foot Brenda and Keith Brodie Recreation Center – right in the heart of the Eastern Campus – sits idle with its doors locked.

Open Brodie Gym now.

But please keep the puppies too. Everyone loves puppies!

Dave Shepheard is a Class of 1991.


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