DURHAM, N.C. - Duke opens its classes to some North Carolina students, but there’s no home for the Tar Heels in Krzyzewskiville.
That’s the verdict of Duke student leaders and reluctant administrators who upheld a student government decision to ban some students in a joint scholarship program from this year’s campout for Duke basketball fans.
Krzyzewskiville, named after Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, is a tent city where students wait in line for weeks to obtain good seats in the adjacent Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The interlopers in question are part of the Robertson Scholars, a $24 million scholarship effort that allows a select group of students from Duke and UNC to take courses at both universities.
Participants are supposed to have full student privileges on both campuses, including access to athletic events.
Last season, a group of Robertson scholars from UNC went to the Tar Heels-Blue Devils game at Duke and sat in the student section wearing Carolina blue.
Duke’s student senate voted last month to bar UNC’s Robertson scholars from Krzyzewskiville.
Larry Moneta, Duke’s vice president for student affairs, said administrators believe the decision is “over the top,” but that it would be wrong for them to get involved.
The nation grieved for those hurt, killed and affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. After one of the suspects was caught on Friday — following a day-long lockdown and manhunt — sports returned to Boston over the weekend.
Kevin Troy, a spokesman for Duke student government president Elliott Wolf, said the campout ban doesn’t necessarily stop UNC-based Robertsons from getting into the game. They can try to buy tickets on the day of the game that are held for walk-up sales, he said.
The Tar Heels will visit Duke on Feb. 7.
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