so... I decided to call.
reynolda: "hi it's me, that girl who is still waiting, but now i have to send a seat deposit to another school... so any change in my file status?"
duke: "let me look" ::looks:: "ah, yes, looks like a letter will be sent today"
reynolda: "great!"... "I know you don't usually give decisions over the phone, but i have to decide whether or not to send a 500 dollar check into another school tomorrow. duke is my first choice and i'd really rather not waste money i don't have if i don't have to. it's ok if i'm not admitted, i'd just really like to have this information before making another commitment"
duke: "sorry we don't give decisions over the phone"
reynolda: "ok. thank you."
seriously, I know I'm probably not accepted, but this pisses me off.