Master Port Authority by afederoff

I know, that same old woe, Duquesne University students do not get to use their student IDs as bus passes while Pitt and CMU students experience that luxury. Over the years, I have seen students try to show their DU IDs to bus drivers, protests signed and the like, yet no action has been taken for reasons I am not educated on.

Though it is not free, I feel the Port Authority bus system in Pittsburgh is a must for students in the city. Because many of us do not have cars and though campus is beautiful, the bus system offers a great opportunity for students to get to know the city and take advantage of what Pittsburgh truly has to offer. However, a tricky question arises… how does it work?

No, I am not a master of the Port Authority bus system but I may be able to help clear a few things up.

  • The most basic thing to understand is the difference between Forbes and Fifth. These are both one-way streets; this much I am sure you know. However, here’s an easy way to know which street to pick up a bus on: if you’re going INto the city (a.k.a. downtown, a.k.a. Duquesne) you want to pick up a bus on Fifth because it has an ‘I’ in it for “in.” If you want to head OUT of town to Oakland, Squirrel Hill, the Waterfront etc. you want to pick it up on Forbes because it has an ‘O’ in it for “out.”
  • To get back to school from Oakland, the Waterfront or Squirrel Hill, the easiest thing to remember is the ones. Any 61 or 71 will drop you off at Fifth and Stevenson, with just a 3-minute trek up the hill to the residence area of campus. You can also pick up a 500, which will drop you off in the same location. I would steer clear of just hopping on a bus that reads “Downtown” because there is many areas it may drop you off, but if you are in desperate need of a bus it is usually a safe bet.
  • Try a transfer. Because, as Duquesne students, we do have to pay for the bus (just a small disadvantage in a universe of opportunities) this is a trick that many freshmen still haven’t figured out. Most bus trips cost $2.00 each way. However, you can get a transfer ($.75) and use this as a ticket for your return trip. While there is a time frame involved, in most cases a transfer gives you more than enough time for your trip.
  • If you are waiting for the bus at a popular stop, you may notice an orange sign under the usual blue “bus stop” sign. This is a great feature the city has for planning your ride. Simply text the name on the sign to the number 25252, and the system will return a text message with all the upcoming buses and departure times. This can be extremely useful for obvious reasons. If you’re feeling really ambitious, save the number and the name of the stop and you can wait for a bus without even leaving your room.

Remember, if you are traveling on a weekend, try the Loop Bus.

Good luck,


P.S. feel free to leave individual questions in comments.


Summer Update! by x3erica1037

Hope everyone’s having an amazing summer so far!  These hot days have been flying by and it’s already July so I figured it was about time for a quick post now that there’s an entire new class of Duquesne freshmen and transfer students.

If you’re new to the blog, you should know that my name is Erica, I’m an upcoming sophomore in the McAnulty College, and I write for this blog to share my experiences at Duquesne with anyone whose interested.  Right now I’m just offering a chance to get questions answered or clear up any confusions about McAnulty, Duquesne, move-in…pretty much anything Duquesne related.  If I don’t know the answer off-hand I’ll do everything I can to figure it out so everyone has as smooth of a transition as possible. Get ready everyone, because you’re gonna love the Bluff! 🙂

Please feel free to submit any questions or comments to this post and hopefully I’ll be able to get back to you with an answer as soon as possible.  So ask away!


New photos of campus by liberalartsduq
04.08.10, 12:07 pm
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Check out some new pictures from around campus Power Center Click here to see the full set

College Preview Day by x3erica1037

This past Saturday was the college preview day for the incoming Class of 2014.  It was an afternoon packed with a lot of information about the college, life as a student here, and preparations for enrollment.  Students were able to learn more about the learning communities, (Check out Alyssa’s post explaining each community if you’re still confused) talk with students and professors from each community, take a tour of campus, and connect with various departments like Residence Life and Financial Aid.

I was happy to volunteer for the afternoon when Dr. Stoddard requested my attendance, and I actually ended up having a pretty fun time.  I really had no idea what I was getting myself into until arrived, but I was able to represent my learning community, Narratio (THE best community at the college) and also give a tour to a few potential freshmen and their families.  I then set myself up at a table in college hall to give further insight on my service project and community goals to anyone who passed by.  It was pretty strange when I realized it had already been a year since I attended the event with my own class, and now I’m on the other side of the fence.  Instead of trying to digest tons of new information, I was the one sharing my newly acquired Duquesne “expertise” with this year’s group of students.

I hope everyone who attended the event feels a little better about McAnulty as a part of their college decision-making process, but if there are still any unanswered questions or issues that aren’t quite clear yet, please feel free to ask anything in the comment box for this post and I would be happy to help!

*We also announced that we’re looking for a new freshman blogger to join us next year, so anyone who’s interested should fill out a quick application by taking a look at some of our older posts then sending us a sample post of around 350-500 words along with a short biography of yourself. Send all applications with “Blogger Application” in the subject line.

Good luck with your decision everyone!


Welcome class of 2014! by afederoff

Today, I was frequenting the Facebook group for Duquesne’s accepted freshmen of 2014. I started thinking back to this time last year, where acceptance letters were being stuffed in my mailbox at home, along with a few, painful “wait-list” letters. Up until May, I was totally unsure of what part of the country I was going to end up on. I’ll share a little secret: I applied to Duquesne on a whim, and did not visit until weeks before deposits were due. However, in that short, weekend visit, I fell in love.

I’ve personally invited several new Duquesne students to the Liberal Arts Facebook page, and promised I would answer any questions anyone had. I am further opening up the floor, extending my proposal.

Hello Duquesne University’s class of 2014! Feel free to leave any questions about the university, the Liberal Arts College, or college freshmen life in general for me in the form of a comment of this post.

I solemnly swear, I’ll give you honest answers!


Finding Direction by afederoff

As my previous post declared, I have been thinking about switching my major from Journalism, but (obviously) remaining in the McAnulty Liberal Arts College (because it is the best school at Duquesne). Unfortunately, I am still uncertain what I want to major in. Although I have an idea of my ideal job, I am totally unsure of how to one day get there.

I told my advisor, Dixie, of my ideal profession:  I hope to be a motivational speaker on body image and its distortions. I hope to gain my accreditation through a best selling novel or the like. She gave me two suggestions, both of which I am planning to follow through with; seek guidance with Career Services and to never doubt the power of internships.

After leaving her office, I emailed Dr. McCauley of Career Services, who instructed me to complete a series of online tests, which would help her get a better understanding of my personality and ultimately, professional options. I did this, and met with her this past Friday. Together, we distinguished between possible careers and possible majors, and came up with a list of each that I may be interested in. Next, I have to complete my homework and research these fields before our next meeting. Thus far, Dr. McCauley has helped me realize I am not yet a lost cause, and furthermore, has sorted out some of my scattered thoughts. I would definitely advise any weary freshmen to speak with Career Services.

I also am happy to announce that I have arranged an internship with Courtney E. Martin, author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters. Aside from this novel, Courtney holds seminars and speaks at high schools etc. Attempting to combat the surplus of eating disorders and the like, Courtney encourages young women to be proud of their bodies. This summer, I will be working with her in Brooklyn, NY on an incredible project to campaign against media distortion of body image. Although I am far away in Pittsburgh, the project has already begun via email, and I am excited to work so closely with a woman living my dream.

I have been endlessly commended for my attempt to figure everything out, although I am just a freshman. Don’t wait to test the waters, look for an internship, or work with career services! It’s never too early.


The last hurrah by Matt Kasznel
01.19.10, 7:15 pm
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If you ask academic advisors, professors, your parents, or anyone concerned with your academic well-being under the age of 25, they would probably explain to you the value of a fast start to the semester.  Take notes from the get-go.  Get a head-start on long-term assignments.  Spend “syllabus week” getting ahead of the game.  You know, the usual buzzwords and company lines.

I’m not any of those people.  I’m a junior in college.  And while I can’t reduce the value of a fast start to the semester, I’ll also let you guys in on a little secret: the first weekend or two of the semester is the closest thing you’re going to have to a break there is in college.

I’m not telling you to eschew work entirely during your first two weeks of classes.  Obviously if you have smaller homework assignments, hammer them out during the week.  But your first two weekends are schoolwork-free zones. Allow me to explain.

Yes, you want to get a start on your bigger long-term assignments somewhat early. But for the most part, professors are already accounting for the fact that students aren’t in full-on scholastic mode until after two weeks or so.  After that brief grace period, though, it’s game time.  And from that point on, your weekends will be split amongst your school priorities and activities, with whatever leftover time you have usually spent on those tiny issues like sleeping and eating.

Spring break or thanksgiving break? Yeah, you’ll be at home, but many college students spend that time either working at home or dreading the day they return to school. And once you do get back, it’s all about the home-stretch to finals.

But each semester’s first two weekends are truly glorious. The first comes right after Syllabus Week, so the time is generally wide open. The second is almost always a three day weekend. In the fall, Labor Day usually comes during the second weekend of classes, and in the spring semester, you can thank Martin Luther King Jr. for his contributions to the Civil Rights movement as well as granting you a three day weekend.

Remember, it’s still possible to have a great, straight-A semester even if you spend the first few weekends relaxing, partying, or doing whatever you like to do during vacations. But if you plan on spending those first few weekends hard at work expecting to take a random weekend during the semester for yourself, you’re going to be quite disappointed.  So heed my advice, friends, and enjoy take advantage of your easy time while you’ve still got it.