A few final freshman farewells by x3erica1037

Is anyone else unable to believe this school year is over already?!  It feels like I just got my acceptance letter, began writing for the blog, and experienced orientation, but its already time to move allllll of my stuff back home! This has probably been the best freshman year I could have asked for so I really am sad to see it end.

As I tried to hold back tears when my family drove away last August and left me standing alone in front of St. Anns, I could never even have imagined all the amazing people I now consider my best friends, the crazy memories we will always share, and the endless opportunities I have been able to take advantage of over these past months.

If Duquesne weren’t the perfect home for me, I wouldn’t be this sad to leave.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited to be mostly stress-free and spend hours in the sun, but it has been hard to see everyone go these past few days.  As my lack of recent blogging proves, I have been very busy with final exams and papers lately, just as everyone has, so we didn’t quite have enough free time to spend together at the end.  I’m not too worried about it though, because even though my new friends are headed back to various homes all over the country, good old facebook and texting will allow us to keep in touch until August when we’re onto our new home in Towers.

To incoming freshman, my advice would be to keep an open mind.  Attend whatever school gives you that gut feeling because you will really be spending all your time there.  It may be a little nerve wracking at first but once you settle in, give every new person and organization a chance, and you’ll sure to find a few lifelong friends, ways to get involved, and the chance to live out your dreams.  At this point in your life, really anything is possible, its just a matter of going after it.

As for classes and majors, you don’t have to be get locked into any direction right away; choose classes that seem interesting and fun.  With all the choices out there, there’s no reason for you to study something you don’t enjoy.  There are professors and organizations everywhere waiting to inspire you, so you’ll figure out the longterm goals eventually.

For now, everyone just have a warm, wonderful, relaxing summer. Work on the tan, earn a little cash, and get ready for next semester because I have a feeling Fall 2010 will be one we’ll never forget. 😉

Au revoir for now bloggers!

-Erica

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Red and Blue Men make news! by katzb
02.21.10, 7:15 pm
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If you’ve been to a Duquesne men’s basketball game recently, you have probably noticed the two characters in the student section covered from head to toe in Duquesne red and blue. They serve as the “unofficial” student section mascots, getting the crowd into the game and leading cheers. The two unnamed students made news this week, with an awesome article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Their excitement must have worked, as the Dukes upset Dayton this afternoon, 71-73.

-Brittany

Duquesne Basketball: Red Man, Blue Man add color to games

Sunday, February 21, 2010

By Colin Dunlap, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The dull happenings in the student section just weren’t enough for a couple of Duquesne students.

The cheers — they weren’t animated enough.

The jeers at the other team — no, not vivacious enough, either.

There had to be an answer, there had to be a way to get noticed, to spike the level of excitement.

The answer?

Of course, a polyester and spandex mix.

Or, as one of them put it, “probably the greatest thing I’ve ever purchased.”

Equal parts phenomena, hilarity, school spirit, ingenuity and knuckleheadedness, it all surfaced publicly for the first time Jan. 23 at the Duquesne men’s basketball game against St. Bonaventure and, since then, has grown into a sideshow all its own inside the Palumbo Center when the Dukes take the court.

The true identity of these, um, renaissance men, are being withheld, other than to say they are dean’s list pharmacy students. Just a handful of their friends know who it is inside the costumes.

But what they have done the past four Duquesne home games — in which the Dukes are 3-1 headed into today’s contest with Dayton — can’t be ignored.

For the sake of this story, they will be known as Red Man and Blue Man, quite fitting for a couple of college kids who lead an otherwise normal existence — except when the Dukes have a home game and they crawl into those form-fitting, full-body suits that cover them from the soles of their feet to the top of their heads.

“It’s like looking out of a screen door, probably 50-60 percent of your normal vision,” Blue Man said of the getup. “Other than that, surprisingly, the thing is really comfortable.”

Hold on. Back up for a minute.

How does someone arrive at the decision to wear one of these outlandish and taut suits?

Peer pressure, of course.

“We went down to Virginia Tech last year for the NIT game, just dressed as ourselves,” Red Man said. “And there was a student who had on an orange suit like ours. He was great. He ran around and got everyone involved, waved a flag and everything.”

Just like that, an idea began to fester.

But it took awhile to garner up the nerve and decide to make the investment. (These are college kids, remember. Indecision and shallow pockets come with the territory.)

But after a few home games this season, Red Man and Blue Man — who have been die-hard fans since arriving at Duquesne — knew something needed to be done.

The sterility of the 30 or so regulars in the student section just wasn’t cutting it.

As they viewed it, there wasn’t any life, no enthusiasm — the Palumbo’s pall was appalling.

So they found the suits on the Internet — “about $70 each,” Red Man said –and had them shipped out right away.

It was a small price to pay to start down a road to eventual cult-hero status.

There is the official Dukes mascot, dressed in a tuxedo and a top hat, who stands near the student section, but he wasn’t getting the job done. To clarify, Red Man and Blue Man are guerilla mascots. They are not officially recognized by the university.

“The Duke, he’s OK, just OK,” Red Man said. “No offense to him, but he doesn’t bring any life to the crowd.”

He was quickly cut off.

“Yeah, not like we can,” Blue Man interjected.

Blue Man and Red Man don’t say much at games. Actually, they make a point to say as little as possible, thinking it could lead to revealing their identity.

Instead, they run around the Palumbo, stopping to get photos snapped with Duquesne fans.

They stand in the first row of the student section jumping up and down in a tireless display of energy.

When the pep band burst into a song, they break into fanatical dances, sometimes moving along with the beat, more often a step or two removed from it.

“At the very least, we want to be a talking point,” Blue Man said. “But we can only do so much.”

Which is the goal of this.

“What it comes down to is that 30 or 40 students going to games is kind of embarrassing,” Red Man said. “We decided to do this to create some energy, to hopefully get some more people to come out, to show the students that, yes, you can have a lot of fun at a basketball game.”

Red Man and Blue Man have a couple of years left on the Bluff, but the inevitable waits.

What happens when these two characters graduate?

Do the costumes get passed down to a Blue Man and Red Man in waiting?

“I don’t know about that. I haven’t thought about our legacy,” Red Man said. “But, seriously, though, you think some guy would want to wear a spandex suit after some other guy wore it?

“I think we’ll probably just frame them.”

Click here for the article on post-gazette.com



Some pics from the Dukes win over St. Joes by katzb
02.03.10, 3:21 pm
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The Duquesne Men’s basketball team beat St. Joes 74-71 in another exciting game! Here are some pictures from Sunday’s matchup:

My sister and me at the game!

The student section

-Brittany



Dukes beat St. Bonaventure by katzb
01.24.10, 6:39 pm
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The Duquesne men’s basketball game on Saturday against St. Bonaventure was definitely the most exciting Duquesne game I’ve ever attended!

Not only was the game thrilling, and the one point victory sealed the deal, but the rowdy Bonnies fans sitting in front of me were a show in themselves.

The Dukes got up early in the game, and it looked like the 20 Bonnies fans had driven from Middle of Nowhere, New York for nothing. By halftime, Duquesne was up 15 points and I was excited for the second half!

The rowdy Bonnies fans being corrected by security.

The halftime show was just as thrilling as the game, and I’m not talking about the elementary school basketball team that took to the court (although they were cute!). Right in front of us, the rowdy group of Bonnies fans had seemingly had enough of the looming defeat, and tried to get in a fight! Thankfully, the fan donning his St. Bonnies brown was escorted out of the arena. That didn’t quiet the rest of his crew down at all! Throughout the entire second half, the embarrassing fans were making their presence known, even if the Bonnies themselves were no match for Duquesne on the court. Their behavior made me proud to be a Duquesne fan, and made me root harder for the Dukes in the second half!

Despite my growing anger toward the St. Bonaventure fans sitting front and center, the Bonnies drew back within a few points of Duquesne, and the game quickly came down to one possession.

At this point, I was not only rooting for the Dukes but I was rooting just as hard against St. Bonaventure!

In one of the most thrilling finishes in a college basketball game that I’ve ever seen, Damian Saunders found Melquan Bolding, who buried a 3-pointer from the right corner with 3.4 seconds left in the game. What a great time to be a Duquesne fan!!

To the dismay of the Bonnies fans in front of me, their team couldn’t drain a shot in the final seconds, and the Dukes pulled out the 70-69 victory!

Like my Dad and I always say, we don’t like fans of the other team.

-Brittany



Dukes defeat Robert Morris by katzb
12.15.09, 12:43 am
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I hope everyone is getting through their finals while still keeping sane! I took a break from studying this weekend to attend the Dukes basketball game as they took on Robert Morris. Not only was it an awesome game, but the halftime show was quite memorable! Here are some pictures from the close game, where Duquesne came out on top 59-54. Also, I took some shots of the halftime show with really talented dogs catching frisbees and doing tricks!

The Dukes gearing up for the game.

The awesome halftime show with dogs catching frisbees and doing tricks!

VICTORY!

-Brittany



Christmas shopping: Duquesne style by katzb
12.06.09, 4:57 pm
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It has become a running joke in my family that for every holiday or birthday, recipients can expect a Duquesne-themed gift from me. Although I am guilty as charged, I can honestly say it’s not on purpose!

It all began the first Christmas I was at college. Without a car or any convenient way to go shopping while living in a dorm, I opted to get my entire family in the Duquesne spirit with Duquesne gifts! I got my sister a red fleece Duquesne blanket that she had told me she loved. I got my mom a Duquesne hoodie and a Duquesne Christmas ornament with a picture of Old Main on it. I got my Dad a Duquesne Under Armor shirt. They all loved their gifts and I imagine they were happy I was proud of my school.

For my dad’s birthday last year, I bought him a Duquesne basketball hoodie because we have become big Dukes fans since the time I’ve attended Duquesne. At some point during my three years here, I also bought him a “Duquesne Dad” t-shirt that he wears proudly! This year for my dad’s birthday, I simply forgot all of the Duquesne attire he had in his closet, and came up with a great, original idea: a Duquesne basketball long sleeve shirt! It took me until he opened it to realize that this wasn’t such an original idea. Now, he had a bunch of shirts to choose from when attending a Dukes game!

My sister is just as lucky as my dad in the Duquesne-attire department. She has my old Orientation t-shirt, long sleeve shirts, t-shirts, a hoodie and probably much more that I have forgotten. Oh ya, and that fleece blanket!

We have Christmas ornaments, stickers for our cars, key chains and pins. I have turned my Pitt-fan family into proud Duquesne supporters!

If you are racking your brain for an origninal Christmas gift idea, while at the same time juggling five books and memorizing vocabulary in time for finals, head down to the bookstore and take a stroll around. There are always new items and clothes, and every Duquesne family needs their gear! Just be sure not to get your mom the same exact shirt two years in a row!

-Brittany



The City Game by katzb

Like Matt, I was look forward to blogging about the City Game all week! Although the Dukes didn’t come out on top, the game was exciting from the tip off until the buzzer at the end of the 2nd OT. My family and I have been Pitt basketball fans for years (my dad went to Pitt), but I was donning my Red and Blue Crew t-shirt tonight, secretely hoping the Dukes could upset their cross-city rivals. Here are some pictures from tonight’s game, the last college basketball game in the Mellon Arena!

-Brittany

The Red and Blue Crew came out strong tonight. We easily outnumbered the Oakland Zoo!

The Dukes looking strong!