Strong Women Strong Girls is Going Green! by afederoff

I think a Strong Women Strong Girls update is necessary.

Second semester SWSG is structured slightly different from our first semester curriculum. For all chapters of SWSG (Boston and Pittsburgh alike) second semester curriculum is based around a service project. Each chapter picks what type of project they are doing. (I’ve used the term ‘chapter’ a few times. By this, I mean university. For example, we are the Duquesne chapter.) Duquesne chose “Going Green” among three other options. After that, the decision is left to the individual schools.

Roosevelt, the school I mentor at deliberated together. While the girls suggested all the ideas, we eventually pushed them towards one particular one: renovating a morbid garden that the school had, let’s say, “let go”. We were thrilled by this suggestion, because not only is it more thrilling than picking up trash, it is a great way to help the environment and contribute to the community. It’s actually a really great piece of land, and it has awesome potential! After checking with the school principal, we were even more excited to hear that we will not have to pay out pocket for the supplies. We have been planning – we want the garden to be colorful – and the girls are very excited to begin.

We also discovered that Roosevelt does not recycle. To fulfill the educational aspect of the service project, we have been gathering “green facts” for the girls to read on the morning announcements. Although they are at a 5th grade reading level, I think there are some interesting points:

Reducing means cutting down the amount of garbage that is made. The best way to reduce is to only buy items that you really need.

Reuse means to use something again instead of throwing it away. Usually, this means finding a new use for it. For example, you could turn a jelly jar into a drinking glass.

Recycling means taking materials from items you have already used and turning them into brand new products. Most aluminum cans are made of recycled products, because aluminum would take 350 years to disintegrate!

  • Paper accounts for 40% of solid waste in the United States, which is about 72 million tons annually. If every household replaced one roll of regular toilet paper with one recycled post-consumer waste roll, four thousand twenty-four trees would be saved.
  • The U.S. uses nearly $1 million worth of energy every minute. Instead, with one million dollars, you could also buy 25 Mercedes Benz cars or 4,000 IPod Touches! That is why it is important to turn out your lights when your leave a room.
  • Automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, and buses in the U.S. drove over 2.8 trillion miles in 2002 — comparable to driving to the sun and back thirteen thousand, four hundred and forty times.
  • One way to cut down on this is to carpool. That means getting a ride to school or work with someone else. If everyone else at Roosevelt did that, the amount of miles driven would lessen greatly by the end of the year!  

Consider Going Green this spring!



The last “first” by katzb

I am usually not a sentimental person. Today was no exception. The first day back to class marked my last first day of classes in college. Although I may be going on to graduate school, I won’t ever have a first day of undergrad classes at Duquesne. To be honest, it was pretty uneventful. I feel like this marks the pace for the rest of the semester.

I had two classes today. Both were Journalism classes, and both taught by the same professor. I have had this professor before and I like his relaxed teaching style. I had already purchased all of my books online (if you haven’t done so yet, check out my blog about buying textbooks here), I found the right classrooms, and I got out early. Maybe this semester won’t be so bad!

I will admit that I have recently been tempted to dwell on the fact that this is probably my last winter trotting along the paths of the Bluff and the last time I’ll be buying textbooks at the bookstore.  Every time these nostalgic thoughts cross my mind, I remind myself that I don’t truly know what the future holds. Although I didn’t apply to Duquesne for graduate school, there is no saying that I won’t be back. By the time spring rolls around I may be more sad about the end of this era, but I expect I’ll be ready to move on. Until then, I have 15 more credits to earn and many more blogs to write!


Welcome back! by x3erica1037

2010 is here and the Spring semester has officially begun. After a few great weeks at home, it feels good to be back at The Bluff. The past 24 hours have been filled with happy reunions among friends, unpacking what seems like endless bags that will never fit in one dorm room, buying books, and dealing with the realization that today marks the first day of classes. While it would have been nice to have a couple days to visit with friends, a two day week for class is definitely doable.

My brain feels ready to tackle the new challenges that this semester is sure to bring, but with five new classes I have to admit I was a little nervous. I’m happy to have some courses that are very relevant to my major and should interest me quite a bit. My Intro to PR and Media Relations class is even being taught by Dr. Sora, one of my favorite professors from last semester, so I’m looking forward to what this new class has in store. Most challenging for me will probably be my math class, but I’m determined to give extra attention and study time to the course so I can do my best.

The last few weeks of visiting with family and friends have been perfect for relieving stress from the fall, but it’s time for the memories of a new semester to begin.

Good luck everyone!


My favorite time of year! by katzb
10.07.09, 8:36 pm
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It is my favorite time of year! Scheduling time!

For some reason, I get super excited about being able to see all the options for classes next semester. I could spend hours on DORI going over all the scenarios of classes I could take, and I love how many opportunities there are!

Although we can’t officially start scheduling until the end of October/beginning of November, I already have a short list of classes I am considering taking. Fortunately, at this time in my college career, I have a lot of options as far as what classes I can take. I have worked out my class schedule so I have a lot of room for flexibility next semester, leaving a number of electives and one core class. This way, I can work my class schedule around my work schedule and still get all the required courses necessary.

If you haven’t taken the time to look over the classes offered in the Spring, check out the course listings on DORI under Student Information / Registration / Look up classes. It’s good to have a plan when registration time rolls around, and to have options in case your first choice classes are full.

Now the big questions: whether to take Women’s Fiction or American Literature II….choices choices!