Unexpected Beauty by afederoff
02.15.10, 2:16 pm
Filed under: AlyssaF, Bloggers, Class of 2013 | Tags: , , , ,

At Freshmen Orientation, we were split into group with upperclassmen as leaders. These team leaders served many purposes, among those guiding us through campus and around Pittsburgh. Over a team dinner at Buca in Station Square, I remember others expressing extreme interest in Oakland and the University of Pittsburgh. Finally, our team leader (I believe her name was Kayla) shouted over everyone that she was making an announcement. As everyone hushed, she proceeded to explain that although Pitt was only about two miles away, never walk there. She even went as far as saying that this should be the most important thing we take from our orientation experience together: take the bus to Pitt. I learned that the route that leads from Duquesne to Pitt is not the safest, going through some dangerous parts of town. Although I first assumed all my time would be spent Downtown, I trek to Oakland almost everyday. The expenses are great; four dollars a day adds up quickly. I have even recently purchased a monthly bus pass from the Pittsburgh Port Authority. Yet, I have kept her words in mind and I have not walked there.

Until the snowstorm, that is. I actually found myself snowed in at the University of Pittsburgh: the Port Authority buses actually closed for two full days. By Saturday afternoon, I was getting homesick, and I decided to trek home through the snow. At first, Kayla’s words resounded in my mind; I was scared out of my mind. However, as I realized no one else was out, I became more comfortable and was able to view the beauty I was experiencing.

The most beautiful thing I found was only about two blocks from campus. Walking on Forbes, nestled right in between the broken down houses was a brand new, modern, coffee shop! Although I didn’t get a coffee at the time, I hope in the near future, with pictures to follow.

Am I suggesting you walk alone through the Hill District? No, of course not. However, I do suggest that you take advantage of the beautiful city of Pittsburgh and attempt to learn as much about it as possible, from the tiny coffee shops to the museums.

Happy exploring,



SNOW! by katzb
02.07.10, 1:43 pm
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I have lived in Pittsburgh all my life, and this weekends snowstorm was the most snow I’ve ever seen! It also just happened to be my birthday on Saturday, so I spent my 21st shoveling my way out of my parents driveway, and then into my driveway at home! Needless to say, I am sore today! One thing people seem to like about western PA is that we experience all four seasons to the fullest! This is a perfect example of extreme winter weather, but we also get hot summer days perfect for the pool, and a nice fall and spring as well.

My driveway after being shoveled. The snow was piled up about 4 feet!


Power Center: even nicer than I remembered it! by katzb
10.13.09, 9:37 pm
Filed under: Bloggers, BrittanyK, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , ,

When I first game to Duquesne, the only option for a gym was in the basement of the AJ Palumbo Center. I think I only saw a handful of girls there during the entire first semester of my freshman year, before the Power Center was built. There were limited machines, and you’d be lucky if you got one that wasn’t broken! Half of the treadmills worked, and there were no luxuries like televisions or music. I don’t remember there being elliptical machines, or even a complete set of free weights. Obviously the Power Center gym is a step up, but I before yesterday, I hadn’t remembered how nice it was!

powercenterI hadn’t been to the Power Center gym for a while before my visit yesterday afternoon. I love to run, and I will be doing my fourth marathon on Oct. 25, but when the weather gets cold, I almost exclusively run inside. If you’ve ever run on a treadmill for an extended period of time, you know it is not fun! Although running in place isn’t my favorite kind of running, I enjoy it better than freezing outside during the chilly winter months.

I ran inside yesterday because it was chilly, and I only had time for a short run. I opted to stick to the treadmill, and was pleasantly reminded of the luxury of the Power Center when I went to workout. The TVs are all working, and have every cable station! I watched MTV and CNN, which really helped the time pass. There were plenty of treadmills for the number of students there, and there were also people on the ellipticals, stationary bikes, step machines, and lifting weights. I also belong to a gym near my house and every time I visit the Power Center, I am reminded why I would rather go there than any other gym!

Not only are the facilities really top notch, but there are signs and posters everywhere advertising classes, competitions, intramural sports, and more. Who knew the Recreation Department offers a swimming class at Towers Pool? Or a competition to bike 300 miles (from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia) on the gym’s stationary bikes?

To learn about everything the Power Center and Recreation Department have planned, click here!

Even though its getting colder and you may feel like curling up in your bed and staying there until April, remember that the Power Center gym has tons of equipment, tv’s, contests, and more to keep everyone in shape. You’ll definitely see me there!


Adios, Summer. by katzb
09.30.09, 8:19 pm
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huge-snow-suitFall is really here. The cold weather this week has been so shocking that I’ve been dressing like its January. Today I am donning a hoodie, jacket, my morning hot tea, warm shoes, and an umbrella. I find the Starbucks right in the middle of campus much more difficult to resist when it’s cold out! Some people love Pittsburgh because we experience all four seasons here, but I’d be much happier if we only had two: spring and summer.

Although I clearly hate the cold, I do have a few favorite things on campus to do during those horribly chilly months. Like I mentioned before, the Starbucks is a lifesaver. I can barely go a day without a hot chocolate or warm drink. I also appreciate the warm food from the grill down at Offramp much more when it’s cold out. There’s nothing better than a warm sandwich during a cold day! I also utilize the Power Center gym and group fitness classes much more during the winter. My favorites are the Yoga and PiYo classes. (Here is the schedule)

As you’ve probably already noticed on a chilly day like today, fashion generally takes a backseat on cold days, especially when we get into the winter months! Because students have to walk outside between every single class, no one will look twice if you’re dressed in a warm Duquesne hoodie and furry boots.

Ok, so maybe it’s not winter just yet, but I am getting prepared.