By Julian Routh | Editor-in-Chief
Where do I go if…
Sean Hogan Dining Center: On the second floor of Towers Living Leaning Center is Duquesne’s main cafeteria, which has everything your stomach desires in unlimited quantity. This buffet-style eatery has a grill area with burgers, hot dogs and fries, as well as a pizza bar. You can also make yourself a fresh deli sandwich, explore the vegetarian options or grab some pasta at the pasta bar. The menu – which changes daily – is at your fingertips for only one meal swipe.
Options: For a greater variety of freshly-prepared food, visit Options Food Court on the fifth floor of the Student Union. It is your go-to spot for your choice of wraps (a campus favorite), sushi, deli sandwiches and grilled items. Grab yourself a chicken, steak or bean wrap and take a seat by the window overlooking Academic Walk.
The Incline: The Incline – formerly known as the Off Ramp – is a newly-renovated eatery on the bottom floor of the Union. The Incline offers a variety of food items, including a pizza parlor and a grill/deli. One stop here can fill your guilty cravings for personal pizzas and hoagies. Like Options, food can be purchased with meal equivalency, cash or Flex.
Starbucks: Craving a seasonal Frappuccino or a salted caramel cake pop? Luckily, there are two Starbucks shops on campus. The main location – which accepts FLEX Monday through Friday after 2 p.m. and all weekend – sits in the heart of campus on the Union’s second floor. You can also get your iced coffee fix at the Starbucks café in the Barnes and Noble on Forbes Avenue, but bring cash because FLEX is not accepted.
The Red Ring: If you miss that sit-down restaurant feel that was all too familiar at home, stop by the Red Ring on Forbes Avenue. This bar and grill, covered wall to wall in Duquesne sports memorabilia, offers full meals, appetizers and drinks (for the 21 and over crowd, of course.)
Freshens: Freshens is an innovative smoothie shop on Forbes Avenue where you can treat your sweet tooth to a variety of healthy fruit smoothies and frozen yogurt. If you’re hungry, buy one of Freshens’ many handcrafted crepes with your FLEX dollars.
The Coffee Tree Roasters: This coffee shop can be found in the Law School and Rockwell Hall. Here you can hang out, grab a cappuccino and chow down on a freshly-baked pastry.
Campus Market: On the first floor of Towers sits this convenience store, which offers frozen foods, bottled beverages, snacks and more. It also offers small meals like salads, sandwiches, wraps and parfaits. In a rush? Head to the Campus Market Express on the sixth floor of Fisher Hall and take advantage of its express salads, kettle classic soups, snacks and beverages.
…I need to check my mail?
Duquesne’s mail center is located on the second floor of Towers. You can purchase stamps, pick up mail or retrieve that special care package from mom and dad. Remember to retrieve your mailbox combination from DORI.
If you’re fighting a cold, you can find help on the second floor of the Student Union. This is where Health Services is located, and all you have to do make an appointment by calling 412-396-1650, unless it’s an emergency. Walk-ins are seen at the first opening in the schedule.
We at The Duke can sympathize. Call x6204 to make an appointment with the University Counseling and Wellbeing Center. The center offers free confidential psychotherapy to all students, and houses an interfaith meditation room. Crisis support is available 24/7 by calling x2677 (COPS).
…I need a tutor?
Never be ashamed if you need some extra help. Just call the Learning Skills Center at x6661. You can set up a meeting with a tutor who will be happy to assist you in your studies. For help writing a paper, head to the Writing Center on the second floor of College Hall, but make an appointment on DORI first.
…I want to work out?
Grab your Duquesne ID and protein shake and check in to the Power Center, right across from the Skylar Skywalk. Opened in 2008, the Power Center houses two full basketball courts, racquetball courts, a full track and exercise rooms just for cardio workouts and weightlifting. You can also go for a jog on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, which extends around the city.
…I lost my ID?
It won’t be easy to survive for very long without your ID card. Rather than looking for alternate ways to pay for meals and get into your dorm (there aren’t many,) go to the DU Card Center on the Student Union’s second floor. Sometimes, they’ll have your ID in their lost and found. If you aren’t that lucky, you can purchase a new one for $25.
…I want to fight a ticket?
Perhaps the most annoying part of Duquesne life is finding one of those little yellow envelopes on your windshield. If this happens to you, there are a few options. One is to head to the Parking and Traffic Management Office, where you can contest the ticket or plead guilty and accept the fine. Otherwise, if you’re ready to swallow your pride, you can pay your fine online at www.duq.edu under the “Parking” tab.
…I need a book?
The Gumberg Library’s extensive catalog most likely has what you’re looking for. If it doesn’t, you can search for it in other libraries through the EZ-Borrow and ILLiad systems. Gumberg also offers online periodicals like ProQuest and EBSCOhost. If, by chance, you still can’t find what you need, visit one of the 20 different Carnegie Library branches, including ones in Oakland, Downtown and the South Side.