Digging into Duquesne: Where Do I Go If…?

We at The Duke understand that getting accustomed to college life can be difficult. To accompany you on your journey, we’ve compiled a list of places you will need to become familiar with to survive at Duquesne. 

Where do I go if…

…I’m hungry?

Sean Hogan Dining Center: Duquesne’s main cafeteria, located on the second floor of Towers Living Learning Center, has everything your stomach desires. Stop by for an all-you-can-eat buffet of food items ranging from hot dogs and hamburgers to vegetarian items and salad. You can also make yourself a fresh deli sandwich and treat your palate to some sweets from the dessert bar. Say goodbye to hunger.

Options: Sick of not having options? Needless to say, look no further than Options. Located on the fifth floor of the Student Union, Options is your go-to spot for your choice of wraps (a campus favorite), deli sandwiches and grilled items. Grab yourself a chicken, steak or bean wrap and pay with meal equivalency, cash or FLEX. The options are endless.

The Off Ramp: Down the ramp in the bottom floor of the Union is this eatery, which offers a variety of food items. With a pizza parlor on one side and a grill/deli on the other, Off Ramp can fill your guilty cravings for chicken quesadillas and gyros. Like Options, food can be purchased with meal equivalency, cash or Flex.

Starbucks: If you are having trouble staying awake in class or during those pesky late-night study sessions in Gumberg library, keep your eyes open long enough to get to one of the two convenient Starbucks locations on campus. The main location, in the heart of campus on the Union’s second floor, accepts FLEX after 8 p.m. You can also get your white chocoolate mocha fix at the Starbucks cafe 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 during summer break, 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 (with a valid ID, of course.) The Red Ring accepts FLEX after 7 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends.

Freshens: Opening in October, Freshens is an innovative smoothie shop that will take over the old Jamba Juice location on Forbes Avenue. Treat your sweet tooth to a variety of healthy fruit smoothies and frozen yogurt, and if you’re hungry, grab one of Freshens’ many handcrafted crepes.

The Coffee Tree Roasters: New to Duquesne, The Coffee Tree Roasters 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? To grab something quickly, 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. Here you can purchase stamps, pick up mail or retrieve that special care package from Mom and Dad.

…I’m sick?

If you’re feeling a little under the weather, 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 is fill out an information form and wait a few minutes to see a nurse or doctor. If you don’t feel well enough to leave your bed, call x1650. Appointments for non-emergencies can also be made in advance.

…I’m stressed?

We at The Duke can sympathize. Call x6204 to make an appointment with the University Counseling Center. They will help you through any type of anxiety you’re having trouble with. Make sure to address your stress sooner rather than later.

…I need a tutor?

Don’t 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. That way, you’ll be happy and so will Mom and Dad. For help writing a paper, head to the Writing Center on the second floor of College Hall.

…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, a full track and 80,000 square feet just for cardio workouts and weightlifting.

…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. You can purchase a new ID card for $20.

…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. tsign up for a card and check out books for school or pleasure.