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Christmas comes early in storefronts

Sean Ray | Student Columnist

In the Halloween mood, I headed out a few weeks ago to buy some candy corn. However, what I found was much more horrifying than any ghoul or monster: candy canes on sale a full two months before Christmas.

It seems like Christmas comes earlier and earlier...Read More »


Rock the vote: students need to participate

Corey Fischer | Student Columnist

This coming Tuesday, people across the country will head to the polls to vote. This election cycle, governors in 38 states, senators in 33 states, and members of the House of Representatives from all 50 are up for grabs. As the election itself gets closer and...Read More »


Staff editorial: Duquesne's haunts are more real than you think

Duke Staff

If you’re like us, midterms and student loans are a lot scarier than any ghost stories.

A transitory time in your life, college is a temporal place where one experiences growth, learning and constant change. In this time of transition, The Duke wishes you a spooky and safe Halloween; however...Read More »


Yik Yak provides anonymity

Addison Smith | Opinions Editors

There’s something about being completely and utterly anonymous that excites people. No one can connect an odd or vulgar statement to you, which is why it seems Yik Yak has risen to the top of the app store and is on everyone’s cellphone.

For those of you...Read More »


New healthcare plans include fertility procedures

Jill Power | Student Columnist

Last week saw news of Apple and Facebook offering to cover the cost of “egg-freezing” under its employee healthcare. Ladies, take note: some corporations are willing to cover a costly fertility procedure so that you can have meter control over your body. Your move, Hobby Lobby.

Essentially,...Read More »


Cuba needs aid, even 50 years later

Saúl Berríos-Thomas | Layout Editor

More than 50 years later the U.S. embargo against Cuba is still in place and Cuba hasn’t changed at all.

The embargo began on Oct. 19, 1960. Contrary to popular belief the embargo was not put in place to stop communist regimes. It was in reaction to...Read More »


Kim Jong Un returns to public eye after a month

Sean Ray | Student Columnist

From Sept. 9 to Oct. 14, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un disappeared off of the face of the earth, leaving many asking questions of what happened.

Was it a coup? Was he sick, as North Korean officials had said? Was it a terminal illness? Was...Read More »


Staff editorial: Homosexuals have "gifts" to offer church

Duke Staff

Last Monday, a report from the Vatican shook founding church principles to the core regarding family practices. Touching on marriage, divorce, contraception and cohabitation, the report was a summary on discussions held between 200 bishops, cardinals and priests, including Pope Francis, officially called the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on...Read More »


Fast food campaign backfires

Addison Smith | Opinions Editor

We all have that fast food restaurant that we frequent when we just aren’t feeling 100 percent, or just truly want to eat because hey, we want it. For some, that place of choice may be McDonald’s and for some of those people, they may not...Read More »


It’s official: writing well is important

Kayla Casavant | Student Columnist

Recently, Grammarly released a study regarding the importance of good writing skills in the work place. They concluded that those who demonstrate strong writing skills and control of English grammar, regardless of profession, are paid more than those who do not. This observation makes a lot...Read More »


The Fault in our Movies: Hollywood and books glamorize cancer

Bryanna McDermott | Student Columnist

To quote the popular book by John Green, The Fault in Our Stars, “Cancer books suck.”

Not just books though, also movies and television shows. Why? They are unrealistic and do those battling cancer a disservice. Hollywood likes to portray not only cancer, but all other terminal...Read More »


Staff editorial: Ebola infects Americans' bodies and minds

Duke Staff

Running late to an afternoon class, one of our staff members overheard a few students discussing Halloween costumes ideas on A-Walk. “I’m going as Ebola!” a girl proclaimed, detailing how she would do her make-up in a sickly fashion. Her friends agreed that it would be clever enough for...Read More »


Writing on a train, Duquesne style

Addison Smith | Opinions Editor

Every writer has his ideal writing location. Agatha Christie preferred to write in the bathtub while eating apples. Maya Angelou preferred to write in solitude in a hotel room. Benjamin Franklin preferred to write in a hotel room while traipsing around naked.

Needless to say, writers are...Read More »


Welcome to your life: Life advice from someone who has been there

Zach Brendza | Features Editor

Things fall through, fairly often in the newspaper world actually. In fact this article never would have been printed if the previous one assigned didn’t fall through. I’ve been thinking a lot about how things are now and how they used to be inregards to my...Read More »


Great Race leads to learning for Duquesne student

Courtesy of Great Race

Sean Ray | Opinions Editor

Wake up at 6 a.m. on a weekend, tired beyond belief. Eat my breakfast of two handfuls of trail mix to silence my stomach. Walk a few blocks downtown to take the early shuttle ride up to...Read More »


Staff editorial: Drug abuse leads to more addiction

Duke Staff

This isn’t a D.A.R.E campaign. We weren’t sponsored by the University to write this either. These 417 words were arranged deliberately as a wake-up call to the girl in the back of the room who’s been stealing her brother’s medication. To the casual Breaking Bad fan who thinks that...Read More »


Boys chase girls who act like boys

Addison Smith | Opinions Editor

While driving back from Washington, D.C. this weekend I plugged in my iPod and instead of blasting music, decided to listen to podcasts. I listened to topics ranging from Chris Hardwick and Ed Helms discussing bluegrass music to past episodes of Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me...Read More »


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Cartoon by Katie Borzelleca

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Childhood pain leads to growth

Saúl Berríos-Thomas | Layout Editor
I went to a different school for my second year of high school. I was new, but everyone else knew each other.

I dreaded lunch period. I had no one to sit with for weeks. I even went as far as to skip the period altogether...Read More »


Domestic violence and rape lack depth in discussion

Sam Leon | Student Columnist

Victim blaming has always been a controversial point of violent and sexual assault discussions, but recently the matter has been getting a lot of attention due to celebrity offenders like Ray Rice. His case made headlines not only because of the shocking video of his attack...Read More »


Staff editorial: Air strikes are first steps in protecting our security

Duke Staff

On Sept. 20, 2001, just nine days after the attacks on 9/11, former President George W. Bush told Congress that the United States would wage a “war on terror” against militant Islamic group al-Qaida.

Here we are in a similar spot 13 years later, but something is different. This time,...Read More »


Brewing thoughts: Openness in our lifetime

Addison Smith | Opinions Editor

Last week, a woman sitting across from me on the bus with a messy bun and yoga pants hissed loudly through her phone to a hypothetical boyfriend. Now, I understand that people talk loudly on their cell phones at times, so this obviously wasn’t new to...Read More »


“Meatless Mondays” taking over schools

Jill Power | Student Columnist

“Meatless Monday” involves taking just one day out of your week to enjoy a meat-free diet. The remaining six days can be as bacon-wrapped and steak-filled as your heart desires.

The movement has even reached school lunches, with some schools opting to serve vegetarian dishes only once...Read More »


Female Thor isn’t a positive for Marvel

Sean Ray | Student Columnist

On July 15 Marvel Comics announced that Thor, one of their biggest characters, would be losing his superpowers, which would be given to an unknown female character.

“Thor is the latest in the ever-growing and long list of female-centric titles that continues to invite new readers into...Read More »


Brewing Thoughts: The new dating normal

Addison Smith | Opinions Editor

When I was on a date a couple weeks ago, the boy said something along the lines of, “I want you to be comfortable and I want to take this at your speed.” Instantly, I felt a wave of relief. “He’s a good one,” I thought...Read More »


ISIS leads to questions about safety in America

AP Photo

By Pat Higgins | Sports Editor

Thirteen years later, are we safer?

According to a national survey conducted by the Pew Research Center and USA Today last month, 65 percent of adults say the world is more dangerous now than it was several years ago, while...Read More »


Fixation on fall grows

Cartoon By Katie Borzelleca | The Duquesne Duke

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Addressing and preventing obesity

By Carley Thieret | Opinions Editor

When I was in elementary school, it was always a great day when it was somebody’s birthday. Not because I cared how old they were turning, but more for the delicious treats they brought to share with the entire class. Students in elementary school today, however,...Read More »


Penn State penalties lifted

By The Duke Staff

The actions of assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, head coach Joe Paterno, president Graham Spainer and athletic director Tim Curley have received responses of disapproval, disgust and distrust from the public. However, the four-year bowl ban on Penn State’s football team has garnered mixed reactions from students,...Read More »


Fear of commitment a common theme in our generation

By Sam Leon | The Duquesne Duke

Commitment to me is like walking a plank. I’m blinded by a thin piece of fabric so I can slightly see my surroundings, but not enough to prepare for the plunge. There’s an invisible figure behind me, pushing me toward a vague edge.

I feel pressure from...Read More »


Leaked photos cause privacy controversy

By| The Duke Staff

In light of the massive uploading and sharing of numerous private celebrities photos, choice words have been used to describe the event that perhaps reveal even more about our society and it’s relationship with Hollywood.

What’s the difference between a ‘scandal’ and a ‘sex crime?’ ‘Public’ and ‘publicity?’...Read More »


Celebrating our laborers

Cartoon by Katie Borzelleca

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Ordering innovation develops pizza industry

By|Kristen Kuron

Pizza. It doesn’t matter if you’re a bright-eyed freshmen or a senior preparing for the “real world,” chances are you’ve had a slice at some point in your college career. Friends will come and go, midterms will be aced and failed but pizza was there for you through thick...Read More »


Retailer showcases ignorance towards history

By|Carrie Garrison

Zara, a leading retailer on the high street, reflected today’s generation of ignorant Millennials on Wednesday, Aug. 27, when it unveiled, and quickly revoked, its children’s pajama shirt that closely resembled a Nazi Holocaust uniform.

The pajama shirt, entitled the “Sheriff” shirt, was white with blue horizontal stripes and a...Read More »


Spreading awareness for suicide saves

By Carley Thieret| Opinions Editor

Judgements. We all have them. We judge others for the way they dress, the way they speak and the way they act. Our society puts so much focus on what is on the surface that often times we forget what is underneath. Unless we really know...Read More »


Extracurricular involvement vital to success

By Joey Sykes|Student Columnist

The phrase “get involved” has probably been thrown your way by parents and relatives before you headed off to college, however long ago that may be. It’s starting to become somewhat of a cliché now, but heeding those words can have a tremendous impact on someone’s future.Before...Read More »


Ad campaign aimed to spook smokers

By Sam Leon|Student Columnist

We’re being scared smokeless. In the past two years, the CDC, or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, has taken a strong approach to anti-smoking advertising. It has released several installments of its personal, engaging campaign named “Tips From Former Smokers.” The commercials feature real people—often...Read More »


Challenge changes mind

By Carley Thieret|Opinions Editor

The ALS ice bucket challenge. You’ve all seen friends, family and even celebrities dump water onto their heads and challenge others to join in or opt out by donating to the unknown acronym, ALS. But what are these people doing and why are they really pouring gallons...Read More »


Guide to syllabus week

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First Year Expectations

By: Duke Staff

Pop Quiz: Are you wearing your lanyard as you read this? Have you “shaken your booty” in the last hour? Are you still going to Incline through the main entrance of the Union?

If you’ve answered yes to any of those questions then congratulations, you’re a...Read More »


A Warm Welcome to Duq

By: Carley Thieret  |  Opinions Editor

When I first heard the theme of this year’s freshmen orientation, I thought to myself, “This perfectly describes the four, five or six years you are about to experience at Duquesne.” “Rise, You Are Limitless” defines the experiences that you will encounter throughout...Read More »


Whatever comes to mind: Living life on-screen

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

I’m a little delusional. In fact, I can be downright strange at times. I live my life like it is a television series. This is not a joke. I know what season I’m in and how many episodes are in each season. I know the...Read More »


Staff Editorial: Protecting the planet beyond Earth Day

By Duke Staff

April 22 was Earth Day, an annual event celebrated around the globe that places an emphasis on the protection of our great planet. Since the ‘70s, it’s been commonplace for individuals to plant trees, recycle and clean up litter on the special day. But just because Earth Day...Read More »


Finals week causes stress

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Staff Editorial: Heroic actions unite people during tragedies

By Duke Staff

On April 16, 2007, a gunman shot through the halls of Virginia Tech, killing 33 and injuring 23.

On April 15 a year ago, a bomb detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing five and injuring 260.

On April 9 at Franklin Regional High School, 22 people...Read More »


Whatever comes to mind: Museums keep artifacts from Zuni tribe

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

I love visual art. I love all of the different mediums. I love flipping through Francesca Woodman’s black and white photography books and admiring her eccentric style. I love visiting museums and viewing sculptures of Rodin and Michelangelo from every angle. I love looking at...Read More »


Technology assists children with autism

By Carley Thieret | Asst. Opinions Editor

It is no secret that many people can’t go a day without technology. Recently, technology has been guiding education in a new direction by assisting students with autism and other disabilities with learning and development. It is inevitable that technology shapes the world around...Read More »


Letterman leaves The Late Show, Colbert to take over

By Jillian Power | Student Columnist

For those of you who don’t own a computer with a working Internet connection (I’m looking at you, DUQnet), Stephen Colbert is replacing David Letterman as the host of The Late Show once Letterman’s contract expires in 2015.

If your first reaction to the news was,...Read More »


The Duquesne Duke wishes you a Happy Easter and Passover

By Katie Borzellica

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No problems for restaurants with no-tip policies

By Carley Thieret | Asst. Opinions Editor

There’s always that moment when you finish your meal at a restaurant and glance at your dining partner with the same unspoken question:

“How much of a tip should we leave our server?”

I hear the question uttered aloud multiple times per shift while working at...Read More »


Nerds currently trending

By Addison Smith | Sports Editor

I’m not going to lie to you. I’m a little bit nerdy (and by a little bit, I mean a lot). It’s just one of my quirks, and I’ve been that way since my middle school days. There’s always been a nerdy Addison, and most days she...Read More »


Whatever comes to mind: Social media rears its ugly head

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

I love social media. I really do. It takes up a large portion of my life, and I am not going to complain. I can follow celebrities like actress, Anna Kendrick and The New York Times at the same time on Twitter, getting laughs and...Read More »


Staff Editorial: U.S.'s revolutionary twitter shut down

By Duke Staff

Can a Twitter account start a revolution? Probably not your Twitter, but the U.S. government may have achieved this in Cuba.

Launched in 2010, the U.S. Agency for International Development overtly created a network similar to Twitter called ZunZuneo. The program, now dissolved, operated through the country’s text messaging...Read More »


Hair won't withstand the weather

By Katie Borzellica

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Foreign newspaper publishes racist comic

By Sean Ray | Student Columnist

We all have taken a crack at a celebrity or political figure at some point in our lives. Admit it. It’s easy to mock someone we don’t know who has his or her life broadcasted into our homes or on our newsfeeds. But it’s...Read More »


Man restricted from donating organs

By Carley Thieret | Asst. Opinions Editor

Rohn Neugebauer was an active member of the North Hills community in greater Pittsburgh. The co-owner of the popular hair salon Studio Raw worked endlessly to give back to the community. Neugebauer was named one of Pittsburgh’s 50 finest in 2012 by local publication...Read More »


Staff Editorial: Victim earns money, police pay small price

By Duke Staff

Four years after this young man was wrongfully arrested and beaten by three Pittsburgh police officers, justice has finally been served in the judicial system. The question remains, however, for Jordan Miles, now 22:
Is the ruling fulfilling?

In January 2010, Miles was walking in Homewood at night when...Read More »


Whatever comes to mind: E-cigarettes cause tragedies

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

Smoking is bad; we all know this. Not only is it a disgusting habit that becomes addicting and quickens the aging process, but it also has stolen many lives. According to the American Cancer Society, one in five deaths in the United States is a...Read More »


Series finales ruin lives

By Katie Borzelleca

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Dorothy Parker would have loved selfies

By Kate Dillon | Student Columnist

Several days ago, I happened to come across an opinion piece in The New York Times titled “What Would Plato Tweet?” As I expected, what followed was a wearied screed against the triviality of social media. The author, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, proudly discussed her lack...Read More »


Lent involves more than abstaining

By Carley Thieret | Asst. Opinions Editor

You don’t have to be Catholic to know that Lent is a very important time of year for the Church. Throughout the season of Lent we hear of people giving up chocolate, television and alcohol. Restaurants and fire halls are filled on Friday nights...Read More »


Staff Editorial: Heated debate caused by police residency

By Duke Staff

When City of Pittsburgh police officers are hired to join on with the force, a part of this contract includes residency, or living within the city limits of Pittsburgh. The current officers have been trying for years to win the right to live outside of the city and...Read More »


Whatever comes to mind: Who even wants to order an Oprah chai tea?

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

Our world is an industry. Many of us go to the campus Starbucks at least three times a week, whether we get a tall black coffee, a 25 cent water or an Americano if we’ve recently seen a James Bond flick. We eat at chain...Read More »


Mother Nature denies Pittsburgh spring weather

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People search for answers for Newtown Massacre

By Katie Auwaerter | Asst. Features Editor

Peter Lanza, father of Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza, spoke about his son to the media for the first time in the March 17 issue of New Yorker magazine.

Many are still trying to make sense of the Dec. 14, 2012 massacre, where 20-year-old Adam...Read More »


Education in the hands of parents

By Saúl Berríos-Thomas | Layout Editor

Every parent wants to believe that when they send little Timmy off to school he will learn everything he needs to know before he is whisked away on a magical train to Hogwarts. The fact is however, that not all schools are created equal.

I went to...Read More »


Staff Editorial: Facing bullying head on

By Duke Staff

In a small school in North Carolina, a 9-year-old boy was told rather than to express himself and his interests, to instead “leave them at home” because they acted as a “trigger” for bullies.

Grayson Bruce of Chandler Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C. was being bullied at school for...Read More »


Whatever comes to mind: Women in literature have more traits than strong

Whatever Comes To Mind

Many times on the Internet I have stumbled across posts about women in literature and film. The post that has manifested itself in many different ways has consisted of a multitude of images of women from many literary works. Beneath the images is a long unnamed quote that is advice...Read More »


Women celebrated in March

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Putin compared to Hitler

By Jim Lorditch | Student Columnist

Speaking at an event for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach, Calif. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton compared the Russian troop deployment in Crimea to Hitler’s aggressive Nazi foreign policy. She drew parallels between Hitler’s logic of “protecting” ethnic Germans in foreign countries...Read More »


People believe what they want to believe

By Jillian Power | Student Columnist

Despite a surge in ironic and satirical humor in pop culture, more and more people seem to be hapless in identifying a satirical news article. Don’t believe me? Check your news feeds.

If you’ve been on Facebook or Twitter lately, you can probably relate to my...Read More »


Staff Editorial: President talks politics with Zach Galifianakis

By Duke Staff

Viral. A word more commonly associated with a small, infectious agent in the medical field has claimed a new meaning in the age of the Internet. To “go viral” in cyber space is nothing like the flu; instead, it refers to the mass traffic or attention to a...Read More »


Whatever comes to mind: The CW releases explicit scene online

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

Censorship has been an incredible issue since before I was even a thought. Every year, a multitude of events happen that seem to push the envelope. I remember Madonna kissed Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears on stage at the 2003 VMAs. It was so controversial...Read More »


St. Patrick's Day causes crisis

By Katie Borzellica

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Gap leads the way by raising minimum wage

By Carley Thieret | Asst. Opinions Editor

Anyone who knows me well can attest that I am extremely cheap. I am frugal. I am a penny pincher. Hey, what can I say? I am a financially struggling college student, and I try to stretch the little bit of money I make...Read More »


Greek Life overcomes bad reputation

By Sam Fatula | Asst. A&E Editor

Friendship, character, justice and education.

These are the principles by which I live as a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity.  They are spoken before every weekly chapter meeting to establish our beliefs and foundation as a brotherhood.

In the Greek Life community, many other...Read More »


Staff Editorial: Former police Chief receives harsh sentence

By Duke Staff

Pittsburgh citizens are rightly upset that former police Chief Nate Harper stole $32,000 of public money and spent it lavishly on himself. He spent the embezzled cash on everything from fine dining to a home oven. A federal judge sentenced him to 18 months in prison for his...Read More »


Whatever comes to mind: Online admiration escalates

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

I’m a stalker. Not an outright criminal, but then again I guess it is up to you. When I was a junior in high school eons ago, my older friend sent me a few modelling pictures of one of his peers at college. She was...Read More »


Midterms cause stress beyond belief

By Katie Borzellica

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Zoo animals receive less than desirable treatment

By Sam Leon | Student Columnist

A particular giraffe named Marius has been making headlines and stirring up some controversy in the world of zoos and animal rights. The baby giraffe in question was slaughtered in the Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark because he was extraneous. I have always been a lover...Read More »


University football players seek to unionize

By Saúl Berríos-Thomas | Layout Editor

The NFL and NCAA are fighting hard to protect their free minor league system. This system, formally known as college athletics, is being challenged by a group of football players from Northwestern University.

The players are going against their university in a National Labor Relations Board...Read More »


Staff Editorial: Fans choose Olympic favorites based on media outlets

By Duke Staff

As the 2014 Olympic Winter games continues to captivate the world, the way in which we root for our favorite teams or athletes has changed due to media outlets’ take on the momentous events.

It’s always been an American tradition for fans to cheer for our own, and it...Read More »


Whatever comes to mind: Men's wear transforms before our eyes

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

In the past century, the fashion industry has underwent a variety of transformations, from silhouettes and patterns to accessories and hairstyles. Women have plenty of options: 1950s gowns with flared out skirts, 1960s black slimming dresses designed for Audrey Hepburn, 1970s bell bottoms or scrunchies...Read More »


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Scandal befalls Spanish monarchy

Princess Cristina

By Carley Thieret | Asst. Opinions Editor

Growing up, most little girls want to be princesses. They want the sparkling pink dress, the dazzling high-heeled shoes and of course the title of supreme royalty.  About 15 years have passed since my days of prancing around my house in elaborate costumes, but...Read More »


Flappy Bird comes to a screeching halt

Opinions - Flappy (aw)

By Addison Smith | Sports Editor

Three points. That is my high score on Flappy Bird, the worst and most addicting game from the app store. Well, previously from the app store as the game was deleted Sunday night for it being too “addicting.”

According to an article titled “Flappy Bird creator breaks silence,...Read More »


Staff Editorial: Courageous move made by football player

By Duke Staff

One hundred-fifty years ago, our nation enslaved a population of people because of the color of their skin. Seventy years ago, African-Americans were banned from Major League Baseball. Today, Americans look back and say, “What were we thinking?”

On Feb. 9, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, a prospect in...Read More »


Whatever comes to mind: Google Glass inspires fear with new app

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

Google has really taken over the universe. Remember the dark ages of Ask Jeeves and Bing (I don’t think I ever used that last search engine?) It seems that every time I don’t know something, my first thought is to “Google” it. Google has successfully...Read More »


Valentine's Day lacks love

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Prisoners question jail time due to new drug laws

By Sam Leon | Student Columnist

So far in the past year, we have seen two states in the country prevail in their much pressed-for efforts in the reform of marijuana law. Colorado may be the biggest success story so far for marijuana legalization supporters—where a person can legally purchase the...Read More »


Whistleblower in the running for Nobel Peace Prize

By Pat Higgins | Asst. Sports Editor

Does Edward Snowden deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?

Norwegian parliamentarians Snorre Valen and Baard Begar Solhjell think so. The two nominated Snowden for his disclosure about National Security Agency spying, according to a report from Bloomberg on Jan. 29.

In a letter, Valen and Solhjell wrote,...Read More »


Piano man brings peace to Ukraine

By Carrie Garrison | Student Columnist

In 1969 Yoko Ono and John Lennon spent their honeymoon in bed to engage in peaceful protest against war and promotion of world peace. After crawling into their hotel bed in Amsterdam, the couple contacted different media outlets. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. the...Read More »


Seahawks slam the Broncos in the Superbowl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whatever comes to mind: Dog remembered as hero

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

This past Thursday, we lost a beloved police officer. He was strong and incredibly heroic. He risked his life trying to stop a criminal and, unfortunately, did not make it. He passed on the evening of Jan. 30. Many people were pulling for his recovery...Read More »


Staff Editorial: Negative reactions caused by celebrity drug overdoses

By Duke Staff

It is always a somber moment when we discover someone has died, despite the relation or lack thereof. However, would one be mourned or remembered in the same way if a needle and 70 bags of heroin were involved?

As details of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final hours emerged, the...Read More »


Whatever comes to mind: The uncertainty of turning 22

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

I was having a great day. I was  catching up on a few readings for class when a friend of mine asked an awful question. “Your 22nd birthday is coming up. What are we doing?”

I completely forgot that I was turning 22. I felt like...Read More »


Staff Editorial: State of the Union address missed important points

By Duke Staff

As President Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union last Tuesday, members of the audience applauded nearly after every topic. While it seemed like a successful evening, a closer inspection of Obama’s words left us at The Duke less than willing to give a standing ovation.

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Social media websites experience a drop

By Addison Smith | Sports Editor

While we all still continue to use it, social media is not as appealing as it was before. Vine was no longer cool after Instagram began to include a video feature. Facebook has become the mom spot (my mom posting photos of her hotel room in Boston...Read More »


Holocaust monument causes controversy in Hungary

By Carley Thieret | Student Columnist

When deciding which level English class I wanted to take my sophomore year of high school, I knew that I wanted to be overachieve and take the honors level course. I had no idea what I was getting myself into accepting that kind of workload.

Every...Read More »


Let the bus driver take the wheel

By Taylor Stessney | Student Columnist

I come from a small city in central Pennsylvania where it’s difficult to get around unless you have a car. When I first started school at Duquesne, even having the ability to walk from campus to South Side or to take a bus to Squirrel...Read More »


Four winter stages give jitters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Social equality movement brought about by "Free the Nipple"

 

By Aaron Warnick | Photo Editor

When I think about powerful female role-models, Miley Cyrus is not the first woman that comes to mind.

With a few tweets in support of the unreleased film Free the Nipple, the Hannah Montana-gone-Jekyll and Hyde actress has acted as a defibrillator to the Topfreedom movement....Read More »


Staff Editorial: Winter wonderland is less than wonderful

By Duke Staff

As snow drifts across the Bluff, and students wear gloves or mittens while clasping hot beverages for warmth, they carry the same conversations across campus:

“It’s cold!”

Yes, it is. But what’s easy to forget is that in retrospect, this year’s students of Duquesne have it easier in the winter...Read More »


Whatever comes to mind: Boys deserve harsher punishments for rape

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

A year ago, I had a friend who dealt with issues involving sexual assault of a friend. After discovering this information, I had a discussion with a mutual friend about the incident. My first response was to retort, “That sort of thing never happens.” He...Read More »


Three day weekends don't breed much hope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Students only look good on the first day

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Bird flu over the Cuckoo's Nest

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By Carley Thieret | Student Columnist

The airport during the holiday season is known for its insane commotion, and around each major holiday, travelers fear the worst when they book a flight. The majority of travelers’ angst comes from concerns such as missing their flight, delays, weather or perhaps uncomfortable seating...Read More »


iPhone still going strong after seven years

By Sam Leon | Student Columnist

Last week, Apple’s iPhone had its seventh birthday, the date marks Steve Jobs’ unveiling of the technology on Jan. 9, 2007. With somewhat modest hopes of a one percent market share of the world’s cellphone market in the beginning, the iPhone now dominates an...Read More »


Whatever comes to mind: Polygamy perceived in a new way

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

With marriage equality becoming one of the most heated topics in our nation and world, it is no surprise that other forms of marriage are coming into question.

The progressive movement toward marriage equality, which has caused 17 states to legalize gay marriage, has created a...Read More »


Staff Editorial: Open Data Legislation brings the public information

By Duke Staff

Five years ago, the state of Pennsylvania implemented the Right to Know Law, which allowed anyone from the state to access public records ranging from criminal reports to pothole locations, building permits and paving schedules.

The downfall of the act, however, lies in the tedious process of accessing the...Read More »


Weather colder than has-beens

By Michael Flewelling

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Whatever comes to mind: Weight loss apps able to cause problems

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

It’s finally 2014. With the New Year upon us, the mantra “New Year, New Me,” can once again be heard chanted around campus. Resolutions are a strong form of creating achievable goals, but with all likelihood won’t last into February. One of the most popular...Read More »


Staff Editorial: Marijuana legalization causes controversy

By Duke Staff

On New Year’s Eve, many Americans had their eyes fixed on Times Square to see the ball drop in New York. As 2013 slipped into 2014, the country shifted its focus west to Colorado, but for reasons of speculation instead of celebration.

On Jan. 1, 37 dispensers legally opened...Read More »


Staff Editorial: Pope brings change to the Church

By Duke Staff

Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio,  Pope Francis was elected as the Pope to the Catholic Church nearly seven months ago. In his time as head of the Vatican, Pope Francis has been proclaimed by many as “The People’s Pope” due to his radical changes that go against traditional standings....Read More »


Whatever comes to mind: Black Friday loses charm

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

The holiday season was one of my favorite seasons as a child. I loved eating Thanksgiving dinner with my extended family. I adored celebrating Christmas with my sister and parents. Opening the gifts underneath the tree was the glorious moment I waited for every single...Read More »


Letter to the Editor: 11/22/2013

Editor:

In the past several years, as shale production has grown across Pennsylvania, we have also seen the benefits of developing this clean-burning, tightly-regulated resource grow.

Pennsylvania produces nearly 10 percent of the nation’s natural gas, and the industry supports nearly 230,000 jobs statewide. Across our region and around the country, we...Read More »


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Smoking age changes in New York

By Addie Smith | Sports Editor

The state of New York has always been on the cusp of breakthroughs. They were one of the first states to legalize same-sex marriage and New York City imposed a tax on sodas to discourage people from buying them. Now, one of the nation’s most innovative cities...Read More »


Staff Editorial: Oxford Dictionary chooses word of the year

By Duke Staff

Every year, Oxford Dictionaries chooses one word that “demonstrate[s] some kind of prominence” in the English language both for the UK and U.S. according to their site. Past winners in America have been GIF (2012) unfriend (2009) and podcast (2005) while credit crunch (2008) and Sudoku (2005) have...Read More »


Whatever comes to mind: The positives to having a small Thanksgiving

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

Thanksgiving is always a riot at my grandparent’s house. My grandmother Florence, is the sweetest woman to grace the planet. And yet, without a doubt she will bring up morbid topics like the death penalty over mashed potatoes. My grandfather Andrew, will sit there in...Read More »


New clothing designed to prevent rape

By Katie Auwaerter | Student Columnist

When a child goes out to ride a bike, he wears his helmet. When a fireman goes to fight a fire, he wears flame-resistant clothing. When entering dangerous situations, we take protective measures in order to prevent any possible negative outcomes.

Following this line of thought,...Read More »


Health care roll out fails to meet expectations

By Jim Lorditch | Student Columnist

The socialization of medicine has long tickled the American mind.  According to Jill Lepore of The New Yorker, some politicians have entertained the notion, in one form or another, since the dawn of the twentieth century. Proponents of socialized health insurance looked to Germany as...Read More »


Letter to the editor: Nov. 21, 2013

Dear Editor,

In acknowledgement of Campus Equity Week, which took place from Oct. 28 – Nov. 2, the members of the English Graduate Organization would like to show our support for our colleagues in the Adjunct Faculty Association. Recent events, which have sparked a national conversation about adjunct labor on university...Read More »


Thanksgiving lasts a lifetime

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Candy ignites insanity

By Michael Flewelling

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Election experience offers a unique perspective

By Julian Routh, Zach Brendza, Pat Higgins & Aaron Warnick | The Duquesne Duke

The mayoral election took place on Nov. 5. Not only was it a huge deal for the entire city, but members of The Duke got the chance to meet the candidates. Four staff members from The...Read More »


Sephora loses respect for using the "R" word

By Carley Thieret | Student Columnist

In today’s society, which is full of advocation, reform and advancement towards equality, using language in a politically correct manner has become more important than ever before.

I cannot even begin to explain how many times I have been sitting in the Union and have heard...Read More »


Staff Editorial: South Side unsafe for society

By Duke Staff

According to Pittsburgh police, the South Side is on its way to becoming a safer neighborhood. But does the word safer lend the same meaning as safe?

Lt. Larry Scirotto recently spoke to The Duke and reported that since last year, an estimated 30 percent drop in crimes like...Read More »


Whatever comes to mind: Magic lost for American Girl dolls

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

I remember when my sister got her first American Girl Doll. I was probably 5- or 6-years-old. All week, she would run to the window when she heard tires hit the gravel in front of our lovely childhood home. I remember she ran to the...Read More »


Staff Editorial: Peduto receives a letter from students

By Duke Staff

Dear Bill,

We, at The Duke, would first like to congratulate you on your victory and equally express gratitude toward all those who voted in this year’s election. It is with this letter we hope for you to consider the values and issues we care about as concerned citizens...Read More »


Whatever comes to mind: Robin Thicke runs in with the law

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

There is nothing that I want more than to forget Robin Thicke’s song “Blurred Lines.” The song is incredibly sexist and misogynistic. The music video makes women into sex objects in scantily lingerie and exuding nothing but sexual appeal. Nothing made me happier than hearing...Read More »


Netflix wins hearts of viewers

By Aaron Warnick | Photo Editor

In the days before I incessantly checked Twitter on my iPhone or randomly checked in on friends on Facebook every five minutes, if I was bored, I’d go to the couch, turn on the TV and start flicking through channels. If I didn’t find something...Read More »


New cell phone breaks the mold

By Addie Smith | Sports Editor

I’m gradually becoming anti-iPhone. Well, let me rephrase this: I am gradually becoming anti-my-iPhone. After two years and a fair share of bumps, bruises and software updates, it’s no longer at peak performance.

Honestly, all it needs is a new screen and a better processor, but you can’t...Read More »


Winter no longer a wonderland

By Michael Flewelling

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Halloween Movies With George

 

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Boston Marathon bomber suspect pins brother for crimes

By Jim Lorditch | Student Columnist

For many people the Boston Marathon bombings may be a far removed event that is rarely if ever thought of as recent news cycles have all but focused on the federal government’s shutdown, healthcare and budget issues. But for the victims and the city, it...Read More »


Moroccan teens imprisoned for kissing

By Katie Auwaerter | Student Columnist

As taught by our mothers during our youth, a kiss can fix any problem. But sometimes, a kiss can spark an international debate.

Three teens from Nador, Morocco have learned this lesson as they await their trial in court that could result in a two-year prison...Read More »


Hair loss will not be an issue in the future

By Carley Thieret | Student Columnist

When you walk into any bathroom in a college dorm on a Friday or Saturday night, there are certain beauty items that are guaranteed to be present on the counter. The combination of shampoos, conditioners, straighteners and hairdryers make up the majority of college females’...Read More »


Staff Editorial: Drones destroy more than targets

By Duke Staff

As the War on Terror continues in Pakistan, lives are being both lost and saved thanks to modern technology. The evolution of weapons is one of the key components of this development and has been argued for centuries whether this decision is morally just or not. Explosives, artillery,...Read More »


Whatever comes to mind: Witchcraft works its magic on society

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

Every industry has trends. Some industries deal with music, film, television and fashion. Recently, these industries have been taking on fantasy concepts which are foreign to the human experience.

However, the ever-so-popular supernatural genre seems to have honed in on one specific and magical concept: Witchcraft.

Witches...Read More »


People react differently to Halloween

By Michael Flewelling

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Underdeveloped countries struggle with breast cancer

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By Allison Keene | Student Columnist

For the month of October, pink is the common color seen representing breast cancer awareness.

In solidarity with men and women suffering from breast cancer, organizations across the country sponsor fundraising events, professional sports teams sell pink merchandise and millions of people proudly wear the color.

Americans...Read More »


Halloween season recovers past traditions

By Sam Leon | Student Columnist

I can’t help but recognize the excitement going on about Halloween. I hear so many people talking about costumes, haunted houses and parties. Increasingly over each year, I find myself letting these events pass me by in October unaffected, almost like the festivities don’t exist.

I’ve...Read More »


Whatever comes to mind: Drug users turn to Krokodil

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

Growing up in a small town, I remember every year from elementary school to high school, there was a week dedicated to drug free and awareness week. The school gave out red ribbons to the students who wanted to show their freedom from drug addiction.

Many...Read More »


Staff Editorial: Famous athletes not always the best role models

By Duke Staff

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a role model as “someone who another person admires and tries to be like.”

Children all over the country have life-sized posters of famous athletes, emblazoned on their walls. Sports are becoming a place where kids find their role models, but should this be the...Read More »


Duck possessed in time for Halloween

By Michael Flewelling

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Student need self-branding

By Carrie Garrison | Student Columnist

When you think of self-branding, think of Tom Haverford from NBC’s hit television show Parks and Recreation.  In one episode, Tom and coworker Jerry are asked to help rebrand the parks department. Jerry thinks too simply and suggests to change the font of the parks...Read More »


Trick-or-Treat deserves unhealthy candy

By Kristen Kuron | Student Columnist

Let’s face it, people love Halloween because you can virtually dress up as anything you want. However, I loved it as a child because of the free candy. When I was younger, I would hit as many houses as I could, covering two and a...Read More »


Staff Editorial: Supreme court struggles with affirmative action

By Duke Staff

Does the color of our skin matter when we apply to colleges? Should it?

These are questions the Supreme Court seeks to answer. The case Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action went in front of the Supreme Court Tuesday. The Court addresses whether a state violates the Equal...Read More »


Whatever comes to mind: Medical students earn academic credit through Wikipedia

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

Once upon a time, there was a girl in my high school who delivered a presentation on koala bears. It doesn’t seem like a hard topic to cover. She could have easily found excellent research and created an acceptable 15 minute presentation. It shocked me...Read More »


Midterms ruin lives

By Michael Flewelling

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Why Georgie Hates Fall

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Memories act as ghosts haunting the present

By Addie Smith | Sports Editor

Are ghosts real and are they among us? “It only recently occurred to me that one very fine if not exactly intentional purpose for historic preservation is to keep dead people alive,” author Russell Shorto wrote in a recent piece for The New York Times entitled “The...Read More »


Whatever comes to mind: Social stigma pains mentally ill

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

Mental health is just as important as physical health. The psyche can be just as fragile as a broken bone, however, the mental spectrum of the health system is truly misunderstood in our society today.

Oct. 10 is World Mental Health Day, and on this...Read More »


Government shutdown shuts down cartoon for the week

By Michael Flewelling

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Tattoos banned from the arms of the army

By Duke Staff

In the next 30 to 60 days active soldiers in the Army will no longer have the right to bear inked arms.

According to Stars and Stripes, a military publication, Regulation Number 620-1 will state that tattoos below the knee or elbow and above the neck have become...Read More »


New fashion trends refresh the public with spring 2014 collections

By Courtney Downing | Student Columnist

Fashion week has again passed for spring 2014, but the thrill still remains. Looking over the trends, spotting the best beauty tricks and picking up on all the colors and prints is what people love after the hustle of the runway. This upcoming season is no different...Read More »


America warned to not perceive themselves as the best

By Aaron Warnick | Photo Editor

On September 11, 2013, in an op-ed piece for The New York Times Russian President Vladimir Putin cautioned against embracing American Exceptionalism. The article, which was to argue against the United States taking military action in Syria, ended on note that the United States should not see...Read More »


World offers different forms of wealth

By Sam Leon | Student Columnist

Much of what citizens are hearing, watching and being subjected to is geared toward a reinforcement of motivations to gain material wealth. This particular view of what it means to be a wealthy person should be slightly altered to include unquantifiable characteristics, too.

A truly wealthy...Read More »


Duck influences Pittsburgh on a large scale

By Michael Flewelling

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Whatever comes to mind: Pain is not beauty for white tigers

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

I love my cat to pieces. Although she hates being touched and only approached me when she is hungry, I cannot get enough of Tootsie. She bites hard and has a mean stink eye and I appreciate her for these sassy qualities. I am so...Read More »


Staff Editorial: Searching for middle ground in news coverage

By Duke Staff

During times of crisis, it can be overwhelming or confusing as a student to know just what is really going on, many times in the very country we live in. Take for example the storm of government shutdown coverage that continues to rain down on newsstands and feeds...Read More »


Pirates winning season fulfills prophecy

By Michael Flewelling

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Whatever comes to mind: Child supervision prevents loss of innocence

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

Children are a gift to the world. They must be cherished and loved. They must be raised as the new leaders of America, as they will take our place and bring about new generations to improve the world we grew up in. However, children must...Read More »


Staff Editorial: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette causes quite a stir with adjunct story

By Duke Staff

At The Duquesne Duke, our role on campus is to report and inform. We do not exist to act as a mouthpiece for Duquesne’s administration, the adjuncts’ union nor any other faction. We are a professional student organization run by students for students.

On Sept. 1, Margaret Mary Vojtko...Read More »


College education does not get careers

By Jim Lorditch | Student Columnist

After pursuing suitable employers at the career fair last Wednesday, I couldn’t help but visualize myself in a rat race beside other frantic students searching for any lead to a possible job. But that is the reality of our age; students are competing against a...Read More »


Students earn degrees without grades

By Carrie Garrison | Student Columnist

Colleges without letter grades? Some innovative colleges believe students learn more when they’re motivated to learn knowledge for the sake of learning, rather than for a letter grade. According to the Huffington Post, seven colleges in the United States don’t record grades; including Hampshire College...Read More »


Loop bus becomes worst punishment in the underworld

By Matthew Geeza

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Whatever comes to mind: Miss America rises above racist comments

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

Pageants are meant to be a happy time that comes with a tiara, flowers and applause to acknowledge the well rounded, beautiful women of today. However, this year was different: Nina Davuluri, 24 took the crown. Davuluri, Miss New York won the title of Miss...Read More »


Staff Editorial: Coverage shortage for Navy Yard shooting

By Duke Staff

No matter which way you ingest your news, the fact remains that 13 people were shot dead, eight injured on Monday morning in Washington’s Navy Yard. The story of Aaron Alexis, the 34-year-old Texan, and his victims continue to circulate through the media stream, but not nearly with...Read More »


New Potter films written by Rowling

By Allison Keene | Student Columnist

The Harry Potter fandom is voracious. The obsession is fueled by the original, massively popular seven-book series and the blockbuster film adaptations that earned more than 7.5 billion in ticket sales.

There are video games, companion websites such as Pottermore and Mugglenet, spin-off books written by...Read More »


Humanity must be conscientious before speaking

By Sam Leon | Student Columnist

I was not always conscious of my language use. As I became more in love with writing, I developed an appreciation for the communication that language makes possible.

I decided a while ago that I would try to cut out all offensive and alienating terms in...Read More »


Summer weather changed drastically in September

By Michael Flewelling

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Acting professional in the real and virtual world

By Courtney Downing | Student Columnist

In an era where people are connecting more and more through social media, personal relationships seem to be forgotten. Sure, it’s easy to add someone on Facebook or send over an email instead of giving them a call. Social networking websites provide a quick way...Read More »


Smart watches become the next big thing

By Kristen Kuron | Student Columnist

Take a moment to think when was the last time you wore a wrist watch? I remember the last time I grabbed mine was during my LSAT exam. I brought it to keep time during the exam since cell phones were prohibited, but once there...Read More »


Whatever comes to mind: 90s hits us one more time

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

As a child of the 90s, I am enamored by the era of my youth. It is quite obvious that I am not the only one who misses the decade. The subject of the 90s is constantly brought up by websites such as Buzzfeed and...Read More »


Staff Editorial: Students adapting to new food

By Duke Staff

This summer, Duquesne University made the switch to Parkhurst Dining and gave Aramark, our previous food provider of 28 years, the cut. At this point in the semester, this will not come as news to students looking for a place to eat on campus.

Parkhurst was chosen to replace...Read More »


First exams comparable to a football tackle

By Michael Flewelling

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Staff Editorial: Suspended but not corrected

From our first moments in academia, we were told again and again about the importance of attending class.

But when reprobation comes into account, everything we have been taught goes out of the classroom.

Out-of-school suspension is a banal form of disciplinary measure in schools of all levels across the country and...Read More »


Whatever comes to mind: Living life without your best friend

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

Friends come and friends go, but what do you do when your best friend moves on with his or her life for bigger and better opportunities? They will always be there for you with phone calls and skype conversations, but it is never the same...Read More »


Inspirational woman swims to the finish line

By Addie Smith | Sports Editor

One hundred ten miles from Pittsburgh will get you 20 miles away from Cleveland, 350 miles from Chicago and 2,300 miles away from Los Angeles. It takes roughly two hours to drive, three hours on a bus and 41 hours to walk. Or if you’re...Read More »


Technology frustrates student body to no end


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hael Flewelling

 

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Success viewed from many different angles

By Sam Leon | Student Columnist

 

As we begin the school year, I can’t help but think about the purpose and intentions of us all attending a major university. Even as an upperclassman, I’m constantly reevaluating my ideas of success and how school relates to that idea.

Too often, when I speak...Read More »


Student overloads on coffee

By Michael Flewelling

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College debt does not compare to knowledge earned

By Pat Higgins | Asst. Sports Editor

President Barack Obama flexed his executive power in office last Thursday when he proposed a system in which the federal government ranks each university and college across the country in an effort to combat the rising cost of college.

The fight to make higher education...Read More »


U.S.A. prefers British television to their own

By Aaron Warnick | Photo Editor

It is 2013, barely shy of half-a-century since The Beatles hopped the pond to New York and redefined the way Americans listen to music. The United Kingdom has again created a product that will redefine how Americans entertain themselves.

The British Broadcasting Corporation, commonly referred...Read More »


Whatever comes to mind: Bad choices lead to trouble

Whatever Comes To Mind

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

Duquesne University’s Academic Integrity Policy is not a document to be treated lightly. Upon reading the policy at the beginning of my academic career, I never cheated on a test and always made sure to double check my work for plagiarism or forgotten citation.

The Policy...Read More »


Staff Editorial: Summer internships give experience in the work force

By Duke Staff

Last spring we worked hard on perfecting résumés, sent out cover letters and practiced interviews in the mirror in hopes of the perfect summer internship.

Donning heels and suit jackets, we proudly took our seats in the back of the room.

For some of us at The Duke, the energy...Read More »


Staff editorial: Get Out There

By Duke Staff

As an attractive, educated group of editors here at The Duke, we know a thing or two about relationships. Especially relationships one might come across during their college career. You will be meeting all kinds of people, and we thought it would be helpful to give advice on...Read More »


Whatever comes to mind: How to get the most out of Orientation

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor

While this year’s glorious summer comes to a close, a new school year must begin.  As a senior, I am completely terrified to embark on my final year of my college career and inevitably enter into the abyss known as “The Uncertain Future.”  As a...Read More »


Freshman overwhelmed by essentials

Cartoon by Michael Flewelling

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Stressful finals become sleepy ceremonies

By Michael Flewelling

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Quite Thought Full: Kindness needed as the final thought

QUITETHOUGHTFULL

By Katie Walsh | Opinions Editor

For nearly a year and a half, I have been filling this space with witty words of encouragement, advice and defenses for the benefits of literature. My goal has always been to provide a reason for people to smile and, hopefully, create a thought or...Read More »


'You don't have to go home but you can't stay here'

By Robyn Rudish-Laning | Editor-in-Chief

When I first got involved at The Duke almost four years ago, I came hesitantly. I didn’t think I’d fit in, I didn’t know anyone at all and I had no idea what I was doing.

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Seeing the Bucs is a treasured steal

Michael Flewelling | The Duquesne Duke

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Quite Thought Full: 20,000 leagues into immagination

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By Katie Walsh | Opinions Editor

I love books.

More accurately, I have an addiction to reading and what I read are books.

As a bibliophile, it is incredibly difficult for me to not hate the e-reader. It just seems so ridiculously unnatural for me to turn the pages with...Read More »


Staff Editorial; Drugs not worth the boost

By Duke Staff

Looking at today’s culture, we see the presence of prescription drug use everywhere we turn. From movies to athletes, we are bombarded with images of parties gone too far and worse.

What we tend to forget about is the other side of recreational drug use, a side...Read More »


International peace is challenged at the 38th Parallel

By Georgie Flynn | Asst. Opinions Editor

It is no secret that North Korea has been an issue for the U.S. North Korea has a reputation of not keeping the peace. North Korea has tried to assassinate multiple South Korean leaders, including the 1983 Rangoon Bombing, an assassination attempt on the...Read More »


Registering a problem

GIF by Michael Flewelling

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Quite Thought Full; Princeton mom roars back to '50s

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By Katie Walsh | Opinions Editor

Last week, a Princeton mother and alumnae wrote a letter to The Daily Princetonian addressed to the young women of Princeton. Susan Patton, class of 1977, Princeton’s eighth graduating class to include women, offered some kind advice on life matters. Patton urged the freshman women...Read More »


Staff Editorial; Inalienable rights need no redefinition

By Duke Staff

 

When the Supreme Court heard arguments last week on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, the nation watched with anticipation.

These two laws are at the center of the United States’ marriage equality debate. Gay and lesbian rights are not a new issue;...Read More »


Philosophically speaking, college needs humanities

By Pat Higgins | Asst. Sports Editor

 

Courtney Downing | The Duquesne Duke

Ask a student on campus enrolled in a philosophy or sociology class and he may voice his disdain for having to take a core class related to liberal arts.

“Why should I have to...Read More »


Clicking our way to change; protesting the lazy generation

By Crissy Holtzer | Student Columnist

Courtney Downing | The Duquesne Duke

 

We of the millennial generation are a group eager to click, tweet or tag anything we set our minds to and assume our social media exchanges are making the world a better place. We...Read More »


Higher education grants higher consequences

By Jacqui Hatch | Student Columnist

It’s the age-old typical conversation every parent has with his or her child, “Kiddo, what do you want to be when you grow up?”

From this discussion, parents advise and preach about the wonders of college and the doors it will open. I cannot count how...Read More »


Viral video shakes stratosphere

By Georgie Flynn | Asst. Opinions Editor

By Courtney Downing

 

Viral videos have been all the rage since YouTube was founded in 2005. These viral videos come up one after another and keep people entertained for some extended period of time. This time around, it’s the...Read More »


Quite Thought Full; Little girl, you're in the middle

QUITETHOUGHTFULL

By Katie Walsh | Opinions Editor

There is typically one member who is looked past a bit when considering typical family dynamics. There’s the oldest child, who paves the way for the younger siblings and is in charge, and there’s the baby of the family, the one who gets away with...Read More »


Staff Editorial; Your posts may be used against you

By Duke Staff

If there’s anything students can learn from this past weekend’s rape trial in Steubenville, Ohio, it’s that the internet and social media are no longer a safe place to store your dirty laundry.

This weekend, Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16, both Steubenville High School football players, were...Read More »


Duquesne room selection: Where the odds are never in your favor

By Michael Flewelling

By Michael Flewelling

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Competing with leprechaun stereotypes

Michael Flewelling | The Duquesne Duke

Michael Flewelling | The Duquesne Duke

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Students can learn not to stress during college crises

By Saúl Berríos-Thomas | Layout Editor

 

It’s 2 a.m..

Suddenly your eyes open and you’re lying in a pool of sweat. The math goes through your mind, “How many hours of sleep will I get if I go to sleep right now?” You calculate the hours, but know that it’s impossible to be...Read More »


Quite Thought Full: Money back (not), guaranteed

QUITETHOUGHTFULL

By Katie Walsh | Opinions Editor

The beauty of calling something a four-year institution is that you should only need to spend four years there. Today, this seems to not be the case as a rising number of students are taking four-plus years to finish their degree. Four-year institutions are trying...Read More »


Staff Editorial: South Side troubles locals

By Duke Staff

If there’s one place you’ll be sure to find Duquesne students any night of the week, it’s the South Side.

The area is known for its fun, always exciting bar scene. From the Works to the 10th Street Bridge, there’s no shortage of bars and restaurants, as well as...Read More »


Helping you find your new Pittsburgh home

By Georgie Flynn | Student Columnist

 

We are in the middle of the second semester of the school year, so trying to find a place to live in the upcoming year is going to cause some stress. Freshmen have the only option of on-campus housing going into their sophomore year. That...Read More »


Shying away from misconceptions about introverts

Connor Hancovsky | The Duquesne Duke

By Crissy Holtzer | Student Columnist

 

We all know someone who prefers to spend his or her free time alone, hates doing group work and would rather do just about anything than speak in front of the class. This lack...Read More »


Staff Editorial; Cutting the fat

By Duke Staff

 

There are two areas that the United States seems to fail at keeping in check – budgeting and weight gain. It’s no secret that the United States is the most obese country in the world, with approximately 34 percent of adult Americans classified as obese, according to the...Read More »


Quite Thought Full; Nook gets burned, books saved

QUITETHOUGHTFULL

By Katie Walsh | Opinions Editor

 

Since the printing press’s invention in the 15th century, books have been an item treasured like gold for many. As the centuries have passed and the value of knowledge in paper and ink has decreased before our eyes, the book and its bindings are threatened...Read More »


Quite Thought Full: Hovering parents hinder students

QUITETHOUGHTFULL

By Katie Walsh | Opinions Editor

Everyone knew a kid who had parents who loomed over every element of their high school education. The poor kid’s parents volunteered to chaperone every trip and every dance, scheduled parent-teacher conferences weekly, complained to teachers about unsatisfactory grades and probably wrote the perfect...Read More »


Staff Ed: DU Registration process needs work

We’re halfway through the semester here at Duquesne and about to enter a stressful time for all students. Freshmen will get their first taste of how frustrating the impending process is. Sophomores may be frantically trying to plan so their final two years go smoothly. Seniors are happy they never...Read More »


Gross flavors available at a store near you

By Courtney Downing | The Duquesne Duke

By Jacqui Hatch  | Student Columnist

What do a competitive kick boxer from Lake Zurich, Ill., a mother of two from Land O’ Lakes, Wis., and an adolescent blogging-foodie from Phoenix, Az. have in common? They are all...Read More »


Meteor vs. Miser

By Michael Flewelling

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Romancing or Wasting; Baby, I don't want to buy you anything more

By Georgie Flynn | Student Columnist

As Valentine’s Day approaches, dark clouds loom over the heads of those who hate the holiday that was more or less created by Hallmark. Men in particular seem to really detest the day. After all, love should be about more than candy,...Read More »


Romancing or Wasting: Hopelessly devoted to the Hallmark holiday

Courtney Downing

By Crissy Holtzer | Student Columnist

I have been struck by cupid’s arrow. No, I am not in love with Justin Timberlake or Ryan Gosling, but I do have a satisfying relationship with Valentine’s Day.

Every year around this time men and women encounter the holiday that is so very dreaded...Read More »


Staff Editorial: State of the Union addresses needs

In last night’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama highlighted at least a few issues that every American, regardless of party affiliation, beliefs or attitude should support.

First and foremost, politicians, especially senators and representatives, need to reach across the aisle and work with their fellow elected officials. The...Read More »


Quite Thought Full; Hometown pride found anew

By Katie Walsh | Opinions Editor

Most everyone has a bit of pride in his or her hometown. No matter where you are from or how far away you are now, there’s a little something in you that will spark a fire to defend some element about the place you...Read More »


A modern gentleman's defense: Chivalry is not dead

Much like pay phones, writing letters and physical human interaction, chivalry seems less and less present as a sign of the times.

Regardless of its current state, chivalry is something I, as a 21-year-old male in modern day America, believe to be an important practice, whether it is directed to a...Read More »


Quite Thought Full: College of Creative Studies spoofs '80s PSA

By Katie Walsh | Opinions Editor

Before there were memes and other creative means of informing audiences, there were Public Service Announcements. In an age long ago, when media sought to serve the community over its investors, PSAs were used to provide health and safety warnings over the broadcast waves.

Today, a spin on...Read More »


Staff Editorial: Pittsburgh commute wastes money

We Millennials hate to wait. Whether it’s waiting for something to download, waiting to get somewhere or any other type of time-wasting delay, we can’t stand it. By far, though, the worst waste of time is waiting in traffic.

A study released on Tuesday by the Texas A&M Traffic Institute found that the...Read More »


Teaching teachers new tricks while keeping the old

By Joey Sykes | Student Columnist

With the rise in technology in modern society, it is easy to see differences in the way we live life now compared to how we did a decade ago. This is especially true in the classroom, but sometimes this technology can hinder our students more...Read More »


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