The Third Alternative: The Oral History of Duquesne University's Third AlternativeMain MenuThe NarratorsMeet the interviewees behind the Third Alternative Oral History Project.The ProblemA brief history of Duquesne's financial crisis.The PlanHow the Third Alternative planned to save Duquesne.The ContextThe national events taking place during the Third Alternative's campaign and how they affected the movement.The PublicHow the public of Pittsburgh interacted with and helped the Third Alternative.The EffectThe impact the Third Alternative left on Duquesne.Neighborhood CanvassingA timeline of the Third Alternative canvassing campaign.MapsMaps relating to the Thank You March and events at Duquesne University during the Third Alternative.The InterviewersMeet the students behind the Third Alternative Oral History Project.MediaCheck out our photograph collection and our documentary!Alexandra Zaremba2ce33ac8d647e2cc48718f436f303eaaa6355ceeRonald Owensaaa9113bde590a7c6854e4725baae71951e3aa5fGrant Stoner3ba49a95660aa18855c7cc5b6f8323bd1559c039Katherine Millardcc2b6742e9253dd1ad65ec8397845ff983008eb3Anna Samuels3cffb72092034ddc575aeb5ac3c9bf5d3f493c74Celia Phillips64f1bafd9e2ec54881e7e3a41417ecf15c8f4e1cLauren Eisenhart-Purvisce45d8431788bb04d876eaa4210e612cb18c860aEvan Daverio15eb18d2fdf506be557957b6adfa91b111c1b87d
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12017-12-08T13:36:55-08:00Lauren Eisenhart-Purvisce45d8431788bb04d876eaa4210e612cb18c860a258543The Third Alternative earned national recognition for their cause and helped spread awareness of the financial issues that private colleges were facing at the time.plain2017-12-15T07:56:31-08:00Duquesne University ArchivesLauren Eisenhart-Purvisce45d8431788bb04d876eaa4210e612cb18c860a
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1media/Fr. McA selecting ticket at Raffle-from Rita.jpgmedia/Fr. McA selecting ticket at Raffle-from Rita.jpg2017-12-05T17:22:39-08:00The Effect19The impact the Third Alternative left on Duquesne.image_header2017-12-15T08:35:38-08:00The Third Alternative’s fundraising efforts lasted for one year, culminating in a party in April of 1971. At the party, the students raffled off a four-year scholarship to Duquesne and celebrated raising over half a million dollars for their school. Although the Third Alternative did not reach its one million dollar goal, the students’ dedication and hard work helped Duquesne continue to offer a private education at a reasonable price. Duquesne was able to remain open and prepare thousands more students for their future careers. The Third Alternative inspired local organizations and citizens to donate to a university they might not have had any connection to, which is no easy task. The movement also inspired similar efforts at other private universities facing financial difficulties. Students at those schools reached out to Third Alternative leaders and even visited Duquesne in order to learn from their success.
The movement also greatly affected its members. Third Alternative volunteers were excited about being a part of a nationally- recognized movement and were grateful to have played a large part in saving their school. Interviewees discussed how volunteering with the movement influenced their involvement at Duquesne and encouraged them to branch out and try new activities. The skills they developed while canvassing and fundraising also had an impact on the students’ professional lives after graduation. Many members of the Third Alternative have stayed in the Pittsburgh area throughout their professional lives, further contributing their talents to the region. It is inarguable that the Third Alternative had a positive, lasting influence on Duquesne, the city of Pittsburgh, and its members. This oral history project serves to showcase this group’s accomplishments and remember an extraordinary period in Duquesne's history.