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Burgh Bucks

What are Burgh Bucks?

[Pitts]Burgh Bucks are a collection of paper bills that reflect denominations of $10, $20, $50, $100, $200, and $500. Although these Bucks are not worth any U.S. cash value, during the week of Orientation they can be collected and used to spend on items at the annual Burgh Buck Auction at the end of the week.

How do I collect Burgh Bucks?

Throughout the week of Orientation, new students will get a million and one chances to collect and earn Burgh Bucks from Team Leaders, Chairs, and University Staff. Students can earn Burgh Bucks just by attending team meetings and events, however going above and beyond to get involved in Orientation's fun activities will score you major Burgh Bucks as well. Plain and simple, everywhere you go during the week of Orientation, Burgh Bucks are available! Rumor has it, even Vice President of Student Life, Dr. Douglas Frizzell hands out big bills to anyone who can recite the Duquesne University mission statement to him from memory!

I can barely handle the amount of Burgh Bucks I have! How do I manage the amount after collecting so many?

Every day during Orientation, there are places and times where you can go to have Team Leaders count your Burgh Bucks for you. After what you give them has been counted, they'll exchange your pile of Burgh Bucks for a voucher that equals the amount they've counted for you. This way, you'll be carrying around one piece of paper instead of fifty pieces of paper, and they both equal the same amount!
There are major perks to getting your Burgh Bucks counted throughout the week, too! Each day leading up to the Burgh Buck Auction, there will be a percentage of your amount added to your total for getting them counted early. The percentage lowers ever day that gets closer to the Auction, so get your Burgh Bucks counted ASAP!

Where can I spend my Burgh Bucks?

Burgh Bucks are for collecting only until the Burgh Buck Auction that occurs the Sunday before classes begin. At the Auction, you can peruse the Burgh Buck store and purchase items like t-shirts, bracelets, and other apparel right over the counter or you can raise the stakes and hold onto your total amount and participate in the Silent Auction or main stage Auction to try and win big ticket items such as Gift Cards, Museum passes, Pittsburgh Sports memorabilia, a TV, a mini fridge, an iPod, and even a top of the line gaming system!

Do I really have a chance at winning these prizes?

Yes! Between the store, the Silent Auction, and the main big ticket item Auction there are a TON of prizes to be had. For large items, the bidding escalates pretty quickly, so if your heart is set on one of the main prizes, try getting together with a group of friends or the students you live with on your floor and collaborating your Burgh Bucks to maximize your chances of winning with the highest bid.