THE DAILY STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

Pitt welcomes largest incoming class at convocation ceremony


By Jessie Wallace / For The Pitt News 1 day ago

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher kicked off a 200-year-old commencement ceremony with a selfie. During the 2015 New Student Convocation, which began at 3 p.m. on Wednesday in the Petersen Events Center, Gallagher snapped a selfie that included the more than 6,000 students, parents and faculty present in the arena. Preceding the picture, an array of speakers, […]

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Oakland shop owner charged in theft ring

The Slipped Disc record store on Atwood Street
By Dale Shoemaker and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff 1 day ago

A Wilkins man was charged Tuesday with using drug addicts to operate a $2 million theft ring from his record store in Oakland. Following a seven-year investigation, the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office charged fifty-year-old Anthony J. Cicero, owner of The Slipped Disc on Atwood Street in Oakland, with theft, receiving stolen property and operating a […]

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Pending legislation could broaden LGBT rights in Pennsylvania

A young boy waves a rainbow colored flag at a Pride Parade in Shadyside
By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer 1 day ago

LGBT rights could soon take another leap forward in Pennsylvania — once state legislators introduce an amendment to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. Shortly after the Supreme Court’s landmark same-sex marriage ruling in June, Pennsylvania State Representative Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) told The Pitt News that he and his co-sponsors hoped to reintroduce this legislation within “the […]

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Wheels in Demise: Keeping your bike safe

He forgot to lock up his bike. Don't end up like him.
By Alexis Mazzeo / Staff Writer 1 day ago

With a new bike share system and more bike lanes planned, Pittsburgh is quickly becoming one of the nation’s bike-friendly cities. Though Pitt doesn’t keep data on how many of its students commute by bike, Pittsburgh has seen a 408 percent increase in its number of cyclists since 2000, now at 2.2 percent of the […]

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Pitt reopens David Lawrence Hall after renovations


By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor 1 day ago

Students who have classes in David Lawrence Hall this semester will get to breathe in that new-classroom smell. The building, which has been under construction since May 2014 and cost more than $7 million, opened to the public at an open house that ran from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Changes to David Lawrence […]

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Big man on campus: Settled in, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher sets his sights higher than the Cathedral

Chancellor Gallagher takes a selfie on top of the Cathedral
By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor 1 day ago

After one year of leading from the Cathedral of Learning’s corner office, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher is a man who still speaks with the same measured optimism as he did on his first day last August. Now, he has a sense of what the University’s community can accomplish. He knows what he wants to do for […]

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Student Government Board update: Fall 2015

Nasreen Harun, SGB President
By Emily Brindley / For The Pitt News 1 day ago

Pitt Student Government Board members have seen a lot of change this year, including welcoming a new President. Now members are talking about instituting changes of their own. Elected president Graeme Meyer resigned for undisclosed reasons in May and was succeeded by former Vice President Nasreen Harun. Although SGB is not technically in session during […]

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Las Palmas hit with another round of health code violations


By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor 1 day ago

For the second time this summer, the Allegheny County Health Department has issued a consumer alert for Las Palmas in Oakland after the restaurant violated health codes Thursday. Las Palmas, the Mexican grocery store and food stand located on Atwood Street, faces three high, three medium, and six low-risk food safety violations after a Health […]

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Pitt to close several streets in preparation for move-in


By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor 1 day ago

Roads will close and dorms will open as students arrive on campus next week for the fall semester. In a release Thursday, Aug. 20, Pitt’s Department of Parking and Transportation Services announced it will allow limited or no traffic from Aug. 24 through 28 on the following streets:  Forbes and Fifth Avenues will remain open, […]

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Stack’d Burgers and Beer to open new location in Oakland

Stack'd Burgers and Beer in Oakland
By Dale Shoemaker and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff 1 day ago

After two other restaurants closed for good last school year at the corner of Forbes and Oakland Avenues, Stack’d Burgers and Beer hopes the third time’s the charm. Stack’d operations manager Colleen Wolf said the sit-down burger joint, which has another location in Shadyside, plans to open in mid-September. Owners Maurry Mendelovich and Jamie Rodgersdecided […]

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