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Pitt students begin moving into campus on Tuesday.
Photos: First day of fall move-in, amidst COVID-19 pandemic
By Kaycee Orwig, Visual Editor • 2:23 pm
Students started to move into on-campus housing Tuesday, with about 1,500 set to move in on Tuesday and Wednesday, as part of the first wave of arrivals during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Cathedral of Learning watches over an empty Pitt campus.
Pitt says acknowledgement document “not a waiver of liability”
By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer • August 9, 2020
Pitt said in a statement that one of the documents — a “return to campus student acknowledgement” — is not a liability waiver, but instead a form asking students to recognize the proper behaviors to minimize the risk of the coronavirus.
The Cathedral of Learning watches over an empty Pitt campus.
Pitt adds 8 new COVID-19 cases since last Friday
By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief • August 7, 2020
The University has had a total of 31 students and 20 employees test positive since June 26, with all students and nine employees recovered thus far.
Benedum Hall
Staff Picks: The best buildings on campus
By The Pitt News Staff
From Brutalist beauties to floor plans that make going to class an adventure in and of itself, here are the buildings that we’ve missed while we’ve been away — and that you should probably know about before coming to Pitt.
Pitt’s Center for Creativity is currently working to determine if and how its spaces will operate in the fall.
Fall programming unclear for Center for Creativity
By Ananya Pathapadu, Staff Writer
Erik Schuckers, the Center’s manager of communications and programming, said the C4C is currently working to determine if and how their spaces will operate in the fall.
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher at the February meeting of the board of trustees.
Exclusive: On eve of move-in, Gallagher asks for flexibility during historic semester
By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief • August 10, 2020
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said he remains concerned about the upcoming semester, but has worked to reduce risk wherever possible.
Panel members talked about xenophobia during a Diversity Forum event last Wednesday.
Diversity Forum panel discusses xenophobia
By Ashton Crawley, Senior Staff Writer • August 4, 2020
The panel focused on hate crimes perpetrated against Asian Americans and minorities within the United States, particularly the complexities of assimilation. Several audience members asked questions ranging from how to combat racist or xenophobic remarks from people in positions of authority to ways the Pitt community can combat anti-Asian sentiment this upcoming academic year.
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E. Maxine Bruhns served as the Nationality Rooms director for 54 years before retiring in January.
Between the world and E. Maxine Bruhns: Lessons from a life of advocacy
By Benjamin Nigrosh, News Editor • August 4, 2020
Despite Bruhns’ passing earlier this month at the age of 96, she continues to enrich the Pittsburgh community with the work she completed during her 54-year tenure as the director of Pitt’s Nationality Rooms.
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Litchfield Towers A, B and C are located on lower campus between Fifth and Forbes avenues and house approximately 1,800 students.
Editorial | The Pitt community deserves to be kept in the loop
By The Pitt News Editorial Board
In the time of COVID-19, no choice feels like a good choice — and no choice will please everyone. We understand that. But members of the Pitt community deserve to be kept in the loop about fall plans, even if the administration isn’t fully sure about what’s happening.
Letter From the Editor | Welcome to Pitt — just keep swimming
Letter From the Editor | Welcome to Pitt — just keep swimming
By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief
If I can offer you one piece of advice during this tumultuous time, it would be to, as Dory put it best, just keep swimming.
Opinion | Don’t wish away general education requirements
Opinion | Don’t wish away general education requirements
By Julia Kreutzer, Senior Staff Columnist
If used properly, general education requirements can be exciting, enriching opportunities to narrow down your interests, eliminate extraneous costs, customize your education and market yourself to future employers.

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Editorial | The Pitt community deserves to be kept in the loop

By The Pitt News Editorial Board
August 10, 2020

In the time of COVID-19, no choice feels like a good choice — and no choice will please everyone. We understand that. But members of the Pitt community deserve to be kept in the loop about fall plans, even if the administration isn’t fully sure about what’s happening.

Letter From the Editor | Welcome to Pitt — just keep swimming

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief
July 24, 2020

If I can offer you one piece of advice during this tumultuous time, it would be to, as Dory put it best, just keep swimming.

Opinion | Don’t wish away general education requirements

By Julia Kreutzer, Senior Staff Columnist
July 24, 2020

If used properly, general education requirements can be exciting, enriching opportunities to narrow down your interests, eliminate extraneous costs, customize your education and market yourself to future employers.

Parsing Pitt’s student workout facilities

By Camryn Simons, Staff Writer
July 25, 2020

Whether you’re looking for a place to play racquetball with friends, take a quick morning run or join group exercise classes, Pitt offers a wide variety of facilities for active students of all levels of commitment.

Lyke talks football scheduling, gambling and campus returns

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor
July 24, 2020

Athletic Director Heather Lyke said she is not encouraged by the way the COVID-19 pandemic mitigation is progressing. As cases continue to rise across the country — particularly in Pitt’s home of Allegheny County — she offered a pessimistic, yet not definitive answer to what she called “the million dollar question” — will college football be played in 2020?

Capel’s best newcomers are ready for the spotlight

By Sam Krimins, Staff Writer
July 23, 2020

The 2020 Pitt men’s basketball recruiting class enters Oakland ahead of one of the most highly anticipated seasons in recent memory. From sharpshooters to high flyers, this season welcomes a plethora of must-watch talent.

How to not kill your dorm plants

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor
July 22, 2020

Plants were meant to be in the great outdoors, not some stuffy dorm room — but if you’re looking for a companion, a new hobby or even just a little greenery for your room, a low-maintenance house plant can be a great option.

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Pitt Stages to produce live theater this fall

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor
July 20, 2020

According to Annmarie Duggan, the department chair for theater arts, the department has yet to decide whether the shows scheduled for the upcoming academic year will take place in person or be moved to a virtual platform due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Staff Picks: Our favorite local restaurants

By The Pitt News Staff
July 20, 2020

To showcase local restaurants, here are the top places you’ll find us eating once we’re back on campus.

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The Pitt Prescription: Exploring medical marijuana as alternative medicine

By Elizabeth Donnelly, Senior Staff Writer
April 20, 2020

More states are beginning to legalize the use of medical marijuana (AKA medical cannabis) and some patients are getting the opportunity to try new therapies for previously difficult to treat conditions.

The Outbreak | Cannabis, coronavirus and boredom

By Anonymous Staff Writer
April 20, 2020

To be honest, I am not sure if I would be able to keep my sanity during this quarantine without weed to take the edge off. 

College Compass: Tips for surviving online finals

By Ana Altchek, Staff Writer
April 20, 2020

Even if students have all the time in the world during quarantine, it can feel really difficult to stay organized in the midst of this lifestyle change.

Photos: Market Square protests

By Kaycee Orwig, Visual Editor
July 6, 2020

Protesters gathered on Saturday at Market Square to protest Pennsylvania Code Title 18, Section 508, which regulates use of force for law enforcement in the state.

Photos: Point Breeze protests after George Floyd’s death

By Kaycee Orwig, Visual Editor
June 28, 2020

Protesters gathered on Saturday at Mellon Park, in Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze neighborhood, to protest Pennsylvania Code Title 18, Section 508, which regulates use of force for law enforcement in the state.

Photos: Hill District protests for Black trans lives

By Kaycee Orwig, Visual Editor
June 21, 2020

Protesters gathered at the Hill District’s Freedom Corner and then marched to Downtown on Thursday to protest discrimination of Black transgender people.

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