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Pitt football announces plan for student-athletes return beginning June 8
By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer • May 29, 2020
Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced Friday that Pitt football student-athletes will begin to return to campus on June 8 for voluntary offseason workouts. The players’ return to campus will mark the start of the first phase of reopening for Pitt athletics in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The complexities of restarting research labs was the main focus of Friday afternoon’s Senate Research Committee meeting.
Research labs to become operational in coming weeks
By Ashton Crawley, Senior Staff Writer • May 29, 2020
Rob Rutenbar, the senior vice chancellor for research, said in a Friday email blast that each lab’s principal investigator must submit a plan to their dean or regional campus president for review. The plan must clearly define an approach for scheduling and a process for allocating time and access to address COVID-driven implications, Rutenbar said.
Pitt purchases Oakland social club building for nearly $5 million
Pitt purchases Oakland social club building for nearly $5 million
By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer • May 28, 2020
Pitt purchased an Oakland social club building on Bigelow Boulevard in late March for $4.95 million, according to Allegheny County real estate records.
Listen closely: ‘The Vast of Night’ is a triumph of character-driven science fiction
Listen closely: ‘The Vast of Night’ is a triumph of character-driven science fiction
By Simon Sweeney, Staff Writer
The tight confines in which “The Vast of Night” operates –– a hazy, distinctly and intentionally low-budget look, a script that essentially limits real characterization to Everett and Fay and a lean 89-minute runtime –– only heighten the frequent moments of real heart and legitimately interesting experimentation.
Carnegie Museum of Art debuts online exhibition series with ‘Lake Valley’
Carnegie Museum of Art debuts online exhibition series with ‘Lake Valley’
By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor
Disorienting sounds play as overlapping cut-out shapes slowly fill the screen, creating the mesmerizing landscapes of artist Rachel Rose’s “Lake Valley.”
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said Friday that Pitt will continue to plan for "modified normal" operations in the fall.
Pitt officials ‘optimistic’ about in-person classes, deliver recommendation report to Gallagher
By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer • May 29, 2020
Chris Bonneau, the president of the University Senate, said he is confident the planning will allow the University to resume in-person instruction, if state and local regulations permit. 
Students have received more than $250,000 from the Student Emergency Assistance Fund, as of Thursday.
Emergency fund has granted more than $250k to students
By Anushay Chaudhry, Staff Writer • May 28, 2020
As of Thursday, the Student Emergency Assistance Fund has granted a total of $254,326 to 457 students, out of more than 700 students who have applied for money.
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Following Gov. Tom Wolf’s February proposed budget, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a bill with flat funding for Pitt late Tuesday night.
House passes Pitt flat funding bill by 198-4 vote
By Benjamin Nigrosh, News Editor • May 26, 2020
The University will receive flat funding next year of $151,507,000, compared to this year’s funding increase of 2%, or about $3.5 million.
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Opinion | Opposition to home-school reflects political bias in academia
Opinion | Opposition to home-school reflects political bias in academia
By Michael Clifford, Staff Columnist
But while concerns over home-schooling usually focus on socialization or academic outcomes, research has demonstrated that these concerns are largely unsupported
The minimum wage in Pennsylvania is $7.25 an hour.
Editorial | Unemployment is not flawed, wages are
By The Pitt News Editorial Board
But the fact that people are earning more on unemployment than they do on the job shows us not that unemployment benefits are too high, but that wages for American workers are far too low.
Opinion | We still have to fight the climate change fight
Opinion | We still have to fight the climate change fight
By Paige Lawler, Senior Staff Columnist
In a matter of months, industry will likely be operational again.

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Opinion | What ‘Rick and Morty’ can tell us about American masculinity

By Genna Edwards, Senior Staff Columnist
May 19, 2020

The showrunners, Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, have 70 episodes left. They should use them to change their philosophical tune.

Opinion | Veepstakes: Ranking Biden’s potential VP picks

By Devi Ruia, Senior Staff Columnist
May 19, 2020

Here is my ranking of some of the potential VP picks.

Editorial | It’s simple — hazard workers deserve hazard pay

By The Pitt News Editorial Board
May 19, 2020

A person going to work in a store during a pandemic is working in hazardous conditions. And that’s what hazard pay is for.

Jones, Twyman have sights set on 2020 season

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor
May 20, 2020

For most people, control is in short supply right now. Stay-at-home orders, business closures and quarantines are expected to extend well into the summer and timelines for a return to normalcy are fluid. It can be easy to lose focus on the world beyond COVID-19, but Pitt senior defensive end Patrick Jones II said he believes in that future, and its dependence upon his present.

Point-Counterpoint | The case for NCAA modernization

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer
May 19, 2020

News flash — College basketball isn’t going anywhere. Even before a pandemic-induced shutdown and subsequent cancellation of the annual championship tournament, questions about the sport’s future bubbled below the surface as both federal authorities and NCAA leadership conducted investigations into top programs and coaches. These questions boiled over when three top recruits were lured away from the traditional road to the NBA by lucrative offers to spend a year of professional development with a startup team in the G League, the NBA’s minor league, before becoming eligible for the draft next year.

Point-Counterpoint | The case for the G League

By Camryn Simons, Staff Writer
May 19, 2020

Top high school basketball players, like five-star prospects Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd and Daishen Nix, shocked basketball fans this commitment season by foregoing the traditional college route to play in the NBA’s G League. It’s a smart move, especially for players with serious dreams of lengthy NBA careers.

Listen closely: ‘The Vast of Night’ is a triumph of character-driven science fiction

By Simon Sweeney, Staff Writer
May 26, 2020

The tight confines in which “The Vast of Night” operates –– a hazy, distinctly and intentionally low-budget look, a script that essentially limits real characterization to Everett and Fay and a lean 89-minute runtime –– only heighten the frequent moments of real heart and legitimately interesting experimentation.

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Carnegie Museum of Art debuts online exhibition series with ‘Lake Valley’

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor
May 26, 2020

Disorienting sounds play as overlapping cut-out shapes slowly fill the screen, creating the mesmerizing landscapes of artist Rachel Rose’s “Lake Valley.”

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‘Writing the Pandemic’ with the Center for Creativity

By Anna Ligorio, Staff Writer
May 26, 2020

Pitt employees, undergraduates and graduate students who recently encountered pandemic-induced writer’s block needed to look no further than their laptop screens for some inspiration on Friday.

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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: Oakland, largely emptied

By Kaycee Orwig, Visual Editor
May 1, 2020

Oakland may look a little different than it did two months ago, but its formerly crowded streets are not left completely empty.

March 5, 2020

This week, we went around campus and asked students what they think about the popular new social media app TikTok, and how it should be utilized on college campuses. Spoiler alert: Pitt Dining's TikTok account may break the internet.

Photos: Fossil Free Pitt Coalition occupation and presence at Board of Trustees meeting

March 1, 2020

Members of the Fossil Free Pitt Coalition have been continuously occupying the Cathedral common area since Friday, Feb. 21 calling for the Board of Trustees to vote on fossil fuel divestment at their winter meeting on Feb. 28.

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