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Michael Andrews asked the court to award him reinstatement to his previous position with back pay from April 25, 2018.
Former Pitt employee sues University over alleged age discrimination
By Benjamin Nigrosh, News Editor • May 22, 2020
A former employee of Pitt’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid filed a civil complaint against the University for allegedly discriminating against him on the basis of age.
Pitt’s budget, which reached nearly $2.4 billion in fiscal year 2020, is composed of three separate, smaller budgets.
Pitt’s budget and endowment, explained
By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief • May 22, 2020
Pitt’s budget, and the process to craft it, is full of jargon and specialized terminology. This guide attempts to explain how the annual University budget is put together, as well as the different pieces that compose the budget and endowment.
Additional students added to working groups planning fall classes, housing
Additional students added to working groups planning fall classes, housing
By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer • May 21, 2020
Danielle Obisie-Orlu — the president of the Resident Student Association, which represents students living in residence halls — was recently added to a panel determining what on-campus housing could look like this fall.
Daniel Kraus’ papers are the second major addition to the University Library System’s Horror Studies Collection.
Pitt Horror Studies Collection obtains new materials from author Daniel Kraus
By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor
Desolate streets and closed storefronts may make Oakland feel pretty apocalyptic at the moment, but things are getting even spookier in Pitt’s special collections.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pittsburgh’s two main Pride celebrations have been pushed back until the fall.
Pittsburgh pride celebrations moved to fall
By Maggie Young, Contributing Editor
According to a May 8 press release from the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh, the organization that’s hosted Pittsburgh Pride since 2008, the Foundation plans to hold the event on an undetermined fall date. Another local Pride event hosted by SisTers PGH, “People’s Pride PGH 2020 - Breaking the Cistem,” has also been postponed.
A lack of events due to COVID-19 has caused business to slow down at Gidas Flowers and many other businesses around Oakland.
Oakland businesses work to chart path forward in yellow phase
By Martha Layne, Senior Staff Writer • May 19, 2020
The County’s May 15 move to the yellow phase of reopening has allowed businesses to start making decisions about what reopening will look like and how to overcome the economic damage done over the past few weeks.
Pitt is considering providing all employees with one mask, and students with two, which must be worn when and where the University asks, officials said Wednesday.
Pitt officials considering mandatory masks for fall semester
By Ashton Crawley, Senior Staff Writer • May 21, 2020
If students return to Oakland in the fall in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, they may see some changes made to campus. Pitt is considering providing all employees with one mask, and students with two, which must be worn when and where the University asks, officials said Wednesday.
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The COVID-19 pandemic causes uncertainty about returning for the fall semester for many of Pitt’s more than 3,100 international students.
‘This feeling of helplessness’: International students concerned about fall semester amid pandemic
By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer • May 19, 2020
Travel restrictions and delays in processing visas has left many of Pitt’s 3,100 international students questioning whether they will be able to start the fall semester on campus.
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Opinion | What ‘Rick and Morty’ can tell us about American masculinity
Opinion | What ‘Rick and Morty’ can tell us about American masculinity
By Genna Edwards, Senior Staff Columnist
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
Opinion | Veepstakes: Ranking Biden’s potential VP picks
By Devi Ruia, Senior Staff Columnist
Here is my ranking of some of the potential VP picks.
Kroger, a major grocery store chain in the United States, has cut hazard pay for employees.
Editorial | It’s simple — hazard workers deserve hazard pay
By The Pitt News Editorial Board
A person going to work in a store during a pandemic is working in hazardous conditions. And that’s what hazard pay is for.

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Opinion | Trump administration’s Title IX changes hurt survivors

By Genna Edwards, Senior Staff Columnist
May 12, 2020

The mere change in the definition of what constitutes sexual harassment will have wide-reaching, chilling consequences.

Opinion | We shouldn’t be afraid to “politicize” coronavirus

By Julia Kreutzer, Senior Staff Columnist
May 12, 2020

We shouldn’t politicize the virus — but we should politicize our response to government inaction.

Editorial | Pitt reopening task forces in need of better student representation

By The Pitt News Editorial Board
May 12, 2020

The task force’s executive committee is missing any representation from the group most impacted by its decisions — students at Pitt.

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.

Pitt Athletics unveils 2020 Hall of Fame class

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer
May 13, 2020

Pitt basketball stars Jennifer Bruce and Brandin Knight headlined the Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame 2020 induction class, unveiled by Athletic Director Heather Lyke Tuesday night.

Pitt football powers through pandemic recruiting

By Kyle Saxon, Staff Writer
May 13, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced millions of employed Americans to adapt to work from home, and the realm of college sports is no different. Coaches face numerous unfamiliar tasks, which include keeping in touch with athletes, solving scheduling challenges and — above all else — virtual recruiting.

Pitt staff member featured on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” helps single mothers in need

By Diana Velasquez, Senior Staff Writer
May 12, 2020

For most people, a lunch break at work is a time to relax, but Ray Nell Jones, an administrative assistant in Pitt’s Office of Student Life, spends many of those breaks diligently cutting out coupons. These coupons are only a small part of Jones’ local nonprofit, the Alignment Chapter, an organization she founded with her husband Donald that helps single moms in need by providing emergency bundles...

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“Liberty Magic @ Home” dazzles audiences from a distance

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor
May 12, 2020

Robert Ramirez balances a bucket on a keyboard in his living room, mixing and magically unmixing brightly colored liquids while bantering with audiences via webcam. This setup may seem humble, but it’s the new reality for Ramirez and his fellow magician, Siegfried Tieber.

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New museum studies major proposed

By Anna Ligorio, Staff Writer
May 12, 2020

Students interested in the museum world can currently complete a museum studies minor through the history of art and architecture department, but the department is now working on a new major option.

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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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