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President Joe Biden speaks on Friday at Carnegie Mellon University’s Mill 19 to tout his administration’s investment in infrastructure.
President Biden set to visit Pittsburgh this afternoon
By Brian Sherry, Contributing Editor • 1:05 pm
Satire | A better use for editorial space
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President Joe Biden speaks on Friday at Carnegie Mellon University’s Mill 19 to tout his administration’s investment in infrastructure.
President Biden set to visit Pittsburgh this afternoon
By Brian Sherry, Contributing Editor • 1:05 pm
Satire | A better use for editorial space
By Anna Ehlers, Contributing Editor • 1:06 am

University addresses removal of Israeli hostage posters

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Annika Esseku | Contributing Editor
Posters of Israeli hostages being held by Hamas after its attack on Israel last month on the outside wall of Amos Hall in the Schenley Quadrangle.

In the wake of the Hamas attack in Israel on Oct. 7, people around the world have put up “missing person” posters of the hostages who are still held by Hamas, including on Pitt’s campus. In areas around campus like the Quad, University personnel have taken down the posters as they violate signage policies.In a statement from Jared Stonesifer, a University spokesperson, he said the posters are being removed because they are not permitted to be hung in the places they’ve been posted. 

“The University of Pittsburgh has a written Policy on Temporary Signage that outlines where materials may and may not be posted,” the statement said. “Signage posted outside of permitted areas will be removed.”

The recent uptick in posters for the hostages comes as the Israeli government continues their siege of Gaza in the wake of the Hamas attack. Though some reports are conflicting, Hamas took at least 200 hostages on Oct. 7, and the majority are still in Gaza. 

The University said they are aware of the delicacy of the subject matter, and they “hear and recognize the elevated concerns of our community and take those seriously. 

“The Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the Division of Student Affairs are both reaching out to various faith communities and ethnic groups — and listening to the issues that different members of our community are raising and sharing information about available resources,” Stonesifer said.

In addition to their official policies, Stonesifer also discussed the security measures the University takes in regards to recent rallies and vigils on campus. 

“The University’s Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management has been in regular contact with leaders of religious and cultural organizations to help discuss safety and security needs,” Stonesifer said. “We also maintain a security presence at all demonstrations and rallies, speak regularly with concerned parents and religious and cultural leaders to discuss our safety protocols, and coordinate with local, state and federal law enforcement.” 

About the Contributor
Ryleigh Lord, News Editor
Ryleigh Lord is the head news editor at The Pitt News. She is a junior history and English writing major with an Irish minor. She also contributes to the culture desk, mostly to talk about the shows and movies she loves. In her free time, she's usually cheering on Arsenal WFC despite their best efforts to break her spirit. You can contact her at [email protected]