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Migos’ third album “Culture II” falls flat

Migos’ third album “Culture II” falls flat

By Zachary Donovan | For The Pitt News

February 1, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

Migos had every reason to go down as a footnote in the brief history of the trap genre. The collective — made up of Atlanta rappers Quavo, Offset and Takeoff — dropped its breakout single, “Versace,” almost five years ago but failed to recreate the track’s success because of a string of PR and l...

Battle for the band: students trade pop for performance at Hofbrauhaus College Night

Battle for the band: students trade pop for performance at Hofbrauhaus College Night

By Siddhi Shockey | Staff Writer

February 1, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Music

In the great beer hall at Hofbrauhaus every Thursday night, college students dance under the warm light of chandeliers to authentic live music — partaking in a beloved College Night tradition. But when Pitt senior accounting and business information systems major Derek Arnold walked into College ...

Oakland Restaurant Week hosts 6 days of $6 lunches

Oakland Restaurant Week hosts 6 days of $6 lunches

By Shahum Ajmal and Elizabeth Donnelly | For The Pitt News

January 30, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

Students on a budget can ditch Market Central for the week and try out a new restaurant on Forbes or Fifth Avenue for a discounted price instead. Oakland Restaurant Week — which takes place from Monday, Jan. 29, to Saturday, Feb. 3 — is hosted and funded by the Oakland Business Improvement Di...

Ashley Cecil displays ‘Birds and Botany’ at Phipps Conservatory

Ashley Cecil displays ‘Birds and Botany’ at Phipps Conservatory

By Emma Maurice | Staff Writer

January 30, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture

Just inside Phipps Conservatory, Ashley Cecil has created the illusion of Springtime in the midst of a harsh Pittsburgh winter — blooming flowers and songbirds rest on bright yellow backdrops along the walls of the Welcome Center, greeting visitors as they escape the cold. Cecil found inspirati...

Review: Walk the Moon delivers electrifying performance at Stage AE

Review: Walk the Moon delivers electrifying performance at Stage AE

By Darren Campuzano | Staff Writer

January 25, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

If there is a single guideline for bands performing in Pittsburgh, it is to never offend Steel City football. The audience at Stage AE witnessed this cardinal sin committed onstage Tuesday night by the unapologetic Cincinnati band, Walk the Moon. “When I think of Pittsburgh, I think of how badass ...

Q&A: Pitt alum opens Haus of Vain thrift store

Q&A: Pitt alum opens Haus of Vain thrift store

By Charlie Garcia-Weger | For The Pitt News

January 25, 2018


Filed under Culture

Thrifting in Pittsburgh is an underappreciated subject. When I discuss my excitement with people about finding a really interesting or rare find while thrifting in Pittsburgh, they look at me funny — maybe because I’m from Brooklyn. I grew up in what some consider “hipster central,” where it...

Pitt playwrights compete in festival

Pitt playwrights compete in festival

By Caroline Bourque and Shahum Ajmal | Pitt News Staff

January 23, 2018


Filed under Culture, Theater

Onstage, two actors sparred, bickered and gestured toward an imaginary hole in the floor as a willing audience played along — bringing to life a story from the mind of a fellow Pitt student. At the third annual Playwriting Festival, hosted by the Pitt Performance Collaborative, three students had the c...

Review: Salud Juicery opens in Oakland

Review: Salud Juicery opens in Oakland

By Elizabeth Donnelly | For The Pitt News

January 23, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

Just blocks away from Pitt’s campus, Oakland residents now have access to a tasty and healthy alternative to frozen treats and juices. Salud Juicery recently opened its fourth location in the Pittsburgh area — tucked away at 3400 Fifth Avenue. The unadvertised soft opening Friday, Jan. 5, allow...

The Naughties focus on the fans

The Naughties focus on the fans

By Caroline Bourque and Prachi Patel | Pitt News Staff

January 19, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Music

The audience at a typical Naughties show can expect anything from bass player Jad Hilal’s usual joke segment to a patriotic onstage reading of the Constitution — backed by red, white and blue stage lights. Lead vocalist and guitar player Jesse Wehner, a Pitt senior and economics major, said th...

Best of Oakland food run

Best of Oakland food run

By Noah Manalo | For The Pitt News

January 19, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

When I woke up Thursday morning, I felt a little stressed. Weighed down by schoolwork I had yet to complete, and with a long band practice ahead of me that evening, I knew I needed some good food to carry me through the day. I realized the only logical option was to eat at The Pitt News readers’ fav...

ASA breaks the bamboo ceiling

ASA breaks the bamboo ceiling

By Shahum Ajmal | For The Pitt News

January 18, 2018


Filed under Culture

Albert Tanjaya encouraged the discussion of Asian stereotypes Wednesday night, evoking a feeling of acceptance from the group gathered in room G8 of the Cathedral. “We are talking about the journey of self-identity, self-discovery and what it means to be an Asian-American,” Tanjaya said. Tanjaya...

Camila Cabello debuts self-titled solo album

Camila Cabello debuts self-titled solo album

By Zachary Donovan | For The Pitt News

January 18, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

If you didn’t know who Camila Cabello was six months ago, you almost certainly do now. The 20-year-old former member of Fifth Harmony has exploded onto the scene with the success of her solo smash hit “Havana.” Incorporating elements of her Cuban heritage with the dark aesthetics of trap, “Ha...

Review: Miguel makes waves with ‘War & Leisure’

Review: Miguel makes waves with ‘War & Leisure’

By Taylor Robinson | For The Pitt News

January 16, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

Miguel’s most recent album is a practice in reflection — asking listeners to re-examine their integrity and take a second look at their treatment of each other. In the chorus of “Now,” Miguel sings, “Is that the look of freedom, now? / Is that the sound of freedom, now? / ‘Cause it's ...

Pitt alumni produce ‘Body Farm’ film

Pitt alumni produce ‘Body Farm’ film

By Joanna Li | Staff Writer

January 16, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies, Top Stories

When a friend offhandedly suggested that Brandon Keenan — a 2005 graduate of Pitt’s media communication program — research the strange topic of body farms, he quickly discovered a potential story unfolding before him.   Keenan, 34, has now seen the production of his first feature film, a psycholog...

Rescue dog reaches Instagram fame

Rescue dog reaches Instagram fame

By Joanna Li | Staff Writer

January 11, 2018


Filed under Culture

Lu-Seal’s silver dog collar reads “Don’t feed me, I’m on a diet,” reminding her admirers of the long journey she has overcome to be healthy and happy — even if they have to say no to her puppy-dog eyes. As a 9-year-old abandoned chihuahua weighing a dangerously heavy 16 pounds, more than ...

Soda Club creates their own genre

Soda Club creates their own genre

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer

January 9, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Music

Jarrett Krause opened the doors to his classroom at Beth Shalom Early Learning Center in Squirrel Hill Friday morning. His prekindergarten students drew colorful, scribbly pictures and asked him about his long, curly hair. One day later, the 2015 Pitt alumnus was tossing that same curly hair onst...

Women who rocked 2017

Women who rocked 2017

By Amanda Reed | Contributing Editor

January 8, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

This past year challenged woman in the United States. A man who was recorded saying, “grab ‘em by the pussy” was sworn in as the president. Title IX, which helps and protects survivors of sexual assault across college campuses, is in jeopardy after Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced a review ...

Jazz plays on in Pittsburgh

Jazz plays on in Pittsburgh

By Emma Maurice | Staff Writer

January 8, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

While the riverboats travelling up the Mississippi and Ohio rivers between 1916 and 1970 brought many people to Pittsburgh to work in the booming steel industry, it also brought a wave of musicians who created Pittsburgh’s lasting jazz scene. Jazz in Pittsburgh continues to flourish and sustain years of tr...

Hospitals for the holidays: Students and nurses help out over break

Hospitals for the holidays: Students and nurses help out over break

By Sarah Connor and Joanna Li

December 11, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

While some people are putting a honey-glazed Christmas ham into the oven and cozying up with loved ones to watch “A Christmas Story,” Pitt student Trisha Klan starts her work day. Instead of sipping hot cocoa and decorating a tree, the third-year student will celebrate Christmas while working ...

Not too late to skate

Not too late to skate

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer

December 8, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Kristen Steffes was sprawled facedown on the surface of the choppy, snowy ice at the outdoor Schenley Park Skating Rink. The first-year biology and gender studies double major shrieked with laughter as her night of ice-skating started off with a bang — actually, it was more like a thud. She got...

Students design displays for Nationality Rooms

Students design displays for Nationality Rooms

By Marissa Perino / Staff Writer

December 7, 2017


Filed under Culture

Within the brightly lit rotunda of the University Art Gallery, people politely shuffle around a wall map already crowded with pushpins indicating spots where visitors’ hometowns and family origins are. This map is just one part of “Narratives of the Nationality Rooms: Immigration & Identity ...

“Milk and Vine” mixes satire with substance

“Milk and Vine” mixes satire with substance

By Henry Glitz / Opinions Editor

December 5, 2017


Filed under Culture

There are certain places where inspirational quotes naturally end up — on a dorm room poster, above a desktop in an office cubicle or in an Instagram bio. A less obvious a location is atop Amazon’s best seller list — yet that’s exactly where “Milk and Vine,” a poetry anthology subtitl...

An asylum for artists: students intern at a sanctuary for exiled writers

An asylum for artists: students intern at a sanctuary for exiled writers

By Salina Pressimone / Staff Writer

November 30, 2017


Filed under Culture

Rebecca Martin stares in awe from behind the “Banned Books” shelf in her volunteer T-shirt inscribed with the words “City of Asylum” written out in four different languages. She yields to occasional orders from Leslie, the supervisor for the night, greeting and registering guests as she t...

On the flat track: new class of derby skaters trains

On the flat track: new class of derby skaters trains

By Ellen Kruczek / Staff Writer

November 28, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

While some people spend their free time reading, painting or curled up on the couch binge-watching Netflix, the ladies of Steel City Roller Derby spend their free time lacing up roller skates and slamming their bodies into each other. Over the rubbery bark and chatter of skates, a new class of skater...

Beach Boys bring SoCal sounds to Heinz Hall

Beach Boys bring SoCal sounds to Heinz Hall

By Darren Campuzano / Staff Writer

November 20, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

It was less than 60 degrees in Downtown Pittsburgh Saturday but Mike Love — front man of the Beach Boys — was singing about breaking out the sandals and cruising past palm trees. “First order of business: Thanks for showing up,” Love said jokingly. “I’m a little wacky tonight.” The 7...

Column: Feeding you the truth about Thanksgiving

Column: Feeding you the truth about Thanksgiving

By Jaime Viens / Contributing Editor

November 20, 2017


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

Each year we celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November — we eat turkey, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes to commemorate the 1621 feast at which Pilgrims and Wampanoags peacefully gathered in Plymouth, Massachusetts. And every year since, Americans have put aside their own family...

When you give a tenant a bad experience

When you give a tenant a bad experience

By Rachel Glasser | Contributing Editor

November 17, 2017


Filed under Culture

When you rent a house from a landlord... He’s going to want you to sign a lease. When he wants you to sign a lease... You should say, ‘lemme read that first, please.’ When you’ve read it front to back... Some things may alarm you, such as the fact that your lease calls for you to deep clean the...

Students scatter to study in green spaces

Students scatter to study in green spaces

By Joanna Li / Staff Writer

November 17, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Although Pitt’s campus has a lot of the amenities a traditional campus would, it doesn’t have a central green space that all the buildings on campus surround. Instead, Pitt has scattered spaces — and while there aren’t many, they still allow for a good balance between urban life and a col...

Treasures and toys: students find strange objects upon moving into Oakland homes

Treasures and toys: students find strange objects upon moving into Oakland homes

By Jaime Weinreb / Staff Writer

November 17, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

When Sawyer Bressler signed the lease to his new home, he was unaware the house came with a dildo mounted to a plaque. Like Bressler, many Pitt students come across strange artifacts left by previous residents when they move into new apartments and houses. And after some initial confusion by these f...

Dark, dank and diverse: students find many uses for Oakland basements

Dark, dank and diverse: students find many uses for Oakland basements

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer

November 17, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Mac Clark heard knocking and high-pitched talking coming from his basement about two weekends ago. Following a Halloween party he hosted at his South Oakland residence, the senior mechanical engineering major unlocked the door leading to the basement and cautiously made his way down the creaking ...

Face-to-face with fake Facebook events

Face-to-face with fake Facebook events

By Amanda Reed / Senior Staff Writer

November 16, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

I showed up to the Facebook event, “Offer a Slurpee Up to the Old 7-Eleven Site,” Nov. 11 in the hope of finding the 360 people who said they were interested in attending — but I was the only one there. No one offered Slurpees in an attempt to magically bring back the storefront. What once was...

Cats come into the spotlight at Pittsburgh’s first cat film festival

Cats come into the spotlight at Pittsburgh’s first cat film festival

By Prachi Patel / Staff Writer

November 14, 2017


Filed under Culture

Laura Greenawalt tossed a handful of popcorn into her mouth and eagerly glanced up at the blank movie theater screen, waiting for the lights to dim, the film to begin and for her cat, Schuster, to become momentarily famous. Greenawalt and Emily Starr, both residents of Lawrenceville, came out to a Friday...

Review: Bob Dylan’s never-ending tour stops in Pittsburgh

Review: Bob Dylan’s never-ending tour stops in Pittsburgh

By Darren Campuzano | Staff Writer

November 9, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

What can be said about Bob Dylan that has not been said before? To start, the man cannot sit still. Rock’s modern troubadour and nonpareil songsmith returned to Heinz Hall after three years Nov. 6. It’s a reminder to Pittsburgh that after a 55-year career, he won’t be writing songs about retirem...

Pastels and paints: ARTificial club provides students with creative outlet

Pastels and paints: ARTificial club provides students with creative outlet

By Siddhi Shockey / For The Pitt News

November 9, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Art, Culture

The silence of creative focus cuts short sounds of laughter and chatter as students begin to paint abstract designs with vibrant yellow and pink acrylics on large, white canvases. ARTificial — the first club on Pitt’s campus dedicated solely to visual arts — is a space for both artists and appreci...

Historic Pittsburgh hosts fair at Carnegie Library

Historic Pittsburgh hosts fair at Carnegie Library

By Siddhi Shockey / For The Pitt News

November 7, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Rick Sebak, a native Pittsburgh filmmaker and producer, held a “Pittsburgh Changes the World” sign above his head, eliciting nods from the audience at the Historic Pittsburgh Fair. Sebak and many of the audience members reminisced over Pittsburgh’s greatest historical contributions, ranging from wo...

Sam Smith sings with sincerity in sophomore album

Sam Smith sings with sincerity in sophomore album

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

November 6, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

Sam Smith is not heartbroken anymore — sad and emotional, sure, but that seems to be a part of who he will always be. The heartbreak that propelled most of Smith’s 2014 debut, “In The Lonely Hour,” is a thing of the past. And while his new record, “The Thrill of It All,” holds onto the e...

‘Stranger Things’ season two returns twists, turns and the 80s

‘Stranger Things’ season two returns twists, turns and the 80s

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

November 1, 2017


Filed under Culture, Television

Putting the number two after a title is dangerous — sequels are hard to make and rarely live up to the originals. And while the second season of “Stranger Things,” released last Friday, falls victim in some ways to the sequel slump, it was a solid nine episodes that indulged in the things people...

Hunting Pittsburgh’s haunted history

Hunting Pittsburgh’s haunted history

By Lexi Kennell and Rachel Glasser / Contributing Editors

October 31, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish if a person is drunk or possessed by a demon. At least that’s what TJ Porfeli, the co-owner and president of operations of Ghosts N’at Paranormal Adventures, said Saturday while speaking at the orientation for one of the company’s ghost hunts. “If anyo...

Eerie ensembles: College students craft costumes at home

Eerie ensembles: College students craft costumes at home

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer

October 31, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Students dressed up in outfits ranging from cartoon characters to sexy nuns walked to and from Sorrento’s and mingled in Oakland basements this weekend — but one student in particular stuck out from the group. Attracting attention with massive, floppy ears and a large trunk, Joey Valentino, a sophomo...

TPN’s spooky tunes

TPN’s spooky tunes

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

October 31, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

Halloweekend parties might be over, but there’s still time to listen to a killer playlist of spooky tunes before all the Christmas music sets in. While “Thriller” and “Monster Mash” may be Halloween music staples, there’s more to be listened to before October comes to a close. Whether you...

Rooted in the community: gardens bring neighborhoods together

Rooted in the community: gardens bring neighborhoods together

By Prachi Patel / Staff Writer

October 26, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

Whether it’s planted on a worn-down baseball field, hidden in a church’s vacant parking lot or sandwiched between two houses, Pittsburghers have repurposed sections of their neighborhoods into community gardens — green spaces where neighbors can meet, mingle and grow crops together. Pittsbu...

Column: Bourdain challenges Pittsburgh narratives in flawed ‘Parts Unknown’ episode

Column: Bourdain challenges Pittsburgh narratives in flawed ‘Parts Unknown’ episode

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

October 23, 2017


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Television

When Anthony Bourdain goes to any city, locals are bound to complain that he missed one of the best restaurants or didn’t talk to an important person. But when Bourdain’s Pittsburgh episode of “Parts Unknown” aired on CNN Sunday night, many Pittsburghers were furious, claiming the show didn...

Taking a shot: trying alcohol for the first time at 21

Taking a shot: trying alcohol for the first time at 21

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

October 23, 2017


Filed under Culture

“No, thank you,” quickly became my most commonly uttered phrase on weekends once I moved away to college — I would continuously be offered drinks at parties and would continuously turn them down. I’m not sure exactly when I decided I wouldn’t drink alcohol before I turned 21 — I guess fo...

Staff picks: Halloween movies

Staff picks: Halloween movies

By TPN Staff

October 23, 2017


Filed under Culture

With hundreds of thousands of Halloween titles to rifle through online, the thought of missing out on the spookiest movies can be frightening. And with Halloween in about a week, there isn’t a better time to sit back with friends, snack on overpriced candy from Rite Aid and nervously laugh at scary m...

Teaching Aiden to aid: student trains service dog

Teaching Aiden to aid: student trains service dog

By Connor Wurst / For The Pitt News

October 19, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Four legs, floppy ears and a wet nose don’t seem to be the usual description of someone who is equipped to help with disabilities, but in the case of Aiden the puppy, this description is just enough when paired with two years of training. Aiden, an almost 4-month-old black lab, is training with Emma Oa...

Frightening Functions

Frightening Functions

By TPN Staff

October 18, 2017


Filed under Culture

The entire month of October is often laden with trips to pumpkin patches, nights spent watching scary movies under piles of blankets and parties where everyone shows off their handmade Halloween costumes. And whether it’s a Halloween bar crawl, a haunted amusement park or a live rendition of a spooky...

Preparation pays off: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra plays Shostakovich

Preparation pays off: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra plays Shostakovich

By Joanna Li / For The Pitt News

October 16, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

World-renowned musicians clad in dark colors quickly filled 101 empty black chairs organized in a crescent shape on the stage. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra played their program “Shostakovich Triumphant” Sunday at Heinz Hall Downtown as part of their BNY Mellon Grand Classics series. Polish gue...

Women’s Choral Ensemble invites alumni back for fall concert

Women’s Choral Ensemble invites alumni back for fall concert

By Salina Pressimone / Staff Writer

October 16, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Music

More than 40 years after her graduation, Phyllis Dato-Timbario added her voice back into the range of voices in Pitt’s Women’s Choral Ensemble. Pitt’s past and present WCE members serenaded an audience of more than 100 people inside Heinz Chapel for its 90th Anniversary Fall Concert Sunday. To c...

Exploring hidden art on campus

Exploring hidden art on campus

By Marissa Perino / Staff Writer

October 13, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Uncategorized

Because of displaced, absent or otherwise out-of-sight placards, many works of art often go unattributed or unnoticed on campus. There could be art installations hanging from a ceiling or beautiful oil paintings of the Cathedral in plain sight, and students and faculty often walk right by them. Art...

Retro Oakland: Panther Statues

Retro Oakland: Panther Statues

By Marissa Perino and Lexi Kennell

October 13, 2017


Filed under Culture

Just because the panther is a statue, it doesn’t mean it hasn’t changed. The panther was chosen as our mascot because of its intimidating nature, its nativity to the Pittsburgh region and its ancient standing as a noble animal, but most importantly it was chosen because no other university used it...

Altered: Repurposed Pittsburgh Churches

Altered: Repurposed Pittsburgh Churches

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

October 11, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Top Stories

In most cities, a building with multi-colored, kaleidoscope glass and a rusting bell tower is unquestionably a church, but in Pittsburgh, it could be something much different — it could be a music venue, brewery, hookah bar or even a night club. Repurposed churches are all over Pittsburgh — from the Braddoc...

Swaying in solidarity: Point Park students dance for Las Vegas in wake of shooting

Swaying in solidarity: Point Park students dance for Las Vegas in wake of shooting

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

October 10, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

As the clock in Market Square reached 12:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, about 115 young adults dressed in jeans and white T-shirts began flowing in around the perimeter of the square, moving their arms and hands in a series of intricate and repeated gestures. “It’s a flash mob,” a man on a corner ...

The National plays concert to pensive crowd

The National plays concert to pensive crowd

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

October 10, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

As The National lead singer Matt Berninger held up his drink between songs, he said being in Pittsburgh makes him feel like he’s “almost home.” The Cincinnati-based band played the outdoor venue at Stage AE Saturday to a full crowd of fans — mostly young adults in their twenties and thirt...

Tom Petty breaks hearts one last time

Tom Petty breaks hearts one last time

By Darren Campuzano / For Th Pitt News

October 5, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

"I'm just trying to make good quality music, 'cause I do realize this music is going to be around much longer than me. I do know that now,” Tom Petty said. The ample songwriter and classic rock trailblazer Petty died of cardiac arrest at age 66 Monday, Oct. 2. What hurts the most when true music i...

Send nudes: student artist draws on body positivity

Send nudes: student artist draws on body positivity

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

October 5, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

Every couple of weeks, more than 100 people scroll through their Instagram feeds and see a penciled sketch of a woman’s body accompanied by a short description about body positivity by user takeback_thenude. Sarah Krause, a junior studying studio arts and social work, started something last May called The Nudity Project. The project involves Krause drawing nudes of women...

Bob Seger rocks through PGH on ‘Runaway Train’ tour

Bob Seger rocks through PGH on ‘Runaway Train’ tour

By Darren Campuzano / For The Pitt News

October 3, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

“Usually it’s dedication time here,” Michigan-bred rocker Bob Seger said. “I’d like to dedicate this to everyone in the building.” Wearing true blue jeans, a Triumph Motorcycles T-shirt and a wide grin, Seger burst into a kicking rendition of “Old Time Rock ‘n Roll.” He grasped ...

Fast Films: UPTV hosts 24-hour film festival

Fast Films: UPTV hosts 24-hour film festival

By Siddhi Shockey / For The Pitt News

October 3, 2017


Filed under Culture, Movies

The screen fades to black after the character of Meriwether Lewis gets impaled — by his future self. Lewis uses a power strip as a makeshift time machine and travels back to when he launched a knife into the woods. When he arrives in the past, he appears in the woods and inadvertently becomes the tar...

Thrival revival: fall music fest returns to Pittsburgh

Thrival revival: fall music fest returns to Pittsburgh

By Dieer Hu and Luke Stambaugh / For The Pitt News

October 2, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

“Here’s to my city!” Wiz Khalifa said to thousands of elated festivalgoers as the melody of his Pittsburgh Steelers-inspired anthem “Black and Yellow” began to play. The Pittsburgh native and award-winning rapper performed as headliner of the 2017 Thrival Innovation + Music Festival this week...

Co-opportunity: Co-ops thrive in East Liberty

Co-opportunity: Co-ops thrive in East Liberty

By Marissa Perino / Staff Writer

September 29, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

At a farmers market in East Liberty, customers flock to stands lined with red-capped apple cider jugs and stacked wooden crates filled with fresh fruits and vegetables to cross grocery shopping off their to-do list for the week. In Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhood, two farmers market cooperatives ...

Local eats in Oakland, around Pittsburgh

Local eats in Oakland, around Pittsburgh

By The Pitt News Staff

September 28, 2017


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

If you are looking for eating options in Pittsburgh, checkout one of the many restaurants listed below: Qdoba Mexican Eats 3712 Forbes Ave. Monday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 412-802-7866 $ Qdoba offers the best in Mexican cuisine from burritos to quesadillas...

Talk Amharic to me: Pitt offers new language

Talk Amharic to me: Pitt offers new language

By Salina Pressimone / Staff Writer

September 27, 2017


Filed under Culture

“Kä, ku, ki. Rä, ru, ri. Tä, tu, ti.” Junior Ruth Dereje sounds out each letter as she transcribes the intricate Amharic symbols on the chalkboard inside the Irish Room with precise delineations of each of their most minute but crucial features. Behind her, professor Waganesh Zeleke expands an...

‘Pitt Tonight’ remastered: Andrew Dow hosts season three premiere

‘Pitt Tonight’ remastered: Andrew Dow hosts season three premiere

By Luke Stambaugh / Staff Writer

September 26, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

“The bread here is incredible — you have to try some,” new Pitt Tonight host Andrew Dow said as he threw dinner rolls at the audience of the Charity Randall Theatre Sunday. Dow pretended he was on a date with the crowd at the season three premiere of “Pitt Tonight,” Pitt’s student-run late night show. Kicking off the episode with a monologue, Dow intro...

‘Just in a rut’: The Killers’s new album disappoints, but not without hope

‘Just in a rut’: The Killers’s new album disappoints, but not without hope

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

September 26, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

In the chorus of “Rut” — the third song off The Killers’ new album “Wonderful Wonderful” — front man Brandon Flowers croons against a catchy beat, “Don’t give up on me / ‘cause I’m just in a rut.” And it’s hard to hear the words as anything other than a direct plea to the lis...

Crawling through the city: Gallery Crawl comes back to Pittsburgh

Crawling through the city: Gallery Crawl comes back to Pittsburgh

By Emma Maurice / Staff Writer

September 20, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture

For one night every season throughout the year, the streets of downtown Pittsburgh teem with artistic events, music and art fanatics. A free and public event since 2004, the quarterly Gallery Crawl yields nearly 30,000 visitors annually and showcases art, music and entertainment throughout downtown Pittsburgh. The Pit...

FEM: Equality and empowerment

FEM: Equality and empowerment

By Rachel Lombardo / For The Pitt News

September 20, 2017


Filed under Culture

Feminism has become a buzzword, and along with the attention comes stereotypes — that feminists are crazy man-haters and women who don’t shave their legs or armpits. Here on Pitt’s campus, The Female Empowerment Movement, or FEM for short, aims to break these stereotypes and bring feminism b...

WPTS creates playlists after hectic day at Pitt

WPTS creates playlists after hectic day at Pitt

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

September 18, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

With the Cathedral flooding and Pitt students standing up to homophobia in a counter protest at Towers yesterday, our news writers had more than enough to write about. The hectic Monday inspired the new media director of WPTS, Josh Chamberlain, to create two playlists to match the mood — Cathy ...

Wasteland-scapes: Frick Fine Arts Building hosts environmentally-conscious art exhibits

Wasteland-scapes: Frick Fine Arts Building hosts environmentally-conscious art exhibits

By Prachi Patel / Staff Writer

September 18, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

Floorboards creaked as visitors shuffled around to get a closer view of the medley of landscapes, which included underwater photographs, silk Chinese scrolls depicting sloping mountains and an Inuit print of a sea-goddess. The University Art Gallery hosted a joint opening of two art exhibitions ...

Pitt alum publishes serialized email novel

Pitt alum publishes serialized email novel

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

September 15, 2017


Filed under Culture

With a growing number of people flocking to Kindles and iPads for reading, publishing novels online seems to be the modern— and eco-friendly — option for contemporary literature. Adam Dove, who graduated from Pitt in 2014 with a degree in fiction writing, decided to tap into this trend and releas...

Creating careers: Pitt grads start their own businesses

Creating careers: Pitt grads start their own businesses

By Salina Pressimone / Staff Writer

September 15, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

On any weekend night on South Craig Street, passersby can hear the sounds of wails accompany the tune of pop songs emitted by the karaoke house on the corner. Wedged tight among Irish cuisine and artisan jewelry, KBox Karaoke’s dim purple curtains bring private karaoke culture to musically incline...

College is hard, but it’s just the start

College is hard, but it’s just the start

By Taylor Pecarchik / Staff Writer

September 15, 2017


Filed under Culture

There’s no doubt that people go to college so they can get a good job. It’s why I go to college. It’s probably why you do, too. But for a lot of students at Pitt, future plans are still a little cloudy. While every student at some point declares a field of study, that doesn’t mean every stu...

‘Six a breast’: an exploration into the absurdities of womanhood

‘Six a breast’: an exploration into the absurdities of womanhood

By Connor Wurst / For The Pitt News

September 13, 2017


Filed under Culture, Theater, Top Stories

A woman — illuminated by a single spotlight and clad in a bathrobe, a towel wrapped around her head and a pale green face mask — stands alone on stage and releases an enraged scream. The opening scene of CorningWorks’ fall 2017 production “six a breast” launched a theater full of Pittsbur...

Riding the party wave with Surf Bored

Riding the party wave with Surf Bored

By Luke Stambaugh / Staff Writer

September 11, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

In an Oakland basement adorned with Christmas lights, a two-person “mosh-pop” outfit jams in front of a sweaty crowd of college students. The crowd moshes to the fast-paced, resounding tunes as the guitarist wipes beads of sweat from his forehead. Surf Bored, a prominent Do-It-Yourself band...

Tailgate tunes: Pitt vs. PSU game day playlist

Tailgate tunes: Pitt vs. PSU game day playlist

By Jack Mulligan / For The Pitt News

September 7, 2017


Filed under Culture, GameDay, Music

Every college football fan in Pennsylvania has a reason to get excited for this Saturday’s game. Thousands of fans from both teams will meet at the massive Beaver Stadium for the in-state matchup. After Pitt’s stunning victory last year at Heinz Field, a lot is riding on this game for both teams....

Retro Oakland: Pitt’s catwalk of football fashion

Retro Oakland: Pitt’s catwalk of football fashion

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

September 7, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, GameDay

Sporting black long-sleeved turtlenecks and dark pants, Pitt’s 1899 football team looks like a bunch of brooding postmodern writers. But the beatnik era didn’t happen for another 50 years, making our athletic predecessors look like fashion-forward icons. And as our school went from the Western...

Asian-American film festival comes back to PGH

Asian-American film festival comes back to PGH

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

September 6, 2017


Filed under Culture, Movies

In an age when the United States prides itself on diversity but is plagued with racism, it’s important to support arts from all different cultures. Opportunities to do just this are everywhere, as long as we keep an eye out for them. The 12th annual Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival will sc...

“Rick and Morty” fan base flourishes as millennials continue to embrace dark humor

“Rick and Morty” fan base flourishes as millennials continue to embrace dark humor

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

September 4, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Television

“Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, everybody’s going to die. Come watch TV.” Morty Smith says this to his sister Summer in season one, episode eight of “Rick and Morty,” referencing the show itself along with its nihilistic and existential premise. “Rick and Morty” ...

Cats cradled in Schenley Plaza for First Caturday

Cats cradled in Schenley Plaza for First Caturday

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

September 4, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

On the grass by the Mary Schenley Memorial Fountain, a crowd of several dozen people parted down the middle as a retired show cat, looking remarkably like a small lion, strutted down the path. The cat who stole everyone’s attention — Snickers — was later passed around gently from person to person ...

Pro-life Pitt student aims to take hypocrisy out of casual politics

Pro-life Pitt student aims to take hypocrisy out of casual politics

By Matt Maielli / For The Pitt News

August 31, 2017


Filed under Culture

Rosemary Geraghty’s club at Pitt was accused, on social media, of being composed of “radical feminists” and “social justice warriors” promoting “transgenderism.” “And I was like, ‘Absolutely — you got me,’” she said with a laugh. Geraghty — a purple-haired, nose-ringed, q...

Multimedia zine cultivates creativity on campus

Multimedia zine cultivates creativity on campus

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

August 31, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Art, Culture

With the right angle and some adjusting of the photo’s exposure and saturation, Caitrin Bogart made art out of five cracked eggs she saw spattered on an Oakland street. The photograph, aptly titled “oops!,” was featured in ambi- magazine — a multimedia zine at Pitt — in February on the ma...

Game of Thrones awkwardly rushes plot in season seven finale

Game of Thrones awkwardly rushes plot in season seven finale

By Luke Stambaugh / Staff Writer

August 29, 2017


Filed under Culture, Television

Watching the “Game of Thrones” season seven finale was as entertaining as it was frustrating. The creators of HBO’s fantasy and action juggernaut provided six seasons of carefully crafted dynamic characters and complex interwoven storylines. But the finale of season seven was unfortunately rushed...

Transfers make the switch to Pitt but not without struggles

Transfers make the switch to Pitt but not without struggles

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

August 29, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Not all new Pitt students are having their first college experience — roughly a thousand of them every year are seasoned students who have transferred from colleges and universities from around the world. And while many transfer students find their place in Oakland just like the students who starte...

Bicycles, buses and cars: why students commute to campus

Bicycles, buses and cars: why students commute to campus

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

August 29, 2017


Filed under Culture, Uncategorized

With playlists and podcasts downloaded for the commute, roughly 800 undergraduate Pitt students make their daily trek to campus, whether it be from as near as Bloomfield or as far as the South Hills. I had that long and traffic-riddled drive from the South Hills over the summer — a journey that took any...

Retro Oakland: Learning about our university’s leaders

Retro Oakland: Learning about our university’s leaders

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

August 27, 2017


Filed under Culture

Although Pitt students today have grown accustomed to a chancellor who takes selfies with each upcoming class and tweets regularly, past leaders of Pitt had different approaches to interacting with students. There have been 18 Pitt chancellors — and each one impacted the University as we know it t...

Summer Album Analysis

Summer Album Analysis

By TPN Staff

August 27, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

From the moody, morbid “Melodrama” to the introspective “Witness,” the songs of the summer were filled with self-discovery, disappointment and apologies. And with so many new releases over the course of three short months, it can be difficult to keep up with what’s essential and what you can tune ...

Photographer Elliott Erwitt publishes forgotten Pittsburgh photos

Photographer Elliott Erwitt publishes forgotten Pittsburgh photos

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

August 21, 2017


Filed under Culture

Elliott Erwitt left his rented room at the downtown Pittsburgh YMCA in the fall of 1950, cameras in hand. The 22-year-old photographer walked up either Forbes or Fifth Avenue, documenting the people and places of the transitioning city along the way, before arriving at the Pittsburgh Photographic Lib...

Retro Oakland: taking a look at Pitt campus buildings

Retro Oakland: taking a look at Pitt campus buildings

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

August 21, 2017


Filed under Culture

Students walk down Fifth and Ruskin Avenues and pass Langley Hall every day, but many have no idea that two people died in an explosion in that very building about 40 years ago. In The Pitt News’ New Student Guide that was published earlier in the summer, I started a series — Retro Oakland — that f...

Pitt club raises awareness for animal welfare

Pitt club raises awareness for animal welfare

By Amanda Reed / Senior Staff Writer

August 21, 2017


Filed under Culture

No meat, cheese, wool or ivory-keyed pianos — basically nothing that comes from or is made from an animal. That’s what Pitt’s animal wellness club preaches on campus. Panthers for Animal Welfare — PAW for short — is an activist club focused on spreading awareness about the effects that fo...

Staff picks: cheap eats in Oakland

Staff picks: cheap eats in Oakland

By TPN Staff

August 21, 2017


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink

With Red Oak Cafe’s closure, Pitt students could go hungry come fall. But here at The Pitt News, we won’t let that happen. There are plenty of restaurants in Oakland to choose from — you just need to find the right spots. We’ve enlisted some editors and writers from The Pitt News to compile some o...

PITT ARTS enters 20th year of affordable access to the arts

PITT ARTS enters 20th year of affordable access to the arts

By Marissa Perino / Staff Writer

August 21, 2017


Filed under Culture

Occupying the penthouse floor of the William Pitt Union, the PITT ARTS office is ready for another year of Pittsburgh culture and entertainment. Freshly printed neon flyers are scattered on the coffee table and the lineup for the upcoming school year is pencilled on the calendar. A division of Student Affairs,...

Pittsburgh’s indie theaters set themselves apart

Pittsburgh’s indie theaters set themselves apart

By Matt Maielli / Contributing Editor

August 21, 2017


Filed under Culture, Movies

Chain theaters and popular franchises are fatiguing after a while — remakes, reboots and sequels, oh my — so why not attend a classic film marathon in a single screen theater to refresh your cinematic palette. Here’s a short list of local, independent theaters that offer both mainstream releases,...

Filters and flour: Pitt student mixes photography and baking

Filters and flour: Pitt student mixes photography and baking

By Rachel Lombardo / For The Pitt News

August 21, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

With three vanilla pound cake rounds cooling in front of her, Elaine Khodzhayan combines the perfect concoction of peanut butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar into her signature frosting. Khodzhayan, a rising senior majoring in human resources management and business information systems, is the baker ...

GALLERY: Summer in Pictures

GALLERY: Summer in Pictures

By Pitt News Staff

August 21, 2017


Filed under Culture, News, Visual

In case you missed it this summer, a lot of things have happened in Pittsburgh. These are some of our favorite photos from the past few months. ...

‘Shall we begin?’: Dragons, the undead and murderous mortals take their final places in ‘Game Of Thrones’ premiere

‘Shall we begin?’: Dragons, the undead and murderous mortals take their final places in ‘Game Of Thrones’ premiere

By Matt Maielli / Contributing Editor

July 19, 2017


Filed under Culture, Television

In the “Game of Thrones” season seven premiere, “Dragonstone,” the remaining pieces of the Great Game finally move into their places on the board. A large part of prestige television — which viewing audiences are drowning in lately — is waiting. That is definitely true of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and also true of S...

Podcasts and prose: TPN’s entertainment picks for the summer

Podcasts and prose: TPN’s entertainment picks for the summer

By TPN Staff

July 19, 2017


Filed under Culture

When we’re not busy writing, some of us at The Pitt News try to find time to read a book or listen to a podcast. Here are suggestions to kick back with and enjoy before classes resume in a few short weeks. BOOKS “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh” by Michael Chabon — Sarah Morris / For the Pit...

An unparalled syzygy: Pitt team launches test balloon to prepare for eclipse

An unparalled syzygy: Pitt team launches test balloon to prepare for eclipse

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

July 18, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

After an intense downpour the morning of the test launch, the dark clouds parted, uncovering a bright blue sky just in time for the Pitt Shadow Bandits to release their research balloon to float up to the top of the earth’s atmosphere. The Pitt Shadow Bandits — a team of Pitt students, faculty and...

Breaking a leg: Pitt med students archive their plays in art exhibit

Breaking a leg: Pitt med students archive their plays in art exhibit

By Marissa Perino / Staff Writer

July 11, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Theater

Nestled deep within Falk Library atop Cardiac Hill sits one of Pitt’s most unknown gems — a small art exhibit comprised of artifacts from past plays performed by Pitt’s medical school. Annually, fourth-year med students perform a pop culture-themed play with a medical twist, called Scope & Sca...

Pets of Pitt: students find furry friends on campus

Pets of Pitt: students find furry friends on campus

By Prachi Patel / Staff Writer

July 3, 2017


Filed under Culture

Winston prowls around a house on Bates Street — meowing, knocking things over with his black-and-white paws and chewing on the mail. For Georgia Vidal, a college student with a limited budget, housing space and time, her cat is a handful. Vidal, a fifth-year senior majoring in media and professional co...

GALLERY: Anthrocon 2017

GALLERY: Anthrocon 2017

By Anna Bongardino

July 3, 2017


Filed under Culture, Visual

Pittsburgh is the annual host of Anthrocon, the world's largest furry convention. This past weekend, more than 200 vendors and 7,300 attendees took part in the festivities which were held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. ...

Slice of life: Dave Pirozzi’s music makes waves at Pitt

Slice of life: Dave Pirozzi’s music makes waves at Pitt

By Jack Mulligan / For The Pitt News

June 28, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

While most artists draw inspiration from love and heartbreak, Pitt student and musician Dave Pirozzi finds inspiration in seemingly strange places — video games, cartoons and the changing of seasons. “I really have this weird obsession with fall,” Pirozzi said. “For my future writing with...

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