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Diana Velasquez is the culture editor for the 2021-22 academic year.

Meet the editors: Culture

By Diana Velasquez, Culture Editor
This year’s culture editor, Diana Velasquez, has everything from food festivals to zoo lantern nights on the docket. She can also speak some High Valyrian when prompted.
Picklesburgh, held Aug. 20-22 Downtown, featured vendors, live music and a 35-foot-long Heinz pickle balloon.

Picklesburgh a big dill for downtown Pittsburgh

By Anna Ligorio, Senior Staff Writer
The sixth annual “Picklesburgh” festival — presented by Kraft Heinz and produced by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership — was a Friday-to-Sunday celebration on the Andy Warhol Bridge of all things pickled, and included vendors and live music.
Crowds of students flocked to the Global Carnival on Monday night to enjoy food and performances from a variety of cultural student organizations.

Pitt kicks off Welcome Week with Global Carnival

By Jessica McKenzie, Staff Writer
Students swarmed the grounds of the William Pitt Union on Monday evening to kick off the Global Carnival, complete with international food and musical performances from cultural student organizations
In a timeline where streaming platforms seemingly churn out mediocre and outdated content, “The Chair” is a breath of fresh air and a call to action at the same time.

Review: ‘The Chair’ is everything modern-day academia needs to hear

By Maria Scanga, Staff Writer
Staff writer Maria Scanga argues that Netflix’s new drama series, “The Chair” highlights exactly what our modern-day academia merely brushes over.
Jeff Bergman has voiced many characters throughout his career, such as Fred Flintstone, Yogi Bear, and more recently, Bugs Bunny.

What’s Up, Doc?: Q&A with voice actor and Pitt alum Jeff Bergman

By Jessica McKenzie, Staff Writer
Jeff Bergman has voiced countless Looney Tunes characters, and most recently, he voiced Bugs Bunny in “Space Jam: A New Legacy.” In a Q&A with The Pitt News, Bergman chronicles his journey from Pitt to the big screen.
“Never Have I Ever” on Netflix is one of the staff’s picks for comedy movies and TV shows that are just what you need to survive the first week of classes.

Staff Picks: Comedies to get you through the first week of classes

After you’re done getting all your syllabi together, you should take a break before the semester gets underway. These comedic movies and TV shows will provide the perfect reprieve from work.
Schenley Park, pictured, is the closest park to Pitt’s campus, just a five-minute walk from the Cathedral of Learning. The park has hiking and biking trails, disc golf courses and an outdoor ice skating rink in the winter months.

Touch grass: How to get the most out of Pittsburgh’s parks

By Charlie Taylor, Senior Staff Writer
Pitt’s urban campus gives students plenty to do around Pittsburgh, but all the concrete, steel and stifling city air can weigh on students’ mental health. Luckily, Pittsburgh offers ample opportunity for its residents to reap the benefits of the outdoors, with 165 parks of varying size.
The Center for Creativity is finally opening their second space this year, the Text & conText Lab space, located in the Hillman Library.

Center For Creativity prepares for fall with new strategies, workspaces

By Julia DiPietro, For The Pitt News
The Center for Creativity opened a new creative space a few weeks ago on the third floor of the Hillman Library, called Text & conText, where students can try out bookbinding, papermaking, calligraphy, a Vandercook proof press and more.
Picklesburgh, pictured, is one of several upcoming Pittsburgh food fests, taking place Aug. 20-22 on the Andy Warhol Bridge in Downtown.

A guide to Pittsburgh’s must-see fall food festivals

By Jessica McKenzie, Staff Writer
Here is a foodie’s ultimate guide to Pittsburgh’s fall food festivals. After all, there’s no better way to celebrate the start of our first in-person semester in more than a year than to eat like there’s no tomorrow.
Pitt's new Smokeland BBQ food truck at a launch event in front of the William Pitt Union on Friday afternoon.

Pitt Eats launches new barbecue-themed food truck

By Maria Scanga, Staff Writer
Oakland is about to get a lot smokier this fall semester. Pitt student’s meal options have recently expanded to include a brand new food truck, Smokeland BBQ, boasting freshly made and locally sourced barbecue.
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