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Tracking trivia: the history of quiz night in Oakland

Tracking trivia: the history of quiz night in Oakland

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Contributing Editor

April 14, 2017


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Puzzles, Top Stories

Standing beside a booth sticky from nights of shot pitchers and beer specials, Steve McCalley asked a room full of diners and drinkers if they could differentiate between the names of characters from “Game of Thrones” and players in the National Football League. With Maroon 5 playing in the backg...

Tall order: Pitt adds another Starbucks on top of Cathedral

By Matt Maielli | Staff Writer

April 1, 2016


Filed under Culture, Puzzles

The University announced plans Thursday morning to construct a new Starbucks franchise on the top floor of the Cathedral of Learning. This will be the 20th Starbucks within a square mile of the University campus, including campus-affiliated and non-affiliated local chains. Construction will begin for the...

Dubnik falls in Jeopardy final

Dubnik falls in Jeopardy final

By Amanda Reed / Staff Writer

February 14, 2016


Filed under Culture, Puzzles, Television

Although she didn’t win the $100,000 grand prize in the “Jeopardy!” College Championship finals Friday night, Sarah Dubnik walked away with bragging rights and enough money to travel wherever she pleases. The Pitt senior chemistry and computer science major finished third in the competition, winni...

Debunking Hillman’s dirtiest secret

Debunking Hillman’s dirtiest secret

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

February 12, 2016


Filed under Culture, Puzzles, Television

Playboy Magazine once ranked Hillman Library’s first floor as one of the best places in the country to meet women. Fact or fiction? Urban legends already hold a special place in our culture — Bigfoot, Goatman, Johnny Appleseed — but how does something that is published become an urban legend? Like a ...

Who is, ‘Sarah Dubnik’? Pitt student reaches final in ‘Jeopardy’ competition

Who is, ‘Sarah Dubnik’? Pitt student reaches final in ‘Jeopardy’ competition

By Amanda Reed / Staff Writer

February 10, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Puzzles, Television

Sarah Dubnik is frustrated at what transpires before her. “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek queries contestants of the show’s annual College Championship semifinal round: “The [Nobel] Peace prize went to the National Dialogue Quartet of this North African country,” for $1,600. As the cont...

Daily Dubnik: Pitt senior to compete in college ‘Jeopardy!’ semifinal Wednesday

Daily Dubnik: Pitt senior to compete in college ‘Jeopardy!’ semifinal Wednesday

By Jack Trainor / Culture Editor

February 9, 2016


Filed under Culture, Puzzles, Television

Who: Pitt senior Sarah Dubnik What: Competing in the Jeopardy! College Championship semifinals Where: NBC When: Wednesday Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. Why: Dubnik was one of the semifinal round’s two highest point-earners after the five regular-game winners at $14,801. She will take on North Carolina State’s ...

TPN staff contemplates 2016

TPN staff contemplates 2016

By Culture Staff

January 6, 2016


Filed under Culture, Puzzles

Every year, college-themed New Year’s resolutions take the same predictable form — get in shape, find a job, join a club — but these easy goals leave us distressed when they don’t easily materialize into action. This year, why not give yourself a break and make resolutions that are fun and enhanc...

Space age brought JFK, Space Research Center to Pitt

Space age brought JFK, Space Research Center to Pitt

By Brady Langmann / Staff Writer

December 14, 2015


Filed under Culture, Puzzles

When Murray “Buzz” Susser enrolled in Pitt’s School of Medicine in 1962, he hoped to someday be the first doctor on the moon. An Air Force Reserve captain and former National Guard pilot, Susser wanted to trade jets for spaceships as a medical astronaut on Project Apollo. He was ready for the gi...

Language aloud in library: Carnegie Library offers free language lessons

Language aloud in library: Carnegie Library offers free language lessons

By Rio Maropis / Staff Writer

December 10, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture, Puzzles

Every first and third Tuesday of the month, Oakland’s Carnegie Library encourages its visitors to get chatty. That’s when the Japanese Conversation Club meets, in the library’s large print room. Nearly 20 participants sit at three separate tables. It’s obvious that attendees are familiar wit...

Freedom of speech: Feminist lit club fosters open discussions

Freedom of speech: Feminist lit club fosters open discussions

By Meghan Bray / Staff Writer

November 19, 2015


Filed under Culture, Puzzles

Not all advocacy groups make a difference by causing a stir. For the past two years, members of the Feminist Theory Reading Group have built a community by meeting every other Thursday at 4 p.m. in the Cathedral of Learning in room 402E to discuss classic and contemporary literature concerning femi...

TPN’s gaming guru previews 2015’s most-anticipated releases

TPN’s gaming guru previews 2015’s most-anticipated releases

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

January 29, 2015


Filed under Culture, Puzzles

­­­Already, 2015 boasts a huge catalog of video games to look forward to, and the dizzying excitement makes it hard to choose what to plug into my systems.  Let me sift through some of these anticipated titles, and deliberate on what games I’m most eager to play.My Top 5:Final Fantasy XV (Square-E...

Gotta catch ’em all: How to keep yourself healthy for finals, Pokémon-style

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

December 8, 2014


Filed under Culture, Puzzles, Specials, Specials / Fallfinals2014

Finals week looms ahead like the Elite Four, and the path there is the same: Victory Road. In between studying and playing the new Pokémon games, recall the lessons you learned in Trainers’ School. With these tips, you will easily overcome your exams and become Champion.PoisonEasy — don’t harm your bod...

‘Destiny’ nails gameplay, flubs storyline and ‘social experience’

‘Destiny’ nails gameplay, flubs storyline and ‘social experience’

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

October 15, 2014


Filed under Culture, Puzzles

"Destiny"Released: Sept. 9, 2014Available on: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox OneDeveloper: BungieGrade: BA tiny, gray, multifaceted Ghost flies through the ruins of the Cosmodrome in Old Russia, Earth. The Ghost’s artificial intelligence scans overgrowth, collapsed cars and barren st...

Pinball in Pittsburgh: a crucial fixture in the global community

Pinball in Pittsburgh: a crucial fixture in the global community

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

September 24, 2014


Filed under Culture, Puzzles

Cryss Stephens stands over a noisy, flashing “Star Trek” pinball machine, one of the newest games released by pinball giant Stern Pinball, Inc. last year. It barks orders and phrases at Stephens as he approaches his 30th-straight minute on the game. His eyes flick around the glowing neon table in sto...

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