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First-year guards lead Pitt past Penguins, 69-53, in opener

First-year guards lead Pitt past Penguins, 69-53, in opener

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 6, 2018


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports

First-year guards Trey McGowens and Xavier Johnson led the Panthers with 17 and 16 points, respectively, and the Panthers scored 27 fast-break points en route to a comfortable 16-point victory.

Pitt rushes for 484 yards, beats Duke 54-45 on final drive

Pitt rushes for 484 yards, beats Duke 54-45 on final drive

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 27, 2018


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt rushed for 484 yards as a team — the second-most in program history — in a 54-45 last-minute win over the Duke Blue Devils.

Man sentenced to life in prison without parole for murder of Pitt student

Man sentenced to life in prison without parole for murder of Pitt student

By Janine Faust, Managing Editor

October 17, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, Crime, News

The DA’s office had originally sought the death penalty for Matthew Darby and withdrew it after he agreed to a sentence of life without parole.

Phi Delta Theta under police investigation for alleged hazing incident

Phi Delta Theta under police investigation for alleged hazing incident

By Christian Snyder, Editor-in-Chief

October 3, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, News

The University of Pittsburgh chapter of fraternity Phi Delta Theta is under police investigation after this weekend, when a Pitt community member reported alleged hazing at off-campus fraternity events last week.

Pittsburgh-native rapper Mac Miller dead at 26

Pittsburgh-native rapper Mac Miller dead at 26

By The Pitt News Staff

September 7, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, City, Culture, Music, News

The rapper died of an apparent drug overdose, according to a report from TMZ. He was 26 years old and about to go on tour.

Parents of hazing victim reach settlement with Beta Theta Pi

Parents of hazing victim reach settlement with Beta Theta Pi

By Hannah Schneider, Assistant News Editor

September 4, 2018


Filed under 3. Breaking, News, Top Stories

The parents of Timothy Piazza, a Penn State sophomore who suffered fatal injuries in February 2017 after a hazing event hosted by Beta Theta Pi, reached a settlement on their claims against the fraternity Tuesday evening.

Panthers display dominance versus Great Danes, cruise to 33-7 win in home opener

Panthers display dominance versus Great Danes, cruise to 33-7 win in home opener

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 1, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

The Panthers scored all the points they would need in the first half, taking a commanding 33-7 lead thanks to three total touchdowns from sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett.

2 injured in South Oakland apartment fire

2 injured in South Oakland apartment fire

By The Pitt News Staff

May 20, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, News

A three-alarm apartment fire struck an apartment building at 3315 Ward St. in South Oakland Sunday night around 10:30 p.m., sending two people to the hospital. According to Pitt spokesperson Kevin Zwick, neither victim is affiliated with the university. One victim is being treated at UPMC Presbyterian Ho...

PWSA recommends customers flush, boil water

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Managing Editor

January 31, 2017


Filed under 3. Breaking, Top Stories

A recent announcement from the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority issued a precautionary flush and boil water advisory for Oakland and several other Pittsburgh neighborhoods. PWSA announced Tuesday that people in any of the 24 affected neighborhoods should allow tap water to run for at least one minute ...

Relief of Pitt wrestling coach Jason Peters came after incident in Evanston

Relief of Pitt wrestling coach Jason Peters came after incident in Evanston

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 19, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Without clear explanation, Pitt relieved Jason Peters of his position as Pitt’s head wrestling coach Thursday. Peters no longer works for the University. Assistant head coaches Matt Kocher and Drew Headlee will act as co-head coaches for the remainder of the 2017 season. Senior 149-pounder Mi...

Interactive Crime Map Nov. 10 – 14

By The Pitt News Staff

November 21, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 11:30 a.m. Sutherland Hall. An officer took a criminal mischief report. An investigation is pending. 11:30 a.m. Benedum Hall. Police responded to an individual's report of the theft of his laptop. An investigation is pending. 4:26 p.m. Cathedral of Learning. An offi...

Interactive Crime Map Nov. 4 – 9

By The Pitt News Staff

November 13, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Here is the Pitt police activity for Nov. 4, 2016, to Nov. 9, 2016. Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 3:32 p.m. North Bouquet Street. Police responded to a report of a theft of a bike. An investigation is pending. 6:47 p.m. 3400 Forbes Avenue. Police responded to a report of a possible overdose. City me...

Protesters take Oakland streets following Trump win

Protesters take Oakland streets following Trump win

By The Pitt News Staff

November 9, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, City, National News, News

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Interactive Crime Map Oct. 14 – 21

By The Pitt News Staff

October 23, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 6:31 p.m. Cathedral of Learning. Police responded to a security guard's report of finding graffiti. An investigation is pending. 8:43 p.m. Bouquet Gardens. Police conducted a drug investigation and charges are pending. No other details were immediately available. 11:...

Interactive Crime Map Sept. 23-Oct. 4

By The Pitt News Staff

October 9, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Here is the Pitt police activity from Sept. 23 to Oct. 4. Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 8:42 a.m. UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. Police issued a warrant for an arrest to a man not affiliated with Pitt. 3:48 p.m. 400 block of Atwood Street. Pitt police assisted city police with a report of simple ...

Interactive Crime Map Sept. 23-Sept. 30

By The Pitt News Staff

October 2, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Here is the Pitt police activity for Sept. 23-29: Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 6:36 p.m. Litchfield Tower A. Police arrested a male student on charges of posession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphenelia and public drunkenness. 7:39 p.m. Schenley Park. Police responded...

Interactive Crime Map Sept. 16 – 23

By The Pitt News Staff

September 25, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Here is the Pitt Police activity from Sept. 16 - 23. Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 1:11 p.m. UPMC Mercy. Police arrested an unaffiliated person on charges of simple assault. Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 2:06 a.m. Holland Hall. Police issued a citation to a female student for underage drinking. 2:29 a.m. Nordenberg H...

Lulu’s Noodles cited with multiple health code violations

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

September 19, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, News

The Allegheny County Health Department cited Lulu’s Noodles on South Craig Street with multiple health code violations last week. The Health Department posted a consumer alert Sept. 15, for presence of flies and mice, inadequate sanitization of food surfaces and keeping cold food at an unsafe t...

Interactive Crime Map Sept. 9 – 16

By The Pitt News Staff

September 19, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Here is the Pitt police activity from Sept. 9 to 16 Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 4:35 p.m. Litchfield Towers Lobby. Police responded to a student's report of stolen clothing. An investigation is pending. 6:35 p.m. Schenley Plaza. Police responded a student's report that he left his backpack...

Interactive Crime Map Sept. 2 – Sept. 9

By The Pitt News Staff

September 11, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Here is the Pitt police activity from Sept. 2 to Sept. 9. Friday, Sept. 2, 2016  12:15 p.m. Stephen Foster Lot. Police responded to a report of the theft of a bicycle. An investigation is pending. 6:46 p.m. 7-Eleven. Police responded to a female employee's report that she is constantly being harassed by a cu...

Car and bus collide on Bigelow Boulevard

By Alexa Bakalarski / Senior Staff Writer

September 7, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, News

A car and a Port Authority bus collided on Bigelow Boulevard shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. According to Chris Ballina, a PAT Road Operations Supervisor who was on the scene, the woman driving the car said she didn’t see the bus – a Route 83 Bedford Hill bus – coming as she went to turn in...

Interactive crime map for Aug. 29 to Sept. 1

By The Pitt News Staff

September 5, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, Crime, News

Here is the Pitt police activity from August 29 to September 1. Monday, August 29, 2016 1:28 a.m. Litchfield Tower A. Police responded to a report of the theft of several posters. An investigation is pending. 2:24 p.m. Detre Hall. Police issued a warrant arrest to an unaffiliated man. ...

Internet outage temporarily shut down campus bookstore

By Alexa Bakalarski and Stephen Caruso / The Pitt News Staff

August 30, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, News

An internet outage Tuesday afternoon lasted less than an hour but managed to throw Pitt’s bookstore into momentary disarray. Around 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Pitt's Computing Services and Systems Development department said an electrical issue caused the wired and wireless network service in several buildin...

Police: Man Robbed North Oakland Subway

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

August 30, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News, Top Stories

An unknown man wielding a butcher knife robbed a Subway restaurant in North Oakland on Tuesday morning, leaving with cash from the store’s register. According to a release from the Pittsburgh Police, the suspect is a black man approximately 6-foot-2-inches tall. He entered the restaurant at about...

Heavy rain hits Pittsburgh, flooding streets and felling trees

By The Pitt News Staff

August 29, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, News

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Pitt expands health care coverage for transgender faculty and staff

By Alexa Bakalarski / Senior Staff Writer

August 24, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Beginning this year, Pitt will — for the first time — provide coverage for faculty and staff members’ transgender-related healthcare services. Pitt announced the change in a three-page long letter the University’s Office of Human Resources sent to faculty and staff last week. The letter detail...

Pitt welcomes 229th class of first years

Pitt welcomes 229th class of first years

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

August 24, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, News, Top Stories

At the New Student Convocation Wednesday afternoon, faculty, staff and returning students welcomed the class of 2020 to Pitt’s community with advice, anecdotes and a selfie. The convocation, held in the Petersen Events Center, officially marks the start of the new academic year, Kenyon Bonner, ...

Two suspicious packages detonated in Oakland

Two suspicious packages detonated in Oakland

By Harrison Kaminsky and Danielle Fox / The Pitt News Staff

April 13, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, City, News, Top Stories

In two separate instances, Pittsburgh Bomb Squad detonated suspicious packages in Oakland today. Pittsburgh Bomb Squad detonated the first suspicious package about 5:30 p.m. near the intersection of Thackeray and Fifth Avenue after receiving a call. After evacuating classes nearby, Pitt poli...

Stallings finalizes staff with hiring of assistant Kevin Sutton

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

April 13, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports

New Pitt basketball head coach Kevin Stallings finalized his coaching staff on Wednesday afternoon, as the school announced the hiring of Kevin Sutton as its third and final assistant coach. Sutton most recently served as an assistant at Georgetown University from 2013 until this past season. His pas...

Interactive Crime Map April 1-8

By Pitt News Staff

April 10, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Here’s the interactive crime map for April 1 to April 8 . Friday, April 1, 2016 8:11 a.m. Sutherland Hall. Pitt police are investigating a report of criminal mischief. 12:38 p.m. Litchfield Towers Lobby. Pitt police arrested one non-affiliate for terroristic threats, criminal trespass, reckles...

Pitt hires new swimming and diving coach

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Staff Writer

April 5, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Early Tuesday morning, Athletic Director Scott Barnes announced that John Hargis would replace Chuck Knoles as Pitt’s new head coach of Swimming and Diving. Knoles, who coached at Pitt for 25 seasons, announced his retirement in March to “spend time with [his] family and friends, including [his] mother in Arizona.” Senior assistant coach Marian Cl...

Crime Map for March 25 – April 1

By The Pitt News Staff

April 3, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Here's the interactive crime map for March 25 to April 1. Friday, March 25, 2016 7:52 a.m. Nordenberg Hall. Police responded to a student’s report of their own consumption of alcohol. Police referred that student for judicial action. 5:53 p.m. Litchfield Tower B. Police responded to a student’...

No one injured in Oakland shooting

By Zoë Hannah / Assistant News Editor

April 3, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Pittsburgh police are searching for someone who shot a gun into a park and a house in Oakland Friday night. According to the release, no one was injured, but police officers found four shell casings on the 3700 block of Frazier Street in Oakland. Officers were dispatched to the scene at 8:30 p.m., w...

Justice Kithcart, Crisshawn Clark re-confirm commitment

By Phoebe Gilmore and Dan Sostek | Sports Desk

March 31, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Thursday evening, Virginia Episcopal point guard Justice Kithcart and Crisshawn Clark, who’s currently attending Cañada College, both confirmed that they will re-commit to Pitt for next year’s basketball season. Kithcart reopened his recruitment process after former Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon lef...

Brandin Knight declines Stallings’ offer

By Elizabeth Lepro | Assistant Sports Editor

March 31, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Former assistant basketball coach Brandin Knight announced Thursday that he will not return to Pitt’s court next season. A few days after new Pitt basketball head coach Kevin Stallings Knight a position on his staff, Knight announced over Twitter Thursday that he would not accept the position. Knigh...

Joe Biden to visit Pitt

Joe Biden to visit Pitt

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

March 30, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, National News, News

On a nationwide tour of three universities, Vice President Joe Biden will visit Pitt next week as part of the It’s On Us campaign, a White House official announced Tuesday. According to a release, Biden will travel to Pitt April 5, then move on to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the Univ...

Stallings From Grace: Stallings hire draws ire from Pitt fan base

Stallings From Grace: Stallings hire draws ire from Pitt fan base

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 28, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports

John Enright has been a Pitt fan through and through. He started watching Pitt football at the age of 10 in the 1970s. He cherished Pitt’s basketball teams, starting with the 1978-1979 team, and eventually went on to cover the squad for this very paper in 1989. Enright has been a season ticket hol...

Pitt Twitter implodes over Stallings rumors

Pitt Twitter implodes over Stallings rumors

By Harrison Kaminsky / Managing Editor

March 27, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

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Pitt announces Kevin Stallings as 15th head coach in program history

Pitt announces Kevin Stallings as 15th head coach in program history

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 27, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports

Sunday morning, the Easter Bunny didn’t bring eggs or candy to the Pitt community. Instead, it brought a coach. The University of Pittsburgh confirmed various reports, officially announcing the hiring of Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings as the program’s new head basketball coach. Stallings has s...

Darwin Deez to perform on campus

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 22, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, News

In its spirit of bringing fresh music to campus, progress, Pitt’s campus radio station WPTS announced Tuesday it will host progressive band Darwin Deez at its annual spring show in April. Darwin Deez, an indie rock band from New York City, will play in the William Pitt Union  Ballroom Friday, Ap...

Pitt students in Brussels unharmed following terrorist attacks

Pitt students in Brussels unharmed following terrorist attacks

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 22, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, News

Two Pitt students studying abroad in Brussels, Belgium, are unharmed after a series of terrorist attacks on Tuesday, the University Study Abroad Office confirmed. Between 3 and 4 a.m. Eastern time and 8 and 9 a.m. local time, bombs exploded in the Brussels Airport and the Maelbeek subway station nea...

Pitt Twitter reacts to Jamie Dixon leaving for TCU

Pitt Twitter reacts to Jamie Dixon leaving for TCU

By Harrison Kaminsky / Managing Editor

March 21, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

News broke Monday that Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon would leave the program to accept the same job at Texas Christian University, his alma mater. Pitt Twitter reacted in various ways, with some congratulating the former coach and others lamenting the loss for Pitt. [<a href="//storify...

Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon accepts TCU job

Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon accepts TCU job

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 21, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports

For Pitt and men’s basketball head coach Jamie Dixon, the 2015-2016 season was unlucky No. 13. After 13 seasons at the helm, Dixon has accepted an offer from Texas Christian University — his alma mater — to become its new head coach, Pitt athletic director Scott Barnes announced at a press con...

Interactive Crime Map March 10-March 16

By The Pitt News Staff

March 20, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Here is the Pitt police activity for March 10 to March 16. Thursday, March 10, 2016 1:14 p.m. 7-Eleven. Police arrested one Pittsburgh man for retail theft. 3:51 p.m. 4000 Forbes Avenue. Pitt police assisted city police with a report of domestic violence. 8:51 p.m. 100 block of Robinson Street. Polic...

Reports: Jamie Dixon considering accepting TCU head coaching job

Reports: Jamie Dixon considering accepting TCU head coaching job

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 20, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament on Friday, but intrigue surrounding the program is just heating up. Gary Parrish of CBS Sports reports that Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon is considering accepting the position of head coach at Texas Christian University, Dixon’s alma mater, according to...

Badgers kill Pitt NCAA hopes, 47-43

Badgers kill Pitt NCAA hopes, 47-43

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

March 18, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports

With twelve seconds left in the game, Pitt guard James Robinson grabbed the defensive rebound with his team trailing Wisconsin 44-43. Rushing up the court and driving to the hoop,  Robinson tossed up a tough layup after bumping into his own teammate, Michael Young. The shot fell short, as did the...

State could restore Pitt funding, Wolf signature pending

State could restore Pitt funding, Wolf signature pending

By Dale Shoemaker / News Desk

March 16, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Administration, National News, News

If Gov. Tom Wolf signs a Pennsylvania Senate bill today, Pitt will receive more than $143 million in state funding. Following the state’s 2015 budget impasse, which has now lasted eight months, the Pennsylvania House and Senate pushed SB 915, a bill that replenishes Pitt’s state funding, Wednesd...

Sunoco robbed twice this week

Sunoco robbed twice this week

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 16, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Pittsburgh police officers are seeking a man who robbed the Sunoco gas station in South Oakland early Tuesday morning ­— the second robbery at the gas station in less than a week. Officers responded to a call of an armed robbery around 2:05 a.m. at the gas station on the 300 block of Craft Ave.,...

Oakland’s Crime Map for Feb. 26 – March 9

By The Pitt News Staff

March 14, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

  Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 10:05 a.m. Fifth Avenue at Bouquet Street. Pitt police responded to a report of an individual exposing himself. Police checked the area and didn’t find anyone exposing themselves, but an investigation is pending. 2:45 p.m. Delta Chi Fraternity. Pitt police respo...

Social media reactions to Pitt’s NCAA Tournament selection

Social media reactions to Pitt’s NCAA Tournament selection

By Harrison Kaminsky / Managing Editor

March 13, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

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Pitt basketball earns No. 10 seed in NCAA Tournament

Pitt basketball earns No. 10 seed in NCAA Tournament

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 13, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men's basketball team earned a No. 10 seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, as they will take on the No. 7 seed Wisconsin Badgers in St. Louis, Missouri. The team finished the season with a 21-11 record, going 9-9 in conference play. The tournament berth is Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon's 11th...

South Oakland gas station robbed

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 11, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh police are seeking a man suspected of robbing the Sunoco gas station on Craft Avenue in South Oakland Thursday night. According to a release, police said officers arrived at the gas station on the 300 block of Craft Ave. around 11:44 p.m. and learned that a man had robbed business at gun ...

Robinson, Johnson carry Pitt over Syracuse to advance in ACC Tournament

Robinson, Johnson carry Pitt over Syracuse to advance in ACC Tournament

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 9, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball

WASHINGTON, D.C --- Wednesday could have been the last game of James Robinson’s career. The senior point guard and his Panthers needed a win, sitting on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament field of 64 and Pitt's accepting an NIT invitation no guarantee. And with Pitt on the ropes, he did what...

McConnell-Serio named head coach of USA U18 team

McConnell-Serio named head coach of USA U18 team

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 8, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Sports, Women's Basketball

Pitt’s Suzie McConnell-Serio has added another prestigious honor to her already impressive resume on Tuesday, as USA Basketball named her the head coach of the country’s U18 National Team ahead of the 2016 FIBA Americas Championship in Chile this July. “It’s such an incredible honor to be...

PPC announces Bigelow Bash headliners

PPC announces Bigelow Bash headliners

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

March 4, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, News, Top Stories

This spring, two headlining artists will claim the street and the stage at Bigelow Bash. On Thursday at 11 p.m., Pitt Program Council announced Bigelow Bash, the annual outdoor spring concert, will feature two headliners  — X Ambassadors, an alternative rock band, and B.o.B., a hip hop artist — ...

SGB polls open today: What you need to know

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 1, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, News, Student Government

The polls are officially open for the 2016 Student Government Board election. It’s the first SGB election since the fall of 2014, when the Board passed a referendum to align its terms with the academic year rather than the calendar year. Students elected today will serve from the end of this school year unt...

Interactive Crime Map for Feb. 19-26

By The Pitt News Staff

February 29, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Here is the crime and other Pitt police activity for Feb. 19-26: Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 10:44 p.m. Litchfield Tower A. Pitt police issued one citation for underage drinking. 11:40 p.m. Fifth Avenue at University Place. Pitt police confiscated a small amount of marijuana during a traffic stop. Saturday, F...

Slaying Devils: Panthers upend No. 15 Duke 76-62

Slaying Devils: Panthers upend No. 15 Duke 76-62

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

February 28, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports

No one in the history of Pitt basketball has started more games than James Robinson. And, on Senior Day, his last contest at the Petersen Events Center, he was going to come out on top. After the Panthers fell to the Louisville Cardinals Wednesday, redshirt junior Chris Jones, who was a member of the ...

Interactive Crime Map Feb. 12-19

By The Pitt News Staff

February 21, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Here is the crime and other Pitt police activity for Feb. 12-19: Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 9:30 a.m. Cathedral of Learning. Pitt police responded to a report of bench theft. An investigation is pending. 1:07 p.m. Litchfield Towers Lobby. Pitt police responded to a report of stolen mail. An investigat...

Student dies in South Oakland house

Student dies in South Oakland house

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

February 21, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, Crime, News

This story has been updated. A 21-year-old male Pitt student was pronounced dead Sunday morning at a South Oakland residence, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office. Rick Lorah, a forensic supervisor for the office, said the student, Chase A. Longo, a mechanical engineeri...

Pitt Sodexo employees start negotiating new contract

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

February 17, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Sodexo employees who work at Pitt began negotiating a new labor contract with the company Wednesday. 32BJ, the local branch of the Service Employees International Union, represents the 230 Sodexo employees who work primarily in Pitt’s two dining halls — Market Central and The Perch — and is negoti...

Pitt releases fossil fuel investments, students call for divestment

By Zoë Hannah, Dale Shoemaker and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

February 17, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Nine months after they promised to do so, Pitt administrators have revealed that the school invests $26 million in the fossil fuel industry, information requested by a student group that wants Pitt to divest such holdings. The group, the Fossil Free Pitt Coalition, requested the information last year and w...

Students learn about consent

Students learn about consent

By Andrew O'Brien

February 16, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, Health, News

College students are drilled on the definition of consent over and over — but many of them don’t understand how to apply these lessons to their daily lives. On Monday, Mike Domitrz, founder of The Date Safe Project — an organization that dedicates itself to educating people about consent as well as suppo...

Pitt to grant Hayes honorary degree

Pitt to grant Hayes honorary degree

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

February 16, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

At its 40th annual Honors Convocation at the end of February, Pitt will award poet Terrance Hayes an honorary doctorate in fine arts. Chancellor Patrick Gallagher will award Hayes the degree at the ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 at the Carnegie Music Hall on Forbes Avenue. “[Hayes’] contribut...

Interactive crime map for Feb. 5-12

By The Pitt News Staff

February 14, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Here is the Pitt police activity for Feb. 5 to 9. Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 12:32 p.m. No location specified. Pitt police assisted city police with a traffic stop. 3:12 p.m. Trees Hall. Pitt police responded to a report of a stolen wallet. An investigation is pending. 8:31 p.m. Centre Avenue. Pitt police assi...

Police report fourth assault in two weeks

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

February 8, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Pitt and city police are investigating a sexual assault that occurred on Meyran Avenue early Saturday morning — the fourth assault in a week. At about 1:12 a.m. Saturday, Pitt and city police responded to a call on Meyran Avenue at Fresco Way where a woman told officers that a black man, about 5-feet ...

Panthers blacked out by No. 9 Virginia 64-50

Panthers blacked out by No. 9 Virginia 64-50

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

February 6, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports

Going into halftime, the Pitt basketball team held all of the momentum. After facing varying deficits, the Panthers pulled within two at the break. But four minutes into the second half, it was clear that all momentum was lost, as the Virginia Cavaliers (19-4, 8-3 ACC) constructed a game deciding ...

Pitt football wraps up 2016 recruiting class on National Signing Day

Pitt football wraps up 2016 recruiting class on National Signing Day

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 3, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

After some drama, surprises and countless “Pitt is It” tweets, Pitt finalized its 2016 recruiting class during National Signing Day. The Panthers class includes 24 players — as well as transfer tight end Chris Clark and senior Ejuan Price, who the NCAA granted a sixth year of eligibility — and...

Man arrested, charged after Saturday shooting in Oakland

Man arrested, charged after Saturday shooting in Oakland

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

February 1, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, Crime, News

Carlow University police have arrested and charged a man involved in a shooting in Oakland Saturday. Police arrested Jamone L. Watson, 21, Saturday at about 4:30 p.m. after a Carlow police officer heard him fire a gun and run down Chesterfield Road toward Fifth Avenue, according to a police report. P...

Central Catholic’s Damar Hamlin commits to Pitt

Central Catholic’s Damar Hamlin commits to Pitt

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 1, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

On Monday evening, Pitt football learned that a local high school star would be staying home. Central Catholic’s Damar Hamlin committed to the University of Pittsburgh via an announcement on KDKA Pittsburgh. Hamlin is a six-foot-one, 179 pound defensive back. He is a consensus four-star recruit...

Pitt police report three assaults

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

January 31, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Pitt police are investigating three assaults that occurred over the weekend in Oakland. According to a crime alert, an unidentified man told police that an unknown person assaulted him around 1 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 31. The victim told police he was assaulted and injured on the 3400 block of Saint James P...

Police arrest shooting suspect in Oakland

Police arrest shooting suspect in Oakland

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

January 30, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Pitt police arrested an unidentified man Saturday afternoon after he fired a gun several times near Carlow University’s campus in Oakland. Carlow University and Pittsburgh police responded to a 911 call of gun shots fired near Terrace Street and Chesterfield Street behind Carlow University’s ca...

Information science dean to change roles

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

January 29, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, News, Tech Science

Ron Larsen, dean of Pitt’s School of Information Sciences, will resign in 2017 after he helps lead a department restructure, the University said on Thursday. Larsen, who has worked at Pitt since 2002, is now working with the chair of the Department of Computer Science, Taieb Znati, to combine the...

Police issue crime alert for indecent exposure incident

By The Pitt News Staff

January 28, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Pitt police are investigating an unknown man who exposed himself to a woman in Oakland Wednesday evening. According to a Pitt police crime alert, a woman reported to police that a man of Middle Eastern descent exposed himself to her at about 7:15 p.m. inside a laundromat on the 400 block of Semple Stre...

Pitt, SGB to rent compost dumpster

Pitt, SGB to rent compost dumpster

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

January 27, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

This week, Pitt will install its first long-term composting dumpster outside Posvar Hall, Student Government Board environmental chair Joe Streets announced Tuesday. At its weekly public meeting Tuesday night, Streets announced that Facilities Management, along with PittServes and his committee, would place ...

Fire damages Oakland parking structure

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

January 26, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, News, Top Stories

A one-alarm fire has caused damage to a management office in an Oakland parking garage. Two fire units responded to a call at the Meyran Avenue garage at 2:35 p.m. Tuesday after a security guard on duty noticed the blaze. Fire crews from the Pittsburgh Fire Bureau Station number 14 were able to ...

ACC announces 2016 Pitt football schedule

ACC announces 2016 Pitt football schedule

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 26, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

The Atlantic Coastal Conference announced finalized schedules for Pitt and other ACC schools for the 2016 football season on Tuesday afternoon. The Panthers will face eight teams that made bowl games and four that won 10 or more games as part of their 12-game schedule. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi...

Late three by Artis helps Pitt sneak out of Tallahassee with win

Late three by Artis helps Pitt sneak out of Tallahassee with win

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 23, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt only led for 33 seconds of the second half. That was enough though, as one of those seconds occurred when the clock ticked from one to double zeroes. One game after failing to protect its own home court, the Pitt men’s basketball team stole a game at Florida State. defeating the Seminoles...

Police investigate students after robbery

By Zoë Hannah and Dale Shoemaker / Pitt News Staff

January 22, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

What started out as a report of a home invasion Wednesday night in South Oakland has turned into a drug investigation involving several Pitt students. Pittsburgh police responded to a 911 call from the home of five students on Juliet Street around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Once there, police found Fox C...

Pitt bounces back with blowout victory over Boston College

Pitt bounces back with blowout victory over Boston College

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

January 16, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball

For a brief moment, it was easy to question if the Panthers weren’t quite the offensive team they appeared to be, as a slow start against Boston College piled onto their sluggish effort against Louisville. 84 points later, it was apparent that the Panthers can still score efficiently on just about...

Hapless offense dooms Pitt at Louisville

Hapless offense dooms Pitt at Louisville

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 14, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports

At the KFC Yum! Center on Thursday evening, the Pitt offense never tasted success. The No. 20 Panthers shot an abysmal 26.1 percent from the field, falling to the No. 20 Louisville Cardinals 59-41 in an ugly performance on the road. Pitt won the tip, and Michael Young quickly nailed a long two...

Young, Panthers continue roll in hard-fought road win over Notre Dame

Young, Panthers continue roll in hard-fought road win over Notre Dame

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 9, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports

Even with a frenzied comeback effort by the Fighting Irish, the Pitt men’s basketball team led wire-to-wire on Saturday in South Bend. The No. 24 Panthers defeated Notre Dame at the Edmund P. Joyce Center 86-82,bolstered by a 25 point game by junior forward Michael Young. The Panthers came out...

Pitt hires new offensive coordinator

Pitt hires new offensive coordinator

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

January 8, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

Pitt has found its new offensive coordinator. Former North Carolina State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Matt Canada will join the Pitt football coaching staff to fill the same role, according to a Pitt release. “I’ve known Matt and his family for a very long time and I feel...

No. 24 Panthers hold against Georgia Tech to remain undefeated in ACC

No. 24 Panthers hold against Georgia Tech to remain undefeated in ACC

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 6, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball

The Pitt men’s basketball team gave up 84 points. The Panthers were outrebounded. They only shot 36.7% in the second half. Yet somehow, they won by five. The No. 24 Pitt men’s basketball team defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Wednesday night at the Petersen Events Center 89-84, improving...

Pitt police issue crime alert for armed robbery

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

January 6, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Pittsburgh police are seeking two men for an alleged armed robbery that happened Monday night in Oakland. According to a crime alert from Pitt police issued Tuesday morning, officers were called to the 300 block of Oakland Avenue to assist city police with a report of an armed robbery at about 11:40 p...

Pitt men’s basketball enters AP poll at No. 24

Pitt men’s basketball enters AP poll at No. 24

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

January 4, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports

For the first time since Feb. 10, 2014, Pitt's men's basketball team has cracked the AP Top 25 poll. The Panthers (12-1, 1-0 ACC) entered at No. 24 in the poll released Monday after knocking off Syracuse and Maryland Eastern Shore last week. Pitt is the sixth-highest ACC team in this week's polls,...

Quarterback Voytik to seek graduate transfer

Quarterback Voytik to seek graduate transfer

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

January 4, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt redshirt junior quarterback Chad Voytik will pursue a graduate transfer after receiving his degree at the end of the spring semester, coach Pat Narduzzi announced Monday. "I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to attend and play for the University of Pittsburgh,” Voytik said via a release. In...

Boyd declares for NFL Draft, foregoing senior year

Boyd declares for NFL Draft, foregoing senior year

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 2, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt junior wide receiver Tyler Boyd, declared his intention to enter the 2016 NFL Draft, forgoing his senior season, per his Instagram account. Boyd’s announcement came in the form of a poem, in which he thanked the city of Pittsburgh, noting, “I will carry you with me, I will continue to mak...

Pitt survives close call against Western Carolina 79-73

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 23, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports

It was a closer game than expected, but the Pitt men’s basketball team surmounted the Western Carolina Catamounts Wednesday evening. The Panthers edged out Western Carolina by a score of 79-73 at the Petersen Events Center, boosted by a season-best 29 points by junior forward Jamel Artis. Pitt’s...

Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney departing Pitt for Georgia

Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney departing Pitt for Georgia

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 12, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

Pitt football offensive coordinator Jim Chaney is leaving the team and accepting the same position at the University of Georgia, a source confirmed. 2015 was Chaney's first season as Pitt's offensive coordinator, as he joined new head coach Pat Narduzzi's staff in January. Chaney has served as...

Pitt, Narduzzi agree to new contract through 2021

Pitt, Narduzzi agree to new contract through 2021

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 10, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt football fans accustomed to constant coaching changes can welcome a possible step away from the norm: a head coach staying long-term. After completing his first regular season with an 8-4 record as Pitt’s head football coach, Pat Narduzzi has agreed to a contract extension through the 2021 seas...

Students, community kick off Hanukkah in Oakland

Students, community kick off Hanukkah in Oakland

By Emily Migdal and Lauren Rosenblatt / Pitt News Staff

December 6, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, City, News, Top Stories

In two separate Hanukkah celebrations that spanned Oakland, Pittsburgh’s Jewish community honked, cheered and danced its way into the first night of this year’s Festival of Lights. Starting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, a police-escorted motorcade of about 100 cars and 50 bicycles — many adorned with hanukk...

Pitt to play No. 21 Navy in Military Bowl

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 6, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

The Pitt football team will play No. 21 U.S. Naval Academy in the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Maryland, on Dec. 28. The Panthers (8-4, 6-2 ACC) will compete in a bowl game for the eighth straight year after gaining eligibility with at least six wins and will face off against the 9-2 Midshipmen. Na...

Pitt cruises in City Game rout of Duquesne

Pitt cruises in City Game rout of Duquesne

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 4, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports

In the annual battle between Pittsburgh’s two Division I basketball teams, the Panthers feasted. Despite trailing before the opening tip even occurred the Pitt men’s basketball rolled in the annual city game, defeating the crosstown Duquesne Dukes 96-75 Friday night at the CONSOL Energy Center. “That’s...

Police clear owner of detonated suitcase in Oakland

Police clear owner of detonated suitcase in Oakland

By Dale Shoemaker and Sydney Harper / The Pitt News Staff

December 4, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Pitt police have cleared the man who left a suitcase chained to a railing in Oakland, prompting the Pittsburgh bomb squad to detonate the suitcase and close traffic lanes this afternoon. Pitt spokesperson Joe Miksch said he didn’t know the man’s name, but said Pitt police had confirmed he owned the...

Gallery: Site of denotated suitcase on Fifth Avenue

Gallery: Site of denotated suitcase on Fifth Avenue

By Jeff Ahearn and Amy Beaudine / The Pitt News Staff

December 4, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Top Stories, Visual

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UPDATED: Police questioning a man after explosion in Oakland

UPDATED: Police questioning a man after explosion in Oakland

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

December 4, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, City, News, Top Stories

The most recent version of this story can be found here. Pitt police said they are questioning an unidentified man who they believed owned a suspicious suitcase the bomb squad detonated around 3 p.m. in Oakland. The Pittsburgh bomb squad detonated a suitcase found chained to a guard rail outs...

Social media reactions to Conner’s cancer diagnosis

Social media reactions to Conner’s cancer diagnosis

By Harrison Kaminsky / Managing Editor

December 4, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports, Top Stories

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James Conner diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

James Conner diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 4, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt star running back James Conner announced that he has been diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of cancer, at a press conference Friday afternoon. Conner, who missed the season with a torn MCL, received the diagnosis on Thanksgiving. “When I heard I got cancer, I was a little...

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