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Panthers open season — again — with 84-43 win over St. Joseph’s (Indiana)

Panthers open season — again — with 84-43 win over St. Joseph’s (Indiana)

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 18, 2015


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

With a pristine, safe hardwood court under its feet, the Pitt men’s basketball team officially opened its season, avoiding a slipup Tuesday evening. After officials cancelled Pitt’s original season opener — a matchup in Okinawa, Japan, against No. 9 Gonzaga —  at halftime last Friday due to sli...

SGB to select student representatives for Pitt Plan

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

November 17, 2015


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

Several students got one step closer to their goal of collaborating with faculty early this morning at the Student Government Board Assembly meeting. Monday night SGB President Nasreen Harun said the SGB Assembly would select between five and ten student applicants to serve on the five strategic wor...

Police investigating failed robbery

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 15, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, News

Police are investigating an attempted robbery that occurred near UPMC Montefiore early Sunday morning. At approximately 12:28 a.m. Sunday, Pitt police assisted city police on a call for an attempted robbery at the intersection of Terrace Street and Buffalo Street. According to a Pitt police crime alert, a...

Pitt students safe after Paris attacks

Pitt students safe after Paris attacks

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 15, 2015


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

Four Pitt students studying abroad in France are alive and unhurt after Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, the University Study Abroad Office confirmed Sunday. On Friday, Nov. 13, eight terrorists in three groups conducted an organized massacre in Paris at a concert at Le Bataclan, outside a socce...

Slippery when wet: Pitt game against Gonzaga called due to floor conditions

Slippery when wet: Pitt game against Gonzaga called due to floor conditions

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 13, 2015


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

The Pitt men’s basketball team traveled 6600 miles for a game that didn’t even count. During the first intermission, the referees determined the Panthers’ game against the No. 9 Gonzaga Bulldogs would not continue due to slippery court conditions on the military base court in Okinawa, Japan. The...

Pitt rescinds Cosby’s honorary degree

Pitt rescinds Cosby’s honorary degree

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 13, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking

Joining numerous other universities around the country on Friday, Pitt rescinded the honorary degree it awarded to Bill Cosby in 2002. The University Committee for Honorary Degree Recipients recommended unanimously Friday, Nov. 13, that Pitt rescind the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree it awa...

Pittsburgh talks Clean Power Plan

Pittsburgh talks Clean Power Plan

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

November 13, 2015


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

As passing drivers honked their support, environmental activists at a Downtown rally Thursday waved signs reading, “Put People and Planet First,” “Make Our Energy Clean — Make it American” and “Protect Our Communities: Clean Air Now.” About 150 activists, including Pitt students, rallie...

No room(s) for slackers: Housing rush hits Oakland

No room(s) for slackers: Housing rush hits Oakland

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

November 13, 2015


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

Danielle Kitts and Michaela Woolston chattered away to their mothers on cell phones as they walked up Meyran Avenue toward Forbes. “Well, we only have to pay half the deposit up front,” Kitts said. “No, mom, after that it would be ours,” Woolston said. Along with two of their friends, the pair ...

Tuition march stops traffic

Tuition march stops traffic

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

November 13, 2015


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

At the Million Student March, protestors weren’t modest with money, chanting and raging against the high cost of student debt. An estimated 300 Pitt students, faculty and community members marched down Forbes Avenue from the Cathedral of Learning to Halket Street, then back down Fifth Avenue to S...

Soft support system: Pitt’s emotional support pet

Soft support system: Pitt’s emotional support pet

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

November 13, 2015


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

Jen Crook isn’t the only Pitt student with a roommate — but she is the only Pitt student whose roommate is a kitten. For the first time, Pitt has allowed an emotional support animal — a pet that’s also a form of therapy — in a dorm room. The three-month-old Pickles, a 6-pound white Persian...

Spilling the nation’s secrets: Journalist Dana Priest speaks at Pitt

Spilling the nation’s secrets: Journalist Dana Priest speaks at Pitt

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

November 12, 2015


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

Dana Priest, a Washington, D.C., native of more than 25 years, started noticing the city’s skyline changing in drastic ways in 2004. As replacements for buildings that were previously well-known establishments, other buildings began to crop up with confusing and vague names like “L-6.” Four y...

Police investigating attempted burglary

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 12, 2015


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

Pittsburgh police are investigating an attempted burglary in Oakland Tuesday morning. According to a crime alert posted on its website, the Pitt police assisted the city police in an attempted apartment break-in on the 3400 block of Bates Street at about 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 11. Early yesterday morning...

The birth of a “white nation”

The birth of a “white nation”

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

November 12, 2015


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

To Jacqueline Battalora, white people are an invention. She clarified: Designating a group of light-skinned people as “white,” Battalora said, only started less than 350 years ago, and the separation of people by race only dates back to the 17th century. Racial problems, Battalora said, started in the ...

SGB to back rental registry

SGB to back rental registry

By Lauren Wilson and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

November 11, 2015


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

Pitt students will soon get extra help dealing with landlords from the city and Student Government Board. At SGB’s weekly meeting this Tuesday, Pat Corelli, SGB Governmental Relations Committee chair, introduced a resolution to support Pittsburgh City Council’s proposed Rental Registry System. ...

The fight continues

The fight continues

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 11, 2015


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

With official action coming yesterday morning and a rally descending upon Downtown in the evening, the fight for a $15 minimum wage bookended in Pittsburgh. Amid a national discussion about workers’ pay and the federal minimum wage, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto issued an executive order Tuesday mor...

Port Authority bus hits Pitt student

Port Authority bus hits Pitt student

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 10, 2015


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

Port Authority Police is investigating what happened before a Port Authority bus hit a Pitt student on Fifth Avenue Tuesday afternoon. The student stepped into the bus lane to cross Fifth Avenue toward Thackeray Avenue when a Port Authority bus running the 71A outbound route toward Shadyside struck h...

Peduto orders City to raise minimum wage

Peduto orders City to raise minimum wage

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 10, 2015


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

Amid a national discussion about workers’ pay and the federal minimum wage, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has issued an executive order requiring the City to pay all its workers at least $15 per hour. Peduto issued the order at a press conference Tuesday morning, which mandates the City pay all full-time employees at least $15 per hour by 2021...

Pitt student found dead over weekend

By Lauren Rosenblatt and Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editors

November 10, 2015


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

A Pitt student passed away on Saturday, Nov. 7. He was 25. Chris Beel was pronounced dead at 12:23 p.m. at the Intensive Care Unit of Allegheny General Hospital from cardiac arrest due to an accidental heroin overdose, according to Rick Lorah, supervisor for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s ...

Student finds insect in Market food

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 9, 2015


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

Sodexo and Pitt are investigating how a maggot-like insect infected a plate of pasta Friday at Market Central. Pitt student John Buchner, under the handle @Johnny_JBe, tweeted out a video at 1:58 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, that shows a close-up of a dish of pasta with meat sauce, with an insect that looks...

Professors, inmates talk prison education

Professors, inmates talk prison education

By Leo Dornan / For The Pitt News

November 9, 2015


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

A  crowd of professors and social justice advocates cheered on inmates who shared their personal stories on higher education in prisons during a conference at Pitt this weekend. People from all over the country gathered in the William Pitt Union Ballroom Saturday morning for the fifth annual Nationa...

Pitt cruises to 80-50 victory over Gannon in exhibition

Pitt cruises to 80-50 victory over Gannon in exhibition

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 6, 2015


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

It might not have counted, but the Pitt men’s basketball team surged on Friday night. With the season opener against Gonzaga approaching next week, the Panthers took the court for their first and only exhibition game, defeating the Gannon Golden Knights 80-50 at the Petersen Events Center. Though...

Students, White House prep for Week of Action

Students, White House prep for Week of Action

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 6, 2015


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

One day after Pitt launched a sexual violence awareness month, the White House It’s On Us campaign unrolled plans for next week’s national Week of Action. During a White House press call Nov. 5, White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett spoke about nationwide plans involving the It’s On Us campaign and the Week of Action, which begins Nov. 8. Next week, Jarrett said colleges will host...

Pitt announces sexual violence awareness month

Pitt announces sexual violence awareness month

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 5, 2015


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

In the wake of a national conversation about sexual assault on college campuses, Pitt announced today that November will be “Sexual Violence Awareness Month.” The University has announced the month will feature a series of six events aimed at educating the campus community on sexual violence, re...

Pennsylvania tuition third highest in country

Pennsylvania tuition third highest in country

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 5, 2015


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

Over the summer, Pitt boasted its lowest tuition increase in 40 years. But even with the raise to keep up with inflation, Pitt, along with 17 other Pennsylvania universities, has caused the state to come in third for highest tuition at its public universities. On Tuesday, the College Board released new...

Students hold action forum

Students hold action forum

By Zoe Hannah / Staff Writer

November 5, 2015


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

Students still frustrated with the University’s strategic plan aired their concerns on Wednesday — this time, sans administrators. Members of the Pittsburgh Student Solidarity Coalition, or PSSC, said the University has not adequately addressed concerns they raised at the open student forums on ...

Pitt announces Sexual Violence Awareness Month

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 4, 2015


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

In the wake of a national conversation about sexual assault on college campuses, Pitt announced today that November will be “Sexual Violence Awareness Month.” The University has announced the month will feature a series of six events aimed at educating the campus community on sexual violence, r...

Marino to serve as honorary captain Saturday, other Pitt icons to attend

Marino to serve as honorary captain Saturday, other Pitt icons to attend

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 4, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

A pack of Panther legends will grace Heinz Field with their presence on Saturday. On his weekly radio show, head football coach Pat Narduzzi announced that former Pitt quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino will serve as the team’s honorary captain for the Panthers’ game agains...

Risking change: When competition or controversy strikes, yoga studios change their names

Risking change: When competition or controversy strikes, yoga studios change their names

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

November 4, 2015


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

Yoga is about focusing on the moment, the pose and the current breath. But for some yoga enthusiasts, accepting the history behind a certain yoga brand is too big of a stretch. When five women accused Bikram Choudhury — founder of the extremely popular branch of yoga, Bikram Yoga — of several inst...

SGB invites PPC to join Assembly

SGB invites PPC to join Assembly

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 4, 2015


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

Seeking student feedback, Pitt Student Government Board has invited an 11th student group to join its student assembly. SGB introduced a bill at its weekly public meeting Tuesday to invite Pitt Program Council to the assembly. The assembly, which meets on the first and third Monday of every month, is...

Police find man with syringes

Police find man with syringes

By Danielle Fox / Editor-in-Chief

November 4, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, News

Pitt Police are still investigating a man they found unresponsive beside syringes in a first floor bathroom in Wesley W. Posvar Hall Tuesday afternoon. A Pitt senior who refused to give his name to The Pitt News said he was standing next to a man in the first floor bathroom when the man dropped syringes, ...

New city data paints picture of Oakland

New city data paints picture of Oakland

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

November 4, 2015


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

To fill you in — from from Feb. 20 through Nov. 2., the city received 148 calls about potholes in South Oakland. According to data recently released by the city, Oakland residents also wish students would pipe down, pick up their trash and stop stealing street signs already. In October 2006, the ...

Luxbacher retires after 32 seasons as Pitt men’s soccer head coach

Luxbacher retires after 32 seasons as Pitt men’s soccer head coach

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 3, 2015


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

Pitt men’s soccer head coach Joe Luxbacher is retiring after 32 years as head coach, the University announced Tuesday. Luxbacher is only the second coach in the program’s history and a two-time Big East Coach of the Year. He compiled a 224-267-69 record during his career at Pitt, highlighted by a...

Pitt Police called to unresponsive man

Pitt Police called to unresponsive man

By Danielle Fox / Editor-in-Chief

November 3, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus

Pitt Police were called to an unresponsive man possessing syringes in Wesley W. Posvar Hall this afternoon. A Pitt senior who refused to give his name to The Pitt News said he was standing next to a man in the first floor bathroom when the man dropped syringes, passed out and started gasping for air...

The Pitt News wins national pacemaker awards

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

November 2, 2015


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

Five Pitt News staff members received awards from the Associated Collegiate Press national journalism competition this weekend. Four Pitt students and one Pitt alumnus won awards in the categories of 2015 Story of the Year, Spot News Photo of the Year, Sports Story of the Year and Multimedia Story of...

Police report weekend assaults

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 2, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, News

Two women were sexually assaulted at separate house parties in South Oakland between Saturday night and early Sunday morning, according to University crime alerts. According to the first alert, Pitt and city police responded to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital at about 2:05 a.m. Sunday for a report that a...

Petition for bike lanes seeks change, faces challenges

Petition for bike lanes seeks change, faces challenges

By Zoë Hannah / For The Pitt News

October 30, 2015


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

Pittsburgh bike advocates are calling for more bike lanes in Oakland following a death on Forbes Avenue last Friday. On Oct. 24, the day after Pitt adviser Susan Hicks died in an accident on Forbes Avenue, Gregory Dornseif, a Pitt sophomore, started a Change.org petition titled “#SaferForbesNOW....

Public health program closer

Public health program closer

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

October 28, 2015


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

After 10 months of work, Student Government Board member Lia Petrose now has a potential starting date for a public health certificate for undergraduate students. At SGB’s weekly public meeting Tuesday, Petrose said introductory courses for the certificate will be “tentatively available for the fall 2017 sem...

Medical examiner releases names of accident victims

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

October 28, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, News

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office has released the names of the two people who were killed in an accident involving an SUV and a Port Authority bus Monday in the Oakland/Hill District area. Carol Williamson, 68, and Henry Walker, 73, who was in a wheelchair, were a married couple fr...

Two pedestrians killed in accident involving Port Authority bus near upper campus

Two pedestrians killed in accident involving Port Authority bus near upper campus

By Danielle Fox and Dale Shoemaker / Pitt News Staff

October 26, 2015


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

An accident involving a Port Authority bus has killed two pedestrians near upper campus this afternoon. Port Authority spokesman Adam Brandolph said two passengers, a woman and a man in a wheelchair, had exited an incoming 83 Bedford Hill bus at the intersection of Centre Avenue, University Drive and...

Pitt to honor former star offensive lineman Ruben Brown Thursday against UNC

Pitt to honor former star offensive lineman Ruben Brown Thursday against UNC

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 26, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

The watchful eyes of a legend will oversee Pitt’s Thursday evening matchup against the University of North Carolina. The University of Pittsburgh will honor former offensive lineman and 2015 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Ruben Brown at halftime against the Tar Heels. Brown played at Pitt from...

Trustees approve Pitt plan, ADA elevators

By Zoë Hannah / For the Pitt News

October 26, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, News

Pitt’s Board of Trustees put an end to phase one of Pitt’s strategic plan and said it’s time to begin implementation by making changes through campaigns and committees. At a Board of Trustees meeting Friday at 9:30 a.m. at Pitt Greensburg’s Smith Hall, board members approved the next step of Pitt...

Pitt, community mourn death of adviser, cyclist

By Josh Ye and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

October 24, 2015


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

The death of a cyclist and Pitt adviser has left the City — and the University — mourning this weekend. Susan Hicks, who was the assistant director for academic affairs for the Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies at Pitt, died after her bicycle was hit by a car near campus Friday ...

Pitt administrator dead after Forbes car accident

Pitt administrator dead after Forbes car accident

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

October 24, 2015


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

A Pitt administrator in the Center for Russian and Eastern European studies has died after her bicycle was hit by a car near campus Friday evening. According to police, the incident occurred at the intersection of Forbes Avenue and South Bellefield Avenue, near the Cathedral of Learning and Carnegie...

Late Blewitt kick lifts Pitt over Syracuse 23-20 to stay undefeated in ACC

Late Blewitt kick lifts Pitt over Syracuse 23-20 to stay undefeated in ACC

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

October 24, 2015


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

Despite its new No. 25 ranking, Pitt football kept to its recent tradition of close games against Syracuse, as well as its newfound tradition of Chris Blewitt game-winning field goals. On Saturday, the Panthers (6-1, 4-0 ACC) pulled out a close road win against the Orange (3-4, 1-2 ACC), 23-20 with...

Female cyclist dead after Forbes incident

Female cyclist dead after Forbes incident

By Danielle Fox / Editor in Chief

October 23, 2015


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

A female cyclist has died after being hit by a car near the Cathedral of Learning this evening. Police were called to the intersection of Forbes Avenue and South Bellefield at 4:57 p.m. No word on the the cause of the incident or the victim's identity.

Incident on Forbes stops traffic, sends two to hospital

Incident on Forbes stops traffic, sends two to hospital

By Amy Beaudine and Danielle Fox / The Pitt News Staff

October 23, 2015


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

An incident involving a female biker and at least two cars has shut down Forbes Avenue. Police were called to the intersection of Forbes Avenue and South Bellefield at 4:57 p.m. Two people were taken to the hospital.  Their condition is unknown. Pitt police arrived first on the scene. A Pitt ...

Candle smoke leads to Bouquet H evacuation

Candle smoke leads to Bouquet H evacuation

By Danielle Fox and Harrison Kaminsky / The Pitt News Staff

October 23, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, City, News

A candle in a Bouquet H dorm room activated the building's sprinkler system early Friday morning, forcing residents to evacuate. According to Ethan Debroff, who lives in room 104H, smoke from a small candle on the stovetop activated the alarm. Pittsburgh Fire Department were called to the dor...

Faculty members introduce union push

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

October 22, 2015


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

A Pitt professor has publicly announced that University faculty will begin a campaign to organize a faculty union. After gauging faculty interest, William Haywood Carey, lead organizer of the campaign and United Steelworkers employee, said the committee will direct faculty members to send union authoriza...

Narduzzi candidate for prestigious Paul “Bear” Bryant Award

Narduzzi candidate for prestigious Paul “Bear” Bryant Award

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 21, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

After a string of his players earned spots on award watch lists, Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi received some recognition of his own Wednesday morning. The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association named Narduzzi one of 22 candidates for the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award, which they presen...

Remembering activist Julian Bond

Remembering activist Julian Bond

By Amy Beaudine / Contributing Editor

October 21, 2015


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

When Denise McCaskill was in high school, a student not much older than herself — social activist Julian Bond, a college student at the time — convinced her that young people could make a change. To McCaskill, Bond was an inspiration that led her to lifelong work in activism. Bond, a former Georgia state...

Pitt police issue crime alert following Ward Street home invasion

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

October 18, 2015


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

Pitt police have issued a crime alert for Oakland after a home invasion early Saturday morning. Pitt and Pittsburgh police responded to a call for a home invasion at 3313 Ward St. at approximately 12:10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. The victim told police two black men with guns forced their way into h...

Pitt police take juvenile into custody following cell phone theft

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

October 18, 2015


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

Pitt police took a juvenile into custody Thursday for allegedly stealing a cell phone belonging to a Pitt student, police said Friday. Pitt police will not name the individual because he was under 18 years old, but officers arrested him around 7 p.m. in North Oakland Thursday, according to Pitt spok...

No. 25 Pitt cracks AP Top 25 poll

No. 25 Pitt cracks AP Top 25 poll

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

October 18, 2015


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

After Pitt defeated Georgia Tech on Saturday, some fans waited anxiously for Sunday's AP Top 25 poll to see if the Panthers would receive recognition for their 5-1 start. The Panthers slid into the No. 25 spot of the media poll and are ranked for the first time since 2010, when Pitt was No. 15 in...

Late field goal lifts Pitt over Georgia Tech on the road, 31-28

Late field goal lifts Pitt over Georgia Tech on the road, 31-28

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

October 17, 2015


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

Pat Narduzzi decided to attempt two fourth down conversions on the team’s game-winning drive, but his call that ultimately won the game came when he sent Chris Blewitt out to attempt a 56-yard field goal. Blewitt’s career-long kick sealed a 31-28 road win over Georgia Tech (2-5, 0-4 ACC) to give ...

Pitt opens seach for School of Education dean

Pitt opens seach for School of Education dean

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

October 15, 2015


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

The Pitt community — students, faculty, staff, alumni and others — will have a say in who takes over as dean of Pitt’s School of Education. Two and a half months after Alan Lesgold announced he was retiring as dean of Pitt’s School of Education, the Office of the Provost announced Wednesday it wo...

Pitt joins coalition to reach low-income students

Pitt joins coalition to reach low-income students

By Shumeng Yang / For The Pitt News

October 15, 2015


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

For freshman Abigail Vipperman, applying to college at the end of high school was a rush — but not the good kind. “The admissions process was very fast paced,” Vipperman, a biology major, said. “It felt like everything was thrown at me, which was especially stressful since this was a such m...

SGB committee to propose extended drop deadline

SGB committee to propose extended drop deadline

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

October 14, 2015


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

If Pitt Student Government Board’s latest proposal succeeds, students could get more time to finalize their class schedules each semester. Naomi Stoll, SGB Academic Affairs Committee chair, announced at SGB’s public meeting Tuesday that her committee was finalizing a proposal to extend the time s...

City to begin Greenfield Bridge demolition

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

October 14, 2015


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

Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works announced Tuesday it will begin its demolition and reconstruction of the Greenfield Bridge starting Friday. Beginning 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, the city will close the bridge connecting Alger Street in Greenfield to Overlook Drive in Schenley Park, a heavily tra...

Pittsburgh high school students rally for Rice

Pittsburgh high school students rally for Rice

By Lauren Rosenblatt and Dale Shoemaker / Pitt News Staff

October 12, 2015


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

Area high school students and community members gathered in Oakland Sunday evening to protest two professional investigations that said police officers in Cleveland acted reasonably in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Timothy J. McGinty, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, prosecutor, released the reviews late...

Planned Parenthood demonstrations spark debate

Planned Parenthood demonstrations spark debate

By Elizabeth Lepro, Emily Brindley and Mark Pesto / Pitt News Staff

October 8, 2015


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

Students on both sides of the Planned Parenthood debate demonstrated today on the William Pitt Union lawn. Students for Life of America, a national organization, and Choose Life at Pitt, a Pitt student organization, staged a demonstration calling to defund Planned Parenthood from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the l...

Wiz Khalifa to perform at Pitt basketball’s #ZooAfterHours event Friday

Wiz Khalifa to perform at Pitt basketball’s #ZooAfterHours event Friday

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 8, 2015


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

Pitt basketball's Midnight Madness event will have Panther fans seeing black and yellow. The University announced Pittsburgh native and Grammy-nominated rapper Wiz Khalifa will perform at the event, dubbed #ZooAfterHours, Friday evening. Khalifa joins a guest list that also includes former Duke...

Pirates’ season ends, optimism should endure

Pirates’ season ends, optimism should endure

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 8, 2015


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

Before you look at the Pittsburgh Pirates’ season-ending loss to the Cubs Wednesday night, you have to look at who they lost first. Put the early playoff exit aside — before losing 4-0 at home in the NL Wild Card game, the Bucs had mountains upon mountains of obstacles to overcome. And they did just ...

Give it the sniff test: Pitt to study olfactory senses

Give it the sniff test: Pitt to study olfactory senses

By Megan Tingley / For The Pitt News

October 8, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Health, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

A rescue dog approaches a building collapsed into a pile of rubble. It has one mission: find a missing person. How does it know where to walk? The goal of a Pitt-led, multi-institutional project is to understand how animals use their sense of smell to recognize and navigate toward odors. On Sept. ...

SGB swears in ninth member

SGB swears in ninth member

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

October 7, 2015


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

Four months after the position became available — and one month into the school year — Robert Tessier has filled the empty seat at Pitt Student Government Board’s table. Deferring most individual board member and committee reports for a week, SGB spent a majority of Tuesday’s weekly meeting f...

Students question Pitt’s plan following open forum

Students question Pitt’s plan following open forum

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

October 7, 2015


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

Students said they came for answers and received a sales pitch at the University’s open student forum Tuesday. On Tuesday, Oct. 6, Pitt hosted an Open Student Forum from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the William Pitt Union Ballroom as an opportunity for students to express concerns about the University’s “Pl...

Pitt stymies Virginia Tech on the road with defense, running game

Pitt stymies Virginia Tech on the road with defense, running game

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 3, 2015


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

BLACKSBURG, Virginia — Following a loss like the Pitt football team suffered in its last game against Iowa, finishing strong against Virginia Tech this weekend naturally became a point of emphasis. “They got better from last outing,” head coach Pat Narduzzi said. “We didn’t finish it out...

Man struck by bus in Oakland

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

October 2, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, News

An unidentified man was hit by a Port Authority bus Friday afternoon in Oakland, according to Port Authority spokesperson Jim Ritchie. The 71 A bus heading outbound toward Shadyside struck the man at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard at approximately 4:30 p.m. The man sustained a lacerati...

Pitt formally begins search for new dean of students with job posting

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

October 1, 2015


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

Nearly nine months after Pitt promoted former Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kathy Humphrey, the University has formally begun its search to fill the position for the long term. Though the job has been open since January, Pitt posted a listing for the position on Pitt Source — its human resources...

Bank Robber Arrested

Bank Robber Arrested

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

October 1, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, News

The Pittsburgh police have arrested the man who robbed Citizens Bank in Oakland Monday afternoon. Police arrested Calvin Leavy, 61, around 9 p.m., on Sept. 29, for one charge of robbery and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. According to the criminal complaint, Leavy was charged for st...

SGB pushing for public health certificate

SGB pushing for public health certificate

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

September 30, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, News, Student Government

If a current Student Government Board initiative is successful, Pitt could soon have a new public health certificate program. At its weekly public meeting Tuesday night, Board member Lia Petrose introduced a student task force that will gauge student interest in an undergraduate public health certificate. Sta...

Deadline approaching for voter registration

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

September 29, 2015


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

Pennsylvania residents who want to vote in the Nov. 3 municipal election must register by Monday, Oct. 5, according to the Allegheny County Divisions Office. In the Pittsburgh municipal elections slated for Nov. 3, five of the nine city council seats are up for election. There are a total of 12 candida...

Oakland bank robbed

Oakland bank robbed

By Dale Shoemaker, Elizabeth Lepro and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

September 28, 2015


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

An unidentified man robbed the Citizens Bank in central Oakland minutes before the close of business Monday afternoon, stealing an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the scene. According to a 911 dispatcher, police received a call from Citizens Bank to report the robbery at 4:48 p.m. on ...

Pitt to publish first academic journal on Bitcoin

Pitt to publish first academic journal on Bitcoin

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

September 28, 2015


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

The world’s first peer-reviewed journal of Bitcoin research will soon call Pitt home. Christopher Wilmer, assistant professor in the chemical and petroleum engineering department, has co-founded  a peer-reviewed scientific journal on cryptocurrency called Ledger. Crypotcurrency refers to any kind of dig...

Port Authority to alter Sunday buses

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

September 25, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, News

In preparation for the thousands of runners hitting Oakland’s streets this weekend, Pittsburgh Port Authority will alter more than 30 bus routes. To accomodate the annual Richard S. Caliguiri Great Race Sunday morning, Sept. 27, Port Authority will temporarily detour 34 bus routes until approximate...

Pitt police, dean issue guidance after home invasion

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

September 25, 2015


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

Following an armed robbery of four students’ home earlier this week, Pitt police have issued a crime alert and Pitt’s dean of students has issued a statement. According to interim Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner, Pitt asks the Pitt police to issue a crime alert to all students when a ...

Students deliver letter to Chancellor

Students deliver letter to Chancellor

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

September 25, 2015


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

When student activists gathered in the Cathedral to deliver a message to the Chancellor Thursday, they left their protest signs and megaphones at home. Instead, about 20 student members of Americans for Informed Democracy and Free the Planet assembled on the first floor of the Cathedral at 12:30 p.m. t...

Symposium smooth after controversy

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

September 25, 2015


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

Pitt’s Inaugural National Security Symposium went smoothly  yesterday despite controversy over the withdrawal of ex-panelist Norman Finkelstein’s invitation, according to organizer Brian Sisco. “We’re focusing on who’s here, not on who’s not here,” Sisco said. Expert panelists Dan Simps...

Dave and Andy’s sign vandalized

Dave and Andy’s sign vandalized

By Elizabeth Lepro / Asst. News Editor

September 23, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, City, News

An unidentified person has graffitied Dave and Andy’s iconic ice cream cone sign. Employees first noticed a purple peace sign, a smiley face and a heart on the white space underneath the words “Dave and Andy’s”  on the sign hanging outside the building Wednesday evening. The markings are simi...

Shots fired in North Oakland late Tuesday night

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

September 23, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, News

Pittsburgh police have said shots were fired in North Oakland late on Tuesday. At approximately 11:51 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22,  officers responded to a call after shots were fired at the 300 block of North Craig Street, according to a public safety release. When zone four officers arrived at the...

Student home targeted in armed robbery

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

September 23, 2015


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

An unidentified man held a student at gunpoint late Tuesday night in his home on McKee Place, stealing televisions and other electronics before fleeing the scene. According to a 911 dispatcher, police received a call at 10:36 p.m. to 355 McKee Place in Oakland. Joe Roesinger said he was in his livin...

Former Pitt wrestler Bright arrested following Friday incident

Former Pitt wrestler Bright arrested following Friday incident

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 22, 2015


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

The Pittsburgh Police department arrested former Pitt wrestler Edgar Bright following an incident Friday night. Bright was charged with seven total counts including aggravated assault, firearm violations and drug possession. According to E.J. Borghetti, Pitt’s associate athletic director for media re...

Pitt releases sexual assault survey results

Pitt releases sexual assault survey results

By Elizabeth Lepro, Lauren Rosenblatt, Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

September 22, 2015


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

When it comes to sexual misconduct on Pitt’s campus, students are afraid to step in, seek help and file reports, according to a survey of the University’s sexual climate. The results of the 2015 Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct, which Pitt released Monday, showed that female students and transgender or non-gen...

Oakland bike lane installation set for next week

Oakland bike lane installation set for next week

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

September 18, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Top Stories

After discussing plans throughout the summer, the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works will begin installing the first phase of its project to bring more bike lanes to Oakland next week. The Department will install the first lanes along portions of Schenley Drive and along the O’Hara Street, B...

Festival coming to Oakland

Festival coming to Oakland

By Rio Maropis / For The Pitt News

September 16, 2015


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

Promising to “push the boundaries” of a normal festival experience, the Oakland Business Improvement District will soon give all Oakland residents a chance to walk the red carpet and check out new tech. Oakland Business Improvement District is hosting its third annual Oakland Forever event, a festival f...

Oakwatch talks Over-crowding

Oakwatch talks Over-crowding

By Elizabeth Lepro and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

September 16, 2015


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

When Hanson Kappelman attended college in Ohio, he fought for student independence. More than 30 years later, Kappelman, now living in Oakland, thinks residents need to follow the rules. At Wednesday’s monthly Oakwatch meeting, Kappelman and several other permanent Oakland residents, like Janice Lo...

Lights, camera, homecoming: Pitt’s Blue and Gold Society announced applications for homecoming court

Lights, camera, homecoming: Pitt’s Blue and Gold Society announced applications for homecoming court

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

September 16, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, News

Pitt’s homecoming candidates now have the chance to go viral. One of Pitt’s annual Homecoming traditions, Pitt’s Blue and Gold Society has opened up the running for Homecoming King and Queen candidates, only this year, the Society is encouraging candidates to submit personal videos as a part of...

Writers series announced

Writers series announced

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

September 16, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, News

For the 16th time in as many years, a series of acclaimed living authors will visit Pitt to read their work and impart their knowledge. On Tuesday, Pitt announced it will host the 16th season of the Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series, with a schedule of six writers speaking each month — excluding...

SGB to add allocations alternate

SGB to add allocations alternate

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

September 16, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, City, News, Student Government

Calling in backup, Pitt’s Student Government Board said Tuesday night it will add an alternate member to its Allocations Committee in case of future resignations. In a unanimous vote at its public meeting Sept. 15, SGB approved a bill amending its governing code to add the position of alternate Allo...

Yacine Diop charged with aggravated assault, other counts

Yacine Diop charged with aggravated assault, other counts

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 14, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Pitt sophomore women's basketball player Yacine Diop faces charges after an undisclosed incident on campus last month. Pitt police arrested Diop on Aug. 28. Diop faces three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of recklessly endangering another person, one count of disorderly conduct and...

Cheers: Pitt Rowing christens new boat

Cheers: Pitt Rowing christens new boat

By Josh Ye / For The Pitt News

September 14, 2015


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

On a sunny Saturday afternoon on the Allegheny River, Donald Burke popped a bottle of champagne to honor Jonas Salk, the father of the polio vaccine, as well as the newest addition to Pitt’s rowing team. A seemingly odd juxtaposition, the Pitt scientist and the eight-person heavyweight boat share a name, a...

Pitt defeats Akron 24-7 to advance to 2-0

Pitt defeats Akron 24-7 to advance to 2-0

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 12, 2015


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

AKRON, Ohio — It was steel city football in steel city weather in a city of rubber. The home of Goodyear Tires is also home to InfoCision Stadium - Summa Field, where Pitt beat Akron 24-7 on a rainy Saturday night. The water-logged win brought Pitt to a 2-0 season record. “What better weather...

PDM to shave off 8 hours of dancing

PDM to shave off 8 hours of dancing

By Liz Lepro and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

September 11, 2015


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

As of this spring, Pitt’s annual charity dance will require a little less endurance. The Pitt Dance Marathon, which raises money for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, has previously been a 24-hour dance marathon in February held in the Charles L. Cost Sports Center. This year, the dance will m...

Pitt renews Backyard Brawl with West Virginia

Pitt renews Backyard Brawl with West Virginia

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 10, 2015


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

Pitt announced four future matchups with rival West Virginia, with the first scheduled for 2022 in Pittsburgh. The Panthers will host the Mountaineers on Sept. 17, 2022.  The next matchup will be on Sept. 16, 2023 at West Virginia, followed by   in Pittsburgh on Sep. 14, 2024, and back to W...

Damon Wilson cleared academically, eligible immediately

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 10, 2015


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

The NCAA has cleared Pitt freshman point guard Damon Wilson academically, Pitt confirmed on Thursday. "We had great confidence that Damon was going to be fine academically, and we got the word yesterday [that he was cleared]," Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon said at a press conference Thursday. "It's...

James Conner out for year with torn MCL

James Conner out for year with torn MCL

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 8, 2015


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

Following an injury against Youngstown State University on Saturday, Pitt junior running back James Conner will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn MCL in his right knee, head coach Pat Narduzzi announced at his weekly press conference on Monday. Narduzzi said while the severity of...

Biden: Man of steel

Biden: Man of steel

By Amy Beaudine / Staff Writer

September 7, 2015


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

As Vice President Joe Biden left a Downtown stage at the Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade, he stopped to acknowledge Bernie Sanders’ supporters in the crowd, giving two thumbs up. Biden didn’t officially voice his support for Sanders, but spoke to parade attendees about the importance of the steel industry...

Beds and bathrooms: Pitt starts gender-neutral push

Beds and bathrooms: Pitt starts gender-neutral push

By Lauren Rosenblatt and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

September 3, 2015


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

This fall, Pitt is welcoming students, faculty and staff to use any restroom on campus that they desire, corresponding to their gender identity. Next fall, Pitt will open Ruskin Hall as the first gender-neutral dorm on campus. In an interview with The Pitt News, the University said Ruskin Hall will accommoda...

Junior running back Ibrahim out for 2015 season with injury

Junior running back Ibrahim out for 2015 season with injury

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

Backup junior running back Rachid Ibrahim will miss the entire 2015 season because of a torn Achilles tendon, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi announced on Wednesday. In his media briefing, Narduzzi referred to the injury as a “non-contact, freak injury.” The first-year head coach noted the team likely wo...

‘Digital plaza’ coming to Oakland

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, City, News, Tech Science

This fall, an organization will seek to install a high-tech art exhibition in Oakland. Innovation Oakland, a project that aims to transform the streets of Oakland into a digital community, plans to complete the “21st Digital Plaza” by mid-October. The initiative will fill the corner of Forbes...

Pitt student passes away over weekend

By The Pitt News Staff

August 30, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, Health, News

Victor Firman, a Pitt senior from Connecticut, died on Sunday. He was 22. According to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office, Firman’s roommate called emergency responders to 3614 Bates St. in Oakland at 5:23 p.m.  Medics found Firman unresponsive in his apartment. He was pronounced...

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