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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...

Pitt welcomes largest incoming class at convocation ceremony

By Jessie Wallace / For The Pitt News

August 30, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, News

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher kicked off a 200-year-old commencement ceremony with a selfie. During the 2015 New Student Convocation, which began at 3 p.m. on Wednesday in the Petersen Events Center, Gallagher snapped a selfie that included the more than 6,000 students, parents and faculty present i...

Pending legislation could broaden LGBT rights in Pennsylvania

Pending legislation could broaden LGBT rights in Pennsylvania

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


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

LGBT rights could soon take another leap forward in Pennsylvania — once state legislators introduce an amendment to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. Shortly after the Supreme Court’s landmark same-sex marriage ruling in June, Pennsylvania State Representative Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) told The Pitt Ne...

Pitt reopens David Lawrence Hall after renovations

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, News

Students who have classes in David Lawrence Hall this semester will get to breathe in that new-classroom smell. The building, which has been under construction since May 2014 and cost more than $7 million, opened to the public at an open house that ran from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Changes...

Las Palmas hit with another round of health code violations

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, Health, News

For the second time this summer, the Allegheny County Health Department has issued a consumer alert for Las Palmas in Oakland after the restaurant violated health codes Thursday. Las Palmas, the Mexican grocery store and food stand located on Atwood Street, faces three high, three medium, and six l...

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