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Changes coming to Honors College with new dean

Changes coming to Honors College with new dean

By Jon Moss, News Editor

August 22, 2019

After serving for six years as the associate dean at Pitt’s College of Business Administration, Audrey Murrell is moving on — to the University Honors College.

Pitt volleyball has no plans to slow down

Pitt volleyball has no plans to slow down

By Emily Wolfe, Sports Editor

August 21, 2019

Pitt’s best sports team is heading into the fall with two back-to-back conference championships under its belt and three NCAA tournament appearances in a row.

Pitt seeks community input on three policy drafts

Pitt seeks community input on three policy drafts

By Caroline Bourque, Managing Editor

August 20, 2019

Documents open for review include the university’s Electronic Information Technology (EIT) Accessibility draft policy, Nondiscrimination Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action draft policy and Pennsylvania Residency Classification draft policy.

Thanksgiving break to last full week

Thanksgiving break to last full week

By Jon Moss, News Editor

August 20, 2019

Pitt students will have more time to ready themselves for their mashed potatoes and turkey this year, thanks to a new schedule change.

What you missed this summer: tuition hikes, union developments, Ethan Kozak

What you missed this summer: tuition hikes, union developments, Ethan Kozak

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

August 19, 2019

We’ve rounded up a few of the summer’s biggest headlines, in case you missed them.

Bruegger’s reopens after health department re-inspection

Bruegger’s reopens after health department re-inspection

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

August 15, 2019

Bruegger’s Bagel Bakery in Oakland has reopened for business on Tuesday, after it was ordered to close on Saturday by the Allegheny County Health Department.

Pitt outsources dorm WiFi, will charge for faster speeds

Pitt outsources dorm WiFi, will charge for faster speeds

By Jon Moss, News Editor

August 8, 2019

Pitt has outsourced WiFi services for all residence halls and University-owned housing units beginning this fall, and will charge students for faster speeds, according to an email sent Tuesday to students and a Thursday announcement on my.pitt.edu.

Police officer faces trial after allegedly assaulting, harassing Pitt students

Police officer faces trial after allegedly assaulting, harassing Pitt students

By Jon Moss, News Editor

July 31, 2019

A 47-year-old white police officer will be on trial Thursday facing six criminal charges, including two counts each of simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct resulting from a previously unreported off-duty incident last October involving two unarmed black Pitt students.

Student researchers seek youth responses to Tree of Life shooting

Student researchers seek youth responses to Tree of Life shooting

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

July 24, 2019

Members of the Tree of Life Scholars in Residence program posted a survey last week seeking stories from high school- and college-age youth describing their experiences of the tragedy.

Report examining socially responsible investing at Pitt released

Report examining socially responsible investing at Pitt released

By Janine Faust and Jon Moss

July 19, 2019

The 61-page report weighs the positives and negatives of factoring Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) considerations into managing the University endowment, which support research funding, scholarships, advancements in technology and student life initiatives, among other projects.

Pitt suing sports marketing company for $3.6 million

Pitt suing sports marketing company for $3.6 million

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

July 18, 2019

The University of Pittsburgh has filed a complaint against IMG College, the nation’s largest collegiate sports marketing company, claiming that is has “intentionally withheld” about $3.6 million in royalties and additional payments. Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, the university’s legal re...

New food stand adds Asian twist on crepes to Oakland

New food stand adds Asian twist on crepes to Oakland

By Emily Wen, For The Pitt News

July 16, 2019

When someone mentions crepes, they often think of the soft and sweet French crepe, filled with cream and strawberries, topped off with powdered sugar.

Student, Pitt leaders to meet to strengthen student code of conduct

Student, Pitt leaders to meet to strengthen student code of conduct

By Janine Faust and Jon Moss

July 12, 2019

Student leaders and top Pitt officials will meet in the fall to discuss ways to strengthen the Student Code of Conduct, while staying consistent with the First Amendment, both parties confirmed.

Gillibrand discusses health care, labor rights in Oakland

Gillibrand discusses health care, labor rights in Oakland

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

July 11, 2019

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), another Democratic presidential hopeful, came to Oakland for a roundtable discussion with several UPMC and Allegheny Health network employees and union organizers.

Board committee approves budget, tuition hikes

Board committee approves budget, tuition hikes

By Jon Moss, News Editor

July 10, 2019

At a public meeting in Posvar Hall Wednesday afternoon, the executive committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees approved a $2.4 billion operating budget for fiscal year 2020.

Walk for Love celebrates late Pitt student

Walk for Love celebrates late Pitt student

By George Smith, For The Pitt News

July 9, 2019

It was a sweltering Sunday morning in Oakdale as friends, family and community members gathered to commemorate the life and legacy of the late Pitt student Alina Sheykhet.

Police seeking public’s help in Oakland investigation

Police seeking public’s help in Oakland investigation

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

July 8, 2019

City police detectives have released photographs of a man they are seeking information about in connection with an alleged burglary and sexual assault in Oakland.

Provost, dean of students respond to letter calling for student expulsion

Provost, dean of students respond to letter calling for student expulsion

By Janine Faust and Jon Moss

July 6, 2019

Pitt Provost Ann Cudd and Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner responded Saturday evening to a Friday letter from student leaders calling for the expulsion of Ethan Kozak, a rising junior political science major.

Pitt police issue crime alert after burglary, attempted sexual assault

Pitt police issue crime alert after burglary, attempted sexual assault

By Jon Moss, News Editor

July 5, 2019

Pitt police issued a crime alert Friday morning detailing a reported burglary and attempted sexual assault.

Skyvue residents return after month-long displacement

Skyvue residents return after month-long displacement

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

July 3, 2019

Following an electrical fire at Oakland’s Skyvue Apartments on June 2, some tenants are claiming they were unable to move back into the building until June 28. They also said they have not received an explanation from management as to why their units were left without power for nearly four weeks, and are unsure if they will be reimbursed for rent during the period they were displaced. 

Pitt professors offer advice to first-year students

Pitt professors offer advice to first-year students

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

July 2, 2019

As incoming first-years prepare to descend on Oakland, there is not much to worry about before the first day of classes arrives besides settling into dorms, making new friends and learning the bus system.

Pitt student said he sent racist and threatening messages

Pitt student said he sent racist and threatening messages

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

July 1, 2019

A Pitt student whose name appeared in a series of Snapchat messages posted to Twitter on Wednesday said he sent messages containing violent and racist threats to a Pittsburgh native.

Across the board: Meet this year’s student government

Across the board: Meet this year’s student government

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

July 1, 2019

As a first-year student arriving at Pitt, it can be tricky figuring out exactly what SGB does, or even what it stands for. The answer to the latter is pretty easy: SGB is Pitt’s Student Government Board, the official undergraduate student government organization.

New orientation programs begin where PittStart stopped

New orientation programs begin where PittStart stopped

By Vaibhav Gupta, Staff Writer

June 30, 2019

PittStart — Pitt’s signature two-day orientation program — has come to a stop this summer after 19 years of introducing first-years to life in Oakland.

Transcript: TPN’s interview with Provost Cudd

Transcript: TPN’s interview with Provost Cudd

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 29, 2019

On June 11, The Pitt News sat down with Provost Ann Cudd for about 40 minutes to discuss her first year at Pitt, as well as her goals for the next year and beyond. This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.

Cudd’s freshman year: affordability, unionization and plans for the future

Cudd’s freshman year: affordability, unionization and plans for the future

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 28, 2019

After one year of leading Pitt’s academic programs, Provost Ann Cudd has her sights set on Pitt’s future.

House passes Pitt funding bill by 167-34 vote

House passes Pitt funding bill by 167-34 vote

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 25, 2019

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed Pitt’s annual funding bill by a vote of 167 to 34 late Tuesday evening.

New Pitt spending policy increases support for financial aid

New Pitt spending policy increases support for financial aid

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

June 25, 2019

At a public meeting in Posvar Hall Monday morning, Pitt’s Investment Committee approved a new spending policy that increases the amount of University funding directly supporting financial aid.

Pitt to get 2% state funding increase; House Republicans file amendment to avert fetal tissue research

Pitt to get 2% state funding increase; House Republicans file amendment to avert fetal tissue research

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 24, 2019

As budget week bears down on Harrisburg, state House Republicans are considering cutting funding to Pitt if the University engages in fetal tissue research, according to the Pennsylvania Capital-Star.

‘Walk for Love’ to commemorate life, legacy of murdered Pitt student

‘Walk for Love’ to commemorate life, legacy of murdered Pitt student

By George Smith, For The Pitt News

June 19, 2019

In the aftermath of former Pitt student Alina Sheykhet’s death in the fall of 2017, family, friends and peers have come together to honor and continue her legacy.

Philippine Nationality Room opens doors to public

Philippine Nationality Room opens doors to public

By Martha Layne, For The Pitt News

June 12, 2019

Upbeat instrumental music filtered through the Cathedral of Learning Sunday as ceremonial dancers twirled and spun in traditional outfits, celebrating the opening of the new Philippine Nationality Room.

Pitt students couch-surfing after SkyVue electrical fire

Pitt students couch-surfing after SkyVue electrical fire

By Janine Faust and Jon Moss

June 6, 2019

Renters at Cardinal Group’s SkyVue Apartments, located at the corner of Forbes and Craft avenues, say they’ve been couch surfing since a Sunday afternoon fire in the building’s garage caused a power outage.

Pitt releases list of 25 highest-paid non-officer employees

Pitt releases list of 25 highest-paid non-officer employees

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 4, 2019

Pitt released a list of its 25 highest-paid non-officer employees for fiscal year 2018, with Patrick Narduzzi, the men’s football coach, topping out at more than $3 million.

Audrey Murrell named acting dean of Honors College

Audrey Murrell named acting dean of Honors College

By Jon Moss, News Editor

May 31, 2019

Audrey Murrell has been named acting dean of the University Honors College, or UHC, effective June 17, according to an email sent to College of Business Administration students.

Mario’s opens doors in Oakland

Mario’s opens doors in Oakland

By Sarah Connor, Contributing Editor

May 28, 2019

Inside Mario’s Oakland Saloon Thursday night, pop hits blasted over speakers as the bar filled to the brim with students and locals celebrating its grand opening.

Student affairs committee approves activity, wellness fee increases

Student affairs committee approves activity, wellness fee increases

By Vaibhav Gupta, Staff Writer

May 22, 2019

After deliberating for about five minutes in a Posvar Hall conference room, the Student Affairs Committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday to increase mandatory student fees for activities and wellness.

Former Pitt professor now charged with kidnapping third woman

Former Pitt professor now charged with kidnapping third woman

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

May 20, 2019

Richard Lomotey, 36, was initially charged with harassment, kidnapping and false imprisonment following a report from two women on May 11.

Pitt paid almost $240K to “union avoidance” law firm in recent years

Pitt paid almost $240K to “union avoidance” law firm in recent years

By Jon Moss, News Editor

May 14, 2019

A “union avoidance” law firm received a large windfall of legal fees from Pitt, according to previously unreported University financial disclosure reports.

Pitt, Penn State Beaver professor charged with kidnapping Uber riders

Pitt, Penn State Beaver professor charged with kidnapping Uber riders

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

May 12, 2019

A part-time instructor in Pitt’s School of Computing and Information has been charged with kidnapping two women in Pittsburgh after he picked them up for an Uber ride early Saturday morning. Police reported the arrest of a suspect in the incident later that afternoon. Richard Lomotey, 36, was charged with two co...

Grad students vote against unionization, organizers reissue call for new election

Grad students vote against unionization, organizers reissue call for new election

By Jon Moss and Neena Hagen

May 3, 2019

The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board officially declared Friday morning that the majority of graduate students at Pitt voted against unionization in the April 15-18 election.

Recent CMU graduate found guilty of sexual assault against female Pitt student

Recent CMU graduate found guilty of sexual assault against female Pitt student

By Jon Moss, News Editor

May 1, 2019

A recent CMU graduate was found guilty of a second degree sexual assault felony against a female Pitt student Tuesday morning.

Faculty union organizers appeal PLRB decision

Faculty union organizers appeal PLRB decision

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

April 25, 2019

A years-long effort to unionize more than 3,500 Pitt faculty appeared to have failed last Wednesday when the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, or PLRB, ruled that organizers failed to collect enough signed authorization cards from eligible faculty to prompt a union election.

Students get blunt about weed legalization

Students get blunt about weed legalization

By Griffin Lynch, Staff Writer

April 21, 2019

Pittsburgh and Philadelphia passed decriminalization legislation in 2014 and 2015, respectively, and the University of Pittsburgh was certified for medical marijuana research just last year.

After years-long campaign, grad students await outcome of union vote

After years-long campaign, grad students await outcome of union vote

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

April 18, 2019

Organizers wearing pro-union T-shirts high-fived and cheered for the last few dozen graduate students as they trickled into the second-floor ballroom of the O’Hara Student Center Thursday afternoon to cast their votes in the union election. They were celebrating the culmination of a years-long campaign t...

A Starr is born: John Starr, beatboxer and Beinecke winner

A Starr is born: John Starr, beatboxer and Beinecke winner

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

April 18, 2019

While preparing backstage for a high-level a cappella competition March 30, John Starr got an email that changed his life — out of 90 candidates from across the United States, he was one of 18 students who received the prestigious Beinecke scholarship.

Market Central passes health department reinspection

Market Central passes health department reinspection

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

April 16, 2019

Market Central passed a Tuesday reinspection by the Allegheny County Health Department after being cited for nine health code violations last Monday.

Q&A: Jay Darr on the future of Pitt’s Counseling Center

Q&A: Jay Darr on the future of Pitt’s Counseling Center

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

April 16, 2019

Since he began the job in mid-February, Pitt’s newest Counseling Center Director Jay Darr said he’s spent his time talking with his staff and going on a “listening tour” around campus to hear what students are saying about the center.

Bernie Sanders campaigns in Schenley Plaza

Bernie Sanders campaigns in Schenley Plaza

By Remy Samuels, Staff Writer

April 15, 2019

When Sen. Bernie Sanders stepped onto the podium at Schenley Plaza, surrounded by supporters waving Bernie 2020 signs and chanting his name, he couldn’t help but point out the unusually warm Pittsburgh weather.

Pitt’s new football helmets put Shop412 on defense

Pitt’s new football helmets put Shop412 on defense

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

April 13, 2019

When "412" made its way onto Pitt’s new football helmets in a redesign unveiled last Sunday, local retailer Shop412 was quick to protest.

Pitt police identifies men involved in Tuesday incident as students from Denison University on ‘scavenger hunt’ who had to ‘scare someone’

Pitt police identifies men involved in Tuesday incident as students from Denison University on ‘scavenger hunt’ who had to ‘scare someone’

By Christian Snyder, Editor in Chief

April 12, 2019

Breaking: Police identify four individuals involved in Tuesday incident near Hillman Library

Multiple reports of suspicious activity seemingly targeting women in Oakland

Multiple reports of suspicious activity seemingly targeting women in Oakland

By The Pitt News Staff

April 11, 2019

Update 12:36 p.m.: Pitt confirmed there has been no missing persons report filed with Pitt Police, and that it does not believe the incidents are related.

SGB welcomes new members, announces Counseling Center changes

SGB welcomes new members, announces Counseling Center changes

By Maureen Hartwell, Staff Writer

April 10, 2019

With the academic year coming to a close, Pitt’s Student Government Board spent its Tuesday meeting passing new legislation and introducing new members for SGB 2019-20.

Elizabeth Warren “100% behind” Pitt grad student union

Elizabeth Warren “100% behind” Pitt grad student union

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

April 9, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., encouraged the union hopefuls in a short video posted to social media Tuesday.

Sanders will hold Sunday rally in Schenley Plaza

Sanders will hold Sunday rally in Schenley Plaza

By Brian Gentry and Emily Wolfe

April 8, 2019

The already-crowded race for the 2020 Democratic primary is about to get its first Pitt stop with a visit from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who will hold a rally this Sunday in Oakland.

Pitt Athletics unveils new style at Bigelow Bash

Pitt Athletics unveils new style at Bigelow Bash

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

April 8, 2019

Pitt partnered with Nike’s Graphic Identity Group to design new royal blue and yellow uniforms across all sports.

Engineering professor receives NSF CAREER Award

Engineering professor receives NSF CAREER Award

By Lauren Rude, For The Pitt News

April 4, 2019

Tevis Jacobs, an assistant professor in the mechanical engineering and materials science department, received the National Science Foundation’s $500,000 CAREER Award this year to improve nanoparticle performance. “When we talk about nanoparticles, even I, as a scientist that studies nanoscience, have trouble conceiving of how small these are,” Jacobs said. “I am very excited about both [components]. They are both huge endeavors.”

Faculty braces for Pitt’s union “stalling tactics”

Faculty braces for Pitt’s union “stalling tactics”

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

April 4, 2019

With at least six months until Pitt organizers’ third attempt at a faculty union, Pitt administration and faculty are deep in a debate over the merits of unionization. Faculty say they’re gearing up for a battle.

Sitkiatnin offers fitness, inclusion through Muay Thai

Sitkiatnin offers fitness, inclusion through Muay Thai

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 3, 2019

Although Sitkiatnin Muay Thai just held its opening on Sunday, the gym has been operational since February, with a steadily growing clientele since the space was first usable.

‘Pitt Tonight’ celebrates women with annual empowerment episode

‘Pitt Tonight’ celebrates women with annual empowerment episode

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

April 2, 2019

In the darkened William Pitt Union Assembly Room, an unusual array of images graced the stage. Some slides flashed quotes from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Others featured statements from female Pitt students, who wanted to send a message of thanks to the strong women in their lives.

Analysis: Is Brad Pitt gearing up for a presidential run?

Analysis: Is Brad Pitt gearing up for a presidential run?

By Maggie Young, Senior Staff Writer

April 1, 2019

There’s a handful of celebrities who have transitioned from the entertainment business to politics, from Ronald Reagan to Arnold Schwarzenegger to our current president, Donald J. Trump. The pattern raises the question — who will be the next movie star to grace the political stage?

Pitt’s first big spring Pride is just around the corner

Pitt’s first big spring Pride is just around the corner

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 29, 2019

“The LGBTQIA+ community on campus is enormous,” Tabitha Barnes said. “We wanted to make sure that Pride was something everyone could take part in...kind of using the resources that we have to make that happen.”

120 join “Justice for Antwon” die-in on WPU steps

120 join “Justice for Antwon” die-in on WPU steps

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 28, 2019

Unlike other protests that have taken place throughout the City over the past week, this one — a die-in in honor of Antwon Rose, organized by Pitt’s Black Action Society — was completely silent.

George Stetten: Engineering music

George Stetten: Engineering music

By Brian Gentry & Thomas Yang

March 26, 2019

George Stetten has spent nearly a quarter of his life gathering an alphabet soup of degrees from world-class universities — including a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, a master’s degree from NYU, a medical degree from SUNY at Syracuse, a doctorate from UNC and some schooling from the New England...

For real: Crosswalk to come

For real: Crosswalk to come

By Joanna Li, News Editor

March 26, 2019

The crosswalk created on Forbes Ave. outside of David Lawrence Hall is expected to be fully operational by the end of the week, according to Pitt Police. In the past few days, the traffic lights have been set to “flash” as a means of allowing drivers to adapt to the new crosswalk.

Third day of protests brings students Downtown

Third day of protests brings students Downtown

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 26, 2019

A group of more than 1,000 turned out Monday for a student-led walkout Downtown in protest of the acquittal of former East Pittsburgh officer Michael Rosfeld in the shooting of unarmed black teenager Antwon Rose.

Vigil honors victims of New Zealand shooting

Vigil honors victims of New Zealand shooting

By Maggie Young, Senior Staff Writer

March 25, 2019

Hundreds of Pittsburghers gathered Sunday for “Rehumanize: A Vigil for Muslims in New Zealand” to honor the victims of the Christchurch shootings, which occurred on March 16.

Oakland protests white officer’s acquittal

Oakland protests white officer’s acquittal

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 23, 2019

Organizers of Saturday’s protests had three demands: The dismissal of the district attorney, the dismissal of a much-criticized police union president and the creation of a police review board.

Jury finds Rosfeld not guilty in Rose shooting case

Jury finds Rosfeld not guilty in Rose shooting case

By Brian Gentry and Emily Wolfe

March 22, 2019

Michael Rosfeld, a white former Pitt Police officer, was found not guilty of the June 19, 2018 shooting of black 17-year-old Antwon Rose Friday evening.

Darr hears students’ counseling center concerns

Darr hears students’ counseling center concerns

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

March 22, 2019

For the first time since being hired in January 2019, Pitt’s new Counseling Center Director Jay Darr made a public appearance at a Town Hall Thursday night.

Pitt professors sue for age discrimination

Pitt professors sue for age discrimination

By Maggie Young, Senior Staff Writer

March 20, 2019

Neil Fogarty, a 61-year-old lecturer of the College of Business Administration and the Katz Graduate School of Business, filed a suit against the University in early February, for age discrimination.

Former PG editor discusses truth in journalism

Former PG editor discusses truth in journalism

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

March 19, 2019

At the event, Shribman discussed the importance of truth in journalism and how the field has evolved over time.

Al Primack celebrates pi year-round

Al Primack celebrates pi year-round

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

March 18, 2019

Al Primack, Pitt doctoral student and TA, memorized 100 digits of pi for a cultural artifact speech back in college. Eight years later, he recites those same digits to his students at the start of every semester. But other than pi, he said, his memory is actually pretty dismal.

Schedule preview for Women’s Empowerment Week

Schedule preview for Women’s Empowerment Week

By Maureen Hartwell, Staff Writer

March 17, 2019

Hosted by the Student Government Board, WE Week 2019 begins Monday, March 18, and ends Saturday, March 23.

Pitt attempting to obstruct grad student union election, organizers claim

Pitt attempting to obstruct grad student union election, organizers claim

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 12, 2019

The United Steelworkers and the Graduate Student Organizing Committee expressed disappointment Tuesday in what they called Pitt’s attempts at “voter suppression.”

“This whole system’s got to go:” Students walk out against inequality

“This whole system’s got to go:” Students walk out against inequality

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 8, 2019

One day before the set of worldwide marches planned for International Women’s Day, about 100 people gathered in Schenley Plaza for a student walkout.

Sylvia Rhor curates arts with academics

Sylvia Rhor curates arts with academics

By Remy Samuels, Staff Writer

March 7, 2019

Sylvia Rhor is the curator and director of Pitt’s University Art Gallery in the Frick Fine Arts building, where she organizes collections and creates exhibitions for the public — something she never dreamed of doing as a child.

Voters choose divestment, Peterson as executive VP

Voters choose divestment, Peterson as executive VP

By Brian Gentry and Emily Wolfe

March 6, 2019

Anaïs Peterson won big in Tuesday’s runoff SGB election — and so did one of her major initiatives, as more than 2,000 students said Pitt should divest from fossil fuels in a referendum vote.

Students face divestment referendum

Students face divestment referendum

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 5, 2019

The ballot students see on elections.pitt.edu from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday will feature a referendum question on whether or not the University should divest from fossil fuels.

The Oaklander brings luxury hotel option to Oakland

The Oaklander brings luxury hotel option to Oakland

By Maggie Young, Staff Writer

March 4, 2019

The Oaklander hotel has its restaurant and lobby located on the 10th floor to offer its guests some famous views of Oakland, said Jackie Gillespie, the hotel’s director of sales. “The space is on the 10th floor because I think it would’ve been tragic to have this location and not bring these views of Oakland to everyone,” Gillespie said.

Students, experts discuss criminal justice reform

Students, experts discuss criminal justice reform

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

February 28, 2019

The Global Studies Center invited three criminal justice experts to inform students about the reasons behind inequalities in the criminal justice system and discuss potential solutions. Dr. Leah Jacobs from the School of Social Work opened the conversation with the topic of incarceration. “To really get to the heart of this issue, you have to recognize the institutional nature of [this nation’s] policies,” Jacobs said.

Chancellor seeks state funding at Harrisburg hearing

Chancellor seeks state funding at Harrisburg hearing

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

February 27, 2019

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher testified Tuesday in front of the State Senate Appropriations Committee in Harrisburg with other executives from Pennsylvania universities, hoping to increase state funding for higher education for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

SGB to hold runoff election for executive VP spot

SGB to hold runoff election for executive VP spot

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

February 26, 2019

There’s one election left before the lineup is completely decided for next year’s Student Government Board. SGB announced Monday the office of executive vice president will be decided by a runoff election between the top two candidates on March 5.

Community Cafe hosts local community leader

Community Cafe hosts local community leader

By Nicole Marzzacco, For The Pitt News

February 24, 2019

Last week, the Honors College hosted Wasi Mohamed, the former director of the Islamic Center. He discussed faith, Islamophobia and how to keep a community together in the wake of tragedy.

Context: February Board of Trustees meeting

Context: February Board of Trustees meeting

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

February 22, 2019

Today is the Pitt Board of Trustees' February meeting. Here's what to look for.

Sodexo offers culturally diverse meals

Sodexo offers culturally diverse meals

By Remy Samuels, Staff Writer

February 21, 2019

According to Sodexo district manager Abdou Cole, Sodexo made the move to represent different cultures as accurately as possible after listening to the demands of students.

“Grateful, thankful, overwhelmed”: Brown wins SGB presidency

“Grateful, thankful, overwhelmed”: Brown wins SGB presidency

By Brian Gentry and Emily Wolfe

February 20, 2019

Zechariah Brown will serve as president of Pitt’s Student Government Board during the 2019-20 school year, after winning 62 percent of the vote against Albert Tanjaya Tuesday.

Your guide to today’s SGB election

Your guide to today’s SGB election

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

February 19, 2019

Brush up on these candidates' platforms and then head over to elections.pitt.edu to vote.

Hillman exhibit showcases stories of Ferguson

Hillman exhibit showcases stories of Ferguson

By Nithil Harris Manimaran, For The Pitt News

February 18, 2019

For the month of February, Hillman Library will be home to the Ferguson Voices: Disrupting the Frame, an exhibit commemorating the events that occurred in Ferguson, Missouri.

Pitt snaps 18-game ACC losing streak in 91-78 win over UNC

Pitt snaps 18-game ACC losing streak in 91-78 win over UNC

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

February 15, 2019

The Panthers finally got their first ACC win of the season over UNC, ending an 18-game ACC losing streak dating back to Feb. 1, 2018.

LGBTQ+ representation through flags

LGBTQ+ representation through flags

By Joanna Li, News Editor

February 14, 2019

  The iconic, instantly recognizable rainbow flag featured on this year’s Sex Edition cover isn’t the only flag members of the LGBTQ+ community rally around. Since the late artist Gilbert Baker first flew the rainbow flag in 1978, countless other activists and artists have created id...

Pitt students to face tuition hike, Commonwealth funding unclear

Pitt students to face tuition hike, Commonwealth funding unclear

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

February 13, 2019

Pitt students will face an average of tuition hike of four percent next year, even with additional funding from the commonwealth.

Brown, Tanjaya debate for SGB presidency

Brown, Tanjaya debate for SGB presidency

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

February 12, 2019

On Monday night, presidential candidates Albert Tanjaya and Zechariah Brown faced off in a debate for the position. Moderated by Matt Stalford, head writer and host of the Bully PulPitt and Christian Snyder, editor-in-chief of The Pitt News, the two candidates discussed issues ranging from student facilities to administrative policies.

State officials attempt to avert UPMC, Highmark breakup

State officials attempt to avert UPMC, Highmark breakup

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

February 11, 2019

UPMC and Highmark have a long history of conflict, and this came to a head when UPMC refused to sign a consent decree in late 2018 that would allow Highmark insurance to be used at UPMC hospitals.

Slates present platforms at “Meet the Candidates” event

Slates present platforms at “Meet the Candidates” event

By Stefan Bordeianu, For The Pitt News

February 8, 2019

To prepare for its Feb. 19 election, Student Government Board hosted a “Meet the Candidates” event on Thursday evening with Pitt Tonight host Andrew Dow. At the event, held in the William Pitt Union, the two presidential candidates and 10 board candidates introduced themselves and their reasons for running to the public — though most of the 30 or so people who attended were already affiliated with the board.

Pitt Coaches prepare to Pink the Pete for the first time

Pitt Coaches prepare to Pink the Pete for the first time

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

February 7, 2019

Pitt’s Women’s Basketball team will be playing in its 12th annual Pink the Petersen game this Sunday against Miami. While this game always holds special meaning for coaches, players and survivors, this year it hits especially close to home for members of Pitt’s team.

Pitt faculty see future in union

Pitt faculty see future in union

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

February 6, 2019

To most passersby, the fliers, posters and comics adorning the office doors in the narrow corridors on the fourth floor of the Cathedral of Learning blend in with the rest of campus. But for Tyler McAndrew, a visiting lecturer in the English department and prominent faculty union organizer, the posters th...

Las Palmas remains open after several health inspections

Las Palmas remains open after several health inspections

By Joanna Li, News Editor

February 5, 2019

After at least three visits from the Allegheny County Health Department since it was ordered to close Jan. 24, Las Palmas #2, the Oakland location of the Mexican grocery and restaurant, was reinspected Feb. 5 and permitted to remain open.

Pitt introduces new housing option

Pitt introduces new housing option

By Joanna Li, News Editor

February 5, 2019

Beginning this August, students will have another off-campus housing option. Last week, Pitt approved a three-year lease for up to 230 students to be housed in 87 apartments inside The Bridge on Forbes, a new upscale apartment complex that is still under construction in West Oakland.

Pitt students search for aerospace program

Pitt students search for aerospace program

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Staff Writer

February 4, 2019

From Air Force ROTC cadets to Swanson engineers, many Pitt students yearn for a solid aerospace program that can prepare them for future careers in the United States Air Force and other related aerospace fields.

Students see “Eye to Eye” with mentors

Students see “Eye to Eye” with mentors

By Maggie Young, Staff Writer

January 31, 2019

Eye to Eye is a national organization that works to combat this stigma and provide resources to children with ADHD and learning disabilities.

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