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Pitt’s Senate Council discussed enrollment numbers, the budget cycle and possible student staff and faculty vaccine requirements at last Wednesday’s meeting. In addition, the Council also voted to create an ad-hoc committee for dependent care.

Senate Council discusses potential COVID-19 vaccine requirement for spring semester

By Millicent Watt, Assistant News Editor 12:19 am
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said Pitt is discussing ways to enforce COVID-19 vaccination — for as early as the spring semester — such as tying vaccination status to student enrollment or faculty employment.
Sophomore running back Israel Abanikanda (2) carries the football against the New Hampshire Wildcats at Heinz Field on Sept. 25.

Panthers go down to Blacksburg and make a statement, defeat Hokies 28-7

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor October 16, 2021
The Panthers (5-1, 2-0 ACC) hit the road for a game with major implications and dominated the Virginia Tech Hokies (3-3, 1-1 ACC).
The Plant2Plate student-run garden that produces fruits, vegetables and herbs from a plot of land located on Oakland Avenue, across from Bouquet Gardens.

Pitt student garden facing relocation amid year of growth

By Katie Cassidy, Staff Writer October 12, 2021
Plant2Plate is a student-run organization at Pitt, which has cultivated and harvested produce from a plot of land located on Oakland Avenue. The organization will soon relocate because the University intends to build student housing on their current lot.
Pitt students at a Lauv concert on Schenley Drive at PPC’s annual Fall Fest on Sunday.

PPC’s first in-person Fall Fest since 2019 delayed for two hours

By Jessica McKenzie, Senior Staff Writer October 11, 2021
Food trucks, hundreds of students and a large stage blocked off Schenley Drive most of Sunday. Pitt Program Council hosted the first in-person Fall Fest since 2019, offering Pitt students a day to unwind before midterm season goes into full swing.
Pitt Faculty Assembly members discuss criteria used to assess professors’ scholarly pursuits on Wednesday. Members voted in favor of a dependent care committee and an academic freedom resolution.

Faculty Assembly discusses performance criteria, forms dependent care committee

By Abby Cardilli, For The Pitt News October 8, 2021
Pitt’s Faculty Assembly this week discussed performance criteria for faculty members, formed an ad-hoc committee on dependent care and talked about efforts to explore the possibility of a COVID-19 vaccine requirement.
Gracelyn Mauro is a sophomore psychology major and a patient care technician at UPMC Presbyterian.

Student health care workers discuss job joys, difficulties amid pandemic

By Alexandra Ross, Staff Writer October 5, 2021
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the stakes of working in health care have increased, and student workers often feel a greater responsibility in these roles.
A screenshot of the Squirrels of Pitt Instagram account asks Pitt students to DM them “squirrel pics.”

Pitt-related social media account owners enjoy fostering community online

By Maria Scanga, Staff Writer October 4, 2021
One of the earliest Pitt community Instagram pages, Squirrels of Pitt, posts daily images of just that — the squirrels of Pitt. Pictures of squirrels eating acorns, dining hall food, scouring trash cans and even hand-feedings by students.
Dionysus members Myles Naylor and Christian Ryan close the night at Battle of the Bands.

Student rock band Dionysus wins Battle of the Bands

By Darin Fields, Staff Writer October 1, 2021
The opportunity to perform is not one musicians take lightly. Pitt-based new age rock band Dionysus will get the opportunity to share their music at Fall Fest after winning Pitt Program Council’s Battle of the Bands on Wednesday night.
There are a variety of resources for students experiencing food insecurity on campus, including the Plant2Plate Student Garden on Oakland Avenue.

‘No one should have to bend over backwards’: Combating food insecurity at Pitt

By Betul Tuncer, Staff Writer September 28, 2021
Food insecurity isn’t a far-off problem that simply means people don’t have enough food to eat, according to Annie Ryan. She said it’s a more complex issue that’s present on Pitt’s campus too.
Pitt students gather at the Cathedral of Learning on Saturday night for the annual Homecoming Fireworks and Laser show.

Students reflect on first in-person Homecoming since 2019

By Brandon Raglow, Staff Writer September 27, 2021
With a new semester underway, students reflected on their Homecoming weekend, which was the first in-person Homecoming for first-year and sophomore students.
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