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‘A part of history’: Commencement ceremonies adapted again for pandemic

‘A part of history’: Commencement ceremonies adapted again for pandemic

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief May 4, 2021
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said he was proud of the seniors for getting through an exceptionally difficult academic year.
Pitt’s Office of Sustainability provided a list of COVID-safe ways to celebrate Earth Day this year — such as guided hikes and park cleanups —  with different community organizations, while also providing educational resources so people can both celebrate and learn.

Pitt hosts eco-friendly events to celebrate Earth Day, encourages sustainability

By Elizabeth Primrose, Staff Writer April 23, 2021
Pitt’s Office of Sustainability provided a list of COVID-safe ways to celebrate Earth Day this year — such as guided hikes and park cleanups — with different community organizations, while also providing educational resources so people can both celebrate and learn.
A crowd of about 150 people gathered Tuesday evening at Freedom Corner after a jury found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd.

Pittsburghers mourn, protest after guilty verdict in Floyd murder case

By Rebecca Johnson and Jon Moss April 21, 2021
About 150 people gathered Tuesday evening at Freedom Corner in the Hill District after a jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter. The crowd marched down Forbes Avenue through Pitt’s campus.
Student Affairs hosted a town hall on Thursday evening via Zoom to reflect on the transparency within the Pitt police department, as well as to address questions students had relating to the Pitt police.

Pitt police town hall addresses funding, weapon usage among officers

By Allison Radziwon, Staff Writer April 19, 2021
Student Affairs hosted a town hall on Thursday evening via Zoom to reflect on transparency within Pitt police, as well as addressing student concerns relating to the Pitt police.
Senior right side hitter Chinaza Ndee finished with a team high 17 kills on Thursday night.

Pitt volleyball advances to Sweet 16 for first time in program history

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor April 16, 2021
The Panthers swept No. 14 Utah behind a powerful performance from senior captain Chinaza Ndee, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history.
‘He gave so much to all of us’: Remembering Larry Davis, dean emeritus of the School of Social Work

‘He gave so much to all of us’: Remembering Larry Davis, dean emeritus of the School of Social Work

By Colm Slevin, Staff Writer April 16, 2021
Larry Davis, the dean emeritus of the School of Social Work, passed away on March 30 at 74. A renowned scholar on race in America, Davis joined Pitt as the school’s dean in 2001 and founded the Center on Race and Social Problems shortly after in 2002.
History professor Alaina Roberts helped create a formal proposal last summer that called for all undergraduates to complete a Black studies course as part of their general education requirements.

Left ‘in the dark’: Status of Black studies course requirement unclear

By Natalie Frank, Senior Staff Writer April 14, 2021
A proposal for a Black studies course requirement is sitting in the Office of the Provost waiting for further action. Pitt said it doesn’t have a timeline for when it will act on the proposal, and leaders say they’ve been left “in the dark.”
Pitt baseball sweeped No. 20 Miami for its first home ACC series win of the season this weekend. After eight pitches, including four straight foul balls, sophomore infielder Sky Duff unloaded a grand slam to right-center field during the first game.

Two grand slams help ‘Gritsburgh’ Pitt baseball sweep No. 20 Miami

By Alexander Ganias, Staff Writer April 12, 2021
Pitt baseball launched two grand slams en route to sweeping No. 20 Miami for its first home ACC series win of the season.
Pittsburgh Action Against Rape — an organization to help victims of sexual or relationship violence —  led a discusson via Zoom on Thursday to talk about how to support survivors of sexual misconduct on college campuses, specifically how to use the Title IX office’s resources, what trauma from sexual violence can look like and how to help victims of sexual violence.

‘We have a responsibility’: Panel discusses Title IX resources, sexual assault awareness

By Allison Radziwon, Staff Writer April 9, 2021
Pitt partnered with Pittsburgh Action Against Rape to hold a supporting survivors workshop on Thursday morning as part of its recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which is in April.
The Pitt Athletics primary Twitter account had 17 tweets in February surrounding Black History Month, with a greater volume of content coming toward the end of the month.

Pitt Athletics alums share concerns over Black History Month efforts

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor April 7, 2021
Pitt Athletics alumni said they saw the athletic department bring attention to Black History Month this year for the first time in a significant way, but shared many concerns they hope the department will address in the future.
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