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Legendary activist, track star John Carlos recalls ’68 Olympics

John Carlos spoke to about 30 Pitt students and faculty on Tuesday night about his life and experience at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

July 8, 2020

Hosted by Pitt’s Film and Media Studies department, Carlos spoke to about 30 Pitt students and faculty on Tuesday night about his life and experience at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. It was there that Carlos and fellow Team USA sprinter Tommie Smith posed for one of the most iconic photographs of the American Civil Rights Movement and sports history.

Pitt COVID-19 cases triple in one week

The Cathedral of Learning watches over an empty Pitt campus.

By Ashton Crawley and Jon Moss

July 2, 2020

COVID-19 cases at Pitt have tripled since last Friday, with a total of 14 students and 5 employees now testing positive, as of Thursday.

Pitt establishes reopening postures for the fall, amidst pandemic

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher at a Senate Council meeting.

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief

June 30, 2020

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher announced Tuesday that Pitt has established three reopening postures and universal health rules to guide the University through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

5 Pitt students, 1 employee test positive for COVID-19; voluntary football workouts to continue

Pitt said voluntary football workouts would continue despite some students testing positive for COVID-19.

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

June 28, 2020

Five Pitt students and one employee have tested positive for COVID-19, officials announced Friday. All six individuals have been on campus within the last 14 days.

Board to form ad-hoc committee to study fossil fuel divestment

The Fossil Free Pitt Coalition held a sit-in in the Cathedral Learning in February to demand the board of trustees divest from fossil fuels.

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief

June 26, 2020

Pitt’s board of trustees will form an ad-hoc committee to study whether the University should divest its $4.3 billion endowment of fossil fuel investments, officials announced at the board’s Friday morning meeting.

Pitt to lease $22 million in hotel rooms for first-year student housing

Litchfield Towers A, B and C are located on lower campus between Fifth and Forbes avenues and house approximately 1,800 students.

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief

June 25, 2020

Pitt will lease around $22 million in rooms across multiple hotels to house a "significant portion" of first-year students, officials announced Thursday.

Pitt Athletics to launch new initiatives after calls for change

Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced in a Tuesday blog post that the department will implement several initiatives in response to the nationwide calls for anti-racism work.

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

June 23, 2020

Pitt Athletics is now attempting to implement programs that address the concerns Fields and Troost voiced. Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced in a Tuesday blog post that the department will implement several initiatives in response to the nationwide calls for anti-racism work.

Black Action Society, 17 Black student orgs make demands of University administration

Black Action Society, 17 Black student orgs make demands of University administration

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief

June 22, 2020

The Black Action Society and 17 other Black Pitt student organizations joined together Monday to demand change from the University administration.

Med school dean agrees to wide-ranging demands from Black students

Pitt students Casey Tompkins-Rhoades (left), Wheyntie Alexandre (center) and Alexander Schuyler (right) have made nearly 20 demands of the School of Medicine.

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief

June 19, 2020

The dean of Pitt’s School of Medicine agreed on Thursday to comply with numerous wide-ranging demands from Black students, after multiple meetings and more than 400 petition signatures.

Education Policies Committee talks fall planning, alumna petition

The University Senate’s Educational Policies Committee met on Monday via Zoom.

By Ashton Crawley, Senior Staff Writer

June 16, 2020

Joe McCarthy, the vice provost of undergraduate studies, said the University is considering a rotating cohort model, where large lectures are split into small groups of students who attend in-person instruction on different days of the week.

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