The Pitt News

Halftime recap: Pitt versus UNC

Halftime recap: Pitt versus UNC

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 22, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

A victory over UNC would be Pitt’s first since moving to the ACC, with the team having lost all five previous meetings.

GALLERY: Pittsburgh Fashion Week—The Runway

GALLERY: Pittsburgh Fashion Week—The Runway

By Knox Coulter, Staff Photographer

September 20, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Visual

The Downtown Community Development Corporation hosted Pittsburgh Fashion Week for its third consecutive year this September. The week kicked off with a rooftop social Monday evening, continued with a panel Wednesday evening and ended with a runway event at PPG Place's Wintergarden Thursday night. ...

Panther Grille serves sustainability

Panther Grille serves sustainability

By Madeline Gavatorta, Staff Writer

September 20, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

The truck can be used for special events, help serve areas on campus where less food options are present and also work as a “disaster kitchen” — meaning if one eatery on campus cannot run anymore for whatever reason, Panther Grille can be used as a backup.

Column: Pitt is a volleyball school now

Column: Pitt is a volleyball school now

By Stephen Thompson, For the Pitt News

September 19, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports Columns

The Pitt volleyball team is driven, experienced and talented — and they deserve all the support our Panther community can give them.

SGB announces continued support for tobacco-free campus

SGB announces continued support for tobacco-free campus

By Emily Wolfe, For The Pitt News

September 19, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News

Student Government Board focuses on student surveys about campus smoking at weekly meeting.

Cruze Bar is here to stay — but only for a little while longer

Cruze Bar is here to stay — but only for a little while longer

By Shahum Ajmal, Contributing Editor

September 17, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

After seven years of service to the Pittsburgh community, the LGBTQ+ club, Cruze Bar, is still closing — but not for another few months.

Pitt Progressives protest Maggie and Stella’s

Pitt Progressives protest Maggie and Stella’s

By Christian Snyder and Janine Faust, The Pitt News Staff

September 16, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

Pitt Progressives organized a demonstration Friday to protest the absence of a grocery store on campus.

Three takeaways from Pitt’s first ACC win

Three takeaways from Pitt’s first ACC win

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 16, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Accounting for all the highs and lows, here are some of the foremost takeaways from Pitt’s ACC-opening win against Georgia Tech.

Panthers pounce on Georgia Tech, 24-19, in ACC opener

Panthers pounce on Georgia Tech, 24-19, in ACC opener

By Sami Abu-Obaid, For the Pitt News

September 15, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

In the third game of the season, Pitt made a major comeback after their lost against Penn State. Showing improvement in all areas, the Panthers started the game with a lead and maintained that lead throughout the rest of the game. The final score was 24-19, a win for Pitt.

Uncle Sam’s Sub’s Oakland location to close

Uncle Sam’s Sub’s Oakland location to close

By Sarah Shearer, Assistant News Editor

September 14, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Uncle Sam's Sub's is closing its doors after 35 years of business at it's Oakland location

In the Army: professional prospects for Pitt ROTC

In the Army: professional prospects for Pitt ROTC

By Grant Burgman, News Editor

September 13, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

In Pitt’s ROTC program, students receive a full-tuition scholarship as well as $600 a month to cover the cost of books and a $420 monthly stipend. Students who already have a full-tuition scholarship, through athletics or academics, can instead choose to accept a $10,000 room-and-board scholarship.

Pittsburgh community mourns Mac Miller

Pittsburgh community mourns Mac Miller

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

September 12, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News, Video

Blue Slide Park in Squirrel Hill’s Frick Park became synonymous with late Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller after he released both a song and album eponymous with the iconic slide. On Tuesday night it was a place of mourning for Miller. Hundreds of Pittsburghers — fans, old friends and family alike...

Forbes Field phenomenon: Remembering the last flagless football game

Forbes Field phenomenon: Remembering the last flagless football game

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 11, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

More than 70 years have gone by since the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 7-3 in the NFL's last game without penalties.

Mac Miller: More than a musician

Mac Miller: More than a musician

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

September 11, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Music

After the shocking death of the Pittsburgh-native rap artist, members of the community speak of the icon with words of love and admiration.

Takeaways from Pitt’s blowout loss in Keystone Clash

Takeaways from Pitt’s blowout loss in Keystone Clash

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 9, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

The Pitt football team put forth a pitiful effort in Saturday night’s 51-6 blowout loss to in-state rival Penn State — here are some of the biggest takeaways from that game.

Penalties, special teams hurt Pitt in 51-6 blowout loss to Penn State

Penalties, special teams hurt Pitt in 51-6 blowout loss to Penn State

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 8, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

On a night which included constant rain, chilly temperatures and a persistent wind, the Pitt football team put up a performance to match with the miserable weather.

Halftime: Penn State leads Pitt 14-6

Halftime: Penn State leads Pitt 14-6

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 8, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports, Uncategorized

Follow the game live on Twitter here.  Penn State wasted no time to show its offensive prowess in the 99th edition of Pitt vs. Penn State Saturday night, with senior quarterback Trace McSorley finding junior tight end Jonathan Holland for a 22-yard gain on the Nittany Lions second play. Just t...

Pittsburgh-native rapper Mac Miller dead at 26

Pittsburgh-native rapper Mac Miller dead at 26

By The Pitt News Staff

September 7, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, City, Culture, Music, News

The rapper died of an apparent drug overdose, according to a report from TMZ. He was 26 years old and about to go on tour.

Grassroots politicians discuss health, safety and representation

Grassroots politicians discuss health, safety and representation

By Madeline Gavatorta, Staff Writer

September 6, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News

Sara Innamorato and Summer Lee went from under-the-radar activists to Pittsburgh household names nearly overnight when they both won primary elections in May against longtime incumbent Democrats in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives.

In Pa. football fandom, know where to draw the line

In Pa. football fandom, know where to draw the line

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 6, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

In recent years, the Pitt-Penn State rivalry has devolved from a lively competitive spirit to pettiness, irrationality and antagonism on both sides.

Prediction: Pitt to edge out Penn State in home thriller

Prediction: Pitt to edge out Penn State in home thriller

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

September 5, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

In the penultimate matchup of this renewed four-game football series, both offenses will display fireworks with Pitt ultimately edging out its in-state foe.

House divided: The Yahner Family

House divided: The Yahner Family

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

September 5, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports Features

The Pitt versus Penn State football matchup provides great action, but its implications go beyond the playing field. With the universities being two of the top three largest in the state, the rivalry often crosses family lines as members differ in school choice. The Yahners exemplify this house divided.

Campus grocery store on the menu at SGB kickoff meeting

Campus grocery store on the menu at SGB kickoff meeting

By Brian Salvato, Staff Writer

September 4, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Student Government

Board member Albert Tanjaya made a notable announcement about his focus for the semester. Along with improving the user accessibility of Saferider, the late-night transportation service available to students in Oakland, Tanjaya is looking to help the grocery store installation to Pitt’s campus.

Keystone contest: Pitt and Penn State’s football rivalry through the years

Keystone contest: Pitt and Penn State’s football rivalry through the years

By Ben Zimmer, Staff Writer

September 4, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

In honor of Saturday’s upcoming game, here’s a look at some of the most pivotal points of the Pitt - Penn State rivalry since its inception in 1893.

Maurice Ffrench earns ACC Specialist of the Week honors

Maurice Ffrench earns ACC Specialist of the Week honors

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 4, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Ffrench's 91-yard kickoff return touchdown made him the only ACC player to accomplish that feat in week one.

Oakland community reacts to new security cameras

Oakland community reacts to new security cameras

By Mario Cattabiani III, Staff Writer

September 4, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala announced the installation of the 60 cameras last week, 10 months after Pitt student Alina Sheykhet was found dead in her home on Cable Place.

University announces tailgating limitations for Pitt-PSU game

University announces tailgating limitations for Pitt-PSU game

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 3, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

The University announced Sunday that parking options will be restricted ahead of the Pitt-Penn State game to accommodate the traffic influx.

Panthers display dominance versus Great Danes, cruise to 33-7 win in home opener

Panthers display dominance versus Great Danes, cruise to 33-7 win in home opener

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 1, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

The Panthers scored all the points they would need in the first half, taking a commanding 33-7 lead thanks to three total touchdowns from sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett.

Annual bonfire bolsters Pitt pride

Annual bonfire bolsters Pitt pride

By Sarah Shearer, Assistant News Editor

August 30, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Video

Whether it’s a small flame flickering in a lantern held by a first-year student at lantern night or a roaring bonfire lighting up the Cathedral Lawn, both these traditions are cornerstones of the Pitt experience. Last night’s annual bonfire and pep rally, sponsored by Pitt Program Council, is one of those traditions — one which Pitt students await to kick off the year ahead.

Dean lifts ban on Greek life

Dean lifts ban on Greek life

By Grant Burgman, News Editor

August 30, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Bonner announced in April that the modified probation would be lifted once the fall semester started and Pitt finished drafting a thorough community action plan.

Prediction: Panthers to muzzle Great Danes in season opener

Prediction: Panthers to muzzle Great Danes in season opener

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

August 29, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

The Pitt football season kicks off this Saturday afternoon at Heinz Field as the Panthers face off against the Albany Great Danes.

SGB opens year with open house

SGB opens year with open house

By Kieran Mclean, Staff Writer

August 29, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News

Over snacks and refreshments at the Student Government Board open house Tuesday night, first-year student Nina Duong approached SGB President Maggie Kennedy to see how she could be more involved on campus. “I knew I wanted to do student government,” Duong said. “But I don’t know where to g...

ACC Football Predictions: Clemson dominant once again, while Panthers can contend in Coastal

ACC Football Predictions: Clemson dominant once again, while Panthers can contend in Coastal

By Cale Berger, Staff Writer

August 28, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

You've heard a lot about Pitt football — now find out what the Panthers' ACC competition looks like.

Panther Spotlight: Kayla Lund, Edward Kizza, Anna Rico

Panther Spotlight: Kayla Lund, Edward Kizza, Anna Rico

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

August 28, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Soccer, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Although the fall sports season is barely a week old, several Panthers have already begun to establish themselves as playmakers on their respective teams.

Thriftsburgh returns to save students money

Thriftsburgh returns to save students money

By Kieran Mclean, Staff Writer

August 27, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News

Thriftsburgh, which sells tees for $3, jeans for $5 and winter coats for $10 regardless of the clothing brand, branched into household appliances for its third annual Rummage Sale on Sunday afternoon in the O’Hara parking lot. Hundreds of students lined up around the block to buy secondhand microwaves, silverware and plastic drawers, netting the group more than $5,500 in profits.

Lantern night shines a light on women’s education

Lantern night shines a light on women’s education

By Madeline Gavatorta, Staff Writer

August 27, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Video

Women at Pitt first began celebrating Lantern Night, the oldest tradition at Pitt, in 1920. This year, at the 98th annual celebration, alumnae passed the "light of learning" to first-year women.

QC Pitt brings magic to campus Muggles

QC Pitt brings magic to campus Muggles

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

August 26, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Club Sports, Sports, Top Stories

QC Pitt, the campus club quidditch team, is very real — and preparing to soar to its first Quidditch World Cup in several years. QC Pitt’s origins stem from several students’ discovery of the sport on YouTube in 2008.

Coast to coast: Monica Henderson completes her cross-country run

Coast to coast: Monica Henderson completes her cross-country run

By Hannah Schneider, Assistant News Editor

August 20, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Sports, Video, Welcome Back 2018

She started in San Francisco on June 14. She arrived in New York City after running 4,000 miles with her team on August 4.

UPMC Mercy expansion approved after community voices opposition

UPMC Mercy expansion approved after community voices opposition

By Kieran Mclean, Staff Writer

August 9, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News, UPMC

UPMC Mercy's controversial expansion plan will proceed, after a 7-2 vote and more than two hours of public opposition to the plan.

Train derails near Station Square

Train derails near Station Square

By The Pitt News Staff

August 5, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

A Norfolk Southern freight train derailed Sunday afternoon near Station Square.

2 men arrested for stealing over $8 million in rare books from Carnegie Library

2 men arrested for stealing over $8 million in rare books from Carnegie Library

By Christian Snyder, Editor in chief

July 23, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Two men, the archivist at CLP and the owner of Caliban, were arrested for stealing and selling millions worth of rare books from the library.

Community speaks out against Mercy Hospital expansion

Community speaks out against Mercy Hospital expansion

By Kieran Mclean, Staff Writer

July 18, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News, Top Stories

A group of community members gathered Tuesday to urge the Pittsburgh City Council require UPMC enter a community benefits agreement.

Pitt Board approves budgets for 2018-19 school year

Pitt Board approves budgets for 2018-19 school year

By Grant Burgman and Christian Snyder

July 16, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News, Student Government

Pitt received $4.4 million more from Pennsylvania than in 2017. “The vast majority of in-state students” will not face a tuition increase, according to Chancellor Gallagher. Out-of-state, engineering and graduate students face an increase.

Board of Trustees unanimously votes to rename Parran Hall

Board of Trustees unanimously votes to rename Parran Hall

By Christian Snyder and Janine Faust | The Pitt News Staff

July 11, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

After a long campaign of ballots, petitions, special committees and a recommendation from the chancellor, the main building for Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health will no longer be named after Thomas Parran Jr., a former Pitt dean who presided over the infamous and racist Tuskegee and Guatema...

Michael Rosfeld charged with homicide in Antwon Rose killing

Michael Rosfeld charged with homicide in Antwon Rose killing

By Christian Snyder | Editor-in-chief

June 27, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Michael Rosfeld, the 30-year-old East Pittsburgh police officer from Penn Hills who fatally shot 17-year-old Antwon Rose on June 19, has been charged with one count of criminal homicide, according to court documents filed Wednesday morning. Rosfeld turned himself at City Court on Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. and was granted an unsecured $250,000 b...

Community responds after high school student fatally shot by police

Community responds after high school student fatally shot by police

By Christian Snyder and Kieran Mclean | The Pitt News Staff

June 21, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News, Top Stories

After East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld fatally shot unarmed Woodland Hills High School student Antwon Rose Tuesday night, the community responded quickly, organizing daily protests that Pittsburgh officials expect to continue through the summer. The first protest began outside the East Pit...

Unarmed 17-year-old fatally shot by East Pittsburgh police

Unarmed 17-year-old fatally shot by East Pittsburgh police

By The Pitt News Staff

June 21, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

A police officer from the East Pittsburgh Police Department shot and killed Antwon Rose, a 17-year-old Woodland Hills High School student, the night of Tuesday, June 19. Rose was unarmed at the time he was shot. East Pittsburgh is located near the Monongahela River to the southeast of Pitt...

Islamic community comes together to celebrate Eid al-Fitr

Islamic community comes together to celebrate Eid al-Fitr

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

June 20, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News, Video

As the sun rose upon Schenley Park on Friday, the park filled with hundreds ready to pray and celebrate. Children played at the petting zoo and three colorful bounce houses, and got their faces painted while parents bought food from the surrounding food trucks to celebrate Eid al-Fitr — a holiday marki...

People’s Pride passes on corporate sponsorships, focuses on inclusion

People’s Pride passes on corporate sponsorships, focuses on inclusion

By Jon Kunitsky | Staff Writer

June 12, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

“Pride of the people will overcome evil!” This was only one of many rally cries heard from the marchers in Pittsburgh’s second annual People’s Pride March late Sunday morning. The “people” of the chant were members of the LGBTQ+ community who are often overlooked — specifically tran...

Former Pitt wrestling coach Jason Peters sues Pitt

Former Pitt wrestling coach Jason Peters sues Pitt

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

June 5, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News

Former Pitt wrestling coach Jason Peters has filed a federal lawsuit against the University of Pittsburgh for racial discrimination and termination without just cause after he was fired last January. In the lawsuit, Peters claims Pitt violated his employment contract by firing him “without ‘just...

Pitt basketball secures 4-star guard Au’Diese Toney

Pitt basketball secures 4-star guard Au’Diese Toney

By Hannah Schneider | Sports Editor

June 2, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Men's Basketball, Sports

Jeff Capel landed another highly rated recruit when Au’Diese Toney verbally committed to Pitt today — joining Xavier Johnson, Curtis Aiken and Trey McGowens in Pitt’s class of 2018. Committed pic.twitter.com/U08k1gsDaF — A.M.T (@thefuturetoney) June 2, 2018 The Fayetteville, North Carolina nat...

Not just a sports city: Pittsburgh culture is hidden but vibrant

Not just a sports city: Pittsburgh culture is hidden but vibrant

By Sarah Connor, Contributing Editor

May 30, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Columns, Opinions

I grew up in a small town about 25 miles outside of the City — near the Pittsburgh International Airport — called Moon Township. It was common for people from my town to attend schools in and around the City, and I come from a long line of Pitt alumni. But I was independent as a kid and wanted to have new...

Pitt baseball falls to Louisville in ACC semifinal

Pitt baseball falls to Louisville in ACC semifinal

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

May 26, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

While it was an exciting run, all good things must end —  and that’s what happened for the Pitt baseball team Saturday afternoon when a 5-2 loss to the No. 5 Louisville Cardinals put an end to the No. 12 Panthers’ ACC Baseball Championship bid in the semifinal round in Durham, North Carolina. A...

2 injured in South Oakland apartment fire

2 injured in South Oakland apartment fire

By The Pitt News Staff

May 20, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, News

A three-alarm apartment fire struck an apartment building at 3315 Ward St. in South Oakland Sunday night around 10:30 p.m., sending two people to the hospital. According to Pitt spokesperson Kevin Zwick, neither victim is affiliated with the university. One victim is being treated at UPMC Presbyterian Ho...

Pennsylvania primaries test new congressional maps

Pennsylvania primaries test new congressional maps

By Noah Manalo | Staff Writer

May 16, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

At Hitchhiker Brewing — a small brewery in Sharpsburg — thunderous applause greeted Sara Innamorato as she entered the building Tuesday night. Hugging and shaking hands with anyone she passed, she was as excited to see each of them as they were to see her. Innamorato beat incumbent Dom Costa in the D...

Photos from race day: Pittsburgh Marathon 2018

Photos from race day: Pittsburgh Marathon 2018

By TPN Visual Staff

May 6, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Uncategorized, Visual

The 10th annual Pittsburgh Marathon took place on Sunday. This year, the event also hosted the 2018 USA Track and Field National Championship race, an elite event which saw finishing times of over a minute faster than the top men's category of the Pittsburgh Half Marathon. Over 20,000 people participated...

Softball team secures first ACC championship in program history

Softball team secures first ACC championship in program history

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

May 5, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt softball team earned a crucial 9-8 victory over Louisville Friday afternoon to clinch first place in the ACC Coastal Division — marking the team’s first division championship in its 20-year history. The Panthers then took a victory lap on Saturday with a 10-2 win in their second game against...

Gallagher’s senior year: State funding, unions, #MeToo

Gallagher’s senior year: State funding, unions, #MeToo

By Ashwini Sivaganesh

April 23, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

At this weekend’s graduation, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher will send off the first group of seniors he also witnessed start their first days of classes at Pitt four years ago. Like most of the graduating class, Gallagher’s fourth year was a busy one. The Pitt News talked with the chancellor l...

Engineering students present projects at Swanson School of Engineering Design Expo

Engineering students present projects at Swanson School of Engineering Design Expo

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

April 19, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Tech Science

After countless hours of designing, coding and calculating, more than 400 engineering students of various disciplines traded their polo shirts and safety glasses for bow ties and blazers Thursday evening at the Spring 2018 Swanson School of Engineering Design Expo. The expo, held at the Soldiers and Sailors M...

No hot food for thought: Hillman enforces food policy

No hot food for thought: Hillman enforces food policy

By Sam Weber | For The Pitt News

April 19, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

After spending numerous hours on the ground floor of Hillman Library preparing for exams last week, Pitt junior psychology and chemistry major Geena Richards saw students getting turned away at the door by a new security guard. That’s when she remembered what her friends had told her the day before —...

Public provides input on Foster statue replacement

Public provides input on Foster statue replacement

By Theresa Dickerson | Staff Writer

April 18, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

There is currently no statue in Pittsburgh that represents an African-American woman. But that is going to change in the next month — and it’s happening right on Pitt’s campus. The City confirmed in March that the 10-foot-tall bronze statue of musician Stephen Foster, located on Forbes Avenue across from the Stephen Foster Memorial, would be removed in April. Foster will be replaced with a local, historical, female African...

Duck Hollow: Pittsburgh’s smallest neighborhood

Duck Hollow: Pittsburgh’s smallest neighborhood

By Cassidy Power | Staff Writer

April 17, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

There’s only one way in and out of Pittsburgh’s smallest neighborhood — a one-lane bridge marred with potholes and streaked with graffiti. Duck Hollow was founded 140 years ago as housing for employees of the U.S. Steel Corporation and the Carrie Furnace. Situated south of Squirrel Hill on the north b...

Students shimmy on Schenley at annual bash

Students shimmy on Schenley at annual bash

By Zane Crowell | Staff Writer

April 16, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Thousands crowded Schenley Drive on 2018’s hottest day yet to partake in food truck specialties and play lawn games — accompanied by a bass-heavy DJ set. Bigelow Bash — a one-day musical festival complemented by food trucks — is organized by the Pitt Program Council with help from WPTS, the st...

Beer and Wine Edition

Beer and Wine Edition

By The Pitt News

April 13, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured

As a senior riding out my last couple weeks of being an undergraduate at Pitt, it’s easy to find reasons to celebrate and go out with some friends. Found the perfect graduation outfit? Let’s get a shot pitcher — with extra gummy worms. Attended my last 8 a.m. class? Dollar well drinks on me. ...

Musical Theatre Club gears up for Legally Blonde

Musical Theatre Club gears up for Legally Blonde

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer

April 11, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Theater

Chloe Torrence circled a group of actors and singers onstage at the Charity Randall Theatre, kicking off her normal weeknight routine. “Starting tonight, you cannot call ‘line’ anymore,” Torrence said. “We start tech rehearsals soon, so you should know your lines by now.” The junior theatre arts ...

Students react to Schenley Quad renovations

Students react to Schenley Quad renovations

By Samuel Ruppert | Staff Writer

April 11, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Renovations will add more public space to Schenley Quadrangle this summer, but some students are concerned that the change will come at the expense of precious parking spots. The week before spring break, Pitt sent out an email to students notifying them of preparations for renovations in Schenley...

Baklava and belly dancers: students experience Beirut culture

Baklava and belly dancers: students experience Beirut culture

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

April 10, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus

The sweet smell of baklava wafted in the air as gentle Arabic music welcomed Pitt students of different ethnicities and cultures for a Middle Eastern experience. Students wandered the room, chatting with their friends, dipping pita bread into hummus and getting henna tattoos. According to Amani Attia ...

Drag queens and kings strut past boundaries

Drag queens and kings strut past boundaries

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

April 8, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Performers lip-synched, danced and seductively plucked money from people’s hands with their mouths while pop song remixes played in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room Friday evening. “Drag is about pushing boundaries,” the emcee for the first half of the night, drag queen Anne T. Christ, ...

Allentown stays soulful as businesses flourish

Allentown stays soulful as businesses flourish

By Alexa Marzina | For The Pitt News

April 6, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Craig Bittner walked into the dimly lit Black Forge Coffee House on Arlington Avenue one breezy Saturday morning in March, past the walls covered in local art for sale and a large chalkboard calendar of local events. He cheerfully greeted the barista and ordered a “cold bro.” Bittner, a 24-yea...

Northview Heights provides refuge in Pittsburgh

Northview Heights provides refuge in Pittsburgh

By Sarah Shearer | Assistant Opinions Editor

April 5, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Fumbling for their IDs at the entrance, first-time visitors to Northview Heights are often surprised when they see they must present identification to get onto the grounds. Once past the initial guard station, visitors are met with 200 security cameras turned on the neighborhood. Tall metal gates...

IFC addresses Greek life action plan at SGB meeting

IFC addresses Greek life action plan at SGB meeting

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

April 4, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Student Government

Pitt’s Interfraternity Council president, Christian Baker, spoke about a working action plan that was recently released for Greek life at Tuesday’s Student Government Board meeting. Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner released the document Monday in response to two incidents during the spring 201...

Pitt cheerleaders and dance team showcase skills before heading to championships

Pitt cheerleaders and dance team showcase skills before heading to championships

By Marissa Perino | Staff Writer

April 3, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

On quiet upper campus yesterday evening, an eager crowd gathered to support the Pitt cheerleaders and Dance Team. Under the bright lights of the Petersen Events Center, the teams showcased their polished routines, which will debut at the National Cheer Association and National Dance Association Colleg...

Annie Martin: Balancing barre and books

Annie Martin: Balancing barre and books

By David Leftwich & Thomas Yang

April 2, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Silhouettes 2018

When Annie Martin got out of bed at 5:30 one morning this past December, she could barely walk on her right ankle. This wasn’t completely abnormal — she often wakes up sore from the previous day’s eight hours of ballet training. But unlike most other aches and pains, this one didn’t go away ...

Students rethink society at annual TedX event

Students rethink society at annual TedX event

By Briana Canady and Zane Crowell | The Pitt News Staff

April 2, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Growing up in the South Side of Chicago, Jasiri Oronde Smith’s childhood was “100 percent black.” His friends, his neighbors and his family were all African-American. Then his family moved to Pittsburgh in the ’80s while he was still in high school. He met with racism and discrimination as...

Protest on campus combines Black Lives Matter and Never Again

Protest on campus combines Black Lives Matter and Never Again

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

March 31, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

"What do we want? Gun control! When do we want it? Now!" "No justice, no peace. No racist police." Both of those chants are common refrains heard in countless protests across the country — the former at gatherings calling for stricter gun laws and the latter at rallies condemning police brutal...

Pitt debates presence of Parran’s past

Pitt debates presence of Parran’s past

By Thompson Wymard | Staff Writer, Contributed reporting by Cassidy Power

March 30, 2018


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Pitt graduate student union organizers have garnered more than 870 signatures to rename Parran Hall — the Pitt Public Health building named after the school’s founding dean who was involved in unethical medical experiments. But Thursday at a University-organized symposium discussing the legacy...

Jeff Capel introduced as new head basketball coach

Jeff Capel introduced as new head basketball coach

By TPN Sports Staff

March 28, 2018


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Athletic Director Heather Lyke introduced Jeff Capel as the new men's basketball coach today at the Petersen Events Center. Watch Capel, formerly an assistant coach at Duke, talk about the job: https://twitter.com/pittnewssports/status/979028099043127296 https://twitter.com/pittnewssports/st...

Pitt hires Jeff Capel as men’s basketball head coach

Pitt hires Jeff Capel as men’s basketball head coach

By Jordan Mondell / Assistant Sports Editor

March 27, 2018


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Duke assistant coach Jeff Capel has been hired as Pitt’s new head men’s basketball coach, the University announced Tuesday. Capel has made a deal with the Panthers on a seven-year contract. This hiring ends a long, rumor-filled search for Pitt after former head coach Kevin Stallings’ ousting Mar...

Man found dead on Ward Street

Man found dead on Ward Street

By TPN Staff

March 26, 2018


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A man was found dead Monday afternoon on Ward Street in South Oakland, according to city police. The body appears to have been driven to the location after the victim was shot in McKeesport, Pitt police said in a tweet. Pittsburgh police spokesperson Alicia George said police answered to a report...

‘We’re fed up:’ Thousands demand action against gun violence in Pgh march

‘We’re fed up:’ Thousands demand action against gun violence in Pgh march

By Kenan Meral | For The Pitt News

March 24, 2018


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More than 30,000 people marched through Downtown Saturday afternoon, chanting “enough is enough” and “books not bullets” and waving signs with slogans such as, “If kids are old enough to get shot, they’re old enough to have opinions.” The Pittsburgh March For Our Lives, like others held in Washingt...

Communication department undervalues women, dean says after review

Communication department undervalues women, dean says after review

By Janine Faust / Assistant News Editor

March 22, 2018


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The dean of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences said Thursday that previous investigations and a recent survey of the department of communication have revealed an environment where women remain undervalued. “The investigations revealed failures of systems and failures of character,” Dean ...

Student stand-ups take the mic

Student stand-ups take the mic

By Zachary Donovan | Staff Writer

March 22, 2018


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The crowd erupted in laughter as Nektarios Kasamias — whose parents immigrated from Greece — regaled them with tales of white friends who wished they had “more ethnicity.” “[They’re like,] ‘I’m just plain old regular normal American,’” he said. “Normal American? Let’s not go thr...

Union supporters discuss intellectual property

Union supporters discuss intellectual property

By Samuel Ruppert | For The Pitt News

March 20, 2018


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The current campaign to create a faculty union at Pitt focuses on a host of issues, including job security, benefits and wages. Union supporters also want to figure out who owns the PowerPoints they make. A group of about 15 gathered in David Lawrence Hall Tuesday afternoon to have a panel discussion on int...

Kids strut for a cause: PDM raises money for Children’s Hospital

Kids strut for a cause: PDM raises money for Children’s Hospital

By Madeline Gavatorta and Kieran Mclean | The Pitt News Staff

March 20, 2018


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Twelve children, ages 4 to 17, modeled personally selected JCPenney outfits in the Soldiers and Sailors auditorium Monday night on a runway of bright white Christmas lights. They were the main event at Pitt Dance Marathon’s fashion show. PDM’s Annual Fashion Show, is in its third year and raised $3,...

Dhirana dancers employ visual storytelling in competition

Dhirana dancers employ visual storytelling in competition

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

March 19, 2018


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Anand Mahalingam and Vineet Raghu hosted a dance competition Saturday night for two reasons — nostalgia and hunger. Literal, physical hunger. Strutting around the stage of the Soldiers and Sailors auditorium, the two Pitt graduates hosting Dhirana — the national Indian classical dance competition he...

Get your Gaeilge on: Professor preserves Irish language

Get your Gaeilge on: Professor preserves Irish language

By Cassidy Power | Staff Writer

March 15, 2018


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Marie Young left her home in Galway, Ireland, in 2001, intending to visit her brother in Pittsburgh for only three months. But what was meant to be a chance to see a little more of the world turned into a permanent change after she fell in love with the City — and a local Irishman. Young ended...

Forbes Qdoba permanently closing

Forbes Qdoba permanently closing

By Janine Faust / Assistant News Editor

March 14, 2018


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The Qdoba restaurant on Forbes Avenue has drizzled its last queso and handed out its final free student drink. “This Qdoba location has closed permanently,” a sign posted Wednesday at the restaurant reads. “Thank you for 16 great years!!” The owner, Chad Brooks, said the closure was a ...

Lamb declares victory, election still too close to call

Lamb declares victory, election still too close to call

By John Hamilton and Christian Snyder / TPN Staff

March 14, 2018


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Update as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday: Lamb's lead expanded after Washington County absentee ballots results came. But county election officials could take weeks to review the results and make them official. Voters in Pennsylvania’s 18th District cast their ballots Tuesday for Conor Lamb or Rick Saccone, ...

Lamb vs. Saccone: National attention on Pa’s 18th District

Lamb vs. Saccone: National attention on Pa’s 18th District

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

March 13, 2018


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Voters are going to the polls today in Pennsylvania’s 18th District to decide between Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone in a uncharacteristically close race in the deeply Republican district. The 18th District favored President Donald Trump by 20 points in 2016, but polls show a v...

Students ‘break in’ to security engineering at Pitt

Students ‘break in’ to security engineering at Pitt

By Thompson Wymard | For The Pitt News

March 12, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Tech Science

Marc Tobias has been picking locks since he was 15. One of his first experiences in the trade came when he went into a local locksmith in Denver and asked to pick the store’s toughest lock as a challenge. After initially being dismissed, the store gave him the lock and said he would never be able to ...

A year of firsts: Young team works to make change

A year of firsts: Young team works to make change

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

March 11, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Features

Pitt first-year guard Marcus Carr is no stranger to rookie success. As a first-year at St. Michaels in his native Toronto, Carr once scored a season-high 49 points in one game — and was instrumental in leading his team to the quarterfinals of the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association...

Stallings out as Pitt men’s basketball coach

Stallings out as Pitt men’s basketball coach

By Grant Burgman / Sports Editor

March 8, 2018


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Pitt has fired men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings, according to multiple reports, ending the coach’s tenuous two-year stint with the Panthers. Pitt confirmed the news later Thursday, with Athletic Director Heather Lyke thanking Stallings for his "commitment to our program." The news comes on the heels of a season that saw the Panthers go 0-18 in ACC pl...

Erika Strassburger wins District 8 special election

Erika Strassburger wins District 8 special election

By Christian Snyder, Multimedia Editor

March 6, 2018


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Independent candidate Erika Strassburger will succeed Dan Gilman on Pittsburgh City Council after District 8 voters handed her a decisive victory Tuesday. Strassburger finished with 64 percent of the vote, more than double her closest opponent, Democratic nominee and East Liberty restaurant owner Sonja Finn, who finished with 28 percent. ...

Day of giving raises more than $9 million

Day of giving raises more than $9 million

By Cassidy Power and Samuel Ruppert | For The Pitt News

March 2, 2018


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Pitt’s second annual Day of Giving proved it’s the gift that keeps on giving — raising $9,029,828 in the span of 24 hours, nearly twice as much as last year. The 3,358 donations poured in from six continents and all fifty states. Individual alumni and students alike pitch in on the Day of Givi...

Alpha Kappa Alpha suspended, police investigating alleged hazing

Alpha Kappa Alpha suspended, police investigating alleged hazing

By John Hamilton, Janine Faust and Christian Snyder | Pitt News Staff

February 28, 2018


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Police are investigating an alleged hazing incident after 12 pledges of Pitt’s Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority chapter went to the Penn Hills police department to file a report, the department’s police chief said Wednesday. Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner sent an email to Greek organizations Wednes...

SGB calls for expansion of state medical amnesty laws

SGB calls for expansion of state medical amnesty laws

By Noah Manalo | Staff Writer

February 28, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Student Government

At Student Government Board’s final public meeting before spring break, SBG President Max Kneis introduced a resolution calling for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to expand medical amnesty laws. The resolution states that approximately 1,825 college students in the United States die each year fro...

Faludi discusses gender identity

Faludi discusses gender identity

By Katie Gingerich | For The Pitt News

February 27, 2018


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When Susan Faludi stood in front of a large crowd at the Carnegie Music Hall Monday night, she asked more than 1,000 people to consider refugees. “Around the world today are unintentional monuments to the truth that we live in the age of the refugee and the elusiveness of the refuge they seek,”...

Panelists discuss being a woman in politics

Panelists discuss being a woman in politics

By Briana Canady | Staff Writer

February 26, 2018


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Aryanna Berringer grew up the youngest of 10 children in a family that had to rely on food stamps and free school lunches to get by. She remembers how her mother would wash the three different uniforms for her jobs at three different restaurants in their kitchen sink. All of this motivated Berringer to run for l...

No. 1 Virginia vanquishes Pitt, 66-37, in last home game of the season

No. 1 Virginia vanquishes Pitt, 66-37, in last home game of the season

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

February 24, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Men's Basketball, Sports

The No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers secured their third ACC regular season title in the last five years Saturday afternoon. The Panthers also continued to set records, extending their losing streak to 17 in a loss against the best team in the nation. Despite low attendance this season, fans filled the lower leve...

District 8 candidates debate water, air, amazon

District 8 candidates debate water, air, amazon

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer

February 23, 2018


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When the four District 8 City Council candidates sat behind a table onstage at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill, Rennick Remley — the only Republican running in the election — observed that he stood out from the group. “Oversight and accountability in City Council is our major pro...

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