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Pitt upsets No. 2 Miami, 24-14, to finish season

Pitt upsets No. 2 Miami, 24-14, to finish season

By David Leftwich / Senior Staff Writer

November 24, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Playing the spoiler role for a second straight season, the Panthers pulled off their biggest upset win of the year conquering the previously undefeated No. 2 Miami Hurricanes 24-14 at Heinz Field. Marking its second straight year with a late-season victory against a top-three team, Pitt football (5-...

Students dedicate time to developing drone

Students dedicate time to developing drone

By Anish Salvi | For The Pitt News

November 20, 2017


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

Levi Burner had dreamed of making a flying machine since he was 8 years old. The junior electrical engineering student finally got his chance when he started to build a drone for the International Aerial Robotics Competition more than a year ago. “The fact that we have found a competition that ...

Students demand disarmament

Students demand disarmament

By Janine Faust, Assistant News Editor

November 19, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

A group of students marched throughout Oakland Friday afternoon waving flags and signs with slogans such as “Disarm the police, arm your desire” and chanting “A.C.A.B., all cops are bastards.” Their words elicited varying reactions from observers. “Go home commies!” someone yelled fro...

Student rally concludes “occupation” peaceful

Student rally concludes “occupation” peaceful

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

November 18, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

About 50 students participated in a rally held on Towers patio Friday afternoon. The rally marked the end of an “occupation” of the Cathedral of Learning which began. A small group of students went to Chancellor Patrick Gallagher’s office Tuesday with a letter of 15 demands, including disarming the Pi...

Treasures and toys: students find strange objects upon moving into Oakland homes

Treasures and toys: students find strange objects upon moving into Oakland homes

By Jaime Weinreb / Staff Writer

November 17, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

When Sawyer Bressler signed the lease to his new home, he was unaware the house came with a dildo mounted to a plaque. Like Bressler, many Pitt students come across strange artifacts left by previous residents when they move into new apartments and houses. And after some initial confusion by these f...

Face-to-face with fake Facebook events

Face-to-face with fake Facebook events

By Amanda Reed / Senior Staff Writer

November 16, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

I showed up to the Facebook event, “Offer a Slurpee Up to the Old 7-Eleven Site,” Nov. 11 in the hope of finding the 360 people who said they were interested in attending — but I was the only one there. No one offered Slurpees in an attempt to magically bring back the storefront. What once was...

Panel discusses women’s menstrual hygiene

Panel discusses women’s menstrual hygiene

By Anandhini Narayanan | Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

When Pittsburgh City councilwoman Natalia Rudiak received an email from the Department of Public Works — an organization dedicated to maintaining Pittsburgh’s infrastructure — about putting pad dispensers in the vicinity of public pools, she had to explain to them why their idea wouldn’t work....

Law student sues Pitt, claiming Title IX complaint was mistreated

Law student sues Pitt, claiming Title IX complaint was mistreated

By The Pitt News Staff

November 13, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

  A former Pitt law student has sued the University, claiming Pitt employees mistreated her when they responded to a Title IX complaint she filed. Hannah Rullo filed a lawsuit Oct. 25 in the U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh against the University of Pittsburgh saying she was subjected to gende...

Navy sinks Pitt, 71-62, in season opener

Navy sinks Pitt, 71-62, in season opener

By Kevin Bertha / Staff Writer

November 10, 2017


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

It took the Panthers more than 10 minutes into the second half to score a field goal, a disastrous drought that was too much to overcome as Pitt men’s basketball dropped its season opener to Navy. Pitt fell to the Navy Midshipmen 71-62 Friday night in the Veterans Classic in Annapolis, Maryland — ...

Tar Heels trample Panthers, 34-31

Tar Heels trample Panthers, 34-31

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

November 9, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football

Despite a four-touchdown performance from junior Panther running back Darrin Hall, the North Carolina Tar Heels outlasted the Pitt football team at Heinz Field. In a nationally televised back-and-forth game under the lights, the Panthers (4-6 overall, 2-4 ACC) couldn’t keep up with two fourth-qua...

Pastels and paints: ARTificial club provides students with creative outlet

Pastels and paints: ARTificial club provides students with creative outlet

By Siddhi Shockey / For The Pitt News

November 9, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Art, Culture

The silence of creative focus cuts short sounds of laughter and chatter as students begin to paint abstract designs with vibrant yellow and pink acrylics on large, white canvases. ARTificial — the first club on Pitt’s campus dedicated solely to visual arts — is a space for both artists and appreci...

Pittsburgh Pipers: The forgotten champions

Pittsburgh Pipers: The forgotten champions

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

November 8, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports Features

Pittsburgh is often considered one of the premier sports cities in America — laden with a prosperous history of baseball, football and hockey championships. But the city was once home to a championship basketball team, too — a small blip in the timeline of Steel City sports. The Pittsburgh Pipe...

Provost Patricia Beeson to step down, return to faculty

Provost Patricia Beeson to step down, return to faculty

By Janine Faust / Assistant News Editor

November 7, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News

Provost Patricia Beeson will step down from her position in fall 2018, Pitt announced Tuesday. The University currently has three deans who will also be stepping down at the same time as Beeson, leaving a multitude of leadership positions to fill by the start of the next academic year. Beeson wi...

Hijab-wearing model advocates for modesty, Muslim women

Hijab-wearing model advocates for modesty, Muslim women

By Zoe Pawliczek | Staff Writer

November 5, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Model Mariah Idrissi asked where she could buy a hijab in Pittsburgh while speaking at the William Pitt Union Saturday night. “Fashion is present very prominently in all of our lives, especially growing up in the [United States],” Amal Saeed, a junior molecular biology major and president of Muslim S...

Pitt men’s basketball ices Slippery Rock for 71-59 victory

Pitt men’s basketball ices Slippery Rock for 71-59 victory

By Kevin Bertha / Staff Writer

November 4, 2017


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

The Pitt men’s basketball team overcame a slow start marred by turnovers and foul trouble to beat Division II Slippery Rock 71-59 Saturday at the Shoot Down Cancer Exhibition Game. Head coach Kevin Stallings attributed the slow start to nerves from younger players, but was positive following the w...

Community concerned about Bates development

Community concerned about Bates development

By Madeline Gavatorta and Caroline Bourque | TPN Staff

November 3, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

City Council President Bruce Kraus asked if, by chance, anyone from the development group Oakland Gateway Venture was in attendance at a town hall Thursday evening. William Bannow, whose presence was unknown for the first hour of the meeting, stood up to defend his company against Oakland residents’ cr...

7-Eleven’s closing leaves students conflicted

7-Eleven’s closing leaves students conflicted

By Nina Kneuer | Staff Writer

November 1, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Regina Brecker said 7-Eleven “saved [her] life” on more than one occasion when she pulled all-nighters in the library. “Without it, I would have had to walk all the way to the McDonald's for food,” Brecker said. “This was so important, especially when I was living in the dorms and didn't...

Luther leads young squad in senior season

Luther leads young squad in senior season

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

October 31, 2017


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

As Ryan Luther watched all but two members of the Pitt basketball team depart this off-season, his dedication to the Panthers never wavered. “I knew I wanted to be here,” the senior forward said. “I knew I made a commitment coming out of high school, and I didn’t really want to be somewhere els...

Students prepare to scare: Holland haunts with 8 spooky themes

Students prepare to scare: Holland haunts with 8 spooky themes

By Anna Bongardino | Contributing Editor

October 31, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Students covered in blood shrieked cries for help in the tunnels beneath the Schenley Quad residence halls Sunday night. Other students filed through the tunnels, anxiously clutching each other’s hands and screaming in fear as they awaited lurking figures around each corner. About 800 student...

Pitt’s first female AFROTC commander encourages leadership

Pitt’s first female AFROTC commander encourages leadership

By Zoe Pawliczek | Staff Writer

October 30, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Hidden from civilians on floor 29 of the Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh's Air Force ROTC detachment is only accessible from two elevators. Tight hallways decorated with training schedules, cadet headshots and motivational posters lead to several small rooms. The cadet wings at Pitt are organized the wa...

Governor approves state-related funding

Governor approves state-related funding

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

October 28, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News

Governor Tom Wolf signed an appropriation bill passed by the state legislature into law Friday morning — meaning Pitt is officially funded. The signing of the bill — which the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed Wednesday by a margin of 181-5 — marks the end of a more than four-month stale...

Art Commission recommends relocating Foster statue

Art Commission recommends relocating Foster statue

By Caroline Bourque and Rachel Glasser | News Editors

October 26, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Dippy the Dinosaur might be losing a pal in the near future. The Pittsburgh Art Commission reached a unanimous decision Wednesday to recommend the removal of the Stephen Foster statue — located on Forbes Avenue next the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s diplodocus dinosaur statue. Sarika Goula...

Pitt procures state funding, ending tuition scare

Pitt procures state funding, ending tuition scare

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

October 26, 2017


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

Update: Gov. Tom Wolf signed the appropriation bill Friday, officially funding Pitt and the other state-related universities. The Pennsylvania General Assembly has passed an appropriation bill to fund Pitt, warding off the fear of a tuition hike — for now. The bill passed Wednesday by a margi...

Rooted in the community: gardens bring neighborhoods together

Rooted in the community: gardens bring neighborhoods together

By Prachi Patel / Staff Writer

October 25, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

Whether it’s planted on a worn-down baseball field, hidden in a church’s vacant parking lot or sandwiched between two houses, Pittsburghers have repurposed sections of their neighborhoods into community gardens — green spaces where neighbors can meet, mingle and grow crops together. Pittsbu...

Pitt’s 10th PMADD highlights culture of service

Pitt’s 10th PMADD highlights culture of service

By Caroline Bourque and Janine Faust | News Editors

October 24, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Shea Krause is confident she and about 50 other members of Pitt’s Jumpstart chapter had the Brightwood Civic Group’s Pumpkinfest under control Saturday morning. “If anything, there were maybe too many people. I don’t think there were enough jobs,” she said. Krause and her peers helped ma...

‘Guardian’ helps people on the brink

‘Guardian’ helps people on the brink

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

October 24, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Kevin Briggs thinks his unofficial title — “guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge” — sounds “egotistical.” “I’m not a big fan of the name,” Briggs said in an email. “I think there are many ‘Guardians’ all over the world, both first responder and citizen.” Briggs, a Californ...

Student struggles illuminated at mental health vigil

Student struggles illuminated at mental health vigil

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

October 22, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

After sustaining a concussion playing street basketball during his junior year of high school, Wyatt Macejka’s life would never be the same. The senior psychology major was diagnosed with depression and anxiety as a result of the concussion, and he struggled through his recovery. “I couldn...

Panthers outrun Blue Devils, 24-17, for their first ACC win

Panthers outrun Blue Devils, 24-17, for their first ACC win

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

October 21, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

With more than 250 yards on the ground and three touchdowns, junior running back Darrin Hall carried the Panthers football team to a 24-17 win at Duke — Pitt’s first ACC win of the season. Both the Pitt Panthers (3-5 overall, 1-3 ACC) and the Duke Blue Devils (4-4 overall, 1-4 ACC) were looking ...

Israelis and Palestinian find common ground in the environment

Israelis and Palestinian find common ground in the environment

By Nina Kneuer | Staff Writer

October 20, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

From a Palestinian point of view the Arava Institute is located in Palestine, and from an Israeli point of view the Institute is located in Israel. Students and faculty from the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies — a university that focuses on intercultural research and environmental work — led a ...

Senate council focuses on funding

Senate council focuses on funding

By Nolan Roosa | Staff Writer

October 19, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher opened his report at the University Senate Council meeting Wednesday by addressing the killing of Pitt student Alina Sheykhet. This was the chancellor’s first public statement regarding the tragic death. “Our community was heartbroken at the loss of Alina Sheyk...

Taking back the night: students share stories of abusive relationships

Taking back the night: students share stories of abusive relationships

By Bailey Frisco | Staff Writer

October 17, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Dana Good held a handmade sign above her head that read “I’m not ovary-acting” as she marched through the streets of Oakland Tuesday night. More Pitt students walked alongside her, waving posters saying “reclaim the streets” and “I march for those who can’t,” while being escorted by Pitt Po...

Women’s Choral Ensemble invites alumni back for fall concert

Women’s Choral Ensemble invites alumni back for fall concert

By Salina Pressimone / Staff Writer

October 16, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Music

More than 40 years after her graduation, Phyllis Dato-Timbario added her voice back into the range of voices in Pitt’s Women’s Choral Ensemble. Pitt’s past and present WCE members serenaded an audience of more than 100 people inside Heinz Chapel for its 90th Anniversary Fall Concert Sunday. To c...

Alina Sheykhet remembered by friends as kind and loving

Alina Sheykhet remembered by friends as kind and loving

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

October 15, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

In a seventh grade stage production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” Isabel Scrabis’ grandfather mistook Alina Sheykhet — who starred as Millie — for his granddaughter. “The whole entire time he thought I was Alina, and he was so impressed. My mom had to break it to him that I was just swa...

Wolfpack devours Panthers, 35-17

Wolfpack devours Panthers, 35-17

By Jordan Mondell and Mackenzie Rodrigues | TPN Staff

October 14, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football

Homecoming weekend will not see any victory lights as the Pitt football team fell to No. 20 NC State at Heinz Field Saturday. Outfitted in retro royal blue and maize, the Panthers kept up with their opponent for the first half, but the Wolfpack broke away to a 35-17 win after lapses in defense and...

Cathedral in photos, from the basement to the top

Cathedral in photos, from the basement to the top

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

October 13, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Visual

I walked into an office on the 30th floor of the Cathedral of Learning Wednesday and asked the receptionist if there was anything interesting on the floor that might make for a good picture. “No,” she said, laughing. She was right, the 30th floor is probably the most boring floor in the 42-story str...

Gallagher meets with Gov. Wolf amid Pitt funding uncertainties

Gallagher meets with Gov. Wolf amid Pitt funding uncertainties

By Rachel Glasser and John Hamilton / TPN Staff

October 12, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf met with Chancellor Patrick Gallagher Thursday morning amid a state budget impasse that's making Pitt's state funding uncertain. Wolf met with Gallagher to "reassure him of his commitment to the state-related universities," Wolf's Press Secretary J.J. Abbott said in an email....

Altered: Repurposed Pittsburgh Churches

Altered: Repurposed Pittsburgh Churches

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

October 11, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Top Stories

In most cities, a building with multi-colored, kaleidoscope glass and a rusting bell tower is unquestionably a church, but in Pittsburgh, it could be something much different — it could be a music venue, brewery, hookah bar or even a night club. Repurposed churches are all over Pittsburgh — from the Braddoc...

Pitt student found dead in Oakland homicide, police charge ex-boyfriend

Pitt student found dead in Oakland homicide, police charge ex-boyfriend

By The Pitt News Staff

October 9, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Crime, News

A homicide investigation is underway after Pitt student Alina Sheykhet was found dead in her Oakland apartment Sunday morning. Pittsburgh police have obtained an arrest warrant for 21-year-old Matthew Darby — Sheykhet’s ex-boyfriend whom she filed a protection-from-abuse order against in September. His...

Pitt student found dead in Oakland homicide, police looking for ex-boyfriend

Pitt student found dead in Oakland homicide, police looking for ex-boyfriend

By The Pitt News Staff

October 9, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured

A homicide investigation is underway after a Pitt student was found dead in her Oakland apartment Sunday morning. Alina Sheykhet, a Pitt junior, was found dead in a Cable Place apartment in an apparent homicide. Pittsburgh police are looking for 21-year-old Matthew Darby — Sheykhet’s ex-boyfrien...

Pitt student found dead in Oakland, police confirm homicide

Pitt student found dead in Oakland, police confirm homicide

By The Pitt News Staff

October 9, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Crime, News

Pittsburgh police are investigating a homicide in Oakland after finding a deceased Pitt student Sunday morning. The Allegheny County medical examiner's office said Sunday night that the student was Alina Sheykhet, a 20-year-old woman. University spokesperson Joe Miksch said her family is aware...

Pitt student’s death being investigated as a homicide

Pitt student’s death being investigated as a homicide

By The Pitt News Staff

October 8, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Crime, News

Pittsburgh police are investigating a homicide in Oakland after finding a deceased Pitt student Sunday morning. The Allegheny County medical examiner's office said Sunday night that the student was Alina Sheykhet, a 20-year-old woman. University spokesperson Joe Miksch confirmed she was a Pitt stud...

Orange squeeze out win over Panthers, 27-24

Orange squeeze out win over Panthers, 27-24

By David Leftwich / Senior Staff Writer

October 7, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Down three on their own 5-yard line with 50 seconds remaining, the Panther football team needed to drive the ball into field goal range to send the game into overtime. Their backup and third string quarterbacks each took snaps, but both failed to launch a comeback final drive, leading to a 27-24 Syrac...

Cracker plant creates controversy

Cracker plant creates controversy

By Remy Samuels | For The Pitt News

October 5, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Despite the promise of creating 600 permanent jobs, the ethane cracker plant being built about 40 minutes northwest of Pittsburgh by car continues to face scrutiny from environmental groups. Shell Chemical Appalachia decided in 2012 that Beaver County would be the site of a new $6 billion plant to...

SGB, Rainbow partner for fundraising counter protest

SGB, Rainbow partner for fundraising counter protest

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

October 4, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Student Government

Max Kneis, president of Pitt’s Student Government Board, requested a moment of silence for those injured and killed in Las Vegas at the beginning of the SGB meeting Tuesday night. Nordy’s Place was momentarily suspended in silence — before Kneis transitioned to the topic of the “hateful...

Degrees of age: Professors young and old talk teaching

Degrees of age: Professors young and old talk teaching

By Nina Kneuer | For The Pitt News

October 2, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Some professors look like they should be sitting with their students rather than standing in front of them. Others fit the teen movie stereotype of the gray-haired intellectual with wire-rimmed glasses. Professors on both sides of the spectrum have different ways of using technology and interactin...

Sweet success: Donut Dash exceeds $500,000 goal

Sweet success: Donut Dash exceeds $500,000 goal

By Bailey Frisco | For The Pitt News

October 1, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

Fried dough and philanthropy were on people’s minds this weekend in Schenley Plaza. Crowds of people dressed in donut costumes and donut headbands — even a man wearing a sparkly silver dress adorned with donuts — packed into the plaza Sunday morning for the ninth annual Donut Dash. The event wa...

Powders, pills and proteins: students and athletes explore diet supplements

Powders, pills and proteins: students and athletes explore diet supplements

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

September 28, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports Features

Every morning when Rui Tanimura wakes up, she makes sure she has enough fuel to survive her morning lectures — a bowl of oatmeal, a handful of fruit and a spoonful of peanut butter. In addition to making herself a filling breakfast, she also prepares the rest of her meals for the day — rice, vegetabl...

Revisiting history: students travel to slave plantation

Revisiting history: students travel to slave plantation

By Sid Lingala | For The Pitt News

September 28, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, News

According to Rob Windhorst, the colonial kitchen at the Woodville Plantation was “one of the most disgusting” locations in the house. Windhorst, a tour guide at the restored plantation, said the head chef was a slave who was expected to work long hours in the cramped space, cook large meals for...

Students soldier on to future

Students soldier on to future

By Jesse Madden | For The Pitt News

September 27, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Caitlyn Gibbs’ schedule requires her to be at Bellefield Hall at 5:45 a.m. three days per week, where attendance is taken. Then she and 150 other Pitt students head over to the Cathedral lawn for running and weight-training activities until 7 a.m. No, she’s not just a fitness freak. She’s preparing for a ca...

Pitt talks tobacco-free at Healthy U Fair

Pitt talks tobacco-free at Healthy U Fair

By Madeline Gavatorta and Janine Faust | News Staff

September 26, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Standing among students petting therapy dogs and getting flu shots, Student Government President Max Kneis thanked the CVS Health Foundation and the American Cancer Society for giving the University of Pittsburgh a $20,000 check for one of the University’s health initiatives — curbing tobacco use at Pitt...

Service dogs help students succeed

Service dogs help students succeed

By Nina Kneuer | For The Pitt News

September 25, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Claire Ozolek’s best friend, Lexi, has big eyes and a hard-working disposition. She also has a tail and four legs and works as Ozolek’s service dog. “I mean it sounds cliche, but she is really my best friend,” Ozolek said. Ozolek — a senior psychology major at Pitt — and Lexi ha...

Yellow Jackets sting Panthers, 35-17

Yellow Jackets sting Panthers, 35-17

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 23, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

With four separate opportunities to make the Yellow Jackets pay after turnovers, the Panther offense failed to convert any of these chances into points leading to Saturday’s 35-17 loss in their first ACC game of the season. On the day, the Panther offense put up less than 200 yards and only one t...

Students skate through school streets

Students skate through school streets

By Ellie Yoon / For The Pitt News

September 21, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Some Pitt students trek to their classes on foot. Many more bike or pray the bus comes on time. But a handful can sometimes be seen rolling down Forbes or Fifth avenues with a textbook-filled backpack sagging and a skateboard or longboard beneath their feet. Robert Benjamin, who graduated fro...

Men welcome: Club field hockey encourages coed participation

Men welcome: Club field hockey encourages coed participation

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

September 20, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Club Sports

Every now and then you’ll read a story about a high school woman joining the football or baseball team. It’s a feat that defies gender norms and expectations. But rarely do you hear the opposite. In field hockey, a sport dominated by women, scenarios for men to join don’t present themselves of...

7-Eleven to close with Oakland Bakery moving into Forbes location

7-Eleven to close with Oakland Bakery moving into Forbes location

By Rachel Glasser / News Editor

September 20, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Editor's Note: We published this story after Pitt spokesperson Joe Miksch confirmed Wednesday that the Oakland Bakery would move into the 7-Eleven location. In an email Thursday, Miksch instead said a grocery story will open in the location. Read the updated article, linked here. The 7-Eleven convenience store on Forbes Avenue will close by...

Subjects for a day: Pitt students participate in studies for money

Subjects for a day: Pitt students participate in studies for money

By Anandhini Narayanan for The Pitt News

September 19, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

In the second semester of her senior year, Aditi Kumar said her intensive 21-credit schedule forced her to quit her job — leaving her without a source of income. “This was the the first time I found myself without a job,” Kumar, a 2017 graduate in sociology at Pitt, said. “I like to be ind...

Students drown out bigotry in counter protest outside Towers

Students drown out bigotry in counter protest outside Towers

By Janine Faust and Amanda Finney / TPN Staff

September 18, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

A crowd of Pitt students jammed the stairway leading up to Towers Patio on Monday, waving rainbow flags and sporting “I [heart] the female orgasm” t-shirts. Others stood on nearby trashcans and benches and leaned over the patio rails, fervently chanting “God loves everyone” and “shame on you...

Cowboys crush Panthers, 59-21, in Pitt football’s worst loss at Heinz Field

Cowboys crush Panthers, 59-21, in Pitt football’s worst loss at Heinz Field

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 16, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football

As if last week’s loss to in-state rival Penn State wasn’t demoralizing enough, the Panthers were blown out in their worst loss ever at Heinz Field by the Oklahoma State Cowboys Saturday. Senior quarterback Mason Rudolph and the Cowboys’ passing offense were too much for the Panthers, posting...

Gallery: Oklahoma State crush Pitt football, 59-21

Gallery: Oklahoma State crush Pitt football, 59-21

September 16, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports, Visual

The Oklahoma State Cowboys lead Pitt 49-14 at halftime. ...

Oakland Employees Discuss Work After Dark

Oakland Employees Discuss Work After Dark

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer

September 14, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Specials

Antoon’s co-owner Mike Abraham had one thing to say about his late-night shifts as a pizza maker. “Too many drunk students,” Abraham said. Abraham, a 46-year-old from Oakland, has run the popular pizza shop with his brother for the last 20 years. Like many employees around Oakland, Abraha...

Comedians crack up campus

Comedians crack up campus

By Luke Stambaugh | Staff Writer

September 14, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

In the middle of his comedy act, Pitt alum Jesse Irwin asked the audience if anyone had attended Latin religious school. “I went to Latin religious school, and I’m going to sing a quick song for you from Latin religious school,” Irwin said. “If you recognize the song, please sing along.” Irw...

Bands compete for Fall Fest opener

Bands compete for Fall Fest opener

By Madison Hook | For The Pitt News

September 12, 2017


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

The crowd hushed as INFLUENTIALJ strode onstage, mic in hand, while his original music video projected onto the wall behind him — featuring eye-catching scenes of the performer throughout Pitt’s campus dressed in an electric blue suit beside the bright red doors of Heinz Chapel. The rapper ma...

Riding the party wave with Surf Bored

Riding the party wave with Surf Bored

By Luke Stambaugh / Staff Writer

September 11, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

In an Oakland basement adorned with Christmas lights, a two-person “mosh-pop” outfit jams in front of a sweaty crowd of college students. The crowd moshes to the fast-paced, resounding tunes as the guitarist wipes beads of sweat from his forehead. Surf Bored, a prominent Do-It-Yourself band...

Rival fans flock to Happy Valley for Pitt vs. PSU

Rival fans flock to Happy Valley for Pitt vs. PSU

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

September 10, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Stephen Fastuca gallivanted around the tailgate grounds surrounding Beaver Stadium dressed head-to-toe in Penn State attire. He wore blue and white suede dress shoes and Penn State-colored pants, topping his outfit off with a giant Penn State belt buckle on his waist and a Nittany Lions fedora on his h...

Pitt drops the ball: Penn State wins 33-14

Pitt drops the ball: Penn State wins 33-14

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

September 9, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, GameDay

Just like Pitt did last year at home, the Nittany Lions jumped out to an early lead, but the Panthers couldn’t catch up — eventually falling 33-14 during Saturday’s rivalry football game. Despite piling up more yards than the Nittany Lions (2-0) at Beaver Stadium, Penn State’s red zone def...

Gallery: Pitt falls to Penn State at Beaver Stadium

Gallery: Pitt falls to Penn State at Beaver Stadium

By Wenhao Wu and Anna Bongardino / Assistant Visual Editors

September 9, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, GameDay, Visual

With dropped passes and missed oportunities in the redzone, Pitt fell to Penn State Saturday 33-14 at Beaver Stadium.   ...

Retro Oakland: Pitt’s catwalk of football fashion

Retro Oakland: Pitt’s catwalk of football fashion

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

September 7, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, GameDay

Sporting black long-sleeved turtlenecks and dark pants, Pitt’s 1899 football team looks like a bunch of brooding postmodern writers. But the beatnik era didn’t happen for another 50 years, making our athletic predecessors look like fashion-forward icons. And as our school went from the Western...

Southwestern restaurant spices up Schenley Plaza

Southwestern restaurant spices up Schenley Plaza

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

September 6, 2017


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The style of food at Robert Sayre’s new restaurant has confused some passersby. “We’ve had to convince Pittsburgh that it’s a New Mexican restaurant, not a ‘new’ Mexican restaurant. So that’s been a bit of a struggle at times,” Sayre said with a laugh. Sayre is the owner and head ...

Students make safety pocket-sized

Students make safety pocket-sized

By Jaime Weinreb | For The Pitt News

September 5, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Tech Science

Knowing to call 911 for help is common knowledge, but it was an impossible task for senior Annmarie Stockinger when she was sexually assaulted in Tower C during her first year at Pitt. Fear rendered her powerless. She could not even try to dial three simple numbers. “I was holding my phone t...

Cats cradled in Schenley Plaza for First Caturday

Cats cradled in Schenley Plaza for First Caturday

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

September 4, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

On the grass by the Mary Schenley Memorial Fountain, a crowd of several dozen people parted down the middle as a retired show cat, looking remarkably like a small lion, strutted down the path. The cat who stole everyone’s attention — Snickers — was later passed around gently from person to person ...

Panthers escape against Youngstown in overtime thriller, 28-21

Panthers escape against Youngstown in overtime thriller, 28-21

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

September 2, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football

Leading by seven in overtime against the Youngstown State Penguins, Pitt redshirt freshman defensive back Bricen Garner made a leaping interception in the end zone, ending the Penguins’ drive and giving the Panthers their first win of the season, 28-21. The Pitt football team (1-0) opened its 2017...

Gallery: Pitt vs Youngstown State

Gallery: Pitt vs Youngstown State

By Anna Bongardino and Wenhao Wu | Assistant Visual Editors

September 2, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports, Visual

In the season opener, Pitt beat Youngstown State 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Anna Bongardino | Assistant Visual Editor) (Photo by Wenhao Wu | Assistant Visual Editor) (Photo by Wenhao Wu | Assistant Visual Editor) (Photo by Wenhao Wu...

Students put fresh spin on Asian pop

Students put fresh spin on Asian pop

By Janine Faust and Caroline Bourque | Assistant News Editors

August 31, 2017


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Lynn Urbina still remembers the first music video that hooked her on K-pop — “Sherlock,” by the popular group SHINee. She was struck not just by the music video’s aesthetic — which featured the band, looking like Sherlock Holmes, peering around corners with magnifying glasses— but also the...

Multimedia zine cultivates creativity on campus

Multimedia zine cultivates creativity on campus

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

August 30, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Art, Culture

With the right angle and some adjusting of the photo’s exposure and saturation, Caitrin Bogart made art out of five cracked eggs she saw spattered on an Oakland street. The photograph, aptly titled “oops!,” was featured in ambi- magazine — a multimedia zine at Pitt — in February on the ma...

Men move in: Holland Hall goes co-ed

Men move in: Holland Hall goes co-ed

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

August 29, 2017


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Rosina Roccamo has only lived in Holland Hall for about a week and has yet to exchange words with a guy on her floor. “I know it’s gone co-ed, but it’s not, like, super co-ed,” Roccamo said, looking around at her fellow Holland Hall residents scurrying past her curbside perch in the quad. ...

Students sing karaoke’s praises

Students sing karaoke’s praises

By Luke Stambaugh | Staff Writer

August 28, 2017


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Walking down Atwood Street on a Tuesday night, Oakland residents may feel a certain energy radiating from the Garage Door Saloon as a line covers the block and a familiar mix of singing voices and screams pour out of the windows. “Karaoke nights are great because normally shouting the lyrics to ‘Piano Man...

Lanterns light the way for legacies at Pitt

Lanterns light the way for legacies at Pitt

By Rachel Glasser and Janine Faust | News Editors

August 28, 2017


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Alka Patel, alumna and keynote speaker at Pitt’s lantern night ceremony, said she was sure the young women in the audience were feeling a number of emotions — excitement, nervousness and maybe even a little bit of fear. “Or perhaps that’s just the mothers in the room,” she said with a laug...

Totality in Tennessee: Pitt scientists witness, document historic eclipse

Totality in Tennessee: Pitt scientists witness, document historic eclipse

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

August 22, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Tech Science

As the Pitt Shadow Bandits gradually filled their weather balloon with helium, a symphony of worried gasps escaped from the crowd of spectators as they heard a loud pop and saw the balloon’s deflated remains spread out on the lush Tennessee grass. “Do they have enough helium for another?” someone in the cro...

ICYMI: What you missed over the summer

ICYMI: What you missed over the summer

By The Pitt News Staff

August 21, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

-May 1 - Pitt names Kathleen Blee as new dean of Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. -May 16 - Defeating Councilperson Darlene Harris and Reverend John Welch, Mayor Bill Peduto wins the Democratic primary for mayor with nearly 70 percent of Democrats’ votes. -May 24 - Allegheny County police arrest director of Pitt’s counseling center Ed Michaels on charges of possessing child pornograph...

Gallery: Redbull Flugtag takes over the North Shore

Gallery: Redbull Flugtag takes over the North Shore

By John Hamilton and Jordan Mondell / Pitt News Staff

August 5, 2017


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Homemade aircrafts, 46 in total, launched off a 22-foot platform into the Allegheny River Saturday. Most crafts took a nosedive straight away, but a few got enough air to soar a short distance down the river. Red Bull's Flugtag brought crowds to the North Shore and Point State Park as teams displayed...

World War II-era B-17 bomber will soar over Pittsburgh this weekend

World War II-era B-17 bomber will soar over Pittsburgh this weekend

By John Hamilton and Lexi Kennell / Pitt News Staff

July 31, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Listening to the sound of four revving engines muffled by ear plugs, passengers on the B-17 crawl into the nose turret of the WWII-era bomber, seeing stretches of land and Pittsburgh landmarks appear and disappear before them. The Liberty Foundation — a nonprofit group based in Oklahoma — is offe...

Pitt engineers to take flight over the Allegheny at Red Bull Flugtag

Pitt engineers to take flight over the Allegheny at Red Bull Flugtag

By Henry Glitz / News Editor

July 31, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

As July ends and back-to-school chores loom, one group of Pitt engineers is getting busy preparing for a completely different kind of challenge: building and piloting an aircraft to fly over the Allegheny River. The self-styled Roc-ettes, a team of five students and recent graduates from Pitt’s ...

Pitt administration comes out against grad student union

Pitt administration comes out against grad student union

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

July 28, 2017


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

Speaking on behalf of the University, Pitt Provost Patricia Beeson came out against a graduate student union Thursday, claiming that a union would not be in the best interests of students. Beeson’s letter is the first direct criticism the administration has levied against the unionization efforts, which formally began in January of 2016. The University is now officially no...

An unparalled syzygy: Pitt team launches test balloon to prepare for eclipse

An unparalled syzygy: Pitt team launches test balloon to prepare for eclipse

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

July 18, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

After an intense downpour the morning of the test launch, the dark clouds parted, uncovering a bright blue sky just in time for the Pitt Shadow Bandits to release their research balloon to float up to the top of the earth’s atmosphere. The Pitt Shadow Bandits — a team of Pitt students, faculty and...

Breaking a leg: Pitt med students archive their plays in art exhibit

Breaking a leg: Pitt med students archive their plays in art exhibit

By Marissa Perino / Staff Writer

July 11, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Theater

Nestled deep within Falk Library atop Cardiac Hill sits one of Pitt’s most unknown gems — a small art exhibit comprised of artifacts from past plays performed by Pitt’s medical school. Annually, fourth-year med students perform a pop culture-themed play with a medical twist, called Scope & Sca...

Pitt remembers professor, jazz icon Geri Allen

Pitt remembers professor, jazz icon Geri Allen

By Grant Burgman / Staff Writer

July 5, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Geri Allen, who made a profound impact on both the jazz genre and her students at Pitt, died of cancer on June 27 in Philadelphia. She was 60. Born and raised in Detroit, Allen studied at Howard University before going on to earn her Master’s degree in ethnomusicology at Pitt in 1982. Allen spent the n...

Sanders criticizes GOP health care bill at Pittsburgh rally

Sanders criticizes GOP health care bill at Pittsburgh rally

By Lexi Kennell / Contributing Editor

June 25, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

If the 1,600 people at Saturday’s health care rally take Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ advice, Republican senators’ phone lines will be busy all week. The former presidential candidate, along with several other speakers, told the ralliers to urge senators — specifically Pennsylvania Sen. Pat T...

Grad students continue push for union

Grad students continue push for union

By Janine Faust | Senior Staff Writer

June 20, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Some Pitt graduate students have been buckling down these past six months on something other than master and doctoral degrees. The Graduate Student Organizing Committee — a group that advocates for the formation of a graduate student union on Pitt’s campus — has been garnering support for un...

Pittsburgh celebrates two controversial Prides

Pittsburgh celebrates two controversial Prides

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

June 13, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

When Pittsburghers gathered for the city’s annual LGBTQ+ Pride parade Sunday, they probably expected the marchers to toss candy and wave rainbow flags — but they got their fair share of political chants slung their way as well. The circumstance of two parades came as the result of fundamental disagree...

Pittsburgh reacts to Trump climate decision

Pittsburgh reacts to Trump climate decision

By Henry Glitz and Kirsten Wong | The Pitt News Staff

June 6, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

When President Trump invoked Pittsburgh in his decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement last Thursday, he left many Pittsburghers baffled. “I’m appalled that the President used my city to justify his unacceptable decision,” Mayor Bill Peduto said in a press release the same day Trump ma...

GALLERY: Three Rivers Arts Festival

GALLERY: Three Rivers Arts Festival

By The Pitt News Staff

June 4, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Art, Culture, Visual

The annual Three Rivers Arts Festival is a free 10-day arts festival downtown which features a variety of food and art vendors as well as an eclectic selection of musical performers. ...

Lyke a pro: Pitt’s newest AD brings experience and enthusiasm

Lyke a pro: Pitt’s newest AD brings experience and enthusiasm

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Assistant Sports Editor

May 30, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports Features

Athletics are in Heather Lyke’s DNA. She never turned down the chance to play any sport while she was growing up. But it took two degrees — one in education, the other in law — for her to decide it was the athletic world she should remain in. Lyke is Pitt’s newest athletic director — the...

Bus ways and bike lanes: Navigating Pittsburgh without a car

Bus ways and bike lanes: Navigating Pittsburgh without a car

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

May 29, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News, Uncategorized

Madeline Rigatti’s black boots press forcefully on the steel pedals of her orange Salsa Vaya, propelling the 25-year-old up a short, steep hill by her house. “I used to hate that hill,” Rigatti, who started commuting by bike in college 5 years ago, said. Weather permitting, Rigatti comm...

Q&A: Stallings discusses transfers, recruits and “hard decisions”

Q&A: Stallings discusses transfers, recruits and “hard decisions”

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

May 29, 2017


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

Coming off its worst season since 2000, the Pitt men’s basketball program will attempt to rebound this year as head coach Kevin Stallings enters year two of his tenure. This season’s team will be made up of almost entirely new faces, with only three players returning from last year’s squad....

Meet new Pitt Tonight Host Andrew Dow

Meet new Pitt Tonight Host Andrew Dow

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

May 29, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

New “Pitt Tonight” host Andrew Dow has big shoes to fill — but it shouldn’t be a problem considering he wears a size 13. “Pitt Tonight,” a late-night student talk show taped on Pitt’s campus, is on its third season since its debut in 2015. Jesse Irwin, a senior majoring in political s...

Pitt counseling center director charged with possessing child pornography

Pitt counseling center director charged with possessing child pornography

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

May 25, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News

The director of Pitt’s counseling center — Edward Michaels — was arrested Wednesday on charges of possessing child pornography. Allegheny County police arrested Michaels, 67, of Wilkinsburg, on charges of possessing child pornography and criminal use of a communications facility. According t...

Pitt CHREC engineering lab reaches for the stars

Pitt CHREC engineering lab reaches for the stars

By Janine Faust | Senior Staff Writer

May 23, 2017


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

Pitt engineering students now have the chance to work on projects that are literally out of this world. The National Science Foundation’s Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing, also known as CHREC, transferred its headquarters from the University of Florida to Pitt this January. ...

Peduto wins in lopsided primary, claims ‘mandate’

Peduto wins in lopsided primary, claims ‘mandate’

By John Hamilton and Henry Glitz | The Pitt News Staff

May 17, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Democrats in Pittsburgh voted Tuesday for the incumbent — Mayor Bill Peduto — to be their party’s nominee for mayor, likely giving him four more years as the city’s chief executive. Peduto beat out challengers Rev. John Welch and Councilwoman Darlene Harris, getting 69 percent of the vote ...

Q&A: Mayoral candidate John Welch talks affordable housing, water and putting “this Pittsburgh” first

Q&A: Mayoral candidate John Welch talks affordable housing, water and putting “this Pittsburgh” first

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

May 11, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Reverend, doctor, professor, dean of students. John Welch is hoping to add Mayor of Pittsburgh to that résumé as he campaigns to unseat the incumbent, Mayor Bill Peduto, in Tuesday's Democratic primary . We sat down with Welch in his Garfield campaign office to ask about some of his policies and ...

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