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From the diamond to the dugout: Pazos keeps command

From the diamond to the dugout: Pazos keeps command

By Stephen Caruso | Contributing Editor

April 20, 2017


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

The Pitt baseball team seemed primed for a rare sweep on a summery Saturday in late March against Virginia Tech. The Panthers were up 4-0 in the top of the fifth in the second game of the series. Redshirt junior pitcher Matt Pidich was on the mound and had yet to allow a baserunner. The third and fi...

Josh Gibson: Unsung, until now

Josh Gibson: Unsung, until now

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

April 19, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports Features

After decades of relative obscurity, a Pittsburgh legend will finally have his story told — albeit in an unlikely place. The Pittsburgh Opera will perform the world premiere of “The Summer King,” which chronicles the life of Negro League baseball star Josh Gibson, from April 29 to May 7 — ticke...

AEPi holds Holocaust remembrance for 24 hours

AEPi holds Holocaust remembrance for 24 hours

By Abhigyna Mallepalli | Staff Writer

April 18, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

A middle-aged man halted his bike on the corner of O’Hara Street and University Place and asked, “What are we never forgetting?” to a huddle of students escorted by Pitt Police cars. About 20 marchers, all dressed in black and clutching small white signs instructing onlookers to “Never Forg...

Education and incarceration: teaching classes in prisons

Education and incarceration: teaching classes in prisons

By Salina Pressimone / Staff Writer

April 18, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Art, Culture

After serving two years in prison, and later being arrested in front of her 4-month-old daughter, Sarah Womack turned to prose and poetry to stage her comeback. “I come from alcohol. Uncle Kenny, glass shaking in his hand — yellow, gray, bloated. / I come from alcohol. I seize and hallucinate ...

Pitt hosts Super Smash Bros. tournament

Pitt hosts Super Smash Bros. tournament

By Grant Burgman and Rose Luder / The Pitt News Staff

April 16, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Fox, the main character of the classic Nintendo game “Star Fox,” was about to fall to his death Saturday at the hands of Princess Peach. Miraculously, Fox recovered and won the battle, much to the amusement of the crowd gathered around a small television at the O’Hara Student Center. Plenty of...

Crafting the perfect story: beer writing in Pittsburgh

Crafting the perfect story: beer writing in Pittsburgh

By Lexi Kennell / Senior Staff Writer

April 14, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Food & Drink

In the eyes of Hop Culture co-founder Kenny Gould, craft beer isn’t just an alcoholic beverage — it’s an essential part of Pittsburgh culture. Gould got the idea for Hop Culture — an online craft beer magazine — in the spring of 2016 after realizing there weren’t many people writing about beer for ...

Comic culture finds home in Pittsburgh

Comic culture finds home in Pittsburgh

By Ellen Kruczek and Justin Voelzke / The Pitt News Staff

April 13, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Art, Culture

When Tom Scioli visits Phantom of the Attic Comics on South Craig Street, it looks different than what he remembers 25 years ago. In the ’90s, its walls were lined with superheroes, avant-garde art and daily life comics, while now it focuses on handmade comics by local, niche artists. To some, the illustrations ...

Pitt Progressives aims to fill gap in the left

Pitt Progressives aims to fill gap in the left

By Amanda Reed / Contributing Editor

April 11, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Becca Tasker, a junior majoring in anthropology, first started researching civil rights in middle school. She had learned about the murder of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African American boy who was lynched in 1955 after being falsely accused of flirting with a white woman. “I was always into histor...

Vegging out with heavy metal vibes

Vegging out with heavy metal vibes

By Taylor Pecarchik / For The Pitt News

April 10, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Food & Drink

Sometimes you just can’t choose between listening to heavy metal and finding some vegan-friendly eats — and, at Onion Maiden, you don’t have to. At the new restaurant, named for the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden — best known for the songs “Run to the Hills” and “Hallowed Be Thy...

Gone Cold: Pitt students investigate unsolved crimes

Gone Cold: Pitt students investigate unsolved crimes

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

April 9, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

On a Wednesday night in February, Rachel Feil stands at a whiteboard in room 232 of David Lawrence Hall, tapping a red Expo marker on her chin as she studies what she’s scribbled on the surface. “I don’t know,” she tells the man standing next to her. “I don’t think that works. We need m...

Pittsburghers talk gerrymandering

Pittsburghers talk gerrymandering

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

April 6, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Sue Broughton likes squiggles. And as a speaker for Fair Districts PA, she gets to show concerned voters a lot of them. Fair Districts PA, is a non-partisan activist group against gerrymandering — when a political group moves the boundaries of electoral districts to help their own election odds...

CMOA struts stuff with fashion exhibit

CMOA struts stuff with fashion exhibit

By Andrea Spatig / For The Pitt News

April 6, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Art, Culture

Artist Iris van Herpen designs dresses that are so geometrically complex, they literally stand on their own — and her work has caught the eye of big name celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Beyonce. Now, van Herpen’s fashion artwork has found a temporary home at the Carnegie Museum of Art. C...

In tune with a b-flat: Artists, physicists collaborate on campus

In tune with a b-flat: Artists, physicists collaborate on campus

By Abhignya Mallepalli / Staff Writer

April 5, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Sarah Thornton stands in the basement of the Frick Fine Arts Center, preparing for her work to appear in an exhibit Tuesday night. She dips her fingers in paint and presses them to the canvas, using gray and purple colors to put the finishing touches on her visual representation of the connections between phys...

Deaf activist, model shares experiences, advocates for inclusion

Deaf activist, model shares experiences, advocates for inclusion

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

April 4, 2017


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

When Nyle DiMarco was 24-years-old, a friend asked him if he ever wished he could hear. He immediately replied no. “I told him, ‘I have always been deaf. It is part of who I am,’” DiMarco said. “Why would I want to be any different?” This is the message the actor and model relayed ...

IGA in Oakland to close in one week

IGA in Oakland to close in one week

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

April 2, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

After serving as the only grocery market on Pitt’s campus for the past nine years, The Market on Forbes IGA will soon close its doors forever. IGA owner Ron Levick said that due to competition with other grocery stores, he will be closing the store either this Friday, April 7, or early next week. ...

Pitt Pantry simulates hunger, highlights class inequality

Pitt Pantry simulates hunger, highlights class inequality

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy and Elias Rappaport / The Pitt News Staff

March 31, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Health, News

A Pitt Pantry representative pointed to an audience member in the William Pitt Union ballroom Thursday night and asked her to imagine that for the rest of night, she was no longer a Pitt student. Instead, the student would assume the fictional role of a part-time nurse with four children. Suddenly, ...

Beats and bars: CMU Cyphers make rap a lifestyle

Beats and bars: CMU Cyphers make rap a lifestyle

By Salina Pressimone / Staff Writer

March 29, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Music

Without pausing or even setting his backpack down, Oliver Liburd walks up the cement steps to his friend’s porch, where a deep bass beat is pulsing. Still in his CMU Engineering T-shirt, Liburd steps into the loose circle of his friend and launches into a freestyle rap, forming the next line in...

County controller criticizes PWSA’s lead plans

County controller criticizes PWSA’s lead plans

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

March 29, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

At a press conference in her Downtown office on Tuesday, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner considered the scope of lead in Pittsburgh households’ water and called it like she sees it: a public health crisis. “One in four homes have lead lines, and the [Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Author...

TEDx speakers reach out to students in talks

TEDx speakers reach out to students in talks

By Rose Luder and Zoe Pawliczek / The Pitt News Staff

March 26, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Just when Canadian hurdler Sarah Wells came close to realizing her Olympic dreams, she faced an injury that destroyed her chances. At first, she was crushed by the missed opportunity  — which she considered “choking” at the time. But she overcame her defeat and ultimately placed as a semi-...

Big Ideas competition awards 2017 winners

Big Ideas competition awards 2017 winners

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

March 24, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Looking for a monitor to measure your anaerobic threshold while you exercise? Need UV- resistant ink for your new tattoo? How about a phone case that reminds you when to take your meds and then dispenses them? Pitt students might be able to hook you up. Student entrepreneurs displayed these innov...

Pitt hires full-time psychiatrist

Pitt hires full-time psychiatrist

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

March 22, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Health, News

After months of long waits and few available psychiatrists, Pitt announced more on-call counselors to schedule same-day appointments and a new full-time psychiatrist Wednesday. Pelin Duzenli, who will begin in April, currently practices as a licensed psychiatrist and behavior scientist at the Tid...

Police arrest 11 protesters at Allegheny County Jail

Police arrest 11 protesters at Allegheny County Jail

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

March 22, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

After three days of protests in solidarity with inmates striking at the Allegheny County Jail, only a dozen supporters remained outside its fortified walls Tuesday night. The tired group trudged into the jail’s bright lobby at roughly 9:30 p.m., and then filed into a small nondescript gray court ...

Heather Lyke introduced as Pitt’s new athletic director

Heather Lyke introduced as Pitt’s new athletic director

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 20, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports

Basketball season is over, but history was made Monday on the hardwood floor of the Petersen Events Center. Less than three months after Scott Barnes’ departure, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher hired Heather Lyke as Pitt’s new athletic director, making Lyke the first woman to serve as full-time a...

Pitt Tonight shines spotlight on Women’s Empowerment Week

Pitt Tonight shines spotlight on Women’s Empowerment Week

By Emily Suruda / Staff Writer

March 20, 2017


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

Student Government Board Vice President Sydney Harper is awestruck when she thinks about the women who have come before her and left behind inspirational legacies. On Sunday’s women empowerment-themed episode of Pitt Tonight, Harper reeled off numerous names — from her ultimate inspiration, Ha...

Conflict Kitchen to close Schenley Plaza location in May

Conflict Kitchen to close Schenley Plaza location in May

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

March 17, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

After seven years, Conflict Kitchen will close up shop at its Schenley Plaza location May 31. The restaurant — which serves international food from countries the United States is in conflict with — is funded by sales, in addition to some local organizations including the Sprout Fund and the Benter F...

Beyond the city lights: stargazing in Pittsburgh

Beyond the city lights: stargazing in Pittsburgh

By Ellen Kruczek / Staff Writer

March 15, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

Every new moon, a group gathers to stand outside in the cold, mosquito-ridden fields of Deer Lakes Park in Frazer and West Deer townships — a 32-minute drive from the Cathedral of Learning. They’re not a secret society or dedicated “Cinema in the Park” enthusiasts. They’re there to look at the s...

SGB surveys students about good Samaritan policy

SGB surveys students about good Samaritan policy

By Nolan Roosa / Staff Writer

March 14, 2017


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

Members of Pitt’s Student Government Board’s judicial committee have spent the last two weeks asking people around campus if they understand the University’s “good Samaritan” policy. They found that many did not. The Pitt Responsible Action Protocol, also known as the good Samaritan policy, prot...

Swan song: Pitt’s seniors reflect on college careers

Swan song: Pitt’s seniors reflect on college careers

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 14, 2017


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

When the visitors’ locker room inside the Barclays Center opened to reporters moments after Pitt’s season-ending 75-63 loss to Virginia in the second round of the ACC Tournament, the room was silent. The post-game spread of food and drinks went mostly untouched. As the players sat side by side...

Big city, tiny art: Harish Saluja tracks dreams on index cards

Big city, tiny art: Harish Saluja tracks dreams on index cards

By David Robinson / Staff Writer

March 13, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Art, Culture

In the haziness of morning, before his mind clears for the day, 70-year-old Harish Saluja draws what he can remember of his dreams on a three-by-five-inch index card. Saluja has been doodling for decades, using an assortment of about 100 markers to record his abstract musings — circular blobs overl...

The art of the study: how architecture affects students

The art of the study: how architecture affects students

By James Watkins / For The Pitt News

March 13, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

When he has a big test ahead of him, Andrew Puglionesi walks into the common room of the Cathedral of Learning, finds a cozy spot at a long table near the right end of the high-ceilinged space and settles down for a night of studying. Like most Pitt students, the junior computer science major has spent time deciding ...

Pitt Vets provide emotional, academic support for student veterans

Pitt Vets provide emotional, academic support for student veterans

By James Watkins / For The Pitt News

March 3, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

When Vietnam veteran Jay Sukits came to Pitt’s campus to study math and economics in the early ‘70s, he didn’t get a warm welcome. “When I returned from Vietnam and got on campus, my fellow veterans and I were simply treated terribly by many students and faculty at the University,” Sukits sai...

RJ Mitte speaks on diversity, disability in television

RJ Mitte speaks on diversity, disability in television

By Zoe Pawliczek / Staff Writer

March 1, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Standing onstage and laughing with the crowd Wednesday night, “Breaking Bad” star RJ Mitte boldly contrasted the image most associated with him — a coming-of-age teen sporting crutches and a speech impediment. “I grew up not looking at disability as a disability. I thought it was very norma...

Pitt gets $5.5 million in first annual Day of Giving

Pitt gets $5.5 million in first annual Day of Giving

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

March 1, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Though Pitt raised more than $5 million Wednesday, pulling from donors across all 50 states — one of the day’s biggest individual winners was the Club Tennis team.   For the University’s 230th anniversary, Pitt hosted its first annual day of giving, raising $5,543,591.56. More than 5000 dona...

OBITUARY: Remembering John Goldsmith

OBITUARY: Remembering John Goldsmith

By Caroline Bourque / Staff Writer

February 27, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Music

On a cold Sunday afternoon at the end of January, about 50 people gathered outside the home of John Goldsmith, retired director of the Heinz Chapel Choir, to serenade him one last time. Even in his last few days, Goldsmith could make his choir laugh. “[Goldsmith] was singing along and then he ...

Fossil Free Pitt Coalition urges Board of Trustees to divest

Fossil Free Pitt Coalition urges Board of Trustees to divest

By Grant Burgman / Staff Writer

February 27, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News

A February day when the temperature reached the high 70s in Pittsburgh seemed like the perfect time to talk about climate change — and aligned with the Fossil Free Pitt Coalition’s pre-planned attendance at a public Board of Trustees meeting.   The 38-person board — who, according to their website, “ensu...

Maggie Nelson reads work on identity, freedom

Maggie Nelson reads work on identity, freedom

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

February 24, 2017


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

In a rare reading for the established poet and essayist, Maggie Nelson chose to share an unfinished piece of writing with the audience gathered in Frick Fine Arts Auditorium Thursday night. The nameless piece revolved broadly around freedom and touched on politics, identity and race — but largely dis...

A Family Affair: McConnells maintain tradition

A Family Affair: McConnells maintain tradition

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

February 24, 2017


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

With her mom and aunt watching from the sidelines in the third quarter of a late November blowout against Slippery Rock University, Pitt sophomore guard Madison Serio drained the first 3-pointer of her college career. Late in the fourth quarter, she buried her second long-range attempt. When she naile...

Backlogged

Backlogged

By Nikita Karulkar, Staff Writer

February 23, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, Health, National News, News

Thousands of sexual assault kits around the nation have been left untested. One lab in Allegheny County found a short-term solution. Natasha Alexenko is an advocate. Alexenko is an activist. Alexenko is a former museum scientist. And in 1993, after Alexenko was raped and robbed at gunpoint, she became...

Max Kneis wins 2017 SGB presidential election

Max Kneis wins 2017 SGB presidential election

By Abhignya Mallepalli and Nolan Roosa / The Pitt News Staff

February 22, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

With a voter turnout more than double the previous election’s, Pitt students elected Max Kneis as the next Student Government Board president Tuesday. Kneis, a junior studying economics and finance, received 2,114 votes to win the presidency, which will start at the end of April. Arlind Karpuzi a...

Safety first: Pitt police talk crime awareness with students

Safety first: Pitt police talk crime awareness with students

By James Watkins / For The Pitt News

February 21, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

While some students admitted that the smell of free pizza lured them into the William Pitt Union Assembly Room Monday afternoon, most stopped by to learn more about campus safety. The Student Government Board and Pitt Public Safety and Emergency Management hosted the Spring Safety Fair Monday, which h...

Get to know the 2017 SGB slates

Get to know the 2017 SGB slates

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

February 20, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

42 Stories Candidates The aptly named slate proposes 42 changes to Pitt’s campus, including instituting monthly town hall meetings for the student body to attend, expanding the SafeRider system to pick up students at all hours and increasing both the number of gynecologists on staff and the hou...

Gov. Tom Wolf proposes flat funds for Pitt

Gov. Tom Wolf proposes flat funds for Pitt

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

February 16, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Despite asking for a five percent increase in state funding, Pitt could receive the same amount of money as it did during the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s $32 billion 2018 fiscal year budget includes increasing state educational support at all levels by $209 million, but Pitt’s...

SGB candidates push platform before elections

SGB candidates push platform before elections

By Grant Burgman / Staff Writer

February 16, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

In the cutthroat political sphere, competing for votes can — and does — bring out the worst in people. After all, it was during the final presidential debate that now-President Donald Trump infamously referred to Hillary Clinton as a “nasty woman,” offering her an unofficial campaign slogan. Bu...

Grad student employees sign union cards

Grad student employees sign union cards

By Nolan Roosa / Staff Writer

February 15, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

After a year and a half of campaigning and planning, the Graduate Student Organizing Committee is now one step closer to forming a union for graduate student employees at Pitt.   The unionization effort has been in the works since October 2015 when the committee voted to affiliate with the United...

Taking charge: student, dominatrix, survivor

Taking charge: student, dominatrix, survivor

By Lexi Kennell and Noah Coco / Staff Writers

February 14, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

Editor's note: After facing harassment due to her role in the BDSM community, Larissa's last name has been removed from this story.  Instead of letting a sexual assault control her life, Larissa decided to take control in the bedroom. When Larissa, a junior bioengineering major, was sexually assaulted in Ju...

Abortion legislation prompts protests

Abortion legislation prompts protests

By Alexis Carter / Staff Writer

February 13, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, National News, News

On any given day, you can find small groups of protesters outside Planned Parenthood clinics across the country. But the pro-life national movement came out in full force Saturday to pressure the president and Congress into moving forward with plans to strip funding from the women’s health care org...

Iranian student group, academics speak out on immigration ban

Iranian student group, academics speak out on immigration ban

By Max Datner / For The Pitt News

February 9, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Setareh Sarachi stood in a crowd huddled under the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy tent in Schenley Plaza Thursday afternoon, surrounded by protesters guarding their signs against the swirling winter weather.   The group was there, starting at noon, for the “Academics United - No Visa and Immigratio...

Students react to Toomey’s decision to vote for DeVos

Students react to Toomey’s decision to vote for DeVos

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy and Grant Burgman / The Pitt News Staff

February 9, 2017


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

Never in American history has a Cabinet member needed the vice president to break the tie that would elect them into the president’s Cabinet. But the Senate vote on Betsy DeVos, who was later confirmed for the secretary of education position in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, was split 50-50 Tuesda...

MSA hosts candlelight vigil for Quebec victims

MSA hosts candlelight vigil for Quebec victims

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

February 8, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Through the wind and rain, the flames of fifty candles burned brightly outside the William Pitt Union for six men who were killed because of the religion they believed in. The University of Pittsburgh’s Muslim Student Association hosted a candlelight vigil on Tuesday night to honor the 14 victims of...

Anti-sanctuary campus, city bills up for vote in Pennsylvania

Anti-sanctuary campus, city bills up for vote in Pennsylvania

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

February 7, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

In a Pennsylvania Senate committee meeting Monday, members passed a bill to withhold funding from municipalities and counties that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities. The bill passed on a party-line vote, with full support from Republicans and full opposition from Democrats and i...

The Outsider: Welch promises “people’s campaign” more equitable city in Peduto challenge

The Outsider: Welch promises “people’s campaign” more equitable city in Peduto challenge

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

February 5, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Florence Turner, 57, of Pittsburgh’s Manchester neighborhood, knows her candidate for mayor of Pittsburgh, John C. Welch, has a tough fight ahead of him. But like Marvin Gaye’s dedicated lover in “Ain't No Mountain High Enough,” which played softly in the background of the Pittsburgh Pro...

Lawyers defend immigrants in Pittsburgh after Trump’s executive order

Lawyers defend immigrants in Pittsburgh after Trump’s executive order

By Nolan Roosa / For The Pitt News

February 3, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

After making successful voyages into the United States, thousands struggled to make their way past security gates at airport arrival terminals across the country on Jan. 27 But without warning, hesitation or preparation, lawyers staked out spots on airport floors to assist people held up by President...

Panthers hire Shawn Watson as new offensive coordinator

Panthers hire Shawn Watson as new offensive coordinator

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 2, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

After introducing the 26 members of the Pitt football team’s 2017 recruiting class Wednesday, the Panthers revealed the man who will be running the team’s offense in the upcoming season just one day later. Head coach Pat Narduzzi announced Shawn Watson as the team’s offensive coordinator and quart...

Edward Snowden weighs in on objectivity

Edward Snowden weighs in on objectivity

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

February 2, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

As his face appeared on the projector’s huge screen, overlooking a cheering room of Pitt students, Edward Snowden smiled sheepishly. “It’s good to be home,” he said, to a big laugh from the fully packed William Pitt Union Assembly Room. Facing federal charges for espionage and theft, Snow...

Buy or boil: PWSA issues water advisory for eastern and central Pittsburgh

Buy or boil: PWSA issues water advisory for eastern and central Pittsburgh

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / The Pitt News Staff

February 1, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

First-year student Athena Sardelis, a double major in English writing and psychology, balanced several water bottles in her arm as she rushed up the Market stairs to get to her Tower B dorm room. She was in search of water Tuesday night after Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority issued a "Precautiona...

Students tackle gun-toting assailants on Friday

Students tackle gun-toting assailants on Friday

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

January 31, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Crime, News

Joseph, a Pitt sophomore, was staring straight into the barrel of a black revolver handgun on McKee Street Friday night. A Pitt police crime alert detailing Joseph’s experience noted that the gunman holding the revolver used it to hit the student in the back of the head — but it did not list ...

No ban, no wall, no silence in Pittsburgh

No ban, no wall, no silence in Pittsburgh

By Stephen Caruso, Zoe Pawliczek and Ashwini Sivaganesh

January 30, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, National News, News

No one was detained at the Pittsburgh International Airport Sunday, but the crowd showed up anyway. In solidarity with similar protests across the country, including those at Washington Dulles International and John F. Kennedy International airports, about 150 people gathered in the airport’s t...

Holland Hall to be co-ed by fall 2017

Holland Hall to be co-ed by fall 2017

By Amanda Reed / Assisstant News Editor

January 27, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

By this time next year, there will no longer be a single-gender dormitory for first-year students at Pitt. Holland Hall, Pitt’s only all-female dorm, will be co-ed starting in fall 2017. Amos Hall — which is home to 10 of Pitt’s sororities — is the only other all-female dorm on campus, but it’s...

Conflict Kitchen to spotlight refugee chefs in March

Conflict Kitchen to spotlight refugee chefs in March

By Rebecca Peters and James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / The Pitt News Staff

January 26, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Conflict Kitchen has been spotlighting global conflicts for more than six years, but this year it’s turning the spotlight back toward its own home. Through a partnership with the Sprout Fund — an organization funding politically engaged projects throughout the country — the take-out restaurant co...

Nancy Kirkwood brings eco-art to Center for Creativity

Nancy Kirkwood brings eco-art to Center for Creativity

By Zoe Pawliczek / For The Pitt News

January 25, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Nancy Kirkwood walked down to the basement of the University Bookstore on Fifth with overflowing bags of art supplies and began stocking a wall full of shelves. She does this every day as part of her job at the Center for Creativity. Kirkwood — who was previously the administrative coordinator for Pitt’s English...

Pitt, CCAC, PPS form Pittsburgh Administration Collaboration

Pitt, CCAC, PPS form Pittsburgh Administration Collaboration

By Alexis Carter / Staff Writer

January 24, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

With a new partnership between Pittsburgh schools and colleges, students can prepare for a college career as soon as they enter seventh grade. The collaboration — called the Pittsburgh Administration Collaboration — involves Pitt, the Community College of Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh Pub...

Hello, Trump: Women’s March on Washington, D.C.

Hello, Trump: Women’s March on Washington, D.C.

By The Pitt News Staff

January 23, 2017


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

This is a continuation of Hello, Trump: Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C., Saturday It started with a Facebook event. Teresa Shook, from Hawaii, made a Facebook page for the Women’s March on Washington on election night. By the morning, 10,000 people had responded. By Jan. 21, m...

Relief of Pitt wrestling coach Jason Peters came after incident in Evanston

Relief of Pitt wrestling coach Jason Peters came after incident in Evanston

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 19, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Without clear explanation, Pitt relieved Jason Peters of his position as Pitt’s head wrestling coach Thursday. Peters no longer works for the University. Assistant head coaches Matt Kocher and Drew Headlee will act as co-head coaches for the remainder of the 2017 season. Senior 149-pounder Mi...

What’s with the crows: facilities management, Aviary work to combat campus crows

What’s with the crows: facilities management, Aviary work to combat campus crows

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

January 19, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

As junior Virginia Lefever walked out of her Vertebrate Morphology lab in Langley Hall on a Tuesday night last semester, she heard what sounded like the onset of a minor rainstorm. But it wasn’t raindrops plunking onto the pavement. It was crow feces. “My friends and I liked to joke about needing...

Eye imaging helps glaucoma patients, according to study

Eye imaging helps glaucoma patients, according to study

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Staff Writer

January 18, 2017


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

With a few pictures, eye disease patients may get more focused help than before, according to a new study. Researchers at both Pitt and the University of Rochester Medical Center have developed a new technique for photographing the human eye that allows them to view cells that have never been seen...

oSTEM making a space LGBTQ+ students in STEM fields

oSTEM making a space LGBTQ+ students in STEM fields

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

January 13, 2017


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

Before he came out as gay to his lab group, Alexander Rowden had to figure out what to say when his classmates asked his opinion on certain female celebrities. “They’d be like, ‘Scarlett Johansson's pretty hot, right?’ and I’d just say she wasn’t really my type or something,” Rowden,...

Pitt students game with new Wi-Fi network

Pitt students game with new Wi-Fi network

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and Alexa Bakalarski / News Editors

January 12, 2017


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When they aren’t in class, some students spend their time trekking through the forest for lost treasure while others creep through cityscapes stealing expensive cars. Some brave dorm-dwellers slay demons while their neighbors steer rocket-powered buggies to score goals. Video games are a classic pastime — and in...

Pitt students, faculty talk diversity with Dean Bonner

Pitt students, faculty talk diversity with Dean Bonner

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

January 11, 2017


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Pitt students and faculty used markers, large posters and brainpower Tuesday evening to address diversity and inclusion at Pitt. In the second installment of Pitt’s Dialogue with the Dean, a University-sponsored conversation as part of Pitt’s Year of Diversity, Vice Provost and Dean of Studen...

Randy Juhl to serve as Pitt’s acting athletic director

Randy Juhl to serve as Pitt’s acting athletic director

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

January 10, 2017


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When it comes to sports, a little bit of chemistry can go a long way. The Pitt Panthers will get just that from their new acting athletic director, Randy Juhl. Juhl has spent the majority of his time at the University of Pittsburgh as a distinguished service professor in the School of Pharmacy, with h...

PGH, Pitt groups plan for Inauguration

PGH, Pitt groups plan for Inauguration

By Amanda Reed and Nolan Roosa / The Pitt News Staff

January 10, 2017


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Although Washington, D.C is 246 miles away, many Pittsburghers are making the trek to the Capitol to attend one of the most polarizing inaugurations in history. Students and members of the Pittsburgh community will be a few of the hundreds of thousands converging in D.C. to see Trump get elected ...

Edward Snowden to broadcast live on campus

Edward Snowden to broadcast live on campus

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and Amanda Reed / News Editors

January 9, 2017


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Usually lectures that take place in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room involve a speaker standing at the podium and addressing an audience of Pitt students. The Pitt Program Council will instead host a live video conference event with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden Feb. 1. Students can purch...

PennDOT pushes for national test site recognition

PennDOT pushes for national test site recognition

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and Amanda Reed / News Editors

January 5, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Over the last semester, students have witnessed Uber’s self-driving cars racing down the streets of Oakland, and now, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation wants more. After Pittsburgh lost  the Smart City Challenge in July 2016, PennDOT submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Transportation requesting that the agency consider Pittsburgh, and parts of Pen...

Pitt owns 6,000 acres of fossils, artifacts and inspiration in Wyoming

Pitt owns 6,000 acres of fossils, artifacts and inspiration in Wyoming

By Marissa Perino / For The Pitt News

January 5, 2017


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It was a series of fortunate events. Allen Cook had no use for dinosaur bones and, in the late ’90s, he certainly never expected to have an art studio near his property. Now Cook has both. Cook, a rancher in Wyoming, donated 4,700 acres of land to the University of Pittsburgh in December 20...

Redhawk brings independent coffee to the streets of Oakland

Redhawk brings independent coffee to the streets of Oakland

By Emily Brindley / Culture Editor

January 3, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Food & Drink

Braden Walter Jr. was driving to Espresso A Mano — where he worked as a barista — on a Sunday morning in February 2015. It was a normal day. Until his car slid into a telephone pole on Butler Street. At least, he thinks it was a telephone pole — his memory of the crash is hazy at best. M...

Wildcats run over Panthers for 31-24 Pinstripe Bowl victory

Wildcats run over Panthers for 31-24 Pinstripe Bowl victory

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 28, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

The Pitt football team closed out the regular season as one of the hottest teams in college football, but finished its year with a dud of a performance against Northwestern in New York City. The Panthers (8-5) fell to the Wildcats (7-6), 31-24, in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, N...

Scott Barnes leaving Pitt to take over as athletic director at Oregon State

Scott Barnes leaving Pitt to take over as athletic director at Oregon State

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 22, 2016


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Pitt Athletic Director Scott Barnes announced Thursday that he will leave Pitt in the new year for the AD position at Oregon State. After denying an initial report that he was leaving for Oregon State, Barnes cited “personal family considerations” as motivation for the move in a press release Thu...

A place to unwind: No 24-hour diners in Oakland

A place to unwind: No 24-hour diners in Oakland

By Kelechi Urama / Staff Writer

December 12, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Food & Drink

It’s 3 a.m., and you’re in the midst of pulling an all-nighter, finishing an essay for one course and studying for a final exam in another. Your stomach growls, and you realize you haven’t eaten since breakfast. You examine your options: Market Central is closed, but you can still grab McDonald...

James Conner to forgo senior season, declare for 2017 NFL Draft

James Conner to forgo senior season, declare for 2017 NFL Draft

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 10, 2016


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Pitt running back James Conner announced Saturday afternoon that the 2016 New Era Pinstripe Bowl will be his final game in a Panthers uniform, as he will be declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft. Conner, a redshirt junior, could have returned to Pitt for one more season. But the star tailback decided it...

Pittsburghers rescue unused food, one can at a time

Pittsburghers rescue unused food, one can at a time

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

December 8, 2016


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Following a friendly honk, a green truck pulls up outside South West Meals on Wheels in Carnegie at about 9:30 a.m. Then, it backs through the parking lot, right up to the kitchen door. Scott Marshall, 41, jumps out of the cab. His bald head is complimented by a large beard — grown after he left...

Going Virtual

Going Virtual

By Brady Langmann | Culture Editor

December 8, 2016


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Michael Arenth reached for his goggles, strapped them to his head with a rubber band and embarked on a trip 6,000 miles away. He sat in the back of a bumpy brown canoe and watched the bony arms of a 9-year-old refugee paddle across a swamp, enveloped by the emerald-colored fields of South Sudan. With...

NPR correspondent Cokie Roberts talks Trump, election

NPR correspondent Cokie Roberts talks Trump, election

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

December 7, 2016


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Cokie Roberts wants it on the record that she thought Donald Trump would win from the beginning. Roberts, a veteran reporter at National Public Radio and author of four books about women’s role during the Revolutionary and Civil wars, appeared frequently on television during the 2016 Presidential e...

Short on the sides, long on top: Barber shops find success in Oakland

Short on the sides, long on top: Barber shops find success in Oakland

By Kevin Lynch / Staff Writer

December 6, 2016


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A black and white photograph of Craig Street in the early 1900s hangs on the wall near the entrance of Oliverio Hair, Nails and Waxing — a reminder of the maze of cable cars and brick-paved streets that used to be East Oakland. Craig Street, just a minute's walk from the Pitt’s campus, is now de...

Pittsburghers stand with Standing Rock just before construction halts

Pittsburghers stand with Standing Rock just before construction halts

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Staff Writer

December 5, 2016


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Rather than staying in the comfort of her Braddock Hills home, Beth McAhren spent her Thanksgiving in Standing Rock, North Dakota. For five days at Standing Rock, McAhren cooked meals for the demonstrators there protesting the construction of an energy pipeline through land near a Sioux tribe res...

PA pushes to join National Popular Vote Compact

PA pushes to join National Popular Vote Compact

By Alexa Bakalarski and Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editors

December 2, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, National News, News

If a new bill passes through the legislature, Pennsylvania may soon join 11 other jurisdictions throughout the country committed to upholding the popular vote in presidential elections. State Sen. Daylin Leach, a Democrat representing Delaware and Montgomery Counties, announced Thursday he will intro...

Oakland Nights: Then and Now

Oakland Nights: Then and Now

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Staff Writer

December 1, 2016


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This is part two of a series by staff writer Stephen Caruso about how Oakland’s businesses and the community have changed since the 1990s — for better or worse. Stay tuned for the next installment, which will be about Oakland’s community improvement initiatives. For part one of the series, click ...

19 protesters cited at Downtown Fight for 15 rally

19 protesters cited at Downtown  Fight for 15 rally

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

November 29, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

When Martha Assefa’s mother lived in Pittsburgh 30 years ago, she had no trouble taking care of herself with funds from her minimum wage job. But now, through her work on a food policy council that works to end hunger, Assefa can see that doing what her mother did is no longer possible. In Penns...

Pitt marketing majors compete in national competition

Pitt marketing majors compete in national competition

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

November 29, 2016


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Rebecca Anne Feinberg, a self-proclaimed gearhead, was thrilled when she learned that her Projects in Marketing class was participating in a competition designed around a luxury sedan. But she confessed that marketing the luxury car to millenials was a much harder task than she’d envisioned. ...

No time to talk: what’s going on with Pitt’s Counseling Center?

No time to talk: what’s going on with Pitt’s Counseling Center?

By Rachel Glasser and Tristan Dietrick

November 28, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, Health, News

Kelchis Radziewicz had struggled with underlying anxiety before, but after losing a close friend to suicide just before her first year at Pitt, she realized she couldn’t cope with the grief on her own. “It was becoming unmanageable,” said Radziewicz, a junior English literature and Engl...

GALLERY: Pitt vs Syracuse Football

GALLERY: Pitt vs Syracuse Football

By Steve Rotstein | Contributing Editor

November 27, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports, Visual

  Quadree Henderson (10) leads the NCAA with four combined kick and punt return touchdowns on the season. Steve Rotstein | Contributing Editor ...

Ranked: Pitt football now No. 24 in Week 14 AP poll

Ranked: Pitt football now No. 24 in Week 14 AP poll

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 27, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

After toiling just outside the top 25 for most of the season, the Pitt football team is now ranked, coming in at No. 24 in the Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday. The ranking is Pitt’s highest mark since Pat Narduzzi took over the squad last year. The Panthers (8-4 overall, 5-3 ACC) finished the regular season on a three-ga...

Students react to violence at Thursday protest

Students react to violence at Thursday protest

By Amina Doghri / Staff Writer

November 22, 2016


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

After a week of tension — both in person and online — between protesters and the University, students once again gathered on Towers patio to express their frustration with police and Pitt. This time, Dean Kenyon Bonner — who has written two public letters in response to the violence that er...

Students, administration clash after Thursday night protest

Students, administration clash after Thursday night protest

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

November 21, 2016


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After several student-led protests since Donald Trump’s election, one march against student debt ended with two arrests, three people in handcuffs and, according to protesters, fear and concern among students. The protests last week also drew sharp rebuke from Pitt’s administration on Friday, a ...

Violence at protest against student debt, one student arrested

Violence at protest against student debt, one student arrested

By Wesley Hood / Staff Writer

November 17, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

Pitt police arrested two people – one who is a Pitt student – during a protest Thursday evening. Police handcuffed three protestors – two female, one masked individual – after they forced entry into Tower B during a protest that began at the Cathedral of Learning around 5 p.m. Thursday evening...

Students, community members march for peace and positivity

Students, community members march for peace and positivity

By David Robinson, Elias Rappaport and James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / The Pitt News Staff

November 17, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, Election Coverage 2016, News

Pitt students and community members held homemade signs high into the air above the Cathedral lawn –– “Erase hate,” “We all come together,” “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention,” as they marched to encourage positivity in the future after the election. The mar...

Students break boards, stereotypes during Islam Awareness Week

Students break boards, stereotypes during Islam Awareness Week

By Emily Brindley and Ashwini Sivaganesh / The Pitt News Staff

November 15, 2016


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When Esra Daghestani entered public school for the first time in ninth grade, she couldn’t wait to participate in the lab portion of her physical sciences class. Daghestani, who is Muslim and wears a hijab, spent her childhood in a combination of Syrian schooling and American-based homeschooling ...

SafeRider use drops, Pitt plans app

SafeRider use drops, Pitt plans app

By Rachel Glasser / Staff Writer

November 15, 2016


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Over the past four fiscal years, SafeRider usership has declined by nearly 18 percent, but an app proposal could persuade more riders to turn back to the transportation system in the future. Kevin Sheehy, director of the University of Pittsburgh Parking, Transportation and Services, said the Universit...

Pitt police increase patrols after 17 burglaries

Pitt police increase patrols after 17 burglaries

By Wesley Hood / Staff Writer

November 14, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Crime, News

There have been more burglaries in Oakland since the start of the fall semester — 17 total — than in all of the 2015 calendar year combined.   Yet no one has been arrested after the string of crimes that began in October, even as Pitt police have increased patrols in Oakland and University s...

Black poets speak about police brutality

Black poets speak about police brutality

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

November 10, 2016


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Mahogany L. Browne was told in 1998 that the way she spoke wasn't considered poetry. Alongside two other poets Thursday evening, Browne shared poems in response to police brutality with a crowd of about 200 people in the Frick Fine Arts Building. Browne, as well as Amanda Johnston, 39, and Je...

The Day After: Pitt, city respond to Trump

The Day After: Pitt, city respond to Trump

By The Pitt News staff

November 10, 2016


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Just 24 hours after Donald Trump won the presidential election, the streets of Pittsburgh — like many other cities across the country — have held the rallying cries of disgruntled citizens. In Pittsburgh, protests have remained mostly peaceful, though police hit protesters in East Liberty Wednesda...

Protesters take Oakland streets following Trump win

Protesters take Oakland streets following Trump win

By The Pitt News Staff

November 9, 2016


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