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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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

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 ...

Q&A: Mayor Bill Peduto reflects and looks ahead

Q&A: Mayor Bill Peduto reflects and looks ahead

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

May 9, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

With the Democratic mayoral primaries approaching, The Pitt News sat down with the incumbent — Mayor Bill Peduto — to ask about his past four years as mayor, some of the issues currently facing the city and his plans moving forward. TPN: How do you think the last four years have been for you as mayor? What ...

Pitt names Kathleen Blee new Dietrich School dean

Pitt names Kathleen Blee new Dietrich School dean

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

May 1, 2017


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

Concluding a search process begun last summer, Pitt announced the hiring of a new dean of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Monday. Kathleen Blee is set to start as dean on August 15. Blee is currently associate dean for the Dietrich School and has been a professor of sociology at the University...

James Conner joins the Pittsburgh Steelers

James Conner joins the Pittsburgh Steelers

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

April 28, 2017


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

Pitt running back James Conner is staying in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Conner in the third round as the 105th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He is the first Panther to be drafted by the Steelers since defensive back Hank Poteat in 2000. He was also the first Pitt player t...

Spring cleaning: [finally] taking the asbestos out of Hillman Library

Spring cleaning: [finally] taking the asbestos out of Hillman Library

By Salina Pressimone / Staff Writer

April 24, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

When Hillman Library opened in 1968, crates of books waited to be unloaded onto the new shelves — and asbestos lined the building’s infrastructure. Now, renovation will mean some of those same books from 1968 will disappear from the library’s shelves — a process that will also remove the a...

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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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...

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