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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...

Pitt students, faculty talk diversity with Dean Bonner

Pitt students, faculty talk diversity with Dean Bonner

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

January 11, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports

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


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

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Tech Science

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


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

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

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


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

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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


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

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


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

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Hillary Clinton rallies at Pitt day before voting starts

Hillary Clinton rallies at Pitt day before voting starts

By Amina Doghri and Noah Coco / The Pitt News Staff

November 8, 2016


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

With the towering Cathedral of Learning and a massive American flag as her backdrop, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton got the final word at Pitt Monday, capping off a campaign season that’s brought politicians to the area on a weekly basis. “So, tomorrow is the election, and that is...

Trump supporters rally at Pittsburgh International Airport

Trump supporters rally at Pittsburgh International Airport

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Staff Writer

November 7, 2016


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

A capacity crowd of 6,000 in Moon, Pennsylvania, waited nearly two hours at the Pittsburgh International Airport to hear Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s final words Sunday evening. “In two days, we’re going to win the great state of Pennsylvania. We’re bringing steel back ...

Pittsburgh Chief of Police Cameron McLay resigns

Pittsburgh Chief of Police Cameron McLay resigns

By Alexa Bakalarski and Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editors

November 4, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, News

After two years with the force, Chief of Pittsburgh Police Cameron McLay resigned from his post Friday. McLay took the chief of police position in September 2014 after previously serving as a captain with the Madison, Wisconsin, police force and a consultant with the International Association of Ch...

Elon University professor discusses Title IX, mandatory reporting

Elon University professor discusses Title IX, mandatory reporting

By Wesley Hood / Staff Writer

November 3, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Ann Cahill stood in front of a crowd Thursday afternoon and called for sexual assault survivors to be allowed one right: the freedom of silence. For some survivors, talking about their experience — particularly talking with counselors or Title IX officers they aren’t familiar with — can aggravate the...

Casting ballots from afar

Casting ballots from afar

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Assistant Sports Editor

November 3, 2016


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

Of about 25,000 Pitt students that are eligible to vote in this election, 74 percent might not be voting at the polls if they registered with their permanent address. Although students can register with their Pittsburgh address, only 26 percent of the students on Pitt’s Oakland campus are from Al...

Green Party supporters rally in East Liberty

Green Party supporters rally in East Liberty

By Preena Patel / Staff Writer

November 1, 2016


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

A health issue might have stopped Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein from traveling to Pittsburgh, but her absence didn’t keep supporters from rallying around her platform. Green Party supporters gathered at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty, filling ...

Winning Ways: Whitney brings championship pedigree to Panthers

Winning Ways: Whitney brings championship pedigree to Panthers

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | For The Pitt News

October 31, 2016


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

At Pitt’s first open practice of the year, first-year point guard Jasmine Whitney controls the Petersen Events Center court with a quiet calmness. She doesn’t frantically shout out a play — rather, she stands at the top of the key and directs her teammates to open spots on the court. She hold...

Ghosts and ghouls: Spooky stories from Oakland

Ghosts and ghouls: Spooky stories from Oakland

By Rachel Glasser / Staff Writer

October 30, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Six students moved into a rowhouse on Wellsford Street and met their unexpected new roommate –– a haunting spirit. Since August, when they moved in, the Wellsford Street residents said there have been a series of strange, inexplicable and creepy occurrences. While three of the tenants remain skeptical ab...

Panthers thwarted in Thursday night throwdown against VT, 39-36

Panthers thwarted in Thursday night throwdown against VT, 39-36

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 27, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Pitt’s chances at an ACC Coastal Division title were likely shattered during a rare Thursday night game at Heinz Field. In a high-scoring affair typical of this season, the Panthers (5-3, 2-2 ACC) lost their first home game of the year, falling to the No. 25 Virginia Tech Hokies (6-2, 4-1 ACC) in...

In Pitt visit, Bon Jovi jams for Clinton

In Pitt visit, Bon Jovi jams for Clinton

By Preena Patel / Staff Writer

October 27, 2016


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

Between banners that read “Stronger” and “Together,” musician Jon Bon Jovi took to the stage in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum Thursday. Bon Jovi —  lead singer of the American rock band by the same name, best known for songs “I’ll Be There For You” and “Livin’ on ...

Warren stumps for McGinty

Warren stumps for McGinty

By Dan Sostek / Senior Staff Writer

October 26, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

At her first visit to Pittsburgh this election season, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., chose to hammer in an election day warning to a pair of prominent Republicans. “I’ve got bad news for Donald Trump and Pat Toomey,” Warren said. “Nasty women in Pennsylvania vote.” Though Warren first d...

Trees Complex, Cost Center renovations underway

Trees Complex, Cost Center renovations underway

By Emily Baranik / Staff Writer

October 26, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

With more than $13 million in approved funding, the Trees Field Complex is getting a makeover with a new sports dome facility set to be finished by February. The Property and Facilities Committee of the University of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees approved a $13.2 million sports dome behind Trees Co...

Students waste 1,145 pounds of food daily

Students waste 1,145 pounds of food daily

By Wesley Hood / Staff Writer

October 25, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

On average, almost a grand piano’s weight of food goes to waste each day at Market Central. In an effort to be more sustainable in the future, Sodexo released the final results of its food waste audit Monday — which included data from The Perch on upper campus — showing that about 237,000 pou...

Friends, family, strangers gather to remember Susan Hicks

Friends, family, strangers gather to remember Susan Hicks

By Janine Faust | Staff Writer

October 22, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

Friends, family, strangers gather to remember Susan HicksJanine Faust10-22-2016The white bicycle, adorned with vibrant flowers, has been tied to a utility pole on the sidewalk across from Carnegie Hall for exactly a year, honoring Susan Hicks’ life. Friday marked the one-year anniversary of the day ...

University reinstates fraternity Pi Lambda Phi

University reinstates fraternity Pi Lambda Phi

By Emily Baranik / Staff Writer

October 21, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

After a two-year absence, Pi Lambda Phi is back on campus as an officially recognized fraternity. The fraternity has spent much of the past 20 years under University suspension — Pitt suspended the group most recently in 2014 for supplying alcohol to a minor. National recruiters came to recolon...

More body cams to come for Pittsburgh police

More body cams to come for Pittsburgh police

By David Robinson / Staff Writer

October 20, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, News, Tech Science

Adding to the 170 wired body cameras Pittsburgh police are already wearing, the Bureau said at a public safety meeting Wednesday that it ordered another 500 wireless body cameras to use in the coming year. The new cameras have higher video quality and storage capacity, officer Garrett Bickmore sa...

LIVE BLOG: Join the Pitt News for live updates on the third Presidential debate

LIVE BLOG: Join the Pitt News for live updates on the third Presidential debate

By The Pitt News Staff

October 19, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Election Coverage 2016

Welcome to The Pitt News’ hub for 2016 election coverage. Here, you’ll find stories about Trump, Clinton and third party supporters on campus, updates on visits from politicians and analysis from our opinions writers with their takes on this year’s contentious election. Wednesday night, colum...

Students march to raise sexual assault awareness

Students march to raise sexual assault awareness

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

October 18, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Kara Kloss vividly recalls the most recent incident of sexual assault she’s faced on Pitt’s campus. She was waiting alone for a bus outside of Towers on Fifth Avenue last spring semester when it occurred. “This very tall man came up behind me, pulled his pants down and then grabbed me and shoved my face i...

Novelist Amy Bloom talks at Pitt about connecting to readers

Novelist Amy Bloom talks at Pitt about connecting to readers

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

October 18, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Novelist Amy Bloom said she knows why people write. “At the heart of reading and writing are the questions, ‘Who are we to be? How are we to be?’” Bloom said. “That’s what we want to answer.” Bloom, a National Book Award finalist who has authored three books, three short story collect...

President Barack Obama visited Pittsburgh to talk innovation, healthcare, technology

President Barack Obama visited Pittsburgh to talk innovation, healthcare, technology

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

October 13, 2016


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

President Barack Obama thinks right now is the greatest time to be alive. At least that’s what he wrote in his guest editorial for this month’s edition of WIRED — a science and technology magazine — and reiterated in a speech on Carnegie Mellon University’s campus Thursday afternoon. ...

GALLERY: President Barack Obama Visits Pittsburgh

GALLERY: President Barack Obama Visits Pittsburgh

By Jordan Mondell and John Hamilton / Pitt News Staff

October 13, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Multimedia, Visual

Jordan Burnham talks depression, mental illness

Jordan Burnham talks depression, mental illness

By Maria Hurtado / For The Pitt News

October 12, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Jordan Burnham’s struggle with depression began when he was just a seventh grader. At first, Burnham was able to suppress his feelings, and shadowed them with what he called “healthy coping mechanisms” like playing basketball and golf. He was well-liked in school. He was the class clown. By all ...

Pitt’s chapter of Turning Point USA counters liberalism, big government

Pitt’s chapter of Turning Point USA counters liberalism, big government

By Tristan Dietrick / For The Pitt News

October 11, 2016


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

Junior Ashley Butcher can frequently be found behind tables around campus — usually in Towers Lobby or in front of the William Pitt Union — proclaiming the same mantra prominently displayed on her organization’s signs, pamphlets and social media pages. “Big Government Sucks!” Butcher, a fi...

Obama is coming to Pittsburgh: Here’s where he’ll be

Obama is coming to Pittsburgh: Here’s where he’ll be

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

October 11, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

President Barack Obama will be in Pittsburgh on Thursday for the Frontiers Conference, a program jointly hosted by the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and the White House. While details on his visit have been top secret for the last few weeks, the conference’s website has ...

The men behind the streets: the history of campus street names

The men behind the streets: the history of campus street names

By David Robinson / Staff Writer

October 9, 2016


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

The historical reporting in this story is from information found in the University’s Special Collections at Hillman Library, unless otherwise noted. Every day, Pitt students wake up in bedrooms on Neville Street or dine at restaurants on Craig Street or head to class by way of Bates or Bouquet st...

Take a look: Chronicling the second presidential debate

Take a look: Chronicling the second presidential debate

By The Pitt News Staff

October 9, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Uncategorized

Welcome to The Pitt News’ hub for 2016 election coverage. Here you’ll find stories about Trump, Clinton and third party supporters on campus, live debate coverage, updates on visits from politicians and analysis from our opinions writers with their takes on this year’s contentious election. Sunday night, colum...

Pitt musters first ACC win of the season against Georgia Tech, 37-34

Pitt musters first ACC win of the season against Georgia Tech, 37-34

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

October 8, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Chris Blewitt had done it again. For the second year in a row, Pitt’s kicker had just nailed a clutch kick to secure a win against Georgia Tech. The only difference this time was that Blewitt didn’t watch it happen. “I could feel it go off a touch right, but I didn’t see it, I had no clue what ...

Growing pains: mom and pop shops move out of Oakland

Growing pains: mom and pop shops move out of Oakland

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

October 6, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

This is part one 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. At 10 a.m. every morning in the late ’90s, Jay Ya...

GALLERY: Throwback Acitivism on Campus

GALLERY: Throwback Acitivism on Campus

By Pitt News

October 6, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Uncategorized, Visual

Students hold protests across the University campus every year, whether they're performing sit-ins on Black Lives Matter or voicing their dislike of certain politicians. We dug into our archives to find some vintage images that capture unrest around campus from decades past, including some shots of...

Students discuss first month living in Pitt’s premier gender-neutral hall

Students discuss first month living in Pitt’s premier gender-neutral hall

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

October 6, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Ruskin Hall is Pitt’s first on-campus, gender-neutral housing option. But if you walk down the gray carpets of the apartment-style living facility and knock on a few doors, you’re likely to find someone living there who has no idea. The University informed The Pitt News last year that Rusk...

NRA pushes gun rights on campus

NRA pushes gun rights on campus

By Wesley Hood / Staff Writer

October 5, 2016


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

Editor's note: In a previous version of this story, a sentence indicated that 50 people at the event were wearing pro-Trump and pro-NRA attire. This is incorrect, as many people were wearing plainclothes. Also in a previous version of this story, a statistic from Every Town for Gun Safety was included tha...

To Brazil and back: Carnegie Museum of Art debuts interactive exhibit

To Brazil and back: Carnegie Museum of Art debuts interactive exhibit

By Lexi Kennell / Staff Writer

October 4, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Art, Culture

Next time you visit the Carnegie Museum of Art, lounge in a hammock and talk to Amazonian parrots in a new art exhibit that thrives on viewer participation. The wild, sensory-driven installments of the Carnegie Museum of Art’s new “Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium” exhibition invites gue...

GALLERY: CSSA Mid-Autumn Festival

GALLERY: CSSA Mid-Autumn Festival

By Elaina Zachos | Visual Editor

October 3, 2016


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Members of Pitt's Chinese Students and Scholars Association organized its annual Mid-Autumn Festival event Saturday night to bring Pittsburgh's local Chinese population together. Traditionally, the celebration consists of gathering, thanksgiving and praying. At the Pitt version, attendees ate baked...

Donut Dash raises money for ALS research

Donut Dash raises money for ALS research

By Preena Patel / For The Pitt News

October 2, 2016


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Neil Alexander, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, died six weeks after he and his wife announced the opening of the Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research at Pitt’s Brain Institute. Since then, the Center has been promoting quality of life research, examining how ALS affects the nervous system...

Pitt College Republicans and Democrats debate specifics, not rhetoric

Pitt College Republicans and Democrats debate specifics, not rhetoric

By Tristan Dietrick / For The Pitt News

September 30, 2016


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Days after Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump walked off the debate stage in New York, students gathered at Pitt to discuss this election’s most contentious issues. More than 80 students showed up to watch the third annual debate between Pitt College Republ...

First Lady Michelle Obama encourages Pitt students and community members to vote

First Lady Michelle Obama encourages Pitt students and community members to vote

By Wesley Hood and Amina Doghri / The Pitt News Staff

September 28, 2016


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Walking out to Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls),” Michelle Obama encouraged Pitt students and community members to run the election, urging them to be the much needed “youth vote” Hillary Clinton has been trying to lock down in recent weeks. As students lined up to see Obama at the Fi...

Pitt students learn obscure languages

Pitt students learn obscure languages

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

September 27, 2016


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As Kelly Lynch traveled through rural Ireland, she communicated with her host family and with rural locals not only in English but in Irish Gaelic as well. While the Irish do speak English, Lynch, who started in Dublin and made her way through the countryside, may have missed the late night jokes ...

Pitt students react to first debate

Pitt students react to first debate

By Rachel Glasser / Staff Writer

September 27, 2016


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

When Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was asked why she thought she could create jobs better than Republican candidate Donald Trump, she addressed her opponent by saying, “Donald, it’s good to be with you.” In New York, Trump nodded in response. In Pittsburgh, students in P...

Silk Screen Film Festival highlights Asian cultures

Silk Screen Film Festival highlights Asian cultures

By David Robinson / For The Pitt News

September 25, 2016


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Pitt welcomed Asian culture into Oakland with the annual Silk Screen Film Festival, which had viewings on Pitt’s campus for the first time this year. The weeklong Asian Arts festival is specific to Pittsburgh and offers a celebration of diversity and multicultural appreciation through film viewings and ...

Pitt falls in 37-36 thriller at North Carolina

Pitt falls in 37-36 thriller at North Carolina

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

September 24, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

North Carolina senior wideout Ryan Switzer might be done terrorizing the Pitt secondary, but on Saturday, he made his final go-around count. Thanks in large part to Switzer’s 16 catches for 208 yards in his last game against the Panthers, Pitt lost a heartbreaker in Chapel Hill. The Panthers (2-2 o...

Pittsburgh weighs in on fracking

Pittsburgh weighs in on fracking

By Stephen Caruso and Amina Doghri / The Pitt News Staff

September 22, 2016


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

On land lined deep with Marcellus shale and the ancient fossil fuels it blankets, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump preached energy investment at a shale and natural gas convention Thursday. Outside the David Lawrence Convention Center Downtown, where he was speaking, angered citizens an...

Protester arrested outside downtown Trump speech

Protester arrested outside downtown Trump speech

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

September 22, 2016


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Police arrested one person during a protest against Donald Trump and fracking in downtown Pittsburgh this afternoon. The Republican presidential candidate was speaking to the Shale Insight Convention at the David Lawrence Convention center, highlighting his pro-fracking and natural gas agenda to attendees...

Michael Brown honors son at Pitt

Michael Brown honors son at Pitt

By Alyssa Bessasparis / For The Pitt News

September 22, 2016


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Before he said a single word about his son, Michael Brown’s father asked his audience to close their eyes. Imagine tragically losing a loved one, he said. “How you just felt,” Michael Brown Sr. said. “That is how I feel every day.” Standing at the front of the Assembly Room in the Will...

Stephanie Williams: Coming back for the kill

Stephanie Williams: Coming back for the kill

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

September 20, 2016


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

Stephanie Williams had been here before, almost one year to the day.   It was the Michigan game. The Pitt volleyball team faced a 12-9 deficit in the fifth and final set. Last year, the Panthers lost, and Williams left the court with a broken foot. She would have to sit out a majority of her fi...

Bern’d Out: Bernie Sanders supporters pushing for revolution without revolutional candidate

Bern’d Out: Bernie Sanders supporters pushing for revolution without revolutional candidate

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

September 20, 2016


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

While campaign stickers and t-shirts for now-defeated Democratic primary candidate Bernie Sanders still occasionally crop up around campus, “Feeling the Bern” chalk drawings and posters, marches in support of the far-left politician and the fiery vigor that once surrounded his campaign on college campuse...

Former athlete, Navy SEAL candidate Walylko opens Fall Fest

Former athlete, Navy SEAL candidate Walylko opens Fall Fest

By David Robinson / For the Pitt News

September 19, 2016


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After a shortened career in baseball and a stint training as a Navy SEAL, Pitt senior Johnny Walylko picked up a guitar and an opening gig at this year’s Fall Fest. Pitt welcomed about 6,500 students to the annual celebration Saturday afternoon. Sponsored by the Pitt Program Council, the seasona...

Per amore di caffé: Matt Gebis finds happiness in the perfect pour

Per amore di caffé: Matt Gebis finds happiness in the perfect pour

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Staff Writer

September 15, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Food & Drink

As a jangly folk melody played — one that would sound more at home in a bright Tuscan piazzale than a former electrician’s shop — Matt Gebis sipped his third espresso of the day. He looked up, incredulous, at Braden Walter, one of the baristas behind the long L-shaped bar. “Is this the same...

Construction on Forbes Avenue coming to an end

Construction on Forbes Avenue coming to an end

By Preena Patel / For The Pitt News

September 14, 2016


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Restoration of Pittsburgh’s oldest apartment building is finished after a summer of work, despite the scaffolding still covering storefronts on Forbes Avenue in South Oakland. Since the city issued a permit for the project in April, construction workers have been refurbishing the Iroquois Buildi...

Pitt starts search for first School of Computing and Information Dean

Pitt starts search for first School of Computing and Information Dean

By David Robinson / For the Pitt News

September 14, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News

Pitt wants its new School of Computing and Information to be as quick to adapt as the latest software update — beginning with its search for a dean. A search committee to find a dean for the new school met with about 30 Pitt community members, including faculty, staff and students, Tuesday afte...

Students still waiting to move in to SkyVue Apartments

Students still waiting to move in to SkyVue Apartments

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

September 13, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

When Varun Kumar gets home from class, he fishes his keycard out of his wallet or pocket and slides it through a digital slot in the door to his home. But Kumar isn’t letting himself into a residence hall dorm or a house in South Oakland — he’s at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center. The hotel has ...

Bernie Sanders to visit CMU, campaign for Katie McGinty

Bernie Sanders to visit CMU, campaign for Katie McGinty

By Emily Brindley / Assitant News Editor

September 11, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, National News, News

Bernie Sanders is returning to Pittsburgh, but this time, he’s campaigning for Democratic Senate candidate Katie McGinty. McGinty, a Philadelphia native who previously served as Chief of Staff for Gov. Tom Wolf, is hosting a rally at Carnegie Mellon University’s Wiegand Gymnasium Friday, Sept...

Pitt conquers Penn State, 42-39, in Keystone Classic game

Pitt conquers Penn State, 42-39, in Keystone Classic game

By Dan Sostek | Senior Staff Writer

September 10, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, GameDay, Sports

On Saturday, Pitt senior defensive back Ryan Lewis proved a living example of the adage “practice makes perfect.” According to Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi, Lewis has stayed late at practices this year, working on improving his ball skills, particularly on deep passes. And in the biggest g...

Pitt-Penn State expected to set Pittsburgh sporting event attendance record

Pitt-Penn State expected to set Pittsburgh sporting event attendance record

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

September 7, 2016


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Saturday’s game at Heinz Field between the Pitt Panthers and the Penn State Nittany Lions is set to be the all-time most attended sporting event in the city of Pittsburgh, according to Pitt Athletic Director Scott Barnes. Pitt has already set a new school record for season ticket sales with 55,63...

Bill Clinton to speak in Homewood neighborhood

Bill Clinton to speak in Homewood neighborhood

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

September 7, 2016


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

Just days after a visit from Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine and current Vice President Joe Biden, Former President Bill Clinton will swing by Pittsburgh this Friday for the Democratic party’s latest stop in the Steel City. At 11:45 a.m. on Sept. 9, the Pennsylvania Democrats will host t...

Penn State fans plan game day “white out”

By Ash Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

September 6, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

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“This is my turn”: Pitt rapper Josh Baldelomar dreams of past legends, future success

“This is my turn”: Pitt rapper Josh Baldelomar dreams of past legends, future success

By Brady Langmann / Culture Editor

September 5, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Music

Every rapper has an origin story — the first hip-hop album they ever heard, why they started rhyming, how they made it big. Josh Baldelomar’s tale starts with a sheet of paper, A Tribe Called Quest jam and a girl named Molly. A few years ago, Baldelomar, now a junior communications major at Pitt,...

James Conner returns, Pitt tops Villanova 28-7

James Conner returns, Pitt tops Villanova 28-7

By Dan Sostek / Senior Staff Writer

September 3, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

There aren’t many occasions for a stadium to give a standing ovation to a rush for a one-yard loss, but Pitt saw one of them on Saturday. Because, after battling cancer, a torn MCL, chemotherapy and physical rehab, star running back James Conner was back. And he could have fumbled the ball into the end zone for all the fans in the Heinz Field crowd ...

Pitt is lit: bonfire sparks students’ school spirit

Pitt is lit: bonfire sparks students’ school spirit

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

September 1, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Less than forty hours before the first football game of the season, head football coach Pat Narduzzi rallied Pitt students and alumni into a school spirit frenzy. In front of a blazing bonfire, a crowd of students and alumni chorused along to Pitt’s alma mater, as Narduzzi took the makeshift stage to ...

2016 Bonfire and Pep Rally

2016 Bonfire and Pep Rally

By Meghan Sunners, Senior Staff Photographer

September 1, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Multimedia, Visual

Bike lanes coming to parts of Forbes Avenue

Bike lanes coming to parts of Forbes Avenue

By Brad Smertz / For the Pitt News

September 1, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

When Pitt adviser Susan Hicks was killed after a car struck her bicycle while she was riding home from work on Forbes Avenue nearly 10 months ago, the Pittsburgh biking community gathered in her memory. Almost a year later, cyclists are once again mourning the death of one of their own — McKees Rocks...

President Obama coming to Pittsburgh for Frontiers Conference in October

President Obama coming to Pittsburgh for Frontiers Conference in October

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

August 30, 2016


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

  President Barack Obama is coming to Pittsburgh this fall to talk about technology and innovation. The Oct. 13 White House Frontiers Conference, jointly hosted by Pitt, Carnegie Mellon and the White House, will focus on science, technology and innovation, according to a press release from ...

Brunch in the Burgh: Oakland’s Peter’s Pub Latest to Join Growing Trend

Brunch in the Burgh: Oakland’s Peter’s Pub Latest to Join Growing Trend

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Staff Writer

August 29, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Food & Drink

As a child, Chris Gilbert spent many a Sunday morning sitting in a church pew. But right after, he remembers, he’d chow down on fluffy pancakes. “Around noon, we met at Grandma’s house for brunch. That’s what we did,” said Gilbert, who’s worked as a chef at The Yard, a Shadyside gastropub,...

Lantern night shines through the storm

Lantern night shines through the storm

By Samya Shabaz and Alexa Bakalarski / The Pitt News Staff

August 29, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Although stormy weather threatened to wreak havoc on Pitt’s oldest tradition, the lights of Lantern Night continued to burn Sunday night. More than 950 first-year female students gathered in the Cathedral of Learning for Pitt’s 96th annual Lantern Night. At the event, female alumnae serve as flame...

Pitt student gets stuck between buildings trying to impress woman

Pitt student gets stuck between buildings trying to impress woman

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

August 23, 2016


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

Instead of going into a restaurant on a Monday night date, a Pitt student tried to woo the object of his affection by jumping over them. A Pitt student was on the roof of a building on the 3700 block of Forbes Avenue when he tried to leap to the next building but did not make it, according to Police...

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