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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


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Music, Uncategorized, Visual

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Health, News

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


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

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


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

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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


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

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

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...

Q & A: Braddock mayor John Fetterman

Q & A: Braddock mayor John Fetterman

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

August 22, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News, Welcome Back 2016

Braddock Mayor John Fetterman doesn’t think he’s an “anti-establishment” politician. But he does think it’s time for a change. In his recent bid for the U.S. Senate, many of his supporters backed Senator Bernie Sanders, who gained popularity for pushing the democratic platform farther left...

Dean Bonner addresses student discipline during Oakwatch appearance

Dean Bonner addresses student discipline during Oakwatch appearance

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

August 18, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus

Five years ago, when Oakwatch was founded to fight the loud parties, littering and hooligan-esque crime of Pitt students, Oakland resident Janice Lorenz joined because of one goal. “We’re trying to ferment a sense of community,” Lorenz said. After a school year many residents anecdotally called ...

Pence makes first pitch to Pittsburgh

Pence makes first pitch to Pittsburgh

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

August 10, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, National News

Despite new polls show Hillary Clinton with a  double-digit lead in the state, the Trump-Pence ticket has not given up on Pennsylvania. A small but vocal crowd greeted Republican candidate for vice president Mike Pence at the Senator John Heinz History Center Tuesday. The Indiana Governor’s visi...

Clinton – Kaine ticket makes Pittsburgh debut

Clinton – Kaine ticket makes Pittsburgh debut

By Alexa Bakalarski and Stephen Caruso / The Pitt News Staff

July 31, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, National News, News

With the conventions of both parties now in the rearview mirror, the road to electing the 45th president of the United States is just beginning - with a stop in Pittsburgh. More than 5,000 people gathered in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Saturday evening to hear newly minted Democratic presid...

Rain slows fiery Democratic National Convention protests

Rain slows fiery Democratic National Convention protests

By Alexa Bakalarski and Stephen Caruso / The Pitt News Staff

July 28, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, National News, Visual

Despite President Barack Obama’s fiery speech Wednesday night, the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia had a relaxed environment. In Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park, across the street from the convention in Wells Fargo Center, protesters camped out in tents with signs...

Final day of the Republican National Convention brings creative minds together

Final day of the Republican National Convention brings creative minds together

By Alexa Bakalarski, Stephen Caruso and Matt Moret / The Pitt News Staff

July 22, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, National News, News

The path to nominating a Republican presidential candidate has been rocky, to say the least. Between an absent endorsement from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, an allegedly plagiarized speech by Melania Trump and overtly xenophobic speakers, the 2016 Republican National Convention continued that trend. Thursday...

Pittsburgh on the cheap

Pittsburgh on the cheap

By Brooke Rountree / For The Pitt News

July 19, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Spending a summer in Pittsburgh without much money to spend may seem daunting. But do a little research, and you will find there are countless activities and events in the city for free — or for relatively cheap. The city’s offerings range from free movie showings to half-price admissions at v...

More than one thousand march downtown in Black Lives Matter protest

More than one thousand march downtown in Black Lives Matter protest

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

July 9, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

To first-time organizer Sarafina Davis, Saturday’s Black Lives Matter protest was about one thing: The death of people who look like her. “Our black men are being killed on these streets and there is no accountability,” Davis, a Pittsburgh resident, said. Spreading fast through social media, S...

Pitt receives $4.2 million NIH award for large-scale study

Pitt receives $4.2 million NIH award for large-scale study

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

July 7, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Health, News

Pitt has received a multi-million dollar grant to join a national program aiming to individualize disease prevention and treatment. On Wednesday, the National Institutes of Health awarded Pitt with $4.2 million out of the $55 million it is awarding in Fiscal Year 2016 to launch President Barack Obama’s...

Pittsburgh celebrates bicentennial with sand-sculpting competition

Pittsburgh celebrates bicentennial with sand-sculpting competition

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

July 5, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Despite being far from a beach, Pittsburgh is celebrating its bicentennial covered in sand. For a week, beginning July 2, ten world-renowned sand sculptors are competing in teams of two to build sand sculptures representing Pittsburgh’s history. The Sand City Spectacular, created through a grant from environ...

Alcohol sales among changes coming to Pitt’s Heinz Field games

Alcohol sales among changes coming to Pitt’s Heinz Field games

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

June 27, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Athletic director Scott Barnes announced several new enhancements to the fan experience for the 2016 Pitt football season on Monday, including bringing alcohol sales to the public at Heinz Field. Along with the expanded alcohol sales, Barnes unveiled six other fan initiatives: single-game parking ...

Sexual assault survivors speak out in Pitt Breaking Out Campaign

Sexual assault survivors speak out in Pitt Breaking Out Campaign

By Lauren Long / For The Pitt News

June 21, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Pitt junior and cultural anthropology major Chantelle Farley wrote an open letter to her ex-boyfriend addressing the most difficult questions of her sexual assault. The letter reads, “Why did I let you treat me this way? Did you think you were tough and manly for making me feel weak? Did you gain powe...

Schenley demonstration calls out rape culture

Schenley demonstration calls out rape culture

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

June 15, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, News

Pedestrians slowed their pace as they passed a group of about 30 people sitting silently on the ground. A few members of the group, which gathered in Schenley Plaza Wednesday afternoon, held signs in front of them that read: “Blame the system, not the victim,” “You don’t get to define how surv...

Fans pack Downtown for Penguins victory parade

Fans pack Downtown for Penguins victory parade

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

June 15, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports

A record-breaking crowd descended upon Downtown Pittsburgh on Wednesday to see the Pittsburgh Penguins parade through the streets with their fourth Stanley Cup. City officials expected a crowd of 375,000 people, which is about how many turned out in 2009, the last time the Penguins won the Cup. T...

PrideFest unites community to honor Orlando victims

PrideFest unites community to honor Orlando victims

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

June 13, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Silence preluded a day of hugging, dancing and glitter-coated streets. Several thousand people stood quietly, holding rainbow flags or wearing them as capes. The 50 seconds of silence represented the 50 victims of the mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday morning. ...

Research links transplant complication with shorter lifespan

Research links transplant complication with shorter lifespan

By Erin Hare / Staff Writer

June 8, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Health, News

Recent lung transplant recipients will spend recovery holding their breath after UPMC researchers linked a common complication with a shorter lifespan. This April, researchers at UPMC published in the journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery that nearly a third of lung transplant recipients experience atr...

3D printing aids cancer research

3D printing aids cancer research

By Erin Hare / Staff Writer

May 31, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Health, News

Hacking 3D printers to spit out squishy biological structures, Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University researchers are poised to help doctors make better breast cancer diagnoses. Researchers at UPMC and CMU are collaborating under a new $800,000 grant to make 3D printers able to reproduce breast duct...

Conner Stronger: Running back beats cancer

Conner Stronger: Running back beats cancer

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

May 24, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Six months ago, Stanley Marks received a call from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Western Pennsylvania about inviting a star guest speaker to its annual Light the Night Walk kickoff breakfast. The speaker the society wanted to bring in to speak at the Duquesne Club on May 24 was one of Marks’ ...

City Competes for Funds

City Competes for Funds

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

May 17, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

At a meeting of Pittsburgh minds on Monday, Mayor Bill Peduto lamented the city’s aging transportation system. “We have an infrastructure that is still based in the 1950s,” Peduto said. “We have to be able to change that to be able to reconnect.” According to Peduto, Pittsburgh has a shot ...

Pitt baseball swept in Miami

Pitt baseball swept in Miami

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

May 15, 2016


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

The Pitt baseball team had three chances to shock the No. 4 Miami Hurricanes at Alex Rodriguez Park over the weekend, but came away empty-handed. Although the Panthers (25-23 overall, 10-16 ACC) put up a fight on the road against the ACC Coastal Division-leading Hurricanes (40-9 overall, 19-6 ACC), ...

Bye bye, Boyd: Pitt receiver completes journey from Clairton to the NFL

Bye bye, Boyd: Pitt receiver completes journey from Clairton to the NFL

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Assistant Sports Editor

May 10, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports, Sports Features

There were 57 seconds left in the fourth quarter on September 19, 2015, in Iowa City, Iowa, and the whole stadium knew where the ball was going. Pitt had the ball on second-and-goal from the eight-yard line, trailing the Iowa Hawkeyes by seven points. Quarterback Nathan Peterman was looking for an open rec...

Radiohead makes strong return with “A Moon Shaped Pool”

Radiohead makes strong return with “A Moon Shaped Pool”

By Ian Flanagan / Culture Editor

May 10, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Music

England’s most perplexing rock band has finally broken its five-year silence, returning to the same hallmark glumness, lyrical oddity and eerie musicality that make up Radiohead. After its members went their separate ways for various solo works and collaborations, Radiohead came together again to ...

Q&A: Maxine Bruhns talks about the founder of Mother’s Day

Q&A: Maxine Bruhns talks about the founder of Mother’s Day

By Saskia Berrios-Thomas / Staff Writer

May 9, 2016


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

Maxine Bruhns may be best known as the keeper of the Cathedral’s celebrated Nationality Rooms — a post she’s held for more than 50 years. But this Mother’s Day, she found herself reflecting on a different kind of history: her own ancestry. Though not a mother herself, Bruhns, the dire...

New South Oakland sign honors Warhol, Marino, Sammartino

New South Oakland sign honors Warhol, Marino, Sammartino

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

May 3, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Andy Warhol’s renowned pop art might be housed in a museum across the river, but he got his start in Oakland. At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, about 40 people joined Mayor Bill Peduto at the intersection of Dawson and Swinburne Streets in South Oakland as he recognized Warhol and two other Pittsburgh greats...

Pitt coaches and players react to Boyd joining NFL

Pitt coaches and players react to Boyd joining NFL

By Ash Sivaganesh / Assistant Sports Editor

April 29, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

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Trump, Clinton win PA

Trump, Clinton win PA

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

April 27, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, National News, News

Both businessman Donald Trump and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got closer to reaching the needed number of delegates for their party nominations after Tuesday’s primaries. In a sweeping victory across five states, Trump won Pennsylvania’s Republican primary on Tuesday. Clinton took home ...

Bernie Sanders visits Pitt

Bernie Sanders visits Pitt

By Jordan Mondell and Kate Koenig / The Pitt News Staff

April 25, 2016


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

Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders made a campaign stop at Pitt's Fitzgerald Field House on Monday, just one day before the state's primary. Midday on Monday, Sanders spoke to a crowd of mostly college students about income inequality, student debt and environmental issues, including fracking and the...

‘Diversity includes disability’

‘Diversity includes disability’

By Elizabeth Lepro / Contributing Editor

April 25, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Spring Finals Edition 2016

Students and faculty with disabilities look for representation on campus. At her high school in the foothills of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, Monica Silny was in every AP class, a member of the history club — just as a “social thing” — and the 2015 prom queen. Silny, now a first-year ...

Hillary Clinton to revisit Pittsburgh

Hillary Clinton to revisit Pittsburgh

By Danni Zhou / Staff Writer

April 22, 2016


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

Looking to influence Pennsylvania voters before the upcoming primary, Hillary Clinton will make a return visit to Pittsburgh this Friday. Clinton’s campaign has not announced any further details about when and where she will speak. The presidential hopeful last visited Pittsburgh after her rally ...

Her Campus educates students on contraceptives

Her Campus educates students on contraceptives

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

April 20, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

When Caroline Eddy talks about her southern family’s sex education, it sounds something like Coach Carr from “Mean Girls:” “Don’t have sex ... because you will get pregnant and die.” “That isn’t realistic in this day and age,” Eddy said. “We need to prepare people before it’s ...

Bonner settles into permanent position, begins Ph.D.

Bonner settles into permanent position, begins Ph.D.

By Zoë Hannah / Assistant News Editor

April 20, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News

Behind his desk in his corner office, Kenyon Bonner keeps what he calls “paychecks” tucked in a wooden hutch. Not his literal paychecks, but rather, thank-you notes from students, like one he received from a recent graduate that reads, “I realize that, without the standards you set as a leader...

O, Canada: Matt Canada’s coaching journey

O, Canada: Matt Canada’s coaching journey

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

April 19, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports, Sports Features

It was 5:30 in the morning in 1996. Instead of sleeping, a then 23-year-old Matt Canada was hanging a banner for the Indianapolis 500 on a bridge on 16th Street in the city. He was serving as Butler University’s quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at the time, sometimes doing odd-jobs to supple...

Tours and secrets: Quo Vadis digs into Nationality Rooms

Tours and secrets: Quo Vadis digs into Nationality Rooms

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

April 18, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Each day, hundreds of students take classes in Pitt’s Nationality Rooms — but they probably don’t know that the furniture in the Armenian Room weighs about as much as seven Asian elephants. Or, more practically, how to find the hidden electrical outlets in the Austrian Room. Or that the Syria-...

B.o.B., X Ambassadors rock Bigelow Bash

B.o.B., X Ambassadors rock Bigelow Bash

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

April 17, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Surfing a crowd of Pitt students Saturday at Bigelow Bash, hip-hop artist B.o.B. grabbed a cell phone from a student and snapped a selfie from atop the crowd. This year’s Bigelow Bash, Pitt Program Council’s annual free spring concert, featured two headliners — B.o.B. and alternative rock band X Ambassadors...

Gene’s Place: Local drafts and loyal drinkers

Gene’s Place: Local drafts and loyal drinkers

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

April 15, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Beer Edition 2016, City, News, Specials

These days, Eugene Ney knows about half of the customers at his bar. To the regulars, Ney is the guy who teaches classes at Carlow University during the day and serves them beer at his Oakland bar — Gene’s Place — at night. Lately, everyone in the motley group can agree on one thing: They could ...

Trump campaigns in Oakland

Trump campaigns in Oakland

By Josh Ye and Danni Zhou / The Pitt News Staff

April 13, 2016


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

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced his plan Wednesday to appeal to student voters in Oakland: “I will offer you jobs.” In Trump’s first Pittsburgh campaign appearance, Sean Hannity taped his interview with the presidential hopeful for “The Sean Hannity Show” 5:30 p.m. ...

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