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Candidate count: As the number of SGB candidates dwindles, students are left without a choice

Candidate count: As the number of SGB candidates dwindles, students are left without a choice

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

February 29, 2016


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

For the third year in a row, Student Government Board elections aren’t much of a competition. Tuesday’s ballot will show only eight candidates running for eight Board seats and two candidates vying for the presidential seat. The last year more than 10 candidates ran for Board positions was 2012, ...

Slaying Devils: Panthers upend No. 15 Duke 76-62

Slaying Devils: Panthers upend No. 15 Duke 76-62

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

February 28, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports

No one in the history of Pitt basketball has started more games than James Robinson. And, on Senior Day, his last contest at the Petersen Events Center, he was going to come out on top. After the Panthers fell to the Louisville Cardinals Wednesday, redshirt junior Chris Jones, who was a member of the ...

Pitt names Kenyon Bonner new Dean

Pitt names Kenyon Bonner new Dean

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

February 26, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News

After months serving in the position, Kenyon Bonner is now settling into his vice provost and dean of students office. More than a year after the job opened, Pitt appointed Kenyon Bonner, the former interim vice provost and dean of students, to the full position at the winter Board of Trustees meetin...

City launches redevelopment for West Oakland, Uptown

City launches redevelopment for West Oakland, Uptown

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

February 26, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

If the ideas they wrote on sticky notes are any indication, residents of Uptown and West Oakland know exactly what they want in their neighborhoods. On chalkboards, large maps and interactive cardboard charts, Uptown and Oakland residents told City planners Thursday they want less parking spaces and ...

Hacking away stereotypes

Hacking away stereotypes

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

February 24, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Tech Science

At most Pitt hackathons, hundreds of men line the desks and tables, chattering and hammering away on keyboards. Yet the women who can design and code just as well as them are largely absent. The environment meant for collaboration is undoubtedly male — and unwelcoming. According to Mackenzie Ball, ...

Panthers face uncertain ACC future

Panthers face uncertain ACC future

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

February 24, 2016


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

A week ago, Pitt basketball was craving a win anywhere possible. The Panthers had lost three straight games heading into a home matchup with Wake Forest, and their NCAA Tournament hopes were dwindling. After bringing home a double overtime win over the Demon Deacons and a statement road victory against S...

Webb, Wells and Wise: Track and Field Preps for ACC Championship

By Ted Zhang / Staff Writer

February 24, 2016


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

During the last week of February, the Pitt track and field team is just beginning a crucial period of competition. Top athletes from the ACC, including 30 Pitt athletes, will compete in the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championship at Boston College this week, Feb. 25 to 27. Those who place in the Champ...

Dall, Sykes debate for presidency

Dall, Sykes debate for presidency

By Saskia Berrios-Thomas / Staff Writer

February 23, 2016


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

With only one chance to face their competitors head-on, Student Government Board presidential candidates Matt Sykes and Natalie Dall faced off during the election debate in Nordy’s Place Monday night. With eight candidates running for eight open Board seats, current Board members Sykes and Dall de...

Dhirana yields biggest donation yet

Dhirana yields biggest donation yet

By Tomasz Swierzewski / For The Pitt News

February 21, 2016


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

Dressed in traditional garb and telling religious stories through Indian dance, eight teams raised more than $10,000 for a local health clinic at Pitt’s annual Dhirana competition this weekend in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum. On Saturday night, eight Indian dance teams from around the c...

Panthers in pink fall to Syracuse, 70-56

Panthers in pink fall to Syracuse, 70-56

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

February 21, 2016


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

The Petersen Events Center, even decked out in pink to support the Susan G. Komen foundation, hasn’t yielded a home court advantage for the Pitt women’s basketball team this season. Pitt’s (12-14, 4-10 ACC) downfall on Sunday was consistent turnovers, leading to a defeat for the Panthers to No. 23...

Keeping the peace: How Pitt police use community policing to bridge the gap between students and Oakland residents

Keeping the peace: How Pitt police use community policing to bridge the gap between students and Oakland residents

February 18, 2016


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

Keeping the peace: How Pitt police use community policing to bridge the gap between students and Oakland residentsSaskia Berrios-Thomas / Staff WriterFeb. 18, 2016As Pitt Police Officer Charles Welsch approached the South Oakland porch, the students who saw him started to run.He walked past those who ...

University Senate talks diversity, assaults and budget impasse

University Senate talks diversity, assaults and budget impasse

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

February 18, 2016


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

Pitt’s graduate and undergraduate student governments, along with other members of a working group, have called on the University Senate Council to commit to focusing on diversity and inclusion in the 2016-2017 school year. At Wednesday’s monthly Senate Council meeting, council members listened and re...

SGB offers mental health training

SGB offers mental health training

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

February 17, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Student Government

Student Government Board member Matt Sykes announced Tuesday night that SGB will partner with the Counseling Center to host mental health training sessions this semester. At the Board’s weekly public meeting, Sykes said the training sessions — a three-part series — will take place from 1 to 2...

Pitt overtakes Wake Forest 101-96 in double overtime

Pitt overtakes Wake Forest 101-96 in double overtime

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

February 16, 2016


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

With 1:34 left in an unexpected double overtime Tuesday night, Jamel Artis rose up and knocked down a mid-range jumper. Shortly after, Sheldon Jeter matched Artis with a jumper of his own to give Pitt a 92-89 lead over Wake Forest. The two buckets effectively won Pitt the game and saved its season, as the Panthers (1...

Students learn about consent

Students learn about consent

By Andrew O'Brien

February 16, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, Health, News

College students are drilled on the definition of consent over and over — but many of them don’t understand how to apply these lessons to their daily lives. On Monday, Mike Domitrz, founder of The Date Safe Project — an organization that dedicates itself to educating people about consent as well as suppo...

“Vagina Monolouges” spotlight ASL

“Vagina Monolouges” spotlight ASL

By Lianna Rana / For The Pitt News

February 15, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

In its 12th year, Pitt’s version of “The Vagina Monologues” went silent for the deaf and partially deaf. About 200 people gathered in the William Pitt Union at 7 p.m. Saturday to watch Pitt’s Campus Women’s Organization’s annual performance of “The Vagina Monologues” — an episodic collec...

Panthers outdo the Hokies in Virginia, 58-49

Panthers outdo the Hokies in Virginia, 58-49

By Logan Hitchcock /Staff Writer

February 14, 2016


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

The Pitt women’s basketball team has found a home on the road. The Panthers (11-14, 3-9 ACC), won their third consecutive conference game on the road in Blacksburg, Virginia, Sunday, defeating the Virginia Tech Hokies (15-10, 3-9 ACC) 58-49. After a few minutes of empty possessions to begin the g...

Trans students outsourcing for healthcare

Trans students outsourcing for healthcare

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

February 12, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, City, Health, News, Sex Edition 2016, Specials

Rather than get trans health care on campus, Pitt students travel to Edgewood Every morning and night, Summer Wright takes two pills. The first is her daily dose of estrogen. The second blocks the testosterone her body produces. When her insurance plan expires in a few months, Wright, a transgender woman and...

Pitt to merge SIS, CS department

Pitt to merge SIS, CS department

By Taylor Mulcahey / Staff Writer

February 11, 2016


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

Within the next year and a half, Pitt’s computer science department and school of information science will become one. The new undergraduate school, the School of Computing Informatics, is slated to accept its first students in the fall of 2017 and will combine the 32 SIS faculty with the 18 CS f...

Who is, ‘Sarah Dubnik’? Pitt student reaches final in ‘Jeopardy’ competition

Who is, ‘Sarah Dubnik’? Pitt student reaches final in ‘Jeopardy’ competition

By Amanda Reed / Staff Writer

February 10, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Puzzles, Television

Sarah Dubnik is frustrated at what transpires before her. “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek queries contestants of the show’s annual College Championship semifinal round: “The [Nobel] Peace prize went to the National Dialogue Quartet of this North African country,” for $1,600. As the cont...

SGB officially launches call for state budget

SGB officially launches call for state budget

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

February 10, 2016


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

Using pen, paper and Twitter, Pitt’s Student Government Board is appealing to Pennsylvania legislators to please — after seven months — pass a state budget. At SGB’s weekly meeting, Board members approved a resolution to officially insist that lawmakers pass a budget through letters and a so...

Miami cinches a last second win against Pitt, 65-63

Miami cinches a last second win against Pitt, 65-63

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

February 10, 2016


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

Hitting one last-second shot in a game is uncommon enough — on Tuesday night, Miami hit two. Angel Rodriguez’s game-winning tip-in with 1.4 seconds left in regulation downed Pitt against No. 12 Miami on the road, 65-63. Hardly a slow game, Miami guard Sheldon McClellan’s running two-point basket ...

Pitt offers first trans studies course

Pitt offers first trans studies course

By Danni Zhou / Staff Writer

February 9, 2016


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

It’s too far past add/drop to get a seat in Pitt’s first transgender studies course, but there wouldn’t be room for newcomers anyway. As soon as Pitt’s Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies announced Special Topics: Transgender Studies, 25 students rushed to fill all of the open seats. The Monday ...

Bernice King visits Pitt

Bernice King visits Pitt

By Andrew O'Brien / For The Pitt News

February 8, 2016


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

Martin Luther King Jr.’s life may have been cut short by an assassin’s bullet almost 48 years ago, but his youngest daughter has picked up his fight for equality. On Friday, Bernice King, carrying on her father’s beliefs and legacy, brought that fight to Pitt. Bernice King, one of Martin Lu...

All dark at the Zoo

All dark at the Zoo

By Phoebe Gilmore / For The Pitt News

February 8, 2016


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

For hardcore Panther fans, blackout prep is a two-day event. More than 24 hours before the Pittsburgh men’s basketball team faced off with the University of Virginia Cavaliers, fans from the Oakland Zoo were already lined up for the game in the Petersen Events Center, wielding sleeping bags, air mat...

Panthers blacked out by No. 9 Virginia 64-50

Panthers blacked out by No. 9 Virginia 64-50

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

February 6, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports

Going into halftime, the Pitt basketball team held all of the momentum. After facing varying deficits, the Panthers pulled within two at the break. But four minutes into the second half, it was clear that all momentum was lost, as the Virginia Cavaliers (19-4, 8-3 ACC) constructed a game deciding ...

A startup that suits: Pitt student starts fashion consulting company

A startup that suits: Pitt student starts fashion consulting company

By Zoë Hannah / Assistant News Editor

February 5, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Tom Yanez boarded the Shanghai Metro in search of a custom-made suit, but ended up forming a friendship that would stitch together a startup business. Yanez, a junior marketing and Mandarin student at Pitt, was studying abroad in China in fall 2014 and went to see a tailor, Youzhi Hao, for a custom...

Pitt football wraps up 2016 recruiting class on National Signing Day

Pitt football wraps up 2016 recruiting class on National Signing Day

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 3, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

After some drama, surprises and countless “Pitt is It” tweets, Pitt finalized its 2016 recruiting class during National Signing Day. The Panthers class includes 24 players — as well as transfer tight end Chris Clark and senior Ejuan Price, who the NCAA granted a sixth year of eligibility — and...

Bonner interviews for Dean of Students

Bonner interviews for Dean of Students

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

February 3, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News

Ever since he was a college student in the ‘90s, Kenyon Bonner said he’s chased one goal: be a dean of students. A little more than a year ago, he reached that goal. When Chancellor Patrick Gallagher appointed former Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kathy Humphrey to senior vice chancellor and chief ...

Stepping off the mat: Pitt’s senior gymnasts prepare for life after graduation

Stepping off the mat: Pitt’s senior gymnasts prepare for life after graduation

By Zoë Hannah / Contributing Editor

February 2, 2016


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

Dipping her feet into a bowl of chalk and dusting off the excess, Miya Dotson stared down her current source of frustration — a four-foot-high balance beam — for the third time that afternoon. With her teammates shouting “P-I-T-T” behind her, Dotson took off, leapt onto the springboard, tucked her body...

Central Catholic’s Damar Hamlin commits to Pitt

Central Catholic’s Damar Hamlin commits to Pitt

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 1, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports

On Monday evening, Pitt football learned that a local high school star would be staying home. Central Catholic’s Damar Hamlin committed to the University of Pittsburgh via an announcement on KDKA Pittsburgh. Hamlin is a six-foot-one, 179 pound defensive back. He is a consensus four-star recruit...

Panthers pummel Virginia Tech at home, 90-71

Panthers pummel Virginia Tech at home, 90-71

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

January 31, 2016


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

With his team struggling to stop the Pitt men’s basketball offense, Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams must’ve been sweating through his suit. Williams shed layers down to a button-up in the first half and settled on a long-sleeve purple Dri-FIT after halftime. But the game didn’t cool down, as no...

Police arrest shooting suspect in Oakland

Police arrest shooting suspect in Oakland

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

January 30, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Pitt police arrested an unidentified man Saturday afternoon after he fired a gun several times near Carlow University’s campus in Oakland. Carlow University and Pittsburgh police responded to a 911 call of gun shots fired near Terrace Street and Chesterfield Street behind Carlow University’s ca...

Pitt hears Pittsburgh’s history of lesbian feminism

Pitt hears Pittsburgh’s history of lesbian feminism

By Taylor Mulcahey / Staff Writer

January 29, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, City, News

In the ’70s, two groups of lesbian women wanted a space to eat, talk and listen to music in Pittsburgh — but above all, they wanted to enact social change. In that decade, the city was home to a vibrant music scene, but female musicians were hard to find. Together, two diverse lesbian organizations...

Panthers can’t catch Tigers on the road, 73-60

Panthers can’t catch Tigers on the road, 73-60

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

January 28, 2016


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

For the second time this week, Pitt trailed by double digits at halftime on the road — but unlike its Saturday win at Florida State, the Pitt men’s basketball team never came back. Doomed by another slow start, the Panthers (16-4, 5-3 ACC) dropped a 73-60 decision Wednesday night at Clemson (13-...

Pitt faculty, graduate student employees formally announce union push

Pitt faculty, graduate student employees formally announce union push

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

January 26, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News

Editor's note: This story has been updated Pitt faculty and graduate student employees formally announced Tuesday morning their plans to start a campaign to form multiple labor unions. Partnering with United Steelworkers, an organization that has helped Point Park University and Robert Morris Univer...

Pitt forms consent, sexuality group

Pitt forms consent, sexuality group

By Danni Zhou / For The Pitt News

January 26, 2016


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

Jillian Bunis wasn’t satisfied after she heard Pitt’s Greek Life lecture on consent and sexual misconduct. Bunis, a junior studying nursing, wanted every student — not just those in Greek Life — to have a more personal sexual assault education. She felt that a more intimate setting would yi...

Students battle in alumni’s snowy game

Students battle in alumni’s snowy game

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

January 25, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

Charles Ireland was “frozen” on the Cathedral Lawn this weekend — but not because of the frigid temperatures. “SOS, medic — I’m frozen,” Ireland cried out for one of his teammates to rescue him in the middle of the snow-covered lawn, playing in a snowball-filled version of capture the f...

Panthers defeat Virginia 58-55, end eight game skid

Panthers defeat Virginia 58-55, end eight game skid

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Copy Chief

January 24, 2016


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

One month and two days after the team’s last win, Pitt women’s basketball guard Fred Potvin was determined to end an eight-game losing streak. Pitt (9-11, 1-6 ACC) picked up its first conference win and first victory since Dec. 22, on the road Sunday, when it knocked off Virginia 58-55. Potvin carr...

Photo essay: Pittsburgh’s First Class Bhangra performs at Pitt

Photo essay: Pittsburgh’s First Class Bhangra performs at Pitt

By Casey Schmauder and Wenhao Wu / The Pitt News Staff

January 21, 2016


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

First Class Bhangra members took off their shoes and helped tie each other’s colorful costumes firmly in place as they prepared for their critique night in Posvar Hall. Wednesday, dance team First Class Bhangra performed in front of peers in preparation for Saturday’s Buckeye Mela at Ohio St...

Movement leader speaks at Pitt

Movement leader speaks at Pitt

By Saskia Berrios-Thomas / For The Pitt News

January 20, 2016


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

Opal Tometi remembers exactly where she was and how she felt the day George Zimmerman’s “not guilty” verdict came in. “I had just watched [the movie] ‘Fruitvale Station,’ and when I walked out of the theater, my phone was blowing up with texts about the acquittal,” Tometi said. Tometi, ...

Pitt fails to recover from early deficit in 78-61 loss

Pitt fails to recover from early deficit in 78-61 loss

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

January 19, 2016


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

  Just under two minutes into Tuesday’s game, North Carolina State guard Anthony “Cat” Barber knocked down a jumper that Pitt guard James Robinson could not match after missing an open shot. What seemed like an innocuous sequence early in the game would foreshadow what was to come. NC State t...

Students serve for MLK Jr. Day

Students serve for MLK Jr. Day

By Josh Ye and Emily Migdal / The Pitt News Staff

January 18, 2016


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

Rather than sleep in on Monday, Josh Hanley bundled up and  boarded a bus to North Hills to care for abandoned animals. Similarly, Courtney Noeth and Michelle Hayner stitched patches of old T-shirts together to make blankets.  The trio joined about 650 students who braved below-freezing temperatues to s...

Pitt jumps back in win column with 84-61 win over Boston College

Pitt jumps back in win column with 84-61 win over Boston College

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

January 16, 2016


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

For a moment, it was easy to question if the Panthers weren’t quite the offensive team they appeared to be, as a slow start against Boston College piled onto their sluggish effort against Louisville two days earlier. But 84 points later, it was apparent that the Pitt men’s basketball team can still...

Pitt study explains sleep cycles for the elderly

Pitt study explains sleep cycles for the elderly

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

January 15, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Health, News

Robert Winston has slept through flood sirens, earthquakes, tornadoes and even an emergency plane landing. Now, at age 88, Winston’s continued ability to sleep well makes him an exception among senior citizens. Pitt psychiatry researchers Colleen McClung and Etienne Sibille studied the genes fro...

Students peruse winter community service options

Students peruse winter community service options

By Elli Warsh / Staff Writer

January 14, 2016


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

Anxious to recruit members for her new service club, Raechel Heil stood at her volunteer fair booth with flyers and an ambitious smile. Students congregated at the booths of 72 organizations around Pittsburgh for PittServes’ Winter Volunteer Fair. In celebration of January as the Global Month of ...

Meatless Monday coming to Oakland

Meatless Monday coming to Oakland

By Shumeng Yang / Staff Writer

January 13, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Health, News

A neighborhood group in Oakland is going green this Monday to draw vegetarian diners. Though Oakland Business Improvement District’s Restaurant Week is semiannual, the community group in Oakland is introducing “Meatless Monday” as part of its first Restaurant Week of 2016, which runs from Jan. 18 to...

Students teach study abroad safety

Students teach study abroad safety

By Taylor Mulcahey / For The Pitt News

January 12, 2016


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

Amber Montgomery felt safe when she studied abroad in Jordan in the summer of 2015 except when she went to a pool house. When Montgomery, a junior history and political science major, retreated to the locker room after spending the day swimming with her host family, she smiled at a man who handed he...

Pitt student kicks off wushu club

Pitt student kicks off wushu club

By Emily Migdal / Staff Writer

January 11, 2016


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

Before she had ever attended class, had midnight fries at market or swiped her panther card, Gina Bao had already written the constitution for her wushu club at Pitt. Bao, a first-year student studying neuroscience, started the club in December 2015 to teach students about wushu, a modern version...

Marijuana decriminalization won’t affect Pitt policy

Marijuana decriminalization won’t affect Pitt policy

By Dale Shoemaker and Elizabeth Lepro / News Staff

January 7, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

Rather than arresting people on minor marijuana offenses, Pittsburgh police now have the option to fine offenders up to $100 for having 30 grams or less of marijuana or eight grams or less of hashish, according to a Pittsburgh City Council law Mayor Bill Peduto signed Dec. 22. Kenyon Bonner, interim vic...

No. 24 Panthers hold against Georgia Tech to remain undefeated in ACC

No. 24 Panthers hold against Georgia Tech to remain undefeated in ACC

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 6, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball

The Pitt men’s basketball team gave up 84 points. The Panthers were outrebounded. They only shot 36.7% in the second half. Yet somehow, they won by five. The No. 24 Pitt men’s basketball team defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Wednesday night at the Petersen Events Center 89-84, improving...

Young, offense highlight five keys of Pitt men’s basketball

Young, offense highlight five keys of Pitt men’s basketball

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

January 6, 2016


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

It’s January, and Pitt men’s basketball is ranked — but, it’s still hard to predict this team’s future. Even after playing 13 games this season, a light non-conference slate and new team contributions have kept the No. 24 Panthers looking like a bit of an enigma. A 34-point win Saturday ove...

Pitt vs. Navy at the Military Bowl

Pitt vs. Navy at the Military Bowl

By Nikki Moriello | Visual Editor

December 28, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Top Stories, Visual

Young dominant in 94-69 Gotham Classic win against Davidson

Young dominant in 94-69 Gotham Classic win against Davidson

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 20, 2015


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

NEW YORK -- Under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden, Michael Young spent most of his Sunday afternoon victimizing its baskets. A couple first-half slam dunks mixed into a consistent flow of easy jump hooks and layups made his opponents, Davidson's big men, mostly irrelevant in that effort. "With...

Pitt Tonight premieres in Studio Theatre

Pitt Tonight premieres in Studio Theatre

By Theo Schwarz | Senior Staff Photographer

December 19, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Multimedia, Uncategorized, Visual

Pitt first partner in ‘Concussion’ foundation

Pitt first partner in ‘Concussion’ foundation

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

December 16, 2015


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

Thirteen years after Bennet Omalu first pioneered research on brain damage, he’s got a book, a movie and a nonprofit in honor of his work. At a panel Tuesday evening at the Southside Works Theater, Pitt announced it will be the first academic partner of the Bennet Omalu Foundation, a nonprofit...

Blasting gender barriers: There aren’t many, but more and more women are studying the stars at Pitt

Blasting gender barriers: There aren’t many, but more and more women are studying the stars at Pitt

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

December 14, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

Pitt graduate student Kara Ponder studies exploding stars to find critical distances in the universe, yet some people question why she didn’t pick a more “feminine profession.” Once, when Ponder told a cab driver she was on her way to the observatory to use the telescope, the driver responded...

Panthers dominate offensive boards, Eastern Washington in 84-51 rout

Panthers dominate offensive boards, Eastern Washington in 84-51 rout

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 11, 2015


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

While Pitt’s 7-1 record indicates the team knows how to close out games, its true strength lies in opening them. The Pitt men’s basketball team entered Friday night ranked second in the country (trailing only No. 7 Oklahoma) in first-half scoring differential at +15.5. After outscoring Eastern ...

Spinning wheels: Though the city has answered calls for safer streets, Pittsburgh remains stalled on bike lanes in Oakland

Spinning wheels: Though the city has answered calls for safer streets, Pittsburgh remains stalled on bike lanes in Oakland

By Elaina Zachos and Zoë Hannah / The Pitt News Staff

December 11, 2015


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

First, a black Jeep crashed into cyclist Dan Yablonsky in Lawrenceville in 2012, shattering his hip, arm and leg and sending him into a five-month-long coma. Then, a mini-van hit and abandoned biker Sage Ziviello, a student at Chatham University, in Shadyside in 2013, leaving her with hip injuries ...

City offers hope for rental registry

City offers hope for rental registry

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

December 10, 2015


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

After delaying voting on its rental registry for months, Pittsburgh City Council gave a preliminary OK to the bill Wednesday, with plans to vote again next week. The City Council, which has been debating the bill since Mayor Bill Peduto introduced it in November 2014, voted to preliminarily approve...

Goodbye, Dorothy the falcon

Goodbye, Dorothy the falcon

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

December 9, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Health, News, Top Stories

Dorothy, a peregrine falcon, caught the city’s attention when it lost sight of her wings threading through the clouds above the Cathedral of Learning in November. Now, a month later, the skies are still bare. Through a webcam focused on her nest, Pitt students could watch Dorothy, the female ha...

Lawyer educates student activists

Lawyer educates student activists

By Zoë Hannah / Staff Writer

December 8, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

During protests about student debt and fossil fuels throughout the semester, senior Kai Pang prepared himself for potential run-ins with law enforcement. “I don’t think there’s ever a point where I feel 100 percent comfortable [protesting] out in the streets,” Pang said. “There are a lot of mis...

Gallery: Cathedral of Learning open house draws crowds

Gallery: Cathedral of Learning open house draws crowds

By Kate Koenig | Staff Photographer

December 7, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Visual

Conner strong: James Conner begins own fight after history of helping others

Conner strong: James Conner begins own fight after history of helping others

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 6, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Mike Gallagher, a close family friend of James Conner, arrived at the star’s recovery room just as his anesthesia began to wear off. Conner, a Pitt football running back, underwent a biopsy last Tuesday that would later reveal he had cancer. Gallagher — or “Pops” as Conner calls him — had ret...

Wilson leads scorers as Pitt topples Central Arkansas, 100-47

Wilson leads scorers as Pitt topples Central Arkansas, 100-47

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

December 6, 2015


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

After watching his team lose by 53 points, Central Arkansas coach Russ Pennell was blunt about their performance. “We just ran into a buzzsaw today,” Pennell said. “Everything they did was good, and everything we did was bad.” With a wide talent gap over a now 1-7 Central Arkansas team, the Pit...

Gallery: Pitt Men’s Basketball vs. Duquesne 12/4/2015

Gallery: Pitt Men’s Basketball vs. Duquesne 12/4/2015

By Wenhao Wu | Staff Photographer

December 4, 2015


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

Police clear owner of detonated suitcase in Oakland

Police clear owner of detonated suitcase in Oakland

By Dale Shoemaker and Sydney Harper / The Pitt News Staff

December 4, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Pitt police have cleared the man who left a suitcase chained to a railing in Oakland, prompting the Pittsburgh bomb squad to detonate the suitcase and close traffic lanes this afternoon. Pitt spokesperson Joe Miksch said he didn’t know the man’s name, but said Pitt police had confirmed he owned the...

UPDATED: Police questioning a man after explosion in Oakland

UPDATED: Police questioning a man after explosion in Oakland

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

December 4, 2015


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The most recent version of this story can be found here. Pitt police said they are questioning an unidentified man who they believed owned a suspicious suitcase the bomb squad detonated around 3 p.m. in Oakland. The Pittsburgh bomb squad detonated a suitcase found chained to a guard rail outs...

James Conner diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

James Conner diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 4, 2015


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Pitt star running back James Conner announced that he has been diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of cancer, at a press conference Friday afternoon. Conner, who missed the season with a torn MCL, received the diagnosis on Thanksgiving. “When I heard I got cancer, I was a little...

The male brain on porn: Wheaton researcher speaks at Pitt

The male brain on porn: Wheaton researcher speaks at Pitt

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

December 4, 2015


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William Struthers left the rat race of rodent research and started studying the brains of male porn addicts in 2004, delivering his findings to students Thursday night in the William Pitt Union.  Struthers, a psychology professor at Wheaton College in Illinois, was initially an animal researcher, stud...

Students back union push at panel

Students back union push at panel

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

December 3, 2015


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When Sarah Leavens got a teaching job at Pitt, she thought it was a good fit. Three years later, she felt constricted. “I got into teaching because I’m a writer and I love teaching and I love writing,” Leavens said. “It seemed like a dream, and it seems like I should be living the dream.” ...

It’s only December: Early season rankings are far from absolute

It’s only December: Early season rankings are far from absolute

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 2, 2015


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When Pitt lost to Purdue — the No. 11 team in the country — they lost to a team that was seemingly one of the best in the nation. But the Boilermakers’ ranking doesn’t really say much, at least not yet. The NCAA Tournament selection committee won’t care what Purdue was ranked on Dec. 1, come ...

City starts plans for safer streets

City starts plans for safer streets

By Elaina Zachos / Staff Writer

December 2, 2015


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Amid a citywide debate on how to safely share roadways between pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, Pittsburgh officials discussed plans to improve the city’s roadways Tuesday night in Alumni Hall. More than 200 community members congregated from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Connolly Ballroom for a public me...

Pitt partners with pharma despite criticism

Pitt partners with pharma despite criticism

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

December 1, 2015


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Despite criticism that Pitt’s partnership with a pharmaceutical company is ethically unjust, Pitt says the research has lifesaving potential. Pitt announced in early November that it will begin research this spring to develop new drugs for rare diseases through a collaboration with Shire Plc, a ph...

Late comeback not enough as Pitt ends season in 29-24 loss to Miami

Late comeback not enough as Pitt ends season in 29-24 loss to Miami

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 27, 2015


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With 2:34 remaining, Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman scampered five yards and found the endzone to bring the score to 29-24. But his run, and Pitt’s run of success this season, proved to be too little, too late on Saturday. A failed two-point conversion attempt and onside kick gave Miami the bal...

Susan Hicks Memorial Fund passes $10,000 goal

Susan Hicks Memorial Fund passes $10,000 goal

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 23, 2015


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Pitt students can help carry Susan Hicks’ legacy and passion for traveling by studying abroad with a scholarship in her name. In the weeks immediately after a car hit and killed Hicks, a Pitt adviser, while she was riding her bike on Fifth Avenue, her friends and family decided to set up an endowe...

Student Health to distribute free condoms

Student Health to distribute free condoms

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

November 22, 2015


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Falling in line with the Centers for Disease Control and its partners in the ACC, Pitt said it will offer its students free condoms in the Student Health Center by the end of the semester. Pitt’s Student Health Center told Student Government Board’s Wellness Committee on Oct. 27, that it hopes to inc...

Pitt Football vs. Louisville 11/21/15

Pitt Football vs. Louisville 11/21/15

By Jeff Ahearn and Meghan Sunners

November 21, 2015


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Second-quarter explosion carries Pitt over Louisville, 45-34

Second-quarter explosion carries Pitt over Louisville, 45-34

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 21, 2015


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Just four minutes into Pitt’s football game against Louisville, its chances of winning the ACC Coastal Division ended, but not because of any play at Heinz Field. No. 17 North Carolina defeated Virginia Tech just after Pitt’s game began, eliminating the Panthers from playing in the ACC Champions...

Second half run propels Pitt basketball past Detroit

Second half run propels Pitt basketball past Detroit

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 21, 2015


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For a brief moment in the second half, Pitt’s chances of beating Detroit seemed in doubt, with the visitors taking a one point lead. A 25-5 run, though, would wipe away any shred of uncertainty, as the Panthers defeated the Titans 95-79 Friday night at the Petersen Events Center. Detroit coach...

Men’s Basketball vs. Detroit 11/20/15

Men’s Basketball vs. Detroit 11/20/15

By Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

November 20, 2015


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Pittsburgh students rally for Mizzou

Pittsburgh students rally for Mizzou

By Brady Langmann and Dylan Shaffer / The Pitt News Staff

November 19, 2015


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Emily Cimini was on her way to work on a group project in Schenley Plaza when a throng standing on the corner of Forbes and Bigelow caught her attention. Realizing that this was a protest that dealt with race issues, Cimini stopped and joined. “I love to be present ... just to hear what their views ...

Students to contribute to Pitt Plan

Students to contribute to Pitt Plan

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

November 18, 2015


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In response to complaints about the lack of student involvement, Student Government Board selected nine students to represent the student opinion on the Plan for Pitt. Student Government Board Assembly, the lower body of the Student Government Board, announced the nomination of nine student representati...

Gallery: Pitt vs. St. Joseph’s (Indiana)

Gallery: Pitt vs. St. Joseph’s (Indiana)

By Meghan Sunners | Senior Staff Photographer

November 18, 2015


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Pitt offers light to grieving cities

Pitt offers light to grieving cities

By Zoë Hannah and Josh Ye / News Staff

November 17, 2015


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Though they gathered under an American flag, a tearful crowd of Pitt community members spent two minutes in silence for a grieving international community Monday night. About 200 people, including Pitt students, faculty members and anti-war activists, gathered in front of the American flag outside of...

Pitt opens Korean heritage room

Pitt opens Korean heritage room

By Elli Warsh / For The Pitt News

November 16, 2015


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Eight years and nearly $850,000 later, Pitt unveiled its 30th Nationality Room, the Korean Heritage Room, Sunday in the Cathedral of Learning with traditional Korean dancing, singing and celebrating. On Nov. 15, Pitt students, community members and administrators celebrated the opening of the Korea...

Pitt uses strong second half to top Duke on road, 31-13

Pitt uses strong second half to top Duke on road, 31-13

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 14, 2015


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Pat Narduzzi keeps making adjustments. As he has done consistently this season, the coach made halftime corrections to Pitt's strategy, enabling his players to dominate the second half. Pitt continued that trend Saturday at Duke, using a 21-3 second half advantage to win the game 31-13 and advance...

Slippery when wet: Pitt game against Gonzaga called due to floor conditions

Slippery when wet: Pitt game against Gonzaga called due to floor conditions

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 13, 2015


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The Pitt men’s basketball team traveled 6600 miles for a game that didn’t even count. During the first intermission, the referees determined the Panthers’ game against the No. 9 Gonzaga Bulldogs would not continue due to slippery court conditions on the military base court in Okinawa, Japan. The...

Gallery: This Week in Photos

Gallery: This Week in Photos

By Pitt News Photo Staff

November 13, 2015


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Pitt rescinds Cosby’s honorary degree

Pitt rescinds Cosby’s honorary degree

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 13, 2015


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Joining numerous other universities around the country on Friday, Pitt rescinded the honorary degree it awarded to Bill Cosby in 2002. The University Committee for Honorary Degree Recipients recommended unanimously Friday, Nov. 13, that Pitt rescind the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree it awa...

Soft support system: Pitt’s emotional support pet

Soft support system: Pitt’s emotional support pet

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

November 13, 2015


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Jen Crook isn’t the only Pitt student with a roommate — but she is the only Pitt student whose roommate is a kitten. For the first time, Pitt has allowed an emotional support animal — a pet that’s also a form of therapy — in a dorm room. The three-month-old Pickles, a 6-pound white Persian...

Spilling the nation’s secrets: Journalist Dana Priest speaks at Pitt

Spilling the nation’s secrets: Journalist Dana Priest speaks at Pitt

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

November 12, 2015


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Dana Priest, a Washington, D.C., native of more than 25 years, started noticing the city’s skyline changing in drastic ways in 2004. As replacements for buildings that were previously well-known establishments, other buildings began to crop up with confusing and vague names like “L-6.” Four y...

The fight continues

The fight continues

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 11, 2015


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With official action coming yesterday morning and a rally descending upon Downtown in the evening, the fight for a $15 minimum wage bookended in Pittsburgh. Amid a national discussion about workers’ pay and the federal minimum wage, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto issued an executive order Tuesday mor...

Peduto orders City to raise minimum wage

Peduto orders City to raise minimum wage

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 10, 2015


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Amid a national discussion about workers’ pay and the federal minimum wage, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has issued an executive order requiring the City to pay all its workers at least $15 per hour. Peduto issued the order at a press conference Tuesday morning, which mandates the City pay all full-time employees at least $15 per hour by 2021...

Black artists reclaim museum space

Black artists reclaim museum space

By Emily Migdal / For The Pitt News

November 10, 2015


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What a Pitt art exhibit was ­­­­­and was not sparked discussion Monday night, making space for the weighty absence of diversity in art galleries nationwide. On Monday, Nov. 9, students from the Museum Studies Seminar hosted the opening of the mixed-media art exhibit titled “Exposure: Black Voice...

Pitt students ‘dance or die’

Pitt students ‘dance or die’

By Chidi Nwakpuda / Staff Writer

November 9, 2015


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As Pitt dancer Tim Joy performed a self-choreographed piece, he decided to forgo feet and walked across the stage on only his hands to a chorus of laughter from audience members. Joy, a junior pre-education major, choreographed the dance “Stuck in the Mud” with Joanna Dehler, a senior psychology maj...

Kizer’s aerial attack leads No. 5 Notre Dame over Pitt, 42-30

Kizer’s aerial attack leads No. 5 Notre Dame over Pitt, 42-30

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 7, 2015


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Notre Dame didn’t need the luck of the Irish against Pitt, as overwhelming talent and execution thoroughly got the job done for the visitors. Led by five touchdown passes from DeShone Kizer -- three to wide receiver Will Fuller -- the No. 5 Fighting Irish defeated the Panthers 42-30 at Heinz Field...

GSWS: Flipping the pages of history

GSWS: Flipping the pages of history

By Alexa Bakalarski / For The Pitt News

November 6, 2015


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On the fourth floor of the Cathedral of Learning sits a little-known collection of books that offers a snapshot of LGBTQIA history from the 20th century to the present. The Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies’ library is a small room to the left of room 402 in the GSWS program’s offices in ...

Students hold action forum

Students hold action forum

By Zoe Hannah / Staff Writer

November 5, 2015


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Students still frustrated with the University’s strategic plan aired their concerns on Wednesday — this time, sans administrators. Members of the Pittsburgh Student Solidarity Coalition, or PSSC, said the University has not adequately addressed concerns they raised at the open student forums on ...

New city data paints picture of Oakland

New city data paints picture of Oakland

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

November 4, 2015


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To fill you in — from from Feb. 20 through Nov. 2., the city received 148 calls about potholes in South Oakland. According to data recently released by the city, Oakland residents also wish students would pipe down, pick up their trash and stop stealing street signs already. In October 2006, the ...

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