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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. ...

Ahead of Trump event, protestors begin march from Oakland to Downtown

Ahead of Trump event, protestors begin march from Oakland to Downtown

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

April 13, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

Just minutes before Donald Trump was scheduled to speak at a town hall in Oakland, a group of protesters began a march toward Downtown, where Trump will host a rally later this evening. With chants of “no Trump” and “black lives matter” intermixing, a crowd about a block long began march...

Pitt administrators and Pittsburgh Police issue alerts ahead of Trump events

Pitt administrators and Pittsburgh Police issue alerts ahead of Trump events

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

April 13, 2016


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

Pitt administrators and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police have sent out alerts to students on campus and citizens who plan to attend the events or travel through Oakland and Downtown. Ahead of Donald Trump’s two-event stop in Pittsburgh later this evening, several activist groups have said they ...

Rainbow Alliance brings Sam’s story to Pitt

Rainbow Alliance brings Sam’s story to Pitt

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Staff Writer

April 13, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

Michael Sam didn’t set out to make a name for himself as a gay athlete — he just wanted to play football. But when a teammate’s cousin said Sam’s story inspired her against taking her life, Sam realized how influential he could be. Sam told this story Tuesday night as part of the Rainbow A...

SGB drops resolution to support tobacco ban on campus

SGB drops resolution to support tobacco ban on campus

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

April 12, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Student Government

After gauging student feedback, Student Government Board has extinguished a resolution to support a tobacco-free campus. At its weekly public meeting Wednesday night, SGB member Jack Heidecker made a motion to remove his tobacco-ban bill, a resolution that said SGB would support University efforts to m...

Donald Trump to visit Pittsburgh, students to protest

Donald Trump to visit Pittsburgh, students to protest

By Dale Shoemaker and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

April 11, 2016


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

To usher presidential candidate Donald Trump to Pittsburgh, Pitt students are preparing to push back against what they call Trump’s negativity. By the end of the day Monday, at least three student groups and one local organization had posted on Facebook that they would hold counter events to Trump’...

PDM raises more than $200,000

PDM raises more than $200,000

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

April 10, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

On Saturday, the William Pitt Union transformed from a casual study and meeting space into a dance party with dubstep pumping and disco balls spinning. The 11th annual Pitt Dance Marathon, a 16-hour dance-a-thon that raises money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, began at 8 a.m. and stretche...

Q+A: Pitt coach Kevin Stallings talks team, conference and moving

Q+A: Pitt coach Kevin Stallings talks team, conference and moving

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

April 7, 2016


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

New Pitt basketball head coach Kevin Stallings only knows how to get to three places in Oakland. He knows how to get to the Wyndham Hotel. He knows how to get to his office. And, recently, he learned how to get to the Panera Bread on Forbes Avenue. Stallings, along with longtime assistant coach Tom Richa...

Hillary Clinton campaigns at CMU

Hillary Clinton campaigns at CMU

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

April 6, 2016


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

After touring a robotics lab and meeting a grieving family, Hillary Clinton took the stage at Carnegie Mellon University to tell Pittsburgh voters that the future belonged to them. And as for herself, Clinton said she takes “a backseat to nobody.” At a campaign event at CMU that started at 6 p.m., C...

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Pitt

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Pitt

By Lauren Rosenblatt and Andrew O'Brien / The Pitt News Staff

April 5, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

With his right hand raised, Vice President Joe Biden put sexual assault prevention “on us,” leading several hundred Pitt students in a pledge Tuesday to eliminate campus sexual assault. “I pledge to recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault, to identify situations in which sexual assault ma...

Pitt study links frequent social media use and depression in young adults

Pitt study links frequent social media use and depression in young adults

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

April 4, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Tech Science

Even as she scrolls through her social media feeds, Erica Cunningham can see why the constant connection might not be so good for her. “When you are on social media, it is hard to compare what your life is like and what their lives seem to be,” Cunningham, a first-year student, said. “Also, if...

Q&A: Soon to be Pitt grad and Republican delegate

Q&A: Soon to be Pitt grad and Republican delegate

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

April 3, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, National News, News

By the end of this month, Cameron Linton will be a Pitt graduate — and a Republican delegate. As he’s running alongside just two other delegate candidates — Mike DeVanney and Mary Ann Meloy — for the 14th congressional district, Linton is ensured one of the three open seats for the district...

James Conner throws out the first pitch at Pirates opener

James Conner throws out the first pitch at Pirates opener

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

April 3, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports

With his chemotherapy treatment winding down and a promising outlook in his fight against cancer, James Conner had some time for fun and games Sunday. Pitt’s star running back, who announced his diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma in December, threw the honorary first pitch at the Pittsburgh Pirates’...

Sean Miller reveals elaborate ruse: He’s been at Pitt all along

Sean Miller reveals elaborate ruse: He’s been at Pitt all along

By Jeremy Tepper | Senior Staff Writer

April 1, 2016


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

In an elaborate scheme inspired by a Nicolas Cage movie, Sean Miller revealed Thursday that he’s the new Pitt basketball coach. Three days after Pitt held a press conference to introduce former Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings as the new coach, the administration shocked Pitt fans by unmasking anot...

Pittsburgh feels the bern

Pittsburgh feels the bern

By Dale Shoemaker and Kate Koenig / Pitt News Staff

April 1, 2016


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

Though thousands in Pittsburgh have long felt the Bern, the presidential candidate made his first official stop in the city Thursday morning. At a press conference and rally at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Bernie Sanders, the democratic senator from Vermont, said he would abolish the Trans-Pac...

Steelers take on Pitt students for charity game

Steelers take on Pitt students for charity game

By Phoebe Gilmore | Staff Writer

March 31, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports

Former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch’s best advice for his charity basketball team Thursday night? “They should just pass the ball to me and I’ll make all the shots,” Batch — pronounced “like a batch of cookies,” the quarterback joked — said from the bench in the Fitzgerald Fie...

Pitt announces new tactic for tackling poor attendance

Pitt announces new tactic for tackling poor attendance

By Elizabeth Lepro | Assistant Sports Editor

March 31, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

After numerous attempts to keep students at Heinz Field after the third quarter of football games, Pitt Athletics announced Thursday that it will try out a strapping new method. Last year, to remedy the overwhelming exodus of student fans after “Sweet Caroline” during Panthers’ games at Hein...

Afghanistan reconstruction expert speaks at Pitt

Afghanistan reconstruction expert speaks at Pitt

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

March 30, 2016


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

Americans may be concerned about dishonest public officials, but at least they don’t have to worry about bribing doctors to receive hospital care. John Sopko, though, does. Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, says Afghan citizens face systemic corruption daily in a...

Pitt equestrians riding with unbridled devotion

Pitt equestrians riding with unbridled devotion

By Meg Millure | Staff Writer

March 29, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Club Sports, Sports

Thirty minutes outside of Pittsburgh at BarGee Farms, Elizabeth Morris eases a bridle behind the recently operated-on teeth of Wynn, an attentive and slow-trotting mare. Equestrians like Morris who ride with the Panther Equestrian Club team rotate horses, depending on what horses might be too tired to ...

The Pitt News Silhouettes | PittNewsProfiles.com

The Pitt News Silhouettes | PittNewsProfiles.com

March 28, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured

One of the best things about this job is that every day we get to meet all sorts of people, driven by all sorts of passions, fighting their own battles and relishing in their own triumphs. So we have to begrudgingly admit — even in the midst of selfie sticks and reality television — maybe humanity...

Stallings From Grace: Stallings hire draws ire from Pitt fan base

Stallings From Grace: Stallings hire draws ire from Pitt fan base

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 28, 2016


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

John Enright has been a Pitt fan through and through. He started watching Pitt football at the age of 10 in the 1970s. He cherished Pitt’s basketball teams, starting with the 1978-1979 team, and eventually went on to cover the squad for this very paper in 1989. Enright has been a season ticket hol...

Students inspired to move at TEDx event

Students inspired to move at TEDx event

By Erin Hare / Staff Writer

March 27, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

When Kerry Harling got sick of organizing her pills in daily containers each week, she decided to nix medication altogether. Harling suffered from countless illnesses before realizing she could fix her body with an alternative form of medicine that focuses on individualized treatment, called Aryuve...

Pitt announces Kevin Stallings as 15th head coach in program history

Pitt announces Kevin Stallings as 15th head coach in program history

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 27, 2016


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

Sunday morning, the Easter Bunny didn’t bring eggs or candy to the Pitt community. Instead, it brought a coach. The University of Pittsburgh confirmed various reports, officially announcing the hiring of Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings as the program’s new head basketball coach. Stallings has s...

Universities aim to clean up city environment with new majors

Universities aim to clean up city environment with new majors

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

March 24, 2016


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

Though the city is now mostly free of smog and blackened bricks, the environmental impacts of the steel industry still cloud Pittsburgh’s air. So what better a place for environmental studies students? On the heels of Pitt and Point Park University developing environment-related majors, the city is heade...

Wolf relents on budget, Pitt to receive $143 million

Wolf relents on budget, Pitt to receive $143 million

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 23, 2016


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

If Gov. Tom Wolf keeps his promise to do nothing, Pitt is set to receive the $143 million in state funding legislators promised in just four days. After a press conference Wednesday, Wolf issued a statement saying he would not sign his name to veto the current state budget bill sitting on his desk,...

Gallagher and students petition Wolf to sign budget, bill that would fund Pitt

Gallagher and students petition Wolf to sign budget, bill that would fund Pitt

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

March 22, 2016


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

HARRISBURG, PA — Chancellor Patrick Gallagher’s message is clear: With Pitt, Pennsylvania wins. That was his mantra Tuesday as he and about 200 faculty, staff and students met with lawmakers during the annual Pitt Day in Harrisburg, according to Kenny Donaldson, the director of the regional clubs ...

Pitt students in Brussels unharmed following terrorist attacks

Pitt students in Brussels unharmed following terrorist attacks

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 22, 2016


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

Two Pitt students studying abroad in Brussels, Belgium, are unharmed after a series of terrorist attacks on Tuesday, the University Study Abroad Office confirmed. Between 3 and 4 a.m. Eastern time and 8 and 9 a.m. local time, bombs exploded in the Brussels Airport and the Maelbeek subway station nea...

Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon accepts TCU job

Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon accepts TCU job

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 21, 2016


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

For Pitt and men’s basketball head coach Jamie Dixon, the 2015-2016 season was unlucky No. 13. After 13 seasons at the helm, Dixon has accepted an offer from Texas Christian University — his alma mater — to become its new head coach, Pitt athletic director Scott Barnes announced at a press con...

Festival brings taste of Latin America to Pitt

Festival brings taste of Latin America to Pitt

By Albert Giovanazzi / Staff Writer

March 20, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Spanish words and the scent of empanadas drifted through Posvar Hall this weekend, as the Latin American and Caribbean Festival replaced lectures with Puerto Rican musicians and tango dancers. Pitt’s Center for Latin American Studies hosted the 36th annual Latin American and Caribbean Festival on Satur...

Panthers cinch series win over Tar Heels

Panthers cinch series win over Tar Heels

By Ashwini Sivagenesh / Staff Writer

March 20, 2016


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

Pitt sophomore Giorgiana Zeremenko’s bat was golden for the Panthers’ softball team this weekend. In game one of a three-game series against North Carolina, Zeremenko knocked off her first of three homers on the weekend. She brought in fellow teammates Jenna Modic and Shelby Pickett for runs and...

Zeuch returns to the mound for third game win

Zeuch returns to the mound for third game win

By Steve Rotstein / Staff Writer

March 20, 2016


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

Junior pitcher T.J. Zeuch is back in his rightful place on the mound. Pitt’s highly touted starter — D1 Baseball’s No. 41 prospect in the country for the 2016 draft and the fourth-highest ranked pitcher — took the first month of the season off to recover from a groin injury. No. 11 Florida S...

Reports: Jamie Dixon considering accepting TCU head coaching job

Reports: Jamie Dixon considering accepting TCU head coaching job

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 20, 2016


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

The Pitt men’s basketball team was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament on Friday, but intrigue surrounding the program is just heating up. Gary Parrish of CBS Sports reports that Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon is considering accepting the position of head coach at Texas Christian University, Dixon’s alma mater, according to...

Badgers kill Pitt NCAA hopes, 47-43

Badgers kill Pitt NCAA hopes, 47-43

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

March 18, 2016


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

With twelve seconds left in the game, Pitt guard James Robinson grabbed the defensive rebound with his team trailing Wisconsin 44-43. Rushing up the court and driving to the hoop,  Robinson tossed up a tough layup after bumping into his own teammate, Michael Young. The shot fell short, as did the...

Pitt’s budget woes continue

Pitt’s budget woes continue

By Dale Shoemaker and Saskia Berrios-Thomas / The Pitt News Staff

March 17, 2016


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

Pitt has gone eight months without state funding. Now state lawmaker's latest proposal, and a bill that would fund Pitt, are in jeopardy.  Pennsylvania legislators have passed a budget and four bills that would restore funding to Pennsylvania’s state-related schools, but it’s unlikely Pitt will s...

State could restore Pitt funding, Wolf signature pending

State could restore Pitt funding, Wolf signature pending

By Dale Shoemaker / News Desk

March 16, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Administration, National News, News

If Gov. Tom Wolf signs a Pennsylvania Senate bill today, Pitt will receive more than $143 million in state funding. Following the state’s 2015 budget impasse, which has now lasted eight months, the Pennsylvania House and Senate pushed SB 915, a bill that replenishes Pitt’s state funding, Wednesd...

Students to leave their paw print

Students to leave their paw print

By Danni Zhou / Staff Writer

March 16, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

A group of this year’s graduating seniors is leaving a gift that will help generations of Pitt students. The group, called Project Paw Print, aims to help rising sophomores, juniors and seniors cover school expenses outside of tuition through a Senior Legacy Student Resource Fund, an annual donatio...

No rest for the determined: Pitt rowers prepare for their season

No rest for the determined: Pitt rowers prepare for their season

By Ryan Reichardt / For The Pitt News

March 15, 2016


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

Wake up at 5 a.m. Get on the rowing machine. Go to class. Get on the rowing machine. “This is the base of what we do,” Pitt Crew Vice President Helen Ann Lawless said. The Pittsburgh club rowing team doesn’t take time off. Pitt rowers spend four months of the cold, dismal and gray Pittsburgh wi...

Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson

Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson

March 15, 2016


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

Here’s to you, Mr. RobinsonJeremy Tepper | Senior Staff WriterA pint-sized, 3-year-old James Robinson plops himself in front of the television. His parents, Rayna and James Jr., sit on the sofa.With the remote in Dad’s hand, perhaps the toddler has a suggestion — maybe cartoons? Nope, the kid knows exactly...

Breathe in, breathe out: Mindfulness practices find focus at Pitt

Breathe in, breathe out: Mindfulness practices find focus at Pitt

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

March 13, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Health, News

Cross your T’s, dot your I’s, mind your manners as well as your inner self — or so says a wave of recent research and an increased focus on being present. In the midst of some 28,000 students with racing, cluttered thoughts, the Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies opened last semeste...

Pitt takes 10 on Selection Sunday

Pitt takes 10 on Selection Sunday

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 13, 2016


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

Although the Panthers' odds for an NCAA Tournament berth heading into Selection Sunday seemed positive, an Internet mishap calmed any lingering fears of a surprise snub. Thanks to the bracket leaking on Twitter Sunday evening, the Pitt men’s basketball team discovered early that it earned a No. 10 s...

Pitt basketball earns No. 10 seed in NCAA Tournament

Pitt basketball earns No. 10 seed in NCAA Tournament

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 13, 2016


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

The Pitt men's basketball team earned a No. 10 seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, as they will take on the No. 7 seed Wisconsin Badgers in St. Louis, Missouri. The team finished the season with a 21-11 record, going 9-9 in conference play. The tournament berth is Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon's 11th...

Tar Heels utilize second half spurts to pummel Pitt

Tar Heels utilize second half spurts to pummel Pitt

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 10, 2016


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

The Pitt men’s basketball team will return from Washington D.C. feeling optimistic and disappointed. The Panthers fell to the No. 7 North Carolina Tar Heels by a final score of 88-71 in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament at the Verizon Center Thursday. The loss came one day after defeating...

Robinson, Johnson carry Pitt over Syracuse to advance in ACC Tournament

Robinson, Johnson carry Pitt over Syracuse to advance in ACC Tournament

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 9, 2016


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

WASHINGTON, D.C --- Wednesday could have been the last game of James Robinson’s career. The senior point guard and his Panthers needed a win, sitting on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament field of 64 and Pitt's accepting an NIT invitation no guarantee. And with Pitt on the ropes, he did what...

Students speak at ‘safe space’

Students speak at ‘safe space’

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 4, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

Just because Abby Meinen and Marcus Robinson are different people with different experiences, that doesn’t mean they can’t talk about sensitive and controversial topics together. But when they do, Meinen said, they need to respect each other — something she didn’t see at Milo Yiannopoulos...

Gallagher calls on state legislators to pass budget

Gallagher calls on state legislators to pass budget

By Zoë Hannah / Assistant News Editor

March 3, 2016


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

After eight months of impasse, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher has united with the presidents of three state-related universities in Harrisburg to urge state legislators to pass a budget. A statement Gallagher released Wednesday morning was his latest request for state lawmakers to restore Pitt’s state fun...

Natalie Dall wins SGB Presidency

Natalie Dall wins SGB Presidency

By Annemarie Carr and Dale Shoemaker / Pitt News Staff

March 2, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Student Government

Running late into the night, the Student Government Board meeting that preceded this year’s election nearly overshadowed the results’ unveiling. Following a mostly open-floor meeting in which Pitt’s SGB allowed students to publicly respond to controversial conservative speaker Milo Yiannopoulos...

Panthers fans want more at Heinz

Panthers fans want more at Heinz

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

March 2, 2016


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

As a Panthers football game begins, Pitt’s marching band ushers the team onto the field through a tunnel backdropped by a Pitt script banner. Some of the players meet atop the Pitt logo at the 50-yard line, surrounded by waving Pitt banners inside and outside the stadium. Attendees pass through a fr...

Conservatism and controversy: Milo Yiannopoulos speaks at Pitt

Conservatism and controversy: Milo Yiannopoulos speaks at Pitt

By Albert Giovanazzi and Zoë Hannah / The Pitt News Staff

March 1, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

With shouts of support for Donald Trump intermixing with middle fingers raised in silent protest, Pitt students both applauded and decried Milo Yiannopoulos’ meditation on free speech Monday night in the William Pitt Union.     College Republicans brought the gay, British sociopoliti...

Growing up grappling: Wrestlers bloom from Pittsburgh WPIAL

Growing up grappling: Wrestlers bloom from Pittsburgh WPIAL

By David Leftwich

March 1, 2016


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

Maybe it’s something in the water. Pitt wrestling sits in one of the nation’s most fertile recruiting areas, in the heart of the high school Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League — a 100-year-old program now part of a statewide interscholastic wrestling league. The WPIAL’s amp...

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 25, 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 23, 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 23, 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 17, 2016


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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


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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


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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 14, 2016


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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 9, 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


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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


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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 7, 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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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 27, 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


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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


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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


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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 14, 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...

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