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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 10, 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


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

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


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

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


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

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 2, 2015


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

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


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

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


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

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

November 30, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Health, News

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

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


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

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Health, News

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Visual

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

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 20, 2015


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

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


Filed under 2. Featured, This Week In Photos, Visual

Pittsburgh students rally for Mizzou

Pittsburgh students rally for Mizzou

By Brady Langmann and Dylan Shaffer / The Pitt News Staff

November 19, 2015


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

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


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

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Multimedia, Top Stories, Uncategorized, Visual

Pitt offers light to grieving cities

Pitt offers light to grieving cities

By Zoë Hannah and Josh Ye / News Staff

November 17, 2015


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

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 15, 2015


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

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

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


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

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Multimedia, This Week In Photos, Visual

Pitt rescinds Cosby’s honorary degree

Pitt rescinds Cosby’s honorary degree

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 13, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

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 8, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

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


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

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


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

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 ...

Tag you’re it: City split over value of graffiti art

Tag you’re it: City split over value of graffiti art

By Elaina Zachos / Staff Writer

November 2, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Art, Culture

On the street, Alicia Carberry hunts for fresh paint. Sporting a bright green shirt stamped “volunteer,” the Bloomfield resident of four years sets out on her second graffiti paint-out with the Southside Community Council’s Graffiti Watch. Toting a wagon filled with paint gallons in six basic colors, rollers and brushes, Carberry and her volunte...

Birders flock to Audubon’s art

Birders flock to Audubon’s art

By Cristina McCormack / For The Pitt News

November 2, 2015


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

When John J. Audubon, the famous wildlife artist, came to Pittsburgh nearly 200 years ago, he paid specific attention to the passenger pigeon. Audubon, however, was more concerned in 1817 with the aesthetically pleasing aspects of the brown, blue and red, sleek birds than the scientific accuracies ...

The Pitt News wins national pacemaker awards

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

November 2, 2015


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

Five Pitt News staff members received awards from the Associated Collegiate Press national journalism competition this weekend. Four Pitt students and one Pitt alumnus won awards in the categories of 2015 Story of the Year, Spot News Photo of the Year, Sports Story of the Year and Multimedia Story of...

Calling the shots: McConnell-Serio’s career a string of successes

Calling the shots: McConnell-Serio’s career a string of successes

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 1, 2015


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

Suzie McConnell-Serio was going to play with the boys. Long before the native Pittsburgher was gracing the sidelines of the Petersen Events Center and revitalizing the University of Pittsburgh’s women’s basketball team as its head coach, she was just a fourth grader shooting hoops in a gymnas...

Tar Heeled: UNC’s Williams runs wild on No. 23 Panthers in 26-19 loss

Tar Heeled: UNC’s Williams runs wild on No. 23 Panthers in 26-19 loss

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 29, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

On a breezy Thursday night, North Carolina senior quarterback Marquise Williams routinely blew by Pitt defenders. Williams threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns, completing 14 of 23 passes and running for 52 yards on nine carries. He served as the lynchpin for the Tar Heels’ 26-19 win over the No. 2...

No. 23 Pitt cannot complete second-half comeback in 26-19 loss to UNC

No. 23 Pitt cannot complete second-half comeback in 26-19 loss to UNC

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 29, 2015


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

Pat Narduzzi’s second-half adjustments have saved the Panthers time and time again this season, but on Thursday night, the halftime deficit proved too much for his team to overcome. In its first ACC contest against a team with a winning record, No. 23 Pitt faltered and fell to North Carolina on Thursday, 26-19. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi took home...

A spirited affair: “Fright Night” draws mix of actors, Halloween enthusiasts

A spirited affair: “Fright Night” draws mix of actors, Halloween enthusiasts

By Ian Flanagan / Staff Writer

October 29, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

For some people, Halloween doesn’t end with childhood. Every fall season for the past 14 years, local amusement park Kennywood has drawn actors with varying experience to dress up and scare visitors during its Halloween-themed events, Phantom Fright Nights, which spooks visitors every Friday and Sa...

CWO marches to take back the night

CWO marches to take back the night

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

October 28, 2015


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

With raised fists, marching feet and rhyming chants, students stopped traffic and caught the attention of camera phones in a demonstration seeking to fight back against sexual violence. “Whatever you wear, wherever you go, yes means yes and no means no,” students chanted down Bigelow Boulevard in...

After season abroad, Patterson striving to stick with Hawks

By Jasper Willson / Senior Staff Writer

October 27, 2015


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

During his one season abroad, Lamar Patterson never talked about hanging around Europe for another campaign. He was going to come home to America to play and stay for good. Last season, the former Pitt basketball player spent his rookie professional season playing for Tofaş Bursa, a top-level Turk...

Pittsburgh inaugurates new citizens

Pittsburgh inaugurates new citizens

By Dylan Shaffer / For the Pitt News

October 27, 2015


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

Without immigrants, there wouldn’t be a Cathedral of Learning. “[Pitt’s neighbors] donated their own scarce resources, their own treasure, and their own sweat to complete the project,” Pitt Chancellor Patrick D. Gallagher said. On Monday, Oct. 26 in Schenley Plaza, Pittsburgh welcomed anothe...

Two pedestrians killed in accident involving Port Authority bus near upper campus

Two pedestrians killed in accident involving Port Authority bus near upper campus

By Danielle Fox and Dale Shoemaker / Pitt News Staff

October 26, 2015


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

An accident involving a Port Authority bus has killed two pedestrians near upper campus this afternoon. Port Authority spokesman Adam Brandolph said two passengers, a woman and a man in a wheelchair, had exited an incoming 83 Bedford Hill bus at the intersection of Centre Avenue, University Drive and...

OBITUARY: Remembering Susan Hicks

OBITUARY: Remembering Susan Hicks

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

October 25, 2015


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

Susan Hicks was always learning, often traveling and never limiting her capacity for empathy or her dedication to students. Hicks, 34, was assistant director of academic affairs at Pitt’s Center for Russian and East European Studies. She died Friday after being hit by a car in Oakland while ridin...

Late Blewitt kick lifts Pitt over Syracuse 23-20 to stay undefeated in ACC

Late Blewitt kick lifts Pitt over Syracuse 23-20 to stay undefeated in ACC

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

October 24, 2015


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

Despite its new No. 25 ranking, Pitt football kept to its recent tradition of close games against Syracuse, as well as its newfound tradition of Chris Blewitt game-winning field goals. On Saturday, the Panthers (6-1, 4-0 ACC) pulled out a close road win against the Orange (3-4, 1-2 ACC), 23-20 with...

Pitt professor, students receive award for community involvement

Pitt professor, students receive award for community involvement

By Leo Dornan / For the Pitt News

October 22, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

For Robin Clarke, it’s the little work that can make the biggest difference. On Thursday, the gender, sexuality and women’s studies program at Pitt recognized Clarke for her social activism in Braddock and East Liberty with a 2015 Iris Marion Young Award. Clarke has been active in the fight to...

Testing treatment: A new look at less common cancer

Testing treatment: A new look at less common cancer

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

October 21, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Health, News

When it comes to treating breast cancer, Pitt researchers say there won’t be a one size fits all solution. Physicians at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) are testing the effects the three most common anti-estrogen treatments for breast cancer have on...

Q and A: Jackie Fuchs of ‘The Runaways’ talks about her experience with sexual assault

Q and A: Jackie Fuchs of ‘The Runaways’ talks about her experience with sexual assault

By Marlo Safi / Columnist

October 20, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Columns, Opinions

It was New Year’s Eve, 1975, and The Runaways — the all-girl rock band founded by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett — had just finished their last set at Wild Man Sam’s, a small club in Orange County, California. At the time, Jackie Fuchs was known by her stage name — Jackie Fox. She ...

Beyond the red

Beyond the red

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

October 20, 2015


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

On fall weekends, while the air is fresh and still invitingly warm, the same scene rolls. Speakers up, drinks poured and best clothes on, Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University students pour into South Oakland homes and bars for evenings of fun. While the music and students’ spirits are up, researc...

No. 25 Pitt cracks AP Top 25 poll

No. 25 Pitt cracks AP Top 25 poll

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

October 18, 2015


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

After Pitt defeated Georgia Tech on Saturday, some fans waited anxiously for Sunday's AP Top 25 poll to see if the Panthers would receive recognition for their 5-1 start. The Panthers slid into the No. 25 spot of the media poll and are ranked for the first time since 2010, when Pitt was No. 15 in...

Late field goal lifts Pitt over Georgia Tech on the road, 31-28

Late field goal lifts Pitt over Georgia Tech on the road, 31-28

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

October 17, 2015


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Pat Narduzzi decided to attempt two fourth down conversions on the team’s game-winning drive, but his call that ultimately won the game came when he sent Chris Blewitt out to attempt a 56-yard field goal. Blewitt’s career-long kick sealed a 31-28 road win over Georgia Tech (2-5, 0-4 ACC) to give ...

Produce porch feeds students

Produce porch feeds students

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

October 15, 2015


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Among the chairs and welcome mat on Sarah Kenney’s Dawson Street home, she’s piled boxes of tomatoes, peppers and strawberries. Depending on the day, the porch in front of her brick home and the sidewalk below it is stacked with other boxes of spinach, bannanas and apples — but little she plan...

Bonner says change takes time

Bonner says change takes time

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

October 14, 2015


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

Students once again offered their input on Pitt’s strategic plan Wednesday night — and some of them brought very specific questions and concerns to the table. The University held its second open forum yesterday in the Connolly Ballroom of the Alumni Hall. Administration heard comments about two...

Pitt researchers propose new stem cell method

Pitt researchers propose new stem cell method

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

October 13, 2015


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

After six years of collaboration, Pitt researchers Ipsita Banerjee and Prashant Kumta, said  they can now launch a “very easy and cheap” way to grow stem cells to help cure Type 2 diabetes. With current methods, researchers face high costs and waits of several days to several weeks to make eno...

Oakland honors Indigenous Peoples Day

Oakland honors Indigenous Peoples Day

By Lauren Rosenblatt and Dale Shoemaker / Pitt News Staff

October 12, 2015


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With pennants and ribbons waving, marchers shut down Bigelow Boulevard as they brought native people and their supporters back to their indigenous roots. At Pitt on Monday, about 200 students and community members gathered in front of the Cathedral of Learning at 5:30 p.m. to march against Columbus ...

Pitt to discuss Cosby’s honorary degree

Pitt to discuss Cosby’s honorary degree

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

October 11, 2015


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Following suit with other universities that awarded Bill Cosby an honorary degree, Pitt said on Friday that it will consider rescinding the degree it awarded him 13 years ago. Pitt gave Cosby an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree for his “lifetime of high achievement” after he spoke at Pitt...

Defensive plays help Pitt hold on for 26-19 win over Virginia in homecoming game

Defensive plays help Pitt hold on for 26-19 win over Virginia in homecoming game

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

October 10, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

In addition to chips and drinks, Pitt gave its student section a reason to stay the whole game on Saturday, as it let the visiting Virginia Cavaliers within seven points late in the fourth quarter before holding on to win its homecoming game Saturday. After a 17-point first quarter outburst, Pitt’s offense stalle...

Khalifa brings down the Pete at Pitt basketball’s #ZooAfterHours event

Khalifa brings down the Pete at Pitt basketball’s #ZooAfterHours event

By Chris Puzia and Harrison Kaminsky / The Pitt News Staff

October 10, 2015


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

Pitt’s basketball teams worked hard and played hard at their #ZooAfterHours event to prepare fans for the upcoming season. Following team introductions and a shooting competition, rap star and Pittsburgh native Wiz Khalifa took center stage to deliver a brief but hit-filled performance to students...

Hail to Script: The life, death and rebirth of a font

Hail to Script: The life, death and rebirth of a font

By Stephen Caruso / Staff Writer

October 8, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Homecoming 2015, Specials, Sports

Hail to Script: The life, death and rebirth of a fontStephen Caruso / Staff WriterOctober 9, 2015Tony Dorsett smashes through the Notre Dame defensive line. Courtesy of ULS ArchivesThe University of Pittsburgh’s second most recognizable symbol — after the Cathedral of Learning — is a font.But describ...

Planned Parenthood demonstrations spark debate

Planned Parenthood demonstrations spark debate

By Elizabeth Lepro, Emily Brindley and Mark Pesto / Pitt News Staff

October 8, 2015


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Students on both sides of the Planned Parenthood debate demonstrated today on the William Pitt Union lawn. Students for Life of America, a national organization, and Choose Life at Pitt, a Pitt student organization, staged a demonstration calling to defund Planned Parenthood from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the l...

Featured Gallery: Pirates NL Wild Card Game 2015

Featured Gallery: Pirates NL Wild Card Game 2015

By Theo Schwarz / Senior Staff Photographer

October 7, 2015


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Students question Pitt’s plan following open forum

Students question Pitt’s plan following open forum

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

October 7, 2015


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

Students said they came for answers and received a sales pitch at the University’s open student forum Tuesday. On Tuesday, Oct. 6, Pitt hosted an Open Student Forum from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the William Pitt Union Ballroom as an opportunity for students to express concerns about the University’s “Pl...

Student input, a work in progress

Student input, a work in progress

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

October 5, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

Students asked the Pitt administration to hear them out last week, and Kenyon Bonner said he’s listening. On Sept. 25, students from Free the Planet and Americans for Informed Democracy dropped off a letter for Chancellor Patrick Gallagher describing their disappointment with the lack of student e...

Fall Fest 2015: Walk the Moon brings radio hits to Bigelow Boulevard

Fall Fest 2015: Walk the Moon brings radio hits to Bigelow Boulevard

By Jessica Iacullo / Staff Writer

October 4, 2015


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Pitt students shut up and danced Sunday outside  the William Pitt Union during Pitt Program Council’s annual Fall Fest.  Along with the drums and keyboard,the smells of cotton candy and popcorn filled Bigelow Boulevard Sunday afternoon as students and parents gathered in front of Fall Fest’s sta...

Pitt stymies Virginia Tech on the road with defense, running game

Pitt stymies Virginia Tech on the road with defense, running game

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 3, 2015


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

BLACKSBURG, Virginia — Following a loss like the Pitt football team suffered in its last game against Iowa, finishing strong against Virginia Tech this weekend naturally became a point of emphasis. “They got better from last outing,” head coach Pat Narduzzi said. “We didn’t finish it out...

Hooked on hookah

Hooked on hookah

By Elli Warsh / For The Pitt Study

October 1, 2015


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Pitt freshman Logan Armstrong knows smoking hookah isn’t good for his lungs — but compared to cigarettes, he doesn’t see a cause for concern. “I smoke hookah much less frequently than the average cigarette smoker,” Armstrong said. “A smoker may consume a pack of cigarettes a day, whereas I may ...

Dining Guide: Online promotion doesn’t profit

Dining Guide: Online promotion doesn’t profit

September 30, 2015


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If Sorrento’s is offering a cheap pizza, freshman Brody Hastings is in. Attracting and retaining customers like Hastings at local restaurants is the subject of a study from a collaboration of researchers at Pitt’s School of Information Sciences and the Stevens Institute of Technology. The study...

Super Surplus Me

Super Surplus Me

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

September 30, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, City, News

If you’re tired of sleeping on your extra large twin bed, you can replace it with a used 78X30X31 massage table for a bargain of a price. No, you won’t find it cast aside on an Atwood sidewalk. It’s waiting for you at Pitt Surplus for a low price of only $100. If the table doesn’t fulfill your sh...

New funding for HIV research

New funding for HIV research

By Rina Zhang / For The Pitt News

September 29, 2015


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With millions of federal funding secured, a team of Pitt researchers has set out to do what has never been done — find a cure for HIV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first published a report about what would come to be known as the AIDS epidemic in 1981. Thirty-two years later, more t...

Pitt football notebook: Week four

Pitt football notebook: Week four

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 29, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

After Week 2’s last-second loss to Iowa, Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi and his team had a bye week to lick their wounds and prepare to face Virginia Tech. Now heading into this weekend’s contest against the Hokies, Narduzzi addressed his team’s running offense, starting quarterback an...

Pittsburgh gathers to hear Pope

Pittsburgh gathers to hear Pope

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

September 27, 2015


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

As the Steelers game came to a close Sunday, Pittsburgh’s faithful turned away from their televisions and toward someone more holy than any quarterback — Pope Francis. About 130 people gathered yesterday afternoon at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in the Strip District to watch a live broadcast from Phila...

Students deliver letter to Chancellor

Students deliver letter to Chancellor

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

September 24, 2015


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When student activists gathered in the Cathedral to deliver a message to the Chancellor Thursday, they left their protest signs and megaphones at home. Instead, about 20 student members of Americans for Informed Democracy and Free the Planet assembled on the first floor of the Cathedral at 12:30 p.m. t...

Communication breakdown: Finkelstein’s fury

Communication breakdown: Finkelstein’s fury

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

September 23, 2015


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

What Pitt says was a miscommunication with a middleman has shrouded the University’s first-ever National Security Symposium in controversy. Norman Finkelstein, a popular but contentious expert on the Israel-Palestine conflict, was scheduled to speak today at the symposium, an event sponsored by t...

Signed, sealed, registered: Pitt students register to vote online

Signed, sealed, registered: Pitt students register to vote online

By Alex Leighton / Staff Writer

September 23, 2015


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

As the 2016 presidential primaries loom closer, an on-campus political event looked beyond party affiliations to ensure students will get out and vote. Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., roughly 150 students registered to vote at Pitt’s National Voter Registration Day. Pitt College Democrats, Pi Sig...

Pitt releases sexual assault survey results

Pitt releases sexual assault survey results

By Elizabeth Lepro, Lauren Rosenblatt, Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

September 22, 2015


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When it comes to sexual misconduct on Pitt’s campus, students are afraid to step in, seek help and file reports, according to a survey of the University’s sexual climate. The results of the 2015 Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct, which Pitt released Monday, showed that female students and transgender or non-gen...

Catching up with Tray Woodall

Catching up with Tray Woodall

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 21, 2015


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

After seeing the court for 139 games over his Pitt career that spanned from 2008 to 2013, former star point guard Tray Woodall left the University and trekked the globe. Since leaving Oakland, Woodall has played professionally in Turkey, Greece, Kosovo and Mexico, serving as a role player throughout his...

Filmmakers rolls on after summer deficit

Filmmakers rolls on after summer deficit

By Rio Maropis / Staff Writer

September 20, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

After a shaky summer, the cameras are now rolling better than ever at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Pittsburgh Filmmakers, a nonprofit organization that offers for-credit film and production classes to Pitt students, hit a revenue deficit of $754,868 in May because of lost income and special project spending. ...

Last-second field goal downs Pitt against Iowa

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 19, 2015


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

After a fourth quarter comeback by Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman, the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated the Panthers thanks to a game-winning 57-yard field goal by Marshall Koehn as time expired. Pitt fell by a final score of 27-24, marking the first loss of Pat Narduzzi’s tenure at Pitt. It was a game of m...

Chief on duty: Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay wants to change his force, and he knows just how he’s going to do it

Chief on duty: Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay wants to change his force, and he knows just how he’s going to do it

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

September 18, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, City, News

To a standing room only crowd in the Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay boldly and unapologetically declared Pittsburgh’s police force is broken. Since he’s now been on the job for one year as of Sept. 15, McLay has already begun to implement his fixes, drawing the attentio...

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