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Rain slows fiery Democratic National Convention protests

Rain slows fiery Democratic National Convention protests

By Alexa Bakalarski and Stephen Caruso / The Pitt News Staff

July 28, 2016

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

Final day of the Republican National Convention brings creative minds together

Final day of the Republican National Convention brings creative minds together

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

July 22, 2016

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

Pittsburgh on the cheap

Pittsburgh on the cheap

By Brooke Rountree / For The Pitt News

July 19, 2016

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

More than one thousand march downtown in Black Lives Matter protest

More than one thousand march downtown in Black Lives Matter protest

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

July 10, 2016

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

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

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

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

July 7, 2016

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

Pittsburgh celebrates bicentennial with sand-sculpting competition

Pittsburgh celebrates bicentennial with sand-sculpting competition

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

July 5, 2016

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

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

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

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

June 27, 2016

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

Sexual assault survivors speak out in Pitt Breaking Out Campaign

Sexual assault survivors speak out in Pitt Breaking Out Campaign

By Lauren Long / For The Pitt News

June 21, 2016

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

Schenley demonstration calls out rape culture

Schenley demonstration calls out rape culture

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

June 15, 2016

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

Fans pack Downtown for Penguins victory parade

Fans pack Downtown for Penguins victory parade

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

June 15, 2016

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

PrideFest unites community to honor Orlando victims

PrideFest unites community to honor Orlando victims

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

June 13, 2016

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

Research links transplant complication with shorter lifespan

Research links transplant complication with shorter lifespan

By Erin Hare / Staff Writer

June 8, 2016

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

3D printing aids cancer research

3D printing aids cancer research

By Erin Hare / Staff Writer

June 1, 2016

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

Conner Stronger: Running back beats cancer

Conner Stronger: Running back beats cancer

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

May 24, 2016

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

City Competes for Funds

City Competes for Funds

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

May 17, 2016

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

Pitt baseball swept in Miami

Pitt baseball swept in Miami

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

May 15, 2016

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

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

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

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Assistant Sports Editor

May 10, 2016

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

Radiohead makes strong return with “A Moon Shaped Pool”

Radiohead makes strong return with “A Moon Shaped Pool”

By Ian Flanagan / Culture Editor

May 10, 2016

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

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

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

By Saskia Berrios-Thomas / Staff Writer

May 9, 2016

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

New South Oakland sign honors Warhol, Marino, Sammartino

New South Oakland sign honors Warhol, Marino, Sammartino

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

May 3, 2016

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

Pitt coaches and players react to Boyd joining NFL

Pitt coaches and players react to Boyd joining NFL

By Ash Sivaganesh / Assistant Sports Editor

April 29, 2016

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Trump, Clinton win PA

Trump, Clinton win PA

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

April 27, 2016

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

Bernie Sanders visits Pitt

Bernie Sanders visits Pitt

By Jordan Mondell and Kate Koenig / The Pitt News Staff

April 25, 2016

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

‘Diversity includes disability’

‘Diversity includes disability’

By Elizabeth Lepro / Contributing Editor

April 25, 2016

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

Hillary Clinton to revisit Pittsburgh

Hillary Clinton to revisit Pittsburgh

By Danni Zhou / Staff Writer

April 22, 2016

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

Her Campus educates students on contraceptives

Her Campus educates students on contraceptives

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

April 21, 2016

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

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 20, 2016

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

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

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

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 14, 2016

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

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

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

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 13, 2016

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 12, 2016

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

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

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 7, 2016

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

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 5, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

April 1, 2016

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

April 1, 2016

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

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 30, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 23, 2016

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

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

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 21, 2016

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

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

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

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

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 18, 2016

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 17, 2016

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

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

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

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 14, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

City launches redevelopment for West Oakland, Uptown

City launches redevelopment for West Oakland, Uptown

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

February 26, 2016

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

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

Panthers face uncertain ACC future

Panthers face uncertain ACC future

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

February 24, 2016

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

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

By Ted Zhang / Staff Writer

February 24, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

University Senate talks diversity, assaults and budget impasse

University Senate talks diversity, assaults and budget impasse

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

February 18, 2016

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

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

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

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

“Vagina Monolouges” spotlight ASL

“Vagina Monolouges” spotlight ASL

By Lianna Rana / For The Pitt News

February 15, 2016

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

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

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

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

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...

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