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Sponsored Content: WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: Salud says “hello” to healthy eating and a healthier you

Sponsored Content: WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: Salud says “hello” to healthy eating and a healthier you

By Julia Lee

April 4, 2018


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This article is the first of a three-part series in collaboration with Salud Juicery. This article will cover an overview of health and wellness, the way food can impact you and your lifestyle, and how the changes we make in our lives can improve our overall wellness. Salud Juicery is a juice and smoothie shop w...

Sponsored Content: WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: Pilates proves to improve mental and physical fitness

Sponsored Content: WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: Pilates proves to improve mental  and physical fitness

By Julia Lee

April 4, 2018


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Pilates, to the uninitiated, is merely another hot fitness trend that’s been hyped by celebs and other notables, but the Method’s longevity proves it’s more than a fad. It’s a system of conditioning exercises that was specifically designed to enhance physical strength, flexibility and balance, while...

Sponsored Content: WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: Wheelin’ to find a new confidence, community

Sponsored Content: WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: Wheelin’ to find a new  confidence, community

By Julia Lee

March 28, 2018


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OneUp Skate Shop is located in the South Side of Pittsburgh at 1923 East Carson Street.  While originating in 2003, they have been on the South Side for the past decade and they carry 100 brands and counting on their walls. Skateboarding serves as a way of getting physical exercise and a method of transportatio...

Sponsored Content: WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: Fabulous follicles can lead to a healthier head

Sponsored Content: WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: Fabulous follicles can lead to a healthier head

By Julia Lee

March 28, 2018


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Puccini Hair Design is located at 237 Atwood St. in Oakland, a five-minute walk from the Cathedral of Learning. The salon was founded in 1974 and has won 10 “Best Of” awards since its inception. Right now, it’s owned by Salvatore Puccini, a 37-year-old Pitt alumnus who has been there since 2003....

Sponsored Content: The Innovation Institute: Final Round for Startup Competition Draws Dedicated Teams

Sponsored Content: The Innovation Institute: Final Round for Startup Competition Draws Dedicated Teams

By Andrew Tindall

March 28, 2018


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There’s a student startup competition sponsored by Pitt Trustee Bob Randall and Pitt’s Innovation Institute happening right now, and you would not believe the innovation and creativity that the teams have brought to the table. You can see for yourself at the final judging on March 29, but we’ll try h...

Sponsored Content: THE INNOVATION INSTITUTE:Randall Family’s Amply Bankrolled Annual Battle for Capital Needs YOU

Sponsored Content: THE INNOVATION INSTITUTE:Randall Family’s Amply Bankrolled Annual Battle for Capital Needs YOU

By Andrew Tindall

February 2, 2018


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Ten years ago, the Randall family first granted a cool hundred grand to be divided between the students at Pitt with the top ideas for a new product, service or nonprofit endeavor. This year’s Randall Family Big Idea Competition will mark $1 million – six zeroes – awarded to Pitt students of a...

Sponsored Content: The Innovation Institute: The next big idea comes from you

By Michael Yeomans

February 2, 2018


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So you have a great idea for the next great social sharing app. Or maybe a new crowdsourcing platform, medical device or social enterprise? Or maybe you don’t have an idea, but you want to get some hands-on experience in entrepreneurship? Whatever the idea, the Pitt Innovation Institute has several ...

Sponsored Content: The Innovation Institute: Teams forged in the Blast Furnace shine on Demo Day

By Andrew Tindall

February 2, 2018


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The culmination of nine weeks of student startup work is coming soon, and you won’t want to miss it. The Innovation Institute’s sixth Blast Furnace Cohort is drawing to an end, and the final event is a pitch competition that is open to the public. You’ll get to see 18 different student teams, ea...

Sponsored Content: The innovation institute: Startup Energy Lasts All Week Long

Sponsored Content: The innovation institute: Startup Energy Lasts All Week Long

By Andrew Tindall

November 6, 2017


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Are you ready for a week packed with innovation and entrepreneurship? Pitt’s Innovation Institute and CMU’s Schwartz Center for Entrepreneurship are teaming up to bring their yearly week-long celebration of big ideas and student startups to both campuses. Between Nov. 13 and Nov. 17, Pitt and Carneg...

Sponsored Content: Wellness Wednesday: Domestic Violence

Sponsored Content: Wellness Wednesday: Domestic Violence

By Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh

November 1, 2017


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Three women in the U.S. each day are murdered by their intimate partners. This number is shocking, especially because we often only hear when a victim of domestic or dating violence is murdered when it involves a celebrity or sports figure, or if it happens locally.  Sadly, on Oct. 8, the Pittsburg...

Sponsored Content: The Innovation Institute: Startup Blitz returns to Pitt this October

Sponsored Content: The Innovation Institute: Startup Blitz returns to Pitt this October

By Andrew Tindall

October 12, 2017


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The Startup Blitz is a fast-paced, day-long competition designed to foster new startup teams, build experience with startup creation and help get new ideas off the ground. Students from all over the University are invited to come and find a team to work with: grad and undergrad, engineers, financiers, scienti...

Sponsored Content:The Innovation Institute: How do I get my big ideas off the ground?

Sponsored Content:The Innovation Institute: How do I get my big ideas  off the ground?

By Andrew Tindall

October 12, 2017


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What do Larry Page, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg have in common? If you’d answer that they’re self-made tech giants, or that they could each lose a cool billion dollars without batting an eye, you’re right. But they, along with many other world-class entrepreneurs, have one more thing in common:...

Wellness Wednesday: Surfing with Stress on the Mindfulness Surfboard

By Dr. Lavanya Devdas

October 12, 2017


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Stress: This deceptively simple six-letter word can help us gear up in preparation for an optimal performance. In contrast, when stress becomes a prolonged guest in our lives, our once-optimal performance now becomes impaired. Why does this happen? When we deal with any task at hand, we have a preconceived se...

Wellness Wednesday: Homesickness: even when you least expect it

Wellness Wednesday: Homesickness: even when you least expect it

By Bobbi Jo Witham

October 12, 2017


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The moment is finally here: You get to live on your own, make your own rules and have some independence.  It’s the start of your college experience after months of dreaming about it and planning for it.  There are plenty of things to do: meet new friends, find an organization to become a part of, build your resu...

Financial Friday: Only Borrow What You Need Now, and Only Owe What You Need to Later

Financial Friday: Only Borrow What You Need Now, and Only Owe What You Need to Later

By Mark Mulkeen

June 5, 2017


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Last week, Financial Friday featured Federal Work Study as a way of reducing the cost of college. Its most attractive feature may be that it’s a type of financial aid that involves zero debt, which makes it one of many great ways to implement this week’s advice: Only borrow what you need to borrow...

Finanical Friday: Work-Study Awards Waiting to be Claimed

Finanical Friday: Work-Study Awards Waiting to be Claimed

By Mark Mulkeen

June 5, 2017


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Fall is an exciting time for all of us as we head back to campus in hopes of a great year. But for many, it’s also a time of dreading bills that range on being unaffordable. That’s why this is also the time of year to find ways to lower the cost of college, and Financial Friday is here to help. This w...

Financial Friday: Schedule Your Classes Wisely, and Don’t Pay More than You Have to

Financial Friday: Schedule Your Classes Wisely,  and Don’t Pay More than You Have to

By Mark Mulkeen

June 5, 2017


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There are a wide variety of ways students can control the amount of money they have to pay for college education, but the gross price of tuition is likely not often thought of as a controllable area. However, the reality is that part of it is indeed up to you, the student. The way you schedule your clas...

Financial Friday: How to Save Money and Budget for the Reality of Off-Campus Living

Financial Friday: How to Save Money and Budget  for the Reality of Off-Campus Living

By Mark Mulkeen

June 5, 2017


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College is undoubtedly a hectic and crazy experience. With so much to focus on during a semester, some important decisions can easily fall to the back burner. One such decision is, “Where will I live next year?” Pitt students are not guaranteed housing for senior year, so searching for an off-camp...

Financial Friday: Scholarship Hunting: A Continuous Process for Any Student

Financial Friday: Scholarship Hunting:  A Continuous Process for Any Student

By Mark Mulkeen

June 5, 2017


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So many cost-saving options for making college more affordable exist. From loans and grants, to working, to budgeting, and many more methods, dents in the costs of college start to accumulate in effectiveness when put together. However, the most effective cost-cutting mechanism for college is often the simpl...

Financial Friday: Research: One of the Most Important Cost-Saving Tools in College

Financial Friday: Research: One of the Most  Important Cost-Saving Tools in College

By Mark Mulkeen

June 5, 2017


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No matter what stage of college you are in, there’s always tons of research to be done. Maybe you’ve just been accepted to Pitt and are looking for loans to fund your time here. Perhaps you are already attending but could still use some financial help, and are wondering what scholarships you could st...

Sponsored – Financial Friday: Automate Payments and Spread Out Costs with PittPAY Payment Plan

Sponsored – Financial Friday: Automate Payments and Spread Out Costs with PittPAY Payment Plan

By Mark Mulkeen

June 5, 2017


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For many families with a student in college, the most painful part of the whole experience is paying large tuition bills each semester. But Pitt offers a payment option that could be slightly less painful. The PittPAY Payment Plan is an alternative to the traditional lump sum payment at the beginning o...

Nutrition and Weight Management

Nutrition and Weight Management

By Julia Lee

April 12, 2017


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Weight gain is a real concern for many college students — not just freshman and not always a specific number, sometimes less, sometimes more than thought.    Research indicates that some weight gain is normal and healthful during the college years.  Conversely, the dreaded “freshman 15” is n...

Preparing Your Finances for Studying Abroad

Preparing Your Finances for Studying Abroad

By Mark Mulkeen

April 12, 2017


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College can be thought of as an investment in which you pay for the opportunity to earn a degree, and cash in on the investment by getting a job your degree qualifies you for. But that doesn’t have to be the only way of thinking of it; college is also an experience, and a potentially enriching and...

Use the National Student Loan Data System to Help Keep Track of Your Student Aid  

Use the National Student Loan Data System to Help Keep Track of Your Student Aid  

By Mark Mulkeen

March 22, 2017


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Loan repayment is not something anyone wants to think about, but unfortunately it’s a reality many people face. Recent data from the Federal Reserve shows that 44.2 million Americans currently have student debt, and those 44.2 million owe a total of $1.28 trillion. If you’re about to join this ...

Saving for Retirement: Yes, You Should Start Thinking About It Now

Saving for Retirement: Yes, You Should Start Thinking About It Now

March 22, 2017


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  We are introduced to many elements of the financial world in our early twenties; however, retirement may not be an aspect we often think about. But it is one of the more important things to plan for financially. So when is the best time to begin saving for retirement? Now, or immediately after...

Keep a Safe, Liquid Emergency Fund to Protect Your Financial Situation

Keep a Safe, Liquid Emergency Fund to Protect Your Financial Situation

By Mark Mulkeen

February 1, 2017


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Maintaining steady financial footing can sometimes be difficult, and it only takes one unforeseen event to put what you work so hard for in jeopardy. That’s why it can be so important to maintain a liquid, safe emergency fund. An emergency fund is an account saved exclusively for predicaments such as loss o...

Protect Yourself Against the Arrival of Flu Season

Protect Yourself Against the Arrival of Flu Season

By Mark Mulkeen

January 11, 2017


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The start of the spring semester marks the acceleration of flu season. Protecting oneself against the flu is always important, and Oakland’s dense population warrants increased precaution. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported low overall influenza levels in the United States...

Needs and Wants: Not Always Black and White

Needs and Wants: Not Always Black and White

By Mark Mulkeen

January 11, 2017


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The relationship between needs and wants is a subject most of us are familiar with. The basic lessons behind it are taught early on in our school careers, so it might seem like a clear-cut and simple subject. However, an item’s status as a need or want is often not as black and white as it is when...

Fight Finals Spending Habits, Buy in Bulk

Fight Finals Spending Habits, Buy in Bulk

By Mark Mulkeen

January 11, 2017


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As finals approach, your lifestyle tends to change; your apartment gets a little dirtier, the sink begins to fill up, there’s a weird smell coming from the fridge but you can’t pinpoint what exactly is causing it, and your supply of clean laundry becomes frighteningly low. Okay, that’s what finals...

The Lost Art of Balancing One’s Checkbook, and Why it is Still Important

The Lost Art of Balancing One’s Checkbook, and Why it is Still Important

By Mark Mulkeen

November 9, 2016


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In today’s technological age, balancing one’s checkbook is likely viewed by many as an arcane action, but there’s still plenty to be said for why you should do it. In spite of rapid technological advancement in the banking industry, timing delays and banking errors still can and do occur, and those...

Debit or Credit? When and How to Use Each Card

Debit or Credit? When and How to Use Each Card

November 9, 2016


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College is an interesting transition period where your payment methods change and your level of financial accountability rises. For a long time now, you’ve likely owned and used a debit card, but college is often the period at which you begin using a credit card. This new available method of purchase...

Know Your Financial Situation and Estimate Your Net Price of College Today

Know Your Financial Situation and Estimate Your Net Price of College Today

November 9, 2016


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Filling out your FAFSA is the way to ultimately discover how much financial aid you will receive.  But if you’re an incoming student who would rather not wait for the months-long period it could take to see the results, a way exists to estimate your financial aid package without any wait. Almost...

Give Your Credit Score a Good Head Start

Give Your Credit Score a Good Head Start

By Mark Mulkeen

November 9, 2016


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Credit affects a wide range of important financial matters. Whether financing a car, leasing an apartment or applying for a job, the status of your credit can substantially impact what you and cannot get approved for. However for many of us, the most we ever hear about credit are those free credit report...

FAFSA: What’s Changed, and How to Keep Your’s Updated

FAFSA: What’s Changed, and How to Keep Your’s Updated

By Mark Mulkeen

November 9, 2016


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The previous Financial Friday covered the topic of minimizing the amount of money you borrow. An overarching theme from that edition was working with the amount of aid you are given. But just how is that amount decided? If you’ve been a student here since orientation week or longer, you’ve probably...

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