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Global issues localized at human rights panel

Global issues localized at human rights panel

By Remy Samuels, Staff Writer

1:38 am


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Panelists at the Human Rights in Pittsburgh and the World event Wednesday discussed current conflicts in human rights related to food insecurity and women's rights.

Panther Grille serves sustainability

Panther Grille serves sustainability

By Madeline Gavatorta, Staff Writer

1:29 am


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

The truck can be used for special events, help serve areas on campus where less food options are present and also work as a “disaster kitchen” — meaning if one eatery on campus cannot run anymore for whatever reason, Panther Grille can be used as a backup.

SGB announces continued support for tobacco-free campus

SGB announces continued support for tobacco-free campus

By Emily Wolfe, For The Pitt News

September 19, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News

Student Government Board focuses on student surveys about campus smoking at weekly meeting.

SGB hosts bi-annual Safety Fair

SGB hosts bi-annual Safety Fair

By Ashley Priore and Janine Faust, The Pitt News Staff

September 19, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Kevin Caruso, a fire safety specialist and emergency preparedness coordinator at Pitt, said people always get something out of the fire extinguisher training exercises, from how to properly use an extinguisher to how to react to a real fire.

Pitt Law hosts Constitution Day panel

Pitt Law hosts Constitution Day panel

By Noah Manalo, Staff Writer

September 18, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

In honor of Constitution Day on Monday, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law hosted a panel discussion about the promise, limits and ongoing challenges in realizing the rights guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.

Pitt Progressives protest Maggie and Stella’s

Pitt Progressives protest Maggie and Stella’s

By Christian Snyder, Editor-in-Chief

September 16, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

Pitt Progressives organized a demonstration Friday to protest the absence of a grocery store on campus.

Uncle Sam’s Sub’s Oakland location to close

Uncle Sam’s Sub’s Oakland location to close

By Sarah Shearer, Assistant News Editor

September 14, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Uncle Sam's Sub's is closing its doors after 35 years of business at it's Oakland location

Students study and slumber in newly renovated Hillman Library

Students study and slumber in newly renovated Hillman Library

By Noah Manalo, Staff Writer

September 14, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Students react to Hillman Library's new fourth floor, complete with group study spaces and expanded archives.

University Senate Council talks state budget, unionization

University Senate Council talks state budget, unionization

By Madeline Gavatorta, Staff Writer

September 14, 2018


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

The 2019-20 state budget could mean significant shifts in how much students pay for college.

VIDEO: “Art for Change” with Marcel Walker

September 14, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Video, Visual

Marcel Walker, Pittsburgh-based illustrator and comic-book artist, visits the University of Pittsburgh at the "Art for Change" event.

Students forfeit paychecks for unpaid internships

Students forfeit paychecks for unpaid internships

By Remy Samuels, Staff Writer

September 13, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

For many students, scrolling through internship opportunities on LinkedIn and Indeed can be a very stressful process. Finding a meaningful, paid internship that doesn’t include strenuous hours of busy work or delivering coffees to employees may be more difficult today than ever before.

Students balance school with necessity for full-time work

Students balance school with necessity for full-time work

By Sid Lingala, Staff Writer

September 13, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Regardless of the hardships that come with having a full-time job during college, students agree that the personal development that college students can gain from a co-op or job experience is valuable.

In the Army: professional prospects for Pitt ROTC

In the Army: professional prospects for Pitt ROTC

By Grant Burgman, News Editor

September 13, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

In Pitt’s ROTC program, students receive a full-tuition scholarship as well as $600 a month to cover the cost of books and a $420 monthly stipend. Students who already have a full-tuition scholarship, through athletics or academics, can instead choose to accept a $10,000 room-and-board scholarship.

SGB approves $28.5k for Black Action Society in contested allocation vote

SGB approves $28.5k for Black Action Society in contested allocation vote

By Emily Wolfe, For the Pitt News

September 12, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

After listening to Augustin, Mercer proposed amending the allocation from the Allocation Committee’s recommendation. The new allocation was passed — instead of denying the Black Action Society’s request in full, the board approved all $28,500.

Pittsburgh community mourns Mac Miller

Pittsburgh community mourns Mac Miller

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

September 12, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News, Video

Blue Slide Park in Squirrel Hill’s Frick Park became synonymous with late Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller after he released both a song and album eponymous with the iconic slide. On Tuesday night it was a place of mourning for Miller. Hundreds of Pittsburghers — fans, old friends and family alike...

Photos: Mac Miller vigil in Blue Slide Park

Photos: Mac Miller vigil in Blue Slide Park

By The Pitt News Visual Staff

September 12, 2018


Filed under News, Visual

Hundreds of people gathered at Blue Slide Park in Squirrel Hill Tuesday evening for a vigil honoring Pittsburgh-native rap artist Mac Miller. Miller, 26, passed away Sept. 7 from a suspected drug overdose. [Read the full article here] Knox Coulter | Staff Photographer Knox Coulter | Staff Photogra...

Catholics respond to Pittsburgh diocese scandal

Catholics respond to Pittsburgh diocese scandal

By Mario Cattabiani III, Staff Writer

September 12, 2018


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

At nearly 900 pages, a sweeping report identified some 300 priests accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 children over the past seven decades in six dioceses across Pennsylvania.

Changing seasons means more sales for Oakland businesses

Changing seasons means more sales for Oakland businesses

By Kieran Mclean, Staff Writer

September 11, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

For students, autumn heralds pumpkin spice, sweaters and the mass migration back to school. For Oakland restaurants, that migration means business.

Pittsburgh-native rapper Mac Miller dead at 26

Pittsburgh-native rapper Mac Miller dead at 26

By The Pitt News Staff

September 7, 2018


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

The rapper died of an apparent drug overdose, according to a report from TMZ. He was 26 years old and about to go on tour.

Q&A: Aurora Sharrard talks on sustainability

Q&A: Aurora Sharrard talks on sustainability

By Brian Salvato, Staff Writer

September 7, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The University’s plan to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and increase the use of renewable energy is a long one, spanning to 2030, but it’s one that students help propel forward every time they recycle a can or compost their food waste.

Grassroots politicians discuss health, safety and representation

Grassroots politicians discuss health, safety and representation

By Madeline Gavatorta, Staff Writer

September 7, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News

Sara Innamorato and Summer Lee went from under-the-radar activists to Pittsburgh household names nearly overnight when they both won primary elections in May against longtime incumbent Democrats in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives.

Uncle Sam’s Subs cited for multiple health-code violations

Uncle Sam’s Subs cited for multiple health-code violations

By Sarah Shearer, Assistant News Editor

September 7, 2018


Filed under Health, News

Uncle Sam's Subs in Oakland received multiple health code violations in an inspection report Sept. 4.

Pitt heats up, AC goes down

Pitt heats up, AC goes down

By Hannah Schneider, Assistant News Editor

September 6, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

The University didn’t come to the decision on its own. In an email to faculty and staff, the Facilities Management Division of the University cited Pennsylvania Act 129, which demands a response notification from their electricity supplier as the reason behind cutting back on electric usage.

Rosa Davis offers POWER to women in recovery

Rosa Davis offers POWER to women in recovery

By Kieran Mclean, Staff Writer

September 5, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Rosa Davis was hired as the executive director in 1991 after graduating from Pitt with a master’s degree in social work in 1986. Under her leadership, POWER grew from eight staffers in 1991 to more than 70 today. She will receive an award on Oct. 3 as one of Pitt’s School of Social Work’s 2018 Outstanding Alumni.

Campus grocery store on the menu at SGB kickoff meeting

Campus grocery store on the menu at SGB kickoff meeting

By Brian Salvato, Staff Writer

September 5, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Student Government

Board member Albert Tanjaya made a notable announcement about his focus for the semester. Along with improving the user accessibility of Saferider, the late-night transportation service available to students in Oakland, Tanjaya is looking to help the grocery store installation to Pitt’s campus.

Parents of hazing victim reach settlement with Beta Theta Pi

Parents of hazing victim reach settlement with Beta Theta Pi

By Hannah Schneider, Assistant News Editor

September 5, 2018


Filed under 3. Breaking, News, Top Stories

The parents of Timothy Piazza, a Penn State sophomore who suffered fatal injuries in February 2017 after a hazing event hosted by Beta Theta Pi, reached a settlement on their claims against the fraternity Tuesday evening.

PennEnvironment hosts rally for clean air

PennEnvironment hosts rally for clean air

By Sarah Shearer, Assistant News Editor

September 4, 2018


Filed under City, Health, News

Citizens assemble at the Allegheny County Courthouse, waving signs condemning dirty air, as they meet for another Friday with Fitzgerald.

Oakland community reacts to new security cameras

Oakland community reacts to new security cameras

By Mario Cattabiani III, Staff Writer

September 4, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala announced the installation of the 60 cameras last week, 10 months after Pitt student Alina Sheykhet was found dead in her home on Cable Place.

Annual bonfire bolsters Pitt pride

Annual bonfire bolsters Pitt pride

By Sarah Shearer, Assistant News Editor

August 31, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Video

Whether it’s a small flame flickering in a lantern held by a first-year student at lantern night or a roaring bonfire lighting up the Cathedral Lawn, both these traditions are cornerstones of the Pitt experience. Last night’s annual bonfire and pep rally, sponsored by Pitt Program Council, is one of those traditions — one which Pitt students await to kick off the year ahead.

New app locates hubs for grub

New app locates hubs for grub

By Remy Samuels, Staff Writer

August 31, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

A research team at Pitt recently developed an app —called PittGrub — that aims to connect hungry college students to events with leftover free food around Pitt’s campus.

The Pitt News cuts Friday print, launches digital day

The Pitt News cuts Friday print, launches digital day

By Hannah Schneider, Assistant News Editor

August 31, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

After more than 20 years of printing five days a week, The Pitt News is cutting Friday print production. The decision, made by The Pitt News Advisory Board, was finalized in March. The group decision was made to free up editorial time to create more digital content and foster a sustainable digital business model.

Dear readers: The Pitt News takes Fridays online

Dear readers: The Pitt News takes Fridays online

By Christian Snyder, Editor-in-Chief

August 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Dear readers, My tenure as editor-in-chief of The Pitt News began during a time of change at the paper. Over the summer we underwent a process of rebranding ourselves and focusing on new goals. Many of these changes are already implemented as part of our transition to a proactive digital-first mindset — one of the first things we did was launch a new website in June with the goal of providing you more comprehensive, immersive stories about the news around us.

Dean lifts ban on Greek life

Dean lifts ban on Greek life

By Grant Burgman, News Editor

August 30, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Bonner announced in April that the modified probation would be lifted once the fall semester started and Pitt finished drafting a thorough community action plan.

Shapiro speaks on safety

Shapiro speaks on safety

By Sarah Shearer, Assistant News Editor

August 30, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Shapiro addressed four major areas in the report — global recommendations, sexual assault, mental health and drug and alcohol.

Maggie and Stella’s new home on Fifth Ave.

Maggie and Stella’s new home on Fifth Ave.

By Grant Burgman, News Editor

August 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

The shop recently reopened Aug. 13 on Fifth Avenue in place of the Oakland Bakery and Market, months after an Amazon campus pick-up location moved into its former space on Oakland Avenue.

DA, Pitt, UPMC unveil new surveillance cameras

DA, Pitt, UPMC unveil new surveillance cameras

By Grant Burgman, News Editor

August 29, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

After Pitt student Alina Sheykhet was found dead in her apartment last October, investigators found their biggest lead in private surveillance footage from a local pizza shop — and in the 10 months since, the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office, in partnership with Pitt and UPMC, has install...

SGB opens year with open house

SGB opens year with open house

By Kieran Mclean, Staff Writer

August 29, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News

Over snacks and refreshments at the Student Government Board open house Tuesday night, first-year student Nina Duong approached SGB President Maggie Kennedy to see how she could be more involved on campus. “I knew I wanted to do student government,” Duong said. “But I don’t know where to g...

Thriftsburgh returns to save students money

Thriftsburgh returns to save students money

By Kieran Mclean, Staff Writer

August 28, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News

Thriftsburgh, which sells tees for $3, jeans for $5 and winter coats for $10 regardless of the clothing brand, branched into household appliances for its third annual Rummage Sale on Sunday afternoon in the O’Hara parking lot. Hundreds of students lined up around the block to buy secondhand microwaves, silverware and plastic drawers, netting the group more than $5,500 in profits.

PittGlobal transitions university focus abroad

PittGlobal transitions university focus abroad

By Mario Cattabiani III, Staff Writer

August 28, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

During the academic year, the University will feature programs and events designed to foster global engagement. Departments from across the University are invited to submit proposals for programs and projects that will incorporate international perspectives.

Cooking at the conservatory: Phipps offers cooking classes

Cooking at the conservatory: Phipps offers cooking classes

By Sam Weber, Staff Writer

August 27, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Phipps Conservatory has always offered its beautiful gardens to the public, but recently added a new attraction — cooking lessons. Throughout this culinary arts course, local chefs teach students about different cuisines to empower students to find their own talents in the kitchen.

Lantern night shines a light on women’s education

Lantern night shines a light on women’s education

By Madeline Gavatorta, Staff Writer

August 27, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Video

Women at Pitt first began celebrating Lantern Night, the oldest tradition at Pitt, in 1920. This year, at the 98th annual celebration, alumnae passed the "light of learning" to first-year women.

Pittsburgh area school to keep controversial cops

Pittsburgh area school to keep controversial cops

By Kieran Mclean, Staff Writer

August 27, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The Woodland Hills School board voted to renew its contracts with the Rankin and Churchill police departments and keep armed officers in schools despite a string of violent incidents.

Therapy dogs bring contentment and comfort to campus

Therapy dogs bring contentment and comfort to campus

By Kieran Mclean, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Welcome Back 2018

Marsha Robbins' therapy dog program has been bringing calming canines to Pitt for years.

Mark Nordenberg recalls late vice chancellor’s Pitt Pride

Mark Nordenberg recalls late vice chancellor’s Pitt Pride

By Grant Burgman, News Editor

August 20, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Welcome Back 2018

Jerome “Jerry” Cochran, former Pitt vice chancellor, died Wednesday, Aug. 5, at age 69.

Scoobi brings electric scooters to Pittsburgh streets

Scoobi brings electric scooters to Pittsburgh streets

By Samuel Weber, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under City, News, Tech Science, Welcome Back 2018

The Pittsburgh-based company Scoobi seeks to cut down on emissions with its new fleet of rentable electric scooters.

Coast to coast: Monica Henderson completes her cross-country run

Coast to coast: Monica Henderson completes her cross-country run

By Hannah Schneider, Assistant News Editor

August 20, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Sports, Video, Welcome Back 2018

She started in San Francisco on June 14. She arrived in New York City after running 4,000 miles with her team on August 4.

International students adjust to American culture

International students adjust to American culture

By Madeline Gavatorta, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Welcome Back 2018

Student organizations and mentors on campus help Pitt students from abroad get used to their new surroundings — along with the daily struggles of being a college student.

Iranian, Finnish and Philippine rooms coming to the Cathedral

Iranian, Finnish and Philippine rooms coming to the Cathedral

By Sarah Shearer, Assistant News Editor

August 20, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Welcome Back 2018

Three new nationality rooms are set to open their doors in 2019 – rooms representing Iranian, Finnish and Philippine heritage.

ICYMI: Summer News Recap

By Grant Burgman, News Editor

August 20, 2018


Filed under News, Welcome Back 2018

There's been a lot of news to keep up with this summer. Here are some of the biggest events of the summer in Pittsburgh so you're up to date when you get back to campus. 

UPMC Mercy expansion approved after community voices opposition

UPMC Mercy expansion approved after community voices opposition

By Kieran Mclean, Staff Writer

August 9, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News, UPMC

UPMC Mercy's controversial expansion plan will proceed, after a 7-2 vote and more than two hours of public opposition to the plan.

Train derails near Station Square

Train derails near Station Square

By The Pitt News Staff

August 5, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

A Norfolk Southern freight train derailed Sunday afternoon near Station Square.

2 men arrested for stealing over $8 million in rare books from Carnegie Library

2 men arrested for stealing over $8 million in rare books from Carnegie Library

By Christian Snyder, Editor in chief

July 23, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Two men, the archivist at CLP and the owner of Caliban, were arrested for stealing and selling millions worth of rare books from the library.

Community speaks out against Mercy Hospital expansion

Community speaks out against Mercy Hospital expansion

By Kieran Mclean, Staff Writer

July 18, 2018


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

A group of community members gathered Tuesday to urge the Pittsburgh City Council require UPMC enter a community benefits agreement.

Two men file suit against Pitt, G-Door and Michael Rosfeld

Two men file suit against Pitt, G-Door and Michael Rosfeld

By Grant Burgman, News Editor

July 18, 2018


Filed under Administration, News

The complaint alleges that Rosfeld was “not fully qualified to perform his duties as a Pitt Police Officer” and that Rosfeld’s “prior work history and conduct raised red flags and/or concerns pertaining to his ability to work safely with the public in performing his duties as a Pitt Police Officer.”

Pitt Board approves budgets for 2018-19 school year

Pitt Board approves budgets for 2018-19 school year

By Grant Burgman and Christian Snyder

July 16, 2018


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

Pitt received $4.4 million more from Pennsylvania than in 2017. “The vast majority of in-state students” will not face a tuition increase, according to Chancellor Gallagher. Out-of-state, engineering and graduate students face an increase.

Pitt professors pursue new projects with Pitt Seed grants

Pitt professors pursue new projects with Pitt Seed grants

By Mario Cattabiani III | For the Pitt News

July 11, 2018


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt is investing in change this summer, beginning with projects from professors at the University. The first-ever Pitt Seed Project awarded a total of more than $1 million to 23 programs designed to play an instrumental role in transforming the University. The grants will fund a wide range of faculty...

Big Idea Center brings innovation to Pitt

Big Idea Center brings innovation to Pitt

By Brittany Zortman | For the Pitt News

July 11, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Uncategorized

Pitt students will soon have the opportunity to fit their big ideas into one space — a workplace that will harbor the tools and resources they need to make these ideas a reality. This year the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute, an organization focused on entrepreneurship and innovation...

Board appoints new Provost, inducts five new trustees

Board appoints new Provost, inducts five new trustees

By Kieran Mclean | Staff Writer

July 11, 2018


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

The Pitt Board of Trustees appointed former Boston University Dean of the College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Ann E. Cudd, as Pitt’s new provost Friday, June 29. The board also inducted five new trustees, including President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Penguins David J. Morehouse and...

Board of Trustees unanimously votes to rename Parran Hall

Board of Trustees unanimously votes to rename Parran Hall

By Christian Snyder and Janine Faust | The Pitt News Staff

July 11, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

After a long campaign of ballots, petitions, special committees and a recommendation from the chancellor, the main building for Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health will no longer be named after Thomas Parran Jr., a former Pitt dean who presided over the infamous and racist Tuskegee and Guatema...

Community groups call for city to release Amazon bid

Community groups call for city to release Amazon bid

By Kieran Mclean | For The Pitt News

June 27, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Members of nine community groups gathered at City Hall Thursday morning in front of a sky-blue banner declaring “The City of Pittsburgh Welcomes You.” The crowd demanded that the City release the conditions of its proposal to Amazon. Jules Lobel, Chair of the University of Pittsburgh’s Law Depar...

Pitt unveils statue of Dr. Thomas Starzl, transplant pioneer

Pitt unveils statue of Dr. Thomas Starzl, transplant pioneer

By Samuel Weber | Staff Writer

June 27, 2018


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Friends, family, university staff and members of the media gathered outside the Cathedral of Learning in full business attire Saturday to honor the memory of the late Dr. Thomas Starzl with a new bronze statue. Dr. Starzl passed away March 4, 2017, at age 90. Often referred to as “the father of t...

Michael Rosfeld charged with homicide in Antwon Rose killing

Michael Rosfeld charged with homicide in Antwon Rose killing

By Christian Snyder | Editor-in-chief

June 27, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Michael Rosfeld, the 30-year-old East Pittsburgh police officer from Penn Hills who fatally shot 17-year-old Antwon Rose on June 19, has been charged with one count of criminal homicide, according to court documents filed Wednesday morning. Rosfeld turned himself at City Court on Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. and was granted an unsecured $250,000 b...

GALLERY: The Week in Antwon Rose Protests

GALLERY: The Week in Antwon Rose Protests

By TPN Staff

June 26, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories, Visual

June 21, 2018  Early Afternoon—Protesters gathered outside the Allegheny County Courthouse in the second major protest against police brutality after Antwon Rose Jr's death on June 19, 2018. Rose Jr and two others were in a car suspected of involvement in a drive-by shooting Tuesday evening. Rose Jr...

Chancellor recommends renaming Parran Hall

Chancellor recommends renaming Parran Hall

By Christian Snyder and Grant Burgman | The Pitt News Staff

June 25, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The months-long campaign to rename Parran Hall, the primary home of Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, reached a turning point Monday when Chancellor Patrick Gallagher issued a recommendation to University trustees that the building be renamed in light of Thomas Parran’s controversial record...

Community responds after high school student fatally shot by police

Community responds after high school student fatally shot by police

By Christian Snyder and Kieran Mclean | The Pitt News Staff

June 21, 2018


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

After East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld fatally shot unarmed Woodland Hills High School student Antwon Rose Tuesday night, the community responded quickly, organizing daily protests that Pittsburgh officials expect to continue through the summer. The first protest began outside the East Pit...

Officer involved in fatal shooting was former Pitt police officer

Officer involved in fatal shooting was former Pitt police officer

By Christian Snyder | Editor-in-chief

June 21, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

This story was first posted at 6:48 p.m. The Allegheny County Police Department confirmed the identity of the officer involved in the Tuesday night fatal shooting of Antwon Rose, a 17-year-old Woodland Hills High School student. [Read: Unarmed 17-year-old fatally shot by East Pittsburgh police...

Unarmed 17-year-old fatally shot by East Pittsburgh police

Unarmed 17-year-old fatally shot by East Pittsburgh police

By The Pitt News Staff

June 21, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

A police officer from the East Pittsburgh Police Department shot and killed Antwon Rose, a 17-year-old Woodland Hills High School student, the night of Tuesday, June 19. Rose was unarmed at the time he was shot. East Pittsburgh is located near the Monongahela River to the southeast of Pitt...

Athletics Department announces new mental health program

Athletics Department announces new mental health program

By Christian Snyder | Editor-in-Chief

June 20, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt’s Athletics Department announced a new partnership with Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC to add two full-time mental health counselors to the department’s staff to interact with student-athletes on a daily basis, according to a statement released Wednesday. Student-athletes were previously referred to WPIC for mental health treatment. The new program will include one-on-one counseling and focus on techniques for practi...

Islamic community comes together to celebrate Eid al-Fitr

Islamic community comes together to celebrate Eid al-Fitr

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

June 20, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News, Video

As the sun rose upon Schenley Park on Friday, the park filled with hundreds ready to pray and celebrate. Children played at the petting zoo and three colorful bounce houses, and got their faces painted while parents bought food from the surrounding food trucks to celebrate Eid al-Fitr — a holiday marki...

Voodoo brewery unveils new can for “H2P” IPA

Voodoo brewery unveils new can for “H2P” IPA

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

June 20, 2018


Filed under City, News

Pennsylvania-based brewery Voodoo released a new design for its Pitt-themed IPA “H2P” after a legal dispute with Pitt caused the brewery to change the beer’s popular original can design that included the letters “H2P” in Pitt script and an image of the Cathedral of Learning. The new cans st...

The Post-Gazette pushes back after Rob Rogers’ firing

The Post-Gazette pushes back after Rob Rogers’ firing

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

June 20, 2018


Filed under City, News, Uncategorized

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette fired cartoonist Rob Rogers June 14 for being “unwilling to collaborate on his cartoons” after 25 years of creating editorial cartoons for the paper. Rogers claims that he was fired because his supervising editors thought he was being too harsh to President Donald Trump...

Oakland business owners say “No More” to sexual harassment

Oakland business owners say “No More” to sexual harassment

By Sam Weber | Staff Writer

June 13, 2018


Filed under City, News

Along Oakland Avenue from Sennott Street to Forbes Avenue, local businesses and organizations came out Tuesday afternoon to celebrate a new partnership between the Southwestern PA Says No More initiative and Pittsburgh Action Against Rape. The program is called Oakland Says No More and is a campaign des...

Pittsburgh packs the streets for Pride 2018

Pittsburgh packs the streets for Pride 2018

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

June 13, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple lit up downtown Pittsburgh over the weekend as members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies united to celebrate their differences and show support for the community. They danced, sang and kissed under rainbow flags. This was Pittsburgh PrideFest 2018. ...

Former Pitt wrestling coach Jason Peters sues Pitt

Former Pitt wrestling coach Jason Peters sues Pitt

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

June 6, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News

Former Pitt wrestling coach Jason Peters has filed a federal lawsuit against the University of Pittsburgh for racial discrimination and termination without just cause after he was fired last January. In the lawsuit, Peters claims Pitt violated his employment contract by firing him “without ‘just...

Pitt protesters pressure Peduto on Shell plant

Pitt protesters pressure Peduto on Shell plant

By Jon Kunitsky | For the Pitt News

June 6, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The seven-year-long battle over an ethane cracker plant between Shell Chemical, the petrochemicals arm of Royal Dutch Shell, and clean-climate activists took another turn Friday morning when a group of Pitt alumni and current students took to the Smithfield Street Bridge to drop a banner in protes...

Peduto, Fitzgerald face questions at town hall

Peduto, Fitzgerald face questions at town hall

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

June 6, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Citizens had a chance to address pressing issues like Amazon, small businesses and the ethane plant in Beaver County with some of Pittsburgh’s most important figures — Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald — Monday night at Union Project in Highland Park. Peduto, F...

Amazon HQ2 debate continues in Pittsburgh

Amazon HQ2 debate continues in Pittsburgh

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

May 30, 2018


Filed under City, News

Amazon first stirred up conversation in Oakland and in Pittsburgh when the Seattle-based electronic commerce company opened a pickup location on Oakland Avenue in October. The City was launched into one of the biggest national business stories in recent memory when Amazon announced in January that the Steel City was o...

Pitt alums aim to simplify subletting

Pitt alums aim to simplify subletting

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

For students searching for the perfect summer or fall apartment to sublet, scrolling through pages and pages of listings on Facebook or Craigslist can be an exhausting and difficult process. And for those looking for someone to sublet their place while they are away, their posts are often pushed to the b...

Pitt professor hosts book launch in Oakland

Pitt professor hosts book launch in Oakland

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

In front of a crowd of about 50-60 people in the South Wing Reading Room of the Main Carnegie Library, Pitt theatre arts professor Kathleen George spoke to the audience as she held a release for her new book. “The Blues Walked In,” is a fictional story based life of the real-life famous jazz si...

Internship prep program positions students for success

Internship prep program positions students for success

By Mario Cattabiani | For the Pitt News

May 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

One of the great stressors for college students is the pressure to secure an internship — and with good reason. A survey done by the National Association of Colleges and Employers in 2012 found 60 percent of respondents in paid internships received to at least one job offer, making internships a v...

Pitt service workers to be affected by SCOTUS decision

Pitt service workers to be affected by SCOTUS decision

By Christian Snyder | Editor in Chief

May 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Aliyya Lee had just worked from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. before stopping to meet her coworker Pam Johnston at Panera on Forbes Avenue. After passionately describing to me what’s at stake over 200 miles away as nine Supreme Court justices debate a labor union case, the pair left to defend unionized employ...

Involved in Oakland: Volunteer organizations at Pitt

Involved in Oakland: Volunteer organizations at Pitt

By Brittany Zortman | For the Pitt News

May 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

One of the first events new Pitt students are encouraged to attend every fall is the volunteer fair in the William Pitt Union. Volunteer organizations from around campus set up tables to distribute information about their missions to interested students. Wandering around the open ballroom as a firs...

Produce at Pitt: New grocery store comes to Oakland

Produce at Pitt: New grocery store comes to Oakland

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

As Pitt transitions into the fall semester, students can finally stop mourning the loss of 7-Eleven and welcome the new grocery store that is coming to Forbes Avenue. Although Slurpees will no longer be available, fresh fruits and vegetables will soon enter the Oakland scene. Jim Earle, Pitt’s a...

Get to Know Your Government: Introducing SGB

Get to Know Your Government: Introducing SGB

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government

Most students can’t speak one-on-one with administration to discuss issues most important to them or muster up enough support from the student body to get administration’s attention. This is where the Student Government Board comes in to help. From pressuring Pennsylvania’s elected officials to pass a sta...

SGB President Maggie Kennedy is ready for the year ahead

SGB President Maggie Kennedy is ready for the year ahead

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

May 30, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government

Maggie Kennedy has hardly had a chance to relax since winning Pitt’s Student Government Board election in February. Kennedy, a senior political science and communication rhetoric double major at Pitt, has spent most of her time over the last three months meeting with University officials and Studen...

A night at The Priory

A night at The Priory

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

May 30, 2018


Filed under City, News, Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

The ballroom of the Priory Grand Hall, a small hotel in the historic Pittsburgh neighborhood of Deutschtown, is actually a converted church — but last Friday it became a boxing ring. A red-matted ring bordered by red and blue ropes sat in the center of the ballroom, hit directly by the fading ev...

Soldiers and Sailors celebrates Memorial Day

Soldiers and Sailors celebrates Memorial Day

By Sam Weber | Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Butler-local Tom McKay, an ex-Marine, stood outside Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall on Monday to experience the museum’s annual celebration for the first time. He described the day as a “sweeping experience.” Red, white and blue T-shirts and flags were scattered across the front lawn of So...

Pitt alums remember Peter’s Pub

Pitt alums remember Peter’s Pub

By Samuel Weber | Staff Writer

May 23, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

At Peter’s Pub in Oakland this past weekend, the generally happy atmosphere of a normal Sunday night was nowhere to be found. Bar staff and friends sat around the bar reminiscing about their time working and hanging out at the Oakland staple, which will be closing its doors after 44 years. In a F...

Pitt Vice Chancellor withdraws from UMass Boston chancellor search

Pitt Vice Chancellor withdraws from UMass Boston chancellor search

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

May 23, 2018


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement Kathy Humphrey withdrew her name from consideration for the chancellor position at the University of Massachusetts Boston Tuesday amid controversy surrounding the nomination and confirmation processes. The other two finalists for the position, Peter Lyons — the vi...

2 injured in South Oakland apartment fire

2 injured in South Oakland apartment fire

By The Pitt News Staff

May 20, 2018


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

A three-alarm apartment fire struck an apartment building at 3315 Ward St. in South Oakland Sunday night around 10:30 p.m., sending two people to the hospital. According to Pitt spokesperson Kevin Zwick, neither victim is affiliated with the university. One victim is being treated at UPMC Presbyterian Ho...

Peter’s Pub announces upcoming closing

Peter’s Pub announces upcoming closing

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

May 16, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Peter’s Pub, a staple of the Oakland bar scene, will close its doors at the end of the month after 44 years of business. The popular bar on Oakland Avenue announced its upcoming closing on its Facebook page in a post Wednesday afternoon. “It is with heavy hearts, and tears in our eyes, that...

Pennsylvania primaries test new congressional maps

Pennsylvania primaries test new congressional maps

By Noah Manalo | Staff Writer

May 16, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

At Hitchhiker Brewing — a small brewery in Sharpsburg — thunderous applause greeted Sara Innamorato as she entered the building Tuesday night. Hugging and shaking hands with anyone she passed, she was as excited to see each of them as they were to see her. Innamorato beat incumbent Dom Costa in the D...

Stormy Daniels performs in Pittsburgh amid national controversy

Stormy Daniels performs in Pittsburgh amid national controversy

By Christian Snyder, Editor in Chief

May 16, 2018


Filed under City, News, Uncategorized

Storms have been in Pittsburgh’s forecast ever since spring broke — but May 3 and 4 held a different kind of storm in Downtown’s forecast. The adult film actress Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, performed two shows on both Wednesday and Thursday at Blush, a strip club on 9th...

Survivors, supporters race for the cure in Schenley

Survivors, supporters race for the cure in Schenley

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

May 16, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Amber Baker led her team of “Bosom Buddies” through Schenley Park this Mother’s Day with her daughter, Angelina Chertik, who traveled across the state from Philadelphia to attend the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, an annual 5K run that raises money and awareness for breast cancer. Baker, a ...

Allegheny County Health Department issues consumer alert at Popeyes

Allegheny County Health Department issues consumer alert at Popeyes

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

May 15, 2018


Filed under Campus, Top Stories

The Allegheny County Health Department issued a consumer alert Friday to Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen on Fifth Avenue for an infestation of mice. Inspectors reportedly found a live mouse in the office and another live mouse in the basement of the restaurant, and found dead mice in the kitchen and on ...

Ellen Moran named as new vice chancellor

Ellen Moran named as new vice chancellor

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

May 11, 2018


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt announced Thursday its communications department has a new leader with Ellen Moran, now vice chancellor for strategic communications and marketing. Moran previously served as President Barack Obama’s communications director from November 2008 to April 2009. Moran, who has been working the position sin...

Pittsburgh work crew removes Stephen Foster statue

Pittsburgh work crew removes Stephen Foster statue

By Grant Burgman | Contributing Editor

April 26, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The controversial statue of American songwriter Stephen Foster was removed by the city of Pittsburgh from its perch near Schenley Plaza early Thursday morning. Sculpted in 1900 by Giuseppe Moretti, the statue has sat across from the Stephen Foster Memorial since 1940. It depicts Foster, a 19th-cent...

Gallagher’s senior year: State funding, unions, #MeToo

Gallagher’s senior year: State funding, unions, #MeToo

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and Christian Snyder & Visual Staff

April 23, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

At this weekend’s graduation, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher will send off the first group of seniors he also witnessed start their first days of classes at Pitt four years ago. Like most of the graduating class, Gallagher’s fourth year was a busy one. The Pitt News talked with the chancellor l...

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