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Pitt gets a power-up with hydroelectric energy

Pitt gets a power-up with hydroelectric energy

By Emily Drzymalski, Staff Writer

January 17, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt has signed a power purchase agreement with Rye Development that implements a three point plan to move the University towards hydroelectric power.

Pittsburgh prepares for “Stronger Than Hate” Women’s March

Pittsburgh prepares for “Stronger Than Hate” Women’s March

By Neena Hagen, Staff Writer

January 17, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Speakers at the third annual Pittsburgh Women’s March will include Dena Stanley, who heads the trans advocacy group Trans YOUniting, and Michelle Kenney, the mother of Antwon Rose Jr.

SGB closes in on election season

SGB closes in on election season

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

January 16, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Student Government

With just over a month left before Pitt students elect nine of their peers to the 2019-2020 Student Government Board, the list of candidates will soon be official. This year, candidates will be offered financial assistance to fulfill their campaign finances.

Today’s weather forecast: who knows?

Today’s weather forecast: who knows?

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

January 16, 2019


Filed under City, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

This spring semester had a hot start.

SGB beefs up workout facilities

SGB beefs up workout facilities

By Maureen Hartwell, For The Pitt News

January 16, 2019


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

SGB will hold two more Town Halls before the end of the year, and one will focus on sustainability.

Black student organizations celebrate 50 years of pride, progress

Black student organizations celebrate 50 years of pride, progress

By Neena Hagen, Staff Writer

January 16, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

During the height of the Civil Rights movement, in 1969, 40 members from Pitt’s newly minted Black Action Society shut themselves inside a Cathedral of Learning computer lab for seven hours to protest racial injustices on campus.

Racial slurs found on car roofs in South Oakland

Racial slurs found on car roofs in South Oakland

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

January 16, 2019


Filed under Campus, City, Crime, News, Top Stories

Racial slurs were found written in snow on car hoods in South Oakland Sunday night.

Hadar Galron spins comedy from Orthodox roots

Hadar Galron spins comedy from Orthodox roots

By Maggie Young, Staff Writer

January 15, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

It was when Galron heard a rabbi joking on the radio about the traditions of Orthodox Judaism that she realized she could funnel her upbringing into comedy.

Pittsburgh notables make Forbes ‘30 under 30’

Pittsburgh notables make Forbes ‘30 under 30’

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Staff Writer

January 15, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Forbes recognized three Pittsburgh notables in their recent 30 Under 30 List. One of those recognized on the list is Shinjini Kundu, a current resident doctor at UPMC who created a new artificial intelligence system to analyze medical imaging.

Chancellor Gallagher receives raise, additional incentive

Chancellor Gallagher receives raise, additional incentive

By Anna Bongardino, Contributing Editor

January 13, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Uncategorized

The combination of the 2.25 percent increase in the chancellor’s salary — to a base salary of $550,000 — and the payout from his retention agreement will result in a salary of more than $1,000,000 for Chancellor Gallagher during the 2019 fiscal year.

Pitt appoints counseling center director

Pitt appoints counseling center director

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

January 13, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

19 months after the arrest of Edward Michaels, the University has appointed a new director of the UCC. Kenyon Bonner, Pitt vice provost and dean of students, said Darr, as the director, will play an imperative role in the UCC’s mission to support students’ well-being.

Breaking: Pitt appoints counseling center director

Breaking: Pitt appoints counseling center director

By Brian Gentry and Christian Snyder

January 11, 2019


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

Pitt has been without a full-time director of the counseling center since the previous director was arrested in May 2018 on charges of possessing child pornography.

Scott Stern discusses American Plan legacy

Scott Stern discusses American Plan legacy

By Emily Drzymalski, Staff Writer

January 11, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

On Thursday evening, Scott Stern, a Pittsburgh native and author of “The Trials of Nina McCall,” discussed the American Plan in connection with Thomas Parran.

Milk Shake Factory brings storefront to Pitt’s backyard

Milk Shake Factory brings storefront to Pitt’s backyard

By Stefan Bordeianu, For The Pitt News

January 10, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

The new Milk Shake Factory will open on Forbes Avenue in February, according to a vice president at the business. The price range for a milkshake is $5-7.

Report evaluates colleges’ free speech rules

Report evaluates colleges’ free speech rules

By Neena Hagen, Staff Writer

January 10, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Free speech rights are among the most debated topics on college campuses across the country. But the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, FIRE, put free speech issues into numbers in a report last month.

New class addresses anti-Semitism

New class addresses anti-Semitism

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

January 10, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

A new class called “Anti-Semitism Then and Now: Perspectives after Tree of Life” begins on Jan. 23. The series of lectures is hosted by the Jewish studies department, along with the history department, religious studies department and the European Studies Center.

SGB looks ahead to elections, empowerment

SGB looks ahead to elections, empowerment

By Neena Hagen, Staff Writer

January 9, 2019


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

At SGB’s first meeting of the semester, board members discussed upcoming and ongoing initiatives, including one to ban tobacco products on campus.

Government shutdown slows university research

Government shutdown slows university research

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

January 8, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Tech Science, Uncategorized

The U.S. government shut down on Dec. 22, and research production at Pitt and other universities may slow down because of it.

Experts offer tips on media literacy

Experts offer tips on media literacy

By Maggie Young, Staff Writer

January 8, 2019


Filed under News, Top Stories

With the advancement of social platforms, the spread of false news occurs daily, which is why, according to Cindy Skrzycki, a Pitt senior lecturer of English, it is important to be media literate.

Proposed gun legislation triggers protests

Proposed gun legislation triggers protests

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

January 8, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Several hundred gun rights supporters gathered at the City-County Building Monday to protest legislation that would restrict gun ownership in Pittsburgh.

Featured Features: 2018 Editors’ Picks

Featured Features: 2018 Editors’ Picks

January 7, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

Many of The Pitt News’ editors had trouble deciding on a single story published in the past year that they found the most intriguing, so they’ve recommended entire editions and overall coverage instead.

In case you missed it: News from winter break 2018

In case you missed it: News from winter break 2018

By Joanna Li, News Editor

January 7, 2019


Filed under News

In case you missed it, here are some news highlights that happened over winter break.

Bio class assigned new professor after petition

Bio class assigned new professor after petition

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

January 7, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

At the end of the fall semesters, students in professor Peebles’ biology 1000 class created a petition claiming that the class was graded unfairly

New gen ed requirements encourage cultural understanding

New gen ed requirements encourage cultural understanding

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

This past semester marked the implementation of a new set of general education requirements for the Dietrich School, the finale of a year-long effort.

LGBTQ+ students, allies find home in LLC

LGBTQ+ students, allies find home in LLC

By Neena Hagen, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Located on the 12th floor of Lothrop Hall is the newly developed Gender and Sexualtiy LLC. The community brings together students who are dedicated to supportive environments.

Students use Facebook to create community

Students use Facebook to create community

By Jacq Flash, for The Pitt News

January 6, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

Facebook’s groups feature has become a way to connect people with similar interests or goals.

Body discovered on roof of Lothrop Hall

Body discovered on roof of Lothrop Hall

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

December 15, 2018


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

A dead body was found on the roof of Lothrop Hall Saturday morning. Pitt Police and Pittsburgh Police officers were at the scene.

Pitt student hit by Port Authority bus near WPU

Pitt student hit by Port Authority bus near WPU

By Jon Moss, Senior Staff Writer

December 10, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

A female Pitt student was struck by a Port Authority bus near the William Pitt Union in Oakland at approximately 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Pitt recognizes inaugural Panthers “Forward” class

Pitt recognizes inaugural Panthers “Forward” class

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

December 10, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

The University of Pittsburgh recognized the inaugural class of Panthers Forward, a program which seeks to relieve student debt, on Friday.

Lawsuit dismissed against former police officer Michael Rosfeld, Garage Door

Lawsuit dismissed against former police officer Michael Rosfeld, Garage Door

By Jon Moss, Senior Staff Writer

December 9, 2018


Filed under City, Crime, News

A federal court case alleging an improper arrest of Pitt students at a local bar in December 2017 was dismissed Thursday.

Students and faculty examine procrastination cures

Students and faculty examine procrastination cures

By Mario Cattabiani III, Staff Writer

December 9, 2018


Filed under News

Cramming is a time-honored tradition at every college. But why do it, especially when many experts believe it is an ineffective way of studying?

Hillman noise levels prompt complaints

Hillman noise levels prompt complaints

By Adaugoamaji Nwankpa, For The Pitt News

December 9, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

As finals season approaches, more and more students have been dissatisfied with the noise level at Hillman as they migrate there to do last-minute cramming.

Students recall strange Hillman sightings

Students recall strange Hillman sightings

By Julia Zenkevich, For The Pitt News

December 9, 2018


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Hillman Library is a hub for finals week mania, filled with the stress of looming deadlines and Red Bull-fueled all-nighters.

Finals: A How-To Guide

Finals: A How-To Guide

By Jon Moss, Senior Staff Writer

December 9, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

With finals bearing down on Pitt’s campus, some students are worried about how to best prepare for the onslaught of school work. As students prepare to enter finals week, The Pitt News sat down with mental and physical health experts to learn what students can do to help manage stress and succee...

Alliance Defending Freedom demands Pitt rescind security fee for Shapiro event

Alliance Defending Freedom demands Pitt rescind security fee for Shapiro event

By Brian Gentry and Emily Wolfe

December 9, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Young America’s Foundation is moving forward with its complaint against the University of Pittsburgh for an allegedly unlawful security fee imposed ahead of the campus visit of conservative commentator Ben Shapiro in November.

Activists, elected officials discuss Beaver County cracker plant

Activists, elected officials discuss Beaver County cracker plant

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

December 7, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The JCC of Pittsburgh hosted “Protecting our communities: Environmental challenges from fossil fuel extraction in SWPA” Thursday evening.

Four stops for holiday shopping in Pittsburgh

Four stops for holiday shopping in Pittsburgh

By Sid Lingala, Staff Writer

December 7, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

From convenient to charitable, these four local gift shops in Pittsburgh make the gift-buying process easier.

Biology students petition against professor

Biology students petition against professor

By Jon Moss, Staff Writer

December 7, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

As finals week approaches, over 30 students have signed a petition against Craig Peebles, a biology professor at Pitt. The petition cites that the two past exams in the class have been graded unfairly, and the students are asking that the course be further examined.

Leon Ford makes ‘A Seat at the Table’ for community

Leon Ford makes ‘A Seat at the Table’ for community

By Maggie Young, For The Pitt News

December 6, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Rather than speaking to a crowd from a pulpit, Leon Ford prefers to engage with his community by sitting among them to hear what they have to say.

Hambone’s a comedy springboard for student comics

Hambone’s a comedy springboard for student comics

By Kieran McLean, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Stand-up comedy can be isolating. Two Pittsburgh comedians are trying to change that with Burning Bridges, a club for aspiring comedians that operates out of Hambone's Bar.

Milk Shake Factory brings legen-dairy desserts to Oakland

Milk Shake Factory brings legen-dairy desserts to Oakland

By Emily Wolfe, Senior Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under Campus, Food & Drink, News, Top Stories

The Milk Shake Factory plans to bring its menu of gourmet shakes and chocolates to Oakland in early 2019, according to a Facebook post on the company’s page.

SGB pushes stricter laws on firearm sales

SGB pushes stricter laws on firearm sales

By Emily Wolfe, Senior Staff Writer

December 5, 2018


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

After more than a month of trying to help Pittsburgh heal from the Tree of Life shooting, SGB has set its sights on making change in Washington.

Solar energy shines in the City

Solar energy shines in the City

By Emily Drzymalski, Staff Writer

December 5, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Pitt’s power will undergo a solar shift by 2030 — creating less carbon emissions and more jobs.

LNAP offers pre-finals stress relief for students

LNAP offers pre-finals stress relief for students

By Emily Wolfe, Senior Staff Writer

December 4, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Health, News

On Monday night at Hillman, some settled in for a long winter’s LNAP — the “Long Night Against Procrastination.”

Students discuss genetics of ‘Harry Potter’

Students discuss genetics of ‘Harry Potter’

By Remy Samuels, Staff Writer

December 4, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Genetics is hard. That’s why Dr. Peter Blier, a pediatric rheumatology doctor and professor of pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts, uses Harry Potter to explain difficult genetic concepts.

Jewish students remember Tree of Life on Hanukkah

Jewish students remember Tree of Life on Hanukkah

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

December 3, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

The first night of Hanukkah began last night and Jewish students are celebrating while remembering the lives lost in the Tree of Life shooting.

TEDxPittsburghWomen leaves audience with definition of “showing up”

TEDxPittsburghWomen leaves audience with definition of “showing up”

By Dylan Giacobbe, Staff Writer

November 30, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories, Video, Visual

In an event hosted by TEDxPittsburghWomen, eight notable women in the Pittsburgh community spoke individually about what "showing up" - the event's them - meant to them.

Pitt professors explore psychology of mass shooting survivors

Pitt professors explore psychology of mass shooting survivors

By Sid Lingala and Hannah Schneider

November 30, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, Health, News

The recent expansion in the DSM–5 of PTSD gives more insight into the general psychology of mass shooting survivors.

Health-care professionals address diversity

Health-care professionals address diversity

By Andrew O’Brien, Staff Writer

November 29, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Bhutanese refugee Ashok Gurung left government persecution behind when he came to Pittsburgh, but his trauma stayed with him. At the Cultural Awareness in Health Systems workshop Wednesday, Gurung, a chairperson in his mid-30s on the board of directors of the Bhutanese Community Association of Pi...

Community reflects on “changing face of AIDS”

Community reflects on “changing face of AIDS”

By Emily Wolfe, Senior Staff Writer

November 29, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Allies of the HIV/AIDS community gathered Wednesday to remember loved ones lost to the disease.

Students learn rental fundamentals

Students learn rental fundamentals

By Emily Drzymalski, For The Pitt News

November 28, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Students should start looking now for next-year housing opportunities.

Post-break SGB discusses Town Hall, PWLE

Post-break SGB discusses Town Hall, PWLE

By Emily Wolfe, Senior Staff Writer

November 28, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Pitt’s Student Government Board eased back into a regular schedule with its first traditional public meeting in three weeks Tuesday evening.

Professors examine gun violence, mental health correlation

Professors examine gun violence, mental health correlation

By Maggie Young, For The Pitt News

November 27, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, News

After 346 mass shootings in 2017, 321 have occurred so far in 2018 — and studies continue to show an increasing number of these incidents.

How FBI, journalists prepared responses to violence

How FBI, journalists prepared responses to violence

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

November 27, 2018


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

From the FBI to WPXI-TV, police officers and journalists alike have to be prepared for unpredictable mass acts of violence. Because of the unpredictable characteristic of mass acts of violence, these organizations must have plans that are ready to be set in place.

Forbes Street Market draws price competitions

Forbes Street Market draws price competitions

By Dylan Giacobbe, Staff Writer

November 26, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Among different grocery store selections, the recently opened Forbes Street Market had some differences among prices. The Pitt News looks at these differences by comparing the newly opened store with other grocery stores near campus.

‘Donations for Citations’ encourages donating to Pitt Pantry

‘Donations for Citations’ encourages donating to Pitt Pantry

By Emily Drzymalski, For The Pitt News

November 20, 2018


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

The holiday season is a time for giving and receiving — and this year, for every Pitt parking ticket received, students have the chance to give back a little bit.

Lawsuit alleges Pitt responsible for dropped criminal charges

Lawsuit alleges Pitt responsible for dropped criminal charges

By Jon Moss, Staff Writer

November 20, 2018


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

The owner of Garage Door Saloon says he is intending to prove Pitt's involvement in the district attorney's dismissal of criminal charges against students.

NextGen voters turned away at polls

NextGen voters turned away at polls

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

November 19, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Some students were confused and frustrated when they couldn’t vote after registering with NextGen America. NextGen America registered thousands of students to vote on Pitt’s campus — though some were still turned away at the polls.

Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith speaks in Oakland

Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith speaks in Oakland

By Hannah Schneider and Adaugoamaji Nwankpa

November 16, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Tracy K. Smith currently serves as the 52nd Poet Laureate of the United States. Smith was the latest speaker in the “Poets Aloud” series Wednesday evening.

Tree of Life victim Joyce Fienberg remembered as deeply caring

Tree of Life victim Joyce Fienberg remembered as deeply caring

By Remy Samuels, Staff Writer

November 16, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News

Joyce Fienberg, a victim of the Tree of Life Shooting, was a Pitt researcher for 25 years.

Luxury housing places Oakland gentrification on the horizon

Luxury housing places Oakland gentrification on the horizon

By Jon Moss, Staff Writer

November 15, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

With the construction of several new luxurious living apartments, there have been talks about gentrification rising in Oakland. Some students are already beginning to feel this rise in rent, but they could see an even greater rise in the future.

Ben Shapiro appearance sparks controversy

Ben Shapiro appearance sparks controversy

By Emily Wolfe and Andrew O'Brien

November 15, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

On his tour of college campuses this fall, conservative author and political commentator Ben Shapiro has spoken to sold-out rooms on visits that have become famous for protests and controversy.

High-rise apartments offer luxury off-campus living to students

High-rise apartments offer luxury off-campus living to students

By Sid Lingala, Staff Writer

November 15, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Students don't usually spurge on top-of-the-line living arrangements, but Oakland is seeing a rise in the construction of luxurious apartments.

Committee hears student concerns regarding divestment

Committee hears student concerns regarding divestment

By Nina Kneuer and Sarah Shearer

November 15, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Pitt brought the possibility of divesting to the public stage at Town Hall Wednesday night.

Pitt students explore off-campus living options

By Maggie Young, For The Pitt News

November 15, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

With the ease of on-campus housing comes smaller spaces and stricter rules. In search of cozier, cheaper options, Pitt students will start exploring housing off-campus — both near and far.

Young America’s Foundation threatens lawsuit against Pitt over Ben Shapiro security fee

Young America’s Foundation threatens lawsuit against Pitt over Ben Shapiro security fee

By Christian Snyder, Editor-in-Chief

November 14, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

After Pitt charged YAF with a $5,000 security fee for its planned Ben Shapiro speech, the conservative group threatened legal action, alleging the fee is unconstitutional.

SGB: Students address ENS messaging system

SGB: Students address ENS messaging system

By Emily Wolfe, Senior Staff Writer

November 14, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

In a town hall format, SGB gave the floor to some of Pitt's university officials, giving them a chance to address concerns directly from students.

West Nile Virus takes a bite out of Pittsburgh

West Nile Virus takes a bite out of Pittsburgh

By Sid Lingala, Staff Writer

November 14, 2018


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

This deadly virus carried in mosquitoes decided to land in Pittsburgh this fall.

Local entrepreneurs discuss future of small businesses

Local entrepreneurs discuss future of small businesses

By Dylan Giacobbe, Staff Writer

November 13, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

As a kickoff to Global Entrepreneurship Week at Pitt, a group of young entrepreneurs gathered on Monday night to discuss Pittsburgh’s rise in startup businesses. Four keynote speakers who have attended either Pitt or CMU discussed with attendees of the Steel City Startups: Pitt x CMU about their own personal businesses.

Fourth annual leadership retreat teaches women’s empowerment

Fourth annual leadership retreat teaches women’s empowerment

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Staff Writer

November 13, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Ninety female undergraduate students will gather at Oglebay Resort on Saturday in Wheeling, West Virginia, for the third annual Pitt Women’s Leadership Experience. Over the course of two days, the participants, who were selected in October, will hear from speakers, connect with one another and enhance their leadership skills.

Leon Ford announces run for Pittsburgh City Council

Leon Ford announces run for Pittsburgh City Council

By Kieran McLean, Staff Writer

November 12, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Community activist Leon Ford is challenging 10-year 9th District incumbent the Rev. Ricky Burgess for his city council seat.

Clean air policies go up in smoke

Clean air policies go up in smoke

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

November 12, 2018


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh isn’t a newcomer to low rankings in air quality. The city is ranked the eighth worst city in the country for particle pollution by the American Lung Association and received straight-F grades for particle pollution and ozone levels.

Political experts panel analyzes midterm results

Political experts panel analyzes midterm results

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, For The Pitt News

November 9, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics organized a panel of political experts at Chatham Thursday to analyze the 2018 midterm election.

Pittsburghers protest Sessions firing, Trump-Russia claims

Pittsburghers protest Sessions firing, Trump-Russia claims

By Dylan Giacobbe, Staff Writer

November 9, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Pittsburghers came together on Thursday night to protest Trump’s recent firing of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the immediate promotion of lawyer Matthew Whitaker to the Attorney General position.

Udderly local: A snapshot of Schneider’s Dairy

Udderly local: A snapshot of Schneider’s Dairy

By Elizabeth Martinson, For The Pitt News

November 8, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Edward and Catherine Schneider founded Schneider’s dairy in 1935 as a small, local producer. Today, their products can be found across the east coast.

Children’s Fund proposal fails

Children’s Fund proposal fails

By Hannah Schneider, News Editor

November 8, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

The Allegheny County Children’s Fund would have contributed to numerous education initiatives, but the measure failed to pass by a narrow margin Tuesday.

SGB addresses student voting issues, campus improvements

SGB addresses student voting issues, campus improvements

By Emily Wolfe, Senior Staff Writer

November 7, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

SGB members are in talks with Pitt about adding needle-disposal sites on campus, as well as blue lights to light the way home.

Volunteers encourage student voting on campus

Volunteers encourage student voting on campus

By Janine Faust, Managing Editor

November 6, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

For many Pitt students, the midterm elections were the first vote they cast since the 2016 presidential election, when President Trump was elected.

Conor Lamb, D-Pa., victorious in 17th Congressional District election

Conor Lamb, D-Pa., victorious in 17th Congressional District election

By Sarah Shearer, Assistant News Editor

November 6, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

In the only U.S. House race between two incumbents, Conor Lamb, D-Pa., took victory of the 17th Pennsylvania district over Keith Rothfus, R-Pa.

Tom Wolf wins second term as Pa. Governor

Tom Wolf wins second term as Pa. Governor

By Hannah Schneider, News Editor

November 6, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Incumbent Democrat Tom Wolf will remain governor of Pennsylvania after defeating Republican Scott Wagner in the midterm elections Tuesday.

Pa. Senator Bob Casey Jr. beats Lou Barletta, wins third term

Pa. Senator Bob Casey Jr. beats Lou Barletta, wins third term

By Joanna Li, Assistant News Editor

November 6, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Four-term Republican U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta sought to take the sole Senate seat of two-term incumbent Democrat U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. — but failed to do so, as Sen. Casey defeated Barletta.

Midterm special election question: Allegheny County Children’s Fund

Midterm special election question: Allegheny County Children’s Fund

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, For The Pitt News

November 6, 2018


Filed under City, News

Alongside voting on local representatives in the midterm election, residents of Allegheny County will vote on the proposed Allegheny County Children's Fund.

Power outage affects multiple buildings on Forbes Ave

Power outage affects multiple buildings on Forbes Ave

By Hannah Schneider, News Editor

November 6, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

A power outage on Monday left multiple buildings on Forbes Ave. vacant for the night. The cause of the outage is still unknown.

A day in the life of student canvassing

A day in the life of student canvassing

By Emily Wolfe, Senior Staff Writer

November 5, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

For Alex Rose, the two days leading up to an election are filled with knocking on front doors, asking questions and marking responses. That’s what the job of a student canvasser entails.

Pitt students gather to support Jewish community

Pitt students gather to support Jewish community

By Christian Snyder, Editor-in-Chief

November 5, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

In a combined effort on Monday afternoon, members of the Pitt community gathered in support of the Jewish community. The vigil featured words from Mayor Bill Peduto along with several musical performances from student a cappella groups.

Five Pa. House races to watch

Five Pa. House races to watch

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

November 5, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Approach Tuesday’s midterm elections with an eye on these key districts.

Student organizations encourage midterm voting

Student organizations encourage midterm voting

By Andrew O'Brien, For the Pitt News

November 5, 2018


Filed under City, News

Several student organizations on campus held events in hopes of encouraging voter turnout on election day. According to Adwait Shukla, president of Pitt’s Interfraternity Council and senior adviser of the South Asian Student Association, “If you want candidates who represent your interests, the midterms are where you should vote.”

Obituaries: Tree of Life shooting victims

Obituaries: Tree of Life shooting victims

By Elise Lavallee, Contributing Editor

November 2, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

The obituaries of each life lost in the Tree of Life shooting last Saturday, Oct. 27.

Don’t miss your shot to avoid the flu

Don’t miss your shot to avoid the flu

By Nina Kneuer, For the Pitt News

November 1, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Health, News

It’s not too late to get your flu shot. Pitt makes it easy — and free — to protect yourself from contracting the disease. Whether or not to get a flu shot — it’s a point of contention. But Dr. Simon Barrett-Boyes discusses the many benefits of getting the vaccination.

Pittsburgh International Airport approves new budget for changes

Pittsburgh International Airport approves new budget for changes

By Jon Moss, Staff Writer

November 1, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The Pittsburgh International Airport will soon see changes to the operating systems of the airport. Students getting ready to jet home on the next break from school will begin to see changes in the Pittsburgh airport — and hopefully, cheaper tickets too.

Suspect in Tree of Life massacre pleads not guilty

Suspect in Tree of Life massacre pleads not guilty

By Janine Faust, Managing Editor

November 1, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, News

Robert Bowers, 46, had been indicted on 44 counts by a federal grand jury Wednesday relating to the killing of 11 members of the Tree of Life synagogue last weekend.

Pittsburgh rallies, unites against hate

Pittsburgh rallies, unites against hate

By Dylan Giaccobe, Staff Writer

November 1, 2018


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

When President Donald Trump visited Pittsburgh on Tuesday in the aftermath of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto stayed far away – as did many other local elected officials. But a student-organized Unite Against Hate rally in Schenley Plaza Wednesday night brought the...

Student Safety in a season of screams

Student Safety in a season of screams

By Andrew O'Brien, For the Pitt News

October 31, 2018


Filed under Campus, Crime, News, Top Stories

Pitt students who took to Oakland’s streets in costume this Halloween week had reason to think twice before donning a “Scream” mask. The masked killer from that cult classic horror film is fictional, but the “Scream bandit,” who committed at least three armed robberies in Shadyside in September...

Trump’s visit inspires community protests

Trump’s visit inspires community protests

By Kieran McLean and Jon Kunitsky

October 31, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Activism became part of Pittsburgh’s mourning process Tuesday, as more than a thousand people gathered in Squirrel Hill to protest the arrival of President Donald Trump. In response to Saturday's Tree of Life Synagogue massacre, activist groups in Pittsburgh organized multiple simultaneous gatherin...

SGB stands behind Jewish community

SGB stands behind Jewish community

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

October 30, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Kathryn Fleisher wants to make sure last weekend’s massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue won’t be forgotten. “Our community is still mourning,” Fleisher, a sophomore majoring in GSWS and politics and philosophy double major, said. “We’re still attending funerals, we’re still doing ...

City of steel is a city of scares

City of steel is a city of scares

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

October 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Pitt students looking for a haunt don’t have to look far. Pittsburgh is home to several haunted locations for those looking for a scare all year long, including one of Pitt’s own Cathedral of Learning Nationality Rooms. The Early American Room, situated in room 328 of the Cathedral, is alleged...

The tricks, treats and traditions of Halloween

The tricks, treats and traditions of Halloween

By Remy Samuels, Staff Writer

October 30, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

It’s hard to believe that consuming mounds of Snickers and Kit Kat bars every Oct. 31 hasn’t always been a part of the Halloween tradition. In fact, the holiday used to be far from the hoarding of junk food, it was instead a time for rooting of kale and cabbage, and playing divination games. L...

Jewish Greek life honors Tree of Life victims

Jewish Greek life honors Tree of Life victims

By Jon Moss, Staff Writer

October 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

After Saturday morning’s massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, some Jewish Pitt Greek life organizations are helping support their fellow Pittsburghers. A coalition of several historically Jewish Pitt fraternities and sororities — Alpha Epsilon Phi, Sigma Alpha Mu, Alpha Epsilon Pi...

President Trump arrives in Pittsburgh in wake of Tree of Life shooting

President Trump arrives in Pittsburgh in wake of Tree of Life shooting

By Janine Faust and Hannah Schneider

October 30, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

As Air Force One touched down at the Pittsburgh International Airport around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, thousands of Pittsburghers gathered in Squirrel Hill to make their dissatisfaction with his visit known. But the two didn’t overlap — Trump made no public appearances in his time in Pittsburgh, and the...

President Trump plans Tuesday trip to Pittsburgh

President Trump plans Tuesday trip to Pittsburgh

By Christian Snyder, Editor-in-Chief

October 30, 2018


Filed under City, Crime, News

Despite an open letter signed by more than 60,000 people telling President Donald Trump — in plain terms — that he is not welcome in Pittsburgh in the wake of the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre, the White House confirmed today the president and first lady plan to visit the Steel City on Tuesday. ...

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