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Cathedral Cafe passes health department reinspection

Cathedral Cafe passes health department reinspection

By Jon Moss, News Editor

May 24, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The Cathedral Cafe passed a Friday reinspection by the Allegheny County Health Department after being cited for eight health code violations last Monday.

Incumbents win big in Tuesday primary elections

Incumbents win big in Tuesday primary elections

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

May 22, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Long lines snaked out of the William Pitt Union last November as more than 1,000 students showed up to cast their votes in the 2018 general election.

Challenger Bethany Hallam defeats county council president in primary

Challenger Bethany Hallam defeats county council president in primary

By Lauren Bruckstein, For The Pitt News

May 22, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

After a close election, Bethany Hallam won the Democratic primary election for an Allegheny County Council At-Large seat 53.54% to 46.11%, or by 7,450 votes, Tuesday night.

Woman arrested after allegedly spraying bear spray at Pitt employees

Woman arrested after allegedly spraying bear spray at Pitt employees

By Jon Moss, News Editor

May 22, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

A 28-year-old woman was arrested Monday after allegedly spraying bear spray at several Pitt employees in the Eureka Building on Forbes Avenue.

Student affairs committee approves activity, wellness fee increases

Student affairs committee approves activity, wellness fee increases

By Vaibhav Gupta, Staff Writer

May 22, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

After deliberating for about five minutes in a Posvar Hall conference room, the Student Affairs Committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday to increase mandatory student fees for activities and wellness.

Former Pitt professor now charged with kidnapping third woman

Former Pitt professor now charged with kidnapping third woman

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

May 20, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, News

Richard Lomotey, 36, was initially charged with harassment, kidnapping and false imprisonment following a report from two women on May 11.

PLRB hears grad student union election objection in downtown hearing

PLRB hears grad student union election objection in downtown hearing

By Vaibhav Gupta, Staff Writer

May 15, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Nestled in a small office in downtown’s Piatt Place building, a group of lawyers debated the future of Pitt graduate student unionization Tuesday and Wednesday.

Cathedral Cafe cited for 8 health code violations

Cathedral Cafe cited for 8 health code violations

By Jon Moss, News Editor

May 14, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The Cathedral Cafe was cited by the Allegheny County Health Department for eight health code violations Monday. The facility, located in the basement of the Cathedral of Learning, received one high-risk, two medium-risk and five low-risk violations.

Pitt paid almost $240K to “union avoidance” law firm in recent years

Pitt paid almost $240K to “union avoidance” law firm in recent years

By Jon Moss, News Editor

May 14, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

A “union avoidance” law firm received a large windfall of legal fees from Pitt, according to previously unreported University financial disclosure reports.

Pittsburgh receives “F” for air quality despite decades of improvement

Pittsburgh receives “F” for air quality despite decades of improvement

By Brian Gentry, Senior Staff Writer

May 14, 2019


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh has made strides in distancing itself from its industrial past, but the region remains plagued by lingering air quality concerns.

Pitt, Penn State Beaver professor charged with kidnapping Uber riders

Pitt, Penn State Beaver professor charged with kidnapping Uber riders

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

May 12, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, News

A part-time instructor in Pitt’s School of Computing and Information has been charged with kidnapping two women in Pittsburgh after he picked them up for an Uber ride early Saturday morning. Police reported the arrest of a suspect in the incident later that afternoon. Richard Lomotey, 36, was charged with two co...

Grad students vote against unionization, organizers reissue call for new election

Grad students vote against unionization, organizers reissue call for new election

By Jon Moss and Neena Hagen

May 3, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board officially declared Friday morning that the majority of graduate students at Pitt voted against unionization in the April 15-18 election.

Grad union organizers call for new election, accuse Pitt of “unfair labor practices”

Grad union organizers call for new election, accuse Pitt of “unfair labor practices”

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

May 2, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Less than a week ago, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board declared the grad student unionization vote inconclusive. Now, organizers are calling on the board to set aside those election results and schedule a new election.

Recent CMU graduate found guilty of sexual assault against female Pitt student

Recent CMU graduate found guilty of sexual assault against female Pitt student

By Jon Moss, News Editor

May 1, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Crime, News

A recent CMU graduate was found guilty of a second degree sexual assault felony against a female Pitt student Tuesday morning.

Grad student unionization vote declared inconclusive

Grad student unionization vote declared inconclusive

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

April 26, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The Pitt Graduate Student Organizing Committee’s three-year unionization campaign led to a final vote last week meant to determine whether or not the university's graduate student population wanted a union. But after the ballot count was revealed today, they’ll have to wait a little while longer. ...

Former VP, presidential candidate Joe Biden to visit Pittsburgh Monday

Former VP, presidential candidate Joe Biden to visit Pittsburgh Monday

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

April 25, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Joe Biden, former vice president of the U.S., will visit Pittsburgh next Monday.

Faculty union organizers appeal PLRB decision

Faculty union organizers appeal PLRB decision

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

April 25, 2019


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

A years-long effort to unionize more than 3,500 Pitt faculty appeared to have failed last Wednesday when the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, or PLRB, ruled that organizers failed to collect enough signed authorization cards from eligible faculty to prompt a union election.

Students get blunt about weed legalization

Students get blunt about weed legalization

By Griffin Lynch, Staff Writer

April 21, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Health, News

Pittsburgh and Philadelphia passed decriminalization legislation in 2014 and 2015, respectively, and the University of Pittsburgh was certified for medical marijuana research just last year.

Do puzzles and games help you de-stress?

Do puzzles and games help you de-stress?

By Vaibhav Gupta, Staff Writer

April 21, 2019


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

“Video games are a part of me, and being able to play them, it takes away the pressure from work,” Ferdy Huang, a junior emergency medicine major, said. “The stress management, that’s the side effect that comes from having fun playing video games.”

Pitt announces annual Fulbright winners

Pitt announces annual Fulbright winners

By Maggie Young, Senior Staff Writer

April 21, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Eleven students won Fulbright Scholarships for the 2019-20 session. The Fulbright annually awards 1,900 scholarships to recent college graduates from the United States to spend time in a foreign country where they can teach English, conduct research or earn a master’s degree.

After years-long campaign, grad students await outcome of union vote

After years-long campaign, grad students await outcome of union vote

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

April 18, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Organizers wearing pro-union T-shirts high-fived and cheered for the last few dozen graduate students as they trickled into the second-floor ballroom of the O’Hara Student Center Thursday afternoon to cast their votes in the union election. They were celebrating the culmination of a years-long campaign t...

Mark Henderson named new CIO and vice chancellor

Mark Henderson named new CIO and vice chancellor

By Joanna Li, News Editor

April 18, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher named Mark Henderson as Pitt’s new chief information officer and vice chancellor on Thursday.

Planning underway for new recreation center

Planning underway for new recreation center

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

April 18, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Planning efforts are now underway for a new multistory recreation center to be built on middle campus, something campus administrators say students have long asked for.

No hearing for Pitt faculty union, organizers plan appeal

No hearing for Pitt faculty union, organizers plan appeal

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

April 18, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The state labor relations board ruled Thursday that faculty organizers fell short in their efforts to collect signed authorization cards from faculty. Organizers plan to appeal the decision.

A Starr is born: John Starr, beatboxer and Beinecke winner

A Starr is born: John Starr, beatboxer and Beinecke winner

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

April 18, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

While preparing backstage for a high-level a cappella competition March 30, John Starr got an email that changed his life — out of 90 candidates from across the United States, he was one of 18 students who received the prestigious Beinecke scholarship.

Deadline approaching for primary voter registration

Deadline approaching for primary voter registration

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

April 18, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Pittsburghers will have an opportunity to go to the polls for City and county elections in the coming weeks, but the voter registration deadline is closing soon. Pennsylvania residents who wish to vote in the May 21 primary election must register to vote by next Monday.

Honors College dean to leave for position at University of Arkansas

Honors College dean to leave for position at University of Arkansas

By Emily Wolfe and Brian Gentry

April 17, 2019


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Dr. Brian Primack will step down from his position as dean of Pitt’s Honors College this summer, and will be the dean of the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas beginning July 1.

SGB announces new chairs, recaps accomplishments

SGB announces new chairs, recaps accomplishments

By Maureen Hartwell, Staff Writer

April 17, 2019


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

On Tuesday night at its final meeting of the academic year, Pitt Student Government Board shared memories of late nights in the office and members falling asleep during meetings.

Market Central passes health department reinspection

Market Central passes health department reinspection

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

April 16, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Market Central passed a Tuesday reinspection by the Allegheny County Health Department after being cited for nine health code violations last Monday.

Q&A: Jay Darr on the future of Pitt’s Counseling Center

Q&A: Jay Darr on the future of Pitt’s Counseling Center

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

April 16, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Health, News

Since he began the job in mid-February, Pitt’s newest Counseling Center Director Jay Darr said he’s spent his time talking with his staff and going on a “listening tour” around campus to hear what students are saying about the center.

Commencement ceremony speakers announced

Commencement ceremony speakers announced

By Joanna Li, News Editor

April 15, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt announced on Monday the commencement speakers for the graduate and undergraduate ceremonies.

Bernie Sanders campaigns in Schenley Plaza

Bernie Sanders campaigns in Schenley Plaza

By Remy Samuels, Staff Writer

April 15, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

When Sen. Bernie Sanders stepped onto the podium at Schenley Plaza, surrounded by supporters waving Bernie 2020 signs and chanting his name, he couldn’t help but point out the unusually warm Pittsburgh weather.

Grad students to vote on unionization this week

Grad students to vote on unionization this week

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

April 15, 2019


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

After several years of campaigning, rallying and dealing with University opposition, Pitt’s graduate students will vote on whether or not to form a union this week.

Transgender community, allies “Fight the Ban” at downtown rally

Transgender community, allies “Fight the Ban” at downtown rally

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

April 13, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Saturday afternoon’s Fight the Ban rally gathered a crowd of about 40 people, was organized by Stonewall City Democrats, TransPride Pittsburgh, OutServe-SLDN and Minority Veterans of America, and was one of many rallies held across the country on Saturday.

Student struck by lamp post

Student struck by lamp post

By Joanna Li, News Editor

April 12, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

A lamp post outside of the Chevron Science Center fell to the ground Friday, striking a Pitt student.

Pitt police identifies men involved in Tuesday incident as students from Denison University on ‘scavenger hunt’ who had to ‘scare someone’

Pitt police identifies men involved in Tuesday incident as students from Denison University on ‘scavenger hunt’ who had to ‘scare someone’

By Christian Snyder, Editor in Chief

April 12, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Crime, News

Breaking: Police identify four individuals involved in Tuesday incident near Hillman Library

Pitt police issues crime report for “armed threat”

Pitt police issues crime report for “armed threat”

By The Pitt News Staff

April 11, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Pitt Police issued a crime report Thursday around 10:30 a.m. describing an “armed threat incident” that took place at 3250 Parkview Avenue.

Pitt law professor mounts primary challenge against Rep. Doyle

Pitt law professor mounts primary challenge against Rep. Doyle

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

April 11, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

A Pitt law professor is preparing to mount a primary challenge against Rep. Michael Doyle, D-Pa., Pittsburgh’s representative in the U.S. House.

Arsenal Cider House serves summer drink year-round

Arsenal Cider House serves summer drink year-round

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

April 11, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

While apple cider is typically a fall beverage, fruity beers are undoubtedly a warm weather summer treat. Luckily, Arsenal Cider House serves up craft ciders year-round made by raw apple cider from Soergel Orchards.

The fermentation process of alcohol

The fermentation process of alcohol

By Sid Lingala and Erica Guthrie

April 11, 2019


Filed under News, Tech Science

Alcohol is a drink of choice for many contemporary college students. But according to Linda O’Reilly, a biological sciences lecturer at Pitt, the process of creating alcohol can be dated back more than 5,000 years ago.

Multiple reports of suspicious activity seemingly targeting women in Oakland

Multiple reports of suspicious activity seemingly targeting women in Oakland

By The Pitt News Staff

April 11, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Crime, News

Update 12:36 p.m.: Pitt confirmed there has been no missing persons report filed with Pitt Police, and that it does not believe the incidents are related.

Peduto signs gun control bills, lawsuit filed in county court

Peduto signs gun control bills, lawsuit filed in county court

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

April 10, 2019


Filed under City, News

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto signed three controversial gun control bills into law Tuesday afternoon, including one that prohibits the usage of certain assault weapons within the City. Several Pittsburgh residents immediately filed a lawsuit against Peduto and the City Council, arguing a state law preempts the new City law.

A guide to Pittsburgh’s new breweries, bars and distilleries

A guide to Pittsburgh’s new breweries, bars and distilleries

By Joanna Li, News Editor

April 10, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

The Cullen-Harrison Act, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, officially took effect on April 7, 1933. Now known as National Beer Day, the act legalized the sale of beer with an alcohol content of 3.2%. Eventually, this led to the ratification of the 21st Amendment, which repealed the 18th Amendment — the prohibition of alcohol.“I think this would be a good time for a beer,” Roosevelt said after signing The Cullen-Harrison Act.For those who are in agreement with the 32nd president, here’s a list of not-yet opened and recently debuted breweries, bars and distilleries in Pittsburgh to look out for:

Candlelight vigil held in support of sexual assault survivors

April 10, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Video

As part of national sexual assault awareness month, Pitt’s Title IX office, SHARE and Agents of Cultural Change hosted a candlelight vigil in support of victims of sexual assault. The event included several speakers and an acapella performance. Attendees as well as the University community at large were encouraged to wear teal and ribbons were provided at the event. The teal ribbon is the symbol for sexual violence prevention and teal is the official color of SAAM.

SGB welcomes new members, announces Counseling Center changes

SGB welcomes new members, announces Counseling Center changes

By Maureen Hartwell, Staff Writer

April 10, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, News

With the academic year coming to a close, Pitt’s Student Government Board spent its Tuesday meeting passing new legislation and introducing new members for SGB 2019-20.

Q&A: Documentary filmmaker Chris Paine on AI

Q&A: Documentary filmmaker Chris Paine on AI

By Griffin Lynch, Staff Writer

April 10, 2019


Filed under News, Tech Science, Top Stories

The Pitt News talked with Chris Paine before a showing of the documentary about AI and his filmmaking process.

Elizabeth Warren “100% behind” Pitt grad student union

Elizabeth Warren “100% behind” Pitt grad student union

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

April 9, 2019


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

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., encouraged the union hopefuls in a short video posted to social media Tuesday.

Campus organizations host first Pride month

Campus organizations host first Pride month

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

April 9, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

Pitt’s campus is home to many LGBTQ+ organizations — Rainbow Alliance, oSTEM and the Gender and Sexuality LLC, to name a few. But until this year, none of those organizations came together for a large-scale project celebrating Pitt’s LGBTQ+ community as a whole.

PACT fundraises for cancer research

PACT fundraises for cancer research

By Vaibhav Gupta, For The Pitt News

April 8, 2019


Filed under City, News

Bursts of blue, green and orange dotted the hilltops of Schenley Park on the morning of April 7, along with the hundreds of Pitt students and community members racing along them.  These runners were participating in the fourth annual Color Out Cancer 5K hosted by Pittsburgh Attacks Cancer Together. The student organization raises money to help fight various cancers, and has raised more than $55,000 in the last three years.

Market Central cited for 9 health code violations

Market Central cited for 9 health code violations

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

April 8, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Market Central was cited by the Allegheny County Health Department for nine health code violations Monday.

Sanders will hold Sunday rally in Schenley Plaza

Sanders will hold Sunday rally in Schenley Plaza

By Brian Gentry and Emily Wolfe

April 8, 2019


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

The already-crowded race for the 2020 Democratic primary is about to get its first Pitt stop with a visit from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who will hold a rally this Sunday in Oakland.

T-Pain headlines Bigelow Bash alongside local artists

T-Pain headlines Bigelow Bash alongside local artists

By Lauren Rude, For The Pitt News

April 8, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Two-time Grammy award winner T-Pain began his performance with some of his more well-known songs, including “Booty Wurk,” “Buy U a Drank” and “Up Down.” Following these songs, T-Pain interrupted his set-list to address the audience. “What’s up with you assholes?” T-Pain said. “Welcome to the show.”

Engineering professor receives NSF CAREER Award

Engineering professor receives NSF CAREER Award

By Lauren Rude, For The Pitt News

April 4, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Tech Science

Tevis Jacobs, an assistant professor in the mechanical engineering and materials science department, received the National Science Foundation’s $500,000 CAREER Award this year to improve nanoparticle performance. “When we talk about nanoparticles, even I, as a scientist that studies nanoscience, have trouble conceiving of how small these are,” Jacobs said. “I am very excited about both [components]. They are both huge endeavors.”

Faculty braces for Pitt’s union “stalling tactics”

Faculty braces for Pitt’s union “stalling tactics”

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

April 4, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

With at least six months until Pitt organizers’ third attempt at a faculty union, Pitt administration and faculty are deep in a debate over the merits of unionization. Faculty say they’re gearing up for a battle.

SGB will vote on sustainability measures

SGB will vote on sustainability measures

By Maureen Hartwell, Staff Writer

April 3, 2019


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Following a 15-minute board meeting, Pitt Student Government Board held its final town hall of the academic year Tuesday night, facilitating a discussion on sustainability.

TEDxPitt 2019: On burnout and drive (part 2)

TEDxPitt 2019: On burnout and drive (part 2)

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

April 2, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

After a pizza lunch and musical performance from a cappella group C-Flat Run, attendees of the TEDxPitt event gathered again to listen to four more speakers discuss their internal ignition.

City Council passes gun control bills amid legal threats

City Council passes gun control bills amid legal threats

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

April 2, 2019


Filed under City, News

Pittsburgh’s City Council passed three gun control bills Tuesday morning by a 6-3 vote, including one that prohibits the usage of certain assault weapons within the City.

Kumanchik keeps spot on primary ballot after court challenge

Kumanchik keeps spot on primary ballot after court challenge

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

April 2, 2019


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Pitt student Chris Kumanchik, who is running for the 3rd District seat on Pittsburgh City Council, has been cleared from challenges on the validity of his petition for candidacy and will appear on the Democratic primary ballot.

TEDxPitt 2019: On serendipity and sustainability (Part 1)

TEDxPitt 2019: On serendipity and sustainability (Part 1)

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

April 1, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Speakers at Sunday's TEDx touched on the "ignition" — the theme of this year's event — that kept them motivated throughout their lives.

Changes to come to Bigelow Boulevard

Changes to come to Bigelow Boulevard

By Joanna Li, News Editor

April 1, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

After Pittsburgh received a $500,000 grant in late March from Pennsylvania’s Multimodal Transportation fund, Bigelow Boulevard between Forbes and Fifth avenues could see safety improvements starting in the fall.

What’s the sizzling hot gossip on Brad Pitt?

What’s the sizzling hot gossip on Brad Pitt?

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

April 1, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Amidst ongoing divorce proceedings, veteran actor Brad Pitt has taken a step back from the spotlight to focus on his children.

Analysis: Is Brad Pitt gearing up for a presidential run?

Analysis: Is Brad Pitt gearing up for a presidential run?

By Maggie Young, Senior Staff Writer

April 1, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

There’s a handful of celebrities who have transitioned from the entertainment business to politics, from Ronald Reagan to Arnold Schwarzenegger to our current president, Donald J. Trump. The pattern raises the question — who will be the next movie star to grace the political stage?

Pitt’s first big spring Pride is just around the corner

Pitt’s first big spring Pride is just around the corner

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 29, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Uncategorized

“The LGBTQIA+ community on campus is enormous,” Tabitha Barnes said. “We wanted to make sure that Pride was something everyone could take part in...kind of using the resources that we have to make that happen.”

Undergraduate candidates face setbacks in elections court

Undergraduate candidates face setbacks in elections court

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

March 28, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The political future is uncertain for city government candidates and Pitt undergraduates Ashley Priore, who was running in the Democratic primary for the Pittsburgh School Board in the 4th District, and Chris Kumanchik, who was running for the 3rd District seat in the Pittsburgh City Council.

BAS “Justice for Antwon” die-in

March 28, 2019


Filed under Campus, Video

To remember the death of Antwon Rose II, Pitt’s Black Action Society organized a die-in protest on the front steps of the William Pitt Union on Wednesday. About 120 people, mostly Pitt students, joined in sitting or standing near by. The group remained there, silent, for 40 minutes — 10 minutes for every day of the trial of former University and East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld, who shot Rose in June 2018. This event marks the sixth day of “Justice for Antwon” protests since the jury acquitted Rosfeld of all charges.

120 join “Justice for Antwon” die-in on WPU steps

120 join “Justice for Antwon” die-in on WPU steps

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 28, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Unlike other protests that have taken place throughout the City over the past week, this one — a die-in in honor of Antwon Rose, organized by Pitt’s Black Action Society — was completely silent.

University Senate discusses free speech at annual plenary

University Senate discusses free speech at annual plenary

By Maureen Hartwell, Staff Writer

March 27, 2019


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

In a week filled with protests and demonstrations in the wake of Michael Rosfeld’s acquittal, the University Senate convened to hold its annual plenary session focused on “Free Speech in the Modern University.”

Black Action Society plans Wednesday die-in for Antwon Rose

Black Action Society plans Wednesday die-in for Antwon Rose

By Emily Wolfe and Brian Gentry

March 27, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

“[The goal is] just to show solidarity between all students on campus and faculty and staff, but specifically black students and just to show support for Antwon Rose’s family,” Edenis Augustin, the Black Action Society president, said.

Pitt students visit State Capitol

Pitt students visit State Capitol

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

March 27, 2019


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Dozens of Pitt students boarded buses at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday to attend Pitt’s annual Day in Harrisburg.

For real: Crosswalk to come

For real: Crosswalk to come

By Joanna Li, News Editor

March 26, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

The crosswalk created on Forbes Ave. outside of David Lawrence Hall is expected to be fully operational by the end of the week, according to Pitt Police. In the past few days, the traffic lights have been set to “flash” as a means of allowing drivers to adapt to the new crosswalk.

Pittsburgh responds to New Zealand massacre

Pittsburgh responds to New Zealand massacre

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

March 26, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Fawwaz Haq, executive director of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, or ICP, an Islamic educational and community outreach organization based in Oakland, said only the outpouring of support from Pittsburgh’s community could mitigate the pain of such a tragedy.

Third day of protests brings students Downtown

Third day of protests brings students Downtown

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 26, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

A group of more than 1,000 turned out Monday for a student-led walkout Downtown in protest of the acquittal of former East Pittsburgh officer Michael Rosfeld in the shooting of unarmed black teenager Antwon Rose.

Grad students will decide union question starting April 15

Grad students will decide union question starting April 15

By Joanna Li, News Editor

March 25, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

PLRB announced on Thursday the dates and times of polling locations on campus. The election is intended to allow more than 2,000 graduate students to vote to join a union. In order to form a union, a simple majority of the grad student population, or more than 50 percent, needs to vote yes.

Vigil honors victims of New Zealand shooting

Vigil honors victims of New Zealand shooting

By Maggie Young, Senior Staff Writer

March 25, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Hundreds of Pittsburghers gathered Sunday for “Rehumanize: A Vigil for Muslims in New Zealand” to honor the victims of the Christchurch shootings, which occurred on March 16.

Downtown protests against Rosfeld verdict focus on change, solidarity

Downtown protests against Rosfeld verdict focus on change, solidarity

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

March 25, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

A jury acquitted Rosfeld Friday after only four hours of deliberation, which drew peaceful protesters to the Hill District neighborhood less than 24 hours later.

Justice for Antwon Protest in Oakland

March 24, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Video

Following the announcement on March 22 of a not guilty verdict in the trial of former Pitt police officer Micheal Rosfeld, protestors took to the streets of the Oakland campus showing their disagreement with the jury’s decision. The march began in Schenley Plaza at about 5pm and shut down numerous intersections as it paraded along Bigelow Boulevard and Atwood Street, as well as Fifth and Forbes Avenues. Beginning with a group of almost 50 people, the protest grew in number as it went.

Oakland protests white officer’s acquittal

Oakland protests white officer’s acquittal

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 23, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Organizers of Saturday’s protests had three demands: The dismissal of the district attorney, the dismissal of a much-criticized police union president and the creation of a police review board.

Gunshots fired into office of Michael Rosfeld’s attorney

Gunshots fired into office of Michael Rosfeld’s attorney

By Janine Faust, Managing Editor

March 23, 2019


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, Crime, News, Top Stories

Gunshots were fired overnight into the office of Michael Rosfeld's defense attorney, Pat Thomassey. The approximate time of the shooting has yet to be determined.

Jury finds Rosfeld not guilty in Rose shooting case

Jury finds Rosfeld not guilty in Rose shooting case

By Brian Gentry and Emily Wolfe

March 22, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

Michael Rosfeld, a white former Pitt Police officer, was found not guilty of the June 19, 2018 shooting of black 17-year-old Antwon Rose Friday evening.

Take Back the Night – Marching for Equality

March 22, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Video

On the penultimate day of the 2019 Women’s Empowerment Week at the University of Pittsburgh, students took to the streets for the annual Take Back the Night march. This event has taken place at Pitt since the 1990s. Prior to the march, students participated in a sign making event where they also practiced the chants they would use once they hit the pavement. This year, the march was hosted by Asian Students Alliance, Female Empowerment Movement and Student Government Board.

Darr hears students’ counseling center concerns

Darr hears students’ counseling center concerns

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

March 22, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

For the first time since being hired in January 2019, Pitt’s new Counseling Center Director Jay Darr made a public appearance at a Town Hall Thursday night.

Marching to reclaim the night in Oakland

Marching to reclaim the night in Oakland

By Emily Drzymalski, Staff Writer

March 22, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Roughly 30 students took their newly made signs and marched through Pitt’s campus chanting as bystanders watched and a police car followed at their side.

Controversial “Hacking4Humanity” event targets trafficking

Controversial “Hacking4Humanity” event targets trafficking

By Griffin Lynch, Staff Writer

March 21, 2019


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Organizers of Friday’s “Hacking4Humanity” challenge hope it will be the first of many at Pitt as students take on the problem of human trafficking. But some community groups have taken issue with the methods the event will use.

Intersectionality: Beyond the Buzzword

March 21, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Video

Pitt Program Council, Rainbow Alliance and Black Action Society put together an event during Women’s Week called “Intersectionality: Behind the Buzzword.” This event featured a few fun activities as well as opportunity for serious discussion. Students learned about each other’s lives and experiences — how they were affected by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and other factors — in order to help build a strong, diverse and safe community at Pitt.

Pitt professors sue for age discrimination

Pitt professors sue for age discrimination

By Maggie Young, Senior Staff Writer

March 20, 2019


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Neil Fogarty, a 61-year-old lecturer of the College of Business Administration and the Katz Graduate School of Business, filed a suit against the University in early February, for age discrimination.

SGB looks to fill positions for next year

SGB looks to fill positions for next year

By Maureen Hartwell, Staff Writer

March 20, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

There are dozens of positions left to fill on next year's Student Government Board, from chief of staff to a member of the elections committee.

Former PG editor discusses truth in journalism

Former PG editor discusses truth in journalism

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

March 19, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

At the event, Shribman discussed the importance of truth in journalism and how the field has evolved over time.

Vibrant Media Lab offers glimpse into first game system

Vibrant Media Lab offers glimpse into first game system

By Vaibhav Gupta, For The Pitt News

March 18, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

The group, the Vibrant Media Lab, will present one of the earliest-created game consoles in history — the Magnavox Odyssey — to Pitt students on April 5 in order to promote a wider understanding of the history and culture behind video games along with the VML’s work for the past two years.

Al Primack celebrates pi year-round

Al Primack celebrates pi year-round

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

March 18, 2019


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Al Primack, Pitt doctoral student and TA, memorized 100 digits of pi for a cultural artifact speech back in college. Eight years later, he recites those same digits to his students at the start of every semester. But other than pi, he said, his memory is actually pretty dismal.

Pitt files response to Rose suit

Pitt files response to Rose suit

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 18, 2019


Filed under City, Crime, News

A lawsuit from Antwon Rose Jr.’s family alleged that negligence from Pitt led to the shooting of the teenager by an East Pittsburgh police officer last year. But Pitt says East Pittsburgh never reviewed the officer’s file.

Schedule preview for Women’s Empowerment Week

Schedule preview for Women’s Empowerment Week

By Maureen Hartwell, Staff Writer

March 17, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Hosted by the Student Government Board, WE Week 2019 begins Monday, March 18, and ends Saturday, March 23.

Pitt attempting to obstruct grad student union election, organizers claim

Pitt attempting to obstruct grad student union election, organizers claim

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 12, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

The United Steelworkers and the Graduate Student Organizing Committee expressed disappointment Tuesday in what they called Pitt’s attempts at “voter suppression.”

“This whole system’s got to go:” Students walk out against inequality

“This whole system’s got to go:” Students walk out against inequality

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 8, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

One day before the set of worldwide marches planned for International Women’s Day, about 100 people gathered in Schenley Plaza for a student walkout.

Labor board affirms Pitt grad students have right to unionize

Labor board affirms Pitt grad students have right to unionize

By Brian Gentry, Joanna Li, and Emily Wolfe

March 7, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday that Pitt’s graduate student employees are entitled to unionize, a step forward in graduate students’ multi-year battle to form a union.

SCI to offer programs in cybersecurity

SCI to offer programs in cybersecurity

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

March 7, 2019


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Pitt’s School of Computing and Information opened a Professional Institute yesterday, and its first initiative is to offer programs in cybersecurity.

Sylvia Rhor curates arts with academics

Sylvia Rhor curates arts with academics

By Remy Samuels, Staff Writer

March 7, 2019


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Sylvia Rhor is the curator and director of Pitt’s University Art Gallery in the Frick Fine Arts building, where she organizes collections and creates exhibitions for the public — something she never dreamed of doing as a child.

Tanjaya talks food insecurity at allocations-heavy meeting

Tanjaya talks food insecurity at allocations-heavy meeting

By Maureen Hartwell, Staff Writer

March 6, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

The board spent more than an hour deliberating allocations at its Tuesday meeting, and voted to amend five of the allocations committee’s recommendations after hearing from student leaders.

Voters choose divestment, Peterson as executive VP

Voters choose divestment, Peterson as executive VP

By Brian Gentry and Emily Wolfe

March 6, 2019


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

Anaïs Peterson won big in Tuesday’s runoff SGB election — and so did one of her major initiatives, as more than 2,000 students said Pitt should divest from fossil fuels in a referendum vote.

Researcher, advocate: Sossena Wood promotes diversity in engineering

Researcher, advocate: Sossena Wood promotes diversity in engineering

By Maggie Young, Staff Writer

March 6, 2019


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Sossena Wood entered the Swanson School of Engineering in 2007 as an electrical engineering major, a major where only 0.9 percent of degree-earners nationwide are black women.

Port Authority to increase service on Oakland routes

Port Authority to increase service on Oakland routes

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

March 6, 2019


Filed under City, News

Port Authority is taking care of some bus-ness in Oakland.

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