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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. ...

Pitt community responds to synagogue shooting

Pitt community responds to synagogue shooting

By Emily Drzymalski, For the Pitt News

October 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, Crime, News, Top Stories

The sounds of sirens and phone alerts informed Pitt students of the active shooter situation happening a few neighborhoods over in Squirrel Hill at the Tree of Life Synagogue Saturday morning. In the wake of Saturday’s shooting, Pitt students and organizations are taking action. After the shooting that claimed the live...

Tree of Life: how students can offer help

Tree of Life: how students can offer help

By Sarah Shearer, Assistant News Editor

October 30, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Pitt students can have a role in mending their city -- whether it's sitting with a grieving friend or giving blood.

Trump to visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday in wake of synagogue massacre

Trump to visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday in wake of synagogue massacre

By Christian Snyder, Editor in Chief

October 29, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, News

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the President and First Lady will visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

11 dead, 6 injured in massacre at Tree of Life Congregation in Squirrel Hill

11 dead, 6 injured in massacre at Tree of Life Congregation in Squirrel Hill

By The Pitt News Staff

October 29, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

11 are dead and 6 injured after a shooter attacked a synagogue in Squirrel Hill on Saturday. The suspect will 29 federal charges at his scheduled appearance in court on Monday.

President Trump responds to Tree of Life massacre

President Trump responds to Tree of Life massacre

By Jon Moss, Staff Writer

October 28, 2018


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

After 11 Pittsburghers were killed in a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill Saturday morning, President Donald Trump publicly renounced the act and pledged his support to the victims. The president responded to the incident on Twitter at at 11:08 a.m, about an hour after the fi...

Affidavit reveals details of synagogue shooting

Affidavit reveals details of synagogue shooting

By Hannah Schneider, Assistant News Editor

October 28, 2018


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

After 11 people were killed and six were injured at a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill Saturday morning, the U.S. Attorney’s office filed 29 federal charges against suspect Robert Bowers.

Community mourns shooting victims at weekend vigil

Community mourns shooting victims at weekend vigil

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

October 28, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, News

At Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, the Pittsburgh community gathered to remember the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre, which claimed the lives of 11 Pittsburghers.

Victims identified in Tree of Life shooting

Victims identified in Tree of Life shooting

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

October 28, 2018


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

The names of the 11 people killed by a gunman who opened fire Saturday in the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill were released Sunday morning. Among the victims, who ranged in age from 54 to 97, were a married couple from Wilkinsburg and a pair of brothers who lived in Squirrel Hill. [Re...

Gab: Its history and influence in the Tree of Life shooting

Gab: Its history and influence in the Tree of Life shooting

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

October 28, 2018


Filed under Crime, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

Shortly before entering the Tree of Life congregation in Squirrel Hill, Robert Bowers, a Baldwin resident and Saturday’s shooting suspect, posted a message on social media site Gab that said, “I can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics. I'm going in.” As details of the massacre unfolded, more anti-Semitic messages that Bowers had posted on his Ga...

Robert Bowers, Pittsburgh synagogue massacre suspect: What we know

Robert Bowers, Pittsburgh synagogue massacre suspect: What we know

By The Pitt News Staff

October 27, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Robert Bowers frequently posted anti-Semitic views on social media. Five minutes before police were alerted of a deadly shooting at a Squirrel Hill synagogue, Bowers wrote: "Screw your optics. I'm going in." He is the primary suspect in the massacre.

Community hosts vigil to mourn victims of Squirrel Hill synagogue massacre

Community hosts vigil to mourn victims of Squirrel Hill synagogue massacre

By The Pitt News Staff

October 27, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Hundreds of Pittsburgh community members gathered to mourn the victims of the deadly shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday, which authorities are investigating as a hate crime in one of America's most deeply rooted Jewish neighborhoods.

Center for African American Poetry and Poetics hosts “Black Ecstatic” panel and showcase

Center for African American Poetry and Poetics hosts “Black Ecstatic” panel and showcase

By Dylan Giacobbe, For the Pitt News

October 26, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Rickey Laurentiis — a poet from New Orleans currently serving as the inaugural fellow of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics — took the stage at the Frick Fine Arts building on Thursday night and made clear what they came to see. “I wanted to see how a black filmmaker argues her body into a ...

Pitt professors talk faculty unionization at Frick Fine Arts

Pitt professors talk faculty unionization at Frick Fine Arts

By Jonathan Kunitsky, Staff Writer

October 25, 2018


Filed under News

A panel of faculty members from Pitt discussed the feasibility of faculty unionization.

From branch to bottle: all of DeLallo’s olives

From branch to bottle: all of DeLallo’s olives

By Elizabeth Martinson, For The Pitt News

October 24, 2018


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Jeff Latimer likes to give his olives the Jacuzzi treatment. The director of operations at DeLallo’s olive production facility doesn’t exactly run his plant like a spa, but the olives begin processing with a plunge into a basin of swirling salty brine, with air jets shooting a sea of tiny green dots in...

The inside scoop on Klavon’s sundaes

The inside scoop on Klavon’s sundaes

By Jon Moss and Mary Rose O'Donnel, The Pitt News Staff

October 24, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

As self-driving cars roam Pittsburgh’s streets and local computer scientists develop advanced robots, one ice cream shop keeps the feeling of the early 20th century alive. Nestled in the historic Strip District, at the corner of Penn Avenue and 28th Street, Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor has been a...

SGB hears criticism of Sodexo, the University

SGB hears criticism of Sodexo, the University

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

SGB will hold its second Eat and Greet meeting this Friday — the first public opportunity for students to question Sodexo officials since revelations last week that the Allegheny County Health Department cited Market Central for 14 health code violations.

Pitt students show love for University

Pitt students show love for University

By Sarah Shearer, Assistant News Editor

October 23, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Pitt students were greeted with free food and giveaways in front of the William Pitt Union at Tuesday's I Love Pitt Day.

Pitt, Sodexo address food safety concerns amid reinspection citations

Pitt, Sodexo  address food safety concerns amid reinspection citations

By Hannah Schneider and Christian Snyder

October 23, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Nearly 2,000 students have signed a petition demanding Pitt replace Sodexo as its food service provider. Pitt and Sodexo responded to the recent health department violations.

An appeeling treat: The art of making apple butter

An appeeling treat: The art of making apple butter

By The Pitt News Staff

October 23, 2018


Filed under Food & Drink, News, Top Stories

At Threadbare Cider House, cider is surely the apple of its eye — but there’s room for apple butter, too.

The core of cider: following the process from tree to mug

The core of cider: following the process from tree to mug

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

October 21, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but a 20-bushel of apples makes 75 gallons of cider.

Students celebrate service at PMADD

Students celebrate service at PMADD

By Sarah Shearer and Joanna Li, Contributing Editors

October 21, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Pitt students spread out to serve at community service sites throughout Pittsburgh at the 11th annual Pitt Make a Difference Day.

Everything Pitt students need to know about the 2018 midterm elections

Everything Pitt students need to know about the 2018 midterm elections

By Dylan Giacobbe, Hannah Schneider, and Ashley Priore

October 19, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The 2018 midterm elections in Pennsylvania take place Nov. 6 — but Pitt students who vote in these elections have traditionally been low in number.

Pitt celebrates grand opening of CEC

Pitt celebrates grand opening of CEC

By Jon Kunitsky, Staff Writer

October 19, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News

Homewood's new community center features everything from engineering classes to personal mentorship.

Bob Woodward Takes Trump to Task

Bob Woodward Takes Trump to Task

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

October 18, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Journalist Bob Woodward discussed his newest book, "Fear," at the WPU Wednesday evening.

Market cited for 14 health violations

Market cited for 14 health violations

By Hannah Schneider, Assistant News Editor

October 17, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Market Central, the main hub for student dining at Pitt, was cited for multiple health violations by the Allegheny County Health Department on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Out of the 25 Food Safety Assessment categories reviewed by ACHD, 14 categories were violated, with six deemed “high risk,” accordin...

Man sentenced to life in prison without parole for murder of Pitt student

Man sentenced to life in prison without parole for murder of Pitt student

By Janine Faust, Managing Editor

October 17, 2018


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

The DA’s office had originally sought the death penalty for Matthew Darby and withdrew it after he agreed to a sentence of life without parole.

Oakland community speaks out against UPMC building

Oakland community speaks out against UPMC building

By Dylan Giacobbe, For The Pitt News

October 17, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Health, News

Innovative health treatments could be coming to Oakland as soon as 2023 — but some Oakland residents disapprove of the buildings coming with it.

SGB puts focus on financial education

SGB puts focus on financial education

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

October 16, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Friday will bring the third annual Financial Literacy Conference at Pitt, presented by business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi and Pitt’s business school.

Newman Institute embraces new way to preserve history

Newman Institute embraces new way to preserve history

By Jon Moss, For The Pitt News

October 16, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

The National Institute for Newman Studies hosted an event Monday evening aimed at showcasing new technologies for digitizing historic documents.

Pittsburghers gear up for new bike plan

Pittsburghers gear up for new bike plan

By Andrew O'Brien, For the Pitt News

October 16, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

About 35 people gathered in the Manchester Citizen Corporation on Monday to attend the second of three meetings DOMI organized.

Students bring mental health to light with spoken poetry

Students bring mental health to light with spoken poetry

By Sarah Shearer, Assistant News Editor

October 12, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News

Eight speakers shared spoken poetry at SGB’s “Stay Spoke Poetry Night” event Thursday evening in the William Pitt Union. The event was hosted as a part of Mental Health Awareness Month.

University Senate Council talks grad student unions, Campus Master Plan and mental health

University Senate Council talks grad student unions, Campus Master Plan and mental health

By Madeline Gavatorta, Staff Writer

October 11, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

University Senate Council engaged in conversation with the Graduate Student Organizing Committee at Wednesday's meeting.

‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ back on after meeting with SGB

‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ back on after meeting with SGB

By Christian Snyder, Editor in Chief

October 10, 2018


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

After a confusing last few days, those involved are confident “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will see the stage this year despite a surprise cancellation announced on Monday. The show, hosted annually by the Engineering Student Council, encountered funding dilemmas — which some interpreted as a ma...

SGB focuses on physical and mental health

SGB focuses on physical and mental health

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

October 10, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government

At a free public lunch this Friday, Pitt students have the opportunity to voice opinions on Pitt food and dining services. It’s one of several current SGB initiatives which seek to close the gap between Pitt students and key players at the University. The Eat & Greet meeting will take place ...

Blue Sparrow food truck flocks to a new home

Blue Sparrow food truck flocks to a new home

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

October 9, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

One of its previous stops was outside of Redhawk Coffee on Meyran Avenue, but the owners have had to ease up on lunch service to devote time to developing the new bus.

Rocky Horror Picture Show suddenly cancelled, organizers blame SGB

Rocky Horror Picture Show suddenly cancelled, organizers blame SGB

By Sarah Connor and Christian Snyder

October 9, 2018


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

Organizers cited budget issues and blamed SGB for cutting funding and eliminating a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community – President Maggie Kennedy responded to the criticism in an interview.

New policy rewrites rules on donated books for inmates

New policy rewrites rules on donated books for inmates

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

October 9, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Concerns about synthetic cannabinoids prompted new security protocols for the Department of Corrections, which includes banning donated books.

Graduate students make their case for unionization

Graduate students make their case for unionization

By Janine Faust, Managing Editor

October 9, 2018


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

After a week of testimony in front of the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, the administration could not present all its witnesses in the original time frame allotted to them by the board.

Black Action Society celebrates 50 years

Black Action Society celebrates 50 years

By Madeline Gavatorta, Staff Writer

October 8, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Pitt's Black Action Society celebrated 50 years this Saturday with “Blue, Gold and Black: Fifty Years of Pride, Progress and Partnership.”

PPC’s Homecoming Laser and Fireworks show lights the night

PPC’s Homecoming Laser and Fireworks show lights the night

By Mario Cattabiani III, Staff Writer

October 8, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Neon-colored lasers painted intricate, shifting figures — a face, then a horse, then a person dancing — against an ethereal canvas of fog. Fireworks exploded with thunderous booms. Pop hits like Jackie Chan by Post Malone and The Village People’s YMCA blared from massive speakers. This year...

Port Authority reroutes in East End

Port Authority reroutes in East End

By Jon Moss, For the Pitt News

October 8, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Port Authority’s plans to create a faster, more consistent and more reliable bus service between the East End and Downtown Pittsburgh came to a screeching halt in May 2017 after it received public backlash for including service cuts to some routes. Following community debate, including several town halls and act...

Kava-NAH: Pittsburgh locals protest Supreme Court nomination

Kava-NAH: Pittsburgh locals protest Supreme Court nomination

By Jon Kunitsky, Staff Writer

October 4, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News

More than 75 Pittsburgh locals unified Thursday to speak out against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's possible confirmation.

Homecoming candidates canvas for the crown

Homecoming candidates canvas for the crown

By Sarah Gross and Sid Lingala, TPN Staff

October 4, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Pitt homecoming candidates discuss their campaigning strategies and reasons for running.

Pitt’s homecoming festivities past and present

Pitt’s homecoming festivities past and present

By Madeline Gavatorta, Staff Writer

October 4, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Homecoming isn’t what it used to be. Pitt’s celebration evolved from a few frat-house parties to the football and alumni-focused week-long event it is today.

Behind the scenes: PPC’s explosive homecoming tradition

Behind the scenes: PPC’s explosive homecoming tradition

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Bigelow Boulevard will briefly go completely dark at 9 o’clock Friday evening to prepare the sky for an explosive display of light and sound.

Phi Delta Theta under police investigation for alleged hazing incident

Phi Delta Theta under police investigation for alleged hazing incident

By Christian Snyder, Editor-in-Chief

October 3, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, News

The University of Pittsburgh chapter of fraternity Phi Delta Theta is under police investigation after this weekend, when a Pitt community member reported alleged hazing at off-campus fraternity events last week.

SGB goes green for mental health awareness

SGB goes green for mental health awareness

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

SGB curated an October calendar of events for mental health awareness, aiming to create safe spaces for students to discuss ways to promote self-care.

Pitt announces Panthers Forward to ease student debt

Pitt announces Panthers Forward to ease student debt

By Christian Snyder, Editor-in-Chief

October 3, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News

While there’s little Pitt can do to procure more funding from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the University wants to help students deal with their debt. Pitt announced the creation of Panthers Forward yesterday, a new debt easement program that aims to to help fund current students’ education by utilizing the University’s alumni network.

Redistricting advocates unpack gerrymandering

Redistricting advocates unpack gerrymandering

By Remy Samuels, Staff Writer

October 2, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Erik Thiessen, member of Fair Districts PA, spoke at an event yesterday discussing gerrymandering and how it impacts voters.

William Pitt Union celebrates 120 years

William Pitt Union celebrates 120 years

By Hannah Schneider and Grant Burgman

October 1, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Built in 1898, Hotel Schenley was designed to reflect entrepreneur Franklin Nicola’s vision for the Oakland community to become a center for culture and education. Fast-forward 120 years and Nicola’s dream has manifested — now through the presence of student organizations, affairs and activities. The ...

Shore thing: Lagoon and ice rink coming to Pittsburgh

Shore thing: Lagoon and ice rink coming to Pittsburgh

By Erica Guthrie, For The Pitt News

September 30, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Millcraft Investments and Crystal Lagoons are bringing a lagoon and other amenities to the North Side as a part of the mixed-use neighborhood Esplanade.

Chancellor releases 30-year Campus Master Plan

Chancellor releases 30-year Campus Master Plan

By Sarah Shearer, Assistant News Editor

September 30, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

Pitt as we know it may look a lot different by the time the next generation of applications rolls in. The University released a Campus Master Plan in a Board of Trustees meeting Friday, including plans for new academic buildings, housing and rerouted transportation methods. The projected master plan has b...

Janet Dewart Bell debuts book at Barco Law

Janet Dewart Bell debuts book at Barco Law

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

September 27, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Leah Chase can’t be found in most history textbooks; neither can June Jackson Christmas or Kathleen Cleavers. But Janet Dewart Bell is telling their stories in her debut book, “Lighting the Fires of Freedom,” about African American women in the Civil Rights Movement. Bell spoke at Pitt’s Barco Law Buil...

After 13 years, Iron City Bikes to close Oakland location

After 13 years, Iron City Bikes to close Oakland location

By Hannah Schneider, Assistant News Editor

September 27, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News

After nearly 13 years of serving the Oakland community, Iron City Bikes will close its doors for good at 5 p.m. on Sept. 29.

Bully PulPitt hosts discussion on gun violence

Bully PulPitt hosts discussion on gun violence

By Sam Weber, Staff Writer

September 27, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Gun violence is one of the most divisive issues in American culture today, but the UPTV-based nonpartisan political television show “The Bully PulPitt” set out to investigate that issue through discussion on Wednesday night. The Bully PulPitt’s “Let’s Talk — Gun Violence” discussion in the William...

Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah speaks at Heinz Chapel

Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah speaks at Heinz Chapel

By Kieran McLean, Staff Writer

September 27, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Ghansah read from her piece “From the Cradle to the Grave: A Woman’s Work" at Wednesday's Heinz Chapel event.

East End Co-op: a fresh food fountain in the desert

East End Co-op: a fresh food fountain in the desert

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

September 27, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Alongside the discount food chain Save-A-Lot, the co-op, located on Meade Street between Wilkinsburg and Point Breeze, has operated as a full-service grocery store since 1978. The operation is run by only 70 employees and works with more than 150 local suppliers to bring food items that not only support shoppers’ health, but also the local economy.

Tom Hanks brings voting hype to Pittsburgh

Tom Hanks brings voting hype to Pittsburgh

By Jon Moss, Hannah Schneider, and Sarah Shearer

September 26, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Video, Visual

Award-winning actor Tom Hanks spoke on Tuesday evening on campus, hosted by nonprofit “When We All Vote.”

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