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Skyvue Apartments cited in July fire safety inspection

Skyvue Apartments cited in July fire safety inspection

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

July 17, 2019

The City is requiring Skyvue to restore its fire alarm system to an “operable condition” with no system troubles. Reinspection is slated for July 23. 

Soon, pickles here, there and everywhere

Soon, pickles here, there and everywhere

By Vaibhav Gupta, Staff Writer

July 16, 2019

A giant Heinz pickle balloon floating high over Downtown Pittsburgh’s Roberto Clemente Bridge can only mean one thing: Picklesburgh has touched down.

New food stand adds Asian twist on crepes to Oakland

New food stand adds Asian twist on crepes to Oakland

By Emily Wen, For The Pitt News

July 16, 2019

When someone mentions crepes, they often think of the soft and sweet French crepe, filled with cream and strawberries, topped off with powdered sugar.

Student, Pitt leaders to meet to strengthen student code of conduct

Student, Pitt leaders to meet to strengthen student code of conduct

By Janine Faust and Jon Moss

July 12, 2019

Student leaders and top Pitt officials will meet in the fall to discuss ways to strengthen the Student Code of Conduct, while staying consistent with the First Amendment, both parties confirmed.

Gillibrand discusses health care, labor rights in Oakland

Gillibrand discusses health care, labor rights in Oakland

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

July 11, 2019

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), another Democratic presidential hopeful, came to Oakland for a roundtable discussion with several UPMC and Allegheny Health network employees and union organizers.

Board committee approves budget, tuition hikes

Board committee approves budget, tuition hikes

By Jon Moss, News Editor

July 10, 2019

At a public meeting in Posvar Hall Wednesday afternoon, the executive committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees approved a $2.4 billion operating budget for fiscal year 2020.

Board committees update mission statements

Board committees update mission statements

By Martha Layne and Emily Wolfe

July 9, 2019

Several committees of Pitt’s Board of Trustees updated their mission statements at meetings in late June.

Walk for Love celebrates late Pitt student

Walk for Love celebrates late Pitt student

By George Smith, For The Pitt News

July 9, 2019

It was a sweltering Sunday morning in Oakdale as friends, family and community members gathered to commemorate the life and legacy of the late Pitt student Alina Sheykhet.

New state law breaks down barriers to reporting sexual harassment

New state law breaks down barriers to reporting sexual harassment

By Jon Moss, News Editor

July 9, 2019

A new Pennsylvania law requires universities to make reporting incidents of sexual harassment or violence incidents easier for victims and witnesses.

Police seeking public’s help in Oakland investigation

Police seeking public’s help in Oakland investigation

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

July 8, 2019

City police detectives have released photographs of a man they are seeking information about in connection with an alleged burglary and sexual assault in Oakland.

Provost, dean of students respond to letter calling for student expulsion

Provost, dean of students respond to letter calling for student expulsion

By Janine Faust and Jon Moss

July 6, 2019

Pitt Provost Ann Cudd and Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner responded Saturday evening to a Friday letter from student leaders calling for the expulsion of Ethan Kozak, a rising junior political science major.

Student organizations call for expulsion of Pitt student who sent violent, racist threats

Student organizations call for expulsion of Pitt student who sent violent, racist threats

By Janine Faust and Jon Moss

July 5, 2019

Leaders of several Pitt student organizations sent a letter to Pitt administrators Friday morning calling for the expulsion of Ethan Kozak, a rising junior political science major, according to a tweet sent Friday afternoon.

Pitt police issue crime alert after burglary, attempted sexual assault

Pitt police issue crime alert after burglary, attempted sexual assault

By Jon Moss, News Editor

July 5, 2019

Pitt police issued a crime alert Friday morning detailing a reported burglary and attempted sexual assault.

Gillibrand to visit Pittsburgh on July 11

Gillibrand to visit Pittsburgh on July 11

By Brian Gentry, Senior Staff Writer

July 4, 2019

Kirsten Gillibrand, a senator from New York and a Democratic candidate for the 2020 presidential race, will visit Pittsburgh on the morning of July 11, according to a press release from Gillibrand’s campaign.

Skyvue residents return after month-long displacement

Skyvue residents return after month-long displacement

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

July 3, 2019

Following an electrical fire at Oakland’s Skyvue Apartments on June 2, some tenants are claiming they were unable to move back into the building until June 28. They also said they have not received an explanation from management as to why their units were left without power for nearly four weeks, and are unsure if they will be reimbursed for rent during the period they were displaced. 

Pitt professors offer advice to first-year students

Pitt professors offer advice to first-year students

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

July 2, 2019

As incoming first-years prepare to descend on Oakland, there is not much to worry about before the first day of classes arrives besides settling into dorms, making new friends and learning the bus system.

Pitt student said he sent racist and threatening messages

Pitt student said he sent racist and threatening messages

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

July 1, 2019

A Pitt student whose name appeared in a series of Snapchat messages posted to Twitter on Wednesday said he sent messages containing violent and racist threats to a Pittsburgh native.

Across the board: Meet this year’s student government

Across the board: Meet this year’s student government

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

July 1, 2019

As a first-year student arriving at Pitt, it can be tricky figuring out exactly what SGB does, or even what it stands for. The answer to the latter is pretty easy: SGB is Pitt’s Student Government Board, the official undergraduate student government organization.

Oakland news roundup

Oakland news roundup

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

July 1, 2019

As an urban campus bustling with nearly 30,000 students and more than 5,000 faculty, there’s always news breaking at Pitt.

Buses, trains and trams: Pittsburgh public transit guide

Buses, trains and trams: Pittsburgh public transit guide

By Brian Gentry, Senior Staff Writer

June 30, 2019

With Oakland parking scarce and few alternatives to get around the City, many Pitt students utilize the public transportation system in Pittsburgh, run by the Port Authority of Allegheny County, to move around.

New orientation programs begin where PittStart stopped

New orientation programs begin where PittStart stopped

By Vaibhav Gupta, Staff Writer

June 30, 2019

PittStart — Pitt’s signature two-day orientation program — has come to a stop this summer after 19 years of introducing first-years to life in Oakland.

Police respond to attempted burglary on Oakland Avenue

Police respond to attempted burglary on Oakland Avenue

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

June 30, 2019

Pitt police alerted students Sunday to an attempted off-campus burglary that occurred in the early hours of the morning.

Transcript: TPN’s interview with Provost Cudd

Transcript: TPN’s interview with Provost Cudd

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 29, 2019

On June 11, The Pitt News sat down with Provost Ann Cudd for about 40 minutes to discuss her first year at Pitt, as well as her goals for the next year and beyond. This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.

Gallagher: Endowment report to be released soon

Gallagher: Endowment report to be released soon

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 28, 2019

In an interview after Friday’s board of trustees meeting, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said he received a report from Pitt’s Socially Responsible Investment Committee and will release it before students return for the fall semester.

Gallagher provides updates on University initiatives

Gallagher provides updates on University initiatives

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 28, 2019

After its last meeting in February, where new student financial aid programs were announced, Pitt’s Board of Trustees tackled several important issues facing the University at its Friday meeting in the William Pitt Union.

Board approves chairperson-elect, new trustees

Board approves chairperson-elect, new trustees

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 28, 2019

At the summer board of trustees meeting Friday morning, the board approved nominations for a chairperson-elect as well as five new trustees.

Cudd’s freshman year: affordability, unionization and plans for the future

Cudd’s freshman year: affordability, unionization and plans for the future

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 28, 2019

After one year of leading Pitt’s academic programs, Provost Ann Cudd has her sights set on Pitt’s future.

Board committee approves major construction projects

Board committee approves major construction projects

By Vaibhav Gupta, Staff Writer

June 27, 2019

At a public meeting in Posvar Hall Thursday morning, the property and facilities committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved several major leases and construction projects, a major step in starting to turn the campus master plan into reality.

Pittsburgh Pride, 50 years after Stonewall

Pittsburgh Pride, 50 years after Stonewall

By Lauren Bruckstein, For The Pitt News

June 27, 2019

On June 18, 1973, an article appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette with the headline, “Gays Hold First Pittsburgh March.”

Community airs pollution concerns at Strassburger’s listening session

Community airs pollution concerns at Strassburger’s listening session

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

June 27, 2019

Each speaker was given three minutes at the microphone. They touched on a variety of issues, including electric busing and the Clairton Coke Works plant.

U.S. Steel fires spark community backlash

U.S. Steel fires spark community backlash

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

June 26, 2019

Air quality groups in Pittsburgh are fired up over a string of fires — including a recent incident on June 13 — at U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works, located about 30 minutes south of Oakland.

Context: June Board of Trustees meeting

Context: June Board of Trustees meeting

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 25, 2019

Pitt’s Board of Trustees will hold its second meeting of 2019 Friday, providing an update on University affairs to the community.

House passes Pitt funding bill by 167-34 vote

House passes Pitt funding bill by 167-34 vote

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 25, 2019

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed Pitt’s annual funding bill by a vote of 167 to 34 late Tuesday evening.

New Pitt spending policy increases support for financial aid

New Pitt spending policy increases support for financial aid

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

June 25, 2019

At a public meeting in Posvar Hall Monday morning, Pitt’s Investment Committee approved a new spending policy that increases the amount of University funding directly supporting financial aid.

Pitt to get 2% state funding increase; House Republicans file amendment to avert fetal tissue research

Pitt to get 2% state funding increase; House Republicans file amendment to avert fetal tissue research

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 24, 2019

As budget week bears down on Harrisburg, state House Republicans are considering cutting funding to Pitt if the University engages in fetal tissue research, according to the Pennsylvania Capital-Star.

City to start neighborhood planning process in Oakland

City to start neighborhood planning process in Oakland

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 24, 2019

Oakland might look a bit different in a few years, but it will all be according to the plan.

Pitt student found guilty in fatal fall 2018 car collision

Pitt student found guilty in fatal fall 2018 car collision

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

June 20, 2019

A 23-year old Pitt social work student was found guilty Wednesday of killing a young woman last fall while driving under the influence.

Milling, paving operations to affect Oakland traffic

Milling, paving operations to affect Oakland traffic

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

June 20, 2019

PennDOT District 11 announced in a press release Thursday that milling and paving operations on Forbes will reduce the length of the avenue running between Craft Avenue and South Craig Street to a single lane of traffic.

Activists call for independent audit of troubled U. S. Steel plant

Activists call for independent audit of troubled U. S. Steel plant

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 20, 2019

Activists with Pittsburgh’s Breathe Project met outside the U.S. Steel Tower Tuesday afternoon and declared “enough is enough,” calling for an independent audit of U.S. Steel’s troubled Clairton Coke Works plant.

Former Pitt professor wins appeal in federal ethnic discrimination lawsuit

Former Pitt professor wins appeal in federal ethnic discrimination lawsuit

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

June 19, 2019

A federal appeals court judge ruled on June 11 in favor of a former Pitt professor who filed an ethnic discrimination lawsuit against the University after being fired over allegedly directing death threats at a colleague several years ago.

Community leaders discuss race, justice at panel

Community leaders discuss race, justice at panel

By Lauren Bruckstein, For The Pitt News

June 19, 2019

Pittsburgh has been the center of a considerable amount of discussion about race and justice since an East Pittsburgh police officer shot and killed black teen Antwon Rose on this day last year.

‘Walk for Love’ to commemorate life, legacy of murdered Pitt student

‘Walk for Love’ to commemorate life, legacy of murdered Pitt student

By George Smith, For The Pitt News

June 19, 2019

In the aftermath of former Pitt student Alina Sheykhet’s death in the fall of 2017, family, friends and peers have come together to honor and continue her legacy.

SkyVue cited for non-functioning fire alarm, two other fire violations last October

SkyVue cited for non-functioning fire alarm, two other fire violations last October

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 19, 2019

Students have moved back into SkyVue apartments following an electrical fire in the garage of the building on June 2, which caused a building-wide power outage that lasted several days.

PLRB orders hearing on faculty union complaint

PLRB orders hearing on faculty union complaint

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

June 18, 2019

Faculty union organizers faced a major setback when the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board ruled in April they failed to collect enough signed authorization cards to prompt a union election.

Fire at U. S. Steel plant cuts power to key pollution control systems

Fire at U. S. Steel plant cuts power to key pollution control systems

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 18, 2019

An electrical fire occurred at U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works plant early Monday morning rendering desulfurization, or pollution control, systems inoperational, according to the Allegheny County Health Department.

Philippine Nationality Room opens doors to public

Philippine Nationality Room opens doors to public

By Martha Layne, For The Pitt News

June 12, 2019

Upbeat instrumental music filtered through the Cathedral of Learning Sunday as ceremonial dancers twirled and spun in traditional outfits, celebrating the opening of the new Philippine Nationality Room.

Delta Foundation’s Pride offers space for LGBTQ+ expression

Delta Foundation’s Pride offers space for LGBTQ+ expression

By Vaibhav Gupta, Staff Writer

June 12, 2019

Roaring music, dancing and cheers filled the atmosphere in Downtown on Sunday afternoon as the annual Pittsburgh Pride Equality March passed through the streets, celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and its history.

Pride advocates gather on Andy Warhol bridge

Pride advocates gather on Andy Warhol bridge

By Siddhi Shockey, Staff Writer

June 12, 2019

The Andy Warhol Bridge swarmed with people dressed in an array of glittering, feathered, skin-tight ensembles in every color of the rainbow on Saturday.

People’s Pride lifts up trans activists of color

People’s Pride lifts up trans activists of color

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

June 11, 2019

Three brown paper-mache figures led the People’s Pride parade as it moved through Downtown Sunday.

2 additional students awarded Fulbrights, now totaling 13

2 additional students awarded Fulbrights, now totaling 13

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 11, 2019

Two additional Pitt students were awarded Fulbright scholarships in late May, bringing this year’s total of students who received the prestigious award to 13.

Pitt students couch-surfing after SkyVue electrical fire

Pitt students couch-surfing after SkyVue electrical fire

By Janine Faust and Jon Moss

June 6, 2019

Renters at Cardinal Group’s SkyVue Apartments, located at the corner of Forbes and Craft avenues, say they’ve been couch surfing since a Sunday afternoon fire in the building’s garage caused a power outage.

Donald Burke to step down as public health dean

Donald Burke to step down as public health dean

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 6, 2019

Donald Burke, dean of the Graduate School of Public Health and associate vice chancellor for global health, will step down from his position on July 1, according to UPMC spokesperson Allison Hydzik.

Pitt Men’s Study reflects on past, future of HIV fight

Pitt Men’s Study reflects on past, future of HIV fight

By George Smith, For The Pitt News

June 5, 2019

When an outbreak of sexually-transmitted human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, hit the United States in the early 1980s, not much was known about the virus or how it spread. But scientists, researchers and volunteers at Pitt have been working for almost four decades to try and change that.

Pitt seeks community input in search for med school dean

Pitt seeks community input in search for med school dean

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

June 4, 2019

When Arthur Levine announced in January that he would step down from his role as senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine, he said he would remain in the position until a replacement was found.

Pitt releases list of 25 highest-paid non-officer employees

Pitt releases list of 25 highest-paid non-officer employees

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 4, 2019

Pitt released a list of its 25 highest-paid non-officer employees for fiscal year 2018, with Patrick Narduzzi, the men’s football coach, topping out at more than $3 million.

Audrey Murrell named acting dean of Honors College

Audrey Murrell named acting dean of Honors College

By Jon Moss, News Editor

May 31, 2019

Audrey Murrell has been named acting dean of the University Honors College, or UHC, effective June 17, according to an email sent to College of Business Administration students.

Police: Woman who used bear spray at Pitt also hit two buses

Police: Woman who used bear spray at Pitt also hit two buses

By Jon Moss, News Editor

May 30, 2019

A 28-year old woman who allegedly used bear spray in a Pitt building on May 20 also struck two Port Authority buses on two different days, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Pitt supercomputer flies high in space

Pitt supercomputer flies high in space

By Neena Hagen and Maggie Young

May 28, 2019

On Star Wars Day, May 4, in a galaxy not so far away, Pitt launched its newest supercomputer into the cosmos — marking the first time that the Pitt script logo, engraved in gold on the top of the machine, could be seen in space.

Mario’s opens doors in Oakland

Mario’s opens doors in Oakland

By Sarah Connor, Contributing Editor

May 28, 2019

Inside Mario’s Oakland Saloon Thursday night, pop hits blasted over speakers as the bar filled to the brim with students and locals celebrating its grand opening.

Cathedral Cafe passes health department reinspection

Cathedral Cafe passes health department reinspection

By Jon Moss, News Editor

May 24, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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