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According to a petition, the houses at 3401-3421 Bates St. and 392 Coltart Ave. near Boulevard of the Allies are a “public nuisance” due to their dilapidated and uninhabited state.

Board committee approves Hillman renovations, new chilled water plant and off-campus property acquisitions

By Natalie Frank, News Editor June 17, 2021
The properties and facilities committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees held a public meeting Thursday morning to approve several projects involving campus buildings. Pitt will also acquire a series of properties around Bates Street, Boulevard of the Allies and Zulema Street.
Pitt provides COVID-19 vaccine incentives, no plans for vaccine requirement

Pitt provides COVID-19 vaccine incentives, no plans for vaccine requirement

By Natalie Frank, News Editor June 17, 2021
Pitt students, faculty and staff who are vaccinated against COVID-19 are now eligible to receive prizes, including up to $2,500 in cash. The University added that there are no plans to require COVID-19 vaccinations to be on campus this fall.
Proposed legislation by Pennsylvania House Democrats addresses unions and taxpayer dollars.

Pa. House Democrats introduce pro-union bill, unlikely to impact Pitt

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer June 16, 2021
Pa. House Democrats introduced a bill that would prohibit public employers like Pitt from spending taxpayer money on union avoidance. But while Pitt has spent $2M on a “union avoidance” law firm, a Pitt spokesperson said none of that money came from taxpayers.
The committee approved a flat distribution rate from the University’s endowment this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Endowment distribution to remain the same for 2022 fiscal year

By Natalie Frank, News Editor June 15, 2021
The Investment Committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees voted at a public meeting Thursday morning to keep the spending policy and distribution from the University’s endowment funds the same in the 2022 fiscal year.
Pitt began its search for a new dean of students in February and started interviewing finalists for the position on Monday.

Interviews begin for new dean of students

By Natalie Frank, News Editor June 9, 2021
Pitt began interviewing finalists for the dean of students position on Monday, officials said. University spokesperson Kevin Zwick said finalist interviews will be held over the course of the next week.
Pitt eases mask, physical distancing requirements

Pitt eases mask, physical distancing requirements

By Natalie Frank, News Editor June 4, 2021
Vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear face coverings when on campus outdoors, according to a Pitt email announcement sent on Friday afternoon.
Football coach Pat Narduzzi is the highest-paid non-officer employee at Pitt.

Narduzzi reported as highest-paid non-officer for fourth-straight year

By Natalie Frank, News Editor June 2, 2021
Pat Narduzzi leads Pitt’s newly released list of the 25 highest-paid non-officer positions for the fiscal year 2020. The list — which is required by Pennsylvania’s Right-To-Know Law — revealed Narduzzi tops the list at nearly $4.8 million.
The Oakland Planning and Development Corp. met Tuesday night to discuss various restructuring plans on and around campus, as well as broader community opportunities.

OPDC discusses water bill discounts, stormwater management, Forbes Ave. building demolition

By Millicent Watt, Senior Staff Writer May 26, 2021
The Oakland Planning and Development Corp. held a public meeting Tuesday night for the Oakland community, which included a proposal to build a 210,000 gallon underground tank to collect stormwater.
Senate Council held its monthly meeting last Thursday afternoon via Zoom, which was the final meeting of the 2020-21 academic year.

Senate Council passes resolution urging vaccine requirement for fall

By Allison Radziwon, Staff Writer May 26, 2021
As universities across the nation make decisions on a possible COVID-19 vaccine requirement, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said COVID-19 vaccination rates of Pitt students and faculty will affect the University’s planning for the fall semester.
The student affairs committee of the Board of Trustees held a public meeting last Wednesday to discuss resolutions to increase the Student Activity Fee at all four of Pitt’s campuses, the Student Wellness Fee at the Pittsburgh campus and the Student Recreation Fee at the Johnstown and Bradford branch campuses.

Board committee votes to increase student fees

By Natalie Frank, News Editor May 26, 2021
As Pitt prepares for an in-person fall semester, students will see an increase in their fees for activities, wellness and recreation, following a vote by a Board of Trustees committee
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