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Gallagher provides annual report on University initiatives at ‘seminal’ moment

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher gave an annual report at Friday morning's board of trustees meeting.

By Rebecca Johnson and Jon Moss

September 25, 2020

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said while Pitt has made strides in addressing racial injustice on campus, there is still a lot of work to do in this “seminal” moment.

Board committee investigating fossil fuel divestment working to meet ‘compressed,’ ‘intensive’ schedule

Dawne Hickton, the chair of the ad-hoc committee on fossil fuels of Pitt's board of trustees, spoke about the committee's work Friday morning.

By Rebecca Johnson and Jon Moss

September 25, 2020

The board formed the committee in June after years of pressure from the student body, including groups such as the Fossil Free Pitt Coalition.

Board approves new trustees, revised bylaws

Valerie Njie, the president of the Pitt Alumni Association, spoke at Friday morning's board of trustees meeting.

By Rebecca Johnson and Jon Moss

September 25, 2020

Pitt’s Board of Trustees approved several measures at its Friday morning meeting, including five new emeritus trustees and amendments to the University bylaws.

Pitt to lease historic New Granada Theater building for community center

Pitt is set to lease space in the Hill District’s historic New Granada Theater building for its Community Engagement Center in the neighborhood.

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief

September 25, 2020

Pitt is set to lease space in the Hill District’s historic New Granada Theater building for Pitt’s Community Engagement Center in the neighborhood, giving the center its first permanent physical space since its founding.

Pitt removes “antiquated” gendered homecoming king and queen titles

Pitt will no longer use the gendered titles homecoming king and queen.

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor

September 25, 2020

Pitt’s Alumni Association removed the gendered titles of homecoming king and queen for this October’s homecoming festivities and are instead opting for two gender-inclusive “Spirit of Pitt” winners.

‘Class of the First Oath’ addresses health care disparities, social justice issues

In addition to the modern Hippocratic oath, the current first-year class of Pitt’s School of Medicine took a nontraditional oath on Aug. 14 addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice and health care inequities.

By Rashi Ranjan, Staff Writer

September 23, 2020

The current first-year class of Pitt’s School of Medicine took a nontraditional oath on Aug. 14 in addition to the modern Hippocratic oath.

Gallagher: ‘Anticipate’ [email protected], compressed schedule next semester

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said Thursday that it’s likely that next semester’s schedule will be compressed similarly to the fall so there aren’t vacations where people leave and come back to campus.

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor

September 18, 2020

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said Thursday that he expects the [email protected] model to continue into the spring semester due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. He also said it’s likely that next semester’s schedule will be compressed similar to the fall so there aren’t vacations where people leave and come back to campus.

Students offer mixed reviews of new meal plans, food under Compass Group

The Hub, on the back patio of Posvar Hall, is a new, temporary outdoor dining location that opened Aug. 17.

By India Krug, For The Pitt News

September 16, 2020

Compass Group, Pitt’s new dining contractor, requires all first-year students living on-campus to have unlimited meal plans. Along with new meal plans, students shared their opinions on new food options, dining location changes and safety.

‘A good stepping stone’: Students, professors review new anti-racism course

Pitt announced at the end of August that it would require first-year students to take a one-credit online course on systemic anti-racism and anti-Black racism.

By Natalie Frank, Staff Writer

September 16, 2020

Leigh Patel, a professor in the School of Education, was one of the committee members who helped develop Pitt’s inaugural Anti-Black Racism: History, Ideology and Resistance class. She said while this class is an important addition to Pitt’s curriculum, being anti-racist is a lifelong journey.

Pitt adds 22 COVID-19 cases since Thursday

Pitt's outdoor COVID-19 testing site is located outside Posvar Hall.

By Ashton Crawley, Assistant News Editor

September 15, 2020

Pitt added 22 new COVID-19 cases, composed of entirely students, between last Friday and Monday, continuing an upward trend in reported cases, though less than in previous case reports.

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