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Pitt releases salary details of top-tier earners

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

June 1, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

In accordance with the right-to-know laws, Pitt has released its income tax returns from the previous fiscal year. Though Pitt is exempt from paying taxes on its revenue as a nonprofit organization, the University must still file a 990 tax form with the IRS. As part of the 990 tax form, Pitt disclosed...

Budget Committee Approves Budgets for Renovation Projects

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

May 24, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

On Tuesday, the Budget Committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved four capital budget projects for renovating buildings on campus. At 10:45 a.m. in 2700 Posvar Hall, the committee approved budget projects for renovating the Charles L. Cost Sports Center, renovating and upgrading the 12...

Pitt announces partnership with U.S. State Department

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

May 9, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

On Monday, the University announced that the U.S. State Department has made Pitt a partner in its Diplomacy Lab, a research program that connects the State Department to university students. Through the Diplomacy Lab partnership, Pitt graduate and undergraduate students will form teams to research...

Pitt establishes $1 million fund for faculty, student business ventures

By Elizabeth Lepro / Contributing Editor

May 5, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

On Thursday, Pitt announced it will give $1 million to Pitt faculty and students looking to put the products of their research on the market. The $1 million in gap funding money — called the Chancellor’s Innovation Commercialization Funds — will immediately, and over the next two years support pr...

Uniting in Pittsburgh: Pitt’s faculty and student unions past and present

Uniting in Pittsburgh: Pitt’s faculty and student unions past and present

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

April 25, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Specials, Spring Finals Edition 2016, Top Stories

Twenty-five years ago, Pitt’s faculty tried — and failed — to form a union after hitting problems with the administration and a lack of agreement among faculty. Now, the faculty are trying again, calling for higher wages and job security through a union. This time, organizers say they have the co...

Raising kids and GPAs: The stories of parents at Pitt

Raising kids and GPAs: The stories of parents at Pitt

By Erin Hare / Staff Writer

April 25, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Specials, Spring Finals Edition 2016, Top Stories

When Agnes Haggerty was a Pitt student in 2003, she worked 50 hours a week, carried a full course load and looked after her toddler. “The majority of my studying was done in the middle of the night,” Haggerty, now 34, said. “I was studying for three-hour periods while [my daughter] was asleep,...

Pitt vice chancellor named president of AACR

By Danni Zhou / Staff Writer

April 21, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, Health, National News, News, Top Stories

With a new president of the American Association of Cancer Research hailing from Pitt, the University is proving instrumental in the fight to cure cancer. The AACR appointed Nancy E. Davidson, director of University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, as its new president at the New Orleans conference o...

Bonner settles into permanent position, begins Ph.D.

Bonner settles into permanent position, begins Ph.D.

By Zoë Hannah / Assistant News Editor

April 20, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News

Behind his desk in his corner office, Kenyon Bonner keeps what he calls “paychecks” tucked in a wooden hutch. Not his literal paychecks, but rather, thank-you notes from students, like one he received from a recent graduate that reads, “I realize that, without the standards you set as a leader...

Internet pioneer to be commencement speaker

Internet pioneer to be commencement speaker

By Zoe Hannah / Assistant News Editor

April 18, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt announced on Monday that one of the “fathers of the Internet,” Vint Cerf, will give this year’s commencement address. Pitt will host Cerf as the featured speaker as well as present him with an honorary doctoral degree in science at the Commencement Convocation, which begins at 2 p.m. May 1...

Pitt, UPMC to open wellness center for faculty and staff

Pitt, UPMC to open wellness center for faculty and staff

By Alexa Bakalarski and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

April 18, 2016


Filed under Administration, City, Health, News, Top Stories

At the end of the month, UPMC will open a free health clinic explicitly for Pitt faculty and staff. A UPMC nurse practitioner, nurse, medical assistant and practicing physician will staff the center, MyHealth@Work, which will treat common conditions, such as allergies, fevers, minor cuts or vaccinati...

Drinks on them: Pitt leaders dish their favorite sips

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

April 15, 2016


Filed under Administration, Beer Edition 2016, Campus, News, Specials, Top Stories

If you’ve ever wanted to buy Chancellor Patrick Gallagher a beer, you should probably order one he likes: a hoppy IPA. But if you’ve ever wanted to buy Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner a brew, well, you probably shouldn’t. He prefers water. In the spirit of sharing good drinks, alcoholic or not, ...

Obama appoints Gallagher to White House commission

Obama appoints Gallagher to White House commission

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

April 15, 2016


Filed under Administration, National News, News

President Barack Obama announced Wednesday he would appoint Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and nine others to a White House commission focused on national cybersecurity. Obama has charged the commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity with identifying steps the U.S. government must take to “ensu...

Two suspicious packages detonated in Oakland

Two suspicious packages detonated in Oakland

By Harrison Kaminsky and Danielle Fox / The Pitt News Staff

April 13, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, City, News, Top Stories

In two separate instances, Pittsburgh Bomb Squad detonated suspicious packages in Oakland today. Pittsburgh Bomb Squad detonated the first suspicious package about 5:30 p.m. near the intersection of Thackeray and Fifth Avenue after receiving a call. After evacuating classes nearby, Pitt poli...

Pitt administrators and Pittsburgh Police issue alerts ahead of Trump events

Pitt administrators and Pittsburgh Police issue alerts ahead of Trump events

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

April 13, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

Pitt administrators and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police have sent out alerts to students on campus and citizens who plan to attend the events or travel through Oakland and Downtown. Ahead of Donald Trump’s two-event stop in Pittsburgh later this evening, several activist groups have said they ...

German language tool wins mobile app challenge

German language tool wins mobile app challenge

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

April 8, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

After seeing countless first-year students waste their dining hall swipes — and others who wished they had some — two former Resident Assistants hit their laptops. Asim Viqar and Shil Patel designed Swipes — an app that facilitates sharing meal swipes and allows students to tip one another for...

Doctors, professors consider the humanities in healthcare

By Albert Giovanazzi / Staff Writer

April 7, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, Health, News

Therapists aren’t the only medical professionals who should know how to talk about feelings. According to Amy Kennedy, an internal medicine resident in Pittsburgh, compassion is a skill all doctors need in order to best serve their patients. “By using stories, we have a better way to empathize ...

Students critique Biden event

Students critique Biden event

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

April 6, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Though about 1,000 students cheered for the vice president on Tuesday, hundreds were turned away and others complained about the event's tone.  After waiting in line for more than an hour to hear Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday, Megan Boyle left before Biden ever stepped foot on stage. “I’ve never seen something more disorganized or poorly executed than this #ItsOnUs ...

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Pitt

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Pitt

By Lauren Rosenblatt and Andrew O'Brien / The Pitt News Staff

April 5, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

With his right hand raised, Vice President Joe Biden put sexual assault prevention “on us,” leading several hundred Pitt students in a pledge Tuesday to eliminate campus sexual assault. “I pledge to recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault, to identify situations in which sexual assault ma...

Students honored with Goldwater scholarship

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

April 5, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

For the fourth year in a row, the foundation behind the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship recognized all of Pitt’s student nominees. Three Pitt juniors — Patrick Asinger, Natalie Dall and Charles Hansen — received the scholarship, which covers costs for books, tuition and room and board, and Ethan Garc...

Positive racial identities can help children learn

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

April 5, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

When parents and teachers start having conversations about race and racial identity with children — even when they’re as young as 3-years-old — those children go on to do better in school. That suggestion, which Pitt’s School of Education published in a report on March 31, is part of the Sc...

Joe Biden to visit Pitt

Joe Biden to visit Pitt

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

March 31, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, National News, News

On a nationwide tour of three universities, Vice President Joe Biden will visit Pitt next week as part of the It’s On Us campaign, a White House official announced Tuesday. According to a release, Biden will travel to Pitt April 5, then move on to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the Univ...

Pitt senate discusses tenure

Pitt senate discusses tenure

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

March 30, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Faculty and staff from all of Pitt’s campuses came together Wednesday to take part in a discussion on academic freedom and how it promotes diversity and inclusion. Pitt’s University Senate hosted its annual plenary meeting — an event focusing on a pressing topic for each academic year — in ...

Pitt’s Board of Trustees approves money for renovations

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 30, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

At a public meeting Tuesday, the Property and Facilities Committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved $34.7 million for seven renovation projects at three of its campuses, and said it would renew the leases for four properties in Oakland. Among the projects are plans for a $5.7 million mu...

Pitt settles Johnston lawsuit, looks to form trans inclusion group

By Lauren Rosenblatt and Emily Brindley / The Pitt News Staff

March 30, 2016


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

Four years after he was expelled, Pitt announced Tuesday that it had settled Seamus Johnston’s lawsuit and would establish a focus group on transgender inclusion. Pitt announced in a joint statement with Johnston that after working collaboratively, the two parties had settled Johnston’s 2013 lawsuit a...

Pitt ranked 29th among best large employers

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

March 27, 2016


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

Based on employee responses, Forbes Media has ranked Pitt among the country’s top large employers. Pitt ranked 29th overall of 500 companies included in the country’s top large employers in a survey of employee satisfaction from Forbes Media and Statista, an online statistics company. The compani...

Universities aim to clean up city environment with new majors

Universities aim to clean up city environment with new majors

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

March 24, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, City, News

Though the city is now mostly free of smog and blackened bricks, the environmental impacts of the steel industry still cloud Pittsburgh’s air. So what better a place for environmental studies students? On the heels of Pitt and Point Park University developing environment-related majors, the city is heade...

Wolf relents on budget, Pitt to receive $143 million

Wolf relents on budget, Pitt to receive $143 million

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 23, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

If Gov. Tom Wolf keeps his promise to do nothing, Pitt is set to receive the $143 million in state funding legislators promised in just four days. After a press conference Wednesday, Wolf issued a statement saying he would not sign his name to veto the current state budget bill sitting on his desk,...

Gallagher and students petition Wolf to sign budget, bill that would fund Pitt

Gallagher and students petition Wolf to sign budget, bill that would fund Pitt

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

March 23, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, National News, News, Student Government

HARRISBURG, PA — Chancellor Patrick Gallagher’s message is clear: With Pitt, Pennsylvania wins. That was his mantra Tuesday as he and about 200 faculty, staff and students met with lawmakers during the annual Pitt Day in Harrisburg, according to Kenny Donaldson, the director of the regional clubs ...

IFC looks to stop toxic masculinity

IFC looks to stop toxic masculinity

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

March 21, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

When T. Leon Williams lectured at Pitt, he asked the audience members to stand if they had never talked about masculinity in their households. Nearly everyone in the audience rose. “We don’t have conversations about masculinity, manhood,” Williams, a campus pastor and former multicultural cente...

Matchmaker, matchmaker find me a grant

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

March 18, 2016


Filed under Administration, City, News, Top Stories

If Joyce Raught got to keep all of the money she earned, she would be a multimillionaire. But since Raught is one of Pitt’s grant writers, the more than $100 million she helps wrangle for Pitt every year goes straight into a University bank account. Raught works in The Office of Institutional Ad...

Pitt’s budget woes continue

Pitt’s budget woes continue

By Dale Shoemaker and Saskia Berrios-Thomas / The Pitt News Staff

March 18, 2016


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

Pitt has gone eight months without state funding. Now state lawmaker's latest proposal, and a bill that would fund Pitt, are in jeopardy.  Pennsylvania legislators have passed a budget and four bills that would restore funding to Pennsylvania’s state-related schools, but it’s unlikely Pitt will s...

State could restore Pitt funding, Wolf signature pending

State could restore Pitt funding, Wolf signature pending

By Dale Shoemaker / News Desk

March 17, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Administration, National News, News

If Gov. Tom Wolf signs a Pennsylvania Senate bill today, Pitt will receive more than $143 million in state funding. Following the state’s 2015 budget impasse, which has now lasted eight months, the Pennsylvania House and Senate pushed SB 915, a bill that replenishes Pitt’s state funding, Wednesd...

Rethinking manhood: Marine captain speaks to students

Rethinking manhood: Marine captain speaks to students

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

March 15, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Judging by their recruitment advertisements, Marine troops are the epitome of masculinity — musclebound and emotionless. But the Marines in those commercials do not reflect reality. According to Marine Capt. Brock Budash, few Marine troops fit such a narrow definition of manliness. Budash spoke i...

Pitt to open engineering labs off-campus

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 15, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

Making new metallic alloys for jumbo jet and turbine engines and turning Oakland into a self-sufficient power grid could both become realities within the next five years, according to researchers who will work in a new 18,600-square-foot lab off campus. The lab, located within the Energy Innovation Ce...

Students speak at ‘safe space’

Students speak at ‘safe space’

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 4, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

Just because Abby Meinen and Marcus Robinson are different people with different experiences, that doesn’t mean they can’t talk about sensitive and controversial topics together. But when they do, Meinen said, they need to respect each other — something she didn’t see at Milo Yiannopoulos...

Gallagher calls on state legislators to pass budget

Gallagher calls on state legislators to pass budget

By Zoë Hannah / Assistant News Editor

March 3, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, National News, News

After eight months of impasse, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher has united with the presidents of three state-related universities in Harrisburg to urge state legislators to pass a budget. A statement Gallagher released Wednesday morning was his latest request for state lawmakers to restore Pitt’s state fun...

University renews PittPerks benefit program

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

March 3, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Senate Committee on Benefits and Welfare decided Tuesday to continue and improve PittPerks, the program implemented to give employees discounts at local businesses, for another year. The free employee discount program is available to all faculty, staff, research associates and post-doctoral as...

Pitt sets salary for new vice chancellor of business

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 2, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt set the salary Tuesday for its new senior vice chancellor for business and operations. Gregory Scott, a U.S. Navy veteran and former Penn State University administrator, will make $325,000 per year, according to a resolution the Board of Trustees Compensation Committee passed on Tuesday. Scott...

Hayes receives honorary doctorate at Honors Convocation

Hayes receives honorary doctorate at Honors Convocation

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

February 29, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

In the eyes of Terrance Hayes, language is a feisty animal, and he is just a student who wrestles with it. In honor of Hayes’ success in taming that beast, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher awarded the poet and Pitt professorwith an honorary doctorate of fine arts at this year’s Honors Convocation. P...

Pitt names Kenyon Bonner new Dean

Pitt names Kenyon Bonner new Dean

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

February 26, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News

After months serving in the position, Kenyon Bonner is now settling into his vice provost and dean of students office. More than a year after the job opened, Pitt appointed Kenyon Bonner, the former interim vice provost and dean of students, to the full position at the winter Board of Trustees meetin...

Pitt buys parking lot from UPMC

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

February 24, 2016


Filed under Administration, City, News, Top Stories

Though it has no formal construction plans yet, the Property and Facilities Committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees bought a 2.1-acre portion of land in Oakland Wednesday. The acquisition is the parking lot just behind the Pittsburgh Athletic Association, which is north of Fifth Avenue and between...

Paper pledges: Pitt unveils It’s On Us project

Paper pledges: Pitt unveils It’s On Us project

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

February 23, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Colorful slips of paper were draped over walls, coat racks, chairs and a podium Monday afternoon, symbolizing the pervasive nature of sexual assault on campus — but also the united fight to stop it. Kristine Irwin, a Pittsburgh Action Against Rape volunteer, spoke about her assault and  changing ca...

University Senate talks tech with CSSD

By Emily Migdal / Staff Writer

February 21, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

The University Senate Computer Usage Committee met Friday to begin planning for technology improvements in Pitt’s five-year strategic plan. Eight committee members and two members of the Office of Computing Services and Systems Development met in Room 717 of the Cathedral of Learning at 10 a.m. to d...

Obama awards four Pitt professors

Obama awards four Pitt professors

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

February 21, 2016


Filed under Administration, National News, News, Top Stories

President Obama has recognized four Pitt professors for their groundbreaking research — and their careers are just starting out. According to a release from the University, Obama awarded 105 researchers — four from Pitt — with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers Fr...

University Senate considers graduate programing

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

February 19, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Without a home base for resources outside the classroom, the University Senate said graduate students often feel disconnected from Pitt. On Thursday, Feb. 18, the University Senate Student Admissions, Aid and Affairs Committee met to discuss centralizing resources for graduate students and assisting...

Keeping the peace: How Pitt police use community policing to bridge the gap between students and Oakland residents

Keeping the peace: How Pitt police use community policing to bridge the gap between students and Oakland residents

February 18, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, City, Crime, News

Keeping the peace: How Pitt police use community policing to bridge the gap between students and Oakland residentsSaskia Berrios-Thomas / Staff WriterFeb. 18, 2016As Pitt Police Officer Charles Welsch approached the South Oakland porch, the students who saw him started to run.He walked past those who ...

University Senate talks diversity, assaults and budget impasse

University Senate talks diversity, assaults and budget impasse

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

February 18, 2016


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

Pitt’s graduate and undergraduate student governments, along with other members of a working group, have called on the University Senate Council to commit to focusing on diversity and inclusion in the 2016-2017 school year. At Wednesday’s monthly Senate Council meeting, council members listened and re...

Pitt Sodexo employees start negotiating new contract

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

February 18, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Sodexo employees who work at Pitt began negotiating a new labor contract with the company Wednesday. 32BJ, the local branch of the Service Employees International Union, represents the 230 Sodexo employees who work primarily in Pitt’s two dining halls — Market Central and The Perch — and is negoti...

Pitt releases fossil fuel investments, students call for divestment

By Zoë Hannah, Dale Shoemaker and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

February 17, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Nine months after they promised to do so, Pitt administrators have revealed that the school invests $26 million in the fossil fuel industry, information requested by a student group that wants Pitt to divest such holdings. The group, the Fossil Free Pitt Coalition, requested the information last year and w...

Pitt considers year of ‘diversity and inclusion’

Pitt considers year of ‘diversity and inclusion’

By Danni Zhou / Staff Writer

February 17, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

The University is considering making the 2016-17 school year the “year of diversity and inclusion,” according to a vote from the University Senate Community Relations Committee. At the committee’s monthly meeting Tuesday in Hillman Library, Pamela Toto, co-chair, pitched a preliminary proposal to...

Senate talks classroom technology

Senate talks classroom technology

By Danni Zhou / Staff Writer

February 16, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

The Educational Policies Committee of Pitt’s University Senate is exploring different avenues to incorporate new technology, such as virtual reality and smartphones, into Pitt’s classrooms. At the Committee’s meeting on Monday, representatives from the Center for Instructional Development an...

Pitt to grant Hayes honorary degree

Pitt to grant Hayes honorary degree

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

February 16, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

At its 40th annual Honors Convocation at the end of February, Pitt will award poet Terrance Hayes an honorary doctorate in fine arts. Chancellor Patrick Gallagher will award Hayes the degree at the ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 at the Carnegie Music Hall on Forbes Avenue. “[Hayes’] contribut...

Pitt tour highlights black history

Pitt tour highlights black history

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

February 15, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

On Martin Luther King Jr.’s first birthday after his assassination, the students who would later form Pitt’s Black Action Society locked themselves in a computer lab. On Jan. 15, 1969, the group of about 30 black students used a chair to lock themselves up in protest and demand more opportunit...

Trans students outsourcing for healthcare

Trans students outsourcing for healthcare

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

February 12, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, City, Health, News, Sex Edition 2016, Specials

Rather than get trans health care on campus, Pitt students travel to Edgewood Every morning and night, Summer Wright takes two pills. The first is her daily dose of estrogen. The second blocks the testosterone her body produces. When her insurance plan expires in a few months, Wright, a transgender woman and...

Pitt partners with Beijing university

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

February 11, 2016


Filed under Administration, National News, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

Pitt’s Innovation Institute announced a new partnership with Tsinghua University in Beijing Tuesday that will kick-start collaborative projects in technology, commercialization and research. According to the Innovation Institute’s agreement with Tsinghua University, the partnership will facilitate trav...

Pitt interviews fourth dean of students candidate

Pitt interviews fourth dean of students candidate

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

February 8, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Editor's Note: This story has been updated When a student came to her office with mental health concerns and asked to withdraw from her classes, Cara Appel-Silbaugh used her position to ease the transition. The student was set on moving back home, so Appel-Silbaugh, the associate dean of students at the Georg...

The Dean search: A student’s guide

By Dale Shoemaker / News Desk

February 8, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

A group of eight faculty, staff and students — all a part of a search committee — will make its recommendation to Pitt’s Provost Patricia Beeson and Chancellor Patrick Gallagher sometime today for who the next vice provost and dean of students should be. Last week, four candidates interviewed for...

Notre Dame admin interviews for Pitt’s dean job

Notre Dame admin interviews for Pitt’s dean job

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

February 5, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

When William Stackman heard of a sexual assault at Notre Dame University in 2010, he surveyed every student on campus. The university-wide survey yielded 750 pages of data with student comments on sexual assault, which Stackman, associate vice president for student services at Notre Dame, said is essentia...

Texas dean interviews for Pitt job

Texas dean interviews for Pitt job

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

February 4, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Last year, when the Ebola virus terrified the United States, two students from Southern Methodist University worried they might be infected. The students had flown back to their campus in Dallas with two volunteer nurses who had shown signs of the disease. Amidst their fear, Joanne Vogel got to work....

Bonner interviews for Dean of Students

Bonner interviews for Dean of Students

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

February 3, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News

Ever since he was a college student in the ‘90s, Kenyon Bonner said he’s chased one goal: be a dean of students. A little more than a year ago, he reached that goal. When Chancellor Patrick Gallagher appointed former Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kathy Humphrey to senior vice chancellor and chief ...

Faculty, staff honor School of Pharmacy dean

Faculty, staff honor School of Pharmacy dean

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

February 3, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Gary Haberle spent his career managing money for the School of Pharmacy — but he spent his life sharing his own wealth with those around him. Haberle, assistant dean for business and finance for Pitt’s School of Pharmacy, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 30. He was 77. Haberle continued working until Friday, Jan. 23...

Pitt names four Dean candidates

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

February 1, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt will begin introducing and interviewing candidates today for the open vice provost and dean of students position. Pitt initially considered eight candidates for the job, but only invited four of them to campus this week for interviews and public meetings. Students, professors and other Pitt staff...

Provost hosts conference for assessment

Provost hosts conference for assessment

By Zoe Hannah / Assistant News Editor

January 29, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

At a conference devoted to improving student engagement outside of the classroom, Pitt faculty acted as students for a morning. After an 8:30 a.m. breakfast, around 100 Pitt faculty members met in the University Club Ballroom Thursday for Pitt’s Provost’s annual Assessment Conference. The provost, Patr...

Pitt hears Pittsburgh’s history of lesbian feminism

Pitt hears Pittsburgh’s history of lesbian feminism

By Taylor Mulcahey / Staff Writer

January 29, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, City, News

In the ’70s, two groups of lesbian women wanted a space to eat, talk and listen to music in Pittsburgh — but above all, they wanted to enact social change. In that decade, the city was home to a vibrant music scene, but female musicians were hard to find. Together, two diverse lesbian organizations...

Information science dean to change roles

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

January 29, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, News, Tech Science

Ron Larsen, dean of Pitt’s School of Information Sciences, will resign in 2017 after he helps lead a department restructure, the University said on Thursday. Larsen, who has worked at Pitt since 2002, is now working with the chair of the Department of Computer Science, Taieb Znati, to combine the...

Students found startup to trade books

Students found startup to trade books

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

January 29, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

By the time Carey Wasa graduated Pitt in 2013, he had a stockpile of textbooks sitting on his windowsill that weren’t worth even trying to sell. “It hit me that there are students who probably need these books for classes, and I have them right here,” Wasa said. Wasa pitched the idea of star...

Pitt staff discusses safety

Pitt staff discusses safety

By Danni Zhou / For The Pitt News

January 28, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Brown-bagged lunches in hand, Pitt’s staff joined the ongoing conversation about Oakland’s bike safety at a Staff Association Council forum Wednesday in the William Pitt Union. The Brown Bag Series, a lunchtime meeting series that encourages staff involvement with the Staff Association Council, ha...

Pitt, SGB to rent compost dumpster

Pitt, SGB to rent compost dumpster

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

January 27, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

This week, Pitt will install its first long-term composting dumpster outside Posvar Hall, Student Government Board environmental chair Joe Streets announced Tuesday. At its weekly public meeting Tuesday night, Streets announced that Facilities Management, along with PittServes and his committee, would place ...

Pitt faculty, graduate student employees formally announce union push

Pitt faculty, graduate student employees formally announce union push

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

January 26, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News

Editor's note: This story has been updated Pitt faculty and graduate student employees formally announced Tuesday morning their plans to start a campaign to form multiple labor unions. Partnering with United Steelworkers, an organization that has helped Point Park University and Robert Morris Univer...

Pitt forms consent, sexuality group

Pitt forms consent, sexuality group

By Danni Zhou / For The Pitt News

January 26, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, Health, News

Jillian Bunis wasn’t satisfied after she heard Pitt’s Greek Life lecture on consent and sexual misconduct. Bunis, a junior studying nursing, wanted every student — not just those in Greek Life — to have a more personal sexual assault education. She felt that a more intimate setting would yi...

University Staff Association Council plans Spring Assembly

University Staff Association Council plans Spring Assembly

By Danni Zhou / For the Pitt News

January 22, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

This May, Pitt staff and community members will get a crash course on balancing health and work. The Staff Association Council, an organization of 75 elected representatives from University staff,  has began preparing for its fifth annual Spring Assembly. Five SAC members met on Thursday morning to plan t...

Police, students focus of Oakwatch

Police, students focus of Oakwatch

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

January 21, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

At this month’s Oakwatch meeting, Oakland residents reviewed the neighborhood’s improvements in community policing and frustrations with transparency over the fall semester. Oakwatch members, who identify and attempt to resolve code violations in Oakland, held their monthly meeting 3 p.m. Wednesday ...

Pitt powers through state budget impasse

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

January 21, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

While the state scrambles to pass the 2015-2016 budget, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher refuses to let the financial crisis thwart the University’s excellence. On Wednesday afternoon, Gallagher and the University Senate Council addressed the continuing state education budget impasse and the accompli...

From storage to snapshots

By Alexa Bakalarski / For The Pitt News

January 20, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Deep underground, in the basement of the Cathedral of Learning, a Lithuanian string instrument has been silent in storage for more than 80 years. Larger than a violin but slightly smaller than a guitar, the kanklès has 12 strings, including a broken one that swings out from the instrument. Pitt receive...

University Senate committee discusses alcohol education, upcoming panel

University Senate committee discusses alcohol education, upcoming panel

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

January 20, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt will roll out a survey on student drinking habits this semester and host a panel to teach other universities about easing tensions between students and nearby permanent residents. The Community Relations Committee of the University Senate announced these projects Tuesday in the Hillman Library at its fi...

Students serve for MLK Jr. Day

Students serve for MLK Jr. Day

By Josh Ye and Emily Migdal / The Pitt News Staff

January 18, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, City, News

Rather than sleep in on Monday, Josh Hanley bundled up and  boarded a bus to North Hills to care for abandoned animals. Similarly, Courtney Noeth and Michelle Hayner stitched patches of old T-shirts together to make blankets.  The trio joined about 650 students who braved below-freezing temperatues to s...

Pitt, UPMC name new pediatric chair

Pitt, UPMC name new pediatric chair

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

January 13, 2016


Filed under Administration, Health, News, Top Stories

Pitt and the Children’s Hospital of UPMC are getting new perspective with a researcher and leader focused on curing disease and increasing life expectancy. On Jan. 11, officials of Children’s Hospital of UPMC announced that Terence S. Dermody will serve as the new chair of Pediatrics at Pitt and...

New hookah study aims to educate young smokers

New hookah study aims to educate young smokers

By Zoë Hannah / Assistant News Editor

January 12, 2016


Filed under Administration, Health, News, Top Stories

Young people are putting out their cigarettes in favor of hookah, but a new Pitt study has found that the latter may be much more harmful. According to the study, which Pitt’s School of Medicine published online Monday, a single hookah session delivers nearly 125 times more smoke, 25 times more t...

Pitt hires environmental consultant

By Lauren Rosenblatt and Zoë Hannah / News Staff

January 7, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence hired a new environmental consultant this month to help small local businesses become more environmentally aware. The IEE announced on Jan. 7 that Lee Ann Briggs would serve as the new environmental consultant for the Environmental Management Assistance...

Pitt dean retires after thirty years

Pitt dean retires after thirty years

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

January 6, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

Richard Howe, associate dean of the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, spent his winter break packing up 45 years at Pitt of paperwork and memories from his office in the Cathedral of Learning. For almost 30 of Howe’s 45 years at Pitt, he was the associate dean for administration in the ...

The Pitt News’ 2015 Year in Review

The Pitt News’ 2015 Year in Review

By The Pitt News Staff

December 31, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, Health, National News, News, Student Government, Tech Science

A crackdown on overcrowding, the Student Government Board president's resignation, and pushes for bike lanes and a professors union — it's been a busy year for Pitt, and The Pitt News has been there for it all. While we have been making our New Year's resolutions to make your student newspaper even...

Pitt first partner in ‘Concussion’ foundation

Pitt first partner in ‘Concussion’ foundation

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

December 16, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, City, Health, News

Thirteen years after Bennet Omalu first pioneered research on brain damage, he’s got a book, a movie and a nonprofit in honor of his work. At a panel Tuesday evening at the Southside Works Theater, Pitt announced it will be the first academic partner of the Bennet Omalu Foundation, a nonprofit...

Light-years of learning: Pitt students, learn stars, history at Allegheny Observatory

Light-years of learning: Pitt students, learn stars, history at Allegheny Observatory

By Zoe Hannah / Staff Writer

December 14, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

Though it started out as a recreational observatory for the rich men who founded it, the Allegheny Observatory became the home of research that changed the world and our thoughts on what surrounds it. Since 1859, researchers at the regal, tri-domed observatory in Riverview Park have made world-renow...

Blasting gender barriers: There aren’t many, but more and more women are studying the stars at Pitt

Blasting gender barriers: There aren’t many, but more and more women are studying the stars at Pitt

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

December 14, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

Pitt graduate student Kara Ponder studies exploding stars to find critical distances in the universe, yet some people question why she didn’t pick a more “feminine profession.” Once, when Ponder told a cab driver she was on her way to the observatory to use the telescope, the driver responded...

At last meeting of term, SGB looks to amend election code

At last meeting of term, SGB looks to amend election code

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

December 9, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Looking to safeguard against one slate of candidates taking over the board, Pitt Student Government Board proposed revisions to its election code Tuesday night in the William Pitt Union. Celia Millard, Elections Committee Chair, introduced a bill to update SGB’s 2015-2016 elections code, which she hopes...

SGB reflects on fall term

SGB reflects on fall term

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

December 9, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, Health, News, Student Government, Tech Science, Top Stories

With one new board member and a handful of new committee members joining Student Government Board, the Board took on projects as small as sandwiches and as big as mental illness. From food, laundry and public health to human rights, diversity and transparency, the nine members of SGB faced the semest...

The male brain on porn: Wheaton researcher speaks at Pitt

The male brain on porn: Wheaton researcher speaks at Pitt

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

December 4, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

William Struthers left the rat race of rodent research and started studying the brains of male porn addicts in 2004, delivering his findings to students Thursday night in the William Pitt Union.  Struthers, a psychology professor at Wheaton College in Illinois, was initially an animal researcher, stud...

Pitt names SHARE coordinator

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

December 4, 2015


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

After a month-and-a-half-long search, Student Affairs has installed a new coordinator for its Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education office. Michele Welker, who took over 47 days after former coordinator Mary Koch Ruiz retired on Sept. 30, will head the SHARE office. Welker started in ...

Researcher texts to curb drinking

Researcher texts to curb drinking

By Zoe Hannah / Staff Writer

December 3, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, Health, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

To recover from the stress of a busy week, Shaina Pomerantz and her friends let loose on the weekends, beginning at home and ending the night at an Oakland bar. Pomerantz, a 22-year-old senior sociology major, said she knows binge drinking is unhealthy, but that it’s an inherent part of the college e...

Students back union push at panel

Students back union push at panel

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

December 3, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, City, News

When Sarah Leavens got a teaching job at Pitt, she thought it was a good fit. Three years later, she felt constricted. “I got into teaching because I’m a writer and I love teaching and I love writing,” Leavens said. “It seemed like a dream, and it seems like I should be living the dream.” ...

Center director to step down

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

December 3, 2015


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

After more than 20 years of enhancing Pitt’s research, Richard Schulz will step down from his role as the director of the Center for Social and Urban Research in September 2016. Schulz, who is also a member of the Council of Deans, announced in a press release on Nov. 24, that he will leave his p...

Pitt partners with pharma despite criticism

Pitt partners with pharma despite criticism

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

December 1, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Health, News

Despite criticism that Pitt’s partnership with a pharmaceutical company is ethically unjust, Pitt says the research has lifesaving potential. Pitt announced in early November that it will begin research this spring to develop new drugs for rare diseases through a collaboration with Shire Plc, a ph...

Pitt searches for new vice chancellor of communications

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

December 1, 2015


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt is actively continuing its search to replace Ken Service, the current vice chancellor of communications. The University hired Heyman Associates, an executive search firm for communications and public affairs positions, in July to find a replacement for Service, according to Pitt spokesperson John Fedele...

Susan Hicks Memorial Fund passes $10,000 goal

Susan Hicks Memorial Fund passes $10,000 goal

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 23, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, City, News

Pitt students can help carry Susan Hicks’ legacy and passion for traveling by studying abroad with a scholarship in her name. In the weeks immediately after a car hit and killed Hicks, a Pitt adviser, while she was riding her bike on Fifth Avenue, her friends and family decided to set up an endowe...

Pitt administration speaks on Paris

Pitt administration speaks on Paris

By Leo Dornan and Emily Migdal / News Staff

November 19, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Elise Powers held a bright yellow sign that read, “Les fleurs et les bougies nous protegent,” or “The candles and the flower will protect us,” Wednesday night outside Posvar. Powers based the sign off of a video of a little boy sitting on his father’s knee in Paris who is at first afraid of ...

Triumph for guards: Pitt security guards get new contract

Triumph for guards: Pitt security guards get new contract

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

November 18, 2015


Filed under Administration, City, News, Top Stories

After months of negotiating and rallying, security guards at Pitt are getting a raise, the option of free health care and more job training. Sam Williamson, the district director for 32BJ, Pittsburgh’s local branch of the Service Employees International Union, said U.S. Security Associates, which empl...

Students to contribute to Pitt Plan

Students to contribute to Pitt Plan

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

November 18, 2015


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

In response to complaints about the lack of student involvement, Student Government Board selected nine students to represent the student opinion on the Plan for Pitt. Student Government Board Assembly, the lower body of the Student Government Board, announced the nomination of nine student representati...

SGB to select student representatives for Pitt Plan

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

November 17, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Several students got one step closer to their goal of collaborating with faculty early this morning at the Student Government Board Assembly meeting. Monday night SGB President Nasreen Harun said the SGB Assembly would select between five and ten student applicants to serve on the five strategic wor...

Pitt opens Korean heritage room

Pitt opens Korean heritage room

By Elli Warsh / For The Pitt News

November 16, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, National News, News

Eight years and nearly $850,000 later, Pitt unveiled its 30th Nationality Room, the Korean Heritage Room, Sunday in the Cathedral of Learning with traditional Korean dancing, singing and celebrating. On Nov. 15, Pitt students, community members and administrators celebrated the opening of the Korea...

Pitt students safe after Paris attacks

Pitt students safe after Paris attacks

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 15, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, National News, News

Four Pitt students studying abroad in France are alive and unhurt after Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, the University Study Abroad Office confirmed Sunday. On Friday, Nov. 13, eight terrorists in three groups conducted an organized massacre in Paris at a concert at Le Bataclan, outside a socce...

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