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‘A perpetual state of fear’: International students criticize latest round of proposed student visa changes

New rules proposed by the Trump administration seek to create fixed terms of up to four years for student visas, as well as create new applications for international students to extend their stay in the United States, among other changes.

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor

October 14, 2020

The new rules published on Sept. 25 by the Department of Homeland Security — which would affect many of Pitt’s more than 3,100 international students — seek to create fixed terms of up to four years for student visas, as well as new applications for international students to extend their stay in the United States.

‘No room for profit’: Student renters, local landlords seek COVID-19 aid

The federal CARES Act was passed in March and allocated $3.9 billion for Pennsylvania’s own CARES Rent Relief Program, aimed to help those struggling with COVID-related income loss and economic struggle.

By Maura Scrabis, Staff Writer

October 14, 2020

College students have been hit especially hard, as decreased hours and cancelled internships have made tuition and rent payments challenging.

‘A different lifestyle’: Students navigate a semester at home

‘A different lifestyle’: Students navigate a semester at home

By Elizabeth Primrose, For The Pitt News

October 14, 2020

Some students, such as Nish Rajkanth, are currently living in their childhood bedrooms rather than a cramped dorm room. Rajkanth, who is currently in South Brunswick, New Jersey, said taking college classes from home sometimes feels like she’s back in high school.

Pitt adds 7 COVID-19 cases since Monday

Pitt adds 7 COVID-19 cases since Monday

By Ashton Crawley, Assistant News Editor

October 9, 2020

Pitt added seven new COVID-19 cases, composed entirely of students, between Monday and Thursday.

Pitt to move to lowest Guarded risk posture on Oct. 19, concerning campus leaders

Pitt to move to lowest Guarded risk posture on Oct. 19, concerning campus leaders

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief

October 9, 2020

Pitt officials said Friday afternoon that the University will move from the middle to the lowest level of its three-tiered reopening system — the Guarded risk phase, equivalent to Pennsylvania’s green phase of reopening — on Oct. 19.

Pitt professor pressured to resign House seat after videos surface of him telling 5-year old son to smoke, use explicit language

Pitt professor pressured to resign House seat after videos surface of him telling 5-year old son to smoke, use explicit language

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor

October 9, 2020

Aaron Bernstine, an adjunct professor in the graduate school of business, is being pressured to resign his House seat after four Snapchat videos surfaced of him encouraging his 5-year old son to smoke a cigar and use explicit language. 

Faculty voices support for mandatory Black studies course, allowing students to recognize religious observances

Pitt’s Faculty Assembly met Wednesday to discuss changes to policy that dictates what material is owned by the University, policies for submitting grievances to the University, and voted to pass the resolution on a required Black studies course and a clarified syllabus statement on religious observances.

By Thea Barrett, Staff Writer

October 9, 2020

The Faculty Assembly passed a resolution on Wednesday urging the University to create a mandatory three-credit Black studies course.

Pitt updates building hours, requires ID for entry to all buildings

Pitt updates building hours, requires ID for entry to all buildings

By SuIn Yun, For The Pitt News

October 9, 2020

Pitt modified many of its buildings' hours to budget for additional study spaces, according to University spokesperson Pat McMahon.

Police Blotter Oct. 1 – Oct. 7

Police Blotter Oct. 1 - Oct. 7

By News Editors

October 9, 2020

Liquor law violations, indecent assault and more in this week’s police blotter.

Pitt lifts Tower B COVID-19 shelter-in-place after 4 days

Pitt lifts Tower B COVID-19 shelter-in-place after 4 days

By Ashton Crawley and Jon Moss

October 7, 2020

Litchfield Tower B residents are no longer required to shelter in place after a round of COVID-19 tests showed no further spread of the virus within the residence hall.

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