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Pitt adds 46 COVID-19 cases after second week of online classes

The Cathedral of Learning watches over an empty Pitt campus.

By Rebecca Johnson and Jon Moss

August 31, 2020

Pitt added 46 new COVID-19 cases, composed of 46 students, as of Monday’s weekly case report. Around 75% of all active positive cases are students who live off campus, Pitt said.

‘No way we can do this alone’: Panel uplifts local Black student leaders

Black student leaders from colleges around Pittsburgh came together to discuss racial equity on their respective campuses. Jasiri X, the executive director and co-founder of 1Hood Media, moderated the event.

By Maura Scrabis, For The Pitt News

August 30, 2020

Collective action was one of the main themes at the Solidarity Town Hall held Saturday evening, where Black student leaders from colleges around the City came together to discuss racial equity on their respective campuses.

Pitt won’t rename Scaife Hall, chancellor says

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher announced that Scaife Hall would not be renamed. Renaming Scaife Hall was one of Black medical students’ demands sent to the dean of the School in June.

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor

August 27, 2020

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher announced that a working group charged with investigating Scaife Hall’s name found no reason to continue with the renaming process. Renaming Scaife Hall, home to Pitt’s School of Medicine, was one of Black medical students’ demands that was sent to the School’s dean in June.

‘Embarrassing’: Black student leaders criticize low Black student enrollment

According to Pitt data, Black students represented 5.26% of the undergraduate student body in 2019.

By Rebecca Johnson and Jon Moss

August 26, 2020

Ottley said this is indicative of a culture at Pitt that she believes needs to change to attract, and retain, more Black students. According to University data, Black students represented 5.26% of the undergraduate student body in 2019.

Pitt adds 11 cases after first week of online classes

Pitt adds 11 cases after first week of online classes

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor

August 24, 2020

Pitt added 11 new COVID-19 cases, composed of eight students and three employees, as of Monday’s weekly case report.

Quarter of Pitt Greek life chapters now temporarily suspended after University crackdown

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor

August 24, 2020

In all, a quarter of all Pitt Greek life chapters active before the pandemic have been placed on an interim suspension in the last week.

Pitt to continue construction on ‘essential’ projects only

The construction project on Bigelow Boulevard, originally scheduled to finish in August, is now scheduled to be completed in October.

By Anushay Chaudhry, Staff Writer

August 23, 2020

The construction on Bigelow Boulevard is now set to finish its third and final phase in October. It originally had an August completion date, before Welcome Week for incoming first-year students.

Pitt students, faculty express concerns over City arrest in unmarked van

Plainclothes police in an unmarked van arrested Matthew Cartier, a protest marshal helping to clear traffic for the Black Lives Matter march through Oakland, outside of Pitt’s Barco Law Building last Saturday.

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor

August 21, 2020

For Eric Macadangdang, the arrest of a protest marshal by City police officers outside Pitt’s Barco Law Building last Saturday is a safety concern for all Pitt students.

All social, no distancing: Parties in Oakland continue amid ongoing pandemic

Jeff Ahearn | Senior Staff Photographer

By Nathan Fitchett and Martha Layne

August 21, 2020

Before almost entirely online classes started Wednesday, large social gatherings among students gained the attention of concerned students, parents, community members and Pitt administrators.

Pitt student pleads guilty to three counts after racist, threatening messages

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief

August 21, 2020

Pitt student Ethan Kozak pled guilty to three criminal counts Thursday in a case related to a series of racist and threatening messages he sent in summer 2019.

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