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Take Back the Night – Marching for Equality

2:19 am


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On the penultimate day of the 2019 Women’s Empowerment Week at the University of Pittsburgh, students took to the streets for the annual Take Back the Night march. This event has taken place at Pitt since the 1990s. Prior to the march, students participated in a sign making event where they also practiced the chants they would use once they hit the pavement. This year, the march was hosted by Asian Students Alliance, Female Empowerment Movement and Student Government Board.

Darr hears students’ counseling center concerns

Darr hears students’ counseling center concerns

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

1:25 am


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For the first time since being hired in January 2019, Pitt’s new Counseling Center Director Jay Darr made a public appearance at a Town Hall Thursday night.

Marching to reclaim the night in Oakland

Marching to reclaim the night in Oakland

By Emily Drzymalski, Staff Writer

1:14 am


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Roughly 30 students took their newly made signs and marched through Pitt’s campus chanting as bystanders watched and a police car followed at their side.

Controversial “Hacking4Humanity” event targets trafficking

Controversial “Hacking4Humanity” event targets trafficking

By Griffin Lynch, Staff Writer

March 21, 2019


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Organizers of Friday’s “Hacking4Humanity” challenge hope it will be the first of many at Pitt as students take on the problem of human trafficking. But some community groups have taken issue with the methods the event will use.

Intersectionality: Beyond the Buzzword

March 21, 2019


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Pitt Program Council, Rainbow Alliance and Black Action Society put together an event during Women’s Week called “Intersectionality: Behind the Buzzword.” This event featured a few fun activities as well as opportunity for serious discussion. Students learned about each other’s lives and experiences — how they were affected by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and other factors — in order to help build a strong, diverse and safe community at Pitt.

Pitt professors sue for age discrimination

Pitt professors sue for age discrimination

By Maggie Young, Senior Staff Writer

March 20, 2019


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Neil Fogarty, a 61-year-old lecturer of the College of Business Administration and the Katz Graduate School of Business, filed a suit against the University in early February, for age discrimination.

SGB looks to fill positions for next year

SGB looks to fill positions for next year

By Maureen Hartwell, Staff Writer

March 20, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

There are dozens of positions left to fill on next year's Student Government Board, from chief of staff to a member of the elections committee.

Former PG editor discusses truth in journalism

Former PG editor discusses truth in journalism

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

March 19, 2019


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At the event, Shribman discussed the importance of truth in journalism and how the field has evolved over time.

Vibrant Media Lab offers glimpse into first game system

Vibrant Media Lab offers glimpse into first game system

By Vaibhav Gupta, For The Pitt News

March 18, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

The group, the Vibrant Media Lab, will present one of the earliest-created game consoles in history — the Magnavox Odyssey — to Pitt students on April 5 in order to promote a wider understanding of the history and culture behind video games along with the VML’s work for the past two years.

Al Primack celebrates pi year-round

Al Primack celebrates pi year-round

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

March 18, 2019


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Al Primack, Pitt doctoral student and TA, memorized 100 digits of pi for a cultural artifact speech back in college. Eight years later, he recites those same digits to his students at the start of every semester. But other than pi, he said, his memory is actually pretty dismal.

Schedule preview for Women’s Empowerment Week

Schedule preview for Women’s Empowerment Week

By Maureen Hartwell, Staff Writer

March 17, 2019


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Hosted by the Student Government Board, WE Week 2019 begins Monday, March 18, and ends Saturday, March 23.

Pitt attempting to obstruct grad student union election, organizers claim

Pitt attempting to obstruct grad student union election, organizers claim

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 12, 2019


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The United Steelworkers and the Graduate Student Organizing Committee expressed disappointment Tuesday in what they called Pitt’s attempts at “voter suppression.”

“This whole system’s got to go:” Students walk out against inequality

“This whole system’s got to go:” Students walk out against inequality

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 8, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

One day before the set of worldwide marches planned for International Women’s Day, about 100 people gathered in Schenley Plaza for a student walkout.

Labor board affirms Pitt grad students have right to unionize

Labor board affirms Pitt grad students have right to unionize

By Brian Gentry, Joanna Li, and Emily Wolfe

March 7, 2019


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The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday that Pitt’s graduate student employees are entitled to unionize, a step forward in graduate students’ multi-year battle to form a union.

SCI to offer programs in cybersecurity

SCI to offer programs in cybersecurity

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

March 7, 2019


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Pitt’s School of Computing and Information opened a Professional Institute yesterday, and its first initiative is to offer programs in cybersecurity.

Sylvia Rhor curates arts with academics

Sylvia Rhor curates arts with academics

By Remy Samuels, Staff Writer

March 7, 2019


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Sylvia Rhor is the curator and director of Pitt’s University Art Gallery in the Frick Fine Arts building, where she organizes collections and creates exhibitions for the public — something she never dreamed of doing as a child.

Tanjaya talks food insecurity at allocations-heavy meeting

Tanjaya talks food insecurity at allocations-heavy meeting

By Maureen Hartwell, Staff Writer

March 6, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

The board spent more than an hour deliberating allocations at its Tuesday meeting, and voted to amend five of the allocations committee’s recommendations after hearing from student leaders.

Voters choose divestment, Peterson as executive VP

Voters choose divestment, Peterson as executive VP

By Brian Gentry and Emily Wolfe

March 6, 2019


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Anaïs Peterson won big in Tuesday’s runoff SGB election — and so did one of her major initiatives, as more than 2,000 students said Pitt should divest from fossil fuels in a referendum vote.

Pitt finalizes Campus Master Plan

Pitt finalizes Campus Master Plan

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Staff Writer

March 5, 2019


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After more than a year and a half of development, Pitt’s Campus Master Plan, or CMP, was released on Feb. 11. The CMP is a detailed outline of the future of Pitt’s Oakland campus and its plan for development over the next 20 to 30 years.

Students to respond to Tree of Life through Scholars in Residence program

Students to respond to Tree of Life through Scholars in Residence program

By Nicole Marzzacco, For The Pitt News

March 5, 2019


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Pitt plans to sponsor up to nine undergraduates who will conduct research on the Tree of Life shooting this summer and create an exhibit based on their findings, which will be on display at the University in fall 2019.

Students face divestment referendum

Students face divestment referendum

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 5, 2019


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

The ballot students see on elections.pitt.edu from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday will feature a referendum question on whether or not the University should divest from fossil fuels.

Pitt Day of Giving 2019

March 3, 2019


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Pitt’s third annual Day of Giving was held on Thursday, Feb. 28. This year’s PDoG raised $4.2 million from more than 6,000 donors, which includes students, alumni and Pitt employees. Unlike the past two PDoGs, this year’s combined a day-long on-campus event with the online donation campaign. The campus event brought together students and senior leadership to celebrate Pitt’s 232nd birthday and increase on-campus engagement.

Third annual Pitt Day of Giving raises more than $4 million

Third annual Pitt Day of Giving raises more than $4 million

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Staff Writer

March 1, 2019


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The third annual Pitt Day of Giving took place Thursday, Feb. 28 — the University’s 232nd birthday. This year, PDoG raised $4,218,150 from 6,345 donors.

Men’s Glee Club PDoG strategy includes incentives, reimbursement

Men’s Glee Club PDoG strategy includes incentives, reimbursement

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 1, 2019


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Pitt Men’s Glee Club, which won $2,500 for bringing in the second-highest number of donations among student groups on Thursday’s third annual Pitt Day of Giving, allegedly encouraged its members to make donations in exchange for discounts on club expenses and, in some cases, full reimbursement.

How Swanson brings its tech to local businesses

How Swanson brings its tech to local businesses

By Griffin Lynch, Staff Writer

March 1, 2019


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Swanson School of Engineering has set up a new Center for Product Innovation to benefit both students and small business

Students, experts discuss criminal justice reform

Students, experts discuss criminal justice reform

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

February 28, 2019


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The Global Studies Center invited three criminal justice experts to inform students about the reasons behind inequalities in the criminal justice system and discuss potential solutions. Dr. Leah Jacobs from the School of Social Work opened the conversation with the topic of incarceration. “To really get to the heart of this issue, you have to recognize the institutional nature of [this nation’s] policies,” Jacobs said.

Pitt Police offer resources at biannual Safety Fair

Pitt Police offer resources at biannual Safety Fair

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

February 28, 2019


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Students walked from table to table at this semester’s biannual Safety Fair, which lasted from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday in the William Pitt Union’s Assembly Room.

Pitt Unmuted talks sexual violence

Pitt Unmuted talks sexual violence

By Maureen Hartwell, Staff Writer

February 27, 2019


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Pitt Unmuted, a student group that helps facilitate environments where survivors of sexual assault can share their stories, began in 2017 with a focus on collecting written and visual submissions from its members. But the group also looks for ways to actively prevent sexual violence.

Chancellor seeks state funding at Harrisburg hearing

Chancellor seeks state funding at Harrisburg hearing

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

February 27, 2019


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Chancellor Patrick Gallagher testified Tuesday in front of the State Senate Appropriations Committee in Harrisburg with other executives from Pennsylvania universities, hoping to increase state funding for higher education for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

Career politician shares experiences from the Capitol

Career politician shares experiences from the Capitol

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

February 26, 2019


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Charles Dent, a former U.S. congressman and career politician, shared 28 years worth of stories from the heart of America’s highest ranking political circles to the nearly 200 people who packed Ballroom B of the University Club Monday night.

Community Cafe hosts local community leader

Community Cafe hosts local community leader

By Nicole Marzzacco, For The Pitt News

February 24, 2019


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Last week, the Honors College hosted Wasi Mohamed, the former director of the Islamic Center. He discussed faith, Islamophobia and how to keep a community together in the wake of tragedy.

Pitt to match federal Pell Grants, tuition still unclear for next year

Pitt to match federal Pell Grants, tuition still unclear for next year

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

February 22, 2019


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Chancellor Gallagher announced Friday that Pitt will match any federal Pell Grants awarded to students starting this fall.

Context: February Board of Trustees meeting

Context: February Board of Trustees meeting

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

February 22, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

Today is the Pitt Board of Trustees' February meeting. Here's what to look for.

Pitt alumna makes NYT Bestseller list

Pitt alumna makes NYT Bestseller list

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Staff Writer

February 21, 2019


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Rachael Lippincott, recent Pitt alumna, has been on the The New York Times’ best-seller young-adult hardcover list for the past 11 weeks because of her novel adaptation of the movie “Five Feet Apart.”

Sodexo offers culturally diverse meals

Sodexo offers culturally diverse meals

By Remy Samuels, Staff Writer

February 21, 2019


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According to Sodexo district manager Abdou Cole, Sodexo made the move to represent different cultures as accurately as possible after listening to the demands of students.

“Grateful, thankful, overwhelmed”: Brown wins SGB presidency

“Grateful, thankful, overwhelmed”: Brown wins SGB presidency

By Brian Gentry and Emily Wolfe

February 20, 2019


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Zechariah Brown will serve as president of Pitt’s Student Government Board during the 2019-20 school year, after winning 62 percent of the vote against Albert Tanjaya Tuesday.

Your guide to today’s SGB election

Your guide to today’s SGB election

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

February 19, 2019


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Brush up on these candidates' platforms and then head over to elections.pitt.edu to vote.

No, really: Crosswalk coming to Forbes

No, really: Crosswalk coming to Forbes

By Joanna Li, News Editor

February 19, 2019


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Over this past weekend, construction began on the sidewalks parallel to Forbes Avenue near the sky bridge. This progresses the effort from Pitt to create a crosswalk on Forbes outside of David Lawrence Hall.

Hillman exhibit showcases stories of Ferguson

Hillman exhibit showcases stories of Ferguson

By Nithil Harris Manimaran, For The Pitt News

February 18, 2019


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For the month of February, Hillman Library will be home to the Ferguson Voices: Disrupting the Frame, an exhibit commemorating the events that occurred in Ferguson, Missouri.

Buy me a drank: T-Pain to headline Bigelow Bash

Buy me a drank: T-Pain to headline Bigelow Bash

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

February 18, 2019


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T-Pain is coming to Pitt to perform at this year’s Bigelow Bash in April.

Flawed but vital: MARS teaches students specifics of computer architecture

Flawed but vital: MARS teaches students specifics of computer architecture

By Griffin Lynch, For The Pitt News

February 15, 2019


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Students at Pitt in CS 0447 are undertaking the difficult task of learning how to read and write assembly languages — and a tool is making it easier for students and teachers alike.

PQP offers community, safe space to LGBTQ+ staff

PQP offers community, safe space to LGBTQ+ staff

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

February 14, 2019


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Pitt Queer Professionals secretary Anthony Verardi said the organization provides an important outlet for him and his peers to discuss issues plaguing the LGBTQ+ community on campus.

College students say “screw you” to sex

College students say “screw you” to sex

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

February 14, 2019


Filed under Campus, Health, News

Young adults are choosing to swipe left on physical intimacy more than ever before.

GSWS program to offer LGBTQ+ studies minor

GSWS program to offer LGBTQ+ studies minor

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

February 14, 2019


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The GSWS program will offer a minor in LGBTQ and critical sexuality studies this semester, which requires 18 credits in classes about sexuality through a variety of lenses.

SGB takes care of business, SafeRider, elections

SGB takes care of business, SafeRider, elections

By Maureen Hartwell, Staff Writer

February 13, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

“The SafeRider app, in concept, is great, but when you look at it, you have an estimated arrival time that never shows you a real number, you have very glitchy buttons that don’t direct you to anything and you have many outlets to click the same thing,” Tanjaya said.

Pitt students to face tuition hike, Commonwealth funding unclear

Pitt students to face tuition hike, Commonwealth funding unclear

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

February 13, 2019


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Pitt students will face an average of tuition hike of four percent next year, even with additional funding from the commonwealth.

Residents, faculty voice qualms with master plan

Residents, faculty voice qualms with master plan

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

February 12, 2019


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt will unveil the finalized version of its campus master plan at the end of this week. It includes a plan for more housing, with a net total of 775 new beds and an increase in sustainability efforts.

Student-published children’s book promotes acceptance

Student-published children’s book promotes acceptance

By Maggie Young, Staff Writer

February 12, 2019


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Rachael Bindas, a senior English writing major and a gender, sexuality and women’s studies minor, is pursuing certificates in children’s literature and sustainability. But before she decided on her children’s literature certificate, she wrote a book first.

Flyin’ West features first all-black cast

Flyin’ West features first all-black cast

By Casey Aquiline, For The Pitt News

February 11, 2019


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A city theater group produced “Flyin’ West” in 1995. Twenty-five years later, Pitt Stages is producing the play again, featuring an all-black cast for the first time in University history.

Breast cancer researchers continue innovating

Breast cancer researchers continue innovating

By Sid Lingala, Staff Writer

February 7, 2019


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

Innovations in technology for breast cancer diagnosis and treatment bring hope to patients and exciting discoveries to researchers.

Wikipedia edit-a-thon illuminates indigenous languages

Wikipedia edit-a-thon illuminates indigenous languages

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

February 7, 2019


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Dozens of amateur and professional linguists filled the Robert Henderson Language Media Center in the Cathedral of Learning Wednesday afternoon to participate in an “Indigenous Languages Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.” At the edit-a-thon, participants learned how to edit articles on the online encyclopedia to help fill the online information gap in respect to indigenous languages.

Pitt faculty see future in union

Pitt faculty see future in union

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

February 6, 2019


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To most passersby, the fliers, posters and comics adorning the office doors in the narrow corridors on the fourth floor of the Cathedral of Learning blend in with the rest of campus. But for Tyler McAndrew, a visiting lecturer in the English department and prominent faculty union organizer, the posters th...

Career Center, students offer interview advice

Career Center, students offer interview advice

By Maggie Young, Staff Writer

February 6, 2019


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Resumé-building often starts in high school, but budding professionals usually lack the skills needed to prepare for an actual interview.

Democrats, Republicans face off on health care

Democrats, Republicans face off on health care

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

February 5, 2019


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Pitt College Republicans member Corey Barsky noted early in a Monday night debate against the College Democrats that health care is an issue that brings out passion from both ends of the political spectrum.

Pitt introduces new housing option

Pitt introduces new housing option

By Joanna Li, News Editor

February 5, 2019


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Beginning this August, students will have another off-campus housing option. Last week, Pitt approved a three-year lease for up to 230 students to be housed in 87 apartments inside The Bridge on Forbes, a new upscale apartment complex that is still under construction in West Oakland.

Pitt students search for aerospace program

Pitt students search for aerospace program

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Staff Writer

February 4, 2019


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From Air Force ROTC cadets to Swanson engineers, many Pitt students yearn for a solid aerospace program that can prepare them for future careers in the United States Air Force and other related aerospace fields.

Polar vortex continues into Thursday, Pitt remains open

Polar vortex continues into Thursday, Pitt remains open

By Joanna Li, News Editor

January 31, 2019


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The University cancelled classes on Wednesday, but the petitions continue to circulate as students urge Gallagher to cancel classes on Thursday as well.

Frontier, Impact slates launch SGB campaigns

Frontier, Impact slates launch SGB campaigns

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

January 31, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

Two slates of candidates for next year’s Student Government Board launched social media campaigns on Wednesday, the official start of campaign season.

Pitt addresses new anti-hazing policies

Pitt addresses new anti-hazing policies

By Alexander Hanna, For The Pitt News

January 31, 2019


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Pitt recently adopted a new anti-hazing policy following an update to state law. Members of Greek life met with University administrators Tuesday night to learn about the new policy.

Kappa Kappa Gamma placed on interim suspension

Kappa Kappa Gamma placed on interim suspension

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

January 31, 2019


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Kappa Kappa Gamma, a Pitt sorority, was placed on interim suspension of registration at Pitt, according to the Student Affairs website.

SGB urges Pitt to cancel classes

SGB urges Pitt to cancel classes

By Maureen Hartwell, For The Pitt News

January 30, 2019


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“The coming weather is going to impede staff, faculty, and even administrators from safely coming to campus,” the email to University officials said.

Pittsburgh braces for polar vortex, Pitt cancels Wednesday classes

Pittsburgh braces for polar vortex, Pitt cancels Wednesday classes

By The Pitt News Staff

January 30, 2019


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Despite predicted wind chills as low as minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit Wednesday — and a petition with more than 8,500 signatures demanding Pitt cancel classes — the University of Pittsburgh does not plan to close Wednesday, according to Pitt spokesperson Joe Miksch.

Bard Ermentrout: From rhymes to research

Bard Ermentrout: From rhymes to research

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

January 29, 2019


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Tucked away in a quiet hallway on the fifth floor of Thackeray Hall is the office of distinguished University professor G. Bard Ermentrout. Recent doctoral recipient Jay Pina said he was most impressed by Bard Ermentrout’s ability to simultaneously pursue his many interests outside of academics.

Pitt waives Shapiro fee for College Republicans

Pitt waives Shapiro fee for College Republicans

By Brian Gentry and Emily Wolfe

January 29, 2019


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University spokesman Joe Miksch said the College Republicans were responsible for the fee, as “consistent with University guidelines,” but the University would waive it due to the high cost to the club.

Water pipe breaks in WPU

Water pipe breaks in WPU

By Joanna Li, News Editor

January 27, 2019


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The William Pitt Union is without running water after a water main leak on Sunday.

“Nailed it” host Nicole Byer performs at Pitt

“Nailed it” host Nicole Byer performs at Pitt

By Maggie Young, Staff Writer

January 25, 2019


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On Thursday night, Nicole Byer, host of Netflix show “Nailed It,” performed stand-up in front of a 300 member audience. Byer addressed issues from race to body image, gathering applause from the students alongside her stand-up opener, junior Kathryn Human.

SGB seeks late candidates, Brown, Tanjaya declare presidential run

SGB seeks late candidates, Brown, Tanjaya declare presidential run

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

January 25, 2019


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Due to a low number of sign-ups for the remaining spots on the board, SGB is pushing back the election filing deadline.

ROTC uses grant for virtual reality

ROTC uses grant for virtual reality

By Griffin Lynch, For The Pitt News

January 25, 2019


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The fairly new technology uses small, high-definition screens and lenses embedded in a headset that looks a bit like high-tech scuba goggles to create a 360-degree interactive experience.

Bioinformatics major evolves into “computational biology”

Bioinformatics major evolves into “computational biology”

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Staff Writer

January 25, 2019


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In the culmination of a five-year process, the bioinformatics major will become the computational biology major in the fall of 2019, reflecting the ever-changing technological landscape.

Pitt medical school dean steps down

Pitt medical school dean steps down

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

January 24, 2019


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Dr. Arthur Levine, senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine, announced Wednesday that he will soon step down from those positions, according to a press release.

Stevie Kisty: Serving smiles one resident at a time

Stevie Kisty: Serving smiles one resident at a time

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

January 24, 2019


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Dallas native and first year mechanical engineering student Warren Lester said his transition from a small midwestern private school to a large state university was difficult, but having Stevie Kisty as his RA helped make the process much smoother.

Change coming to Hillman, SGB says

Change coming to Hillman, SGB says

By Maureen Hartwell, For The Pitt News

January 23, 2019


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The third floor of Hillman will be the next one to get a remodel, with renovations beginning in February, board member Albert Tanjaya said.

Pitt faculty file for union election

Pitt faculty file for union election

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

January 18, 2019


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Faculty filed for a union election with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board on Friday, with the aim of forming a union that would cover more than 3,000 faculty across Pitt’s five campuses.

Pitt gets a power-up with hydroelectric energy

Pitt gets a power-up with hydroelectric energy

By Emily Drzymalski, Staff Writer

January 17, 2019


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Pitt has signed a power purchase agreement with Rye Development that implements a three point plan to move the University towards hydroelectric power.

Black student organizations celebrate 50 years of pride, progress

Black student organizations celebrate 50 years of pride, progress

By Neena Hagen, Staff Writer

January 16, 2019


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During the height of the Civil Rights movement, in 1969, 40 members from Pitt’s newly minted Black Action Society shut themselves inside a Cathedral of Learning computer lab for seven hours to protest racial injustices on campus.

Racial slurs found on car roofs in South Oakland

Racial slurs found on car roofs in South Oakland

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

January 16, 2019


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Racial slurs were found written in snow on car hoods in South Oakland Sunday night.

Hadar Galron spins comedy from Orthodox roots

Hadar Galron spins comedy from Orthodox roots

By Maggie Young, Staff Writer

January 15, 2019


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It was when Galron heard a rabbi joking on the radio about the traditions of Orthodox Judaism that she realized she could funnel her upbringing into comedy.

Chancellor Gallagher receives raise, additional incentive

Chancellor Gallagher receives raise, additional incentive

By Anna Bongardino, Contributing Editor

January 14, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Uncategorized

The combination of the 2.25 percent increase in the chancellor’s salary — to a base salary of $550,000 — and the payout from his retention agreement will result in a salary of more than $1,000,000 for Chancellor Gallagher during the 2019 fiscal year.

Pitt appoints counseling center director

Pitt appoints counseling center director

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

January 13, 2019


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19 months after the arrest of Edward Michaels, the University has appointed a new director of the UCC. Kenyon Bonner, Pitt vice provost and dean of students, said Darr, as the director, will play an imperative role in the UCC’s mission to support students’ well-being.

Breaking: Pitt appoints counseling center director

Breaking: Pitt appoints counseling center director

By Brian Gentry and Christian Snyder

January 11, 2019


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Pitt has been without a full-time director of the counseling center since the previous director was arrested in May 2018 on charges of possessing child pornography.

Scott Stern discusses American Plan legacy

Scott Stern discusses American Plan legacy

By Emily Drzymalski, Staff Writer

January 11, 2019


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On Thursday evening, Scott Stern, a Pittsburgh native and author of “The Trials of Nina McCall,” discussed the American Plan in connection with Thomas Parran.

Milk Shake Factory brings storefront to Pitt’s backyard

Milk Shake Factory brings storefront to Pitt’s backyard

By Stefan Bordeianu, For The Pitt News

January 10, 2019


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The new Milk Shake Factory will open on Forbes Avenue in February, according to a vice president at the business. The price range for a milkshake is $5-7.

Report evaluates colleges’ free speech rules

Report evaluates colleges’ free speech rules

By Neena Hagen, Staff Writer

January 10, 2019


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Free speech rights are among the most debated topics on college campuses across the country. But the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, FIRE, put free speech issues into numbers in a report last month.

New class addresses anti-Semitism

New class addresses anti-Semitism

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

January 10, 2019


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A new class called “Anti-Semitism Then and Now: Perspectives after Tree of Life” begins on Jan. 23. The series of lectures is hosted by the Jewish studies department, along with the history department, religious studies department and the European Studies Center.

Government shutdown slows university research

Government shutdown slows university research

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

January 8, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Tech Science, Uncategorized

The U.S. government shut down on Dec. 22, and research production at Pitt and other universities may slow down because of it.

Featured Features: 2018 Editors’ Picks

Featured Features: 2018 Editors’ Picks

January 7, 2019


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Many of The Pitt News’ editors had trouble deciding on a single story published in the past year that they found the most intriguing, so they’ve recommended entire editions and overall coverage instead.

Bio class assigned new professor after petition

Bio class assigned new professor after petition

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

January 7, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

At the end of the fall semesters, students in professor Peebles’ biology 1000 class created a petition claiming that the class was graded unfairly

LGBTQ+ students, allies find home in LLC

LGBTQ+ students, allies find home in LLC

By Neena Hagen, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Located on the 12th floor of Lothrop Hall is the newly developed Gender and Sexualtiy LLC. The community brings together students who are dedicated to supportive environments.

Students use Facebook to create community

Students use Facebook to create community

By Jacq Flash, for The Pitt News

January 7, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

Facebook’s groups feature has become a way to connect people with similar interests or goals.

Body discovered on roof of Lothrop Hall

Body discovered on roof of Lothrop Hall

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

December 15, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, City, Crime, News

A dead body was found on the roof of Lothrop Hall Saturday morning. Pitt Police and Pittsburgh Police officers were at the scene.

Pitt student hit by Port Authority bus near WPU

Pitt student hit by Port Authority bus near WPU

By Jon Moss, Senior Staff Writer

December 10, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

A female Pitt student was struck by a Port Authority bus near the William Pitt Union in Oakland at approximately 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Pitt recognizes inaugural Panthers “Forward” class

Pitt recognizes inaugural Panthers “Forward” class

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

December 10, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

The University of Pittsburgh recognized the inaugural class of Panthers Forward, a program which seeks to relieve student debt, on Friday.

Hillman noise levels prompt complaints

Hillman noise levels prompt complaints

By Adaugoamaji Nwankpa, For The Pitt News

December 9, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

As finals season approaches, more and more students have been dissatisfied with the noise level at Hillman as they migrate there to do last-minute cramming.

Students recall strange Hillman sightings

Students recall strange Hillman sightings

By Julia Zenkevich, For The Pitt News

December 9, 2018


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Hillman Library is a hub for finals week mania, filled with the stress of looming deadlines and Red Bull-fueled all-nighters.

Finals: A How-To Guide

Finals: A How-To Guide

By Jon Moss, Senior Staff Writer

December 9, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

With finals bearing down on Pitt’s campus, some students are worried about how to best prepare for the onslaught of school work. As students prepare to enter finals week, The Pitt News sat down with mental and physical health experts to learn what students can do to help manage stress and succee...

Alliance Defending Freedom demands Pitt rescind security fee for Shapiro event

Alliance Defending Freedom demands Pitt rescind security fee for Shapiro event

By Brian Gentry and Emily Wolfe

December 9, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Young America’s Foundation is moving forward with its complaint against the University of Pittsburgh for an allegedly unlawful security fee imposed ahead of the campus visit of conservative commentator Ben Shapiro in November.

Biology students petition against professor

Biology students petition against professor

By Jon Moss, Staff Writer

December 7, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

As finals week approaches, over 30 students have signed a petition against Craig Peebles, a biology professor at Pitt. The petition cites that the two past exams in the class have been graded unfairly, and the students are asking that the course be further examined.

Milk Shake Factory brings legen-dairy desserts to Oakland

Milk Shake Factory brings legen-dairy desserts to Oakland

By Emily Wolfe, Senior Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under Campus, Food & Drink, News, Top Stories

The Milk Shake Factory plans to bring its menu of gourmet shakes and chocolates to Oakland in early 2019, according to a Facebook post on the company’s page.

SGB pushes stricter laws on firearm sales

SGB pushes stricter laws on firearm sales

By Emily Wolfe, Senior Staff Writer

December 5, 2018


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

After more than a month of trying to help Pittsburgh heal from the Tree of Life shooting, SGB has set its sights on making change in Washington.

LNAP offers pre-finals stress relief for students

LNAP offers pre-finals stress relief for students

By Emily Wolfe, Senior Staff Writer

December 4, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Health, News

On Monday night at Hillman, some settled in for a long winter’s LNAP — the “Long Night Against Procrastination.”

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