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New food stand adds Asian twist on crepes to Oakland

New food stand adds Asian twist on crepes to Oakland

By Emily Wen, For The Pitt News

July 16, 2019

When someone mentions crepes, they often think of the soft and sweet French crepe, filled with cream and strawberries, topped off with powdered sugar.

Student, Pitt leaders to meet to strengthen student code of conduct

Student, Pitt leaders to meet to strengthen student code of conduct

By Janine Faust and Jon Moss

July 12, 2019

Student leaders and top Pitt officials will meet in the fall to discuss ways to strengthen the Student Code of Conduct, while staying consistent with the First Amendment, both parties confirmed.

Board committee approves budget, tuition hikes

Board committee approves budget, tuition hikes

By Jon Moss, News Editor

July 10, 2019

At a public meeting in Posvar Hall Wednesday afternoon, the executive committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees approved a $2.4 billion operating budget for fiscal year 2020.

Board committees update mission statements

Board committees update mission statements

By Martha Layne and Emily Wolfe

July 9, 2019

Several committees of Pitt’s Board of Trustees updated their mission statements at meetings in late June.

Walk for Love celebrates late Pitt student

Walk for Love celebrates late Pitt student

By George Smith, For The Pitt News

July 9, 2019

It was a sweltering Sunday morning in Oakdale as friends, family and community members gathered to commemorate the life and legacy of the late Pitt student Alina Sheykhet.

New state law breaks down barriers to reporting sexual harassment

New state law breaks down barriers to reporting sexual harassment

By Jon Moss, News Editor

July 9, 2019

A new Pennsylvania law requires universities to make reporting incidents of sexual harassment or violence incidents easier for victims and witnesses.

Provost, dean of students respond to letter calling for student expulsion

Provost, dean of students respond to letter calling for student expulsion

By Janine Faust and Jon Moss

July 6, 2019

Pitt Provost Ann Cudd and Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner responded Saturday evening to a Friday letter from student leaders calling for the expulsion of Ethan Kozak, a rising junior political science major.

Student organizations call for expulsion of Pitt student who sent violent, racist threats

Student organizations call for expulsion of Pitt student who sent violent, racist threats

By Janine Faust and Jon Moss

July 5, 2019

Leaders of several Pitt student organizations sent a letter to Pitt administrators Friday morning calling for the expulsion of Ethan Kozak, a rising junior political science major, according to a tweet sent Friday afternoon.

Pitt police issue crime alert after burglary, attempted sexual assault

Pitt police issue crime alert after burglary, attempted sexual assault

By Jon Moss, News Editor

July 5, 2019

Pitt police issued a crime alert Friday morning detailing a reported burglary and attempted sexual assault.

Skyvue residents return after month-long displacement

Skyvue residents return after month-long displacement

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

July 3, 2019

Following an electrical fire at Oakland’s Skyvue Apartments on June 2, some tenants are claiming they were unable to move back into the building until June 28. They also said they have not received an explanation from management as to why their units were left without power for nearly four weeks, and are unsure if they will be reimbursed for rent during the period they were displaced. 

Pitt professors offer advice to first-year students

Pitt professors offer advice to first-year students

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

July 2, 2019

As incoming first-years prepare to descend on Oakland, there is not much to worry about before the first day of classes arrives besides settling into dorms, making new friends and learning the bus system.

Pitt student said he sent racist and threatening messages

Pitt student said he sent racist and threatening messages

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

July 1, 2019

A Pitt student whose name appeared in a series of Snapchat messages posted to Twitter on Wednesday said he sent messages containing violent and racist threats to a Pittsburgh native.

Across the board: Meet this year’s student government

Across the board: Meet this year’s student government

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

July 1, 2019

As a first-year student arriving at Pitt, it can be tricky figuring out exactly what SGB does, or even what it stands for. The answer to the latter is pretty easy: SGB is Pitt’s Student Government Board, the official undergraduate student government organization.

Oakland news roundup

Oakland news roundup

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

July 1, 2019

As an urban campus bustling with nearly 30,000 students and more than 5,000 faculty, there’s always news breaking at Pitt.

New orientation programs begin where PittStart stopped

New orientation programs begin where PittStart stopped

By Vaibhav Gupta, Staff Writer

June 30, 2019

PittStart — Pitt’s signature two-day orientation program — has come to a stop this summer after 19 years of introducing first-years to life in Oakland.

Police respond to attempted burglary on Oakland Avenue

Police respond to attempted burglary on Oakland Avenue

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

June 30, 2019

Pitt police alerted students Sunday to an attempted off-campus burglary that occurred in the early hours of the morning.

Transcript: TPN’s interview with Provost Cudd

Transcript: TPN’s interview with Provost Cudd

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 29, 2019

On June 11, The Pitt News sat down with Provost Ann Cudd for about 40 minutes to discuss her first year at Pitt, as well as her goals for the next year and beyond. This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.

Gallagher: Endowment report to be released soon

Gallagher: Endowment report to be released soon

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 28, 2019

In an interview after Friday’s board of trustees meeting, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said he received a report from Pitt’s Socially Responsible Investment Committee and will release it before students return for the fall semester.

Cudd’s freshman year: affordability, unionization and plans for the future

Cudd’s freshman year: affordability, unionization and plans for the future

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 28, 2019

After one year of leading Pitt’s academic programs, Provost Ann Cudd has her sights set on Pitt’s future.

Context: June Board of Trustees meeting

Context: June Board of Trustees meeting

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 25, 2019

Pitt’s Board of Trustees will hold its second meeting of 2019 Friday, providing an update on University affairs to the community.

House passes Pitt funding bill by 167-34 vote

House passes Pitt funding bill by 167-34 vote

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 25, 2019

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed Pitt’s annual funding bill by a vote of 167 to 34 late Tuesday evening.

New Pitt spending policy increases support for financial aid

New Pitt spending policy increases support for financial aid

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

June 25, 2019

At a public meeting in Posvar Hall Monday morning, Pitt’s Investment Committee approved a new spending policy that increases the amount of University funding directly supporting financial aid.

Pitt to get 2% state funding increase; House Republicans file amendment to avert fetal tissue research

Pitt to get 2% state funding increase; House Republicans file amendment to avert fetal tissue research

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 24, 2019

As budget week bears down on Harrisburg, state House Republicans are considering cutting funding to Pitt if the University engages in fetal tissue research, according to the Pennsylvania Capital-Star.

City to start neighborhood planning process in Oakland

City to start neighborhood planning process in Oakland

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 24, 2019

Oakland might look a bit different in a few years, but it will all be according to the plan.

Former Pitt professor wins appeal in federal ethnic discrimination lawsuit

Former Pitt professor wins appeal in federal ethnic discrimination lawsuit

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

June 19, 2019

A federal appeals court judge ruled on June 11 in favor of a former Pitt professor who filed an ethnic discrimination lawsuit against the University after being fired over allegedly directing death threats at a colleague several years ago.

‘Walk for Love’ to commemorate life, legacy of murdered Pitt student

‘Walk for Love’ to commemorate life, legacy of murdered Pitt student

By George Smith, For The Pitt News

June 19, 2019

In the aftermath of former Pitt student Alina Sheykhet’s death in the fall of 2017, family, friends and peers have come together to honor and continue her legacy.

PLRB orders hearing on faculty union complaint

PLRB orders hearing on faculty union complaint

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

June 18, 2019

Faculty union organizers faced a major setback when the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board ruled in April they failed to collect enough signed authorization cards to prompt a union election.

Philippine Nationality Room opens doors to public

Philippine Nationality Room opens doors to public

By Martha Layne, For The Pitt News

June 12, 2019

Upbeat instrumental music filtered through the Cathedral of Learning Sunday as ceremonial dancers twirled and spun in traditional outfits, celebrating the opening of the new Philippine Nationality Room.

2 additional students awarded Fulbrights, now totaling 13

2 additional students awarded Fulbrights, now totaling 13

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 11, 2019

Two additional Pitt students were awarded Fulbright scholarships in late May, bringing this year’s total of students who received the prestigious award to 13.

Donald Burke to step down as public health dean

Donald Burke to step down as public health dean

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 6, 2019

Donald Burke, dean of the Graduate School of Public Health and associate vice chancellor for global health, will step down from his position on July 1, according to UPMC spokesperson Allison Hydzik.

Pitt Men’s Study reflects on past, future of HIV fight

Pitt Men’s Study reflects on past, future of HIV fight

By George Smith, For The Pitt News

June 5, 2019

When an outbreak of sexually-transmitted human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, hit the United States in the early 1980s, not much was known about the virus or how it spread. But scientists, researchers and volunteers at Pitt have been working for almost four decades to try and change that.

Pitt seeks community input in search for med school dean

Pitt seeks community input in search for med school dean

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

June 4, 2019

When Arthur Levine announced in January that he would step down from his role as senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine, he said he would remain in the position until a replacement was found.

Pitt releases list of 25 highest-paid non-officer employees

Pitt releases list of 25 highest-paid non-officer employees

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 4, 2019

Pitt released a list of its 25 highest-paid non-officer employees for fiscal year 2018, with Patrick Narduzzi, the men’s football coach, topping out at more than $3 million.

Audrey Murrell named acting dean of Honors College

Audrey Murrell named acting dean of Honors College

By Jon Moss, News Editor

May 31, 2019

Audrey Murrell has been named acting dean of the University Honors College, or UHC, effective June 17, according to an email sent to College of Business Administration students.

Police: Woman who used bear spray at Pitt also hit two buses

Police: Woman who used bear spray at Pitt also hit two buses

By Jon Moss, News Editor

May 30, 2019

A 28-year old woman who allegedly used bear spray in a Pitt building on May 20 also struck two Port Authority buses on two different days, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Pitt supercomputer flies high in space

Pitt supercomputer flies high in space

By Neena Hagen and Maggie Young

May 28, 2019

On Star Wars Day, May 4, in a galaxy not so far away, Pitt launched its newest supercomputer into the cosmos — marking the first time that the Pitt script logo, engraved in gold on the top of the machine, could be seen in space.

Mario’s opens doors in Oakland

Mario’s opens doors in Oakland

By Sarah Connor, Contributing Editor

May 28, 2019

Inside Mario’s Oakland Saloon Thursday night, pop hits blasted over speakers as the bar filled to the brim with students and locals celebrating its grand opening.

Cathedral Cafe passes health department reinspection

Cathedral Cafe passes health department reinspection

By Jon Moss, News Editor

May 24, 2019

The Cathedral Cafe passed a Friday reinspection by the Allegheny County Health Department after being cited for eight health code violations last Monday.

Woman arrested after allegedly spraying bear spray at Pitt employees

Woman arrested after allegedly spraying bear spray at Pitt employees

By Jon Moss, News Editor

May 22, 2019

A 28-year-old woman was arrested Monday after allegedly spraying bear spray at several Pitt employees in the Eureka Building on Forbes Avenue.

Student affairs committee approves activity, wellness fee increases

Student affairs committee approves activity, wellness fee increases

By Vaibhav Gupta, Staff Writer

May 22, 2019

After deliberating for about five minutes in a Posvar Hall conference room, the Student Affairs Committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday to increase mandatory student fees for activities and wellness.

PLRB hears grad student union election objection in downtown hearing

PLRB hears grad student union election objection in downtown hearing

By Vaibhav Gupta, Staff Writer

May 15, 2019

Nestled in a small office in downtown’s Piatt Place building, a group of lawyers debated the future of Pitt graduate student unionization Tuesday and Wednesday.

Cathedral Cafe cited for 8 health code violations

Cathedral Cafe cited for 8 health code violations

By Jon Moss, News Editor

May 14, 2019

The Cathedral Cafe was cited by the Allegheny County Health Department for eight health code violations Monday. The facility, located in the basement of the Cathedral of Learning, received one high-risk, two medium-risk and five low-risk violations.

Pitt paid almost $240K to “union avoidance” law firm in recent years

Pitt paid almost $240K to “union avoidance” law firm in recent years

By Jon Moss, News Editor

May 14, 2019

A “union avoidance” law firm received a large windfall of legal fees from Pitt, according to previously unreported University financial disclosure reports.

Grad students vote against unionization, organizers reissue call for new election

Grad students vote against unionization, organizers reissue call for new election

By Jon Moss and Neena Hagen

May 3, 2019

The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board officially declared Friday morning that the majority of graduate students at Pitt voted against unionization in the April 15-18 election.

Grad union organizers call for new election, accuse Pitt of “unfair labor practices”

Grad union organizers call for new election, accuse Pitt of “unfair labor practices”

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

May 2, 2019

Less than a week ago, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board declared the grad student unionization vote inconclusive. Now, organizers are calling on the board to set aside those election results and schedule a new election.

Grad student unionization vote declared inconclusive

Grad student unionization vote declared inconclusive

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

April 26, 2019

The Pitt Graduate Student Organizing Committee’s three-year unionization campaign led to a final vote last week meant to determine whether or not the university's graduate student population wanted a union. But after the ballot count was revealed today, they’ll have to wait a little while longer. ...

Faculty union organizers appeal PLRB decision

Faculty union organizers appeal PLRB decision

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

April 25, 2019

A years-long effort to unionize more than 3,500 Pitt faculty appeared to have failed last Wednesday when the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, or PLRB, ruled that organizers failed to collect enough signed authorization cards from eligible faculty to prompt a union election.

Pitt announces annual Fulbright winners

Pitt announces annual Fulbright winners

By Maggie Young, Senior Staff Writer

April 21, 2019

Eleven students won Fulbright Scholarships for the 2019-20 session. The Fulbright annually awards 1,900 scholarships to recent college graduates from the United States to spend time in a foreign country where they can teach English, conduct research or earn a master’s degree.

After years-long campaign, grad students await outcome of union vote

After years-long campaign, grad students await outcome of union vote

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

April 18, 2019

Organizers wearing pro-union T-shirts high-fived and cheered for the last few dozen graduate students as they trickled into the second-floor ballroom of the O’Hara Student Center Thursday afternoon to cast their votes in the union election. They were celebrating the culmination of a years-long campaign t...

Mark Henderson named new CIO and vice chancellor

Mark Henderson named new CIO and vice chancellor

By Joanna Li, News Editor

April 18, 2019

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher named Mark Henderson as Pitt’s new chief information officer and vice chancellor on Thursday.

Planning underway for new recreation center

Planning underway for new recreation center

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

April 18, 2019

Planning efforts are now underway for a new multistory recreation center to be built on middle campus, something campus administrators say students have long asked for.

No hearing for Pitt faculty union, organizers plan appeal

No hearing for Pitt faculty union, organizers plan appeal

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

April 18, 2019

The state labor relations board ruled Thursday that faculty organizers fell short in their efforts to collect signed authorization cards from faculty. Organizers plan to appeal the decision.

A Starr is born: John Starr, beatboxer and Beinecke winner

A Starr is born: John Starr, beatboxer and Beinecke winner

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

April 18, 2019

While preparing backstage for a high-level a cappella competition March 30, John Starr got an email that changed his life — out of 90 candidates from across the United States, he was one of 18 students who received the prestigious Beinecke scholarship.

Honors College dean to leave for position at University of Arkansas

Honors College dean to leave for position at University of Arkansas

By Emily Wolfe and Brian Gentry

April 17, 2019

Dr. Brian Primack will step down from his position as dean of Pitt’s Honors College this summer, and will be the dean of the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas beginning July 1.

Market Central passes health department reinspection

Market Central passes health department reinspection

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

April 16, 2019

Market Central passed a Tuesday reinspection by the Allegheny County Health Department after being cited for nine health code violations last Monday.

Q&A: Jay Darr on the future of Pitt’s Counseling Center

Q&A: Jay Darr on the future of Pitt’s Counseling Center

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

April 16, 2019

Since he began the job in mid-February, Pitt’s newest Counseling Center Director Jay Darr said he’s spent his time talking with his staff and going on a “listening tour” around campus to hear what students are saying about the center.

Commencement ceremony speakers announced

Commencement ceremony speakers announced

By Joanna Li, News Editor

April 15, 2019

Pitt announced on Monday the commencement speakers for the graduate and undergraduate ceremonies.

Grad students to vote on unionization this week

Grad students to vote on unionization this week

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

April 15, 2019

After several years of campaigning, rallying and dealing with University opposition, Pitt’s graduate students will vote on whether or not to form a union this week.

Student struck by lamp post

Student struck by lamp post

By Joanna Li, News Editor

April 12, 2019

A lamp post outside of the Chevron Science Center fell to the ground Friday, striking a Pitt student.

Pitt police identifies men involved in Tuesday incident as students from Denison University on ‘scavenger hunt’ who had to ‘scare someone’

Pitt police identifies men involved in Tuesday incident as students from Denison University on ‘scavenger hunt’ who had to ‘scare someone’

By Christian Snyder, Editor in Chief

April 12, 2019

Breaking: Police identify four individuals involved in Tuesday incident near Hillman Library

Pitt law professor mounts primary challenge against Rep. Doyle

Pitt law professor mounts primary challenge against Rep. Doyle

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

April 11, 2019

A Pitt law professor is preparing to mount a primary challenge against Rep. Michael Doyle, D-Pa., Pittsburgh’s representative in the U.S. House.

Multiple reports of suspicious activity seemingly targeting women in Oakland

Multiple reports of suspicious activity seemingly targeting women in Oakland

By The Pitt News Staff

April 11, 2019

Update 12:36 p.m.: Pitt confirmed there has been no missing persons report filed with Pitt Police, and that it does not believe the incidents are related.

A guide to Pittsburgh’s new breweries, bars and distilleries

A guide to Pittsburgh’s new breweries, bars and distilleries

By Joanna Li, News Editor

April 10, 2019

The Cullen-Harrison Act, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, officially took effect on April 7, 1933. Now known as National Beer Day, the act legalized the sale of beer with an alcohol content of 3.2%. Eventually, this led to the ratification of the 21st Amendment, which repealed the 18th Amendment — the prohibition of alcohol.“I think this would be a good time for a beer,” Roosevelt said after signing The Cullen-Harrison Act.For those who are in agreement with the 32nd president, here’s a list of not-yet opened and recently debuted breweries, bars and distilleries in Pittsburgh to look out for:

Candlelight vigil held in support of sexual assault survivors

April 10, 2019

As part of national sexual assault awareness month, Pitt’s Title IX office, SHARE and Agents of Cultural Change hosted a candlelight vigil in support of victims of sexual assault. The event included several speakers and an acapella performance. Attendees as well as the University community at large were encouraged to wear teal and ribbons were provided at the event. The teal ribbon is the symbol for sexual violence prevention and teal is the official color of SAAM.

Elizabeth Warren “100% behind” Pitt grad student union

Elizabeth Warren “100% behind” Pitt grad student union

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

April 9, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., encouraged the union hopefuls in a short video posted to social media Tuesday.

Campus organizations host first Pride month

Campus organizations host first Pride month

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

April 9, 2019

Pitt’s campus is home to many LGBTQ+ organizations — Rainbow Alliance, oSTEM and the Gender and Sexuality LLC, to name a few. But until this year, none of those organizations came together for a large-scale project celebrating Pitt’s LGBTQ+ community as a whole.

Market Central cited for 9 health code violations

Market Central cited for 9 health code violations

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

April 8, 2019

Market Central was cited by the Allegheny County Health Department for nine health code violations Monday.

Sanders will hold Sunday rally in Schenley Plaza

Sanders will hold Sunday rally in Schenley Plaza

By Brian Gentry and Emily Wolfe

April 8, 2019

The already-crowded race for the 2020 Democratic primary is about to get its first Pitt stop with a visit from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who will hold a rally this Sunday in Oakland.

T-Pain headlines Bigelow Bash alongside local artists

T-Pain headlines Bigelow Bash alongside local artists

By Lauren Rude, For The Pitt News

April 8, 2019

Two-time Grammy award winner T-Pain began his performance with some of his more well-known songs, including “Booty Wurk,” “Buy U a Drank” and “Up Down.” Following these songs, T-Pain interrupted his set-list to address the audience. “What’s up with you assholes?” T-Pain said. “Welcome to the show.”

Faculty braces for Pitt’s union “stalling tactics”

Faculty braces for Pitt’s union “stalling tactics”

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

April 4, 2019

With at least six months until Pitt organizers’ third attempt at a faculty union, Pitt administration and faculty are deep in a debate over the merits of unionization. Faculty say they’re gearing up for a battle.

TEDxPitt 2019: On burnout and drive (part 2)

TEDxPitt 2019: On burnout and drive (part 2)

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

April 2, 2019

After a pizza lunch and musical performance from a cappella group C-Flat Run, attendees of the TEDxPitt event gathered again to listen to four more speakers discuss their internal ignition.

Kumanchik keeps spot on primary ballot after court challenge

Kumanchik keeps spot on primary ballot after court challenge

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

April 2, 2019

Pitt student Chris Kumanchik, who is running for the 3rd District seat on Pittsburgh City Council, has been cleared from challenges on the validity of his petition for candidacy and will appear on the Democratic primary ballot.

TEDxPitt 2019: On serendipity and sustainability (Part 1)

TEDxPitt 2019: On serendipity and sustainability (Part 1)

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

April 1, 2019

Speakers at Sunday's TEDx touched on the "ignition" — the theme of this year's event — that kept them motivated throughout their lives.

Changes to come to Bigelow Boulevard

Changes to come to Bigelow Boulevard

By Joanna Li, News Editor

April 1, 2019

After Pittsburgh received a $500,000 grant in late March from Pennsylvania’s Multimodal Transportation fund, Bigelow Boulevard between Forbes and Fifth avenues could see safety improvements starting in the fall.

Pitt’s first big spring Pride is just around the corner

Pitt’s first big spring Pride is just around the corner

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 29, 2019

“The LGBTQIA+ community on campus is enormous,” Tabitha Barnes said. “We wanted to make sure that Pride was something everyone could take part in...kind of using the resources that we have to make that happen.”

BAS “Justice for Antwon” die-in

March 28, 2019

To remember the death of Antwon Rose II, Pitt’s Black Action Society organized a die-in protest on the front steps of the William Pitt Union on Wednesday. About 120 people, mostly Pitt students, joined in sitting or standing near by. The group remained there, silent, for 40 minutes — 10 minutes for every day of the trial of former University and East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld, who shot Rose in June 2018. This event marks the sixth day of “Justice for Antwon” protests since the jury acquitted Rosfeld of all charges.

120 join “Justice for Antwon” die-in on WPU steps

120 join “Justice for Antwon” die-in on WPU steps

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 28, 2019

Unlike other protests that have taken place throughout the City over the past week, this one — a die-in in honor of Antwon Rose, organized by Pitt’s Black Action Society — was completely silent.

University Senate discusses free speech at annual plenary

University Senate discusses free speech at annual plenary

By Maureen Hartwell, Staff Writer

March 27, 2019

In a week filled with protests and demonstrations in the wake of Michael Rosfeld’s acquittal, the University Senate convened to hold its annual plenary session focused on “Free Speech in the Modern University.”

Black Action Society plans Wednesday die-in for Antwon Rose

Black Action Society plans Wednesday die-in for Antwon Rose

By Emily Wolfe and Brian Gentry

March 27, 2019

“[The goal is] just to show solidarity between all students on campus and faculty and staff, but specifically black students and just to show support for Antwon Rose’s family,” Edenis Augustin, the Black Action Society president, said.

Pitt students visit State Capitol

Pitt students visit State Capitol

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

March 27, 2019

Dozens of Pitt students boarded buses at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday to attend Pitt’s annual Day in Harrisburg.

For real: Crosswalk to come

For real: Crosswalk to come

By Joanna Li, News Editor

March 26, 2019

The crosswalk created on Forbes Ave. outside of David Lawrence Hall is expected to be fully operational by the end of the week, according to Pitt Police. In the past few days, the traffic lights have been set to “flash” as a means of allowing drivers to adapt to the new crosswalk.

Grad students will decide union question starting April 15

Grad students will decide union question starting April 15

By Joanna Li, News Editor

March 25, 2019

PLRB announced on Thursday the dates and times of polling locations on campus. The election is intended to allow more than 2,000 graduate students to vote to join a union. In order to form a union, a simple majority of the grad student population, or more than 50 percent, needs to vote yes.

Justice for Antwon Protest in Oakland

March 24, 2019

Following the announcement on March 22 of a not guilty verdict in the trial of former Pitt police officer Micheal Rosfeld, protestors took to the streets of the Oakland campus showing their disagreement with the jury’s decision. The march began in Schenley Plaza at about 5pm and shut down numerous intersections as it paraded along Bigelow Boulevard and Atwood Street, as well as Fifth and Forbes Avenues. Beginning with a group of almost 50 people, the protest grew in number as it went.

Oakland protests white officer’s acquittal

Oakland protests white officer’s acquittal

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 23, 2019

Organizers of Saturday’s protests had three demands: The dismissal of the district attorney, the dismissal of a much-criticized police union president and the creation of a police review board.

Jury finds Rosfeld not guilty in Rose shooting case

Jury finds Rosfeld not guilty in Rose shooting case

By Brian Gentry and Emily Wolfe

March 22, 2019

Michael Rosfeld, a white former Pitt Police officer, was found not guilty of the June 19, 2018 shooting of black 17-year-old Antwon Rose Friday evening.

Take Back the Night – Marching for Equality

March 22, 2019

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

March 22, 2019

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

March 22, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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