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According to a petition, the houses at 3401-3421 Bates St. and 392 Coltart Ave. near Boulevard of the Allies are a “public nuisance” due to their dilapidated and uninhabited state.

Board committee approves Hillman renovations, new chilled water plant and off-campus property acquisitions

By Natalie Frank, News Editor June 17, 2021
The properties and facilities committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees held a public meeting Thursday morning to approve several projects involving campus buildings. Pitt will also acquire a series of properties around Bates Street, Boulevard of the Allies and Zulema Street.
Pitt provides COVID-19 vaccine incentives, no plans for vaccine requirement

Pitt provides COVID-19 vaccine incentives, no plans for vaccine requirement

By Natalie Frank, News Editor June 17, 2021
Pitt students, faculty and staff who are vaccinated against COVID-19 are now eligible to receive prizes, including up to $2,500 in cash. The University added that there are no plans to require COVID-19 vaccinations to be on campus this fall.
Proposed legislation by Pennsylvania House Democrats addresses unions and taxpayer dollars.

Pa. House Democrats introduce pro-union bill, unlikely to impact Pitt

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer June 16, 2021
Pa. House Democrats introduced a bill that would prohibit public employers like Pitt from spending taxpayer money on union avoidance. But while Pitt has spent $2M on a “union avoidance” law firm, a Pitt spokesperson said none of that money came from taxpayers.
Tuesday’s Black Emancipation: A History of Celebration panel focused on the importance of celebrating Juneteenth and the history of Black emancipation, featuring panelists Sam Black, Laurence Glasco and Charlene Foggie-Barnett.

Panel discusses the history of Black emancipation in celebration of Juneteenth

By Betul Tuncer, Staff Writer June 16, 2021
The panel “Black Emancipation: A History of Celebration” on Tuesday afternoon focused on Black emancipation throughout history and the ways in which Americans have taken to celebrate and commemorate such history through Juneteenth.
The committee approved a flat distribution rate from the University’s endowment this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Endowment distribution to remain the same for 2022 fiscal year

By Natalie Frank, News Editor June 15, 2021
The Investment Committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees voted at a public meeting Thursday morning to keep the spending policy and distribution from the University’s endowment funds the same in the 2022 fiscal year.
While the CDC said fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear face coverings in most indoor settings, some people are nervous about removing their masks.

‘People are generally happier’: Oakland adjusts to new CDC guidelines

By Colm Slevin, Staff Writer June 9, 2021
While CDC guidelines say those fully vaccinated no longer need to wear face coverings in most settings, some people say they’re unsure about not wearing masks since not everyone has gotten vaccinated yet and some may not be truthful about their vaccination status.
Pitt began its search for a new dean of students in February and started interviewing finalists for the position on Monday.

Interviews begin for new dean of students

By Natalie Frank, News Editor June 9, 2021
Pitt began interviewing finalists for the dean of students position on Monday, officials said. University spokesperson Kevin Zwick said finalist interviews will be held over the course of the next week.
Pitt eases mask, physical distancing requirements

Pitt eases mask, physical distancing requirements

By Natalie Frank, News Editor June 4, 2021
Vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear face coverings when on campus outdoors, according to a Pitt email announcement sent on Friday afternoon.
Mayor Bill Peduto spoke at a Thursday afternoon event in Schenley Plaza about gun control legislation pending in the state General Assembly.

Elected officials, community leaders push for gun control at Oakland event

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief June 3, 2021
Elected officials and community leaders joined together Thursday afternoon at Oakland’s Schenley Plaza to call on the Republican-led General Assembly to pass gun control legislation.
Eddie Glaude Jr. was the keynote speaker at a Wednesday event held by Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems in partnership with the African American Strategic Partnership.

‘Tell the truth’: Eddie Glaude speaks on racism at CRSP event

By Millicent Watt, Senior Staff Writer June 2, 2021
Eddie Glaude Jr., professor and chair of Princeton University’s African American studies department, was the keynote speaker at a Wednesday event held by Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems in partnership with the African American Strategic Partnership.
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