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Cathedral Cafe passes health department reinspection

Cathedral Cafe passes health department reinspection

By Jon Moss, News Editor

May 24, 2019


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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


Filed under Campus, News

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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


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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


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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


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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


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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


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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


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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


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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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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


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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


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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


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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


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

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


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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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Health, News

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


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Crime, News

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


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Crime, News

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


Filed under Campus, News

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


Filed under Campus, News, Video

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


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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


Filed under Campus, News

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


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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


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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


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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


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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


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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


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

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


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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


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“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


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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


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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


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

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


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“[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


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

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


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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


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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


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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


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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


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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


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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

March 22, 2019


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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

March 22, 2019


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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


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Campus, News

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


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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


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

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


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

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


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Campus, News

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


Filed under Campus, News

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

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...

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