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Police Blotter Oct. 15 – Oct. 21

Police Blotter Oct. 15 - Oct. 21

By News Editors

12:54 am

Liquor law violations, drug violations and more in this week’s police blotter.

Swanson receives commitment for a donation that could exceed $10 million to help underrepresented students

Pitt’s Benedum Hall houses the Swanson School of Engineering.

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor

October 21, 2020

The Swanson School of Engineering received received a commitment for a donation that could exceed $10 million on Wednesday from an anonymous Pitt engineering alumnus and his wife to financially support underrepresented undergraduate students in the Pitt EXCEL program.

‘If I just walked out and left, no one would know’: Students detail lax rules, miscommunication in Pitt’s quarantine housing

Pitt has not disclosed the specific location of student quarantine and isolation housing.

By Rebecca Johnson and Rashi Ranjan

October 21, 2020

In Pitt’s quarantine housing, students described lax rules and little oversight, allowing them to skirt the University’s physical distancing rules. One student said they went on walks outside, and others in the housing had visitors, even whole families.

Pitt dining worker union alleges ‘direct violation’ of contract by dining contractor, raises safety concerns

About 400 to 500 dining workers were laid off in the spring under then dining contractor Sodexo when Pitt adjusted its dining services.

By Thea Barrett, Staff Writer

October 21, 2020

By cutting hours for Pitt dining workers, their union argues contractor Compass Group is committing a “direct violation” of its contract. The company said it has “temporarily adjusted hours slightly in order to maintain the working status of all associates.”

Pitt honors alumni through prestigious awards

Pitt honors alumni through prestigious awards

By Millicent Watt, For The Pitt News

October 21, 2020

One of the major events of homecoming is honoring Pitt alumni and recognizing their dedication to the University and the Pitt community. This is done through five different honors — the Roc Spirit Award, the Ivan and Mary Novick Award for Young Alumni Leadership, the Bill Baierl Distinguished Alumni Service Award, the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award and being named a Distinguished Alumni Fellow.

‘Stay at Home-coming’: Panthers find new way to show Pitt spirit

Pitt is encouraging students to celebrate homecoming at home and has cancelled traditional homecoming activities like Paint the Town, pictured here last year.

By Elizabeth Primrose, For The Pitt News

October 21, 2020

Homecoming looks different this year, since students and alumni cannot celebrate in person due to COVID-19 restrictions. Despite this, programming has not diminished, but only changed forms. With the lack of in-person events, both students and alumni must celebrate in other ways, such as showing their Pitt spirit by decorating their residence hall or home, participating in virtual events and utilizing social media.

Pitt adds 10 COVID-19 cases since Thursday

Pitt adds 10 COVID-19 cases since Thursday

By Ashton Crawley, Assistant News Editor

October 20, 2020

Pitt added 10 new COVID-19 cases, composed of nine students and one employee, between Friday and Monday.

Pitt student dies Monday in Oakland

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief

October 20, 2020

Pitt student Silas Skiff died unexpectedly Monday afternoon in an Atwood Street residence, according to the County medical examiner’s office.

Large crowd, few masks at Schenley Park worship service

California-based Christian musician Sean Feucht hosted a worship service with about 200 people in Schenley Park this afternoon, where few attendees were wearing masks or social distancing.

By Rebecca Johnson and Jon Moss

October 19, 2020

California-based Christian musician Sean Feucht hosted a worship service Sunday evening at Schenley Park’s Flagstaff Hill that drew about 200 people. Few attendees of the “Let Us Worship” outdoor concert wore masks or were socially distanced.

A Pitt student’s guide to voting

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall is one of the largest polling locations in Allegheny County.

By Nathan Fitchett, Staff Writer

October 19, 2020

Voters in Pennsylvania have the potential to decide the outcome of one of the most important swing states in the country. With deadlines quickly approaching, it’s helpful to know exactly how to make your vote count.

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