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For Chaz Kellem, it all comes back to service

For Chaz Kellem, it all comes back to service

By Jessica Steinberg, For The Pitt News

September 19, 2019

While community service might just be a resume booster for some students, Chaz Kellem, director of PittServes, believes service should be more substantial.

Labor official: Pitt website, department chair email involved in unfair practices

Labor official: Pitt website, department chair email involved in unfair practices

By Emily Wolfe, News Editor

September 19, 2019

Unless the board files an exception to Helmerich’s ruling — it has 20 days to do so, in accordance with PLRB regulations — graduate students will soon vote again on the union question.

New BRT plan picks up Soldiers and Sailors stop

New BRT plan picks up Soldiers and Sailors stop

By Emily Wolfe, News Editor

September 19, 2019

Pittsburgh’s newest proposal for its planned Bus Rapid Transit system features a bus station outside of Soldiers and Sailors Hall.

Pitt gets $10 million from NSF to address equity in STEM

Pitt gets $10 million from NSF to address equity in STEM

By Emily Wolfe, News Editor

September 19, 2019

The National Science Foundation has awarded Pitt a $10 million grant to develop programming that will boost STEM enrollment for underrepresented students.

Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar packs Stack’d

Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar packs Stack’d

By Rachel Romac, For The Pitt News

September 19, 2019

Sen. Amy Klobuchar entered Stack’d Burgers and Beer with a strong smile and wave, to chants of “Amy! Amy! Amy!” from the bar area and the sidewalk next to the restaurant.

Bike to Campus Day puts wheels in motion

Bike to Campus Day puts wheels in motion

By Natalie Frank, For The Pitt News

September 18, 2019

A number of local vendors and organizations set up shop at the Posvar Pass-Through Wednesday morning for Bike to Campus Day.

Senate Council talks international outreach, financial aid programs

Senate Council talks international outreach, financial aid programs

By Rebecca Johnson, For The Pitt News

September 18, 2019

Officials discussed the charged political climate affecting the University’s international outreach and tuition increases, among other topics.

PLRB rules Pitt committed unfair labor practices, orders new grad union election

PLRB rules Pitt committed unfair labor practices, orders new grad union election

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

September 18, 2019

Hearing Examiner Stephen Helmerich said in his hearing that Pitt committed “coercive acts” leading up to the vote in April about whether or not graduate students should join the Academic Workers Association of the United Steelworkers, where the outcome was 675 for a union and 712 against.

SGB provides initiative updates at allocations-heavy meeting

SGB provides initiative updates at allocations-heavy meeting

By Emily Drzymalski, Staff Writer

September 18, 2019

Student Government Board President Zechariah Brown said at Tuesday’s SGB meeting that the board’s student task force on independent student organization names has yet to meet following its formation last week.

Georgetown law professor talks Constitution at annual lecture

Georgetown law professor talks Constitution at annual lecture

By Madison Brewer, For The Pitt News

September 18, 2019

Each year since the passage of a 2004 federal amendment, Constitution Day is celebrated on September 17, commemorating the day 230 years ago when delegates from the original 13 states ratified the Constitution, giving life and law to our republic.

Students, faculty paint future of learning with Canvas

Students, faculty paint future of learning with Canvas

By Rebecca Johnson, For The Pitt News

September 17, 2019

After years of using Blackboard as Pitt’s learning management system, the University is gearing up to give students and faculty a clean slate — a canvas, in fact.

Pitt will hold first September ‘Bike to Campus Day’ Wednesday

Pitt will hold first September ‘Bike to Campus Day’ Wednesday

By Emily Wolfe, News Editor

September 16, 2019

This year, Pitt’s celebrating cycling in the fall, with the first September “Bike to Campus Day” on Wednesday in the Posvar Pass-Through.

Bates Street vape shop vandalized, Pitt student charged

Bates Street vape shop vandalized, Pitt student charged

By Emily Wolfe, News Editor

September 16, 2019

A Pitt student has been charged with burglary and aggravated assault after he allegedly threw a skateboard through the window of a vape shop on Bates Street early Sunday morning.

“Send Silence Packing” exhibit seeks to raise suicide awareness

“Send Silence Packing” exhibit seeks to raise suicide awareness

By Carolyn Brodie, For The Pitt News

September 15, 2019

More than 1,000 backpacks were spread across the Cathedral lawn on Friday to bring awareness to the lives of college students lost to suicide.

Pitt exploring plans for hotel and conference center next to University Club

Pitt exploring plans for hotel and conference center next to University Club

By Jon Moss, Assistant News Editor

September 15, 2019

Up ahead in the distance on Fifth Avenue, Pitt students may soon look up and see a shimmering light — a University-owed hotel and conference center may soon come to sit across from Litchfield Towers.

Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off with celebration of Latinx culture

Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off with celebration of Latinx culture

By Jade Chang, For The Pitt News

September 15, 2019

On the William Pitt Union lawn, two girls with bottles of red, green, yellow, white and black face paint carefully brushed a Mexican flag onto a male Pitt student’s cheek as they tried to keep from laughing. Others bobbed their heads to Spanish pop music playing on the speakers.

State Rep. Dan Frankel hosts gun policy hearing in WPU

State Rep. Dan Frankel hosts gun policy hearing in WPU

By Brian Gentry, Senior Staff Writer

September 14, 2019

Friday’s meeting, attended by about 20 members of the public, centered on HB1075, a bill that seeks to establish a process for obtaining ERPOs.

Man charged after attempting to film men in Pitt bathrooms

Man charged after attempting to film men in Pitt bathrooms

By Janine Faust and Emily Wolfe

September 12, 2019

A 23-year-old man was charged on two counts last week after being accused of filming multiple men in bathroom stalls in Lawrence Hall, Posvar Hall and the Cathedral of Learning in April.

Hillman pilots late-night campus escorts

Hillman pilots late-night campus escorts

By Jessica Steinberg, For The Pitt News

September 12, 2019

After an incident outside of Ruskin Hall in early 2019, the University has introduce security personnel to walk students to their dorms or shuttle stops.

Up all night: Working at Starbucks at 3 a.m.

Up all night: Working at Starbucks at 3 a.m.

By Brian Gentry, Senior Staff Writer

September 11, 2019

A total of three people — two sitting together and one studying by themselves — are in the Fifth Avenue Starbucks.

SGB provides update on student org task force

SGB provides update on student org task force

By Emily Drzymalski, Staff Writer

September 11, 2019

At its second public meeting of the year Tuesday night, Student Government Board provided an update on a recently announced student task force, as well as several new upcoming initiatives.

Passing the memory of 9/11 to a new generation

Passing the memory of 9/11 to a new generation

By Martha Layne, Staff Writer

September 10, 2019

Pitt's class of 2023 is likely the last class to have most students born before the 9/11 terror attacks.

Pitt to offer 5-year master’s engineering program next fall

Pitt to offer 5-year master’s engineering program next fall

By Jon Moss, Assistant News Editor

September 10, 2019

Pitt engineering students will soon be able to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degrees of science in five years, rather than six, through a new program launching next fall.

200 student athletes move into Bridge on Forbes

200 student athletes move into Bridge on Forbes

By Nicole Marzzacco, Staff Writer

September 10, 2019

The newly opened Bridge on Forbes could easily be mistaken for a hotel, with tall glass windows, bright yellow lights and a lounge furnished with couches and large wooden tables.

Friday lawn exhibit will ‘Send Silence Packing’

Friday lawn exhibit will ‘Send Silence Packing’

By Carolyn Brodie, For The Pitt News

September 9, 2019

More than 1,000 backpacks will line the Cathedral of Learning’s lawn this Friday to represent real college students who have lost their lives to suicide.

Pitt ranked in top 20 public universities

Pitt ranked in top 20 public universities

By Erica Guthrie, Assistant News Editor

September 9, 2019

The University ranked #18 among public institutions this year, eight spots above where it ranked last year.

Remembering Pitt English professor Chuck Kinder, 1942-2019

Remembering Pitt English professor Chuck Kinder, 1942-2019

By Benjamin Nigrosh, For The Pitt News

September 8, 2019

A memorial was held Saturday evening to honor the life of Kinder, who passed away at the age of 76 in a hospital near his home in Key Largo, Florida on May 3, 2019

Everything we know about the Starship food delivery robots

Everything we know about the Starship food delivery robots

By Emily Wolfe, News Editor

September 8, 2019

The white, 2-foot tall battery-powered delivery robots will be sharing the sidewalk with Oakland pedestrians starting sometime in late September.

SGB to form task force for preserving names of independent student organizations

SGB to form task force for preserving names of independent student organizations

By Jon Moss, Assistant News Editor

September 6, 2019

Following a Friday meeting between members of Student Government Board and Pitt’s Division of Student Affairs, SGB will form a student task force to look into ways for independent student organizations to continue using their current names. Last week, Pitt announced updated Student Organization Resource ...

SORC to block clubs from re-registering next year over updated guidelines

SORC to block clubs from re-registering next year over updated guidelines

By Erica Guthrie and Jon Moss

September 5, 2019

Independent student organizations — which make up 87% of all clubs on campus — will not be allowed to re-register with SORC next fall if they do not comply with updated naming guidelines, the University said.

Pitt suspends Confucius Institute Chinese language program

Pitt suspends Confucius Institute Chinese language program

By Emily Wen, For The Pitt News

September 5, 2019

On July 31, Pitt announced that the Confucius Institute will discontinue its Chinese language program for this academic year as a result of new guidelines from the U.S. State Department.

24-hour bus service coming to Oakland

24-hour bus service coming to Oakland

By Brian Gentry, Senior Staff Writer

September 5, 2019

Say goodbye to 3 a.m. Uber rides from distant neighborhoods back to your on-campus residence — Port Authority is looking to provide 24-hour bus service to Oakland.

Failed connections: Pitt’s new Wi-Fi met with mixed reception

Failed connections: Pitt’s new Wi-Fi met with mixed reception

By Jon Moss, Assistant News Editor

September 5, 2019

Two weeks into the semester, Pitt’s new Wi-Fi system is being put to the test — and is falling down, according to some students.

Pitt student charged after alleged assault in Lothrop

Pitt student charged after alleged assault in Lothrop

By Emily Wolfe, News Editor

September 5, 2019

A 20-year-old Pitt student is facing charges of strangulation and simple assault after allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend in his room in Lothrop Hall in late August.

SGB discusses upcoming initiatives at first meeting

SGB discusses upcoming initiatives at first meeting

By Emily Drzymalski, Staff Writer

September 4, 2019

Student Government Board kicked off its first meeting of the year Tuesday night.

Compost bins introduced in bid for eco friendly campus

Compost bins introduced in bid for eco friendly campus

By Vaibhav Gupta, Staff Writer

September 4, 2019

Pitt is finally bringing compost bins to five of the University's most frequented buildings, as part of a collaboration between the Student Office of Sustainability and Student Affairs.

New guideline may remove “Pitt,” “Panther” from student group names

New guideline may remove “Pitt,” “Panther” from student group names

By Janine Faust and Emily Wolfe

August 30, 2019

Pitt plans to implement guidelines in the future preventing independent student organizations from using University trademarks or wordmarks such as “Pitt” or “Panthers” in their names.

Young blood wanted: Local blood banks face shortages

Young blood wanted: Local blood banks face shortages

By Alexander Hanna, For The Pitt News

August 29, 2019

Local blood banks and hospitals are scrambling to get younger generations to donate blood.

Building BRIDGES for underrepresented scholarship students

Building BRIDGES for underrepresented scholarship students

By Martha Layne, For The Pitt News

August 29, 2019

The BRIDGES program says it works to build relationships between students, inspire diversity and generate excellence in scholarship.

Oaklanders receive updates on neighborhood projects

Oaklanders receive updates on neighborhood projects

By Vaibhav Gupta, Staff Writer

August 29, 2019

Oakland community members gathered Wednesday night as representatives from three different institutions — Pitt, Shadyside developer Walnut Capital and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority — provided updates on projects that affect the neighborhood. The Oakland Planning and Development Corpora...

Pitt Dems kick off the year with visit from Rep. Lamb

Pitt Dems kick off the year with visit from Rep. Lamb

By Benjamin Nigrosh, For The Pitt News

August 28, 2019

Rep. Connor Lamb answered a varity of students' political inquiries after a speech during his Tuesday night meeting with the Pitt Dems.

Global Hub takes the world stage

Global Hub takes the world stage

By Nicole Marzzacco, Staff Writer

August 28, 2019

On Tuesday, Pitt officially opened its Global Hub, located on the first floor of Posvar Hall.

Pitt to develop socially responsible investing strategies

Pitt to develop socially responsible investing strategies

By Jon Moss, Assistant News Editor

August 28, 2019

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher announced Tuesday the University will begin developing socially responsible investing strategies for Pitt’s endowment.

Average Pitt student debt nears $40,000

Average Pitt student debt nears $40,000

By Emily Wolfe, News Editor

August 27, 2019

Three out of five members of Pitt’s graduating class of 2018 left school with unpaid student loans.

Student organizers confident as unionization decision nears

Student organizers confident as unionization decision nears

By Erica Guthrie, Assistant News Editor

August 26, 2019

Pitt and the graduate student organizers trying to establish a union at the University took their final legal step last week before the state labor board determines whether or not the University engaged in unfair labor practices during the elections held last spring.

99 years proud: Annual tradition glows at Lantern Night

99 years proud: Annual tradition glows at Lantern Night

By Benjamin Nigrosh, For The Pitt News

August 26, 2019

As Linda Wharton Boyd looked out over a sea of first-year female Pitt students on Sunday night, she asked each attendee to look to the person to their left and the person to their right and repeat a three-word phrase.

Pitt students build sustainable new homes for bees

Pitt students build sustainable new homes for bees

By Emily Wen, For The Pitt News

August 23, 2019

Returning Oakland residents might notice some new tall structures around their neighborhood, shaped like birdhouses and filled with thin, rolled up cardboard.

Transcript: TPN’s interview with UHC Dean Murrell

Transcript: TPN’s interview with UHC Dean Murrell

By Jon Moss, News Editor

August 22, 2019

On Aug. 1, The Pitt News spoke with Audrey Murrell, who was named the acting dean of Pitt’s Honors College in June.

Changes coming to Honors College with new dean

Changes coming to Honors College with new dean

By Jon Moss, News Editor

August 22, 2019

After serving for six years as the associate dean at Pitt’s College of Business Administration, Audrey Murrell is moving on — to the University Honors College.

Preparations for Year of Creativity underway

Preparations for Year of Creativity underway

By Vaibhav Gupta, Staff Writer

August 21, 2019

During Pitt’s “Year of Global” in 2018-19, students, staff and faculty were encouraged to consider the world beyond their campus. Now heading into its sixth year, the “Year of” initiative wants the Pitt community to take a look inward.

Class of 2023 breaks demographic records

Class of 2023 breaks demographic records

By Vaibhav Gupta and Jon Moss

August 20, 2019

This year’s incoming first-year class will be the most ethnically diverse in Pitt’s history. It will also have the highest number of out-of-state students.

Thanksgiving break to last full week

Thanksgiving break to last full week

By Jon Moss, News Editor

August 20, 2019

Pitt students will have more time to ready themselves for their mashed potatoes and turkey this year, thanks to a new schedule change.

What you missed this summer: tuition hikes, union developments, Ethan Kozak

What you missed this summer: tuition hikes, union developments, Ethan Kozak

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

August 19, 2019

We’ve rounded up a few of the summer’s biggest headlines, in case you missed them.

Bruegger’s reopens after health department re-inspection

Bruegger’s reopens after health department re-inspection

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

August 15, 2019

Bruegger’s Bagel Bakery in Oakland has reopened for business on Tuesday, after it was ordered to close on Saturday by the Allegheny County Health Department.

Pitt outsources dorm WiFi, will charge for faster speeds

Pitt outsources dorm WiFi, will charge for faster speeds

By Jon Moss, News Editor

August 8, 2019

Pitt has outsourced WiFi services for all residence halls and University-owned housing units beginning this fall, and will charge students for faster speeds, according to an email sent Tuesday to students and a Thursday announcement on my.pitt.edu.

Chick-fil-A moving to upper campus, other dining changes start this fall

Chick-fil-A moving to upper campus, other dining changes start this fall

By Jon Moss, News Editor

August 8, 2019

Pitt Dining’s Chick-fil-A location has left the Cathedral Cafe, located in the basement of the Cathedral of Learning, and will reopen in the food court at the Petersen Events Center in January 2020.

Man arrested, charged after two attempted rapes

Man arrested, charged after two attempted rapes

By Jon Moss and Emily Wolfe

August 1, 2019

A 23-year-old man was charged with the attempted rape of two women in Oakland within the last three weeks.

Former Pitt researcher convicted of poisoning his wife seeks new trial

Former Pitt researcher convicted of poisoning his wife seeks new trial

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

July 31, 2019

A 70-year-old former Pitt neurology researcher serving life in prison for poisoning his wife in 2013 has filed a petition requesting a new trial.

Police officer faces trial after allegedly assaulting, harassing Pitt students

Police officer faces trial after allegedly assaulting, harassing Pitt students

By Jon Moss, News Editor

July 31, 2019

A 47-year-old white police officer will be on trial Thursday facing six criminal charges, including two counts each of simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct resulting from a previously unreported off-duty incident last October involving two unarmed black Pitt students.

Police respond to armed robbery on O’Hara Street

Police respond to armed robbery on O’Hara Street

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

July 30, 2019

Police are looking for a suspect who robbed a woman at gunpoint early Tuesday morning at the intersection of University Place and O’Hara Street.

Criminal complaint charges Pitt student with ethnic intimidation, making terroristic threats

Criminal complaint charges Pitt student with ethnic intimidation, making terroristic threats

By Jon Moss and Janine Faust

July 30, 2019

A rising junior political science major was accused on July 13 of one count each of ethnic intimidation, terroristic threats and harassment in a criminal complaint filed by a Mt. Lebanon police officer.

County judge overturns jury’s guilty verdict against ex-CMU student

County judge overturns jury’s guilty verdict against ex-CMU student

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

July 29, 2019

In a rare move, an Allegheny County judge has overturned the May jury verdict that convicted a former Carnegie Mellon University student of sexually assaulting a Pitt student.

Labor Department audit identifies recordkeeping, faculty recruiting violations

Labor Department audit identifies recordkeeping, faculty recruiting violations

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

July 26, 2019

Cheryl Ruffin with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion explained the “technical concerns” which led to the violations resulted from electronic systems failing to maintain faculty applicant information.

Pitt to hold listening sessions on One Bigelow project

Pitt to hold listening sessions on One Bigelow project

By Jon Moss, News Editor

July 25, 2019

Pitt announced it will hold three community engagement sessions and two “report back” meetings during August to solicit feedback on the One Bigelow project, a part of the University's campus master plan.

John Keeler to step down as GSPIA dean

John Keeler to step down as GSPIA dean

By Jon Moss, News Editor

July 24, 2019

John Keeler, dean of Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, will step down from his position next June, according to an announcement from Provost Ann Cudd.

Student researchers seek youth responses to Tree of Life shooting

Student researchers seek youth responses to Tree of Life shooting

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

July 24, 2019

Members of the Tree of Life Scholars in Residence program posted a survey last week seeking stories from high school- and college-age youth describing their experiences of the tragedy.

Faculty union organizers up in arms after Pitt’s administration rejects Labor Board subpoena

Faculty union organizers up in arms after Pitt’s administration rejects Labor Board subpoena

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

July 19, 2019

After ruling June 18 that the size of the bargaining unit for Pitt’s faculty union was under review, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board ordered Pitt to turn over several pieces of information to faculty union organizers — most notably, a list of faculty eligible to be in the potential bargaining unit.

Report examining socially responsible investing at Pitt released

Report examining socially responsible investing at Pitt released

By Janine Faust and Jon Moss

July 19, 2019

The 61-page report weighs the positives and negatives of factoring Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) considerations into managing the University endowment, which support research funding, scholarships, advancements in technology and student life initiatives, among other projects.

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.

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