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Pitt faculty file for union election

Pitt faculty file for union election

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

January 18, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Faculty filed for a union election with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board on Friday, with the aim of forming a union that would cover more than 3,000 faculty across Pitt’s five campuses.

Pitt gets a power-up with hydroelectric energy

Pitt gets a power-up with hydroelectric energy

By Emily Drzymalski, Staff Writer

January 17, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt has signed a power purchase agreement with Rye Development that implements a three point plan to move the University towards hydroelectric power.

Black student organizations celebrate 50 years of pride, progress

Black student organizations celebrate 50 years of pride, progress

By Neena Hagen, Staff Writer

January 16, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

During the height of the Civil Rights movement, in 1969, 40 members from Pitt’s newly minted Black Action Society shut themselves inside a Cathedral of Learning computer lab for seven hours to protest racial injustices on campus.

Racial slurs found on car roofs in South Oakland

Racial slurs found on car roofs in South Oakland

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

January 16, 2019


Filed under Campus, City, Crime, News, Top Stories

Racial slurs were found written in snow on car hoods in South Oakland Sunday night.

Hadar Galron spins comedy from Orthodox roots

Hadar Galron spins comedy from Orthodox roots

By Maggie Young, Staff Writer

January 15, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

It was when Galron heard a rabbi joking on the radio about the traditions of Orthodox Judaism that she realized she could funnel her upbringing into comedy.

Chancellor Gallagher receives raise, additional incentive

Chancellor Gallagher receives raise, additional incentive

By Anna Bongardino, Contributing Editor

January 13, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Uncategorized

The combination of the 2.25 percent increase in the chancellor’s salary — to a base salary of $550,000 — and the payout from his retention agreement will result in a salary of more than $1,000,000 for Chancellor Gallagher during the 2019 fiscal year.

Pitt appoints counseling center director

Pitt appoints counseling center director

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

January 13, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

19 months after the arrest of Edward Michaels, the University has appointed a new director of the UCC. Kenyon Bonner, Pitt vice provost and dean of students, said Darr, as the director, will play an imperative role in the UCC’s mission to support students’ well-being.

Breaking: Pitt appoints counseling center director

Breaking: Pitt appoints counseling center director

By Brian Gentry and Christian Snyder

January 11, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, Health, News

Pitt has been without a full-time director of the counseling center since the previous director was arrested in May 2018 on charges of possessing child pornography.

Scott Stern discusses American Plan legacy

Scott Stern discusses American Plan legacy

By Emily Drzymalski, Staff Writer

January 11, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

On Thursday evening, Scott Stern, a Pittsburgh native and author of “The Trials of Nina McCall,” discussed the American Plan in connection with Thomas Parran.

Milk Shake Factory brings storefront to Pitt’s backyard

Milk Shake Factory brings storefront to Pitt’s backyard

By Stefan Bordeianu, For The Pitt News

January 10, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

The new Milk Shake Factory will open on Forbes Avenue in February, according to a vice president at the business. The price range for a milkshake is $5-7.

Report evaluates colleges’ free speech rules

Report evaluates colleges’ free speech rules

By Neena Hagen, Staff Writer

January 10, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Free speech rights are among the most debated topics on college campuses across the country. But the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, FIRE, put free speech issues into numbers in a report last month.

New class addresses anti-Semitism

New class addresses anti-Semitism

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

January 10, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

A new class called “Anti-Semitism Then and Now: Perspectives after Tree of Life” begins on Jan. 23. The series of lectures is hosted by the Jewish studies department, along with the history department, religious studies department and the European Studies Center.

Government shutdown slows university research

Government shutdown slows university research

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

January 8, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Tech Science, Uncategorized

The U.S. government shut down on Dec. 22, and research production at Pitt and other universities may slow down because of it.

Featured Features: 2018 Editors’ Picks

Featured Features: 2018 Editors’ Picks

January 7, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

Many of The Pitt News’ editors had trouble deciding on a single story published in the past year that they found the most intriguing, so they’ve recommended entire editions and overall coverage instead.

Bio class assigned new professor after petition

Bio class assigned new professor after petition

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

January 7, 2019


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

At the end of the fall semesters, students in professor Peebles’ biology 1000 class created a petition claiming that the class was graded unfairly

LGBTQ+ students, allies find home in LLC

LGBTQ+ students, allies find home in LLC

By Neena Hagen, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Located on the 12th floor of Lothrop Hall is the newly developed Gender and Sexualtiy LLC. The community brings together students who are dedicated to supportive environments.

Students use Facebook to create community

Students use Facebook to create community

By Jacq Flash, for The Pitt News

January 6, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

Facebook’s groups feature has become a way to connect people with similar interests or goals.

Body discovered on roof of Lothrop Hall

Body discovered on roof of Lothrop Hall

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

December 15, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, City, Crime, News

A dead body was found on the roof of Lothrop Hall Saturday morning. Pitt Police and Pittsburgh Police officers were at the scene.

Pitt student hit by Port Authority bus near WPU

Pitt student hit by Port Authority bus near WPU

By Jon Moss, Senior Staff Writer

December 10, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

A female Pitt student was struck by a Port Authority bus near the William Pitt Union in Oakland at approximately 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Pitt recognizes inaugural Panthers “Forward” class

Pitt recognizes inaugural Panthers “Forward” class

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

December 10, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

The University of Pittsburgh recognized the inaugural class of Panthers Forward, a program which seeks to relieve student debt, on Friday.

Hillman noise levels prompt complaints

Hillman noise levels prompt complaints

By Adaugoamaji Nwankpa, For The Pitt News

December 9, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

As finals season approaches, more and more students have been dissatisfied with the noise level at Hillman as they migrate there to do last-minute cramming.

Students recall strange Hillman sightings

Students recall strange Hillman sightings

By Julia Zenkevich, For The Pitt News

December 9, 2018


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Hillman Library is a hub for finals week mania, filled with the stress of looming deadlines and Red Bull-fueled all-nighters.

Finals: A How-To Guide

Finals: A How-To Guide

By Jon Moss, Senior Staff Writer

December 9, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

With finals bearing down on Pitt’s campus, some students are worried about how to best prepare for the onslaught of school work. As students prepare to enter finals week, The Pitt News sat down with mental and physical health experts to learn what students can do to help manage stress and succee...

Alliance Defending Freedom demands Pitt rescind security fee for Shapiro event

Alliance Defending Freedom demands Pitt rescind security fee for Shapiro event

By Brian Gentry and Emily Wolfe

December 9, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Young America’s Foundation is moving forward with its complaint against the University of Pittsburgh for an allegedly unlawful security fee imposed ahead of the campus visit of conservative commentator Ben Shapiro in November.

Biology students petition against professor

Biology students petition against professor

By Jon Moss, Staff Writer

December 7, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

As finals week approaches, over 30 students have signed a petition against Craig Peebles, a biology professor at Pitt. The petition cites that the two past exams in the class have been graded unfairly, and the students are asking that the course be further examined.

Milk Shake Factory brings legen-dairy desserts to Oakland

Milk Shake Factory brings legen-dairy desserts to Oakland

By Emily Wolfe, Senior Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under Campus, Food & Drink, News, Top Stories

The Milk Shake Factory plans to bring its menu of gourmet shakes and chocolates to Oakland in early 2019, according to a Facebook post on the company’s page.

SGB pushes stricter laws on firearm sales

SGB pushes stricter laws on firearm sales

By Emily Wolfe, Senior Staff Writer

December 5, 2018


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

After more than a month of trying to help Pittsburgh heal from the Tree of Life shooting, SGB has set its sights on making change in Washington.

LNAP offers pre-finals stress relief for students

LNAP offers pre-finals stress relief for students

By Emily Wolfe, Senior Staff Writer

December 4, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Health, News

On Monday night at Hillman, some settled in for a long winter’s LNAP — the “Long Night Against Procrastination.”

Students discuss genetics of ‘Harry Potter’

Students discuss genetics of ‘Harry Potter’

By Remy Samuels, Staff Writer

December 4, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Genetics is hard. That’s why Dr. Peter Blier, a pediatric rheumatology doctor and professor of pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts, uses Harry Potter to explain difficult genetic concepts.

Jewish students remember Tree of Life on Hanukkah

Jewish students remember Tree of Life on Hanukkah

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

December 3, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

The first night of Hanukkah began last night and Jewish students are celebrating while remembering the lives lost in the Tree of Life shooting.

Health-care professionals address diversity

Health-care professionals address diversity

By Andrew O’Brien, Staff Writer

November 29, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Bhutanese refugee Ashok Gurung left government persecution behind when he came to Pittsburgh, but his trauma stayed with him. At the Cultural Awareness in Health Systems workshop Wednesday, Gurung, a chairperson in his mid-30s on the board of directors of the Bhutanese Community Association of Pi...

Post-break SGB discusses Town Hall, PWLE

Post-break SGB discusses Town Hall, PWLE

By Emily Wolfe, Senior Staff Writer

November 28, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Pitt’s Student Government Board eased back into a regular schedule with its first traditional public meeting in three weeks Tuesday evening.

Forbes Street Market draws price competitions

Forbes Street Market draws price competitions

By Dylan Giacobbe, Staff Writer

November 26, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Among different grocery store selections, the recently opened Forbes Street Market had some differences among prices. The Pitt News looks at these differences by comparing the newly opened store with other grocery stores near campus.

‘Donations for Citations’ encourages donating to Pitt Pantry

‘Donations for Citations’ encourages donating to Pitt Pantry

By Emily Drzymalski, For The Pitt News

November 20, 2018


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

The holiday season is a time for giving and receiving — and this year, for every Pitt parking ticket received, students have the chance to give back a little bit.

Lawsuit alleges Pitt responsible for dropped criminal charges

Lawsuit alleges Pitt responsible for dropped criminal charges

By Jon Moss, Staff Writer

November 20, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, Crime, News

The owner of Garage Door Saloon says he is intending to prove Pitt's involvement in the district attorney's dismissal of criminal charges against students.

NextGen voters turned away at polls

NextGen voters turned away at polls

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

November 19, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Some students were confused and frustrated when they couldn’t vote after registering with NextGen America. NextGen America registered thousands of students to vote on Pitt’s campus — though some were still turned away at the polls.

Ben Shapiro appearance sparks controversy

Ben Shapiro appearance sparks controversy

By Emily Wolfe and Andrew O'Brien

November 15, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

On his tour of college campuses this fall, conservative author and political commentator Ben Shapiro has spoken to sold-out rooms on visits that have become famous for protests and controversy.

High-rise apartments offer luxury off-campus living to students

High-rise apartments offer luxury off-campus living to students

By Sid Lingala, Staff Writer

November 15, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Students don't usually spurge on top-of-the-line living arrangements, but Oakland is seeing a rise in the construction of luxurious apartments.

Pitt students explore off-campus living options

By Maggie Young, For The Pitt News

November 15, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

With the ease of on-campus housing comes smaller spaces and stricter rules. In search of cozier, cheaper options, Pitt students will start exploring housing off-campus — both near and far.

Young America’s Foundation threatens lawsuit against Pitt over Ben Shapiro security fee

Young America’s Foundation threatens lawsuit against Pitt over Ben Shapiro security fee

By Christian Snyder, Editor-in-Chief

November 14, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

After Pitt charged YAF with a $5,000 security fee for its planned Ben Shapiro speech, the conservative group threatened legal action, alleging the fee is unconstitutional.

Local entrepreneurs discuss future of small businesses

Local entrepreneurs discuss future of small businesses

By Dylan Giacobbe, Staff Writer

November 13, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

As a kickoff to Global Entrepreneurship Week at Pitt, a group of young entrepreneurs gathered on Monday night to discuss Pittsburgh’s rise in startup businesses. Four keynote speakers who have attended either Pitt or CMU discussed with attendees of the Steel City Startups: Pitt x CMU about their own personal businesses.

Fourth annual leadership retreat teaches women’s empowerment

Fourth annual leadership retreat teaches women’s empowerment

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Staff Writer

November 13, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Ninety female undergraduate students will gather at Oglebay Resort on Saturday in Wheeling, West Virginia, for the third annual Pitt Women’s Leadership Experience. Over the course of two days, the participants, who were selected in October, will hear from speakers, connect with one another and enhance their leadership skills.

SGB addresses student voting issues, campus improvements

SGB addresses student voting issues, campus improvements

By Emily Wolfe, Senior Staff Writer

November 7, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

SGB members are in talks with Pitt about adding needle-disposal sites on campus, as well as blue lights to light the way home.

Volunteers encourage student voting on campus

Volunteers encourage student voting on campus

By Janine Faust, Managing Editor

November 6, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

For many Pitt students, the midterm elections were the first vote they cast since the 2016 presidential election, when President Trump was elected.

Pitt students gather to support Jewish community

Pitt students gather to support Jewish community

By Christian Snyder, Editor-in-Chief

November 5, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

In a combined effort on Monday afternoon, members of the Pitt community gathered in support of the Jewish community. The vigil featured words from Mayor Bill Peduto along with several musical performances from student a cappella groups.

Student Safety in a season of screams

Student Safety in a season of screams

By Andrew O'Brien, For the Pitt News

October 31, 2018


Filed under Campus, Crime, News, Top Stories

Pitt students who took to Oakland’s streets in costume this Halloween week had reason to think twice before donning a “Scream” mask. The masked killer from that cult classic horror film is fictional, but the “Scream bandit,” who committed at least three armed robberies in Shadyside in September...

City of steel is a city of scares

City of steel is a city of scares

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

October 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Pitt students looking for a haunt don’t have to look far. Pittsburgh is home to several haunted locations for those looking for a scare all year long, including one of Pitt’s own Cathedral of Learning Nationality Rooms. The Early American Room, situated in room 328 of the Cathedral, is alleged...

Jewish Greek life honors Tree of Life victims

Jewish Greek life honors Tree of Life victims

By Jon Moss, Staff Writer

October 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

After Saturday morning’s massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, some Jewish Pitt Greek life organizations are helping support their fellow Pittsburghers. A coalition of several historically Jewish Pitt fraternities and sororities — Alpha Epsilon Phi, Sigma Alpha Mu, Alpha Epsilon Pi...

Pitt community responds to synagogue shooting

Pitt community responds to synagogue shooting

By Emily Drzymalski, For the Pitt News

October 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, Crime, News, Top Stories

The sounds of sirens and phone alerts informed Pitt students of the active shooter situation happening a few neighborhoods over in Squirrel Hill at the Tree of Life Synagogue Saturday morning. In the wake of Saturday’s shooting, Pitt students and organizations are taking action. After the shooting that claimed the live...

Center for African American Poetry and Poetics hosts “Black Ecstatic” panel and showcase

Center for African American Poetry and Poetics hosts “Black Ecstatic” panel and showcase

By Dylan Giacobbe, For the Pitt News

October 26, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Rickey Laurentiis — a poet from New Orleans currently serving as the inaugural fellow of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics — took the stage at the Frick Fine Arts building on Thursday night and made clear what they came to see. “I wanted to see how a black filmmaker argues her body into a ...

SGB hears criticism of Sodexo, the University

SGB hears criticism of Sodexo, the University

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

SGB will hold its second Eat and Greet meeting this Friday — the first public opportunity for students to question Sodexo officials since revelations last week that the Allegheny County Health Department cited Market Central for 14 health code violations.

Pitt, Sodexo address food safety concerns amid reinspection citations

Pitt, Sodexo  address food safety concerns amid reinspection citations

By Hannah Schneider and Christian Snyder

October 23, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Nearly 2,000 students have signed a petition demanding Pitt replace Sodexo as its food service provider. Pitt and Sodexo responded to the recent health department violations.

Market cited for 14 health violations

Market cited for 14 health violations

By Hannah Schneider, Assistant News Editor

October 17, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Market Central, the main hub for student dining at Pitt, was cited for multiple health violations by the Allegheny County Health Department on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Out of the 25 Food Safety Assessment categories reviewed by ACHD, 14 categories were violated, with six deemed “high risk,” accordin...

Man sentenced to life in prison without parole for murder of Pitt student

Man sentenced to life in prison without parole for murder of Pitt student

By Janine Faust, Managing Editor

October 17, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, Crime, News

The DA’s office had originally sought the death penalty for Matthew Darby and withdrew it after he agreed to a sentence of life without parole.

‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ back on after meeting with SGB

‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ back on after meeting with SGB

By Christian Snyder, Editor in Chief

October 10, 2018


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

After a confusing last few days, those involved are confident “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will see the stage this year despite a surprise cancellation announced on Monday. The show, hosted annually by the Engineering Student Council, encountered funding dilemmas — which some interpreted as a ma...

Blue Sparrow food truck flocks to a new home

Blue Sparrow food truck flocks to a new home

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

October 9, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

One of its previous stops was outside of Redhawk Coffee on Meyran Avenue, but the owners have had to ease up on lunch service to devote time to developing the new bus.

Rocky Horror Picture Show suddenly cancelled, organizers blame SGB

Rocky Horror Picture Show suddenly cancelled, organizers blame SGB

By Sarah Connor and Christian Snyder

October 9, 2018


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

Organizers cited budget issues and blamed SGB for cutting funding and eliminating a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community – President Maggie Kennedy responded to the criticism in an interview.

PPC’s Homecoming Laser and Fireworks show lights the night

PPC’s Homecoming Laser and Fireworks show lights the night

By Mario Cattabiani III, Staff Writer

October 8, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Neon-colored lasers painted intricate, shifting figures — a face, then a horse, then a person dancing — against an ethereal canvas of fog. Fireworks exploded with thunderous booms. Pop hits like Jackie Chan by Post Malone and The Village People’s YMCA blared from massive speakers. This year...

Pitt’s homecoming festivities past and present

Pitt’s homecoming festivities past and present

By Madeline Gavatorta, Staff Writer

October 4, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Homecoming isn’t what it used to be. Pitt’s celebration evolved from a few frat-house parties to the football and alumni-focused week-long event it is today.

William Pitt Union celebrates 120 years

William Pitt Union celebrates 120 years

By Hannah Schneider and Grant Burgman

October 1, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Built in 1898, Hotel Schenley was designed to reflect entrepreneur Franklin Nicola’s vision for the Oakland community to become a center for culture and education. Fast-forward 120 years and Nicola’s dream has manifested — now through the presence of student organizations, affairs and activities. The ...

Chancellor releases 30-year Campus Master Plan

Chancellor releases 30-year Campus Master Plan

By Sarah Shearer, Assistant News Editor

September 30, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

Pitt as we know it may look a lot different by the time the next generation of applications rolls in. The University released a Campus Master Plan in a Board of Trustees meeting Friday, including plans for new academic buildings, housing and rerouted transportation methods. The projected master plan has b...

Janet Dewart Bell debuts book at Barco Law

Janet Dewart Bell debuts book at Barco Law

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

September 27, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Leah Chase can’t be found in most history textbooks; neither can June Jackson Christmas or Kathleen Cleavers. But Janet Dewart Bell is telling their stories in her debut book, “Lighting the Fires of Freedom,” about African American women in the Civil Rights Movement. Bell spoke at Pitt’s Barco Law Buil...

Bully PulPitt hosts discussion on gun violence

Bully PulPitt hosts discussion on gun violence

By Sam Weber, Staff Writer

September 27, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Gun violence is one of the most divisive issues in American culture today, but the UPTV-based nonpartisan political television show “The Bully PulPitt” set out to investigate that issue through discussion on Wednesday night. The Bully PulPitt’s “Let’s Talk — Gun Violence” discussion in the William...

SGB unveils Town Hall to reach students

SGB unveils Town Hall to reach students

By Sid Lingala, Staff Writer

September 26, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

The Student Government Board announced the creation of a Town Hall at Tuesday night’s meeting, aimed at bringing more students into the conversation about various campus issues.

Pittsburgh, Denmark, Swanson: International energy initiatives come to campus

Pittsburgh, Denmark, Swanson: International energy initiatives come to campus

By Ashley Priore, For the Pitt News

September 25, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

Pittsburgh is a historically dirty city. The City was an industrial hub of metalworking, iron and steel factories for more than a century — but while these factories brought economic prosperity to the area, they also generated massive air pollution. After some time, Pittsburgh was known by nicknam...

Not a mirage: Oakland no longer food desert

Not a mirage: Oakland no longer food desert

By Hannah Schneider, Assistant News Editor

September 24, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Health, News

The Grocery Pop-Up opened yesterday in the old New Balance storefront on Forbes Avenue, marking the end of a drought on campus since the closing of the IGA.

Black Action Society hosts actress, activist Tatyana Ali

Black Action Society hosts actress, activist Tatyana Ali

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

September 23, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

When she was younger, Tatyana Ali wanted to be an astronaut. Her room was covered with posters of her hero — Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel in space. Ali never made it to space — instead she pursued another dream of becoming an actor, and landed the role of Ashley Bank...

Global issues localized at human rights panel

Global issues localized at human rights panel

By Remy Samuels, Staff Writer

September 20, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Panelists at the Human Rights in Pittsburgh and the World event Wednesday discussed current conflicts in human rights related to food insecurity and women's rights.

Panther Grille serves sustainability

Panther Grille serves sustainability

By Madeline Gavatorta, Staff Writer

September 20, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

The truck can be used for special events, help serve areas on campus where less food options are present and also work as a “disaster kitchen” — meaning if one eatery on campus cannot run anymore for whatever reason, Panther Grille can be used as a backup.

SGB hosts bi-annual Safety Fair

SGB hosts bi-annual Safety Fair

By Ashley Priore and Janine Faust, The Pitt News Staff

September 19, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Kevin Caruso, a fire safety specialist and emergency preparedness coordinator at Pitt, said people always get something out of the fire extinguisher training exercises, from how to properly use an extinguisher to how to react to a real fire.

Pitt Law hosts Constitution Day panel

Pitt Law hosts Constitution Day panel

By Noah Manalo, Staff Writer

September 18, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

In honor of Constitution Day on Monday, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law hosted a panel discussion about the promise, limits and ongoing challenges in realizing the rights guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.

Pitt Progressives protest Maggie and Stella’s

Pitt Progressives protest Maggie and Stella’s

By Christian Snyder and Janine Faust, The Pitt News Staff

September 16, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

Pitt Progressives organized a demonstration Friday to protest the absence of a grocery store on campus.

Students study and slumber in newly renovated Hillman Library

Students study and slumber in newly renovated Hillman Library

By Noah Manalo, Staff Writer

September 14, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Students react to Hillman Library's new fourth floor, complete with group study spaces and expanded archives.

VIDEO: “Art for Change” with Marcel Walker

September 13, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Video, Visual

Marcel Walker, Pittsburgh-based illustrator and comic-book artist, visits the University of Pittsburgh at the "Art for Change" event.

In the Army: professional prospects for Pitt ROTC

In the Army: professional prospects for Pitt ROTC

By Grant Burgman, News Editor

September 13, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

In Pitt’s ROTC program, students receive a full-tuition scholarship as well as $600 a month to cover the cost of books and a $420 monthly stipend. Students who already have a full-tuition scholarship, through athletics or academics, can instead choose to accept a $10,000 room-and-board scholarship.

Q&A: Aurora Sharrard talks on sustainability

Q&A: Aurora Sharrard talks on sustainability

By Brian Salvato, Staff Writer

September 7, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The University’s plan to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and increase the use of renewable energy is a long one, spanning to 2030, but it’s one that students help propel forward every time they recycle a can or compost their food waste.

Pitt heats up, AC goes down

Pitt heats up, AC goes down

By Hannah Schneider, Assistant News Editor

September 5, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

The University didn’t come to the decision on its own. In an email to faculty and staff, the Facilities Management Division of the University cited Pennsylvania Act 129, which demands a response notification from their electricity supplier as the reason behind cutting back on electric usage.

Oakland community reacts to new security cameras

Oakland community reacts to new security cameras

By Mario Cattabiani III, Staff Writer

September 4, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala announced the installation of the 60 cameras last week, 10 months after Pitt student Alina Sheykhet was found dead in her home on Cable Place.

Dear readers: The Pitt News takes Fridays online

Dear readers: The Pitt News takes Fridays online

By Christian Snyder, Editor-in-Chief

August 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Dear readers, My tenure as editor-in-chief of The Pitt News began during a time of change at the paper. Over the summer we underwent a process of rebranding ourselves and focusing on new goals. Many of these changes are already implemented as part of our transition to a proactive digital-first mindset — one of the first things we did was launch a new website in June with the goal of providing you more comprehensive, immersive stories about the news around us.

Dean lifts ban on Greek life

Dean lifts ban on Greek life

By Grant Burgman, News Editor

August 30, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Bonner announced in April that the modified probation would be lifted once the fall semester started and Pitt finished drafting a thorough community action plan.

Maggie and Stella’s new home on Fifth Ave.

Maggie and Stella’s new home on Fifth Ave.

By Grant Burgman, News Editor

August 29, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

The shop recently reopened Aug. 13 on Fifth Avenue in place of the Oakland Bakery and Market, months after an Amazon campus pick-up location moved into its former space on Oakland Avenue.

Cooking at the conservatory: Phipps offers cooking classes

Cooking at the conservatory: Phipps offers cooking classes

By Sam Weber, Staff Writer

August 27, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Phipps Conservatory has always offered its beautiful gardens to the public, but recently added a new attraction — cooking lessons. Throughout this culinary arts course, local chefs teach students about different cuisines to empower students to find their own talents in the kitchen.

Lantern night shines a light on women’s education

Lantern night shines a light on women’s education

By Madeline Gavatorta, Staff Writer

August 27, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Video

Women at Pitt first began celebrating Lantern Night, the oldest tradition at Pitt, in 1920. This year, at the 98th annual celebration, alumnae passed the "light of learning" to first-year women.

Therapy dogs bring contentment and comfort to campus

Therapy dogs bring contentment and comfort to campus

By Kieran Mclean, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Welcome Back 2018

Marsha Robbins' therapy dog program has been bringing calming canines to Pitt for years.

Mark Nordenberg recalls late vice chancellor’s Pitt Pride

Mark Nordenberg recalls late vice chancellor’s Pitt Pride

By Grant Burgman, News Editor

August 20, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Welcome Back 2018

Jerome “Jerry” Cochran, former Pitt vice chancellor, died Wednesday, Aug. 5, at age 69.

International students adjust to American culture

International students adjust to American culture

By Madeline Gavatorta, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Welcome Back 2018

Student organizations and mentors on campus help Pitt students from abroad get used to their new surroundings — along with the daily struggles of being a college student.

Iranian, Finnish and Philippine rooms coming to the Cathedral

Iranian, Finnish and Philippine rooms coming to the Cathedral

By Sarah Shearer, Assistant News Editor

August 20, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Welcome Back 2018

Three new nationality rooms are set to open their doors in 2019 – rooms representing Iranian, Finnish and Philippine heritage.

Big Idea Center brings innovation to Pitt

Big Idea Center brings innovation to Pitt

By Brittany Zortman | For the Pitt News

July 11, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Uncategorized

Pitt students will soon have the opportunity to fit their big ideas into one space — a workplace that will harbor the tools and resources they need to make these ideas a reality. This year the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute, an organization focused on entrepreneurship and innovation...

Board of Trustees unanimously votes to rename Parran Hall

Board of Trustees unanimously votes to rename Parran Hall

By Christian Snyder and Janine Faust | The Pitt News Staff

July 11, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

After a long campaign of ballots, petitions, special committees and a recommendation from the chancellor, the main building for Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health will no longer be named after Thomas Parran Jr., a former Pitt dean who presided over the infamous and racist Tuskegee and Guatema...

Pitt unveils statue of Dr. Thomas Starzl, transplant pioneer

Pitt unveils statue of Dr. Thomas Starzl, transplant pioneer

By Samuel Weber | Staff Writer

June 27, 2018


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Friends, family, university staff and members of the media gathered outside the Cathedral of Learning in full business attire Saturday to honor the memory of the late Dr. Thomas Starzl with a new bronze statue. Dr. Starzl passed away March 4, 2017, at age 90. Often referred to as “the father of t...

Chancellor recommends renaming Parran Hall

Chancellor recommends renaming Parran Hall

By Christian Snyder and Grant Burgman | The Pitt News Staff

June 25, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The months-long campaign to rename Parran Hall, the primary home of Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, reached a turning point Monday when Chancellor Patrick Gallagher issued a recommendation to University trustees that the building be renamed in light of Thomas Parran’s controversial record...

Athletics Department announces new mental health program

Athletics Department announces new mental health program

By Christian Snyder | Editor-in-Chief

June 20, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt’s Athletics Department announced a new partnership with Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC to add two full-time mental health counselors to the department’s staff to interact with student-athletes on a daily basis, according to a statement released Wednesday. Student-athletes were previously referred to WPIC for mental health treatment. The new program will include one-on-one counseling and focus on techniques for practi...

Pitt alums aim to simplify subletting

Pitt alums aim to simplify subletting

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

For students searching for the perfect summer or fall apartment to sublet, scrolling through pages and pages of listings on Facebook or Craigslist can be an exhausting and difficult process. And for those looking for someone to sublet their place while they are away, their posts are often pushed to the b...

Pitt professor hosts book launch in Oakland

Pitt professor hosts book launch in Oakland

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

In front of a crowd of about 50-60 people in the South Wing Reading Room of the Main Carnegie Library, Pitt theatre arts professor Kathleen George spoke to the audience as she held a release for her new book. “The Blues Walked In,” is a fictional story based life of the real-life famous jazz si...

Internship prep program positions students for success

Internship prep program positions students for success

By Mario Cattabiani | For the Pitt News

May 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

One of the great stressors for college students is the pressure to secure an internship — and with good reason. A survey done by the National Association of Colleges and Employers in 2012 found 60 percent of respondents in paid internships received to at least one job offer, making internships a v...

Pitt service workers to be affected by SCOTUS decision

Pitt service workers to be affected by SCOTUS decision

By Christian Snyder | Editor in Chief

May 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Aliyya Lee had just worked from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. before stopping to meet her coworker Pam Johnston at Panera on Forbes Avenue. After passionately describing to me what’s at stake over 200 miles away as nine Supreme Court justices debate a labor union case, the pair left to defend unionized employ...

Involved in Oakland: Volunteer organizations at Pitt

Involved in Oakland: Volunteer organizations at Pitt

By Brittany Zortman | For the Pitt News

May 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

One of the first events new Pitt students are encouraged to attend every fall is the volunteer fair in the William Pitt Union. Volunteer organizations from around campus set up tables to distribute information about their missions to interested students. Wandering around the open ballroom as a firs...

Produce at Pitt: New grocery store comes to Oakland

Produce at Pitt: New grocery store comes to Oakland

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

As Pitt transitions into the fall semester, students can finally stop mourning the loss of 7-Eleven and welcome the new grocery store that is coming to Forbes Avenue. Although Slurpees will no longer be available, fresh fruits and vegetables will soon enter the Oakland scene. Jim Earle, Pitt’s a...

Pitt alums remember Peter’s Pub

Pitt alums remember Peter’s Pub

By Samuel Weber | Staff Writer

May 23, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

At Peter’s Pub in Oakland this past weekend, the generally happy atmosphere of a normal Sunday night was nowhere to be found. Bar staff and friends sat around the bar reminiscing about their time working and hanging out at the Oakland staple, which will be closing its doors after 44 years. In a F...

2 injured in South Oakland apartment fire

2 injured in South Oakland apartment fire

By The Pitt News Staff

May 20, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, News

A three-alarm apartment fire struck an apartment building at 3315 Ward St. in South Oakland Sunday night around 10:30 p.m., sending two people to the hospital. According to Pitt spokesperson Kevin Zwick, neither victim is affiliated with the university. One victim is being treated at UPMC Presbyterian Ho...

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