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Big man on campus: Settled in, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher sets his sights higher than the Cathedral

Big man on campus: Settled in, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher sets his sights higher than the Cathedral

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

After one year of leading from the Cathedral of Learning’s corner office, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher is a man who still speaks with the same measured optimism as he did on his first day last August. Now, he has a sense of what the University’s community can accomplish. He knows what he wants to do ...

Pitt to close several streets in preparation for move-in

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Roads will close and dorms will open as students arrive on campus next week for the fall semester. In a release Thursday, Aug. 20, Pitt’s Department of Parking and Transportation Services announced it will allow limited or no traffic from Aug. 24 through 28 on the following streets:  Forbes and Fifth Av...

Stack’d Burgers and Beer to open new location in Oakland

Stack’d Burgers and Beer to open new location in Oakland

By Dale Shoemaker and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

August 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

After two other restaurants closed for good last school year at the corner of Forbes and Oakland Avenues, Stack’d Burgers and Beer hopes the third time’s the charm. Stack’d operations manager Colleen Wolf said the sit-down burger joint, which has another location in Shadyside, plans to open i...

Community members support, critique bike lane proposal at public meeting

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Health, News

Put Oakland and bike lanes in the same sentence, and some residents are bound to get upset. At the final project presentation for proposed bike lanes in Oakland, some of the more than 50 attendees were concerned that installing bike lanes along the O’Hara, Bigelow, Bayard Street corridor would elimina...

Family, friends honor late student Stephen Patrizio

Family, friends honor late student Stephen Patrizio

By Dale Shoemaker and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

August 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Above all else, Stephen Patrizio was a good friend. “I just always remember how excited he was to see me, or any of his good friends. It made you feel so special,” said David “DJ” Gress, a junior at Penn State and friend of Patrizio. Gress had known Patrizio since the two went to Bishop Shanahan...

They picked them, we read them

They picked them, we read them

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Each summer, Marianne Novy rummages through her home, gathering the books she hadn’t had a chance to read during the school year. Novy, a literature professor at Pitt, said like many others, she gets to read more in the summer because she has more time. She starts at home, then builds a list of...

Pitt provides payment and housing for summer interns, but not all accommodations

By Annemarie Carr / For The Pitt News

August 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

hey live in the dorms, they work with the professors and they know campus like the backs of their hands — but they’re not Pitt students. They’re summer interns. Angelica Herrera, Llorr Robinson and Megan Hoffman are all from different universities around the country, but they’re all interning...

Security guards rally for higher wages, better benefits

Security guards rally for higher wages, better benefits

By Alexis Mazzeo / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Uncategorized

After 22 years on the job as a security guard, Dennis England makes $9 an hour — $1.75 above Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. Thursday morning, he decided to march for a change. England, members of the Service Employees International Union and dozens of security guards from around Pittsburgh held...

Celebration at the Women’s World Cup Final

Celebration at the Women’s World Cup Final

By TNS

July 7, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

The United States' Carli Lloyd (10) celebrates her hat-trick goal during the FIFA Women's World Cup Final match between USA and Japan on Sunday, July 5, 2015, at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, Canada. (Vaughn Ridley/PA Wire/Zuma Press/TNS)...

Her true colors: Oakland gathers in Schenley Plaza for Women’s World Cup

Her true colors: Oakland gathers in Schenley Plaza for Women’s World Cup

By Alexis Mazzeo / Staff Writer

July 7, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Independence Day had passed, but thousands of Schenley Plaza visitors stayed in their red, white and blue ensembles for one extra day.An estimated 3,000 soccer fans gathered in the park, donning their most patriotic attire, to watch the public screening of the Women’s World Cup Final. Minutes into th...

Pitt delays dean search until fall

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

July 7, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Pitt is delaying its search for a new dean of students until the start of the fall term after saying in February it would begin the search sometime this summer.Pitt spokesperson Ken Service said in an email last weekthat the schedule he provided in February was an estimate and said Provost Patricia Beeson...

Construction crane damages Langley Hall

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

July 3, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

A crane fell into Langley Hall on Friday morning, damaging the building.Between 9-9:30 a.m., the crane, which belongs to Franco Associates, a construction company renovating Ruskin Hall, tipped over and hit the side of Langley Hall, according to Pitt spokesperson Ken Service. No one was injured.A few p...

Eddie Lowy and his partner Ricardo Cortes

Eddie Lowy and his partner Ricardo Cortes

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

June 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Racial Diversity at Pitt

Racial Diversity at Pitt

By Alex Ryan / Art Director

June 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

After SCOTUS ruling, Pennsylvania looks to nix discrimination

After SCOTUS ruling, Pennsylvania looks to nix discrimination

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

June 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

When he heard the news, Eddie Lowy got goosebumps.As a rainbow-striped flag waved out front of his Downtown shop, Lowy, who is gay and identifies as a man, fixed his eyes on a television set and learned that nationally, he was granted a new right. The United States Supreme Court voted 5-4 in a historic rulin...

Las Palmas struck with health code violation

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

June 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News

The Allegheny County Health Department has issued a consumer alert for Las Palmas for violating several health codes.Las Palmas, located on Atwood Street, is facing 19 health code violations after the ACHD inspected the grocery store and restaurant during a routine inspection on June 24. The Health De...

Strides for difference: After new hire Pitt examines its diversity efforts

Strides for difference: After new hire Pitt examines its diversity efforts

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

June 30, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Pamela Connelly wants to make Pitt a more diverse campus, but she doesn’t have a plan — yet.“We can’t say today, ‘We have this plan that’s going to happen,’ because we are still trying to piece together everything we have and get all the information in one place,” Connelly, Pitt’s n...

‘American Idol’ comes to Pitt

‘American Idol’ comes to Pitt

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

June 23, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Culture, Music, National News, News

Idolized: Local hopefuls vie for ‘American Idol’ slots

Idolized: Local hopefuls vie for ‘American Idol’ slots

By Nick Mullen and Chidi Nwakpuda / The Pitt News Staff

June 23, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Culture, Music, National News, News

When Amario Gian finished singing his cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” “American Idol” competitors and bystanders greeted him with cheers and applause as he left the audition area.But when producers told him that he didn’t advance in the competition, he left to join hundreds of other rejected...

Board of Trustees installs first female chair, approves renovations

By Alexis Mazzeo / Staff Writer

June 23, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

After a series of meetings last week, Pitt’s Board of Trustees has installed its first female chair and approved more than $34 million for building renovation projects.At its full meeting Friday morning, former Chairman Stephen Tritch handed over his gavel to Board member and Pitt alumna Eva Tansky ...

In ‘gesture of friendship,’ China Vice Premier visits Pitt

In ‘gesture of friendship,’ China Vice Premier visits Pitt

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

June 19, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

Liu Yandong, the vice premier of the People’s Republic of China, paid a visit to Pitt on Friday in what both she and University officials called a show of friendship.Yandong visited Pitt as part of a three-city tour in the U.S. Earlier in the day, Yandong met with Mayor Bill Peduto. Yandong is expected to ...

With fanfare, Heinz Memorial Chapel reopens

With fanfare, Heinz Memorial Chapel reopens

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

June 19, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

It was Anna Thomas’s job to keep the doors of the Heinz Memorial Chapel closed Thursday night.“They said, ‘Open doors for people, and try not to let the cool air out,’” Thomas, a junior engineering major, said.Thomas is a member of the Blue and Gold Society, a Pitt Alumni Association-sponsored...

Liu Yandong visits Pitt

Liu Yandong visits Pitt

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor - @theodschwarz

June 19, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

Liu Yandong,Vice Premier of the Peoples Republic of China, admires the Cathedral of Learning during her visit to the University of Pittsburgh on June 19 2015.

Heinz Memorial Chapel reopens

Heinz Memorial Chapel reopens

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor - @theodschwarz

June 18, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

OvreArts plays at the grand reopening of Heinz Chapel

Port Authority

Port Authority

June 17, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Erroll Garner

Erroll Garner

June 17, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Port Authority considers flat fare for buses

Port Authority considers flat fare for buses

By Chidi Nwakpuda, Elizabeth Lepro and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

June 17, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Each day she began her commute to her high school job, Roxana Evans lost a portion of her paycheck to Pittsburgh’s bus system.The chunk was larger than she would have liked, since her commute put her outside of Zone 1, which extends to the edge of Homestead and Edgewood — which meant she had to...

All that jazz: Jazz legend Erroll Garner’s estate donates papers to Pitt

All that jazz: Jazz legend Erroll Garner’s estate donates papers to Pitt

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

June 17, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Erroll Garner, Pittsburgh native and legendary jazz pianist, had to use a phone book to reach the piano keys.At five-foot-two, Garner had to prop himself up to play. Now, Garner’s former assistant, Martha Glaser, has donated his papers, including the phone book he used to sit on, to Pitt’s University Libr...

Pitt professor killed in car crash

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

June 10, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

A fatal car crash on June 8 took the life of a 13-year Pitt professor.At 12:10 a.m. on June 8, George Jucha Jr.’s car collided with another vehicle on Route 22 in Washington County. According to Pitt spokesman John Fedele, Jucha had been a part-time instructor in the computer science department sin...

Eleven individuals up for re-election to Board of Trustees

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

June 9, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Pitt announced in a release Monday that the Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board of Trustees advanced 11 individuals for re-election to the Board.The full Board will vote on the candidates’ re-election at a meeting on June 19.According to Pitt spokesperson John Fedele, current Board members and Uni...

Pitt to complete Cathedral elevator modernization project next spring

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

June 9, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

The days of pressing a button when you get in a Cathedral of Learning elevator are coming to end as kiosks are replacing what used to be an internal function.The University announced Monday that the first phase of the elevator renovation project in the Cathedral of Learning has inched a step closer towar...

Uber paves way to success for Pittsburgh engineers

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

June 9, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

Uber is growing far beyond an app, and it's riding on Pittsburgh engineers to expand. Uber, the international rideshare company, opened its Advanced Technologies Center (ATC) in Pittsburgh in February after developing a strategic partnership with Carnegie Mellon University. Now, Uber is expanding that partnership to inclu...

Bombay Curry House reopens after receiving health permit

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

June 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Health, News

After a brief closure, the Bombay Curry House is open for business — again.The new Indian restaurant in Oakland, which filled Mi Ranchito’s vacancy at 346 Atwood St. on May 29, reopened Friday after the Allegheny County Health Department issued a health permit to the restaurant. The Health Departme...

Graeme Meyer resigns

Graeme Meyer resigns

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

June 2, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Student Government

Two international restaurants come to Oakland

By Chidi Nwakpuda

June 2, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Health, News

Where two vacant eateries once stood on Atwood Street, two more will fill their spaces.At 328 Atwood St., where India Garden once operated, Sichuan Gourmet, a new Chinese restaurant, will open, restaurant owner Wei Yu said. Eight doors down, at 346 Atwood St., Bombay Curry House opened on May 29 at t...

John Petersen, namesake of Petersen Events Center, passes away

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 31, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

John Petersen’s legacy will live on through the Petersen Events Center.Petersen, who is the Pete’s namesake, died Saturday, Pitt spokesperson Ken Service said.Petersen, an alumnus and benefactor of the University, passed away after a two-year battle with brain cancer. As of Sunday afternoon, his f...

SGB President Graeme Meyer resigns

SGB President Graeme Meyer resigns

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 29, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

Less than five months into his term, Pitt’s Student Government Board President Graeme Meyer has resigned. In a release Friday, SGB said Meyer resigned, effective immediately. Executive Vice President Nasreen Harun will assume Meyer’s role and hold it until the end of the current SGB term, which ends n...

Dumpster fire near Bates Hill Apartments

Dumpster fire near Bates Hill Apartments

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

May 29, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Firefighters put out a dumpster fire in the parking lot of Bates Hill Apartments in South Oakland.

Pitt Police investigating campus dumpster fires

Pitt Police investigating campus dumpster fires

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 29, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Pitt Police are investigating the cause of multiple fires set this week in dumpsters and garbage cans on lower campus.Police responded to calls about the fires from 11:22 p.m. Wednesday until approximately 2 a.m. Thursday, according to a crime alert on Pitt Police’s website. The fires were containe...

How to get the most pizza for your peso

How to get the most pizza for your peso

By Alex Ryan, Production Manager

May 28, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Health, News

Pizza is a staple of college life, especially in Oakland. But which shop offers the most pizza for the least of your pocket change? To obtain this data, we calculated the area of each pizza and divided the total area by the price of the pie. All prices are from EatStreet.com, and we used a 16-inch pi...

How to eat healthy in college: A Q&A with a dietitian

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

May 28, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News

The Pitt News: How exactly do you define healthy eating?Elizabeth Ruder: I would say that a healthy diet is one that incorporates a variety of foods. It’s not just short lists of good foods and bad foods. You should even include some things one might be quick to categorize as bad foods, but the majo...

Faith in the Steel City: Religion on campus

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

After years of having their parents decide whether or not they went to church or religious services, many Pitt students are actively taking part in religious organizations of their own accord, and the organizations are thriving.In 2012 the Public Religion Research Institute conducted the Millennials ...

Politics @ Pitt

Politics @ Pitt

By Katelyn Binetti / Staff Illustrator

May 28, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

Activism and attitudes: Politics at Pitt

Activism and attitudes: Politics at Pitt

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

In 1970, Paul Finkelman tied a headband around his forehead that read ‘Strike’ and joined hundreds of other students at Syracuse University protesting the Vietnam War. “[The political environment] was much more intense when I was in college,” Finkelman, now a civil liberties expert at Albany Law S...

After cuts, Pitt announces Year of the Humanities

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 28, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

After drastic cuts last year, Pitt will seek to resurrect the humanities.Last year, Pitt cut its religious studies graduate program and suspended admission to its German and classics graduate programs. Now, Provost Patricia Beeson has announced that the 2015-2016 academic year will be the ‘Year of the...

It’s cool to be queer: LGBT community strong at Pitt

By Alexis Mazzeo / For the Pitt News

May 28, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

After Ben Wahlberg wore their first dress, they finally understood themselves.It took until their junior year, but after Wahlberg, who is genderqueer and prefers the pronoun “they,” wore that first dress, Wahlberg felt they didn’t have to hide who they were anymore. “I felt it was something...

From far away lands: How students cope with distance

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

When he was a Pitt freshman two years ago, Manoj Narava was 2,500 miles from home.“I wanted to try something new,” he said.Last fall, Narava was part of the nearly 30 percent of Pitt’s undergraduate student body that came from out-of-state. According to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid...

Formalities first: How to talk to your professors

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

May 28, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

The incoming freshmen class will have no trouble sending text messages and writing tweets, but when it comes to composing an email, experience has proven it to be a harder task. According to Pitt professors, one of the worst mistakes a student can make is treating an email like a text message. Professors like J...

What PittStart won’t tell you: Advice from the class of 2015

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Not long after Samantha Nuttall got to Pitt as a freshman, a bus driver told her and one of her friends they were on the wrong bus — in the middle of a neighborhood, far from Oakland.The pair “got off the bus in the middle of some suburb to wait for some bus to take us back to Oakland,” Nuttall said. “It was h...

Instagram says…

Instagram says…

By Stephen Caruso / Layout Editor

May 26, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Tech Science

Not green enough: After Year of Sustainability, campus environmentalists say Pitt should have done more

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

May 26, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Tech Science

Pitt is one of the greenest colleges in the U.S., according to a new Princeton Review rating, but some student activists are still not satisfied.At the end of April, Pitt completed its first-ever Year of Sustainability, an initiative Provost Patricia Beeson established for the 2014-15 academic year ...

Instagram says emoji could be a new form of language, experts, students are not so sure

Instagram says emoji could be a new form of language, experts, students are not so sure

By Alexis Mazzeo / For the Pitt News

May 26, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Tech Science

Scott Fahlman didn’t mean to start a trend.When Fahlman, a computer science researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, would communicate with colleagues on online message boards in the early 1980s, he needed a way to let them know when he was being serious and when he was joking. With a few simple strok...

Pitt staff questions Chancellor at conference

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 19, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Kathy Hansell-Prigg has noticed that some of her colleagues are leaving Pitt — for higher pay in their fields elsewhere.At a public meeting yesterday, she got the chance to ask Chancellor Patrick Gallagher what he plans to do to keep Pitt competitive. At the Staff Association Council’s spring dev...

Pa. Senate introduces minimum wage bill

Pa. Senate introduces minimum wage bill

By Stephen Caruso / Layout Editor

May 12, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

Dorothy and her hatchling

Dorothy and her hatchling

By Photo courtesy of Kate St. John

May 12, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Pennsylvania Senate seeks to raise minimum wage

Pennsylvania Senate seeks to raise minimum wage

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

May 12, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

For Josh Orange, making $7.25 per hour, the Pennsylvania minimum wage, is not enough. He wants $15 an hour.At rallies last semester, Orange, a Pitt senior, told the story of growing up in Detroit with his mother, who worked for minimum wage to raise him and his siblings. She worked long hours in the se...

Dorothy does it again: Pitt’s peregrine falcon hatches 43rd egg on Mother’s Day

Dorothy does it again: Pitt’s peregrine falcon hatches 43rd egg on Mother’s Day

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 12, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

No one — especially Kate St. John — thought it would happen, but on Mother’s Day, Dorothy the falcon’s 43rd egg hatched.Dorothy is a peregrine falcon that nests on top of the Cathedral of Learning. She’s been there since 2001, and first nested in 2002, according to St. John, a volunteer wit...

Pitt to build Iranian Nationality Room

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

May 12, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

E. Maxine Bruhns doesn’t like how Iran is portrayed in the U.S., so she’s taking its perception into her own hands. Bruhns is the director of the Nationality Rooms at Pitt and after two unsuccessful attempts dating back to 1958, Pitt — after it secures funding — is nearly set to transform room 35...

The Pittsburgh Marathon

The Pittsburgh Marathon

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

May 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Health, News, Tech Science

Greg Walters

Greg Walters

By Photo Courtesy of Adam Wolff

May 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News

Greg Walters (right) with his Pi Kappa Phi "big brother" Adam Wolff (left)

The toll of twenty-six point two

The toll of twenty-six point two

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Health, News, Tech Science

At the starting line Sunday morning, Pitt students Kimberly Goehring and Shea McMurtry were worried their feet and ankles might not hold up.Goehring and McMurtry lined up in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh with nearly 30,000 other registered runners for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunda...

From print, to online, to Flickr: the state of Pitt’s yearbook

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

May 5, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

When it comes to memories at Pitt, a web-based photo platform has beaten out the hard copy of the yearbook.Last November, Student Affairs and Student Government Board made the decision to reallocate approximately $40,000 needed to print Pitt’s yearbook, Panther Prints, and eliminate publication of...

Family, fraternity honor late student Greg Walters

Family, fraternity honor late student Greg Walters

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

May 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News

On the first day of fraternity rush, Gregory Walters wore a dressy L.L. Bean vest over his button-down shirt. It was also one of Greg’s first days at Pitt, and the other fraternity brothers thought he had overdressed for the event. “After seeing him in what is now known as his common attire, I ins...

Service workers, Pitt strike deal

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 5, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

After more than five months without a contract, service workers reached an agreement Tuesday with the University and their workers’ union.The new contract includes wage increases and improved training. The previous contract expired in December and lacked both of these amenities, a release from Local 32B...

Pitt, high school students rally for Freddie Gray

Pitt, high school students rally for Freddie Gray

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

May 3, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

In a show of solidarity, local high school students and young Pittsburgh activists took a stand to display their angst over the death of Freddie Gray Saturday night..Police estimated approximately 200 people attended a rally in Schenley Plaza at 6 p.m. to remember Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man who died ...

Student’s attacker arrested

By Dale Shoemaker and Liz Lepro / The Pitt News Staff

May 1, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

After a reported assault on a student Wednesday afternoon, Pitt Police have arrested Jon S. Mattison on one count of indecent assault, one count of unlawful restraint and one count of simple assault.Police arrested Mattison, a Homestead resident with no University affiliation, for assaulting Pitt sophomore Stephanie Kong. ...

Pitt student passes away over weekend

By The Pitt News Staff

April 23, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

A Pitt student was found dead last Saturday night in an off-campus residence in Oakland.A supervisorat the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said police found Gregory Walters, 20, at 9:42 p.m. on April 18 at 334 Ophelia Street. The cause of death was suicide, according to the supervisor.Walters, 20, was a sop...

Legalization in the U.S.

Legalization in the U.S.

By Katelyn Binetti / Staff Illustrator

April 19, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Health, National News, News, Tech Science

Sativa vs. indica

Sativa vs. indica

By Alexandra Ryan / Production Manager

April 19, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, National News, News, Tech Science

The how and why of munchies

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

April 19, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, National News, News, Tech Science

Spreading peanut butter on a block of cheese or dipping a banana in a mug of Swiss Miss sounds like five-star appetizing after hitting a bowl for a reason. The THC’s effect on the brain can explain the post-pot urge to rummage through kitchen cabinets for unconventional concoctions. Marijuana impairs the ab...

The state of legalization

The state of legalization

By Elizabeth Lepro and Alex Leighton / The Pitt News Staff

April 19, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Health, National News, News

In the Pennsylvania Senate, marijuana legislation is up for reconsideration — but supporters say the bill isn’t about getting high.  Gov. Tom Wolf has supported an act that would legalize the use of medical cannabis. Proponents, including families and cannabis reform groups, however, opponents say t...

Which weed is which: Experts compare pot strains

Which weed is which: Experts compare pot strains

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

April 19, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, National News, News

When Ken Estes, a grower based in California, crossbred Purple Urkle and Big Bud in 2003, he made Grand Daddy Purp —  now one of the most popular strains of marijuana in the United States.But Grand Daddy Purp, known for its cerebral euphoria and physical relaxation, is just one of thousands of strain...

State of Pitt’s funding

State of Pitt’s funding

By Emily Hower / Assistant Layout Editor

April 17, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

Edith Bell speaks at Pitt

Edith Bell speaks at Pitt

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

April 16, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

Gov. Wolf proposes to increase Pitt’s state funding

Gov. Wolf proposes to increase Pitt’s state funding

By Gabriel Naccarato / Staff Writer

April 16, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

After years of education budget cuts from former Gov. Tom Corbett, Gov. Tom Wolf wants to put money back into Pitt’s pockets. In his first few months in office, Wolf has proposed to reverse Corbett’s education cuts. For Pitt, the decrease in appropriations, at its peak, included a 19 percent cut fr...

Holocaust survivor speaks amidst controversy

Holocaust survivor speaks amidst controversy

By Dale Shoemaker and Mark Pesto / The Pitt News Staff

April 16, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

Some called it a remembrance, but others called it a repurposing. In a joint effort, Pitt’s branch of Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace hosted Edith Bell, a Jewish woman and Holocaust survivor, to speak in the William Pitt Union on International Holocaust Remembrance Da...

Workers march to increase minimum wage

Workers march to increase minimum wage

By Elizabeth Lepro and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

April 15, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

Rev. Rodney Lyde of the Baptist Temple Church looked out on a crowd of protestors sitting in the middle of Forbes Avenue and said that he couldn’t accept Pittsburgh’s title as the “most livable city.”Lyde disputed the title that The Economist has bestowed upon the city at the Fight for $15 prot...

Changing Tides: Slutciety becomes The Fourth Wave

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

April 15, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

In the spirit of inclusion, Pitt’s leading feminist publication has dropped its original name, Slutciety, and has rebranded itself with its organization’s own wave of feminism. For its February issue, the group renamed the monthly publication The Fourth Wave, as the group is striving for more inc...

Jill Abramson at Pitt

Jill Abramson at Pitt

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

April 15, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

After NYT firing, Jill Abramson taps new beat in journalism

After NYT firing, Jill Abramson taps new beat in journalism

By Natalie Daher & Danielle Fox / The Pitt News Staff

April 15, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

Far from flipping on cruise control, Jill Abramson went from steering The New York Times as its first female editor to navigating journalism’s digital depths in uncharted waters.Once the captain of the Fourth Estate and now the entrepreneur willing to shell out $100,000 for a “whale” of a story, Abr...

SGB

SGB

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

April 15, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

The Board discusses an upcoming referendum at their final meeting of the semester

Board debates neutrality, discusses name change

Board debates neutrality, discusses name change

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

April 15, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

Change its name, change its name — the Student Government Board will have students vote to change the Board’s name to the Student Government Association. Students can vote on the name referendum through their MyPitt portals. Voting will open on Thursday at 8 a.m. until Friday at 8 p.m. Leading u...

Uncle Jimmy’s averts permanent closure

Uncle Jimmy’s averts permanent closure

By Dale Shoemaker and Harrison Kaminsky / The Pitt News Staff

April 13, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

After closing its doors Friday morning, South Oakland watering hole Uncle Jimmy’s revived itself late Friday night. The Allegheny County Treasury Department temporarily closed Uncle Jimmy’s, on Semple Street, because the owners had failed to pay its alcoholic beverage tax.In one lump sum, Uncle...

Charles Bolden to speak at Pitt’s commencement ceremony

Charles Bolden to speak at Pitt’s commencement ceremony

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

April 13, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

NASA’s top brass, Charles Bolden, is touching down at Pitt for graduation.Pitt said Monday that Bolden, administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and retired major general of the U.S. Marine Corps, will speak at the 2015 commencement convocation on April 26. At the ceremony, Pit...

American Authors

American Authors

By Meghan Sunners / Senior Staff Photographer - facebook.com/MeghanSunnersPhotography

April 12, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

Bobby Fry, local entrepreneur, at Pitt’s TEDx

Bobby Fry, local entrepreneur, at Pitt’s TEDx

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

April 12, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

Local leaders spread ideas at Pitt’s TEDx

Local leaders spread ideas at Pitt’s TEDx

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

April 12, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

Even after graduating college with a 2.6 GPA, Bobby Fry landed a job on Wall Street with the help of his roommate’s father.“Shape yourself, so you’re ready when the world gives you opportunities,” said Fry, a Pittsburgh native and owner of Bar Marco, a restaurant in the Strip District. Fry spoke ...

American Authors, food trucks headline Bigelow Bash

American Authors, food trucks headline Bigelow Bash

By Alex Leighton / Staff Writer

April 11, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Three weeks after the official beginning of spring, students sang, danced and ate on Bigelow Boulevard, ringing in the first spell of warm weather.About 500 people on Saturday attended Bigelow Bash, Pitt Program Council’s free annual spring concert, according to Pitt Police officer Guy Johnson. The festivities b...

The Perfect Pour

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

April 10, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News

Michael Barnes can tell a good pour just by the smell. The art of pouring beer isn’t just a formality for Barnes, co-owner of the Pittsburgh-based Broken Paddle Brewing Company. The stream of alcohol can instantly delight not only drinkers’ taste buds but also their noses.Broken Paddle Brewing ...

Brad Kopp’s homemade beer

Brad Kopp’s homemade beer

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

April 9, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

Hangovers: Fact or fiction?

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

April 9, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

Next time, think twice before chowing down on an entire pizza to sober up after drinking. There’s no need to pack on the extra calories, according to Megan Stahl, a health educator for Student Health Services.Beer and liquor-related myths run amok in Pittsburgh, the U.S. city with the most bars per per...

Brew Crew: Pitt students drown themselves in the DIY world of beer brewing

Brew Crew: Pitt students drown themselves in the DIY world of beer brewing

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

April 9, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

The first beer Brad Kopp ever brewed fell flat for his father.“It had such a sour taste,” Kopp said. “My dad has the corniest sense of humor, and he still hasn’t let me live it down. Every time I give him a beer, he says ‘Is it going to taste like that first one?’” Kopp, a senior chemi...

Students lose power in South Oakland

By Harrison Kaminsky and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

April 9, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

A lightning storm prompted nearly 500 power outages in South Oakland.The customers of Duquesne Light, the primary power provider of Oakland, lost power on Thursday evening, according to spokesperson Jessica Rock.The outage affected parts of Atwood Street, Meyran Avenue, and part of the 3700 block of Forb...

70 Faces

70 Faces

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

April 9, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Students launch new campus publication

Students launch new campus publication

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

April 9, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Pitt is getting some new faces — 70 of them, to be exact.On Wednesday night, students from all backgrounds gathered in the William Pitt Union for a night of music, poetry, art and the debut of Pitt’s newest student publication, 70 Faces. The magazine is a semiannual publication that will focus o...

Business school dean announced

By Dale Shoemaker and Elizabeth Lepro / The Pitt News Staff

April 9, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

Arjang Assad is new to Pitt, but not to life as a college dean.Pitt announced Wednesday that Assad, who is currently the dean of the School of Management at the State University of New York at Buffalo, will become the dean of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Admin...

70 Faces

70 Faces

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

April 8, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, Student Government

Zombie culture in Pittsburgh

Zombie culture in Pittsburgh

By Katelyn Binetti / Staff Illustrator

April 7, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

Service workers rally outside the Cathedral of Learning

Service workers rally outside the Cathedral of Learning

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

April 7, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

Board, Committees introduce Governing Code bills

Board, Committees introduce Governing Code bills

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

April 7, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

It’s what’s on the inside that counts, according to Student Government’s Judicial Committee.On Tuesday night, the Student Government Board hosted its public meeting at Nordy’s Place at 8:45 p.m., where Judicial Committee Chair Kyle Hoch introduced a bill meant to clarify and reinforce the rules i...

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