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Eye to Eye

Eye to Eye

By Courtesy of Eye to Eye

January 12, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News

Eye to Eye members participate in mentoring activities.

Phone application closes the gap in long-distance relationships

By Sabrina Romano / Staff Writer

January 12, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Chris Wetherell is determined to take the heartache out of long-distance relationships. As CEO and founder of Avocado Software, Inc., based in San Francisco, Wetherell is one of many who have created apps for couples in long-distance relationships. According to a 2013 study published in the Journal o...

Eye to Eye mentors, relates to students with disabilities

Eye to Eye mentors, relates to students with disabilities

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

January 12, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News

A group of Pitt students turn their experiences with learning disabilities into lessons for youngsters.Pitt’s chapter of Eye to Eye, founded in 2012, mentors local middle school students with learning disabilities and educates collegiate and metropolitan communities in Pittsburgh about learning disabilities. ...

New activist group honors MLK, plans protest

New activist group honors MLK, plans protest

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

January 8, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a new Pittsburgh activist group, We Change Pittsburgh, will march against racism and police brutality.“The best way to commemorate Dr. King is to continue his work to end racism at home, war overseas and militarism everywhere,” said Julia Johnson, organize...

Emoticons

Emoticons

By Stephen Caruso / Layout Editor

January 8, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

Study shows emoticons bust gender stereotypes

Study shows emoticons bust gender stereotypes

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

January 8, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

When it comes to emotions, smiley faces are the great gender equalizer between men and women.In a 2000 study, Alecia Wolf, an assistant dean at the University of Texas at Tyler, looked at how people express themselves online through emoticons, keyboard characters used to represent faces. Wolf found ...

Seeing Red: FDA’s move to loosen blood donor ban meets opposition

By Lauren Wilson / For The Pitt News

January 8, 2015


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

A federal recommendation that would lift the ban on men who have had sex with other men from donating blood has left members of the LGBTQ community dissatisfied. The Food and Drug Administration issued a statement on Dec. 23 announcing recommendations to loosen the guidelines for men who have had se...

My Pitt Email service allows for alias addresses

By Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

January 8, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Tech Science

When picking a professional email address, it’s all in the name. As of Dec. 21, students, staff and faculty can personalize their Pitt email addresses with aliases, or an “additional email address that people can use to send email messages to you at Pitt,” according to Pitt’s Computing Service...

Power problems force students out of William Pitt Union

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

January 6, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

An emergency power outage forced the William Pitt Union to close at 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to WPU management.The backup generator, also known as life-safety generator, powers the fire alarm system and the emergency lighting if the main generator were to malfunction, University spokesman John Fedele said....

Honors college scholarship supports previously unawarded students

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

January 6, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

For most of her time at Pitt, Sara Clark juggled tuition payments without the grace of University scholarships.Clark depended on work-study funds and loan-based grants while meagerly rationing money that a great-aunt had saved up for her. Then, last year, the University Honors College awarded Clark, now a...

Peet’s Coffee closes doors at Pennsylvania locations

Peet’s Coffee closes doors at Pennsylvania locations

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

January 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

After providing Pitt students with hot beverages for slightly more than a year, Peet’s Coffee & Tea has gone cold.After assessing coffee shop locations in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania, Peet’s will be closing locations in those states in order to “focus on our top performing markets,” according...

Actress, activist Laverne Cox to speak at Pitt

Actress, activist Laverne Cox to speak at Pitt

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

January 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Actress and transgender rights activist Laverne Cox will speak at Pitt this spring, according to Pitt’s Rainbow Alliance. Cox, best known for her role as hairdresser Sophia Burset in the Netflix series “Orange Is The New Black,” will speak to students on March 30 at 7 p.m.Cox’s talk will kic...

Retiree Roundup: Pitt seeks new University leaders

By Emily Ahlin / Staff Writer

January 5, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

As the University community begins a new year and Patrick Gallgher starts his second semester as Chancellor, some of Pitt’s senior leaders will start new stages of their lives.Rush Miller, director of the University Library System, and Jerome Cochran, executive vice chancellor, announced last year that ...

Polar Vortex 2015?

Polar Vortex 2015?

By Aby Briner / Staff Illustrator

January 5, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

Salt Savior: Students dread cold, University prepared

Salt Savior: Students dread cold, University prepared

By Elizabeth Lepro / For The Pitt News

January 5, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

For students like Ellen Ross, living in deep South Oakland during last year’s “polar vortex” meant long underwear — and lots of it. “I did stay in a lot more instead of going to hang with people or party, because I just didn’t want to go back outside,” said Ross, a junior neuroscience ...

December graduates get a jump on the job market

By Aileen Ryan / Staff Writer

January 5, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

For Pitt alumna Brittney Ferrone, graduating early saved her thousands of dollars and allowed her enter the job market early. Ferrone, who majored in rehabilitation science, graduated a semester early in December 2013. It was easier to acquire a job, she said, because she wasn’t competing with he...

“We are white girls…”

“We are white girls…”

By Photo Courtesy of Linsey Eldridge

December 24, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Students urge Pitt to get real, remove diversity campaign

Students urge Pitt to get real, remove diversity campaign

By Dale Shoemaker and Abbey Reighard / The Pitt News Staff

December 23, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

After 794 students signed a petition on Change.org, Residence Life removed a set of posters for a diversity campaign on Dec. 12 that it hung in the lobby of Tower B.The diversity campaign, which included large posters featuring students' photos and quotes dispelling stereotypes they felt they faced, was sta...

City raises money, hope for charity this season

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

December 8, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News, Specials / Fallfinals2014

While most Pitt students are thankful that final exams are over, some in the Pittsburgh community would be thankful simply for having a winter jacket. Pitt students are working to make that happen. According to spokesman John Fedele, Pitt is attempting to break a world record with its “Give a Thread” project, which be...

Student-organized, anti-police brutality protest spans city, lasts four hours

Student-organized, anti-police brutality protest spans city, lasts four hours

By Danielle Fox and Harrison Kaminsky / The Pitt News Staff

December 5, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News, Specials / Fallfinals2014

Hundreds of Pittsburghers set out on Friday night to show the city “what democracy looks like,” marching for eight miles in the December rain.Roughly 400 protesters with signs, posters, megaphones and banners gathered in Schenley Plaza around 5 p.m., according to police. It was a mix of high scho...

Students seek short-term parking solutions on campus

By Jesseca Muslin / Staff Writer

December 4, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

When Mike Green received his third parking ticket for parking his car while he worked out, he decided something needed to be done. Green, a sophomore majoring in psychology and sociology, lives on Parkview Avenue and doesn’t have time between classes and extracurricular activities to make the long h...

Die-in protest

Die-in protest

By Joelle Smith / Social Media Editor

December 4, 2014


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

Roughly 100 students gathered on Towers patio for a die-in protest against police brutality Thursday afternoon.

A city in solidarity: Anti-police brutality protests continue Thursday

A city in solidarity: Anti-police brutality protests continue Thursday

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

December 4, 2014


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

Protests on Pitt’s campus continued Thursday afternoon, as students gathered in Towers lobby to organize a die-in to raise awareness for those who have died in police-related incidents.At 12:45 p.m., students trailed from Towers lobby to the Fifth Avenue side of Towers patio. They then laid down on the...

University administrators receive salary hikes

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

December 4, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Seven University officers have been approved for raises between 3.7 and 7 percent after the Compensation Committee of the Board of Trustees reviewed and approved the recommendations at a meeting Tuesday morning. The recommendations were made by former Chancellor Mark Nordenberg before he left office and current Chancellor Patrick...

Moment of silence

Moment of silence

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

December 3, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

More than 100 students and community members had a 4.5-minute long moment of silence in the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard as part of an hour-long protest against police brutality. 

Students, community members hold peaceful protest against police brutality

Students, community members hold peaceful protest against police brutality

By Harrison Kaminsky and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

December 3, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Pitt students and community members flooded the streets of Oakland Wednesday night to protest racial injustice and police brutality, joining other protesters around the country. More than 100 students and community members gathered in Schenley Plaza Wednesday at approximately 7 p.m. to peacefully pro...

Students relocated to fraternity house after Tower A fire

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

December 3, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

The fire that prompted the recent evacuation of Litchfield Tower A occurred during maintenance work that inhibited the fire alarms on many floors from flashing or sounding.  Pitt spokesman John Fedele said “coincidentally and unfortunately,” the alarms were down when a laptop caught fire in room 818...

Fire in Tower A

Fire in Tower A

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

December 1, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

The fire originated on the eighth floor of Tower A. 

Fire in Litchfield Tower A prompts evacuation

Fire in Litchfield Tower A prompts evacuation

By Cristina Holtzer, Danielle Fox, Harrison Kaminsky and Natalie Daher / The Pitt News Staff

December 1, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

A fire on the eighth floor of Litchfield Tower A Monday night prompted the building’s evacuation.The fire originated from the eighth floor, and someone inside the building pulled the fire alarm, according to Pitt spokesman John Fedele. The call to emergency services came at approximately 5:35 p.m. on...

Plight of Pittsburgh’s homeless

Plight of Pittsburgh’s homeless

By Zach Schaffer / Senior Staff Photographer

November 30, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Homelessness in Pittsburgh

Homelessness in Pittsburgh

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

November 30, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Fifty-nine-year-old Kevin S. Thomas doesn’t stand on the corner of Forbes and Atwood because he wants money. He stands there because he needs something to do.Thomas, formerly a member of the homeless population of Pittsburgh, now has an apartment in the Hill District and receives food stamps. Although Thom...

Pitt researchers search for worldwide health care data

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

November 30, 2014


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

Sharing public health data is one of the most important steps involved in containing “global health threats” such as Ebola, according to research from a Pitt Graduate School of Public Health team. The team announced on Nov. 24 the importance of public health data after the BMC Public Health, a me...

Sabra or Asmar? Quick Zone offers both

Sabra or Asmar? Quick Zone offers both

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

November 24, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Modern molecules: Pitt professors bring chemistry to the 21st century

By Kathy Zhao / Staff Writer

November 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

Thanks to two Pitt professors, chemistry students may have an excuse to whip out their smartphones during future study sessions. According to a University press release, assistant chemistry professors Geoffrey Hutchison and Daniel Lambrecht received an award from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation t...

Forget pitas, hummus with a side of politics

Forget pitas, hummus with a side of politics

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

November 24, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

The University will now offer an alternative hummus option on campus, one it hopes won’t leave a bitter taste for Pitt’s Students for Justice in Palestine.As part of the Boycott Divestment and Sanction (BDS) Movement, which the internationally-based Palestinian Civil Society organized, the student...

Correlation: What your playlists say about your intelligence

Correlation: What your playlists say about your intelligence

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

November 23, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

Nickelback, Lil Wayne and Kenny Chesney fans may want to turn down the music, at least while studying, suggests new data from a California Institute of Technology software designer.Virgil Griffith, a software writer who reached semi-infamy in the hacking world when he hacked the online education system B...

Dunn and Keeler honored

Dunn and Keeler honored

By Courtesy of William Dunn and John T.S. Keeler

November 20, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Pittsburgh is LGBTQ-friendly

Pittsburgh is LGBTQ-friendly

By Aby Briner / Staff Illustrator

November 20, 2014


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

Allies: Pittsburgh ranks second in state for LGTBQ friendliness

Allies: Pittsburgh ranks second in state for LGTBQ friendliness

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

November 20, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Sarita Brady, a genderqueer person, feels restricted in daily life. Brady only feels comfortable at the Rainbow Alliance office and chooses to use gender-neutral bathrooms.“It means that I feel compartmentalized as a queer and genderqueer person,” Brady, a freshman, said.There is at least one single-user, ge...

Pitt faculty honored

Pitt faculty honored

By Lauren Wilson / For The Pitt News

November 20, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Very little of what students learn in the classroom may apply to real-life campaigning, at least according to Pitt political science professor William Dunn.Dunn is one of this year’s National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) fellows and a former policy analyst and speechwriter for Ronald Re...

Speak Out

Speak Out

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

November 20, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Zerlina Maxwell visited Pitt and spoke to roughly 200 students in the William Pitt Union Ballroom about rape culture. 

#Rapeculture is…: Journalist, political analyst Zerlina Maxwell visits Pitt

#Rapeculture is…: Journalist, political analyst Zerlina Maxwell visits Pitt

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

November 20, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Go with a buddy. Don’t drink too much, and you’ll be fine. You totally raped that test. To some, phrases like these may seem casual and normal, possibly even humorous at times, but, according to Zerlina Maxwell, a political analyst, commentator and writer, these phrases are part of what condones ...

Forum begins search for next business school dean

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

November 19, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

A forum Tuesday opened the search for a new dean of Pitt’s College of Business Administration and Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.The current dean, John Delaney, announced mid-September that he will step down from his position because he believes organizations need new leadership to sta...

Pitt doctors team up for innovation

By Danielle Fox / Assistant News Editor

November 17, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

In the PInCh —Pitt Innovation Challenge — students and professors scored $400,000 prizes this weekend to advance health care. Pitt’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the Office of the Provost and the Innovation Institute hosted the second year of the challenge, and more than 60 tea...

Lazy days: Southern hospitality rules at Dixie schools

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

November 16, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Colleges across the country are diving into new recreational facilities — literally. While Pitt offers four on-campus fitness centers — Trees Hall, Baierl Student Recreation Center, Bellefield Hall and the newly renovated third floor of the William Pitt Union — universities south of Pennsylvania...

David Hartman’s house

David Hartman’s house

By Nicole Guy / Staff Photographer

November 14, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Rentalguide2014

Flip houses, get money: Freshman turns to fellow students

Flip houses, get money: Freshman turns to fellow students

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

November 14, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Rentalguide2014

Dave Hartman spent spring break during his freshman year in the basement of an Oakland house wading through sewage.“I resolved some fairly substantial plumbing problems. It wasn’t exactly Punta Cana,” Hartman said. “I did put a ton of work into the houses, but I bought them extremely cheap. My ...

Don’t be that guy: How to be a good roommate

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

November 14, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Rentalguide2014

Just months into the semester, charged arguments, passive-aggressive comments and snarky sticky-note messages make way for the opening shots of the roommate wars. “We definitely are at the end of the honeymoon period,” Luke Jennings, a resident assistant in Tower B, said of his residents. “I ...

National Society of Black Engineers

National Society of Black Engineers

By Courtesy of Robert Timmons

November 14, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

NSBE is the largest student-governed organization in the US.

National Society of Black Engineers honored by Mayor

National Society of Black Engineers honored by Mayor

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

November 14, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

Mayor Bill Peduto officially named Nov. 14 “NSBE Day in Pittsburgh” to recognize the National Society of Black Engineers and its upcoming conference this weekend. NSBE, a nonprofit founded in 1975, is a network of more than 29,000 black engineering students and is one of the largest student orga...

Living large in the Cathedral suites

Living large in the Cathedral suites

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

November 14, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Rentalguide2014

The current residents of the Cathedral Suites had no idea what was in store for them as they walked into their new home. With a staircase extending to a second floor loft, a huge living room with ceiling to floor windows and a kitchen area, the six students were beyond pleased with the living space....

Conflict Kitchen reopens today

Conflict Kitchen reopens today

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

November 11, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

Oakland restaurant Conflict Kitchen will reopen today at its normal opening time, 11 a.m., after closing on Nov. 7 because of death threats received in a letter.The restaurant announced on its Facebook page Tuesday morning that “after consultation with local law enforcement agencies,” it would reop...

Pitt aims to change low diversity numbers

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

November 10, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Chelsea Reyes may not come to Pitt. She’s worried it won’t prepare her for the real world. Reyes, a high school senior from Mount Laurel, New Jersey, is currently applying to colleges and says that while she plans on applying to Pitt, she is leaning more towards New York University partly because of...

SGB presidential candidates talk platforms, accountability and plans for restructuring

By Cristina Holtzer and Harrison Kaminsky / The Pitt News Staff

November 10, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

SGB Presidential candidates on: their main platforms, how to hold Board members responsible for their duties and their plans to restructure Pitt’s Student Government.Andrew StefanikMain platforms: Bring a level of professionalism to SGB “that it completely lacks right now,” restructure the Board and i...

Conflict Kitchen closes due to death threats, plans to reopen shortly

Conflict Kitchen closes due to death threats, plans to reopen shortly

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

November 8, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

Schenley Plaza takeout restaurant Conflict Kitchen is closed indefinitely after receiving death threats, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page.The post reads, “We have received a letter today containing death threats and we will be closed until the credibility of the letter can be established by the Pittsburgh...

Law students struggle to find jobs post-graduation

Law students struggle to find jobs post-graduation

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

November 5, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

East coast law schools have varying statistics on post-grad job rates for students.

Pittsburgh law schools pass the bar

Pittsburgh law schools pass the bar

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

November 5, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

Pittsburgh’s universities continue to push out top law talent rising above the swarms of other students vying to add “juris doctor” to their title. While coming from a school with a plush ranking on the list helps, Pittsburgh’s legal experts and recruiters say applicants must bring personalit...

Pitt reaches number 42 on U.S. News & World Report for best global universities

By Kathy Zhao / Staff Writer

November 5, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Aside from being two digits in the local area code, the numbers “four” and “two” are a newfound source of pride for Pitt students.The U.S. News & World Report released its inaugural “Best Global Universities” list last week, with Pitt at spot No. 42 out of a total 500 universities. The r...

Spice Island to become Hawker Stand in chef’s absence

Spice Island to become Hawker Stand in chef’s absence

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

November 5, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News, This Week In Photos

A message to customers about Leong’s leave of absence sits in the restaurant on poster board with colored pens for customers to write their well wishes for his recovery.

Spice Island to undergo temporary menu change

Spice Island to undergo temporary menu change

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

November 5, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

The Pacific food hub planted among Atwood’s sea of pizza shops — Spice Island Tea House — will appear in a new form starting Friday.The head chef Hai Jing Leong will be recovering from foot surgery, and owner Ron Lee said he doesn’t want to follow the current menu without the craft of Leong. ...

Barney dismissed from her role as Elections Chair

Barney dismissed from her role as Elections Chair

By Pitt News File Photo

November 3, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

The Board voted to remove Elections Chair Lauren Barney from her position on Friday.

Experts urge students to vote for more than presidents

By Kathy Zhao / Staff Writer

November 3, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Pitt students who are registered to vote this election day, Nov. 4, may fill out an absentee ballot or will vote in person at their local polling place. If, that is, they can even be bothered to do so.Ron Ruman, press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of State, said the turnout of young voter...

Board boots elections chair

Board boots elections chair

By Cristina Holtzer and Harrison Kaminsky / The Pitt News Staff

November 3, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

While the candidates are clamoring for seats on the Student Government Board, the Elections Committee Chair has lost hers in a way she deems unjust.The SGB dismissed Elections Chair Lauren Barney from her position on Friday, stating concerns over her conduct. Barney will appeal the decision with the ...

Pitt Paranormal Activity

Pitt Paranormal Activity

By TPN File Photo

October 30, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

The Early American Room in the Cathedral is one of Pitt's multiple haunted locations. 

Ghosts of Pittsburgh

Ghosts of Pittsburgh

By Jesseca Muslin / Staff Writer

October 30, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

Halloween means ghosts, spirits and things that go bump in the night — or things that go bump in broad daylight while Pitt students are sitting in class. All Hallow’s Eve is a night when the spirits of the dead are said to walk among the living. Thousands of Pitt students study in or walk past ha...

Business schools to create new scholarship

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

October 29, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Two new scholarships will be available for business students after a family-owned, Pittsburgh-based realty company donated $1 million to Pitt.The Howard Hanna family donated the money last week to the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration (CBA) to offer “nee...

SGB announces public support for Holocaust remembrance event

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

October 29, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

The Student Government Board introduced a resolution Tuesday night that will voice their public support for an interactive art display hosted by Pitt’s Hillel Jewish Student Union.The display, which will be part of Hillel’s event, Kristallnacht: The Night of Broken Glass, will serve as a Holocaust...

Sustainability in Towers

Sustainability in Towers

By TPN File Photo

October 29, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

Students worked to create a sustainability project for Towers.

Women in bioengineering

Women in bioengineering

By MCT Campus

October 29, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering is working to attract more female doctoral students.

Toilets, lightbulbs and blinds: Students create sustainability plan

Toilets, lightbulbs and blinds: Students create sustainability plan

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

October 29, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

In one week, four Pitt students earned $25,000.The winners of the 2014 Sustainable Solutions Competition won’t use their wins for books, shoes or food — instead, they’ll buy toilets. Pitt students made up five teams of three to five people and competed last month to create the most effective plan to make the campus more s...

Pitt working to attract female engineering doctoral students

Pitt working to attract female engineering doctoral students

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

October 29, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

After the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) determined Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering to be the U.S. university with the highest percentage of doctoral degrees awarded to women in engineering from 2010 to 2011, the school has dropped below the top 20 in the last two years.Gerald H...

Pitt Police Blotter

By The Pitt News Staff

October 27, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Tuesday, Oct. 219:10 a.m. — Pitt police responded to an individual who reported their iPad was missing after leaving it unattended in the William Pitt Union. The investigation is pending.12:22 p.m. — Pitt police responded to an individual who reported their wallet was missing after leaving it unattended in Tre...

The water’s fine: Panther lake to be restored

The water’s fine: Panther lake to be restored

By Jesseca Muslin / Staff Writer

October 27, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

Hidden in the valley between Schenley Park and South Oakland is a landmark many ignore.Every day, students run the trails in Schenley Park past Panther Hollow Lake, walk the bridge that crosses it or sit at its edge without knowing its history or former glory. Now, the lake has fallen into disrepair...

App created for assault victims

By Kathleen Fennell / Staff Writer

October 26, 2014


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

Connecting to a domestic violence hotline is the single greatest factor in reducing domestic violence injuries, reassaults and homicides. The Women’s Center and Shelter (WC&S) of Greater Pittsburgh, founded in 1974, had these facts in mind when it created RUSafe, a smartphone app that helps users ident...

Tears, crowns and campaigns: Homecoming king and queen named

Tears, crowns and campaigns: Homecoming king and queen named

By Danielle Fox / Assistant News Editor

October 26, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Pitt senior Megan Zammerilla attended her first Pitt football game before she could even crawl.This weekend, more than 20 years later, Zammerilla and fellow senior Feargal Gilmore stepped onto the grass at Heinz Field to claim their titles of Homecoming king and queen. Zammerilla, a senior exercise sc...

Homecoming king and queen crowned

Homecoming king and queen crowned

By Zheru Liu / Multimedia Editor

October 26, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Seniors Megan Zammerilla and Feargal Gilmore were named Pitt's homecoming king and queen for 2014.

What time is the right time?

What time is the right time?

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

October 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Bring it on

Bring it on

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

October 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014

Home for the in-staters

Home for the in-staters

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

October 24, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Where are in-state Pitt students from?

Where Yinz from?

Where Yinz from?

By Cristina Holtzer and Danielle Fox / The Pitt News Staff

October 24, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Danielle Quigley, a junior marketing major, quoted on students who say they are from “outside of Philly.”“I am from Northeast Philly. My neighborhood is called Lonsdale. When I got to Pitt and everyone kept saying they were from Philly, I was super frustrated. At first, I got really excited. I ...

Light it up

Light it up

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014, Tech Science

Pitt's homecoming laser show will use Nymbus. 

Pitt Bucket List

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

October 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

To students: What do you want to accomplish before graduating from Pitt? To alumni: What do you think undergrad students should do before graduating from Pitt?STUDENTS“Find what I’m most passionate about.” — Oana Grigoras, sophomore religious studies and biology major.“Go on a vacation with ...

Graduate student designs app to enhance laser light show

Graduate student designs app to enhance laser light show

By Kat Prosachik / Staff Writer

October 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014, Tech Science

At this year’s homecoming fireworks and laser show, spectators can do more than watch the fireworks in the sky above them — they can experience it from their palms.Nymbus, an app developed by Pitt Theatre arts graduate student David Wright, turns smartphones into glow sticks by displaying different c...

Cheer and dance teams not considered a sport by Pitt

Cheer and dance teams not considered a sport by Pitt

By Hunter Bergman / For The Pitt News

October 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014

Like many University athletes, members of Pitt’s cheer and dance teams often struggle to find the perfect balance between practice and classwork. There’s just one major difference: the University does not recognize either group as official sports.The cheer and dance teams practice three to five times pe...

What time should you show up to a party?

What time should you show up to a party?

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

October 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014

Jackie Braithwaite had a set Friday night routine during her freshman year.After her classes ended around 4 p.m., she’d go back to her dorm room in Holland Hall and study for an hour or two. Then, around 6 or 7 p.m., she would go to Market Central and eat dinner. After that, around 8 p.m., she wou...

Chancellor sits down with the Pitt News

Chancellor sits down with the Pitt News

By Christine Lim / Staff Photographer

October 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014

Chancellor Gallagher sits down with Pitt News reporter Dale Shoemaker to discuss his first three months on the job. 

Talk with the top: Gallagher’s first three months

Talk with the top: Gallagher’s first three months

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

October 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014

When Patrick Gallagher received the offer to become Pitt’s new Chancellor, he almost said no.“My knee-jerk reaction was ‘No, thank you,’” he said. “But I remember hanging up the phone thinking ‘This is one of those calls I can’t say ‘no’ to right away.’” Gallagher left his ro...

Students and Oakland residents come together at The Corner

Students and Oakland residents come together at The Corner

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

October 22, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

During the University bomb threats of 2012, Ana Martin’s classes weren’t cancelled, but moved to The Corner.“We came here to have class so we weren’t disrupted,” Martin, a senior neuroscience major, said about The Corner, a cafe and community center in West Oakland. Martin’s professor at ...

Getting an internship: Learn how at media panel

By Emily Ahlin / Staff Writer

October 22, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

In today’s job market, an internship is a non-negotiable requirement, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s executive editor David Shribman.Shribman will moderate “Media Internships: Writing on the Job,” on Monday, Oct. 27, in the William Pitt Union ballroom from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. This year, the...

Students march to protest sexual violence

Students march to protest sexual violence

By Kat Prosachik

October 22, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

“Sexist, racist, anti-gay, don’t you take our night away.”Men and women chanted this as they marched through the streets of Oakland last night for Take Back the Night, Pitt’s Campus Women’s Organization annual march to bring attention to sexual violence on campuses and throughout the world. Alecia...

Tim Gunn visits Pitt

Tim Gunn visits Pitt

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

October 21, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Tim Gunn makes it work at the William Pitt Union.

Gunning for gold: Tim Gunn visits Pitt

Gunning for gold: Tim Gunn visits Pitt

By Meghan Bray / For The Pitt News

October 21, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Even though Tim Gunn has penned three books with a fourth on the way, he didn’t recommend trying it to the audience at Pitt Monday night.  “If you have written a book — hats off to you, if you’re thinking about it — don’t,” Gunn said.Gunn said this in jest and went on to explain how wr...

SGB election candidates announced

By Abbey Reighard / Senior Staff Writer

October 21, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

For the second consecutive year, the candidates running for Student Government Board member positions have an easy election season ahead of them. There are only nine candidates running for the eight Board member positions and three candidates running for president in this year’s election. The low ...

Comcast in Pittsburgh

Comcast in Pittsburgh

By FCC

October 19, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News, Tech Science

According to the FCC, Comcast dominates the Pittsburgh Internet service provider market. 

The future of coal: Environmental relations discussed at Pitt

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

October 19, 2014


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Tech Science

In 2006, China built two coal-fired power plants every week. In 2013, China built not even one coal-fired power plant per week.Although it produces and consumes half of the world’s coal,  China, because of pressure from its citizens and the international community, has recognized the need to seek out m...

Oakland residents contemplate Internet service provider switch

Oakland residents contemplate Internet service provider switch

By Kathy Zhao / Staff Writer

October 19, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News, Tech Science

Amy Howell has a lot of half-finished movies in her Netflix queue.“We have a TV that can stream from Netflix,” Howell said. “But we were never able to watch a movie start to finish because the Internet would always cut out in the middle and disconnect our movie.”Howell, a junior bioengineering...

Get ready pre-med students: MCAT changes to come by 2015

Get ready pre-med students: MCAT changes to come by 2015

By Kat Prosachik

October 16, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Students who plan to take the Medical College Admission Test, or the MCAT, in April 2015 or later should expect a treat: three more hours of testing and several new areas to study.The new 2015 exam — which, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges will begin on April 17, 2015 — wil...

Nordy’s Place

Nordy’s Place

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

October 15, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Chancellor emeritus Mark Nordenberg tested out his new gift outside the Cathedral.

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