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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 13, 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 13, 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 13, 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 13, 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 13, 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 13, 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 2, 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 2, 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 2, 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 28, 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 28, 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 28, 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 28, 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 28, 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 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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...

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 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 ...

Students march to protest sexual violence

Students march to protest sexual violence

By Kat Prosachik

October 21, 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.

Nordenberg honored with place to sit back, relax

Nordenberg honored with place to sit back, relax

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

October 15, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said it’s an ominous feeling seeing your name etched into stone with dates next to it — but, on this day, it was for a celebration for the end of an era.  Pitt’s Staff Association Council and the University Senate honored Chancellor Emeritus Mark Nordenberg and hi...

Cybersecurity remains a tense topic

Cybersecurity remains a tense topic

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

October 15, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

With celebrities’ naked bodies plastered all over the Internet, deleted Snapchat photos rising from the webosphere and an entire music album mysteriously appearing on your iTunes account, does personal privacy even exist anymore?Web users aren’t really asking for privacy anymore, according to security ...

Sasheer Zamata comes to Pitt

Sasheer Zamata comes to Pitt

By Christine Lim / Staff Photographer

October 14, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

SNL cast member Sasheer Zamata performed a stand-up routine at Pitt Tuesday night.

Gluten-free muffins

Gluten-free muffins

By MCT Campus

October 14, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Gluten-free foods are often more calorie-dense than foods that include gluten, experts say.

Joe Mama’s to change owners, rebrand

Joe Mama’s to change owners, rebrand

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 14, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

Joe Mama's will reopen as Olio Trattoria in early November.

Joe Mama’s bought by Fuel and Fuddle owners, will reopen as new restaurant

Joe Mama’s bought by Fuel and Fuddle owners, will reopen as new restaurant

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

October 14, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

During the last week of this month, Joe Mama’s Italian DeLuxe will close briefly only to reopen as Olio Trattoria under new ownership.Brandon Smith, Greg Ripper and Daniel Sutton purchased Joe Mama’s, located on the corner of Forbes and Oakland Avenues, from Mike Hanley and Jerry DiLembo. Smith, Rippe...

Gluten-free: Students feel relief from dietary worries

Gluten-free: Students feel relief from dietary worries

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

October 14, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

When Paige Haring goes to Market Central, she says she finally feels normal.Haring, a freshman with Celiac disease and a member of the Gluten Free Awareness League, said the group has made a lot of great changes around campus since its creation in 2011 — efforts that reflect a growing desire to change...

SNL cast member performs on campus

SNL cast member performs on campus

By Kathy Zhao / For The Pitt News

October 14, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

After her first audition in New York City, Sasheer Zamata ended up standing in the street crying on her cell phone. Today, she’s the first black female cast member NBC’s sketch comedy show “Saturday Night Live” has had in seven years, and the fifth black female to ever be cast in the show. Z...

Pittsburgh Playhouse moving Downtown

Pittsburgh Playhouse moving Downtown

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

October 9, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

Students create anonymous online application

By Danah Bialoruski / For The Pitt News

October 9, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Forget Facebook  —  students today crave online discussion with all the benefits of anonymity. Rachel Handewerk, a freshman nutrition and dietetics major at Pitt, said anonymity online may change how people speak to each other. “I think that the anonymity allows people to be more outrageous i...

Point Park’s Playhouse to leave Oakland

Point Park’s Playhouse to leave Oakland

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

October 9, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

In the coming years, Oakland may lose one of its oldest characters: the Pittsburgh Playhouse.The Pittsburgh Playhouse, the performance center for Point Park University students, is located on Craft Avenue in Oakland, but will relocate to the heart of Point Park’s campus Downtown after the completi...

Palestinian takeout on campus

Palestinian takeout on campus

By Nicole Gye / For The Pitt News

October 8, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

Notes of support were left on the counter of Conflict Kitchen.

Feminism’s reach extends on campus

By Kat Prosachik / Staff Writer

October 8, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

What do Beyoncé, Jennifer Lawrence and growing groups of Pitt students have in common?Hint: It’s not fame, celebrity or money. It’s their fight for women’s rights. Merriam-Webster defines feminism as “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.” Yet, feminist — a ...

Conflict Kitchen takes heat for discussion panel

Conflict Kitchen takes heat for discussion panel

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

October 8, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

Already one for consuming large portions of controversy, Schenley Plaza takeout restaurant Conflict Kitchen heard a mouthful of concerns from the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and suffered the loss of a University Honors College sponsorship following its Palestinian discussion event.Since opening two years ...

Pitt grads find life after college scary, rewarding

Pitt grads find life after college scary, rewarding

By Sabrina Romano / Staff Writer

October 7, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

After four years of networking with Deloitte LLP, Olivia Domachowski will graduate from Pitt this spring, skip over the job search and land on track working with the company.“I will be going to private and public companies to audit their financial statements to make sure they are free of material ...

Smoke Signals

Smoke Signals

By MCT Campus

October 6, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Pitt student Kevin Pang and other researchers are studying what people are tweeting about electronic cigarettes to gage public opinion of the devices. 

What’s in a tweet: Pitt studies tech media

What’s in a tweet: Pitt studies tech media

By Kathleen Fennell / Staff Writer

October 6, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Like the benefits and risks of red wine, chocolate and afternoon naps, a new center at Pitt studies the dual effects of technology consumption.Pitt officially launched the Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health on Sept. 1 to research both the positive and negative effects of media and technology...

Fall Fest 2014

Fall Fest 2014

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

October 5, 2014


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Hoodie Allen freestyled to a crowd of Pitt students Sunday at Pitt Program Council's annual Fall Fest.

Hoodie Allen, Chiddy Bang perform at Fall Fest

Hoodie Allen, Chiddy Bang perform at Fall Fest

By Hunter Bergman and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

October 5, 2014


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A few hours before he threw a cake into the crowd on Bigelow Boulevard, Hoodie Allen learned facts and trivia about Pitt in his William Pitt Union dressing room.Steven Adam Markowitz, also known as Hoodie Allen, of Long Island, N.Y., headlined this year’s Fall Fest on Sunday, which Pitt Program Counci...

Appreciation of the arts

Appreciation of the arts

By Courtesy of the University

October 2, 2014


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Musicians and dancers from the Indonesian College of Performing Arts in Bandung, West Java

Pitt launches Indonesian arts partnership

Pitt launches Indonesian arts partnership

By Danielle Fox / Assistant News Editor

October 2, 2014


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The University of Pittsburgh and the Indonesian College of Performing Arts in Bandung, West Java, will launch a partnership next Friday furthering the schools’ study of Indonesian music and culture.The University announced this week that Pitt’s Department of Music will host 20 administrators, sc...

Marx is not dead: Pittsburgh students keep the revolution alive

By Sabrina Romano / Staff Writer

October 2, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

Their flyers are compelling, flashing pictures of socialist icons such as Karl Marx and Malcolm X. Their message is fight capitalism and empower the working class. At a time when many young people in America are apolitical, according to a 2014 poll from Harvard’s Institute of Politic, these are buddin...

Ebola spreads from Africa

Ebola spreads from Africa

By Zoe Au / For The Pitt News

October 1, 2014


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Ebola has spread to the United States from Africa — what is Pitt doing about it?

Dashing for doughnuts

Dashing for doughnuts

By Aby Briner / For The Pitt News

October 1, 2014


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Students will participate in Donut Dash 2014, a race sponsored by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Carnegie Mellon University, on Oct. 5.

Dash for doughnuts: CMU fraternity hosts ALS fundraiser

Dash for doughnuts: CMU fraternity hosts ALS fundraiser

By Kathy Zhao / For The Pitt News

October 1, 2014


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For those who can stomach it, try running two miles after eating six sweet, glazed, iced, cream-filled and jelly doughnuts.The Donut Dash 2014 is a race on Oct. 5 sponsored by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Carnegie Mellon University. Participants, including Pitt students, will run a mile-long route...

Pitt lacks resources to develop Ebola vaccine

Pitt lacks resources to develop Ebola vaccine

By Jesseca Muslin / Staff Writer

October 1, 2014


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As Ebola continues to spread through African countries, and now, with one case confirmed in the United States, many people have expressed worry that the virus will find its way to their cities and towns.But, according to experts, it’s unlikely the disease will have similar effects in the United States...

Building blocks of education

Building blocks of education

By Courtesy of Josh Hall

September 30, 2014


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Josh Hall's proposed design of the Cathedral made with Legos. 

Building Blocks of Education

Building Blocks of Education

By Photo courtesy of Josh Hall

September 30, 2014


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Josh Hall's proposed design of the Cathedral made with Legos. 

Lego Cathedral up for vote as America’s next top toy model

Lego Cathedral up for vote as America’s next top toy model

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

September 30, 2014


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 It took construction workers roughly eight years to build the Cathedral of Learning. How long would it take you to build yours? Josh Hall, blogger, IT manager and Lego enthusiast, wants the “Cathy” to have its own ready-made Lego set, and he’s seeking votes to make it a reality.Hall, 31, sta...

Angst in Oakland

Angst in Oakland

By Alex Ryan

September 29, 2014


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