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Want food, faster? There’s an app for that.

Want food, faster? There’s an app for that.

By Sheldon Satenstein / Assistant Visual Editor

September 4, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

With Tapingo, students can pick up food faster from campus and Oakland eateries.

Cut time, cut lines: Pitt adopts new app

Cut time, cut lines: Pitt adopts new app

By Katie Fennell / Staff Writer

September 4, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Fast food at Pitt just got faster. The University recently began using Tapingo this semester, an app that allows students to order and pay for food ahead of time, and then pick it up at campus dining locations. The students using the app pay the same price for food that they would have after standing in li...

Musical backgrounds pay off for students

By Anjana Murali / For The Pitt News

September 2, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

For Matt Aelmore, making money as a musician is a “tricky situation.”Aelmore is one of many Pitt students who work as musicians and hope to make a little money on the side while doing it. According to the Department of Music’s website, there are about 40 graduate students and 50 undergraduate mus...

Bill Dorsey

Bill Dorsey

By Zach Schaffer / Senior Staff Photographer

September 1, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Bill Dorsey sings by the Rite-aid on Fifth Avenue. 

For Bill: Crowdfunding worth singing about

For Bill: Crowdfunding worth singing about

By Jesseca Muslin / For The Pitt News

September 1, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Nearly every day, Oakland’s resident gospel singer Bill Dorsey takes his sidewalk stage outside the Rite Aid on Forbes Avenue with his boom box and walking stick. But his song isn’t purely for pleasure. Dorsey, 65, is blind and has been street performing to earn money for nearly four decades.Thou...

Mind, body and soul floor comes to WPU

Mind, body and soul floor comes to WPU

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

September 1, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

This year, students can study, work out, shower and still have time for peaceful prayer or reflection — all without leaving the William Pitt Union.Student Affairs finished renovations to the third floor of the Union on Aug. 15 — a change that will provide a new way for students to unite mind, body and soul, according to Dean of Students Kathy Humphrey.“After listening c...

Bill Dorsey

Bill Dorsey

By Zach Schaffer / Senior Staff Photographer

September 1, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Bill Dorsey sings by Rite-aid on Forbes Avenue.

The Vampire Ninja Diaries

The Vampire Ninja Diaries

By Adam Larkey/NBC

August 27, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Joel Brady competed on NBC's "American Ninja Warrior" this summer. 

High definition cable service now available in campus housing

By Kat Prosachik / Staff Writer

August 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Sunday Night Football  will be coming to you in high definition this semester. Over the summer, Pitt switched the cable provided by Comcast from standard definition to high definition. Pitt spokesman John Fedele said in an email that the University made the change because “most students now have H...

Activities Fair 2014

Activities Fair 2014

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

August 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Roughly 5,000 students attended this year's activity fair in the Petersen Events Center.

PNC Bank ATMs in Oakland

PNC Bank ATMs in Oakland

By Via Google Maps

August 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

PNC Bank has 10 ATM locations on Pitt's Oakland Campus. 

PNC dominates campus with exclusive Pitt deal

PNC dominates campus with exclusive Pitt deal

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

August 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

College students may not be known for their fat wallets, but that doesn’t make their money any less valuable.Oakland is home to a multitude of bank branches, but with 10 PNC ATM locations and a special agreement between the University and the bank, other competitors are outnumbered on Pitt’s campus.M...

Students prepare for new year at activities fair

Students prepare for new year at activities fair

By Conor McAteer / For The Pitt News

August 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Pitt students rushed up Cardiac Hill to the Petersen Events Center this weekend, though basketball season hasn’t yet started.Students filled the Peterson Events Center Sunday afternoon to sign up for email lists and join organizations at the Activities Fair, which rounded off freshmen orientation week...

Lantern Night: Pitt’s oldest tradition illuminates Heinz Chapel

Lantern Night: Pitt’s oldest tradition illuminates Heinz Chapel

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

August 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Never underestimate the power of a Pitt woman and a Pitt education.Mary Ellen Callahan, keynote speaker of Pitt’s 94th annual Lantern Night, spoke to the women of the new freshman class and advised them to always remember their value and the value of their university.Hundreds of members of the Pitt...

Welcome Back: Posvar’s new roof to reduce Pitt’s pollution

Welcome Back: Posvar’s new roof to reduce Pitt’s pollution

By Emily Ahlin / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials

Pitt’s Posvar Hall, an office and lecture space for the University, will help students breathe easier this fall with a new roof that cleans up air pollution. Pitt spokesman John Fedele said Pitt purchased roof materials from Siplast, an advanced roofing and waterproofing company based in Dallas, Tex...

Welcome Back: Wait no more: Cathedral elevators to be updated

Welcome Back: Wait no more: Cathedral elevators to be updated

By Cristina Holtzer / News editor

August 19, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials

After more than 80 years with the same setup, the Cathedral of Learning elevators are finally getting some much-earned TLC.The first steps toward installing the new elevators will begin this September when two elevator cars will be shut down for three to four weeks at a time to align the rails on whi...

Welcome Back: Streaming is the new black: TV binging on campus

Welcome Back: Streaming is the new black: TV binging on campus

By Emily Ahlin / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

The binge-watching bandwagon is taking everyone along for a ride to enjoy the newest way to watch television. From Pitt students to cable companies, many are taking full advantage of one of the 21st century’s grandest achievements to date: Internet streaming. Now, instead of watching a new episode o...

Electric cars coming to Pitt this year

Electric cars coming to Pitt this year

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

June 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Cars that cost only 25 cents per day to operate and can connect to the Internet may sound like an idea out of a sci-fi novel but they’re coming to Pitt this year. Internet2, a collaborative research group, selected Pitt along with three other universities to each receive four Innova Dash electric micr...

Normcore clothing: The Anti-Trend

Normcore clothing: The Anti-Trend

By Nerine Sivagnanam / For The Pitt News

June 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

The same queasily colored Patagonia fleece your dad wears has been popping up around college campuses — but now, it’s endearingly nicknamed the “fratagonia” by those who wear it.The fleece is a part of “normcore,” a new term buzzing throughout the fashion world to describe a trend that is the...

Facebook page inspires students

Facebook page inspires students

By Taira Alabi / Staff Writer

June 10, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Struggles and stories around Pittsburgh that once went unnoticed are now garnering thousands of likes on Facebook. Humans of Pitt is a spinoff of the popular Humans of New York Facebook page, a place where Facebook users can view photos of their fellow citizens captioned with quotes and anecdotes. H...

Physics team builds adaptive technology

Physics team builds adaptive technology

By Ilya Yashin / For The Pitt News

June 3, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

The cost of ingenuity is hard to measure. In Brian D’Urso’s case, it’s thousands of dollars in savings. In the past year, D’Urso, an assistant professor of physics at Pitt, and his students have developed inexpensive substitutes for expensive instruments frequently used in his lab, as well a...

University’s email switch introduces new features

By Sarah Police / For The Pitt News

June 3, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

For Peter Moe, an outdated layout and 250MB of online storage for email is simply not enough. Moe, a graduate student studying English, was happy to find out that Pitt would be changing its current email system on July 27. The University will update the email platform currently used by students, fa...

Social media centralizes campus buzz

Social media centralizes campus buzz

By Natalie Daher / Editor-in-Chief

May 28, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

A host of new social media accounts provides yet another outlet to satisfy the human impulse to eavesdrop, vent and stir trouble. Accounts on Twitter and Facebook — including Overheard at Pitt, Pitt Problems and Panther Problems  — have gained followings of thousands of Pitt students. Anonymous owners, as well as followers or membe...

Rappers focus lyrical talent on addressing social issues

By Lauren Bauschard / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Matt Hyre started making his own music under the name T.K. KAVI when he was in high school. He wanted to create narrations through music that tell a story based on the ideals of conscious rapping — rap music with a political undertone and message.“I think it is one thing to hear a politician at a podi...

Thrift stores a cheaper way to update your wardrobe

Thrift stores a cheaper way to update your wardrobe

By Raechelle Landers / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

While college students’ expenses for textbooks and rent can be pricey, the pressure to wear trendy new outfits on weekends only stretches the bill. For many students, shopping secondhand is the solution to balancing limited funds and an updated wardrobe. Fortunately, Pittsburgh has plenty to offer whe...

QUIT program helps students kick smoking habits

QUIT program helps students kick smoking habits

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

After smoking cigarettes for about a year and a half, Veronica Hill decided it was time to quit.Hill, a senior nursing major, said she decided to quit on her birthday last December. The process took “no time,” she said, but she added that challenges arose along the way.“A lot of my friends smok...

College of General studies moves to Posvar Hall

College of General studies moves to Posvar Hall

By Macie Ellis / Staff Writer

May 27, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Students in the College of General Studies will report to a new location for classes next semester.The College of General Studies is moving to the first floor of Posvar Hall. Sherry Miller Brown, director for the college’s McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success, said the move will give the c...

Science classrooms get a makeover

By Ilya Yashin / For The Pitt News

May 27, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

David Nero is flipping a space this fall, but it isn’t a house. It’s his classroom, and it’s not in the way you’re thinking. Nero and other professors at Pitt are swapping the traditional sequence of instruction to help students better learn the material. In a “flipped classroom,” student...

Faster than a Ferrari: student-built car gears up for last race

Faster than a Ferrari: student-built car gears up for last race

By Brad Hanlon / For The Pitt News

May 20, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

In three seconds, Jonathan Powers accelerated from zero to 50 mph. “It’s like a rocketship,” Powers said of the car’s takeoff. Powers, a junior mechanical engineering major, is a driver for the Panther Racing Club, otherwise known as Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers). Every yea...

University fees to increase

By Cristina Holtzer / News editor

May 13, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

This fall, students at Pitt’s main and Titusville campuses could be paying more money in fees to the University.The Student Affairs Committee met Monday to propose raising semesterly fees, including the main campus Wellness fee from $85 to $105 and the Graduate and Professional Activity fee from $...

Chelsea Handler autographs books at University Store

Chelsea Handler autographs books at University Store

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

May 10, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

At the front of a line of people snaked around the entire University Store on Fifth Saturday afternoon was Chelsea Handler, comedian, author and TV host, signing copies of her new book Uganda Be Kidding Me.Handler came to Pitt to promote her book before her stand-up comedy show at Consol Energy Center ...

Renovations approved for David Lawrence Hall

Renovations approved for David Lawrence Hall

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

May 6, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

A project to renovate David Lawrence Hall, Pitt’s largest classroom building, will begin this summer.According to a University press release, Pitt’s Property and Facilities Committee approved a more than $7 million project to renovate the building last week. The committee is responsible for approvin...

Students fight to bring Islamic courses back

By Elizabeth Furiga / Staff Writer

May 6, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Pitt students will have four fewer opportunities to learn about the Islamic faith this fall, and some are worried that this will lead to Muslim stereotypes going unquestioned. During the upcoming fall semester, Pitt will no longer offer any of the four previously available classes that focused solely ...

Pitt basketball player faces indefinite suspension following arrest

By Raechelle Landers / Staff Writer

April 30, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Derrick Randall, a Pitt basketball player, faces an indefinite suspension from the team after being arrested for driving while intoxicated on Tuesday on Rutgers University’s campus.Randall, 24, was also charged with the possession and use of a controlled dangerous substance, according to a report in th...

Finals Edition: Legacy status an added bonus for college students

By Chris Puzia / Staff Writer

April 20, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

When Jamie Cooper was applying to colleges, she had a decision to make: whether or not she would consider Pitt simply because her family’s two preceding generations attended the school.Pitt accepted her application, and she enrolled at Pitt over her other top choice, Virginia Tech. While her family encou...

Finals Edition: Pitt students find young love during years in Oakland

Finals Edition: Pitt students find young love during years in Oakland

By Kathleen Fennell / Staff Writer

April 20, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Amy Longworth met her fiancé, Killian Byrne, in her first class at Pitt, Renaissance in England. Longworth was studying abroad at Pitt from Exeter University in England. Longworth, who graduated from Exeter University in July 2013 with a degree in English literature, said she and Byrne have been tog...

Finals Edition: Dismissal of faculty member sparks debate over adjunct

Finals Edition: Dismissal of faculty member sparks debate over adjunct

By Danielle Fox / Senior Staff Writer

April 20, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

When Sandra Saba found out the University did not rehire her favorite professor, Bobbie Jo Duffy, she began demanding answers from Pitt’s administration about transparency. Saba asked for better treatment of adjuncts and, above all, the return of Duffy to the American Sign Language department.Duffy worked...

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