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Facebook page inspires students

Facebook page inspires students

By Taira Alabi / Staff Writer

June 10, 2014

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

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

For Peter Moe, an outdated layout and 250MB of online storage for email is simply not enough.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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