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Sutherland student treated for possible meningitis

Sutherland student treated for possible meningitis

By Janine Faust / Assistant News Editor

March 28, 2018


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

A Pitt student-athlete living in Sutherland Hall is currently being treated for a potential case of bacterial meningitis, according to a statement released by the University Wednesday morning. The statement said the student was tested for the illness Tuesday, meaning the infection cannot be confi...

University Senate discusses teaching innovations

University Senate discusses teaching innovations

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

March 28, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt faculty, staff and administrators gathered Tuesday afternoon to discuss innovation in teaching and making higher education more accessible to all. About 50 Pitt faculty, staff and administrators attended the University Senate’s 2018 plenary meeting — an annual event held to discuss a pressing to...

Actor Justin Baldoni talks ‘Being Man Enough’

Actor Justin Baldoni talks ‘Being Man Enough’

By Salina Pressimone | Assistant News Editor

March 28, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Justin Baldoni is a self-proclaimed feminist of the 21st century. The actor — best known for his role on “Jane the Virgin” — said he knows he is a straight, white, privileged man with a platform, but is using that advantage to rewrite history into a new “herstory.” “We view the world ...

NAACP speaker discusses overlapping injustices

NAACP speaker discusses overlapping injustices

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

March 27, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Environmental injustice can affect anyone, whether they are an African-American with asthma living in the South Side of Chicago or a low-income white family living near a toxic waste plant. But according to Jacqueline Patterson, director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, some ...

Students share global empowerment stories

Students share global empowerment stories

By Zane Crowell | Staff Writer

March 27, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

As the doors of the William Pitt Union lower lounge opened at 8 p.m., about 150 students poured in to learn about the experiences of women in other countries. The event, Who Run the World?, was part of Pitt’s annual Women’s Empowerment Week hosted by Student Government Board. The week will see several event...

Greek life raises money through song and dance

Greek life raises money through song and dance

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

March 26, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Several Greek Life organizations went on trips Friday night — three went to Havana, Cuba, while another three traveled to Emerald City. Two wound up trapped in a video game. All of this happened on stage at the Fitzgerald Field House Friday night. Eleven different teams consisting of a mix of frat...

African studies advisor advocates for Ethiopian girls

African studies advisor advocates for Ethiopian girls

By Sophia Mastroianni | Staff Writer

March 22, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Everyone has heard the expression, “the dog ate my homework.” But Anna-Maria Karnes knew a girl living in rural Ethiopia whose textbook was scarfed down by a cow. This prevented the girl from advancing to the next grade until she borrowed enough money to buy another copy. “She was telling me...

Senate Council discusses deans, Titusville

Senate Council discusses deans, Titusville

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

March 22, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher opened up his monthly report at Wednesday’s University Senate Council meeting by recognizing the two newly appointed deans of the engineering and law schools — whose hirings were announced in rapid succession over the past two days. Gallagher said he was “very excited” to ...

Swanson School announces new dean

Swanson School announces new dean

By Salina Pressimone | Assistant News Editor

March 21, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt named James R. Martin II — currently the chair of the civil engineering department at Clemson University — as the new dean of the Swanson School of Engineering on Wednesday. Martin is the second new dean Pitt has appointed is as many days. Yesterday, Pitt named Amy Wildermuth as the new law de...

Friends remember Pitt student Chris Dayer

Friends remember Pitt student Chris Dayer

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

March 21, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Friends of Pitt student Christopher Dayer are remembering him as a kind person with a contagious smile after learning of his death. Dayer, 21, committed suicide Friday, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office. He jumped off the Panther Hollow Bridge early in the morning. He was s...

Union supporters discuss intellectual property

Union supporters discuss intellectual property

By Samuel Ruppert | For The Pitt News

March 20, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

The current campaign to create a faculty union at Pitt focuses on a host of issues, including job security, benefits and wages. Union supporters also want to figure out who owns the PowerPoints they make. A group of about 15 gathered in David Lawrence Hall Tuesday afternoon to have a panel discussion on int...

Pitt law school announces new dean

Pitt law school announces new dean

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | News Editor

March 20, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

The University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law named Amy Wildermuth, the associate vice president for faculty and academic affairs at the University of Utah, as the school’s new dean. According to a Tuesday press release, Provost Patricia Beeson said Wildermuth will begin her deanship July 1. She...

Kids strut for a cause: PDM raises money for Children’s Hospital

Kids strut for a cause: PDM raises money for Children’s Hospital

By Madeline Gavatorta and Kieran Mclean | The Pitt News Staff

March 20, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Health, News

Twelve children, ages 4 to 17, modeled personally selected JCPenney outfits in the Soldiers and Sailors auditorium Monday night on a runway of bright white Christmas lights. They were the main event at Pitt Dance Marathon’s fashion show. PDM’s Annual Fashion Show, is in its third year and raised $3,...

Students find furniture and more free and for sale

Students find furniture and more free and for sale

By Sarah Shearer | Contributing Editor

March 19, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

Picking up the couch wasn’t supposed to be an all-day affair. Kathryn Kennedy and her boyfriend Andrew Rabeneck planned to quickly move it into Kennedy’s newly rented — and bare — apartment, order pizza and watch Star Wars from the comfort of her new couch. But they didn’t know wha...

Dhirana dancers employ visual storytelling in competition

Dhirana dancers employ visual storytelling in competition

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

March 19, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

Anand Mahalingam and Vineet Raghu hosted a dance competition Saturday night for two reasons — nostalgia and hunger. Literal, physical hunger. Strutting around the stage of the Soldiers and Sailors auditorium, the two Pitt graduates hosting Dhirana — the national Indian classical dance competition he...

Pitt engineering unveils Makerspace

Pitt engineering unveils Makerspace

By Samuel Weber and Noah Manalo | The Pitt News Staff

March 19, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

On the outside, 7800 Susquehanna Street looks like an old brick factory, with hazy entrance windows, a cracked walkway and faded paint. But recently, more than 100 people gathered at the Homewood location to celebrate the debut of the newest branch of the Swanson School of Engineering, a place dedicated ...

Get your Gaeilge on: Professor preserves Irish language

Get your Gaeilge on: Professor preserves Irish language

By Cassidy Power | Staff Writer

March 15, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Marie Young left her home in Galway, Ireland, in 2001, intending to visit her brother in Pittsburgh for only three months. But what was meant to be a chance to see a little more of the world turned into a permanent change after she fell in love with the City — and a local Irishman. Young ended...

Pitt to challenge grad student union election petition

Pitt to challenge grad student union election petition

By Janine Faust and John Hamilton / TPN Staff

March 15, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt administrators have told the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board they plan challenge the graduate student petition to hold a union election, organizers said Wednesday. Pitt will look to convince the board that graduate students aren't employees. The labor board in February ruled that graduate students at Penn...

Activist, students discuss U.S. race relations

Activist, students discuss U.S. race relations

By Zane Crowell | Staff Writer

March 15, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Deepa Iyer was working in the Civil Rights division of the Department of Justice when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center September 11, 2001. She immediately thought about two different groups of people — those killed in the attacks and those in the South Asian community she belonged to....

Pitt professors compete for course grants

Pitt professors compete for course grants

By Noah Manalo | Staff Writer

March 15, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt is giving professors the chance to change their courses — but they’ll have to compete and collaborate for the limited funding. The University will accept the final proposals for the 2018 Course Incubator Grants March 30. This is the first year the grant — which is intended to allow facult...

Forbes Qdoba permanently closing

Forbes Qdoba permanently closing

By Janine Faust / Assistant News Editor

March 14, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

The Qdoba restaurant on Forbes Avenue has drizzled its last queso and handed out its final free student drink. “This Qdoba location has closed permanently,” a sign posted Wednesday at the restaurant reads. “Thank you for 16 great years!!” The owner, Chad Brooks, said the closure was a ...

International students stay stateside for spring break

International students stay stateside for spring break

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

March 14, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Student Government Board announced last summer that the University’s winter break would be extended by a full week. The extension was applauded by most students — but for Pitt’s international student population that doesn’t go home, this may have meant a longer time away from family a...

Students ‘break in’ to security engineering at Pitt

Students ‘break in’ to security engineering at Pitt

By Thompson Wymard | For The Pitt News

March 12, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Tech Science

Marc Tobias has been picking locks since he was 15. One of his first experiences in the trade came when he went into a local locksmith in Denver and asked to pick the store’s toughest lock as a challenge. After initially being dismissed, the store gave him the lock and said he would never be able to ...

MisterWives to headline at Bigelow Bash

MisterWives to headline at Bigelow Bash

By Salina Pressimone | Assistant News Editor

March 12, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt Program Council announced Bigelow Bash, Pitt’s annual spring concert, will feature MisterWives as the headliner band April 14. PPC tweeted the news Monday afternoon, about a month after it sealed the contract with the help of an outside agency. Zach Linn, special events director, said PPC...

The Zoo sticks around for basketball ups and downs

The Zoo sticks around for basketball ups and downs

By Samuel Ruppert | For The Pitt News

March 12, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Half of the cobalt blue seats in student section of the Petersen Event Center remained empty as the Pitt men’s basketball team battled UC Santa Barbara on the court Nov. 15. On the first shot, only a sparse showering of ripped-up newsprint filled the air. But even during the out-of-conference game f...

Disabled activists take part in nationwide day of mourning

Disabled activists take part in nationwide day of mourning

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

March 2, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Andrea Mauro was physically restrained, force-fed horseradish and shocked with play buzzers as a child when they had tantrums or failed speech therapy exercises. All of this was done to them by the people their parents had sought out to “help” them. Mauro, an autistic activist and student studyi...

Day of giving raises more than $9 million

Day of giving raises more than $9 million

By Cassidy Power and Samuel Ruppert | For The Pitt News

March 2, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Pitt’s second annual Day of Giving proved it’s the gift that keeps on giving — raising $9,029,828 in the span of 24 hours, nearly twice as much as last year. The 3,358 donations poured in from six continents and all fifty states. Individual alumni and students alike pitch in on the Day of Givi...

Hillman goes pro with new equipment collection

Hillman goes pro with new equipment collection

By Zane Crowell and Noah Manalo | For The Pitt News

March 2, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Students are used to checking out books on reserve at Hillman Library — now they can do the same with a vlogging kit. The University Library System launched the Hillman Equipment Collection Monday. The Collection, which consists of an assortment of audio and visual equipment, is available for use b...

Students learn about mental health first aid

Students learn about mental health first aid

By Cassidy Power | For The Pitt News

March 1, 2018


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

“How can I help?” and “How do I start a conversation?” are questions Sean Moundas, a psychologist at the University Counseling Center, gets asked a lot when it comes to mental health. “Over half of those with mental health challenges go untreated,” Moundas said. At the Be The Difference...

BAS celebrates 50 years with founding members

BAS celebrates 50 years with founding members

By Caroline Eddy | For The Pitt News

March 1, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Past and present members of Pitt’s Black Action Society met Wednesday afternoon to commemorate the organization’s founding and fortify its future. The African American Alumni Council hosted a discussion about the Black Action Society, which was founded 50 years ago. Approximately 50 people atten...

Alpha Kappa Alpha suspended, police investigating alleged hazing

Alpha Kappa Alpha suspended, police investigating alleged hazing

By John Hamilton, Janine Faust and Christian Snyder | Pitt News Staff

February 28, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Crime, News

Police are investigating an alleged hazing incident after 12 pledges of Pitt’s Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority chapter went to the Penn Hills police department to file a report, the department’s police chief said Wednesday. Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner sent an email to Greek organizations Wednes...

Religious studies chair, mentor dies

Religious studies chair, mentor dies

By John Hamilton | Managing Editor

February 28, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Linda Penkower — the chair of the University’s religious studies department known for supporting students and faculty — died Tuesday night, the department’s undergraduate director said in an email. In the email, which was addressed to religious studies majors and recent graduates, professor ...

Yellin takes Pitt behind the scenes of Netflix

Yellin takes Pitt behind the scenes of Netflix

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

February 27, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

It’s 3 a.m. and you’ve just watched two straight seasons of “Stranger Things” in one sitting — even though you have a test later that day. But for Todd Yellin, vice president of product at Netflix, watching hours of shows and documentaries is part of his job description. “I’m blessed ...

Panelists discuss being a woman in politics

Panelists discuss being a woman in politics

By Briana Canady | Staff Writer

February 26, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Aryanna Berringer grew up the youngest of 10 children in a family that had to rely on food stamps and free school lunches to get by. She remembers how her mother would wash the three different uniforms for her jobs at three different restaurants in their kitchen sink. All of this motivated Berringer to run for l...

Pitt Admissions won’t penalize student protesters

Pitt Admissions won’t penalize student protesters

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | News Editor

February 26, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Students applying to Pitt will not be punished for participating in peaceful protests following the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, the University said on Twitter. The Pitt Admissions Twitter account first released the statement in response to the #ParklandStudentsSpeak movement. “Pitt Admissi...

Former ambassador examines Iran nuclear deal

Former ambassador examines Iran nuclear deal

By Cassidy Power and Remy Samuels | The Pitt News Staff

February 23, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Former U.S. ambassador Dennis Jett equated the Iran Nuclear Deal negotiations to a “foreign policy food fight” Thursday in Posvar Hall. “One should not confuse honesty and politics — they’re like oil and water,” Jett said. Jett, who served as ambassador to Mozambique and Peru under t...

Progressives, libertarians debate wealth redistribution

Progressives, libertarians debate wealth redistribution

By Madeline Gavatorta / Staff Writer

February 22, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The Pitt Progressives and the Students for Liberty met Wednesday night in the William Pitt Union Kurtzman Room to debate their views on the government and distribution of wealth. The Bully PulPitt and Pitt Political Science Student Association hosted “Government and the Redistribution of Wealth”...

Professor lectures about black Pittsburgh

Professor lectures about black Pittsburgh

By Katie Gingerich | For The Pitt News

February 22, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Larry Glasco — a Pitt history professor who mainly teaches about race, caste and the African-American experience in Pittsburgh — said he rarely gets to speak on topics that go beyond “uninterrupted discrimination and oppression.” But during a lecture Wednesday afternoon, he had the chance to f...

Q&A: Elizabeth Mahoney revisits Mister Rogers’ archives

Q&A: Elizabeth Mahoney revisits Mister Rogers’ archives

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

February 22, 2018


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

The iconic children's show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” turned 50 Monday. The show, which was broadcast from 1968 to 2001, was filmed in Pittsburgh and hosted by the late Fred Rogers. In honor of the show’s 50th anniversary, assistant news editor Janine Faust sat down with Elizabeth Mahoney, fo...

Charges dropped against man accused of spying on students

Charges dropped against man accused of spying on students

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | News Editor

February 21, 2018


Filed under Campus, Crime, News

A magisterial judge Wednesday dropped charges against Paul May, a nurse at the Veteran Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System in Oakland who was accused of spying into upper campus dorms. May, 56, was charged Nov. 6 with loitering and prowling, invasion of privacy and possessing instruments of a crime. All charges have been dropped, court documents show. District attorney spokesperson Mike Manko said Magisteri...

Looking to a new Horizon: Kennedy wins SGB presidency

Looking to a new Horizon: Kennedy wins SGB presidency

By Madeline Gavatorta and Christian Snyder | The Pitt News Staff

February 21, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Student Government

Maggie Kennedy couldn’t stop smiling Tuesday night after hearing she received 56 percent of the vote to secure the Student Government Board presidency for next year. Kennedy, a junior political science and communication major running on the Horizon slate, received 1,889 votes to defeat junior ma...

University Senate Council address Parran Hall, Titusville

University Senate Council address Parran Hall, Titusville

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

February 21, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

The University Senate Council held its second meeting of the spring semester Tuesday afternoon and addressed recently contentious topics such as building names and budget concerns. Chancellor Patrick Gallagher started the meeting by discussing the current controversy about Parran Hall, which houses ...

Students discuss diversity in engineering

Students discuss diversity in engineering

By Zane Crowell | Staff Writer

February 21, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Since joining the National Society of Black Engineers in 1980, Karl Reid has dedicated his career to advancing opportunity and inclusion for African-American engineers across the country. “I got my leadership experience largely through NSBE, and I discovered my passion, which is to increase access...

Women discuss reclaiming female slurs

Women discuss reclaiming female slurs

By Noah Manalo | Staff Writer

February 20, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Jeanna Sybert was sure to address both sides of the reclamation argument in her presentation — and she didn’t shy away from using shocking language to make those points. The University of Pittsburgh’s chapter of the American Association of University Women held an event, C U Next Tuesday: Recla...

Students get business and banking advice

Students get business and banking advice

By Kenan Meral | For The Pitt News

February 20, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

As technology and business come together, Emily Hirao is well-versed on how she can use a multifaceted skill set to help her forge a professional future — by focusing on data analytics, the process by which meaning can be derived from information. Hirao, a senior studying business technology at Carnegie Mellon ...

Lydia Brown discusses disability advocacy

Lydia Brown discusses disability advocacy

By Briana Canady | Staff Writer

February 19, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

When Lydia Brown asked audience members if they understand what disability rights are and if they know the difference between disability rights and disability justice only about six or seven people out of the 42 present raised their hands. Brown then asked the audience what words they associate with the...

Professor proposes use of law to tackle infectious diseases

Professor proposes use of law to tackle infectious diseases

By Briana Canady | For The Pitt News

February 16, 2018


Filed under Campus, Top Stories

Matiangai Sirleaf has represented plaintiffs in numerous international human rights cases litigated in federal courts. Now, as an assistant professor of law at Pitt, she plans to use her legal expertise to eradicate infectious diseases. Sirleaf presented her research on disease in Africa, titled ...

Students mix beer and engineering

Students mix beer and engineering

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer

February 16, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Groups of students sat around several computer-topped desks in a Benedum Hall classroom, casually making conversation as they waited for their Thursday afternoon class to begin. Suddenly, a question flashed across the screen: “Belgian or German wheat beer?”   Professor Robert Parker repeated this ...

Students petition to rename Parran Hall

Students petition to rename Parran Hall

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

February 15, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Pitt’s Graduate Student Organizing Committee announced in a Twitter thread posted Feb. 13 that they are starting a campaign to rename Parran Hall. “We view Parran Hall as a constant reminder of the legacy of racism in the academic scientific and medical communities and the University of Pittsburg...

The Pitt News staff wins Student Keystone Press Awards

The Pitt News staff wins Student Keystone Press Awards

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | News Editor

February 15, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association awarded The Pitt News eight prizes and three honorable mentions Wednesday for stories and visuals published in 2017. The PNA’s 2018 Keystone Press Awards recognized “high school and college journalism that provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers”...

Di Tella discusses ‘327 Cuadernos’

Di Tella discusses ‘327 Cuadernos’

By Zane Crowell | Staff Writer

February 15, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Ricardo Piglia was 15 years old when his father was thrown in prison for a year for supporting Argentina’s former leader — so the young teen began keeping a diary. It started about the same time Juan Peron, President of Argentina, was overthrown in a coup d'etat in 1955. While it began with one journal...

The bittersweet lives of sugar babies

The bittersweet lives of sugar babies

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

February 14, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

With college tuition, textbook and living costs soaring higher each year, students face daunting debts that prompt them to get creative with how they support themselves. Some turn to working at Starbucks, others to tutoring  — and some even turn to dating. A sugar baby is typically a young woman who ...

SGB candidates debate for presidency

SGB candidates debate for presidency

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

February 13, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Student Government

Maggie Kennedy and Saket Rajprohat met Monday night to debate for one of the most influential student leadership positions on campus  — the Student Government Board presidential seat. The duo showcased their knowledge of the Pitt student community along with their qualifications for holding office. Tabitha B...

Real Food Challenge seeks to find better food for campus

Real Food Challenge seeks to find better food for campus

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

February 12, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Health, News

Grilled chicken is a popular dish at the Flying Star Diner in Market Central. Lines for it can stretch up to 20 people, and more often than not a freshly served batch runs out minutes after it’s taken off the grill. And while students may be preoccupied with getting a piece or two before the chi...

Students celebrate Lunar New Year

Students celebrate Lunar New Year

By Sandra Balatkova | For The Pitt News

February 12, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The Lunar New Year celebration set colors into motion and transformed Alumni Hall’s auditorium stage with the vibrant clothing, fans and flags featured in traditional Chinese and Vietnamese dances Sunday evening. The Chinese American Student Association, in collaboration with the Vietnamese Stu...

Check it out: making stacks at the library

Check it out: making stacks at the library

By Zane Crowell and Remy Samuels | The Pitt News Staff

February 9, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Entering the ground floor of the Hillman library, the expanse of desks, chairs and long tables encouraging group studying and collaboration are immediately noticeable. To the right of the entrance is the Donald S. Woods service desk, the main area for students can get help form a library employee. ...

Colin Jost jokes about Pitt, pot and primates

Colin Jost jokes about Pitt, pot and primates

By Briana Canady | For The Pitt News

February 9, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Colin Jost was both surprised and delighted to find an article about an infected lab monkey that allegedly escaped from its cage in a campus research lab as the first result on Google when he searched “University of Pittsburgh.” “That picture of the monkey in the article is definitely not the same mon...

CDPA Director shares employment advice

CDPA Director shares employment advice

By Sid Lingala | Staff Writer

February 9, 2018


Filed under Campus, Top Stories

Cheryl Finlay is responsible for developing and overseeing services that help thousands of Pitt students in their quest to get an internship, land a research assistant position and — most frightening of all to future graduates — find a job. As director of the Office of Career Development and Place...

Community questions Amazon’s impact

Community questions Amazon’s impact

By Grant Burgman and John Hamilton | The Pitt News Staff

February 8, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said Amazon coming to Pittsburgh would be “unquestionably a good thing,” in an article published by Geekwire Wednesday. But the crowd of 50 people that filled a room in Parran Hall Wednesday afternoon heard five panelists discuss different views on the potential arrival of Amazon’s second headquarters. “Is this an opportunity for grow...

Bonner discusses Greek life changes

Bonner discusses Greek life changes

By John Hamilton | Managing Editor

February 7, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner said Tuesday that he will lift the Greek life social probation after what he considers “meaningful progress” is made in improving the safety of fraternities and sororities at Pitt. In an interview with The Pitt News, Bonner discussed the response to a Jan. 18 off-cam...

Whitaker talks sports, jazz in Pittsburgh

Whitaker talks sports, jazz in Pittsburgh

By Alexa Marzina | For The Pitt News

February 6, 2018


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Mark Whitaker is a Philadelphian infatuated with Pittsburgh. He is also an esteemed journalist who worked for Newsweek Magazine for three decades and became the first African-American to lead a national newsweekly. But that infatuation with the Steel City is what led him to investigate his father’s Pitt...

Posvar renovations feature updated classrooms

Posvar renovations feature updated classrooms

By Thompson Wymard | For The Pitt News

February 6, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Erika Gold Kestenberg is quite familiar with Posvar Hall — she spent time studying there as a student in the ’90s, and now works there. The associate director of educator development and practice Urban Scholars Program coordinator for the School of Education doesn’t miss the building’s old design...

Pitt tests victory lights, new spotlight, prompting theories on Twitter

Pitt tests victory lights, new spotlight, prompting theories on Twitter

By Amanda Reed / Online Engagement Editor

February 5, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Although the victory lights usually only come on when Pitt wins, on Monday the lights were lit up — along with a new blue spotlight. The strange spotlight shined straight up from the top of the Cathedral of Learning, prompting some on Twitter to compare the light to the Batman signal. Pitt tur...

Quo Vadis gives visitors taste of tradition

Quo Vadis gives visitors taste of tradition

By Thompson Wymard | For The Pitt News

February 5, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Quo Vadis is now known as the student organization that gives tours of Pitt’s 30 Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning — but it wasn’t always this way. According to Yasemin Sonel, a sophomore and the public relations officer for Quo Vadis, the club’s duties used to be a little differe...

Photos and videos: Pitt Students celebrate Eagles Super Bowl win

Photos and videos: Pitt Students celebrate Eagles Super Bowl win

By The Pitt News Staff

February 4, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Sports

The last time a Philadelphia sports team won a major championship, the United States was in a recession, former President George W. Bush signed a $700 billion bailout bill and O.J. Simpson was found guilty of charges of kidnapping and armed robbery. Now, more than 10 years later, hundreds of Pitt students took to...

Pitt unveils sustainable engineering master’s program

Pitt unveils sustainable engineering master’s program

By Laura Howe | Staff Writer

February 2, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

David Sanchez has seen Pittsburgh at the forefront of producing environmentally sound projects ever since his first fellowship at Pitt in the mid-2000s.   Now, as an assistant professor in Pitt’s civil and environmental engineering department, he’s helping set up the Swanson School of Engineering’...

Pitt finds no evidence of hazing after Sigma Chi incident

Pitt finds no evidence of hazing after Sigma Chi incident

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

February 1, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Pitt police found no evidence of hazing and do not plan on filing charges after a student was hospitalized for voluntarily drinking “to excess” at a Sigma Chi event, according to a statement released Thursday. The Jan. 18 incident resulted in Pitt suspending Sigma Chi and placing all other Greek orga...

Fraternity discusses concerns with policing

Fraternity discusses concerns with policing

By Zane Crowell | For The Pitt News

February 1, 2018


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Wesley Giles, a sophomore finance major at Pitt, claimed he and a friend were walking up to the friend’s car in September 2017 when two police officers allegedly approached them with guns and told them to get on the ground. “Upon reaching us, they cuffed us, emptied our pockets, searched us and then...

Life science buildings evacuated after small explosion

Life science buildings evacuated after small explosion

By John Hamilton and Janine Faust | The Pitt News Staff

January 31, 2018


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Paramedics evaluated one student for eye irritation after a small explosion in a life science lab Wednesday afternoon led to a precautionary evacuation. According to a statement from the University, the explosion occurred at about 2:45 p.m. in the Life Sciences Annex — a section of the Clapp, Langl...

SGB hosts Master Plan meeting for students

SGB hosts Master Plan meeting for students

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

January 31, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Nico Bernstein took issue with the Campus Master Plan presented by Owen J. Cooks Tuesday night at Student Government Board’s weekly public meeting, saying the plan emphasizes athletics and neglects the arts. “[Cooks] talked a lot about creating new spaces for athletics but not new spaces for s...

Students gather for State of the Union address viewing

Students gather for State of the Union address viewing

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

January 31, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

While Pitt College Republicans and Pitt College Democrats hosted separate State of the Union viewing parties, Pitt’s Political Science Student Association held an event appealing to students of any political association. Around 20 students gathered in Posvar Hall Tuesday evening for a viewing part...

Pitt spotlights safety

Pitt spotlights safety

By Christian Snyder | Multimedia Editor

January 31, 2018


Filed under Campus, Top Stories

Dogs on campus usually attract dozens of students, nearly all of whom have their iPhones ready to capture brief interactions with the stress-relieving pets. But Sam, a 3-year-old German shorthaired pointer trained to detect explosives, didn’t draw that kind of attention at the annual Safety Fair Tuesday...

Researcher sues Pitt for wrongful termination following alleged monkey escape

Researcher sues Pitt for wrongful termination following alleged monkey escape

By Salina Pressimone and John Hamilton | The Pitt News Staff

January 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

A former Pitt researcher is suing the University of Pittsburgh, alleging she was wrongfully terminated after reporting the escapes of an infected lab monkey and rabbit in 2016. In a lawsuit filed Jan. 15, 2018, in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Kelly Stefano Cole — a former immunolo...

Dickman discusses sexual assault

Dickman discusses sexual assault

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer

January 30, 2018


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Student members of Pitt Athletics and the Pitt community filled the seventh floor auditorium of Alumni Hall Monday night to listen to a talk about sexual assault prevention on campus. The conversation was led by counselor, educator and self-described “sexologist” Kimberly Dickman. Her visit to Pit...

Queens only: Pageant showcases African countries

Queens only: Pageant showcases African countries

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

January 29, 2018


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With sashes draped across their chests, the African queens flaunted their traditional garb and knowledge of the countries announced on their sashes at the Annual African King & Queen Pageant Friday. With contributions from the African Studies Program and Outside the Classroom Curriculum, the ...

Pitt optimizes space for Master Plan

Pitt optimizes space for Master Plan

By Sophia Mastroianni | For The Pitt News

January 26, 2018


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Pitt’s unconventional hills, sidewalks and parks are what separate the University’s aesthetic from others, Ayers Saint Gross architecture and planning principal Kevin Petersen said. “We want to address the quality, quantity and management of space,” Petersen said. Ayers Saint Gross and Pi...

Pitt scholars debate future of European Union

Pitt scholars debate future of European Union

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

January 26, 2018


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The European Union may seem stable, but according to Rachel Epstein, professor of international relations and European Politics at the University of Denver, this stability could be temporary. “Right now, it doesn’t look like there’s a problem because we’re in a period of economic growth,”...

Conservative-leaning groups deny association after members share racist memes

Conservative-leaning groups deny association after members share racist memes

By John Hamilton and Mackenzie Rodrigues

January 25, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

After members of two conservative-leaning campus groups were exposed for sharing racist memes, both the Pitt College Republicans and Polis Media released separate statements claiming these members’ actions were not associated with their organization. The Twitter account Racists @ Pitt started s...

Student safe after drinking ‘excessive amounts of alcohol’ at Sigma Chi event

Student safe after drinking ‘excessive amounts of alcohol’ at Sigma Chi event

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

January 25, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

After a week of sparse details about a Greek life function that left a student hospitalized, Pitt released a statement Thursday with some information about the Sigma Chi alcohol incident. At a Sigma Chi function last Thursday, a student was taken to a hospital by his friends after drinking “excessive amounts of alcohol,” a statement from Pitt spokesperson Joe Miksch said. The student is n...

University Senate avoids union, frat

University Senate avoids union, frat

By Janine Faust and Mackenzie Rodrigues | News Editors

January 25, 2018


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While the Pitt community is buzzing about both the recent suspension of Pitt’s Sigma Chi chapter after a student was hospitalized Jan. 19 and the faculty union organizers’ card-signing campaign kickoff Monday, the University Senate Council did not address either subject during its first meeting o...

Community calls for financial safety net

Community calls for financial safety net

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

January 25, 2018


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Valkyrie Speaker was one of several who shed tears while sharing experiences of financial struggle before and during college Wednesday afternoon. “When I applied to Pitt, I was homeless,” Speaker said. “I’m lucky to be here on academic scholarship, but it still feels like I don’t have a...

Students learn to administer Narcan

Students learn to administer Narcan

By Anish Salvi | Staff Writer

January 24, 2018


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As an Emergency Medical Technician of four years, Anthony Lupinacci is no stranger to administering Narcan — and knows the difference the drug can make. “Especially when I have worked in this area, out in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, we see overdoses fairly often,” Lupinacci said. “I can say that Na...

Sigma Chi suspended after alcohol incident left student hospitalized

Sigma Chi suspended after alcohol incident left student hospitalized

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

January 23, 2018


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Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner suspended Pitt’s Sigma Chi chapter after a student was hospitalized Thursday because of a “serious alcohol incident.” Pitt spokesperson Joe Miksch confirmed Tuesday that the fraternity allegedly involved in the alcohol incident had been suspended, pending the resul...

Faculty show support for unionization

Faculty show support for unionization

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

January 23, 2018


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Jennifer Lee, a senior English lecturer at Pitt for the last two decades, said it was luck and allies in the tenure faculty that got her the job she currently holds — and she remembers realizing how privileged she was compared to faculty who don’t have those benefits. “My very good friend and colleague — who...

Pittsburgh Women’s March focuses on elections

Pittsburgh Women’s March focuses on elections

By Madison Hook | Staff Writer

January 22, 2018


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Chants of “All love, no hate! That’s what makes America great,” projected through the streets of downtown Pittsburgh Sunday as citizens joined together to take part in the second annual Women’s March. For some, the day was about walking for someone else. Gerard H. Weiss, 73, of Washington...

Obituary: Professor Theodore Cohen transformed chemistry department

Obituary: Professor Theodore Cohen transformed chemistry department

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

January 21, 2018


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When Bret Cohen was visiting home from his university studies one day, he asked his father, Theodore Cohen, “What do you do when you feel sad or depressed?” “I think about the way brown rice in a double boiler cooks,” Theodore said. At face value, a strange concept — but it makes sense when ...

Coil thaws, floods Fifth Ave. Towers lobby entrance

Coil thaws, floods Fifth Ave. Towers lobby entrance

By TPN News Desk

January 21, 2018


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When a frozen coil thawed, it momentarily added a new waterfall feature to the Fifth Avenue entrance to the Towers Lobby Friday morning. As a result of the thawed coil, water pooled into the area between the Towers patio and the lobby entrance. The water spread into the lobby and soaked the carpet ...

Greek life social probation came after student hospitalization

Greek life social probation came after student hospitalization

By The Pitt News Staff

January 19, 2018


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Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner put Greek life on modified social probation after a “serious alcohol incident,” he stated in a letter to both fraternity and sorority presidents Friday. The incident resulted in a student being hospitalized. The student’s family has been notified, University spo...

Faculty union organizers to begin signing cards

Faculty union organizers to begin signing cards

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

January 19, 2018


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Pitt’s Faculty Union Organizing Committee announced Wednesday on Facebook that it will begin asking faculty members to sign union authorization cards at a kickoff celebration Monday, Jan 22, in the William Pitt Union Ballroom. The event is co-hosted by the Pitt Progressives. Pitt faculty and gradu...

Students rush to take Russian Fairy Tales

Students rush to take Russian Fairy Tales

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

January 19, 2018


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Professors within the department of Slavic languages and literatures faculty at Pitt encountered a shrinking student interest in their courses in the mid-1990s. They weren’t alone — many other Slavic departments across the country were likewise noticing a decline in enrollment. “Not many stu...

Social Justice Symposium explores generational gaps

Social Justice Symposium explores generational gaps

By Remy Samuels and Dominic Campbell | TPN Staff

January 19, 2018


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When asked what buzzwords come to mind when talking about millennials, the words “entitled”, “self-centered”, “trophy kids” and “snowflakes” were blurted out from audience members. But Scott Zimmer assured them that, contrary to popular belief, millennials do not purposefully try to come...

Students serve, remember on MLK Jr. day

Students serve, remember on MLK Jr. day

By Luke Stambaugh and Kenan Meral | The Pitt News Staff

January 16, 2018


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A group of students from Pitt’s Litchfield Tower B offered a warm respite from the bitter cold as they served soups and sandwiches to hungry Homewood residents who visited the Bethesda Presbyterian Church Monday. They weren’t the only group of Pitt students spending the day this way. Approximate...

The Case of the Missing Monday: Extended winter break might mean longer classes

The Case of the Missing Monday: Extended winter break might mean longer classes

By John Hamilton and Ashwini Sivaganesh / The Pitt News Staff

January 15, 2018


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If you are signed up for a class that meets on Monday this semester, you might be asked to stay a little longer or come in on a Saturday — if your professor is following instructions from the provost’s office. A message from the Academic Calendar Committee informed professors and University departments that they should coordinate arrangements to make up for a “missing” class day. Becau...

Student film taps into storytelling

Student film taps into storytelling

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

January 12, 2018


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When 47-year-old Jason Swauger suffered a partial tear of his hamstring from a split gone wrong during the filming of “A Tap Dancer Murders Her Father,” student director Caleb Porto didn’t want to continue. “Even though he was fine, I was so done with the film. I didn’t want [another inj...

Japanese students come of age

Japanese students come of age

By Prachi Patel | Staff Writer

January 11, 2018


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Wrapped in a floral kimono, sophomore Nika Tanimoto hurried up to the podium in the ballroom of the University Club, bowed and accepted a delicate black umbrella. It was a token of celebrating her coming of age. “Today I am celebrating becoming an adult,” Tanimoto, an English major at Yasuda University in Japa...

Surveying the semester with OMETs

Surveying the semester with OMETs

By Bailey Frisco | Staff Writer

January 10, 2018


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As each semester winds down and students begin to prepare for finals, they are burdened with one more task to complete — OMETs. OMET — Office of Measurement and Evaluation of Teaching — is a department at Pitt that administers a survey of student opinion for professors. The main objective of the ...

Limited access to William Pitt Union following flooding

Limited access to William Pitt Union following flooding

By John Hamilton and Mackenzie Rodrigues | The Pitt News Staff

January 9, 2018


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The William Pitt Union briefly closed again after issues with a sprinkler Monday morning. The University released a comment via its official Twitter account at 5:53 a.m., saying the lower level and basement level of the building would be closed until further notice. The two floors reopened less than...

TPN Top 5 of 2017: A year in review

TPN Top 5 of 2017: A year in review

By Amanda Reed | Online Engagement Editor

January 8, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Most-Viewed Stories of 2017 Students tackle gun-toting assailants on Friday (Jan. 31, 2017) Three Pitt students fought off three assailants in January, striking back when one suspect pointed a gun at them. The three students thwarted the men by tackling them to the ground, and left uninjured — although s...

Going through the gap: taking time off before college

Going through the gap: taking time off before college

By Anna Borgandino | Senior Staff Writer

January 8, 2018


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After realizing she waited too long to apply for a visa that would be ready in time for her first semester at Pitt, Iolanda Neto had a decision to make. She could either apply for entry in the spring 2015 semester — like her mother urged her to do — or take a gap year.a “I didn’t have a pressing urge to take a...

In case you missed it: News from winter break 2017

In case you missed it: News from winter break 2017

By News Editors

January 8, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

December 13 — Former Pitt professor Carol Stabile published an article in Ms. Magazine claiming there was widespread harassment and discrimination within the University's communication department in the early 2000s. University spokesperson Joe Miksch told The Pitt News Dec. 16 that Pitt’s Title IX office ...

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