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7-Eleven to close with Oakland Bakery moving into Forbes location

7-Eleven to close with Oakland Bakery moving into Forbes location

By Rachel Glasser / News Editor

September 20, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Editor's Note: We published this story after Pitt spokesperson Joe Miksch confirmed Wednesday that the Oakland Bakery would move into the 7-Eleven location. In an email Thursday, Miksch instead said a grocery story will open in the location. Read the updated article, linked here. The 7-Eleven convenience store on Forbes Avenue will close by...

Subjects for a day: Pitt students participate in studies for money

Subjects for a day: Pitt students participate in studies for money

By Anandhini Narayanan for The Pitt News

September 19, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

In the second semester of her senior year, Aditi Kumar said her intensive 21-credit schedule forced her to quit her job — leaving her without a source of income. “This was the the first time I found myself without a job,” Kumar, a 2017 graduate in sociology at Pitt, said. “I like to be ind...

Students drown out bigotry in counter protest outside Towers

Students drown out bigotry in counter protest outside Towers

By Janine Faust and Amanda Finney / TPN Staff

September 18, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

A crowd of Pitt students jammed the stairway leading up to Towers Patio on Monday, waving rainbow flags and sporting “I [heart] the female orgasm” t-shirts. Others stood on nearby trashcans and benches and leaned over the patio rails, fervently chanting “God loves everyone” and “shame on you...

Water main break shuts down Cathedral of Learning

Water main break shuts down Cathedral of Learning

By The Pitt News Staff

September 18, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt evacuated the Cathedral of Learning at about 10 a.m. Monday morning after a water main break caused the first three floors and the lower level of the building to flood. The break originated from a fire suppression line on the third floor, according to Pitt spokesperson Joseph Miksch, causing...

Kings and queens captivate audience

Kings and queens captivate audience

By Nina Kneuer | For The Pitt News

September 17, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

A runway extended out from the William Pitt Union assembly room stage, lined with rainbow-colored Christmas lights and framed by chairs on either side. It was a setup fit for kings and queens — drag kings and queens, that is. The Office of First Year Experience and Pitt Rainbow Alliance presented Panther Dra...

Panthers Past and Present Produce Profit

Panthers Past and Present Produce Profit

By Anish Salvi | For The Pitt News

September 15, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Whether its crafting art or creating apps, Pitt students are finding ways to turn their passion projects into profit. For some, the track to success took unexpected turns through cadaver labs and art studios, while for others it was a matter of making life a little easier. Pitt seniors Brian Ama...

Oakland Employees Discuss Work After Dark

Oakland Employees Discuss Work After Dark

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer

September 14, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Specials

Antoon’s co-owner Mike Abraham had one thing to say about his late-night shifts as a pizza maker. “Too many drunk students,” Abraham said. Abraham, a 46-year-old from Oakland, has run the popular pizza shop with his brother for the last 20 years. Like many employees around Oakland, Abraha...

Hustling on the holidays

Hustling on the holidays

By Zoe Pawliczek | Staff Writer

September 14, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

After the last bus home for the holidays leaves Pitt, few students remain in the dorms and on campus —  those who do stay often work, including Nordenberg Resident Assistant Liam Monahan. “I’m looking forward to being productive over the break, prepping for finals and hanging with the other RA on d...

Comedians crack up campus

Comedians crack up campus

By Luke Stambaugh | Staff Writer

September 14, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

In the middle of his comedy act, Pitt alum Jesse Irwin asked the audience if anyone had attended Latin religious school. “I went to Latin religious school, and I’m going to sing a quick song for you from Latin religious school,” Irwin said. “If you recognize the song, please sing along.” Irw...

Films Challenge Existing Perspectives

Films Challenge Existing Perspectives

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

September 14, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The theater screen faded to black. Afterward there was no scuffling of feet, no whispers or laughter. Instead, the audience remained relatively quiet as several panelists took their seat at a table on the stage. Elizabeth Miller waited until after Gwen's Girls Executive Director and panel moderator...

Pitt faculty, grads present political support for unions

Pitt faculty, grads present political support for unions

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

September 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

As grad students and faculty gathered outside Chancellor Patrick Gallagher’s door in the Cathedral of Learning Tuesday afternoon, a Pitt police officer cut a path to the front and addressed the crowd. “Who’s in charge here? Where’s your leader?” he asked the people clutching signs and came...

Pitt professors teach what they write

Pitt professors teach what they write

By Zoe Pawliczek | Staff Writer

September 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Few students enjoy buying textbooks for their classes, but Olivia Raymond was eager to  purchase her elementary statistics textbook last spring knowing its author would also be her professor. “I was happy because I figured that the class would closely follow the book, so the book would be more rel...

Bands compete for Fall Fest opener

Bands compete for Fall Fest opener

By Madison Hook | For The Pitt News

September 12, 2017


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

The crowd hushed as INFLUENTIALJ strode onstage, mic in hand, while his original music video projected onto the wall behind him — featuring eye-catching scenes of the performer throughout Pitt’s campus dressed in an electric blue suit beside the bright red doors of Heinz Chapel. The rapper ma...

Local leaders address sexual assault

Local leaders address sexual assault

By Luke Stambaugh / Staff Writer

September 12, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

When Alexandra Hope Erickson took her own life during her senior year of high school, her friend Maggie Kennedy couldn’t comprehend it. “I felt like I couldn't breathe. Numb and empty, I shook and I wept and I clung to my family and friends,” Kennedy said. “How could she be gone?” Er...

Near and far: Pitt students’ diverse origins

Near and far: Pitt students’ diverse origins

By Anandhini Narayanan | Staff Writer

September 12, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, Top Stories

At Audrey Jonas’ high school, students celebrate “Tractor Day” — a day in which students drive their farm tractors to school and spend time marveling at the assortment of tractors in the parking lot. Jonas grew up in Bernville, Pennsylvania, which has a population of about 1,000 residents. “Trac...

Rival fans flock to Happy Valley for Pitt vs. PSU

Rival fans flock to Happy Valley for Pitt vs. PSU

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

September 10, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Stephen Fastuca gallivanted around the tailgate grounds surrounding Beaver Stadium dressed head-to-toe in Penn State attire. He wore blue and white suede dress shoes and Penn State-colored pants, topping his outfit off with a giant Penn State belt buckle on his waist and a Nittany Lions fedora on his h...

All in a day’s work: Students prepare ‘Annie’ in 24 hours

All in a day’s work: Students prepare ‘Annie’ in 24 hours

By Caroline Bourque and Salina Pressimone | The Pitt News Staff

September 10, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Maddie Dillen ventured into the theater on Friday night with a mixed look of confusion and excitement as she searched for a few familiar faces. Having attended only one meeting so far for the Musical Theatre Club, she didn’t know what to expect, but she was ready to find out. “It’s a kin...

Party in the parking lot: students talk tailgating

Party in the parking lot: students talk tailgating

By Janine Faust and Caroline Bourque | Assistant News Editor

September 7, 2017


Filed under Campus, GameDay, Top Stories

For Keith Miller, the best part of tailgating is giving out food to strangers and listening to “dad music.” “I’ve got a huge grill that barely fits in my SUV that I bring to games, and I always share the hot dogs and hamburgers that I make with people passing by,” Miller said. “And I like the ...

Lawmakers add legislation to “It’s On Us PA” campaign to combat sexual assault

Lawmakers add legislation to “It’s On Us PA” campaign to combat sexual assault

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

September 7, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Gov. Tom Wolf expanded the “It’s on Us PA” campaign Wednesday, announcing legislation aimed at ending sexual assault in schools across Pennsylvania. Joined by college students in the Capitol Building in Harrisburg, Wolf and state lawmakers announced six new bills focused on improving reporting for s...

Public and professional writing program major-ly expands

Public and professional writing program major-ly expands

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

September 6, 2017


Filed under Campus, Top Stories

Jonathan Frye knew he wanted to write when he came to Pitt, but he also wanted to leave with skills to find a job. “I always wanted to be an English major, but the ones at Pitt seemed to be more education or storytelling focused,” he said. “I didn’t see how I could apply that to the career I want...

Students receive access to stream portable cable television

Students receive access to stream portable cable television

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

September 6, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Campus Television is now portable and pocket-sized at Pitt. Comcast Corp. partnered with the University to bring on-campus residents Xfinity on Campus, a service that allows students to watch and record live television and thousands of Xfinity On Demand shows on their laptops, mobile devices or persona...

Pitt partners with UPMC to hire new vice chancellor for new position

Pitt partners with UPMC to hire new vice chancellor for new position

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

September 6, 2017


Filed under Campus, Health, Top Stories

In partnership with UPMC, Pitt hired Kristin Davitt Tuesday as the University’s inaugural vice chancellor for development and alumni relations and president of UPMC’s Medical and Health Sciences Foundation. Davitt’s position will have her acting as leader of the Medical and Health Sciences Foun...

Union supporters convene at cookout

Union supporters convene at cookout

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

September 4, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Abby Cartus figured celebrating Labor Day surrounded by fellow union organizers and supporters was a good way to kick off the academic year. “Everybody’s just here to chill out and reconnect after being away for the summer,” Cartus said. “Then we’ll buckle back down on organizing.” Ca...

International students adjust to life at Pitt

International students adjust to life at Pitt

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer

September 4, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Violet Jiao is no stranger to culture shock. When she first came to the United States, the openness of the people she met and their willingness to casually converse took her by surprise. “They were so different from my people. In my country, no one will suddenly talk with a stranger on the street,” ...

Students put fresh spin on Asian pop

Students put fresh spin on Asian pop

By Janine Faust and Caroline Bourque | Assistant News Editors

August 31, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Lynn Urbina still remembers the first music video that hooked her on K-pop — “Sherlock,” by the popular group SHINee. She was struck not just by the music video’s aesthetic — which featured the band, looking like Sherlock Holmes, peering around corners with magnifying glasses— but also the...

Swipe right in: Market goes automated

Swipe right in: Market goes automated

By Caroline Bourque | Assistant News Editor

August 31, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Gone are the days of waiting in line for an employee to manually take students’ IDs in order to sign them into Market Central. The dining hall received a futuristic face-lift over the summer, greeting students in the new semester with a self-swipe system at its entrance. Market implemented this ...

Pitt students, professors respond to Stephen Foster statue

Pitt students, professors respond to Stephen Foster statue

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

August 31, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

When Laurence Glasco traveled to China in 1989, a Chinese band played for the group of visiting Americans and struck up a medley of Stephen Foster songs. “I said to them, ‘Gee, you know, you don’t really hear Stephen Foster songs anymore in America,’” Glasco said. “They were just dumbfou...

Student organizers react to admin’s union oppositon

Student organizers react to admin’s union oppositon

By Kirsten Wong and John Hamilton / The Pitt News Staff

August 30, 2017


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Rachel Coombs was conducting research in a biology lab in late July when she found herself enraged by an email from Pitt Provost Patricia Beeson. Coombs, a Ph.D. student studying biological sciences, read Beeson’s letter outlining the Pitt administration’s opposition to the grad student union eff...

Men move in: Holland Hall goes co-ed

Men move in: Holland Hall goes co-ed

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

August 29, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Rosina Roccamo has only lived in Holland Hall for about a week and has yet to exchange words with a guy on her floor. “I know it’s gone co-ed, but it’s not, like, super co-ed,” Roccamo said, looking around at her fellow Holland Hall residents scurrying past her curbside perch in the quad. ...

SGB welcomes new students

SGB welcomes new students

By Nolan Roosa | Staff Writer

August 29, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

After filing into Nordy’s Place in matching navy t-shirts Tuesday night, Student Government Board President Max Kneis and his fellow board members had to quiet down the room, packed to the brim with students. At SGB’s first meeting of the academic year, board members and committee chairs intro...

Pitt grads create food truck tracker

Pitt grads create food truck tracker

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

August 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Paul Landry is a foodie on the move who likes food on the move. That’s why he found himself driving from his home near the Pittsburgh International Airport to Shadyside one evening in 2013 in pursuit of a specific food truck. “The neighborhood I heard the truck was in was where I stayed when I attended Pit...

Superheroes, sewing and script: Pitt clubs find creative ways to serve

Superheroes, sewing and script: Pitt clubs find creative ways to serve

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

August 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

With the addition of three new service clubs at Pitt, students can dress up, write letters or sew — all while giving back to the local or international community. These clubs offer creative alternatives to your typical volunteer opportunities, allowing students to help those in need in uncommon way...

Lanterns light the way for legacies at Pitt

Lanterns light the way for legacies at Pitt

By Rachel Glasser and Janine Faust | News Editors

August 28, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Alka Patel, alumna and keynote speaker at Pitt’s lantern night ceremony, said she was sure the young women in the audience were feeling a number of emotions — excitement, nervousness and maybe even a little bit of fear. “Or perhaps that’s just the mothers in the room,” she said with a laug...

Transgender working group pushes gender inclusivity, education

Transgender working group pushes gender inclusivity, education

By Caroline Bourque | Assistant News Editor

August 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Before joining Pitt’s transgender working group, Kate Shindle knew little about the obstacles to building gender-neutral restrooms. “It’s not just as easy as saying that, ‘We need a gender-neutral restroom somewhere,’” Shindle, a senior biology major, said. “It’s also like, ‘Where...

Expanding the dialogue: The Year of Diversity in Review

Expanding the dialogue: The Year of Diversity in Review

By Caroline Bourque | Senior Staff Writer

August 23, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

Comedian Scott Blakeman walked onto the William Pitt Union Ballroom stage in early April and immediately launched into a bit about Jewish-American culture. “Hillary Clinton claimed she was part Jewish during her presidential campaign,” he said. “I looked it up, turns out it’s true. She ha...

Pitt students choose classes

Pitt students choose classes

By Luke Stambaugh

August 22, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

As the fall semester approaches, students across campus are hastily making their final tweaks and last minute changes to get their schedules to be perfect — or as close to perfect as possible. The process of choosing classes usually starts with research. Students sift through course descriptions...

City to install bike lanes on portions of Forbes and Bigelow

City to install bike lanes on portions of Forbes and Bigelow

By Janine Faust / Senior Staff Writer

August 14, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

The city of Pittsburgh will begin installing bike lanes Tuesday on portions of Forbes Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard, two years after a Pitt administrator was killed while biking in the area. The city is adding bike lanes in both directions on Forbes from Bigelow Boulevard to Craig Street and along ...

Red Oak Cafe closing within the week

Red Oak Cafe closing within the week

By Janine Faust and John Hamilton / Pitt News Staff

August 1, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Red Oak Cafe is closing on Aug. 4, according to Ray McNevin, a manager and chef at the Oakland restaurant. McNevin said new owners from Virginia are taking over on the 8th. They will rename and redo the restaurant, he said. Remembering Red Oak The breakfast and lunch cafe is popular, in part, for its vegan and ve...

Pitt engineers to take flight over the Allegheny at Red Bull Flugtag

Pitt engineers to take flight over the Allegheny at Red Bull Flugtag

By Henry Glitz / News Editor

July 31, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

As July ends and back-to-school chores loom, one group of Pitt engineers is getting busy preparing for a completely different kind of challenge: building and piloting an aircraft to fly over the Allegheny River. The self-styled Roc-ettes, a team of five students and recent graduates from Pitt’s ...

Three students OK after one dropped vial with cyanide derivative

Three students OK after one dropped vial with cyanide derivative

By John Hamilton/Editor-in-Chief

July 20, 2017


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Three Pitt students are OK after one dropped a vial containing a cyanide derivative in a Chevron lab Thursday morning. The 5 ml vial shattered on the 11th floor of the building at around 10:15 this morning, according to Pitt spokesperson Joe Miksch. Three students were treated by paramedics after...

Oakland’s businesses adapt to fewer students in summer

Oakland’s businesses adapt to fewer students in summer

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

July 18, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The warm summer sun beat down this week as business owners across Oakland opened their doors for a day mostly like any other day. The only difference was a conspicuous lack of their main customers — students. Mid-July is undeniably a relatively quiet time of the year in Oakland. With just a few summer...

Pitt increases tuition, budget

Pitt increases tuition, budget

By Caroline Bourque | The Pitt News Staff

July 17, 2017


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt trustees voted Monday to increase in-state tuition by 2.5 percent and out-of-state tuition by three percent, along with an increase to the University’s operating budget. In-state students enrolled in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences will see their tuition increase by $442, while ou...

Pitt extends winter break for upcoming school year

Pitt extends winter break for upcoming school year

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

July 11, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Student Government Board announced Saturday that University administrators will be extending winter break by several days for the 2017-2018 academic year. The announcement, which SGB made in a post on its Facebook page, was accompanied by an academic calendar showing a break between semesters lasting from Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, to Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. Last year...

Pitt remembers professor, jazz icon Geri Allen

Pitt remembers professor, jazz icon Geri Allen

By Grant Burgman / Staff Writer

July 5, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Geri Allen, who made a profound impact on both the jazz genre and her students at Pitt, died of cancer on June 27 in Philadelphia. She was 60. Born and raised in Detroit, Allen studied at Howard University before going on to earn her Master’s degree in ethnomusicology at Pitt in 1982. Allen spent the n...

Grad students continue push for union

Grad students continue push for union

By Janine Faust | Senior Staff Writer

June 20, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Some Pitt graduate students have been buckling down these past six months on something other than master and doctoral degrees. The Graduate Student Organizing Committee — a group that advocates for the formation of a graduate student union on Pitt’s campus — has been garnering support for un...

Michaels dismissed from Pitt after child pornography possession charges

Michaels dismissed from Pitt after child pornography possession charges

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

June 12, 2017


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Edward Michaels has been dismissed from Pitt, according to a University spokesperson, after he was charged with possessing child pornography on May 24. Michaels is the former director of Pitt’s counseling center, a position he held since June 2015. Immediately following his arrest, Pitt placed Mi...

Getting Thrifty: the key to living on a student budget

Getting Thrifty: the key to living on a student budget

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer

May 30, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

It’s almost the weekend, which means it’s time to make weekend plans. Living on an urban campus in a city like Pittsburgh, students have what feels like a limitless variety of options to choose from. There are numerous places to eat out with a group of friends, and this weekend alone, a popular band co...

Savoring Schenley Park: the story of a green space

Savoring Schenley Park: the story of a green space

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

May 30, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

Whether you’re headed over the bridge from Schenley Plaza to go for a run, play some frisbee or relax in the grass, the first thing you’ll see when you cross looks like an imposing glass castle. The building is Phipps Conservatory — a vast greenhouse filled with local and tropical plants. The conse...

Pitt’s political clubs: left, right and in between

Pitt’s political clubs: left, right and in between

By Grant Burgman and Henry Glitz | The Pitt News Staff

May 30, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

As political protests and marches rocked campus last fall, Pitt’s campus political organizations reacted and changed with the rapidly shifting political landscape in Pittsburgh and around the country. Politically-minded students of all ideological allegiances became more involved and, in some cases, formed completely new groups. The Pitt ...

Bus ways and bike lanes: Navigating Pittsburgh without a car

Bus ways and bike lanes: Navigating Pittsburgh without a car

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

May 29, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News, Uncategorized

Madeline Rigatti’s black boots press forcefully on the steel pedals of her orange Salsa Vaya, propelling the 25-year-old up a short, steep hill by her house. “I used to hate that hill,” Rigatti, who started commuting by bike in college 5 years ago, said. Weather permitting, Rigatti comm...

Pitt CHREC engineering lab reaches for the stars

Pitt CHREC engineering lab reaches for the stars

By Janine Faust | Senior Staff Writer

May 23, 2017


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

Pitt engineering students now have the chance to work on projects that are literally out of this world. The National Science Foundation’s Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing, also known as CHREC, transferred its headquarters from the University of Florida to Pitt this January. ...

Students react to controversial PETA animal testing report

Students react to controversial PETA animal testing report

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

May 16, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Two conflicting reports from the United States Department of Agriculture and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals about conditions for animals in Pitt laboratories have caused a strong reaction among community members. PETA’s “exposé” claims an eyewitness saw a litany of abuses in Pitt labs surrounding the treatment of mice, rats, chimpanzees an...

Pitt student dies after falling off Central Oakland roof

Pitt student dies after falling off Central Oakland roof

By Caroline Bourque and John Hamilton | The Pitt News Staff

April 24, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

A 21-year-old Pitt student died Friday night after falling off a roof in Central Oakland. Colin Montesano was a junior pre-med student studying biology and an undergraduate researcher in the department of biological sciences. He graduated in 2014 from Webster Schroeder High School, in Webster, New...

Top stories of the semester: Editors’ picks

Top stories of the semester: Editors’ picks

By The Pitt News Staff

April 24, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

Backlogged Thousands of rapekits — or sexual assault evidence collection kits — go untested in the United States, and one Allegheny County lab found a short-term solution to fixing the problem. The story that took more than a semester to report follows the journey of Natasha Alexenko’s rapeki...

Top stories of the year: Online

Top stories of the year: Online

By The Pitt News Staff

April 24, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

  1. Jason Peters relieved of duties   This was the top story of the academic year. An incident that occurred during the wrestling team’s trip to Evanston, Illinois, involving escorts from Backpage.com resulted in the firing of Pitt’s wrestling coach and a number of unexplained...

New vegan options pop up in Market Central

New vegan options pop up in Market Central

By Janine Faust and Caroline Bourque | Staff Writers

April 21, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Nestled next to the salad bar in Market Central, a new eatery is serving plant-based options out of a cart borrowed from the basketball court of the Petersen Events Center — and it’s attracting vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike. Pitt’s Student Office of Sustainability recently partnered wit...

AEPi holds Holocaust remembrance for 24 hours

AEPi holds Holocaust remembrance for 24 hours

By Abhigyna Mallepalli | Staff Writer

April 18, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

A middle-aged man halted his bike on the corner of O’Hara Street and University Place and asked, “What are we never forgetting?” to a huddle of students escorted by Pitt Police cars. About 20 marchers, all dressed in black and clutching small white signs instructing onlookers to “Never Forg...

Last step: Pitt students hold inaugural film festival

Last step: Pitt students hold inaugural film festival

By John Hamilton / Assistant News Editor

April 18, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Nick Freeman had until 5 p.m. Saturday to submit his film for the first Pitt Film Festival, a showcase of short Pitt student films. He submitted it two minutes before deadline to Jake Savitz, the festival’s organizer, who would hand Freeman the festival’s most popular picture award two days later. ...

Remembering Rooney: Obama to join Pittsburghers for funeral in Oakland

Remembering Rooney: Obama to join Pittsburghers for funeral in Oakland

By Janine Faust / Senior Staff Writer

April 18, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

In honor of former Steelers’ President and U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney, Pittsburgh residents took over Heinz Field Monday and will commemorate his death in Oakland Tuesday. Rooney died last Thursday, April 13, at the age of 84. On the day following his death, Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the Pen...

Pitt hosts Super Smash Bros. tournament

Pitt hosts Super Smash Bros. tournament

By Grant Burgman and Rose Luder / The Pitt News Staff

April 16, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Fox, the main character of the classic Nintendo game “Star Fox,” was about to fall to his death Saturday at the hands of Princess Peach. Miraculously, Fox recovered and won the battle, much to the amusement of the crowd gathered around a small television at the O’Hara Student Center. Plenty of...

Oakland bar traditions

Oakland bar traditions

By Abhignya Mallepalli / Staff Writer

April 14, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Ever seen a viking marching through Oakland at 2 a.m.? Ever wonder how you get a mug at Hem’s? With so many bars to choose from and South Side a short Uber trip away, the Oakland classics maintain a loyal following through tried-and-true traditions that keep people coming back for more.   He...

Economics of thirst: Pittsburgh transplants brew up romance

Economics of thirst: Pittsburgh transplants brew up romance

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

April 14, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The dry river bed in Andrea La Nauze’s backyard inspired her to study economics. Fellow Australian Marcus Cox just wanted to quench thirsts with his self-crafted brews. Together, the two make the perfect duo. La Nauze, now a Pitt economics professor, and Cox moved from their native continent to...

Pitt announces actress, CVS head to speak at commencement

Pitt announces actress, CVS head to speak at commencement

By John Hamilton / Assistant News Editor

April 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt announced two speakers Wednesday for the separate graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies: CEO of CVS Health Larry J. Merlo and actress S. Epatha Merkerson, respectively. Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Health, will speak at the graduate student commencement convocation April 29, at 4 p.m. in...

Students display artwork from studio arts classes

Students display artwork from studio arts classes

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

April 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

In the Frick Fine Arts building hangs an oil painting self-portrait of an artist staring into a mirror, shock and anguish playing across her face as she holds up a single silver hair. Stephanie Taylor’s “Gray” — one of six pieces the senior studio arts and art history double major has in ...

Pitt Progressives aims to fill gap in the left

Pitt Progressives aims to fill gap in the left

By Amanda Reed / Contributing Editor

April 11, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Becca Tasker, a junior majoring in anthropology, first started researching civil rights in middle school. She had learned about the murder of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African American boy who was lynched in 1955 after being falsely accused of flirting with a white woman. “I was always into histor...

Sexual assault survivors heal through storytelling

Sexual assault survivors heal through storytelling

By Dan Day and John Hamilton / The Pitt News Staff

April 11, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Uncategorized

At the Sexual Violence Open Mic Tuesday night, no one actually used a microphone. Instead, 13 students pushed two tables together inside the William Pitt Union for an intimate discussion on the effects of rape culture and sexual violence. Pitt’s chapter of the American Association of University Women...

Making memories: Pitt students paint portraits for underprivileged children

Making memories: Pitt students paint portraits for underprivileged children

By Anandhini Narayanan / For The Pitt News

April 10, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Jill McDonnell surveyed a set of portrait pictures laid out on a Hillman Library table and picked her next art subject based on their name and favorite color — the only information provided with the picture. Using watercolor and acrylic paints, McDonnell and 27 other artists at Pitt painted per...

Gone Cold: Pitt students investigate unsolved crimes

Gone Cold: Pitt students investigate unsolved crimes

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

April 9, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

On a Wednesday night in February, Rachel Feil stands at a whiteboard in room 232 of David Lawrence Hall, tapping a red Expo marker on her chin as she studies what she’s scribbled on the surface. “I don’t know,” she tells the man standing next to her. “I don’t think that works. We need m...

Pitt Pantry alleviates rising food insecurity

Pitt Pantry alleviates rising food insecurity

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

April 9, 2017


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After finishing a shift at Market Central, Alexandria Dsouza usually swings by the Pitt Pantry to pick up her groceries for the week. “I come here primarily for toiletries, like toothpaste and toilet paper, and breakfast foods like bagels and cereal,” Dsouza said, leaning comfortably against the...

Mike Posner, acrobats, other musicians perform at Bigelow Bash

Mike Posner, acrobats, other musicians perform at Bigelow Bash

By Zoe Pawliczek / Staff Writer

April 9, 2017


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Spectators munched on food truck treats and watched acrobats perform dangerous and perplexing stunts — with the Cathedral of Learning as a backdrop — to the tune of live DJing during Bigelow Bash 2017. Students lined up by the dozens at each of the 10 food trucks present on Bigelow Boulevard ...

Meghan Daum reads, shares stories with students

Meghan Daum reads, shares stories with students

By Abhignya Mallepalli / Staff Writer

April 6, 2017


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A casual game of charades between A-list celebrities was the perfect opportunity for writer and editor Meghan Daum to transcend the line between being present and invisible. Daum’s experience at a star-studded party as an aspiring screenwriter served as the premise for “Invisible City,” an essay ...

Interfaith stand-up duo unites students through comedy

Interfaith stand-up duo unites students through comedy

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

April 5, 2017


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A Jew and a Muslim got up on stage in the William Pitt Union Ballroom — that’s not the punchline of a joke, those are the comedians. Comedians Scott Blakeman and Dean Obeidallah brought their act Stand Up for Peace to Pitt Wednesday night, at an event hosted by Pitt’s Hillel Jewish Universi...

Pitt Tonight announces Andrew Dow as new host

Pitt Tonight announces Andrew Dow as new host

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and John Hamilton / News Editors

April 5, 2017


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For a show that is only wrapping up its second season, “Pitt Tonight” is already at the end of an era. “Pitt Tonight” announced on Twitter Wednesday that first-year Andrew Dow will be the next host of the show, starting fall 2017. He will be the successor to Jesse Irwin, who is finishing his reign aft...

Bigelow Bash preview

Bigelow Bash preview

By Caoline Bourque / Staff Writer

April 5, 2017


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Acrobats will juggle and flip alongside musicians and food truck vendors on Bigelow Boulevard Sunday as crowds take over the street at Bigelow Bash. Bigelow Boulevard will transform into a festival venue Sunday, April 9, beginning at 1 p.m., for Bigelow Bash — an annual concert and festival organiz...

In tune with a b-flat: Artists, physicists collaborate on campus

In tune with a b-flat: Artists, physicists collaborate on campus

By Abhignya Mallepalli / Staff Writer

April 5, 2017


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Sarah Thornton stands in the basement of the Frick Fine Arts Center, preparing for her work to appear in an exhibit Tuesday night. She dips her fingers in paint and presses them to the canvas, using gray and purple colors to put the finishing touches on her visual representation of the connections between phys...

SGB pushes reading day initiative

SGB pushes reading day initiative

By Nolan Roosa / Staff Writer

April 5, 2017


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With only two meetings left in the semester, SGB made strides on Tuesday night to institute changes for the next academic school year, outlining future changes to the governing code and pushing their reading day proposal. Board member Rohit Anand proposed adding an extra reading day to give students...

Deaf activist, model shares experiences, advocates for inclusion

Deaf activist, model shares experiences, advocates for inclusion

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

April 4, 2017


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When Nyle DiMarco was 24-years-old, a friend asked him if he ever wished he could hear. He immediately replied no. “I told him, ‘I have always been deaf. It is part of who I am,’” DiMarco said. “Why would I want to be any different?” This is the message the actor and model relayed ...

Organizers hope to build on inaugural pre-health summit

Organizers hope to build on inaugural pre-health summit

By Abhignya Mallepalli / Staff Writer

April 4, 2017


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When a large number of students were having difficulty registering for organic chemistry labs in spring 2015, Rohit Anand, senior neuroscience and psychology major, realized just how many students at Pitt wanted to pursue a career in health. “Pitt is a pre-health school, not a pre-med school,” Anand s...

The Pitt News wins awards for advertising, marketing

The Pitt News wins awards for advertising, marketing

By John Hamilton / Assistant News Editor

April 4, 2017


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College Media Business and Advertising Managers doled out nine awards to The Pitt News for excellence in business operations, marketing and promotions during the organization’s annual award ceremony Saturday. CMBAM’s annual awards ceremony recognizes excellence in business and advertising oper...

Students sing, dance in Greek Sing for charity

Students sing, dance in Greek Sing for charity

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

April 2, 2017


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Two Pitt Greek organizations were cursed by a mummy Friday night. Four were hypnotized by a voodoo queen and another four were imprisoned for third-degree murder. These events all transpired onstage during the annual Greek Sing competition, where 10 teams of fraternities and sororities took turns ...

IGA in Oakland to close in one week

IGA in Oakland to close in one week

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

April 2, 2017


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After serving as the only grocery market on Pitt’s campus for the past nine years, The Market on Forbes IGA will soon close its doors forever. IGA owner Ron Levick said that due to competition with other grocery stores, he will be closing the store either this Friday, April 7, or early next week. ...

Pitt Pantry simulates hunger, highlights class inequality

Pitt Pantry simulates hunger, highlights class inequality

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy and Elias Rappaport / The Pitt News Staff

March 31, 2017


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A Pitt Pantry representative pointed to an audience member in the William Pitt Union ballroom Thursday night and asked her to imagine that for the rest of night, she was no longer a Pitt student. Instead, the student would assume the fictional role of a part-time nurse with four children. Suddenly, ...

D.C. insider shares advice with students

D.C. insider shares advice with students

By Zoe Pawliczek / Staff Writer

March 31, 2017


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As is often the case with college graduates’ introductions to politics, Nick Tabor’s was more of a crash course — short, full of variety and unexpected. At this semester’s Panthers in Politics seminar, the former senior policy advisor for the National Economic Council shared advice for cur...

Panel discusses journalism in the Trump Era

Panel discusses journalism in the Trump Era

By Abhignya Mallepalli / Staff Writer

March 31, 2017


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Five renowned political journalists sat down under Alumni Hall’s dim lights Thursday night to discuss their most recent and controversial challenge: President Donald Trump. More than 150 people were gathered in the seventh-floor auditorium to learn about journalism’s revival — and attacks on it...

Pitt wraps up eighth RecycleMania

Pitt wraps up eighth RecycleMania

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

March 30, 2017


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Some students walking through the parking lot between the William Pitt Union and Towers Patio Wednesday morning said they thought they were witnessing a remake of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” A cobalt blue tarp was set up under the cloudless sky, and students in white puffy Tyvek jumpsuit...

Ladies of steel: Sorority group address female self-esteem

Ladies of steel: Sorority group address female self-esteem

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

March 29, 2017


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Glance at the cover of “Glamour” or “Cosmo” magazines, and chances are your eyes will meet the baby blues or emerald greens of a smirking model with flawless skin. Her face is smooth and airbrushed, her every imperfection obscured with foundation and Photoshop. But when that model looks in t...

Pride Week 2017 preview

Pride Week 2017 preview

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / The Pitt News Staff

March 26, 2017


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While the streets of downtown Pittsburgh won’t be covered in rainbow flags until June, Pitt’s Rainbow Alliance will host its own pride week March 27 to 31. Many cities celebrate LGBTQ+ pride during June, but in order to engage students earlier, the Rainbow Alliance decided to host a week of progr...

TEDx speakers reach out to students in talks

TEDx speakers reach out to students in talks

By Rose Luder and Zoe Pawliczek / The Pitt News Staff

March 26, 2017


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Just when Canadian hurdler Sarah Wells came close to realizing her Olympic dreams, she faced an injury that destroyed her chances. At first, she was crushed by the missed opportunity  — which she considered “choking” at the time. But she overcame her defeat and ultimately placed as a semi-...

Students get their zen on at mindfulness fair

Students get their zen on at mindfulness fair

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

March 26, 2017


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Following the instructor’s lead Saturday, a group of students on yoga mats on the second floor of the University Club breathed deeply as they assumed happy baby and downward facing dog poses in unison. The assembled yogis transitioned into tree pose, poised with one foot rooted on the ground and the othe...

Big Ideas competition awards 2017 winners

Big Ideas competition awards 2017 winners

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

March 24, 2017


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Looking for a monitor to measure your anaerobic threshold while you exercise? Need UV- resistant ink for your new tattoo? How about a phone case that reminds you when to take your meds and then dispenses them? Pitt students might be able to hook you up. Student entrepreneurs displayed these innov...

Pitt’s Senate Council analyzes effects of federal budget cuts

Pitt’s Senate Council analyzes effects of federal budget cuts

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

March 22, 2017


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Pitt’s University Senate Council discussed benefits for adjunct professors and threats to government research funding at its monthly meeting Wednesday afternoon. Chancellor Patrick Gallagher opened the council with a short speech discussing the budget proposed by President Donald Trump last Thursday...

Pitt hires full-time psychiatrist

Pitt hires full-time psychiatrist

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

March 22, 2017


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After months of long waits and few available psychiatrists, Pitt announced more on-call counselors to schedule same-day appointments and a new full-time psychiatrist Wednesday. Pelin Duzenli, who will begin in April, currently practices as a licensed psychiatrist and behavior scientist at the Tid...

Leslie Jones brings the laughs

Leslie Jones brings the laughs

By Zoe Pawliczek / Staff Writer

March 22, 2017


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Leaning back on her stool with her legs spread, pretending to take a nude photo of herself, comedian Leslie Jones couldn’t stop cracking herself up. “Make sure that you have the right lighting [and] the right angle — make sure you don’t do it from above,” Jones told the crowd of more tha...

Pitt forms new institute focused on healthy living

Pitt forms new institute focused on healthy living

By John Hamilton / Contributing Editor

March 22, 2017


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Pitt announced Monday that, in an effort to expand health-related research at the University, it will add a new Healthy Lifestyle Institute to the School of Education. The Healthy Lifestyle Institute will create new centers and programs within various schools at the University to enhance research ...

Ta-Nehisi Coates inspires young writers at packed event

Ta-Nehisi Coates inspires young writers at packed event

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

March 20, 2017


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With a packed crowd spread out in front of him in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room  Monday night, award-winning journalist and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates picked a raised hand. The hand belonged to a professor, who said her class had finished his most famous work, “Between the World and Me,” and...

Wavering weather causes climate concerns

Wavering weather causes climate concerns

By Maggie Medoff / For The Pitt News

March 20, 2017


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Linh Le, a first-year finance major from Garden City, Kansas, is used to the high-hitting winds of the Great Plains, not wearing crop tops in the middle of a Pittsburgh winter. “I expected it to be much colder moving up north, but based on what the locals say, the last couple winters have been a ...

Pitt Tonight shines spotlight on Women’s Empowerment Week

Pitt Tonight shines spotlight on Women’s Empowerment Week

By Emily Suruda / Staff Writer

March 20, 2017


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Student Government Board Vice President Sydney Harper is awestruck when she thinks about the women who have come before her and left behind inspirational legacies. On Sunday’s women empowerment-themed episode of Pitt Tonight, Harper reeled off numerous names — from her ultimate inspiration, Ha...

Thriftsburgh celebrates second birthday

Thriftsburgh celebrates second birthday

By Zoe Pawliczek / Staff Writer

March 20, 2017


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Though sophomore Vanessa Colihan waited outside the O’Hara Student Center Friday morning for the University of Thriftsburgh’s second birthday celebration to begin, she wasn’t shopping for a new outfit. “I was specifically looking for cotton t-shirts. It’s easy to cut them into yarn and cro...

Interactive crime map: March 9 – March 17

Interactive crime map: March 9 – March 17

By The Pitt News Staff

March 19, 2017


Filed under Campus, Crime, News

March 9 10:14 a.m. Mervis Hall, 3950 Roberto Clemente Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Pitt police responded to the theft of two office chairs. An investigation is pending. 12:28 p.m. 51 Boundary St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police assisted city police with serving a warrant. Two actors were taken ...

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