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Pitt Pathfinders use virtual tours to connect students to Pitt in new ways

Pitt Pathfinder and junior psychology and urban studies major De’Jovia Davis.

By Thea Barrett, For The Pitt News

September 4, 2020

Students won’t have to worry about getting run over by backward-walking, striped-shirt-clad Pitt Pathfinders around campus this semester. But that doesn’t mean Pathfinders aren’t showing off the campus to potential Pitt students.  

Police Blotter Aug. 27- Sept. 2

Police Blotter Aug. 27- Sept. 2

By News Editors

September 3, 2020

Drug possession, theft, burglary and more in this week’s police blotter.

Pitt goes test-optional for 2021

Pitt’s Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences announced in July that it too would become test-optional, joining the University’s branch campuses.

By Benjamin Branch-Trevathan, For The Pitt News

September 2, 2020

Pitt’s Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences announced in July that it too would become test-optional, joining the University’s branch campuses. The College of Business Administration, Swanson School of Engineering and School of Computing and Information have followed suit.

‘They kill us here’: Survivor of Uyghur concentration camps recounts torture

Pitt’s centers for Governance and Markets and Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, as well as the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh and Congregation Beth Shalom, all collaborated to host a virtual event Tuesday to raise awareness about the geneocide of Uyghur Muslims in China.

By Anushay Chaudhry, Staff Writer

September 2, 2020

Tursun shared her story during a virtual event hosted by Pitt’s centers for Governance and Markets and Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, as well as the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh and Congregation Beth Shalom. The organizations held the event to raise awareness about the ongoing genocide of Uyghur Muslims in China.

Pitt says 85% of students have completed mandatory health and safety training

Students living on and off campus were required to complete a daily health check during their 14-day shelter in place.

By Rashi Ranjan, For The Pitt News

September 2, 2020

About 85% of Pitt students have completed the mandatory health and safety training as of Aug. 26, according to University spokesperson Kevin Zwick. He said the remaining 15% risk losing access to University IT services and campus buildings.

Pitt adds 46 COVID-19 cases after second week of online classes

The Cathedral of Learning watches over an empty Pitt campus.

By Rebecca Johnson and Jon Moss

August 31, 2020

Pitt added 46 new COVID-19 cases, composed of 46 students, as of Monday’s weekly case report. Around 75% of all active positive cases are students who live off campus, Pitt said.

‘No way we can do this alone’: Panel uplifts local Black student leaders

Black student leaders from colleges around Pittsburgh came together to discuss racial equity on their respective campuses. Jasiri X, the executive director and co-founder of 1Hood Media, moderated the event.

By Maura Scrabis, For The Pitt News

August 30, 2020

Collective action was one of the main themes at the Solidarity Town Hall held Saturday evening, where Black student leaders from colleges around the City came together to discuss racial equity on their respective campuses.

Libraries reopen with limited capacity, hours

Hillman Library is open for students with capacity restrictions, increased disinfection and increased signage.

By Alice Tang, For The Pitt News

August 30, 2020

Pitt’s libraries will be open this semester, but they will look much different than they did before the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes include shorter operating hours and facilities only open to Pitt faculty and students, with all visitors required to wear masks and swipe their Pitt IDs to enter. The libraries opened last Monday, excluding the music and Frick Fine Arts libraries, which will open today.

Pitt implements new tool to avoid misgendering, mispronunciation

NameCoach allows students to share their name pronunciation and gender pronouns with their professors.

By Rashi Ranjan, For The Pitt News

August 30, 2020

NameCoach allows one to record the pronunciation of their name, add gender pronouns and even add some history behind their name, all in a personal NameBadge.

Pitt alumni struggle to find jobs, adjust to virtual offices

Some Pitt students have struggled to secure a job after they graduated in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Natalie Frank, Staff Writer

August 28, 2020

One of the greatest challenges at the end of college is securing a stable job after graduation. According to Sophia Cosentino, a 2020 Pitt graduate, this is even more daunting during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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