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In case you missed it: Spring break

In case you missed it: Spring break

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy and Amanda Reed / The Pitt News Staff

March 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

  March 4 Pitches & Tones, a co-ed a cappella group at Pitt, placed second out of nine groups at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Central Quarterfinal at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall Saturday. The Carnegie Mellon Treblemakers placed first in the competition. Pi...

The art of the study: how architecture affects students

The art of the study: how architecture affects students

By James Watkins / For The Pitt News

March 13, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

When he has a big test ahead of him, Andrew Puglionesi walks into the common room of the Cathedral of Learning, finds a cozy spot at a long table near the right end of the high-ceilinged space and settles down for a night of studying. Like most Pitt students, the junior computer science major has spent time deciding ...

Pitt Vets provide emotional, academic support for student veterans

Pitt Vets provide emotional, academic support for student veterans

By James Watkins / For The Pitt News

March 3, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

When Vietnam veteran Jay Sukits came to Pitt’s campus to study math and economics in the early ‘70s, he didn’t get a warm welcome. “When I returned from Vietnam and got on campus, my fellow veterans and I were simply treated terribly by many students and faculty at the University,” Sukits sai...

Pitt alum offers legal advice for cannabis industry

Pitt alum offers legal advice for cannabis industry

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

March 3, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt alumna Sarah Carlins is making Pennsylvania a little greener, one court case at a time. As chair of Houston Harbaugh’s Health Care Law Department in Pittsburgh, Carlins provides legal counsel and representation to business owners, patients, employees and shareholders in the medical cannabis i...

Vegan collective brings new dishes to Market menu

Vegan collective brings new dishes to Market menu

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

March 2, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

A group of six students gathered in Market Central Wednesday night, not for a chicken patty or stir-fry bowl, but for a conversation with the chefs. The students came for the second meeting of the Vegan and Vegetarian Collective, a group of Pitt students as well as Pitt Dining and Sodexo staff dedic...

RJ Mitte speaks on diversity, disability in television

RJ Mitte speaks on diversity, disability in television

By Zoe Pawliczek / Staff Writer

March 1, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Standing onstage and laughing with the crowd Wednesday night, “Breaking Bad” star RJ Mitte boldly contrasted the image most associated with him — a coming-of-age teen sporting crutches and a speech impediment. “I grew up not looking at disability as a disability. I thought it was very norma...

Film series highlights Latin American culture

Film series highlights Latin American culture

By Max Datner / Staff Writer

March 1, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

A Brazilian boy, through tears, told his on-screen caretaker in Portuguese how much he missed his mother. While watching him, a crowd of about 65 students and faculty sipped soda and took notes as English subtitles of his words crop up on a projected screen in Parran Hall Tuesday. The audience gat...

SGB town hall meeting turnout low after recent election

SGB town hall meeting turnout low after recent election

By Nolan Roosa / Staff Writer

March 1, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

All of the candidates for Student Government Board president this year — including President-elect Max Kneis — considered town hall style meetings as part of the solution to engaging students in SGB. The two town halls that have already taken place in Nordy’s Place might give next year’s b...

Pitt gets $5.5 million in first annual Day of Giving

Pitt gets $5.5 million in first annual Day of Giving

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

March 1, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Though Pitt raised more than $5 million Wednesday, pulling from donors across all 50 states — one of the day’s biggest individual winners was the Club Tennis team.   For the University’s 230th anniversary, Pitt hosted its first annual day of giving, raising $5,543,591.56. More than 5000 dona...

Students speed learn uncommon languages

Students speed learn uncommon languages

By Zoe Pawliczek / Staff Writer

February 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Junior Desislava Iolova knows seven languages, but wanted to learn more Monday night — at least as many new words as she could in 15 minutes. “I love learning languages, but I’m focusing on my major, so I have to learn them in my free time at events like these,” Iolova, an electrical enginee...

Pitt bike co-op aims to meet needs of cyclists

Pitt bike co-op aims to meet needs of cyclists

By Maggie Medoff / For The Pitt News

February 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

After two years of racing and repairing bikes and a slew of leisurely Sunday brunch-and-rides, Kimmy Dinh and five of her friends decided to shift gears. After Dinh, a senior biological science major, and her five cohorts — Sinjon Bartel, Hana Swift, Lora Matway, Ang Urban and Naomi Anderson — form...

Pitt pharmacy extends reach in the community

Pitt pharmacy extends reach in the community

By Emily Suruda / Staff Writer

February 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Second-year pharmacy students Olivia Berger, Josh Zimardo and Chris Randall spent two hours in mid-February asking strangers about their daily routines. Specifically, the students wanted to know how often customers were taking their medicine: Do you ever forget to take your medications? Do you ev...

Maggie Nelson reads work on identity, freedom

Maggie Nelson reads work on identity, freedom

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

February 24, 2017


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

In a rare reading for the established poet and essayist, Maggie Nelson chose to share an unfinished piece of writing with the audience gathered in Frick Fine Arts Auditorium Thursday night. The nameless piece revolved broadly around freedom and touched on politics, identity and race — but largely dis...

Max Kneis wins 2017 SGB presidential election

Max Kneis wins 2017 SGB presidential election

By Abhignya Mallepalli and Nolan Roosa / The Pitt News Staff

February 22, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

With a voter turnout more than double the previous election’s, Pitt students elected Max Kneis as the next Student Government Board president Tuesday. Kneis, a junior studying economics and finance, received 2,114 votes to win the presidency, which will start at the end of April. Arlind Karpuzi a...

Actively Moving Forward: grieving students form support group

Actively Moving Forward: grieving students form support group

By Max Datner / Staff Writer

February 22, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Halfway through her first semester at Pitt, Selaam Araya’s college experience came to an abrupt halt.   Araya’s father, 65, died of an unknown medical cause, and she traveled to Asmara, Eritrea — 6,991 miles away — for the burial. When she returned for the beginning of the spring semester a mont...

Pitt faculty talks immigration policy changes, DACA

Pitt faculty talks immigration policy changes, DACA

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

February 21, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

University administrators gathered in a closed-door meeting in the Barco Law Building Monday afternoon to discuss immigration. Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, Provost Patricia E. Beeson and about 50 other Pitt faculty members met in the Alcoa room of the law building to discuss former-President Bara...

Safety first: Pitt police talk crime awareness with students

Safety first: Pitt police talk crime awareness with students

By James Watkins / For The Pitt News

February 21, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

While some students admitted that the smell of free pizza lured them into the William Pitt Union Assembly Room Monday afternoon, most stopped by to learn more about campus safety. The Student Government Board and Pitt Public Safety and Emergency Management hosted the Spring Safety Fair Monday, which h...

Students share experiences intersectional experiences, discuss feminism, religion, race

Students share experiences intersectional experiences, discuss feminism, religion, race

By MarySandra Do / Staff Writer

February 21, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

After scrawling words like “empowerment” and “equality and opportunity” on colorful sticky notes, students stuck them to a large blank sheet of paper in Dining Room B of the Union Monday. The prompt that elicited these responses: “What is feminism to you?” About 12 students attende...

Trump protesters march twice over weekend

Trump protesters march twice over weekend

By Elias Rappaport and Andrew O'Brien / The Pitt News Staff

February 20, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News, Top Stories

President Donald Trump may have taken office a full month ago, but his detractors haven’t lost any of the passion they showed on inauguration day. Marching to the beat of drums, hundreds of protesters rallied around causes ranging from immigrant rights to the environment and vocally opposed Trump Sat...

Get to know the 2017 SGB slates

Get to know the 2017 SGB slates

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

February 20, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

42 Stories Candidates The aptly named slate proposes 42 changes to Pitt’s campus, including instituting monthly town hall meetings for the student body to attend, expanding the SafeRider system to pick up students at all hours and increasing both the number of gynecologists on staff and the hou...

Interactive crime map Feb. 10 – Feb. 15

Interactive crime map Feb. 10 – Feb. 15

By The Pitt News Staff

February 20, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, Crime, News, Top Stories

Feb. 10 4:03 p.m. Sutherland Hall, 3725 Sutherland Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police arrested a student on charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. 4:51 p.m. Peterson Events Center, 3719 Terrace St., Pittsburgh, PA 15261. Pitt police responded to a report of harass...

Gov. Tom Wolf proposes flat funds for Pitt

Gov. Tom Wolf proposes flat funds for Pitt

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

February 16, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Despite asking for a five percent increase in state funding, Pitt could receive the same amount of money as it did during the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s $32 billion 2018 fiscal year budget includes increasing state educational support at all levels by $209 million, but Pitt’s...

Pitt revises faculty, student relationship policy

Pitt revises faculty, student relationship policy

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Managing Editor

February 16, 2017


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Faculty Assembly approved a revision to its consensual relationship policy Tuesday that now bans students from engaging in relationships with faculty or staff who are or could be in a position of supervision over them. The assembly voted to include staff members in the policy — which includ...

SGB candidates push platform before elections

SGB candidates push platform before elections

By Grant Burgman / Staff Writer

February 16, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

In the cutthroat political sphere, competing for votes can — and does — bring out the worst in people. After all, it was during the final presidential debate that now-President Donald Trump infamously referred to Hillary Clinton as a “nasty woman,” offering her an unofficial campaign slogan. Bu...

Grad student employees sign union cards

Grad student employees sign union cards

By Nolan Roosa / Staff Writer

February 15, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

After a year and a half of campaigning and planning, the Graduate Student Organizing Committee is now one step closer to forming a union for graduate student employees at Pitt.   The unionization effort has been in the works since October 2015 when the committee voted to affiliate with the United...

Pitt students find love across the political party line

Pitt students find love across the political party line

By MarySandra Do / Staff Writer

February 14, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Chris Montgomery and Emily Loeffelholz have been dating for 11 months, but it almost ended seven months in when the topic of global warming came up. “I think it was my fault for sure. It was kind of a warm day or something like that,” Montgomery said. The two initially bonded over shared int...

Ring by spring: getting engaged, married in college

Ring by spring: getting engaged, married in college

By Grant Burgman / For The Pitt News

February 14, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

Pitt graduates who want to get married at Heinz Chapel can book the venue at a 15 percent discount with proof of their Pitt degrees. There’s no such discount for undergrads who can show a Panther card — but Heinz may want to consider adding one. Despite the steady rise in the average marr...

Brunch and big ideas: Bookstore raises funds for arrested protesters

Brunch and big ideas: Bookstore raises funds for arrested protesters

By Max Datner / Staff Writer

February 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Supporters of anti-fascist protests gathered at the Big Idea Bookstore in Bloomfield Sunday not for a book signing or a poetry reading, but for brunch.   The store — also home to an in-house café — has been holding brunches since October to contribute to the legal fees of locals arrested while pr...

Pitt Musicians Take Talents Abroad

Pitt Musicians Take Talents Abroad

By Maggie Medoff / For the Pitt News

February 10, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

As the cauldrons of traditional Roma goulash boiled at a picnic in a southeast Hungarian village, local keyboard players improvised new melodies. In that town, called Vegegyhaza, Pitt senior Kelly Glavin got a chance to share her melodica — a wind instrument played with piano keys — with Cze...

Anti-sanctuary campus bill moves forward, Pitt’s status unclear

Anti-sanctuary campus bill moves forward, Pitt’s status unclear

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

February 10, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

With the potential passage of an anti-sanctuary bill looming, the state and some Pennsylvania universities are at odds. But Pitt — where a sanctuary campus petition and a letter in the same vein have been circulating for weeks — has remained silent on the issue, making it unclear if a bill curr...

Iranian student group, academics speak out on immigration ban

Iranian student group, academics speak out on immigration ban

By Max Datner / For The Pitt News

February 9, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Setareh Sarachi stood in a crowd huddled under the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy tent in Schenley Plaza Thursday afternoon, surrounded by protesters guarding their signs against the swirling winter weather.   The group was there, starting at noon, for the “Academics United - No Visa and Immigratio...

Students react to Toomey’s decision to vote for DeVos

Students react to Toomey’s decision to vote for DeVos

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy and Grant Burgman / The Pitt News Staff

February 9, 2017


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

Never in American history has a Cabinet member needed the vice president to break the tie that would elect them into the president’s Cabinet. But the Senate vote on Betsy DeVos, who was later confirmed for the secretary of education position in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, was split 50-50 Tuesda...

Panels outline protesting’s best practices

Panels outline protesting’s best practices

By Zoe Pawliczek / Staff Writer

February 9, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

With the abundance of protests and marches happening around Pitt’s campus recently, many students are wondering if the public’s calls for change will be left unanswered. At a Wednesday night panel, Pitt professors and activists encouraged students to continue championing local movements.   The Foss...

MSA hosts candlelight vigil for Quebec victims

MSA hosts candlelight vigil for Quebec victims

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

February 8, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Through the wind and rain, the flames of fifty candles burned brightly outside the William Pitt Union for six men who were killed because of the religion they believed in. The University of Pittsburgh’s Muslim Student Association hosted a candlelight vigil on Tuesday night to honor the 14 victims of...

UPTV relaunches with new programming lineup

UPTV relaunches with new programming lineup

By MarySandra Do / For The Pitt News

February 7, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

In a tight dorm-room-sized space carpeted in red with one lime-green wall and a purple loveseat, UPTV is making big plans for the future of Pitt student media. UPTV merged with "Pitt Tonight" and Pitt in Hollywood to relaunch the once popular station for the first time in seven years. UPTV, which de...

Interactive crime map: Jan. 26 – Feb. 3

By The Pitt News Staff

February 5, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Jan. 26 3:03 p.m. Public Safety Building, 3412 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police reported a stalking incident where the victim reported she was being stalked by another student at various locations on campus. The victim has not contacted police or filed a report. 8:50 p.m. ...

Trump’s employment freeze affects Pitt graduates

Trump’s employment freeze affects Pitt graduates

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

February 3, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Adviser Jane Wallace guides Pitt economics students looking to advance their careers in one direction: the Federal Reserve. The U.S. government’s central bank offers recent graduates research assistant positions as a so they can use their degrees to crunch numbers rather than sit behind a desk ...

Lawyers defend immigrants in Pittsburgh after Trump’s executive order

Lawyers defend immigrants in Pittsburgh after Trump’s executive order

By Nolan Roosa / For The Pitt News

February 3, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

After making successful voyages into the United States, thousands struggled to make their way past security gates at airport arrival terminals across the country on Jan. 27 But without warning, hesitation or preparation, lawyers staked out spots on airport floors to assist people held up by President...

Top 5 employment resources you didn’t know Pitt offered

Top 5 employment resources you didn’t know Pitt offered

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

February 3, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Between balancing classes and a social life, finding a job is almost as hard as an organic chemistry test. Thankfully, The Pitt News used our investigative journalism skills to dig up five resources Pitt offers that can help you go from penniless to prosperous. Cheryl S. Finlay, associate dean and directo...

Edward Snowden weighs in on objectivity

Edward Snowden weighs in on objectivity

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

February 2, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

As his face appeared on the projector’s huge screen, overlooking a cheering room of Pitt students, Edward Snowden smiled sheepishly. “It’s good to be home,” he said, to a big laugh from the fully packed William Pitt Union Assembly Room. Facing federal charges for espionage and theft, Snow...

Pitt student in stable condition after fall at Sutherland

Pitt student in stable condition after fall at Sutherland

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

February 1, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

A Pitt student is currently receiving treatment at UPMC Presbyterian after they fell or jumped out out of a seventh floor window at Sutherland Hall on Saturday at 1:05 a.m. Sonya Toler, a spokesperson for city police, said that an 18-year-old male student was taken to the hospital in critical con...

Students tackle gun-toting assailants on Friday

Students tackle gun-toting assailants on Friday

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

January 31, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Crime, News

Joseph, a Pitt sophomore, was staring straight into the barrel of a black revolver handgun on McKee Street Friday night. A Pitt police crime alert detailing Joseph’s experience noted that the gunman holding the revolver used it to hit the student in the back of the head — but it did not list ...

Interactive crime map Jan. 20 – 24

By The Pitt News Staff

January 30, 2017


Filed under Campus, Crime, News

Jan. 20 8:18 p.m. Bouquet Gardens Building B. 300 S. Bouquet St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police responded to a report of harassment. An investigation is pending. 9:22 p.m. Phi Kappa Theta House. Fraternity Housing Complex, University Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police cited a s...

Holland Hall to be co-ed by fall 2017

Holland Hall to be co-ed by fall 2017

By Amanda Reed / Assisstant News Editor

January 27, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

By this time next year, there will no longer be a single-gender dormitory for first-year students at Pitt. Holland Hall, Pitt’s only all-female dorm, will be co-ed starting in fall 2017. Amos Hall — which is home to 10 of Pitt’s sororities — is the only other all-female dorm on campus, but it’s...

Conflict Kitchen to spotlight refugee chefs in March

Conflict Kitchen to spotlight refugee chefs in March

By Rebecca Peters and James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / The Pitt News Staff

January 26, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Conflict Kitchen has been spotlighting global conflicts for more than six years, but this year it’s turning the spotlight back toward its own home. Through a partnership with the Sprout Fund — an organization funding politically engaged projects throughout the country — the take-out restaurant co...

Nancy Kirkwood brings eco-art to Center for Creativity

Nancy Kirkwood brings eco-art to Center for Creativity

By Zoe Pawliczek / For The Pitt News

January 25, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Nancy Kirkwood walked down to the basement of the University Bookstore on Fifth with overflowing bags of art supplies and began stocking a wall full of shelves. She does this every day as part of her job at the Center for Creativity. Kirkwood — who was previously the administrative coordinator for Pitt’s English...

Pitt to offer dual-degree MBA/MHA graduate program

Pitt to offer dual-degree MBA/MHA graduate program

By Nolan Roosa / For The Pitt News

January 25, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

A new collaboration between two Pitt graduate schools lets students save 39 credits and a year of school while walking away with two degrees. Pitt announced the dual degree program on Jan. 17. Beginning in the fall, students can earn a Master of Health Administration and a Master of Business Admini...

What’s with the crows: facilities management, Aviary work to combat campus crows

What’s with the crows: facilities management, Aviary work to combat campus crows

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

January 19, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

As junior Virginia Lefever walked out of her Vertebrate Morphology lab in Langley Hall on a Tuesday night last semester, she heard what sounded like the onset of a minor rainstorm. But it wasn’t raindrops plunking onto the pavement. It was crow feces. “My friends and I liked to joke about needing...

SGB introduces new scheduling app for planning semesters

SGB introduces new scheduling app for planning semesters

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

January 18, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

SGB introduced a new scheduling application at Tuesday night’s meeting that would simplify the way students register for classes and plan their semesters. Vice President and Chief of Cabinet Rohit Anand said the new tool will be available in February and will allow students to plan out an ideal ...

Walter Kamau Bell kicks off Social Justice Week at Pitt

Walter Kamau Bell kicks off Social Justice Week at Pitt

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

January 17, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

About 150 people from varying backgrounds walked into a room. They filled half the seats in the O’Hara Student Center ballroom. Someone cracked a joke. “Hey. How you doing? We’re half empty. Did the Republicans not show up?” The joker was comedian Walter Kamau Bell. “If that's too muc...

oSTEM making a space LGBTQ+ students in STEM fields

oSTEM making a space LGBTQ+ students in STEM fields

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

January 13, 2017


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

Before he came out as gay to his lab group, Alexander Rowden had to figure out what to say when his classmates asked his opinion on certain female celebrities. “They’d be like, ‘Scarlett Johansson's pretty hot, right?’ and I’d just say she wasn’t really my type or something,” Rowden,...

USPS to issue passports at Pitt

USPS to issue passports at Pitt

By Alexa Bakalarski and Amanda Reed / News Editors

January 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Instead of going to the post office to apply for a passport, the post office is coming to Pitt. Officials from the U.S. Postal Service will be on campus Jan. 17 and 18 to renew U.S. passports for Pitt students, faculty and staff and accept new passport applications, according to the University Cent...

Pitt students game with new Wi-Fi network

Pitt students game with new Wi-Fi network

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and Alexa Bakalarski / News Editors

January 12, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

When they aren’t in class, some students spend their time trekking through the forest for lost treasure while others creep through cityscapes stealing expensive cars. Some brave dorm-dwellers slay demons while their neighbors steer rocket-powered buggies to score goals. Video games are a classic pastime — and in...

Pitt students, faculty talk diversity with Dean Bonner

Pitt students, faculty talk diversity with Dean Bonner

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

January 11, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

Pitt students and faculty used markers, large posters and brainpower Tuesday evening to address diversity and inclusion at Pitt. In the second installment of Pitt’s Dialogue with the Dean, a University-sponsored conversation as part of Pitt’s Year of Diversity, Vice Provost and Dean of Studen...

SGB talks 2017 election, student involvement for future

SGB talks 2017 election, student involvement for future

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

January 11, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

With more publicity and more communication, this year’s Student Government Board wants to break the three-year streak of candidates running unopposed. To encourage more students to run for positions in the election in February, SGB will host the first elections mixer on Jan. 20. The mixer, which will be hel...

School of Education announces new dean

School of Education announces new dean

By Alexa Bakalarski and Amanda Reed / News Editors

January 11, 2017


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

After the former dean stepped down in the summer, Pitt has named a new School of Education dean — one who has had a focus on diversity and inclusion in her past roles. Valerie Kinloch, who will begin serving as Pitt’s School of Education dean July 1, 2017, is currently the associate dean of div...

Bye, bye bags: University store becomes part of BYOB initiative

Bye, bye bags: University store becomes part of BYOB initiative

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

January 10, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The term “BYOB” is taking on a different meaning at Pitt. Taking the lead from environmental movements across the country and state, Pitt’s students, faculty and administration are trying to make “Bring Your Own Bag” the newest trend on campus. Over the past two years, several diffe...

PGH, Pitt groups plan for Inauguration

PGH, Pitt groups plan for Inauguration

By Amanda Reed and Nolan Roosa / The Pitt News Staff

January 10, 2017


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

Although Washington, D.C is 246 miles away, many Pittsburghers are making the trek to the Capitol to attend one of the most polarizing inaugurations in history. Students and members of the Pittsburgh community will be a few of the hundreds of thousands converging in D.C. to see Trump get elected ...

Edward Snowden to broadcast live on campus

Edward Snowden to broadcast live on campus

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and Amanda Reed / News Editors

January 9, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Usually lectures that take place in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room involve a speaker standing at the podium and addressing an audience of Pitt students. The Pitt Program Council will instead host a live video conference event with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden Feb. 1. Students can purch...

Sister, sister: recruits rush for spring 2017

Sister, sister: recruits rush for spring 2017

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and Amanda Reed / News Editors

January 9, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Heeled boots clacked on the tile of the William Pitt Union lobby as women scurried from one room to the next visiting potential sororities and meeting their future sisters for the first time. Pitt’s Panhellenic Association started their formal spring recruitment Jan. 6 — a two-weekend process when ...

Reading to pass time: Book ‘Em turns a new page for inmates

Reading to pass time: Book ‘Em turns a new page for inmates

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

January 3, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, Crime, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

On Cherokee Street in the Upper Hill District of Pittsburgh, drugs passed daily between neighbors and visitors. And on Aug. 5, 2008, Frank Johnson got caught in the cycle. By sunset that day, at 34 years old, Johnson’s freedom was no longer guaranteed. Convicted by a jury in October 2010 for c...

ICYMI: Winter Break

ICYMI: Winter Break

By The Pitt News Staff

January 3, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Sports

Here are some of the changes, appointments and news that happened locally and nationally while Pitt students, faculty and staff enjoyed their winter break. Dec. 14 — Pitt offensive coordinator Matt Canada leaves for LSU After one season as Pitt’s offensive coordinator — in which he guided the Pan...

Up all night: all about insomnia

Up all night: all about insomnia

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Staff Writer

December 12, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Kelly Shaw is lying in bed, staring at the ceiling and wondering why she’s so tired, but she can’t sleep. At this point she’s just a third-grader, so she asks her father what to do. He tells her he bets she can’t count to 2,000 before falling asleep, so she takes him up on it. “It worked t...

Hillman Library: stories from the staff

Hillman Library: stories from the staff

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

December 12, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Every chair in Hillman Library is filled, every table strewn with textbooks and notes, every face marked with the undeniable signs of exhaustion and stress. Students are curled up in their PJs, clutching caramel macchiatos and murmuring math formulas and historical dates. Many have stayed for a f...

Scientists recommend students watch food timing, alcohol before sleep

Scientists recommend students watch food timing, alcohol before sleep

By Rachel Glasser and Rebecca Peters / Pitt News Staff

December 12, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Two of the most important things to college students — alcohol and food — could be impacting a third desire of theirs — sleep — more than most students realize. Students who aren’t careful about what they put in their body before they go to sleep are likely to end up less rested than the...

Pittsburghers rescue unused food, one can at a time

Pittsburghers rescue unused food, one can at a time

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

December 8, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

Following a friendly honk, a green truck pulls up outside South West Meals on Wheels in Carnegie at about 9:30 a.m. Then, it backs through the parking lot, right up to the kitchen door. Scott Marshall, 41, jumps out of the cab. His bald head is complimented by a large beard — grown after he left...

Pitt faculty petitions for sanctuary campus

Pitt faculty petitions for sanctuary campus

By Lauren Rosenblatt, Alexa Bakalarski, Amanda Reed / The Pitt News Staff

December 8, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News, Top Stories

With a new petition, Pitt professors are asking the administration to proactively protect undocumented students. Assistant English professor Peter Campbell and English professor Sarah Leavens spearheaded the effort and worked collaboratively with seven other professors on the petition, which urges Pitt ...

Police arrest two men for Meyran Avenue burglary

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

December 7, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, Crime, News, Top Stories

After the 23rd burglary in Oakland this semester occurred last week, police have arrested two men for this most recent incident. Pittsburgh police arrested 18-year-old Jamal Kyte-Saverly and an unnamed 17-year-old man in connection with the Dec. 1 burglary in the 300 block of Meyran Avenue. Kyte-Sa...

Pitt hires psychiatrist

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

December 7, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Even as students complained that Pitt hadn’t hired replacement psychiatrists to staff its Counseling Center, it appears administrators had actually — and quietly — filled one of the open positions. In an email sent Dec. 6, University spokesperson Shawn Ahearn said that Dr. Jennifer Prins, ...

Former Pitt international student cheats, faces deportation

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

December 7, 2016


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

Pitt alum Han Tong was sentenced on Monday to three years probation and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents after a Western Pennsylvania district court determined he took part in a scheme to cheat on college entrance exams. U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti sentenced Tong Monday afte...

NPR correspondent Cokie Roberts talks Trump, election

NPR correspondent Cokie Roberts talks Trump, election

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

December 7, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, National News, News

Cokie Roberts wants it on the record that she thought Donald Trump would win from the beginning. Roberts, a veteran reporter at National Public Radio and author of four books about women’s role during the Revolutionary and Civil wars, appeared frequently on television during the 2016 Presidential e...

At Cathedral, Fossil Free Pitt Coalition calls for divestment

At Cathedral, Fossil Free Pitt Coalition calls for divestment

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

December 6, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

A thin, cardboard oil pipeline roughly 200 feet long stretched along the slate floor of the Cathedral Commons for about 20 minutes on Monday morning. Students had constructed the “pipeline” out of recycled cardboard tubes painted black and stretched it from the main entrance of the Commons to the b...

Despite concerns, Title IX Coordinator says sexual assault services will continue under Trump

Despite concerns, Title IX Coordinator says sexual assault services will continue under Trump

By Nikita Karulkar / Staff Writer

December 5, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

When Vice President Joe Biden visited Pitt in April, encouraging students to fight rape culture on campus, he was speaking during a year that seemed promising for the future of sexual assault services at colleges nationwide. Pitt had opened the Office of Diversity and Inclusion only a few months pri...

For the 23rd time, burglars break into Oakland home

By Amanda Reed / Contributing Editor

December 5, 2016


Filed under Campus, Crime, News, Top Stories

After a burglar broke into their house in the 3400 block of Ward Street on Halloween, Jacky Chen and his five roommates made a house rule to lock their door at all times, even if another roommate was home. But several of the roommates forgot to lock the door on their way to a track workout with the Ultim...

Pittsburghers stand with Standing Rock just before construction halts

Pittsburghers stand with Standing Rock just before construction halts

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Staff Writer

December 5, 2016


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

Rather than staying in the comfort of her Braddock Hills home, Beth McAhren spent her Thanksgiving in Standing Rock, North Dakota. For five days at Standing Rock, McAhren cooked meals for the demonstrators there protesting the construction of an energy pipeline through land near a Sioux tribe res...

Fred Rogers Company discusses creative process, Rogers’ legacy

Fred Rogers Company discusses creative process, Rogers’ legacy

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Staff Writer

December 2, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood Thursday for Pitt students looking to learn about the TV and film industry. A crowd of more than 50 Pitt community members gathered in Scaife Hall for “Making TV,” a panel made of five production team members from the Fred Rogers Company. The panel m...

Pittsburgh panelists draw link between curiosity and health

Pittsburgh panelists draw link between curiosity and health

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

December 2, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

As a young woman in the 1990s with no clear career direction, Linnea Glick was in a situation comparable to many young people just out of college or still deciding on a path. She was working in a Pittsburgh coffee house, supplementing her curious nature through art: helping friends produce indie films, s...

Oakland Nights: Then and Now

Oakland Nights: Then and Now

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Staff Writer

December 1, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

This is part two of a series by staff writer Stephen Caruso about how Oakland’s businesses and the community have changed since the 1990s — for better or worse. Stay tuned for the next installment, which will be about Oakland’s community improvement initiatives. For part one of the series, click ...

SGB says changes coming to SafeRider

SGB says changes coming to SafeRider

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

November 30, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

After two years of discussion and drafting policy, Pitt’s Student Government Board submitted a proposal to SafeRider on Tuesday suggesting several major edits to the program to streamline the service for students, overhaul the dispatch system and use real-time GPS, among other changes. SGB submitted...

Film department plans new track

Film department plans new track

By Emily Suruda / For The Pitt News

November 30, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

When Ann Shetler took a film class during her first year at Pitt, she was the only one in the class who didn’t enroll to fulfill a general education requirement. Rather than pick a major that would lead to a job she hated, Shetler decided she wanted to make films. But there was one problem: she could...

Pitt marketing majors compete in national competition

Pitt marketing majors compete in national competition

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

November 29, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Rebecca Anne Feinberg, a self-proclaimed gearhead, was thrilled when she learned that her Projects in Marketing class was participating in a competition designed around a luxury sedan. But she confessed that marketing the luxury car to millenials was a much harder task than she’d envisioned. ...

No time to talk: what’s going on with Pitt’s Counseling Center?

No time to talk: what’s going on with Pitt’s Counseling Center?

By Rachel Glasser and Tristan Dietrick

November 28, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, Health, News

Kelchis Radziewicz had struggled with underlying anxiety before, but after losing a close friend to suicide just before her first year at Pitt, she realized she couldn’t cope with the grief on her own. “It was becoming unmanageable,” said Radziewicz, a junior English literature and Engl...

Pitt denies claims that students were offered extra credit for protesting Trump

By Elizabeth Lepro

November 23, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt came under fire from conservative outlets this week after they accused the administration of offering students in the School of Social Work extra credit for protesting President-Elect Donald Trump. But  in a statement on Wednesday, the University said the stories were inaccurate and the outle...

Students react to violence at Thursday protest

Students react to violence at Thursday protest

By Amina Doghri / Staff Writer

November 22, 2016


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

After a week of tension — both in person and online — between protesters and the University, students once again gathered on Towers patio to express their frustration with police and Pitt. This time, Dean Kenyon Bonner — who has written two public letters in response to the violence that er...

Pitt plans to renovate Hillman Library

Pitt plans to renovate Hillman Library

By Tristan Dietrick / Staff Writer

November 22, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

What began as a project to replace outdated mechanical systems in Hillman Library has now turned into a plan for a full-scale building renovation. Hillman Library, built in 1968, is set to undergo extensive renovations beginning in May 2017. The project could take up to five years and will operate ...

20th home burglarized in Oakland

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

November 21, 2016


Filed under Campus, Crime, News, Top Stories

Marking the 20th burglary in the Oakland area this semester, an unknown person entered a home in the 3400 block of Parkview Avenue over the weekend, stealing a laptop and other personal items. Similar to the previous incidents, the intruder acted late on a weekend night, entering the Parkview home...

23 year old man dies in single car crash

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

November 21, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

A single car crash near the Hill District and West Oakland boundary left one man dead Saturday night. Police said Oscar Mazza, 23, was declared dead at 9:41 p.m. Saturday night, after his vehicle went off the road in the 300 block of Kirkpatrick Street. Mazza does not attend Pitt, according to Pitt...

Students, administration clash after Thursday night protest

Students, administration clash after Thursday night protest

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

November 21, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

After several student-led protests since Donald Trump’s election, one march against student debt ended with two arrests, three people in handcuffs and, according to protesters, fear and concern among students. The protests last week also drew sharp rebuke from Pitt’s administration on Friday, a ...

Q&A: tips from Oakland community group on renting

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

November 18, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Between studying for classes, applying for internships, participating in clubs and finding time for exercise, many Pitt students have another question on their minds: where to live? If students are planning to live off campus, the race to get the best house starts early, and the time crunch can m...

Tips and tricks: what you need to know before you rent

Tips and tricks: what you need to know before you rent

By The Pitt News Staff

November 18, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Average cost of an Oakland apartment: Numbers from Pitt’s Office of Off-Campus Living. The average one-bedroom or studio apartment in the Oakland area costs approximately $700 per month in rent. The average two-bedroom apartment shared by two students is about $1,100 — or $550 per person...

Faculty votes on amendments to general education requirements

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

November 18, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Randall Halle wants every Pitt student to learn a foreign language well enough to comfortably navigate daily life in another country. Halle, the Klaus W. Jonas professor of German film and cultural studies, said this level of proficiency is the goal of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences’...

Renter’s insurance: do student tenants need it?

Renter’s insurance: do student tenants need it?

By Wesley Hood / Staff Writer

November 18, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

It was Halloween, but Kerry Regan got more of a scare than she was hoping for when an intruder broke into her McKee Place apartment. An intruder burglarized Regan’s apartment in the early hours of Oct. 31, taking her laptop, wallet and car while Regan was asleep. In the days following the break-in, she had to piece to...

Violence at protest against student debt, one student arrested

Violence at protest against student debt, one student arrested

By Wesley Hood / Staff Writer

November 17, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

Pitt police arrested two people – one who is a Pitt student – during a protest Thursday evening. Police handcuffed three protestors – two female, one masked individual – after they forced entry into Tower B during a protest that began at the Cathedral of Learning around 5 p.m. Thursday evening...

Pitt joins sanctuary campus movement

Pitt joins sanctuary campus movement

By Janine Faust and Connor Norton / The Pitt News Staff

November 17, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Around the country Wednesday, including at Pitt, students on college campuses “walked out” of classes in favor of equality and safety from deportation in a country largely divided over immigration issues. In front of the Cathedral of Learning Wednesday afternoon, between 50 and 60 students gathered t...

School of Social Work Dean asks tough questions about race

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

November 17, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Larry Davis first asked himself the question when he was 6 or 7 years old, while he was walking down the street. “If we were slaves, why are they angry with us?” “They,” meaning white people, who continued exploiting people of color long after slavery. The question stayed with Davis,...

Students, community members march for peace and positivity

Students, community members march for peace and positivity

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

November 17, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, Election Coverage 2016, News

Pitt students and community members held homemade signs high into the air above the Cathedral lawn –– “Erase hate,” “We all come together,” “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention,” as they marched to encourage positivity in the future after the election. The mar...

Students learn renters’ rights, laws

By Preena Patel / Staff Writer

November 16, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Like many Pitt students, Sam Temples is currently looking for a clean, safe and budget-friendly apartment to rent next year but had no idea how to get this place on her own — until Tuesday afternoon. Temples and 30 other students attended an off-campus student rental workshop on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in...

Students break boards, stereotypes during Islam Awareness Week

Students break boards, stereotypes during Islam Awareness Week

By Emily Brindley and Ashwini Sivaganesh / The Pitt News Staff

November 15, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

When Esra Daghestani entered public school for the first time in ninth grade, she couldn’t wait to participate in the lab portion of her physical sciences class. Daghestani, who is Muslim and wears a hijab, spent her childhood in a combination of Syrian schooling and American-based homeschooling ...

SafeRider use drops, Pitt plans app

SafeRider use drops, Pitt plans app

By Rachel Glasser / Staff Writer

November 15, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Over the past four fiscal years, SafeRider usership has declined by nearly 18 percent, but an app proposal could persuade more riders to turn back to the transportation system in the future. Kevin Sheehy, director of the University of Pittsburgh Parking, Transportation and Services, said the Universit...

Holocaust survivor speaks at Pitt

Holocaust survivor speaks at Pitt

By Elias Rappaport / For The Pitt News

November 15, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Sam Gottesman, a Holocaust survivor, still remembers his near-death experience 71 years ago. Gottesman, originally from former Czechoslovakia, said that at one of the many concentration camps he was placed in, he found himself on the list of children who were to be shipped back to Auschwitz to be...

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