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Pitt’s 10th PMADD highlights culture of service

Pitt’s 10th PMADD highlights culture of service

By Caroline Bourque and Janine Faust | News Editors

October 25, 2017


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Shea Krause is confident she and about 50 other members of Pitt’s Jumpstart chapter had the Brightwood Civic Group’s Pumpkinfest under control Saturday morning. “If anything, there were maybe too many people. I don’t think there were enough jobs,” she said. Krause and her peers helped ma...

‘Guardian’ helps people on the brink

‘Guardian’ helps people on the brink

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

October 24, 2017


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Kevin Briggs thinks his unofficial title — “guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge” — sounds “egotistical.” “I’m not a big fan of the name,” Briggs said in an email. “I think there are many ‘Guardians’ all over the world, both first responder and citizen.” Briggs, a Californ...

Sigmas scrutinize race, masculinity

Sigmas scrutinize race, masculinity

By Sarah Frumkin | Staff Writer

October 24, 2017


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Gabby Yearwood said he tells people all the time he wasn’t born a feminist. Toxic forms of masculinity impacted his own life as a youth, he said. But going to college helped undo his preconceptions that cultural constructs had taught him — such as his aversion to gay people. “I was homopho...

Quick Zone decreases prices, extends hours

Quick Zone decreases prices, extends hours

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

October 24, 2017


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Quick Zone is extending its hours and dropping its prices after 7-Eleven closed Sept. 28. Panther Central announced Oct. 13 that Litchfield Towers Quick Zone would be extending its hours from a 24-hour, five-day-a-week schedule to 24 hours, seven days a week, beginning that day. “Do late-nig...

Poet connects race, culture with verse

Poet connects race, culture with verse

By Lauren Forsythe | Staff Writer

October 23, 2017


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The bumping and bouncing beat of rap music filled Nordy’s Place Saturday evening as students snapped and clapped along to live music and slam poetry. G Yamazawa rapidly spit lyrics rooted in personal stories about race and culture. “When you forget where you’re from, you truly become America...

Student struggles illuminated at mental health vigil

Student struggles illuminated at mental health vigil

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

October 23, 2017


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After sustaining a concussion playing street basketball during his junior year of high school, Wyatt Macejka’s life would never be the same. The senior psychology major was diagnosed with depression and anxiety as a result of the concussion, and he struggled through his recovery. “I couldn...

Students wrestle with returning home

Students wrestle with returning home

By Nina Kneuer | Staff Writer

October 23, 2017


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Aarthi Pookot remembered her first moment of “reverse” culture shock when she returned home from spending a year abroad in Japan. Pookot — a first-year Japanese major — was at an airport in Atlanta, Georgia, and was trying to buy a hot chocolate while waiting for her connecting flight home. ...

Author advocates for immigrants

Author advocates for immigrants

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

October 20, 2017


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From watching “Dennis the Menace,” “Beverly Hills, 90201” and “Saved by the Bell,” Julissa Arce’s American dream began at a young age. Growing up in Mexico, Arce watched American television shows with wonder and curiosity. She especially identified with Dennis from “Dennis the Me...

Israelis and Palestinian find common ground in the environment

Israelis and Palestinian find common ground in the environment

By Nina Kneuer | Staff Writer

October 20, 2017


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From a Palestinian point of view the Arava Institute is located in Palestine, and from an Israeli point of view the Institute is located in Israel. Students and faculty from the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies — a university that focuses on intercultural research and environmental work — led a ...

Senate council focuses on funding

Senate council focuses on funding

By Nolan Roosa | Staff Writer

October 19, 2017


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Chancellor Patrick Gallagher opened his report at the University Senate Council meeting Wednesday by addressing the killing of Pitt student Alina Sheykhet. This was the chancellor’s first public statement regarding the tragic death. “Our community was heartbroken at the loss of Alina Sheyk...

Husband relates story of wife’s Holocaust survival

Husband relates story of wife’s Holocaust survival

By Laura Howe | For The Pitt News

October 19, 2017


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Renee Sachs was hardly old enough to read when she realized that, if she made a mistake, it could cost two lives — hers and her aunt’s. When she was 4 years old, Sachs went to live with her aunt in Vichy, France, so she — a young girl of Jewish descent — could escape the genocide being car...

Students speak out about mental health

Students speak out about mental health

By Amanda Finney | Staff Writer

October 19, 2017


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Emiola Jay Oriola said he’s not native to writing poetry — and he didn’t used to like art — but in the eulogy he wrote for his father’s funeral, he found that a poem came out. “It was very brand new, so I started to cultivate it, seek God and ask ‘what is this?’ and more poetry cam...

Takei recounts experiences, encourages activism

Takei recounts experiences, encourages activism

By Anna Bongardino | Contributing Editor

October 18, 2017


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Shortly after his fifth birthday, in 1942, George Takei and his family were forced out of their home in Los Angeles at gunpoint. Along with 120,000 other Japanese Americans, Takei’s family was sent to a Japanese internment camp. Takei and his family spent a few months in a camp on the West Coast before m...

Taking back the night: students share stories of abusive relationships

Taking back the night: students share stories of abusive relationships

By Bailey Frisco | Staff Writer

October 18, 2017


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Dana Good held a handmade sign above her head that read “I’m not ovary-acting” as she marched through the streets of Oakland Tuesday night. More Pitt students walked alongside her, waving posters saying “reclaim the streets” and “I march for those who can’t,” while being escorted by Pitt Po...

Podcast hosts return to talk traveling

Podcast hosts return to talk traveling

By Zoe Pawliczek | Staff Writer

October 17, 2017


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Reality TV stars and podcast hosts Susie Meister and Sarah Rice think they might be qualified for Donald Trump’s current job — given that he also has a reality TV background. “This is just the beginning. Podcast at Pitt, next thing you know I’m running for president,” Meister said. ...

Students disconnect to connect to people

Students disconnect to connect to people

By Lauren Forsythe | For The Pitt News

October 17, 2017


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Your social media activity can’t ever really be deleted, Kathleen Bracken learned in her computer science classes at Pitt. “Usually whenever you click the delete button it’s not actually taking the thing out of memory, it’s not like you take an eraser and you smear it out and it’s gone,” B...

New Pitt office to encourage communication across faiths

New Pitt office to encourage communication across faiths

By Sarah Frumkin | For The Pitt News

October 17, 2017


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Kyle Wyche was peacefully meditating in the prayer and relaxation room on the third floor of the William Pitt Union when a group of Muslim students walked in to pray. The junior ecology major struck up a conversation with one of the Muslim students afterward, who turned out to be as interested i...

Alina Sheykhet remembered by friends as kind and loving

Alina Sheykhet remembered by friends as kind and loving

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

October 15, 2017


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In a seventh grade stage production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” Isabel Scrabis’ grandfather mistook Alina Sheykhet — who starred as Millie — for his granddaughter. “The whole entire time he thought I was Alina, and he was so impressed. My mom had to break it to him that I was just swa...

Students face encouragement, difficulties when coming out

Students face encouragement, difficulties when coming out

By Remy Samuels | For The Pitt News

October 13, 2017


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Decked out in suits and dresses, Pitt’s LGBTQ+ alumni and current students congregated in the Gold Room of the University Club Wednesday, reminiscing about the evolution of the community and discussing plans for future growth. Pitt’s LGBTQIA+ Alumni Affinity Council hosted a reception at the University Club...

Alumni reflect on Cathedral’s youth

Alumni reflect on Cathedral’s youth

By Bailey Frisco | Staff Writer

October 13, 2017


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As a child, Edward Murphy used to walk through the muddy construction site of the Cathedral of Learning on his way to Schenley Theater — the current site of Hillman Library — with his younger brother to watch movies. Murphy often wondered what the inside of the structure would look like, but he didn...

Big changes may come to Bigelow

Big changes may come to Bigelow

By Madison Hook | For The Pitt News

October 13, 2017


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The City of Pittsburgh closed Bigelow Boulevard in 1996 for 29 days. Then-Mayor Tom Murphy said they felt closing Bigelow “would make for ... a more attractive campus.” The trial program didn’t continue after those 29 days. According to city councilman Dan Gilman, “it posed a lot of issues f...

Gallagher meets with Gov. Wolf amid Pitt funding uncertainties

Gallagher meets with Gov. Wolf amid Pitt funding uncertainties

By Rachel Glasser and John Hamilton / TPN Staff

October 12, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf met with Chancellor Patrick Gallagher Thursday morning amid a state budget impasse that's making Pitt's state funding uncertain. Wolf met with Gallagher to "reassure him of his commitment to the state-related universities," Wolf's Press Secretary J.J. Abbott said in an email....

Students Cope with Invisible Illnesses

Students Cope with Invisible Illnesses

By Amanda Finney | Staff Writer

October 11, 2017


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Most people wouldn’t say walking with a cane is glamorous. But to Pitt grad student Jessica Benham, “it’s a fashion statement.” Sporting her bedazzled cane — black with sparkly rhinestones — Benham shows she is not ashamed of her connective tissue disorder. But she is quick to point o...

Pitt Students Pitch Against the Clock

Pitt Students Pitch Against the Clock

By Madeline Gavatorta, Janine Faust and Caroline Bourque | The Pitt News Staff

October 10, 2017


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In the corner of the O’Hara student lobby Saturday morning, Jacob Saletsky practiced his pitch for an app, stopping to listen to the critiques and suggestions of his teammates. “You speak too much on this slide,” Veysel Gokbel said. “Can I just — real quick — we never directly asked that...

Original Milano’s Pizza receives consumer alert for code violations

Original Milano’s Pizza receives consumer alert for code violations

By Janine Faust / Assistant News Editor

October 7, 2017


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Original Milano’s Pizza was issued a consumer alert from the Allegheny Health Department Friday for numerous code violations. Malfunctioning refrigeration, evidence of mice and a lack of soap at the handwashing sink were among the violations the health department found at the restaurant located on the 3600 b...

Susan Rice discusses U.N., Iran Deal

Susan Rice discusses U.N., Iran Deal

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

October 6, 2017


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The crowd burst out laughing when Susan Rice pointed out that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden talked at another Pitt Program Council event held last year. “That guy pissed— ruined a lot of my days,” Rice said. Rice — a former United Nations ambassador and national security advisor to the ...

Christensen concentrates on couples conflict

Christensen concentrates on couples conflict

By Sarah Frumkin | For The Pitt News

October 6, 2017


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Couples looking to get to the root of their problems may have found just the man to help them. Andrew Christensen — a professor from the University of California Los Angeles and a licensed clinical psychologist — shared his latest research on a method of couples therapy he developed at the Weste...

Poets and performers explore black futures

Poets and performers explore black futures

By Anna Bongardino | Contributing Editor

October 5, 2017


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Projected onto a screen behind the stage of the Frick Fine Arts building, images of demolition were overlaid with the slow motion image of a woman twirling in a bright blue skirt. Colors shifted from negatives to sepia tone to a washed-out golden color which reflected the clouds of dust and destruct...

Pitt, Rainbow prep for Westboro protest

Pitt, Rainbow prep for Westboro protest

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

October 4, 2017


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With the Westboro Baptist Church planning to protest on Pitt’s campus Thursday, the University and campus organizations are preparing. The WBC is known for its hateful speech against the LGBTQ+ community, Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Muslims, Jews and American soldiers. According to its onlin...

Pitt students minds at work, hearts at home

Pitt students minds at work, hearts at home

By Ellie Yoon | For The Pitt News

October 4, 2017


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Audrey Chen can’t help but feel a twinge of nostalgia every time she walks into the Subway on Forbes Avenue and sees how thin the sandwiches are. “Whenever I go to Subway — we also have the same store called Subway in Taiwan —  it makes me think about the difference in thickness,” she said...

Students talk cultural beauty perceptions

Students talk cultural beauty perceptions

By Bailey Frisco | For The Pitt News

October 2, 2017


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Maria Beniaminova said many Americans have an interest in big butts that people in her home country of Russia would find peculiar. “There is a small population [in Russia] that is into curvier women, but I think that has to do with the fact that Russia used to be the USSR, so there are people fro...

Degrees of age: Professors young and old talk teaching

Degrees of age: Professors young and old talk teaching

By Nina Kneuer | For The Pitt News

October 2, 2017


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Some professors look like they should be sitting with their students rather than standing in front of them. Others fit the teen movie stereotype of the gray-haired intellectual with wire-rimmed glasses. Professors on both sides of the spectrum have different ways of using technology and interactin...

SGB hosts fair for student safety and wellness

SGB hosts fair for student safety and wellness

By Xinyu Lu | For The Pitt News

October 2, 2017


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Nicole Gormley was strolling out of the Cathedral when she saw people putting out fires on the Union lawn. With her interest piqued, the first-year English writing and communications major walked over and allowed a demonstrator to show her how to pick up an extinguisher, aim it at the base of the ...

Sweet success: Donut Dash exceeds $500,000 goal

Sweet success: Donut Dash exceeds $500,000 goal

By Bailey Frisco | For The Pitt News

October 2, 2017


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Fried dough and philanthropy were on people’s minds this weekend in Schenley Plaza. Crowds of people dressed in donut costumes and donut headbands — even a man wearing a sparkly silver dress adorned with donuts — packed into the plaza Sunday morning for the ninth annual Donut Dash. The event wa...

Pitt students on wheels deliver meals

Pitt students on wheels deliver meals

By Caroline Bourque and Rachel Glasser | News Editors

September 29, 2017


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On the first night of her new job, Harley McCain witnessed a high-speed car chase. “This big black SUV comes flying by at like 75 mph, and of course it’s a 25 mph street, and I’m like what the heck,” she said. “And I turn around ... like, what is happening. All these cop cars going flyi...

Reduce, reuse, recycle: Pitt community mitigates food waste

Reduce, reuse, recycle: Pitt community mitigates food waste

By Anna Bongardino | Contributing Editor

September 29, 2017


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Joe’s decision to dumpster dive for the first time was based on pure impulse. It helped that he wasn’t completely sober. “I wasn’t really looking for anything, I was a little bit drunk and I saw the dumpster and thought, ‘Hmm, I bet there’s some good stuff in there,’” he said. Jo...

Students soldier on to future

Students soldier on to future

By Jesse Madden | For The Pitt News

September 27, 2017


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Caitlyn Gibbs’ schedule requires her to be at Bellefield Hall at 5:45 a.m. three days per week, where attendance is taken. Then she and 150 other Pitt students head over to the Cathedral lawn for running and weight-training activities until 7 a.m. No, she’s not just a fitness freak. She’s preparing for a ca...

Pitt talks tobacco-free at Healthy U Fair

Pitt talks tobacco-free at Healthy U Fair

By Madeline Gavatorta and Janine Faust | News Staff

September 26, 2017


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Standing among students petting therapy dogs and getting flu shots, Student Government President Max Kneis thanked the CVS Health Foundation and the American Cancer Society for giving the University of Pittsburgh a $20,000 check for one of the University’s health initiatives — curbing tobacco use at Pitt...

Fall Fest fires up Bigelow

Fall Fest fires up Bigelow

By Joanna Li and Sarah Connor

September 25, 2017


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Large, green and decorated with white trim and orange circular designs, a Chinese dragon sat in the middle of the William Pitt Union on Saturday. One student held up the dragon’s head while another took the rear. The dragon danced to a quick drum beat, sidling up to the student spectators and ...

Pitt celebrates late professor’s life and work

Pitt celebrates late professor’s life and work

By Lauren Forsythe | For The Pitt News

September 25, 2017


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Students studying on the ground floor of Hillman Library Saturday afternoon may have been a bit surprised to hear African drumming, poetry readings and the sounds of stamping feet and clapping hands coming from the Digital Scholarship Commons room. All this performing was in honor of Robert Johnson, a Pittsburgh...

Service dogs help students succeed

Service dogs help students succeed

By Nina Kneuer | For The Pitt News

September 25, 2017


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Claire Ozolek’s best friend, Lexi, has big eyes and a hard-working disposition. She also has a tail and four legs and works as Ozolek’s service dog. “I mean it sounds cliche, but she is really my best friend,” Ozolek said. Ozolek — a senior psychology major at Pitt — and Lexi ha...

Students skate through school streets

Students skate through school streets

By Ellie Yoon / For The Pitt News

September 22, 2017


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Some Pitt students trek to their classes on foot. Many more bike or pray the bus comes on time. But a handful can sometimes be seen rolling down Forbes or Fifth avenues with a textbook-filled backpack sagging and a skateboard or longboard beneath their feet. Robert Benjamin, who graduated fro...

Pitt-owned grocery store to replace 7-Eleven

Pitt-owned grocery store to replace 7-Eleven

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

September 21, 2017


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A Pitt-owned grocery store will move into the 7-Eleven space on Forbes Avenue, University spokesperson Joe Miksch said Thursday. After confirmation from Miksch, The Pitt News reported Wednesday that 7-Eleven will close to make room for Pitt’s Oakland Bakery. He later said Thursday that the 7-Eleven isn’t being turned into just ...

Cato vs. Heritage: Policy analyst and legal fellow debate Trump’s immigration policy

Cato vs. Heritage: Policy analyst and legal fellow debate Trump’s immigration policy

By Nolan Roosa and Bailey Frisco | Staff Writers

September 21, 2017


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Protesters held signs, made disruptive noises and yelled the names of people who lost their lives crossing the U.S.-Mexico border at the Cato vs. Heritage debate Wednesday evening. After some protesters left the debate and the Pitt police escorted others out, the Kurtzman room was no longer fille...

Senate council commences academic year

Senate council commences academic year

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

September 21, 2017


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The University Senate Council kicked off its first meeting of the academic year in room 2700 of Posvar Hall by condemning the hatred that occurred in front of Litchfield Towers this past week. “[A university is] fundamentally a community where everyone has the right to belong to that community a...

Individuals rally to improve accessibility

Individuals rally to improve accessibility

By Caroline Bourque | Assistant News Editor

September 21, 2017


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Disability advocates crowded the sidewalk on the corner of Bigelow Boulevard and Forbes Avenue Wednesday, Sept. 20, to spread information on three key issues they want to reform. These three initiatives — distributed to passersby on multi-colored flyers — focused on problems with accessibility in ...

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


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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 20, 2017


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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 15, 2017


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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 15, 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


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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


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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


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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


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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 13, 2017


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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


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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


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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 11, 2017


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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 11, 2017


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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


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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


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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 7, 2017


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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 7, 2017


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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


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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


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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

September 1, 2017


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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


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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


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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


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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 30, 2017


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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 30, 2017


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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 12, 2017


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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


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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 21, 2017


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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 24, 2017


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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 17, 2017


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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


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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...

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