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Grad students continue push for union

Grad students continue push for union

By Janine Faust | Senior Staff Writer

June 21, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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

Michaels dismissed from Pitt after child pornography possession charges

Michaels dismissed from Pitt after child pornography possession charges

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

June 12, 2017


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Getting Thrifty: the key to living on a student budget

Getting Thrifty: the key to living on a student budget

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer

May 30, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

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

Savoring Schenley Park: the story of a green space

Savoring Schenley Park: the story of a green space

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

May 30, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

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

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

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

By Grant Burgman and Henry Glitz | The Pitt News Staff

May 30, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

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

Bus ways and bike lanes: Navigating Pittsburgh without a car

Bus ways and bike lanes: Navigating Pittsburgh without a car

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

May 29, 2017


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

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

Pitt CHREC engineering lab reaches for the stars

Pitt CHREC engineering lab reaches for the stars

By Janine Faust | Senior Staff Writer

May 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


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Pitt student dies after falling off Central Oakland roof

Pitt student dies after falling off Central Oakland roof

By Caroline Bourque and John Hamilton | The Pitt News Staff

April 24, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

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

Top stories of the semester: Editors’ picks

Top stories of the semester: Editors’ picks

By The Pitt News Staff

April 24, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

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

Top stories of the year: Online

Top stories of the year: Online

By The Pitt News Staff

April 24, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

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

New vegan options pop up in Market Central

New vegan options pop up in Market Central

By Janine Faust and Caroline Bourque | Staff Writers

April 21, 2017


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

AEPi holds Holocaust remembrance for 24 hours

AEPi holds Holocaust remembrance for 24 hours

By Abhigyna Mallepalli | Staff Writer

April 19, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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

Last step: Pitt students hold inaugural film festival

Last step: Pitt students hold inaugural film festival

By John Hamilton / Assistant News Editor

April 18, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Remembering Rooney: Obama to join Pittsburghers for funeral in Oakland

Remembering Rooney: Obama to join Pittsburghers for funeral in Oakland

By Janine Faust / Senior Staff Writer

April 18, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

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

Pitt hosts Super Smash Bros. tournament

Pitt hosts Super Smash Bros. tournament

By Grant Burgman and Rose Luder / The Pitt News Staff

April 17, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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

Oakland bar traditions

Oakland bar traditions

By Abhignya Mallepalli / Staff Writer

April 14, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Economics of thirst: Pittsburgh transplants brew up romance

Economics of thirst: Pittsburgh transplants brew up romance

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

April 14, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Pitt announces actress, CVS head to speak at commencement

Pitt announces actress, CVS head to speak at commencement

By John Hamilton / Assistant News Editor

April 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Students display artwork from studio arts classes

Students display artwork from studio arts classes

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

April 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Pitt Progressives aims to fill gap in the left

Pitt Progressives aims to fill gap in the left

By Amanda Reed / Contributing Editor

April 12, 2017


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

Sexual assault survivors heal through storytelling

Sexual assault survivors heal through storytelling

By Dan Day and John Hamilton / The Pitt News Staff

April 12, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Uncategorized

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

Making memories: Pitt students paint portraits for underprivileged children

Making memories: Pitt students paint portraits for underprivileged children

By Anandhini Narayanan / For The Pitt News

April 11, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Gone Cold: Pitt students investigate unsolved crimes

Gone Cold: Pitt students investigate unsolved crimes

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

April 9, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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

Pitt Pantry alleviates rising food insecurity

Pitt Pantry alleviates rising food insecurity

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

April 9, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Mike Posner, acrobats, other musicians perform at Bigelow Bash

Mike Posner, acrobats, other musicians perform at Bigelow Bash

By Zoe Pawliczek / Staff Writer

April 9, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Meghan Daum reads, shares stories with students

Meghan Daum reads, shares stories with students

By Abhignya Mallepalli / Staff Writer

April 7, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Interfaith stand-up duo unites students through comedy

Interfaith stand-up duo unites students through comedy

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

April 6, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Pitt Tonight announces Andrew Dow as new host

Pitt Tonight announces Andrew Dow as new host

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and John Hamilton / News Editors

April 6, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Bigelow Bash preview

Bigelow Bash preview

By Caoline Bourque / Staff Writer

April 5, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

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

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

By Abhignya Mallepalli / Staff Writer

April 5, 2017


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

SGB pushes reading day initiative

SGB pushes reading day initiative

By Nolan Roosa / Staff Writer

April 5, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Deaf activist, model shares experiences, advocates for inclusion

Deaf activist, model shares experiences, advocates for inclusion

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

April 4, 2017


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

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

Organizers hope to build on inaugural pre-health summit

Organizers hope to build on inaugural pre-health summit

By Abhignya Mallepalli / Staff Writer

April 4, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

The Pitt News wins awards for advertising, marketing

The Pitt News wins awards for advertising, marketing

By John Hamilton / Assistant News Editor

April 4, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Students sing, dance in Greek Sing for charity

Students sing, dance in Greek Sing for charity

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

April 3, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

IGA in Oakland to close in one week

IGA in Oakland to close in one week

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

April 3, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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

Pitt Pantry simulates hunger, highlights class inequality

Pitt Pantry simulates hunger, highlights class inequality

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

March 31, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Health, News

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

D.C. insider shares advice with students

D.C. insider shares advice with students

By Zoe Pawliczek / Staff Writer

March 31, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Panel discusses journalism in the Trump Era

Panel discusses journalism in the Trump Era

By Abhignya Mallepalli / Staff Writer

March 31, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Pitt wraps up eighth RecycleMania

Pitt wraps up eighth RecycleMania

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

March 30, 2017


Filed under Campus, Top Stories

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

Ladies of steel: Sorority group address female self-esteem

Ladies of steel: Sorority group address female self-esteem

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

March 29, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Pride Week 2017 preview

Pride Week 2017 preview

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

March 27, 2017


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

TEDx speakers reach out to students in talks

TEDx speakers reach out to students in talks

By Rose Luder and Zoe Pawliczek / The Pitt News Staff

March 27, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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

Students get their zen on at mindfulness fair

Students get their zen on at mindfulness fair

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

March 27, 2017


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

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

Big Ideas competition awards 2017 winners

Big Ideas competition awards 2017 winners

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

March 24, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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

Pitt’s Senate Council analyzes effects of federal budget cuts

Pitt’s Senate Council analyzes effects of federal budget cuts

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

March 23, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Pitt hires full-time psychiatrist

Pitt hires full-time psychiatrist

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

March 23, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Health, News

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

Leslie Jones brings the laughs

Leslie Jones brings the laughs

By Zoe Pawliczek / Staff Writer

March 22, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Pitt forms new institute focused on healthy living

Pitt forms new institute focused on healthy living

By John Hamilton / Contributing Editor

March 22, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

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

Ta-Nehisi Coates inspires young writers at packed event

Ta-Nehisi Coates inspires young writers at packed event

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

March 20, 2017


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

Wavering weather causes climate concerns

Wavering weather causes climate concerns

By Maggie Medoff / For The Pitt News

March 20, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Pitt Tonight shines spotlight on Women’s Empowerment Week

Pitt Tonight shines spotlight on Women’s Empowerment Week

By Emily Suruda / Staff Writer

March 20, 2017


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

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

Thriftsburgh celebrates second birthday

Thriftsburgh celebrates second birthday

By Zoe Pawliczek / Staff Writer

March 20, 2017


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

Interactive crime map: March 9 – March 17

Interactive crime map: March 9 – March 17

By The Pitt News Staff

March 20, 2017


Filed under Campus, Crime, News

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

In wake of AHCA, public health professionals discuss bill

In wake of AHCA, public health professionals discuss bill

By Rose Luder / For The Pitt News

March 17, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Chief legal officer at UPMC Sheryl Kashuba drew laughs from a full audience — including Chancellor Patrick Gallagher in the front row — as soon as she began her part of a discussion on health care Thursday afternoon. “First let me say what weird times we’re living in when you’ve packed the roo...

Conflict Kitchen to close Schenley Plaza location in May

Conflict Kitchen to close Schenley Plaza location in May

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

March 17, 2017


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After seven years, Conflict Kitchen will close up shop at its Schenley Plaza location May 31. The restaurant — which serves international food from countries the United States is in conflict with — is funded by sales, in addition to some local organizations including the Sprout Fund and the Benter F...

Pitt remembers Dr. Thomas E. Starzl

Pitt remembers Dr. Thomas E. Starzl

By Grant Burgman / Staff Writer

March 17, 2017


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Although Dr. Thomas E. Starzl is known in the Pitt medical community for his contributions to the organ transplant field, his grandson Ravi Starzl knows him as an ice cream connoisseur. The elder Starzl was such a fan of ice cream that he would frequently eat it for dinner, his grandson said. He was ...

Pitt professor lectures on climate change, refugees

Pitt professor lectures on climate change, refugees

By Zoe Pawliczek and Rose Luder / The Pitt News Staff

March 16, 2017


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When Pitt political science professor Iza Ding developed a cough while researching in China, her students joked her lungs were too “Westernized.” Ding, who researches global and regional environmentalism in Eastern Asia and Central and Eastern Europe, said people in China, who deal with worse ...

SGB surveys students about good Samaritan policy

SGB surveys students about good Samaritan policy

By Nolan Roosa / Staff Writer

March 15, 2017


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

Members of Pitt’s Student Government Board’s judicial committee have spent the last two weeks asking people around campus if they understand the University’s “good Samaritan” policy. They found that many did not. The Pitt Responsible Action Protocol, also known as the good Samaritan policy, prot...

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


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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


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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


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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


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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 2, 2017


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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 17, 2017


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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 17, 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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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 10, 2017


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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...

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