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Holocaust survivor speaks at Pitt

Holocaust survivor speaks at Pitt

By Elias Rappaport / For The Pitt News

November 15, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Pittsburgh residents protest Trump at Point Park

Pittsburgh residents protest Trump at Point Park

By Lexi Kennell / Staff Writer

November 14, 2016


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

In the fifth day of protests since the presidential election concluded last Wednesday, about 100 Pittsburgh residents waved signs and chanted in unison Sunday afternoon in the latest show of opposition to President-elect Donald Trump. The crowd –– mostly dressed in dark colors except for a few...

Man shatters Sorrento’s front door window

Man shatters Sorrento’s front door window

By Emily Brindley and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

November 14, 2016


Filed under Campus, Crime, News, Top Stories

Police were easily able to track down a man who shattered the front door window of Sorrento’s Pizza Roma early Sunday morning using the drink order from the bar he was just kicked out of. The man, who police have not named, was asked to leave the Garage Door Saloon at about 2 a.m. Sunday morning b...

Pitt professor sues SouthSide Works cinema

Pitt professor sues SouthSide Works cinema

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

November 14, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Kenneth DeHaan wants to be able to enjoy a night out at the movies in Pittsburgh — so much so that he’s willing to go to court for it. A self-proclaimed “cinemaddict,” DeHaan, who is an American Sign Language professor at Pitt and is deaf, recently filed a lawsuit against Cleveland Cinema...

Jamaican LGBTQ+ activist speaks about anti-gay laws

Jamaican LGBTQ+ activist speaks about anti-gay laws

By Nikita Karulkar / Staff Writer

November 10, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

In 2011, Maurice Tomlinson got married —  and had to leave his country for it. Tomlinson, who was a university professor at the time, fled Jamaica in 2012 when a newspaper published a photo of him and his husband at their wedding. After receiving death threats, Tomlinson fled to Canada. On Thursda...

Black poets speak about police brutality

Black poets speak about police brutality

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

November 10, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Mahogany L. Browne was told in 1998 that the way she spoke wasn't considered poetry. Alongside two other poets Thursday evening, Browne shared poems in response to police brutality with a crowd of about 200 people in the Frick Fine Arts Building. Browne, as well as Amanda Johnston, 39, and Je...

Chancellor Gallagher responds to student distress

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

November 10, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

In the wake of Donald Trump’s election victory and the ensuing protests on campus and throughout the city, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher sent out a message meant to soothe tensions and reassure the Pitt community Thursday. While he didn’t mention Trump by name, Gallagher acknowledged the turmoil ...

Waking up Wednesday: Shock, fear for some

Waking up Wednesday: Shock, fear for some

By Alexa Bakalarski and Emily Brindley / The Pitt News staff

November 10, 2016


Filed under Campus, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

Students woke up Wednesday morning to a soggy, gray day. Some of them were Donald Trump supporters, now the President-elect. But the gloomy weather seemed appropriate for others — many of whom protested the Republican in the street until the early morning. For students from minority groups t...

The Day After: Pitt, city respond to Trump

The Day After: Pitt, city respond to Trump

By The Pitt News staff

November 10, 2016


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

Just 24 hours after Donald Trump won the presidential election, the streets of Pittsburgh — like many other cities across the country — have held the rallying cries of disgruntled citizens. In Pittsburgh, protests have remained mostly peaceful, though police hit protesters in East Liberty Wednesda...

SGB announces council for first-year student involvement in SGB

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

November 9, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

In a shortened meeting on Election Night, Pitt’s Student Government Board announced a new council to get first-year students more involved in SGB. The First-Year Council will be made up of ten first-year students who have an interest in SGB and getting involved on campus early. The applicat...

Protesters take Oakland streets following Trump win

Protesters take Oakland streets following Trump win

By The Pitt News Staff

November 9, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, City, National News, News

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Students vote on campus in historic election

Students vote on campus in historic election

By The Pitt News staff

November 9, 2016


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

In Posvar’s, Soldiers and Sailors’ and the William Pitt Union’s halls, thousands of Pitt students waited in snaking lines, many leaving wearing their first “I Voted” stickers. For many students, this presidential election was the first cycle they could vote in, finally across the threshold a...

Donald Trump wins presidential election

Donald Trump wins presidential election

By The Pitt News staff

November 9, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

It was announced shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday morning that reality T.V. star and real estate mogul Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. In the local races, Republican Pat Toomey beat Democrat Katie McGinty for the United States senator seat. Democrat Josh Shapiro won ...

An election season in review

November 8, 2016


Filed under Campus, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

An election season in reviewThe Pitt News staffNov. 8, 2016The Pitt News has covered the 2016 election from the very beginning, when the Republican party still boasted a lengthy list of potential candidates and Bernie Sanders’ political revolution seemed an imminent possibility. Our reporters, photogr...

Hillary Clinton rallies at Pitt day before voting starts

Hillary Clinton rallies at Pitt day before voting starts

By Amina Doghri and Noah Coco / The Pitt News Staff

November 8, 2016


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

With the towering Cathedral of Learning and a massive American flag as her backdrop, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton got the final word at Pitt Monday, capping off a campaign season that’s brought politicians to the area on a weekly basis. “So, tomorrow is the election, and that is...

DAPL protesters gather in Schenley Plaza

DAPL protesters gather in Schenley Plaza

By Elias Rappaport / For The Pitt News

November 7, 2016


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

Kimberly Muffett-Smith, a Washington County resident who is part Native Lenape Indian, spent the last weekend in October worrying about her daughter’s safety. Muffett-Smith’s daughter was arrested Oct. 27 in Standing Rock, North Dakota, when she chained herself to equipment in protest of the ...

Las Palmas closes down after health inspection

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

November 3, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

After conducting seven inspections over the past three months, the Allegheny County Health Department ordered the Atwood Street staple, Las Palmas Mexican Grocery Store, to close down Tuesday. The most recent three-hour inspection, which took place Tuesday, found 12 health code violations, including r...

Elon University professor discusses Title IX, mandatory reporting

Elon University professor discusses Title IX, mandatory reporting

By Wesley Hood / Staff Writer

November 3, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Ann Cahill stood in front of a crowd Thursday afternoon and called for sexual assault survivors to be allowed one right: the freedom of silence. For some survivors, talking about their experience — particularly talking with counselors or Title IX officers they aren’t familiar with — can aggravate the...

Casting ballots from afar

Casting ballots from afar

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Assistant Sports Editor

November 3, 2016


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

Of about 25,000 Pitt students that are eligible to vote in this election, 74 percent might not be voting at the polls if they registered with their permanent address. Although students can register with their Pittsburgh address, only 26 percent of the students on Pitt’s Oakland campus are from Al...

Pitt student entrepreneurs win $25,000 in award money

Pitt student entrepreneurs win $25,000 in award money

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / For The Pitt News

November 1, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

Investors, entrepreneurs and healthcare professionals grilled the team of inventors for hours. The team –– known as Aeronics and made up of seniors Blake Dube and Mark Spitz, graduate student Alec Kaija and advisor Dr. Chris Wilmer –– had designed and developed an oxygen delivery device and...

Dean Bonner calls for civility during election season

Dean Bonner calls for civility during election season

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

November 1, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner wrote a letter to Pitt students reminding them to be civil this week, despite clashes between pro- and anti-Trump students on campus. The first clash between political opponents on campus came last week, on Oct. 26, when the student group Youth for Trum...

Ghosts and ghouls: Spooky stories from Oakland

Ghosts and ghouls: Spooky stories from Oakland

By Rachel Glasser / Staff Writer

October 30, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Six students moved into a rowhouse on Wellsford Street and met their unexpected new roommate –– a haunting spirit. Since August, when they moved in, the Wellsford Street residents said there have been a series of strange, inexplicable and creepy occurrences. While three of the tenants remain skeptical ab...

New policy allows student athletes register early for classes

New policy allows student athletes register early for classes

By Emily Brindley and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

October 30, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Student-athletes at Pitt, including football and basketball players, have been able to register for spring semester classes for three days now, while all other students are only beginning to register today. This is because Pitt’s senior administrators and athletic department approved a change this s...

In Pitt visit, Bon Jovi jams for Clinton

In Pitt visit, Bon Jovi jams for Clinton

By Preena Patel / Staff Writer

October 27, 2016


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

Between banners that read “Stronger” and “Together,” musician Jon Bon Jovi took to the stage in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum Thursday. Bon Jovi —  lead singer of the American rock band by the same name, best known for songs “I’ll Be There For You” and “Livin’ on ...

In ‘safe space,’ CWO discusses mental health

In ‘safe space,’ CWO discusses mental health

By Nikita Karulkar / Staff Writer

October 27, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Sitting in a circle holding cups of coffee and powdered donuts on napkins in their hands, students from different cultural, racial and gender identities shared their struggles with mental illness. The group of about 20 was gathered in a conference room on the fifth floor of the William Pitt Union Thur...

Peace Corps alumni discuss diversity

Peace Corps alumni discuss diversity

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

October 26, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Munya Jakazi disappointed a lot of Filipino children when they found out he couldn't play basketball. As a Peace Corps volunteer in 2012, Jazaki, a graduate of Lebanon Valley College who is black, travelled to the Philippines, where he worked as a youth development volunteer coordinating extracur...

Warren stumps for McGinty

Warren stumps for McGinty

By Dan Sostek / Senior Staff Writer

October 26, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

At her first visit to Pittsburgh this election season, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., chose to hammer in an election day warning to a pair of prominent Republicans. “I’ve got bad news for Donald Trump and Pat Toomey,” Warren said. “Nasty women in Pennsylvania vote.” Though Warren first d...

Trees Complex, Cost Center renovations underway

Trees Complex, Cost Center renovations underway

By Emily Baranik / Staff Writer

October 26, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

With more than $13 million in approved funding, the Trees Field Complex is getting a makeover with a new sports dome facility set to be finished by February. The Property and Facilities Committee of the University of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees approved a $13.2 million sports dome behind Trees Co...

Students waste 1,145 pounds of food daily

Students waste 1,145 pounds of food daily

By Wesley Hood / Staff Writer

October 25, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

On average, almost a grand piano’s weight of food goes to waste each day at Market Central. In an effort to be more sustainable in the future, Sodexo released the final results of its food waste audit Monday — which included data from The Perch on upper campus — showing that about 237,000 pou...

Qdoba returns, promotes knockout

Qdoba returns, promotes knockout

By Maria Hurtado / For The Pitt News

October 25, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

About two months after Qdoba closed due to a miscalculated leap, the restaurant reopened Monday with a new interior, new promotions and new savily-themed tacos. Qdoba had been closed since August when a Pitt student got stuck between Bruegger’s Bagels and Qdoba after attempting to jump between the two buildings. Police reports said the student was trying to impress a girl when he made th...

Pitt Business School promotes financial literacy with first conference

Pitt Business School promotes financial literacy with first conference

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

October 23, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

For many college students, late fees on bills or overdraft fees on checking accounts are all too common –– and are signs of financial illiteracy. With the inaugural Financial Literacy Conference, the University of Pittsburgh Business School and Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternit...

ROTC trains cadets in effective communication, first aid

ROTC trains cadets in effective communication, first aid

By Alexis Carter | Staff Writer

October 23, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Michael Green trudged through thick mud Saturday afternoon, planned his cadets’ attack against the enemy and watched as they provided first aid to a soldier casualty. On a rainy, brisk autumn day, the Army ROTC Three Rivers Battalion cadets participated in a training lab to learn skills outsid...

Pitt Make a Difference Day inspires sense of community

Pitt Make a Difference Day inspires sense of community

By Elias Rappaport | Staff Writer

October 23, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

While Pitt’s annual Make a Difference Day usually sends Pitt students out of Oakland and into the community, the service day attracted more than just Pitt students this year. For the group sent to South Side to pick up trash, they found unlikely friends. Six Duquesne University students heard ab...

Friends, family, strangers gather to remember Susan Hicks

Friends, family, strangers gather to remember Susan Hicks

By Janine Faust | Staff Writer

October 22, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

Friends, family, strangers gather to remember Susan HicksJanine Faust10-22-2016The white bicycle, adorned with vibrant flowers, has been tied to a utility pole on the sidewalk across from Carnegie Hall for exactly a year, honoring Susan Hicks’ life. Friday marked the one-year anniversary of the day ...

Fifth home in Oakland burglarized

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

October 21, 2016


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

For the fifth time this month, an unknown person robbed a central Oakland home, the latest in a string of robberies that police say are not connected. This time, an unknown person broke into a home on the 3700 block of Dawson Street late Wednesday evening, stealing multiple valuables. Pitt and city...

Educators learn how to create inclusive classrooms

Educators learn how to create inclusive classrooms

By Jace Bridges / Staff Writer

October 21, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

On the set of the 1993 film “Poetic Justice,” when the cameras weren’t rolling, Maya Angelou saw two young men cursing at each other and grabbing for each other’s throats. She pulled one of the young men out of the budding fight and told him that he mattered as tears rolled down his cheeks. A...

University reinstates fraternity Pi Lambda Phi

University reinstates fraternity Pi Lambda Phi

By Emily Baranik / Staff Writer

October 21, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

After a two-year absence, Pi Lambda Phi is back on campus as an officially recognized fraternity. The fraternity has spent much of the past 20 years under University suspension — Pitt suspended the group most recently in 2014 for supplying alcohol to a minor. National recruiters came to recolon...

Disability advocates speak at Pitt about inclusion

Disability advocates speak at Pitt about inclusion

By Rebecca Peters / For The Pitt News

October 20, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The whole room went silent after Sister Anita Maroun asked a crowd of Pitt students and community members how many people with disabilities are needed to change a lightbulb. “One person to change it and five able-bodied persons to tell them they’re an inspiration,” Maroun joked. Maroun tal...

Pitt News wins journalism awards

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

October 20, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

In a national journalism competition, seven employees of The Pitt News won a total of nine awards for work from the 2015-2016 academic year. The competition, Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 2016 Gold Circle Awards, recognizes “superior” work in student journalism at schools nationwide and schools overseas that follow an American curriculum. ...

Students march to raise sexual assault awareness

Students march to raise sexual assault awareness

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

October 18, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Kara Kloss vividly recalls the most recent incident of sexual assault she’s faced on Pitt’s campus. She was waiting alone for a bus outside of Towers on Fifth Avenue last spring semester when it occurred. “This very tall man came up behind me, pulled his pants down and then grabbed me and shoved my face i...

Pitt students decorate t-shirts for It’s On Us campaign

Pitt students decorate t-shirts for It’s On Us campaign

By Emily Baranik / Staff Writer

October 18, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt first-year Chloe Yoder used black and red Sharpie to color the word “no” onto her white T-shirt. Filling in the large, block-lettered word, Yoder penned the lyrics to the song “Face Your Demons” by the American metal band I Prevail. Yoder said she relates to the song, which is about an ...

Clinton, Kaine to visit Pittsburgh

Clinton, Kaine to visit Pittsburgh

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

October 18, 2016


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

Despite her lead in Pennsylvania polls, Hillary Clinton and her running mate Tim Kaine will be visiting Pittsburgh again on Saturday, a move showing just how badly the Democratic nominee wants to win the state. A Quinnipiac University Poll released on Oct. 17 reported Clinton has a six point lead in Penn...

Novelist Amy Bloom talks at Pitt about connecting to readers

Novelist Amy Bloom talks at Pitt about connecting to readers

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

October 18, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Novelist Amy Bloom said she knows why people write. “At the heart of reading and writing are the questions, ‘Who are we to be? How are we to be?’” Bloom said. “That’s what we want to answer.” Bloom, a National Book Award finalist who has authored three books, three short story collect...

Students angered by lack of psychiatrists at Pitt Counseling Center

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

October 17, 2016


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

With 130 shares, more than 530 signatures and more than 100 comments, an online petition criticizing Pitt’s support of mental health services made its way around social media this weekend. Anna Shaw, a junior psychology and gender, sexuality, and women’s studies major, started the petition on Friday ...

Pitt searches for new dean for Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Pitt searches for new dean for Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

October 17, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Few Pitt students attended the open forum for the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences’ new dean, but those who did said they wanted someone with a focus on inclusion, communication and collaboration. On Monday afternoon, Pitt held the first open forum targeted at students to gather opinions abou...

Chelsea Clinton visited Pitt to support Hillary, encourage voting

Chelsea Clinton visited Pitt to support Hillary, encourage voting

By Rachel Glasser / Staff Writer

October 17, 2016


Filed under Campus, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

After she walked into the O’Hara ballroom, backdropped by her mother’s campaign theme, “Fight Song,” Chelsea Clinton spoke about Donald Trump’s campaign, Hillary Clinton’s vision for the country and the importance of voting. Approximately 100 people attended Clinton’s speech — one of ...

Researchers, innovators come to Pittsburgh for Frontiers Conference

Researchers, innovators come to Pittsburgh for Frontiers Conference

By Alexa Bakalarski, Amina Doghri, Leo Dornan, Janine Faust, Maria Hurtado, David Robinson / The Pitt News Staff

October 14, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, National News, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

For just a few hours on Thursday, you could walk on Mars without ever leaving Alumni Hall. In a partnership with Microsoft, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory developed OnSight, virtual 3-D technology enabling scientists to study Mars’ environment while wearing Microsoft HoloLens. NASA demonstrate...

Students talk mental health at SGB Candlelight Vigil

By Emily Baranik / Staff Writer

October 14, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

After battling depression in high school, sophomore Rachel Stolzer said her mental health had been improving until a week ago. While sitting in class this past Tuesday, Stolzer received a text from an old friend reading, “Did you hear about Derek?” A friend of Stolzer’s, who she called D...

President Barack Obama visited Pittsburgh to talk innovation, healthcare, technology

President Barack Obama visited Pittsburgh to talk innovation, healthcare, technology

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

October 13, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Health, National News, News, Tech Science

President Barack Obama thinks right now is the greatest time to be alive. At least that’s what he wrote in his guest editorial for this month’s edition of WIRED — a science and technology magazine — and reiterated in a speech on Carnegie Mellon University’s campus Thursday afternoon. ...

Jordan Burnham talks depression, mental illness

Jordan Burnham talks depression, mental illness

By Maria Hurtado / For The Pitt News

October 12, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Jordan Burnham’s struggle with depression began when he was just a seventh grader. At first, Burnham was able to suppress his feelings, and shadowed them with what he called “healthy coping mechanisms” like playing basketball and golf. He was well-liked in school. He was the class clown. By all ...

Students learn how to be Muslim allies

Students learn how to be Muslim allies

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

October 12, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

How much do you really know about Islam? That’s what Kelcey Sharkas, from the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, tested a crowd of more than 50 people on when they gathered in a University Club ballroom Wednesday afternoon. On a handout, she posed 20 true-or-false statements to students including, “Jesus...

Chelsea Clinton comes to Pitt

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

October 12, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

In a push to garner the support of college-aged voters, Chelsea Clinton will make two campaign stops in Pittsburgh this Friday, including one on Pitt’s campus. Clinton, daughter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, is the vice chairperson of the Clinton Foundation. She will be campaig...

Pitt’s chapter of Turning Point USA counters liberalism, big government

Pitt’s chapter of Turning Point USA counters liberalism, big government

By Tristan Dietrick / For The Pitt News

October 11, 2016


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

Junior Ashley Butcher can frequently be found behind tables around campus — usually in Towers Lobby or in front of the William Pitt Union — proclaiming the same mantra prominently displayed on her organization’s signs, pamphlets and social media pages. “Big Government Sucks!” Butcher, a fi...

Frontiers exhibit on Pitt’s campus open to the public

Frontiers exhibit on Pitt’s campus open to the public

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

October 11, 2016


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

Although President Barack Obama will be visiting Pittsburgh to speak at the White House Frontiers Conference, most Pittsburghers won’t be able to see him. There is, though, one Frontiers exhibit open to the public with no registration needed, Pitt said on Tuesday. It will be open on Oct. 13 from 9 ...

Obama is coming to Pittsburgh: Here’s where he’ll be

Obama is coming to Pittsburgh: Here’s where he’ll be

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

October 11, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

President Barack Obama will be in Pittsburgh on Thursday for the Frontiers Conference, a program jointly hosted by the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and the White House. While details on his visit have been top secret for the last few weeks, the conference’s website has ...

Frick exhibit mixes data, arts to explore humanity

Frick exhibit mixes data, arts to explore humanity

By David Robinson / Staff Writer

October 11, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Inside the Frick Fine Arts Building, a woman’s voice counts the seconds eerily and methodically through a speaker hidden amongst the stations while visitors stroll through the department’s current art exhibit. Set against the all-black walls of the room, the consistent timekeeping was for vis...

Author, musician Patti Smith visits Pittsburgh

Author, musician Patti Smith visits Pittsburgh

By Emily Baranik / Staff Writer

October 11, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Author, musician and poet Patti Smith has spent so much time writing about the past — most notably in her best-selling 2010 memoir, “Just Kids” — that she wanted to linger for a moment in the present.   But, as she said Monday night in a performance at Carnegie Music Hall, staying in the p...

Crowns and campaigns: Pitt’s 2016 homecoming king and queen

Crowns and campaigns: Pitt’s 2016 homecoming king and queen

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

October 8, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

When Ryan Scandaglia was running for Homecoming king, he sought to win votes by making people laugh. Scandaglia’s approach proved effective — he was crowned Homecoming King Saturday. During halftime of Pitt’s game against Georgia Tech, Pitt’s Blue and Gold Society named senior Scandaglia, an En...

Growing pains: mom and pop shops move out of Oakland

Growing pains: mom and pop shops move out of Oakland

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

October 6, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

This is part one of a series by staff writer Stephen Caruso about how Oakland’s businesses and the community have changed since the 1990s — for better or worse. Stay tuned for the next installment, which will be about Oakland’s community improvement initiatives. At 10 a.m. every morning in the late ’90s, Jay Ya...

Q&A with Julius Youngner: member of original polio vaccine research team

Q&A with Julius Youngner: member of original polio vaccine research team

By Jace Bridges / Staff Writer

October 6, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

In the 1940s and ’50s, polio — a viral disease which attacks the central nervous system — affected nearly half a million people worldwide each year, with the disease often paralyzing or killing them. Children and young adults were particularly at risk for the disease. But then Pitt recruited inf...

Alumni return to sororities, clubs

Alumni return to sororities, clubs

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

October 6, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt alumni have a chance to relive their college days during Homecoming weekend, whether that means tailgating, brunching — or building houses. While others celebrate Homecoming on campus, the Panthers Habitat for Humanity asked alumni to participate in the group’s work day on Oct. 7. They’ll b...

Pitt splits Career Fair between STEM, Humanities

Pitt splits Career Fair between STEM, Humanities

By Wesley Hood / Staff Writer

October 6, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Under blue and gold balloon arches flanking the main floor of the William Pitt Union, students and employers swapped handshakes and resumes for the third time this semester. Typically, Pitt’s Office of Career Development and Placement Assistance sponsors two large-scale careers fairs in the fal...

Students discuss first month living in Pitt’s premier gender-neutral hall

Students discuss first month living in Pitt’s premier gender-neutral hall

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

October 6, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Ruskin Hall is Pitt’s first on-campus, gender-neutral housing option. But if you walk down the gray carpets of the apartment-style living facility and knock on a few doors, you’re likely to find someone living there who has no idea. The University informed The Pitt News last year that Rusk...

NRA pushes gun rights on campus

NRA pushes gun rights on campus

By Wesley Hood / Staff Writer

October 5, 2016


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

Editor's note: In a previous version of this story, a sentence indicated that 50 people at the event were wearing pro-Trump and pro-NRA attire. This is incorrect, as many people were wearing plainclothes. Also in a previous version of this story, a statistic from Every Town for Gun Safety was included tha...

Dean Bonner talks diversity, inclusion at Pitt

Dean Bonner talks diversity, inclusion at Pitt

By Rachel Glasser / Staff Writer

October 5, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

When Kenyon Bonner took the stage in front of a crowd of students Tuesday night, he invited them to talk over him. As students took turns passing around a microphone and sharing their opinions, Bonner, Pitt’s vice provost and dean of students, gripped the edge of the podium in the center of the ...

Republicans at Pitt divided about Trump

Republicans at Pitt divided about Trump

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

October 4, 2016


Filed under Campus, Election Coverage 2016, News

Though he’s received endorsement from party officials, Donald Trump’s presidential bid has divided traditional conservatives. The businessman turned candidate has also invited in a broader demographic of independent, right-wing and, in some cases, liberal voters, and inspired historically Republic...

Donut Dash raises money for ALS research

Donut Dash raises money for ALS research

By Preena Patel / For The Pitt News

October 2, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Health, News

Neil Alexander, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, died six weeks after he and his wife announced the opening of the Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research at Pitt’s Brain Institute. Since then, the Center has been promoting quality of life research, examining how ALS affects the nervous system...

Potterheads marathon “Cursed Child”

Potterheads marathon “Cursed Child”

By Nikita Karulkar / Staff Writer

October 2, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Adorned in black capes and Gryffindor scarves, self-described “Potterheads” gathered around Pitt student Alice Cheng as she channeled Albus Potter in a resonant voice Friday afternoon.   “How to distract Scorpius from difficult emotional issues,” Cheng read from “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child...

Pitt College Republicans and Democrats debate specifics, not rhetoric

Pitt College Republicans and Democrats debate specifics, not rhetoric

By Tristan Dietrick / For The Pitt News

September 30, 2016


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

Days after Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump walked off the debate stage in New York, students gathered at Pitt to discuss this election’s most contentious issues. More than 80 students showed up to watch the third annual debate between Pitt College Republ...

Students find fame with Foodie Instagrams

Students find fame with Foodie Instagrams

By Emily Baranik / For The Pitt News

September 30, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Jessie Iacullo stood in Starbuck’s line one morning in March 2015 and scrolled through the pictures of burgers, donuts and coffee that dominated her phone’s camera roll. The senior communication and nonfiction writing major thought she could do more with the photos than let them clog up her me...

First Lady Michelle Obama encourages Pitt students and community members to vote

First Lady Michelle Obama encourages Pitt students and community members to vote

By Wesley Hood and Amina Doghri / The Pitt News Staff

September 28, 2016


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

Walking out to Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls),” Michelle Obama encouraged Pitt students and community members to run the election, urging them to be the much needed “youth vote” Hillary Clinton has been trying to lock down in recent weeks. As students lined up to see Obama at the Fi...

Wall Street Journal ranks Pitt among top 100 colleges

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

September 28, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

In a new report on U.S. College rankings, The Wall Street Journal rated Pitt’s Oakland campus higher than any other public school in the state. In its first such ranking, the national business-centric newspaper released a Best U.S. Colleges and Universities report and placed Pitt’s Oakland camp...

Pitt students learn obscure languages

Pitt students learn obscure languages

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

September 27, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

As Kelly Lynch traveled through rural Ireland, she communicated with her host family and with rural locals not only in English but in Irish Gaelic as well. While the Irish do speak English, Lynch, who started in Dublin and made her way through the countryside, may have missed the late night jokes ...

Pitt students react to first debate

Pitt students react to first debate

By Rachel Glasser / Staff Writer

September 27, 2016


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

When Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was asked why she thought she could create jobs better than Republican candidate Donald Trump, she addressed her opponent by saying, “Donald, it’s good to be with you.” In New York, Trump nodded in response. In Pittsburgh, students in P...

School of Information Sciences talks archival data from Holocaust

School of Information Sciences talks archival data from Holocaust

By Amina Doghri / Staff Writer

September 27, 2016


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

Editor's note: When this article appeared in print, the number of attendees and the number of people who have filed for pension claims based on reparation filings were incorrect. Additionally, there were discrepancies about the restitution and reparation files of Holocaust survivors and their families — whi...

Hillman houses hidden treasures

Hillman houses hidden treasures

By Nikita Karulkar / For The Pitt News

September 27, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

A room tucked in a corner on the third floor of Hillman Library holds centuries of information nearly impossible to find anywhere else. Hundreds of books line one of the walls, all neatly shelved with the occasional Post-it peeking out from between yellowed pages. The covers, in hues of brown, black a...

UPDATED: Pitt student charged after crashing into bookstore

UPDATED: Pitt student charged after crashing into bookstore

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

September 26, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

City police have charged a Pitt student with driving under the influence and causing personal injury, after he caused a car crash Saturday evening that sent three people to the hospital with minor injuries. After a brief search on Saturday, police identified Nicholas Bozzo, a 22-year-old Pitt stud...

Silk Screen Film Festival highlights Asian cultures

Silk Screen Film Festival highlights Asian cultures

By David Robinson / For The Pitt News

September 25, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Pitt welcomed Asian culture into Oakland with the annual Silk Screen Film Festival, which had viewings on Pitt’s campus for the first time this year. The weeklong Asian Arts festival is specific to Pittsburgh and offers a celebration of diversity and multicultural appreciation through film viewings and ...

First Lady Michelle Obama to visit Fitzgerald Field House

First Lady Michelle Obama to visit Fitzgerald Field House

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

September 25, 2016


Filed under Campus, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

In preparation for the quickly-approaching presidential election, First Lady Michelle Obama will campaign for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton on Pitt’s campus on Wednesday. Obama will speak at the Fitzgerald Field House at 3:30 p.m., where doors will open at 1 p.m. Anyone interested in att...

Pitt students celebrate Korean Thanksgiving

Pitt students celebrate Korean Thanksgiving

By Janine Faust / For the Pitt News

September 25, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt student Paige Bruckner spent her Friday night racing others to down a cup of spicy Korean ramen. With the tangy, spicy scent of the dish wafting through the air, Bruckner slurped the noodles, tipped back her head and hastily swallowed the remaining broth. As part of the celebration of Chuseo...

Pittsburgh reacts after NC shooting, Trump visit

Pittsburgh reacts after NC shooting, Trump visit

By Alexa Bakalarski and Emily Brindley / The Pitt News Staff

September 22, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Less than 24 hours after protests became deadly in North Carolina, Pitt students and Pittsburgh residents responded to the national uproar over police shootings of black men. Armed with banners, bandanas and staplers, more than 25 people gathered in front of the Porch in Schenley Plaza at about 9 ...

Oakwatch members say partying has decreased

Oakwatch members say partying has decreased

By Alexa Bakalarski and Amina Doghri / The Pitt News Staff

September 22, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Editor's note: In a previous version of this story, Officer Sharon Leshen's name was spelled incorrectly. We have updated the story and regret this error. The way it used to be, Oakland was a loud, raucous neighborhood teeming with students who seemed to do nothing but party. But now, its perm...

Michael Brown honors son at Pitt

Michael Brown honors son at Pitt

By Alyssa Bessasparis / For The Pitt News

September 22, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Before he said a single word about his son, Michael Brown’s father asked his audience to close their eyes. Imagine tragically losing a loved one, he said. “How you just felt,” Michael Brown Sr. said. “That is how I feel every day.” Standing at the front of the Assembly Room in the Will...

Pitt Senate Council forms Diversity Committee

Pitt Senate Council forms Diversity Committee

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

September 21, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

For Pitt’s Year of Diversity and Inclusion, the University Senate Council has said it will form a new committee to focus on the issues. The senate said at its first meeting of the semester Wednesday afternoon it plans to create a Senate Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, which Frank Wilson, Se...

Union plans still not finalized

Union plans still not finalized

By Alyssa Bessaparis / For the Pitt News

September 21, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Though it’s been nearly a year since Pitt faculty and graduate students first whispered plans to form labor unions, both groups have yet to take the first formal step of sending out voting cards to see if forming a union is feasible. But that’s because both campaigns are still continuing to spr...

Bern’d Out: Bernie Sanders supporters pushing for revolution without revolutional candidate

Bern’d Out: Bernie Sanders supporters pushing for revolution without revolutional candidate

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

September 20, 2016


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

While campaign stickers and t-shirts for now-defeated Democratic primary candidate Bernie Sanders still occasionally crop up around campus, “Feeling the Bern” chalk drawings and posters, marches in support of the far-left politician and the fiery vigor that once surrounded his campaign on college campuse...

Lulu’s Noodles cited with multiple health code violations

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

September 19, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, News

The Allegheny County Health Department cited Lulu’s Noodles on South Craig Street with multiple health code violations last week. The Health Department posted a consumer alert Sept. 15, for presence of flies and mice, inadequate sanitization of food surfaces and keeping cold food at an unsafe t...

Former athlete, Navy SEAL candidate Walylko opens Fall Fest

Former athlete, Navy SEAL candidate Walylko opens Fall Fest

By David Robinson / For the Pitt News

September 19, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

After a shortened career in baseball and a stint training as a Navy SEAL, Pitt senior Johnny Walylko picked up a guitar and an opening gig at this year’s Fall Fest. Pitt welcomed about 6,500 students to the annual celebration Saturday afternoon. Sponsored by the Pitt Program Council, the seasona...

Speak Out event addresses sexual assault

Speak Out event addresses sexual assault

By Wesley Hood / For the Pitt News

September 19, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Youth leadership mentor Tabitha May-Tolub told Pitt students Sunday morning that through personal growth and conversation, they could begin to change the atmosphere on campus. May-Tolub, co-founder and CEO of Roots and Wings, Training and Consultation, a Boston-based agency that provides training and con...

SGB Food Committee announces themes, BYO[MUG] at first meeting

By Emily Baranik / For the Pitt News

September 19, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Sodexo employees and Pitt students discussed recent dining changes and updates over a Pittsburgh-inspired meal at the first food committee meeting of the semester.    The Student Government Board food committee, where Sodexo updates students on its initiatives and students make suggestions for ...

Army ROTC starts training for sexual assault awareness, suicide prevention

Army ROTC starts training for sexual assault awareness, suicide prevention

By Rachel Glasser / For the Pitt News

September 19, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Cadets in the Army ROTC Three Rivers Battalion spent their Saturday addressing the prevalence of sexual assault and suicide in the military. At the first leadership lab of the year — a weekly workshop to develop management skills among future military leaders — 185 members of the Army ROTC gathere...

Extra, Extra: Finding work on the fringes of film

Extra, Extra: Finding work on the fringes of film

By Amanda Reed / Contributing Editor

September 15, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, Culture, Movies, News, Television, Top Stories

When Lena Gallagher walks on set, she can’t just go where she pleases. She has to walk at a specific pace in a specific path multiple times in a row until the director says “cut.” But when  David Fincher’s new series, “Mindhunter,” premieres on Netflix in 2017, you won’t see Gallagher’s...

Construction on Forbes Avenue coming to an end

Construction on Forbes Avenue coming to an end

By Preena Patel / For The Pitt News

September 14, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Restoration of Pittsburgh’s oldest apartment building is finished after a summer of work, despite the scaffolding still covering storefronts on Forbes Avenue in South Oakland. Since the city issued a permit for the project in April, construction workers have been refurbishing the Iroquois Buildi...

Students elect Hall Council for residence halls

By Macey Zaffina / For the Pitt News

September 14, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

In total, Pitt has about 6,200 students living in residence halls on campus. In a show of small-scale democracy, those students chose 99 of their peers to lead them through the year. On Tuesday night, the Resident Student Association held their annual Hall Council elections, where each student living in...

Students still waiting to move in to SkyVue Apartments

Students still waiting to move in to SkyVue Apartments

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

September 13, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

When Varun Kumar gets home from class, he fishes his keycard out of his wallet or pocket and slides it through a digital slot in the door to his home. But Kumar isn’t letting himself into a residence hall dorm or a house in South Oakland — he’s at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center. The hotel has ...

Pitt, Sodexo plan food truck for campus

By Tristan Dietrick / For the Pitt News

September 13, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

With a roving eatery, Pitt plans to liven students’ taste buds and enrich their resumés this fall. Sodexo, an international dining services company that operates at Pitt, partnered with Pitt’s business school to launch a new food truck after students expressed interest in the idea at Student Govern...

Millennials consider third party candidates

Millennials consider third party candidates

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

September 11, 2016


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

When it comes to this year’s presidential election, Chris Orantes refuses to sacrifice his ideals or conform to a two-party system. “If I don’t think that Clinton or Trump is the answer, I’m not going to vote for the lesser evil,” Orantes, a Pitt senior, said. “I’m not going to vote for ...

Storify: Pitt Twitter reacts to win against Penn State, 42 – 39

Storify: Pitt Twitter reacts to win against Penn State, 42 – 39

By Amanda Reed / Online Engagement Editor

September 10, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

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Gallagher asks for gameday civility

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

September 8, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

As Pitt and Penn State fans flood social media with posts about “hate week” in anticipation of Saturday’s renewed football rivalry, university leaders at both schools are calling for respect. Both Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and Penn State President Eric Barron published an open lette...

Car and bus collide on Bigelow Boulevard

By Alexa Bakalarski / Senior Staff Writer

September 7, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, News

A car and a Port Authority bus collided on Bigelow Boulevard shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. According to Chris Ballina, a PAT Road Operations Supervisor who was on the scene, the woman driving the car said she didn’t see the bus – a Route 83 Bedford Hill bus – coming as she went to turn in...

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