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Sister, sister: recruits rush for spring 2017

Sister, sister: recruits rush for spring 2017

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and Amanda Reed / News Editors

January 9, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

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

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

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

January 3, 2017


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

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

ICYMI: Winter Break

ICYMI: Winter Break

By The Pitt News Staff

January 3, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Sports

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

Up all night: all about insomnia

Up all night: all about insomnia

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Staff Writer

December 12, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

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

Hillman Library: stories from the staff

Hillman Library: stories from the staff

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

December 12, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Scientists recommend students watch food timing, alcohol before sleep

Scientists recommend students watch food timing, alcohol before sleep

By Rachel Glasser and Rebecca Peters / Pitt News Staff

December 12, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

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

Pittsburghers rescue unused food, one can at a time

Pittsburghers rescue unused food, one can at a time

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

December 8, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

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

Pitt faculty petitions for sanctuary campus

Pitt faculty petitions for sanctuary campus

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

December 8, 2016


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

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

Police arrest two men for Meyran Avenue burglary

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

December 7, 2016


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

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

Pitt hires psychiatrist

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

December 7, 2016


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

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

Former Pitt international student cheats, faces deportation

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

December 7, 2016


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

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

NPR correspondent Cokie Roberts talks Trump, election

NPR correspondent Cokie Roberts talks Trump, election

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

December 7, 2016


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

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

At Cathedral, Fossil Free Pitt Coalition calls for divestment

At Cathedral, Fossil Free Pitt Coalition calls for divestment

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

December 6, 2016


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

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

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

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

By Nikita Karulkar / Staff Writer

December 5, 2016


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

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

For the 23rd time, burglars break into Oakland home

By Amanda Reed / Contributing Editor

December 5, 2016


Filed under Campus, Crime, News, Top Stories

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

Pittsburghers stand with Standing Rock just before construction halts

Pittsburghers stand with Standing Rock just before construction halts

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Staff Writer

December 5, 2016


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

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

Fred Rogers Company discusses creative process, Rogers’ legacy

Fred Rogers Company discusses creative process, Rogers’ legacy

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Staff Writer

December 2, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

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

Pittsburgh panelists draw link between curiosity and health

Pittsburgh panelists draw link between curiosity and health

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

December 2, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Oakland Nights: Then and Now

Oakland Nights: Then and Now

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Staff Writer

December 1, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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

SGB says changes coming to SafeRider

SGB says changes coming to SafeRider

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

November 30, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

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

Film department plans new track

Film department plans new track

By Emily Suruda / For The Pitt News

November 30, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Pitt marketing majors compete in national competition

Pitt marketing majors compete in national competition

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

November 29, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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

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

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

By Rachel Glasser and Tristan Dietrick

November 28, 2016


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

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

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

By Elizabeth Lepro

November 23, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Students react to violence at Thursday protest

Students react to violence at Thursday protest

By Amina Doghri / Staff Writer

November 22, 2016


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

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

Pitt plans to renovate Hillman Library

Pitt plans to renovate Hillman Library

By Tristan Dietrick / Staff Writer

November 22, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

20th home burglarized in Oakland

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

November 21, 2016


Filed under Campus, Crime, News, Top Stories

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

23 year old man dies in single car crash

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

November 21, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Students, administration clash after Thursday night protest

Students, administration clash after Thursday night protest

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

November 21, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

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

Q&A: tips from Oakland community group on renting

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

November 18, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

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

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

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

By The Pitt News Staff

November 18, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Faculty votes on amendments to general education requirements

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

November 18, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Renter’s insurance: do student tenants need it?

Renter’s insurance: do student tenants need it?

By Wesley Hood / Staff Writer

November 18, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Violence at protest against student debt, one student arrested

Violence at protest against student debt, one student arrested

By Wesley Hood / Staff Writer

November 17, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

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

Pitt joins sanctuary campus movement

Pitt joins sanctuary campus movement

By Janine Faust and Connor Norton / The Pitt News Staff

November 17, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

School of Social Work Dean asks tough questions about race

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

November 17, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Students, community members march for peace and positivity

Students, community members march for peace and positivity

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

November 17, 2016


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

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

Students learn renters’ rights, laws

By Preena Patel / Staff Writer

November 16, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Students break boards, stereotypes during Islam Awareness Week

Students break boards, stereotypes during Islam Awareness Week

By Emily Brindley and Ashwini Sivaganesh / The Pitt News Staff

November 15, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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

SafeRider use drops, Pitt plans app

SafeRider use drops, Pitt plans app

By Rachel Glasser / Staff Writer

November 15, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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

Holocaust survivor speaks at Pitt

Holocaust survivor speaks at Pitt

By Elias Rappaport / For The Pitt News

November 15, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

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


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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...

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