The Pitt News

Pitt, community prep for tailgates for Penn State football game

By Lauren Rosenblatt and Emily Brindley / The Pitt News Staff

September 7, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

In August, Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner was already planning ways to keep rowdy students under control during Saturday’s Pitt vs. Penn State football game. For most football games, Pitt launches a messaging campaign for students through social media, Campus Connect messages and Pitt...

Bill Clinton to speak in Homewood neighborhood

Bill Clinton to speak in Homewood neighborhood

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

September 7, 2016


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

Just days after a visit from Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine and current Vice President Joe Biden, Former President Bill Clinton will swing by Pittsburgh this Friday for the Democratic party’s latest stop in the Steel City. At 11:45 a.m. on Sept. 9, the Pennsylvania Democrats will host t...

New digital program teaches finance to first-year students

New digital program teaches finance to first-year students

By Alexis Carter / For the Pitt News

September 5, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Evelyn Zamora-Vargas came into college with an understanding of debit cards, interest and credit, but she was still missing some key ingredients for “financial literacy.” Zamora-Vargas, a first-year student majoring in psychology and philosophy, said that even though she had an economics backg...

Old Pittsburgh makes room for new apartments

Old Pittsburgh makes room for new apartments

By Erin Hare / Staff Writer

September 1, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

In North Oakland, new Pittsburgh, that of students, young professionals and blooming industry, is colliding with the old as a 17-story luxury apartment complex goes up next to a cozy dive bar filled with regulars who remember the steel economy. The artist renderings of the new building, which Humphreys and P...

Pitt is lit: bonfire sparks students’ school spirit

Pitt is lit: bonfire sparks students’ school spirit

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

September 1, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Less than forty hours before the first football game of the season, head football coach Pat Narduzzi rallied Pitt students and alumni into a school spirit frenzy. In front of a blazing bonfire, a crowd of students and alumni chorused along to Pitt’s alma mater, as Narduzzi took the makeshift stage to ...

Internet outage temporarily shut down campus bookstore

By Alexa Bakalarski and Stephen Caruso / The Pitt News Staff

August 30, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, News

An internet outage Tuesday afternoon lasted less than an hour but managed to throw Pitt’s bookstore into momentary disarray. Around 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Pitt's Computing Services and Systems Development department said an electrical issue caused the wired and wireless network service in several buildin...

PPC announces fall fest performers

PPC announces fall fest performers

By Alexa Bakalarski / Senior Staff Writer

August 30, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt Program Council is hopping in a hip direction for this year’s Fall Fest. The Council announced this week that Rae Sremmurd, a chart-topping hip-hop duo, will headline this semester’s Fall Fest, an annual free concert on Bigelow Boulevard that will take place on Sept. 17. NAWAS, an elect...

President Obama coming to Pittsburgh for Frontiers Conference in October

President Obama coming to Pittsburgh for Frontiers Conference in October

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

August 30, 2016


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

  President Barack Obama is coming to Pittsburgh this fall to talk about technology and innovation. The Oct. 13 White House Frontiers Conference, jointly hosted by Pitt, Carnegie Mellon and the White House, will focus on science, technology and innovation, according to a press release from ...

Burritobowl Restaurant Opens at the Pete

Burritobowl Restaurant Opens at the Pete

By Alexa Bakalarski and Danni Zhou / The Pitt News Staff

August 29, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Students living in upper campus no longer have to hike to Forbes Avenue for quality Tex-Mex food. The food chain Burritobowl, a rice bowl and burrito restaurant that often operates on college campuses, opened in the Petersen Events Center August 22, replacing Cafe, a coffee shop. Abdou Cole, the r...

Lantern night shines through the storm

Lantern night shines through the storm

By Samya Shabaz and Alexa Bakalarski / The Pitt News Staff

August 29, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Although stormy weather threatened to wreak havoc on Pitt’s oldest tradition, the lights of Lantern Night continued to burn Sunday night. More than 950 first-year female students gathered in the Cathedral of Learning for Pitt’s 96th annual Lantern Night. At the event, female alumnae serve as flame...

Heavy rain hits Pittsburgh, flooding streets and felling trees

By The Pitt News Staff

August 29, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, News

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First year Pitt students embraced diversity with high fives at Building a Pitt Community event

By Alexa Bakalarski / Senior Staff Writer

August 26, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Overlooking a crowd made up of Pitt’s most diverse student body yet, Jamie Washington told first-year students to partner up with a stranger Saturday morning — they were going to need a high five buddy. Washington, the founder of engagement specialist group the Washington Consulting Group, return...

Pitt expands health care coverage for transgender faculty and staff

By Alexa Bakalarski / Senior Staff Writer

August 24, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Beginning this year, Pitt will — for the first time — provide coverage for faculty and staff members’ transgender-related healthcare services. Pitt announced the change in a three-page long letter the University’s Office of Human Resources sent to faculty and staff last week. The letter detail...

Pitt welcomes 229th class of first years

Pitt welcomes 229th class of first years

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

August 24, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, News, Top Stories

At the New Student Convocation Wednesday afternoon, faculty, staff and returning students welcomed the class of 2020 to Pitt’s community with advice, anecdotes and a selfie. The convocation, held in the Petersen Events Center, officially marks the start of the new academic year, Kenyon Bonner, ...

Pitt student gets stuck between buildings trying to impress woman

Pitt student gets stuck between buildings trying to impress woman

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

August 23, 2016


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

Instead of going into a restaurant on a Monday night date, a Pitt student tried to woo the object of his affection by jumping over them. A Pitt student was on the roof of a building on the 3700 block of Forbes Avenue when he tried to leap to the next building but did not make it, according to Police...

What’s in a Name: Pitt names range the spectrum of accomplishment

What’s in a Name: Pitt names range the spectrum of accomplishment

By Shumeng Yang /Staff Writer

August 21, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

From its foundation in 1787 as a small preparatory school to a research powerhouse composed of 17 schools with nearly 30,000 students, Pitt has been shaped by individuals with vision for growth, reform and improvement. These people have made major contributions to everything from the University to the...

New professors land at Pitt, find a home

New professors land at Pitt, find a home

By Brooke Rountree / For The Pitt News

August 20, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories, Welcome Back 2016

With the class of 2020 rolling in, many students may be concerned with how they are going to handle and navigate their first year. But just as caught up in big transitions are the people who will eventually educate those students. Natasa Miskov-Zivanov, of the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bioengi...

Helping Advisors Help You

Helping Advisors Help You

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

August 18, 2016


Filed under Campus

Students need to meet with an adviser to register for courses next semester, but is that enough? The Pitt News talked to four advisers — Elizabeth Adams, director of advising for Pitt’s Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration; Mary Koller, undergraduate student...

Dean Bonner addresses student discipline during Oakwatch appearance

Dean Bonner addresses student discipline during Oakwatch appearance

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

August 18, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus

Five years ago, when Oakwatch was founded to fight the loud parties, littering and hooligan-esque crime of Pitt students, Oakland resident Janice Lorenz joined because of one goal. “We’re trying to ferment a sense of community,” Lorenz said. After a school year many residents anecdotally called ...

‘Pitt Tonight’ nominated for two college Emmy awards

‘Pitt Tonight’ nominated for two college Emmy awards

By Brady Langmann / Contributing Editor

August 11, 2016


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

Following a first season that included a live autopsy, an acapella battle, and an appearance by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, campus talk show "Pitt Tonight" has another reason to be excited leading up to Season Two: A college Emmy nomination. Earlier this week, "Pitt Tonight" received two College...

TPN book recommendations

TPN book recommendations

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

July 19, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The Power Broker — Robert Caro Have you heard of the Triborough Bridge? Jones Beach? The Lincoln Center? All of these accomplishments were the work of Robert Moses — New York City’s former Parks Commissioner, Triborough Authority Chairman and urban planner. “The Power Broker” reveals the stor...

Pitt hosts experts on race in universities

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

July 12, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

A meeting on the Cathedral of Learning’s 20th floor has Pitt looking towards improving diversity in the 21st century. About 60 professionals from universities, the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Public Schools joined Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems’ Diversity and Raci...

Center on Race and Social Problems to host discussion panel

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

July 7, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems will bring national experts together on Tuesday to discuss efforts to reduce racial disparities in higher education. In light of the recent Supreme Court ruling that university admissions offices can take race into consideration to form a diverse student bod...

Italian street food chain coming to Oakland

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

July 7, 2016


Filed under Campus, Top Stories

For those hoping for a little more amore in their lives, Oakland will be getting itself a new Italian restaurant. Piada Italian Street Food, a chain of fast casual eateries similar in style to Chipotle, is planning to expand into Pennsylvania for the first time with a shop at 3600 Forbes Avenue — th...

Pitt professors selected for national guidelines

Pitt professors selected for national guidelines

By Yuanyuan Xiao / For The Pitt News

July 5, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Two of Pitt’s own will play a part in setting the nation on a healthier track. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell has selected two Pitt professors — John Jakicic and Kirk Erickson — from a pool of 125 nominees to join the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory C...

Pitt anti-virus software includes security vulnerabilities

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

July 5, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

The anti-virus software used by most Pitt campus computers includes several security vulnerabilities. Symantec Corporation announced two critical security vulnerabilities affecting several of its products, including Symantec Endpoint Protection for workstations and the SEP Management console, the ant...

Year of Diversity, new centers confirmed at Board of Trustees meeting

Year of Diversity, new centers confirmed at Board of Trustees meeting

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

June 24, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

In the Assembly Room of the William Pitt Union, Pitt’s Board of Trustees looked back on the University’s progress during the 2015-2016 academic year and outlined plans for the year ahead. At their annual meeting Friday morning, the Board approved funding of four capital budget projects to remodel ca...

Sexual assault survivors speak out in Pitt Breaking Out Campaign

Sexual assault survivors speak out in Pitt Breaking Out Campaign

By Lauren Long / For The Pitt News

June 21, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Pitt junior and cultural anthropology major Chantelle Farley wrote an open letter to her ex-boyfriend addressing the most difficult questions of her sexual assault. The letter reads, “Why did I let you treat me this way? Did you think you were tough and manly for making me feel weak? Did you gain powe...

Power Outage Affects Most of Oakland

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

June 20, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

An electrical power outage that affected network connectivity impacted most of Oakland Monday night. At 6:47 p.m., the outage impacted several locations in Oakland, including 3512 Fifth Avenue, 3602 Fifth Avenue and the Loeffler Building. The outage spread to most of Oakland about half an hour lat...

Proposed sexual misconduct policy aims to clarify procedure

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

June 8, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

As the incoming class of 2020 steps onto Pitt’s campus, a new sexual misconduct policy may be joining it. A Provost’s ad hoc committee has developed a new, more concise sexual misconduct policy that is up to date with federal Title IX requirements. The new policy outlines procedures for reporting ...

Pitt students win national language scholarship

Pitt students win national language scholarship

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

May 31, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

After winning a national scholarship, a group of Pitt students will spend the summer studying six languages in five different countries. Last week, Pitt announced eight students won the U.S. Department of State’s 2016 Critical Language Scholarship. The scholarship recipients — Nicholas Caskey, Em...

Pitt launches replacement login service

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

May 31, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

Pitt is updating how users access Pitt’s online services with a new login system, beginning in June. Pitt Passport — passport.pitt.edu — will replace the My Pitt portal and individual access pages for Pitt services with a single login prompt providing access across all sites. According to a re...

Pitt adds new engineering major

By Krithika Pennathur / For The Pitt News

May 24, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt students can now focus on tackling major environmental issues in their engineering studies. Because of strong demand from students, Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering has expanded its environmental engineering minor to a major. The new environmental engineering major will prepare students t...

Q & A: Pitt Students Bike for a Cause

Q & A: Pitt Students Bike for a Cause

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

May 17, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Three Pitt students and fraternity brothers had barely put down their pencils after finals before they were strapping on helmets to raise money for a good cause. To support the V Foundation for Cancer Research, a Delta Chi partner and non-profit organization that funds cancer research, rising junior Ma...

Pitt Creates New Urban Education Certificate

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

May 17, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

On Wednesday, Pitt’s School of Education announced a new graduate program certificate that specifically addresses cultural divides between teachers and students in urban schools. The Graduate School of Education Post-Baccalaureate Certificate of Advanced Study in Teaching with an Area of Concentration ...

Q&A: Maxine Bruhns talks about the founder of Mother’s Day

Q&A: Maxine Bruhns talks about the founder of Mother’s Day

By Saskia Berrios-Thomas / Staff Writer

May 9, 2016


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

Maxine Bruhns may be best known as the keeper of the Cathedral’s celebrated Nationality Rooms — a post she’s held for more than 50 years. But this Mother’s Day, she found herself reflecting on a different kind of history: her own ancestry. Though not a mother herself, Bruhns, the dire...

Pitt establishes $1 million fund for faculty, student business ventures

By Elizabeth Lepro / Contributing Editor

May 5, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

On Thursday, Pitt announced it will give $1 million to Pitt faculty and students looking to put the products of their research on the market. The $1 million in gap funding money — called the Chancellor’s Innovation Commercialization Funds — will immediately, and over the next two years support pr...

Port Authority approves changes to bus system

Port Authority approves changes to bus system

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

April 29, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Beginning in January 2017, riders won’t have to remember when to pay while riding Port Authority buses. On Friday, the Port Authority Board unanimously approved major changes to the agency’s fare system, including making all buses pay-as-you enter — the only change affecting Pitt students wh...

Bernie Sanders visits Pitt

Bernie Sanders visits Pitt

By Jordan Mondell and Kate Koenig / The Pitt News Staff

April 25, 2016


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

Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders made a campaign stop at Pitt's Fitzgerald Field House on Monday, just one day before the state's primary. Midday on Monday, Sanders spoke to a crowd of mostly college students about income inequality, student debt and environmental issues, including fracking and the...

Uniting in Pittsburgh: Pitt’s faculty and student unions past and present

Uniting in Pittsburgh: Pitt’s faculty and student unions past and present

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

April 25, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Specials, Spring Finals Edition 2016, Top Stories

Twenty-five years ago, Pitt’s faculty tried — and failed — to form a union after hitting problems with the administration and a lack of agreement among faculty. Now, the faculty are trying again, calling for higher wages and job security through a union. This time, organizers say they have the co...

Raising kids and GPAs: The stories of parents at Pitt

Raising kids and GPAs: The stories of parents at Pitt

By Erin Hare / Staff Writer

April 25, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Specials, Spring Finals Edition 2016, Top Stories

When Agnes Haggerty was a Pitt student in 2003, she worked 50 hours a week, carried a full course load and looked after her toddler. “The majority of my studying was done in the middle of the night,” Haggerty, now 34, said. “I was studying for three-hour periods while [my daughter] was asleep,...

‘Diversity includes disability’

‘Diversity includes disability’

By Elizabeth Lepro / Contributing Editor

April 25, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Spring Finals Edition 2016

Students and faculty with disabilities look for representation on campus. At her high school in the foothills of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, Monica Silny was in every AP class, a member of the history club — just as a “social thing” — and the 2015 prom queen. Silny, now a first-year ...

Pitt Tonight performs season finale

Pitt Tonight performs season finale

By Noah Coco / Staff Writer

April 22, 2016


Filed under Campus, Culture, News, Television

Most Pitt students remember Mr. McFeely from “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” as the delivery man, but few expected to see him sink his first shot in “Pitt Tonight Pong” Thursday night. David Newell, the actor who portrayed Mr. McFeely, appeared on Pitt Tonight’s fifth and final episode at 8 p...

Her Campus educates students on contraceptives

Her Campus educates students on contraceptives

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

April 20, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

When Caroline Eddy talks about her southern family’s sex education, it sounds something like Coach Carr from “Mean Girls:” “Don’t have sex ... because you will get pregnant and die.” “That isn’t realistic in this day and age,” Eddy said. “We need to prepare people before it’s ...

Pitt vice chancellor named president of AACR

By Danni Zhou / Staff Writer

April 20, 2016


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

With a new president of the American Association of Cancer Research hailing from Pitt, the University is proving instrumental in the fight to cure cancer. The AACR appointed Nancy E. Davidson, director of University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, as its new president at the New Orleans conference o...

Tours and secrets: Quo Vadis digs into Nationality Rooms

Tours and secrets: Quo Vadis digs into Nationality Rooms

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

April 18, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Each day, hundreds of students take classes in Pitt’s Nationality Rooms — but they probably don’t know that the furniture in the Armenian Room weighs about as much as seven Asian elephants. Or, more practically, how to find the hidden electrical outlets in the Austrian Room. Or that the Syria-...

Rainbow hosts first self-defense class

Rainbow hosts first self-defense class

By Dale Shoemaker / News Writer

April 17, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

About three years ago, John Kandray, his boyfriend and their friends were eating and drinking at the Little Italy Days Heritage Festival in Bloomfield when another group of men began making anti-gay slurs about them. “I had no idea what to do,” he said. The situation didn’t escalate beyond ...

B.o.B., X Ambassadors rock Bigelow Bash

B.o.B., X Ambassadors rock Bigelow Bash

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

April 17, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Surfing a crowd of Pitt students Saturday at Bigelow Bash, hip-hop artist B.o.B. grabbed a cell phone from a student and snapped a selfie from atop the crowd. This year’s Bigelow Bash, Pitt Program Council’s annual free spring concert, featured two headliners — B.o.B. and alternative rock band X Ambassadors...

Dissecting the IPA

Dissecting the IPA

By Emily Brindley | Staff Writer

April 15, 2016


Filed under Beer Edition 2016, Campus, News, Specials, Top Stories

In 2011, Matt Gouwens ditched his desk job for an office with a much better view. His roof. Back in 2006, Gouwens ordered eight varieties of hops online and planted them on the roof of his garage, testing which strain would fit best with Pittsburgh’s rainy, gray weather. Then, in 2011, Gouwens de...

Protesters march for $15/hour minimum wage

Protesters march for $15/hour minimum wage

By Zoë Hannah | Assistant News Editor

April 15, 2016


Filed under Campus, News

For Leslie Bond, the fight for $15 hourly wages is about more than just UPMC workers — it’s about the whole city. On Thursday at 3:30 p.m., about 500 protesters from the Pittsburgh community rallied in Oakland for the Fight for 15 — an ongoing campaign for the city to commit to increasing hourly wages...

Drinks on them: Pitt leaders dish their favorite sips

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

April 15, 2016


Filed under Administration, Beer Edition 2016, Campus, News, Specials, Top Stories

If you’ve ever wanted to buy Chancellor Patrick Gallagher a beer, you should probably order one he likes: a hoppy IPA. But if you’ve ever wanted to buy Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner a brew, well, you probably shouldn’t. He prefers water. In the spirit of sharing good drinks, alcoholic or not, ...

For supporters, Trump offers hope

For supporters, Trump offers hope

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

April 13, 2016


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

Through all of the vitriol and protests Wednesday, Donald Trump’s supporters said they saw something else: an open, honest candidate who is focused on changing the United States. Mount Washington native Mary Diantonio, 56, said Trump speaks openly about his beliefs. “I believe that he’s honest, and h...

Trump campaigns in Oakland

Trump campaigns in Oakland

By Josh Ye and Danni Zhou / The Pitt News Staff

April 13, 2016


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

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced his plan Wednesday to appeal to student voters in Oakland: “I will offer you jobs.” In Trump’s first Pittsburgh campaign appearance, Sean Hannity taped his interview with the presidential hopeful for “The Sean Hannity Show” 5:30 p.m. ...

Hundreds protest Trump, march from Oakland to Downtown

Hundreds protest Trump, march from Oakland to Downtown

By Alexa Bakalarski and Emily Brindley / The Pitt News Staff

April 13, 2016


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

According to protesters’ signs, Donald Trump is a jagoff. And, apparently, he killed Dumbledore. And he hates pierogies. Accompanied by more confrontational slogans and chants, a group of about 125 protesters marched from Oakland to Downtown Wednesday evening, meeting up with hundreds of other protes...

Two suspicious packages detonated in Oakland

Two suspicious packages detonated in Oakland

By Harrison Kaminsky and Danielle Fox / The Pitt News Staff

April 13, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, City, News, Top Stories

In two separate instances, Pittsburgh Bomb Squad detonated suspicious packages in Oakland today. Pittsburgh Bomb Squad detonated the first suspicious package about 5:30 p.m. near the intersection of Thackeray and Fifth Avenue after receiving a call. After evacuating classes nearby, Pitt poli...

Ahead of Trump event, protestors begin march from Oakland to Downtown

Ahead of Trump event, protestors begin march from Oakland to Downtown

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

April 13, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

Just minutes before Donald Trump was scheduled to speak at a town hall in Oakland, a group of protesters began a march toward Downtown, where Trump will host a rally later this evening. With chants of “no Trump” and “black lives matter” intermixing, a crowd about a block long began march...

Pitt administrators and Pittsburgh Police issue alerts ahead of Trump events

Pitt administrators and Pittsburgh Police issue alerts ahead of Trump events

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

April 13, 2016


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

Pitt administrators and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police have sent out alerts to students on campus and citizens who plan to attend the events or travel through Oakland and Downtown. Ahead of Donald Trump’s two-event stop in Pittsburgh later this evening, several activist groups have said they ...

Pride Week struts in with drag show

Pride Week struts in with drag show

By Zoe Hannah / Assistant News Editor

April 11, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Tootsie Snyder isn’t afraid to spread her legs in front of a crowd of college students. The local drag queen — a person who puts on feminine airs, dramatic makeup and skimpy swimsuits or glittery gowns for intense dance and lip sync battles — emceed the 16th annual Rainbow Alliance Drag Show a...

Donald Trump to visit Pittsburgh, students to protest

Donald Trump to visit Pittsburgh, students to protest

By Dale Shoemaker and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

April 11, 2016


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

To usher presidential candidate Donald Trump to Pittsburgh, Pitt students are preparing to push back against what they call Trump’s negativity. By the end of the day Monday, at least three student groups and one local organization had posted on Facebook that they would hold counter events to Trump’...

PDM raises more than $200,000

PDM raises more than $200,000

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

April 10, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

On Saturday, the William Pitt Union transformed from a casual study and meeting space into a dance party with dubstep pumping and disco balls spinning. The 11th annual Pitt Dance Marathon, a 16-hour dance-a-thon that raises money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, began at 8 a.m. and stretche...

Pastor speaks about gender, students protest

Pastor speaks about gender, students protest

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

April 10, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Scott Stiegemeyer wants churches to welcome and support transgender individuals — but he also thinks gender reassignment surgery is a sin. Stiegemeyer has written multiple books about theological perspectives of being transgender and intersex. His lecture, which began at 7 p.m. in the O’Hara Student...

German language tool wins mobile app challenge

German language tool wins mobile app challenge

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

April 7, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

After seeing countless first-year students waste their dining hall swipes — and others who wished they had some — two former Resident Assistants hit their laptops. Asim Viqar and Shil Patel designed Swipes — an app that facilitates sharing meal swipes and allows students to tip one another for...

Doctors, professors consider the humanities in healthcare

By Albert Giovanazzi / Staff Writer

April 7, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, Health, News

Therapists aren’t the only medical professionals who should know how to talk about feelings. According to Amy Kennedy, an internal medicine resident in Pittsburgh, compassion is a skill all doctors need in order to best serve their patients. “By using stories, we have a better way to empathize ...

Curtis Smith: Officer, teacher, fighter

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

April 7, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

An arsenal of weapons lies across six tables in Curtis Smith’s self-defense class — not that you’d know it if you looked. At first glance, a cell phone, some pens and other everyday items sit on the table, all seemingly harmless. But when Smith starts talking, everything comes together. The cell phon...

Hillary Clinton campaigns at CMU

Hillary Clinton campaigns at CMU

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

April 6, 2016


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

After touring a robotics lab and meeting a grieving family, Hillary Clinton took the stage at Carnegie Mellon University to tell Pittsburgh voters that the future belonged to them. And as for herself, Clinton said she takes “a backseat to nobody.” At a campaign event at CMU that started at 6 p.m., C...

Students and alumni awarded research grants

By Zoë Hannah / Assistant News Editor

April 6, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The National Science Foundation awarded 10 Pitt students and eight alumni its Graduate Research Fellowship last week. On March 29, the foundation, which sponsored $22,510 of Pitt’s research and other sponsored programs in 2016, gave the award to 2,000 students across the country for their outstandin...

Students critique Biden event

Students critique Biden event

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

April 6, 2016


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

Though about 1,000 students cheered for the vice president on Tuesday, hundreds were turned away and others complained about the event's tone.  After waiting in line for more than an hour to hear Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday, Megan Boyle left before Biden ever stepped foot on stage. “I’ve never seen something more disorganized or poorly executed than this #ItsOnUs ...

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Pitt

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Pitt

By Lauren Rosenblatt and Andrew O'Brien / The Pitt News Staff

April 5, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

With his right hand raised, Vice President Joe Biden put sexual assault prevention “on us,” leading several hundred Pitt students in a pledge Tuesday to eliminate campus sexual assault. “I pledge to recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault, to identify situations in which sexual assault ma...

Students honored with Goldwater scholarship

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

April 4, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

For the fourth year in a row, the foundation behind the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship recognized all of Pitt’s student nominees. Three Pitt juniors — Patrick Asinger, Natalie Dall and Charles Hansen — received the scholarship, which covers costs for books, tuition and room and board, and Ethan Garc...

Afghanistan reconstruction expert speaks at Pitt

Afghanistan reconstruction expert speaks at Pitt

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

March 30, 2016


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

Americans may be concerned about dishonest public officials, but at least they don’t have to worry about bribing doctors to receive hospital care. John Sopko, though, does. Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, says Afghan citizens face systemic corruption daily in a...

Pitt settles Johnston lawsuit, looks to form trans inclusion group

By Lauren Rosenblatt and Emily Brindley / The Pitt News Staff

March 29, 2016


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

Four years after he was expelled, Pitt announced Tuesday that it had settled Seamus Johnston’s lawsuit and would establish a focus group on transgender inclusion. Pitt announced in a joint statement with Johnston that after working collaboratively, the two parties had settled Johnston’s 2013 lawsuit a...

Students inspired to move at TEDx event

Students inspired to move at TEDx event

By Erin Hare / Staff Writer

March 27, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

When Kerry Harling got sick of organizing her pills in daily containers each week, she decided to nix medication altogether. Harling suffered from countless illnesses before realizing she could fix her body with an alternative form of medicine that focuses on individualized treatment, called Aryuve...

Pitt ranked 29th among best large employers

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

March 27, 2016


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

Based on employee responses, Forbes Media has ranked Pitt among the country’s top large employers. Pitt ranked 29th overall of 500 companies included in the country’s top large employers in a survey of employee satisfaction from Forbes Media and Statista, an online statistics company. The compani...

Pitt Pantry simulates hunger

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

March 24, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Darius Bittle-Dockery munched on rice for dinner, but he wasn’t nursing Sushi Fuku chirashi. He sat cross-legged on the floor, rationing out miniscule portions from a communal bowl. Bittle-Dockery, a second-year Pitt grad student pursuing a dual master’s degree in public health and Ph.D. in anthropology, ate ...

Universities aim to clean up city environment with new majors

Universities aim to clean up city environment with new majors

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

March 24, 2016


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

Though the city is now mostly free of smog and blackened bricks, the environmental impacts of the steel industry still cloud Pittsburgh’s air. So what better a place for environmental studies students? On the heels of Pitt and Point Park University developing environment-related majors, the city is heade...

PA primaries: A student’s guide

By Zoë Hannah / Assistant News Editor

March 23, 2016


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

Pennsylvania’s finally joining in on the 2016 presidential election — 281 delegates will be up for grabs in the primaries April 26. Pennsylvania voters will be able to cast their ballots for president, Senate and Congress nominations for the Republican, Democratic and Independent parties. In preparation, ...

Wolf relents on budget, Pitt to receive $143 million

Wolf relents on budget, Pitt to receive $143 million

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 23, 2016


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

If Gov. Tom Wolf keeps his promise to do nothing, Pitt is set to receive the $143 million in state funding legislators promised in just four days. After a press conference Wednesday, Wolf issued a statement saying he would not sign his name to veto the current state budget bill sitting on his desk,...

Another falcon fallen: Goodbye, E2

Another falcon fallen: Goodbye, E2

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

March 22, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

A little more than three months after his first partner fell from the sky — and three days after his current partner laid her first egg — the paternal half of Pitt’s peregrine falcon couple has passed away. E2, the peregrine falcon who last semester occupied a nest on a ledge of the Cathedral of ...

Darwin Deez to perform on campus

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 22, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, News

In its spirit of bringing fresh music to campus, progress, Pitt’s campus radio station WPTS announced Tuesday it will host progressive band Darwin Deez at its annual spring show in April. Darwin Deez, an indie rock band from New York City, will play in the William Pitt Union  Ballroom Friday, Ap...

Pitt students in Brussels unharmed following terrorist attacks

Pitt students in Brussels unharmed following terrorist attacks

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 22, 2016


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

Two Pitt students studying abroad in Brussels, Belgium, are unharmed after a series of terrorist attacks on Tuesday, the University Study Abroad Office confirmed. Between 3 and 4 a.m. Eastern time and 8 and 9 a.m. local time, bombs exploded in the Brussels Airport and the Maelbeek subway station nea...

Cooking up equality

Cooking up equality

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

March 21, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

As Deborah Harris watched female chefs teetering in heels on a cooking show challenge where contestants thought they were going to a nightclub, she realized sexism is a main ingredient of the culinary industry. The gender, sexuality and women’s studies department hosted Harris, an associate professor ...

Pitt alums teach students signs of abusive dating

Pitt alums teach students signs of abusive dating

By Andrew O'Brien

March 20, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

When lecturers Jason Horowitz and Carley Kramer Trivette asked an audience of Pitt students if they’d ever been abused in a relationship, 63 percent replied yes. This percentage, the lecturers said, is why we must discuss safe dating — respectful, healthy relationships where both partners ask for...

Festival brings taste of Latin America to Pitt

Festival brings taste of Latin America to Pitt

By Albert Giovanazzi / Staff Writer

March 20, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Spanish words and the scent of empanadas drifted through Posvar Hall this weekend, as the Latin American and Caribbean Festival replaced lectures with Puerto Rican musicians and tango dancers. Pitt’s Center for Latin American Studies hosted the 36th annual Latin American and Caribbean Festival on Satur...

Pitt’s budget woes continue

Pitt’s budget woes continue

By Dale Shoemaker and Saskia Berrios-Thomas / The Pitt News Staff

March 17, 2016


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

Pitt has gone eight months without state funding. Now state lawmaker's latest proposal, and a bill that would fund Pitt, are in jeopardy.  Pennsylvania legislators have passed a budget and four bills that would restore funding to Pennsylvania’s state-related schools, but it’s unlikely Pitt will s...

Students to leave their paw print

Students to leave their paw print

By Danni Zhou / Staff Writer

March 16, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

A group of this year’s graduating seniors is leaving a gift that will help generations of Pitt students. The group, called Project Paw Print, aims to help rising sophomores, juniors and seniors cover school expenses outside of tuition through a Senior Legacy Student Resource Fund, an annual donatio...

Rethinking manhood: Marine captain speaks to students

Rethinking manhood: Marine captain speaks to students

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

March 14, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Judging by their recruitment advertisements, Marine troops are the epitome of masculinity — musclebound and emotionless. But the Marines in those commercials do not reflect reality. According to Marine Capt. Brock Budash, few Marine troops fit such a narrow definition of manliness. Budash spoke i...

SIDEBAR: Breathe in, breathe out: Mindfulness practices find focus at Pitt

By Erin Hare / For The Pitt News

March 13, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Mindful meditation can relieve chronic, debilitating pain in older adults, according to a new study from Pitt researchers. Researchers from UPMC published the study, which showed the effects of meditation on chronic pain, in the American Medical Association’s journal of internal medicine in March 2...

Breathe in, breathe out: Mindfulness practices find focus at Pitt

Breathe in, breathe out: Mindfulness practices find focus at Pitt

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

March 13, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Health, News

Cross your T’s, dot your I’s, mind your manners as well as your inner self — or so says a wave of recent research and an increased focus on being present. In the midst of some 28,000 students with racing, cluttered thoughts, the Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies opened last semeste...

Pitt study finds overdose deaths rise in Pa.

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 13, 2016


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

As the country sees a nationwide rise in heroin use, as well as deaths and legal issues surrounding the drug, Pitt researchers found the rate of overdose deaths in the state has increased since 1979. Drug overdose deaths in Pennsylvania increased 14-fold over the last four decades, according to a study Pitt ...

Students speak at ‘safe space’

Students speak at ‘safe space’

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 4, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

Just because Abby Meinen and Marcus Robinson are different people with different experiences, that doesn’t mean they can’t talk about sensitive and controversial topics together. But when they do, Meinen said, they need to respect each other — something she didn’t see at Milo Yiannopoulos...

Lists, meetings and 40,000 meals: A day in the life of Market’s executive chef

Lists, meetings and 40,000 meals: A day in the life of Market’s executive chef

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

March 4, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Mid-morning Wednesday, Chris Cox looked down at one of his three notepads. He knew he had to fill and send out two or three large food orders, with the help of a few student workers. And write the Food Committee meeting menu. And meet with his three sous — French for “under” — chefs to figure...

Pitt adds environmental science major

Pitt adds environmental science major

By Lianna Rana / For the Pitt News

March 4, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Pitt students can now study the environment through the lens of human influence on the earth. Starting this semester, students can officially declare environmental science as their major after the Department of Geology and Environmental Science announced the new major in a release Feb. 17. The progr...

PPC announces Bigelow Bash headliners

PPC announces Bigelow Bash headliners

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

March 4, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, News, Top Stories

This spring, two headlining artists will claim the street and the stage at Bigelow Bash. On Thursday at 11 p.m., Pitt Program Council announced Bigelow Bash, the annual outdoor spring concert, will feature two headliners  — X Ambassadors, an alternative rock band, and B.o.B., a hip hop artist — ...

Pitt to host course on Muslims in America

Pitt to host course on Muslims in America

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 3, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s ninth installment of its series on Muslims is turning its focus to Islam’s role in the United States. Coming the weekend after spring break, “Muslims in a Global Context” — a free, biannual, one-credit course — is the result of a partnership between Pitt’s Global Studies Center ...

Gallagher calls on state legislators to pass budget

Gallagher calls on state legislators to pass budget

By Zoë Hannah / Assistant News Editor

March 3, 2016


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

After eight months of impasse, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher has united with the presidents of three state-related universities in Harrisburg to urge state legislators to pass a budget. A statement Gallagher released Wednesday morning was his latest request for state lawmakers to restore Pitt’s state fun...

University renews PittPerks benefit program

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

March 3, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Senate Committee on Benefits and Welfare decided Tuesday to continue and improve PittPerks, the program implemented to give employees discounts at local businesses, for another year. The free employee discount program is available to all faculty, staff, research associates and post-doctoral as...

Students speak out against Yiannopoulos

Students speak out against Yiannopoulos

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

March 2, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

In the spirit of free speech, Pitt’s Student Government Board passed the microphone Tuesday to a line of students speaking out about a controversial speaker whose visit SGB partially funded. At its public meeting in Nordy’s Place, students packed the William Pitt Union’s multipurpose room to ...

Conservatism and controversy: Milo Yiannopoulos speaks at Pitt

Conservatism and controversy: Milo Yiannopoulos speaks at Pitt

By Albert Giovanazzi and Zoë Hannah / The Pitt News Staff

March 1, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

With shouts of support for Donald Trump intermixing with middle fingers raised in silent protest, Pitt students both applauded and decried Milo Yiannopoulos’ meditation on free speech Monday night in the William Pitt Union.     College Republicans brought the gay, British sociopoliti...

Presidential snapshot: Matt Sykes

Presidential snapshot: Matt Sykes

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

March 1, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

With five semesters of Student Government Board under his belt, Matthew Sykes has his eyes on the President’s gavel. Starting in his first year of college, the senior industrial engineering major first helped his Resident Assistant run for a Board seat and later ran for a seat on the Allocations C...

Candidate count: As the number of SGB candidates dwindles, students are left without a choice

Candidate count: As the number of SGB candidates dwindles, students are left without a choice

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

February 29, 2016


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

For the third year in a row, Student Government Board elections aren’t much of a competition. Tuesday’s ballot will show only eight candidates running for eight Board seats and two candidates vying for the presidential seat. The last year more than 10 candidates ran for Board positions was 2012, ...

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