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Alumni return to sororities, clubs

Alumni return to sororities, clubs

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

October 6, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Pitt splits Career Fair between STEM, Humanities

Pitt splits Career Fair between STEM, Humanities

By Wesley Hood / Staff Writer

October 6, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

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

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

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

October 6, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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

NRA pushes gun rights on campus

NRA pushes gun rights on campus

By Wesley Hood / Staff Writer

October 5, 2016


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

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

Dean Bonner talks diversity, inclusion at Pitt

Dean Bonner talks diversity, inclusion at Pitt

By Rachel Glasser / Staff Writer

October 5, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Republicans at Pitt divided about Trump

Republicans at Pitt divided about Trump

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

October 4, 2016


Filed under Campus, Election Coverage 2016, News

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

Donut Dash raises money for ALS research

Donut Dash raises money for ALS research

By Preena Patel / For The Pitt News

October 2, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Health, News

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

Potterheads marathon “Cursed Child”

Potterheads marathon “Cursed Child”

By Nikita Karulkar / Staff Writer

October 2, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Pitt College Republicans and Democrats debate specifics, not rhetoric

Pitt College Republicans and Democrats debate specifics, not rhetoric

By Tristan Dietrick / For The Pitt News

September 30, 2016


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

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

Students find fame with Foodie Instagrams

Students find fame with Foodie Instagrams

By Emily Baranik / For The Pitt News

September 30, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

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

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

By Wesley Hood and Amina Doghri / The Pitt News Staff

September 28, 2016


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

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

Wall Street Journal ranks Pitt among top 100 colleges

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

September 28, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Pitt students learn obscure languages

Pitt students learn obscure languages

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

September 27, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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

Pitt students react to first debate

Pitt students react to first debate

By Rachel Glasser / Staff Writer

September 27, 2016


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

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

School of Information Sciences talks archival data from Holocaust

School of Information Sciences talks archival data from Holocaust

By Amina Doghri / Staff Writer

September 27, 2016


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

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

Hillman houses hidden treasures

Hillman houses hidden treasures

By Nikita Karulkar / For The Pitt News

September 27, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

UPDATED: Pitt student charged after crashing into bookstore

UPDATED: Pitt student charged after crashing into bookstore

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

September 26, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

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

Silk Screen Film Festival highlights Asian cultures

Silk Screen Film Festival highlights Asian cultures

By David Robinson / For The Pitt News

September 25, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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

First Lady Michelle Obama to visit Fitzgerald Field House

First Lady Michelle Obama to visit Fitzgerald Field House

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

September 25, 2016


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

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

Pitt students celebrate Korean Thanksgiving

Pitt students celebrate Korean Thanksgiving

By Janine Faust / For the Pitt News

September 25, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Pittsburgh reacts after NC shooting, Trump visit

Pittsburgh reacts after NC shooting, Trump visit

By Alexa Bakalarski and Emily Brindley / The Pitt News Staff

September 22, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Oakwatch members say partying has decreased

Oakwatch members say partying has decreased

By Alexa Bakalarski and Amina Doghri / The Pitt News Staff

September 22, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

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

Michael Brown honors son at Pitt

Michael Brown honors son at Pitt

By Alyssa Bessasparis / For The Pitt News

September 22, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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

Pitt Senate Council forms Diversity Committee

Pitt Senate Council forms Diversity Committee

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

September 21, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Union plans still not finalized

Union plans still not finalized

By Alyssa Bessaparis / For the Pitt News

September 21, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

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

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

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

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

September 20, 2016


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

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

Lulu’s Noodles cited with multiple health code violations

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

September 19, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, News

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

Former athlete, Navy SEAL candidate Walylko opens Fall Fest

Former athlete, Navy SEAL candidate Walylko opens Fall Fest

By David Robinson / For the Pitt News

September 19, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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

Speak Out event addresses sexual assault

Speak Out event addresses sexual assault

By Wesley Hood / For the Pitt News

September 19, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

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

By Emily Baranik / For the Pitt News

September 19, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

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

Army ROTC starts training for sexual assault awareness, suicide prevention

Army ROTC starts training for sexual assault awareness, suicide prevention

By Rachel Glasser / For the Pitt News

September 19, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Extra, Extra: Finding work on the fringes of film

Extra, Extra: Finding work on the fringes of film

By Amanda Reed / Contributing Editor

September 15, 2016


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

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

Construction on Forbes Avenue coming to an end

Construction on Forbes Avenue coming to an end

By Preena Patel / For The Pitt News

September 14, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

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

Students elect Hall Council for residence halls

By Macey Zaffina / For the Pitt News

September 14, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Students still waiting to move in to SkyVue Apartments

Students still waiting to move in to SkyVue Apartments

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

September 13, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

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

Pitt, Sodexo plan food truck for campus

By Tristan Dietrick / For the Pitt News

September 13, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Millennials consider third party candidates

Millennials consider third party candidates

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

September 11, 2016


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

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

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

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

By Amanda Reed / Online Engagement Editor

September 10, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

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Gallagher asks for gameday civility

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

September 8, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

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

Car and bus collide on Bigelow Boulevard

By Alexa Bakalarski / Senior Staff Writer

September 7, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, News

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

Peduto focuses on innovation, involvement at Pitt College Dems event

Peduto focuses on innovation, involvement at Pitt College Dems event

By Grant Jones / For The Pitt News

September 7, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh is the model city for the 21st century, and current college students are poised to play a key role in building it, Mayor Bill Peduto told students Tuesday night. In a speech to the members of the Pitt College Democrats on Tuesday, Peduto talked about the Steel City’s future, placing a heavy emphasis o...

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’...

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