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No love for women fishing for women

No love for women fishing for women

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

February 12, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Sex Edition 2016, Specials, Tech Science, Top Stories

When Estizer Smith logged into her dating accounts, she expected coffee date invites from other women. But instead, her inbox was filled with men — more specifically, men asking her for threesomes. Smith, a bisexual senior at Pitt, used Tinder for a year and Bumble for eight months before growing tir...

Trans students outsourcing for healthcare

Trans students outsourcing for healthcare

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

February 12, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, City, Health, News, Sex Edition 2016, Specials

Rather than get trans health care on campus, Pitt students travel to Edgewood Every morning and night, Summer Wright takes two pills. The first is her daily dose of estrogen. The second blocks the testosterone her body produces. When her insurance plan expires in a few months, Wright, a transgender woman and...

Pitt to merge SIS, CS department

Pitt to merge SIS, CS department

By Taylor Mulcahey / Staff Writer

February 11, 2016


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

Within the next year and a half, Pitt’s computer science department and school of information science will become one. The new undergraduate school, the School of Computing Informatics, is slated to accept its first students in the fall of 2017 and will combine the 32 SIS faculty with the 18 CS f...

SGB officially launches call for state budget

SGB officially launches call for state budget

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

February 10, 2016


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

Using pen, paper and Twitter, Pitt’s Student Government Board is appealing to Pennsylvania legislators to please — after seven months — pass a state budget. At SGB’s weekly meeting, Board members approved a resolution to officially insist that lawmakers pass a budget through letters and a so...

Less cell time, more discounts with Pocket Points app

Less cell time, more discounts with Pocket Points app

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

February 10, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

Students finally have a tangible incentive for staying off their phones in class — discounts on local bites and coupons for stores around campus. Pocket Points, a free app two California State University, Chico students invented and launched in late 2014, awards users one point for every 35 minutes ...

SGB Election 2016: A Student’s Guide

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

February 9, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Pitt’s Student Government Board elections this March will mark the end of the longest SGB term in recent history. After passing a referendum in October 2014 to align its term with the academic year rather than the calendar year, the current Board took office in January 2015 and will serve until May. ...

Pitt offers first trans studies course

Pitt offers first trans studies course

By Danni Zhou / Staff Writer

February 9, 2016


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

It’s too far past add/drop to get a seat in Pitt’s first transgender studies course, but there wouldn’t be room for newcomers anyway. As soon as Pitt’s Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies announced Special Topics: Transgender Studies, 25 students rushed to fill all of the open seats. The Monday ...

Pitt interviews fourth dean of students candidate

Pitt interviews fourth dean of students candidate

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

February 8, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Editor's Note: This story has been updated When a student came to her office with mental health concerns and asked to withdraw from her classes, Cara Appel-Silbaugh used her position to ease the transition. The student was set on moving back home, so Appel-Silbaugh, the associate dean of students at the Georg...

Clitoris Talk: Pitt hears history of female sexuality

Clitoris Talk: Pitt hears history of female sexuality

By Emily Migdal / Staff Writer

February 8, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News

With a discussion on sex and anatomy, Susan Wells documented the history of female empowerment in a lecture this weekend. On Friday, Feb. 5, about 75 students, graduates and faculty members gathered in the lower lounge of the William Pitt Union to hear Wells’ “In Search of the Clitoris.” Well...

Bernice King visits Pitt

Bernice King visits Pitt

By Andrew O'Brien / For The Pitt News

February 8, 2016


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

Martin Luther King Jr.’s life may have been cut short by an assassin’s bullet almost 48 years ago, but his youngest daughter has picked up his fight for equality. On Friday, Bernice King, carrying on her father’s beliefs and legacy, brought that fight to Pitt. Bernice King, one of Martin Lu...

The Dean search: A student’s guide

By Dale Shoemaker / News Desk

February 8, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

A group of eight faculty, staff and students — all a part of a search committee — will make its recommendation to Pitt’s Provost Patricia Beeson and Chancellor Patrick Gallagher sometime today for who the next vice provost and dean of students should be. Last week, four candidates interviewed for...

A startup that suits: Pitt student starts fashion consulting company

A startup that suits: Pitt student starts fashion consulting company

By Zoë Hannah / Assistant News Editor

February 5, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Tom Yanez boarded the Shanghai Metro in search of a custom-made suit, but ended up forming a friendship that would stitch together a startup business. Yanez, a junior marketing and Mandarin student at Pitt, was studying abroad in China in fall 2014 and went to see a tailor, Youzhi Hao, for a custom...

Oakland considers housing projects

Oakland considers housing projects

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

February 4, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

If approved, a new Oakland apartment building could house 489 students by the start of the 2018 school year. But not everyone is happy about this news. At a community development meeting Wednesday, representatives from Campus Advantage outlined their plans to bring a new 10-story building with one, t...

Texas dean interviews for Pitt job

Texas dean interviews for Pitt job

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

February 4, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Last year, when the Ebola virus terrified the United States, two students from Southern Methodist University worried they might be infected. The students had flown back to their campus in Dallas with two volunteer nurses who had shown signs of the disease. Amidst their fear, Joanne Vogel got to work....

Bullying hurts LGBTQ+ youth, study finds

Bullying hurts LGBTQ+ youth, study finds

By Saskia Berrios-Thomas / For The Pitt News

February 4, 2016


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

Alexander McCarthy can still feel his palms sweat and his chest clench when he recalls the rumors about his relationship with another student at his all-girls Catholic high school. McCarthy, a transgender man and former president of Rainbow Alliance, an LGBTQ+ student group at Pitt, did not experien...

Pitt police report three assaults

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

February 1, 2016


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

Pitt police are investigating three assaults that occurred over the weekend in Oakland. According to a crime alert, an unidentified man told police that an unknown person assaulted him around 1 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 31. The victim told police he was assaulted and injured on the 3400 block of Saint James P...

SEASA celebrates Aguman Sanduk and gender identities

SEASA celebrates Aguman Sanduk and gender identities

By Amanda Halili / For The Pitt News

February 1, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt students celebrated gender identity and optimism with their version of a traditional Filipino cross-dressing festival Saturday in the William Pitt Union. Southeast Asian Student Alliance and Global Ties, a program that aims to facilitate cultural awareness in the Pitt community, hosted its versi...

Provost hosts conference for assessment

Provost hosts conference for assessment

By Zoe Hannah / Assistant News Editor

January 29, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

At a conference devoted to improving student engagement outside of the classroom, Pitt faculty acted as students for a morning. After an 8:30 a.m. breakfast, around 100 Pitt faculty members met in the University Club Ballroom Thursday for Pitt’s Provost’s annual Assessment Conference. The provost, Patr...

Students found startup to trade books

Students found startup to trade books

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

January 29, 2016


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

By the time Carey Wasa graduated Pitt in 2013, he had a stockpile of textbooks sitting on his windowsill that weren’t worth even trying to sell. “It hit me that there are students who probably need these books for classes, and I have them right here,” Wasa said. Wasa pitched the idea of star...

‘Full House’ star Jodie Sweetin visits Pitt

‘Full House’ star Jodie Sweetin visits Pitt

By Taylor Mulcahey / Staff Writer

January 28, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Portraying Stephanie Tanner on the show “Full House,” Jodie Sweetin struggled to discover her identity as a child star. When the show ended, she still felt alone. She turned to alcohol and found “the key to fitting into [her] skin.” “When I was 13 years old and I picked up my first drink, I f...

The myth of the unbiased judge

The myth of the unbiased judge

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

January 28, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Because judges are humans, they are biased based on their experiences and lives — and that’s okay, said law professor Pat K. Chew said at her Wednesday afternoon lecture. “We anticipate the insights a judge’s life experience brings as positive,” Chew said. “We should do the same with their ex...

Student groups host ‘Condom Casino’

Student groups host ‘Condom Casino’

By Elli Warsh / Staff Writer

January 27, 2016


Filed under Campus, News

On Tuesday night, the O’Hara Ballroom filled with music, dance, chatter and free condoms. The Campus Women’s Organization sponsored Condom Casino, an event that about 200 Pitt students and about 10 campus organizations attended, including the Title IX Office, Hillel, Healthy U and SHARE. Amid music...

Pitt, SGB to rent compost dumpster

Pitt, SGB to rent compost dumpster

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

January 27, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

This week, Pitt will install its first long-term composting dumpster outside Posvar Hall, Student Government Board environmental chair Joe Streets announced Tuesday. At its weekly public meeting Tuesday night, Streets announced that Facilities Management, along with PittServes and his committee, would place ...

Pitt forms consent, sexuality group

Pitt forms consent, sexuality group

By Danni Zhou / For The Pitt News

January 26, 2016


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

Jillian Bunis wasn’t satisfied after she heard Pitt’s Greek Life lecture on consent and sexual misconduct. Bunis, a junior studying nursing, wanted every student — not just those in Greek Life — to have a more personal sexual assault education. She felt that a more intimate setting would yi...

Filmmaker, students talk poverty

Filmmaker, students talk poverty

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

January 25, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Student Government, Top Stories

.After watching “Poverty, Inc.,” a group of Pitt students learned their charitable efforts may not be as helpful as presented. More than 150 students gathered in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium for a screening of “Poverty, Inc.,” a film that critiques aid initiatives that neglect the complexities of i...

Students battle in alumni’s snowy game

Students battle in alumni’s snowy game

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

January 25, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

Charles Ireland was “frozen” on the Cathedral Lawn this weekend — but not because of the frigid temperatures. “SOS, medic — I’m frozen,” Ireland cried out for one of his teammates to rescue him in the middle of the snow-covered lawn, playing in a snowball-filled version of capture the f...

Photo essay: Pittsburgh’s First Class Bhangra performs at Pitt

Photo essay: Pittsburgh’s First Class Bhangra performs at Pitt

By Casey Schmauder and Wenhao Wu / The Pitt News Staff

January 21, 2016


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

First Class Bhangra members took off their shoes and helped tie each other’s colorful costumes firmly in place as they prepared for their critique night in Posvar Hall. Wednesday, dance team First Class Bhangra performed in front of peers in preparation for Saturday’s Buckeye Mela at Ohio St...

Police, students focus of Oakwatch

Police, students focus of Oakwatch

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

January 21, 2016


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

At this month’s Oakwatch meeting, Oakland residents reviewed the neighborhood’s improvements in community policing and frustrations with transparency over the fall semester. Oakwatch members, who identify and attempt to resolve code violations in Oakland, held their monthly meeting 3 p.m. Wednesday ...

Pitt powers through state budget impasse

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

January 21, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

While the state scrambles to pass the 2015-2016 budget, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher refuses to let the financial crisis thwart the University’s excellence. On Wednesday afternoon, Gallagher and the University Senate Council addressed the continuing state education budget impasse and the accompli...

From storage to snapshots

By Alexa Bakalarski / For The Pitt News

January 20, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Deep underground, in the basement of the Cathedral of Learning, a Lithuanian string instrument has been silent in storage for more than 80 years. Larger than a violin but slightly smaller than a guitar, the kanklès has 12 strings, including a broken one that swings out from the instrument. Pitt receive...

Movement leader speaks at Pitt

Movement leader speaks at Pitt

By Saskia Berrios-Thomas / For The Pitt News

January 20, 2016


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

Opal Tometi remembers exactly where she was and how she felt the day George Zimmerman’s “not guilty” verdict came in. “I had just watched [the movie] ‘Fruitvale Station,’ and when I walked out of the theater, my phone was blowing up with texts about the acquittal,” Tometi said. Tometi, ...

University Senate committee discusses alcohol education, upcoming panel

University Senate committee discusses alcohol education, upcoming panel

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

January 20, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt will roll out a survey on student drinking habits this semester and host a panel to teach other universities about easing tensions between students and nearby permanent residents. The Community Relations Committee of the University Senate announced these projects Tuesday in the Hillman Library at its fi...

Students serve for MLK Jr. Day

Students serve for MLK Jr. Day

By Josh Ye and Emily Migdal / The Pitt News Staff

January 18, 2016


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

Rather than sleep in on Monday, Josh Hanley bundled up and  boarded a bus to North Hills to care for abandoned animals. Similarly, Courtney Noeth and Michelle Hayner stitched patches of old T-shirts together to make blankets.  The trio joined about 650 students who braved below-freezing temperatues to s...

Photo essay: Students gather to pray for south Asian flood and earthquake victims

By Leo Dornan and Nikki Moriello / The Pitt News Staff

January 18, 2016


Filed under Campus, Multimedia, National News, News, Top Stories, Visual

In the wake of recent floods and earthquakes across South Asia, a circle of Pitt students gathered to pray together Friday night in the William Pitt Union. About 28 students from the Muslim Student Association, the Hindu Students Council, the South Asian Student Association and Asha for Education sat in a...

Students peruse winter community service options

Students peruse winter community service options

By Elli Warsh / Staff Writer

January 14, 2016


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

Anxious to recruit members for her new service club, Raechel Heil stood at her volunteer fair booth with flyers and an ambitious smile. Students congregated at the booths of 72 organizations around Pittsburgh for PittServes’ Winter Volunteer Fair. In celebration of January as the Global Month of ...

Out of the darkness: Sorority hosts mental health discussion

Out of the darkness: Sorority hosts mental health discussion

By Leo Dorman / Staff Writer

January 14, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

In high school, Morgan Cooper-Okerchiri was known as “the funniest black girl you’ll ever meet.” To her, that wasn’t a compliment. With nobody else that looked like her at her predominantly white school, she felt isolated, ugly and depressed. If people could not see her beauty on the outside, Coope...

Pitt bans hoverboards

Pitt bans hoverboards

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

January 13, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt put its foot down Tuesday with a new rule that bans hoverboards from campus housing. Panther Central said in an email to students that it is banning hoverboards, which are self-balancing electric scooters, from University housing following consumer reports that some boards malfunctioned and ca...

Students teach study abroad safety

Students teach study abroad safety

By Taylor Mulcahey / For The Pitt News

January 12, 2016


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

Amber Montgomery felt safe when she studied abroad in Jordan in the summer of 2015 except when she went to a pool house. When Montgomery, a junior history and political science major, retreated to the locker room after spending the day swimming with her host family, she smiled at a man who handed he...

Pitt student kicks off wushu club

Pitt student kicks off wushu club

By Emily Migdal / Staff Writer

January 11, 2016


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

Before she had ever attended class, had midnight fries at market or swiped her panther card, Gina Bao had already written the constitution for her wushu club at Pitt. Bao, a first-year student studying neuroscience, started the club in December 2015 to teach students about wushu, a modern version...

Allocations Committee loses two members, replaces one

Allocations Committee loses two members, replaces one

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

January 10, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Student Government Board announced Friday, Jan. 8, that two Allocations Committee members resigned. Allocations Committee member John Garry resigned to study abroad and Allocations Committee member Joelle Smith stepped down to pursue an internship with KDKA. Allocations Committee alternate member...

Pitt students complete DIY service projects

Pitt students complete DIY service projects

By Zoë Hannah / Staff Writer

January 7, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

In less time than it takes to catch a Cathedral elevator, students transformed ripped up jeans, construction paper and old T-shirts into blankets, letters and rugs Thursday at the PittServes Do-It-Yourself Service Fair. A handful of students gathered in the Kurtzman Room on Thursday evening from 7 to 9...

Marijuana decriminalization won’t affect Pitt policy

Marijuana decriminalization won’t affect Pitt policy

By Dale Shoemaker and Elizabeth Lepro / News Staff

January 7, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

Rather than arresting people on minor marijuana offenses, Pittsburgh police now have the option to fine offenders up to $100 for having 30 grams or less of marijuana or eight grams or less of hashish, according to a Pittsburgh City Council law Mayor Bill Peduto signed Dec. 22. Kenyon Bonner, interim vic...

Kickin’ it with martial arts club

Kickin’ it with martial arts club

By Alexa Bakalarski / For The Pitt News

January 6, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

On the ground floor of Trees Hall, students dressed in a mishmash of karate uniforms, T-shirts and multi-colored belts kick furiously into a punching bag without breaking concentration. Smack! Whop! The blow of the kicks hitting the bags disrupts the fast-paced pop music pulsing through the room. O...

The Pitt News’ 2015 Year in Review

The Pitt News’ 2015 Year in Review

By The Pitt News Staff

December 31, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, Health, National News, News, Student Government, Tech Science

A crackdown on overcrowding, the Student Government Board president's resignation, and pushes for bike lanes and a professors union — it's been a busy year for Pitt, and The Pitt News has been there for it all. While we have been making our New Year's resolutions to make your student newspaper even...

Light-years of learning: Pitt students, learn stars, history at Allegheny Observatory

Light-years of learning: Pitt students, learn stars, history at Allegheny Observatory

By Zoe Hannah / Staff Writer

December 14, 2015


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

Though it started out as a recreational observatory for the rich men who founded it, the Allegheny Observatory became the home of research that changed the world and our thoughts on what surrounds it. Since 1859, researchers at the regal, tri-domed observatory in Riverview Park have made world-renow...

Blasting gender barriers: There aren’t many, but more and more women are studying the stars at Pitt

Blasting gender barriers: There aren’t many, but more and more women are studying the stars at Pitt

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

December 14, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

Pitt graduate student Kara Ponder studies exploding stars to find critical distances in the universe, yet some people question why she didn’t pick a more “feminine profession.” Once, when Ponder told a cab driver she was on her way to the observatory to use the telescope, the driver responded...

Spinning wheels: Though the city has answered calls for safer streets, Pittsburgh remains stalled on bike lanes in Oakland

Spinning wheels: Though the city has answered calls for safer streets, Pittsburgh remains stalled on bike lanes in Oakland

By Elaina Zachos and Zoë Hannah / The Pitt News Staff

December 11, 2015


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

First, a black Jeep crashed into cyclist Dan Yablonsky in Lawrenceville in 2012, shattering his hip, arm and leg and sending him into a five-month-long coma. Then, a mini-van hit and abandoned biker Sage Ziviello, a student at Chatham University, in Shadyside in 2013, leaving her with hip injuries ...

Despite resignation, classes at Pittsburgh Filmmakers will roll on

Despite resignation, classes at Pittsburgh Filmmakers will roll on

By Rio Maropis / Staff Writer

December 11, 2015


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

Though the executive director of Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts has resigned from his post, classes for Pitt film students at the nonprofit will roll on. Charlie Humphrey, who was the executive director of Filmmakers for 23 years, also has overseen activities at Pittsburgh Ce...

Tired of taking it easy

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

December 10, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Most students take time over school breaks to recover from the high-stress of a chaotic semester — but Christine Chau often finds herself fending off a fever in bed. “Getting out of bed when I’m sick is the hardest thing to do. I feel like there’s a huge brick on my body preventing me from...

At last meeting of term, SGB looks to amend election code

At last meeting of term, SGB looks to amend election code

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

December 9, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Looking to safeguard against one slate of candidates taking over the board, Pitt Student Government Board proposed revisions to its election code Tuesday night in the William Pitt Union. Celia Millard, Elections Committee Chair, introduced a bill to update SGB’s 2015-2016 elections code, which she hopes...

SGB reflects on fall term

SGB reflects on fall term

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

December 9, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, Health, News, Student Government, Tech Science, Top Stories

With one new board member and a handful of new committee members joining Student Government Board, the Board took on projects as small as sandwiches and as big as mental illness. From food, laundry and public health to human rights, diversity and transparency, the nine members of SGB faced the semest...

Lawyer educates student activists

Lawyer educates student activists

By Zoë Hannah / Staff Writer

December 8, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

During protests about student debt and fossil fuels throughout the semester, senior Kai Pang prepared himself for potential run-ins with law enforcement. “I don’t think there’s ever a point where I feel 100 percent comfortable [protesting] out in the streets,” Pang said. “There are a lot of mis...

SGB, Pitt host student tenant workshop

SGB, Pitt host student tenant workshop

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

December 8, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Before Kevin Kerr graduated from Pitt in 2014, he said he had to duct tape a light switch in his off-campus rental to keep the outlet from catching fire. Now, as chief of staff for City Council President Bruce Kraus, Kerr helps inform Pitt students about their rights as tenants. “That stuff is n...

Students, community kick off Hanukkah in Oakland

Students, community kick off Hanukkah in Oakland

By Emily Migdal and Lauren Rosenblatt / Pitt News Staff

December 7, 2015


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

In two separate Hanukkah celebrations that spanned Oakland, Pittsburgh’s Jewish community honked, cheered and danced its way into the first night of this year’s Festival of Lights. Starting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, a police-escorted motorcade of about 100 cars and 50 bicycles — many adorned with hanukk...

Police clear owner of detonated suitcase in Oakland

Police clear owner of detonated suitcase in Oakland

By Dale Shoemaker and Sydney Harper / The Pitt News Staff

December 4, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Pitt police have cleared the man who left a suitcase chained to a railing in Oakland, prompting the Pittsburgh bomb squad to detonate the suitcase and close traffic lanes this afternoon. Pitt spokesperson Joe Miksch said he didn’t know the man’s name, but said Pitt police had confirmed he owned the...

UPDATED: Police questioning a man after explosion in Oakland

UPDATED: Police questioning a man after explosion in Oakland

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

December 4, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, City, News, Top Stories

The most recent version of this story can be found here. Pitt police said they are questioning an unidentified man who they believed owned a suspicious suitcase the bomb squad detonated around 3 p.m. in Oakland. The Pittsburgh bomb squad detonated a suitcase found chained to a guard rail outs...

The male brain on porn: Wheaton researcher speaks at Pitt

The male brain on porn: Wheaton researcher speaks at Pitt

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

December 4, 2015


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

William Struthers left the rat race of rodent research and started studying the brains of male porn addicts in 2004, delivering his findings to students Thursday night in the William Pitt Union.  Struthers, a psychology professor at Wheaton College in Illinois, was initially an animal researcher, stud...

Pitt names SHARE coordinator

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

December 4, 2015


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

After a month-and-a-half-long search, Student Affairs has installed a new coordinator for its Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education office. Michele Welker, who took over 47 days after former coordinator Mary Koch Ruiz retired on Sept. 30, will head the SHARE office. Welker started in ...

Researcher texts to curb drinking

Researcher texts to curb drinking

By Zoe Hannah / Staff Writer

December 3, 2015


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

To recover from the stress of a busy week, Shaina Pomerantz and her friends let loose on the weekends, beginning at home and ending the night at an Oakland bar. Pomerantz, a 22-year-old senior sociology major, said she knows binge drinking is unhealthy, but that it’s an inherent part of the college e...

Students back union push at panel

Students back union push at panel

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

December 3, 2015


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

When Sarah Leavens got a teaching job at Pitt, she thought it was a good fit. Three years later, she felt constricted. “I got into teaching because I’m a writer and I love teaching and I love writing,” Leavens said. “It seemed like a dream, and it seems like I should be living the dream.” ...

City starts plans for safer streets

City starts plans for safer streets

By Elaina Zachos / Staff Writer

December 2, 2015


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

Amid a citywide debate on how to safely share roadways between pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, Pittsburgh officials discussed plans to improve the city’s roadways Tuesday night in Alumni Hall. More than 200 community members congregated from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Connolly Ballroom for a public me...

Students climb “FoodChain” with new app

Students climb “FoodChain” with new app

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

November 30, 2015


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

When Pitt senior Justin Ruoff went out to eat with his then-girlfriend in the summer of 2014, they had very different meal experiences. Ruoff ordered a burger and said it was delicious. He said his companion’s salad, however, was awful — the lettuce was brown and inedible. The couple didn’t w...

Susan Hicks Memorial Fund passes $10,000 goal

Susan Hicks Memorial Fund passes $10,000 goal

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 23, 2015


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

Pitt students can help carry Susan Hicks’ legacy and passion for traveling by studying abroad with a scholarship in her name. In the weeks immediately after a car hit and killed Hicks, a Pitt adviser, while she was riding her bike on Fifth Avenue, her friends and family decided to set up an endowe...

Student Health to distribute free condoms

Student Health to distribute free condoms

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

November 22, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Health, News

Falling in line with the Centers for Disease Control and its partners in the ACC, Pitt said it will offer its students free condoms in the Student Health Center by the end of the semester. Pitt’s Student Health Center told Student Government Board’s Wellness Committee on Oct. 27, that it hopes to inc...

Robert Tessier’s plan

Robert Tessier’s plan

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

November 22, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Before he graduates in April, Robert Tessier, Pitt Student Government Board’s newest member, plans to ignite human rights activism at Pitt through lecture and discussion. Tessier, who joined SGB more than half way through its longest term ever, has less than six months now to catch up with the other ...

Maggot video prompts investigation

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 19, 2015


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

What started out as a 10-second video of an insect larva allegedly crawling through a plate of Market Central pasta has sparked a week and a half-long investigation by the police, the county and Sodexo. A Pitt senior, Chad Stein, said he shot the video Friday, Nov. 6, when he was eating lunch with a f...

Pittsburgh students rally for Mizzou

Pittsburgh students rally for Mizzou

By Brady Langmann and Dylan Shaffer / The Pitt News Staff

November 19, 2015


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

Emily Cimini was on her way to work on a group project in Schenley Plaza when a throng standing on the corner of Forbes and Bigelow caught her attention. Realizing that this was a protest that dealt with race issues, Cimini stopped and joined. “I love to be present ... just to hear what their views ...

Pitt administration speaks on Paris

Pitt administration speaks on Paris

By Leo Dornan and Emily Migdal / News Staff

November 19, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Elise Powers held a bright yellow sign that read, “Les fleurs et les bougies nous protegent,” or “The candles and the flower will protect us,” Wednesday night outside Posvar. Powers based the sign off of a video of a little boy sitting on his father’s knee in Paris who is at first afraid of ...

Students to contribute to Pitt Plan

Students to contribute to Pitt Plan

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

November 18, 2015


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

In response to complaints about the lack of student involvement, Student Government Board selected nine students to represent the student opinion on the Plan for Pitt. Student Government Board Assembly, the lower body of the Student Government Board, announced the nomination of nine student representati...

Pitt offers light to grieving cities

Pitt offers light to grieving cities

By Zoë Hannah and Josh Ye / News Staff

November 17, 2015


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

Though they gathered under an American flag, a tearful crowd of Pitt community members spent two minutes in silence for a grieving international community Monday night. About 200 people, including Pitt students, faculty members and anti-war activists, gathered in front of the American flag outside of...

Pitt stands in solidarity with Mizzou

Pitt stands in solidarity with Mizzou

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

November 17, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

From hundreds of miles away, Pitt students are putting social media back in a positive light for University of Missouri students. On Nov. 16 at 9 p.m., approximately 100 Pitt students gathered in the O’Hara Student Center Ballroom to take group and individual photos for social media to show suppor...

Pitt opens Korean heritage room

Pitt opens Korean heritage room

By Elli Warsh / For The Pitt News

November 16, 2015


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

Eight years and nearly $850,000 later, Pitt unveiled its 30th Nationality Room, the Korean Heritage Room, Sunday in the Cathedral of Learning with traditional Korean dancing, singing and celebrating. On Nov. 15, Pitt students, community members and administrators celebrated the opening of the Korea...

Away from home, students celebrate Diwali

Away from home, students celebrate Diwali

By Emily Migdal / For The Pitt News

November 16, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

This weekend, dancing shoes covered the floor of Bellefield Hall as Pitt students and community members feasted on Indian food and celebrated the Festival of Lights. On Saturday, Nov. 14, 420 people gathered in Bellefield Hall Auditorium from 7 to 10:30 p.m. to watch musical performances and celebr...

Kings, queens and heritage: African Student Organization hosts pageant for charity

Kings, queens and heritage: African Student Organization hosts pageant for charity

By Chidi Nwakpuda / Staff Writer

November 16, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Shamaal Sheppard and Ilham Adam are the new king and queen of Africa — or at least they are at Pitt. On Saturday, Nov. 14, the African Students Organization hosted its fourth annual African King and Queen Pageant. Sheppard and Adam, like other contestants for the pageant, had a chance to showcase their ...

Pitt students safe after Paris attacks

Pitt students safe after Paris attacks

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 15, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, National News, News

Four Pitt students studying abroad in France are alive and unhurt after Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, the University Study Abroad Office confirmed Sunday. On Friday, Nov. 13, eight terrorists in three groups conducted an organized massacre in Paris at a concert at Le Bataclan, outside a socce...

No room(s) for slackers: Housing rush hits Oakland

No room(s) for slackers: Housing rush hits Oakland

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

November 13, 2015


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

Danielle Kitts and Michaela Woolston chattered away to their mothers on cell phones as they walked up Meyran Avenue toward Forbes. “Well, we only have to pay half the deposit up front,” Kitts said. “No, mom, after that it would be ours,” Woolston said. Along with two of their friends, the pair ...

Tuition march stops traffic

Tuition march stops traffic

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

November 13, 2015


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

At the Million Student March, protestors weren’t modest with money, chanting and raging against the high cost of student debt. An estimated 300 Pitt students, faculty and community members marched down Forbes Avenue from the Cathedral of Learning to Halket Street, then back down Fifth Avenue to S...

Soft support system: Pitt’s emotional support pet

Soft support system: Pitt’s emotional support pet

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

November 13, 2015


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

Jen Crook isn’t the only Pitt student with a roommate — but she is the only Pitt student whose roommate is a kitten. For the first time, Pitt has allowed an emotional support animal — a pet that’s also a form of therapy — in a dorm room. The three-month-old Pickles, a 6-pound white Persian...

Spilling the nation’s secrets: Journalist Dana Priest speaks at Pitt

Spilling the nation’s secrets: Journalist Dana Priest speaks at Pitt

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

November 12, 2015


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

Dana Priest, a Washington, D.C., native of more than 25 years, started noticing the city’s skyline changing in drastic ways in 2004. As replacements for buildings that were previously well-known establishments, other buildings began to crop up with confusing and vague names like “L-6.” Four y...

The birth of a “white nation”

The birth of a “white nation”

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

November 12, 2015


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

To Jacqueline Battalora, white people are an invention. She clarified: Designating a group of light-skinned people as “white,” Battalora said, only started less than 350 years ago, and the separation of people by race only dates back to the 17th century. Racial problems, Battalora said, started in the ...

SGB to back rental registry

SGB to back rental registry

By Lauren Wilson and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

November 11, 2015


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

Pitt students will soon get extra help dealing with landlords from the city and Student Government Board. At SGB’s weekly meeting this Tuesday, Pat Corelli, SGB Governmental Relations Committee chair, introduced a resolution to support Pittsburgh City Council’s proposed Rental Registry System. ...

SGB co-hosts forum

SGB co-hosts forum

By Annemarie Carr and Elizabeth Lepro / Pitt News Staff

November 11, 2015


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

After months of back and forth, Student Government Board and University administration offered a tangible — yet controversial — solution to including students in Pitt’s Strategic Plan. Following SGB’s weekly meeting Tuesday night, SGB and the Strategic Planning Team co-hosted a third open for...

Port Authority bus hits Pitt student

Port Authority bus hits Pitt student

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 10, 2015


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

Port Authority Police is investigating what happened before a Port Authority bus hit a Pitt student on Fifth Avenue Tuesday afternoon. The student stepped into the bus lane to cross Fifth Avenue toward Thackeray Avenue when a Port Authority bus running the 71A outbound route toward Shadyside struck h...

Peduto orders City to raise minimum wage

Peduto orders City to raise minimum wage

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 10, 2015


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

Amid a national discussion about workers’ pay and the federal minimum wage, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has issued an executive order requiring the City to pay all its workers at least $15 per hour. Peduto issued the order at a press conference Tuesday morning, which mandates the City pay all full-time employees at least $15 per hour by 2021...

Pitt student found dead over weekend

By Lauren Rosenblatt and Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editors

November 10, 2015


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

A Pitt student passed away on Saturday, Nov. 7. He was 25. Chris Beel was pronounced dead at 12:23 p.m. at the Intensive Care Unit of Allegheny General Hospital from cardiac arrest due to an accidental heroin overdose, according to Rick Lorah, supervisor for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s ...

Black artists reclaim museum space

Black artists reclaim museum space

By Emily Migdal / For The Pitt News

November 10, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

What a Pitt art exhibit was ­­­­­and was not sparked discussion Monday night, making space for the weighty absence of diversity in art galleries nationwide. On Monday, Nov. 9, students from the Museum Studies Seminar hosted the opening of the mixed-media art exhibit titled “Exposure: Black Voice...

Pitt students ‘dance or die’

Pitt students ‘dance or die’

By Chidi Nwakpuda / Staff Writer

November 9, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

As Pitt dancer Tim Joy performed a self-choreographed piece, he decided to forgo feet and walked across the stage on only his hands to a chorus of laughter from audience members. Joy, a junior pre-education major, choreographed the dance “Stuck in the Mud” with Joanna Dehler, a senior psychology maj...

Student finds insect in Market food

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 9, 2015


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

Sodexo and Pitt are investigating how a maggot-like insect infected a plate of pasta Friday at Market Central. Pitt student John Buchner, under the handle @Johnny_JBe, tweeted out a video at 1:58 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, that shows a close-up of a dish of pasta with meat sauce, with an insect that looks...

Pitt staff discuss implementing strategic plan

By Emily Migdal / For The Pitt News

November 9, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

After weeks of student-led discussion, faculty and staff had their turn to comment on the Pitt administration’s proposed strategic plan Friday in the William Pitt Union. On Friday, Nov. 6, the Staff Association Council, an organization representing University staff, discussed the implementation of Pitt’s ...

Professors, inmates talk prison education

Professors, inmates talk prison education

By Leo Dornan / For The Pitt News

November 9, 2015


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

A  crowd of professors and social justice advocates cheered on inmates who shared their personal stories on higher education in prisons during a conference at Pitt this weekend. People from all over the country gathered in the William Pitt Union Ballroom Saturday morning for the fifth annual Nationa...

GSWS: Flipping the pages of history

GSWS: Flipping the pages of history

By Alexa Bakalarski / For The Pitt News

November 6, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

On the fourth floor of the Cathedral of Learning sits a little-known collection of books that offers a snapshot of LGBTQIA history from the 20th century to the present. The Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies’ library is a small room to the left of room 402 in the GSWS program’s offices in ...

Deans say no set date on new certificate

Deans say no set date on new certificate

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

November 6, 2015


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

Ten months into her project to launch a new undergraduate certificate program, Student Government Board member Lia Petrose said introductory courses should be tentatively ready by 2017. The University said otherwise. When Petrose was sworn into office in January, she began working to bring public heal...

Students, White House prep for Week of Action

Students, White House prep for Week of Action

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 6, 2015


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

One day after Pitt launched a sexual violence awareness month, the White House It’s On Us campaign unrolled plans for next week’s national Week of Action. During a White House press call Nov. 5, White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett spoke about nationwide plans involving the It’s On Us campaign and the Week of Action, which begins Nov. 8. Next week, Jarrett said colleges will host...

Pitt announces sexual violence awareness month

Pitt announces sexual violence awareness month

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 5, 2015


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

In the wake of a national conversation about sexual assault on college campuses, Pitt announced today that November will be “Sexual Violence Awareness Month.” The University has announced the month will feature a series of six events aimed at educating the campus community on sexual violence, re...

Pennsylvania tuition third highest in country

Pennsylvania tuition third highest in country

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 5, 2015


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

Over the summer, Pitt boasted its lowest tuition increase in 40 years. But even with the raise to keep up with inflation, Pitt, along with 17 other Pennsylvania universities, has caused the state to come in third for highest tuition at its public universities. On Tuesday, the College Board released new...

Students hold action forum

Students hold action forum

By Zoe Hannah / Staff Writer

November 5, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Students still frustrated with the University’s strategic plan aired their concerns on Wednesday — this time, sans administrators. Members of the Pittsburgh Student Solidarity Coalition, or PSSC, said the University has not adequately addressed concerns they raised at the open student forums on ...

Pitt announces Sexual Violence Awareness Month

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 4, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, National News, News, Student Government, Top Stories

In the wake of a national conversation about sexual assault on college campuses, Pitt announced today that November will be “Sexual Violence Awareness Month.” The University has announced the month will feature a series of six events aimed at educating the campus community on sexual violence, r...

SGB invites PPC to join Assembly

SGB invites PPC to join Assembly

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 4, 2015


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

Seeking student feedback, Pitt Student Government Board has invited an 11th student group to join its student assembly. SGB introduced a bill at its weekly public meeting Tuesday to invite Pitt Program Council to the assembly. The assembly, which meets on the first and third Monday of every month, is...

Pitt Police called to unresponsive man

Pitt Police called to unresponsive man

By Danielle Fox / Editor-in-Chief

November 3, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus

Pitt Police were called to an unresponsive man possessing syringes in Wesley W. Posvar Hall this afternoon. A Pitt senior who refused to give his name to The Pitt News said he was standing next to a man in the first floor bathroom when the man dropped syringes, passed out and started gasping for air...

Birders flock to Audubon’s art

Birders flock to Audubon’s art

By Cristina McCormack / For The Pitt News

November 2, 2015


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

When John J. Audubon, the famous wildlife artist, came to Pittsburgh nearly 200 years ago, he paid specific attention to the passenger pigeon. Audubon, however, was more concerned in 1817 with the aesthetically pleasing aspects of the brown, blue and red, sleek birds than the scientific accuracies ...

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