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Students concerned about online learning, burnout during spring semester

Students will be able to move back into residence halls in late January or early February if they test negative for COVID-19.
January 18, 2021
As the spring semester begins, many students are preparing for classes and move-in while still being impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Students shared their thoughts and concerns regarding housing, classes and other topics about the spring semester.

Port Authority bus driver pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in student’s death

Barbara Como, a senior anthropology major, was struck by a Port Authority bus turning from Fifth Avenue onto DeSoto Street on Jan. 18.
January 11, 2021
The Port Authority bus driver who fatally struck a Pitt student last year pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter and recklessly endangering another person on Monday. The driver will serve three years of probation.

Bigelow to reopen on Christmas Eve

Construction on Bigelow Boulevard lasted from November 2019 through this December.
December 23, 2020
Bigelow Boulevard between Forbes and Fifth avenues will reopen on Christmas Eve this Thursday, City and Pitt officials announced Wednesday.

Community members raise concerns about planned Oakland apartment building

Jay Silverman, managing principal at Dwell Design Studios, discusses updated designs for a proposed apartment building at 3500 Forbes Ave.
December 18, 2020
The Oakland Planning and Development Corp. held a Tuesday evening meeting on Zoom to discuss projects happening around the neighborhood, including the Forbes Avenue project.

Gallagher says Pitt ‘best in class of major universities’ in COVID-19 performance, looks to spring semester

TPN File photo
December 10, 2020
Amid rising COVID-19 case numbers, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said Pitt will use similar techniques from the fall to slow the spread of the virus in the spring such as the shelter-in-place period as well as “pods” to limit social interaction.

Pitt reviewing state’s new COVID-19 mitigation orders

Pitt reviewing state’s new COVID-19 mitigation orders
December 10, 2020
Pitt’s Healthcare Advisory Group will review the state’s new COVID-19 mitigation orders and make recommendations to the University’s senior administration if necessary, according to University spokesperson Kevin Zwick.

Over 300 students receive code of conduct violations for COVID-19 infractions

The Oakland Planning and Development Corporation’s monthly Oakwatch meeting included two featured speakers from Pitt — Kenyon Bonner, vice provost and dean of students, and Paul Supowitz, vice chancellor for community and governmental relations.
November 20, 2020
More than 300 students have received code of conduct violations for breaking COVID-19 mitigation protocols this semester, according to Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner.

‘Anxiety-inducing experience’: Students adjust to shelter-in-place guidelines, criticize lack of University enforcement

Pitt enacted a shelter-in-place period last Thursday — three days earlier than previously scheduled — after a  ‘significant’ increase in COVID-19 cases following Halloween weekend.
November 20, 2020
Savanna Lattanzi, a senior political science and sociology double major, said while she has closely followed the shelter-in-place guidelines to protect fellow classmates, it hasn’t always been easy on her mental health.

Police Blotter: Nov. 12-Nov. 17

Police Blotter: Nov. 12-Nov. 17
November 20, 2020
Arrests, drug violations and more in this week’s police blotter.

SGB, Black Senate leaders form student-run Pitt police advisory panel

Members of the Black Senate and Student Government Board have been meeting regularly with Pitt police to work on issues of accountability and transparency in the Pitt police department.
November 18, 2020
A student-run “police advisory body” became an official subcommittee of the long-standing Chancellor’s Public Safety Advisory Council this week, according to Student Government Board member Kathryn Fleisher.
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