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Police Blotter Oct. 15 – Oct. 21

Police Blotter Oct. 15 - Oct. 21

By News Editors

12:54 am

Liquor law violations, drug violations and more in this week’s police blotter.

‘If I just walked out and left, no one would know’: Students detail lax rules, miscommunication in Pitt’s quarantine housing

Pitt has not disclosed the specific location of student quarantine and isolation housing.

By Rebecca Johnson and Rashi Ranjan

October 21, 2020

In Pitt’s quarantine housing, students described lax rules and little oversight, allowing them to skirt the University’s physical distancing rules. One student said they went on walks outside, and others in the housing had visitors, even whole families.

Large crowd, few masks at Schenley Park worship service

California-based Christian musician Sean Feucht hosted a worship service with about 200 people in Schenley Park this afternoon, where few attendees were wearing masks or social distancing.

By Rebecca Johnson and Jon Moss

October 19, 2020

California-based Christian musician Sean Feucht hosted a worship service Sunday evening at Schenley Park’s Flagstaff Hill that drew about 200 people. Few attendees of the “Let Us Worship” outdoor concert wore masks or were socially distanced.

Pitt police town hall addresses transparency, communication with students

A Pitt police town hall was held Thursday via Zoom.

By Thea Barrett, Staff Writer

October 19, 2020

Pitt police Chief James Loftus and Commander Eric Holmes, the chief of staff of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, participated in the event along with University administration and Pitt security subcontractor Allied Security. The Student Government Board, Student Affairs and the Black Senate organized the town hall.

Police blotter Oct. 8 – Oct. 14

Eric Macadangdang, president of the Student Government Board, said SGB plays an active role in redirecting the “enforcement responsibility” for COVID-19 rules from police to other outlets.

By News Editors

October 16, 2020

Criminal mischief, indecent assault and more in this week’s police blotter.

Pitt alumni discuss their careers in international affairs

Students met with Pitt alumni Dereck Hogan (right), the U.S. ambassador to Moldova, and Megan Oates (left), deputy director of the U.S Department of State, on Wednesday morning over Zoom.

By Punya Bhasin, For The Pitt News

October 16, 2020

Megan Oates took the backwards-walking skills she learned as a Pathfinder all the way to the State Department.

Students will be asked to shelter in place for two weeks before winter break, head of COVID-19 Medical Response Office says

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said the University would send out more concrete guidance on the shelter-in-place period “shortly,” during a virtual Senate Council meeting on Thursday.

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor

October 16, 2020

All students will be asked to shelter in place for 14 days before leaving campus for winter break, according to Dr. John Williams, the head of Pitt’s COVID-19 Medical Response Office.

‘A perpetual state of fear’: International students criticize latest round of proposed student visa changes

New rules proposed by the Trump administration seek to create fixed terms of up to four years for student visas, as well as create new applications for international students to extend their stay in the United States, among other changes.

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor

October 14, 2020

The new rules published on Sept. 25 by the Department of Homeland Security — which would affect many of Pitt’s more than 3,100 international students — seek to create fixed terms of up to four years for student visas, as well as new applications for international students to extend their stay in the United States.

‘No room for profit’: Student renters, local landlords seek COVID-19 aid

The federal CARES Act was passed in March and allocated $3.9 billion for Pennsylvania’s own CARES Rent Relief Program, aimed to help those struggling with COVID-related income loss and economic struggle.

By Maura Scrabis, Staff Writer

October 14, 2020

College students have been hit especially hard, as decreased hours and cancelled internships have made tuition and rent payments challenging.

‘Feeling of hope’ on Indigenous Peoples’ Day as City prepares Columbus statue removal

Protesters gather at the Columbus statue, now covered, Monday evening.

By Ashton Crawley, Assistant News Editor

October 13, 2020

As a child, Miguel Sague III often walked by the Christopher Columbus statue near Phipps Conservatory and wondered why a man who killed his ancestors had a monument. Sague, who was born and raised in Pittsburgh, is a member of the Taíno people — the first Indigenous group that Christopher Columbus encountered on his expedition in 1492.

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