The Pitt News

Produce porch feeds students

Produce porch feeds students

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

October 15, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

Among the chairs and welcome mat on Sarah Kenney’s Dawson Street home, she’s piled boxes of tomatoes, peppers and strawberries. Depending on the day, the porch in front of her brick home and the sidewalk below it is stacked with other boxes of spinach, bannanas and apples — but little she plan...

City to begin Greenfield Bridge demolition

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

October 14, 2015


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

Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works announced Tuesday it will begin its demolition and reconstruction of the Greenfield Bridge starting Friday. Beginning 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, the city will close the bridge connecting Alger Street in Greenfield to Overlook Drive in Schenley Park, a heavily tra...

Oakland honors Indigenous Peoples Day

Oakland honors Indigenous Peoples Day

By Lauren Rosenblatt and Dale Shoemaker / Pitt News Staff

October 13, 2015


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

With pennants and ribbons waving, marchers shut down Bigelow Boulevard as they brought native people and their supporters back to their indigenous roots. At Pitt on Monday, about 200 students and community members gathered in front of the Cathedral of Learning at 5:30 p.m. to march against Columbus ...

Pittsburgh high school students rally for Rice

Pittsburgh high school students rally for Rice

By Lauren Rosenblatt and Dale Shoemaker / Pitt News Staff

October 12, 2015


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

Area high school students and community members gathered in Oakland Sunday evening to protest two professional investigations that said police officers in Cleveland acted reasonably in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Timothy J. McGinty, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, prosecutor, released the reviews late...

Pittsburgh becomes inventor’s paradise at Maker Faire

Pittsburgh becomes inventor’s paradise at Maker Faire

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

October 11, 2015


Filed under City, News, Tech Science

Handmade robots crawled along the asphalt and 3-D printers whirred quietly as artisans and creators of all ages flooded Buhl Community Park in Northside and transformed it into an inventor’s paradise this weekend. On Oct. 10 and 11, more than 200 exhibits displayed booths and tents outside the Ch...

Protecting Panther Hollow

Protecting Panther Hollow

By Mark Pesto and Elaina Zachos / Senior Staff Writers

October 9, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, Homecoming 2015, News, Specials

Carlino Giampolo, the unofficial mayor of Oakland, has loved his community for more than thirty years, which is why he’s fighting the city’s most recent expansion project and pledging to “Save Panther Hollow.” Giampolo has long campaigned against the University for the preservation of his com...

Kissing for keeps at Heinz Chapel

Kissing for keeps at Heinz Chapel

October 8, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Homecoming 2015, News, Specials, Top Stories

Kissing for keeps at Heinz ChapelAmy Beaudine / Staff WriterOctober 9, 2015When Bill Young overheard a Pitt Pathfinder telling a student about the legend of Heinz Chapel, he thought the legend was a myth.The young director of Communication Services at Pitt listened as a tour guide told a prospective...

Man struck by bus in Oakland

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

October 2, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, News

An unidentified man was hit by a Port Authority bus Friday afternoon in Oakland, according to Port Authority spokesperson Jim Ritchie. The 71 A bus heading outbound toward Shadyside struck the man at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard at approximately 4:30 p.m. The man sustained a lacerati...

Analyzing Pittsburgh’s violent crime

Analyzing Pittsburgh’s violent crime

By Rina Zhang / For The Pitt News

October 1, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

While there’s been a decrease in violent crime in Pittsburgh, experts are wary of saying whether it’s a sign of promise — or population change. This August, the Allegheny Department of Human Services, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Police, released a statistical snapshot of crime in Pitts...

Hooked on hookah

Hooked on hookah

By Elli Warsh / For The Pitt Study

October 1, 2015


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

Pitt freshman Logan Armstrong knows smoking hookah isn’t good for his lungs — but compared to cigarettes, he doesn’t see a cause for concern. “I smoke hookah much less frequently than the average cigarette smoker,” Armstrong said. “A smoker may consume a pack of cigarettes a day, whereas I may ...

Bank Robber Arrested

Bank Robber Arrested

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

October 1, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, News

The Pittsburgh police have arrested the man who robbed Citizens Bank in Oakland Monday afternoon. Police arrested Calvin Leavy, 61, around 9 p.m., on Sept. 29, for one charge of robbery and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. According to the criminal complaint, Leavy was charged for st...

Dining Guide: Online promotion doesn’t profit

Dining Guide: Online promotion doesn’t profit

October 1, 2015


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

If Sorrento’s is offering a cheap pizza, freshman Brody Hastings is in. Attracting and retaining customers like Hastings at local restaurants is the subject of a study from a collaboration of researchers at Pitt’s School of Information Sciences and the Stevens Institute of Technology. The study...

Super Surplus Me

Super Surplus Me

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

September 30, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, City, News

If you’re tired of sleeping on your extra large twin bed, you can replace it with a used 78X30X31 massage table for a bargain of a price. No, you won’t find it cast aside on an Atwood sidewalk. It’s waiting for you at Pitt Surplus for a low price of only $100. If the table doesn’t fulfill your sh...

Deadline approaching for voter registration

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

September 29, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, National News, News

Pennsylvania residents who want to vote in the Nov. 3 municipal election must register by Monday, Oct. 5, according to the Allegheny County Divisions Office. In the Pittsburgh municipal elections slated for Nov. 3, five of the nine city council seats are up for election. There are a total of 12 candida...

Oakland bank robbed

Oakland bank robbed

By Dale Shoemaker, Elizabeth Lepro and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

September 28, 2015


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

An unidentified man robbed the Citizens Bank in central Oakland minutes before the close of business Monday afternoon, stealing an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the scene. According to a 911 dispatcher, police received a call from Citizens Bank to report the robbery at 4:48 p.m. on ...

Pittsburgh gathers to hear Pope

Pittsburgh gathers to hear Pope

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

September 28, 2015


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

As the Steelers game came to a close Sunday, Pittsburgh’s faithful turned away from their televisions and toward someone more holy than any quarterback — Pope Francis. About 130 people gathered yesterday afternoon at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in the Strip District to watch a live broadcast from Phila...

Port Authority to alter Sunday buses

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

September 25, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, News

In preparation for the thousands of runners hitting Oakland’s streets this weekend, Pittsburgh Port Authority will alter more than 30 bus routes. To accomodate the annual Richard S. Caliguiri Great Race Sunday morning, Sept. 27, Port Authority will temporarily detour 34 bus routes until approximate...

Pitt police, dean issue guidance after home invasion

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

September 25, 2015


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

Following an armed robbery of four students’ home earlier this week, Pitt police have issued a crime alert and Pitt’s dean of students has issued a statement. According to interim Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner, Pitt asks the Pitt police to issue a crime alert to all students when a ...

Dave and Andy’s sign vandalized

Dave and Andy’s sign vandalized

By Elizabeth Lepro / Asst. News Editor

September 23, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, City, News

An unidentified person has graffitied Dave and Andy’s iconic ice cream cone sign. Employees first noticed a purple peace sign, a smiley face and a heart on the white space underneath the words “Dave and Andy’s”  on the sign hanging outside the building Wednesday evening. The markings are simi...

Shots fired in North Oakland late Tuesday night

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

September 23, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, News

Pittsburgh police have said shots were fired in North Oakland late on Tuesday. At approximately 11:51 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22,  officers responded to a call after shots were fired at the 300 block of North Craig Street, according to a public safety release. When zone four officers arrived at the...

Student home targeted in armed robbery

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

September 23, 2015


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

An unidentified man held a student at gunpoint late Tuesday night in his home on McKee Place, stealing televisions and other electronics before fleeing the scene. According to a 911 dispatcher, police received a call at 10:36 p.m. to 355 McKee Place in Oakland. Joe Roesinger said he was in his livin...

Making Oakland accessible: Pitt hosts lecture on struggles for people with disabilities

Making Oakland accessible: Pitt hosts lecture on struggles for people with disabilities

By Amy Beaudine / Staff Writer

September 23, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

A ride on the bus, a night out to dinner, a sexual encounter — while these things might seem mundane, Pitt students learned how difficult they can be for people with disabilities on Tuesday night. Pitt’s gender, sexuality and women’s studies program hosted “All of me ... All the time: An Hones...

Chinese – American festival debuts in Oakland

Chinese – American festival debuts in Oakland

By Josh Ye / For The Pitt News

September 21, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

With lacquered lips and vintage high heels, 10 Chinese models clad in traditional cheongsams used Bigelow Boulevard as their cat walk this weekend. The fashion show was one of the highlights of the inaugural Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Festival. The festival’s organizers wanted the event to promo...

Chief on duty: Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay wants to change his force, and he knows just how he’s going to do it

Chief on duty: Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay wants to change his force, and he knows just how he’s going to do it

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

September 18, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, City, News

To a standing room only crowd in the Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay boldly and unapologetically declared Pittsburgh’s police force is broken. Since he’s now been on the job for one year as of Sept. 15, McLay has already begun to implement his fixes, drawing the attentio...

Festival coming to Oakland

Festival coming to Oakland

By Rio Maropis / For The Pitt News

September 16, 2015


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

Promising to “push the boundaries” of a normal festival experience, the Oakland Business Improvement District will soon give all Oakland residents a chance to walk the red carpet and check out new tech. Oakland Business Improvement District is hosting its third annual Oakland Forever event, a festival f...

Oakwatch talks Over-crowding

Oakwatch talks Over-crowding

By Elizabeth Lepro and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

September 16, 2015


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

When Hanson Kappelman attended college in Ohio, he fought for student independence. More than 30 years later, Kappelman, now living in Oakland, thinks residents need to follow the rules. At Wednesday’s monthly Oakwatch meeting, Kappelman and several other permanent Oakland residents, like Janice Lo...

SGB to add allocations alternate

SGB to add allocations alternate

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

September 16, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, City, News, Student Government

Calling in backup, Pitt’s Student Government Board said Tuesday night it will add an alternate member to its Allocations Committee in case of future resignations. In a unanimous vote at its public meeting Sept. 15, SGB approved a bill amending its governing code to add the position of alternate Allo...

Pitt, UPMC host veterans conference

By Amy Beaudine / Staff Writer

September 11, 2015


Filed under City, National News, News

As an eight-year combat veteran with the U.S. Marine Corps, Lee Wagner knows how hard it can be to transition from active military duty to civilian life. Now, as a veterans to bachelor of science academic coach at Duquesne University, Wagner helps guide former military members with medical experience...

Biden: Man of steel

Biden: Man of steel

By Amy Beaudine / Staff Writer

September 7, 2015


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

As Vice President Joe Biden left a Downtown stage at the Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade, he stopped to acknowledge Bernie Sanders’ supporters in the crowd, giving two thumbs up. Biden didn’t officially voice his support for Sanders, but spoke to parade attendees about the importance of the steel industry...

Port Authority to update schedules Sept. 6

Port Authority to update schedules Sept. 6

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

September 3, 2015


Filed under City, News

Pitt students should make sure to double-check their bus schedules this holiday weekend. According to a Port Authority release, Port Authority is shifting bus schedules on 37 routes beginning Sunday, Sept. 6, as part of a regularly scheduled quarterly adjustment. Buses will also operate on the holida...

Ninety miles of poems

By Chidi Nwakpuda / Staff Writer

September 2, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

This fall, a diplomatic gesture following a long, troubled relationship between countries will be available to all in the form of poetry. On Sept. 30, the University of Pittsburgh Press will publish renowned poet Richard Blanco’s bilingual work, “Matters of the Sea,” or “Cosas del Mar.” Blanco ...

Pitt feels the Bern

Pitt feels the Bern

By Kelechi Urama / Staff Writer

September 1, 2015


Filed under City, National News, News, Uncategorized

Pitt student Alex Austin “Bern”’d up Oakland on Saturday. To raise support for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, Austin and other grassroots activists hit the pavement on Aug. 29 for “Chalk the Block,” an event where students advertise Sanders’ campaign platforms on Oakland s...

$5 pizza goes 6 feet under

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

August 31, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

When Malek Ameli-Grillon found out that Antoon’s raised the price of a large cheese pizza to $6, plus tax, he was devastated. College life, as he knew it, was ruined. “Who carries $6.42 on them? $5 is such a convenient price,” Ameli, an undeclared sophomore, said. One by one, the pizza shops of Atwood ...

Pill Problem: UPMC leads antibiotic overuse research

By Annemarie Carr / For The Pitt News

August 30, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News

You may want to rethink asking your healthcare provider for an antibiotic at the first sniffle. Launched in June, UPMC, the University of Wisconsin and the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA) are collaborating to study the overuse of antibiotics in hospitals and doctor’s offi...

In Case You Missed It…

By The Pitt News Staff

August 30, 2015


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

May 12 - Pitt to build Iranian Nationality Room After two unsuccessful attempts dating to 1958, Pitt will transform room 352 of the Cathedral of Learning into an Iranian Nationality Room — once it secures funding.  The total cost of the room will be between $800,000 and $1 million. To fundraise f...

‘Digital plaza’ coming to Oakland

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, City, News, Tech Science

This fall, an organization will seek to install a high-tech art exhibition in Oakland. Innovation Oakland, a project that aims to transform the streets of Oakland into a digital community, plans to complete the “21st Digital Plaza” by mid-October. The initiative will fill the corner of Forbes...

Oakland shop owner charged in theft ring

Oakland shop owner charged in theft ring

By Dale Shoemaker and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

August 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

A Wilkins man was charged Tuesday with using drug addicts to operate a $2 million theft ring from his record store in Oakland. Following a seven-year investigation, the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office charged fifty-year-old Anthony J. Cicero, owner of The Slipped Disc on Atwood Street in...

Pending legislation could broaden LGBT rights in Pennsylvania

Pending legislation could broaden LGBT rights in Pennsylvania

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, National News, News

LGBT rights could soon take another leap forward in Pennsylvania — once state legislators introduce an amendment to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. Shortly after the Supreme Court’s landmark same-sex marriage ruling in June, Pennsylvania State Representative Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) told The Pitt Ne...

Wheels in Demise: Keeping your bike safe

Wheels in Demise: Keeping your bike safe

By Alexis Mazzeo / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

With a new bike share system and more bike lanes planned, Pittsburgh is quickly becoming one of the nation’s bike-friendly cities. Though Pitt doesn’t keep data on how many of its students commute by bike, Pittsburgh has seen a 408 percent increase in its number of cyclists since 2000, now at 2.2...

Las Palmas hit with another round of health code violations

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, Health, News

For the second time this summer, the Allegheny County Health Department has issued a consumer alert for Las Palmas in Oakland after the restaurant violated health codes Thursday. Las Palmas, the Mexican grocery store and food stand located on Atwood Street, faces three high, three medium, and six l...

Pitt to close several streets in preparation for move-in

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Roads will close and dorms will open as students arrive on campus next week for the fall semester. In a release Thursday, Aug. 20, Pitt’s Department of Parking and Transportation Services announced it will allow limited or no traffic from Aug. 24 through 28 on the following streets:  Forbes and Fifth Av...

Stack’d Burgers and Beer to open new location in Oakland

Stack’d Burgers and Beer to open new location in Oakland

By Dale Shoemaker and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

August 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

After two other restaurants closed for good last school year at the corner of Forbes and Oakland Avenues, Stack’d Burgers and Beer hopes the third time’s the charm. Stack’d operations manager Colleen Wolf said the sit-down burger joint, which has another location in Shadyside, plans to open i...

UPDATE: Police arrest man for indecent assault in Oakland

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under City, News

Pittsburgh police have arrested an Apollo man on charges of indecent assault. Police now have Rosendo Homelio Perez-Scott, 33, in custody on charges that he inappropriately touched a female Pitt student Tuesday afternoon around 1 p.m. In addition to indecent assault, Perez-Scott faces several charges, includ...

Police seek assailant in Oakland after Tuesday assault

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under City, News

Pitt police are seeking a man who allegedly assaulted a Pitt student in Oakland Tuesday afternoon. The student, who lives on the 300 block of McKee Place, told police she was sexually assaulted in her residence after she accepted help from an unknown Hispanic man. She reported the incident to police...

Pittsburgh political activist, philanthropist Elsie Hillman dies at 89

Pittsburgh political activist, philanthropist Elsie Hillman dies at 89

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under Administration, City, National News, News

Elsie Hillman knew the secret to playing politics — food. “She had a saying, ‘It’s smart politics, you have to feed them,’” Chelsa Wagner, Allegheny County Controller, said. Frequently, Hillman would host politicians in her home, sometimes “every Republican politician in Pittsburgh,...

Community members support, critique bike lane proposal at public meeting

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Health, News

Put Oakland and bike lanes in the same sentence, and some residents are bound to get upset. At the final project presentation for proposed bike lanes in Oakland, some of the more than 50 attendees were concerned that installing bike lanes along the O’Hara, Bigelow, Bayard Street corridor would elimina...

Pittsburgh City Council to refine noise control ordinance

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News

By changing a few words in local legislation, Pittsburgh City Council hopes to make it easier to keep the peace. At a City Council Meeting on Tuesday, Bruce Kraus, City Council president and South Oakland representative, introduced a bill that intends to update and rework Pittsburgh’s Noise Control...

Oakland man arrested for indecent assault Tuesday night

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under City, News

Pitt Police have arrested an Oakland man accused of assaulting a woman on Pitt’s campus. Police now have Bochy Fu, 35, in custody after he allegedly assaulted the same woman twice within minutes on July 12. Police made the arrest Tuesday night around 10 p.m., according to Pitt spokesman John Fedele...

Outdoor movies in Pittsburgh: A guide

Outdoor movies in Pittsburgh: A guide

By Allison Bradley / For The Pitt News

August 30, 2015


Filed under City, News

All you need is a blanket and some buttery popcorn to enjoy one of Pittsburgh’s best — and free — summer traditions. Every summer, the City of Pittsburgh hosts a series of outdoor movies called Cinema in the Park. Screenings take place on Sundays and Wednesdays at dusk in Pittsburgh’s seven...

Police invite civilians to interview candidates

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

July 7, 2015


Filed under City, News

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police are looking to hire new officers, but for the first time, community members will have a say in who gets a job.As part of a new initiative, Pittsburgh Police put out a call for volunteers last week to increase the number of civilian community members taking part in the oral boar...

Celebration at the Women’s World Cup Final

Celebration at the Women’s World Cup Final

By TNS

July 7, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

The United States' Carli Lloyd (10) celebrates her hat-trick goal during the FIFA Women's World Cup Final match between USA and Japan on Sunday, July 5, 2015, at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, Canada. (Vaughn Ridley/PA Wire/Zuma Press/TNS)...

Chris Jones at his Confederate re-enactment camp.

Chris Jones at his Confederate re-enactment camp.

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

July 7, 2015


Filed under City, National News, News

Fun at Three Rivers Regatta

Fun at Three Rivers Regatta

By Stephen Caruso / Layout Editor

July 7, 2015


Filed under City, News

While boats were in short supply, playful pups gave visitors a show at the Three Rivers Regatta.

Civil (society) war: While the real guns have stopped firing, some Confederate apologists stand up for their meaning of the Confederate flag

Civil (society) war: While the real guns have stopped firing, some Confederate apologists stand up for their meaning of the Confederate flag

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

July 7, 2015


Filed under City, National News, News

Despite Dylann Roof’s racially-charged attack on South Carolina churchgoers last month, Mike Lawson doesn’t think the state should remove the Confederate flag from state grounds.Lawson said the debate about the flag, which Roof was photographed wearing on his jacket, is unfounded. The flag, he said, doesn...

Her true colors: Oakland gathers in Schenley Plaza for Women’s World Cup

Her true colors: Oakland gathers in Schenley Plaza for Women’s World Cup

By Alexis Mazzeo / Staff Writer

July 7, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Independence Day had passed, but thousands of Schenley Plaza visitors stayed in their red, white and blue ensembles for one extra day.An estimated 3,000 soccer fans gathered in the park, donning their most patriotic attire, to watch the public screening of the Women’s World Cup Final. Minutes into th...

At Three Rivers Regatta, no boats doesn’t mean no fun

At Three Rivers Regatta, no boats doesn’t mean no fun

By Chidi Nwakpuda / Staff Writer

July 7, 2015


Filed under City, News

At this year’s Fourth of July boat racing event, there were no boat races.Regatta organizers, including John Bonassi, had originally planned to host jet ski stunts and a formula one powerboat race, but because of debris cluttering the rivers near the Point Downtown, EQT Three Rivers Regatta closed t...

Construction crane damages Langley Hall

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

July 3, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

A crane fell into Langley Hall on Friday morning, damaging the building.Between 9-9:30 a.m., the crane, which belongs to Franco Associates, a construction company renovating Ruskin Hall, tipped over and hit the side of Langley Hall, according to Pitt spokesperson Ken Service. No one was injured.A few p...

Eddie Lowy and his partner Ricardo Cortes

Eddie Lowy and his partner Ricardo Cortes

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

June 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Racial Diversity at Pitt

Racial Diversity at Pitt

By Alex Ryan / Art Director

June 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

After SCOTUS ruling, Pennsylvania looks to nix discrimination

After SCOTUS ruling, Pennsylvania looks to nix discrimination

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

June 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

When he heard the news, Eddie Lowy got goosebumps.As a rainbow-striped flag waved out front of his Downtown shop, Lowy, who is gay and identifies as a man, fixed his eyes on a television set and learned that nationally, he was granted a new right. The United States Supreme Court voted 5-4 in a historic rulin...

Pitt’s School of Medicine, UPMC launch center for women’s health

By Chidi Nwakpuda / Staff Writer

June 30, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News

In an effort to promote women’s health, Pitt and UPMC have launched a new think tank for women’s health research.Pitt’s School of Medicine and UPMC launched The Center for Women’s Health Research and Innovation (CWHRI) in June. Sonya Borrero, the director of the CWHRI, said this new group is a...

‘American Idol’ comes to Pitt

‘American Idol’ comes to Pitt

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

June 23, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Culture, Music, National News, News

Idolized: Local hopefuls vie for ‘American Idol’ slots

Idolized: Local hopefuls vie for ‘American Idol’ slots

By Nick Mullen and Chidi Nwakpuda / The Pitt News Staff

June 23, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Culture, Music, National News, News

When Amario Gian finished singing his cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” “American Idol” competitors and bystanders greeted him with cheers and applause as he left the audition area.But when producers told him that he didn’t advance in the competition, he left to join hundreds of other rejected...

Sushi Fuku to open tea shop in Sennott Square

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

June 23, 2015


Filed under City, News

Rather than try to compete with other Asian restaurants in Oakland, Sushi Fuku owner Ting Yen has his eyes set on another establishment — Starbucks.Before the fall term starts in late August, Yen will open a sister restaurant, Fuku Tea, in Sennott Square, on the corner of Forbes and Oakland Avenues. Y...

UPDATE: Police seek suspect in Dawson Street shooting

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

June 22, 2015


Filed under City, News

Pittsburgh police are investigating a shooting in Oakland over the weekend after an unnamed suspect shot a pizza delivery man on the job.Police will not release the victim’s name, but a public safety release said the 58-year-old man was delivering pizza to the 3000 block of Dawson Street in South Oaklan...

Port Authority bus runs over man in Oakland

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

June 19, 2015


Filed under City, News

A man is in serious condition after a bus ran over him in Oakland Friday afternoon.At approximately 4:15 p.m., a man who was running alongside a blue bus fell near the corner of Fifth Avenue and Thackeray Avenue. The bus’ back tires ran over the man, according to witnesses. First responders rushed ...

In ‘gesture of friendship,’ China Vice Premier visits Pitt

In ‘gesture of friendship,’ China Vice Premier visits Pitt

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

June 19, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

Liu Yandong, the vice premier of the People’s Republic of China, paid a visit to Pitt on Friday in what both she and University officials called a show of friendship.Yandong visited Pitt as part of a three-city tour in the U.S. Earlier in the day, Yandong met with Mayor Bill Peduto. Yandong is expected to ...

Liu Yandong visits Pitt

Liu Yandong visits Pitt

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor - @theodschwarz

June 19, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

Liu Yandong,Vice Premier of the Peoples Republic of China, admires the Cathedral of Learning during her visit to the University of Pittsburgh on June 19 2015.

Port Authority

Port Authority

June 17, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Erroll Garner

Erroll Garner

June 17, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Stephen Foster Memorial

Stephen Foster Memorial

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

June 17, 2015


Filed under City, News

Port Authority considers flat fare for buses

Port Authority considers flat fare for buses

By Chidi Nwakpuda, Elizabeth Lepro and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

June 17, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Each day she began her commute to her high school job, Roxana Evans lost a portion of her paycheck to Pittsburgh’s bus system.The chunk was larger than she would have liked, since her commute put her outside of Zone 1, which extends to the edge of Homestead and Edgewood — which meant she had to...

Pittsburgh’s Classic Theater on the move

Pittsburgh’s Classic Theater on the move

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

June 17, 2015


Filed under City, News

Pitt’s Theatre Arts department is expanding, forcing a Pittsburgh theatre company to leave its longtime home on Pitt’s campus.The Stephen Foster Memorial, which Pitt owns and is located on Forbes Avenue across from Schenley Plaza, has hosted PICT Classic Theatre for the past decade, but Pitt ...

For free promotion, Oakland restaurants to offer cheap lunch

By Chidi Nwakpuda / For the Pitt News

June 17, 2015


Filed under City, News

This summer, Fuel and Fuddle owner Brandon Smith looks forward to one week more than any other — Restaurant Week.From June 22-27, the Oakland Business Improvement District (OBID), an economic development agency representing local businesses and other Oakland organizations, will host Restaurant Week for ...

All that jazz: Jazz legend Erroll Garner’s estate donates papers to Pitt

All that jazz: Jazz legend Erroll Garner’s estate donates papers to Pitt

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

June 17, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Erroll Garner, Pittsburgh native and legendary jazz pianist, had to use a phone book to reach the piano keys.At five-foot-two, Garner had to prop himself up to play. Now, Garner’s former assistant, Martha Glaser, has donated his papers, including the phone book he used to sit on, to Pitt’s University Libr...

Pitt professor killed in car crash

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

June 10, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

A fatal car crash on June 8 took the life of a 13-year Pitt professor.At 12:10 a.m. on June 8, George Jucha Jr.’s car collided with another vehicle on Route 22 in Washington County. According to Pitt spokesman John Fedele, Jucha had been a part-time instructor in the computer science department sin...

Iggy Azalea cancels Pittsburgh Pride performance

By Lauren Rosenblatt /Assistant News Editor

June 9, 2015


Filed under City, National News, News

Pittsburgh PrideFest organizers announced the cancellation of pop artist Iggy Azalea’s performance at the LGBT event on Monday night.The Delta Foundation organized PrideFest, which runs Downtown from June 6 to June 14, and faced previous criticism for picking Azalea to headline the festival. Controversy ste...

Bombay Curry House reopens after receiving health permit

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

June 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Health, News

After a brief closure, the Bombay Curry House is open for business — again.The new Indian restaurant in Oakland, which filled Mi Ranchito’s vacancy at 346 Atwood St. on May 29, reopened Friday after the Allegheny County Health Department issued a health permit to the restaurant. The Health Departme...

Health Department shuts down Bombay Curry

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

June 4, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News

Editor's Note: This story has been updated in a new article, hereCiting health code violations, the Allegheny County Health Department has shut down the Bombay Curry House in Oakland.The Department shut down Bombay Curry, located at 346 Atwood St., on June 2 for multiple infractions, according to a Health Dep...

Healthy Ride stations in Oakland

Healthy Ride stations in Oakland

By Alex Ryan / Production Manager

June 2, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News

After weekend launch, bike share comes to Pittsburgh

After weekend launch, bike share comes to Pittsburgh

By Alexis Mazzeo and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

June 2, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News

Beneath the reflective peaks of the PPG Place Building Downtown in Market Square, Pittsburgh Bike Share launched its new Healthy Ride program Sunday morning.Roughly 50 people, including David White, executive director of Pittsburgh Bike Share, gathered in the square for a bicycle ride around Downtown. The program incl...

Two international restaurants come to Oakland

By Chidi Nwakpuda

June 2, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Health, News

Where two vacant eateries once stood on Atwood Street, two more will fill their spaces.At 328 Atwood St., where India Garden once operated, Sichuan Gourmet, a new Chinese restaurant, will open, restaurant owner Wei Yu said. Eight doors down, at 346 Atwood St., Bombay Curry House opened on May 29 at t...

Dumpster fire near Bates Hill Apartments

Dumpster fire near Bates Hill Apartments

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

May 29, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Firefighters put out a dumpster fire in the parking lot of Bates Hill Apartments in South Oakland.

Pitt Police investigating campus dumpster fires

Pitt Police investigating campus dumpster fires

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 29, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Pitt Police are investigating the cause of multiple fires set this week in dumpsters and garbage cans on lower campus.Police responded to calls about the fires from 11:22 p.m. Wednesday until approximately 2 a.m. Thursday, according to a crime alert on Pitt Police’s website. The fires were containe...

How to get the most pizza for your peso

How to get the most pizza for your peso

By Alex Ryan, Production Manager

May 28, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Health, News

Pizza is a staple of college life, especially in Oakland. But which shop offers the most pizza for the least of your pocket change? To obtain this data, we calculated the area of each pizza and divided the total area by the price of the pie. All prices are from EatStreet.com, and we used a 16-inch pi...

Faith in the Steel City: Religion on campus

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

After years of having their parents decide whether or not they went to church or religious services, many Pitt students are actively taking part in religious organizations of their own accord, and the organizations are thriving.In 2012 the Public Religion Research Institute conducted the Millennials ...

What PittStart won’t tell you: Advice from the class of 2015

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Not long after Samantha Nuttall got to Pitt as a freshman, a bus driver told her and one of her friends they were on the wrong bus — in the middle of a neighborhood, far from Oakland.The pair “got off the bus in the middle of some suburb to wait for some bus to take us back to Oakland,” Nuttall said. “It was h...

Bike share docking station on Atwood Street

Bike share docking station on Atwood Street

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 13, 2015


Filed under City, News

Bike sharing program expected to launch soon

Bike sharing program expected to launch soon

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 13, 2015


Filed under City, News

With one foot already on the pedal, Pittsburgh will soon gain another way to get around.In the next few weeks, Pittsburgh Bike Share, an organization that will rent bicycles ride by ride, will launch a city-wide bike sharing program to provide students and residents another way to get around the city....

Pa. Senate introduces minimum wage bill

Pa. Senate introduces minimum wage bill

By Stephen Caruso / Layout Editor

May 12, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

Dorothy and her hatchling

Dorothy and her hatchling

By Photo courtesy of Kate St. John

May 12, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Pitt to build Iranian Nationality Room

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

May 12, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

E. Maxine Bruhns doesn’t like how Iran is portrayed in the U.S., so she’s taking its perception into her own hands. Bruhns is the director of the Nationality Rooms at Pitt and after two unsuccessful attempts dating back to 1958, Pitt — after it secures funding — is nearly set to transform room 35...

Pennsylvania Senate seeks to raise minimum wage

Pennsylvania Senate seeks to raise minimum wage

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

May 12, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

For Josh Orange, making $7.25 per hour, the Pennsylvania minimum wage, is not enough. He wants $15 an hour.At rallies last semester, Orange, a Pitt senior, told the story of growing up in Detroit with his mother, who worked for minimum wage to raise him and his siblings. She worked long hours in the se...

Dorothy does it again: Pitt’s peregrine falcon hatches 43rd egg on Mother’s Day

Dorothy does it again: Pitt’s peregrine falcon hatches 43rd egg on Mother’s Day

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 12, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

No one — especially Kate St. John — thought it would happen, but on Mother’s Day, Dorothy the falcon’s 43rd egg hatched.Dorothy is a peregrine falcon that nests on top of the Cathedral of Learning. She’s been there since 2001, and first nested in 2002, according to St. John, a volunteer wit...

Pitt, United Way to hire more disabled youth

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

May 12, 2015


Filed under Administration, City, Health, News

For many young disabled people in Pittsburgh, life comes to a halt after high school. “We call it graduating to the couch,” Mary Hartley, who works with local charity 21 and Able, said. “[These kids] don’t have anything to do with their time when they don’t have school.” To help divert this...

The Pittsburgh Marathon

The Pittsburgh Marathon

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

May 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Health, News, Tech Science

The toll of twenty-six point two

The toll of twenty-six point two

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Health, News, Tech Science

At the starting line Sunday morning, Pitt students Kimberly Goehring and Shea McMurtry were worried their feet and ankles might not hold up.Goehring and McMurtry lined up in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh with nearly 30,000 other registered runners for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunda...

Service workers, Pitt strike deal

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 5, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

After more than five months without a contract, service workers reached an agreement Tuesday with the University and their workers’ union.The new contract includes wage increases and improved training. The previous contract expired in December and lacked both of these amenities, a release from Local 32B...

Pitt, high school students rally for Freddie Gray

Pitt, high school students rally for Freddie Gray

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

May 3, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

In a show of solidarity, local high school students and young Pittsburgh activists took a stand to display their angst over the death of Freddie Gray Saturday night..Police estimated approximately 200 people attended a rally in Schenley Plaza at 6 p.m. to remember Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man who died ...

Student’s attacker arrested

By Dale Shoemaker and Liz Lepro / The Pitt News Staff

May 1, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

After a reported assault on a student Wednesday afternoon, Pitt Police have arrested Jon S. Mattison on one count of indecent assault, one count of unlawful restraint and one count of simple assault.Police arrested Mattison, a Homestead resident with no University affiliation, for assaulting Pitt sophomore Stephanie Kong. ...

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