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Students, community members march to raise minimum wage

Students, community members march to raise minimum wage

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

February 29, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Pitt students and community members marched through campus to protest minimum wage and student debt Friday. United Students Against Sweatshops, a nationwide student-led labor activism group with a chapter at Pitt, hosted the “March to Take Back Our University” on Friday, Feb. 26, to advocate increasin...

Sanders supporters rally in Oakland and Downtown

Sanders supporters rally in Oakland and Downtown

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

February 29, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Pitt senior Sisto Campana and his parents showed support for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Saturday morning, the same day of the South Carolina Democratic primary. The March for Bernie started at about 11 a.m. in front of the Cathedral of Learning, where attendees could register to vote in pop-u...

City launches redevelopment for West Oakland, Uptown

City launches redevelopment for West Oakland, Uptown

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

February 26, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

If the ideas they wrote on sticky notes are any indication, residents of Uptown and West Oakland know exactly what they want in their neighborhoods. On chalkboards, large maps and interactive cardboard charts, Uptown and Oakland residents told City planners Thursday they want less parking spaces and ...

Pitt buys parking lot from UPMC

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

February 24, 2016


Filed under Administration, City, News, Top Stories

Though it has no formal construction plans yet, the Property and Facilities Committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees bought a 2.1-acre portion of land in Oakland Wednesday. The acquisition is the parking lot just behind the Pittsburgh Athletic Association, which is north of Fifth Avenue and between...

Keeping the peace: How Pitt police use community policing to bridge the gap between students and Oakland residents

Keeping the peace: How Pitt police use community policing to bridge the gap between students and Oakland residents

February 18, 2016


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

Keeping the peace: How Pitt police use community policing to bridge the gap between students and Oakland residentsSaskia Berrios-Thomas / Staff WriterFeb. 18, 2016As Pitt Police Officer Charles Welsch approached the South Oakland porch, the students who saw him started to run.He walked past those who ...

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...

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...

Police arrest Oakland, Shadyside graffiti artist

Police arrest Oakland, Shadyside graffiti artist

By Zoe Hannah / Assistant News Editor

February 1, 2016


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

City police’s graffiti squad arrested a Carnegie Mellon University student Monday for racking up $114,030 in damages during an alleged cross-city graffiti spree. Police charged Max Emiliano Gonzales, who is pursuing a bachelor in fine arts, with 58 counts of criminal mischief relating to defacement...

Man arrested, charged after Saturday shooting in Oakland

Man arrested, charged after Saturday shooting in Oakland

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

February 1, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, Crime, News

Carlow University police have arrested and charged a man involved in a shooting in Oakland Saturday. Police arrested Jamone L. Watson, 21, Saturday at about 4:30 p.m. after a Carlow police officer heard him fire a gun and run down Chesterfield Road toward Fifth Avenue, according to a police report. P...

Senate candidates discuss issues

Senate candidates discuss issues

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

February 1, 2016


Filed under City, National News, News, Top Stories

Five hundred students and community members got a closer look on three U.S. Senate candidates’ views Sunday at Carnegie Mellon University. Instead of participating in a debate, Pennsylvania’s democratic candidates gathered for an annual forum 2 p.m. Sunday in the school’s Jared L. Cohon Unive...

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...

Pitt hears Pittsburgh’s history of lesbian feminism

Pitt hears Pittsburgh’s history of lesbian feminism

By Taylor Mulcahey / Staff Writer

January 29, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, City, News

In the ’70s, two groups of lesbian women wanted a space to eat, talk and listen to music in Pittsburgh — but above all, they wanted to enact social change. In that decade, the city was home to a vibrant music scene, but female musicians were hard to find. Together, two diverse lesbian organizations...

Fire damages Oakland parking structure

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

January 26, 2016


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

A one-alarm fire has caused damage to a management office in an Oakland parking garage. Two fire units responded to a call at the Meyran Avenue garage at 2:35 p.m. Tuesday after a security guard on duty noticed the blaze. Fire crews from the Pittsburgh Fire Bureau Station number 14 were able to ...

Police arrest students for drugs, paraphernalia

By The Pitt News Staff

January 26, 2016


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

Editor's note: This story has been updated Pittsburgh police have arrested six Pitt students after finding drugs in their South Oakland home after a 911 call last week. After a home invasion that occurred at about 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20, at a Juliet Street home inhabited by Pitt students Ben...

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...

Police, locals prompt communication

By Taylor Mulcahey / For the Pitt News

January 22, 2016


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety is looking to connect students with public safety officials through a new campus program. About 15 community members, police officers and members of the Department of Public Safety met at the Jewish Community Center Thursday night in Squirrel Hill for the m...

UPMC, Wyndham commit to healthy options

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

January 22, 2016


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

Four UPMC hospitals and one hotel are pledging to slim portion sizes and eliminate tobacco from their establishments. On Thursday morning, Dr. Karen Hacker, the Allegheny County Health Department director, announced that five Oakland eating establishments — four cafeterias within UPMC hospital branches ...

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...

Port Authority proposes flat fare

Port Authority proposes flat fare

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

January 14, 2016


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

In response to rider and staff feedback, Port Authority has issued a proposal to implement a flat $2.50 per ride fare for the first time in 35 years. At a Port Authority board meeting Wednesday, the Planning and Stakeholder Relations Committee recommended a policy that would institute a flat fare of $2.50...

Meatless Monday coming to Oakland

Meatless Monday coming to Oakland

By Shumeng Yang / Staff Writer

January 13, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Health, News

A neighborhood group in Oakland is going green this Monday to draw vegetarian diners. Though Oakland Business Improvement District’s Restaurant Week is semiannual, the community group in Oakland is introducing “Meatless Monday” as part of its first Restaurant Week of 2016, which runs from Jan. 18 to...

Global nonprofit builds bridges over changing tides

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

January 11, 2016


Filed under City, National News, News, Top Stories

Pitt grads Laura Amster and Nathan Darity park their car across the street from the gray, squat Global Switchboard building in Lawrenceville — a place they’ve come to call home. They spent the ride down 34th Street dancing to Justin Bieber in their seats, maintaining an energetic vibe while nav...

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...

Millennials buying more homes

Millennials buying more homes

By Emily Migdal / Staff Writer

January 7, 2016


Filed under City, National News, News

When Matt Stephens graduated from Pitt last year, he knew he wanted to stay. Now, almost a year later, he’s looking to buy a house. “I decided to stay because a lot of my friends are still out here, and it’s a wonderful place to live,” Stephens, originally from Annapolis, Maryland and who now...

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...

Pitt first partner in ‘Concussion’ foundation

Pitt first partner in ‘Concussion’ foundation

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

December 16, 2015


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

Thirteen years after Bennet Omalu first pioneered research on brain damage, he’s got a book, a movie and a nonprofit in honor of his work. At a panel Tuesday evening at the Southside Works Theater, Pitt announced it will be the first academic partner of the Bennet Omalu Foundation, a nonprofit...

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...

City offers hope for rental registry

City offers hope for rental registry

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

December 10, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News, Student Government

After delaying voting on its rental registry for months, Pittsburgh City Council gave a preliminary OK to the bill Wednesday, with plans to vote again next week. The City Council, which has been debating the bill since Mayor Bill Peduto introduced it in November 2014, voted to preliminarily approve...

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...

Goodbye, Dorothy the falcon

Goodbye, Dorothy the falcon

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

December 9, 2015


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

Dorothy, a peregrine falcon, caught the city’s attention when it lost sight of her wings threading through the clouds above the Cathedral of Learning in November. Now, a month later, the skies are still bare. Through a webcam focused on her nest, Pitt students could watch Dorothy, the female ha...

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...

Marijuana decriminalization vote pending: City Council will decide later this month

By Chidi Nwakpuda / Staff Writer

December 4, 2015


Filed under City, Health, National News, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh City Council will consider decriminalizing marijuana in Pittsburgh later this month, possibly giving residents the gift of lesser charges for future drug violations. On Dec. 21, City Council will vote on a proposed city ordinance that would direct police to confiscate drugs and issue a $1...

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...

Veteran serves and studies in Pittsburgh

Veteran serves and studies in Pittsburgh

By Elli Warsh / Staff Writer

November 30, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

James Matthew Landis, a Pitt student and veteran with a disability, has always had a hefty sense of responsibility and isn’t ready to relax his helping hands. He left college to join the Army as a 19-year-old in the ’90s to pay off his mother’s medical bills after she died from cancer. As an A...

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...

City makes property violations database

City makes property violations database

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 19, 2015


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

Oakland residents wondering what happens after they filed a neighborhood complaint can now see the results of their community policing. By visiting the city’s Permits, Licenses and Inspections Department homepage, residents can check specific addresses for property violations, which include buil...

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 ...

Triumph for guards: Pitt security guards get new contract

Triumph for guards: Pitt security guards get new contract

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

November 18, 2015


Filed under Administration, City, News, Top Stories

After months of negotiating and rallying, security guards at Pitt are getting a raise, the option of free health care and more job training. Sam Williamson, the district director for 32BJ, Pittsburgh’s local branch of the Service Employees International Union, said U.S. Security Associates, which empl...

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...

Oakland unveils digital plaza

Oakland unveils digital plaza

By Dylan Shaffer / For The Pitt News

November 17, 2015


Filed under City, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

The corner of Forbes and South Bouquet Avenues transformed into New York City on New Year’s Eve as community members counted down the opening of the Forbes Digital Plaza. On Nov. 16, at 6 p.m., around 300 Oakland community members gathered to watch the Oakland Business Improvement District — an eco...

Police investigating failed robbery

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 15, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, News

Police are investigating an attempted robbery that occurred near UPMC Montefiore early Sunday morning. At approximately 12:28 a.m. Sunday, Pitt police assisted city police on a call for an attempted robbery at the intersection of Terrace Street and Buffalo Street. According to a Pitt police crime alert, a...

Pittsburgh talks Clean Power Plan

Pittsburgh talks Clean Power Plan

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

November 13, 2015


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

As passing drivers honked their support, environmental activists at a Downtown rally Thursday waved signs reading, “Put People and Planet First,” “Make Our Energy Clean — Make it American” and “Protect Our Communities: Clean Air Now.” About 150 activists, including Pitt students, rallie...

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...

Police investigating attempted burglary

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 12, 2015


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

Pittsburgh police are investigating an attempted burglary in Oakland Tuesday morning. According to a crime alert posted on its website, the Pitt police assisted the city police in an attempted apartment break-in on the 3400 block of Bates Street at about 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 11. Early yesterday morning...

The fight continues

The fight continues

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 11, 2015


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

With official action coming yesterday morning and a rally descending upon Downtown in the evening, the fight for a $15 minimum wage bookended in Pittsburgh. Amid a national discussion about workers’ pay and the federal minimum wage, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto issued an executive order Tuesday mor...

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...

UPMC researcher advocates for radiation therapy

UPMC researcher advocates for radiation therapy

By Priya Chandrasekaran / For The Pitt News

November 10, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network paints a straightforward picture of the best lymphoma treatments, but recent UPMC research found that reality doesn’t reflect this depiction. Dr. John Austin Vargo, a UPMC radiation oncologist, led a study investigating what he calls one of the “shortcom...

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...

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...

Risking change: When competition or controversy strikes, yoga studios change their names

Risking change: When competition or controversy strikes, yoga studios change their names

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

November 4, 2015


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

Yoga is about focusing on the moment, the pose and the current breath. But for some yoga enthusiasts, accepting the history behind a certain yoga brand is too big of a stretch. When five women accused Bikram Choudhury — founder of the extremely popular branch of yoga, Bikram Yoga — of several inst...

Police find man with syringes

Police find man with syringes

By Danielle Fox / Editor-in-Chief

November 4, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, News

Pitt Police are still investigating a man they found unresponsive beside syringes in a first floor bathroom in Wesley W. Posvar Hall Tuesday 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, ...

New city data paints picture of Oakland

New city data paints picture of Oakland

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

November 4, 2015


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

To fill you in — from from Feb. 20 through Nov. 2., the city received 148 calls about potholes in South Oakland. According to data recently released by the city, Oakland residents also wish students would pipe down, pick up their trash and stop stealing street signs already. In October 2006, the ...

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 ...

Addiction research hits home

Addiction research hits home

By Shumeng Yang / Staff Writer

November 2, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Health, National News, News, Top Stories

Yan Dong’s research on illicit drugs’ movement through the brain has been a work in progress since 2006. Now, he is learning how to use that movement to reverse the negative effects of addiction. Dong , an associate professor of neuroscience at Pitt and head of a neurosciene lab in Crawford Hall, ...

Police report weekend assaults

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 2, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, News

Two women were sexually assaulted at separate house parties in South Oakland between Saturday night and early Sunday morning, according to University crime alerts. According to the first alert, Pitt and city police responded to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital at about 2:05 a.m. Sunday for a report that a...

Petition for bike lanes seeks change, faces challenges

Petition for bike lanes seeks change, faces challenges

By Zoë Hannah / For The Pitt News

October 30, 2015


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

Pittsburgh bike advocates are calling for more bike lanes in Oakland following a death on Forbes Avenue last Friday. On Oct. 24, the day after Pitt adviser Susan Hicks died in an accident on Forbes Avenue, Gregory Dornseif, a Pitt sophomore, started a Change.org petition titled “#SaferForbesNOW....

Acid attack survivor speaks to students

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

October 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Hanifa Nakiryowa stood in front of a crowd in the William Pitt Ballroom proudly wearing a gray blazer, oval glasses and her scars. In 2011, at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, an unknown man threw something at Nakiryowa’s face after she had refused to bow to her then-husband’s demands th...

Thorpe Documentary: Voicing the truth

Thorpe Documentary: Voicing the truth

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

October 29, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News, Top Stories

In 2010, David Thorpe was anxious about his “gay voice,” so he began seeing a vocal coach to make his voice sound more masculine. By 2014, he realized his voice was fine the way it was — Thorpe had just finished filming a documentary about the process. Now, because of his own struggle, he work...

Living, aging with HIV

Living, aging with HIV

By Dylan Shaffer / For The Pitt News

October 29, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

Following the results of a new study, a Pitt researcher will begin to look at ways people with HIV can live healthy lives well into old age — a prognosis that was unthinkable when the epidemic began in the 1980s. “Because HIV was such bad medical news, nobody really prepared for the question of HI...

CWO marches to take back the night

CWO marches to take back the night

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

October 28, 2015


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

With raised fists, marching feet and rhyming chants, students stopped traffic and caught the attention of camera phones in a demonstration seeking to fight back against sexual violence. “Whatever you wear, wherever you go, yes means yes and no means no,” students chanted down Bigelow Boulevard in...

Public health program closer

Public health program closer

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

October 28, 2015


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

After 10 months of work, Student Government Board member Lia Petrose now has a potential starting date for a public health certificate for undergraduate students. At SGB’s weekly public meeting Tuesday, Petrose said introductory courses for the certificate will be “tentatively available for the fall 2017 sem...

Medical examiner releases names of accident victims

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

October 28, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, News

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office has released the names of the two people who were killed in an accident involving an SUV and a Port Authority bus Monday in the Oakland/Hill District area. Carol Williamson, 68, and Henry Walker, 73, who was in a wheelchair, were a married couple fr...

Able to lead: Disability activist visits Pitt

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

October 28, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Mark Johnson once chained himself to a bus to draw attention to disability-inaccessible public transportation. “Rosa [Parks] wanted to sit in the front [of the bus],” Johnson said. “I just want to get on.” Johnson, director of advocacy at the Shepherd Center ­— an Atlanta non-profit hospi...

Pittsburgh inaugurates new citizens

Pittsburgh inaugurates new citizens

By Dylan Shaffer / For the Pitt News

October 27, 2015


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

Without immigrants, there wouldn’t be a Cathedral of Learning. “[Pitt’s neighbors] donated their own scarce resources, their own treasure, and their own sweat to complete the project,” Pitt Chancellor Patrick D. Gallagher said. On Monday, Oct. 26 in Schenley Plaza, Pittsburgh welcomed anothe...

Two pedestrians killed in accident involving Port Authority bus near upper campus

Two pedestrians killed in accident involving Port Authority bus near upper campus

By Danielle Fox and Dale Shoemaker / Pitt News Staff

October 26, 2015


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

An accident involving a Port Authority bus has killed two pedestrians near upper campus this afternoon. Port Authority spokesman Adam Brandolph said two passengers, a woman and a man in a wheelchair, had exited an incoming 83 Bedford Hill bus at the intersection of Centre Avenue, University Drive and...

OBITUARY: Remembering Susan Hicks

OBITUARY: Remembering Susan Hicks

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

October 26, 2015


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

Susan Hicks was always learning, often traveling and never limiting her capacity for empathy or her dedication to students. Hicks, 34, was assistant director of academic affairs at Pitt’s Center for Russian and East European Studies. She died Friday after being hit by a car in Oakland while ridin...

Pitt Black Action Society hosts Bree Newsome

By Zoë Hannah / For the Pitt News

October 26, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

For Bree Newsome, the conversation on race violence didn’t end when she descended the South Carolina Statehouse flagpole, clutching a Confederate flag. Newsome is a social justice activist who climbed into the national spotlight when she scaled the flagpole in June to remove the Confederate flag amid...

Pitt, community mourn death of adviser, cyclist

By Josh Ye and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

October 24, 2015


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

The death of a cyclist and Pitt adviser has left the City — and the University — mourning this weekend. Susan Hicks, who was the assistant director for academic affairs for the Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies at Pitt, died after her bicycle was hit by a car near campus Friday ...

Pitt administrator dead after Forbes car accident

Pitt administrator dead after Forbes car accident

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

October 24, 2015


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

A Pitt administrator in the Center for Russian and Eastern European studies has died after her bicycle was hit by a car near campus Friday evening. According to police, the incident occurred at the intersection of Forbes Avenue and South Bellefield Avenue, near the Cathedral of Learning and Carnegie...

Female cyclist dead after Forbes incident

Female cyclist dead after Forbes incident

By Danielle Fox / Editor in Chief

October 23, 2015


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

A female cyclist has died after being hit by a car near the Cathedral of Learning this evening. Police were called to the intersection of Forbes Avenue and South Bellefield at 4:57 p.m. No word on the the cause of the incident or the victim's identity.

Incident on Forbes stops traffic, sends two to hospital

Incident on Forbes stops traffic, sends two to hospital

By Amy Beaudine and Danielle Fox / The Pitt News Staff

October 23, 2015


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

An incident involving a female biker and at least two cars has shut down Forbes Avenue. Police were called to the intersection of Forbes Avenue and South Bellefield at 4:57 p.m. Two people were taken to the hospital.  Their condition is unknown. Pitt police arrived first on the scene. A Pitt ...

Candle smoke leads to Bouquet H evacuation

Candle smoke leads to Bouquet H evacuation

By Danielle Fox and Harrison Kaminsky / The Pitt News Staff

October 23, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, City, News

A candle in a Bouquet H dorm room activated the building's sprinkler system early Friday morning, forcing residents to evacuate. According to Ethan Debroff, who lives in room 104H, smoke from a small candle on the stovetop activated the alarm. Pittsburgh Fire Department were called to the dor...

Faculty members introduce union push

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

October 22, 2015


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

A Pitt professor has publicly announced that University faculty will begin a campaign to organize a faculty union. After gauging faculty interest, William Haywood Carey, lead organizer of the campaign and United Steelworkers employee, said the committee will direct faculty members to send union authoriza...

Beyond the red

Beyond the red

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

October 20, 2015


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

On fall weekends, while the air is fresh and still invitingly warm, the same scene rolls. Speakers up, drinks poured and best clothes on, Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University students pour into South Oakland homes and bars for evenings of fun. While the music and students’ spirits are up, researc...

Pitt police issue crime alert following Ward Street home invasion

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

October 18, 2015


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

Pitt police have issued a crime alert for Oakland after a home invasion early Saturday morning. Pitt and Pittsburgh police responded to a call for a home invasion at 3313 Ward St. at approximately 12:10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. The victim told police two black men with guns forced their way into h...

Open data connects community

Open data connects community

By Elizabeth Lepro and Dale Shoemaker / News Staff

October 15, 2015


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

Call it a Pittsburgh-sized win for transparency. Pitt Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement and Chief of Staff Kathy Humphrey, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and City of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced Thursday that the three heavyweights had opened the Western Pennsylvania Regional...

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...

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