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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 8, 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 1, 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 29, 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 29, 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 25, 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 25, 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 13, 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 12, 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

September 30, 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

September 30, 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 28, 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 27, 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 24, 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 24, 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 20, 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 2, 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...

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...

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...

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


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Erroll Garner

Erroll Garner

June 17, 2015


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