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Toilet paper elimination on campus

Toilet paper elimination on campus

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

April 1, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

Cathedral fire

Cathedral fire

By TNS

April 1, 2015


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Green is the new brown: Pitt to eliminate toilet paper

Green is the new brown: Pitt to eliminate toilet paper

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

April 1, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

Editor's Note: This story is satirical.Student Government Board, along with student groups, plan to wipe away the most ruthless enemy of Mother Nature: toilet paper.At Tuesday night’s SGB public meeting, three environmental organizations said they plan to regulate the amount of toilet paper students ca...

Search committee to search for committee

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

April 1, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

Editor's Note: This story is satirical.University administrators are currently seeking members to join a search committee that will then search for members for the search committee that will then search for Pitt’s next Dean of Students. Pitt spokesman Ken Service is calling the committee the “Dean...

Pitt to offer room service

Pitt to offer room service

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

April 1, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

Editor's Note: This story is satirical.Market To-Go? How about “Market To-Go-and-come-to-you-while-you-rot-away-in-a-twin-XL-bed?”For students living in on-campus housing, Panther Central will now be on call to deliver room service seven days a week, spokesman John Fedele said in a press release F...

Hot damn: Gallagher burns Cathy for insurance money

Hot damn: Gallagher burns Cathy for insurance money

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

April 1, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

Editor's Note: This story is satirical.Chancellor Gallagher, after almost a year spent focusing on Pitt’s financial stability, let his previous financial plans go up in smoke.Gallagher told sources that his new idea was “fire” and “too hot, hot damn” before purposely starting a grease fire ...

Uber puts women in the driver’s seat

Uber puts women in the driver’s seat

By Katelyn Binetti / Staff Illustrator

March 30, 2015


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Uber Pittsburgh to help hire 1 million women

Uber Pittsburgh to help hire 1 million women

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

March 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News

On the road ahead, a popular rideshare company may drive straight through the glass ceiling. Uber said this month that it plans to hire 1 million women by 2020 in hopes of “accelerating economic opportunity for women.” Uber, a San Francisco-based company that connects car drivers to passengers with an ap...

Chess tournament for girls

Chess tournament for girls

By Nicole Gye / Staff Photographer

March 30, 2015


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Pittsburgh chess tournament supports girls

Pittsburgh chess tournament supports girls

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

March 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Armed with kings, queens, knights and pawns, girls are defying the idea that chess is a man’s game.On Saturday, girls between second and eighth grade gathered at Oakland Catholic High School in North Oakland to participate in a chess tournament. The free event was organized by Pitt freshman Anjana ...

Kathy Humphrey

Kathy Humphrey

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

March 26, 2015


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Joe Sestak speaks to students

Joe Sestak speaks to students

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

March 26, 2015


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Joe Sestak walks campaign trail to Pitt

Joe Sestak walks campaign trail to Pitt

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

March 26, 2015


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

Joe Sestak is walking in Pennsylvanians’ shoes on the campaign trail — literally.As part of his campaign for the U.S. Senate, Sestak is walking across Pennsylvania and making stops in several towns and cities along the way. Sestak arrived in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night and made several stops T...

Board of Trustees committee approves leasing, renovation funds

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 26, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

The Property and Facilities Committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees approved $37 million for two renovation projects and several million more for three building leases.The committee includes 13 members of the Board of Trustees, 11 of which held a conference call Thursday afternoon to approve the fundi...

GRAC Comes to Pitt

GRAC Comes to Pitt

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

March 26, 2015


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Genocide awareness club comes to Pitt

Genocide awareness club comes to Pitt

By Marjorie Tolsdorf and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

March 26, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Shamanta Mostofa said other students ask her “if political leaders can’t control [genocide], what are a bunch of college kids going to do?”With the her newly-established group, the Genocide Relief and Awareness Club, Mostofa hopes to find that answer at Pitt.Wednesday night, Mostofa and 10 other students ...

PublicSource Heroin Panel

PublicSource Heroin Panel

By Emily Klenk / For The Pitt News

March 25, 2015


Filed under City, Health, National News, News

Panel discusses rise in heroin-related deaths

Panel discusses rise in heroin-related deaths

By Gabriel Naccarato / For The Pitt News

March 25, 2015


Filed under City, Health, National News, News

Pennsylvania is facing a “public health and criminal justice crisis,” David Hickton, the U.S. attorney for Western Pennsylvania, said, stemming from a rise in heroin use.On Tuesday night, PublicSource, a Pennsylvania-based news agency, brought together a team of five members of law enforcement, ...

Pitt students “Hail to Diversity”

Pitt students “Hail to Diversity”

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 24, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

When the panel started, Elaine Linn wasn’t wearing a hijab, but, halfway through, she put one on.Linn, assistant director of academic affairs of the global studies center, is a Muslim American and spoke on a four-person panel that launched Pitt’s Diversity Council in front of about 200 students ...

Bus strikes Pitt student near Cathedral

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 22, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

A Port Authority bus struck a female Pitt student on campus Sunday morning.The 71B bus was traveling outbound toward Shadyside and Hamilton when it struck the 19-year-old woman at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard, next to the Cathedral of Learning. Port Authority spokesman Jim Ritchie said...

University of Thriftsburgh

University of Thriftsburgh

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

March 19, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

SGB works to strengthen neighborhood relations

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 19, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News, Student Government

Pitt’s Student Government Board wants students to be good neighbors. In light of a recent city initiative against overcrowding in Pittsburgh housing, Pitt’s Student Government Board is developing an off-campus student association to serve as a bridge between students, their neighbors and commun...

Pitt pops tags, opens student-run thrift store

Pitt pops tags, opens student-run thrift store

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

March 19, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Pitt went hip — and opened its own thrift store on campus. The thrift store, University of Thriftsburgh, is a University-owned, student-run thrift shop focused on sustainability that opened for business yesterday. Located on the first floor of the O’Hara Student Center, the store, is small but b...

Bellefield Presbyterian Church

Bellefield Presbyterian Church

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

March 18, 2015


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

Hot yoga

Hot yoga

By TNS

March 18, 2015


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Food pantry for students to open in Oakland

Food pantry for students to open in Oakland

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

March 17, 2015


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

Pitt students may soon be going to church — to pick up groceries. Some time this month, PittServes — a division of Student Affairs that connects students with service opportunities — will, along with Bellefield Presbyterian Church, open a food pantry for students and community members who may not be...

Yoga studios consider name change amid controversy

Yoga studios consider name change amid controversy

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

March 17, 2015


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

Several Pittsburgh yoga studios are standing by their staple — Bikram Yoga, or “hot” yoga — even as lawsuits have brought heat on its namesake.Bikram Choudhury — founder of the popular branch of yoga, Bikram Yoga — has recently been accused of several instances of alleged sexual assault, h...

Local man stabbed in Oakland over weekend

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 17, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Pitt police are currently seeking two suspects after a man was stabbed Saturday night near the Cathedral of Learning. At 9:41 p.m. on Saturday, Pitt Police responded to a call on the 100 block of Lytton Ave. — about a block from the Cathedral — for “a male stabbed,” according to a Pitt police crim...

Local heavyweights ally for health data research

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 16, 2015


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

The vision is simple, UPMC president and CEO Jeffrey Romoff said.Pitt, Carnegie Mellon University and UPMC are teaming up to collect health data and improve health care  through the Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance.The goal of the alliance, the three said, is to use health data to provide more speci...

Overcrowding a focus in Oakland

Overcrowding a focus in Oakland

By Aby Briner / Staff Illustrator

March 15, 2015


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Home, sweet zone: City officials crack down on overcrowding

Home, sweet zone: City officials crack down on overcrowding

By Elizabeth Lepro / Staff Writer

March 15, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

Kenneth Ward, Brian Sugarmann and two other roommates have lived comfortably in a four-bedroom apartment on McKee Place for the past two years. No one sleeps on the floor, the furniture and belongings aren’t crammed up next to each other. Nothing has fallen into disrepair. “I think you’...

Workforce diversity report shows room for improvement

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Pittsburgh’s work force is not diverse, a new report shows, but its authors expressed a need for the city to improve.On Thursday, the Workforce Diversity Indicators Initiative, a coalition of Pittsburgh organizations led by Vibrant Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Today, released the Pittsburgh Regional W...

Vernon E. Jordan

Vernon E. Jordan

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

March 3, 2015


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A look back to move forward

A look back to move forward

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

March 3, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

On May 30, 1980, a white supremacist shot Vernon E. Jordan in the back in Fort Wayne, Ind.The first telegraph he opened after his surgery was from George C. Wallace, then-governor of Alabama whose campaign for office trumpeted segregation. “I am happy your life was spared,” Wallace’s wire to Jo...

Changin’ times: Port Authority adjusts bus schedules

By Dale Shoemaker and Abbey Reighard / The Pitt News Staff

March 3, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

In coming weeks, Pittsburgh Port Authority will adjust the schedules of 22 bus routes, more than 11 of which run through Oakland.Effective Sunday, March 15, the changes are part of four annual service adjustments, according to a Port Authority release. Port Authority will adjust routes including the 75 Ellsw...

Step Show

Step Show

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

March 1, 2015


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SEIU Panel

SEIU Panel

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

February 27, 2015


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Service workers demand higher wages at panel

Service workers demand higher wages at panel

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 27, 2015


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

They talked and, later, chanted, but they knew it wasn’t enough.Roughly 200 service workers — including janitors, security guards, fast food workers, students, professors and community members — gathered in the O’Hara Student Center on Thursday at 5 p.m. to hear a panel of workers and experts di...

Vaccination Statistics

Vaccination Statistics

By Alexandra Ryan / Production Manager

February 25, 2015


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

Take a shot: Students, professionals debate vaccines

Take a shot: Students, professionals debate vaccines

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

February 25, 2015


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

Debilitating headache. Sore throat. Five hour naps. The works. For Colleen Hilla, being sick is a perpetual cycle.Hilla gets the flu annually, among other seasonal ailments, and she doesn’t get vaccinated for it because of a bad experience with flu shots in third grade.  “I’ve had the flu every year...

Pitt launches crowdfunding platform

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 24, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News, Student Government

Pitt’s Global Public Health Brigades has turned to crowdfunding and selling dates with its members to raise money for a trip to Honduras this summer.“We’re still relatively unknown,” said Alex LaMonaca, a molecular biology and neuroscience double major. “Crowdfunding is definitely more profitable...

Tell me your secrets: Frank Warren speaks at Pitt

Tell me your secrets: Frank Warren speaks at Pitt

By Jessica Iacullo / Staff Writer

February 24, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

People send Frank Warren their secrets, and then he spills them to everyone. Roughly 330 students listened to Warren, creator of PostSecret, speak in the William Pitt Union on Tuesday night about his vision for the project and some of his own secrets. Warren created PostSecret in 2004 as a global colle...

Brown professor visits Pitt, speaks about racial disparities

By Alex Leighton / For the Pitt News

February 24, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Despite the Hollywood allure of some black actors and musicians, not much has changed for the black community since the Civil Rights Movement, according to Tricia Rose.Black History Month “celebrates the Civil Rights Movement as a past movement ... a total victory,” Rose said. “[But] outcomes ar...

Dhirana

Dhirana

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

February 22, 2015


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Daly family

Daly family

February 22, 2015


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Family, friends honor late Pitt student

Family, friends honor late Pitt student

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

February 22, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, Health, News

George Daly couldn’t sing well, his friends say, but he loved to anyway.His favorite song to sing, according to his friends, was Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York,” even though he hardly knew any of the words.“It was a lot of mumbling the parts he didn’t know, and yelling the parts he di...

Pitt service workers rally for change

Pitt service workers rally for change

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 20, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

The microphone froze.At 7 p.m. Thursday night, it was two degrees in Oakland, and, despite a wind chill advisory from Pittsburgh news station WTAE, roughly 100 Pitt service workers, students and council members gathered on the sidewalk in front of David Lawrence Hall to rally for fair wages and cheaper hea...

Maternity and Millennials: Students weigh careers and children

By Aubrey Cofield / For The Pitt News

February 19, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Health, News

As a senior, the last thing on Natalie Marfisi’s mind is whether or not she should have a kid —  rather, she’s worrying about finding a job post-graduation.She’s not alone in her line of concerns, and millennials across the board are foregoing childbirth in favor of their education and career...

WPTS-FM nominated for Woodie Award

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 19, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News, Tech Science

After a yearlong lull, WPTS, Pitt’s radio station, has been nominated for an mtvU Woodie Award for Best College Radio Station. The Woodie Awards, which recognize “the music voted the best by college students,” includes awards for best music video, breakout artists and college radio station, the la...

Proposal made for South Oakland apartments

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 18, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Walnut Capital Partners may bring more than 350 more apartments to South Oakland by 2017.Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority owns the property, and though Walnut Capital doesn’t yet own the title to it, they have entered into exclusive negotiations for the land, according to URA’s spokesper...

Temporary, all-day building closures after pipe burst

Temporary, all-day building closures after pipe burst

By Natalie Daher / Editor-in-Chief

February 17, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

A frozen pipe burst in Sennott Square on Tuesday afternoon prompted temporary and all-day building closures. Two businesses, Panera Bread and New Balance Shoes and Apparel, will reopen tomorrow, while the academic portion reopened around 2 p.m. Around 12:50 p.m., fire crews arrived at the building ...

Wesley Posvar

Wesley Posvar

By Courtesy of Pitt Library Archives

February 12, 2015


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Wesley Posvar: A man of finance, football, family

Wesley Posvar: A man of finance, football, family

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

February 12, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

Editor’s Note: This profile of former Pitt Chancellor Wesley Posvar is the first in a series on individuals who helped shape the history of Pitt and Pittsburgh, who might otherwise not be well-known by current Pitt students.In order to become chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, Wesley Posvar ha...

Spillin’ Salt: Pitt’s winter maintenance

Spillin’ Salt: Pitt’s winter maintenance

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

February 11, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, Health

Keeping the streets and sidewalks safe for Pitt students and faculty is no easy — or cheap — task.High concentrations of sodium can mobilize or release calcium and magnesium from the soil. This transports the particles into the groundwater or the surface water, depending on the flow passage throug...

Bill Cosby performance at Heinz Hall canceled

Bill Cosby performance at Heinz Hall canceled

By Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

February 10, 2015


Filed under City, National News, News

Bill Cosby will not perform his scheduled show at Heinz Hall on Feb. 21, according to a release from Heinz Hall.The show was canceled by “mutual agreement with Cosby’s presenter and Heinz Hall management,” the post said.Those with tickets will be refunded in full.Representatives from the Heinz ...

Pitt negotiating contracts with union workers

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 8, 2015


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

Pam Johnston’s livelihood is under negotiation.After 23 years at Pitt, where she works on the crews that clean buildings, she now makes $16.42 an hour under her union’s contract, which gives workers an annual raise between 1.75 and 3 percent a year.Despite this, as her wages increase every year, her...

Best of the real world: Co-ops provide cash, experience

By Elizabeth Lepro / Staff Writer

February 6, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

While many students gain experience at internships, co-ops are where the cash is at. Pitt’s co-op program cites a 3.22 average GPA among participants and an average salary $4,000 higher than someone who hadn’t had co-op experience, upon graduation, according to their own numbers. Even with these ...

Students talk value of unpaid internships

By Aubrey Cofield / For The Pitt News

February 6, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

In her four years of undergrad, Michelle Hanrahan completed 11 internships — eight without a paycheck. “Someone has to do the dirty work, and everyone has to pitch in, but that should balance out with new experiences and learning opportunities as well,” Hanrahan said. “If that does not balanc...

Professional Ink: Employers, job-seekers talk tats

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

February 6, 2015


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

Decorations of love might be sweet, but affection etched into your skin could turn employers sour. While tattoos are commonplace in American culture, spirits toward skin modification in the workplace aren’t as bright as the hues embellishing inked-up arms. About 76 percent of participants in a 2014...

Recyclemaniacs

Recyclemaniacs

By Christine Lim / Staff Photographer

February 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Trash picking for a cause: Recyclemania continues at Pitt

Trash picking for a cause: Recyclemania continues at Pitt

By Elizabeth Lepro / Staff Writer

February 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

The courtyard between Towers Patio and the William Pitt Union got trashy on Wednesday morning.Student group Free the Planet, as well as other environmental student groups and campus sustainability leaders, coordinated a “waste audit” between 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. The event, organized with the ...

Closed for renovations

Closed for renovations

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

February 4, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Hillman evacuated after light ballast burns out

By Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

February 4, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Hillman Library was evacuated after a light ballast burned out Wednesday afternoon.Hillman staff members saw smoke and pulled a fire alarm at approximately 4:37 p.m., according to Pitt spokesman John Fedele.The fire department cleared the situation, Fedele said, and people reentered the building as of 4:58 p.m. ...

The Original Hot Dog Shop closed for renovations

The Original Hot Dog Shop closed for renovations

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 4, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

French fries, hold the O — Essie’s Original Hot Dog Shop has temporarily closed for renovations.The Oakland restaurant, located on the corner of South Bouquet Street and Forbes Avenue, displayed white, circular signs with the words, “Sorry, closed for remodeling” scrawled in yellow and pink marker.L...

Students to compete in startup competition

By Harrison Kaminsky and Abbey Reighard / The Pitt News Staff

February 4, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News, Tech Science

Andrew Buchmann wants more people to save their money. One day, while he was eating lunch at Hemingway’s Cafe, Buchmann — a senior majoring in finance and supply chain management — learned that the restaurant offers half-off meals from 2 to 4 p.m. each day. In the three years Buchmann’s been a...

Oakland abuzz for Super Bowl Sunday

By Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

February 1, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Faced with an incoming wave of midterm exams, projects and papers, students put schoolwork on hold to relax for an evening of American football. Football fans, Pitt coaches and Oakland restaurants chirped away on Twitter about Sunday’s game as well as the the accompanying nosh and Super Bowl commer...

Apparent murder-suicide in North Oakland

By Abbey Reighard and Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editors

January 29, 2015


Filed under Campus, City

The homicide unit of the Pittsburgh City Police is currently investigating an apparent murder-suicide that took place on North Craig Street Thursday afternoon.Officers arrived at Sherwood Towers, 230 North Craig St., at approximately 1:45 p.m. and found the bodies of a man and woman, according to a P...

Bartending at Peter’s

Bartending at Peter’s

By Christine Lim / Staff Photographer

January 29, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Vince Donahue, an of-age bartender at Peter's Pub in Oakland, enjoys one of the more preferable part-time jobs for young adults.

Former Steelers quarterback, Pitt team up for startup

By Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

January 29, 2015


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

Charlie Batch’s Pittsburgh heroics started with his game-winning drive for the Steelers in 2012. Now, he looks to take that sports fame off of the field and into the doctor’s office.Impellia, a Pittsburgh-based sports medicine startup led by now-retired quarterback Batch, has partnered with Pitt to develop...

Students cash out with bartending jobs

Students cash out with bartending jobs

By Aubrey Cofield / For The Pitt News

January 29, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

With their finances on the rocks during college years, bartending offers students the perfect pour for their wallets’ thirst. Due to the prevalence of tip-heavy salaries in bartending jobs, DailyFinance.com calls it one of the top part-time gigs for college students. Pennsylvania is one of 24 states wh...

Bar Marco is a restaurant in the Strip District

Bar Marco is a restaurant in the Strip District

By Dale Shoemaker

January 22, 2015


Filed under City, National News

Don’t keep the tip: Pittsburgh restaurant trades tips for salaries

Don’t keep the tip: Pittsburgh restaurant trades tips for salaries

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

January 22, 2015


Filed under City, National News

As Bar Marco gains recognition for being the first restaurant in Pittsburgh to pay servers by salary, industry employees and experts wonder if the move actually helps wait staffs.This April, Bar Marco, located in the Strip District, will ask patrons not to tip servers and will, instead, pay their serving ...

Cathedral stairs

Cathedral stairs

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

January 21, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Trek to the Top: Cathy Climbers

Trek to the Top: Cathy Climbers

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

January 21, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

The 764 steps in the Cathedral of Learning break down into 36 flights of approximately 21 steps each. I know this, because I’ve climbed every one of them.I’m not the only one, though. Danny Chew, a lifelong Pittsburgh resident, currently holds the record time for climbing the Cathedral stairs — t...

Protest in Pittsburgh

Protest in Pittsburgh

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

January 20, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Chasing a Dream: Protesters march Pittsburgh for equality

Chasing a Dream: Protesters march Pittsburgh for equality

By Abbey Reighard, Elizabeth Lepro and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

January 20, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

People of Pittsburgh banded together Sunday night for a 1,000-member march, traveling 2.5 miles through the cold from Oakland to Downtown Pittsburgh, to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and protest racism. The crowd members, many of which were bundled up in coats and hats, held signs with gloved hands that displayed “I’...

Students serve community in honor of M.L.K. Jr. Day

By Kathy Zhao / Staff Writer

January 20, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

On Monday morning, Sam Sittenfield sat on the floor of the Repair the World building on Broad St. in East Liberty with two Pitt students, Sarah Shaykevich and Leanna Travis. The trio was sorting through cardstock envelopes stuffed with free samples of Post-it notes and highlighter tabs that they would later...

Fire on North Dithridge Street injures two

Fire on North Dithridge Street injures two

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

January 16, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

A fire on the 100 block of North Dithridge Street Friday night left two residents of an apartment building injured, according to Pittsburgh Police spokeswoman Sonya Toler.Though an estimate of the damage is not yet available, Toler said the fire was contained to the eighth floor of the building and it is the only buil...

Report shows racial disparity persists in Pittsburgh

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

January 14, 2015


Filed under City, National News, News

As the years roll by, Pittsburgh’s rates of diversity and racial disparity stand still.Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems released “Pittsburgh’s Racial Demographics 2015: Differences and Disparities” on Tuesday, a follow-up of the Center’s 2007 report. The report compares the most recent statistics from th...

Rob Rogers

Rob Rogers

By ©2015 Rob Rogers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Reprinted with permission.

January 12, 2015


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The Pen is Mightier: Local satirists’ take on Charlie Hebdo

The Pen is Mightier: Local satirists’ take on Charlie Hebdo

By Elizabeth Lepro / For The Pitt News

January 12, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Humor can often be the best avenue to truth, according to local satire writers and experts. Following Wednesday’s terror attack on the Paris-based satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, French and global citizens have responded to the tragic massacre by adopting the slogan “Je Suis Charlie,” or “I Am Charlie,” as a sign of p...

New activist group honors MLK, plans protest

New activist group honors MLK, plans protest

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

January 8, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a new Pittsburgh activist group, We Change Pittsburgh, will march against racism and police brutality.“The best way to commemorate Dr. King is to continue his work to end racism at home, war overseas and militarism everywhere,” said Julia Johnson, organize...

Peet’s Coffee closes doors at Pennsylvania locations

Peet’s Coffee closes doors at Pennsylvania locations

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

January 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

After providing Pitt students with hot beverages for slightly more than a year, Peet’s Coffee & Tea has gone cold.After assessing coffee shop locations in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania, Peet’s will be closing locations in those states in order to “focus on our top performing markets,” according...

Polar Vortex 2015?

Polar Vortex 2015?

By Aby Briner / Staff Illustrator

January 5, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

Salt Savior: Students dread cold, University prepared

Salt Savior: Students dread cold, University prepared

By Elizabeth Lepro / For The Pitt News

January 5, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

For students like Ellen Ross, living in deep South Oakland during last year’s “polar vortex” meant long underwear — and lots of it. “I did stay in a lot more instead of going to hang with people or party, because I just didn’t want to go back outside,” said Ross, a junior neuroscience ...

Escape Room PGH

Escape Room PGH

By Courtesy of Escape Room PGH

January 5, 2015


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

Students opt for lockup in Escape Room Pittsburgh

Students opt for lockup in Escape Room Pittsburgh

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

January 5, 2015


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

First, Joe Deasy locked us in a jail cell. It was a small cell set inside a larger room that had a metal desk and an electric chair. The cell was only big enough for one convict, but there were four of us locked inside. Then, Joe told us to place our hands through the bars so he could handcuff us. We di...

December graduates get a jump on the job market

By Aileen Ryan / Staff Writer

January 5, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

For Pitt alumna Brittney Ferrone, graduating early saved her thousands of dollars and allowed her enter the job market early. Ferrone, who majored in rehabilitation science, graduated a semester early in December 2013. It was easier to acquire a job, she said, because she wasn’t competing with he...

City of Asylum/Pittsburgh

City of Asylum/Pittsburgh

By Colin van 't Veld / Staff Photographer

January 5, 2015


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

City of Asylum writers take refuge in Pittsburgh

City of Asylum writers take refuge in Pittsburgh

By Kathy Zhao / Staff Writer

January 5, 2015


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

Four years ago, a weak Israel Centeno, recovering from Dengue fever, presented his novel “Bajo las hojas,” or “Under the Leaves,” in his native country of Venezuela. One week later, he left his wife, children and home after boarding a flight to Houston, looking out the plane window only to see ...

Unconventional holiday traditions take hold at Pitt

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

December 8, 2014


Filed under City, News, Specials / Fallfinals2014

 Alex Andrea’s family sacks Secret Santa each holiday season in favor of Fat Santa.“Anybody that wants to come to our family Christmas party is welcome. We have an open door policy for family, friends, anyone,” Andrea, a senior information science major, said. “But if you want to receive a g...

City raises money, hope for charity this season

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

December 8, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News, Specials / Fallfinals2014

While most Pitt students are thankful that final exams are over, some in the Pittsburgh community would be thankful simply for having a winter jacket. Pitt students are working to make that happen. According to spokesman John Fedele, Pitt is attempting to break a world record with its “Give a Thread” project, which be...

Student-organized, anti-police brutality protest spans city, lasts four hours

Student-organized, anti-police brutality protest spans city, lasts four hours

By Danielle Fox and Harrison Kaminsky / The Pitt News Staff

December 5, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News, Specials / Fallfinals2014

Hundreds of Pittsburghers set out on Friday night to show the city “what democracy looks like,” marching for eight miles in the December rain.Roughly 400 protesters with signs, posters, megaphones and banners gathered in Schenley Plaza around 5 p.m., according to police. It was a mix of high scho...

Students seek short-term parking solutions on campus

By Jesseca Muslin / Staff Writer

December 4, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

When Mike Green received his third parking ticket for parking his car while he worked out, he decided something needed to be done. Green, a sophomore majoring in psychology and sociology, lives on Parkview Avenue and doesn’t have time between classes and extracurricular activities to make the long h...

Die-in protest

Die-in protest

By Joelle Smith / Social Media Editor

December 4, 2014


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

Roughly 100 students gathered on Towers patio for a die-in protest against police brutality Thursday afternoon.

A city in solidarity: Anti-police brutality protests continue Thursday

A city in solidarity: Anti-police brutality protests continue Thursday

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

December 4, 2014


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

Protests on Pitt’s campus continued Thursday afternoon, as students gathered in Towers lobby to organize a die-in to raise awareness for those who have died in police-related incidents.At 12:45 p.m., students trailed from Towers lobby to the Fifth Avenue side of Towers patio. They then laid down on the...

Moment of silence

Moment of silence

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

December 3, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

More than 100 students and community members had a 4.5-minute long moment of silence in the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard as part of an hour-long protest against police brutality. 

Students, community members hold peaceful protest against police brutality

Students, community members hold peaceful protest against police brutality

By Harrison Kaminsky and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

December 3, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Pitt students and community members flooded the streets of Oakland Wednesday night to protest racial injustice and police brutality, joining other protesters around the country. More than 100 students and community members gathered in Schenley Plaza Wednesday at approximately 7 p.m. to peacefully pro...

On the Record: Pittsburgh still loves vinyl

On the Record: Pittsburgh still loves vinyl

By Lauren Wilson / For the Pitt News

December 3, 2014


Filed under City, News

The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Chuck Berry were the soundtrack to hippie culture, campus unrest and the civil rights movement — and they all debuted on vinyl.  According to Nielsen Soundscan, a system that  tracks data in the music industry, LP album sales in the United States reached $4.6 million in 2012...

Low crime rates in Pittsburgh

Low crime rates in Pittsburgh

By Harrison Kaminsky

December 1, 2014


Filed under City, News

Data from from FBI Uniform Crime reports. 

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