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Pitt to circulate national sexual assault survey

Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

April 2, 2015


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Pitt announced Monday that it will survey students as part of a national campaign to measure the frequency of sexual assault on campus. Pitt is participating in a survey from Association of American Universitie alongside the more than 60 other member universities and several non-member universities. Westat,...

Turn down for what: WHO releases hearing loss report

Gabriel Naccarato / For The Pitt News

April 2, 2015


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At the one concert Mackenzie Brown treats herself to each month, she focuses more on enjoying the night than thinking about wearing protective earplugs.“I’m willing, but I would only consider [wearing them] if I went to concerts more than once a month,” she said. While not at concerts, Brown, li...

Goodies galore: Pitt group gives to low-income children

Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

March 30, 2015


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A group of Pitt students hosted a party that included goodie bags, but the guests didn’t take a single one home. On Monday night, Pitt’s chapter of the Food Recovery Heroes hosted a “Birthday Bags Challenge” during which volunteers filled bags with party supplies like cake mix, frosting, balloons...

It’s complicated: Pitt discusses teacher-student relationships

Emma Solak / Staff Writer

March 26, 2015


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A Pitt student walks into a bar. A Pitt professor walks into the same bar. The two have never met, and after a few drinks, he invites her out for dinner. It sounds like the start to a bad joke, but under Pitt policy, this romantic invitation is completely acceptable.Last month, Harvard implemented a n...

Students snack, learn at nutrition event

Students snack, learn at nutrition event

Jessica Iacullo / Staff Writer

March 25, 2015


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Learning about nutrition has its perks: free food. More than 600 people attended the Pitt Student Dietetic Association’s annual Spring into Nutrition event on Tuesday, March 24, from noon to 4 p.m., to learn about the different slices of nutrition and health. The association featured 24 tables sho...

Panel discusses rise in heroin-related deaths

Panel discusses rise in heroin-related deaths

Gabriel Naccarato / For The Pitt News

March 25, 2015


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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, ...

SGB, Chancellor push for real food

SGB, Chancellor push for real food

Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

March 25, 2015


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The Student Government Board traded in its usual free fare of popcorn and slushies for some “real food” at its Tuesday night meeting.Before the Board started its weekly public meeting, members of the Real Food Challenge presented Chancellor Patrick Gallagher with a pledge outlining Pitt’s comm...

Food pantry for students to open in Oakland

Food pantry for students to open in Oakland

Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

March 17, 2015


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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

Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

March 17, 2015


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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 heavyweights ally for health data research

Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 16, 2015


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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...

Pitt student passes away over spring vacation

The Pitt News Staff

March 16, 2015


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A Pitt student was found dead at home over the recent spring vacation.Anita Valsa Thachet, an undergraduate who studied information science, passed away around 10:59 p.m. on March 12. Alexander Balacki, chief medical examiner of Montgomery County, Pa., said on Monday that the cause of death was suici...

Students, activists discuss climate change

Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

February 27, 2015


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Reverend Lennox Yearwood lived through Hurricane Katrina and lost loved ones to the storm. Even without the devastation of the area, he says, his home state would still be called Cancer Alley, with water runoffs, smog and pollution causing children to suffer from asthma, bronchitis and emphysema.Thi...

Sorority holds discussion on labels, sexuality

Sorority holds discussion on labels, sexuality

Alex Leighton / For The Pitt News

February 27, 2015


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For Charlotte Frazier, labels don’t always tell the whole truth.Twenty-six students convened around a conference table Thursday night to talk about gender, labels and equality. Zeta Sigma Chi, a multicultural sorority, hosted “50 Shades of Gay,” a discussion in room 310 of the William Pitt Union on L...

Take a shot: Students, professionals debate vaccines

Take a shot: Students, professionals debate vaccines

Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

February 25, 2015


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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...

Family, friends honor late Pitt student

Family, friends honor late Pitt student

Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

February 22, 2015


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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...

Maternity and Millennials: Students weigh careers and children

Aubrey Cofield / For The Pitt News

February 19, 2015


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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...

Chancellor Gallagher sends memo on sexual assault

Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 15, 2015


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Chancellor Patrick Gallagher issued a memo on Friday to Pitt’s faculty and staff addressing his and the University’s position on sexual assault and violence.In the email, Gallagher said “sexual violence has no place” at Pitt. He announced a new online program called Preventing Discrimination...

Phone Sex: Clean cash for dirty talk

Phone Sex: Clean cash for dirty talk

Elizabeth Lepro / Staff Writer

February 13, 2015


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Online and over the phone, Dominique was a long- and raven-haired white woman, slightly older than college-aged, with heavy makeup. Although she wasn’t a dominatrix, she told men that she was interested in learning to become one. In reality, Tanisha is a young, black student who was, truthfully, not ve...

Sin No More: Sex and religion

Sin No More: Sex and religion

Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

February 13, 2015


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In his sophomore year of high school, Spencer Schlecht realized that his abstinence from sex wasn’t developing his faith, so he stopped repenting his sexual sins.Schlecht, a freshman pre-pharmacy major, is a nondenominational Christian. For him, if two people want to and agree on terms to have sex,...

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch Jill’s big black collar

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch Jill’s big black collar

Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

February 13, 2015


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Boy and girl — we’ll call them Jack and Jill — were playfully teasing each other one night. Laughing about something Jack had said, Jill reached across to gently slap his cheek. Jack decided he couldn’t let her get away with it and gave her one right back. To both of their surprise, they liked it....

No Sex, No Love: Exploring asexuality, aromanticism at Pitt

No Sex, No Love: Exploring asexuality, aromanticism at Pitt

Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 13, 2015


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At parties, Allison likes to dance, to bump and grind, but not in a sexual way. Chelsea has danced and hooked up after a party, but didn’t enjoy it. Samantha, too, has had medicore sex after a frat party, but when the boy wanted to see her again, she turned him down. These three women, all Pitt s...

Spillin’ Salt: Pitt’s winter maintenance

Spillin’ Salt: Pitt’s winter maintenance

Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

February 11, 2015


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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...

Chancellor to address sexual assault response procedures

Chancellor to address sexual assault response procedures

Abbey Reighard and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

February 9, 2015


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Chancellor Patrick Gallagher intends to outline Pitt’s sexual assault procedures in a memo to the University community in the near future.University spokesman Ken Service said there is no date set for the distribution of the memo to University faculty and staff. The memo would “reaffirm the Univer...

Pitt negotiating contracts with union workers

Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 8, 2015


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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...

Pitt starts online child abuse prevention program

Dale Shoemaker

January 22, 2015


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Twenty-three days after Act 31 took effect in Pennsylvania, Pitt’s School of Social Work has announced a free, comprehensive, online training program to help prevent child abuse.The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center developed the course in conjunction with the School of Social Work in response to the...

Eye to Eye

Eye to Eye

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January 12, 2015


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Eye to Eye members participate in mentoring activities.

Eye to Eye mentors, relates to students with disabilities

Eye to Eye mentors, relates to students with disabilities

Emma Solak / Staff Writer

January 12, 2015


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A group of Pitt students turn their experiences with learning disabilities into lessons for youngsters.Pitt’s chapter of Eye to Eye, founded in 2012, mentors local middle school students with learning disabilities and educates collegiate and metropolitan communities in Pittsburgh about learning disabilities. ...

Seeing Red: FDA’s move to loosen blood donor ban meets opposition

Lauren Wilson / For The Pitt News

January 8, 2015


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A federal recommendation that would lift the ban on men who have had sex with other men from donating blood has left members of the LGBTQ community dissatisfied. The Food and Drug Administration issued a statement on Dec. 23 announcing recommendations to loosen the guidelines for men who have had se...

Pitt researchers search for worldwide health care data

Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

November 30, 2014


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Sharing public health data is one of the most important steps involved in containing “global health threats” such as Ebola, according to research from a Pitt Graduate School of Public Health team. The team announced on Nov. 24 the importance of public health data after the BMC Public Health, a me...

Modern molecules: Pitt professors bring chemistry to the 21st century

Kathy Zhao / Staff Writer

November 24, 2014


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Thanks to two Pitt professors, chemistry students may have an excuse to whip out their smartphones during future study sessions. According to a University press release, assistant chemistry professors Geoffrey Hutchison and Daniel Lambrecht received an award from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation t...

Parental involvment still important for high schoolers

Parental involvment still important for high schoolers

Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

November 23, 2014


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A study by Pitt researchers found that parents should have strong relationships with their children’s teachers throughout high school, despite the potential embarrassment of the students.Ming-Te Wang, a Pitt researcher and assistant professor of psychology in education, studied the relationship between parent...

Pitt lags behind in Ebola donations

Sabrina Romano / Staff Writer

November 12, 2014


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After Hurricane Sandy, the Haitian earthquake and Hurricane Katrina razed cities and towns years ago, donations poured in to help the survivors.Businesses across the nation pledged roughly $141 million to support the victims of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, almost $300 million for the Japanese earthquake and...

App created for assault victims

Kathleen Fennell / Staff Writer

October 26, 2014


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Connecting to a domestic violence hotline is the single greatest factor in reducing domestic violence injuries, reassaults and homicides. The Women’s Center and Shelter (WC&S) of Greater Pittsburgh, founded in 1974, had these facts in mind when it created RUSafe, a smartphone app that helps users ident...

Life after a stroke: Pittsburgh man regains mobility

Life after a stroke: Pittsburgh man regains mobility

Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

October 22, 2014


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Climbing up all 764 steps of the Cathedral of Learning seems like a difficult and physically draining prospect, but for Steve Gillis, a stroke victim determined to make a full recovery, it’s a way to prove that he can overcome challenges. Eleven months after his stroke in January 2013, Gillis, 58, s...

Get a move on

Get a move on

Andy Slepman / For the Pitt News

October 16, 2014


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Pitt Public Health received $1 million to increase active transportation: walking, jogging or biking. 

Pitt gets $1 million to increase active transportation

Pitt gets $1 million to increase active transportation

Danielle Fox / Assistant News Editor

October 16, 2014


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The Pennsylvania Department of Health gifted the Pitt Graduate School of Public Health $1 million this week to increase physical activity among people in the state. Pitt Public Health will put the funds toward its continued efforts with WalkWorks. WalkWorks is a four-year initiative that began in ...

Ebola spreads from Africa

Ebola spreads from Africa

Zoe Au / For The Pitt News

October 1, 2014


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Ebola has spread to the United States from Africa — what is Pitt doing about it?

Pitt lacks resources to develop Ebola vaccine

Pitt lacks resources to develop Ebola vaccine

Jesseca Muslin / Staff Writer

October 1, 2014


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As Ebola continues to spread through African countries, and now, with one case confirmed in the United States, many people have expressed worry that the virus will find its way to their cities and towns.But, according to experts, it’s unlikely the disease will have similar effects in the United States...

Pitt developing MERS vaccine

Pitt developing MERS vaccine

MCT Campus

September 28, 2014


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Pitt researchers are collaborating with others around the world on a vaccine for the MERS virus.

Pitt researchers develop vaccine to fight respiratory virus

Pitt researchers develop vaccine to fight respiratory virus

Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

September 28, 2014


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Pitt researchers developed a new vaccine that protects mice, and, hopefully, camels, against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, a viral respiratory illness spreading across the Middle East.With enough funding, researchers hope to eventually find a vaccine to protect humans from the disease.  “In May 2013,...

Keep the pizza coming: Freshmen 15 is a myth

Hunter Bergman / For The Pitt News

September 22, 2014


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What do unicorns, Sasquatch and the “freshman 15” have in common?Studies show all three are myths. A 2010 University of Michigan study found that first-year students typically gain between 2.5 and six pounds —­ much less than the storied 15. Meg Mayer-Costa, a registered dietician for the Univers...

E-cigarettes give students new choices

E-cigarettes give students new choices

Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

September 21, 2014


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The nicotine market’s newest competitor, the electronic cigarette, is gaining popularity among teenagers and young adults — including Pitt students.Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, are battery-powered vaporizers that produce an aerosol vapor that resembles cigarette smoke. Presently, little resea...

Method for building larger nanofibers discovered

Method for building larger nanofibers discovered

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August 28, 2014


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Researchers discovered a new method for creating large synthetic protein fibers.

Protein shake-up: Study discovers method for nanofiber creation

Protein shake-up: Study discovers method for nanofiber creation

Dale Shoemaker / For The Pitt News

August 28, 2014


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Cancer patients may soon receive medication more efficiently and with fewer harmful side effects thanks to a new development in nanofiber assembly.Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and Oregon State University have discovered a method for creating large synthetic fibers...

Welcome Back: Vaccination exemptions cause controversy

Welcome Back: Vaccination exemptions cause controversy

Jesseca Muslin / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014


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In first-world countries such as the United States, worries about preventable disease epidemics are few and far between, thanks to vaccines. Recently, members of the anti-vaccine movement are stirring up those worries again by refusing to vaccinate their children against preventable diseases.  Supporter...

Welcome Back: Work out with Cathedral, a parkour hotspot

Kat Prosachik / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014


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For Andrew Obenreder, parkour is not a hobby, a fad or an exercise routine — it’s a lifestyle. Parkour is an activity that involves running, jumping and scaling urban areas that have obstacles for the traceur to use for training.Obenreder, 23, describes parkour as “a method of training and disci...

Health professionals gather at Pitt, discuss future of healthcare

Ilya Yashin and Sarah Police / The Pitt News Staff

June 9, 2014


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Health professionals from Pittsburgh and around the world may be trying to change what happens during your visits to the doctor.Ben Reynolds, director of UPMC’s Office of Advanced Practice Providers, which advances education at UPMC, said this weekend that “interprofessional education” will mean changing the way medical students are taught, primarily in the emphasis on tea...

QUIT program helps students kick smoking habits

QUIT program helps students kick smoking habits

Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


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After smoking cigarettes for about a year and a half, Veronica Hill decided it was time to quit.Hill, a senior nursing major, said she decided to quit on her birthday last December. The process took “no time,” she said, but she added that challenges arose along the way.“A lot of my friends smok...

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