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After terror attacks, Pitt talks Syrian refugees

After terror attacks, Pitt talks Syrian refugees

By Emily Migdal / Staff Writer

November 22, 2015


Filed under National News, News, Top Stories

As the shock of the attacks in Baghdad, Paris and Beirut, Lebanon, begins to fade, political leaders — and a group of Pitt students— met this weekend to discuss what will happen to the Syrian refugees.  On Saturday, Nov. 22, 100 people gathered in the Kurtzman Room of the William Pitt Union for t...

Student Health to distribute free condoms

Student Health to distribute free condoms

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

November 22, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Health, News

Falling in line with the Centers for Disease Control and its partners in the ACC, Pitt said it will offer its students free condoms in the Student Health Center by the end of the semester. Pitt’s Student Health Center told Student Government Board’s Wellness Committee on Oct. 27, that it hopes to inc...

Robert Tessier’s plan

Robert Tessier’s plan

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

November 22, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Before he graduates in April, Robert Tessier, Pitt Student Government Board’s newest member, plans to ignite human rights activism at Pitt through lecture and discussion. Tessier, who joined SGB more than half way through its longest term ever, has less than six months now to catch up with the other ...

Hungry for more: Competition heats up among Oakland’s Asian restaurants

Hungry for more: Competition heats up among Oakland’s Asian restaurants

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

November 19, 2015


Filed under Longform, News, Top Stories

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City makes property violations database

City makes property violations database

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 19, 2015


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

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

Maggot video prompts investigation

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 19, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, Health, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

What started out as a 10-second video of an insect larva allegedly crawling through a plate of Market Central pasta has sparked a week and a half-long investigation by the police, the county and Sodexo. A Pitt senior, Chad Stein, said he shot the video Friday, Nov. 6, when he was eating lunch with a f...

Pittsburgh students rally for Mizzou

Pittsburgh students rally for Mizzou

By Brady Langmann and Dylan Shaffer / The Pitt News Staff

November 19, 2015


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

Emily Cimini was on her way to work on a group project in Schenley Plaza when a throng standing on the corner of Forbes and Bigelow caught her attention. Realizing that this was a protest that dealt with race issues, Cimini stopped and joined. “I love to be present ... just to hear what their views ...

Pitt administration speaks on Paris

Pitt administration speaks on Paris

By Leo Dornan and Emily Migdal / News Staff

November 19, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Elise Powers held a bright yellow sign that read, “Les fleurs et les bougies nous protegent,” or “The candles and the flower will protect us,” Wednesday night outside Posvar. Powers based the sign off of a video of a little boy sitting on his father’s knee in Paris who is at first afraid of ...

Triumph for guards: Pitt security guards get new contract

Triumph for guards: Pitt security guards get new contract

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

November 18, 2015


Filed under Administration, City, News, Top Stories

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

Students to contribute to Pitt Plan

Students to contribute to Pitt Plan

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

November 18, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News, Student Government

In response to complaints about the lack of student involvement, Student Government Board selected nine students to represent the student opinion on the Plan for Pitt. Student Government Board Assembly, the lower body of the Student Government Board, announced the nomination of nine student representati...

SGB supports Rental Registry

SGB supports Rental Registry

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

November 18, 2015


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Pittsburgh City Council has been working to pass legislation that would keep a list of all landlords in the city for the past year. Now, Pitt Student Government Board has voiced its support to make the city’s bill a reality. At SGB’s weekly meeting, the Board unanimously passed a resolution detailing i...

Pitt offers light to grieving cities

Pitt offers light to grieving cities

By Zoë Hannah and Josh Ye / News Staff

November 17, 2015


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

Though they gathered under an American flag, a tearful crowd of Pitt community members spent two minutes in silence for a grieving international community Monday night. About 200 people, including Pitt students, faculty members and anti-war activists, gathered in front of the American flag outside of...

Oakland unveils digital plaza

Oakland unveils digital plaza

By Dylan Shaffer / For The Pitt News

November 17, 2015


Filed under City, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

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

SGB to select student representatives for Pitt Plan

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

November 17, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Several students got one step closer to their goal of collaborating with faculty early this morning at the Student Government Board Assembly meeting. Monday night SGB President Nasreen Harun said the SGB Assembly would select between five and ten student applicants to serve on the five strategic wor...

Pitt stands in solidarity with Mizzou

Pitt stands in solidarity with Mizzou

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

November 17, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

From hundreds of miles away, Pitt students are putting social media back in a positive light for University of Missouri students. On Nov. 16 at 9 p.m., approximately 100 Pitt students gathered in the O’Hara Student Center Ballroom to take group and individual photos for social media to show suppor...

Pitt opens Korean heritage room

Pitt opens Korean heritage room

By Elli Warsh / For The Pitt News

November 15, 2015


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

Eight years and nearly $850,000 later, Pitt unveiled its 30th Nationality Room, the Korean Heritage Room, Sunday in the Cathedral of Learning with traditional Korean dancing, singing and celebrating. On Nov. 15, Pitt students, community members and administrators celebrated the opening of the Korea...

Away from home, students celebrate Diwali

Away from home, students celebrate Diwali

By Emily Migdal / For The Pitt News

November 15, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

This weekend, dancing shoes covered the floor of Bellefield Hall as Pitt students and community members feasted on Indian food and celebrated the Festival of Lights. On Saturday, Nov. 14, 420 people gathered in Bellefield Hall Auditorium from 7 to 10:30 p.m. to watch musical performances and celebr...

Kings, queens and heritage: African Student Organization hosts pageant for charity

Kings, queens and heritage: African Student Organization hosts pageant for charity

By Chidi Nwakpuda / Staff Writer

November 15, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Shamaal Sheppard and Ilham Adam are the new king and queen of Africa — or at least they are at Pitt. On Saturday, Nov. 14, the African Students Organization hosted its fourth annual African King and Queen Pageant. Sheppard and Adam, like other contestants for the pageant, had a chance to showcase their ...

Police investigating failed robbery

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 15, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, News

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

Pitt students safe after Paris attacks

Pitt students safe after Paris attacks

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 15, 2015


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

Four Pitt students studying abroad in France are alive and unhurt after Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, the University Study Abroad Office confirmed Sunday. On Friday, Nov. 13, eight terrorists in three groups conducted an organized massacre in Paris at a concert at Le Bataclan, outside a socce...

Pittsburgh talks Clean Power Plan

Pittsburgh talks Clean Power Plan

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

November 13, 2015


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

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

No room(s) for slackers: Housing rush hits Oakland

No room(s) for slackers: Housing rush hits Oakland

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

November 13, 2015


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

Danielle Kitts and Michaela Woolston chattered away to their mothers on cell phones as they walked up Meyran Avenue toward Forbes. “Well, we only have to pay half the deposit up front,” Kitts said. “No, mom, after that it would be ours,” Woolston said. Along with two of their friends, the pair ...

Tuition march stops traffic

Tuition march stops traffic

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

November 13, 2015


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

At the Million Student March, protestors weren’t modest with money, chanting and raging against the high cost of student debt. An estimated 300 Pitt students, faculty and community members marched down Forbes Avenue from the Cathedral of Learning to Halket Street, then back down Fifth Avenue to S...

Soft support system: Pitt’s emotional support pet

Soft support system: Pitt’s emotional support pet

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

November 13, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, Health, News

Jen Crook isn’t the only Pitt student with a roommate — but she is the only Pitt student whose roommate is a kitten. For the first time, Pitt has allowed an emotional support animal — a pet that’s also a form of therapy — in a dorm room. The three-month-old Pickles, a 6-pound white Persian...

Spilling the nation’s secrets: Journalist Dana Priest speaks at Pitt

Spilling the nation’s secrets: Journalist Dana Priest speaks at Pitt

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

November 12, 2015


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

Dana Priest, a Washington, D.C., native of more than 25 years, started noticing the city’s skyline changing in drastic ways in 2004. As replacements for buildings that were previously well-known establishments, other buildings began to crop up with confusing and vague names like “L-6.” Four y...

Police investigating attempted burglary

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 12, 2015


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

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

The birth of a “white nation”

The birth of a “white nation”

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

November 12, 2015


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

To Jacqueline Battalora, white people are an invention. She clarified: Designating a group of light-skinned people as “white,” Battalora said, only started less than 350 years ago, and the separation of people by race only dates back to the 17th century. Racial problems, Battalora said, started in the ...

SGB to back rental registry

SGB to back rental registry

By Lauren Wilson and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

November 11, 2015


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

Pitt students will soon get extra help dealing with landlords from the city and Student Government Board. At SGB’s weekly meeting this Tuesday, Pat Corelli, SGB Governmental Relations Committee chair, introduced a resolution to support Pittsburgh City Council’s proposed Rental Registry System. ...

SGB co-hosts forum

SGB co-hosts forum

By Annemarie Carr and Elizabeth Lepro / Pitt News Staff

November 11, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

After months of back and forth, Student Government Board and University administration offered a tangible — yet controversial — solution to including students in Pitt’s Strategic Plan. Following SGB’s weekly meeting Tuesday night, SGB and the Strategic Planning Team co-hosted a third open for...

The fight continues

The fight continues

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 11, 2015


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

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

Port Authority bus hits Pitt student

Port Authority bus hits Pitt student

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 10, 2015


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

Port Authority Police is investigating what happened before a Port Authority bus hit a Pitt student on Fifth Avenue Tuesday afternoon. The student stepped into the bus lane to cross Fifth Avenue toward Thackeray Avenue when a Port Authority bus running the 71A outbound route toward Shadyside struck h...

Peduto orders City to raise minimum wage

Peduto orders City to raise minimum wage

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 10, 2015


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

Amid a national discussion about workers’ pay and the federal minimum wage, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has issued an executive order requiring the City to pay all its workers at least $15 per hour. Peduto issued the order at a press conference Tuesday morning, which mandates the City pay all full-time employees at least $15 per hour by 2021...

UPMC researcher advocates for radiation therapy

UPMC researcher advocates for radiation therapy

By Priya Chandrasekaran / For The Pitt News

November 10, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

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

Pitt student found dead over weekend

By Lauren Rosenblatt and Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editors

November 10, 2015


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

A Pitt student passed away on Saturday, Nov. 7. He was 25. Chris Beel was pronounced dead at 12:23 p.m. at the Intensive Care Unit of Allegheny General Hospital from cardiac arrest due to an accidental heroin overdose, according to Rick Lorah, supervisor for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s ...

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...

Pitt students ‘dance or die’

Pitt students ‘dance or die’

By Chidi Nwakpuda / Staff Writer

November 8, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

As Pitt dancer Tim Joy performed a self-choreographed piece, he decided to forgo feet and walked across the stage on only his hands to a chorus of laughter from audience members. Joy, a junior pre-education major, choreographed the dance “Stuck in the Mud” with Joanna Dehler, a senior psychology maj...

Student finds insect in Market food

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 8, 2015


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

Sodexo and Pitt are investigating how a maggot-like insect infected a plate of pasta Friday at Market Central. Pitt student John Buchner, under the handle @Johnny_JBe, tweeted out a video at 1:58 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, that shows a close-up of a dish of pasta with meat sauce, with an insect that looks...

Pitt staff discuss implementing strategic plan

By Emily Migdal / For The Pitt News

November 8, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

After weeks of student-led discussion, faculty and staff had their turn to comment on the Pitt administration’s proposed strategic plan Friday in the William Pitt Union. On Friday, Nov. 6, the Staff Association Council, an organization representing University staff, discussed the implementation of Pitt’s ...

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...

GSWS: Flipping the pages of history

GSWS: Flipping the pages of history

By Alexa Bakalarski / For The Pitt News

November 6, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

On the fourth floor of the Cathedral of Learning sits a little-known collection of books that offers a snapshot of LGBTQIA history from the 20th century to the present. The Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies’ library is a small room to the left of room 402 in the GSWS program’s offices in ...

Deans say no set date on new certificate

Deans say no set date on new certificate

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

November 6, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, Health, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Ten months into her project to launch a new undergraduate certificate program, Student Government Board member Lia Petrose said introductory courses should be tentatively ready by 2017. The University said otherwise. When Petrose was sworn into office in January, she began working to bring public heal...

Department of Education: rules to change for student borrowing

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

November 6, 2015


Filed under National News, News, Top Stories

In December, Pitt alumni with federal student loans will be able to make lower monthly payments. The U.S. Department of Education announced on Oct. 27 two new sets of rules which will protect college students from unfair banking fees and keep graduates out of financial messes. “These regulations ...

Students, White House prep for Week of Action

Students, White House prep for Week of Action

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 5, 2015


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

One day after Pitt launched a sexual violence awareness month, the White House It’s On Us campaign unrolled plans for next week’s national Week of Action. During a White House press call Nov. 5, White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett spoke about nationwide plans involving the It’s On Us campaign and the Week of Action, which begins Nov. 8. Next week, Jarrett said colleges will host...

Pitt announces sexual violence awareness month

Pitt announces sexual violence awareness month

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 5, 2015


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

In the wake of a national conversation about sexual assault on college campuses, Pitt announced today that November will be “Sexual Violence Awareness Month.” The University has announced the month will feature a series of six events aimed at educating the campus community on sexual violence, re...

Pennsylvania tuition third highest in country

Pennsylvania tuition third highest in country

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 5, 2015


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

Over the summer, Pitt boasted its lowest tuition increase in 40 years. But even with the raise to keep up with inflation, Pitt, along with 17 other Pennsylvania universities, has caused the state to come in third for highest tuition at its public universities. On Tuesday, the College Board released new...

Students hold action forum

Students hold action forum

By Zoe Hannah / Staff Writer

November 5, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Students still frustrated with the University’s strategic plan aired their concerns on Wednesday — this time, sans administrators. Members of the Pittsburgh Student Solidarity Coalition, or PSSC, said the University has not adequately addressed concerns they raised at the open student forums on ...

Pitt announces Sexual Violence Awareness Month

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 4, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, National News, News, Student Government, Top Stories

In the wake of a national conversation about sexual assault on college campuses, Pitt announced today that November will be “Sexual Violence Awareness Month.” The University has announced the month will feature a series of six events aimed at educating the campus community on sexual violence, r...

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...

SGB invites PPC to join Assembly

SGB invites PPC to join Assembly

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 4, 2015


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

Seeking student feedback, Pitt Student Government Board has invited an 11th student group to join its student assembly. SGB introduced a bill at its weekly public meeting Tuesday to invite Pitt Program Council to the assembly. The assembly, which meets on the first and third Monday of every month, is...

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 ...

Pitt Police called to unresponsive man

Pitt Police called to unresponsive man

By Danielle Fox / Editor-in-Chief

November 3, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus

Pitt Police were called to an unresponsive man possessing syringes in Wesley W. Posvar Hall this 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, passed out and started gasping for air...

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, ...

The Pitt News wins national pacemaker awards

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

November 2, 2015


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

Five Pitt News staff members received awards from the Associated Collegiate Press national journalism competition this weekend. Four Pitt students and one Pitt alumnus won awards in the categories of 2015 Story of the Year, Spot News Photo of the Year, Sports Story of the Year and Multimedia Story of...

Students train for mass emergency

Students train for mass emergency

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

November 1, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News

After she said the building had collapsed, Lily Roth shouted through a microphone Sunday in the William Pitt Union, directing other students to search for dead or injured people. “Guys, this person is freaking out,” Roth said. “I think this one might be dead. We have patients who haven’t been h...

Glee club elite host first full-length show

Glee club elite host first full-length show

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

November 1, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Arranged in an arc at the front of Heinz Chapel, the 12 men of Pantherhythms stood in full tuxedos singing a range of music, from the Alma Mater to an Eric Clapton single. The Pantherhythms, a subset of the Pitt Men’s Glee Club, performed their first full-length concert Sunday, Nov. 1. The group used ...

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...

Nationality Rooms: Tours of Terror

Nationality Rooms: Tours of Terror

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

October 29, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

The Cathedral’s Gothic architecture can make it a spooky place, but its resident ghost makes it even spookier. Quo Vadis, which is Latin for “Where are you going?” is the name of the tour guide club for the Cathedral’s Nationality Rooms. The Quo Vadis guides said there’s reason to believe tha...

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...

Pitt professor to head Latin American research journal

Pitt professor to head Latin American research journal

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

October 29, 2015


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

Pitt professor Aníbal Pérez-Liñán’s new position will make Pitt a focal point of Latin American studies in 2016. The Latin American Research Review announced on Wednesday that Pérez-Liñán, a professor in Pitt’s political science department, will be the new editor-in-chief of the journal ...

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...

Pitt professor first woman to win Polymer Prize

By Leo Dornan / For the Pitt News

October 27, 2015


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

As the first woman to win the Polymer Physics Prize, Anna Balazs remembers the women who came before her. “I look to the women before me and I am so impressed with all the work they have done themselves to move the field forward,” Balazs said. Balazs, a petroleum and chemical engineering professor at...

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...

Media professionals give internship advice to students

Media professionals give internship advice to students

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

October 27, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

If you send Sharon Walsh a cover letter addressed, “Dear Sir or Madam,” she will throw your application away. “If you don’t have the wherewithal to find the name of the editor when it’s right there on the website, I will discard your letter,” Walsh, founding editor of the investigative...

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...

Trustees approve Pitt plan, ADA elevators

By Zoë Hannah / For the Pitt News

October 25, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, News

Pitt’s Board of Trustees put an end to phase one of Pitt’s strategic plan and said it’s time to begin implementation by making changes through campaigns and committees. At a Board of Trustees meeting Friday at 9:30 a.m. at Pitt Greensburg’s Smith Hall, board members approved the next step of Pitt...

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...

Students pitch in at PMADD

Students pitch in at PMADD

By Elli Warsh / Staff Writer

October 25, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Dust, nails and shattered roof shale flew around inside the dingy house in East Liberty as a group of Pitt students worked furiously to rebuild the house for a needy family. The volunteers worked to fix up the old house so someone would be able to buy it in better condition. The home will soon belong to a ...

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...

College Democrats, Republicans weigh in

College Democrats, Republicans weigh in

By Elli Warsh, Megan Tingley and Mark Pesto / Pitt News Staff

October 22, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

With the 2016 presidential election nearing the one-year mark, Pitt’s two major political organizations - the Pitt College Democrats and Pitt College Republicans - are forging separate paths to secure votes. The Pitt News talked to Republican and Democrat students to map out where the groups’ membe...

Pitt professor, students receive award for community involvement

Pitt professor, students receive award for community involvement

By Leo Dornan / For the Pitt News

October 22, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

For Robin Clarke, it’s the little work that can make the biggest difference. On Thursday, the gender, sexuality and women’s studies program at Pitt recognized Clarke for her social activism in Braddock and East Liberty with a 2015 Iris Marion Young Award. Clarke has been active in the fight to...

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...

Testing treatment: A new look at less common cancer

Testing treatment: A new look at less common cancer

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

October 21, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Health, News

When it comes to treating breast cancer, Pitt researchers say there won’t be a one size fits all solution. Physicians at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) are testing the effects the three most common anti-estrogen treatments for breast cancer have on...

Adopting a narrative

Adopting a narrative

By Cristina McCormack / Staff Writer

October 21, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Adopting a child is meant to create a family, but narratives show that it can also isolate the individual. Four panelists specializing in adoption studies participated in an English department- and Humanities Center-sponsored panel discussion called “Adoption and Narratives of the Human.” The speake...

Remembering activist Julian Bond

Remembering activist Julian Bond

By Amy Beaudine / Contributing Editor

October 20, 2015


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

When Denise McCaskill was in high school, a student not much older than herself — social activist Julian Bond, a college student at the time — convinced her that young people could make a change. To McCaskill, Bond was an inspiration that led her to lifelong work in activism. Bond, a former Georgia state...

SGB to mentor women

SGB to mentor women

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

October 20, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Nasreen Harun wants more strong women leaders on campus — so, she’s set out to find them. At Pitt’s Student Government Board’s weekly meeting Tuesday, Harun, SGB president, announced applications were open for the Pitt Women’s Leadership Experience, the University’s first mentorship pro...

SORC adopts new website

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

October 20, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

In an effort to make running student groups easier, Pitt’s Student Organization Resource Center has given its online management program a facelift. Launched in September, SORC has been working to transition to using CollegiateLink, a site designed for organization management and event scheduling, as its...

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...

Concussion concern: Researchers convene at UPMC

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

October 20, 2015


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

When UPMC organized a conference to discuss concussion treatment, its leaders had no idea what to expect from the experts. “It was very unclear to us what the response was going to be among these 37 experts in the field,” David Okonkwo, a neurosurgeon and the clinical director of the Brain Trauma Re...

Students dance, raise awareness at LGBT prom

Students dance, raise awareness at LGBT prom

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

October 20, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Nearly 100 Pitt students got a chance to relive their prom night last weekend, but this time they boogied in a community that didn’t push them to conceal their gender identities or sexualities. The pop music pounded out of the speakers, and students danced and laughed underneath dimmed lights and gl...

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...

Pitt police take juvenile into custody following cell phone theft

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

October 18, 2015


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

Pitt police took a juvenile into custody Thursday for allegedly stealing a cell phone belonging to a Pitt student, police said Friday. Pitt police will not name the individual because he was under 18 years old, but officers arrested him around 7 p.m. in North Oakland Thursday, according to Pitt spok...

Pitt opens seach for School of Education dean

Pitt opens seach for School of Education dean

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

October 15, 2015


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

The Pitt community — students, faculty, staff, alumni and others — will have a say in who takes over as dean of Pitt’s School of Education. Two and a half months after Alan Lesgold announced he was retiring as dean of Pitt’s School of Education, the Office of the Provost announced Wednesday it wo...

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...

Bonner says change takes time

Bonner says change takes time

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

October 14, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News, Student Government

Students once again offered their input on Pitt’s strategic plan Wednesday night — and some of them brought very specific questions and concerns to the table. The University held its second open forum yesterday in the Connolly Ballroom of the Alumni Hall. Administration heard comments about two...

Pitt joins coalition to reach low-income students

Pitt joins coalition to reach low-income students

By Shumeng Yang / For The Pitt News

October 14, 2015


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

For freshman Abigail Vipperman, applying to college at the end of high school was a rush — but not the good kind. “The admissions process was very fast paced,” Vipperman, a biology major, said. “It felt like everything was thrown at me, which was especially stressful since this was a such m...

SGB committee to propose extended drop deadline

SGB committee to propose extended drop deadline

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

October 14, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, News, Student Government, Top Stories

If Pitt Student Government Board’s latest proposal succeeds, students could get more time to finalize their class schedules each semester. Naomi Stoll, SGB Academic Affairs Committee chair, announced at SGB’s public meeting Tuesday that her committee was finalizing a proposal to extend the time s...

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