The Pitt News

Pitt completes renovations on two of eight Cathedral elevators

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under Administration, News

Pitt has completed the first phase of its Cathedral elevator modernization project. According to spokesman John Fedele, two elevator cars in the Cathedral of Learning, cars F and J, are now fully renovated and modernized. Both cars are now open for use. The remaining six of the building’s eight mai...

Pittsburgh City Council to refine noise control ordinance

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News

By changing a few words in local legislation, Pittsburgh City Council hopes to make it easier to keep the peace. At a City Council Meeting on Tuesday, Bruce Kraus, City Council president and South Oakland representative, introduced a bill that intends to update and rework Pittsburgh’s Noise Control...

Pitt’s Board of Trustees approves tuition increase at Oakland campus

By Amy Beaudine / For The Pitt News

August 30, 2015


Filed under Administration, National News, News

Without an official budget from the Pennsylvania Legislature, Pitt’s Board of Trustees has voted to increase tuition for the 2015-2016 school year. At an Executive Committee meeting Friday morning in Wesley W. Posvar Hall, the Board voted to raise tuition for Pitt’s Oakland students, but not for...

Oakland man arrested for indecent assault Tuesday night

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under City, News

Pitt Police have arrested an Oakland man accused of assaulting a woman on Pitt’s campus. Police now have Bochy Fu, 35, in custody after he allegedly assaulted the same woman twice within minutes on July 12. Police made the arrest Tuesday night around 10 p.m., according to Pitt spokesman John Fedele...

Family, friends honor late student Stephen Patrizio

Family, friends honor late student Stephen Patrizio

By Dale Shoemaker and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

August 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Above all else, Stephen Patrizio was a good friend. “I just always remember how excited he was to see me, or any of his good friends. It made you feel so special,” said David “DJ” Gress, a junior at Penn State and friend of Patrizio. Gress had known Patrizio since the two went to Bishop Shanahan...

Outdoor movies in Pittsburgh: A guide

Outdoor movies in Pittsburgh: A guide

By Allison Bradley / For The Pitt News

August 30, 2015


Filed under City, News

All you need is a blanket and some buttery popcorn to enjoy one of Pittsburgh’s best — and free — summer traditions. Every summer, the City of Pittsburgh hosts a series of outdoor movies called Cinema in the Park. Screenings take place on Sundays and Wednesdays at dusk in Pittsburgh’s seven...

They picked them, we read them

They picked them, we read them

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Each summer, Marianne Novy rummages through her home, gathering the books she hadn’t had a chance to read during the school year. Novy, a literature professor at Pitt, said like many others, she gets to read more in the summer because she has more time. She starts at home, then builds a list of...

Pitt provides payment and housing for summer interns, but not all accommodations

By Annemarie Carr / For The Pitt News

August 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

hey live in the dorms, they work with the professors and they know campus like the backs of their hands — but they’re not Pitt students. They’re summer interns. Angelica Herrera, Llorr Robinson and Megan Hoffman are all from different universities around the country, but they’re all interning...

Security guards rally for higher wages, better benefits

Security guards rally for higher wages, better benefits

By Alexis Mazzeo / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Uncategorized

After 22 years on the job as a security guard, Dennis England makes $9 an hour — $1.75 above Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. Thursday morning, he decided to march for a change. England, members of the Service Employees International Union and dozens of security guards from around Pittsburgh held...

Police invite civilians to interview candidates

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

July 7, 2015


Filed under City, News

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police are looking to hire new officers, but for the first time, community members will have a say in who gets a job.As part of a new initiative, Pittsburgh Police put out a call for volunteers last week to increase the number of civilian community members taking part in the oral boar...

Celebration at the Women’s World Cup Final

Celebration at the Women’s World Cup Final

By TNS

July 7, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

The United States' Carli Lloyd (10) celebrates her hat-trick goal during the FIFA Women's World Cup Final match between USA and Japan on Sunday, July 5, 2015, at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, Canada. (Vaughn Ridley/PA Wire/Zuma Press/TNS)...

Chris Jones at his Confederate re-enactment camp.

Chris Jones at his Confederate re-enactment camp.

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

July 7, 2015


Filed under City, National News, News

Fun at Three Rivers Regatta

Fun at Three Rivers Regatta

By Stephen Caruso / Layout Editor

July 7, 2015


Filed under City, News

While boats were in short supply, playful pups gave visitors a show at the Three Rivers Regatta.

Civil (society) war: While the real guns have stopped firing, some Confederate apologists stand up for their meaning of the Confederate flag

Civil (society) war: While the real guns have stopped firing, some Confederate apologists stand up for their meaning of the Confederate flag

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

July 7, 2015


Filed under City, National News, News

Despite Dylann Roof’s racially-charged attack on South Carolina churchgoers last month, Mike Lawson doesn’t think the state should remove the Confederate flag from state grounds.Lawson said the debate about the flag, which Roof was photographed wearing on his jacket, is unfounded. The flag, he said, doesn...

At Three Rivers Regatta, no boats doesn’t mean no fun

At Three Rivers Regatta, no boats doesn’t mean no fun

By Chidi Nwakpuda / Staff Writer

July 7, 2015


Filed under City, News

At this year’s Fourth of July boat racing event, there were no boat races.Regatta organizers, including John Bonassi, had originally planned to host jet ski stunts and a formula one powerboat race, but because of debris cluttering the rivers near the Point Downtown, EQT Three Rivers Regatta closed t...

Her true colors: Oakland gathers in Schenley Plaza for Women’s World Cup

Her true colors: Oakland gathers in Schenley Plaza for Women’s World Cup

By Alexis Mazzeo / Staff Writer

July 7, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Independence Day had passed, but thousands of Schenley Plaza visitors stayed in their red, white and blue ensembles for one extra day.An estimated 3,000 soccer fans gathered in the park, donning their most patriotic attire, to watch the public screening of the Women’s World Cup Final. Minutes into th...

Pitt delays dean search until fall

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

July 7, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Pitt is delaying its search for a new dean of students until the start of the fall term after saying in February it would begin the search sometime this summer.Pitt spokesperson Ken Service said in an email last weekthat the schedule he provided in February was an estimate and said Provost Patricia Beeson...

Construction crane damages Langley Hall

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

July 3, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

A crane fell into Langley Hall on Friday morning, damaging the building.Between 9-9:30 a.m., the crane, which belongs to Franco Associates, a construction company renovating Ruskin Hall, tipped over and hit the side of Langley Hall, according to Pitt spokesperson Ken Service. No one was injured.A few p...

Eddie Lowy and his partner Ricardo Cortes

Eddie Lowy and his partner Ricardo Cortes

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

June 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Racial Diversity at Pitt

Racial Diversity at Pitt

By Alex Ryan / Art Director

June 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

After SCOTUS ruling, Pennsylvania looks to nix discrimination

After SCOTUS ruling, Pennsylvania looks to nix discrimination

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

June 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

When he heard the news, Eddie Lowy got goosebumps.As a rainbow-striped flag waved out front of his Downtown shop, Lowy, who is gay and identifies as a man, fixed his eyes on a television set and learned that nationally, he was granted a new right. The United States Supreme Court voted 5-4 in a historic rulin...

Pitt’s School of Medicine, UPMC launch center for women’s health

By Chidi Nwakpuda / Staff Writer

June 30, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News

In an effort to promote women’s health, Pitt and UPMC have launched a new think tank for women’s health research.Pitt’s School of Medicine and UPMC launched The Center for Women’s Health Research and Innovation (CWHRI) in June. Sonya Borrero, the director of the CWHRI, said this new group is a...

Las Palmas struck with health code violation

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

June 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News

The Allegheny County Health Department has issued a consumer alert for Las Palmas for violating several health codes.Las Palmas, located on Atwood Street, is facing 19 health code violations after the ACHD inspected the grocery store and restaurant during a routine inspection on June 24. The Health De...

Strides for difference: After new hire Pitt examines its diversity efforts

Strides for difference: After new hire Pitt examines its diversity efforts

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

June 30, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Pamela Connelly wants to make Pitt a more diverse campus, but she doesn’t have a plan — yet.“We can’t say today, ‘We have this plan that’s going to happen,’ because we are still trying to piece together everything we have and get all the information in one place,” Connelly, Pitt’s n...

‘American Idol’ comes to Pitt

‘American Idol’ comes to Pitt

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

June 23, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Culture, Music, National News, News

Idolized: Local hopefuls vie for ‘American Idol’ slots

Idolized: Local hopefuls vie for ‘American Idol’ slots

By Nick Mullen and Chidi Nwakpuda / The Pitt News Staff

June 23, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Culture, Music, National News, News

When Amario Gian finished singing his cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” “American Idol” competitors and bystanders greeted him with cheers and applause as he left the audition area.But when producers told him that he didn’t advance in the competition, he left to join hundreds of other rejected...

Sushi Fuku to open tea shop in Sennott Square

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

June 23, 2015


Filed under City, News

Rather than try to compete with other Asian restaurants in Oakland, Sushi Fuku owner Ting Yen has his eyes set on another establishment — Starbucks.Before the fall term starts in late August, Yen will open a sister restaurant, Fuku Tea, in Sennott Square, on the corner of Forbes and Oakland Avenues. Y...

Board of Trustees installs first female chair, approves renovations

By Alexis Mazzeo / Staff Writer

June 23, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

After a series of meetings last week, Pitt’s Board of Trustees has installed its first female chair and approved more than $34 million for building renovation projects.At its full meeting Friday morning, former Chairman Stephen Tritch handed over his gavel to Board member and Pitt alumna Eva Tansky ...

UPDATE: Police seek suspect in Dawson Street shooting

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

June 22, 2015


Filed under City, News

Pittsburgh police are investigating a shooting in Oakland over the weekend after an unnamed suspect shot a pizza delivery man on the job.Police will not release the victim’s name, but a public safety release said the 58-year-old man was delivering pizza to the 3000 block of Dawson Street in South Oaklan...

Port Authority bus runs over man in Oakland

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

June 19, 2015


Filed under City, News

A man is in serious condition after a bus ran over him in Oakland Friday afternoon.At approximately 4:15 p.m., a man who was running alongside a blue bus fell near the corner of Fifth Avenue and Thackeray Avenue. The bus’ back tires ran over the man, according to witnesses. First responders rushed ...

In ‘gesture of friendship,’ China Vice Premier visits Pitt

In ‘gesture of friendship,’ China Vice Premier visits Pitt

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

June 19, 2015


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

Liu Yandong, the vice premier of the People’s Republic of China, paid a visit to Pitt on Friday in what both she and University officials called a show of friendship.Yandong visited Pitt as part of a three-city tour in the U.S. Earlier in the day, Yandong met with Mayor Bill Peduto. Yandong is expected to ...

With fanfare, Heinz Memorial Chapel reopens

With fanfare, Heinz Memorial Chapel reopens

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

June 19, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

It was Anna Thomas’s job to keep the doors of the Heinz Memorial Chapel closed Thursday night.“They said, ‘Open doors for people, and try not to let the cool air out,’” Thomas, a junior engineering major, said.Thomas is a member of the Blue and Gold Society, a Pitt Alumni Association-sponsored...

Liu Yandong visits Pitt

Liu Yandong visits Pitt

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor - @theodschwarz

June 19, 2015


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

Liu Yandong,Vice Premier of the Peoples Republic of China, admires the Cathedral of Learning during her visit to the University of Pittsburgh on June 19 2015.

Heinz Memorial Chapel reopens

Heinz Memorial Chapel reopens

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor - @theodschwarz

June 18, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

OvreArts plays at the grand reopening of Heinz Chapel

Port Authority

Port Authority

June 17, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Erroll Garner

Erroll Garner

June 17, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Stephen Foster Memorial

Stephen Foster Memorial

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

June 17, 2015


Filed under City, News

Port Authority considers flat fare for buses

Port Authority considers flat fare for buses

By Chidi Nwakpuda, Elizabeth Lepro and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

June 17, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Each day she began her commute to her high school job, Roxana Evans lost a portion of her paycheck to Pittsburgh’s bus system.The chunk was larger than she would have liked, since her commute put her outside of Zone 1, which extends to the edge of Homestead and Edgewood — which meant she had to...

Pittsburgh’s Classic Theater on the move

Pittsburgh’s Classic Theater on the move

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

June 17, 2015


Filed under City, News

Pitt’s Theatre Arts department is expanding, forcing a Pittsburgh theatre company to leave its longtime home on Pitt’s campus.The Stephen Foster Memorial, which Pitt owns and is located on Forbes Avenue across from Schenley Plaza, has hosted PICT Classic Theatre for the past decade, but Pitt ...

For free promotion, Oakland restaurants to offer cheap lunch

By Chidi Nwakpuda / For the Pitt News

June 17, 2015


Filed under City, News

This summer, Fuel and Fuddle owner Brandon Smith looks forward to one week more than any other — Restaurant Week.From June 22-27, the Oakland Business Improvement District (OBID), an economic development agency representing local businesses and other Oakland organizations, will host Restaurant Week for ...

All that jazz: Jazz legend Erroll Garner’s estate donates papers to Pitt

All that jazz: Jazz legend Erroll Garner’s estate donates papers to Pitt

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

June 17, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Erroll Garner, Pittsburgh native and legendary jazz pianist, had to use a phone book to reach the piano keys.At five-foot-two, Garner had to prop himself up to play. Now, Garner’s former assistant, Martha Glaser, has donated his papers, including the phone book he used to sit on, to Pitt’s University Libr...

Pitt professor killed in car crash

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

June 10, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

A fatal car crash on June 8 took the life of a 13-year Pitt professor.At 12:10 a.m. on June 8, George Jucha Jr.’s car collided with another vehicle on Route 22 in Washington County. According to Pitt spokesman John Fedele, Jucha had been a part-time instructor in the computer science department sin...

Eleven individuals up for re-election to Board of Trustees

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

June 9, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Pitt announced in a release Monday that the Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board of Trustees advanced 11 individuals for re-election to the Board.The full Board will vote on the candidates’ re-election at a meeting on June 19.According to Pitt spokesperson John Fedele, current Board members and Uni...

Pitt to complete Cathedral elevator modernization project next spring

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

June 9, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

The days of pressing a button when you get in a Cathedral of Learning elevator are coming to end as kiosks are replacing what used to be an internal function.The University announced Monday that the first phase of the elevator renovation project in the Cathedral of Learning has inched a step closer towar...

Iggy Azalea cancels Pittsburgh Pride performance

By Lauren Rosenblatt /Assistant News Editor

June 9, 2015


Filed under City, National News, News

Pittsburgh PrideFest organizers announced the cancellation of pop artist Iggy Azalea’s performance at the LGBT event on Monday night.The Delta Foundation organized PrideFest, which runs Downtown from June 6 to June 14, and faced previous criticism for picking Azalea to headline the festival. Controversy ste...

Uber paves way to success for Pittsburgh engineers

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

June 9, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

Uber is growing far beyond an app, and it's riding on Pittsburgh engineers to expand. Uber, the international rideshare company, opened its Advanced Technologies Center (ATC) in Pittsburgh in February after developing a strategic partnership with Carnegie Mellon University. Now, Uber is expanding that partnership to inclu...

A fresh face: Harun transitions smoothly into new role as SGB President

A fresh face: Harun transitions smoothly into new role as SGB President

By Alexis Mazzeo / Staff Writer

June 9, 2015


Filed under Administration, News, Student Government

In the wake of former Student Government Board President Graeme Meyer’s resignation, Nasreen Harun has had a bittersweet rise to power. Despite the sad ending to Meyer’s presidency, Harun says she’s prepared to fill her new position.As SGB’s new president, Harun will work to continue efforts...

Bombay Curry House reopens after receiving health permit

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

June 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Health, News

After a brief closure, the Bombay Curry House is open for business — again.The new Indian restaurant in Oakland, which filled Mi Ranchito’s vacancy at 346 Atwood St. on May 29, reopened Friday after the Allegheny County Health Department issued a health permit to the restaurant. The Health Departme...

Health Department shuts down Bombay Curry

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

June 4, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News

Editor's Note: This story has been updated in a new article, hereCiting health code violations, the Allegheny County Health Department has shut down the Bombay Curry House in Oakland.The Department shut down Bombay Curry, located at 346 Atwood St., on June 2 for multiple infractions, according to a Health Dep...

Graeme Meyer resigns

Graeme Meyer resigns

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

June 2, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Student Government

Healthy Ride stations in Oakland

Healthy Ride stations in Oakland

By Alex Ryan / Production Manager

June 2, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News

After weekend launch, bike share comes to Pittsburgh

After weekend launch, bike share comes to Pittsburgh

By Alexis Mazzeo and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

June 2, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News

Beneath the reflective peaks of the PPG Place Building Downtown in Market Square, Pittsburgh Bike Share launched its new Healthy Ride program Sunday morning.Roughly 50 people, including David White, executive director of Pittsburgh Bike Share, gathered in the square for a bicycle ride around Downtown. The program incl...

Citing personal reasons, former SGB President Meyer resigns, hands reins to Harun

Citing personal reasons, former SGB President Meyer resigns, hands reins to Harun

By Dale Shoemaker, Elizabeth Lepro and Lauren Rosenblatt

June 2, 2015


Filed under Administration, News, Student Government

Graeme Meyer has resigned as Student Government Board President, but he’s chosen to keep his reasoning private.In a release Friday, May 29, SGB said that effective immediately, Meyer was resigning from his post, five months into his term. Nasreen Harun, then-executive vice president of the Board, ...

Two international restaurants come to Oakland

By Chidi Nwakpuda

June 2, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Health, News

Where two vacant eateries once stood on Atwood Street, two more will fill their spaces.At 328 Atwood St., where India Garden once operated, Sichuan Gourmet, a new Chinese restaurant, will open, restaurant owner Wei Yu said. Eight doors down, at 346 Atwood St., Bombay Curry House opened on May 29 at t...

Search begins for advising center director

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

June 2, 2015


Filed under Administration, News

With thousands of schedules hanging in the balance, Pitt is searching for a new director for the advising center at the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.Pitt commenced the search after the current director, Mary Beth Favorite, announced her retirement after 23 years in the position.In an email, Pi...

John Petersen, namesake of Petersen Events Center, passes away

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 31, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

John Petersen’s legacy will live on through the Petersen Events Center.Petersen, who is the Pete’s namesake, died Saturday, Pitt spokesperson Ken Service said.Petersen, an alumnus and benefactor of the University, passed away after a two-year battle with brain cancer. As of Sunday afternoon, his f...

SGB President Graeme Meyer resigns

SGB President Graeme Meyer resigns

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 29, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

Less than five months into his term, Pitt’s Student Government Board President Graeme Meyer has resigned. In a release Friday, SGB said Meyer resigned, effective immediately. Executive Vice President Nasreen Harun will assume Meyer’s role and hold it until the end of the current SGB term, which ends n...

Dumpster fire near Bates Hill Apartments

Dumpster fire near Bates Hill Apartments

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

May 29, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Firefighters put out a dumpster fire in the parking lot of Bates Hill Apartments in South Oakland.

Pitt Police investigating campus dumpster fires

Pitt Police investigating campus dumpster fires

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 29, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Pitt Police are investigating the cause of multiple fires set this week in dumpsters and garbage cans on lower campus.Police responded to calls about the fires from 11:22 p.m. Wednesday until approximately 2 a.m. Thursday, according to a crime alert on Pitt Police’s website. The fires were containe...

How to get the most pizza for your peso

How to get the most pizza for your peso

By Alex Ryan, Production Manager

May 28, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Health, News

Pizza is a staple of college life, especially in Oakland. But which shop offers the most pizza for the least of your pocket change? To obtain this data, we calculated the area of each pizza and divided the total area by the price of the pie. All prices are from EatStreet.com, and we used a 16-inch pi...

How to eat healthy in college: A Q&A with a dietitian

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

May 28, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News

The Pitt News: How exactly do you define healthy eating?Elizabeth Ruder: I would say that a healthy diet is one that incorporates a variety of foods. It’s not just short lists of good foods and bad foods. You should even include some things one might be quick to categorize as bad foods, but the majo...

Faith in the Steel City: Religion on campus

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

After years of having their parents decide whether or not they went to church or religious services, many Pitt students are actively taking part in religious organizations of their own accord, and the organizations are thriving.In 2012 the Public Religion Research Institute conducted the Millennials ...

Politics @ Pitt

Politics @ Pitt

By Katelyn Binetti / Staff Illustrator

May 28, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

Activism and attitudes: Politics at Pitt

Activism and attitudes: Politics at Pitt

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

In 1970, Paul Finkelman tied a headband around his forehead that read ‘Strike’ and joined hundreds of other students at Syracuse University protesting the Vietnam War. “[The political environment] was much more intense when I was in college,” Finkelman, now a civil liberties expert at Albany Law S...

After cuts, Pitt announces Year of the Humanities

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 28, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

After drastic cuts last year, Pitt will seek to resurrect the humanities.Last year, Pitt cut its religious studies graduate program and suspended admission to its German and classics graduate programs. Now, Provost Patricia Beeson has announced that the 2015-2016 academic year will be the ‘Year of the...

It’s cool to be queer: LGBT community strong at Pitt

By Alexis Mazzeo / For the Pitt News

May 28, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

After Ben Wahlberg wore their first dress, they finally understood themselves.It took until their junior year, but after Wahlberg, who is genderqueer and prefers the pronoun “they,” wore that first dress, Wahlberg felt they didn’t have to hide who they were anymore. “I felt it was something...

From far away lands: How students cope with distance

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

When he was a Pitt freshman two years ago, Manoj Narava was 2,500 miles from home.“I wanted to try something new,” he said.Last fall, Narava was part of the nearly 30 percent of Pitt’s undergraduate student body that came from out-of-state. According to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid...

Formalities first: How to talk to your professors

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

May 28, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

The incoming freshmen class will have no trouble sending text messages and writing tweets, but when it comes to composing an email, experience has proven it to be a harder task. According to Pitt professors, one of the worst mistakes a student can make is treating an email like a text message. Professors like J...

What PittStart won’t tell you: Advice from the class of 2015

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Not long after Samantha Nuttall got to Pitt as a freshman, a bus driver told her and one of her friends they were on the wrong bus — in the middle of a neighborhood, far from Oakland.The pair “got off the bus in the middle of some suburb to wait for some bus to take us back to Oakland,” Nuttall said. “It was h...

Instagram says…

Instagram says…

By Stephen Caruso / Layout Editor

May 26, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Tech Science

Not green enough: After Year of Sustainability, campus environmentalists say Pitt should have done more

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

May 26, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Tech Science

Pitt is one of the greenest colleges in the U.S., according to a new Princeton Review rating, but some student activists are still not satisfied.At the end of April, Pitt completed its first-ever Year of Sustainability, an initiative Provost Patricia Beeson established for the 2014-15 academic year ...

Instagram says emoji could be a new form of language, experts, students are not so sure

Instagram says emoji could be a new form of language, experts, students are not so sure

By Alexis Mazzeo / For the Pitt News

May 26, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Tech Science

Scott Fahlman didn’t mean to start a trend.When Fahlman, a computer science researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, would communicate with colleagues on online message boards in the early 1980s, he needed a way to let them know when he was being serious and when he was joking. With a few simple strok...

Pitt releases salaries of top earners

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 26, 2015


Filed under Administration, News

While the IRS requires Pitt to publicly name its highest-paid employees, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher was not on the list this year. Under the right-to-know law, Pitt released its income tax returns last week. As a nonprofit organization, Pitt is exempt from paying taxes on its revenue, but stil...

Medical marijuana gains momentum in Pa.

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

May 19, 2015


Filed under National News, News

Last week, the Pennsylvania State Senate took a major step toward making the Keystone State even greener.On May 12, Senate Bill 3, which would legalize medical use of cannabis in the state of Pennsylvania, passed the State Senate by a 40-7 vote.Now, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will co...

Pitt staff questions Chancellor at conference

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 19, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Kathy Hansell-Prigg has noticed that some of her colleagues are leaving Pitt — for higher pay in their fields elsewhere.At a public meeting yesterday, she got the chance to ask Chancellor Patrick Gallagher what he plans to do to keep Pitt competitive. At the Staff Association Council’s spring dev...

Bike share docking station on Atwood Street

Bike share docking station on Atwood Street

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 13, 2015


Filed under City, News

Bike sharing program expected to launch soon

Bike sharing program expected to launch soon

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 13, 2015


Filed under City, News

With one foot already on the pedal, Pittsburgh will soon gain another way to get around.In the next few weeks, Pittsburgh Bike Share, an organization that will rent bicycles ride by ride, will launch a city-wide bike sharing program to provide students and residents another way to get around the city....

Pa. Senate introduces minimum wage bill

Pa. Senate introduces minimum wage bill

By Stephen Caruso / Layout Editor

May 12, 2015


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

Dorothy and her hatchling

Dorothy and her hatchling

By Photo courtesy of Kate St. John

May 12, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Pitt to build Iranian Nationality Room

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

May 12, 2015


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

E. Maxine Bruhns doesn’t like how Iran is portrayed in the U.S., so she’s taking its perception into her own hands. Bruhns is the director of the Nationality Rooms at Pitt and after two unsuccessful attempts dating back to 1958, Pitt — after it secures funding — is nearly set to transform room 35...

Pennsylvania Senate seeks to raise minimum wage

Pennsylvania Senate seeks to raise minimum wage

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

May 12, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

For Josh Orange, making $7.25 per hour, the Pennsylvania minimum wage, is not enough. He wants $15 an hour.At rallies last semester, Orange, a Pitt senior, told the story of growing up in Detroit with his mother, who worked for minimum wage to raise him and his siblings. She worked long hours in the se...

Dorothy does it again: Pitt’s peregrine falcon hatches 43rd egg on Mother’s Day

Dorothy does it again: Pitt’s peregrine falcon hatches 43rd egg on Mother’s Day

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 12, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

No one — especially Kate St. John — thought it would happen, but on Mother’s Day, Dorothy the falcon’s 43rd egg hatched.Dorothy is a peregrine falcon that nests on top of the Cathedral of Learning. She’s been there since 2001, and first nested in 2002, according to St. John, a volunteer wit...

Pitt, United Way to hire more disabled youth

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

May 12, 2015


Filed under Administration, City, Health, News

For many young disabled people in Pittsburgh, life comes to a halt after high school. “We call it graduating to the couch,” Mary Hartley, who works with local charity 21 and Able, said. “[These kids] don’t have anything to do with their time when they don’t have school.” To help divert this...

The Pittsburgh Marathon

The Pittsburgh Marathon

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

May 5, 2015


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

Greg Walters

Greg Walters

By Photo Courtesy of Adam Wolff

May 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News

Greg Walters (right) with his Pi Kappa Phi "big brother" Adam Wolff (left)

The toll of twenty-six point two

The toll of twenty-six point two

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 5, 2015


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

At the starting line Sunday morning, Pitt students Kimberly Goehring and Shea McMurtry were worried their feet and ankles might not hold up.Goehring and McMurtry lined up in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh with nearly 30,000 other registered runners for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunda...

From print, to online, to Flickr: the state of Pitt’s yearbook

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

May 5, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

When it comes to memories at Pitt, a web-based photo platform has beaten out the hard copy of the yearbook.Last November, Student Affairs and Student Government Board made the decision to reallocate approximately $40,000 needed to print Pitt’s yearbook, Panther Prints, and eliminate publication of...

Family, fraternity honor late student Greg Walters

Family, fraternity honor late student Greg Walters

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

May 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News

On the first day of fraternity rush, Gregory Walters wore a dressy L.L. Bean vest over his button-down shirt. It was also one of Greg’s first days at Pitt, and the other fraternity brothers thought he had overdressed for the event. “After seeing him in what is now known as his common attire, I ins...

Service workers, Pitt strike deal

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 5, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

After more than five months without a contract, service workers reached an agreement Tuesday with the University and their workers’ union.The new contract includes wage increases and improved training. The previous contract expired in December and lacked both of these amenities, a release from Local 32B...

Pitt, high school students rally for Freddie Gray

Pitt, high school students rally for Freddie Gray

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

May 3, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

In a show of solidarity, local high school students and young Pittsburgh activists took a stand to display their angst over the death of Freddie Gray Saturday night..Police estimated approximately 200 people attended a rally in Schenley Plaza at 6 p.m. to remember Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man who died ...

Student’s attacker arrested

By Dale Shoemaker and Liz Lepro / The Pitt News Staff

May 1, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

After a reported assault on a student Wednesday afternoon, Pitt Police have arrested Jon S. Mattison on one count of indecent assault, one count of unlawful restraint and one count of simple assault.Police arrested Mattison, a Homestead resident with no University affiliation, for assaulting Pitt sophomore Stephanie Kong. ...

Pitt to give CourseWeb a makeover

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

April 29, 2015


Filed under Administration, News, Tech Science

After this weekend, students will no longer see dropped and withdrawn courses still haunting their CourseWeb profiles.Pitt will upgrade multiple components of CourseWeb from Thursday, April 30 to Sunday May 3, according to Pitt spokesman John Fedele. Besides removing dropped courses, the update will also...

Pitt student passes away over weekend

By The Pitt News Staff

April 23, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

A Pitt student was found dead last Saturday night in an off-campus residence in Oakland.A supervisorat the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said police found Gregory Walters, 20, at 9:42 p.m. on April 18 at 334 Ophelia Street. The cause of death was suicide, according to the supervisor.Walters, 20, was a sop...

Two men involved in fatal South Oakland shooting

By Danielle Fox and Dale Shoemaker/ The Pitt News Staff

April 23, 2015


Filed under City, News

Pittsburgh Police are “actively investigating” a shooting involving two men on the 3200-block of Ward Street around 9 p.m. on Wednesday night.One man died on the scene from multiple gunshot wounds while paramedics transported the other to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. According to Pittsburgh Polic...

Legalization in the U.S.

Legalization in the U.S.

By Katelyn Binetti / Staff Illustrator

April 19, 2015


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

Sativa vs. indica

Sativa vs. indica

By Alexandra Ryan / Production Manager

April 19, 2015


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

The how and why of munchies

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

April 19, 2015


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

Spreading peanut butter on a block of cheese or dipping a banana in a mug of Swiss Miss sounds like five-star appetizing after hitting a bowl for a reason. The THC’s effect on the brain can explain the post-pot urge to rummage through kitchen cabinets for unconventional concoctions. Marijuana impairs the ab...

The state of legalization

The state of legalization

By Elizabeth Lepro and Alex Leighton / The Pitt News Staff

April 19, 2015


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

In the Pennsylvania Senate, marijuana legislation is up for reconsideration — but supporters say the bill isn’t about getting high.  Gov. Tom Wolf has supported an act that would legalize the use of medical cannabis. Proponents, including families and cannabis reform groups, however, opponents say t...

Which weed is which: Experts compare pot strains

Which weed is which: Experts compare pot strains

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

April 19, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, National News, News

When Ken Estes, a grower based in California, crossbred Purple Urkle and Big Bud in 2003, he made Grand Daddy Purp —  now one of the most popular strains of marijuana in the United States.But Grand Daddy Purp, known for its cerebral euphoria and physical relaxation, is just one of thousands of strain...

State of Pitt’s funding

State of Pitt’s funding

By Emily Hower / Assistant Layout Editor

April 17, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

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