The Pitt News

Search committee to search for committee

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

April 1, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

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

SGB to begin referenda to change name

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

April 1, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

Starting next year, the Student Government Board will not exist as we currently know it.The Board announced at its public meeting in Nordy’s Place on Tuesday night that it intends to change its name from the Student Government Board to the Student Government Association. The Board will make the chang...

Pitt to offer room service

Pitt to offer room service

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

April 1, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

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

Hot damn: Gallagher burns Cathy for insurance money

Hot damn: Gallagher burns Cathy for insurance money

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

April 1, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

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

Uber puts women in the driver’s seat

Uber puts women in the driver’s seat

By Katelyn Binetti / Staff Illustrator

March 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News

Laverne Cox speaks at Pitt

Laverne Cox speaks at Pitt

By Alyson Derrick / Staff Photographer

March 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News

Laverne Cox

March 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News

People and pronouns: Laverne Cox speaks at Pitt

People and pronouns: Laverne Cox speaks at Pitt

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

March 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News

Laverne Cox’s identity — and her pronoun — are feminine, and she’s proud of both. Cox, an activist and actress on the hit Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black,” spoke to about 500 attendees at Alumni Hall about her experiences as a transgender black woman Monday. Pitt’s Rainbow Allianc...

Uber Pittsburgh to help hire 1 million women

Uber Pittsburgh to help hire 1 million women

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

March 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News

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

Goodies galore: Pitt group gives to low-income children

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

March 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health

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...

Chess tournament for girls

Chess tournament for girls

By Nicole Gye / Staff Photographer

March 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Pittsburgh chess tournament supports girls

Pittsburgh chess tournament supports girls

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

March 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

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

Fantasy panel sparks imagination at Pitt

By Mark Pesto / For the Pitt News

March 30, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

After 10 years, Pitt students are still letting their imaginations run free. The Fantasy Studies Fellowship, an undergraduate book club dedicated to the analysis of fantasy novels and films, celebrated its 10th anniversary last Friday by holding a conference on Tolkien and Modern Fantasy in the Cathe...

Kathy Humphrey

Kathy Humphrey

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

March 26, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Joe Sestak speaks to students

Joe Sestak speaks to students

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

March 26, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

#thatawkwardmomentwhen: Pitt students recount awkward moments on ‘national holliday’

By Jessica Iacullo / Staff Writer

March 26, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

Awkward moments occur all over campus and are almost inevitable. National Awkward Moments Day, celebrated last week, gives people the opportunity to rehash past awkward experiences and laugh, cry or both while doing so. What follows are three stories from Pitt students who braved the awkwardness of t...

Joe Sestak walks campaign trail to Pitt

Joe Sestak walks campaign trail to Pitt

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

March 26, 2015


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

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

Board of Trustees committee approves leasing, renovation funds

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 26, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

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

Hail to the chief (of staff): Kathy Humphrey, vice chancellor and chief of staff, talks her new job and her vision for Pitt

Hail to the chief (of staff): Kathy Humphrey, vice chancellor and chief of staff, talks her new job and her vision for Pitt

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 26, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Kathy Humphrey has moved on — and moved up. Until January of this year, Humphrey was Pitt’s vice provost and dean of students. Chancellor Patrick Gallagher promoted her not long after winter break to senior vice chancellor and chief of staff. The Pitt News sat down with her and Ken Service, vice cha...

GRAC Comes to Pitt

GRAC Comes to Pitt

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

March 26, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

It’s complicated: Pitt discusses teacher-student relationships

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

March 26, 2015


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

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...

Genocide awareness club comes to Pitt

Genocide awareness club comes to Pitt

By Marjorie Tolsdorf and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

March 26, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

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

Chancellor Gallagher at SGB

Chancellor Gallagher at SGB

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

March 25, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Student Government

Nutrition Event

Nutrition Event

By Alyson Derrick / Staff Photographer

March 25, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Student Government

PublicSource Heroin Panel

PublicSource Heroin Panel

By Emily Klenk / For The Pitt News

March 25, 2015


Filed under City, Health, National News, News

Students snack, learn at nutrition event

Students snack, learn at nutrition event

By Jessica Iacullo / Staff Writer

March 25, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News

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

By Gabriel Naccarato / For The Pitt News

March 25, 2015


Filed under City, Health, National News, News

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

SGB, Chancellor push for real food

SGB, Chancellor push for real food

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

March 25, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Student Government

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...

Board’s Travel Grant Program picks up speed

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

March 24, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

Student Government Board’s chief of staff will this week review applications for the Undergraduate Conference Travel Grant Program.SGB’s chief of staff, who Student Government Board President Graeme Meyer said he will announce at tonight’s public meeting, will review travel grants each Thursday, ...

Pitt students “Hail to Diversity”

Pitt students “Hail to Diversity”

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 24, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

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

Lee Daniels at Pitt

Lee Daniels at Pitt

By Photo Courtesy of Lee Daniels Facebook Page

March 22, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

Dancers pay homage to their Brazilian roots.

Dancers pay homage to their Brazilian roots.

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

March 22, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Bus strikes Pitt student near Cathedral

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 22, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

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

Breakin’ it Down: Brazil Nuts hosts cultural festival

Breakin’ it Down: Brazil Nuts hosts cultural festival

By Richard Koppenaal / Staff Writer

March 22, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

A crowd sporting Brazilian soccer jerseys, bearing a strong resemblance to last year’s World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, filled the William Pitt Union Assembly Room this weekend. Brazil Nuts, a student group that promotes the Portuguese language and Brazilian culture, held its 14th annual Brazilian Festiva...

Lee Daniels to lecture at Pitt

Lee Daniels to lecture at Pitt

By Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

March 22, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

Academy Award-winning director and producer Lee Daniels will visit Pitt this spring to speak to students in the William Pitt Union.Pitt Program Council will host Daniels’ lecture about his life and career on Thursday, March 26 in the Assembly Room at 8:30 p.m. Free tickets — with a maximum of two p...

Best of the Best: WPTS Radio wins national award

Best of the Best: WPTS Radio wins national award

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

March 22, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

WPTS Radio beat nine other college radio station finalists to win a national award over the weekend. MTV’s sister station catering to college audiences, mtvU, awarded WPTS 92.1 — Pitt’s student radio station — the College Radio Woodie during the 2015 mtvU Woodie Awards on Friday, March 20. Sin...

Clopenings

Clopenings

By Aby Briner / Staff Illustrator

March 19, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Hard day’s night: Students juggle jobs, school

Hard day’s night: Students juggle jobs, school

By Elizabeth Lepro / Staff Writer

March 19, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Kimberly Bader spends most of her waking hours on weekends serving tables at The Cheesecake Factory in SouthSide Works.Because Bader, a junior rehabilitation sciences major, closes the restaurant on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, then comes back to open the restaurant the next morning, she wo...

Hold the receipt: Students cut paper waste

By Abbey Reighard and Harrison Kaminsky / The Pitt News Staff

March 19, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Some students are shred up with crumpled receipts in backpacks and pockets. Paperless, a student group, wants to reduce the amount of paper waste on campus, according to member Sean Huzinec, a junior majoring in environmental studies.The group’s current initiative, “Let’s Beat the Receipt,”  aims...

University of Thriftsburgh

University of Thriftsburgh

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

March 19, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

SGB works to strengthen neighborhood relations

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 19, 2015


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

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

Pitt pops tags, opens student-run thrift store

Pitt pops tags, opens student-run thrift store

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

March 19, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

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

Bellefield Presbyterian Church

Bellefield Presbyterian Church

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

March 18, 2015


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

Hot yoga

Hot yoga

By TNS

March 18, 2015


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

Food pantry for students to open in Oakland

Food pantry for students to open in Oakland

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

March 17, 2015


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

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

Yoga studios consider name change amid controversy

Yoga studios consider name change amid controversy

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

March 17, 2015


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

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

Local man stabbed in Oakland over weekend

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 17, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

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

Local heavyweights ally for health data research

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 16, 2015


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

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

Dean search committee to form this fall

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 16, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Pitt’s search for a new dean of students will start early next fall, according to Ken Service, vice chancellor for communications.Pitt’s typical cycle for searches for deans of students, Service said in an email Monday, begins “in the mid-to-late fall.” Pitt plans to follow that cycle for Kath...

Pitt student passes away over spring vacation

By The Pitt News Staff

March 16, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, National News, News

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...

Overcrowding a focus in Oakland

Overcrowding a focus in Oakland

By Aby Briner / Staff Illustrator

March 15, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

Home, sweet zone: City officials crack down on overcrowding

Home, sweet zone: City officials crack down on overcrowding

By Elizabeth Lepro / Staff Writer

March 15, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

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

Water main break affects eight University buildings

March 6, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

A water main break on campus has affected eight University buildings, effectively canceling classes in seven of them.Crews are working to fix the problem, according to spokesman John Fedele. A power outage has affected Clapp, Langley, Crawford, Alumni Hall, Life Science, Music and SIS buildings.The o...

Malandro named Innovation Institute director

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 5, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Provost Patricia Beeson has appointed Marc Malandro to lead Pitt’s Innovation Institute as its founding director.Malandro, formerly the interim director, was named to the position this week after a year-long search. The search, Malandro said, included a University search committee and an outside profess...

Workforce diversity report shows room for improvement

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

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

Board members plan mental health initiative

Board members plan mental health initiative

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

March 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

Two Student Government Board members are preparing a mental health partnership with the Jed and Clinton Health Matter Campus Program.Board members Meghan Murphy and Matt Sykes said once Pitt administrators approve the partnership, the Board will contact the Program and collaborate to survey Pitt stude...

Students lobby for affordable tuition

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

March 5, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

After sitting through an unexpected six-hour-long bus ride to the state Capitol Building, Pitt advocates had to be quick on their feet as they pushed for more commonwealth education funding.Two coach buses full of students, administrators and alumni took Wednesday off for Pitt Day in Harrisburg, an annual ev...

Pitt students address sexual assault through art

By Jessica Iacullo / Staff Writer

March 4, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

Two Pitt graduate students are combating sexual assault on college campuses, armed with a paper chain that could one day span the height of the Cathedral of Learning.  The chain is made out of colored paper stapled together to create links, similar to the decorative chains one might find hanging in a...

Pitt’s got some ‘Schmutz’

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

March 4, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Only one person attended Schmutz’s weekly meeting last night — its founder. But she’s not too worried about the low attendance.“People come if they feel like it,” Jessie Kast, who founded the group in January, said. Schmutz is an improv comedy group that meets each Tuesday at 9 p.m. in room 3...

Vernon E. Jordan

Vernon E. Jordan

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

March 3, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

A look back to move forward

A look back to move forward

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

March 3, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

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

Changin’ times: Port Authority adjusts bus schedules

By Dale Shoemaker and Abbey Reighard / The Pitt News Staff

March 3, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

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

Step Show

Step Show

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

March 1, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Honors Convocation

Honors Convocation

By Nicole Gye / Staff Photographer

March 1, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Gallagher officially installed as Chancellor

Gallagher officially installed as Chancellor

By Alex Leighton / Staff Writer

March 1, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Patrick Gallagher’s long wait finally came to an end with his official installation as Pitt’s 18th chancellor by the Board of Trustees.Although Gallagher assumed the role of chancellor in August, he was officially inaugurated almost seven months later, during the Honors Convocation in the Carnegie M...

Students step for heritage, competition

Students step for heritage, competition

By Alex Leighton / Staff Writer

March 1, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

As fraternities’ and sororities’ shouts drowned out the announcer, Alpha Phi Alpha stomped its way to triumph in superhero garb.Pitt’s National Pan-Hellenic Council, the Interfraternity Council and the Collegiate Panhellenic Association hosted the 18th annual Steel City Step Show in Soldiers & Sa...

Board of Trustees grants new authority, officially installs Humphrey

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 28, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

The Student Affairs Committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees can now recommend mandatory fee increases directly to the Budget Committee.At its public meeting in the William Pitt Union on Feb. 27, the Board of Trustees, which meets at least three times a year, approved a resolution unanimously to grant the...

SEIU Panel

SEIU Panel

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

February 27, 2015


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

50 Shades of Gay Talk

50 Shades of Gay Talk

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

February 27, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, National News, News

Service workers demand higher wages at panel

Service workers demand higher wages at panel

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 27, 2015


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

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

Students, activists discuss climate change

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

February 27, 2015


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

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

By Alex Leighton / For The Pitt News

February 27, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, National News, News

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...

Pitt Sailing Club

Pitt Sailing Club

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

February 26, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Student Government

The Pitt News wins Student Keystone Awards

By Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

February 26, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association awarded The Pitt News for four pieces in separate categories from 2014 on Wednesday. The Association’s 2015 Student Keystone Awards contest recognized “high school and college journalism that provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers,” according to its website. The Pitt News competed in the Divi...

Post-Ferguson, expert discusses race in Pittsburgh

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

February 26, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

With a projector, Professor David Harris displayed images on a projection screen from the 1960s Civil Rights protests. Then, he displayed images from the Ferguson, Mo. protests last year. To Harris, the images were nearly identical. “This was American policing [back then],” Harris said. “So I have ...

Club sports respond to allocations changes

Club sports respond to allocations changes

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

February 26, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Student Government

When family members of the Pitt women’s club soccer team open up their mailboxes this semester, they’re going to find more than just bills and catalogs. Because of a significant change in club sports funding, the team has implemented a letter-writing campaign asking team members’ family and fr...

SGB Public Meeting

SGB Public Meeting

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

February 25, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

Board discussed reestablishing old committees. 

Vaccination Statistics

Vaccination Statistics

By Alexandra Ryan / Production Manager

February 25, 2015


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

Board members propose to reestablish disbanded committees

Board members propose to reestablish disbanded committees

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

February 25, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

Two retired Student Government committees may make a comeback under the new Board. At last night’s Student Government Board public meeting, Board members Jacky Chen and Natalie Dall discussed reintroducing the Multicultural Committee and the Traditions Committee, which the last Board did not rein...

Take a shot: Students, professionals debate vaccines

Take a shot: Students, professionals debate vaccines

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

February 25, 2015


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

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

Pitt launches crowdfunding platform

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 24, 2015


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

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

Tell me your secrets: Frank Warren speaks at Pitt

Tell me your secrets: Frank Warren speaks at Pitt

By Jessica Iacullo / Staff Writer

February 24, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

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

Brown professor visits Pitt, speaks about racial disparities

By Alex Leighton / For the Pitt News

February 24, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

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

Dhirana

Dhirana

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

February 22, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Daly family

Daly family

February 22, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, Health, News

Pitt Dance Marathon

Pitt Dance Marathon

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

February 22, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Family, friends honor late Pitt student

Family, friends honor late Pitt student

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

February 22, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, Health, News

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

Pitt group pays tribute to heritage, hosts national dance competition

Pitt group pays tribute to heritage, hosts national dance competition

By Elizabeth Lepro / Staff Writer

February 22, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

An all-female group of competitors paid homage to their Indian heritage through costumed dance and cultural stories. On Saturday night, Natya, a Rutgers-based team and winner of the dance competition, told the story of the god Krishna’s birth, whose parents, according to Hindu religion, had suffered ...

Pitt Parties for a Cure: Pitt Dance Marathon donations nearly double in 10th year, surpass goal

Pitt Parties for a Cure: Pitt Dance Marathon donations nearly double in 10th year, surpass goal

By Aubrey Cofield / Staff Writer

February 22, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

This weekend, Pitt students hit the dance floor instead of their books for an all-nighter. Pitt Dance Marathon lasted from noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday in the Cost Center. The annual fundraiser is part of Greek Week, a series of fundraising events that Pitt’s Greek Life has hosted since 2005....

Pitt service workers rally for change

Pitt service workers rally for change

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 20, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

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

Peace talk: Pitt student groups host Middle East diplomat

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

February 19, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

David Makovsky sees a future where peace in the Middle East is possible.Makovsky, a Ziegler distinguished fellow of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy visited Pitt to discuss the Middle East peace process and how to make change in the world. Pitt College Republicans, Pitt College Democrats an...

WPTS-FM nominated for Woodie Award

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 19, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News, Tech Science

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

Board makes progress on new website, students react

By Abbey Reighard and Marjorie Tolsdorf / The Pitt News Staff

February 19, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Student Government, Tech Science

The Student Government Board is rolling out its new website, which it says will have less virtual clutter and more room for comment.  SGB President Graeme Meyer said he expects to finish the new website this weekend. Meyer started thinking about many of the ideas for the new site when he was a Board m...

Maternity and Millennials: Students weigh careers and children

By Aubrey Cofield / For The Pitt News

February 19, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Health, News

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

Graeme Meyer

Graeme Meyer

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

February 18, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

Board increases planning sessions

Board increases planning sessions

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

February 18, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

The Student Government Board members are trading in weekend time for more of the office grind.Board President Graeme Meyer announced at the SGB public meeting on Tuesday in Nordy’s Place that the Board will hold additional planning sessions every Sunday afternoon.. The Board typically holds plann...

Proposal made for South Oakland apartments

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 18, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

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

Temporary, all-day building closures after pipe burst

Temporary, all-day building closures after pipe burst

By Natalie Daher / Editor-in-Chief

February 17, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

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

Sennott Square Pipe Burst

Sennott Square Pipe Burst

February 17, 2015


Filed under News, Visual

Pitt ranked among top universities

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 16, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

Pitt has been ranked as the 29th best public university in the United States, according to a study released Thursday by American City Business Journals. The ACBJ pulled raw data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the five-year version of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 American Comm...

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