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Student Government Board held its weekly meeting on Tuesday night via Zoom.

SGB introduces governing and elections codes revision bills, new committee chairs

By Millicent Watt, Senior Staff Writer April 14, 2021
SGB President Eric Macadangdang said the country has gone through a “multitude” of cycles where Black lives have been lost to white supremacy and police brutality, and “hollow reactions” and “complicit inactivity” are why there has been no real change.
History professor Alaina Roberts helped create a formal proposal last summer that called for all undergraduates to complete a Black studies course as part of their general education requirements.

Left ‘in the dark’: Status of Black studies course requirement unclear

By Natalie Frank, Senior Staff Writer April 14, 2021
A proposal for a Black studies course requirement is sitting in the Office of the Provost waiting for further action. Pitt said it doesn’t have a timeline for when it will act on the proposal, and leaders say they’ve been left “in the dark.”
Pitt law professor Jerry Dickinson is running against Rep. Michael Doyle, D-Pa., in the Democratic primary election.

Pitt law professor Jerry Dickinson announces second run for U.S. House

By Natalie Frank, Senior Staff Writer April 14, 2021
Jerry Dickinson announced Tuesday that he is vying again to represent Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, beginning another primary challenge against incumbent Rep. Mike Doyle after Dickinson’s unsuccessful attempt to beat Doyle last year.
Sophia Cosentino, a Pitt 2020 alumna, won the Dunkin’ menu contest on TikTok in early March and got her order named after her at her local Dunkin’.

Pitt alumna wins Dunkin’ TikTok contest, has drink named after her

By Colm Slevin, Staff Writer April 14, 2021
Sophia Cosentino, who graduated from Pitt last April and currently works as an administrative assistant in the Hillman Cancer Center, won the Dunkin’ menu contest on TikTok in early March and got her order named after her at her local Dunkin’.
Yitian Wang (left), Yanchen Ge (center) and Yanzhu Chen (right) each help run Pitt-China Weekly. Martin Zhang, Ruixin Feng, Aaron Wu and Henry He are also on the staff for the student-run news channel on WeChat.

Student-run news channel seeks to connect Chinese international students with Pitt

By Kiera Ledermann, Staff Writer April 14, 2021
Since Yitian Wang founded Pitt-China Weekly this February, the news channel is making the nearly 7,000-mile distance from Pitt to China feel a little shorter for Chinese international students and their parents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pitt Hillel distributed meals to University students on Friday during Passover as part of Shabbat, while following shelter-in-place/social distancing guidelines.

Shelter-in-place guidelines altered to include religious services after complaints

By Punya Bhasin, Staff Writer April 14, 2021
Pitt enacted shelter-in-place guidelines on March 31, but it originally left one issue unclarified — guidelines for attending religious services at a time of year with major holidays for several religions.
Pitt adds 25 new COVID-19 cases since Thursday

Pitt adds 25 new COVID-19 cases since Thursday

By Martha Layne, Assistant News Editor April 13, 2021
Pitt added 25 new COVID-19 cases, composed of 23 students and two employees, between last Friday and Monday, with 65 students currently in isolation.
The University Senate held a plenary after examining systemic racism and inequality within the Pitt community.

University Senate spring plenary stresses importance of anti-racism and equity at Pitt

By Colm Slevin, Staff Writer April 12, 2021
The University Senate held the plenary after a year of examining systemic racism and inequality within the Pitt community. The plenary, which encouraged all students, faculty and staff to attend, had three panels that discussed the inequality within the University and the necessary steps for improving the University.
Joanna Gorka is one of 15 Pitt graduates who won U.S. Fulbright Scholarships for 2021. The Fulbright Scholarship Program — an international, educational and cultural exchange program that sends Americans abroad to participate in research — allows students to enroll in graduate degree programs or teach English.

‘Core values extend beyond borders’: Fulbright winners reflect on program

By SuIn Yun, Staff Writer April 12, 2021
Evelyn Bigini’s Fulbright scholarship has allowed her to meet wonderful people from all over the world and expand her knowledge of Global Health. Bigini is one of a record 15 Pitt graduates who won this prestigious scholarship for 2020-21.
Robert Zoellick, former White House deputy chief of staff and deputy secretary of state, sat down Wednesday night for a conversation with Chancellor Emeritus Mark Nordenberg on history and foreign policy and how they interact in Zoellick’s new book, “America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy,” as part of the Dick Thornburgh Forum.

Purpose instead of exceptionalism: Former White House chief of staff talks with Nordenberg

By Brandon Raglow, For The Pitt News April 12, 2021
Robert Zoellick, former White House deputy chief of staff and deputy secretary of state, sat down Wednesday night for a conversation with Chancellor Emeritus Mark Nordenberg on history, foreign policy and how they interact in his new book, “America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy,” as part of the Dick Thornburgh Forum.
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