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‘So much that went wrong’: First student diagnosed with COVID-19 describes broken belongings, little University support

Sudeep Yedulla is suspected to be the first student on campus to have contracted the coronavirus.
November 18, 2020
Sudeep Yedulla — the first student on campus to contract COVID-19 — said “everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong” after he tested positive. Yedulla said Pitt provided little food, delivered broken items and ignored his texts and emails.

Board committee approves expansion to Salk construction

The Properties & Facilities Committee of the Board of Trustees approved an expanded construction project of the now $72-million Salk Hall renovation project.
November 18, 2020
More construction crews will soon rumble into Oakland following the approval of an expanded construction project by the Properties & Facilities Committee of the Board of Trustees.

‘We need every donation we can get’: Pitt hosts blood drive to help blood shortage

The Swanson School of Engineering partnered with Vitalant to host a blood drive in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall last Friday.
November 18, 2020
The Swanson School of Engineering partnered with Vitalant, a national blood bank nonprofit organization that seeks to provide a safe and readily available supply of blood, to host a blood drive in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall last Friday.

First-generation students work to make best of fall semester, despite pandemic

Yangkai Zhang, left, Jaden Calhoun, center, and Nikolai Czepiel (left, right) are first-generation college students attending Pitt.
November 18, 2020
Without the same background knowledge of college that their peers may have, first-generation college students face distinct challenges, such as the college application process, financial difficulties and the adjustment to college life.

Year of Engagement awards funding to proposals, hosts social media challenge

Johanna Siegel, a senior bioengineering major, won an individual award and one with her sorority, Phi Sigma Rho, for the one of the Year of Engagement’s 14-day social media challenges.
November 18, 2020
The Year of Engagement is this year’s edition of Pitt’s “Year of” series, headed by the Provost’s office. This year’s theme aims to “confront the world’s biggest challenges and mobilize towards a better, more equitable and just society for all,” according to Kathy Humphrey, the senior vice chancellor for engagement.

Students worry about new finals schedule, format

Students worry about new finals schedule, format
November 18, 2020
According to Pitt’s fall 2020 final exam schedule, 16 classes — mainly chemistry, economics and statistics classes — are allowed to have in-person final exams on Nov. 23 and Nov. 24, and web-based classes will have finals from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3.

Pitt adds 54 new COVID-19 cases since Thursday

Pitt adds 54 new COVID-19 cases since Thursday
November 17, 2020
Pitt added 54 new COVID-19 cases, composed of 50 students and four employees, between last Friday and Monday, with 99 students currently in isolation.

Pitt under investigation by federal Department of Education

Pitt is under investigation for possibly waging
November 16, 2020
Pitt is under investigation by the Department of Education for possibly “improperly targeting … a campaign of denunciation and cancellation” against a professor who authored a scientific article advocating for race-neutral admission, which was later retracted.

New restaurants to replace The O

Essie’s Original Hot Dog Shop, affectionately known as The O among Pittsburgh residents, was  a hot dog shop located in the heart of Oakland that recently closed down after about 60 years of operation.
November 16, 2020
Mero Restaurant Group, a locally owned and operated restaurant company, will soon put two new restaurants in the former Forbes Avenue home of The O.

Pitt recognized for local, global engagement efforts

The Global Hub is an open space on the first floor of Posvar Hall which provides students with a place to gather and study with a focus on the global perspective.
November 15, 2020
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities recently honored Pitt with two awards — its Gold Level Award for Global Engagement and the Innovation and Economic Prosperity “Place” award.
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