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Three students read a sign greeting Pitt’s largest incoming class ever this year — a total of 5,195 students.

Pitt welcomed the class of 2025 as its largest class ever

By Martha Layne and Natalie Frank January 12, 2022
Pitt’s class of 2025 is its largest yet, with 4,927 first-year students enrolled for the fall semester.
A Pitt student wears a mask.

Pitt doubles down on mitigation efforts, vaccines as Omicron surges

By Abby Cardilli, Staff Writer January 11, 2022
Despite other mitigation measures, University officials said COVID-19 vaccines, including a booster dose, are the key component of campus safety plans amid the pandemic.
Pitt administration poured large sums of money into a “union avoidance” law firm, according to financial disclosures.

Pitt’s spending on ‘union avoidance’ law firm nears $3M

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer January 11, 2022
University administrators continued to pay large sums of money to a “union avoidance” law firm, with total payouts approaching $3 million, according to financial disclosures.
Pitt’s ASL club poses for a photo.

Pitt provides ASL interpreting services

By Leanna Chae, Staff Writer January 11, 2022
Pitt provides students with resources — such as live captioning or ASL interpreting — for a better experience in classrooms and other settings.
The entrance to The Eatery in Litchfield Towers.

In case you missed it: News from winter break 2021

By Natalie Frank, News Editor January 11, 2022
Despite Pitt’s desolate campus after students flocked home for winter break, there was no shortage of action in the Oakland area.
Pitt’s CoVax Vaccination Center located at the bottom of Nordenberg Hall.

Pitt updates isolation, quarantine protocols

By Punya Bhasin, Assistant News Editor January 10, 2022
Pitt updated its quarantine and isolation protocols last Friday in time for spring semester move-in, and now include specific guidelines for unvaccinated students and a recommended isolation period of five days.
Walnut Capital advertisements in South Oakland.

Oakland Crossings vote delayed as Mayor Gainey reviews proposal

By Betul Tuncer, Senior Staff Writer January 10, 2022
The City Planning Commission will delay its vote on legislation enabling the Oakland Crossings project as Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey announced Monday that he will take 30 days to review the project.
Matthew Darby awaits a hearing to argue his attorney was ineffective. Darby is serving a life sentence for killing Alina Sheykhet, a Pitt student and ex-girlfriend, in 2017.

Man serving life for 2017 killing of Pitt student to get hearing

By Millicent Watt, Assistant News Editor January 10, 2022
Matthew Darby — convicted of killing Pitt student and ex-girlfriend Alina Sheykhet in 2017 in her South Oakland apartment — will get a hearing to argue that his attorney was ineffective.
Student Government Board at its weekly meeting in Nordy’s Place on Sept. 21, 2021.

SOCS task force unites underrepresented student orgs

By Kiera Ledermann, Senior Staff Writer January 9, 2022
After collaborating on an intersectionality-focused roundtable event for last academic year’s Mental Health Awareness Month, student leaders of cultural and ethnic organizations were inspired to continue working together and form a task force.
An artist’s rendering of the exterior of Pitt’s pending Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.

Recreation, wellness facility under construction to provide variety of student resources

By Donata Massimiani, Staff Writer January 9, 2022
The new campus recreation and wellness facility is currently under construction at the site of the former O’Hara Garage and Learning Research and Development Center building.
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