The Pitt News

Pitt student found dead

By The Pitt News Staff

February 15, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

A Pitt student was pronounced dead at the scene Thursday night in an off-campus apartment. A supervisor at the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said sophomore George Daly, 20, was found at 11:34 p.m. on Thursday at 3436 Ward St. in Oakland. The cause of death was suicide, according to t...

MSA Vigil

MSA Vigil

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

February 15, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

Pitt a cappella group holds event to fight sexual assault

By Alex Leighton / For The Pitt News

February 15, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

A Pitt group sang to slam sexual violence Friday night.A capella group C Flat Run organized and hosted the ACASLAM charity concert Friday night, with proceeds going to the Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR). The concert raised more $2,000 before the doors opened and earned at least another $300 before t...

American Authors

American Authors

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February 15, 2015


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American Authors to headline Bigelow Bash

American Authors to headline Bigelow Bash

By Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

February 15, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

American Authors, an American rock band based in New York City, will headline the 20th annual Bigelow Bash on April 11, Pitt Program Council announced Monday. Bigelow Bash, which PPC organizes every spring semester, will now be held on a Saturday to make the concert more convenient to students, according...

Muslim Student Association holds vigil for slain UNC students

Muslim Student Association holds vigil for slain UNC students

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 15, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

More than 100 students and community members gathered this weekend to mourn the deaths of three Muslim students at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill who were shot and killed last week. Pitt’s Muslim Student Association organized the vigil on the William Pitt Union lawn after learning of ...

Chancellor Gallagher sends memo on sexual assault

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 15, 2015


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

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher issued a memo on Friday to Pitt’s faculty and staff addressing his and the University’s position on sexual assault and violence.In the email, Gallagher said “sexual violence has no place” at Pitt. He announced a new online program called Preventing Discrimination...

Phone sex

Phone sex

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

February 13, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

BDSM

BDSM

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

February 13, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

Asexual

Asexual

By Courtesy of Asexual not a sexual Tumblr

February 13, 2015


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Church

Church

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

February 13, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

Phone Sex: Clean cash for dirty talk

Phone Sex: Clean cash for dirty talk

By Elizabeth Lepro / Staff Writer

February 13, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

Online and over the phone, Dominique was a long- and raven-haired white woman, slightly older than college-aged, with heavy makeup. Although she wasn’t a dominatrix, she told men that she was interested in learning to become one. In reality, Tanisha is a young, black student who was, truthfully, not ve...

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch Jill’s big black collar

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch Jill’s big black collar

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

February 13, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

Boy and girl — we’ll call them Jack and Jill — were playfully teasing each other one night. Laughing about something Jack had said, Jill reached across to gently slap his cheek. Jack decided he couldn’t let her get away with it and gave her one right back. To both of their surprise, they liked it....

Sin No More: Sex and religion

Sin No More: Sex and religion

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

February 13, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

In his sophomore year of high school, Spencer Schlecht realized that his abstinence from sex wasn’t developing his faith, so he stopped repenting his sexual sins.Schlecht, a freshman pre-pharmacy major, is a nondenominational Christian. For him, if two people want to and agree on terms to have sex,...

No Sex, No Love: Exploring asexuality, aromanticism at Pitt

No Sex, No Love: Exploring asexuality, aromanticism at Pitt

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 13, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

At parties, Allison likes to dance, to bump and grind, but not in a sexual way. Chelsea has danced and hooked up after a party, but didn’t enjoy it. Samantha, too, has had medicore sex after a frat party, but when the boy wanted to see her again, she turned him down. These three women, all Pitt s...

Wesley Posvar

Wesley Posvar

By Courtesy of Pitt Library Archives

February 12, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

Wesley Posvar: A man of finance, football, family

Wesley Posvar: A man of finance, football, family

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

February 12, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

Editor’s Note: This profile of former Pitt Chancellor Wesley Posvar is the first in a series on individuals who helped shape the history of Pitt and Pittsburgh, who might otherwise not be well-known by current Pitt students.In order to become chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, Wesley Posvar ha...

Vagina Monologues offer perspective on sexual violence

By Elizabeth Lepro / Staff Writer

February 12, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Onstage Thursday night in the ballroom of the William Pitt Union, four students will answer the question, “If your vagina could speak, what would it say?” The Campus Women’s Organization at Pitt has staged a production of the Vagina Monologues for roughly eleven years, according to CWO Vice Pre...

Board adds two student groups to assembly

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

February 11, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, Student Government

The Student Government Board is increasing student representation behind closed doors.At Tuesday’s public meeting in Nordy’s Place, the Board introduced Bill 027, inducting to its Student Assembly two additional groups, Rainbow Alliance and Campus Women’s Organization.Student Government Board P...

Spillin’ Salt: Pitt’s winter maintenance

Spillin’ Salt: Pitt’s winter maintenance

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

February 11, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, Health

Keeping the streets and sidewalks safe for Pitt students and faculty is no easy — or cheap — task.High concentrations of sodium can mobilize or release calcium and magnesium from the soil. This transports the particles into the groundwater or the surface water, depending on the flow passage throug...

Bill Cosby performance at Heinz Hall canceled

Bill Cosby performance at Heinz Hall canceled

By Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

February 10, 2015


Filed under City, National News, News

Bill Cosby will not perform his scheduled show at Heinz Hall on Feb. 21, according to a release from Heinz Hall.The show was canceled by “mutual agreement with Cosby’s presenter and Heinz Hall management,” the post said.Those with tickets will be refunded in full.Representatives from the Heinz ...

Student fee increases

Student fee increases

By Graphic by Stephen Caruso / Layout Editor

February 9, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

Board of Trustees passes power over student fee increases

Board of Trustees passes power over student fee increases

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

February 9, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

The power to raise student fees now lies with the Student Affairs Committee after a unanimous vote by University Board of Trustees. On Monday, the University Board of Trustees voted on a resolution to delegate authority to the Student Affairs Committee, which will hear any annual requests for fee in...

Chancellor to address sexual assault response procedures

Chancellor to address sexual assault response procedures

By Abbey Reighard and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

February 9, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, Health

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher intends to outline Pitt’s sexual assault procedures in a memo to the University community in the near future.University spokesman Ken Service said there is no date set for the distribution of the memo to University faculty and staff. The memo would “reaffirm the Univer...

Kenan Thompson coming to Pitt

Kenan Thompson coming to Pitt

By TNS

February 8, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Thompson is most famous for his starring role on Saturday Night Live.

Pitt negotiating contracts with union workers

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 8, 2015


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

Pam Johnston’s livelihood is under negotiation.After 23 years at Pitt, where she works on the crews that clean buildings, she now makes $16.42 an hour under her union’s contract, which gives workers an annual raise between 1.75 and 3 percent a year.Despite this, as her wages increase every year, her...

‘Aw Here it Goes’: Kenan Thompson to speak at Pitt

‘Aw Here it Goes’: Kenan Thompson to speak at Pitt

By Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

February 8, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

This calls for a round of orange soda — Kenan Thompson is coming to Pitt. “Saturday Night Live” star Kenan Thompson will speak on April 13 in the William Pitt Union Assembly room at 8:30 p.m., according to a Pitt Program Council release. Free tickets — with a maximum of two per person — wi...

Best of the real world: Co-ops provide cash, experience

By Elizabeth Lepro / Staff Writer

February 6, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

While many students gain experience at internships, co-ops are where the cash is at. Pitt’s co-op program cites a 3.22 average GPA among participants and an average salary $4,000 higher than someone who hadn’t had co-op experience, upon graduation, according to their own numbers. Even with these ...

Students talk value of unpaid internships

By Aubrey Cofield / For The Pitt News

February 6, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

In her four years of undergrad, Michelle Hanrahan completed 11 internships — eight without a paycheck. “Someone has to do the dirty work, and everyone has to pitch in, but that should balance out with new experiences and learning opportunities as well,” Hanrahan said. “If that does not balanc...

Heinz Chapel

Heinz Chapel

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

February 6, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Brain Institute to include ALS research center within next five years

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

February 6, 2015


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

Pitt plans to open a new center dedicated to researching treatments and cures for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, the University announced Thursday. In 2011, Neil Alexander, an O’Hara Township native, was diagnosed with ALS. On Thursday, he and his wife, Suzanne Al...

Extreme Makeover: Heinz Chapel undergoing preservation process

Extreme Makeover: Heinz Chapel undergoing preservation process

By Sabrina Romano / Staff Writer

February 6, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Heinz Memorial Chapel is currently undergoing a $600,000 preservation process, according to Pat Gibbons at the Heinz Chapel Office. SSM Industries, Inc. is installing a climate control system in the chapel, Gibbons said. The project was started in December 2014 and is expected to be completed in May 20...

Balancing budgets: Students reconcile debt, savings

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

February 6, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Casey Rose was part of the 69 percent of Pitt graduates who left Pitt with degrees and debt in 2013. When he left Pitt and started his first full-time job as a manager trainee at a car rental company, his only savings were in an emergency fund he had saved up with the help of his parents.Early savings can ...

Professional Ink: Employers, job-seekers talk tats

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

February 6, 2015


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

Decorations of love might be sweet, but affection etched into your skin could turn employers sour. While tattoos are commonplace in American culture, spirits toward skin modification in the workplace aren’t as bright as the hues embellishing inked-up arms. About 76 percent of participants in a 2014...

Students to have a say in next dean of students

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 5, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Student Government

This summer, Pitt students can voice their opinions on a to-be-decided dean of students.The University’s search to replace former Dean of Students Kathy Humphrey will begin this summer, according to Ken Service, vice chancellor for communications. Chancellor Patrick Gallagher appointed Humphrey as senior vice chancellor for eng...

Recyclemaniacs

Recyclemaniacs

By Christine Lim / Staff Photographer

February 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

SGB to provide racks for student publications

By Emily Ahlin / Staff Writers

February 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

The Student Government Board will soon begin racking up student publications at Pitt.Student publication groups, including The Pittiful News and The Original Magazine, will soon be able to display and distribute their wares on publication racks for the first time, according to Student Government Boa...

Trash picking for a cause: Recyclemania continues at Pitt

Trash picking for a cause: Recyclemania continues at Pitt

By Elizabeth Lepro / Staff Writer

February 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

The courtyard between Towers Patio and the William Pitt Union got trashy on Wednesday morning.Student group Free the Planet, as well as other environmental student groups and campus sustainability leaders, coordinated a “waste audit” between 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. The event, organized with the ...

Closed for renovations

Closed for renovations

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

February 4, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Hillman evacuated after light ballast burns out

By Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

February 4, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Hillman Library was evacuated after a light ballast burned out Wednesday afternoon.Hillman staff members saw smoke and pulled a fire alarm at approximately 4:37 p.m., according to Pitt spokesman John Fedele.The fire department cleared the situation, Fedele said, and people reentered the building as of 4:58 p.m. ...

The Original Hot Dog Shop closed for renovations

The Original Hot Dog Shop closed for renovations

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 4, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

French fries, hold the O — Essie’s Original Hot Dog Shop has temporarily closed for renovations.The Oakland restaurant, located on the corner of South Bouquet Street and Forbes Avenue, displayed white, circular signs with the words, “Sorry, closed for remodeling” scrawled in yellow and pink marker.L...

Student Government Board public meeting

Student Government Board public meeting

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

February 4, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

Board appoints Judicial Committee

Board appoints Judicial Committee

By Emily Ahlin and Abbey Reighard / The Pitt News Staff

February 4, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

Former Student Government Board President Mike Nites’ power still lingers over the current Board’s decisions. The Board voted to approve nine, including one alternative, Judicial Committee member nominations at its public meeting on Tuesday in Nordy’s Place.A Nominating Task Force selected nine out of...

Students to compete in startup competition

By Harrison Kaminsky and Abbey Reighard / The Pitt News Staff

February 4, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News, Tech Science

Andrew Buchmann wants more people to save their money. One day, while he was eating lunch at Hemingway’s Cafe, Buchmann — a senior majoring in finance and supply chain management — learned that the restaurant offers half-off meals from 2 to 4 p.m. each day. In the three years Buchmann’s been a...

Teacher of the Year speaks at Pitt

By Elizabeth Lepro and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

February 3, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

Teacher of the Year Sean McComb’s difficult childhood drove him to make his students believe in their own success. The Council of Chief State School Officers, a national nonprofit organization of public education officials,  named McComb National Teacher of the Year for 2014. McComb, who graduated from Pit...

Hackathon

Hackathon

By Christine Lim / Staff Photographer

February 1, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Tech Science

Oakland abuzz for Super Bowl Sunday

By Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

February 1, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Faced with an incoming wave of midterm exams, projects and papers, students put schoolwork on hold to relax for an evening of American football. Football fans, Pitt coaches and Oakland restaurants chirped away on Twitter about Sunday’s game as well as the the accompanying nosh and Super Bowl commer...

Brain Power: Pitt hosts all-female computer programming competition

Brain Power: Pitt hosts all-female computer programming competition

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

February 1, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

Free from cat calls, sexism or “are you sure you can handle that?”s, Pitt gave female students a safe place to think this weekend, hosting its first all-female computer programming hackathon.Pitt’s Department of Computer Sciences hosted “She Innovates,” a hackathon, or an event where students meet to collabo...

Pitt part deux: Postbac students return to expand their education

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

January 29, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Kameron Sanzo is getting her bachelor’s degree in English literature in just one calendar year.Sanzo, who graduated with a degree in engineering from Pitt in 2011, is now back for round two as a second-degree student in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.“I thought to myself, I’m still pret...

Apparent murder-suicide in North Oakland

By Abbey Reighard and Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editors

January 29, 2015


Filed under Campus, City

The homicide unit of the Pittsburgh City Police is currently investigating an apparent murder-suicide that took place on North Craig Street Thursday afternoon.Officers arrived at Sherwood Towers, 230 North Craig St., at approximately 1:45 p.m. and found the bodies of a man and woman, according to a P...

Bartending at Peter’s

Bartending at Peter’s

By Christine Lim / Staff Photographer

January 29, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Vince Donahue, an of-age bartender at Peter's Pub in Oakland, enjoys one of the more preferable part-time jobs for young adults.

Former Steelers quarterback, Pitt team up for startup

By Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

January 29, 2015


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

Charlie Batch’s Pittsburgh heroics started with his game-winning drive for the Steelers in 2012. Now, he looks to take that sports fame off of the field and into the doctor’s office.Impellia, a Pittsburgh-based sports medicine startup led by now-retired quarterback Batch, has partnered with Pitt to develop...

Students cash out with bartending jobs

Students cash out with bartending jobs

By Aubrey Cofield / For The Pitt News

January 29, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

With their finances on the rocks during college years, bartending offers students the perfect pour for their wallets’ thirst. Due to the prevalence of tip-heavy salaries in bartending jobs, DailyFinance.com calls it one of the top part-time gigs for college students. Pennsylvania is one of 24 states wh...

Student Government Board

Student Government Board

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

January 28, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Student Government

Sexual assault film prompts campus discussion

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

January 28, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Despite the large number of people packed into the William Pitt Union Ballroom to catch a film, the viewers stayed silent for the entire documentary. The Hillel Jewish University Center, Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Campus Women’s Organization and Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity showed “Brave Miss World” at 7...

SGB revamps website, announces new adviser

SGB revamps website, announces new adviser

By Emily Ahlin / Staff Writer

January 28, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Student Government

Pitt’s Student Government Board unveiled a new website and a new adviser at last night’s public meeting.In its third public meeting of the semester, SGB announced Associate Dean and Director of Residence Life Steve Anderson as the new SGB adviser, as well as an overhaul of the Board’s previous...

Evolution lecture

Evolution lecture

By Nicole Gye / Staff Photographer

January 27, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Engineering Internship Panel

Engineering Internship Panel

By Colin van' t Veld / Staff Photographer

January 27, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Cavemen or Ancestors? Lecture defends origin of species

Cavemen or Ancestors? Lecture defends origin of species

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

January 27, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

When learning about anthropology and human evolution, few people stop to think that the subjects studied are not simply foreign creatures of the past — each one of these individuals is someone’s ancestor, according to Elisabeth Daynès.Daynès, the cofounder and director of Atelier Daynès, an art studi...

Internship Week kicks off with information panel

Internship Week kicks off with information panel

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

January 27, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

All Pitt students are guaranteed an internship, but only if they complete the internship preparation program first, according to Alyson Kavalukas. Kavalukas, internship coordinator at Pitt’s Office of Career Development and Placement Assistance, said the internship team is responsible for Pitt’...

Lupe Fiasco to perform at Pitt Program Council’s indoor show

Lupe Fiasco to perform at Pitt Program Council’s indoor show

By Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

January 26, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

The show will go on this March when Lupe Fiasco hits Pitt’s Fitzgerald Field House. Fiasco, a prominent American rapper, performs for Pitt Program Council’s annual indoor show in the Fitzgerald Field House on March 28, PPC announced on Monday. Fiasco will be accompanied by David Burd, better known by his...

Lupe Fiasco to perform at Pitt

Lupe Fiasco to perform at Pitt

By Photo courtesy of Lupe Fiasco's Facebook page

January 26, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Students, faculty debate value of gen-eds

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

January 26, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Freshman Chad Boronky enrolled in Pitt’s College of Business Administration this fall to learn about information systems and supply chains. But now, in his second semester, he finds himself in a class about volcanoes and tectonic plates.CBA has general education requirements for students, as do the re...

Pitt starts online child abuse prevention program

By Dale Shoemaker

January 22, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, Health, National News

Twenty-three days after Act 31 took effect in Pennsylvania, Pitt’s School of Social Work has announced a free, comprehensive, online training program to help prevent child abuse.The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center developed the course in conjunction with the School of Social Work in response to the...

Bar Marco is a restaurant in the Strip District

Bar Marco is a restaurant in the Strip District

By Dale Shoemaker

January 22, 2015


Filed under City, National News

Don’t keep the tip: Pittsburgh restaurant trades tips for salaries

Don’t keep the tip: Pittsburgh restaurant trades tips for salaries

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

January 22, 2015


Filed under City, National News

As Bar Marco gains recognition for being the first restaurant in Pittsburgh to pay servers by salary, industry employees and experts wonder if the move actually helps wait staffs.This April, Bar Marco, located in the Strip District, will ask patrons not to tip servers and will, instead, pay their serving ...

Starbucks co-founder

Starbucks co-founder

By Christine Lim / Staff Photographer

January 22, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Zev Siegl speaks while pictures of Alfred Peet, his mentor, are displayed in the background.

Starbucks co-founder speaks to students for Innovation Week

Starbucks co-founder speaks to students for Innovation Week

By Elizabeth Lepro / Staff Writer

January 22, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Starbucks co-founder Zev Siegl wants to invite you to lunch.In a French restaurant in 1970, three friends from college — Zev Siegl, Jerry Baldwin and Gordon Bowker — met for lunch. Following their meals, a waiter offered the men shots of espresso. The bitter taste sparked an idea that would dominate...

Asian ‘hot pot’ restaurant to open in Oakland, fill Pizza Sola vacancy

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

January 22, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

More than six months after Pizza Sola closed its doors, a new Asian restaurant will fill its vacancy. A new restaurant, called Top Shabu-Shabu and Lounge, will open where Pizza Sola previously operated on Atwood Street. According to owner Res Jianz, Top Shabu, a casual dining establishment with table servic...

Graeme Meyer

Graeme Meyer

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

January 21, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

President Meyer explained the Board's allocation decisions Tuesday night.

Cathedral stairs

Cathedral stairs

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

January 21, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

Board exceeds Allocation Committee caps

Board exceeds Allocation Committee caps

By Emily Ahlin / Staff Writer

January 21, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

When it comes to matters of money, the Allocations Committee has caps the Board can brush off. At last night’s public meeting, the second of the new Board’s term, the Board allocated more money than the Allocations Committee recommended in two of the six allocations requests. In both requests, the...

Trek to the Top: Cathy Climbers

Trek to the Top: Cathy Climbers

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

January 21, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

The 764 steps in the Cathedral of Learning break down into 36 flights of approximately 21 steps each. I know this, because I’ve climbed every one of them.I’m not the only one, though. Danny Chew, a lifelong Pittsburgh resident, currently holds the record time for climbing the Cathedral stairs — t...

Protest in Pittsburgh

Protest in Pittsburgh

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

January 20, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Chasing a Dream: Protesters march Pittsburgh for equality

Chasing a Dream: Protesters march Pittsburgh for equality

By Abbey Reighard, Elizabeth Lepro and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

January 20, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

People of Pittsburgh banded together Sunday night for a 1,000-member march, traveling 2.5 miles through the cold from Oakland to Downtown Pittsburgh, to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and protest racism. The crowd members, many of which were bundled up in coats and hats, held signs with gloved hands that displayed “I’...

Students serve community in honor of M.L.K. Jr. Day

By Kathy Zhao / Staff Writer

January 20, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

On Monday morning, Sam Sittenfield sat on the floor of the Repair the World building on Broad St. in East Liberty with two Pitt students, Sarah Shaykevich and Leanna Travis. The trio was sorting through cardstock envelopes stuffed with free samples of Post-it notes and highlighter tabs that they would later...

Fire on North Dithridge Street injures two

Fire on North Dithridge Street injures two

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

January 16, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

A fire on the 100 block of North Dithridge Street Friday night left two residents of an apartment building injured, according to Pittsburgh Police spokeswoman Sonya Toler.Though an estimate of the damage is not yet available, Toler said the fire was contained to the eighth floor of the building and it is the only buil...

Who’s it gonna be?

Who’s it gonna be?

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

January 16, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus

Provost Patricia Beeson will announce details on filling the position of Dean of Students once they’re available, according to Ken Service.Kenyon Bonner, who has served as director of student life for the past 11 years and associate dean of students for the past seven, has been named interim vice p...

Haller Foundation Presents Katz with $5 million donation

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

January 16, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus

A $5 million gift from the Henry E. Haller Jr. Foundation to Pitt’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration will fund the schools’ “most critical issues.”The foundation, based in Pittsburgh, will give the money to Katz in $1 million installments over the...

Tie the Knot: Marriage satisfying for young couples

By Kathy Zhao / Staff Writer

January 15, 2015


Filed under News, Tech Science

Sarah Cassatt says financial stability is an important factor in deciding whether she and her boyfriend of three years will marry. “Being married means that we are finally financially independent and capable of making the decision together,” Cassatt, a junior majoring in nutrition and dietetics, said....

Chancellor Gallagher appoints Kathy Humphrey as senior vice chancellor

By Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

January 14, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Kathy Humphrey will assume the role of senior vice chancellor for engagement and chief of staff at Pitt after nine years as vice provost and dean of students.  Chancellor Patrick Gallagher announced Humphrey’s appointment today and said in a statement that Humphrey will oversee “internal and external re...

In it for the long haul: Incoming Board holds first public meeting

In it for the long haul: Incoming Board holds first public meeting

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

January 14, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Student Government

At their first meeting together,  the Student Government Board worked quickly and appointed two Board members to new positions during the Board’s 20-minute debut. In two separate unanimous votes, the Board appointed Board member Matt Sykes as vice president and chief of finance, and Natalie Dall...

Student Government Board sworn in at inauguration

Student Government Board sworn in at inauguration

By Emily Ahlin / Staff Writer

January 14, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Student Government

At Pitt’s Student Government Board inauguration last night, both Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and newly inaugurated Board President Graeme Meyer prioritized partnerships for this upcoming year.In the William Pitt Union’s Lower Lounge, Pitt’s SGB president and eight Board members began ...

SGB Inauguration

SGB Inauguration

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

January 14, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Student Government

Report shows racial disparity persists in Pittsburgh

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

January 14, 2015


Filed under City, National News, News

As the years roll by, Pittsburgh’s rates of diversity and racial disparity stand still.Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems released “Pittsburgh’s Racial Demographics 2015: Differences and Disparities” on Tuesday, a follow-up of the Center’s 2007 report. The report compares the most recent statistics from th...

Rob Rogers

Rob Rogers

By ©2015 Rob Rogers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Reprinted with permission.

January 12, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

The Pen is Mightier: Local satirists’ take on Charlie Hebdo

The Pen is Mightier: Local satirists’ take on Charlie Hebdo

By Elizabeth Lepro / For The Pitt News

January 12, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Humor can often be the best avenue to truth, according to local satire writers and experts. Following Wednesday’s terror attack on the Paris-based satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, French and global citizens have responded to the tragic massacre by adopting the slogan “Je Suis Charlie,” or “I Am Charlie,” as a sign of p...

Eye to Eye

Eye to Eye

By Courtesy of Eye to Eye

January 12, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News

Eye to Eye members participate in mentoring activities.

Phone application closes the gap in long-distance relationships

By Sabrina Romano / Staff Writer

January 12, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Chris Wetherell is determined to take the heartache out of long-distance relationships. As CEO and founder of Avocado Software, Inc., based in San Francisco, Wetherell is one of many who have created apps for couples in long-distance relationships. According to a 2013 study published in the Journal o...

Eye to Eye mentors, relates to students with disabilities

Eye to Eye mentors, relates to students with disabilities

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

January 12, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News

A group of Pitt students turn their experiences with learning disabilities into lessons for youngsters.Pitt’s chapter of Eye to Eye, founded in 2012, mentors local middle school students with learning disabilities and educates collegiate and metropolitan communities in Pittsburgh about learning disabilities. ...

New activist group honors MLK, plans protest

New activist group honors MLK, plans protest

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

January 8, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a new Pittsburgh activist group, We Change Pittsburgh, will march against racism and police brutality.“The best way to commemorate Dr. King is to continue his work to end racism at home, war overseas and militarism everywhere,” said Julia Johnson, organize...

Emoticons

Emoticons

By Stephen Caruso / Layout Editor

January 8, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

Study shows emoticons bust gender stereotypes

Study shows emoticons bust gender stereotypes

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

January 8, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

When it comes to emotions, smiley faces are the great gender equalizer between men and women.In a 2000 study, Alecia Wolf, an assistant dean at the University of Texas at Tyler, looked at how people express themselves online through emoticons, keyboard characters used to represent faces. Wolf found ...

Seeing Red: FDA’s move to loosen blood donor ban meets opposition

By Lauren Wilson / For The Pitt News

January 8, 2015


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

A federal recommendation that would lift the ban on men who have had sex with other men from donating blood has left members of the LGBTQ community dissatisfied. The Food and Drug Administration issued a statement on Dec. 23 announcing recommendations to loosen the guidelines for men who have had se...

My Pitt Email service allows for alias addresses

By Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

January 8, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Tech Science

When picking a professional email address, it’s all in the name. As of Dec. 21, students, staff and faculty can personalize their Pitt email addresses with aliases, or an “additional email address that people can use to send email messages to you at Pitt,” according to Pitt’s Computing Service...

Power problems force students out of William Pitt Union

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

January 6, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

An emergency power outage forced the William Pitt Union to close at 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to WPU management.The backup generator, also known as life-safety generator, powers the fire alarm system and the emergency lighting if the main generator were to malfunction, University spokesman John Fedele said....

Honors college scholarship supports previously unawarded students

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

January 6, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

For most of her time at Pitt, Sara Clark juggled tuition payments without the grace of University scholarships.Clark depended on work-study funds and loan-based grants while meagerly rationing money that a great-aunt had saved up for her. Then, last year, the University Honors College awarded Clark, now a...

Peet’s Coffee closes doors at Pennsylvania locations

Peet’s Coffee closes doors at Pennsylvania locations

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

January 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

After providing Pitt students with hot beverages for slightly more than a year, Peet’s Coffee & Tea has gone cold.After assessing coffee shop locations in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania, Peet’s will be closing locations in those states in order to “focus on our top performing markets,” according...

Actress, activist Laverne Cox to speak at Pitt

Actress, activist Laverne Cox to speak at Pitt

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

January 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Actress and transgender rights activist Laverne Cox will speak at Pitt this spring, according to Pitt’s Rainbow Alliance. Cox, best known for her role as hairdresser Sophia Burset in the Netflix series “Orange Is The New Black,” will speak to students on March 30 at 7 p.m.Cox’s talk will kic...

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