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Correlation: What your playlists say about your intelligence

Correlation: What your playlists say about your intelligence

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

November 23, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

Nickelback, Lil Wayne and Kenny Chesney fans may want to turn down the music, at least while studying, suggests new data from a California Institute of Technology software designer.Virgil Griffith, a software writer who reached semi-infamy in the hacking world when he hacked the online education system B...

Parental involvment still important for high schoolers

Parental involvment still important for high schoolers

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

November 23, 2014


Filed under Health, National News, News, Tech Science

A study by Pitt researchers found that parents should have strong relationships with their children’s teachers throughout high school, despite the potential embarrassment of the students.Ming-Te Wang, a Pitt researcher and assistant professor of psychology in education, studied the relationship between parent...

Dunn and Keeler honored

Dunn and Keeler honored

By Courtesy of William Dunn and John T.S. Keeler

November 20, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Pittsburgh is LGBTQ-friendly

Pittsburgh is LGBTQ-friendly

By Aby Briner / Staff Illustrator

November 20, 2014


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

Allies: Pittsburgh ranks second in state for LGTBQ friendliness

Allies: Pittsburgh ranks second in state for LGTBQ friendliness

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

November 20, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Sarita Brady, a genderqueer person, feels restricted in daily life. Brady only feels comfortable at the Rainbow Alliance office and chooses to use gender-neutral bathrooms.“It means that I feel compartmentalized as a queer and genderqueer person,” Brady, a freshman, said.There is at least one single-user, ge...

Pitt faculty honored

Pitt faculty honored

By Lauren Wilson / For The Pitt News

November 20, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Very little of what students learn in the classroom may apply to real-life campaigning, at least according to Pitt political science professor William Dunn.Dunn is one of this year’s National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) fellows and a former policy analyst and speechwriter for Ronald Re...

Speak Out

Speak Out

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer - facebook.com/MeghanSunnersPhotography

November 20, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Zerlina Maxwell visited Pitt and spoke to roughly 200 students in the William Pitt Union Ballroom about rape culture. 

#Rapeculture is…: Journalist, political analyst Zerlina Maxwell visits Pitt

#Rapeculture is…: Journalist, political analyst Zerlina Maxwell visits Pitt

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

November 20, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Go with a buddy. Don’t drink too much, and you’ll be fine. You totally raped that test. To some, phrases like these may seem casual and normal, possibly even humorous at times, but, according to Zerlina Maxwell, a political analyst, commentator and writer, these phrases are part of what condones ...

Board appoints Allocations Chair for upcoming term

By Emily Ahlin / Staff Writer

November 19, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

Nick Reslink will serve Pitt’s student body as the SGB Allocations Committee Chair for 2015.A nominating task force consisting of Board President Mike Nites, Board member Abby Zurschmit, Nasreen Harun, current allocations chair and executive vice president-elect, Board member and President-elect G...

Forum begins search for next business school dean

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

November 19, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

A forum Tuesday opened the search for a new dean of Pitt’s College of Business Administration and Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.The current dean, John Delaney, announced mid-September that he will step down from his position because he believes organizations need new leadership to sta...

SGB allocations change for club sports

SGB allocations change for club sports

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer - facebook.com/MeghanSunnersPhotography

November 19, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

SGB President Mike Nites said he met with 20-30 members of club sports yesterday to discuss the new bill. 

Board looks to change club sports’ allocations funding

Board looks to change club sports’ allocations funding

By Abbey Reighard and Emily Ahlin / The Pitt News Staff

November 19, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

Pitt students gave feedback last night on an upcoming Student Government bill that would change the Board allocations funding to club sports..The Board introduced a bill in its next-to-last public meeting on Tuesday in Nordy’s Place that would establish a ratio of SGB funds in proportion to the money t...

Pitt doctors team up for innovation

By Danielle Fox / Assistant News Editor

November 17, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

In the PInCh —Pitt Innovation Challenge — students and professors scored $400,000 prizes this weekend to advance health care. Pitt’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the Office of the Provost and the Innovation Institute hosted the second year of the challenge, and more than 60 tea...

Get it to go: Primanti Bros to ship nationwide

Get it to go: Primanti Bros to ship nationwide

By Jesseca Muslin / Staff Writer

November 17, 2014


Filed under National News, News

If you’re a Pittsburgh grad or soon to be one, and you are moving out of the Pittsburgh area, there’s a good chance you’ll miss some of the things that make the city unique, such as Polish pierogies from the Strip and Iron City Beer. But if a classic Primanti Brother’s sandwich is on the list ...

Lazy days: Southern hospitality rules at Dixie schools

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

November 16, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Colleges across the country are diving into new recreational facilities — literally. While Pitt offers four on-campus fitness centers — Trees Hall, Baierl Student Recreation Center, Bellefield Hall and the newly renovated third floor of the William Pitt Union — universities south of Pennsylvania...

David Hartman’s house

David Hartman’s house

By Nicole Guy / Staff Photographer

November 13, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Rentalguide2014

Flip houses, get money: Freshman turns to fellow students

Flip houses, get money: Freshman turns to fellow students

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

November 13, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Rentalguide2014

Dave Hartman spent spring break during his freshman year in the basement of an Oakland house wading through sewage.“I resolved some fairly substantial plumbing problems. It wasn’t exactly Punta Cana,” Hartman said. “I did put a ton of work into the houses, but I bought them extremely cheap. My ...

Far and away: some students prefer life well outside of Oakland

Far and away: some students prefer life well outside of Oakland

By Danah Bialoruski / For The Pitt News

November 13, 2014


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Rentalguide2014

The grimy, dingy houses of Oakland aren’t for everyone.Some students trade the convenient location to move further off campus for a variety of reasons. In some cases, they got in the house-hunting game too late, and in others, students simply felt like living in a neighborhood outside of Oakland.S...

Don’t be that guy: How to be a good roommate

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

November 13, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Rentalguide2014

Just months into the semester, charged arguments, passive-aggressive comments and snarky sticky-note messages make way for the opening shots of the roommate wars. “We definitely are at the end of the honeymoon period,” Luke Jennings, a resident assistant in Tower B, said of his residents. “I ...

National Society of Black Engineers

National Society of Black Engineers

By Courtesy of Robert Timmons

November 13, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

NSBE is the largest student-governed organization in the US.

Gentrification of Pittsburgh

Gentrification of Pittsburgh

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

November 13, 2014


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Rentalguide2014

National Society of Black Engineers honored by Mayor

National Society of Black Engineers honored by Mayor

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

November 13, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

Mayor Bill Peduto officially named Nov. 14 “NSBE Day in Pittsburgh” to recognize the National Society of Black Engineers and its upcoming conference this weekend. NSBE, a nonprofit founded in 1975, is a network of more than 29,000 black engineering students and is one of the largest student orga...

Neighborhoods in transition: Gentrification hits Pittsburgh

Neighborhoods in transition: Gentrification hits Pittsburgh

By Brett Wilson / Staff Writer

November 13, 2014


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Rentalguide2014

Daniel Stavros of Braddock said Pittsburgh still hasn’t recovered since the city’s steel mills barred their doors. “Even after all this time, we still see many people struggling to make ends meet, and the neighborhood I live in is still doing pretty poorly many years later,” Stavros, 56, sa...

Living large in the Cathedral suites

Living large in the Cathedral suites

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

November 13, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Rentalguide2014

The current residents of the Cathedral Suites had no idea what was in store for them as they walked into their new home. With a staircase extending to a second floor loft, a huge living room with ceiling to floor windows and a kitchen area, the six students were beyond pleased with the living space....

Steel, stars and stripes

Steel, stars and stripes

By MCT Campus

November 12, 2014


Filed under City, News

Pittsburgh's industry, healthcare system and resources make it a top spot for veterans. 

Pittsburgh named top spots for veterans

Pittsburgh named top spots for veterans

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

November 12, 2014


Filed under City, News

Pittsburgh may not be the perfect place to build a white picket fence, but, for veterans, it’s the top place to begin their American Dream sequence. Pittsburgh was the top-ranked city on the United Services Automobile Association 2014 list of best places for veterans to start their careers after servic...

Pitt lags behind in Ebola donations

By Sabrina Romano / Staff Writer

November 12, 2014


Filed under City, Health, News

After Hurricane Sandy, the Haitian earthquake and Hurricane Katrina razed cities and towns years ago, donations poured in to help the survivors.Businesses across the nation pledged roughly $141 million to support the victims of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, almost $300 million for the Japanese earthquake and...

Moving Plans

Moving Plans

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

November 12, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

President Mike Nites proposed to reallocate space on the fourth floor of the William Pitt Union.

SGB aims to reallocate student group offices

SGB aims to reallocate student group offices

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

November 12, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

The Student Government Board voted last night to approve grammatical changes to its governing code.  Board President Mike Nites said the changes involved fixing a “couple of missed prepositions.” The governing code contains SGB’s bylaws, allocations manual and other governing documents such as...

Meyer wins presidency

Meyer wins presidency

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 11, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

Graeme Meyer celebrated after winning the SGB presidential election.

Graeme Meyer wins SGB presidential election

Graeme Meyer wins SGB presidential election

By Abbey Reighard, Danielle Fox, Emily Ahlin and Cristina Holtzer / The Pitt News Staff

November 11, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

Talk about a drum roll. Pitt’s African Music and Dance Ensemble heightened the drama last night in Nordy’s Place before Elections Committee Chair Lauren Barney announced the results of the 2015 Student Government Board election. Pitt students elected Graeme Meyer as the new Student Government Boa...

Conflict Kitchen reopens today

Conflict Kitchen reopens today

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

November 11, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

Oakland restaurant Conflict Kitchen will reopen today at its normal opening time, 11 a.m., after closing on Nov. 7 because of death threats received in a letter.The restaurant announced on its Facebook page Tuesday morning that “after consultation with local law enforcement agencies,” it would reop...

Pitt aims to change low diversity numbers

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

November 10, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Chelsea Reyes may not come to Pitt. She’s worried it won’t prepare her for the real world. Reyes, a high school senior from Mount Laurel, New Jersey, is currently applying to colleges and says that while she plans on applying to Pitt, she is leaning more towards New York University partly because of...

SGB presidential candidates talk platforms, accountability and plans for restructuring

By Cristina Holtzer and Harrison Kaminsky / The Pitt News Staff

November 10, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

SGB Presidential candidates on: their main platforms, how to hold Board members responsible for their duties and their plans to restructure Pitt’s Student Government.Andrew StefanikMain platforms: Bring a level of professionalism to SGB “that it completely lacks right now,” restructure the Board and i...

Conflict Kitchen Sit In

Conflict Kitchen Sit In

By Nathan Smith / For The Pitt News

November 10, 2014


Filed under City, News

Kara Kloss, a sophomore political science major, protested on Monday in the hopes that Conflict Kitchen will reopen as soon as possible. 

Conflict at Conflict: Students protest restaurant closure

Conflict at Conflict: Students protest restaurant closure

By Jess Muslin / Staff Writer

November 10, 2014


Filed under City, News

Roughly 200 people surrounded Conflict Kitchen Monday evening to show their support for the restaurant after it announced its closure after receiving death threats last week. Conflict Kitchen, a permanent food stand in Schenley Plaza that serves a rotating menu based on the cuisines of countries with which the U.S. is in conflict, ...

Under Review: Inconsistencies cloud SGB’s constitutional referenda

Under Review: Inconsistencies cloud SGB’s constitutional referenda

By Abbey Reighard and Danielle Fox / The Pitt News Staff

November 10, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

The expectations are clear. The rules are not. During the public Student Government Board meeting on Nov. 4, the Board voted to place two referenda that would change the Student Government Constitution on Tuesday’s ballot. While the Board voted yes straight down the line, the events preceding, followi...

Meyer, Nites

Meyer, Nites

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 10, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

Conflict Kitchen closes due to death threats, plans to reopen shortly

Conflict Kitchen closes due to death threats, plans to reopen shortly

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

November 8, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

Schenley Plaza takeout restaurant Conflict Kitchen is closed indefinitely after receiving death threats, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page.The post reads, “We have received a letter today containing death threats and we will be closed until the credibility of the letter can be established by the Pittsburgh...

Barney’s Back: Judicial Committee resinstates Elections Chair

Barney’s Back: Judicial Committee resinstates Elections Chair

By Harrison Kaminsky, Cristina Holtzer and Danielle Fox / The Pitt News Staff

November 7, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

The Student Government Board Elections Committee Chair will reclaim her job, effective immediately, following the Judicial Committee’s ruling on her reinstatement. According to a release sent by Andrew Van Treeck, Judicial Committee vice chair, who heard the case Thursday night, the Committee delibera...

Appeals hearing

Appeals hearing

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

November 7, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

Barney watches SGB President Mike Nites as he makes his case.

War of Words: Ousted Elections Committee Chair pleads case

War of Words: Ousted Elections Committee Chair pleads case

By Harrison Kaminsky, Cristina Holtzer & Mahita Gajanan / The Pitt News Staff

November 7, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

After more than two hours of debate lasting until after midnight on Friday, the Student Government Board former Elections Committee Chair will find out her fate in 24 to 48 hours. The SGB Judicial Committee oversaw former Elections Committee Chair Lauren Barney’s appeal of the Board’s dec...

Law students struggle to find jobs post-graduation

Law students struggle to find jobs post-graduation

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

November 5, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

East coast law schools have varying statistics on post-grad job rates for students.

Pittsburgh law schools pass the bar

Pittsburgh law schools pass the bar

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

November 5, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

Pittsburgh’s universities continue to push out top law talent rising above the swarms of other students vying to add “juris doctor” to their title. While coming from a school with a plush ranking on the list helps, Pittsburgh’s legal experts and recruiters say applicants must bring personalit...

Pitt reaches number 42 on U.S. News & World Report for best global universities

By Kathy Zhao / Staff Writer

November 5, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Aside from being two digits in the local area code, the numbers “four” and “two” are a newfound source of pride for Pitt students.The U.S. News & World Report released its inaugural “Best Global Universities” list last week, with Pitt at spot No. 42 out of a total 500 universities. The r...

Spice Island to become Hawker Stand in chef’s absence

Spice Island to become Hawker Stand in chef’s absence

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

November 5, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News, This Week In Photos

A message to customers about Leong’s leave of absence sits in the restaurant on poster board with colored pens for customers to write their well wishes for his recovery.

Spice Island to undergo temporary menu change

Spice Island to undergo temporary menu change

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

November 5, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

The Pacific food hub planted among Atwood’s sea of pizza shops — Spice Island Tea House — will appear in a new form starting Friday.The head chef Hai Jing Leong will be recovering from foot surgery, and owner Ron Lee said he doesn’t want to follow the current menu without the craft of Leong. ...

SGB candidates debate responsibilities

SGB candidates debate responsibilities

By Abbey Reighard / Senior Staff Writer

November 5, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

The presidential candidates told stories about throwing sea stars and building bridges during last night’s presidential debate. Andrew Stefanick, Graeme Meyer and Wasi Mohamed discussed their plans for the future of Student Government Board in a roughly one-hour debate on Tuesday in Nordy’s Place....

Board to put SGB changes to student vote

By Danielle Fox / Assistant News Editor

November 5, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

The Student Government Board approved putting a series of constitutional changes up for student vote in next Tuesday’s election. Board member Graeme Meyer said the changes aim to help students better understand SGB’s operations and functions. Students will vote on the changes through referenda on...

State who cried Wolf

State who cried Wolf

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

November 5, 2014


Filed under National News, News

Democrat Tom Wolf defeated Republican incumbent Tom Corbett last night to become Pennsylvania’s 47th governor.Wolf, who will take office in January, has no prior experience as an elected official, but earned a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, volunteered in the Peace Corps in Indi...

No further decisions made on ousted Elections Committee Chair

By Natalie Daher / Editor-in-Chief

November 3, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

It’s unclear whether Student Government Board’s recently ousted Elections Chair will oversee next week’s election. Former Elections Committee Chair Lauren Barney will appeal the Board’s decision to dismiss her in an open hearing slated tentatively for Wednesday or Thursday, according to Jud...

Election day: Where they stand

Election day: Where they stand

By Cristina Holtzer & Danielle Fox / The Pitt News Staff

November 3, 2014


Filed under National News, News

Tom Wolf-Obtained his B.A. from Dartmouth College, his M.A. from the University of London and his Ph.D. from MIT.-Grew up and resides in York County.-Served in the Peace Corps for two years doing agricultural and irrigation projects in rural India.-Returned to the U.S. and worked as a forklift operator at his famil...

Let me be your leader: SGB candidates talk campaign plans

Let me be your leader: SGB candidates talk campaign plans

By Abbey Reighard / Senior Staff Writer

November 3, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

The three candidates running for Student Government Board president agree on one thing: SGB needs change. Andrew Stefanick, Graeme Meyer and Wasi Mohamed are running for Student Government Board president, a term the president will serve for about a year and a half after a referendum introduced by the c...

Barney dismissed from her role as Elections Chair

Barney dismissed from her role as Elections Chair

By Pitt News File Photo

November 2, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

The Board voted to remove Elections Chair Lauren Barney from her position on Friday.

Experts urge students to vote for more than presidents

By Kathy Zhao / Staff Writer

November 2, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Pitt students who are registered to vote this election day, Nov. 4, may fill out an absentee ballot or will vote in person at their local polling place. If, that is, they can even be bothered to do so.Ron Ruman, press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of State, said the turnout of young voter...

Board boots elections chair

Board boots elections chair

By Cristina Holtzer and Harrison Kaminsky / The Pitt News Staff

November 2, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

While the candidates are clamoring for seats on the Student Government Board, the Elections Committee Chair has lost hers in a way she deems unjust.The SGB dismissed Elections Chair Lauren Barney from her position on Friday, stating concerns over her conduct. Barney will appeal the decision with the ...

Pitt Paranormal Activity

Pitt Paranormal Activity

By TPN File Photo

October 30, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

The Early American Room in the Cathedral is one of Pitt's multiple haunted locations. 

Ghosts of Pittsburgh

Ghosts of Pittsburgh

By Jesseca Muslin / Staff Writer

October 30, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

Halloween means ghosts, spirits and things that go bump in the night — or things that go bump in broad daylight while Pitt students are sitting in class. All Hallow’s Eve is a night when the spirits of the dead are said to walk among the living. Thousands of Pitt students study in or walk past ha...

Pittsburgh named top spot for trick-or-treating

Pittsburgh named top spot for trick-or-treating

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

October 30, 2014


Filed under City, News

Don’t keep your light on during Halloween? Shame on you. Pittsburgh is now one of America’s most “trick-or-treatable” cities.Zillow, a home and real estate marketplace that gathers and shares data on homes, real estates and mortgages, ranked Pittsburgh as the 12th best city for trick-or-treating...

Business schools to create new scholarship

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

October 29, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Two new scholarships will be available for business students after a family-owned, Pittsburgh-based realty company donated $1 million to Pitt.The Howard Hanna family donated the money last week to the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration (CBA) to offer “nee...

New movie studio to open in McKees Rocks

By Kathy Zhao / Staff Writer

October 29, 2014


Filed under City, News

A transition from Steeltown to an eastern Tinseltown may be on Pittsburgh’s horizon with the construction of a new film studio that began last week.Island Studios EXP broke ground for the project on Oct. 23 at the P&LE Railroad brownfield redevelopment site in McKees Rocks, three miles from Downtown...

SGB announces public support for Holocaust remembrance event

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

October 28, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

The Student Government Board introduced a resolution Tuesday night that will voice their public support for an interactive art display hosted by Pitt’s Hillel Jewish Student Union.The display, which will be part of Hillel’s event, Kristallnacht: The Night of Broken Glass, will serve as a Holocaust...

Sustainability in Towers

Sustainability in Towers

By TPN File Photo

October 28, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

Students worked to create a sustainability project for Towers.

Women in bioengineering

Women in bioengineering

By MCT Campus

October 28, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering is working to attract more female doctoral students.

Toilets, lightbulbs and blinds: Students create sustainability plan

Toilets, lightbulbs and blinds: Students create sustainability plan

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

October 28, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

In one week, four Pitt students earned $25,000.The winners of the 2014 Sustainable Solutions Competition won’t use their wins for books, shoes or food — instead, they’ll buy toilets. Pitt students made up five teams of three to five people and competed last month to create the most effective plan to make the campus more s...

Pitt working to attract female engineering doctoral students

Pitt working to attract female engineering doctoral students

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

October 28, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

After the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) determined Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering to be the U.S. university with the highest percentage of doctoral degrees awarded to women in engineering from 2010 to 2011, the school has dropped below the top 20 in the last two years.Gerald H...

Pitt Police Blotter

By The Pitt News Staff

October 27, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Tuesday, Oct. 219:10 a.m. — Pitt police responded to an individual who reported their iPad was missing after leaving it unattended in the William Pitt Union. The investigation is pending.12:22 p.m. — Pitt police responded to an individual who reported their wallet was missing after leaving it unattended in Tre...

The water’s fine: Panther lake to be restored

The water’s fine: Panther lake to be restored

By Jesseca Muslin / Staff Writer

October 27, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

Hidden in the valley between Schenley Park and South Oakland is a landmark many ignore.Every day, students run the trails in Schenley Park past Panther Hollow Lake, walk the bridge that crosses it or sit at its edge without knowing its history or former glory. Now, the lake has fallen into disrepair...

Allocations member resigns, will not be replaced

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

October 27, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

A member of the Student Government Board Allocations Committee announced her resignation Sunday night, leaving the Board with 11 Allocations Committee members until the end of the term in January.Allocations Committee member Alexandra Kajari resigned “effective immediately,” according to a Sunday re...

App created for assault victims

By Kathleen Fennell / Staff Writer

October 26, 2014


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

Connecting to a domestic violence hotline is the single greatest factor in reducing domestic violence injuries, reassaults and homicides. The Women’s Center and Shelter (WC&S) of Greater Pittsburgh, founded in 1974, had these facts in mind when it created RUSafe, a smartphone app that helps users ident...

Tears, crowns and campaigns: Homecoming king and queen named

Tears, crowns and campaigns: Homecoming king and queen named

By Danielle Fox / Assistant News Editor

October 26, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Pitt senior Megan Zammerilla attended her first Pitt football game before she could even crawl.This weekend, more than 20 years later, Zammerilla and fellow senior Feargal Gilmore stepped onto the grass at Heinz Field to claim their titles of Homecoming king and queen. Zammerilla, a senior exercise sc...

Homecoming king and queen crowned

Homecoming king and queen crowned

By Zheru Liu / Multimedia Editor

October 26, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Seniors Megan Zammerilla and Feargal Gilmore were named Pitt's homecoming king and queen for 2014.

What time is the right time?

What time is the right time?

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

October 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Bring it on

Bring it on

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

October 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014

Home for the in-staters

Home for the in-staters

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

October 23, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Where are in-state Pitt students from?

Where Yinz from?

Where Yinz from?

By Cristina Holtzer and Danielle Fox / The Pitt News Staff

October 23, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Danielle Quigley, a junior marketing major, quoted on students who say they are from “outside of Philly.”“I am from Northeast Philly. My neighborhood is called Lonsdale. When I got to Pitt and everyone kept saying they were from Philly, I was super frustrated. At first, I got really excited. I ...

Light it up

Light it up

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 23, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014, Tech Science

Pitt's homecoming laser show will use Nymbus. 

Pitt Bucket List

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

October 23, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

To students: What do you want to accomplish before graduating from Pitt? To alumni: What do you think undergrad students should do before graduating from Pitt?STUDENTS“Find what I’m most passionate about.” — Oana Grigoras, sophomore religious studies and biology major.“Go on a vacation with ...

Graduate student designs app to enhance laser light show

Graduate student designs app to enhance laser light show

By Kat Prosachik / Staff Writer

October 23, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014, Tech Science

At this year’s homecoming fireworks and laser show, spectators can do more than watch the fireworks in the sky above them — they can experience it from their palms.Nymbus, an app developed by Pitt Theatre arts graduate student David Wright, turns smartphones into glow sticks by displaying different c...

Cheer and dance teams not considered a sport by Pitt

Cheer and dance teams not considered a sport by Pitt

By Hunter Bergman / For The Pitt News

October 23, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014

Like many University athletes, members of Pitt’s cheer and dance teams often struggle to find the perfect balance between practice and classwork. There’s just one major difference: the University does not recognize either group as official sports.The cheer and dance teams practice three to five times pe...

What time should you show up to a party?

What time should you show up to a party?

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

October 23, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014

Jackie Braithwaite had a set Friday night routine during her freshman year.After her classes ended around 4 p.m., she’d go back to her dorm room in Holland Hall and study for an hour or two. Then, around 6 or 7 p.m., she would go to Market Central and eat dinner. After that, around 8 p.m., she wou...

Talk with the top: Gallagher’s first three months

Talk with the top: Gallagher’s first three months

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

October 23, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014

When Patrick Gallagher received the offer to become Pitt’s new Chancellor, he almost said no.“My knee-jerk reaction was ‘No, thank you,’” he said. “But I remember hanging up the phone thinking ‘This is one of those calls I can’t say ‘no’ to right away.’” Gallagher left his ro...

Chancellor sits down with the Pitt News

Chancellor sits down with the Pitt News

By Christine Lim / Staff Photographer

October 23, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014

Chancellor Gallagher sits down with Pitt News reporter Dale Shoemaker to discuss his first three months on the job. 

Students and Oakland residents come together at The Corner

Students and Oakland residents come together at The Corner

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

October 22, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

During the University bomb threats of 2012, Ana Martin’s classes weren’t cancelled, but moved to The Corner.“We came here to have class so we weren’t disrupted,” Martin, a senior neuroscience major, said about The Corner, a cafe and community center in West Oakland. Martin’s professor at ...

Getting an internship: Learn how at media panel

By Emily Ahlin / Staff Writer

October 22, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

In today’s job market, an internship is a non-negotiable requirement, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s executive editor David Shribman.Shribman will moderate “Media Internships: Writing on the Job,” on Monday, Oct. 27, in the William Pitt Union ballroom from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. This year, the...

Students march to protest sexual violence

Students march to protest sexual violence

By Kat Prosachik

October 21, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

“Sexist, racist, anti-gay, don’t you take our night away.”Men and women chanted this as they marched through the streets of Oakland last night for Take Back the Night, Pitt’s Campus Women’s Organization annual march to bring attention to sexual violence on campuses and throughout the world. Alecia...

Life after a stroke: Pittsburgh man regains mobility

Life after a stroke: Pittsburgh man regains mobility

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

October 21, 2014


Filed under Health, News

Climbing up all 764 steps of the Cathedral of Learning seems like a difficult and physically draining prospect, but for Steve Gillis, a stroke victim determined to make a full recovery, it’s a way to prove that he can overcome challenges. Eleven months after his stroke in January 2013, Gillis, 58, s...

Board helps distribute student publications

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

October 21, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

The Student Government Board will soon install racks to hold student publications, including the Pittiful News and The Original Magazine, at seven locations on campus.Board President Mike Nites and Board member Benjamin West introduced a bill tonight to amend the current SGB by-laws to fund student pub...

Tim Gunn visits Pitt

Tim Gunn visits Pitt

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

October 21, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Tim Gunn makes it work at the William Pitt Union.

Gunning for gold: Tim Gunn visits Pitt

Gunning for gold: Tim Gunn visits Pitt

By Meghan Bray / For The Pitt News

October 21, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Even though Tim Gunn has penned three books with a fourth on the way, he didn’t recommend trying it to the audience at Pitt Monday night.  “If you have written a book — hats off to you, if you’re thinking about it — don’t,” Gunn said.Gunn said this in jest and went on to explain how wr...

SGB election candidates announced

By Abbey Reighard / Senior Staff Writer

October 21, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

For the second consecutive year, the candidates running for Student Government Board member positions have an easy election season ahead of them. There are only nine candidates running for the eight Board member positions and three candidates running for president in this year’s election. The low ...

Comcast in Pittsburgh

Comcast in Pittsburgh

By FCC

October 19, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News, Tech Science

According to the FCC, Comcast dominates the Pittsburgh Internet service provider market. 

The future of coal: Environmental relations discussed at Pitt

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

October 19, 2014


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Tech Science

In 2006, China built two coal-fired power plants every week. In 2013, China built not even one coal-fired power plant per week.Although it produces and consumes half of the world’s coal,  China, because of pressure from its citizens and the international community, has recognized the need to seek out m...

Oakland residents contemplate Internet service provider switch

Oakland residents contemplate Internet service provider switch

By Kathy Zhao / Staff Writer

October 19, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News, Tech Science

Amy Howell has a lot of half-finished movies in her Netflix queue.“We have a TV that can stream from Netflix,” Howell said. “But we were never able to watch a movie start to finish because the Internet would always cut out in the middle and disconnect our movie.”Howell, a junior bioengineering...

Get a move on

Get a move on

By Andy Slepman / For the Pitt News

October 16, 2014


Filed under Health, News

Pitt Public Health received $1 million to increase active transportation: walking, jogging or biking. 

Pitt gets $1 million to increase active transportation

Pitt gets $1 million to increase active transportation

By Danielle Fox / Assistant News Editor

October 16, 2014


Filed under Health, News

The Pennsylvania Department of Health gifted the Pitt Graduate School of Public Health $1 million this week to increase physical activity among people in the state. Pitt Public Health will put the funds toward its continued efforts with WalkWorks. WalkWorks is a four-year initiative that began in ...

Get ready pre-med students: MCAT changes to come by 2015

Get ready pre-med students: MCAT changes to come by 2015

By Kat Prosachik

October 16, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Students who plan to take the Medical College Admission Test, or the MCAT, in April 2015 or later should expect a treat: three more hours of testing and several new areas to study.The new 2015 exam — which, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges will begin on April 17, 2015 — wil...

Nordy’s Place

Nordy’s Place

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

October 15, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Chancellor emeritus Mark Nordenberg tested out his new gift outside the Cathedral.

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