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Pitt to give CourseWeb a makeover

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

April 29, 2015

After this weekend, students will no longer see dropped and withdrawn courses still haunting their CourseWeb profiles.Pitt will upgrade multiple components of CourseWeb from Thursday, April 30 to Sunday May 3, according to Pitt spokesman John Fedele. Besides removing dropped courses, the update will also...

Pitt student passes away over weekend

By The Pitt News Staff

April 23, 2015

A Pitt student was found dead last Saturday night in an off-campus residence in Oakland.A supervisorat the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said police found Gregory Walters, 20, at 9:42 p.m. on April 18 at 334 Ophelia Street. The cause of death was suicide, according to the supervisor.Walters, 20, was a sop...

Two men involved in fatal South Oakland shooting

By Danielle Fox and Dale Shoemaker/ The Pitt News Staff

April 23, 2015

Pittsburgh Police are “actively investigating” a shooting involving two men on the 3200-block of Ward Street around 9 p.m. on Wednesday night.One man died on the scene from multiple gunshot wounds while paramedics transported the other to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. According to Pittsburgh Polic...

Legalization in the U.S.

Legalization in the U.S.

By Katelyn Binetti / Staff Illustrator

April 19, 2015

Sativa vs. indica

Sativa vs. indica

By Alexandra Ryan / Production Manager

April 19, 2015

The state of legalization

The state of legalization

By Elizabeth Lepro and Alex Leighton / The Pitt News Staff

April 19, 2015

In the Pennsylvania Senate, marijuana legislation is up for reconsideration — but supporters say the bill isn’t about getting high.  Gov. Tom Wolf has supported an act that would legalize the use of medical cannabis. Proponents, including families and cannabis reform groups, however, opponents say t...

Which weed is which: Experts compare pot strains

Which weed is which: Experts compare pot strains

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

April 19, 2015

When Ken Estes, a grower based in California, crossbred Purple Urkle and Big Bud in 2003, he made Grand Daddy Purp —  now one of the most popular strains of marijuana in the United States.But Grand Daddy Purp, known for its cerebral euphoria and physical relaxation, is just one of thousands of strain...

The how and why of munchies

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

April 19, 2015

Spreading peanut butter on a block of cheese or dipping a banana in a mug of Swiss Miss sounds like five-star appetizing after hitting a bowl for a reason. The THC’s effect on the brain can explain the post-pot urge to rummage through kitchen cabinets for unconventional concoctions. Marijuana impairs the ab...

State of Pitt’s funding

State of Pitt’s funding

By Emily Hower / Assistant Layout Editor

April 17, 2015

Edith Bell speaks at Pitt

Edith Bell speaks at Pitt

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

April 16, 2015

Gov. Wolf proposes to increase Pitt’s state funding

Gov. Wolf proposes to increase Pitt’s state funding

By Gabriel Naccarato / Staff Writer

April 16, 2015

After years of education budget cuts from former Gov. Tom Corbett, Gov. Tom Wolf wants to put money back into Pitt’s pockets. In his first few months in office, Wolf has proposed to reverse Corbett’s education cuts. For Pitt, the decrease in appropriations, at its peak, included a 19 percent cut fr...

Holocaust survivor speaks amidst controversy

Holocaust survivor speaks amidst controversy

By Dale Shoemaker and Mark Pesto / The Pitt News Staff

April 16, 2015

Some called it a remembrance, but others called it a repurposing. In a joint effort, Pitt’s branch of Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace hosted Edith Bell, a Jewish woman and Holocaust survivor, to speak in the William Pitt Union on International Holocaust Remembrance Da...

Workers march to increase minimum wage

Workers march to increase minimum wage

By Elizabeth Lepro and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

April 15, 2015

Rev. Rodney Lyde of the Baptist Temple Church looked out on a crowd of protestors sitting in the middle of Forbes Avenue and said that he couldn’t accept Pittsburgh’s title as the “most livable city.”Lyde disputed the title that The Economist has bestowed upon the city at the Fight for $15 prot...

Changing Tides: Slutciety becomes The Fourth Wave

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

April 15, 2015

In the spirit of inclusion, Pitt’s leading feminist publication has dropped its original name, Slutciety, and has rebranded itself with its organization’s own wave of feminism. For its February issue, the group renamed the monthly publication The Fourth Wave, as the group is striving for more inc...

Jill Abramson at Pitt

Jill Abramson at Pitt

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

April 15, 2015

After NYT firing, Jill Abramson taps new beat in journalism

After NYT firing, Jill Abramson taps new beat in journalism

By Natalie Daher & Danielle Fox / The Pitt News Staff

April 15, 2015

Far from flipping on cruise control, Jill Abramson went from steering The New York Times as its first female editor to navigating journalism’s digital depths in uncharted waters.Once the captain of the Fourth Estate and now the entrepreneur willing to shell out $100,000 for a “whale” of a story, Abr...

SGB

SGB

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

April 15, 2015

The Board discusses an upcoming referendum at their final meeting of the semester

Board debates neutrality, discusses name change

Board debates neutrality, discusses name change

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

April 15, 2015

Change its name, change its name — the Student Government Board will have students vote to change the Board’s name to the Student Government Association. Students can vote on the name referendum through their MyPitt portals. Voting will open on Thursday at 8 a.m. until Friday at 8 p.m. Leading u...

Uncle Jimmy’s averts permanent closure

Uncle Jimmy’s averts permanent closure

By Dale Shoemaker and Harrison Kaminsky / The Pitt News Staff

April 13, 2015

After closing its doors Friday morning, South Oakland watering hole Uncle Jimmy’s revived itself late Friday night. The Allegheny County Treasury Department temporarily closed Uncle Jimmy’s, on Semple Street, because the owners had failed to pay its alcoholic beverage tax.In one lump sum, Uncle...

Charles Bolden to speak at Pitt’s commencement ceremony

Charles Bolden to speak at Pitt’s commencement ceremony

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

April 13, 2015

NASA’s top brass, Charles Bolden, is touching down at Pitt for graduation.Pitt said Monday that Bolden, administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and retired major general of the U.S. Marine Corps, will speak at the 2015 commencement convocation on April 26. At the ceremony, Pit...

American Authors

American Authors

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

April 12, 2015

Bobby Fry, local entrepreneur, at Pitt’s TEDx

Bobby Fry, local entrepreneur, at Pitt’s TEDx

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

April 12, 2015

Local leaders spread ideas at Pitt’s TEDx

Local leaders spread ideas at Pitt’s TEDx

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

April 12, 2015

Even after graduating college with a 2.6 GPA, Bobby Fry landed a job on Wall Street with the help of his roommate’s father.“Shape yourself, so you’re ready when the world gives you opportunities,” said Fry, a Pittsburgh native and owner of Bar Marco, a restaurant in the Strip District. Fry spoke ...

American Authors, food trucks headline Bigelow Bash

American Authors, food trucks headline Bigelow Bash

By Alex Leighton / Staff Writer

April 11, 2015

Three weeks after the official beginning of spring, students sang, danced and ate on Bigelow Boulevard, ringing in the first spell of warm weather.About 500 people on Saturday attended Bigelow Bash, Pitt Program Council’s free annual spring concert, according to Pitt Police officer Guy Johnson. The festivities b...

The Perfect Pour

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

April 10, 2015

Michael Barnes can tell a good pour just by the smell. The art of pouring beer isn’t just a formality for Barnes, co-owner of the Pittsburgh-based Broken Paddle Brewing Company. The stream of alcohol can instantly delight not only drinkers’ taste buds but also their noses.Broken Paddle Brewing ...

Brad Kopp’s homemade beer

Brad Kopp’s homemade beer

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

April 9, 2015

Hangovers: Fact or fiction?

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

April 9, 2015

Next time, think twice before chowing down on an entire pizza to sober up after drinking. There’s no need to pack on the extra calories, according to Megan Stahl, a health educator for Student Health Services.Beer and liquor-related myths run amok in Pittsburgh, the U.S. city with the most bars per per...

Brew Crew: Pitt students drown themselves in the DIY world of beer brewing

Brew Crew: Pitt students drown themselves in the DIY world of beer brewing

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

April 9, 2015

The first beer Brad Kopp ever brewed fell flat for his father.“It had such a sour taste,” Kopp said. “My dad has the corniest sense of humor, and he still hasn’t let me live it down. Every time I give him a beer, he says ‘Is it going to taste like that first one?’” Kopp, a senior chemi...

Students lose power in South Oakland

By Harrison Kaminsky and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

April 9, 2015

A lightning storm prompted nearly 500 power outages in South Oakland.The customers of Duquesne Light, the primary power provider of Oakland, lost power on Thursday evening, according to spokesperson Jessica Rock.The outage affected parts of Atwood Street, Meyran Avenue, and part of the 3700 block of Forb...

70 Faces

70 Faces

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

April 9, 2015

Business school dean announced

By Dale Shoemaker and Elizabeth Lepro / The Pitt News Staff

April 9, 2015

Arjang Assad is new to Pitt, but not to life as a college dean.Pitt announced Wednesday that Assad, who is currently the dean of the School of Management at the State University of New York at Buffalo, will become the dean of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Admin...

Students launch new campus publication

Students launch new campus publication

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

April 9, 2015

Pitt is getting some new faces — 70 of them, to be exact.On Wednesday night, students from all backgrounds gathered in the William Pitt Union for a night of music, poetry, art and the debut of Pitt’s newest student publication, 70 Faces. The magazine is a semiannual publication that will focus o...

70 Faces

70 Faces

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

April 8, 2015

Zombie culture in Pittsburgh

Zombie culture in Pittsburgh

By Katelyn Binetti / Staff Illustrator

April 7, 2015

Service workers rally outside the Cathedral of Learning

Service workers rally outside the Cathedral of Learning

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

April 7, 2015

Board, Committees introduce Governing Code bills

Board, Committees introduce Governing Code bills

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

April 7, 2015

It’s what’s on the inside that counts, according to Student Government’s Judicial Committee.On Tuesday night, the Student Government Board hosted its public meeting at Nordy’s Place at 8:45 p.m., where Judicial Committee Chair Kyle Hoch introduced a bill meant to clarify and reinforce the rules i...

Back to life: Zombie culture thrives in Pittsburgh

Back to life: Zombie culture thrives in Pittsburgh

By Alex Leighton / Staff Writer

April 7, 2015

 A group of humans raced across campus on Monday, a rainy April night. They tried to avoid swarms of zombies while attempting to reach a safepoint. Only two survived.This isn’t a scene out of the latest horror film. This dash from Posvar Hall to the OC Parking Lot on Allequippa Street was the fin...

Service workers rally, negotiations continue

Service workers rally, negotiations continue

By Dale Shoemaker and Elizabeth Lepro / The Pitt News Staff

April 7, 2015

A giant bag of money sat on the railing of the Cathedral of Learning, but it was just out of reach for Marylou Fennell.Fennell, who works as a mover and receiver at Pitt, marched on Tuesday around the Cathedral of Learning with about 50 other service workers demanding a new union contract with highe...

New apartment complex to help students

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

April 6, 2015

A Texas-based development company has proposed to build an off-campus apartment building in Oakland that will resemble Pitt’s dorm halls.Campus Advantage said Monday that it will construct a 13-story, 137-bedroom apartment complex primarily housing students at 3407 Forbes Ave., near Magee-Womens Hos...

Feminism and Fracking: Activist speaks at Pitt

Feminism and Fracking: Activist speaks at Pitt

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

April 6, 2015

Even after twice spending more than two weeks in jail, Sandra Steingraber emits passion — but not anger — when she talks about her opposition to fracking. Steingraber, a biologist, author of four books and grassroots activist, spoke to more than 100 people about the roles she and other women play in t...

Drag show

Drag show

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

April 5, 2015

Asian cultural fair spreads diversity

Asian cultural fair spreads diversity

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

April 5, 2015

For Shuqi Xiao and other members of the Asian Student Alliance, the term “Asian” refers to many cultures — not just one. “When people hear Asian, they usually think Chinese,” Xiao, vice president of the Asian Student Alliance said. To help clear up the stereotype and educate the Pitt communit...

Students perform cultural dances on Sunday

Students perform cultural dances on Sunday

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

April 5, 2015

Shake it off: Rainbow Alliance hosts drag show

Shake it off: Rainbow Alliance hosts drag show

By Elizabeth Lepro / Staff Writer

April 5, 2015

Wondering what clothes to wear, Dylan Dickhersoon consulted the audience on whether it preferred red or black before he left the stage to slip into something more comfortable.Ten minutes later after the crowd shouted back “black,” Dickhersoon, a gender performer, returned to the stage in the William Pitt...

Students learn about homelessness

Students learn about homelessness

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

April 2, 2015

Homelessness simulation provides insight

Homelessness simulation provides insight

By Mark Pesto / For The Pitt News

April 2, 2015

Carson Derrow gets enough to eat and has a place to sleep at night, but, yesterday, he learned how to survive on the streets with just $15 and a backpack. Derrow, a sophomore neuroscience major, is one of more than 150 students who participated in a homelessness simulation in the William Pitt Union on Thursd...

Pitt tightens Greek life eligibility requirements

By Harrison Kaminsky and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

April 2, 2015

Under new requirements, Pitt will now bar many first-semester freshmen from joining Greek life. With a focus on “academic excellence,” Pitt’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life said in a release Thursday that new course credit standards will tighten eligibility for new members. The office, ...

Rainbow Voices talent show

Rainbow Voices talent show

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

April 2, 2015

Pitt to circulate national sexual assault survey

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

April 2, 2015

Pitt announced Monday that it will survey students as part of a national campaign to measure the frequency of sexual assault on campus. Pitt is participating in a survey from Association of American Universitie alongside the more than 60 other member universities and several non-member universities. Westat,...

Lee Daniels lecture cancelled after scheduling conflict

By Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

April 2, 2015

Academy Award-nominated director and producer Lee Daniels will not come to Pitt after all, Pitt Program Council announced Wednesday.Daniels was scheduled to give a PPC-sponsored lecture about his life and career on April 7 in the William Pitt Union, but he had to cancel because of a change in his prod...

Colorful voices: Rainbow Alliance hosts annual talent show

Colorful voices: Rainbow Alliance hosts annual talent show

By Elizabeth Lepro and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

April 2, 2015

At Brandon Benjamin’s first “Rainbow Voices” event his freshman year, he professed his love for a boy. At this year’s “Rainbow Voices,” Benjamin, now a senior, read a letter from Peter, a friend and fellow member of the Alliance who passed away in 2013. “These are some words to remin...

Turn down for what: WHO releases hearing loss report

By Gabriel Naccarato / For The Pitt News

April 2, 2015

At the one concert Mackenzie Brown treats herself to each month, she focuses more on enjoying the night than thinking about wearing protective earplugs.“I’m willing, but I would only consider [wearing them] if I went to concerts more than once a month,” she said. While not at concerts, Brown, li...

Room service coming to Pitt

Room service coming to Pitt

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

April 1, 2015

Toilet paper elimination on campus

Toilet paper elimination on campus

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

April 1, 2015

Rainbow Alliance’s “Triangle Project”

Rainbow Alliance’s “Triangle Project”

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

April 1, 2015

Rainbow remembers Holocaust’s impact on LGBT+ community

Rainbow remembers Holocaust’s impact on LGBT+ community

By Elizabeth Lepro / Staff Writer

April 1, 2015

Kate Shindle’s triangle flag emphasized the importance of individual identity. Shindle crouched over the slice of fabric and painted the words, “All parts of you deserve respect.”  Shindle, an undeclared freshman, was one of about 25 people who gathered in the William Pitt Union on Tuesday nig...

Cathedral fire

Cathedral fire

By TNS

April 1, 2015

Search committee to search for committee

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

April 1, 2015

Editor's Note: This story is satirical.University administrators are currently seeking members to join a search committee that will then search for members for the search committee that will then search for Pitt’s next Dean of Students. Pitt spokesman Ken Service is calling the committee the “Dean...

SGB to begin referenda to change name

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

April 1, 2015

Starting next year, the Student Government Board will not exist as we currently know it.The Board announced at its public meeting in Nordy’s Place on Tuesday night that it intends to change its name from the Student Government Board to the Student Government Association. The Board will make the chang...

Green is the new brown: Pitt to eliminate toilet paper

Green is the new brown: Pitt to eliminate toilet paper

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

April 1, 2015

Editor's Note: This story is satirical.Student Government Board, along with student groups, plan to wipe away the most ruthless enemy of Mother Nature: toilet paper.At Tuesday night’s SGB public meeting, three environmental organizations said they plan to regulate the amount of toilet paper students ca...

Pitt to offer room service

Pitt to offer room service

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

April 1, 2015

Editor's Note: This story is satirical.Market To-Go? How about “Market To-Go-and-come-to-you-while-you-rot-away-in-a-twin-XL-bed?”For students living in on-campus housing, Panther Central will now be on call to deliver room service seven days a week, spokesman John Fedele said in a press release F...

Hot damn: Gallagher burns Cathy for insurance money

Hot damn: Gallagher burns Cathy for insurance money

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

April 1, 2015

Editor's Note: This story is satirical.Chancellor Gallagher, after almost a year spent focusing on Pitt’s financial stability, let his previous financial plans go up in smoke.Gallagher told sources that his new idea was “fire” and “too hot, hot damn” before purposely starting a grease fire ...

Uber puts women in the driver’s seat

Uber puts women in the driver’s seat

By Katelyn Binetti / Staff Illustrator

March 30, 2015

Laverne Cox speaks at Pitt

Laverne Cox speaks at Pitt

By Alyson Derrick / Staff Photographer

March 30, 2015

Laverne Cox

March 30, 2015

People and pronouns: Laverne Cox speaks at Pitt

People and pronouns: Laverne Cox speaks at Pitt

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

March 30, 2015

Laverne Cox’s identity — and her pronoun — are feminine, and she’s proud of both. Cox, an activist and actress on the hit Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black,” spoke to about 500 attendees at Alumni Hall about her experiences as a transgender black woman Monday. Pitt’s Rainbow Allianc...

Uber Pittsburgh to help hire 1 million women

Uber Pittsburgh to help hire 1 million women

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

March 30, 2015

On the road ahead, a popular rideshare company may drive straight through the glass ceiling. Uber said this month that it plans to hire 1 million women by 2020 in hopes of “accelerating economic opportunity for women.” Uber, a San Francisco-based company that connects car drivers to passengers with an ap...

Goodies galore: Pitt group gives to low-income children

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

March 30, 2015

A group of Pitt students hosted a party that included goodie bags, but the guests didn’t take a single one home. On Monday night, Pitt’s chapter of the Food Recovery Heroes hosted a “Birthday Bags Challenge” during which volunteers filled bags with party supplies like cake mix, frosting, balloons...

Chess tournament for girls

Chess tournament for girls

By Nicole Gye / Staff Photographer

March 30, 2015

Fantasy panel sparks imagination at Pitt

By Mark Pesto / For the Pitt News

March 30, 2015

After 10 years, Pitt students are still letting their imaginations run free. The Fantasy Studies Fellowship, an undergraduate book club dedicated to the analysis of fantasy novels and films, celebrated its 10th anniversary last Friday by holding a conference on Tolkien and Modern Fantasy in the Cathe...

Pittsburgh chess tournament supports girls

Pittsburgh chess tournament supports girls

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

March 30, 2015

Armed with kings, queens, knights and pawns, girls are defying the idea that chess is a man’s game.On Saturday, girls between second and eighth grade gathered at Oakland Catholic High School in North Oakland to participate in a chess tournament. The free event was organized by Pitt freshman Anjana ...

Kathy Humphrey

Kathy Humphrey

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

March 26, 2015

Joe Sestak speaks to students

Joe Sestak speaks to students

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

March 26, 2015

Board of Trustees committee approves leasing, renovation funds

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 26, 2015

The Property and Facilities Committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees approved $37 million for two renovation projects and several million more for three building leases.The committee includes 13 members of the Board of Trustees, 11 of which held a conference call Thursday afternoon to approve the fundi...

Hail to the chief (of staff): Kathy Humphrey, vice chancellor and chief of staff, talks her new job and her vision for Pitt

Hail to the chief (of staff): Kathy Humphrey, vice chancellor and chief of staff, talks her new job and her vision for Pitt

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 26, 2015

Kathy Humphrey has moved on — and moved up. Until January of this year, Humphrey was Pitt’s vice provost and dean of students. Chancellor Patrick Gallagher promoted her not long after winter break to senior vice chancellor and chief of staff. The Pitt News sat down with her and Ken Service, vice cha...

#thatawkwardmomentwhen: Pitt students recount awkward moments on ‘national holliday’

By Jessica Iacullo / Staff Writer

March 26, 2015

Awkward moments occur all over campus and are almost inevitable. National Awkward Moments Day, celebrated last week, gives people the opportunity to rehash past awkward experiences and laugh, cry or both while doing so. What follows are three stories from Pitt students who braved the awkwardness of t...

Joe Sestak walks campaign trail to Pitt

Joe Sestak walks campaign trail to Pitt

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

March 26, 2015

Joe Sestak is walking in Pennsylvanians’ shoes on the campaign trail — literally.As part of his campaign for the U.S. Senate, Sestak is walking across Pennsylvania and making stops in several towns and cities along the way. Sestak arrived in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night and made several stops T...

GRAC Comes to Pitt

GRAC Comes to Pitt

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

March 26, 2015

It’s complicated: Pitt discusses teacher-student relationships

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

March 26, 2015

A Pitt student walks into a bar. A Pitt professor walks into the same bar. The two have never met, and after a few drinks, he invites her out for dinner. It sounds like the start to a bad joke, but under Pitt policy, this romantic invitation is completely acceptable.Last month, Harvard implemented a n...

Genocide awareness club comes to Pitt

Genocide awareness club comes to Pitt

By Marjorie Tolsdorf and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

March 26, 2015

Shamanta Mostofa said other students ask her “if political leaders can’t control [genocide], what are a bunch of college kids going to do?”With the her newly-established group, the Genocide Relief and Awareness Club, Mostofa hopes to find that answer at Pitt.Wednesday night, Mostofa and 10 other students ...

Chancellor Gallagher at SGB

Chancellor Gallagher at SGB

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

March 25, 2015

Nutrition Event

Nutrition Event

By Alyson Derrick / Staff Photographer

March 25, 2015

PublicSource Heroin Panel

PublicSource Heroin Panel

By Emily Klenk / For The Pitt News

March 25, 2015

Students snack, learn at nutrition event

Students snack, learn at nutrition event

By Jessica Iacullo / Staff Writer

March 25, 2015

Learning about nutrition has its perks: free food. More than 600 people attended the Pitt Student Dietetic Association’s annual Spring into Nutrition event on Tuesday, March 24, from noon to 4 p.m., to learn about the different slices of nutrition and health. The association featured 24 tables sho...

Panel discusses rise in heroin-related deaths

Panel discusses rise in heroin-related deaths

By Gabriel Naccarato / For The Pitt News

March 25, 2015

Pennsylvania is facing a “public health and criminal justice crisis,” David Hickton, the U.S. attorney for Western Pennsylvania, said, stemming from a rise in heroin use.On Tuesday night, PublicSource, a Pennsylvania-based news agency, brought together a team of five members of law enforcement, ...

SGB, Chancellor push for real food

SGB, Chancellor push for real food

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

March 25, 2015

The Student Government Board traded in its usual free fare of popcorn and slushies for some “real food” at its Tuesday night meeting.Before the Board started its weekly public meeting, members of the Real Food Challenge presented Chancellor Patrick Gallagher with a pledge outlining Pitt’s comm...

Board’s Travel Grant Program picks up speed

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

March 24, 2015

Student Government Board’s chief of staff will this week review applications for the Undergraduate Conference Travel Grant Program.SGB’s chief of staff, who Student Government Board President Graeme Meyer said he will announce at tonight’s public meeting, will review travel grants each Thursday, ...

Pitt students “Hail to Diversity”

Pitt students “Hail to Diversity”

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 24, 2015

When the panel started, Elaine Linn wasn’t wearing a hijab, but, halfway through, she put one on.Linn, assistant director of academic affairs of the global studies center, is a Muslim American and spoke on a four-person panel that launched Pitt’s Diversity Council in front of about 200 students ...

Lee Daniels at Pitt

Lee Daniels at Pitt

By Photo Courtesy of Lee Daniels Facebook Page

March 22, 2015

Dancers pay homage to their Brazilian roots.

Dancers pay homage to their Brazilian roots.

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

March 22, 2015

Bus strikes Pitt student near Cathedral

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 22, 2015

A Port Authority bus struck a female Pitt student on campus Sunday morning.The 71B bus was traveling outbound toward Shadyside and Hamilton when it struck the 19-year-old woman at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard, next to the Cathedral of Learning. Port Authority spokesman Jim Ritchie said...

Breakin’ it Down: Brazil Nuts hosts cultural festival

Breakin’ it Down: Brazil Nuts hosts cultural festival

By Richard Koppenaal / Staff Writer

March 22, 2015

A crowd sporting Brazilian soccer jerseys, bearing a strong resemblance to last year’s World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, filled the William Pitt Union Assembly Room this weekend. Brazil Nuts, a student group that promotes the Portuguese language and Brazilian culture, held its 14th annual Brazilian Festiva...

Lee Daniels to lecture at Pitt

Lee Daniels to lecture at Pitt

By Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

March 22, 2015

Academy Award-winning director and producer Lee Daniels will visit Pitt this spring to speak to students in the William Pitt Union.Pitt Program Council will host Daniels’ lecture about his life and career on Thursday, March 26 in the Assembly Room at 8:30 p.m. Free tickets — with a maximum of two p...

Best of the Best: WPTS Radio wins national award

Best of the Best: WPTS Radio wins national award

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

March 22, 2015

WPTS Radio beat nine other college radio station finalists to win a national award over the weekend. MTV’s sister station catering to college audiences, mtvU, awarded WPTS 92.1 — Pitt’s student radio station — the College Radio Woodie during the 2015 mtvU Woodie Awards on Friday, March 20. Sin...

Clopenings

Clopenings

By Aby Briner / Staff Illustrator

March 19, 2015

Hard day’s night: Students juggle jobs, school

Hard day’s night: Students juggle jobs, school

By Elizabeth Lepro / Staff Writer

March 19, 2015

Kimberly Bader spends most of her waking hours on weekends serving tables at The Cheesecake Factory in SouthSide Works.Because Bader, a junior rehabilitation sciences major, closes the restaurant on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, then comes back to open the restaurant the next morning, she wo...

Hold the receipt: Students cut paper waste

By Abbey Reighard and Harrison Kaminsky / The Pitt News Staff

March 19, 2015

Some students are shred up with crumpled receipts in backpacks and pockets. Paperless, a student group, wants to reduce the amount of paper waste on campus, according to member Sean Huzinec, a junior majoring in environmental studies.The group’s current initiative, “Let’s Beat the Receipt,”  aims...

University of Thriftsburgh

University of Thriftsburgh

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

March 19, 2015

SGB works to strengthen neighborhood relations

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 19, 2015

Pitt’s Student Government Board wants students to be good neighbors. In light of a recent city initiative against overcrowding in Pittsburgh housing, Pitt’s Student Government Board is developing an off-campus student association to serve as a bridge between students, their neighbors and commun...

Pitt pops tags, opens student-run thrift store

Pitt pops tags, opens student-run thrift store

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

March 19, 2015

Pitt went hip — and opened its own thrift store on campus. The thrift store, University of Thriftsburgh, is a University-owned, student-run thrift shop focused on sustainability that opened for business yesterday. Located on the first floor of the O’Hara Student Center, the store, is small but b...

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