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CMU and Pitt researchers

CMU and Pitt researchers

By Courtesy of a University release

September 3, 2014


Filed under News, Tech Science

From left: Researchers Aaron Batista, Patrick T. Sadtler and Byron M. Yu collaborated on the study that could reveal new information about the brain.

Learning has a limit, study says

Learning has a limit, study says

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

September 3, 2014


Filed under News, Tech Science

Those who have suffered from a stroke or other brain injury could recover more efficiently because of data from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Pitt.The Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, the name given to the project joining both universities, published its study “Neural constrai...

Musical backgrounds pay off for students

By Anjana Murali / For The Pitt News

September 3, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

For Matt Aelmore, making money as a musician is a “tricky situation.”Aelmore is one of many Pitt students who work as musicians and hope to make a little money on the side while doing it. According to the Department of Music’s website, there are about 40 graduate students and 50 undergraduate mus...

Board test drives travel grant program

By Abbey Reighard / Senior Staff Writer

September 3, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

After a false start, the wheels are now in motion for the Student Travel Grant program. The program is the brainchild of Student Government Board President, Mike Nites, and will create a fund for individual students conducting research to receive up to $250 to travel to conferences to present their wor...

Bill Dorsey

Bill Dorsey

By Zach Schaffer / Senior Staff Photographer

September 1, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Bill Dorsey sings by the Rite-aid on Fifth Avenue. 

For Bill: Crowdfunding worth singing about

For Bill: Crowdfunding worth singing about

By Jesseca Muslin / For The Pitt News

September 1, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Nearly every day, Oakland’s resident gospel singer Bill Dorsey takes his sidewalk stage outside the Rite Aid on Forbes Avenue with his boom box and walking stick. But his song isn’t purely for pleasure. Dorsey, 65, is blind and has been street performing to earn money for nearly four decades.Thou...

Mind, body and soul floor comes to WPU

Mind, body and soul floor comes to WPU

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

September 1, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

This year, students can study, work out, shower and still have time for peaceful prayer or reflection — all without leaving the William Pitt Union.Student Affairs finished renovations to the third floor of the Union on Aug. 15 — a change that will provide a new way for students to unite mind, body and soul, according to Dean of Students Kathy Humphrey.“After listening c...

Bill Dorsey

Bill Dorsey

By Zach Schaffer / Senior Staff Photographer

September 1, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Bill Dorsey sings by Rite-aid on Forbes Avenue.

Method for building larger nanofibers discovered

Method for building larger nanofibers discovered

By Photo courtesy of CMU

August 28, 2014


Filed under Health, News, Tech Science

Researchers discovered a new method for creating large synthetic protein fibers.

US NEWS CMP-ROTC-ADV05 LA

US NEWS CMP-ROTC-ADV05 LA

By Dave Getzschman

August 28, 2014


Filed under National News, News

Kaitlyn Benitez-Strine, 17, from left, speaks with ROTC representatives Anna Thompson, 22, and Isabel Lopez, 18, at Stanford University, April 29, 2011, in Stanford, California. Following a ban of about four decades, Stanford and many of the nation's elite universities are welcoming back the Reserve Offic...

Protein shake-up: Study discovers method for nanofiber creation

Protein shake-up: Study discovers method for nanofiber creation

By Dale Shoemaker / For The Pitt News

August 28, 2014


Filed under Health, News, Tech Science

Cancer patients may soon receive medication more efficiently and with fewer harmful side effects thanks to a new development in nanofiber assembly.Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and Oregon State University have discovered a method for creating large synthetic fibers...

Pitt researchers evaluate physical traits of female, male Marines

Pitt researchers evaluate physical traits of female, male Marines

By Aileen Ryan / Staff Writer

August 28, 2014


Filed under National News, News

Pitt researchers are looking further into doubts that women can join men with their boots on the ground.Researchers from Pitt’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) began collecting data this month for a study to evaluate how female U.S. Marines measure up to male Marines physically in...

The Vampire Ninja Diaries

The Vampire Ninja Diaries

By Adam Larkey/NBC

August 28, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Joel Brady competed on NBC's "American Ninja Warrior" this summer. 

Ferguson Protest – 8/27/2014

Ferguson Protest – 8/27/2014

August 27, 2014


Filed under News, Visual

Protests held in Oakland against police brutality

Protests held in Oakland against police brutality

By Theo Schwarz / Staff Photographer

August 27, 2014


Filed under City, News

Students and community members held a protest on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in response to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., incidents in Gaza, and against police brutality.

Oakland protestors condemn violence in Ferguson

Oakland protestors condemn violence in Ferguson

By Sabrina Romano / Staff Writer

August 27, 2014


Filed under City, News

National issues resonated on campus as students and community members participated in a peaceful march to promote awareness of police brutality.The protest came as a response to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and incidents in Gaza, but functioned to raise awareness of police brutality, ...

Meaghan Murphy

Meaghan Murphy

By Sheldon Satenstein / Assistant Visual Editor

August 27, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

The Board selected Meaghan Murphy to fill the vacancy left my Ryan Orr. 

Mayor Peduto creates education panel to compete for funding

Mayor Peduto creates education panel to compete for funding

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

August 27, 2014


Filed under City, News

The federal government may grant Pennsylvania $20 million in education funding due to plans from Mayor Bill Peduto’s office..Peduto announced Monday the creation of a Blue Ribbon Panel on Early Childhood Education, a specialized task force of 20 local education professionals who will work toward win...

Board welcomes new semester, new member

Board welcomes new semester, new member

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

August 27, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

With less than half the fiscal year remaining, time is not on the side of the newest Student Government Board member. The Board met in Nordy’s Place for its first public meeting of the semester and announced its new member, Meghan Murphy, to about 40 students. The Board selected Murphy, a junior maj...

Urban Hiking

Urban Hiking

By The Pitt News File Photo

August 25, 2014


Filed under City, News

Urban hiking usually takes place in unfamiliar neighborhoods. 

Take an urban hike, venture to parts unknown

Take an urban hike, venture to parts unknown

By Emma Solak / For The Pitt News

August 25, 2014


Filed under City, News

Some hikers require heavy gear and extensive preparation, but with Urban Hikers, you can hit the trail with only a cup of joe and curiosity for Pittsburgh culture. In 2003, a group of Pittsburghers began leading organized hikes to explore  different neighborhoods of the city. As a cohort, they cal...

Pitt apparel

Pitt apparel

By Bobby Mizia / Visual Editor

August 25, 2014


Filed under Administration, News

Pitt announced Friday, August 22 that they planned to sign the Bangladesh Accord for Fire and Building safety and will require all apparel licensees to do the same. 

Safer spirit wear: Pitt agrees to workers’ rights accord for apparel licensees

Safer spirit wear: Pitt agrees to workers’ rights accord for apparel licensees

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

August 25, 2014


Filed under Administration, News

After a year of student pressure, Pitt will require its apparel licensees to sign a legal document agreeing not to manufacture products in unsafe working environments.The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh aims to prevent accidents like the collapse of a Bangladeshi garment factory in Ap...

Pa. residents respect PSU over Pitt, CMU, UPenn

Pa. residents respect PSU over Pitt, CMU, UPenn

By Raechelle Landers / Staff Writer

August 25, 2014


Filed under National News, News

Pennsylvania residents have something to say — Pitt isn’t all that great. Not compared to Penn State, at least.This summer, a Harper Polling survey found Pennsylvanians respect Penn State University the most when compared to other Pennsylvania universities. The survey asked participants of an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) automated telephone survey which university the...

High definition cable service now available in campus housing

By Kat Prosachik / Staff Writer

August 25, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Sunday Night Football  will be coming to you in high definition this semester. Over the summer, Pitt switched the cable provided by Comcast from standard definition to high definition. Pitt spokesman John Fedele said in an email that the University made the change because “most students now have H...

Activities Fair 2014

Activities Fair 2014

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

August 25, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Roughly 5,000 students attended this year's activity fair in the Petersen Events Center.

PNC Bank ATMs in Oakland

PNC Bank ATMs in Oakland

By Via Google Maps

August 25, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

PNC Bank has 10 ATM locations on Pitt's Oakland Campus. 

PNC dominates campus with exclusive Pitt deal

PNC dominates campus with exclusive Pitt deal

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

August 25, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

College students may not be known for their fat wallets, but that doesn’t make their money any less valuable.Oakland is home to a multitude of bank branches, but with 10 PNC ATM locations and a special agreement between the University and the bank, other competitors are outnumbered on Pitt’s campus.M...

Four out the door: Board member to fill another vacant seat

By Danielle Fox | Assistant News Editor

August 25, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

Pitt’s Student Government Board suffered a bit of summertime sadness this break after Board member Ryan Orr became the fourth member to resign in the 2014 term.The Board announced on Aug. 21 that Orr resigned from his position because he transferred to University of Virginia this semester and is no lon...

Students prepare for new year at activities fair

Students prepare for new year at activities fair

By Conor McAteer / For The Pitt News

August 25, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Pitt students rushed up Cardiac Hill to the Petersen Events Center this weekend, though basketball season hasn’t yet started.Students filled the Peterson Events Center Sunday afternoon to sign up for email lists and join organizations at the Activities Fair, which rounded off freshmen orientation week...

Lantern Night: Pitt’s oldest tradition illuminates Heinz Chapel

Lantern Night: Pitt’s oldest tradition illuminates Heinz Chapel

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

August 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Never underestimate the power of a Pitt woman and a Pitt education.Mary Ellen Callahan, keynote speaker of Pitt’s 94th annual Lantern Night, spoke to the women of the new freshman class and advised them to always remember their value and the value of their university.Hundreds of members of the Pitt...

Welcome Back: Never miss the bus again with PAT live tracking

Welcome Back: Never miss the bus again with PAT live tracking

By Brad Hanlon / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

By the end of this year, wasting time waiting for a late bus may be extinct in Pittsburgh.Through new government funding, Port Authority — Allegheny County’s public transit provider — has announced its intention to install new live-tracking GPS systems into its bus fleet in the near future, al...

Welcome Back: Vaccination exemptions cause controversy

Welcome Back: Vaccination exemptions cause controversy

By Jesseca Muslin / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014


Filed under Health, News, Specials

In first-world countries such as the United States, worries about preventable disease epidemics are few and far between, thanks to vaccines. Recently, members of the anti-vaccine movement are stirring up those worries again by refusing to vaccinate their children against preventable diseases.  Supporter...

Welcome Back: Pittsburgh immigrants find comfort in the city

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Tulshi Siwakoti was born in Bhutan and spent 18 years in a refugee camp in Nepal before finally being able to come to the United States in 2009 and joining his parents in Pittsburgh in 2010.“I lived in a very different part of the world. Everyday life was very tough. Here in America, you can have a real job...

Welcome Back: Posvar’s new roof to reduce Pitt’s pollution

Welcome Back: Posvar’s new roof to reduce Pitt’s pollution

By Emily Ahlin / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials

Pitt’s Posvar Hall, an office and lecture space for the University, will help students breathe easier this fall with a new roof that cleans up air pollution. Pitt spokesman John Fedele said Pitt purchased roof materials from Siplast, an advanced roofing and waterproofing company based in Dallas, Tex...

Welcome Back: Work out with Cathedral, a parkour hotspot

By Kat Prosachik / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014


Filed under City, Health, News, Specials

For Andrew Obenreder, parkour is not a hobby, a fad or an exercise routine — it’s a lifestyle. Parkour is an activity that involves running, jumping and scaling urban areas that have obstacles for the traceur to use for training.Obenreder, 23, describes parkour as “a method of training and disci...

Welcome Back: Lilo & Stitch, Merida spotted playing dress up to help kids

Welcome Back: Lilo & Stitch, Merida spotted playing dress up to help kids

By Ilya Yashin / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under City, News, Specials

No, she isn’t a hallucination — that’s Tinkerbell blowing bubbles in Schenley Plaza.Tori Prettyman, a Point Park University freshman studying sports, arts and entertainment management, plays Tinkerbell for Volunteer Princesses, a local group dedicated to helping children. Volunteer Princesses has 1...

Welcome Back: Wait no more: Cathedral elevators to be updated

Welcome Back: Wait no more: Cathedral elevators to be updated

By Cristina Holtzer / News editor

August 19, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials

After more than 80 years with the same setup, the Cathedral of Learning elevators are finally getting some much-earned TLC.The first steps toward installing the new elevators will begin this September when two elevator cars will be shut down for three to four weeks at a time to align the rails on whi...

Welcome Back: Streaming is the new black: TV binging on campus

Welcome Back: Streaming is the new black: TV binging on campus

By Emily Ahlin / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

The binge-watching bandwagon is taking everyone along for a ride to enjoy the newest way to watch television. From Pitt students to cable companies, many are taking full advantage of one of the 21st century’s grandest achievements to date: Internet streaming. Now, instead of watching a new episode o...

Welcome Back: Getting to know Pitt’s next Chancellor

Welcome Back: Getting to know Pitt’s next Chancellor

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under Administration, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

For Patrick D. Gallagher, taking on the role as Pitt’s chancellor will be like freshman year all over again.The Pitt alumnus said the coming school year will hold much of the same excitement and anxieties felt by many students during their first year of college: new peers, a new school to navigate and a n...

Welcome Back: Sorry, no Gmail: 365 premieres

By Sarah Police / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under News, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014, Tech Science

Students waiting until classes start to check their Pitt emails are in for a surprise. Pitt’s prior email service, Enterprise Email, transitioned to Microsoft Office 365 on July 27. Those in the Pitt community who previously forwarded their Pitt mail to a private account must reconfigure the forw...

Welcome Back: Nordenberg gives double-support for affirmative action

By Dale Shoemaker / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014


Filed under Administration, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

If affirmative action initiatives are meant to increase opportunities for minority groups, then Pitt has done so twofold. In an unprecedented move, Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg selected two Pitt groups, the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Career Education and Enhancement ...

Pitt students testify at EPA hearings downtown

By Ilya Yashin / Staff Writer

August 2, 2014


Filed under City, National News, News

The second and final day of federal hearings about the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan concluded Downtown on Friday.The CPP, announced June 2,includes plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions from 1,000 coal-fired power plants by 30 percent according to the EPA website.Accor...

PUC grants emergency authority for ride-sharing services

PUC grants emergency authority for ride-sharing services

By Taira Alabi / Staff Writer

July 25, 2014


Filed under City, News

Students can expect to see more pink mustaches driving down Forbes Avenue when they return to campus in a few weeks.Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission granted emergency temporary authority to ride-sharing services on July 24 after previously issuing citations to these companies after they operate...

Tuition increase approved for next term

By Cristina Holtzer / News editor

July 20, 2014


Filed under Administration, News

During the upcoming academic year, Pitt students will pay an average of 3.3 percent more in tuition because of University-wide fee increases approved at a Board of Trustees meeting held July 18.The board’s executive committee agreed on a $1.97 billion budget for the fiscal year that started on Jul...

Working retail isn’t the only thing to do this summer

Working retail isn’t the only thing to do this summer

By Macie Ellis / Staff Writer

July 15, 2014


Filed under News, Specials / Summerguide2014

Erin Ludlow couldn’t imagine spending her summer working in an office. Instead, Ludlow, a sophomore marketing major, prefers to spend it working at a summer camp where she can spend her days helping kids, running around outside, playing games and working with her friends.While many students spend...

Summer Guide: Kitestring: Let your friends know you got home safe

By Abbey Reighard / Senior Staff Writer

July 15, 2014


Filed under News, Specials / Summerguide2014

“Text me when you get home.” We say this to the friend leaving the bar at 2 a.m. who lives on the other side of town, to the colleague who walks home alone after a late work night or to the significant other with a long commute. Kitestring — a new text message-based safety service launched i...

Summer Guide: 20 years at Hillman, librarian’s long career to end

By Aileen Ryan / Staff Writer

July 15, 2014


Filed under News, Specials / Summerguide2014

Though “Club Hillman” is sometimes known as the finals week hot spot for students, one staff member has had his fill of the place.After 20 years as Pitt’s library director, Rush Miller, 67, has decided that it is time to retire. Miller, who will finish his career at Pitt at the end of this year, work...

Summer Guide: Bye bye bake sale: Raising money for the arts online

By Ilya Yashin / Staff Writer

July 15, 2014


Filed under News, Specials / Summerguide2014

Crowdfunding has been in the news for allowing a Columbus resident Zack Brown to collect thousands of dollars to make … a potato salad. For others the goal is art, not a side dish. With the help of friends and fans, dreams of producing a play, bringing a film script to life or putting together songs ...

Electric cars coming to Pitt this year

Electric cars coming to Pitt this year

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

June 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Cars that cost only 25 cents per day to operate and can connect to the Internet may sound like an idea out of a sci-fi novel but they’re coming to Pitt this year. Internet2, a collaborative research group, selected Pitt along with three other universities to each receive four Innova Dash electric micr...

Normcore clothing: The Anti-Trend

Normcore clothing: The Anti-Trend

By Nerine Sivagnanam / For The Pitt News

June 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

The same queasily colored Patagonia fleece your dad wears has been popping up around college campuses — but now, it’s endearingly nicknamed the “fratagonia” by those who wear it.The fleece is a part of “normcore,” a new term buzzing throughout the fashion world to describe a trend that is the...

Board of Trustees names Nordenberg chancellor emeritus at final meeting

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

June 20, 2014


Filed under Administration, News

The University Board of Trustees unanimously elected Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg as chancellor emeritus at Nordenberg’s final board meeting on Friday, June 20.Nordenberg will become chancellor emeritus — an honorary title for prolonged service to the University — on the day he steps down from his...

Pittsburgh celebrates LGBTQ community with PrideFest

Pittsburgh celebrates LGBTQ community with PrideFest

By Sarah Police / For The Pitt News

June 17, 2014


Filed under City, News

Donning a “God Hates Figs, Mark 11:12-14” t-shirt, Michael O’Brien celebrated his first Pittsburgh Pride March, feeling overjoyed with the amount of support the city had garnered for the LGBTQ community. The celebratory weekend, dubbed “2014 PrideFest,” kicked off Friday with a pub crawl of 13 LGBTQ-friendly restauran...

Not so fast: Nordenberg to remain at Pitt in new role

Not so fast: Nordenberg to remain at Pitt in new role

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

June 17, 2014


Filed under Administration, News

Chancellor Nordenberg may be stepping down from his role as chancellor, but he won’t be leaving Pitt any time soon.Ken Service, vice chancellor for communications, said in a statement released June 16 that Nordenberg has been selected to be the chairman of the Institute of Politics, a new position ...

Board of Trustees nominates two new members

By Mahita Gajanan / Managing Editor

June 13, 2014


Filed under Administration, News

Pitt’s Board of Trustees Nominating Committee named two Pitt community members as new candidates for membership on the board.During a 10-minute conference call meeting Friday morning in Posvar Hall, the Committee nominated Jane Bilewicz Allred and James P. Covert as the board’s new candidates.Additiona...

Chatham grad proposes bike trail from North Oakland to the Strip

By Brad Hanlon / For The Pitt News

June 10, 2014


Filed under City, News

For many Pitt students, North Oakland and the Strip District seem like distant neighborhoods.. But for Chatham University graduate Elaine Kramer, they are just a bike ride through the woods away.Kramer, 57, who received her master’s degree in landscape architecture in May from Chatham, designed a pla...

New apartment complex coming to Oakland

By Josh Ye / For The Pitt News

June 10, 2014


Filed under City, News

Construction of a $70 million, eight-story apartment, hotel and retail complex will soon begin near Bates Street and the Boulevard of the Allies in Oakland if all goes well for the developers.Oakland Gateway Ventures, a development team lead by Robert Dauer Jr. and Bill Kane, is planning to demolish 11 ...

Facebook page inspires students

Facebook page inspires students

By Taira Alabi / Staff Writer

June 10, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Struggles and stories around Pittsburgh that once went unnoticed are now garnering thousands of likes on Facebook. Humans of Pitt is a spinoff of the popular Humans of New York Facebook page, a place where Facebook users can view photos of their fellow citizens captioned with quotes and anecdotes. H...

Health professionals gather at Pitt, discuss future of healthcare

By Ilya Yashin and Sarah Police / The Pitt News Staff

June 9, 2014


Filed under Health, News

Health professionals from Pittsburgh and around the world may be trying to change what happens during your visits to the doctor.Ben Reynolds, director of UPMC’s Office of Advanced Practice Providers, which advances education at UPMC, said this weekend that “interprofessional education” will mean changing the way medical students are taught, primarily in the emphasis on tea...

Physics team builds adaptive technology

Physics team builds adaptive technology

By Ilya Yashin / For The Pitt News

June 3, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

The cost of ingenuity is hard to measure. In Brian D’Urso’s case, it’s thousands of dollars in savings. In the past year, D’Urso, an assistant professor of physics at Pitt, and his students have developed inexpensive substitutes for expensive instruments frequently used in his lab, as well a...

University’s email switch introduces new features

By Sarah Police / For The Pitt News

June 3, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

For Peter Moe, an outdated layout and 250MB of online storage for email is simply not enough. Moe, a graduate student studying English, was happy to find out that Pitt would be changing its current email system on July 27. The University will update the email platform currently used by students, fa...

New Student Guide: Letter from the editor: Welcome to Pitt and the Pitt News

By Natalie Daher / Editor-in-Chief

May 28, 2014


Filed under News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

In a few semesters, you might not even recognize the person holding this 84-page paper.A craving for vivacity and a thirst for exploration brought you to Pitt’s urban campus, and I commend you for it. You’re in the initial — and, in many ways, enthralling — stage of carving out your niche in this ...

Social media centralizes campus buzz

Social media centralizes campus buzz

By Natalie Daher / Editor-in-Chief

May 28, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

A host of new social media accounts provides yet another outlet to satisfy the human impulse to eavesdrop, vent and stir trouble. Accounts on Twitter and Facebook — including Overheard at Pitt, Pitt Problems and Panther Problems  — have gained followings of thousands of Pitt students. Anonymous owners, as well as followers or membe...

City ridesharing services cited, no plans to shut down

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Back to the buses — Pittsburgh residents could soon be left with fewer transportation options.The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has been cracking down on Lyft and Uber, two local ridesharing services, with undercover investigators who request rides and use the information to send citations to the dri...

Rappers focus lyrical talent on addressing social issues

By Lauren Bauschard / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Matt Hyre started making his own music under the name T.K. KAVI when he was in high school. He wanted to create narrations through music that tell a story based on the ideals of conscious rapping — rap music with a political undertone and message.“I think it is one thing to hear a politician at a podi...

Thrift stores a cheaper way to update your wardrobe

Thrift stores a cheaper way to update your wardrobe

By Raechelle Landers / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

While college students’ expenses for textbooks and rent can be pricey, the pressure to wear trendy new outfits on weekends only stretches the bill. For many students, shopping secondhand is the solution to balancing limited funds and an updated wardrobe. Fortunately, Pittsburgh has plenty to offer whe...

Protecting tech devices and identity one and the same

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

May 28, 2014


Filed under News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Tech Science

When Caci Krieger was preparing for a night out on frat row with a group of friends, losing her iPhone 4 was not part of the plan. “I had it in my pocket all night and was dancing when I realized it was no longer there,” Krieger, a senior at Duquesne University majoring in health management system...

QUIT program helps students kick smoking habits

QUIT program helps students kick smoking habits

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

After smoking cigarettes for about a year and a half, Veronica Hill decided it was time to quit.Hill, a senior nursing major, said she decided to quit on her birthday last December. The process took “no time,” she said, but she added that challenges arose along the way.“A lot of my friends smok...

MOOCs offer affordable way to pursue higher education

By Sarah Police / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2014


Filed under News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Tech Science

The price of a higher education: motivation, more calls to the administration office than you can count and a lot of student loans. But now, anyone can get an education without any of those obstacles. “MOOCs” — massive open online courses — now offer online courses available to anyone in th...

Throw away the key: Pittsburgh couples lock love

Throw away the key: Pittsburgh couples lock love

By Joelle Smith / Social Media Editor

May 28, 2014


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

When Terry Boring first noticed the misfit assortment of locks lining Schenley Park Bridge, he assumed the ever-expanding metal maze was an art project.  But after a stroll across the bridge with his fiancee Jessica Ferringer, he learned of their purpose in cities such as Pittsburgh, Rome and Paris...

Pitt grad leverages pageant crown to spread personal message

Pitt grad leverages pageant crown to spread personal message

By Cristina Holtzer / News editor

May 28, 2014


Filed under National News, News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Valerie Gatto gets everything a college girl would want for free: a stylist, a tanning package and a scholarship. She even met one of the stars of “Law & Order: SVU.”“But I’m not in college; I’m 24 years old,” she said.Gatto, a 2012 Pitt graduate with a degree in business administration, ...

College of General studies moves to Posvar Hall

College of General studies moves to Posvar Hall

By Macie Ellis / Staff Writer

May 27, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Students in the College of General Studies will report to a new location for classes next semester.The College of General Studies is moving to the first floor of Posvar Hall. Sherry Miller Brown, director for the college’s McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success, said the move will give the c...

Science classrooms get a makeover

By Ilya Yashin / For The Pitt News

May 27, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

David Nero is flipping a space this fall, but it isn’t a house. It’s his classroom, and it’s not in the way you’re thinking. Nero and other professors at Pitt are swapping the traditional sequence of instruction to help students better learn the material. In a “flipped classroom,” student...

First same-sex marriages in Allegheny County bring new concerns

First same-sex marriages in Allegheny County bring new concerns

By Josh Ye / For The Pitt News

May 27, 2014


Filed under City, National News, News

For Lyndsey Sickler, the legalization of same-sex marriage encourages younger LGBTQ people to feel more comfortable being themselves because they are entering “a world where their relationship and how they love would be validated.”Now the LGBTQ community is one step closer to that validity.U.S. Dis...

Tom Wolf wins democratic nomination

Tom Wolf wins democratic nomination

By Aileen Ryan and Cristina Holtzer / The Pitt News Staff

May 20, 2014


Filed under National News, News

Tom Wolf will run against Governor Tom Corbett in November after winning the democratic nomination for Pennsylvania governor on Tuesday.Wolf, Pennsylvania businessman and former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, ran against three other candidates: former Secretary of the Pennsylvania ...

Education Department to investigate sexual assault on campus

By Conor McAteer / For The Pitt News

May 20, 2014


Filed under National News, News

While Pitt isn’t under federal investigation for Title IX violations, some other Pennsylvania universities are. .The U.S. Office for Civil Rights released a list of 55 colleges and universities, including Temple University and Carnegie Mellon University, under investigation for possible Title IX violations last month. Although the U.S. Department of Education has not revealed specifics about what ...

Faster than a Ferrari: student-built car gears up for last race

Faster than a Ferrari: student-built car gears up for last race

By Brad Hanlon / For The Pitt News

May 20, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

In three seconds, Jonathan Powers accelerated from zero to 50 mph. “It’s like a rocketship,” Powers said of the car’s takeoff. Powers, a junior mechanical engineering major, is a driver for the Panther Racing Club, otherwise known as Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers). Every yea...

The Andy Warhol Museum celebrates 20 years

The Andy Warhol Museum celebrates 20 years

By Aileen Ryan / For The Pitt News

May 13, 2014


Filed under City, News

Alyssa Ferguson’s own art has been inspired by Andy Warhol’s work.Ferguson, a junior majoring in digital media and studio art, has spent countless hours at the Andy Warhol Museum, but a new addition and renovated exhibit is what she really can’t wait for. “[Warhol’s] iconic mark-making process using ...

Centers for women encourage leadership, praise work

By Raechelle Landers and Cristina Holtzer / The Pitt News Staff

May 13, 2014


Filed under City, News

A disparity in leadership and wages between genders has fueled the establishment of centers that recognize women. Within the last month, Carlow University in Pittsburgh and the U.S. House of Representatives both announced plans to open institutions that commend the accomplishments and leadership of women. Such instit...

University fees to increase

By Cristina Holtzer / News editor

May 13, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

This fall, students at Pitt’s main and Titusville campuses could be paying more money in fees to the University.The Student Affairs Committee met Monday to propose raising semesterly fees, including the main campus Wellness fee from $85 to $105 and the Graduate and Professional Activity fee from $...

Ductwork malfunction closes Fuel & Fuddle indefinitely

Ductwork malfunction closes Fuel & Fuddle indefinitely

By Ilya Yashin / For The Pitt News

May 13, 2014


Filed under City, News

The blinds at Fuel & Fuddle, 212 Oakland Ave., are drawn, the inside is dark, and a note on the front door reads, “Closed for some renovations. We’ll see you soon!” But the reopening date is undetermined.The popular central Oakland restaurant and bar closed for renovations after a ductwork malfun...

Chelsea Handler autographs books at University Store

Chelsea Handler autographs books at University Store

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

May 10, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

At the front of a line of people snaked around the entire University Store on Fifth Saturday afternoon was Chelsea Handler, comedian, author and TV host, signing copies of her new book Uganda Be Kidding Me.Handler came to Pitt to promote her book before her stand-up comedy show at Consol Energy Center ...

CMU grad’s website a new way to find concerts

CMU grad’s website a new way to find concerts

By Macie Ellis / For The Pitt News

May 6, 2014


Filed under News, Tech Science

Lady Gaga is playing a show Downtown at Consol Energy Center Thursday. If you’d used eventmapper.net, a new website created by a 2009 Carnegie Mellon graduate, you might already know that. For concert prowlers, Kevin Qi’s eventmapper.net can offer a solution. Qi, a 2009 Carnegie Mellon Universi...

Renovations approved for David Lawrence Hall

Renovations approved for David Lawrence Hall

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

May 6, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

A project to renovate David Lawrence Hall, Pitt’s largest classroom building, will begin this summer.According to a University press release, Pitt’s Property and Facilities Committee approved a more than $7 million project to renovate the building last week. The committee is responsible for approvin...

Students fight to bring Islamic courses back

By Elizabeth Furiga / Staff Writer

May 6, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Pitt students will have four fewer opportunities to learn about the Islamic faith this fall, and some are worried that this will lead to Muslim stereotypes going unquestioned. During the upcoming fall semester, Pitt will no longer offer any of the four previously available classes that focused solely ...

Pitt basketball player faces indefinite suspension following arrest

By Raechelle Landers / Staff Writer

April 30, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Derrick Randall, a Pitt basketball player, faces an indefinite suspension from the team after being arrested for driving while intoxicated on Tuesday on Rutgers University’s campus.Randall, 24, was also charged with the possession and use of a controlled dangerous substance, according to a report in th...

Mi Ranchito able to reopen after paying alcoholic beverage tax

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

April 30, 2014


Filed under City, News

Mi Ranchito, a Mexican bar and restaurant on Atwood Street, can reopen after paying its alcoholic beverage tax, according to Allegheny County deputy treasurer Kevin J. Fischer.The tax was paid in the amount of $7,477.34 to the Allegheny County Treasurer’s Office.The Treasurer’s Office padlocked the...

Mi Ranchito shut down after failing to pay drink tax

By Taira Alabi / Staff Writer

April 25, 2014


Filed under City, News

After receiving a citation for underage drinking less than a month ago, Mi Ranchito is facing problems again.Mi Ranchito, a popular Mexican restaurant and bar on Atwood Street in Oakland, was forced to close Friday morning and was padlocked because of a failure to pay the Allegheny County drink tax. ...

Finals Edition: Legacy status an added bonus for college students

By Chris Puzia / Staff Writer

April 20, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

When Jamie Cooper was applying to colleges, she had a decision to make: whether or not she would consider Pitt simply because her family’s two preceding generations attended the school.Pitt accepted her application, and she enrolled at Pitt over her other top choice, Virginia Tech. While her family encou...

Finals Edition: Pitt students find young love during years in Oakland

Finals Edition: Pitt students find young love during years in Oakland

By Kathleen Fennell / Staff Writer

April 20, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Amy Longworth met her fiancé, Killian Byrne, in her first class at Pitt, Renaissance in England. Longworth was studying abroad at Pitt from Exeter University in England. Longworth, who graduated from Exeter University in July 2013 with a degree in English literature, said she and Byrne have been tog...

Finals Edition: Professors embrace software meant to combat plagiarism

By Gideon Bradshaw / Senior Staff Writer

April 20, 2014


Filed under News, Tech Science

Jonathan Misurda was grading a student’s computer programming assignment a few years ago when he noticed something odd.A line of code the student had ostensibly written contained the last name of a student who had been in one of Misurda’s previous courses.“It was not a common last name,” Mis...

Finals Edition: Dismissal of faculty member sparks debate over adjunct

Finals Edition: Dismissal of faculty member sparks debate over adjunct

By Danielle Fox / Senior Staff Writer

April 20, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

When Sandra Saba found out the University did not rehire her favorite professor, Bobbie Jo Duffy, she began demanding answers from Pitt’s administration about transparency. Saba asked for better treatment of adjuncts and, above all, the return of Duffy to the American Sign Language department.Duffy worked...

Pitt students visit UPMC workers’ protest

Pitt students visit UPMC workers’ protest

By Mahita Gajanan / Assistant News Editor

April 16, 2014


Filed under Multimedia, News

Friday morning was the last time Mary Hughes ate a meal.Since then, Hughes, a transcriptionist with imaging services at UPMC, has fasted publicly to raise awareness of the struggle workers who seek to unionize at UPMC face. Hughes and Chaney Lewis, a patient transporter at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, wi...

SGB

SGB

By Subhana Chaudhri / Staff Photographer

April 16, 2014


Filed under Multimedia, News

The Board passed three bills during Tuesday's meeting. 

Board plants idea to grow environmental office

Board plants idea to grow environmental office

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

April 16, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

According to Pitt’s Student Government Board, the University is slow to bloom when it comes to establishing an office to handle green initiatives.One of three bills that the Board introduced at its public meeting last night advocated for the creation of an Office of Sustainability. Pitt is one of the few ...

Board goes public with student groups’ budget appeals

Board goes public with student groups’ budget appeals

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

April 13, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

A disagreement on money matters between the Student Government Board and Allocations Committee ultimately proved that the Board holds the power of the purse.The Board and Allocations Chair Nasreen Harun met on Saturday for a public meeting to consult with student groups about budget requests and delibe...

Board selects two new members to fill vacant seats

Board selects two new members to fill vacant seats

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

April 7, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

The Student Government Board has selected two new members to fill the vacancies left when former Board members Ellie Tsatsos and Brandon Benjamin resigned at the Board’s public meeting two weeks ago. After a nearly eight-hour interview process, the Board chose Ben West and Ryan Orr to fill the two pos...

Board to amend policies, seek new members

Board to amend policies, seek new members

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

April 2, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

After a string of resignations and accusations that the Student Government Board devotes too much time to the allocations process, SGB pledged last night to shift the focus from campus funding to campus life.Board members addressed the student body about the recent resignations and announced the application process to fill spot...

Student environmentalists push for more sustainable hydration

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

March 30, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

The Student Government Board has introduced another green initiative to its smattering of environmentally friendly policies this semester.Environmental Committee Chairwoman Kacy McGill has been working with Board member Mona Kazour and students from Pitt’s chapter of Take Back the Tap on the latest g...

Challah for Hunger

Challah for Hunger

March 27, 2014


Filed under News, Visual

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