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Nordenberg honored with place to sit back, relax

Nordenberg honored with place to sit back, relax

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

October 15, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said it’s an ominous feeling seeing your name etched into stone with dates next to it — but, on this day, it was for a celebration for the end of an era.  Pitt’s Staff Association Council and the University Senate honored Chancellor Emeritus Mark Nordenberg and hi...

Cybersecurity remains a tense topic

Cybersecurity remains a tense topic

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

October 15, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

With celebrities’ naked bodies plastered all over the Internet, deleted Snapchat photos rising from the webosphere and an entire music album mysteriously appearing on your iTunes account, does personal privacy even exist anymore?Web users aren’t really asking for privacy anymore, according to security ...

Sasheer Zamata comes to Pitt

Sasheer Zamata comes to Pitt

By Christine Lim / Staff Photographer

October 14, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

SNL cast member Sasheer Zamata performed a stand-up routine at Pitt Tuesday night.

Gluten-free muffins

Gluten-free muffins

By MCT Campus

October 14, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Gluten-free foods are often more calorie-dense than foods that include gluten, experts say.

Joe Mama’s to change owners, rebrand

Joe Mama’s to change owners, rebrand

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 14, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

Joe Mama's will reopen as Olio Trattoria in early November.

Joe Mama’s bought by Fuel and Fuddle owners, will reopen as new restaurant

Joe Mama’s bought by Fuel and Fuddle owners, will reopen as new restaurant

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

October 14, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

During the last week of this month, Joe Mama’s Italian DeLuxe will close briefly only to reopen as Olio Trattoria under new ownership.Brandon Smith, Greg Ripper and Daniel Sutton purchased Joe Mama’s, located on the corner of Forbes and Oakland Avenues, from Mike Hanley and Jerry DiLembo. Smith, Rippe...

Gluten-free: Students feel relief from dietary worries

Gluten-free: Students feel relief from dietary worries

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

October 14, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

When Paige Haring goes to Market Central, she says she finally feels normal.Haring, a freshman with Celiac disease and a member of the Gluten Free Awareness League, said the group has made a lot of great changes around campus since its creation in 2011 — efforts that reflect a growing desire to change...

SNL cast member performs on campus

SNL cast member performs on campus

By Kathy Zhao / For The Pitt News

October 14, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

After her first audition in New York City, Sasheer Zamata ended up standing in the street crying on her cell phone. Today, she’s the first black female cast member NBC’s sketch comedy show “Saturday Night Live” has had in seven years, and the fifth black female to ever be cast in the show. Z...

Statue raises concerns over Columbus Day legitimacy

Statue raises concerns over Columbus Day legitimacy

By Abbey Reighard / Senior Staff Writer

October 13, 2014


Filed under City, News

Its hands are now clean, but they were once the color of blood.The statue of Christopher Columbus in Schenley Park, just outside of Phipps Conservatory, is a monument many Pitt students pass by as they enter the park. The statue, which has been a feature in the park since 1958, has been a target for vandal...

Students vote to change Board term lengths, Saturday finals

By Danielle Fox / Assistant News Editor

October 13, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

Two Student Government Board referenda passed last week, aligning the Board’s term with the academic year and supporting a proposal to eliminate Saturday finals.Out of 1,348 students who voted on the first referendum, 1,132 students — 84 percent of voters — supported basing SGB’s term on the academic...

Pittsburgh Playhouse moving Downtown

Pittsburgh Playhouse moving Downtown

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

October 9, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

Students create anonymous online application

By Danah Bialoruski / For The Pitt News

October 9, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Forget Facebook  —  students today crave online discussion with all the benefits of anonymity. Rachel Handewerk, a freshman nutrition and dietetics major at Pitt, said anonymity online may change how people speak to each other. “I think that the anonymity allows people to be more outrageous i...

Point Park’s Playhouse to leave Oakland

Point Park’s Playhouse to leave Oakland

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

October 9, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

In the coming years, Oakland may lose one of its oldest characters: the Pittsburgh Playhouse.The Pittsburgh Playhouse, the performance center for Point Park University students, is located on Craft Avenue in Oakland, but will relocate to the heart of Point Park’s campus Downtown after the completi...

Palestinian takeout on campus

Palestinian takeout on campus

By Nicole Gye / For The Pitt News

October 8, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

Notes of support were left on the counter of Conflict Kitchen.

Feminism’s reach extends on campus

By Kat Prosachik / Staff Writer

October 8, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

What do Beyoncé, Jennifer Lawrence and growing groups of Pitt students have in common?Hint: It’s not fame, celebrity or money. It’s their fight for women’s rights. Merriam-Webster defines feminism as “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.” Yet, feminist — a ...

Conflict Kitchen takes heat for discussion panel

Conflict Kitchen takes heat for discussion panel

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

October 8, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News

Already one for consuming large portions of controversy, Schenley Plaza takeout restaurant Conflict Kitchen heard a mouthful of concerns from the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and suffered the loss of a University Honors College sponsorship following its Palestinian discussion event.Since opening two years ...

Pitt grads find life after college scary, rewarding

Pitt grads find life after college scary, rewarding

By Sabrina Romano / Staff Writer

October 7, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

After four years of networking with Deloitte LLP, Olivia Domachowski will graduate from Pitt this spring, skip over the job search and land on track working with the company.“I will be going to private and public companies to audit their financial statements to make sure they are free of material ...

Student Government Board awaits student vote

Student Government Board awaits student vote

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

October 7, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

All students can vote through the MyPittPortal at midnight on Wednesday to express their opinions on Saturday final exams.

Board looks to eliminate Saturday finals with student vote

Board looks to eliminate Saturday finals with student vote

By Abbey Reighard and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

October 7, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

A Student Government Board referendum may eliminate Saturday finals if the Board can show student interest and negotiate with adminstrators. Students can vote on the referenda, which went live at midnight, through the MyPitt portal until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, according to Board President Mike Nites. T...

Smoke Signals

Smoke Signals

By MCT Campus

October 6, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Pitt student Kevin Pang and other researchers are studying what people are tweeting about electronic cigarettes to gage public opinion of the devices. 

What’s in a tweet: Pitt studies tech media

What’s in a tweet: Pitt studies tech media

By Kathleen Fennell / Staff Writer

October 6, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Like the benefits and risks of red wine, chocolate and afternoon naps, a new center at Pitt studies the dual effects of technology consumption.Pitt officially launched the Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health on Sept. 1 to research both the positive and negative effects of media and technology...

Mobile Networking

Mobile Networking

By Cristinia Holtzer & Aby Briner / Pitt News Staff

October 6, 2014


Filed under News, Tech Science

Jobr works much like Tinder, the data app: swipe right for not thanks, and right for yes. 

Jobr creates connections at your finger tips

By Jessica Iacullo / Staff Writer

October 6, 2014


Filed under News, Tech Science

Forget dreamboats. Think dream jobs. Like the dating app Tinder but for career moves, a new smartphone app called Jobr is letting users swipe yes or no on job opportunities. Jobr allows users looking for a job to connect with employers without the hassle of a formal job search. TJ Nahigian, the CEO of Jobr, said t...

Fall Fest 2014

Fall Fest 2014

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

October 5, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Hoodie Allen freestyled to a crowd of Pitt students Sunday at Pitt Program Council's annual Fall Fest.

Hoodie Allen, Chiddy Bang perform at Fall Fest

Hoodie Allen, Chiddy Bang perform at Fall Fest

By Hunter Bergman and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

October 5, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

A few hours before he threw a cake into the crowd on Bigelow Boulevard, Hoodie Allen learned facts and trivia about Pitt in his William Pitt Union dressing room.Steven Adam Markowitz, also known as Hoodie Allen, of Long Island, N.Y., headlined this year’s Fall Fest on Sunday, which Pitt Program Counci...

Appreciation of the arts

Appreciation of the arts

By Courtesy of the University

October 2, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Musicians and dancers from the Indonesian College of Performing Arts in Bandung, West Java

Pitt launches Indonesian arts partnership

Pitt launches Indonesian arts partnership

By Danielle Fox / Assistant News Editor

October 2, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

The University of Pittsburgh and the Indonesian College of Performing Arts in Bandung, West Java, will launch a partnership next Friday furthering the schools’ study of Indonesian music and culture.The University announced this week that Pitt’s Department of Music will host 20 administrators, sc...

Marx is not dead: Pittsburgh students keep the revolution alive

By Sabrina Romano / Staff Writer

October 2, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

Their flyers are compelling, flashing pictures of socialist icons such as Karl Marx and Malcolm X. Their message is fight capitalism and empower the working class. At a time when many young people in America are apolitical, according to a 2014 poll from Harvard’s Institute of Politic, these are buddin...

Ebola spreads from Africa

Ebola spreads from Africa

By Zoe Au / For The Pitt News

October 1, 2014


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

Ebola has spread to the United States from Africa — what is Pitt doing about it?

Dashing for doughnuts

Dashing for doughnuts

By Aby Briner / For The Pitt News

October 1, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

Students will participate in Donut Dash 2014, a race sponsored by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Carnegie Mellon University, on Oct. 5.

Dash for doughnuts: CMU fraternity hosts ALS fundraiser

Dash for doughnuts: CMU fraternity hosts ALS fundraiser

By Kathy Zhao / For The Pitt News

October 1, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

For those who can stomach it, try running two miles after eating six sweet, glazed, iced, cream-filled and jelly doughnuts.The Donut Dash 2014 is a race on Oct. 5 sponsored by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Carnegie Mellon University. Participants, including Pitt students, will run a mile-long route...

Pitt lacks resources to develop Ebola vaccine

Pitt lacks resources to develop Ebola vaccine

By Jesseca Muslin / Staff Writer

October 1, 2014


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

As Ebola continues to spread through African countries, and now, with one case confirmed in the United States, many people have expressed worry that the virus will find its way to their cities and towns.But, according to experts, it’s unlikely the disease will have similar effects in the United States...

Building blocks of education

Building blocks of education

By Courtesy of Josh Hall

September 30, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Josh Hall's proposed design of the Cathedral made with Legos. 

Building Blocks of Education

Building Blocks of Education

By Photo courtesy of Josh Hall

September 30, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Josh Hall's proposed design of the Cathedral made with Legos. 

Lego Cathedral up for vote as America’s next top toy model

Lego Cathedral up for vote as America’s next top toy model

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

September 30, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

 It took construction workers roughly eight years to build the Cathedral of Learning. How long would it take you to build yours? Josh Hall, blogger, IT manager and Lego enthusiast, wants the “Cathy” to have its own ready-made Lego set, and he’s seeking votes to make it a reality.Hall, 31, sta...

SGB takes pledge to fight sexual assault on campus

SGB takes pledge to fight sexual assault on campus

By Abbey Reighard & Dale Shoemaker / Pitt News Staff

September 30, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

The Student Government Board took the “It’s On Us” pledge to raise awareness and help prevent sexual assault on campus. All eight Board members and President Mike Nites took the pledge at public meeting Tuesday. The pledge is part of the “It’s On Us” White House campaign to stop sexual assaul...

Angst in Oakland

Angst in Oakland

By Alex Ryan

September 29, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Yinz get what I’m sayin’?

Yinz get what I’m sayin’?

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

September 29, 2014


Filed under Campus, National News, News

Your friends ask if yinz want to head dahn Sah-Syde to watch dem Stillers at da bah. Or maybe your mom asks you to red up your room and warsh your clothes, cause comp’ny is comin’. If you know what these people want, you’re probably from Pittsburgh.Pittsburghers have their own style of speaking. ...

Street safety concerns shake campus

Street safety concerns shake campus

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

September 29, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Fear and concern flared up around campus and on social media after a message warning of criminal activity circulated among students. On Sept. 28, the president, secretary and other board members of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity emailed the following message out to members warning students about...

Pitt developing MERS vaccine

Pitt developing MERS vaccine

By MCT Campus

September 28, 2014


Filed under Health, News, Tech Science

Pitt researchers are collaborating with others around the world on a vaccine for the MERS virus.

Achieving your goals: Certificates and minors can help

Achieving your goals: Certificates and minors can help

By Emily Ahlin / Staff Writer

September 28, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

It’s a tough choice — bioengineering or chemical engineering?For many Pitt students, selecting minors or certificates can be challenging, especially when considering what potential employers would prefer to see on candidates’ resumés.Pitt offers 46 minors and 12 certificates across all school...

Pitt researchers develop vaccine to fight respiratory virus

Pitt researchers develop vaccine to fight respiratory virus

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

September 28, 2014


Filed under Health, News, Tech Science

Pitt researchers developed a new vaccine that protects mice, and, hopefully, camels, against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, a viral respiratory illness spreading across the Middle East.With enough funding, researchers hope to eventually find a vaccine to protect humans from the disease.  “In May 2013,...

How valuable is your internship, really?

How valuable is your internship, really?

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

September 25, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

When Michael Tammaro had a 93-year-old woman fling a phone at his head, he knew he’d found the right internship.While interning as a patient care technician at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Conn., last summer, Tammaro encountered a phone coming toward his head as he woke an elderly woman up around midnig...

Jimmy John’s experiences security breach

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

September 25, 2014


Filed under City, News

Anyone who has used credit or debit cards at two Pittsburgh Jimmy John’s locations this summer may want to closely monitor their bank statements.On Thursday, the national sandwich shop chain released information relating to a security breach at 216 stores this summer. According to the Jimmy John’s release...

Research on the rover

Research on the rover

By Courtesy of NASA

September 24, 2014


Filed under News, Tech Science

A Pitt professor's research will be landing on Mars in 2020. 

Professor’s research goes galactic

Professor’s research goes galactic

By Kat Prosachik / Staff Writer

September 24, 2014


Filed under News, Tech Science

Sanford Asher will watch the technology he developed blast off to Mars in 2020.The products of Asher’s research, which he conducted at Pitt where he is a distinguished professor of chemistry, is set to board NASA’s next Mars rover as a component of SHERLOC (Scanning Habitable Environments with R...

Spoon with a stranger: App connects cuddlers

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

September 24, 2014


Filed under News, Tech Science

If you’ve ever wanted to spoon with an absolute stranger, now you can. Cuddlr, similar to other location-based social meeting apps like Tinder and Grindr, can connect strangers looking for a little TLC.According to the app’s website, Cuddlrapp.com, it gives users a list of the closest prospective ...

Board discusses the future, 2025 initiative

Board discusses the future, 2025 initiative

By Abbey Reighard / Senior Staff Writer

September 23, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

A new proposal will prompt future Student Government Boards to pick up what this Board put down.Board member Graeme Meyer proposed a resolution at last week’s public meeting to create a long-term plan for future Boards, known as “The 2025 Initiative.” The Board then voted to approve the resolutio...

Pitt’s Genius

Pitt’s Genius

By Courtesy of the MacArthur Foundation

September 23, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Poet Terrance Hayes, a newly named MacArthur Foundation Fellow, at his home in Pittsburgh.

Pitt poet wins more than half a million, named a genius

Pitt poet wins more than half a million, named a genius

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

September 23, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Terrance Hayes has come a long way from being a starving artist. He is now considered a genius.Last week, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced its 2014 class of fellows to receive a MacArthur grant. Hayes, a nationally recognized poet and professor at Pitt, was among the 21 selected....

Options for veterans at Pitt

Options for veterans at Pitt

By MCT Campus

September 23, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Pitt is among the top 15 percent of military-friendly schools. 

Pitt is a military friendly school, study says

Pitt is a military friendly school, study says

By Cristina Holtzer / News Writer

September 23, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Pitt is a 2015 Military Friendly School, according to Victory Media Inc., a Pittsburgh-based military services firm.Pitt announced in a release Tuesday its reception of the award, which puts the University in the top 15 percent of academic institutions — including universities and trade schools —...

Keep the pizza coming: Freshmen 15 is a myth

By Hunter Bergman / For The Pitt News

September 22, 2014


Filed under Health, News

What do unicorns, Sasquatch and the “freshman 15” have in common?Studies show all three are myths. A 2010 University of Michigan study found that first-year students typically gain between 2.5 and six pounds —­ much less than the storied 15. Meg Mayer-Costa, a registered dietician for the Univers...

The people march

The people march

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

September 22, 2014


Filed under National News, News

The rally, attended by 55 Pitt students, is the largest environmental rally in history so far.

Pitt students march to Free the Planet

Pitt students march to Free the Planet

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

September 22, 2014


Filed under National News, News

NEW YORK — “I don’t know but I’ve been told!” the crowd called. “We don’t need no gas and coal!”A crowd of nearly 400,000 people, including 55 Pitt students, shouted and held signs in New York City Sunday for the People’s Climate March, the largest environmental rally in history, ac...

E-cigarettes give students new choices

E-cigarettes give students new choices

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

September 21, 2014


Filed under Campus, Health, News

The nicotine market’s newest competitor, the electronic cigarette, is gaining popularity among teenagers and young adults — including Pitt students.Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, are battery-powered vaporizers that produce an aerosol vapor that resembles cigarette smoke. Presently, little resea...

Mingle with employers, make connections at Career Fair

By Kathy Zhao / For The Pitt News

September 21, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Update your resumé, and iron that blazer hiding in the back of your closet: It’s time to face the future.On Wednesday, Sept. 24, the Office of Career Development and Placement Assistance will host its annual Fall Career Fair, the largest on-campus recruiting event of the year. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Peterse...

Two Oakland houses destroyed in fire

Two Oakland houses destroyed in fire

By Cristina Holtzer and Danielle Fox / The Pitt News Staff

September 21, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

After a fire in the early morning hours on Friday left four Pitt students without homes, the University has intervened. At 2 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, Pitt police responded with city police and the Pittsburgh Fire Department to the 911 call from Orpwood Street. The fire, which destroyed 3702 and 3704 Or...

Mexican

Mexican

By MCT Campus

September 18, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Diningguide2014

Mexican food is popular with Pitt students, along with Chinese, Japanese and Indian food.

Pizza, pasta and Chinese food

Pizza, pasta and Chinese food

By MCT Campus

September 18, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Diningguide2014

GrubHub data shows that college students order pizza and Chinese food more often than the general population. 

The Pitt News wins five journalism awards

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

September 18, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

An international student press association, sponsored by Columbia University, awarded The Pitt News for five pieces written during last school year on Thursday.The awards were a part of the 31st annual Gold Circle Awards, awarded by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Student publications subm...

Dining Guide: What does your GrubHub order say about you?

Dining Guide: What does your GrubHub order say about you?

By Emily Ahlin / Staff Writer

September 18, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Diningguide2014

When students order out, chances are they’re ordering the same food as their neighbors.GrubHub and Spoon University recently teamed up to analyze nearly one million food orders from college students, according to GrubHub spokeswoman Allie Mack. GrubHub, according to Mack, “connect[s] independent restau...

Dining Guide: Food For Thought: Keeping Heritage Alive in the Kitchen

Dining Guide: Food For Thought: Keeping Heritage Alive in the Kitchen

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

September 18, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Diningguide2014

Walking into Matt Piamonte’s apartment while you’re hungry is probably not the best idea. Herbs, spices and ingredients are stuffed into almost every corner of his kitchen, and, often, the smell of something cooking will make your stomach grumble. “My mom worked the night shift as a nurse, so, rathe...

Talk it Over

Talk it Over

By MCT Campus

September 17, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

The American Culture and Language Exchange aims to help international students and members of the community to improve their English language skills.

View from Above

View from Above

By Courtesy Othman Alshehri and Jingjing Xu

September 17, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Othman Alshehri and Jingjing Xu made a video commemorating their time at Pitt.

From such great heights: Grads honor Pitt in video

From such great heights: Grads honor Pitt in video

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

September 17, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Before Jingjing Xu and Othman Alshehri put Pitt in their rearview mirrors, they spent their last semester trying to capture the campus from a much higher angle. After three months of filming, international students Xu and Alshehri uploaded their commemorative “Farewell video to Pitt” to YouTube last we...

Campus reps gain experience

By Sarah Police / Staff Writer

September 17, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Perri Ripps used to spend a lot of her time on campus telling people about scarves.Ripps is a former campus representative for Donni Charm, a high-end scarf line created by former University of Arizona student Alyssa Wasko. Ripps’ position is one that has become a growing presence on college campuses ...

Community partners work together to improve language skills

Community partners work together to improve language skills

By Ariel Berkowitz / For The Pitt News

September 17, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Sometimes, the best way to improve something is to just sit down and talk about it.That’s the idea behind the American Culture and Language Exchange, a program from Pitt’s English Language Institute. The exchange matches native English speakers with international students within the English Lang...

Board discusses upcoming elections, term lengths

By Abbey Reighard / Senior Staff Writer

September 17, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

If a proposed Student Government Board referendum passes, the next Board could take on a three-semester term.At its public meeting on Tuesday, the Student Government Board moved to include a referendum on the ballot that would change its current term, which runs from the first day of spring semester ...

Geocaching

Geocaching

By MCT Campus

September 16, 2014


Filed under National News, News

Geocaches can be any type of item, and geocachers can find them anywhere in the world for others to find. 

VFW Wreath Ceremony

VFW Wreath Ceremony

By Subhana Chaudhri / Staff Photographer

September 16, 2014


Filed under National News, News

Chancellor Gallagher opened and closed the ceremony Tuesday. 

Veterans honored at VFW centennial ceremony

Veterans honored at VFW centennial ceremony

By Conor McAteer / Staff Writer

September 16, 2014


Filed under National News, News

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher hung a wreath near Forbes Avenue yesterday, but Christmas isn’t for nearly another 100 days.Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars followed Pitt ROTC students to watch as Gallagher hung a wreath under the VFW plaque on the corner of Forbes Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard to ma...

Hidden treasures: Get outdoors with geocaching

Hidden treasures: Get outdoors with geocaching

By Jessica Iacullo / Staff Writer

September 16, 2014


Filed under National News, News

Thanks to technology, treasure hunting is back. It’s called geocaching now, and Chris Stevenson, a 26-year-old Ontario native, has unearthed bounty just beyond the Cathedral on Schenley Park’s grounds. “I’ve always had that ‘explorer’s itch’ but never really had a reason to,” Stevenson...

Crunch time: seniors get fit for job market

Crunch time: seniors get fit for job market

By Jesseca Muslin / Staff Writer

September 15, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

On average, job recruiters only give interested applicants six seconds of their time.And that six seconds is how long the typical hiring manager looks at a resumé, according to UPMC recruiter and researcher Maria Gerardi. Gerardi is a Pitt graduate and spoke Wednesday at Senior Career Bootcamp in the Willi...

Catch up to the PAT bus schedule in real time

Catch up to the PAT bus schedule in real time

By Emily Ahlin / Staff Writer

September 15, 2014


Filed under City, News

If it’s 20 degrees and snowing, the bus will probably be late. The good news? Soon, bus travelers won’t have to worry abut late buses in any weather.Last week, Port Authority added new routes to their GPS-enabled live-tracking system, accessible to users online. All 61 and 71 routes, both 54s and...

Catcalls common for women, men

Catcalls common for women, men

By Sarah Police / Staff Writer

September 14, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

It’s not unusual for strangers to catcall Katie Watson during her daily run through Schenley Park.Watson, a sophomore finance major, was crossing the street when a man appeared next to her. He began running beside her and asked, “Can I run with you next time?”Watson was confused but decided to keep...

Website aims to change how colleges measure graduates

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

September 14, 2014


Filed under National News, News

Each year, Pitt omits a large portion of students in its graduation rates.The U.S. Department of Education does not allow schools to include transfer students in their calculations. But the Student Achievement Measure (SAM), an organization that encourages universities to post more comprehensive info...

Be the boss: Self-employed students set their own rules

By Kat Prosachik / Staff Writer

September 11, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014

Pitt students are changing the way we think about college jobs by becoming their own bosses.In 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics determined that only 3.7 percent of people aged 16-24 are self-employed. In 2013, the average number of self-employed men and women between the ages of 16-19 was roughly...

Customer service horror stories

Customer service horror stories

By Aby Briner / For The Pitt News

September 11, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014

Pitt students share customer service horror stories

Pitt students share customer service horror stories

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

September 11, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014

Rule number one: the customer is always right. Rule number two: if the customer is wrong, refer to rule number one.In American businesses, this is standard for customer service. Sometimes, though, the customer is not right. What follows are three stories, from Pitt students, who work on the other side...

Employer Value of Student Attributes

Employer Value of Student Attributes

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

September 11, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014

Shred the transcript: Employers value experience, not GPA

Shred the transcript: Employers value experience, not GPA

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

September 11, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014

Next time you find yourself choosing career work over class work, don’t fret. Evidence shows your transcript won’t be a one-way ticket to a dream job. A 2012 survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education and American Public Media’s Marketplace discussed what attributes employers value most when hi...

Working with words: Students earn cash through blogging

Working with words: Students earn cash through blogging

By Conor McAteer / Staff Writer

September 11, 2014


Filed under News, Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014, Tech Science

When Aditya Thawardas began reading TalkAndroid, he didn’t think he would become one of its writers. But since April 2013, Thawardas has been writing for the blog, which focuses on the Android operating system and phone market.  “It’s not like a normal job where you go in and have hours,” T...

Business school dean announces resignation

By Danielle Fox / Assistant News Editor

September 11, 2014


Filed under Administration, News

Dean John Delaney of Pitt’s Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration announced on Thursday that he plans to step down from his position.Delaney is stepping down because he believes organizations need new leadership to remain “fresh and vital.”“In light of the arriv...

Pitt vs. PSU

Pitt vs. PSU

By Bobby Mizia / Visual Editor

September 10, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Pitt is a hotspot for international students, report shows

By Anjana Murali / For The Pitt News

September 10, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Pitt is known to express its diversity. Take the iconic Cathedral of Learning, which has 30 nationality rooms created to celebrate cultures around the world. According to a 2014 Global Cities Initiative report from the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase, Pitt is a top destination for foreign ...

Students choose PSU over Pitt

Students choose PSU over Pitt

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

September 10, 2014


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In the ongoing fight for dominance of Pennsylvania college pride, Pitt may be falling behind Penn State.A study published earlier this year by Parchment, a company that accepts online submissions of college transcripts, compiled the “revealed preference” of 104,119 college students in the United St...

Board proposes elections code revisions

By Abbey Reighard / Senior Staff Writer

September 9, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

While some students contemplate the idea of running for Student Government Board, the current members of Student Government are changing the rules. At last night’s public meeting, Elections Committee Chair Lauren Barney proposed changes to the Elections Code, which is the governing code for SGB campai...

Manicure with a mission: College students develop nail polish to detect date rape drugs

By Jesseca Muslin / Staff Writer

September 9, 2014


Filed under News, Tech Science

Most women have heard the warnings: “Don’t take drinks from strangers,” or “Don’t leave your drink unattended at a party.” Now, a new product may inspire an additional piece of advice: “Don’t forget to paint your nails.”Four college students from North Carolina State University create...

Pitt students dig deep for generous tips

By Emma Solak / For The Pitt News

September 8, 2014


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If you want your fellow diners to like you, here’s a tip: leave a tip. Spoon University, a cooking and dining website for college students, recently ranked Pitt seventh in having the highest tip percentage when compared to other universities such as Virginia Tech, the University of Delaware and the University of Colorado. GrubHub, a website that allow...

Students collaborate, build new University art exhibit

By Anjana Murali / For The Pitt News

September 8, 2014


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Imagine the risk.“Eight months before an opening, we have a title, and that’s all,” Drew Armstrong said. But the gamble paid off, and fourteen students put together a new exhibition that is on display at the University Art Gallery, part of the Frick Fine Arts building. In an experimental arc...

The women’s restroom on the third floor of the Cathedral of Learning

The women’s restroom on the third floor of the Cathedral of Learning

By Meghan Sunners / For The Pitt News

September 8, 2014


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A Pitt custodian said a call comes in to clean up the "Potter stall" about every two weeks.

The stall that lived

The stall that lived

By Jesseca Muslin / For The Pitt News

September 8, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

One lightning scar, one trio of best friends and most significantly, one story spawned one bathroom stall that embodies all the magic. The Harry Potter fan base is one of the largest around the world, and the series’ admirers at Pitt found their own medium for pledging loyalty: the third floor wome...

Parking tickets

Parking tickets

By MCT Campus

September 7, 2014


Filed under City, News

The Pittsburgh Parking Authority issued more than 16,400 tickets in the first six months of 2014.

Sorority recruitment on the move

Sorority recruitment on the move

By Zach Schaffer / Senior Staff Photographer

September 7, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Matthew R. Richardson, greek life coordinator, said recruitment numbers are up from previous years.

Move it or lose it: Towing and tickets dwindle savings

Move it or lose it: Towing and tickets dwindle savings

By Aaron Stier-Cohen / Staff Writer

September 7, 2014


Filed under City, News

When Joe Mangiarelli saw that his car had been towed, he guessed it might have been because the Parking Authority officer had a quota to fill.“When it comes to towing, it’s usually at the officer’s discretion,” Shannon Leshen, Pittsburgh city police community relations officer, said. “Ther...

Sorority recruitment gets a new home

Sorority recruitment gets a new home

By Emma Solak / For The Pitt News

September 7, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Pitt’s sorority recruitment usually means meeting new friends —  sometimes too many. In an effort to improve safety and create a more personal experience for interested students, the University moved Greek rush week events out of Amos and Bruce Halls into other buildings, such as the William P...

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