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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 6, 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

Board members introduce new committees

Board members introduce new committees

By Danielle Fox / Staff Writer

January 22, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

The Student Government Board has created a new committee to focus on student health issues just in time for cold season.The Board replaced last year’s Fundraising and Advertising Committee with a Wellness Committee to assist Board members’ wellness initiatives. In addition to covering health issues, t...

New SGB members continue push for published OMET results

By Danielle Fox / Staff Writer

January 16, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

Do you have the time to take a five-minute survey?What if that survey was the OMET survey, and your participation granted you access to every instructor’s results?The OMET evaluation, which stands for the Office of Measurement and Evaluation of Teaching, is often called the “student opinion of tea...

Board establishes new governing code

Board establishes new governing code

By Danielle Fox / Staff Writer

January 15, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

Student Government Board President Mike Nites is no stranger to revisions. The 2013 Board modified documents at its last public meeting during which then-Board member Nites didn’t voice his ideas.But over winter break, Nites individually compiled an entirely new governing code into a 30-page document.The Board adopte...

New SGB members receive wisdom at inauguration

New SGB members receive wisdom at inauguration

By Danielle Fox / Staff Writer

January 9, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

Chancellor Mark Nordenberg offered warm wishes to the incoming Student Government Board members, joking about another Pitt organization’s recent success, at Thursday’s inauguration.“It would be hard to find a better way to launch a new year here at Pitt than gathering to inaugurate our new Stud...

SGB President-elect to pitch travel grants for student researchers

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

January 6, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

Matt Olm said he would have spent about $800 on a trip to the American Society for Microbiology meeting in Denver last summer if his research lab had not covered the expenses.Olm, a senior majoring in microbiology, attended and presented his research on bacterial DNA at the conference.But if senior Mike...

Finals Edition: Board members round up campaign initiatives

Finals Edition: Board members round up campaign initiatives

By Danielle Fox / Staff Writer

December 8, 2013


Filed under News, Student Government

As the Student Government Board 2012-2013 term comes to a close, Board members have accomplished some of their projects, while others have fallen to the wayside. During each SGB campaign season, candidates run on three project initiatives, which they plan to complete if elected. Gordon Louderback, pre...

SGB unanimously votes to amend bylaws

By Danielle Fox / Staff Writer

December 4, 2013


Filed under News, Student Government

Before the 2012-2013 Student Government Board leaves office in January, it will leave its mark on SGB’s rulebook. The Board voted unanimously at the final meeting of its members’ terms Tuesday night to amend its own bylaws. While the majority of the revisions are semantic, SGB President Gordon ...

SGB leaders discuss structural changes

By Danielle Fox / Staff Writer

November 25, 2013


Filed under News, Student Government

The head of Pitt’s Student Government Board said Pitt’s Board is unusual compared to other universities.He added that this may not be a good thing.The Board’s president, Gordon Louderback, hosted an open forum last night in Dining Room B of the William Pitt Union. The event was attended by abo...

SGB election sees decrease in voter turnout

SGB election sees decrease in voter turnout

By Danielle Fox / Staff Writer

November 21, 2013


Filed under News, Student Government

This year’s Student Government Board election proved that fewer candidates and less campaigning make for a dramatically lower voter turnout.Only 10 students competed for the eight seats on the Board. President-elect Mike Nites ran uncontested, receiving 1,965 votes. Only 2,520 students — 13.7 perce...

Pittsburgh Parking Authority keeps eye on drivers

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

November 20, 2013


Filed under City, News

Andrew Colaizzi lives in Mount Lebanon and often rides the bus to campus. But on days he drives, he said he finds it difficult to find a parking space because many of the spaces are already taken. Colaizzi, a junior accounting major, said he doesn’t think information about his vehicle movements or wh...

Rubber duck impacts local business

Rubber duck impacts local business

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

October 9, 2013


Filed under City, News

The 40-foot “Rubber Duck” floating in downtown Pittsburgh has made its splash in more than just the Allegheny River. Since its arrival last month, it seems as though everyone wants a slice of the pie, or in this case, a slice of the duck.Duck mania has befallen the city of Pittsburgh, spurring m...

Caribou coffee shop leaves Oakland, Peet’s enters

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

September 23, 2013


Filed under City, News

An Oakland coffee shop, popular among students looking to study and to get their caffeine fixes, turned off its espresso machines for the last time earlier this month.  But never fear, coffee lovers: the Caribou Coffee that closed on Sept. 9 will reopen in mid-October as Peet’s Coffee and Tea.Cari...

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