The Pitt News

SGB announces public support for Holocaust remembrance event

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

October 29, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

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

Sustainability in Towers

Sustainability in Towers

By TPN File Photo

October 29, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

Students worked to create a sustainability project for Towers.

Women in bioengineering

Women in bioengineering

By MCT Campus

October 29, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

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

Toilets, lightbulbs and blinds: Students create sustainability plan

Toilets, lightbulbs and blinds: Students create sustainability plan

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

October 29, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

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

Pitt working to attract female engineering doctoral students

Pitt working to attract female engineering doctoral students

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

October 29, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

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

Pitt Police Blotter

By The Pitt News Staff

October 27, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

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

The water’s fine: Panther lake to be restored

The water’s fine: Panther lake to be restored

By Jesseca Muslin / Staff Writer

October 27, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

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

Allocations member resigns, will not be replaced

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

October 27, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

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

App created for assault victims

By Kathleen Fennell / Staff Writer

October 26, 2014


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

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

Tears, crowns and campaigns: Homecoming king and queen named

Tears, crowns and campaigns: Homecoming king and queen named

By Danielle Fox / Assistant News Editor

October 26, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

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

Homecoming king and queen crowned

Homecoming king and queen crowned

By Zheru Liu / Multimedia Editor

October 26, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

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

What time is the right time?

What time is the right time?

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

October 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Bring it on

Bring it on

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

October 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014

Home for the in-staters

Home for the in-staters

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

October 24, 2014


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

Where are in-state Pitt students from?

Where Yinz from?

Where Yinz from?

By Cristina Holtzer and Danielle Fox / The Pitt News Staff

October 24, 2014


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

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

Light it up

Light it up

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 24, 2014


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

Pitt's homecoming laser show will use Nymbus. 

Pitt Bucket List

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

October 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

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

Graduate student designs app to enhance laser light show

Graduate student designs app to enhance laser light show

By Kat Prosachik / Staff Writer

October 24, 2014


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

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

Cheer and dance teams not considered a sport by Pitt

Cheer and dance teams not considered a sport by Pitt

By Hunter Bergman / For The Pitt News

October 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014

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

What time should you show up to a party?

What time should you show up to a party?

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

October 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014

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

Chancellor sits down with the Pitt News

Chancellor sits down with the Pitt News

By Christine Lim / Staff Photographer

October 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014

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

Talk with the top: Gallagher’s first three months

Talk with the top: Gallagher’s first three months

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

October 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014

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

Getting an internship: Learn how at media panel

By Emily Ahlin / Staff Writer

October 22, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

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

Students and Oakland residents come together at The Corner

Students and Oakland residents come together at The Corner

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

October 22, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News

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

Students march to protest sexual violence

Students march to protest sexual violence

By Kat Prosachik

October 22, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

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

Life after a stroke: Pittsburgh man regains mobility

Life after a stroke: Pittsburgh man regains mobility

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

October 22, 2014


Filed under Health, News

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

Board helps distribute student publications

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

October 22, 2014


Filed under News, Student Government

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

Tim Gunn visits Pitt

Tim Gunn visits Pitt

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

October 21, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

Tim Gunn makes it work at the William Pitt Union.

Gunning for gold: Tim Gunn visits Pitt

Gunning for gold: Tim Gunn visits Pitt

By Meghan Bray / For The Pitt News

October 21, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

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

SGB election candidates announced

By Abbey Reighard / Senior Staff Writer

October 21, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government

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

Comcast in Pittsburgh

Comcast in Pittsburgh

By FCC

October 19, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News, Tech Science

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

The future of coal: Environmental relations discussed at Pitt

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

October 19, 2014


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Tech Science

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

Oakland residents contemplate Internet service provider switch

Oakland residents contemplate Internet service provider switch

By Kathy Zhao / Staff Writer

October 19, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News, Tech Science

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

Get a move on

Get a move on

By Andy Slepman / For the Pitt News

October 16, 2014


Filed under Health, News

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

Pitt gets $1 million to increase active transportation

Pitt gets $1 million to increase active transportation

By Danielle Fox / Assistant News Editor

October 16, 2014


Filed under Health, News

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

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

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

By Kat Prosachik

October 16, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

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

Nordy’s Place

Nordy’s Place

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

October 15, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

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

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.

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...

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...

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 8, 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 8, 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 8, 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 24, 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 24, 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 24, 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 24, 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 24, 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 —...

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.

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...

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. 

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


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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...

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