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Welcome Back: Work out with Cathedral, a parkour hotspot

By Kat Prosachik / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014

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

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

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

By Ilya Yashin / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014

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

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

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

By Cristina Holtzer / News editor

August 19, 2014

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

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

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

By Emily Ahlin / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014

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

Welcome Back: Getting to know Pitt’s next Chancellor

Welcome Back: Getting to know Pitt's next Chancellor

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014

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

Welcome Back: Sorry, no Gmail: 365 premieres

By Sarah Police / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014

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

Welcome Back: Nordenberg gives double-support for affirmative action

By Dale Shoemaker / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014

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

Pitt students testify at EPA hearings downtown

By Ilya Yashin / Staff Writer

August 2, 2014

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

PUC grants emergency authority for ride-sharing services

PUC grants emergency authority for ride-sharing services

By Taira Alabi / Staff Writer

July 25, 2014

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

Tuition increase approved for next term

By Cristina Holtzer / News editor

July 20, 2014

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

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