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Pittsburgh’s City Planning Commission discussed Walnut Capital’s plan to rezone and redevelop parts of Oakland during its Tuesday meeting.

Planning Commission, Walnut Capital debate controversial Oakland Crossings plan

By Natalie Frank, News Editor December 8, 2021
Despite Pittsburgh City Council amending and approving Walnut Capital’s Oakland Crossings plan, several City Planning Commission members had reservations about the proposed zoning changes.
Jason Buffer, left, and Shalini Jose, graduate students in the School of Medicine’s biomedical masters program, study for their biochemistry final in Hillman Library on Friday evening.

‘100% in favor’: Professors embrace in-person finals season

By Alexandra Ross, Staff Writer December 8, 2021
The past three semesters, Pitt required professors to provide a remote option for final exams. But this semester, professors can choose their own format, whether it’s in person, online or a combination of the two.
Emily Vogt, left, a first-year biology major, studies for her biology final and a biology quiz while her friend Alex Markunas, an undeclared first year, catches up on her neuroscience notes at Hillman Library on Friday evening.

Students prepare for hybrid finals as semester nears end

By Clare Sheedy, Contributing Editor December 8, 2021
Pitt students prepared this time last year to take finals at home and behind a screen. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the Pitt community to acclimate to online learning. With the semester ending soon, students are studying at home, alone and in campus buildings.
Students cross Forbes Avenue between classes in September.

Pitt underclassmen finish up first fully in-person first semester

By Donata Massimiani, Staff Writer December 7, 2021
Moving back in person this semester caused many challenges for younger Pitt students, both socially and academically, but also brought hope for normalcy and a more pre-pandemic experience.
Students, pictured, at a late January vaccination clinic hosted by Pitt and the Allegheny County Health Department.

Students welcome Pitt’s new vaccine mandate

By Abby Cardilli, Staff Writer December 7, 2021
Pitt’s vaccination policy, which requires that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against COVID-19, went into effect Monday. The stakes for unvaccinated students who don’t get an exemption are high — disenrollment for the spring semester.
A video titled “Victorian English Christmas Village” posted on Nationality Rooms Programs’ Youtube channel and the Nationality Rooms website for the Virtual Holiday Open House.

Nationality Rooms Open House presents holiday traditions and culture

By Betul Tuncer, Senior Staff Writer December 6, 2021
The Nationality Rooms Holiday Open House is an opportunity to share people’s culture and traditions with the Pitt community, and the themes for this year’s event are winter holiday traditions, cultural performances, traditional holiday crafts, and winter and holiday recipes.
Montez Newsome, a junior mathematics-economics major, studies for an organic chemistry project at Hillman Library on Friday evening.

Study finds that Pitt students’ mental, physical health still struggling one year into the pandemic

By Natalie Frank, News Editor December 6, 2021
Despite loosened COVID-19 requirements, the start of in-person activities and the availability of a COVID-19 vaccine, a recent study revealed that many Pitt students’ mental health has not significantly improved since the onset of the pandemic.
A Pitt student sits on another students shoulders in Oakland in a crowd celebrating Pitts ACC Championship win against Wake Forest University earlier in the night.

Hundreds of Pitt students take to Oakland streets to celebrate football victory

By Rebecca Johnson and Millicent Watt December 5, 2021
Around 500 students gathered outside the Cathedral of Learning — singing “Sweet Caroline” and chanting “Let’s Go Pitt” while the Victory Lights streamed overhead — late Saturday night to early Sunday morning to celebrate Pitt football’s win.
A Pitt student sits on another students shoulders in Oakland in a crowd celebrating Pitts ACC Championship win against Wake Forest University earlier in the night.

Photos: Students celebrate Pitt win in Oakland

By Clare Sheedy, Assistant Visual Editor December 5, 2021
After Pitt football’s ACC championship win against Wake Forest University in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday night, students celebrated in the streets of Oakland.
A City police officer faces a line of people.

Oakland, South Side to see increased police presence Saturday night

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor December 3, 2021
In anticipation of the ACC Championship Game on Saturday, Pittsburgh Public Safety is allocating extra police units to the Oakland and South Side neighborhoods to deal with crowds and potential Pitt victory celebrations.
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