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Pitt to institute shelter-in-place Wednesday evening due to rising COVID-19 cases

Pitt to institute shelter-in-place Wednesday evening due to rising COVID-19 cases

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief March 31, 2021
Pitt will institute a shelter-in-place at 9 p.m. Wednesday, the University’s COVID-19 Medical Response Office announced.
Amy Degurian is a lecturer in the School of Social Work.

Layers of loss: The way we grieve during a pandemic

By Punya Bhasin, Staff Writer March 31, 2021
The ways people typically grieve have changed during the pandemic, partly because of social distancing protocols. Pitt experts described these changing practices and how people could cope after the pandemic ends.
The Oakland Planning and Development Corp. held its monthly meeting on Tuesday night via Zoom.

Community members discuss proposed CMU construction projects

By Kiera Ledermann, Staff Writer March 31, 2021
Carnegie Mellon University has several ideas for a renewed Institutional Master Plan, according to Bob Reppe, the senior director of planning and design at CMU. The IMP and other items were discussed at Oakland Planning and Development Corp.’s Tuesday evening meeting.
The University Library System and Pitt Community Engagement Center Homewood held the virtual event “Honoring Women on the Front Line of COVID-19” on Tuesday afternoon over Zoom in honor of Women’s History Month.

Women panelists discuss finding a balance between work, personal lives during the pandemic

By Alice Tang, Staff Writers March 31, 2021
The University Library System and CEC in Homewood held the virtual event “Honoring Women on the Front Line of COVID-19” on Tuesday afternoon over Zoom in honor of Women’s History Month.
Professors, students adjust to increased in-person learning

Professors, students adjust to increased in-person learning

By Brandon Raglow, For The Pitt News March 31, 2021
Pitt moved to the Guarded Risk posture on March 11, after spending about half the semester in the middle Elevated Risk posture. With students attending classes in person and from home, instructors have to consider both learning experiences as they teach.
Student Government Board held its weekly meeting on Tuesday night via Zoom.

SGB continues action on resolutions, approves Lauren’s Promise resolution

By Millicent Watt, Senior Staff Writer March 31, 2021
Student government board president Eric Macadangdang addressed the recent spike in COVID-19 cases on Pitt’s campus in SGB’s weekly Tuesday meeting.
In addition to the late withdrawal option, the “G” grade will be modified for students as a “fallback grade.”

Pitt clarifies new ‘G’ grade policy, professors and students voice mixed feelings

By Millicent Watt, Senior Staff Writer March 31, 2021
One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and after four and a half online terms, grading policies and student and professor accommodations remain hot topics among the Pitt community.
Pitt adds 30 new COVID-19 cases since Thursday

Pitt adds 30 new COVID-19 cases since Thursday

By Martha Layne, Assistant News Editor March 30, 2021
Pitt added 30 new COVID-19 cases, composed of 29 students and one employee, between last Friday and Monday, with 67 students currently in isolation.
The Office of Community and Governmental Relations and the Pitt Alumni Association welcomed about 65 people virtually on Tuesday to Pitt Day in Harrisburg. At this event, students and other members of the Pitt community advocated for increased funding from the state and spoke directly with state legislators and their aides.

Pitt community advocates for state funding in turbulent budget cycle

By Tanner Vradenburg, For The Pitt News March 29, 2021
The Office of Community and Governmental Relations and the Pitt Alumni Association welcomed about 100 people virtually on Tuesday to Pitt Day in Harrisburg. The Pitt community advocated for increased funding from the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Christopher Casamento, Pitt’s ex-emergency management director was indicted Wednesday afternoon. Casamento has been accused of stealing and selling 13,500 masks and other PPE from the University’s PPE supply for personal profit between Feb. 28 and March 22, 2020.

Former Pitt employee indicted, accused of stealing, selling N95 masks

By Ashton Crawley, Assistant News Editor March 29, 2021
Christopher Casamento, Pitt’s ex-emergency management director, was indicted Wednesday afternoon. Casamento has been accused of stealing and selling 13,500 masks and other PPE from the University’s PPE supply for personal profit between Feb. 28 and March 22, 2020.
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