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Dhirana dancers employ visual storytelling in competition

Dhirana dancers employ visual storytelling in competition

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

March 19, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

Anand Mahalingam and Vineet Raghu hosted a dance competition Saturday night for two reasons — nostalgia and hunger. Literal, physical hunger. Strutting around the stage of the Soldiers and Sailors auditorium, the two Pitt graduates hosting Dhirana — the national Indian classical dance competition he...

Pitt engineering unveils Makerspace

Pitt engineering unveils Makerspace

By Samuel Weber and Noah Manalo | The Pitt News Staff

March 19, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

On the outside, 7800 Susquehanna Street looks like an old brick factory, with hazy entrance windows, a cracked walkway and faded paint. But recently, more than 100 people gathered at the Homewood location to celebrate the debut of the newest branch of the Swanson School of Engineering, a place dedicated ...

Get your Gaeilge on: Professor preserves Irish language

Get your Gaeilge on: Professor preserves Irish language

By Cassidy Power | Staff Writer

March 16, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Marie Young left her home in Galway, Ireland, in 2001, intending to visit her brother in Pittsburgh for only three months. But what was meant to be a chance to see a little more of the world turned into a permanent change after she fell in love with the City — and a local Irishman. Young ended...

Forbes Qdoba closed after lawsuit, health violations

Forbes Qdoba closed after lawsuit, health violations

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

March 15, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The Forbes Avenue Qdoba closed after the Qdoba Restaurant Corp. sued the franchise’s owners for breach of contract because of numerous code violations. Qdoba filed a lawsuit in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Feb. 28 against Brooks Hospitality, Chad Brooks and Sally Brooks. The suit ...

Pitt to challenge grad student union election petition

Pitt to challenge grad student union election petition

By Janine Faust and John Hamilton / TPN Staff

March 15, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt administrators have told the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board they plan challenge the graduate student petition to hold a union election, organizers said Wednesday. Pitt will look to convince the board that graduate students aren't employees. The labor board in February ruled that graduate students at Penn...

Activist, students discuss U.S. race relations

Activist, students discuss U.S. race relations

By Zane Crowell | Staff Writer

March 15, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Deepa Iyer was working in the Civil Rights division of the Department of Justice when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center September 11, 2001. She immediately thought about two different groups of people — those killed in the attacks and those in the South Asian community she belonged to....

Pitt professors compete for course grants

Pitt professors compete for course grants

By Noah Manalo | Staff Writer

March 15, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt is giving professors the chance to change their courses — but they’ll have to compete and collaborate for the limited funding. The University will accept the final proposals for the 2018 Course Incubator Grants March 30. This is the first year the grant — which is intended to allow facult...

Forbes Qdoba permanently closing

Forbes Qdoba permanently closing

By Janine Faust / Assistant News Editor

March 14, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

The Qdoba restaurant on Forbes Avenue has drizzled its last queso and handed out its final free student drink. “This Qdoba location has closed permanently,” a sign posted Wednesday at the restaurant reads. “Thank you for 16 great years!!” The owner, Chad Brooks, said the closure was a ...

International students stay stateside for spring break

International students stay stateside for spring break

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

March 14, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Student Government Board announced last summer that the University’s winter break would be extended by a full week. The extension was applauded by most students — but for Pitt’s international student population that doesn’t go home, this may have meant a longer time away from family a...

Gallery: Lamb vs Saccone

Gallery: Lamb vs Saccone

By John Hamilton and Christian Snyder | TPN Staff

March 14, 2018


Filed under News, Visual

Voters in Pennsylvania’s 18th District cast their ballots Tuesday for Conor Lamb or Rick Saccone, but election workers couldn’t count absentee ballots fast enough to declare a winner by midnight.   ...

SGB calls for medical amnesty extension

SGB calls for medical amnesty extension

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

March 14, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Student Government Board returned from spring break and unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday night urging the Pennsylvania state government to extend medical amnesty — a pardon on criminal charges for medical reasons — in the case of alcohol incidents to the underage person experiencing the crisis....

Lamb declares victory, election still too close to call

Lamb declares victory, election still too close to call

By John Hamilton and Christian Snyder / TPN Staff

March 14, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News

Update as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday: Lamb's lead expanded after Washington County absentee ballots results came. But county election officials could take weeks to review the results and make them official. Voters in Pennsylvania’s 18th District cast their ballots Tuesday for Conor Lamb or Rick Saccone, ...

Lamb vs. Saccone: National attention on Pa’s 18th District

Lamb vs. Saccone: National attention on Pa’s 18th District

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

March 13, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Voters are going to the polls today in Pennsylvania’s 18th District to decide between Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone in a uncharacteristically close race in the deeply Republican district. The 18th District favored President Donald Trump by 20 points in 2016, but polls show a v...

Students ‘break in’ to security engineering at Pitt

Students ‘break in’ to security engineering at Pitt

By Thompson Wymard | For The Pitt News

March 13, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Tech Science

Marc Tobias has been picking locks since he was 15. One of his first experiences in the trade came when he went into a local locksmith in Denver and asked to pick the store’s toughest lock as a challenge. After initially being dismissed, the store gave him the lock and said he would never be able to ...

MisterWives to headline at Bigelow Bash

MisterWives to headline at Bigelow Bash

By Salina Pressimone | Assistant News Editor

March 12, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt Program Council announced Bigelow Bash, Pitt’s annual spring concert, will feature MisterWives as the headliner band April 14. PPC tweeted the news Monday afternoon, about a month after it sealed the contract with the help of an outside agency. Zach Linn, special events director, said PPC...

Carnegie library hosts drag queen story hour

Carnegie library hosts drag queen story hour

By Cassidy Power | Staff Writer

March 12, 2018


Filed under City

Akasha L Van-Cartier had a message for the 130 children and parents that attended the Carnegie Library’s Drag Queen Story Hour Saturday. “You can be anything that you want to be, at any time you want to be it, and if you want to change what you want to be halfway through being it — do that,”...

The Zoo sticks around for basketball ups and downs

The Zoo sticks around for basketball ups and downs

By Samuel Ruppert | For The Pitt News

March 12, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Half of the cobalt blue seats in student section of the Petersen Event Center remained empty as the Pitt men’s basketball team battled UC Santa Barbara on the court Nov. 15. On the first shot, only a sparse showering of ripped-up newsprint filled the air. But even during the out-of-conference game f...

Erika Strassburger wins District 8 special election

Erika Strassburger wins District 8 special election

By Christian Snyder, Multimedia Editor

March 7, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Independent candidate Erika Strassburger will succeed Dan Gilman on Pittsburgh City Council after District 8 voters handed her a decisive victory Tuesday. Strassburger finished with 64 percent of the vote, more than double her closest opponent, Democratic nominee and East Liberty restaurant owner Sonja Finn, who finished with 28 percent. ...

Disabled activists take part in nationwide day of mourning

Disabled activists take part in nationwide day of mourning

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

March 2, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Andrea Mauro was physically restrained, force-fed horseradish and shocked with play buzzers as a child when they had tantrums or failed speech therapy exercises. All of this was done to them by the people their parents had sought out to “help” them. Mauro, an autistic activist and student studyi...

Day of giving raises more than $9 million

Day of giving raises more than $9 million

By Cassidy Power and Samuel Ruppert | For The Pitt News

March 2, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Pitt’s second annual Day of Giving proved it’s the gift that keeps on giving — raising $9,029,828 in the span of 24 hours, nearly twice as much as last year. The 3,358 donations poured in from six continents and all fifty states. Individual alumni and students alike pitch in on the Day of Givi...

Hillman goes pro with new equipment collection

Hillman goes pro with new equipment collection

By Zane Crowell and Noah Manalo | For The Pitt News

March 2, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Students are used to checking out books on reserve at Hillman Library — now they can do the same with a vlogging kit. The University Library System launched the Hillman Equipment Collection Monday. The Collection, which consists of an assortment of audio and visual equipment, is available for use b...

Students learn about mental health first aid

Students learn about mental health first aid

By Cassidy Power | For The Pitt News

March 1, 2018


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

“How can I help?” and “How do I start a conversation?” are questions Sean Moundas, a psychologist at the University Counseling Center, gets asked a lot when it comes to mental health. “Over half of those with mental health challenges go untreated,” Moundas said. At the Be The Difference...

BAS celebrates 50 years with founding members

BAS celebrates 50 years with founding members

By Caroline Eddy | For The Pitt News

March 1, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Past and present members of Pitt’s Black Action Society met Wednesday afternoon to commemorate the organization’s founding and fortify its future. The African American Alumni Council hosted a discussion about the Black Action Society, which was founded 50 years ago. Approximately 50 people atten...

Alpha Kappa Alpha suspended, police investigating alleged hazing

Alpha Kappa Alpha suspended, police investigating alleged hazing

By John Hamilton, Janine Faust and Christian Snyder | Pitt News Staff

February 28, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Crime, News

Police are investigating an alleged hazing incident after 12 pledges of Pitt’s Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority chapter went to the Penn Hills police department to file a report, the department’s police chief said Wednesday. Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner sent an email to Greek organizations Wednes...

SGB calls for expansion of state medical amnesty laws

SGB calls for expansion of state medical amnesty laws

By Noah Manalo | Staff Writer

February 28, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Student Government

At Student Government Board’s final public meeting before spring break, SBG President Max Kneis introduced a resolution calling for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to expand medical amnesty laws. The resolution states that approximately 1,825 college students in the United States die each year fro...

Religious studies chair, mentor dies

Religious studies chair, mentor dies

By John Hamilton | Managing Editor

February 28, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Linda Penkower — the chair of the University’s religious studies department known for supporting students and faculty — died Tuesday night, the department’s undergraduate director said in an email. In the email, which was addressed to religious studies majors and recent graduates, professor ...

Faludi discusses gender identity

Faludi discusses gender identity

By Katie Gingerich | For The Pitt News

February 27, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

When Susan Faludi stood in front of a large crowd at the Carnegie Music Hall Monday night, she asked more than 1,000 people to consider refugees. “Around the world today are unintentional monuments to the truth that we live in the age of the refugee and the elusiveness of the refuge they seek,”...

Yellin takes Pitt behind the scenes of Netflix

Yellin takes Pitt behind the scenes of Netflix

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

February 27, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

It’s 3 a.m. and you’ve just watched two straight seasons of “Stranger Things” in one sitting — even though you have a test later that day. But for Todd Yellin, vice president of product at Netflix, watching hours of shows and documentaries is part of his job description. “I’m blessed ...

Pitt Board of Trustees endorses Titusville training hub

Pitt Board of Trustees endorses Titusville training hub

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

February 26, 2018


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution Friday endorsing a strategy to transform the University’s Titusville branch into an educational and training hub that will share space with corporations, community colleges and other outside groups. But prior to the Board’s vote on the resol...

Panelists discuss being a woman in politics

Panelists discuss being a woman in politics

By Briana Canady | Staff Writer

February 26, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Aryanna Berringer grew up the youngest of 10 children in a family that had to rely on food stamps and free school lunches to get by. She remembers how her mother would wash the three different uniforms for her jobs at three different restaurants in their kitchen sink. All of this motivated Berringer to run for l...

Pitt Admissions won’t penalize student protesters

Pitt Admissions won’t penalize student protesters

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | News Editor

February 26, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Students applying to Pitt will not be punished for participating in peaceful protests following the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, the University said on Twitter. The Pitt Admissions Twitter account first released the statement in response to the #ParklandStudentsSpeak movement. “Pitt Admissi...

District 8 candidates promote platforms

District 8 candidates promote platforms

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

February 26, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

For Erika Strassburger, an independent Democratic candidate for District 8, her decision to run is directly tied to the current federal government — she said she saw democracy at risk when President Donald Trump was elected. “I also vowed to myself if I got the opportunity, which I thought would b...

Former ambassador examines Iran nuclear deal

Former ambassador examines Iran nuclear deal

By Cassidy Power and Remy Samuels | The Pitt News Staff

February 23, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Former U.S. ambassador Dennis Jett equated the Iran Nuclear Deal negotiations to a “foreign policy food fight” Thursday in Posvar Hall. “One should not confuse honesty and politics — they’re like oil and water,” Jett said. Jett, who served as ambassador to Mozambique and Peru under t...

District 8 candidates debate water, air, amazon

District 8 candidates debate water, air, amazon

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer

February 23, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

When the four District 8 City Council candidates sat behind a table onstage at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill, Rennick Remley — the only Republican running in the election — observed that he stood out from the group. “Oversight and accountability in City Council is our major pro...

Progressives, libertarians debate wealth redistribution

Progressives, libertarians debate wealth redistribution

By Madeline Gavatorta / Staff Writer

February 22, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The Pitt Progressives and the Students for Liberty met Wednesday night in the William Pitt Union Kurtzman Room to debate their views on the government and distribution of wealth. The Bully PulPitt and Pitt Political Science Student Association hosted “Government and the Redistribution of Wealth”...

Professor lectures about black Pittsburgh

Professor lectures about black Pittsburgh

By Katie Gingerich | For The Pitt News

February 22, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Larry Glasco — a Pitt history professor who mainly teaches about race, caste and the African-American experience in Pittsburgh — said he rarely gets to speak on topics that go beyond “uninterrupted discrimination and oppression.” But during a lecture Wednesday afternoon, he had the chance to f...

Q&A: Elizabeth Mahoney revisits Mister Rogers’ archives

Q&A: Elizabeth Mahoney revisits Mister Rogers’ archives

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

February 22, 2018


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

The iconic children's show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” turned 50 Monday. The show, which was broadcast from 1968 to 2001, was filmed in Pittsburgh and hosted by the late Fred Rogers. In honor of the show’s 50th anniversary, assistant news editor Janine Faust sat down with Elizabeth Mahoney, fo...

Charges dropped against man accused of spying on students

Charges dropped against man accused of spying on students

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | News Editor

February 21, 2018


Filed under Campus, Crime, News

A magisterial judge Wednesday dropped charges against Paul May, a nurse at the Veteran Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System in Oakland who was accused of spying into upper campus dorms. May, 56, was charged Nov. 6 with loitering and prowling, invasion of privacy and possessing instruments of a crime. All charges have been dropped, court documents show. District attorney spokesperson Mike Manko said Magisteri...

Looking to a new Horizon: Kennedy wins SGB presidency

Looking to a new Horizon: Kennedy wins SGB presidency

By Madeline Gavatorta and Christian Snyder | The Pitt News Staff

February 21, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Student Government

Maggie Kennedy couldn’t stop smiling Tuesday night after hearing she received 56 percent of the vote to secure the Student Government Board presidency for next year. Kennedy, a junior political science and communication major running on the Horizon slate, received 1,889 votes to defeat junior ma...

University Senate Council address Parran Hall, Titusville

University Senate Council address Parran Hall, Titusville

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

February 21, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

The University Senate Council held its second meeting of the spring semester Tuesday afternoon and addressed recently contentious topics such as building names and budget concerns. Chancellor Patrick Gallagher started the meeting by discussing the current controversy about Parran Hall, which houses ...

Students discuss diversity in engineering

Students discuss diversity in engineering

By Zane Crowell | Staff Writer

February 21, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Since joining the National Society of Black Engineers in 1980, Karl Reid has dedicated his career to advancing opportunity and inclusion for African-American engineers across the country. “I got my leadership experience largely through NSBE, and I discovered my passion, which is to increase access...

Pitt announces long-time CFO’s retirement

Pitt announces long-time CFO’s retirement

By John Hamilton | Managing Editor

February 20, 2018


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s chief financial officer and senior vice chancellor, Arthur Ramicone, will retire in August after a 30-year career at Pitt, the University announced Tuesday. Ramicone, 64, is the second senior vice chancellor who will step down in 2018, following Provost Patricia Beeson’s announcement that she will leave ...

Maggie Kennedy wins SGB presidency in close election

Maggie Kennedy wins SGB presidency in close election

By Christian Snyder | Multimedia Editor

February 20, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News

Maggie Kennedy will be the 2018-2019 Student Government Board president, winning 56 percent of the vote. Watch the live announcement here: 2 p.m. Polls opened at 8 a.m. today for the 2018 Student Government Board election, in which students can vote for one president and three board members to fill nine election positions on next year’...

Women discuss reclaiming female slurs

Women discuss reclaiming female slurs

By Noah Manalo | Staff Writer

February 20, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Jeanna Sybert was sure to address both sides of the reclamation argument in her presentation — and she didn’t shy away from using shocking language to make those points. The University of Pittsburgh’s chapter of the American Association of University Women held an event, C U Next Tuesday: Recla...

Students get business and banking advice

Students get business and banking advice

By Kenan Meral | For The Pitt News

February 20, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

As technology and business come together, Emily Hirao is well-versed on how she can use a multifaceted skill set to help her forge a professional future — by focusing on data analytics, the process by which meaning can be derived from information. Hirao, a senior studying business technology at Carnegie Mellon ...

Guide to 2018 Student Government Board election

Guide to 2018 Student Government Board election

By The Pitt News Staff

February 19, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Student Government

Each Pitt student can vote Tuesday for one president and three board members to fill the nine elected positions on the 2018-2019 Student Government Board. Last year’s election saw double the voter turnout of the previous year with about 30 percent of the student body voting. SGB is responsible for allocating the $2.6 million Student Allocations...

Speaker gives lively talk on death

Speaker gives lively talk on death

By Noah Manalo | Staff Writer

February 19, 2018


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Anne Allison writes extensively on topics related to modern Japanese culture, ranging from sexuality to censorship. Her most recent publication on the precariousness of Japanese society has led her to explore a more morbid topic. “I will try to make this lively, even though we’re talking about death,...

Lydia Brown discusses disability advocacy

Lydia Brown discusses disability advocacy

By Briana Canady | Staff Writer

February 19, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

When Lydia Brown asked audience members if they understand what disability rights are and if they know the difference between disability rights and disability justice only about six or seven people out of the 42 present raised their hands. Brown then asked the audience what words they associate with the...

Students learn about sexual health, safety

Students learn about sexual health, safety

By Sophia Mastroianni | For The Pitt News

February 16, 2018


Filed under Health, Top Stories, Uncategorized

“Birth Control Methods” is not a category a contestant would typically encounter on “Jeopardy!” But about 20 students were presented with it and other categories revolving around sexual health Thursday night in the Cathedral of Learning. These students were participating in a Q&A session about sex...

Professor proposes use of law to tackle infectious diseases

Professor proposes use of law to tackle infectious diseases

By Briana Canady | For The Pitt News

February 16, 2018


Filed under Campus, Top Stories

Matiangai Sirleaf has represented plaintiffs in numerous international human rights cases litigated in federal courts. Now, as an assistant professor of law at Pitt, she plans to use her legal expertise to eradicate infectious diseases. Sirleaf presented her research on disease in Africa, titled ...

Students mix beer and engineering

Students mix beer and engineering

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer

February 16, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Groups of students sat around several computer-topped desks in a Benedum Hall classroom, casually making conversation as they waited for their Thursday afternoon class to begin. Suddenly, a question flashed across the screen: “Belgian or German wheat beer?”   Professor Robert Parker repeated this ...

DA to seek death penalty in Pitt student’s homicide

DA to seek death penalty in Pitt student’s homicide

By Janine Faust / Assistant News Editor

February 15, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Crime, News, Top Stories

The Allegheny County district attorney's office will seek the death penalty for Matthew Darby, a 21-year-old man accused of killing Pitt student Alina Sheykhet. Sheykhet was found dead in her home in Oakland Oct. 8, 2017. Darby — her ex-boyfriend — has been charged with homicide, flight, burglary, theft, ...

Students petition to rename Parran Hall

Students petition to rename Parran Hall

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

February 15, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Pitt’s Graduate Student Organizing Committee announced in a Twitter thread posted Feb. 13 that they are starting a campaign to rename Parran Hall. “We view Parran Hall as a constant reminder of the legacy of racism in the academic scientific and medical communities and the University of Pittsburg...

The Pitt News staff wins Student Keystone Press Awards

The Pitt News staff wins Student Keystone Press Awards

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | News Editor

February 15, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association awarded The Pitt News eight prizes and three honorable mentions Wednesday for stories and visuals published in 2017. The PNA’s 2018 Keystone Press Awards recognized “high school and college journalism that provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers”...

Di Tella discusses ‘327 Cuadernos’

Di Tella discusses ‘327 Cuadernos’

By Zane Crowell | Staff Writer

February 15, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Ricardo Piglia was 15 years old when his father was thrown in prison for a year for supporting Argentina’s former leader — so the young teen began keeping a diary. It started about the same time Juan Peron, President of Argentina, was overthrown in a coup d'etat in 1955. While it began with one journal...

Sex Edition 2018: Survivors, sugar babies and safety

Sex Edition 2018: Survivors, sugar babies and safety

By The Pitt News

February 14, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News

Editor's Note: A few weeks before any special edition comes out, the editors on staff try to come up with a theme for that issue. This year was no different, but it didn’t take us long to figure out what we needed to be talking about. Whether it’s the #MeToo campaign or Time’s Up, it’s evident our...

Pitt, UPMC announce $200 million Immune Transplant and Therapy Center

Pitt, UPMC announce $200 million Immune Transplant and Therapy Center

By Janine Faust / Assistant News Editor

February 14, 2018


Filed under Administration, City, Health, News

Jeffrey Romoff, president of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, walked on stage at a century-old abandoned car factory Tuesday afternoon and wondered where some of its necessary facilities were. “This is not quite what I expected,” he said. “I can’t find the lavatories, and I can’...

SGB debate funding for student event

SGB debate funding for student event

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

February 14, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government

During Student Government Board’s weekly public meeting Tuesday night, the board had its first divided vote of the 2017-2018 school year. Executive Vice President Zuri Kent-Smith and board member Ami Fall opposed the funding of the Students for Liberty and Engineering Business Administration event, ...

The bittersweet lives of sugar babies

The bittersweet lives of sugar babies

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

February 14, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

With college tuition, textbook and living costs soaring higher each year, students face daunting debts that prompt them to get creative with how they support themselves. Some turn to working at Starbucks, others to tutoring  — and some even turn to dating. A sugar baby is typically a young woman who ...

Lawyers navigate the intricacies of assault

Lawyers navigate the intricacies of assault

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

February 14, 2018


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

Within the first 24 hours of the #MeToo movement going viral in October 2017, there were more than 12 million posts, comments and reactions made by 4.7 million Facebook users worldwide. The movement has since reached more than 85 countries, shedding a new light on advocacy for survivors of sexual harassment...

SGB candidates debate for presidency

SGB candidates debate for presidency

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

February 13, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Student Government

Maggie Kennedy and Saket Rajprohat met Monday night to debate for one of the most influential student leadership positions on campus  — the Student Government Board presidential seat. The duo showcased their knowledge of the Pitt student community along with their qualifications for holding office. Tabitha B...

Four Growers: Farming for the future

Four Growers: Farming for the future

By Brian Salvato | Staff Writer

February 13, 2018


Filed under News, Tech Science, Top Stories

Imagine being able to open a door and go from biting winds and snow to a warm, climate-controlled greenhouse that carries the aroma of fresh tomatoes — being harvested by robots roaming through the aisles. For Brandon Contino and Daniel Chi, this fantasy is turning into a reality through their c...

Biden brings book tour to Pittsburgh

Biden brings book tour to Pittsburgh

By Laura Howe | Staff Writer

February 13, 2018


Filed under City, Top Stories

In sharing some of what he’s learned over the years, former Vice President Joe Biden said no amount of money can protect from pollution, joblessness or grief. “For me, the way through grief is finding purpose,” he said. “Ted Kennedy was one of my mentors. He died of the exact same cancer...

Real Food Challenge seeks to find better food for campus

Real Food Challenge seeks to find better food for campus

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

February 12, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Health, News

Grilled chicken is a popular dish at the Flying Star Diner in Market Central. Lines for it can stretch up to 20 people, and more often than not a freshly served batch runs out minutes after it’s taken off the grill. And while students may be preoccupied with getting a piece or two before the chi...

Students celebrate Lunar New Year

Students celebrate Lunar New Year

By Sandra Balatkova | For The Pitt News

February 12, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The Lunar New Year celebration set colors into motion and transformed Alumni Hall’s auditorium stage with the vibrant clothing, fans and flags featured in traditional Chinese and Vietnamese dances Sunday evening. The Chinese American Student Association, in collaboration with the Vietnamese Stu...

Amazon HQ2 community forum reveals concerns

Amazon HQ2 community forum reveals concerns

By Anandhini Narayanan | Staff Writer

February 12, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

“Whose city? Our city! Whose city? Our city!” various Pittsburgh residents declared in unison before the community forum on Amazon began Saturday. This chant reverberated through the Liberty Room of the Human Services Building on Smithfield Street where about 50 audience members and six panelists...

Check it out: making stacks at the library

Check it out: making stacks at the library

By Zane Crowell and Remy Samuels | The Pitt News Staff

February 9, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Entering the ground floor of the Hillman library, the expanse of desks, chairs and long tables encouraging group studying and collaboration are immediately noticeable. To the right of the entrance is the Donald S. Woods service desk, the main area for students can get help form a library employee. ...

Colin Jost jokes about Pitt, pot and primates

Colin Jost jokes about Pitt, pot and primates

By Briana Canady | For The Pitt News

February 9, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Colin Jost was both surprised and delighted to find an article about an infected lab monkey that allegedly escaped from its cage in a campus research lab as the first result on Google when he searched “University of Pittsburgh.” “That picture of the monkey in the article is definitely not the same mon...

CDPA Director shares employment advice

CDPA Director shares employment advice

By Sid Lingala | Staff Writer

February 9, 2018


Filed under Campus, Top Stories

Cheryl Finlay is responsible for developing and overseeing services that help thousands of Pitt students in their quest to get an internship, land a research assistant position and — most frightening of all to future graduates — find a job. As director of the Office of Career Development and Place...

Community questions Amazon’s impact

Community questions Amazon’s impact

By Grant Burgman and John Hamilton | The Pitt News Staff

February 8, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said Amazon coming to Pittsburgh would be “unquestionably a good thing,” in an article published by Geekwire Wednesday. But the crowd of 50 people that filled a room in Parran Hall Wednesday afternoon heard five panelists discuss different views on the potential arrival of Amazon’s second headquarters. “Is this an opportunity for grow...

Taking steps for cystic fibrosis

Taking steps for cystic fibrosis

By Zane Crowell | For The Pitt News

February 8, 2018


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

Members of the Run to Cure Cystic Fibrosis marathon team trek up more than 700 steps of the Cathedral of Learning every Thursday. Then they take the elevator back down and do it two or three more times. The western Pennsylvania chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a donor-funded nonprofit wo...

Me Too founder advocates for community changes

Me Too founder advocates for community changes

By Briana Canady | For The Pitt News

February 7, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Tarana Burke remembers the first day she saw “Me Too” used on Twitter — Oct. 15, 2017, when actress Alyssa Milano used the phrase in response to the sexual assault allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein. Burke, who is known as the first person to use the now-popular phrase, is a supporter of the #MeToo movement on social media, but she ...

Bonner discusses Greek life changes

Bonner discusses Greek life changes

By John Hamilton | Managing Editor

February 7, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner said Tuesday that he will lift the Greek life social probation after what he considers “meaningful progress” is made in improving the safety of fraternities and sororities at Pitt. In an interview with The Pitt News, Bonner discussed the response to a Jan. 18 off-cam...

SGB updates on provost search

SGB updates on provost search

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

February 7, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

At Student Government Board’s weekly meeting Tuesday, Senior Vice Chancellor of Research Rob Rutenbar said the provost search committee involves no smoke or bunkers. “The search committee I am chairing is not decisional. And what that means is that we don’t all go retreat to the Cathedral, go...

Whitaker talks sports, jazz in Pittsburgh

Whitaker talks sports, jazz in Pittsburgh

By Alexa Marzina | For The Pitt News

February 6, 2018


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Mark Whitaker is a Philadelphian infatuated with Pittsburgh. He is also an esteemed journalist who worked for Newsweek Magazine for three decades and became the first African-American to lead a national newsweekly. But that infatuation with the Steel City is what led him to investigate his father’s Pitt...

Posvar renovations feature updated classrooms

Posvar renovations feature updated classrooms

By Thompson Wymard | For The Pitt News

February 6, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Erika Gold Kestenberg is quite familiar with Posvar Hall — she spent time studying there as a student in the ’90s, and now works there. The associate director of educator development and practice Urban Scholars Program coordinator for the School of Education doesn’t miss the building’s old design...

Pitt tests victory lights, new spotlight, prompting theories on Twitter

Pitt tests victory lights, new spotlight, prompting theories on Twitter

By Amanda Reed / Online Engagement Editor

February 5, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Although the victory lights usually only come on when Pitt wins, on Monday the lights were lit up — along with a new blue spotlight. The strange spotlight shined straight up from the top of the Cathedral of Learning, prompting some on Twitter to compare the light to the Batman signal. Pitt tur...

Quo Vadis gives visitors taste of tradition

Quo Vadis gives visitors taste of tradition

By Thompson Wymard | For The Pitt News

February 5, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Quo Vadis is now known as the student organization that gives tours of Pitt’s 30 Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning — but it wasn’t always this way. According to Yasemin Sonel, a sophomore and the public relations officer for Quo Vadis, the club’s duties used to be a little differe...

Global Wordsmiths help with translation troubles

Global Wordsmiths help with translation troubles

By Sandra Balatkova | For The Pitt News

February 5, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Justina Moktan was born in Singapore and raised by her Nepalese parents to speak both Nepali and English. Now, as an intern at Global Wordsmiths, she helps bridge the gap between the two languages. Moktan — a sophomore finance and marketing major — is able to do this through her work at Global ...

Photos and videos: Pitt Students celebrate Eagles Super Bowl win

Photos and videos: Pitt Students celebrate Eagles Super Bowl win

By The Pitt News Staff

February 5, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Sports

The last time a Philadelphia sports team won a major championship, the United States was in a recession, former President George W. Bush signed a $700 billion bailout bill and O.J. Simpson was found guilty of charges of kidnapping and armed robbery. Now, more than 10 years later, hundreds of Pitt students took to...

Pitt unveils sustainable engineering master’s program

Pitt unveils sustainable engineering master’s program

By Laura Howe | Staff Writer

February 2, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

David Sanchez has seen Pittsburgh at the forefront of producing environmentally sound projects ever since his first fellowship at Pitt in the mid-2000s.   Now, as an assistant professor in Pitt’s civil and environmental engineering department, he’s helping set up the Swanson School of Engineering’...

Pitt alum campaigns for state senate seat

Pitt alum campaigns for state senate seat

By Christian Snyder, Multimedia Editor

February 2, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Uncategorized

When James Craig’s father was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2014, his mother, an opioid addict, overdosed on prescription pills and died. Opioids weren’t new for the family — his aunt overdosed and died two years before that, and his father was an addict when diagnosed. His brother also ove...

Pitt finds no evidence of hazing after Sigma Chi incident

Pitt finds no evidence of hazing after Sigma Chi incident

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

February 1, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Pitt police found no evidence of hazing and do not plan on filing charges after a student was hospitalized for voluntarily drinking “to excess” at a Sigma Chi event, according to a statement released Thursday. The Jan. 18 incident resulted in Pitt suspending Sigma Chi and placing all other Greek orga...

Fraternity discusses concerns with policing

Fraternity discusses concerns with policing

By Zane Crowell | For The Pitt News

February 1, 2018


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Wesley Giles, a sophomore finance major at Pitt, claimed he and a friend were walking up to the friend’s car in September 2017 when two police officers allegedly approached them with guns and told them to get on the ground. “Upon reaching us, they cuffed us, emptied our pockets, searched us and then...

SGB candidates meet the public

SGB candidates meet the public

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

February 1, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

The 2018 candidates for Student Government Board gathered Wednesday to discuss their platforms and answer questions presented to them by “Pitt Tonight” host Andrew Dow. UPTV broadcasted the event from William Pitt Union Dining Room A. Dow, a sophomore sociology and communication major, asked the sl...

Life science buildings evacuated after small explosion

Life science buildings evacuated after small explosion

By John Hamilton and Janine Faust | The Pitt News Staff

January 31, 2018


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Paramedics evaluated one student for eye irritation after a small explosion in a life science lab Wednesday afternoon led to a precautionary evacuation. According to a statement from the University, the explosion occurred at about 2:45 p.m. in the Life Sciences Annex — a section of the Clapp, Langl...

SGB hosts Master Plan meeting for students

SGB hosts Master Plan meeting for students

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

January 31, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Nico Bernstein took issue with the Campus Master Plan presented by Owen J. Cooks Tuesday night at Student Government Board’s weekly public meeting, saying the plan emphasizes athletics and neglects the arts. “[Cooks] talked a lot about creating new spaces for athletics but not new spaces for s...

Students gather for State of the Union address viewing

Students gather for State of the Union address viewing

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

January 31, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

While Pitt College Republicans and Pitt College Democrats hosted separate State of the Union viewing parties, Pitt’s Political Science Student Association held an event appealing to students of any political association. Around 20 students gathered in Posvar Hall Tuesday evening for a viewing part...

Pitt spotlights safety

Pitt spotlights safety

By Christian Snyder | Multimedia Editor

January 31, 2018


Filed under Campus, Top Stories

Dogs on campus usually attract dozens of students, nearly all of whom have their iPhones ready to capture brief interactions with the stress-relieving pets. But Sam, a 3-year-old German shorthaired pointer trained to detect explosives, didn’t draw that kind of attention at the annual Safety Fair Tuesday...

Researcher sues Pitt for wrongful termination following alleged monkey escape

Researcher sues Pitt for wrongful termination following alleged monkey escape

By Salina Pressimone and John Hamilton | The Pitt News Staff

January 31, 2018


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

A former Pitt researcher is suing the University of Pittsburgh, alleging she was wrongfully terminated after reporting the escapes of an infected lab monkey and rabbit in 2016. In a lawsuit filed Jan. 15, 2018, in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Kelly Stefano Cole — a former immunolo...

Dickman discusses sexual assault

Dickman discusses sexual assault

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer

January 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Student members of Pitt Athletics and the Pitt community filled the seventh floor auditorium of Alumni Hall Monday night to listen to a talk about sexual assault prevention on campus. The conversation was led by counselor, educator and self-described “sexologist” Kimberly Dickman. Her visit to Pit...

Opioid memorial brings attention to epidemic

Opioid memorial brings attention to epidemic

By Mackenzie Rodrigues and Salina Pressimone | News Editors

January 30, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Health

Covered in 22,000 small white pills, each engraved with the face of an opioid overdose victim, the opioid memorial stood behind Monday afternoon’s speakers. Their solemn voices drifted out to an audience who sat listening in silence for the many young lives lost. The press event marked the beginning of the ...

District 8 candidates debate housing, Amazon

District 8 candidates debate housing, Amazon

By Grant Burgman | Contributing Editor

January 29, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

The corporate relations manager of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre stood on stage at Chatham University Sunday afternoon and sang: “one of these things is not like the other.” Rennick Remley wasn’t rehearsing for an audition, but instead preparing to participate in a debate against one Democrat ...

Queens only: Pageant showcases African countries

Queens only: Pageant showcases African countries

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

January 29, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

With sashes draped across their chests, the African queens flaunted their traditional garb and knowledge of the countries announced on their sashes at the Annual African King & Queen Pageant Friday. With contributions from the African Studies Program and Outside the Classroom Curriculum, the ...

Pitt’s LifeX project to support entrepreneurs

Pitt’s LifeX project to support entrepreneurs

By Anish Salvi | Staff Writer

January 29, 2018


Filed under City, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

After moving on from his career as a pediatric endocrinologist to become a professor in Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, David Finegold never forgot about the patients he treated. He was especially moved by his patients who had suffered from Type 1 diabetes mellitus, a disease that prevent...

Viral video shows cyclist being attacked in Oakland

Viral video shows cyclist being attacked in Oakland

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

January 28, 2018


Filed under City, News

Police are investigating a physical altercation between a cyclist and the driver of a red SUV that occured Thursday evening at the intersection of South Bellefield and Fifth avenues. A video filmed at the scene by a man identified as Matt Hajduk, 26, shows the SUV driver, having already exited his ve...

Police investigating attempted robbery

Police investigating attempted robbery

By The Pitt News Staff

January 26, 2018


Filed under Crime, News

Pitt police issued a crime alert about an attempted robbery Thursday night on the 100 block of University Place. A victim told both Pitt police and City police that the attempted robbery happened at 9:30 p.m. when he was walking the 4000-4100 block of O’Hara Street. At that time, an unknown man...

Pitt optimizes space for Master Plan

Pitt optimizes space for Master Plan

By Sophia Mastroianni | For The Pitt News

January 26, 2018


Filed under Campus, Top Stories

Pitt’s unconventional hills, sidewalks and parks are what separate the University’s aesthetic from others, Ayers Saint Gross architecture and planning principal Kevin Petersen said. “We want to address the quality, quantity and management of space,” Petersen said. Ayers Saint Gross and Pi...

SGB round-up: board reflects on campaign promises

SGB round-up: board reflects on campaign promises

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

January 26, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

During the spring 2017 Student Government Board election season, candidate and then-Vice President Max Kneis called for transparency and higher outreach on the board. One year later, the 2017-2018 Student Government Board, headed by now-President Kneis, has made that a priority. “I think you se...

Pitt scholars debate future of European Union

Pitt scholars debate future of European Union

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

January 26, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

The European Union may seem stable, but according to Rachel Epstein, professor of international relations and European Politics at the University of Denver, this stability could be temporary. “Right now, it doesn’t look like there’s a problem because we’re in a period of economic growth,”...

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