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Local leaders address sexual assault

Local leaders address sexual assault

By Luke Stambaugh / Staff Writer

September 12, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

When Alexandra Hope Erickson took her own life during her senior year of high school, her friend Maggie Kennedy couldn’t comprehend it. “I felt like I couldn't breathe. Numb and empty, I shook and I wept and I clung to my family and friends,” Kennedy said. “How could she be gone?” Er...

Near and far: Pitt students’ diverse origins

Near and far: Pitt students’ diverse origins

By Anandhini Narayanan | Staff Writer

September 12, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, Top Stories

At Audrey Jonas’ high school, students celebrate “Tractor Day” — a day in which students drive their farm tractors to school and spend time marveling at the assortment of tractors in the parking lot. Jonas grew up in Bernville, Pennsylvania, which has a population of about 1,000 residents. “Trac...

Rival fans flock to Happy Valley for Pitt vs. PSU

Rival fans flock to Happy Valley for Pitt vs. PSU

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

September 11, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Stephen Fastuca gallivanted around the tailgate grounds surrounding Beaver Stadium dressed head-to-toe in Penn State attire. He wore blue and white suede dress shoes and Penn State-colored pants, topping his outfit off with a giant Penn State belt buckle on his waist and a Nittany Lions fedora on his h...

All in a day’s work: Students prepare ‘Annie’ in 24 hours

All in a day’s work: Students prepare ‘Annie’ in 24 hours

By Caroline Bourque and Salina Pressimone | The Pitt News Staff

September 11, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Maddie Dillen ventured into the theater on Friday night with a mixed look of confusion and excitement as she searched for a few familiar faces. Having attended only one meeting so far for the Musical Theatre Club, she didn’t know what to expect, but she was ready to find out. “It’s a kin...

Suspects invade, rob Oakland home

Suspects invade, rob Oakland home

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

September 10, 2017


Filed under Crime, Top Stories

Pitt police issued a crime alert after three men robbed a home on Dawson Street early Saturday morning. The suspects — a white male, African-American male and Hispanic male — entered the house on the 3400 block of Dawson Street through a back door at approximately 3 a.m. The African-American male bran...

Party in the parking lot: students talk tailgating

Party in the parking lot: students talk tailgating

By Janine Faust and Caroline Bourque | Assistant News Editor

September 7, 2017


Filed under Campus, GameDay, Top Stories

For Keith Miller, the best part of tailgating is giving out food to strangers and listening to “dad music.” “I’ve got a huge grill that barely fits in my SUV that I bring to games, and I always share the hot dogs and hamburgers that I make with people passing by,” Miller said. “And I like the ...

Lawmakers add legislation to “It’s On Us PA” campaign to combat sexual assault

Lawmakers add legislation to “It’s On Us PA” campaign to combat sexual assault

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

September 7, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Gov. Tom Wolf expanded the “It’s on Us PA” campaign Wednesday, announcing legislation aimed at ending sexual assault in schools across Pennsylvania. Joined by college students in the Capitol Building in Harrisburg, Wolf and state lawmakers announced six new bills focused on improving reporting for s...

Public and professional writing program major-ly expands

Public and professional writing program major-ly expands

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

September 7, 2017


Filed under Campus, Top Stories

Jonathan Frye knew he wanted to write when he came to Pitt, but he also wanted to leave with skills to find a job. “I always wanted to be an English major, but the ones at Pitt seemed to be more education or storytelling focused,” he said. “I didn’t see how I could apply that to the career I want...

Students receive access to stream portable cable television

Students receive access to stream portable cable television

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

September 7, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Campus Television is now portable and pocket-sized at Pitt. Comcast Corp. partnered with the University to bring on-campus residents Xfinity on Campus, a service that allows students to watch and record live television and thousands of Xfinity On Demand shows on their laptops, mobile devices or persona...

Southwestern restaurant spices up Schenley Plaza

Southwestern restaurant spices up Schenley Plaza

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

September 6, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

The style of food at Robert Sayre’s new restaurant has confused some passersby. “We’ve had to convince Pittsburgh that it’s a New Mexican restaurant, not a ‘new’ Mexican restaurant. So that’s been a bit of a struggle at times,” Sayre said with a laugh. Sayre is the owner and head ...

Pitt partners with UPMC to hire new vice chancellor for new position

Pitt partners with UPMC to hire new vice chancellor for new position

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

September 6, 2017


Filed under Campus, Health, Top Stories

In partnership with UPMC, Pitt hired Kristin Davitt Tuesday as the University’s inaugural vice chancellor for development and alumni relations and president of UPMC’s Medical and Health Sciences Foundation. Davitt’s position will have her acting as leader of the Medical and Health Sciences Foun...

SGB maps out plans for the year ahead

SGB maps out plans for the year ahead

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

September 6, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Pitt’s Student Government Board held their “first real public meeting” for students Tuesday, according to President Max Kneis. “Last week was just introductory,” Kneis said. ‘“And while I know most of you are here for allocation requests, hopefully you get something else out of this....

Peduto discusses local, national politics on campus

Peduto discusses local, national politics on campus

By Kirsten Wong | Staff Writer

September 6, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

With the news cycle, the Trump administration is capturing most of the public’s attention, and Mayor Bill Peduto sees a path for cities to bring about change. “We are living in interesting times right now,” he said Tuesday night. “Changes that are happening in this world will happen at the ...

Students make safety pocket-sized

Students make safety pocket-sized

By Jaime Weinreb | For The Pitt News

September 6, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Tech Science

Knowing to call 911 for help is common knowledge, but it was an impossible task for senior Annmarie Stockinger when she was sexually assaulted in Tower C during her first year at Pitt. Fear rendered her powerless. She could not even try to dial three simple numbers. “I was holding my phone t...

Union supporters convene at cookout

Union supporters convene at cookout

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

September 4, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Abby Cartus figured celebrating Labor Day surrounded by fellow union organizers and supporters was a good way to kick off the academic year. “Everybody’s just here to chill out and reconnect after being away for the summer,” Cartus said. “Then we’ll buckle back down on organizing.” Ca...

International students adjust to life at Pitt

International students adjust to life at Pitt

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer

September 4, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Violet Jiao is no stranger to culture shock. When she first came to the United States, the openness of the people she met and their willingness to casually converse took her by surprise. “They were so different from my people. In my country, no one will suddenly talk with a stranger on the street,” ...

Contestants compete for ‘Idol’ fame

Contestants compete for ‘Idol’ fame

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer

September 4, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Kanti Kasa’s mother spent time singing on Broadway and raised Kasa to do the same. But unlike her mom, Kasa — who was born with the name Deliylah Johnson — doesn’t want to be on a stage in New York. Her goal is to take the stage in front of the world. Kasa and hundreds of other hopefu...

Students put fresh spin on Asian pop

Students put fresh spin on Asian pop

By Janine Faust and Caroline Bourque | Assistant News Editors

September 1, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Lynn Urbina still remembers the first music video that hooked her on K-pop — “Sherlock,” by the popular group SHINee. She was struck not just by the music video’s aesthetic — which featured the band, looking like Sherlock Holmes, peering around corners with magnifying glasses— but also the...

Swipe right in: Market goes automated

Swipe right in: Market goes automated

By Caroline Bourque | Assistant News Editor

August 31, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Gone are the days of waiting in line for an employee to manually take students’ IDs in order to sign them into Market Central. The dining hall received a futuristic face-lift over the summer, greeting students in the new semester with a self-swipe system at its entrance. Market implemented this ...

Pitt students, professors respond to Stephen Foster statue

Pitt students, professors respond to Stephen Foster statue

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

August 31, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

When Laurence Glasco traveled to China in 1989, a Chinese band played for the group of visiting Americans and struck up a medley of Stephen Foster songs. “I said to them, ‘Gee, you know, you don’t really hear Stephen Foster songs anymore in America,’” Glasco said. “They were just dumbfou...

Thai Hana temporarily closed until violations resolved

Thai Hana temporarily closed until violations resolved

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

August 31, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The Allegheny County Health Department issued a consumer alert for Thai Hana and Sushi Bar Tuesday. According to the ACHD, the presence of roaches, flies and bags of rice infested by moths were among the reasons for issuing the alert for the restaurant located on the 3600 block of Fifth Avenue. ...

Student organizers react to admin’s union oppositon

Student organizers react to admin’s union oppositon

By Kirsten Wong and John Hamilton / The Pitt News Staff

August 30, 2017


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Rachel Coombs was conducting research in a biology lab in late July when she found herself enraged by an email from Pitt Provost Patricia Beeson. Coombs, a Ph.D. student studying biological sciences, read Beeson’s letter outlining the Pitt administration’s opposition to the grad student union eff...

Men move in: Holland Hall goes co-ed

Men move in: Holland Hall goes co-ed

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

August 30, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Rosina Roccamo has only lived in Holland Hall for about a week and has yet to exchange words with a guy on her floor. “I know it’s gone co-ed, but it’s not, like, super co-ed,” Roccamo said, looking around at her fellow Holland Hall residents scurrying past her curbside perch in the quad. ...

SGB welcomes new students

SGB welcomes new students

By Nolan Roosa | Staff Writer

August 30, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

After filing into Nordy’s Place in matching navy t-shirts Tuesday night, Student Government Board President Max Kneis and his fellow board members had to quiet down the room, packed to the brim with students. At SGB’s first meeting of the academic year, board members and committee chairs intro...

Students sing karaoke’s praises

Students sing karaoke’s praises

By Luke Stambaugh | Staff Writer

August 29, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Walking down Atwood Street on a Tuesday night, Oakland residents may feel a certain energy radiating from the Garage Door Saloon as a line covers the block and a familiar mix of singing voices and screams pour out of the windows. “Karaoke nights are great because normally shouting the lyrics to ‘Piano Man...

Pitt grads create food truck tracker

Pitt grads create food truck tracker

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

August 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Paul Landry is a foodie on the move who likes food on the move. That’s why he found himself driving from his home near the Pittsburgh International Airport to Shadyside one evening in 2013 in pursuit of a specific food truck. “The neighborhood I heard the truck was in was where I stayed when I attended Pit...

Pitt’s vice chancellor for communications leaves University

Pitt’s vice chancellor for communications leaves University

By Rachel Glasser and Janine Faust / News Editors

August 28, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Susan Rogers — who was appointed Pitt’s vice chancellor for communications just 18 months ago — is no longer employed by the University of Pittsburgh, a spokesperson confirmed Monday.  After this story was first published Monday evening, Joe Miksch — the University’s director of media r...

Superheroes, sewing and script: Pitt clubs find creative ways to serve

Superheroes, sewing and script: Pitt clubs find creative ways to serve

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

August 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

With the addition of three new service clubs at Pitt, students can dress up, write letters or sew — all while giving back to the local or international community. These clubs offer creative alternatives to your typical volunteer opportunities, allowing students to help those in need in uncommon way...

Lanterns light the way for legacies at Pitt

Lanterns light the way for legacies at Pitt

By Rachel Glasser and Janine Faust | News Editors

August 28, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Alka Patel, alumna and keynote speaker at Pitt’s lantern night ceremony, said she was sure the young women in the audience were feeling a number of emotions — excitement, nervousness and maybe even a little bit of fear. “Or perhaps that’s just the mothers in the room,” she said with a laug...

Transgender working group pushes gender inclusivity, education

Transgender working group pushes gender inclusivity, education

By Caroline Bourque | Assistant News Editor

August 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Before joining Pitt’s transgender working group, Kate Shindle knew little about the obstacles to building gender-neutral restrooms. “It’s not just as easy as saying that, ‘We need a gender-neutral restroom somewhere,’” Shindle, a senior biology major, said. “It’s also like, ‘Where...

Expanding the dialogue: The Year of Diversity in Review

Expanding the dialogue: The Year of Diversity in Review

By Caroline Bourque | Senior Staff Writer

August 23, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

Comedian Scott Blakeman walked onto the William Pitt Union Ballroom stage in early April and immediately launched into a bit about Jewish-American culture. “Hillary Clinton claimed she was part Jewish during her presidential campaign,” he said. “I looked it up, turns out it’s true. She ha...

Totality in Tennessee: Pitt scientists witness, document historic eclipse

Totality in Tennessee: Pitt scientists witness, document historic eclipse

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

August 22, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Tech Science

As the Pitt Shadow Bandits gradually filled their weather balloon with helium, a symphony of worried gasps escaped from the crowd of spectators as they heard a loud pop and saw the balloon’s deflated remains spread out on the lush Tennessee grass. “Do they have enough helium for another?” someone in the cro...

Pitt students choose classes

Pitt students choose classes

By Luke Stambaugh

August 22, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

As the fall semester approaches, students across campus are hastily making their final tweaks and last minute changes to get their schedules to be perfect — or as close to perfect as possible. The process of choosing classes usually starts with research. Students sift through course descriptions...

Q&A: Departing law and engineering deans

Q&A: Departing law and engineering deans

By John Hamilton | Editor-in-Chief

August 21, 2017


Filed under Administration, News

Two Pitt deans announced their resignations during the summer months, giving the University two positions to fill by the start of the 2018 academic year. Gerald Holder — dean of the Swanson School of Engineering — announced his intent to return to the faculty in May, following two decades in the...

Oakland organizations brace for potential budget cuts

Oakland organizations brace for potential budget cuts

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

August 21, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Scattered on the walls throughout the Carnegie Museum of Art’s galleries are small red, white and blue stars with small texts accompanying each. The nearby plaques explain the reason for the stars existence — to highlight the impacts of federal funding on museums and the importance of museums...

ICYMI: What you missed over the summer

ICYMI: What you missed over the summer

By The Pitt News Staff

August 21, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

-May 1 - Pitt names Kathleen Blee as new dean of Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. -May 16 - Defeating Councilperson Darlene Harris and Reverend John Welch, Mayor Bill Peduto wins the Democratic primary for mayor with nearly 70 percent of Democrats’ votes. -May 24 - Allegheny County police arrest director of Pitt’s counseling center Ed Michaels on charges of possessing child pornograph...

Councilman Gilman talks district, student issues

Councilman Gilman talks district, student issues

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

August 21, 2017


Filed under City, News

For many of the thousands of new and incoming Pitt students, this fall in Pittsburgh will be their first. It’s an experience that City Council Member Dan Gilman shared with them many years ago. “Whether I’m a native depends on how original you go,” Gilman said, laughing. “We moved to Pittsburgh...

GALLERY: Summer in Pictures

GALLERY: Summer in Pictures

By Pitt News Staff

August 21, 2017


Filed under Culture, News, Visual

In case you missed it this summer, a lot of things have happened in Pittsburgh. These are some of our favorite photos from the past few months. ...

GALLERY: Pittsburgh Prayer for Peace

GALLERY: Pittsburgh Prayer for Peace

By Anna Bongardino

August 19, 2017


Filed under City, News, Visual

In the wake of the white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Mayor Peduto's office organized "A Prayer for Pittsburgh: A Prayer for Peace" rally in front of the city-county building yesterday. A variety of faith leaders and government-affiliated personnel were featured as speakers. ...

City to install bike lanes on portions of Forbes and Bigelow

City to install bike lanes on portions of Forbes and Bigelow

By Janine Faust / Senior Staff Writer

August 14, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

The city of Pittsburgh will begin installing bike lanes Tuesday on portions of Forbes Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard, two years after a Pitt administrator was killed while biking in the area. The city is adding bike lanes in both directions on Forbes from Bigelow Boulevard to Craig Street and along ...

Gallery: Redbull Flugtag takes over the North Shore

Gallery: Redbull Flugtag takes over the North Shore

By John Hamilton and Jordan Mondell / Pitt News Staff

August 5, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Homemade aircrafts, 46 in total, launched off a 22-foot platform into the Allegheny River Saturday. Most crafts took a nosedive straight away, but a few got enough air to soar a short distance down the river. Red Bull's Flugtag brought crowds to the North Shore and Point State Park as teams displayed...

Red Oak Cafe closing within the week

Red Oak Cafe closing within the week

By Janine Faust and John Hamilton / Pitt News Staff

August 1, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Red Oak Cafe is closing on Aug. 4, according to Ray McNevin, a manager and chef at the Oakland restaurant. McNevin said new owners from Virginia are taking over on the 8th. They will rename and redo the restaurant, he said. Remembering Red Oak The breakfast and lunch cafe is popular, in part, for its vegan and ve...

World War II-era B-17 bomber will soar over Pittsburgh this weekend

World War II-era B-17 bomber will soar over Pittsburgh this weekend

By John Hamilton and Lexi Kennell / Pitt News Staff

July 31, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Listening to the sound of four revving engines muffled by ear plugs, passengers on the B-17 crawl into the nose turret of the WWII-era bomber, seeing stretches of land and Pittsburgh landmarks appear and disappear before them. The Liberty Foundation — a nonprofit group based in Oklahoma — is offe...

Pitt engineers to take flight over the Allegheny at Red Bull Flugtag

Pitt engineers to take flight over the Allegheny at Red Bull Flugtag

By Henry Glitz / News Editor

July 31, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

As July ends and back-to-school chores loom, one group of Pitt engineers is getting busy preparing for a completely different kind of challenge: building and piloting an aircraft to fly over the Allegheny River. The self-styled Roc-ettes, a team of five students and recent graduates from Pitt’s ...

Pitt administration comes out against grad student union

Pitt administration comes out against grad student union

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

July 28, 2017


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

Speaking on behalf of the University, Pitt Provost Patricia Beeson came out against a graduate student union Thursday, claiming that a union would not be in the best interests of students. Beeson’s letter is the first direct criticism the administration has levied against the unionization efforts, which formally began in January of 2016. The University is now officially no...

Three students OK after one dropped vial with cyanide derivative

Three students OK after one dropped vial with cyanide derivative

By John Hamilton/Editor-in-Chief

July 20, 2017


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Three Pitt students are OK after one dropped a vial containing a cyanide derivative in a Chevron lab Thursday morning. The 5 ml vial shattered on the 11th floor of the building at around 10:15 this morning, according to Pitt spokesperson Joe Miksch. Three students were treated by paramedics after...

Oakland’s businesses adapt to fewer students in summer

Oakland’s businesses adapt to fewer students in summer

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

July 18, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The warm summer sun beat down this week as business owners across Oakland opened their doors for a day mostly like any other day. The only difference was a conspicuous lack of their main customers — students. Mid-July is undeniably a relatively quiet time of the year in Oakland. With just a few summer...

35th annual Vintage Grand Prix continues Oakland tradition

35th annual Vintage Grand Prix continues Oakland tradition

By Kirsten Wong | Senior Staff Writer

July 18, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Speeding around the 90-degree turn at 60 mph, the bustling race track swarmed with bright-colored vintage sports cars rushing to the finish line. Sitting on the edge of Flagstaff Hill, crowds cheered on their favorite vintage car racers for the 35th annual Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix as the ca...

Pitt increases tuition, budget

Pitt increases tuition, budget

By Caroline Bourque | The Pitt News Staff

July 17, 2017


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt trustees voted Monday to increase in-state tuition by 2.5 percent and out-of-state tuition by three percent, along with an increase to the University’s operating budget. In-state students enrolled in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences will see their tuition increase by $442, while ou...

Interactive crime map July 5 – July 11

Interactive crime map July 5 – July 11

By The Pitt News Staff

July 12, 2017


Filed under Crime, News

  Wednesday, July 5, 2017 11:45 a.m. 3700 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police assisted City police with a retail theft. 3:58 p.m. 3800 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police arrested a non-affiliated individual for recklessly endangering another person, tampering ...

Peduto, community members kick off revitalization

Peduto, community members kick off revitalization

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

July 12, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

As Mayor Bill Peduto stepped out the back door of his official car into the rain in Uptown last evening, people from the community queued in front of a local Middle Eastern food truck turned and gathered around him. Peduto’s arrival signaled the beginning of a community meeting billed as a chan...

Pitt extends winter break for upcoming school year

Pitt extends winter break for upcoming school year

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

July 12, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Student Government Board announced Saturday that University administrators will be extending winter break by several days for the 2017-2018 academic year. The announcement, which SGB made in a post on its Facebook page, was accompanied by an academic calendar showing a break between semesters lasting from Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, to Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. Last year...

Pitt Smart Living project hopes to ‘democratize,’ incentivize transportation

Pitt Smart Living project hopes to ‘democratize,’ incentivize transportation

By John Hamilton | Editor-in-Chief

July 12, 2017


Filed under News, Tech Science, Top Stories

A Pitt research project is attempting to “democratize” and incentivize public transportation in Pittsburgh using public information screens and a mobile app. The Pitt Smart Living project is currently in the pilot phase, according to Alexandros Labrinidis, the Pitt computer science professor leading th...

Interactive crime map June 28 – July 4

Interactive crime map June 28 – July 4

By The Pitt News Staff

July 5, 2017


Filed under Crime, News

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 12:59 a.m. 12 Melba Pl., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police issued a citation to a male student for disorderly conduct. 7:06 p.m. 200 Atwood St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police issued a citation to a non-affiliated individual for carrying an open container of alcohol in...

Trustees elect new members, rename Pennsylvania Hall

Trustees elect new members, rename Pennsylvania Hall

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

July 5, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Board of Trustees elected four new members, approved construction projects and renamed Pennsylvania Hall at their June 30 meeting. Pennsylvania Hall — which has held that name since its construction in 2004 — is now named K. Leroy Irvis Hall to honor K. Leroy Irvis, a Pitt alumnus and ...

Pitt remembers professor, jazz icon Geri Allen

Pitt remembers professor, jazz icon Geri Allen

By Grant Burgman / Staff Writer

July 5, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Geri Allen, who made a profound impact on both the jazz genre and her students at Pitt, died of cancer on June 27 in Philadelphia. She was 60. Born and raised in Detroit, Allen studied at Howard University before going on to earn her Master’s degree in ethnomusicology at Pitt in 1982. Allen spent the n...

Pitt Law dean Carter to step down, leaving Pitt a second dean position to fill

Pitt Law dean Carter to step down, leaving Pitt a second dean position to fill

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

June 30, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

The dean of Pitt’s law school, William M. Carter Jr., is stepping down to return to teaching full-time, becoming the second Pitt dean ending their tenure next spring. Carter's decision comes soon after engineering dean Gerald Holder announced in May he will step down and return to the faculty. Carter and Holder will leave their positions ...

Interactive crime map: June 21 – June 27

June 30, 2017


Filed under Crime, News

Wednesday, June 21  12:36 a.m.  Semple St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police arrested a non-affiliated individual for simple domestic assault. 10:59 a.m.  4199 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police arrested a non-affiliated individual using a warrant. 4:43 p.m.  3700 Forbes Ave, ...

Auditor’s concerns with PSU partially apply to Pitt

Auditor’s concerns with PSU partially apply to Pitt

By Janine Faust / Senior Staff Writer

June 28, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

The Pennsylvania auditor general harshly criticized Penn State after a recent audit, raising some concerns that apply to other state-related universities, including Pitt. In his 112-page audit report, Auditor General Eugene Depasquale cited several issues including skyrocketing tuition, a lack of transparency, a decrease in in-state enrollment and an...

Interactive crime map: June 14 – June 20

Interactive crime map: June 14 – June 20

By The Pitt News Staff

June 27, 2017


Filed under Crime, News

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 3:39 p.m. 3800 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police arrested a non-affiliated individual using a warrant. 5:14 p.m. 3700 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.  Pitt police issued a citation to a non-affiliated individual for panhandling. 7:41 p.m. 200 Atwood ...

Two burglaries in two days at the same Bates residence

Two burglaries in two days at the same Bates residence

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

June 27, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

Pitt police issued a crime alert Tuesday after responding to two burglaries at the same residence on consecutive days. The burglaries occurred in the 3600 block of Bates Street — one Monday at approximately 3 p.m. and the second Tuesday at 2:13 a.m., according to the alert. In Monday’s burglary, a suspe...

Sanders criticizes GOP health care bill at Pittsburgh rally

Sanders criticizes GOP health care bill at Pittsburgh rally

By Lexi Kennell / Contributing Editor

June 25, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

If the 1,600 people at Saturday’s health care rally take Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ advice, Republican senators’ phone lines will be busy all week. The former presidential candidate, along with several other speakers, told the ralliers to urge senators — specifically Pennsylvania Sen. Pat T...

Grad students continue push for union

Grad students continue push for union

By Janine Faust | Senior Staff Writer

June 21, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Some Pitt graduate students have been buckling down these past six months on something other than master and doctoral degrees. The Graduate Student Organizing Committee — a group that advocates for the formation of a graduate student union on Pitt’s campus — has been garnering support for un...

Q&A with new UHC dean Brian Primack

Q&A with new UHC dean Brian Primack

By The Pitt News Staff

June 20, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Brian Primack, a Pitt alumnus and professor in the School of Medicine, gained another title earlier this month when Pitt named him to replace Edward Stricker as dean of the University Honors College. In anticipation of the beginning of his tenure, set to start July 1, The Pitt News asked Primack to discuss his pla...

Oakland locals weigh in on bus rapid transit

Oakland locals weigh in on bus rapid transit

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

June 20, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Community members and local activists gathered Monday night to talk about new bus stops, or as city employee Justin Miller called them — “upgraded transit experiences.” The replicas of the Bus Rapid Transit system’s proposed new stops sat on the side of the room as Miller, an employee of Pittsb...

Beta Bites, Peter’s Pub receive consumer alerts

Beta Bites, Peter’s Pub receive consumer alerts

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

June 20, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Oakland restaurant Beta Bites received a consumer alert Tuesday, joining Peter’s Pub as the second local restaurant to receive the designation from the health department in June. Oakland eatery Beta Bites received a consumer alert from the county health department Tuesday. The restaurant, which...

Interactive crime map June 7 – June 13

Interactive crime map June 7 – June 13

By The Pitt News Staff

June 14, 2017


Filed under Crime, News

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 7:58 a.m. McKee Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police assisted city police with a report of a domestic incident. 1:49 p.m. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic 3811 O'Hara St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police assisted UPMC security with an assault. 7:55 p.m....

Pittsburgh celebrates two controversial Prides

Pittsburgh celebrates two controversial Prides

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

June 14, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

When Pittsburghers gathered for the city’s annual LGBTQ+ Pride parade Sunday, they probably expected the marchers to toss candy and wave rainbow flags — but they got their fair share of political chants slung their way as well. The circumstance of two parades came as the result of fundamental disagree...

Pitt announces finances, top employee earners

Pitt announces finances, top employee earners

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

June 13, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s annual financial disclosure, which it released last month in compliance with the Right to Know Law, revealed a pay structure with University athletics once again at the top. The University, which legally qualifies as a non-profit organization exempt from tax, nevertheless must still file a publi...

Michaels dismissed from Pitt after child pornography possession charges

Michaels dismissed from Pitt after child pornography possession charges

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

June 12, 2017


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Edward Michaels has been dismissed from Pitt, according to a University spokesperson, after he was charged with possessing child pornography on May 24. Michaels is the former director of Pitt’s counseling center, a position he held since June 2015. Immediately following his arrest, Pitt placed Mi...

Interactive crime map May 30 – June 6

Interactive crime map May 30 – June 6

By The Pitt News Staff

June 7, 2017


Filed under Crime, News

  Tuesday, May 30, 2017 3:22 p.m. 3900 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police issued a citation to a non-affiliated person for disorderly conduct and violating a city ordinance. Wednesday, May 31, 2017 4:01 a.m. 200 Chesterfield Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police arrest...

Pitt considers closing Titusville campus

Pitt considers closing Titusville campus

By Caroline Bourque | Staff Writer

June 7, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt is considering several options to deal with a lack of steady enrollment at Pitt-Titusville, including shuttering the branch campus, mainly due to a lack of steady enrollment, according to a report released last Thursday. University officials released an analysis listing more problems than possible sol...

Pittsburgh reacts to Trump climate decision

Pittsburgh reacts to Trump climate decision

By Henry Glitz and Kirsten Wong | The Pitt News Staff

June 7, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

When President Trump invoked Pittsburgh in his decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement last Thursday, he left many Pittsburghers baffled. “I’m appalled that the President used my city to justify his unacceptable decision,” Mayor Bill Peduto said in a press release the same day Trump ma...

University names Brian Primack new UHC dean

University names Brian Primack new UHC dean

By Janine Faust | Staff Writer

June 7, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt announced researcher and medical doctor Brian A. Primack as the new dean of the University Honors College Monday. Primack will succeed Edward Stricker as the third Bernice L. and Morton S. Lerner Chair and dean of the UHC, beginning July 1. Primack’s primary responsibilities as dean will be...

Interactive crime map: May 24 – May 29

Interactive crime map: May 24 – May 29

By The Pitt News Staff

May 31, 2017


Filed under Crime, News

  Wednesday, May 24, 2017 8:51 a.m. Robinson St Ext, Pittsburgh, PA. Pitt police responded to an individual's report of the theft of three traffic cones. 1:02 p.m. Nordenburg Hall 111 University Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police assisted county police with a warrant arrest. 1...

Pitt lab investigation ends on mixed note

Pitt lab investigation ends on mixed note

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

May 31, 2017


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

A new report from the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare has declared an end to the investigation into alleged animal cruelty in laboratories affiliated with Pitt. The report, cited in a letter last Monday from Axel Wolff — OLAW’s director of compliance oversight — to George Huber, Pitt’s vice provost for research conduct and complianc...

Pitt researchers develop HIV detector

Pitt researchers develop HIV detector

By Janine Faust | Staff Writer

May 31, 2017


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Pitt researchers have moved the world one step closer to finally fully curing HIV. Scientists in the University’s Graduate School of Public Health announced Monday in the medical journal “Nature Medicine” that they’ve created a more accurate, quicker and less costly test for detecting how much of t...

Students react to counseling center director’s arrest

Students react to counseling center director’s arrest

By John Hamilton and Henry Glitz | The Pitt News Staff

May 31, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

In the six days following the counseling center director’s arrest, Pitt students responded to the latest controversy at the center, while the University has largely stayed quiet and given little additional information. Allegheny County police arrested Edward Michaels, 67, of Wilkinsburg, last Wedne...

Getting Thrifty: the key to living on a student budget

Getting Thrifty: the key to living on a student budget

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer

May 30, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

It’s almost the weekend, which means it’s time to make weekend plans. Living on an urban campus in a city like Pittsburgh, students have what feels like a limitless variety of options to choose from. There are numerous places to eat out with a group of friends, and this weekend alone, a popular band co...

Savoring Schenley Park: the story of a green space

Savoring Schenley Park: the story of a green space

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

May 30, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

Whether you’re headed over the bridge from Schenley Plaza to go for a run, play some frisbee or relax in the grass, the first thing you’ll see when you cross looks like an imposing glass castle. The building is Phipps Conservatory — a vast greenhouse filled with local and tropical plants. The conse...

Pitt’s political clubs: left, right and in between

Pitt’s political clubs: left, right and in between

By Grant Burgman and Henry Glitz | The Pitt News Staff

May 30, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

As political protests and marches rocked campus last fall, Pitt’s campus political organizations reacted and changed with the rapidly shifting political landscape in Pittsburgh and around the country. Politically-minded students of all ideological allegiances became more involved and, in some cases, formed completely new groups. The Pitt ...

Fun under 21: Pittsburgh nightlife for all ages

Fun under 21: Pittsburgh nightlife for all ages

By Janine Faust | Senior Staff Writer

May 30, 2017


Filed under City, News

CLUBS Cruze Bar This LGBTQ+ friendly nightlife staple is located in the heart of the Strip District and is home to a large dance floor and state-of-the-art sound and lighting system. Cruze is well-known for its inclusiveness as well as its high-energy atmosphere, and a few times a month it opens its d...

Meet your new Student Government Board

Meet your new Student Government Board

By Caroline Bourque and Janine Faust | Senior Staff Writers

May 30, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Made up of nine elected positions, 30 appointed positions and an array of committees, Student Government Board’s purpose is to advocate for the needs of the student population, according to their website. Additionally, SGB is responsible for allocating the $160 student activity fee paid by all full-time students. The Pitt...

Bus ways and bike lanes: Navigating Pittsburgh without a car

Bus ways and bike lanes: Navigating Pittsburgh without a car

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

May 29, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News, Uncategorized

Madeline Rigatti’s black boots press forcefully on the steel pedals of her orange Salsa Vaya, propelling the 25-year-old up a short, steep hill by her house. “I used to hate that hill,” Rigatti, who started commuting by bike in college 5 years ago, said. Weather permitting, Rigatti comm...

Pitt counseling center director charged with possessing child pornography

Pitt counseling center director charged with possessing child pornography

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

May 25, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News

The director of Pitt’s counseling center — Edward Michaels — was arrested Wednesday on charges of possessing child pornography. Allegheny County police arrested Michaels, 67, of Wilkinsburg, on charges of possessing child pornography and criminal use of a communications facility. According t...

Interactive crime map: May 17 – May 23

Interactive crime map: May 17 – May 23

By The Pitt News Staff

May 24, 2017


Filed under Crime, News

  Wednesday, May 17, 2017 12:18 a.m. LIS Building 3471 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police responded to a report from an affiliated person of harassment by communication. 2:56 a.m. 100 Robinson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police arrested a non-affiliated person for po...

Pitt CHREC engineering lab reaches for the stars

Pitt CHREC engineering lab reaches for the stars

By Janine Faust | Senior Staff Writer

May 24, 2017


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

Pitt engineering students now have the chance to work on projects that are literally out of this world. The National Science Foundation’s Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing, also known as CHREC, transferred its headquarters from the University of Florida to Pitt this January. ...

Man electrocuted in North Oakland

Man electrocuted in North Oakland

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

May 24, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

A man died Tuesday morning on North Neville Street in North Oakland when he accidentally came into contact with a utility wire. Matthew Blackburn, 46, of Jefferson Hills, was working in a cherry picker vehicle washing the windows of an apartment building on the 500 block of North Neville. The platfo...

Fitzgerald, Wagner push city lead issues

Fitzgerald, Wagner push city lead issues

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

May 23, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Several developments over the last few weeks have shown that Pittsburgh’s issues with lead pipe contamination in public water are far from over. Despite the end of the Democratic mayoral primary last week decreasing its visibility, a report last week from County Controller Chelsa Wagner, a bill in the...

Man sentenced for homicide of Pitt administrator

Man sentenced for homicide of Pitt administrator

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

May 18, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

More than a year and a half after a fatal crash led to the death of Pitt faculty member Susan Hicks, the man who pleaded guilty to causing the crash received his jail sentence this Thursday. David Witherspoon, 51, who plead guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and drug offenses when court...

Interactive crime map: May 9 – May 16

Interactive crime map: May 9 – May 16

By The Pitt News Staff

May 17, 2017


Filed under Crime, News

  Tuesday, May 9, 2017 12:46 a.m. Atwood St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police assisted city police with a retail theft 2:13 p.m. Hillman Library 3960 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Pitt police responded to a report of an indecent exposure. 2:17 p.m. Benedum Hall 3700 O'Hara St...

Peduto wins in lopsided primary, claims ‘mandate’

Peduto wins in lopsided primary, claims ‘mandate’

By John Hamilton and Henry Glitz | The Pitt News Staff

May 17, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Democrats in Pittsburgh voted Tuesday for the incumbent — Mayor Bill Peduto — to be their party’s nominee for mayor, likely giving him four more years as the city’s chief executive. Peduto beat out challengers Rev. John Welch and Councilwoman Darlene Harris, getting 69 percent of the vote ...

Students react to controversial PETA animal testing report

Students react to controversial PETA animal testing report

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

May 17, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Two conflicting reports from the United States Department of Agriculture and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals about conditions for animals in Pitt laboratories have caused a strong reaction among community members. PETA’s “exposé” claims an eyewitness saw a litany of abuses in Pitt labs surrounding the treatment of mice, rats, chimpanzees an...

Engineering dean Holder announces resignation

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

May 11, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Dean of Engineering Gerald Holder announced yesterday he will step down and return to the faculty after 21 years of leading the Swanson School of Engineering. Holder’s departure from the position will take effect before the beginning of the Fall semester in 2018. Pitt plans to begin the search ...

Q&A: Mayoral candidate John Welch talks affordable housing, water and putting “this Pittsburgh” first

Q&A: Mayoral candidate John Welch talks affordable housing, water and putting “this Pittsburgh” first

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

May 11, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Reverend, doctor, professor, dean of students. John Welch is hoping to add Mayor of Pittsburgh to that résumé as he campaigns to unseat the incumbent, Mayor Bill Peduto, in Tuesday's Democratic primary . We sat down with Welch in his Garfield campaign office to ask about some of his policies and ...

Interactive crime map: May 1 – May 9

Interactive crime map: May 1 – May 9

By The Pitt News Staff

May 10, 2017


Filed under Crime, News

  Tuesday, May 2, 2017 12:42 a.m. Meyran Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police cited a student for underage drinking. Wednesday, May 3, 2017 10:08 a.m. Public Safety Building 3412 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police assisted city police with several judicial refer...

City School Board candidates debate ahead of primary

City School Board candidates debate ahead of primary

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

May 10, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

“Kids can’t vote, but you can,” read the signs and literature passed out at the door to parents and community members filing in the seats in the Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium in the Hill District Monday night. The 50 attendees prepared to listen as candidates for Pittsburgh’s School Board made ...

Paul Cohen named first dean of School of Computing and Information

Paul Cohen named first dean of School of Computing and Information

By Caroline Bourque | Senior Staff Writer

May 10, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Paul R. Cohen will become the founding dean of Pitt’s new School of Computing and Information — the first new school established at Pitt since 1995 — which will enroll its first students in the fall. The School of Computing and Information will provide courses centered around the idea of integ...

Q&A: Mayor Bill Peduto reflects and looks ahead

Q&A: Mayor Bill Peduto reflects and looks ahead

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

May 9, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

With the Democratic mayoral primaries approaching, The Pitt News sat down with the incumbent — Mayor Bill Peduto — to ask about his past four years as mayor, some of the issues currently facing the city and his plans moving forward. TPN: How do you think the last four years have been for you as mayor? What ...

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