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RJ Mitte speaks on diversity, disability in television

RJ Mitte speaks on diversity, disability in television

By Zoe Pawliczek / Staff Writer

March 2, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Standing onstage and laughing with the crowd Wednesday night, “Breaking Bad” star RJ Mitte boldly contrasted the image most associated with him — a coming-of-age teen sporting crutches and a speech impediment. “I grew up not looking at disability as a disability. I thought it was very norma...

Film series highlights Latin American culture

Film series highlights Latin American culture

By Max Datner / Staff Writer

March 1, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

A Brazilian boy, through tears, told his on-screen caretaker in Portuguese how much he missed his mother. While watching him, a crowd of about 65 students and faculty sipped soda and took notes as English subtitles of his words crop up on a projected screen in Parran Hall Tuesday. The audience gat...

SGB town hall meeting turnout low after recent election

SGB town hall meeting turnout low after recent election

By Nolan Roosa / Staff Writer

March 1, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

All of the candidates for Student Government Board president this year — including President-elect Max Kneis — considered town hall style meetings as part of the solution to engaging students in SGB. The two town halls that have already taken place in Nordy’s Place might give next year’s b...

Pitt gets $5.5 million in first annual Day of Giving

Pitt gets $5.5 million in first annual Day of Giving

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

March 1, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Though Pitt raised more than $5 million Wednesday, pulling from donors across all 50 states — one of the day’s biggest individual winners was the Club Tennis team.   For the University’s 230th anniversary, Pitt hosted its first annual day of giving, raising $5,543,591.56. More than 5000 dona...

Students speed learn uncommon languages

Students speed learn uncommon languages

By Zoe Pawliczek / Staff Writer

February 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Junior Desislava Iolova knows seven languages, but wanted to learn more Monday night — at least as many new words as she could in 15 minutes. “I love learning languages, but I’m focusing on my major, so I have to learn them in my free time at events like these,” Iolova, an electrical enginee...

Pitt bike co-op aims to meet needs of cyclists

Pitt bike co-op aims to meet needs of cyclists

By Maggie Medoff / For The Pitt News

February 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

After two years of racing and repairing bikes and a slew of leisurely Sunday brunch-and-rides, Kimmy Dinh and five of her friends decided to shift gears. After Dinh, a senior biological science major, and her five cohorts — Sinjon Bartel, Hana Swift, Lora Matway, Ang Urban and Naomi Anderson — form...

Pitt pharmacy extends reach in the community

Pitt pharmacy extends reach in the community

By Emily Suruda / Staff Writer

February 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Second-year pharmacy students Olivia Berger, Josh Zimardo and Chris Randall spent two hours in mid-February asking strangers about their daily routines. Specifically, the students wanted to know how often customers were taking their medicine: Do you ever forget to take your medications? Do you ev...

Interactive Crime Map Feb. 17 – Feb. 24

Interactive Crime Map Feb. 17 – Feb. 24

By The Pitt News Staff

February 27, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

Feb. 17 12:03 p.m. South Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police assisted city police with a sexual assault report at a private residence. Feb. 18 12:08 a.m. 100 Atwood Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police cited a student for public urination. 12:39 a.m. Forbes Avenue and Atwood St...

Local activists host protester workshop

Local activists host protester workshop

By Zoe Pawliczek / Staff Writer

February 27, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Surrounded by portraits of famous intersectional activists and posters quoting their hopes for the future, community members gathered Saturday for the Pittsburgh Fight Back 101 Workshop and Community Meeting. More than 100 new and experienced activists participated in interactive workshops and collaborative dis...

Fossil Free Pitt Coalition urges Board of Trustees to divest

Fossil Free Pitt Coalition urges Board of Trustees to divest

By Grant Burgman / Staff Writer

February 27, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News

A February day when the temperature reached the high 70s in Pittsburgh seemed like the perfect time to talk about climate change — and aligned with the Fossil Free Pitt Coalition’s pre-planned attendance at a public Board of Trustees meeting.   The 38-person board — who, according to their website, “ensu...

Welch adds policy to platform during third public rally

Welch adds policy to platform during third public rally

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

February 27, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Firing up a crowd of 35 in a Salvation Army gymnasium in Pittsburgh’s West End Saturday, Rev. Richard Freeman wanted to make one point clear about his friend and mayoral candidate, Rev. John Welch. "John C. Welch is not running against Bill Peduto," Freeman said. "John C. Welch is running for you....

Islamic Center: Investigate motivations in Beltzhoover beating

Islamic Center: Investigate motivations in Beltzhoover beating

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

February 24, 2017


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

A member of the Somali Bantu community in Pittsburgh was found in critical condition, beaten and potentially robbed in Beltzhoover at about 5 a.m. Tuesday morning in what the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh thinks could have been a hate crime. The man, a cab driver of about 30 years old, was going to...

Maggie Nelson reads work on identity, freedom

Maggie Nelson reads work on identity, freedom

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

February 24, 2017


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

In a rare reading for the established poet and essayist, Maggie Nelson chose to share an unfinished piece of writing with the audience gathered in Frick Fine Arts Auditorium Thursday night. The nameless piece revolved broadly around freedom and touched on politics, identity and race — but largely dis...

Backlogged

Backlogged

By Nikita Karulkar, Staff Writer

February 23, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, Health, National News, News

Thousands of sexual assault kits around the nation have been left untested. One lab in Allegheny County found a short-term solution. Natasha Alexenko is an advocate. Alexenko is an activist. Alexenko is a former museum scientist. And in 1993, after Alexenko was raped and robbed at gunpoint, she became...

Max Kneis wins 2017 SGB presidential election

Max Kneis wins 2017 SGB presidential election

By Abhignya Mallepalli and Nolan Roosa / The Pitt News Staff

February 22, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

With a voter turnout more than double the previous election’s, Pitt students elected Max Kneis as the next Student Government Board president Tuesday. Kneis, a junior studying economics and finance, received 2,114 votes to win the presidency, which will start at the end of April. Arlind Karpuzi a...

Actively Moving Forward: grieving students form support group

Actively Moving Forward: grieving students form support group

By Max Datner / Staff Writer

February 22, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Halfway through her first semester at Pitt, Selaam Araya’s college experience came to an abrupt halt.   Araya’s father, 65, died of an unknown medical cause, and she traveled to Asmara, Eritrea — 6,991 miles away — for the burial. When she returned for the beginning of the spring semester a mont...

Pittsburghers demand Toomey town hall meeting

Pittsburghers demand Toomey town hall meeting

By John Hamilton / Contributing Editor

February 22, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

A cardboard cutout of Sen. Pat Toomey stood in place of the actual politician at a makeshift town hall in Station Square Tuesday. Frustrated with Toomey’s decision to not hold a town hall over congressional recess, about 250 Pittsburghers held their own town hall as the latest installment of Tu...

Pitt faculty talks immigration policy changes, DACA

Pitt faculty talks immigration policy changes, DACA

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

February 21, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

University administrators gathered in a closed-door meeting in the Barco Law Building Monday afternoon to discuss immigration. Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, Provost Patricia E. Beeson and about 50 other Pitt faculty members met in the Alcoa room of the law building to discuss former-President Bara...

Safety first: Pitt police talk crime awareness with students

Safety first: Pitt police talk crime awareness with students

By James Watkins / For The Pitt News

February 21, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

While some students admitted that the smell of free pizza lured them into the William Pitt Union Assembly Room Monday afternoon, most stopped by to learn more about campus safety. The Student Government Board and Pitt Public Safety and Emergency Management hosted the Spring Safety Fair Monday, which h...

Students share experiences intersectional experiences, discuss feminism, religion, race

Students share experiences intersectional experiences, discuss feminism, religion, race

By MarySandra Do / Staff Writer

February 21, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

After scrawling words like “empowerment” and “equality and opportunity” on colorful sticky notes, students stuck them to a large blank sheet of paper in Dining Room B of the Union Monday. The prompt that elicited these responses: “What is feminism to you?” About 12 students attende...

Trump protesters march twice over weekend

Trump protesters march twice over weekend

By Elias Rappaport and Andrew O'Brien / The Pitt News Staff

February 20, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News, Top Stories

President Donald Trump may have taken office a full month ago, but his detractors haven’t lost any of the passion they showed on inauguration day. Marching to the beat of drums, hundreds of protesters rallied around causes ranging from immigrant rights to the environment and vocally opposed Trump Sat...

Get to know the 2017 SGB slates

Get to know the 2017 SGB slates

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

February 20, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

42 Stories Candidates The aptly named slate proposes 42 changes to Pitt’s campus, including instituting monthly town hall meetings for the student body to attend, expanding the SafeRider system to pick up students at all hours and increasing both the number of gynecologists on staff and the hou...

Interactive crime map Feb. 10 – Feb. 15

Interactive crime map Feb. 10 – Feb. 15

By The Pitt News Staff

February 20, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, Crime, News, Top Stories

Feb. 10 4:03 p.m. Sutherland Hall, 3725 Sutherland Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police arrested a student on charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. 4:51 p.m. Peterson Events Center, 3719 Terrace St., Pittsburgh, PA 15261. Pitt police responded to a report of harass...

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to audit PWSA

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to audit PWSA

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

February 17, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced Thursday that he and his staff have started taking measures to perform an audit on the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. After a water scare Feb. 1 and months of speculation over lead in the Pittsburgh water system, Mayor Bill Peduto requested Feb. ...

Gov. Tom Wolf proposes flat funds for Pitt

Gov. Tom Wolf proposes flat funds for Pitt

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

February 17, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Despite asking for a five percent increase in state funding, Pitt could receive the same amount of money as it did during the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s $32 billion 2018 fiscal year budget includes increasing state educational support at all levels by $209 million, but Pitt’s...

Pitt revises faculty, student relationship policy

Pitt revises faculty, student relationship policy

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Managing Editor

February 17, 2017


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Faculty Assembly approved a revision to its consensual relationship policy Tuesday that now bans students from engaging in relationships with faculty or staff who are or could be in a position of supervision over them. The assembly voted to include staff members in the policy — which includ...

Las Palmas closes today, protests Trump

Las Palmas closes today, protests Trump

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

February 16, 2017


Filed under City, National News, News, Top Stories

Las Palmas Restaurante will close up shop today, along with Mexican restaurants across the country as part of the “Day Without Immigrants” national protest against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. The restaurant posted a handwritten sign at its Beechview location Wednesday informing...

Peduto issues 5 executive orders to promote affordable housing

Peduto issues 5 executive orders to promote affordable housing

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

February 16, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Mayor Bill Peduto signed five executive orders Tuesday and Wednesday to improve affordable housing options and conditions in Pittsburgh. After nine months of consideration, Peduto’s Affordable Housing Task Force came up with a final set of recommendations Thursday, which formed the basis for Peduto’s orders. "My administration is committed...

SGB candidates push platform before elections

SGB candidates push platform before elections

By Grant Burgman / Staff Writer

February 16, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

In the cutthroat political sphere, competing for votes can — and does — bring out the worst in people. After all, it was during the final presidential debate that now-President Donald Trump infamously referred to Hillary Clinton as a “nasty woman,” offering her an unofficial campaign slogan. Bu...

Grad student employees sign union cards

Grad student employees sign union cards

By Nolan Roosa / Staff Writer

February 15, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

After a year and a half of campaigning and planning, the Graduate Student Organizing Committee is now one step closer to forming a union for graduate student employees at Pitt.   The unionization effort has been in the works since October 2015 when the committee voted to affiliate with the United...

SGB discusses plan for new matching fund program

SGB discusses plan for new matching fund program

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

February 15, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Continuing the success of past “Year of Diversity” and “Year of the Humanities” matching funds programs, SGB is working alongside a University committee to promote similar programs with an eye toward championing the humanities. According to board member Joseph Kannarkat, the humanities commi...

New blood test aids Pitt Alzheimer’s research

New blood test aids Pitt Alzheimer’s research

By Alexis Carter / Staff Writer

February 15, 2017


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

With a new blood test, Pitt researchers are hoping to determine whether the content of someone’s blood could indicate if their learning and memory abilities are in danger of diminishing. In a recent study, Pitt researchers Oscar Lopez and James Becker — in collaboration with researchers from the ...

Pitt students find love across the political party line

Pitt students find love across the political party line

By MarySandra Do / Staff Writer

February 14, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Chris Montgomery and Emily Loeffelholz have been dating for 11 months, but it almost ended seven months in when the topic of global warming came up. “I think it was my fault for sure. It was kind of a warm day or something like that,” Montgomery said. The two initially bonded over shared int...

Q&A: Asami_fox talks about safe BDSM practices

Q&A: Asami_fox talks about safe BDSM practices

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

February 14, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Note: The Pitt News is using Asami_fox’s online fetish name for privacy reasons. When Asami_fox of Swissvale was a senior in college, she was interested in the BDSM scene but didn’t know how — or who — to talk to about her burgeoning interest. Five years later, the 27-year-old now teach...

Ring by spring: getting engaged, married in college

Ring by spring: getting engaged, married in college

By Grant Burgman / For The Pitt News

February 14, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

Pitt graduates who want to get married at Heinz Chapel can book the venue at a 15 percent discount with proof of their Pitt degrees. There’s no such discount for undergrads who can show a Panther card — but Heinz may want to consider adding one. Despite the steady rise in the average marr...

Brunch and big ideas: Bookstore raises funds for arrested protesters

Brunch and big ideas: Bookstore raises funds for arrested protesters

By Max Datner / Staff Writer

February 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Supporters of anti-fascist protests gathered at the Big Idea Bookstore in Bloomfield Sunday not for a book signing or a poetry reading, but for brunch.   The store — also home to an in-house café — has been holding brunches since October to contribute to the legal fees of locals arrested while pr...

Abortion legislation prompts protests

Abortion legislation prompts protests

By Alexis Carter / Staff Writer

February 13, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, National News, News

On any given day, you can find small groups of protesters outside Planned Parenthood clinics across the country. But the pro-life national movement came out in full force Saturday to pressure the president and Congress into moving forward with plans to strip funding from the women’s health care org...

Interactive Crime Map Feb. 3 – Feb. 9

By The Pitt News Staff

February 13, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

Feb. 3 12:52 a.m. Clapp Hall 4249 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Pitt police responded to a report of a missing laptop. An investigation is pending. 3:56 p.m. Wellness Center 119 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Pitt police responded to a report of a counterfeit $20 bill. 8:02...

Pitt Musicians Take Talents Abroad

Pitt Musicians Take Talents Abroad

By Maggie Medoff / For the Pitt News

February 10, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

As the cauldrons of traditional Roma goulash boiled at a picnic in a southeast Hungarian village, local keyboard players improvised new melodies. In that town, called Vegegyhaza, Pitt senior Kelly Glavin got a chance to share her melodica — a wind instrument played with piano keys — with Cze...

Anti-sanctuary campus bill moves forward, Pitt’s status unclear

Anti-sanctuary campus bill moves forward, Pitt’s status unclear

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

February 10, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

With the potential passage of an anti-sanctuary bill looming, the state and some Pennsylvania universities are at odds. But Pitt — where a sanctuary campus petition and a letter in the same vein have been circulating for weeks — has remained silent on the issue, making it unclear if a bill curr...

Iranian student group, academics speak out on immigration ban

Iranian student group, academics speak out on immigration ban

By Max Datner / For The Pitt News

February 10, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Setareh Sarachi stood in a crowd huddled under the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy tent in Schenley Plaza Thursday afternoon, surrounded by protesters guarding their signs against the swirling winter weather.   The group was there, starting at noon, for the “Academics United - No Visa and Immigratio...

Students react to Toomey’s decision to vote for DeVos

Students react to Toomey’s decision to vote for DeVos

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy and Grant Burgman / The Pitt News Staff

February 9, 2017


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

Never in American history has a Cabinet member needed the vice president to break the tie that would elect them into the president’s Cabinet. But the Senate vote on Betsy DeVos, who was later confirmed for the secretary of education position in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, was split 50-50 Tuesda...

Panels outline protesting’s best practices

Panels outline protesting’s best practices

By Zoe Pawliczek / Staff Writer

February 9, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

With the abundance of protests and marches happening around Pitt’s campus recently, many students are wondering if the public’s calls for change will be left unanswered. At a Wednesday night panel, Pitt professors and activists encouraged students to continue championing local movements.   The Foss...

SGB advocates for Counseling Center services in Pitt syllabi

SGB advocates for Counseling Center services in Pitt syllabi

By Nolan Roosa and Emily Suruda / The Pitt News Staff

February 8, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

With a new initiative, Pitt’s Student Government Board is hoping to make information about Counseling Center services one of the first things students will see in their fall semester classes. Board member Justin Horowitz introduced a project Tuesday night to include Counseling Center Services in every...

MSA hosts candlelight vigil for Quebec victims

MSA hosts candlelight vigil for Quebec victims

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

February 8, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Through the wind and rain, the flames of fifty candles burned brightly outside the William Pitt Union for six men who were killed because of the religion they believed in. The University of Pittsburgh’s Muslim Student Association hosted a candlelight vigil on Tuesday night to honor the 14 victims of...

Protesters make plea to bring Martín Esquivel-Hernández home

Protesters make plea to bring Martín Esquivel-Hernández home

By MarySandra Do / For The Pitt News

February 8, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

While Martín Esquivel-Hernández could not speak to his supporters directly in Pittsburgh, his words were still heard. Esquivel-Hernández, a former Pittsburgh resident who had been in prison for nine months on charges related to undocumented immigration, was deported Tuesday.  At a protest T...

Peduto makes strides to conquer water, affordable housing issues in Pittsburgh

Peduto makes strides to conquer water, affordable housing issues in Pittsburgh

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

February 8, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is tackling two life necessities in the city: water and housing. The mayor released two statements on Tuesday afternoon saying he plans to look into the water crisis and create more affordable housing opportunities for Pittsburgh natives. After an unexpected flush and...

Gov. Wolf’s 2017-2018 state budget round-up

Gov. Wolf’s 2017-2018 state budget round-up

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

February 8, 2017


Filed under News

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf plans to save $2 billion for Pennsylvania residents — opting to focus on budget cuts instead of raising taxes. In a budget discussion held Tuesday morning in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Wolf revealed his proposed $32.3 billion budget for the 2017 fiscal year. Next, the ...

UPTV relaunches with new programming lineup

UPTV relaunches with new programming lineup

By MarySandra Do / For The Pitt News

February 7, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

In a tight dorm-room-sized space carpeted in red with one lime-green wall and a purple loveseat, UPTV is making big plans for the future of Pitt student media. UPTV merged with "Pitt Tonight" and Pitt in Hollywood to relaunch the once popular station for the first time in seven years. UPTV, which de...

Anti-sanctuary campus, city bills up for vote in Pennsylvania

Anti-sanctuary campus, city bills up for vote in Pennsylvania

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

February 7, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

In a Pennsylvania Senate committee meeting Monday, members passed a bill to withhold funding from municipalities and counties that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities. The bill passed on a party-line vote, with full support from Republicans and full opposition from Democrats and i...

Darlene Harris seeks mayorial endorsement from Allegheny County Democratic Committee

Darlene Harris seeks mayorial endorsement from Allegheny County Democratic Committee

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

February 7, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Darlene Harris is making moves to go from city councilwoman to the Democratic nominee for mayor of Pittsburgh. Although she has not launched an official campaign, Harris notified the Allegheny County Democratic Committee that she will seek its endorsement in the primary May 16. In years past, winning ...

Pittsburgh natives march against Uber

Pittsburgh natives march against Uber

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

February 6, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Taking the trip from Denny Park, off Liberty Avenue, to Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center on Smallman Street in the Strip District would take one minute in an Uber. But about 30 Pittsburghers marched the same route for a half hour Saturday afternoon to protest a swathe of issues they had with th...

The Outsider: Welch promises “people’s campaign” more equitable city in Peduto challenge

The Outsider: Welch promises “people’s campaign” more equitable city in Peduto challenge

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

February 6, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Florence Turner, 57, of Pittsburgh’s Manchester neighborhood, knows her candidate for mayor of Pittsburgh, John C. Welch, has a tough fight ahead of him. But like Marvin Gaye’s dedicated lover in “Ain't No Mountain High Enough,” which played softly in the background of the Pittsburgh Pro...

Gov. Wolf requests $10 million to fight opioid epidemic

Gov. Wolf requests $10 million to fight opioid epidemic

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

February 6, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Gov. Tom Wolf is taking on Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic with a budget proposal, a testament to the crisis’ severity in the face of a looming $3 billion budget deficit. As part of the proposed 2017-2018 Pennsylvania state budget, Wolf announced last Tuesday that he will request $10 million to eq...

Interactive crime map: Jan. 26 – Feb. 3

By The Pitt News Staff

February 5, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Jan. 26 3:03 p.m. Public Safety Building, 3412 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police reported a stalking incident where the victim reported she was being stalked by another student at various locations on campus. The victim has not contacted police or filed a report. 8:50 p.m. ...

Trump’s employment freeze affects Pitt graduates

Trump’s employment freeze affects Pitt graduates

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

February 3, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Adviser Jane Wallace guides Pitt economics students looking to advance their careers in one direction: the Federal Reserve. The U.S. government’s central bank offers recent graduates research assistant positions as a so they can use their degrees to crunch numbers rather than sit behind a desk ...

Lawyers defend immigrants in Pittsburgh after Trump’s executive order

Lawyers defend immigrants in Pittsburgh after Trump’s executive order

By Nolan Roosa / For The Pitt News

February 3, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

After making successful voyages into the United States, thousands struggled to make their way past security gates at airport arrival terminals across the country on Jan. 27 But without warning, hesitation or preparation, lawyers staked out spots on airport floors to assist people held up by President...

Top 5 employment resources you didn’t know Pitt offered

Top 5 employment resources you didn’t know Pitt offered

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

February 3, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Between balancing classes and a social life, finding a job is almost as hard as an organic chemistry test. Thankfully, The Pitt News used our investigative journalism skills to dig up five resources Pitt offers that can help you go from penniless to prosperous. Cheryl S. Finlay, associate dean and directo...

PWSA says at least two days until water is drinkable

PWSA says at least two days until water is drinkable

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

February 2, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Mayor Bill Peduto, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and other safety officials outlined their plan Wednesday night to flush out the remaining “water of concern” in the eastern part of Pittsburgh’s water supply. The press conference came as a response to the PWSA statement Tuesday night inst...

Edward Snowden weighs in on objectivity

Edward Snowden weighs in on objectivity

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

February 2, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

As his face appeared on the projector’s huge screen, overlooking a cheering room of Pitt students, Edward Snowden smiled sheepishly. “It’s good to be home,” he said, to a big laugh from the fully packed William Pitt Union Assembly Room. Facing federal charges for espionage and theft, Snow...

SGB hosts first town hall style meeting, opens floor for student concerns

SGB hosts first town hall style meeting, opens floor for student concerns

By Grant Burgman / For The Pitt News

February 1, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Pitt Student Government Board held their first monthly town hall-style meeting Tuesday night, cutting board member reports to focus on students who wanted to voice their concerns. Other than this change, the town hall remained mostly similar to a standard SGB meeting, featuring updates from each ...

Pitt alum gives people that are trans voice with “Transient”

Pitt alum gives people that are trans voice with “Transient”

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

February 1, 2017


Filed under National News, News, Top Stories

Many members of the LGBTQ+ community see Trump’s presidency as an existential threat. Pitt alum Mark Janavel aims to give people are transgender a voice with an upcoming documentary about the transgender experience in Pittsburgh. Janavel, who graduated from Pitt in 2015, wants to provide a space for transgen...

Pitt student in stable condition after fall at Sutherland

Pitt student in stable condition after fall at Sutherland

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

February 1, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

A Pitt student is currently receiving treatment at UPMC Presbyterian after they fell or jumped out out of a seventh floor window at Sutherland Hall on Saturday at 1:05 a.m. Sonya Toler, a spokesperson for city police, said that an 18-year-old male student was taken to the hospital in critical con...

Buy or boil: PWSA issues water advisory for eastern and central Pittsburgh

Buy or boil: PWSA issues water advisory for eastern and central Pittsburgh

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / The Pitt News Staff

February 1, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

First-year student Athena Sardelis, a double major in English writing and psychology, balanced several water bottles in her arm as she rushed up the Market stairs to get to her Tower B dorm room. She was in search of water Tuesday night after Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority issued a "Precautiona...

Prototype creates space for feminist makers

Prototype creates space for feminist makers

By MarySandra Do / For The Pitt News

January 31, 2017


Filed under City, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

Caitlin Bruce, an assistant professor in the department of communication at Pitt, always liked sewing and painting, but had yet to find a suitable space to practice her art in Pittsburgh. “I haven’t had a lot of experience in makerspaces, but, one that I went to, it felt kind of like very masculine — it was a ...

Students tackle gun-toting assailants on Friday

Students tackle gun-toting assailants on Friday

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

January 31, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Crime, News

Joseph, a Pitt sophomore, was staring straight into the barrel of a black revolver handgun on McKee Street Friday night. A Pitt police crime alert detailing Joseph’s experience noted that the gunman holding the revolver used it to hit the student in the back of the head — but it did not list ...

Pitt, University Science Center team up to commercialize Pitt-developed technology

Pitt, University Science Center team up to commercialize Pitt-developed technology

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

January 31, 2017


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Opposite sides of the state are teaming up to make a Pitt-developed technology profitable. The University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute and the University City Science Center, an urban research park in Philadelphia, announced a collaboration yesterday that puts a device designed to improve lower...

Two violent crimes reported in Oakland over weekend

Two violent crimes reported in Oakland over weekend

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

January 30, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

Multiple instances of violent crime in Oakland this weekend left one victim with minor injuries and another in critical condition. One person was robbed and assaulted at gunpoint by three unidentified suspects while walking along the 300 block of McKee Place Friday night at about 10:07 p.m. The vict...

No ban, no wall, no silence in Pittsburgh

No ban, no wall, no silence in Pittsburgh

By Stephen Caruso, Zoe Pawliczek and Ashwini Sivaganesh

January 30, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, National News, News

No one was detained at the Pittsburgh International Airport Sunday, but the crowd showed up anyway. In solidarity with similar protests across the country, including those at Washington Dulles International and John F. Kennedy International airports, about 150 people gathered in the airport’s t...

Two Oakland homes damaged in fire on Joe Hammer Square

Two Oakland homes damaged in fire on Joe Hammer Square

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

January 30, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh emergency services responded to a fire at the 3200 block of Joe Hammer Square at 7:40 p.m. Sunday. Sonya Toler, a spokesperson for city police, said that one person suffered minor injuries and two homes were affected by the flames. She also said police are still investigating the cause ...

Interactive crime map Jan. 20 – 24

By The Pitt News Staff

January 30, 2017


Filed under Campus, Crime, News

Jan. 20 8:18 p.m. Bouquet Gardens Building B. 300 S. Bouquet St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police responded to a report of harassment. An investigation is pending. 9:22 p.m. Phi Kappa Theta House. Fraternity Housing Complex, University Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police cited a s...

Scott Schubert named police chief of Pittsburgh Police Department

Scott Schubert named police chief of Pittsburgh Police Department

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

January 30, 2017


Filed under City, News

After serving two months as acting Pittsburgh police chief, longtime Pittsburgh Police Officer Scott Schubert was announced as the new Pittsburgh Police Department police chief on Friday. Schubert, who has spent 24 years with the bureau, became assistant chief of operations in December 2014. Pittsburgh May...

Governor Wolf closes SCI Pittsburgh prison

Governor Wolf closes SCI Pittsburgh prison

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy and Ashwini Sivaganesh / The Pitt News Staff

January 27, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The State Correctional Institution in Pittsburgh will close by June 2017 as part of a larger plan to cut the current state budget deficit, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday. The closure will affect the prison’s 1,876 inmates and 512 employees, all of whom will be relocated by June 30, 2017. ...

Holland Hall to be co-ed by fall 2017

Holland Hall to be co-ed by fall 2017

By Amanda Reed / Assisstant News Editor

January 27, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

By this time next year, there will no longer be a single-gender dormitory for first-year students at Pitt. Holland Hall, Pitt’s only all-female dorm, will be co-ed starting in fall 2017. Amos Hall — which is home to 10 of Pitt’s sororities — is the only other all-female dorm on campus, but it’s...

Pitt’s plans for Community Engagements Centers still vague

Pitt’s plans for Community Engagements Centers still vague

By Max Datner / For The Pitt News

January 27, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Although Pitt announced plans to create community engagement centers seven months ago, there have been sparse details since about when or how the program will take shape. In a June 2016 University press release, Pitt cited a need to establish partnerships with communities surrounding the University....

Shots fired near Magee Hospital, one man injured

Shots fired near Magee Hospital, one man injured

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Senior Staff Writer

January 26, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

According to city police, multiple shots were fired on the corner of Hamlet Street and Boulevard of the Allies in Oakland Wednesday evening, leaving one man injured. City police who responded to the call said an unidentified male was shot in the right pinky finger and arm near Magee-Women’s Hospi...

Conflict Kitchen to spotlight refugee chefs in March

Conflict Kitchen to spotlight refugee chefs in March

By Rebecca Peters and James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / The Pitt News Staff

January 26, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Conflict Kitchen has been spotlighting global conflicts for more than six years, but this year it’s turning the spotlight back toward its own home. Through a partnership with the Sprout Fund — an organization funding politically engaged projects throughout the country — the take-out restaurant co...

Five Pitt students arrested at inauguration in D.C.

Five Pitt students arrested at inauguration in D.C.

By Amanda Reed and Rebecca Peters / The Pitt News Staff

January 26, 2017


Filed under Crime, National News, News, Top Stories

The morning of Inauguration Day, before Trump took his presidential oath, Americans filtered onto the National mall. Among them, Anika Mavinkurve, a senior neuroscience major, noticed that the inauguration was calm — not a crowbar, brick or act of violence in sight. “When we first walked in there was 100 max...

Nancy Kirkwood brings eco-art to Center for Creativity

Nancy Kirkwood brings eco-art to Center for Creativity

By Zoe Pawliczek / For The Pitt News

January 25, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Nancy Kirkwood walked down to the basement of the University Bookstore on Fifth with overflowing bags of art supplies and began stocking a wall full of shelves. She does this every day as part of her job at the Center for Creativity. Kirkwood — who was previously the administrative coordinator for Pitt’s English...

Pitt to offer dual-degree MBA/MHA graduate program

Pitt to offer dual-degree MBA/MHA graduate program

By Nolan Roosa / For The Pitt News

January 25, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

A new collaboration between two Pitt graduate schools lets students save 39 credits and a year of school while walking away with two degrees. Pitt announced the dual degree program on Jan. 17. Beginning in the fall, students can earn a Master of Health Administration and a Master of Business Admini...

Pitt cancer researchers win international prize

Pitt cancer researchers win international prize

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

January 25, 2017


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

For the first time, two Pitt faculty members have won the Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize, an international award given to medical researchers who have made significant contributions to immunology, cancer research, microbiology and chemotherapy. Doctors Yuan Chang and Patrick S. Moore, f...

SGB applies for grant to educate students and make Pitt smoke-free

SGB applies for grant to educate students and make Pitt smoke-free

By Emily Suruda / Staff Writer

January 25, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

For the second time, Student Government Board is trying to initiate a tobacco-free and smoke-free campus through the American Cancer Society and CVS Health. The American Cancer Society and CVS Health introduced a Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative in November that grants universities $10,...

Pitt, CCAC, PPS form Pittsburgh Administration Collaboration

Pitt, CCAC, PPS form Pittsburgh Administration Collaboration

By Alexis Carter / Staff Writer

January 24, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

With a new partnership between Pittsburgh schools and colleges, students can prepare for a college career as soon as they enter seventh grade. The collaboration — called the Pittsburgh Administration Collaboration — involves Pitt, the Community College of Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh Pub...

Pittsburgh, Penn State chosen as national autonomous vehicle testing sites

Pittsburgh, Penn State chosen as national autonomous vehicle testing sites

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

January 24, 2017


Filed under City, National News, News, Tech Science

Expect to see even more autonomous vehicles driving around Pennsylvania in the coming months. The federal Department of Transportation accepted PennDOT’s request to make Pennsylvania a National Proving Ground — testing site — for Autonomous Vehicle Technologies on January 19, one month after...

Man assaulted on Forbes and McKee

Man assaulted on Forbes and McKee

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

January 24, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

Pitt police assisted city police with a reported assault on the corner of Forbes Avenue and McKee Place Sunday afternoon. The fight, which took place at about 3:52 p.m., involved two individuals — one of whom had a knife. The victim reported that while he was crossing Forbes, the perpetrator dro...

Interactive crime map Jan. 13 – 20

By The Pitt News Staff

January 24, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Uncategorized

Jan. 13 1:20 p.m. 100 to 300 block of Oakland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police assisted with a theft from Peter's Pub. 11:34 p.m. Centre Plaza apartments. 5032 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police cited a student for underage drinking. Jan. 14 12:34 a.m. Litc...

Hello, Trump: Women’s March on Washington, D.C.

Hello, Trump: Women’s March on Washington, D.C.

By The Pitt News Staff

January 23, 2017


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

This is a continuation of Hello, Trump: Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C., Saturday It started with a Facebook event. Teresa Shook, from Hawaii, made a Facebook page for the Women’s March on Washington on election night. By the morning, 10,000 people had responded. By Jan. 21, m...

Hello, Trump: Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C.

Hello, Trump: Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C.

By The Pitt News Staff

January 23, 2017


Filed under National News, News, Top Stories

In front of a crowd of roughly 200,000, Donald Trump took the nation’s most dutiful oath Friday, pledging to faithfully execute the Executive Office of the President for the good of, in his own words, the people. And Saturday, the people took the streets laid out in front of the Capitol Building ...

Pittsburgh takes part in alternative inauguration events and sister marches

Pittsburgh takes part in alternative inauguration events and sister marches

By The Pitt News Staff

January 23, 2017


Filed under National News, News, Top Stories

While hundreds of thousands flocked to Washington, D.C., for Donald Trump’s inauguration and the Women’s March, thousands of Pittsburghers voiced support, disagreement and commitment to change and to one another right here in the once-Steel City. At the Freedom Corner in the Hill District, Pittsburghers took t...

TPN reacts to weekend in Washington, D.C.

TPN reacts to weekend in Washington, D.C.

By The Pitt News Staff

January 23, 2017


Filed under National News, News

After returning from Washington, D.C., here's what some of The Pitt News staff had to say about inauguration weekend: Elizabeth Lepro, editor-in-chief I wasn’t able to make it to the inauguration, but I arrived in D.C. the next day to cover the Women’s March on Washington — which was by f...

GALLERY: Women’s March on Washington

GALLERY: Women’s March on Washington

By John Hamilton | Visual Editor

January 21, 2017


Filed under National News, News, Uncategorized, Visual

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Jack Hayes: balancing res life and med life

Jack Hayes: balancing res life and med life

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

January 20, 2017


Filed under News, Top Stories

For Christmas during his junior year, Jack Hayes received a “Pitt Dad” shirt as a gift from one of his floormates. No, he wasn’t an expectant father. He was the Resident Assistant — more commonly called an RA. Hayes had organized a holiday gift exchange for his floor in Litchfield Tower A ...

TPN’s Top 5 political moments in Pittsburgh

TPN’s Top 5 political moments in Pittsburgh

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

January 20, 2017


Filed under City, National News, News

Before the moment Donald Trump puts his hand on the Bible and takes an oath to become the 45th president of the United States of America, The Pitt News took to its Twitter analytics to see which Pittsburgh political events cause the most online frenzy this year. Here are the top five: No. 5 — Birm...

Pitt’s School of Arts and Sciences updates general education requirements

Pitt’s School of Arts and Sciences updates general education requirements

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

January 20, 2017


Filed under Administration, News

For the first time in 35 years, general education requirements are changing in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. The Undergraduate Council, composed of 12 faculty members and five undergraduate students, recently announced it approved changes for the general education requirements ...

Son of Salk: cooperation will end polio

Son of Salk: cooperation will end polio

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

January 19, 2017


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Peter Salk knows the last step to eradicating polio: teamwork. His father, Jonas Salk, the inventor of the injected polio vaccine, began imagining an institute dedicated to investigating experimental medicine in 1954, two years after the creation of the first polio vaccine in 1952. Jonas founded t...

What’s with the crows: facilities management, Aviary work to combat campus crows

What’s with the crows: facilities management, Aviary work to combat campus crows

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

January 19, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

As junior Virginia Lefever walked out of her Vertebrate Morphology lab in Langley Hall on a Tuesday night last semester, she heard what sounded like the onset of a minor rainstorm. But it wasn’t raindrops plunking onto the pavement. It was crow feces. “My friends and I liked to joke about needing...

Interactive crime map Jan. 4 – 13

By The Pitt News Staff

January 18, 2017


Filed under News

Jan. 4, 2017 Noon. University Store on Fifth. 4000 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police responded to a report of a retail theft. One student was referred for judicial action. 12:20 p.m. Keystone Building. 3520 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police responded to a computer ...

SGB introduces new scheduling app for planning semesters

SGB introduces new scheduling app for planning semesters

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

January 18, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

SGB introduced a new scheduling application at Tuesday night’s meeting that would simplify the way students register for classes and plan their semesters. Vice President and Chief of Cabinet Rohit Anand said the new tool will be available in February and will allow students to plan out an ideal ...

Gilman proposes City for All agenda

Gilman proposes City for All agenda

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

January 18, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

With Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman’s six piece legislation package, the city could become a fairer place for immigrants, refugees and those with disabilities. The six pieces of legislation, called the City for All agenda, are aimed at making Pittsburgh a more welcoming and inclusive city, an...

Eye imaging helps glaucoma patients, according to study

Eye imaging helps glaucoma patients, according to study

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Staff Writer

January 18, 2017


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

With a few pictures, eye disease patients may get more focused help than before, according to a new study. Researchers at both Pitt and the University of Rochester Medical Center have developed a new technique for photographing the human eye that allows them to view cells that have never been seen...

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