The Pitt News

Pitt students game with new Wi-Fi network

Pitt students game with new Wi-Fi network

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and Alexa Bakalarski / News Editors

January 12, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

When they aren’t in class, some students spend their time trekking through the forest for lost treasure while others creep through cityscapes stealing expensive cars. Some brave dorm-dwellers slay demons while their neighbors steer rocket-powered buggies to score goals. Video games are a classic pastime — and in...

Pitt names founding director for Cyber Institute

Pitt names founding director for Cyber Institute

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and Alexa Bakalarski / News Editors

January 12, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt  announced the director of the new Pitt Cyber Institute, which will focus on addressing and teaching issues of cyber security, Wednesday morning. The university appointed David J. Hickton as the head of the institute, a new interdisciplinary teaching and research facility that will work with t...

Two thefts continue Oakland crime streak

Two thefts continue Oakland crime streak

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

January 12, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

A home on the 300 block of Meyran Avenue was burglarized early Tuesday morning, making it the second burglary this semester and the 25th this academic year. According to a Pitt police crime alert, the burglary occurred sometime between 5:30 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. The burglar broke the front door, entered the apartment and stole a laptop. Th...

Pitt students, faculty talk diversity with Dean Bonner

Pitt students, faculty talk diversity with Dean Bonner

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

January 11, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

Pitt students and faculty used markers, large posters and brainpower Tuesday evening to address diversity and inclusion at Pitt. In the second installment of Pitt’s Dialogue with the Dean, a University-sponsored conversation as part of Pitt’s Year of Diversity, Vice Provost and Dean of Studen...

SGB talks 2017 election, student involvement for future

SGB talks 2017 election, student involvement for future

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

January 11, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

With more publicity and more communication, this year’s Student Government Board wants to break the three-year streak of candidates running unopposed. To encourage more students to run for positions in the election in February, SGB will host the first elections mixer on Jan. 20. The mixer, which will be hel...

School of Education announces new dean

School of Education announces new dean

By Alexa Bakalarski and Amanda Reed / News Editors

January 11, 2017


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

After the former dean stepped down in the summer, Pitt has named a new School of Education dean — one who has had a focus on diversity and inclusion in her past roles. Valerie Kinloch, who will begin serving as Pitt’s School of Education dean July 1, 2017, is currently the associate dean of div...

Bye, bye bags: University store becomes part of BYOB initiative

Bye, bye bags: University store becomes part of BYOB initiative

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

January 10, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The term “BYOB” is taking on a different meaning at Pitt. Taking the lead from environmental movements across the country and state, Pitt’s students, faculty and administration are trying to make “Bring Your Own Bag” the newest trend on campus. Over the past two years, several diffe...

PGH, Pitt groups plan for Inauguration

PGH, Pitt groups plan for Inauguration

By Amanda Reed and Nolan Roosa / The Pitt News Staff

January 10, 2017


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

Although Washington, D.C is 246 miles away, many Pittsburghers are making the trek to the Capitol to attend one of the most polarizing inaugurations in history. Students and members of the Pittsburgh community will be a few of the hundreds of thousands converging in D.C. to see Trump get elected ...

Interactive Crime Map Dec. 8 to Jan. 4

By The Pitt News Staff

January 9, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 8:42 a.m. Detre Hall. 3811 O'Hara St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police assisted an individual who wanted to file a harrassment report. 12:20 p.m. Desoto and O'Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police responded to a report of a domestic dispute. Both parties w...

Edward Snowden to broadcast live on campus

Edward Snowden to broadcast live on campus

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and Amanda Reed / News Editors

January 9, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Usually lectures that take place in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room involve a speaker standing at the podium and addressing an audience of Pitt students. The Pitt Program Council will instead host a live video conference event with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden Feb. 1. Students can purch...

Sister, sister: recruits rush for spring 2017

Sister, sister: recruits rush for spring 2017

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and Amanda Reed / News Editors

January 9, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Heeled boots clacked on the tile of the William Pitt Union lobby as women scurried from one room to the next visiting potential sororities and meeting their future sisters for the first time. Pitt’s Panhellenic Association started their formal spring recruitment Jan. 6 — a two-weekend process when ...

SGB round-up: everything you need to know for 2017

SGB round-up: everything you need to know for 2017

By Alexa Bakalarski and Leo Dornan / The Pitt News Staff

January 9, 2017


Filed under News, Top Stories

This year’s Student Government Board has passed fewer bills and resolutions than in past years, focusing its efforts instead on planning events and reversing a waning interest in student government. Although SGB — made up of eight board members, plus a President  — is meant to function as a ...

PennDOT pushes for national test site recognition

PennDOT pushes for national test site recognition

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and Amanda Reed / News Editors

January 6, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Over the last semester, students have witnessed Uber’s self-driving cars racing down the streets of Oakland, and now, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation wants more. After Pittsburgh lost  the Smart City Challenge in July 2016, PennDOT submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Transportation requesting that the agency consider Pittsburgh, and parts of Pen...

Pitt planning for budget cuts for 2017-18 fiscal year

Pitt planning for budget cuts for 2017-18 fiscal year

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

January 6, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Even with a $3.6 billion endowment, possible budget changes from Harrisburg could mean Pitt will have to find other funding sources in the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The University uses funds from the state for teaching instruction, financial aid, student services like the wellness center and the Stu...

Board of Trustees invest in campus buildings

Board of Trustees invest in campus buildings

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

January 6, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Board of Trustees plans to close the deal on a $7 million two-story building in Oakland in the coming weeks but isn’t yet sure what the space will be used for. The property and facilities committee of the Board can approve construction projects of more than $2 million and real estate purchase...

Semple Street home burglarized over winter break

Semple Street home burglarized over winter break

By Alexa Bakalarski and Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editors

January 5, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

While Pitt’s campus shut down for the holidays, a home on Semple Street was burglarized, marking the 24th burglary of this academic year. The resident of the home, a Pitt student, returned to his hometown for the winter holidays on Dec. 22. He realized his items were missing when he returned to sch...

Reading to pass time: Book ‘Em turns a new page for inmates

Reading to pass time: Book ‘Em turns a new page for inmates

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

January 4, 2017


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

On Cherokee Street in the Upper Hill District of Pittsburgh, drugs passed daily between neighbors and visitors. And on Aug. 5, 2008, Frank Johnson got caught in the cycle. By sunset that day, at 34 years old, Johnson’s freedom was no longer guaranteed. Convicted by a jury in October 2010 for c...

Trump’s Cabinet close-up

Trump’s Cabinet close-up

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

January 4, 2017


Filed under National News, News, Top Stories

The 45th president of the United States of America will officially have the opportunity to “Make America Great Again,” beginning Jan. 20. Among those expected to appear at the inauguration ceremony of Donald Trump — including the Rockettes and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir — are the newest membe...

ICYMI: Winter Break

ICYMI: Winter Break

By The Pitt News Staff

January 4, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Sports

Here are some of the changes, appointments and news that happened locally and nationally while Pitt students, faculty and staff enjoyed their winter break. Dec. 14 — Pitt offensive coordinator Matt Canada leaves for LSU After one season as Pitt’s offensive coordinator — in which he guided the Pan...

Pennsylvania laws and legislations: what’s new in 2017

Pennsylvania laws and legislations: what’s new in 2017

By Alexa Bakalarski and Amanda Reed | Assistant News Editors

January 4, 2017


Filed under City, News, Uncategorized

Here are some of the latest Pennsylvania laws and legislations to know about for the upcoming year. REAL ID Act Changes Effective Jan. 30, 2017, Pennsylvania ID holders cannot use their ID to enter federal buildings, military buildings and nuclear power plants since current licenses and IDs ar...

University Honors College announces internal search for next dean

University Honors College announces internal search for next dean

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | News Editor

December 27, 2016


Filed under Administration, News

The University Honors College officially created a search committee last week, five months after Dean Edward Stricker announced that he would be stepping down before the fall of 2017. Senior Director of International Programs Ariel Armony will head the dean search committee, made up of 10 Pitt student and facu...

Up all night: all about insomnia

Up all night: all about insomnia

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Staff Writer

December 12, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Kelly Shaw is lying in bed, staring at the ceiling and wondering why she’s so tired, but she can’t sleep. At this point she’s just a third-grader, so she asks her father what to do. He tells her he bets she can’t count to 2,000 before falling asleep, so she takes him up on it. “It worked t...

Hillman Library: stories from the staff

Hillman Library: stories from the staff

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

December 12, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Every chair in Hillman Library is filled, every table strewn with textbooks and notes, every face marked with the undeniable signs of exhaustion and stress. Students are curled up in their PJs, clutching caramel macchiatos and murmuring math formulas and historical dates. Many have stayed for a f...

Scientists recommend students watch food timing, alcohol before sleep

Scientists recommend students watch food timing, alcohol before sleep

By Rachel Glasser and Rebecca Peters / Pitt News Staff

December 12, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Two of the most important things to college students — alcohol and food — could be impacting a third desire of theirs — sleep — more than most students realize. Students who aren’t careful about what they put in their body before they go to sleep are likely to end up less rested than the...

Interactive Crime Map Dec. 2 – 7

By The Pitt News Staff

December 12, 2016


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 10:05 a.m. Off campus. Pitt police assisted a female student who reported fraudulent charges on her credit card. 10:13 a.m. Darragh Street Apartments. Pitt police are investigating a report of a package theft. 12:22 p.m. 3700 block of Parkview Avenue. Pitt police ...

Pittsburghers rescue unused food, one can at a time

Pittsburghers rescue unused food, one can at a time

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

December 9, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

Following a friendly honk, a green truck pulls up outside South West Meals on Wheels in Carnegie at about 9:30 a.m. Then, it backs through the parking lot, right up to the kitchen door. Scott Marshall, 41, jumps out of the cab. His bald head is complimented by a large beard — grown after he left...

Peace, love and tax evasion: donut shop founder sentenced

Peace, love and tax evasion: donut shop founder sentenced

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

December 9, 2016


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

Though the founder of Peace, Love, and Little Donuts was sentenced Thursday for bankruptcy and income fraud, the Oakland franchise will remain open and unaffected. The donut chain’s co-founder Ronald Razete, who founded the chain with his wife, was charged with underreporting his income on the...

Man exposes self on Oakland Ave. and Bates St.

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

December 8, 2016


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

After several people reported that a man was inappropriately exposing himself in Oakland, Pitt police issued a crime alert Thursday afternoon notifying students they were searching for him.   Officers responded to complaints at about 9:40 p.m. Wednesday night at the intersection of Oakland Avenue ...

Going Virtual

Going Virtual

By Brady Langmann | Culture Editor

December 8, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Tech Science

Michael Arenth reached for his goggles, strapped them to his head with a rubber band and embarked on a trip 6,000 miles away. He sat in the back of a bumpy brown canoe and watched the bony arms of a 9-year-old refugee paddle across a swamp, enveloped by the emerald-colored fields of South Sudan. With...

Pitt faculty petitions for sanctuary campus

Pitt faculty petitions for sanctuary campus

By Lauren Rosenblatt, Alexa Bakalarski, Amanda Reed / The Pitt News Staff

December 8, 2016


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

With a new petition, Pitt professors are asking the administration to proactively protect undocumented students. Assistant English professor Peter Campbell and English professor Sarah Leavens spearheaded the effort and worked collaboratively with seven other professors on the petition, which urges Pitt ...

Police arrest two men for Meyran Avenue burglary

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

December 7, 2016


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

After the 23rd burglary in Oakland this semester occurred last week, police have arrested two men for this most recent incident. Pittsburgh police arrested 18-year-old Jamal Kyte-Saverly and an unnamed 17-year-old man in connection with the Dec. 1 burglary in the 300 block of Meyran Avenue. Kyte-Sa...

Pitt hires psychiatrist

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

December 7, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Even as students complained that Pitt hadn’t hired replacement psychiatrists to staff its Counseling Center, it appears administrators had actually — and quietly — filled one of the open positions. In an email sent Dec. 6, University spokesperson Shawn Ahearn said that Dr. Jennifer Prins, ...

Former Pitt international student cheats, faces deportation

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

December 7, 2016


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

Pitt alum Han Tong was sentenced on Monday to three years probation and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents after a Western Pennsylvania district court determined he took part in a scheme to cheat on college entrance exams. U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti sentenced Tong Monday afte...

SGB proposes gender neutral elections code

SGB proposes gender neutral elections code

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

December 7, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government

Student Government Board ended 2016 with an eye toward future projects in January:  introducing the new First Year Council and proposing a new bill that makes the elections code clearer and more progressive. Board Bill 41 proposes revisions to the student elections code to use only gender neutral pronouns and make the d...

NPR correspondent Cokie Roberts talks Trump, election

NPR correspondent Cokie Roberts talks Trump, election

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

December 7, 2016


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

Cokie Roberts wants it on the record that she thought Donald Trump would win from the beginning. Roberts, a veteran reporter at National Public Radio and author of four books about women’s role during the Revolutionary and Civil wars, appeared frequently on television during the 2016 Presidential e...

At Cathedral, Fossil Free Pitt Coalition calls for divestment

At Cathedral, Fossil Free Pitt Coalition calls for divestment

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

December 6, 2016


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

A thin, cardboard oil pipeline roughly 200 feet long stretched along the slate floor of the Cathedral Commons for about 20 minutes on Monday morning. Students had constructed the “pipeline” out of recycled cardboard tubes painted black and stretched it from the main entrance of the Commons to the b...

Allegheny County, Jill Stein question Trump win

Allegheny County, Jill Stein question Trump win

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

December 6, 2016


Filed under City, National News, News, Top Stories

After an election that mystified many predictions, Jill Stein and other Pennsylvania state and county representatives are leading a fight to verify the results. Stein, who ran for the presidency as the Green Party candidate, called for a recount of votes in three states — Michigan, Wisconsin and Pen...

Despite concerns, Title IX Coordinator says sexual assault services will continue under Trump

Despite concerns, Title IX Coordinator says sexual assault services will continue under Trump

By Nikita Karulkar / Staff Writer

December 5, 2016


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

When Vice President Joe Biden visited Pitt in April, encouraging students to fight rape culture on campus, he was speaking during a year that seemed promising for the future of sexual assault services at colleges nationwide. Pitt had opened the Office of Diversity and Inclusion only a few months pri...

For the 23rd time, burglars break into Oakland home

By Amanda Reed / Contributing Editor

December 5, 2016


Filed under Campus, Crime, News, Top Stories

After a burglar broke into their house in the 3400 block of Ward Street on Halloween, Jacky Chen and his five roommates made a house rule to lock their door at all times, even if another roommate was home. But several of the roommates forgot to lock the door on their way to a track workout with the Ultim...

Pittsburghers stand with Standing Rock just before construction halts

Pittsburghers stand with Standing Rock just before construction halts

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Staff Writer

December 5, 2016


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

Rather than staying in the comfort of her Braddock Hills home, Beth McAhren spent her Thanksgiving in Standing Rock, North Dakota. For five days at Standing Rock, McAhren cooked meals for the demonstrators there protesting the construction of an energy pipeline through land near a Sioux tribe res...

Interactive Crime Map Nov. 23 – Dec. 2

By The Pitt News Staff

December 5, 2016


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 11:11 a.m. Lawrence Hall. Pitt police responded to a report of the theft of a bicycle. An investigation is pending. 6:03 p.m. Detre Hall. Police arrested one person on charges of terroristic threats. Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 3:28 a.m. McKee Place and Fifth ...

PA pushes to join National Popular Vote Compact

PA pushes to join National Popular Vote Compact

By Alexa Bakalarski and Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editors

December 2, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, National News, News

If a new bill passes through the legislature, Pennsylvania may soon join 11 other jurisdictions throughout the country committed to upholding the popular vote in presidential elections. State Sen. Daylin Leach, a Democrat representing Delaware and Montgomery Counties, announced Thursday he will intro...

Fred Rogers Company discusses creative process, Rogers’ legacy

Fred Rogers Company discusses creative process, Rogers’ legacy

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Staff Writer

December 2, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood Thursday for Pitt students looking to learn about the TV and film industry. A crowd of more than 50 Pitt community members gathered in Scaife Hall for “Making TV,” a panel made of five production team members from the Fred Rogers Company. The panel m...

Pittsburgh panelists draw link between curiosity and health

Pittsburgh panelists draw link between curiosity and health

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

December 2, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

As a young woman in the 1990s with no clear career direction, Linnea Glick was in a situation comparable to many young people just out of college or still deciding on a path. She was working in a Pittsburgh coffee house, supplementing her curious nature through art: helping friends produce indie films, s...

Oakland Nights: Then and Now

Oakland Nights: Then and Now

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Staff Writer

December 1, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

This is part two of a series by staff writer Stephen Caruso about how Oakland’s businesses and the community have changed since the 1990s — for better or worse. Stay tuned for the next installment, which will be about Oakland’s community improvement initiatives. For part one of the series, click ...

City Council proposes ban on conversion therapy for minors

City Council proposes ban on conversion therapy for minors

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

December 1, 2016


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh may soon have something in common with Cincinnati besides demographics: a ban on psychological therapy designed to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of someone younger than 18. City councilmembers Bruce Kraus, who represents District 3 and serves as City Council president,...

SGB says changes coming to SafeRider

SGB says changes coming to SafeRider

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

November 30, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

After two years of discussion and drafting policy, Pitt’s Student Government Board submitted a proposal to SafeRider on Tuesday suggesting several major edits to the program to streamline the service for students, overhaul the dispatch system and use real-time GPS, among other changes. SGB submitted...

Film department plans new track

Film department plans new track

By Emily Suruda / For The Pitt News

November 30, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

When Ann Shetler took a film class during her first year at Pitt, she was the only one in the class who didn’t enroll to fulfill a general education requirement. Rather than pick a major that would lead to a job she hated, Shetler decided she wanted to make films. But there was one problem: she could...

PDAA releases guidelines for officer-related shootings

PDAA releases guidelines for officer-related shootings

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

November 30, 2016


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

Taking a step no other state has yet, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association announced Tuesday its recommendations for the investigation of shootings involving police officers. While the 16 recommendations are not binding for law enforcement agencies or prosecutors, the Association suggests ...

19 protesters cited at Downtown Fight for 15 rally

19 protesters cited at Downtown  Fight for 15 rally

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

November 29, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

When Martha Assefa’s mother lived in Pittsburgh 30 years ago, she had no trouble taking care of herself with funds from her minimum wage job. But now, through her work on a food policy council that works to end hunger, Assefa can see that doing what her mother did is no longer possible. In Penns...

Mayor Peduto enlists community members for LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council

Mayor Peduto enlists community members for LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

November 29, 2016


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto is enlisting the help of 15 diverse community members to make the city more inclusive for people in the LGBTQ+ community. Peduto announced the creation of an LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council, a group that will act as a liaison between Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ+ community and city gover...

Pitt marketing majors compete in national competition

Pitt marketing majors compete in national competition

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

November 29, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Rebecca Anne Feinberg, a self-proclaimed gearhead, was thrilled when she learned that her Projects in Marketing class was participating in a competition designed around a luxury sedan. But she confessed that marketing the luxury car to millenials was a much harder task than she’d envisioned. ...

Traumatic brain injury research foundation goes inactive

Traumatic brain injury research foundation goes inactive

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

November 29, 2016


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The Bennet Omalu Foundation, which was created last year for traumatic brain injury research, is no longer active. Bennet Omalu, formerly a neuropathologist with the Allegheny County Medical Examiner, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in an email Friday that he no longer wanted to be a part of the Foundation since he is “making adjustments...to reduce the demands of [his] time and life.” The ...

Eleven injured, one dead after attack on Ohio State campus

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

November 28, 2016


Filed under National News, News, Top Stories

At least 11 people were injured after a student used his car and a knife to attack people on the Ohio State University’s campus Monday morning. Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a Somali-born Ohio State student, ran his car onto the sidewalk and began stabbing people with a knife around 10 a.m. Monday. A ca...

No time to talk: what’s going on with Pitt’s Counseling Center?

No time to talk: what’s going on with Pitt’s Counseling Center?

By Rachel Glasser and Tristan Dietrick

November 28, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, Health, News

Kelchis Radziewicz had struggled with underlying anxiety before, but after losing a close friend to suicide just before her first year at Pitt, she realized she couldn’t cope with the grief on her own. “It was becoming unmanageable,” said Radziewicz, a junior English literature and Engl...

Interactive Crime Map Nov. 17 to 20

By The Pitt News Staff

November 28, 2016


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 7:50 a.m. Mervis Hall. Pitt police are investigating a report from Facilities Management of the theft of a marquee sign. 12:09 p.m. Hillman Library. Pitt police are investigating a report from an individual who said they recieved a disturbing message on their Facebook pa...

Pitt denies claims that students were offered extra credit for protesting Trump

By Elizabeth Lepro

November 23, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt came under fire from conservative outlets this week after they accused the administration of offering students in the School of Social Work extra credit for protesting President-Elect Donald Trump. But  in a statement on Wednesday, the University said the stories were inaccurate and the outle...

Students react to violence at Thursday protest

Students react to violence at Thursday protest

By Amina Doghri / Staff Writer

November 22, 2016


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

After a week of tension — both in person and online — between protesters and the University, students once again gathered on Towers patio to express their frustration with police and Pitt. This time, Dean Kenyon Bonner — who has written two public letters in response to the violence that er...

Pitt plans to renovate Hillman Library

Pitt plans to renovate Hillman Library

By Tristan Dietrick / Staff Writer

November 22, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

What began as a project to replace outdated mechanical systems in Hillman Library has now turned into a plan for a full-scale building renovation. Hillman Library, built in 1968, is set to undergo extensive renovations beginning in May 2017. The project could take up to five years and will operate ...

Pitt moves closer to developing specialized cancer treatment

Pitt moves closer to developing specialized cancer treatment

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

November 22, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

After discovering an alternative way that certain cells divide, Pitt researchers could be on the way to developing treatments for specific types of cancer. The lab of Dr. Roderick O’Sullivan, a University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute member, at the Hillman Cancer Center published findings about can...

Interactive Crime Map Nov. 10 – 14

By The Pitt News Staff

November 21, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 11:30 a.m. Sutherland Hall. An officer took a criminal mischief report. An investigation is pending. 11:30 a.m. Benedum Hall. Police responded to an individual's report of the theft of his laptop. An investigation is pending. 4:26 p.m. Cathedral of Learning. An offi...

20th home burglarized in Oakland

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

November 21, 2016


Filed under Campus, Crime, News, Top Stories

Marking the 20th burglary in the Oakland area this semester, an unknown person entered a home in the 3400 block of Parkview Avenue over the weekend, stealing a laptop and other personal items. Similar to the previous incidents, the intruder acted late on a weekend night, entering the Parkview home...

23 year old man dies in single car crash

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

November 21, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

A single car crash near the Hill District and West Oakland boundary left one man dead Saturday night. Police said Oscar Mazza, 23, was declared dead at 9:41 p.m. Saturday night, after his vehicle went off the road in the 300 block of Kirkpatrick Street. Mazza does not attend Pitt, according to Pitt...

Students, administration clash after Thursday night protest

Students, administration clash after Thursday night protest

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

November 21, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

After several student-led protests since Donald Trump’s election, one march against student debt ended with two arrests, three people in handcuffs and, according to protesters, fear and concern among students. The protests last week also drew sharp rebuke from Pitt’s administration on Friday, a ...

Pittsburghers discuss affordable housing crisis at Housing Summit

Pittsburghers discuss affordable housing crisis at Housing Summit

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

November 18, 2016


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

When Mischelle McMillan was a teenager growing up in early ‘70s Pittsburgh, she lived among rats, roaches, mold and sparking electrical plugs. McMillan said she lived in unsafe and unsanitary housing with her family because it was all they could afford. After moving from Mon Valley to Uptown, McM...

Q&A: tips from Oakland community group on renting

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

November 18, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Between studying for classes, applying for internships, participating in clubs and finding time for exercise, many Pitt students have another question on their minds: where to live? If students are planning to live off campus, the race to get the best house starts early, and the time crunch can m...

Tips and tricks: what you need to know before you rent

Tips and tricks: what you need to know before you rent

By The Pitt News Staff

November 18, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Average cost of an Oakland apartment: Numbers from Pitt’s Office of Off-Campus Living. The average one-bedroom or studio apartment in the Oakland area costs approximately $700 per month in rent. The average two-bedroom apartment shared by two students is about $1,100 — or $550 per person...

Faculty votes on amendments to general education requirements

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

November 18, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Randall Halle wants every Pitt student to learn a foreign language well enough to comfortably navigate daily life in another country. Halle, the Klaus W. Jonas professor of German film and cultural studies, said this level of proficiency is the goal of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences’...

Renter’s insurance: do student tenants need it?

Renter’s insurance: do student tenants need it?

By Wesley Hood / Staff Writer

November 18, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

It was Halloween, but Kerry Regan got more of a scare than she was hoping for when an intruder broke into her McKee Place apartment. An intruder burglarized Regan’s apartment in the early hours of Oct. 31, taking her laptop, wallet and car while Regan was asleep. In the days following the break-in, she had to piece to...

Violence at protest against student debt, one student arrested

Violence at protest against student debt, one student arrested

By Wesley Hood / Staff Writer

November 17, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

Pitt police arrested two people – one who is a Pitt student – during a protest Thursday evening. Police handcuffed three protestors – two female, one masked individual – after they forced entry into Tower B during a protest that began at the Cathedral of Learning around 5 p.m. Thursday evening...

Report shows rise in inmates, more black inmates in Allegheny County Jail

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

November 17, 2016


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

Rates of incarceration in Allegheny County Jail are rising, partially because large numbers of people are being jailed before conviction, a trend that has caused the region to outpace national averages and that highlights the inequities in the local criminal justice system. Although the Allegheny County Jail houses 70...

Pitt joins sanctuary campus movement

Pitt joins sanctuary campus movement

By Janine Faust and Connor Norton / The Pitt News Staff

November 17, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Around the country Wednesday, including at Pitt, students on college campuses “walked out” of classes in favor of equality and safety from deportation in a country largely divided over immigration issues. In front of the Cathedral of Learning Wednesday afternoon, between 50 and 60 students gathered t...

School of Social Work Dean asks tough questions about race

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

November 17, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Larry Davis first asked himself the question when he was 6 or 7 years old, while he was walking down the street. “If we were slaves, why are they angry with us?” “They,” meaning white people, who continued exploiting people of color long after slavery. The question stayed with Davis,...

Students, community members march for peace and positivity

Students, community members march for peace and positivity

By David Robinson, Elias Rappaport and James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / The Pitt News Staff

November 17, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, Election Coverage 2016, News

Pitt students and community members held homemade signs high into the air above the Cathedral lawn –– “Erase hate,” “We all come together,” “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention,” as they marched to encourage positivity in the future after the election. The mar...

Students learn renters’ rights, laws

By Preena Patel / Staff Writer

November 16, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Like many Pitt students, Sam Temples is currently looking for a clean, safe and budget-friendly apartment to rent next year but had no idea how to get this place on her own — until Tuesday afternoon. Temples and 30 other students attended an off-campus student rental workshop on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in...

Pitt study shows buses main source of diesel pollution

Pitt study shows buses main source of diesel pollution

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

November 16, 2016


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

Although public transportation like Pittsburgh’s Port Authority reduce the total number of vehicles on the road, the emissions from its buses are still a leading contributor to air pollution Downtown, a study released Tuesday found. The study, which came from the Allegheny County Health Departmen...

SGB hints at opioid initiative, few details available

SGB hints at opioid initiative, few details available

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

November 16, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Along with a slate of other initiatives, Student Government Board announced Tuesday night that Pitt is planning to launch an opioid abuse recovery program for students. Wellness Chair Malcolm Juring made the announcement at SGB’s weekly meeting that Marian Vanek, the director of the Wellness Center,...

Students break boards, stereotypes during Islam Awareness Week

Students break boards, stereotypes during Islam Awareness Week

By Emily Brindley and Ashwini Sivaganesh / The Pitt News Staff

November 16, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

When Esra Daghestani entered public school for the first time in ninth grade, she couldn’t wait to participate in the lab portion of her physical sciences class. Daghestani, who is Muslim and wears a hijab, spent her childhood in a combination of Syrian schooling and American-based homeschooling ...

SafeRider use drops, Pitt plans app

SafeRider use drops, Pitt plans app

By Rachel Glasser / Staff Writer

November 15, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Over the past four fiscal years, SafeRider usership has declined by nearly 18 percent, but an app proposal could persuade more riders to turn back to the transportation system in the future. Kevin Sheehy, director of the University of Pittsburgh Parking, Transportation and Services, said the Universit...

Holocaust survivor speaks at Pitt

Holocaust survivor speaks at Pitt

By Elias Rappaport / For The Pitt News

November 15, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Sam Gottesman, a Holocaust survivor, still remembers his near-death experience 71 years ago. Gottesman, originally from former Czechoslovakia, said that at one of the many concentration camps he was placed in, he found himself on the list of children who were to be shipped back to Auschwitz to be...

Pittsburgh residents protest Trump at Point Park

Pittsburgh residents protest Trump at Point Park

By Lexi Kennell / Staff Writer

November 14, 2016


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

In the fifth day of protests since the presidential election concluded last Wednesday, about 100 Pittsburgh residents waved signs and chanted in unison Sunday afternoon in the latest show of opposition to President-elect Donald Trump. The crowd –– mostly dressed in dark colors except for a few...

Man shatters Sorrento’s front door window

Man shatters Sorrento’s front door window

By Emily Brindley and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

November 14, 2016


Filed under Campus, Crime, News, Top Stories

Police were easily able to track down a man who shattered the front door window of Sorrento’s Pizza Roma early Sunday morning using the drink order from the bar he was just kicked out of. The man, who police have not named, was asked to leave the Garage Door Saloon at about 2 a.m. Sunday morning b...

Pitt police increase patrols after 17 burglaries

Pitt police increase patrols after 17 burglaries

By Wesley Hood / Staff Writer

November 14, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Crime, News

There have been more burglaries in Oakland since the start of the fall semester — 17 total — than in all of the 2015 calendar year combined.   Yet no one has been arrested after the string of crimes that began in October, even as Pitt police have increased patrols in Oakland and University s...

Pitt professor sues SouthSide Works cinema

Pitt professor sues SouthSide Works cinema

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

November 14, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Kenneth DeHaan wants to be able to enjoy a night out at the movies in Pittsburgh — so much so that he’s willing to go to court for it. A self-proclaimed “cinemaddict,” DeHaan, who is an American Sign Language professor at Pitt and is deaf, recently filed a lawsuit against Cleveland Cinema...

Interactive Crime Map Nov. 4 – 9

By The Pitt News Staff

November 14, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News

Here is the Pitt police activity for Nov. 4, 2016, to Nov. 9, 2016. Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 3:32 p.m. North Bouquet Street. Police responded to a report of a theft of a bike. An investigation is pending. 6:47 p.m. 3400 Forbes Avenue. Police responded to a report of a possible overdose. City me...

Jamaican LGBTQ+ activist speaks about anti-gay laws

Jamaican LGBTQ+ activist speaks about anti-gay laws

By Nikita Karulkar / Staff Writer

November 11, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

In 2011, Maurice Tomlinson got married —  and had to leave his country for it. Tomlinson, who was a university professor at the time, fled Jamaica in 2012 when a newspaper published a photo of him and his husband at their wedding. After receiving death threats, Tomlinson fled to Canada. On Thursda...

Black poets speak about police brutality

Black poets speak about police brutality

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

November 11, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Mahogany L. Browne was told in 1998 that the way she spoke wasn't considered poetry. Alongside two other poets Thursday evening, Browne shared poems in response to police brutality with a crowd of about 200 people in the Frick Fine Arts Building. Browne, as well as Amanda Johnston, 39, and Je...

Chancellor Gallagher responds to student distress

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

November 10, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

In the wake of Donald Trump’s election victory and the ensuing protests on campus and throughout the city, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher sent out a message meant to soothe tensions and reassure the Pitt community Thursday. While he didn’t mention Trump by name, Gallagher acknowledged the turmoil ...

It’s all in your head: Pitt researchers measure hallucinations

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy

November 10, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

When you think of hallucinations, you may think of a woozy feeling and swimming images or of the bright spots you see after rubbing your eyes. Hallucinations are typically an undesired side effect of sleep deprivation, mental illness or certain prescription drugs –– called psychotropics –– but t...

Waking up Wednesday: Shock, fear for some

Waking up Wednesday: Shock, fear for some

By Alexa Bakalarski and Emily Brindley / The Pitt News staff

November 10, 2016


Filed under Campus, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

Students woke up Wednesday morning to a soggy, gray day. Some of them were Donald Trump supporters, now the President-elect. But the gloomy weather seemed appropriate for others — many of whom protested the Republican in the street until the early morning. For students from minority groups t...

The Day After: Pitt, city respond to Trump

The Day After: Pitt, city respond to Trump

By The Pitt News staff

November 10, 2016


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

Just 24 hours after Donald Trump won the presidential election, the streets of Pittsburgh — like many other cities across the country — have held the rallying cries of disgruntled citizens. In Pittsburgh, protests have remained mostly peaceful, though police hit protesters in East Liberty Wednesda...

GALLERY: 2016 Election in Pittsburgh

GALLERY: 2016 Election in Pittsburgh

By The Pitt News Staff

November 10, 2016


Filed under Election Feed, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized, Visual

 ...

SGB announces council for first-year student involvement in SGB

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

November 9, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

In a shortened meeting on Election Night, Pitt’s Student Government Board announced a new council to get first-year students more involved in SGB. The First-Year Council will be made up of ten first-year students who have an interest in SGB and getting involved on campus early. The applicat...

Protesters take Oakland streets following Trump win

Protesters take Oakland streets following Trump win

By The Pitt News Staff

November 9, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, City, National News, News

[View the story "Students protest, occupy after Trump win" on Storify]...

Students vote on campus in historic election

Students vote on campus in historic election

By The Pitt News staff

November 9, 2016


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

In Posvar’s, Soldiers and Sailors’ and the William Pitt Union’s halls, thousands of Pitt students waited in snaking lines, many leaving wearing their first “I Voted” stickers. For many students, this presidential election was the first cycle they could vote in, finally across the threshold a...

Donald Trump wins presidential election

Donald Trump wins presidential election

By The Pitt News staff

November 9, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

It was announced shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday morning that reality T.V. star and real estate mogul Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. In the local races, Republican Pat Toomey beat Democrat Katie McGinty for the United States senator seat. Democrat Josh Shapiro won ...

An election season in review

November 8, 2016


Filed under Campus, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

An election season in reviewThe Pitt News staffNov. 8, 2016The Pitt News has covered the 2016 election from the very beginning, when the Republican party still boasted a lengthy list of potential candidates and Bernie Sanders’ political revolution seemed an imminent possibility. Our reporters, photogr...

Hillary Clinton rallies at Pitt day before voting starts

Hillary Clinton rallies at Pitt day before voting starts

By Amina Doghri and Noah Coco / The Pitt News Staff

November 8, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News

With the towering Cathedral of Learning and a massive American flag as her backdrop, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton got the final word at Pitt Monday, capping off a campaign season that’s brought politicians to the area on a weekly basis. “So, tomorrow is the election, and that is...

DAPL protesters gather in Schenley Plaza

DAPL protesters gather in Schenley Plaza

By Elias Rappaport / For The Pitt News

November 7, 2016


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

Kimberly Muffett-Smith, a Washington County resident who is part Native Lenape Indian, spent the last weekend in October worrying about her daughter’s safety. Muffett-Smith’s daughter was arrested Oct. 27 in Standing Rock, North Dakota, when she chained herself to equipment in protest of the ...

Trump supporters rally at Pittsburgh International Airport

Trump supporters rally at Pittsburgh International Airport

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Staff Writer

November 7, 2016


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

A capacity crowd of 6,000 in Moon, Pennsylvania, waited nearly two hours at the Pittsburgh International Airport to hear Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s final words Sunday evening. “In two days, we’re going to win the great state of Pennsylvania. We’re bringing steel back ...

Sponsored
×
The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper
News