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Liu Yandong visits Pitt

Liu Yandong visits Pitt

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor - @theodschwarz

June 19, 2015


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

Liu Yandong,Vice Premier of the Peoples Republic of China, admires the Cathedral of Learning during her visit to the University of Pittsburgh on June 19 2015.

Port Authority

Port Authority

June 17, 2015


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Port Authority considers flat fare for buses

Port Authority considers flat fare for buses

By Chidi Nwakpuda, Elizabeth Lepro and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

June 17, 2015


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Each day she began her commute to her high school job, Roxana Evans lost a portion of her paycheck to Pittsburgh’s bus system.The chunk was larger than she would have liked, since her commute put her outside of Zone 1, which extends to the edge of Homestead and Edgewood — which meant she had to...

Iggy Azalea cancels Pittsburgh Pride performance

By Lauren Rosenblatt /Assistant News Editor

June 9, 2015


Filed under City, National News, News

Pittsburgh PrideFest organizers announced the cancellation of pop artist Iggy Azalea’s performance at the LGBT event on Monday night.The Delta Foundation organized PrideFest, which runs Downtown from June 6 to June 14, and faced previous criticism for picking Azalea to headline the festival. Controversy ste...

Politics @ Pitt

Politics @ Pitt

By Katelyn Binetti / Staff Illustrator

May 28, 2015


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Activism and attitudes: Politics at Pitt

Activism and attitudes: Politics at Pitt

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


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In 1970, Paul Finkelman tied a headband around his forehead that read ‘Strike’ and joined hundreds of other students at Syracuse University protesting the Vietnam War. “[The political environment] was much more intense when I was in college,” Finkelman, now a civil liberties expert at Albany Law S...

After cuts, Pitt announces Year of the Humanities

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 28, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

After drastic cuts last year, Pitt will seek to resurrect the humanities.Last year, Pitt cut its religious studies graduate program and suspended admission to its German and classics graduate programs. Now, Provost Patricia Beeson has announced that the 2015-2016 academic year will be the ‘Year of the...

From far away lands: How students cope with distance

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

When he was a Pitt freshman two years ago, Manoj Narava was 2,500 miles from home.“I wanted to try something new,” he said.Last fall, Narava was part of the nearly 30 percent of Pitt’s undergraduate student body that came from out-of-state. According to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid...

Medical marijuana gains momentum in Pa.

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

May 19, 2015


Filed under National News, News

Last week, the Pennsylvania State Senate took a major step toward making the Keystone State even greener.On May 12, Senate Bill 3, which would legalize medical use of cannabis in the state of Pennsylvania, passed the State Senate by a 40-7 vote.Now, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will co...

Pa. Senate introduces minimum wage bill

Pa. Senate introduces minimum wage bill

By Stephen Caruso / Layout Editor

May 12, 2015


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Pitt to build Iranian Nationality Room

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

May 12, 2015


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E. Maxine Bruhns doesn’t like how Iran is portrayed in the U.S., so she’s taking its perception into her own hands. Bruhns is the director of the Nationality Rooms at Pitt and after two unsuccessful attempts dating back to 1958, Pitt — after it secures funding — is nearly set to transform room 35...

Pennsylvania Senate seeks to raise minimum wage

Pennsylvania Senate seeks to raise minimum wage

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

May 12, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

For Josh Orange, making $7.25 per hour, the Pennsylvania minimum wage, is not enough. He wants $15 an hour.At rallies last semester, Orange, a Pitt senior, told the story of growing up in Detroit with his mother, who worked for minimum wage to raise him and his siblings. She worked long hours in the se...

From print, to online, to Flickr: the state of Pitt’s yearbook

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

May 5, 2015


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When it comes to memories at Pitt, a web-based photo platform has beaten out the hard copy of the yearbook.Last November, Student Affairs and Student Government Board made the decision to reallocate approximately $40,000 needed to print Pitt’s yearbook, Panther Prints, and eliminate publication of...

Pitt, high school students rally for Freddie Gray

Pitt, high school students rally for Freddie Gray

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

May 3, 2015


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In a show of solidarity, local high school students and young Pittsburgh activists took a stand to display their angst over the death of Freddie Gray Saturday night..Police estimated approximately 200 people attended a rally in Schenley Plaza at 6 p.m. to remember Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man who died ...

Legalization in the U.S.

Legalization in the U.S.

By Katelyn Binetti / Staff Illustrator

April 19, 2015


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Sativa vs. indica

Sativa vs. indica

By Alexandra Ryan / Production Manager

April 19, 2015


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Which weed is which: Experts compare pot strains

Which weed is which: Experts compare pot strains

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

April 19, 2015


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When Ken Estes, a grower based in California, crossbred Purple Urkle and Big Bud in 2003, he made Grand Daddy Purp —  now one of the most popular strains of marijuana in the United States.But Grand Daddy Purp, known for its cerebral euphoria and physical relaxation, is just one of thousands of strain...

The how and why of munchies

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

April 19, 2015


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Spreading peanut butter on a block of cheese or dipping a banana in a mug of Swiss Miss sounds like five-star appetizing after hitting a bowl for a reason. The THC’s effect on the brain can explain the post-pot urge to rummage through kitchen cabinets for unconventional concoctions. Marijuana impairs the ab...

The state of legalization

The state of legalization

By Elizabeth Lepro and Alex Leighton / The Pitt News Staff

April 19, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Health, National News, News

In the Pennsylvania Senate, marijuana legislation is up for reconsideration — but supporters say the bill isn’t about getting high.  Gov. Tom Wolf has supported an act that would legalize the use of medical cannabis. Proponents, including families and cannabis reform groups, however, opponents say t...

State of Pitt’s funding

State of Pitt’s funding

By Emily Hower / Assistant Layout Editor

April 17, 2015


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Edith Bell speaks at Pitt

Edith Bell speaks at Pitt

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

April 16, 2015


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Gov. Wolf proposes to increase Pitt’s state funding

Gov. Wolf proposes to increase Pitt’s state funding

By Gabriel Naccarato / Staff Writer

April 16, 2015


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After years of education budget cuts from former Gov. Tom Corbett, Gov. Tom Wolf wants to put money back into Pitt’s pockets. In his first few months in office, Wolf has proposed to reverse Corbett’s education cuts. For Pitt, the decrease in appropriations, at its peak, included a 19 percent cut fr...

Holocaust survivor speaks amidst controversy

Holocaust survivor speaks amidst controversy

By Dale Shoemaker and Mark Pesto / The Pitt News Staff

April 16, 2015


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Some called it a remembrance, but others called it a repurposing. In a joint effort, Pitt’s branch of Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace hosted Edith Bell, a Jewish woman and Holocaust survivor, to speak in the William Pitt Union on International Holocaust Remembrance Da...

Workers march to increase minimum wage

Workers march to increase minimum wage

By Elizabeth Lepro and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

April 15, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

Rev. Rodney Lyde of the Baptist Temple Church looked out on a crowd of protestors sitting in the middle of Forbes Avenue and said that he couldn’t accept Pittsburgh’s title as the “most livable city.”Lyde disputed the title that The Economist has bestowed upon the city at the Fight for $15 prot...

Jill Abramson at Pitt

Jill Abramson at Pitt

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

April 15, 2015


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After NYT firing, Jill Abramson taps new beat in journalism

After NYT firing, Jill Abramson taps new beat in journalism

By Natalie Daher & Danielle Fox / The Pitt News Staff

April 15, 2015


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Far from flipping on cruise control, Jill Abramson went from steering The New York Times as its first female editor to navigating journalism’s digital depths in uncharted waters.Once the captain of the Fourth Estate and now the entrepreneur willing to shell out $100,000 for a “whale” of a story, Abr...

Uncle Jimmy’s averts permanent closure

Uncle Jimmy’s averts permanent closure

By Dale Shoemaker and Harrison Kaminsky / The Pitt News Staff

April 13, 2015


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After closing its doors Friday morning, South Oakland watering hole Uncle Jimmy’s revived itself late Friday night. The Allegheny County Treasury Department temporarily closed Uncle Jimmy’s, on Semple Street, because the owners had failed to pay its alcoholic beverage tax.In one lump sum, Uncle...

Charles Bolden to speak at Pitt’s commencement ceremony

Charles Bolden to speak at Pitt’s commencement ceremony

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

April 13, 2015


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NASA’s top brass, Charles Bolden, is touching down at Pitt for graduation.Pitt said Monday that Bolden, administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and retired major general of the U.S. Marine Corps, will speak at the 2015 commencement convocation on April 26. At the ceremony, Pit...

American Authors

American Authors

By Meghan Sunners / Senior Staff Photographer - facebook.com/MeghanSunnersPhotography

April 12, 2015


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Bobby Fry, local entrepreneur, at Pitt’s TEDx

Bobby Fry, local entrepreneur, at Pitt’s TEDx

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

April 12, 2015


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Local leaders spread ideas at Pitt’s TEDx

Local leaders spread ideas at Pitt’s TEDx

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

April 12, 2015


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Even after graduating college with a 2.6 GPA, Bobby Fry landed a job on Wall Street with the help of his roommate’s father.“Shape yourself, so you’re ready when the world gives you opportunities,” said Fry, a Pittsburgh native and owner of Bar Marco, a restaurant in the Strip District. Fry spoke ...

70 Faces

70 Faces

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

April 9, 2015


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Business school dean announced

By Dale Shoemaker and Elizabeth Lepro / The Pitt News Staff

April 9, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

Arjang Assad is new to Pitt, but not to life as a college dean.Pitt announced Wednesday that Assad, who is currently the dean of the School of Management at the State University of New York at Buffalo, will become the dean of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Admin...

Students launch new campus publication

Students launch new campus publication

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

April 9, 2015


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Pitt is getting some new faces — 70 of them, to be exact.On Wednesday night, students from all backgrounds gathered in the William Pitt Union for a night of music, poetry, art and the debut of Pitt’s newest student publication, 70 Faces. The magazine is a semiannual publication that will focus o...

70 Faces

70 Faces

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

April 8, 2015


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Zombie culture in Pittsburgh

Zombie culture in Pittsburgh

By Katelyn Binetti / Staff Illustrator

April 7, 2015


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Service workers rally outside the Cathedral of Learning

Service workers rally outside the Cathedral of Learning

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

April 7, 2015


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Service workers rally, negotiations continue

Service workers rally, negotiations continue

By Dale Shoemaker and Elizabeth Lepro / The Pitt News Staff

April 7, 2015


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A giant bag of money sat on the railing of the Cathedral of Learning, but it was just out of reach for Marylou Fennell.Fennell, who works as a mover and receiver at Pitt, marched on Tuesday around the Cathedral of Learning with about 50 other service workers demanding a new union contract with highe...

Feminism and Fracking: Activist speaks at Pitt

Feminism and Fracking: Activist speaks at Pitt

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

April 6, 2015


Filed under Health, National News, News

Even after twice spending more than two weeks in jail, Sandra Steingraber emits passion — but not anger — when she talks about her opposition to fracking. Steingraber, a biologist, author of four books and grassroots activist, spoke to more than 100 people about the roles she and other women play in t...

Pitt tightens Greek life eligibility requirements

By Harrison Kaminsky and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

April 2, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

Under new requirements, Pitt will now bar many first-semester freshmen from joining Greek life. With a focus on “academic excellence,” Pitt’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life said in a release Thursday that new course credit standards will tighten eligibility for new members. The office, ...

Pitt to circulate national sexual assault survey

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

April 2, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, Health, National News, News

Pitt announced Monday that it will survey students as part of a national campaign to measure the frequency of sexual assault on campus. Pitt is participating in a survey from Association of American Universitie alongside the more than 60 other member universities and several non-member universities. Westat,...

Colorful voices: Rainbow Alliance hosts annual talent show

Colorful voices: Rainbow Alliance hosts annual talent show

By Elizabeth Lepro and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

April 2, 2015


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At Brandon Benjamin’s first “Rainbow Voices” event his freshman year, he professed his love for a boy. At this year’s “Rainbow Voices,” Benjamin, now a senior, read a letter from Peter, a friend and fellow member of the Alliance who passed away in 2013. “These are some words to remin...

Turn down for what: WHO releases hearing loss report

By Gabriel Naccarato / For The Pitt News

April 2, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, National News, News, Tech Science

At the one concert Mackenzie Brown treats herself to each month, she focuses more on enjoying the night than thinking about wearing protective earplugs.“I’m willing, but I would only consider [wearing them] if I went to concerts more than once a month,” she said. While not at concerts, Brown, li...

Uber puts women in the driver’s seat

Uber puts women in the driver’s seat

By Katelyn Binetti / Staff Illustrator

March 30, 2015


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Laverne Cox speaks at Pitt

Laverne Cox speaks at Pitt

By Alyson Derrick / Staff Photographer

March 30, 2015


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Laverne Cox

March 30, 2015


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Uber Pittsburgh to help hire 1 million women

Uber Pittsburgh to help hire 1 million women

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

March 30, 2015


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On the road ahead, a popular rideshare company may drive straight through the glass ceiling. Uber said this month that it plans to hire 1 million women by 2020 in hopes of “accelerating economic opportunity for women.” Uber, a San Francisco-based company that connects car drivers to passengers with an ap...

People and pronouns: Laverne Cox speaks at Pitt

People and pronouns: Laverne Cox speaks at Pitt

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

March 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News

Laverne Cox’s identity — and her pronoun — are feminine, and she’s proud of both. Cox, an activist and actress on the hit Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black,” spoke to about 500 attendees at Alumni Hall about her experiences as a transgender black woman Monday. Pitt’s Rainbow Allianc...

Kathy Humphrey

Kathy Humphrey

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

March 26, 2015


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Joe Sestak speaks to students

Joe Sestak speaks to students

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

March 26, 2015


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#thatawkwardmomentwhen: Pitt students recount awkward moments on ‘national holliday’

By Jessica Iacullo / Staff Writer

March 26, 2015


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Awkward moments occur all over campus and are almost inevitable. National Awkward Moments Day, celebrated last week, gives people the opportunity to rehash past awkward experiences and laugh, cry or both while doing so. What follows are three stories from Pitt students who braved the awkwardness of t...

Joe Sestak walks campaign trail to Pitt

Joe Sestak walks campaign trail to Pitt

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

March 26, 2015


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Joe Sestak is walking in Pennsylvanians’ shoes on the campaign trail — literally.As part of his campaign for the U.S. Senate, Sestak is walking across Pennsylvania and making stops in several towns and cities along the way. Sestak arrived in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night and made several stops T...

Board of Trustees committee approves leasing, renovation funds

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 26, 2015


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The Property and Facilities Committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees approved $37 million for two renovation projects and several million more for three building leases.The committee includes 13 members of the Board of Trustees, 11 of which held a conference call Thursday afternoon to approve the fundi...

GRAC Comes to Pitt

GRAC Comes to Pitt

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

March 26, 2015


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It’s complicated: Pitt discusses teacher-student relationships

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

March 26, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, Health, National News, News

A Pitt student walks into a bar. A Pitt professor walks into the same bar. The two have never met, and after a few drinks, he invites her out for dinner. It sounds like the start to a bad joke, but under Pitt policy, this romantic invitation is completely acceptable.Last month, Harvard implemented a n...

Genocide awareness club comes to Pitt

Genocide awareness club comes to Pitt

By Marjorie Tolsdorf and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

March 26, 2015


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Shamanta Mostofa said other students ask her “if political leaders can’t control [genocide], what are a bunch of college kids going to do?”With the her newly-established group, the Genocide Relief and Awareness Club, Mostofa hopes to find that answer at Pitt.Wednesday night, Mostofa and 10 other students ...

PublicSource Heroin Panel

PublicSource Heroin Panel

By Emily Klenk / For The Pitt News

March 25, 2015


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Panel discusses rise in heroin-related deaths

Panel discusses rise in heroin-related deaths

By Gabriel Naccarato / For The Pitt News

March 25, 2015


Filed under City, Health, National News, News

Pennsylvania is facing a “public health and criminal justice crisis,” David Hickton, the U.S. attorney for Western Pennsylvania, said, stemming from a rise in heroin use.On Tuesday night, PublicSource, a Pennsylvania-based news agency, brought together a team of five members of law enforcement, ...

Lee Daniels at Pitt

Lee Daniels at Pitt

By Photo Courtesy of Lee Daniels Facebook Page

March 22, 2015


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Lee Daniels to lecture at Pitt

Lee Daniels to lecture at Pitt

By Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

March 22, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

Academy Award-winning director and producer Lee Daniels will visit Pitt this spring to speak to students in the William Pitt Union.Pitt Program Council will host Daniels’ lecture about his life and career on Thursday, March 26 in the Assembly Room at 8:30 p.m. Free tickets — with a maximum of two p...

Best of the Best: WPTS Radio wins national award

Best of the Best: WPTS Radio wins national award

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

March 22, 2015


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WPTS Radio beat nine other college radio station finalists to win a national award over the weekend. MTV’s sister station catering to college audiences, mtvU, awarded WPTS 92.1 — Pitt’s student radio station — the College Radio Woodie during the 2015 mtvU Woodie Awards on Friday, March 20. Sin...

Bellefield Presbyterian Church

Bellefield Presbyterian Church

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

March 18, 2015


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Hot yoga

Hot yoga

By TNS

March 18, 2015


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Food pantry for students to open in Oakland

Food pantry for students to open in Oakland

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

March 17, 2015


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Pitt students may soon be going to church — to pick up groceries. Some time this month, PittServes — a division of Student Affairs that connects students with service opportunities — will, along with Bellefield Presbyterian Church, open a food pantry for students and community members who may not be...

Yoga studios consider name change amid controversy

Yoga studios consider name change amid controversy

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

March 17, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Health, National News, News

Several Pittsburgh yoga studios are standing by their staple — Bikram Yoga, or “hot” yoga — even as lawsuits have brought heat on its namesake.Bikram Choudhury — founder of the popular branch of yoga, Bikram Yoga — has recently been accused of several instances of alleged sexual assault, h...

Pitt student passes away over spring vacation

By The Pitt News Staff

March 16, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, National News, News

A Pitt student was found dead at home over the recent spring vacation.Anita Valsa Thachet, an undergraduate who studied information science, passed away around 10:59 p.m. on March 12. Alexander Balacki, chief medical examiner of Montgomery County, Pa., said on Monday that the cause of death was suici...

Workforce diversity report shows room for improvement

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Pittsburgh’s work force is not diverse, a new report shows, but its authors expressed a need for the city to improve.On Thursday, the Workforce Diversity Indicators Initiative, a coalition of Pittsburgh organizations led by Vibrant Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Today, released the Pittsburgh Regional W...

Students lobby for affordable tuition

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

March 5, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

After sitting through an unexpected six-hour-long bus ride to the state Capitol Building, Pitt advocates had to be quick on their feet as they pushed for more commonwealth education funding.Two coach buses full of students, administrators and alumni took Wednesday off for Pitt Day in Harrisburg, an annual ev...

Pitt students address sexual assault through art

By Jessica Iacullo / Staff Writer

March 4, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

Two Pitt graduate students are combating sexual assault on college campuses, armed with a paper chain that could one day span the height of the Cathedral of Learning.  The chain is made out of colored paper stapled together to create links, similar to the decorative chains one might find hanging in a...

Vernon E. Jordan

Vernon E. Jordan

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

March 3, 2015


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A look back to move forward

A look back to move forward

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

March 3, 2015


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On May 30, 1980, a white supremacist shot Vernon E. Jordan in the back in Fort Wayne, Ind.The first telegraph he opened after his surgery was from George C. Wallace, then-governor of Alabama whose campaign for office trumpeted segregation. “I am happy your life was spared,” Wallace’s wire to Jo...

SEIU Panel

SEIU Panel

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

February 27, 2015


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50 Shades of Gay Talk

50 Shades of Gay Talk

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

February 27, 2015


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Service workers demand higher wages at panel

Service workers demand higher wages at panel

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 27, 2015


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

They talked and, later, chanted, but they knew it wasn’t enough.Roughly 200 service workers — including janitors, security guards, fast food workers, students, professors and community members — gathered in the O’Hara Student Center on Thursday at 5 p.m. to hear a panel of workers and experts di...

Students, activists discuss climate change

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

February 27, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, National News, News, Tech Science

Reverend Lennox Yearwood lived through Hurricane Katrina and lost loved ones to the storm. Even without the devastation of the area, he says, his home state would still be called Cancer Alley, with water runoffs, smog and pollution causing children to suffer from asthma, bronchitis and emphysema.Thi...

Sorority holds discussion on labels, sexuality

Sorority holds discussion on labels, sexuality

By Alex Leighton / For The Pitt News

February 27, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, National News, News

For Charlotte Frazier, labels don’t always tell the whole truth.Twenty-six students convened around a conference table Thursday night to talk about gender, labels and equality. Zeta Sigma Chi, a multicultural sorority, hosted “50 Shades of Gay,” a discussion in room 310 of the William Pitt Union on L...

Vaccination Statistics

Vaccination Statistics

By Alexandra Ryan / Production Manager

February 25, 2015


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Take a shot: Students, professionals debate vaccines

Take a shot: Students, professionals debate vaccines

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

February 25, 2015


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Debilitating headache. Sore throat. Five hour naps. The works. For Colleen Hilla, being sick is a perpetual cycle.Hilla gets the flu annually, among other seasonal ailments, and she doesn’t get vaccinated for it because of a bad experience with flu shots in third grade.  “I’ve had the flu every year...

Brown professor visits Pitt, speaks about racial disparities

By Alex Leighton / For the Pitt News

February 24, 2015


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Despite the Hollywood allure of some black actors and musicians, not much has changed for the black community since the Civil Rights Movement, according to Tricia Rose.Black History Month “celebrates the Civil Rights Movement as a past movement ... a total victory,” Rose said. “[But] outcomes ar...

Pitt group pays tribute to heritage, hosts national dance competition

Pitt group pays tribute to heritage, hosts national dance competition

By Elizabeth Lepro / Staff Writer

February 22, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

An all-female group of competitors paid homage to their Indian heritage through costumed dance and cultural stories. On Saturday night, Natya, a Rutgers-based team and winner of the dance competition, told the story of the god Krishna’s birth, whose parents, according to Hindu religion, had suffered ...

Peace talk: Pitt student groups host Middle East diplomat

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

February 19, 2015


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David Makovsky sees a future where peace in the Middle East is possible.Makovsky, a Ziegler distinguished fellow of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy visited Pitt to discuss the Middle East peace process and how to make change in the world. Pitt College Republicans, Pitt College Democrats an...

Proposal made for South Oakland apartments

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 18, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Walnut Capital Partners may bring more than 350 more apartments to South Oakland by 2017.Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority owns the property, and though Walnut Capital doesn’t yet own the title to it, they have entered into exclusive negotiations for the land, according to URA’s spokesper...

Pitt ranked among top universities

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 16, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

Pitt has been ranked as the 29th best public university in the United States, according to a study released Thursday by American City Business Journals. The ACBJ pulled raw data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the five-year version of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 American Comm...

MSA Vigil

MSA Vigil

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

February 15, 2015


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Pitt a cappella group holds event to fight sexual assault

By Alex Leighton / For The Pitt News

February 15, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

A Pitt group sang to slam sexual violence Friday night.A capella group C Flat Run organized and hosted the ACASLAM charity concert Friday night, with proceeds going to the Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR). The concert raised more $2,000 before the doors opened and earned at least another $300 before t...

Muslim Student Association holds vigil for slain UNC students

Muslim Student Association holds vigil for slain UNC students

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 15, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

More than 100 students and community members gathered this weekend to mourn the deaths of three Muslim students at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill who were shot and killed last week. Pitt’s Muslim Student Association organized the vigil on the William Pitt Union lawn after learning of ...

Chancellor Gallagher sends memo on sexual assault

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 15, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, Health, National News, News

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher issued a memo on Friday to Pitt’s faculty and staff addressing his and the University’s position on sexual assault and violence.In the email, Gallagher said “sexual violence has no place” at Pitt. He announced a new online program called Preventing Discrimination...

Bill Cosby performance at Heinz Hall canceled

Bill Cosby performance at Heinz Hall canceled

By Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

February 10, 2015


Filed under City, National News, News

Bill Cosby will not perform his scheduled show at Heinz Hall on Feb. 21, according to a release from Heinz Hall.The show was canceled by “mutual agreement with Cosby’s presenter and Heinz Hall management,” the post said.Those with tickets will be refunded in full.Representatives from the Heinz ...

Student fee increases

Student fee increases

By Graphic by Stephen Caruso / Layout Editor

February 9, 2015


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Board of Trustees passes power over student fee increases

Board of Trustees passes power over student fee increases

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

February 9, 2015


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The power to raise student fees now lies with the Student Affairs Committee after a unanimous vote by University Board of Trustees. On Monday, the University Board of Trustees voted on a resolution to delegate authority to the Student Affairs Committee, which will hear any annual requests for fee in...

Pitt negotiating contracts with union workers

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 8, 2015


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Pam Johnston’s livelihood is under negotiation.After 23 years at Pitt, where she works on the crews that clean buildings, she now makes $16.42 an hour under her union’s contract, which gives workers an annual raise between 1.75 and 3 percent a year.Despite this, as her wages increase every year, her...

Students talk value of unpaid internships

By Aubrey Cofield / For The Pitt News

February 6, 2015


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In her four years of undergrad, Michelle Hanrahan completed 11 internships — eight without a paycheck. “Someone has to do the dirty work, and everyone has to pitch in, but that should balance out with new experiences and learning opportunities as well,” Hanrahan said. “If that does not balanc...

Brain Institute to include ALS research center within next five years

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

February 6, 2015


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Pitt plans to open a new center dedicated to researching treatments and cures for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, the University announced Thursday. In 2011, Neil Alexander, an O’Hara Township native, was diagnosed with ALS. On Thursday, he and his wife, Suzanne Al...

Professional Ink: Employers, job-seekers talk tats

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

February 6, 2015


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Decorations of love might be sweet, but affection etched into your skin could turn employers sour. While tattoos are commonplace in American culture, spirits toward skin modification in the workplace aren’t as bright as the hues embellishing inked-up arms. About 76 percent of participants in a 2014...

Recyclemaniacs

Recyclemaniacs

By Christine Lim / Staff Photographer

February 5, 2015


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Trash picking for a cause: Recyclemania continues at Pitt

Trash picking for a cause: Recyclemania continues at Pitt

By Elizabeth Lepro / Staff Writer

February 5, 2015


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The courtyard between Towers Patio and the William Pitt Union got trashy on Wednesday morning.Student group Free the Planet, as well as other environmental student groups and campus sustainability leaders, coordinated a “waste audit” between 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. The event, organized with the ...

Teacher of the Year speaks at Pitt

By Elizabeth Lepro and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

February 3, 2015


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Teacher of the Year Sean McComb’s difficult childhood drove him to make his students believe in their own success. The Council of Chief State School Officers, a national nonprofit organization of public education officials,  named McComb National Teacher of the Year for 2014. McComb, who graduated from Pit...

Hackathon

Hackathon

By Christine Lim / Staff Photographer

February 1, 2015


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Oakland abuzz for Super Bowl Sunday

By Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

February 1, 2015


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Faced with an incoming wave of midterm exams, projects and papers, students put schoolwork on hold to relax for an evening of American football. Football fans, Pitt coaches and Oakland restaurants chirped away on Twitter about Sunday’s game as well as the the accompanying nosh and Super Bowl commer...

Bartending at Peter’s

Bartending at Peter’s

By Christine Lim / Staff Photographer

January 29, 2015


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Vince Donahue, an of-age bartender at Peter's Pub in Oakland, enjoys one of the more preferable part-time jobs for young adults.

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