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Students cash out with bartending jobs

Students cash out with bartending jobs

By Aubrey Cofield / For The Pitt News

January 29, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

With their finances on the rocks during college years, bartending offers students the perfect pour for their wallets’ thirst. Due to the prevalence of tip-heavy salaries in bartending jobs, DailyFinance.com calls it one of the top part-time gigs for college students. Pennsylvania is one of 24 states wh...

Pitt starts online child abuse prevention program

By Dale Shoemaker

January 22, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, Health, National News

Twenty-three days after Act 31 took effect in Pennsylvania, Pitt’s School of Social Work has announced a free, comprehensive, online training program to help prevent child abuse.The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center developed the course in conjunction with the School of Social Work in response to the...

Bar Marco is a restaurant in the Strip District

Bar Marco is a restaurant in the Strip District

By Dale Shoemaker

January 22, 2015


Filed under City, National News

Don’t keep the tip: Pittsburgh restaurant trades tips for salaries

Don’t keep the tip: Pittsburgh restaurant trades tips for salaries

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

January 22, 2015


Filed under City, National News

As Bar Marco gains recognition for being the first restaurant in Pittsburgh to pay servers by salary, industry employees and experts wonder if the move actually helps wait staffs.This April, Bar Marco, located in the Strip District, will ask patrons not to tip servers and will, instead, pay their serving ...

Protest in Pittsburgh

Protest in Pittsburgh

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

January 20, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Chasing a Dream: Protesters march Pittsburgh for equality

Chasing a Dream: Protesters march Pittsburgh for equality

By Abbey Reighard, Elizabeth Lepro and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

January 20, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

People of Pittsburgh banded together Sunday night for a 1,000-member march, traveling 2.5 miles through the cold from Oakland to Downtown Pittsburgh, to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and protest racism. The crowd members, many of which were bundled up in coats and hats, held signs with gloved hands that displayed “I’...

Students serve community in honor of M.L.K. Jr. Day

By Kathy Zhao / Staff Writer

January 20, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

On Monday morning, Sam Sittenfield sat on the floor of the Repair the World building on Broad St. in East Liberty with two Pitt students, Sarah Shaykevich and Leanna Travis. The trio was sorting through cardstock envelopes stuffed with free samples of Post-it notes and highlighter tabs that they would later...

Report shows racial disparity persists in Pittsburgh

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

January 14, 2015


Filed under City, National News, News

As the years roll by, Pittsburgh’s rates of diversity and racial disparity stand still.Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems released “Pittsburgh’s Racial Demographics 2015: Differences and Disparities” on Tuesday, a follow-up of the Center’s 2007 report. The report compares the most recent statistics from th...

Rob Rogers

Rob Rogers

By ©2015 Rob Rogers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Reprinted with permission.

January 12, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

The Pen is Mightier: Local satirists’ take on Charlie Hebdo

The Pen is Mightier: Local satirists’ take on Charlie Hebdo

By Elizabeth Lepro / For The Pitt News

January 12, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Humor can often be the best avenue to truth, according to local satire writers and experts. Following Wednesday’s terror attack on the Paris-based satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, French and global citizens have responded to the tragic massacre by adopting the slogan “Je Suis Charlie,” or “I Am Charlie,” as a sign of p...

Seeing Red: FDA’s move to loosen blood donor ban meets opposition

By Lauren Wilson / For The Pitt News

January 8, 2015


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

A federal recommendation that would lift the ban on men who have had sex with other men from donating blood has left members of the LGBTQ community dissatisfied. The Food and Drug Administration issued a statement on Dec. 23 announcing recommendations to loosen the guidelines for men who have had se...

Peet’s Coffee closes doors at Pennsylvania locations

Peet’s Coffee closes doors at Pennsylvania locations

By Abbey Reighard / Assistant News Editor

January 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

After providing Pitt students with hot beverages for slightly more than a year, Peet’s Coffee & Tea has gone cold.After assessing coffee shop locations in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania, Peet’s will be closing locations in those states in order to “focus on our top performing markets,” according...

Die-in protest

Die-in protest

By Joelle Smith / Social Media Editor

December 4, 2014


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

Roughly 100 students gathered on Towers patio for a die-in protest against police brutality Thursday afternoon.

A city in solidarity: Anti-police brutality protests continue Thursday

A city in solidarity: Anti-police brutality protests continue Thursday

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

December 4, 2014


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

Protests on Pitt’s campus continued Thursday afternoon, as students gathered in Towers lobby to organize a die-in to raise awareness for those who have died in police-related incidents.At 12:45 p.m., students trailed from Towers lobby to the Fifth Avenue side of Towers patio. They then laid down on the...

Moment of silence

Moment of silence

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

December 3, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

More than 100 students and community members had a 4.5-minute long moment of silence in the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard as part of an hour-long protest against police brutality. 

Students, community members hold peaceful protest against police brutality

Students, community members hold peaceful protest against police brutality

By Harrison Kaminsky and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

December 3, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Pitt students and community members flooded the streets of Oakland Wednesday night to protest racial injustice and police brutality, joining other protesters around the country. More than 100 students and community members gathered in Schenley Plaza Wednesday at approximately 7 p.m. to peacefully pro...

Pittsburgh ranks lowest in crime compared to peers

Pittsburgh ranks lowest in crime compared to peers

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

December 1, 2014


Filed under City, National News, News

Crime in the Pittsburgh metropolitan region increased in 2013, but the numbers were still good enough for the area to have the lowest crime rate when compared with peer benchmark regions, according to a recent FBI report.The 2013 edition of the FBI’s annual Crime in the United States report, released N...

Plight of Pittsburgh’s homeless

Plight of Pittsburgh’s homeless

By Zach Schaffer / Senior Staff Photographer

November 30, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Homelessness in Pittsburgh

Homelessness in Pittsburgh

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

November 30, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Fifty-nine-year-old Kevin S. Thomas doesn’t stand on the corner of Forbes and Atwood because he wants money. He stands there because he needs something to do.Thomas, formerly a member of the homeless population of Pittsburgh, now has an apartment in the Hill District and receives food stamps. Although Thom...

Parental involvment still important for high schoolers

Parental involvment still important for high schoolers

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

November 23, 2014


Filed under Health, National News, News, Tech Science

A study by Pitt researchers found that parents should have strong relationships with their children’s teachers throughout high school, despite the potential embarrassment of the students.Ming-Te Wang, a Pitt researcher and assistant professor of psychology in education, studied the relationship between parent...

Pittsburgh is LGBTQ-friendly

Pittsburgh is LGBTQ-friendly

By Aby Briner / Staff Illustrator

November 20, 2014


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

Allies: Pittsburgh ranks second in state for LGTBQ friendliness

Allies: Pittsburgh ranks second in state for LGTBQ friendliness

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

November 20, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Sarita Brady, a genderqueer person, feels restricted in daily life. Brady only feels comfortable at the Rainbow Alliance office and chooses to use gender-neutral bathrooms.“It means that I feel compartmentalized as a queer and genderqueer person,” Brady, a freshman, said.There is at least one single-user, ge...

Get it to go: Primanti Bros to ship nationwide

Get it to go: Primanti Bros to ship nationwide

By Jesseca Muslin / Staff Writer

November 17, 2014


Filed under National News, News

If you’re a Pittsburgh grad or soon to be one, and you are moving out of the Pittsburgh area, there’s a good chance you’ll miss some of the things that make the city unique, such as Polish pierogies from the Strip and Iron City Beer. But if a classic Primanti Brother’s sandwich is on the list ...

State who cried Wolf

State who cried Wolf

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

November 5, 2014


Filed under National News, News

Democrat Tom Wolf defeated Republican incumbent Tom Corbett last night to become Pennsylvania’s 47th governor.Wolf, who will take office in January, has no prior experience as an elected official, but earned a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, volunteered in the Peace Corps in Indi...

Election day: Where they stand

Election day: Where they stand

By Cristina Holtzer & Danielle Fox / The Pitt News Staff

November 4, 2014


Filed under National News, News

Tom Wolf-Obtained his B.A. from Dartmouth College, his M.A. from the University of London and his Ph.D. from MIT.-Grew up and resides in York County.-Served in the Peace Corps for two years doing agricultural and irrigation projects in rural India.-Returned to the U.S. and worked as a forklift operator at his famil...

Experts urge students to vote for more than presidents

By Kathy Zhao / Staff Writer

November 3, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Pitt students who are registered to vote this election day, Nov. 4, may fill out an absentee ballot or will vote in person at their local polling place. If, that is, they can even be bothered to do so.Ron Ruman, press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of State, said the turnout of young voter...

Home for the in-staters

Home for the in-staters

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

October 24, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Where are in-state Pitt students from?

Where Yinz from?

Where Yinz from?

By Cristina Holtzer and Danielle Fox / The Pitt News Staff

October 24, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Danielle Quigley, a junior marketing major, quoted on students who say they are from “outside of Philly.”“I am from Northeast Philly. My neighborhood is called Lonsdale. When I got to Pitt and everyone kept saying they were from Philly, I was super frustrated. At first, I got really excited. I ...

The future of coal: Environmental relations discussed at Pitt

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

October 19, 2014


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Tech Science

In 2006, China built two coal-fired power plants every week. In 2013, China built not even one coal-fired power plant per week.Although it produces and consumes half of the world’s coal,  China, because of pressure from its citizens and the international community, has recognized the need to seek out m...

Yinz get what I’m sayin’?

Yinz get what I’m sayin’?

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

September 29, 2014


Filed under Campus, National News, News

Your friends ask if yinz want to head dahn Sah-Syde to watch dem Stillers at da bah. Or maybe your mom asks you to red up your room and warsh your clothes, cause comp’ny is comin’. If you know what these people want, you’re probably from Pittsburgh.Pittsburghers have their own style of speaking. ...

The people march

The people march

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

September 22, 2014


Filed under National News, News

The rally, attended by 55 Pitt students, is the largest environmental rally in history so far.

Pitt students march to Free the Planet

Pitt students march to Free the Planet

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

September 22, 2014


Filed under National News, News

NEW YORK — “I don’t know but I’ve been told!” the crowd called. “We don’t need no gas and coal!”A crowd of nearly 400,000 people, including 55 Pitt students, shouted and held signs in New York City Sunday for the People’s Climate March, the largest environmental rally in history, ac...

Geocaching

Geocaching

By MCT Campus

September 17, 2014


Filed under National News, News

Geocaches can be any type of item, and geocachers can find them anywhere in the world for others to find. 

VFW Wreath Ceremony

VFW Wreath Ceremony

By Subhana Chaudhri / Staff Photographer

September 17, 2014


Filed under National News, News

Chancellor Gallagher opened and closed the ceremony Tuesday. 

Veterans honored at VFW centennial ceremony

Veterans honored at VFW centennial ceremony

By Conor McAteer / Staff Writer

September 17, 2014


Filed under National News, News

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher hung a wreath near Forbes Avenue yesterday, but Christmas isn’t for nearly another 100 days.Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars followed Pitt ROTC students to watch as Gallagher hung a wreath under the VFW plaque on the corner of Forbes Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard to ma...

Hidden treasures: Get outdoors with geocaching

Hidden treasures: Get outdoors with geocaching

By Jessica Iacullo / Staff Writer

September 17, 2014


Filed under National News, News

Thanks to technology, treasure hunting is back. It’s called geocaching now, and Chris Stevenson, a 26-year-old Ontario native, has unearthed bounty just beyond the Cathedral on Schenley Park’s grounds. “I’ve always had that ‘explorer’s itch’ but never really had a reason to,” Stevenson...

Website aims to change how colleges measure graduates

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

September 14, 2014


Filed under National News, News

Each year, Pitt omits a large portion of students in its graduation rates.The U.S. Department of Education does not allow schools to include transfer students in their calculations. But the Student Achievement Measure (SAM), an organization that encourages universities to post more comprehensive info...

US NEWS CMP-ROTC-ADV05 LA

US NEWS CMP-ROTC-ADV05 LA

By Dave Getzschman

August 28, 2014


Filed under National News, News

Kaitlyn Benitez-Strine, 17, from left, speaks with ROTC representatives Anna Thompson, 22, and Isabel Lopez, 18, at Stanford University, April 29, 2011, in Stanford, California. Following a ban of about four decades, Stanford and many of the nation's elite universities are welcoming back the Reserve Offic...

Pitt researchers evaluate physical traits of female, male Marines

Pitt researchers evaluate physical traits of female, male Marines

By Aileen Ryan / Staff Writer

August 28, 2014


Filed under National News, News

Pitt researchers are looking further into doubts that women can join men with their boots on the ground.Researchers from Pitt’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) began collecting data this month for a study to evaluate how female U.S. Marines measure up to male Marines physically in...

Pa. residents respect PSU over Pitt, CMU, UPenn

Pa. residents respect PSU over Pitt, CMU, UPenn

By Raechelle Landers / Staff Writer

August 25, 2014


Filed under National News, News

Pennsylvania residents have something to say — Pitt isn’t all that great. Not compared to Penn State, at least.This summer, a Harper Polling survey found Pennsylvanians respect Penn State University the most when compared to other Pennsylvania universities. The survey asked participants of an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) automated telephone survey which university the...

Pitt students testify at EPA hearings downtown

By Ilya Yashin / Staff Writer

August 2, 2014


Filed under City, National News, News

The second and final day of federal hearings about the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan concluded Downtown on Friday.The CPP, announced June 2,includes plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions from 1,000 coal-fired power plants by 30 percent according to the EPA website.Accor...

Pitt grad leverages pageant crown to spread personal message

Pitt grad leverages pageant crown to spread personal message

By Cristina Holtzer / News editor

May 28, 2014


Filed under National News, News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Valerie Gatto gets everything a college girl would want for free: a stylist, a tanning package and a scholarship. She even met one of the stars of “Law & Order: SVU.”“But I’m not in college; I’m 24 years old,” she said.Gatto, a 2012 Pitt graduate with a degree in business administration, ...

First same-sex marriages in Allegheny County bring new concerns

First same-sex marriages in Allegheny County bring new concerns

By Josh Ye / For The Pitt News

May 27, 2014


Filed under City, National News, News

For Lyndsey Sickler, the legalization of same-sex marriage encourages younger LGBTQ people to feel more comfortable being themselves because they are entering “a world where their relationship and how they love would be validated.”Now the LGBTQ community is one step closer to that validity.U.S. Dis...

Tom Wolf wins democratic nomination

Tom Wolf wins democratic nomination

By Aileen Ryan and Cristina Holtzer / The Pitt News Staff

May 20, 2014


Filed under National News, News

Tom Wolf will run against Governor Tom Corbett in November after winning the democratic nomination for Pennsylvania governor on Tuesday.Wolf, Pennsylvania businessman and former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, ran against three other candidates: former Secretary of the Pennsylvania ...

Education Department to investigate sexual assault on campus

By Conor McAteer / For The Pitt News

May 20, 2014


Filed under National News, News

While Pitt isn’t under federal investigation for Title IX violations, some other Pennsylvania universities are. .The U.S. Office for Civil Rights released a list of 55 colleges and universities, including Temple University and Carnegie Mellon University, under investigation for possible Title IX violations last month. Although the U.S. Department of Education has not revealed specifics about what ...

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