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Less cell time, more discounts with Pocket Points app

Screenshot of Pocket Points app.

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

February 10, 2016

Students finally have a tangible incentive for staying off their phones in class — discounts on local bites and coupons for stores around campus. Pocket Points, a free app two California State University, Chico students invented and launched in late 2014, awards users one point for every 35 minutes ...

Bullying hurts LGBTQ+ youth, study finds

Map of states with laws protecting LGBT students from harassment. Tribune News Service 2015

By Saskia Berrios-Thomas / For The Pitt News

February 4, 2016

Alexander McCarthy can still feel his palms sweat and his chest clench when he recalls the rumors about his relationship with another student at his all-girls Catholic high school. McCarthy, a transgender man and former president of Rainbow Alliance, an LGBTQ+ student group at Pitt, did not experien...

Information science dean to change roles

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

January 29, 2016

Ron Larsen, dean of Pitt’s School of Information Sciences, will resign in 2017 after he helps lead a department restructure, the University said on Thursday. Larsen, who has worked at Pitt since 2002, is now working with the chair of the Department of Computer Science, Taieb Znati, to combine the...

Students found startup to trade books


By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

January 29, 2016

By the time Carey Wasa graduated Pitt in 2013, he had a stockpile of textbooks sitting on his windowsill that weren’t worth even trying to sell. “It hit me that there are students who probably need these books for classes, and I have them right here,” Wasa said. Wasa pitched the idea of star...

The Pitt News’ 2015 Year in Review

Civilians gather to fight for an increase in the minimum wage at a rally downtown on Tuesday.  Dale Shoemaker | News Editor

By The Pitt News Staff

December 31, 2015

A crackdown on overcrowding, the Student Government Board president's resignation, and pushes for bike lanes and a professors union — it's been a busy year for Pitt, and The Pitt News has been there for it all. While we have been making our New Year's resolutions to make your student newspaper even...

Mars Rover chat: The Pitt News talks with the brains behind the mission to the red planet

Stephen Squyres talks to Pitt students about the Mars Rover. Nikki Moriello / Visual Editor

By Emily Migdal / Staff Writer

December 14, 2015

If the Mars rover hadn’t landed smoothly, Steven Squyres said he would likely be in therapy. “At the time we landed, my kids were in their teens, and I had been working on this thing their entire lives, since before they were born. And so I think they were all just very, very relieved that it wor...

Light-years of learning: Pitt students, learn stars, history at Allegheny Observatory

Allegheny Observatory offers students a chance to look at the stars.  Sydney Harper | Multimedia Editor

By Zoe Hannah / Staff Writer

December 14, 2015

Though it started out as a recreational observatory for the rich men who founded it, the Allegheny Observatory became the home of research that changed the world and our thoughts on what surrounds it. Since 1859, researchers at the regal, tri-domed observatory in Riverview Park have made world-renow...

Blasting gender barriers: There aren’t many, but more and more women are studying the stars at Pitt

Bingjie Wang studies Physics and Astronomy at Pitt.  Photo courtesy of Bingjie Wang and Caitlyn Hunter

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

December 14, 2015

Pitt graduate student Kara Ponder studies exploding stars to find critical distances in the universe, yet some people question why she didn’t pick a more “feminine profession.” Once, when Ponder told a cab driver she was on her way to the observatory to use the telescope, the driver responded...

Despite resignation, classes at Pittsburgh Filmmakers will roll on

A Pittsburgh Filmmakers staff members mans an equipment sign-out desk.  Emily Klenk | Staff Photographer

By Rio Maropis / Staff Writer

December 11, 2015

Though the executive director of Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts has resigned from his post, classes for Pitt film students at the nonprofit will roll on. Charlie Humphrey, who was the executive director of Filmmakers for 23 years, also has overseen activities at Pittsburgh Ce...

SGB reflects on fall term

The Pitt News looks back on Student Government Board throughout the semester.  Wenhao Wu | Staff Photographer

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

December 9, 2015

With one new board member and a handful of new committee members joining Student Government Board, the Board took on projects as small as sandwiches and as big as mental illness. From food, laundry and public health to human rights, diversity and transparency, the nine members of SGB faced the semest...

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