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Greg Weston

Greg Weston

By Noah Coco / Staff Writer

March 29, 2016


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photo by John Hamilton With a lifetime in the radio field, Greg Weston has learned how to connect his audience from behind the scenes of an imageless medium. As general manager of WPTS for the past 12 years and a lifelong radio worker, Weston oversees the station’s operations and acts as liais...

Lori Campbell

Lori Campbell

By Courtney Linder / Staff Writer

March 29, 2016


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photo by John Hamilton No one expects their professor to be a former Grammys guest. But nothing is too fantastical for Lori Campbell, who is as vibrant as her St. Patrick’s Day wardrobe. Green down to the last detail — complete with a jade, draped necklace that she crafted herself and eyelids...

Lola Adebiyi

Lola Adebiyi

By Rio Maropis / Staff Writer

March 29, 2016


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photo by Will Miller Like millions of millennials, Ololade “Lola” Adebiyi grew up reading and watching the “Harry Potter” series. Unlike those millions of fans, she’s using her passion for the wizarding world to start a charitable nonprofit. Adebiyi is co-founder of Pitt Project Potter,...

Derek Griesbach

Derek Griesbach

By Amanda Reed / Staff Writer

March 29, 2016


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photo by Wenhao Wu In every inspirational memoir, there is always some impetus that drives the author to change their life for the better. In “Eat, Pray, Love,” it’s Elizabeth Gilbert’s divorce. In “Wild,” her mother’s death leads Cheryl Strayed to hike the entirety of the Pacific ...

Carlino Giampolo

Carlino Giampolo

By Dale Shoemaker

March 29, 2016


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Photos by Theo Schwarz The heart and the cityCarlino Giampolo is hard to pin down, but he’s never strayed far from his values ––  respect and dignity ––  no matter how far from Panther Hollow he’s gone.By his own definition, Carlino Giampolo is a powerful man. Yet, he’s never held pu...

Sarah Lane

Sarah Lane

March 29, 2016


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  Sarah Lane didn’t like how women were portrayed in games, so she changed the rules and made her own. Literally. Sarah Lane is playing for women whose odds are stacked against them. Lane, a senior and longtime gamer, has designed a competitive, casual game that grapples with women’s ...

Justin Thakar

Justin Thakar

By Lauren Rosenblatt

March 29, 2016


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Dumpsters, depression and dreams Justin Thakar is a non-traditional Pitt student, and he likes it that way After watching Justin Thakar salvage his dinner from an Oakland dumpster, a man honked his horn and held a $10 bill out his car window. But Thakar waved the man on. He didn’t need t...

Alex Austin

Alex Austin

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

March 29, 2016


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photos by John Hamilton When Alex Austin finishes class for the day, he doesn’t unwind with a three-hour Netflix binge or a shot pitcher from Hemingway’s. Instead, he drives back to his home in Squirrel Hill and cooks dinner for his 11-year-old daughter, Caitlyn. Austin never thought he’d be...

Iris Matijevic

Iris Matijevic

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

March 29, 2016


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photos by Wenhao Wu It’s not always easy for Iris Matijevic to keep track of where her assorted family members ended up after the Bosnian War. The stark difference between her parents’ native Bosnia and her upbringing in Munich and the United States was confusing as a child. But before her f...

Vicki Collier

Vicki Collier

By Jack Trainor / Culture Editor

March 29, 2016


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photos by Theo Schwarz Vicki Collier’s professional career has been going in circles — not that she minds. For the past five years, Collier, a biology major with a chemistry minor, has spent her summers operating the Oakland carousel in Schenley Plaza — which, as it turns out, means a little more...

Charlotte Goldbach

Charlotte Goldbach

By Zoe Hannah

March 29, 2016


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Photos by Kate Koenig Before Charlotte Goldbach knew which college she’d attend or what city she’d live in someday, she knew she wanted to be a senator.She hasn’t reached that level of political success quite yet — but, at age 20, she’s already established herself as a Democratic politician, at ...

Cynthia Bradley-King

Cynthia Bradley-King

By Jack Shelly / Staff Writer

March 29, 2016


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photo by Theo Schwarz An episode of a TV tabloid talk show changed Cynthia Bradley-King’s life forever. King, a professor in the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, runs Pitt’s Child Welfare Education for Baccalaureates program, which places social work students in fieldwork thr...

Anish Kumar

Anish Kumar

By Alexa Bakalarski

March 29, 2016


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Photos by Will Miller Here’s what Anish Kumar does for fun: He walks up to strangers hanging around campus and asks them to divulge their fears, their dreams, their setbacks and anything else they are willing to tell someone they just met. Then, he publishes it online for all the world to see. This time, Kumar’s subject is a man in his 20s sitting outside the William Pitt Union. He agrees to Kumar’s interview even though he’s fairly shy and won’t be a good candidate, or so he says. But Kumar doesn’t listen to him — at least, not yet. Instead, Kumar wants answers to questions the man has probably never faced. “Was there ever a time you feared for your life?” Kumar asks.   At the end of his first year at Pitt in 2014, Kumar started the Humans of Pitt Facebook page — a photo series based off Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York project, where the photojournalist takes portraits of strangers and interviews them, then posts the photos and transcripts on Facebook. The project began in 2010, and Stanton published his work in a book in October 2015. Kumar, a pre-med junior linguistics major, realized Pittsburgh didn’t have a substantial Humans project, and asked his floormate, junior studio arts major Sarah Thornton, to help him launch Humans of Pitt. “I feel amazed that people are always able to go through these intense emotions with a stranger, with me,” Kumar said. “I’m trying to imagine myself doing it, and I don’t know if I’d be able to.” Though Thornton is no longer part of Humans of Pitt, they helped Kumar found the project and gain more than 8,000 Facebook likes. “I just remember being very skeptical, even pitching the idea to Sarah and talking about it,” Kumar, who had never done anything like that project before, said. “I think I was really skeptical that people would want to share.” But for him, the interviews are not just about spreading stories — they’re about connecting with the community and challenging others to think critically and reflectively about themselves. Kumar pokes at their most haunting memories, greatest accomplishments and future last words to their mothers, among other topics. “When did you feel the most vulnerable?” Kumar asks his same subject, camera and notepad in hand. The man bites his lip. A moment passes before he tells Kumar he can’t think of anything. After telling him it’s all right, Kumar tries again with a different question, “What would you say to yourself at this time last year?” This one hits — the man would tell himself to not be afraid to take the opportunities that pop up. After photos, they part, with the man telling Kumar he is thinking over his whole life now. Kumar said he tries posting at least once or twice a week, with each post averaging about 200 likes, and continues the project with The Pitt News reporter Emily Brindley and junior Wilson Chan. Several other Pennsylvania universities have Humans projects, such as Humans of Duquesne, Humans of Carnegie Mellon University, Humans of Penn State and Humans of UPenn. Despite the bold questions, Kumar was once much more timid. “I was really scared about going up to strangers,” Kumar said. “I would usually go to places like Schenley Plaza, because it’s easier to find people sitting around, and people are less likely to get upset about being interrupted.” He still gets nervous when approaching potential subjects. The first few moments of every interview are a little awkward, Kumar said, before the shyness and strangeness melt away with natural conversation. “It’s this really just human experience, which is just so worth it. It makes all the tense parts of it worth it in the end,” Kumar said. Shortly after Kumar and Thornton started the project, the pair interviewed a middle-aged Ph.D. candidate, who was studying sociology and fracking’s effect on Pittsburgh communities. “He had this just beautiful quote that I think encapsulates not only his view of the world but also Humans at Pitt. He said, ‘There’s no such thing as a simple person,’” Kumar said. “The second he said that — it just struck me.” Kumar said he’s taken that man’s quote and turned it into a personal mantra, both at Humans of Pitt and in his other service positions — a member of food charity Pitt Nourish International, a board member for an annual Indian dance competition and a volunteer translator for Spanish-speaking patients at the Birmingham Free clinic. Later on in his career, Kumar, who grew up in a multilingual home, wants to help non-English speakers overcome everyday language barriers, like doctor’s office forms. “I think language is such an important, pervasive part of your daily life, and a lot of the things that go in language are very implicit and happen below your awareness,” Kumar said. Kumar, sometimes brought to tears after interviews, said his project is just practice in creating spaces where people can feel comfortable enough to bare their necks. “I think what I’ve learned is that — and this struck me in a very personal way too — that vulnerability is just such an integral, innate part of being human,” Kumar said. “I think this is a project that aims at slowly extracting that and getting people to realize that.” ...

Andrew Ng

Andrew Ng

By Emily Migdal

March 29, 2016


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Photos by  Theo Schwarz Before he even moved in for his first year at Pitt, Andrew Ng knew college was the right time to rekindle his relationship with God. And when he took a leadership position in the Asian InterVarsity Fellowship — a subdivision of InterVarsity, a religious organization present...

Myra Carbonell

Myra Carbonell

By Elizabeth Lepro

March 29, 2016


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Photos by Theo Schwarz Some small facts slip from Myra Carbonell’s memory: her grandson’s age, the name of the second person in her favorite folk duo, her ex-husband’s birthday. But memories come easily. There’s the lingering image of coming home from school in the Bronx to find her father asl...

Killian Liptrot

Killian Liptrot

By Jeremy Tepper

March 29, 2016


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Photos by Nikki Moriello For Kilian Liptrot, joining ROTC was pretty much a no-brainer: He was born in Werl, Germany, to a military family and followed his father’s assignments all over the world. But joining the cheer squad his sophomore year, after a suggestion from a cheerleader friend, was some...

Mike Lecak

Mike Lecak

By Dan Sostek

March 29, 2016


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Photos by Nikki Moriello March 29 There was someone that wanted to meet Mike Lecak. The Arizona native had just competed in a game in the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro-Am, a now-defunct summer league. He had been playing so well, he claims he “could have closed his eyes, shot left-handed or kicke...

Holly Stavarski

Holly Stavarski

By Emily Brindley

March 28, 2016


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Photos by Nikki Moriello From wiping down “viewing booths” in a porn shop, to interning a morgue, to practicing stand-up comedy, Holly Stavarski has had some odd jobs. No joke. It started out as a joke. Holly Stavarski and a friend drove by the AdultMart on McKnight Road and saw they were hiring....

Grant Jacoby 

Grant Jacoby 

By Eva Fine / Multimedia Editor

March 28, 2016


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The Pitt News interviews Grant Jacoby, a junior marketing major and social entrepreneur at the University of Pittsburgh.

Francisco Laguna-Correa 

Francisco Laguna-Correa 

By Eva Fine

March 28, 2016


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The Pitt News interviews Francisco Laguna-Cornea, a MFA student in the Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh.

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