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Greg Weston

Greg Weston

By Noah Coco / Staff Writer & John Hamilton

March 29, 2016


Filed under Silhouettes 2016

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 liaison between the students and th...

Lori Campbell

Lori Campbell

By Courtney Linder / Staff Writer & John Hamilton

March 29, 2016


Filed under Silhouettes 2016

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 the color of Tinkerbell’...

Lola Adebiyi

Lola Adebiyi

By Rio Maropis & Will Miller, Staff Writer

March 29, 2016


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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, a charitable student orga...

Derek Griesbach

Derek Griesbach

By Amanda Reed / Staff Writer & Wenhao Wu

March 29, 2016


Filed under Silhouettes 2016

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 Crest Trail. For Derek G...

Carlino Giampolo

Carlino Giampolo

By Dale Shoemaker & Theo Schwarz

March 29, 2016


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The heart and the city Carlino 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 public office, and he’s not v...

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 & John Hamilton, Staff Writer

March 29, 2016


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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 a single father studyin...

Iris Matijevic

Iris Matijevic

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer & Wenhao Wu

March 29, 2016


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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 family left Munich for...

Vicki Collier

Vicki Collier

By Jack Trainor / Culture Editor & Theo Schwarz

March 29, 2016


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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 than pushing a butt...

Charlotte Goldbach

Charlotte Goldbach

By Zoe Hannah & Kate Koenig

March 29, 2016


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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 least in Chatham...

Cynthia Bradley-King

Cynthia Bradley-King

By Jack Shelly / Staff Writer & Theo Schwarz

March 29, 2016


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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 throughout the state. Nearly...

Anish Kumar

Anish Kumar

By Alexa Bakalarski & Will Miller

March 29, 2016


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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...

Andrew Ng

Andrew Ng

By Emily Migdal & Theo Schwarz

March 29, 2016


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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 on many campuses internation...

Myra Carbonell

Myra Carbonell

By Elizabeth Lepro & Theo Schwarz

March 29, 2016


Filed under Silhouettes 2016, Uncategorized

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 asleep in the Barcaloung...

Killian Liptrot

Killian Liptrot

By Jeremy Tepper & Nikki Moriello

March 29, 2016


Filed under Silhouettes 2016, Uncategorized

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 something he had never considere...

Mike Lecak

Mike Lecak

By Dan Sostek & Nikki Moriello

March 29, 2016


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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 kicked [the ball] in.” So after ...

Holly Stavarski

Holly Stavarski

By Emily Brindley & Nikki Moriello

March 29, 2016


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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. They laughed about how...

Grant Jacoby 

Grant Jacoby 

By Eva Fine / Multimedia Editor

March 29, 2016


Filed under Silhouettes 2016

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 29, 2016


Filed under Silhouettes 2016

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

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