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Vladimir Padunov: Catch him outside the Cathedral

Vladimir Padunov: Catch him outside the Cathedral

By Janine Faust

April 5, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

Vladimir “Volodia” Padunov’s office looks like a curiosity shop. A tiara, rattlesnake eggs and other trinkets line the shelves. Cluttered beneath are rolls of film. Hats from the former Soviet Union dangle from the ceiling. A jar of homemade horseradish vodka sits on his desk.   The profes...

Matisse the Cat: The purrfect neighbor

Matisse the Cat: The purrfect neighbor

By Henry Glitz & John Hamilton

April 5, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

Bearing a name like Matisse might seem like an awful lot of responsibility for a lot of people — living up to such a well-cultured namesake can be a challenge. But on a stretch of Parkview Avenue in Oakland, from Oakland Square to the Boulevard of the Allies, you’d think the famous French painte...

Monica Henderson: A run for your money

Monica Henderson: A run for your money

By Hannah Schneider and & Theo Schwarz

April 4, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

At 5 p.m. in her Tower A dorm, Monica Henderson begins her familiar routine — right sock, left sock, right shoe, left shoe — and ties her turquoise and grey running sneakers. Bending down to touch her toes, she begins her lengthy, 10-minute stretching sequence, needed for muscles she says are always...

Baldwin the Piano: A second chance at song

Baldwin the Piano: A second chance at song

By Rachel Glasser & Thomas Yang

April 4, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

It was a chronic condition. Dead keys, they said, and the prognosis was bleak. More than 50 years of occasional aggressive banging coupled with normal wear and tear had made Baldwin mute. His hammers were dull and worn. When they hit the strings, he uttered no sound. The recommended treatment —...

Annie Martin: Balancing barre and books

Annie Martin: Balancing barre and books

By David Leftwich & Thomas Yang

April 3, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Silhouettes 2018

When Annie Martin got out of bed at 5:30 one morning this past December, she could barely walk on her right ankle. This wasn’t completely abnormal — she often wakes up sore from the previous day’s eight hours of ballet training. But unlike most other aches and pains, this one didn’t go away ...

Tony Resch: Sight and sound

Tony Resch: Sight and sound

By Joanna Li & Issi Glatts

April 3, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

For Tony Resch, a heavy bass line is black, cymbals are yellow and the key of D is green — with an attitude. Some of Resch’s earliest and fundamental memories of music were color- and shape-oriented — a combination of textures, colors and notes that turn the sounds of music-making into a vi...

Richard Garland: A few wrong turns

Richard Garland: A few wrong turns

By John Hamilton & John Hamilton

April 2, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

Driving around Allegheny County on a brisk mid-March afternoon, Richard Garland refuses to use the GPS in the dashboard of his black Chevy Tahoe. Instead, the car’s screen displayed a zoomed out map and XM Radio’s Soul Town station as Garland made right turns, left turns, wrong turns and U-tur...

Ana Del Prete: All eyes on Ana

Ana Del Prete: All eyes on Ana

By Jordan Mondell & Jordan Mondell

April 2, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

Ana Del Prete originally bought the desk that occupies her small apartment bedroom to work on homework. But now she finds herself at the provisional vanity on any given weeknight preparing to do another kind of work. She has everything ready in front of her — a tube of ColourPop concealer, a NYX Ultimat...

Jackie Sharp: For the love of the game

Jackie Sharp: For the love of the game

By Trent Leonard & Theo Schwarz

April 1, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

If you had told Jackie Sharp two years ago that she would eventually become the first Pitt women’s ice hockey player to have her number retired, she would have thought you were crazy. At that point, there was no women’s hockey team at Pitt, and Sharp hadn’t played organized ice hockey in nearly ...

Max “Gems” Gonzales: Artist most wanted

Max “Gems” Gonzales: Artist most wanted

By Elise Lavallee & Elise Lavallee

April 1, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

Before Gems and Apathy could watch the paint dry on another one of their masterpieces in Homestead, the pair started sprinting up the hill behind them — they realized a cop had become witness to their work. “We would run 30 yards, take a break and catch our breaths before running more until we...

Emily West: Politics as (un)usual

Emily West: Politics as (un)usual

By Prachi Patel & Christian Snyder

March 31, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

Two years ago, Maureen West often found herself settled in her home office, hooked on watching CBS news on her computer. Every now and then, she’d spot someone on her screen and take a snapshot. When she saw her friends, West would whip out her phone and flaunt her pictures. “Look at this ...

Antoine Douaihy: Hopeful healing

Antoine Douaihy: Hopeful healing

By Grant Burgman & Thomas Yang

March 31, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

Dr. Antoine Douaihy didn’t think he would end up working as an addiction psychiatrist when he was growing up in Lebanon and France. He wanted to be a classical ballet dancer. Douaihy discovered his passion for dancing when he was 9 years old — and he thought he would pursue it as a career thro...

“Metal” Mary Bielich: Music and movement

“Metal” Mary Bielich: Music and movement

By Caroline Bourque & Issi Glatts

March 30, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

On the seventh floor of a nondescript South Side storage locker facility, the industrial walls and bare floor shake with the reverberations of a heavy metal bass line. The sound is surging from a cramped rehearsal space at the end of the hall. Inside, the Mud City Manglers practice for an upcomin...

Krithika Pennathur: Giving a voice, lending an ear

Krithika Pennathur: Giving a voice, lending an ear

By Sarah Shearer & Sarah Cutshall

March 30, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

Krithika Pennathur has a story to tell, but it’s not about her. Pennathur, a Pitt junior, may spend her days speaking at events or leading advocacy workshops in clubs on campus — but over coffee you’ll have her undivided attention and the feeling that she has all the time in the world. ...

Sinjon Bartel: Beyond the bikes

Sinjon Bartel: Beyond the bikes

By Brian Salvato & Elise Lavallee

March 29, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

The last total solar eclipse in the United States was in 1979, 17 years before Sinjon Bartel was born. So when a total eclipse was set to occur last year Aug. 21, he knew he wanted to experience history. Actually, he knew about a year and a half earlier that he wanted to be a part of the Pitt Shadow ...

Anaïs Peterson: Dueling passions

Anaïs Peterson: Dueling passions

By Remy Samuels & Sarah Cutshall

March 29, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

Anaïs Peterson has a minute and a half to scurry onto a gym floor and set up a stage for her and her fellow dancers and drummers. Lugging heavy drums and TV towers over their shoulders, the members of Matrix Performing Arts Indoor Percussion Ensemble quickly create a makeshift stage before the curt...

Gianni Downs: The scenic route

Gianni Downs: The scenic route

By Marissa Perino & Issi Glatts

March 28, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

By the time the show opens, Gianni Downs’ work is already done. As a scenic designer, Downs' favorite parts of the creative process all happen before opening night. His field is one of the crucial elements behind any onstage performance. He speaks of his process as an extension of history. “T...

Ian Troost: Unmasking his truth

Ian Troost: Unmasking his truth

By Brandon Glass & Elise Lavallee

March 28, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

You may have seen Ian Troost without even knowing it. It's possible he was a passing thought or a source of lingering ire. It all depends on your opinion of mustaches, mascots and kneeling during the national anthem. He was the tall skinny guy with the little brown caterpillar named Jerry perched ...

Sheila Vélez Martínez: Making a case for humanity

Sheila Vélez Martínez: Making a case for humanity

By Salina Pressimone & Thomas Yang

March 27, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018

When Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico in September 2017, Professor Sheila Vélez Martínez was already taking steps to ensure that law students like Sofia Mendoza continue their legal education. Mendoza, who was enrolled at the University of Puerto Rico, found a temporary home at Pitt in ...

Ruthann Omer: Fixing with family

Ruthann Omer: Fixing with family

By Sid Lingala & Christian Snyder

March 27, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

When Ruthann Omer installed a door backward in a handicap restroom project she was working on as a civil engineer, she felt like it was the end of the world. But her father, Frederick, an engineer himself, remained calm and repeated one of his favorite sayings. “Don’t worry, it will all come out...

Daly Trimble: A selfless social servant

Daly Trimble: A selfless social servant

By Kim Rooney & Issi Glatts

March 26, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018

Leaning forward in a wheeled desk chair on the 35th floor of the Cathedral of Learning, Daly Trimble looked up from her organic chemistry notes, with a surprisingly warm smile on her face that never faded as she talks about feminism, faith and community engagement. North Oakland, Squirrel Hill and Shadyside s...

Rachael Bindas: All the write reasons

Rachael Bindas: All the write reasons

By Lexi Kennell, Amanda Reed & Kyleen Considine

March 26, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018

Rachael Bindas was reading children’s books to her 4-year-old sister, Bria, in the summer of 2017. The books focused on important topics for children to learn — like nature and love — but featured gendered, white characters, only catering to one kind of reader. Bindas — a junior fiction w...

Sheila Ramgopal: Giving back to women

Sheila Ramgopal: Giving back to women

By Christian Snyder & Christian Snyder

March 25, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018

From the outside, it’s hard to tell that Allegheny Reproductive Health Center is an abortion clinic. The red brick building on Kirkwood Street in East Liberty has flowers in the window and the name of the clinic in small-set plain white text on the door. Past the security guard in the foyer is ...

Aminata Kamara: Nursing a desire to lead

Aminata Kamara: Nursing a desire to lead

By Alexa Marzina & Thomas Yang

March 25, 2018


Filed under News, Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

Before Aminata Kamara graduated from Eleanor Roosevelt High School — which specialized in STEM — she already knew she wanted to enroll in a four-year nursing program. In fact, she had her whole life planned out until she turned 21. “Now that I'm 21, I literally really don't have any plans any...

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