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Therapy dogs bring contentment and comfort to campus

Therapy dogs bring contentment and comfort to campus

By Kieran Mclean, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Welcome Back 2018

Marsha Robbins' therapy dog program has been bringing calming canines to Pitt for years.

Staff Picks: Our Autumn Aesthetics

Staff Picks: Our Autumn Aesthetics

By The Pitt News Staff

August 20, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Welcome Back 2018

Fall trends are abundant, and our staff is here to share their thoughts on the popular — and slightly ridiculous — trends coming our way this spooky season.

Panther Parkour flips, rolls its way around campus

Panther Parkour flips, rolls its way around campus

By Joanna Li, Senior Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Welcome Back 2018

Members learn how to to roll, precision jump and run up walls as part of Pitt's non-competitive parkour club.

Staff picks: Best of Campus Cuisine

Staff picks: Best of Campus Cuisine

By The Pitt News Staff

August 20, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Welcome Back 2018

Many students don’t look too deeply into their food options before coming to school. Thankfully, our staff is here to shed light on dining options on campus!

Mark Nordenberg recalls late vice chancellor’s Pitt Pride

Mark Nordenberg recalls late vice chancellor’s Pitt Pride

By Grant Burgman, News Editor

August 20, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Welcome Back 2018

Jerome “Jerry” Cochran, former Pitt vice chancellor, died Wednesday, Aug. 5, at age 69.

Big changes bring big hopes for men’s basketball team

Big changes bring big hopes for men’s basketball team

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Welcome Back 2018

Pitt is competing in one of the toughest conferences in men's college basketball, and new head coach Jeff Capel is doing everything to ensure the team is prepared.

Scoobi brings electric scooters to Pittsburgh streets

Scoobi brings electric scooters to Pittsburgh streets

By Samuel Weber, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under City, News, Tech Science, Welcome Back 2018

The Pittsburgh-based company Scoobi seeks to cut down on emissions with its new fleet of rentable electric scooters.

Archery club took a long shot, hit the bullseye

Archery club took a long shot, hit the bullseye

By Stephen Cuddy, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Welcome Back 2018

Over the course of two years, Pitt’s Archery Club has grown into a competitive organization of more than 100 members consisting of a mix of experienced and inexperienced archers.

Coast to coast: Monica Henderson completes her cross-country run

Coast to coast: Monica Henderson completes her cross-country run

By Hannah Schneider, Assistant News Editor

August 20, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, News, Sports, Video, Welcome Back 2018

She started in San Francisco on June 14. She arrived in New York City after running 4,000 miles with her team on August 4.

International students adjust to American culture

International students adjust to American culture

By Madeline Gavatorta, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Welcome Back 2018

Student organizations and mentors on campus help Pitt students from abroad get used to their new surroundings — along with the daily struggles of being a college student.

Capel’s first year means improvement, not victory

Capel’s first year means improvement, not victory

By Cale Berger, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns, Welcome Back 2018

Jeff Capel's impact on the men's basketball program is notable — but the Pitt community shouldn't expect his first team to take the college basketball world by storm.

Get funky this fall with concerts in Pittsburgh

Get funky this fall with concerts in Pittsburgh

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

August 20, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music, Welcome Back 2018

The exciting shows coming to Pittsburgh this fall range from rap to pop to 70s rock, leaving little room to disappoint fans of most genres of music.

‘Christopher Robin’ is unoriginal but uplifting

‘Christopher Robin’ is unoriginal but uplifting

By Shahum Ajmal, Contributing Editor

August 20, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies, Welcome Back 2018

The drama-fantasy is a somewhat slow and cliche, yet heartwarming and beautiful continuation of A.A. Milne’s stories.

Best neighborhoods for off-campus adventures

Best neighborhoods for off-campus adventures

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

August 20, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Welcome Back 2018

For many new Pitt students, the busy, exciting atmosphere of city life is one of the reasons they chose to attend an urban university. With Oakland’s many hospitals, restaurants, drugstores and parks surrounding our campus, students have a good idea of what life is like in an urban area. But what many...

Picklesburgh packs Roberto Clemente Bridge

Picklesburgh packs Roberto Clemente Bridge

By Grey McGettigan, For The Pitt News

August 20, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Welcome Back 2018

Picklesburgh’s fourth annual gathering did not disappoint, featuring a longer, larger and brinier celebration of all things pickled.

Arctic Monkeys’ Pittsburgh performance fired up the Pete

Arctic Monkeys’ Pittsburgh performance fired up the Pete

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

August 20, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music, Welcome Back 2018

The indie rock band excited fans of all ages at their performance on Pitt's campus in late July.

Pitt Band preps for 2018 performances

Pitt Band preps for 2018 performances

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

August 20, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories, Welcome Back 2018

As the fall semester kicks into full swing, the 2018 football season will do the same. Along with football season comes the crowd-pleasing performances from Pitt Band.

Point: Plastic straw bans are a beneficial beginning

Point: Plastic straw bans are a beneficial beginning

By Joshua Jordan, For The Pitt News

August 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Welcome Back 2018

The growing trend among cities and corporations of banning plastic straws is an attainable undertaking that will benefit the environment and human health.

Counterpoint: Plastic straw bans are an erroneous endeavor

Counterpoint: Plastic straw bans are an erroneous endeavor

By Neena Hagen, Senior Columnist

August 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Welcome Back 2018

These policies may be well-intentioned, but one glance at the data reveals they are misguided, unnecessary and even potentially harmful.

Q&A with acclaimed author, Pitt professor Anjali Sachdeva

Q&A with acclaimed author, Pitt professor Anjali Sachdeva

By Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Welcome Back 2018

To learn more about “All the Names They Used for God” and the author behind it, The Pitt News Gillot spoke with Sachdeva about her history and the creation of her acclaimed debut work.

‘Dandy Andy’ tour takes a look at Warhol’s queer history

‘Dandy Andy’ tour takes a look at Warhol’s queer history

By Jon Kunitsky, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories, Uncategorized, Welcome Back 2018

The tour differs from regular museum tours by allowing visitors to learn more about Warhol’s boyfriends, his life as a gay man in New York City and how his art was subsequently influenced by the men in his life and the queer community.

Iranian, Finnish and Philippine rooms coming to the Cathedral

Iranian, Finnish and Philippine rooms coming to the Cathedral

By Sarah Shearer, Assistant News Editor

August 20, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Welcome Back 2018

Three new nationality rooms are set to open their doors in 2019 – rooms representing Iranian, Finnish and Philippine heritage.

Campus ‘Goatscapers’ help the environment, look cute

Campus ‘Goatscapers’ help the environment, look cute

By Maggie Durwald, Senior Columnist

August 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Welcome Back 2018

While the 12 goats the University employed seems like only one small step in the ambitious Pitt Sustainability Plan, it has had a big effect.

ICYMI: Summer News Recap

By Grant Burgman, News Editor

August 20, 2018


Filed under News, Welcome Back 2018

There's been a lot of news to keep up with this summer. Here are some of the biggest events of the summer in Pittsburgh so you're up to date when you get back to campus. 

Experienced roster bodes well for Pitt football

Experienced roster bodes well for Pitt football

By Trent Leonard, Senior Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Welcome Back 2018

Despite an unsuccessful season last year, the Panthers are ready to turn things around with an experienced group of returning players, including 18 seniors.

Pitt Equestrian Club doesn’t horse around

Pitt Equestrian Club doesn’t horse around

By Joanna Li, Senior Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Welcome Back 2018

Members of Pitts' equestrian team travels from Oakland to Allison Park once a week to hone their skills – then perform with a horse they've never met.

State should step up to address rising tuition

State should step up to address rising tuition

By Janine Faust, Opinions Editor

August 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Welcome Back 2018

Pennsylvania colleges have some of the highest average tuition rates in the country. But instead of taking action to address the roots of the state’s student debt crisis, the state responded by introducing a new program that encourages families to prepare for when they fall victim to it.

Oakland Employees Discuss Work After Dark

Oakland Employees Discuss Work After Dark

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer

September 15, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Specials

Antoon’s co-owner Mike Abraham had one thing to say about his late-night shifts as a pizza maker. “Too many drunk students,” Abraham said. Abraham, a 46-year-old from Oakland, has run the popular pizza shop with his brother for the last 20 years. Like many employees around Oakland, Abraha...

GALLERY: Retro Oakland: taking a look at Oakland’s past

GALLERY: Retro Oakland: taking a look at Oakland’s past

By The Pitt News Staff

May 29, 2017


Filed under Archives, Culture, Specials / Newstudentguide2016, Uncategorized, Visual

From the Great Fire of 1845 that destroyed all of Pitt’s buildings to the demolition of Forbes Field to the 2017 removal of asbestos in the Hillman Library, Pitt has had a tumultuous past. And as Pitt students, it’s important we know about the university we attend — to know that our school used to...

Students, community members march for peace and positivity

Students, community members march for peace and positivity

By David Robinson, Elias Rappaport and James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / The Pitt News Staff

November 17, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, Election Coverage 2016, News

Pitt students and community members held homemade signs high into the air above the Cathedral lawn –– “Erase hate,” “We all come together,” “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention,” as they marched to encourage positivity in the future after the election. The mar...

Waking up Wednesday: Shock, fear for some

Waking up Wednesday: Shock, fear for some

By Alexa Bakalarski and Emily Brindley / The Pitt News staff

November 10, 2016


Filed under Campus, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

Students woke up Wednesday morning to a soggy, gray day. Some of them were Donald Trump supporters, now the President-elect. But the gloomy weather seemed appropriate for others — many of whom protested the Republican in the street until the early morning. For students from minority groups t...

Donald Trump wins presidential election

Donald Trump wins presidential election

By The Pitt News staff

November 9, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

It was announced shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday morning that reality T.V. star and real estate mogul Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. In the local races, Republican Pat Toomey beat Democrat Katie McGinty for the United States senator seat. Democrat Josh Shapiro won ...

An election season in review

November 8, 2016


Filed under Campus, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

An election season in reviewThe Pitt News staffNov. 8, 2016The Pitt News has covered the 2016 election from the very beginning, when the Republican party still boasted a lengthy list of potential candidates and Bernie Sanders’ political revolution seemed an imminent possibility. Our reporters, photogr...

Hillary Clinton rallies at Pitt day before voting starts

Hillary Clinton rallies at Pitt day before voting starts

By Amina Doghri and Noah Coco / The Pitt News Staff

November 8, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News

With the towering Cathedral of Learning and a massive American flag as her backdrop, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton got the final word at Pitt Monday, capping off a campaign season that’s brought politicians to the area on a weekly basis. “So, tomorrow is the election, and that is...

Clinton visits Great Hall at Heinz Field

Clinton visits Great Hall at Heinz Field

By Amina Doghri / Staff Writer

November 4, 2016


Filed under City, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famers Mel Blount and Franco Harris showed support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the Great Hall at Heinz Field on Friday. With only four more days until the election, more than 2,500 people came to watch Clinton speak before heading to the po...

A Guide to the Allegheny County ballot

By Emily Brindley and Alexa Bakalarski / The Pitt News Staff

November 3, 2016


Filed under Election Coverage 2016, News, Top Stories

A Guide to the Allegheny County ballotHere’s what to expect at the polls in Allegheny County:U.S. Presidential CandidatesHillary Clinton and Tim Kaine (D)Clinton served as New York’s first female senator from 2001 to 2009. She ran for president in 2008, but lost the Democratic nomination to current Pre...

College votes down, parties cater to millennials

College votes down, parties cater to millennials

By Emily Suruda / For The Pitt News

November 3, 2016


Filed under Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

To campaign for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama did something no other president has done before: he snapped. Obama made a five-minute Snapchat video Monday on the app’s political channel “Good Luck America,” in which moments of an interview between Obama and Peter Hamby, the channel’s host, appear between snippets ...

Hang-ups and door slams: The life of a campaign worker

Hang-ups and door slams: The life of a campaign worker

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

November 3, 2016


Filed under Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

When Arnaud Armstrong, a Pitt junior, makes phone calls for Republican local and state candidates, he’s often on more than one phone at once. The student campaigner even knows a woman who can handle four phones at the same time, a true expert. He said it’s easier than it sounds — people only ...

Casting ballots from afar

Casting ballots from afar

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Assistant Sports Editor

November 3, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Election Coverage 2016, News

Of about 25,000 Pitt students that are eligible to vote in this election, 74 percent might not be voting at the polls if they registered with their permanent address. Although students can register with their Pittsburgh address, only 26 percent of the students on Pitt’s Oakland campus are from Al...

LIVE BLOG: Join the Pitt News for live updates on the third Presidential debate

LIVE BLOG: Join the Pitt News for live updates on the third Presidential debate

By The Pitt News Staff

October 19, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Election Coverage 2016

Welcome to The Pitt News’ hub for 2016 election coverage. Here, you’ll find stories about Trump, Clinton and third party supporters on campus, updates on visits from politicians and analysis from our opinions writers with their takes on this year’s contentious election. Wednesday night, colum...

Chelsea Clinton visited Pitt to support Hillary, encourage voting

Chelsea Clinton visited Pitt to support Hillary, encourage voting

By Rachel Glasser / Staff Writer

October 18, 2016


Filed under Campus, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

After she walked into the O’Hara ballroom, backdropped by her mother’s campaign theme, “Fight Song,” Chelsea Clinton spoke about Donald Trump’s campaign, Hillary Clinton’s vision for the country and the importance of voting. Approximately 100 people attended Clinton’s speech — one of ...

Pitt’s chapter of Turning Point USA counters liberalism, big government

Pitt’s chapter of Turning Point USA counters liberalism, big government

By Tristan Dietrick / For The Pitt News

October 12, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Election Coverage 2016, News

Junior Ashley Butcher can frequently be found behind tables around campus — usually in Towers Lobby or in front of the William Pitt Union — proclaiming the same mantra prominently displayed on her organization’s signs, pamphlets and social media pages. “Big Government Sucks!” Butcher, a fi...

Tim Kaine speaks on CMU’s campus

Tim Kaine speaks on CMU’s campus

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

October 7, 2016


Filed under Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

Zachary Goldstein loves living in Pittsburgh, but not for the hot cakes or the Cathedral. He loves living in the city because Pennsylvania is a swing state. With the presidential election less than five weeks away, high-profile representatives from both the Republican and Democratic parties have b...

Students have less than one week to register to vote

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

October 5, 2016


Filed under Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

Even though election day is still five weeks out, the voter registration deadline –– Oct. 11 ––  is less than one week away. For many Pitt students, this is the first presidential election they are eligible to vote in. For others, this is their first time voting away from home. In any cas...

Republicans at Pitt divided about Trump

Republicans at Pitt divided about Trump

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

October 4, 2016


Filed under Campus, Election Coverage 2016, News

Though he’s received endorsement from party officials, Donald Trump’s presidential bid has divided traditional conservatives. The businessman turned candidate has also invited in a broader demographic of independent, right-wing and, in some cases, liberal voters, and inspired historically Republic...

Pitt College Republicans and Democrats debate specifics, not rhetoric

Pitt College Republicans and Democrats debate specifics, not rhetoric

By Tristan Dietrick / For The Pitt News

September 30, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Election Coverage 2016, News

Days after Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump walked off the debate stage in New York, students gathered at Pitt to discuss this election’s most contentious issues. More than 80 students showed up to watch the third annual debate between Pitt College Republ...

First Lady Michelle Obama encourages Pitt students and community members to vote

First Lady Michelle Obama encourages Pitt students and community members to vote

By Wesley Hood and Amina Doghri / The Pitt News Staff

September 29, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News

Walking out to Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls),” Michelle Obama encouraged Pitt students and community members to run the election, urging them to be the much needed “youth vote” Hillary Clinton has been trying to lock down in recent weeks. As students lined up to see Obama at the Fi...

Pitt students react to first debate

Pitt students react to first debate

By Rachel Glasser / Staff Writer

September 27, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News

When Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was asked why she thought she could create jobs better than Republican candidate Donald Trump, she addressed her opponent by saying, “Donald, it’s good to be with you.” In New York, Trump nodded in response. In Pittsburgh, students in P...

Editorial: First Clinton-Trump debate offers nothing new

Editorial: First Clinton-Trump debate offers nothing new

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 27, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Election Coverage 2016

After the first general election debate of 2016, most of The Pitt News’ office had nothing to say. There were shrugs and analogies to petulant children. Most brushed off the question of who won by giving a name followed by “I guess.” The general consensus was that Clinton won, just barely, but...

What you need to know about Debate Moderator Lester Holt

By Matt Moret / Assistant Opinions Editor

September 26, 2016


Filed under Columns, Election Coverage 2016, Top Stories

No matter who wins the first general election debate of 2016 tonight, one person’s face is certain to blanket news coverage roundups, and you may have never even heard of him before. He’s Lester Holt, and he will be your moderator. Holt has been the anchor of the NBC Nightly News since June 2015, when ...

Take a look: The Pitt News’ live blog of the first presidential debate

Take a look: The Pitt News’ live blog of the first presidential debate

By The Pitt News Staff

September 26, 2016


Filed under Election Coverage 2016

Welcome to The Pitt News' hub for 2016 election coverage. Here you'll find stories about Trump, Clinton and third party supporters on campus; updates on visits from politicians and analysis from our opinions writers with their takes on this year's contentious election. Monday night, columnists H...

First Lady Michelle Obama to visit Fitzgerald Field House

First Lady Michelle Obama to visit Fitzgerald Field House

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

September 26, 2016


Filed under Campus, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

In preparation for the quickly-approaching presidential election, First Lady Michelle Obama will campaign for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton on Pitt’s campus on Wednesday. Obama will speak at the Fitzgerald Field House at 3:30 p.m., where doors will open at 1 p.m. Anyone interested in att...

Trump speaks at Pittsburgh Shale Conference

Trump speaks at Pittsburgh Shale Conference

By Rachel Glasser and Emily Baranik / For The Pitt News

September 23, 2016


Filed under City, Election Coverage 2016, News, Top Stories

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outlined his energy plan in Pittsburgh Thursday, which he said would improve the United States economy by reducing restrictions on the energy industry. At a Shale Insight Conference downtown, Trump discussed the plan he rolled out in May and said the k...

Pittsburgh weighs in on fracking

Pittsburgh weighs in on fracking

By Stephen Caruso and Amina Doghri / The Pitt News Staff

September 23, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Election Coverage 2016, News

On land lined deep with Marcellus shale and the ancient fossil fuels it blankets, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump preached energy investment at a shale and natural gas convention Thursday. Outside the David Lawrence Convention Center Downtown, where he was speaking, angered citizens an...

Trump’s economic platform is a guise for the rich

Trump’s economic platform is a guise for the rich

By Saket Rajprohat | For The Pitt News

September 22, 2016


Filed under Columns, Election Coverage 2016

“Trumponomics” sounds like a helping hand for the little guy but is actually a pedestal for the wealthy. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced his economic plan during a speech at the Economic Club of New York last Thursday, calling for 4 percent economic growth if he becomes president. The candidate plans to increase the ...

GALLERY: Trump Visit Sparks Protests in Downtown Pittsburgh

GALLERY: Trump Visit Sparks Protests in Downtown Pittsburgh

By Stephen Caruso and Jordan Mondell / Pitt News Staff

September 22, 2016


Filed under Election Coverage 2016, Multimedia, Visual

Protester arrested outside downtown Trump speech

Protester arrested outside downtown Trump speech

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

September 22, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News

Police arrested one person during a protest against Donald Trump and fracking in downtown Pittsburgh this afternoon. The Republican presidential candidate was speaking to the Shale Insight Convention at the David Lawrence Convention center, highlighting his pro-fracking and natural gas agenda to attendees...

Late night and Trump: It’s complicated

Late night and Trump: It’s complicated

By Matt Maielli / Senior Staff Writer

September 22, 2016


Filed under Culture, Election Coverage 2016, Television

If you were the host of America’s most-viewed late-night show and you had a guest that was a presidential candidate known for hateful rhetoric against minorities and immigrants, what would you do with him? Did you say ruffle his hair? Because that’s what Jimmy Fallon and NBC thought was the righ...

Bern’d Out: Bernie Sanders supporters pushing for revolution without revolutional candidate

Bern’d Out: Bernie Sanders supporters pushing for revolution without revolutional candidate

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

September 20, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News

While campaign stickers and t-shirts for now-defeated Democratic primary candidate Bernie Sanders still occasionally crop up around campus, “Feeling the Bern” chalk drawings and posters, marches in support of the far-left politician and the fiery vigor that once surrounded his campaign on college campuse...

McGinty’s CMU rally creates hope for Democratic unity

McGinty’s CMU rally creates hope for Democratic unity

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

September 20, 2016


Filed under Columns, Election Coverage 2016

Three unlikely Democratic allies gathered together Friday afternoon in Carnegie Mellon University’s Wiegand Gymnasium to speak, one after another, despite the fact that they wouldn’t have dared standing shoulder to shoulder in April. The three politicians standing on stage were Pennsylvania Senate ...

Bill Clinton campaigns in Homewood

By Macey Zaffina / For The Pitt News

September 9, 2016


Filed under City, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

On a stage in Homewood, surrounded by union workers and community members, Bill Clinton declared that Hillary Clinton knows how to bring Americans together. “If we’re not willing to live together and work together, we’re not going to grow faster and grow fairer,” Clinton said. “Hillary...

Bill Clinton to speak in Homewood neighborhood

Bill Clinton to speak in Homewood neighborhood

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

September 7, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News

Just days after a visit from Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine and current Vice President Joe Biden, Former President Bill Clinton will swing by Pittsburgh this Friday for the Democratic party’s latest stop in the Steel City. At 11:45 a.m. on Sept. 9, the Pennsylvania Democrats will host t...

Kaine and Biden speak at Pittsburgh Labor Day parade

Kaine and Biden speak at Pittsburgh Labor Day parade

By Brad Smertz / For the Pitt News

September 6, 2016


Filed under City, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

Vice President Joe Biden said he fell in love with Pittsburgh after he fell in love with Pitt. During his senior year of high school, he said, Pitt offered him a football scholarship, sparking his affection for the University and the Steel City. Although he did not accept the offer, Biden came ba...

Storify: Kaine, Biden speak before Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade

Storify: Kaine, Biden speak before Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade

By Amanda Reed and Brad Smertz / The Pitt News Staff

September 5, 2016


Filed under City, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News

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Underneath the Trump supporters’ veil

Underneath the Trump supporters’ veil

By Julia Aldrich / For The Pitt News

September 1, 2016


Filed under Columns, Homecoming 2015

Fear is a dangerous notion, but hope could arguably be worse. Presidential candidate Donald Trump is notorious for utilizing bigotry and fear as a means of self-promotion. The billionaire businessman has been rising to the top and gaining supporters all while boasting his famous slogan “Make Am...

Tim Kaine to speak at Pittsburgh Labor Day parade

Tim Kaine to speak at Pittsburgh Labor Day parade

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

September 1, 2016


Filed under Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s running mate, will make a brief stop at Pittsburgh’s Labor Day parade on Monday. Kaine will jet off to join Clinton in Cleveland later the same day. The Labor Day parade starts at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 5, and will run from the Grey...

Q & A: Braddock mayor John Fetterman

Q & A: Braddock mayor John Fetterman

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

August 22, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News, Welcome Back 2016

Braddock Mayor John Fetterman doesn’t think he’s an “anti-establishment” politician. But he does think it’s time for a change. In his recent bid for the U.S. Senate, many of his supporters backed Senator Bernie Sanders, who gained popularity for pushing the democratic platform farther left...

Making plans for student health

Making plans for student health

By Erin Hare and Alexis Carter / The Pitt News Staff

August 22, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories, Welcome Back 2016

When making a back-to-school checklist for this fall, don’t forget to add health insurance. This academic year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is increasing outreach for Marketplace insurance enrollment through healthcare.gov, centering its efforts on a group that is more likely t...

Affirmative action must remain

Affirmative action must remain

By Bethel Habte | Senior Columnist

August 22, 2016


Filed under Columns, Welcome Back 2016

I’m optimistic about Pitt declaring the coming year the “Year of Diversity,” but I can’t help wishing for more. I wish I didn’t feel the need to defend my own merits when affirmative action gets questioned. I wish minority voices didn’t have to spring to the offensive whenever the issue...

It’s time to update Greek life policies

It’s time to update Greek life policies

By Jaime Viens | For The Pitt News

August 22, 2016


Filed under Columns, Uncategorized, Welcome Back 2016

The premise of Greek life is brotherhood, sisterhood, integrity and equality — in theory. Given recent events, though, questioning these principles seems a less than ridiculous proposal. Greek life is meant to be a positive entity that encourages camaraderie and that is exactly what it does for...

4th and long: The moment Pitt’s Ryan Winslow lives for

4th and long: The moment Pitt’s Ryan Winslow lives for

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

August 22, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Welcome Back 2016

Pat Narduzzi is only in his second year as Pitt’s head football coach, but he has no time for low expectations. “If we don’t think [an ACC Championship is] realistic, we’ve got major issues,” Narduzzi said. According to Narduzzi, reaching this goal requires a “bigger, faster, stronger fo...

Steely Dan: Fisher’s winning ways lead him to Pitt

Steely Dan: Fisher’s winning ways lead him to Pitt

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

August 22, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Sports Features, Welcome Back 2016

In his office, Pitt head volleyball coach Dan Fisher proudly displays his bronze medal from the 2016 Pan American Cup for anyone who wishes to see it. The really special hardware, though, is tucked away inside a case right beside it: his gold medal from the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. Ear...

Local recruit Alayna Gribble feels right at home at the Pete

Local recruit Alayna Gribble feels right at home at the Pete

By Katie Cassidy / Staff Writer

August 21, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Welcome Back 2016, Women's Basketball

On Feb. 27, 2016, the undefeated Norwin High School Knights –– led by star junior Alayna Gribble –– trailed the North Allegheny Senior High School Tigers, 49-36, entering the fourth quarter of the WPIAL AAAA championship game at the Petersen Events Center. At 24-0, the reigning WPIAL champion Knights...

Forget debt, be a student scholar

Forget debt, be a student scholar

By Amber Montgomery | Columnist

August 20, 2016


Filed under Columns, Welcome Back 2016

Pitt has many great opportunities it can offer to its students. I know this sounds like a line fed to you many times by information sessions, orientation brochures and Pathfinders, but it is true. I didn’t realize just how true this was until I applied for a grant to fund my three-week research...

Learn to love PAT buses

Learn to love PAT buses

By Marlo Safi | Senior Columnist

August 20, 2016


Filed under Columns, Welcome Back 2016

After being a Pitt student who relied entirely on the rarely punctual Port Authority, I was on cloud nine with Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority — the metro for short. I lived in Washington D.C. for 10 weeks during my internship with Campus Reform, a news organization headquartered...

From Pitt to Poland: Katie Schreiber’s ultimate journey

From Pitt to Poland: Katie Schreiber’s ultimate journey

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

August 20, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Welcome Back 2016

For sophomore business student Katie Schreiber, disc — not ball — is life. “I’d do anything to play a game [of ultimate],” said Schreiber, who competes for Danger, Pitt’s women’s ultimate frisbee team. Whether learning the sport as the only female on an all-male team, coming to Pitt o...

New professors land at Pitt, find a home

New professors land at Pitt, find a home

By Brooke Rountree / For The Pitt News

August 20, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories, Welcome Back 2016

With the class of 2020 rolling in, many students may be concerned with how they are going to handle and navigate their first year. But just as caught up in big transitions are the people who will eventually educate those students. Natasa Miskov-Zivanov, of the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bioengi...

Club teams eagerly await completion of Pitt Sports Dome

Club teams eagerly await completion of Pitt Sports Dome

By Meg Millure / Staff Writer

August 19, 2016


Filed under Sports, Welcome Back 2016

Pitt’s recreational sports teams currently have no place to call home, so Pitt’s giving them a dome.   After a brief delay caused by a groundhog infestation, construction is underway at the site of a new $13.2 million air-supported domed facility behind Trees Hall. Pitt expects the facility –– which will be known as the Pitt Sports Dome –– to be ...

Self-diagnosing psych a step, not a path, to wellness

Self-diagnosing psych a step, not a path, to wellness

By Nikita Karulkar / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories, Welcome Back 2016

Mental illnesses affect millions in the United States alone, but some are heading to Google instead of a doctor’s office. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 43 million Americans suffered from a mental illness in 2015. It was estimated that about 10 million of those Ameri...

Take advantage of summer classes

Take advantage of summer classes

By Jordan Drischler | For The Pitt News

August 19, 2016


Filed under Columns, Welcome Back 2016

When you think of summer, you most likely envision days on the beach, Fourth of July picnics with your extended family and a general period of relaxation while you prepare for a new school year to start in the fall. The last thing you want to do is spend those warm, sunny days inside the classroom,...

How to write a summer article

How to write a summer article

By Mariam Shalaby | Columnist

August 19, 2016


Filed under Columns, Welcome Back 2016

How to write the single most amazing summer internet article of your life: Write a catchy headline Let’s be honest: Who has time to actually read articles anyway? People would rather spend their precious time browsing through their Facebook and Instagram feeds. If you want people to read your arti...

A model of consistency: Q&A with Pitt goalie Taylor Francis

A model of consistency: Q&A with Pitt goalie Taylor Francis

By Phoebe Gilmore / Staff Writer

August 18, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Welcome Back 2016

In soccer, having a stable presence at the goal is a critical factor to how a team functions and performs. For the Pitt women’s soccer team, senior goalkeeper Taylor Francis has been that reliable last line of defense since the beginning of her college career. Francis has made 42 starts in a row for the ...

Be the elephant in the room

Be the elephant in the room

By Marlo Safi | Senior Columnist

July 19, 2016


Filed under Columns, Summerguide2016

Being the elephant in the room used to bother me. As a conservative at Pitt, I assumed everyone was a liberal until proven otherwise so I could avoid the harassment, disciplinary action and discrimination by peers and campus administration that students around the country face when they don’t self-censor. ...

Work hard for more than the money

Work hard for more than the money

By Sierra Smith | Copy Chief

May 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

The last time I was jobless, I was 15 years old. Well, except the two-month period right after I moved to Pittsburgh and frantically searched Oakland to find a food service or retail job to save money and pay off my student loans — I like to plan ahead. From working long days at Subway, slinging fo...

Let’s talk politics

By Marlo Safi and Matt Moret | The Pitt News Staff

May 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

Some stereotypes are closer to reality than others. At Pitt, we embrace the perception that college students like to assert their opinions more than just about anything — anywhere from the classroom to a table at Hemingway’s Cafe. This is especially true during an election year, when the entire ...

Seek your perfect space

Seek your perfect space

By Amber Montgomery | Columnist

May 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

I’m a big advocate of sports loyalty points. It makes sense — rewarding students who support all of Pitt’s sports teams fosters a community with Pitt pride. Students at Pitt gain loyalty points with basketball tickets, an incentive for those who attend more games throughout the season. Somet...

Advice from a commuter

Advice from a commuter

By Jordan Drischler | For The Pitt News

May 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

College move-in day: a sense of apprehension about being dropped off mixed with the excitement of meeting your roommate and settling into your new home.  With a feeling of newfound independence, you quickly ease into the college atmosphere and cannot imagine living anywhere else. This was my story an...

Apps to keep you on track

Apps to keep you on track

By Isabelle Ouyang | For The Pitt News

May 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

Planners and desk calendars are nice in theory, but how often do we keep up with them? Mobile app technology makes organization much easier by syncing your class schedule with your Facebook events, setting reminders and sharing appointments with others. These free apps take organizing to a whole n...

Banding together: Pitt-made music

Banding together: Pitt-made music

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

May 31, 2016


Filed under Music, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

Four students, strapped with instruments, are shoved between a pair of speakers in the corner of a Bouquet Gardens apartment as a spectrum of colors stream from a strobe light. The crowd is stuffed into the rest of what would normally be the living room and kitchen — the first few rows listen in...

Leave them laughing: campus comedy grows

Leave them laughing: campus comedy grows

By Eric Acosta / Staff Writer

May 31, 2016


Filed under Culture, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

One of Pittsburgh’s most recent cultural transformations can be found in the city’s budding comedy scene. In just the past couple of years, comedy on campus and in the city at large has quickly morphed from a side attraction into the main event. On any given night, the practicing comedian can sho...

Staff picks: Oakland bites

Staff picks: Oakland bites

By TPN Staff

May 31, 2016


Filed under Food & Drink, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

In a New York Times feature story earlier this year, writer Jeff Gordinier dubbed Pittsburgh’s burgeoning food scene a “cultural youthquake.” You might have heard that the Steel City — highlighted by an onslaught of quirky restaurants, including the Fairfield at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty an...

Going vegan your first year

Going vegan your first year

By Lexi Kennell / Staff Writer

May 31, 2016


Filed under Food & Drink, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

After studying countless documentaries on animal agriculture, the environment and our bodies, I decided to make the leap to veganism. And I’m not the only one. A Vegetarian Resource Group study found that about 2.5 percent of Americans are vegan and the number is rising. Celebrities including El...

Hazelwood on the verge of change

Hazelwood on the verge of change

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

May 31, 2016


Filed under Culture, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

A walk down Hazelwood’s Second Avenue gives off vibes of a changing neighborhood. Zipcars are parked in front of the neighborhood branch of the Carnegie Library, which was relocated in 2014 to a newly renovated building across from the shuttered Dimperio’s Market. Dimperio’s, one of the neigh...

Stepping out of your comfort zone: Isolate yourself

By Columnist | Mariam Shalaby

May 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

How you fare in your first year of college is pretty much a matter of life or death. As a seasoned junior, I have taken it upon myself to craft a flawless, three-part guide for your success as a Pitt student. You can thank me later. Part One: Academics When picking classes, keep your career plans — and only y...

Defining the college experience in three albums

Defining the college experience in three albums

By Ian Flanagan / Culture Editor

May 31, 2016


Filed under Music, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

Whether it’s introspective headphone listening in a dark dorm room, or being knocked out by subwoofers at a loud party, music permeates college life. Though it frequently surrounds us, music is only truly rewarding when it validates our emotions and shortens the bridge of empathy between friends and stra...

Stepping out of your comfort zone: Find yourself

By Jaime Viens | For The Pitt News

May 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

Perhaps you were a sheltered adolescent like I was. Perhaps you were one of many teens who believed that, despite being supported by your parents in every way possible, teen angst and a resentment of your social, political and economic upbringing exempted you from the necessity of “finding yourse...

The Cost of Rent, Pittsburgh

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

May 31, 2016


Filed under News, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

Though first-year students typically live on Pitt’s campus, the price of rent is something to keep in mind as you look at off-campus apartments in your following years at Pitt. In its most recent national report on apartment rates, apartment-hunting company Abodo found that Pittsburgh experienced...

Develop your own curriculum

Develop your own curriculum

By Matt Moret | Contributing Editor

May 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

I once read this article about unpasteurized milk. This is going somewhere, I promise. The article was diagramming the link between illness outbreaks and raw, unpasteurized dairy. Lawmakers had begun to call for greater regulation of raw milk and insist that the health risks associated with the product...

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