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

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

By Emily Migdal / Staff Writer

December 14, 2015


Filed under News, Specials / Fallfinals2014, Tech Science, Top Stories

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...

Unwrapping sexism: Gender roles in Holiday advertising are alive and well

Unwrapping sexism: Gender roles in Holiday advertising are alive and well

By Jess Craig / Columnist

December 8, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Fallfinals2014

Holiday commercials targeting women generally depict mothers in a frenzy to buy gifts, wrap presents, bake cookies, clean the guest bedroom for the in-laws or decorate the Christmas tree as perfectly as the one on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens. “Mom, you own this season,” says a Wal-Mart ...

Final Exams have us like…

Final Exams have us like…

By Dylan Fisher / Staff Cartoonist

December 8, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Fallfinals2014

High-pressure situations: What do finals really measure?

High-pressure situations: What do finals really measure?

By Adrianne Glenn / Columnist

December 8, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Fallfinals2014

Feel the cold in the air? The coffee pumping through your veins and that maddening pressure on your temples? Those are the telltale signs that finals week is upon you.Year after year, students meet finals week with crazy amounts of stress and emotional chaos, but to what gain?Final exams are meant to...

‘Merry Christmas’ vs. ‘Happy Holidays’: The war worth having

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

December 8, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Fallfinals2014

With finals upon on us, nothing seems more important than figuring out where to study or what exactly we need to score on a final to pass a class. Of course, this is not the only thing that matters in the month of December, compared to more pressing annual debates like whether or not we should say ...

Athletes find ways to cope with practice, finals schedule

Athletes find ways to cope with practice, finals schedule

By Alex Fischbein and Brandon Duerr / The Pitt News Staff

December 8, 2014


Filed under Specials / Fallfinals2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Chuck Knoles, the head coach of Pitt’s swimming and diving team, picks up his phone. On the other line was Tony Galante, a sophomore diver, who requested off of practice to Knoles so he could work on a final project.Normally this would be an issue, as missing practice in a varsity sport is generally disallowed. But finals wee...

Winter Wonderland: Armed Forces Bowl, Louisville bookend winter schedules

Winter Wonderland: Armed Forces Bowl, Louisville bookend winter schedules

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

December 8, 2014


Filed under Specials / Fallfinals2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

With most students going home for the winter holidays, some Pitt students may forget about the sports that still compete over break. With that said, here are what different Pitt sports will be up to over the winter break.Men’s basketballThe Pitt men’s basketball team (5-3, 0-0 ACC) will be active ov...

A 6-6 record is just what we do: Six takeaways from Pitt’s football season

A 6-6 record is just what we do: Six takeaways from Pitt’s football season

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

December 8, 2014


Filed under Specials / Fallfinals2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Sports Columns

College football’s regular season is over and — for the fourth time in as many years — Pitt finished the season with an even .500 record. On the bright side, the Panthers showed promise and can now rely on a quarterback with a year of experience and an arsenal of weapons at his disposal. On the do...

Gotta catch ’em all: How to keep yourself healthy for finals, Pokémon-style

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

December 8, 2014


Filed under Culture, Puzzles, Specials, Specials / Fallfinals2014

Finals week looms ahead like the Elite Four, and the path there is the same: Victory Road. In between studying and playing the new Pokémon games, recall the lessons you learned in Trainers’ School. With these tips, you will easily overcome your exams and become Champion.PoisonEasy — don’t harm your bod...

Forget Mozart: Studying doesn’t need classical music backdrop

Forget Mozart: Studying doesn’t need classical music backdrop

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

December 8, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music, Specials, Specials / Fallfinals2014

Some subscribe to the belief that classical music can boost intelligence — the “Mozart Effect.” I’m not here to bust myths, but, when it comes to studying, I’ve almost always favored rock bands over symphonies — and it’s made life impossible.The life of an avid music fan can often mirr...

TPN’s Copy Chef tackles quick recipes to save time for studies

By Ellie Petrosky / Copy Chief

December 8, 2014


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Specials, Specials / Fallfinals2014

As final exams and deadlines approach, spending time in the kitchen is the last thing on my mind.Trust me — I’m definitely the type of person who prefers making a run to Chipotle or to pick up Chinese over spending valuable study time in the kitchen. It only took a week of eating out for practica...

Unconventional holiday traditions take hold at Pitt

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

December 8, 2014


Filed under City, News, Specials / Fallfinals2014

 Alex Andrea’s family sacks Secret Santa each holiday season in favor of Fat Santa.“Anybody that wants to come to our family Christmas party is welcome. We have an open door policy for family, friends, anyone,” Andrea, a senior information science major, said. “But if you want to receive a g...

End of the road: Board reflects on initiatives

End of the road: Board reflects on initiatives

By Abbey Reighard and Emily Ahlin / The Pitt News Staff

December 8, 2014


Filed under News, Specials / Fallfinals2014, Student Government

While the majority of the Board spent their terms trying to pass campaign initiatives, almost half the members passed in their resignation letters. During the SGB term, which began Jan. 6, 2014, and ends Jan. 5, 2015, four of the nine Board members resigned. With only five of the original elected me...

City raises money, hope for charity this season

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

December 8, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News, Specials / Fallfinals2014

While most Pitt students are thankful that final exams are over, some in the Pittsburgh community would be thankful simply for having a winter jacket. Pitt students are working to make that happen. According to spokesman John Fedele, Pitt is attempting to break a world record with its “Give a Thread” project, which be...

Student-organized, anti-police brutality protest spans city, lasts four hours

Student-organized, anti-police brutality protest spans city, lasts four hours

By Danielle Fox and Harrison Kaminsky / The Pitt News Staff

December 5, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News, Specials / Fallfinals2014

Hundreds of Pittsburghers set out on Friday night to show the city “what democracy looks like,” marching for eight miles in the December rain.Roughly 400 protesters with signs, posters, megaphones and banners gathered in Schenley Plaza around 5 p.m., according to police. It was a mix of high scho...

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