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What time is the right time?

What time is the right time?

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

October 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Bring it on

Bring it on

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

October 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014

Are homecoming candidates the faces of our University?

Are homecoming candidates the faces of our University?

By Courtney Linder & Nick Voutsinos / The Pitt News Staff

October 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Homecoming court traditionally selected students who represent a wide assortment of their university’s student body — or, at least, they did a few decades ago. Originally, homecoming candidates were meant to portray to the alumni what the university and its students were up to.Today though, the...

Former Pitt News EIC gets ‘Brutal’ in strong debut novel

Former Pitt News EIC gets ‘Brutal’ in strong debut novel

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

October 24, 2014


Filed under Culture, Movies, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

"Brutal Youth"By Anthony BreznicanGrade: B+There’s a scene near the end of Richard Linklater’s recent opus, “Boyhood,” in which a teacher tells Mason (Ellar Coltrane) that you find your “people” in college. Anthony Breznican’s “Brutal Youth” would beg to differ.In his debut novel, the ...

Your iPhone might be causing low football attendance

Your iPhone might be causing low football attendance

By Jessica Craig / Columnist

October 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Heinz Field, Aug. 30, 2014. A sea of navy blue and gold sloshes through the stadium’s gates — the smell of cheap alcohol and too much cologne colliding with the smell of greasy food. On the field, the marching band is already playing, but their music doesn’t reach the upper half of the student sect...

Nationality Rooms: What does politics have to do with culture?

Nationality Rooms: What does politics have to do with culture?

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

October 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Several weeks ago, Oakland celebrated its 175th Anniversary with a free community event called “Oakland Forever.” The schedule, meant to highlight Oakland’s vibrant legacy, included tours of the Cathedral and its Nationality Rooms.It was during one of these tours that a woman approached me — where ...

Sweet Caroline: A history of Pitt’s sing-along tradition

Sweet Caroline: A history of Pitt’s sing-along tradition

By Abby Hoffman / For The Pitt News

October 24, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

As a University with nearly 30,000 students, some may argue that there is no way for the entire Pitt population to rally together and generate enough school spirit to rattle an entire stadium, but one popular ‘60s song makes it a possibility. At home football games every fall, Panther fans anticipate...

Tips for a comfortable, cheap tailgate before the game

Tips for a comfortable, cheap tailgate before the game

By Megan Wholey / For The Pitt News

October 24, 2014


Filed under Art, Culture, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Tailgates are a quintessential part of the college experience, and with Homecoming weekend upon us, many students are planning for the biggest tailgate event of the fall.So how can tailgaters tackle the best of casual fall fashion? Follow these three steps, and you’ll make blue and gold fashion both ...

Good Morning, Pitt: Williams’ character brought radio to Pitt

Good Morning, Pitt: Williams’ character brought radio to Pitt

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

October 24, 2014


Filed under Culture, Movies, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Saigon, 1965. A conflict brews, President Johnson increases the number of stationed men from 75,000 to 125,000 and Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams) just landed a new job with the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS).“Good Morning, Vietnam” combines dark comedy, war drama, love story, travel film and period piece wi...

How college sports disadvantage athletes and students

By Andrew Boschert / For The Pitt News

October 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

I’ve been a lifelong football fan and, if you ask me, football — not baseball — is America’s pastime.Undeniably though, football has had a tough year.The NFL, for instance, has mishandled countless issues. They continue to dodge the emerging evidence of long-term brain damage. NFL cheerleading...

The significance of 125: Multiples of 5 are important

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

October 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

If you are reading this, you probably know that it’s the 125th year of Pitt football. The fact that we’ve dedicated an entire edition to the anniversary should showcase its importance. However, it’s all too easy to take this glorious accomplishment for granted. We should all take the time to re...

Homecoming Edition Cartoon: Sweet Caroline

Homecoming Edition Cartoon: Sweet Caroline

By Fatima Kizilkaya / Cartoonist

October 24, 2014


Filed under Cartoons, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Bend, but no snap: The logistics behind a successful Pitt Band show

Bend, but no snap: The logistics behind a successful Pitt Band show

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

October 24, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Right before every Pitt football game, a famous scene from “The Matrix” is duplicated — without any flying bullets or slow motion.Stephen Ruzzini, the Pitt band’s drum major, slowly lowers his back until it’s nearly parallel to the ground, and the feathers of his plumed hat touch the 50-yard-li...

The annual world record: Not necessary for O-week

By Adrianne Glenn / For The Pitt News

October 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Among the bystander seminars, the Activities Fair, the building-wide meetings and the convocation is, perhaps, the most pointless orientation event — the world record.From the Class of 2015’s record for the most people waving glow sticks to form an image of the Cathedral of Learning to the Class of...

Paul and Elijah Zeise

Paul and Elijah Zeise

By Photo courtesy of Paul Zeise

October 24, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports

Above: Elijah (left) and his brother Isaiah (right) painted their faces the Pitt blue and gold before a game.Below: Elijah (left) with his father and brother at a Pitt football game in 2013.

Father and son share longtime connection to Pitt football

Father and son share longtime connection to Pitt football

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 24, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports

When Elijah Zeise was eight years old, his parents took him to see a Pitt football game at Heinz Field.It was 2003. The Panthers upset No. 5 Virginia Tech 31-28 beneath a visible eclipse that lit up the faces of some 66,207 fans in attendance almost as much as Pitt’s last-minute, game-winning touchdown...

Yogi Roth

Yogi Roth

By Photo courtesy of Yogi Roth

October 24, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports

Yogi Roth has done broadcast work for ESPN and Fox, and co-authored a book with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

‘Life in a Walk:’ Alum directs personal documentary

‘Life in a Walk:’ Alum directs personal documentary

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

October 23, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports

Have you ever wondered whether you are spending enough time with loved ones? Yogi Roth did, and after a seemingly simple walk through Europe with his father, he feels more satisfied with his answer to that question.“We had a great relationship, but I still didn’t know 95 percent of the things I found out [about ...

Tyler Boyd

Tyler Boyd

By Bobby Mizia / Senior Staff Photographer

October 23, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports

Tyler Boyd and the Pitt Panthers face Coastal Division opponent Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Bugging out: Panthers, Yellow Jackets clash with ACC Coastal Division on the mind

Bugging out: Panthers, Yellow Jackets clash with ACC Coastal Division on the mind

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 23, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports

On Pitt’s scout team, many underclassmen and walk-ons simulate the opponents’ offenses to give the defense a better understanding of what to prepare for in the weekend’s matchup.This week, Pitt’s scout team might have more impact on the team’s game day execution than it did during any other we...

Very superstitious: Pitt athletes share individual rituals

By Logan Hitchcock / For The Pitt News

October 23, 2014


Filed under Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports, Sports Features

Two hours before the rest of her team came, Samantha Winkelmann entered the doors to Trees Pool. Surrounded by empty bleachers that would fill later that day, she began her day in solitude, careful not to stray from the extensive detail of her routine.After she finished her final practice dive, she ...

Penn State football dominates state, according to map

By Alex Fischbein / For The Pitt News

October 23, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports

Excitement, scoring, wins, championships and fan devotion comprise some of the “ingredients” of a sports fan. Students and alumni typically make up college football fan bases, but there are still schools that gain a following from regions that might not have a Division I school around them. On Oct...

Dana Holgersen

Dana Holgersen

By MCT Campus

October 23, 2014


Filed under Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports, Sports Columns

Dana Holgersen, head coach of West Virginia, now competes with Pitt mostly just for recruits.

What rivalries? Pitt’s relationship with PSU, WVU changing

What rivalries? Pitt’s relationship with PSU, WVU changing

By Joey Niklas / For The Pitt News

October 23, 2014


Filed under Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports, Sports Columns

Rivalries have helped build college football into the financial machine that it is today. The Red River Shootout between Texas and Oklahoma — played in Dallas — and the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party between Florida and Georgia — played in Jacksonville — come to mind as two notable ri...

Home for the in-staters

Home for the in-staters

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

October 23, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Where are in-state Pitt students from?

Where Yinz from?

Where Yinz from?

By Cristina Holtzer and Danielle Fox / The Pitt News Staff

October 23, 2014


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Danielle Quigley, a junior marketing major, quoted on students who say they are from “outside of Philly.”“I am from Northeast Philly. My neighborhood is called Lonsdale. When I got to Pitt and everyone kept saying they were from Philly, I was super frustrated. At first, I got really excited. I ...

Light it up

Light it up

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 23, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014, Tech Science

Pitt's homecoming laser show will use Nymbus. 

Pitt Bucket List

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

October 23, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

To students: What do you want to accomplish before graduating from Pitt? To alumni: What do you think undergrad students should do before graduating from Pitt?STUDENTS“Find what I’m most passionate about.” — Oana Grigoras, sophomore religious studies and biology major.“Go on a vacation with ...

Graduate student designs app to enhance laser light show

Graduate student designs app to enhance laser light show

By Kat Prosachik / Staff Writer

October 23, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014, Tech Science

At this year’s homecoming fireworks and laser show, spectators can do more than watch the fireworks in the sky above them — they can experience it from their palms.Nymbus, an app developed by Pitt Theatre arts graduate student David Wright, turns smartphones into glow sticks by displaying different c...

Cheer and dance teams not considered a sport by Pitt

Cheer and dance teams not considered a sport by Pitt

By Hunter Bergman / For The Pitt News

October 23, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014

Like many University athletes, members of Pitt’s cheer and dance teams often struggle to find the perfect balance between practice and classwork. There’s just one major difference: the University does not recognize either group as official sports.The cheer and dance teams practice three to five times pe...

What time should you show up to a party?

What time should you show up to a party?

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

October 23, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014

Jackie Braithwaite had a set Friday night routine during her freshman year.After her classes ended around 4 p.m., she’d go back to her dorm room in Holland Hall and study for an hour or two. Then, around 6 or 7 p.m., she would go to Market Central and eat dinner. After that, around 8 p.m., she wou...

Chancellor sits down with the Pitt News

Chancellor sits down with the Pitt News

By Christine Lim / Staff Photographer

October 23, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014

Chancellor Gallagher sits down with Pitt News reporter Dale Shoemaker to discuss his first three months on the job. 

Talk with the top: Gallagher’s first three months

Talk with the top: Gallagher’s first three months

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

October 23, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014

When Patrick Gallagher received the offer to become Pitt’s new Chancellor, he almost said no.“My knee-jerk reaction was ‘No, thank you,’” he said. “But I remember hanging up the phone thinking ‘This is one of those calls I can’t say ‘no’ to right away.’” Gallagher left his ro...

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