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O-Week: Love it or hate it, remember that it’s fleeting

By Brian Kocak / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Orientation week, O-week, best week of my life, worst week of my life — whatever you choose to call it — can be an intimidating and frightening experience. It’s the first week of college as an incoming freshman and you are most likely by yourself, lonely and unsure if you made the right decision to ...

Partying not for you? Don’t worry, there’s more

By Channing Kaiser / Columnist

May 28, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

As a freshman, I had high expectations for Pitt’s party scene. I entered with colossal  expectations about the sleepless weekends I was sure to have. I was never one for high school parties, but this would be different. I was different, or at least I thought I should be. There would be no more Friday...

Do not conform to the status quo, overcome it

By Nick Voutsinos / Opinions Editor

May 28, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Last summer, a couple of weeks after I returned home from my first year at Pitt, I had an existential moment. I remember it perfectly: I was on a break at my summer job discussing college experiences with my friends and coworkers. When it was my turn to tell my college story, I realized that mine didn’...

The best places to study on campus

The best places to study on campus

By Thomas Helgerman / Columnist

May 28, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

No matter where you turn, there are sure to be family, friends, teachers and others telling you the experiences you “have to have” in college. You’re probably looking online at all of the opportunities that the city of Pittsburgh has to offer.But often absent in the mounds of advice and laughabl...

10 ways college life can be like your favorite sitcom

By Bethel Habte / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Let’s face it, real life can be unpleasant, but life with a laugh track is exciting.Even though you’re probably not going to be besties with any of the random strangers you met on your class’s Facebook page, and you may end up hating the roommate you requested, but can’t complain because, after ...

Take advantage of Pitt’s opportunities, get involved

By Stephen Caruso / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Those first few days as a college freshman — when the air is still warm as summer turns to autumn and all of Oakland brims with excitement for a new school year — have the most intoxicating feeling to them.Opportunities seem abundant. New people come into and out of your vision like brightly lit...

Living in Towers: The optimal freshman experience

By Matt Barnes / Assistant Opinions Editor

May 28, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

They are relatively old. They have pie-shaped rooms that are small in comparison to Nordenberg, Forbes and Sutherland Halls. They house roughly 1,868 students in tight quarters. But as a freshman, you shouldn’t want it any other way.Since their inception in 1963, the Towers — officially renamed th...

Hop aboard the 54D: Leave Oakland & explore

Hop aboard the 54D: Leave Oakland & explore

By Simon Brown / Columnist

May 28, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

When you first visited Pitt during your college search, you were inevitably greeted with brochures and pamphlets promoting the University. These pamphlets displayed glossy photos of the Cathedral of Learning, the storied incline at Mount Washington and perhaps even PNC Park or Heinz Field along the shim...

All grown up: Best entertainment for college students

All grown up: Best entertainment for college students

By The A&E Staff

May 28, 2014


Filed under Culture, Movies, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the CityEarly last summer when Vampire Weekend’s in-your-face double entendre of a song “Diane Young” could be heard at your local Kohl’s or township swimming pool, the band also released its most mature and introspective record to date. On Modern Vampire...

Panther Card every Pitt student’s pass to free entertainment

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Getting around in a big city can be confusing for a lot of students, especially freshmen who are leaving a small town for the first time. Here’s a piece of advice: Keep your student ID (Panther Card) on you at all times — more so than your newly acquired just-for-college credit card, but try not...

New Student Guide: Letter from the editor: Welcome to Pitt and the Pitt News

By Natalie Daher / Editor-in-Chief

May 28, 2014


Filed under News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

In a few semesters, you might not even recognize the person holding this 84-page paper.A craving for vivacity and a thirst for exploration brought you to Pitt’s urban campus, and I commend you for it. You’re in the initial — and, in many ways, enthralling — stage of carving out your niche in this ...

Social media centralizes campus buzz

Social media centralizes campus buzz

By Natalie Daher / Editor-in-Chief

May 28, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

A host of new social media accounts provides yet another outlet to satisfy the human impulse to eavesdrop, vent and stir trouble. Accounts on Twitter and Facebook — including Overheard at Pitt, Pitt Problems and Panther Problems  — have gained followings of thousands of Pitt students. Anonymous owners, as well as followers or membe...

City ridesharing services cited, no plans to shut down

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Back to the buses — Pittsburgh residents could soon be left with fewer transportation options.The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has been cracking down on Lyft and Uber, two local ridesharing services, with undercover investigators who request rides and use the information to send citations to the dri...

Rappers focus lyrical talent on addressing social issues

By Lauren Bauschard / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Matt Hyre started making his own music under the name T.K. KAVI when he was in high school. He wanted to create narrations through music that tell a story based on the ideals of conscious rapping — rap music with a political undertone and message.“I think it is one thing to hear a politician at a podi...

Thrift stores a cheaper way to update your wardrobe

Thrift stores a cheaper way to update your wardrobe

By Raechelle Landers / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

While college students’ expenses for textbooks and rent can be pricey, the pressure to wear trendy new outfits on weekends only stretches the bill. For many students, shopping secondhand is the solution to balancing limited funds and an updated wardrobe. Fortunately, Pittsburgh has plenty to offer whe...

Protecting tech devices and identity one and the same

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

May 28, 2014


Filed under News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Tech Science

When Caci Krieger was preparing for a night out on frat row with a group of friends, losing her iPhone 4 was not part of the plan. “I had it in my pocket all night and was dancing when I realized it was no longer there,” Krieger, a senior at Duquesne University majoring in health management system...

QUIT program helps students kick smoking habits

QUIT program helps students kick smoking habits

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

After smoking cigarettes for about a year and a half, Veronica Hill decided it was time to quit.Hill, a senior nursing major, said she decided to quit on her birthday last December. The process took “no time,” she said, but she added that challenges arose along the way.“A lot of my friends smok...

MOOCs offer affordable way to pursue higher education

By Sarah Police / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2014


Filed under News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Tech Science

The price of a higher education: motivation, more calls to the administration office than you can count and a lot of student loans. But now, anyone can get an education without any of those obstacles. “MOOCs” — massive open online courses — now offer online courses available to anyone in th...

Throw away the key: Pittsburgh couples lock love

Throw away the key: Pittsburgh couples lock love

By Joelle Smith / Social Media Editor

May 28, 2014


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

When Terry Boring first noticed the misfit assortment of locks lining Schenley Park Bridge, he assumed the ever-expanding metal maze was an art project.  But after a stroll across the bridge with his fiancee Jessica Ferringer, he learned of their purpose in cities such as Pittsburgh, Rome and Paris...

Pitt grad leverages pageant crown to spread personal message

Pitt grad leverages pageant crown to spread personal message

By Cristina Holtzer / News editor

May 28, 2014


Filed under National News, News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Valerie Gatto gets everything a college girl would want for free: a stylist, a tanning package and a scholarship. She even met one of the stars of “Law & Order: SVU.”“But I’m not in college; I’m 24 years old,” she said.Gatto, a 2012 Pitt graduate with a degree in business administration, ...

South Side gives Pittsburgh communal night-life scene

By Andrew Fishman / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

The greater city of Pittsburgh houses dozens of smaller neighborhoods, each with their own culture and attractions. Oakland is home to Pitt students, of course, while the North Shore is known for its beautiful stadiums, and Downtown is lauded for its many shops and restaurants.But one of the most vibrant...

Residential Squirrel Hill shouldn’t be turn-off for students

By Vincent Smith / Senior Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Although Squirrel Hill is often viewed as Carnegie Mellon University’s domain because of its proximity to the neighboring university, Pitt students should still be encouraged to venture down Forbes Avenue to see what is happening in that part of town.For the most part, Squirrel Hill is a sector of t...

Oakland offers students variety of diverse eating

By Richard Koppenaal / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Upon arriving in Oakland, the number of places to eat can be a bit overwhelming for a first-time Pitt student. With an enormous dining hall and places such as Chick-fil-A, Burger King and Einstein Bros Bagels all available on a meal plan, newcomers may laugh at the idea of eating anywhere else. However,...

Pitt men’s Ultimate ready for another championship run

Pitt men’s Ultimate ready for another championship run

By Sean Corrado / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Sports

[Editor's note: Pitt lost in the quarterfinals to University of North Carolina-Wilmington, 14-13. Read about it here.] While En Sabah Nur is within reach of a national championship trifecta, the men’s Ultimate team isn’t anticipating a potential three-peat run.“From the outside, we are back-to-back defending champions...

Mattress Factory’s exhibit transcends Middle East politics with art

Mattress Factory’s exhibit transcends Middle East politics with art

By Grace Kelly / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Editors Note: The Mattress Factory has cancelled the Sites of Passage exhibition because a majority of the artists withdrew. Due to our accelerated production schedule for the New Student Guide, The Pitt News was unable to remove this story before the pages went to print. The Mattress Factory’s lat...

The A&E Staff reviews Pitt’s freshman dorm offerings

The A&E Staff reviews Pitt’s freshman dorm offerings

By The A&E Staff

May 28, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

The Pitt News A&E staff reviews all of Pitt’s freshman dorms in the style of a movie, album or video game review.  Disclaimer: Since none of our staff lived in or was familiar with Forbes Hall, we were not qualified to weigh in.Litchfield TowersGrade: B+With the recent addition of Nordenberg Hall, the ...

Pittsburgh’s large performance spaces draw diverse lineup

Pittsburgh’s large performance spaces draw diverse lineup

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Culture, Music, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Mr. Small’s Funhouse400 Lincoln Ave.MillvaleMr. Small’s more than makes up for its quaint size with an awesome, earsplitting PA sound system. Shows are often filled to bursting at a 650-person capacity, and it can get cramped and hot inside, especially when the metal, hardcore and thrash bands get...

New-look PBC Pro-Am looks to improve, uphold tradition

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Sports, Sports Features

They say the best things in life are free. Some are free because they’re products of nature, whereas others are free, well, because they’re NCAA-regulated.Pittsburgh Basketball Club’s summer Pro-Am  (Professional-Amateur) league is the latter, and for eight years, it has been one of college basketbal...

Small venues foster both rising national and local talent

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

May 28, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Though Mr. Small’s Theater and the Altar Bar might seem like small rooms in comparison to the mammoth spaces of Consol Energy Center and First Niagara Pavilion, both the roughly 500-person capacity venues house artists who more people than just your cousin from Brooklyn have heard about. In fact, mo...

Redshirt senior submarine pitcher finishes notable career

Redshirt senior submarine pitcher finishes notable career

By Dan Sostek / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Sports, Sports Features

Jon Danielczyk, the redshirt senior relief pitcher for Pitt’s baseball team, described his career arc as a Panther as a “journey.” Danielczyk did have a storybook career for a towering submarine-style pitcher who wasn’t brought onto the team to pitch. Instead, Danielczyk, at 6-foot-4, was original...

Aaron Donald enters NFL

Aaron Donald enters NFL

By Sean Corrado and Ryan Bertonaschi / The Pitt News Staff

May 28, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Sports, Sports Features

Aaron Donald, with his one-year-old daughter wedged between his biceps, squared up in front of Savoy Restaurant as family members surrounded him to pose for pictures before his big moment.“Certainly, this is going to be a wonderful experience, and I am just going to make sure I enjoy it,” Donald said before maki...

Oakland Zoo a creative outlet for fans

Oakland Zoo a creative outlet for fans

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

May 28, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Sports

When I first enrolled at Pitt, I considered how I would try to “make my mark” at the University. Would I get involved in Greek life, try and hold my own with the Ultimate team or something else?The route I ended up choosing resulted from a $75 costume that I bought from a Halloween store near my New...

Pitt men’s basketball recruits eager to contribute

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Sports, Sports Columns

In the last few years, Jamie Dixon has had to bring in larger recruitment classes than he anticipated, and likely wanted to. This has been mostly due to transfers. For his 2014 recruitment class, Dixon has voluntarily brought in a large class, signing five players to letters of intent.The first of those...

Freshmen football players join the Panthers

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Sports

Pitt football has finished the last two seasons with a combined record of 13-13, so why should fans be optimistic?Coach Paul Chryst’s steady improvement of the football program may not be obvious, but after examining his second recruiting class, it’s hard to ignore the depth the coach added this o...

Intramural sports an easy way to have fun and keep playing

Intramural sports an easy way to have fun and keep playing

By Megan Boyle / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Sports, Sports Features

Intramural sports are an easy — and free — way to stay active on campus. The recreational atmosphere provides students an environment to enjoy the game, whatever it is, without being overly competitive. “Our goal is to service the Pitt community’s fitness needs,” Marilyn Ross, the director of Intramurals and Recreatio...

Freshmen, don’t neglect exercise while on campus

By Alex Wise / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Sports, Sports Columns

You’d never guess it if you looked at me now, but I used to be semi-athletic. I could dunk with ease and I contributed a respectable amount to a few district championship-caliber basketball teams. I have three gold medals hanging on my wall at home to prove it.But I grew tired of basketball. As a f...

Column: Students can pursue passions through media outlets

By Kevin Wheeler / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Sports, Sports Columns, Sports Features

I walked into the Petersen Events Center to attend my first Activities Fair in August 2012 as a new Pitt student. A budding psychology major, I was hoping to find my niche in such a big school with so many new opportunities at my disposal. Among the hundreds of tables set up on the basketball court, ...

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