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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...

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...

Staff picks: finding the city’s best music venues

By TPN Staff

May 31, 2016


Filed under Music, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

Pittsburgh attracts a variety of bands and musicians — from acts touring on a global scale to the nearby talent of its thriving independent music scene. We know you’ve heard about Queen Bey and the Biebs making stops in the Steel City this summer, but living in a mid-sized city means even your f...

‘I was pre-med, but…’

By Saskia Berrios-Thomas / Staff Writer

May 31, 2016


Filed under News, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

Gita Venkat always wanted to be a doctor — until she saw what the career entailed outside of the classroom. “My sophomore year I volunteered at UPMC Shadyside,” Venkat said. “I saw blood and freaked out and figured that was a good indicator that I wasn’t meant to be in that field.” Venk...

Stallings & Son: Two paths to Pittsburgh

Stallings & Son: Two paths to Pittsburgh

By Dan Sostek / Senior Staff Writer

May 31, 2016


Filed under Specials / Newstudentguide2016, Sports, Sports Features

The Stallings family was sitting around one day in 2012, casually discussing plans for their eldest son Jacob’s upcoming wedding. Who would they invite? Who were the groomsmen? Then came the big one, a position that Jacob’s parents Kevin and Lisa had previously thought to be unassigned. “An...

Diving Champion Dominic Giordano: No expectations, no stress

Diving Champion Dominic Giordano: No expectations, no stress

By Kaitlin Cassidy / Staff Writer

May 31, 2016


Filed under Specials / Newstudentguide2016, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Sports Features

For his first leap, Dominic Giordano splits his legs to reach the edge of the diving board, landing to form a triangle with his left leg first and his right poised with a pointed toe. Full of momentum from the first leap, he straightens his right leg in the air with his second jump, both toes pointed, prepar...

Pitt Athletics kicks off wave of renovations

Pitt Athletics kicks off wave of renovations

By Meg Millure / Staff Writer

May 31, 2016


Filed under Specials / Newstudentguide2016, Sports

Shiny new uniforms and flashing lights may have diverted attention away from posters bordering the walls at the Pitt script unveiling earlier this month. The posters featured millions of dollars worth of improvement plans for Pitt’s athletic facilities, some of which have already begun. The three-year p...

Pitt vs. Penn State: Long time, no rivalry

Pitt vs. Penn State: Long time, no rivalry

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Assistant Sports Editor

May 31, 2016


Filed under Football, Specials / Newstudentguide2016, Sports, Sports Columns

One of Pennsylvania’s most storied football rivalries is back — for now. After a 16-year hiatus, the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Penn State Nittany Lions will battle it out on the gridiron for the 97th time this September 10 at noon at Heinz Field. The long-awaited clash is finally back, but only...

2016-17 Sports: Minors might outdo majors

2016-17 Sports: Minors might outdo majors

By Ryan Reichardt / Staff Writer

May 31, 2016


Filed under Specials / Newstudentguide2016, Sports, Sports Columns

Although the gray Pittsburgh winter has passed, the fog surrounding the University of Pittsburgh’s sports teams remains. After several major changes in the University’s big-name sports, including record-setting receiver Tyler Boyd’s departure to the NFL and Kevin Stallings taking over as the new...

Q&A with Giorgiana Zeremenko, homegrown slugger

Q&A with Giorgiana Zeremenko, homegrown slugger

By Phoebe Gilmore / Staff Writer

May 31, 2016


Filed under Specials / Newstudentguide2016, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After leading Canon-McMillan High School to the PIAA softball championship as a junior, local talent Giorgiana Zeremenko has already enjoyed a record-setting career in her first two seasons at Pitt. The rising junior — known in the clubhouse as “G” — helped the team to its first ACC Tournam...

I am more than my public speaking anxiety

By Lauren Long / For The Pitt News

May 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

If I had to rank my fears, public speaking would outrank lying on my deathbed tomorrow, sharing a tiny tank with a tarantula, getting caught alone in a pitch black forest with no flashlight and tiptoeing the top of the Cathedral of Learning. I am part of the 75 percent of individuals who suffer from th...

Asking for Space

Asking for Space

By Krithika Pennathur / For The Pitt News

May 31, 2016


Filed under News, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

“Two, four, six, eight — stop the violence, stop the rape.” “Trump, Trump, Trump.” The chants from opposing groups mingled with conservative British activist Milo Yiannopoulos’ presentation in the William Pitt Union assembly room on a Tuesday night last semester. A crowd of more than 350 ...

Women at Pitt: Tracking their history from lantern night to leadership

Women at Pitt: Tracking their history from lantern night to leadership

By Nikita Karulkar / For The Pitt News

May 31, 2016


Filed under News, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

In a 2015 speech abroad, First Lady Michelle Obama urged a room full of people not to leave education out of discussions about women’s rights. “If we truly want to get girls into our classrooms, then we need to have an honest conversation about how we view and treat women in our societies,” she ...

Meet the Student Government Board

Meet the Student Government Board

By Tomasz Swierzewski / For The Pitt News

May 31, 2016


Filed under News, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

The members of Pitt’s incoming Student Government Board share their plans with The Pitt News. At a retreat tucked away in southern Pennsylvania, the new members of Pitt’s Student Government Board prepared for a year of working together and making changes. “We went over the governing code, train...

Guidelines at Pitt, Nationally Address Trans Inclusivity

By Zoë Hannah and Elizabeth Lepro / The Pitt News Staff

May 31, 2016


Filed under News, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

Pitt’s transgender policies have fluctuated in the past few years, following — and at times preceding — national controversy regarding bathroom rights.  In response to what The New York Times called “a searing national debate over transgender rights,” the U.S. Departments of Education and...

Sustainable Pitt

Sustainable Pitt

By Shumeng Yang / Staff Writer

May 31, 2016


Filed under News, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

About 400,000 people from thousands of organizations — dressed in vibrant costumes and wielding anti-fracking and clean energy signs — took to the streets of New York City demanding change at the 2014 People’s Climate March. It was a energetic and impassioned call to action, and Pitt junior A...

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