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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...

Pitt aims to expand donor base

Pitt aims to expand donor base

By Phoebe Gilmore / Staff Writer

April 25, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Spring Finals Edition 2016, Top Stories

Pat Narduzzi’s revitalized football program, a consistently packed Oakland Zoo and alumni all over the world means that Pitt Athletics has no shortage of fans. But, unlike other Atlantic Coast Conference schools, that fan base doesn’t translate into cold cash. With the second-largest alumni base in...

Uniting in Pittsburgh: Pitt’s faculty and student unions past and present

Uniting in Pittsburgh: Pitt’s faculty and student unions past and present

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

April 25, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Specials, Spring Finals Edition 2016, Top Stories

Twenty-five years ago, Pitt’s faculty tried — and failed — to form a union after hitting problems with the administration and a lack of agreement among faculty. Now, the faculty are trying again, calling for higher wages and job security through a union. This time, organizers say they have the co...

Raising kids and GPAs: The stories of parents at Pitt

Raising kids and GPAs: The stories of parents at Pitt

By Erin Hare / Staff Writer

April 25, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Specials, Spring Finals Edition 2016, Top Stories

When Agnes Haggerty was a Pitt student in 2003, she worked 50 hours a week, carried a full course load and looked after her toddler. “The majority of my studying was done in the middle of the night,” Haggerty, now 34, said. “I was studying for three-hour periods while [my daughter] was asleep,...

‘Diversity includes disability’

‘Diversity includes disability’

By Elizabeth Lepro / Contributing Editor

April 25, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Spring Finals Edition 2016

Students and faculty with disabilities look for representation on campus. At her high school in the foothills of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, Monica Silny was in every AP class, a member of the history club — just as a “social thing” — and the 2015 prom queen. Silny, now a first-year ...

Adaptive sports coming to Pitt

Adaptive sports coming to Pitt

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Staff Writer

April 24, 2016


Filed under Sports, Spring Finals Edition 2016

If you missed Dan McCoy gliding to victory with the U.S. Men’s Sled Hockey Team at the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, you can catch him training at the Petersen Events Center twice a week. McCoy has spina bifida, which is the improper development of the spinal cord. He’s one of many athletes wit...

Dissecting the IPA

Dissecting the IPA

By Emily Brindley | Staff Writer

April 15, 2016


Filed under Beer Edition 2016, Campus, News, Specials, Top Stories

In 2011, Matt Gouwens ditched his desk job for an office with a much better view. His roof. Back in 2006, Gouwens ordered eight varieties of hops online and planted them on the roof of his garage, testing which strain would fit best with Pittsburgh’s rainy, gray weather. Then, in 2011, Gouwens de...

Culture staff interprets carbonated cameos

Culture staff interprets carbonated cameos

By Culture Staff

April 15, 2016


Filed under Beer Edition 2016, Culture, Food & Drink, Movies, Specials

If you are what you eat, movies are what they advertise. No matter how hard you groan or laugh, there’s no getting around product placement — but some movies do it better than others. In celebration of product placement and our annual beer appreciation edition, The Pitt News recalled some of our favor...

Gene’s Place: Local drafts and loyal drinkers

Gene’s Place: Local drafts and loyal drinkers

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

April 15, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Beer Edition 2016, City, News, Specials

These days, Eugene Ney knows about half of the customers at his bar. To the regulars, Ney is the guy who teaches classes at Carlow University during the day and serves them beer at his Oakland bar — Gene’s Place — at night. Lately, everyone in the motley group can agree on one thing: They could ...

Pitt facing nationwide issue of alcohol sales at sporting events

Pitt facing nationwide issue of alcohol sales at sporting events

By Meg Millure / Staff Writer

April 15, 2016


Filed under Beer Edition 2016, Football, Specials, Sports

When Pitt’s Athletic Director Scott Barnes first took the position in 2015, he told a local reporter he was open to the idea of selling alcohol at Panther football games. The next day’s headline, “Pitt considers alcohol sales at Heinz Field,” prompted Barnes, months later, to laugh about how he ...

Time is right to bring beer to Heinz Field

Time is right to bring beer to Heinz Field

By Steve Rotstein / Staff Writer

April 15, 2016


Filed under Beer Edition 2016, Football, Specials, Sports

There are few places more intrinsically college than a football stadium. So why is it that at most schools, gridirons are the fall’s only beer-free weekend destinations? During the 2015-2016 season, only 34 out of 128 Division I college football stadiums served alcohol to the general public. Only 11 of the stadiums selling booze ...

Gender stereotypes are a buzzkill

Gender stereotypes are a buzzkill

By Amber Montgomery / Columnist

April 15, 2016


Filed under Beer Edition 2016, Columns, Opinions

There should be no such thing as a girly drink — or a manly one for that matter. Drinking culture is a complex and almost omnipotent aspect of social life for collegiate co-eds — but it doesn’t escape the bounds of gender. On a Sunday morning in Hillman, a friend of mine told me about her pr...

Judge someone not by the color of their beer

Judge someone not by the color of their beer

By Matt Moret / Opinions Editor

April 15, 2016


Filed under Beer Edition 2016, Columns, Opinions

I hate Natty Light, but I’m not better than it. Beer doesn’t get tastier with age — it just goes bad. And a high price tag on a beer doesn’t immediately impress most people — something pretty remarkable in our culture. Drinking beer isn’t about affirming social status. It’s about drinking b...

Drinks on them: Pitt leaders dish their favorite sips

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

April 15, 2016


Filed under Administration, Beer Edition 2016, Campus, News, Specials, Top Stories

If you’ve ever wanted to buy Chancellor Patrick Gallagher a beer, you should probably order one he likes: a hoppy IPA. But if you’ve ever wanted to buy Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner a brew, well, you probably shouldn’t. He prefers water. In the spirit of sharing good drinks, alcoholic or not, ...

No love for women fishing for women

No love for women fishing for women

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

February 12, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Sex Edition 2016, Specials, Tech Science, Top Stories

When Estizer Smith logged into her dating accounts, she expected coffee date invites from other women. But instead, her inbox was filled with men — more specifically, men asking her for threesomes. Smith, a bisexual senior at Pitt, used Tinder for a year and Bumble for eight months before growing tir...

Trans students outsourcing for healthcare

Trans students outsourcing for healthcare

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

February 12, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, City, Health, News, Sex Edition 2016, Specials

Rather than get trans health care on campus, Pitt students travel to Edgewood Every morning and night, Summer Wright takes two pills. The first is her daily dose of estrogen. The second blocks the testosterone her body produces. When her insurance plan expires in a few months, Wright, a transgender woman and...

Support Arab women

Support Arab women

By Marlo Safi / Assistant Opinions Editor

February 12, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Sex Edition 2016, Specials

At 19, I only have a faint recollection of the sexism that imbued my traditional, Syrian upbringing. I was never hit, stoned or raped. My father never forced me to swathe myself in a black Niqab. I was fortunate enough to have a Syrian mother who knew her worth and taught me mine — and who raised...

Embrace pronouns and each other

Embrace pronouns and each other

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

February 12, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Sex Edition 2016, Specials

Skimming over the syllabus in my gender studies class, I noticed something new amid the usual blocks of deadlines and grading policies — a paragraph on gender-neutral pronouns. I was happily surprised to see the emphasis on gender-neutral pronouns, which are often they/them/theirs pronouns, especially in light o...

New Barbies promote positive self-image

By Kirsten Wong / Columnist

February 12, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Sex Edition 2016, Specials

Girls around the world wanted to look like Barbie. Now, Barbie looks like us. Last week, Mattel Inc. announced that Barbie’s reinvention will come out with an entirely new look — one that includes three new body types and seven different skin tones. The iconic doll’s makeover comes after dec...

Pitt adds third day to spring 2016 career fair

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

February 5, 2016


Filed under News, Specials / Springemployment2015, Top Stories

Armed with their resumés and best business attire, Pitt students will mingle with potential employers for an extra day at this year’s spring career fair this month. Pitt’s Office of Career Development and Placement Assistance will host its Spring 2016 Career Fair Feb. 17-19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p....

Low unemployment rates are misleading

Low unemployment rates are misleading

By Arnaud Armstrong / For The Pitt News

February 5, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials / Springemployment2015

The future of the American worker is in jeopardy. If you talk to the average college student today about their post-graduation plans, you’ll probably detect a note of anxiety and uncertainty. This emotion was expected and commonplace several years ago in the aftermath of the Great Recession. Toda...

Interns deserve fair compensation

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

February 5, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials / Springemployment2015

The summer internship hunt consumes the spring semester — but even students who manage to secure a position may go hungry. The internship system encourages students in the humanities to take on internships that are either unpaid or extremely underpaid. This broken system only reinforces classist dispar...

Don’t let fear dictate your resume

By Miriam Wipf / For The Pitt News

February 5, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials / Springemployment2015

On any college campus, I guarantee you’ll find more than a few students who can’t describe their ideal future. According to Fritz Grupe, founder of MyMajors, 80 percent of college-bound students enter college as “undecided,” and of those who do declare a major, 50 percent change it at least on...

The latest ISIS victim: Syria’s history, culture and identity

The latest ISIS victim: Syria’s history, culture and identity

By Jamie Viens / For The Pitt News

January 6, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

Since the onset of conflict in Syria in 2011, ISIS has ravaged multiple archaeological sites in Syria — many of which have been relics for centuries and cherished in Syrian culture. This past May, ISIS seized the Syrian town of Palmyra and the surrounding ancient ruins, initially promising not to...

Freedom of speech not conditional

By Tim Nerozzi / Columnist

January 6, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

It could be a relative, a politically misinformed friend or perhaps even a stranger ranting on the street. Someone says something so ignorant, so grossly inaccurate or so outright offensive, that you feel they shouldn’t be allowed to speak. Your blood boils, and all you can think is, “Someone needs...

Local politics deserve spotlight

Local politics deserve spotlight

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

January 6, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

On Election Day, people across the country will step into voting booths and choose between a set of presidential candidates they have been hearing and talking about for months, if not years. At the same time, many voters will be left staring blankly at the names of local politicians beneath these nati...

SGB: What to look for in the spring

SGB: What to look for in the spring

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

January 6, 2016


Filed under News, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015, Student Government, Top Stories

With a semester of reorganization behind them, the nine members of Student Government Board are revamping their previous goals to increase education and accessibility for Pitt students this semester. From lecture series to expanded online resources to improved dorm access, the Board hopes this spring wi...

Pitt dean retires after thirty years

Pitt dean retires after thirty years

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

January 6, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

Richard Howe, associate dean of the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, spent his winter break packing up 45 years at Pitt of paperwork and memories from his office in the Cathedral of Learning. For almost 30 of Howe’s 45 years at Pitt, he was the associate dean for administration in the ...

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...

Pitt athletes build chemistry from rooming together

Pitt athletes build chemistry from rooming together

By Adam Richman / for The Pitt News

November 13, 2015


Filed under Specials, Specials / Rentalguide2015, Sports, Top Stories

After a game, men’s soccer midfielders Raj Kahlon and Darcy Bloemen unwind and break down the action — by playing Madden back in their apartment. “Madden is a strategic game, so after soccer, we’ll play Madden. That makes us critique every part of the game,” Kahlon said. What makes this ana...

Scouting the Oakland neighborhoods

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 13, 2015


Filed under Specials, Specials / Rentalguide2015, Sports

Finding a place to live can be more daunting than a charging 250-pound linebacker. Thousands of students scramble every winter to find housing, hoping for a good fit and avoid the scrum. With such a big decision and so many other students hunting for housing, we’ve decided to break down housing arou...

Protecting Panther Hollow

Protecting Panther Hollow

By Mark Pesto and Elaina Zachos / Senior Staff Writers

October 9, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, Homecoming 2015, News, Specials

Carlino Giampolo, the unofficial mayor of Oakland, has loved his community for more than thirty years, which is why he’s fighting the city’s most recent expansion project and pledging to “Save Panther Hollow.” Giampolo has long campaigned against the University for the preservation of his com...

Home is love, culture, belonging

Home is love, culture, belonging

By Mariam Shalaby / For The Pitt News

October 9, 2015


Filed under Columns, Homecoming 2015, Opinions, Specials

"What … are you?” Since I look so ethnically ambiguous — or for a lack of small talk — people often ask me where I’m from. I’m not sure whether my identity is tied to a single place, so I’ve always struggled to answer the question. I’d rather they ask me the meaning of life. “Well,...

Pitt anomaly: Urban campus pride

Pitt anomaly: Urban campus pride

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

October 9, 2015


Filed under Columns, Homecoming 2015, Opinions, Specials, Uncategorized

I know Oakland isn’t paradise, but I didn’t expect the disgusted look on my Penn State friend’s face as we walked down Forbes Avenue toward Essie’s Original Hot Dog Shop. “How can you live here?” The question caught me off guard. Having spent more than a year living on campus in Oakland,...

Narduzzi and company not taking 1-3 Cavaliers lightly for homecoming weekend

Narduzzi and company not taking 1-3 Cavaliers lightly for homecoming weekend

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 9, 2015


Filed under Football, Homecoming 2015, Specials, Sports

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi doesn’t put special emphasis on any game — even in the case of Pitt’s Saturday homecoming game against Univeristy of Virginia. “It will be my first homecoming game here, but again, it’s another game,” Narduzzi said. “Just like the home opener’s anothe...

Three years after resurrection, Panther Pitt aiming to make a difference

Three years after resurrection, Panther Pitt aiming to make a difference

By Steve Rotstein / for The Pitt News

October 9, 2015


Filed under Football, Homecoming 2015, Specials, Sports

Pitt football’s student section has regained its identity.    The Panther Pitt disappeared during the mid-to-late 2000s when the students who started the group graduated and no one else stepped in to take the reins. After a brief hiatus, The Panther Pitt returned in 2012 and has roared on into 2...

Pitt Band brings new flair to old tradition

Pitt Band brings new flair to old tradition

By Jessie Wallace / Staff Writer

October 9, 2015


Filed under Football, Homecoming 2015, Specials, Sports

A minor throwback is making a major comeback this year at Pitt’s homecoming football game. Every year, Pitt’s homecoming halftime show features Pitt band alumni and their current counterparts performing in step in the March of Victory. But this year’s show will have a bit of a twist. During ...

Hail to Script: The life, death and rebirth of a font

Hail to Script: The life, death and rebirth of a font

By Stephen Caruso / Staff Writer

October 9, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Homecoming 2015, Specials, Sports

Hail to Script: The life, death and rebirth of a fontStephen Caruso / Staff WriterOctober 9, 2015Tony Dorsett smashes through the Notre Dame defensive line. Courtesy of ULS ArchivesThe University of Pittsburgh’s second most recognizable symbol — after the Cathedral of Learning — is a font.But describ...

Kissing for keeps at Heinz Chapel

Kissing for keeps at Heinz Chapel

October 8, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Homecoming 2015, News, Specials, Top Stories

Kissing for keeps at Heinz ChapelAmy Beaudine / Staff WriterOctober 9, 2015When Bill Young overheard a Pitt Pathfinder telling a student about the legend of Heinz Chapel, he thought the legend was a myth.The young director of Communication Services at Pitt listened as a tour guide told a prospective...

Marijuana punishments inconsistent across professional sports

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

April 20, 2015


Filed under Specials / Springfinals2015, Sports, Sports Columns

Professional athletes smoke pot. We know this. It’s not a big secret, nor should it be.But even as state after state legalizes marijuana, major league sports officials continue to classify the drug in the same category as cocaine, Ecstasy and other legitimately dangerous substances.To understand why...

Birds and bees

Birds and bees

By Emily Hower / Staff Illustrator

February 13, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials

Sex education should be an organic process; parents should consider skipping "the talk".

Koi fish tattoo

Koi fish tattoo

February 6, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Springemployment2015

Koi fish motifs are associated with multiple meanings, but in this scenario it represents success. The background for this meaning stems from an old tale that koi fish swam upstream--against the current--and when they reached the top, they became dragons as a reward....

Work study: Professional jobs that pay your way

By Cecile Truong / For The Pitt News

February 6, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Springemployment2015

I’m from Virginia. Exactly a year ago, I would’ve never thought I’d be going to Pitt. “Virginia has tons of public colleges for so much cheaper,” everyone told me. It wasn’t until my financial aid award came in the mail that I changed my mind. Getting mail from colleges was still exciting a...

Lessons learned from burgers

By Anna Tomani / For The Pitt News

February 6, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Springemployment2015

Life gets expensive, so we find employment, we find jobs, to pay for life. And we find jobs to put us through school, which will allow us to find better jobs that give us more money to pay for life. Part-time jobs can be a drag, working long and hard hours for minimal pay, but we can gain more than just ...

Tolerance is key to ending body modification stigma

By Courtney Linder / Assistant Opinions Editor

February 6, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Springemployment2015

I have a two-and-a-half-foot-long tattoo running down my side, from my shoulder to below my hip. My skin is shaded in various pigments, but an earthy orange and striking cerulean dominate the scene ­— a koi fish swimming upstream through tangles of lotus flowers. The fish is one of my several tattoo...

Retiree Roundup: Pitt seeks new University leaders

By Emily Ahlin / Staff Writer

January 5, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

As the University community begins a new year and Patrick Gallgher starts his second semester as Chancellor, some of Pitt’s senior leaders will start new stages of their lives.Rush Miller, director of the University Library System, and Jerome Cochran, executive vice chancellor, announced last year that ...

Polar Vortex 2015?

Polar Vortex 2015?

By Aby Briner / Staff Illustrator

January 5, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

Salt Savior: Students dread cold, University prepared

Salt Savior: Students dread cold, University prepared

By Elizabeth Lepro / For The Pitt News

January 5, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

For students like Ellen Ross, living in deep South Oakland during last year’s “polar vortex” meant long underwear — and lots of it. “I did stay in a lot more instead of going to hang with people or party, because I just didn’t want to go back outside,” said Ross, a junior neuroscience ...

Escape Room PGH

Escape Room PGH

By Courtesy of Escape Room PGH

January 5, 2015


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

Students opt for lockup in Escape Room Pittsburgh

Students opt for lockup in Escape Room Pittsburgh

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

January 5, 2015


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

First, Joe Deasy locked us in a jail cell. It was a small cell set inside a larger room that had a metal desk and an electric chair. The cell was only big enough for one convict, but there were four of us locked inside. Then, Joe told us to place our hands through the bars so he could handcuff us. We di...

December graduates get a jump on the job market

By Aileen Ryan / Staff Writer

January 5, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

For Pitt alumna Brittney Ferrone, graduating early saved her thousands of dollars and allowed her enter the job market early. Ferrone, who majored in rehabilitation science, graduated a semester early in December 2013. It was easier to acquire a job, she said, because she wasn’t competing with he...

City of Asylum/Pittsburgh

City of Asylum/Pittsburgh

By Colin van 't Veld / Staff Photographer

January 5, 2015


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

City of Asylum writers take refuge in Pittsburgh

City of Asylum writers take refuge in Pittsburgh

By Kathy Zhao / Staff Writer

January 5, 2015


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

Four years ago, a weak Israel Centeno, recovering from Dengue fever, presented his novel “Bajo las hojas,” or “Under the Leaves,” in his native country of Venezuela. One week later, he left his wife, children and home after boarding a flight to Houston, looking out the plane window only to see ...

The seven wonders of winter

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

January 5, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

While school has just started back up again, we are already well into the middle of winter. The magic of Christmas is over, but here are some great, never-before-seen reasons to appreciate winter at Pitt.1. You no longer have any desire to go outside. One of the worst things in life is looking outside and seeing a beautiful day, while you ...

Leading scorer

Leading scorer

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

January 5, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015, Sports

Jamel Artis led Pitt with 13 points in Pitt's loss to North Carolina State.

“N’At’s All Folks”: The Second City brings a Pittsburgh-specific gig

By Ian Flanagan / Staff Writer

January 5, 2015


Filed under Culture, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015, Theater

Although they hail from Chicago, the improv troupe The Second City visits Pittsburgh with a show exclusively for and about the city’s residents.  The critically acclaimed ensemble will perform its original show “N’At’s All Folks!” six times at Pittsburgh Public Theater’s O’Reilly Theater f...

Shortened rotation contributes to Pitt’s first ACC loss

Shortened rotation contributes to Pitt’s first ACC loss

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

January 5, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015, Sports

All season, the rotation for the Pitt men’s basketball team has featured fewer contributions than expected.Multiple factors contributed to the line-up shrinkage. First came Cameron Wright’s broken foot in September on the eve of the start of practice, which sidelined him until December. Durand Joh...

Editorial Cartoon: January 5, 2015

Editorial Cartoon: January 5, 2015

By Fatima Kizilkaya / Cartoonist

January 5, 2015


Filed under Cartoons, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

TPN’s 2015 pop culture resolutions

By The A&E Staff

January 5, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

Almost everybody wants to hit the gym, shave off the beer belly or eat healthier in the new year — but some of us realize those goals are too well-worn and cliched to pan out. So instead, why not pledge for more sedentary goals, like tearing through an acclaimed TV series, tackling a new genre of mus...

Five takeaways from Pitt’s weekend bowl game

Five takeaways from Pitt’s weekend bowl game

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

January 5, 2015


Filed under Football, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015, Sports

After a loss that saw the team surrender a 28-point lead to the University of Houston in the fourth quarter of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on Friday, there’s a litany of negatives we can harp on regarding the Pitt football team’s performance in its final game of the 2014-2015 season. Despite...

What you may have missed: Winter break rundown

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

January 5, 2015


Filed under Specials / Welcomebackspring2015, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Students are just returning from break, about to begin the spring semester, but Pitt varsity sports have continued to compete during the intermission. Men’s and women’s basketball played a handful of home games each, preparing for the upcoming ACC schedule. The football team played its last game of ...

TPN’s picks for the best upcoming concerts

TPN’s picks for the best upcoming concerts

By The A&E Staff

January 5, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

After a typical end-of-year concert dry spell to close out 2014, the early months of 2015 reveal a manifold forecast of artists storming Pittsburgh. Here are some of The Pitt News’ most anticipated shows of the new year.Hamilton Leithauser — Jan. 15, Club CafeHamilton Leithauser, crooning frontman for ...

Viewing life unequally: Every death is a shame

By Stephen Caruso / Columnist

January 5, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

Any death is a shame.However, this simple truth is seemingly hard to accept, as evidenced by the events of the past few months. The deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu dominate the news. Media personalities have passed the blame around until it has no meaning, other than...

Focus on facts: The dangers of screaming ‘racism’

By Jess Craig / Columnist

January 5, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

Aug. 9, 2014. Ferguson, Mo. Police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Michael Brown was black. The police officer was white. Brown was unarmed. On Nov. 24, a grand jury in St. Louis County chose not to indict Darren Wilson for any criminal charges. In the days, weeks and m...

Too spoiled for Breaking Bad: The golden age of television

By Andrew Boschert / Columnist

January 5, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

I still haven’t watched all of “Breaking Bad.”It’s not that I don’t have time. Heck, even the boredom that saturated winter break didn’t push me over the edge.It’s not that I don’t have the means to watch it. These days, it only takes an Internet connection.It’s not that I can’t get over the ...

Immigration reform: Forever stuck in limbo

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

January 5, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

Imagine this: In a land of 316.1 million Americans, you are one of 12 million undocumented immigrants. Why you came here, only you know. Maybe there’s another life to which you can return. Maybe this is the only life you know. You live in the shadows of American ideals, but you’re hopeful. Things w...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Don’t be scared to dumpster dive

Don’t be scared to dumpster dive

By Aby Briner / Staff Illustrator

November 14, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials / Rentalguide2015

In college, thrift like your wallet depends on it

In college, thrift like your wallet depends on it

By Courtney Linder / Columnist

November 14, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials / Rentalguide2015

What do you think of first when you hear the words “college apartment?” Front lawns, covered in beer bottles and debris?  A futon covered in stains of which you dare not question the origin? Perhaps the unfinished basement, reminiscent of Buffalo Bill’s kill room in TheSilence of the Lambs, complet...

Four ways to be the collegiate Iron Chef

By Stephen Caruso / Columnist

November 14, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials / Rentalguide2015

Cooking may seem intimidating, but you don’t have to be an Iron Chef to do it. Crafting decent meals just requires some creativity and knowing the flavors you like. Considering the average meal out for an American is $12.75, knowing how to cook at home can save you some money. The best part though i...

Freshmen, living on campus isn’t that great

By Andrew Boschert / Columnist

November 14, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Rentalguide2015

Although South Oakland can be kind of gross and landlords can be kind of stingy, should first-year students live in on-campus dormitories? The practice is near-universal for large schools to emphasize that freshmen live in student housing. For example, at Pitt, students who choose to live on-campus ar...

Pittsburgh: the city of bridges and renters

By Jessica Craig / Columnist

November 14, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Rentalguide2014

You studied for 12 straight hours at Hillman Library, took the last final of your undergraduate career and now, as you don your black graduation gown with your diploma in hand, and mom snaps a pictures every second she can, your mind drifts to your future, your career and your next home. Freshman year,...

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