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Q & A: Braddock mayor John Fetterman

Theo Schwarz / Senior Staff Photographer

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

August 22, 2016

Braddock Mayor John Fetterman doesn’t think he’s an “anti-establishment” politician. But he does think it’s time for a change. In his recent bid for the U.S. Senate, many of his supporters backed Senator Bernie Sanders, who gained popularity for pushing the democratic platform farther left...

Making plans for student health

Dr. Tracy Soska holds up an Enroll America T-Shirt. Courtesy of Alescia Teel

By Erin Hare and Alexis Carter / The Pitt News Staff

August 22, 2016

When making a back-to-school checklist for this fall, don’t forget to add health insurance. This academic year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is increasing outreach for Marketplace insurance enrollment through healthcare.gov, centering its efforts on a group that is more likely t...

Affirmative action must remain

Stephen Caruso / Visual Editor

By Bethel Habte | Senior Columnist

August 22, 2016

I’m optimistic about Pitt declaring the coming year the “Year of Diversity,” but I can’t help wishing for more. I wish I didn’t feel the need to defend my own merits when affirmative action gets questioned. I wish minority voices didn’t have to spring to the offensive whenever the issue...

It’s time to update Greek life policies

It’s time to update Greek life policies

By Jaime Viens | For The Pitt News

August 22, 2016

The premise of Greek life is brotherhood, sisterhood, integrity and equality — in theory. Given recent events, though, questioning these principles seems a less than ridiculous proposal. Greek life is meant to be a positive entity that encourages camaraderie and that is exactly what it does for...

4th and long: The moment Pitt’s Ryan Winslow lives for

Junior Ryan Winslow has been Pitt's starting punter for the past two seasons. Stephen Caruso | Visual Editor

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

August 22, 2016

Pat Narduzzi is only in his second year as Pitt’s head football coach, but he has no time for low expectations. “If we don’t think [an ACC Championship is] realistic, we’ve got major issues,” Narduzzi said. According to Narduzzi, reaching this goal requires a “bigger, faster, stronger fo...

Steely Dan: Fisher’s winning ways lead him to Pitt

Pitt volleyball coach Dan Fisher has had great success on both the collegiate and international stages. Theo Schwarz | Senior Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

August 22, 2016

In his office, Pitt head volleyball coach Dan Fisher proudly displays his bronze medal from the 2016 Pan American Cup for anyone who wishes to see it. The really special hardware, though, is tucked away inside a case right beside it: his gold medal from the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. Ear...

Local recruit Alayna Gribble feels right at home at the Pete

Incoming Pitt women's basketball recruit Alayna Gribble has already won two WPIAL titles on her new home court. Courtesy of Alayna Gribble

By Katie Cassidy / Staff Writer

August 21, 2016

On Feb. 27, 2016, the undefeated Norwin High School Knights –– led by star junior Alayna Gribble –– trailed the North Allegheny Senior High School Tigers, 49-36, entering the fourth quarter of the WPIAL AAAA championship game at the Petersen Events Center. At 24-0, the reigning WPIAL champion Knights...

Forget debt, be a student scholar

Amber Montgomery / Columnist

By Amber Montgomery | Columnist

August 20, 2016

Pitt has many great opportunities it can offer to its students. I know this sounds like a line fed to you many times by information sessions, orientation brochures and Pathfinders, but it is true. I didn’t realize just how true this was until I applied for a grant to fund my three-week research...

Learn to love PAT buses

Learn to love PAT buses

By Marlo Safi | Senior Columnist

August 20, 2016

After being a Pitt student who relied entirely on the rarely punctual Port Authority, I was on cloud nine with Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority — the metro for short. I lived in Washington D.C. for 10 weeks during my internship with Campus Reform, a news organization headquartered...

From Pitt to Poland: Katie Schreiber’s ultimate journey

Pitt sophomore Katie Schreiber has earned a reputation for her

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

August 20, 2016

For sophomore business student Katie Schreiber, disc — not ball — is life. “I’d do anything to play a game [of ultimate],” said Schreiber, who competes for Danger, Pitt’s women’s ultimate frisbee team. Whether learning the sport as the only female on an all-male team, coming to Pitt o...

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