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Welcome Back: Yearning to play, Johnson nears return from ACL injury

Welcome Back: Yearning to play, Johnson nears return from ACL injury

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014, Sports

Durand Johnson penetrated the right side of the lane, heaved a running jumper, got fouled and landed awkwardly on his right leg. He cringed for a minute, clutching his knee on the floor, then stood up and sank two free throws.Pitt fans inside the Petersen Events Center sighed in relief. Johnson was the...

Welcome Back: Battle tested, Pitt looks to build on solid first year in ACC

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The members of the Pitt volleyball team can all agree on their goals for this season: make the NCAA Tournament and finish in at least the top four of the ACC.“The team goal is my personal goal,” said sophomore outside hitter Maria Genitsaridi, who spent her entire summer training with the Greek natio...

Welcome Back: International players coming to Pitt in record numbers

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

August 19, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Soccer is known as the world’s game and, this fall on campus, there will be plenty of evidence to back up that reputation. The Pitt men’s soccer team has eight players from abroad — its most ever. Prior to this season, the team had seven players from outside the country since 2000, with no mo...

Welcome Back: Men’s and women’s XC hoping to make strides this fall

Welcome Back: Men’s and women’s XC hoping to make strides this fall

By Megan Boyle / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

A year can make quite the difference for a struggling team. In 2012, members of a young Pitt women’s cross country team found themselves at the end of their season finishing in sixth place at the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships while their male counterparts did not even qualify...

Welcome Back: Pitt alum chasing pro basketball dream in Pittsburgh

Welcome Back: Pitt alum chasing pro basketball dream in Pittsburgh

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014, Sports, Sports Features

Pittsburgh basketball fans probably haven’t heard of Jared Culbreath, and you can’t really blame them.Culbreath didn’t play for Pitt. He didn’t even play for his high school team in Augusta, Ga., after he failed to make the last cut. An unknown player, he didn’t receive any athletic scholars...

Welcome Back: Summer proves to be anything but dull for sports fans

By Alex Wise / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014, Sports, Sports Columns

To the average sports fan, summer is typically a boring period of the year. Baseball is the only “big four” sport in season and, though it’s America’s pastime and the sport of summer, we can pay only so much attention to it. But this summer has been anything but typical. The humdrum that occup...

Welcome Back: Pittsburgh comedy scene offers diversity, expanding options

Welcome Back: Pittsburgh comedy scene offers diversity, expanding options

By Vincent Smith / Senior Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

If you drop by the Monday night open mic at Lava Lounge in Pittsburgh’s South Side, make sure to show up at least 30 minutes late.When I went to a Lava Lounge open mic last month, I showed up early — sometime around 10 p.m. — just to make sure I didn’t miss anything. But when I arrived, a lo...

Welcome Back: Carnegie exhibit explores restoration of Renaissance art

Welcome Back: Carnegie exhibit explores restoration of Renaissance art

By Grace Kelly / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

To curator Lulu Lippincott, the portrait of a woman in Renaissance finery had always seemed oddly patched together. A neutral face that seemed too perfect for its own good stares out from the sumptuous frills and golden cords that dress her. This portrait — attributed to Italian Renaissance painter A...

Welcome Back: Offense, or lack thereof, will dictate outcome of season

Welcome Back: Offense, or lack thereof, will dictate outcome of season

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Unable to find the goal last season, the Pitt men’s soccer team has taken steps to make sure that doesn’t happen again this year.The Panthers finished last season with an overall record of 1-11-4, and they went winless in conference play.Although their first season in the ACC was a rude awakening, he...

Welcome Back: Jake Stern of Meridian talks touring, ‘The Cathedral’

Welcome Back: Jake Stern of Meridian talks touring, ‘The Cathedral’

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Pitt senior Jake Stern interacts with music a bit more frequently than the average student. In addition to being a psychology major and the training director at Pitt’s student-run radio station, WPTS, he’s also a touring musician. As if the wealth of music in the radio station wasn’t enough, Stern...

Welcome Back: Despite their youth, Panthers determined to win

Welcome Back: Despite their youth, Panthers determined to win

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Members of the Pitt women’s soccer team will wear the roman numeral “XI” on their jerseys this season, signifying the mantra that head coach Greg Miller and the rest of the coaching staff instilled in the team last November: “Year of 11.”This season is the “Year of 11” — a unifying p...

Welcome Back: A step-by-step guide to fill an apartment the affordable way

Welcome Back: A step-by-step guide to fill an apartment the affordable way

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Signing the lease on your first apartment can be a thrilling and completely new experience. But once the deed is done, you might be left wondering how to furnish an apartment on a college student’s meager budget.On a grand scale, furnishing an entire apartment requires a lot of time and even more mo...

Welcome Back: Never miss the bus again with PAT live tracking

Welcome Back: Never miss the bus again with PAT live tracking

By Brad Hanlon / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

By the end of this year, wasting time waiting for a late bus may be extinct in Pittsburgh.Through new government funding, Port Authority — Allegheny County’s public transit provider — has announced its intention to install new live-tracking GPS systems into its bus fleet in the near future, al...

Welcome Back: Dos and don’ts: How to not flub the first weekend

By Evan Malachosky / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

It’s your first weekend at Pitt. You may feel overwhelmed, afraid or even alone, but you’re not. There are a few thousand people just like you. College comes with expectations and, most of the time, they are socially oriented. “Will I meet the right girl?” often becomes, “Yeah we met at Mi...

Welcome Back: Pittsburgh immigrants find comfort in the city

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under City, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Tulshi Siwakoti was born in Bhutan and spent 18 years in a refugee camp in Nepal before finally being able to come to the United States in 2009 and joining his parents in Pittsburgh in 2010.“I lived in a very different part of the world. Everyday life was very tough. Here in America, you can have a real job...

Welcome Back: Streaming is the new black: TV binging on campus

Welcome Back: Streaming is the new black: TV binging on campus

By Emily Ahlin / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

The binge-watching bandwagon is taking everyone along for a ride to enjoy the newest way to watch television. From Pitt students to cable companies, many are taking full advantage of one of the 21st century’s grandest achievements to date: Internet streaming. Now, instead of watching a new episode o...

Welcome Back: The Lunchbox, take II: our favorite Oakland desserts

Welcome Back: The Lunchbox, take II: our favorite Oakland desserts

By Mahita Gajanan & Ellie Petrosky / The Pitt News Staff

August 19, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Dessert at Pitt is easy to find. Lucky students with meal plans have access to a basically unlimited supply of ice cream, cookies, brownies, pie and cakes with one swipe at either Market Central or the Perch. The Quick Zone also offers a variety of frozen and non-frozen sweet treats. Students with kitch...

Welcome Back: The Lunchbox: TPN dissects the ‘Big 3’ pizza shops of Atwood

Welcome Back: The Lunchbox: TPN dissects the ‘Big 3’ pizza shops of Atwood

By Shawn Cooke & Jasper Wilson / The Pitt News Staff

August 19, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

The terms “pizza party” and “pizza after a party” contain a powerful distinction, despite their similar phrasing. The former suggests a first after-school club meeting or a reward for good behavior in elementary school, whereas the latter is usually paired with behavior that could get you kic...

Welcome Back: Getting to know Pitt’s next Chancellor

Welcome Back: Getting to know Pitt’s next Chancellor

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under Administration, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

For Patrick D. Gallagher, taking on the role as Pitt’s chancellor will be like freshman year all over again.The Pitt alumnus said the coming school year will hold much of the same excitement and anxieties felt by many students during their first year of college: new peers, a new school to navigate and a n...

Welcome Back: Sorry, no Gmail: 365 premieres

By Sarah Police / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under News, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014, Tech Science

Students waiting until classes start to check their Pitt emails are in for a surprise. Pitt’s prior email service, Enterprise Email, transitioned to Microsoft Office 365 on July 27. Those in the Pitt community who previously forwarded their Pitt mail to a private account must reconfigure the forw...

Welcome Back: Nordenberg gives double-support for affirmative action

By Dale Shoemaker / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014


Filed under Administration, News, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

If affirmative action initiatives are meant to increase opportunities for minority groups, then Pitt has done so twofold. In an unprecedented move, Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg selected two Pitt groups, the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Career Education and Enhancement ...

Welcome Back: TPN Staff picks Pittsburgh’s best concerts of the summer

By The Pitt News Staff

August 19, 2014


Filed under Culture, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Fans of nearly all genres had a show to be excited about this summer. Whether it was big pop (Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry, both at Consol Energy Center), big country (Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Brad Paisley), big rap (Drake vs. Lil Wayne and Tyler, the Creator) or indie darlings (Future Islands and Shar...

Welcome Back: Pennsylvania’s Governor’s race: Tom Wolf or Tom Corbett?

Welcome Back: Pennsylvania’s Governor’s race: Tom Wolf or Tom Corbett?

By Jessica Craig for Tom Corbett and Simon Brown for Tom Wolf / The Pitt News Staff

August 19, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Corbett Intro: In politics, experience is essential. It is often an excellent predictor of a candidate’s prospective success in office. Unfortunately, the Democratic Party nominee, Tom Wolf, touts a resumé of bankrupt companies and enters the 2014 Election for the Governor of Pennsylvania under a v...

Welcome Back: Lost in translation: What we must do to combat poverty

Welcome Back: Lost in translation: What we must do to combat poverty

By Ankur Sakaria / Columnist

August 19, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

The apparent disparity of income inequality among low- and high-income families in the United States is at an all-time high. Income inequality, or poverty to be exact, is one of the most deprecating issues hindering society and, for decades now, little has been done to reverse the trend.Programs such...

Welcome Back: FIFA, the Evil Stepmom of Soccer

By Brian Kocak / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Imagine that a comically evil, diabolical organization has, unbeknownst to the general public, infiltrated society. The league has committed atrocities such as ignoring basic human rights, collecting millions of dollars in bribes, rigging votes and pushing its agenda on the unwilling.  Now what if ...

Welcome Back: Syllabus week: Leave the F.O.M.O behind and get out of Oakland

By Channing Kaiser / Columnist

August 19, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Syllabus week — the first week of classes during which syllabi are disseminated and discussed — is generally the least stressful week of the semester. Going over the syllabus can take up the majority of class, meaning that professors can’t get into full lecture mode until later in the week and, b...

Welcome Back: Immigrants: They’re here, they’re coming, get used to it

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

August 19, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

There was a point in my childhood when I considered myself an illegal immigrant. I was too young then to understand what being an “asylee” — a permanent refugee — meant, but old enough to understand that immigration was a problem and that illegal “aliens” were stealing our jobs and our pr...

Welcome Back: Make time to enjoy Pittsburgh before it’s buried in snow

By Danielle Dyal / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Arriving on campus for the fall semester officially signifies the end of summer vacation, but it doesn’t mark a conclusion to the sunny weather of the summer. Unfortunately, sunshine at Pitt is a lot like our excitement for the new semester: fleeting.Similar to the manner in which lectures, tests ...

Welcome Back: Midterms: GOP disunity may mean Democratic victory

By Nick Voutsinos / Opinions Editor

August 19, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

This November, the Republican Party will seek to take back the U.S. Senate after eight long years of being the frustrated — yet no less verbal — minority. It has been eight years highlighted by rhetoric, filibusters and gridlock.But, luckily for the Grand Old Party, they will no longer have to resort to ...

Welcome Back: Studying politics: It’s about real people, not abstract research

By Matt Barnes / Assistant Opinions Editor

August 19, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Each fall, college freshmen arrive on campus eager to begin the next chapter of their lives. During this time, choosing an undergraduate academic discipline will be one of the most important decisions they make.For those interested in law, government or politics, political science seems like an obvious choice....

Welcome Back: Rethinking the undergraduate economics curriculum

By Thomas Helgerman / Columnist

August 19, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Following the financial crisis in 2007 and subsequent recession of 2007-2009, the discipline of economics began a soul-searching process of questioning its very foundations. Far from the arrogance that characterized the field during the 1990s and 2000s, economist Paul Krugman tackled the question “How Di...

Welcome Back: Proposed 28th amendment: Corporations are not people

By Stephen Caruso / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

After the 1888 case of Pembina Consolidated Silver Mining and Milling Company vs. Pennsylvania, the United States legal system established that a corporation holds the status of a person. But in order for democracy to be effective, it must be flexible to change.It is time to take dramatic action aga...

Welcome Back: It’s time to slash the SWoRD program

By Thomas Helgerman / Columnist

August 19, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

There is very little that the entire incoming freshman class has in common with each other, let alone with the rest of the student body. But, at least in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, all students will at least form one type of symbiotic relationship in which all depend on each other. I le...

Welcome Back: Five ingenious ways to win an election

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

August 19, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

It’s almost that time again: With November approaching, flocks of politicians of all stripes will be begging for your vote. Although millennials may not be known for voting, with a 41.2 percent election turnout for the 2012 election, some of us are bound to venture into politics. For the benefit o...

Welcome Back: Picking your major will ultimately determine your happiness

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

August 19, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Whether you know the minute you arrive on campus as a freshman or take a few semesters — or years — to figure it out, at some point in your college career, you will have to make the decision that will affect the rest of your life: your major. As soon as you choose the major that will be inscribe...

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