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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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