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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 ...

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...

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