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Pitt aims to improve fan gameday experience

Pitt aims to improve fan gameday experience

By Jessie Wallace / For The Pitt News

September 2, 2015

Turning the tide is no easy feat — especially when that tide is a tsunami of students ditching Pitt football games right after “Sweet Caroline” — but new athletic director Scott Barnes won’t ride those waves alone. In June, Barnes revealed his plan for a Panther Fans Experience Committee to en...

Royal pain: Kansas City fans abuse of All-Star voting an abomination

Royal pain: Kansas City fans abuse of All-Star voting an abomination

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

June 16, 2015

America has always styled itself as a nation of equality — if you have the skills, you will be rewarded.Of course, this has always been counterbalanced by people’s love of rewarding those they know, that great enemy of democracy and equality — nepotism.Yes, from Tammany Hall to getting that intern...

GoFundMe page hopes to better connect fans to Pitt athletics

GoFundMe page hopes to better connect fans to Pitt athletics

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

June 9, 2015

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone with a better perspective on the modern age of Pitt athletics than Dave Jedlicka.A Western Pennsylvanian since birth, Jedlicka began rooting for Pitt 16 years ago, following a campus tour that solidified the University as his college of choice. He would end up...

A football life

A football life

By Courtesy of the Pittsburgh Steelers

May 28, 2015

After a long and successful playing career, former Panther Jerry Olsavsky has been bitten by the coaching bug.

After long playing career, Olsavsky finds passion in coaching

After long playing career, Olsavsky finds passion in coaching

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

May 28, 2015

Jerry Olsavsky thought often about what he’d do after his career playing in the NFL ended. Not because he liked to, but because common sense just dictated it. “You could get hurt at any moment, and your career would be over,” Olsavsky said. The 1989 Pitt graduate, who majored in information ...

A new game

A new game

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

May 28, 2015

Opened in 2014 by former Steelers Baron Batch and John Malecki, Studio AM is thriving in Homestead.

Former Steelers bring art to Homestead

Former Steelers bring art to Homestead

By Joe Rokicki / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2015

For most NFL retirees, life after football is a more direct continuation of the sport — analysts, anchors and coaches all apply the knowledge obtained from their youthful days into a respective post-player genre. However, for entrepreneurial artists and former NFL players Baron Batch and John Maleck...

Running high: Some athletes seeing beneficial side of the pot leaf

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

April 20, 2015

Not everybody pays extra attention to birds singing or the texture of the dirt while they’re running. But Billy Davis said smoking before working out makes you more attuned to life’s simple pleasures.Davis and Tim Smith, who ran cross country in high school shortly after he started smoking, said the p...

Pitt looks for new athletic director to inherit evolving position

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

April 16, 2015

With a new athletic director on the way, Pitt’s athletic department could be in for a makeover.The search to find the new leader of the athletic department began in December 2014, when Steve Pederson agreed to part ways with Pitt.According to Randy Juhl, Pitt’s interim athletic director, the Uni...

Don’t judge a book…

Don’t judge a book…

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer and TNS

April 13, 2015

Chad Voytik's size should only be an issue on paper to be a successful quarterback.

Coordinating success: New OC and QB coach Jim Chaney builds a relationship with Chad Voytik on and off the field

Coordinating success: New OC and QB coach Jim Chaney builds a relationship with Chad Voytik on and off the field

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

April 13, 2015

Throughout his lengthy coaching career, new Pitt offensive coordinator Jim Chaney has transformed quarterbacks from unheralded into unstoppable. At Pitt, he is hoping to do the same with redshirt junior quarterback Chad Voytik.The star pupil of Chaney’s that comes to mind is Drew Brees, a record sette...

Pipers’ Pub provides a Premier taste of England

By Jessica Boddy / Staff Writer

April 9, 2015

You don’t have to travel more than 3,000 miles from Pitt’s campus for authentic British Isles eats accompanied by a warm atmosphere. In fact, it’s just a bus ride away on Port Authority’s 54 line.Piper’s Pub on East Carson Street in South Side serves cuisine of the British Isles while provid...

Bend it like Ben

Bend it like Ben

By Courtesy of Eric Kasperowicz

March 3, 2015

Ben DiNucci chose Pitt after a late push by new coaches Pat Narduzzi and Jim Chaney.

DiNucci passes over Penn for Panthers

DiNucci passes over Penn for Panthers

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

March 2, 2015

Incoming recruit Ben DiNucci will stay closer to home after turning down a cross-state Ivy League education.After months of being vetted by various college football programs, Ben DiNucci finally finished the recruiting process. The Pine-Richland quarterback committed to the University of Pennsylvani...

Quick change

Quick change

By Courtesy of Donnie Tasser

February 17, 2015

Donnie Tasser (bottom) removes a tire from a car while Zac Thomusseit (middle) replaces it with a new one.

The Pit Crew

The Pit Crew

By Courtesy of Zac Thomusseit

February 17, 2015

Zac Thomusseit, Donnie Tasser and Matt Wilps as part of a developmental pit crew.

Pit(t) stop: Former Panther wrestlers find work with NASCAR

Pit(t) stop: Former Panther wrestlers find work with NASCAR

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

February 17, 2015

As they listened to the strange inquiry, they each had the same reaction. It was November 2013, and three former Pitt wrestlers had joined the workforce after finishing school in April: Donnie Tasser helping to coach junior and high school wrestling at his alma mater, Belle Vernon, and doing freelance s...

Zookeepers

Zookeepers

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographers

February 17, 2015

The Oakland Zoo is noted for being one of the most ruthless student sections in the nation.

Cheaters sometimes win: Oakland Zoo ups distraction tactics

Cheaters sometimes win: Oakland Zoo ups distraction tactics

By Jessica Boddy / For The Pitt News

February 17, 2015

“Joel! Joel! Joel! Joel, how’s Shannon? Joel!”“Hey, Marcus! Retweet me after the game! OK? Marcus!”“Meeks, you suck! You look like the Pillsbury Doughboy!”Anyone who has ever been in the Oakland Zoo during a pregame warm up knows that strangely personal shouts to opposing players, like these exclamations heard at Sa...

Prince Amukamara

Prince Amukamara

By Richard W. Rodriguez / TNS

February 13, 2015

Prince Amukamara, who formerly had abstained from sex until marriage, got married last Spring.

Athlete sees benefit of sex on the field

Athlete sees benefit of sex on the field

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 13, 2015

Prince Amukamara is getting action in more places than on the football field, and one of his teammates is making sure everybody knows it.The 2011 draft pick and New York Giants cornerback had not initially performed up to his first-round draft choice billing due to injuries and poor performance. But h...

Pump up the jam

Pump up the jam

By Nate Smith

February 3, 2015

Athletes like wrestler Mike Racciato rely on specific music to get them in the right mindset for competition.

Music a critical aspect of athletes’ gameday rituals

Music a critical aspect of athletes’ gameday rituals

By Jessica Boddy / For The Pitt News

February 3, 2015

The crowd in the Fitzgerald Field House was dynamic and lively the entire wrestling meet – fans feeding off of athletes, athletes feeding off of fans. While a deafening roar encouraged one wrestler, another, Nick Bonaccorsi, waited his turn behind the bench. The audible buzz of a full crowd and a tigh...

Brothers of the cup

Brothers of the cup

By Courtesy of Andrew Taglianetti

December 4, 2014

Andrew and Jon Taglianetti pose with the Stanley Cup.

Taglianetti twins’ bond grows as Penguins’ employees.

Taglianetti twins’ bond grows as Penguins’ employees.

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

December 4, 2014

Andrew and Jon Taglianetti got to do the unthinkable after the Detroit Red Wings won the 2008 Stanley Cup over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 17-year-old fraternal twins drank from the NHL championship’s nearly three-foot-tall, 35-pound trophy.Working the visitor’s locker room at the now-demolishe...

Float on

Float on

By Heather Tennant / Staff Photographer

November 18, 2014

Joe Uchebo (50) unleashes a floater in mid-air.

Recovering Uchebo hopes to return to form

Recovering Uchebo hopes to return to form

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

November 18, 2014

This is the second installment of a two- part story on Pitt basketball player Joe Uchebo. The first installment appeared in the Nov. 18 edition of The Pitt News.Trust would also be paramount in Pitt center Joe Uchebo making an optimal recovery. He’d have to trust his right knee, something he wasn’...

Ed Lucas and Willie Mays

Ed Lucas and Willie Mays

By Courtesy of Ed Lucas

November 10, 2014

Ed Lucas (right) interviewing Willie Mays after a New York Giants game.

One of baseball’s finest: Blind sportswriter Ed Lucas shares his experiences

One of baseball’s finest: Blind sportswriter Ed Lucas shares his experiences

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 10, 2014

Nestled deep within Union, New Jersey, lives one of baseball’s most significant figures and one of its best stories.Some of the top authorities on baseball history may know who Ed Lucas is, though most don’t. But whether you are a sports fan or not, his story will resonate.Lucas knew baseball legen...

Jason and Lindsay Richards

Jason and Lindsay Richards

By Courtesy of the Richards family

November 2, 2014

Eric Mobley visiting Jason and Lindsay Richards at basketball practice in Upper St. Clair.

Brother and sister share relationship with Pitt basketball

Brother and sister share relationship with Pitt basketball

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 2, 2014

Talk to siblings Jason and Lindsay Richards, and they’ll describe their relationship over the years as close. For the last year and a half, that adjective has described the proximity of their workplaces, too. Sitting inside the Petersen Events Center recently, Lindsay put the distance in perspect...

Playing the ball

Playing the ball

By Courtesy of Pitt Athletics

October 29, 2014

Julian Dickenson in action in 2013. He has missed nearly all of the 2014 season due to a foot injury.

Star senior Dickenson makes mark off the field

Star senior Dickenson makes mark off the field

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

October 29, 2014

With the Pitt men’s soccer team at the end of its ACC schedule, most fans are fixated on the product on the field. However, it’s what one player is doing in the classroom and off the field that has received national attention, including nomination for a prestigious award.Senior Julian Dickenson has be...

Very superstitious: Pitt athletes share individual rituals

By Logan Hitchcock / For The Pitt News

October 24, 2014

Two hours before the rest of her team came, Samantha Winkelmann entered the doors to Trees Pool. Surrounded by empty bleachers that would fill later that day, she began her day in solitude, careful not to stray from the extensive detail of her routine.After she finished her final practice dive, she ...

Pitt in the NFL: McCoy, Fitzgerald win with star performances

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

October 13, 2014

Sunday was part of a week of bounce-backs for former Pitt players in the NFL: LeSean McCoy and Larry Fitzgerald, at times considered among the best at their positions, have had mostly weak showings so far this year.But Fitzgerald scored his first touchdown of the season on Sunday for the Arizona Car...

Back in business

Back in business

By Photo courtesy of Pitt Athletics

October 1, 2014

Monica Wignot working hard with head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio at practice.

After four years away, Wignot returns to basketball

After four years away, Wignot returns to basketball

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

October 1, 2014

Last fall, Suzie McConnell-Serio was browsing Pitt’s athletic website and found an article about the Panthers volleyball team. While reading the article, something caught the then first-year Pitt women’s basketball coach’s eye: a name.“I knew it wasn’t a common name,” McConnell-Serio said. ...

Kiesel recounts summer teaching and coaching

By Dan Sostek / Staff Writer

August 28, 2014

Upon her return to the United States from Vietnam this summer,  Brianna Kiesel came away with a newfound sense of appreciation.“One of my main takeaways was that we should be grateful for everything we have here,” Kiesel said. “They didn’t even have clean water there. We should take every opp...

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...

Feature: Recent graduates experience the beautiful game in Brazil

Feature: Recent graduates experience the beautiful game in Brazil

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

July 1, 2014

As he watched ESPN’s coverage of the World Cup last week from home, John Bates recalled what his life was like only a short time ago. The network’s aerial coverage of Rio de Janeiro showed Copacabana Beach, the iconic stretch of sand where the channel had its studios for the tournament. “I wa...

Feature: Three recent graduates take part in The Basketball Tournament

Feature: Three recent graduates take part in The Basketball Tournament

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

June 3, 2014

When Pat Fisher found Matt Krmpotich, it was a coincidence. The Pitt senior had been looking for Krmpotich for two weeks. They had crossed paths often before at Trees Hall playing pickup basketball. Now Fisher had an offer for the 6-foot-6-inch Krmpotich, but he didn’t know his last name, creatin...

New-look PBC Pro-Am looks to improve, uphold tradition

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

May 28, 2014

They say the best things in life are free. Some are free because they’re products of nature, whereas others are free, well, because they’re NCAA-regulated.Pittsburgh Basketball Club’s summer Pro-Am  (Professional-Amateur) league is the latter, and for eight years, it has been one of college basketbal...

Redshirt senior submarine pitcher finishes notable career

Redshirt senior submarine pitcher finishes notable career

By Dan Sostek / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014

Jon Danielczyk, the redshirt senior relief pitcher for Pitt’s baseball team, described his career arc as a Panther as a “journey.” Danielczyk did have a storybook career for a towering submarine-style pitcher who wasn’t brought onto the team to pitch. Instead, Danielczyk, at 6-foot-4, was original...

Aaron Donald enters NFL

Aaron Donald enters NFL

By Sean Corrado and Ryan Bertonaschi / The Pitt News Staff

May 28, 2014

Aaron Donald, with his one-year-old daughter wedged between his biceps, squared up in front of Savoy Restaurant as family members surrounded him to pose for pictures before his big moment.“Certainly, this is going to be a wonderful experience, and I am just going to make sure I enjoy it,” Donald said before maki...

Intramural sports an easy way to have fun and keep playing

Intramural sports an easy way to have fun and keep playing

By Megan Boyle / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014

Intramural sports are an easy — and free — way to stay active on campus. The recreational atmosphere provides students an environment to enjoy the game, whatever it is, without being overly competitive. “Our goal is to service the Pitt community’s fitness needs,” Marilyn Ross, the director of Intramurals and Recreatio...

Column: Students can pursue passions through media outlets

By Kevin Wheeler / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2014

I walked into the Petersen Events Center to attend my first Activities Fair in August 2012 as a new Pitt student. A budding psychology major, I was hoping to find my niche in such a big school with so many new opportunities at my disposal. Among the hundreds of tables set up on the basketball court, ...

Football: Former Pitt punter gets NFL shot with Atlanta

Football: Former Pitt punter gets NFL shot with Atlanta

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

May 20, 2014

When he found out that he would be a professional football player, Matt Yoklic and his family were watching TV.It was Saturday evening on May 10. The NFL draft had ended, and the former Pitt punter, his parents and two brothers were at home in their family room in Gibsonia, Pa., watching something el...

Feature: Pitt women’s club lacrosse completes season with perfect ending

Feature: Pitt women’s club lacrosse completes season with perfect ending

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

May 11, 2014

Success in lacrosse, perhaps more than any other team sport, requires collaboration and a level of mutual, instinctual chemistry between teammates.The field is split into three sections, with rules allowing 15 of the 22 total players  — 7 per team plus the goalie that’s on defense—  in an off...

Feature: Pitt students complete marathon feat

Feature: Pitt students complete marathon feat

By Dan Sostek / Staff Writer

May 7, 2014

Running a marathon isn’t something a person can just wake up and do. It’s considered one of the ultimate tests of the human body, and pushes mind, body and spirit to the brink. Pitt juniors Jared Disanti and Jake Kuhn found this out Sunday when they participated in the sixth-annual Dick’s Sport...

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