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Hillary Clinton rallies at Pitt day before voting starts

Hillary Clinton rallies at Pitt day before voting starts

By Amina Doghri and Noah Coco / The Pitt News Staff

November 8, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News

With the towering Cathedral of Learning and a massive American flag as her backdrop, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton got the final word at Pitt Monday, capping off a campaign season that’s brought politicians to the area on a weekly basis. “So, tomorrow is the election, and that is...

DAPL protesters gather in Schenley Plaza

DAPL protesters gather in Schenley Plaza

By Elias Rappaport / For The Pitt News

November 7, 2016


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

Kimberly Muffett-Smith, a Washington County resident who is part Native Lenape Indian, spent the last weekend in October worrying about her daughter’s safety. Muffett-Smith’s daughter was arrested Oct. 27 in Standing Rock, North Dakota, when she chained herself to equipment in protest of the ...

Trump supporters rally at Pittsburgh International Airport

Trump supporters rally at Pittsburgh International Airport

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Staff Writer

November 7, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, National News, News

A capacity crowd of 6,000 in Moon, Pennsylvania, waited nearly two hours at the Pittsburgh International Airport to hear Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s final words Sunday evening. “In two days, we’re going to win the great state of Pennsylvania. We’re bringing steel back ...

Clinton visits Great Hall at Heinz Field

Clinton visits Great Hall at Heinz Field

By Amina Doghri / Staff Writer

November 4, 2016


Filed under City, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famers Mel Blount and Franco Harris showed support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the Great Hall at Heinz Field on Friday. With only four more days until the election, more than 2,500 people came to watch Clinton speak before heading to the po...

Hillary Clinton to visit Heinz Field

Hillary Clinton to visit Heinz Field

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

November 3, 2016


Filed under City, National News, News, Top Stories

In her final sprint before voters head to the polls on Tuesday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will skid through Pittsburgh one last time on Friday. Clinton will make an appearance at the Great Hall at Heinz Field at 12:45 p.m. Friday afternoon, four days before the presidentia...

College votes down, parties cater to millennials

College votes down, parties cater to millennials

By Emily Suruda / For The Pitt News

November 3, 2016


Filed under Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

To campaign for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama did something no other president has done before: he snapped. Obama made a five-minute Snapchat video Monday on the app’s political channel “Good Luck America,” in which moments of an interview between Obama and Peter Hamby, the channel’s host, appear between snippets ...

Hang-ups and door slams: The life of a campaign worker

Hang-ups and door slams: The life of a campaign worker

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

November 3, 2016


Filed under Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

When Arnaud Armstrong, a Pitt junior, makes phone calls for Republican local and state candidates, he’s often on more than one phone at once. The student campaigner even knows a woman who can handle four phones at the same time, a true expert. He said it’s easier than it sounds — people only ...

Green Party supporters rally in East Liberty

Green Party supporters rally in East Liberty

By Preena Patel / Staff Writer

November 1, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, National News, News

A health issue might have stopped Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein from traveling to Pittsburgh, but her absence didn’t keep supporters from rallying around her platform. Green Party supporters gathered at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty, filling ...

Absentee ballot registration to close Nov. 1

Absentee ballot registration to close Nov. 1

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

October 30, 2016


Filed under National News, News, Top Stories

With about one week left before the 2016 presidential election, the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is tomorrow. In Pennsylvania, voters must apply for an absentee ballot by Nov. 1, and the County Election Office of a voter’s home county must receive the application by Nov. 4. To send in an absentee ballot application, a person must be registered to vote. Voters fill out and mail in an absentee ballot when they are not able to make it to their typical polling location on election day, su...

In Pitt visit, Bon Jovi jams for Clinton

In Pitt visit, Bon Jovi jams for Clinton

By Preena Patel / Staff Writer

October 27, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, National News, News

Between banners that read “Stronger” and “Together,” musician Jon Bon Jovi took to the stage in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum Thursday. Bon Jovi —  lead singer of the American rock band by the same name, best known for songs “I’ll Be There For You” and “Livin’ on ...

Biden stumps for Clinton, McGinty at Chatham

Biden stumps for Clinton, McGinty at Chatham

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

October 26, 2016


Filed under National News, News, Top Stories

Continuing the Democrats’ Pennsylvania blitz to ensure they win the state in November, Vice President Joe Biden took his turn in Pittsburgh Tuesday to stump for Hillary Clinton and Katie McGinty. At a campaign stop at Chatham University Tuesday morning, Biden spoke to a crowd of about 600 studen...

Clinton, Kaine to visit Pittsburgh

Clinton, Kaine to visit Pittsburgh

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

October 18, 2016


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

Despite her lead in Pennsylvania polls, Hillary Clinton and her running mate Tim Kaine will be visiting Pittsburgh again on Saturday, a move showing just how badly the Democratic nominee wants to win the state. A Quinnipiac University Poll released on Oct. 17 reported Clinton has a six point lead in Penn...

Chelsea Clinton visited Pitt to support Hillary, encourage voting

Chelsea Clinton visited Pitt to support Hillary, encourage voting

By Rachel Glasser / Staff Writer

October 17, 2016


Filed under Campus, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

After she walked into the O’Hara ballroom, backdropped by her mother’s campaign theme, “Fight Song,” Chelsea Clinton spoke about Donald Trump’s campaign, Hillary Clinton’s vision for the country and the importance of voting. Approximately 100 people attended Clinton’s speech — one of ...

Researchers, innovators come to Pittsburgh for Frontiers Conference

Researchers, innovators come to Pittsburgh for Frontiers Conference

By Alexa Bakalarski, Amina Doghri, Leo Dornan, Janine Faust, Maria Hurtado, David Robinson / The Pitt News Staff

October 14, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, National News, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

For just a few hours on Thursday, you could walk on Mars without ever leaving Alumni Hall. In a partnership with Microsoft, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory developed OnSight, virtual 3-D technology enabling scientists to study Mars’ environment while wearing Microsoft HoloLens. NASA demonstrate...

President Barack Obama visited Pittsburgh to talk innovation, healthcare, technology

President Barack Obama visited Pittsburgh to talk innovation, healthcare, technology

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

October 13, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Health, National News, News, Tech Science

President Barack Obama thinks right now is the greatest time to be alive. At least that’s what he wrote in his guest editorial for this month’s edition of WIRED — a science and technology magazine — and reiterated in a speech on Carnegie Mellon University’s campus Thursday afternoon. ...

Frontiers exhibit on Pitt’s campus open to the public

Frontiers exhibit on Pitt’s campus open to the public

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

October 11, 2016


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

Although President Barack Obama will be visiting Pittsburgh to speak at the White House Frontiers Conference, most Pittsburghers won’t be able to see him. There is, though, one Frontiers exhibit open to the public with no registration needed, Pitt said on Tuesday. It will be open on Oct. 13 from 9 ...

Tim Kaine speaks on CMU’s campus

Tim Kaine speaks on CMU’s campus

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

October 6, 2016


Filed under Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

Zachary Goldstein loves living in Pittsburgh, but not for the hot cakes or the Cathedral. He loves living in the city because Pennsylvania is a swing state. With the presidential election less than five weeks away, high-profile representatives from both the Republican and Democratic parties have b...

Students have less than one week to register to vote

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

October 5, 2016


Filed under Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

Even though election day is still five weeks out, the voter registration deadline –– Oct. 11 ––  is less than one week away. For many Pitt students, this is the first presidential election they are eligible to vote in. For others, this is their first time voting away from home. In any cas...

NRA pushes gun rights on campus

NRA pushes gun rights on campus

By Wesley Hood / Staff Writer

October 5, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, National News, News

Editor's note: In a previous version of this story, a sentence indicated that 50 people at the event were wearing pro-Trump and pro-NRA attire. This is incorrect, as many people were wearing plainclothes. Also in a previous version of this story, a statistic from Every Town for Gun Safety was included tha...

First Lady Michelle Obama encourages Pitt students and community members to vote

First Lady Michelle Obama encourages Pitt students and community members to vote

By Wesley Hood and Amina Doghri / The Pitt News Staff

September 28, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News

Walking out to Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls),” Michelle Obama encouraged Pitt students and community members to run the election, urging them to be the much needed “youth vote” Hillary Clinton has been trying to lock down in recent weeks. As students lined up to see Obama at the Fi...

Pitt students react to first debate

Pitt students react to first debate

By Rachel Glasser / Staff Writer

September 27, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News

When Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was asked why she thought she could create jobs better than Republican candidate Donald Trump, she addressed her opponent by saying, “Donald, it’s good to be with you.” In New York, Trump nodded in response. In Pittsburgh, students in P...

School of Information Sciences talks archival data from Holocaust

School of Information Sciences talks archival data from Holocaust

By Amina Doghri / Staff Writer

September 27, 2016


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

Editor's note: When this article appeared in print, the number of attendees and the number of people who have filed for pension claims based on reparation filings were incorrect. Additionally, there were discrepancies about the restitution and reparation files of Holocaust survivors and their families — whi...

First Lady Michelle Obama to visit Fitzgerald Field House

First Lady Michelle Obama to visit Fitzgerald Field House

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

September 25, 2016


Filed under Campus, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

In preparation for the quickly-approaching presidential election, First Lady Michelle Obama will campaign for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton on Pitt’s campus on Wednesday. Obama will speak at the Fitzgerald Field House at 3:30 p.m., where doors will open at 1 p.m. Anyone interested in att...

Protester arrested outside downtown Trump speech

Protester arrested outside downtown Trump speech

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

September 22, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News

Police arrested one person during a protest against Donald Trump and fracking in downtown Pittsburgh this afternoon. The Republican presidential candidate was speaking to the Shale Insight Convention at the David Lawrence Convention center, highlighting his pro-fracking and natural gas agenda to attendees...

Bern’d Out: Bernie Sanders supporters pushing for revolution without revolutional candidate

Bern’d Out: Bernie Sanders supporters pushing for revolution without revolutional candidate

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

September 20, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News

While campaign stickers and t-shirts for now-defeated Democratic primary candidate Bernie Sanders still occasionally crop up around campus, “Feeling the Bern” chalk drawings and posters, marches in support of the far-left politician and the fiery vigor that once surrounded his campaign on college campuse...

Bernie Sanders makes appearance at CMU, campaigns for Katie McGinty

Bernie Sanders makes appearance at CMU, campaigns for Katie McGinty

By Amina Doghri / For the Pitt News

September 16, 2016


Filed under National News, News, Top Stories

Add Sen. Bernie Sanders to the list of high-profile Democrats lining up behind Katie McGinty. The former presidential candidate stumped for McGinty, the Democratic Pennsylvania Senate candidate, at Carnegie Mellon University Friday night. “Our job is to elect Katie, our job is to elect Secretary...

Millennials consider third party candidates

Millennials consider third party candidates

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

September 11, 2016


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

When it comes to this year’s presidential election, Chris Orantes refuses to sacrifice his ideals or conform to a two-party system. “If I don’t think that Clinton or Trump is the answer, I’m not going to vote for the lesser evil,” Orantes, a Pitt senior, said. “I’m not going to vote for ...

Bernie Sanders to visit CMU, campaign for Katie McGinty

Bernie Sanders to visit CMU, campaign for Katie McGinty

By Emily Brindley / Assitant News Editor

September 11, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, National News, News

Bernie Sanders is returning to Pittsburgh, but this time, he’s campaigning for Democratic Senate candidate Katie McGinty. McGinty, a Philadelphia native who previously served as Chief of Staff for Gov. Tom Wolf, is hosting a rally at Carnegie Mellon University’s Wiegand Gymnasium Friday, Sept...

Bill Clinton campaigns in Homewood

By Macey Zaffina / For The Pitt News

September 9, 2016


Filed under City, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

On a stage in Homewood, surrounded by union workers and community members, Bill Clinton declared that Hillary Clinton knows how to bring Americans together. “If we’re not willing to live together and work together, we’re not going to grow faster and grow fairer,” Clinton said. “Hillary...

Bill Clinton to speak in Homewood neighborhood

Bill Clinton to speak in Homewood neighborhood

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

September 7, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News

Just days after a visit from Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine and current Vice President Joe Biden, Former President Bill Clinton will swing by Pittsburgh this Friday for the Democratic party’s latest stop in the Steel City. At 11:45 a.m. on Sept. 9, the Pennsylvania Democrats will host t...

Kaine and Biden speak at Pittsburgh Labor Day parade

Kaine and Biden speak at Pittsburgh Labor Day parade

By Brad Smertz / For the Pitt News

September 5, 2016


Filed under City, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

Vice President Joe Biden said he fell in love with Pittsburgh after he fell in love with Pitt. During his senior year of high school, he said, Pitt offered him a football scholarship, sparking his affection for the University and the Steel City. Although he did not accept the offer, Biden came ba...

Storify: Kaine, Biden speak before Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade

Storify: Kaine, Biden speak before Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade

By Amanda Reed and Brad Smertz / The Pitt News Staff

September 5, 2016


Filed under City, Election Coverage 2016, National News, News

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Tim Kaine to speak at Pittsburgh Labor Day parade

Tim Kaine to speak at Pittsburgh Labor Day parade

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

September 1, 2016


Filed under Election Coverage 2016, National News, News, Top Stories

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s running mate, will make a brief stop at Pittsburgh’s Labor Day parade on Monday. Kaine will jet off to join Clinton in Cleveland later the same day. The Labor Day parade starts at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 5, and will run from the Grey...

President Obama coming to Pittsburgh for Frontiers Conference in October

President Obama coming to Pittsburgh for Frontiers Conference in October

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

August 30, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, National News, News

  President Barack Obama is coming to Pittsburgh this fall to talk about technology and innovation. The Oct. 13 White House Frontiers Conference, jointly hosted by Pitt, Carnegie Mellon and the White House, will focus on science, technology and innovation, according to a press release from ...

Pence makes first pitch to Pittsburgh

Pence makes first pitch to Pittsburgh

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

August 10, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, National News

Despite new polls show Hillary Clinton with a  double-digit lead in the state, the Trump-Pence ticket has not given up on Pennsylvania. A small but vocal crowd greeted Republican candidate for vice president Mike Pence at the Senator John Heinz History Center Tuesday. The Indiana Governor’s visi...

Clinton – Kaine ticket makes Pittsburgh debut

Clinton – Kaine ticket makes Pittsburgh debut

By Alexa Bakalarski and Stephen Caruso / The Pitt News Staff

July 31, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, National News, News

With the conventions of both parties now in the rearview mirror, the road to electing the 45th president of the United States is just beginning - with a stop in Pittsburgh. More than 5,000 people gathered in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Saturday evening to hear newly minted Democratic presid...

Rain slows fiery Democratic National Convention protests

Rain slows fiery Democratic National Convention protests

By Alexa Bakalarski and Stephen Caruso / The Pitt News Staff

July 28, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, National News, Visual

Despite President Barack Obama’s fiery speech Wednesday night, the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia had a relaxed environment. In Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park, across the street from the convention in Wells Fargo Center, protesters camped out in tents with signs...

Meet the Pitt grad who helped make the DNC happen

Meet the Pitt grad who helped make the DNC happen

By Dale Shoemaker / Contributing Editor

July 23, 2016


Filed under National News, News, Top Stories

For more than a year, the first thing on Kevin Washo’s mind when he wakes up has been the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. It was on his mind when he went to bed, often late. And on his mind the next day, too. After all, he was the one who was responsible for pulling the trigger...

Final day of the Republican National Convention brings creative minds together

Final day of the Republican National Convention brings creative minds together

By Alexa Bakalarski, Stephen Caruso and Matt Moret / The Pitt News Staff

July 22, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, National News, News

The path to nominating a Republican presidential candidate has been rocky, to say the least. Between an absent endorsement from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, an allegedly plagiarized speech by Melania Trump and overtly xenophobic speakers, the 2016 Republican National Convention continued that trend. Thursday...

Supreme Court ruling sparks PA legislation

Supreme Court ruling sparks PA legislation

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

July 5, 2016


Filed under National News, News, Top Stories

The U.S. Supreme Court’s biggest abortion ruling in decades might signal changes for the Keystone State. The Supreme Court ruled 5-3 June 27 that a Texas law requiring abortion clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory or outpatient surgical centers was medically unnecessary and unconstitutiona...

Clinton rallies in South Side

Clinton rallies in South Side

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

June 14, 2016


Filed under National News, News, Top Stories

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton planned to speak about economic inequality, rebuilding infrastructure and how unions helped build America’s middle class during her most recent visit to Pittsburgh. That plan changed after the largest mass shooting in U.S. history left 50 people dead and...

Trump returns to Pittsburgh with airport rally

Trump returns to Pittsburgh with airport rally

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

June 11, 2016


Filed under National News, News, Top Stories

  The last time Donald Trump spoke in Pittsburgh, he lauded his own triumphs and dissed his Republican competitors, while protesters marched outside Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall. But during his visit Saturday at the Pittsburgh International Airport, the presumptive GOP candidate met no opposition...

Nurse Practitioners Push for Full Authority

Nurse Practitioners Push for Full Authority

By Erin Hare / Staff Writer

May 17, 2016


Filed under Health, National News, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

The Department of Health and Human Services projects that by 2020, the country will face a shortage of 20,400 primary care doctors. While medical experts can only guess at the cause for the declining number of physicians — higher education costs, strict standards for practicing, waning interest — Pe...

Q&A: Maxine Bruhns talks about the founder of Mother’s Day

Q&A: Maxine Bruhns talks about the founder of Mother’s Day

By Saskia Berrios-Thomas / Staff Writer

May 9, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, National News, News

Maxine Bruhns may be best known as the keeper of the Cathedral’s celebrated Nationality Rooms — a post she’s held for more than 50 years. But this Mother’s Day, she found herself reflecting on a different kind of history: her own ancestry. Though not a mother herself, Bruhns, the dire...

Trump, Clinton win PA

Trump, Clinton win PA

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

April 27, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, National News, News

Both businessman Donald Trump and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got closer to reaching the needed number of delegates for their party nominations after Tuesday’s primaries. In a sweeping victory across five states, Trump won Pennsylvania’s Republican primary on Tuesday. Clinton took home ...

Bernie Sanders visits Pitt

Bernie Sanders visits Pitt

By Jordan Mondell and Kate Koenig / The Pitt News Staff

April 25, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, National News, News, Visual

Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders made a campaign stop at Pitt's Fitzgerald Field House on Monday, just one day before the state's primary. Midday on Monday, Sanders spoke to a crowd of mostly college students about income inequality, student debt and environmental issues, including fracking and the...

Hillary Clinton to revisit Pittsburgh

Hillary Clinton to revisit Pittsburgh

By Danni Zhou / Staff Writer

April 22, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, National News, News

Looking to influence Pennsylvania voters before the upcoming primary, Hillary Clinton will make a return visit to Pittsburgh this Friday. Clinton’s campaign has not announced any further details about when and where she will speak. The presidential hopeful last visited Pittsburgh after her rally ...

Pitt vice chancellor named president of AACR

By Danni Zhou / Staff Writer

April 20, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, Health, National News, News, Top Stories

With a new president of the American Association of Cancer Research hailing from Pitt, the University is proving instrumental in the fight to cure cancer. The AACR appointed Nancy E. Davidson, director of University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, as its new president at the New Orleans conference o...

Bill Clinton to visit Pitt-Johnstown

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

April 20, 2016


Filed under City, National News, News, Top Stories

Former president Bill Clinton will visit Pitt-Johnstown’s campus Wednesday afternoon. According to Brandon Hanson, an organizer for Hillary for America, Clinton will speak at the Campus Conference Center at 450 Schoolhouse Rd. at 2:15 p.m. Doors open at 1:15 p.m. The former president is coming as p...

Obama appoints Gallagher to White House commission

Obama appoints Gallagher to White House commission

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

April 14, 2016


Filed under Administration, National News, News

President Barack Obama announced Wednesday he would appoint Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and nine others to a White House commission focused on national cybersecurity. Obama has charged the commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity with identifying steps the U.S. government must take to “ensu...

For supporters, Trump offers hope

For supporters, Trump offers hope

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

April 13, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News, Top Stories

Through all of the vitriol and protests Wednesday, Donald Trump’s supporters said they saw something else: an open, honest candidate who is focused on changing the United States. Mount Washington native Mary Diantonio, 56, said Trump speaks openly about his beliefs. “I believe that he’s honest, and h...

Trump campaigns in Oakland

Trump campaigns in Oakland

By Josh Ye and Danni Zhou / The Pitt News Staff

April 13, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, National News, News

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced his plan Wednesday to appeal to student voters in Oakland: “I will offer you jobs.” In Trump’s first Pittsburgh campaign appearance, Sean Hannity taped his interview with the presidential hopeful for “The Sean Hannity Show” 5:30 p.m. ...

Hundreds protest Trump, march from Oakland to Downtown

Hundreds protest Trump, march from Oakland to Downtown

By Alexa Bakalarski and Emily Brindley / The Pitt News Staff

April 13, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News, Top Stories

According to protesters’ signs, Donald Trump is a jagoff. And, apparently, he killed Dumbledore. And he hates pierogies. Accompanied by more confrontational slogans and chants, a group of about 125 protesters marched from Oakland to Downtown Wednesday evening, meeting up with hundreds of other protes...

Pitt administrators and Pittsburgh Police issue alerts ahead of Trump events

Pitt administrators and Pittsburgh Police issue alerts ahead of Trump events

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

April 13, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

Pitt administrators and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police have sent out alerts to students on campus and citizens who plan to attend the events or travel through Oakland and Downtown. Ahead of Donald Trump’s two-event stop in Pittsburgh later this evening, several activist groups have said they ...

Donald Trump to visit Pittsburgh, students to protest

Donald Trump to visit Pittsburgh, students to protest

By Dale Shoemaker and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

April 11, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, National News, News

To usher presidential candidate Donald Trump to Pittsburgh, Pitt students are preparing to push back against what they call Trump’s negativity. By the end of the day Monday, at least three student groups and one local organization had posted on Facebook that they would hold counter events to Trump’...

Hillary Clinton campaigns at CMU

Hillary Clinton campaigns at CMU

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

April 6, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, National News, News

After touring a robotics lab and meeting a grieving family, Hillary Clinton took the stage at Carnegie Mellon University to tell Pittsburgh voters that the future belonged to them. And as for herself, Clinton said she takes “a backseat to nobody.” At a campaign event at CMU that started at 6 p.m., C...

Students critique Biden event

Students critique Biden event

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

April 6, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Though about 1,000 students cheered for the vice president on Tuesday, hundreds were turned away and others complained about the event's tone.  After waiting in line for more than an hour to hear Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday, Megan Boyle left before Biden ever stepped foot on stage. “I’ve never seen something more disorganized or poorly executed than this #ItsOnUs ...

Q&A: Soon to be Pitt grad and Republican delegate

Q&A: Soon to be Pitt grad and Republican delegate

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

April 3, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, National News, News

By the end of this month, Cameron Linton will be a Pitt graduate — and a Republican delegate. As he’s running alongside just two other delegate candidates — Mike DeVanney and Mary Ann Meloy — for the 14th congressional district, Linton is ensured one of the three open seats for the district...

Candidates dumb down speech for relateability

By Danni Zhou / Staff Writer

April 1, 2016


Filed under National News, News, Top Stories

If the 2016 presidential candidates competed on the television show, “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?” some of them would do well to save their lifelines for the English section. Trump, for example, uses fifth grade level grammar in his speeches, on average, a recent CMU linguistics study foun...

Pittsburgh feels the bern

Pittsburgh feels the bern

By Dale Shoemaker and Kate Koenig / Pitt News Staff

April 1, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, National News, News

Though thousands in Pittsburgh have long felt the Bern, the presidential candidate made his first official stop in the city Thursday morning. At a press conference and rally at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Bernie Sanders, the democratic senator from Vermont, said he would abolish the Trans-Pac...

Joe Biden to visit Pitt

Joe Biden to visit Pitt

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

March 30, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, National News, News

On a nationwide tour of three universities, Vice President Joe Biden will visit Pitt next week as part of the It’s On Us campaign, a White House official announced Tuesday. According to a release, Biden will travel to Pitt April 5, then move on to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the Univ...

Afghanistan reconstruction expert speaks at Pitt

Afghanistan reconstruction expert speaks at Pitt

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

March 30, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, National News, News

Americans may be concerned about dishonest public officials, but at least they don’t have to worry about bribing doctors to receive hospital care. John Sopko, though, does. Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, says Afghan citizens face systemic corruption daily in a...

Pitt settles Johnston lawsuit, looks to form trans inclusion group

By Lauren Rosenblatt and Emily Brindley / The Pitt News Staff

March 29, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

Four years after he was expelled, Pitt announced Tuesday that it had settled Seamus Johnston’s lawsuit and would establish a focus group on transgender inclusion. Pitt announced in a joint statement with Johnston that after working collaboratively, the two parties had settled Johnston’s 2013 lawsuit a...

Pitt ranked 29th among best large employers

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

March 27, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

Based on employee responses, Forbes Media has ranked Pitt among the country’s top large employers. Pitt ranked 29th overall of 500 companies included in the country’s top large employers in a survey of employee satisfaction from Forbes Media and Statista, an online statistics company. The compani...

Kesha to headline Pittsburgh Pride in the Streets

Kesha to headline Pittsburgh Pride in the Streets

By Zoë Hannah / Assistant News Editor

March 23, 2016


Filed under City, National News, News, Top Stories

This year’s Pittsburgh Pride in the Street will have even more glitter than usual. Kesha will headline this year’s event, an annual celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, according to a Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh release. The foundation also announced Wednesday that Angel Haze, a pansexual an...

PA primaries: A student’s guide

By Zoë Hannah / Assistant News Editor

March 23, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News, Top Stories

Pennsylvania’s finally joining in on the 2016 presidential election — 281 delegates will be up for grabs in the primaries April 26. Pennsylvania voters will be able to cast their ballots for president, Senate and Congress nominations for the Republican, Democratic and Independent parties. In preparation, ...

Wolf relents on budget, Pitt to receive $143 million

Wolf relents on budget, Pitt to receive $143 million

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 23, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

If Gov. Tom Wolf keeps his promise to do nothing, Pitt is set to receive the $143 million in state funding legislators promised in just four days. After a press conference Wednesday, Wolf issued a statement saying he would not sign his name to veto the current state budget bill sitting on his desk,...

Gallagher and students petition Wolf to sign budget, bill that would fund Pitt

Gallagher and students petition Wolf to sign budget, bill that would fund Pitt

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

March 22, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, National News, News, Student Government

HARRISBURG, PA — Chancellor Patrick Gallagher’s message is clear: With Pitt, Pennsylvania wins. That was his mantra Tuesday as he and about 200 faculty, staff and students met with lawmakers during the annual Pitt Day in Harrisburg, according to Kenny Donaldson, the director of the regional clubs ...

Pitt’s budget woes continue

Pitt’s budget woes continue

By Dale Shoemaker and Saskia Berrios-Thomas / The Pitt News Staff

March 17, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, National News, News, Student Government

Pitt has gone eight months without state funding. Now state lawmaker's latest proposal, and a bill that would fund Pitt, are in jeopardy.  Pennsylvania legislators have passed a budget and four bills that would restore funding to Pennsylvania’s state-related schools, but it’s unlikely Pitt will s...

State could restore Pitt funding, Wolf signature pending

State could restore Pitt funding, Wolf signature pending

By Dale Shoemaker / News Desk

March 16, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Administration, National News, News

If Gov. Tom Wolf signs a Pennsylvania Senate bill today, Pitt will receive more than $143 million in state funding. Following the state’s 2015 budget impasse, which has now lasted eight months, the Pennsylvania House and Senate pushed SB 915, a bill that replenishes Pitt’s state funding, Wednesd...

Gallagher calls on state legislators to pass budget

Gallagher calls on state legislators to pass budget

By Zoë Hannah / Assistant News Editor

March 3, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, National News, News

After eight months of impasse, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher has united with the presidents of three state-related universities in Harrisburg to urge state legislators to pass a budget. A statement Gallagher released Wednesday morning was his latest request for state lawmakers to restore Pitt’s state fun...

Obama awards four Pitt professors

Obama awards four Pitt professors

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

February 21, 2016


Filed under Administration, National News, News, Top Stories

President Obama has recognized four Pitt professors for their groundbreaking research — and their careers are just starting out. According to a release from the University, Obama awarded 105 researchers — four from Pitt — with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers Fr...

Students dance to protest violence against women

Students dance to protest violence against women

By Saskia Berrios-Thomas / Staff Writer

February 14, 2016


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

When Pitt students want to fight an injustice, they usually make signs, march and protest. But Saturday, they danced. To raise awareness of the worldwide violence against women, Pitt’s chapter of Amnesty International, an activist organization working to end discrimination, hosted its fourth annual O...

Pitt partners with Beijing university

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

February 11, 2016


Filed under Administration, National News, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

Pitt’s Innovation Institute announced a new partnership with Tsinghua University in Beijing Tuesday that will kick-start collaborative projects in technology, commercialization and research. According to the Innovation Institute’s agreement with Tsinghua University, the partnership will facilitate trav...

SGB officially launches call for state budget

SGB officially launches call for state budget

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

February 10, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, National News, News, Student Government

Using pen, paper and Twitter, Pitt’s Student Government Board is appealing to Pennsylvania legislators to please — after seven months — pass a state budget. At SGB’s weekly meeting, Board members approved a resolution to officially insist that lawmakers pass a budget through letters and a so...

Bernice King visits Pitt

Bernice King visits Pitt

By Andrew O'Brien / For The Pitt News

February 8, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, National News, News

Martin Luther King Jr.’s life may have been cut short by an assassin’s bullet almost 48 years ago, but his youngest daughter has picked up his fight for equality. On Friday, Bernice King, carrying on her father’s beliefs and legacy, brought that fight to Pitt. Bernice King, one of Martin Lu...

Senate candidates discuss issues

Senate candidates discuss issues

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

January 31, 2016


Filed under City, National News, News, Top Stories

Five hundred students and community members got a closer look on three U.S. Senate candidates’ views Sunday at Carnegie Mellon University. Instead of participating in a debate, Pennsylvania’s democratic candidates gathered for an annual forum 2 p.m. Sunday in the school’s Jared L. Cohon Unive...

Movement leader speaks at Pitt

Movement leader speaks at Pitt

By Saskia Berrios-Thomas / For The Pitt News

January 20, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, National News, News

Opal Tometi remembers exactly where she was and how she felt the day George Zimmerman’s “not guilty” verdict came in. “I had just watched [the movie] ‘Fruitvale Station,’ and when I walked out of the theater, my phone was blowing up with texts about the acquittal,” Tometi said. Tometi, ...

Photo essay: Students gather to pray for south Asian flood and earthquake victims

By Leo Dornan and Nikki Moriello / The Pitt News Staff

January 18, 2016


Filed under Campus, Multimedia, National News, News, Top Stories, Visual

In the wake of recent floods and earthquakes across South Asia, a circle of Pitt students gathered to pray together Friday night in the William Pitt Union. About 28 students from the Muslim Student Association, the Hindu Students Council, the South Asian Student Association and Asha for Education sat in a...

Students teach study abroad safety

Students teach study abroad safety

By Taylor Mulcahey / For The Pitt News

January 12, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, National News, News

Amber Montgomery felt safe when she studied abroad in Jordan in the summer of 2015 except when she went to a pool house. When Montgomery, a junior history and political science major, retreated to the locker room after spending the day swimming with her host family, she smiled at a man who handed he...

Pitt student kicks off wushu club

Pitt student kicks off wushu club

By Emily Migdal / Staff Writer

January 10, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, National News, News

Before she had ever attended class, had midnight fries at market or swiped her panther card, Gina Bao had already written the constitution for her wushu club at Pitt. Bao, a first-year student studying neuroscience, started the club in December 2015 to teach students about wushu, a modern version...

Global nonprofit builds bridges over changing tides

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

January 10, 2016


Filed under City, National News, News, Top Stories

Pitt grads Laura Amster and Nathan Darity park their car across the street from the gray, squat Global Switchboard building in Lawrenceville — a place they’ve come to call home. They spent the ride down 34th Street dancing to Justin Bieber in their seats, maintaining an energetic vibe while nav...

Millennials buying more homes

Millennials buying more homes

By Emily Migdal / Staff Writer

January 7, 2016


Filed under City, National News, News

When Matt Stephens graduated from Pitt last year, he knew he wanted to stay. Now, almost a year later, he’s looking to buy a house. “I decided to stay because a lot of my friends are still out here, and it’s a wonderful place to live,” Stephens, originally from Annapolis, Maryland and who now...

The Pitt News’ 2015 Year in Review

The Pitt News’ 2015 Year in Review

By The Pitt News Staff

December 31, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, Health, National News, News, Student Government, Tech Science

A crackdown on overcrowding, the Student Government Board president's resignation, and pushes for bike lanes and a professors union — it's been a busy year for Pitt, and The Pitt News has been there for it all. While we have been making our New Year's resolutions to make your student newspaper even...

Marijuana decriminalization vote pending: City Council will decide later this month

By Chidi Nwakpuda / Staff Writer

December 4, 2015


Filed under City, Health, National News, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh City Council will consider decriminalizing marijuana in Pittsburgh later this month, possibly giving residents the gift of lesser charges for future drug violations. On Dec. 21, City Council will vote on a proposed city ordinance that would direct police to confiscate drugs and issue a $1...

City starts plans for safer streets

City starts plans for safer streets

By Elaina Zachos / Staff Writer

December 2, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, National News, News

Amid a citywide debate on how to safely share roadways between pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, Pittsburgh officials discussed plans to improve the city’s roadways Tuesday night in Alumni Hall. More than 200 community members congregated from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Connolly Ballroom for a public me...

After terror attacks, Pitt talks Syrian refugees

After terror attacks, Pitt talks Syrian refugees

By Emily Migdal / Staff Writer

November 22, 2015


Filed under National News, News, Top Stories

As the shock of the attacks in Baghdad, Paris and Beirut, Lebanon, begins to fade, political leaders — and a group of Pitt students— met this weekend to discuss what will happen to the Syrian refugees.  On Saturday, Nov. 22, 100 people gathered in the Kurtzman Room of the William Pitt Union for t...

Pittsburgh students rally for Mizzou

Pittsburgh students rally for Mizzou

By Brady Langmann and Dylan Shaffer / The Pitt News Staff

November 19, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, National News, News

Emily Cimini was on her way to work on a group project in Schenley Plaza when a throng standing on the corner of Forbes and Bigelow caught her attention. Realizing that this was a protest that dealt with race issues, Cimini stopped and joined. “I love to be present ... just to hear what their views ...

Pitt offers light to grieving cities

Pitt offers light to grieving cities

By Zoë Hannah and Josh Ye / News Staff

November 17, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, National News, News

Though they gathered under an American flag, a tearful crowd of Pitt community members spent two minutes in silence for a grieving international community Monday night. About 200 people, including Pitt students, faculty members and anti-war activists, gathered in front of the American flag outside of...

Pitt opens Korean heritage room

Pitt opens Korean heritage room

By Elli Warsh / For The Pitt News

November 15, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, National News, News

Eight years and nearly $850,000 later, Pitt unveiled its 30th Nationality Room, the Korean Heritage Room, Sunday in the Cathedral of Learning with traditional Korean dancing, singing and celebrating. On Nov. 15, Pitt students, community members and administrators celebrated the opening of the Korea...

Pitt students safe after Paris attacks

Pitt students safe after Paris attacks

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 15, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, National News, News

Four Pitt students studying abroad in France are alive and unhurt after Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, the University Study Abroad Office confirmed Sunday. On Friday, Nov. 13, eight terrorists in three groups conducted an organized massacre in Paris at a concert at Le Bataclan, outside a socce...

Pittsburgh talks Clean Power Plan

Pittsburgh talks Clean Power Plan

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

November 13, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, National News, News

As passing drivers honked their support, environmental activists at a Downtown rally Thursday waved signs reading, “Put People and Planet First,” “Make Our Energy Clean — Make it American” and “Protect Our Communities: Clean Air Now.” About 150 activists, including Pitt students, rallie...

Spilling the nation’s secrets: Journalist Dana Priest speaks at Pitt

Spilling the nation’s secrets: Journalist Dana Priest speaks at Pitt

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

November 12, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, National News, News

Dana Priest, a Washington, D.C., native of more than 25 years, started noticing the city’s skyline changing in drastic ways in 2004. As replacements for buildings that were previously well-known establishments, other buildings began to crop up with confusing and vague names like “L-6.” Four y...

The birth of a “white nation”

The birth of a “white nation”

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

November 12, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

To Jacqueline Battalora, white people are an invention. She clarified: Designating a group of light-skinned people as “white,” Battalora said, only started less than 350 years ago, and the separation of people by race only dates back to the 17th century. Racial problems, Battalora said, started in the ...

The fight continues

The fight continues

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 11, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Administration, City, National News, News

With official action coming yesterday morning and a rally descending upon Downtown in the evening, the fight for a $15 minimum wage bookended in Pittsburgh. Amid a national discussion about workers’ pay and the federal minimum wage, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto issued an executive order Tuesday mor...

Peduto orders City to raise minimum wage

Peduto orders City to raise minimum wage

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 10, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, City, National News, News

Amid a national discussion about workers’ pay and the federal minimum wage, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has issued an executive order requiring the City to pay all its workers at least $15 per hour. Peduto issued the order at a press conference Tuesday morning, which mandates the City pay all full-time employees at least $15 per hour by 2021...

Department of Education: rules to change for student borrowing

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

November 6, 2015


Filed under National News, News, Top Stories

In December, Pitt alumni with federal student loans will be able to make lower monthly payments. The U.S. Department of Education announced on Oct. 27 two new sets of rules which will protect college students from unfair banking fees and keep graduates out of financial messes. “These regulations ...

Students, White House prep for Week of Action

Students, White House prep for Week of Action

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 5, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, Health, National News, News, Student Government, Top Stories

One day after Pitt launched a sexual violence awareness month, the White House It’s On Us campaign unrolled plans for next week’s national Week of Action. During a White House press call Nov. 5, White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett spoke about nationwide plans involving the It’s On Us campaign and the Week of Action, which begins Nov. 8. Next week, Jarrett said colleges will host...

Pennsylvania tuition third highest in country

Pennsylvania tuition third highest in country

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 5, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

Over the summer, Pitt boasted its lowest tuition increase in 40 years. But even with the raise to keep up with inflation, Pitt, along with 17 other Pennsylvania universities, has caused the state to come in third for highest tuition at its public universities. On Tuesday, the College Board released new...

Pitt announces Sexual Violence Awareness Month

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 4, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, National News, News, Student Government, Top Stories

In the wake of a national conversation about sexual assault on college campuses, Pitt announced today that November will be “Sexual Violence Awareness Month.” The University has announced the month will feature a series of six events aimed at educating the campus community on sexual violence, r...

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