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Risking change: When competition or controversy strikes, yoga studios change their names

Risking change: When competition or controversy strikes, yoga studios change their names

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

November 4, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, Health, National News, News, Top Stories

Yoga is about focusing on the moment, the pose and the current breath. But for some yoga enthusiasts, accepting the history behind a certain yoga brand is too big of a stretch. When five women accused Bikram Choudhury — founder of the extremely popular branch of yoga, Bikram Yoga — of several inst...

Addiction research hits home

Addiction research hits home

By Shumeng Yang / Staff Writer

November 2, 2015


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

Yan Dong’s research on illicit drugs’ movement through the brain has been a work in progress since 2006. Now, he is learning how to use that movement to reverse the negative effects of addiction. Dong , an associate professor of neuroscience at Pitt and head of a neurosciene lab in Crawford Hall, ...

The Pitt News wins national pacemaker awards

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

November 2, 2015


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

Five Pitt News staff members received awards from the Associated Collegiate Press national journalism competition this weekend. Four Pitt students and one Pitt alumnus won awards in the categories of 2015 Story of the Year, Spot News Photo of the Year, Sports Story of the Year and Multimedia Story of...

Thorpe Documentary: Voicing the truth

Thorpe Documentary: Voicing the truth

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

October 29, 2015


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

In 2010, David Thorpe was anxious about his “gay voice,” so he began seeing a vocal coach to make his voice sound more masculine. By 2014, he realized his voice was fine the way it was — Thorpe had just finished filming a documentary about the process. Now, because of his own struggle, he work...

Pitt professor to head Latin American research journal

Pitt professor to head Latin American research journal

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

October 29, 2015


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

Pitt professor Aníbal Pérez-Liñán’s new position will make Pitt a focal point of Latin American studies in 2016. The Latin American Research Review announced on Wednesday that Pérez-Liñán, a professor in Pitt’s political science department, will be the new editor-in-chief of the journal ...

CWO marches to take back the night

CWO marches to take back the night

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

October 28, 2015


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

With raised fists, marching feet and rhyming chants, students stopped traffic and caught the attention of camera phones in a demonstration seeking to fight back against sexual violence. “Whatever you wear, wherever you go, yes means yes and no means no,” students chanted down Bigelow Boulevard in...

Pittsburgh inaugurates new citizens

Pittsburgh inaugurates new citizens

By Dylan Shaffer / For the Pitt News

October 27, 2015


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

Without immigrants, there wouldn’t be a Cathedral of Learning. “[Pitt’s neighbors] donated their own scarce resources, their own treasure, and their own sweat to complete the project,” Pitt Chancellor Patrick D. Gallagher said. On Monday, Oct. 26 in Schenley Plaza, Pittsburgh welcomed anothe...

Beyond the red

Beyond the red

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

October 20, 2015


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

On fall weekends, while the air is fresh and still invitingly warm, the same scene rolls. Speakers up, drinks poured and best clothes on, Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University students pour into South Oakland homes and bars for evenings of fun. While the music and students’ spirits are up, researc...

Pitt joins coalition to reach low-income students

Pitt joins coalition to reach low-income students

By Shumeng Yang / For The Pitt News

October 14, 2015


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

For freshman Abigail Vipperman, applying to college at the end of high school was a rush — but not the good kind. “The admissions process was very fast paced,” Vipperman, a biology major, said. “It felt like everything was thrown at me, which was especially stressful since this was a such m...

Oakland honors Indigenous Peoples Day

Oakland honors Indigenous Peoples Day

By Lauren Rosenblatt and Dale Shoemaker / Pitt News Staff

October 12, 2015


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

With pennants and ribbons waving, marchers shut down Bigelow Boulevard as they brought native people and their supporters back to their indigenous roots. At Pitt on Monday, about 200 students and community members gathered in front of the Cathedral of Learning at 5:30 p.m. to march against Columbus ...

Pitt, FBI warn students of phone scam

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

October 12, 2015


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

Pitt warned students last week of a phone scam that targets college students. The University released a warning on Friday on the My Pitt home page and through Campus Connect about a phone scam where a caller, claiming to represent the U.S. government, with a forged phone number tells the student that he or she owes delinquent student loans, dues or parking tickets. The caller, using a “spo...

Pittsburgh high school students rally for Rice

Pittsburgh high school students rally for Rice

By Lauren Rosenblatt and Dale Shoemaker / Pitt News Staff

October 12, 2015


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

Area high school students and community members gathered in Oakland Sunday evening to protest two professional investigations that said police officers in Cleveland acted reasonably in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Timothy J. McGinty, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, prosecutor, released the reviews late...

Pitt grants Harvard philosopher Rescher Prize

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

October 11, 2015


Filed under National News, News

While others were gearing up for homecoming fireworks, about 100 students spent their Friday afternoon learning new ways to think at a Pitt philosophy department lecture. Philosopher Hilary Putnam delivered a public lecture titled “Realism” in Posvar Hall on Friday before receiving a medal and a ...

Planned Parenthood demonstrations spark debate

Planned Parenthood demonstrations spark debate

By Elizabeth Lepro, Emily Brindley and Mark Pesto / Pitt News Staff

October 8, 2015


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

Students on both sides of the Planned Parenthood debate demonstrated today on the William Pitt Union lawn. Students for Life of America, a national organization, and Choose Life at Pitt, a Pitt student organization, staged a demonstration calling to defund Planned Parenthood from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the l...

World Habitat Day’s Pitt debut

World Habitat Day’s Pitt debut

By Casey Schmauder / For The Pitt News

October 5, 2015


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

Pitt’s Habitat for Humanity handed out Skittles and M&M packages Monday, but the messages on the candy wrappers were not so sweet. “By 2030, UN-HABITAT, [United Nations Human Settlements Program] estimates an additional 3 billion people, about 40 percent of the world’s population, will need...

Deadline approaching for voter registration

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

September 28, 2015


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

Pennsylvania residents who want to vote in the Nov. 3 municipal election must register by Monday, Oct. 5, according to the Allegheny County Divisions Office. In the Pittsburgh municipal elections slated for Nov. 3, five of the nine city council seats are up for election. There are a total of 12 candida...

Communication breakdown: Finkelstein’s fury

Communication breakdown: Finkelstein’s fury

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

September 23, 2015


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

What Pitt says was a miscommunication with a middleman has shrouded the University’s first-ever National Security Symposium in controversy. Norman Finkelstein, a popular but contentious expert on the Israel-Palestine conflict, was scheduled to speak today at the symposium, an event sponsored by t...

Signed, sealed, registered: Pitt students register to vote online

Signed, sealed, registered: Pitt students register to vote online

By Alex Leighton / Staff Writer

September 23, 2015


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

As the 2016 presidential primaries loom closer, an on-campus political event looked beyond party affiliations to ensure students will get out and vote. Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., roughly 150 students registered to vote at Pitt’s National Voter Registration Day. Pitt College Democrats, Pi Sig...

Pitt, UPMC host veterans conference

By Amy Beaudine / Staff Writer

September 11, 2015


Filed under City, National News, News

As an eight-year combat veteran with the U.S. Marine Corps, Lee Wagner knows how hard it can be to transition from active military duty to civilian life. Now, as a veterans to bachelor of science academic coach at Duquesne University, Wagner helps guide former military members with medical experience...

Around the World: Cuba

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

September 9, 2015


Filed under National News, News

Editor’s Note: Around the World is a semi-regular series in which The Pitt News breaks down world news with the help of local experts to give you the low down on what’s going on internationally. In this installment, The Pitt News spoke with Pitt history professor George Reid Andrews, Pitt political ...

Biden: Man of steel

Biden: Man of steel

By Amy Beaudine / Staff Writer

September 7, 2015


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

As Vice President Joe Biden left a Downtown stage at the Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade, he stopped to acknowledge Bernie Sanders’ supporters in the crowd, giving two thumbs up. Biden didn’t officially voice his support for Sanders, but spoke to parade attendees about the importance of the steel industry...

Pennsylvania gets online voter registration

Pennsylvania gets online voter registration

By Dale Shoemaker and Elizabeth Lepro / The Pitt News Staff

September 2, 2015


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

As of last Thursday, Pennsylvania residents can now do one more thing on their laptops and smartphones — register to vote. After realizing a 2002 voter registration amendment already gave them approval, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of State Pedro Cortes announced last week that Pennsy...

Pitt feels the Bern

Pitt feels the Bern

By Kelechi Urama / Staff Writer

September 1, 2015


Filed under City, National News, News, Uncategorized

Pitt student Alex Austin “Bern”’d up Oakland on Saturday. To raise support for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, Austin and other grassroots activists hit the pavement on Aug. 29 for “Chalk the Block,” an event where students advertise Sanders’ campaign platforms on Oakland s...

The Pitt News guide to the 2016 presidential candidates

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under National News, News

At the close of July, 22 presidential hopefuls — 17 Republicans and five Democrats — had entered the 2016 race. The Pitt News spoke with Jonathan Woon, a political science professor at Pitt, and Bert Rockman, a political science professor at Purdue University, formerly at Pitt, to see who has a ch...

Korean Nationality Room: Hand-carved, shipped and almost ready

Korean Nationality Room: Hand-carved, shipped and almost ready

By Amrita Beaudine / For The Pitt News

August 30, 2015


Filed under Administration, National News, News, Uncategorized

It has taken nearly nine years and $850,000, but Pitt is almost ready to unveil its latest Nationality Room. The Korean Heritage Room is the newest addition to the Cathedral of Learning Nationality Rooms, and its designers and carpenters have said they strived to build a room that would truly refle...

Around the World: Greece

Around the World: Greece

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a new series called Around the World, in which The Pitt News breaks down world news with the help of local experts to give you the low down on what’s going on internationally. In this first installment, The Pitt News spoke with Pitt history professors Bernard ...

In Case You Missed It…

By The Pitt News Staff

August 30, 2015


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

May 12 - Pitt to build Iranian Nationality Room After two unsuccessful attempts dating to 1958, Pitt will transform room 352 of the Cathedral of Learning into an Iranian Nationality Room — once it secures funding.  The total cost of the room will be between $800,000 and $1 million. To fundraise f...

With influx of funding, Pitt will amp up alcohol education

By Amrita Beaudine / For The Pitt News

August 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, National News, News

To aid the fight against alcohol abuse on campus, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has awarded a $34,412 grant to Pitt. The Board awards grants to organizations based on their ability to “provide evidence-informed alcohol education and prevention activities and programs,” according to Paul Supowitz...

Pending legislation could broaden LGBT rights in Pennsylvania

Pending legislation could broaden LGBT rights in Pennsylvania

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


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

LGBT rights could soon take another leap forward in Pennsylvania — once state legislators introduce an amendment to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. Shortly after the Supreme Court’s landmark same-sex marriage ruling in June, Pennsylvania State Representative Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) told The Pitt Ne...

Pittsburgh political activist, philanthropist Elsie Hillman dies at 89

Pittsburgh political activist, philanthropist Elsie Hillman dies at 89

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under Administration, City, National News, News

Elsie Hillman knew the secret to playing politics — food. “She had a saying, ‘It’s smart politics, you have to feed them,’” Chelsa Wagner, Allegheny County Controller, said. Frequently, Hillman would host politicians in her home, sometimes “every Republican politician in Pittsburgh,...

Pitt’s Board of Trustees approves tuition increase at Oakland campus

By Amy Beaudine / For The Pitt News

August 30, 2015


Filed under Administration, National News, News

Without an official budget from the Pennsylvania Legislature, Pitt’s Board of Trustees has voted to increase tuition for the 2015-2016 school year. At an Executive Committee meeting Friday morning in Wesley W. Posvar Hall, the Board voted to raise tuition for Pitt’s Oakland students, but not for...

Celebration at the Women’s World Cup Final

Celebration at the Women’s World Cup Final

By TNS

July 7, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

The United States' Carli Lloyd (10) celebrates her hat-trick goal during the FIFA Women's World Cup Final match between USA and Japan on Sunday, July 5, 2015, at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, Canada. (Vaughn Ridley/PA Wire/Zuma Press/TNS)...

Chris Jones at his Confederate re-enactment camp.

Chris Jones at his Confederate re-enactment camp.

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

July 7, 2015


Filed under City, National News, News

Civil (society) war: While the real guns have stopped firing, some Confederate apologists stand up for their meaning of the Confederate flag

Civil (society) war: While the real guns have stopped firing, some Confederate apologists stand up for their meaning of the Confederate flag

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

July 7, 2015


Filed under City, National News, News

Despite Dylann Roof’s racially-charged attack on South Carolina churchgoers last month, Mike Lawson doesn’t think the state should remove the Confederate flag from state grounds.Lawson said the debate about the flag, which Roof was photographed wearing on his jacket, is unfounded. The flag, he said, doesn...

Her true colors: Oakland gathers in Schenley Plaza for Women’s World Cup

Her true colors: Oakland gathers in Schenley Plaza for Women’s World Cup

By Alexis Mazzeo / Staff Writer

July 7, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Independence Day had passed, but thousands of Schenley Plaza visitors stayed in their red, white and blue ensembles for one extra day.An estimated 3,000 soccer fans gathered in the park, donning their most patriotic attire, to watch the public screening of the Women’s World Cup Final. Minutes into th...

Eddie Lowy and his partner Ricardo Cortes

Eddie Lowy and his partner Ricardo Cortes

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

June 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Racial Diversity at Pitt

Racial Diversity at Pitt

By Alex Ryan / Art Director

June 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

After SCOTUS ruling, Pennsylvania looks to nix discrimination

After SCOTUS ruling, Pennsylvania looks to nix discrimination

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

June 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

When he heard the news, Eddie Lowy got goosebumps.As a rainbow-striped flag waved out front of his Downtown shop, Lowy, who is gay and identifies as a man, fixed his eyes on a television set and learned that nationally, he was granted a new right. The United States Supreme Court voted 5-4 in a historic rulin...

‘American Idol’ comes to Pitt

‘American Idol’ comes to Pitt

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

June 23, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Culture, Music, National News, News

Idolized: Local hopefuls vie for ‘American Idol’ slots

Idolized: Local hopefuls vie for ‘American Idol’ slots

By Nick Mullen and Chidi Nwakpuda / The Pitt News Staff

June 23, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Culture, Music, National News, News

When Amario Gian finished singing his cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” “American Idol” competitors and bystanders greeted him with cheers and applause as he left the audition area.But when producers told him that he didn’t advance in the competition, he left to join hundreds of other rejected...

In ‘gesture of friendship,’ China Vice Premier visits Pitt

In ‘gesture of friendship,’ China Vice Premier visits Pitt

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

June 19, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

Liu Yandong, the vice premier of the People’s Republic of China, paid a visit to Pitt on Friday in what both she and University officials called a show of friendship.Yandong visited Pitt as part of a three-city tour in the U.S. Earlier in the day, Yandong met with Mayor Bill Peduto. Yandong is expected to ...

Liu Yandong visits Pitt

Liu Yandong visits Pitt

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor - @theodschwarz

June 19, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

Liu Yandong,Vice Premier of the Peoples Republic of China, admires the Cathedral of Learning during her visit to the University of Pittsburgh on June 19 2015.

Port Authority

Port Authority

June 17, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Port Authority considers flat fare for buses

Port Authority considers flat fare for buses

By Chidi Nwakpuda, Elizabeth Lepro and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

June 17, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Each day she began her commute to her high school job, Roxana Evans lost a portion of her paycheck to Pittsburgh’s bus system.The chunk was larger than she would have liked, since her commute put her outside of Zone 1, which extends to the edge of Homestead and Edgewood — which meant she had to...

Iggy Azalea cancels Pittsburgh Pride performance

By Lauren Rosenblatt /Assistant News Editor

June 9, 2015


Filed under City, National News, News

Pittsburgh PrideFest organizers announced the cancellation of pop artist Iggy Azalea’s performance at the LGBT event on Monday night.The Delta Foundation organized PrideFest, which runs Downtown from June 6 to June 14, and faced previous criticism for picking Azalea to headline the festival. Controversy ste...

Politics @ Pitt

Politics @ Pitt

By Katelyn Binetti / Staff Illustrator

May 28, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

Activism and attitudes: Politics at Pitt

Activism and attitudes: Politics at Pitt

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

In 1970, Paul Finkelman tied a headband around his forehead that read ‘Strike’ and joined hundreds of other students at Syracuse University protesting the Vietnam War. “[The political environment] was much more intense when I was in college,” Finkelman, now a civil liberties expert at Albany Law S...

After cuts, Pitt announces Year of the Humanities

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

May 28, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

After drastic cuts last year, Pitt will seek to resurrect the humanities.Last year, Pitt cut its religious studies graduate program and suspended admission to its German and classics graduate programs. Now, Provost Patricia Beeson has announced that the 2015-2016 academic year will be the ‘Year of the...

From far away lands: How students cope with distance

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

When he was a Pitt freshman two years ago, Manoj Narava was 2,500 miles from home.“I wanted to try something new,” he said.Last fall, Narava was part of the nearly 30 percent of Pitt’s undergraduate student body that came from out-of-state. According to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid...

Medical marijuana gains momentum in Pa.

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

May 19, 2015


Filed under National News, News

Last week, the Pennsylvania State Senate took a major step toward making the Keystone State even greener.On May 12, Senate Bill 3, which would legalize medical use of cannabis in the state of Pennsylvania, passed the State Senate by a 40-7 vote.Now, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will co...

Pa. Senate introduces minimum wage bill

Pa. Senate introduces minimum wage bill

By Stephen Caruso / Layout Editor

May 12, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

Pitt to build Iranian Nationality Room

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

May 12, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

E. Maxine Bruhns doesn’t like how Iran is portrayed in the U.S., so she’s taking its perception into her own hands. Bruhns is the director of the Nationality Rooms at Pitt and after two unsuccessful attempts dating back to 1958, Pitt — after it secures funding — is nearly set to transform room 35...

Pennsylvania Senate seeks to raise minimum wage

Pennsylvania Senate seeks to raise minimum wage

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

May 12, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

For Josh Orange, making $7.25 per hour, the Pennsylvania minimum wage, is not enough. He wants $15 an hour.At rallies last semester, Orange, a Pitt senior, told the story of growing up in Detroit with his mother, who worked for minimum wage to raise him and his siblings. She worked long hours in the se...

From print, to online, to Flickr: the state of Pitt’s yearbook

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

May 5, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

When it comes to memories at Pitt, a web-based photo platform has beaten out the hard copy of the yearbook.Last November, Student Affairs and Student Government Board made the decision to reallocate approximately $40,000 needed to print Pitt’s yearbook, Panther Prints, and eliminate publication of...

Pitt, high school students rally for Freddie Gray

Pitt, high school students rally for Freddie Gray

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

May 3, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

In a show of solidarity, local high school students and young Pittsburgh activists took a stand to display their angst over the death of Freddie Gray Saturday night..Police estimated approximately 200 people attended a rally in Schenley Plaza at 6 p.m. to remember Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man who died ...

Legalization in the U.S.

Legalization in the U.S.

By Katelyn Binetti / Staff Illustrator

April 19, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Health, National News, News, Tech Science

Sativa vs. indica

Sativa vs. indica

By Alexandra Ryan / Production Manager

April 19, 2015


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

The how and why of munchies

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

April 19, 2015


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

Spreading peanut butter on a block of cheese or dipping a banana in a mug of Swiss Miss sounds like five-star appetizing after hitting a bowl for a reason. The THC’s effect on the brain can explain the post-pot urge to rummage through kitchen cabinets for unconventional concoctions. Marijuana impairs the ab...

The state of legalization

The state of legalization

By Elizabeth Lepro and Alex Leighton / The Pitt News Staff

April 19, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Health, National News, News

In the Pennsylvania Senate, marijuana legislation is up for reconsideration — but supporters say the bill isn’t about getting high.  Gov. Tom Wolf has supported an act that would legalize the use of medical cannabis. Proponents, including families and cannabis reform groups, however, opponents say t...

Which weed is which: Experts compare pot strains

Which weed is which: Experts compare pot strains

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

April 19, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, National News, News

When Ken Estes, a grower based in California, crossbred Purple Urkle and Big Bud in 2003, he made Grand Daddy Purp —  now one of the most popular strains of marijuana in the United States.But Grand Daddy Purp, known for its cerebral euphoria and physical relaxation, is just one of thousands of strain...

State of Pitt’s funding

State of Pitt’s funding

By Emily Hower / Assistant Layout Editor

April 16, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

Edith Bell speaks at Pitt

Edith Bell speaks at Pitt

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

April 16, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

Gov. Wolf proposes to increase Pitt’s state funding

Gov. Wolf proposes to increase Pitt’s state funding

By Gabriel Naccarato / Staff Writer

April 16, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

After years of education budget cuts from former Gov. Tom Corbett, Gov. Tom Wolf wants to put money back into Pitt’s pockets. In his first few months in office, Wolf has proposed to reverse Corbett’s education cuts. For Pitt, the decrease in appropriations, at its peak, included a 19 percent cut fr...

Holocaust survivor speaks amidst controversy

Holocaust survivor speaks amidst controversy

By Dale Shoemaker and Mark Pesto / The Pitt News Staff

April 16, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

Some called it a remembrance, but others called it a repurposing. In a joint effort, Pitt’s branch of Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace hosted Edith Bell, a Jewish woman and Holocaust survivor, to speak in the William Pitt Union on International Holocaust Remembrance Da...

Workers march to increase minimum wage

Workers march to increase minimum wage

By Elizabeth Lepro and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

April 15, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

Rev. Rodney Lyde of the Baptist Temple Church looked out on a crowd of protestors sitting in the middle of Forbes Avenue and said that he couldn’t accept Pittsburgh’s title as the “most livable city.”Lyde disputed the title that The Economist has bestowed upon the city at the Fight for $15 prot...

Jill Abramson at Pitt

Jill Abramson at Pitt

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

April 15, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

After NYT firing, Jill Abramson taps new beat in journalism

After NYT firing, Jill Abramson taps new beat in journalism

By Natalie Daher & Danielle Fox / The Pitt News Staff

April 15, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

Far from flipping on cruise control, Jill Abramson went from steering The New York Times as its first female editor to navigating journalism’s digital depths in uncharted waters.Once the captain of the Fourth Estate and now the entrepreneur willing to shell out $100,000 for a “whale” of a story, Abr...

Uncle Jimmy’s averts permanent closure

Uncle Jimmy’s averts permanent closure

By Dale Shoemaker and Harrison Kaminsky / The Pitt News Staff

April 13, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

After closing its doors Friday morning, South Oakland watering hole Uncle Jimmy’s revived itself late Friday night. The Allegheny County Treasury Department temporarily closed Uncle Jimmy’s, on Semple Street, because the owners had failed to pay its alcoholic beverage tax.In one lump sum, Uncle...

Charles Bolden to speak at Pitt’s commencement ceremony

Charles Bolden to speak at Pitt’s commencement ceremony

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

April 13, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

NASA’s top brass, Charles Bolden, is touching down at Pitt for graduation.Pitt said Monday that Bolden, administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and retired major general of the U.S. Marine Corps, will speak at the 2015 commencement convocation on April 26. At the ceremony, Pit...

American Authors

American Authors

By Meghan Sunners / Senior Staff Photographer - facebook.com/MeghanSunnersPhotography

April 12, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

Bobby Fry, local entrepreneur, at Pitt’s TEDx

Bobby Fry, local entrepreneur, at Pitt’s TEDx

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

April 12, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

Local leaders spread ideas at Pitt’s TEDx

Local leaders spread ideas at Pitt’s TEDx

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

April 12, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

Even after graduating college with a 2.6 GPA, Bobby Fry landed a job on Wall Street with the help of his roommate’s father.“Shape yourself, so you’re ready when the world gives you opportunities,” said Fry, a Pittsburgh native and owner of Bar Marco, a restaurant in the Strip District. Fry spoke ...

70 Faces

70 Faces

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

April 9, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Business school dean announced

By Dale Shoemaker and Elizabeth Lepro / The Pitt News Staff

April 9, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

Arjang Assad is new to Pitt, but not to life as a college dean.Pitt announced Wednesday that Assad, who is currently the dean of the School of Management at the State University of New York at Buffalo, will become the dean of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Admin...

Students launch new campus publication

Students launch new campus publication

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

April 9, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Pitt is getting some new faces — 70 of them, to be exact.On Wednesday night, students from all backgrounds gathered in the William Pitt Union for a night of music, poetry, art and the debut of Pitt’s newest student publication, 70 Faces. The magazine is a semiannual publication that will focus o...

70 Faces

70 Faces

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

April 8, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, Student Government

Zombie culture in Pittsburgh

Zombie culture in Pittsburgh

By Katelyn Binetti / Staff Illustrator

April 7, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

Service workers rally outside the Cathedral of Learning

Service workers rally outside the Cathedral of Learning

By Meghan Sunners / Staff Photographer

April 7, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

Service workers rally, negotiations continue

Service workers rally, negotiations continue

By Dale Shoemaker and Elizabeth Lepro / The Pitt News Staff

April 7, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

A giant bag of money sat on the railing of the Cathedral of Learning, but it was just out of reach for Marylou Fennell.Fennell, who works as a mover and receiver at Pitt, marched on Tuesday around the Cathedral of Learning with about 50 other service workers demanding a new union contract with highe...

Feminism and Fracking: Activist speaks at Pitt

Feminism and Fracking: Activist speaks at Pitt

By Mark Pesto / Staff Writer

April 6, 2015


Filed under Health, National News, News

Even after twice spending more than two weeks in jail, Sandra Steingraber emits passion — but not anger — when she talks about her opposition to fracking. Steingraber, a biologist, author of four books and grassroots activist, spoke to more than 100 people about the roles she and other women play in t...

Pitt tightens Greek life eligibility requirements

By Harrison Kaminsky and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

April 2, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News

Under new requirements, Pitt will now bar many first-semester freshmen from joining Greek life. With a focus on “academic excellence,” Pitt’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life said in a release Thursday that new course credit standards will tighten eligibility for new members. The office, ...

Pitt to circulate national sexual assault survey

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

April 1, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, Health, National News, News

Pitt announced Monday that it will survey students as part of a national campaign to measure the frequency of sexual assault on campus. Pitt is participating in a survey from Association of American Universitie alongside the more than 60 other member universities and several non-member universities. Westat,...

Colorful voices: Rainbow Alliance hosts annual talent show

Colorful voices: Rainbow Alliance hosts annual talent show

By Elizabeth Lepro and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

April 1, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

At Brandon Benjamin’s first “Rainbow Voices” event his freshman year, he professed his love for a boy. At this year’s “Rainbow Voices,” Benjamin, now a senior, read a letter from Peter, a friend and fellow member of the Alliance who passed away in 2013. “These are some words to remin...

Turn down for what: WHO releases hearing loss report

By Gabriel Naccarato / For The Pitt News

April 1, 2015


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

At the one concert Mackenzie Brown treats herself to each month, she focuses more on enjoying the night than thinking about wearing protective earplugs.“I’m willing, but I would only consider [wearing them] if I went to concerts more than once a month,” she said. While not at concerts, Brown, li...

Uber puts women in the driver’s seat

Uber puts women in the driver’s seat

By Katelyn Binetti / Staff Illustrator

March 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News

Laverne Cox speaks at Pitt

Laverne Cox speaks at Pitt

By Alyson Derrick / Staff Photographer

March 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News

Laverne Cox

March 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News

Uber Pittsburgh to help hire 1 million women

Uber Pittsburgh to help hire 1 million women

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

March 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News

On the road ahead, a popular rideshare company may drive straight through the glass ceiling. Uber said this month that it plans to hire 1 million women by 2020 in hopes of “accelerating economic opportunity for women.” Uber, a San Francisco-based company that connects car drivers to passengers with an ap...

People and pronouns: Laverne Cox speaks at Pitt

People and pronouns: Laverne Cox speaks at Pitt

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

March 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News

Laverne Cox’s identity — and her pronoun — are feminine, and she’s proud of both. Cox, an activist and actress on the hit Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black,” spoke to about 500 attendees at Alumni Hall about her experiences as a transgender black woman Monday. Pitt’s Rainbow Allianc...

Kathy Humphrey

Kathy Humphrey

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

March 26, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Joe Sestak speaks to students

Joe Sestak speaks to students

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

March 26, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

#thatawkwardmomentwhen: Pitt students recount awkward moments on ‘national holliday’

By Jessica Iacullo / Staff Writer

March 26, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

Awkward moments occur all over campus and are almost inevitable. National Awkward Moments Day, celebrated last week, gives people the opportunity to rehash past awkward experiences and laugh, cry or both while doing so. What follows are three stories from Pitt students who braved the awkwardness of t...

Joe Sestak walks campaign trail to Pitt

Joe Sestak walks campaign trail to Pitt

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer

March 26, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News

Joe Sestak is walking in Pennsylvanians’ shoes on the campaign trail — literally.As part of his campaign for the U.S. Senate, Sestak is walking across Pennsylvania and making stops in several towns and cities along the way. Sestak arrived in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night and made several stops T...

Board of Trustees committee approves leasing, renovation funds

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 26, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

The Property and Facilities Committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees approved $37 million for two renovation projects and several million more for three building leases.The committee includes 13 members of the Board of Trustees, 11 of which held a conference call Thursday afternoon to approve the fundi...

GRAC Comes to Pitt

GRAC Comes to Pitt

By Nate Smith / Staff Photographer

March 25, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

It’s complicated: Pitt discusses teacher-student relationships

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

March 25, 2015


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

A Pitt student walks into a bar. A Pitt professor walks into the same bar. The two have never met, and after a few drinks, he invites her out for dinner. It sounds like the start to a bad joke, but under Pitt policy, this romantic invitation is completely acceptable.Last month, Harvard implemented a n...

Genocide awareness club comes to Pitt

Genocide awareness club comes to Pitt

By Marjorie Tolsdorf and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

March 25, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News

Shamanta Mostofa said other students ask her “if political leaders can’t control [genocide], what are a bunch of college kids going to do?”With the her newly-established group, the Genocide Relief and Awareness Club, Mostofa hopes to find that answer at Pitt.Wednesday night, Mostofa and 10 other students ...

PublicSource Heroin Panel

PublicSource Heroin Panel

By Emily Klenk / For The Pitt News

March 25, 2015


Filed under City, Health, National News, News

Panel discusses rise in heroin-related deaths

Panel discusses rise in heroin-related deaths

By Gabriel Naccarato / For The Pitt News

March 25, 2015


Filed under City, Health, National News, News

Pennsylvania is facing a “public health and criminal justice crisis,” David Hickton, the U.S. attorney for Western Pennsylvania, said, stemming from a rise in heroin use.On Tuesday night, PublicSource, a Pennsylvania-based news agency, brought together a team of five members of law enforcement, ...

Lee Daniels at Pitt

Lee Daniels at Pitt

By Photo Courtesy of Lee Daniels Facebook Page

March 22, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News

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