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Research labs to become operational in coming weeks

The complexities of restarting research labs was the main focus of Friday afternoon’s Senate Research Committee meeting.

By Ashton Crawley, Senior Staff Writer

7:34 pm

Rob Rutenbar, the senior vice chancellor for research, said in a Friday email blast that each lab’s principal investigator must submit a plan to their dean or regional campus president for review. The plan must clearly define an approach for scheduling and a process for allocating time and access to address COVID-driven implications, Rutenbar said.

Pitt purchases Oakland social club building for nearly $5 million

Pitt purchases Oakland social club building for nearly $5 million

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer

May 28, 2020

Pitt purchased an Oakland social club building on Bigelow Boulevard in late March for $4.95 million, according to Allegheny County real estate records.

Emergency fund has granted more than $250k to students

Students have received more than $250,000 from the Student Emergency Assistance Fund, as of Thursday.

By Anushay Chaudhry, Staff Writer

May 28, 2020

As of Thursday, the Student Emergency Assistance Fund has granted a total of $254,326 to 457 students, out of more than 700 students who have applied for money.

Your guide to the June 2 primary election

Pennsylvania mail-in ballots must be filled out and received by the county elections office on June 2.

By Benjamin Nigrosh, News Editor

May 27, 2020

This is the first year Pennsylvania has allowed mail-in ballots for anyone who requested one by the May 26 deadline. Mail-in ballots must be filled out and received by the county elections office by 8 p.m. on June 2.

NCAA announces return of voluntary workouts, proposal for transfer rule changes

NCAA announces return of voluntary workouts, proposal for transfer rule changes

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

May 26, 2020

All Division I athletes will be permitted to participate in voluntary workouts beginning June 1, the NCAA Division I Council announced last Wednesday. The move ends the moratorium on such activities that began with the explosion of the coronavirus pandemic in March and was set to expire on May 31.

Carnegie Museum of Art debuts online exhibition series with ‘Lake Valley’

Carnegie Museum of Art debuts online exhibition series with ‘Lake Valley’

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor

May 26, 2020

Disorienting sounds play as overlapping cut-out shapes slowly fill the screen, creating the mesmerizing landscapes of artist Rachel Rose’s “Lake Valley.”

Op-ed | Pitt can and should use its endowment to get us through this crisis

At last count, Pitt’s quasi-endowment was $2.6 billion and could be used to cover potential budget cuts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Tyler Bickford, Associate professor of English

May 26, 2020

Not to mince words: it is wrong that the Chancellor, who received a $669,738 base salary this year, would use sympathetic students as an excuse not to protect the jobs of the faculty and staff who support those students, often for wages less than one-twentieth of his.

Board committee sets salary for new health sciences chief

A board of trustees committee voted Tuesday to approve a seven-figure salary for Anantha Shekhar, Pitt’s new health sciences chief.

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief

May 26, 2020

The board of trustees’ compensation committee voted unanimously Tuesday to set a seven-figure compensation package for Anantha Shekhar, the incoming senior vice chancellor for the health sciences.

Former Pitt employee sues University over alleged age discrimination

Michael Andrews asked the court to award him reinstatement to his previous position with back pay from April 25, 2018.

By Benjamin Nigrosh, News Editor

May 22, 2020

A former employee of Pitt’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid filed a civil complaint against the University for allegedly discriminating against him on the basis of age.

Pitt’s budget and endowment, explained

Pitt’s budget, which reached nearly $2.4 billion in fiscal year 2020, is composed of three separate, smaller budgets.

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief

May 22, 2020

Pitt’s budget, and the process to craft it, is full of jargon and specialized terminology. This guide attempts to explain how the annual University budget is put together, as well as the different pieces that compose the budget and endowment.

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