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Pitt students build sustainable new homes for bees

Pitt students build sustainable new homes for bees

By Emily Wen, For The Pitt News

7:30 am

Returning Oakland residents might notice some new tall structures around their neighborhood, shaped like birdhouses and filled with thin, rolled up cardboard.

Pitt Football faces uphill battle to defend Coastal title

Pitt Football faces uphill battle to defend Coastal title

By Trent Leonard, Senior Staff Writer

August 22, 2019

The Panthers outperformed expectations last season. This season, pundits are overlooking them once again.

Letter from the editor: Welcome back! Here’s what’s in store.

Letter from the editor: Welcome back! Here’s what’s in store.

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

August 21, 2019

You’ll find that plenty of notable changes occurred while you were gone and plenty more are likely in store for the fall semester – and you can trust us to report on how these events and issues affect the Pitt community.

Preparations for Year of Creativity underway

Preparations for Year of Creativity underway

By Vaibhav Gupta, Staff Writer

August 21, 2019

During Pitt’s “Year of Global” in 2018-19, students, staff and faculty were encouraged to consider the world beyond their campus. Now heading into its sixth year, the “Year of” initiative wants the Pitt community to take a look inward.

Recruiting roundup: Pitt edges closer to star recruits

Recruiting roundup: Pitt edges closer to star recruits

By Tyler Moran, Staff Writer

August 21, 2019

The college football season is just around the corner, but men’s basketball recruiting news takes center stage for the Pittsburgh Panthers in our final recruiting roundup of the summer.

Class of 2023 breaks demographic records

Class of 2023 breaks demographic records

By Vaibhav Gupta and Jon Moss

August 20, 2019

This year’s incoming first-year class will be the most ethnically diverse in Pitt’s history. It will also have the highest number of out-of-state students.

Staff picks: Tips for conquering homesickness

Staff picks: Tips for conquering homesickness

By The Pitt News Staff

August 20, 2019

The dawn of a new semester can bring a mix of emotions — excitement, stress and sometimes even homesickness. Leaving family and friends back home for almost eight months can be tough, regardless of whether you live 30 minutes or a continent away. Here are our tips for conquering homesickness this semester.

Meet the people making Pittsburgh skateboarding more inclusive

Meet the people making Pittsburgh skateboarding more inclusive

By Zainab Hakeem, For The Pitt News

August 20, 2019

In addition to a social media presence where the organization sells stickers, T-shirts and other merchandise, 3 Rivers Reform hosts events where all skaters can come together and celebrate skating.

Panthers up for the challenge in football opener

Panthers up for the challenge in football opener

By Trent Leonard, Senior Staff Writer

August 19, 2019

The Panthers will instead play an immensely consequential division game against one of the toughest opponents on their schedule, the Virginia Cavaliers.

Fall events you ‘autumn’ check out

Fall events you ‘autumn’ check out

By Sara Nuss, Staff Writer

August 19, 2019

From hitting up music festivals to attending sporting events, there are many ways for returning students to entertain themselves in the bustling City of Pittsburgh. With fall just around the corner, it’s best to keep in mind any upcoming opportunities to attend concerts, fall festivals and other celebrations that come with the change of the weather. 

Chick-fil-A moving to upper campus, other dining changes start this fall

Chick-fil-A moving to upper campus, other dining changes start this fall

By Jon Moss, News Editor

August 8, 2019

Pitt Dining’s Chick-fil-A location has left the Cathedral Cafe, located in the basement of the Cathedral of Learning, and will reopen in the food court at the Petersen Events Center in January 2020.

Man arrested, charged after two attempted rapes

Man arrested, charged after two attempted rapes

By Jon Moss and Emily Wolfe

August 1, 2019

A 23-year-old man was charged with the attempted rape of two women in Oakland within the last three weeks.

Former Pitt researcher convicted of poisoning his wife seeks new trial

Former Pitt researcher convicted of poisoning his wife seeks new trial

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

July 31, 2019

A 70-year-old former Pitt neurology researcher serving life in prison for poisoning his wife in 2013 has filed a petition requesting a new trial.

Police respond to armed robbery on O’Hara Street

Police respond to armed robbery on O’Hara Street

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

July 30, 2019

Police are looking for a suspect who robbed a woman at gunpoint early Tuesday morning at the intersection of University Place and O’Hara Street.

Criminal complaint charges Pitt student with ethnic intimidation, making terroristic threats

Criminal complaint charges Pitt student with ethnic intimidation, making terroristic threats

By Jon Moss and Janine Faust

July 30, 2019

A rising junior political science major was accused on July 13 of one count each of ethnic intimidation, terroristic threats and harassment in a criminal complaint filed by a Mt. Lebanon police officer.

County judge overturns jury’s guilty verdict against ex-CMU student

County judge overturns jury’s guilty verdict against ex-CMU student

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

July 29, 2019

In a rare move, an Allegheny County judge has overturned the May jury verdict that convicted a former Carnegie Mellon University student of sexually assaulting a Pitt student.

Labor Department audit identifies recordkeeping, faculty recruiting violations

Labor Department audit identifies recordkeeping, faculty recruiting violations

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

July 26, 2019

Cheryl Ruffin with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion explained the “technical concerns” which led to the violations resulted from electronic systems failing to maintain faculty applicant information.

Pitt to hold listening sessions on One Bigelow project

Pitt to hold listening sessions on One Bigelow project

By Jon Moss, News Editor

July 25, 2019

Pitt announced it will hold three community engagement sessions and two “report back” meetings during August to solicit feedback on the One Bigelow project, a part of the University's campus master plan.

John Keeler to step down as GSPIA dean

John Keeler to step down as GSPIA dean

By Jon Moss, News Editor

July 24, 2019

John Keeler, dean of Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, will step down from his position next June, according to an announcement from Provost Ann Cudd.

Faculty union organizers up in arms after Pitt’s administration rejects Labor Board subpoena

Faculty union organizers up in arms after Pitt’s administration rejects Labor Board subpoena

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

July 19, 2019

After ruling June 18 that the size of the bargaining unit for Pitt’s faculty union was under review, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board ordered Pitt to turn over several pieces of information to faculty union organizers — most notably, a list of faculty eligible to be in the potential bargaining unit.

Skyvue Apartments cited in July fire safety inspection

Skyvue Apartments cited in July fire safety inspection

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

July 17, 2019

The City is requiring Skyvue to restore its fire alarm system to an “operable condition” with no system troubles. Reinspection is slated for July 23. 

Fandom culture thrives in Pittsburgh

Fandom culture thrives in Pittsburgh

By Isabella Colaianni, For The Pitt News

July 17, 2019

As one of the major cities in the country with over 300,000 who call it home, Pittsburgh’s fandom culture is incredibly diverse. These fandoms are celebrated in several ways — reading comics, participating in cosplay, watching films and attending comic cons.

Soon, pickles here, there and everywhere

Soon, pickles here, there and everywhere

By Vaibhav Gupta, Staff Writer

July 16, 2019

A giant Heinz pickle balloon floating high over Downtown Pittsburgh’s Roberto Clemente Bridge can only mean one thing: Picklesburgh has touched down.

Gillibrand discusses health care, labor rights in Oakland

Gillibrand discusses health care, labor rights in Oakland

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

July 11, 2019

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), another Democratic presidential hopeful, came to Oakland for a roundtable discussion with several UPMC and Allegheny Health network employees and union organizers.

Board committee approves budget, tuition hikes

Board committee approves budget, tuition hikes

By Jon Moss, News Editor

July 10, 2019

At a public meeting in Posvar Hall Wednesday afternoon, the executive committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees approved a $2.4 billion operating budget for fiscal year 2020.

Walk for Love celebrates late Pitt student

Walk for Love celebrates late Pitt student

By George Smith, For The Pitt News

July 9, 2019

It was a sweltering Sunday morning in Oakdale as friends, family and community members gathered to commemorate the life and legacy of the late Pitt student Alina Sheykhet.

New state law breaks down barriers to reporting sexual harassment

New state law breaks down barriers to reporting sexual harassment

By Jon Moss, News Editor

July 9, 2019

A new Pennsylvania law requires universities to make reporting incidents of sexual harassment or violence incidents easier for victims and witnesses.

4 Panthers sign with MLB teams

4 Panthers sign with MLB teams

By Brian Gentry, Senior Staff Writer

July 9, 2019

The college baseball careers of three Pittsburgh Panthers ended early last month following the MLB draft. Now, they have all officially signed onto their new teams.

Lyke responds to low Pitt sports rankings

Lyke responds to low Pitt sports rankings

By Brian Gentry, Senior Staff Writer

July 9, 2019

Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke acknowledged the low rankings and said the Panthers hoped to improve in the future.

Provost, dean of students respond to letter calling for student expulsion

Provost, dean of students respond to letter calling for student expulsion

By Janine Faust and Jon Moss

July 6, 2019

Pitt Provost Ann Cudd and Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner responded Saturday evening to a Friday letter from student leaders calling for the expulsion of Ethan Kozak, a rising junior political science major.

Student organizations call for expulsion of Pitt student who sent violent, racist threats

Student organizations call for expulsion of Pitt student who sent violent, racist threats

By Janine Faust and Jon Moss

July 5, 2019

Leaders of several Pitt student organizations sent a letter to Pitt administrators Friday morning calling for the expulsion of Ethan Kozak, a rising junior political science major, according to a tweet sent Friday afternoon.

Pitt police issue crime alert after burglary, attempted sexual assault

Pitt police issue crime alert after burglary, attempted sexual assault

By Jon Moss, News Editor

July 5, 2019

Pitt police issued a crime alert Friday morning detailing a reported burglary and attempted sexual assault.

Gillibrand to visit Pittsburgh on July 11

Gillibrand to visit Pittsburgh on July 11

By Brian Gentry, Senior Staff Writer

July 4, 2019

Kirsten Gillibrand, a senator from New York and a Democratic candidate for the 2020 presidential race, will visit Pittsburgh on the morning of July 11, according to a press release from Gillibrand’s campaign.

A runner’s guide to Pittsburgh

A runner’s guide to Pittsburgh

By Brian Gentry, Senior Staff Writer

July 2, 2019

With hundreds of acres of public parks and walkable neighborhoods, runners will delight in exploring all the City has to offer. This is especially true in Oakland, where the University of Pittsburgh is located. Schenley Park, a 456-acre park directly adjacent to Pitt’s campus, and neighborhoods like Squirrel Hill and Shadyside are only a quick jaunt away.

Staff picks: Hidden gems of Pitt

Staff picks: Hidden gems of Pitt

By The Pitt News Staff

July 2, 2019

Pitt’s campus can be a bit overwhelming at first. With so many streets, buildings and classrooms, it can be difficult to explore every nook and cranny of Pitt’s corner of Oakland. Here are some hidden gems on campus to look out for.

Oakland news roundup

Oakland news roundup

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

July 1, 2019

As an urban campus bustling with nearly 30,000 students and more than 5,000 faculty, there’s always news breaking at Pitt.

Coach Bridgette Mitchell joins Pitt women’s basketball

Coach Bridgette Mitchell joins Pitt women’s basketball

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

July 1, 2019

Like many tall girls, Bridgette Mitchell grew up being told she should play basketball. Now she's Pitt's new assistant women's basketball coach.

Pittsburgh music scene: The FYI on DIY

Pittsburgh music scene: The FYI on DIY

By Maggie Young, Senior Staff Writer

June 30, 2019

For those interested in pursuing a career in the music industry, Pittsburgh is a pretty good place to start.

Police respond to attempted burglary on Oakland Avenue

Police respond to attempted burglary on Oakland Avenue

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

June 30, 2019

Pitt police alerted students Sunday to an attempted off-campus burglary that occurred in the early hours of the morning.

How to be a fan of Pitt sports

How to be a fan of Pitt sports

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

June 30, 2019

One of the biggest changes for the upcoming season for all teams is the new uniform colors.

Pitt chooses Emily Boissonneault as first women’s lacrosse coach

Pitt chooses Emily Boissonneault as first women’s lacrosse coach

By Emily Wolfe, Sports Editor

June 29, 2019

Emily Boissonneault helped coach the JMU Dukes to winning the NCAA Division 1 Women’s Lacrosse Championship in 2018. Now she’s joining Pitt as the inaugural head coach for the university’s first-ever varsity women’s team.

Gallagher: Endowment report to be released soon

Gallagher: Endowment report to be released soon

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 28, 2019

In an interview after Friday’s board of trustees meeting, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said he received a report from Pitt’s Socially Responsible Investment Committee and will release it before students return for the fall semester.

Gallagher provides updates on University initiatives

Gallagher provides updates on University initiatives

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 28, 2019

After its last meeting in February, where new student financial aid programs were announced, Pitt’s Board of Trustees tackled several important issues facing the University at its Friday meeting in the William Pitt Union.

Board approves chairperson-elect, new trustees

Board approves chairperson-elect, new trustees

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 28, 2019

At the summer board of trustees meeting Friday morning, the board approved nominations for a chairperson-elect as well as five new trustees.

Board committee approves major construction projects

Board committee approves major construction projects

By Vaibhav Gupta, Staff Writer

June 27, 2019

At a public meeting in Posvar Hall Thursday morning, the property and facilities committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved several major leases and construction projects, a major step in starting to turn the campus master plan into reality.

Pittsburgh Pride, 50 years after Stonewall

Pittsburgh Pride, 50 years after Stonewall

By Lauren Bruckstein, For The Pitt News

June 27, 2019

On June 18, 1973, an article appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette with the headline, “Gays Hold First Pittsburgh March.”

Community airs pollution concerns at Strassburger’s listening session

Community airs pollution concerns at Strassburger’s listening session

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

June 27, 2019

Each speaker was given three minutes at the microphone. They touched on a variety of issues, including electric busing and the Clairton Coke Works plant.

Recruiting Roundup: A wealth of talented football commits for the Panthers

Recruiting Roundup: A wealth of talented football commits for the Panthers

By Tyler Moran, Staff Writer

June 25, 2019

The Panthers had their best day in a while on Saturday, when six football recruits committed to Pitt’s football program.

Context: June Board of Trustees meeting

Context: June Board of Trustees meeting

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 25, 2019

Pitt’s Board of Trustees will hold its second meeting of 2019 Friday, providing an update on University affairs to the community.

City to start neighborhood planning process in Oakland

City to start neighborhood planning process in Oakland

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 24, 2019

Oakland might look a bit different in a few years, but it will all be according to the plan.

Pitt student found guilty in fatal fall 2018 car collision

Pitt student found guilty in fatal fall 2018 car collision

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

June 20, 2019

A 23-year old Pitt social work student was found guilty Wednesday of killing a young woman last fall while driving under the influence.

Milling, paving operations to affect Oakland traffic

Milling, paving operations to affect Oakland traffic

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

June 20, 2019

PennDOT District 11 announced in a press release Thursday that milling and paving operations on Forbes will reduce the length of the avenue running between Craft Avenue and South Craig Street to a single lane of traffic.

Activists call for independent audit of troubled U. S. Steel plant

Activists call for independent audit of troubled U. S. Steel plant

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 20, 2019

Activists with Pittsburgh’s Breathe Project met outside the U.S. Steel Tower Tuesday afternoon and declared “enough is enough,” calling for an independent audit of U.S. Steel’s troubled Clairton Coke Works plant.

Former Pitt professor wins appeal in federal ethnic discrimination lawsuit

Former Pitt professor wins appeal in federal ethnic discrimination lawsuit

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

June 19, 2019

A federal appeals court judge ruled on June 11 in favor of a former Pitt professor who filed an ethnic discrimination lawsuit against the University after being fired over allegedly directing death threats at a colleague several years ago.

Community leaders discuss race, justice at panel

Community leaders discuss race, justice at panel

By Lauren Bruckstein, For The Pitt News

June 19, 2019

Pittsburgh has been the center of a considerable amount of discussion about race and justice since an East Pittsburgh police officer shot and killed black teen Antwon Rose on this day last year.

SkyVue cited for non-functioning fire alarm, two other fire violations last October

SkyVue cited for non-functioning fire alarm, two other fire violations last October

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 19, 2019

Students have moved back into SkyVue apartments following an electrical fire in the garage of the building on June 2, which caused a building-wide power outage that lasted several days.

PLRB orders hearing on faculty union complaint

PLRB orders hearing on faculty union complaint

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

June 18, 2019

Faculty union organizers faced a major setback when the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board ruled in April they failed to collect enough signed authorization cards to prompt a union election.

Delta Foundation’s Pride offers space for LGBTQ+ expression

Delta Foundation’s Pride offers space for LGBTQ+ expression

By Vaibhav Gupta, Staff Writer

June 12, 2019

Roaring music, dancing and cheers filled the atmosphere in Downtown on Sunday afternoon as the annual Pittsburgh Pride Equality March passed through the streets, celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and its history.

Pride advocates gather on Andy Warhol bridge

Pride advocates gather on Andy Warhol bridge

By Siddhi Shockey, Staff Writer

June 12, 2019

The Andy Warhol Bridge swarmed with people dressed in an array of glittering, feathered, skin-tight ensembles in every color of the rainbow on Saturday.

People’s Pride lifts up trans activists of color

People’s Pride lifts up trans activists of color

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

June 11, 2019

Three brown paper-mache figures led the People’s Pride parade as it moved through Downtown Sunday.

Donald Burke to step down as public health dean

Donald Burke to step down as public health dean

By Jon Moss, News Editor

June 6, 2019

Donald Burke, dean of the Graduate School of Public Health and associate vice chancellor for global health, will step down from his position on July 1, according to UPMC spokesperson Allison Hydzik.

3 Panthers picked in MLB draft

3 Panthers picked in MLB draft

By Michael Nitti, Staff Writer

June 6, 2019

Three MLB teams found places for Dan Hammer, Derek West and Connor Perry in this week's draft. All three look like they'll accept the offers.

Pitt Men’s Study reflects on past, future of HIV fight

Pitt Men’s Study reflects on past, future of HIV fight

By George Smith, For The Pitt News

June 5, 2019

When an outbreak of sexually-transmitted human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, hit the United States in the early 1980s, not much was known about the virus or how it spread. But scientists, researchers and volunteers at Pitt have been working for almost four decades to try and change that.

Pitt seeks community input in search for med school dean

Pitt seeks community input in search for med school dean

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

June 4, 2019

When Arthur Levine announced in January that he would step down from his role as senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine, he said he would remain in the position until a replacement was found.

Recruiting roundup: Capel nabs Murphy but comes up short

Recruiting roundup: Capel nabs Murphy but comes up short

By Tyler Moran, Staff Writer

June 4, 2019

The college football season is fast approaching, but basketball recruiting news commands the headlines for the Pittsburgh Panthers — most of it bad.

Police: Woman who used bear spray at Pitt also hit two buses

Police: Woman who used bear spray at Pitt also hit two buses

By Jon Moss, News Editor

May 30, 2019

A 28-year old woman who allegedly used bear spray in a Pitt building on May 20 also struck two Port Authority buses on two different days, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Pitt theatre arts alumni succeed on and off stage

Pitt theatre arts alumni succeed on and off stage

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Culture Editor

May 29, 2019

Pitt’s department of theatre arts serves hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students per year, covering theatrical production, training and study. Class topics range from the obvious, such as studies in acting and performance, to the technical, such as lighting and set design.

Take 5: Kings, queens and curses

Take 5: Kings, queens and curses

By The Pitt News Staff

May 28, 2019

Our staff is sharing four of our hottest basketball takes — and one about Serena Williams.

Pitt supercomputer flies high in space

Pitt supercomputer flies high in space

By Neena Hagen and Maggie Young

May 28, 2019

On Star Wars Day, May 4, in a galaxy not so far away, Pitt launched its newest supercomputer into the cosmos — marking the first time that the Pitt script logo, engraved in gold on the top of the machine, could be seen in space.

Cathedral Cafe passes health department reinspection

Cathedral Cafe passes health department reinspection

By Jon Moss, News Editor

May 24, 2019

The Cathedral Cafe passed a Friday reinspection by the Allegheny County Health Department after being cited for eight health code violations last Monday.

George A. Romero archive finds home at Hillman Library

George A. Romero archive finds home at Hillman Library

By Sara Nuss, For The Pitt News

May 22, 2019

Known widely as the father of the modern zombie movie, George A. Romero and his legacy have risen again in recent years following the filmmaker’s death in 2017.

Incumbents win big in Tuesday primary elections

Incumbents win big in Tuesday primary elections

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

May 22, 2019

Long lines snaked out of the William Pitt Union last November as more than 1,000 students showed up to cast their votes in the 2018 general election.

Challenger Bethany Hallam defeats county council president in primary

Challenger Bethany Hallam defeats county council president in primary

By Lauren Bruckstein, For The Pitt News

May 22, 2019

After a close election, Bethany Hallam won the Democratic primary election for an Allegheny County Council At-Large seat 53.54% to 46.11%, or by 7,450 votes, Tuesday night.

PLRB hears grad student union election objection in downtown hearing

PLRB hears grad student union election objection in downtown hearing

By Vaibhav Gupta, Staff Writer

May 15, 2019

Nestled in a small office in downtown’s Piatt Place building, a group of lawyers debated the future of Pitt graduate student unionization Tuesday and Wednesday.

Pittsburgh Record Convention showcases vinyl revival

Pittsburgh Record Convention showcases vinyl revival

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Culture Editor

May 15, 2019

More than 30 vendors and hundreds of attendees gathered to buy and sell records, CDs, cassette tapes and other music memorabilia.

Cathedral Cafe cited for 8 health code violations

Cathedral Cafe cited for 8 health code violations

By Jon Moss, News Editor

May 14, 2019

The Cathedral Cafe was cited by the Allegheny County Health Department for eight health code violations Monday. The facility, located in the basement of the Cathedral of Learning, received one high-risk, two medium-risk and five low-risk violations.

Pittsburgh receives “F” for air quality despite decades of improvement

Pittsburgh receives “F” for air quality despite decades of improvement

By Brian Gentry, Senior Staff Writer

May 14, 2019

Pittsburgh has made strides in distancing itself from its industrial past, but the region remains plagued by lingering air quality concerns.

Grad union organizers call for new election, accuse Pitt of “unfair labor practices”

Grad union organizers call for new election, accuse Pitt of “unfair labor practices”

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

May 2, 2019

Less than a week ago, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board declared the grad student unionization vote inconclusive. Now, organizers are calling on the board to set aside those election results and schedule a new election.

Seven Panthers find post-draft NFL opportunities

Seven Panthers find post-draft NFL opportunities

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

May 2, 2019

Shortly following the draft, seven undrafted Panthers received NFL opportunities.

Atlanta adds Qadree Ollison in 5th round of NFL Draft

Atlanta adds Qadree Ollison in 5th round of NFL Draft

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

April 27, 2019

Former Pitt running back Qadree Ollison was drafted with the No. 14 pick of the 5th round, the No. 152 overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, by the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday afternoon. Ollison was the first Pitt player taken in this year’s draft.

Grad student unionization vote declared inconclusive

Grad student unionization vote declared inconclusive

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

April 26, 2019

The Pitt Graduate Student Organizing Committee’s three-year unionization campaign led to a final vote last week meant to determine whether or not the university's graduate student population wanted a union. But after the ballot count was revealed today, they’ll have to wait a little while longer. ...

Former VP, presidential candidate Joe Biden to visit Pittsburgh Monday

Former VP, presidential candidate Joe Biden to visit Pittsburgh Monday

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

April 25, 2019

Joe Biden, former vice president of the U.S., will visit Pittsburgh next Monday.

Faculty union organizers appeal PLRB decision

Faculty union organizers appeal PLRB decision

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

April 25, 2019

A years-long effort to unionize more than 3,500 Pitt faculty appeared to have failed last Wednesday when the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, or PLRB, ruled that organizers failed to collect enough signed authorization cards from eligible faculty to prompt a union election.

Do puzzles and games help you de-stress?

Do puzzles and games help you de-stress?

By Vaibhav Gupta, Staff Writer

April 21, 2019

“Video games are a part of me, and being able to play them, it takes away the pressure from work,” Ferdy Huang, a junior emergency medicine major, said. “The stress management, that’s the side effect that comes from having fun playing video games.”

Crossword | It’s finally here

Crossword | It’s finally here

By Brian Gentry and Emily Wolfe

April 21, 2019

This locally-sourced, organic finals week crossword comes to you straight from your friendly neighborhood campus newspaper office. Because if you’re anything like us at The Pitt News, sometimes you just need to take a break from studying (or editing news stories) and throw yourself heart, mind and...

Pitt announces annual Fulbright winners

Pitt announces annual Fulbright winners

By Maggie Young, Senior Staff Writer

April 21, 2019

Eleven students won Fulbright Scholarships for the 2019-20 session. The Fulbright annually awards 1,900 scholarships to recent college graduates from the United States to spend time in a foreign country where they can teach English, conduct research or earn a master’s degree.

Treatment with a tempo: A look at the world of music therapy

Treatment with a tempo: A look at the world of music therapy

By Mary Rose O’Donnell, Senior Staff Writer

April 21, 2019

Music therapy is the use of music, such as singing, songwriting and playing instruments, to improve the lives of others physically, mentally and socially. We got to chat with some local music therapists for our destressing-themed finals edition.

Mark Henderson named new CIO and vice chancellor

Mark Henderson named new CIO and vice chancellor

By Joanna Li, News Editor

April 18, 2019

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher named Mark Henderson as Pitt’s new chief information officer and vice chancellor on Thursday.

Planning underway for new recreation center

Planning underway for new recreation center

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

April 18, 2019

Planning efforts are now underway for a new multistory recreation center to be built on middle campus, something campus administrators say students have long asked for.

No hearing for Pitt faculty union, organizers plan appeal

No hearing for Pitt faculty union, organizers plan appeal

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

April 18, 2019

The state labor relations board ruled Thursday that faculty organizers fell short in their efforts to collect signed authorization cards from faculty. Organizers plan to appeal the decision.

‘Burden of Genius’ showcases revolutionary Dr. Thomas Starzl

‘Burden of Genius’ showcases revolutionary Dr. Thomas Starzl

By Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot, Senior Staff Writer

April 18, 2019

Students at the University of Pittsburgh have likely heard the name Dr. Thomas Starzl at least once in passing or happened across the statue of him relaxing on a bench behind the Cathedral.

Deadline approaching for primary voter registration

Deadline approaching for primary voter registration

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

April 18, 2019

Pittsburghers will have an opportunity to go to the polls for City and county elections in the coming weeks, but the voter registration deadline is closing soon. Pennsylvania residents who wish to vote in the May 21 primary election must register to vote by next Monday.

Honors College dean to leave for position at University of Arkansas

Honors College dean to leave for position at University of Arkansas

By Emily Wolfe and Brian Gentry

April 17, 2019

Dr. Brian Primack will step down from his position as dean of Pitt’s Honors College this summer, and will be the dean of the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas beginning July 1.

Aaron Donald pledges 7-figure donation to Pitt football

Aaron Donald pledges 7-figure donation to Pitt football

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 17, 2019

After signing the most lucrative contract for a defensive player in NFL history, Aaron Donald gave some of that money back to the Pitt football program last Friday with a seven-figure donation.

Does Pitt have a case for Running Back U?

Does Pitt have a case for Running Back U?

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 17, 2019

Former Pitt running back Qadree Ollison recently asserted his case for Pitt as the premier producer of backfield talent.

SGB announces new chairs, recaps accomplishments

SGB announces new chairs, recaps accomplishments

By Maureen Hartwell, Staff Writer

April 17, 2019

On Tuesday night at its final meeting of the academic year, Pitt Student Government Board shared memories of late nights in the office and members falling asleep during meetings.

ATO charity concert rocks Bellefield Hall

ATO charity concert rocks Bellefield Hall

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

April 15, 2019

ATO hosted Saturday’s concert as its annual philanthropy event, with the $5 admission fee going toward the Children’s Miracle Network and Greenhouses for Everyone.

Commencement ceremony speakers announced

Commencement ceremony speakers announced

By Joanna Li, News Editor

April 15, 2019

Pitt announced on Monday the commencement speakers for the graduate and undergraduate ceremonies.

Weekend Sports: West K’s 12 at Cost Field

Weekend Sports: West K’s 12 at Cost Field

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

April 15, 2019

Some of Pitt’s teams didn’t earn their desired end result, but the weekend still provided standout moments across Panther athletics.

3 takeaways from Pitt’s Blue-Gold Game

3 takeaways from Pitt’s Blue-Gold Game

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 15, 2019

Saturday’s Blue-Gold Spring Game provided plenty to talk about, including performances that could indicate things to come and others that were too good — or too bad — to be true.

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