The Pitt News

Students recall strange Hillman sightings

Students recall strange Hillman sightings

By Julia Zenkevich, For The Pitt News

December 9, 2018


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Hillman Library is a hub for finals week mania, filled with the stress of looming deadlines and Red Bull-fueled all-nighters.

Alliance Defending Freedom demands Pitt rescind security fee for Shapiro event

Alliance Defending Freedom demands Pitt rescind security fee for Shapiro event

By Brian Gentry and Emily Wolfe

December 9, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Young America’s Foundation is moving forward with its complaint against the University of Pittsburgh for an allegedly unlawful security fee imposed ahead of the campus visit of conservative commentator Ben Shapiro in November.

Mountaineers maul Pitt in Backyard Brawl, 69-59

Mountaineers maul Pitt in Backyard Brawl, 69-59

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

December 8, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Facing off against a team known for its suffocating defense, the young Panthers’ inexperience was on full display in a 69-59 loss to West Virginia Saturday afternoon in the 186th edition of the Backyard Brawl.

Activists, elected officials discuss Beaver County cracker plant

Activists, elected officials discuss Beaver County cracker plant

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

December 7, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The JCC of Pittsburgh hosted “Protecting our communities: Environmental challenges from fossil fuel extraction in SWPA” Thursday evening.

Four stops for holiday shopping in Pittsburgh

Four stops for holiday shopping in Pittsburgh

By Sid Lingala, Staff Writer

December 7, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

From convenient to charitable, these four local gift shops in Pittsburgh make the gift-buying process easier.

PPC hosts comedy competition, winner to open for Nicole Byer

PPC hosts comedy competition, winner to open for Nicole Byer

By Alex Dolinger, For The Pitt News

December 7, 2018


Filed under Culture, Television, Top Stories

Pitt junior Kathryn Human won the opportunity to open up for renowned comedian Nicole Byer at PPC’s event “So You Think You’re Funny.”

Hambone’s a comedy springboard for student comics

Hambone’s a comedy springboard for student comics

By Kieran McLean, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Stand-up comedy can be isolating. Two Pittsburgh comedians are trying to change that with Burning Bridges, a club for aspiring comedians that operates out of Hambone's Bar.

Milk Shake Factory brings legen-dairy desserts to Oakland

Milk Shake Factory brings legen-dairy desserts to Oakland

By Emily Wolfe, Senior Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under Campus, Food & Drink, News, Top Stories

The Milk Shake Factory plans to bring its menu of gourmet shakes and chocolates to Oakland in early 2019, according to a Facebook post on the company’s page.

Demetrius Thomas spearheads Pitt’s rise up the rankings

Demetrius Thomas spearheads Pitt’s rise up the rankings

By Jack Clay, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

Pitt’s wrestling team recently cracked the top 25 national rankings and new transfer Demetrius Thomas has been a big part of the program’s surge.

Navigating college football’s bowl season

Navigating college football’s bowl season

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

December 5, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

The sport is dominated by the playoff discussion around this time of year, but there are plenty of other marquee matchups that are worth your attention during this bowl season.

Solar energy shines in the City

Solar energy shines in the City

By Emily Drzymalski, Staff Writer

December 5, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Pitt’s power will undergo a solar shift by 2030 — creating less carbon emissions and more jobs.

Preview: Track and field sprints into indoor season

Preview: Track and field sprints into indoor season

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

December 4, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Last season, the Pitt men’s track and field team came in last place in the ACC indoor competition. while the women’s team finished 12th out of 15 teams. They believe they can drastically improve on that in 2018.

Students discuss genetics of ‘Harry Potter’

Students discuss genetics of ‘Harry Potter’

By Remy Samuels, Staff Writer

December 4, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Genetics is hard. That’s why Dr. Peter Blier, a pediatric rheumatology doctor and professor of pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts, uses Harry Potter to explain difficult genetic concepts.

Panthers vs. Cardinal: Natural Selection at Work?

Panthers vs. Cardinal: Natural Selection at Work?

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

December 4, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

It’s official, Pitt will be playing Stanford in the Sun Bowl, the Panthers first bowl game in two years. After two tough loses, it will be the perfect place for Pitt’s seniors to leave their mark on the program.

Annual Lawrenceville Cookie Tour brings holiday cheer and sweet treats

Annual Lawrenceville Cookie Tour brings holiday cheer and sweet treats

By Maggie Medoff, Staff Writer

December 4, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

As Lawrenceville shop owners carried on with business as usual, heaps of Pittsburghers roamed Butler Street for the annual Cookie Tour.

Volleyball ends season with tournament loss to Michigan

Volleyball ends season with tournament loss to Michigan

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

December 3, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

After losing in the second round of the NCAA tournament the past two years, Pitt volleyball thought 2018 was its year — but Michigan ended the Panthers’ dreams of dancing into the Sweet 16 on Saturday night.

Weekend Sports: Basketball and wrestling shine amid football and volleyball losses

Weekend Sports: Basketball and wrestling shine amid football and volleyball losses

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

December 3, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Men’s basketball beat Duquesne in the annual City Game and the wrestling team performed admirably at the Las Vegas Invitational, injecting some Panther pride into an otherwise bleak weekend.

Panthers to take on Stanford in Sun Bowl

Panthers to take on Stanford in Sun Bowl

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

December 2, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt football team will take on Stanford in the Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, Dec. 31.

Clemson clobbers Pitt, 42-10, in ACC Championship

Clemson clobbers Pitt, 42-10, in ACC Championship

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

December 2, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

In the end, the same weaknesses that plagued the Panthers all season — an anemic passing game and a tendency to shoot themselves in the foot — materialized Saturday night.

Pitt’s historic season ends in 3-2 loss to Michigan

Pitt’s historic season ends in 3-2 loss to Michigan

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

December 1, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

Pitt's historic season came to end in its 3-2 loss against Michigan in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

Panthers handle Duquesne in City Game, 74-53

Panthers handle Duquesne in City Game, 74-53

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 30, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

For the second straight year and 19th time in the past 21 meetings, the Pitt men’s basketball took down its crosstown rival Duquesne, 74-53, in the annual City Game Friday night at PPG Paints Arena.

TEDxPittsburghWomen leaves audience with definition of “showing up”

TEDxPittsburghWomen leaves audience with definition of “showing up”

By Dylan Giacobbe, Staff Writer

November 30, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories, Video, Visual

In an event hosted by TEDxPittsburghWomen, eight notable women in the Pittsburgh community spoke individually about what "showing up" - the event's them - meant to them.

Panthers will be no match for playoff-bound Tigers

Panthers will be no match for playoff-bound Tigers

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

November 30, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt Football is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get. After coming up just short of No. 3 Notre Dame and then getting blown out by unranked Miami, no one is sure what to expect from the Panthers this weekend.

Community reflects on “changing face of AIDS”

Community reflects on “changing face of AIDS”

By Emily Wolfe, Senior Staff Writer

November 29, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Allies of the HIV/AIDS community gathered Wednesday to remember loved ones lost to the disease.

Student-run Instagram celebrates the squirrel-ebrities of Oakland

Student-run Instagram celebrates the squirrel-ebrities of Oakland

By Jon Kunitsky, Staff Writer

November 29, 2018


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

itt’s campus squirrels have gained a significant following on the Squirrels of Pitt Instagram page with their fluffy tails and shenanigans in Oakland.

Students learn rental fundamentals

Students learn rental fundamentals

By Emily Drzymalski, For The Pitt News

November 28, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Students should start looking now for next-year housing opportunities.

Post-break SGB discusses Town Hall, PWLE

Post-break SGB discusses Town Hall, PWLE

By Emily Wolfe, Senior Staff Writer

November 28, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Pitt’s Student Government Board eased back into a regular schedule with its first traditional public meeting in three weeks Tuesday evening.

Volleyball to host opening tournament matches as No. 12 seed

Volleyball to host opening tournament matches as No. 12 seed

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 28, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

For the first time in program history, Pitt’s volleyball team will host a playoff round, starting Friday, Nov. 29.

How FBI, journalists prepared responses to violence

How FBI, journalists prepared responses to violence

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

November 27, 2018


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

From the FBI to WPXI-TV, police officers and journalists alike have to be prepared for unpredictable mass acts of violence. Because of the unpredictable characteristic of mass acts of violence, these organizations must have plans that are ready to be set in place.

Takeaways: Pitt reverted back to its old self against Miami

Takeaways: Pitt reverted back to its old self against Miami

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

November 27, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

While Pitt’s 24-3 loss against Miami on Saturday was far from good, the implications weren’t too bad. Aside from snapping its four game win streak, the loss will likely drop them from the top 25 rankings and give them a lesser bowl game. But Pitt will still be playing in the ACC Championship on Saturday.

Travis Scott at PPG Paints: Out of this world

Travis Scott at PPG Paints: Out of this world

By Vikram Sundar, Staff Writer

November 26, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

Travis Scott fans were lifted out of this world at his show Sunday night at PPG Paints. The show was part of his 2018 tour for his new album "Astroworld."

Panther Spotlight: Xavier Johnson, Danielle Garven, Nika Markovic

Panther Spotlight: Xavier Johnson, Danielle Garven, Nika Markovic

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 26, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Xavier Johnson and Danielle Garven have helped out Pitt’s basketball teams in the early going, while Nika Markovic led the volleyball team to a strong regular-season finish.

Thanksgiving Recap: Volleyball, basketball gobble up wins

Thanksgiving Recap: Volleyball, basketball gobble up wins

By Kate Hall, Staff Writer

November 26, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Pitt football fell to Miami, but three other Panther sports picked up the slack with a winning Thanksgiving weekend both home and away.

Hurricanes blow Pitt away, 24-3, in regular-season finale

Hurricanes blow Pitt away, 24-3, in regular-season finale

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 24, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Panthers didn’t look like themselves at Miami Saturday afternoon, earning just 200 total yards of offense and falling 24-3 to the Hurricanes.

‘Donations for Citations’ encourages donating to Pitt Pantry

‘Donations for Citations’ encourages donating to Pitt Pantry

By Emily Drzymalski, For The Pitt News

November 20, 2018


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

The holiday season is a time for giving and receiving — and this year, for every Pitt parking ticket received, students have the chance to give back a little bit.

Bhangra in the Burgh kicks up the beat

Bhangra in the Burgh kicks up the beat

By Maya Best, For The Pitt News

November 19, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

The auditorium at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial hall was filled with an energy on Saturday as part of the 2018 Bhangra in the Burgh dance competition.

Takeaways from Pitt’s Coastal-clinching win over Wake Forest

Takeaways from Pitt’s Coastal-clinching win over Wake Forest

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 19, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt football team whipped Wake Forest Saturday, 34-13, to earn the Panthers’ first-ever ACC Coastal title.

Weekend Sports: Volleyball clinches second straight ACC title

Weekend Sports: Volleyball clinches second straight ACC title

By Kate Hall, For the Pitt News

November 19, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Records were broken and ACC championships were clinched over the weekend, showing a promising future for the programs heading into the winter seasons.

Panthers exorcise Demon Deacons 34-13, clinch Coastal

Panthers exorcise Demon Deacons 34-13, clinch Coastal

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 17, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett set new career highs in passing yardage and touchdowns as the Panthers knocked off Wake Forest to clinch their first ACC Coastal title in program history.

Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith speaks in Oakland

Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith speaks in Oakland

By Hannah Schneider and Adaugoamaji Nwankpa

November 16, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Tracy K. Smith currently serves as the 52nd Poet Laureate of the United States. Smith was the latest speaker in the “Poets Aloud” series Wednesday evening.

Pitt seniors will be remembered for consistency and leadership

Pitt seniors will be remembered for consistency and leadership

By Sami Abu-Obaid, Staff Writer

November 16, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Panther’s seniors can be credited for Pitt’s miraculous turnover and record breaking season. Head Coach Pat Narduzzi will use this senior group as an example for years to come and will remember the first class he coached from freshmen to seniors for one thing — their work ethic.

‘The Last Five Years’ makes the most of a small cast

‘The Last Five Years’ makes the most of a small cast

By Apoorva Kethidi, For The Pitt News

November 15, 2018


Filed under Culture, Theater, Top Stories

The musical “The Last Five Years” opened on Nov. 14 and will continue in the Studio Theatre til Nov. 18. The show is entirely student run.

Luxury housing places Oakland gentrification on the horizon

Luxury housing places Oakland gentrification on the horizon

By Jon Moss, Staff Writer

November 15, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

With the construction of several new luxurious living apartments, there have been talks about gentrification rising in Oakland. Some students are already beginning to feel this rise in rent, but they could see an even greater rise in the future.

Committee hears student concerns regarding divestment

Committee hears student concerns regarding divestment

By Nina Kneuer and Sarah Shearer

November 15, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Pitt brought the possibility of divesting to the public stage at Town Hall Wednesday night.

Students’ lovable pet companions: A hassle and a help

Students’ lovable pet companions: A hassle and a help

By Emma Maurice and Maggie Medoff

November 15, 2018


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Finding the apartment with the right number of bedrooms and fits into a your budget is hard enough — but adding pets into the mix makes it even harder.

SGB: Students address ENS messaging system

SGB: Students address ENS messaging system

By Emily Wolfe, Senior Staff Writer

November 14, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

In a town hall format, SGB gave the floor to some of Pitt's university officials, giving them a chance to address concerns directly from students.

West Nile Virus takes a bite out of Pittsburgh

West Nile Virus takes a bite out of Pittsburgh

By Sid Lingala, Staff Writer

November 14, 2018


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

This deadly virus carried in mosquitoes decided to land in Pittsburgh this fall.

Record-setting Valerie Daigneault leads Pitt’s pool-dwellers

Record-setting Valerie Daigneault leads Pitt’s pool-dwellers

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

November 14, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Swimming and Diving, Top Stories

In two and a half seasons at Pitt, Valerie Daigneault has broken six swim team records — four relay events and two solo events. She started this season undefeated through nine races.

Fourth annual leadership retreat teaches women’s empowerment

Fourth annual leadership retreat teaches women’s empowerment

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Staff Writer

November 13, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Ninety female undergraduate students will gather at Oglebay Resort on Saturday in Wheeling, West Virginia, for the third annual Pitt Women’s Leadership Experience. Over the course of two days, the participants, who were selected in October, will hear from speakers, connect with one another and enhance their leadership skills.

‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is something special with student efforts

‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is something special with student efforts

By Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot, Staff Writer

November 13, 2018


Filed under Culture, Theater, Top Stories

The students in “Much Ado About Nothing” managed to memorize their lines for the very first day of rehearsal in order to grapple with the Shakespearean lines.

Pitt poised to win first ACC Championship

Pitt poised to win first ACC Championship

By Tyler Moran, Staff Writer

November 13, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt was picked to finish fifth in the ACC Coastal Division preseason polls. Now, they are at the top of the ACC Coastal and are only one win away from making history and becoming the first team in program history to make it to the ACC Championships.

Clean air policies go up in smoke

Clean air policies go up in smoke

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

November 12, 2018


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh isn’t a newcomer to low rankings in air quality. The city is ranked the eighth worst city in the country for particle pollution by the American Lung Association and received straight-F grades for particle pollution and ozone levels.

Panthers run wild on Hokies, win 52-22 in Coastal clash

Panthers run wild on Hokies, win 52-22 in Coastal clash

By Sami Abu-Obaid, Staff Writer

November 10, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt made history in its final home game of the season, racking up the most offensive yards, the longest play and the first time going undefeated in the ACC at home in program history.

Political experts panel analyzes midterm results

Political experts panel analyzes midterm results

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, For The Pitt News

November 9, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics organized a panel of political experts at Chatham Thursday to analyze the 2018 midterm election.

Football Prediction: Pitt will come out on top 34-26

Football Prediction: Pitt will come out on top 34-26

By Michael Nitti, Staff Writer

November 9, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt has been dominate at home this season, averaging 40.7 points and 295.7 yards per game. The only question is, will the Panthers be able to continue that streak when it matters most? Read here to see what you can expect from the Panthers when they face Virginia Tech this Saturday.

Udderly local: A snapshot of Schneider’s Dairy

Udderly local: A snapshot of Schneider’s Dairy

By Elizabeth Martinson, For The Pitt News

November 8, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Edward and Catherine Schneider founded Schneider’s dairy in 1935 as a small, local producer. Today, their products can be found across the east coast.

Children’s Fund proposal fails

Children’s Fund proposal fails

By Hannah Schneider, News Editor

November 8, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

The Allegheny County Children’s Fund would have contributed to numerous education initiatives, but the measure failed to pass by a narrow margin Tuesday.

Conor Lamb, D-Pa., victorious in 17th Congressional District election

Conor Lamb, D-Pa., victorious in 17th Congressional District election

By Sarah Shearer, Assistant News Editor

November 6, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

In the only U.S. House race between two incumbents, Conor Lamb, D-Pa., took victory of the 17th Pennsylvania district over Keith Rothfus, R-Pa.

Tom Wolf wins second term as Pa. Governor

Tom Wolf wins second term as Pa. Governor

By Hannah Schneider, News Editor

November 6, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Incumbent Democrat Tom Wolf will remain governor of Pennsylvania after defeating Republican Scott Wagner in the midterm elections Tuesday.

Pa. Senator Bob Casey Jr. beats Lou Barletta, wins third term

Pa. Senator Bob Casey Jr. beats Lou Barletta, wins third term

By Joanna Li, Assistant News Editor

November 6, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Four-term Republican U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta sought to take the sole Senate seat of two-term incumbent Democrat U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. — but failed to do so, as Sen. Casey defeated Barletta.

Crowds withstand cold for Stronger Than Hate Concert featuring Kesha

Crowds withstand cold for Stronger Than Hate Concert featuring Kesha

By Prachi Patel, Senior Staff Writer

November 6, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

The outdoor Stronger Than Hate concert on Saturday night was put together by the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh, a nonprofit LGBTQ+ organization.

Power outage affects multiple buildings on Forbes Ave

Power outage affects multiple buildings on Forbes Ave

By Hannah Schneider, News Editor

November 6, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

A power outage on Monday left multiple buildings on Forbes Ave. vacant for the night. The cause of the outage is still unknown.

Pitt students gather to support Jewish community

Pitt students gather to support Jewish community

By Christian Snyder, Editor-in-Chief

November 5, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

In a combined effort on Monday afternoon, members of the Pitt community gathered in support of the Jewish community. The vigil featured words from Mayor Bill Peduto along with several musical performances from student a cappella groups.

Five Pa. House races to watch

Five Pa. House races to watch

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

November 5, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Approach Tuesday’s midterm elections with an eye on these key districts.

Preview: Men’s team can only go up from 2017

Preview: Men’s team can only go up from 2017

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 5, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Even if the new-look Panthers only win one ACC game this season, it will still be an improvement over 2017's disastrous campaign.

Preview: Experienced core looks to lead women’s basketball

Preview: Experienced core looks to lead women’s basketball

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

November 5, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Pitt's women's basketball team is looking to once again make a new for itself under first year head coach Lance White. The team has five seniors set to come back and help the Panthers once again achieve a winning record.

Panthers win 23-13, leapfrog Va. in ACC Coastal

Panthers win 23-13, leapfrog Va. in ACC Coastal

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 3, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The sloppy field conditions were perfectly suited for the Panthers, who pounded the ball on the ground and stifled Virginia’s offense en route to a 23-13 victory.

Obituaries: Tree of Life shooting victims

Obituaries: Tree of Life shooting victims

By Elise Lavallee, Contributing Editor

November 2, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

The obituaries of each life lost in the Tree of Life shooting last Saturday, Oct. 27.

Pittsburgh International Airport approves new budget for changes

Pittsburgh International Airport approves new budget for changes

By Jon Moss, Staff Writer

November 1, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The Pittsburgh International Airport will soon see changes to the operating systems of the airport. Students getting ready to jet home on the next break from school will begin to see changes in the Pittsburgh airport — and hopefully, cheaper tickets too.

Pitt Announces Addition of Women’s Lacrosse Team in 2021

Pitt Announces Addition of Women’s Lacrosse Team in 2021

By Tessa Sayers, Assistant Sports Editor

November 1, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced the addition of the women’s lacrosse team on Thursday, its first season will be in spring 2022. Pitt’s last varsity sports addition was over 20 years ago when women’s softball was added in 1998.

Pittsburgh rallies, unites against hate

Pittsburgh rallies, unites against hate

By Dylan Giaccobe, Staff Writer

November 1, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, News, Top Stories

When President Donald Trump visited Pittsburgh on Tuesday in the aftermath of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto stayed far away – as did many other local elected officials. But a student-organized Unite Against Hate rally in Schenley Plaza Wednesday night brought the...

Fraternities fundraise with pancakes, bring hope to tragic times

Fraternities fundraise with pancakes, bring hope to tragic times

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

October 31, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

Campus groups have each had their own reactions to the Tree of Life Synagogue tragedy last weekend. Delta Chi and Sigma Alpha Mu chose to help out with a pancake fundraiser.

‘Halloween’ returns to form 40 years later

‘Halloween’ returns to form 40 years later

By Apoorva Kethidi, For The Pitt News

October 31, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies, Top Stories

“Halloween” is back. After 40 years and 10 poor sequels, the franchise finally hits a high note with the latest installation.

Student Safety in a season of screams

Student Safety in a season of screams

By Andrew O'Brien, For the Pitt News

October 31, 2018


Filed under Campus, Crime, News, Top Stories

Pitt students who took to Oakland’s streets in costume this Halloween week had reason to think twice before donning a “Scream” mask. The masked killer from that cult classic horror film is fictional, but the “Scream bandit,” who committed at least three armed robberies in Shadyside in September...

SGB stands behind Jewish community

SGB stands behind Jewish community

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

October 30, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Kathryn Fleisher wants to make sure last weekend’s massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue won’t be forgotten. “Our community is still mourning,” Fleisher, a sophomore majoring in GSWS and politics and philosophy double major, said. “We’re still attending funerals, we’re still doing ...

City of steel is a city of scares

City of steel is a city of scares

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

October 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Pitt students looking for a haunt don’t have to look far. Pittsburgh is home to several haunted locations for those looking for a scare all year long, including one of Pitt’s own Cathedral of Learning Nationality Rooms. The Early American Room, situated in room 328 of the Cathedral, is alleged...

The tricks, treats and traditions of Halloween

The tricks, treats and traditions of Halloween

By Remy Samuels, Staff Writer

October 30, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

It’s hard to believe that consuming mounds of Snickers and Kit Kat bars every Oct. 31 hasn’t always been a part of the Halloween tradition. In fact, the holiday used to be far from the hoarding of junk food, it was instead a time for rooting of kale and cabbage, and playing divination games. L...

Jewish Greek life honors Tree of Life victims

Jewish Greek life honors Tree of Life victims

By Jon Moss, Staff Writer

October 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

After Saturday morning’s massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, some Jewish Pitt Greek life organizations are helping support their fellow Pittsburghers. A coalition of several historically Jewish Pitt fraternities and sororities — Alpha Epsilon Phi, Sigma Alpha Mu, Alpha Epsilon Pi...

President Trump arrives in Pittsburgh in wake of Tree of Life shooting

President Trump arrives in Pittsburgh in wake of Tree of Life shooting

By Janine Faust and Hannah Schneider

October 30, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

As Air Force One touched down at the Pittsburgh International Airport around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, thousands of Pittsburghers gathered in Squirrel Hill to make their dissatisfaction with his visit known. But the two didn’t overlap — Trump made no public appearances in his time in Pittsburgh, and the...

Pitt community responds to synagogue shooting

Pitt community responds to synagogue shooting

By Emily Drzymalski, For the Pitt News

October 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, Crime, News, Top Stories

The sounds of sirens and phone alerts informed Pitt students of the active shooter situation happening a few neighborhoods over in Squirrel Hill at the Tree of Life Synagogue Saturday morning. In the wake of Saturday’s shooting, Pitt students and organizations are taking action. After the shooting that claimed the live...

‘Rocky Horror’ survives cancellation scare to please fans and performers

‘Rocky Horror’ survives cancellation scare to please fans and performers

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

October 30, 2018


Filed under Culture, Theater, Top Stories

Students in the Engineering Council’s production of “Rocky Horror” were devastated when they were told the show was cancel. However, with some luck, the show was brought back to the stage.

Tree of Life: how students can offer help

Tree of Life: how students can offer help

By Sarah Shearer, Assistant News Editor

October 30, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Pitt students can have a role in mending their city -- whether it's sitting with a grieving friend or giving blood.

11 dead, 6 injured in massacre at Tree of Life Congregation in Squirrel Hill

11 dead, 6 injured in massacre at Tree of Life Congregation in Squirrel Hill

By The Pitt News Staff

October 29, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

11 are dead and 6 injured after a shooter attacked a synagogue in Squirrel Hill on Saturday. The suspect will 29 federal charges at his scheduled appearance in court on Monday.

President Trump responds to Tree of Life massacre

President Trump responds to Tree of Life massacre

By Jon Moss, Staff Writer

October 28, 2018


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

After 11 Pittsburghers were killed in a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill Saturday morning, President Donald Trump publicly renounced the act and pledged his support to the victims. The president responded to the incident on Twitter at at 11:08 a.m, about an hour after the fi...

Affidavit reveals details of synagogue shooting

Affidavit reveals details of synagogue shooting

By Hannah Schneider, Assistant News Editor

October 28, 2018


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

After 11 people were killed and six were injured at a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill Saturday morning, the U.S. Attorney’s office filed 29 federal charges against suspect Robert Bowers.

Victims identified in Tree of Life shooting

Victims identified in Tree of Life shooting

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

October 28, 2018


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

The names of the 11 people killed by a gunman who opened fire Saturday in the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill were released Sunday morning. Among the victims, who ranged in age from 54 to 97, were a married couple from Wilkinsburg and a pair of brothers who lived in Squirrel Hill. [Re...

Gab: Its history and influence in the Tree of Life shooting

Gab: Its history and influence in the Tree of Life shooting

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

October 28, 2018


Filed under Crime, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

Shortly before entering the Tree of Life congregation in Squirrel Hill, Robert Bowers, a Baldwin resident and Saturday’s shooting suspect, posted a message on social media site Gab that said, “I can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics. I'm going in.” As details of the massacre unfolded, more anti-Semitic messages that Bowers had posted on his Ga...

Robert Bowers, Pittsburgh synagogue massacre suspect: What we know

Robert Bowers, Pittsburgh synagogue massacre suspect: What we know

By The Pitt News Staff

October 27, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Robert Bowers frequently posted anti-Semitic views on social media. Five minutes before police were alerted of a deadly shooting at a Squirrel Hill synagogue, Bowers wrote: "Screw your optics. I'm going in." He is the primary suspect in the massacre.

Community hosts vigil to mourn victims of Squirrel Hill synagogue massacre

Community hosts vigil to mourn victims of Squirrel Hill synagogue massacre

By The Pitt News Staff

October 27, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Hundreds of Pittsburgh community members gathered to mourn the victims of the deadly shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday, which authorities are investigating as a hate crime in one of America's most deeply rooted Jewish neighborhoods.

Pitt rushes for 484 yards, beats Duke 54-45 on final drive

Pitt rushes for 484 yards, beats Duke 54-45 on final drive

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 27, 2018


Filed under 3. Breaking, Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt rushed for 484 yards as a team — the second-most in program history — in a 54-45 last-minute win over the Duke Blue Devils.

Weekly Pick ‘em: Staff gets out crystal ball for NFL Week 8

Weekly Pick ‘em: Staff gets out crystal ball for NFL Week 8

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 26, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

This week the “Weekly Pick ‘em” focuses on NFL games only. With some writers taking huge chances, there are a few games where the writers agree on who will win.

Pitt fails to win final game of the season

Pitt fails to win final game of the season

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

October 25, 2018


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt women’s soccer fell to Boston College, 7-0, in the final game of the season. Because of the result, the team will not advance to the ACC Tournament.

What are the odds: Cleveland has potential as “Believeland”

What are the odds: Cleveland has potential as “Believeland”

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

October 25, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

With both Pitt and the Steelers back at it after their bye weeks, there’s a lot at stake in sports betting. In this installment of “What are the Odds,” The Pitt News offers our best advice on which bet you should take for the best outcome.

From branch to bottle: all of DeLallo’s olives

From branch to bottle: all of DeLallo’s olives

By Elizabeth Martinson, For The Pitt News

October 24, 2018


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Jeff Latimer likes to give his olives the Jacuzzi treatment. The director of operations at DeLallo’s olive production facility doesn’t exactly run his plant like a spa, but the olives begin processing with a plunge into a basin of swirling salty brine, with air jets shooting a sea of tiny green dots in...

International athletes get first taste of American flavors

International athletes get first taste of American flavors

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

For these international athletes, one of the biggest changes that came out of moving to the United States was the food. To many, french fries dipped in a Wendy’s frosty is a normal treat. For soccer player Marcony Pimentel, this seemed out of the ordinary — but he loved it.

The inside scoop on Klavon’s sundaes

The inside scoop on Klavon’s sundaes

By Jon Moss and Mary Rose O'Donnel, The Pitt News Staff

October 24, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

As self-driving cars roam Pittsburgh’s streets and local computer scientists develop advanced robots, one ice cream shop keeps the feeling of the early 20th century alive. Nestled in the historic Strip District, at the corner of Penn Avenue and 28th Street, Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor has been a...

SGB hears criticism of Sodexo, the University

SGB hears criticism of Sodexo, the University

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

SGB will hold its second Eat and Greet meeting this Friday — the first public opportunity for students to question Sodexo officials since revelations last week that the Allegheny County Health Department cited Market Central for 14 health code violations.

Pitt students show love for University

Pitt students show love for University

By Sarah Shearer, Assistant News Editor

October 23, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Pitt students were greeted with free food and giveaways in front of the William Pitt Union at Tuesday's I Love Pitt Day.

An appeeling treat: The art of making apple butter

An appeeling treat: The art of making apple butter

By The Pitt News Staff

October 23, 2018


Filed under Food & Drink, News, Top Stories

At Threadbare Cider House, cider is surely the apple of its eye — but there’s room for apple butter, too.

Take 5: City of Stars, Cardiac Cleveland

Take 5: City of Stars, Cardiac Cleveland

By The Pitt News Staff

October 23, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories, Video, Visual

TPN’s weekly hot takes are here a little earlier this week, but it doesn’t stop our staff from voicing their opinions on pro-sports. From the city’s own Riverhounds to the Lakers’ Lebron James, our staffs takes will surely keep you in the loop with what is going on in the sports world.

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