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Pitt football hopes to continue extracting revenge in Iowa rematch

Pitt football hopes to continue extracting revenge in Iowa rematch

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 17, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Call Pat Narduzzi “the exorcist.” In his first pair of games, Pitt’s new head football coach has led the Panthers to victories against two ghosts of losses past— Youngstown State and Akron. On Saturday at 8 p.m. , Pitt (2-0) will attempt to cleanse another demon from its past against Iowa (2-0). Like Pitt’s first two opponents, Iowa isn’t a mainst...

Students do good, boost resumes at volunteer fair

Students do good, boost resumes at volunteer fair

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

September 16, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Senior Jessica Star came to the volunteer fair for the love of community service and the added intention of bulking up her resumé. Volunteering, she said, gets her experience with other people. “There are a lot of diverse people in Pittsburgh, and by volunteering, I get to learn more about them a...

Oakwatch talks Over-crowding

Oakwatch talks Over-crowding

By Elizabeth Lepro and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

September 16, 2015


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

When Hanson Kappelman attended college in Ohio, he fought for student independence. More than 30 years later, Kappelman, now living in Oakland, thinks residents need to follow the rules. At Wednesday’s monthly Oakwatch meeting, Kappelman and several other permanent Oakland residents, like Janice Lo...

Labor leaders speak to students

Labor leaders speak to students

By Kelechi Urama / Staff Writer

September 16, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Gabe Kramer spent his Tuesday night showing students the meaning of French fries, T-shirts, briefcases and hard hats. While the smattering of items might not say anything deep to some people, to Kramer, they represent the roots of a movement. On Tuesday night, Kramer, a union organizer from Service Emp...

James Conner honored for community service

James Conner honored for community service

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 16, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt junior running back James Conner arrived at the Shadyside chapter of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania Tuesday afternoon prepared to dole out advice to children — but to his surprise, Conner received a gift of his own. Conner was officially named a member of the 2015 Allstate AFC...

New traditions for Jewish new year

New traditions for Jewish new year

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

September 15, 2015


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

Sami Sheinwald stood in front of her dinner table FaceTiming her mom, flipping the camera to proudly display the food-laden, friend-filled Rosh Hashana celebration. “Look mom, here’s mine,” Sheinwald said as she compared her spread to her mother’s table in New York. This year, Sheinwald, a...

Yacine Diop charged with aggravated assault, other counts

Yacine Diop charged with aggravated assault, other counts

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 14, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Pitt sophomore women's basketball player Yacine Diop faces charges after an undisclosed incident on campus last month. Pitt police arrested Diop on Aug. 28. Diop faces three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of recklessly endangering another person, one count of disorderly conduct and...

Quarterback controversy brewing for Pitt after win in Akron

Quarterback controversy brewing for Pitt after win in Akron

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 14, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Doug Flutie or Rob Johnson? Cardale Jones or J.T. Barrett? Nate Peterman or Chad Voytik? Because of a touchdown drive from the backup quarterback to end the first half against Akron on Saturday, Pitt may have the next big quarterback controversy. Pitt’s coaching staff pulled Voytik, the junior starter ...

Cheers: Pitt Rowing christens new boat

Cheers: Pitt Rowing christens new boat

By Josh Ye / For The Pitt News

September 14, 2015


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

On a sunny Saturday afternoon on the Allegheny River, Donald Burke popped a bottle of champagne to honor Jonas Salk, the father of the polio vaccine, as well as the newest addition to Pitt’s rowing team. A seemingly odd juxtaposition, the Pitt scientist and the eight-person heavyweight boat share a name, a...

Gallery: Pitt vs. Akron Football Sept. 12, 2015

Gallery: Pitt vs. Akron Football Sept. 12, 2015

By Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

September 12, 2015


Filed under Top Stories, Visual

PDM to shave off 8 hours of dancing

PDM to shave off 8 hours of dancing

By Liz Lepro and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

September 11, 2015


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

As of this spring, Pitt’s annual charity dance will require a little less endurance. The Pitt Dance Marathon, which raises money for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, has previously been a 24-hour dance marathon in February held in the Charles L. Cost Sports Center. This year, the dance will m...

Mental health: breaking the silence

Mental health: breaking the silence

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

September 10, 2015


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

In 2007, seventh grader Matthew Sykes needed guidance and found it in a friend and fellow Boy Scout — a “man of principle,” as he called him — who he could look up to. Sykes’ friend, who he referred to as “Jack” for privacy, was a 16-year-old Eagle Scout who took Sykes under his wing...

Pitt makes gender studies major official

Pitt makes gender studies major official

By Lauren Rosenblatt and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

September 9, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Mastering topics including sexuality, gender identity and Hillary Clinton can now earn you a major at Pitt. While the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences has always offered a gender, sexuality and women’s studies certificate, as of June 16, this will be the first semester it will be expanded into ...

SGB votes against plastic bags

SGB votes against plastic bags

By Mark Pesto and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

September 9, 2015


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

Students can no longer receive free plastic bags from campus dining services, including Market Central’s Quick Zone, per a new Student Government Board resolution passed Tuesday. SGB voted unanimously at last evening’s meeting to approve a resolution called the “BYO[Bag] Initiative Restructure,” whic...

James Conner out for year with torn MCL

James Conner out for year with torn MCL

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 8, 2015


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

Following an injury against Youngstown State University on Saturday, Pitt junior running back James Conner will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn MCL in his right knee, head coach Pat Narduzzi announced at his weekly press conference on Monday. Narduzzi said while the severity of...

Pitt installs new Title IX coordinator

Pitt installs new Title IX coordinator

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

September 7, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

After the amount of reported rape on Pitt’s campus doubled between 2013 and 2014, Pitt hired its first full-time Title IX coordinator to assess the rising numbers. The University announced it hired Catherine Pope to fill the role in a release Sept. 2. Carol Mohamed, former director of diversity a...

Beds and bathrooms: Pitt starts gender-neutral push

Beds and bathrooms: Pitt starts gender-neutral push

By Lauren Rosenblatt and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

September 3, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

This fall, Pitt is welcoming students, faculty and staff to use any restroom on campus that they desire, corresponding to their gender identity. Next fall, Pitt will open Ruskin Hall as the first gender-neutral dorm on campus. In an interview with The Pitt News, the University said Ruskin Hall will accommoda...

Pennsylvania gets online voter registration

Pennsylvania gets online voter registration

By Dale Shoemaker and Elizabeth Lepro / The Pitt News Staff

September 3, 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...

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