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Two suspicious packages detonated in Oakland

Two suspicious packages detonated in Oakland

By Harrison Kaminsky and Danielle Fox / The Pitt News Staff

April 13, 2016


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

In two separate instances, Pittsburgh Bomb Squad detonated suspicious packages in Oakland today. Pittsburgh Bomb Squad detonated the first suspicious package about 5:30 p.m. near the intersection of Thackeray and Fifth Avenue after receiving a call. After evacuating classes nearby, Pitt poli...

Pitt topples West Virginia University, 4-1

Pitt topples West Virginia University, 4-1

By Steve Rotstein / Staff Writer

April 13, 2016


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

Although fellow Pitt baseball starting pitchers T.J. Zeuch and Aaron Sandefur are grabbing all the headlines this year, Sam Mersing snagged the spotlight against West Virginia Tuesday night. Mersing allowed just three hits and one walk with seven strikeouts over six scoreless innings to improve to 5-2 on th...

Study calls for expanded caregiver support

Study calls for expanded caregiver support

By Erin Hare / Staff Writer

April 13, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Although retired, Edward Petrisek has not taken a day off in four years. In 2011, Petrisek moved his parents, both in their 90s, into his third floor Pittsburgh walk-up, where he cared for his father until he passed away in 2014 and still cares for his now 98-year-old mother. Petrisek’s work, comb...

Student arrested for child pornography

By Alexa Bakalarski and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

April 13, 2016


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh police arrested a Pitt student Tuesday on child pornography charges, as well as criminal use of a cell phone and the internet, according to a police report. Ammar Butaleb, a first-year Pitt student, was arrested at an apartment Tuesday afternoon on Allequippa Street in Oakland on one felony...

Study details how heart disease affects black women

Study details how heart disease affects black women

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

April 12, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

When it comes to heart disease, a Pitt study has found race and sex play a significant role. On March 30, Pitt researchers published a study that has the potential to lead to a new method of screening for cardiovascular disease in middle-aged black women. The study, which compared menopausal black...

Pride Week struts in with drag show

Pride Week struts in with drag show

By Zoe Hannah / Assistant News Editor

April 12, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Tootsie Snyder isn’t afraid to spread her legs in front of a crowd of college students. The local drag queen — a person who puts on feminine airs, dramatic makeup and skimpy swimsuits or glittery gowns for intense dance and lip sync battles — emceed the 16th annual Rainbow Alliance Drag Show a...

Suicide survivor talks awareness

Suicide survivor talks awareness

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

April 10, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Less than 1 percent of people who jump off the Golden Gate Bridge survive. Kevin Hines is part of that 1 percent. On Sunday at 3:30 p.m., about 220 members of the Pitt community gathered in the O’Hara Student Center Ballroom to hear Hines speak about his suicide attempt and ensuing mental health ac...

Pastor speaks about gender, students protest

Pastor speaks about gender, students protest

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

April 10, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Scott Stiegemeyer wants churches to welcome and support transgender individuals — but he also thinks gender reassignment surgery is a sin. Stiegemeyer has written multiple books about theological perspectives of being transgender and intersex. His lecture, which began at 7 p.m. in the O’Hara Student...

Notre Dame washes Pitt away, 13-1

Notre Dame washes Pitt away, 13-1

By Chad Cameron / Staff Writer

April 10, 2016


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

If the weather didn’t completely ruin this past weekend for the Pitt softball team, the Fighting Irish definitely finished the job. The Panthers (24-14, 5-8 ACC) fell to 20th ranked Notre Dame (28-6,6-3 ACC) in South Bend, Indiana, Sunday. It was the only game the two teams played this weekend after...

Dorsett, Cavanaugh, to return for spring game

Dorsett, Cavanaugh, to return for spring game

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant Sports Editor

April 10, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi is flashing back to the 1970s for the annual Blue-Gold Game this month. On Saturday, Narduzzi announced that former Panthers from Pitt’s 1976 national championship team, Tony Dorsett and Matt Cavanaugh, will be honorary coaches for the Blue-Gold Game on April...

German language tool wins mobile app challenge

German language tool wins mobile app challenge

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

April 8, 2016


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

After seeing countless first-year students waste their dining hall swipes — and others who wished they had some — two former Resident Assistants hit their laptops. Asim Viqar and Shil Patel designed Swipes — an app that facilitates sharing meal swipes and allows students to tip one another for...

Curtis Smith: Officer, teacher, fighter

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

April 7, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

An arsenal of weapons lies across six tables in Curtis Smith’s self-defense class — not that you’d know it if you looked. At first glance, a cell phone, some pens and other everyday items sit on the table, all seemingly harmless. But when Smith starts talking, everything comes together. The cell phon...

Pitt develops new epilepsy drug

Pitt develops new epilepsy drug

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

April 7, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Pitt researchers are developing a drug that may help people with epilepsy see fewer medication side effects, according to a recent report. Epilepsy researchers have spent the past two-and-a-half years redesigning Retigabine, a commonly prescribed epilepsy drug, to increase effectiveness and decreas...

Students and alumni awarded research grants

By Zoë Hannah / Assistant News Editor

April 7, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The National Science Foundation awarded 10 Pitt students and eight alumni its Graduate Research Fellowship last week. On March 29, the foundation, which sponsored $22,510 of Pitt’s research and other sponsored programs in 2016, gave the award to 2,000 students across the country for their outstandin...

SGB considers resolution to make campus smoke free

SGB considers resolution to make campus smoke free

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

April 6, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Pitt Student Government Board member Jack Heidecker wants Pitt’s campus to breathe easy. At SGB’s weekly public meeting Tuesday, Heidecker introduced a resolution supporting the ban of tobacco use on Pitt’s campus. If the board passes the resolution next week, SGB will formally support any futur...

Students critique Biden event

Students critique Biden event

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

April 6, 2016


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

Though about 1,000 students cheered for the vice president on Tuesday, hundreds were turned away and others complained about the event's tone.  After waiting in line for more than an hour to hear Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday, Megan Boyle left before Biden ever stepped foot on stage. “I’ve never seen something more disorganized or poorly executed than this #ItsOnUs ...

Joystick jocks: Competitive gaming enters new era

Joystick jocks: Competitive gaming enters new era

By Ryan Reichardt / Staff Writer

April 6, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

The clicking is incessant. Only the clinking of sword fights and cheers from winning players interrupt the sound, and with each tap on the mouse, the tiny, goblin-like figure on the computer screen dodges colorful explosions from circling opponents. Thousands of mouse clicks — rapid and uninterrupt...

Penn State clobbers Pitt, 7-0

Penn State clobbers Pitt, 7-0

By Steve Rotstein / Staff Writer

April 6, 2016


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

Coming off a gem of a series in Clemson last weekend, the Pitt baseball team put up a lackluster effort in State College Tuesday night. The Panthers (13-12, 5-7 ACC) ran into Penn State senior left-hander Nick Hedge, who had no trouble slicing through Pitt’s offense. Hedge was nearly unhittable, t...

Students honored with Goldwater scholarship

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

April 5, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

For the fourth year in a row, the foundation behind the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship recognized all of Pitt’s student nominees. Three Pitt juniors — Patrick Asinger, Natalie Dall and Charles Hansen — received the scholarship, which covers costs for books, tuition and room and board, and Ethan Garc...

Positive racial identities can help children learn

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

April 5, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

When parents and teachers start having conversations about race and racial identity with children — even when they’re as young as 3-years-old — those children go on to do better in school. That suggestion, which Pitt’s School of Education published in a report on March 31, is part of the Sc...

Researchers develop portable cell model

By Erin Hare / Staff Writer

April 3, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Remote communities often lack the kind of medical labs necessary for accurate diagnoses and treatments, but new lab-on-a-chip technology from Pitt may make these devices like these portable.  Pitt researchers have created a model that explains how enzymes can move around cells — either engineered mi...

Pitt leaves Raleigh victorious

Pitt leaves Raleigh victorious

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

April 3, 2016


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

After overcoming struggles on the mound in game one, the Pitt softball team walked away with wins in two of three games this weekend in a series against North Carolina State in Raleigh, North Carolina. After splitting with the Wolfpack in the teams’ doubleheader on Saturday, the Panthers closed o...

Pitt falls to Clemson in weekend series

Pitt falls to Clemson in weekend series

By Steve Rotstein / Staff Writer

April 3, 2016


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

Pitt shortstop Charles LeBlanc hails from Quebec, but the sophomore seemed right at home this weekend in Clemson, South Carolina. LeBlanc tallied nine hits and nine RBIs in 13 at-bats against the No. 14 Clemson Tigers (21-7, 7-5 ACC) on the weekend, and helped the Panthers roll to a blowout victory o...

Theres no place like a Bernie rally

Theres no place like a Bernie rally

By Zoë Hannah / Assistant News Editor

April 1, 2016


Filed under News, Top Stories

Just months after we thought we lost her for good, Dorothy, the Cathedral of Learning’s peregrine falcon, is back. And this time, she’s supporting democratic socialism. Four months after the National Aviary announced the assumed death of the prestigious peregrine falcon, Dorothy smashed through the wi...

Cathy confused by lack of catcalls

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

April 1, 2016


Filed under News, Top Stories

Watching students trickle out of its doors around 10 p.m. last Thursday as they headed home from a long day of class, schoolwork and club meetings, Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning realized it hadn’t been cat-called for an entire day. Experts determined the inclement weather couldn’t have been the only reason th...

Cathedral lighting up for high grades

Cathedral lighting up for high grades

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

April 1, 2016


Filed under News, Top Stories

Even though the football season is over, that doesn’t mean Pitt has turned the victory lights off. Fans who have noticed the lights shining more frequently — and seemingly without reason — this spring can thank junior finance major Terry Anderson. In a statement issued Thursday, Pitt said it...

Pitt puts salaries in temporary freezer

Pitt puts salaries in temporary freezer

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

April 1, 2016


Filed under News, Top Stories

When Pennsylvania legislators held Pitt’s state funding hostage for eight months this year, University administrators took a hit where it counts: their wallets. In response to the budget uncertainty last month, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher recommended that the Board of Trustees’ Compensation Com...

Magee to study pregnancy, heart disease connection

Magee to study pregnancy, heart disease connection

By Erin Hare / Staff Writer

April 1, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Starting today, Pitt researchers will begin to pull at the strings potentially linking pregnancy complications and heart disease. The Magee-Womens Research Institute, along with researchers from four other universities and medical centers, will study the link between certain pregnancy complications —...

Candidates dumb down speech for relateability

By Danni Zhou / Staff Writer

April 1, 2016


Filed under National News, News, Top Stories

If the 2016 presidential candidates competed on the television show, “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?” some of them would do well to save their lifelines for the English section. Trump, for example, uses fifth grade level grammar in his speeches, on average, a recent CMU linguistics study foun...

Panthers of the Week

By Elizabeth Lepro | Assistant Sports Editor

April 1, 2016


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

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Boyd enters draft, sort of

Boyd enters draft, sort of

By Dan Sostek | Sports Editor

April 1, 2016


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

Former Pitt wide receiver Tyler Boyd is a warrior on the field, but he recently realized he signed up for the wrong battle. Due to a mishap at the Panthers’ appearance in the 2015 Military Bowl, Boyd accidentally signed up for the United States Military’s draft, rather than the NFL Draft that he ...

Justice Kithcart, Crisshawn Clark re-confirm commitment

By Phoebe Gilmore and Dan Sostek | Sports Desk

March 31, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Thursday evening, Virginia Episcopal point guard Justice Kithcart and Crisshawn Clark, who’s currently attending Cañada College, both confirmed that they will re-commit to Pitt for next year’s basketball season. Kithcart reopened his recruitment process after former Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon lef...

Brandin Knight declines Stallings’ offer

By Elizabeth Lepro | Assistant Sports Editor

March 31, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Former assistant basketball coach Brandin Knight announced Thursday that he will not return to Pitt’s court next season. A few days after new Pitt basketball head coach Kevin Stallings Knight a position on his staff, Knight announced over Twitter Thursday that he would not accept the position. Knigh...

Pitt senate discusses tenure

Pitt senate discusses tenure

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

March 30, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Faculty and staff from all of Pitt’s campuses came together Wednesday to take part in a discussion on academic freedom and how it promotes diversity and inclusion. Pitt’s University Senate hosted its annual plenary meeting — an event focusing on a pressing topic for each academic year — in ...

Pitt’s Board of Trustees approves money for renovations

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 30, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

At a public meeting Tuesday, the Property and Facilities Committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved $34.7 million for seven renovation projects at three of its campuses, and said it would renew the leases for four properties in Oakland. Among the projects are plans for a $5.7 million mu...

Knight considering Stallings’ offer

Knight considering Stallings’ offer

By Steve Rotstein | Staff Writer

March 30, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

New Pitt men’s basketball head coach Kevin Stallings confirmed Tuesday morning that he offered Brandin Knight the opportunity to stay on as assistant coach next year. On a TribLIVE radio broadcast Tuesday, Stallings said he offered Knight the position earlier that morning. Knight, former head coach Jami...

SGB amends allocations manual

SGB amends allocations manual

By Lauren Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

March 30, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

By amending its manual, the Allocations Committee of Pitt’s Student Government Board is working to give a competitive edge to non-athletic clubs. Nick Reslink, chair of the Allocations Committee, proposed a bill on March 1 to amend the Allocations Manual, which dictates how the group doles out money t...

Pitt settles Johnston lawsuit, looks to form trans inclusion group

By Lauren Rosenblatt and Emily Brindley / The Pitt News Staff

March 30, 2016


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

Four years after he was expelled, Pitt announced Tuesday that it had settled Seamus Johnston’s lawsuit and would establish a focus group on transgender inclusion. Pitt announced in a joint statement with Johnston that after working collaboratively, the two parties had settled Johnston’s 2013 lawsuit a...

UPMC to pay workers $15 per hour by 2021

UPMC to pay workers $15 per hour by 2021

By Danni Zhou / Staff Writer

March 30, 2016


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

After several years of workers calling for higher wages, UPMC announced on Tuesday that by 2021, its minimum starting wage for employees would reach $15 per hour, and average service worker pay would surpass $15 per hour by 2019. The raise will apply to most of UPMC’s Pittsburgh facilities, including Pr...

Manigault will stay at Pitt

By Elizabeth Lepro and Dan Sostek | Sports Desk

March 30, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Paul VI Catholic High School (VA) forward Corey Manigault confirmed to The Pitt News on Tuesday he will stay committed to Pitt, despite former Panthers head coach Jamie Dixon’s move to Texas Christian University. After Dixon’s decision to leave Pitt for his alma mater, three big commits were in...

Crime map for March 16 – 25

By The Pitt News Staff

March 28, 2016


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

Here's the interactive crime map for March 16 - 25 Wednesday, March 16, 2016 5:59 p.m. Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall. Pitt police are investigating a report of a damaged rear passenger window. 6:32 p.m. Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall. Pitt police responded to a report of a damaged driv...

Pitt ranked 29th among best large employers

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

March 27, 2016


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

Based on employee responses, Forbes Media has ranked Pitt among the country’s top large employers. Pitt ranked 29th overall of 500 companies included in the country’s top large employers in a survey of employee satisfaction from Forbes Media and Statista, an online statistics company. The compani...

Pitt Twitter implodes over Stallings rumors

Pitt Twitter implodes over Stallings rumors

By Harrison Kaminsky / Managing Editor

March 27, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

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Pitt Pantry simulates hunger

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

March 24, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Darius Bittle-Dockery munched on rice for dinner, but he wasn’t nursing Sushi Fuku chirashi. He sat cross-legged on the floor, rationing out miniscule portions from a communal bowl. Bittle-Dockery, a second-year Pitt grad student pursuing a dual master’s degree in public health and Ph.D. in anthropology, ate ...

New placenta model uses space-age technology

New placenta model uses space-age technology

By Erin Hare / For The Pitt News

March 24, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Channeling outer space, researchers at Magee-Womens Hospital have grown cells resembling those in the human placenta in March to study how infectious diseases lead to birth defects, especially the Zika virus. The team, which also includes researchers from Johns Hopkins and Arizona State University, fo...

Kesha to headline Pittsburgh Pride in the Streets

Kesha to headline Pittsburgh Pride in the Streets

By Zoë Hannah / Assistant News Editor

March 23, 2016


Filed under City, National News, News, Top Stories

This year’s Pittsburgh Pride in the Street will have even more glitter than usual. Kesha will headline this year’s event, an annual celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, according to a Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh release. The foundation also announced Wednesday that Angel Haze, a pansexual an...

PA primaries: A student’s guide

By Zoë Hannah / Assistant News Editor

March 23, 2016


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

Pennsylvania’s finally joining in on the 2016 presidential election — 281 delegates will be up for grabs in the primaries April 26. Pennsylvania voters will be able to cast their ballots for president, Senate and Congress nominations for the Republican, Democratic and Independent parties. In preparation, ...

Pens playoff push persists without Malkin

Pens playoff push persists without Malkin

By Jeff Carpenter / Staff Writer

March 23, 2016


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

It wasn’t even a big hit, but its impact sent shockwaves reverberating through the National Hockey League. As Penguins center Evgeni Malkin came in on the forecheck, he was closed off by Columbus defenseman Dalton Prout. Malkin left the crash hunched over in pain. While the Penguins picked up a cru...

Another falcon fallen: Goodbye, E2

Another falcon fallen: Goodbye, E2

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

March 23, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

A little more than three months after his first partner fell from the sky — and three days after his current partner laid her first egg — the paternal half of Pitt’s peregrine falcon couple has passed away. E2, the peregrine falcon who last semester occupied a nest on a ledge of the Cathedral of ...

Study finds exercise can prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Study finds exercise can prevent Alzheimer’s disease

By Erin Hare / For The Pitt News

March 23, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

A little sweat and exercise can preserve brain tissue and help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new Pitt study. UPMC and the University of California, Los Angeles, co-published research last week in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease that claimed exercise can protect against cognitiv...

TPN Picks: Top five Dixon replacements

TPN Picks: Top five Dixon replacements

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 23, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Now that Jamie Dixon’s move to TCU is official, fans’ intrigue has shifted to rumors about who will replace the longtime Pitt basketball coach. Dixon, who had been at Pitt since 2003, officially accepted a position at his alma mater, Texas Christian University, early this week. Pitt Athletic Dir...

Cooking up equality

Cooking up equality

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

March 21, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

As Deborah Harris watched female chefs teetering in heels on a cooking show challenge where contestants thought they were going to a nightclub, she realized sexism is a main ingredient of the culinary industry. The gender, sexuality and women’s studies department hosted Harris, an associate professor ...

Pitt Twitter reacts to Jamie Dixon leaving for TCU

Pitt Twitter reacts to Jamie Dixon leaving for TCU

By Harrison Kaminsky / Managing Editor

March 21, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

News broke Monday that Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon would leave the program to accept the same job at Texas Christian University, his alma mater. Pitt Twitter reacted in various ways, with some congratulating the former coach and others lamenting the loss for Pitt. [<a href="//storify...

IFC looks to stop toxic masculinity

IFC looks to stop toxic masculinity

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

March 21, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

When T. Leon Williams lectured at Pitt, he asked the audience members to stand if they had never talked about masculinity in their households. Nearly everyone in the audience rose. “We don’t have conversations about masculinity, manhood,” Williams, a campus pastor and former multicultural cente...

Pitt alums teach students signs of abusive dating

Pitt alums teach students signs of abusive dating

By Andrew O'Brien

March 21, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

When lecturers Jason Horowitz and Carley Kramer Trivette asked an audience of Pitt students if they’d ever been abused in a relationship, 63 percent replied yes. This percentage, the lecturers said, is why we must discuss safe dating — respectful, healthy relationships where both partners ask for...

Panthers perform almost exactly as expected to end season

Panthers perform almost exactly as expected to end season

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

March 20, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt might’ve strayed from its usual formula once or twice on Friday, but its typical deficiencies cost it the tournament. In an absurdly slow-paced contest Friday, the team fell to the Wisconsin Badgers 47-43, closing Pitt’s season at 21-12. The game had all the markings of a routine loss for Pitt...

Miami crushes Pitt tennis, 6-1

By Ryan Reichardt / Staff Writer

March 20, 2016


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

The No. 12 University of Miami women’s tennis team showed Pitt women’s tennis this weekend how it earned that ranking. Pitt (7-5, 1-5 ACC), which has bounced between a 75 ranking and no ranking, fell to Miami (9-5, 4-2 ACC), 6-1 overall at home on Sunday. Miami won all except one singles match an...

Matchmaker, matchmaker find me a grant

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

March 18, 2016


Filed under Administration, City, News, Top Stories

If Joyce Raught got to keep all of the money she earned, she would be a multimillionaire. But since Raught is one of Pitt’s grant writers, the more than $100 million she helps wrangle for Pitt every year goes straight into a University bank account. Raught works in The Office of Institutional Ad...

Pitt helps to redefine sepsis

Pitt helps to redefine sepsis

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

March 18, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Seeking earlier recognition and treatment of hospital patients, Pitt researchers joined an international task force in January 2014 to redefine sepsis, a disease where the immune system damages its own organs and tissues in response to infection. After analyzing 800,000 hospital records, the task forc...

SGB goes green with zero waste events

SGB goes green with zero waste events

By Zoe Hannah and Albert Giovanazzi / The Pitt News Staff

March 17, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

The one-year anniversary celebration for University of Thriftsburgh, Pitt’s on-campus thrift shop, produced no waste, thanks to the Student Government Board’s environmental committee. Wednesday, Thriftsburgh took over the first floor of the O’Hara Student Center for dollar sales, music, snacks and...

Oakwatch pushes city to monitor ‘disruptive’ properties

Oakwatch pushes city to monitor ‘disruptive’ properties

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 17, 2016


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

When students throw loud parties in Oakland, they rob their neighbors of precious sleep, according to North Oakland resident Hanson Kappelman. “When there’s a disturbance at 1 or 2 a.m., it wakes people from a sound sleep,” Kappelman, co-chair of Oakland’s neighborhood group Oakwatch, said. “It dis...

Engineers model power grid to solve solar problem

Engineers model power grid to solve solar problem

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

March 16, 2016


Filed under News, Tech Science, Top Stories

After receiving federal funding in February, a team of Pitt engineers aims to create a model of an all-inclusive electrical grid that incorporates solar power. Right now, the electricity from solar power overpowers and damages some traditional electric grids, the systems that distribute electricity to ...

Cancer researcher wins millions

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 16, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

With a new, multi-million dollar grant awarded Tuesday, a Pitt cancer researcher’s work into the link between viruses and cancer just got a bit easier. The National Cancer Institute chose Patrick Moore, the leader of Pitt’s Cancer Institute Cancer Virology Program, for its Outstanding Investigato...

Pitt hockey finishes strong

Pitt hockey finishes strong

By Chad Cameron / For The Pitt News

March 15, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Fresh off of spring break, most students are coming back to campus basking in the first signs of sunny skies and green grass. But the Pitt Division I Hockey club is still reminiscing about its historic win on the ice. The week after spring break marks the end of the season for the Panthers (17-13-2, 10-...

Rethinking manhood: Marine captain speaks to students

Rethinking manhood: Marine captain speaks to students

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

March 15, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Judging by their recruitment advertisements, Marine troops are the epitome of masculinity — musclebound and emotionless. But the Marines in those commercials do not reflect reality. According to Marine Capt. Brock Budash, few Marine troops fit such a narrow definition of manliness. Budash spoke i...

Pitt to open engineering labs off-campus

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 15, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

Making new metallic alloys for jumbo jet and turbine engines and turning Oakland into a self-sufficient power grid could both become realities within the next five years, according to researchers who will work in a new 18,600-square-foot lab off campus. The lab, located within the Energy Innovation Ce...

SIDEBAR: Breathe in, breathe out: Mindfulness practices find focus at Pitt

By Erin Hare / For The Pitt News

March 14, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Mindful meditation can relieve chronic, debilitating pain in older adults, according to a new study from Pitt researchers. Researchers from UPMC published the study, which showed the effects of meditation on chronic pain, in the American Medical Association’s journal of internal medicine in March 2...

Pitt study finds overdose deaths rise in Pa.

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 14, 2016


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

As the country sees a nationwide rise in heroin use, as well as deaths and legal issues surrounding the drug, Pitt researchers found the rate of overdose deaths in the state has increased since 1979. Drug overdose deaths in Pennsylvania increased 14-fold over the last four decades, according to a study Pitt ...

Unlucky three marks Panthers’ ACC opener

Unlucky three marks Panthers’ ACC opener

By Phoebe Gilmore / For The Pitt News

March 13, 2016


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

Pitt softball head coach Holly Aprile could have brought home her 200th career win this weekend, but her Panthers fumbled on all three chances to deliver it. In a weekend upset in Blackburg, Virginia, the Hokies (9-14, 4-2 ACC) swept the Panthers (16-8, 0-3 ACC) in a three-game series, ending a str...

Pitt scoops one win of three in weekend series

Pitt scoops one win of three in weekend series

By Ashwini Sivagnesh / For The Pitt News

March 13, 2016


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

The Pitt baseball team started its ACC season with two demoralizing losses, but managed to walk off the field in North Carolina with a last-ditch victory. At the ACC opener at Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the Panthers (7-6, ACC 1-2) faced catastrophic losses to the Tar Heels (14-2, ...

Social media reactions to Pitt’s NCAA Tournament selection

Social media reactions to Pitt’s NCAA Tournament selection

By Harrison Kaminsky / Managing Editor

March 13, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

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South Oakland gas station robbed

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 11, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Crime, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh police are seeking a man suspected of robbing the Sunoco gas station on Craft Avenue in South Oakland Thursday night. According to a release, police said officers arrived at the gas station on the 300 block of Craft Ave. around 11:44 p.m. and learned that a man had robbed business at gun ...

Lists, meetings and 40,000 meals: A day in the life of Market’s executive chef

Lists, meetings and 40,000 meals: A day in the life of Market’s executive chef

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

March 4, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Mid-morning Wednesday, Chris Cox looked down at one of his three notepads. He knew he had to fill and send out two or three large food orders, with the help of a few student workers. And write the Food Committee meeting menu. And meet with his three sous — French for “under” — chefs to figure...

Pennsylvania researchers find benefits to testosterone treatments

Pennsylvania researchers find benefits to testosterone treatments

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

March 4, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Pennsylvania researchers found that testosterone gel — especially for retirement-age men — can make life a little funkier. University of Pennsylvania researchers in February found for the first time that men over the age of 65 who use testosterone gels improved their mood, sexual function and abili...

Pitt adds environmental science major

Pitt adds environmental science major

By Lianna Rana / For the Pitt News

March 4, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Pitt students can now study the environment through the lens of human influence on the earth. Starting this semester, students can officially declare environmental science as their major after the Department of Geology and Environmental Science announced the new major in a release Feb. 17. The progr...

PPC announces Bigelow Bash headliners

PPC announces Bigelow Bash headliners

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

March 4, 2016


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

This spring, two headlining artists will claim the street and the stage at Bigelow Bash. On Thursday at 11 p.m., Pitt Program Council announced Bigelow Bash, the annual outdoor spring concert, will feature two headliners  — X Ambassadors, an alternative rock band, and B.o.B., a hip hop artist — ...

Pitt to host course on Muslims in America

Pitt to host course on Muslims in America

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 3, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s ninth installment of its series on Muslims is turning its focus to Islam’s role in the United States. Coming the weekend after spring break, “Muslims in a Global Context” — a free, biannual, one-credit course — is the result of a partnership between Pitt’s Global Studies Center ...

University renews PittPerks benefit program

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

March 3, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Senate Committee on Benefits and Welfare decided Tuesday to continue and improve PittPerks, the program implemented to give employees discounts at local businesses, for another year. The free employee discount program is available to all faculty, staff, research associates and post-doctoral as...

Students speak out against Yiannopoulos

Students speak out against Yiannopoulos

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

March 2, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

In the spirit of free speech, Pitt’s Student Government Board passed the microphone Tuesday to a line of students speaking out about a controversial speaker whose visit SGB partially funded. At its public meeting in Nordy’s Place, students packed the William Pitt Union’s multipurpose room to ...

Pitt sets salary for new vice chancellor of business

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 2, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt set the salary Tuesday for its new senior vice chancellor for business and operations. Gregory Scott, a U.S. Navy veteran and former Penn State University administrator, will make $325,000 per year, according to a resolution the Board of Trustees Compensation Committee passed on Tuesday. Scott...

Q&A: First-year pitcher Sarah Dawson makes waves

Q&A: First-year pitcher Sarah Dawson makes waves

By Steve Rotstein / Staff Writer

March 2, 2016


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

Four games in, Sarah Dawson, freshman pitcher for the Pitt softball team, has already thrown out any assumption that she can’t compete in the big leagues. On Saturday, Feb. 27, Dawson pitched a perfect game in Pitt’s 13-0 win against Providence College. It was the first perfect game in program his...

Presidential snapshot: Natalie Dall

Presidential snapshot: Natalie Dall

By Saskia Berrios-Thomas / Staff Writer

March 1, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Natalie Dall has never been idle on campus — and she doesn’t want to be. A month and a half after she joined the Resident Student Association in her first year of college, Dall ran for the group’s presidency — and won. But Dall’s leadership didn’t stop there. She went on to become a Stud...

Presidential snapshot: Matt Sykes

Presidential snapshot: Matt Sykes

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

March 1, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

With five semesters of Student Government Board under his belt, Matthew Sykes has his eyes on the President’s gavel. Starting in his first year of college, the senior industrial engineering major first helped his Resident Assistant run for a Board seat and later ran for a seat on the Allocations C...

Pitt stays proud

Pitt stays proud

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 1, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt junior forward Jamel Artis rarely lacks confidence, on or off the court. His pride was glaringly apparent following the Panthers’ beatdown of No. 15 Duke University Sunday, in his postgame press conference. “Duke is a good team, but we’re a better team,” Artis said. “We showed it to...

Hayes receives honorary doctorate at Honors Convocation

Hayes receives honorary doctorate at Honors Convocation

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

February 29, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

In the eyes of Terrance Hayes, language is a feisty animal, and he is just a student who wrestles with it. In honor of Hayes’ success in taming that beast, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher awarded the poet and Pitt professorwith an honorary doctorate of fine arts at this year’s Honors Convocation. P...

Students, community members march to raise minimum wage

Students, community members march to raise minimum wage

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

February 29, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Pitt students and community members marched through campus to protest minimum wage and student debt Friday. United Students Against Sweatshops, a nationwide student-led labor activism group with a chapter at Pitt, hosted the “March to Take Back Our University” on Friday, Feb. 26, to advocate increasin...

Sanders supporters rally in Oakland and Downtown

Sanders supporters rally in Oakland and Downtown

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

February 29, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Pitt senior Sisto Campana and his parents showed support for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Saturday morning, the same day of the South Carolina Democratic primary. The March for Bernie started at about 11 a.m. in front of the Cathedral of Learning, where attendees could register to vote in pop-u...

Gallery: Pitt Men’s Basketball downs Duke

Gallery:  Pitt Men’s Basketball downs Duke

By Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

February 28, 2016


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Visual

Sociologist explores gender at high school

Sociologist explores gender at high school

By Lianna Rana / For the Pitt News

February 26, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

`In a Pittsburgh public high school, girls and boys spent a school year segregated. Sara Goodkind, a sociology professor in the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies department at Pitt, learned through student interviews that the gender-segregated classes led to internalized sexism and inappropria...

The Pitt News wins Keystone Press awards

The Pitt News wins Keystone Press awards

By Zoë Hannah / Assistant News Editor

February 24, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association awarded The Pitt News top prizes and honorable mentions for seven stories and design pieces published in 2015 in six categories Wednesday. The PNA’s 2016 Student Keystone Press Awards recognized “high school and college journalism that provides relevance,...

Pitt buys parking lot from UPMC

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

February 24, 2016


Filed under Administration, City, News, Top Stories

Though it has no formal construction plans yet, the Property and Facilities Committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees bought a 2.1-acre portion of land in Oakland Wednesday. The acquisition is the parking lot just behind the Pittsburgh Athletic Association, which is north of Fifth Avenue and between...

Pitt falters late, cannot topple No. 11 Louisville, 67-60

Pitt falters late, cannot topple No. 11 Louisville, 67-60

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

February 24, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Despite leading for more than 23 minutes and receiving a career performance from Ryan Luther, Pitt dropped a home matchup to Louisville on Wednesday night, 67-60. Luther finished with a game-high 17, including some key 3-pointers, but Louisville made its final nine baskets to lock up its second win o...

Dove model brings ‘real beauty’ to Pitt

Dove model brings ‘real beauty’ to Pitt

By Danni Zhou / Staff Writer

February 24, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Former Dove Real Beauty Campaign model Stacy Nadeau was shocked when a reporter from the Chicago Sun-Times wrote in reference to her body that “the only time I want to see thigh that big is in a bucket with bread crumbs on it.” After he called all six Dove models “fat and ugly,” he received ...

Pitt researchers map Huntington’s protein

Pitt researchers map Huntington’s protein

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

February 24, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Pitt researchers are closer to curing a nerve cell disease after creating a new protein model. For the first time, a team of 10 Pitt researchers from the School of Medicine mapped the tiny fibers of the huntingtin protein, a single mutated protein on the fourth chromosome that causes Huntington’s dise...

SGB proposes changes to constiution

SGB proposes changes to constiution

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

February 24, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Students may get to make Student Government Board’s constitution gender-neutral in next week’s election, the Board announced Tuesday night in the William Pitt Union. President Nasreen Harun announced at SGB’s weekly meeting that the Board would establish a review committee to propose changes to...

Pitt v. Louisville: By the numbers

Pitt v. Louisville: By the numbers

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant Sports Editor

February 24, 2016


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Coming off of two crucial wins before the ACC Tournament, Pitt men’s basketball (19-7, 8-6 ACC) will take on the No. 11 Louisville Cardinals (21-6, 10-4 ACC) at home Wednesday. Here are some numbers to keep in mind before the 8 p.m. tipoff. 18.3: The average number of rebounds Pitt has over its past thr...

Paper pledges: Pitt unveils It’s On Us project

Paper pledges: Pitt unveils It’s On Us project

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

February 23, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Colorful slips of paper were draped over walls, coat racks, chairs and a podium Monday afternoon, symbolizing the pervasive nature of sexual assault on campus — but also the united fight to stop it. Kristine Irwin, a Pittsburgh Action Against Rape volunteer, spoke about her assault and  changing ca...

Author calls for income equality

By Albert Giovanazzi / For The Pitt News

February 23, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Robert D. Putnam’s daughter raised his granddaughter, Miriam, in a privileged, upper-class home. Miriam graduated from high school, is on her way to college and has never used drugs. His friend’s granddaughter, “Mary Sue,” grew up in a lower-income area, where she sold marijuana, went to a j...

Students text and drive in simulator

Students text and drive in simulator

By Andrew O'Brien / For The Pitt News

February 21, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Students rolled through stop signs and nearly hit bicyclists in an indoor texting-and-driving simulation Friday in Posvar Hall for AT&T’s It Can Wait campaign. The company partnered with the Phi Delta Theta social fraternity to bring a virtual reality texting-and-driving simulator to the first floor of...

Dhirana yields biggest donation yet

Dhirana yields biggest donation yet

By Tomasz Swierzewski / For The Pitt News

February 21, 2016


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

Dressed in traditional garb and telling religious stories through Indian dance, eight teams raised more than $10,000 for a local health clinic at Pitt’s annual Dhirana competition this weekend in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum. On Saturday night, eight Indian dance teams from around the c...

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