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Interactive Crime Map Jan. 8 – 15

By The Pitt News Staff

January 18, 2016


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

Here is the crime and other Pitt police activity for Jan. 8 - 15: Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 6:09 p.m. Barco Law Building. A male Pitt student reported the theft of his backpack. An investigation is pending. 8:36 p.m. Trees Hall. Pitt police cited a Bloomfield man for trespassing. 10:27 p.m. Litchfie...

Photo essay: Students gather to pray for south Asian flood and earthquake victims

By Leo Dornan and Nikki Moriello / The Pitt News Staff

January 18, 2016


Filed under Campus, Multimedia, National News, News, Top Stories, Visual

In the wake of recent floods and earthquakes across South Asia, a circle of Pitt students gathered to pray together Friday night in the William Pitt Union. About 28 students from the Muslim Student Association, the Hindu Students Council, the South Asian Student Association and Asha for Education sat in a...

SGB Traditions Committee: Rundown

SGB Traditions Committee: Rundown

By Taylor Mulcahey / For The Pitt News

January 18, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

The Student Government Board Traditions Committee held its first meeting of the semester Sunday night in the William Pitt Union. The Traditions Committee, a subgroup of SGB, works to strengthen and preserve Pitt’s most cherished traditions. After a two-year absence, the committee reemerged as a pa...

Port Authority proposes flat fare

Port Authority proposes flat fare

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

January 14, 2016


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

In response to rider and staff feedback, Port Authority has issued a proposal to implement a flat $2.50 per ride fare for the first time in 35 years. At a Port Authority board meeting Wednesday, the Planning and Stakeholder Relations Committee recommended a policy that would institute a flat fare of $2.50...

Students peruse winter community service options

Students peruse winter community service options

By Elli Warsh / Staff Writer

January 14, 2016


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

Anxious to recruit members for her new service club, Raechel Heil stood at her volunteer fair booth with flyers and an ambitious smile. Students congregated at the booths of 72 organizations around Pittsburgh for PittServes’ Winter Volunteer Fair. In celebration of January as the Global Month of ...

Out of the darkness: Sorority hosts mental health discussion

Out of the darkness: Sorority hosts mental health discussion

By Leo Dorman / Staff Writer

January 14, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

In high school, Morgan Cooper-Okerchiri was known as “the funniest black girl you’ll ever meet.” To her, that wasn’t a compliment. With nobody else that looked like her at her predominantly white school, she felt isolated, ugly and depressed. If people could not see her beauty on the outside, Coope...

Pitt bans hoverboards

Pitt bans hoverboards

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

January 12, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt put its foot down Tuesday with a new rule that bans hoverboards from campus housing. Panther Central said in an email to students that it is banning hoverboards, which are self-balancing electric scooters, from University housing following consumer reports that some boards malfunctioned and ca...

Pitt, UPMC name new pediatric chair

Pitt, UPMC name new pediatric chair

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

January 12, 2016


Filed under Administration, Health, News, Top Stories

Pitt and the Children’s Hospital of UPMC are getting new perspective with a researcher and leader focused on curing disease and increasing life expectancy. On Jan. 11, officials of Children’s Hospital of UPMC announced that Terence S. Dermody will serve as the new chair of Pediatrics at Pitt and...

SGB amends travel grant rules

SGB amends travel grant rules

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

January 12, 2016


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Pitt Student Government Board has proposed new limits on the way it grants money to student researchers traveling to conferences. Board Member Lia Petrose introduced a new bill at SGB’s public meeting Tuesday night to place a cap on the number of students the Board will send to a single conferenc...

Editorial: David Bowie’s legacy should inspire celebrity action

Editorial: David Bowie’s legacy should inspire celebrity action

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 12, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Top Stories

“Ground Control to Major Tom, commencing countdown, engines on.” David Bowie, the chameleonic glam rocker who transcended music with his cosmic imagination and multiple persona metamorphosis, passed away Monday at the age of 69. Hopefully, the musicians he influenced will carry on his ways of bucki...

New hookah study aims to educate young smokers

New hookah study aims to educate young smokers

By Zoë Hannah / Assistant News Editor

January 12, 2016


Filed under Administration, Health, News, Top Stories

Young people are putting out their cigarettes in favor of hookah, but a new Pitt study has found that the latter may be much more harmful. According to the study, which Pitt’s School of Medicine published online Monday, a single hookah session delivers nearly 125 times more smoke, 25 times more t...

Oakland Crime Map Jan. 5 – Jan. 8

By The Pitt News Staff

January 10, 2016


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

From underage drinking to robberies, the Pitt police answer dozens of calls per day. Short of leaving a police scanner on all day, students often wonder why they hear so many sirens. The Pitt News aggregates the police blotter each week on an interactive crime map. Here is the crime and other Pit...

Global nonprofit builds bridges over changing tides

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

January 10, 2016


Filed under City, National News, News, Top Stories

Pitt grads Laura Amster and Nathan Darity park their car across the street from the gray, squat Global Switchboard building in Lawrenceville — a place they’ve come to call home. They spent the ride down 34th Street dancing to Justin Bieber in their seats, maintaining an energetic vibe while nav...

Allocations Committee loses two members, replaces one

Allocations Committee loses two members, replaces one

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

January 10, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Student Government Board announced Friday, Jan. 8, that two Allocations Committee members resigned. Allocations Committee member John Garry resigned to study abroad and Allocations Committee member Joelle Smith stepped down to pursue an internship with KDKA. Allocations Committee alternate member...

Pitt students complete DIY service projects

Pitt students complete DIY service projects

By Zoë Hannah / Staff Writer

January 7, 2016


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

In less time than it takes to catch a Cathedral elevator, students transformed ripped up jeans, construction paper and old T-shirts into blankets, letters and rugs Thursday at the PittServes Do-It-Yourself Service Fair. A handful of students gathered in the Kurtzman Room on Thursday evening from 7 to 9...

Pitt hires environmental consultant

By Lauren Rosenblatt and Zoë Hannah / News Staff

January 7, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence hired a new environmental consultant this month to help small local businesses become more environmentally aware. The IEE announced on Jan. 7 that Lee Ann Briggs would serve as the new environmental consultant for the Environmental Management Assistance...

Donors fund cardiac arrest support

Donors fund cardiac arrest support

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

January 7, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Pitt sociology professor Mike Epitropoulos expected to see bright lights or feel pain before he suffered cardiac arrest in the University Club gym five years ago. But the only thing he felt before waking up in the hospital in April 2010 was slight frustration — he had dropped his iPod and was be...

SGB: What to look for in the spring

SGB: What to look for in the spring

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

January 6, 2016


Filed under News, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015, Student Government, Top Stories

With a semester of reorganization behind them, the nine members of Student Government Board are revamping their previous goals to increase education and accessibility for Pitt students this semester. From lecture series to expanded online resources to improved dorm access, the Board hopes this spring wi...

The Pitt News launches Interactive Crime Map

By The Pitt News Staff

January 6, 2016


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

From underage drinking to robberies, the Pitt police answer dozens of calls per day. Yet short of leaving a police scanner on all day, students often wonder why they hear so many sirens. For years, The Pitt News filled its pages with a daily listing of crime and other activity of the Pitt police. Bu...

Kickin’ it with martial arts club

Kickin’ it with martial arts club

By Alexa Bakalarski / For The Pitt News

January 6, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

On the ground floor of Trees Hall, students dressed in a mishmash of karate uniforms, T-shirts and multi-colored belts kick furiously into a punching bag without breaking concentration. Smack! Whop! The blow of the kicks hitting the bags disrupts the fast-paced pop music pulsing through the room. O...

Quarterback Voytik to seek graduate transfer

Quarterback Voytik to seek graduate transfer

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

January 4, 2016


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

Pitt redshirt junior quarterback Chad Voytik will pursue a graduate transfer after receiving his degree at the end of the spring semester, coach Pat Narduzzi announced Monday. "I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to attend and play for the University of Pittsburgh,” Voytik said via a release. In...

Boyd declares for NFL Draft, foregoing senior year

Boyd declares for NFL Draft, foregoing senior year

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 2, 2016


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

Pitt junior wide receiver Tyler Boyd, declared his intention to enter the 2016 NFL Draft, forgoing his senior season, per his Instagram account. Boyd’s announcement came in the form of a poem, in which he thanked the city of Pittsburgh, noting, “I will carry you with me, I will continue to mak...

Jumbled ‘Concussion’ tackles too many subjects

Jumbled ‘Concussion’ tackles too many subjects

By Tarun Sathish / Staff Writer

December 31, 2015


Filed under Culture, Movies, Top Stories

If anything, “Concussion” teaches us not to lead with the head. “Concussion” is the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist at the Allegheny County Coroner's Office from Nigeria, who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy, more commonly known as CTE. CTE is a disease that d...

Late run pushes Pitt past Syracuse for first ACC win, 72-61

Late run pushes Pitt past Syracuse for first ACC win, 72-61

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 30, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt men's basketball team will enter the new year with some momentum, with its first ACC win already in the books. The Panthers (11-1, 1-0 ACC) used a late surge to pull past Syracuse in the Petersen Events Center Wednesday night. Early on, Pitt struggled to find open looks and push the ball...

Freshmen performances highlight senior leadership in final Pitt football game

Freshmen performances highlight senior leadership in final Pitt football game

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 28, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

While some of Pitt’s freshmen made headlines with explosive plays on Monday, including Quadree Henderson’s opening kick return touchdown, bowl games always mark the end of careers just as much as the beginning of them. Freshmen accounted for all four of Pitt’s touchdowns in a 44-28 loss to No. 2...

Pitt vs. Navy at the Military Bowl

Pitt vs. Navy at the Military Bowl

By Nikki Moriello | Visual Editor

December 28, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Top Stories, Visual

Mars Rover chat: The Pitt News talks with the brains behind the mission to the red planet

Mars Rover chat: The Pitt News talks with the brains behind the mission to the red planet

By Emily Migdal / Staff Writer

December 14, 2015


Filed under News, Specials / Fallfinals2014, Tech Science, Top Stories

If the Mars rover hadn’t landed smoothly, Steven Squyres said he would likely be in therapy. “At the time we landed, my kids were in their teens, and I had been working on this thing their entire lives, since before they were born. And so I think they were all just very, very relieved that it wor...

Light-years of learning: Pitt students, learn stars, history at Allegheny Observatory

Light-years of learning: Pitt students, learn stars, history at Allegheny Observatory

By Zoe Hannah / Staff Writer

December 14, 2015


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

Though it started out as a recreational observatory for the rich men who founded it, the Allegheny Observatory became the home of research that changed the world and our thoughts on what surrounds it. Since 1859, researchers at the regal, tri-domed observatory in Riverview Park have made world-renow...

Blasting gender barriers: There aren’t many, but more and more women are studying the stars at Pitt

Blasting gender barriers: There aren’t many, but more and more women are studying the stars at Pitt

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

December 14, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

Pitt graduate student Kara Ponder studies exploding stars to find critical distances in the universe, yet some people question why she didn’t pick a more “feminine profession.” Once, when Ponder told a cab driver she was on her way to the observatory to use the telescope, the driver responded...

Foul line efficiency helps push Pitt past Morehead State, 72-62

Foul line efficiency helps push Pitt past Morehead State, 72-62

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

December 13, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt’s offensive formula has remained steady so far, with effective ball movement and smart shot selection spearheading the way, but on Sunday, converting from the foul line prevailed. Led by 29-36 shooting on free throws, Pitt (8-1) shook off a slow shooting start to topple Morehead State Univer...

Despite resignation, classes at Pittsburgh Filmmakers will roll on

Despite resignation, classes at Pittsburgh Filmmakers will roll on

By Rio Maropis / Staff Writer

December 11, 2015


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

Though the executive director of Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts has resigned from his post, classes for Pitt film students at the nonprofit will roll on. Charlie Humphrey, who was the executive director of Filmmakers for 23 years, also has overseen activities at Pittsburgh Ce...

Pitt, Narduzzi agree to new contract through 2021

Pitt, Narduzzi agree to new contract through 2021

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

December 10, 2015


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

Pitt football fans accustomed to constant coaching changes can welcome a possible step away from the norm: a head coach staying long-term. After completing his first regular season with an 8-4 record as Pitt’s head football coach, Pat Narduzzi has agreed to a contract extension through the 2021 seas...

Tired of taking it easy

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

December 10, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Most students take time over school breaks to recover from the high-stress of a chaotic semester — but Christine Chau often finds herself fending off a fever in bed. “Getting out of bed when I’m sick is the hardest thing to do. I feel like there’s a huge brick on my body preventing me from...

Deep in debt: Puerto Rico struggles to make cents

Deep in debt: Puerto Rico struggles to make cents

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

December 10, 2015


Filed under News, Top Stories

Editor’s Note: Around the World is a semi-regular series in which The Pitt News breaks down world news with the help of local experts to give you the low down on what’s going on internationally. In this installment, The Pitt News spoke with assistant clinical professor of law at Pitt, She...

At last meeting of term, SGB looks to amend election code

At last meeting of term, SGB looks to amend election code

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

December 9, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Looking to safeguard against one slate of candidates taking over the board, Pitt Student Government Board proposed revisions to its election code Tuesday night in the William Pitt Union. Celia Millard, Elections Committee Chair, introduced a bill to update SGB’s 2015-2016 elections code, which she hopes...

SGB reflects on fall term

SGB reflects on fall term

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

December 9, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, Health, News, Student Government, Tech Science, Top Stories

With one new board member and a handful of new committee members joining Student Government Board, the Board took on projects as small as sandwiches and as big as mental illness. From food, laundry and public health to human rights, diversity and transparency, the nine members of SGB faced the semest...

Goodbye, Dorothy the falcon

Goodbye, Dorothy the falcon

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

December 9, 2015


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

Dorothy, a peregrine falcon, caught the city’s attention when it lost sight of her wings threading through the clouds above the Cathedral of Learning in November. Now, a month later, the skies are still bare. Through a webcam focused on her nest, Pitt students could watch Dorothy, the female ha...

SGB, Pitt host student tenant workshop

SGB, Pitt host student tenant workshop

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

December 8, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Before Kevin Kerr graduated from Pitt in 2014, he said he had to duct tape a light switch in his off-campus rental to keep the outlet from catching fire. Now, as chief of staff for City Council President Bruce Kraus, Kerr helps inform Pitt students about their rights as tenants. “That stuff is n...

Students, community kick off Hanukkah in Oakland

Students, community kick off Hanukkah in Oakland

By Emily Migdal and Lauren Rosenblatt / Pitt News Staff

December 6, 2015


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

In two separate Hanukkah celebrations that spanned Oakland, Pittsburgh’s Jewish community honked, cheered and danced its way into the first night of this year’s Festival of Lights. Starting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, a police-escorted motorcade of about 100 cars and 50 bicycles — many adorned with hanukk...

‘Innovation Challenge’ teams win cash

‘Innovation Challenge’ teams win cash

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

December 6, 2015


Filed under Health, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

For Chelsea Stowell, an innovation grant may be the push she and her team of bioengineers need to start making prosthetic arteries. Stowell, a Pitt graduate student, works as part of the Phoenix team — the name given to their prosthetic artery project during the third Pitt Innovation Challenge. Th...

Police clear owner of detonated suitcase in Oakland

Police clear owner of detonated suitcase in Oakland

By Dale Shoemaker and Sydney Harper / The Pitt News Staff

December 4, 2015


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

Pitt police have cleared the man who left a suitcase chained to a railing in Oakland, prompting the Pittsburgh bomb squad to detonate the suitcase and close traffic lanes this afternoon. Pitt spokesperson Joe Miksch said he didn’t know the man’s name, but said Pitt police had confirmed he owned the...

Gallery: Site of denotated suitcase on Fifth Avenue

Gallery: Site of denotated suitcase on Fifth Avenue

By Jeff Ahearn and Amy Beaudine / The Pitt News Staff

December 4, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Top Stories, Visual

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UPDATED: Police questioning a man after explosion in Oakland

UPDATED: Police questioning a man after explosion in Oakland

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

December 4, 2015


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

The most recent version of this story can be found here. Pitt police said they are questioning an unidentified man who they believed owned a suspicious suitcase the bomb squad detonated around 3 p.m. in Oakland. The Pittsburgh bomb squad detonated a suitcase found chained to a guard rail outs...

Social media reactions to Conner’s cancer diagnosis

Social media reactions to Conner’s cancer diagnosis

By Harrison Kaminsky / Managing Editor

December 4, 2015


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

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James Conner diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

James Conner diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 4, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt star running back James Conner announced that he has been diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of cancer, at a press conference Friday afternoon. Conner, who missed the season with a torn MCL, received the diagnosis on Thanksgiving. “When I heard I got cancer, I was a little...

Marijuana decriminalization vote pending: City Council will decide later this month

By Chidi Nwakpuda / Staff Writer

December 4, 2015


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

Pittsburgh City Council will consider decriminalizing marijuana in Pittsburgh later this month, possibly giving residents the gift of lesser charges for future drug violations. On Dec. 21, City Council will vote on a proposed city ordinance that would direct police to confiscate drugs and issue a $1...

Pitt names SHARE coordinator

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

December 4, 2015


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

After a month-and-a-half-long search, Student Affairs has installed a new coordinator for its Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education office. Michele Welker, who took over 47 days after former coordinator Mary Koch Ruiz retired on Sept. 30, will head the SHARE office. Welker started in ...

Pitt, Duquesne renew annual City Game matchup Friday

Pitt, Duquesne renew annual City Game matchup Friday

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

December 3, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

On the outside, the yearly Pitt-Duquesne basketball series — dubbed the City Game — seems to have all the qualities of a legitimate rivalry. They’ve played each other since 1932, the two programs are in close vicinity — just down the street from each other — and the matchups are often inte...

Researcher texts to curb drinking

Researcher texts to curb drinking

By Zoe Hannah / Staff Writer

December 2, 2015


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

To recover from the stress of a busy week, Shaina Pomerantz and her friends let loose on the weekends, beginning at home and ending the night at an Oakland bar. Pomerantz, a 22-year-old senior sociology major, said she knows binge drinking is unhealthy, but that it’s an inherent part of the college e...

Center director to step down

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

December 2, 2015


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

After more than 20 years of enhancing Pitt’s research, Richard Schulz will step down from his role as the director of the Center for Social and Urban Research in September 2016. Schulz, who is also a member of the Council of Deans, announced in a press release on Nov. 24, that he will leave his p...

Study links obesity and infant death

Study links obesity and infant death

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

December 2, 2015


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

According to new research from two Pitt professors, eating for two means extra responsibility, not just extra calories. In a study published in the Wiley Online Library on Nov. 17, Pitt professors Lisa Bodnar and Katherine Himes examined infant mortality rates alongside the mother’s obesity and ...

SGB makes progress on two groups

SGB makes progress on two groups

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

December 2, 2015


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Looking to emulate the Resident Student Association, Pitt’s Student Government Board is forming a resource and support group for students living off campus. At SGB’s weekly public meeting Tuesday night, Board member Natalie Dall said SGB will host an open information session in Room 538 of the ...

After early deficit, Pitt falls to No. 11 Purdue 72-59

After early deficit, Pitt falls to No. 11 Purdue 72-59

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

December 1, 2015


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

Despite clawing their way back into the game, the Pitt men’s basketball team finished Tuesday evening’s match with a whimper. Led by 24 points from A.J. Hammons, Purdue fought off Pitt’s sporadic comeback attempts to defeat the Panthers 72-59 at the Petersen Events Center. With 12:23 left in th...

Whitehead, Ollison earn ACC Rookie of the Year awards

Whitehead, Ollison earn ACC Rookie of the Year awards

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 1, 2015


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

The Pitt football team swept the conference’s rookie of the year awards Tuesday, becoming the first team in ACC history to take both rookie honors. One day after the Panthers placed eight players on All-ACC teams, freshman safety Jordan Whitehead earned the ACC overall and defensive rookie of the year...

Storify: Football recruiting Twitter barrage sends Pitt fans into frenzy

Storify: Football recruiting Twitter barrage sends Pitt fans into frenzy

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

December 1, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

[View the story "#H2P Madness" on Storify]...

Pitt searches for new vice chancellor of communications

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 30, 2015


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt is actively continuing its search to replace Ken Service, the current vice chancellor of communications. The University hired Heyman Associates, an executive search firm for communications and public affairs positions, in July to find a replacement for Service, according to Pitt spokesperson John Fedele...

Pitt football places eight on All-ACC teams

Pitt football places eight on All-ACC teams

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Following an ACC loss on Friday to Miami, the Pitt football team received a conference “win” of sorts on Monday afternoon. The Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association selected eight Panthers in total to either the first, second, third or honorable mention teams, recognizing them as some of the best player...

Students climb “FoodChain” with new app

Students climb “FoodChain” with new app

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

November 30, 2015


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

When Pitt senior Justin Ruoff went out to eat with his then-girlfriend in the summer of 2014, they had very different meal experiences. Ruoff ordered a burger and said it was delicious. He said his companion’s salad, however, was awful — the lettuce was brown and inedible. The couple didn’t w...

Veteran serves and studies in Pittsburgh

Veteran serves and studies in Pittsburgh

By Elli Warsh / Staff Writer

November 30, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

James Matthew Landis, a Pitt student and veteran with a disability, has always had a hefty sense of responsibility and isn’t ready to relax his helping hands. He left college to join the Army as a 19-year-old in the ’90s to pay off his mother’s medical bills after she died from cancer. As an A...

A tale of two halves: Comeback attempt falls short in 29-24 loss

A tale of two halves: Comeback attempt falls short in 29-24 loss

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

If Pat Narduzzi watched his Pitt football team on television, the offensive display might tempt him to fast-forward to the second half of most of his team’s games. After slow starts, Narduzzi said the second half is where the team’s offense — and its resilience — emerge. But for the seniors...

Study tracks results of weight loss surgery

Study tracks results of weight loss surgery

By Dylan Shaffer / Staff Writer

November 23, 2015


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Weight loss surgeries don’t cure obesity, but according to research from Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, they might contribute to a healthier lifestyle. Researchers at the School of Public Health spent three years monitoring 2,221 morbidly obese patients who underwent bariatric surgeri...

After terror attacks, Pitt talks Syrian refugees

After terror attacks, Pitt talks Syrian refugees

By Emily Migdal / Staff Writer

November 22, 2015


Filed under National News, News, Top Stories

As the shock of the attacks in Baghdad, Paris and Beirut, Lebanon, begins to fade, political leaders — and a group of Pitt students— met this weekend to discuss what will happen to the Syrian refugees.  On Saturday, Nov. 22, 100 people gathered in the Kurtzman Room of the William Pitt Union for t...

Robert Tessier’s plan

Robert Tessier’s plan

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

November 22, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Before he graduates in April, Robert Tessier, Pitt Student Government Board’s newest member, plans to ignite human rights activism at Pitt through lecture and discussion. Tessier, who joined SGB more than half way through its longest term ever, has less than six months now to catch up with the other ...

Man down: Ejuan Price’s five sacks power Pitt past Louisville

Man down: Ejuan Price’s five sacks power Pitt past Louisville

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 22, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Big numbers dominated Pitt’s shootout win over Louisville Saturday — 830 yards of total offense, 79 points scored — but despite its small size, one stat stood above the rest: five. Pitt senior defensive end Ejuan Price registered five sacks, which tied for the most in a single game by a Football ...

Finnish forward Roosa Arvas ends Pitt career on top

Finnish forward Roosa Arvas ends Pitt career on top

By Jeff Carpenter / Staff Writer

November 19, 2015


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

It took Roosa Arvas four sports, two countries and 4,250 miles to find her place in the history books as Pitt women’s soccer’s all-time points leader. Growing up in Kuopio, Finland, Arvas played ice hockey, volleyball and floorball, but soccer captivated her from an early age. Arvas played al...

Hungry for more: Competition heats up among Oakland’s Asian restaurants

Hungry for more: Competition heats up among Oakland’s Asian restaurants

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

November 19, 2015


Filed under Longform, News, Top Stories

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City makes property violations database

City makes property violations database

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 19, 2015


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

Oakland residents wondering what happens after they filed a neighborhood complaint can now see the results of their community policing. By visiting the city’s Permits, Licenses and Inspections Department homepage, residents can check specific addresses for property violations, which include buil...

Maggot video prompts investigation

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 19, 2015


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

What started out as a 10-second video of an insect larva allegedly crawling through a plate of Market Central pasta has sparked a week and a half-long investigation by the police, the county and Sodexo. A Pitt senior, Chad Stein, said he shot the video Friday, Nov. 6, when he was eating lunch with a f...

Pitt administration speaks on Paris

Pitt administration speaks on Paris

By Leo Dornan and Emily Migdal / News Staff

November 19, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Elise Powers held a bright yellow sign that read, “Les fleurs et les bougies nous protegent,” or “The candles and the flower will protect us,” Wednesday night outside Posvar. Powers based the sign off of a video of a little boy sitting on his father’s knee in Paris who is at first afraid of ...

Triumph for guards: Pitt security guards get new contract

Triumph for guards: Pitt security guards get new contract

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

November 18, 2015


Filed under Administration, City, News, Top Stories

After months of negotiating and rallying, security guards at Pitt are getting a raise, the option of free health care and more job training. Sam Williamson, the district director for 32BJ, Pittsburgh’s local branch of the Service Employees International Union, said U.S. Security Associates, which empl...

SGB supports Rental Registry

SGB supports Rental Registry

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

November 18, 2015


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Pittsburgh City Council has been working to pass legislation that would keep a list of all landlords in the city for the past year. Now, Pitt Student Government Board has voiced its support to make the city’s bill a reality. At SGB’s weekly meeting, the Board unanimously passed a resolution detailing i...

Gallery: Pitt vs. St. Joseph’s (Indiana)

Gallery: Pitt vs. St. Joseph’s (Indiana)

By Meghan Sunners | Senior Staff Photographer

November 18, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Multimedia, Top Stories, Uncategorized, Visual

Oakland unveils digital plaza

Oakland unveils digital plaza

By Dylan Shaffer / For The Pitt News

November 17, 2015


Filed under City, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

The corner of Forbes and South Bouquet Avenues transformed into New York City on New Year’s Eve as community members counted down the opening of the Forbes Digital Plaza. On Nov. 16, at 6 p.m., around 300 Oakland community members gathered to watch the Oakland Business Improvement District — an eco...

SGB to select student representatives for Pitt Plan

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

November 17, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Several students got one step closer to their goal of collaborating with faculty early this morning at the Student Government Board Assembly meeting. Monday night SGB President Nasreen Harun said the SGB Assembly would select between five and ten student applicants to serve on the five strategic wor...

Pitt stands in solidarity with Mizzou

Pitt stands in solidarity with Mizzou

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

November 17, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

From hundreds of miles away, Pitt students are putting social media back in a positive light for University of Missouri students. On Nov. 16 at 9 p.m., approximately 100 Pitt students gathered in the O’Hara Student Center Ballroom to take group and individual photos for social media to show suppor...

Away from home, students celebrate Diwali

Away from home, students celebrate Diwali

By Emily Migdal / For The Pitt News

November 15, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

This weekend, dancing shoes covered the floor of Bellefield Hall as Pitt students and community members feasted on Indian food and celebrated the Festival of Lights. On Saturday, Nov. 14, 420 people gathered in Bellefield Hall Auditorium from 7 to 10:30 p.m. to watch musical performances and celebr...

Kings, queens and heritage: African Student Organization hosts pageant for charity

Kings, queens and heritage: African Student Organization hosts pageant for charity

By Chidi Nwakpuda / Staff Writer

November 15, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Shamaal Sheppard and Ilham Adam are the new king and queen of Africa — or at least they are at Pitt. On Saturday, Nov. 14, the African Students Organization hosted its fourth annual African King and Queen Pageant. Sheppard and Adam, like other contestants for the pageant, had a chance to showcase their ...

Road warriors: Pitt football wins at Duke

Road warriors: Pitt football wins at Duke

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 15, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Trading ties for tackles, Pat Narduzzi calls road football games — which his team have dominated — business trips. The Panthers, following their last road game of the season Saturday, now sport a 5-1 road record and have created their own Heinz Field atmosphere away from home with consistent, smar...

Pitt athletes build chemistry from rooming together

Pitt athletes build chemistry from rooming together

By Adam Richman / for The Pitt News

November 13, 2015


Filed under Specials, Specials / Rentalguide2015, Sports, Top Stories

After a game, men’s soccer midfielders Raj Kahlon and Darcy Bloemen unwind and break down the action — by playing Madden back in their apartment. “Madden is a strategic game, so after soccer, we’ll play Madden. That makes us critique every part of the game,” Kahlon said. What makes this ana...

No room(s) for slackers: Housing rush hits Oakland

No room(s) for slackers: Housing rush hits Oakland

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

November 13, 2015


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

Danielle Kitts and Michaela Woolston chattered away to their mothers on cell phones as they walked up Meyran Avenue toward Forbes. “Well, we only have to pay half the deposit up front,” Kitts said. “No, mom, after that it would be ours,” Woolston said. Along with two of their friends, the pair ...

Tuition march stops traffic

Tuition march stops traffic

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

November 13, 2015


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

At the Million Student March, protestors weren’t modest with money, chanting and raging against the high cost of student debt. An estimated 300 Pitt students, faculty and community members marched down Forbes Avenue from the Cathedral of Learning to Halket Street, then back down Fifth Avenue to S...

Police investigating attempted burglary

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 12, 2015


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

Pittsburgh police are investigating an attempted burglary in Oakland Tuesday morning. According to a crime alert posted on its website, the Pitt police assisted the city police in an attempted apartment break-in on the 3400 block of Bates Street at about 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 11. Early yesterday morning...

The birth of a “white nation”

The birth of a “white nation”

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

November 12, 2015


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

To Jacqueline Battalora, white people are an invention. She clarified: Designating a group of light-skinned people as “white,” Battalora said, only started less than 350 years ago, and the separation of people by race only dates back to the 17th century. Racial problems, Battalora said, started in the ...

SGB to back rental registry

SGB to back rental registry

By Lauren Wilson and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

November 11, 2015


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

Pitt students will soon get extra help dealing with landlords from the city and Student Government Board. At SGB’s weekly meeting this Tuesday, Pat Corelli, SGB Governmental Relations Committee chair, introduced a resolution to support Pittsburgh City Council’s proposed Rental Registry System. ...

SGB co-hosts forum

SGB co-hosts forum

By Annemarie Carr and Elizabeth Lepro / Pitt News Staff

November 11, 2015


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

After months of back and forth, Student Government Board and University administration offered a tangible — yet controversial — solution to including students in Pitt’s Strategic Plan. Following SGB’s weekly meeting Tuesday night, SGB and the Strategic Planning Team co-hosted a third open for...

Heed history in response to Missouri protests

Heed history in response to Missouri protests

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 11, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

In the face of racial adversity, a football team stood up for justice. The players stood as one, risking missing a game in order to ensure a safe environment for all people. This scenario casts the 2015 Missouri football team, where players ceased football activities until the school’s president, Ti...

Port Authority bus hits Pitt student

Port Authority bus hits Pitt student

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 10, 2015


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

Port Authority Police is investigating what happened before a Port Authority bus hit a Pitt student on Fifth Avenue Tuesday afternoon. The student stepped into the bus lane to cross Fifth Avenue toward Thackeray Avenue when a Port Authority bus running the 71A outbound route toward Shadyside struck h...

UPMC researcher advocates for radiation therapy

UPMC researcher advocates for radiation therapy

By Priya Chandrasekaran / For The Pitt News

November 10, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network paints a straightforward picture of the best lymphoma treatments, but recent UPMC research found that reality doesn’t reflect this depiction. Dr. John Austin Vargo, a UPMC radiation oncologist, led a study investigating what he calls one of the “shortcom...

Pitt student found dead over weekend

By Lauren Rosenblatt and Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editors

November 10, 2015


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

A Pitt student passed away on Saturday, Nov. 7. He was 25. Chris Beel was pronounced dead at 12:23 p.m. at the Intensive Care Unit of Allegheny General Hospital from cardiac arrest due to an accidental heroin overdose, according to Rick Lorah, supervisor for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s ...

In the mood: Jazz concert caps weeklong event

In the mood: Jazz concert caps weeklong event

By Noah Coco / for The Pitt News

November 10, 2015


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

On any other stage on Pitt’s campus, Senior Vice Chancellor Kathy Humphrey might have been the most remarkable guest to sing the blues, but Saturday night was the exception. Humphrey joined a cast of legendary jazz musicians as the annual week-long jazz seminar came to a close. Former director of ...

Pitt women’s basketball downs IUP in exhibition game

By Mason Lazarcheff and Jesse Irwin / The Pitt News Staff

November 9, 2015


Filed under Multimedia, Top Stories, Video

Student finds insect in Market food

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 8, 2015


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

Sodexo and Pitt are investigating how a maggot-like insect infected a plate of pasta Friday at Market Central. Pitt student John Buchner, under the handle @Johnny_JBe, tweeted out a video at 1:58 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, that shows a close-up of a dish of pasta with meat sauce, with an insect that looks...

Pitt staff discuss implementing strategic plan

By Emily Migdal / For The Pitt News

November 8, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

After weeks of student-led discussion, faculty and staff had their turn to comment on the Pitt administration’s proposed strategic plan Friday in the William Pitt Union. On Friday, Nov. 6, the Staff Association Council, an organization representing University staff, discussed the implementation of Pitt’s ...

Professors, inmates talk prison education

Professors, inmates talk prison education

By Leo Dornan / For The Pitt News

November 8, 2015


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

A  crowd of professors and social justice advocates cheered on inmates who shared their personal stories on higher education in prisons during a conference at Pitt this weekend. People from all over the country gathered in the William Pitt Union Ballroom Saturday morning for the fifth annual Nationa...

Gallery: Pitt Football vs. Notre Dame 11/7/15

Gallery: Pitt Football vs. Notre Dame 11/7/15

By Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

November 7, 2015


Filed under Top Stories, Visual

Pitt cruises to 80-50 victory over Gannon in exhibition

Pitt cruises to 80-50 victory over Gannon in exhibition

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 6, 2015


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

It might not have counted, but the Pitt men’s basketball team surged on Friday night. With the season opener against Gonzaga approaching next week, the Panthers took the court for their first and only exhibition game, defeating the Gannon Golden Knights 80-50 at the Petersen Events Center. Though...

Deans say no set date on new certificate

Deans say no set date on new certificate

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

November 6, 2015


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

Ten months into her project to launch a new undergraduate certificate program, Student Government Board member Lia Petrose said introductory courses should be tentatively ready by 2017. The University said otherwise. When Petrose was sworn into office in January, she began working to bring public heal...

Department of Education: rules to change for student borrowing

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

November 6, 2015


Filed under National News, News, Top Stories

In December, Pitt alumni with federal student loans will be able to make lower monthly payments. The U.S. Department of Education announced on Oct. 27 two new sets of rules which will protect college students from unfair banking fees and keep graduates out of financial messes. “These regulations ...

Students, White House prep for Week of Action

Students, White House prep for Week of Action

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 5, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, Health, National News, News, Student Government, Top Stories

One day after Pitt launched a sexual violence awareness month, the White House It’s On Us campaign unrolled plans for next week’s national Week of Action. During a White House press call Nov. 5, White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett spoke about nationwide plans involving the It’s On Us campaign and the Week of Action, which begins Nov. 8. Next week, Jarrett said colleges will host...

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