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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...

Pitt announces sexual violence awareness month

Pitt announces sexual violence awareness month

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 5, 2015


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

In the wake of a national conversation about sexual assault on college campuses, Pitt announced today that November will be “Sexual Violence Awareness Month.” The University has announced the month will feature a series of six events aimed at educating the campus community on sexual violence, re...

Pennsylvania tuition third highest in country

Pennsylvania tuition third highest in country

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 5, 2015


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

Over the summer, Pitt boasted its lowest tuition increase in 40 years. But even with the raise to keep up with inflation, Pitt, along with 17 other Pennsylvania universities, has caused the state to come in third for highest tuition at its public universities. On Tuesday, the College Board released new...

Students hold action forum

Students hold action forum

By Zoe Hannah / Staff Writer

November 5, 2015


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

Students still frustrated with the University’s strategic plan aired their concerns on Wednesday — this time, sans administrators. Members of the Pittsburgh Student Solidarity Coalition, or PSSC, said the University has not adequately addressed concerns they raised at the open student forums on ...

Q+A: The Observer answers pressing questions about Notre Dame football

Q+A: The Observer answers pressing questions about Notre Dame football

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 4, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

With Pitt and No. 5 Notre Dame matching up Saturday for the first time since 2013, the Panthers will face a new-look team from South Bend that features some of the nation’s top playmakers. The Pitt News reached out to Notre Dame’s student newspaper, The Observer, and its sports editor Zach Klosinski, t...

Pitt announces Sexual Violence Awareness Month

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 4, 2015


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

In the wake of a national conversation about sexual assault on college campuses, Pitt announced today that November will be “Sexual Violence Awareness Month.” The University has announced the month will feature a series of six events aimed at educating the campus community on sexual violence, r...

Risking change: When competition or controversy strikes, yoga studios change their names

Risking change: When competition or controversy strikes, yoga studios change their names

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

November 4, 2015


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

Yoga is about focusing on the moment, the pose and the current breath. But for some yoga enthusiasts, accepting the history behind a certain yoga brand is too big of a stretch. When five women accused Bikram Choudhury — founder of the extremely popular branch of yoga, Bikram Yoga — of several inst...

SGB invites PPC to join Assembly

SGB invites PPC to join Assembly

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 4, 2015


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

Seeking student feedback, Pitt Student Government Board has invited an 11th student group to join its student assembly. SGB introduced a bill at its weekly public meeting Tuesday to invite Pitt Program Council to the assembly. The assembly, which meets on the first and third Monday of every month, is...

Luxbacher retires after 32 seasons as Pitt men’s soccer head coach

Luxbacher retires after 32 seasons as Pitt men’s soccer head coach

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 3, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Pitt men’s soccer head coach Joe Luxbacher is retiring after 32 years as head coach, the University announced Tuesday. Luxbacher is only the second coach in the program’s history and a two-time Big East Coach of the Year. He compiled a 224-267-69 record during his career at Pitt, highlighted by a...

Pitt football notebook: Week nine

Pitt football notebook: Week nine

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 2, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

After Pitt’s 26-19 loss to North Carolina on Thursday knocked the then-No. 23 Panthers out of the AP Top 25 ranking, head coach Pat Narduzzi said the team has already moved on to its next contest. Its schedule doesn’t let up this week, as the Panthers (6-2, 4-1 ACC) host No. 8 Notre Dame (7-1) on ...

Addiction research hits home

Addiction research hits home

By Shumeng Yang / Staff Writer

November 2, 2015


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

Yan Dong’s research on illicit drugs’ movement through the brain has been a work in progress since 2006. Now, he is learning how to use that movement to reverse the negative effects of addiction. Dong , an associate professor of neuroscience at Pitt and head of a neurosciene lab in Crawford Hall, ...

Jamel’s journey: Junior forward steps into leadership role

Jamel’s journey: Junior forward steps into leadership role

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 1, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

High school projections say Jamel Artis’ basketball career wasn’t supposed to go this way — becoming the team’s offensive focal point by his sophomore year and earning NBA draft mentions. Artis showed flashes of promise as a freshman, and those flashes flared longer at the start of his secon...

Dixon, staff find hidden benefits in advanced analytics

Dixon, staff find hidden benefits in advanced analytics

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 1, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Trailing by one point with less than 15 seconds left against Notre Dame last season, James Robinson took the ball to his right, spun and hit the game-winning floater. The point guard’s basket may have began with his natural ability and strength, but head men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon’s love of a...

Petition for bike lanes seeks change, faces challenges

Petition for bike lanes seeks change, faces challenges

By Zoë Hannah / For The Pitt News

October 29, 2015


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

Pittsburgh bike advocates are calling for more bike lanes in Oakland following a death on Forbes Avenue last Friday. On Oct. 24, the day after Pitt adviser Susan Hicks died in an accident on Forbes Avenue, Gregory Dornseif, a Pitt sophomore, started a Change.org petition titled “#SaferForbesNOW....

No. 23 Pitt cannot complete second-half comeback in 26-19 loss to UNC

No. 23 Pitt cannot complete second-half comeback in 26-19 loss to UNC

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 29, 2015


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

Pat Narduzzi’s second-half adjustments have saved the Panthers time and time again this season, but on Thursday night, the halftime deficit proved too much for his team to overcome. In its first ACC contest against a team with a winning record, No. 23 Pitt faltered and fell to North Carolina on Thursday, 26-19. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi took home...

Thorpe Documentary: Voicing the truth

Thorpe Documentary: Voicing the truth

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

October 29, 2015


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

In 2010, David Thorpe was anxious about his “gay voice,” so he began seeing a vocal coach to make his voice sound more masculine. By 2014, he realized his voice was fine the way it was — Thorpe had just finished filming a documentary about the process. Now, because of his own struggle, he work...

Pitt professor to head Latin American research journal

Pitt professor to head Latin American research journal

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

October 29, 2015


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

Pitt professor Aníbal Pérez-Liñán’s new position will make Pitt a focal point of Latin American studies in 2016. The Latin American Research Review announced on Wednesday that Pérez-Liñán, a professor in Pitt’s political science department, will be the new editor-in-chief of the journal ...

Living, aging with HIV

Living, aging with HIV

By Dylan Shaffer / For The Pitt News

October 29, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

Following the results of a new study, a Pitt researcher will begin to look at ways people with HIV can live healthy lives well into old age — a prognosis that was unthinkable when the epidemic began in the 1980s. “Because HIV was such bad medical news, nobody really prepared for the question of HI...

Public health program closer

Public health program closer

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

October 28, 2015


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

After 10 months of work, Student Government Board member Lia Petrose now has a potential starting date for a public health certificate for undergraduate students. At SGB’s weekly public meeting Tuesday, Petrose said introductory courses for the certificate will be “tentatively available for the fall 2017 sem...

Able to lead: Disability activist visits Pitt

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

October 28, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Mark Johnson once chained himself to a bus to draw attention to disability-inaccessible public transportation. “Rosa [Parks] wanted to sit in the front [of the bus],” Johnson said. “I just want to get on.” Johnson, director of advocacy at the Shepherd Center ­— an Atlanta non-profit hospi...

Pitt professor first woman to win Polymer Prize

By Leo Dornan / For the Pitt News

October 27, 2015


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

As the first woman to win the Polymer Physics Prize, Anna Balazs remembers the women who came before her. “I look to the women before me and I am so impressed with all the work they have done themselves to move the field forward,” Balazs said. Balazs, a petroleum and chemical engineering professor at...

Media professionals give internship advice to students

Media professionals give internship advice to students

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

October 27, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

If you send Sharon Walsh a cover letter addressed, “Dear Sir or Madam,” she will throw your application away. “If you don’t have the wherewithal to find the name of the editor when it’s right there on the website, I will discard your letter,” Walsh, founding editor of the investigative...

OBITUARY: Remembering Susan Hicks

OBITUARY: Remembering Susan Hicks

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

October 25, 2015


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

Susan Hicks was always learning, often traveling and never limiting her capacity for empathy or her dedication to students. Hicks, 34, was assistant director of academic affairs at Pitt’s Center for Russian and East European Studies. She died Friday after being hit by a car in Oakland while ridin...

Pitt Black Action Society hosts Bree Newsome

By Zoë Hannah / For the Pitt News

October 25, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

For Bree Newsome, the conversation on race violence didn’t end when she descended the South Carolina Statehouse flagpole, clutching a Confederate flag. Newsome is a social justice activist who climbed into the national spotlight when she scaled the flagpole in June to remove the Confederate flag amid...

Students pitch in at PMADD

Students pitch in at PMADD

By Elli Warsh / Staff Writer

October 25, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Dust, nails and shattered roof shale flew around inside the dingy house in East Liberty as a group of Pitt students worked furiously to rebuild the house for a needy family. The volunteers worked to fix up the old house so someone would be able to buy it in better condition. The home will soon belong to a ...

Narduzzi makes another big fourth quarter call in win over Syracuse

Narduzzi makes another big fourth quarter call in win over Syracuse

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 25, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

On fourth and seven at his own 48-yard line, Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi didn’t think twice about calling the gutsiest available play. After two late fourth down conversions against Georgia Tech last week, he was going for the fake punt against his next opponent. “I said, ‘Hey, run the...

Pitt hoops showcase new faces in Blue-Gold Scrimmage

Pitt hoops showcase new faces in Blue-Gold Scrimmage

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

October 25, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Though he hasn’t appeared in an official contest yet for the Pitt men’s basketball team, Alonzo Nelson-Adoda can check one accomplishment off his season list: make a game-winning shot. With seconds left in Pitt’s Blue-Gold Scrimmage event on Sunday, Nelson-Adoda’s side trailed by one point as...

Pitt, community mourn death of adviser, cyclist

By Josh Ye and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

October 24, 2015


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

The death of a cyclist and Pitt adviser has left the City — and the University — mourning this weekend. Susan Hicks, who was the assistant director for academic affairs for the Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies at Pitt, died after her bicycle was hit by a car near campus Friday ...

Pitt administrator dead after Forbes car accident

Pitt administrator dead after Forbes car accident

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

October 24, 2015


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

A Pitt administrator in the Center for Russian and Eastern European studies has died after her bicycle was hit by a car near campus Friday evening. According to police, the incident occurred at the intersection of Forbes Avenue and South Bellefield Avenue, near the Cathedral of Learning and Carnegie...

Female cyclist dead after Forbes incident

Female cyclist dead after Forbes incident

By Danielle Fox / Editor in Chief

October 23, 2015


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

A female cyclist has died after being hit by a car near the Cathedral of Learning this evening. Police were called to the intersection of Forbes Avenue and South Bellefield at 4:57 p.m. No word on the the cause of the incident or the victim's identity.

Incident on Forbes stops traffic, sends two to hospital

Incident on Forbes stops traffic, sends two to hospital

By Amy Beaudine and Danielle Fox / The Pitt News Staff

October 23, 2015


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

An incident involving a female biker and at least two cars has shut down Forbes Avenue. Police were called to the intersection of Forbes Avenue and South Bellefield at 4:57 p.m. Two people were taken to the hospital.  Their condition is unknown. Pitt police arrived first on the scene. A Pitt ...

College Democrats, Republicans weigh in

College Democrats, Republicans weigh in

By Elli Warsh, Megan Tingley and Mark Pesto / Pitt News Staff

October 22, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

With the 2016 presidential election nearing the one-year mark, Pitt’s two major political organizations - the Pitt College Democrats and Pitt College Republicans - are forging separate paths to secure votes. The Pitt News talked to Republican and Democrat students to map out where the groups’ membe...

Jarrett, No. 25 Pitt ready for road game at Syracuse

Jarrett, No. 25 Pitt ready for road game at Syracuse

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 22, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Tyrique Jarrett will hardly hear the opposing fans in the enclosed Carrier Dome on Saturday, as Pitt’s football team prepared for the roar in practice with speakers simulating crowd noise. “We go into the game thinking it’s not really their home field. It’s ours,” Jarrett, a junior defensive...

Adopting a narrative

Adopting a narrative

By Cristina McCormack / Staff Writer

October 21, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Adopting a child is meant to create a family, but narratives show that it can also isolate the individual. Four panelists specializing in adoption studies participated in an English department- and Humanities Center-sponsored panel discussion called “Adoption and Narratives of the Human.” The speake...

Game of Theory

Game of Theory

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

October 21, 2015


Filed under Culture, Television, Top Stories

Dragons can teach us a lot about politics, according to political science professor Andrew Lotz. Lotz will moderate a student-led discussion Thursday, Oct. 22, enticingly titled “Game of Thrones and Political Theory.” The program is part of the department of political science’s Current Issues in P...

Remembering activist Julian Bond

Remembering activist Julian Bond

By Amy Beaudine / Contributing Editor

October 20, 2015


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

When Denise McCaskill was in high school, a student not much older than herself — social activist Julian Bond, a college student at the time — convinced her that young people could make a change. To McCaskill, Bond was an inspiration that led her to lifelong work in activism. Bond, a former Georgia state...

SGB to mentor women

SGB to mentor women

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

October 20, 2015


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

Nasreen Harun wants more strong women leaders on campus — so, she’s set out to find them. At Pitt’s Student Government Board’s weekly meeting Tuesday, Harun, SGB president, announced applications were open for the Pitt Women’s Leadership Experience, the University’s first mentorship pro...

SORC adopts new website

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

October 20, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

In an effort to make running student groups easier, Pitt’s Student Organization Resource Center has given its online management program a facelift. Launched in September, SORC has been working to transition to using CollegiateLink, a site designed for organization management and event scheduling, as its...

Concussion concern: Researchers convene at UPMC

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

October 20, 2015


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

When UPMC organized a conference to discuss concussion treatment, its leaders had no idea what to expect from the experts. “It was very unclear to us what the response was going to be among these 37 experts in the field,” David Okonkwo, a neurosurgeon and the clinical director of the Brain Trauma Re...

Students dance, raise awareness at LGBT prom

Students dance, raise awareness at LGBT prom

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

October 20, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Nearly 100 Pitt students got a chance to relive their prom night last weekend, but this time they boogied in a community that didn’t push them to conceal their gender identities or sexualities. The pop music pounded out of the speakers, and students danced and laughed underneath dimmed lights and gl...

Pitt police issue crime alert following Ward Street home invasion

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

October 18, 2015


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

Pitt police have issued a crime alert for Oakland after a home invasion early Saturday morning. Pitt and Pittsburgh police responded to a call for a home invasion at 3313 Ward St. at approximately 12:10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. The victim told police two black men with guns forced their way into h...

Pitt police take juvenile into custody following cell phone theft

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

October 18, 2015


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

Pitt police took a juvenile into custody Thursday for allegedly stealing a cell phone belonging to a Pitt student, police said Friday. Pitt police will not name the individual because he was under 18 years old, but officers arrested him around 7 p.m. in North Oakland Thursday, according to Pitt spok...

Pitt opens seach for School of Education dean

Pitt opens seach for School of Education dean

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

October 15, 2015


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

The Pitt community — students, faculty, staff, alumni and others — will have a say in who takes over as dean of Pitt’s School of Education. Two and a half months after Alan Lesgold announced he was retiring as dean of Pitt’s School of Education, the Office of the Provost announced Wednesday it wo...

Open data connects community

Open data connects community

By Elizabeth Lepro and Dale Shoemaker / News Staff

October 15, 2015


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

Call it a Pittsburgh-sized win for transparency. Pitt Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement and Chief of Staff Kathy Humphrey, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and City of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced Thursday that the three heavyweights had opened the Western Pennsylvania Regional...

For the kill: Kullerkann ends journey from native Estonia with Pitt volleyball

For the kill: Kullerkann ends journey from native Estonia with Pitt volleyball

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

October 15, 2015


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

Kadi Kullerkann did not think a recruiting trip to the United States five years ago would involve babysitting a Marquette volleyball coach’s child. She also didn’t think the trip from her native Estonia was the first step on her path to playing at Pitt, a path marked with four seasons playing volle...

Narduzzi, Pitt ready for deceptive Georgia Tech offense

Narduzzi, Pitt ready for deceptive Georgia Tech offense

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 15, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Some harsh words can describe Pitt’s six-turnover, 56-28 loss to Georgia Tech last season — nightmare, disaster, debacle. Wide receiver Tyler Boyd looked at it in grimmer terms. “It was like hell,” Boyd said. “It was like going to hell, and you can’t get out.” On Saturday afternoon a...

Behind enemy lines: Get to know Georgia Tech

Behind enemy lines: Get to know Georgia Tech

October 15, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

With Saturday’s Pitt football matchup against Georgia Tech looming, The Pitt News spoke with the school’s student newspaper to provide some context about the 2015 2-4 Yellow Jackets’ squad. Technique sports editor Joe Sobchuk answered some of The Pitt News’ pressing questions on Georgia Tech’s...

Pitt joins coalition to reach low-income students

Pitt joins coalition to reach low-income students

By Shumeng Yang / For The Pitt News

October 14, 2015


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

For freshman Abigail Vipperman, applying to college at the end of high school was a rush — but not the good kind. “The admissions process was very fast paced,” Vipperman, a biology major, said. “It felt like everything was thrown at me, which was especially stressful since this was a such m...

SGB committee to propose extended drop deadline

SGB committee to propose extended drop deadline

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

October 14, 2015


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

If Pitt Student Government Board’s latest proposal succeeds, students could get more time to finalize their class schedules each semester. Naomi Stoll, SGB Academic Affairs Committee chair, announced at SGB’s public meeting Tuesday that her committee was finalizing a proposal to extend the time s...

City to begin Greenfield Bridge demolition

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

October 13, 2015


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

Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works announced Tuesday it will begin its demolition and reconstruction of the Greenfield Bridge starting Friday. Beginning 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, the city will close the bridge connecting Alger Street in Greenfield to Overlook Drive in Schenley Park, a heavily tra...

Kilgore kid: Jonathan Milligan a late find for Dixon, Pitt

Kilgore kid: Jonathan Milligan a late find for Dixon, Pitt

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 13, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

When junior point guard Josh Newkirk decided to transfer from Pitt in early August, Pitt basketball head coach Jamie Dixon didn’t panic. Instead, he looked to a small junior college in Texas. Though options are scarce that late in the process, Dixon stuck to an old adage of recruiting. “There’s...

Pitt, FBI warn students of phone scam

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

October 12, 2015


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

Pitt warned students last week of a phone scam that targets college students. The University released a warning on Friday on the My Pitt home page and through Campus Connect about a phone scam where a caller, claiming to represent the U.S. government, with a forged phone number tells the student that he or she owes delinquent student loans, dues or parking tickets. The caller, using a “spo...

Fisher brings experience, leadership to Pitt volleyball

Fisher brings experience, leadership to Pitt volleyball

By Jessie Wallace / Staff Writer

October 12, 2015


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

By 2013, Dan Fisher already had a packed resume. He had completed his collegiate volleyball career at University of the Pacific, participating on the U.S. men’s national team. He coached at four different college programs, compiling an undefeated season at one of them. He served as the offensive coordina...

Pittsburgh high school students rally for Rice

Pittsburgh high school students rally for Rice

By Lauren Rosenblatt and Dale Shoemaker / Pitt News Staff

October 12, 2015


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

Area high school students and community members gathered in Oakland Sunday evening to protest two professional investigations that said police officers in Cleveland acted reasonably in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Timothy J. McGinty, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, prosecutor, released the reviews late...

Defense, fans fuel homecoming win over Virginia

Defense, fans fuel homecoming win over Virginia

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 11, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Late Saturday afternoon, the Panthers had the University of Virginia football team backed up against their own end zone. The fans were there to see it. Fans bellowed “Sweet Caroline” through Heinz Field following the third quarter, with Pitt running back Qadree Ollison re-opening play with a fumble one yard ...

Candidate count

Candidate count

By Emily Migdal / For The Pitt News

October 9, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Candidate countEmily Migdal / For The Pitt NewsOctober 9, 2015In the race for king and queen, candidates need a kingdom of support if they want to win. Voting for homecoming court opened for all students Oct. 8 and ends Oct. 9 at noon. This year, there are 15 candidates — seven for king and eight...

Kissing for keeps at Heinz Chapel

Kissing for keeps at Heinz Chapel

October 8, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Homecoming 2015, News, Specials, Top Stories

Kissing for keeps at Heinz ChapelAmy Beaudine / Staff WriterOctober 9, 2015When Bill Young overheard a Pitt Pathfinder telling a student about the legend of Heinz Chapel, he thought the legend was a myth.The young director of Communication Services at Pitt listened as a tour guide told a prospective...

Pirates’ season ends, optimism should endure

Pirates’ season ends, optimism should endure

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 7, 2015


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

Before you look at the Pittsburgh Pirates’ season-ending loss to the Cubs Wednesday night, you have to look at who they lost first. Put the early playoff exit aside — before losing 4-0 at home in the NL Wild Card game, the Bucs had mountains upon mountains of obstacles to overcome. And they did just ...

Pitt Board of Trustees approves construction, renovation money

Pitt Board of Trustees approves construction, renovation money

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

October 7, 2015


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

While students will benefit from new elevators in Sutherland Hall, construction workers and the city can benefit from the process of renovating them. Renovations, which will include making the elevators in Sutherland Hall ADA compliant and energy efficient and will reduce maintenance costs, are one of ...

Give it the sniff test: Pitt to study olfactory senses

Give it the sniff test: Pitt to study olfactory senses

By Megan Tingley / For The Pitt News

October 7, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Health, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

A rescue dog approaches a building collapsed into a pile of rubble. It has one mission: find a missing person. How does it know where to walk? The goal of a Pitt-led, multi-institutional project is to understand how animals use their sense of smell to recognize and navigate toward odors. On Sept. ...

Pitt business school turns twenty

By Cristina McCormack / For The Pitt News

October 7, 2015


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

On its 20th birthday, Pitt’s College of Business Administration has 2,000 more students, three more majors and three more certificate programs than when it first started. Pitt’s CBA meets the occasion, celebrating its growth as a school and focusing on the accomplishments of its alumni. For its 20th...

SGB swears in ninth member

SGB swears in ninth member

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

October 7, 2015


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

Four months after the position became available — and one month into the school year — Robert Tessier has filled the empty seat at Pitt Student Government Board’s table. Deferring most individual board member and committee reports for a week, SGB spent a majority of Tuesday’s weekly meeting f...

World Habitat Day’s Pitt debut

World Habitat Day’s Pitt debut

By Casey Schmauder / For The Pitt News

October 5, 2015


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

Pitt’s Habitat for Humanity handed out Skittles and M&M packages Monday, but the messages on the candy wrappers were not so sweet. “By 2030, UN-HABITAT, [United Nations Human Settlements Program] estimates an additional 3 billion people, about 40 percent of the world’s population, will need...

Pitt prints in three dimensions

Pitt prints in three dimensions

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

October 5, 2015


Filed under News, Tech Science, Top Stories

The labs beneath the basement of Benedum Hall look pretty barren to the uninformed visitor. But the Additive Manufacturing Lab, where Minking Chyu works, holds the weight of several million dollars’ worth of equipment. This lab’s purpose is additive manufacturing, commonly called 3-D printing. The most...

Baby boomer study makes sense of healthcare research

Baby boomer study makes sense of healthcare research

By Shumeng Yang / For The Pitt News

October 4, 2015


Filed under Health, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

As the baby boomer’s years increase, so will their medical demands. The “boomers,” people born in the United States between 1946 and 1964, outnumber Generation X 77 million to 65 million, according to the Pew Research Center. With the large population of boomers entering retirement, Pitt researche...

Narduzzi’s defensive system continues to suppress, impress

Narduzzi’s defensive system continues to suppress, impress

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

October 4, 2015


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

BLACKSBURG, Virginia — While Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman spends most of his time studying and reading opposing defenses, after Saturday’s win, he gave a quick analysis of his own team’s unit. “Our defense is really a championship-level defense. It’s great to have them,” Peterman said. ...

Analyzing Pittsburgh’s violent crime

Analyzing Pittsburgh’s violent crime

By Rina Zhang / For The Pitt News

October 1, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

While there’s been a decrease in violent crime in Pittsburgh, experts are wary of saying whether it’s a sign of promise — or population change. This August, the Allegheny Department of Human Services, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Police, released a statistical snapshot of crime in Pitts...

Pitt formally begins search for new dean of students with job posting

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

October 1, 2015


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

Nearly nine months after Pitt promoted former Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kathy Humphrey, the University has formally begun its search to fill the position for the long term. Though the job has been open since January, Pitt posted a listing for the position on Pitt Source — its human resources...

Around the World: Experts weigh in on Iran deal

Around the World: Experts weigh in on Iran deal

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

September 29, 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. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told the United Nations general assembly Sunday that the latest nucl...

Oakland bank robbed

Oakland bank robbed

By Dale Shoemaker, Elizabeth Lepro and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

September 28, 2015


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

An unidentified man robbed the Citizens Bank in central Oakland minutes before the close of business Monday afternoon, stealing an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the scene. According to a 911 dispatcher, police received a call from Citizens Bank to report the robbery at 4:48 p.m. on ...

Pitt to publish first academic journal on Bitcoin

Pitt to publish first academic journal on Bitcoin

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

September 28, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

The world’s first peer-reviewed journal of Bitcoin research will soon call Pitt home. Christopher Wilmer, assistant professor in the chemical and petroleum engineering department, has co-founded  a peer-reviewed scientific journal on cryptocurrency called Ledger. Crypotcurrency refers to any kind of dig...

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