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SGB unveils Town Hall to reach students

SGB unveils Town Hall to reach students

By Sid Lingala, Staff Writer

September 26, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

The Student Government Board announced the creation of a Town Hall at Tuesday night’s meeting, aimed at bringing more students into the conversation about various campus issues.

Men’s soccer scores crucial win over No. 12 NC State, 3-1

Men’s soccer scores crucial win over No. 12 NC State, 3-1

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

September 25, 2018


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Top Stories

After previously losing to No. 5 North Carolina and No. 6 Louisville — both by just one goal — the Panthers rebounded with a much-needed victory against the Wolfpack.

Former Pitt lineman Alex Officer diagnosed with bone cancer

Former Pitt lineman Alex Officer diagnosed with bone cancer

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

September 25, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Alex Officer, a former standout on Pitt’s offensive line, announced last week that he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

Pitt students paint the town

Pitt students paint the town

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

September 24, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

Members of Pitt’s Student Alumni Association and Blue and Gold Society painted their school’s colors on the windows of Fifth Avenue businesses to celebrate the upcoming homecoming week.

Waiver Wire Weekly: Keenum to regain momentum

Waiver Wire Weekly: Keenum to regain momentum

By Adin Link, Staff Writer

September 24, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

In this week's Waiver Wire Weekly, blogger Adin Link looks at the best outcomes from last week, and makes predictions on who to look out for this up coming week. Though not doing very well this past week, Adin encourages fans to look for Case Keenum to make a comeback.

Panther Spotlight: Qadree Ollison, Stephanie Williams, Johan Penaranda

Panther Spotlight: Qadree Ollison, Stephanie Williams, Johan Penaranda

By Griffin Floyd, For the Pitt News

September 24, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

Though it was a tough weekend for Pitt athletics, there were still a few athletes that played at a high-level and stood out. Qadree Ollison, Stephanie Williams and Johan Penaranda all made notable plays in their notable sports this past weekend -- showcasing their athletic ability.

BiPgh hosts Pittsburgh’s first Bi Visibility Day conference

BiPgh hosts Pittsburgh’s first Bi Visibility Day conference

By Elise Lavallee, Contributing Editor

September 24, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Lyndsey Sickler, co-founder of BiPgh and the Youth Programs Coordinator at the Persad Center, spent the last eight months planning Pittsburgh’s first Bisexual Visibility Day Conference. The crowd at the Persad Center on Sunday was the payoff for Sickler. “I’m really thrilled with the turnout to...

Black Action Society hosts actress, activist Tatyana Ali

Black Action Society hosts actress, activist Tatyana Ali

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

September 23, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

When she was younger, Tatyana Ali wanted to be an astronaut. Her room was covered with posters of her hero — Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel in space. Ali never made it to space — instead she pursued another dream of becoming an actor, and landed the role of Ashley Bank...

Three takeaways from Pitt’s ugly UNC loss

Three takeaways from Pitt’s ugly UNC loss

By Michael Nitti, Staff Writer

September 23, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Panthers once again disappeared in the second half against UNC, continuing a disappointing season-long trend.

Panthers ride key conference win into battle with Tar Heels

Panthers ride key conference win into battle with Tar Heels

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

September 21, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

After a 34-31 loss to UNC last season, Pitt will look to make a comeback this weekend. With sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett at the head of the offensive line, Pitt's options are wide open. And, continue their good work, the Panther defensive will continue to buckle down.

Public Transit in motion at Community Cafe

Public Transit in motion at Community Cafe

By Emily Wolfe, For The Pitt News

September 20, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Pittsburghers for Public Transit members spoke to students at the Honor's College weekly event, Community Cafe.

Pitt announces pop-up grocery store

Pitt announces pop-up grocery store

By Hannah Schneider, Assistant News Editor

September 20, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

The University of Pittsburgh will open a pop-up grocery store Monday, Sept. 24, according to an email from Panther Central sent Thursday evening.

Global issues localized at human rights panel

Global issues localized at human rights panel

By Remy Samuels, Staff Writer

September 20, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Panelists at the Human Rights in Pittsburgh and the World event Wednesday discussed current conflicts in human rights related to food insecurity and women's rights.

Thrival Festival explores humans and technology

Thrival Festival explores humans and technology

By Elizabeth Donnelly, Staff Writer

September 20, 2018


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Thrival is an annual festival that explores the connections between people and important parts of their society — technology and music.

SGB hosts bi-annual Safety Fair

SGB hosts bi-annual Safety Fair

By Ashley Priore and Janine Faust, The Pitt News Staff

September 19, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Kevin Caruso, a fire safety specialist and emergency preparedness coordinator at Pitt, said people always get something out of the fire extinguisher training exercises, from how to properly use an extinguisher to how to react to a real fire.

Pitt Law hosts Constitution Day panel

Pitt Law hosts Constitution Day panel

By Noah Manalo, Staff Writer

September 18, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

In honor of Constitution Day on Monday, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law hosted a panel discussion about the promise, limits and ongoing challenges in realizing the rights guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.

Pittsburgh preps for festivals, frights, food and more this fall

Pittsburgh preps for festivals, frights, food and more this fall

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

September 17, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

From campus to Kennywood, there is something for students to enjoy this fall— even if they can only make it out of the library once this spooky season.

Athletic trainers find balance between sports and medicine

Athletic trainers find balance between sports and medicine

By Ben Zimmer, Staff Writer

September 17, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

For athletic trainers like Jennifer Csonka, the career path was the perfect balance between sports and medicine. Whether on the field or off the field, Pitt's athletic trainers are at every game, ready to take on any injuries whenever they occur.

Students study and slumber in newly renovated Hillman Library

Students study and slumber in newly renovated Hillman Library

By Noah Manalo, Staff Writer

September 14, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Students react to Hillman Library's new fourth floor, complete with group study spaces and expanded archives.

University Senate Council talks state budget, unionization

University Senate Council talks state budget, unionization

By Madeline Gavatorta, Staff Writer

September 13, 2018


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

The 2019-20 state budget could mean significant shifts in how much students pay for college.

Nika Markovic: Slovenian student serves success

Nika Markovic: Slovenian student serves success

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

September 13, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

When Nika Markovic decommitted from the University of San Francisco, she had no idea she would end up at Pitt. Born in Braslovce, Slovenia, Markovic began playing volleyball at the age of 7. No-one - not even her - thought volleyball would be her sport.

Students forfeit paychecks for unpaid internships

Students forfeit paychecks for unpaid internships

By Remy Samuels, Staff Writer

September 13, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

For many students, scrolling through internship opportunities on LinkedIn and Indeed can be a very stressful process. Finding a meaningful, paid internship that doesn’t include strenuous hours of busy work or delivering coffees to employees may be more difficult today than ever before.

Students balance school with necessity for full-time work

Students balance school with necessity for full-time work

By Sid Lingala, Staff Writer

September 13, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Regardless of the hardships that come with having a full-time job during college, students agree that the personal development that college students can gain from a co-op or job experience is valuable.

SGB approves $28.5k for Black Action Society in contested allocation vote

SGB approves $28.5k for Black Action Society in contested allocation vote

By Emily Wolfe, For the Pitt News

September 12, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

After listening to Augustin, Mercer proposed amending the allocation from the Allocation Committee’s recommendation. The new allocation was passed — instead of denying the Black Action Society’s request in full, the board approved all $28,500.

Catholics respond to Pittsburgh diocese scandal

Catholics respond to Pittsburgh diocese scandal

By Mario Cattabiani III, Staff Writer

September 11, 2018


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

At nearly 900 pages, a sweeping report identified some 300 priests accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 children over the past seven decades in six dioceses across Pennsylvania.

Changing seasons means more sales for Oakland businesses

Changing seasons means more sales for Oakland businesses

By Kieran Mclean, Staff Writer

September 11, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

For students, autumn heralds pumpkin spice, sweaters and the mass migration back to school. For Oakland restaurants, that migration means business.

Column: There’s more to blame for Pitt’s loss than sloppy conditions

Column: There’s more to blame for Pitt’s loss than sloppy conditions

By Griffin Floyd, For the Pitt News

September 11, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

The rivalry game that occurred on Saturday had many takeaways for the Panthers. Not only were the conditions bad for playing, but the offensive and defensive lines both fell short. With this culmination of mistakes, the Panthers have a lot to learn from and will need to improve if they look to have a successful season.

Steelers start off sluggish in stormy stalemate against Browns

Steelers start off sluggish in stormy stalemate against Browns

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

September 11, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

On top of Pitt getting pummeled by Penn State on Saturday, the Steelers also struggled to successful begin their season. Playing against the Brown's, the game ended in a 21-21 tie . Although there were several good plays, the Steelers still have much to improve on in order to have a successful season.

Q&A: Aurora Sharrard talks on sustainability

Q&A: Aurora Sharrard talks on sustainability

By Brian Salvato, Staff Writer

September 7, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The University’s plan to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and increase the use of renewable energy is a long one, spanning to 2030, but it’s one that students help propel forward every time they recycle a can or compost their food waste.

Pitt women’s soccer makes a comeback after two defeats

Pitt women’s soccer makes a comeback after two defeats

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

September 6, 2018


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Top Stories

After losing two consecutive games, the Pitt women's soccer team was able to make a comeback on Thursday against Duquesne. The game ended 2-0 with major plays from first-year defender Madeline Gravante and goalkeeper Amaia Pena. The team has several difficult opponents to face in the upcoming weeks as they play in the ACC.

Tailgating tips to add to the rivalry game experience

Tailgating tips to add to the rivalry game experience

By Joanna Li, Assistant Sports Editor

September 6, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

As the Pitt-Penn State game approaches this weekend, many football fans are making plans to tailgate. But, with the University's recently restrictions on tailgating, fans seem to be limited in their options. Here's how to prepare for a perfect tailgate that can be paired with the intense game to come.

Pitt heats up, AC goes down

Pitt heats up, AC goes down

By Hannah Schneider, Assistant News Editor

September 5, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

The University didn’t come to the decision on its own. In an email to faculty and staff, the Facilities Management Division of the University cited Pennsylvania Act 129, which demands a response notification from their electricity supplier as the reason behind cutting back on electric usage.

Rivalry week: Examining the shaky future of Pitt vs. Penn State

Rivalry week: Examining the shaky future of Pitt vs. Penn State

By Colin Martin, Staff Writer

September 5, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

In 2016, the Pitt-Penn State rivalry was rebooted after a 16 year hiatus. Although only playing for the last two seasons, it seems as if the rivalry may reach an expiration date soon - which could actually benefit Pitt. Working hard to schedule the rivalry game every year doesn't seem like a worthy investment for Pitt.

Rosa Davis offers POWER to women in recovery

Rosa Davis offers POWER to women in recovery

By Kieran Mclean, Staff Writer

September 5, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Rosa Davis was hired as the executive director in 1991 after graduating from Pitt with a master’s degree in social work in 1986. Under her leadership, POWER grew from eight staffers in 1991 to more than 70 today. She will receive an award on Oct. 3 as one of Pitt’s School of Social Work’s 2018 Outstanding Alumni.

Parents of hazing victim reach settlement with Beta Theta Pi

Parents of hazing victim reach settlement with Beta Theta Pi

By Hannah Schneider, Assistant News Editor

September 4, 2018


Filed under 3. Breaking, News, Top Stories

The parents of Timothy Piazza, a Penn State sophomore who suffered fatal injuries in February 2017 after a hazing event hosted by Beta Theta Pi, reached a settlement on their claims against the fraternity Tuesday evening.

Watson’s west coast approach works for the Panthers

Watson’s west coast approach works for the Panthers

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 4, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

The real MVP of Saturday's game was offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, who brought balance and consistency to the Pitt offense.

Redeye Theatre Project packs Studio Theatre

Redeye Theatre Project packs Studio Theatre

By Siddhi Shockey, Staff Writer

September 4, 2018


Filed under Culture, Theater, Top Stories

This weekend, students at the University of Pittsburgh put on six plays. Each of these plays were casted, written, rehearsed and performed all within 24 hours.

New app locates hubs for grub

New app locates hubs for grub

By Remy Samuels, Staff Writer

August 30, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

A research team at Pitt recently developed an app —called PittGrub — that aims to connect hungry college students to events with leftover free food around Pitt’s campus.

Panthers fall 4-0 to TCU in first loss of season

Panthers fall 4-0 to TCU in first loss of season

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

August 30, 2018


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt women's soccer team lost to TCU in an away game on Thursday night. The lost marks the first defeat for the team this season.

The Pitt News cuts Friday print, launches digital day

The Pitt News cuts Friday print, launches digital day

By Hannah Schneider, Assistant News Editor

August 30, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

After more than 20 years of printing five days a week, The Pitt News is cutting Friday print production. The decision, made by The Pitt News Advisory Board, was finalized in March. The group decision was made to free up editorial time to create more digital content and foster a sustainable digital business model.

Shapiro speaks on safety

Shapiro speaks on safety

By Sarah Shearer, Assistant News Editor

August 29, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Shapiro addressed four major areas in the report — global recommendations, sexual assault, mental health and drug and alcohol.

‘Pitt Tonight’ takes on 4th season

‘Pitt Tonight’ takes on 4th season

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

August 29, 2018


Filed under Culture, Television, Top Stories

The staff and stars of the University of Pittsburgh's first -- and only -- late-night talk show recorded the show's season premiere on Aug. 26.

DA, Pitt, UPMC unveil new surveillance cameras

DA, Pitt, UPMC unveil new surveillance cameras

By Grant Burgman, News Editor

August 29, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

After Pitt student Alina Sheykhet was found dead in her apartment last October, investigators found their biggest lead in private surveillance footage from a local pizza shop — and in the 10 months since, the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office, in partnership with Pitt and UPMC, has install...

PittGlobal transitions university focus abroad

PittGlobal transitions university focus abroad

By Mario Cattabiani III, Staff Writer

August 27, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

During the academic year, the University will feature programs and events designed to foster global engagement. Departments from across the University are invited to submit proposals for programs and projects that will incorporate international perspectives.

Pitt Men’s Soccer beats Delaware in 6-1 rout

Pitt Men’s Soccer beats Delaware in 6-1 rout

By Ben Zimmer, Staff Writer

August 27, 2018


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt Men's Soccer team played an away game against Delaware on Monday, August 27 at 7 p.m. The Pitt News provides a detailed recap of the action of the game.

WPTS Radio starts school year with rockin’ showcase

WPTS Radio starts school year with rockin’ showcase

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

August 27, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

WPTS Radio invited Pitt students to dance and sing on the evening of Aug. 23 to celebrate the station's annual Local Music Showcase.

Cooking at the conservatory: Phipps offers cooking classes

Cooking at the conservatory: Phipps offers cooking classes

By Sam Weber, Staff Writer

August 27, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Phipps Conservatory has always offered its beautiful gardens to the public, but recently added a new attraction — cooking lessons. Throughout this culinary arts course, local chefs teach students about different cuisines to empower students to find their own talents in the kitchen.

Pittsburgh area school to keep controversial cops

Pittsburgh area school to keep controversial cops

By Kieran Mclean, Staff Writer

August 26, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The Woodland Hills School board voted to renew its contracts with the Rankin and Churchill police departments and keep armed officers in schools despite a string of violent incidents.

Weekend Recap: Women’s volleyball, soccer teams roll through opening weekend

Weekend Recap: Women’s volleyball, soccer teams roll through opening weekend

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

August 26, 2018


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Top Stories

The first weekend back for students proved to be a successful one for Pitt sports. While the men's soccer team dropped its season opener, the women's volleyball and soccer teams picked up the slack by going undefeated through the opening weekend of the fall sports' season. Volleyball Pitt volleyb...

QC Pitt brings magic to campus Muggles

QC Pitt brings magic to campus Muggles

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

August 26, 2018


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

QC Pitt, the campus club quidditch team, is very real — and preparing to soar to its first Quidditch World Cup in several years. QC Pitt’s origins stem from several students’ discovery of the sport on YouTube in 2008.

Pitt Band preps for 2018 performances

Pitt Band preps for 2018 performances

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

August 20, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories, Welcome Back 2018

As the fall semester kicks into full swing, the 2018 football season will do the same. Along with football season comes the crowd-pleasing performances from Pitt Band.

‘Dandy Andy’ tour takes a look at Warhol’s queer history

‘Dandy Andy’ tour takes a look at Warhol’s queer history

By Jon Kunitsky, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories, Uncategorized, Welcome Back 2018

The tour differs from regular museum tours by allowing visitors to learn more about Warhol’s boyfriends, his life as a gay man in New York City and how his art was subsequently influenced by the men in his life and the queer community.

GALLERY: Goatscaping behind Chevron

GALLERY: Goatscaping behind Chevron

By Jon Kunitsky, Staff Videographer

August 9, 2018


Filed under Top Stories, Video, Visual

A herd of landscapers – yes, a herd – arrived on campus from HaveUHerd, a Collier County-based goatscaping facility. The goats eat overgrown brush, leaving behind a field prepared for planting.

Community speaks out against Mercy Hospital expansion

Community speaks out against Mercy Hospital expansion

By Kieran Mclean, Staff Writer

July 18, 2018


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

A group of community members gathered Tuesday to urge the Pittsburgh City Council require UPMC enter a community benefits agreement.

Panthers reminisce on time with Coach Aprile

Panthers reminisce on time with Coach Aprile

By Tessa Sayers, For The Pitt News

July 17, 2018


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

Head coach Holly Aprile announced her resignation from Pitt Softball on Sunday. The announcement comes after the softball team’s most successful season yet, which included the program’s first ACC Coastal Division title in its history.

Mike Bell named new Pitt baseball head coach

Mike Bell named new Pitt baseball head coach

By Hannah Schneider, Sports Editor

July 14, 2018


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

Former associate head coach at Florida State Mike Bell will take over as head coach of Pitt Baseball.

Tight end Charles Reeves dismissed

Tight end Charles Reeves dismissed

By Joanna Li, Senior Staff Writer

July 13, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Reeves was dismissed without specific reason from the University, which cited "disciplinary actions."

Softball coach Holly Aprile resigns

Softball coach Holly Aprile resigns

By Hannah Schneider, Sports Editor

July 13, 2018


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

– Aprile coached the Panthers softball team for 10 years. She will coach at Louisville, who the Panthers beat this year to win their first division championship.

Pitt professors pursue new projects with Pitt Seed grants

Pitt professors pursue new projects with Pitt Seed grants

By Mario Cattabiani III | For the Pitt News

July 11, 2018


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt is investing in change this summer, beginning with projects from professors at the University. The first-ever Pitt Seed Project awarded a total of more than $1 million to 23 programs designed to play an instrumental role in transforming the University. The grants will fund a wide range of faculty...

Board appoints new Provost, inducts five new trustees

Board appoints new Provost, inducts five new trustees

By Kieran Mclean | Staff Writer

July 11, 2018


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

The Pitt Board of Trustees appointed former Boston University Dean of the College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Ann E. Cudd, as Pitt’s new provost Friday, June 29. The board also inducted five new trustees, including President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Penguins David J. Morehouse and...

Art, music, pets and vets: SouthSide Works Exposed

Art, music, pets and vets: SouthSide Works Exposed

By Shahum Ajmal and Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot | TPN Staff

July 10, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Music, Top Stories

As the City of Pittsburgh wound down from Fourth of July celebrations and stormy weather, the South Side neighborhood prepared for the 14th annual SouthSide Works Exposed arts festival from July 6 to 8. The event was sponsored by City Vets PGH, a new urgent care veterinary practice in the South S...

Community groups call for city to release Amazon bid

Community groups call for city to release Amazon bid

By Kieran Mclean | For The Pitt News

June 27, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Members of nine community groups gathered at City Hall Thursday morning in front of a sky-blue banner declaring “The City of Pittsburgh Welcomes You.” The crowd demanded that the City release the conditions of its proposal to Amazon. Jules Lobel, Chair of the University of Pittsburgh’s Law Depar...

Pitt unveils statue of Dr. Thomas Starzl, transplant pioneer

Pitt unveils statue of Dr. Thomas Starzl, transplant pioneer

By Samuel Weber | Staff Writer

June 27, 2018


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Friends, family, university staff and members of the media gathered outside the Cathedral of Learning in full business attire Saturday to honor the memory of the late Dr. Thomas Starzl with a new bronze statue. Dr. Starzl passed away March 4, 2017, at age 90. Often referred to as “the father of t...

Jimmy Wopo: The man behind the music

Jimmy Wopo: The man behind the music

By Hannah Schneider, Contributing Editor

June 26, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

Local rapper Travon Smart — known by his stage name, Jimmy Wopo — was fatally shot last Monday afternoon at the age of 21. The shooting took place in the Middle Hill neighborhood — the very neighborhood that helped him become famous. Growing up in the Hill District was difficult for Smart. As a yo...

GALLERY: The Week in Antwon Rose Protests

GALLERY: The Week in Antwon Rose Protests

By TPN Staff

June 26, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories, Visual

June 21, 2018  Early Afternoon—Protesters gathered outside the Allegheny County Courthouse in the second major protest against police brutality after Antwon Rose Jr's death on June 19, 2018. Rose Jr and two others were in a car suspected of involvement in a drive-by shooting Tuesday evening. Rose Jr...

Chancellor recommends renaming Parran Hall

Chancellor recommends renaming Parran Hall

By Christian Snyder and Grant Burgman | The Pitt News Staff

June 25, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The months-long campaign to rename Parran Hall, the primary home of Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, reached a turning point Monday when Chancellor Patrick Gallagher issued a recommendation to University trustees that the building be renamed in light of Thomas Parran’s controversial record...

Community responds after high school student fatally shot by police

Community responds after high school student fatally shot by police

By Christian Snyder and Kieran Mclean | The Pitt News Staff

June 21, 2018


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

After East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld fatally shot unarmed Woodland Hills High School student Antwon Rose Tuesday night, the community responded quickly, organizing daily protests that Pittsburgh officials expect to continue through the summer. The first protest began outside the East Pit...

Officer involved in fatal shooting was former Pitt police officer

Officer involved in fatal shooting was former Pitt police officer

By Christian Snyder | Editor-in-chief

June 21, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

This story was first posted at 6:48 p.m. The Allegheny County Police Department confirmed the identity of the officer involved in the Tuesday night fatal shooting of Antwon Rose, a 17-year-old Woodland Hills High School student. [Read: Unarmed 17-year-old fatally shot by East Pittsburgh police...

Joe Jordano resigns as baseball coach

Joe Jordano resigns as baseball coach

By Hannah Schneider and Joanna Li

June 20, 2018


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

Joe Jordano resigned as head coach of Pitt’s baseball team Thursday night, according to a report from the Post-Gazette. An official announcement released by the University Friday afternoon confirmed his resignation. “I am honored to have had the opportunity to lead this program with integrity, pas...

Athletics Department announces new mental health program

Athletics Department announces new mental health program

By Christian Snyder | Editor-in-Chief

June 20, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt’s Athletics Department announced a new partnership with Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC to add two full-time mental health counselors to the department’s staff to interact with student-athletes on a daily basis, according to a statement released Wednesday. Student-athletes were previously referred to WPIC for mental health treatment. The new program will include one-on-one counseling and focus on techniques for practi...

Girls who rock: Ladyfest 2018

Girls who rock: Ladyfest 2018

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

June 20, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

A Google search for “rock bands” yields a long list of well-known results — Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Guns N’ Roses are the first bands listed. The search results show other examples such as The Who, AC/DC and modern bands like the Arctic Monkeys and Coldplay. Aside from being ...

Pitt Football gains 11 recruits

Pitt Football gains 11 recruits

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

June 20, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Entering June with zero commitments from the 2019 recruiting class, Pitt’s football team found itself stuck with a late start to its recruiting trail. But despite the slow start, the pace suddenly changed as the the count rocketed to 11 commits in just one weekend, with nine of those players verbally ...

The Pittsburgh pride of today ignores its roots

The Pittsburgh pride of today ignores its roots

By Anaïs Foss | For The Pitt News

June 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

As a member of a community under constant attack, attending pride celebrations used to feel like a breath of fresh air for me. Pride was always a space to be out safely and celebrate myself with other queer people. But things have changed. Pittsburgh Pride has been sponsored by natural gas compa...

Pittsburgh packs the streets for Pride 2018

Pittsburgh packs the streets for Pride 2018

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

June 12, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple lit up downtown Pittsburgh over the weekend as members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies united to celebrate their differences and show support for the community. They danced, sang and kissed under rainbow flags. This was Pittsburgh PrideFest 2018. ...

2 Panthers drafted into MLB

2 Panthers drafted into MLB

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

June 7, 2018


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

Two Panthers were selected into the MLB on the second day of the 2018 draft, marking the sixth year in a row that Pitt has had at least one player picked to join the league. RJ Freure The Houston Astros drafted Pitt rising junior relief pitcher RJ Freure in the sixth round with the 192nd pick of the...

Pitt protesters pressure Peduto on Shell plant

Pitt protesters pressure Peduto on Shell plant

By Jon Kunitsky | For the Pitt News

June 5, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The seven-year-long battle over an ethane cracker plant between Shell Chemical, the petrochemicals arm of Royal Dutch Shell, and clean-climate activists took another turn Friday morning when a group of Pitt alumni and current students took to the Smithfield Street Bridge to drop a banner in protes...

Peduto, Fitzgerald face questions at town hall

Peduto, Fitzgerald face questions at town hall

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

June 5, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Citizens had a chance to address pressing issues like Amazon, small businesses and the ethane plant in Beaver County with some of Pittsburgh’s most important figures — Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald — Monday night at Union Project in Highland Park. Peduto, F...

Annual Three Rivers Arts Festival kicks off downtown

Annual Three Rivers Arts Festival kicks off downtown

By Zachary Donovan | Staff Writer

June 5, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Music, Top Stories

The City of Pittsburgh’s North Side was filled with the sound of country music and the sight of about 25 tons of trash this past weekend as the Kenny Chesney concert took over Heinz Field and the surrounding parking lots for tailgates. But across the river from the hard-partying country fans, a different crowd...

Pitt swimming and diving signs 12 new athletes

Pitt swimming and diving signs 12 new athletes

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

June 2, 2018


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

Pitt’s swimming and diving program announced 12 new additions to the upcoming 2018-19 season on Friday. These dozen athletes join the seven other members of the Class of 2018, announced last November. “We believe that each of these kids has the potential to leave Pitt as an accomplished student and a phenomenal athlete,” Pitt head coach John Hargis sai...

Pitt service workers to be affected by SCOTUS decision

Pitt service workers to be affected by SCOTUS decision

By Christian Snyder | Editor in Chief

May 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Aliyya Lee had just worked from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. before stopping to meet her coworker Pam Johnston at Panera on Forbes Avenue. After passionately describing to me what’s at stake over 200 miles away as nine Supreme Court justices debate a labor union case, the pair left to defend unionized employ...

A night at The Priory

A night at The Priory

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

May 30, 2018


Filed under City, News, Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

The ballroom of the Priory Grand Hall, a small hotel in the historic Pittsburgh neighborhood of Deutschtown, is actually a converted church — but last Friday it became a boxing ring. A red-matted ring bordered by red and blue ropes sat in the center of the ballroom, hit directly by the fading ev...

Soldiers and Sailors celebrates Memorial Day

Soldiers and Sailors celebrates Memorial Day

By Sam Weber | Staff Writer

May 29, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Butler-local Tom McKay, an ex-Marine, stood outside Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall on Monday to experience the museum’s annual celebration for the first time. He described the day as a “sweeping experience.” Red, white and blue T-shirts and flags were scattered across the front lawn of So...

Pitt Ultimate Frisbee makes history

Pitt Ultimate Frisbee makes history

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

May 29, 2018


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Top Stories

This weekend in Milwaukee was hot — over 80 degrees in the sun, and hotter on the turf fields of the Uihlein Soccer Park, where the Pitt Ultimate frisbee men’s and women’s teams competed for a shot at their respective national championships. But according to rising fifth-year senior Hafeez Shams,...

Pittsburgh Filmmakers to close doors in North Oakland

Pittsburgh Filmmakers to close doors in North Oakland

By Sarah Connor and Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot

May 29, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies, Top Stories

After 20 years of providing classes to residents of Pittsburgh and students at Pitt, Pittsburgh Filmmakers will end its days in Oakland. Due to financial struggles, Pittsburgh Filmmakers has canceled its fall courses in film and photography, and has made plans to sell its building on Melwood Avenue...

Column: Women’s sports need female leaders

Column: Women’s sports need female leaders

By Jordan Mondell | Senior Staff Writer

May 23, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

Pitt’s new women’s basketball head coach Lance White — who was hired April 18 to replace former coach Suzie McConnell-Serio — seems like a great snag for the program. The former Florida State assistant has it going on — a 350-145 overall record, 12 seasons with 20 or more wins with the Se...

Pitt alums remember Peter’s Pub

Pitt alums remember Peter’s Pub

By Samuel Weber | Staff Writer

May 23, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

At Peter’s Pub in Oakland this past weekend, the generally happy atmosphere of a normal Sunday night was nowhere to be found. Bar staff and friends sat around the bar reminiscing about their time working and hanging out at the Oakland staple, which will be closing its doors after 44 years. In a F...

Pitt Vice Chancellor withdraws from UMass Boston chancellor search

Pitt Vice Chancellor withdraws from UMass Boston chancellor search

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

May 22, 2018


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement Kathy Humphrey withdrew her name from consideration for the chancellor position at the University of Massachusetts Boston Tuesday amid controversy surrounding the nomination and confirmation processes. The other two finalists for the position, Peter Lyons — the vi...

Sneak peek: Free entertainment for this summer in the City

Sneak peek: Free entertainment for this summer in the City

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

May 22, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Movies, Music, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Now that college students have finished their finals and high school students are going to prom, the summer season is truly about to begin. The City of Pittsburgh is ready to celebrate the sunny months with some free outdoor events. Typical summer events — like the Independence Day celebration ...

Peter’s Pub announces upcoming closing

Peter’s Pub announces upcoming closing

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

May 16, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Peter’s Pub, a staple of the Oakland bar scene, will close its doors at the end of the month after 44 years of business. The popular bar on Oakland Avenue announced its upcoming closing on its Facebook page in a post Wednesday afternoon. “It is with heavy hearts, and tears in our eyes, that...

Don’t Call Her Honey: Ciara Gray artist spotlight

Don’t Call Her Honey: Ciara Gray artist spotlight

By Siddhi Shockey | Staff Writer

May 16, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

When she was a young artist in first grade, Ciara Gray brought an assignment to the front of the class to show the teacher her work — how she’d ripped a portrait from a magazine in half and pasted it to paper, sketching in the missing half of the model’s face. Now, marks of Gray’s creativity are etched...

Pappas bids The Public adieu with ‘Hamlet’

Pappas bids The Public adieu with ‘Hamlet’

By Jon Kunitsky | For The Pitt News

May 16, 2018


Filed under Culture, Theater, Top Stories

The audience poured an avalanche of applause over the cast of Pittsburgh Public Theater’s production of “Hamlet” following its opening performance April 19 — uproarious cheering, whistling and standing ovations galore. But I did not stand, and instead left the theater feeling indifferent and...

Survivors, supporters race for the cure in Schenley

Survivors, supporters race for the cure in Schenley

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

May 16, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Amber Baker led her team of “Bosom Buddies” through Schenley Park this Mother’s Day with her daughter, Angelina Chertik, who traveled across the state from Philadelphia to attend the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, an annual 5K run that raises money and awareness for breast cancer. Baker, a ...

Pitt Softball loses ACC Championship game

Pitt Softball loses ACC Championship game

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

May 15, 2018


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

The Panthers softball team finished its most successful season yet with a 33-18-1 record, earning head coach Holly Aprile the ACC Coach of the Year honor. With two victories over Louisville earlier this month, the Panthers ended the season as ACC Coastal Champions for the first time in school history — and...

Pittsburgh Marathon draws runners from around the world

Pittsburgh Marathon draws runners from around the world

By Hannah Schneider, Sports Editor

May 15, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

Despite overcast skies, cool temperatures and the threat of rain, more than 37,000 people showed up at the starting line for the 10th annual Pittsburgh Marathon early Sunday morning. The weekend of races, hosted by Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc., also drew a crowd of more than 200,000 sp...

Allegheny County Health Department issues consumer alert at Popeyes

Allegheny County Health Department issues consumer alert at Popeyes

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

May 15, 2018


Filed under Campus, Top Stories

The Allegheny County Health Department issued a consumer alert Friday to Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen on Fifth Avenue for an infestation of mice. Inspectors reportedly found a live mouse in the office and another live mouse in the basement of the restaurant, and found dead mice in the kitchen and on ...

Ellen Moran named as new vice chancellor

Ellen Moran named as new vice chancellor

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

May 11, 2018


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt announced Thursday its communications department has a new leader with Ellen Moran, now vice chancellor for strategic communications and marketing. Moran previously served as President Barack Obama’s communications director from November 2008 to April 2009. Moran, who has been working the position sin...

Softball team secures first ACC championship in program history

Softball team secures first ACC championship in program history

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

May 5, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt softball team earned a crucial 9-8 victory over Louisville Friday afternoon to clinch first place in the ACC Coastal Division — marking the team’s first division championship in its 20-year history. The Panthers then took a victory lap on Saturday with a 10-2 win in their second game against...

Aiken basketball legacy to continue at Pitt

Aiken basketball legacy to continue at Pitt

By Joanna Li | Staff Writer

May 4, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

The Panthers men’s basketball team secured a legacy talent Thursday night when North Allegheny High School senior Curtis Aiken Jr. verbally committed to Pitt via Twitter. ✅ pic.twitter.com/o7KDwZkQec — Curtis Aiken Jr. (@caiken_14) May 4, 2018 Aiken will join the team next season as a preferred walk-on, meanin...

Lyke announces first class in Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame

Lyke announces first class in Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame

By Hannah Schneider, Sports Editor

May 3, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

After sorting through more than 300 nominations, it should come as no surprise that the Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame selection committee chose Panther Football stars Tony Dorsett, Dan Marino and Mike Ditka as inaugural members of Pitt’s Athletics Hall of Fame. Some of the inductees — like class of 191...

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