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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...

Pitt extends contract with Athletic Director Heather Lyke

Pitt extends contract with Athletic Director Heather Lyke

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

May 1, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher announced last week a six-year extension to Athletic Director Heather Lyke’s contract. Lyke was hired in March 2017 to replace Scott Barnes — and she had a busy first year. “I am grateful to Chancellor Gallagher and our Board of Trustees for their belief in me, our team a...

Diop announces transfer to Louisville

Diop announces transfer to Louisville

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

May 1, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Pitt redshirt junior forward Yacine Diop announced Monday that she is transferring to Louisville for her final season of eligibility. Once she gets there, she will immediately be eligible to play. With Diop’s departure, the Pitt women’s basketball team loses last year’s leading scorer and rebou...

Tampa Bay selects Jordan Whitehead with the 117th overall pick in the NFL Draft

Tampa Bay selects Jordan Whitehead with the 117th overall pick in the NFL Draft

By Trent Leonard | Senior Staff Writer

April 28, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt football had its second player taken off the board— after offensive lineman Brian O’Neill— when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected safety Jordan Whitehead in the fourth round with the 117th overall pick in the NFL Draft. Despite dealing with two shortened seasons after an impressive first year, Whi...

Pittsburgh work crew removes Stephen Foster statue

Pittsburgh work crew removes Stephen Foster statue

By Grant Burgman | Contributing Editor

April 26, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The controversial statue of American songwriter Stephen Foster was removed by the city of Pittsburgh from its perch near Schenley Plaza early Thursday morning. Sculpted in 1900 by Giuseppe Moretti, the statue has sat across from the Stephen Foster Memorial since 1940. It depicts Foster, a 19th-cent...

Lyke Plans to “Flip the Pete”

Lyke Plans to “Flip the Pete”

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

April 25, 2018


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

Athletic Director Heather Lyke wants to “flip” the basketball court at the Petersen Events Center. She announced that the Athletic Department will be changing the layout of the court at a media roundtable discussion at the Pete Wednesday morning. According to Lyke, when Pitt built the eve...

Pitt gains first top-100 basketball recruit since 2013

Pitt gains first top-100 basketball recruit since 2013

By Trent Leonard | Senior Staff Writer

April 24, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt men’s basketball team received its first verbal commitment of the 2018-2019 recruiting season today at noon when four-star recruit Trey McGowens announced his commitment to the Panthers via Twitter. McGowens, a senior 6-foot-3 guard at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., chose Pitt...

Digress from stress: Pittsburgh’s Slices of Serenity

Digress from stress: Pittsburgh’s Slices of Serenity

By Elizabeth Donnelly | Staff Writer

April 22, 2018


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

It’s no secret that finals week can be a stressful time for students, but there are many places Pitt students can go for relief — both on and off campus. With these study break destinations, students can try to focus their mental energy on staying calm and relaxing. Stress Free Zone — William Pitt Union (Oakland...

SGB reflects, looks ahead

SGB reflects, looks ahead

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

April 22, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

As Student Government Board’s incoming president last year, Max Kneis said he wanted to improve collaboration and engagement with SGB. Now as outgoing president one year later, Kneis said the number of applications for SGB positions shows how he’s achieved this. “I think we continue to have more students...

Everyone has a right to self-care

Everyone has a right to self-care

By Erica Brandbergh | Columnist

April 22, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

It’s all over the media — images of white women pampering themselves in spas or going shopping in the name of self-care. If you were to trust the advertising of places like these, you’d think the only people who ever even need de-stressing were from places like Beverly Hills or the Hamptons. It...

Covestro lectures honors professor

Covestro lectures honors professor

By Briana Canady | Staff Writer

April 20, 2018


Filed under News, Tech Science, Top Stories

Harvard University professor George Whitesides spoke to a crowd of about 150 people Thursday night in Benedum Hall about how chemistry can be utilized in all industries to bring opportunities for invention and productivity. “The tools from the health care and manufacturing industries can provide what we ...

Pennsylvania Senate passes antihazing law

Pennsylvania Senate passes antihazing law

By Sarah Shearer | Contributing Editor

April 19, 2018


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

The Pennsylvania State Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would make hazing in fraternities a third-degree felony in cases of serious injury or death, and could allow universities to seize offending Greek organizations’ houses.  The law is sponsored by Republican Senate Majority Leade...

Irene Mena: A world of opportunities

Irene Mena: A world of opportunities

By Brian Gentry | Staff Writer

April 19, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

When Irene Mena got her U.S. citizenship Feb. 28 at the Pittsburgh Courthouse, her colleague and friend Dan Budny brought her a cake adorned with an American flag and the words “Congratulations Irene!” written under it. She ate a piece and then drove right back to her office in Benedum Hall. ...

Pitt now accepting the Common Application

Pitt now accepting the Common Application

By Elise Lavallee | Contributing Editor

April 19, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Students submitting an application to Pitt in the 2018-19 school year will be the first class that can use the Common Application, according to a statement Pitt released Tuesday. The Common App allows prospective students to apply to multiple colleges and universities simultaneously using one applica...

Wrestler Bruno Sammartino, Oakland native, dies at 82

Wrestler Bruno Sammartino, Oakland native, dies at 82

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

April 19, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Bruno Sammartino, a former professional wrestler and Oakland native, died Wednesday after battling health issues for the last two months. His wife, Carol, and two of his sons were at his side when he died peacefully. He was 82. Sammartino was born in October of 1935 and immigrated to South Oakland from Pizzo...

Pitt hires Lance White as women’s basketball coach

Pitt hires Lance White as women’s basketball coach

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

April 18, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Florida State associate head coach Lance White has been hired as Pitt’s new head women’s basketball coach, the University announced Wednesday. Lance, who was named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association assistant coach of the year in 2017, was hired by Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke ...

SGB bids farewell in final meeting

SGB bids farewell in final meeting

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

April 18, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Plenty of teary, emotional thank-yous and farewells occured at Tuesday night’s Student Government Board meeting — the last official meeting for the 2017-18 board. During his final report, President Max Kneis took the opportunity to thank everyone who had been with him along the way. “From my f...

Capel rounds out assistant coaching staff with hiring of Milan Brown

Capel rounds out assistant coaching staff with hiring of Milan Brown

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

April 17, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

New men’s basketball head coach Jeff Capel has officially rounded out his immediate coaching staff with the hiring of a third full-time assistant, according to a report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Capel hired College of Charleston assistant coach Milan Brown to join associate head coaches Tim O’Toole and Jason Capel, both of whom Pitt hired as assistant coaches last we...

Panelists question separation of medicine and faith

Panelists question separation of medicine and faith

By Cassidy Power | Staff Writer

April 17, 2018


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Although in Western tradition medicine and faith are considered separate entities, a Monday afternoon panel sponsored by the School of Nursing called Can Science Measure the Culture of Health? questioned why the two aren’t integrated. Speakers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Sai...

Pitt announces commencement speakers

Pitt announces commencement speakers

By Salina Pressimone | Assistant News Editor

April 17, 2018


Filed under Campus, Top Stories

Pitt graduates receiving their University diplomas this month will hear from two Pitt alumni who have led prominent careers in public service since their own commencement ceremonies. Pitt will host Pittsburgh Mayor and ex officio member of Pitt’s Board of Trustees, William Peduto, at the undergrad...

Labor of love: PSA puts on Mock Shaadi

Labor of love: PSA puts on Mock Shaadi

By Shahum Ajmal | Staff Writer

April 16, 2018


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Two first-year students exchanged vows in the William Pitt Union ballroom Saturday night — but all in good fun. The bride and groom were volunteer participants in the Pitt Pakistani Student Association’s second annual Mock Shaadi event. Awash in shades of red, yellow and pink, the ballroom wa...

Coloring out cancer: Students run for research

Coloring out cancer: Students run for research

By Theresa Dickerson | For The Pitt News

April 15, 2018


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

Colors flew through the air in Schenley Park this past weekend at the Pittsburgh Attacks Cancer Together’s 5K Race and Color Run. Members of the Pittsburgh community came to support the student-led organization at its annual event, which aims to raise money for the Hillman Cancer Research Center. Whi...

March for matter: Community comes together for science

March for matter: Community comes together for science

By Kenan Meral | Staff Writer

April 15, 2018


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Citing an “attack on science and science finding,” Dana Kellerman went to Washington, D.C., last April to join the first March for Science. One year later, Kellerman, a 52-year-old resident of Fox Chapel, came to the Pittsburgh march with a more specific demand. “I marched this year because I...

Spring Game analysis: Pitt defense shined while offense struggled

Spring Game analysis: Pitt defense shined while offense struggled

By Cale Berger | Staff Writer

April 15, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt’s annual Blue and Gold Spring Game may be the first chance of the year for Pitt students, alumni and fans to tailgate and bring their favorite jerseys out of retirement, but it is also an opportunity to get a small taste of what the upcoming season will bring on the field. This year was no ...

Blue beats Gold, 10-3, in Spring Game defensive battle

Blue beats Gold, 10-3, in Spring Game defensive battle

By Trent Leonard and Joanna Li | TPN Staff

April 14, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Panthers split their football team into Blue and Gold teams Saturday afternoon for their annual Spring Game, a contest in which neither offense looked exceptional. It proved fitting that a defensive touchdown — redshirt junior defensive back Dane Jackson’s 60-yard interception-turned-touchdown ...

Gene’s Place raises the bar in #PittMadness challenge

Gene’s Place raises the bar in #PittMadness challenge

By Amanda Reed / Contributing Editor

April 13, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Move over, Villanova — there’s a new bracket winner in town. Gene’s Place, located on Louisa Street in Oakland, won the Barstool Pitt #PittMadness bracket challenge April 11, beating out student favorites like Mario’s South Side Saloon, Garage Door Saloon, Hemingway’s Cafe and Peter’s Pub ...

Cocktail classroom: Professors bring classes to the bars

Cocktail classroom: Professors bring classes to the bars

By Darren Campuzano | Staff Writer

April 13, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

A professor walks into a bar to talk about statistical issues in business. This sounds like the opening line of bad joke — but it's a reality for some Pitt professors. Though it is rather unconventional, some University staff members have been relocating class to more sociable areas on campus, s...

Backyard brewers: Students craft their own creations

Backyard brewers: Students craft their own creations

By Cassidy Power and Samuel Ruppert | Staff Writers

April 12, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Some students buy kegs for a good time. Others become amateaur mixologists for the night, concocting a batch of jungle juice in their backyards. But a few local college students find joy not in the consumption of the alcohol, but in the process of making the drink itself. They’ve taken it upon...

Capel hires Tim O’Toole, Jason Capel as assistant coaches

Capel hires Tim O’Toole, Jason Capel as assistant coaches

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

April 12, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt men’s basketball coach Jeff Capel hired his brother, Jason Capel, and Tim O’Toole to be assistants on his staff, according to reports Wednesday.   https://twitter.com/GoodmanESPN/status/984087393371328513   O’Toole joins Pitt after spending the last two seasons as an a...

Environmental, economic issues merge at lecture

Environmental, economic issues merge at lecture

By Theresa Dickerson | For The Pitt News

April 12, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Two student-led campus organizations at Pitt collaborated Wednesday evening, hoping to dispel the myth that advocacy for environment protection and advocacy for jobs are mutually exclusive.   Free the Planet and United Students Against Sweatshops teamed up to bring in Veronica Coptis, the executive director o...

Mountaineers maul Panthers, 12-1

Mountaineers maul Panthers, 12-1

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

April 11, 2018


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

Pitt’s bats fell silent on Wednesday as they were unable to score more than one run for the third straight game, losing 12-1 to the West Virginia Mountaineers in Morgantown. West Virginia’s (15-15) offense found life against Pitt (17-13) in the 195th Backyard Brawl and handed the second straigh...

SGB brings the bills, renews NYT subscription

SGB brings the bills, renews NYT subscription

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

April 11, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

It was a busy Tuesday night in Nordy’s Place as Student Government Board passed three bills and introduced four more. Of the total seven bills, six deal with internal SGB structure, adding new committees and redefining or clarifying code and procedure. The only bill introduced not about internal mat...

Pitt jazz professor dies at 81

Pitt jazz professor dies at 81

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | News Editor

April 10, 2018


Filed under Campus, City, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Nathan Davis, a former professor at Pitt’s department of music and renowned jazz musician, died on Sunday from natural causes. He was 81. Davis came to Pitt in 1969 as the director of the jazz studies program. During his time at Pitt, he founded and directed the University’s annual jazz seminar. He als...

Lawmakers propose more transparency at state-related universities

Lawmakers propose more transparency at state-related universities

By Christian Snyder and John Hamilton / TPN Staff

April 10, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

State representatives unveiled legislation Tuesday that would expand transparency and public access to records at Pennsylvania’s state-related universities. Pitt, Penn State, Temple and Lincoln — Pennsylvania’s four state-related universities — are currently exempt from the Right-to-Know Law, whic...

ACC releases 2018 basketball matchups

ACC releases 2018 basketball matchups

By Jordan Mondell and Trent Leonard | TPN Staff

April 10, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Top Stories

Jeff Capel and his new squad got a glimpse of their upcoming season Tuesday as the ACC announced conference matchups for the 2018-19 men’s basketball season. Pitt — who will be entering the season with Capel as head coach — will take on every team in the conference. Last season, the team went ...

Panelists discuss intersectionality in sexual assault

Panelists discuss intersectionality in sexual assault

By Zane Crowell | Staff Writer

April 10, 2018


Filed under Campus, Top Stories

Students gathered Monday night to listen as six panelists discussed how intersectionality plays a role in sexual assault. The panel consisted of Krithika Pennathur, president of Pitt Unmuted; Rose Barone — who prefers to go by Sawyer — executive assistant of Rainbow Alliance; Albert Tanjaya, ad...

Sugar-coated: donuts out, Insomnia in

Sugar-coated: donuts out, Insomnia in

By Salina Pressimone | Assistant News Editor

April 10, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Meyran Avenue’s sweet spot is shutting down — but “donut” worry, something else is coming along to make that late night insomnia manageable. Insomnia Cookies is set to move in across from the now-closed Peace, Love and Little Donuts in the near future as Meyran’s newest eatery. The donu...

Pitt dancers marathon for kids

Pitt dancers marathon for kids

By Briana Canady and Sam Weber | The Pitt News Staff

April 8, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Students in the Cost Sports Center spent most of Saturday sweating — but not from running laps or drills. Instead, about 1,450 people danced to top-40 hits over a period of 16 hours under neon lights. These people were participants in the Pitt Dance Marathon, one of several fundraising events held durin...

Greek life action plan proposes changes

Greek life action plan proposes changes

By Christian Snyder | Contributing Editor

April 8, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Following a nearly semester-long social probation, fraternities and sororities will be permitted to resume normal operations in the fall 2018 semester, but with a few changes. Pitt released a working action plan for Greek life last Monday in response to two off-campus events which occurred during the spring 2018 semester. The first, a student hospitalization following a Sigm...

Parker Stewart announces decision to transfer

Parker Stewart announces decision to transfer

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

April 6, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

First-year Pitt guard Parker Stewart announced via Twitter on Friday that he will be transferring from the Pitt basketball program. Stewart — who was also the first Pitt player to request his release from the program after the firing of former head coach Kevin Stallings — is the only player of the nine that requested their releases to ...

Feminists march for inclusivity

Feminists march for inclusivity

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

April 6, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Marchers waving signs made out of cardboard, paper and pizza boxes drew the attention of passersby as they wove their way through Pitt’s campus and Oakland Thursday evening — chanting in support of women of all sexualities and races. One of the pizza boxes read “Injustice anywhere is a threat to...

TPN earns 17 awards at College Media Business and Advertising Managers

TPN earns 17 awards at College Media Business and Advertising Managers

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | News Editor

April 6, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

College Media Business and Advertising Managers presented The Pitt News with 17 awards for excellence in business operations, marketing and promotions during the organization’s 46th annual Advertising Awards Competition Saturday. According to the CMBAM website, the awards ceremony recognizes excel...

Pitt fires women’s basketball coach McConnell-Serio

Pitt fires women’s basketball coach McConnell-Serio

By Jordan Mondell / Assistant Sports Editor

April 5, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Pitt women’s basketball head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio was fired from the program, Pitt Athletics announced Thursday afternoon. McConnell-Serio is the third head coach to be fired by athletic director Heather Lyke, with former women’s head soccer coach Greg Miller’s dismissal in December 2017...

Women hone craft at Art House in Homewood

Women hone craft at Art House in Homewood

By Shahum Ajmal | Staff Writer

April 4, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

As Vanessa German and a group of artists were about to settle in for a night of writing and discussion in her house, a car crash outside derailed the March evening. The group witnessed an altercation between the victim of the crash and police officers who responded to the scene, and feeling that...

Former Film Row finds new life in start-up

Former Film Row finds new life in start-up

By Joanna Li | Staff Writer

April 4, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies, Top Stories

As a teenager, movie fanatic Drew Levinson noticed a run-down brick building with a familiar logo — 24 stars circling a mountain — as he passed it on his way to crew practice from Taylor Allderdice High School. The building sat in the back of his mind until 2009, when he stumbled across a film...

Vladimir Padunov: Catch him outside the Cathedral

Vladimir Padunov: Catch him outside the Cathedral

By Janine Faust

April 4, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

Vladimir “Volodia” Padunov’s office looks like a curiosity shop. A tiara, rattlesnake eggs and other trinkets line the shelves. Cluttered beneath are rolls of film. Hats from the former Soviet Union dangle from the ceiling. A jar of homemade horseradish vodka sits on his desk.   The profes...

Matisse the Cat: The purrfect neighbor

Matisse the Cat: The purrfect neighbor

By Henry Glitz & John Hamilton

April 4, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

Bearing a name like Matisse might seem like an awful lot of responsibility for a lot of people — living up to such a well-cultured namesake can be a challenge. But on a stretch of Parkview Avenue in Oakland, from Oakland Square to the Boulevard of the Allies, you’d think the famous French painte...

Lance Bass in sync with LGBTQ+ community

Lance Bass in sync with LGBTQ+ community

By Sam Weber | For The Pitt News

April 3, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

When Lance Bass looks back on his time in NSYNC, he can’t help but laugh — both at his antics and the crowds often confused by them. “I found it funny,” Bass said. “Before anyone knew I was gay, I was just Lance from NSYNC and I just humped the stage a lot.” Bass, a 38-year-old mus...

Monica Henderson: A run for your money

Monica Henderson: A run for your money

By Hannah Schneider and & Theo Schwarz

April 3, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

At 5 p.m. in her Tower A dorm, Monica Henderson begins her familiar routine — right sock, left sock, right shoe, left shoe — and ties her turquoise and grey running sneakers. Bending down to touch her toes, she begins her lengthy, 10-minute stretching sequence, needed for muscles she says are always...

Baldwin the Piano: A second chance at song

Baldwin the Piano: A second chance at song

By Rachel Glasser & Thomas Yang

April 3, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

It was a chronic condition. Dead keys, they said, and the prognosis was bleak. More than 50 years of occasional aggressive banging coupled with normal wear and tear had made Baldwin mute. His hammers were dull and worn. When they hit the strings, he uttered no sound. The recommended treatment —...

Cultures come together on Pitt’s tennis team

Cultures come together on Pitt’s tennis team

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

April 3, 2018


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

A quick glance at the men’s top 10 world tennis rankings reveals that no two players share the same country of origin. The same can be said for the top eight women in the world — an unusual trend considering certain nations tend to specialize and often dominate in other sports. A microcosm of...

Students report on community work in Homewood

Students report on community work in Homewood

By Zane Crowell | Staff Writer

April 3, 2018


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

Students, Homewood residents and members of the Community Engagement Center filled the Homewood-Brushton Branch YMCA’s meeting room, waiting for their chance to hear how the community workers had been spending their time.   Residents of Homewood attended the Pitt CEC’s Community Assistant Report Out e...

Comedian Bill Burr ‘Walks his way out’ to Pittsburgh

Comedian Bill Burr ‘Walks his way out’ to Pittsburgh

By John Hamilton | Managing Editor

April 3, 2018


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Since the last time Bill Burr was in Pittsburgh, he’s had a kid and written three seasons of an animated Netflix show, “F is for Family.” But he’s adamant that his worldview and his stand-up routine remain largely unchanged. That means when he makes his “triumphant return” to the City...

Tony Resch: Sight and sound

Tony Resch: Sight and sound

By Joanna Li & Issi Glatts

April 2, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

For Tony Resch, a heavy bass line is black, cymbals are yellow and the key of D is green — with an attitude. Some of Resch’s earliest and fundamental memories of music were color- and shape-oriented — a combination of textures, colors and notes that turn the sounds of music-making into a vi...

Pitt Innovation Institute announces Big Idea Center

Pitt Innovation Institute announces Big Idea Center

By Salina Pressimone | Assistant News Editor

April 1, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

The University Innovation Institute announced Thursday it will establish a Big Idea Center set to open for the 2018-2019 academic year. The announcement was part of last week’s annual Randall Family Big Idea Competition, where three current and former Pitt students won $25,000 to develop their autom...

Richard Garland: A few wrong turns

Richard Garland: A few wrong turns

By John Hamilton & John Hamilton

April 1, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

Driving around Allegheny County on a brisk mid-March afternoon, Richard Garland refuses to use the GPS in the dashboard of his black Chevy Tahoe. Instead, the car’s screen displayed a zoomed out map and XM Radio’s Soul Town station as Garland made right turns, left turns, wrong turns and U-tur...

Ana Del Prete: All eyes on Ana

Ana Del Prete: All eyes on Ana

By Jordan Mondell & Jordan Mondell

April 1, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

Ana Del Prete originally bought the desk that occupies her small apartment bedroom to work on homework. But now she finds herself at the provisional vanity on any given weeknight preparing to do another kind of work. She has everything ready in front of her — a tube of ColourPop concealer, a NYX Ultimat...

Jackie Sharp: For the love of the game

Jackie Sharp: For the love of the game

By Trent Leonard & Theo Schwarz

March 31, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

If you had told Jackie Sharp two years ago that she would eventually become the first Pitt women’s ice hockey player to have her number retired, she would have thought you were crazy. At that point, there was no women’s hockey team at Pitt, and Sharp hadn’t played organized ice hockey in nearly ...

Max “Gems” Gonzales: Artist most wanted

Max “Gems” Gonzales: Artist most wanted

By Elise Lavallee & Elise Lavallee

March 31, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

Before Gems and Apathy could watch the paint dry on another one of their masterpieces in Homestead, the pair started sprinting up the hill behind them — they realized a cop had become witness to their work. “We would run 30 yards, take a break and catch our breaths before running more until we...

Emily West: Politics as (un)usual

Emily West: Politics as (un)usual

By Prachi Patel & Christian Snyder

March 30, 2018


Filed under Silhouettes 2018, Top Stories

Two years ago, Maureen West often found herself settled in her home office, hooked on watching CBS news on her computer. Every now and then, she’d spot someone on her screen and take a snapshot. When she saw her friends, West would whip out her phone and flaunt her pictures. “Look at this ...

Antoine Douaihy: Hopeful healing

Antoine Douaihy: Hopeful healing

By Grant Burgman & Thomas Yang

March 30, 2018


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Dr. Antoine Douaihy didn’t think he would end up working as an addiction psychiatrist when he was growing up in Lebanon and France. He wanted to be a classical ballet dancer. Douaihy discovered his passion for dancing when he was 9 years old — and he thought he would pursue it as a career thro...

Breaking grounds with big ideas: four growers for the win

Breaking grounds with big ideas: four growers for the win

By Anandhini Narayanan | Staff Writer

March 30, 2018


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In the future, the tomatoes in your salad, on your sandwich and in your pasta may be gathered by harvesters who can not only tell whether a tomato is ripe or unripe in just a few seconds, but also provide metrics and data analytics. This idea could become a reality through the work of 2016 Pitt a...

“Metal” Mary Bielich: Music and movement

“Metal” Mary Bielich: Music and movement

By Caroline Bourque & Issi Glatts

March 29, 2018


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On the seventh floor of a nondescript South Side storage locker facility, the industrial walls and bare floor shake with the reverberations of a heavy metal bass line. The sound is surging from a cramped rehearsal space at the end of the hall. Inside, the Mud City Manglers practice for an upcomin...

Krithika Pennathur: Giving a voice, lending an ear

Krithika Pennathur: Giving a voice, lending an ear

By Sarah Shearer & Sarah Cutshall

March 29, 2018


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Krithika Pennathur has a story to tell, but it’s not about her. Pennathur, a Pitt junior, may spend her days speaking at events or leading advocacy workshops in clubs on campus — but over coffee you’ll have her undivided attention and the feeling that she has all the time in the world. ...

Panelists consider social media’s impact

Panelists consider social media’s impact

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

March 29, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

When David Hickton addressed the concept of social media Wednesday night, he said users are reaching a tipping point of outrage with it that will lead to social change. “We’re recognizing that we’re being deceived and diluted by this nonsense,” the former U.S. Attorney said. The University ...

Sinjon Bartel: Beyond the bikes

Sinjon Bartel: Beyond the bikes

By Brian Salvato & Elise Lavallee

March 28, 2018


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The last total solar eclipse in the United States was in 1979, 17 years before Sinjon Bartel was born. So when a total eclipse was set to occur last year Aug. 21, he knew he wanted to experience history. Actually, he knew about a year and a half earlier that he wanted to be a part of the Pitt Shadow ...

Anaïs Peterson: Dueling passions

Anaïs Peterson: Dueling passions

By Remy Samuels & Sarah Cutshall

March 28, 2018


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Anaïs Peterson has a minute and a half to scurry onto a gym floor and set up a stage for her and her fellow dancers and drummers. Lugging heavy drums and TV towers over their shoulders, the members of Matrix Performing Arts Indoor Percussion Ensemble quickly create a makeshift stage before the curt...

Sutherland student treated for possible meningitis

Sutherland student treated for possible meningitis

By Janine Faust / Assistant News Editor

March 28, 2018


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A Pitt student-athlete living in Sutherland Hall is currently being treated for a potential case of bacterial meningitis, according to a statement released by the University Wednesday morning. The statement said the student was tested for the illness Tuesday, meaning the infection cannot be confi...

SGB reveals updated finals week policy

SGB reveals updated finals week policy

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

March 28, 2018


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Student Government Board announced changes to finals scheduling at Tuesday’s public meeting that the board hopes will reduce the stress of finals week. Currently, if a student is scheduled to take three exams on the same calendar day, that student can move one of those exams. But starting next year,...

University Senate discusses teaching innovations

University Senate discusses teaching innovations

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

March 28, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt faculty, staff and administrators gathered Tuesday afternoon to discuss innovation in teaching and making higher education more accessible to all. About 50 Pitt faculty, staff and administrators attended the University Senate’s 2018 plenary meeting — an annual event held to discuss a pressing to...

Actor Justin Baldoni talks ‘Being Man Enough’

Actor Justin Baldoni talks ‘Being Man Enough’

By Salina Pressimone | Assistant News Editor

March 28, 2018


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Justin Baldoni is a self-proclaimed feminist of the 21st century. The actor — best known for his role on “Jane the Virgin” — said he knows he is a straight, white, privileged man with a platform, but is using that advantage to rewrite history into a new “herstory.” “We view the world ...

Gianni Downs: The scenic route

Gianni Downs: The scenic route

By Marissa Perino & Issi Glatts

March 27, 2018


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By the time the show opens, Gianni Downs’ work is already done. As a scenic designer, Downs' favorite parts of the creative process all happen before opening night. His field is one of the crucial elements behind any onstage performance. He speaks of his process as an extension of history. “T...

Ian Troost: Unmasking his truth

Ian Troost: Unmasking his truth

By Brandon Glass & Elise Lavallee

March 27, 2018


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You may have seen Ian Troost without even knowing it. It's possible he was a passing thought or a source of lingering ire. It all depends on your opinion of mustaches, mascots and kneeling during the national anthem. He was the tall skinny guy with the little brown caterpillar named Jerry perched ...

2 men arrested for Ward homicide

2 men arrested for Ward homicide

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | News Editor

March 27, 2018


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City police arrested two men for the death of the man found on the 3200 block of Ward Street Monday afternoon. The men in custody are 21-year-old Velmon Dowling and 22-year-old Shayne Andrew Craighead. Both are from Pittsburgh and have been charged with criminal homicide. Police have identified ...

Stevenson, Wilson-Frame plan to stay at Pitt

Stevenson, Wilson-Frame plan to stay at Pitt

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

March 27, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Two Pitt men’s basketball players who requested release from the program upon the firing of head coach Kevin Stallings are staying with program after Pitt hired Duke’s Jeff Capel Tuesday. According to a post on Instagram, first-year guard Shamiel Stevenson has no plans to leave the program, s...

Deleted police tweet causes confusion after body found on Ward

Deleted police tweet causes confusion after body found on Ward

By TPN Staff

March 27, 2018


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A man was found shot to death on Ward Street Monday afternoon, but it’s unclear where the shooting occurred after University of Pittsburgh police deleted a tweet regarding the incident. City police spokesperson Alicia George said police responded to a report of a body on the 3200 block of Ward ...

Ruthann Omer: Fixing with family

Ruthann Omer: Fixing with family

By Sid Lingala & Christian Snyder

March 26, 2018


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When Ruthann Omer installed a door backward in a handicap restroom project she was working on as a civil engineer, she felt like it was the end of the world. But her father, Frederick, an engineer himself, remained calm and repeated one of his favorite sayings. “Don’t worry, it will all come out...

Aminata Kamara: Nursing a desire to lead

Aminata Kamara: Nursing a desire to lead

By Alexa Marzina & Thomas Yang

March 24, 2018


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Before Aminata Kamara graduated from Eleanor Roosevelt High School — which specialized in STEM — she already knew she wanted to enroll in a four-year nursing program. In fact, she had her whole life planned out until she turned 21. “Now that I'm 21, I literally really don't have any plans any...

‘Stallings 2.0:’ Fans react to Pitt’s reported interest in Mark Schmidt

‘Stallings 2.0:’ Fans react to Pitt’s reported interest in Mark Schmidt

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

March 23, 2018


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St. Bonaventure men's basketball coach Mark Schmidt interviewed for the vacant Pitt job Thursday, according to multiple reports. Days after learning Pitt offered Dan Hurley $3 million for the job, fans were underwhelmed -- to say the least -- that Pitt is considering Schmidt. https://twitter.com/AdamZagoria/status/977230454217723904 https://twitter.co...

Pitt students and alumni run for state House

Pitt students and alumni run for state House

By Sophia Mastroianni | Staff Writer

March 23, 2018


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Jacob Pavlecic and his best friend Quin McLaughlin’s conversations were usually about local sports. But after the 2016 election, McLaughlin — now a student at Slippery Rock University —  surprised Pavlecic by switching their conversations to politics. He thought Pavlecic could run for office. ...

African studies advisor advocates for Ethiopian girls

African studies advisor advocates for Ethiopian girls

By Sophia Mastroianni | Staff Writer

March 22, 2018


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Everyone has heard the expression, “the dog ate my homework.” But Anna-Maria Karnes knew a girl living in rural Ethiopia whose textbook was scarfed down by a cow. This prevented the girl from advancing to the next grade until she borrowed enough money to buy another copy. “She was telling me...

Column: Don’t cry for Dan Hurley

Column: Don’t cry for Dan Hurley

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

March 22, 2018


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

Heather Lyke pushed in all the chips — in excess of $3 million a year — to get Rhode Island’s Dan Hurley to be the new head coach of the Pitt men's basketball team. But Hurley chose to stay in New England, accepting Connecticut's offer, reported to be less than Pitt’s, Thursday. Both teams showed their hands, and the Huskies’ was better — there’s no shame in...

Hurley takes coaching job at UConn, Pitt’s search continues

Hurley takes coaching job at UConn, Pitt’s search continues

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

March 22, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Update: Hurley took the coaching job at the University of Connecticut, the school confirmed Thursday.  Athletic Director Heather Lyke wants to make Dan Hurley one of the highest paid coaches in college basketball. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, Pitt has offered the Rhode Island coach more th...

NPR correspondent reveals hidden brain

NPR correspondent reveals hidden brain

By Cassidy Power | Staff Writer

March 22, 2018


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

The human brain cannot see reality correctly, according to Shankar Vedantam. Vedantam, National Public Radio’s social science correspondent, asserts that the subconscious is so powerful it dramatically impacts the way people view the world. But he believes people can overcome these biases with ...

Senate Council discusses deans, Titusville

Senate Council discusses deans, Titusville

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

March 22, 2018


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Chancellor Patrick Gallagher opened up his monthly report at Wednesday’s University Senate Council meeting by recognizing the two newly appointed deans of the engineering and law schools — whose hirings were announced in rapid succession over the past two days. Gallagher said he was “very excited” to ...

Swanson School announces new dean

Swanson School announces new dean

By Salina Pressimone | Assistant News Editor

March 21, 2018


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Pitt named James R. Martin II — currently the chair of the civil engineering department at Clemson University — as the new dean of the Swanson School of Engineering on Wednesday. Martin is the second new dean Pitt has appointed is as many days. Yesterday, Pitt named Amy Wildermuth as the new law de...

SGB promotes March For Our Lives

SGB promotes March For Our Lives

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

March 21, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Members of Student Government Board supported the March For Our Lives rally Tuesday, with President Max Kneis supported calling it a way for young people to show civic engagement. “I think it’s a really important issue for young people to be involved with,” Kneis said at the public meeting....

Friends remember Pitt student Chris Dayer

Friends remember Pitt student Chris Dayer

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

March 21, 2018


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Friends of Pitt student Christopher Dayer are remembering him as a kind person with a contagious smile after learning of his death. Dayer, 21, committed suicide Friday, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office. He jumped off the Panther Hollow Bridge early in the morning. He was s...

Pitt law school announces new dean

Pitt law school announces new dean

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | News Editor

March 20, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

The University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law named Amy Wildermuth, the associate vice president for faculty and academic affairs at the University of Utah, as the school’s new dean. According to a Tuesday press release, Provost Patricia Beeson said Wildermuth will begin her deanship July 1. She...

African Students Organization hosts annual Wazobia fashion show

African Students Organization hosts annual Wazobia fashion show

By Charlotte Couch | For The Pitt News

March 20, 2018


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

A frenzy of applause welcomed models as they sauntered down the white runway. Red and green lights illuminated the potted trees placed on the back of the stage, while red, yellow, green and purple lights gave the ceiling a rainbow-like appearance. A video showing clips of African children jubilantly danci...

Pitt grants Marcus Carr release from program

Pitt grants Marcus Carr release from program

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

March 19, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

First-year point guard Marcus Carr became the second player from the Pitt men’s basketball team to be officially granted his release from the program on Monday night, according to reports from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Carr joins junior guard and forward Jared Wilson-Frame, who was granted his...

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