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Fans, players react to Stallings’ firing

Fans, players react to Stallings’ firing

By Grant Burgman and Jordan Mondell | TPN Staff

March 12, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

The firing of Pitt men’s basketball head coach Kevin Stallings didn’t come as a surprise to many fans and pundits. After a record-breaking losing season for the Panthers — going 8-25 overall and 0-19 in the ACC — a change of leadership was more than expected. But between reports of contentious contract ...

Season in review: Women’s basketball lacks luster

Season in review: Women’s basketball lacks luster

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

March 12, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

When the final buzzer sounded against Wake Forest on Feb. 28, the Pitt women’s basketball team finished their season on a flat note — a 72-38 blowout loss in the ACC tournament. The lopsided loss was all too common this season. The Panthers finished 10-20 overall and 2-15 in the ACC, earning a 14th pl...

Season in review: Men’s team has campaign to forget

Season in review: Men’s team has campaign to forget

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

March 12, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Well, it’s finally over. The Pitt men’s basketball season came to a close last Tuesday with a 67-64 loss to Notre Dame in the first round of the ACC tournament, and the 2017-18 Panthers are now history — albeit for not-so-great reasons. Pitt finished the season with an overall record of 8-25 inc...

Uncertainty surrounds Stallings buyout

Uncertainty surrounds Stallings buyout

By Jordan Mondell and John Hamilton | TPN Staff

March 9, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt Athletics announced Thursday that Kevin Stallings would no longer be Pitt’s men’s basketball coach, but details regarding his multi-million dollar buyout are still unclear. Stallings’ lawyers, Scott Tompsett and Jim Lieber of Tompsett Collegiate Sports Law, said Friday that Pitt offere...

Panthers fall to Irish in ACC tournament, finish 0-19 in ACC

Panthers fall to Irish in ACC tournament, finish 0-19 in ACC

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

March 6, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

For the second time in two weeks, the Pitt men’s basketball team made history in a loss to Notre Dame. The Panthers became the seventh team in history to go winless in the ACC after a losing to the Irish last week. They followed that up with a 67-64 loss to the Irish in the ACC tournament to become...

Disabled activists take part in nationwide day of mourning

Disabled activists take part in nationwide day of mourning

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

March 2, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Andrea Mauro was physically restrained, force-fed horseradish and shocked with play buzzers as a child when they had tantrums or failed speech therapy exercises. All of this was done to them by the people their parents had sought out to “help” them. Mauro, an autistic activist and student studyi...

Hillman goes pro with new equipment collection

Hillman goes pro with new equipment collection

By Zane Crowell and Noah Manalo | For The Pitt News

March 2, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Students are used to checking out books on reserve at Hillman Library — now they can do the same with a vlogging kit. The University Library System launched the Hillman Equipment Collection Monday. The Collection, which consists of an assortment of audio and visual equipment, is available for use b...

Students learn about mental health first aid

Students learn about mental health first aid

By Cassidy Power | For The Pitt News

March 1, 2018


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

“How can I help?” and “How do I start a conversation?” are questions Sean Moundas, a psychologist at the University Counseling Center, gets asked a lot when it comes to mental health. “Over half of those with mental health challenges go untreated,” Moundas said. At the Be The Difference...

BAS celebrates 50 years with founding members

BAS celebrates 50 years with founding members

By Caroline Eddy | For The Pitt News

March 1, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Past and present members of Pitt’s Black Action Society met Wednesday afternoon to commemorate the organization’s founding and fortify its future. The African American Alumni Council hosted a discussion about the Black Action Society, which was founded 50 years ago. Approximately 50 people atten...

Religious studies chair, mentor dies

Religious studies chair, mentor dies

By John Hamilton | Managing Editor

February 28, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Linda Penkower — the chair of the University’s religious studies department known for supporting students and faculty — died Tuesday night, the department’s undergraduate director said in an email. In the email, which was addressed to religious studies majors and recent graduates, professor ...

Yellin takes Pitt behind the scenes of Netflix

Yellin takes Pitt behind the scenes of Netflix

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

February 27, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

It’s 3 a.m. and you’ve just watched two straight seasons of “Stranger Things” in one sitting — even though you have a test later that day. But for Todd Yellin, vice president of product at Netflix, watching hours of shows and documentaries is part of his job description. “I’m blessed ...

Pitt Board of Trustees endorses Titusville training hub

Pitt Board of Trustees endorses Titusville training hub

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

February 26, 2018


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution Friday endorsing a strategy to transform the University’s Titusville branch into an educational and training hub that will share space with corporations, community colleges and other outside groups. But prior to the Board’s vote on the resol...

Pitt Admissions won’t penalize student protesters

Pitt Admissions won’t penalize student protesters

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | News Editor

February 26, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Students applying to Pitt will not be punished for participating in peaceful protests following the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, the University said on Twitter. The Pitt Admissions Twitter account first released the statement in response to the #ParklandStudentsSpeak movement. “Pitt Admissi...

District 8 candidates promote platforms

District 8 candidates promote platforms

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

February 26, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

For Erika Strassburger, an independent Democratic candidate for District 8, her decision to run is directly tied to the current federal government — she said she saw democracy at risk when President Donald Trump was elected. “I also vowed to myself if I got the opportunity, which I thought would b...

Gallery: No. 1 Virginia hands Pitt 17th straight loss

Gallery: No. 1 Virginia hands Pitt 17th straight loss

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

February 24, 2018


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

While the No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers secured their 3rd outright ACC regular-season title in the last five years on Saturday afternoon, the Panthers also continued to make history books — extending their losing record streak to 17 in a loss against the best team in the nation. Despite low attendance...

Former ambassador examines Iran nuclear deal

Former ambassador examines Iran nuclear deal

By Cassidy Power and Remy Samuels | The Pitt News Staff

February 23, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Former U.S. ambassador Dennis Jett equated the Iran Nuclear Deal negotiations to a “foreign policy food fight” Thursday in Posvar Hall. “One should not confuse honesty and politics — they’re like oil and water,” Jett said. Jett, who served as ambassador to Mozambique and Peru under t...

Progressives, libertarians debate wealth redistribution

Progressives, libertarians debate wealth redistribution

By Madeline Gavatorta / Staff Writer

February 22, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The Pitt Progressives and the Students for Liberty met Wednesday night in the William Pitt Union Kurtzman Room to debate their views on the government and distribution of wealth. The Bully PulPitt and Pitt Political Science Student Association hosted “Government and the Redistribution of Wealth”...

Q&A: Elizabeth Mahoney revisits Mister Rogers’ archives

Q&A: Elizabeth Mahoney revisits Mister Rogers’ archives

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

February 22, 2018


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

The iconic children's show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” turned 50 Monday. The show, which was broadcast from 1968 to 2001, was filmed in Pittsburgh and hosted by the late Fred Rogers. In honor of the show’s 50th anniversary, assistant news editor Janine Faust sat down with Elizabeth Mahoney, fo...

University Senate Council address Parran Hall, Titusville

University Senate Council address Parran Hall, Titusville

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

February 21, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

The University Senate Council held its second meeting of the spring semester Tuesday afternoon and addressed recently contentious topics such as building names and budget concerns. Chancellor Patrick Gallagher started the meeting by discussing the current controversy about Parran Hall, which houses ...

Students discuss diversity in engineering

Students discuss diversity in engineering

By Zane Crowell | Staff Writer

February 21, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Since joining the National Society of Black Engineers in 1980, Karl Reid has dedicated his career to advancing opportunity and inclusion for African-American engineers across the country. “I got my leadership experience largely through NSBE, and I discovered my passion, which is to increase access...

Pitt announces long-time CFO’s retirement

Pitt announces long-time CFO’s retirement

By John Hamilton | Managing Editor

February 20, 2018


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s chief financial officer and senior vice chancellor, Arthur Ramicone, will retire in August after a 30-year career at Pitt, the University announced Tuesday. Ramicone, 64, is the second senior vice chancellor who will step down in 2018, following Provost Patricia Beeson’s announcement that she will leave ...

Women discuss reclaiming female slurs

Women discuss reclaiming female slurs

By Noah Manalo | Staff Writer

February 20, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Jeanna Sybert was sure to address both sides of the reclamation argument in her presentation — and she didn’t shy away from using shocking language to make those points. The University of Pittsburgh’s chapter of the American Association of University Women held an event, C U Next Tuesday: Recla...

Students get business and banking advice

Students get business and banking advice

By Kenan Meral | For The Pitt News

February 20, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

As technology and business come together, Emily Hirao is well-versed on how she can use a multifaceted skill set to help her forge a professional future — by focusing on data analytics, the process by which meaning can be derived from information. Hirao, a senior studying business technology at Carnegie Mellon ...

Speaker gives lively talk on death

Speaker gives lively talk on death

By Noah Manalo | Staff Writer

February 19, 2018


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Anne Allison writes extensively on topics related to modern Japanese culture, ranging from sexuality to censorship. Her most recent publication on the precariousness of Japanese society has led her to explore a more morbid topic. “I will try to make this lively, even though we’re talking about death,...

Lydia Brown discusses disability advocacy

Lydia Brown discusses disability advocacy

By Briana Canady | Staff Writer

February 19, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

When Lydia Brown asked audience members if they understand what disability rights are and if they know the difference between disability rights and disability justice only about six or seven people out of the 42 present raised their hands. Brown then asked the audience what words they associate with the...

Editorial: The Pitt News endorses Maggie Kennedy for Student Government Board President

Editorial: The Pitt News endorses Maggie Kennedy for Student Government Board President

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 19, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Top Stories

Candidates for the position of Student Government Board president run campaigns every year, requiring them to sit down with any number of student organizations, clubs and social groups and explain their case. With election day right around the corner, this year’s two candidates met with one more gr...

Students learn about sexual health, safety

Students learn about sexual health, safety

By Sophia Mastroianni | For The Pitt News

February 16, 2018


Filed under Health, Top Stories, Uncategorized

“Birth Control Methods” is not a category a contestant would typically encounter on “Jeopardy!” But about 20 students were presented with it and other categories revolving around sexual health Thursday night in the Cathedral of Learning. These students were participating in a Q&A session about sex...

Professor proposes use of law to tackle infectious diseases

Professor proposes use of law to tackle infectious diseases

By Briana Canady | For The Pitt News

February 16, 2018


Filed under Campus, Top Stories

Matiangai Sirleaf has represented plaintiffs in numerous international human rights cases litigated in federal courts. Now, as an assistant professor of law at Pitt, she plans to use her legal expertise to eradicate infectious diseases. Sirleaf presented her research on disease in Africa, titled ...

DA to seek death penalty in Pitt student’s homicide

DA to seek death penalty in Pitt student’s homicide

By Janine Faust / Assistant News Editor

February 15, 2018


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

The Allegheny County district attorney's office will seek the death penalty for Matthew Darby, a 21-year-old man accused of killing Pitt student Alina Sheykhet. Sheykhet was found dead in her home in Oakland Oct. 8, 2017. Darby — her ex-boyfriend — has been charged with homicide, flight, burglary, theft, ...

Di Tella discusses ‘327 Cuadernos’

Di Tella discusses ‘327 Cuadernos’

By Zane Crowell | Staff Writer

February 15, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Ricardo Piglia was 15 years old when his father was thrown in prison for a year for supporting Argentina’s former leader — so the young teen began keeping a diary. It started about the same time Juan Peron, President of Argentina, was overthrown in a coup d'etat in 1955. While it began with one journal...

Pitt to Pros: Donald dominates NFL

Pitt to Pros: Donald dominates NFL

By Jon Shaiken | Staff Writer

February 15, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

Before Aaron Donald was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, he spent his Saturdays terrorizing college quarterbacks at Heinz Field. In the NFL, Donald has a reputation of being a hard worker and relentless competitor playing for the Los Angeles Rams. According to Chris Lasala, Pitt’s associat...

The bittersweet lives of sugar babies

The bittersweet lives of sugar babies

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

February 14, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

With college tuition, textbook and living costs soaring higher each year, students face daunting debts that prompt them to get creative with how they support themselves. Some turn to working at Starbucks, others to tutoring  — and some even turn to dating. A sugar baby is typically a young woman who ...

Pitt students condemn catcalling

Pitt students condemn catcalling

By Joanna Li | Staff Writer

February 14, 2018


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

As a 12-year-old, Sophia Marshall stepped out of the house feeling confident in the outfit she had picked out that morning. As she waited for a friend by the local high school, she heard a sharp whistle from out of the window of a passing car — her first experience with catcalling. Marshall, now a...

Lawyers navigate the intricacies of assault

Lawyers navigate the intricacies of assault

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

February 14, 2018


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

Within the first 24 hours of the #MeToo movement going viral in October 2017, there were more than 12 million posts, comments and reactions made by 4.7 million Facebook users worldwide. The movement has since reached more than 85 countries, shedding a new light on advocacy for survivors of sexual harassment...

Four Growers: Farming for the future

Four Growers: Farming for the future

By Brian Salvato | Staff Writer

February 13, 2018


Filed under News, Tech Science, Top Stories

Imagine being able to open a door and go from biting winds and snow to a warm, climate-controlled greenhouse that carries the aroma of fresh tomatoes — being harvested by robots roaming through the aisles. For Brandon Contino and Daniel Chi, this fantasy is turning into a reality through their c...

Biden brings book tour to Pittsburgh

Biden brings book tour to Pittsburgh

By Laura Howe | Staff Writer

February 13, 2018


Filed under City, Top Stories

In sharing some of what he’s learned over the years, former Vice President Joe Biden said no amount of money can protect from pollution, joblessness or grief. “For me, the way through grief is finding purpose,” he said. “Ted Kennedy was one of my mentors. He died of the exact same cancer...

Pitt announces Dave Borbely as new offensive line coach

Pitt announces Dave Borbely as new offensive line coach

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

February 12, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt football team announced on its website on Monday, Feb. 12,  that head coach Pat Narduzzi has hired Dave Borbely as the new offensive line coach. Borbely comes over from Maryland where he has coached the last two seasons. Previously, he was the offensive line coach at 11 different schools si...

Students celebrate Lunar New Year

Students celebrate Lunar New Year

By Sandra Balatkova | For The Pitt News

February 12, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The Lunar New Year celebration set colors into motion and transformed Alumni Hall’s auditorium stage with the vibrant clothing, fans and flags featured in traditional Chinese and Vietnamese dances Sunday evening. The Chinese American Student Association, in collaboration with the Vietnamese Stu...

Amazon HQ2 community forum reveals concerns

Amazon HQ2 community forum reveals concerns

By Anandhini Narayanan | Staff Writer

February 12, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

“Whose city? Our city! Whose city? Our city!” various Pittsburgh residents declared in unison before the community forum on Amazon began Saturday. This chant reverberated through the Liberty Room of the Human Services Building on Smithfield Street where about 50 audience members and six panelists...

Colin Jost jokes about Pitt, pot and primates

Colin Jost jokes about Pitt, pot and primates

By Briana Canady | For The Pitt News

February 9, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Colin Jost was both surprised and delighted to find an article about an infected lab monkey that allegedly escaped from its cage in a campus research lab as the first result on Google when he searched “University of Pittsburgh.” “That picture of the monkey in the article is definitely not the same mon...

CDPA Director shares employment advice

CDPA Director shares employment advice

By Sid Lingala | Staff Writer

February 9, 2018


Filed under Campus, Top Stories

Cheryl Finlay is responsible for developing and overseeing services that help thousands of Pitt students in their quest to get an internship, land a research assistant position and — most frightening of all to future graduates — find a job. As director of the Office of Career Development and Place...

Taking steps for cystic fibrosis

Taking steps for cystic fibrosis

By Zane Crowell | For The Pitt News

February 8, 2018


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

Members of the Run to Cure Cystic Fibrosis marathon team trek up more than 700 steps of the Cathedral of Learning every Thursday. Then they take the elevator back down and do it two or three more times. The western Pennsylvania chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a donor-funded nonprofit wo...

Rhodessa Jones brings art and activism to Pitt

Rhodessa Jones brings art and activism to Pitt

By Joanna Li | Staff Writer

February 8, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Theater, Top Stories

Since she found theater, San Francisco-based artist Rhodessa Jones said she has always had a place in the world — whether it be to share her ups and downs or to offer other women a chance to speak out. “Theater has been the one lover that has never let me down — it demands a lot of me, but t...

Pitt nabs top recruits on National Signing Day

Pitt nabs top recruits on National Signing Day

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

February 7, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt football has almost rounded out its squad for the 2018 season after National Signing Day Wednesday. Some players who signed were expected, including Belle Vernon offensive lineman Blake Zubovic and linebacker Wendell Davis of Richmond, Virginia, who both gave their verbal commitments to Pitt last year. Still, five brand-new Panthers have si...

Bonner discusses Greek life changes

Bonner discusses Greek life changes

By John Hamilton | Managing Editor

February 7, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner said Tuesday that he will lift the Greek life social probation after what he considers “meaningful progress” is made in improving the safety of fraternities and sororities at Pitt. In an interview with The Pitt News, Bonner discussed the response to a Jan. 18 off-cam...

SGB updates on provost search

SGB updates on provost search

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

February 7, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

At Student Government Board’s weekly meeting Tuesday, Senior Vice Chancellor of Research Rob Rutenbar said the provost search committee involves no smoke or bunkers. “The search committee I am chairing is not decisional. And what that means is that we don’t all go retreat to the Cathedral, go...

Seven Panthers invited to NFL combine

Seven Panthers invited to NFL combine

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

February 6, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

There will be seven Pitt Panthers potentially heading to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine this March. Among the Panthers going to Indianapolis are wide receiver Quadree Henderson, safety Jordan Whitehead and offensive lineman Brian O’Neill, who each announced that they we...

Whitaker talks sports, jazz in Pittsburgh

Whitaker talks sports, jazz in Pittsburgh

By Alexa Marzina | For The Pitt News

February 6, 2018


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Mark Whitaker is a Philadelphian infatuated with Pittsburgh. He is also an esteemed journalist who worked for Newsweek Magazine for three decades and became the first African-American to lead a national newsweekly. But that infatuation with the Steel City is what led him to investigate his father’s Pitt...

Posvar renovations feature updated classrooms

Posvar renovations feature updated classrooms

By Thompson Wymard | For The Pitt News

February 6, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Erika Gold Kestenberg is quite familiar with Posvar Hall — she spent time studying there as a student in the ’90s, and now works there. The associate director of educator development and practice Urban Scholars Program coordinator for the School of Education doesn’t miss the building’s old design...

Quo Vadis gives visitors taste of tradition

Quo Vadis gives visitors taste of tradition

By Thompson Wymard | For The Pitt News

February 5, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Quo Vadis is now known as the student organization that gives tours of Pitt’s 30 Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning — but it wasn’t always this way. According to Yasemin Sonel, a sophomore and the public relations officer for Quo Vadis, the club’s duties used to be a little differe...

Global Wordsmiths help with translation troubles

Global Wordsmiths help with translation troubles

By Sandra Balatkova | For The Pitt News

February 5, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Justina Moktan was born in Singapore and raised by her Nepalese parents to speak both Nepali and English. Now, as an intern at Global Wordsmiths, she helps bridge the gap between the two languages. Moktan — a sophomore finance and marketing major — is able to do this through her work at Global ...

First-year gymnast Haley Brechwald brings talent, poise to Pitt

First-year gymnast Haley Brechwald brings talent, poise to Pitt

By David Leftiwch | Senior Staff Writer

February 5, 2018


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

Gymnastics has always provided first-year gymnast Haley Brechwald a creative space to learn and have fun. “Gymnastics is a crazy sport because there is just always something new to learn,” Brechwald said. “You never really get bored or tired of it.” She fell in love with the sport when ...

Pitt receives commit from 3-star recruit Erick Hallett II

Pitt receives commit from 3-star recruit Erick Hallett II

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

February 4, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt football received another commit for the 2018 class in Erick Hallett II, according to a tweet posted Sunday morning. The 5-foot-11 and 175-pound defensive back is a 3-star recruit, according to 247sports.com, and was one of the top uncommitted players in Texas. He helped lead his team at Cy-Fair High School to a 6A-DII championship in...

Panthers fall to Tar Heels, 96-65, set losing streak record

Panthers fall to Tar Heels, 96-65, set losing streak record

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

February 3, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt men’s basketball team struggled against No. 19 North Carolina Saturday night, but the Panthers didn’t leave Chapel Hill entirely empty-handed, taking home the record for longest losing streak in program history. Beating 10-game losing bouts during 1968-69 and 1992-93 seasons, the Panthers ...

Pitt unveils sustainable engineering master’s program

Pitt unveils sustainable engineering master’s program

By Laura Howe | Staff Writer

February 2, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

David Sanchez has seen Pittsburgh at the forefront of producing environmentally sound projects ever since his first fellowship at Pitt in the mid-2000s.   Now, as an assistant professor in Pitt’s civil and environmental engineering department, he’s helping set up the Swanson School of Engineering’...

Pitt remembers wrestling legend Rande Stottlemyer

Pitt remembers wrestling legend Rande Stottlemyer

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

February 2, 2018


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

When former Pitt track and field coach John Vasvary first came to Pitt, he was looking for someone to help him find his way. Help came quickly from Rande Stottlemyer. “I became head coach in 1982. I didn’t know anyone except the administrative staff,” Vasvary said. “Rande was one of the fir...

Fraternity discusses concerns with policing

Fraternity discusses concerns with policing

By Zane Crowell | For The Pitt News

February 1, 2018


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Wesley Giles, a sophomore finance major at Pitt, claimed he and a friend were walking up to the friend’s car in September 2017 when two police officers allegedly approached them with guns and told them to get on the ground. “Upon reaching us, they cuffed us, emptied our pockets, searched us and then...

SGB candidates meet the public

SGB candidates meet the public

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

February 1, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

The 2018 candidates for Student Government Board gathered Wednesday to discuss their platforms and answer questions presented to them by “Pitt Tonight” host Andrew Dow. UPTV broadcasted the event from William Pitt Union Dining Room A. Dow, a sophomore sociology and communication major, asked the sl...

Life science buildings evacuated after small explosion

Life science buildings evacuated after small explosion

By John Hamilton and Janine Faust | The Pitt News Staff

January 31, 2018


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Paramedics evaluated one student for eye irritation after a small explosion in a life science lab Wednesday afternoon led to a precautionary evacuation. According to a statement from the University, the explosion occurred at about 2:45 p.m. in the Life Sciences Annex — a section of the Clapp, Langl...

SGB hosts Master Plan meeting for students

SGB hosts Master Plan meeting for students

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

January 31, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Nico Bernstein took issue with the Campus Master Plan presented by Owen J. Cooks Tuesday night at Student Government Board’s weekly public meeting, saying the plan emphasizes athletics and neglects the arts. “[Cooks] talked a lot about creating new spaces for athletics but not new spaces for s...

Pitt spotlights safety

Pitt spotlights safety

By Christian Snyder | Multimedia Editor

January 31, 2018


Filed under Campus, Top Stories

Dogs on campus usually attract dozens of students, nearly all of whom have their iPhones ready to capture brief interactions with the stress-relieving pets. But Sam, a 3-year-old German shorthaired pointer trained to detect explosives, didn’t draw that kind of attention at the annual Safety Fair Tuesday...

Researcher sues Pitt for wrongful termination following alleged monkey escape

Researcher sues Pitt for wrongful termination following alleged monkey escape

By Salina Pressimone and John Hamilton | The Pitt News Staff

January 31, 2018


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

A former Pitt researcher is suing the University of Pittsburgh, alleging she was wrongfully terminated after reporting the escapes of an infected lab monkey and rabbit in 2016. In a lawsuit filed Jan. 15, 2018, in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Kelly Stefano Cole — a former immunolo...

Dickman discusses sexual assault

Dickman discusses sexual assault

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer

January 30, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Student members of Pitt Athletics and the Pitt community filled the seventh floor auditorium of Alumni Hall Monday night to listen to a talk about sexual assault prevention on campus. The conversation was led by counselor, educator and self-described “sexologist” Kimberly Dickman. Her visit to Pit...

Randy Bates feels welcome at Pitt

Randy Bates feels welcome at Pitt

By Colin Martin | Staff Writer

January 30, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

When Josh Conklin left the Pitt football program to become the head coach at Wofford, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi had to find someone to replace the long-standing assistant — and quickly. Narduzzi called on an old friend to fill the position. Randy Bates was officially introduced as Pitt’s new defensive ...

Oakland Restaurant Week hosts 6 days of $6 lunches

Oakland Restaurant Week hosts 6 days of $6 lunches

By Shahum Ajmal and Elizabeth Donnelly | For The Pitt News

January 30, 2018


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

Students on a budget can ditch Market Central for the week and try out a new restaurant on Forbes or Fifth Avenue for a discounted price instead. Oakland Restaurant Week — which takes place from Monday, Jan. 29, to Saturday, Feb. 3 — is hosted and funded by the Oakland Business Improvement Di...

Queens only: Pageant showcases African countries

Queens only: Pageant showcases African countries

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

January 29, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

With sashes draped across their chests, the African queens flaunted their traditional garb and knowledge of the countries announced on their sashes at the Annual African King & Queen Pageant Friday. With contributions from the African Studies Program and Outside the Classroom Curriculum, the ...

Pitt’s LifeX project to support entrepreneurs

Pitt’s LifeX project to support entrepreneurs

By Anish Salvi | Staff Writer

January 29, 2018


Filed under City, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

After moving on from his career as a pediatric endocrinologist to become a professor in Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, David Finegold never forgot about the patients he treated. He was especially moved by his patients who had suffered from Type 1 diabetes mellitus, a disease that prevent...

Pitt wrestling icon Rande Stottlemyer dies at 62

Pitt wrestling icon Rande Stottlemyer dies at 62

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

January 28, 2018


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

Rande Stottlemyer, an iconic former Pitt wrestler and longtime coach, died today due to complications of early onset Alzheimer's, according to the University. He was 62. Stottlemyer — whose association with Pitt spanned nearly four decades — was a three-time All-American wrestler for the Panthers. Enrolling...

Pitt optimizes space for Master Plan

Pitt optimizes space for Master Plan

By Sophia Mastroianni | For The Pitt News

January 26, 2018


Filed under Campus, Top Stories

Pitt’s unconventional hills, sidewalks and parks are what separate the University’s aesthetic from others, Ayers Saint Gross architecture and planning principal Kevin Petersen said. “We want to address the quality, quantity and management of space,” Petersen said. Ayers Saint Gross and Pi...

SGB round-up: board reflects on campaign promises

SGB round-up: board reflects on campaign promises

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

January 26, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

During the spring 2017 Student Government Board election season, candidate and then-Vice President Max Kneis called for transparency and higher outreach on the board. One year later, the 2017-2018 Student Government Board, headed by now-President Kneis, has made that a priority. “I think you se...

Pitt celebrates survivors with Pink the Pete

Pitt celebrates survivors with Pink the Pete

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

January 26, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Pitt women’s basketball will play in a tough matchup against No. 18 Duke this Sunday, but unlike a normal game, the focus will be on something much bigger than the sport. The game coincides with Pink the Petersen, an event that focuses on breast cancer awareness by recognizing and honoring survivo...

Student safe after drinking ‘excessive amounts of alcohol’ at Sigma Chi event

Student safe after drinking ‘excessive amounts of alcohol’ at Sigma Chi event

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

January 25, 2018


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

After a week of sparse details about a Greek life function that left a student hospitalized, Pitt released a statement Thursday with some information about the Sigma Chi alcohol incident. At a Sigma Chi function last Thursday, a student was taken to a hospital by his friends after drinking “excessive amounts of alcohol,” a statement from Pitt spokesperson Joe Miksch said. The student is n...

District 8 candidates continue campaigning

District 8 candidates continue campaigning

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

January 25, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

A renowned Pittsburgh chef, an LGBTQ+ advocate and the former chief of staff for Dan Gilman are currently in a race to win a spot on City Council. Gilman stepped down from his position as District 8’s councilman Jan. 3 to become Mayor Bill Peduto’s new chief of staff, triggering a special electio...

Community calls for financial safety net

Community calls for financial safety net

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

January 25, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Valkyrie Speaker was one of several who shed tears while sharing experiences of financial struggle before and during college Wednesday afternoon. “When I applied to Pitt, I was homeless,” Speaker said. “I’m lucky to be here on academic scholarship, but it still feels like I don’t have a...

SGB prioritizes human rights, Safety Fair

SGB prioritizes human rights, Safety Fair

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

January 24, 2018


Filed under Student Government, Top Stories

Executive Vice President of Student Government Board Zuri Kent-Smith wants to educate the Pitt community about what is going on in regards to human rights and immigration around the world by organizing a human rights conference at Pitt. “I hope people get a strong foundation in human rights concern...

Students learn to administer Narcan

Students learn to administer Narcan

By Anish Salvi | Staff Writer

January 24, 2018


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

As an Emergency Medical Technician of four years, Anthony Lupinacci is no stranger to administering Narcan — and knows the difference the drug can make. “Especially when I have worked in this area, out in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, we see overdoses fairly often,” Lupinacci said. “I can say that Na...

Pitt Dems and Libertarians debate health care

Pitt Dems and Libertarians debate health care

By Sid Lingala | Staff Writer

January 23, 2018


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Char Goldbach recounted leaving school early one semester because she could not get proper health care for her depression. “There are millions of Americans like me who suffer from depression and don’t get the care they deserve,” Goldbach said. “I am not afraid to share my story because I want peo...

Lyke announces creation of Pitt Hall of Fame

Lyke announces creation of Pitt Hall of Fame

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

January 22, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

Heather Lyke announced the creation of a Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame on Monday morning, according to a release from Pitt athletics. The Hall of Fame — the first of its kind at the University — will honor collegiate athletes and coaches who have built a legacy while at Pitt. “[Pitt athletics has] a his...

Obituary: Professor Theodore Cohen transformed chemistry department

Obituary: Professor Theodore Cohen transformed chemistry department

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

January 22, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

When Bret Cohen was visiting home from his university studies one day, he asked his father, Theodore Cohen, “What do you do when you feel sad or depressed?” “I think about the way brown rice in a double boiler cooks,” Theodore said. At face value, a strange concept — but it makes sense when ...

Republican gubernatorial candidates debate at CMU

Republican gubernatorial candidates debate at CMU

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

January 22, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The crowd erupted into a mix of boos and cheers at the in Kresge Theatre Saturday night when Laura Ellsworth admitted she did not vote for President Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, favoring another Republican candidate — John Kasich — instead. “The reason that I didn’t support Presid...

Photos: Marchers reflect on year since Trump’s election

Photos: Marchers reflect on year since Trump’s election

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

January 21, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories, Visual

Thousands of Pittsburghers congregated at the City-Council Building Downtown Sunday, carrying signs supporting women’s rights, wearing “pussy hats” and gathering support for local candidates. Held one year after the first march, the 2018 Women’s March pushed concrete changes through activi...

Syracuse crushes Pitt, 72-50

Syracuse crushes Pitt, 72-50

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

January 21, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

In front of a raucous crowd of 13,000 people at the Carrier Dome, the Pitt’s women’s basketball team lost to Syracuse and missed another chance to get an ACC win on the road. The Panthers (9-11 overall, 1-6 ACC) fell to the Orange (15-5 overall, 3-4 ACC) 70-52, despite keeping the game close e...

Blue Devils best Panthers, 81-54, for the second time in two weeks

Blue Devils best Panthers, 81-54, for the second time in two weeks

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

January 20, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt men’s basketball suffered a major loss to Duke for the second time in 10 days, this time losing 81-54 on the road and falling to 0-7 in the ACC. The Panthers (8-12 overall, 0-7 ACC) committed 15 turnovers and made just four of their 16 three-point attempts while allowing four Blue Devils (17-2...

Greek life social probation came after student hospitalization

Greek life social probation came after student hospitalization

By The Pitt News Staff

January 19, 2018


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

Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner put Greek life on modified social probation after a “serious alcohol incident,” he stated in a letter to both fraternity and sorority presidents Friday. The incident resulted in a student being hospitalized. The student’s family has been notified, University spo...

Faculty union organizers to begin signing cards

Faculty union organizers to begin signing cards

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

January 19, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Faculty Union Organizing Committee announced Wednesday on Facebook that it will begin asking faculty members to sign union authorization cards at a kickoff celebration Monday, Jan 22, in the William Pitt Union Ballroom. The event is co-hosted by the Pitt Progressives. Pitt faculty and gradu...

Students rush to take Russian Fairy Tales

Students rush to take Russian Fairy Tales

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

January 19, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Professors within the department of Slavic languages and literatures faculty at Pitt encountered a shrinking student interest in their courses in the mid-1990s. They weren’t alone — many other Slavic departments across the country were likewise noticing a decline in enrollment. “Not many stu...

Peduto promotes Pittsburgh community initiatives

Peduto promotes Pittsburgh community initiatives

By Salina Pressimone | Assistant News Editor

January 19, 2018


Filed under City, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Mayor Bill Peduto prioritizes building up Pittsburgh communities, and thinks Amazon might soon be able to help with this growth at a local level, he said Thursday night. “What will make Pittsburgh competitive is talent produced locally and incredible affordability,” he said. “With those two th...

Photos: Pitt powerlifting club looks to bulk up

Photos: Pitt powerlifting club looks to bulk up

By Christian Snyder | Multimedia Editor

January 19, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Uncategorized, Visual

The Pitt club powerlifting team won The Pitt News’ “Best Of” poll in the club category this year. The club was founded 2016, and many of the founding members have graduated. And as the final founders graduate this year, the club looks to strengthen its roster, sometimes hitting the gym twice a day to ...

Pittsburgh among finalists for Amazon’s second headquarters

Pittsburgh among finalists for Amazon’s second headquarters

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

January 18, 2018


Filed under Administration, City, News, Top Stories

Amazon announced 20 cities Thursday that the company is considering as a location to build its second headquarters — and Pittsburgh is on the list. The online retail giant received more than 200 proposals from cities across the country, narrowing it to 20 cities, which will pose some serious compe...

Pitt, community push opioid crisis solutions

Pitt, community push opioid crisis solutions

By Sid Lingala | Staff Writer

January 18, 2018


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

Nearly 3,000 Pennsylvanians died of opioid overdoses in 2015, according to the Pitt Public Health Dynamics Lab. But researchers at Pitt are working to change that statistic. Michael Mallon, the project coordinator for Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health’s Opioid Initiatives, helps arrange ...

Strongr, Fastr and individualized: Pitt alums develop fitness app

Strongr, Fastr and individualized: Pitt alums develop fitness app

By Sid Lingala | Staff Writer

January 18, 2018


Filed under Health, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

As a person without a strong interest in fitness, Eric Lutz had trouble figuring out what constituted a good workout and a healthy meal — and sticking with the exercise and diet plans he came up with. “I would try to go the gym, but would eventually end up not going,” Lutz said. “I really ...

ACC releases 2018 Pitt football schedule

ACC releases 2018 Pitt football schedule

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

January 17, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Atlantic Coast Conference released the 2018 football schedules of each of its members Wednesday afternoon. Included in the release was the Pitt Panthers 2018 schedule, which features eight games against teams that made bowl games in 2017. Of those eight teams, the Panthers will face five teams that fin...

Fetterman responds to tough student questions

Fetterman responds to tough student questions

By Christian Snyder, Multimedia Editor

January 17, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

On the chalkboard in room 236 of the Cathedral of Learning Tuesday night were some small illustrations of a bird and a dog, followed by “ing.” Put it together and you get bird-dogging, the act of closely scrutinizing a politician’s views — which is what a group of five students decided to do when Br...

Provost to consider SGB textbook plan

Provost to consider SGB textbook plan

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

January 17, 2018


Filed under Student Government, Top Stories

After passing a resolution to help lower textbook costs, Student Government Board President Max Kneis announced Tuesday that Pitt is forming a committee to discuss implementing the ideas. SGB introduced a resolution last week calling on Pitt to expand the use of open education resources like PDF textboo...

Students serve, remember on MLK Jr. day

Students serve, remember on MLK Jr. day

By Luke Stambaugh and Kenan Meral | The Pitt News Staff

January 16, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

A group of students from Pitt’s Litchfield Tower B offered a warm respite from the bitter cold as they served soups and sandwiches to hungry Homewood residents who visited the Bethesda Presbyterian Church Monday. They weren’t the only group of Pitt students spending the day this way. Approximate...

Pitt alumni produce ‘Body Farm’ film

Pitt alumni produce ‘Body Farm’ film

By Joanna Li | Staff Writer

January 16, 2018


Filed under Culture, Movies, Top Stories

When a friend offhandedly suggested that Brandon Keenan — a 2005 graduate of Pitt’s media communication program — research the strange topic of body farms, he quickly discovered a potential story unfolding before him.   Keenan, 34, has now seen the production of his first feature film, a psycholog...

Finn wins Democratic nomination for District 8

Finn wins Democratic nomination for District 8

By Elise Lavallee / Contributing Editor

January 14, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Sonja Finn, 38, was nominated Sunday afternoon to run as the democratic candidate in the District 8 City Council seat special election. With no contest from a republican candidate, Finn is expected to run against Erika Strassburger and Marty Healey in the special election March 6. Though in the past t...

Pitt football signs Randy Bates to be defensive coordinator

Pitt football signs Randy Bates to be defensive coordinator

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

January 13, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

When the Pitt Panthers football team lost to Northwestern last December, 31-24 in the Pinstripe Bowl, Northwestern linebackers coach Randy Bates was celebrating on the Northwestern sideline. Next fall, Bates will be on the Panthers sideline with head coach Pat Narduzzi’s staff. Pitt announced Saturd...

Artists converse about work, creativity

Artists converse about work, creativity

By Nina Kneuer | Staff Writer

January 12, 2018


Filed under City, Top Stories

Jo-Anne Bates originally went to school to be a printmaker, so most of her first works were in black and white. But after visiting South Africa and seeing all of the colors in the landscape, the clothing and the artwork, she knew she wanted to incorporate them into her own work. “To be an artis...

District 8 election: a quick look at the candidates

District 8 election: a quick look at the candidates

By The Pitt News Staff

January 12, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Dan Gilman stepped down from his position as city councilman Jan. 3. to work as Mayor Bill Peduto’s chief of staff, triggering a special election to fill the open seat to represent District 8, which includes Oakland, Point Breeze, Shadyside and Squirrel Hill. So far, three Democratic candidates have ste...

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