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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...

Luther ruled out for the season

Luther ruled out for the season

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

January 11, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

The Pitt men’s basketball team has played its last seven games without its only senior, forward Ryan Luther, and on Thursday Pitt announced on its website that Pitt will finish the season without him. Luther went down during Pitt’s Dec. 9 game against West Virginia with a stress reaction in his right foot. On T...

Pitt alumna runs as Republican gubernatorial candidate

Pitt alumna runs as Republican gubernatorial candidate

By Sarah Frumkin | Staff Writer

January 11, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Laura Ellsworth grew up loving Nancy Drew, the theatre and teaching — which all came in handy when she decided as an undergraduate at Princeton University to become a lawyer. “You get to be a detective — you get to be a performer because you need to use your presence, use your voice, use e...

Blue Devils dismantle Pitt, 87-52

Blue Devils dismantle Pitt, 87-52

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

January 10, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

A sizable crowd of Pitt fans were left in the stands watching Wednesday’s game, wondering if they would see their team score even half as much as the No. 7 Duke Blue Devils. The Panthers did, but not by much, as Duke crushed Pitt, 87-52. The Pitt men’s basketball team (8-9 overall, 0-4 ACC) continue...

Surveying the semester with OMETs

Surveying the semester with OMETs

By Bailey Frisco | Staff Writer

January 10, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

As each semester winds down and students begin to prepare for finals, they are burdened with one more task to complete — OMETs. OMET — Office of Measurement and Evaluation of Teaching — is a department at Pitt that administers a survey of student opinion for professors. The main objective of the ...

Staff picks: Making the most of winter weather

Staff picks: Making the most of winter weather

By The Pitt News Staff

January 9, 2018


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

Everyone knows how depressing winter can feel in Pittsburgh. Low temperatures, gray skies and unpredictable precipitation force many to retreat indoors and suffer through long periods of inactivity while waiting for spring. The winter doesn’t need to be all bad, though. The Pitt News sports staf...

Physicians at play: Pitt professor seeks to improve responsiveness through video game

Physicians at play: Pitt professor seeks to improve responsiveness through video game

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

January 9, 2018


Filed under Health, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

Imagine you are 80 years old and fall down a flight of stairs, fracturing many ribs. The doctor says your condition isn’t critical and sends you home with medication, but hours later you’re back at the hospital with respiratory failure and a life-threatening case of pneumonia. This scenario is...

Limited access to William Pitt Union following flooding

Limited access to William Pitt Union following flooding

By John Hamilton and Mackenzie Rodrigues | The Pitt News Staff

January 9, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The William Pitt Union briefly closed again after issues with a sprinkler Monday morning. The University released a comment via its official Twitter account at 5:53 a.m., saying the lower level and basement level of the building would be closed until further notice. The two floors reopened less than...

Man transported to hospital in stable condition after incident with Port Authority bus

Man transported to hospital in stable condition after incident with Port Authority bus

By Mackenzie Rodrigues / News Editor

January 8, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh emergency personnel transported a man to an undisclosed hospital in stable condition after an incident Monday afternoon near Chesterfield Road and Fifth Avenue. According to Pittsburgh police spokesperson Alicia George, fire, EMS and police responded to the scene just after 4 p.m. The firs...

Sustainable farming gets an urban upgrade

Sustainable farming gets an urban upgrade

By Anish Salvi | Staff Writer

January 8, 2018


Filed under News, Tech Science, Top Stories

Kareem Adam Rabbat formed an appreciation for nature from fishing with his father as a young boy, which eventually led him to join an initiative as an adult to find sustainable ways of getting fresh food to people. “That kind of instilled in me a great value for the outdoors,” Rabbat said. “...

Going through the gap: taking time off before college

Going through the gap: taking time off before college

By Anna Borgandino | Senior Staff Writer

January 8, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

After realizing she waited too long to apply for a visa that would be ready in time for her first semester at Pitt, Iolanda Neto had a decision to make. She could either apply for entry in the spring 2015 semester — like her mother urged her to do — or take a gap year.a “I didn’t have a pressing urge to take a...

Longtime residents reminisce about old Oakland

Longtime residents reminisce about old Oakland

By David Solomon | Staff Writer

January 8, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

At the corner of Bates and McKee streets sits Groceria Merante, an Italian grocery that’s been situated in the neighborhood for nearly four decades. Walk inside and Salvatore Merante, age 86, may be there to ring you up or reminisce about the Oakland he used to know — a calm family neighborhood,...

Panthers fall to Hokies, 81-67, in third-straight ACC loss

Panthers fall to Hokies, 81-67, in third-straight ACC loss

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

January 6, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Despite shooting an impressive 46 percent from three-point range, Pitt men’s basketball fell to Virginia Tech on the road, 81-67, marking the team’s third consecutive ACC loss. The Panthers (8-8 overall, 0-3 ACC) came into Saturday’s game as a team looking to prove that they could be compet...

Louisville dominates Pitt, 77-51

Louisville dominates Pitt, 77-51

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

January 2, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

The last time the Pitt men’s basketball team faced off against Louisville was last January in a 106-51 defeat. While the deficit never got up to 50, Pitt’s most recent game with Louisville was similarly uncompetitive as Louisville beat Pitt 77-51 on Tuesday night. After starting conference play with a 67-53 ...

Defensive coordinator Josh Conklin leaves Pitt

Defensive coordinator Josh Conklin leaves Pitt

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

January 2, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt defensive coordinator Josh Conklin will be leaving the team for Wofford College, head coach Pat Narduzzi confirmed Tuesday. Reports Monday night said Wofford — an FCS school in South Carolina — would hire Conklin as the new head coach of the Terriers, which Pitt confirmed Tuesday. “We...

Panthers tear into Cougars, 87-49

Panthers tear into Cougars, 87-49

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

December 31, 2017


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball will be entering the new year fresh off a win after dominating Chicago State Sunday afternoon, 87-49. With the win, the team advances to an overall record of 8-6 before conference play later this week. Junior center Kalista Walters led the winning charge, scoring a ...

Hurricanes blow out Panthers, 67-53

Hurricanes blow out Panthers, 67-53

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

December 30, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt men’s basketball (8-6) closed 2017 and opened conference play with a 67-53 loss to the No. 15 Miami Hurricanes (12-1) on Saturday afternoon at the Petersen Event Center. After an up and down month of non-conference play, Pitt entered Saturday’s game on a three game winning streak against ...

Women’s basketball falls to Virginia, 62-50, in ACC opener

Women’s basketball falls to Virginia, 62-50, in ACC opener

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

December 29, 2017


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Despite an outstanding three-point shooting performance from first-year guard Pika Rodriguez, the Pitt women’s basketball team fell to Virginia (8-6 overall, 1-0 ACC), 62-50, Thursday night in its first ACC game of the season. Rodriguez made five of her eight three-point shot attempts, but it wasn’t enou...

Panthers pounce during early signing period

Panthers pounce during early signing period

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

December 26, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The ink has dried on 16 letters of intent for Panther football so far, as new faces signed up to be sporting blue and gold at Heinz Field in 2018. The first early signing period in NCAA college football history — from Dec. 20 through Dec. 22 — concluded Friday with 16 of 17 commits officially ...

Pitt tops Towson, 63-59

Pitt tops Towson, 63-59

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

December 23, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

After trailing for most of the game, Pitt took a late lead on a teardrop floater from redshirt senior guard Jonathan Milligan with 51.7 seconds left in the game. Milligan’s shot would be the deciding score as Pitt defeated Townson 63-59 in comeback fashion. Pitt (8-5) had to fight back after finding t...

Pitt narrowly beats Delaware State, 74-68

Pitt narrowly beats Delaware State, 74-68

By Jordan Mondell and John Hamilton / TPN Staff

December 19, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt men’s basketball survived a Delaware State comeback Tuesday attempt to avoid losing to a team without a Division I win this year. The Panthers (7-5) had doubled the Hornets (2-11) by halftime and led by as many as 27, but won by just six, with final score of 74-68 at the Peterson Events Cent...

Pitt hires Randy Waldrum as new women’s soccer head coach

Pitt hires Randy Waldrum as new women’s soccer head coach

By The Pitt News Sports Desk

December 19, 2017


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

Pitt's Athletic Director Heather Luke announced Tuesday that Randy Waldrum will be the new women's soccer coach for the Panthers. "Coach Waldrum's proven experience of developing elite players and building and sustaining highly successful programs is most impressive," Lyke said in a press release. "It is evident his passion for positively impacting young people is what drives his success. His championship pedig...

Peduto names Gilman chief of staff, triggering District 8 special election

Peduto names Gilman chief of staff, triggering District 8 special election

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

December 19, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Mayor Bill Peduto named City Councilman Dan Gilman his new chief of staff, vacating a seat in Pittsburgh’s eighth district, which includes part of Oakland. Gilman, who has served on city council since 2013, will begin working at his new position on Jan. 3, the first day of Peduto’s second term...

Pitt lands two recruits before signing day

Pitt lands two recruits before signing day

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

December 19, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

With no bowl games to look forward to over the holiday season, the Pitt Panthers football team got to work improving next year’s team early this year. Two recruits announced their intent to sign with Pitt via Twitter on Monday. Marquis Williams, a senior cornerback at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort ...

Nittany lions pounce on Panthers, 59-48

Nittany lions pounce on Panthers, 59-48

By Trent Leonard / Staff Writer

December 17, 2017


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

The Pitt women’s basketball team (6-5) fell to Penn State (9-3), 59-48, Sunday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center, continuing Penn State’s consistent victories over Pitt this year. Pitt led early in the contest, but shot an just 16 percent on three-pointers and allowed Penn State junior guard Te...

Pitt Title IX to investigate harassment allegations from early 2000s

Pitt Title IX to investigate harassment allegations from early 2000s

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

December 16, 2017


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

Pitt’s Title IX office will open an investigation after a former professor published an article Wednesday alleging harassment and discrimination in the Department of Communication in the early 2000s. Carol Stabile, a professor in Pitt’s Department of Communication from 1994-2005, described her ...

Panthers top McNeese State by double-digits, 72-51

Panthers top McNeese State by double-digits, 72-51

By Jordan Mondell / Assistant Sports Editor

December 16, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

After a sluggish start, the Panthers basketball team found their momentum late in the first half and pulled away from the McNeese State Cowboys, winning 72-51. With senior forward and de facto team leader Ryan Luther out for the game due to a right foot injury, the panthers looked to other top seas...

O’Neill declares for NFL draft

O’Neill declares for NFL draft

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

December 15, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt will now lose its third player from this year’s roster to the NFL. Redshirt junior offensive tackle Brian O’Neill joins juniors Quadree Henderson and Jordan Whitehead in declaring for the draft this April. O’Neill announced his decision in a statement released to the media on Friday morning. ...

DiNucci announces transfer from Pitt

DiNucci announces transfer from Pitt

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

December 14, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Backup Pitt quarterback Ben Dinucci has announced his decision to transfer, according to a Tweet posted Thursday afternoon. The redshirt sophomore and Pine-Richland High School graduate announced, with two years of eligibility left, he will be moving to an undisclosed school in January of 2018. ...

Whitehead announces entry into NFL Draft

Whitehead announces entry into NFL Draft

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

December 11, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt football has lost yet another member of the squad to the NFL, as junior defensive back Jordan Whitehead declares for the 2018 draft. The Aliquippa native and former WPIAL player made his announcement Monday morning on Twitter. “After much thought and discussion with my family, I have decided to begin prepar...

Making the grade: Professors set aside time to score student work

Making the grade: Professors set aside time to score student work

By Salina Pressimone, Caroline Bourque and Rachel Glasser | TPN Staff

December 11, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Last weekend you could probably find Leonardo Solano buried in the dissertation room of Hillman, or pocketed away somewhere in Panera Bread, grading 160 pages of undergraduate Spanish papers. While it usually takes graduate students such as Solano a long time to grade papers during the semester, finals...

No timeouts: Balling over break

No timeouts: Balling over break

By Grant Burgman and Dominic Campbell | Staff Writers

December 10, 2017


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

Being a Division I athlete comes with undeniable perks — official gear, tuition aid and the chance to be on television. But athletes miss out on a lot — including enjoying a full winter break of relaxation and family. “That’s one of the sacrifices you have to make if you want to play Division...

Seniors secure plans in last semester

Seniors secure plans in last semester

By Laura Howe | Staff Writer

December 10, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Speaking from experience, Aikta Rajput has some pretty simple advice for Pitt undergrads — be positive. “Don’t sweat anything. Don’t be upset for more than five minutes, don’t fight with your friends, don’t take anything too seriously because it goes by so fast,” she said. “You’re goi...

Not too late to skate

Not too late to skate

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer

December 8, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Kristen Steffes was sprawled facedown on the surface of the choppy, snowy ice at the outdoor Schenley Park Skating Rink. The first-year biology and gender studies double major shrieked with laughter as her night of ice-skating started off with a bang — actually, it was more like a thud. She got...

Students contend with Christmas

Students contend with Christmas

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer

December 8, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The Cathedral of Learning is adorned with tinsel and stringed lights, Schenley Plaza is lined with luminescent Christmas trees and holiday songs can be heard in almost every building on campus. For many, this show of holiday spirit is part of the buildup to the biggest holiday of the year — Christma...

Narduzzi signs 7-year contract extension

Narduzzi signs 7-year contract extension

By John Hamilton and Jordan Mondell / The Pitt News Staff

December 6, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pat Narduzzi signed a seven-year contract extension, Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced Wednesday, keeping Pitt’s football head coach around until at least 2024. Pitt is coming off a relatively disappointing season in which the Panthers finished with a 5-7 record and were ineligible for a bowl...

SGB reflects on meeting with administration

SGB reflects on meeting with administration

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

December 6, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

At Student Government Board’s last public meeting of the semester Tuesday night, SGB President Max Kneis discussed the board’s lunch earlier that day with Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, Senior Vice Chancellor and Provost Patricia Beeson and Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement and the Secretary of...

Athletes, educators discuss activism in sports

Athletes, educators discuss activism in sports

By Brian Salvato | For The Pitt News

December 6, 2017


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

When former third-string Pitt kicker Ian Troost took a knee during the national anthem at the team’s Oct. 14 loss to NC State, his motivation was rooted in his background. “My reason, other than to highlight police brutality and social injustice in the United States, was because I came from a b...

Pitt police use Taser on woman

Pitt police use Taser on woman

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

December 5, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Pitt police deployed a Taser on a woman who fled from UPMC Presbyterian Monday morning. A video aired on WTAE shows the woman wearing a hospital gown walking along Forbes Avenue in the direction of traffic on the road. Pitt police shouted at her to stop moving, but she continued to walk. A University...

Pitt club hurling brings Irish sport to Oakland

Pitt club hurling brings Irish sport to Oakland

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

December 5, 2017


Filed under Club Sports, Top Stories

Few people know what hurling is, and even fewer know that Pitt has a club hurling team that plays in multiple tournaments. Every phase of the game resembles a different field sport, all of them mixed into a hodgepodge of open-field violence. Club members, such as sophomore engineering student Joe Koni...

Pitt professor placed on Forbes “30 Under 30” list

Pitt professor placed on Forbes “30 Under 30” list

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

December 4, 2017


Filed under News, Tech Science, Top Stories

Hao Sun sees little difference between monitoring the health of buildings and bridges and monitoring the health of human bodies. “In the human body, we have the nervous system so when you feel something abnormal or if you’re sick, your nervous system can tell this information,” Sun said. “I...

Quadree Henderson to enter 2018 NFL Draft

Quadree Henderson to enter 2018 NFL Draft

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Sports Editor

December 4, 2017


Filed under Football, Top Stories

Pitt junior wide receiver and return specialist Quadree Henderson announced in a statement on Twitter that he will be leaving Pitt’s football team to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. “My lifelong goal has always been to play in the National Football League,” Henderson said Monday. “After speakin...

Chawntez Moss leaving Pitt football team

Chawntez Moss leaving Pitt football team

By Steve Rotstein | Senior Staff Writer

December 4, 2017


Filed under Football, Top Stories

After missing six of Pitt’s final seven games of the 2017 season, sophomore running back Chawntez Moss will not be back with the team next year. Moss said in a Twitter direct message Monday he decided to transfer on his own, contradicting a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report that stated he had been...

Holiday open house features plans for new Nationality Room

Holiday open house features plans for new Nationality Room

By Elise Lavallee, Contributing Editor

December 4, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Adorned with Christmas decorations, filled with the aroma of food and ringing with music and conversation, the Cathedral’s atmosphere matched that of a holiday bazaar. The Nationality Room and Intercultural Exchange Programs hosted their 26th annual Holiday Open House Sunday from noon to 4 p.m....

Asian student groups craft culture showcase

Asian student groups craft culture showcase

By David Soloman | Staff Writer

December 4, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Several students engaged in matches of Rock, Paper, Scissors on Saturday to see who would ascend Mount Everest first. This did not take place in the Himalayas, but rather as a game held in the O’Hara Student Center as part of the XSA Asian Culture Fair Saturday. Groups of students roamed around ...

Students reconcile religion, identity

Students reconcile religion, identity

By Sid Lingala | Staff Writer

December 1, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Bridget Duffy felt uncomfortable practicing her family religion of Catholicism when she found out same-sex couples could not get married in Catholic churches and infants of same-sex couples were not allowed to be baptized. “I’m a traditional person. But I need someone else to tell me that God does...

Alum studies safety of nuclear energy

Alum studies safety of nuclear energy

By David Solomon | For The Pitt News

December 1, 2017


Filed under News, Tech Science, Top Stories

Sola Talabi always had a vision that one day he would “turn the lights on in Africa.” “Five thousand children die every day in Africa because they don't have access to power,” he said. “I call that an emergency.” Talabi’s vision motivated him to spend the last 20 years pursuing a cost-effectiv...

Pika shoots for Pitt and Puerto Rico

Pika shoots for Pitt and Puerto Rico

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

December 1, 2017


Filed under Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Pika Rodriguez may have just started playing for the Pitt women’s basketball team, but she comes in with valuable experience that most players don’t have. Before the first-year guard arrived at Pitt, she devoted two years to the Puerto Rican national team. Now, she’s establishing her presence...

Share your experiences of hate and bias on campus

Share your experiences of hate and bias on campus

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

November 30, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The Pitt News is joining ProPublica’s Documenting Hate project to better report on incidents of hate, bias and harassment at Pitt — and we want to hear your stories. Reports of hate crimes are up nationwide, and college campuses are no exception. The Federal Bureau of Investigation received rep...

ASA, BAS explore racial identities, histories

ASA, BAS explore racial identities, histories

By Anandhini Narayanan | Staff Writer

November 30, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

When Olivia Carter asked the 20-something students gathered in a single-file line in the William Pitt Union to step back if they’d ever “endured physical or verbal abuse due to [their] race,” the majority of them moved out of line. This “line game” was part of a larger conversation about rac...

Committee to consider sustainable investment

Committee to consider sustainable investment

By Madison Hook | Staff Writer

November 30, 2017


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Student activist Sarah Grguras says people often ask her what the money Pitt invests in the fossil fuel industry could go toward. Her response? “Literally anything.” “They could invest in the Pittsburgh public schools, or they could invest in us,” the junior environmental science and ...

SGB announces new student safety measures

SGB announces new student safety measures

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer

November 29, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Student Government Board member Ian Callahan announced at Tuesday’s meeting that the Rave Guardian app — an app created by Rave Mobile Safety that connects users with local security resources — is now available with features for Pitt students. Students who download the “blue light” app will be ...

Professor unearths Israeli heritage

Professor unearths Israeli heritage

By Zoe Pawliczek | Staff Writer

November 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Professor Jodi Magness embarked on a mission in 2011 to excavate the Huqoq synagogue in Israel with little idea of its contents — and with only an ancient village as its possible location. Unsure of whether they would find anything, Magness’ team randomly picked a square as their first dig site and d...

Students discuss porn industry’s repercussions

Students discuss porn industry’s repercussions

By Jaime Weinreb | For The Pitt News

November 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

According to the Pornhub’s 2016 Year in Review, nearly 92 billion videos were viewed in on the porn streaming website in 2016 alone. “We’ve all watched it, it’s everywhere,” junior Elena Stains said after presenting the statistic. About 10 people attended the “Let’s Talk About ...

Study looks to link brain activity, suicidal thoughts

Study looks to link brain activity, suicidal thoughts

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

November 27, 2017


Filed under News, Tech Science, Top Stories

After contributing work to a study on brain activity, Marcel Just described the effort to better understand human thought as “a psychologist’s dream.” “Scientifically, it is fantastically interesting if you could assess the content of a thought,” Just, the director of the Center for Cogn...

Nittany Lions level Panthers, 85-54, in Progressive Legends Classic semi-final

Nittany Lions level Panthers, 85-54, in Progressive Legends Classic semi-final

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

November 20, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Top Stories

In a semi-final matchup of the Progressive Legends Classic versus Penn State, the Pitt men’s basketball team was annihilated by its in-state foe, falling 85-54 in a game that was essentially over by halftime. The Panthers (1-3 overall, 0-0 ACC) had nothing going for them in a blowout loss to the ...

Preview: Hurricanes to blow away Panthers

Preview: Hurricanes to blow away Panthers

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

November 20, 2017


Filed under Football, Top Stories

The Pitt football team has one game remaining to resurrect a season defined by missed opportunities. The Panthers’ bowl hopes are over, meaning they are motivated by just one thing — ruining their opponent’s perfect season. Pitt (4-7 overall, 2-5 ACC) hosts No. 2 Miami (10-0 overall, 7-0 ACC) Frida...

Column: Feeding you the truth about Thanksgiving

Column: Feeding you the truth about Thanksgiving

By Jaime Viens / Contributing Editor

November 20, 2017


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

Each year we celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November — we eat turkey, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes to commemorate the 1621 feast at which Pilgrims and Wampanoags peacefully gathered in Plymouth, Massachusetts. And every year since, Americans have put aside their own family...

Pitt and CMU students pitch products

Pitt and CMU students pitch products

By Nina Kneuer | Staff Writer

November 19, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Christopher Dumm made an auditorium of 50 people laugh when he pulled an old surgical retractor out of a bag and tossed it on the ground in front of him. Dumm wasn’t a comedian, but rather a student innovator trying to pitch his idea for a new form of surgical retractor in less than 90 seconds ...

SASA, BAS converse about colorism

SASA, BAS converse about colorism

By Hannah Schneider, For The Pitt News

November 19, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Until about two weeks ago, Anvit Rai wasn’t familiar with the concept of colorism. “I had heard of [colorism], but I didn’t know how pervasive or important it was,” Rai said. “To a degree, I always thought that colorism was racism. I didn’t know it was a completely separate entity.” ...

Hokies crush Panthers’ bowl hopes, win 20-14

Hokies crush Panthers’ bowl hopes, win 20-14

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

November 18, 2017


Filed under Football, Top Stories

The Pitt football team couldn’t convert on four straight plays at the goal line with a minute to go in the fourth quarter — losing 20-14 to the Virginia Tech Hokies and any chance at a bowl game. “We’re on the 1-yard line, we’ve got four tries, we’ve got to score,” first-year quarterbac...

Gallery: Pitt football falls to Virginia Tech, losing bowl eligibility

Gallery: Pitt football falls to Virginia Tech, losing bowl eligibility

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

November 18, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories, Visual

The Pitt football team couldn’t convert on four straight plays at the goal line with a minute to go in the fourth quarter — losing 20-14 to the Virginia Tech Hokies and any chance at a bowl game. Read the recap here. ...

Student renters raise the bar off-campus

Student renters raise the bar off-campus

By David Solomon and Olivia Kolesar | For The Pitt News

November 17, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

In his spare time this summer, Garrett Heid got crafty with some IKEA furniture he had lying around, a few pieces of wood and a 22-gauge stainless steel door from a fridge he found during his part-time construction job. “I don’t know if you know what 22-gauge steel is?” Heid said. “It’s basic...

Students scatter to study in green spaces

Students scatter to study in green spaces

By Joanna Li / Staff Writer

November 17, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Although Pitt’s campus has a lot of the amenities a traditional campus would, it doesn’t have a central green space that all the buildings on campus surround. Instead, Pitt has scattered spaces — and while there aren’t many, they still allow for a good balance between urban life and a col...

Dark, dank and diverse: students find many uses for Oakland basements

Dark, dank and diverse: students find many uses for Oakland basements

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer

November 17, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Mac Clark heard knocking and high-pitched talking coming from his basement about two weekends ago. Following a Halloween party he hosted at his South Oakland residence, the senior mechanical engineering major unlocked the door leading to the basement and cautiously made his way down the creaking ...

Student arrested in Hillman

Student arrested in Hillman

By Janine Faust and Caroline Bourque | News Editors

November 16, 2017


Filed under Campus, Crime, News, Top Stories

Pitt police charged a student with obstructing administration of law or other government function and tampering with evidence at Hillman Library Tuesday night, according to University spokesperson Joe Miksch. Miksch said officers were investigating suspicious activity on a computer on the first floo...

Activist warns of cracker plant consequences

Activist warns of cracker plant consequences

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

November 16, 2017


Filed under Top Stories

When Mark Dixon found out Shell Oil Company planned to build a petrochemical plant in nearby Beaver County, he immediately thought of the pollution and environmental devastation that would soon take place there. “It really pissed me off,” Dixon said. In an event sponsored by the Student Office ...

Senate Council takes issue with proposed federal tax bill

Senate Council takes issue with proposed federal tax bill

By David Solomon | For The Pitt News

November 16, 2017


Filed under Top Stories

The Senate Council started off with heartfelt “goodbyes” to Provost Patricia Beeson, whose hard work Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and other Senate Council members praised. “Her role for the University and for me has been tremendous,” Chancellor Gallagher said. “This will be a year-long ...

Like father, like son: Barry Goldwater Jr. visits Pitt

Like father, like son: Barry Goldwater Jr. visits Pitt

By Brian Salvato | For The Pitt News

November 16, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

After college, Barry Goldwater Jr. decided to become a stockbroker, while his best friend studied to be a doctor. Their lives diverged from this point forward — and so did their income. “Does that mean that the government should come and take much of what he has earned? I say no,” Goldwater Jr. sai...

Student protestors stage Cathedral sit-in

Student protestors stage Cathedral sit-in

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

November 15, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

A small group of students entered Chancellor Patrick Gallagher’s office Tuesday morning with a letter of 15 demands, including disarming University police. The letter also demanded the University vocally endorse a graduate student union, divest from fossil fuels, install a $15 Pitt-wide minimum wage ...

SGB plans to make diversity initiative permanent

SGB plans to make diversity initiative permanent

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Student Government Board Executive Vice President Zuri Kent-Smith announced Tuesday that the SGB Diversity Committee will be making the transition from an ad hoc committee to a prospective standing committee — a permanent committee within SGB. “[The committee is] looking at new ways to make SGB m...

Club hosts series on dating violence

Club hosts series on dating violence

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

November 14, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

A Pitt student’s death is still leaving a mark on campus, more than a month after her passing. In light of Alina Sheykhet’s death, Pitt Unmuted — a club created for survivors of sexual assault to share their stories — held a series of three events discussing the topic of intimate partner viol...

Pitt loses to Montana with record-low attendance, 83-78

Pitt loses to Montana with record-low attendance, 83-78

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

November 13, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Top Stories

Entering Monday night’s game, the Pitt men’s basketball team had not lost a home opener since 1996. Kevin Stallings was also the coach during that loss — but for the Panthers’ opponent, Illinois State. This time, Stallings experienced the defeat from the other side. The Panthers (0-2) committ...

Pitt alum potential CNN Hero of the Year for humanitarianism efforts

Pitt alum potential CNN Hero of the Year for humanitarianism efforts

By Anna Bongardino | Contributing Editor

November 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

At the age of 22, Samir Lakhani spent several long and laborious days cleaning, sanitizing and compressing used bars of soap with one young Cambodian woman. The woman, Prornh Thearang, spoke no English, but the duo sat side-by-side for hours, listening to Cambodian folk music as they worked. Lakhan...

Panel sheds light on refugee mental health

Panel sheds light on refugee mental health

By Amanda Finney | Staff Writer

November 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

If you had to make a list of your four most important things, tangible or intangible, what would they be? This is the question panelist Sarah Faulx posed to 40 audience members Friday night in William Pitt Union Dining Room B. After encouraging them to take out their phones and make the list, she...

Panthers pen win over Penguins, 66-58

Panthers pen win over Penguins, 66-58

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

November 10, 2017


Filed under Top Stories, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team battled back from an early deficit to open its season with a 66-58 win against Youngstown Friday night. The Panthers (1-0) and the Penguins (0-1) both had relatively lackluster performances at the Petersen Events Center. Both teams made a little over a third of their...

Law professor underscores reproductive rights

Law professor underscores reproductive rights

By Laura Howe | For The Pitt News

November 10, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

An older man in the audience of a reproductive rights lecture looked around the room and commented on the lack of people like him. “You know, I think Rep. [Tim] Murphy summed up the whole problem, and that is men sort of abandon the issue or exclude themselves from the discussion until it immediate...

Community questions Bigelow plan

Community questions Bigelow plan

By Madison Hook | For The Pitt News

November 10, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Bigelow Boulevard has always divided campus, but now it’s dividing community members as well. The finalized street safety plan for Bigelow Boulevard — discussed during a community forum Thursday night — left longtime residents of Oakland questioning whether the changes would improve the commuting...

Friday Fly: Cathedral Commons Room

Friday Fly: Cathedral Commons Room

By Maggie Koontz | Columnist

November 10, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

“Friday Fly” is a recurring column dedicated to a fly on the wall’s perspective on campus spots and daily life here at Pitt. This is the second installment. The Cathedral of Learning Commons Room is a feat of Gothic architecture, crafted out of limestone, slate and iron. Pathfinders passing t...

Student scores scholarship to start LGBTQ+ on campus

Student scores scholarship to start LGBTQ+ on campus

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

November 9, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Amy Kelley said she was “living the life.” Why? Because she got to hear Hillary Clinton speak and had people drive her around the nation’s capital as part of her invitation to attend the Human Rights Campaign’s National Dinner in Washington, D.C. Oct. 28. “It was really awesome,” Ke...

Student dissatisfaction aired at Master Plan focus groups

Student dissatisfaction aired at Master Plan focus groups

By Elise Lavallee | Contributing Editor

November 9, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

When asked at a Campus Master Plan focus group meeting about what kind of future aesthetic students want Pitt to have, students made it clear that functionality comes before aesthetic for them. “Functionality first,” one student said, before others chimed in agreement. Students convened in the U...

Katie Hazelton brings fighting spirit to Pitt diving

Katie Hazelton brings fighting spirit to Pitt diving

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

November 9, 2017


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

When an athlete suffers a severe, life-altering injury, it usually means the end of a career — time to hang up the jersey, pack up the gym bag and abruptly find a new way to pass the hours. Unless that athlete is Katie Hazelton. Hazelton, the new head coach of Pitt diving — brought on by Athletic Director Hea...

SGB calls Beeson “champion of student input”

SGB calls Beeson “champion of student input”

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

November 8, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

In response to Provost Patricia Beeson’s announcement that she will be stepping down from her current position, Student Government Board President Max Kneis referred to the Pitt provost as a “champion of student input” at Tuesday’s meeting. Beeson has spent eight years as provost, following 17 ye...

Students lament low voter turnout at local elections

Students lament low voter turnout at local elections

By Hannah Schneider, For The Pitt News

November 8, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

After last year’s presidential election results, Zoe Kovacs didn’t expect to be one of the only people at the polls Tuesday. But when she showed up at Posvar Hall at 2 p.m., she was “appalled” to find she was only the 40th person to show up. “[The poll workers] were all cheering, ...

Possible peeper arrested in VA Hospital parking garage for spying on students in dorms

Possible peeper arrested in VA Hospital parking garage for spying on students in dorms

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Editor-in-chief

November 7, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

A nurse at the Veteran Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System in Oakland was charged Monday with spying on Pitt students in upper campus dorms. Paul May, 56, a nurse at the hospital near Pitt’s upper campus, was charged with loitering and prowling, invasion of privacy and possessing instrume...

Election guide: Amendments and judgeships on the ballot

Election guide: Amendments and judgeships on the ballot

By Rachel Glasser / News Editor

November 7, 2017


Filed under News, Top Stories

It’s election day in Pittsburgh — but don’t expect campus polling stations to be as crowded as last year’s election. Mayor Bill Peduto is running unopposed after winning the Democratic primary in May. And Oakland residents won’t have any decision to make on their city council member — incumbent Dan Gilman is also running unopposed. But...

Gubernatorial candidate gives take on economy, health care at Pitt

Gubernatorial candidate gives take on economy, health care at Pitt

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer

November 7, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

When Paul Mango was at U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he had calculus six days a week. “I hope sitting here and listening to me is less painful than calculus at West Point on a Saturday morning,” the Republican primary candidate for governor joked before a crowd of Pitt students Monday ni...

Students simulate marginalized experiences

Students simulate marginalized experiences

By Elise Lavallee | Contributing Editor

November 7, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

A young man sat at a table behind two black curtains in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room Monday night. Across the table, two individuals intensely interrogated him. “What religion do you practice?” asked one. “What does your name mean?” followed the other. This scenario was part of Bo...

Historic Pittsburgh hosts fair at Carnegie Library

Historic Pittsburgh hosts fair at Carnegie Library

By Siddhi Shockey / For The Pitt News

November 6, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Rick Sebak, a native Pittsburgh filmmaker and producer, held a “Pittsburgh Changes the World” sign above his head, eliciting nods from the audience at the Historic Pittsburgh Fair. Sebak and many of the audience members reminisced over Pittsburgh’s greatest historical contributions, ranging from wo...

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