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Swipe right in: Market goes automated

Swipe right in: Market goes automated

By Caroline Bourque | Assistant News Editor

August 31, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Gone are the days of waiting in line for an employee to manually take students’ IDs in order to sign them into Market Central. The dining hall received a futuristic face-lift over the summer, greeting students in the new semester with a self-swipe system at its entrance. Market implemented this ...

Pitt students, professors respond to Stephen Foster statue

Pitt students, professors respond to Stephen Foster statue

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

August 31, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

When Laurence Glasco traveled to China in 1989, a Chinese band played for the group of visiting Americans and struck up a medley of Stephen Foster songs. “I said to them, ‘Gee, you know, you don’t really hear Stephen Foster songs anymore in America,’” Glasco said. “They were just dumbfou...

Thai Hana temporarily closed until violations resolved

Thai Hana temporarily closed until violations resolved

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

August 31, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The Allegheny County Health Department issued a consumer alert for Thai Hana and Sushi Bar Tuesday. According to the ACHD, the presence of roaches, flies and bags of rice infested by moths were among the reasons for issuing the alert for the restaurant located on the 3600 block of Fifth Avenue. ...

Student organizers react to admin’s union oppositon

Student organizers react to admin’s union oppositon

By Kirsten Wong and John Hamilton / The Pitt News Staff

August 30, 2017


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Rachel Coombs was conducting research in a biology lab in late July when she found herself enraged by an email from Pitt Provost Patricia Beeson. Coombs, a Ph.D. student studying biological sciences, read Beeson’s letter outlining the Pitt administration’s opposition to the grad student union eff...

SGB welcomes new students

SGB welcomes new students

By Nolan Roosa | Staff Writer

August 30, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

After filing into Nordy’s Place in matching navy t-shirts Tuesday night, Student Government Board President Max Kneis and his fellow board members had to quiet down the room, packed to the brim with students. At SGB’s first meeting of the academic year, board members and committee chairs intro...

Perez on the pitch: Adjusting to studies, soccer

Perez on the pitch: Adjusting to studies, soccer

By Jordan Mondell / Contributing Editor

August 29, 2017


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

For Pitt midfielder Javi Perez, the atmosphere at the Petersen Sports Complex is a lot different than what he is used to. The green of the turf beneath his feet is the same, as are the meshy nets of the goals, but in Spain, soccer — correction, futbol — is a bit different. At a top collegiate lev...

Transfers make the switch to Pitt but not without struggles

Transfers make the switch to Pitt but not without struggles

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

August 29, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Not all new Pitt students are having their first college experience — roughly a thousand of them every year are seasoned students who have transferred from colleges and universities from around the world. And while many transfer students find their place in Oakland just like the students who starte...

Pitt grads create food truck tracker

Pitt grads create food truck tracker

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

August 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Paul Landry is a foodie on the move who likes food on the move. That’s why he found himself driving from his home near the Pittsburgh International Airport to Shadyside one evening in 2013 in pursuit of a specific food truck. “The neighborhood I heard the truck was in was where I stayed when I attended Pit...

Pitt’s vice chancellor for communications leaves University

Pitt’s vice chancellor for communications leaves University

By Rachel Glasser and Janine Faust / News Editors

August 28, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Susan Rogers — who was appointed Pitt’s vice chancellor for communications just 18 months ago — is no longer employed by the University of Pittsburgh, a spokesperson confirmed Monday.  After this story was first published Monday evening, Joe Miksch — the University’s director of media r...

Superheroes, sewing and script: Pitt clubs find creative ways to serve

Superheroes, sewing and script: Pitt clubs find creative ways to serve

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

August 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

With the addition of three new service clubs at Pitt, students can dress up, write letters or sew — all while giving back to the local or international community. These clubs offer creative alternatives to your typical volunteer opportunities, allowing students to help those in need in uncommon way...

Transgender working group pushes gender inclusivity, education

Transgender working group pushes gender inclusivity, education

By Caroline Bourque | Assistant News Editor

August 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Before joining Pitt’s transgender working group, Kate Shindle knew little about the obstacles to building gender-neutral restrooms. “It’s not just as easy as saying that, ‘We need a gender-neutral restroom somewhere,’” Shindle, a senior biology major, said. “It’s also like, ‘Where...

Column: ‘Sweet Caroline’ change not enough

Column: ‘Sweet Caroline’ change not enough

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 27, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

The Pitt football program’s decision to alter the “Sweet Caroline” tradition was a step in the right direction for the team’s Heinz Field experience, but it could’ve — and should’ve — gone further. The unoriginal tradition of singing Neil Diamond’s 1969 tune has been a trademark o...

Oakland organizations brace for potential budget cuts

Oakland organizations brace for potential budget cuts

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

August 21, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Scattered on the walls throughout the Carnegie Museum of Art’s galleries are small red, white and blue stars with small texts accompanying each. The nearby plaques explain the reason for the stars existence — to highlight the impacts of federal funding on museums and the importance of museums...

Filters and flour: Pitt student mixes photography and baking

Filters and flour: Pitt student mixes photography and baking

By Rachel Lombardo / For The Pitt News

August 21, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

With three vanilla pound cake rounds cooling in front of her, Elaine Khodzhayan combines the perfect concoction of peanut butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar into her signature frosting. Khodzhayan, a rising senior majoring in human resources management and business information systems, is the baker ...

Kirk Christodoulou: The punter from Down Under

Kirk Christodoulou: The punter from Down Under

By Steve Rotstein / Senior Staff Writer

August 21, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

Kirk Christodoulou didn’t grow up around the same game as everybody else on the Pitt football team — to him, it’s called “footy.” He doesn’t say he’s going to go practice some punting — he’s going to “have a kick.” He wears cleats just like his teammates — but to him, they’re his ...

City to install bike lanes on portions of Forbes and Bigelow

City to install bike lanes on portions of Forbes and Bigelow

By Janine Faust / Senior Staff Writer

August 14, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

The city of Pittsburgh will begin installing bike lanes Tuesday on portions of Forbes Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard, two years after a Pitt administrator was killed while biking in the area. The city is adding bike lanes in both directions on Forbes from Bigelow Boulevard to Craig Street and along ...

Red Oak Cafe closing within the week

Red Oak Cafe closing within the week

By Janine Faust and John Hamilton / Pitt News Staff

August 1, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Red Oak Cafe is closing on Aug. 4, according to Ray McNevin, a manager and chef at the Oakland restaurant. McNevin said new owners from Virginia are taking over on the 8th. They will rename and redo the restaurant, he said. Remembering Red Oak The breakfast and lunch cafe is popular, in part, for its vegan and ve...

Letter to the Editor | There is no third party. We, the students, are the union

Letter to the Editor | There is no third party. We, the students, are the union

By Beth Shaaban / PhD student

July 30, 2017


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinions, Top Stories

Surprise! I just returned from presenting some of my research at a conference to a union busting email from the provost. One of my personal favorite lines: “The education, not the financial support, is the goal of graduate study.” Buckle up kids, if you can’t afford your medications, rent, food ...

Letter to the Editor | Grad student: How can I produce my best work if I can hardly afford to eat?

Letter to the Editor | Grad student: How can I produce my best work if I can hardly afford to eat?

By Andréa Hanna, Graduate Student

July 29, 2017


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinions, Top Stories

Dear Editor, I read the message from the provost, Patricia Beeson, about the graduate student union yesterday with some interest and reservations. My first concern, and I quote the provost's message here, is when she says, it is "the education, not the financial support, is the goal of graduate study." It is indee...

Pitt administration comes out against grad student union

Pitt administration comes out against grad student union

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

July 28, 2017


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

Speaking on behalf of the University, Pitt Provost Patricia Beeson came out against a graduate student union Thursday, claiming that a union would not be in the best interests of students. Beeson’s letter is the first direct criticism the administration has levied against the unionization efforts, which formally began in January of 2016. The University is now officially no...

Three students OK after one dropped vial with cyanide derivative

Three students OK after one dropped vial with cyanide derivative

By John Hamilton/Editor-in-Chief

July 20, 2017


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Three Pitt students are OK after one dropped a vial containing a cyanide derivative in a Chevron lab Thursday morning. The 5 ml vial shattered on the 11th floor of the building at around 10:15 this morning, according to Pitt spokesperson Joe Miksch. Three students were treated by paramedics after...

Oakland’s businesses adapt to fewer students in summer

Oakland’s businesses adapt to fewer students in summer

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

July 18, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The warm summer sun beat down this week as business owners across Oakland opened their doors for a day mostly like any other day. The only difference was a conspicuous lack of their main customers — students. Mid-July is undeniably a relatively quiet time of the year in Oakland. With just a few summer...

35th annual Vintage Grand Prix continues Oakland tradition

35th annual Vintage Grand Prix continues Oakland tradition

By Kirsten Wong | Senior Staff Writer

July 18, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Speeding around the 90-degree turn at 60 mph, the bustling race track swarmed with bright-colored vintage sports cars rushing to the finish line. Sitting on the edge of Flagstaff Hill, crowds cheered on their favorite vintage car racers for the 35th annual Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix as the ca...

Pitt increases tuition, budget

Pitt increases tuition, budget

By Caroline Bourque | The Pitt News Staff

July 17, 2017


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt trustees voted Monday to increase in-state tuition by 2.5 percent and out-of-state tuition by three percent, along with an increase to the University’s operating budget. In-state students enrolled in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences will see their tuition increase by $442, while ou...

Pitt Newsers remember pro bono attorney Ron Barber

Pitt Newsers remember pro bono attorney Ron Barber

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

July 14, 2017


Filed under Top Stories

Ron Barber, a staunch legal defender of the First Amendment and student journalism, died Thursday, July 6, at age 56, of complications from prostate cancer. Barber — who graduated from Pitt Law in 1989 after completing his undergrad studies at Pitt in 1983 — offered pro-bono legal services to The Pit...

Peduto, community members kick off revitalization

Peduto, community members kick off revitalization

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

July 12, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

As Mayor Bill Peduto stepped out the back door of his official car into the rain in Uptown last evening, people from the community queued in front of a local Middle Eastern food truck turned and gathered around him. Peduto’s arrival signaled the beginning of a community meeting billed as a chan...

Pitt extends winter break for upcoming school year

Pitt extends winter break for upcoming school year

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

July 12, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Student Government Board announced Saturday that University administrators will be extending winter break by several days for the 2017-2018 academic year. The announcement, which SGB made in a post on its Facebook page, was accompanied by an academic calendar showing a break between semesters lasting from Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, to Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. Last year...

Pitt Smart Living project hopes to ‘democratize,’ incentivize transportation

Pitt Smart Living project hopes to ‘democratize,’ incentivize transportation

By John Hamilton | Editor-in-Chief

July 12, 2017


Filed under News, Tech Science, Top Stories

A Pitt research project is attempting to “democratize” and incentivize public transportation in Pittsburgh using public information screens and a mobile app. The Pitt Smart Living project is currently in the pilot phase, according to Alexandros Labrinidis, the Pitt computer science professor leading th...

Trustees elect new members, rename Pennsylvania Hall

Trustees elect new members, rename Pennsylvania Hall

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

July 5, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Board of Trustees elected four new members, approved construction projects and renamed Pennsylvania Hall at their June 30 meeting. Pennsylvania Hall — which has held that name since its construction in 2004 — is now named K. Leroy Irvis Hall to honor K. Leroy Irvis, a Pitt alumnus and ...

Return to greatness: basketball alums compete in annual tournament

Return to greatness: basketball alums compete in annual tournament

By Steve Rotstein | Senior Staff Writer

July 4, 2017


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

More than seven years after Pitt’s memorable run to the Elite Eight came up just short against Villanova, then-Panthers point guard Levance Fields got another chance to reach a different Final Four — this time with $2 million on the line. But just like that loss in the 2009 Regional Final, Fields and h...

Pitt Law dean Carter to step down, leaving Pitt a second dean position to fill

Pitt Law dean Carter to step down, leaving Pitt a second dean position to fill

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

June 30, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

The dean of Pitt’s law school, William M. Carter Jr., is stepping down to return to teaching full-time, becoming the second Pitt dean ending their tenure next spring. Carter's decision comes soon after engineering dean Gerald Holder announced in May he will step down and return to the faculty. Carter and Holder will leave their positions ...

Auditor’s concerns with PSU partially apply to Pitt

Auditor’s concerns with PSU partially apply to Pitt

By Janine Faust / Senior Staff Writer

June 28, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

The Pennsylvania auditor general harshly criticized Penn State after a recent audit, raising some concerns that apply to other state-related universities, including Pitt. In his 112-page audit report, Auditor General Eugene Depasquale cited several issues including skyrocketing tuition, a lack of transparency, a decrease in in-state enrollment and an...

Two burglaries in two days at the same Bates residence

Two burglaries in two days at the same Bates residence

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

June 27, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

Pitt police issued a crime alert Tuesday after responding to two burglaries at the same residence on consecutive days. The burglaries occurred in the 3600 block of Bates Street — one Monday at approximately 3 p.m. and the second Tuesday at 2:13 a.m., according to the alert. In Monday’s burglary, a suspe...

Q&A with new UHC dean Brian Primack

Q&A with new UHC dean Brian Primack

By The Pitt News Staff

June 20, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Brian Primack, a Pitt alumnus and professor in the School of Medicine, gained another title earlier this month when Pitt named him to replace Edward Stricker as dean of the University Honors College. In anticipation of the beginning of his tenure, set to start July 1, The Pitt News asked Primack to discuss his pla...

Oakland locals weigh in on bus rapid transit

Oakland locals weigh in on bus rapid transit

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

June 20, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Community members and local activists gathered Monday night to talk about new bus stops, or as city employee Justin Miller called them — “upgraded transit experiences.” The replicas of the Bus Rapid Transit system’s proposed new stops sat on the side of the room as Miller, an employee of Pittsb...

Beta Bites, Peter’s Pub receive consumer alerts

Beta Bites, Peter’s Pub receive consumer alerts

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

June 20, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Oakland restaurant Beta Bites received a consumer alert Tuesday, joining Peter’s Pub as the second local restaurant to receive the designation from the health department in June. Oakland eatery Beta Bites received a consumer alert from the county health department Tuesday. The restaurant, which...

Column: Crosby and Malkin: from disappointment to dynasty

Column: Crosby and Malkin: from disappointment to dynasty

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 13, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Early in the 2015-16 season, the Crosby-Malkin era was considered a disappointment. Now, it’s the best in Penguins history. When Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin came to Pittsburgh in 2005 and 2006, respectively, it marked a turnaround for an organization which had missed the playoffs every season since 2...

Pitt announces finances, top employee earners

Pitt announces finances, top employee earners

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

June 13, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s annual financial disclosure, which it released last month in compliance with the Right to Know Law, revealed a pay structure with University athletics once again at the top. The University, which legally qualifies as a non-profit organization exempt from tax, nevertheless must still file a publi...

Michaels dismissed from Pitt after child pornography possession charges

Michaels dismissed from Pitt after child pornography possession charges

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

June 12, 2017


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Edward Michaels has been dismissed from Pitt, according to a University spokesperson, after he was charged with possessing child pornography on May 24. Michaels is the former director of Pitt’s counseling center, a position he held since June 2015. Immediately following his arrest, Pitt placed Mi...

Pitt considers closing Titusville campus

Pitt considers closing Titusville campus

By Caroline Bourque | Staff Writer

June 7, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt is considering several options to deal with a lack of steady enrollment at Pitt-Titusville, including shuttering the branch campus, mainly due to a lack of steady enrollment, according to a report released last Thursday. University officials released an analysis listing more problems than possible sol...

University names Brian Primack new UHC dean

University names Brian Primack new UHC dean

By Janine Faust | Staff Writer

June 7, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt announced researcher and medical doctor Brian A. Primack as the new dean of the University Honors College Monday. Primack will succeed Edward Stricker as the third Bernice L. and Morton S. Lerner Chair and dean of the UHC, beginning July 1. Primack’s primary responsibilities as dean will be...

March mayhem: Delta’s Pride draws criticism

March mayhem: Delta’s Pride draws criticism

By Madeline Barber / Staff Writer

June 6, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Pittsburgh gears up for its annual Pride celebration every June by filling the streets downtown with dozens upon dozens of rainbow flags and banners that promote equality and stand out against the monochromatic buildings and oft-dreary skies. Pride week finishes the weekend of June 11 with PrideFest — a ...

Pitt lab investigation ends on mixed note

Pitt lab investigation ends on mixed note

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

May 31, 2017


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

A new report from the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare has declared an end to the investigation into alleged animal cruelty in laboratories affiliated with Pitt. The report, cited in a letter last Monday from Axel Wolff — OLAW’s director of compliance oversight — to George Huber, Pitt’s vice provost for research conduct and complianc...

Pitt researchers develop HIV detector

Pitt researchers develop HIV detector

By Janine Faust | Staff Writer

May 31, 2017


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Pitt researchers have moved the world one step closer to finally fully curing HIV. Scientists in the University’s Graduate School of Public Health announced Monday in the medical journal “Nature Medicine” that they’ve created a more accurate, quicker and less costly test for detecting how much of t...

Students react to counseling center director’s arrest

Students react to counseling center director’s arrest

By John Hamilton and Henry Glitz | The Pitt News Staff

May 31, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

In the six days following the counseling center director’s arrest, Pitt students responded to the latest controversy at the center, while the University has largely stayed quiet and given little additional information. Allegheny County police arrested Edward Michaels, 67, of Wilkinsburg, last Wedne...

Meet your new Student Government Board

Meet your new Student Government Board

By Caroline Bourque and Janine Faust | Senior Staff Writers

May 30, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Made up of nine elected positions, 30 appointed positions and an array of committees, Student Government Board’s purpose is to advocate for the needs of the student population, according to their website. Additionally, SGB is responsible for allocating the $160 student activity fee paid by all full-time students. The Pitt...

Pitt CHREC engineering lab reaches for the stars

Pitt CHREC engineering lab reaches for the stars

By Janine Faust | Senior Staff Writer

May 24, 2017


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

Pitt engineering students now have the chance to work on projects that are literally out of this world. The National Science Foundation’s Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing, also known as CHREC, transferred its headquarters from the University of Florida to Pitt this January. ...

Man electrocuted in North Oakland

Man electrocuted in North Oakland

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

May 24, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

A man died Tuesday morning on North Neville Street in North Oakland when he accidentally came into contact with a utility wire. Matthew Blackburn, 46, of Jefferson Hills, was working in a cherry picker vehicle washing the windows of an apartment building on the 500 block of North Neville. The platfo...

Fitzgerald, Wagner push city lead issues

Fitzgerald, Wagner push city lead issues

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

May 23, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Several developments over the last few weeks have shown that Pittsburgh’s issues with lead pipe contamination in public water are far from over. Despite the end of the Democratic mayoral primary last week decreasing its visibility, a report last week from County Controller Chelsa Wagner, a bill in the...

Moving on: O’Hara says goodbye to Pitt

Moving on: O’Hara says goodbye to Pitt

By Jack Mulligan / For The Pitt News

May 23, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Pitt said goodbye to a musical fixture in South Oakland as O’Hara ended their set with a cover of The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” to a boisterous crowd the Friday before spring graduation. From their start in a basement on Parkview Ave. to their final show April 28 at Mr. Smalls Theatre, O...

Man sentenced for homicide of Pitt administrator

Man sentenced for homicide of Pitt administrator

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

May 18, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

More than a year and a half after a fatal crash led to the death of Pitt faculty member Susan Hicks, the man who pleaded guilty to causing the crash received his jail sentence this Thursday. David Witherspoon, 51, who plead guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and drug offenses when court...

Mountaineers outlast Panthers, earn season sweep

Mountaineers outlast Panthers, earn season sweep

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

May 17, 2017


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

The last time Pitt and West Virginia met on the diamond, it was an offensive battle as the Mountaineers got an 8-4 win on the road in March. West Virginia took the season sweep Tuesday in a much more defensive night, but the result was the same with a 2-0 Mountaineer victory in Morgantown. Both pitching...

Students react to controversial PETA animal testing report

Students react to controversial PETA animal testing report

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

May 17, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Two conflicting reports from the United States Department of Agriculture and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals about conditions for animals in Pitt laboratories have caused a strong reaction among community members. PETA’s “exposé” claims an eyewitness saw a litany of abuses in Pitt labs surrounding the treatment of mice, rats, chimpanzees an...

Column: Pittsburgh takes steps to reduce violent crime

Column: Pittsburgh takes steps to reduce violent crime

By Jeremy Wang | Columnist

May 16, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

Nearly every night last year, gunfire rang out in Pittsburgh. And nearly every week, someone was killed. The city launched the Pittsburgh Initiative to Reduce Crime in 2010 to combat this issue, but the initiative had mixed results. Homicides climbed from 43 to 71 between 2011 and 2014, and forme...

Engineering dean Holder announces resignation

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

May 11, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Dean of Engineering Gerald Holder announced yesterday he will step down and return to the faculty after 21 years of leading the Swanson School of Engineering. Holder’s departure from the position will take effect before the beginning of the Fall semester in 2018. Pitt plans to begin the search ...

City School Board candidates debate ahead of primary

City School Board candidates debate ahead of primary

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

May 10, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

“Kids can’t vote, but you can,” read the signs and literature passed out at the door to parents and community members filing in the seats in the Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium in the Hill District Monday night. The 50 attendees prepared to listen as candidates for Pittsburgh’s School Board made ...

Paul Cohen named first dean of School of Computing and Information

Paul Cohen named first dean of School of Computing and Information

By Caroline Bourque | Senior Staff Writer

May 10, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Paul R. Cohen will become the founding dean of Pitt’s new School of Computing and Information — the first new school established at Pitt since 1995 — which will enroll its first students in the fall. The School of Computing and Information will provide courses centered around the idea of integ...

Rhythm and rhyme: local poets host underground readings

Rhythm and rhyme: local poets host underground readings

By Caroline Bourque / Senior Staff Writer

May 9, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Emma Vescio mounted the stage in front of a crowd of nearly 50 people, surrounded by robust white columns, as shoppers quietly wandered the rows of bookshelves off to one side. Backlit by hazy purple light, she began to recite her latest work in a languorous tone, not far off from her regular speaki...

Men’s basketball adds two recruits to 2017 class

Men’s basketball adds two recruits to 2017 class

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 5, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt basketball landed two commits this week as coach Kevin Stallings begins to fill in his roster for next season. St. John’s transfer Malik Ellison pledged to Pitt Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. 6-foot-4 guard Khameron Davis followed suit Wednesday, becoming the seventh member of...

Pitt gymnastics coach Debbie Yohman retires after 31 years

Pitt gymnastics coach Debbie Yohman retires after 31 years

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 3, 2017


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

Pitt gymnastics coach Debbie Yohman retired Tuesday morning after leading the team for more than three decades. Yohman was only the second coach in the history of Pitt gymnastics — which started in 1975. The program was very successful in her tenure, qualifying for 20 NCAA Regionals since she t...

Pitt names Kathleen Blee new Dietrich School dean

Pitt names Kathleen Blee new Dietrich School dean

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

May 1, 2017


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

Concluding a search process begun last summer, Pitt announced the hiring of a new dean of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Monday. Kathleen Blee is set to start as dean on August 15. Blee is currently associate dean for the Dietrich School and has been a professor of sociology at the University...

Seven Panthers signed in post-draft free agency

Seven Panthers signed in post-draft free agency

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

April 30, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Five Panthers were selected in this year’s draft — the most since 2011. Seven additional Panthers who didn’t hear their name called had to find a team through post-draft free agency. In total, 12 Panthers were picked up by an NFL team for the upcoming season — with three headed to the Steele...

Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman drafted by Buffalo Bills

Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman drafted by Buffalo Bills

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

April 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

The Buffalo Bills selected Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman with the 28th pick in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL draft. Peterman waited longer than expected — NFL.com projected that he would be picked in the third or fourth round. This past year, the Panther offense became the highest-scori...

James Conner joins the Pittsburgh Steelers

James Conner joins the Pittsburgh Steelers

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

April 29, 2017


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

Pitt running back James Conner is staying in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Conner in the third round as the 105th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He is the first Panther to be drafted by the Steelers since defensive back Hank Poteat in 2000. He was also the first Pitt player t...

Pitt football dismisses senior defensive tackle Jeremiah Taleni

Pitt football dismisses senior defensive tackle Jeremiah Taleni

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

April 28, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt football coach Pat Narduzzi announced the dismissal of defensive tackle Jeremiah Taleni from the team for disciplinary reasons on Friday. The 6-foot-2, 290-pound senior was expected to start on the Panthers’ defensive line in the fall and help fill the void left by departing seniors Ejuan Pri...

Missing major: making fashion fit

Missing major: making fashion fit

By Emily Brindley and Andrea Spatig / For The Pitt News

April 24, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

Senior geology major Tomas Monti spends his free time sketching watch designs and raising funds for his watch company. Monti — co-founder and CEO of BJØRN Watch Company, a startup that will donate 10 percent of all sales to philanthropic organizations of the buyer’s choice — formed his sta...

Peduto nominates Pitt professors, city official to fill three vacant PWSA board seats

Peduto nominates Pitt professors, city official to fill three vacant PWSA board seats

By Janine Faust / Senior Staff Writer

April 21, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Mayor Bill Peduto nominated three people to fill vacant positions on the board of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority Friday — two of whom are Pitt professors. The nominees will fill spots left by three board members who all resigned in late March, although their terms officially ended at t...

Wesley Spectrum spreads autism awareness in Pittsburgh

Wesley Spectrum spreads autism awareness in Pittsburgh

By Rose Luder / Staff Writer

April 21, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Massive lava lamps and abstract-colored patterns projected on the walls illuminate Wesley Spectrum’s “sensory room,” where children lounge in cozy chairs and allow this visual stimulation to center their minds. The “sensory room,” according to Kate Pompa, the Wesley Spectrum director of auti...

Pitt grad eyes congressional seat in 12th district

Pitt grad eyes congressional seat in 12th district

By Grant Burgman / Staff Writer

April 21, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Tom Prigg is an unmistakable Pittsburgh native, who speaks with rounded vowel sounds and local colloquialisms to prove it. But come November 2018, the Carnegie Mellon University research associate is banking on his hometown roots to help him secure a seat in the United States House of Representatives...

New vegan options pop up in Market Central

New vegan options pop up in Market Central

By Janine Faust and Caroline Bourque | Staff Writers

April 21, 2017


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Nestled next to the salad bar in Market Central, a new eatery is serving plant-based options out of a cart borrowed from the basketball court of the Petersen Events Center — and it’s attracting vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike. Pitt’s Student Office of Sustainability recently partnered wit...

Pitt researchers identify new cancer risks in chromosomes

Pitt researchers identify new cancer risks in chromosomes

By Rose Luder / Staff Writer

April 20, 2017


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Scientists have identified a new cancer risk associated with chromosomes, according to a 22-year-long study from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. Jian-Min Yuan — a professor in Pitt’s School of Public Health, a physician and researcher — conducted research indicating that the length of telomeres ...

Democratic mayoral debate roundup

Democratic mayoral debate roundup

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

April 20, 2017


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For the first time Wednesday night, all three of Pittsburgh’s Democratic mayoral candidates took to the same stage. Live on WTAE, City Councilperson Darlene Harris, Rev. John Welch and current Mayor Bill Peduto traded opinions, arguments and occasional barbs in a fight for Pittsburghers’ votes i...

Suspects arrested in connection with Meyran vandalism

Suspects arrested in connection with Meyran vandalism

By John Hamilton / Assistant News Editor

April 20, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

Pitt police arrested two women Tuesday in connection with graffiti painted on sidewalks, vehicles and houses on Meyran Avenue. Pitt police noticed freshly painted graffiti at 4:05 a.m. Tuesday while on foot patrol, according to Pitt spokesperson Joe Miksch. They chased and eventually apprehended t...

SGB seniors bid farewell to Pitt

SGB seniors bid farewell to Pitt

By Nolan Roosa | Staff Writer

April 19, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

It didn’t take long for Natalie Dall, president of SGB, to shed tears during her report Tuesday night. “Thank you again to everyone for making this place my home,” she said. “And for one of my last times as a student and as SGB President: Hail to Pitt!” In the final SGB meeting of the...

Person robbed at gunpoint on Semple

Person robbed at gunpoint on Semple

By Janine Faust / Senior Staff Writer

April 19, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

Two assailants, armed with a black handgun, robbed a person Monday night on the 200 block of Semple Street. The victim was an adult unaffiliated with the University who said two men robbed him of his wallet, phone and electronic equipment before fleeing down Semple Street — possibly going south ...

Last step: Pitt students hold inaugural film festival

Last step: Pitt students hold inaugural film festival

By John Hamilton / Assistant News Editor

April 18, 2017


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Nick Freeman had until 5 p.m. Saturday to submit his film for the first Pitt Film Festival, a showcase of short Pitt student films. He submitted it two minutes before deadline to Jake Savitz, the festival’s organizer, who would hand Freeman the festival’s most popular picture award two days later. ...

Remembering Rooney: Obama to join Pittsburghers for funeral in Oakland

Remembering Rooney: Obama to join Pittsburghers for funeral in Oakland

By Janine Faust / Senior Staff Writer

April 18, 2017


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In honor of former Steelers’ President and U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney, Pittsburgh residents took over Heinz Field Monday and will commemorate his death in Oakland Tuesday. Rooney died last Thursday, April 13, at the age of 84. On the day following his death, Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the Pen...

Henry Hillman dies at 98

Henry Hillman dies at 98

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

April 17, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Henry L. Hillman, a Pittsburgh-based philanthropist and member of the Hillman family, who donated millions to the construction of Pitt’s Hillman Library, died Friday evening. Hillman passed away at 98 years old, on April 14. The Hillman Family Foundations — a parent office for each of the 18 Hil...

SGB 2016-17 year in review

SGB 2016-17 year in review

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

April 17, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

After initiation this Friday, the current Student Government Board will step down to make way for its successors. Since the fall semester, the organization kept up with efforts to engage with the student body through events, such as Panthers in Politics and Women’s Empowerment Week, and outreach, but passed only...

Keith Gavin returning to Pitt as new head wrestling coach

Keith Gavin returning to Pitt as new head wrestling coach

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 14, 2017


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

Heather Lyke made the first big hire of her tenure as Pitt’s athletic director Friday morning, naming former national champion Keith Gavin as the Panthers’ new head wrestling coach. “We are thrilled to announce Keith Gavin as the new head coach of the University of Pittsburgh wrestling progra...

Oakland bar traditions

Oakland bar traditions

By Abhignya Mallepalli / Staff Writer

April 14, 2017


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Ever seen a viking marching through Oakland at 2 a.m.? Ever wonder how you get a mug at Hem’s? With so many bars to choose from and South Side a short Uber trip away, the Oakland classics maintain a loyal following through tried-and-true traditions that keep people coming back for more.   He...

Economics of thirst: Pittsburgh transplants brew up romance

Economics of thirst: Pittsburgh transplants brew up romance

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

April 14, 2017


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The dry river bed in Andrea La Nauze’s backyard inspired her to study economics. Fellow Australian Marcus Cox just wanted to quench thirsts with his self-crafted brews. Together, the two make the perfect duo. La Nauze, now a Pitt economics professor, and Cox moved from their native continent to...

Imbibing expectations: alcohol’s effect on behavior

Imbibing expectations: alcohol’s effect on behavior

By Prachi Patel / For The Pitt News

April 14, 2017


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

“Wine makes you a little bit tired. Tequila makes you a little more crazy.” Senior Brock Baranowski is confident in these assertions — a firm believer in the concept that certain drinks encourage certain feelings or actions. Gregg Higgins, a second-year graduate student in the School of Pub...

Tracking trivia: the history of quiz night in Oakland

Tracking trivia: the history of quiz night in Oakland

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Contributing Editor

April 14, 2017


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Puzzles, Top Stories

Standing beside a booth sticky from nights of shot pitchers and beer specials, Steve McCalley asked a room full of diners and drinkers if they could differentiate between the names of characters from “Game of Thrones” and players in the National Football League. With Maroon 5 playing in the backg...

Pitt announces actress, CVS head to speak at commencement

Pitt announces actress, CVS head to speak at commencement

By John Hamilton / Assistant News Editor

April 13, 2017


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Pitt announced two speakers Wednesday for the separate graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies: CEO of CVS Health Larry J. Merlo and actress S. Epatha Merkerson, respectively. Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Health, will speak at the graduate student commencement convocation April 29, at 4 p.m. in...

Students display artwork from studio arts classes

Students display artwork from studio arts classes

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

April 13, 2017


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In the Frick Fine Arts building hangs an oil painting self-portrait of an artist staring into a mirror, shock and anguish playing across her face as she holds up a single silver hair. Stephanie Taylor’s “Gray” — one of six pieces the senior studio arts and art history double major has in ...

Pitt researchers link immune system to cancer treatment

Pitt researchers link immune system to cancer treatment

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

April 13, 2017


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Doctors already fight cancer by stimulating patients’ immune systems, but after a recent Pitt-led study, researchers may have a better idea of how to target specific immune cells to improve their treatment. According to recent findings by Pitt researcher Robert Ferris, doctors will now be able to...

SGB promises online NYT subscriptions, forms committees

SGB promises online NYT subscriptions, forms committees

By Nolan Roosa / Staff Writer

April 12, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

After promising changes to the Student Government Board governing code all year, SGB introduced four bills last night that would create new committees and provide students with online New York Times memberships. Two of the new bills will add a communications committee and the First Year Council i...

Making memories: Pitt students paint portraits for underprivileged children

Making memories: Pitt students paint portraits for underprivileged children

By Anandhini Narayanan / For The Pitt News

April 11, 2017


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Jill McDonnell surveyed a set of portrait pictures laid out on a Hillman Library table and picked her next art subject based on their name and favorite color — the only information provided with the picture. Using watercolor and acrylic paints, McDonnell and 27 other artists at Pitt painted per...

Pitt hires Rob A. Rutenbar as first senior vice chancellor for research

Pitt hires Rob A. Rutenbar as first senior vice chancellor for research

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and John Hamilton / The Pitt News Staff

April 11, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

The University of Pittsburgh hired The University of Pittsburgh hired Rob A. Rutenbar Monday as the first senior vice chancellor for research, a new position that will oversee and integrate research at Pitt. The search for the job began in October 2016, when Pitt held four town halls to get input on hiring for...

Records on the rise: vinyl making a comeback among Pitt students

Records on the rise: vinyl making a comeback among Pitt students

By Emma Maurice / Staff Writer

April 11, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

Cassette tapes, eight-tracks and Walkmans may be things of the past, but not vinyl. In the last decade, records have been making a considerable comeback. A large factor to the recent vinyl resurgence? Young adults. Although digital music streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora and Tid...

From the Daily Princetonian: Citizen Scientists aim to renew civic engagement

From the Daily Princetonian: Citizen Scientists aim to renew civic engagement

By Katie Petersen | The Daily Princetonian

April 10, 2017


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This story was produced as part of Impact Journalism Day. Read more stories like it here.  By 1 p.m. Monday, March 6, over 500 university affiliates had packed Princeton’s Frist Campus Center. By the end of the day, 64 teach-ins occurred, 13 university and community organizations promoted their respective causes and nearly 1,500 people participated in the campus-wide Day of A...

From NYU Local: Palestinian youth LEAD the way

From NYU Local: Palestinian youth LEAD the way

By Melissa Godin | NYU Local

April 10, 2017


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This story was produced as part of Impact News Journalism Day. Read more stories like it at impactjournalismday-universities.com/read-our-stories.  “The first time I was offered a cigarette was by a 12-year-old Palestinian refugee named Odayee, in a refugee camp right out of Nablus called New Askar,” said 21-year-old R.J. Khalaf, founder of LEAD...

Pitt Pantry alleviates rising food insecurity

Pitt Pantry alleviates rising food insecurity

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

April 9, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

After finishing a shift at Market Central, Alexandria Dsouza usually swings by the Pitt Pantry to pick up her groceries for the week. “I come here primarily for toiletries, like toothpaste and toilet paper, and breakfast foods like bagels and cereal,” Dsouza said, leaning comfortably against the...

Mike Posner, acrobats, other musicians perform at Bigelow Bash

Mike Posner, acrobats, other musicians perform at Bigelow Bash

By Zoe Pawliczek / Staff Writer

April 9, 2017


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Spectators munched on food truck treats and watched acrobats perform dangerous and perplexing stunts — with the Cathedral of Learning as a backdrop — to the tune of live DJing during Bigelow Bash 2017. Students lined up by the dozens at each of the 10 food trucks present on Bigelow Boulevard ...

Meghan Daum reads, shares stories with students

Meghan Daum reads, shares stories with students

By Abhignya Mallepalli / Staff Writer

April 7, 2017


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A casual game of charades between A-list celebrities was the perfect opportunity for writer and editor Meghan Daum to transcend the line between being present and invisible. Daum’s experience at a star-studded party as an aspiring screenwriter served as the premise for “Invisible City,” an essay ...

Schenley apartments to open in July

Schenley apartments to open in July

By John Hamilton and James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

April 7, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The doors of Schenley High School will reopen soon, but to the distaste of some former students, it won’t be for class. Tenants will occupy the former classrooms, which are now converted to luxury apartments. PMC Property Group is now leasing 180 units in the building with move-in dates starting as soon as Ju...

Forgive and forget?: When rappers are accused of sexual assaults, fans’ response matters

Forgive and forget?: When rappers are accused of sexual assaults, fans’ response matters

By Matt Moret / Contributing Editor

April 6, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

A rapper drops his first mixtape and builds a cult following off of a positive Pitchfork review. He steadily expands that fan base, earning critical acclaim along the way. But then, something happens. He gets shot at, he goes to jail or some combination of the two. This story could apply to countless artists ...

Interfaith stand-up duo unites students through comedy

Interfaith stand-up duo unites students through comedy

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

April 6, 2017


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A Jew and a Muslim got up on stage in the William Pitt Union Ballroom — that’s not the punchline of a joke, those are the comedians. Comedians Scott Blakeman and Dean Obeidallah brought their act Stand Up for Peace to Pitt Wednesday night, at an event hosted by Pitt’s Hillel Jewish Universi...

Pitt Tonight announces Andrew Dow as new host

Pitt Tonight announces Andrew Dow as new host

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and John Hamilton / News Editors

April 6, 2017


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For a show that is only wrapping up its second season, “Pitt Tonight” is already at the end of an era. “Pitt Tonight” announced on Twitter Wednesday that first-year Andrew Dow will be the next host of the show, starting fall 2017. He will be the successor to Jesse Irwin, who is finishing his reign aft...

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