The Pitt News

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...

TEDx focuses on feminism

TEDx focuses on feminism

By Anandhini Narayanan | Staff Writer

November 5, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

anupama jain was familiar and passionate about the topic of her TEDx talk, feminism and gender equality, so her biggest struggle was what she wanted to wear for the event. “My biggest crisis is how casual or formal I should dress,” jain said. “That’s probably not what you want to hear, b...

Pitt fires women’s soccer head coach Greg Miller

Pitt fires women’s soccer head coach Greg Miller

By Jordan Mondell / Assistant Sports Editor

November 3, 2017


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

Pitt head women’s soccer coach Greg Miller will not return next season after six years with the program, according to a press release from Pitt Athletics Friday. In the press release, Athletic Director Heather Lyke thanked Miller for his time with the program and said she sees a brighter future for ...

Professor unveils underwear’s history

Professor unveils underwear’s history

By Zoe Pawliczek | Staff Writer

November 2, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Jessie B. Ramey showed more than 170 strangers a picture of herself in her underwear Thursday at the Frick, a Pittsburgh art museum in Point Breeze. “Don’t get too excited, this is me at the age of nine in my Underoos,” Ramey told the crowd — plus a Facebook live audience of more than 1,300 pe...

Column: Angela Davis visits Pitt

Column: Angela Davis visits Pitt

By Henry Glitz / Opinions Editor

November 2, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

The first time Angela Davis was fired, race riots were rocking America, Ronald Reagan was governor of California and students at colleges across the country — including Pitt — were forming movements for black liberation. “I’m proud of the fact that I was fired by Ronald Reagan — but that’s a...

U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants PA REAL ID extension

U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants PA REAL ID extension

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

November 1, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security granted Pennsylvania an extension to comply with REAL ID requirements through fall 2018. The extension — granted Oct. 11 and in effect through Oct. 10, 2018 — means that during this time frame, all current Pennsylvania licenses and identification cards wi...

Pitt shoots for bigger basketball crowds

Pitt shoots for bigger basketball crowds

By Bailey Frisco | Staff Writer

November 1, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Tanisha Brown is a longtime college basketball fan — she started watching with her dad growing up. When she began attending Pitt, the Panthers quickly earned a place in her heart and her presence at the Petersen Events Center. “I really got into it when I came to Pitt,” Brown said. “I began root...

Preview: Women’s basketball a work in progress

Preview: Women’s basketball a work in progress

By Adin Link | Staff Writer

October 31, 2017


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

With the women’s basketball season approaching, this year’s Panther squad will feature experience and excitement as a squad of returning players and fresh faces prepare to make an impact. “I don’t look at us as being so young anymore because we do have the experience,” head coach Suzie M...

Preview: Men’s basketball building from the bottom

Preview: Men’s basketball building from the bottom

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

October 31, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

If life were like the movies, this year's Pitt men’s basketball team could sneak into March Madness and win the whole thing. But life isn’t a movie, and Pitt will be lucky to win 10 games. The Panthers’ second season with head coach Kevin Stallings as the leader will start with as much unc...

Amazon opens pickup location on Pitt’s campus

Amazon opens pickup location on Pitt’s campus

By Caroline Bourque | Assistant News Editor

October 31, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

A new Amazon pickup location opened on Pitt’s campus Tuesday. Located at 209 Oakland Ave. next to Crazy Mocha, Amazon@Pitt will allow customers to pick up or return their Amazon orders. Amazon Prime members will have free one-day pickup for millions of items and next-day arrival for orders placed be...

Hunting Pittsburgh’s haunted history

Hunting Pittsburgh’s haunted history

By Lexi Kennell and Rachel Glasser / Contributing Editors

October 31, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish if a person is drunk or possessed by a demon. At least that’s what TJ Porfeli, the co-owner and president of operations of Ghosts N’at Paranormal Adventures, said Saturday while speaking at the orientation for one of the company’s ghost hunts. “If anyo...

Eerie ensembles: College students craft costumes at home

Eerie ensembles: College students craft costumes at home

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer

October 31, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Students dressed up in outfits ranging from cartoon characters to sexy nuns walked to and from Sorrento’s and mingled in Oakland basements this weekend — but one student in particular stuck out from the group. Attracting attention with massive, floppy ears and a large trunk, Joey Valentino, a sophomo...

Event explores conflict over climate change

Event explores conflict over climate change

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

October 30, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Highlighting the existing political lines at Pitt was not what Samuel Ressin had in mind while planning his Polarization vs. the Planet event. Ressin — the president of the Climate Stewardship Society — said the event was supposed to showcase climate change and ways to show bipartisan support on the ...

Panthers pummel Virginia 31-14, extend winning streak

Panthers pummel Virginia 31-14, extend winning streak

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

October 28, 2017


Filed under Football, Top Stories

The Cavaliers lined up at the Panthers’ 1-yard line, prepared to close their deficit, but the Pitt defense held steady, effectively eradicating Virginia’s chance of winning. The Panthers stood victorious when the game ended, 31-14. “We focused on two major things today, running the ball and st...

Oakland victims robbed at gunpoint

Oakland victims robbed at gunpoint

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

October 28, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

Pitt police issued a crime alert after two suspects were involved in an armed robbery Friday night. Pitt and city police responded to the crime, which took place on the 300 block of Ophelia Street, Oct. 27, at 11:24 p.m. A black male approached the two victims and asked them where a party was, according...

Pitt procures state funding, ending tuition scare

Pitt procures state funding, ending tuition scare

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

October 26, 2017


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

Update: Gov. Tom Wolf signed the appropriation bill Friday, officially funding Pitt and the other state-related universities. The Pennsylvania General Assembly has passed an appropriation bill to fund Pitt, warding off the fear of a tuition hike — for now. The bill passed Wednesday by a margi...

Op-Ed: Chancellor Gallagher: Now’s the time for fossil fuel divestment

Op-Ed: Chancellor Gallagher: Now’s the time for fossil fuel divestment

By Fossil Free Pitt Coalition

October 26, 2017


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinions, Top Stories

Dear Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, At the Fall Sustainability Fair this October, Mayor Bill Peduto signed our petition demanding the University of Pittsburgh divest its holdings from fossil fuel companies, expressing his support as an alumnus and as the mayor of our city. This is consistent with ...

Football players Ford and Sear charged with disorderly conduct

Football players Ford and Sear charged with disorderly conduct

By John Hamilton | Managing Editor

October 26, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Paris Ford and Tyler Sear — first-year students on the Pitt football team — were charged with disorderly conduct after a fight in Sutherland Hall, according to Pitt police. The fight, first reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, occurred Oct. 17 at around 10 p.m. According to a criminal complaint obtained by the Post-Gazette, the two players "engaged in fighting behavior” with each ot...

Vidovich’s second season brings success to men’s soccer

Vidovich’s second season brings success to men’s soccer

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

October 26, 2017


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

The Pitt men’s soccer team only managed to score 12 goals in the entire season last year. This year, the team had 12 goals before October. Stats like these show how far the team has come in its second year with head coach Jay Vidovich, who has lead Pitt to an 8-8 record so far this season, with ...

Engineering the time warp again: Engineering Student Council puts on Rocky Horror Picture Show

Engineering the time warp again: Engineering Student Council puts on Rocky Horror Picture Show

By Amanda Finney | Staff Writer

October 26, 2017


Filed under News, Top Stories

It’s not every day Pitt students gather in a campus building to watch performers in lingerie. But on Wednesday night, a girl in a bright red wig and patent leather knee-high boots danced seductively onstage as a giant pair of red lips, projected on the screen behind her, sang the show’s opening ...

Social work dean steps down

Social work dean steps down

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

October 26, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s dean of the School of Social Work Larry E. Davis will step down at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year. Davis is the third University dean this year to announce he will step down in the spring. Swanson School of Engineering dean Gerald Holder and School of Law dean William M. Carter, Jr. annou...

Professor discusses gun violence with students

Professor discusses gun violence with students

By Xinyu Lu | For The Pitt News

October 24, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Richard Garland, an assistant professor of Public Health Practice at Pitt, has spent a total of 23 years incarcerated — almost two-thirds of his life. “Believe it or not, I have a real good relationship with law enforcement,” Garland said. “Never thought I’d say that.” Today, Garland w...

Zips hold Panthers to nil, 3-0

Zips hold Panthers to nil, 3-0

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

October 24, 2017


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

The Pitt men’s soccer team couldn’t manage a single goal Tuesday night, dropping a match to their out-of-conference neighbor to the west, No. 14 Akron, 3-0. The Panthers (8-8-0, 2-5-0 ACC) couldn’t keep up with the Zips (11-3-1, 2-1 MAC) in their second-to-last game of the regular season on...

Sigmas scrutinize race, masculinity

Sigmas scrutinize race, masculinity

By Sarah Frumkin | Staff Writer

October 24, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Gabby Yearwood said he tells people all the time he wasn’t born a feminist. Toxic forms of masculinity impacted his own life as a youth, he said. But going to college helped undo his preconceptions that cultural constructs had taught him — such as his aversion to gay people. “I was homopho...

Quick Zone decreases prices, extends hours

Quick Zone decreases prices, extends hours

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

October 24, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Quick Zone is extending its hours and dropping its prices after 7-Eleven closed Sept. 28. Panther Central announced Oct. 13 that Litchfield Towers Quick Zone would be extending its hours from a 24-hour, five-day-a-week schedule to 24 hours, seven days a week, beginning that day. “Do late-nig...

Panther spotlight: Darrin Hall, Alexander Dexter, Callie Frey

Panther spotlight: Darrin Hall, Alexander Dexter, Callie Frey

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

October 23, 2017


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

Fall sports at Pitt are in full swing, with several teams reaching the season’s midpoint. The Panthers have had a bevy of standout performers across all sports this season. Here are a few recent top student-athletes: Darrin Hall The Panthers football team earned their first ACC win of the season thi...

Poet connects race, culture with verse

Poet connects race, culture with verse

By Lauren Forsythe | Staff Writer

October 22, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The bumping and bouncing beat of rap music filled Nordy’s Place Saturday evening as students snapped and clapped along to live music and slam poetry. G Yamazawa rapidly spit lyrics rooted in personal stories about race and culture. “When you forget where you’re from, you truly become America...

Students wrestle with returning home

Students wrestle with returning home

By Nina Kneuer | Staff Writer

October 22, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Aarthi Pookot remembered her first moment of “reverse” culture shock when she returned home from spending a year abroad in Japan. Pookot — a first-year Japanese major — was at an airport in Atlanta, Georgia, and was trying to buy a hot chocolate while waiting for her connecting flight home. ...

Weekend sports: Panther soccer falters, while swimming and diving make a splash

Weekend sports: Panther soccer falters, while swimming and diving make a splash

By Kait French | Staff Writer

October 22, 2017


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

Swimming and diving The Panthers opened their home season this weekend as they hosted Virginia and Louisiana State in a two-day tri-meet at Trees Pool. The weekend opened up Friday with the divers taking to their boards to start off the meet. Senior diver Meme Sharp took fourth place on the 3...

Author advocates for immigrants

Author advocates for immigrants

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

October 20, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

From watching “Dennis the Menace,” “Beverly Hills, 90201” and “Saved by the Bell,” Julissa Arce’s American dream began at a young age. Growing up in Mexico, Arce watched American television shows with wonder and curiosity. She especially identified with Dennis from “Dennis the Me...

Pitt center Ilegomah may sit out this year because of NCAA rule

Pitt center Ilegomah may sit out this year because of NCAA rule

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Editor-in-Chief

October 19, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt basketball center Peace Ilegomah may be forced to sit out this year because of an NCAA rule limiting the number of years student-athletes can spend in high school. According to Sam Ferry, an assistant coach on the team, the NCAA has a rule that states players miss a year of eligibility if they...

Friday Fly: Hillman ground floor

Friday Fly: Hillman ground floor

By Maggie Koontz | Columnist

October 19, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

“Friday Fly” is a biweekly column dedicated to a fly on the wall’s perspective on campus spots and daily life here at Pitt. This is the first installment. Midterms have begun at the University of Pittsburgh’s campus in Oakland and Hillman Library, a focal study point for students, is busy for...

Students speak out about mental health

Students speak out about mental health

By Amanda Finney | Staff Writer

October 19, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Emiola Jay Oriola said he’s not native to writing poetry — and he didn’t used to like art — but in the eulogy he wrote for his father’s funeral, he found that a poem came out. “It was very brand new, so I started to cultivate it, seek God and ask ‘what is this?’ and more poetry cam...

Q&A with sole sisters: From course to track, Vlasics have each other’s back

Q&A with sole sisters: From course to track, Vlasics have each other’s back

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

October 18, 2017


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

Even though senior Melanie Vlasic is finishing up her final seasons with the women’s cross country and track and field teams, she has one particular teammate to look out for — her younger sister, Mikaela Vlasic. The Vlasic sisters hail from Hatfield, where they attended North Penn High School...

Teaching Aiden to aid: student trains service dog

Teaching Aiden to aid: student trains service dog

By Connor Wurst / For The Pitt News

October 18, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

Four legs, floppy ears and a wet nose don’t seem to be the usual description of someone who is equipped to help with disabilities, but in the case of Aiden the puppy, this description is just enough when paired with two years of training. Aiden, an almost 4-month-old black lab, is training with Emma Oa...

SGB continues to focus on state budget impasse

SGB continues to focus on state budget impasse

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

October 18, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Pennsylvania representatives “really got an earful” last week from Pitt students, Student Government Board President Max Kneis said at Tuesday’s meeting. SGB held a phone banking event last Wednesday to Friday outside the William Pitt Union. The event gave students the opportunity to call co...

Students disconnect to connect to people

Students disconnect to connect to people

By Lauren Forsythe | For The Pitt News

October 16, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Your social media activity can’t ever really be deleted, Kathleen Bracken learned in her computer science classes at Pitt. “Usually whenever you click the delete button it’s not actually taking the thing out of memory, it’s not like you take an eraser and you smear it out and it’s gone,” B...

New Pitt office to encourage communication across faiths

New Pitt office to encourage communication across faiths

By Sarah Frumkin | For The Pitt News

October 16, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Kyle Wyche was peacefully meditating in the prayer and relaxation room on the third floor of the William Pitt Union when a group of Muslim students walked in to pray. The junior ecology major struck up a conversation with one of the Muslim students afterward, who turned out to be as interested i...

Preparation pays off: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra plays Shostakovich

Preparation pays off: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra plays Shostakovich

By Joanna Li / For The Pitt News

October 16, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

World-renowned musicians clad in dark colors quickly filled 101 empty black chairs organized in a crescent shape on the stage. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra played their program “Shostakovich Triumphant” Sunday at Heinz Hall Downtown as part of their BNY Mellon Grand Classics series. Polish gue...

Native American author talks race, poverty, reading

Native American author talks race, poverty, reading

By Sid Lingala | For The Pitt News

October 15, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Sherman Alexie entertained an audience of fans Sunday as he talked about growing up with hydrocephalus, a condition where fluid builds up in the brain and swells the head. “My head is enormous and hypnotizing. I couldn’t wear a little league hat as a coach because my head's too big,” Alexie said. ...

Pitt, CMU researchers redevelop software for academic publishing

Pitt, CMU researchers redevelop software for academic publishing

By Sid Lingala | For The Pitt News

October 15, 2017


Filed under News, Tech Science, Top Stories

Benjamin Ogrodnik said he is often frustrated when traditional publication methods he uses are unable to include films and project methodology as part of the final product. “A finished article is just a really refined argument. The story is in the creation of it,” Ogrodnik said. “There is so m...

Alumni reflect on Cathedral’s youth

Alumni reflect on Cathedral’s youth

By Bailey Frisco | Staff Writer

October 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, Top Stories

As a child, Edward Murphy used to walk through the muddy construction site of the Cathedral of Learning on his way to Schenley Theater — the current site of Hillman Library — with his younger brother to watch movies. Murphy often wondered what the inside of the structure would look like, but he didn...

Pitt architect plans campus future

Pitt architect plans campus future

By Anna Bongardino | Contributing Editor

October 13, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Any Pitt student who has lived in Nordenberg or Panther Hall — or who has had class in Benedum or Salk Hall — can thank Canard Grigsby for planning and overseeing the execution of the buildings’ designs. Grigsby, the University architect, reviews almost all facilities management projects involving...

Take me back to the ballgame: Fans reflect on Forbes Field

Take me back to the ballgame: Fans reflect on Forbes Field

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

October 12, 2017


Filed under Sports Features, Top Stories

Where students now slouch in their seats, fans once sat on edge, moments away from witnessing a historic sports event on Oct. 13, 1960 — now dubbed Mazeroski Day. In game seven of the 1960 World Series, Pirate Bill Mazeroski came to the plate at the bottom of the ninth with the game tied at nine. On a 1-0 pitc...

Forget the Pete, hit the street: Pitt to play at Cathedral

Forget the Pete, hit the street: Pitt to play at Cathedral

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

October 11, 2017


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

The Pitt basketball teams are leaving the Pete behind Friday night, but for this spectacle they’re not travelling far. Migrating from upper campus to Bigelow Boulevard, the Panthers will be putting all of their skills on display under the lights outside the Cathedral of Learning. The men’s an...

Altered: Repurposed Pittsburgh Churches

Altered: Repurposed Pittsburgh Churches

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

October 11, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Top Stories

In most cities, a building with multi-colored, kaleidoscope glass and a rusting bell tower is unquestionably a church, but in Pittsburgh, it could be something much different — it could be a music venue, brewery, hookah bar or even a night club. Repurposed churches are all over Pittsburgh — from the Braddoc...

Ex-boyfriend suspected of killing Pitt student arrested in South Carolina

Ex-boyfriend suspected of killing Pitt student arrested in South Carolina

By Rachel Glasser and John Hamilton | The Pitt News Staff

October 11, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

The ex-boyfriend charged with homicide in the death of a Pitt student was arrested Wednesday in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Matthew Darby, 21, was charged with homicide Tuesday after his ex-girlfriend, Pitt junior Alina Sheykhet, was found dead in her Oakland apartment Sunday. Myrtle Beach police...

Dean speaks about student death at SGB meeting

Dean speaks about student death at SGB meeting

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

October 11, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

While it’s common at Student Government Board meetings to hear from students, Associate Dean of Students Steve Anderson took the opportunity to address the recent death of Pitt junior Alina Sheykhet at Tuesday night’s meeting. “I just wanted to obviously take a short minute here to acknowledge wha...

Students Cope with Invisible Illnesses

Students Cope with Invisible Illnesses

By Amanda Finney | Staff Writer

October 11, 2017


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Most people wouldn’t say walking with a cane is glamorous. But to Pitt grad student Jessica Benham, “it’s a fashion statement.” Sporting her bedazzled cane — black with sparkly rhinestones — Benham shows she is not ashamed of her connective tissue disorder. But she is quick to point o...

Attorney calls on Darby to turn himself in for questioning

Attorney calls on Darby to turn himself in for questioning

By John Hamilton | Managing Editor

October 10, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

David Shrager, the attorney of Matthew Darby — a 21-year-old for whom the police have obtained an arrest warrant in connection to the murder of a Pitt student — called for his client to turn himself in during a press conference Tuesday at noon. Latest: Police charge Darby with homicide Tuesday night] Shrager spoke to his client through members of the media gathered in his office, rea...

Swaying in solidarity: Point Park students dance for Las Vegas in wake of shooting

Swaying in solidarity: Point Park students dance for Las Vegas in wake of shooting

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

October 9, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

As the clock in Market Square reached 12:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, about 115 young adults dressed in jeans and white T-shirts began flowing in around the perimeter of the square, moving their arms and hands in a series of intricate and repeated gestures. “It’s a flash mob,” a man on a corner ...

Pitt Students Pitch Against the Clock

Pitt Students Pitch Against the Clock

By Madeline Gavatorta, Janine Faust and Caroline Bourque | The Pitt News Staff

October 9, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

In the corner of the O’Hara student lobby Saturday morning, Jacob Saletsky practiced his pitch for an app, stopping to listen to the critiques and suggestions of his teammates. “You speak too much on this slide,” Veysel Gokbel said. “Can I just — real quick — we never directly asked that...

Panthers’ secondary shows improvement in Syracuse loss

Panthers’ secondary shows improvement in Syracuse loss

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

October 9, 2017


Filed under Football, Top Stories

Pitt’s defense — particularly the secondary — has become an easy target for criticism during the last two years. There have been low moments, such as last year’s 37-36 loss at North Carolina and this year’s 59-21 loss to Oklahoma State, but in Saturday’s loss against Syracuse, the Pitt defense earned som...

Original Milano’s Pizza receives consumer alert for code violations

Original Milano’s Pizza receives consumer alert for code violations

By Janine Faust / Assistant News Editor

October 7, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Original Milano’s Pizza was issued a consumer alert from the Allegheny Health Department Friday for numerous code violations. Malfunctioning refrigeration, evidence of mice and a lack of soap at the handwashing sink were among the violations the health department found at the restaurant located on the 3600 b...

Susan Rice discusses U.N., Iran Deal

Susan Rice discusses U.N., Iran Deal

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

October 6, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The crowd burst out laughing when Susan Rice pointed out that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden talked at another Pitt Program Council event held last year. “That guy pissed— ruined a lot of my days,” Rice said. Rice — a former United Nations ambassador and national security advisor to the ...

Christensen concentrates on couples conflict

Christensen concentrates on couples conflict

By Sarah Frumkin | For The Pitt News

October 6, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Couples looking to get to the root of their problems may have found just the man to help them. Andrew Christensen — a professor from the University of California Los Angeles and a licensed clinical psychologist — shared his latest research on a method of couples therapy he developed at the Weste...

Poets and performers explore black futures

Poets and performers explore black futures

By Anna Bongardino | Contributing Editor

October 5, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Projected onto a screen behind the stage of the Frick Fine Arts building, images of demolition were overlaid with the slow motion image of a woman twirling in a bright blue skirt. Colors shifted from negatives to sepia tone to a washed-out golden color which reflected the clouds of dust and destruct...

Commission and community considers statue’s fate

Commission and community considers statue’s fate

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

October 5, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

At yesterday’s public hearing, three minutes wasn’t enough time for Marshall Goodwin to express his opinion about the Stephen Foster statue. After presenting his viewpoint, Goodwin — an on-and-off resident of Pittsburgh for 50 years who now resides in Schenley Park — asked multiple times...

Send nudes: student artist draws on body positivity

Send nudes: student artist draws on body positivity

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

October 4, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

Every couple of weeks, more than 100 people scroll through their Instagram feeds and see a penciled sketch of a woman’s body accompanied by a short description about body positivity by user takeback_thenude. Sarah Krause, a junior studying studio arts and social work, started something last May called The Nudity Project. The project involves Krause drawing nudes of women...

Pitt, Rainbow prep for Westboro protest

Pitt, Rainbow prep for Westboro protest

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

October 4, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

With the Westboro Baptist Church planning to protest on Pitt’s campus Thursday, the University and campus organizations are preparing. The WBC is known for its hateful speech against the LGBTQ+ community, Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Muslims, Jews and American soldiers. According to its onlin...

Pitt students minds at work, hearts at home

Pitt students minds at work, hearts at home

By Ellie Yoon | For The Pitt News

October 4, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Audrey Chen can’t help but feel a twinge of nostalgia every time she walks into the Subway on Forbes Avenue and sees how thin the sandwiches are. “Whenever I go to Subway — we also have the same store called Subway in Taiwan —  it makes me think about the difference in thickness,” she said...

Men’s soccer defeats no. 14 Columbia, 1-0, improves to winning record

Men’s soccer defeats no. 14 Columbia, 1-0, improves to winning record

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

October 3, 2017


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

The Pitt men’s soccer team won their second consecutive game against a ranked opponent on Tuesday night. The Panthers (6-5-0) shut out No. 14 Columbia 1-0, handing the Lions (5-1-2) their first loss of the season. The game was Pitt’s third win in a row after last week’s big wins over West Vir...

Pharmacy students told to the break rules

Pharmacy students told to the break rules

By Amanda Finney | For The Pitt News

October 2, 2017


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Students gathered in a lecture hall Monday night to hear a health care professional tell them to defy authority. Looking out at about 30 students assembled before her, Jesabel Rivera-Guerra summarized her entire talk in six words. “Life is short. Break the rules,” Rivera-Guerra said. Phi Lambda Sigma, Pitt...

Students talk cultural beauty perceptions

Students talk cultural beauty perceptions

By Bailey Frisco | For The Pitt News

October 2, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Maria Beniaminova said many Americans have an interest in big butts that people in her home country of Russia would find peculiar. “There is a small population [in Russia] that is into curvier women, but I think that has to do with the fact that Russia used to be the USSR, so there are people fro...

Thrival revival: fall music fest returns to Pittsburgh

Thrival revival: fall music fest returns to Pittsburgh

By Dieer Hu and Luke Stambaugh / For The Pitt News

October 2, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

“Here’s to my city!” Wiz Khalifa said to thousands of elated festivalgoers as the melody of his Pittsburgh Steelers-inspired anthem “Black and Yellow” began to play. The Pittsburgh native and award-winning rapper performed as headliner of the 2017 Thrival Innovation + Music Festival this week...

SGB hosts fair for student safety and wellness

SGB hosts fair for student safety and wellness

By Xinyu Lu | For The Pitt News

October 1, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Nicole Gormley was strolling out of the Cathedral when she saw people putting out fires on the Union lawn. With her interest piqued, the first-year English writing and communications major walked over and allowed a demonstrator to show her how to pick up an extinguisher, aim it at the base of the ...

Pitt students on wheels deliver meals

Pitt students on wheels deliver meals

By Caroline Bourque and Rachel Glasser | News Editors

September 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

On the first night of her new job, Harley McCain witnessed a high-speed car chase. “This big black SUV comes flying by at like 75 mph, and of course it’s a 25 mph street, and I’m like what the heck,” she said. “And I turn around ... like, what is happening. All these cop cars going flyi...

Reduce, reuse, recycle: Pitt community mitigates food waste

Reduce, reuse, recycle: Pitt community mitigates food waste

By Anna Bongardino | Contributing Editor

September 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Joe’s decision to dumpster dive for the first time was based on pure impulse. It helped that he wasn’t completely sober. “I wasn’t really looking for anything, I was a little bit drunk and I saw the dumpster and thought, ‘Hmm, I bet there’s some good stuff in there,’” he said. Jo...

Co-opportunity: Co-ops thrive in East Liberty

Co-opportunity: Co-ops thrive in East Liberty

By Marissa Perino / Staff Writer

September 28, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

At a farmers market in East Liberty, customers flock to stands lined with red-capped apple cider jugs and stacked wooden crates filled with fresh fruits and vegetables to cross grocery shopping off their to-do list for the week. In Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhood, two farmers market cooperatives ...

Pitt invites input for master plan

Pitt invites input for master plan

By Madeline Gavatorta / Staff Writer

September 28, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Jim Wehner started his first architectural internship focused on improving Pitt’s campus 25 years ago. Wehner, an architect specializing in institutional facilities and campus design at J-Way Architectural and father of two Pitt students, said this is Pitt’s first actual attempt to renovate ...

Gallagher discusses research and in-state students at trustees meeting

Gallagher discusses research and in-state students at trustees meeting

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

September 27, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s board of trustees meeting Wednesday began with an interruption. As Chairperson Eva Tansky Blum began her opening remarks, a protester stood in the William Pitt Union assembly room, shouting, “Shame on Pitt, stop cruel mouse testing.” The individual was immediately escorted out of the r...

City plans to expand smart signals to Oakland

City plans to expand smart signals to Oakland

By Sarah Frumkin | For The Pitt News

September 25, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

With the dozens of traffic lights and congestion, driving in Oakland can be frustrating and stressful. But every so often, you can time it perfectly and breeze down Forbes or Fifth Avenue, passing through a string of green lights. Stephen Smith, director of the Intelligent Coordination and Logistics Laboratory at...

‘Pitt Tonight’ remastered: Andrew Dow hosts season three premiere

‘Pitt Tonight’ remastered: Andrew Dow hosts season three premiere

By Luke Stambaugh / Staff Writer

September 25, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

“The bread here is incredible — you have to try some,” new Pitt Tonight host Andrew Dow said as he threw dinner rolls at the audience of the Charity Randall Theatre Sunday. Dow pretended he was on a date with the crowd at the season three premiere of “Pitt Tonight,” Pitt’s student-run late night show. Kicking off the episode with a monologue, Dow intro...

Henderson named ACC Specialist sixth time

Henderson named ACC Specialist sixth time

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Sports Editor

September 25, 2017


Filed under Football, Top Stories

Quadree Henderson was named the ACC Specialist of the Week following his standout performance against Georgia Tech — his sixth time receiving the honor in his Pitt career. This is the first time this season the junior wide receiver received the weekly specialist honor. His standout performance i...

Fall Fest fires up Bigelow

Fall Fest fires up Bigelow

By Joanna Li and Sarah Connor

September 25, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Large, green and decorated with white trim and orange circular designs, a Chinese dragon sat in the middle of the William Pitt Union on Saturday. One student held up the dragon’s head while another took the rear. The dragon danced to a quick drum beat, sidling up to the student spectators and ...

Pitt celebrates late professor’s life and work

Pitt celebrates late professor’s life and work

By Lauren Forsythe | For The Pitt News

September 25, 2017


Filed under Campus, Top Stories

Students studying on the ground floor of Hillman Library Saturday afternoon may have been a bit surprised to hear African drumming, poetry readings and the sounds of stamping feet and clapping hands coming from the Digital Scholarship Commons room. All this performing was in honor of Robert Johnson, a Pittsburgh...

Panthers’ gutless play calling continues to disappoint

Panthers’ gutless play calling continues to disappoint

By Abbot Zuk | Staff Writer

September 24, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Over the course of their three losses this season, the Panthers have surrendered more than 30 points in each matchup. It would be far too easy to pin the Panthers’ woes on the defense. This Saturday’s game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets was anything but a defensive farce, though. The...

Pitt-owned grocery store to replace 7-Eleven

Pitt-owned grocery store to replace 7-Eleven

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

September 21, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

A Pitt-owned grocery store will move into the 7-Eleven space on Forbes Avenue, University spokesperson Joe Miksch said Thursday. After confirmation from Miksch, The Pitt News reported Wednesday that 7-Eleven will close to make room for Pitt’s Oakland Bakery. He later said Thursday that the 7-Eleven isn’t being turned into just ...

Senate council commences academic year

Senate council commences academic year

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

September 21, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The University Senate Council kicked off its first meeting of the academic year in room 2700 of Posvar Hall by condemning the hatred that occurred in front of Litchfield Towers this past week. “[A university is] fundamentally a community where everyone has the right to belong to that community a...

Individuals rally to improve accessibility

Individuals rally to improve accessibility

By Caroline Bourque | Assistant News Editor

September 21, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Disability advocates crowded the sidewalk on the corner of Bigelow Boulevard and Forbes Avenue Wednesday, Sept. 20, to spread information on three key issues they want to reform. These three initiatives — distributed to passersby on multi-colored flyers — focused on problems with accessibility in ...

Water main break shuts down Cathedral of Learning

Water main break shuts down Cathedral of Learning

By The Pitt News Staff

September 18, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt evacuated the Cathedral of Learning at about 10 a.m. Monday morning after a water main break caused the first three floors and the lower level of the building to flood. The break originated from a fire suppression line on the third floor, according to Pitt spokesperson Joseph Miksch, causing...

Wasteland-scapes: Frick Fine Arts Building hosts environmentally-conscious art exhibits

Wasteland-scapes: Frick Fine Arts Building hosts environmentally-conscious art exhibits

By Prachi Patel / Staff Writer

September 18, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

Floorboards creaked as visitors shuffled around to get a closer view of the medley of landscapes, which included underwater photographs, silk Chinese scrolls depicting sloping mountains and an Inuit print of a sea-goddess. The University Art Gallery hosted a joint opening of two art exhibitions ...

Volleyball analysis: Error-prone Panthers struggle against top teams

Volleyball analysis: Error-prone Panthers struggle against top teams

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 18, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

After fighting their way back from a two-set deficit against No. 25 Iowa State, the Panthers held serve with a chance to win the volleyball match in the fifth set. In losing that point and eventually the match on Sept. 2., the team squandered a big win and fell to 1-3 on the season. Despite now holding...

Protesters address the baby elephant in the room

Protesters address the baby elephant in the room

By Amanda Finney and Remy Samuels | For The Pitt News

September 17, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

“Cruelty is Not Entertainment,” was the protesters’ creed. It was printed, along with the slogan “Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium Enslaves and Kills,” on the signs the protesters held as they stood outside the front entrance of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Protesters gathered outs...

Tailgate Guys company partners with Pitt

Tailgate Guys company partners with Pitt

By Jesse Madden | For The Pitt News

September 17, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Peng Su’s first time tailgating at a Pitt game consisted of the usual tailgate staples — KanJam, food and cornhole. But he found his favorite part about the pre-game tradition was the view he and his fellow tailgaters had from their position on the Great Lawn, the grassy area near Heinz Field bet...

Kings and queens captivate audience

Kings and queens captivate audience

By Nina Kneuer | For The Pitt News

September 17, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

A runway extended out from the William Pitt Union assembly room stage, lined with rainbow-colored Christmas lights and framed by chairs on either side. It was a setup fit for kings and queens — drag kings and queens, that is. The Office of First Year Experience and Pitt Rainbow Alliance presented Panther Dra...

Panthers Past and Present Produce Profit

Panthers Past and Present Produce Profit

By Anish Salvi | For The Pitt News

September 15, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Whether its crafting art or creating apps, Pitt students are finding ways to turn their passion projects into profit. For some, the track to success took unexpected turns through cadaver labs and art studios, while for others it was a matter of making life a little easier. Pitt seniors Brian Ama...

Creating careers: Pitt grads start their own businesses

Creating careers: Pitt grads start their own businesses

By Salina Pressimone / Staff Writer

September 14, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

On any weekend night on South Craig Street, passersby can hear the sounds of wails accompany the tune of pop songs emitted by the karaoke house on the corner. Wedged tight among Irish cuisine and artisan jewelry, KBox Karaoke’s dim purple curtains bring private karaoke culture to musically incline...

Q&A: Penny Semaia helps student-athletes attain success

Q&A: Penny Semaia helps student-athletes attain success

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

September 14, 2017


Filed under Sports Features, Top Stories

Standing at 6 feet 5 inches, Penny Semaia can seem like a pretty intimidating figure. But once Semaia starts talking, any intimidation falls away. He makes you feel welcome from the moment you shake his hand and exudes friendliness. It’s an infectious positivity many in the Pitt community have beco...

Films Challenge Existing Perspectives

Films Challenge Existing Perspectives

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

September 14, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The theater screen faded to black. Afterward there was no scuffling of feet, no whispers or laughter. Instead, the audience remained relatively quiet as several panelists took their seat at a table on the stage. Elizabeth Miller waited until after Gwen's Girls Executive Director and panel moderator...

‘Six a breast’: an exploration into the absurdities of womanhood

‘Six a breast’: an exploration into the absurdities of womanhood

By Connor Wurst / For The Pitt News

September 13, 2017


Filed under Culture, Theater, Top Stories

A woman — illuminated by a single spotlight and clad in a bathrobe, a towel wrapped around her head and a pale green face mask — stands alone on stage and releases an enraged scream. The opening scene of CorningWorks’ fall 2017 production “six a breast” launched a theater full of Pittsbur...

Pitt faculty, grads present political support for unions

Pitt faculty, grads present political support for unions

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

September 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

As grad students and faculty gathered outside Chancellor Patrick Gallagher’s door in the Cathedral of Learning Tuesday afternoon, a Pitt police officer cut a path to the front and addressed the crowd. “Who’s in charge here? Where’s your leader?” he asked the people clutching signs and came...

Pitt professors teach what they write

Pitt professors teach what they write

By Zoe Pawliczek | Staff Writer

September 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Few students enjoy buying textbooks for their classes, but Olivia Raymond was eager to  purchase her elementary statistics textbook last spring knowing its author would also be her professor. “I was happy because I figured that the class would closely follow the book, so the book would be more rel...

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