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Hokies crush Panthers’ bowl hopes, win 20-14

Hokies crush Panthers’ bowl hopes, win 20-14

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

November 18, 2017


Filed under Football, Top Stories

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

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

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

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

November 18, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories, Visual

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

Student renters raise the bar off-campus

Student renters raise the bar off-campus

By David Solomon and Olivia Kolesar | For The Pitt News

November 17, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Students scatter to study in green spaces

Students scatter to study in green spaces

By Joanna Li / Staff Writer

November 17, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

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

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

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

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer

November 17, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

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

Student arrested in Hillman

Student arrested in Hillman

By Janine Faust and Caroline Bourque | News Editors

November 16, 2017


Filed under Campus, Crime, News, Top Stories

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

Activist warns of cracker plant consequences

Activist warns of cracker plant consequences

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

November 16, 2017


Filed under Top Stories

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

Senate Council takes issue with proposed federal tax bill

Senate Council takes issue with proposed federal tax bill

By David Solomon | For The Pitt News

November 16, 2017


Filed under Top Stories

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

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

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

By Brian Salvato | For The Pitt News

November 16, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Student protestors stage Cathedral sit-in

Student protestors stage Cathedral sit-in

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

November 15, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

SGB plans to make diversity initiative permanent

SGB plans to make diversity initiative permanent

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

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

Club hosts series on dating violence

Club hosts series on dating violence

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

November 14, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

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

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

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

November 13, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Top Stories

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

Pitt alum potential CNN Hero of the Year for humanitarianism efforts

Pitt alum potential CNN Hero of the Year for humanitarianism efforts

By Anna Bongardino | Contributing Editor

November 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

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

Panel sheds light on refugee mental health

Panel sheds light on refugee mental health

By Amanda Finney | Staff Writer

November 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Panthers pen win over Penguins, 66-58

Panthers pen win over Penguins, 66-58

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

November 10, 2017


Filed under Top Stories, Women's Basketball

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

Law professor underscores reproductive rights

Law professor underscores reproductive rights

By Laura Howe | For The Pitt News

November 10, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Community questions Bigelow plan

Community questions Bigelow plan

By Madison Hook | For The Pitt News

November 10, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

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

Friday Fly: Cathedral Commons Room

Friday Fly: Cathedral Commons Room

By Maggie Koontz | Columnist

November 10, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

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

Student scores scholarship to start LGBTQ+ on campus

Student scores scholarship to start LGBTQ+ on campus

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

November 9, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Student dissatisfaction aired at Master Plan focus groups

Student dissatisfaction aired at Master Plan focus groups

By Elise Lavallee | Contributing Editor

November 9, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Katie Hazelton brings fighting spirit to Pitt diving

Katie Hazelton brings fighting spirit to Pitt diving

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

November 9, 2017


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

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

SGB calls Beeson “champion of student input”

SGB calls Beeson “champion of student input”

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

November 8, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

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

Students lament low voter turnout at local elections

Students lament low voter turnout at local elections

By Hannah Schneider, For The Pitt News

November 8, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

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

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

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Editor-in-chief

November 7, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

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

Election guide: Amendments and judgeships on the ballot

Election guide: Amendments and judgeships on the ballot

By Rachel Glasser / News Editor

November 7, 2017


Filed under News, Top Stories

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

Gubernatorial candidate gives take on economy, health care at Pitt

Gubernatorial candidate gives take on economy, health care at Pitt

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer

November 7, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Students simulate marginalized experiences

Students simulate marginalized experiences

By Elise Lavallee | Contributing Editor

November 7, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Historic Pittsburgh hosts fair at Carnegie Library

Historic Pittsburgh hosts fair at Carnegie Library

By Siddhi Shockey / For The Pitt News

November 6, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

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

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...

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