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

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

By Matt Moret / Contributing Editor

April 6, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

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

Interfaith stand-up duo unites students through comedy

Interfaith stand-up duo unites students through comedy

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

April 6, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Pitt Tonight announces Andrew Dow as new host

Pitt Tonight announces Andrew Dow as new host

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and John Hamilton / News Editors

April 6, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

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

Bigelow Bash preview

Bigelow Bash preview

By Caoline Bourque / Staff Writer

April 5, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Acrobats will juggle and flip alongside musicians and food truck vendors on Bigelow Boulevard Sunday as crowds take over the street at Bigelow Bash. Bigelow Boulevard will transform into a festival venue Sunday, April 9, beginning at 1 p.m., for Bigelow Bash — an annual concert and festival organiz...

SGB pushes reading day initiative

SGB pushes reading day initiative

By Nolan Roosa / Staff Writer

April 5, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

With only two meetings left in the semester, SGB made strides on Tuesday night to institute changes for the next academic school year, outlining future changes to the governing code and pushing their reading day proposal. Board member Rohit Anand proposed adding an extra reading day to give students...

Deaf activist, model shares experiences, advocates for inclusion

Deaf activist, model shares experiences, advocates for inclusion

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

April 4, 2017


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

When Nyle DiMarco was 24-years-old, a friend asked him if he ever wished he could hear. He immediately replied no. “I told him, ‘I have always been deaf. It is part of who I am,’” DiMarco said. “Why would I want to be any different?” This is the message the actor and model relayed ...

Organizers hope to build on inaugural pre-health summit

Organizers hope to build on inaugural pre-health summit

By Abhignya Mallepalli / Staff Writer

April 4, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

When a large number of students were having difficulty registering for organic chemistry labs in spring 2015, Rohit Anand, senior neuroscience and psychology major, realized just how many students at Pitt wanted to pursue a career in health. “Pitt is a pre-health school, not a pre-med school,” Anand s...

The Pitt News wins awards for advertising, marketing

The Pitt News wins awards for advertising, marketing

By John Hamilton / Assistant News Editor

April 4, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

College Media Business and Advertising Managers doled out nine awards to The Pitt News for excellence in business operations, marketing and promotions during the organization’s annual award ceremony Saturday. CMBAM’s annual awards ceremony recognizes excellence in business and advertising oper...

Magician, advocate takes the stage at the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival

Magician, advocate takes the stage at the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival

By Virginia Homan / For The Pitt News

April 4, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

In the back room of a small, almost hidden bar called St. Mary’s Lyceum in the North Side, tech crews scurried around making last minute lighting checks. Laughter and conversation from bar patrons and locals faded as a large door slid into place to separate the billiard room-turned-stage from ...

Students sing, dance in Greek Sing for charity

Students sing, dance in Greek Sing for charity

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

April 3, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Two Pitt Greek organizations were cursed by a mummy Friday night. Four were hypnotized by a voodoo queen and another four were imprisoned for third-degree murder. These events all transpired onstage during the annual Greek Sing competition, where 10 teams of fraternities and sororities took turns ...

Ralliers honor lost trans, black lives

Ralliers honor lost trans, black lives

By Rose Luder / Staff Writer

April 3, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Nearly two years after 28-year-old Sandra Bland died in jail, Alex Anderson from the West End held a sign with her image in front of the Pittsburgh City-County Building. He doesn’t want anyone to forget her story. Chicago native Bland died in a Texas jail three days after she was arrested for a min...

Interactive crime map: March 23 – March 30

Interactive crime map: March 23 – March 30

By The Pitt News Staff

April 2, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

March 23 12:10 p.m. Ruskin Hall 120 Ruskin Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213: Pitt police cited two students for marijuana/disorderly conduct. 11:43 a.m. Music Building 4337 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213: Pitt police responded to a report of a criminal mischief. An investigation is pending. March 24...

Doctors organized march for affordable health care

Doctors organized march for affordable health care

By Zoe Pawliczek / Staff Writer

April 2, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

A horde of people in white lab coats marched around the Cathedral of Learning Saturday afternoon, but not to provide medical advice. In a national climate dominated by debate about health care policy, the 50-person group was just one faction of the nationwide March for Health — a movement for equitable...

D.C. insider shares advice with students

D.C. insider shares advice with students

By Zoe Pawliczek / Staff Writer

March 31, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

As is often the case with college graduates’ introductions to politics, Nick Tabor’s was more of a crash course — short, full of variety and unexpected. At this semester’s Panthers in Politics seminar, the former senior policy advisor for the National Economic Council shared advice for cur...

Panel discusses journalism in the Trump Era

Panel discusses journalism in the Trump Era

By Abhignya Mallepalli / Staff Writer

March 31, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Five renowned political journalists sat down under Alumni Hall’s dim lights Thursday night to discuss their most recent and controversial challenge: President Donald Trump. More than 150 people were gathered in the seventh-floor auditorium to learn about journalism’s revival — and attacks on it...

Pitt wraps up eighth RecycleMania

Pitt wraps up eighth RecycleMania

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

March 30, 2017


Filed under Campus, Top Stories

Some students walking through the parking lot between the William Pitt Union and Towers Patio Wednesday morning said they thought they were witnessing a remake of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” A cobalt blue tarp was set up under the cloudless sky, and students in white puffy Tyvek jumpsuit...

Paid parental leave extended to Pitt staff

Paid parental leave extended to Pitt staff

By John Hamilton / Assistant News Editor

March 30, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

The University announced the first paid parental leave program for staff on Wednesday, providing four consecutive weeks of paid leave to new mothers and fathers. The new benefit, which is available to benefits-eligible staff members, allows parents to take four weeks of paid leave during the 12 months f...

Panthers slam state rival Nittany Lions, 7-1

Panthers slam state rival Nittany Lions, 7-1

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 29, 2017


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

With the rival Penn State Nittany Lions in town and bragging rights on the line, the Pitt softball team left no doubt about who the best softball team in the state is Wednesday night. The Panthers (17-13) climbed out of an early 1-0 hole with seven unanswered runs in a 7-1 victory against the Nitta...

Ladies of steel: Sorority group address female self-esteem

Ladies of steel: Sorority group address female self-esteem

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

March 29, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Glance at the cover of “Glamour” or “Cosmo” magazines, and chances are your eyes will meet the baby blues or emerald greens of a smirking model with flawless skin. Her face is smooth and airbrushed, her every imperfection obscured with foundation and Photoshop. But when that model looks in t...

SGB town hall sees low turnout

SGB town hall sees low turnout

By Nolan Roosa / Staff Writer

March 29, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Student Government Board’s monthly town hall lasted only 15 minutes Tuesday night, a change from the typical hour-long meeting. Nordy’s Place was nearly empty while board members reminded the few attendees to apply for SGB committee positions for the upcoming year. SGB’s town-hall-style meetin...

Alma mater honors Bonner with leadership award

Alma mater honors Bonner with leadership award

By John Hamilton / Assistant News Editor

March 29, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Washington & Jefferson College honored 1994 grad Kenyon Bonner Tuesday night for the leadership he’s displayed in his 13 years at Pitt. Bonner, Pitt’s vice provost and dean of students, received the Maurice Cleveland Waltersdorf Award, given to W&J students and alumni who have the demonstrated ...

Interactive crime map: March 17 – 23

Interactive crime map: March 17 – 23

By The Pitt News Staff

March 27, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

March 17 7:54 a.m. Clapp Hall, 4249 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Pitt police responded to a report of a stolen laptop. An investigation is pending. 11:42 a.m. Trees Hall, 140 Allequippa St., Pittsburgh, PA 15261. Pitt police responded to a report of a criminal mischief. An investigation is ...

Pride Week 2017 preview

Pride Week 2017 preview

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / The Pitt News Staff

March 27, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

While the streets of downtown Pittsburgh won’t be covered in rainbow flags until June, Pitt’s Rainbow Alliance will host its own pride week March 27 to 31. Many cities celebrate LGBTQ+ pride during June, but in order to engage students earlier, the Rainbow Alliance decided to host a week of progr...

Students get their zen on at mindfulness fair

Students get their zen on at mindfulness fair

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

March 27, 2017


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Following the instructor’s lead Saturday, a group of students on yoga mats on the second floor of the University Club breathed deeply as they assumed happy baby and downward facing dog poses in unison. The assembled yogis transitioned into tree pose, poised with one foot rooted on the ground and the othe...

Peduto discusses hot topics with students

Peduto discusses hot topics with students

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

March 24, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Mayor Bill Peduto spoke to representatives from the Pittsburgh Student Government Council about the issues that impact them Thursday night, addressing immigration, harassment and a changing Pittsburgh. The council’s representatives are from 10 Pittsburgh higher education institutions, including P...

PGH companies present at robotics event

PGH companies present at robotics event

By Maggie Medoff / Staff Writer

March 24, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

At the Pittsburgh Athletic Association Thursday night, tables lined the room’s perimeter with computer screens flashing color displays, peregrine lander and rover models and panels of sound, light and distance sensors. More than 100 locals attended Pittsburgh Presents Robotics, an event hosted by Cohe...

Pitt’s Senate Council analyzes effects of federal budget cuts

Pitt’s Senate Council analyzes effects of federal budget cuts

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

March 23, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s University Senate Council discussed benefits for adjunct professors and threats to government research funding at its monthly meeting Wednesday afternoon. Chancellor Patrick Gallagher opened the council with a short speech discussing the budget proposed by President Donald Trump last Thursday...

Locals respond to bus rapid transit, land trust

Locals respond to bus rapid transit, land trust

By Rose Luder / Staff Writer

March 23, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

After introducing new routes for the Bus Rapid Transit, the Pittsburgh Port Authority approached locals at the Oakland Planning and Development Corporation town hall meeting for their opinion. About 30 local Pittsburgh residents attended the OPDC town hall meeting at the Oakland Career Center Wedne...

Carnegie Museums explore humanity’s impact on earth’s crust

Carnegie Museums explore humanity’s impact on earth’s crust

By Prachi Patel and Taylor Pecarchik / For The Pitt News

March 22, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Movies, Top Stories

It’s become commonplace to talk about climate change, species endangerment and the impact of humanity on the earth. But that impact has become so large that some geologists are proposing we’ve changed the very rock beneath our feet. To explore this possibility, the Carnegie Museums are pre...

Leslie Jones brings the laughs

Leslie Jones brings the laughs

By Zoe Pawliczek / Staff Writer

March 22, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Leaning back on her stool with her legs spread, pretending to take a nude photo of herself, comedian Leslie Jones couldn’t stop cracking herself up. “Make sure that you have the right lighting [and] the right angle — make sure you don’t do it from above,” Jones told the crowd of more tha...

Peduto declares day of solidarity with immigrant residents

Peduto declares day of solidarity with immigrant residents

By Ash Sivaganesh / News Editor

March 22, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Joining in national trends, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto declared Tuesday the Cities’ Immigration Day of Action — a declaration of solidarity with immigrant families around the city and nation. The U.S. Conference of Mayors organized the mostly-symbolic event, which included several cities across...

Ta-Nehisi Coates inspires young writers at packed event

Ta-Nehisi Coates inspires young writers at packed event

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

March 20, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

With a packed crowd spread out in front of him in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room  Monday night, award-winning journalist and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates picked a raised hand. The hand belonged to a professor, who said her class had finished his most famous work, “Between the World and Me,” and...

Controlled chaos: exploring Oakland’s house show culture

Controlled chaos: exploring Oakland’s house show culture

By Dan Day / For The Pitt News

March 20, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

On weekend nights and weekday evenings, musicians across the city set up their instruments and step up to the microphone, flanked by eager crowds of modern groupies and casual fans. But a growing number of students and Oakland residents are skipping concerts at Stage AE and the Petersen Events Ce...

Wavering weather causes climate concerns

Wavering weather causes climate concerns

By Maggie Medoff / For The Pitt News

March 20, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Linh Le, a first-year finance major from Garden City, Kansas, is used to the high-hitting winds of the Great Plains, not wearing crop tops in the middle of a Pittsburgh winter. “I expected it to be much colder moving up north, but based on what the locals say, the last couple winters have been a ...

Pitt Tonight shines spotlight on Women’s Empowerment Week

Pitt Tonight shines spotlight on Women’s Empowerment Week

By Emily Suruda / Staff Writer

March 20, 2017


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

Student Government Board Vice President Sydney Harper is awestruck when she thinks about the women who have come before her and left behind inspirational legacies. On Sunday’s women empowerment-themed episode of Pitt Tonight, Harper reeled off numerous names — from her ultimate inspiration, Ha...

Doyle hosts healthcare town hall meeting

Doyle hosts healthcare town hall meeting

By Nolan Roosa / Staff Writer

March 20, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

In light of the proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., turned his attention to the people for input Saturday. More than 500 people — many of them constituents of the 14th Congressional District, encompassing Pittsburgh and some its suburbs — gathered at the Soldi...

Thriftsburgh celebrates second birthday

Thriftsburgh celebrates second birthday

By Zoe Pawliczek / Staff Writer

March 20, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Though sophomore Vanessa Colihan waited outside the O’Hara Student Center Friday morning for the University of Thriftsburgh’s second birthday celebration to begin, she wasn’t shopping for a new outfit. “I was specifically looking for cotton t-shirts. It’s easy to cut them into yarn and cro...

In wake of AHCA, public health professionals discuss bill

In wake of AHCA, public health professionals discuss bill

By Rose Luder / For The Pitt News

March 17, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Chief legal officer at UPMC Sheryl Kashuba drew laughs from a full audience — including Chancellor Patrick Gallagher in the front row — as soon as she began her part of a discussion on health care Thursday afternoon. “First let me say what weird times we’re living in when you’ve packed the roo...

Pitt remembers Dr. Thomas E. Starzl

Pitt remembers Dr. Thomas E. Starzl

By Grant Burgman / Staff Writer

March 17, 2017


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Although Dr. Thomas E. Starzl is known in the Pitt medical community for his contributions to the organ transplant field, his grandson Ravi Starzl knows him as an ice cream connoisseur. The elder Starzl was such a fan of ice cream that he would frequently eat it for dinner, his grandson said. He was ...

PPA shares parking permit plan at Oakwatch meeting

PPA shares parking permit plan at Oakwatch meeting

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

March 16, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh Parking Authority is implementing a new digitalized parking system, rather than using sticker parking permits, as early as May 1. John Fournier, director of enforcement and residential permit parking from the Pittsburgh Parking Authority, made the announcement at the monthly Oakwatch: the ...

Pitt professor lectures on climate change, refugees

Pitt professor lectures on climate change, refugees

By Zoe Pawliczek and Rose Luder / The Pitt News Staff

March 16, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

When Pitt political science professor Iza Ding developed a cough while researching in China, her students joked her lungs were too “Westernized.” Ding, who researches global and regional environmentalism in Eastern Asia and Central and Eastern Europe, said people in China, who deal with worse ...

Four Pitt wrestlers begin quests for NCAA titles

Four Pitt wrestlers begin quests for NCAA titles

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 15, 2017


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

It’s been nearly a decade since Keith Gavin took home the Pitt wrestling team’s most recent individual title at the 2008 NCAA Championships in St. Louis. The annual tournament returns to the Scottrade Center this year, where Gavin reached the pinnacle of the sport by capturing the 174-pound nat...

Pitt eliminates CGS associate dean position

Pitt eliminates CGS associate dean position

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and Amanda Reed / The Pitt News Staff

March 15, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Without a public announcement about upcoming organizational changes to the College of General Studies, former associate dean Cristina Ruggiero left the position in February. Pitt spokesperson Joe Miksch said her departure was the result of “pending organizational changes” that have eliminated th...

Allegheny jurors to decide Bill Cosby case

Allegheny jurors to decide Bill Cosby case

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

March 15, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The state Supreme Court ruled Monday that jurors from Allegheny County will be making a decision in the sexual assault case against comedian Bill Cosby set to take place in Philadelphia this June. Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault after being accused of drugging and...

Sophomore guard Crisshawn Clark plans to transfer from Pitt

Sophomore guard Crisshawn Clark plans to transfer from Pitt

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Only one of the three members of the Pitt men’s basketball team’s 2016 recruiting class remains, as sophomore Crisshawn Clark announced his intention to transfer next season. Following head coach Kevin Stallings’ dismissal of point guard Justice Kithcart prior to the team’s regular season f...

Next year will be turning point for Panthers’ program after lost season

Next year will be turning point for Panthers’ program after lost season

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Now that we know the season is over for Pitt’s men’s basketball team — with no postseason appearance and no winning record for the first time in 17 years — one question remains. Where do the Panthers go from here? Some have called for the axing of head coach Kevin Stallings after just one year on...

Pitt women’s basketball team maintains status quo in 2016-17 season

Pitt women’s basketball team maintains status quo in 2016-17 season

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

March 14, 2017


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Around the time North Carolina guard Jamie Cherry buried her fifth 3-pointer of the game in the first round of the 2017 ACC Tournament, the Pitt women’s basketball team was starting to realize its season was over. The Panthers ended the regular season with a 13-16 overall record and a 4-12 record...

Peduto reveals $1 million plan for lead filters

Peduto reveals $1 million plan for lead filters

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

March 13, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Mayor Bill Peduto announced Wednesday that the city will invest $1 million to address concerns of high lead levels in Pittsburgh residents’ water. The city, in conjunction with Peoples Natural Gas Company and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, will invest the money to equip PWSA customers with ...

In case you missed it: Spring break

In case you missed it: Spring break

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy and Amanda Reed / The Pitt News Staff

March 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

  March 4 Pitches & Tones, a co-ed a cappella group at Pitt, placed second out of nine groups at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Central Quarterfinal at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall Saturday. The Carnegie Mellon Treblemakers placed first in the competition. Pi...

Interactive crime map Feb. 24 – March 7

Interactive crime map Feb. 24 – March 7

By The Pitt News Staff

March 13, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

Feb. 24 12:55 p.m. Victoria Hall, 3500 Victoria St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police responded to a report of a fire panel that was tampered with. An investigation is pending. 5:01 p.m. 3800 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police cited a student for underage drinking and public drunkenne...

The Pitt News wins Student Keystone Press Awards

The Pitt News wins Student Keystone Press Awards

By The Pitt News Staff

March 12, 2017


Filed under News, Top Stories

The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association awarded The Pitt News top prizes and honorable mentions Tuesday for seven stories and visual pieces published in 2016. The PNA’s 2017 Student Keystone Press Awards recognizes “high school and college journalism that provides relevance, integrity and initiati...

Union Project hosts diversity training for Muslim allies

Union Project hosts diversity training for Muslim allies

By Abhignya Mallepalli / For The Pitt News

March 3, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Under cream-white arches adorned with lanterns and silk, about 50 people wearing name tags with their preferred pronouns greeted familiar friends as they prepared to learn about being an ally to their Muslim friends, neighbors or anyone in the Pittsburgh area. The crowd gathered at the Union Project in S...

Pitt alum offers legal advice for cannabis industry

Pitt alum offers legal advice for cannabis industry

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

March 3, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt alumna Sarah Carlins is making Pennsylvania a little greener, one court case at a time. As chair of Houston Harbaugh’s Health Care Law Department in Pittsburgh, Carlins provides legal counsel and representation to business owners, patients, employees and shareholders in the medical cannabis i...

Vegan collective brings new dishes to Market menu

Vegan collective brings new dishes to Market menu

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

March 2, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

A group of six students gathered in Market Central Wednesday night, not for a chicken patty or stir-fry bowl, but for a conversation with the chefs. The students came for the second meeting of the Vegan and Vegetarian Collective, a group of Pitt students as well as Pitt Dining and Sodexo staff dedic...

Cats and coffee: Pittsburgh joins growing trend

Cats and coffee: Pittsburgh joins growing trend

By Noah Coco / Staff Writer

March 2, 2017


Filed under Culture, Food & Drink, Top Stories

When Amy Leone and her daughter, of South Fayette Township, sat down Saturday morning to sip coffee and eat a fresh chocolate chip cookie, they were waiting for something more than the typical Starbucks experience. Leone and her daughter were eagerly anticipating their 11 a.m. reservation to lounge with ...

Q&A: Tommy Emmanuel on music and memories

Q&A: Tommy Emmanuel on music and memories

By Emily Brindley / Culture Editor

March 2, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Tommy Emmanuel picked up his first guitar at four years old — and has spent the rest of his life with a guitar in hand. Emmanuel, a 61-year-old Australian guitarist, has played on stages around the world, from Poland to Italy to Russia. As part of his U.S. tour, Emmanuel played at the Byham Thea...

Film series highlights Latin American culture

Film series highlights Latin American culture

By Max Datner / Staff Writer

March 1, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

A Brazilian boy, through tears, told his on-screen caretaker in Portuguese how much he missed his mother. While watching him, a crowd of about 65 students and faculty sipped soda and took notes as English subtitles of his words crop up on a projected screen in Parran Hall Tuesday. The audience gat...

SGB town hall meeting turnout low after recent election

SGB town hall meeting turnout low after recent election

By Nolan Roosa / Staff Writer

March 1, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

All of the candidates for Student Government Board president this year — including President-elect Max Kneis — considered town hall style meetings as part of the solution to engaging students in SGB. The two town halls that have already taken place in Nordy’s Place might give next year’s b...

Students speed learn uncommon languages

Students speed learn uncommon languages

By Zoe Pawliczek / Staff Writer

February 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Junior Desislava Iolova knows seven languages, but wanted to learn more Monday night — at least as many new words as she could in 15 minutes. “I love learning languages, but I’m focusing on my major, so I have to learn them in my free time at events like these,” Iolova, an electrical enginee...

Pitt bike co-op aims to meet needs of cyclists

Pitt bike co-op aims to meet needs of cyclists

By Maggie Medoff / For The Pitt News

February 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

After two years of racing and repairing bikes and a slew of leisurely Sunday brunch-and-rides, Kimmy Dinh and five of her friends decided to shift gears. After Dinh, a senior biological science major, and her five cohorts — Sinjon Bartel, Hana Swift, Lora Matway, Ang Urban and Naomi Anderson — form...

Pitt pharmacy extends reach in the community

Pitt pharmacy extends reach in the community

By Emily Suruda / Staff Writer

February 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Second-year pharmacy students Olivia Berger, Josh Zimardo and Chris Randall spent two hours in mid-February asking strangers about their daily routines. Specifically, the students wanted to know how often customers were taking their medicine: Do you ever forget to take your medications? Do you ev...

Interactive Crime Map Feb. 17 – Feb. 24

Interactive Crime Map Feb. 17 – Feb. 24

By The Pitt News Staff

February 27, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

Feb. 17 12:03 p.m. South Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police assisted city police with a sexual assault report at a private residence. Feb. 18 12:08 a.m. 100 Atwood Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police cited a student for public urination. 12:39 a.m. Forbes Avenue and Atwood St...

Local activists host protester workshop

Local activists host protester workshop

By Zoe Pawliczek / Staff Writer

February 27, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Surrounded by portraits of famous intersectional activists and posters quoting their hopes for the future, community members gathered Saturday for the Pittsburgh Fight Back 101 Workshop and Community Meeting. More than 100 new and experienced activists participated in interactive workshops and collaborative dis...

Welch adds policy to platform during third public rally

Welch adds policy to platform during third public rally

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

February 27, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Firing up a crowd of 35 in a Salvation Army gymnasium in Pittsburgh’s West End Saturday, Rev. Richard Freeman wanted to make one point clear about his friend and mayoral candidate, Rev. John Welch. "John C. Welch is not running against Bill Peduto," Freeman said. "John C. Welch is running for you....

Islamic Center: Investigate motivations in Beltzhoover beating

Islamic Center: Investigate motivations in Beltzhoover beating

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

February 24, 2017


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

A member of the Somali Bantu community in Pittsburgh was found in critical condition, beaten and potentially robbed in Beltzhoover at about 5 a.m. Tuesday morning in what the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh thinks could have been a hate crime. The man, a cab driver of about 30 years old, was going to...

Maggie Nelson reads work on identity, freedom

Maggie Nelson reads work on identity, freedom

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

February 24, 2017


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

In a rare reading for the established poet and essayist, Maggie Nelson chose to share an unfinished piece of writing with the audience gathered in Frick Fine Arts Auditorium Thursday night. The nameless piece revolved broadly around freedom and touched on politics, identity and race — but largely dis...

Finals and folk music: Pitt professors jam out

Finals and folk music: Pitt professors jam out

By Caroline Bourque / Staff Writer

February 23, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

The acoustic sound of Patsy Cline’s slow-burner ballad, “She’s Got You,” filtered back from the stage to the brick walls of Biddle’s Escape in Wilkinsburg. An older couple slow danced in the only open space in the packed coffeehouse, while the rest of the 50-person audience cradled steaming...

Actively Moving Forward: grieving students form support group

Actively Moving Forward: grieving students form support group

By Max Datner / Staff Writer

February 22, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Halfway through her first semester at Pitt, Selaam Araya’s college experience came to an abrupt halt.   Araya’s father, 65, died of an unknown medical cause, and she traveled to Asmara, Eritrea — 6,991 miles away — for the burial. When she returned for the beginning of the spring semester a mont...

Pittsburghers demand Toomey town hall meeting

Pittsburghers demand Toomey town hall meeting

By John Hamilton / Contributing Editor

February 22, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

A cardboard cutout of Sen. Pat Toomey stood in place of the actual politician at a makeshift town hall in Station Square Tuesday. Frustrated with Toomey’s decision to not hold a town hall over congressional recess, about 250 Pittsburghers held their own town hall as the latest installment of Tu...

Pitt faculty talks immigration policy changes, DACA

Pitt faculty talks immigration policy changes, DACA

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

February 21, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

University administrators gathered in a closed-door meeting in the Barco Law Building Monday afternoon to discuss immigration. Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, Provost Patricia E. Beeson and about 50 other Pitt faculty members met in the Alcoa room of the law building to discuss former-President Bara...

Students share experiences intersectional experiences, discuss feminism, religion, race

Students share experiences intersectional experiences, discuss feminism, religion, race

By MarySandra Do / Staff Writer

February 21, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

After scrawling words like “empowerment” and “equality and opportunity” on colorful sticky notes, students stuck them to a large blank sheet of paper in Dining Room B of the Union Monday. The prompt that elicited these responses: “What is feminism to you?” About 12 students attende...

From Pitt to Hollywood: Eugene Garcia-Cross

From Pitt to Hollywood: Eugene Garcia-Cross

By Kelechi Urama / Staff Writer

February 21, 2017


Filed under Culture, Television, Top Stories

Eugene Garcia-Cross was one of us just over a decade ago: holed up in the Cathedral of Learning and studying for exams. “The Cathedral was the center of my universe,” said the Pitt alum, who graduated in 1999 with a degree in history and English, and completed his MFA in creative writing in 2...

Editorial: The Pitt News endorses Justin Horowitz for Student Government Board President

Editorial: The Pitt News endorses Justin Horowitz for Student Government Board President

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 20, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Top Stories

In brief, the points in Horowitz campaign that we liked the most included: Expanding the Assembly and instituting open forum meetings at least once a month An emphasis on reaching out to students and organizations to get them involved in SGB Utilizing RA’s, a monthly newsletter and CampusCo...

Trump protesters march twice over weekend

Trump protesters march twice over weekend

By Elias Rappaport and Andrew O'Brien / The Pitt News Staff

February 20, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News, Top Stories

President Donald Trump may have taken office a full month ago, but his detractors haven’t lost any of the passion they showed on inauguration day. Marching to the beat of drums, hundreds of protesters rallied around causes ranging from immigrant rights to the environment and vocally opposed Trump Sat...

Interactive crime map Feb. 10 – Feb. 15

Interactive crime map Feb. 10 – Feb. 15

By The Pitt News Staff

February 20, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, Crime, News, Top Stories

Feb. 10 4:03 p.m. Sutherland Hall, 3725 Sutherland Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police arrested a student on charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. 4:51 p.m. Peterson Events Center, 3719 Terrace St., Pittsburgh, PA 15261. Pitt police responded to a report of harass...

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to audit PWSA

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to audit PWSA

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

February 17, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced Thursday that he and his staff have started taking measures to perform an audit on the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. After a water scare Feb. 1 and months of speculation over lead in the Pittsburgh water system, Mayor Bill Peduto requested Feb. ...

Pitt revises faculty, student relationship policy

Pitt revises faculty, student relationship policy

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Managing Editor

February 17, 2017


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Faculty Assembly approved a revision to its consensual relationship policy Tuesday that now bans students from engaging in relationships with faculty or staff who are or could be in a position of supervision over them. The assembly voted to include staff members in the policy — which includ...

Las Palmas closes today, protests Trump

Las Palmas closes today, protests Trump

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

February 16, 2017


Filed under City, National News, News, Top Stories

Las Palmas Restaurante will close up shop today, along with Mexican restaurants across the country as part of the “Day Without Immigrants” national protest against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. The restaurant posted a handwritten sign at its Beechview location Wednesday informing...

Peduto issues 5 executive orders to promote affordable housing

Peduto issues 5 executive orders to promote affordable housing

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

February 16, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Mayor Bill Peduto signed five executive orders Tuesday and Wednesday to improve affordable housing options and conditions in Pittsburgh. After nine months of consideration, Peduto’s Affordable Housing Task Force came up with a final set of recommendations Thursday, which formed the basis for Peduto’s orders. "My administration is committed...

Spelling bee play takes students back to middle school

Spelling bee play takes students back to middle school

By Matt Maielli / Senior Staff Writer

February 15, 2017


Filed under Culture, Theater, Top Stories

You don’t need to know how to spell “dramaturgy” to see the theatre department’s newest play — but it would probably help. While some of the vocabulary may require a college reading level, the actors in Pitt Stages’ current production ask viewers to think back to a time when even the m...

SGB discusses plan for new matching fund program

SGB discusses plan for new matching fund program

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

February 15, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

Continuing the success of past “Year of Diversity” and “Year of the Humanities” matching funds programs, SGB is working alongside a University committee to promote similar programs with an eye toward championing the humanities. According to board member Joseph Kannarkat, the humanities commi...

New blood test aids Pitt Alzheimer’s research

New blood test aids Pitt Alzheimer’s research

By Alexis Carter / Staff Writer

February 15, 2017


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

With a new blood test, Pitt researchers are hoping to determine whether the content of someone’s blood could indicate if their learning and memory abilities are in danger of diminishing. In a recent study, Pitt researchers Oscar Lopez and James Becker — in collaboration with researchers from the ...

Pitt students find love across the political party line

Pitt students find love across the political party line

By MarySandra Do / Staff Writer

February 14, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Chris Montgomery and Emily Loeffelholz have been dating for 11 months, but it almost ended seven months in when the topic of global warming came up. “I think it was my fault for sure. It was kind of a warm day or something like that,” Montgomery said. The two initially bonded over shared int...

Q&A: Asami_fox talks about safe BDSM practices

Q&A: Asami_fox talks about safe BDSM practices

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

February 14, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Note: The Pitt News is using Asami_fox’s online fetish name for privacy reasons. When Asami_fox of Swissvale was a senior in college, she was interested in the BDSM scene but didn’t know how — or who — to talk to about her burgeoning interest. Five years later, the 27-year-old now teach...

Enough love to go around: polyamory in Pittsburgh

Enough love to go around: polyamory in Pittsburgh

By Virginia Homan / For The Pitt News

February 14, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

When traditional monogamy failed Jessica Saunders, she looked for something different. When she realized that, for her, there is no perfect match between two people, Saunders turned instead to polyamory — the practice of being romantically or sexually involved in multiple relationships at a time....

Brunch and big ideas: Bookstore raises funds for arrested protesters

Brunch and big ideas: Bookstore raises funds for arrested protesters

By Max Datner / Staff Writer

February 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Supporters of anti-fascist protests gathered at the Big Idea Bookstore in Bloomfield Sunday not for a book signing or a poetry reading, but for brunch.   The store — also home to an in-house café — has been holding brunches since October to contribute to the legal fees of locals arrested while pr...

Interactive Crime Map Feb. 3 – Feb. 9

By The Pitt News Staff

February 13, 2017


Filed under Crime, News, Top Stories

Feb. 3 12:52 a.m. Clapp Hall 4249 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Pitt police responded to a report of a missing laptop. An investigation is pending. 3:56 p.m. Wellness Center 119 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Pitt police responded to a report of a counterfeit $20 bill. 8:02...

Pitt Musicians Take Talents Abroad

Pitt Musicians Take Talents Abroad

By Maggie Medoff / For the Pitt News

February 10, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

As the cauldrons of traditional Roma goulash boiled at a picnic in a southeast Hungarian village, local keyboard players improvised new melodies. In that town, called Vegegyhaza, Pitt senior Kelly Glavin got a chance to share her melodica — a wind instrument played with piano keys — with Cze...

Anti-sanctuary campus bill moves forward, Pitt’s status unclear

Anti-sanctuary campus bill moves forward, Pitt’s status unclear

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

February 10, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

With the potential passage of an anti-sanctuary bill looming, the state and some Pennsylvania universities are at odds. But Pitt — where a sanctuary campus petition and a letter in the same vein have been circulating for weeks — has remained silent on the issue, making it unclear if a bill curr...

Panels outline protesting’s best practices

Panels outline protesting’s best practices

By Zoe Pawliczek / Staff Writer

February 9, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

With the abundance of protests and marches happening around Pitt’s campus recently, many students are wondering if the public’s calls for change will be left unanswered. At a Wednesday night panel, Pitt professors and activists encouraged students to continue championing local movements.   The Foss...

Dust jackets and dog-ears: Pittsburgh’s thriving book scene

Dust jackets and dog-ears: Pittsburgh’s thriving book scene

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy and Elaina Zachos / The Pitt News Staff

February 9, 2017


Filed under Culture, Top Stories

While brick-and-mortar bookstore chains fight with online shopping giants like Amazon.com for the bookselling market, independent bookstores quietly thrive. With new storefronts sprouting while the internet’s back is turned, Pittsburgh’s independent bookseller scene seems to be staging a revi...

SGB advocates for Counseling Center services in Pitt syllabi

SGB advocates for Counseling Center services in Pitt syllabi

By Nolan Roosa and Emily Suruda / The Pitt News Staff

February 8, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government, Top Stories

With a new initiative, Pitt’s Student Government Board is hoping to make information about Counseling Center services one of the first things students will see in their fall semester classes. Board member Justin Horowitz introduced a project Tuesday night to include Counseling Center Services in every...

Protesters make plea to bring Martín Esquivel-Hernández home

Protesters make plea to bring Martín Esquivel-Hernández home

By MarySandra Do / For The Pitt News

February 8, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

While Martín Esquivel-Hernández could not speak to his supporters directly in Pittsburgh, his words were still heard. Esquivel-Hernández, a former Pittsburgh resident who had been in prison for nine months on charges related to undocumented immigration, was deported Tuesday.  At a protest T...

Peduto makes strides to conquer water, affordable housing issues in Pittsburgh

Peduto makes strides to conquer water, affordable housing issues in Pittsburgh

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

February 8, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is tackling two life necessities in the city: water and housing. The mayor released two statements on Tuesday afternoon saying he plans to look into the water crisis and create more affordable housing opportunities for Pittsburgh natives. After an unexpected flush and...

UPTV relaunches with new programming lineup

UPTV relaunches with new programming lineup

By MarySandra Do / For The Pitt News

February 7, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

In a tight dorm-room-sized space carpeted in red with one lime-green wall and a purple loveseat, UPTV is making big plans for the future of Pitt student media. UPTV merged with "Pitt Tonight" and Pitt in Hollywood to relaunch the once popular station for the first time in seven years. UPTV, which de...

Darlene Harris seeks mayorial endorsement from Allegheny County Democratic Committee

Darlene Harris seeks mayorial endorsement from Allegheny County Democratic Committee

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

February 7, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Darlene Harris is making moves to go from city councilwoman to the Democratic nominee for mayor of Pittsburgh. Although she has not launched an official campaign, Harris notified the Allegheny County Democratic Committee that she will seek its endorsement in the primary May 16. In years past, winning ...

Pitt alum tackles social injustice with award-winning poetry

Pitt alum tackles social injustice with award-winning poetry

By Deanna Druskat / Staff Writer

February 7, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

There are three things in Daniel Borzutzky’s life that he keeps up with daily: taking his nine-year-old son to school, teaching classes and reading. Though a writer by trade and nature, writing is not on his daily — or sometimes, even his weekly — to-do list. Usually writing in spurts that last...

Don’t expect pop stars to be politicians

Don’t expect pop stars to be politicians

By Emily Brindley / Culture Editor

February 6, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

When Lady Gaga took the stage for the Super Bowl LI’s halftime show, viewers worldwide stared at their TV screens waiting for an overt political statement about President Donald Trump. They didn’t get it. Instead, Gaga put on a 13-minute pop performance, complete with a sequined leotard, a mid-set costume c...

Pittsburgh natives march against Uber

Pittsburgh natives march against Uber

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

February 6, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Taking the trip from Denny Park, off Liberty Avenue, to Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center on Smallman Street in the Strip District would take one minute in an Uber. But about 30 Pittsburghers marched the same route for a half hour Saturday afternoon to protest a swathe of issues they had with th...

Gov. Wolf requests $10 million to fight opioid epidemic

Gov. Wolf requests $10 million to fight opioid epidemic

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

February 6, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Gov. Tom Wolf is taking on Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic with a budget proposal, a testament to the crisis’ severity in the face of a looming $3 billion budget deficit. As part of the proposed 2017-2018 Pennsylvania state budget, Wolf announced last Tuesday that he will request $10 million to eq...

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