The Pitt News

Sarah Shearer

August 23, 2018

Sarah is graduating from Pitt in spring 2019 with degrees in English nonfiction writing and French. She  previously worked at TPN as an opinions columnist, assistant opinions editor and assistant news editor. She loves using writing to connect with and learn from other people, and wants to spend her ...

Janine Faust

August 23, 2018

Janine Faust is the managing editor of The Pitt News and will graduate in April 2020 with a degree in nonfiction English writing and a certificate in digital media. She joined The Pitt News in September 2016 as a news writer and has also served as assistant news editor. Faust is from Pottstown, Pennsylvania....

Sarah Connor

August 23, 2018

Sarah Connor is the social media/online engagement editor at The Pitt News and a senior double majoring in communications and English nonfiction writing. She served as TPN's culture editor throughout her junior year and was a staff writer for both culture and news desks during her sophomore year. Sara...

Kim Rooney

August 23, 2018

Kim Rooney is the copy chief of The Pitt News and editor in chief of Collision Literary Magazine. She also contributes as a writer to The Pitt News, and she previously worked as assistant copy chief and a copy editor. As a senior English fiction writing and communication rhetoric double major with a...

‘Dandy Andy’ tour takes a look at Warhol’s queer history

‘Dandy Andy’ tour takes a look at Warhol’s queer history

By Jon Kunitsky, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018

The tour differs from regular museum tours by allowing visitors to learn more about Warhol’s boyfriends, his life as a gay man in New York City and how his art was subsequently influenced by the men in his life and the queer community.

Christian Snyder

July 16, 2018

Christian Snyder is the editor in chief of The Pitt News. He will graduate in April 2019 with a degree in politics and philosophy. Christian joined The Pitt News as a second-year student writing columns before working as the opinions editor and assistant opinions editor. He served as the multimedia editor...

Big Idea Center brings innovation to Pitt

Big Idea Center brings innovation to Pitt

By Brittany Zortman | For the Pitt News

July 11, 2018

Pitt students will soon have the opportunity to fit their big ideas into one space — a workplace that will harbor the tools and resources they need to make these ideas a reality. This year the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute, an organization focused on entrepreneurship and innovation...

Officer involved in fatal shooting was former Pitt police officer

Officer involved in fatal shooting was former Pitt police officer

By Christian Snyder | Editor-in-chief

June 21, 2018

This story was first posted at 6:48 p.m. The Allegheny County Police Department confirmed the identity of the officer involved in the Tuesday night fatal shooting of Antwon Rose, a 17-year-old Woodland Hills High School student. [Read: Unarmed 17-year-old fatally shot by East Pittsburgh police...

The Post-Gazette pushes back after Rob Rogers’ firing

The Post-Gazette pushes back after Rob Rogers’ firing

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

June 20, 2018

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette fired cartoonist Rob Rogers June 14 for being “unwilling to collaborate on his cartoons” after 25 years of creating editorial cartoons for the paper. Rogers claims that he was fired because his supervising editors thought he was being too harsh to President Donald Trump...

Former Pitt athletes nominated for College Football Hall of Fame

Former Pitt athletes nominated for College Football Hall of Fame

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

June 6, 2018

Two former Pitt football players were added to the induction ballot for the 2019 College Football Hall of Fame on Monday by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Matt Cavanaugh and Craig Heyward were among several familiar college football stars, including former Texas and Te...

Courses cut costs as OERs come to Pitt

Courses cut costs as OERs come to Pitt

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

May 30, 2018

Thousands of students flock to Oakland every August to attend one of the most costly public schools in the United States. These students will either go The University Store on Fifth to buy their textbooks at full price or go to sites like Amazon, praying for a better deal and two-day free shipping. Either ...

Schenley Quad’s parking lot should have stayed

Schenley Quad’s parking lot should have stayed

By Joshua Jordan | For The Pitt News

May 30, 2018

Not many students actually relied on the parking lot in Schenley Quadrangle for parking — but it served other purposes for carless Quad residents. It was instrumental as a pick-up and drop-off point for Ubers and allowed families to park right by dorms on moving days. But this useful transportat...

Lawrenceville Art Crawl leaves visitors in awe

Lawrenceville Art Crawl leaves visitors in awe

By Jon Kunitsky | For The Pitt News

May 30, 2018

Betsy Lewis, Emmy Brown and Emily Richards walked down Butler Street amid sun-showers and humidity Saturday afternoon. As rising juniors at Pitt majoring in microbiology, neuroscience and physics, respectively, they ventured out of Oakland to admire local art displayed along the sidewalks of Lawrence...

Taco lovers lose their minds at Highmark Stadium

Taco lovers lose their minds at Highmark Stadium

By Delilah Bourque | Staff Writer

May 30, 2018

Think of your favorite food, the most versatile and delicious thing you think you could eat for every meal. Maybe for you, it’s pizza, pasta or sandwiches. For some, that food is tacos. Over the weekend of May 20, a mass of Pittsburgh’s most famous Mexican food descended upon Highmark Stadium near...

Sneak peek: Free entertainment for this summer in the City

Sneak peek: Free entertainment for this summer in the City

By Sarah Connor, Culture Editor

May 23, 2018

Now that college students have finished their finals and high school students are going to prom, the summer season is truly about to begin. The City of Pittsburgh is ready to celebrate the sunny months with some free outdoor events. Typical summer events — like the Independence Day celebration ...

Stormy Daniels performs in Pittsburgh amid national controversy

Stormy Daniels performs in Pittsburgh amid national controversy

By Christian Snyder, Editor in Chief

May 16, 2018

Storms have been in Pittsburgh’s forecast ever since spring broke — but May 3 and 4 held a different kind of storm in Downtown’s forecast. The adult film actress Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, performed two shows on both Wednesday and Thursday at Blush, a strip club on 9th...

Photos from race day: Pittsburgh Marathon 2018

Photos from race day: Pittsburgh Marathon 2018

By TPN Visual Staff

May 6, 2018

The 10th annual Pittsburgh Marathon took place on Sunday. This year, the event also hosted the 2018 USA Track and Field National Championship race, an elite event which saw finishing times of over a minute faster than the top men's category of the Pittsburgh Half Marathon. Over 20,000 people participated...

7 Pitt players find NFL homes in free agent deals

7 Pitt players find NFL homes in free agent deals

By Hannah Schneider, Joanna Li, and Trent Leonard

April 29, 2018

Only three Panthers were selected in this year’s NFL draft, starting in round 2 with Brian O’Neill. After the Vikings picked O'Neill, Tampa Bay chose Jordan Whitehead in the fourth round. The Philadelphia Eagles then chose Avonte Maddox with the 125th overall pick. The seven Pitt players in the dr...

SGB reflects, looks ahead

SGB reflects, looks ahead

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

April 23, 2018

As Student Government Board’s incoming president last year, Max Kneis said he wanted to improve collaboration and engagement with SGB. Now as outgoing president one year later, Kneis said the number of applications for SGB positions shows how he’s achieved this. “I think we continue to have more students...

Column: Anime’s growth in America encourages diverse viewpoints

Column: Anime’s growth in America encourages diverse viewpoints

By Thomas Wick | Columnist

April 12, 2018

As I stepped into the mysterious pod, ready to pilot a giant robot and fight squadrons of other giant robots, my life felt complete. My recent gaming experience at Tekko 2018, the 16th annual Pittsburgh Japanese cultural convention, probably wouldn’t have been possible without anime’s current impact on ...

Pitt jazz professor dies at 81

Pitt jazz professor dies at 81

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | News Editor

April 11, 2018

Nathan Davis, a former professor at Pitt’s department of music and renowned jazz musician, died on Sunday from natural causes. He was 81. Davis came to Pitt in 1969 as the director of the jazz studies program. During his time at Pitt, he founded and directed the University’s annual jazz seminar. He als...

Students report on community work in Homewood

Students report on community work in Homewood

By Zane Crowell | Staff Writer

April 3, 2018

Students, Homewood residents and members of the Community Engagement Center filled the Homewood-Brushton Branch YMCA’s meeting room, waiting for their chance to hear how the community workers had been spending their time.   Residents of Homewood attended the Pitt CEC’s Community Assistant Report Out e...

Pitt Innovation Institute announces Big Idea Center

Pitt Innovation Institute announces Big Idea Center

By Salina Pressimone | Assistant News Editor

April 2, 2018

The University Innovation Institute announced Thursday it will establish a Big Idea Center set to open for the 2018-2019 academic year. The announcement was part of last week’s annual Randall Family Big Idea Competition, where three current and former Pitt students won $25,000 to develop their autom...

Pitt debates presence of Parran’s past

Pitt debates presence of Parran’s past

By Thompson Wymard | Staff Writer, Contributed reporting by Cassidy Power

March 30, 2018

Pitt graduate student union organizers have garnered more than 870 signatures to rename Parran Hall — the Pitt Public Health building named after the school’s founding dean who was involved in unethical medical experiments. But Thursday at a University-organized symposium discussing the legacy...

‘Little House on the Prairie’ offers modern-day reflection

‘Little House on the Prairie’ offers modern-day reflection

By Mariam Shalaby | Senior Columnist

March 30, 2018

Seeking respite from a relentless flu last month, I took my childhood favorite “Little House on the Prairie” from my bookshelf. Curling up on the couch, I wondered what kept drawing me back to the story I’ve loved since I was a young girl. I chuckled. What could I, an Egyptian-Chinese daughter of Muslim...

Swimming and diving seniors sent off at championships

Swimming and diving seniors sent off at championships

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

March 19, 2018

The Pitt swimming and diving team said goodbye to some of its most accomplished female divers in program history at the NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships in Columbus, Ohio, this past weekend. The Panthers had four athletes compete across seven events, with two earning top-25 finishes...

Editorial: Unplugging from media ignores civic responsibilities

Editorial: Unplugging from media ignores civic responsibilities

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 12, 2018

Whether it’s reports of an adult film performer’s lawsuit against the president or the all-too-consistent drumbeat of mass shootings in the country, following the news is becoming more and more an exercise in mental strength. In an environment like this, it doesn’t seem far-fetched to react in mu...

Players to watch during the tournament

Players to watch during the tournament

By Cale Berger | Staff Writer

March 12, 2018

Each year the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament provides an opportunity for players to breakout on a national stage. College basketball legends like Christian Laettner, Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Shabazz Napier have all etched their names in history with their performances at the big d...

Hillman goes pro with new equipment collection

Hillman goes pro with new equipment collection

By Zane Crowell and Noah Manalo | For The Pitt News

March 2, 2018

Students are used to checking out books on reserve at Hillman Library — now they can do the same with a vlogging kit. The University Library System launched the Hillman Equipment Collection Monday. The Collection, which consists of an assortment of audio and visual equipment, is available for use b...

Cartoon: February 23, 2018

Cartoon: February 23, 2018

By Daniel Spack | Staff Illustrator

February 22, 2018

Students discuss diversity in engineering

Students discuss diversity in engineering

By Zane Crowell | Staff Writer

February 21, 2018

Since joining the National Society of Black Engineers in 1980, Karl Reid has dedicated his career to advancing opportunity and inclusion for African-American engineers across the country. “I got my leadership experience largely through NSBE, and I discovered my passion, which is to increase access...

Students learn about sexual health, safety

Students learn about sexual health, safety

By Sophia Mastroianni | For The Pitt News

February 16, 2018

“Birth Control Methods” is not a category a contestant would typically encounter on “Jeopardy!” But about 20 students were presented with it and other categories revolving around sexual health Thursday night in the Cathedral of Learning. These students were participating in a Q&A session about sex...

Panthers swing in to spring: Baseball and softball preview

Panthers swing in to spring: Baseball and softball preview

By Michael Nitti | For the Pitt News

February 16, 2018

While the Pirates just sent their pitchers and catchers down to Bradenton, Florida, for spring training, the Pitt baseball and softball teams are already getting started in their 2018 campaigns. Both Pitt squads are coming off of difficult seasons that saw each team finish with losing records in ...

The NBA’s injury problem is overblown

The NBA’s injury problem is overblown

By Cale Berger | For the Pitt News

February 15, 2018

Celtics forward Gordon Hayward was set to make his team debut opening night of the 2017-18 NBA season. He had just signed a four-year, $128 million contract during the off-season, joining forces with Kyrie Irving and Al Horford in an attempt to dethrone the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference. ...

Colin Jost jokes about Pitt, pot and primates

Colin Jost jokes about Pitt, pot and primates

By Briana Canady | For The Pitt News

February 9, 2018

Colin Jost was both surprised and delighted to find an article about an infected lab monkey that allegedly escaped from its cage in a campus research lab as the first result on Google when he searched “University of Pittsburgh.” “That picture of the monkey in the article is definitely not the same mon...

Pitt alum campaigns for state senate seat

Pitt alum campaigns for state senate seat

By Christian Snyder, Multimedia Editor

February 2, 2018

When James Craig’s father was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2014, his mother, an opioid addict, overdosed on prescription pills and died. Opioids weren’t new for the family — his aunt overdosed and died two years before that, and his father was an addict when diagnosed. His brother also ove...

Pitt hires Archie Collins as 10th assistant coach

Pitt hires Archie Collins as 10th assistant coach

By Grant Burgman | Sports Editor

January 31, 2018

The Pitt football team announced on its website on Wednesday that former Central Michigan secondary coach Archie Collins will be joining next year’s coaching staff. The NCAA allows football programs to hire up to 10 assistant coaches starting this January. The team has not yet specified what Col...

NFL: heighten safety or hamper the game

NFL: heighten safety or hamper the game

By Will Schulman | Columnist

January 31, 2018

Getting into formation with teammates, you stare across the field at the quarterback's eyes and hear him shout “Green 18” and “54’s the mike,” signaling players to move around the field. A few seconds later, a crisp “set...hike!” cuts through the noise — the game has begun. Now you...

Photos: Pitt powerlifting club looks to bulk up

Photos: Pitt powerlifting club looks to bulk up

By Christian Snyder | Multimedia Editor

January 19, 2018

The Pitt club powerlifting team won The Pitt News’ “Best Of” poll in the club category this year. The club was founded 2016, and many of the founding members have graduated. And as the final founders graduate this year, the club looks to strengthen its roster, sometimes hitting the gym twice a day to ...

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

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

By The Pitt News Sports Desk

December 19, 2017

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

Board of trustees approves salary increase for university leaders

Board of trustees approves salary increase for university leaders

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

December 18, 2017

The Board of Trustees’ Compensation Committee approved an increase in salary of 2.25 percent for the 2018 calendar year for eight of Pitt’s senior leaders. This is the first adjustment made in three years, according to a press release from the university. The press release also said the salary adjustment reflects the same cost-of-living and merit increase applied to ...

GOP tax plan threatens grad students the most

GOP tax plan threatens grad students the most

By Maggie Durwald | Columnist

December 7, 2017

The Republican Party has once again proven itself to be an enemy of science and higher education — this time in the form of its new tax plan, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. With a vote of 51-49 during the early hours of Dec. 1, the Senate passed the GOP’s latest plan — a draft riddled with last-minute revisions scribbled in its margins — just ho...

Editorial: Franken shows need to unite against sexual assault, regardless of party

Editorial: Franken shows need to unite against sexual assault, regardless of party

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 7, 2017

Twitter’s time stamps proved just how planned politics can be yesterday. Over the course of an hour, 11 female Democratic senators made coordinated statements calling for Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota to resign from office amid mounting allegations of sexual harassment. As of now, eight women have...

Pitt alum speaks about science policy

Pitt alum speaks about science policy

By Amanda Finney | Staff Writer

December 6, 2017

Women in STEM often leave their jobs mid-career to spend more time with their families, but then later struggle to integrate back into the workplace. To help women in this situation regain their careers, Martha Merrill worked to implement a STEM reentry workshop. This job is just one of the posi...

Change the system to avoid pay-for-play scandals

Change the system to avoid pay-for-play scandals

By Will Schulman | For The Pitt News

November 1, 2017

The Federal Bureau of Investigation made headlines in the sports world when it arrested 10 people Sept. 26 for a pay-for-play scandal, in which coaches, agents and shoe company employees sent and received bribes involving college basketball recruits. Among the arrested were multiple college basket...

Weekend sports: volleyball splits matches, while men’s soccer faces shut out

Weekend sports: volleyball splits matches, while men’s soccer faces shut out

By Kait French | Staff Writer

October 30, 2017

This weekend was cold and rainy in Pittsburgh, but it didn’t stop the Panthers from taking to the field, pitch and pool in heated competition. While football conquered their second ACC team in a row, and swimming and diving made waves, men’s soccer faltered and cross country didn’t quite lead t...

Editorial: Senator Flake denounces, but forfeits to the new normal

Editorial: Senator Flake denounces, but forfeits to the new normal

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 25, 2017

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake from Arizona delivered a 17-minute speech on the Senate floor Tuesday denouncing “the new normal” and declaring he won’t seek reelection in 2018 — but his powerful political call to action was a resounding forfeit. In a Washington Post op-ed the same day, Flake ...

Exploring hidden art on campus

Exploring hidden art on campus

By Marissa Perino / Staff Writer

October 13, 2017

Because of displaced, absent or otherwise out-of-sight placards, many works of art often go unattributed or unnoticed on campus. There could be art installations hanging from a ceiling or beautiful oil paintings of the Cathedral in plain sight, and students and faculty often walk right by them. Art...

Interactive crime map Sept. 23 – Sept. 29

Interactive crime map Sept. 23 – Sept. 29

By The Pitt News Staff

October 3, 2017

Date Time Building Address Summary September 23 12:11 a.m. Litchfield Towers Lobby 3990 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Pitt police cited a student for underage drinking. September 23 12:15 a.m. Holland Hall 3990 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Pitt police cited a ...

Maduro vs the world: Venezuela’s hopeless crisis

Maduro vs the world: Venezuela’s hopeless crisis

By Saket Rajprohat | Senior Columnist

September 20, 2017

The streets are filled with protesters. The shelves at grocery stores are empty, and pockets are even emptier. Right now, Venezuela looks bleak — and Veronica, a Venezuelan immigrant living in Pittsburgh who requested that her last name be withheld for her family’s safety, said the country is f...

Interactive crime map Aug. 24 to Aug. 31

September 5, 2017

Date Time Building Address Summary August 24 2:42 a.m. Litchfield Tower A 3990 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15213 Pitt police cited one student for underage drinking. August 24 3:46 p.m. NO BLDG. # ENTERED Forbes Avenue and Meyran Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213 Pi...

Column: Poetry now: why today’s world makes poetics shine

Column: Poetry now: why today’s world makes poetics shine

By Christian Snyder, Assistant Opinions Editor

August 29, 2017

I remember the first time a line of poetry caught me by surprise. I was sitting in the Cathedral of Learning mouthing the words of Ross Gay’s poem “catalog of unabashed gratitude” to myself. The poem turns when he addresses the reader, and says thank you, “for moving your lips just so as I s...

Bicycles, buses and cars: why students commute to campus

Bicycles, buses and cars: why students commute to campus

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

August 29, 2017

With playlists and podcasts downloaded for the commute, roughly 800 undergraduate Pitt students make their daily trek to campus, whether it be from as near as Bloomfield or as far as the South Hills. I had that long and traffic-riddled drive from the South Hills over the summer — a journey that took any...

Fall sports preview: Women’s volleyball

Fall sports preview: Women’s volleyball

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

July 11, 2017

Last season, the slow rebuild of Pitt women’s volleyball program came to a head when the team made its first NCAA Tournament since 2004. With many key players returning, it’s now time for this year’s team to step up and solidify their place among the ACC’s best. Heading into last season, a you...

Editorial: Pitt’s new board shows that it recognizes the importance of diversity, but there’s a long way to go

Editorial: Pitt’s new board shows that it recognizes the importance of diversity, but there’s a long way to go

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

July 4, 2017

The Board of Trustees at Pitt has some serious power — by its own words, the Board “retains ultimate responsibility for all University affairs,” meaning its diversity is all the more important. Pitt appointed four new board members on June 30, three of whom are women. And while there’s st...

Column: Crosby and Malkin: from disappointment to dynasty

Column: Crosby and Malkin: from disappointment to dynasty

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 13, 2017

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

Editorial: PA moratorium doesn’t solve costly death penalty problem

Editorial: PA moratorium doesn’t solve costly death penalty problem

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

May 31, 2017

Execution proceedings happen in the state of Pennsylvania five times each year — yet the state hasn’t executed an inmate since 1999. Mock executions are routinely performed to ensure that in the event of an execution, the prison guards and doctors would be prepared. But right now the state isn’t ...

Column: When hitting the sheets, communication makes it easy

Column: When hitting the sheets, communication makes it easy

By Christian Snyder, Columnist

May 30, 2017

If there’s one thing that movies get right about college, it’s that people have sex. In fact, in one study published in the Review of General Psychology, over 60 percent of college students in North America reported having some kind of sexual “hookup” experience. But of course, there’s ...

Making the most out of living alone

Making the most out of living alone

By Thomas Wick | Columnist

May 30, 2017

I could keep the lights on whenever I wanted. I could listen to music and not have to bother with pesky headphones. I could toss my clothes in the corner and worry about them in a few weeks. I could nap at all times of the day, have people over whenever I wanted and be in a quiet environment at a mom...

Bus ways and bike lanes: Navigating Pittsburgh without a car

Bus ways and bike lanes: Navigating Pittsburgh without a car

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

May 29, 2017

Madeline Rigatti’s black boots press forcefully on the steel pedals of her orange Salsa Vaya, propelling the 25-year-old up a short, steep hill by her house. “I used to hate that hill,” Rigatti, who started commuting by bike in college 5 years ago, said. Weather permitting, Rigatti comm...

GALLERY: Retro Oakland: taking a look at Oakland’s past

GALLERY: Retro Oakland: taking a look at Oakland’s past

By The Pitt News Staff

May 29, 2017

From the Great Fire of 1845 that destroyed all of Pitt’s buildings to the demolition of Forbes Field to the 2017 removal of asbestos in the Hillman Library, Pitt has had a tumultuous past. And as Pitt students, it’s important we know about the university we attend — to know that our school used to...

Editorial: Ransomware infects thousands using government tools

Editorial: Ransomware infects thousands using government tools

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

May 16, 2017

How much is all of the information stored on your computer worth? A ransomware that spread to more than 100 countries in just a few hours faced thousands with this very question. When infected users opened their computers on Monday, they were met with nothing. All of their files were encrypted by the WannaCry ran...

Comey memo says Trump asked him to end investigation into Flynn

By Joseph Tanfani | Tribune Washington Bureau

May 16, 2017

President Donald Trump, in a private meeting with then-FBI Director James B. Comey, asked him to end the criminal investigation into retired Gen. Michael Flynn, according to a memo written by Comey shortly after the meeting. According to the memo, the meeting took place on Feb. 14, which was the day ...

Column: Broken contracts harm passengers’ rights

Column: Broken contracts harm passengers’ rights

By Christian Snyder, Columnist

April 21, 2017

Everyone has their price — even the guy on his way to a funeral, a retired United Airlines pilot  said in the face of the airline’s recent viral controversy. But United simply couldn’t figure that price out last week. The airline chose four passengers, at random, to involuntarily bump from a United...

Top 10: Things We Learned This Year at Pitt

Top 10: Things We Learned This Year at Pitt

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

April 21, 2017

This year brought lessons for the Pitt community and the world as a whole. For this week’s Top 10, we could go over some of the biggest stories of the year and see how we’ve grown from them. Instead, we’d like to take a look at some things we’ve personally learned this year at Pitt. Think of thi...

Sexual assault survivors heal through storytelling

Sexual assault survivors heal through storytelling

By Dan Day and John Hamilton / The Pitt News Staff

April 12, 2017

At the Sexual Violence Open Mic Tuesday night, no one actually used a microphone. Instead, 13 students pushed two tables together inside the William Pitt Union for an intimate discussion on the effects of rape culture and sexual violence. Pitt’s chapter of the American Association of University Women...

Editorial: Toomey’s rule change proposal threatens bipartisanship

Editorial: Toomey’s rule change proposal threatens bipartisanship

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 4, 2017

If Congressional Republicans thought they had gained the power to disregard the rules with their victories in last November’s elections, they couldn’t have been more wrong. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., just signed onto a rules change to the Supreme Court nomination process that might seem innocuous or n...

Over the counter medicine, supplements and herbals – benefits and risks

By Julia Lee

March 22, 2017

Over the counter medicine, supplements and herbals are commonly used for a variety of purposes and their effects can be very beneficial to our health. However, it is important to be aware of what can occur as a result of taking them with other drugs at the same time, since adverse effects as a result...

ICE arrests at courts spark backlash from lawyers, judges

By By James Queally | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

March 19, 2017

LOS ANGELES — Octavio Chaidez was walking out of a Pasadena courtroom with a client last month when four men jumped up from a hallway bench and rushed toward them. The men asked his client’s name. Then they pulled out badges. “They say, ‘You’re Mr. So and So?’ and he says, ‘Yes,’” Ch...

GALLERY: Pitt vs Virginia, ACC Tournament 2nd round

GALLERY: Pitt vs Virginia, ACC Tournament 2nd round

By John Hamilton | Visual Editor

March 9, 2017

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Q&A: Tommy Emmanuel on music and memories

Q&A: Tommy Emmanuel on music and memories

By Emily Brindley / Culture Editor

March 2, 2017

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...

Around the bases: defining hookup euphemisms

Around the bases: defining hookup euphemisms

By The Pitt News Staff

February 14, 2017

First base, second base, third base, home. We've heard these euphemisms to describe varying levels of intimacy since grade school, but it seems no one can agree on exactly what they mean. Some of us at The Pitt News had strong opinions, but in the end, it's up to you to decide. Despite the stories w...

Point-Counterpoint: Focus on root causes, not guns, to eliminate suicide

Point-Counterpoint: Focus on root causes, not guns, to eliminate suicide

By Jeremy Wang | For The Pitt News

January 30, 2017

Guns don’t cause suicide. Just as we can’t blame all 15,000 murders per year on firearms, we can’t attribute the United States’ suicides, over 44,000 per year, entirely to its high rate of gun ownership and availability. While guns do play a part, it’s more important to consider the underlying ca...

Interactive crime map Jan. 13 – 20

By The Pitt News Staff

January 24, 2017

Jan. 13 1:20 p.m. 100 to 300 block of Oakland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police assisted with a theft from Peter's Pub. 11:34 p.m. Centre Plaza apartments. 5032 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police cited a student for underage drinking. Jan. 14 12:34 a.m. Litc...

Editorial: Trump’s first days foreshadow bleak future for the press

Editorial: Trump’s first days foreshadow bleak future for the press

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 23, 2017

The election is over, the delegates have voted and the oath has been taken — Donald Trump is the president of the United States. His very first day in office set an early precedent for the future of the administration’s interaction with the press and the people — and it’s not one that’s favorabl...

GALLERY: Women’s March on Washington

GALLERY: Women’s March on Washington

By John Hamilton | Visual Editor

January 21, 2017

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Charity Randall Theatre, Pittsburgh — 1:02 p.m.

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

January 20, 2017

The cast of "Hair" took to the stage during their Cabaret for Peace inauguration event at the Charity Randall Theatre. The cast sang song like "Aquarius," "Hair" and "Let the sun shine in." According to senior social work major Kristen West, who organized the concert, the cast was comforted by...

Washington D.C. — 10:33 a.m.

By Stephen Caruso / Online Visual Editor

January 20, 2017

Paula Sims, 59, is at her fourth inauguration today — her first being Reagan in 1980. A Newark, Delaware resident, she's here with her daughter, Catie Campbell, 18, and her friend Shirl Schanzenbach, 56. All three supported Trump. Sims, who is self employed, said she's in Washington D.C. because...

Editorial: Pittsburgh says it’s committed to immigrants, it’s time to show it

Editorial: Pittsburgh says it’s committed to immigrants, it’s time to show it

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 18, 2017

In an effort to extend Pittsburgh’s commitment as a welcoming city for all, City Council member Dan Gilman proposed new legislation on Tuesday that will make the city a safer and more livable one for immigrants, refugees and the disabled. The bills have the potential to create real change but could ...

oSTEM making a space LGBTQ+ students in STEM fields

oSTEM making a space LGBTQ+ students in STEM fields

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

January 13, 2017

Before he came out as gay to his lab group, Alexander Rowden had to figure out what to say when his classmates asked his opinion on certain female celebrities. “They’d be like, ‘Scarlett Johansson's pretty hot, right?’ and I’d just say she wasn’t really my type or something,” Rowden,...

New bill aims to end wage gap

New bill aims to end wage gap

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

January 13, 2017

If a new bill passes in Pittsburgh, the city could be joining New York and Philadelphia in closing the pay gap. Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman introduced legislation on Jan. 10 that would prohibit the city from asking for job applicants’ salary history in an effort to reduce wage inequity ...

Nonprofit turns page in PGH’s indie scene with City of Asylum Books

Nonprofit turns page in PGH’s indie scene with City of Asylum Books

By Elaina Zachos / Senior Staff Writer

January 13, 2017

North Side residents are getting a new neighbor. And that neighbor is serious about books. North Side’s Alphabet City Center will celebrate the opening of City of Asylum Books 11 a.m. Saturday. The event, which will take place at 40 W. North Ave., will kickoff with a children’s story hour at 11:3...

USPS to issue passports at Pitt

USPS to issue passports at Pitt

By Alexa Bakalarski and Amanda Reed / News Editors

January 13, 2017

Instead of going to the post office to apply for a passport, the post office is coming to Pitt. Officials from the U.S. Postal Service will be on campus Jan. 17 and 18 to renew U.S. passports for Pitt students, faculty and staff and accept new passport applications, according to the University Cent...

Let’s give Rex Tillerson a chance, what could possibly go wrong?

Let’s give Rex Tillerson a chance, what could possibly go wrong?

By Jaime Viens | Columnist

January 11, 2017

In a move that met much criticism early last month, President-elect Donald Trump nominated Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, to be our next Secretary of State. Since we obviously don’t need to speculate about Tillerson’s relationship with big oil executives — as we already know he is a big oil executi...

Editorial: Pitt should offer more interdisciplinary studies for students

Editorial: Pitt should offer more interdisciplinary studies for students

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 9, 2017

The goal for any student after graduation is to get a job in his or her field and build a career. But for today’s students, expectations have risen and the labor force demands graduates who are able to easily adapt to our changing world. Many colleges and universities, including Carnegie Mellon, are r...

Best Illustrations of 2016

Best Illustrations of 2016

By Pitt News Staff Illustrators

January 4, 2017

From politics to hamburgers, we're highlighting some of the best work by our staff illustrators from the past year.   ...

Reading to pass time: Book ‘Em turns a new page for inmates

Reading to pass time: Book ‘Em turns a new page for inmates

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

January 4, 2017

On Cherokee Street in the Upper Hill District of Pittsburgh, drugs passed daily between neighbors and visitors. And on Aug. 5, 2008, Frank Johnson got caught in the cycle. By sunset that day, at 34 years old, Johnson’s freedom was no longer guaranteed. Convicted by a jury in October 2010 for c...

Pennsylvania laws and legislations: what’s new in 2017

Pennsylvania laws and legislations: what’s new in 2017

By Alexa Bakalarski and Amanda Reed | Assistant News Editors

January 4, 2017

Here are some of the latest Pennsylvania laws and legislations to know about for the upcoming year. REAL ID Act Changes Effective Jan. 30, 2017, Pennsylvania ID holders cannot use their ID to enter federal buildings, military buildings and nuclear power plants since current licenses and IDs ar...

GALLERY: Pinstripe Bowl

GALLERY: Pinstripe Bowl

By Elaina Zachos and Stephen Caruso | Pitt News Visual Staff

December 28, 2016

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TPN’s No Sleep Soundtrack

TPN’s No Sleep Soundtrack

By Dan Sostek / Senior Staff Writer

December 12, 2016

Staying up until the wee hours of morning and studying is not fun — and doing so in silence is even worse. During hours-long study sessions, iTunes libraries and Spotify are crucial in preventing your brain from just shutting down and falling asleep at your desk. Here’s 10 songs that will help you get t...

GALLERY: Pitt vs. Duquesne City Game

GALLERY: Pitt vs. Duquesne City Game

By John Hamilton | Senior Staff Photographer

December 2, 2016

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Gillian Schriever places 106th in NCAA Championships

Gillian Schriever places 106th in NCAA Championships

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

November 21, 2016

After becoming Pitt’s only cross-country runner to qualify for the NCAA Championships this season, sophomore Gillian Schriever placed 106th out of 250 runners in the 6k with a time of 20:52.1 over the weekend. Last week at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals, Schriever became the first Panther in 12 ...

Past lives of Oakland’s apartments

Past lives of Oakland’s apartments

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Staff Writer

November 18, 2016

Oakland is a nomadic place. Students, businesses and trends come and go, but the one thing that stays the same is the architecture. There’s a strange and rich history left behind in each home by the residents who pass through. Relics of Oakland’s past can be found in surprising corners of hom...

A poem to the Editor

By John Kennick, Senior

November 11, 2016

Editor's note: The Pitt News regularly receives and publishes letters to the Editor. In this case, a reader sent a poem. All indentations, line breaks and misspellings are to the wishes of the poet. "non-reaction non reaction POEM" we do not explain what this is like because analogy is j...

GALLERY: 2016 Election in Pittsburgh

GALLERY: 2016 Election in Pittsburgh

By The Pitt News Staff

November 10, 2016

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November 8, 2016

With an hour and a half left before the polling stations close, poll workers have seen multitudes of voters throughout the morning and afternoon. At Wesley Posvar Hall, Judge of Elections James Love said his polling station had seen 927 voters by 6:15 p.m. Although the line was only several people...

Pitt medical student encounters problems at polls

November 8, 2016

Amol Koldhekar got to the polls before 7 a.m. to ensure he had plenty of time to vote. The only problem Koldhekar, a Pitt medical student, expected to run into was with the spelling of his last name. Koldhekar, who voted at the Shepherd Wellness Community Center in Bloomfield, has voted in his precinct...

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