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The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

Outside the Bankrupt Bodega on Main Street

Pitt alum fosters photography community through small business Bankrupt Bodega

By Trinity Foster, Staff Writer March 12, 2023
Pat Bruener, a Pitt alum, founded Bankrupt Bodega in 2018, printing his original photographs onto clothing. Then, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, he decided to add a film element to the brand and relocated to a storefront on Main Street in Bloomfield.
Ariana Starkman as River and Christopher Staley as Franz in a production of Appropriate by UPitt Stages in 2020.

Pitt alumni reflect on finding success in arts and entertainment industry

By Jessica McKenzie, Culture Editor February 3, 2023
Finding a job in arts and entertainment after graduating is notoriously difficult. But these Pitt alumni found careers through perseverance, honing new skills and keeping an open mind.
An Alumni Association sign at the Homecoming kick-off event held at the William Pitt Union on Sept. 21, 2021.

Alumni Network ensures Pitt experience doesn’t end with graduation

By Trinity Foster, Staff Writer February 2, 2023
Pitt’s traditions and special events are a hallmark of a great college experience, but this connection to the University doesn’t have to end after students graduate. The Pitt Alumni Network offers many more annual trips and events to keep the Pitt spirit alive long after graduation.
Daniel McCloskey, 2008 Pitt Alum and graphic novelist.

Pitt alum and graphic novelist debuts with fantastical ‘Cloud Town’

By Maya Valletta, Staff Writer January 13, 2023
Pitt alum Daniel McCloskey released a middle grade graphic novel last spring called “Cloud Town,” which follows two best friends as they move schools and navigate new stressors while simultaneously trying to save their world.
One of Patty Irrgangs cooking classes in her home in Murrysville.

‘Food connects people’: Pitt alumna to publish tailgate cookbook

By Serena Garcia, Senior Staff Writer November 16, 2022
Patty Irrgang, a Pitt graduate, plans to bring her first cookbook, “All About Tailgating!” to the University Store on Fifth by the first week of December.
Zakiya Young (right) with other cast members on the set of “Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin”

‘Don’t dim your light’: Pitt alumna acts in ‘Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin’

By Jessica McKenzie, Culture Editor October 12, 2022
Zakiya Young, a 2001 Pitt alum, landed her first Hollywood gig on teen thriller series “Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin.” She spoke with The Pitt News about how she uses her Western Pennsylvania roots to identify with her character Corey on the show.
Fireworks over the Cathedral of Learning at Pitt Program Council’s Homecoming Laser and Fireworks show in fall 2021.

Opinion | College homecoming is better than high school

By Emily O'Neil, For The Pitt News October 5, 2022
Pitt’s homecoming dates back to the 1940s, when students and alumni came together to perform skits, make floats for a parade and elect a homecoming court.
Pitt alumna Alyssa Makowski graduated in December 2021 with a biology degree and minors in chemistry and Spanish.

Q&A: Pitt graduate who attends new international medical school

By Toni Jackson, Staff Writer September 26, 2022
Though going abroad for medical school may seem daunting, Pitt alumna Alyssa Makowski said it was the greatest leap of faith she’s ever taken.
Valerie Njie, president of the Pitt Alumni Association, at Friday mornings Board of Trustees meeting.

Alumni Association president updates Board of Trustees on past year’s work

By Natalie Frank and Jon Moss September 24, 2021
The Pitt Alumni Association is working hard to connect alumni with each other and current students, according to President Valerie Njie.
Some Pitt students have struggled to secure a job after they graduated in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pitt alumni struggle to find jobs, adjust to virtual offices

By Natalie Frank, Staff Writer August 28, 2020
One of the greatest challenges at the end of college is securing a stable job after graduation. According to Sophia Cosentino, a 2020 Pitt graduate, this is even more daunting during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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