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SGB calls Beeson “champion of student input”

SGB president Max Kneis responded to Patricia Beeson’s announcement of stepping down from her current position at last night’s SGB public meeting. (Photo by Issi Glatts | Staff Photographer)

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

November 8, 2017

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

Provost Patricia Beeson to step down, return to faculty

Provost Patricia Beeson will step down from her position in the fall of 2018. (Photo courtesy of the University of Pittsburgh)

By Janine Faust / Assistant News Editor

November 7, 2017

Provost Patricia Beeson will step down from her position in fall 2018, Pitt announced Tuesday. The University currently has three deans who will also be stepping down at the same time as Beeson, leaving a multitude of leadership positions to fill by the start of the next academic year. Beeson wi...

Letter to the Editor | There is no third party. We, the students, are the union

(Photo by John Hamilton | Editor-In-Chief)

By Beth Shaaban / PhD student

July 30, 2017

Surprise! I just returned from presenting some of my research at a conference to a union busting email from the provost. One of my personal favorite lines: “The education, not the financial support, is the goal of graduate study.” Buckle up kids, if you can’t afford your medications, rent, food ...

Letter to the Editor | Grad student: How can I produce my best work if I can hardly afford to eat?

Pitt's food pantry helped graduate student Andréa Hanna get by on a salary below living wage. (Photo by Kyleen Considine | Staff Photographer)

By Andréa Hanna, Graduate Student

July 29, 2017

Dear Editor, I read the message from the provost, Patricia Beeson, about the graduate student union yesterday with some interest and reservations. My first concern, and I quote the provost's message here, is when she says, it is "the education, not the financial support, is the goal of graduate study." It is indee...

Pitt administration comes out against grad student union

The Pitt administration is against the formation of a grad student union, an effort United Steelworkers is involved in. (Photo via Flickr Commons)

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

July 28, 2017

Speaking on behalf of the University, Pitt Provost Patricia Beeson came out against a graduate student union Thursday, claiming that a union would not be in the best interests of students. Beeson’s letter is the first direct criticism the administration has levied against the unionization efforts, which formally began in January of 2016. The University is now officially no...

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