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Students will be asked to shelter in place for two weeks before winter break, head of COVID-19 Medical Response Office says

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said the University would send out more concrete guidance on the shelter-in-place period “shortly,” during a virtual Senate Council meeting on Thursday.

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor

October 16, 2020

All students will be asked to shelter in place for 14 days before leaving campus for winter break, according to Dr. John Williams, the head of Pitt’s COVID-19 Medical Response Office.

SGB introduces resolution supporting mandatory Black studies class

Pitt’s Student Government Board introduced a resolution demanding the creation of a mandatory three-credit Black studies at Tuesday night’s virtual meeting.

By Nathan Fitchett, Staff Writer

October 14, 2020

SGB will post the resolution on its website this week for public comment and review and will vote on it at next Tuesday's meeting. Along with announcing the new resolution, SGB also discussed new COVID-19 updates, future meetings with Pitt police, constitutional revisions and upcoming SGB elections.

Faculty voices support for mandatory Black studies course, allowing students to recognize religious observances

Pitt’s Faculty Assembly met Wednesday to discuss changes to policy that dictates what material is owned by the University, policies for submitting grievances to the University, and voted to pass the resolution on a required Black studies course and a clarified syllabus statement on religious observances.

By Thea Barrett, Staff Writer

October 9, 2020

The Faculty Assembly passed a resolution on Wednesday urging the University to create a mandatory three-credit Black studies course.

Film as rebellion: Charles Burnett, Julie Dash close week of Black study

Black filmmakers Charles Burnett and Julie Dash spoke Friday afternoon about their work and legacy as members of the L.A. Rebellion, a group of Black film students at UCLA in the ’60s and ’70s.

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor

October 5, 2020

Jones asked Burnett and Dash questions about the Rebellion, their past films and the current state of Black filmmaking.

‘The Sweetness that Survives the Slaughter’: Zun Lee and Aracelis Girmay discuss hope, vulnerability

Zun Lee.

By Sinead McDevitt, Senior Staff Writer

October 2, 2020

Zun Lee and Aracelis Girmay presented works that celebrated the beauty of Black life and moments of quiet tenderness.

Pitt considering petition calling for black studies course requirement

Sydney Massenberg created a petition last Friday urging Pitt administrators to require all undergraduates to take a black studies course as a graduation requirement.

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer

June 10, 2020

Sydney Massenberg, a 2020 graduate in political science and psychology who will start law school in the fall, created the petition last Friday.

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