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In the shadow of The Mecca: Reflecting on the Pitt-NY basketball pipeline

First-year forward and Brooklyn native Justin Champagnie (11) was the leading scorer during Pitt’s 2019-20 season with 12.7 points per game.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

April 10, 2020

During the heyday of Pitt men’s basketball in the Big East conference — the period in which former head coach Jamie Dixon’s teams appeared in eight straight NCAA Tournaments between 2004 and 2011 — nearly every borough of New York City was represented on the Panthers’ roster.

‘Brooklyn’ sails above stereotypes

Saoirse Ronan attends the screening of "The Host" presented by The Cinema Society and Jaeger-LeCoultre in New York on March 27, 2013. (Dennis Van Tine/Abaca Press/MCT)

By Ian Flanagan / Staff Writer

December 8, 2015

From its universal ideas to its Oscar-bait-period-piece aura, everything about “Brooklyn” feels familiar — in a good way. The film’s magnetic central performance in Saoirse Ronan alone could warrant Academy attention, but “Brooklyn” is an otherwise elegant examination of an Irish girl...

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