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Pitt optimizes space for Master Plan

Pitt optimizes space for Master Plan

By Sophia Mastroianni | For The Pitt News

January 26, 2018


Filed under Campus, Top Stories

Pitt’s unconventional hills, sidewalks and parks are what separate the University’s aesthetic from others, Ayers Saint Gross architecture and planning principal Kevin Petersen said. “We want to address the quality, quantity and management of space,” Petersen said. Ayers Saint Gross and Pi...

A productive, yet misrepresentative three-way debate

A productive, yet misrepresentative three-way debate

By Neena Hagen, For The Pitt News

November 30, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

At colleges across the country — from California to the University of Connecticut — political events frequently turn violent. So when I got to room 324 of the Cathedral of Learning Tuesday evening for the Pitt Political Science Student Association's three-way debate between Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians, I braced myself for a ba...

Listen to Takei: start small to make change

Listen to Takei: start small to make change

By Alexis Buncich | For The Pitt News

October 25, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

George Takei, actor and activist, has seen a lot of discrimination in his life. At 80 years old, he has lived through a Japanese internment camp, the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement and countless other protests. He may be originally known for his role in “Star Trek,” but he’s used his fame to bec...

Pitt architect plans campus future

Pitt architect plans campus future

By Anna Bongardino | Contributing Editor

October 13, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Any Pitt student who has lived in Nordenberg or Panther Hall — or who has had class in Benedum or Salk Hall — can thank Canard Grigsby for planning and overseeing the execution of the buildings’ designs. Grigsby, the University architect, reviews almost all facilities management projects involving...

Exploring hidden art on campus

Exploring hidden art on campus

By Marissa Perino / Staff Writer

October 12, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Uncategorized

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...

Editorial: Pitt must condemn professor’s threats

Editorial: Pitt must condemn professor’s threats

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 19, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

More than 200 students gathered at the base of Litchfield Towers Monday to protest a group that spewed homophobia, racism and sexism on our campus. Thankfully, no one was hurt — students drove the bigoted group across the street and off campus. But it seems that if it were up to State Rep. Aaro...

Georgia Tech student called 911 before shooting, authorities say

By Christian Boone | Atlanta Journal-Constitution (TNS)

September 18, 2017


Filed under National News

Georgia Tech student Scout Schultz called 911 before being shot by campus police, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Monday. Schultz called 911 alerting them "of a suspicious person on campus." In the call, Schultz describes the person as a "white male, with long blonde hair, white T-shirt and...

Oakland Employees Discuss Work After Dark

Oakland Employees Discuss Work After Dark

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer

September 14, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News, Specials

Antoon’s co-owner Mike Abraham had one thing to say about his late-night shifts as a pizza maker. “Too many drunk students,” Abraham said. Abraham, a 46-year-old from Oakland, has run the popular pizza shop with his brother for the last 20 years. Like many employees around Oakland, Abraha...

Scared to study abroad? Do it anyway

Scared to study abroad? Do it anyway

By Sarah Shearer | For The Pitt News

September 12, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I was in the candy aisle of a bookstall April 19 when I first heard the emergency alarms and looked up to see the main concourse of London Euston Train Station in a dark frenzy. I grabbed my bag, shuffled out the nearest exit and stood outside with other travelers for almost half an hour before someone announced ov...

Berkeley braces for right-wing commentator Ben Shapiro’s visit

By Anna M. Phillips | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

September 12, 2017


Filed under National News

Girding itself for a visit from another polarizing political figure and the possibility of more violent protests, the University of California, Berkeley is tightening campus security. In a message sent earlier this week, Provost Paul Alivisatos said the university was taking precautions in advance of the ...

Local leaders address sexual assault

Local leaders address sexual assault

By Luke Stambaugh / Staff Writer

September 12, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

When Alexandra Hope Erickson took her own life during her senior year of high school, her friend Maggie Kennedy couldn’t comprehend it. “I felt like I couldn't breathe. Numb and empty, I shook and I wept and I clung to my family and friends,” Kennedy said. “How could she be gone?” Er...

DeVos takes backward step on sexual assault

DeVos takes backward step on sexual assault

By Erica Brandbergh | Columnist

September 11, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

For a cabinet member who’s already one of the most controversial in the Trump administration, it would have seemed difficult for U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to become even more divisive. Then she started to talk about rape on campus. DeVos gave a speech on Sept. 7 at George Mason University...

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


Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Uncategorized

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...

Economics of thirst: Pittsburgh transplants brew up romance

Economics of thirst: Pittsburgh transplants brew up romance

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

April 14, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

The dry river bed in Andrea La Nauze’s backyard inspired her to study economics. Fellow Australian Marcus Cox just wanted to quench thirsts with his self-crafted brews. Together, the two make the perfect duo. La Nauze, now a Pitt economics professor, and Cox moved from their native continent to...

Sexual assault survivors heal through storytelling

Sexual assault survivors heal through storytelling

By Dan Day and John Hamilton / The Pitt News Staff

April 11, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Uncategorized

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...

Interfaith stand-up duo unites students through comedy

Interfaith stand-up duo unites students through comedy

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

April 5, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

A Jew and a Muslim got up on stage in the William Pitt Union Ballroom — that’s not the punchline of a joke, those are the comedians. Comedians Scott Blakeman and Dean Obeidallah brought their act Stand Up for Peace to Pitt Wednesday night, at an event hosted by Pitt’s Hillel Jewish Universi...

Bigelow Bash preview

Bigelow Bash preview

By Caoline Bourque / Staff Writer

April 5, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Acrobats will juggle and flip alongside musicians and food truck vendors on Bigelow Boulevard Sunday as crowds take over the street at Bigelow Bash. Bigelow Boulevard will transform into a festival venue Sunday, April 9, beginning at 1 p.m., for Bigelow Bash — an annual concert and festival organiz...

In tune with a b-flat: Artists, physicists collaborate on campus

In tune with a b-flat: Artists, physicists collaborate on campus

By Abhignya Mallepalli / Staff Writer

April 5, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Sarah Thornton stands in the basement of the Frick Fine Arts Center, preparing for her work to appear in an exhibit Tuesday night. She dips her fingers in paint and presses them to the canvas, using gray and purple colors to put the finishing touches on her visual representation of the connections between phys...

SGB pushes reading day initiative

SGB pushes reading day initiative

By Nolan Roosa / Staff Writer

April 5, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

With only two meetings left in the semester, SGB made strides on Tuesday night to institute changes for the next academic school year, outlining future changes to the governing code and pushing their reading day proposal. Board member Rohit Anand proposed adding an extra reading day to give students...

Pitt wraps up eighth RecycleMania

Pitt wraps up eighth RecycleMania

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

March 30, 2017


Filed under Campus, Top Stories

Some students walking through the parking lot between the William Pitt Union and Towers Patio Wednesday morning said they thought they were witnessing a remake of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” A cobalt blue tarp was set up under the cloudless sky, and students in white puffy Tyvek jumpsuit...

Ladies of steel: Sorority group address female self-esteem

Ladies of steel: Sorority group address female self-esteem

By Andrew O'Brien / Staff Writer

March 29, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

Glance at the cover of “Glamour” or “Cosmo” magazines, and chances are your eyes will meet the baby blues or emerald greens of a smirking model with flawless skin. Her face is smooth and airbrushed, her every imperfection obscured with foundation and Photoshop. But when that model looks in t...

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