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Pitt football announces plan for student-athletes return beginning June 8

Kenny Pickett threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns in Pitt's bowl victory over Eastern Michigan.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer

May 29, 2020

Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced Friday that Pitt football student-athletes will begin to return to campus on June 8 for voluntary offseason workouts. The players’ return to campus will mark the start of the first phase of reopening for Pitt athletics in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Research labs to become operational in coming weeks

The complexities of restarting research labs was the main focus of Friday afternoon’s Senate Research Committee meeting.

By Ashton Crawley, Senior Staff Writer

May 29, 2020

Rob Rutenbar, the senior vice chancellor for research, said in a Friday email blast that each lab’s principal investigator must submit a plan to their dean or regional campus president for review. The plan must clearly define an approach for scheduling and a process for allocating time and access to address COVID-driven implications, Rutenbar said.

Pitt officials ‘optimistic’ about in-person classes, deliver recommendation report to Gallagher

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said Wednesday that Pitt will postpone Plan for Pitt 2025 in order to include strategies to strengthen racial equity justice on campus.

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer

May 29, 2020

Chris Bonneau, the president of the University Senate, said he is confident the planning will allow the University to resume in-person instruction, if state and local regulations permit. 

Pitt purchases Oakland social club building for nearly $5 million

Pitt purchases Oakland social club building for nearly $5 million

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer

May 28, 2020

Pitt purchased an Oakland social club building on Bigelow Boulevard in late March for $4.95 million, according to Allegheny County real estate records.

Emergency fund has granted more than $250k to students

Students have received more than $250,000 from the Student Emergency Assistance Fund, as of Thursday.

By Anushay Chaudhry, Staff Writer

May 28, 2020

As of Thursday, the Student Emergency Assistance Fund has granted a total of $254,326 to 457 students, out of more than 700 students who have applied for money.

Pitt Cyber founder selected for House committee role

David Hickton, the founding director of Pitt’s Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security was selected to be staff director and senior counsel for the U.S. House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.

By Ashton Crawley, Senior Staff Writer

May 27, 2020

David Hickton, the director and founder of Pitt’s Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security was selected to be staff director and senior counsel for the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. The bipartisan committee, which was created on April 23 by a House vote, will oversee the use of funds supplied by Congress to aid the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional students added to working groups planning fall classes, housing

Additional students added to working groups planning fall classes, housing

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer

May 21, 2020

Danielle Obisie-Orlu — the president of the Resident Student Association, which represents students living in residence halls — was recently added to a panel determining what on-campus housing could look like this fall.

Pitt officials considering mandatory masks for fall semester

Pitt is considering providing all employees with one mask, and students with two, which must be worn when and where the University asks, officials said Wednesday.

By Ashton Crawley, Senior Staff Writer

May 21, 2020

If students return to Oakland in the fall in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, they may see some changes made to campus. Pitt is considering providing all employees with one mask, and students with two, which must be worn when and where the University asks, officials said Wednesday.

Jones, Twyman have sights set on 2020 season

Defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman (97) posted a career-high six tackles and added 1.5 sacks, bringing his team leading total for the season to 4.5.

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

May 20, 2020

For most people, control is in short supply right now. Stay-at-home orders, business closures and quarantines are expected to extend well into the summer and timelines for a return to normalcy are fluid. It can be easy to lose focus on the world beyond COVID-19, but Pitt senior defensive end Patrick Jones II said he believes in that future, and its dependence upon his present.

‘This feeling of helplessness’: International students concerned about fall semester amid pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic causes uncertainty about returning for the fall semester for many of Pitt’s more than 3,100 international students.

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer

May 19, 2020

Travel restrictions and delays in processing visas has left many of Pitt’s 3,100 international students questioning whether they will be able to start the fall semester on campus.

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