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Pitt adds 56 new COVID-19 cases since Tuesday

Pitt adds 56 new COVID-19 cases since Tuesday
November 20, 2020
Pitt added 56 new COVID-19 cases, composed of 48 students and 8 employees, between Tuesday and Thursday. There are 78 students currently in isolation.

Over 300 students receive code of conduct violations for COVID-19 infractions

The Oakland Planning and Development Corporation’s monthly Oakwatch meeting included two featured speakers from Pitt — Kenyon Bonner, vice provost and dean of students, and Paul Supowitz, vice chancellor for community and governmental relations.
November 20, 2020
More than 300 students have received code of conduct violations for breaking COVID-19 mitigation protocols this semester, according to Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner.

‘Anxiety-inducing experience’: Students adjust to shelter-in-place guidelines, criticize lack of University enforcement

Pitt enacted a shelter-in-place period last Thursday — three days earlier than previously scheduled — after a  ‘significant’ increase in COVID-19 cases following Halloween weekend.
November 20, 2020
Savanna Lattanzi, a senior political science and sociology double major, said while she has closely followed the shelter-in-place guidelines to protect fellow classmates, it hasn’t always been easy on her mental health.

NCAA Fall sports update: Everything you need to know

The ACC announced earlier this season that fall sports would have a delayed start and schedules would follow the NCAA minimum number of games.
November 19, 2020
In response to COVID-19, most fall sports will play championships in the spring. Here’s everything you need to know on the status of each fall season.

‘So much that went wrong’: First student diagnosed with COVID-19 describes broken belongings, little University support

Sudeep Yedulla is suspected to be the first student on campus to have contracted the coronavirus.
November 18, 2020
Sudeep Yedulla — the first student on campus to contract COVID-19 — said “everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong” after he tested positive. Yedulla said Pitt provided little food, delivered broken items and ignored his texts and emails.

Board committee approves expansion to Salk construction

The Properties & Facilities Committee of the Board of Trustees approved an expanded construction project of the now $72-million Salk Hall renovation project.
November 18, 2020
More construction crews will soon rumble into Oakland following the approval of an expanded construction project by the Properties & Facilities Committee of the Board of Trustees.

First-generation students work to make best of fall semester, despite pandemic

Yangkai Zhang, left, Jaden Calhoun, center, and Nikolai Czepiel (left, right) are first-generation college students attending Pitt.
November 18, 2020
Without the same background knowledge of college that their peers may have, first-generation college students face distinct challenges, such as the college application process, financial difficulties and the adjustment to college life.

Year of Engagement awards funding to proposals, hosts social media challenge

Johanna Siegel, a senior bioengineering major, won an individual award and one with her sorority, Phi Sigma Rho, for the one of the Year of Engagement’s 14-day social media challenges.
November 18, 2020
The Year of Engagement is this year’s edition of Pitt’s “Year of” series, headed by the Provost’s office. This year’s theme aims to “confront the world’s biggest challenges and mobilize towards a better, more equitable and just society for all,” according to Kathy Humphrey, the senior vice chancellor for engagement.

Students worry about new finals schedule, format

Students worry about new finals schedule, format
November 18, 2020
According to Pitt’s fall 2020 final exam schedule, 16 classes — mainly chemistry, economics and statistics classes — are allowed to have in-person final exams on Nov. 23 and Nov. 24, and web-based classes will have finals from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3.

Opinion | This semester destroyed my mental health

Opinion | This semester destroyed my mental health
November 17, 2020
If this semester absolutely obliterated your mental health, that’s nothing to be ashamed of.
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