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Pitt Alum has it in the Effin bag

Pitt alum George Patterson left his corporate job in 2009 to make more time for family and expand his independent business ventures.  (Photo courtesy of George Patterson)

By Prachi Patel | Staff Writer

February 9, 2018

George Patterson reaches into his pocket to pull out his business cards with a glint of amusement in his eyes. “I guarantee, if you read my title, you will laugh,” Patterson said. Stamped under his name, G.B. Patterson, are the words “Effin President.” Patterson, a 52-year-old Pitt alum an...

Column: Poetry now: why today’s world makes poetics shine

In 1773, Phillis Wheatley became the first African-American poet ever to be published. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

By Christian Snyder, Assistant Opinions Editor

August 29, 2017

I remember the first time a line of poetry caught me by surprise. I was sitting in the Cathedral of Learning mouthing the words of Ross Gay’s poem “catalog of unabashed gratitude” to myself. The poem turns when he addresses the reader, and says thank you, “for moving your lips just so as I s...

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