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Grad students rally against GOP tax plan

Casandra Armour Capri spoke against the Republican tax plan at a rally outside the Cathedral of Learning Wednesday. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Senior Staff Photographer)

By Salina Pressimone | Staff Writer

November 30, 2017

Andrew Bellesis faces new decisions about his career prospects as the recently introduced Republican tax bill looms over the potential cost of his next five years at Pitt. “We will defeat this bill,” Bellesis, a first-year biophysics Ph.D. student, said through his megaphone. “And in the lo...

Letter to the Editor | There is no third party. We, the students, are the union

(Photo by John Hamilton | Editor-In-Chief)

By Beth Shaaban / PhD student

July 30, 2017

Surprise! I just returned from presenting some of my research at a conference to a union busting email from the provost. One of my personal favorite lines: “The education, not the financial support, is the goal of graduate study.” Buckle up kids, if you can’t afford your medications, rent, food ...

Pitt administration comes out against grad student union

The Pitt administration is against the formation of a grad student union, an effort United Steelworkers is involved in. (Photo via Flickr Commons)

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

July 28, 2017

Speaking on behalf of the University, Pitt Provost Patricia Beeson came out against a graduate student union Thursday, claiming that a union would not be in the best interests of students. Beeson’s letter is the first direct criticism the administration has levied against the unionization efforts, which formally began in January of 2016. The University is now officially no...

Grad students continue push for union

The Pitt administration is against the formation of a grad student union, an effort United Steelworkers is involved in. (Photo via Flickr Commons)

By Janine Faust | Senior Staff Writer

June 21, 2017

Some Pitt graduate students have been buckling down these past six months on something other than master and doctoral degrees. The Graduate Student Organizing Committee — a group that advocates for the formation of a graduate student union on Pitt’s campus — has been garnering support for un...

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