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PDM raises more than $360k at first in-person dance event since 2019

PDM raises more than $360k at first in-person dance event since 2019

By Elizabeth Primrose, Staff Writer March 31, 2022
Members of the Pitt community gathered at the Charles L. Cost Sports Center on Saturday for a 12-hour dance marathon celebrating the culmination of Pitt Dance Marathon’s year-long fundraising efforts
Members of Phi Sigma Rho at the annual Light the Night hosted by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society outside of Heinz Field on Oct. 14.

Sorority changes bylaws to welcome non-binary, transgender students

By Punya Bhasin, Senior Staff Writer December 1, 2021
Pitt’s chapter of Phi Sigma Rho, a social engineering and STEM sorority, recently updated its bylaws to be more welcoming to non-binary and transgender students through inclusive language and pronoun use as well as anti-discrimination clauses.
The monument in the Schenley Quadrangle celebrating nine historically Black Greek letter organizations that make up the National Panhellenic Council.

‘We’re here’: Pitt honors Black Greek life organizations with monument

By Kiera Ledermann, Staff Writer October 20, 2021
Pitt recently installed a monument in the Schenley Quadrangle celebrating the nine historically Black Greek life organizations that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council, making it the first PWI in western Pennsylvania to build a plot.
Active fraternities and sororities have been conducting virtual recruitment this year.

‘We know better’: Greek life leaders address fall recruitment, partying crackdown

By Thea Barrett and Maura Scrabis September 9, 2020
Amid a crackdown on Oakland parties and the student organizations hosting them, some groups are holding themselves to a higher standard. John Altvater, the vice president of recruitment for the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity, said his chapter has closely followed COVID-19 health rules and encourages all Greek life chapters and other organizations to follow them.

Quarter of Pitt Greek life chapters now temporarily suspended after University crackdown

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor August 24, 2020
In all, a quarter of all Pitt Greek life chapters active before the pandemic have been placed on an interim suspension in the last week.
Jeff Ahearn | Senior Staff Photographer

All social, no distancing: Parties in Oakland continue amid ongoing pandemic

By Nathan Fitchett and Martha Layne August 21, 2020
Before almost entirely online classes started Wednesday, large social gatherings among students gained the attention of concerned students, parents, community members and Pitt administrators.

5 Greek life chapters placed on interim suspension

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor August 19, 2020
Five Greek life chapters were placed on “Interim Suspension of Registration” on Wednesday after allegedly violating the University’s Health and Safety Guidelines, the Student Code of Conduct and the Fraternity and Sorority Guidelines.

Three Greek organizations suspended this past week

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Assistant News Editor February 28, 2020
The University suspended three Greek life organizations — Phi Kappa Theta, Delta Zeta and Sigma Sigma Sigma — this past week.
Evelyn Piazza, mother of hazing victim Timothy Piazza, speaks about the dangers of hazing and the toll it has had on her family at Monday evening’s “Turning Tragedy into Progress” at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall.

Families discuss hazing prevention in “Turning Tragedy into Progress”

By Nathan Fitchett, Staff Writer February 25, 2020
Several hundred Pitt community members gathered in the Soldiers and Sailors Auditorium on Monday night for “Turning Tragedy into Progress” — an anti-hazing presentation featuring Evelyn Piazza and Rae Ann Gruver.
Delta Phi Epsilon members cheer on potential new members at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall during Sunday’s sorority Bid Day.

Sorority recruitment comes to an end with chants and special outfits

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer January 21, 2020
Spring sorority recruitment is a two-weekend process that ran from Jan. 10-12 and Jan. 16-18 this year, ending with Bid Day on Sunday at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall.
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