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The Student Alumni Association announced Saturday morning that Alexis Zito and Jonathan Perlman are this year’s Spirit of Pitt winners.

Engineering students win first Spirit of Pitt Award

By Kaitlyn Nuebel, Staff Writer October 26, 2020
Alexis Zito, a senior mechanical engineering major, and Jonathan Perlman, a fifth-year mechanical engineering major, are this year’s Spirit of Pitt winners.v
Pitt honors alumni through prestigious awards

Pitt honors alumni through prestigious awards

By Millicent Watt, For The Pitt News October 21, 2020
One of the major events of homecoming is honoring Pitt alumni and recognizing their dedication to the University and the Pitt community. This is done through five different honors — the Roc Spirit Award, the Ivan and Mary Novick Award for Young Alumni Leadership, the Bill Baierl Distinguished Alumni Service Award, the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award and being named a Distinguished Alumni Fellow.
Pitt is encouraging students to celebrate homecoming at home and has cancelled traditional homecoming activities like Paint the Town, pictured here last year.

‘Stay at Home-coming’: Panthers find new way to show Pitt spirit

By Elizabeth Primrose, For The Pitt News October 21, 2020
Homecoming looks different this year, since students and alumni cannot celebrate in person due to COVID-19 restrictions. Despite this, programming has not diminished, but only changed forms. With the lack of in-person events, both students and alumni must celebrate in other ways, such as showing their Pitt spirit by decorating their residence hall or home, participating in virtual events and utilizing social media.
Dixon Veltri moved back to her hometown of Pittsburgh and joined Pitt’s women’s soccer team after transferring from University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Two Pitt athletes play for the Steel City that raised them

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer October 20, 2020
Homecoming normally presents an opportunity to travel back to one’s home to relive distant memories. But Pitt athletes Curtis Aiken Jr. and Dixon Veltri have chosen to stay in the city that raised them for their college careers.
Pitt alumnus Ferdinand Metz currently serves as the president of the Culinary Institute of America.

Q&A: Alumni Association award winner Ferdinand Metz on America’s culinary landscape

By Hayley Lesh, Staff Writer October 20, 2020
This homecoming week, the Alumni Association is recognizing Metz for his combination of experience and education. Since graduating from Pitt, Metz has built a career that incorporates his business education with his passion for food.
HoCo self-promo: ‘Spirit of Pitt’ candidates promote themselves online

HoCo self-promo: ‘Spirit of Pitt’ candidates promote themselves online

By Julianna Poljak, For The Pitt News October 20, 2020
It’s not often that you see South Oakland’s very own Frenchi’s Deli posting about Pitt’s homecoming candidates on their Instagram.
Satire | What is homecoming anyway?

Satire | What is homecoming anyway?

By Alex Dolinger, Senior Staff Columnist October 20, 2020
Senior Staff Columnist Alex Dolinger ponders the meaning of homecoming and why we celebrate it.
Opinion | Gender-inclusive homecoming awards are a step in the right direction

Opinion | Gender-inclusive homecoming awards are a step in the right direction

By Julia Kreutzer, Senior Staff Columnist October 20, 2020
By dropping the dated titles of homecoming king and queen and instead crowning two Spirit of Pitt Award winners, Pitt’s SAA has made a tangible step towards a truly inclusive future at the University.
Tony Dorsett walks onto Heinz Field with Pitt Football in 2016.

Column | Pitt boasts decorated Mount Rushmore of hometown heroes

By Kyle Saxon, Staff Writer October 20, 2020
Throughout its decorated athletic history, Pitt has produced numerous phenomenal athletes. The greater Pittsburgh area has also been home to some of the greatest high school athletes of all time. While it is always fulfilling to see former Panther athletes succeed at the professional level, it is perhaps even more special to see homegrown talent shine at Pitt.
Pitt will no longer use the gendered titles homecoming king and queen.

Pitt removes “antiquated” gendered homecoming king and queen titles

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor September 25, 2020
Pitt’s Alumni Association removed the gendered titles of homecoming king and queen for this October’s homecoming festivities and are instead opting for two gender-inclusive “Spirit of Pitt” winners.
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