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Homecoming should build community, scrap outdated traditions

Homecoming should build community, scrap outdated traditions

By Angela Koontz, For The Pitt News

October 4, 2018

Homecoming court and football games are fun traditions, but they don’t make the most of what homecoming has to offer. Smaller networking events are better to help students interact with alumni.

The life and times of ROC the mascot

Panthers’ mascot ROC dances on Heinz Field during Pitt’s game against Georgia Tech Sept. 15, 2018.

By Ben Zimmer, Staff Writer

October 4, 2018

ROC, a human-sized bipedal Panther, has been at the center of Pitt athletics for more than a century now, bouncing around the field, waving his arms and entertaining fans with his goofy antics and unassailable school spirit.

Behind the scenes: PPC’s explosive homecoming tradition

Fireworks lit up the Cathedral of Learning last October for Courtside at the Cathedral — a celebratory event for homecoming and the season commencement for Pitt’s basketball teams.

By Emily Wolfe, Staff Writer

October 4, 2018

Bigelow Boulevard will briefly go completely dark at 9 o’clock Friday evening to prepare the sky for an explosive display of light and sound.

Down with the monarchy

Down with the monarchy

By Grace McGinness, Staff Columnist

October 4, 2018

There is no place for homecoming court in 2018. That may sound harsh, but after all it’s just a silly tradition for students who want to have fun.

Last-minute picks for homecoming court

Last-minute picks for homecoming court

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

October 4, 2018

The nominees for homecoming court are decided, and it’s too late for any last-second additions. But there’s so many contestants who were disqualified just because they’re not students — and many would totally win if they could enter. If I could decide Pitt’s homecoming king and queen, these would be my choices.

Prediction: Orange to squeeze out victory over Panthers

Pitt's James Conner evades Syracuse's Ted Taylor in the second quarter Nov. 26, 2016, at Heinz Field. Pitt won, 76-61.

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

October 4, 2018

Syracuse looks to bounce back from a narrow loss against No. 4 Clemson, while the Panthers are reeling from a blowout loss to No. 12 UCF.

Gallery: NC State defeats Pitt, 35-17

(Photo by Thomas Yang | Senior Staff Photographer)

By Thomas Yang and Anna Bongardino | TPN Staff

October 14, 2017


Students face encouragement, difficulties when coming out

Robert Huerbin (left), Theresa White (middle), and Jason Landou-Goodman (right) talk at the University Club Wednesday night for an LGBTQIA+ hosted reception. (Photo by Issi Glatts | Staff Photographer)

By Remy Samuels | For The Pitt News

October 13, 2017

Decked out in suits and dresses, Pitt’s LGBTQ+ alumni and current students congregated in the Gold Room of the University Club Wednesday, reminiscing about the evolution of the community and discussing plans for future growth. Pitt’s LGBTQIA+ Alumni Affinity Council hosted a reception at the University Club...

Alumni reflect on Cathedral’s youth

Edward Murphy, pitt class of 1941, holds his diploma in hands. (Photo by Bailey Frisco | Staff Writer)

By Bailey Frisco | Staff Writer

October 13, 2017

As a child, Edward Murphy used to walk through the muddy construction site of the Cathedral of Learning on his way to Schenley Theater — the current site of Hillman Library — with his younger brother to watch movies. Murphy often wondered what the inside of the structure would look like, but he didn...

False advertising: foreign students’ perceptions of Homecoming not always reality

Pitt News file photo.

By Alessandra Roberto / for The Pitt News

October 9, 2015

Homecoming week is meant to generate school pride, but for international students familiar with American stereotypes, it can end in disillusion. American universities’ homecomings continue many of the traditions that begin in high school, like pep rallies, football games and ample school spirit,...

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