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Zaki defies genre in debut of self-titled album

 “Zaki” was the first album released by the band Zaki and consists of seven original tracks. (Photo courtesy of Jack Stauber)

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer

March 13, 2018

Jesse Descutner, a 2016 Pitt graduate, heard the environmental term “urban heat island” in an undergraduate urban studies class and immediately thought it would be a good name for his band. In that same class, Descutner, a guitarist, met bassist Sean O’Connor, a 2017 Pitt graduate. The two ...

Pitt students condemn catcalling

(Illustration by Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor)

By Joanna Li | Staff Writer

February 14, 2018

As a 12-year-old, Sophia Marshall stepped out of the house feeling confident in the outfit she had picked out that morning. As she waited for a friend by the local high school, she heard a sharp whistle from out of the window of a passing car — her first experience with catcalling. Marshall, now a...

Oakland Restaurant Week hosts 6 days of $6 lunches

The semi-annual Oakland Restaurant Week, hosted by the Oakland Business Improvement District, features six days of $6 lunches from 19 participating popular restaurants. (Photos by Issi Glatts | Assistant Visual Editor)

By Shahum Ajmal and Elizabeth Donnelly | For The Pitt News

January 30, 2018

Students on a budget can ditch Market Central for the week and try out a new restaurant on Forbes or Fifth Avenue for a discounted price instead. Oakland Restaurant Week — which takes place from Monday, Jan. 29, to Saturday, Feb. 3 — is hosted and funded by the Oakland Business Improvement Di...

Q&A: Pitt alum opens Haus of Vain thrift store

Models sport clothing and accessories from thrift store Haus of Vain, located in Oakland on Centre Avenue and owned by 2015 Pitt graduate Jerome Roberts. (Photo Courtesy of Jerome Roberts)

By Charlie Garcia-Weger | For The Pitt News

January 25, 2018

Thrifting in Pittsburgh is an underappreciated subject. When I discuss my excitement with people about finding a really interesting or rare find while thrifting in Pittsburgh, they look at me funny — maybe because I’m from Brooklyn. I grew up in what some consider “hipster central,” where it...

Review: Salud Juicery opens in Oakland

Salud Juicery has everything from nourishing juices and smoothies, to hot drinks and wellness shots, and fresh, blended acai bowls. (Photo by Issi Glatts | Assistant Visual Editor)

By Elizabeth Donnelly | For The Pitt News

January 23, 2018

Just blocks away from Pitt’s campus, Oakland residents now have access to a tasty and healthy alternative to frozen treats and juices. Salud Juicery recently opened its fourth location in the Pittsburgh area — tucked away at 3400 Fifth Avenue. The unadvertised soft opening Friday, Jan. 5, allow...

The Naughties focus on the fans

The Naughties perform at Oakland bars twice a month. (Photo courtesy of Jesse Wehner)

By Caroline Bourque and Prachi Patel | Pitt News Staff

January 19, 2018

The audience at a typical Naughties show can expect anything from bass player Jad Hilal’s usual joke segment to a patriotic onstage reading of the Constitution — backed by red, white and blue stage lights. Lead vocalist and guitar player Jesse Wehner, a Pitt senior and economics major, said th...

Best of Oakland food run

Pamela’s Diner is known for its specialty hotcakes. (Photo by Noah Manalo | For The Pitt News)

By Noah Manalo | For The Pitt News

January 19, 2018

When I woke up Thursday morning, I felt a little stressed. Weighed down by schoolwork I had yet to complete, and with a long band practice ahead of me that evening, I knew I needed some good food to carry me through the day. I realized the only logical option was to eat at The Pitt News readers’ fav...

Soda Club creates their own genre

Indie-pop quartet Soda Club performed in chilly temperatures at the Mr. Roboto Project Saturday evening. (Photo courtesy of Nick Seyler)

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer

January 9, 2018

Jarrett Krause opened the doors to his classroom at Beth Shalom Early Learning Center in Squirrel Hill Friday morning. His prekindergarten students drew colorful, scribbly pictures and asked him about his long, curly hair. One day later, the 2015 Pitt alumnus was tossing that same curly hair onst...

Longtime residents reminisce about old Oakland

The Merante family has owned and operated Groceria Merante since 1979. (TPN file photo)

By David Solomon | Staff Writer

January 8, 2018

At the corner of Bates and McKee streets sits Groceria Merante, an Italian grocery that’s been situated in the neighborhood for nearly four decades. Walk inside and Salvatore Merante, age 86, may be there to ring you up or reminisce about the Oakland he used to know — a calm family neighborhood,...

Dark, dank and diverse: students find many uses for Oakland basements

Anastasia Eichler, a sophomore majoring in ecology and evolution, sets the finished basement of her South Oakland house as her bedroom. (Photo by Sarah Connor | Staff Writer)

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer

November 17, 2017

Mac Clark heard knocking and high-pitched talking coming from his basement about two weekends ago. Following a Halloween party he hosted at his South Oakland residence, the senior mechanical engineering major unlocked the door leading to the basement and cautiously made his way down the creaking ...

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