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Pitt Program Council’s annual Fall Fest starts on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Schenley Plaza. Pitt undergraduate students enter free and can expect music, food and fun activities.

PPC’s Fall Fest to feature Lauv, food trucks and more

By Sarah Demchak, For The Pitt News October 8, 2021
Live music, dancing and food trucks — it is Pitt Program Council's first in-person Fall Fest since 2019. Pitt students can expect a Saturday afternoon filled with all the fun activities they have been missing out on for the past two years.
Ben Crump, a civil rights lawyer, spoke at a Pitt Program Council event Tuesday night at the William Pitt Union.

‘Better world for our children’: Crump discusses injustice in America

By Punya Bhasin, Senior Staff Writer October 6, 2021
Pitt Program Council and the Black Action Society hosted civil rights lawyer Ben Crump on Tuesday night at the William Pitt Union. Crump discussed the difficulties Black people face in America and the ways people need to demand justice.
Dionysus members Myles Naylor and Christian Ryan close the night at Battle of the Bands.

Student rock band Dionysus wins Battle of the Bands

By Darin Fields, Staff Writer October 1, 2021
The opportunity to perform is not one musicians take lightly. Pitt-based new age rock band Dionysus will get the opportunity to share their music at Fall Fest after winning Pitt Program Council’s Battle of the Bands on Wednesday night.
Pitt Program Council announced that Lauv, an American pop artist, will headline this year’s Fall Fest. Students can attend Fall Fest on Oct. 10 starting at 1 p.m. on Schenley Drive. Pictured is the 2018 Bigelow Bash, the former name of Fall Fest.

Pitt Program Council announces Lauv as Fall Fest headliner

By Diana Velasquez, Culture Editor September 21, 2021
Fall Fest is returning in person this year, and after a year and a half of virtual events, students can finally get the full on-campus concert experience — dancing in a crowd with friends and listening to some blasting bass from this year’s headliner, Lauv.
Keke Palmer spoke at a Zoom event Monday about her identity as an artist, activist and Black woman in the entertainment industry for Black History Month, sponsored by Pitt Program Council and Black Action Society.

Keke Palmer discusses stardom, sexism and Black Lives Matter at virtual event

By Sona Sharma, Staff Writer February 24, 2021
Palmer brought her talents to Pitt on Monday to discuss her identity as an artist, activist and Black woman in the entertainment industry in a Zoom event for Black History Month, sponsored by Pitt Program Council and Black Action Society.
‘A different lifestyle’: Students navigate a semester at home

‘A different lifestyle’: Students navigate a semester at home

By Elizabeth Primrose, For The Pitt News October 14, 2020
Some students, such as Nish Rajkanth, are currently living in their childhood bedrooms rather than a cramped dorm room. Rajkanth, who is currently in South Brunswick, New Jersey, said taking college classes from home sometimes feels like she’s back in high school.
Rico Nasty was set to perform last spring at Pitt Program Council’s annual Bigelow Bash before the event was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Getting ‘Rico Nasty’ with Pitt Program Council

By Julianna Poljak, For The Pitt News September 13, 2020
PPC knew how important it was for Pitt students to experience “Smack a B----” live and rescheduled Nasty to perform in the University’s first virtual concert and Q&A, which more than 100 Pitt students attended.
W. Kamau Bell speaks at an event at Pitt on Jan. 17, 2017. Anna Bongardino|Staff Photographer

W. Kamau Bell talks social justice with Black Action Society, Pitt Program Council

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor July 17, 2020
As a stand-up comic, W. Kamau Bell has made a career around being funny — but that doesn’t mean he takes political issues lightly. The comedian went without pre-rehearsed jokes to talk to Pitt community members Thursday evening about making change on campus and in their city.
This year’s Bigelow Bash will be canceled or postponed along with the rest of Pitt Program Council’s upcoming spring events.

COVID-19 shutters cultural events on campus and across the city

By Delilah Bourque, Culture Editor March 17, 2020

Postponed Events Pitt Arts — Pittsburgh Memorial Mandala Installation According to an email from Terry S. Hardy, a Pitt Arts artist in residence, his installation in front of the Frick Fine Arts...

Zozibini Tunzi, winner of Miss Universe 2019, speaks about beauty standards set by the beauty industry during Pitt Program Council’s “An Evening with Miss Universe” on Monday evening.

Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi shines bright on love and self-worth

“When you enter a room, take up the whole space, don’t be shy about it.”
By Diana Velasquez, Senior Staff Writer February 25, 2020
Zozibini Tunzi came onto the stage of the William Pitt Union Assembly Room for An Evening with Miss Universe, hosted by the Pitt Program Council and the Black Action Society, to speak with Pitt students about her life as Miss Universe and the work she’s doing while holding the title.
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