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‘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.

Getting ‘Rico Nasty’ with Pitt Program Council

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.

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 talks social justice with Black Action Society, Pitt Program Council

W. Kamau Bell speaks at an event at Pitt on Jan. 17, 2017. Anna Bongardino|Staff Photographer

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.

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

This year’s Bigelow Bash will be canceled or postponed along with the rest of Pitt Program Council’s upcoming spring events.

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 building on March 16 is rescheduled for the 2020 fall semester. The installation of a floral mandala to honor “loss of life in Pittsburgh and its ...

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

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.

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.

Vlogger David Dobrik brings YouTube to the WPU

Pitt Program Council hosted YouTube personality and vlogger David Dobrik Tuesday night in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room.

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Contributing Editor

November 7, 2019

A packed room of excited students cheered and applauded as a 23-year-old man in a Pitt sweatshirt and baseball cap emerged from a back door. While he looked the part, he wasn’t another regular Pitt student — this was David Dobrik, one of the most recognizable people on the internet.

J.J. Abbott: From the WPU to the state Capitol building

J.J. Abbott (center) currently works as press secretary for Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pa., managing all ingoing and outgoing media requests.

By Emily Drzymalski, Staff Writer

October 24, 2019

When J.J. Abbott stepped foot on Pitt’s Oakland campus for the first time as an incoming student, it was a sunny and “warm, but not too hot,” July day.

Lovelytheband headlines 2019 Fall Fest

Mitchy Collins of lovelytheband performs Sunday afternoon at Fall Fest, sponsored by Pitt Program Council.

By Jade Chang and Emily Wolfe

October 13, 2019

Bigelow Boulevard was closed Sunday for Pitt Program Council's annual Fall Fest, headlined by lovelytheband.

Member of Central Park Five discusses wrongful incarceration

Dr. Yusef Salaam of the “Central Park Five” spoke at an event hosted by Pitt Program Council on Tuesday night.

By Benjamin Nigrosh, Staff Writer

October 2, 2019

Yusef Salaam, a member of the Central Park Five, spoke about wrongful incarceration to a packed crowd Tuesday night.

Tyler Oakley reflects on YouTube fame and activism

Youtuber Tyler Oakley speaks about Ubers while introducing himself at Pitt Program Council’s “An Evening with Tyler Oakley.”

By Elizabeth Donnelly, Staff Writer

April 9, 2019

Little did Tyler Oakley know, 12 years after he began his YouTube channel he would be sitting in the William Pitt Union speaking about his social media career, LGBTQ+ activism and life as an internet celebrity to a room full of more than 250 Pitt students — only a small segment of his fanbase.

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