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Editorial: On union, University should stay on sidelines

Editorial: On union, University should stay on sidelines

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 14, 2017

The push to unionize grad students at the University, while in the works since the beginning of 2016, has heated up significantly in the past few months. When Pitt graduate students arrived in the common room of the Cathedral of Learning on Tuesday to deliver a list of demands, the police presence seemed ...

Scared to study abroad? Do it anyway

Scared to study abroad? Do it anyway

By Sarah Shearer | For The Pitt News

September 13, 2017

I was in the candy aisle of a bookstall April 19 when I first heard the emergency alarms and looked up to see the main concourse of London Euston Train Station in a dark frenzy. I grabbed my bag, shuffled out the nearest exit and stood outside with other travelers for almost half an hour before someone announced ov...

Near and far: Pitt students’ diverse origins

Near and far: Pitt students’ diverse origins

By Anandhini Narayanan | Staff Writer

September 12, 2017

At Audrey Jonas’ high school, students celebrate “Tractor Day” — a day in which students drive their farm tractors to school and spend time marveling at the assortment of tractors in the parking lot. Jonas grew up in Bernville, Pennsylvania, which has a population of about 1,000 residents. “Trac...

Editorial: Recognize student debt’s real toll on campus

Editorial: Recognize student debt’s real toll on campus

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 10, 2017

With grades, a fluctuating social life and life after graduation all weighing heavily on our collective conscience, any college student can tell you they’re no stranger to stress. And according to research released recently by collegiate contracting giant Sodexo, students in the United States ...

Tailgate tunes: Pitt vs. PSU game day playlist

Tailgate tunes: Pitt vs. PSU game day playlist

By Jack Mulligan / For The Pitt News

September 7, 2017

Every college football fan in Pennsylvania has a reason to get excited for this Saturday’s game. Thousands of fans from both teams will meet at the massive Beaver Stadium for the in-state matchup. After Pitt’s stunning victory last year at Heinz Field, a lot is riding on this game for both teams....

Retro Oakland: Pitt’s catwalk of football fashion

Retro Oakland: Pitt’s catwalk of football fashion

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

September 7, 2017

Sporting black long-sleeved turtlenecks and dark pants, Pitt’s 1899 football team looks like a bunch of brooding postmodern writers. But the beatnik era didn’t happen for another 50 years, making our athletic predecessors look like fashion-forward icons. And as our school went from the Western...

Transfers make the switch to Pitt but not without struggles

Transfers make the switch to Pitt but not without struggles

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

August 29, 2017

Not all new Pitt students are having their first college experience — roughly a thousand of them every year are seasoned students who have transferred from colleges and universities from around the world. And while many transfer students find their place in Oakland just like the students who starte...

Transgender working group pushes gender inclusivity, education

Transgender working group pushes gender inclusivity, education

By Caroline Bourque | Assistant News Editor

August 28, 2017

Before joining Pitt’s transgender working group, Kate Shindle knew little about the obstacles to building gender-neutral restrooms. “It’s not just as easy as saying that, ‘We need a gender-neutral restroom somewhere,’” Shindle, a senior biology major, said. “It’s also like, ‘Where...

Retro Oakland: Learning about our university’s leaders

Retro Oakland: Learning about our university’s leaders

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

August 27, 2017

Although Pitt students today have grown accustomed to a chancellor who takes selfies with each upcoming class and tweets regularly, past leaders of Pitt had different approaches to interacting with students. There have been 18 Pitt chancellors — and each one impacted the University as we know it t...

Pitt increases tuition, budget

Pitt increases tuition, budget

By Caroline Bourque | The Pitt News Staff

July 17, 2017

Pitt trustees voted Monday to increase in-state tuition by 2.5 percent and out-of-state tuition by three percent, along with an increase to the University’s operating budget. In-state students enrolled in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences will see their tuition increase by $442, while ou...

Pitt Smart Living project hopes to ‘democratize,’ incentivize transportation

Pitt Smart Living project hopes to ‘democratize,’ incentivize transportation

By John Hamilton | Editor-in-Chief

July 12, 2017

A Pitt research project is attempting to “democratize” and incentivize public transportation in Pittsburgh using public information screens and a mobile app. The Pitt Smart Living project is currently in the pilot phase, according to Alexandros Labrinidis, the Pitt computer science professor leading th...

Editorial: Pitt’s new board shows that it recognizes the importance of diversity, but there’s a long way to go

Editorial: Pitt’s new board shows that it recognizes the importance of diversity, but there’s a long way to go

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

July 4, 2017

The Board of Trustees at Pitt has some serious power — by its own words, the Board “retains ultimate responsibility for all University affairs,” meaning its diversity is all the more important. Pitt appointed four new board members on June 30, three of whom are women. And while there’s st...

Auditor’s concerns with PSU partially apply to Pitt

Auditor’s concerns with PSU partially apply to Pitt

By Janine Faust / Senior Staff Writer

June 28, 2017

The Pennsylvania auditor general harshly criticized Penn State after a recent audit, raising some concerns that apply to other state-related universities, including Pitt. In his 112-page audit report, Auditor General Eugene Depasquale cited several issues including skyrocketing tuition, a lack of transparency, a decrease in in-state enrollment and an...

Grad students continue push for union

Grad students continue push for union

By Janine Faust | Senior Staff Writer

June 21, 2017

Some Pitt graduate students have been buckling down these past six months on something other than master and doctoral degrees. The Graduate Student Organizing Committee — a group that advocates for the formation of a graduate student union on Pitt’s campus — has been garnering support for un...

Editorial: Pitt’s public funding should result in public accountability

Editorial: Pitt’s public funding should result in public accountability

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 14, 2017

“Tell your elected officials: With Pitt, PA Wins.” So begins the University’s recent plea for students to lobby on its behalf for state funding. And while the statement is true — many of the state’s greatest achievements have come from Pitt, such as the recent development of a new HIV detector or t...

Pitt announces finances, top employee earners

Pitt announces finances, top employee earners

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

June 13, 2017

Pitt’s annual financial disclosure, which it released last month in compliance with the Right to Know Law, revealed a pay structure with University athletics once again at the top. The University, which legally qualifies as a non-profit organization exempt from tax, nevertheless must still file a publi...

Michaels dismissed from Pitt after child pornography possession charges

Michaels dismissed from Pitt after child pornography possession charges

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

June 12, 2017

Edward Michaels has been dismissed from Pitt, according to a University spokesperson, after he was charged with possessing child pornography on May 24. Michaels is the former director of Pitt’s counseling center, a position he held since June 2015. Immediately following his arrest, Pitt placed Mi...

Editorial: New UHC dean has opportunity to refocus college

Editorial: New UHC dean has opportunity to refocus college

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 7, 2017

If it weren’t on the 35th floor of the Cathedral of Learning, you might be able to hear the crickets from outside in the University Honors College lounge. But it wasn’t always this way. Founded in 1987 by Dean Alec Stewart, the UHC once was a place where true intellectualism fostered, a place where students with or without pre-professional majors could come debate, disc...

Being trans at Pitt: my story

Being trans at Pitt: my story

By Madeline Barber | For The Pitt News

May 30, 2017

As a child, I was a stereotypical boy. I played in the dirt, my favorite toys were my Tonka trucks and I loved to break things. I wasn’t interested in “girl” things like sewing or nail polish, and my favorite color wasn’t pink. To my mother, there was no way I could be trans because I so eag...

Q&A: Stallings discusses transfers, recruits and “hard decisions”

Q&A: Stallings discusses transfers, recruits and “hard decisions”

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

May 29, 2017

Coming off its worst season since 2000, the Pitt men’s basketball program will attempt to rebound this year as head coach Kevin Stallings enters year two of his tenure. This season’s team will be made up of almost entirely new faces, with only three players returning from last year’s squad....

Georgia Tech sweeps Pitt baseball, ending win streak

Georgia Tech sweeps Pitt baseball, ending win streak

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

May 10, 2017

Riding a four-game win streak into its weekend series against Georgia Tech, the Pitt baseball team looked to get above .500 for the first time since April 7. Instead, the Yellow Jackets (23-21, 8-15 ACC) swept the Panthers (21-24, 8-16 ACC), winning a pair of one-run games before finishing the series...

Long nights, loud protests and the truth: A four-year career at The Pitt News

Long nights, loud protests and the truth: A four-year career at The Pitt News

By Stephen Caruso | Contributing Editor

April 24, 2017

I’ve always struggled to articulate why I work at The Pitt News. In the four years I’ve spent working here, my friends have consistently commented on how much time I spend at the office. When I miss out on a night of drinks or a day in Schenley, they are understanding. They know my passion, an...

Op-Ed: The Babcock Room symbolizes Pitt’s ivory tower

Op-Ed: The Babcock Room symbolizes Pitt’s ivory tower

By Sage Lincoln | Op-Ed Contributor

April 24, 2017

I first entered the Babcock Room in 2013. Guided by a friend of a friend, a few other Pitt students and I made our way to the back elevator on the 36th floor of the Cathedral at dusk. Two picked locks later we were there: the 40th floor, practically the top of the world. We didn’t pay much...

A final push for more journalism at Pitt

A final push for more journalism at Pitt

By Elizabeth Lepro | Editor in Chief

April 24, 2017

In the late 1700s, Benjamin Franklin — at the behest of King Louis XIV — served on a French Royal Commission to investigate some rather absurd claims by a German scientist. The back story is unimportant, what is important is a line from Franklin’s official report, in which he wrote, “Truth ...

Editorial: One final call for more transparency

Editorial: One final call for more transparency

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 24, 2017

As an editorial board, we publish our collective opinion on a relevant topic every day. It might seem like we’re bashing the government, administration and authority in general, but that’s not why we do it. We don’t publish editorials just to shout into the void or to place blame. We do it bec...

Pitt researchers identify new cancer risks in chromosomes

Pitt researchers identify new cancer risks in chromosomes

By Rose Luder / Staff Writer

April 20, 2017

Scientists have identified a new cancer risk associated with chromosomes, according to a 22-year-long study from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. Jian-Min Yuan — a professor in Pitt’s School of Public Health, a physician and researcher — conducted research indicating that the length of telomeres ...

Editorial: Student lobbying key to change among Board of Trustees

Editorial: Student lobbying key to change among Board of Trustees

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 19, 2017

National and sometimes international political movements often find homes on college campuses, but lately, students are aiming their protest signs at their own universities. Students at Davidson College, a private, liberal arts college in North Carolina, began circulating a digital petition late l...

Sexual assault survivors heal through storytelling

Sexual assault survivors heal through storytelling

By Dan Day and John Hamilton / The Pitt News Staff

April 12, 2017

At the Sexual Violence Open Mic Tuesday night, no one actually used a microphone. Instead, 13 students pushed two tables together inside the William Pitt Union for an intimate discussion on the effects of rape culture and sexual violence. Pitt’s chapter of the American Association of University Women...

Making memories: Pitt students paint portraits for underprivileged children

Making memories: Pitt students paint portraits for underprivileged children

By Anandhini Narayanan / For The Pitt News

April 11, 2017

Jill McDonnell surveyed a set of portrait pictures laid out on a Hillman Library table and picked her next art subject based on their name and favorite color — the only information provided with the picture. Using watercolor and acrylic paints, McDonnell and 27 other artists at Pitt painted per...

Pitt hires Rob A. Rutenbar as first senior vice chancellor for research

Pitt hires Rob A. Rutenbar as first senior vice chancellor for research

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and John Hamilton / The Pitt News Staff

April 11, 2017

The University of Pittsburgh hired The University of Pittsburgh hired Rob A. Rutenbar Monday as the first senior vice chancellor for research, a new position that will oversee and integrate research at Pitt. The search for the job began in October 2016, when Pitt held four town halls to get input on hiring for...

Interactive crime map: March 31 – April 6

Interactive crime map: March 31 – April 6

By The Pitt News Staff

April 9, 2017

March 31 2:55 p.m. Posvar Hall 230 S. Bouquet St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Pitt police responded to a report of a stolen coat. An investigation is pending. 3:40 p.m. Public Saftey Building 3412 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Pitt police assisted Port Authority police with an assault that occurred o...

Pitt Tonight announces Andrew Dow as new host

Pitt Tonight announces Andrew Dow as new host

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and John Hamilton / News Editors

April 6, 2017

For a show that is only wrapping up its second season, “Pitt Tonight” is already at the end of an era. “Pitt Tonight” announced on Twitter Wednesday that first-year Andrew Dow will be the next host of the show, starting fall 2017. He will be the successor to Jesse Irwin, who is finishing his reign aft...

Bigelow Bash preview

Bigelow Bash preview

By Caoline Bourque / Staff Writer

April 5, 2017

Acrobats will juggle and flip alongside musicians and food truck vendors on Bigelow Boulevard Sunday as crowds take over the street at Bigelow Bash. Bigelow Boulevard will transform into a festival venue Sunday, April 9, beginning at 1 p.m., for Bigelow Bash — an annual concert and festival organiz...

SGB pushes reading day initiative

SGB pushes reading day initiative

By Nolan Roosa / Staff Writer

April 5, 2017

With only two meetings left in the semester, SGB made strides on Tuesday night to institute changes for the next academic school year, outlining future changes to the governing code and pushing their reading day proposal. Board member Rohit Anand proposed adding an extra reading day to give students...

Interactive crime map: March 23 – March 30

Interactive crime map: March 23 – March 30

By The Pitt News Staff

April 2, 2017

March 23 12:10 p.m. Ruskin Hall 120 Ruskin Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213: Pitt police cited two students for marijuana/disorderly conduct. 11:43 a.m. Music Building 4337 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213: Pitt police responded to a report of a criminal mischief. An investigation is pending. March 24...

Pitt wraps up eighth RecycleMania

Pitt wraps up eighth RecycleMania

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

March 30, 2017

Some students walking through the parking lot between the William Pitt Union and Towers Patio Wednesday morning said they thought they were witnessing a remake of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” A cobalt blue tarp was set up under the cloudless sky, and students in white puffy Tyvek jumpsuit...

Paid parental leave extended to Pitt staff

Paid parental leave extended to Pitt staff

By John Hamilton / Assistant News Editor

March 30, 2017

The University announced the first paid parental leave program for staff on Wednesday, providing four consecutive weeks of paid leave to new mothers and fathers. The new benefit, which is available to benefits-eligible staff members, allows parents to take four weeks of paid leave during the 12 months f...

Alma mater honors Bonner with leadership award

Alma mater honors Bonner with leadership award

By John Hamilton / Assistant News Editor

March 29, 2017

Washington & Jefferson College honored 1994 grad Kenyon Bonner Tuesday night for the leadership he’s displayed in his 13 years at Pitt. Bonner, Pitt’s vice provost and dean of students, received the Maurice Cleveland Waltersdorf Award, given to W&J students and alumni who have the demonstrated ...

Editorial: Opportunities exists outside leadership roles

Editorial: Opportunities exists outside leadership roles

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 29, 2017

As the end of the academic year swiftly approaches, the season for college, grad school and job applications is upon us. From first-year students trying to find their first internship to anxious seniors procrastinating their final papers, we’re all wondering if the classes we’ve taken, grades we ...

In light of Trump, Pitt students can take heart in LGBTQ+ resources

In light of Trump, Pitt students can take heart in LGBTQ+ resources

By Christian Snyder | Columnist

March 29, 2017

American universities have been at the forefront of cultural change for decades. From free speech movements at Berkeley in the 1960s to a student carrying her mattress around campus to raise awareness of sexual assault, many of our country’s biggest social movements have started at the collegi...

Promote intersectionality and inclusivity for a safer campus

Promote intersectionality and inclusivity for a safer campus

By Amber Montgomery | Opinions Editor

March 22, 2017

Sexual assault prevention and inclusion are undoubtedly two of the most important issues on college campuses, but it’s time to revamp the way we address them. While administration and dedicated students often push for policy and awareness on both of those topics, they usually tackle each proble...

GALLERY: Pitt vs Georgia Tech, ACC Tournament 1st Round

GALLERY: Pitt vs Georgia Tech, ACC Tournament 1st Round

By John Hamilton | Visual Editor

March 7, 2017

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GALLERY: Pitt vs. Duquesne City Game

GALLERY: Pitt vs. Duquesne City Game

By John Hamilton | Senior Staff Photographer

December 2, 2016

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GALLERY: Pitt vs Duke Football

GALLERY: Pitt vs Duke Football

By Jordan Mondell and John Hamilton | Visual Staff

November 19, 2016

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Gallery: Pitt vs. GT Homecoming 10/8/16

Gallery: Pitt vs. GT Homecoming 10/8/16

By Jeff Ahearn and Wenhao Wu

October 8, 2016

Adaptive sports practices begin at Pitt

Adaptive sports practices begin at Pitt

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

September 28, 2016

Brandon Daveler was perplexed. The inaugural wheelchair basketball practice for the semester was supposed to take place the first Thursday after school started — but no one showed up. Instead, a wheelchair with a basketball on its seat sat alone in the corner of the second-floor Bellefield gym...

Storied past of Pitt vs. Penn State

Storied past of Pitt vs. Penn State

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

September 6, 2016

This Saturday at Heinz Field, the Pitt Panthers and Penn State Nittany Lions will renew one of college football’s most storied rivalries after a 16-year hiatus. The in-state battle for supremacy between Pennsylvania’s only Power Five conference schools –– now known as the Keystone Classic –– ...

Gallery: Pitt vs. Villanova 9/3/16

Gallery: Pitt vs. Villanova 9/3/16

By Jeff Ahearn and Matt Hawley

September 3, 2016

Pitt aims to expand donor base

Pitt aims to expand donor base

By Phoebe Gilmore / Staff Writer

April 25, 2016

Pat Narduzzi’s revitalized football program, a consistently packed Oakland Zoo and alumni all over the world means that Pitt Athletics has no shortage of fans. But, unlike other Atlantic Coast Conference schools, that fan base doesn’t translate into cold cash. With the second-largest alumni base in...

O, Canada: Matt Canada’s coaching journey

O, Canada: Matt Canada’s coaching journey

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

April 20, 2016

It was 5:30 in the morning in 1996. Instead of sleeping, a then 23-year-old Matt Canada was hanging a banner for the Indianapolis 500 on a bridge on 16th Street in the city. He was serving as Butler University’s quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at the time, sometimes doing odd-jobs to supple...

Stallings winning fans over with strong string of moves

Stallings winning fans over with strong string of moves

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

April 18, 2016

Kevin Stallings might not be who I thought he was. I thought he had peaked and certainly wasn’t fit to replace Jamie Dixon as the new Pitt men’s basketball head coach. Plus, with his seemingly testy personality, I thought he’d lose players to transfers. The first month of the Stallings era, though...

Former Pitt assistant Knight accepts job at Rutgers

Former Pitt assistant Knight accepts job at Rutgers

By Steve Rotstein / Staff Writer

April 18, 2016

Former assistant men’s basketball coach Brandin Knight has accepted a position as an assistant coach at Rutgers University. An assistant coach under Jamie Dixon for eight seasons at Pitt and Dixon’s top assistant this past season, Knight previously declined new head coach Kevin Stallings’s of...

Standout players emerge in Pitt’s Blue Gold Game

Standout players emerge in Pitt’s Blue Gold Game

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

April 17, 2016

As a sloppy, defense-oriented contest, Saturday’s Blue-Gold spring scrimmage wasn’t much to watch. But there was a silver lining in Pitt football’s disappointing season premier at Heinz Field. Three players emerged as standouts, some of whom made surprising comebacks from last season. Jester Weah, ...

Gallery: Pitt Football Spring Game

Gallery: Pitt Football Spring Game

By Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

April 16, 2016

Time is right to bring beer to Heinz Field

Time is right to bring beer to Heinz Field

By Steve Rotstein / Staff Writer

April 15, 2016

There are few places more intrinsically college than a football stadium. So why is it that at most schools, gridirons are the fall’s only beer-free weekend destinations? During the 2015-2016 season, only 34 out of 128 Division I college football stadiums served alcohol to the general public. Only 11 of the stadiums selling booze ...

Stallings finalizes staff with hiring of assistant Kevin Sutton

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

April 13, 2016

New Pitt basketball head coach Kevin Stallings finalized his coaching staff on Wednesday afternoon, as the school announced the hiring of Kevin Sutton as its third and final assistant coach. Sutton most recently served as an assistant at Georgetown University from 2013 until this past season. His pas...

Gallery: Pitt Dance Marathon

Gallery: Pitt Dance Marathon

By John Hamilton | Staff Photographer

April 10, 2016

Q+A: Pitt coach Kevin Stallings talks team, conference and moving

Q+A: Pitt coach Kevin Stallings talks team, conference and moving

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

April 7, 2016

New Pitt basketball head coach Kevin Stallings only knows how to get to three places in Oakland. He knows how to get to the Wyndham Hotel. He knows how to get to his office. And, recently, he learned how to get to the Panera Bread on Forbes Avenue. Stallings, along with longtime assistant coach Tom Richa...

Point/Counterpoint: Kevin Stallings

Point/Counterpoint: Kevin Stallings

By Chris Puzia and Jeremy Tepper / The Pitt News Staff

March 30, 2016

The Pitt fanbase had a loud, pointed — and mostly unanimous — reaction when Athletic Director Scott Barnes announced the hiring of Kevin Stallings as Pitt’s men’s basketball head coach. With rumors and reports of potential candidates flying around in the days leading up to the hiring of Stallin...

James Conner to throw out first pitch at Pirates’ Opening Day Sunday

James Conner to throw out first pitch at Pirates’ Opening Day Sunday

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 30, 2016

James Conner will be taking the field in the North Shore, but not the one you’d expect. Pitt and the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Conner, the Panthers’ star running back, will throw out the first pitch at PNC Park on Opening Day Sunday. “I’m honored and thrilled to throw out the first pitch ...

Stallings attempts to ease concerns at opening press conference

Stallings attempts to ease concerns at opening press conference

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

March 29, 2016

The beginning of the Kevin Stallings era started noisily, in more ways than one. Pitt’s band played the University’s fight song as Stallings, Pitt’s new basketball coach, and Scott Barnes, Pitt’s athletic director, walked toward the podium for the coach’s introductory press conference. Stallings, who left ...

Stallings From Grace: Stallings hire draws ire from Pitt fan base

Stallings From Grace: Stallings hire draws ire from Pitt fan base

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 28, 2016

John Enright has been a Pitt fan through and through. He started watching Pitt football at the age of 10 in the 1970s. He cherished Pitt’s basketball teams, starting with the 1978-1979 team, and eventually went on to cover the squad for this very paper in 1989. Enright has been a season ticket hol...

Pitt announces Kevin Stallings as 15th head coach in program history

Pitt announces Kevin Stallings as 15th head coach in program history

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 27, 2016

Sunday morning, the Easter Bunny didn’t bring eggs or candy to the Pitt community. Instead, it brought a coach. The University of Pittsburgh confirmed various reports, officially announcing the hiring of Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings as the program’s new head basketball coach. Stallings has s...

With TCU job, Jamie Dixon receives deserved appreciation

With TCU job, Jamie Dixon receives deserved appreciation

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 23, 2016

At Texas Christian University’s press conference-pep rally hybrid introducing Jamie Dixon as its next head basketball coach, the school’s chancellor dusted off an old fact about the new hire. It was one that Pitt fans have heard broadcasters use as a talking point for the past 13 years. “But...

Kayla Harris surging in sophomore season

Kayla Harris surging in sophomore season

By Kaitlin Cassidy / For The Pitt News

March 23, 2016

Kayla Harris has one mission: Attack from the very first pitch. She’s unrelenting on every batter. She dares them to swing at the pitches she whirls their way. Harris is focused. She’s focused on becoming a leader this season. Since former ace Savannah King graduated last spring, Harris, a sophomore from...

Pitt Twitter reacts to Jamie Dixon leaving for TCU

Pitt Twitter reacts to Jamie Dixon leaving for TCU

By Harrison Kaminsky / Managing Editor

March 21, 2016

News broke Monday that Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon would leave the program to accept the same job at Texas Christian University, his alma mater. Pitt Twitter reacted in various ways, with some congratulating the former coach and others lamenting the loss for Pitt. [<a href="//storify...

Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon accepts TCU job

Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon accepts TCU job

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 21, 2016

For Pitt and men’s basketball head coach Jamie Dixon, the 2015-2016 season was unlucky No. 13. After 13 seasons at the helm, Dixon has accepted an offer from Texas Christian University — his alma mater — to become its new head coach, Pitt athletic director Scott Barnes announced at a press con...

Reports: Jamie Dixon considering accepting TCU head coaching job

Reports: Jamie Dixon considering accepting TCU head coaching job

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 20, 2016

The Pitt men’s basketball team was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament on Friday, but intrigue surrounding the program is just heating up. Gary Parrish of CBS Sports reports that Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon is considering accepting the position of head coach at Texas Christian University, Dixon’s alma mater, according to...

Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson

Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson

March 15, 2016

Here’s to you, Mr. RobinsonJeremy Tepper | Senior Staff WriterA pint-sized, 3-year-old James Robinson plops himself in front of the television. His parents, Rayna and James Jr., sit on the sofa.With the remote in Dad’s hand, perhaps the toddler has a suggestion — maybe cartoons? Nope, the kid knows exactly...

Gallery: James Robinson

Gallery:  James Robinson

By Jeff Ahearn and John Hamilton

March 14, 2016

Pitt basketball earns No. 10 seed in NCAA Tournament

Pitt basketball earns No. 10 seed in NCAA Tournament

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 13, 2016

The Pitt men's basketball team earned a No. 10 seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, as they will take on the No. 7 seed Wisconsin Badgers in St. Louis, Missouri. The team finished the season with a 21-11 record, going 9-9 in conference play. The tournament berth is Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon's 11th...

Tar Heels utilize second half spurts to pummel Pitt

Tar Heels utilize second half spurts to pummel Pitt

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 10, 2016

The Pitt men’s basketball team will return from Washington D.C. feeling optimistic and disappointed. The Panthers fell to the No. 7 North Carolina Tar Heels by a final score of 88-71 in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament at the Verizon Center Thursday. The loss came one day after defeating...

Gallery: ACC Tournament – Pitt vs. Syracuse

Gallery:  ACC Tournament – Pitt vs. Syracuse

By John Hamilton | Staff Photographer

March 9, 2016

Robinson, Johnson carry Pitt over Syracuse to advance in ACC Tournament

Robinson, Johnson carry Pitt over Syracuse to advance in ACC Tournament

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 9, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C --- Wednesday could have been the last game of James Robinson’s career. The senior point guard and his Panthers needed a win, sitting on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament field of 64 and Pitt's accepting an NIT invitation no guarantee. And with Pitt on the ropes, he did what...

Panthers stung by Yellow Jackets in regular season finale

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 5, 2016

The Pitt men’s basketball team’s resume just got a little flimsier. Fighting for an NCAA Tournament berth, the Panthers fell in Atlanta to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 63-59. Pitt jumped out to an early 6-0 advantage, thanks to a pair of buckets by Michael Young and a layup by Chris Jones. A...

Women’s basketball season ends in blowout loss to No. 21 Miami

Women’s basketball season ends in blowout loss to No. 21 Miami

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 3, 2016

One game after Pitt earned its first ACC tournament win by sticking it to the Tar Heels, the No. 21 Miami Hurricanes blew the Panthers away. After a rough second quarter, Pitt fell hard in the second round of the ACC Tournament, losing to the Hurricanes 77-55 in Greensboro, North Carolina. The loss ...

Men’s basketball stumbles at Virginia Tech

Men’s basketball stumbles at Virginia Tech

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 3, 2016

The Pitt men’s basketball team was riding high Sunday, fresh off a victory over a ranked Duke team and looking like a comfortable lock for an NCAA Tournament game berth. But Wednesday night, it may have undone all of its goodwill earned against the Blue Devils. With only two players reaching double...

Pitt women’s basketball’s regular season ends in blowout loss at Louisville

Pitt women’s basketball’s regular season ends in blowout loss at Louisville

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / For The Pitt News

February 28, 2016

The Panthers didn’t have trouble getting their paws on the ball Sunday — but they couldn’t convert possessions into points, leading to a gruesome loss against No. 10 Louisville. The Cardinals (24-6, ACC 15-1) clobbered the Pitt women’s basketball team (12-17, ACC 4-12) at the KFC Yum! Cente...

Yarnall powers Pitt to weekend sweep over Grambling State

By Steve Rotstein / Staff Writer

February 28, 2016

Nick Yarnall hit baseballs so hard this weekend that he might have to check his aluminum bat for dents.  The junior led off the top of the third inning for the Panthers Friday afternoon with a solo blast to center field. But his weekend was just getting started, as he would tee off on five home runs ...

Gallery: Pitt Men’s Basketball downs Duke

Gallery:  Pitt Men’s Basketball downs Duke

By Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

February 28, 2016

Slaying Devils: Panthers upend No. 15 Duke 76-62

Slaying Devils: Panthers upend No. 15 Duke 76-62

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

February 28, 2016

No one in the history of Pitt basketball has started more games than James Robinson. And, on Senior Day, his last contest at the Petersen Events Center, he was going to come out on top. After the Panthers fell to the Louisville Cardinals Wednesday, redshirt junior Chris Jones, who was a member of the ...

No. 11 Louisville utilizes late run to down Panthers

No. 11 Louisville utilizes late run to down Panthers

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

February 25, 2016

While Pitt opened both halves of Wednesday’s matchup strong, its opponent heated up when it mattered most — at the end of the game. Despite leading for more than 23 minutes and receiving a career performance from forward Ryan Luther, Pitt men’s basketball dropped a home matchup to No. 11 Louisv...

Finger making strides after icing cancer

Finger making strides after icing cancer

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / For The Pitt News

February 23, 2016

It was a late January night when pain pushed Jonathan Finger to trudge halfway up cardiac hill and walk through the UPMC Presbyterian Emergency Room entrance. The piercing pain in his abdomen had caught the 19-year-old hockey player by surprise and had become excruciating. Doctors listened to Fing...

Artis, Panthers take bite out of Orange in 66-52 road win

Artis, Panthers take bite out of Orange in 66-52 road win

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

February 20, 2016

Apparently all the Pitt men’s basketball team needed was a dose of Vitamin C. Thanks to a late run of stifling defense, the Panthers (19-7, 8-6 ACC) picked up a key road win on the road, defeating the Syracuse Orange 66-52. Michael Gbinije opened up scoring in the game, nailing a deep three late...

Pitt Quidditch looking to sweep competition

Pitt Quidditch looking to sweep competition

By Ryan Recihardt / For The Pitt News

February 18, 2016

Clutching brooms between their knees, the members of the Pitt Quidditch team crouched on opposite sides of the field before their in-practice scrimmage at the Cost Center on Friday. They bounced on their toes. They cockily did push-ups. They waited for a teammate on the sideline to call out “Broo...

Sheldon on the sideline: Jeter enjoying stint as managers’ head coach

Sheldon on the sideline: Jeter enjoying stint as managers’ head coach

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

February 8, 2016

Although he would soon get revenge against Georgia Tech, Sheldon Jeter left the Petersen Events Center defeated by the Yellow Jackets Monday night in January. Jeter, a forward on the men’s basketball team, hadn’t played a secret game against Pitt’s ACC foes. Instead, his loss came from the sideline...

Gallery: Men’s Basketball vs. UVA 2/6/16

Gallery:  Men’s Basketball vs. UVA 2/6/16

By Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

February 6, 2016

Panthers blacked out by No. 9 Virginia 64-50

Panthers blacked out by No. 9 Virginia 64-50

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

February 6, 2016

Going into halftime, the Pitt basketball team held all of the momentum. After facing varying deficits, the Panthers pulled within two at the break. But four minutes into the second half, it was clear that all momentum was lost, as the Virginia Cavaliers (19-4, 8-3 ACC) constructed a game deciding ...

Gallery: Halal-a-Palooza 1/30

Gallery: Halal-a-Palooza 1/30

By Will Miller and Jordan Mondell

January 31, 2016

Gallery: Diving vs.Clarion, CMU, Cal U, and Duquesne 1/29

Gallery: Diving vs.Clarion, CMU, Cal U,  and Duquesne 1/29

By Will Miller and Jordan Mondell

January 29, 2016

ACC announces 2016 Pitt football schedule

ACC announces 2016 Pitt football schedule

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 26, 2016

The Atlantic Coastal Conference announced finalized schedules for Pitt and other ACC schools for the 2016 football season on Tuesday afternoon. The Panthers will face eight teams that made bowl games and four that won 10 or more games as part of their 12-game schedule. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi...

Gallery: Fun In The Snow

Gallery:  Fun In The Snow

By Theo Schwarz | Senior Staff Photographer

January 24, 2016

Late three by Artis helps Pitt sneak out of Tallahassee with win

Late three by Artis helps Pitt sneak out of Tallahassee with win

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 23, 2016

Pitt only led for 33 seconds of the second half. That was enough though, as one of those seconds occurred when the clock ticked from one to double zeroes. One game after failing to protect its own home court, the Pitt men’s basketball team stole a game at Florida State. defeating the Seminoles...

Boyd still has room to improve draft stock

Boyd still has room to improve draft stock

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 21, 2016

When former Pitt wide receiver Tyler Boyd penned his farewell poem and left Pitt for the NFL draft, fans thanked the star wideout for his production. As it turns out, Tyler Boyd will need to produce even more, as various draft scouts grade Boyd as a second- or third-round talent leading up to April...

Pitt bounces back with blowout victory over Boston College

Pitt bounces back with blowout victory over Boston College

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

January 16, 2016

For a brief moment, it was easy to question if the Panthers weren’t quite the offensive team they appeared to be, as a slow start against Boston College piled onto their sluggish effort against Louisville. 84 points later, it was apparent that the Panthers can still score efficiently on just about...

Gallery: Men’s Basketball vs. Boston College 1/16

Gallery:  Men’s Basketball vs. Boston College 1/16

By Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

January 16, 2016

Hapless offense dooms Pitt at Louisville

Hapless offense dooms Pitt at Louisville

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 15, 2016

At the KFC Yum! Center on Thursday evening, the Pitt offense never tasted success. The No. 20 Panthers shot an abysmal 26.1 percent from the field, falling to the No. 20 Louisville Cardinals 59-41 in an ugly performance on the road. Pitt won the tip, and Michael Young quickly nailed a long two...

Preview: No. 20 Panthers prep to take on No. 21 Louisville Cardinals

Preview: No. 20 Panthers prep to take on No. 21 Louisville Cardinals

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 14, 2016

PREDICTION: PITT 88 LOUISVILLE 81 Pitt has surrendered 80-plus points to opponents in its last two contests, and after Louisville suffered through a poor shooting performance in its loss to Clemson Sunday, it’s unlikely that the Cardinals will lay another egg. Pitt hasn’t won at Louisville since 2007, ...

Pitt basketball jumps in both polls following road win

Pitt basketball jumps in both polls following road win

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

January 11, 2016

Following an impressive road win in South Bend, Indiana, the Pitt men’s basketball team saw its rankings jump Monday afternoon. The Panthers’ (14-1, 3-0 ACC) placing spot in the USA Today Sports coaches poll improved from No. 21 to No. 17, while their spot in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll went ...

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