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Coach Bridgette Mitchell joins Pitt women’s basketball

Bridgette Mitchell was announced as the women’s basketball team’s new assistant coach in April.

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

July 1, 2019

Like many tall girls, Bridgette Mitchell grew up being told she should play basketball. Now she's Pitt's new assistant women's basketball coach.

Tony Resch: Sight and sound

 Musician and synesthetic Tony Resch uses brilliant strokes of color to produce stunning soundwaves. <br><font size=Lead photos by John Hamilton " />

By Joanna Li & Issi Glatts

April 3, 2018

For Tony Resch, a heavy bass line is black, cymbals are yellow and the key of D is green — with an attitude. Some of Resch’s earliest and fundamental memories of music were color- and shape-oriented — a combination of textures, colors and notes that turn the sounds of music-making into a vi...

Krithika Pennathur: Giving a voice, lending an ear

Whether she’s amplifying the stories of others or working through her own, Krithika Pennathur always has time to listen.

By Sarah Shearer & Sarah Cutshall

March 30, 2018

Krithika Pennathur has a story to tell, but it’s not about her. Pennathur, a Pitt junior, may spend her days speaking at events or leading advocacy workshops in clubs on campus — but over coffee you’ll have her undivided attention and the feeling that she has all the time in the world. ...

Ian Troost: Unmasking his truth

You know Ian Troost from his protest on the sidelines of Heinz Field, but did you know he also makes a delicious bacon pasta dish?

By Brandon Glass & Elise Lavallee

March 28, 2018

You may have seen Ian Troost without even knowing it. It's possible he was a passing thought or a source of lingering ire. It all depends on your opinion of mustaches, mascots and kneeling during the national anthem. He was the tall skinny guy with the little brown caterpillar named Jerry perched ...

Sheila Vélez Martínez: Making a case for humanity

Sheila Vélez Martínez: Making a case for humanity

By Salina Pressimone & Thomas Yang

March 27, 2018

When Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico in September 2017, Professor Sheila Vélez Martínez was already taking steps to ensure that law students like Sofia Mendoza continue their legal education. Mendoza, who was enrolled at the University of Puerto Rico, found a temporary home at Pitt in ...

Ruthann Omer: Fixing with family

Hailing from a family of fixers, Ruthann Omer followed in her father's footsteps and later became Allegheny County's first female municipal engineer.

By Sid Lingala & Christian Snyder

March 27, 2018

When Ruthann Omer installed a door backward in a handicap restroom project she was working on as a civil engineer, she felt like it was the end of the world. But her father, Frederick, an engineer himself, remained calm and repeated one of his favorite sayings. “Don’t worry, it will all come out...

Pro-life Pitt student aims to take hypocrisy out of casual politics

Rosemary Geraghty believes that her beliefs on feminism and abortion can co-exist. (Photo by Anna Bongardino | Assistant Visual Editor)

By Matt Maielli / For The Pitt News

August 31, 2017

Rosemary Geraghty’s club at Pitt was accused, on social media, of being composed of “radical feminists” and “social justice warriors” promoting “transgenderism.” “And I was like, ‘Absolutely — you got me,’” she said with a laugh. Geraghty — a purple-haired, nose-ringed, q...

PITT ARTS enters 20th year of affordable access to the arts

An accordion player participates in Pitt Arts Artful Wednesdays in Nordi's Place. (TPN File Photo)

By Marissa Perino / Staff Writer

August 21, 2017

Occupying the penthouse floor of the William Pitt Union, the PITT ARTS office is ready for another year of Pittsburgh culture and entertainment. Freshly printed neon flyers are scattered on the coffee table and the lineup for the upcoming school year is pencilled on the calendar. A division of Student Affairs,...

Filters and flour: Pitt student mixes photography and baking

Elaine drew the outline of Pittsburgh's skyline on a cookie. (Photo courtesy of Elaine Khodzhayan)

By Rachel Lombardo / For The Pitt News

August 21, 2017

With three vanilla pound cake rounds cooling in front of her, Elaine Khodzhayan combines the perfect concoction of peanut butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar into her signature frosting. Khodzhayan, a rising senior majoring in human resources management and business information systems, is the baker ...

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