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Pitt’s budget and endowment, explained

Pitt’s budget, which reached nearly $2.4 billion in fiscal year 2020, is composed of three separate, smaller budgets.

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief

May 22, 2020

Pitt’s budget, and the process to craft it, is full of jargon and specialized terminology. This guide attempts to explain how the annual University budget is put together, as well as the different pieces that compose the budget and endowment.

Editorial: The White House doesn’t need Beto, but the U.S. Senate does

Beto O’Rourke receives a question during a visit to Oakland as a campaign stop on Sept. 25.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 3, 2019

This is where he’s needed most, and with his name now recognized even more widely than in 2018, he might have the momentum to unseat Cruz.

Senate committee talks changes to upper campus, parking

Mary Beth McGrew, Pitt’s assistant vice chancellor for planning, discusses potential changes to upper campus at Monday afternoon’s Senate Plant Utilization and Planning Committee meeting.

By Vaibhav Gupta, Staff Writer

October 22, 2019

Students heading to upper campus face a seemingly unending set of stairs — and not much else.

Editorial: House bill necessary to reform higher education

A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives Tuesday would increase Pell Grants, create a fund of $500 million for states to identify and prioritize colleges with high numbers of minority and low-income students and simplify student loan repayment plans.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 15, 2019

A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives Tuesday is a reasonable starting point to make college more affordable.

Opinion | The politics of impeachment won’t destroy Democrats

Opinion | The politics of impeachment won't destroy Democrats

By Devi Ruia, Staff Columnist

September 30, 2019

The politics of impeachment are much better for Democrats than they think. In fact, it could help secure a Democratic victory in 2020 — not just against Trump but in Congress as well.

Makers of driverless cars want Congress to free them from state safety standards

A Waymo self-driving autonomous vehicle in Tempe, Ariz., on February 3, 2018. (Kristoffer Tripplaar/Sipa USA/TNS)

By Eliza Fawcett, Los Angeles Times

July 12, 2018

The House passed a bill last fall and similar legislation is pending in the Senate. Both aim to boost the driverless car industry by streamlining rules and preventing states from imposing their own safety and performance standards.

Pennsylvania Senate passes antihazing law

Jim Piazza speaks about the importance of passing the anti-hazing legislation named after his son, Timothy Piazza, outside of the Centre County Courthouse Friday, March 23 in Bellefonte. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times/TNS)

By Sarah Shearer | Contributing Editor

April 20, 2018

The Pennsylvania State Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would make hazing in fraternities a third-degree felony in cases of serious injury or death, and could allow universities to seize offending Greek organizations’ houses.  The law is sponsored by Republican Senate Majority Leade...

Senate Council takes issue with proposed federal tax bill

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said he disapproves of the possibility of a new federal tax bill at Wednesday’s Senate Council meeting. (Photo by Christian Snyder | Contributing Editor)

By David Solomon | For The Pitt News

November 16, 2017

The Senate Council started off with heartfelt “goodbyes” to Provost Patricia Beeson, whose hard work Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and other Senate Council members praised. “Her role for the University and for me has been tremendous,” Chancellor Gallagher said. “This will be a year-long ...

Editorial: GOP establishment enables Moore’s misconduct

Four women accused Roy Moore, GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, of making sexual advances toward them when they were in their teens. (Bill Clark/Congressional Quarterly/Newscom/Zuma Press/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 13, 2017

The party of “family values” spent the weekend in a peculiar position — defending a man accused of child molestation. The Washington Post reported last week that four women had accused Roy Moore of making sexual advances on them while they were in their teens. Moore is the Republican nominee for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ old seat in the U.S. Senate. At the time of the alleged advances, Moore was in his early thirties. One...

GOP’s Roy Moore pushed to quit Senate race after accusation he molested 14-year-old girl

By Michael Finnegan | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

November 10, 2017

Republicans' lock on an Alabama seat in the U.S. Senate was thrown into doubt Thursday when the party's religious-right candidate was accused of initiating a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32. The explosive allegation, in a Washington Post report, led Senate GOP leader Mitch...

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