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Top 10: Pieces of Career Advice

Top 10: Pieces of Career Advice

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight
February 3, 2017
Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Dress for the job you want, not the one you have. You’re an accountant right now, but that’s not the dream. If you really want to be Batman, you better start acting — and looking — the part. That means full cape, mask and aggressively musky voice required. Bring your own water ...

Conflict Kitchen to spotlight refugee chefs in March

Conflict Kitchen to spotlight refugee chefs in March

By Rebecca Peters and James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / The Pitt News Staff
January 26, 2017
Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Conflict Kitchen has been spotlighting global conflicts for more than six years, but this year it’s turning the spotlight back toward its own home. Through a partnership with the Sprout Fund — an organization funding politically engaged projects throughout the country — the take-out restaurant co...

Pink Pistols prove concealed carry not just for conservatives

Pink Pistols prove concealed carry not just for conservatives

By Jeremy Wang | For The Pitt News
January 24, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinions

Donald Trump’s endorsement by the National Rifle Association — and his son’s leadership of the Second Amendment Coalition — promises to bring concealed carry to the focus of the gun control debate. Various factions across the country will be squaring off for a clash over this central element...

Obama: A presidency from the eyes of an immigrant’s son

Obama: A presidency from the eyes of an immigrant’s son

By Saket Rajprohat | Columnist
January 19, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinions

So that’s it. After eight years, I’ll watch one of my greatest role models leave office this Friday. I remember watching President Barack Obama’s first inauguration in my sixth grade classroom. Our teacher told us it was a moment we would never forget. I can’t say that I knew it then, but...

COLUMN: It’s not too early to start thinking about baseball

COLUMN: It’s not too early to start thinking about baseball

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor
January 18, 2017
Filed under Sports Columns

As a football fan, I tuned in to watch all four of this weekend’s NFL playoff games. Despite the NFL’s assurances of excitement that bombarded me, courtesy of their enormous advertising machine, I could not help but walk away from the latest slate of games dissatisfied. This weekend featured a game with the larges...

For NFL MVP, give Le’Veon Bell a chance

For NFL MVP, give Le’Veon Bell a chance

By Kyle Morhardt | For The Pitt News
January 17, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinions

If there were ever a time for a non-quarterback to break into the MVP club, it’s now. Since 2007, quarterbacks have dominated the NFL’s MVP award. Compared to the perception of quarterbacks in the modern game as the most important player on any team, running backs get little to no credit for t...

Kids march for peace, kindness in Schenley Plaza

Kids march for peace, kindness in Schenley Plaza

By Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Staff Writer
January 17, 2017
Filed under News, Top Stories

Eleven-year-old Clara Swanson was hunched over a park table with her baby sibling Benny sitting comfortably in a carrier on her back Sunday afternoon. She was carefully penning a letter to President-elect Donald Trump, asking him to understand that he controls the United States’ “success and reputa...

Editorial: Professor watchlist avoids academic dialogue

By The Pitt News Editorial Board
November 28, 2016
Filed under Columns, Editorials

Before you sign up for a class, you check the professor’s Rate My Professor and maybe his or her bio on Pitt’s site. Now, some students might also see if their professors “liberal biases” have landed them on a watchlist. With the launch of a new website last week, any of your professors who are “caugh...

Students, community members march for peace and positivity

Students, community members march for peace and positivity

By David Robinson, Elias Rappaport and James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / The Pitt News Staff
November 17, 2016
Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, Election Coverage 2016, News

Pitt students and community members held homemade signs high into the air above the Cathedral lawn –– “Erase hate,” “We all come together,” “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention,” as they marched to encourage positivity in the future after the election. The mar...

Trump supporters rally at Pittsburgh International Airport

Trump supporters rally at Pittsburgh International Airport

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Staff Writer
November 7, 2016
Filed under 2. Featured, City, National News, News

A capacity crowd of 6,000 in Moon, Pennsylvania, waited nearly two hours at the Pittsburgh International Airport to hear Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s final words Sunday evening. “In two days, we’re going to win the great state of Pennsylvania. We’re bringing steel back ...

Editorial: University of Chicago’s faculty letter shows how to support free speech

Editorial: University of Chicago’s faculty letter shows how to support free speech

By The Pitt News Editorial Board
September 15, 2016
Filed under Editorials

On Aug. 25, the University of Chicago sent all incoming students a letter declaring the institution’s dedication to free thought — by telling them which thoughts aren’t acceptable. In the letter, the university claimed that by denouncing trigger warnings and safe spaces, it is offering a defense o...

NFL season preview: Steelers to send Green Bay packing in Super Bowl LI

NFL season preview: Steelers to send Green Bay packing in Super Bowl LI

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor
September 6, 2016
Filed under Sports

When the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers square off on Thursday night, it will be exactly seven months since the Broncos defeated the Panthers in Super Bowl 50, 24-10. The Super Bowl rematch to kick off the 2016-17 NFL season will mark the first time since 1970 the previous year’s Super Bowl o...

Year of the Tiger: 2016 College Football Preview

Year of the Tiger: 2016 College Football Preview

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor
September 1, 2016
Filed under Football, Sports

An Aug. 26 matchup between California and Hawaii in Sydney notwithstanding, the 2016 college football season begins in earnest today with a slate of 16 Football Bowl Subdivision games. The Panthers’ season begins on Saturday and the team figures to be a contender once again in the ACC Coastal D...

It’s time to update Greek life policies

It’s time to update Greek life policies

By Jaime Viens | For The Pitt News
August 22, 2016
Filed under Columns, Uncategorized, Welcome Back 2016

The premise of Greek life is brotherhood, sisterhood, integrity and equality — in theory. Given recent events, though, questioning these principles seems a less than ridiculous proposal. Greek life is meant to be a positive entity that encourages camaraderie and that is exactly what it does for...

Pitt football 2017 recruiting class gains two new commits, loses one

Pitt football 2017 recruiting class gains two new commits, loses one

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor
June 21, 2016
Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt football’s 2017 recruiting class gained two new verbal commitments and lost one this past week. Three-star running back Todd Sibley and two-star offensive lineman Owen Drexel announced their intentions to join the Panthers in 2017 on June 15. On June 20, three-star cornerback Exree Loe rescin...

Pitt Forms Zika Research Team

Pitt Forms Zika Research Team

By Erin Hare / Staff Writer
May 10, 2016
Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

As potential Olympians get ready to compete in Brazil this summer, they’re also preparing to head into the heart of the Zika outbreak. In early 2016, amidst an increasing number of reported infections across the Americas, the World Health Organization officially declared the Zika virus — a disea...

Pitt study links frequent social media use and depression in young adults

Pitt study links frequent social media use and depression in young adults

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer
April 5, 2016
Filed under 2. Featured, News, Tech Science

Even as she scrolls through her social media feeds, Erica Cunningham can see why the constant connection might not be so good for her. “When you are on social media, it is hard to compare what your life is like and what their lives seem to be,” Cunningham, a first-year student, said. “Also, if...

Sarah Lane

Sarah Lane

March 29, 2016
Filed under Silhouettes 2016

  Sarah Lane didn’t like how women were portrayed in games, so she changed the rules and made her own. Literally. Sarah Lane is playing for women whose odds are stacked against them. Lane, a senior and longtime gamer, has designed a competitive, casual game that grapples with women’s ...

Pitt takes 10 on Selection Sunday

Pitt takes 10 on Selection Sunday

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor
March 13, 2016
Filed under 2. Featured, Men's Basketball, Sports

Although the Panthers' odds for an NCAA Tournament berth heading into Selection Sunday seemed positive, an Internet mishap calmed any lingering fears of a surprise snub. Thanks to the bracket leaking on Twitter Sunday evening, the Pitt men’s basketball team discovered early that it earned a No. 10 s...

Pitt Quidditch looking to sweep competition

Pitt Quidditch looking to sweep competition

By Ryan Recihardt / For The Pitt News
February 18, 2016
Filed under Club Sports, Sports

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...

“Pablo” unites divided Kanye

“Pablo” unites divided Kanye

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer
February 16, 2016
Filed under Culture, Music

I consider myself a Kanye West apologist. When stories of Kanye’s antics — read: the “BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!” tweet — pervade the news, I’m jump to defend him, citing his artistry and creative talent. Besides, Kanye West’s music and his public persona have historically been at odds wi...

Pitt researchers link obesity and sedentary lifestyle

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer
February 1, 2016
Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

A new Pitt study suggests health researchers should study not only an obese person’s physical activity but also their downtime. Wendy King, a researcher in Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, measured sedentary behavior in severely obese adults. King found that researchers can most accurately...

Hollywood, time to act

Hollywood, time to act

By Tarun Sathish / Staff Writer
January 28, 2016
Filed under Culture, Movies

Every year in Hollywood’s Dolby Theater, movie stars celebrate themselves together — but now they need to protest together. For the second year in a row, the Oscars caused controversy by not nominating a single actor of color in any of its four acting categories, causing Will Smith — an unnom...

Preview: Pitt ready to face tough test at Clemson

Preview: Pitt ready to face tough test at Clemson

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor
January 26, 2016
Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Panthers (16-3) will take on Clemson (12-7) on the road Wednesday. PREDICTION: PITT 77 CLEMSON 68 Pitt is 1-1 against Clemson since joining the ACC, suffering a 62-71 loss at the Petersen Events Center in their most recent meeting last January. In that matchup, Clemson outrebounded Pitt by 15,...

Donors fund cardiac arrest support

Donors fund cardiac arrest support

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer
January 7, 2016
Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Pitt sociology professor Mike Epitropoulos expected to see bright lights or feel pain before he suffered cardiac arrest in the University Club gym five years ago. But the only thing he felt before waking up in the hospital in April 2010 was slight frustration — he had dropped his iPod and was be...

NFL coaches not given enough of a chance to succeed

NFL coaches not given enough of a chance to succeed

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor
January 7, 2016
Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

With a resumé that included “firewood cutter” and “doormat salesman” and peaked at “NFL defensive line coach,” Jim Tomsula didn’t seem like your prototypical head coaching candidate. Following the departure of Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers hired and fired Tomsula after he led the talent-depr...

Local politics deserve spotlight

Local politics deserve spotlight

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist
January 6, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

On Election Day, people across the country will step into voting booths and choose between a set of presidential candidates they have been hearing and talking about for months, if not years. At the same time, many voters will be left staring blankly at the names of local politicians beneath these nati...

Universal doom must unite, not divide, us

Universal doom must unite, not divide, us

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Columnist
December 14, 2015
Filed under Columns, Opinions

It looks like my favorite image was captured by a novice who forgot to take the lens cap off. It is but three grainy streaks of light, cutting across a black background. Hanging within the beam farthest to the right is a small but distinct speck, barely the size of a pixel. To quote astronomer Ca...

‘Master of None’ balances comedy with commentary

‘Master of None’ balances comedy with commentary

By Tarun Sathish / Staff Writer
November 17, 2015
Filed under Culture, Television

Sometimes a show comes along at the perfect time, making a statement about the world right when the issue is prevalent. The first season of Netflix’s new show, “Master of None,” not only does that, but it avoids sacrificing any entertainment or artistic value in the process. The show Aziz Ans...

Persevere to overcome rejection

Persevere to overcome rejection

By Ogechukwu Opaigbeogu / For The Pitt News
October 15, 2015
Filed under Columns, Opinions

“We regret to inform you that ... ” “Although your application was very strong ... ” “Regrettably, we had a limited amount of positions open and ... ” These all-too-familiar statements litter the emails and letters we receive at every stage of life. As novices in the arena of competit...

Pirates’ season ends, optimism should endure

Pirates’ season ends, optimism should endure

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor
October 8, 2015
Filed under 3. Breaking, Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

Before you look at the Pittsburgh Pirates’ season-ending loss to the Cubs Wednesday night, you have to look at who they lost first. Put the early playoff exit aside — before losing 4-0 at home in the NL Wild Card game, the Bucs had mountains upon mountains of obstacles to overcome. And they did just ...

Editorial: GOP inconsistent with Pope, Christian ideals

By The Pitt News Editorial Board
September 1, 2015
Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The pope has accepted the U.S. Congress’ cordial invitation to speak to the legislature on Sept. 24. Many of the politicians Pope Francis will address — particularly the Republicans — claim to be devout Christians. They’ve gone as far as to formulate their positions on certain political issues ...

The Great Trump-Fecta: Do not engage the xenophobes, for history proves them wrong

The Great Trump-Fecta: Do not engage the xenophobes, for history proves them wrong

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor
August 30, 2015
Filed under Columns, Opinions

What's dominating today's politics? A billionaire, a border and the upcoming ballot. Donald Trump is a presidential candidate — let that thought sink in. Already, Trump has made his mark on the race, by denouncing an entire Mexican immigrant population in that belligerent manner that has come to mark...

After two futile seasons, Pitt men’s soccer still looking for first ACC victory

After two futile seasons, Pitt men’s soccer still looking for first ACC victory

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer
August 30, 2015
Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Every loss takes a toll. Unfortunately for the Pitt men’s soccer team, it’s seen more than its fair share since moving to the ACC two seasons ago, going home winless in all 19 of its in-conference games since the switch. In his 32nd season with Pitt, head coach Joe Luxbacher knows that the path t...

How to survive pre-med without compromising yourself

How to survive pre-med without compromising yourself

By Bethel Habte / Assistant Opinions Editor
May 28, 2015
Filed under Columns, Opinions

Pre-med. For some students, it was a lifelong dream. But for those like myself, it was acquired in a serendipitous stumble.I, being an extremely indecisive person, applied to 15 colleges, all strewn haphazardly across the nation. All had excellent psychology programs, which at the time I was sure I wanted ...

What PittStart won’t tell you: Advice from the class of 2015

By Nerine Sivagnanam / Staff Writer
May 28, 2015
Filed under Campus, City, News

Not long after Samantha Nuttall got to Pitt as a freshman, a bus driver told her and one of her friends they were on the wrong bus — in the middle of a neighborhood, far from Oakland.The pair “got off the bus in the middle of some suburb to wait for some bus to take us back to Oakland,” Nuttall said. “It was h...

Destroyed bracket falls to intriguing Final Four

Destroyed bracket falls to intriguing Final Four

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer
April 1, 2015
Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

And then there were four.Kentucky, Wisconsin, Duke and Michigan State have advanced to the Final Four in what has been one of the most exciting NCAA tournaments in recent memory.Looking back on the last few weeks, we’ve seen upsets, heat checks, tight finishes, walk-ons dancing, coaches falling off of s...

Pitt News looks back on women’s basketball predictions

Pitt News looks back on women’s basketball predictions

By The Pitt News Staff
March 26, 2015
Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Pitt’s women’s basketball team completed a remarkable season when it advanced to the second round of  the NCAA Tournament before losing to No. 2 seed Tennessee.Making the tournament was a surprise. Before the season started, voters picked the Panthers to finish last in the ACC after several seasons of ...

Storybook season ends with loss despite herculean performance by Kiesel

Storybook season ends with loss despite herculean performance by Kiesel

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor
March 23, 2015
Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Despite a season in which the team overcame numerous odds, the Pitt women’s basketball team couldn’t surmount the challenge of the No. 2 seed Tennessee Volunteers, falling by a score of 77-67 in Nashville in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Monday evening.The Panthers, who the official ACC ...

Lucky sevens: Pitt rugby heads to Vegas for tournament

Lucky sevens: Pitt rugby heads to Vegas for tournament

By Ashley Drwal / Staff Writer
February 10, 2015
Filed under Club Sports, Sports

A Pitt team is going to gamble for a big win in Las Vegas — but not in the casinos.Pitt’s men’s club rugby team will compete in the Las Vegas Invitational from Thursday to Sunday with the hope of qualifying for the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship in May.“We participated in this tou...

Viewing life unequally: Every death is a shame

By Stephen Caruso / Columnist
January 5, 2015
Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

Any death is a shame.However, this simple truth is seemingly hard to accept, as evidenced by the events of the past few months. The deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu dominate the news. Media personalities have passed the blame around until it has no meaning, other than...

Life after a stroke: Pittsburgh man regains mobility

Life after a stroke: Pittsburgh man regains mobility

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer
October 22, 2014
Filed under Health, News

Climbing up all 764 steps of the Cathedral of Learning seems like a difficult and physically draining prospect, but for Steve Gillis, a stroke victim determined to make a full recovery, it’s a way to prove that he can overcome challenges. Eleven months after his stroke in January 2013, Gillis, 58, s...

Making college football predictions a fool’s errand

Making college football predictions a fool’s errand

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer
October 15, 2014
Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

In what seems like no time at all, we’re at the halfway point of the college football season. About a month before the first kickoff, I made a handful of bold predictions about college football, its players, its coaches and its media personalities.As it turns out, I’m really bad at predictions.The fi...

Volquez leads Pirates in team’s second straight one-game playoff

Volquez leads Pirates in team’s second straight one-game playoff

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer
September 30, 2014
Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Baseball fans are a stubborn bunch. Some will stick to long-held beliefs forever. Others will embrace new logic and won’t accept anything to the contrary. And almost all of them are uncompromising in changing their predisposed beliefs on a player or team.I’m like any other baseball fan in most w...

First week of college football full of surprises

First week of college football full of surprises

By Chris Dufresne / MCT Campus
September 3, 2014
Filed under Archives

Getting a line on opening weekend was not easy.Selection committee members, as you read this, are rearranging all the postseason Post-it notes on their refrigerators.Texas A&M moved up toward the freezer, replacing South Carolina, which is now down by the crisper.Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez, ...

Welcome Back: Summer proves to be anything but dull for sports fans

By Alex Wise / For The Pitt News
August 19, 2014
Filed under Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014, Sports, Sports Columns

To the average sports fan, summer is typically a boring period of the year. Baseball is the only “big four” sport in season and, though it’s America’s pastime and the sport of summer, we can pay only so much attention to it. But this summer has been anything but typical. The humdrum that occup...

Feature: Senior All-American does everything for Panther Wrestling Club

By Dustin Gabler / Senior Staff Writer
April 9, 2014
Filed under Archives

Between working to keep his teammates’ weights in check, helping with coaching, setting up practice schedules, planning tournament trips and all of the other odds and ends of building a developing wrestling squad, Scott Schretzenmaier had little time left to work on his own wrestling. “Scott did a ...

Fun and Games: Online Pokemon revival kindles nostalgia, global community

By Patrick Mallee / Copy Chief
March 3, 2014
Filed under Opinions

In the past few weeks, an Internet fad has brought tens of thousands of people together to accomplish a single goal: to play “Pokemon.”More specifically, these communal gamers have come together to try to play the exact same game of “Pokemon” all at the same time — with some unexpectedly hilarious o...

Weighing in on Woody Allen: Gender roles shape judgement of victim

By Natalie Russell / Columnist
February 20, 2014
Filed under Opinions

If the recently resurrected Woody Allen sexual assault accusations have taught me anything, it’s that the American public is generally more willing to accept that two women are manipulative and delusional than to even fathom that a male celebrity with a questionable history might be lying to preserv...

Protestant work ethic leads to materialistic culture, bad health

By Natalie Russell / Columnist
January 15, 2014
Filed under Opinions

It’s a truism echoed across party lines: “Hard work builds character.” I beg to differ.Despite the nauseatingly self-righteous quotes of Ben Franklin, ambition can do more harm than good — not for society necessarily, but for the soul. As a result of the Protestant work ethic, Americans are was...

Second film in ‘Hunger Games’ series lives up to expectations

Second film in ‘Hunger Games’ series lives up to expectations

By Allison Latzko / For The Pitt News
December 5, 2013
Filed under Archives

The odds were definitely in favor of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” and the film proves to be exactly what was expected as the second installment of the best-selling franchise.In this film, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) are still recovering a year aft...

With election on horizon, governor’s job record up for debate

With election on horizon, governor’s job record up for debate

By Brett Sholtis / Staff Writer
November 24, 2013
Filed under Archives

Less than a year remains before Pittsburgh’s gubernatorial election, and Democrats and Republicans are already at odds over Gov. Tom Corbett’s jobs record.Although the major parties both use federal or state economic data to back up their assertions, their conclusions about whether or not Corbett ...

SGB campaign fosters friendship, competition

By Danielle Fox / Staff Writer
November 21, 2013
Filed under Archives

Brandon Benjamin alternated between singing “Roar” by Katy Perry and chanting encouraging phrases Sunday night as he prepared to face the downpour outside of the William Pitt Union.“Let’s go! Let’s go! L-E-T-S-G-O! Lets! Go!,” Benjamin yelled.He directed his encouragements toward Mike Nites ...

Pitt student seeks write-in votes for mayoral election

By Abbey Reighard / Staff Writer
November 3, 2013
Filed under Archives

One Pitt student has combined traditional campaign rhetoric with a YouTube video and millennial vernacular to ask Pittsburghers for write-in votes.“Four one two, I stand with you,” Scott Sauter says in his video as he stands in front of a map of Pennsylvania.Sauter, a senior history major at Pitt ...

Students provide lucrative market for body artists

Students provide lucrative market for body artists

By Danielle Fox / Staff Writer
October 10, 2013
Filed under Archives

Tattoo artist Ricky Knuxx and the employees of Hot Rod Body Piercing Company love back-to-school season.Not for the deals on school supplies, but because their customer base returns to campus.“Our slowest months are August and December,” Knuxx said. “[In August,] students are still getting settl...

Esquire TV’s lineup puts stylish spin on basic TV rundown

By Matt Singer / Senior Staff Writer
September 30, 2013
Filed under Archives

Its initial programming launch now completed, it’s already clear that Esquire Network is continuing to do what its eponymous magazine has already succeeded in doing: showing that class, culture and cash can make men think something is cool and — most importantly — new.This “new” factor is ...

Employment Guide: Looking for a job? Better dress the part.

Employment Guide: Looking for a job? Better dress the part.

By Matt Singer / Senior Staff Writer
September 12, 2013
Filed under Archives

Robert Beecher is no stranger to professionalism. And as a Pitt senior who has had internships in Senator Bob Casey’s district office and with 8th District City Councilman Bill Peduto’s mayoral campaign, Beecher knows the importance of dressing professionally in the workplace.“When you’re thinkin...

Pecyna: Steelers season can wait

Pecyna: Steelers season can wait

By Tyler Pecyna / Assistant Sports Editor
September 8, 2013
Filed under Archives

It is foolish to gauge performance based on a single game. But Sunday’s 16-9 Steelers loss to the Titans confirms one credo: It’s still not football season in Pittsburgh.The calendar tells us hockey is still a week from preseason play and slightly a month away from officially commencing. Furthermo...

Football: Pitt must dominate trenches against Florida State

By Nate Barnes / Sports Editor
August 27, 2013
Filed under Archives

Pitt head coach Paul Chryst generally isn’t one to delve into the specifics of events down the road, but in his media address Monday, he identified one early key to finding success against No. 11 Florida State on Sept. 2: controlling the line of scrimmage.“That will certainly play a big role,” ...

Tasser: Student-athlete-sports reminisces about his time at Pitt

By Donnie Tasser / Staff Writer
April 17, 2013
Filed under Archives

For my final three-and-a-half years at the University of Pittsburgh, I played a dual role: a student-athlete and a sportswriter for The Pitt News.While it wasn’t always easy, and my five years here were marked by a series of sporting ups and downs (disappointment is a lesson learned the hard way for many Pitt sports fans), I wouldn’t trade the experience for the world.For three years, my editors saw fit ...

City controller drops mayoral election bid, endorses Wagner

By Pat McAteer / News Editor
April 3, 2013
Filed under Archives

City Controller Michael Lamb withdrew from the Pittsburgh mayoral race Monday and endorsed fellow Democratic candidate and former State Auditor General Jack Wagner.During a brief statement in his Greenfield campaign office, Lamb, who received the Allegheny County Democratic Committee’s endorsement, s...

’21 & Over’ disappoints audiences with immature vulgarity

By Brett Murphy / Staff Writer
March 7, 2013
Filed under Archives

Jeff Chang — or “JeffChang” as his friends call him — has the biggest interview of his (father’s) life tomorrow. But tonight, incidentally, is the eve of his 21st birthday, and Jeff Chang’s two best friends from high school have shown up to usher the overachieving premed student into man...

Tasser: Olympic wrestling cause brings United States, Iran together

By Donnie Tasser / Staff Writer
February 27, 2013
Filed under Archives

The International Olympic Committee’s recent decision to drop wrestling from its list of 25 “core” sports for the 2020 Summer Olympics was met with shock and outrage around the world.Many countries have formed committees to assist FILA, wrestling’s international governing body, to make a push for reinstatement into the Olympic...

Star-crossed lovers reincarnated in zombie film

Star-crossed lovers reincarnated in zombie film

By Brett Murphy / Staff Writer
February 7, 2013
Filed under Archives

“Warm Bodies”Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John MalkovichDirected by: Jonathan LevineGrade: A-Beating hearts, decent organizational skills, Windex-blue eyes and a subtle sense of minimalist humor — these are not the typical zombie characteristics Hollywood has pumped out over the year...

Corbett proposes budget

Corbett proposes budget

By Gwenn Barney, Assistant News Editor
February 6, 2013
Filed under Archives

For the first time during Gov. Tom Corbett’s term in office, Pitt has escaped from the governor’s annual budget address unscathed.During his address, which began at noon before a joint session of the House and Senate on the House floor at the Capitol, Corbett confirmed that he has not proposed a...

Paras Minhas wins Marshall Scholarship

By Parthena Moisiadis / Staff Writer
December 7, 2012
Filed under Archives

When Paras Minhas spent a summer two years ago teaching health education in Ghana, he encountered an event that would significantly impact his career choice. After watching a woman go into cardiac arrest, he found himself fascinated with a physician’s tireless efforts to help her.“The physician who...

Fischer: Downsides of buying lottery tickets outweigh potential benefits

By Jonathan Fischer Columnist
December 4, 2012
Filed under Archives

As I nonchalantly removed a folded lottery ticket from my wallet to compare my random selection with the winning numbers, I took a moment to relish the thought of what I would do with last Wednesday’s $550 million Powerball jackpot if I won.I imagined myself blessed with extravagant riches, escaping fi...

Sidelined by another crippling injury, Dan Mason aims to recover again

Sidelined by another crippling injury, Dan Mason aims to recover again

By Dustin Gabler / Senior Staff Writer
November 29, 2012
Filed under Archives

The laceration was preceded by his more well-known injury.In the third game of his sophomore year, Mason suffered a catastrophic blow to his right knee that doctors initially said would prevent him from ever playing football again. His knee ligaments were torn, his kneecap was dislocated and his nerves ...

225: Ranking Pitt’s top 10 athletic icons

By Dave Uhrmacher & RJ Sepich / The Pitt News Staff
October 12, 2012
Filed under Archives

The University of Pittsburgh’s athletic programs have been graced by numerous stand-out student athletes and coaches over the years.Each era has boasted its share of stars both on the field and on the sidelines who have lit up collegiate athletics, but a select few stand out as sporting icons that hail fro...

Saul: Americans melt down at Medinah in Ryder Cup

By Isaac Saul
October 1, 2012
Filed under Archives

As Martin Kaymer lined up a 6-foot par putt on the 18th hole Sunday at the Ryder Cup, one of two...Ryder Cup golf tournamentEurope's Martin Kaymer celebrates his putt that won Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois on Sunday, September 30, 2012. (Scott Strazzante/Chicago Tribune/MCT)As Martin Kaymer l...

Sepich: Pitt stunned in Chryst’s debut

By RJ Sepich
September 1, 2012
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On what many Pitt fans had deemed Chrystmas Day, they received a giant lump of coal.Pitt...Bobby Mizia / Senior Staff PhotographerQuarterback Tino Sunseri and the rest of the offense weren’t the problem in the first game against Youngstown.On what many Pitt fans had deemed Chrystmas Day, they received a giant l...

McKinley: Hey, I just met you, and things are looking up

By Rosie McKinley
August 23, 2012
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The songs that top the summertime charts are often faster and perkier than the tunes popular in...The songs that top the summertime charts are often faster and perkier than the tunes popular in colder seasons. But this summer more than ever, these catchy rhythms and lyrics have paralleled an equally up...

McKinley: Hey, I just met you, and things are looking up

By Rosie McKinley / Columnist
August 23, 2012
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The songs that top the summertime charts are often faster and perkier than the tunes popular in colder seasons. But this summer more than ever, these catchy rhythms and lyrics have paralleled an equally upbeat national and local attitude.The popular hits of summer 2012 are in many ways typical of summers pa...

Baseball: Former Panther Iannazzo goes undrafted, signs with Chicago Cubs

Baseball: Former Panther Iannazzo goes undrafted, signs with Chicago Cubs

By Dustin Gabler / Senior Staff Writer
August 1, 2012
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A little more than a month after ending his senior season at Pitt, left-handed pitcher Matt Iannazzo took the mound for a new team — the Arizona League Cubs, a team in one of professional baseball’s many rookie leagues.Iannazzo, who signed as a free agent with the Chicago Cubs organization in late J...

Barnes: Analyzing the studs and duds of this year’s NBA Draft

By Nate Barnes
July 17, 2012
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It’s one of my favorite times of year to follow the NBA — the draft is complete, free agency... It’s one of my favorite times of year to follow the NBA — the draft is complete, free agency is in full swing and we are in the home stretch before teams open training camp in September.And now that ...

Baseball: Former Panther Iannazzo goes undrafted, signs with Chicago Cubs

By Dustin Gabler
July 17, 2012
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A little more than a month after ending his senior season at Pitt, left-handed pitcher Matt... A little more than a month after ending his senior season at Pitt, left-handed pitcher Matt Iannazzo took the mound for a new team — the Arizona League Cubs, a team in one of professional baseball’s ma...

Strong character takes the lead in Pixar’s “Brave”

By Natalie Bell
June 26, 2012
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Just as the main character of “Brave” works to defy tradition, so does Pixar.Cartoon... Just as the main character of “Brave” works to defy tradition, so does Pixar.Cartoon heroine Merida is everything a typical leading lady is not.She doesn’t fit the beauty conventions of today with her cur...

McKinley: Nuns on a bus — An ecclesiastical exercise in contradiction

By Rosie McKinley
June 19, 2012
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As you hit the highway for your summertime travels, you might notice a busload of nuns speeding... As you hit the highway for your summertime travels, you might notice a busload of nuns speeding across America. Don’t worry, they’re not asking for your prayers or donations. Instead, they’re bri...

Trietley: Freak accidents even happen to athletes

By Greg Trietley
March 27, 2012
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain dislocated his right ankle last Thursday. He... New York Yankees relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain dislocated his right ankle last Thursday. He did this, reportedly, on a trampoline at a children’s play place, where he was with his son.“As we understa...

‘The Hunger Games’ doesn’t disappoint book lovers

By Hope McLaughlin
March 26, 2012
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Fans of “The Hunger Games” book series who haven’t seen the film adaptation should get themselves to a theater immediately... “The Hunger Games”Directed by Gary RossStarring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Lenny KravitzGrade: AFans of “The Hunger G...

Softball: Pitt hopes to give Louisville first loss

By RJ Sepich
March 22, 2012
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The Pitt softball team begins Big East Conference play this weekend on the road against one of... The Pitt softball team begins Big East Conference play this weekend on the road against one of the three remaining undefeated teams in the nation: the Louisville Cardinals.After splitting a doubleheader W...

Trietley: NCAA Tournament by the numbers

By Greg Trietley
March 20, 2012
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Can’t wait until the NCAA Tournament resumes on Thursday? Here’s a breakdown of the first... Can’t wait until the NCAA Tournament resumes on Thursday? Here’s a breakdown of the first three rounds of the tournament by the numbers.5 — The number of wins by the 11 at-large mid-major programs ...

Trietley: Using NCAA Tournament patterns to predict a champion

By Greg Trietley
March 13, 2012
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Last year, Connecticut men’s basketball bucked a trend. With nine losses in the regular... Last year, Connecticut men’s basketball bucked a trend. With nine losses in the regular season, the Huskies became the first team in the new century to win the NCAA Tournament with such a poor record.In the 1...

Denison Witmer plays with sound in newest album

By Natalie Bell
February 22, 2012
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Denison Witmer seems to be experimenting... The Ones Who WaitDenison WitmerAsthmatic Kitty RecordsRocks like: Sufjan Stevens, José GonzálezGrade: BDenison Witmer seems to be experimenting.His latest album, The Ones Who Wait, seems like a hodge-podge of styles as Witmer strives to grow in his sound. So...

Bateman: How to be successful

By Oliver Bateman
February 21, 2012
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One of the toughest things to become in life is a success. One of the toughest things to become in life is a success. When you think of successful people, what names come to mind? Kim Kardashian, Donald Trump, Larry the Cable Guy, Randy from “American Idol,” Dale Earnhardt and Yasmine Bleeth, to name...

Strauss: Internet facilitates anonymous cruelty

By Courtney Strauss
January 26, 2012
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Like the “Saturday Night Live” character Glenda Okones, who created her own political smear... Like the “Saturday Night Live” character Glenda Okones, who created her own political smear campaign to preempt the inevitable trash talk, we anticipate criticisms of our actions before we even complet...

Kozlowski: Freak accidents inspire undue terror

By Mark Kozlowski
January 22, 2012
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People respond to spectacular accidents in strange ways.Consider the Costa Concordia cruise... People respond to spectacular accidents in strange ways.Consider the Costa Concordia cruise ship. While en route from Civitavecchia, Italy, the cruise liner ran aground on the island of Giglio on Friday, Jan...

Bateman: Argumentation for dummies

By Oliver Bateman
January 18, 2012
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After watching those thrilling Republican debates, you’ve probably found yourself wanting to... After watching those thrilling Republican debates, you’ve probably found yourself wanting to start and finish a few arguments of your own. Whether you’re for, against or indifferent to a scalding-hot...

Volleyball: Panthers set to face No.1 seed

By Torie Wytiaz
November 16, 2011
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In theory, the eighth-seeded Pitt volleyball team would have a tough time facing the No. 1 seed... In theory, the eighth-seeded Pitt volleyball team would have a tough time facing the No. 1 seed in the Big East tournament. But the odds might be in Pitt’s favor, as the Panthers are the only team in...

Pitt students gain more than grades from charitable project

By Natalie Bell
November 14, 2011
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hough he towered over them, Trevor Clinkscales could relate to the children racing around the... Though he towered over them, Trevor Clinkscales could relate to the children racing around the game room in which he stood. Their families all belonged to New Foundations or Sojourner House — two progr...

Editorial: Intellectual discussions still abound on campus

By Staff Editorial
October 16, 2011
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If during any given lunch hour, you were to eavesdrop on as many Market Central conversations as... If during any given lunch hour, you were to eavesdrop on as many Market Central conversations as you could, the odds that any of them would concern chaos theory or postmodernism are astronomically smal...

Letter to the Editor 10/14

By Joshua Henschel
October 13, 2011
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To the Editor,I wanted to write a response to the Oct. 12 editorial, “Smart thinking: No... To the Editor,I wanted to write a response to the Oct. 12 editorial, “Smart thinking: No guns at Pitt.” There was a large amount of misinformation in this piece, so I wanted to clear up the inconsistencies q...

Editorial: Guns on college campuses a bad idea

By Staff Editorial
October 11, 2011
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Would you feel safer if guns were allowed on campus? Would you feel safer if guns were allowed on campus?Last week, the Oregon State University system decided to allow permit holders to bring their guns onto campus. This raises a host of concerns, and, in short, we are glad Pitt has a strict no-gun poli...

Big 12 invites TCU to join conference

By Lauren Kirschman
October 6, 2011
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The Big East could lose another member—and this one never even played a conference... The Big East could lose another member—and this one never even played a conference game.The Big 12 Conference released a statement on Thursday its Board of Directors “upon a unanimous recommendation of its expansi...

Pitt club sports need game space

By Gwenn Barney
September 22, 2011
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The Pitt men’s club soccer team has a goal for this semester, and Student Government Board... The Pitt men’s club soccer team has a goal for this semester, and Student Government Board members said they will defend it.The team wants to petition the University for access to the Ambrose Urbanic Fie...

Bateman: Making the most of the upcoming winter

By Oliver Bateman
September 14, 2011
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Now that we’re three weeks into the fall semester, it’s time to start thinking about the... Now that we’re three weeks into the fall semester, it’s time to start thinking about the next big thing: Winter. Yes, before you can say Jack Robinson, Jack Frost will be nipping at your nose. Are you p...

Kozlowski: The riot policeman’s dilemma

By Mark Kozlowski
September 5, 2011
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Why do people decide to riot? And what is the proper response by authorities?Both of these... Why do people decide to riot? And what is the proper response by authorities?Both of these questions are easy to answer in a totalitarian regime. People are rioting because they don’t like how things are go...

Butchy: The importance of perspective

By Cathy Butchy
June 14, 2011
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What do opinions columns, seemingly hopeless situations, introductory drawing courses and... What do opinions columns, seemingly hopeless situations, introductory drawing courses and Einstein’s theory of relativity all have in common?The answer is simple but easily overlooked: perspective.Think back to ...

Editorial: That time of the month

By Staff Editorial
June 14, 2011
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A made-for-TV sequelMark Wilkinson must not have been familiar with the... A made-for-TV sequelMark Wilkinson must not have been familiar with the concept of self-fulfilling prophecies when he purchased a 16-foot cabin cruiser named “Titanic II.” As he was piloting his boat back into the West Bay, England,...

Relay raises more than $100,000

By Tegan Hanlon
April 10, 2011
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Trey Draude attended Pitt’s Relay For Life to walk for his sister.The Pitt sophomore... Trey Draude attended Pitt’s Relay For Life to walk for his sister.The Pitt sophomore walked on Friday for junior Jordyn Martin, who was diagnosed with leukemia when she was only 13 years old.“I saw my sister...

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