The City Paper made a mistake, but they handled it with dignity

March 13, 2018 Many within the Pittsburgh media community have probably heard of the Pittsburgh City Paper’s retraction of a cover story. “Women Ink,” was pulled from the City Paper’s website last Wednesday because it featured a local female tattoo artist and a photo of her in an Aggravated Assault T-shirt – a band that…

Future educators spread the word to end the word

March 13, 2018 The Future Educators of America (FEA) collected signatures from passing students and staff in Lawrence Hall lobby last Wednesday afternoon for a four-hour stretch to encourage pledges to use more tolerant speech and stop using the “r-word.” The annual campaign is part of a national effort by the Special Olympics to raise…

SAEM and honors students spend spring break in New York City

March 6, 2018 Honors and sports, arts and entertainment (SAEM) students utilized their spring break as an opportunity to explore New York City. The two groups, including 18 honors students, seven SAEM students and one SAEM alumna took a coach bus Wednesday morning to the Big Apple to broaden their cultural horizons and build connections…

Berlin balances mixing, performing, legislating

January 30, 2018 Full-time student has big future in the limelight, friends say Jacob Berlin is a student known across campus for his larger than life personality. At first glance, one can immediately sense his radiating ambition. Berlin, sophomore mass communication major, has a busy life in addition to his studies. From a young age,…

Simulation sheds light on poverty in Pittsburgh

A poverty simulation was held in the Lawrence Hall Ballroom last Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event, hosted by the Department of Community Engagement, pulled in a crowd of around 50 people – including both university students as well as members of the surrounding community. Participants in the simulation took on roles…

Alum named Post-Gazette Performer of the Year

Photo Submitted by Freeland, taken by Eric Smith. January 9, 2018 Monteze Freeland knew he was meant to perform following his first presence on stage at six years old in his kindergarten debut of “One of the Birds.” Lovell McFadden could see his friend going far in theatre since their childhood, convinced he would reach stardom…

Talk Back Series makes debut with hip-hop artist and activist

September 26, 2017 “Talk Back Series” is the Center of Media Innovation’s and Pittsburgh Playhouse’s newest endeavor. Jasiri X, a Pittsburgh-based hip-hop artist and activist, kicked off the conversation last Tuesday evening in the Rauh Theatre by sharing his experiences fighting for racial equality. Events such as Ferguson bring light to current instances of racially…

Pioneer Public – Michael Gieseke

When Dean of Student Life Michael Gieseke isn’t overseeing resident life, commuter services, health services or student activities, he’s taking calls from parents or reading emails about shenanigans that happened in the residence halls the previous evening. “The rule of thumb is that I have no idea what my day is going to be for…

Bellevue Man Waves Gun on Lincoln Avenue

Here is an example of a crime story I wrote from a court affidavit collected from the Allegheny County Courthouse. Dates have been changed.  A Bellevue man, who was waving a stolen gun around outside of a CVS Pharmacy on Lincoln Ave., was arrested yesterday on Washington Ave. Neil Cameron Griffen, 19, was charged with…

Student begins independent pet-sitting business

Alex Trybus, owner of Auntie Alex’s Pet Sitting, takes Lincoln, a beagle mix, out for a walk in Mount Lebanon on Oct. 25. November 7, 2017 Pets have always been an essential part of Alex Trybus’ life. Growing up with Australian cattle dogs – Nicki and Jolene – helped her develop a desire to not…

SPJ moves out of shadows with new president

October 10, 2017 Taking over the Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ), new president Lindsay Haslett has some ideas in mind for revamping a campus organization that has primarily been absent from the conversation. by taking a more hands-on approach than in the past. “I wanted to make Point Park more encompassing [for communication students],” Haslett…

Student film “Runaway” moves into production phase

Photo Courtesy of Chloe Jakiela Crew crowdfunds horror short film for Production 3 class Drew Praskovich is enamored by horror films and spent his childhood watching them with his grandmother. Austin Harvey is also familiar with the genre, inspired in his screenwriting by authors such as Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft. Growing…