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Volume 34 Issue 12

LEARNING LANGUAGES: Need to know Hindi? Serbian? ASL? >

February 21st, 2002

Ungependa kujitundisha kuongea Kiswahili? Because if you do — that is, if you want to learn to speak Swahili — the place to do it at Pitt is the Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) Center. The center, part of the linguistics department, offers courses in Swahili and 15 other foreign languages not available through Pitt's […]

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LEARNING LANGUAGES: >

February 21st, 2002

Beware of HEARD, a dreadful word That looks like BEARD and sounds like BIRD, And DEAD: It’s said like BED, not BEAD – For goodness’ sake, don’t call it DEED! As that anonymous doggerel warns, English is full of maddening inconsistencies of spelling and pronunciation. But no mystery of English so eludes foreigners as the […]

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There are some differences when women are covering the campaign >

February 21st, 2002

Does the reporter's gender make a difference in news coverage? Not when it comes to objectivity, ethics, deadlines, responsibilities, the skills and tools of the trade, says veteran Associated Press reporter Beth J. Harpaz. But, some of the anecdotes in her book about covering Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2000 senatorial campaign suggest that a reporter's gender […]

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Masonic Temple renamed Alumni Hall >

February 21st, 2002

What used to be called the Masonic Temple is now Alumni Hall. In voting to rename the Fifth Avenue building on Feb. 14, Pitt trustees said the change recognizes "the devotion, support and esteem of the University of Pittsburgh alumni." Pitt acquired the Masonic Temple in 1993 and completed a $16 million renovation in 2000. […]

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Pitt mum on what poor state budget outlook means here >

February 21st, 2002

Unlike their counterparts in the State System of Higher Education, Pitt administrators aren’t speculating publicly about how much they would hike tuition next fall if Pennsylvania legislators approve Gov. Mark Schweiker’s recommended budget. But the budget numbers aren’t pretty. Schweiker proposes cutting state subsidies of Pennsylvania’s state-related universities (Pitt, Penn State, Temple and Lincoln) by […]

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Staff Association Council gets new officer >

February 21st, 2002

By unanimous voice-vote, the Staff Association Council (SAC) Feb. 20 elected Audrey Portis vice president for communications. Portis, of anesthesiology, will serve out the term of Maureen Jenkins, who is retiring from Pitt at the end of March. SAC officers' terms run until June 2003. Also at yesterday's meeting, SAC President Barbara Mowery reported that […]

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Budget year brings some "interesting dynamics" >

February 21st, 2002

G. Reynolds Clark, executive director of Pitt's community and governmental relations office, cited what he called "some interesting dynamics" in this year's budget process: * Mark Schweiker is a one-year, one-term governor who's not running for re-election and therefore can take a harder line in defending his budget recommendations. On the other hand, legislators know […]

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Proposed curriculum changes to be discussed >

February 21st, 2002

Proposed changes in Pitt's undergraduate arts and sciences curriculum are on the agenda of a Faculty of Arts and Sciences meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Feb. 22, 10-11:30 a.m. in 232 Cathedral of Learning. The open meeting of the arts and sciences curriculum review committee (CRC) will feature discussion of changes in College of Arts and […]

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Chancellor announces public service award winners >

February 21st, 2002

Winners of the 2002 Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service Award were announced last week. Four faculty members were named: Edward M. Barksdale Jr., pediatric surgery, School of Medicine; Rita M. Bean, instruction and learning, School of Education; Roger R. Flynn, information science and telecommunications, School of Information Sciences (SIS), and Jules L. Lobel, School of Law. […]

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