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Volume 30 Issue 4

Local 29 to vote on new contract Oct. 15 >

October 9th, 1997

Negotiators for Pitt and the union that represents some 540 University custodians, grounds-keepers and food service workers have tentatively agreed on a new contract. Members of Local 29 of the Service Employees International Union are scheduled to meet Oct. 15 to vote on the proposal. They have been working on a series of contract extensions […]

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Senate committee wants to know whereabouts of ROTC disclaimer >

October 9th, 1997

In 1992, to protest the U.S. Department of Defense's ban on homosexuals in the military, Pitt's administration agreed to a University Senate request that University publications describing Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs include the following statement: "ROTC programs discriminate against students on the basis of sexual orientation and therefore are not in compliance with […]

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FAS dean candidates pared to 13 >

October 9th, 1997

The list of candidates to be the new dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) is down to 13 — barring any last-minute, stellar applicants — and the search committee will begin interviews with them on Oct. 10. The 13 men and women include candidates from within Pitt as well as outsiders, representing […]

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Amendment would reinstate TIAA-CREF's tax exempt status >

October 9th, 1997

New York Senators Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Alfonse D'Amato have introduced an amendment to the 1998 federal budget bill that seeks to reinstate tax exempt status for TIAA-CREF's pension plan. The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate removed the tax exemption in the budget they sent to President Bill Clinton in early August. According to […]

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Pitt submits capital budget 'wish list' to state >

October 9th, 1997

Pitt has submitted a fis- cal year 1998-99 capi- tal budget request of more than $158 million to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The capital budget includes funds for construction and renovation projects, furnishings and equipment purchases for the Pittsburgh campus and Pitt's four regional campuses. In presenting the budget to Senate Council's plant utilization […]

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Human Resources outlines reasons for enrolling in Pitt's contributory invesitment plans >

October 9th, 1997

Faculty and staff groups have been known to battle fiercely with the administration over a 1 percent difference in salary raises. Yet, hundreds of Pitt employees throw away thousands of dollars each year — by failing to sign up for TIAA-CREF or Vanguard, the two "contributory tax-deferred annuity" retirement plans offered at the University. Of […]

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Klaus Jonas to be awarded Thomas Mann Medal >

October 9th, 1997

Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures professor emeritus Klaus W. Jonas will be awarded the prestigious Thomas Mann Medal by the Thomas Mann-Gesellschaft on Oct. 11 during ceremonies in LŸbeck, Germany. The society includes approximately 1,000 members throughout the world and awards the Thomas Mann Medal to scholars who have made exceptional contributions to the […]

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More friends could mean fewer colds >

October 9th, 1997

Want to reduce your chances of getting a cold this winter? Get more involved with people – children, relatives, friends, social groups, church groups, co-workers. While it might seem as if exposure to more people is an invitation for a cold, studies by Pitt adjunct professor of psychology and psychiatry Sheldon Cohen and colleagues have […]

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Laurence M. Mann >

October 9th, 1997

Laurence M. "Larry" Mann, 47, a long-time staff employee in the Office of the Registrar, died Sept. 18, 1997, of complications from AIDS. A 1968 graduate of Latrobe Area High School, Mann graduated from Duff's Business Institute in 1969, the same year he began work at Pitt as a staff member in the Graduate School […]

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Medicine cabinet is one of worst places to store pills >

October 9th, 1997

The bathroom medicine cabinet actually is one of the worst places to keep medicine, according to Pitt's Drug Information and Pharmacoepidemiology Center (DIPC). Storing medications in the bathroom or kitchen near sources of heat and moisture, such as a sink, shower, dishwasher or stove, increases the likelihood that the medicine may be altered. According to […]

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