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Volume 29 Issue 1

Fight to stop test closing of Bigelow block moves to court >

August 29th, 1996

A hearing on a prelimi- nary injunction seek- ing to stop Pitt's planned 30-day test closing of the Bigelow Boulevard block between the Cathedral of Learning and the William Pitt Union has been set for today at 9:30 a.m. Allegheny County Common Pleas Court Judge Eugene Strassburger III is expected to hear arguments in the […]

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The new freshmen: What they're thinking >

August 29th, 1996

Belief in extraterrestrial life. Access to the Internet. The presidential election. These are some of the topics on the minds of this year's entering freshmen at the University of Pittsburgh. Respondents to Pitt's annual survey of incoming freshmen expressed opinions on these and a variety of other topics ranging from violence on television to race […]

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Bradford gets $46,000 grant for Phase 2 of curriculum reform >

August 29th, 1996

The Stackpole-Hall Foundation of Saint Marys has given Pitt's Bradford campus (UPB) a $46,000 grant for phase two of the campus's curriculum reform project, "Connecting Knowledge: A Way of Thinking." Part of UPB's revised general education curriculum, the Connecting Knowledge program is designed to promote learning across disciplines and develop motivation in students. "The curriculum […]

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Budget increases salary pool 3.5%: 2.5% for satisfactory performance, 1% to be used for merit increases >

August 29th, 1996

Acting for the entire Board of Trustees, the board's executive committee on July 19 approved a fiscal year 1997 budget for Pitt of $838.6 million. The budget includes an increase in the salary pool of 3.5 percent — a 2.5 percent increase for those employees satisfactorily with an additional 1.0 percent available for merit increases. […]

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UPJ memorializes sociology professor >

August 29th, 1996

Pitt's Johnstown campus (UPJ) has named its baseball field the George R. Walter Field in honor of the sociology professor who died on March 21. UPJ also has established the George R. "Doc" Walter Memorial Fund to support improvements to the field. Walter served as chair of UPJ's athletics committee from its inception in the […]

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A first: gene therapy used to treat patient with rheumatoid arthritis >

August 29th, 1996

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) doctors on July 17 performed the world's first gene therapy procedure on a patient suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. The trial marks a transition in the use of gene therapy from patients with fatal diseases, such as cancer or AIDS, to disabling disorders like arthritis. The trial also is the […]

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Administration encouraged by results of new summer sessions >

August 29th, 1996

Although the number of students who took summer classes at Pitt this summer declined by 1.3 percent compared with summer 1995, numbers were up in terms of total credits taken (a 2.6 percent improvement) and tuition revenue (up 7 percent, outpacing the 4.5 percent tuition hikes at most Pitt schools since last summer). Vice Provost […]

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Searches begin, continue in effort to fill several administrative vacancies at Pitt >

August 29th, 1996

Pitt filled its top administrative slot June 20 when the Board of Trustees changed Mark Nordenberg's status from interim to permanent chancellor. But later in the summer, Nordenberg created two new administrative vacancies by accepting the resignations of Athletic Director Oval Jaynes and Vice Chancellor for Student and Public Affairs Leon Haley. Like other top […]

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