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Volume 39 Issue 2

SAT scores drop here, nationally >

September 14th, 2006

For the first time in three decades, SAT scores nationally declined sharply. The scores of entering Pitt freshmen declined as well, but more modestly. But the reasons for the decline are in dispute, as is what the decline says about the quality of students. The SAT test was revamped in March 2005 to include a […]

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International Week Schedule >

September 14th, 2006

THURSDAY 21 Latin American Studies Salsa Lessons Galleria Posvar, 9:15-10:15 pm (also Sept. 28; 8-7394) FRIDAY 22 Study Abroad International Photo Exhibition & Contest Kimbo Gallery WPU, Sept. 22-Oct. 6, M-F 10 am-6 pm, Sat. & Sun. noon-5 pm (3-7165) SUNDAY 24 Studio Arts Chalk Mural Commission Sidewalk between Posvar & Hillman, 10 am-7 pm […]

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UCIS faculty sound off on director search >

September 14th, 2006

The search for a new director of the University Center for International Studies and senior director of international programs has so far yielded a dozen candidates, but the search committee is continuing to seek more. Members of the UCIS community were invited to offer input to the committee at a Sept. 12 open forum in […]

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Corrections >

September 14th, 2006

• Kathleen M. DeWalt is on leave from her position as director of Pitt’s Center for Latin American Studies and will return in January. An incorrect title appeared in the Aug. 31 University Times. • Williams College is in Massachusetts. An incorrect state was published in a story on the U.S. News rankings in the […]

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BPC chair wants Pitt salary policy study >

September 14th, 2006

Are there some employees who are unfairly penalized by the University’s salary policies? Stephen Carr, chair of the Senate budget policies committee (BPC), is calling for a study into the potential “pernicious effects” of Pitt’s compensation policies. “Overall, the administration has done a terrific job regarding compensation over the last 10 years, and for those […]

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Obituary: Richard C. Tobias >

September 14th, 2006

Long-time Pitt English professor Richard C. Tobias of Squirrel Hill died Sept.12, 2006, of cancer. He was 81. Tobias, better known as “Tob,” was beginning his 49th year as a Pitt faculty member and was teaching a course on Shakespeare this term. A dedicated teacher, when he was diagnosed with colon cancer and scheduled for […]

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Housing Resource Center changes urged >

September 14th, 2006

In light of problems that plague off-campus student housing in Oakland, do the services provided by the University’s Housing Resource Center (HRC) need to be expanded? The Senate community relations committee (CRC) thinks so. The committee endorsed the recommendations presented this week in a white paper prepared by the Oakland Planning and Development Corp. (OPDC). […]

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Undergrad researcher slips past high gas prices >

September 14th, 2006

High prices at the gas pumps have caused many a driver to cringe at the thought of filling up, but one Pitt student is cruising without a care in the world: He’s driving for free in a car powered by vegetable oil. This summer, sophomore Pat Lambert converted a diesel-powered 1984 Mercedes 300 SD to […]

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UPB grant aids disadvantaged students >

September 14th, 2006

Pitt’s Bradford campus has been awarded a four-year $880,000 federal grant to administer a federal program that will help disadvantaged young people complete middle or high school and enroll in postsecondary education. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. Through the TRIO educational talent search program, qualifying students will receive academic, financial, […]

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