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Volume 39 Issue 21

Obituary: Brenda J. Pardini >

June 28th, 2007

Brenda J. Pardini, associate vice president for Student Life at Pitt-Johnstown, died June 7, 2007, of ovarian cancer. She was 53. During her 27-year career at Pitt, Pardini held various student-oriented positions on both the Pittsburgh campus and, for the past nine years, on the Johnstown campus. Jon Gonder, associate vice president for Academic Affairs […]

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State budget in limbo >

June 28th, 2007

As Pennsylvania’s fiscal year comes to an end, it remains uncertain whether legislators will agree on a state budget before Sunday’s start of the new fiscal year. That, in turn, means the amount of Pitt’s appropriation for the coming fiscal year likewise remains in limbo. Gov. Edward G. Rendell, in a press conference earlier this […]

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Incumbents sweep SAC election >

June 28th, 2007

The four Staff Association Council (SAC) officers all won re-election to two-year terms that begin July 1. SAC elections committee chair Betty Homonai announced the results at the June 20 meeting. Re-elected for a third consecutive term as president was Rich Colwell. Gwen Watkins won another term as vice president for steering; Angie Peskie will […]

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Pitt, Port Authority far apart on transit deal >

June 28th, 2007

Members of the Pittsburgh campus community may be forced to shell out money to ride mass transit beginning Aug. 1. The Port Authority of Allegheny County and Pitt officials are working on a contract renewal for fare-free bus rides — a program that has been in place since 1997 — but the two sides are […]

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Cathedral cleaning progresses >

June 28th, 2007

Sunshine. Sand. The sound of water in motion. Moist, misty breezes. If it weren’t for the constant hum of compressors in the background, and the fact that some of the sand and spray is indoors, maybe 4200 Fifth Ave. would seem like the seashore this summer. Even the raingear-clad contractors look as if they could […]

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One grimy stone remains >

June 28th, 2007

From top to bottom, the Cathedral’s limestone exterior will gleam when preservation crews are through, but one darkened stone will remain, thanks to Nationality Rooms director E. Maxine Bruhns. She and Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation officials requested that one weather-worn block of darkened stone near the Fifth Avenue entrance be preserved as a tribute […]

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CRSP report outlines regional racial disparities >

June 28th, 2007

“Race is America’s defining social problem,” said Larry Davis, director of Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP) and dean of the School of Social Work, at a press conference this week announcing a new report on regional racial disparities. African Americans in the greater Pittsburgh region continue to lag behind whites and other […]

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One on One: GSPH Dean Donald S. Burke >

June 28th, 2007

As dean of a public health school, Donald S. Burke fights the common perception that academia and field work are incompatible. “The apparent tension between what kind of things you do in academia versus applied research, in some ways, that’s a false dichotomy,” Burke said in a recent interview. “I don’t subscribe to that at […]

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Making Pitt Work: Freshman essay readers >

June 28th, 2007

To some, a summer reading list might include a trashy, beach-worthy novel or the latest bestseller. Laura Dice’s list for summer evenings is a bit different. While the works on her list are shorter and perhaps more redundant than most, they’re also more important. As assistant dean and director of freshman programs in the School […]

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