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Volume 35 Issue 21

A deadline looms to continue the ride-for-free service on public transportation >

June 26th, 2003

A deadline is looming to continue the ride-for-free service on public transportation for Pittsburgh campus employees and students with valid I.D. cards. The agreement between Pitt and the Port Authority of Allegheny County will expire July 31 if the two sides do not agree on re-negotiated fees, a Port Authority spokesperson said. Two years ago, […]

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Pitt will conduct evacuation drills to comply with a city ordinance. >

June 26th, 2003

Pitt is scheduling a series of emergency preparedness evacuation drills to comply with a new ordinance. City of Pittsburgh Ordinance 29, enacted in February, requires the development and implementation of an All Hazard Plan (AHP) for high-rise buildings within the city limits, more than 300 buildings in all. Each high-rise building, defined as 7 stories […]

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Approval granted for construction of a Finnish Nationality Room >

June 26th, 2003

Approval was granted this week for the construction of a Finnish Nationality Room in the Cathedral of Learning, currently home to 26 completed Nationality Classrooms. The Finnish Nationality Room committee will raise funds for the project, estimated to cost $250,000. The original Nationality Rooms are located on the Cathedral’s first floor, and the more recently […]

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Pitt and SEIU representatives reached a tentative agreement on a new contract >

June 26th, 2003

Last week, University negotiators and union representatives reached a tentative agreement on a new contract for Pitt’s 400 service employees. SEIU members were voting on the proposal yesterday, June 25, as the University Times went to press. The service workers, which include cleaners, movers, groundskeepers and pool operators, are members of Local 585, Division 29 […]

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OBITUARY: Mark Francis McKiel >

June 26th, 2003

Institutional Advancement (IA) staff member Mark Francis McKiel died June 8, 2003, of blunt force trauma from a motorcycle accident in Conemaugh Township. He was 41. McKiel had been on the staff at IA since December 1998, starting as a student caller for Pitt Telefund. In October 1999, he began working full time as a […]

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Pitt officials gratified by affirmative action decision >

June 26th, 2003

Pitt officials said they felt gratified, validated — and relieved — by the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 23 rulings upholding the right of universities to consider race as a factor in admissions while forbidding racial quotas. The court ruled 5-4 to uphold a plan used by the University of Michigan’s law school to assure a […]

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OBITUARY: Earle N. Hewitt III >

June 26th, 2003

Like most of the equipment he created for Pitt’s engineering school, Earle N. Hewitt III was one of a kind. “Earle specialized in making sophisticated equipment for experiments dealing with oxidation of metals and alloys,” said Frederick S. Pettit, a professor in the materials science and engineering department, where Hewitt was a research specialist for […]

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Pitt trustees elect five new members and re-elect five others >

June 26th, 2003

In addition to electing Ralph J. Cappy as board chairperson, Pitt trustees June 19 elected five new members and re-elected five others. New members included: • Frederick W. Hill of New York, executive vice president and director of corporate marketing and communications of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Hill joined Chase Manhattan in 1997, prior […]

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One Pitt trustee notes a dearth of women among the new and re-elected trustees >

June 26th, 2003

“Can anybody here tell me what’s missing?” Catherine D. DeAngelis asked her fellow Pitt trustees as she scanned the names of 17 people they had just named to the executive committees of Pitt’s Board of Trustees and the UPMC Board of Directors. “Women?” someone suggested, after an awkward pause. “Ah, thank you,” DeAngelis said. “Just […]

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Pitt's $1 billion capital campaign approaches the $600 million mark >

June 26th, 2003

Pitt is closing in on the $600 million mark in its $1 billion fund-raising campaign, Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg reported at the June 19 trustees meeting. “This year, in the midst of a terribly challenged economy, we expect to have received more cash contributions — about $90 million — than at any year in our […]

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