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General classes to be evaluated

Nick Zinovenko, Staff Writer
February 25, 2015

In addition to classes necessary for one’s major, Pitt-Johnstown students must also take classes to fulfill general-education requirements. Under the current system, courses in the Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences are taken to meet knowledge area requirements. Also required are courses... Read more »

Pitt family members go for world giving-record

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Kaitlin R. Greenockle, News Editor
February 25, 2015

Pitt-Johnstown has joined Pitt-Oakland, Pitt-Bradford, Pitt-Titusville and Pitt-Greensburg in attempts  to break a Guinness World Records’ standing for most large articles of clothing collected. The Give a Thread Campaign is to continue through mid-February, and donations are to be taken to the Student... Read more »

Pageant leads to controversial end

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Bobby Scott, Editor-In-Chief
February 20, 2015

The Student Union’s Cambria Room was packed with 290 people Thursday to watch 16 male students vie for the Mr. UPJ crown. The 32nd annual Mr. UPJ Pageant hosted by the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority was a night full of talent, showmanship and etiquette on display. Junior Stephen Karel was crowned the pageant... Read more »

Red Box contemplated for new entertainment

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Kaitlin R. Greenockle, News Editor
February 20, 2015

Student Government Association Senator Antonio Wolfe has started a process to add another option for students’ entertainment in winter months by looking into getting a Red Box kiosk on campus. He said he learned that St. Francis University personnel had purchased their own Red Box type of machine,... Read more »

New digital major moving to approval

Peijia Zhang, Copy Editor
February 20, 2015

A multimedia and digital culture major’s formation is under way at Pitt-Johnstown. “It is still going through the application step,” said Humanities Division Chair Patty Derrick. It has gone to the Provost’ s Office at the Oakland campus. Regarding course structure in the new major, Derrick said... Read more »

Residents desire steady hot water

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Peijia Zhang, Copy Editor
February 5, 2015

The hot water supply has been an issue for many Hickory Hall residents. “Many times, when I took a shower, the water got gradually colder and colder without me manually adjusting the temperature,” said freshman Wei Jiacheng, a Hickory resident. “Sometimes the water got hotter, and sometimes colder.... Read more »

Printing budget slash leads to online copies

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Kaitlin Greenockle, News Editor
February 5, 2015

This past November, Humanities Division Chair Patty Derrick sent out an email to all Humanities faculty explaining that a division printing budget has been cut in half and faculty needed to cut down on the photocopying on university equipment. The email instructed faculty to stop color printing and providing... Read more »

Expired papers were posted in eerie elevators

Kaitlin R. Greenockle, News Editor
February 5, 2015

As of Jan. 26, state-issued operation certificates were posted inside Living and Learning Center’s elevators. The certificates had not been posted in the elevators previously. What some may not notice in small print on the posted certificates is that the certificates expired Sep. 30. State occupational... Read more »

Bookstore to be outsourced this fall

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Eden Cohen, Managing Editor
January 29, 2015

Students and faculty may have to buy books from a new company in future semesters. Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar told faculty senate members last Wednesday that administrators have judged the current campus bookstore’s operation unsustainable. Finance and Administration Vice President Amy Buxbaum... Read more »

Log-on times shorten the time for teaching

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Nick Zinovenko, Contributing Writer
January 29, 2015

Between typing papers, completing online assignments, and checking for important emails, many Pitt-Johnstown students require frequent computer usage. Many carry laptops, but, for those who do not, the university provides computer labs in Owen Library and Blackington Hall for student use. Yet for many... Read more »