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Guest says aid can be harmful

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Eden Cohen, Managing Editor
April 1, 2015

Approximately 120 students attended a lecture in which the speaker questioned whether state aid is the right course in providing humanitarian aid. George Mason University economics professor Christopher Coyne, who was the lecture speaker, discussed an economic perspective on aid March 23, in Heritage... Read more »

Leadership to be tested

Jacob Williamson-Rea, Contributing Writer
April 1, 2015

Shelby Smith, Pitt-Johnstown Student Government President, says the upcoming election may postpone several big-ticket items if she is not re-elected. “This past year went well. Electing a different president may lead to delays regarding the Pitt-Johnstown bookstore privatization, for example. Catching... Read more »

Intrusive information desk replaced

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Kaitlin R. Greenockle, News Editor
March 24, 2015

It wasn’t too long ago that Pitt-Johnstown maintenance workers installed an information desk in the Student Union. On the Tuesday of spring break week, the same desk was removed. Academic Affairs Vice President Shawn Brooks said that, due to the desk’s size and location, it was difficult for people... Read more »

Housing renovations to be finished sooner

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Kaitlin R. Greenockle, News Editor
March 24, 2015

In a Pitt-Johnstown strategic plan, housing renovations are listed to be finished in seven years, but President Jem Spectar has a new goal of finishing in three to five years. Finance and Administration Vice President Amy Buxbaum said a College Park Apartments renovation is to be the largest project. The... Read more »

Bradford crisis causes curriculum adjustment

Salynda Hogsett, Contributing Writer
March 24, 2015

On Feb. 23, a water main broke near the Pitt-Bradford entrance, releasing nearly 5 million gallons of water from the municipal water system and leading to loss of water service for approximately 18,000 people. Due to the loss of water, Pitt-Bradford officials canceled classes for the week and encouraged... Read more »

Bank executives grant $1 million

Eden Cohen, Managing Editor
March 24, 2015

Somerset Trust Co. executives have promised to donate $1 million in total consecutively in 10 years to Pitt-Johnstown’s entrepreneurship program. The program has been named the Somerset Trust Company Entrepreneurship Program, and the lab as the Cook Family Idea Lab. The Cook family founded the company... Read more »

Class’ effectiveness under scrutiny

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Kaitlin R. Greenockle, News Editor
March 4, 2015

The University Scholarship class, which is required for all freshmen, is being questioned on its usefulness. In 2005, the Faculty Senate voted that the class would be worth one academic credit, according to Academic Success Center Director Katherine Stahl Kinsinger. Kinsinger said she has taught first-year... Read more »

Admitted students to take composition test

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Brooke Boyer, Copy Editor
March 4, 2015

An English Composition placement exam has been introduced to those who have been admitted to Pitt-Johnstown and is to determine a student’s entry-level course. The exam results are to place a student into one of three classes: Composition 2, Composition 1 or a First Year Success Program. Those who... Read more »

A dry Bradford cancels classes

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Eden Cohen, Managing Editor
March 4, 2015

An emergency on the Pitt-Bradford campus might lead some to question whether Pitt-Johnstown would be prepared for a similar situation. Bradford Era reporter Alex Davis wrote that a major waterline for the Bradford area burst on Pitt-Bradford’s campus Feb. 23, leaving 18,000 people without water. As... Read more »

Special requests blow into police department

Kaitlin R. Greenockle, News Editor
March 4, 2015

Pitt-Johnstown police officers had to add to their duties this winter. Due to wintery conditions, students, staff and faculty face obstacles and call for police officers’ help. Pitt-Johnstown Police Chief Eric Zangaglia said once the cold weather hits, police received many calls from people saying... Read more »