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Frisbee players winless in group stage

Nathan Bottiger, Editor-in-Chief
April 7, 2014

Pitt-Johnstown’s Frisbee players headed into last weekend’s 50-team tournament undefeated and ranked eighth in USA Ultimate’s Division III standings. The Flood finished their pool stage Saturday, losing all four games. Their ranking will drop due to their performance last weekend. Pitt-Johnstown... (more...)

Wi-Fi providing problems for students

Nathan Bottiger, Editor-in-Chief
April 7, 2014

Pitt-Johnstown officials announced last semester that the university’s Wi-Fi upgrades were nearing completion, but some students continue experiencing problems while connecting. President Jem Spectar sent a campuswide e-mail Aug. 31 saying the project was in its final stages, which promised... (more...)

Bilinugal students are excelling in academics

Nathan Bottiger, Editor-in-Chief
February 26, 2014

Language barriers make Pitt-Johnstown classes difficult for international students. That was the idea, but, this year, the English as a Second Language program aided all but one first-year international student to achieve good academic standing. This semester, 17 new international students... (more...)

Students get a say in class choices

Nathan Bottiger, Editor-in-Chief
February 26, 2014

A few years ago, incoming students received pre-made fall schedules without any of their own input. If they ended up having a bad semester, at least they got to choose their own classes in the spring. This changed during the 2011 summer, when the Academic Success Center staff began implementing... (more...)

Bowling gives club chances to bond

Nathan Bottiger, Editor-in-Chief
February 12, 2014

Pitt-Johnstown’s history club members attended Rock n’ Glow bowling, where rock music from the last thirty years blared over speakers and disco balls spit light onto the lanes and walls. Richland Lanes hosts all  40 lanes are available during the two and a half hours of Rock n’ Glow... (more...)

Greeks excelling at community service

Nathan Bottiger, Editor-in-Chief
February 7, 2014

Pitt-Johnstown fraternity and sorority members focus on more than just their social lives and gatherings, with some striving to go above and beyond for their community. Sigma Tau Gamma President Joseph Rizkalla, junior, said his fraternity members recorded between 200 and 250 service hours... (more...)

Ice Cats claw their way to dominance

Nathan Bottiger, Editor-in-Chief
February 7, 2014

Pitt-Johnstown hockey players played two home games last weekend, winning Friday over Indiana University of Pennsylvania before losing Saturday in a close shootout loss to Penn State-Altoona. Junior Troy Schall said the Ice Cats generated a lot of offense Friday in their domination of Indiana... (more...)

Students are sacrificing spring break

Nathan Bottiger, Editor-in-Chief
January 31, 2014

Some Pitt-Johnstown students plan to use their spring break to help those less fortunate. Habitat for Humanity members  are planning to make their annual trip with some assistance from campus ministries. Two charter busses are to take students to Miami and Fort Lauderdale in Florida with approximately... (more...)

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Bursting pipes drown out dream time

Nathan Bottiger, Editor-in-Chief
January 24, 2014

Last semester, Pitt-Johnstown students saw pipes burst in Biddle Hall classrooms, and now, fresh off winter break, students experienced similar incidents but, this time, in at least one dormitory. Freshman Alex Taylor, a Maple Hall resident, experienced a Jan. 8 water pipe burst that displaced... (more...)

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Red Cross members to raise safety awareness

Nathan Bottiger, Managing Editor
December 2, 2013

Pitt-Johnstown organizations conduct blood bank donations on a regular basis, but now, some students are moving to start an additional Red Cross relationship. The Young Adult branch of Johnstown’s Red Cross chapter held its first meeting Oct. 16, which was to gauge initial interest. They... (more...)

Some boots aren’t made for walking

Nathan Bottiger, Managing Editor
December 2, 2013

By spring, some freshmen walk around Pitt-Johnstown’s campus with tattered, worn shoes that have seen much better days. Senior Jennifer Rightnour said she knows the exact number, four, of pairs of shoes she’s ruined by wearing them through a UPJ winter. “Two pairs of Ugg boots, a pair... (more...)

Teams prepare to play conference foes

Nathan Bottiger, Managing Editor
December 2, 2013

Pitt-Johnstown’s men’s and women’s basketball players won their games last Thursday, both by large margins. The men’s team opened their season Nov. 11 against Penn State-Altoona. The Mountain Cats won 88-51 with all nine active scoring players. Senior Bill Luther hit five 3-point field... (more...)

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Water cascades from Biddle’s ceilings

Nathan Bottiger, Managing Editor
November 8, 2013

Students and professors were greeted last Thursday by a hydraulic anomaly that put an end to most of their scholarly work on Halloween day. English professor Ann Rea said she was walking down a Biddle hallway when she encountered writing professor Eric Schwerer hustling down the hall. Rea said,... (more...)

Soccer players lose senior day games

Nathan Bottiger, Managing Editor
November 8, 2013

Pitt-Johnstown men’s and women’s soccer players acknowledged their seniors Saturday at their last home game of this season. The teams played against Seton Hill University Saturday. The men’s team and the women’s team lost. The men’s team is to have three graduates this year. Nolan... (more...)

Advertised alumni job rate 4 years old

Nathan Bottiger, Managing Editor
November 1, 2013

Some people who look at Pitt-Johnstown Magazine may wonder whether a 94 percent job-placement statistic on page 4 is true. The magazine claims, in fine-print, the statistic is based on a post-graduation survey. “Our efforts to focus on job and/or graduate school placement has enabled us to... (more...)

Golfers look to improve after losses

Nathan Bottiger, Managing Editor
November 1, 2013

Pitt-Johnstown’s golf team competed last weekend at conference championships, and the team ended their season in last place out of eight teams. The conference invitational was held at Hershey Links Golf Course. Senior Zack McQueen said the course was a good one. “It was a links style course,... (more...)

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Runners adjust for championship race

Nathan Bottiger, Managing Editor
October 24, 2013

Pitt-Johnstown’s men’s and women’s cross-country runners will have to wait a little longer to run in the conference invitational. The runners were scheduled to compete at the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships Sunday, but the competition has been postponed... (more...)

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Brothers tighten bonds by running

Nathan Bottiger, Managing Editor
October 16, 2013

Pitt-Johnstown sophomore Anthony Nguyen and his brother Matt run down a dirt path winding through the woods, crunching leaves beneath their feet and heading in any direction they desire. They call these adventure runs, and they are their favorite type of training, according to Anthony. He said... (more...)

Club attracts more players to the court

Nathan Bottiger, Managing Editor
October 11, 2013

One Pitt-Johnstown sports club that is not commonly known is the tennis club, but still the club has seen an increase in members. Sophomore Kylie Truscello, the club’s president, said members play Thursdays and Sundays at Ebensburg Tennis Center, a 15-minute drive from campus. “They have... (more...)

Lacrosse players want better weather

Nathan Bottiger, Managing Editor
October 11, 2013

Last year, Pitt-Johnstown’s Lacrosse Club was plagued by nasty weather that ended their season early, but, this year, they are hoping for some sunny days. Senior Matt Ziance said the team canceled 10 of their 15 games last year due to poor weather conditions. The team had a 4-1 record last... (more...)

More fans in stands at sporting events

Nathan Bottiger, Managing Editor
October 2, 2013

Pitt-Johnstown’s fall sports have not seen a lot of fans at games and matches in the last few years, but so far this season the stands seem to be filling a bit more. Senior soccer player Lisa Mix said their 0-7 soccer team has been getting significantly more numbers of people coming to games. “We... (more...)

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Only Homecoming game results in loss

Nathan Bottiger, Managing Editor
October 2, 2013

Pitt-Johnstown’s homecoming ceremonies normally do not put emphasis on sporting events. This year, the only home game was played by the school’s women’s soccer team. The Lady Cats played Slippery Rock University, the defending Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions,... (more...)

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Tryouts completed for newly built team

Nathan Bottiger, Managing Editor
September 25, 2013

Pitt-Johnstown Athletic Department directors filled many coaching positions during the offseason, and one is to build the program from the ground up. Athletic directors announced at the end of last year that Sabrina Lane would be creating a softball program and becoming the head coach. Lane... (more...)

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Intramural page receives remodeling

Nathan Bottiger, Managing Editor
September 19, 2013

This summer Pitt-Johnstown’s sports webpages received a renovation in appearance, and the changes may be beneficial to more than university supported sports. In the past, the website’s intramural sports section was situated in a different part of the school’s website, but now it is with... (more...)

Cross Country changes coach, training

Nathan Bottiger, Managing Editor
September 11, 2013

Pitt-Johnstown’s Cross Country Women were joined by a Men’s team at their first invitational this weekend along with a new but familiar head coach. Head Coach Shane Valko has one more title he can boast. He is also an assistant coach for the wrestling team and runs a mixed martial arts... (more...)

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New coaches take on new conference

Nathan Bottiger, Managing Editor
September 11, 2013

Pitt-Johnstown’s women’s volleyball players participated at a tournament Friday and Saturday in Fairmont, ­W.Va., marking their first game under new Head Coach Joanna Haupt. Haupt said she and her husband, assistant coach Justin Haupt, have been implementing a lot of changes since the... (more...)

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UPJ students explore local fishing spots

Nathan Bottiger, Managing Editor
April 17, 2013

Trout season started Saturday, and some Pitt-Johnstown students are hitting popular local spots along with some secret ones. Pitt-Johnstown sophomore Keaton Voeghtly said there are many spots people overlook because there are not any trails leading to them, or they are slightly more vegetated. “I... (more...)

Golfers drive team to a fifth place finish

Nathan Bottiger, Sports Editor
April 10, 2013

After a slow start and troubling weather conditions, four out of five Pitt-Johnstown golfers placed in the top 25 golfers at last week’s conference tournament. Senior Kevin McDonald, junior Zack McQueen and senior Josh Miller placed in the top 25, and junior Mike Micionsky, squeaked into... (more...)

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Prolonged winter causes aches for teams

Nathan Bottiger, Sports Editor
April 3, 2013

Johnstown’s winters are something some people can get used to, but, for athletes who anticipate playing in beautiful weather, these winters are a nightmare. The baseball team was greeted by snow before their game Thursday against Glenville (W.Va.)State College. The Mountain Cats went on to... (more...)

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Golfers begin regaining their swings

Nathan Bottiger, Sports Editor
April 3, 2013

Pitt-Johnstown men’s golf season was supposed to start March 24 with the Ohio Valley (W.Va.) University Invitational at Marietta Country Club, Marietta, Ohio. The tournament did start but ended halfway through the first day’s practice round. The tournament was cancelled completely. The... (more...)

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Wrestlers underachieve at nationals

Nathan Bottiger, Sports Editor
March 26, 2013

Pitt-Johnstown’s wrestlers finished their season March 9 at the Division II National Championships. The Mountain Cats began the weekend with seven hopefuls and placed in two weight classes. Pitt-Johnstown, who took second as a team in the Super Region I tournament, finished the weekend with... (more...)

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Lacrosse sticks are high with 3 wins

Nathan Bottiger, Sports Editor
March 6, 2013

Pitt-Johnstown lacrosse players started their season with three wins against opponents they struggled against in their fall season, giving them an early national ranking. Last weekend the team played at Frostburg State University, where they played Frostburg’s club team along with California... (more...)

Ice Cats seek revenge and playoff win

Nathan Bottiger, Sports Editor
February 26, 2013

Pitt-Johnstown’s Ice Cats lost to California University of Pennsylvania last Saturday for the second time this season. The Ice Cats played California university again for the College Hockey East’s first playoff round, and lost 10-3. Head Coach David Layman said he was confident in the team’s... (more...)

Men head away, women take home court

Nathan Bottiger, Sports Editor
February 26, 2013

Last Thursday Pitt-Johnstown’s men’s and women’s basketball players both lost to West Liberty at Pitt-Johnstown’s the Sports Center. The men’s team lost its game 83-98. The women lost 90-98 in overtime. The men’s team lead West Liberty, No. 3 in the nation, for most of the first... (more...)

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Wrestlers stay hot going into regional

Nathan Bottiger, Sports Editor
February 20, 2013

Starting the season with a 1-2 record, Pitt-Johnstown wrestlers won their last 14 matches to close the regular season. The team now boasts a 15-2 record, and ranks fourth nationally in Division II with two wrestlers, junior Travis McKillop and junior Dave Cawley, ranked nationally in the top... (more...)

Skiers resort to car pooling for rides

Nathan Bottiger, Sports Editor
February 20, 2013

Pitt-Johnstown Ski Club members do not have the luxury of communal transportation. Instead, boarders and skiers either drive themselves or car pooling with two to three other members plus their gear. The club’s system works by paying the ski-lift ticket for members who drive at least two... (more...)

Player succeeds in the key and class

Nathan Bottiger, Sports Editor
February 13, 2013

The sound of rustling papers and faint residual music tends to come from one particular library cubicle, whose occupant seems to tower over others in the room. Pitt-Johnstown 6-foot 9-inch sophomore Ian Vescovi had a 4.0 GPA last semester, which may be fitting since he studies in the library... (more...)

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Yet another search for an assistant

Nathan Bottiger, Sports Editor
February 6, 2013

In the past three years, Pitt-Johnstown has had a new assistant athletic director each year, and now begins its search for yet another person to fill the position. Former Pitt-Johnstown Assistant Athletic Director Abby Gearhart-Hoffman left her position toward the end of the winter break to... (more...)

Fraternity sponsors YMCA league team

Nathan Bottiger, Sports Editor
February 6, 2013

Pitt-Johnstown fraternity Sigma Tau Gamma members have made it possible for a team of Conemaugh Township kids to play basketball this season. A maintenance worker, whose son plays on the team, propositioned fraternity member Christian Woo to sponsor the YMCA youth basketball team. Woo said... (more...)

Clothing sale to cover lacrosse gear costs

Nathan Bottiger, Sports Editor
February 6, 2013

Pitt-Johnstown Lacrosse players ask fellow students for money to help pay for their equipment and donate to a cancer cause. The fundraising is to take place six times throughout the next two months. President and Captain Matt Ziance said the fundraisers will consist of wristband sales and T-shirt... (more...)

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Hockey team seeks to avenge losses

Nathan Bottiger, Sports Editor
January 30, 2013

Pitt-Johnstown’s hockey players know what it’s like to be on the brink of a national championship berth. Last season, they got one game short of a ticket to the national tournament. The Ice Cats look to win their last two regular-season games on their schedule, which are Friday against... (more...)

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Athletes to get abbreviated break

Nathan Bottiger, Sports Editor
December 5, 2012

Most Pitt-Johnstown students are preparing for a longer winter break, but there will be a few who will not get to take full advantage of it. Pitt-Johnstown wrestlers and basketball players will have shortened breaks. After Dec. 14, most students are to be heading home, but basketball players... (more...)

Injuries not to loosen wrestlers’ grasp

Nathan Bottiger, Sports Editor
November 14, 2012

Pitt-Johnstown’s wrestlers will have to begin their season with a few injured teammates, and seem to be leaning on depth and experience to overcome the obstacles. Head Coach Pat Pecora said there are multiple injuries to key wrestlers in the upper weight classes, including sophomore Zak Newton... (more...)

Sports calendar to wield wish wands

Nathan Bottiger, Sports Editor
November 7, 2012

Pitt-Johnstown students involved in the Student Athletic Advisory Committee are to produce a sports-themed calendar raise funds for Make-a-Wish Foundation. Pitt-Johnstown’s 12 sports teams fit the calendar, and Committee President Kevin McDonald said there are plans to have team photographs... (more...)

Coach is to walk off after season’s finish

Nathan Bottiger, Sports Editor
November 7, 2012

Pitt-Johnstown’s Head Volleyball Coach Linda Renzi is to finish her ninth and final season of her career this year. Renzi coached Richland High Senior School girls’ volleyball team to seven state volleyball championships and five runners-up finishes during her 30 years with the high school. She... (more...)

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Disc-throwers surprised at success

Nathan Bottiger, Sports Editor
November 2, 2012

After roster problems and the loss of a number of seniors, Pitt-Johnstown Ultimate Frisbee players seem to have caught a break this season. The team’s first competition was Pitt-Johnstown’s home tournament, Jymmy Jam, Oct. 13 to 14. The team won the tournament, which included five teams. The... (more...)

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Lady Cats begin championship prowl

Nathan Bottiger, Sports Editor
October 24, 2012

Last Wednesday Pitt-Johnstown’s women soccer players advanced their team’s record to 11-4 and look to focus on their two remaining games and a conference tournament. The team beat Point Park University Oct. 10 in Pittsburgh 4-2 last Wednesday for their 11th win, and bringing the team to... (more...)

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Athletes tussle to assist awareness

Nathan Bottiger, Sports Editor
October 17, 2012

Breast cancer-awareness games are becoming a yearly occurrence that some Pitt-Johnstown athletes are now accustomed to. Pitt-Johnstown’s women’s soccer players hosted their breast cancer-awareness game Oct. 6 against Alderson-Broaddus (W. Va.) College at the Richland Senior High School... (more...)

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Class delivers competitive workouts

Nathan Bottiger, Sports Editor
October 10, 2012

At 7 p.m. last Thursday the sound of patter and music escaped Pitt-Johnstown’s mat room as Shane Valko’s mixed martial arts class members started with a grappling session. Two groups of paired wrestlers continued in a tangled mess of limbs, while Valko took a moment to enlighten a few on... (more...)

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Alumnus takes shot at coaching career

Nathan Bottiger, Sports Editor
October 2, 2012

After being able to only attend matches and tournaments last year,  assistant coach Shane Valko is to now work with Pitt-Johnstown wrestlers team every day now. After graduating in 2010, Valko worked as a sales representative for Toast Products, a sports medicine company in Pittsburgh. Valko... (more...)

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Among struggling clubs, Frisbee flies

Nathan Bottiger, Sports Editor
September 26, 2012

Upon their arrival back to campus, Pitt-Johnstown’s Ultimate Frisbee team had too slim a roster and little time to recruit and train new members. Last year the team was ranked No. 34 among Division III schools, but has since dropped from the rankings. Still, the team’s captain, Ben Wojnarowski,... (more...)

On the field: men in distress, women impress

Nathan Bottiger, Sports Editor
September 26, 2012

Out of the gate, the Pitt-Johnstown men and women’s soccer teams have reversed their usual results. Pitt-Johnstown women’s team has not had a winning start to their season since 2006. This season, they are 5-2 overall and 1-1 in the conference. Last year’s team had only three wins all... (more...)

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From the court to the athletic office

Nathan Bottiger, Sports Editor
September 19, 2012

A screaming crowd mixed with a loud rumbling in the bleachers is something that has been rare at Pitt-Johnstown. The new assistant athletic director Abby Gearhart-Hoffman said she has something similar in mind that she would like to become more common. Gearhart-Hoffman said one of her goals... (more...)