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    Ballet at the Byham mixes modern, contemporary

    University dancers ‘nerve-racked’ to perform for special guest

      The only way freshman Elizabeth Kalesavich can describe the fast paced performance of the contemporary ballet “Mercy,” which is a part of Point Park’s Annual Byham Theater Event is that “they leave it all on the stage.”              A modern piece by the name of “Wolfgang” will feature a small cast of six dancing to the music of Mozart.

  • Features

    Symposium shines spotlight on humanities

      Social scientist Don Mitchell will deliver a speech at this year’s Humanities and Human Sciences (HHS) Symposium and Point Park students will be presenting their intellectual and creative work. From 12-5:30 pm. on Friday, faculty and students will gather in the Lawrence Hall Ballroom for an educational experience where students will present to professors and their peers creative writing, poetry and research papers they have diligently worked on all semester.

  • Features

    Senior celebrations to start next week

      As Point Park seniors prepare to graduate, the office of Campus Life is preparing to see them off with a week of activities and entertainment ranging from a mixer with alumni to a performance by a comedian. “It’s about celebrating our graduating seniors,” said Michelle McDermott, assistant community director of upperclassmen at the office of Campus Life.

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    Silver Eye auctions off history

      A signed Karen Meyers photograph of Pittsburgh born and raised rapper Mac Miller will be among the items up for auction to benefit the Silver Eye Center for Photography. Also on the auction block is the original Charles Teenie Harris photograph “Arthur Oursley seated at a bar with Erin ‘Ma Pitts’ Godfrey behind the counter, in Ma Pitts restaurant.

  • Features

    Student attendance reflects on students and school

    Skipping wastes student dollars and teacher time

      Benita Ovwurie found out her attendance was being graded when she was informed by one of her teachers that her grade was getting better now that she started coming to class. When Elissabeth Parsons emailed her teacher to let them know she would be missing class, she was not penalized due to a free day policy allowing the students to miss three classes.

  • Features

    University dancers compete for national title

    Students perform in final round of Youth America Grand Prix

      Cassidy Burk and Rachel Shirley are looking forward to returning to New York City with seven other Point Park dancers to compete their award winning dance pieces against some of the best dancers in the world. The Point Park dancers competed in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) Pittsburgh semi-final and took several awards.

  • Features

    Students join for ‘cross-collegiate collaboration’

    Pitt, CMU and Point Park students combine talents for film festival

      Freshmen James Van and Scott Kidwell and their crew look forward to showcasing their short film, a comedy titled “The Moustache,” about two roommates and their dramatic feud over one’s inability to grow facial hair. In the meantime, freshman Ayla Miller reviews her own collaborative short film project, “Lost Words,” a romantic drama featuring a love triangle between a girl, her abusive boyfriend and a long, lost mute friend.

  • Starbucks

    Coffee chain debuts unexpected new menu

    Pennsylvania Starbucks won’t see a drop of wine

      Be sure to bring your I.D. next time you visit an out-of-state Starbucks because a new set of items will soon be appearing on the menus nation-wide. The new menu item will be added to increase revenue during the evening hours, but some Starbucks customers have already expressed confusion over its addition.

  • Features

    Attack on Tekko: Club cosplays characters

    Convention draws lovers of Japanese anime

      On Saturday morning, the David L. Lawrence Center came to life as people from all over, including the Point Park Anime Club, joined together to celebrate at this year’s Tekkoshocon (Tekko) in Pittsburgh. “Tekko has a very accepting atmosphere. You get to meet people who are into the same things you are, and the people there are very friendly,” said freshman forensics major Leanna Brooks in a telephone interview.

  • Dance

    Former University students turned teachers

      Unlike most Point Park dance graduates who aspire towards Broadway, Lindsay Hoffman has only ever wanted to teach and build a family. Angela Essler, the opposite, entered Point Park hoping to perform around the world as a jazz dancer until the Minnesota native found The Thomas Studio.

  • Features

    Strong Women Strong Girls introduce elementary school girls to college

    While jumping rope last Saturday, Gabby Claypool expressed interest in becoming a veterinarian during her visit to Point Park through the group Strong Women Strong Girls. She loves the student body organizations on campus so much that she aspires to be on Impulse and the basketball team.

  • Features

    From suit to skirt, nail a new job in style

    Perfect resume does not trump professional presentation

      Clothing designer Kiya Tomlin said a job interview is not necessarily a place to show off one’s best outfit, but instead to show off professional skills.  The head of Point Park’s Career Development Center said job applicants should always wear a suit and present themselves with professionalism when entering an interview.

  • Features

    Dress for Success

      For those under-privileged or who just cannot find the means to look their very best, Tanya Mallory is there on behalf of Dress for Success to help suit up women and make them marketable. “Our goal and our mission is to promote the economic independence of women in our community with providing them with the attire that they need to wear to an interview or for employment, as well as a network of support and career development tools to help them in their new role and in their life overall,” Tanya Mallory, the Pittsburgh director of programs and operations at the Dress for Success center said in a telephone interview last Tuesday.

  • Textbook

    ‘Packback’ lightens students’ backpacks

    Startup company creates a day by day exchange for books

      Nothing is more frustrating for Romida Nanko than spending hundreds of dollars on required textbooks that rarely get used throughout the term. Even though Ryan Bjorklund gets all his books paid for through the GI Bill, he is empathetic towards students who do not have such benefits and feels there should be a more diverse market with cheaper options.

  • Min Wage

    University shows maximum support for minimum wage hike

      Point Park is all in favor of increasing the minimum wage. University administrators agree the benefits of raising the wage will outweigh the disadvantages, especially for the Federal Work Study students. Multiple proposals are being disputed in the state capitol regarding Pennsylvania’s minimum wage.

  • World

    Around the world in Lawrence Hall

    Alumnae photos bring foreign places to familiar spaces

      Recent photojournalism graduates Aldona Bird and Lindsay Dill traveled abroad on separate journeys during and following their time at Point Park. Photographs from their travels are currently on display in a 44-image gallery in the Lawrence Hall lobby, running until April 12.

  • CAB

    Future CAB director, past ‘committed’ member

      Amanda Navari started working with the Campus Activities Board (CAB) as a general board member. Progressing with every chance, she moved up to financial coordinator by spring of her freshman year, rose to administrative coordinator her sophomore year, and now as a junior is the spirits and traditions chair.

  • Style Truck

    Style Truck drives local trends

      Alexandra Perry, a Point Park student and fashion blogger, said she believes mobile boutiques such as Style Truck are changing the fashion industry. Style Truck was created by Jackee Ging two summers ago after seeing an article in InStyle magazine about different mobile boutiques popping up throughout the country.

  • Fashion

    Clean out closets and spring fashion forward

      Lights, camera, strike a pose! Casting calls, catwalks and networking will all be a part of the Point Park Fashion Club’s annual fashion show, featuring clothing raffles, best-dressed contests and COPA freshmen modeling clothing provided by the Fashion Club.

  • Features

    Symposium celebrates storytellers

    Discussions focus on free speech, University welcomes City of Asylum founder

      Storytellers are invited to a symposium where they will learn how to recognize the power of stories, develop their craft and fight for their collective right to use their talents without unjust restriction.  The Point Park University Honors Student Organization (HSO) and Global Solutions Pittsburgh are teaming up to give students and the general public the opportunity to engage in discussions and workshops concerning free speech and censorship at the second annual Storytelling and Human Rights Symposium.

  • Pullitzer

    Pulitzer Prize winners to discuss investigative journalism

      When a confidential informant for the Philadelphia police narcotics squad walked into the Philadelphia Daily News and asked to speak with reporter Wendy Ruderman, she and her colleague Barbara Laker had no idea they would uncover the biggest police corruption scandal in the city’s history.

  • TB

    Health Services say University is TB free

    CMU tuberculosis outbreak stirs local concern, PPU nurse shares symptoms

      Nearly a month ago, a visiting researcher exposed a few students at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to the contagious form of tuberculosis, but Point Park health administrators are not alarmed.  TB, short for tuberculosis, is spread through the air from one person to another when a person with active TB coughs, hacks, sneezes or speaks.

  • Adjunct

    Students stand in solidarity

      When activist Samantha Lee read an email for an open forum hosted by President Paul Hennigan about the unionization of adjunct professors, she was excited to see what Point Park’s president had to say. At the event on Feb. 10, she was alarmed when the school’s president asked her and other students to leave the supposed public event, and she refused to go until public safety personnel removed her from the session.

  • Features

    Student website to get app

    Fashionista Fashion site gets recognition

      When Point Park sophomore Madison Taylor started working at College Fashionista, she wanted to express herself through her fashion interests. Consequently, she began a blog that shows all of the latest fashions quickly and gained followers who realized her potential.

  • Dating

    Online Dating: “Hot or Not?”

      Sophomore cinema major Megan Wieder met her boyfriend of a year on “Ok Cupid,” a free online dating site. But Maggie Brooks, a freshman theater major, said after she innocently signed up for the same online dating site, she received creepy messages and has found herself on awkward dates.

  • Literary

    Writers’ workshop launches literary magazine

      Literary conversation flooded the ambient lit room where Michael Good, Tyson Himes and other literature enthusiasts critiqued Christina Ailor’s writing. Ailor described the mind of her characters to the group at the upstairs of Lot 17 in Bloomfield.

  • Features

    Cinema club to celebrate Oscars

      Red carpet, best picture souvenirs and a spread of delicious food: All these can be expected at the annual Oscar Party hosted by Point Park’s own John P. Harris (JPH) Society on Sunday, March 2. As the front-running film club on campus, the JPH Society will take the opportunity to share the biggest night in movies with every student by screening the 86th Academy Award Show in the Lawrence Hall Ballroom.

  • Sarah

    Creating a career post college

      Now that senior dance major Kathryn Van Yahres is graduating, making the transition into the working world has proven to be no easy task. In 2009, Point Park alumni Sarah Pisciuneri found herself facing the same struggles, but with the proactive efforts she made prior to graduation, the move was swift and smooth.

  • Congregation

    Pittsburghers ‘Congregate’ with interactive artist

    Artist debuts luminous display in Market Square, lectures at Point Park

      Lights flashed and danced around the center of Market Square this past Thursday night. People of all ages were engaged by the light display, running in circles, dancing in place and even lying on the ground. From the side of the large crowd, Kit Monkman, the art’s creator, stood quietly, smiling and chatting with people nearby and occasionally joining in the art himself.

  • Lyft

    New options for students looking for a lift

      A trip that could have cost a Yellow Cab rider about $52 cost a recent customer of the new UberX driver, Tommy Schwartz, about half that amount. Schwartz remembers driving a customer from the South Side to Bloomfield when she realized her iPad was back at the library on East Carson Street, and they had to turn around.

  • Animation

    Student artists, exiled writers bound together

    University digital animators advocate for City ofAsylum

      Kaitlyn Colhouer and Tyler Romanosky, digital art students, are bringing the City of Asylum’s mission to life through animated Public Service Announcements (PSAs). The City of Asylum helps persecuted and exiled writers establish themselves in the United States through a residency in Pittsburgh.

  • Adjuncts

    University ‘aware’ of adjunct professors’ woe

      Samantha Lee, a Point Park student, says the Student Solidarity Organization (SSO) aims to help adjuncts organize a union to raise their pay, get them suitable benefits, obtain office space and any other resources in order to assist them in becoming better instructors.

  • Features

    Inflation in textbook prices deflates student interest

      The high cost of textbooks caused Point Park students like Anna Dobbins, Akilah Brooks and Alexandria Bright to turn to the age-old practice of sharing. Freshman Anna Knoblach discovered an app called “Kno” that offers the use of textbooks without physically purchasing them.

  • Common Read

    Common read combines with common course

      In the past, incoming freshmen were given a book as a “common read” when entering the University, but the concept did not catch on among the new students.  “The whole idea behind common read is to take students transitioning from high school to the University level to let them know we are going to be stepping it up, reading more and broadening their horizons to read something they would not normally read,” said James Thomas, associate vice president for academic and student affairs, in his office Tuesday morning.

  • Features

    CAB to host charity ball

      The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is hosting its eighth annual semi-formal Charity Ball tomorrow to raise money for the American Heart Association (AHA). The romance-themed event will take place in the Lawrence Hall Ballroom and will feature DJ Maria Romano, dancing, games and raffles.

  • Features

    How to lose winter weight without going to the gym

    Point Park athletic trainer Kristin Baker says the best way to keep off extra pounds during winter months without spending money for the gym is watching food intake. Almost every exercise can be done without equipment or free weights, says Andrew Traber, an athletic trainer outside of Pittsburgh.

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    Club creates creative theater community, regardless of major

    Pinnacle Productions ‘belongs to Point Park University as a whole’

    Amanda Montoya and Felicia Cooper found themselves unsatisfied with the conservatory theater options at Point Park, but they still craved a creative outlet on the stage for themselves and others who were left wanting roles in traditional theater productions.

  • E-Cig

    E-Cigs help smoke student cravings

      After smoking tobacco-filled cigarettes for seven years, 22-year-old Jordan Gray decided it was time to kick the habit by turning to e-cigarettes. Thanks to her roommate, Lauren Fevola has put down those burning butts in favor of a new electronic smoking device, too.

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    Valentine’s Day in the Steel City

    Whether it’s V-Day or me day, Pittsburghers are celebrating

      College students are on a tight budget, but there are many ways to celebrate the most romantic day of the year without breaking the bank.  “Students could go to the movies, go clubbing, sit by the dock and look at the sunset, go to the beach on the North Shore, or go ice skating on the river, which is pretty romantic,” said Keenen Parrish, a junior sports, arts and entertainment management (SAEM) major.

  • Cinema

    Freshman cinema majors impress peers, professors

    Contrary to popular belief, not every little boy dreams of being the next NFL star. Instead, a movie theatre can become a child’s field of play. “The only way I could connect with my Dad was through movies and that’s when I developed an attraction to film,” Jordan Durham said.

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    Students spark spontaneous benevolence

    Campus Activity Board members inspire random acts of kindness

      Katt Schuler passed out baked goods around campus. Knowing a friend needed money for a trip to Pittsburgh, Allie Gray secretly paid for it. Karly Spangle folds forgotten clothes left in the University laundry rooms. These three sports, arts and entertainment management majors share more than just a major; they share a philanthropic love to spread kindness, and it is just in time for Random Act of Kindness Week.

  • Art

    Peduto projects popularity of Market Square Public Art

      A new art program that may increase traffic and revenue  in Market Square was launched last Thursday by Mayor Bill Peduto at a press event in the Perlé tapas and champagne lounge.  The new program promises to increase art awareness, increase the flow of traffic Downtown, and engage locals through art from around the globe in a way never seen before in the United States.

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    Strong University women, stronger girls

    Three women empowered by mentoring through national organization

      Lauren O’Leary joined Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG) because she wanted to provide an example of success for young girls. Being in love with the idea of teaching young girls empowerment through consistent, positive role models is why Lauren Vernail joined SWSG.

  • Features

    Campus ministry group sponsers student travel

      Allie Gray was forced far outside of her comfort zone when she ventured to a foreign land. Brittney Smith always wanted to travel overseas but never had the opportunity. Next summer she will finally get her chance. Zachary Grant had one thing on his mind when he signed up to go an exotic location next summer: Good food.

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    Organizations advocate for city’s commuters, cyclists

      City cyclists can rely on three different organizations to make Pittsburgh riding a little bit safer and greener. Friends of the Riverfront, Bike PGH, and Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) help students get active and involved. Friends of the Riverfront Through the organization Friends of the Riverfront, students are able to help the community of Pittsburgh by volunteering their time removing debris and invasive plants, planting trees, grasses and shrubs, and maintaining the 24 miles of trails running along the rivers of Pittsburgh called the Three Rivers Heritage Trail.

  • Features

    ‘The Chair’ to showcase Point Park talent

      The new reality TV series, “The Chair,” will be filmed in Pittsburgh using both University students and alumni to make a three-part project successful. Throughout “The Chair,” produced by Hollywood producer Chris Moore and actor Zachary Quinto, viewers will see what two up-and-coming directors do with an $850,000 budget and the same script to produce separate films.

  • Rock n Roll

    CEO rolls in, rocks students with wisdom

    President of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame talks ‘learn[ing] business from the ground up’

      Joel Peresman offered students advice and the opportunity to learn about entertainment management through his own personal experience.  “I have been fortunate to stay in the same business I wanted to stay in,” said Peresman Jan. 23 in the University Center.

  • Grand Prix

    Grand Prix proves Point Park prominent in dance world

      For Peter Merz, a longtime coach of Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) and head of ballet at the University, his wish for the YAGP to be hosted in Pittsburgh has come true. Point Park dancers said they are looking forward to having the “home field advantage” for the upcoming international ballet competition after competing far away from “home” in previous years.

  • Dog

    Rescue team flies furry friends in need

      A pair of friends can do a lot together. They can catch up over lunch, be in each other’s weddings, but for friends Brad Childs and Jon Plesset, it was something more extreme. Not only did Plesset and Childs learn how to fly airplanes together, they decided to put their skills to use helping others.

  • Alarum

    Alarum confronts the ‘complexities of human nature’

      Jordan Walsh and Shannon Knapp began their partnership at The University of Pittsburgh with a production of “Romeo and Juliet” that Knapp affectionately describes as, “a crazy street performance on the sidewalks of south Oakland.” While Knapp was finishing her senior year at Pitt, she and Walsh came up with the idea to start their own theater company after a sequence of long talks about what they would do with their lives after they both acquired what Knapp referred to as “relatively useless degrees.

  • Gaming Graphic

    Not always out with the old and in with the new, gamers say

    Sales remain steady for old systems despite new consoles

      Malik Cosby would love to have the new Sony PlayStation 4 game console, but he does not see the point of rushing to get one when so many quality games and systems already exist at a much cheaper price. Cosby, 23, of the West End, has its predecessor, the PS3, and he recently bought a $25 Nintendo GameCube just for fun.

  • Hill District

    Hill District elementary students explore dreams

    Point Park students help children plan for the future

      In the spirit of Martin Luther King, one class of Point Park students helped Hill District elementary children follow their dreams. Before winter break, the Point Park Honors University Experience class, headed by Helen Fallon, visited the Ammon Recreational Center in the Hill District to work with 15 elementary students participating in the Ozanam after-school program.

  • Homeless

    Shelters help homeless survive in cold conditions

      During the cold winter months, many peoples’ thoughts go out to Pittsburgh’s homeless, but Kate Wadsworth’s mind is always there through seasons warm and cold alike. “I guess my favorite thing is getting to know people and their stories. Seeing how God can change the lives of the people in our programs,” said Wadsworth, the public relations manager for Light of Life Rescue.

  • Features

    First Night events planned for Downtown

      Highmark First Night Pittsburgh sets to launch Tuesday, Dec. 31, with special events marking the celebration’s 20th anniversary. As a 20th anniversary special event, Ice Creations’ Rich Bubin will create a 30 foot long, 40 foot wide and 5 foot high ice labyrinth people can weave through.

  • Features

    Giving warmth to those in need

      The Confluence Psychology Alliance group launched its sixth annual coat and blanket drive in mid-November with donation boxes in Lawrence Hall and the West Penn Building. Boxes were taken down Dec. 6, but the group hopes they will be able to continue the donations throughout January after winter break.

  • Features

    Students' plans for winter break

      Taylor Hornung remembers peeking at her presents and not being able to fall asleep on Christmas Eve, because she knew there would be a new guitar waiting for her under the tree. Sara Cramer remembers lying under the tree on Christmas night with her boyfriend while playing a video game on the Nintendo DS and hiding a pickle ornament in the tree – whoever finds it is then rewarded with an extra present.

  • Features

    Pittsburgh band The Artless tackles new sound, new goals with upcoming show

      Before the members of local band The Artless played music together, they had a variety of different roles in each other’s lives from peer to neighbor to friend and eventually to band mate. Sophomore sport, arts and entertainment management student Kim Prelosky has known the members of the band individually as friends for years.

  • Features

    Anti-Flag motivates fans around the globe

      When Anti-Flag released its first album in 1993, the Pittsburgh punk scene was found in remote basements in Oakland, where the audience was made up of the group's friends, family and of the other bands performing that night. For the past 20 years, Anti-Flag grew to be an internationally known punk band, playing to fans all over the globe and trying to motivate fans with caustic lyrics about the world and the people in power.

  • Features

    New PR Writing professor back in the classroom after more than a decade

    Linda Schmitmeyer brings her real world experience to the classroom after working in the public relations field at the University of Pittsburgh for more than 10 years. “The field is changing so much in terms of how we get the news out. It never ever pulls away from the importance of writing in the profession,” Schmidtmeyer said.

  • Features

    Professor creates play for Conservatory students

    As a classically trained actor, playwright and filmmaker, Gab Cody wanted to create a one-of-a-kind show for conservatory students, inspired by their fresh talent.    “I wanted to create something for a group of students since I started working at Point Park University, because we have such a wealth of talented students,” said Cody in a telephone interview Nov.

  • Features

    DIY, inexpensive gift ideas for the holiday season

    Crafting experts and students offer budget-friendly gifting options

    The holidays are fast approaching, and it may be hard for college students to get their loved ones gifts this season. Students often find themselves without money or at least low on funds during the holiday season which means looking for alternatives to expensive gift giving such as homemade, do-it-yourself (DIY) projects.

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    ‘Romeo and Juliet’ ballet to tribute retiring professor

    Classic ballet returns to Point Park to ‘pay homage’ to professor’s ‘legacy’

    When dance professor Nicolas Petrov came to Pittsburgh in the late 1960s after performing and choreographing in Europe, he established both the dance program at the University and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. In 1971, he choreographed the first American production of the ballet “Romeo and Juliet.

  • Cosmo Club

    New club gives students makeup and beauty tips

    With bold, pink lipstick and perfectly placed eyeliner, Amanda Belfiore is the girl many would want to have around when trying to get that perfect winged eyeliner or help scouting the latest beauty products.  Each Tuesday night, Belfiore shares makeup tips and tricks through live tutorials at the Cosmo Club meeting in the Pioneer Hall basement.

  • Features

    This Century and Nick Santino and the Northern Wild to perform at Altar Bar

      Pop/rock group This Century planned on lying low and working on new material this fall and winter. Then musical friend and collaborator Nick Santino announced a new solo career this past August. Shortly after, the thirty-day “Up Close and Personal” tour was formed.

  • Features

    DJ RO balances vinyls and basketballs

    The lights were low and the crowd was flooding through the door and stacked half a block down the sidewalk. The disc jockey had been spinning vinyls since 10 p.m.  It was not only a college night with DJ RO at S Bar in South Side, but it was also Halloween.

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    Alumna performs in tour of “Elf the Musical”

    Early this year, Point Park graduate Amy Van Norstrand was distraught when she auditioned for a spot as a dancer for the Broadway tour of “Beauty and the Beast,” but did not get the part. That is why she was surprised when the same directors of “Beauty and the Beast” asked her to join the “Elf” musical as a dancer later in the year.

  • maharaja

    Professor returns to roots on accreditation trip

    Archish Maharaja never thought he would return to his native India after he moved to the United States to attend college in 1985. Twenty-eight years later, the assistant professor and director of the Master of Business Administration program returned to India to help with the accreditation process for two local universities, finding his native land “completely different” with technological advancements and an economic turnaround from when he left a generation ago.

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    CAB members and volunteers gather non-perishable food items for “Trick-or-Eat” event

    During the Halloween holiday Point Park Campus Activities Board (CAB)members and volunteerswent to homes around Squirrel Hill to gather non-perishable food items for the “Trick-or-Eat” event. CAB also organized an upcoming food drive at Point Park for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank for the approaching holiday season.

  • Dance

    Choreographers showcase variety of dances

    With heavy frantic strings and wildly crescendoing melodies, Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony,” is far from light hearted. Pairing gestural, grounded movement against the intense music, choreographer Terence Marling turns the classical piece on its head to create “Fatum Inflictum,” a comedic parody dance created just for Point Park.

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    Experts offer travel tips for students on budget

    Different methods give frugal options for students

    Freshman dance major Emelina Lopez is no stranger to travel. She will be traveling home to Tennessee this holiday season, and knows she must research pricing and follow specific travel tips, but uninformed travelers may not be as prepared. “Be ready for security check and have everything together.

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    Campus group continues to make changes

    CAB plans to host several fundraising events

    Cena Chovanec’s passion for helping others sparked her interest in community service. “I’m very fortunate for the way that I grew up. My parents are still together [and] I’ve always been provided for and there are so many people who don’t have that. If I can help in any way, even just to make them smile for one minute; if I can brighten someone’s day, then my day is brightened,” said Chovanec, the Community Service Chair of the Campus Activities Board (CAB) in the CAB office on Friday.

  • Features

    Point Park alum lands role in 'Smile'

      Jaron Frand was a budding soccer star until he made a life-changing decision when in fourth grade after being cast in the musical, “Mame” as young Patrick, and caught the acting bug. “My father was a jazz musician, so I grew up around music and singing, but that was the first play I was in.

  • Amadeo

    COPA grad returns to Pittsburgh for film showing

    From the time he could talk, Amadeo Fusca would gather with his large Pittsburgh family to watch films together. Now, he is acting in them. “At a young age, I was going to see “Braveheart” and “Forrest Gump” in theaters, and the movie “Seven.” I was 8, 9, 10, 11 going to see these real raw, really good movies,” said Fusca in a phone interview on Monday.

  • Cohesia II

    Cohesia II provides networking to artists

    A Highland Park home houses 11 artists including photographers, illustrators, musicians and glass blowers coming from different parts of the country with one thing in common – a passion for the arts.  The Pittsburgh Art House will be opening its doors to host the second annual Cohesia event on Saturday, Nov.

  • Features

    Playhouse to show Greek tragedy

    Historic play still relatable to modern audiences

    When Melessie Clark found out she was cast as the lead for the Greek tragedy “Hecuba,” she knew she had some studying to do.  “When I heard we were going to do a Greek play, I was actually super worried,” said Clark in an interview in Lawrence Hall Friday.

  • Bingham

    Alumna takes role in HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’

      After eight auditions, Margot Bingham finally got the call that she landed a role on the HBO show, Boardwalk Empire. Bingham was so excited about it that nothing could ruin her day. “I got the call and then my phone got pick-pocketed later that day but other than that it was a really good day,” said Bingham in a telephone interview on Wednesday.

  • Features

    Students relax with furry friends, de-stress

      Claudia Neely, a mental health counselor at Point Park, learned through her profession that dogs are a key element in helping troubled students open up. Marsha Robbins, advisor to the director of training services at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society and leader of the College Canines Program, values the benefits that come with the time her dogs spend with college kids.

  • her campus

    Online publications give students experience

    As a transfer student, Cassi Stovash missed being involved in Her Campus, having acted as the campus style blogger at West Virginia Wesleyan University, but earlier this year, Her Campus selected Stovash to serve as a campus correspondent and begin the chapter for Point Park.

  • Frank

    Ghosts haunt Downtown pizza place

      Frank Wazni does not believe in ghosts, but he certainly respects them. Wazni, an employee at Downtown’s Papa J’s for more than 18 years, was first employed after his predecessor quit in a rage, throwing his apron down and swearing he would never return after seeing “her” again.

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    Osteria 100 becomes student friendly

     Osteria 100 is striving to reach the mouths of new students.  Junior Nikki Eagen said that she has not visited the restaurant, however would be eager to try its cuisine at a lower price.  “I haven’t visited the restaurant because I thought prices were too high, but I’d love to try their pizza,” said Eagan in West Penn building Monday.

  • features

    New ‘Rocky Horror’ production pushes boundaries

    The Brisbane Management Group’s production of “The Rocky Horror Show” brings interaction to a whole new level.          In most theater shows, the audience is firmly planted in their seats facing the stage, but in a new take on Richard O’Brien’s cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” the audience will experience the show scene to scene, acting as members of the cast.

  • we will rock you

    Show takes audience to future with Queen’s music

    From rocking guitar solos to theatrical dance routines, the classic music of Queen will rock the Benedum with a new futuristic twist.    “The show feels so fun to do and to watch because we are genuinely having fun on stage,” Ryan Knowles, who plays character Pop, in a phone interview Thursday evening.

  • thriller

    The Ruckus Bros. to pay tribute to iconic album

    Diego Byrnes’ favorite Michael Jackson memory is his first time seeing the “Black and White” music video and its inspirational message. Pierce Maratto remembers the “Thriller” video scaring him as a child. Gene Stovall thinks back to watching Jackson perform on the “Motown 25: Anniversary Special” when he first did the moonwalk.

  • oklahoma1

    Broadway star directs Conservatory’s ‘Oklahoma!’

    Patrick Cassidy is best known for his time on stage, but for his latest show he will be found in the director’s chair. “Being able to pass on something that you’ve learned throughout your life and [giving] that to somebody else, that’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever been able to do,” said Cassidy on Friday at the Pittsburgh Playhouse Premiere Café.

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    Indie band Minus the Bear to play at Mr. Small’s

    Cliff Chien, a huge follower of Minus the Bear, attended the band’s almost sold out 10 Year Anniversary Tour show in 2011 and said it was a “nearly life-changing event.” He promised himself he would see the band every time they returned to Pittsburgh — luckily for him that time is coming up soon.

  • Features

    The “Happiest 5k on the Planet” comes to the ‘Burgh

    When Travis Snyder worked organizing race events, he noticed that people were so focused on the idea of beating their own personal record and competing against others that they were not actually enjoying what they were doing. Snyder kept this in mind when he founded The Color Run – a race designed to be less about competition and personal records and more about having fun and completing the event, according to Public Relations Specialist Jessica Nixon.

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    Nonprofit concert brings together local artists

     Liz Berlin believes there are many talented bands and musicians in Pittsburgh. As half of the husband and wife duo that owns Mr. Smalls, she often sees these talented people blossom from humble beginnings. Putting her beliefs into action, Berlin created a nonprofit arm of Mr.

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    Artist brings ‘DANCE’ art gallery to Lawrence Hall

    Joyce Werwie Perry remembers walking along the Boulevard of the Allies watching dancers through the windows of Lawrence Hall years ago. When an opportunity arose for Perry to have an art exhibit at the University, she immediately recalled those memories and decided to create the entire display around those dancers.

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    Pittsburgh walks ‘out of the darkness’ for suicide prevention

    In memory of her sister who committed suicide in 2001, Jennifer Sikora works with the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), raising funds through an annual walk and other events. Katelyn King and her family will also walk with the AFSP to honor their father who previously took his life.

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    Dancer alumna finds success in New York

    Lauren Garson’s mother had to decide between dance or beauty pageants as an activity for her young daughter. Without a second thought, Garson’s mother put the 3-year-old in dance classes. “[In Alabama] my mom said at that time they either put girls in dance classes or beauty pageants.

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    Warhol’s ‘conceptual son’ featured in new exhibit

    The Warhol Museum to Open New Exhibit in October At first glance, there appears to be a black and white portrait of Marilyn Monroe, until a closer inspection reveals the face Japanese artist Yasumasa Morimura. This is among some of the highlights of the nearly 100-piece exhibit entitled Yasumasa Morimura: Theater of the Self debuting October 6 at the Andy Warhol Museum.

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    October kicks off with local haunted attractions

    A haunted elevator at Hundred Acres Manor drops down into “Damnation” to fight off wall-to-wall zombies. While waiting to ride Phantom’s Revenge at Kennywood’s Fright Night, the hand of a demonic clown brushes up against an unsuspecting patron. Entering a darkly lit house at the West Deer Nightmare, people stumble across mutilated bodies and misplaced appendages.

  • Features

    'Proud to be an American?' Opens at 709 Gallery

    A photo hangs on the stark white walls of the 709 Penn Gallery, a Tommy Hilfiger American flag shirt, with a label clearly reading “Made in India” letting the viewer ponder the inconsistency. Another image shows mannequins dressed in red, white, and blue apparel, sporting red and white striped pants and shorts with blue sequined jackets drawing attention with their bold garments; attempting to portray the message behind the colors.

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    Cultural District preps for Gallery Crawl, festival launch

    This Friday night, four parked cars morphed into tiki bars, demolition cars and bedazzled auto canvasses will call Eighth Street and Penn Avenue home. With initial popularity in the Southern United States, these artists aim to increase mobile art interest in the Northeast, debuting at Pittsburgh’s quarterly Gallery Crawl.

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    VIA Festival showcases talent in ‘deepest’ year

    For the past four years, the VIA Festival has brought a wealth of innovative and distinctive art forms from all over the world to Pittsburgh, including bright and colorful contemporary visual arts and an eccentric mix of musicians. “The world is coming to Pittsburgh.

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    Magenta Pop moves art to public spaces

    Philomena O’Dea is fascinated by dandelions and the way the flower’s color is different in every setting, depending on the lighting and the elements surrounding it. She used this as inspiration for her latest art project as she brings this part of nature to the city of Pittsburgh.

  • Sorrentino

    Alumna dances her way to Broadway

    Gabriella Sorrentino spends hours in rigorous dancing rehearsals every day, but even then her work is not finished. The University graduate sits down to look over her script and works to keep her singing and acting on point. She is up to the challenge, however.

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    Active Pittsburgh encourages locals to get up and out

    Website gives opportunities to be active in community

    Jason Miller accepts no more excuses when it comes to getting up and staying active. As the creator of the Active Pittsburgh website, he “aims to increase active living by providing direct access to opportunities to be active,” according to activepittsburgh.

  • Battle of the Bands

    Battle of the Bands to rock Rex Theater

    Electric guitars will riff. Acoustic guitars will resonate in melody. Beating drums will pound. An eclectic mix of local musicians will come together all in one place at one time. This is Battle of the Bands. “I’ve never heard of the other bands,” said contestant and musician Kevin “Wargoat” Warznak.

  • Burton Morris

    Burton Morris’ art “Pops” into the Heinz History Center

    Renderings of bright, iconic images such as the Statue of Liberty and a Volkswagen Beetle will accent the historic brick walls of the Senator John Heinz History Center, greeting patrons upon exiting the fourth floor elevator doors. Poptastic! The Art of Burton Morris will take center stage as the newest exhibit.

  • O'Brother

    O’Brother’s first headliner to stop at Stage AE

    “Stay./ We’re a garden fed from then blood/ Left in your veins /So stay with me or I’ll shrivel and dry out.” These daunting lyrics of Atlanta-based band O’Brothers’ song, “Ascension,” mirror the dark sound of its music. “O’Brother is one of those bands that define heavy.

  • CAB Pineapple

    CAB makes changes, new student discounts

    When senior Aja Smith is with her fellow Campus Activities Board [CAB] members, she feels as if the group is a second family. As the vice president of marketing, Smith used this feeling as inspiration for CAB’s new logo: a pineapple. “[I chose a pineapple] to represent how CAB is different but [has flavor] in the fruit bowl of Point Park,” said Smith, an advertising major.

  • Features

    Playwright's son directs Playhouse show

    "All My Sons" takes audience back to 1940's

    Father and Son.Not only is it one of the themes of the Pittsburgh Playhouse’s upcoming show, “All My Sons,” but it is also the connection between the show’s director and playwright, Robert and Arthur Miller. “All My Sons,” directed by Robert A. Miller and written by his father, Arthur Miller, opens Sept.

  • Pretty Living PR

    PR firm hosts ladies night for charity

    When Charissa Lauren decided to celebrate her birthday last year with all of her friends and co-workers, it was not an ordinary birthday party. “I’m very passionate about women’s charities and nonprofits,” said Lauren in a phone interview on Friday. “Instead of it being a birthday party, I wanted to raise money for organizations and causes dear to me.

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    Professor's "The Bench" goes national

    After success at Point Park, dance show becomes musical

    Kiesha Lalama has a distinct choreographic style, one that students and audiences admire. She is best known around campus for her piece, “The Bench: A Journey into Love.” “She has a very, very strong sense of technical training, while maintaining athleticism and an entertainment quality,” said adjunct dance professor Kellie Hodges in an interview in the Village Park on Monday.

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    New club hopes to give back to community

    Spring break trip sparked idea for Habitat for Humanity campus chapter

    As a young girl, Victoria Robertson and her family received the gift of a house from the nonprofit organization Habitat for Humanity. Ever since, the sophomore secondary education mathematics major has an interest in giving back to her community.

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    Graduate blends love of travel, photography in Grand Canyon

    Imagine having college classes outside with the sun shining, surrounded by natural earth tones and breathtaking views.  Madeline McKain spent her final semester with Point Park in the Grand Canyon living this scene.

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    Dancers kick into high gear for Rockettes audition

    Point Park dance majors will attend audition at Radio City Music Hall

    Every year, hundreds of girls from across the country audition for a spot in one of the most famous dance companies in the United States, the Radio City Rockettes.  This year, several Point Park girls will have a chance to add their gams to the prestigious kickline when they attend the company’s New York City auditions on April 30. 

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    Dancers to gain professional experience in Byham show

    The bright lights of Pittsburgh's third largest stage will shine on Point Park dancers this weekend during the Conservatory Dance Company at the Byham Theater production.

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    'The School for Scandal' takes Playhouse stage

    Students explore 18th-century gossip in a 'comedy of manners'

    Since Richard Brinsley Sheridan wrote “The School for Scandal,” Point Park's most recent production, in the late 18th century, society has undergone some drastic changes: fashion evolved, the world advanced through new technology and traditional gender roles underwent a major transformation.

  • Amplifiers

    Band to celebrate album release at Stage AE

    The Amplifiers’ show begins pitch black as they play their evocative, mysterious instrumentals that put the listener into a thought-provoking daze. The darkness is followed by the flooding of harsh white lights from behind the band.

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    Fairytale comes to life in ‘Cinderella’

    Sometimes a fabulous pair of shoes is all it takes to make a great first impression.  In Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's (PBT) final show of the season, it is not a glass slipper but a pair of pointe shoes that helps poor Cinderella change her life forever.

  • Anything Goes

    'Anything Goes' audience in for a nautical night

    Giant smokestacks, a grand white balcony and nautical lighting will transform the Heinz Hall stage into a luxury cruise ship for the national tour of "Anything Goes."

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    Singers to perform 'open-hearted,' 'vulnerable' music

    Tristan Prettyman spent most of her 20s performing and touring around the world. After six years she felt like she was on autopilot and decided to take a year off for her own travels. One year quickly turned into four. She visited Australia and Europe and elsewhere. She also got engaged to her long-time boyfriend, but four months later, he broke it off. That’s when inspiration hit her.

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    Student athlete receives Red Cross scholarship

     

    Audrey Eisentrout’s hard work paid off. With a high grade point average of 4.0 and an earnest drive toward life and academics, she gained attention from her softball coach for a scholarship opportunity to help others through blood drives.

  • Fashion Show

    Fashion show to help students dress for success

    Club teams up with Career Development to define professional, trendy

    As a public relations and business management major with an interest in fashion, Michele Tabaka knows the line between professional and fashionable blurs at times.

  • Eric Davis

    Scholarships beneficial in college, after graduation

    For a college student, receiving a scholarship is not just a financial help. Winning an award from an organization shows the dedication, work ethic and responsibility that employers look for in potential job candidates.

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    Engineering alumna works on international projects

    Abby Virag spends her days as a mechanical engineer working on projects ranging from New York City's subways to transit systems for major airports in Saudi Arabia.

  • Band

    Local band to perform ‘cohesive mix’ of pop/rock

    Steve Foht took a trip to San Diego when he was hit with inspiration for his band’s newest album. He felt the rush of the plane lifting off as it flew off the track, feeling the excitement of the pressure in his chest as the plane ascended into the sky.

  • Antarktikos

    ‘Antarktikos’ premieres at Playhouse

    The tale of Dr. Jerri Nielsen, a woman who treated herself for breast cancer while living at the South Pole in 1998, captivated writer Andrea Stolowitz about two years ago.

  • 1968

    New '1968' exhibit takes visitors back in time

     Exuberant colors in the three pop cultural lounges and fascinating artifacts like the real set from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” are just a few of the pieces in the newest Heinz History Center exhibition.

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    Online company reaches out to students, restaurants

    During their sophomore year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Matt Howard, Eric Martell and Alex Wyler brainstormed a way to enhance the online food delivery service near their campus.

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    Students use 'talents' in New City Church project

    What would you do if you received 100 dollars from a stranger?  What if this stranger gave you the money unconditionally, to do with as you please?

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    'Unspoken' presents sampling of famous ballets

    Audiences will get to see Pittsburgh Ballet Theater (PBT) in a whole new light when it performs its newest show, “Unspoken”, at the August Wilson Center March 8-17.

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    Students tackle tough subjects for women

    'The Vagina Monologues' promote female 'empowerment'

    Vagina: a word many find uncomfortable serves as a symbol of women’s empowerment for several Point Park students. This month, they are putting on a production of “The Vagina Monologues,” a play to inspire the courage to be open about their reproductive organs.

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    Italian eatery opens in Market Square

    New Il Pizzaiolo to provide pizza, pasta to Downtown diners

    Workers hurry in and out of ceiling-length wooden doors. They run up and down the staircase leading to the wine bar on the second floor and straight into the open kitchen. Everyone is making last-minute preparations for the opening of Il Pizzaiolo in Market Square.

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    A day in the life of a Point Park dancer

    Rigorous dance classes keep modern dancer on her toes

    Alex Bright found her love for dancing at the age of three. By time she was in high school, she started taking dance seriously.

  • Nevada Color

    Student band to perform at Stage AE

    The fresh scent of coffee and the sound of music floated through the Conestoga Starbucks on Thursday night. Local indie rock band, Nevada Color, played an acoustic set at the coffee shop an enthusiastic audience. During the chaos of cleaning up, the stylish band made time to answer a few questions and share their beginnings and where they are headed.

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    'Priscilla' takes stage in Pittsburgh premiere

    The Benedum Center will soon be filled with dancing koalas, Elvis impersonators, giant cupcakes and more when "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" takes the stage.

  • Musical friends enjoy ‘rad life’ on first tour

    At first listen, Saul Conrad’s record sounds folky and a bit country, with its twangy guitars, mandolins and banjos. But as the record plays, there is also a saxophone, trumpet and other instruments -- two different genres joined together.

  • Showcase to feature faculty choreography

    Not often do college dance majors get the chance to perform original choreography specifically designed for them.

  • Mean Girls

    Art exhibit takes stand against bullying

    Inspired the world around her, Curator Jill Larson wanted to create an art exhibit based on bullying, specifically girl-on-girl bullying.

  • 'Chess' turns Playhouse stage into board game

    The future of the country depends on a championship —a chess championship. Maybe not in real life, but in the musical “Chess” it does.

  • Free admission for students to Andy Warhol Museum

    Right across the Allegheny River from Point Park on the North Side of Pittsburgh is a tall brick building full of vibrant colors, unique art and creative fun. The inventive art begins at the doors of the Andy Warhol Museum. Fortunately for Point Park students, beginning this semester, students are permitted to attend the museum for no charge with proper Point Park identification.

  • 'Moulin Rouge - The Ballet' makes Pittsburgh debut

    This Valentine's Day weekend, a stage will be transformed into late 19th century Paris, and an artist and a dancer will fall in love in the romantic atmosphere of the Moulin Rouge cabaret.

  • Local band attracts 'rare' audience at DIY venue

    It is difficult enough to go through school and juggle one or two jobs. But imagine having band practices, travelling to play local and out-of-town shows and recording albums on top of all that. That is the biggest challenge the local pop/rock band Crash City has had to face in addition to financing their tours, recordings and having members live in different areas of the state.

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    'American Idiot' set to rock Heinz Hall

    Audience members can expect the “time of their lives” when rebellious rock opera “American Idiot” takes the Heinz Hall stage in downtown Pittsburgh Feb. 19-24.

  • Kevin Doyle

    Theatre alumnus stars in off-Broadway show

    Point Park University alumnus Kevin James Doyle has been putting his comedic chops and New York knowledge to the test in his off-Broadway show “How 2B A New Yorker.” The show displays different scenarios an average New Yorker would encounter.

  • Students evoke emotion, explore society in showcase

    For Point Park University dance students Morgan Veldhuizen and Alex Bright, their learning experience is more than perfecting their technique. It is about being confident in their talents, expressing emotion, telling a message and creating an experience for their audience.

  • Insult to Injury

    Insult to Injury comes together to release first EP

    While in good spirits during an interview at Caribou Coffee in Oakland, the Pittsburgh band Insult to Injury detailed its newly released EP, “Dead Weight.” They continuously joked with each other and gave insight to how Insult to Injury came about, what influences their music, the stories behind their tattoos and revealed exciting plans for the future. 

  • Arcade

    Comedy theater hopes to spread laughter

    Point Park students and Downtown visitors will soon have a place to escape from the stresses of school and work to have a laugh.

  • Sister Act

    Alumnus returns to Pittsburgh in 'Sister Act'

    When Point Park University alumnus E. Clayton Cornelious won a role in the Pittsburgh Playhouse's production of "Brigadoon" in 1995, he knew he was doing something right. As an African-American playing the role of a Scottish groom, Cornelious knew the atypical casting choice was a reflection on his talent.

  • Samantha Manson

    Junior dancer overcomes injury to tap in company

    Samantha Manson grew up in the spotlight. The 20-year-old Point Park University junior made her first stage appearance at just four months old, and she has been dancing ever since.

  • CAB offers students a 'blast from the past' at Charity Ball

     

    Furbys, Tamagatchi’s, “Rugrats,” “Doug,” and Pogs all bring feelings of nostalgia to any ‘90s kid. These memories are what bring the generation together, especially at a university. 

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    Gallery Crawl to provide sampling of culture

    Visit art galleries and exhibits. Check out music performances, comedy routines and fire dancers. Take a dance class, or give yoga a try. The best part? Do it all for free.

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    '1776' revolutionizes Pittsburgh Public Theater

    On Jan. 24, the Pittsburgh Public Theater will present its largest production to date with a cast of 26. The show, “1776,” will be a political blast from the past. 

  • New animation program hosts portfolio workshop

    One of the university’s newest programs will be hosting an animation portfolio workshop on Jan. 26.

  • No tails, just scales for resident students

    To some people, their pets are an important part of their lives, and they have trouble leaving them behind when they head off to college. Students who have such an attachment to their pets may wish they could bring them to school.

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    'Les Misérables' a hit onstage, on-screen

    Since its Christmas Day opening, the movie "Les Misérables" has surpassed $200 million worldwide and earned eight Oscar nominations, including "Best Picture." Now, Pittsburghers have the opportunity to see the live stage production that inspired the hit movie.

  • Sal's City Deli

    New sandwich shop has 'Italian edge'

    Tucked away beside the bustling Benedum Center on the corner of 7th Street and Liberty Avenue, Sal’s City Deli is the Cultural District’s newest sandwich shop.

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    'The Crucible' ends fall theater season

    It did not take long for acting professor Shirley Tannenbaum to return to Point Park after her retirement in May. This time, she returned not as a professor, but as a director for the Pittsburgh Playhouse’s rendition of Arthur Miller’s heralded play, “The Crucible.”

  • Handmade Arcade

    Handmade Arcade introduces eco-friendly crafts

    Flower vases shaped like World War II era hand grenades and clocks depicting the iconic Barack Obama “Change” image are some of the items thatcrafter Toby Fraley will display at an upcoming craft fair, Handmade Arcade.

  • 'The Jazz Nutcracker' comes to the playhouse

    Point Park’s dance department will soon be spreading holiday cheer when it presents its latest show, “The Jazz Nutcracker,” starting Dec. 7. 

    Conceived and choreographed by dance professor Doug Bentz, “The Jazz Nutcracker” is a sexy twist on the classic holiday tale.

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    Alumnus' skills applied to 'The Umbrella Man'

    Shawn Bronson worked as art director in upcoming film

    Shawn Bronson always liked movies, and while watching “Dawson’s Creek” at the age of 14, he realized he wanted to work in film.

    Fourteen years later, he is doing just that.

  • RARE Nation

    Rap collective 'embraces individuality'

    Artists intend to create album, coffee table book

    For hip-hop artists Palermo Stone and Ads Antalik, who rap, create art and hang out in their “headquarters” atop Mt. Washington, the only way to live is rare. It is a shared passion for integrity and creativity in music that brought the pair together to collaborate.

  • My Friday Slacks

    Local band readies for second album

    My Friday Slacks 'evolved' with new members

    About six years ago, brothers Brian and Derrick Beattie invited Nick Guckert to their house to play music.

    “When we first started jamming, there was no singing – just some heavy guitar riffs over drums and a lot of melodic sounds,” Guckert, 19, said in a phone interview Nov. 21. “We just kind of made stuff up.”

    The trio has since transformed that “stuff” into fine-tuned original songs, with the help of three other musicians.

  • Barbara Ehrenreich discusses poverty, inequality

    Over the past five years, the university has been host to several prestigious guests, among them Lewis Lapham, Ralph Nader, Jim Hightower, Vandana Shiva and most recently, Barbara Ehrenreich. All of these guests have been featured in the global cultural studies “An Evening With…” public speaker series.

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    The Composure gains popularity

    For Paul Menotiades, playing in a band was something he always wanted to do. When his older brother started a band, Menotiades wanted to follow his footsteps and be in a band as soon as possible, so he started his own band, Disturbed Youth, at the age of 10.

  • Bob's Sub Shop

    Restaurant aims for college crowd

    After 40 years of filling the bellies of students at Slippery Rock and Clarion University, the newest Bob’s Sub shop on Smithfield Street aims to cater to the college kids Downtown. 

  • Dance conservatory hosts choreographers

    Choreographers affiliated with Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, the Julliard School and the Paris Opera Ballet Theater will come together for a performance featuring modern dance contemporary ballet at the university.

  • Those meddling kids

    The youth vote matters

    I approached the polls today with some anxiety, trepidation and my mouth watering for polling-place bake-sale cookies.

    My first experience with the polls was extended to one hour, and what I saw both surprised and excited me.

    The vast majority of the line mirrored my demographic—18-to-25 year olds proudly wearing their universities’ names on their sweatshirts.

  • Duo records 'old-fashioned' album

    Album, musician receive national praise

    Before auto-tuning and dubstep, artists and bands recorded records live, in the same room, without headphones and no mixing to produce a raw, real sound. Jazz musicians Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola did just that with their new record “Not Getting Behind Is the New Getting Ahead.

  • Well-known artist honored at Playhouse

    'High energy' show set to open this weekend

    The Pittsburgh Playhouse will be transported back in time on Nov. 8, when it debuts the play “Seven Guitars” by August Wilson.

  • Barack Obama

    2012 elected officials

    Profiles of the newly re-elected President and Vice President of the United States.

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    Professor, student remember Swiss campus

    In 1972, Point Park informed students they could travel to the villa for the same costs as the college’s tuition, room and board costs, with flight expenses included as well. However, enrollment fell under the predicted 100 students. The program’s demise came quickly because of the financial crisis in 1973.

  • Shiny Toy Guns

    Band performs for Halloween crowd

    When Carah Faye was in elementary school, she wanted to be a veterinarian, doctor or astronaut, despite her love of music. Later, she even thought about studying psychology, because she didn’t think she could be successful singing professionally.

    In 2002, Faye realized she could make a career out of her talents. She joined forces with her friends, Jeremy Dawson and Chad Petree, who were in a band together since they were 12, to create the electronic indie-rock band, Shiny Toy Guns.

  • Science Center blows pumpkins away

    Instead of throwing away jack-o-lanterns that survived Devil’s Night, the Carnegie Science Center has a different option for post-Halloween disposal.

    Blow it up.

  • CLO musical features Conservatory

    'Grand Night' tunes, stories relatable to audience

    Guests will be treated to singing, dancing and romance when “A Grand Night for Singing” premieres at the Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret Theater on Oct 25. 

  • What’s New, PPU?

    ‘American Horror Story’ Is Back!

    Globe columnist Aubrey Henken gives you this weeks TV round up.

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    Paranormal society investigates campus

    The Point Park Paranormal Society explores the school for proof of spirits.

  • REI teaches zombie apocalypse survival

    Survival is a consistent necessity for humanity. Whether it is surviving the bubonic plague of the 18th century or the disco fad of the 1970s, society always comes through the other side relatively unscathed. The next looming catastrophe is the zombie apocalypse and the crews at REI’s South Side and Robinson locations are looking to help.

  • Producers

    Alumnus directs 'The Producers'

    The Pittsburgh Playhouse’s Rauh Theater will soon be filled with tap-dancing Nazis, sex-crazed grandmothers, gay conga lines and more when “The Producers” debuts on Oct. 18.

  • Trolley offers 'spooks along the way'

    Shane Conley is using his love for Halloween while gaining some acting experience by working as a guide and paranormal expert in the Terror Trolley Tours this October. The Terror Trolley Tours are an annual event of Molly’s Trolleys, according to Christina Robertson, the director of marketing at Just Ducky Tours.

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    ScareHouse opens new attraction

    University intern works with 'close-knit family'

    For Scott Simmons, Halloween is more than just an annual holiday – it is a family business. Simmons started working in local haunted houses in the 1980s, where the setups were far more inferior to the attractions of today.

  • University alumni 'Step in Time'

    When the national tour of “Mary Poppins” makes its way to the Benedum Center stage on Oct. 16 through 21, Point Park students will see familiar faces among the cast.

  • Maeve Gallagher

    Joke between friends 'Made' into reality TV show

    When MTV’s reality show, “Made,” came to campus last semester for a casting call, Mackenzie Pinto signed her friend Maeve Gallagher’s name up as a joke. She had no idea her friend would soon be starring on an episode of the hit show.

  • Future Tenant presents 'iPod noir'

    The classic Hollywood crime drama genre “film noir” has enjoyed a modest comeback since the release of the Robert Rodriguez-directed “Sin City”in 2005. However, the category has been getting an intense technological makeover with the help of 32-year-old Brooklyn resident Gyda Arber and her interactive “iPod noir” production, “Suspicious Package.”

  • Rebecca Knowles

    'Outstanding' student receives award

    When someone asks Rebecca Knowles the question “What is it about acting that makes you want do it for the rest of your life,” her response clearly expresses her passion for the profession.

  • Ruckus

    Beatlemania returns to Pittsburgh

    Diego Byrnes, a long-time musician and Beatles fan, had the idea of covering an entire Beatles album in a live performance. After having this idea for so long, Byrnes and his band The Ruckus Bros. decided to take his favorite Beatles album, “Magical Mystery Tour,” and turn it into a whole performance for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

  • My Carboard Spaceship Adventure

    Local band kicks off tour in hometown

    For Mike Meiers, music is always in his life. He started playing the piano at age seven, and then soon learned the keyboard. In high school, he and his friends would pass around different CDs of what bands they were listening to. Inspired, Meiers learned the guitar, played in bands and eventually started his own.

  • Rope

    Director puts new twist on show

    With the opening of its new play, The REP professional theater company tackles a new, dangerous topic for its audiences – murder.

  • Table Top Tirade

    New club 'embraces teamwork'

    On Wednesday nights, the conference room on the fourth floor of Lawrence Hall is transformed into more than just a room with a long table and chairs. Music is turned on, a castle-themed table cover is spread, snacks are brought out and a banner is hung. This is the home of Table Top Tirade. 

  • Born Yesterday

    'Born Yesterday' debuts Point Park students

    Pittsburgh Public Theater transforms into a swanky 1940s hotel next week when the theater presents its newest comedy production “Born Yesterday.”

  • Pahl Hluchan

    Conservatory welcomes new professor

    Pahl Hluchan works on animation, puppetry and painting. Now, he is also one of Point Park University's newest professors.

  • VIA creator combines music, visual art

    For years, Lauren Goshinski thought about ways to leverage all of the musical and artistic events happening in Pittsburgh. With a background in fine arts and being a disc jockey, Goshinski took it upon herself and her group of friends to create a new event.

  • What's New Point Park?

    This week's TV review

    This week, two brand new shows premiered on Tuesday, Sept. 11 called “Go On” and “The New Normal.” Also, the much-anticipated season premiere of “Glee” aired on Thursday, September 14.

  • PARK(ing) Day

    PARK(ing) Day turns spots into art

    Every year on the third Friday of September, parking spots across the globe become much more than a place to keep one’s car. PARK(ing) Day is an annual event where the citizens of every town and city are invited to turn metered parking spots into miniature parks and works of art. This year, it will take place on Sept. 21.

  • AWOLNATION

    Singer hopes crowd had 'time of their lives'

    AWOLNATION headlined the fourth stop of its “Never Let Your Fear Decide Your Fate” tour on Sept. 13 at the Altar Bar. The show had multiple opening acts, which included Imagine Dragons.

  • 'Roses Are Red'

    Senior thesis becomes short film

    “Roses Are Red” is a short film that is part of the senior thesis required of cinema and digital arts students, according to Heidi Schlegel, the film’s producer. The senior thesis is the biggest film project they will make as students of the university.

  • Food Lovers' Guide to Pittsburgh

    Alumnae co-author new book

    Pittsburgh 'food lovers' publish culinary guide

    Growing up, Julia Gongaware and Sarah Sudar never had any intentions of becoming writers. Today, the Point Park alumni are two of four co-authors of theFood Lovers' Guide to Pittsburgh,” which was published on Sept. 4.

  • Classes cater to 'not-so-artistic' crowd

    Colors and Bottles is dedicated to promoting local artists and venues and making sure people in Pittsburgh are having a great time, even though the company is actually based in Columbus, Ohio.

  • Acclaimed pianist opens PSO season

    Internationally acclaimed Chinese pianist Lang Lang tours and performs in venues all over the world, and his next stop is Pittsburgh.

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    Student spends summer as Cinderella

    Acting major hosts tea parties, becomes childhood role model

    Junior acting major Katie Bodner spent the summer as a princess when she performed as Cinderella in New Hampshire’s Story Land Theme Park.

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    Point Park alumna turns 'Jersey' girl

    Point Park Alumna Candi Boyd happy to be part of the swing cast of 'Jersey Girls.'

  • Gypsy and His Band of Ghosts

    Pittsburgh band releases new EP

    Giuseppe Capolupo does not take “no” for an answer. Growing up, he thought being a musician would be the perfect job. Although everyone told him he could not do it, and he would need a backup plan, he refused to listen and followed his dream.

    “For me, music is a direct connection to human emotion,” Capolupo said in a phone interview Saturday.

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    Campus restaurant keeps prices low

    'Extensive menu' boasts local, seasonal ingredients

    Point Park University welcomed the eatery, which is the sister restaurant of Osteria 2350 in the Strip District, onto campus this summer as an alternative dining option for students and faculty and an attraction to the public.

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    President makes 'connections' at Convocation

    Faculty, alumni encourage new students to network

    The speakers at this year's Convocation ceremony encouraged students to realize the importance of interacting with others and exploring their new surroundings.

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    Alumna values Point Park experience

    Point Park graduate Daina Griffith pleased to earn a part in Dark Knight Rises. 

  • 'August: Osage County' opens Playhouse season

    Cast members hope audience can identify with 'truth-telling' characters

    The REP, plans to stir audiences at the Pittsburgh Playhouse with an unconventional look at the American family.

  • Reflection on USG President

    Anthony Costulas described his freshman year at Point Park University as lonely and miserable.  Since that first year, he decided to become more of an activist for his school and keep himself involved.

  • Final dance show to feature various dance genres

    On April 27to 29, the Point Park University dance department will close out its diverse season with its final concert, “Point Park Connections.”  The show will feature dances choreographed by members of the dance community who have connections to the university’s dance program.

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    Conflict Kitchen to serve cultural cuisine, conversation in Downtown

    Customers at the Conflict Kitchen in East Liberty are greeted by Lauren Pucci, who instead of talking about mundane topics like the weather, steers the conversation to subjects ranging from Middle Eastern politics to the types of teas preferred by Persians.

  • Dancers prepare for Byham show

    From April 19 to 21, Point Park University dance students will take the stage at the Byham Theater as part of the dance department’s annual spring performance. The concert will feature several diverse works, including “Heretic” by Martha Graham, “Sky” by Kevin Iega Jeff, “Bow Out” by Val Caniparoli and “Minus 16” by Ohad Naharin.

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    Roller derby teams prepare to face off

    On game nights, the Romp n’ Roll in Glenshaw, Pa., fills up with roller derby fans twirling their Ragin’ Rags, a blood spotted parody of the Terrible Towel, proudly from the track’s perimeter.

    It is this crowd that motivates the body-slamming ladies of the Steel City Derby Demons to excel.

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    Cosplay sparks creativity

    Casey Trojanowski morphed into a 902-year-old space and time traveler just by crossing the threshold of the Tekkoshocon convention.

    Suddenly, he spoke in a British accent and referred to himself as “the Doctor,” a character from the BBC series “Doctor Who.”

  • Morals questioned in ‘Dark of the Moon’

    Borrowing its inspiration from popular supernatural works, Point Park University will show its take on a supernatural love story when it premieres its newest play, “Dark of the Moon,” on Friday, April 13 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.

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    Creativity pops up Downtown

    A painting of a Pepsi can, a storefront window transformed into a makeshift art studio and an overhead projector illuminating an arrow and the words “Puppet Photo Booth” on a wall: The artwork displayed at 131 7th St. is more than it appears.

  • Springfest to showcase local talent

    A brand new event is scheduled to occur this Thursday on campus: a free concert featuring local bands, as well as the winner of the Battle of the Bands, Bakery.

  • iElect helps match voters with candidates

    Brendan Watson remembers realizing during the 2000 election cycle that there was no easy way for voters to decipher which candidates held their same viewpoints despite the explosion of the Internet.

    Watson hopes his new business venture will modify this.

  • The Globe Rewinds

    Here is a look at a Globe article from April 5, 1977.

    Will miracles never cease?

    We’re referring to the recent upsurge of what appears to be student interest and involvement in Point Park College.

  • Tour takes stage at Byham Theater, invokes ‘creativity’

    An upcoming event will allow people in Downtown to experience the outdoors while inside.

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    Aviary welcomes penguin chicks

    Move over Pens players - there are some new penguins snatching some attention in Pittsburgh.

    The National Aviary in Pittsburgh recently welcomed two African penguin chicks that were the first to hatch at the aviary in late February.  The aviary held a celebration called the “Hatch Party” for the chicks last Friday where the chicks made their first public appearance and guests were able to participate in different penguin-friendly activities.

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    Photo project will show ‘dump sites of serial killers’

    Photographs from Stephen Chalmers’ project “Unmarked” may seem like beautiful nature scenes, but Chalmers is not interested in what is in the picture – he is concerned about what happened there.

  • Dancers become ‘stronger’ after New York ‘Heretic’ performance

    When Judith Leifer-Bentz attended the Dance on Camera Festival in January 2010, she gained an opportunity she never expected.

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    Fashion Finds

    While fashion trends seem to recycle themselves every couple decades, the latest trend is recycling fashion itself. Second-hand stores have become gold-mines of the fashion world. Thrifty shoppers who once hid the guilty pleasure now show off findings as prizes of good taste. From thrift stores to consignment and vintage boutiques, second-hand shopping has become an economical and environmentally-friendly way to stay trendy.

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    New restaurant cooks up comfort

    Liz Moore Pessaro did not originally set out to be a restaurant owner.

  • Go Radio’s Jason Lancaster talks piano, fans, tours

    The album Lucky Street proved successful for Tallahassee pop punk band Go Radio, as it debuted at 77 on the U.S. Billboard 200 in 2011 and led to the band playing the entire Vans Warped Tour as well as several other tours. With a slew of fans anxiously awaiting their new material, Go Radio will embark on a spring tour to promote the release of a deluxe edition of Lucky Street, which includes nine more songs. The band will perform at Altar Bar this Saturday, March 24 with This Providence, Tyler Carter, The Sleeper Pick and Lookout Loretta. The Globe chatted with lead singer, guitarist and pianist Jason Lancaster on Monday to discuss his excitement for this tour and the progress the band has made with the new album.

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    Professor offers years of real world experience

    Gina Catanzarite combines teaching with producing, storytelling

    Point Park University's Gina Catanzarite is more than just a faculty member in the journalism department.  

    She has the real world experience in the industry and has overcome personal obstacles to become a respected and successful member of the local broadcasting community.

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    ‘MIA’ depicts grief, coping with loss of family member

    Playwright Bruce Robinson wanted to try something different for his most recent play.

    “I got tired of polarity. One side always demonizes the other,” Robinson, originally from New York City, said last Wednesday at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. “The enemy is the devil, not someone with a different opinion.”

  • Dinner to highlight global hunger issue

    Many activities on campus offer free food as an incentive for students to come to the event, but for the upcoming Dinner of the Worlds, many students will be surprised by the free food that is offered.

  • The Globe Rewinds

    Tuition costs jump $2000 from last year

    Many students were shocked by the amount, but not very surprised when they discovered President John Hopkin’s letter in their mailboxes last Tuesday explaining an increase in tuition and other college charges for the 1982-83 school year.

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    Revival of 'La Cage aux Folles' features Point Park graduate

    Ten years ago, Mark Roland was a Point Park University dance major training hard to rise to the top.

    Now audiences across the country can see him dancing in the national tour of La Cage aux Folles.

  • Dream Cream Ice Cream opens Downtown

    Dream Cream Ice Cream co-founder Alecia Shipman's vision is to "serve others while serving ice cream." Dream Cream Ice Cream, an ice cream shop set to open in downtown Pittsburgh on Liberty Avenue this spring, aims helps individuals and organizations raise money to achieve their dreams.

  • Pilates studio opens in Market Square, continues "revitalization"

    Teachers urge people of all agest to take advantage of beneficial classes

    Point Park University dance graduate Aubrey Johnson always knew she wanted to open her own studio. 

    "I didn't always know that it would be a Pilates studio," she explained, "but I always knew I wanted to do something on my own."

    Her dream recently became a reality when she opened a new Pilates studio in Market Square, Moxie Mind and Body Pilates.

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    Pittsburgh’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade has rich history

    The Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade has weathered extreme temperatures and heavy snowfall in the past but continues to be the second largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the United States, according to a news release by the Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.

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    New Toonseum exhibit honors ‘father of graphic novels’

    Sometimes called the "grandfather" of the graphic novel, artist Will Eisner felt comic books should stand alone as a medium, instead of simple weekly strips.

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    Students balance studying with wedding plans

    When the topic of wedding plans is discussed between college students, most would think of a stressful time while juggling textbooks and nuptial preparation.

  • UNBLURRED brings focus to community

    Galleries to show work by ‘eclectic array of art makers’

    The sun shines on the city of Pittsburgh in February. Penn Avenue is thought of as the market district with fresh meats and imported delicacies fitting the European backgrounds of residents of the upper Penn and Liberty Avenues. However, as the Strip District bustles on such a lucky winter's day, the neighborhood of Garfield, located 30 city blocks away, is quiet.

    Sun-soaked storefronts are speckled with vacancies in this part of town. Like a decaying brick building being overtaken by ivy of forgotten days, a variety of new life is in place of an economically depressed past. Bike racks line the sidewalks, young people catch city buses alongside elderly residents and trendy retail and gallery spaces lead the eyes away from the vacancy.  Art is the new life being breathed by the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative.

  • Cultural Trust offers ‘refreshing’ dance classes

    Janis Burley Wilson may be the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's vice president of Education and Community Outreach but she still lets loose at the Trust's dance classes each week. She said she lost 15 pounds unintentionally last year from dancing.

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    Point Park student views baton twirling as ‘second nature’

    When public relations major Olivia Lynch was four years old, she could not hold a pencil the correct way as a result of starting kindergarten early.

  • Cirque Dreams Pop Goes the Rock’ will use pop music, visuals ‘to blend emotion with motion’

    When one thinks of Pittsburgh, the performing arts are normally not the first thing to come to mind. However, this may change in the upcoming years. Pittsburgh has been chosen to host the world premiere of Cirque Dreams Pop Goes the Rock, the newest production by world-renowned creator and producer, Neil Goldberg.

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    Point Park Anime Club aims to celebrate Japanese art form, plans trip to Tekkoschocon

    Katie Castelli is quite enthusiastic about celebrating the art of anime.

    "I couldn't be without an anime club, and I don't feel like other people should be without it either," said Castelli, a freshman mass communication major.

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    Valentine’s Day party will raise money to save iconic building

    Blood, rotting flesh and coffins are usually the stuff of Halloween, but for some members of the Pittsburgh community, they are just part of a fun Friday night.

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    Folk group Paper Politicians pursues music career while balancing schoolwork, jobs

    When Max Kovalchuk and Chris Cichra saw Christina Roig singing and playing guitar at a party last year, the two musicians recognized her talent immediately.

    "We were like, ‘Wow she's pretty good,'" Kovalchuk said last Friday in the Lawrence Hall Commuter Lounge. "‘We should ask her to be in our band.'"

    Now the trio has enough material to record one and a half albums.

  • PULSE aims to ‘transform’ non-profit organizations and college graduates

    Some students may seem a little unsure of which steps to take after graduation to obtain housing.

    For a select number of recent college graduates, the answer is working and living with a group of complete strangers in Pittsburgh.

  • Just Ducky Tours offer student job opportunities

    Quack! Quack! Quack! A familiar sound to residents, students and workers of downtown Pittsburgh and for those who are wondering what is with all the quacking … it's the Just Ducky Tours.

  • Upcoming Poof documentary to promote ‘thought and social change through art’

    Back in the summer of 2009, Riva Strauss enjoyed a late night campfire with friends, but much more than firewood was sparked that night. Strauss, a senior dance major and global cultural studies minor, envisioned the beginnings of Poof.

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    Handmade wares ‘Pop Up’ at Burgheoisie

    While living in Philadelphia, Lauren Stauffer contributed to pop-up projects – community initiatives that promote revitilization by opening exhibits and businesses in vacant storefronts.

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    Noodles & Company opens in Market Square, serves variety of pasta dishes

    Sitting at a table surrounded by empty bowls, a group of teenagers talk animatedly. Earlier, they had been slurping up the last bits of noodles from their bowls. The consensus of Point Park University students Ryan Bailey, Alesia Knott and friends was clear – they were satisfied with their bellies full of noodles.

  • CAB to host Masquerade Charity Ball at Mattress Factory museum

    Of all the art galleries in Pittsburgh, Chelsea Behanna views one as particularly special.

    "The Mattress Factory is one of those places you just have to go to," said Behanna, Campus Activity Board student director.

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    COPA dancers to compete on national level in Youth America Grand Prix finals

    During the week of Jan. 8, while most students were still vacationing at home, a group of determined dance majors returned to school to prepare for the semifinals of a prestigious dance competition: the Youth America Grand Prix.

  • ‘Billy Elliot’ debuts at the Benedum, features former COPA student

    All children have dreams. Some aspire to become teachers, doctors or even astronauts, but Billy Elliot in "Billy Elliot the Musical" strives to be a dancer.

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    Alumna thrives professionally, as a mother

    A mother of two has enough to handle; many women do not take on the extra stress of keeping up with a career. However, for Amanda Keefer, a Point Park University alum, the case is quite the opposite.      

  • ‘Mid-Strut’ has world premiere at Pittsburgh Playhouse

    Approximately 11 years ago, journalist and author Eric Burns grew bored with writing about the truth.

    "I wanted to write profoundly about a superficial subject," Burns, 66, said. "I thought it would be fun to just make stuff up."

    His interest in penning a fictional story resulted in "Mid-Strut," a novel that evolved into Burns' first play.

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    Local victim-turned-advocate fights for funding of federal task forces

    As Alicia Kozakiewicz stood behind a podium in December, addressing a small crowd of reporters with cameras and notebooks, the courtyard of the Downtown Allegheny County Courthouse echoed with emptiness. While Kozakiewicz delivered a message intended for state lawmakers on the need for funding for police task forces to arrest child sex predators in Pennsylvania, the crowd appeared too small for such a large issue. But for Kozakiewicz, it is overflowing.

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    Modern dance professor brings ‘fresh perspective’

    For Garfield Lemonius, nothing compares to being in a studio and teaching. The newest associate professor of Modern Dance has used his teaching talents in a variety of schools across the country.  Now, he brings his unique philosophy to the students of Point Park University's dance program.

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    Student shares weight struggle, success in film

    The final straw for Elaine Koontz occurred one day in high school when a young woman approached the sweatpants-clad junior, and exclaimed:

    "Don't you fit in jeans anymore because you're so fat?"

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    Production 3 process comes to close

    Eight student films to premiere at Dec. 9 screening

    For Heidi Schlegel, cinema is a way of life. She'll neglect sleep, food and homework in the name of filmmaking. She'll even hire a translator.

  • Christmas classic 'Nutcracker' given a salty twist

    As dancers, performance routines revolve around strict choreography and specific body movements. Acting and creating nonverbal dialogue usually is not part of the equation, or at least Dennis Davis did not think so.

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    Kennywood turns on ‘Holiday Lights’

    When Adam Napotnik, 15, walked into Kennywood Park on Friday with his mother Tina, all he was expecting a few lights here and there, and maybe a few extra displays along the midway.

  • Students turn to thrift stores, craft shows for seasonal steals

    The season of giving has returned, and so have the joys of final exams. Students are on a tight budget of money and time when it comes to the pursuit of  presents, but with Pittsburgh's many venues for reasonably-priced donated and handcrafted gifts, they can stay festive, frugal and slightly less frazzled this season.

  • New club aims to teach students knitting, crafts

    It is 8 p.m. on Wednesday and after a day packed with classes, most college students are ready to call it a night. But, as the creator of the Knitting and Crocheting Craft Club, Carly Lunoe spends this evening with needles and purple yarn in hand working on a scarf and teaching other Point Park University students the art of knitting.

  • Conservatory ends semester with ‘Twelfth Night’

    Nicholas Direso and Audra Qualley tend to live in the moment, cracking jokes and making life as fun as possible.

    It is no wonder then that the pair works so well on stage, plotting fake love letters and even locking someone up in a basement as a practical joke.

  • Eight month ‘P3’ film process wraps up

    In April, Cory Stoken pitched a film script to his professors that he believed could become something great.

    Now, with the film near completion, Stoken looks back at his first priority for the past eight months with a smile.

    "There's going to be a void in my life," Stoken said, who is a junior cinema and digital arts major.

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    Spring break trips provide alternatives

    Helen Fallon, director of the Honors Program, spent last year's spring break with a group of college students in New York City, helping to scrub and clean the Ronald McDonald House of New York for pediatric cancer patients and their families.

  • SAEM Club hosts acoustic acts

     

    Indie music echoed off the walls of the Lawrence Hall Ballroom as "The Adventures of Bess Rogers and Allison Weiss" came to a close on Friday, Nov. 9.

    "I think we've been having too much fun," Rogers said of the tour, laughing with Weiss and band mates Stephanie Barker and Joshua Ingram.

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    New Mt. Washington bakery sells ‘sweets,’ ‘Grandview’

    "How much is it for a cookie," a man in a gray Steelers shirt asked.

    "Seventy five cents," a woman replied.

    "Is that all?" the man asked.

    She laughed and nodded.

     Oct. 11, 2011 marked the grand opening of Grandview Bakery on Shiloh Street in Mt. Washington.

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    Sinobi serves sushi ‘To Go’

    ‘Fast-paced,’ ‘fresh’ restaurant hits the Square

     

    When asked what Sinobi To Go's best quality is, it took regional manager Selina Kim less than a minute to say Sinobi is both fast and healthy.

    Jake Butler, the sushi chef of Sinobi To Go,  likes to shake things up when he is the kitchen, never quite sticking exactly to the menu because he believes when making sushi there are endless possibilities.

  • Former Marine adjusts to college life

    Joshua Forrester, a Point Park University student, learned the value of life when he watched two Marine friends die right before his eyes in Iraq.

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    Students experience overseas education, culture

    As Leah Fiore sits sipping her coffee in a café close to her school, she could not think of a better place to be. However long it took to go through the stacks of time-consuming paperwork and sit through all of the long Visa meetings, it had to of been worth it. Every day, she wakes up to the busy-bodied, lively streets of the city to begin a new day in a new home – in Paris.

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    Handmade Arcade showcases indie craft community

    A clock made out of recycled bicycle cogs, a scarf screenprinted with a chrysanthemum pattern and a baby onesie adorned with the words "p is for pierogi" are just a a few of the items independent crafter Amy Garbark makes for her handmade goods brand Garbella.

  • Conservatory brings ‘Illyria’ to Pittsburgh

    A lifelong tomboy, Anne Jacobs has always considered herself "one of the dudes."

    Ironically, in her first stage role with Point Park University Jacobs has to, literally, be a man. This even means learning the "swag" of a man's walk.

  • Carnegie Mellon seminar encourages career questions

    Career advice from outside of the classroom proved invaluable to Christopher Young when he was studying journalism at Duquesne University.

  • Touring screening, workshop to ‘share dreams,’ inspire

    Like many recent college graduates, Chip Hiden and Alexis Irvin had little direction or prospects, so they packed cameras and hit the road on a trip across America.

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    ‘Red’ paints picture of ‘complex’ artist

    Pittsburgh Public Theater performance tells ‘human story’

    London-born Jack Cuttmore-Scott has been dubbed the next Matt Damon by director Eric C. Engle. Engle directed "Entertaining Mr. Sloane" last year, Cuttmore-Scott's U.S. professional debut, and was impressed by his talent.

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    August Wilson Center celebrates 'Black Dance'

    "Go," exhaled Kendra Dennard, igniting fellow members of the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble (AWCDE) into their next phrase of movement, and their bodies flowed in complete unison through the vigorous choreography as if they shared one collective brain. Even their breaths, heard over the electronic accompaniment of static tones and beeps, were simultaneous.

  • Point Park Dance Club performs to raise money for Team Brother Bear Benefit

    On Oct. 23, members of Point Park University's Dance Club came together to raise $425 for Team Brother Bear, a charity which helps those coping with brain tumors.  The third annual Team Brother Bear Benefit featured a performance with student-choreographed numbers of a variety of styles, along with a silent auction and raffle.

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    CAB event ‘takes the cake’

    Members of the Campus Activities Board (CAB) introduce a new form of entertainment to Point Park University students leaving them with the question, "Who's going to take the cake?"

  • Million Dollar Quartet

    ‘Quartet’ portrays musicians of the past

    He walked in with the intention of being Elvis and walked out as Johnny Cash instead. It was Derek Keeling's plan for landing a lead role in "Million Dollar Quartet," which is currently playing at Pittsburgh's Benedum Center in the Cultural District.

  • Zombie Apocalypse unites artists, audience

    Stop at the Zombification station, find a seat, and close one's eyes. It is time for the broadcast.

    Bricolage's Midnight Radio, Zombie Apocalypse show that is, running weekends through Nov. 19 and transporting the audience to a sensory experience reminiscent of the radio broadcasts of the 1920s to1950s.

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    Students spook at ScareHouse

    Nick Sperdute caused an unknown man to drop to his knees before him and begin to pray from fear after turning to see a painted face of a haunting man.

    When Felicia Williams whispered a woman's name in her ear, she bolted hysterically out of the room, never looking back.

    A girl is stopped in her tracks and brought to tears after being confronted by Scott Sudzina and a fellow co-worker, appearing as two ghoulish figures.

  • Funeral service majors shed ‘stereotypes’

    Jessica Miller watched intently as formaldehyde coursed through the corpse's arteries, pushing blood out of the pale, lifeless body that lay on the table before her.    

    It was really quite simple, Miller thought.

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    Method combines motion with mentality

    For weeks in a new professor's acting class that trains through movement and bodily awareness, sophomore acting major Julia Smolka did not get it.

  • New haunted attraction brings ‘Terror’ to Strip

    Beneath the streets in the Strip District lays a family of ruthless cannibals, intent on restocking their food supply withanyone who dares enter.  Nevertheless, willing participants still climb down the dim cement staircase to meet their fate in Terror Town.

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    Shuttle driver steers students

    Harvey Heckmann shares life experiences, advice with his passengers

    It is a regular occurrence when Harvey Heckmann sees that his shuttle is full of students to stand up and ask, "Is everybody going to Filmmakers?" When those students who do not know the drill raise their hands nervously and say, "No!" he chuckles and says, "Good. Me neither."

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    Fort Pitt opens window to Pittsburgh’s past

    The city of Pittsburgh was founded in 1758, making it quite a historic town in Pennsylvania, as well as in the United States. Because of this reason, one would find the need to visit a museum that showcases the wonderful feats of the Steel City. A quick walk from campus to Point State Park would answer the call and then some with Fort Pitt Museum.

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    Brazilian cinema student adjusts to life in Pittsburgh

    Junior cinema and digital arts major Lucas Esteves never dreamed of studying abroad away from his home and family back in Brazil.

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    Cartoon museum goes ‘Looney’

    Toonseum showcases ‘Behind the Scenes’ look at animation

    Never before has Pittsburgh, Pa. had the chance to showcase one of the animation industry's most prized accomplishments. Of course, that is until the Toonseum opened "Overture: Looney Tunes Behind the Scenes."

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    Performance gives life to ‘Chorus Line’

    In much of its original run on Broadway, Pittsburgh-native Danny Herman played the character Mike in "A Chorus Line."

    Now, Herman has come back to direct Point Park University students in the show, including Brandon Taylor, who plays Herman's original role.

  • Auditions search for ‘Campus Superstar’

    Last April, Point Park University student Connor Russell was one of the final 10 contestants to perform in front of friends and family at the Carnegie Music Hall as part of Campus Superstar. His performance, a rearrangement of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance," ultimately came up short of the grand prize.

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    So you want to salsa?

    When Nicolette Pawlowski moved from Chicago to Pittsburgh, the first thing on her mind was not where she could shop or the best places to eat; it was where she was going to salsa.

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    Paranormal preys on Pittsburgh

    Haunted tours showcase city's spooky side

    When asked if they believe in the supernatural, people will typically give one of three responses. One would be that the person has never made contact with the paranormal, but believes in the possibility of it. Another would be someone who has experienced paranormal activities or events, and therefore believes them to be true. Finally, there is the nonbeliever, who thinks that because they have never been affected personally, that the paranormal cannot possibly exist.

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    Alumnus brings new twist to old favorite

    So you want to salsa?

    Ever since the 1930s, the salsa has quickly gone from becoming the meeting point between Spanish and African culture to a worldwide phenomenon, starting in Cuba and traveling with rhythmic movements and upbeat melodies to the United States.

  • Horrible Movie Organization ‘takes bad to whole new level’

    A prehistoric shark, thought to be extinct, terrorizes a beach resort in Mexico with unrealistic footage, deliberate dialogue and absurdly bad humor.

  • Screening marks grunge genre milestone

    Pearl Jam documentary depicts band's 20 year legacy

    Chris Sepesy had lost hope in the quality of new music during the mid-to-late 1980s, but the 1990s grunge scene changed his perspective.

  • Tavern adds sparkle to Market Square

    During Happy Hour on Thursday, Jeff Zoet is sitting by himself at a table, just enjoying his drink and the vibes of the crowd out on the patio at Diamond Market Bar and Grill, avoiding the slightly overwhelming atmosphere of the bar.

  • Third annual job fair offers students networking opportunity

    The third annual job and internship fair is being held today at Point Park University. Over 78 companies are on site recruiting and offering a variety of services to the candidates, leaving many students' stack of resumes severely depleted.

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    Go Pretzel brings new twist to town

    Food service-savvy couple Rob and Genalle Day look for business trends in big cities to get ideas for future endeavors.

  • Pink Feet to race through Point Park

    Chloe McCray, a pre-med major at Point Park University, helplessly watched a friend and coworker endure a mastectomy and breast cancer treatment that transformed her from a smart-dressed, socially active woman to a person in baggy-clothes who kept to herself.

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    ‘Idol’ auditions take place, student participants reflect

    On July 15, Mary Ours looked around at the packed sections of Heinz Field. People were cheering, smiling, laughing and singing, even though there was no football game at hand.

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    Gallery Crawl extends reach

    At one end of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Fall Gallery Crawl is the opportunity to dance the tango, swing and meringue for free at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio.

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    REP season opens with 'Lost Boy'

    Local playwright connects cast to Sudanese refugees

    Before David Berry was cast in the REP's newest show "Lost Boy Found In Whole Foods," he felt a connection to the main character Gabriel, a Sudanese refugee and motherless child.

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    Pittsburgh Public Theater showcases Point Park talent

    Greek native directs celebrated Greek tragedy

    Being a native of Greece, Ted Pappas has always embraced directing ancient Greek tragedies.

    "I study the play so I can help the actors to understand the dialogue and dramatic confrontations and to figure out how to move them around the stage," Pappas said in an email interview.

  • Communication students plan 'farewell' to retiring talk show host

    Regis Philbin broke his own record of most time on television with 16,548.5 hourson Thursday, Sept. 15. After 28 years on his morning talk show, "Live!," Philbin will be leaving the show, retiring on Nov. 18, and Bernard Charles Vincavage Jr. wants to give him a Point Park University send off.

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    Aspiring cinematographer continues success

    Award-winning cinema student filming feature-length ‘Requited’

    Finding the correlation between scouting and film was natural for Point Park University senior Mark Christian because the lessons learned as a scout prepared him for his future in film.

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    There’s a new ‘Point’ cafe in town

    Point Park University students and Downtown residents who enjoy pleasant afternoons and evenings at Pittsburgh's historic Point State Park now have Cafe at the Point, a unique open-air food venue at the southern edge of the city-side lawn which serves sandwiches, salads, beverages and ice cream.

  • Pittsburgh refutes 'worst dressed' rank

    Steel City shows off style for second annual Fashion Week

    When GQ Magazine rated Pittsburgh the third worst dressed city in America,  local "fashionistas" and industry experts began making efforts to prove it wrong.   

    The second annual Pittsburgh Fashion Week will kick off Downtown on Sept. 26 with the opening show, "Under the Tent at Market Square," and five more days filled with runway shows will follow.

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    Altar TV promotes emerging bands

    Former performer creates video music channel

    Through 14 years of playing music all over the country, Alex Drizos became acutely aware that emerging bands – no matter how talented they were – needed to generate publicity, or a buzz, to succeed.

  • University study explores language, offers lessons in Pittsburghese

    If out-of-state visitors have been hearing a "foreign" language while talking to the locals here, it is not their imagination. It is called "Pittsburghese."

    As a student on Point Park University's campus, there are many things to become accustomed to while exploring the heart of the city and its culture.

    One of the first lessons is learning Pittsburgh's unique language. A study conducted by the  University of Pittsburgh answers many questions about "Pittsburghese."

  • ELSProfile

    International student shares journey, memories

    Back in his hometown of Najan, Saudi Arabia, 19-year-old Yahya AlSulaiman enjoyed a simple, country lifestyle, eating traditional Halal food and horseback riding. It soon became time to decide what to do with his life after failing to be accepted into medical school. He decided to travel to Pittsburgh to learn English at the English Language Services Language Center [ELS] at Point Park University before pursing a degree in electrical engineering. Now he is fully engrossed in American teen culture, wearing a Hollister T-shirt and jeans and visiting Uncle Sam's restaurant in Oakland.  

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    Los Angeles lures summer interns

    Point Park University senior Megan Beavis spent the summer in Los Angeles working an internship at a top talent agency where she got to assist with scouting talent and experience life as a real talent agent.

    For Rachel Cullari, her summer internship on the West Coast at an events planning agency allowed her to travel the country, highlighted by helping plan a premiere for the new Harry Potter film in New York City.

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    'Wicked' bewitches Pittsburgh

    A spark was ignited inside Justin Wirick, 23, of Uniontown when he first saw "Beauty and the Beast" at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh. His dream to perform there one day began and he now has finally been given the opportunity to do so as he travels the country with the national tour of "Wicked" which has returned to Pittsburgh for a four-week run.

    "I think the dream part of it is coming to Pittsburgh and actually doing something of this caliber," Wirick said in a phone interview. "[And] to be able to do it in my own backyard where all my friends and family and supporters who saw me work hard… and to be able to share it with them."

  • Rockin' Reviews

    'The Rip Tide,' Beirut

    Beirut is one of those bands you either love or hate. 

     

    The band has a very distinct style, and yet it is incredibly hard to place in a genre. With a current discography to have dabbled in everything from old European festival music,  to Mexican funeral march, to electronic basement musings, Beirut is difficult to get a handle on, taking the listener from"Sante Fe" in one track to "East Harlem" in the next, and is even harder to predict.

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    Weldin's wields 'unique experience'

    J.R. Weldin Company brings 'personalized service' to students, residents

    Potholders, fine pens and Halloween decor: these seemingly unrelated items all have something in common. They can be found on the store shelves of J. R. Weldin Company.

    "It's the most unique experience you'll have shopping," Susan Kamppi, who has worked there for 12 years, said of the store.

  • Bike rentals, trails 'connect' students, city attractions

    Students pedal way through city neighborhoods

    Students who own a bicycle have the luxury of riding along all three of Pittsburgh's rivers on trails that connect some of the city's main attractions like South Side Works and Schenley Park.

    For these privileged "pedalers," bicycling is not only an alternative way to "get there," but it is also a free, green, healthy and fun pastime. One that those without wheels can now enjoy, too, courtesy of the United Student Government's (USG) bicycle program.

  • Blue Seas owners navigate risks, rewards of entrepreneurship

    A youthful fascination with chemistry, along with tough times at home, led to a lifelong love of cooking for Alphonso Muhammad. 

    "As a kid I loved chemistry and science, so experimenting with recipes came naturally to me; however, my home life was difficult. My mother worked long hours, so I became responsible to cook for six younger siblings."

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    Student film screening features friendship, adventure

    One summer day, seven boys and a ferret run away from home for an adventure to an unknown destination. On Saturday, Sept. 3 in the George Rowland White Theater, students and friends alike are invited to come see the first three days of their journey in the short film "Bad Kids," a student-run production from this summer.

    The crew of "Bad Kids," a group of mainly Point Park University cinema students, is hosting the screening. The short film will begin at 7:30 p.m. The event is free of charge.

  • PodCamp Pittsburgh plugs into Point Park

    The hashtag #PCPGH6 on twitter leads to chatter from PodCamp Pittsburgh's supporters, participants and presenters. Anything from promo videos, to references to PodCamp's previous schedules, to ideas for presentations exhibit the social media's buzz around the event.

  • 'A Child's Guide to Heresy' opens REP season

    Brian Knoebel, 21, prefers theater productions that challenge his mind and previous conceptions.

    "I love plays that make me use my imagination," Knoebel, a senior theater arts student, said in a phone interview last Friday. "They remind me why I love theater."

    When he auditioned for "A Child's Guide to Heresy," Knoebel was thrilled to be cast in a role that demanded a very active imagination. 

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    Student set to shine on Miss America stage

    Miss Pennsylvania Juliann Sheldon prepares for national pageant

    Juliann Sheldon's heart raced as she stood on a stage with the top 10 remaining contestants, each hoping to hear her name announced as the next Miss Pennsylvania.

    The names of the runners-up were called, and with each the air grew tenser until six women remained.

    "At that moment, I knew that I'd either won the whole thing or that I didn't place at all," Sheldon said about that day, June 18. "When my name was called, I don't remember exactly what I was thinking, but I'll always remember what I was feeling - just utter disbelief."

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    Interactive, ‘cabaret-style’ variety show part of upcoming Gallery Crawl

    The TypewriterGirls ‘attempt revolution’ with poetry, comedy performance

    Several of the exhibits in the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's upcoming Gallery Crawl were constructed using the latest technological advances, like the 30 human-sized interactive robots in the Wood Street Galleries' "Hysterical Machines."

    However, one artistic attraction rewinds technology all the way back to typewriters.

    The TypewriterGirls, a literary and performance art troupe, will be "attempting revolution" this Friday with their collaborative performance at one of the 22 venues in Downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District offering free admission to the public for exhibitions of visual art, dance, music and more.

  • ‘Superior’ performance at Pittsburgh Public

    Award-winning show features two COPA professors

    In the opening of the play "Superior Donuts,"a donut shop in uptown Chicago has just been vandalized and two police officers are already on the scene.

    Max, played by Donald Corren, is being questioned by the cops when Arthur, played by Anderson Matthews, walks through the "Superior Donut" shop door.

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    Jeanne Beveridge finds niche in decade of nursing at Point Park

    A quarter past eight in the morning, and two female Point Park University students waited in the health services office, located on the second floor of Thayer Hall, to be examined for health problems. One student displayed symptoms of the flu while the other was in search of a heating pad. The two waited patiently in an office populated by inspirational posters, a secretary's desk and a weight scale.

    Moments later, Jeanne Beveridge, Point Park's nurse, entered the office's waiting room and greeted the students with a smiling face and warm welcome. The petite woman wore a traditional white coat accented with her nametag. She flipped through the file of one of the patients and began her diagnosis by questioning one of the girls.

  • Temporary 'Fleeting Pages' bookstore to 'pop-up' in former Borders location

    Sarah Bezek's love of books began at a young age, so when she heard about Fleeting Pages, an independent bookstore open for just one month in the location of a former Borders, she knew it would give her the perfect opportunity to add to her summer reading list, one page at a time.

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    Sophomore uses sponsorship award to pursue passion in televison

     

    Some people color their hair for fun, but Bernard Vincavage had a different reason.

     "I did color my hair on purpose to make myself stand out from the crowd," he said.

  • Pittsburgh to play Gotham City in summer of 'Dark Knight'

    Jeremy Braverman, an associate professor of cinema and digital arts at Point Park University, felt a glow of pride flow through his veins as he walked into Mogul Minds Studios where "Abduction" was being filmed and saw seven of his former students working behind the scenes.

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    Cultural District gallery exhibits provoke 'exploration'

    'Hysterical Machines,' ladies 'In Waiting' on display at Wood Street Galleries, 707 Penn Gallery

    Artists Katherine Young and Bill Vorn both cultivate inspiration from facets of communication.

    Young, 28, enjoys studying how flowers are utilized to communicate messages and the messages they convey themselves.

    Vorn, 52, is fascinated by the idea of robots and humans communicating and how humans would relate to robots if they took on human characteristics.

  • Penn Avenue Fish Company offers 'different take' on sushi, seafood

    Brick walls and bright colors greet customers as they step into recently opened Penn Avenue Fish Company, located at 308 Forbes Ave., where a diverse selection of sushi and artfully prepared and fully cooked fish dishes get along just swimmingly.

    "We have really fresh fish and a wide variety of different seafood along with our different take on sushi - flavorful as well very healthy," cook and sushi chef Aaron Jefferies said.

  • Performers transform talent to charity in Japan Relief Cabaret

    Tim Marquette felt a "strong connection" and an emotional burden in his heart hearing about the devastating earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan, a country where he once lived and taught for a year.

    "A lot of my friends weren't affected, but some of them were," Marquette said with a look of sadness in his eyes.

  • ‘Faculty Worx’ showcases range of dance genres

    When Peter Merz was three years old, he started taking dance classes, and by age 12 he fell in love with choreography when he composed a ballet for two friends.

     

    Twenty-six years later, Merz, now 38 and a dance professor at Point Park University, has 35 choreographed ballets under his belt, yet still hungers to create more.

     

    Merz's latest creative effort will be presented when Point Park dance students perform his choreography at Faculty Worx, an annual Conservatory of Performing Arts (COPA) dance production at the Pittsburgh Playhouse on April 15, 16 and 17, which showcases original choreography by six associate professors of dance.

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    English major ‘cannot wait’ for fi rst professional boxing match

    The moment the announcement was made that his opponent had spontaneously forfeited, Bill Hutchinson's heart sank. It was an amateur boxing match being held in the summer of 2010 at The Three Rivers Casino on the North Shore, and Hutchinson was hyped and ready to go.

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    SAEM Club members get ‘hands-on experience,’ host local rock show at Stage AE

    Point Park University's newly formed partnership with Stage AE has opened many doors for sport, arts and entertainment management (SAEM) majors.

    With a classroom space in the venue and internship openings, SAEM students have various opportunities to gain real world experience.

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    Film explores the ‘Pretty Little Things’

    Point Park’s fi rst feature film written and to be produced entirely by students

    On a boardwalk in Florida, Alex Di Marco stumbled upon a homeless-looking man who sat with a ukulele next to his golden retriever, an empty bucket separating them from a gathering crowd.

    After the man began to play, a spectator held out a dollar bill and the dog responded immediately by running up, taking the money in his mouth and dropping it into the bucket, which moved many more people, Di Marco included, to reach into their pockets as the sun set in the distance.

    While this description may sound like scene from a movie, for Di Marco, it inspired an entire film entitled "Pretty Little Things," which could potentially become the first ever feature-length film created entirely by Point Park University students, if it begins production this June as expected.

  • Local university student develops hook-up site prototype, Point Park requesting involvement

    The site www.rud2f.com caused quite a firestorm when it was first introduced, with the slogan "Safer than Craigslist and cheaper than bars."

    Many believed it to be a hook-up site, something like a cross between eHarmony and Facebook, where college students could go to find others at their school willing to have casual sex with them.

    But for Tyler Normile, the site's creator and a California University of Pennsylvania junior majoring in network security, it was simply an attention getting proto-type.

  • School of Business funds four students’ ‘dream internships’

    When Steve Tanzilli received his first unpaid internship with the Pittsburgh Pirates "many, many years ago," he was fortunate enough to have his parents' financial support.

    Their "economic wherewithal" was the enabling factor that allowed him to take part in an opportunity that he considers to have initiated his career in sports marketing.

  • Nola brings Louisiana flair to Market Square

    New restaurant transforms ‘Burgh to ‘Big Easy’ with traditional Cajun, Creole meals

    Louisiana native Latoya Price walked through the doors of Nola on the Square and fell in love, instantly being transported back to her childhood.  As she listened to the New Orleans style jazz music and feasted on red beans and rice, it was as though she had never left the "Big Easy."

    "Many restaurants feel the true meaning of ‘Cajun' cuisine means piling on cayenne seasoning to give it that spice Louisiana is known for," said Price, who travels to Pittsburgh on business. "Nola offers flavor that goes beyond that."

  • Literary Artists Club reaches out to ‘writing community’ at Point Park

    The Literary Artists Club was started at Point Park University last year with the goal of giving students an outlet to share their writing with their peers.

    Unfortunately, they have had some trouble getting the club off the ground due to time restraints and a lack of student involvement.

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    Sweetlix redefines dessert with fat-free frozen yogurt

    Four-year-old Faith Murphy pressed her nose against the glass case as she peered at the different toppings awaiting her.

    "Mommy, I want vanilla icecream," she exclaimed excitedly as she watched the frozen goodness leave its large metal home and be deposited into a cup that would soon be hers. She was still too young to understand that the after-school treat she was about to consume was in fact healthy frozen yogurt from Sweetlix, a Downtown frozen yogurt bar modeled after West Coast frozen dessert chain Pinkberry.

  • ‘Mercy and the Firefly’ inspired by life in Homestead

    Point Park’s REP theater company combines themes of crime, forgiveness in ‘dark comedy’

    Even though Cassidi Parker was not cast in the Pittsburgh Playhouse premiere of "Mercy and the Firefly," she had developed such a connection with the play that she stuck around as assistant director in case something opened during production.

  • World Wrestling Entertainment allows fans to vent frustrations cheer on 'Superstar' contenders

    Bright lights paint the stage with streaks of red and blue, sparks from pyrotechnics drift to the ground like electrified snow, and the ring – prominently situated in the middle of the chaos – provides a battlefield for favorite heroes and fiendish villains to clash.

    World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) live events are, in the simplest definition, a larger-than-life exhibition.

  • Los Angeles convention acquaints students with organization, West Coast

    At Los Angeles International Airport, Alicia Lyons breathed a sigh of relief as she saw that souvenirs added to her suitcase after a four-day broadcasting convention did not cause it to exceed the 50-pound weight limit on checked bags.

    However, all of the material items she brought back – even some "unique and flashy" shoes found at a Hollywood Goodwill – were outweighed significantly by her "unforgettable experience."

     Lyons and four other executive board members of Point Park University's newly-established chapter of the National Broadcasting Society (NBS) returned from California on March 20 with not only their souvenirs, but also valuable professional advice about careers in communications, business cards of newly-made contacts and inspiration.

  • Michael DePiro

    Student, professional magician plans upcoming tour for charity

    As he tore the wrapping paper off of a huge box on Christmas morning, three-year-old Michael DePiro had no idea that what was inside would change his life. The gift was a magic kit, and at first he just pushed it to the side, having many other new toys to play with. But it did not take long before he was performing little shows for his aunt and uncle in the living room of his Altoona, Pa. home.

  • Festival unites Latin American, Caribbean communities with art

    The beat of the drum thunders, wooden sticks crack in unison, voices chant and the dancers move their bodies effortlessly in sync with the battle rhythm.

    This is the maculelê, a centuries-old Afro-Brazilian dance. Presenting their own rendition of this piece of history and culture will be Unção Capoeira Pittsburgh, one of the 14 performers in the 31st annual Latin American and Caribbean Festival on Saturday, March 26, 2011.

  • Actors ‘bring voice’ to stage, celebrate World Theatre Day

    Since 1961, theater companies and actors across the globe have been celebrating their art and its ability to simultaneously unite and heal on World Theatre Day.

    This year, local Downtown Pittsburgh theater company Bricolage, in partnership with Point Park University student Rich Venezia, senior acting major, and Point Park University theater professor Mark Staley, will be holding "World Theatre Day: Conflict and Resolution," a performance featuring monologues and staged readings in celebration of the day.

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    Alternative spring break trips incorporate service, culture

    Student Activities, Honors Program offer students more than just ‘discounted vacation’

    Instead of attending a dance audition during spring break, Bridget Scheiner chose to roof houses and hammer nails in Miami because she is dedicated to community service.

    "I really like helping other people," said Scheiner, a 20-year -old junior dance major.

    Scheiner participated in Point Park University's Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge trip, one of two alternative spring break trips that combined community service and sightseeing to create a week of educational enrichment.

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    DiBella’s brings parttime jobs, ‘Godfather’ sub to Market Square

    Most people know the "Godfather" as a famous mafia movie, but very few realized it was a sandwich until the opening of DiBella's Old Fashioned Submarines in Market Square on March 4, when customers were made offers they could not refuse.

    "We are very personable," said Cristin Kurtz, DiBella's Assistant Manager. "When customers are ordering their sandwiches, we try to make sure we get it all down to a ‘T' as far as what they want."

  • ‘Speaking Light’ series brings local artists to campus

    It began as an innocent photography session and ended with her nearly being arrested. When Christine Holtz entered a mall in her hometown Rochester to create a set of photographs, she never thought that she would soon be forced onto the ground with her hands behind her head, despite having proper clearance.

  • Former ‘jock’ Lindblom produces theater performances

    The performing arts were an accidental career choice for Ronald Allan-Lindblom.

    "I was a jock when I was a kid," Lindblom, 57, said in an interview on March 2 in his office. "I never had a dream of being in theater. My dream was to play for the Dodgers baseball team."

    Even after childhood, Lindblom did not actively pursue the arts, working in the Air Force for three and a half years until 1974 when he was asked to join an acting conservatory, a career move that resulted in Lindblom seizing an array of creative opportunities.

  • Mixer held to promote prevention

    The sound of ice being crushed in blenders was all that could be heard on the fourth floor commuter lounge, as a long line of people waited for strawberry daiquiris, pina coladas and rainbow sherbet punch.

    Tiffany Lee, a junior information technology major, attended the Office of Commuter Affairs event, which was co-sponsored by Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR), with a friend for the mocktails on March 3.

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    Annual St. Patrick’s parade gives Downtown taste of ‘Celtic heritage’

    After catching a green, beaded necklace, a young boy declared to his parents, "I'm a leprechaun! Watch my dance!" as he burst into his rendition of an Irish jig.

    Another set of tossed beads overshot the crowd and slid into a storm drain, causing a potentially intoxicated young woman to scream, "No!"  like she had just watched her new puppy run into traffic.

  • Circle Mirror

    Professors, alumni share stage in ‘modern’ ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’

    It opens up with five characters laying on the ground in the dark. Dim lights flash sporadically on the stage and each character begins to count to ten. At that point, in week one of the course, each of the acting students did not know what to expect.

    "Circle Mirror Transformation," written by Annie Baker and directed by Jesse Berger, is centered on the happenings in a six-week acting workshop which takes place at a Vermont community center.

  • Campus Superstar, students showcase performance talents

    Courtney Bassett belted her rendition of Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel," substituting "high-tops" for "high heels" and throwing in an obligatory "hee-hee."

    Connor Russell's "Hey Jude" by The Beatles was well-received as an audience of 400 clapped along.

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    Megabus offers eco-friendly transportation option

     

                Looking for a cheap, fun way to get home for spring break?  Interested in an easy trip to New York City with some friends? There is currently a mode of transportation which allows simple travel from Pittsburgh to other select locations in the United States and Canada, and it is called Megabus.

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    Art exhibit mocks ‘absurdities’ of technology

    SPACE Gallery refl ects ‘damaging’ nature of gadgets on culture

    The first piece of artist Jesse Hulcher's technology art in his latest exhibit is "Gone Forever," a spotlighted metallic silver trashcan with Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven" playing near it.

    Then there is the second piece, "Drive It Like You Stole It," which is an electronic book Hulcher wrote, displayed on an iPad, a literary work he purposefully made "unimaginative," according to Hulcher.

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    ‘Music-driven’ rock opera brings history to life during ‘Evita’

    Justin Lonesome became fascinated with Eva Peron after learning about her on an episode of "Ripley's Believe It or Not" which described how her body disappeared for 17 years after her death but eventually emerged in a perfectly preserved state.

    "I just thought that was so weird and fascinating," Lonesome, a senior musical theater major, said of the Argentine heroine he has admired and researched for years.

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    Hanlon’s Cafe relocates, keeps oldfashioned flavor, ‘loyal’ customers

    Walking through the doors of Hanlon's café, one is overwhelmed by the sound and smell of sizzling bacon and eggs on the grill. Sitting in the shiny red vinyl booths or at the counter on a spinning stool, it seems this eatery is from another era. This may seem out of place in the middle of Downtown Pittsburgh, but it appears as though this retro style diner is here to stay.

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    Annual performance brings talent to Byham stage

    Conservatory Dance Company features 'broad range' of works by legendary choregraphers

    Throughout Zachary Kapeluck's 16 years of dancing, he has wanted to perform with the Hubbard Street Dance company of Chicago because of its prestige and its members' talent.

     

    "It's always been a dream of mine," Kapeluck said in an interview last Wednesday in Lawrence Hall.

     

     

  • Korea

    Psychology alumus teaches language, shares 'humanity' with South Korean students

     "Living Ehglish Language Foreign" was the title that caught Adam Flanagan's eye while browsing through a bookstore in South Korea.

    When he realized it was a book teaching the English language, he chuckled to himself, but he also understood the importance of his role as an English teacher in a foreign country.

  • Lonesome West

    Comedic, dramatic elements 'coexist' in "The Lonesome West"

    "The Lonesome West" is a humorous tale of family feuds, lost visions and the potential of forgiveness. Set in the Irish countryside, it tells the story of two brothers who must attempt to look beyond past wrong doings and fulfill the final wish of a late friend.

    "For me, the thing about beautiful theater is the way it can coexist between comedy and drama," said Maggie Ryan, a Point Park University alumna who plays the role of Girleen Kelleher in the show.

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    Scholarship fundraiser celebrates 'loved' faculty member

    Maren Fischer felt devastated when she learned one of her musical theater mentors, Mary Catherine Dykhouse, was battling colon cancer.

    Fischer, a senior musical theater major, admired Dykhouse's strength as a woman and viewed her as a second mother.

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    Smithfield Outlet offers discounted prices, diverse products

    Katherine O'Conner asked her friend for his opinion on a purple, beaded necklace, but could not resist spending $2 on it even after he said it was not "his style."

    Ashley Johnson surprised five of her valentines with bouquets of wooden roses, only spending a dollar on each.

    Patricia Bell took advantage of the "five for a dollar" deal on snack-sized bags of chips to eat on her bus rides home.

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    Harris Theater projects 'colorful history'

     

    It was the roaring ‘20s and talkies and vaudeville shows were all the rage when its doors opened. By the turbulent ‘60s, taking a "peek" was the new fashion when it became a porn house with a ratty bed sheet for a screen. Today, the Harris Theater is owned by the Pittsburgh Cultural District and run by the Pittsburgh Filmmakers and a range of classic films including "The Wizard of Oz" are available for viewing on the big screen.

  • Breast Cancer walk 'exceeds expectations'

    To Natasha Young, the fundraiser put together by her University Experience class last October exceeded her expectations in raising breast cancer awareness.

                As a future teacher, Sarah McDonough believes the fundraiser was preparation for her career.

  • From 'goat-skin whips' to 'kissing lips'

    Valentines Customs, meanings, evolve over time

    "Chocolate." "Roses." "Ugh." "Us."

    These were the first words that came to the minds of three female Point Park University students with varying relationship statuses and opinions about Valentine's Day.

    "Us" conveys the theme at the heart of the Feb. 14 holiday: love. Yet the first two words suggest that, like many other American holidays, Valentine's Day has become, for the most part, just another marketable holiday; hence the "ugh."

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    Conversation partners exchange language, culture

    When Kenneth Heidkamp, a junior information technology major, signed up to participate in the English Conversation Partners Program, he ended up gaining insight on the similarities and differences between his lifestyle and that of a Saudi Arabian student.

    "You can learn about the other cultures," said Heidkamp of the program's benefits, in an interview at Pioneer Hall last Thursday evening. "They may be from somewhere else, but they're human beings just like we are. Although they might have different principles, they are also trying to go to school and get somewhere in life just like us."

  • Organic market offers online orders, delivery

    Students wanting to avoid the winter weather can now order groceries from the comfort of their residence halls.

    Right by Nature Hometown Market, located at 23rd and Smallman streets in the Strip District,has a wide variety of products that can be ordered online from the company's website for delivery.

     "We've been delivering [groceries] since we opened, for about two years now," said Michael Drain, customer care manager, inside Right by Nature.

  • Terra McBride

    Stylish White Female seeks ‘creative outlet,’ chic outfits

    Terra McBride has been logging in to many facets of digital media since its earliest days.

    As director of social media and digital public relations at Point Park  University, her interest became her career. Now, not only does online interaction provide her with a paycheck, but it has also given her a "creative outlet."

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    Special evening explores history of local newspaper, ‘voice’ of community

                The "tap tap tap" of an old typewriter filled the GRW Theater as the documentary "Newspaper of Record: The Pittsburgh Courier 1907-1965" began a little after 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25. The special screening brought students and community members to the University Center to learn Pittsburgh history.

                The event, sponsored by Point Park University's School of Communication Graduate Studies, the library and The Globe, featured a special screening of the documentary as well as a panel discussion with five individuals connected to The Courier, including documentary producer and director Kenneth Love. Director of Graduate Studies and School of Communication Professor Dr. Steven Hallock led the discussion.

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    Free fitness classes shape up Student Center

    Zachary Hawthorne's workout is anything but work; instead, he defined it as a combination of "sweat, laughing and a party."

    The transfer musical theater major teaches an hour-long, free Zumba class at the Point Park University Student Center every Monday at 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.

  • ‘White Light-Black Light’ exhibit contrasts dreams, reality

    Finnbogi Petursson, an Icelandic installation artist who integrates his interest in sound waves into visual art, and Jan Tichy, a Czech-Israeli multimedia artist specializing in conceptual and visual art, both depict light and dark differently in their respective art pieces, entitled "White Light – Black Light," and currently on display at the Wood Street Galleries.

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    Winghart’s brings gourmet burgers to Burgh

    Freshly ground never frozen beef, eight different cheeses and white truffle aioli: all this and more has been available in Market Square since the opening of Winghart's Burger and Whiskey Bar on Jan. 11.

    One of the only burger restaurants in the square, Winghart's boasts a wide variety of burgers and salads, as well as 10 in. wood-fired pizzas all priced at around approximately $10. A number of sides are also available, including hand-cut french fries and potato salad, the recipe of which came from the grandmother of one of the owner's college roommates, each for just $1.75 an order.

    Chef and co-owner Zachary Winghart said that his decision to open up the restaurant was simple. A Pittsburgh native from the North Hills, who trained at the downtown Le Cordon Bleu, believes in making things the right way.

    "I'm a French trained chef and certified butcher, so that skill set lends itself to this. I've pretty much had everything you could think of eating," Winghart said. "I've worked in five star restaurants to … dive bars, and burgers and pizza are … my favorite things to eat. So, why not make the world's best burger?"

    Tucked away in the corner of the square next to Starbucks Coffee, this no-frills burger joint specializing in gourmet fast-food now occupies the space previously owned by the Buon Giorno Cafe.

     "[My] boyfriend [and I] walked by last night," said Maria Scheller, a sophomore stage management major at Point Park University. "We were like, ‘we have to go there,' … but I'm here today without him. I couldn't wait."

    Inside Winghart's, customers sit at the bar, where the flat top grill can be seen, listening to fun music and watching as their food is prepared, fresh and made to order. There are also a few tables near the back of the restaurant providing for additional seating. All the meat is the same cut and is ground in-house daily, allowing Winghart's to serve its burgers rare, if requested.  Also available are falafel patties, which are made from portabella mushrooms, for $8.50, offering a unique twist on the veggie burger. Plans for milkshakes are also in the works. Currently only dining-in and take-out ordering are available, but delivery will be available in the near future, once more staff are hired.

    "[It's a] neat, small place, [with] a kind of gritty and cool feel to it, and I definitely liked the music choice. I think Modest Mouse was playing when I walked it, and it was fun to see the chefs singing along and really enjoying themselves while they worked," North Shore business owner Matt Brind'Amoursaid. "I liked the stained concrete countertops as well.  For the restaurant only being open a couple of days, I was impressed at how smoothly things went and how quickly the food was delivered. Everything was very tasty [and] definitely met my expectations."

    Although there are plenty of burger selections at Winghart's, the second half of the restaurant's name, which calls for whiskey, has yet to be fulfilled. Winghart's is in the process of getting its liquor license, which will take about a month and a half after application forms have been submitted.

    "There's an amazing amount of red tape you have to cut through. We haven't gotten there yet, but we will," said Shipwreck, Winghart's front house manager.

    The restaurant plans to carry a wide selection of scotch, whiskey and bourbon, as well as top shelf vodka and about 10 beers on tap.

    Once its liquor license is obtained, Winghart's also plans to remain open even later than its current operating hours of Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    "We already have 15 regulars – one guy who comes in with his son, one guy who has been in here four or five times and another that came in here three days in a row," Winghart said. "People aren't just stopping in and trying it. They're actually choosing to eat here … that's saying a lot. It makes me feel [as if] we're doing something right."

  • Experienced student, counselor share secrets to interview success

    When preparing for the interview that lead to her second internship, Elizabeth Birdsell perfected her resume, reviewed her strengths and weaknesses and made sure to lay out her outfit in advance.

    What the senior sport, arts and entertainment management major had not thought of, however, was what she would say when Markowitz Communications, a public relations firm on Smallman St. in the Strip District, asked to describe what she would do with a full-sized elephant in her room. 

  • Gallery Crawl

    Cultural District features fi re, fi lm, Latin fl air in annual Gallery Crawl

    Point Park University students have never had a better opportunity to experience the arts

    than the Cultural District's "Gallery Crawl," scheduled for Friday, Jan. 28th from 5:30 p.m. to

    9:00 p.m.  Presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Department of Education and Community

    Engagement, the Crawl not only offers free admission but exhibits and performances that will

    engage and excite students, with a lineup that includes live tango music presented by Cuidado, a showcase of local films at the Harris Theater and fire dancing from Steel Town Fire.

  • Poster campaign spreads awareness of sexual violence

    Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) is a non-profit organization which seeks to provide counseling for victims of sexual assault, as well as raise awareness of advocacy and giving consent. It has been serving trauma patients for over 35 years and now Point Park students have the opportunity take part in the cause.

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    ‘Traces’ delves into ‘universal’ themes, brings reality to stage

    Dr. Gregory Kahlil Kareem Allen wanted to do more than just make his audience laugh during his play "Traces," which is a Kuntu Repertory Theatre production currently running at the University of Pittsburgh's Alumni Hall.

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    Strife of nation, citizens depicted in production

                Although Belarus has a constitution guaranteeing free speech, unapproved theater, literature and art will grant one a ticket to prison.

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    Chipotle brings burrito battle Downtown

    New Southwestern restaurant spices up 'friendly competition' with Moe's

    Pittsburgh's ongoing burrito debate continues with the opening of the new Chipotle Mexican Grill in Pittsburgh's Market Square .

    Many different businesses attended the restaurant's "mock day" on December 8th, 2009. This invitation only event not only helped try out menu items but also allowed the staff to practice doing their jobs before doors were opened to the rest of the general public.

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    Students in Public Theater production

    'Camelot' tells knight's tale of royalty, courage

    Jonathan Pendergrass and Ben Thorpe join the cast of "Camelot," a story that brings back the legend of King Arthur's royalty, Guenevere's splendor and Sir Lancelot's charm, and a tale mixed with battling swordfights and honors across the land.

  • 'The Time of Your Life' showcases respect, compassion

    Pittsburgh Playhouse's first 2011 production features relatable characters, timeless scenarios

    An assortment of characters frequent Nick's Pacific Street Saloon, and a slice of their lives and stories is revealed in the first show of the Spring 2011 Pittsburgh Playhouse lineup, "The Time of Your Life."

  • Zhang

    Zhang's offers low-cost, 'feel-good' stress relief

    A ten minute massage for $10. That is the deal offered to students looking for a simple way to relieve stress and headaches often associated with college exams.

  • fuuco

    Fuoco to join School of Communication

    When called to cover a mining accident, Michael Fuoco had no idea it would wind up being one of his greatest journalistic achievements.

    In "The Confessor," he detailed a detective's drive to nail a man who murdered an 11-year-old boy.

    While writing "A Soldier's Heart," he captured the stories of four soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

    With 34 years in the newspaper business, Fuoco has experienced the best and worst of humanity. He is preparing to share his expertise and skill with the Point Park University community as an adjunct professor of journalism next semester.

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    Holiday shoppers invade downtown

    Holiday shopping is known to be a stressful and tedious process. For college students who are engaged in preparing for final exams while working to make pocket change on the side, the task of shopping is even more dreadful.

    Although students have limited transportation and money to spare, a variety of affordable stores are within walking distance of Point Park University.

  • ‘She Loves Me’ shares ‘unabashedly romantic’ secrets

    Molly Elash and George Novack are two characters who fall on the lines between bickering and love, while working in a perfumery located in Budapest, Germany in 1939.

    These secret pen pals, played by Point Park University's very own senior musical theater majors, Breanna Pursell (Molly Elash) and Justin Fortunato (George Novack),  take the leads of "She Loves Me," an older version of 1998 movie, "You've Got Mail."

  • Volunteers contribute Christmas cheer, ‘overflow’ charities with generosity

    The homeless may look at the holidays as an especially lonely time of the year. With no place to call their own and no money to afford such a lavish holiday celebration, they may look upon Christmas with sorrow and depression.

  • Critter craze crawls onto college campuses

    Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

    Although these animals could not possibly be kept in a dorm room, more domesticated animals such as cats, dogs and small cage pets could. Universities in the Pittsburgh area have been experimenting with allowing students to have pets in the campus dorm rooms.

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    Student, Manager finds niche in hip-hop world

    Quentin "Q" Cuff is well-known around campus for his photograph on the side of Point Park University's shuttles, pamphlets, billboards and other paraphernalia.

    The junior sport, arts and entertainment management major is also the manager for Pittsburgh's youngest rapping sensation, Mac Miller.

  • Festival falls flat

    Point Park University's teaching artist, John Rice, debuted his film, "Mr. Pleasant," as part of Pittsburgh's 29th annual Three Rivers Film Festival at the Regent Theater on Nov. 19.  The film screened to a theater packed with students from local universities and indie film buffs who were familiar with Rice's work.

    The coming-of-age narrative film was an adaptation of Carnegie Mellon University teacher, Jack Daniel's, short story.  Rice felt drawn to the film.

  • Rink preps for holiday traffic, offers student skate discounts

    When the holiday season rolls around, Pittsburgh begins to evolve into a more festive community. There are gingerbread houses and train displays in the windows of the PPG building, decorations are put up around the city and the PPG ice rink, complete with a giant Christmas tree as a centerpiece, opens for another season.

  • body

    Students help revitalize home

                Clara Lee, of Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar, had never thought of angels as a group of young men and women covered in dirt, paint and sweat. However, that was before she met the angels that The Pittsburgh Project sent to her house.

                Until recently, the steps in front of Lee's house were crumbling away and the handrail was of little help. Then The Pittsburgh Project stepped in to save any visitors to Lee's residence from risking injury on the dilapidated steps. A group of volunteers The Body Christian Fellowship of Point Park University and Christ Community Church of the South Hills (CCCSH) partnered up with The Pittsburgh Project for the weekend to bring home improvements to elderly residents around Pittsburgh.

  • Rockin’ Review of the wonderful JOSH GROBAN

    Last month, my bank account took a huge hit in the name of music.

    However behind the times it may be, I'm still one of those crazed music industry supporters who purchases physical copies of an album and downloads legally when CDs can't be found. Throw in a dose of crazy fanaticism, and it was without question, therefore, that I pre-ordered Josh Groban's new album "Illuminations" a month before its release, despite the fact that it was over $50.

  • ‘Visual surrealism’ projects “Camino Real” onto runway

    First, there is "Camino Real": a world full of temptations that bribes its inhabitants with greed, violence, brutal ways and inescapable habits. The evil ways of this world force its people to stay.

    Then there is Kilroy, a newcomer to this world who discovers the secrets of "Camino Real."

    When Kilroy steps into this nightmare, he plans to elude the corruption and battle the world of "Camino Real" himself.

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    Light Up Night to illuminate Downtown

                Hollie Geitner is an extremely busy woman this time of year. As Pittsburgh prepares to put on one of it's biggest events of the year, Geitner runs around talking to television stations and newspapers alike. The talk of the town is a newer and bigger Light Up Night.

  • AE

    Stage AE creates ‘intimate’ atmosphere during concerts

    With seven concerts scheduled next month, Stage AE is prepared to make its debut on the North Shore as an intimate venue with a unique twist – both an indoor and outdoor entertainment complex.

    Although the outdoor amphitheater, which seats 5,500 people, is smaller than other Pittsburgh venues, Stage AE offers a closeness that other venues may not achieve.

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    Alumni, students bring ‘variety’ to ‘Pittsburgh Connections’

    Jenna Bartholme, a Point Park University jazz major, prepares with excitement for her upcoming performance with Pittsburgh Connections.

    Amanda Heckmann, another dancer for Pittsburgh Connections, hardly has any free time as she rehearses night after night for the end of November show.

    Bartholme and Heckmann are among more than 50 students from Point Park's Conservatory of Performing Arts (COPA) department set to perform in "Pittsburgh Connections," one of the university's annual showcases featuring professional choreographers with ties to Pittsburgh and Point Park.

  • Club Mosaic college nights bring ‘upscale urban’ vibe to Strip District

    While she is a bit older than the target audience, 23-year old Point Park University senior Janielle Pratt has found a resurrected Strip District Club that caters to the "under-21" crowd.

    Club Mosaic, was once Club 21 and Club Heat before that, is open again and is attracting college students, whether they are 21 or not.

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    Avampato brings “passion,” “warmth” as international liaison

                Amanda Avampato, the coordinator of Point Park University's International Student Services and Enrollment, successfully planned and carried out the university's second annual Cultural Summit in the short time span of a month.

                The summit was a gathering of different cultures that demonstrated some of their traditions through Japanese, Chinese and Arabic calligraphy, ethnic foods, belly dancing and multiple performers.

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    “Nathan’s” plans classic opening with nickel dogs

    Allison Shupe is excited about the newest Downtown dining addition, Nathan's Famous Hotdogs.

    Nathan's, located on the corner of Wood St. and Third Ave., will revert back to 1916'as  hot dog prices of a nickel on Nov. 15 after a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its opening.

                "I think it's really convenient, it's really close to campus," Shupe, a senior psychology major said. "I think that it's good that we have a different choice now because everyone usually just goes to Subway or McDonald's. So it's good that we have more of a variety."

  • Festival features foreign, indie films

    Pittsburgh Filmmakers is preparing for their annual Three Rivers Film Festival. Acclaimed documentaries, American independent films and foreign films will be shown from Friday, Nov. 5 through Saturday. Nov. 20.

    Those films that will be shown are among 50 slated this month during the 29th year of the Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Three Rivers Film Festival.

  • Costume Shop

    Nightmare on East Carson Street

    Costume shop preps for haunting season, supplies props all year round

    Most costume stores pack up their Halloween garb and shut their doors as soon as the calendar flips to November, but for Spotlight Costumes on East Carson Street in the South Side of Pittsburgh, it ia not even considered their busy season.

  • Halloween: the second best holiday of the year

    The costumes are made, the decorations are hung, the candy bowl is overflowing and the candy corn is almost gone. Yes, it's Halloween, the second best holiday of the year, and it's time to start preparing for those many themed parties to be attended, or hosted, this weekend.

  • Zombies, vampires find home in horror class

    An outbreak of ghastly, flesh-eating creatures is headed directly toward Point Park University. Students must find ways to barricade the doors and create homemade weapons from the items in their backpacks to ward them off.

                During the zombie section of the Literature, Film and Fear class, this is the scenario students are presented with to hone their zombie survival skills and learn more about the horror genre.

  • Students supply scares

    Haunted house employs ‘fl oaters,’ ‘cuts up’ fresh faces

    Every weekend Dylan Grunn dons a military-like gilly suit, which transforms him from an every day human being to an unavoidable swamp monster.

    At Pittsburgh's ScareHouse, on Locust St. in Etna, Pa., Grunn, a sophomore advertising major at Point Park University, sneaks through "actor walkways" and spies through holes to pinpoint his next group of victims to scare. He crouches low and becomes a simple overlooked brush until the group gets closer and Grunn lets out a terrifying deep groan. The mortified high-pitched screams from a group of girls reveals success.

  • ‘Modern Millie’ dances on stage with Jazz Age style

    Millie Dillmount reaches New York City in the midst of the roaring twenties, where pixie style haircuts, the women's revolution and the Charleston reign.

                The change she discovers mirrors that of Jessica Ernest, who is not only about to graduate and enter the world of theater, but also plays Millie in the Pittsburgh Playhouse's production of "Thorough Modern Millie," opening Oct. 29.

  • The Society of Intelligence and National Security

    In the midst of so many student organizations being disbanded, many continue to thrive. One club in particular is the Society for Intelligence and National Security, also known as SINS. According to their constitution, the purpose of this organization is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information for students interested and concerned about the collection and use of intelligence. The constitution goes on to read that in addition, the club's further purpose is to create and cultivate relationships among the students and intelligence professionals in academics and in the government.

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    Chilean creates cultural confluence

                When Jose Olavarria Baeza first came to the United States, he stayed inside his house for days trying to read a single chapter of a novel in English.

                He did not speak to anyone in class, fearing that he would be laughed at for not knowing the language.

  • Rivaling restaurants attract business with late night deals

    Joe Mama's Italian Deluxe Restaurant and neighboring eatery, Fuel and Fuddle, each have a special menu that keeps their customers coming back for more.

    The owners of Joe Mama's also own the Fuel and Fuddle. As well as the new Burgattory in Fox Chapel, Pa.

  • Point Park Students Speak up About Double Standards

    Duke student Karen Owen's senior honors thesis went viral recently because of its PowerPoint presentation entitled "An Education Beyond the Classroom: Excelling in the Realm of Horizontal Academics," which documented her memories of thirteen sexual partners she had during her college career.

  • Artists rehash trash, create ‘green’ exhibits

    Sarafina Brooks

    A new movement is taking over the art world and incorporating the message of  "Go Green." Artists are reclaiming the value of production and making their pieces out of regularly consumed items.

    Kati Fishbein, exhibitions coordinator of the Society for Contemporary Crafts, explains how their newest exhibit, "DIY: A Revolution in Handicrafts" really relays a powerful message.

  • Students trade candy for cans during ‘Trick or Eat’

    This Halloween, the Trick or Eat campaign will give Point Park University students an opportunity to help those in need.

    When The Body Christian Fellowship received an e-mail from the Office of Student Activities asking if they would be interested in holding the Trick or Eat campaign in Pittsburgh, they jumped at the chance.

  • zombies

    Zombies invade stage, infect community with horror-themed opera

    "The Oakland safe zone is nearing capacity," sang the alarmed Channel Eight news anchor as zombies began to overrun downtown Pittsburgh and surrounding neighborhoods.

                Riots broke out, and the virus could not be contained.

  • Rockin’ Reviews

    LCD Soundsystem recently announced tour dates with Sleigh Bells that stops at major cities in the United States through the end of October. Brandon Flowers is hitting the road to promote his fi rst solo album with stops in Chicago and Philadelphia. Devo, who I didn't even know was still making music, is kicking off a fall tour in Asheville, N.C., of all places.

  • Lessons from across the pond

    Amanda McGuire integrates theater background with new student activities position

    The first time Amanda McGuire stepped out of her comfort zone of rural Greenville, Pa., was when she auditioned as an actress at Point Park University.

  • royal family

    ‘Royal Family’ adopts Point Park students

    Front and Center. No curtain to open but there it was. Open for observation and clear as can be. There it sat, in the middle of the room, in perfect view for the audience.

  • la ronde

    Risque behavior abounds in ‘La Ronde’

    A typical warning before a theatrical performance will often caution guests of pyrotechnics, a fog machine or some other type of special effect. However, the sign displayed outside of the Studio Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse's production of "La Ronde" read "Attention: this production contains brief nudity."

  • Education students ‘think pink,’ walk for breast cancer

    The informational walk to raise awareness about breast cancer was created by Dr. Darlene Marnich for a very special reason.

  • Burqa ban creates debate amongst Muslims, students

    For one Muslim student, wearing an enveloping robe, called an abaya, and a veil that conceals her face is a choice of "religious and personal freedom."

                Yet many people, like Kimberly Sawor, feel that the niqab and burqa, veils that cover the face, represent the oppression of women of Islamic faith.

  • Haunted tours entertain with local lore

    The spirit of Kate Soffel, the woman who participated in a famous jailbreak, still remains in her former home in Mount Washington.  

    Steel tycoon Henry Clay Frick is said to be "the most haunted man in America."

    Those spirits still exist and their stories and others like them can be heard this Halloween season at the Haunted Pittsburgh ghost tours of Mount Washington and Oakland.

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    Camera captures culture

    Senior photography major wins international prize, shows work in French exhibition

    Nicole DeSantis felt the weight of defeat after she failed an all-day quest in Pittsburgh to take a photograph to enter in an international photography contest about the city's heritage.

                Resigned to defeat, DeSantis went home and started browsing through her old picture files on her computer and there it was: a scene from Sassafras Way in Bloomfield she had previously shot that possessed a sense of mystery and coldness, with a hint of longevity that told the story of her city.

  • Zombies plan to invade Market Square with benefi t walk, pageant

    Every October, ghoulish creatures shamble into Pittsburgh, dripping with blood and aching for human flesh. Pittsburgh, more appropriately named "The Zombie Capital of the World," hosts a fan fest for lovers of George A. Romero's "Night of the Living Dead" movie saga.

  • A tale of two cities: Presov, Slovakia and Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania

                Nearly 5,000 miles away lies Pittsburgh's sister city, Presov, Slovakia, where students may have the opportunity to study abroad in the near future.

                Through this familial bond, formed in 2002, Presov and Pittsburgh agreed to share information pertaining to medical research, business and cultural exchange programs. More importantly, the two cities share a common history, since a majority of the Slovakian descendents in Pittsburgh has ancestry rooted in the city of Presov.

  • Saudi Arabian native unveils truth about customs, stereotypes

    Though outsiders might assume Reema Alghmdi's wedding in Saudi Arabia was an arranged one, the 21-year old Muslim shared a different story of love and freedom.

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    Choreography gets ‘funky’ with new pieces

     

    Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts will present their annual Student Choreography Project (SCP) this weekend. The student run and student-produced show will perform 10 different pieces featuring 10 student choreographers. 

  • Rockin' Reviews

     

    An announcement came earlier this week that the ever-popular (and not entirely deserved) hit show "Glee's" cast would be growing with the addition of a relatively unknown singer named Darren Criss. Criss is rumored to be joining the show later this second season as the potential love interest for McKinley High's most flamboyant glee club member, Kurt Hummel, played by Chris Colfer.

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    Style strikes Steel City with fashion frenzy

     

    Pittsburgh has kicked off its football cleats, hockey skates and steel-toed boots and stepped into its stilettos. In a city that is famous for steel and sports teams, the first-ever Pittsburgh Fashion Week has the potential to add "style" to that list.

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    Actress conquers criticism

    Point Park alumna Lachele Carl brings passion to international audience

     

    Lachele Carl has covered a great deal of territory in her acting career.  She has performed here in the United States as well as in Europe, Japan and South Africa.

    "You wake up one morning and you never know what's going to happen by the end of the day," Carl said. "You could still be out of work or you could be on your way halfway across the world.  It can change just like that. I think that's one of the exciting things about my job."

  • Franktuary celebrates G-20 chaos with themed menu, television special

     

    Franktuary, the popular Downtown hot dog emporium, marked the first anniversary of the G-20 Summit in a style all its own.

    Along with a scavenger hunt and press releases, in facetious honor of the first anniversary of the summit this past Thursday and Friday, Franktuary offered the G-20 Plummet Frank that consisted of Franktuary's Pittsburgher hot dog with a smashed pierogi, coleslaw and an additional 20 condiments on top. This symbolic dog, along with a comical T-shirt that poked fun at the effects the G-20 had on Pittsburgh, was offered for $20.09.

  • Point Park students stick with their political party

     

    Andrew Witchey said his family background is why he has been a Republican since he was able to understand politics.

    Kati Radman, a Democrat, sides differently because of her less conservative views.

    These Point Park students are just a couple that are sticking, not switching, with their traditional affiliations, unlike other college students around the nation. 

  • Internet's influence on music industry

    MySpace melts down with music

    The opportunity for anyone to be noticed and the chance to listen to something other than what the radio plays: this is the influence the Internet has had on today's music industry.

  • Radical days

    Local attractions go ‘RADical’ with free admission, performances

     

    The Pittsburgh Penguins' star center player Sidney Crosby pulled back his stick and slammed the puck beyond the goalie's reach and into the net. There was silence; the crowd did not cheer, did not applaud, or celebrate whatsoever. 

  • Dead Confederate spills ‘Sugar’ on Pittsburgh grunge-rock scene

     

    They are currently touring across the nation. They recently released a new album. They look forward to a bottle of Jack Daniels on the night of their show. They are a southern, psychedelic rock band that plans to "mix it up" in Pittsburgh this week. They are Dead Confederate.

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    Home-grown artistry

    Penn Gallery ‘garden of glass’ cultivates interest in local work

     

    An eight-foot sunflower stands in the corner of the room, catching one's eye as the light hits its bright yellow glass petals made by artist Gary Guydosh.

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    CMU social lab surveys for research project

     

    It is the study that keeps on giving, for participants at Carnegie Mellon University's Research Cafe. 

    Participants not only receive either a free gift card or a cash payment for their help with research, but they also gain the satisfaction of knowing they have helped students complete their education. 

  • Fall fashion floods Downtown; stores stock up on trendy pieces

    This fall semester has begun, and Point Park University is back in full swing. Local stores in Downtown and Oakland are also getting ready for fall. New fall fashions are appearing in stores

    citywide and some of downtown Pittsburgh's local stores have begun to receive their new fall fashions, too.

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    ‘Umbrella Man’s’ audio, visual elements draw in audience

    The loss of a child can have a detrimental effect on the mind of any parent. Lyle Asay fills this void with conspiracy theories and then begins a journey to acceptance and recovery in the REP Company's world premiere of "The Umbrella Man." running at Point Park University's Pittsburgh Playhouse from Sept. 10- 26.

  • Fox ‘genuinely excited’ for role as department dean

     

                The new dean of the School of Arts and Sciences cannot wait to expand within the classroom, within the community and within the real world.

    Fox has high hopes of expanding several departments to create a learning environment through simulation. 

  • Fall music preview

    Rockin' Reviews

     

    While the weather has not yet changed to chilly and cloudy – in fact, Pittsburgh has had possibly the most consecutive sunny days in its history – and the leaves have begun falling while still green, the fall season is practically here. With this change in season comes warmer clothing (eventually), colorful holidays and fall music.

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    ‘One Stop Shop’ Opens in Strip District

     

    Usually in the Strip District during the weekend, the streets buzz with discourse between customers and cashiers amongst the various street vendors that line the length of Smallman Street. 

  • Sara Bareilles new CD a success

     

    Students may know Sara Bareilles as the quirky singer-songwriter who gained instant success with her clever pop hit "Love Song" in 2007.  If one is not familiar, she wrote the song after her record label requested that she write a "marketable love song." 

  • Four-wheeling Freshman

    Cassandra Carlson rides with ‘passion,’ sponsored for racing in national novice competitions

     

    Cassandra Carlson seems like a normal college freshman. She has two jobs, commutes to school and has dreams of traveling the world and becoming a journalist. What most people do not know is that every other weekend she drives to a different state to race her four-wheeler. 

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    SPACE wrapped up in ‘Paper Politics’

    Amira Hanafin, 30, an artist and educator from Chicago, stopped by Space Gallery, 812 Liberty Ave., with some friends while exploring the city.  In town for a wedding ceremony, Hanafin said the collection, Paper Politics, looked very interesting from the window, so she and her party decided to take a closer look.

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    Point Park student wins title, changes ‘beautifully’

    Madison Tabet wins Miss New Mexico, now competes for title of Miss America

    Ever since she was a little girl, Madison Tabet has dreamed of the day she would compete for the Miss America title. This year, Tabet, who recently completed her freshman year in Point Park University's dance program, will represent New Mexico for an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  

  • The milkshake really does bring all the boys to the yard

    There comes a time when Pittsburgh natives, tourists and college students alike find themselves searching for something so delicious and fulfilling that it seems impossible to uncover; however a journey, to South Side unveils such a milkshake haven that it can only be titled The Milkshake Factory.

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    Tavern takes town

    Restaurant offers casual atmosphere, affordable menu for Downtown patrons

    Downtown sports fans now have a place to enjoy their favorite Pittsburgh sports teams while eating specialty foods such as golden-brown Pittsburgh Potatoes and buffalo dry rub Penguin Wingers with house-made tortilla chips. Tavern 245, which opned on July 27 and is located on Fourth Street, offers these a relaxed dining environment and affordable food to customers.

  • Jon Stewart, educational and entertaining?

    Katya McCoy, a freshman cinema and digital arts major, loves Jon Stewart because while she watches the news, she can laugh, too.

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    New U.K. study detects Autism at young age with brain scans

    Brian Willingham-McLain, an Oakland resident, is 12-years-old and enjoys Disney movies, swimming, and doing flips on his trampoline; all activities one would expect from a normal boy of his age. However, Brian's life is far from, what people classify as, "normal." When he was four years old, Brian was diagnosed with Autism and every day has become a challenge for him and his family.

  • Jónsi “Go”

    Rockin’ Reviews

    When it comes to indie experimental music, I usually pounce on all the latest releases as soon as they are announced. However, for 2010, something went wrong, and I missed possibly one of my new favorite musician's solo premiere.

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    ‘Phantom’ haunts Benedum with final tour in Pittsburgh

    "The Phantom of the Opera", a Broadway musical that has been touring for 17 years in over 100 cities has made its final stop in Pittsburgh.

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    Scientists set ‘cesspool’ to music

    New York band rocks United Kingdom’s charts; ‘Pittsburgh’ song gives city a new reputation

    Indie rock band We Are Scientists ended the American leg of their tour in Pittsburgh at the Brillobox on August 15.  Even with his hectic schedule, bassist and backing vocalist Chris Cain was able to chat before the concert about touring and the band's new album "Barbara," all while employing the band's signature sarcastic humor.

  • Kennywood; Sky Rocket

    Sky Rocket launch delayed for Kennywood opening

    This summer, long-time guests to Kennywood will have a new attraction to look forward to. Sky Rocket is set to open to the public this season and will be the first new roller coaster built in the park since the Exterminator in 1999. However, riders are going to have to wait until well into the season before they get a chance to conquer this multi-million dollar rocket.

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  • Ethnic food fuels Abay

    While strolling down South Highland Avenue, not only may the scents of Italian, Chinese and Mediterranean cuisines find their way to the noses of passersby, but so may the unique aroma of African cuisine. Though Pittsburgh has many ethnic dining options, Abay is one of only two authentic Ethiopian restaurants in the area. Located in Shadyside, the restaurant offers both traditional dining, with communal dishes and an edible plate, as well as Western-style dining, with individual orders, plates and utensils.
    Abay's owner, Jamie Wallace, 38, opened the restaurant in 2004

  • Boutique la Passerelle; Pittsburgh

    European styles reach Downtown

    Boutique la Passerelle, which opened at 417 Wood Street on April 8, has delivered a new storefront to Downtown Pittsburgh, a city district with a scarcity of upscale clothing stores. Owned by Cidalia Duarte and located across the street from Point Park University's University Center, the boutique resembles the unique shops more often found in Shadyside.

  • Scream for ice cream

    Brookline ice cream parlor re-opens for summer season

    Leaning over the counter with a list of offbeat ice cream names and flavors hanging on the wall behind her, Susan Hinz recalls a day when a small child wandered into Scoops on the Boulevard and peered into the glass counter that displayed gallons of colorful ice cream and said, "Before, I was too short, but I'm happy because now I can finally see the ice cream!"

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  • Race for the Cure; Point Park University

    Students, faculty race for ‘the cure’

    Nichole Peffer has always been a strong advocate for volunteering for a good cause. Point Park University has been heavily involved with the "Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure" for the last three years. This year, Peffer is the team captain of Point Park's "Think Pink" team.

  • Alicia Kozakiewicz; sexual predators

    Victim becomes advocate

    Senior uses experience to educate about Internet safety

    Like any normal 13-year-old, Alicia Kozakiewicz enjoyed talking to people in Internet chat rooms. Little did she know that a man she would meet in one of these chat rooms would make her the victim of a child abduction case that would change the focus of her life forever.

  • Summer concert line-up a melting pot of international, local artists

    Pittsburgh has an active music scene, with over 30 venues within the city limits that support musical performances. As May approaches, venues are compiling their summer concert lists, which provide a unique mix of styles and genres to please any Pittsburgher longing to see a live show.

  • ‘Let’s Go! Fest’ unites fans, students, bands

     On Wednesday, April 14, Point Park University hosted "Let's Go! Fest," a live performance featuring the band I Can Make a Mess like Nobody's Business, which is one of several side projects by Ace Enders of five-piece pop-rock group The Early November. 

  • Pittsburghers go gaga over ‘Monster Ball’

    Lady Gaga sells out concert in minutes

    On Sept. 5, 2010 at 8 p.m., hundreds of fans will crowd Downtown Pittsburgh, all because of one famous pop artist: Lady Gaga.   Lady Gaga will perform at the Consol Energy Center, which will also become the second home of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the city's National Hockey League (NHL) team.

  • Flagstaff Hill

    City offers cool summer savings

    Joey Cammilleri said price is a major factor for him when looking for activities to do in Pittsburgh over the summer.