News

Fallon Travel Fund helps students see the world

Fallon Travel Fund helps students see the world

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service: Nicolette Jones, a junior sports, arts and entertainment major at Point Park University, has taken advantage of multiple opportunities to travel through trips offered by the university. “My favorite experience would definitely have to be traveling on the alternative spring break trip to New York City with the […]

WPPJ: Today’s top-of-hour news updates

WPPJ: Today’s top-of-hour news updates

Point Park University radio station WPPJ (670 AM) broadcasts daily news updates: Monday, Feb. 1: A judge sentenced a British woman to six years in prison on Monday for going to Syria to live under the rule of the Islamic State group; Two Virginia Tech students arrested in connection with the murder of a 13-year-old girl; […]

Positively Negative: Author speaks at Point Park

Positively Negative: Author speaks at Point Park

Journalist and author Heather Boerner visited Point Park in January to talk about her latest book, “Positively Negative.” And to talk about her life as a freelance writer — hustling for assignments and pay. Based in San Francisco, Boerner tells the story of parents who have HIV — but who give birth to children who […]

Arts & Culture

Pioneer Records’ first recording artist follows her dreams

Pioneer Records’ first recording artist follows her dreams

By Mackenzie Sugrue, Point Park News Service: On a family vacation in the Outer Banks in North Carolina, Hannah Jenkins at age 9 shyly declined all offers of those trying to get her to participate in karaoke night — until her mother offered her a $20 incentive. In front of 200 strangers, Jenkins sang “Don’t Cry Out Loud” […]

Fallon Travel Fund helps students see the world

Fallon Travel Fund helps students see the world

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service: Nicolette Jones, a junior sports, arts and entertainment major at Point Park University, has taken advantage of multiple opportunities to travel through trips offered by the university. “My favorite experience would definitely have to be traveling on the alternative spring break trip to New York City with the […]

Butler’s historical societies’ need young people for the future

Butler’s historical societies’ need young people for the future

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service: Organizations across Butler County are working together to preserve the area’s rich history, striving to preserve pieces of yesterday for the people of today and beyond. “If someone doesn’t keep track of our history, and our lives, by writing it down, or recording video, years from now they […]

Entertainment

Symphony program puts students in charge

Symphony program puts students in charge

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service: Katie Morrow received the opportunity of a lifetime as a high school sophomore: playing on stage with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall in Downtown, Pittsburgh. “It was a very surreal moment,” said Morrow now a senior cello player at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School. “Just being on the […]

The Five List: History Center’s top artifacts

The Five List: History Center’s top artifacts

By Sara Payne, Point Park News Service: Amid the adventures in the Strip District is the Senator John Heinz History Center, a 275,000-square-foot museum housing 250 years of the Pittsburgh region’s history. Anne Madarasz, museum division director and curator by training, has more than  22 years of experience at the History Center, making her the perfect person to […]

Hollywood’s comic-book revolution helps shops

Hollywood’s comic-book revolution helps shops

By Travis Hefner, Point Park News Service: Sewickley’s Big Bang Comics and Collectibles enjoys the new normal: Like other area comic shops, it buzzes with people discussing the next big comic movie or TV show. Hollywood’s zealous creation of comic book-based television series and movies has given boosts to local comic shops with new and different customers. “It’s the […]

Lifestyle

Proposed PA vaccine rule change triggers autism concerns

Proposed PA vaccine rule change triggers autism concerns

By Phillip Poupore, Point Park News Service: Mary Wildman’s life changed forever just a few days after her son’s first birthday. She took her son to the pediatrician for an ear infection, but during the appointment she was told her son was also due for the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Her son, Nick, […]

Clothing donation boxes offer chances — and choices

Clothing donation boxes offer chances — and choices

By Madison Taylor, Point Park News Service: When Dawn Blonski came across a clothing donation box in Moon Township’s Kmart parking lot, she promptly decided to drop off her own gently used clothing. The big, red bin had been placed in the lot by the Keystone Paralyzed Veterans of America and West Mifflin’s American Thrift […]

Student activism stirs college campuses, as always

Student activism stirs college campuses, as always

By Alicia Green, Point Park News Service: When Alex Austin realized how bad it’s going to get for his 11-year-old daughter and other kids who would one day attend college, he realized he needed to act for the future. After learning about the Million Student March, a national movement aimed at tuition-free public college, the […]

Politics

PA budget deadlock hits students in the wallet

PA budget deadlock hits students in the wallet

By Phillip Poupore, Point Park News Service: Point Park University senior Brittany Lauffer has had to pick up additional work this fall because of the Pennsylvania budget impasse. The broadcast journalism major moved off campus over the summer only because she expected a $3,634 refund check from the school. But there was a problem: She […]

Election Day in Pittsburgh area

Election Day in Pittsburgh area

By Point Park News Service: Point Park University student photographers spread out across the Pittsburgh area to document Election Day 2014.  

Peduto plans to invest in youth, education

Peduto plans to invest in youth, education

By Alex Perry | The Pioneer Surrounded by miniature superheroes and princesses, Bill Peduto proudly walked in Bloomfield’s 2013 Halloween parade alongside his campaign supporters, People for Peduto. Marching through the city’s largest nighttime parade, Peduto captured the admiration of attendees in an instant. As he swaggered down Main Street, the zealous politician effortlessly attracted […]

Business

Point Park unveils Center for Media Innovation plans

Point Park unveils Center for Media Innovation plans

By Lucy DeFruscio, Point Park News Service: Point Park University unveiled the floor plans of its new state-of-the-art learning center Wednesday morning during a press conference held at the location of the new Center for Media Innovation. The Center will be located at the corner of Wood Street and Third Avenue in the space of […]

“Summer in the Square” runs through October

“Summer in the Square” runs through October

By Mia Rupani, Point Park News Service: Many Point Park University students like Lacey Baroch, 20, a junior dance major, look forward to the different events that are held in Market Square throughout the year. Market Square, sometimes referred to as the heart of downtown, is currently hosting a series of weekly activities as part […]

One neighborhood’s uphill struggle for identity

One neighborhood’s uphill struggle for identity

By Connor Mulvaney, Point Park News Service: Irma Coy’s happy childhood memories of growing up in the Hill District, once one of the most vibrant African-American neighborhoods in America, still brings a smile to her face despite her worries for her and her neighbors’ futures after the second wave of sweeping redevelopments in 50 years […]