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Pandemic who?

by Elena Troia After many months of government-mandated closures, Miami’s nightlife is back. Mask-less people fill a popular bar called Booze Garden. Photo by: Elena Troia By: Elena Troia For bartender Andres Gonzalez of Racket, a popular club in the Wynwood Walls, it has been “non-stop” for him and his co-workers, as hundreds of people start to fill up the... Read More

College Sports Cut Short Due to COVID-19

by Elena Troia How Point Park University senior athletes are coping with impact of a global pandemic When Point Park sports seasons got canceled last spring, junior soccer player Jonathan Hanks didn’t realize that it may be a long time until he returns to the field. Senior women’s soccer team member Makahla Wiler feels as if this is her worst... Read More

How Religious Groups Recovered Community during COVID-19

by Sarah Gibson One key resource that religions as a concept can provide is that of community with others. In some sects, such as Quakerism, the community serves as a core tenant of the religion itself. Most religions base themselves around some sort of regular gathering to sit with others and practice their religious traditions together. So when a pandemic... Read More

Booming

By: Andrew D. Otts Regional Real Estate on the Rise Despite COVID A boom in real estate can be seen by the multitude of homes on the market throughout neighborhoods in and around Pittsburgh. Photo Credit: Andrew Otts When Nicole Jackman and her husband first saw the 127-year-old Victorian home in Coraopolis, she was immediately taken by its beauty, so... Read More

Staying Afloat

by Andrew D. Otts Small Businesses Adapt to Changing Times As the pandemic arrived in Pittsburgh, bar owner and local DJ Adam Kulik knew the road ahead looked dismal for his businesses but saw an opportunity to adapt. Like Kulik, business owners across the city began brainstorming new ways to attract customers and create content during these unprecedented circumstances. “We... Read More

History Repeats in Real Time

By Emma Christley Similarities between the 2020 and 1918 pandemics reveal three lessons to be learned In 1945, long-awaited vaccinations for the Influenza virus, which created a worldwide pandemic in 1918, were first administered to military personnel, before going out to the general public. In December 2020, the Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in record time and... Read More

Live Music in the Time of Coronavirus

By Emma Christley Finding itself in a vital crossroads moment, survival takes priority over improvement in the live music industry. Cattivo, located in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood, is listed as temporarily closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic on their official website. Photo Credits: Andrew Otts   When Abby Goldstein first arrived in Pittsburgh, she found a music scene that was fragmented... Read More

Homelessness During a Pandemic

By Hayley Farrell How Organizations in Pittsburgh Continue to Help the Homeless Through These Times  Michael Johnson, 48 of Swissvale was homeless for four years before he was able to find an apartment through the services offered at Wood Street Commons, a homeless shelter located on Third Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh. “I am grateful for everyone at Wood Street. I... Read More

Education During the Coronavirus

By Hayley Farrell How College Students are Coping with a Full-Time Online Education  Veronica James was able to take all but one class remotely for the Fall semester, which may put her family at risk. Another student named Daniel Whitaker is struggling with being his own boss. While Samantha Ritter is protecting her family by being remote this semester her... Read More