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Local band, The SpacePimps, turns to fans for funding

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service: Rishi Bahl, vocalist and lead guitar player of the Pittsburgh based band, The SpacePimps, can pinpoint at least two or three times he was ready to call it quits since the band began in 2003. “I couldn’t exactly pinpoint a specific great moment (being in a band), but I can think of two... Read More

Lifesize jukebox pops up in Market Square

By Jon Andreassi, Point Park News Service: It looks like a silver bullet popped up in Market Square but it’s actually the spindle to a larger-than-life record player. It’s called Mix-n-Match, and it’s the latest installation by Market Square Public Art, an initiative produce by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. Strands of light wrap around Market Square to form a giant... Read More

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 Honors Program for the first... Read More

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 won’t know what happened,” Loretta... Read More

Toy drives grant children’s Christmas wishes

By Gina DiGiorgio, Point Park News Service: Heather Fiedler was getting rid of her children’s old toys when suddenly she came up with a great idea for a way to give back to children in need. Fiedler decided to start her own toy drive, called “Play it Forward,” where people can donate their gently used toys to less fortunate children.... Read More

Pennsylvania teachers respond to drop in PSSA scores

By Christine Manganas, Point Park News Service: Jennifer Ernsthausen has had to adapt her teaching strategies in order to prepare her elementary students for harder testing. Ernsthausen, who has more than 22 years of teaching experience, began pushing her students with harder problems that include more steps and problem-solving. She did it all to prepare them for the next round... Read More

Q&A: Brazilian native nurtures Latino culture

By Simone Keibler, Point Park News Service: Through her focus on cultural and media relations, Brazilian native Carla Leininger dedicates her time and efforts to helping the Latino community grow in Pittsburgh. More than 30 years ago, Leininger’s mother relocated the family to the United States in order to pursue her master’s degree. Then Leininger acquired her bachelor’s degree in Cultural Studies at... Read More

Shelters make space to keep up with homeless needs

By Gina DiGiorgio, Point Park News Service: John Leon was living on the streets when he broke his foot and suddenly started worrying more about how he would survive. When Leon went to Light of Life Ministries on the Northside, administrators there initially said they have a waiting list for open beds and that they didn’t have any more room.... Read More

Female actors strive for gender equality

By Mia Rupani, Point Park News Service: When Faith Dickinson was living in Los Angeles and working as an actress, she said she experienced sexism in Hollywood firsthand. Dickinson struggled to lose weight in an effort to land jobs and to secure an agent. She said that she wasn’t alone in her efforts and noticed that many of her fellow... Read More

‘Beverly’s Birthdays’ revives hope in homeless children

By Madison Taylor, Point Park News Service: As Megs Yunn volunteered at a local after-school program, she learned something heartbreaking about an 11-year-old girl named Beverly: She never had celebrated her birthday. Distraught by the thought of a child never experiencing a birthday party or even having a slice of her own cake, Yunn wanted to make a difference for... Read More