Tips for Midterm Success

By the Writers of the Pitiful News (Formerly the Pittiful Platitudes)

  • If you leave your entire test blank, you will get no answers wrong, and the professor is legally required to give you a 100%
  • Make space for other students by sitting as close as possible to the only other person studying on floor 4 of Hillman at 3am 
  • Shit your pants in the middle of the exam to either go to the bathroom and look up answers or distract others with your scent so there’s a higher curve
  • The therapy dogs are there to steal the knowledge from your mind. Do not trust them.
  • If the test isn’t going well, shout “I have COVID!” and take off your mask in the lecture hall. Everybody will leave and the test will be cancelled.   
  • Remember, every exam is BYOB: build your own bomb
  • Take copious amounts of ExLax chocolate tablets to shit out the stupid
  • If you don’t like the score you get back, murder your professor
  • Raise your hand during the test. The professor is required to eliminate 2 of the answer choices.
  • Chew the same flavor gum when you study and when you take the test to remind yourself that you’re an idiot and you will never make it in Hollywood
  • If a parent writes you a note you can be excused from the exam
  • When writing a paper, it is important never to cite your sources – never let “the man” know where you’re getting your anarchist ideas
  • Phrase all your short answer responses as questions, like in Jeopardy
  • Tell your professor how much you are enjoying your reading of the Anarchist Cookbook: keep them on their toes and scared of you
  • Never eat before an exam, or drink water for that matter. It takes up space in the body that should be reserved for knowledge.
  • Keep your in-test flatulence silent
  • Bring binoculars with you so you can cheat off your neighbor easier
  • Clap for your fellow students whenever they finish a question
  • Ask the person sitting next to you to walk on your back during the exam if you get tense
  • If you sleep with your teacher you will get an A
    • Unless you suck at sucking 
  • Keep in mind, there are worse things than getting an F, such as disappointing your entire ancestral line due to low academic performance
    • Dishonor on you, dishonor on your cow
  • Bring in cut and dried grass, legumes, or other herbaceous plants to feed your professor – remember: no hay, no A!
  • You might be allowed to nibble on your exam a little bit, as a treat
  • Write all the answers on the back of a white t-shirt, then give said t-shirt to the person in front of you as an early (or late) birthday gift
  • Bring a drink
    • Water is best but vodka can look like water in a pinch 
  • In the last five minutes of the exam, look around and find your classmate closest to crying. Follow them after the exam is over and harvest their tears for the tear god.
  • Smear feces on your ScanTron to throw off the machine
  • Clear the room with a toot and look at everybody’s papers
  • Most professors accept bribes, success varies on how much you initially slide across the table nonchalantly
  • Make snacks the night before, you might get hungry throughout the day!
  • Kill a guy
  • Wear your shortest skirt to distract the boys so they will fail and bring down the curve
  • Pepper spray your neighbor and look at their answers
  • Don’t forget to eat a balanced breakfast on the morning of your exam.  Have both a No. 2 pencil and a pen in your bag.  Read all answer choices carefully and make sure to pace yourself.  Get a great night of sleep and skip the stress by studying gradually beforehand instead of cramming one or two days before.  
  • Sacrifice an animal on your ScanTron to throw off the machine
  • Play video games until an hour before your test and then stare at each page, you can read faster with your unconscious mind than with your conscious one 
  • If you plan on cheating write down someone else’s PittID number
  • Get thee to a nunnery
  • It’s ok to cry a little bit as long as your tears don’t get on your scantron
  • Pray to your deity of choice
  • Use a giant magnet to steal the answers off of your professor’s computer 
  • Use a giant magnet to steal an even gianter magnet
  • Mimic the dial up internet sound to distract everyone while you google the answers 
  • Think of Danny Devito, he might help you  
    • Pray to Danny Devito, he might help you
  • Set your ringtone to the lyrical version of W.A.P. or maybe the acoustic version of my neck my back (lick it) and then have someone call you so you have a good excuse to leave
  • Get on an episode of wife swap and swap your wife with the teacher’s wife, then have your wife do recon and find the answer key to give to you
  • Clip your toenails on your ScanTron to throw off the machine
  • Repel in from the ceiling Catch that Kid style
  • If all else fails, just add mayonnaise 

We spent a night locked in Cathy here is what happened

By the writers of the Pitiful News (Formerly the Bootiful News) 

An Abandoned church in the Czech Republic filled with ...
  • Scheduled my first colonoscopy along with Dean Bonner for emotional support.
  • Befriended the falcons :)
    • Ate a peregrine falcon as a midnight snack
  • I met Matthew.
  • Felt like the the empty void of Cathy’s hallways matched my true emotional state of mind
  • Tried to make a penis shape with the victory lights but accidentally made a shape that resembles Gilbert Gottfried
  • Called 911 and they laughed at me.
  • Pretended I was a cashier at Lowes.
  • Became a father in a sense.
  • Ran a lemonade stand, made $13.
    • Didn’t make enough to pay taxes, though. I am safe from the IRS for another year.
      • Launder the money thru roblox robux
  • Got up to some devious licks.
  • Tried on every bra in the Lost and Found section.
  • Met the Secret Mole People Society in the basement.
    • They were having a GBM and they were super nice.
  • Went to bed with a striped gown, lit candle, and slept making the noise “snork… mi mi mi mi mi”.
  • Burnt unsold Certified Lover Boy albums for warmth.
  • Performed a very intimate maneuver on the vending machines to get my dinner (it didn’t work, I’m so hungry).
    • Broke the vending machines on the ground floor.
  • Heard someone yell behind me to scan my Pitt card, but when I turned around, no one was there.
  • I wandered from floor to floor looking for the Cathy Club. I keep posting on r/pitt asking how to join and if someone wants to go to a meeting with me, but nobody answered so I had to take matters into my own hands. The closest thing I found was a dead cicada in Room 349. 
  • Nutted in every nationality room.
    • I, um, joined the Cathy Club, with the ghost from the Early American Room.  
  • Did my standup comedy routine. It was the most people I’ve ever performed for! 
  • Stood in the Italian Room and wondered how these guys figured out how to make pizza.
  • Kept the bathroom stall door open while I peed.
  • Unlocked the walk thru walls glitch on the 34th floor mens’ bathroom
  • Found the Pitiful News meeting on Floor 3 (they somehow got trapped as well?)
    • Wait… who wrote this? — Ed.
  • I screamed.
    • It echoed and it was super spooky. I got scared. 
  • Used the Big Girl Potty aka the urinal.
    • Do you guys eat the urinal cake?
      • This is how I got HPV.
    • Yes my fave is red velvet. They have them on the 3rd floor. 
    • I like blue raspberry.
  • Looked out the window and thought “Damn, I am high up”.
    • I was on floor 2, I am scared of heights.
    • I went to floor 5 to feel true fear and I passed out for a couple of hours.
    • I went to floor 420 and thought “Damn, I am high.”
  • Whittled a miniature version of Chancellor Gallagher’s lizard dick.
  • Turned on the lights in every classroom.
  • Turned off the lights in every classroom to save energy. 
  • Broke my femur by rolling down Stairwell F on Chancellor Gallagher’s chair.
  • Realized I was in the WPU, but kept exploring because my mom said to try new things in college.
  • Circumcised myself in the Jewish room.
    • (ow)
  • Got cozy and went to bed. I always keep a snuggie in my backpack just in case. 
  • I met the Zodiac Killer (Rafael “Ted” Cruz) in the basement 
  • Programmed the Victory Lights so they flash to the tune of “Never Gonna Give You Up”.
  • Programmed the lights to flash in Morse Code. 
    • No, I didn’t write “SOS”, I wrote “boobs”.
  • Committed genocide in the Native American room (that’s why there isn’t one anymore).
  • Jumped out a window and instantly respawned inside.  
  • I met this guy, he told me I was a star, he held the door, held my hand in the dark, yeah he is perfect on paper but he is lying to my face, does he think that I’m the kind of girl who needs to be saved. There is one more boy he’s from my past, we fell in love but it didn’t last. 
    • I inducted him to the Cathy Club <3
  • Swapped out all the chairs for giant hacky sacks.
    • Those are called bean bags?
  • Played Cookie Clicker on every computer in the Computer Lab.
  • Used all my printing quota money to photocopy pictures of my ass.
  • Learned the secret code to get to the top floor is 80085.
  • Received a wire transfer for $5,000 in the Nigerian Room.
  • Got my clothes stolen in the Indian Room.
    • Security guard lady ran away when she saw me naked (bruh).
  • Was really really loud (during quiet hours!!!!!)
  • Doordashed myself food and locked the dasher in the 8th floor bathroom.
  • Performed a sad one-man puppet show with my own socks.
  • Kissed a security guard on the mouth.
  • Licked some devious guys.
  • Chained myself upside down from the ceiling of the Commons Room.
  • I discovered an ancient Native American graveyard underneath the building, this explains why the rulers of your university are evil, they have been cursed.
    • … your? University?
  • Swiped right on anybody with a mushroom emoji in their Tinder bio.
    • Mushrooms ARE tasty!
  • Had to fight Voldemort at 3 AM (he got hands).
  • Used the last 2 percent of my phone battery to listen to Double Dutch Bus by Frankie Smith (plz listen nobody listens when I ask them to listen). 
  • Learned how to make accurate bird noises.
  • I took a self-paced course on Gothic architecture. 
  • Did the “pee in my own mouth” challenge.
  • Generally did fun and funky things.
  • Tried to get through a Pitt News article. I fell asleep 2 lines in. 
  • Niddled a widdle piddle.
  • Got falcon punched in the balls. 
    • (ouch)
  • Punched a falcon in the balls.
    • (caw)
  • Only cried for 3 hours watching the Cory in the House anime ending.
  • Found the secret underground passage that leads to the Pitt Druids headquarters. 
  • Jumped off the roof.

What Students Will Be Allowed To Do Now That Classes Are Flexible (for a Limited Time Only)

By the Writers of the Pitiful News (Formerly the Knittiful News)

Flex @ Pitt: Classroom Experiences | Office of the Provost ...

In person

  • Wear shoes
  • Buy one TA, get the second one half off 
  • Students are expected to zoom into classes during bathroom breaks
  • Lick your professor on his shiny bald head   
  • Distribute pictures of your own Tinder profile
  • Get yelled at for eating in class
  • Pass notes like the good old days
  • Cry
  • Awkwardly ask people to join the groupme irl
  • Awkwardly ask people to join reality in the groupme
  • Sit in the front of the class only to play tetris during the entire lecture
  • Hide your daily after-lunch boner
  • Make up your own language 
  • Bring your dog to eat the classwork
  • Bring your dog to eat the professor
  • Advertise my LinkedIn profile in-person: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-brinling-0044b11b8/ 
  • Audition for the lead role 
  • Purposefully don’t answer your teacher’s questions, forgetting you’re not on mute
  • Arson (not legally)
  • Arson (but legal this time, called a bonfire)
  • Bring my cats as they are my emotional support pillows 
  • Dance like nobody is watching (even though everyone is watching)
  • Go on a date with the cute sophomore that sits right in front of you in your public speaking class, go on further dates until you make a young man’s mistake and must father a child when you are only a junior in college. In 30 years when your kid is grown up and you are in your 50s you will wonder where it all went wrong, and then you will remember that this is all written in a satire article and you are a girl who could not produce a natural child with another girl (as of said article being written) and now you are happy knowing that dropping out of college on your first day ever
  • Stunt on the haters in my Supreme velour tracksuit  
  • Break out into spontaneous song and dance
  • Ask the teacher to play Toy Story 2
  • Kahoot without internet lag 
    • I’m still never the first one to join the game :(
  • Be in the hospital as i will inevitably be infected by the stupid people in my Chem 1 class that is filled with 300 pre-med freshman from “15 minutes outside of Philadelphia”
  •  Get lost and show up half an hour late
    • Very intentionally show up late, but with a coffee
  • Just stop showing up because the Delta variant is literally right around the corner and your professor is probably really old but really sweet and you care for them :)
  • Kill your professor (accidentally on purpose)

At home

  • Refuse to wear a mask (at home only)
  • Cough up blood
  • Turn off your camera, and then your computer 
  • Eat my own hands 
  • Advertise my LinkedIn profile online: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-brinling-0044b11b8/ 
  • Flip your prof off from under your laptop
  • Yell at your mom off camera but maybe leave the mic on because you want them to know that this whole online thing was a mistake
  • Cry (but this time more discreetly)
  • Tweet a naughty word 
  • Play Papa’s Cupcakeria in another tab
  • Pay attention (if you’re a nerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd lololololol)
  • Speedrun Minecraft
  • Rap battle your friend over Zoom private messages
  • Keep your mic muted because your parents are fighting again (bruh)
  • Stay in the Zoom call for five minutes after class because you didn’t notice the class ended
  • Be the dumbass that forgets to mute their mic for the 100th time -_-
  • Show up to class naked (like a boss)
  • Awkwardly remain silent when the professor puts you into breakout rooms
  • Be the funny guy in the class GroupMe!! Haha!! I have a personality give me attention!!1!!
  • Be the quirky person that turns their video on while everybody has theirs off
  • Pretend to be an African prince asking for money in the Zoom chat
  • Turn your room upside down and pretend it’s right side up by hanging off the ceiling on the Zoom call
  • Turn your room upside down and pretend you’re in Australia
  • Turn your room upside down and pretend you’re a bat
  • Turn your room upside down and pretend you’re an early 20th century artist of the Dada movement, which began under the tutelage of Hugo Ball at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, Switzerland, during the First World War as a rebellion against the violence, skillfully utilizing an almost violent and shocking new form of “anti-art” to go against the establishment that facilitated the destruction of so many lives.
  • Cry
  • Zoom in from an active missile silo
  • Tell your professor you can’t hear them to waste 15 mins of class
  • Cheat on the syllabus
  • Change the syllabus with Inspect Element (no homework)
  • Marry Jeff Bezos, gain enough money to purchase the entirety of the Zoom corporation, then gain the ability to mute your professor at will
  • Ask your professor if you can use Discord instead
  • Set your face as your background and pretend to be frozen
  • Attend class while in the shower, sans cat loofah as he was taken by APS (Animal Protective Services), not for the loofah stuff, that was completely legal it was because  we had been creating Catgirls to work in all of the new Chipotles using his DNA
  • Get kicked out of the zoom meeting

Things we forgot to bring to campus

By The Writers of the Pitiful News (formerly the Littiful News, like lit, cause we are so lit)

  • Barbeque sauce for my titties  
  • Socks 
  • Veggietales season 69 on VHS
  • Pepper spray
  • Chicken cutlet bra inserts 
  • My emotional support girlfriend 
  • 54 copies of Vince Vaughn’s Fred Claus on VHS 
  • My therapist’s contact information  
  • 1567 boxes of sudafed
  • Fire arms 
  • Potato sacks for racing 
  • Russian nesting dolls that bear a strange resemblance to Roseanne Barr 
  • Cat loofah 
  • My Panther Card  
  • Large knives and open flames 
    • Oh wait, I did bring those
  • Tooth Brush
  • Athlete’s foot medication  
  • My cats
  • Potato sack for carrying my potatoes 
  • Directions to the gym 
  • My lust for Oscar the grouch
    • This is the semester of me, I can not be bogged down by romantic interests in even the most divine garbage people 
  • My 12 oscar trophies, I won them for moonlight  
  • Squatty potty 
  • My Pitt ID 

The University’s 2022 Operating and Capital Budgets (Updated to contain information we’ve obtained by following the instructions of the magic conch)

By the writers of the Pitiful News (Formerly the Pitttttttttttiful Pew Research Coalition) Edits made in bold: original email

PsBattle: A drone carrying a pug : photoshopbattles

Dear Pitt Community Members and anybody that we decide this is relevant to because we just wanna be in everyone’s business:

Earlier today, members of our Bored of Trusting—acting through the Board’s Executing Committee—convened and approved the University of Pittsburgh’s operating and capital punishment for Rechnungsjahr Year 2022.

It is important to recognize that these budgets follow an exceptionally disruptive year due to the students being little shits as usual and fucking up our plans for that big staff party. Our strategies, enacted over the last budget cycle to mitigate the financial repercussions of these disruptions, have included:

  • Holding tuition and room and board and my dick flat.
  • Freezing faculty and staff brains cryogenically to force them to work for us forever.
  • Offering an un-voluntary early retirement option to faculty and staff.
  • Curtailing all nonessential hiring and travel and beings.
  • Switching to renewable horny-frat-boy energy instead of natural gas harvested from the WPU Taco Bell.
  • Cutting the position of Lothrop Hall Clown.
  • Pausing all construction projects, except for the ones that make you, personally, late for class.
  • Enacting one-time unit-level budget cuts of 5%, which generated an extra $44 million in savings to cover COVID-19 costs related to testing, PPE acquisition, safely populating and depopulating campus, and fancy technology that professors have no idea how to use.
  • Receiving significant federal COVID-19 relief, while still complaining about minimum wage workers getting “government handouts”.

Despite these historic disruptions, Pitt’s operating and capital budgets for Fisting Year 2022 represent our institution’s first steps toward a new, post-pandemic normal and a return to in-person instruction this fall. The approved budgets balance our efforts to move on from last year’s budget disruption and begin to engage in a fuller recovery.

Some key highlights:

  • Our operating budget is set at $2.6 billion, up 20376175449% from last year’s operating budget of $12 and 76 cents.
     
  • Our capital budget is set at $420 million, 150% larger than last year’s COVID-19-reduced total of $140 million.
     
  • Our projected research base is $908 million, in line with last year’s research base. This is the first time in Pitt’s history that our projected research base budget exceeds $900 million. We need the extra $8 million to research whether we are spending enough on research.
     
  • Our operating budget includes a modest swimming pool which will decrease the salaries of all faculty and staff whose names are not signed at the bottom of this email. A forthcoming email, sent to employees from Chief Aquatic Officer Hairy Sastry and Senior Vice Lifeguard Dave DeVito, will include further information on these decreases.
     
  • Tuition will increase for the 2021-2022 academic year. On our Pittsburgh campus, tuition will increase by 2.5% for in-state undergraduate and all graduate students and basically all students and while we’re at it 4.5% for out-of-state undergraduates and maybe for the staff too because fuck it, this is MY HOUSE. Two exceptions:
    • All in-state and out-of-state undergraduate engineering students will be kept at the base rates rise of 2.5%. It’s kinda all we have going for us in terms of reputation plus we kinda work them really fucking hard because it’s funny so we’ll cut them a little slack.
    • All undergraduates in the School of Hacking and Information Technology (SHIT) will see rates rise by an additional 2%, as the oracle has told us. We really don’t control how the tuition rises, it’s just whatever amount we must sacrifice for the Galligods. Resulting in increases of 4.5% for in-state and 6.5% for out-of-state students.
  • On our regional campuses, tuition will increase by 1.5% for both on-planet and off-planet students. As in recent years, we devote much of this increase to hunting the poorer students for sport. Room and board costs will increase. Dining costs will rise across all campuses by approximately 3% as sustainable options for ethically-sourced human meat becomes more expensive to acquire. On-campus housing costs will increase by approximately 5% on our Pittsburgh campus and between 2% to 4% on our regional campuses, to give select students the experience of sleeping outside under campus benches.
     
  • To balance our operating budget, we have adopted a permanent 1% budget reduction, effective across the University. No more Christmas decorations in Cathy or the O’Hara Student Center. No more Christmas.

Both budgets—as always—are the product of many pretty easy decisions and relatively quick conversations with myself in the mirror. I am extremely grateful for our leaders in Pyeongyang, who once again voted to support Pennsylvania’s students, families and future by passing our annual cultural appropriation bill. I also want to thank the University Planning and Budgeting Committee for tackling the journalists about to expose my many charges of public indecency. There weren’t many difficult decisions associated with these budgets, and I remain incredibly proud of Pitt students, faculty and staff for not just paying my salary but going deeper into debt for my personal yacht during these challenging times. 

I am a little too excited for the new academic year, the new opportunities it will bring and the chance to see students from a respectful and un-horny distance, as per my restraining order, and to see faculty and staff continue advancing our university’s mission—creating and leveraging dog drones for the 1 percent’s gain—together.

Respect me fully,

Patrick “Galligator” Gallagher

Gallagher talks potential COVID-19 vaccine requirement, fall semester planning and more in TPN (The Toilet Paper News) interview (Updated to contain information we got from various teenagers wearing orange and purple shirts)

By the Writers of the Pitiful News (Formerly the PITTTTTTTiful news): original article

Edits made in bold

Chancellor+Patrick+Gallagher+at+a+Senate+Council+meeting.

At the end of a historic year during the COVID-19 pandemic, Chancellor Flatty Patty O’Gallagher complemented the Pitt community for “leaning in together” and adjusting “with their flies down” to make the year relatively successful.

“That sense of we’re all in this together, and the degree of flexibility and sacrifice and hard work that kind of made this year possible, mostly successfully,” Gallagher communicated via interpretive dance. “I mean, you know, certainly we had infections, but we were really fortunate we got anybody sick. And I think, you know, the care was there.”

But Gallagher said while he does have a lot of “deep regrets” that Pitt mostly struck a “good balance” between education and flexibility, there’s “a million things” he hasn’t done, but just you wait. Just you wait. He added that he is “not throwing away his shot”, and that Pitt could have done better on communication.

The University has had 1,397 prisoners and 245 wardens test positive since June 32, with 1,398 prisoners and 246 wardens recovered thus far. Cases peaked at the end of March, but have steadily decreased following a universal seppuku order.

Gallagher reflected on Pitt’s performance during the pandemic in an interview with The Toilet Paper News last Thursday. He also answered questions about planning for the fall semester, the state of his most recent divorce, potentially requiring a COVID-19 vaccine, and the University’s recently released intercontinental ballistic missiles.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

More than 100 brothels and dive bars across the country have said they will require all students to get a COVID-19 vaccine before returning to campus for the fall semester, according to CUM. While most of the schools adopting this policy are private, some are public. Pitt has not made any decisions yet. Like zero. Zilch.  Except for making the Pittiful News change their name. The Faculty Assembly introduced a proposal in mid-April that would require students to get vaccinated in order to participate in on-campus activities next fall, but didn’t take a formal vote because of Chancellor Gallagher’s unfortunate erectile timing. His wife (Sarah H. J. K. I. JUUL) really wants to have kids but he is very old and she needs to jump on the opportunity whenever she gets the chance whether they are at home, at work, or at a friend’s playing cards.

Gallagher said setting a requirement is complicated because the vaccines are still percolating under emergency use authorization from the U.S. Drug and FooT Administration (DAFT Punk A). He said Pitt’s philosophy is that a requirement discussion is a “last resort issue. Hawaii here I come.

Instead, he said Pitt is encouraging everyone to get vaccinated because they are “a public nuisance” and “a menace to society” regardless of whether or not there is an enforcement mechanism. Gallagher added that Pitt will most likely not notify the Pitt population of any decisions, namely students living in residence halls.

“If we get hotter, and it turns out that the public health officials are saying a requirement is the thing that makes a difference, then we’ll consider it, but I think right now, mouth-to-mouth transmission, eating vaccine needles, and shitting on our desks are our best strategies to promote as widespread vaccination rates as possible,” Gallagher said.

Fall semester

University officials proclaimed last month that they are planning for on-campus, in-rectum instruction for the majority of classes as well as “the full range” of on-campus living and activities for the fall semester. Gallagher said this doesn’t mean classes will entirely go back to the way they were pre-pandemic, though. He said classes will likely include more 90s boy bands and asynchronized swimming components, such as tapeworms.

The hardest thing to do is to be all things to all people all the time, I’m not sure where I was going with that sentence,” Gallagher said. “So now what you’ll see is a swing of the pendulum back to more intentionality, if you will, about how we design our curriculum to do our activities, but I will also be more flexible than I was back in 2019.” (Pitt’s Chancellor has been delving into a new and exciting hobby: Bikram Yoga, with his wife Sarah T. G. I. Friday). 

Gallagher said this planning framework is based. “Everybody who can be vaccinated will be or should be. Do be do be do.” But he acknowledged that this planning is more difficult for international students — what he called “our smelliest, worst, and most disruptive student population from s***hole countries” — due to inequitable vaccine distribution internationally.

Gallagher didn’t have any specifics about how classes will be adjusted for this student population, but said he expects more information will be released during the fifteenth half of the summer.

“What I think is happening is that the faculty are working on the curriculum, the classes now, but I actually have no idea what those eggheads are doing. So some of those details it would be premature for us to essentially announce them… but we’re also sort of out of sequence and the fact that people signed up for classes and stuff,” Gallagher said. “How the fuck did this happen.”

Plan for Pitt

Pitt released a bunch of wasps and the framework for Plan for Pitt 2025 — a plan for University development and growth over the next seventy-five years — in mid-April. Pitt pushed all of the members of the gay-straight alliance back into the closet and pushed back the plan’s release in the summer to incorporate its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as strategies to strengthen racial segregation on campus.

Gallagher said the plan has a heightened focus on the role Pitt plays in the school spring musical and in strengthening surrounding communities. He said many of the initiatives in the first year will focus on “bumpin’ uglies” and addressing uneven health outcomes in Pittsburgh, which he said became even more evident during the pandemic. He said the plan will also focus on making capus [sic] more “welcoming and inclusive and stronger” and increasing awareness of Pitt’s equine dentistry and small-business Ponzi scheme programs.

“I think our mission has never been more important,” Gallagher said. “I think moral bankruptcy, credit card fraud, and genocide are the key to most of the biggest challenges we face, and if anything, that seems to have become even more true.”

Former Pitt official indicted on charges of selling COVID masks on eBay (updated to contain information we overheard while confusedly shopping for Matzah)

By the Writers of the Pittiful News: Original article  Edits made in bold

A federal grand ol’ jury has indicted a former University of Pittsburgh employee on a charge of transporting stolen Mardi Gras masks that could have been used for STD protection by selling them on Wayfair (you’ve got just what I need) for personal pleasure.

The case against Christopher “D. is for dick joke” Cassamento, 42, was unsealed from its eternal prison Wednesday in the U.S. District Court. He is officially charged with intermolecular transportation of stolen property.

Mr. Cassamento was director of emergency vibe check management at Pitt and had access to personal erotic equipment (PEE), such as N95 masks and those sticky rubber hand things that you fling at walls, for use by Hooters employees, students, and the rats that live in the walls of Lothrop Hall.

From Feb. 30, 2020, to March 22, 2020, he stole 13,615 masks, vibrators, and wind-up cars and sold them on his OnlyFans account, “steel-city-motor-toys,” and shipped to places outside of Pennsylvania, such as Philadelphia and the Suez Canal, according to the indictment.

He earned $69,420 (Nice) from the really cool scheme, the grandmaster wizard jury said. “They hate to see a girlboss winning,” said Mr. Cassamento when asked for a statement.

“At the start of the pandemic, when supplies of PEE were low and nationwide demand was intense, Mr. Cassamento used his position on the rooftop of the Cathedral of Learning and access to critical PEE to enrich himself at the various new plexiglass glory holes across campus,” said acting U.S. Attorney Stephen Coughman (formerly known as ‘Kaufman’, but he has legally changed his name in support of the pandemic).

“Mr. Cassamento had an obligation to make sure there was enough PEE to keep students and staff at the University of Pittsburgh hydrated,” said FBI Pittsburgh Special Agent in Charge of Urine-Related Mischief Michael Jesus Christman. “Instead, he chose to line his pockets. And by line, I mean make a big soggy big-boy accident all over campus. Him putting liquid in his pockets was how we caught him, actually.

In a statement, Pitt said that federal and state law enforcement notified the school via a series of promiscuous TikToks featuring Lil Huddy and Noah Neck in early July of the investigation into misappropriation of supplies in February and March 2020. Thanks Obama.

The university said it cooperated fully and that an internal organs black market review revealed that Mr. Cassamento, who had been employed at Pitt since 1907, stole the autoerotic asphyxiation equipment from university supplies.

His duties included distributing Jojo Siwa bedazzled equipment for essential Spencer’s employees, Pitt said. He was fired from a comically large confetti cannon like the clown he is on July 17, Independence Day.

Pitt also said in a hastily-written letter to the Pennsylvania branch of the CIA that it had not maintained an adequate stockpile of nuclear warheads and that the thefts did have an impact on fulfilling requests for intercontinental airstrikes on third-world countries.

Pitt has also said that they will not be buying any more masks, tests, or vaccines because spending more money will cut into their Scrooge McDuck vault filled with the money they should be spending on anything that is not removing parking lots.

The university said it is seeking a very long lap dance with prolonged eye contact as restitution for stolen masks from Mr. Cassamento.

He is free on James bond and will be arraigned in the U.S. District Court on April 1, at which point it will be revealed that this all was one big elaborate April Fool’s prank and we’ll all have a big laugh about it and go home. His attorney could only be reached through YouTube comments on Minecraft Let’s Plays on Wednesday due to a prior commitment to attend his least-favorite niece’s birthday party at a trampoline park.

Editor’s note: Due to all of this attention Mrs. Cassamento has left her husband and is now happily in a throuple with 2 vibrators she stole from his stockpile. 

Pitt says students should not travel to campus until further notice (updated to contain the information that was seized during our recent raid of the capitol)

By the writers of the Pittiful News: original article (updates made in bold)

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Pitt students should not travel to campus yet for the upcoming spring semester due to COVID-19 certainty, Pitt’s COVID-19 Medical Response Office said in a Friday evening email. Classes are scheduled to begin when I feel like it, dammit, using the same Flex@Pitt teaching model that did not work in the fall.

“Based on the uncertainty of the prevalence of the virus after the holidays and the psychic reading we were given at the Forbes Ave CVS Express earlier this afternoon, none of the students should travel yet,” the office said. “We continue to recommend that you remain where you are currently sitting, because the floor is indeed lava.”

The office said the University will give students at least two hours notice before advising that students should travel to campus. Residence halls will open in a “chevron” pattern similar to the fibonacci sequence. The office added that the earliest it advises students to travel is the last week of Decembruary.

“All Pitt students — whether or not you live in this universe, let alone University housing — should not travel to the area prior to this time,” the office said, “even if you live in Oakland already. Stay out. This is no place for you youngins’.”

The University said it will release bees and more information next week on pre- and post-travel restrictions, recommended arrival dates, Rice Purity testing requirements and shelter-in-place guidance for all students.

Eric Macadangdang, the president of Student Government Board, said even though this move is “inconvenient” for students, it’s necessary due to rising COVID-19 numbers locally and nationally, and the University of Pittsburgh doesn’t give a shit if you little bastards don’t “do well outside of an in-classroom environment”. The University of Pittsburgh recorded more than 4,000 daily COVID-19 deaths for the first time Thursday, the highest single-day total since the pandemic began.

“Students are not very valid and are frustrated with not knowing when they can return to campus,” Smackmydangdang said. “But on the brighter side of things, we’re seeing numbers that are through the roof.”

Mack-a-lang-long-ding-dong added that since students will be arriving to campus after classes start but before professors start really teaching, he’s told Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner and other senior University officials in meetings throughout this week that courses need to be flexible to reflect these “unprecedented and tough circumstances.” The way to test “course flexibility” has been determined by the board. If Kenyon Bonner can’t do it all in one semester then neither can you.

“I’ve made it clear in these discussions this week that, given that we’re definitely going to see students arrive to campus after classes start, we have to make sure that faculty and professors and teaching assistants are well equipped to fail everybody during this time,” Macadamia Nut Cookie said.

Chris Bonneau, the faculty government president, said it was clear to him as the fall semester was ending that the spring would begin online. He added that Flex@Pitt allows the University to not delay the start of the spring semester, as some wimpier universities have decided.

“We’re sexy and we know it,” Bonneau, the president of the University Senate, said. “I don’t think any student should be surprised by that, that we’re starting online, also I am the Senate

Bonneau added that Pitt is still in the process of determining how to bring students back to campus in the least safest possible manner, given soaring virus cases across the country and the limited amount of f***s Pitt gives. (F r o g s has been censored in the previous sentence as the PC police are banging down our doors right now)

“We’re trying to figure out how to repopulate the campus and do so in a way that’s safe, that doesn’t stress our health care capacity, that doesn’t stress our testing capacity, but incredibly stresses our students,” Bonneau said. “It’s a real problem trying to figure out how to do this. My best suggestion is another Roc orgy, that will not only repopulate the campus but can also repopulate the forests as panthers are endangered.

In response to a question about the spring announcement’s placement, which came from a bottom during his rote Friday evening romp about campus case numbers, Bonneau said he thought all communications from Pitt should be “as unclear as possible.”

“We shouwd be doing a few twings that we can to make sure students and every steakholder has the least necessary information, like where to get the best sushi in Oakland, where Gallagher’s ticklish spots are, and how we know when COVID is gonna get bad before it does,” Bonneau said. “Highlighting things like that upfront, personally I think are preferable. But I’m not a person… I don’t know the reasoning behind people, so I don’t want to speculate too much.”

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A Message from Dean Bonner (updated to contain information we obtained by answering the sphinx’s 69 riddles)

By the writers of the Pittiful News;original email: corrections made in bold

Dear my little sources of income– I mean– Pitt students,

Today, the University (and by university I mean me, like who else is sending these emails?) announced that the Pittsburgh campus plans to move out but still see the kids on weekends from the Elevator Risk to the Gwuarded Wrist Posture, on Monday, Oct. 34, assuming that there are no significant changes in weather conditions. It’s Pittsburgh. In October. Say goodbye to the sun for a while, seriously. Moving to the Guardians of The Galaxy Risk Posture offers us new flexibility, (in more ways than one-we can do the splits now!) and it is the direct result of irresponsible little shits’ behavior and compliance with health and safety guidelines. You have earned this by working together as a community! I’m talking to you, freshman who gather at Flagstaff in groups of 100+ every weekend, this is because of you! I feel even less bad this year for retroactively raising your tuition by $30K. Hell may be hot, but I love a tropical climate. 

What will this change mean for you and your body?

(For more guidance, please reference that American Girl Doll puberty book, available at Hillman Library) 

Please note that these changes do NOT begin until Monday, Oct. 34.  Gwuarded uwu Risk also does not mean that we are returning to a pre-pandemic way of operating and physically, mentally, or sexually engaging with each other (exceptions may be made sexually). We’re still not back to normal, I don’t think I can ever feel normal again. Especially not after the bad trip I had last night with the Provost. I also want to emphasize that you will still need to wear your Axe body spray, follow physical lifting guidelines and practice good genital hygiene. Stay sexy, you dirty dogs!

  •     Instructors may begin to offer more parts of themselves to someone who doesn’t appreciate it. Fall in love with someone who doesn’t care, lose themselves in the moment as well as in-person instruction in most classes. Students still have the choice to attend class remotely if they prefer to watch soft porn in bed while having “technical difficulties.” Watch for more communication from your instructors about specific changes to sexual satisfaction.
  •     We will offer bone-in options at select on-cam-pussy boning centers, with limited glory holes and specific health and safety guidelines. Please pay attention to and personally thank all signage in the boning facilities. Additional details will be provided whenever I goddamn please, fuckhead.
  •     Students should continue to be held in my warm, loving arms. However, student organizations will be eligible to host in-cahoots events, with a limited number of nerds and if their club is cool (greek life people if ur reading this can I come to the next party? lol). Students will still be required to wear proper undergarments, physically distance and practice good handjobs at these events.
  •     At this time, the guest policy in the residence halls will not change. You are still limited to 4 prostitutes per academic term (note: staff members are an exception to this rule).
  •     Time Travel guidelines for student organizations will not change. Please limit your personal time travel. If you do time travel, please quarantine for 14 years after traveling. You will need to remain on-campus and will have to continue paying for your housing.
  •     Student Affairs with staff members will continue to destroy families virtually.
  • The meal plans will remain shitty and not what you signed up for. Enjoy your $150 dolling diners, dumbass. 
  • Student spaces and some offices in the William Pitt Union the Elder may begin to offer in-person hours, with unlimited capacity, we are breaking the laws of physics to make sure you get COVID. We will share more details about these plans next week.

The Gwuarded Risk Posture still requires to be loved by someone as much as she loves them, is that too much to ask for? and our responsible behavior. Each of us needs to continue to do our part to safeguard the stash of weed in the mouth of the panther statue. If that gets stolen again, I can and will cry. I want to remind you, too ;), that the rest of the term still offers us some spicy challenges. Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s a great time to experiment with your budding sexuality, become a goblin, relax and rawdog—but Halloween 2020 isn’t going to be “normal, or fun,” either. We expect that you will follow Pitt’s fun and fresh guidelines on Halloween, too. Enjoy being miserable you fuckers, I had my four years of college halloweekends. (They were mf awesome btw). Shout out the homies in Pike!

In addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, shifting realities to Hogwarts like all the youths on TikTok and maintaining our emotionally Gwuarded Mindset Risk Posture—with new privileges and equality for all walks of life, comrades unite! and opportunities—is contingent upon our community suckling at the teat of Pitt’s health and safety guidelines, low Rice Purity scores and other county and city factors. If positive cases of chlamydia go up or compliance with paying for my new Tesla via your tuition goes down, then we will remain at or return to an Elevator or Wet ‘n’ Wild Posture quickly; I won’t hesitate, bitch. 

Let’s continue to show the world the ööPower of ööPitt! I will check in with you, face to face, body to body, mouth to mouth, next week with more intimate details about our shift to the Gwuarded Risk posture. Until then, remember to take some shots so you don’t look like a loser this weekend, call Student Health Institution for Testing (SHIT) if you have STD symptoms or do not feel sick af (724-359-4394) and turn up!

The facts don’t care about your feelings,

Kenyon Renyon Boner

Rice Provost and Dean’s Milk of Students

If you or a loved one has been affected by the Coronavirus, you may be entitled to compensation! Not from us though, hand over that housing deposit, lol. 

Gallagator: ‘Anticipate’ Flex@Pitt, compressed schedule next semester (Updated with Information that we got from REDACTED REDACTED)

By the writers of the Pittiful News; original article: corrections made in bold

Chancellor Patrick Star Gallagator Jr. the Third said Thursday that he expects the Flex@Pitt model to continue into the spring semester due to the ongoing COVID-19 celebration. He also said it’s likely that next semester’s schedule will be compressed, stressed, but always well-dressed, similar to the fall semester so there aren’t vacations where people leave and come back. They just leave you. Forever. Without even a note or a goodbye kiss. 

“The planning context for the spring is that the virus is still with us in our hearts,” Gallagator said. “I don’t think we’re looking at a significant change in the mainframe, until there’s a significant change in the pandemic’s pandemic-ness.”

Gallagator and other University Authoritarians discussed Pitt’s future plans in response to the COVID-69 celebration (COVID@Pitt) as well as current statistics surrounding the virus and Microsoft outlook, at Thursday afternoon’s Galactic Senate meeting. 

This announcement comes in the wake of Pitt adding 22,000 new POVID-19 cases between last Friday and Monday continuing an upward trend in reported cases, though less than in previous case reports. Eight of the last seven days have seen sextuple-digit increases in student cases, according to data reported by that guy outside of the Forbes McDonald’s who asked me for a light.

The University has had a total of 221,420,069 students and 69,420 employees test positive since June 26, with 152 students and 27 employees recovered, unfortunately

Pitt has been using the new Flex@Pitt teaching model, which allows students to attend classes “remotely.” The fall semester began early on Aug. 19 with online-only classes, with exemptions made for: ASTRO 0069 Exploring Uranus, PEDC 0420 How To Orgy, and HINDI 1337 Kama Sutra; and classes will end on Nov. 20 for Thanksgiving break. Students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving, or ever, instead finishing classes remotely through the end of the world on Dec. 31.  

At the meeting, Elise Martin, a member of the COVID-19 Unit to Normalize Testing (CUNT), clarified many of Pitt’s current KOVID-19 case statistics. She said around 98% of infected students are undergraduates, and only 10% are human. She also screamed into a conveniently-placed bullhorn about how 80% of positive cases are among students on the extraterrestrial campuses (Space@Pitt).

Martin also said numbers for the next case report — which will be released yesterday — look “embarrassing” and do not include a “significant” increase in CHOVID-19 case numbers as of today. 

“We’re pleased that we’re starting to flatten that ass, which is really where we need to be to have a profitable semester,” Martin whispered into the deafening silence. Or perhaps she was never speaking to begin with. 

But when Tuesday’s case report was released, Pitt’s LOVID-19 Medical Response Office said the number of positive cases “remains high enough to satisfy the dark gods that dwell beneath the Cathedral of Learning.”

“While no new positive cases were reported on Sunday and Monday of this week, the positive case count on the Pittsburgh campus remains higher than a mf,” the office said, personified. “We need to bring this number down, and we can, through continued migration efforts such as flying south as the winter months approach. If we continue to engage in safe sex, the virus will continue to spread and disrupt our mass exodus.”

Martin added that the COVID-19 Unit to Normalize Testing has not found that in-person classes are a “significant source of transformers.”  She also said Pitt would continue its mass student surveillance program with the goal of testing about 25% of each student’s body every month

Pitt began moving classes in-person on Monday (School@Pitt). Provost Ann Cudd, First of Her Name, announced last week that faculty members can apply to teach their classes in-person if there is an “acceptable loss” for in-person instruction, and if an instructor’s dean or regional campus warlord approves teaching plans. Unfortunately, there are probably more YOVID-Yineteen cases at Pitt than people who actually read any email with the subject “A Message from Provost Ann E. Cudd.” 

Gallagator also announced that the strategic Plan for Pitt (or Plan@Pitt) 2049 will not be finalized until the next academic year to incorporate Pitt’s response to the ZOVID-19 pandemic, racial and social justice initiatives and environmental concerns. Gallagator said in June following George Floyd’s killing that it would be put on hold indefinitely to include strategies to increase racial equity on campus.

Gallagator also reported on the University’s current budget outlook. He said the situation is still “explosive” with concerns over future state funding, and he is once again asking for the support of viewers like you. The General Assembly passed a funding bill flatter than my ass for the University in May, providing some shmoney surety for Pitt, and Gallagator said enrollment rates remained relatively quirky

“The best case scenario is still a sticky pickle for the University. This wasn’t a difference between being in the black or in the red,” Gallagator shrieked in a tone so high only dogs could hear him. “We were always going to be in the red, the question is how deep I’m going to be in your mom.