Amstrid Gomez, News Editor
October 2, 2013
Filed under News
With tears in her eyes senior Anna Macugoski was crowned homecoming queen Saturday afternoon by 2008 queen Jenna Ricci.
This was the first time since 2009 that an engineering student did not win the crown.
In a tie for third runner-up were Nikki Huber who represented Kappa Zeta sorority and Lindsay Romah who represent the Student Government Association.
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Taylor Fowler, Features Editor
September 25, 2013
Filed under Features
What happens at homecoming, stays at homecoming. Especially when Pitt-Johnstown becomes Vegas.
Homecoming events are to take place this weekend, Sept. 27 and Sept. 28 with a Las Vegas theme.
Last year, students participated in a survey to pick a homecoming theme. Vegas won by an overwhelming majority.
“Everyone rallies behind the Vegas theme,” Greek Affairs and Housing Director Shaun Hemphill. said “We want it to be exciting and fresh.”
Hemphill said he is hopeful for a large student turnout.
New this year to the homecoming schedule is Battle of the Bands, which is to take place from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The battle is for UPJ student musicians to participate. As of Sept. 19, two bands and two disc jockeys are registered to perform.
“We’re trying to incorporate the students more and entice the student base to want to stay (for events),” Hemphill said.
Another new addition to homecoming is Casino Night, set to take place from 7-11 p.m. Saturday in the Cambria Room.
Four tables are to be set up with casino games, such as poker and roulette. The tables are to be run by dealers, and the games are to be played with fake money. However, real prizes are to be awarded to student winners.
“It gives the vibe of Vegas,” Hemphill said.
The homecoming parade is to take place at 11 a.m. Saturday. According to Hemphill seven floats were registered as of Sept. 19. The parade is to travel from Richland Cinemas along Theatre Drive to Blackington Hall.
Other campus-sponsored events include an Ice Cream Extravaganza, Friday night fireworks and the homecoming queen coronation.
Delta Chi House Manager Travis Schluep said fraternity members are to hold their annual pig roast at 1 p.m. Saturday. A whole pig is to be served along with other food options.
The pig roast is to take place at University Square near the townhouse upper parking lot. Tables and tents are to be available and the event is free to all.
Freshman Maura McGuire said she does not know what to expect from her first homecoming, but likes the Vegas theme and hopes for a lot of fun.
Senior Nikki Huber said she hopes her last homecoming has a big turnout.
“It’s exciting when everyone gets involved,” she said.
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A controversial plan to build a structure on the Pitt-Johnstown campus to house the memorabilia and papers of the late John P. Murtha has been scaled back.
A $28.53 million John P. Murtha Center for Public Service project that was to include an $18.63 million building and $9.9 million for UPJ’s nursing program (see March 22, 2012, University Times) has been nixed in favor of a $20 million project that encompasses an 8,000-square-foot addition to Krebs Hall and renovations to labs there and in UPJ’s Engineering and Science Building.
The Krebs Hall addition would include a multipurpose room, museum space and offices as part of the John P. Murtha Center for Public Service and National Competitiveness. Half the project funding would come through the state’s redevelopment assistance capital program with the University funding the other half through long-term bonds and University reserves/gifts, according to a spokesperson from the governor’s budget office.
The University’s fiscal year 2014 capital budget includes the $20 million project among this year’s education and general construction projects. Sources of funding include $10 million from the state, $6 million in auxiliary debt and $4 million in gifts/other funding. (See July 25 University Times.)
The tentative project schedule calls for the design phase to begin this month, with bids and awards completed by November 2014. Construction of the Murtha center is scheduled to take place December 2014-September 2015, with the Engineering and Science Building work to be done in two phases between December 2014 and August 2016 and physics lab construction to occur May-August 2016.
No additional details were available from UPJ sources.
Murtha, a Democrat who represented Pennsylvania’s 12th District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1974 until his death in 2010, was a UPJ alumnus. The University was selected to house Murtha’s papers.
Gov. Ed Rendell drew criticism for authorizing state funding in 2010 for the proposed project at UPJ and for an Arlen Specter Library at Philadelphia University amid state budget woes, as did a $10 million earmark for the center in the 2011 proposed federal defense spending bill.
In 2010, Murtha’s family established the John P. Murtha Foundation to raise funds for the UPJ center. According to its 2012 federal 990 tax form, the foundation had $733,381 in assets.
—Kimberly K. Barlow, University Times
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