Strong odor prompts photo lab to call firemen

photo by Matthew Nemeth Pittsburgh firefighter exits Academic Hall after responding to a chemical incident in the fifth floor photo lab Monday.

photo by Matthew Nemeth
Pittsburgh firefighter exits Academic Hall after responding to a chemical incident in the fifth floor photo lab Monday.

Originally published in The Globe September 10, 2014

Police, firemen and a hazmat team responded to a chemical incident in Academic Hall Monday evening.

“It was just an odor basically,” said Bob Farrow, Chief of the City of Pittsburgh Hazmat Team on Monday after the incident. “A buildup of acetic acid.”

Michael Gregory, a photography work study, was the student who first noticed the smell.

“It was an issue with one of our more low-tech machines,” said Gregory in Lawrence Hall Monday. “It had been causing a stink a couple times, but none of us noticed it wasn’t draining properly.”

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New leadership, administration Doctorate degree offered by University

Originally published by The Globe September 2, 2014

Point Park’s new doctoral program boasts flexibility, creativity and diversity, opening up new opportunities for its cohorts.

“Designed for working professionals,” the doctoral program is a three-year Ed.D in Leadership and Administration, a career focused degree with three tracts: professional leadership, K-12 administration and an individualized concentration, according to the program’s website.

“As I learned about it, the thing that was most interesting to me was that it was individualized,” said Laurie Heinricher, Curriculum Director for the Hampton School District and student in the administration tract in a phone interview Aug 27. “Point Park honored credentials from other Pittsburgh institutions; I wasn’t asked to jump through hoops.”

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GISHWHES ’14

Gishwhes Item 90

I made, photographed and assembled this collage for GISHWHES ’14.

This was Item 90:  “Gingerbread Villages are always so cute and quaint. Make a gingerbread village that shows urban blight: needle exchanges, prostitution, heavy police presence, etc.”

GISHWHES is the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen. I was on a team with 15 people from all over the world, mostly the US and Australia. Gishwhes is a high pressure creative and social competition. With over 150 teams and 190 items to complete, the Hunt is an incredible week-long collaborative opportunity.

Items range from the artistic (Item 112:  Outside in nature, read “Huck Finn” by the light of a lantern made entirely from lightning bugs), to the kind (Item 96:  Many people go their whole lives without really getting to know their neighbors. Find a neighbor you’ve never met and offer to sweep their patio, mow their lawn or help them with some other task they have to do).

From the weird (Item 86:  Catch a fish, with a fish while dressed as a fish), to the sweet (Item 173:  Wearing a bathing suit, cover every inch of your exposed skin with honey, syrup or jam. Hold a sign on a busy public sidewalk that reads, “Free Hugs.” Enthusiastically attempt to recruit hug-victims).

And from the difficult (Item 93:  Give one of your favorite and most valued objects to a homeless person), to the impossible (Item 183:  Get “GISHWHES conquers space” or “GISHWHES [insert other clever phrase]” written on or in something orbiting in space. 400 points if an astronaut poses with the inscription).

I did GISHWHES last year, this year and will probably do it again next year. It’s a great way to stay creative, have fun, be kind and horribly embarrass yourself in public.