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Humans of RMU Faculty and Staff Edition: John Locke, The WWE Academic Photo credit: Tori Flick

Humans of RMU: The WWE academic

Maura Linehan, Contributor April 19, 2019

Few of us think that an experience we had when five years old will continue to influence our interests and accomplishments in adulthood. For John Locke, senior director for student activities and leadership development, his long-time interest in professional...

Humans of RMU: The painter.

Humans of RMU: The painter

Maura Linehan March 26, 2019

Painting demands attention to detail from the artist. It takes a special eye and a love for the process to create original artwork. As an avid painter, Cindy Paul, a part-time faculty member in social sciences at RMU, knows this all too well. Although...

Humans of RMU: The Swimmer Photo credit: Tori Flick

Humans of RMU: The swimmer

Maura Linehan February 28, 2019

Imagine returning to the halls of your high school and still being remembered for accomplishing a record that no one else had matched. Remarkably, Samantha Monda, Ph.D. and RMU Associate Professor of Psychology, held eight of her school’s swimming...

Madison Pisarchick focuses on what the camera helps her see. Photo credit: Madison Pisarchick

MadSierra Photography brings self-image into the picture frame

Maura Linehan January 22, 2019

Through the lens of her camera, an ambitious 16-year-old Madison Pisarchick found her calling. Pisarchick, now a junior at Robert Morris, did not have a goal in mind while she was taking pictures of two friends. What she soon found was what the her camera...

The Underwater Hockey Player.

Humans of RMU: The underwater hockey player

Maura Linehan November 29, 2018

When RMU Associate Professor of Psychology David Wheeler was a junior at the California Institute of Technology, he had no idea that his interest in swimming underwater would lead him to discover a sport that he still plays. Even though snorkeling and...

Aliyah Johnson, Nyla Williams, Deloris Jackson, DeSeana Butler, Monet Wade, Janelle Darby and Maliya Morris (left to right) attend a senior celebration event hosted by Multicultural Student Services. Photo credit: Maliya Morris

City-wide chapter has rich history

Maura Linehan, Arts and Entertainment Manager November 14, 2018
Delta Sigma Theta, while not one of the panhellenic houses, has a large impact on RMU and Pittsburgh.

Humans of RMU: The horror fanatic

Maura Linehan, Arts and Entertainment Manager October 31, 2018
Read the inside story on horror from Ray Zaperoni, a long time enthusiast of the genre of fear.
Gaming Disorder recognized by WHO

Gaming Disorder recognized by WHO

Maura Linehan October 10, 2018

With October 10 being World Mental Health Day, it is an opportunity to recognize that any form of mental illness can impact the lives of those who suffer from them. Unfortunately, we still have a lot to learn about all the forms that these diseases can...

Humans of RMU: The Guitar Player

Humans of RMU: The Guitar Player

Maura Linehan September 25, 2018
Rock music is a major part of Joe Hale's life.
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Pittsburgh puckers for pickles

Maura Linehan July 20, 2018

Picklesburgh is back in town for its fourth straight year. Pittsburgh’s celebration of everything pickled continues to grow — this year being bigger and better than in previous years. There has even been a third day added to the festival for 2018. As...

Humans of RMU: The psychology professor

Humans of RMU: The psychology professor

Maura Linehan April 19, 2018
Dr. Stephen Paul talks about finding himself through the field of psychology.
Photo credit: Megan Shandel

Club starts for coed gymnasts

Maura Linehan April 5, 2018

With the 2018 spring semester coming to a close, Carrie D’Andrea, a junior nursing major, wanted to make sure she focused on meeting at least one more of her goals this year. In addition to the typical demands of being a student, she has also committed...

Humans of RMU: The WLMP director

Humans of RMU: The WLMP director

Maura Linehan March 28, 2018
Dr. Rauscher, leader of the Women's Leadership and Mentorship Program, talks about her vital role in this RMU organization.
Humans of RMU: The poison author

Humans of RMU: The poison author

Maura Linehan January 25, 2018

For many, the iconic animated films of their childhood provide warm memories of growing up. Taking a closer look at the story lines, viewers may not remember how many times someone gets poisoned as part of the film. From the apple that makes Snow White...

Little Debbie is now available to purchase at Robert Morris University.

Food for thought

Maura Linehan, Arts and Entertainment Manager January 16, 2018

“Food for thought." As students, this simple turn of phrase often leads to self-reflection upon something just learned in a search for deeper meaning. At a more fundamental level, it reminds them that food provides the energy needed to ponder the mysteries...

The future of artistic funding?

The future of artistic funding?

Maura Linehan January 10, 2018

As content creators continue to look for ways to overcome the challenges of YouTube’s demonetization (discussed here), a wide range of video platform sites have become more visible in providing subscription services that will help them get paid. For...

Photo credit: Julia Balzano

Spinning Jenny’s history lesson

Maura Linehan November 10, 2017

A homegrown Steubenville, Ohio, band with a Robert Morris connection took a lesson in history and turned that inspiration into family-based artistic effort. Beginning in 2011, “Spinning Jenny” had their first gig as an opening act for their...

Debunking the myth of black cats

Debunking the myth of black cats

Maura Linehan October 31, 2017

Myths are funny things. On one hand, they include the legends and folk stories that pass on traditions, but they also represent our willingness to cling to misconceptions and tall tales. Halloween is loaded with myths, but one of the most persistent is...

Humans of RMU: The sculptor

Humans of RMU: The sculptor

Maura Linehan October 20, 2017

Awards — whether they bring international celebrity or simply recognize a good deed — typically come with a statue or plaque to commemorate the occasion. What might not be so obvious is that someone had to design the award long before anyone actually...

Getting skeptical about wellness

Getting skeptical about wellness

Maura Linehan October 13, 2017

Jaclyn Glenn is a popular YouTuber whose over 500,000 followers know her for her outspoken views on atheism. She has now moved beyond her regular video posts with an original miniseries, “The Skeptic’s Guide To Wellness,” now running on the Fullscreen...

Mental health in college

Mental health in college

Maura Linehan October 6, 2017

“Just like when you’re sick, you go to the doctor. If you’re not doing okay -- you’re feeling down or feeling anxious, or you’re dealing with any other kind of mental illness — it’s okay to come in our doors,” said Diane Dahm, Crisis Counselor...

Humans of RMU: The Tuch

Humans of RMU: The Tuch

Maura Linehan September 20, 2017

Decades of RMU students have enjoyed the beautiful campus landscape, while Colonials fans have been amazed by the voice of an RMU staff member singing the national anthem. In an amazing coincidence, one single man is responsible for both. That man is...

Hearing Gabbie Hanna Out Loud

Hearing Gabbie Hanna “Out Loud”

Maura Linehan September 15, 2017

Gabbie Hanna, a YouTube star and native of Pittsburgh, released her first song on Sept. 6, 2017. This song comes at a busy time for Hanna who is planning to release her new book, “adultolescence,” on Sept. 19. Her new song, “Out Loud,” seems...

Video comes to Humans of NY

Video comes to Humans of NY

Maura Linehan September 6, 2017

“Humans of New York” has taken a turn. It recently began publishing a video series that captures people from different walks of life on the streets of New York City. This is a major change for a site that was first launched in 2010 by photographer...

RMU grooves to Rock U

RMU grooves to Rock U

Maura Linehan August 30, 2017

“There wasn't really anything here for people that weren't in professional bands, so we wanted to start a group,” Roman Iannone, a junior at Robert Morris University, said. Based on that vision, five students started a club that has become...

Photo credit: Maura Linehan

The Cup stays in Pittsburgh

Maura Linehan June 14, 2017

Lord Stanley’s Cup is staying in Pittsburgh for another year as it repeated its grand entrance to the City on Wednesday morning. The NHL Champion Pittsburgh Penguins were celebrated by a massive crowd that brought the town to a standstill for the...

Humans of RMU: The musician

Humans of RMU: The musician

Maura Linehan April 21, 2017

Inspiration to discover those things that you come to love in life can take many forms and come from many places. For a 7-year-old Heather Pinson, Ph.D., who is now the Department Head, Communications, an Associate Professor of Communication and an Associate...

A place of her own

A place of her own

Maura Linehan April 14, 2017

One of the newer, independent YouTube channels that I have been following belongs to Safiya Nygaard with content that dives into, as she puts it, beauty, style, and weirdness. Beginning each video with a cheery, “Hello, Friends,” she uses...

Photo credit: Eggs Nat

Breakfast satisfaction at Eggs N’at

Maura Linehan March 29, 2017

One of the best kept secrets in Moon Township is Eggs N’at; a local breakfast and lunch restaurant that serves up classic feel-good food for the hungry locals who are in the know. This is a spot where you can start your day off with a satisfying...

The art of the nail

The art of the nail

Maura Linehan March 21, 2017

Of all the forms of art in the world, people would not generally think of turning the end of someone’s finger into a miniature work of art. Before the explosion of social media, there would have been limited opportunities to see this art form, but...

Peeps Oreo: Missing a flavor of spring

Peeps Oreo: Missing a flavor of spring

Maura Linehan March 13, 2017

Over 100 years ago, in 1912, the Oreo was first introduced to the world. In the decades that have followed, this chocolate wafer cookie with cream filling has become one of the most iconic food brands in the world. With slogans such as “Wonderfilled"...

Humans of RMU: The visiting bookseller

Humans of RMU: The visiting bookseller

Maura Linehan March 1, 2017

For almost three decades, Robert Waskowicz has been selling books. It all began as he studied for a master's degree in English at IUP, and it has since made him a familiar face at Robert Morris over the past 20 years. Back in the beginning, it was the...

Photo credit: Hop Culture

Bringing Hop Culture home

Maura Linehan February 24, 2017

An entrepreneur's greatest challenge is seeing a business opportunity and seizing that moment to act. Kenny Gould, a native of Pittsburgh, used this insight while leaning on his publishing experience and writing skills to launch a new business this year—right...

Love has no bounds

Love has no bounds

Maura Linehan February 16, 2017

“Everyone thinks I know everyone who is gay,” Jojo Dugan said. “As if, we have some kind of ‘gay telepathy.’” Sexuality has always been a highly debated topic. Dugan, a freshman at Robert Morris, knows how it feels...

Humans of RMU: The aspiring author

Humans of RMU: The aspiring author

Maura Linehan February 10, 2017

As an adult, Dr. Chester Thompson, D.Sc., RMU’s Director for Student Support and Community Outreach Programs, learned a family secret that would change his life forever. What came about through that experience has led Thompson to undertake the writing...

Take a break and ThinkTank

Take a break and ThinkTank

Maura Linehan February 3, 2017

On December 6, 2010 a YouTube channel, currently branded as “ThinkTank,” posted its first video. The show’s current hosts, Hannah Cranston and John Iadarola, use the show to discuss subjects they think their audience should know something...

Steeler nation turns cold

Steeler nation turns cold

Maura Linehan January 25, 2017

The winter weather on campus feels so much colder this week as the temperatures dip and, more significantly, as many fans begin dealing with the abrupt end to the football season of the Steelers. For those who do not follow the Pittsburgh sports scene,...

Humans of RMU: The Taste Tester

Humans of RMU: The Taste Tester

Maura Linehan January 18, 2017

Almost 150 years ago, Henry John Heinz founded the food company that still bears his name. While the company is now known around the world, it is still a hometown landmark and a part of the homes of the Steelers, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and...

Humans of RMU: The international poet

Humans of RMU: The international poet

Maura Linehan December 9, 2016

Poetry is considered one of mankind’s greatest forms of self expression. Through it, you can communicate with others in a way that breaks down the traditional barriers of language. Tess Barry, a part-time faculty member with the RMU English Department,...

Party at work

Party at work

Maura Linehan December 2, 2016

Lisa Schwartz, the popular YouTuber, recently released her second original video series this year. The new series, “Party Girl,” is a bit of a departure from the earlier series, “This Isn’t Working,” but it is just as much...

Humans of RMU: The filmmaker

Humans of RMU: The filmmaker

Maura Linehan November 14, 2016
While Oscar Wilde once said, “Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life,” RMU Visiting Documentary Filmmaker Nadine Patterson makes it clear that life and art are truly part of each other.
Merritt Donoghue receives the Rising Star Award from RMU President Christopher B. Howard at the Presidents Council Dinner in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (RMU Photo/Joe Appel)

This Rising Star will continue to rise

Maura Linehan November 11, 2016
RMU President Christopher B. Howard, D.Phil. uses the annual President’s Council Dinner to honor a distinguished alumni with the Heritage Award and a current student with the Rising Star Award.
Humans of RMU: The Storyteller

Humans of RMU: The Storyteller

Maura Linehan October 31, 2016

“I started telling stories a long time ago,” Jeffrey Irvine said.Irvine, a part-time member of the RMU Social Sciences faculty, remembers the first time he told a group of people a ghost story. As a college student and summer camp counselor,...

Humans of RMU: The Home Improvement Volunteer

Humans of RMU: The Home Improvement Volunteer

Maura Linehan October 21, 2016

Taking a timeout from college coursework for Thanksgiving or Spring Breaks has traditionally given students with some well-deserved downtime where they can relax and recharge. It also means heading back home to spend time with family and friends, but...

Trick or Trax

Trick or Trax

Maura Linehan October 14, 2016

One look outside confirms that the leaves are changing colors and beginning to fall from the trees—it signals the beginning of cool days and Pumpkin Spice Lattes. The change in seasons means that it is time to prepare for the fall holidays of Halloween...

Humans of RMU: The Volunteer Who Finds a Way

Humans of RMU: The Volunteer Who Finds a Way

Maura Linehan October 6, 2016

No matter what someone’s expertise or interests are, volunteer opportunities exist that allow them to use their talents to help others. It is a lesson that Garrett Cockeram -- a third year student at RMU -- learned in his high school’s Interact...

Trying Primantis Newest Sandwich

Trying Primanti’s Newest Sandwich

Maura Linehan October 2, 2016

During the Great Depression, Joe Primanti started the sandwich business that has become a Pittsburgh landmark and still bears his family name. Ever since he opened his first store in the Strip District, generations of both Pittsburgh residents and visitors...

Humans of RMU: The Nonprofit Founder

Humans of RMU: The Nonprofit Founder

Maura Linehan September 23, 2016

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Allison Dushack, a junior at Robert Morris University, embodies the spirit of this quote. Not only does she volunteer her time to help...

When Work Doesnt Work

When Work Doesn’t Work

Maura Linehan September 14, 2016

Each of her 2,000,749 and counting subscribers know Lisa Schwartz as a popular YouTuber. Schwartz, also known online as Lisbug, creates her own content and acts in the original videos of other Internet personalities, but her newest project is an online...

Humans of RMU: The Icon Behind the Counter

Humans of RMU: The Icon Behind the Counter

Maura Linehan September 7, 2016

For over a decade, Robert Morris University receives a warm greeting along with needed nourishment anytime it stops for a quick meal or a snack. The staff member responsible—known simply as “Steve from RoMo’s” —is in reality,...

Where Heels Kill

Maura Linehan August 29, 2016

It’s hard to believe, but Marilyn Monroe died over 50 years ago. Despite the passage of time, she remains an American icon. While the famous quote, “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world,” has often been attributed...

Black and gold flood the streets of Pittsburgh to celebrate the Penguins 4th Stanley Cup championship.

Pittsburgh’s Cup runneth over

Maura Linehan, Asst. Arts & Entertainment Editor June 15, 2016

Wednesday morning the City of Pittsburgh welcomed their Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins home with a massive celebration that brought downtown to a halt. After their 4-2 series win against the Western Conference Champion San Jose Sharks, the...

Humans of RMU: The Community Advisor

Humans of RMU: The Community Advisor

Maura Linehan April 22, 2016

There is no correct way to be a CA according to Ben Decker, a sophomore at RMU and a Community Advisor himself.“This is a tricky question because there is no right answer to this,” Decker said. “You can slide by, or you can go above...

Humans of RMU: The Editor-in-Chief

Humans of RMU: The Editor-in-Chief

Maura Linehan April 15, 2016

Traditions are made to be passed down to the next generation. Megan Waleff, a senior at Robert Morris, has made it her mission to ensure that the moments in time experienced by her classmates have been captured, so they can share and enjoy them for years...

Humans of RMU: The Hockey Player

Humans of RMU: The Hockey Player

Maura Linehan April 8, 2016

David Friedmann began playing hockey when he was just four years old. With practice came opportunities to play the game on numerous teams, all of which led to four years on the Robert Morris University Men’s Hockey Team. With his college hockey...

Humans of RMU: The Dancer

Humans of RMU: The Dancer

Maura Linehan, Assistant A&E Editor April 2, 2016

Dancing requires a unique set of physical and expressive talents, and while Kami Warnock -- a freshman at Robert Morris -- did not come to college to study dance, she still wanted to pursue her art as a student. She has been able to have that opportunity...

Humans of RMU: The Athletics Intern

Humans of RMU: The Athletics Intern

Maura Linehan March 25, 2016

As a college sports fan, Andrew Miller, a sophomore at Robert Morris, has the ideal internship—he gets to attend every major RMU sporting event. While he was involved with the athletic department his freshman year, his role as an athletics intern...

Humans of RMU: The Fund Raiser

Humans of RMU: The Fund Raiser

Maura Linehan March 4, 2016

With February come to pass, the love that is celebrated during the month of Valentines will not soon be forgotten. Emily Kiss, a freshman at Robert Morris, spreads this love to children living with cancer during February and throughout the rest of the...

Humans of RMU: The Zumba Instructor

Humans of RMU: The Zumba Instructor

Maura Linehan, Assistant A&E Editor February 19, 2016

Zumba is a form of exercise that combines conditioning and dance moves along with Latin and other styles of music for a beneficial and enjoyable workout. Eileen Toribio, a senior at RMU, shares her expertise in this type of fitness to lead a class at...

For the Love of Food: Dining out on Valentines Day

For the Love of Food: Dining out on Valentine’s Day

Maura Linehan, Assistant A&E Editor February 10, 2016
Valentine's Day dining doesn't have to mean eating at one of the big-box restaurants around RMU. You can show your significant other your knowledge of a variety of cuisines by picking one of these unique Pittsburgh dining spots.
Humans of RMU: The Actor

Humans of RMU: The Actor

Maura Linehan February 6, 2016

“Theater has given me the life I didn’t think I would have,” Adam Arent said. Arent, a freshman at RMU, is a member of the Robert Morris University Colonial Theater. He is currently appearing with them in West Side Story, which is being performed...

Humans of RMU: The Male Cheerleader

Humans of RMU: The Male Cheerleader

Maura Linehan January 29, 2016

Cheerleading may be seen as a feminine sport by some, but, in reality, it takes a great deal of technique and strength. Asa Bull, a junior at Robert Morris, is a second year male cheerleader, and while he has not been involved in the sport for very long,...

Humans of RMU: The Older Twin

Humans of RMU: The Older Twin

Maura Linehan January 22, 2016

Mackenzie Ranko and Kyla Ranko have a sorority bond that is unique. In addition to both being members of Zeta Tau Alpha, they are also twin sisters. Mackenzie Ranko, a freshman at Robert Morris, happens to be the older of the two—born 19 minutes before...

Humans of RMU: The Saudi Club Leader

Humans of RMU: The Saudi Club Leader

Maura Linehan December 18, 2015

No matter what, Christmas always falls on December 25. The same cannot be said for other important holidays throughout the year. For Khalid Alshammari, a junior at Robert Morris, the lunar calendar of his Islamic faith tells him when the official Muslim...

Just Dance 2016 Game Review

Just Dance 2016 Game Review

Maura Linehan December 16, 2015

For fans of dance-based video games, “Just Dance 2016” with new songs and new dance routines has hit store shelves just in time for Christmas. It becomes the newest installment of this popular game series, which all began in 2009 with the...

Humans of RMU: The Sheetz Crew Member

Maura Linehan December 11, 2015

Food consumes the interest of college students. People don’t learn on an empty stomach, so eating is a big deal. When the food on campus gets boring, people start looking off-campus for a change. With more than 400 locations across Pennsylvania, Ohio,...

Humans of RMU: The Community Volunteer

Humans of RMU: The Community Volunteer

Maura Linehan November 20, 2015

November represents a month where people focus on giving thanks for their many blessings. Unfortunately, there are members of our local communities that struggle to meet their basic needs. Across the area, food banks operate in order to provide for those...

Humans of RMU: The One Who Knew the Signs

Humans of RMU: The One Who Knew the Signs

Maura Linehan November 13, 2015

Over a million people a year are diagnosed with a disease that has a major impact on their lives. They are faced with a daily struggle to control their bodies, and when that command fails, there are immediate and long term health implications. In order...

Humans of RMU: The Black Belt

Humans of RMU: The Black Belt

Maura Linehan November 8, 2015

As a child, Nick Faraci, a junior at Robert Morris, was exposed to Taekwondo through his best friend. Korean martial artists began developing Taekwondo after WWII. According to the International Taekwon-Do Federation, It is a martial art that focuses...

Humans of RMU: The Haunted Hall Organizer

Humans of RMU: The Haunted Hall Organizer

Maura Linehan October 30, 2015

Nightmares came to life on campus during Haunted Adams as students prepared for Halloween 2015. Friday, October 23 might have been a week before the holiday, but it gave students a chance for some scary activities as they saw the frightening side of Adams...

Humans of RMU: The Baseball Player

Humans of RMU: The Baseball Player

Maura Linehan October 23, 2015

Number 17 can see his last innings as a Robert Morris baseball player are not that far away. Travis Hunter, a senior at RMU, plans to graduate with his class this spring, and when he reaches that milestone it also means wrapping up his career on the baseball...

Humans of RMU: The Mission Trip Volunteer

Humans of RMU: The Mission Trip Volunteer

Maura Linehan October 16, 2015

“In America we worry about the latest fashion trends, having the newest electronics, and what others think of us,” RMU freshman Christine Smith said. “None of these things were a worry in Guatemala, and I loved it.” Smith traveled to Guatemala...

Photo credit: Matthew Merlino

Humans of RMU – The Software Developer

Maura Linehan October 9, 2015

The average person spends somewhere between 90 minutes and nearly 3 hours a day on their smartphone based on publicly available studies. Considering the number of social networks that people also use, it is not surprising that social media applications...

Humans of RMU: The Majorette

Humans of RMU: The Majorette

Maura Linehan, Arts & Entertainment Contriubtor October 2, 2015

 You may not know her name, but she is one of the newest majorettes with The Robert Morris University Marching Band. Her name is Julie Jenkins, she is a freshman, and she has talent to back her up while entertaining fans at RMU and beyond.  “[The...

Humans of RMU: The Artist

Humans of RMU: The Artist

Maura Linehan, Arts & Entertainment Contributor September 24, 2015

 Art has been a form of self expression since the beginning of mankind. For just as long, artists like freshman Kelly Brock have been creating their own artistic interpretations of the world. She has been interested in art for many years and has found...

Scream Queens premier: Bloody fun

Scream Queens premier: Bloody fun

Maura Linehan, Arts & Entertainment Contributor September 23, 2015

Scream Queens opens with a group of post-teen, young adults (college students) dancing around at a party—pretty normal for a college party, but within the first 30 seconds of the show you see blood on the screen. It’s a sure sign of things to come....

From freshman to alumni, back to school events shine

From freshman to alumni, back to school events shine

Maura Linehan, Arts & Entertainment Contributor September 3, 2015

May 1, 2015 was just the beginning of the fastest summer of their lives for the Robert Morris University Class of 2019. Having chosen their college, they joined the RMU family along with fellow students, faculty and all the alumni that came before them....