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best season in years, building fan energy higher than ever. During its third year in the ACC, Pitt’s football team included the conference’s offensive and defensive rookies of the year, with freshman safety Jordan Whitehead also taking the win for top overall rookie. The future is bright for the Panthers, who won eight games this season and earned an appearance against Navy in the Military Bowl.


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The En Sabah Nur ultimate frisbee team is off to a good start as it hopes to live up to last year’s dominant season. The team beat Carnegie Mellon back in October in the Steel City tournament, solidifying itself as the area’s force. As their sport continues to grow in popularity, rest assured that Pitt will be well-represented on the field. Their games are not to be missed.

EDITOR – Women’s Ultimate Frisbee


better than it has in years, imagine what we have to look forward to with a healthy Conner.

Natalie Dall

Nat-a-lie! Nat-alie! A sophomore majoring in Molecular biology, Dall is pre-med and plans to save lives after college as a pediatrician or pediatric surgeon. Working on the Student Tenant Association, Dall wants to help student renters, which is fine by us. Originally from Ohio, Dall has served as the president of the Resident Student Association Executive Board and as secretary of the Pittsburgh Association for Leadership and Success. We’d go on to mention her tutoring and volunteering work, but we don’t want to make her blush too much.

EDITOR – Nasreen Harun


James Conner

Last year’s ACC Player of the Year still gave fans plenty to talk about in 2015. Unfortunately, a season-ending knee injury during the Panthers’ first regular game ensured that the All-American’s headlines would have to come from off of the field. Despite a devastating cancer diagnosis in December, head coach Pat Narduzzi has not ruled out Conner’s return next season. With Pitt playing

EDITOR – Tyler Boyd


When Pitt’s star running back announced his diagnosis with Hodgkin lymphoma last month, the community rallied around its most beloved son. But to only think of Conner for his health does him a disservice. Despite being sidelined for virtually all of the Panthers’ 2015 season, Allstate named Conner to its AFCA Good Works Team for the volunteer work he has done at places like Children’s Hospital, the Mel Blount Youth Home, World Vision and National Kidney Foundation. Conner has more than earned the love his peers have shown him this year.

EDITOR – James Conner


It’s no accident that Ray Jones has now won this category five times. Jones started at Pitt as a graduate student in 1991 and never left. Today, he teaches business ethics and organizational

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behavior, entertaining students with humorous tangents and examples from their own lives along the way. Jones’ commitment to Pitt runs deep — in addition to teaching here for 20 years, he is the advisor for the CBA chapter of Delta Sigma Pi and the Department of Athletics Academy of Sports Marketing. His continued popularity among students is a testament to the idea that learning can, and should, be as fun as it is valuable — kind of like slow-pitch softball.

EDITOR – Harry Kloman


Micah Vinovskis

Juggling his position on Pitt’s Club Quidditch team, involvement in the Resident Student Association and nursing classes, Micah Vinovskis still found plenty of time to keep a floor of Lothrop residents happy. Micah’s tie-dye parties and Minute-to-win-it competitions entertained his peers while respecting their space — truly the mark of a great RA. Not even his love for Chinese food can get between Micah and the dedication he has had for his residents, which is really saying something.

EDITOR – Alice Snook