A degree of experience: getting off to a strong start / A PG special section

Turn to those with a degree of experience for higher education advice.

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 Julia Pierson’s resignation as Secret Service director on Wednesday has opened the door for Joseph Clancy.

Lapses force Secret Service chief out

Julia Pierson’s exit came as lawmakers from both parties were calling for her ouster after her halting performance during a House hearing.

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 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks during a news conference Wednesday in Arlington, Va.

Hagel orders military to fix underperforming medical sites

He gave underperforming facilities four to six weeks to show how they will address shortcomings.

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Texas hospital botched case of Ebola patient

Thomas Eric Duncan was sent home under the mistaken belief that he had only a mild fever, a hospital administrator said.

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Random Acts of Kindness: Teen donated balloon to a distraught toddler

Also: She luckily received kind acts hours apart; even on busy interstate, couple stopped to assist.

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Corbett praises state jobs website, but postings include some ‘bad apples’

Pennsylvania’s jobs website is no longer home to ads seeking dancers for a bachelor party or hostesses for visiting “gentlemen.”

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Pitt honors St. Louis professor during 3-day science event

Jeffrey I. Gordon, an expert on the influence of microbes in the human gut, today receives the Dickson Prize at Pitt’s Science 2014.

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The prescription problem: Tighter restrictions placed on hydrocodone

The DEA has approved changes to the scheduling classification of hydrocodone, set to take effect Monday, to halt misuse of the drug.

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 Collegiate rankings systems have become a major selling point for elite institutions in the U.S.

Rankings not the most important factor in choosing a college

Self-knowledge and campus visits are important in making a selection.

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 According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the 2011 graduation rate was 59 percent within six years for full-time, first-time students who began pursuing a bachelor’‍s degree at a four-year degree-granting institution in fall 2005.

Traditional route to college doesn't work for everyone

Nontraditional students are becoming more common on college campuses.

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 Harvard University students walk through campus in 2006.

Consider why you want to go to college

Self-awareness helps to maximize opportunities.

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 Harvard University students walk through campus in 2006. The "I, Too, Am Harvard" campaign formed in the aftermath of a student-written Op-Ed piece against affirmative action published in The Crimson in fall 2012.

When choosing a college, keep your identity in mind

The way race, gender and sexuality are treated on campus should always factor into your college decision.

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 A Port Authority bus travels on Forbes Avenue in Oakland near the University of Pittsburgh campus in April. Students who commute to college campuses can stay involved in campus life through clubs and sporting activities.

Commuters can find a place in campus life with activities

Join a club, buy a meal plan and study in the library.

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Propel plans for charter school in Sto-Rox advances

Sto-Rox loses its bid for a stay against the creation of a Propel charter school in its district.

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 The Old Main Building on the campus of Penn State University. In the search for financial aid resources, looking for assistance within the university can be helpful.

A few secrets to finding financial aid

Getting financial aid takes persistence and creativity.

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 Twitter is an increasingly beneficial tool when networking for jobs in the era of social media.

Networking in college will pay dividends

Personal contacts and social networking can build a professional network.

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 Dr. Barry Hunter works in the biology lab at California University of Pennsylvania in May 2000. Biology students may avoid the art studio, but taking classes outside of your comfort zone can be beneficial.

Take classes outside your comfort zone

Taking different courses brings personal fulfillment.

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 Duquesne University freshmen attend a matriculation ceremony in fall 2008.

Peers can be helpful in learning to navigate college

Older students know which classes are hard or easy, where to buy books and where to eat.

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 Business students attend a lecture at the Aula Magna auditorium at Stockholm University. Emma S. Brown says the most important conversations with professors take place outside of the classroom.

Getting to know your professors can expand learning

Make use of office hours.

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 Because the classes at a liberal arts college are small, many professors are approachable and have a genuine interest in their students.

Liberal arts colleges use personal approach

Schools teach needed skills of thinking and writing critically.

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 An aerial view of the Nepalese national flag, formed by over 35,000 people, is seen in central Kathmandu on Aug. 23. While studying abroad in Nepal, one can expect intensive eight-hour school days instead of postcard views of the Himalayas.

Five tips for college students studying abroad

Preparation and an open mind can maximize the experience.

25 minutes ago

 There’s no set formula to writing a research paper, but there are ways to ease the process.

Writing research papers are important to college success

Though writing can be a daunting task, there are ways to ease the process.

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 Returning University of Pittsburgh students raise a balloon welcome message for students arriving at the Oakland campus in August.

Make friends, try new activities early in the year

Remember many other students also are new to campus.

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 Students work in a library at the Roma Tre University in Rome.

Daily writing helps sort out experiences

Write a page a day; read a book a week.

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 The campus of Yale University in New Haven, Conn. No matter who you are or where you come from, someone in college will find some way to irk you.

College is a period of self-discovery

Adjustments include learning to adapt to others’ habits.

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 A flag flies from a building at New York University in May 2012.

Confidence can lead to success in college

Balancing self-confidence with an eagerness to learn is key.

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 Academics aren’t the only kind of failure in college. There can be social failure as well.

In college, failing is a part of learning

Use failure to get better, not to defeat yourself.

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 In college, experiences  outside the classroom are nearly as important as those inside.

Don't let misconceptions get in the way in college

College is about more than classes.

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Sports are fine, but don't let one skill define you in college

There’s an endless amount of activities in which to be involved.

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 The Lifeline Law, as it is called in Indiana, provides immunity from arrest or prosecution for certain alcohol-related offenses committed by minors.

Drinking amnesty laws can be lifesaving

College drinking carries risks.

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Greek life can teach confidence and compromise

Ignore stereotypes when considering joining sororities and fraternities.

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 Attending college is fraught with challenges. You’‍re trying to figure out how to use your time, whom to spend it with and what your values are.

Challenges are valuable part of college experience

Adversities can turn into meaningful moments.

25 minutes ago

McKeesport teacher contract approved

Teachers in the McKeesport Area School District will receive 3.75 percent raises over the span of the contract approved in mid-September.

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Obituary: Frank Demor / Local car dealer was relentless salesman

Frank Demor was the kind of car dealer who was relentless in his salesmanship and who had a quick understanding of his customers.

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 Besides Yale University, New Haven, Conn., is also known for its shootings and its muggings.

Make the community part of your college experience

Ideas learned in the classroom are embodied in the community.

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 A view from the Omni Hotel overlooks downtown New Haven, Conn.

College town offers education beyond classroom

Community can expand your education.

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 A flag football game takes place Sunday afternoon on the lawn of the Cathedral of Learning on the University of Pittsburgh campus in 2011.

College isn't just about building a resume

Do things that are of absolutely zero worth to your resume.

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 Housing carts are used to move belongings up a ramp near William Pitt Union at the University of Pittsburgh last fall. Campus living can be convenient, but off-campus living also has its benefits.

Off-campus housing provides your own space

Housing can take a good sense of humor.

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 In this April 18, 1946, photo, Montreal Royals' Jackie Robinson, right, is congratulated by teammate George Shuba as he crosses home to score against the Jersey City Giants at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, N.J.

Obituary: George Shuba / Baseball player who offered tolerant gesture

The Brooklyn Dodgers outfielder was best known for shaking Jackie Robinson’s hand when the latter broke baseball’s color barrier.

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Project to upgrade Peters elementary to start in March

The $4.9 million project will involve windows, lighting and the HVAC system in McMurray Elementary School.

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'Bad data' caused district's bus problems, Penn Hills school administrators say

“We’re talking full accountability,” assistant superintendent Nancy Hines told the audience.

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Internships can get your foot in the door

Build connections and experiences with internships.

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Details of the new Thomas Jefferson High School unveiled

Community planning committee updates cost estimates on high school to replace 54-year-old structure on Old Clairton Road.

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 A live feed shows the Westmoreland County Community College's Laurel Education Center.

New buildings, upgrades illustrate growth at WCCC

An Advanced Technology Center opened this fall, a new education center will open in January and building upgrades are planned on its main

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Elizabeth Forward school director asked to resign

One board member said Francis Posa should leave the board because he has pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property, a misdemeanor.

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 Eighth-graders Amanda Berdis and Amanda Pugliano use iPad-based textbooks in their Algebra I class at Gateway Middle School.

Traditional texts take back seat to iPads

Eighth-graders at Gateway Middle School are using the tablet-size computers in English and algebra for the first time.

25 minutes ago

 Student protester Kyle, 18, holds up his phone while chanting pro-democracy slogans during evening speeches at a rally Wednesday in Hong Kong. Thousands of pro-democracy activists continue to occupy the streets surrounding Hong Kong’s financial district, calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong’s chief executive, Leung Chun-ying.

Hong Kong students threaten escalation as councilor seeks talks

Demonstrations swelled for a sixth day Wednesday, with one student leader estimating the crowd at 9 p.m. at close to 200,000 people.

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 Michael Dunn, right, is directed back to the holding area as he looks at his lawyer Wednesday at the Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville, Fla.

Murder conviction rendered in loud music case

From the start, the case was infused with racial overtones, renewing national debate over racial profiling and its possible consequences.

25 minutes ago

North Carolina voting law partly blocked as discriminatory

It was a victory for groups challenging similar restrictions in states across the United States.

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U.S. targets racial inequality in schools

The Obama administration declared guidelines to ensure that all public schools students have access to equivalent policies and facilities.

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