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Dietrich gives $125 million to University of Pittsburgh

William S. Dietrich, the philanthropist and oil entrepreneur who recently gifted Carnegie Mellon $265 million, has donated a $125 million fund to the University of Pittsburgh.

Dietrich holds a Ph.D. from Pitt, and is a member of the university’s Board of Trustees. According to Bloomberg, the fund, like the one that Dietrich gave to Carnegie Mellon, will become active upon Dietrich’s death.

A resolution will be introduced to rename Pitt’s School of Arts and Sciences the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, after Dietrich’s father, just as Carnegie Mellon’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences has been renamed after Dietrich’s mother, Marianna Brown Dietrich.

In a statement, Dietrich said, “As a graduate who personally benefitted from my own studies at Pitt, I want to ensure that the university can continue to provide educational opportunities of the highest quality to its undergraduate and graduate students.”
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Dietrich’s donation is more than double the amount of any of Pitt’s previous one-time donations.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also reports that it is the 10th-largest private gift ever given to a public university in the United States.

Student government surveys on-campus wireless signal

Carnegie Mellon’s student government has created a survey to identify wireless connectivity problem areas on campus. The results of the survey will be made available to Computing Services, in the hopes that Carnegie Mellon’s wireless network will be improved.

Jason Imbrogno, the president of the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA), said that student government is particularly concerned because of the recent $300 increase in Carnegie Mellon’s technology fee, nearly double what it had been in recent years. According to an email sent out by the GSA, Carnegie Mellon received $2.4 million from the tech fee this year.

“Last year after the tech fee got raised, Michael Murphy came to an undergrad Senate meeting,” Imbrogno said, “and I asked him point-blank, ‘Will the internet work on campus next year?’ and he said yes.” But Imbrogno said that the survey results, which total at least 185 so far, indicate that the internet is not working to students’ satisfaction.

Imbrogno has already met with representatives from Computing Services, whom he said were not aware that so many students were having issues with the campus wireless network.

He urged any students who experience trouble with the internet on campus to fill out the survey at bit.ly/cmuwireless, or to contact Computing Services via email at advisor@andrew.