The Fence at CMU

There's a fence on the Carnegie Mellon University campus that is painted over by students nearly every day of the semester. OnQ explores how the tradition began, and talks with students who explain why the fence has been a place for them to advertise and express themselves for nearly nine decades.

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In 2006, OnQ profiled Pittsburgh's Ben Sota, founder of Zany Umbrella Circus, prior to his trip to teach at a circus school for children in Afghanistan. Sota is now back in the U.S., along with freelance photographer Renee Rosensteel, who documented the trip to a country devastated by war. OnQ has a follow-up report.

Two years later, the 4th congressional seat is contested again by the same candidates, Incumbent Jason Altmire and former congresswoman Melissa Hart. OnQ's Michael Bartley sits down with Altmire and Tonia Caruso sits down with Hart to discuss the primary issues.

Based in Pittsburgh's Bloomfield neighborhood, this dance group has toured the world with its highly-physical, emotionally-charged performances. OnQ contributor Minette Seate introduces the people behind this "anything-but-conventional" group of dancers.

Birdwatching is considered by many to be a hobby for white, middle class, middle aged Americans. But John C. Robinson is working to change that by teaching minority children and young adults about the joy and importance of birdwatching. Robinson wrote Birding For Everyone as part of his "birding" mission.

A Monroeville man feared the worst when an MRI showed a grapefruit-sized tumor lodged against the front of his brain. But a new, minimally invasive surgical technique by UPMC Dr. Amin Kassam would quickly end the patient's fear. On Q host Michael Bartley reports.

It is the second tallest education building in the world. Now after 70 years, the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning is undergoing major exterior restoration. OnQ's Tonia Caruso looks back at the history of this 42-story national historic landmark.