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Opinion | Battle Royale: attack of the Fortnite clones

Opinion | Battle Royale: attack of the Fortnite clones

By Thomas Wick, Staff Columnist

January 16, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

While battle royale may be fun to watch, it needs a massive community to support it, lest it fall out of popularity. This spells a troubling future for the genre, if current gaming trends continue.

Opinion | Women’s March fails its principles

Opinion | Women’s March fails its principles

By Ana Altchek, Columnist

January 16, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

By eliminating a whole group of women from inclusion in the movement, the Women’s March is unfortunately succumbing to an equally harmful form of discrimination and inequality. No woman can write the story of another and the Women’s March has failed its commitments.

Opinion | Schumer and Pelosi are hypocritical in fight for border wall

Opinion | Schumer and Pelosi are hypocritical in fight for border wall

By Hayden Timmins, Staff Columnist

January 14, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Schumer and Pelosi seem more comfortable with spending taxpayers’ dollars on useless projects rather than giving Trump 0.14 percent of the yearly budget to help prevent the illegal entry and re-entry of criminals

Opinion | Point-Counterpoint: Forgive Kevin Hart already

Opinion | Point-Counterpoint: Forgive Kevin Hart already

By Cammy Morsberger, Staff Columnist

January 13, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The best apology is said not with words but with action — Hart’s has grown and changed since his tweets years ago. His conduct indicates his regret, and it’s time that we forgive him.

Opinion | Point-Counterpoint: Nobody needs to forgive Kevin Hart

Opinion | Point-Counterpoint: Nobody needs to forgive Kevin Hart

By Jason Henriquez, Staff Columnist

January 13, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Supporting violence against gay children, even halfheartedly, is unacceptable. No one should have to teach a grown man in his thirties that saying or doing that is morally wrong.

Poetry | Veritas et Virtus

Poetry | Veritas et Virtus

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Columnist

January 10, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Senior Staff Columnist Delilah Bourque drew upon various syllabi from her coursework at Pitt to write this poem.

Column | Veganism is not one-size-fits-all

Column | Veganism is not one-size-fits-all

By Leah Mensch, Staff Columnist

January 10, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

No matter its health or environmental benefits, veganism is not a practical lifestyle for many Americans, and nobody has the right to shame anyone for their dietary choices.

Opinion | Missionary training endangers other cultures

Opinion | Missionary training endangers other cultures

By Kim Rooney, Contributing Editor

January 9, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Missionaries must respect the histories of other peoples and see their languages as more than gibberish. Failure to do so would only reinforce dehumanizing attitudes toward other cultures.

Opinion | SGB picks empty talk over data-driven solutions

Opinion | SGB picks empty talk over data-driven solutions

By Jeremy Wang, Assistant Opinions Editor

January 7, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The University of Pittsburgh Student Government Board released a letter calling for stricter gun control. But an apparent failure to properly research the subject led to a list of proposals that leading experts are reluctant to place any confidence in.

Opinion | Pa to Paris: Vignettes from winter break

Opinion | Pa to Paris: Vignettes from winter break

By The Pitt News Staff

January 7, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Pitt News staff writers share how they spent their winter breaks and reflect on their time at home and abroad.

Opinion | New Year’s Resolution: Talk Politics

Opinion | New Year’s Resolution: Talk Politics

By Julia Kreutzer, For The Pitt News

January 6, 2019


Filed under Columns

Just as our political identities have changed, we must radically transform the way such debates and conversations are handled. This key change in our approach to political discourse is the perfect resolution to ensure 2019 is better than years prior.

Opinion | 2019: New year, same me

Opinion | 2019: New year, same me

By Allison Dantinne, Staff Columnist

January 6, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Big goals don’t usually pan out. So instead of focusing on big changes that I’m not even sure will make me feel like a better, more interesting person, this year I made a list of fun and achievable goals.

Opinion | Self-care obscures altruism during finals week

Opinion | Self-care obscures altruism during finals week

By Anne Marie Yurik, Staff Columnist

December 9, 2018


Filed under Columns

Before you stress cry into your bread bowl at Panera then promptly throw on a face mask in the name of self-care, remember there are other ways to cope during finals season. One way to cope is through community care. Community care means students — after getting themselves to a place of relativ...

Opinion | If these walls could talk, they’d scream: a glimpse into life at Hillman during finals week

Opinion | If these walls could talk, they’d scream: a glimpse into life at Hillman during finals week

By Allison Dantinne, Staff Columnist

December 9, 2018


Filed under Columns

The students studying for finals in Hillman are fascinating creatures, plagued by insurmountable stress manifested as odd habits. They gather around power sources, lean back in their swivel chairs while staring up at the lines of fluorescent lights and occasionally fall asleep on the floor under the c...

Opinion | Students leave gift of stress management unopened

Opinion | Students leave gift of stress management unopened

By Julia Kreutzer, For The Pitt News

December 9, 2018


Filed under Columns

The Cathedral commons and dorm rooms are filled with Christmas trees, Hanukkah menorahs and dazzling twinkle lights, but students must survive finals week before they can truly “Deck the Halls.” During the week of finals, thousands of students spend countless hours holed up in Hillman Library while cr...

Opinion | Poem: Brightening Winter

Opinion | Poem: Brightening Winter

By Emily Pinigis, Staff Columnist

December 7, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Oh, what a magnificent time of year! The snow twinkles in the colored lights’ glow It seems everyone is warm, and without fear As they sit ’round the fire to watch the snow

Opinion | Trump must push out Venezuela’s dictator

Opinion | Trump must push out Venezuela’s dictator

By Josh Beylinson, For The Pitt News

December 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Only with more strategic sanctions and further diplomatic action against Venezuela’s dictator can the country become a democracy and give the right of self-determination to its citizens.

Opinion | Pitt sustainability initiatives insufficient

Opinion | Pitt sustainability initiatives insufficient

By Leah Mensch, For The Pitt News

December 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It’s clear that students, who actually have the power to make a difference, are falling short of the University’s high sustainability standards.

Opinion | Disney-opoly and the streaming wars

Opinion | Disney-opoly and the streaming wars

By Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot, Staff Writer

December 4, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

While I absolutely love Disney and most of what it has produced, it’s dawned on me in recent years that the company feels less like a magical center of creativity and more like a capitalistic black hole — one that devours every intellectual property that makes money for it and spits out hollow, formulaic nostalgia bait.

Opinion | Recovering missionary’s body poses threat to Sentinelese people

Opinion | Recovering missionary’s body poses threat to Sentinelese people

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Columnist

December 2, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Retrieving Chau’s body poses a danger both to Indian officials and to the Sentinelese people, who remain some of the last uncontacted people on earth, which in anthropology means they live in isolation from the outside world.

Winter, the Oakland garbage pile of seasons

Winter, the Oakland garbage pile of seasons

By Allison Dantinne, Staff Columnist

November 29, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I’ve walked past a smashed-up pumpkin loitering on the sidewalk in front of my house several times a day in recent weeks. It reminds me of two things looming on the horizon, both of which I hate to think about — I am surrounded by other people’s garbage, and autumn is over.

Opinion | Hipster help wanted: Reviving old art forms

Opinion | Hipster help wanted: Reviving old art forms

By Emily Pinigis, Staff Columnist

November 29, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Millennials are quick to scoff at old art forms like the theater organ — but young ’uns shouldn’t write it off quickly. Many theaters put a modern spin on old art, making it fresh and entertaining.

Opinion | Master Plan will fail Pitt students

Opinion | Master Plan will fail Pitt students

By Cammy Morsberger, For The Pitt News

November 28, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Pitt's Master Plan promises stunning renovations to the university's campus, but these changes fails to make up for exorbitant costs and inconveniences associated with construction.

Pittsburgh dodged a bullet with Amazon HQ2

Pittsburgh dodged a bullet with Amazon HQ2

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Columnist

November 27, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The deals offered to Amazon in both New York and Virginia could spell disaster to some of the residents in Long Island City and Arlington — and in some cases it already has.

DeVos’ proposal hurts survivors of sexual assault

DeVos’ proposal hurts survivors of sexual assault

By Anne Marie Yurik, Senior Staff Columnist

November 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Even though Title IX is usually meant to protect the victims of sexual assault, DeVos' new plan, which tries to protect those accused over the victims, is a step backward.

Ben Shapiro brings much-needed political diversity to Pitt

Ben Shapiro brings much-needed political diversity to Pitt

By Neena Hagen, Assistant Opinions Editor

November 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Shapiro may be forceful in his arguments, but he’s a principled conservative who shouldn’t whip up the left into throngs of anger.

Donate blood all year round

Donate blood all year round

By Mackenzie Oster, For The Pitt News

November 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When mass tragedies strike, the prevalence of violence in our world resurfaces and the first impulse is to find a way to help. This is often why the influx of blood donations heighten around times that such unfortunate incidents occur.

Trump’s inadequate response to the Tree of Life shooting

Trump’s inadequate response to the Tree of Life shooting

By Mackenzie Oster, For The Pitt News

November 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Trump’s initial response to the Pittsburgh shooting was to suggest the addition of armed guards in places of worship and a stricter implementation of the death penalty. Both of Trump’s suggestions model the behavior that they seek to prevent — the addition of more violence and death to society.

Middle ground necessary for housing options

Middle ground necessary for housing options

By Mackenzie Oster, For The Pitt News

November 15, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

House and apartment hunting in Oakland leaves many students on the fence about where they’re going to reside the following school year — especially since the neighborhood has come to offer a narrow selection of decent student housing opportunities at this time of the year.

House Hunters: Oakland Edition

House Hunters: Oakland Edition

By Allison Dantinne, Staff Columnist

November 15, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

There comes a time in every Pitt student’s life when even grilled-cheese day at Market doesn’t make your on-campus living experience any less dismal. You’re ready to move on to bigger and better things. You’re an adult. You want to make grilled cheese yourself, whenever you want it.

Trump’s transgender policies disregard science, human rights

Trump’s transgender policies disregard science, human rights

By Sandy Fairclough, Staff Columnist

November 14, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The transgender community won’t be silenced by the Trump administration's transphobic policies.

Eating to help the environment

Eating to help the environment

By Emily Pinigis, Staff Columnist

November 13, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

A recent U.N. report on climate change shows we have only a couple of decades before we feel the serious effects of global warming. It’s more crucial now than ever to make environmentally conscious decisions — and those start on your plate.

The president who cried ‘fake news’

The president who cried ‘fake news’

By Kelly Loftus, Staff Columnist

November 11, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Trump’s tumultuous relationship with the media has quickly become a defining characteristic of his presidency. But this war against the media not only signifies a lack of respect for both the Constitution and American history, it represents a threat to one of democracy’s most basic fundamentals rights — freedom of the press.

Stigmatizing mental illness causes harm

Stigmatizing mental illness causes harm

By Emily Pinigis, Staff Columnist

November 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Everyone has had days when it seems people are just hard to be around. But you should not make anyone — especially those with hidden mental illnesses — the victim of your grumpiness.

Poem: Ode to my Juul

Poem: Ode to my Juul

By Shahum Ajmal, Contributing Editor

November 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

USB they call you, To which I am left speechless. Yet, I persist to puff you.

The GOP’s white nationalism problem

The GOP’s white nationalism problem

By Aaron Lindstrom, For The Pitt News

November 8, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

One of the issues the Republican party focused on in these midterm elections was immigration — and Republican rhetoric on this issue continued to reveal how white nationalism is seeping into the party.

Populism sparks high voter turnout

Populism sparks high voter turnout

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Writer

November 7, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Populist movements get people to the polls at home and abroad. This year’s historic midterm turnout is just one example of voters showing up to fight rhetoric they deem dangerous.

Bolsonaro: fascist dictator masquerading as president

Bolsonaro: fascist dictator masquerading as president

By Jason Henriquez, Staff Columnist

November 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Tolerating Bolsonaro's views isn’t just a controversial political stance — it actually enables atrocities.

Trump protests disrespectful to shooting victims

Trump protests disrespectful to shooting victims

By Josh Beylinson, For The Pitt News

November 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I was shocked to see so many protesters near where Trump paid his respects to the fallen. A memorial to the Tree of Life shooting victims is not the place to stage a political protest, and is downright disrespectful to Jews.

What a World

What a World

By Emily Pinigis, Staff Columnist

November 1, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

What a world we live in Where kindness is overshadowed by sin And inky skies are speckled with dying stars That light this dark world and all the souls’ scars

More tricks than treats: Halloween’s sexual assault problem

More tricks than treats: Halloween’s sexual assault problem

By Anne Marie Yurik, Staff Columnist

November 1, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Halloween is a scary time, but not because of cobwebs and skeletons — for women, the dangers of sexual assault are very real.

Gab: a dangerous haven for white supremacists

Gab: a dangerous haven for white supremacists

By Neena Hagen, Assistant Opinions Editor

October 31, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Gab, a fringe social media site frequented by Tree of Life shooter Robert Bowers, was taken down on Saturday — a great first step towards eradicating hate on the internet.

Spooky Sonnet

Spooky Sonnet

By Maggie Koontz, Senior Staff Columnist

October 31, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Obey the laws on Halloween, All Hallows’ Eve, because not everything is what it seems. That night the veil between the worlds becomes quite obsolete.

PERSEPECTIVE | How the Jewish community hopes to heal

PERSEPECTIVE | How the Jewish community hopes to heal

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

October 29, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The Jewish community has been strong in the face of such a horrific tragedy, a testament to its resilience and virtue. As community members mourn the loss of 11 of their family and friends, they look to heal their wounds.

Community support necessary to recover

Community support necessary to recover

By Ana Altchek, Staff Columnist

October 28, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It is in bleak times like this that members of the community need to be proactive instead of reactive in order to bring comfort and safety to their fellow neighbors, and to prevent acts of violence like this from occurring in the future.

The Artist Autumn

The Artist Autumn

By Emily Pinigis, For The Pitt News

October 25, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Auburn hair and auburn leaves The fragrance of peace surrounds her Spread across the land by her radiant smile And all is calm in the world

Point-Counterpoint: Wonderful Wawa

Point-Counterpoint: Wonderful Wawa

By Neena Hagen, Assistant Opinions Editor

October 25, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Wawa’s formula is simple — good food and good service makes for happy customers. And boy, am I one happy customer.

Point-Counterpoint: Splendid Sheetz

Point-Counterpoint: Splendid Sheetz

By Allison Dantinne, For The Pitt News

October 25, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Sheetz and Wawa, Pennsylvania’s Capulets and Montagues, have battled for supremacy in the Keystone State for decades — Sheetz dominates the western part of the state.

Where to eat in the wake of the Market health inspection

Where to eat in the wake of the Market health inspection

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Columnist

October 24, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When Market was cited for 14 health code violations by the Allegheny County Health Department on Oct. 10, many were — and still are — left wondering if they should start looking elsewhere for lukewarm pizza at 1 a.m. on a Thursday. Here are a few suggestions for those who feel like they have nowhere left to go.

Pitt needs needle disposal containers

Pitt needs needle disposal containers

By Cammy Morsberger, For The Pitt News

October 24, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Needle use is on the rise — hundreds of thousands of young people use needles to treat illnesses — yet Pitt has no needle disposal boxes in public restrooms.

What readers need to understand about journalism

What readers need to understand about journalism

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

October 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Widespread distrust of the media poses a threat to the free flow and sharing of knowledge, and journalists need to work with the community they inform to rebuild their relationship.

Stop colloquializing mental illness

Stop colloquializing mental illness

By Kelly Loftus, For The Pitt News

October 21, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Generalizations that trivialize the constant struggle that accompanies life with a mental illness, while also perpetuating stereotypes associated with certain conditions, jeopardize mental health treatment and the progress society has made in taking these issues seriously.

Phones are damaging our mental health

Phones are damaging our mental health

By Cammy Morsberger, For The Pitt News

October 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

October is Mental Health Awareness month, so it's imperative that we act to unplug our devices and not only enjoy the company of others, but also improve and support our mental well-being.

Trump administration: a worldwide embarrassment

Trump administration: a worldwide embarrassment

By Josh Gaylord, For The Pitt News

October 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Trump claims he’s “accomplished more than almost any administration” — but his “accomplishments” have hardly been good. The president has pushed archaic policies and eroded political alliances.

Trump mocks Ford: a tragedy for #MeToo and the country

Trump mocks Ford: a tragedy for #MeToo and the country

By Kelly Loftus, For The Pitt News

October 17, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Trump mocked Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh — a harmful and disrespectful move. As the leader of the country, the president is responsible for emphasizing the legitimacy of important issues.

Pitt grad students deserve right to unionize

Pitt grad students deserve right to unionize

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Columnist

October 17, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Graduate students may be here for an education, but at universities, including Pitt, grad students don’t just function as scholars, but employees as well. They should have the right to unionize.

Corporations need to step up to limit climate change

Corporations need to step up to limit climate change

By Sandy Fairclough, Staff Columnist

October 15, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The scientific panelists at the U.N. have proved that if we want to avoid detrimental changes to our planet’s climate, someone needs do something to address the major impact human activity is having on the planet, fast. This responsibility lands on the large corporations who have most contributed to this environmental damage.

Don’t forget self-care during midterms

Don’t forget self-care during midterms

By Allison Dantinne, For The Pitt News

October 11, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

For many students, midterm season doesn’t end when tests are graded. The fear of failing or not doing as well as anticipated can loom over students and may contribute to problems later in the semester.

Op-Ed: Coming out can set you free

By Ravi Gandhi

October 11, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I’d like to discuss coming out as the lengthy process it is and give tips from some painfully awkward experiences I’ve had. It can be a nerve-wracking experience, but very freeing as well.

Kavanaugh FBI investigation inadequate

Kavanaugh FBI investigation inadequate

By Allison Dantinne, For The Pitt News

October 10, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The FBI investigation into Ford’s allegations initially seemed like a victory for those who opposed Kavanaugh, but from the start, it was clearly spun to favor Kavanaugh’s version of events.

How Global Studies helped Martinec on the path to success

By Elise Lavallee, Digital Manager

October 10, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Columns, Opinions

This page was made possible in part by a grant from Year of Pitt Global. At the age of 21, Alyssa Martinec boarded a plane to Shanghai, embarking on her second trip to China. This time, she was going to conduct research about air quality and the system justification theory. “Environmental issues are extreme...

Bill Cosby gets away with a slap on the wrist

Bill Cosby gets away with a slap on the wrist

By Ana Altchek, Staff Columnist

October 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to ten years in prison for sexual assault. But that's not enough considering his horrific crimes.

Amazon wage increase is not good enough

Amazon wage increase is not good enough

By Jason Henriquez, For The Pitt News

October 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Amazon recently announced an increase in the minimum wage for its hourly workers, but until the company enables unionization efforts, increases benefits to independent contractors and veteran workers and stops avoiding taxes, it shouldn’t receive any kudos.

Expand, don’t revise, Columbus’ history

Expand, don’t revise, Columbus’ history

By Kelly Loftus, For The Pitt News

October 8, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Current American history education is inadequate and neglects the negative consequences of the actions of historical figures. On Columbus Day, it's important to recognize that our teaching of Columbus' past needs to include a full description of his actions, both positive and negative.

Respect the pumpkin spice latte as a cultural icon

Respect the pumpkin spice latte as a cultural icon

By Delilah Bourque, Staff Columnist

October 4, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The haters need to back off. Pumpkin spice deserves a spot in our fall landscape. It doesn’t deserve to be loathed so strongly, and neither does the demographic that loves it so much.

Homecoming should build community, scrap outdated traditions

Homecoming should build community, scrap outdated traditions

By Angela Koontz, For The Pitt News

October 4, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Homecoming court and football games are fun traditions, but they don’t make the most of what homecoming has to offer. Smaller networking events are better to help students interact with alumni.

Down with the monarchy

Down with the monarchy

By Grace McGinness, Staff Columnist

October 3, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

There is no place for homecoming court in 2018. That may sound harsh, but after all it’s just a silly tradition for students who want to have fun.

Last-minute picks for homecoming court

Last-minute picks for homecoming court

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

October 3, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The nominees for homecoming court are decided, and it’s too late for any last-second additions. But there’s so many contestants who were disqualified just because they’re not students — and many would totally win if they could enter. If I could decide Pitt’s homecoming king and queen, these would be my choices.

Patience, not partisanship, required in Kavanaugh hearings

Patience, not partisanship, required in Kavanaugh hearings

By Hayden Timmins, Staff Columnist

October 3, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Senators attacked Kavanaugh and failed to ask Ford adequately probing questions — pointing to a hyper-partisan battle that hasn’t yet allowed room for a patient inquiry of the facts.

Communities play major role in solving environmental issues

Communities play major role in solving environmental issues

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

October 1, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As state and national governments fail to adequately protect residents from industrial emissions and a changing climate, local communities must step up to effect change on their own behalf.

Pay attention to all gun violence, not just mass shootings

Pay attention to all gun violence, not just mass shootings

By Neena Hagen, Assistant Opinions Editor

October 1, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

There are many different types of gun violence in America today, and calling for simple, blanket solutions to such a multifaceted issue won’t solve anything, just exacerbate existing problems.

Eternal Evening

Eternal Evening

By Emily Pinigis, For The Pitt News

September 27, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As the sky is painted orange and pink, I catch you leaning as if to see it. But your eyes remain shut, and so I think, For however long it takes, I will sit By your side, holding your hand till it’s time For you to leave me. I’ll touch the darkness, Push it far away with all of it...

Blind Devotion

Blind Devotion

By Emily Pinigis, For The Pitt News

September 27, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

With a tongue like a silver blade, He effortlessly entrances and seduces That velvety voice beckons not to be afraid Always a gentleman I am none the wiser I am under his spell of nightshade His precious little puppet I’ll play my part in his charade Captivating sovereign   ...

Prisoners deserve to be evacuated too

Prisoners deserve to be evacuated too

By Delilah Bourque, Staff Columnist

September 27, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In past storms, prisoners have suffered when they haven’t been evacuated, and during Florence two people in custody died. The issue isn’t one of safety — it’s one of morality.

Voting’s not a pain, it’s a privilege

Voting’s not a pain, it’s a privilege

By Anne Marie Yurik, Staff Columnist

September 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Voting the core of America’s foundation. It’s how we distinguish ourselves from the idle subjects of a non-democratic ruler. Many modern Americans view voting as a hassle, but really it’s a privilege.

Exploring the Boot with Grace:
Embrace your inner tourist

Exploring the Boot with Grace: <br> Embrace your inner tourist

By Grace McGinness, Columnist, Blogger

September 25, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Columns

Since I have arrived in Florence, the problem of tourists has been a main point of conversation with my professors. Tourists stand in the road and mess up traffic, they don’t know how to speak any Italian or adhere to any of the local customs, they don’t take the time to appreciate anything that they see here.

Integrate Haredi Jews with secular society

Integrate Haredi Jews with secular society

By Josh Beylinson, For The Pitt News

September 24, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The Haredim must integrate with mainstream Israeli society soon, or else Israel will become a country of two divided Jewish demographics unable to work together for the common good of the nation.

Kaepernick doesn’t give Nike the ethical high ground

Kaepernick doesn’t give Nike the ethical high ground

By Sandy Fairclough, For The Pitt News

September 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The only message that Nike is sending in partnering with Kaepernick is that the company is willing to capitalize on someone else’s humanitarian ideas while ignoring its own inhumane system.

Latest textbook editions put an extra burden on students

Latest textbook editions put an extra burden on students

By Delilah Bourque, Staff Columnist

September 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Uncategorized

Being a college student is expensive. With average costs of books per academic year already soaring past the $1,000 mark, it only makes sense for professors to do everything they can to supplement information instead of mandating pricier new editions.

Dear Pitt: without waterless urinals, urine trouble

Dear Pitt: without waterless urinals, urine trouble

By Joshua Jordan, Staff Columnist

September 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Installing waterless urinals is the perfect way to reduce water and energy consumption — which is a huge part of Pitt’s sustainability plan.

New Pa. prison policies only oppress prisoners

New Pa. prison policies only oppress prisoners

By Jason Henriquez, For The Pitt News

September 18, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

PA Department of Corrections unveiled a set of bureaucratic policies for prisons designed to prevent recent drug trafficking incidents. But these policies won't protect citizens or inmates.

Focus on science — not profit — when passing laws

Focus on science — not profit — when passing laws

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

September 17, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As temperatures rise and extreme weather events become increasingly common, we need to anticipate the expected changes in climate and modify our plans for public and private infrastructure accordingly.

Beyond reform: Abolish ICE

Beyond reform: Abolish ICE

By Jason Henriquez, For The Pitt News

September 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Giving the power to deport naturalized citizens to ICE, an undemocratic organization dominated by the executive branch, opens the door to a multitude of injustices.

Harvard must end affirmative action policies

Harvard must end affirmative action policies

By Neena Hagen, Hayden Timmins, The Pitt News Staff

September 14, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Affirmative action programs had good intentions back in the 1960s — and good results for racial minorities — but today they’re just weapons against high-achieving minorities like Asian Americans.

Exploring the Boot with Grace

Exploring the Boot with Grace

By Grace McGinness, Blogger

September 13, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Columns, Opinions

During my orientation week as newly arrived first-year at Pitt, I picked up every study abroad flyer offered. I’d spent several years studying American history on U.S. soil already — I figured studying another country’s history on its soil would be a nice change of pace. Now, as a junior double...

Take a gap year before grad school

Take a gap year before grad school

By Rachel Boward, For The Pitt News

September 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Taking a gap year after graduation provides a break for students who’ve spent their lives in academia. It also allows students to discover a purpose outside of education and pursue job opportunities.

Get hired: a guide to your next job interview

Get hired: a guide to your next job interview

By Maggie Koontz, Senior Columnist

September 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Interviews aren’t difficult because of questions — but because you can only make one first impression on a potential employer. While resumes are important, so are your appearance and mannerisms.

To go to grad school or not to go to grad school… that is the question

By The Pitt News Staff

September 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Our staff weighs in on whether or not they're planning on going to grad school

First days in Florence

First days in Florence

By Grace McGinness, Staff Columnist

September 11, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I decided to study abroad when the Italian culture charmed me during mandatory language classes in high school. A land with more than 1,000 years of history and each corner with its own distinct culture, I wanted more than anything to live and learn in Italy.

Education, not cameras, will solve student safety issues

Education, not cameras, will solve student safety issues

By Sandy Fairclough, For The Pitt News

September 11, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Until Pitt starts informing students about general safety in Oakland, cameras, SafeRider and other safety features around campus won’t be effective — so they won’t protect Pitt students.

Point-Counterpoint: Appoint Kavanaugh

Point-Counterpoint: Appoint Kavanaugh

By Hayden Timmins, Staff Columnist

September 10, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Judge Kavanaugh would make an excellent Supreme Court justice. In an era where the legislative branch delegates superfluous amounts of power to the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh strictly opposes this.

Point-Counterpoint: Don’t appoint Kavanaugh

Point-Counterpoint: Don’t appoint Kavanaugh

By Delilah Bourque, Staff Columnist

September 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Kavanaugh's record as a U.S. circuit judge and his behavior during his confirmation hearings show he is a liar who doesn't follow the precedent of courts before him — which will be disastrous for the American people, especially women.

Poetry: Move-in on Meyran

Poetry: Move-in on Meyran

By Maggie Koontz, Senior Columnist

September 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

cars parallel parked not quite bumper to bumper on residential streets minivans and moving vans packed to capacity trunks and doors slam open and shut people coming and going in and out of apartments carrying a couple chairs up the stairs mattresses held above their...

Poetry: Flash Through Four Years

Poetry: Flash Through Four Years

By Maggie Koontz, Senior Columnist

September 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

first year here, eyes full of wonder and optimistic at heart. a taste of freedom far from my home. my dorm is not my own. a stranger in this city. sophomore scene isn’t what it seems. I am split be- tween two cities, not houseless, feeling homeless. everything minor is major ...

Breathe easier: More air quality regulations needed

Breathe easier: More air quality regulations needed

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

September 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

With the federal government waging a war against the environment, state and local authorities must enforce air quality regulations to protect public health.

Pitt’s community action plan won’t improve fraternity conduct

Pitt’s community action plan won’t improve fraternity conduct

By Hayden Timmins, For The Pitt News

September 4, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The new community action plan — which lifts Pitt's Greek Life probation from January — makes steps toward reforming frat culture at Pitt. It's a great first step, but not nearly enough to eradicate these appalling drug- and alcohol-related “accidents” at fraternities.

Reality TV needs to treat harassment more seriously

Reality TV needs to treat harassment more seriously

By Anne Marie Yurik, Staff Columnist

September 3, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Incidents of misconduct or harassment should be presented in a more serious way on TV since they can impact not only those involved but also viewers and how they might react or respond to similar circumstances.

Reduce use of antibiotics in agriculture

Reduce use of antibiotics in agriculture

By Delilah Bourque, Staff Columnist

August 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It’s unnecessary and harmful to consumers to treat unafflicted creatures with antibiotics, and it’s cruel to inflate the growth of animals on industrial farms.

Harsher hazing law is a step in the right direction

Harsher hazing law is a step in the right direction

By Maggie Durwald, Opinions Editor

August 29, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Other states should model Tim’s Law to adopt harsher stances against hazing — to do so, they’ll need the help of activists like the Anti-Hazing Coalition as well as universities and Greek life.

Philippine Nationality Room highlights need for diversity

Philippine Nationality Room highlights need for diversity

By Grace McGinness, For The Pitt News

August 28, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The Philippine Nationality room is an important step in diversifying the Nationality Rooms, 20 of which represent white European countries.

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