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5 obsolete jobs we need to bring back

5 obsolete jobs we need to bring back

By Kim Rooney, Contributing Editor

July 18, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

There’s plenty of best-paying job lists you may feel tempted to pore over. But before you do, consider the careers that fell by the wayside in the past decades or centuries.

City should keep improving bus routes to Downtown for all

City should keep improving bus routes to Downtown for all

By Brian Gentry, Senior Columnist

July 18, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It is vital that the city delivers on its promise to provide quick access to Downtown for the communities that need it most.

The ascension of STEM doesn’t mean humanities are sinking

The ascension of STEM doesn’t mean humanities are sinking

By Neena Hagen | Senior Columnist

July 11, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In a world with an ever-increasing number of tech startups and engineering firms, our economy seems destined to be dominated by STEM specialists — which leaves universities scrambling to reinvent their educational offerings. Colleges are peppering their classrooms with expensive instruments and spending...

US actions toward Venezuela contradict professed concern

US actions toward Venezuela contradict professed concern

By Gabriela Cadahia | For The Pitt News

June 27, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Venezuela, once the richest country in Latin America, is currently in the midst of an economic collapse of unprecedented magnitude. Falling oil prices and political corruption have sent the country into a spiral of hyperinflation and hunger that has forced 1.8 million people to flee in the past two ye...

China is phasing out its one-child policy for the wrong reasons

China is phasing out its one-child policy for the wrong reasons

By Kim Rooney | Contributing Editor

June 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The small oval scar on the top of my left arm goes unnoticed by most. They have no reason to look, since the United States stopped administering the smallpox vaccination in 1972. Even I forget it’s there, until news from across the ocean reminds me that it’s the physical marker of China, a country that...

The Pittsburgh pride of today ignores its roots

The Pittsburgh pride of today ignores its roots

By Anaïs Foss | For The Pitt News

June 13, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

As a member of a community under constant attack, attending pride celebrations used to feel like a breath of fresh air for me. Pride was always a space to be out safely and celebrate myself with other queer people. But things have changed. Pittsburgh Pride has been sponsored by natural gas compa...

Pittsburgh Zoo should not expand breeding program

Pittsburgh Zoo should not expand breeding program

By Gabriela Cadahia | For The Pitt News

June 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Last summer, the Pittsburgh Zoo euthanized its only elephant calf — Little Bit, a premature three-month-old rejected by her mother who had stopped eating due to painful teething. PETA criticized the zoo for the way it handled Little Bit’s health and death — and this wasn’t the first time. The animal rights organization has criticized the zoo befor...

Editorial: Supreme Court’s decision hurts LGBTQ+ community

Editorial: Supreme Court’s decision hurts LGBTQ+ community

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission showed “hostility” toward a local baker when it decided he had discriminated against gay couple by refusing to bake a cake for their wedding in 2012. The ruling avoided a larger question the case presented, which is whether Jack Phil...

Staying single is the best choice when it comes to Pitt dorms

Staying single is the best choice when it comes to Pitt dorms

By Neena Hagen | Senior Columnist

May 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As a first-year moving into Tower B, my first day of college mirrored everyone else’s — I scampered gleefully into Towers garage to retrieve my housing cart and impatiently waited for the elevator that would take me to meet my roommate. But unlike everyone else, my roommate left campus a couple w...

Respect Las Palmas: Stop purchasing ‘trendy’ ethnic food

Respect Las Palmas: Stop purchasing ‘trendy’ ethnic food

By Jeremy Wang | Senior Columnist

May 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Nestled away on Atwood Street is an Oakland gem that’s the stuff of legends — Las Palmas. As a big fan of Tex-Mex and home cooking, I do most of my grocery shopping at this small Mexican grocery store, where I can find ingredients such as jicama or prickly pears that conventional stores don’t carry...

Schenley Quad’s parking lot should have stayed

Schenley Quad’s parking lot should have stayed

By Joshua Jordan | For The Pitt News

May 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Uncategorized

Not many students actually relied on the parking lot in Schenley Quadrangle for parking — but it served other purposes for carless Quad residents. It was instrumental as a pick-up and drop-off point for Ubers and allowed families to park right by dorms on moving days. But this useful transportat...

Don’t trivialize recreational clubs in college

Don’t trivialize recreational clubs in college

By Grace McGinness | For The Pitt News

May 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Before students even set foot on campus, they’re hit with the same phrase a thousand times — “college will be the best four years of of your life.” While cliche and outdated, that saying accomplishes its intended, albeit dangerous, goal — to cajole us into embracing college with open arms. Yet ...

Summer classes serve several purposes

Summer classes serve several purposes

By Justin Fekete | For The Pitt News

May 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

After final exams week for the spring term ends, most students feel they will get along fine without looking at a syllabus or opening another textbook until August. Many start preparing for internships, jobs or, for the lucky ones, endless hours of sleep. Taking more classes isn’t always the first...

Not just a sports city: Pittsburgh culture is hidden but vibrant

Not just a sports city: Pittsburgh culture is hidden but vibrant

By Sarah Connor | Contributing Editor

May 30, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Columns, Opinions

I grew up in a small town about 25 miles outside of the City — near the Pittsburgh International Airport — called Moon Township. It was common for people from my town to attend schools in and around the City, and I come from a long line of Pitt alumni. But I was independent as a kid and wanted to have new...

Student restaurant deals should go beyond Oakland

Student restaurant deals should go beyond Oakland

By Delilah Bourque | Columnist

May 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The best part of being a Pitt student is the endless dining options available around campus — and the deals that come with them. Whether it’s late-night, half-price pizzas at The Porch or Stack’d’s half-off appetizers during weeknight happy hours, you’re sure to satisfy your hungry stomach ...

U.S., like Ireland, needs to move forward on abortion laws

U.S., like Ireland, needs to move forward on abortion laws

By Anne-Marie Yurik | Columnist

May 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Ireland overturned the Eighth Amendment of its constitution May 25, effectively ending one of the world’s most restrictive bans on abortion and allowing room for more progressive laws to emerge in Ireland. Meanwhile, the United States seems to be moving backwards. The Supreme Court this week refus...

Pitt should expand artificial intelligence program

Pitt should expand artificial intelligence program

By Janine Faust | Opinions Editor

May 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Pitt announced Monday morning a new institute that will bring researchers together to utilize computational skills — including artificial intelligence — to take a closer look at and possibly offer solutions to issues like the opioid epidemic and climate change. The announcement came less than two weeks af...

Pitt needs to pass on dining passes

Pitt needs to pass on dining passes

By Grace McGinness | For The Pitt News

May 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When I packed up my bags and headed off to college, I knew it was the end of home-cooked dinners and my all-access pass to the kitchen. No longer would I be able to grab a slice of peanut butter toast on the go — I’d need to spend a whole meal swipe just to use a toaster. But there was one issue I was completely unp...

Don’t let responsibilities ruin your summer

Don’t let responsibilities ruin your summer

By Brian Gentry | Senior Columnist

April 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When I was a kid and it got above 90 degrees, my parents would put out a sprinkler in the lawn and my brother and I would spend hours running back and forth through the water. My parents would work in the garden on weekends, watching us tire ourselves out. When we felt especially daring, my brother a...

Everyone has a right to self-care

Everyone has a right to self-care

By Erica Brandbergh | Columnist

April 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

It’s all over the media — images of white women pampering themselves in spas or going shopping in the name of self-care. If you were to trust the advertising of places like these, you’d think the only people who ever even need de-stressing were from places like Beverly Hills or the Hamptons. It...

Prepare, don’t despair: Pitt students need reading days

Prepare, don’t despair: Pitt students need reading days

By Neena Hagen | Senior Columnist

April 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

If you’re a Pitt student, looking at your school’s academic calendar is never fun. Your eyes scan the page filled with dates, head hung in despair as you realize Pitt has perhaps the skimpiest breaks of any university out there — including finals preparation, offering students one measly reading day...

Friday Fly: Market Central vs. The Perch

Friday Fly: Market Central vs. The Perch

By Maggie Koontz | Senior Columnist

April 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“Friday Fly” is a recurring column dedicated to a fly on the wall’s perspective on campus spots and daily life here at Pitt. This is the fifth installment. A boy in a Penguins jersey takes a bite out of his cheeseburger, his head tilted as he thoughtfully looks outside. He eats alone, like many of...

Facebook hearing puts double standard on display

Facebook hearing puts double standard on display

By Hayden Timmins | For The Pitt News

April 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

With more than 2.2 billion users, Facebook is the largest social media platform on the planet. So when news surfaced last month that Facebook was involved in a serious privacy scandal, people were understandably outraged. As many as 87 million people were affected by a significant breach in user pri...

Don’t exploit sex and sexuality for the sake of learning

Don’t exploit sex and sexuality for the sake of learning

By Anne Marie Yurik | Columnist

April 18, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When I came to Pitt as a first-year student last fall, I was excited to take a class called Sexuality and Representation. I had never been able to take anything like it in high school, and it seemed like a great opportunity to analyze gender and sexuality through different books, short essays and speeche...

Parran legacy undermines mission of Pitt Public Health

Parran legacy undermines mission of Pitt Public Health

By Delilah Bourque | Columnist

April 17, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Since members of the Pitt Graduate School of Public Health and of the Graduate Student Union announced they were petitioning the University to rename Parran Hall — one of the two main public health buildings on campus — the legacy of Thomas Parran Jr. has been in question. Those opposed to renaming the building argue Parran’s contributions to the field of public health were great, including being a founding...

Love can thrive, no matter the distance

Love can thrive, no matter the distance

By Erica Brandbergh | Columnist

April 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The first thing I do when I wake up every day is send my boyfriend a good-morning text. When he gets my message, his day is winding down — he’ll be going to bed in just a few hours. There are 11,371 miles separating us. He lives in Perth, a city on the coast of Western Australia, while I’m ...

Point: Going out in Oakland gives a feeling of home

Point: Going out in Oakland gives a feeling of home

By Henry Glitz | Opinions Editor

April 13, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Read Assistant Opinions Editor Sarah Shearer's counterpoint column here. Like most Pitt students of age, I only really have a hazy recollection — at best —of going to Peter’s Pub on my 21st birthday last summer. It was late May, and the usually jammed upper dance floor was a fraction les...

Counterpoint: Going out in Oakland isn’t worth the time

Counterpoint: Going out in Oakland isn’t worth the time

By Sarah Shearer | Assistant Opinions Editor

April 13, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Read Opinions Editor Henry Glitz's point column here. I was flipping through last year’s journal and found a pie chart I drew on one of the pages. I had divided it into two sections — the smaller third read “I like wine this much,” and the larger two-thirds, “and tea this much.” Be...

Treat being under 21 like the disease it is

Treat being under 21 like the disease it is

By Delilah Bourque | For The Pitt News

April 13, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

We’ve all seen them before — the people sitting almost alone at a typical restaurant and bar, interacting with a large group of people seated at a table while sitting at their own, just out of arm’s reach of their friends. They don’t have any kind of disease — not a contagious one, at least ...

Column: Anime’s growth in America encourages diverse viewpoints

Column: Anime’s growth in America encourages diverse viewpoints

By Thomas Wick | Columnist

April 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Uncategorized

As I stepped into the mysterious pod, ready to pilot a giant robot and fight squadrons of other giant robots, my life felt complete. My recent gaming experience at Tekko 2018, the 16th annual Pittsburgh Japanese cultural convention, probably wouldn’t have been possible without anime’s current impact on ...

#MeToo in the office: pay attention to women

#MeToo in the office: pay attention to women

By Anne Marie Yurik | Columnist

April 11, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

My family often sits down together on holidays or birthdays to have dinner — served by the women — at my grandmother's house. After dinner, the table is crowded with leftovers, dirty dishes and empty glasses. The women all stand up from the table to walk around, pick up the dirty dishes and go to t...

Remember Rana Plaza by shopping ethically

Remember Rana Plaza by shopping ethically

By Sandra Fairclough | For The Pitt News

April 10, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

At a textile factory in Dhaka District, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, workers were beginning to worry. Increasing evidence warned them that the building was unsafe — such as cracks in the walls and structural shaking. Most were nervous to return to their jobs. But their employers told them th...

“Blockers” breaks with problematic tropes

“Blockers” breaks with problematic tropes

By Delilah Bourque | For The Pitt News

April 8, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When I had the opportunity two weeks ago to see “Blockers” on campus before the release date, I dragged my friends out with me, ready to be disgusted. We all shared similar sentiments about how the movie looked generally pretty bad. In the age of #MeToo, the Women’s March and other rising femini...

“Superstar” showing devalues meaning of Easter

“Superstar” showing devalues meaning of Easter

By Alexis Buncich | Columnist

April 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Imagine you’re watching an image of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ — one of the most dramatic moments in the Christian faith — on your TV screen. Now add in a crowd of screaming, cheering fans. How do you feel? If you were a Christian watching NBC’s broadcast of “Jesus Christ Superstar Li...

Brookline Las Palmas takes laid-back approach to Mexican food

Brookline Las Palmas takes laid-back approach to Mexican food

By Jeremy Wang | Senior Columnist

April 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As I crossed the Monongahela River and into the tunnel under Mount Washington, I realized I was entering into a part of Pittsburgh — the South Hills — I’d never seen before. Driving up a steep road into the neighborhood of Brookline, the surroundings were cold, windy and empty — with the ex...

Labels — even hyphenated ones — don’t tell the whole story

Labels — even hyphenated ones — don’t tell the whole story

By Brian Gentry | Columnist

April 3, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

After being introduced as a lover of the Constitution, Satvika Neti tripped onto the stage in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room Saturday afternoon, sporting a white “We the people” undershirt. Neti was one of five speakers at Saturday’s TEDx event, which focused on a single topic — Rethin...

Women in STEM events demolish discrimination

Women in STEM events demolish discrimination

By Ana Altchek | Columnist

April 3, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When it comes to the major revenue-generating sources, it’s no secret that women face disadvantages in the workforce. And when it comes to STEM fields, this gender gap is even wider. With men holding the majority of STEM-related careers, I don’t need to be a STEM major to know the struggle women ...

Church needs more than the Bible to convince an atheist

Church needs more than the Bible to convince an atheist

By Neena Hagen | Senior Columnist

April 2, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As I nervously opened the large glass doors of North Way Christian Community last Sunday and stepped inside, I looked around and breathed a sigh of relief — jeans were indeed an acceptable clothing choice. People drinking coffee and sitting at tables before the service started upstairs gave an almost...

‘Little House on the Prairie’ offers modern-day reflection

‘Little House on the Prairie’ offers modern-day reflection

By Mariam Shalaby | Senior Columnist

March 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Uncategorized

Seeking respite from a relentless flu last month, I took my childhood favorite “Little House on the Prairie” from my bookshelf. Curling up on the couch, I wondered what kept drawing me back to the story I’ve loved since I was a young girl. I chuckled. What could I, an Egyptian-Chinese daughter of Muslim...

Scandals trump news that matters

Scandals trump news that matters

By Ana Altchek | Columnist

March 29, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

You may or may not have heard about the school shooting that took place last week at Great Mills High School in Maryland. Two students were shot, and the teenage murderer committed suicide briefly after. The day of the shooting, my friend in the area was shocked and feared for her community. But when s...

Women in STEM initiatives push flawed focus

Women in STEM initiatives push flawed focus

By Neena Hagen | Senior Columnist

March 28, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As a female actuarial mathematics student, you don’t have to tell me that my gender puts me in the minority in my academic field. That’s why I’m never surprised when feminist activists point out the gender gap in STEM — what really loses me is how they tell me I should feel about it. Univ...

What I learned from Chris Dayer

What I learned from Chris Dayer

By Henry Glitz | Opinions Editor

March 27, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The smile on my face didn’t wear off for at least half an hour after the last time I saw Chris Dayer, the week before spring break. Chris, his girlfriend Amanda and I had met for a late lunch after our classes had ended for the day. I hadn’t seen either in a few weeks, and despite having known h...

‘Salam Neighbor’ affirms that personal relationships are gateway to change

‘Salam Neighbor’ affirms that personal relationships are gateway to change

By Julia Kadis | For The Pitt News

March 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Think back to your favorite memories of elementary school. Some of them probably have nothing to do with learning at all — recess, snow days, early releases. Many of us loved the breaks from working and would always be thinking about the next time we’d be able to relax. Most of us, however, also had the privilege ...

HACP listens to community housing concerns

HACP listens to community housing concerns

By Delilah Bourque | For The Pitt News

March 21, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

There are about 2,500 households in Pittsburgh right now that’ve been waiting — and waiting and waiting. These families are on a waiting list that closed in 2015 for rent subsidies in the form of a housing voucher. Housing Choice Vouchers are a hot commodity, and the City of Pittsburgh knows ...

Republicans: Step up to stop Haspel, Pompeo

Republicans: Step up to stop Haspel, Pompeo

By Henry Glitz | Opinions Editor

March 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Headlines flashing over cable news networks last week might have given you 2017 deja vu. Last January, it was President Donald Trump’s nomination of then-Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo for the position of CIA director. Eyeing Pompeo’s ambivalence on civil rights issues like the use of torture and dom...

PA liquor laws leave students, citizens to dry

PA liquor laws leave students, citizens to dry

By Neena Hagen | Columnist

March 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

udeIt’s St. Patrick’s Day, and you’re struggling to maneuver around the sticky, crowded dance floor in a stranger’s cramped basement. Someone bumps into you, causing you to almost spill the beer in your right hand. But you don’t care — these kinds of party scenes in college are common. A...

Arming teachers takes a step in the wrong direction

Arming teachers takes a step in the wrong direction

By Alexis Buncich | Columnist

March 15, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Teachers have a long list of supplies they absolutely need for their classrooms: poster boards, markers, textbooks, pencils and now — if President Donald Trump has his way — guns. With recent debates over the best way to approach mass shootings, some Americans believe the best way to protect against...

It’s Pi Day, again. And no one cares, again — except some.

It’s Pi Day, again. And no one cares, again — except some.

By Neena Hagen | Columnist

March 14, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

Growing up, every child has their favorite holiday. Maybe it’s Halloween — dressing up in frightening costumes, parading around the neighborhood to collect bite-sized goodies from generous neighbors. For many more, it’s Christmas, a day characterized by torn-apart, decorated wrapping paper and exciti...

Special election signals shifting national politics

Special election signals shifting national politics

By Brian Gentry | Columnist

March 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, a slice of pro-President Donald Trump territory located just south of Pittsburgh, is poised to flip from Republican to Democratic in today’s special election. Democrat Conor Lamb, a 33-year-old former Marine, may snag the seat from Republican Rick Sacco...

Buffalo to Belize: Vignettes from spring break

Buffalo to Belize: Vignettes from spring break

By The Pitt News Staff

March 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Hot takes painting college students as overgrown babies aside, it’s hard work studying at a school like Pitt — and we all need a break every now and again. Whether we sought out our reprieves from schoolwork at home or abroad, we here on the Opinions section staff took full advantage of our week off to esc...

Poetry: Rainy days

Poetry: Rainy days

By Maggie Koontz | Senior Columnist

March 2, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Rain runs down the misted windowpane, slide, slick, slip liquid lengthening, water accumulating from a drop to a drip, bumping together, absorbing one into the other. Pitter-patter against the glass. Dangerous clouds rumble in the distance. Lightning strikes, but only once...

Poetry: A game of snakes

Poetry: A game of snakes

By Maggie Koontz | Senior Columnist

March 2, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I slide my red and yellow headphones onto my head, the cushions covering my ears, and I plug myself in. I push play to begin the game. Music slips into my ears from both sides of my headphones, a literal earworm entering my brain. The notes caress my inner ear before sp...

Poetry: The fourth estate is media

Poetry: The fourth estate is media

By Maggie Koontz | Senior Columnist

March 2, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

  A heavy stack sits in my hands but the true burden is elsewhere. The thin paper is curled at the edges, a fresh, virgin-white newspaper not yet yellowed by time's cruel curse. It speaks of the future, of achieving an age of perfection, yet I know we will never reach such a time. It...

Focus on policy to fight climate change

Focus on policy to fight climate change

By Brian Gentry | Columnist

March 1, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Pitt students, alumni and environmental enthusiasts arrived at the William Pitt Union Assembly Room Monday to hear Steven Cohen give a lecture on climate change. Cohen is an unassuming New York City professional dressed in a black suit, black shoes and a striped tie. And behind his appearance are imm...

Don’t pin blame on violent games

Don’t pin blame on violent games

By Thomas Wick | Columnist

February 28, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Imagine being able to punch a ninja through the chest, rip out their heart and then squeeze it to drink the remaining blood left for nourishment. All it takes is two fatal words — “finish him” — to violently kill an opponent this way while playing “Mortal Kombat.” In fact, the violence in t...

How Trump uses language to divide

How Trump uses language to divide

By Maggie Durwald | Columnist

February 27, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

We are no longer a nation of immigrants. In fact, it seems we’d rather not entertain the tired, poor and huddled masses — or their better-off, more educated peers — at all. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said as much in an email sent out to staff Feb. 22, announcing that it would be ...

Progressives: stick to debating issues, not insults

Progressives: stick to debating issues, not insults

By Neena Hagen | Columnist

February 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Across the country, from college campuses to TV stations to Washington, D.C., political tension has reached a fever pitch. Wednesday’s “Redistribution of Wealth” debate at the William Pitt Union aptly reflected the growing ideological divide in the United States today — in this case, economi...

Friday Fly: The Pitt News

Friday Fly: The Pitt News

By Maggie Koontz | Senior Columnist

February 22, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“Friday Fly” is a recurring column dedicated to a fly on the wall’s perspective on campus spots and daily life here at Pitt. This is the fourth installment. The Pitt News is not a typical workplace. For most of the students who churn out the daily paper, there is no such thing as a short shi...

Lamb misses the mark on gun issues

Lamb misses the mark on gun issues

By Jeremy Wang | Senior Columnist

February 22, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Southwestern Pennsylvania loves its guns. And for many Democrats outside Pittsburgh’s City limits, that part of the region’s culture has become a stumbling block to winning public office. Throughout his campaign, Conor Lamb — the Democratic candidate for March’s special election in Pennsyl...

#YouToo: Bosses, Take Action for Your Employees

#YouToo: Bosses, Take Action for Your Employees

By Alexis Buncich | Columnist

February 21, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

You’re a young person, freshly starting your career and beginning to make a name for yourself. You are entrusted with big tasks, like handling confidential material, managing the business’ account and leading the new public relations campaign. Now, imagine that, like an unfortunate mirror of your own accomp...

Student election interest starts with SGB slates

Student election interest starts with SGB slates

By Anne Marie Yurik | Columnist

February 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It wasn’t until Monday of last week that I realized it was election season for Student Government Board. I, along with all 19,325 of my peers, are responsible today for voting in a new student body president who will be a voice for all undergraduates on campus. Although I thought the reason I d...

Florida shooting should be a wake up call

Florida shooting should be a wake up call

By Ana Altchek | Columnist

February 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Valentine’s Day is usually a holiday of showing care and appreciation for loved ones — but for many living in South Florida, it was a day of mourning and loss. February 14, 2018, just became a day marking one of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States. Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old who had previ...

Biden begs the presidential question

Biden begs the presidential question

By Maggie Durwald | Columnist

February 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I settled into my seat at the Carnegie Music Hall Monday night, surrounded by cheering audience members, whose exclamations of “Run, Joe, run!” rang throughout the hall. Former Vice President Joe Biden had arrived in Pittsburgh. Biden’s 27th and final stop on his American Promise Tour took him to the Steel City Monday to talk about his ...

Vagina Monologues take on tired taboos

Vagina Monologues take on tired taboos

By Anne Marie Yurik | Columnist

February 15, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Mere feet in front of me, a confident, talented, inspiring woman stood on stage, moaning before the audience in the William Pitt Union. She was holding a flogger in her hands and wearing nothing but red underpants, a garter belt and a blue blazer. I saw this woman in front of an audience Saturday night, not jus...

Single and ready to … stay that way

Single and ready to … stay that way

By Vaibhavi Patria | Columnist

February 14, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It took me until my sophomore year to finally give up my need to be in a relationship. In the past, I constantly felt an urgency to date or be in committed relationships rather than casual ones. When I was dating people, I never truly felt happy and secure. But during the times I wasn’t dating, I...

Climate lawsuits point way for greener future

Climate lawsuits point way for greener future

By Bryn Manion | For The Pitt News

February 13, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Massive storm clouds raining torrents of water down on lower Manhattan, completely submerging subway cars. Huge plumes of smoke and fire, turning the sky orange over the hills alarmingly close to Los Angeles. The scenes of towns ravaged by hurricanes are reminiscent of an apocalyptic world. Cities...

esports make natural addition to Olympics

esports make natural addition to Olympics

By Thomas Wick | Columnist

February 11, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It’s the 2026 Olympic Winter Games. Two combatants pick up pieces of plastic laced with electrical current and various input chambers. They do not face each other directly, but they fight on a screen — as Pikachu and Mario, respectively. This fight will decide who wins the 2026 Olympic Winter Ga...

Columnists’ careers in a college cocoon: vignettes from the opinions section

Columnists’ careers in a college cocoon: vignettes from the opinions section

By The Pitt News Staff

February 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

We here at The Pitt News occupy a difficult space. For us, Pitt is both a presence in our classrooms as an educator and in our columns as an organization we have to keep accountable. We aren’t quite a club — TPN is independent from the University — and yet our location in the William Pitt Union keeps...

Seniors, take heart as graduation nears

Seniors, take heart as graduation nears

By Henry Glitz | Opinions Editor

February 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Waking up at 9 a.m., my mind immediately goes to the activities of the day. When am I going to fit in time for meals? What homework did I forget? What am I going to do for the rest of my life? As a senior, I’ve gotten used to the pace of life in college — including gratuitously late wake-up ti...

Saying #MeToo in the streets, not just the tweets

Saying #MeToo in the streets, not just the tweets

By Alexis Buncich | Columnist

February 8, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Me too. Me too. Me too. It’s been all over the news. It’s been all over your Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds. As sexual assault survivors of all identities continue to speak out about their stories, it’s easy to get caught up in the increasingly visible culture of feminism and girl pow...

Opioid memorial etches abuse into public eye

Opioid memorial etches abuse into public eye

By Charlotte Couch | For The Pitt News

February 7, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

At “Prescribed to Death,” an opioid memorial in the William Pitt Union, a steady flow of people moved through the room in a respectful silence. People saw a large, black wall dotted with small white pills, and a screen with a number in the thousands growing higher by the second. The memorial ma...

Don’t paint Greek Life with single stroke

Don’t paint Greek Life with single stroke

By Ana Altchek | Columnist

February 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I distinctly remember my first night at college, standing awkwardly in the basement of an off-campus house packed with strangers. Lost in a trance, watching drunken mobs of people make fools of themselves, I was brought back to reality when I was aggressively shoved by an incoherent stranger who spil...

State of the Union guests are people, not props

State of the Union guests are people, not props

By Maggie Durwald | Columnist

February 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

From war veterans to heroic police officers to victims of gang violence, President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address last week provided the kind of emotions and theatrics one would expect from a reality TV showman of his caliber. He introduced a lineup of tragic and inspiring stories from American ...

Shock over memes doesn’t mean much

Shock over memes doesn’t mean much

By Brian Gentry | Columnist

February 2, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When news broke last week that some members of Pitt College Republicans were participating in a private GroupMe that shared racist memes, headlines may as well have read, “College students say something racist — again.” A Twitter account called “Racists @ Pitt” published screenshots from the ...

In Aziz Ansari’s wake, don’t get confused about consent

In Aziz Ansari’s wake, don’t get confused about consent

By Anne Marie Yurik | For The Pitt News

February 1, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“It was sexual harassment.” “It was just bad sex.” “She should share her experiences.” “She’s a weak woman.” “Speaking out about this was anti-feminist.” “Something like this shouldn’t ruin his career.” Reactions varied wildly after feminist website babe.net published a story in mid...

NFL: heighten safety or hamper the game

NFL: heighten safety or hamper the game

By Will Schulman | Columnist

January 31, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Uncategorized

Getting into formation with teammates, you stare across the field at the quarterback's eyes and hear him shout “Green 18” and “54’s the mike,” signaling players to move around the field. A few seconds later, a crisp “set...hike!” cuts through the noise — the game has begun. Now you...

Hold Greek Life to a higher standard

Hold Greek Life to a higher standard

By Neena Hagen | Columnist

January 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

From Penn State to Florida State, colleges across the country have been joining an ever-lengthening list of schools with recent high-profile fraternity fatalities tarnishing their records. And just last week, Pitt nearly joined that list, too. A member of the Sigma Chi fraternity chapter on campus was hospi...

Education can eradicate the health care gap

Education can eradicate the health care gap

By Brian Gentry | Columnist

January 29, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Americans of all walks of life held their breath last year as Republicans tried over and over again to ram bills through Congress to repeal Obamacare. Health care policy is notoriously difficult to pass — and not without reason. Not only does it impact every single American, regardless of age, soci...

Poetry: January 23-24

Poetry: January 23-24

By Alexis Buncich | For The Pitt News

January 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In spring, we walk to class in miniskirts; we’ve got our books in hand. Everything seems swell outside, the weather at our command. Runners jogging in the park, the warmth remains when it turns dark, and every decision appears to be a complete, brand-new start.   In spring, the l...

Poetry: RIP Merriam-Webster

Poetry: RIP Merriam-Webster

By Maggie Koontz | Columnist

January 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Our dusty dictionary sits unused on the bottom shelf of the five-level mahogany bookcase. Once important for teaching us children the words we didn't know yet, it filled our dirty hands, as we put pencil smudges on the page, but now we've got the internet.   Mom bought...

Poetry: Phipps Conservatory

Poetry: Phipps Conservatory

By Maggie Koontz | Columnist

January 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

My lover is like a cactus. His prickly spines deter others. He lives in the dry desert room, surrounded by sand, under the hot sun. I wish I could visit him, but I am planted in a different room. I am a daisy in a garden, held captive in a conservatory, in humid tasteless air, surrounded by other flower...

‘Black Mirror’ reflects cruel U.S. crime system

‘Black Mirror’ reflects cruel U.S. crime system

By Will Schulman | Columnist

January 25, 2018


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Growing up was difficult enough with two living parents — I can’t imagine reaching adulthood with only one of them. What’s truly unimaginable, though, is growing up with your parent’s consciousness trapped inside a stuffed monkey. If this sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, you’re cl...

HQ fad tires out trivia fans

HQ fad tires out trivia fans

By Brian Gentry | Columnist

January 24, 2018


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My friends and I sat around the one remaining phone, our palms sweaty from anxiety. We were playing “HQ,” a trivia app that features prizes ranging in value from $1,000 to $10,000 awarded to those who can correctly answer 12 trivia questions. Out of the four people who started the game, only one ...

Op-Ed: A conservative reflects on Trump’s first year

Op-Ed: A conservative reflects on Trump’s first year

By Marlo Safi | Op-Ed Contributor

January 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

During my tenure as assistant opinions editor for The Pitt News in 2016, I wrote a scathing column about Milo Yiannopoulos’ visit to Pitt after the College Republicans hosted him. I was on the verge of apoplexy in this tirade — I was livid that this loud-mouthed charlatan who resembled Liberace in his bo...

Republican debate should disappoint conservatives

Republican debate should disappoint conservatives

By Neena Hagen | Columnist

January 22, 2018


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The babbling of the audience hushed as the theater lights dimmed, heightening the buzz of anticipation felt by everyone gathered Saturday evening at Carnegie Mellon University. The debaters took the stage, confident and relaxed in contrast with the tension in the crowd. The Republican gubernatorial de...

Top ten diets for a better you in 2018

Top ten diets for a better you in 2018

By Sarah Shearer | Assistant Opinions Editor

January 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Waist-deep in January, as we currently are, many students find themselves already sitting in the middle of a pile of empty chocolate chip bags and miserably shattered New Year’s resolutions. But kicking yourself over broken resolutions is the last thing you should be doing — we still have 49 week...

Top 10: Reasons Amazon should come to Pittsburgh

Top 10: Reasons Amazon should come to Pittsburgh

By Henry Glitz | Opinions Editor

January 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Picking a “best of” for any category is a difficult job for us Pittsburghers — our City is just a cut above the rest in general. How can we be so sure? Amazon told us. The latest dispatch from Jeff Bezos’ Seattle seat of power yesterday narrowed the race for the honor of hosting his company’s secondary headquarters from a crowded field of 200-some proposals to a field of 20,...

Logan Paul leaves low-quality mark on Youtube

Logan Paul leaves low-quality mark on Youtube

By Thomas Wick | Columnist

January 18, 2018


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Since the beginning, the internet has been home to the most disgusting parts of pop culture. But recently, a crackdown on bad behavior on one of the internet’s biggest sites seems to be sparing its stars. Popular YouTube vlogger Logan Paul posted a video Dec. 31 of him and his friends exploring Aok...

Column: Pitt police, community get safety upgrade with Tasers, body cams

Column: Pitt police, community get safety upgrade with Tasers, body cams

By Jeremy Wang | Columnist

January 17, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Columns, Opinions

This isn’t the first time Chief James Loftus pushed to use technology to help his officers be more effective and better protect their communities. Prior to working with the University of Pittsburgh Police Department, Loftus held every sworn rank in the Miami-Dade Police Department between 1983 and ...

“Last Jedi” puts women in the lead

“Last Jedi” puts women in the lead

By Maggie Durwald | Columnist

January 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Not so long ago in a town not so far away, I ran around the house with a blanket for a cape and a blue plastic lightsaber, pretending to be Darth Vader. My twin brother favored Luke Skywalker. We spent hours clacking our lightsabers together and waving our hands wildly at each other in a frenetic dem...

Fraternities not lone sexual assault perpetrators

Fraternities not lone sexual assault perpetrators

By Charlotte Couch | For The Pitt News

January 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Imagine opening your email and seeing a new message — it contains a complex how-to guide for navigating parties and getting girls, and even a handy list of “the seven E’s of Hooking Up.” Though the message explicitly says “no raping” — thank goodness — the email’s subject line is d...

Libertarians lose in 2018 without the GOP

Libertarians lose in 2018 without the GOP

By Noah Manalo | For The Pitt News

January 11, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

After a year of hurricanes devastating countries, terror attacks shaking citizens and a seemingly endless number of cultural influencers losing their reputations and their lives, many are looking to 2018 with a mixture of caution and optimism. But hopeless optimism isn’t limited to just apolitical hopes...

Self-awareness snaps unconscious biases

Self-awareness snaps unconscious biases

By Vaibhavi Patria | Columnist

January 10, 2018


Filed under Columns

Imagine you’re walking down Forbes Avenue one afternoon, and suddenly a man wearing a ski mask grabs your backpack and sprints away. You call the police immediately, and although the backpack is nowhere to be found, they’ve arrested two men who match your description of the perpetrator. You’re ta...

Women in Hollywood won’t solve sexism alone

Women in Hollywood won’t solve sexism alone

By Henry Glitz | Opinions Editor

January 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Hating on Hollywood — the home of the unattainably beautiful and fabulously wealthy — has always been easy for those of us living in Pittsburgh’s somewhat colder climate. But with last weekend’s Golden Globe Awards marking the end of a year full of scandals and sexual misconduct in the entert...

Homes for the Holiday: Vignettes from winter break

Homes for the Holiday: Vignettes from winter break

By The Pitt News Staff

January 8, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It’s a strange feeling to realize that each person passing you on the street has a complex life all their own — but hardly an exclusive one. It’s so common, in fact, that in 2012 writer John Koenig coined a new word, “sonder,” to describe it. As throngs of students return to the sidewalks on campus, many might...

Dream both big and small in 2018

Dream both big and small in 2018

By Henry Glitz | Opinions Editor

January 8, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When I joined this newspaper’s editorial staff around this time last year, I spent my first night on the job writing a column about how I thought our readers should approach the new year. The rapidly approaching prospects of a new president and a new job, along with my natural impulse to set grandiose start-of-t...

So long to Saturday finals

So long to Saturday finals

By Ben Sheppard | Columnist

December 11, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Opening PeopleSoft and finding your final exam dates is like opening your presents on Christmas — sometimes you’re elated, other times you’re more than a little let down. Discovering all your finals are on the first days of finals week, or earlier, is a feeling of pure joy. It’s like gett...

Put the fun back in finals

Put the fun back in finals

By Sarah Shearer | Senior Columnist

December 11, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“You can do this Tiana — you always make it through in the end,” Tiana Han says resolutely to herself. Han, a Pitt junior and biology major, lights a candle, settles into the desk in her apartment and gets down to business. She will only be there for a few hours at a time, though, taking break...

Christmas consumerism doesn’t make for war

Christmas consumerism doesn’t make for war

By Noah Manalo | For The Pitt News

December 8, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It’s not truly Christmastime in my family until we’re forced out into the cold for an impromptu caroling session around the neighborhood. Afterward, we’ll drive Downtown for an evening of ice-skating under Pittsburgh’s largest Christmas tree. Another, more unfortunate telltale sign of the season is the ree...

GOP tax plan threatens grad students the most

GOP tax plan threatens grad students the most

By Maggie Durwald | Columnist

December 7, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Uncategorized

The Republican Party has once again proven itself to be an enemy of science and higher education — this time in the form of its new tax plan, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. With a vote of 51-49 during the early hours of Dec. 1, the Senate passed the GOP’s latest plan — a draft riddled with last-minute revisions scribbled in its margins — just ho...

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