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Opinion | Serious March horoscopes

Opinion | Serious March horoscopes

By Allison Dantinne, Senior Staff Columnist

March 21, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Just some rigorous and serious March horoscopes. These are arguably the most accurate March horoscopes that can be found today.

Opinion | Anti-hate resolution overshadows anti-Semitism

Opinion | Anti-hate resolution overshadows anti-Semitism

By Ana Altchek, Staff Columnist

March 21, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

While the resolution began as a direct response to Omar’s anti-Semitism, it quickly transgressed into a wishy-washy general prerogative to abstain from all forms of hatred.

Opinion | Stand up for sex workers: Cancel the hackathon

Opinion | Stand up for sex workers: Cancel the hackathon

By Jason Henriquez, Staff Columnist

March 19, 2019


Filed under Columns

The hackathon does not explicitly mention sex workers in its promotions, but it is likely it will ultimately target them and others.

Opinion | Know violence in vocabulary

Opinion | Know violence in vocabulary

By Leah Mensch, Staff Columnist

March 19, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In Mexico City, Valeria Luiselli is a name most households know and love. In the United States, the author is lesser known, though that’s begun to change.

Opinion | Debate and Disney: Vignettes from spring break

Opinion | Debate and Disney: Vignettes from spring break

By The Pitt News Staff

March 17, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Julia Kreutzer, Staff Columnist   While it seems all of my friends spent their breaks indulging in snacks by the pool or exploring exotic travel destinations, my spring break reverted me back to my prime form: high school speech and debate competitions. In high school, I spent weekend after weekend compe...

Opinion | Market Impossible: 12 Hours in Market Central

Opinion | Market Impossible: 12 Hours in Market Central

By Allison Dantinne, Senior Staff Columnist

March 7, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I spent from 9 a.m to 9 p.m. on Saturday in Market, learning about Market, coming to understand Market and, eventually, becoming Market.

Opinion | Smollett case overshadows truth of hate crimes

Opinion | Smollett case overshadows truth of hate crimes

By Mackenzie Oster, Staff Columnist

March 7, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Smollett’s publicity stunt is disrespectful to those who have had to face such violent discrimination, and this case is not worthy of the headlines and publicity that encompass it.

Opinion | People deserve to know menstrual product ingredients

Opinion | People deserve to know menstrual product ingredients

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Columnist

March 6, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The FDA must reclassify feminine hygiene products to force manufacturers to label tampons with their ingredients so women can make informed choices.

Opinion | Bust the filibuster

Opinion | Bust the filibuster

By Devi Ruia, For The Pitt News

March 5, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The Senate filibuster isn’t exactly the top issue of the 2020 presidential election. But while it may not be talked about as much as climate change, health care or gun violence, it could be the key to passing legislation regarding these issues.

Opinion | American education system should distance itself from grades

Opinion | American education system should distance itself from grades

By Kelly Loftus, Staff Columnist

March 3, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I believe in educative structure. I believe in academic integrity. But I also believe that somewhere, we went wrong. We, as a society, need to reevaluate our current system of grading in order to institute something more just and constructive

Opinion | The Forbes Street Market buyer’s guide

Opinion | The Forbes Street Market buyer’s guide

By Allison Dantinne, Senior Staff Columnist

March 1, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Here’s a guide to avoiding Forbes Street Market markups, while still buying the food you want.

Opinion | Matching Pell grants isn’t enough

Opinion | Matching Pell grants isn’t enough

By Emily Pinigis, Staff Columnist

February 28, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

For students who already received a Pell Grant, it’s a wonderful effort by Pitt to help alleviate some of their costs and worries. But for the students who don’t qualify, the effort leaves them in the dust.

Opinion | Tumblr’s porn ban hurts sex workers

Opinion | Tumblr’s porn ban hurts sex workers

By Cammy Morsberger, Staff Columnist

February 27, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

By banning NSFW content, Tumblr will inevitably hurt sex workers, adult models and their businesses in the process.

Opinion | Olympic breakdancing would promote inclusion

Opinion | Olympic breakdancing would promote inclusion

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Columnist

February 26, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The inclusion of break dancing, as well as other nontraditional sports, is an important step towards the goal of keeping the Olympic games modern. The IOC should include break dancing in the Paris 2024 program if it wants to keep the games fresh, relevant and inclusive.

Opinion | We need to talk about orthorexia

Opinion | We need to talk about orthorexia

By Leah Mensch, Staff Columnist

February 25, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Since orthorexia’s symptoms can be difficult to recognize, opening a conversation about it is vital to helping adults, teenagers and health care providers recognize it at an early stage.

Opinion | Scientifically tested horoscopes

Opinion | Scientifically tested horoscopes

By Allison Dantinne, Senior Staff Columnist

February 22, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

These horoscopes have been scientifically tested - rigorously, too.

Opinion | Gillibrand’s ‘Women-Plus’ campaign is exactly what we need right now

Opinion | Gillibrand’s ‘Women-Plus’ campaign is exactly what we need right now

By Devi Ruia, For The Pitt News

February 21, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Her "Women-Plus" campaign could prove to be the perfect strategy for her, and one that the American people need to witness — regardless of whether or not she gets the nomination.

Opinion | Tinder: 1 star

Opinion | Tinder: 1 star

By Ana Altchek, Staff Columnist

February 20, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

With social media, love is not quite as romantic. Technology has seemingly transformed dating into a game of swiping left and right.

Opinion | Pa. is misguidedly trying to make video games a taxable sin

Opinion | Pa. is misguidedly trying to make video games a taxable sin

By Thomas Wick, Staff Columnist

February 19, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Politicians have been trying to pin the blame for school shootings on violent video games for years, even though it’s a dated concept.

Opinion | The importance of using gender-neutral vocabulary

Opinion | The importance of using gender-neutral vocabulary

By Anne Marie Yurik, Staff Columnist

February 18, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Pronouns, for the cisgender community, might not seem like a big deal. But many individuals who identify as non-binary lose accurate representation and feel excluded when people are unfamiliar with the gendered phrasing they’re using.

Poetry | Society’s Man

By Samir Yellapragada, For The Pitt News

February 14, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In his spoken word poem "Society's Man," Samir Yellapragada explores concepts of insecurity and toxic masculinity.

Opinion | Non-inclusive sex ed puts LGBTQ+ youth at risk

Opinion | Non-inclusive sex ed puts LGBTQ+ youth at risk

By Julia Kreutzer, Staff Columnist

February 14, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

To decrease the number of LGBTQ+ individuals put at risk, inclusive education is needed to keep students safe and encourage security in their sexual and gender identities.

Opinion | Leave vaginas out of feminism

Opinion | Leave vaginas out of feminism

By Leah Mensch, Staff Columnist

February 14, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The vagina has become a symbol of resistance against female oppression, but the female gender is much more complicated than a body part.

Opinion | Thank the people, not the politicians

Opinion | Thank the people, not the politicians

By Jason Henriquez, Staff Columnist

February 13, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Politicians may try to take credit for doing these things to keep their seats safe, but they did not spark the movements behind these changes: the people did.

Opinion | New York sets example with new abortion law

Opinion | New York sets example with new abortion law

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Columnist

February 12, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The legislation is a landmark victory in the fight for women’s reproductive health-care rights.

Opinion | Virginia needs to get it together

Opinion | Virginia needs to get it together

By Devi Ruia, For The Pitt News

February 10, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

For these men to keep their positions would not only be an insult to the people of Virginia, but a terrible stain on the entire Democratic Party. All of them men should either resign or be removed from office.

Poetry | Reflections

Poetry | Reflections

By Emily Pinigis, Staff Columnist

February 8, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In her poem “Reflections,” Emily Pinigis looks at the world in a different way:

Opinion | Online petitions: not always a useful form of activism

Opinion | Online petitions: not always a useful form of activism

By Julia Kreutzer, Staff Columnist

February 7, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

While a snow day seems a welcomed result of these petitions, making decisions based on a few thousand online signatures has much larger implications — students overestimate their influence and go above those with authority.

Opinion | Corporate and Afraid: An office survival guide

Opinion | Corporate and Afraid: An office survival guide

By Allison Dantinne, Senior Staff Columnist

February 6, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

This Office Survival Guide will help you assimilate to office culture faster than you can type “please advise” at the end of an email to a coworker.

Opinion | Unpaid internships: When the costs outweigh the benefits

Opinion | Unpaid internships: When the costs outweigh the benefits

By Leah Mensch, Staff Columnist

February 6, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Unpaid internships are a socioeconomic privilege. For students who depend on the summer months as time to gather funds to pay off loans or put food in the fridge, the unpaid internship is nothing short of a burden.

Opinion | We need to make the internet a safer place

Opinion | We need to make the internet a safer place

By Mackenzie Oster, Staff Columnist

February 5, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Social media sites have developed into places where people build themselves up by tearing other users down, whether by demeaningly voicing an opinion or starting unnecessary fights. The internet must become a safer, more civil space if we expect our discourse there to be healthy and productive.

Opinion | The immorality of romanticizing a serial killer

Opinion | The immorality of romanticizing a serial killer

By Ana Altchek, Staff Columnist

February 4, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Rather than expose the actions of a psychopathic criminal, the movie is trending all over social media because of Bundy’s good looks and supposed charm.

Opinion | Decent, good and chaotic: a glimpse into life on the Port Authority 71C

Opinion | Decent, good and chaotic: a glimpse into life on the Port Authority 71C

By Allison Dantinne, Staff Columnist

January 31, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The public bus is an interesting gathering of Pittsburgh’s citizens, a demented family reunion featuring a wild cast of characters all wishing to achieve something and go somewhere.

Opinion | Venezuelan crisis shouldn’t be US opportunity

Opinion | Venezuelan crisis shouldn’t be US opportunity

By Jason Henriquez, Staff Columnist

January 31, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Even a cursory examination of regional history shows that in every case a regime far more authoritarian and oppressive than the preceding government took power through force and violence.

Opinion | US justified in recognizing Guaido as Venezuelan president

Opinion | US justified in recognizing Guaido as Venezuelan president

By Josh Beylinson, Staff Columnist

January 31, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The majority of the Venezuelan opposition and our allied countries in Latin America have also stated they will not support foreign military intervention in Venezuela, so that option should be off the table. Sanctions against state-run oil companies within Venezuela are a much better plan.

Opinion | Bashing millennials is a risky move for Trump

Opinion | Bashing millennials is a risky move for Trump

By Julia Kreutzer, For The Pitt News

January 30, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The last thing Trump should do is criticize a generation that could, and likely will, mobilize against him next November.

Opinion | As STD rates rise, more comprehensive sex ed is needed

Opinion | As STD rates rise, more comprehensive sex ed is needed

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Columnist

January 29, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

With STD cases reaching a new high of 110 million in 2017, federal law needs to stop funding ineffectual education practices in public schools for the sake of the population’s health.

Opinion | Gillette commercial deserves attention, thought

Opinion | Gillette commercial deserves attention, thought

By Anne Marie Yurik, Staff Columnist

January 28, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Gillette’s newest commercial poses a question that upset America’s men, even though it is one women face every day: Is this the best you can be?

Opinion | Online call-out culture cancels real activism

Opinion | Online call-out culture cancels real activism

By Leah Mensch, For The Pitt News

January 25, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Whether he is praised or criticized, the president is known for his tweeting. Donald Trump is not the only American who utilizes social media platforms to express political viewpoints, though.The second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Trump sparked 61.67 million interactions among Fac...

Opinion | Ode to Rite Aid

Opinion | Ode to Rite Aid

By Maggie Koontz, Senior Staff Columnist

January 23, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Going to pick up a couple of items should be pretty straightforward, and with Rite Aid, it totally is. Activities like dodging the scaffolding beams as I walk down the sidewalk and watching all those white plastic tarps flutter in the wind are just business as usual in Oakland.

Column | Pittsburgh gun bills fail civil rights and safety

Column | Pittsburgh gun bills fail civil rights and safety

By Jeremy Wang, Assistant Opinions Editor

January 22, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Pittsburgh’s proposed gun control ordinances were cobbled together by cutting and pasting pieces from ineffective and outdated laws. The results are policies that experts say have serious civil rights implications — without making the City any safer.

Opinion | TikTok: time to use parental controls

Opinion | TikTok: time to use parental controls

By Josh Beylinson, Columnist

January 22, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

While limiting a child’s access to social media will certainly provoke protest and complaining, in the long run, it is worth it and protects children from being taken advantage of.

Opinion | Accurate, peer-reviewed horoscopes

Opinion | Accurate, peer-reviewed horoscopes

By Allison Dantinne, Staff Columnist

January 17, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Do you use Apple Music? Do you enjoy it? Do you like to pop, and lock, and jam, and break? Reconsider this stance, Aquarius.

Opinion | Battle Royale: attack of the Fortnite clones

Opinion | Battle Royale: attack of the Fortnite clones

By Thomas Wick, Staff Columnist

January 17, 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 15, 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 14, 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 11, 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 8, 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 7, 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 7, 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 10, 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 10, 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 10, 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 3, 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 30, 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 12, 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 2, 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 30, 2018


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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


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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 26, 2018


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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


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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


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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 25, 2018


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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 16, 2018


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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.

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