The Pitt News

Opinion | Democratic debate blurbs: the good, the bad and the Biden

Opinion | Democratic debate blurbs: the good, the bad and the Biden

By Julia Kreutzer, Senior Staff Columnist

September 15, 2019

While less chaotic than the previous debates, Thursday night did not disappoint on delivering catchy one liners, cat fights and some extremely powerful statements.

Poetry | College

Poetry | College

By Emily Pingis, Staff Columnist

September 12, 2019

To the left, A career in mathematics To the right, A path of dramatics

Opinion | Point: Want student workers? Pay them

Opinion | Point: Want student workers? Pay them

By Grace McGinness, Staff Columnist

September 11, 2019

Student job is a vague term that could be used to include every job from a dishwasher in the dining halls to research assistant in a biochemical lab.

Opinion | In defense of an out-of-field internship

Opinion |  In defense of an out-of-field internship

By Julia Kreutzer, Senior Staff Columnist

September 11, 2019

Though experiences like these are invaluable, an often-overlooked asset to building a resumé is an out-of-field internship.

Opinion | LinkedIn Horoscopes

Opinion | LinkedIn Horoscopes

By Allison Dantinne, Senior Staff Columnist

September 11, 2019

Here are some tips, directly from the stars, to help you optimize your LinkedIn experience.

Opinion | Counterpoint: Raising minimum wage won’t help students

Opinion | Counterpoint: Raising minimum wage won’t help students

By Michael Clifford, For The Pitt News

September 11, 2019

The host of “living wage” arguments are weakly founded.

Opinion | 5 things you should know before working retail

Opinion | 5 things you should know before working retail

By Mackenzie Oster, Staff Columnist

September 11, 2019

Before you find yourself in the midst of the retail world, here are five things that I wish I had known before working in the industry.

Opinion | Leave the vapes alone

Opinion | Leave the vapes alone

By Josh Beylinson, Staff Columnist

September 10, 2019

Banning flavored e-cigarettes only punishes adults by eliminating a safer alternative to cigarettes while doing nothing to improve the health of America’s minors.

Opinion | Candidates who didn’t qualify for the September debate need to drop out

Opinion | Candidates who didn’t qualify for the September debate need to drop out

By Devi Ruia, Staff Columnist

September 9, 2019

The Iowa caucus is still about five months away, and already people are starting to feel fatigued from the Democratic Primary.

Opinion | The art of saying “no”

Opinion | The art of saying “no”

By Julia Kreutzer, Senior Staff Columnist

September 8, 2019

While saying no can feel uncomfortable and even unnatural, recognizing we don’t always have to agree is instrumental in protecting our mental health.

Satire | Movies to watch on a first date

Satire | Movies to watch on a first date

By Genna Edwards, For The Pitt News

September 5, 2019

I’ve compiled a selection of films that will clue you in to whether or not your date is a misogynist. He may not think you deserve the right to vote, but how can you figure that out without asking him outright?

Opinion | University shouldn’t remove “Pitt,” “Panther” from club names

Opinion | University shouldn’t remove “Pitt,” “Panther” from club names

By Hayden Timmins, Staff Columnist

September 5, 2019

Pitt’s attempt to control every aspect of a club is insulting to the student-run organizations in accordance with Pitt policies and will be devastating to their brands.

Opinion | Expand the use of OERs

Opinion | Expand the use of OERs

By Mackenzie Oster, Staff Columnist

September 4, 2019

Students should take full advantage of the resources that the University offers, especially since the University has implemented Open Educational Resources.

Opinion | Using social media for social change

Opinion | Using social media for social change

By Ana Altchek, Staff Columnist

September 2, 2019

In wake of the devastating Amazon fires, it seems like Instagram users have picked up a new trend of posting climate-related articles and memos to their stories.

Satire | Back to school horoscopes

Satire | Back to school horoscopes

By Allison Dantinne, Senior Staff Columnist

August 29, 2019

Look to the stars for some answers, because Kevin in the second-to-last row of your biology lecture sure isn’t going to provide any insight.

Opinion | We should all find time to read

Opinion | We should all find time to read

By Leah Mensch, Assistant Opinions Editor

August 28, 2019

It’s a shame that we don’t read for pleasure as much during the school year, because with reading comes so many other benefits that improve the quality of everyday life.

Opinion | Freshman year is hard, and social media makes it worse

Opinion | Freshman year is hard, and social media makes it worse

By Sarah Connor, Contributing Editor

August 27, 2019

Your first year of college is inevitably hard, and I want all current first-years to know that if you’re not having the time of your life right now like everyone else seems to be, that’s okay.

Opinion | Preventative sexual assault measures needed on campuses

Opinion | Preventative sexual assault measures needed on campuses

By Genna Edwards, For the Pitt News

August 26, 2019

Following the Ruskin Incident, the overarching safety issue was not, and is still not resolved. The ubiquitous worry remains.

Opinion | Action needed to curb tuition increases

Opinion | Action needed to curb tuition increases

By Josh Beylinson, Staff Columnist

August 25, 2019

In order to curb tuition increases, Pitt should find ways to make money that don’t rely on students bearing the financial brunt of every project the school decides to pursue.

Meet the editors: Opinions

By The Pitt News Opinions Editors

August 25, 2019

We’re proud and excited to analyze local and world news in a way that stimulates conversation and debate on campus.

Opinion | Summer of creativity: vignettes from summer break

Opinion | Summer of creativity: vignettes from summer break

By The Pitt News Staff

August 25, 2019

To start off the Year of Creativity, our columnist share some summer experiences in which they displayed a sense of creativity.

Opinion | 5 tips to minimize stress and maximize success

Opinion |  5 tips to minimize stress and maximize success

By Mackenzie Oster, Staff Columnist

August 23, 2019

So, before you find yourself in the same situation when the new school year begins, here's a few things to do differently this semester to minimize stress and maximize success.

Top 10 | Restaurants to hit when you get back to school

Top 10 | Restaurants to hit when you get back to school

By Julia Kreutzer, Senior Staff Columnist

August 22, 2019

Here are my top 10 restaurants that I can’t wait to be reunited with.

Opinion | Pitt News opinions desk family newsletter

Opinion | Pitt News opinions desk family newsletter

By Allison Dantinne, Senior Staff Columnist

August 21, 2019

It’s been a busy summer for The Pitt News opinions desk, but all that hustling and bustling must feather out as August approaches and we start our preparations for the fast-approaching school year.

Opinion | South Oakland could be beautiful if we just tried

Opinion | South Oakland could be beautiful if we just tried

By Grace McGinness, Staff Columnist

August 20, 2019

It’s understandable — walk along a South O avenue and you’ll notice a plethora of overflowing trash cans and unmowed lawns.

Opinion |  5 niche courses that fulfill your gen ed requirements

Opinion |  5 niche courses that fulfill your gen ed requirements

By Leah Mensch, Opinions Editor

August 19, 2019

These are a few niche courses that also fulfill general education requirements. 

Opinion | Summer bodies do not require body transformation or weight loss

Opinion | Summer bodies do not require body transformation or weight loss

By Anne Marie Yurik, Staff Columnist

July 16, 2019

Nobody needs to alter, change or conceal their natural shape simply because it is summertime.

Satire | 5 classic novels to take to the beach this summer

Satire | 5 classic novels to take to the beach this summer

By Leah Mensch, Opinions Editor

July 16, 2019

The Goodreads Popular Beach Read Books ranking has gone live, and there is only one thing to do with this list. Print it out, crumple it in a ball and recycle it.

Satire | Summer: The Flaming Oakland Trash Pile of Seasons

Satire | Summer: The Flaming Oakland Trash Pile of Seasons

By Allison Dantinne, Senior Staff Columnist

July 16, 2019

If I took anything from the hot second I spent in Physics 1 before withdrawing, it’s that what goes up must come down. I believe this law must also apply to weather. Therefore, what must be cold will eventually become hot. And hot it has become.

Opinion | Want to break the glass ceiling? Stop focusing on gender

Opinion | Want to break the glass ceiling? Stop focusing on gender

By Julia Kreutzer, Senior Staff Columnist

July 9, 2019

Focusing on anything other than candidates’ abilities is not only a slap in the face to women who have spent their lives fighting to serve the country, but also hinders our ability to get the best person for the job. 

Point-Counterpoint | Good riddance to PittStart

Point-Counterpoint | Good riddance to PittStart

By Grace McGinness, Staff Columnist

July 1, 2019

While the intentions of the former orientation program appeared well-meaning on paper, the program was redundant, inconvenient and unhelpful.

Point-Counterpoint | The case for PittStart

Point-Counterpoint | The case for PittStart

By Josh Beylinson, Staff Columnist

July 1, 2019

While Panther Connect offers many of the same things seen in PittStart, there were many features of PittStart that made it a much better program.

Opinion | 4 tips for prioritizing mental health in the transition to college

Opinion | 4 tips for prioritizing mental health in the transition to college

By Julia Kreutzer, Staff Columnist

June 30, 2019

Looking at how my first year at Pitt actually unfolded, though, I recognize that while I did enjoy the freedom and novelty, I had not anticipated the feelings of anxiety and loneliness that can come with uprooting one’s life and diving headfirst into a completely new environment.

Opinion | Residence Hall Horoscopes

Opinion | Residence Hall Horoscopes

By Allison Dantinne, Senior Staff Columnist

June 29, 2019

Just like you, each of Pitt’s residence halls has its own distinct character.

Opinion | The first year: What I wish I knew

Opinion | The first year: What I wish I knew

By Mackenzie Oster, Staff Columnist

June 29, 2019

Before the class of 2023 officially arrives at Pitt, I want to present five things that I wish I had known before setting foot on campus.

Opinion | 5 reasons you shouldn’t worry about the freshman 15

Opinion | 5 reasons you shouldn’t worry about the freshman 15

By Leah Mensch, Opinions Editor

June 28, 2019

You shouldn’t ruin your first year of college worrying about the freshman 15, especially when there really isn’t evidence to support it in the first place.

Opinion | A double major isn’t always the right choice

Opinion | A double major isn’t always the right choice

By Grace McGinness, Staff Columnist

June 28, 2019

While earning multiple degrees sounds fancy on paper, it might not always be practical.

Opinion | A leftist push won’t help Democrats

Opinion | A leftist push won’t help Democrats

By Michael Clifford, For The Pitt News

June 25, 2019

There is still room for a moderate to take the nomination and defeat Trump.

Opinion | June Horoscopes

Opinion | June Horoscopes

By Allison Dantinne, Senior Staff Columnist

June 18, 2019

Summer is upon us. The weather becomes hot. The air becomes sticky. The Geminis finally crawl back into the wretched pits from whence we came. There is a sense of calm. Check your horoscope to see what else the stars have in store for you this Cancer season.

Opinion | The ideal way to corporatize LGBTQ+ identity

Opinion | The ideal way to corporatize LGBTQ+ identity

By Grace McGinness, Staff Columnist

June 12, 2019

While the corporatization can be bad, there are ways to ethically market LGBTQ+ inclusiveness. Companies need to adopt these principles, and it is our job to hold them accountable.

Opinion | Pride can be both political and a party

Opinion | Pride can be both political and a party

By Julia Kreutzer, Staff Columist

June 11, 2019

While Pride in 2019 is far different than Stonewall, if executed with respect, it can be an incredible time to both toast to how far we’ve come and push for continued progress. It is imperative that members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies alike push for the continued growth of Pride events in ways that support and include everyone in the community.

Opinion | Time to execute the death penalty

Opinion | Time to execute the death penalty

By Leah Mensch, Opinions Editor

June 4, 2019

The United States is one of the few developed countries in which the death penalty is still legal in certain places, despite it being an inhumane and outdated form of punishment. The practice is also expensive, irreversible and ineffective when it comes to curbing criminal offenses.

Opinion | Candidate “electability” argument isn’t relevant

Opinion | Candidate “electability” argument isn’t relevant

By Devi Ruia, Staff Columnist

May 28, 2019

People don’t seem to understand what they’re saying when they talk about electability or what a self-fulfilling prophecy it becomes, and voting for the candidate they deem most “electable” in the Democratic primary instead of the candidate they genuinely want isn’t a good way to go about things.

Opinion | The Trump boom can’t last

Opinion | The Trump boom can’t last

By Michael Clifford, For The Pitt News

May 22, 2019

Mixed economic signals are popping up everywhere that suggest a downturn soon. Given the uncertainty, it would be wise to hold a skeptical outlook for the near future.

Opinion | Electing a Democrat in 2020 is our best hope for curbing gun violence

Opinion | Electing a Democrat in 2020 is our best hope for curbing gun violence

By Julia Kreutzer, Staff Columnist

May 14, 2019

In order to protect our children and collective morality, further action must be taken by lawmakers in efforts to curb the rate of gun violence. Electing a Democrat in the upcoming 2020 presidential election is America’s chance to take a stance against our gun problem.

TPN senior send-offs

TPN senior send-offs

By The Pitt News Staff

April 21, 2019

TPN is saying goodbye to five graduating members of its staff this year who have all made an impact on the paper and their peers.

Opinion | It is finals week, and I must scream

Opinion | It is finals week, and I must scream

By Kim Rooney, Contributing Editor

April 21, 2019

There is a long tradition of screaming in response to stress, whether it is during labor or for funerals or even postmortem as banshees.

Opinion | I tried to de-stress by cooking. It didn’t go well

Opinion | I tried to de-stress by cooking. It didn’t go well

By Grace McGinness, Staff Columnist

April 21, 2019

Studying could wait until tomorrow. Tonight I was going to eat good — a homemade meal and an Oscar-nominated film in front of me.

Opinion | 5 ways to relieve stress through comedy

Opinion | 5 ways to relieve stress through comedy

By Allison Dantinne, Senior Staff Columnist

April 21, 2019

When finals season rolls around, it’s hard to not feel the crushing weight of the world on your shoulders. It’s hard not to see your GPA in physical form, beating you over the head for taking a “What ocean sponge are you?” quiz instead of paying attention to the lecture.

Opinion | “Game of Thrones” Characters as 2020 Presidential Candidates

Opinion | “Game of Thrones” Characters as 2020 Presidential Candidates

By Devi Ruia, Staff Columnist

April 18, 2019

With “Game of Thrones” returning this past Sunday for its final season, here are the characters that most closely align with 2020 Presidential Candidates.

Opinion: It’s OK to move back home after college

Opinion: It’s OK to move back home after college

By Ana Altchek, Staff Columnist

April 17, 2019

A record 36% of college seniors were expected to move back home for at least a year upon college graduation in 2016. Despite their good reason to do so, there is a lingering stigma of laziness and failure that surrounds those who do.

Opinion | Top 10 things even scarier than Roc’s new look

Opinion | Top 10 things even scarier than Roc’s new look

By Julia Kreutzer, Staff Columnist

April 16, 2019

Pitt's new Panther logo strikes fear not only in the hearts of the competition but students as well. Here are 10 things even scarier than Roc’s new look.

Poetry | Grocery Shopping

Poetry | Grocery Shopping

By Grace McGinness, Staff Columnist

April 15, 2019

Enter the house where nature lies still. Where it’s pinned to the platter prepared to my order. Ignore the soft smell of the flowers from where they crowd around the door stuffed in pots and hanging from wires. Pulled up from their roots slowly dying but their bursts of colors are so ...

Opinion | Public schools should only permit vaccine exemptions for medical reasons

Opinion | Public schools should only permit vaccine exemptions for medical reasons

By Leah Mensch, Senior Staff Columnist

April 14, 2019

For the safety of all children, public schools should limit their vaccine exemptions to medical conditions only.

Poetry | I wish I had a kite

Poetry | I wish I had a kite

By Emily Pinigis, Staff Columnist

April 11, 2019

I wish I had a kite So I may cast away my worries into the heavens The world from above would be a marvelous sight If I only had a kite I wish I had a kite So my soul could fly among the birds And I could be free and light If I only had a kite I wish I had a kite So the wind may guide me w...

Opinion | Must drinking always lead to debauchery?

Opinion | Must drinking always lead to debauchery?

By Grace McGinness, Staff Columnist

April 10, 2019

For all the people who don’t need or don’t want to throw a roof-blasting banger every weekend, here are some activities that are just as good — if not better — than screaming like a lunatic in a South O basement.

Opinion | Drunk horoscopes

Opinion | Drunk horoscopes

By Allison Dantinne, Senior Staff Columnist

April 10, 2019

It’s easy to have a hard time figuring out the right drink for you. Why not bring the stars to the bars? It’s time to let your sign determine your drink order.

Opinion | Legalize sex work to protect sex workers

Opinion | Legalize sex work to protect sex workers

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Columnist

April 9, 2019

Decriminalization and legalization of sex work will protect sex workers, who currently are exposed to abuses without the protection of the law.

Opinion | It’s time to limit plastic bag consumption

Opinion | It’s time to limit plastic bag consumption

By Leah Mensch, Senior Staff Columnist

April 7, 2019

It’s time for Pennsylvania to take the initiative and limit its single-use plastic bag consumption.

Poetry | An ode to the molds of my mind

Poetry | An ode to the molds of my mind

By Mackenzie Oster, Staff Columnist

April 5, 2019

I think the way I do In honor of every girl That used my shoulders To reach the highest shelf And every boy That used the reflection In my bulging eyes To see themselves more clearly I think the way I do In tribute to those That have decid  ed That dimming every switch Hurts less ...

Opinion | In defense of the nap

Opinion | In defense of the nap

By Leah Mensch, Senior Staff Columnist

April 3, 2019

There is a well-known narrative of the college student who falls into an insidious napping pattern, stops attending lecture and then fails all of the semester’s classes.

Opinion | Our police deserve better mental health care

Opinion | Our police deserve better mental health care

By Jeremy Wang, Assistant Opinions Editor

April 2, 2019

Police in America faced a deadly year in 2018 with 144 line of duty deaths. Far less attention is paid to police suicides, which are just as deadly.

Opinion | Don’t discount Mayor Pete

Opinion | Don’t discount Mayor Pete

By Devi Ruia, Staff Columnist

April 2, 2019

Despite his youth, Buttigieg has an impressive resumé and shouldn’t be discounted in the 2020 race.

Opinion | How to prank your friends with Brad Pitt’s face

Opinion | How to prank your friends with Brad Pitt’s face

By Allison Dantinne, Senior Staff Columnist

April 1, 2019

Have you ever wanted to pull off the perfect April Fools’ Day prank without resorting to extremes to carry out your shenanigans? This year, prank your friends while honoring one of America’s greatest figures: Brad Pitt.

Poetry | Brass Knuckles for a Demon

Poetry | Brass Knuckles for a Demon

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Columnist

March 28, 2019

In her villanelle poem, Delilah Bourque reflects on her fears and her own creations.

Op-ed: Memory of Antwon Rose denied justice

Op-ed: Memory of Antwon Rose denied justice

By Black Action Society of the University of Pittsburgh

March 28, 2019

To the Black community of Pittsburgh: with each passing acquittal, we are blatantly shown our value in the eyes of those designated to “protect us.”

Opinion | Trump’s executive order for free speech is ineffective

Opinion | Trump’s executive order for free speech is ineffective

By Hayden Timmins, Staff Columnist

March 27, 2019

The order states that the government can withhold federal funds if the school is deemed to have violated the First Amendment, but it offers no specific way of determining this.

Opinion | Social media outlets need to deplatform white supremacists

Opinion | Social media outlets need to deplatform white supremacists

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Columnist

March 25, 2019

Social media companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter need to step up their actions against white supremacists and bigoted provocateurs.

Opinion | Pa. marijuana legalization necessary

Opinion | Pa. marijuana legalization necessary

By Julia Kreutzer, Staff Columnist

March 24, 2019

In the push for meaningfully combating racist practices, creating legal opportunities for medicinal and recreational marijuana users and bolstering the state’s economy, approving SB 350 is an instrumental move.

Opinion | Serious March horoscopes

Opinion | Serious March horoscopes

By Allison Dantinne, Senior Staff Columnist

March 21, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper
Columns