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Female empowerment: It’s not for everyone

By Jess Craig / Columnist

September 10, 2014

“Dear candidate, thank you for your application to our ballet academy. Unfortunately you have not been accepted. You lack the right feet, Achilles tendons, turnout, torso length and bust. You have the wrong body for ballet, and at 13 you are too old to be considered.”This plays in the background dur...

The power of friendship: Who needs a military?

The power of friendship: Who needs a military?

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

September 9, 2014

From an outside perspective, it seems as though the world is descending into chaos. With persistent headlines on the conflict in Ukraine and the unrest in the Middle East, the world may seem like a frightening place.While it is true that the world may “seem” frightening, that doesn’t necessarily warrant militar...

I don’t speak the language, but that culture don’t need explaining

By Simon Brown / Columnist

September 8, 2014

One wouldn’t expect to find much contemporary wisdom in any Jason Derulo song. But anyone who has endured hearing “Talk Dirty” can find in it a perspective toward global travel shared by too many study abroad programs. The somehow-popular song details Derulo’s international sexual exploits and...

Enough is enough: Treat abortion as a medical issue before discussing it

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

September 7, 2014

I grew up in a Christian household and learned early on that abortion was a subject best treated matter-of-factly — it’s simply immoral. But skirting around talk about abortion obstructs the path to possible solutions. Still, politicians and preachers alike have traditionally treated abortion similarl...

Contrary to popular belief, here’s five things millennials should be proud of

By Danielle Dyal / Columnist

September 4, 2014

Our generation does not have the best reputation. We constantly battle accusations of being unfocused — unless it’s on the latest trending hashtag — lazy, save for effort required to find the TV remote and ignorant, excluding the content of gossip-highlighted social media.What’s worse is that i...

Many reasons why listicles are nonsense

By Simon Brown / Columnist

September 3, 2014

There is a reason why the most profound writing in the English language cannot be sensibly expressed in BuzzFeed headlines. The list article — or “listicle” — as a genre cannot capture the irony and self-doubt that challenges readers’ sensibilities. Serious online news outlets and magazines ought...

Another student’s treasure: Why to buy used textbooks

By Thomas Helgerman / Columnist

September 2, 2014

With each new semester, students go textbook shopping — a fiscally painful experience that tends to start the year off on a sour note.A report this year by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund found that students spend, on average, $1,200 per year on textbooks and school supplies — this equates to just more than...

Skip the dates, find your mate

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

September 1, 2014

One of the most vivid memories I have from my first tour of Pitt is visiting Heinz Chapel, or rather, realizing what Heinz Chapel represented. As we made our way past the ornate building, my Pathfinder turned to face us and teased that it would be wise to register now for our eventual weddings because o...

Adulthood: Fifty shades of unoriginal

Adulthood: Fifty shades of unoriginal

By Channing Kaiser / Columnist

August 28, 2014

Creativity and imagination in adults isn’t nurtured in the same way it is in young children. Young kids are encouraged to make Play-Doh sculptures, play make-believe and have tea parties with their stuffed animals. At some point, arguably around middle school, that changes. In middle school, creativ...

Hashtag Activism: There’s more to charity than ice buckets

Hashtag Activism: There’s more to charity than ice buckets

By Jessica Craig / For the Pitt News

August 27, 2014

Charities and ice-cold water are no strangers to each other. The ALS Association — a nonprofit organization that raises money and promotes awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neurodegenerative disease —  adapted the Ice Bucket Challenge from a previous social media trend, the Cold Wat...

Mars One mission: Not the place for reality television

Mars One mission: Not the place for reality television

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

August 26, 2014

With an ambitious project aiming to create a permanent human settlement on Mars, the nonprofit foundation Mars One has given new meaning to the  “I don’t want to live on this planet anymore” internet meme.By 2023, the Dutch organization claims it will have established a permanent settlement on ...

Want to fix the Ivy League? Stop talking about them

By Simon Brown / Columnist

August 24, 2014

Americans hold strong feelings about a whole range of athletic divisions, conferences and leagues. None of these sources, however, engender discussion quite as earnest as the Ivy League. This may be because most Americans don’t realize that their membership in this association is actually all the ...

Liberals continue to make everything about race

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

August 24, 2014

The United States has a black Supreme Court justice, a half-black president and many successful black businessmen, but liberals are still constantly harping on race. Apparently, they are unaware that our modern society — where the black unemployment rate is twice as high as the white, and blacks are six...

Welcome Back: Rethinking the undergraduate economics curriculum

By Thomas Helgerman / Columnist

August 19, 2014

Following the financial crisis in 2007 and subsequent recession of 2007-2009, the discipline of economics began a soul-searching process of questioning its very foundations. Far from the arrogance that characterized the field during the 1990s and 2000s, economist Paul Krugman tackled the question “How Di...

Welcome Back: Immigrants: They’re here, they’re coming, get used to it

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

August 19, 2014

There was a point in my childhood when I considered myself an illegal immigrant. I was too young then to understand what being an “asylee” — a permanent refugee — meant, but old enough to understand that immigration was a problem and that illegal “aliens” were stealing our jobs and our pr...

Welcome Back: Picking your major will ultimately determine your happiness

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

August 19, 2014

Whether you know the minute you arrive on campus as a freshman or take a few semesters — or years — to figure it out, at some point in your college career, you will have to make the decision that will affect the rest of your life: your major. As soon as you choose the major that will be inscribe...

Welcome Back: Studying politics: It’s about real people, not abstract research

By Matt Barnes / Assistant Opinions Editor

August 19, 2014

Each fall, college freshmen arrive on campus eager to begin the next chapter of their lives. During this time, choosing an undergraduate academic discipline will be one of the most important decisions they make.For those interested in law, government or politics, political science seems like an obvious choice....

Summer Guide: A Modern Day Horror Story

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

July 15, 2014

Elliot Rodger’s autobiographical manifesto, “My Twisted World: The Story of Elliot Rodger,” is the modern-day “Frankenstein”. In a dramatic 137 pages, Rodger depicts a sad, confused “monster” unleashed into a culture and society that condemned him. Readers feel sorry for Frankenstein’s monster but...

Free speech: What is it good for anyway?

By Eli Talbert / For The Pitt News

July 8, 2014

It’s official. The Supreme Court has sold out to the Christian right. In an unanimous decision in the case of McCullen v. Coakley, the court struck down a Massachusetts law that created a 35-foot buffer area around abortion zones. The court declared the law unconstitutional on the strange and alien c...

VA medical scandal presents opportunity to right a wrong

By Jessica Craig / For The Pitt News

June 10, 2014

In response to the emerging evidence of falsified medical records and appointment times at the Phoenix VA Medical Center, President Obama took to his podium in Washington to call for nation-wide changes to veteran health care on May 21.Concerns about the quality of medical care at the veteran medical...

The best places to study on campus

The best places to study on campus

By Thomas Helgerman / Columnist

May 28, 2014

No matter where you turn, there are sure to be family, friends, teachers and others telling you the experiences you “have to have” in college. You’re probably looking online at all of the opportunities that the city of Pittsburgh has to offer.But often absent in the mounds of advice and laughabl...

10 ways college life can be like your favorite sitcom

By Bethel Habte / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2014

Let’s face it, real life can be unpleasant, but life with a laugh track is exciting.Even though you’re probably not going to be besties with any of the random strangers you met on your class’s Facebook page, and you may end up hating the roommate you requested, but can’t complain because, after ...

Hop aboard the 54D: Leave Oakland & explore

Hop aboard the 54D: Leave Oakland & explore

By Simon Brown / Columnist

May 28, 2014

When you first visited Pitt during your college search, you were inevitably greeted with brochures and pamphlets promoting the University. These pamphlets displayed glossy photos of the Cathedral of Learning, the storied incline at Mount Washington and perhaps even PNC Park or Heinz Field along the shim...

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