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Westboro Baptist Church not a threat to marriage equality

By Adrianne Glenn / For The Pitt News

November 3, 2014

The Westboro Baptist Church has found a new arena to take its message — the federal courts. The church is working to defend Kansas’s same-sex marriage ban. It has asked to be a defendant in the case because it claimed that Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt could not adequately represent the ...

An appeal for volunteerism: If not for others, do it for you

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

November 2, 2014

Telling people that they should volunteer is like telling them that they should donate a kidney. Both sentiments invoke an unnecessary moral burden. Don’t worry, I won’t tell you that you should volunteer. Rather, I’ll tell you how volunteering can actually benefit you. Let’s be honest, we’re a...

Behind the veil: Misconceptions and stereotypes that Muslim women face

Behind the veil: Misconceptions and stereotypes that Muslim women face

By Courtney Linder / Columnist

October 30, 2014

The United States is a nation built upon ideals of religious freedom. But our notion of religious “freedom” is entirely western-centric, which leads to misunderstanding and, sometimes, hatred of religious practices we are not used to.Take the practices of Islam, for instance. Under-informed individu...

Women and minority inclusion: What the sciences can learn from the humanities

By Simon Brown / Columnist

October 29, 2014

In a decade of declining enrollments in humanities classes with a limited attention to public discourse, the question of how the humanities can learn from the sciences has taken on a particular pertinence. It may be a bold claim, then, to assert that historians and literary scholars can teach biologists and p...

American media coverage of the Ebola crisis is alarmist, one-sided

By Thomas Helgerman / Columnist

October 28, 2014

Since the Ebola outbreak began a couple of months ago, the mainstream media has made some facts about the virus abundantly clear.First, the virus poses a serious threat to several countries in West Africa, particularly Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Second, a more concerted international effort is needed to counter the spread of the disease both within and from affli...

Why the double standard? Violence and sex in pop culture

By Andrew Boschert / Columnist

October 27, 2014

If you’ve watched TV recently, you’ve probably seen a man’s skull being smashed with a hammer, people’s throats slit into a trough, a meat locker with people’s torsos and limbs hung by hooks and a man’s face being eaten off while he is still alive.More than 17 million American cable viewers ...

Against satire: Just get to the point already, dude

Against satire: Just get to the point already, dude

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

October 26, 2014

The recent controversy over my last column titled “Why Condemning ISIS is Offensive,” which you can read on The Pitt News website, has caused a massive paradigm shift for me. The article, which was satirical, prompted substantial outrage by those who believed I thought that asking Muslims to condemn ISIS was...

Homecoming candidates’ activities follow a trend

Homecoming candidates' activities follow a trend

By Graphic by Cristina Holtzer

October 24, 2014

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