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Banned books: Our best writing?

Banned books: Our best writing?

By Jess Craig / Columnist

October 8, 2014

The recent coming and passing of Banned Books Week left an ongoing debate in its wake. Nationwide, conflict continues between librarians, academics, book-lovers, writers and school administrators. And don’t forget oversensitive parents: adults who prefer to have their children believing in talking, bo...

Discussion on Internet policy is stuck in neutral

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

October 7, 2014

Until recently, the incident that provoked the most comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) website was Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” in 2004. But a new record of 3.7 million comments has nearly doubled that. What could possibly attract more attention than Jackson...

Look on the bright side, cynics: There’s reason for optimism

By Adrianne Glenn / For The Pitt News

October 6, 2014

At some point in the last week, you probably heard something like “What has the world come to?” There is disapproving commentary about everything from the value placed on social media, movements to legalize marijuana and the promotion of marriage equality.Commentary like this reflects ignorance about t...

Surviving partisan politics will take compromise

Surviving partisan politics will take compromise

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

October 5, 2014

When children misbehave, you give them a time out. When Congress misbehaves, you strand its members on a remote island and allow the threat of imminent death to reconcile their differences. That’s exactly what the Discovery Channel plans on doing with its new show, “Rival Survival,” which premier...

PA Senate: New medical marijuana bill misses the point

PA Senate: New medical marijuana bill misses the point

By Courtney Linder / For The Pitt News

October 2, 2014

An amended bill legalizing several forms of medical marijuana passed 43-7 in the Pennsylvania State Senate last week. Don’t celebrate yet, though. As it turns out, the legislation is severely lacking.The new bill, sponsored by Sen. Mike Folmer (R-48) and Sen. Daylin Leach (D-149), requires a pati...

Celebrity activism: Examining its ethics and effects

By Simon Brown / Columnist

October 1, 2014

Usually when I encounter trending articles, videos and stories on social media sites, I need not ponder long before I can take a stance on them. They either deserve attention or they do not. Similarly, the standard editorial thinkpiece takes definitive stances. It supports or it objects. It answers y...

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