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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...

Pumpkin spice craze an example of effective marketing

Pumpkin spice craze an example of effective marketing

By Thomas Helgerman / Columnist

September 30, 2014

Autumn is a wonderful season — it’s undoubtedly the most colorful, and it offers a welcome change from the oppressive heat of August. But nothing is really quite as “fall” as the pumpkin spice latte (PSL). Since it first entered the market in 2003, the drink has become increasingly more popular...

Exposing exploitation: Making the case against unpaid internships

By Andrew Boschert / For The Pitt News

September 29, 2014

College students are aware that between all their classes and exams, they will be expected to work somewhere for free. Not volunteering, I might add, but the bottom of the barrel: unpaid intern.Gone are the days of making copies and coffee runs. Interns often have practical skills and technological know-how sough...

Tesla troubles: Progress demands an open marketplace

Tesla troubles: Progress demands an open marketplace

By Stephen Caruso / Columnist

September 28, 2014

America likes to pride itself on innovation. If you have a good, new idea, you have the right to try to realize it and profit from it — as demonstrated by the hit show “Shark Tank.” However, in reality, this idea is extremely complicated. Traditional business interests tend to obstruct these ideas, becaus...

Sweet smell of ‘swagger:’ gendered products are useless

By Channing Kaiser / Columnist

September 25, 2014

You are a man with a smelly apartment. Do you:A. Ignore it. This is college. Your mom’s not here. Who cares?B. Spray Febreze everywhere and light a vanilla-scented candle, letting your masculinity take a hit.C. Order a “mandle” with a scent like “kegger” or “stripper’s mouth,” and let ...

Police officers deserve more respect, appreciation

By Jess Craig / Columnist

September 24, 2014

Cops: heartless, cold-blooded killers. Villainous racists who shoot unarmed, innocent bystanders. The hothead who gives you a speeding ticket for going 10 miles per hour over the speed limit when you were late for an important interview. Cops get a notoriously bad rap. But, following the Michael Br...

Having the right priorities: Football for the win

Having the right priorities: Football for the win

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

September 23, 2014

Two weeks ago, the NCAA decided to lift the ban on Penn State’s bowl eligibility and restore the 10 scholarships it took away in 2011 because of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. But after the immediate riots at Penn State, no one seems to really care anymore. Nevertheless, that won’t sto...

Stop the war on drugs: It’s a waste

By Jess Craig / Columnist

September 22, 2014

Our country’s obsession with drugs is a waste of time and money. Here are five reasons why what we’re doing now to fight against drugs isn’t working and why all drugs should be legalized in the United States.1. The argument that illicit drugs cause more deaths is invalid. A common counterpoint made in opp...

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