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Opinion | Students, we need to keep each other safe

Opinion | Students, we need to keep each other safe

By Genna Edwards, Senior Staff Columnist

August 17, 2020

COVID-19 is an all-or-nothing game, senior staff columnist Genna Edwards argues. Either we all work hard to mitigate risk to our fellow peers, faculty and staff, or one wrong sneeze and we’re done for.

Opinion | Talk to your roommate about social distancing

Opinion | Talk to your roommate about social distancing

By Leah Mensch, Opinions Editor

August 17, 2020

Social distancing means that your social life will not look the same come fall. To actually execute podding correctly and safely, you are going to have to do a lot of contact tracing, and you’re going to have to have a lot of awkward conversations.

Meet the Editors: Opinions

Paige Lawler and Leah Mensch are the opinions editors at The Pitt News.

By Leah Mensch and Paige Lawler

August 16, 2020

Leah Mensch and Paige Lawler, the opinions editors, can plank longer than any other editor in the office. Find out more about their desk here.

Opinion | The importance of uplifting student artists during a pandemic

The cast of “She Kills Monsters” met over Skype to rehearse for its virtual July production.

By Julia Kreutzer, Senior Staff Columnist

August 16, 2020

Artists spend their lives fighting an often uphill battle to be remembered and valued. And in the midst of a global pandemic, this fight is more important than ever, senior staff columnist Julia Kreutzer argues. It’s on everyone — not just creatives themselves — to find innovative solutions to foster an industry that has been silently devastated by the pandemic.

Opinion | Don’t wish away general education requirements

Opinion | Don’t wish away general education requirements

By Julia Kreutzer, Senior Staff Columnist

July 24, 2020

If used properly, general education requirements can be exciting, enriching opportunities to narrow down your interests, eliminate extraneous costs, customize your education and market yourself to future employers.

Satire | What not to do as a first year

Satire | What not to do as a first year

By Genna Edwards, Senior Staff Columnist

July 23, 2020

Don’t drink from the Cathy water fountains. They’re, like, oddly warm.

Opinion | You don’t have to do everything all at once

Opinion | You don’t have to do everything all at once

By Paige Lawler, Senior Staff Columnist

July 22, 2020

Trying to participate in too many extracurricular activities all at once while learning the ins and outs of college will almost certainly result in exhaustion and burnout.

Opinion | College students, your mental health will not improve on its own

Opinion | College students, your mental health will not improve on its own

By Leah Mensch, Opinions Editor

July 21, 2020

If you’re already experiencing mental health issues, moving to campus will not fix them, and moving to campus will not make them better — no matter how ideal the independent, adult life in college seems.

Opinion | Consider joining a Counseling Center therapy group

Opinion | Consider joining a Counseling Center therapy group

By Loretta Donoghue, Senior Staff Columnist

July 20, 2020

College in the time of coronavirus is bound to be mentally draining for thousands of students. Thankfully, Pitt’s Counseling Center can help — incoming first-year students who find themselves struggling should consider joining a group counseling session.

Opinion | In defense of changing your major

Opinion | In defense of changing your major

By Alex Dolinger, Staff Columnist

July 19, 2020

The first year — sometimes, the first month — of college can be full of an overwhelming amount of self-discovery. A lot of people come to college with a set plan, but sometimes that plan changes. That’s OK.

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