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A reflection from inaugural weekend: Trump’s America still divided

A reflection from inaugural weekend: Trump’s America still divided

By Nick Eustis | Columnist

January 23, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Even before attending Donald Trump’s inauguration and the Women’s March on Washington, I knew this past weekend would be historic. Trump thought the same, for different reasons than I, promising an “unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout” for his inaugural ceremony.  Like so many of his promises, this was simply not meant to be. It’...

Diversify Pitt’s Nationality Rooms to include all communities

Diversify Pitt’s Nationality Rooms to include all communities

By Amber Montgomery | Opinions Editor

January 19, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

Many of the Best Of winners weren’t big surprises to me. Peter’s Pub for the Place to Spend your 21st and James Conner as Best Athlete are pretty obvious. The category that threw me was the winner for Best Nationality Room. The distinction went to our boot-shaped friend, Italy. Recognizing the Italian Room...

Napping on campus a solution to all night studying

Napping on campus a solution to all night studying

By Rashi Seth | For The Pitt News

January 19, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way” – Donkey from “Shrek” I take these words a little too literally regarding my weekend homework management. Every Monday, I imagine that I will spread out my workflow over the week and have a free weekend — that never happens. The next idea is to st...

Q&A with Best SGB Member Everett Green

Q&A with Best SGB Member Everett Green

By Jaime Viens | Columnist

January 19, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

You may have passed by Everett Green walking through Sennott Square, known him as a prominent member of Pitt’s Greek life or just recognized him as a familiar face on an Oakland street. But as this year’s Best Of poll tells us, many students know him best for the work he’s done as a part of ...

Obama: A presidency from the eyes of an immigrant’s son

Obama: A presidency from the eyes of an immigrant’s son

By Saket Rajprohat | Columnist

January 19, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

So that’s it. After eight years, I’ll watch one of my greatest role models leave office this Friday. I remember watching President Barack Obama’s first inauguration in my sixth grade classroom. Our teacher told us it was a moment we would never forget. I can’t say that I knew it then, but...

From LGBTQ+ Americans: Thanks, Obama

From LGBTQ+ Americans: Thanks, Obama

By Jack Shelly | Op-ed Contributor

January 19, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I was probably 11 or 12 the first time I heard about Barack Obama. “Gilmore Girls” ended with Rory leaving Stars Hollow, Connecticut, to cover the primary bid of the charismatic senator from Illinois. He was a boyishly handsome, big-eared law professor who used eloquent, moving language when he spo...

Owners should fit the bill for stadiums, not taxpayers

Owners should fit the bill for stadiums, not taxpayers

By Matthew Sable | For The Pitt News

January 18, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

America is addicted to building sport stadiums. Almost every stadium America builds receives public funding, but these newly constructed stadiums often don’t make cities the money they are expected to. Cities build stadiums mainly in response to fan demands but often overlook the economic repercu...

For NFL MVP, give Le’Veon Bell a chance

For NFL MVP, give Le’Veon Bell a chance

By Kyle Morhardt | For The Pitt News

January 17, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

If there were ever a time for a non-quarterback to break into the MVP club, it’s now. Since 2007, quarterbacks have dominated the NFL’s MVP award. Compared to the perception of quarterbacks in the modern game as the most important player on any team, running backs get little to no credit for t...

Judging steroid use in Major League Baseball in historical context

Judging steroid use in Major League Baseball in historical context

By Matthew Sable | For The Pitt News

January 13, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Has baseball ever been a “clean” sport? So many writers, fans and players consider the steroid era — spanning from the late 1980s until the mid 2000s — as the only time period that saw rampant cheating around the diamond. Baseball writers such as Wallace Matthews at ESPN, Peter Botte at th...

New Pitt Wi-Fi network gives gamers an upgrade

New Pitt Wi-Fi network gives gamers an upgrade

By Thomas Wick | Columnist

January 12, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Pitt’s new Wi-Fi network is a generous gift to gamers. Now that the holiday season has passed, most people who enjoy gaming have gotten the newest installments in venerated series like “Titanfall 2,” “Battlefield 1,” “Final Fantasy XV,” “The Last Guardian” or “Pokémon Sun” ...

Let’s give Rex Tillerson a chance, what could possibly go wrong?

Let’s give Rex Tillerson a chance, what could possibly go wrong?

By Jaime Viens | Columnist

January 11, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Uncategorized

In a move that met much criticism early last month, President-elect Donald Trump nominated Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, to be our next Secretary of State. Since we obviously don’t need to speculate about Tillerson’s relationship with big oil executives — as we already know he is a big oil executi...

Net neutrality must be defended over the next four years

Net neutrality must be defended over the next four years

By Nick Eustis | For the Pitt News

January 9, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

With fewer than two weeks until Inauguration Day, President-elect Donald Trump has failed to calm the worries of his detractors about what the next four years will hold. His cabinet appointees certainly haven’t helped. Some of his selections are wholly opposed to the agency they’ve been appoint...

Up to students to pressure states for free college tuition

Up to students to pressure states for free college tuition

By Kirsten Wong | Senior Columnist

January 9, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In the midst of ever-increasing tuition and student debt at universities, New York has offered a bold solution. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, D-N.Y., announced his proposal on Jan. 3 to make state and city universities tuition-free for middle-class and low-income families making $125,000 or less a year. Under the program — the Excelsior Schol...

Current definition of terrorism needs a new update

Current definition of terrorism needs a new update

By Saket Rajprohat | Columnist

January 6, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Our current understanding of terrorism has strayed from its conventional definition. When terrorism is mentioned, the first things people think of are the likes of Omar Mateen and the 2016 mass murder at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the Tsarnaev brothers who executed the Boston bombing in 2013 or Osama Bin Laden and the others behind the attacks on...

The Red Solo Cup should become a relic of the past

The Red Solo Cup should become a relic of the past

By Julia Aldrich | Columnist

January 6, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Robert L. Hulseman, the inventor of the Red Solo Cup, passed away on Dec. 21, 2016.   A little over a week later, on New Year's Eve, my friends and I attended a party at a bar in Philadelphia. The atmosphere was lively, the DJ was bumping and the open bar was a masterpiece, except for one aspect...

Don’t let superstition rule your 2017

Don’t let superstition rule your 2017

By Henry Glitz | Assistant Opinions Editor

January 4, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The last day of last year was, without a doubt, one of the best. My friends who I hadn’t seen in weeks or months were gathered around me to celebrate the end of the year from hell. Yet, the jubilant cries of my friends at the stroke of midnight almost drowned out the mantra I was repeating over and...

Make realistic goals, not resolutions this New Year

Make realistic goals, not resolutions this New Year

By Maggie Koontz | For The Pitt News

January 3, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Last year, my New Year’s resolution was to cut back on my social media usage. I failed. As soon as the semester began and my professors started droning on, I was back scrolling through Facebook feeds and Instagram photos while my resolution fell to the misdirected wayside like many others before it. ...

Port Authority’s new fare policy deters cash, affecting lower income riders

Port Authority’s new fare policy deters cash, affecting lower income riders

By Amber Montgomery | Opinions Editor

January 3, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

If you rode a Port Authority bus in the last two months of 2016, you probably noticed the scrolling banners or audible reminders promising that “change is coming.” The messages could have been intended to be comically ominous, but the larger objective was to alert riders to the coming changes in ...

On player discipline, NFL has a long way to go

On player discipline, NFL has a long way to go

By Jaime Viens | Columnist

January 3, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Few football fans entertain the illusion that the National Football League is flawless, but during the past few seasons, the league’s corruption may well have reached its peak. As the new year begins, the NFL regular season comes to a close and playoffs approach, the league has the opportunity to i...

Sleep attack: living with narcolepsy

Sleep attack: living with narcolepsy

By Maya Puskaric | For The Pitt News

December 12, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When I think back to high school, I mostly remember sleeping through more classes than I was awake for. I remember pushing myself out of bed in the morning with the mantra, “just get up and get dressed, and you can sleep through homeroom and first period.” Only after a chorus of three alarms and ...

Sleepless nights and pivotal moments

Sleepless nights and pivotal moments

By Dale Shoemaker | Managing Editor

December 12, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

And here it is again, another sleepless night and my last at The Pitt News. These feelings are all too familiar: the dryness of my eyes, the vague throbbing in my head, the pain in my neck. Probably the biggest lie I’ve told myself over the past three and a half years is a recurring one: I’ll...

Meme culture: a barrier for online discussion

Meme culture: a barrier for online discussion

By Mariam Shalaby | Columnist

December 8, 2016


Filed under Columns

Occasionally, as I scroll through my Instagram feed, I find a meme to show my mom. Yesterday, I texted her a photo of a cat poking its head comically through the crack of a door with the caption, “When I hear my parents talking about me in another room.” My go-to conversation starter when I text my...

Real commentary requires facts, not just a platform

Real commentary requires facts, not just a platform

By Matt Moret | Assistant Opinions Editor

December 8, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

This is my last week as an editor for The Pitt News opinions section. I’ve spent all of it thinking about thinkpieces. Since my first year at Pitt, I’ve been writing or editing commentary, both at this paper and for other campus publications. And though I can say these experiences have changed my l...

OMETS give students voices for improvement

OMETS give students voices for improvement

By Amber Montgomery | Columnist

December 6, 2016


Filed under Columns

I’ve had a sticky note on my desktop all semester where I jot down little thoughts about my classes and professors — notes about covering material too fast or taking too long to hand back grades. To an outside observer, it may seem trivial or even bizarre, but to me, it’s helpful preparation for ...

Clinton backers ignored Pennsylvania’s center, lost winnable votes

Clinton backers ignored Pennsylvania’s center, lost winnable votes

By Julia Aldrich | Columnist

December 5, 2016


Filed under Columns

The final months of 2016’s election season on Pitt’s campus were rather blue — and by blue, I mean pro-Clinton. As I made my way through campus, I’d see students sporting the Clinton campaign logo on stickers and buttons. I’d try my best to avoid eye contact with the tables of canvassers a...

Op-Ed: Gun control will not solve gun violence

Op-Ed: Gun control will not solve gun violence

By Jeremy Wang | Op-Ed Contributor

December 5, 2016


Filed under Columns

Removing assault weapons from the market will do nothing to address the root causes of violence. Whenever there is a mass shooting or crime involving firearms — whether it be the Orlando nightclub shooting or the epidemic of inner-city violent crime — the phrase “gun violence” is immediat...

Dark Matter shines light on trans people of color

Dark Matter shines light on trans people of color

By Erica Brandbergh | For The Pitt News

December 1, 2016


Filed under Columns

As the music ceased, the audience hushed and New York-based artists Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian took the stage in boldly colored outfits and vibrant lipsticks. The pair didn’t waste time as they leapt into a passionate spoken-word poem. The audience was immediately captivated. The ...

There’s no blueprint, choose passion over pressure

There’s no blueprint, choose passion over pressure

By Saket Rajprohat | Columnist

November 30, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I wake up with a jolt, worried I missed my alarm. The clock read 5:29 a.m., a minute before my alarm was supposed to ring. Turning off my tentative wake up call, I immediately began to panic, “How could I do this to myself! Without that extra minute of sleep, I might as well have not slept at all.” ...

Recounts will strengthen our democracy

Recounts will strengthen our democracy

By Saket Rajprohat | Columnist

November 30, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Even though he won the election, don’t remind Donald Trump that he lost the popular vote. He gets testy. So testy, in fact, that he’s now lying about how he lost, just to save face. “I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” Trump said in a tweet on Su...

Students should focus less on resumes and embrace experiential learning

Students should focus less on resumes and embrace experiential learning

By Kirsten Wong | Opinions Editor

November 29, 2016


Filed under Columns

Researching, public speaking and being in charge of a dozen kids are all activities I’ve tried to avoid at any cost. Research is a bore, public speaking gives me anxiety and kids require too much energy to handle for more than 20 minutes. Yet here I am, in college, advocating for the very things ...

Pitt’s Counseling Center needs to meet increasing demands

Pitt’s Counseling Center needs to meet increasing demands

By For The Pitt News | Erica Brandbergh

November 28, 2016


Filed under Columns

A few weeks ago, I tried to make an appointment at Pitt’s Counseling Center only to be told that the counselors were so busy that it could be over a month before I could get an appointment. I know Pitt is a large university with increasing mental health service demands, but I didn’t expect the wa...

Editorial: Professor watchlist avoids academic dialogue

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 27, 2016


Filed under Columns, Editorials

Before you sign up for a class, you check the professor’s Rate My Professor and maybe his or her bio on Pitt’s site. Now, some students might also see if their professors “liberal biases” have landed them on a watchlist. With the launch of a new website last week, any of your professors who are “caugh...

Trump’s ethical supporters must give back to communities he threatens

Trump’s ethical supporters must give back to communities he threatens

By Saket Rajprohat | Columnist

November 21, 2016


Filed under Columns

Because I spent the good part of my summer and fall semesters this year working for the Hillary Clinton campaign, watching the election results with my team on Nov. 8 was particularly devastating. When Trump was on the verge of winning Pennsylvania and I was on the verge of losing my mind, we shut...

Privatization of public works poisoned city water

Privatization of public works poisoned city water

By Jaime Viens | Columnist

November 17, 2016


Filed under Columns

When two-year-old resident of Flint, Michigan, Sofia Waid had her blood tested, the results showed her blood had 14 micrograms of lead per deciliter, according to her father’s February statement to the Detroit Free Press. Currently, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention holds the “blood lead level of concern” at five mcg/dL. The child has since suffered skin rashes, diges...

Close the street parking loophole

Close the street parking loophole

By Bayard Miller | Columnist

November 17, 2016


Filed under Columns

It’s a story almost every resident of Central — often erroneously called South — Oakland is familiar with: the anxiety attack that is an inevitable part of trying to find street parking.    As the proud owner of a Ford Crown Victoria — which is notable for not only its prominent usage by po...

Off-campus living is worth the commute

Off-campus living is worth the commute

By Emily Schoenberger | Columnist

November 17, 2016


Filed under Columns

As I planned my move to Pitt, one of my and my parents’ main concerns was that Pitt only guarantees students three years of on-campus housing. I was sure that I wanted to live on campus for as long as possible, and the idea of having to move off campus at some point gave me anxiety. After one ...

Anti-Trump protests provide unity and comfort

Anti-Trump protests provide unity and comfort

By Julia Aldrich | Columnist

November 17, 2016


Filed under Columns

Before all final votes could be counted in last week’s election, thousands of people in cities across the country — including Pittsburgh — painted their signs, slipped on their shoes and gathered in the streets to protest. But as soon as people began protesting Trump’s presidency — and his...

Voter suppression helped decide presidential election

Voter suppression helped decide presidential election

By Henry Glitz | Columnist

November 16, 2016


Filed under Columns

Try as they might, most members of the media still have very little idea what exactly happened at the polls last Tuesday. Even pundits and pollsters as prophetic as FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver had consistently predicted upwards of a 70 percent chance for a Clinton victory in the general election. As we all know, that didn’t happen, and none of the mos...

Gamers should pass on the season pass

Gamers should pass on the season pass

By Thomas Wick | For The Pitt News

November 15, 2016


Filed under Columns

As soon as I started playing “Battlefield 1,” I couldn’t stop. The World War I shooter that I and hundreds of others had been anticipating finally came out in late October and has quickly become one of the most immersive and exciting multiplayer games of the year. Still, “Battlefield ...

Trump presidency could hurt LGBTQ+ rights

Trump presidency could hurt LGBTQ+ rights

By Maggie Koontz | For The Pitt News

November 13, 2016


Filed under Columns

About six years ago, I began to identify privately as bisexual. I kept the revelation to myself because I’m from Kentucky, a state known for being quite conservative. And, as a Catholic, I constantly heard that I was going to hell for being attracted to the same gender. Since Donald Trump was...

Overcome hatred by fighting inequality

Overcome hatred by fighting inequality

By Kirsten Wong | Opinions Editor

November 10, 2016


Filed under Columns

Behind every vote, there’s a story. My story is filled with experiences, relationships, childhood memories, passions, mistakes and successes that shape who I am today — just like anybody else. But there’s two sides to every story: the intangible parts of our identity that define us and the phy...

Mourning in America

Mourning in America

By Matt Moret | Assistant Opinions Editor

November 10, 2016


Filed under Columns

It’s mourning again in America. Every generation has a moment defined by the pain left in its wake. Our parents survived the administrations of Richard Nixon and George W. Bush. Most of us grew up as our country went to war twice and went through the worst economic decline since the Great Depression...

Misleading ballot questions hurt voter interests, confuse at polls

Misleading ballot questions hurt voter interests, confuse at polls

By Nick Eustis | For The Pitt News

November 8, 2016


Filed under Columns

When you vote today, there will be a question on your ballot about the retirement age of state judges. In full, it reads: “Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to require that justices of the Supreme Court, judges and magisterial district judges be retired on the last day of the calendar year ...

Pittsburgh must accept more refugees

Pittsburgh must accept more refugees

By Colin Jones | For The Pitt News

November 7, 2016


Filed under Columns

While sitting in a white, under-inflated dinghy with eight other people, it seemed unlikely that up to 20 people could fit in the cramped space. I barely had any room when it was only the nine of us sitting in the boat. But every day, dozens of such boats cross the Mediterranean Sea, full of refu...

Q&A with Vijay Chokal-Ingam: Affirmative action is racist

Q&A with Vijay Chokal-Ingam: Affirmative action is racist

By Amber Montgomery | Columnist

November 3, 2016


Filed under Columns

Vijay Chokal-Ingam may not be as well-known as his famous sister, actress and comedian Mindy Kaling, but he’s generated a bit of chatter about his book, “Almost Black: The True Story of How I Got into Medical School by Pretending to be Black.” The book details Chokal-Ingam’s experiences as an Indian-Ameri...

Affirmative action: the key to equal opportunity

Affirmative action: the key to equal opportunity

By Amber Montgomery | Columnist

November 3, 2016


Filed under Columns

It’s a Monday afternoon, and I hustle home after my Democratic theory class. A few minutes past 7 p.m., I call his phone number and ask to speak with Mr. Chokal-Ingam, the man who changed his racial identity in order to go to medical school. A friendly voice answers me back, telling me to call him V...

Two-party system inhibits third party candidates

Two-party system inhibits third party candidates

By Nick Eustis | For The Pitt News

November 1, 2016


Filed under Columns

With two of the most unfavorable presidential candidates in American history on the ballot, third party candidates have received more press than usual this election cycle. Unfortunately, that press doesn’t translate to the possibility for a third party president. Third party contenders hav...

Voice actors on strike deserve more compensation

Voice actors on strike deserve more compensation

By Thomas Wick | For The Pitt News

October 30, 2016


Filed under Columns

If it weren’t for voice actress Jennifer Hale and her performance in the Mass Effect video game series, the character of Commander Shepard wouldn’t have been as memorable. Hale, an esteemed voice actress, was responsible for bringing to life the iconic Commander Shepard in a game that has been praised for its strong story and powerful characters. Without her, the game would not have been as successful. But Hale...

Glitz: Give slashers a chance

Glitz: Give slashers a chance

By Henry Glitz | Columnist

October 27, 2016


Filed under Columns

It was 1 a.m., and my living room looked eerie and unfamiliar, lit only by the light from the television screen. Everyone else in the house was asleep, and after what felt like hours of tossing and turning, I had bleakly ventured downstairs to see if the tube could cure my insomnia. What I found on ...

Jill Stein’s platform isn’t worth your vote

Jill Stein’s platform isn’t worth your vote

By Jaime Viens / Columnist

October 27, 2016


Filed under Columns

“Crooked.” “Idiot.” “Liar.” “Grab them by the pussy.” These compelling phrases have dominated the intellectual rhetoric of the 2016 election season. As profoundly as this debate eloquence and the ringing endorsements of the “lesser of two evils” may inspire you, we are not simply de...

Opposing language should never be categorized as violence

Opposing language should never be categorized as violence

By Tim Nerozzi | Columnist

October 25, 2016


Filed under Columns

Words and swords are not the same weapon — at least they’re not supposed to be. But the rise of politically correct, sensitive policy-making in recent years has contributed to the decline of academic freedom and intellectual discourse. In the most extreme cases, this trend has led to violent co...

NFL management is to blame for ratings drop

NFL management is to blame for ratings drop

By Bayard Miller / Columnist

October 25, 2016


Filed under Columns

The National Football League, long the juggernaut of the network television world, seems to have lost its ability to consume Americans’ weekends. The Super Bowl has had the highest Nielsen ratings of any TV program every year in recent memory. Last year’s viewership topped 110 million, making...

New Nintendo Switch shows promise for Nintendo

New Nintendo Switch shows promise for Nintendo

By For The Pitt News | Thomas Wick

October 23, 2016


Filed under Columns

After months of speculations, nonstop rumors and a couple of press conferences on the launch with barely any information, Nintendo has finally revealed its brand new console: The Nintendo Switch. Set to release in March 2017, the home-and-mobile console is Nintendo’s successor to its previous consol...

MESS Movie Night offers a valuable alternative

MESS Movie Night offers a valuable alternative

By Maggie Koontz | For The Pitt News

October 20, 2016


Filed under Columns

I was sitting next to a table full of snacks, hunkered down to watch a movie last Friday night, but I wasn’t necessarily relaxing. Instead, myself and a group of other students were gathered on the 35th floor of the Cathedral of Learning, our eyes fixated on the projector screen in front of us, ...

Final debate shows mutual growth, persistent weaknesses

Final debate shows mutual growth, persistent weaknesses

By Matt Moret / Assistant Opinions Editor

October 19, 2016


Filed under Columns

Well, it’s over. While we haven’t heard the last of either candidate, the final presidential debate of 2016 is behind us. Here’s a breakdown of how we got here. Donald Trump learned the value of preparation. While the first debate was a perfect encapsulation of every argumentative, hostile...

Ignore the hate: All majors are created equal

Ignore the hate: All majors are created equal

By Emily Schoenberger / Columnist

October 19, 2016


Filed under Columns

Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by a Pitt engineering or pre-med major. It’s safe to assume most students pursuing liberal arts degrees have both hands and a leg in the air. Our students, like so many other college students across the nation, constantly argue with one another ...

Breast cancer donations need transparency

Breast cancer donations need transparency

By Julia Aldrich | Columnist

October 19, 2016


Filed under Columns

Growing up, I never thought too much about breast cancer. My classmates wore “I love boobies” bracelets that made me giggle, my sister dyed a strand of her hair pink one October and I owned one or two T-shirts with a pink ribbon on it. I was aware of the significance, but it felt like more o...

Trump loses to Clinton in any test of character

Trump loses to Clinton in any test of character

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

October 17, 2016


Filed under Columns, Uncategorized

Words used in a decade-old audio recording have had a profound impact on the trajectory of the presidential race — so much so that without my even spelling them out, you probably already know what I’m referring to. The audio tape The Washington Post released on Oct. 8 revealed Republican presid...

It’s time for the U.S. to pass a carbon tax

It’s time for the U.S. to pass a carbon tax

By Jaime Viens | Columnist

October 13, 2016


Filed under Columns

He may have missed out on the presidency, but when it comes to climate change, Sen. Bernie Sanders had it right. In a 2014 contributing piece to The Huffington Post, Sanders implored Congress to pursue a tax on carbon consumption, writing, “A carbon tax must be a central part of our strategy for dramatically reduci...

Give Pittsburgh’s infrastructure a makeover

Give Pittsburgh’s infrastructure a makeover

By Bayard Miller / For The Pitt News

October 12, 2016


Filed under Columns

Along with countless others, I drove across the Liberty Bridge on the morning of Sept. 3. Beyond the construction covering the bridge, made of steel and concrete — not especially flammable building materials — it was a normal day. But later, a blowtorch-wielding-construction worker made a mista...

Point-Counterpoint: We should embrace gender differences, not deconstruct them

Point-Counterpoint: We should embrace gender differences, not deconstruct them

By Jordan Drischler | Columnist

October 11, 2016


Filed under Columns

In September, Duke University’s Women’s Center began a nine-week program for men — called the Duke Men’s Project — to discuss masculinity, feminism and intersectionality. The program touches on several topics, including male privilege, sexuality, gender diversity, intersectional femini...

Point-Counterpoint: What does Duke’s masculinity program mean for gender roles?

Point-Counterpoint: What does Duke’s masculinity program mean for gender roles?

By Amber Montgomery | Columnist

October 11, 2016


Filed under Columns

In September, Duke University’s Women’s Center began a nine-week program for men — called the Duke Men’s Project — to discuss masculinity, feminism and intersectionality. The program touches on several topics, including male privilege, sexuality, gender diversity, intersectional femini...

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s reputation must remain intact

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s reputation must remain intact

By Mariam Shalaby / Columnist

October 11, 2016


Filed under Columns

The lights dim inside the performance hall, and the orchestra members begin to softly tune their instruments. The musicians close their eyes, concentrating to match their tones with their colleagues seated around them. Finally, the conductor raises his arms and makes a quick motion. The 99 musicia...

Accessibility: a language we can all learn

Accessibility: a language we can all learn

By Isabelle Ouyang | Columnist

October 10, 2016


Filed under Columns

Accessibility is a broad term that, societally, we aspire to cultivate, but rarely do we use the word as individuals when it doesn’t apply to us. University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson posted a video Sept. 27 in which he said he would refuse to accommodate students who wanted...

Make Pitt bright again

Make Pitt bright again

By Bayard Mille | For The Pitt News

October 6, 2016


Filed under Columns

This Saturday, the Pitt Panthers will take the field with a new look that isn’t as new as you might think.   Just in time for Homecoming, the football team will sport the royal blue and mustard yellow throwback jerseys worn by some of Pitt’s greatest players from the later half of the last centur...

Short-term binge drinking has long-term effects

Short-term binge drinking has long-term effects

By Amber Montgomery | Columnist

October 6, 2016


Filed under Columns

Beer pong, flip cup, shotgunning, house parties and bar crawls — all staples of college culture. When I first started college, I thought these were only movie tropes meant to perpetuate the theatrical idea of college as four years of non-stop partying. But then I actually got here and walked th...

Cable’s wrong, Mike Pence lost the vice presidential debate

Cable’s wrong, Mike Pence lost the vice presidential debate

By Matt Moret / Assistant Opinions Editor

October 6, 2016


Filed under Columns

Mike Pence lost Tuesday night’s debate. This shouldn’t even be a question. Since the end of the vice presidential debate, the internet’s political corner has grown bloated with articles about how Indiana Gov. Pence beat Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine — in terms of delivery and confidence — wh...

Take it from Michelle, vote for progress

Take it from Michelle, vote for progress

By Saket Rajprohat | Columnist

October 5, 2016


Filed under Columns

Looking at the television monitor of the crowd, I was nervous. A crowd of some 3,000 people awaited my less-than-important two minute speech. In a constant sequence of rehearsing my speech, pacing the floor and sitting down to catch my breath, she came backstage again. As my name was called, she ...

Libertarianism is coming to a movie theater near you

Libertarianism is coming to a movie theater near you

By Jordan Drischler / For The Pitt News

October 3, 2016


Filed under Columns

The late blogger and media personality Andrew Breitbart once claimed that politics is downstream from culture.   A look at the current political climate on college campuses side-by-side with the latest round of Hollywood award shows indicates that this adage still holds true. Whether it’s Le...

Voting: Don’t squander the privilege

Voting: Don’t squander the privilege

By Bethel Habte | Senior Columnist

October 2, 2016


Filed under Columns

An immigrant and a Puerto Rican watch the first presidential debate together and — actually, nevermind, that statement is enough of a joke on its own. Let me explain. Neither can vote in the election, although both belong to the United States. It’s funny, like the setup to a cheesy punchl...

Giving up smartphones saved my sanity

Giving up smartphones saved my sanity

By Bayard Miller / For The Pitt News

September 28, 2016


Filed under Columns

When I went to the Verizon store last August, the salesperson thought I was crazy.   “You know, you’re the first person I’ve ever seen do this. I’ve gotta tell you, I think you’re making a mistake.” My friends’ opinions were no different: “You’re just making your life more in...

Arming Kurds in Syria will cause more violence

Arming Kurds in Syria will cause more violence

By Julia Aldrich | For The Pitt News

September 27, 2016


Filed under Columns

The civil war in Syria and occupation of Iraq seems to be never-ending as the Islamic State gains ranks in both areas and the number of civilian casualties increase. We often hear U.S. leaders — presidential candidates included — advocating their plans for combating the Islamic State since the r...

Michael Brown Sr.’s speech: A lesson on accountability

Michael Brown Sr.’s speech: A lesson on accountability

By Jamie Viens / Staff Writer

September 27, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Just before my first year of college, my biggest concern was that my classes would be too early in the morning. Aug. 9, 2014 — exactly one week before I left for school — I can’t recall what I was doing because it didn’t matter. I was in no immediate danger, had no target on my back and had no...

What you need to know about Debate Moderator Lester Holt

By Matt Moret / Assistant Opinions Editor

September 26, 2016


Filed under Columns, Election Coverage 2016, Top Stories

No matter who wins the first general election debate of 2016 tonight, one person’s face is certain to blanket news coverage roundups, and you may have never even heard of him before. He’s Lester Holt, and he will be your moderator. Holt has been the anchor of the NBC Nightly News since June 2015, when ...

Daily activism can dismantle rape culture

Daily activism can dismantle rape culture

By Erica Brandbergh | For The Pitt News

September 25, 2016


Filed under Columns

“May we have your attention please / We’re looking for the fun ones / And say f**k off to a tease.” Those were the words of OZ, an off-campus fraternity at the University of Pennsylvania, in an email in late August inviting women to a party at the beginning of the school year. The email contained numerous offensive remarks — including the e...

Trump’s economic platform is a guise for the rich

Trump’s economic platform is a guise for the rich

By Saket Rajprohat | For The Pitt News

September 22, 2016


Filed under Columns, Election Coverage 2016

“Trumponomics” sounds like a helping hand for the little guy but is actually a pedestal for the wealthy. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced his economic plan during a speech at the Economic Club of New York last Thursday, calling for 4 percent economic growth if he becomes president. The candidate plans to increase the ...

It’s time for employers to accommodate periods

It’s time for employers to accommodate periods

By Amber Montgomery / Columnist

September 22, 2016


Filed under Columns

You know it’s coming. Most of you never want it to be late, but a few days early can be a nasty surprise. If you hadn’t guessed it, I’m talking about the “special friends” that greet women in tampon commercials while real women are doubled over in pain. In other words, periods.  Hopefu...

Pipelines harm long-term jobs

Pipelines harm long-term jobs

By Isabelle Ouyang | Columnist

September 20, 2016


Filed under Columns

Whether workers support them or not, the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline are a rallying call not only for environmental justice, but for labor justice as well. The controversial $3.8 billion dollar pipeline, spearheaded by Energy Transfer Partners LP, will harm the environment and the Stan...

McGinty’s CMU rally creates hope for Democratic unity

McGinty’s CMU rally creates hope for Democratic unity

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

September 19, 2016


Filed under Columns, Election Coverage 2016

Three unlikely Democratic allies gathered together Friday afternoon in Carnegie Mellon University’s Wiegand Gymnasium to speak, one after another, despite the fact that they wouldn’t have dared standing shoulder to shoulder in April. The three politicians standing on stage were Pennsylvania Senate ...

The Odyssey dilutes journalism

The Odyssey dilutes journalism

By Emily Schoenberger | Columnist

September 19, 2016


Filed under Columns

When you see a popular article online titled “Why Girls Love the Dad Bod,” you have to read it. Or do you? This is the headline on the most shared article from the Odyssey Online, an online blog-style platform where about 14,000 college-aged writers publish stories and get paid based on the number of sh...

Jobs aren’t the only source of happiness

Jobs aren’t the only source of happiness

By Matt Moret | Assistant Opinions Editor

September 15, 2016


Filed under Columns

In high school, I spent four years working at a gas station and auto repair shop. I had to sell gas, wipe windshields and clean motor oil off of the floor. There was nothing glamorous about it. Most of the people I worked alongside were older than me — three of them were grown men with families, and...

Hillary Clinton less transparent than Obama claims

Hillary Clinton less transparent than Obama claims

By Matt Moret / Assistant Opinions Editor

September 15, 2016


Filed under Columns

Of all the negative assessments people have made about Hillary Clinton’s campaign this election season, one label holds up: secretive. During a campaign rally for Clinton Tuesday, President Barack Obama took the time to “vent” about the media’s presentation of Clinton and her Republican rival D...

Music festival culture needs more music, less corporatization

Music festival culture needs more music, less corporatization

By Julia Aldrich | For The Pitt News

September 13, 2016


Filed under Columns

Whenever you hear about music festivals, an image of a beautiful sunset over a mountainous valley, a horizon speckled with lights, a ferris wheel and happy people dancing around to Daft Punk comes to mind. And to fulfill those visions, popular music festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo and Firefly ...

Editorial: Port Authority’s funding cuts emphasize need for alternatives

Editorial: Port Authority’s funding cuts emphasize need for alternatives

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 13, 2016


Filed under Columns

Our journeys on the Port Authority buses may soon come to a halt. In an audit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission last week, State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale noted that the Port Authority of Allegheny County could lose much of its funding in just six years because the Turnpike Commission...

NCAA’s North Carolina protest an overdue sign of support

NCAA’s North Carolina protest an overdue sign of support

By Elizabeth Lepro / Editor-in-Chief

September 13, 2016


Filed under Columns

As expected, North Carolina’s ludicrous anti-LGBTQ+ legislation has brought more negative consequences to the Republican-controlled state. The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced Monday night that it is relocating all seven championship games — some of which are the first few baske...

Eid al-Adha highlights need for recognition of lesser known religious holidays

Eid al-Adha highlights need for recognition of lesser known religious holidays

By Amber Montgomery | Columnist

September 11, 2016


Filed under Columns

Today is not just another Monday. Today, I can’t wait to see pictures on Facebook, stories on Snapchat and to send WhatsApp messages to my friends celebrating the major Muslim holiday, Eid al-Adha, all around the world. Eid al-Adha, known as the Greater Eid, literally translates to “festival of the s...

Sandusky saga has no place in Pitt-Penn State rivalry

Sandusky saga has no place in Pitt-Penn State rivalry

By Dan Sostek / Senior Staff Writer

September 8, 2016


Filed under Columns, Football, GameDay, Opinions

‘Ped State!’ ‘Joe Knew!’ “Hilarious. I’ve got to get that on a T-shirt. Or a sign. Or something.” This is the unhinged thought process that select members of the Pitt fan base will likely go through, or have already gone through, prior to the Panthers’ long-awaited clash with t...

Harambe and Trump: partners in outrage fatigue

Harambe and Trump: partners in outrage fatigue

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

September 7, 2016


Filed under Columns

Of all the stories shaping the cultural landscape this summer, two events from May have consistently broken the internet. One involves an unpredictable creature with primate ancestry — the other is Harambe. On May 26, reality TV personality Donald Trump received his 1,237th delegate to the Repub...

Drake redefines masculinity for young men

Drake redefines masculinity for young men

By Marlo Safi | Senior Columnist

September 6, 2016


Filed under Columns

Last week, Drake was the subject of the snub heard ‘round the Twittersphere. On Aug. 28, Drake presented Rihanna with the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, lauding her for her success as the presenter of her award should, but then unabashedly, in front of millions, profe...

Self-identified socialists don’t know what they’re talking about

Self-identified socialists don’t know what they’re talking about

By Jordan Drischler / Columnist

September 5, 2016


Filed under Columns

Lost in the chants of “Make America great again!” and the “I’m with her” hashtags is a potentially more serious — and longer-lasting — effect of the 2016 presidential election: millennials’ acceptance of socialism. This election season, Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders’ primary perf...

Underneath the Trump supporters’ veil

Underneath the Trump supporters’ veil

By Julia Aldrich / For The Pitt News

September 1, 2016


Filed under Columns, Homecoming 2015

Fear is a dangerous notion, but hope could arguably be worse. Presidential candidate Donald Trump is notorious for utilizing bigotry and fear as a means of self-promotion. The billionaire businessman has been rising to the top and gaining supporters all while boasting his famous slogan “Make Am...

Uber’s self-driving cars leave drivers behind

Uber’s self-driving cars leave drivers behind

By Kirsten Wong / Opinions Editor

September 1, 2016


Filed under Columns

Uber is about to become Pittsburgh’s next success story, but the drivers who made that success possible likely won’t be along for the ride. Uber’s first foray into Pittsburgh was in 2014 when it opened the first Uber Advanced Technologies Center. The company has rolled out a number of initiative...

Trump’s campaign: a saga of backpedaling

Trump’s campaign: a saga of backpedaling

By For The Pitt News | Saket Rajprohat

August 30, 2016


Filed under Columns

Has Donald Trump finally reached the turning point in his campaign? Over the course of the Republican nominee’s campaign, he’s made countless missteps and highly questionable policy decisions — whether it was announcing a ban on Muslim immigration, building a Mexico-funded wall along the United S...

Paul Ryan has a 21st century plan to end poverty

Paul Ryan has a 21st century plan to end poverty

By Matt Barnes / Senior Columnist

August 29, 2016


Filed under Columns

The only topic political people in 2016 seem interested in discussing is the presidential election. But while the decisions in November are of undeniable consequence, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s agendas shouldn’t be the only ones on display. Since taking the speakership last October, H...

Gawker shouldn’t have died alone

Gawker shouldn’t have died alone

By Matt Moret | Assistant Opinions Editor

August 28, 2016


Filed under Columns

Following its closure last Monday, Gawker seems to have about as many friends in death as it did in life — close to zero. After publishing a clip from Terry Bollea’s — also know as Hulk Hogan’s — sex tape with his friend’s wife, Gawker became embroiled in the lawsuit that would eventually kil...

No, Kaepernick’s silent protest is not un-American

No, Kaepernick’s silent protest is not un-American

By Matt Moret | Assistant Opinions Editor

August 28, 2016


Filed under Columns

It may not be in the Bill of Rights, but last I checked people set their own terms for sitting and standing during the national anthem. Actually, strike that, it is in there — right around the whole “freedom of expression” thing. But don’t tell that to the patriots valiantly attacking San Fran...

Affirmative action must remain

Affirmative action must remain

By Bethel Habte | Senior Columnist

August 22, 2016


Filed under Columns, Welcome Back 2016

I’m optimistic about Pitt declaring the coming year the “Year of Diversity,” but I can’t help wishing for more. I wish I didn’t feel the need to defend my own merits when affirmative action gets questioned. I wish minority voices didn’t have to spring to the offensive whenever the issue...

It’s time to update Greek life policies

It’s time to update Greek life policies

By Jaime Viens | For The Pitt News

August 22, 2016


Filed under Columns, Uncategorized, Welcome Back 2016

The premise of Greek life is brotherhood, sisterhood, integrity and equality — in theory. Given recent events, though, questioning these principles seems a less than ridiculous proposal. Greek life is meant to be a positive entity that encourages camaraderie and that is exactly what it does for...

Forget debt, be a student scholar

Forget debt, be a student scholar

By Amber Montgomery | Columnist

August 20, 2016


Filed under Columns, Welcome Back 2016

Pitt has many great opportunities it can offer to its students. I know this sounds like a line fed to you many times by information sessions, orientation brochures and Pathfinders, but it is true. I didn’t realize just how true this was until I applied for a grant to fund my three-week research...

Learn to love PAT buses

Learn to love PAT buses

By Marlo Safi | Senior Columnist

August 20, 2016


Filed under Columns, Welcome Back 2016

After being a Pitt student who relied entirely on the rarely punctual Port Authority, I was on cloud nine with Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority — the metro for short. I lived in Washington D.C. for 10 weeks during my internship with Campus Reform, a news organization headquartered...

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