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Be the elephant in the room

Be the elephant in the room

By Marlo Safi | Senior Columnist

July 19, 2016


Filed under Columns, Summerguide2016

Being the elephant in the room used to bother me. As a conservative at Pitt, I assumed everyone was a liberal until proven otherwise so I could avoid the harassment, disciplinary action and discrimination by peers and campus administration that students around the country face when they don’t self-censor. ...

Close the gate on Clinton’s emailgate

Close the gate on Clinton’s emailgate

By For the Pitt News | Saket Rajprohat

July 13, 2016


Filed under Columns

When it comes to letting the past go, Hillary Clinton cannot seem to shake hers from the public long enough to make a difference. On July 7, James Comey, director of the FBI, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives. The topic was the former secretary of state and presumptive Democratic nominee’s use of a personal email server to carry out government business — a scandal that has earned t...

American pride is still alive

American pride is still alive

By Stephen Caruso | Contributing Editor

July 5, 2016


Filed under Columns

The America I love is one of baseball, hot dogs and apple pie. But the sad truth is that that America doesn’t really exist anymore. Instead of baseball, we soak in football, which, to paraphrase Washington Post columnist George Will, embodies the worst components of modern American life — violen...

Progressives must succeed Bernie’s movement

Progressives must succeed Bernie’s movement

By Alyssa Lieberman | Columnist

June 28, 2016


Filed under Columns

“What the hell do we do next?” The question of panelist Dominique Scott echoed at the People’s Summit Conference in Chicago last weekend, a gathering focused on what to do in the wake of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ likely loss of the Democratic presidential nomination.  As it stands right now, it is unrealistic to hold on...

Refugees facing genocide deserve priority

Refugees facing genocide deserve priority

By Marlo Safi | Senior Columnist

June 21, 2016


Filed under Columns

The U.S. is going to be complicit in the world’s latest genocide, and we cannot let history repeat itself. On Monday, World Refugee Day prompted thousands of people to flock to social media and insist that the U.S. take in more refugees from the Middle East and Africa. We’ve seen the grim images ...

Eat smarter not harder: appreciate your food

Eat smarter not harder: appreciate your food

By Stephen Caruso | Contributing Editor

June 14, 2016


Filed under Columns

One of the first observations my friends and family made when I got off the plane from five months in Europe was unexpected, but flattering. “Stephen, you look great!” Why? How could anyone lose weight when spending four months in Italy — the home of pasta, pizza and parmesan? But a friend...

Stanford rape case affirms legal bias

Stanford rape case affirms legal bias

By Opinions Editor | Kirsten Wong

June 7, 2016


Filed under Columns

Sexual assault is a crime that transcends race and class — unless it goes through the American legal system. On January 18, 2015, Brock Turner, a 19-year-old Stanford student athlete, sexually assaulted a young woman identified as “Emily Doe” behind a dumpster. The 23-year-old woman was unconscious when two bikers discovered the assault and pinned the perpetrator down af...

Civics crucial to curriculum

Civics crucial to curriculum

By Marlo Safi | Senior Columnist

June 1, 2016


Filed under Columns

“We The People” are the beneficiaries of a constitution that protects our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — words that every American should have memorized. But millennial college students are approaching the frontline to guard those liberties with an artillery of ignorance, n...

Work hard for more than the money

Work hard for more than the money

By Sierra Smith | Copy Chief

May 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

The last time I was jobless, I was 15 years old. Well, except the two-month period right after I moved to Pittsburgh and frantically searched Oakland to find a food service or retail job to save money and pay off my student loans — I like to plan ahead. From working long days at Subway, slinging fo...

Let’s talk politics

By Marlo Safi and Matt Moret | The Pitt News Staff

May 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

Some stereotypes are closer to reality than others. At Pitt, we embrace the perception that college students like to assert their opinions more than just about anything — anywhere from the classroom to a table at Hemingway’s Cafe. This is especially true during an election year, when the entire ...

Seek your perfect space

Seek your perfect space

By Amber Montgomery | Columnist

May 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

I’m a big advocate of sports loyalty points. It makes sense — rewarding students who support all of Pitt’s sports teams fosters a community with Pitt pride. Students at Pitt gain loyalty points with basketball tickets, an incentive for those who attend more games throughout the season. Somet...

Advice from a commuter

Advice from a commuter

By Jordan Drischler | For The Pitt News

May 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

College move-in day: a sense of apprehension about being dropped off mixed with the excitement of meeting your roommate and settling into your new home.  With a feeling of newfound independence, you quickly ease into the college atmosphere and cannot imagine living anywhere else. This was my story an...

Apps to keep you on track

Apps to keep you on track

By Isabelle Ouyang | For The Pitt News

May 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

Planners and desk calendars are nice in theory, but how often do we keep up with them? Mobile app technology makes organization much easier by syncing your class schedule with your Facebook events, setting reminders and sharing appointments with others. These free apps take organizing to a whole n...

Stepping out of your comfort zone: Isolate yourself

By Columnist | Mariam Shalaby

May 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

How you fare in your first year of college is pretty much a matter of life or death. As a seasoned junior, I have taken it upon myself to craft a flawless, three-part guide for your success as a Pitt student. You can thank me later. Part One: Academics When picking classes, keep your career plans — and only y...

Stepping out of your comfort zone: Find yourself

By Jaime Viens | For The Pitt News

May 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

Perhaps you were a sheltered adolescent like I was. Perhaps you were one of many teens who believed that, despite being supported by your parents in every way possible, teen angst and a resentment of your social, political and economic upbringing exempted you from the necessity of “finding yourse...

Develop your own curriculum

Develop your own curriculum

By Matt Moret | Contributing Editor

May 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

I once read this article about unpasteurized milk. This is going somewhere, I promise. The article was diagramming the link between illness outbreaks and raw, unpasteurized dairy. Lawmakers had begun to call for greater regulation of raw milk and insist that the health risks associated with the product...

I am more than my public speaking anxiety

By Lauren Long / For The Pitt News

May 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

If I had to rank my fears, public speaking would outrank lying on my deathbed tomorrow, sharing a tiny tank with a tarantula, getting caught alone in a pitch black forest with no flashlight and tiptoeing the top of the Cathedral of Learning. I am part of the 75 percent of individuals who suffer from th...

Government waste should matter to students

Government waste should matter to students

By Jordan Drischler | For The Pitt News

May 25, 2016


Filed under Columns

What do the Alabama Watermelon Queen, the history of Russian smokers and the science behind your beer koozie all have in common?  They’ve all received funding from a federal government that has grown to an uncontrollable size. Amidst the 2015 holiday season, Kentucky senator and former GOP presidential candidate...

Facebook’s news suppression misleads users

Facebook’s news suppression misleads users

By Marlo Safi | Senior Columnist

May 17, 2016


Filed under Columns

Facebook is synonymous with nagging family, bragging friends and viral memes, but we rarely associate the social networking site with news. On an everyday basis, I log into Facebook and am immediately inundated: friends’ shameless selfies posted to fish Facebook’s superficial depths for validation, a...

Voting is worth the inconvenience

Voting is worth the inconvenience

By Matt Moret / Opinions Editor / May 11, 2016

May 10, 2016


Filed under Columns

I’m the political guy. I consume too much news, all day long. I get into arguments with my indifferent, uninformed roommates — not because our beliefs clash, but because they have no beliefs at all. Their total lack of engagement has always been an eye-roll-worthy sin in my eyes. Which is why i...

Guns on Pitt’s campus: Concealed danger?

Guns on Pitt’s campus: Concealed danger?

By Kirsten Wong / Columnist

April 25, 2016


Filed under Columns

It only takes a matter of seconds for a gun and a dark moment of impulsivity to end a life. With media reports of mass shootings across America increasing, state legislators are re-examining gun laws and campus carry policies. In 2015, there were 23 campus shootings in the United States. Ten people died in October at Umpqua Community Colle...

Guns on Pitt’s campus: Concealed defense?

Guns on Pitt’s campus: Concealed defense?

By Marlo Safi / Assistant Opinions Editor

April 25, 2016


Filed under Columns

In the event of a shooting, students in nine states can legally have more than just the books in their bags to protect themselves. But in the remaining 41 states, students who have concealed carry permits are either lucky enough to live in a state that lets schools decide, or unfortunate enough to liv...

Include neighbors in neighborhood redevelopment

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

April 25, 2016


Filed under Columns

A company moves into a community, thousands of residents are forced out of it. Wash and repeat. Our city is currently facing a wave of gentrification, an urban trend in which middle-class or wealthy people move into previously low-income neighborhoods. Rent prices and cost of living skyrocket and as...

French hijab ban a cover for prejudice

French hijab ban a cover for prejudice

By Kirsten Wong / Columnist

April 22, 2016


Filed under Columns

When you deny a religious covering, you are also denying religious liberty. Student activists in France made a bold statement Wednesday by wearing headscarves and declaring it Hijab Day at one of France’s top universities, the Paris Institute of Political Studies. The social project was meant to s...

Trump is detrimental to discourse

Trump is detrimental to discourse

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

April 20, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“I just don’t understand why these people are so angry,” a confused Donald Trump supporter behind me wondered aloud, as a sea of protesters flooded the entryway of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center last Wednesday. That confusion — especially at a rally for perhaps the most hated and divi...

Under the Covers: The orgasm imperative isn’t so imperative

Under the Covers: The orgasm imperative isn’t so imperative

By Bridget Montgomery / Columnist

April 20, 2016


Filed under Columns

The scene: two bodies intertwined, arching in bliss to the tune of gasped moans and satisfied sighs, pleasure building higher and higher and higher. But then, nothing. It’s not exactly the ideal romantic ending, but it’s probably one you’ve experienced before. Whether you or your partner couldn...

Op-Ed: An American’s account of the Brussels attack

By Emily Bogen / Guest Columnist

April 18, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I’ve lived in Brussels for 3-and-a-half months — I’ve figured out how to jiggle the sticky lock on my apartment door, navigated through an ever-changing sidewalk maze of canine excrement and acquainted myself with a certain orange chair in a nearby coffee shop. My neighborhood is quaint and quiet. The str...

Gen-eds are more than fillers

By Amber Montgomery / Columnist

April 17, 2016


Filed under Columns

My apartment is home to a mini copy of Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” and I owe it to a class I never wanted to take. As a History major, I’m the last person who wants to drag myself out of bed and across campus to listen to a lecture on triptych paintings when it’s 1...

Gender stereotypes are a buzzkill

Gender stereotypes are a buzzkill

By Amber Montgomery / Columnist

April 15, 2016


Filed under Beer Edition 2016, Columns, Opinions

There should be no such thing as a girly drink — or a manly one for that matter. Drinking culture is a complex and almost omnipotent aspect of social life for collegiate co-eds — but it doesn’t escape the bounds of gender. On a Sunday morning in Hillman, a friend of mine told me about her pr...

Judge someone not by the color of their beer

Judge someone not by the color of their beer

By Matt Moret / Opinions Editor

April 15, 2016


Filed under Beer Edition 2016, Columns, Opinions

I hate Natty Light, but I’m not better than it. Beer doesn’t get tastier with age — it just goes bad. And a high price tag on a beer doesn’t immediately impress most people — something pretty remarkable in our culture. Drinking beer isn’t about affirming social status. It’s about drinking b...

Science and media must meet in the middle

Science and media must meet in the middle

By Mariam Shalaby / Columnist

April 13, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

We’re fighting a terrible war, and right now, we’re losing. No, I’m not talking about the war on terrorism, the war on drugs or any human conflict. This enemy of ours isn’t even alive, but it’s ravaging an entire region, mercilessly hurting our children and spreading quickly. It’s making it...

Regulate the bureaucrats

Regulate the bureaucrats

By Arnaud Armstrong / Columnist

April 13, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Another day, another set of regulations hog-tying American businesses. Last week, the Obama administration unveiled a broad set of new regulations affecting everything from retirement advising and white-collar overtime to organic food labeling. From an administration squeezing as much bureaucratic intrusion out of its last few months...

A plea for the return to intellectual conservatism

By Marlo Safi / Assistant Opinions Editor

April 12, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

One month ago, our school hosted Milo Yiannopoulos. The dainty man who wielded his Louis Vuitton bag and bleach-blond hair managed to spark controversy on our campus. With a polemic perceived to be drenched in mockery and ignorance, the crowd lingered on his every word, and with every word came one...

Media miscasts Clinton’s character

Media miscasts Clinton’s character

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

April 10, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

An audience of 2,000 roared as former first lady, New York senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took the stage at Carnegie Mellon’s Skibo Gym to deliver a campaign address. I was a bit more apprehensive. A candidate who veteran Washington journalist Bob Woodward told to “get off this scr...

A brokered convention’s keystone

A brokered convention’s keystone

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

April 8, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Stumping Donald Trump, will require Pennsylvania Republicans’ help. As the nominating process for the GOP lurches into its third month, the potential of a so-called brokered convention continues to loom large. That scenario has increasingly become the anti-Trump movement’s last hope of denying the...

Don’t dismiss implicit sexism

By Amber Montgomery / For The Pitt News

April 6, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It’s a Sunday evening and I’m just finishing up my dinner, about to head to a friends apartment to watch an award show. I get there to find my friends playing whatever video game they’re obsessed with that week. “Two more rounds, then we’ll turn the show on,” one claimed. They go through t...

Under the Covers: Inject equality into contraceptions

Under the Covers: Inject equality into contraceptions

By Bridget Montgomery / For The Pitt News

April 6, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

There’s a new birth control for people who have penises that’s been making waves in the medical field. It’s non-hormonal, long-lasting and likely reversible. The catch? It’s a shot to the balls — literally. Vasalgel, a new contraceptive, was developed by the nonprofit Parsemus Foundatio...

Don’t shy away from introverts

Don’t shy away from introverts

By Emily Schoenberger / Columnist

April 5, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When I was a child, there was something very wrong with me — I was shy. Many teachers and other adults in my life considered this a severe social disorder. They constantly told me to speak up, say more and stand out. When I entered the gifted program in elementary school, my individualized education...

Pitt must follow in Fight for 15 footsteps

By Kirsten Wong / Columnist

April 3, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Over the last week, the Fight for 15 movement has made significant strides in what politicians, economists and everyday people thought was impossible four years ago when the campaign began. Let’s hope that Pitt students soon get it feel its effects. On March 28, the state of California announced it wo...

Strolling through the future

Strolling through the future

By Matt Moret / Opinions Editor

April 1, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The highlight of my day is listening to planes take off as I walk to class. Every day I pass the Digital Plaza at the corner of Forbes Avenue and South Bouquet Street, and every day I am reminded of how technology can change our lives. Oakland’s Digital Plaza is the definitive symbol of innovation ...

B.o.B. brings valuable perspectives

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Columnist

April 1, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Fret not Pitt students. Even if Bill Nye is canceling his campus appearance, another of America’s foremost science educators will still visit Pitt — B.o.B. While some Pitt students are excited to jam out to mega hits, such as “Airplanes” and “Magic” when B.o.B. performs at the University’s ...

Pitt should invest in relaxation representation

By Kirsten Wong / Columnist

April 1, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Desperate times call for a new and improved reinvention for Pitt. On March 24, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher announced the state budget crisis is finally resolved. After the nine-month budget impasse, students deserve to see their tuition money go toward addressing deep insufficiencies in student life...

Autism Speaks doesn’t speak for Autism

Autism Speaks doesn’t speak for Autism

By Isabelle Ouyang / For The Pitt News

April 1, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When you walk past the Cathedral of Learning Saturday night, you might notice an eerie blue glow. You might take a second look and be on your way. When you mention it in passing over lunch, you might learn it has something to do with autism. As we head into Autism Awareness Month, I urge you to go mu...

Clothes make the man on campus, too

Clothes make the man on campus, too

By Tim Nerozzi / Columnist

March 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

If I had a dollar for every flip-flop enthusiast in a torn T-shirt that has told me fashion is a waste of money and time, I could probably buy a new Christian Dior suit. For some reason, young men seem to be prone to disregarding their own physical appearance in the name of comfort, laziness or both. W...

Forget entertainment, inform me

Forget entertainment, inform me

By Tim Nerozzi / Columnist

March 30, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Reading the news was never supposed to be fun. Journalism has historically displayed itself in a rather stuffy light — factual, dry blocks of text with few pictures filled the first newspapers. But BuzzFeed, Gawker Media and similar “news” outlets have stepped in to corner the market on eduta...

Trump makes us blind to Cruz

Trump makes us blind to Cruz

By Amber Montgomery / For The Pitt News

March 27, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Does anyone know what’s up with Ted Cruz?  When we’re all so occupied complaining about Donald Trump, it’s hard to tell. Everyone from Fox News to MSNBC to John Oliver can’t get enough of the business mogul. A Trump presidency would be terrifying, damaging and probably laughable. But while he ...

Falling into feminism

Falling into feminism

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Columnist

March 24, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It was a sunny Saturday afternoon, so I was in my happy place — on a porch, smoking a cigar and reading the news — until one story soured my mood. The New York Times’ analytics page, The Upshot, reported on a new study from Cornell University that showed that as the number of women in a field increased, their pay decreased. I’d al...

Trump is a catastrophe for conservatism

By Arnaud Armstrong / Columnist

March 23, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Making America great again starts with principled conservatives, and ends with Donald Trump. Our country has faced a shrinking middle class, skyrocketing debt and an international standing that has been bastardized. We feel continuously let down by our representatives to the point that we have inter...

Under the Covers: Turning off bisexual erasure

Under the Covers: Turning off bisexual erasure

By Bridget Montgomery / For The Pitt News

March 22, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Here’s a riddle: What’s always horny, can’t be tamed and doesn’t exist? If you guessed society’s skewed impression of bisexual people, you’re right! If you guessed unicorn, you’re also right. But this is a sex column, and I’m not delving into the topic of bestiality just yet. Only in re...

Don’t confuse travel for imperialism

By Tim Nerozzi / Columnist

March 21, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

"Ellen Page’s Gay Imperialism is Not Activism” No, that’s not a headline from some sort of neo-masculinity-fueled hate blog. That’s the title of an article written for Harlot Magazine, a self-described “pro-PoC, pro-Black Lives Matter, pro-immigrant, pro-indigenous, pro-queer” online publi...

Read receipts should foster better communication skills

Read receipts should foster better communication skills

By Isabelle Ouyang / For The Pitt News

March 21, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

If there’s anything with the potential to snuff friendships and start wars, it’s the “seen” timestamp on Facebook messenger. Once, after accidentally opening a friend’s Facebook chat , I was bombarded with messages less than an hour later that read: “I know you’ve seen this.” “Hello...

Too much money for aid, too little for tuition

Too much money for aid, too little for tuition

By Emily Schoenberger / Columnist

March 17, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I always knew I would end up at Pitt. That doesn’t mean it was my first choice. Out of the seven schools I applied to, it would be the only one my family could realistically afford without going into debt. Sure enough, even after receiving merit scholarships from other schools, Pitt had the lowest pri...

Pension crisis is crippling PA schools

Pension crisis is crippling PA schools

By Arnaud Armstrong / For The Pitt News

March 16, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The Allentown School District had been struggling for a long time. In fact, the Center for American Progress estimated it the third most underprivileged school district in the country. But after several years of budget cuts, the situation dramatically worsened. By my freshman year in 2010 at William...

It’s on us to do more than “It’s On Us”

It’s on us to do more than “It’s On Us”

By Kirsten Wong / Columnist

March 16, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

A conversation about sexual assault at Pitt is still just that — a conversation. On Feb. 23, Pitt launched its second annual It’s On Us campaign to promote awareness of sexual assault and support survivors on college campuses. The event revealed an 800-foot chain of paper pledges from University...

Conservative coverage of Yiannopoulos is hypocritical

Conservative coverage of Yiannopoulos is hypocritical

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

March 15, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

At this point, most of us know the name Milo Yiannopoulos. Two weeks ago, Pitt College Republicans hosted a lecture by Yiannopoulos, a men’s rights activist known for controversial remarks that often earn hateful, racist, sexist and homophobic labels from activists and has inspired demonstrations...

Euro Trump: Why America’s election matters to Europe more than you’d think

Euro Trump: Why America’s election matters to Europe more than you’d think

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Columnist

March 13, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It happened to me in Amsterdam. In a small town in the Apennines. In my favorite gelato place, 100 feet from my apartment in Florence, Italy. Someone figures out I’m an American, and they immediately ask, “What about Donald Trump?” Well, what about him? He’s a New Yorker, a reality TV star...

Oscars’ diversity response not a joke

Oscars’ diversity response not a joke

By Natasha Taylor / For The Pitt News

March 3, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It pained me to watch Stacey Dash’s introduction as the new “director of minority outreach” at the Oscars. “I cannot wait to help my people out,” Dash declared. “Happy Black History Month!” She then walked offstage while the room remained awkwardly silent. Dash’s uncomfortable joke and host C...

Advocating filling Supreme Court vacancy in Toomey’s best interest

Advocating filling Supreme Court vacancy in Toomey’s best interest

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

March 3, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In the face of a new Supreme Court nominee, some Republican senators can afford to be obstructionist. Others, however, are recognizing their precarious position. Giving way to the constituent pressures of election year politics, GOP senators in typically Democratic states like Illinois and Maine ar...

Under the Covers: Why I became a sex columnist

Under the Covers: Why I became a sex columnist

By Bridget Montgomery / For The Pitt News

March 2, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

If you told my 13-year-old self that I would grow up to become a sex columnist, I probably would have laughed in your face. Or I would have cried. It would likely be both, if I’m being honest. Catholic guilt will do that to you. But here I am, eight years older, wiser — and yes, a sex columnist. So wha...

A Panther’s State Patty’s Day

By Matt Moret / Opinions Editor

March 1, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Penn State University greeted me last Saturday with a woman vomiting at my bus stop. It was around noon. I was visiting State College, Pennsylvania, for the first time to see a concert and to celebrate a friend’s birthday. It wasn’t long before I realized everyone else was busy celebrating somet...

Give country music a second chance

By Tim Nerozzi / Columnist

February 29, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Almost two weeks ago, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper asked the Republican presidential candidates what music they enjoy. The more subdued Ben Carson, as expected, listens to classical music in the operating room. Marco Rubio bumps EDM, in line with Floridian aesthetics. Texas native Jeb Bush, though, was th...

Mindfulness keeps you balanced

Mindfulness keeps you balanced

By Amber Montgomery / For The Pitt News

February 25, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In any given 10-minute walk from lecture to lecture, I’ll find myself worrying about a swiftly approaching midterm, picking up an extra shift at work and planning time for Chipotle with friends — all while flipping through Snapchat stories. I usually arrive at my next destination more frazzled and les...

Admiring sky is path to self reflection

By Mariam Shalaby / Columnist

February 24, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Apparently, my expression is usually pretty vacant. “Your head is always in the clouds,” a friend playfully told me. I wouldn’t say “always,” but there is truth to that statement — literally. I find myself looking at the gloomy Pittsburgh sky quite often, even though it’s far from star fi...

Students deserve better FASFA support

Students deserve better FASFA support

By Kirsten Wong / Columnist

February 24, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Compared to how much time we spend helping people get into college, we don’t spend nearly enough teaching them how to pay for it. Every year, students across the country must file the FAFSA form — Free Application for Federal Student Aid — in order to receive federal, state and institutional fin...

Foreign language skills give you an edge

Foreign language skills give you an edge

By Emily Schoenberger / Columnist

February 23, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Stepping off the plane in Munich, I was equal parts excited and terrified to start my high school exchange trip to Germany. Thrilled though I was to finally visit Europe, plunging headfirst into a foreign language I spoke only proficiently — and that’s a generous term— intimidated me. In ad...

Beyoncé outrage shows misunderstanding

Beyoncé outrage shows misunderstanding

By Natasha Taylor / For The Pitt News

February 21, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

My mom told me she felt Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime performance was unnecessary, but for me and much of the black community, it was just what we needed. As a devoted Beyoncé fan, I had to hear her out. She was confused about why the Super Bowl was the right stage for Beyoncé’s message of emp...

Students should help welcome refugees

By Mariam Shalaby / Columnist

February 18, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

How do you respond when a friend tells you her relatives were killed in a war zone? That the church she was baptized in has been obliterated? That the paradise she once knew no longer exists? The horror is silencing — and far too common. These situations are becoming part of everyday life for friends and fa...

Union lawsuit hurts everyone involved

Union lawsuit hurts everyone involved

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

February 17, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The norm for steel companies over the last 50 years has been to flee the Pittsburgh area — not return. That’s why it came as such a welcome surprise for residents of Brackenridge, Pennsylvania, when Pittsburgh-based special metals producer Allegheny Technologies Incorporated opened the doors to its new $1....

Public libraries will never lose their purpose

Public libraries will never lose their purpose

By Emily Schoenberger / For The Pitt News

February 17, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

A trip to my local library once changed my life. When I was two, I met my lifelong best friend during Children’s Story Hour at the Fendrick Library in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. My ensuing summers were filled with long bike rides with my older brother to the library where I would check out giant stack...

Help women have a say in class discussions

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

February 16, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

While women may dominate the college population, we are a quiet majority. Frequently, I leave a classroom as the only woman — or one of the only women — that spoke that day. Though our academic universities are meant to be a progressive learning space, they are still rife with implicit sexism and b...

Defining feminism not purely up to elders

Defining feminism not purely up to elders

By Kirsten Wong / Columnist

February 15, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As our generation takes the torch of feminism, we are sprinting in a new direction. Last week, prominent feminist icons Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright criticized young female voters for supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In the process, they hav...

Support Arab women

Support Arab women

By Marlo Safi / Assistant Opinions Editor

February 12, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Sex Edition 2016, Specials

At 19, I only have a faint recollection of the sexism that imbued my traditional, Syrian upbringing. I was never hit, stoned or raped. My father never forced me to swathe myself in a black Niqab. I was fortunate enough to have a Syrian mother who knew her worth and taught me mine — and who raised...

Embrace pronouns and each other

Embrace pronouns and each other

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

February 12, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Sex Edition 2016, Specials

Skimming over the syllabus in my gender studies class, I noticed something new amid the usual blocks of deadlines and grading policies — a paragraph on gender-neutral pronouns. I was happily surprised to see the emphasis on gender-neutral pronouns, which are often they/them/theirs pronouns, especially in light o...

New Barbies promote positive self-image

By Kirsten Wong / Columnist

February 12, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Sex Edition 2016, Specials

Girls around the world wanted to look like Barbie. Now, Barbie looks like us. Last week, Mattel Inc. announced that Barbie’s reinvention will come out with an entirely new look — one that includes three new body types and seven different skin tones. The iconic doll’s makeover comes after dec...

Socialized health care isn’t new, hasn’t worked

By Arnaud Armstrong / Columnist

February 11, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When the Affordable Care Act passed six years ago, the issue of health care in America was supposed to be resolved. It wasn’t. Since the passage of the ACA, the cost of health insurance premiums has risen substantially, and for some groups, it has reached a staggering 78.2 percent price increase, ac...

Follow passions, not price tags

Follow passions, not price tags

By Kirsten Wong / Columnist

February 10, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

My expectations of college quickly dwindled when I faced the harsh realities of debt and job insecurity. As a political science major, I hoped to run my own nonprofit and commit my life to serving the community. My passion for service has taken me this far, I thought, and my determination matched w...

Candidates have abandoned foreign policy

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

February 9, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As the field of presidential hopefuls narrows, the foreign policy debate has become a question of whether we should bomb or shoot our enemies. For the current Republican candidates, there’s a growing consensus that we must use large-scale violence to address the growth of the Islamic State. At a Dec....

Privilege is not enough to end all discussions

Privilege is not enough to end all discussions

By Tim Nerozzi / Columnist

February 8, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“Check your privilege” is a statement that says: To move forward in conversation, one needs to give up ownership of their own ideas and attribute them to the circumstances of one’s birth. The problem with this belief and the fight against privilege is the ramifications they have on meaningful...

Low unemployment rates are misleading

Low unemployment rates are misleading

By Arnaud Armstrong / For The Pitt News

February 5, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials / Springemployment2015

The future of the American worker is in jeopardy. If you talk to the average college student today about their post-graduation plans, you’ll probably detect a note of anxiety and uncertainty. This emotion was expected and commonplace several years ago in the aftermath of the Great Recession. Toda...

Interns deserve fair compensation

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

February 5, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials / Springemployment2015

The summer internship hunt consumes the spring semester — but even students who manage to secure a position may go hungry. The internship system encourages students in the humanities to take on internships that are either unpaid or extremely underpaid. This broken system only reinforces classist dispar...

Don’t let fear dictate your resume

By Miriam Wipf / For The Pitt News

February 5, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials / Springemployment2015

On any college campus, I guarantee you’ll find more than a few students who can’t describe their ideal future. According to Fritz Grupe, founder of MyMajors, 80 percent of college-bound students enter college as “undecided,” and of those who do declare a major, 50 percent change it at least on...

Op-Ed: Israel is asset and friend to U.S.

By Emily Levy

February 4, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Emily Levy is an undeclared first year student. She is not a member of The Pitt News, and has submitted this as an op-ed. Imagine you have a thick, heavy book on your lap. You’ve never opened the book before, but you know people have discussed it for years. The book is full of conflict and controversy, yet...

Criminal records shouldn’t decide futures

By Kirsten Wong / Columnist

February 2, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Students across the country are waiting on acceptance letters from their dream schools. For some of them, that future hinges on a question about their past. “Have you ever been charged with or convicted of or pled guilty or nolo contendere to a crime other than a minor traffic offense, or are there a...

View bodies spiritually, not aesthetically

View bodies spiritually, not aesthetically

By Jaime Veins / For The Pitt News

February 2, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Still shaking off jet-lag, I’ve already noticed lifestyle differences between New Zealand and the United States. I’m taking a course analyzing the gradation surrounding body perceptions in Pacific cultures, titled “Pacific Bodies,” through the University of Otago. During our first class, the ...

Don’t let Iowa decide 2016 election

Don’t let Iowa decide 2016 election

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

February 1, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Today is the first chance to cast votes in the 2016 presidential election. Once again, Iowans will choose between presidential nominees with an ego they don’t deserve. The Iowa caucuses, set to begin tonight at 7:00 p.m. across the state’s 99 counties, act as predictors for how each party’s nomination will turn out, as well as a...

Flint crisis shows environmental injustice

By Bethel Habte / Senior Columnist

January 28, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Some people like their water with crushed ice or a twist of lemon. Nobody I know chooses to add a dash of lead, though. Residents of Flint, Michigan, didn’t have the luxury of choice when it came to their city’s contaminated water. Instead, they were at the mercy of political leaders who chose mo...

Reform welfare to lower poverty rate

Reform welfare to lower poverty rate

By Arnaud Armstrong / For The Pitt News

January 28, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

A lot of things have changed since the ’60s. Unfortunately, poverty levels in America isn’t one of them. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson launched what he called the War on Poverty. The goal of this initiative was bold and straightforward: The federal government would use all of its resourc...

Race, more complex than checkboxes

Race, more complex than checkboxes

By Kirsten Wong / Columnist

January 26, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“What are you, Chinese? Or white?” I never understood those questions growing up. Throughout my childhood, I made it clear that as a biracial American, I was both. Mistaking their curiosity for judgment, I was desperate to answer the question and move on. The differences in how mixed-race Amer...

Celeb deaths spark unity and appreciation

By Emily Schoenberger / For The Pitt News

January 26, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I was having a typical morning. I woke up, brushed my teeth, showered and dressed. I was just headed out the door when I received a confusing text from my dad. “Snape is dead.” My first reaction was, “Well, duh.” Nagini killed him after his conversation about the Elder Wand’s true master...

Winter can still be a wonderland

By Connor Jobes / For The Pitt News

January 25, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Global warming didn’t seem so bad back in December. Offering a nice reminder of spring warmth, the end of 2015 was a treat. But now, students are skipping their loan-funded classes, cursing the unshoveled snow in South Oakland and praying to Punxsutawney Phil that Groundhog Day will be cloudy, hopi...

Stop reading too much into lit

Stop reading too much into lit

By Emily Schoenberger / For The Pitt News

January 22, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

While discussing “The Catcher in the Rye” in my English lit class last semester, a fellow student raised his hand to unpack Holden Caulfield’s fashion choices. “I think it’s significant that the hat Holden wears is the same color as his dead brother’s hair.” I cringed, and then had a r...

Hold Saudi Arabia to same standard as Iran

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

January 21, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

For some politicians, Iran is becoming more of a comic book villain than a realistic foreign policy issue. The country plays a prominent role as archenemy to Saudi Arabia in one of the most troubled regions in the world today, the Middle East. But on the select occasions the Islamic Republic doesn’t ...

Obama’s Choice: TPP or Earth

Obama’s Choice: TPP or Earth

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

January 20, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When discussing the environment, President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union sacrificed logic for applause. During his hour-long speech before Congress last Tuesday, Obama spent much of his time urging for climate change action and rallying support for clean energy.  But the president surely misspoke ...

Re-direct attention to drug reform

Re-direct attention to drug reform

By Kirsten Wong / Columnist

January 19, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When it comes to drug crimes — whether it’s the drug lord, supplier, dealer or user  — the legal response is imprisonment. On Jan. 8, Mexican authorities captured Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and arrested him for the third time. As the head of one of the biggest drug cartels in Mexico and the United States, his arrest garnered international attention. But ...

My Florence agenda

My Florence agenda

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Columnist

January 15, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I had three goals when I showed up at Pitt as a first-year student — play rugby, be on the dean’s list every semester and study abroad. The Pitt News let me achieve the first and dashed the second. I then refused to let the paper take any part in the third’s outcome. Last year, more than 1,700 Pitt...

Value food, don’t waste it

Value food, don’t waste it

By Mariam Shalaby / Columnist

January 14, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

  Two large, blue bins lean against a weather-beaten white fence in my backyard. If you were to open them, you’d find not only worms, but a hodgepodge of different decomposing materials producing a strangely beautiful, earthy smell. I’ll never forget the chilly night that my dad and I...

Funding not real root of higher ed problems

Funding not real root of higher ed problems

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

January 13, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

College students paying for an education in Pennsylvania are missing a key investment partner under the current budget: the government. Unfortunately for those students, their schools have plenty of alternatives in their pockets. Public funding for education — specifically for state-related universities ...

Social justice is Tea Party equivalent

By Tim Nerozzi / Columnist

January 12, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As a conservative, I’ve recently learned what  divisiveness and political polarization can do to a party. And let me tell you — the Republicans’ civil war between the GOP establishment and the anti-establishment rebels that have pushed forth far-right politicians like Sarah Palin and Herman Cain is ...

Shopping makes for great therapy

Shopping makes for great therapy

By Marlo Safi / Assistant Opinions Editor

January 11, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I made the fatal mistake of leaving my beloved GloFish with my friends while on vacation. They forgot to feed her. She died, and I was a distraught, heartbroken mess. Sea Pony was a reflection of my negligence as a fish owner, and to fill the void she had left, I needed to mourn by doing something other th...

Point-Counterpoint: Relying on labels does more harm than good

Point-Counterpoint: Relying on labels does more harm than good

By Mariam Shalaby / Columnist

January 8, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As I drove home listening to NPR last week, I heard that a group of white protesters had seized a federal wildlife reserve in Oregon from what they feel is a tyrannical government. The group was heavily armed. I bit my lip, concerned. Then, the broadcaster called the group a “militia.” Cue the déjà ...

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