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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 20, 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 23, 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 22, 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 16, 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 14, 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 7, 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 4, 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 4, 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 4, 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 1, 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

January 31, 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 27, 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 21, 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 18, 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 14, 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 10, 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 7, 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 ...

Point-Counterpoint: Armed Oregon militia deserves terrorist label

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

January 7, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

According to cable news, “terrorism” is behind everything wrong with the world these days — unless, of course, the suspects happen to be white. Those people don’t seem to fit the profile. On Saturday evening in Oregon, about 150 people occupied the Malheur Wildlife National Refuge building ...

Victim blaming divides country

Victim blaming divides country

By Kirsten Wong / Columnist

January 7, 2016


Filed under Columns

If there’s one thing 2015 has taught us how to do, it’s point fingers at each other. It’s not very polite — or productive. Our national resolution for 2016 should be to drop that nasty habit, take a good hard look at ourselves and protest the norms and attitudes at fault. Cultural acceptance on so...

The latest ISIS victim: Syria’s history, culture and identity

The latest ISIS victim: Syria’s history, culture and identity

By Jamie Viens / For The Pitt News

January 6, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

Since the onset of conflict in Syria in 2011, ISIS has ravaged multiple archaeological sites in Syria — many of which have been relics for centuries and cherished in Syrian culture. This past May, ISIS seized the Syrian town of Palmyra and the surrounding ancient ruins, initially promising not to...

Freedom of speech not conditional

By Tim Nerozzi / Columnist

January 6, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

It could be a relative, a politically misinformed friend or perhaps even a stranger ranting on the street. Someone says something so ignorant, so grossly inaccurate or so outright offensive, that you feel they shouldn’t be allowed to speak. Your blood boils, and all you can think is, “Someone needs...

Local politics deserve spotlight

Local politics deserve spotlight

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

January 6, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

On Election Day, people across the country will step into voting booths and choose between a set of presidential candidates they have been hearing and talking about for months, if not years. At the same time, many voters will be left staring blankly at the names of local politicians beneath these nati...

New Star Wars movies will unbalance the series

New Star Wars movies will unbalance the series

By Tim Nerozzi / Columnist

December 14, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

People often blame George Lucas’ involvement in the Star Wars prequels for “ruining” the franchise. But by demanding Episode VII, we — the fans — are at risk committing worse damage than Lucas’ influence. Don’t get me wrong. I’m excited. I haven’t seen a Star Wars movie in a theatre since I ...

Don’t let fear undermine environmental threats

Don’t let fear undermine environmental threats

By Nick Voutsinos / Assistant Opinions Editor

December 14, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

ISIS achieved one of its main goals this year: it successfully became the world’s primary security concern. Here in the states, 70 percent of Democrats and 72 percent of Republicans view ISIS as “the number one threat to American interests,” according to the Brookings Institute. But it seems fear h...

Universal doom must unite, not divide, us

Universal doom must unite, not divide, us

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Columnist

December 14, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It looks like my favorite image was captured by a novice who forgot to take the lens cap off. It is but three grainy streaks of light, cutting across a black background. Hanging within the beam farthest to the right is a small but distinct speck, barely the size of a pixel. To quote astronomer Ca...

Competition will drive the space race

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

December 14, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

One of the worst parts of growing up is realizing that not everyone gets to be an astronaut. But thanks to recent developments in the space tourism industry, we dreamers still might make it to the moon. On Dec. 1, Jeff Bezos, CEO of spaceflight company Blue Origin, announced that his company had launched, ...

A farewell to London: Home is where the hot tea is

A farewell to London: Home is where the hot tea is

By Courtney Linder / Senior Columnist

December 10, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Opinions / The Hot Tea

“The Hot Tea” is a weekly column dedicated to unearthing the intricacies of London’s social, political and millennial issues in the context of Pittsburgh’s own complex culture. LONDON– Prior to the day I landed at Heathrow Airport, I’d never had hot tea. I’ve found that my lack of warm, herbal d...

Anxiety doesn’t have to cause finals blues

Anxiety doesn’t have to cause finals blues

By Mariam Shalaby / Columnist

December 9, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

My eyes flew open, and the voice in my head greeted me with a frenzied recitation of my to-do list. It was 6 a.m. — tasks for chemistry, biology, violin, composition and housework ran through my head. An hour later, I stood in Hillman Library. As I waited for an elevator to take me to the fourth floor, ...

Demagogue Trump prefers bias to facts

Demagogue Trump prefers bias to facts

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Columnist

December 8, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Donald Trump is a man of many talents: His ability to self-promote is as large as his casinos, and his knowledge of bankruptcy is thorough after having filed for four of them. And while Trump is putting these skills to use in his current foray into presidential politics, he’s also revealed a new a...

Point-Counterpoint: Discrimination causes the wage gap, nothing else

Point-Counterpoint: Discrimination causes the wage gap, nothing else

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

December 7, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Editor’s note: This column is part of a point-counterpoint set of columns on the wage gap. For the corresponding column, see “Point-Counterpoint: The wage gap is unavoidable, not unfair.” From the suffragettes to second-wave feminists, women and allies have faced vehement opposition from thos...

Point-Counterpoint: The wage gap is unavoidable, not unfair

By Timothy Nerozzi / Columnist

December 7, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Editor’s note: This column is part of a point-counterpoint set of columns on the wage gap. For the corresponding column, see “Point-Counterpoint: Discrimination causes the wage gap, nothing else.” A common talking-point in identity politics is the difference in earnings between men and women. ...

True life: I’m in a committed relationship with English transportation

True life: I’m in a committed relationship with English transportation

By Courtney Linder / Senior Columnist

December 6, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Opinions / The Hot Tea

“The Hot Tea” is a weekly column dedicated to unearthing the intricacies of London’s social, political and millennial issues in the context of Pittsburgh’s own complex culture. LONDON- There it is — the blue and red beacon of hope that chaperones you through the sodden, forlorn London dar...

Geographic literacy is an educational must

Geographic literacy is an educational must

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

December 3, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

To craft functional foreign policy, we need to have a basic appreciation of the world outside the United States. Can someone let retired neurosurgeon and 2016 Republican presidential contender Ben Carson know about this requirement? Carson committed a series of foreign policy gaffes that exposed a seve...

Christmastime revives jazz legends

Christmastime revives jazz legends

By Marlo Safi / Columnist

December 2, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Everywhere from the Macy’s shoe department to the gentleman who sits outside Rite Aid on Forbes with his radio, people are spreading holiday cheer. Yet, a large section of our generation meets these yuletide carols with groaning and animosity — we humbugs tend to view classic holiday songs as monot...

Op-ed: Free college tuition is not only possible, but necessary

Op-ed: Free college tuition is not only possible, but necessary

By Derek Jones / Guest Columnist

December 2, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When student rights are under attack, we all ought to stand up and fight back. And no other time in our life has this been more imperative than now — when the pursuit of a degree equates to mountains of debt. Student debt is currently the second largest kind of debt in the United States, recently ...

Symbolic namesakes need evaluation

Symbolic namesakes need evaluation

By Matt Moret / Columnist

December 2, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It seems like half of the city shares a name with the steel magnate Andrew Carnegie — but one day, Carnegie’s beliefs may force Pittsburgh to re-evaluate that association. Princeton University is currently reconsidering attaching Woodrow Wilson, a former president of the university, to the Woodrow Wil...

No need to protest about protests

No need to protest about protests

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

November 30, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Uncategorized

Last Wednesday, at a student-led rally in solidarity with people of color at Mizzou, I overheard a police officer condemning our protest. The officer described us simply as a bunch of kids who have “no head on their shoulders.” According to him, we have “no idea” what we’re doing — we “ju...

Don’t hide away in fear of terrorism post-Paris attacks

Don’t hide away in fear of terrorism post-Paris attacks

By Courtney Linder / Senior Columnist

November 30, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Opinions / The Hot Tea

“The Hot Tea” is a weekly column dedicated to unearthing the intricacies of London’s social, political and millennial issues in the context of Pittsburgh’s own complex culture. LONDON - On Sept. 11, 2001, I was barely cognizant of the world around me beyond Polly Pockets or Crayola. I won’t...

Dating apps abroad: Your guide to local culture

Dating apps abroad: Your guide to local culture

By Courtney Linder / Senior Columnist

November 22, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Opinions / The Hot Tea

“The Hot Tea” is a weekly column dedicated to unearthing the intricacies of London’s social, political and millennial issues in the context of Pittsburgh’s own complex culture. LONDON- “Do you fancy a good chin wag and some drinks later?” a random rosy-cheeked Briton asked me at Brewdog, a local hi...

750,000-to-1: The ratio at the heart of America’s electoral issues

750,000-to-1: The ratio at the heart of America’s electoral issues

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Columnist

November 19, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The memes I see online are seldom enlightening, often featuring kittens that somehow relate to how I, as a college student, feel about finals. But one meme in particular points out a terrifying, overlooked fact about the American electoral system — one that reveals its utter ineptness. Over a pictu...

Legal immigrants: The real victims of illegal immigration

Legal immigrants: The real victims of illegal immigration

By Marlo Safi / Columnist

November 18, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

My mother — a Syrian immigrant — came to the United States in 1994. A medical student at the University of Aleppo, she wanted to finish her education in a country that wouldn’t deprive her of the opportunity to flourish — in Syria, wages are very low even if you are pursuing an in-demand field of work, like medicine...

Artwork is a public good, not a commodity

Artwork is a public good, not a commodity

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

November 18, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

We’ve locked away precious pieces and depictions of our humanity in our rush to commodify society and — ironically— cling to our wealth.  Last Monday, New York’s prestigious Christie’s Auction House sold a painting by Italian modernist painter and Picasso contemporary Amedeo Modigliani at ...

Top apps for fitness

Top apps for fitness

By Marlo Safi / Columnist

November 18, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Your phone is your virtual wingman, life coach and best friend. Google Maps helps you navigate through Pittsburgh. Spoonr finds you locals to snuggle. Snapchat gives you a lens into the lives of your social peers. Like everything else, working out improves when you are wired in. The “Miami nightcl...

Free college education for all would ignore economics

Free college education for all would ignore economics

By Timothy Nerozzi / Columnist

November 16, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Free university education seems to be the latest demand in the realm of college liberalism, but as any economics major will tell you, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Last Thursday, student groups, such as Students for Bernie Sanders, organized a Million Student March across American univer...

Don’t let tragedy ignite anti-Muslim sentiment

Don’t let tragedy ignite anti-Muslim sentiment

By Courtney Linder / Senior Columnist

November 15, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Opinions / The Hot Tea

“The Hot Tea” is a weekly column dedicated to unearthing the intricacies of London’s social, political and millennial issues in the context of Pittsburgh’s own complex culture. LONDON- Terrorism is the unauthorized use of violence for political gains — not a facet of a specific culture. Terrorism is a fe...

Moving out: How to save urban housing in America

Moving out: How to save urban housing in America

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Columnist

November 13, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I’m used to pessimistic old conservatives, but something my uncle said a year ago probably takes the cake as the bleakest view. “Our generation had it made. But you guys” — meaning me and my cousins — “better be prepared for smaller homes and a lot less,” he said. “The American Dream ...

Citywide wifi can close the digital access gap

Citywide wifi can close the digital access gap

By Matt Moret / Columnist

November 13, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Internet access no longer charms or shocks us — it’s become ubiquitous in daily life. As with any technological advancement that becomes ingrained into public life, we should turn it into a public good. Most students primarily use the Internet to access social media and watch Netflix, but that’s...

Pittsburgh housing occupancy limit hurts renters, hinders progress

Pittsburgh housing occupancy limit hurts renters, hinders progress

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

November 13, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

If you’re a student living off campus, you’ve probably broken city code — without even knowing it. Pittsburgh’s zoning code regulations forbid more than three non-related individuals to share any rental property as housing, a restriction that students often ignore beyond leaving names off a leas...

Teach Consent: Better sexual education in high school will lead to safer college campuses

By Kirsten Wong / Columnist

November 12, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Do college students know the meaning of consent? Did they learn this vocabulary lesson in sexual conduct in high school? Studies have revealed that college students do not know what constitutes consent and what does not. According to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation survey on college students...

Point-Counterpoint: Cultural appropriation ignores privilege

Point-Counterpoint: Cultural appropriation ignores privilege

By Matt Moret / Columnist

November 11, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Self-expression and American pride are pretty synonymous — along with American stubbornness. Appropriating other cultures, however, is not self-expression. It is carelessly using others’ expressions as personal emblems without taking into account the meaning those elements have to others. Not e...

Point-Counterpoint: Cultural appropriation bars cultural appreciation

Point-Counterpoint: Cultural appropriation bars cultural appreciation

By Timothy Nerozzi / For The Pitt News

November 11, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Respect for other cultures is a noble endeavor — but we’ve taken it too far. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston ran an art exhibit this summer based on the famous Claude Monet painting, “La Japonaise.” The museum had planned to run the exhibit until July 29. The impressionist painting of a woman ...

I need Adderall, you probably don’t

I need Adderall, you probably don’t

By Marlo Safi / Columnist

November 10, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“I took eighteen credits this semester and got straight A+’s, all thanks to Adderall!” Students affectionately call Adderall everything from a “study drug” to “accomplish mints.” On a rigorous college campus, Adderall — like steroids ­— helps students who are non-prescription users co...

I don’t want Big Sister watching me

I don’t want Big Sister watching me

By Courtney Linder / Senior Columnist

November 8, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Opinions / The Hot Tea

“The Hot Tea” is a weekly column dedicated to unearthing the intricacies of London’s social, political and millennial issues in the context of Pittsburgh’s own complex culture. LONDON- I have my own personal paparazzi — London’s closed-circuit television cameras, a governmental video surveil...

Paul Ryan: New speaker, same leader

Paul Ryan: New speaker, same leader

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

November 5, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When you think of the “ultimate affable nerd jock,” few people come to mind, least of all, current Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan. Regardless, Washington, D.C., lobbyist Kathryn Lehman recently used the phrase in an interview with the Washington Post. She was trying to describe Ryan in the wake of his Oct. 29 election as speaker. Calling Ryan a “nerd jock” is more whimsical than most pundits...

It’s time to separate the click bait from the news

It’s time to separate the click bait from the news

By Timothy Nerozzi / For The Pitt News

November 4, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“Jeb Bush Continues ‘Death Spiral’ at GOP Debate” “Could Hillary Clinton Be a Sociopath?” “Thanks, Republicans! Your insane war on Planned Parenthood keeps making reproductive rights more popular” What is the most troubling aspect of the headlines? Is it the unprofessional wording? Is it the overhyped vocabulary that misrepresents situations? Is it the clear bias that...

More than an art: Writing skills are life skills

More than an art: Writing skills are life skills

By Marlo Safi / Columnist

November 4, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

You may be good at calculus or separating a compound, but can you describe these skills in a cover letter? As a country, we’ve overlooked the importance of strong writing skills, siphoning language’s complexities out of our education system. Although math and reading comprehension are incredib...

Being biker friendly requires bike lanes

Being biker friendly requires bike lanes

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

November 2, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I’ve had endless conversations with my cyclist friends about the stress of biking through Oakland’s crowded intersections. It’s understandable, considering the reckless nature of the city drivers who rush to and from work. When I decided not to bring a bike to campus this year, I cited these...

Collegiate censorship stunts intellectual growth

Collegiate censorship stunts intellectual growth

By Timothy Nerozzi / For The Pitt News

November 2, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I’m a millennial college student. I have a “Kick me” sign on my back that tells the world I’m emotional, sensitive and cannot take criticism. Before arriving at college, I couldn’t understand why society was cramming me into this box and resented the notion outright. Sadly, there were onl...

An entitled man learns his lesson: Men need to combat sexual harassment

An entitled man learns his lesson: Men need to combat sexual harassment

By Stephen Caruso / Senior Columnist

October 29, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The memory of the closest I ever came to sexually harassing someone has imprinted a crystal clear lesson on my everyday life. I was at a Boy Scout dance, back when my parents were trying to instill good wholesome values in me. My friends and I were doing 10-year-old things, like bothering the other party guests....

Food deserts require action, not shame

Food deserts require action, not shame

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

October 28, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As Pitt students fill out the lines at Chipotle and Einstein’s, they might fail to realize that access to food is an issue playing out in our own backyards. Pittsburgh is riddled with food deserts — areas where residents struggle to purchase affordable or good quality fresh food. According to a 2012 federal report, a...

Middle Eastern pride: Don’t feed into Western perceptions

Middle Eastern pride: Don’t feed into Western perceptions

By Mariam Shalaby / Columnist

October 28, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I was probably still in the womb when I first heard the advice, “Show them who we are!” It’s a mantra for Middle Easterners, Muslims and anyone else lumped in — and profiled ­— with our wave of immigrants to the United States. As a first-generation Middle Eastern American, I didn’t dwell...

Stop stigmatizing, start humanizing mental illness

By Kirsten Wong / Columnist

October 27, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As mass shootings and other incomprehensible events happen so frequently, we search for the guilty, the motive and the solution. On Oct. 1st, Christopher Harper-Mercer was suspected of killing 10 people in a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. It was the 294th shooting this year in which four or more people were killed or injured, classifying it...

Grant refugees safe, affordable travel

Grant refugees safe, affordable travel

By Courtney Linder / Senior Columnist

October 25, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Opinions / The Hot Tea

“The Hot Tea” is a weekly column dedicated to unearthing the intricacies of London’s social, political and millennial issues in context of Pittsburgh’s own complex culture. LONDON — A refugee’s experience with transportation — deadly conditions, seemingly-endless perserverence, dimming ligh...

Restrictive legislation threatens voting rights

Restrictive legislation threatens voting rights

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

October 22, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Every time I call home, the conversation follows the same route. Once my dad gets past the pleasantries, he dives into what he really wants to talk about, the presidential election. Within three minutes, I’m fielding questions about one candidate’s gaffe or the winner of the last debate. The pre...

No, I won’t stop whining about the pay gap

No, I won’t stop whining about the pay gap

By Courtney Linder / Senior Columnist

October 21, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Opinions / The Hot Tea

“The Hot Tea” is a weekly column dedicated to  unearthing the intricacies of London’s social, political and millennial issues in context of Pittsburgh’s own complex culture. The dairy aisle is where the magic happens — or at least that’s what a creepy British guy at Sainsbury’s thought when he...

Q and A: Jackie Fuchs of ‘The Runaways’ talks about her experience with sexual assault

Q and A: Jackie Fuchs of ‘The Runaways’ talks about her experience with sexual assault

By Marlo Safi / Columnist

October 20, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Columns, Opinions

It was New Year’s Eve, 1975, and The Runaways — the all-girl rock band founded by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett — had just finished their last set at Wild Man Sam’s, a small club in Orange County, California. At the time, Jackie Fuchs was known by her stage name — Jackie Fox. She ...

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