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Gamers should pass on the season pass

Gamers should pass on the season pass

By Thomas Wick | For The Pitt News

November 15, 2016

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

Trump presidency could hurt LGBTQ+ rights

Trump presidency could hurt LGBTQ+ rights

By Maggie Koontz | For The Pitt News

November 13, 2016

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

Overcome hatred by fighting inequality

Overcome hatred by fighting inequality

By Kirsten Wong | Opinions Editor

November 11, 2016

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

Mourning in America

Mourning in America

By Matt Moret | Assistant Opinions Editor

November 11, 2016

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

Misleading ballot questions hurt voter interests, confuse at polls

Misleading ballot questions hurt voter interests, confuse at polls

By Nick Eustis | For The Pitt News

November 8, 2016

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

Pittsburgh must accept more refugees

Pittsburgh must accept more refugees

By Colin Jones | For The Pitt News

November 7, 2016

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

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

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

By Amber Montgomery | Columnist

November 4, 2016

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

Affirmative action: the key to equal opportunity

Affirmative action: the key to equal opportunity

By Amber Montgomery | Columnist

November 4, 2016

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

Two-party system inhibits third party candidates

Two-party system inhibits third party candidates

By Nick Eustis | For The Pitt News

November 2, 2016

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

Voice actors on strike deserve more compensation

Voice actors on strike deserve more compensation

By Thomas Wick | For The Pitt News

October 30, 2016

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

Glitz: Give slashers a chance

Glitz: Give slashers a chance

By Henry Glitz | Columnist

October 27, 2016

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

Jill Stein’s platform isn’t worth your vote

Jill Stein’s platform isn’t worth your vote

By Jaime Viens / Columnist

October 27, 2016

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

Opposing language should never be categorized as violence

Opposing language should never be categorized as violence

By Tim Nerozzi | Columnist

October 26, 2016

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

NFL management is to blame for ratings drop

NFL management is to blame for ratings drop

By Bayard Miller / Columnist

October 25, 2016

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

New Nintendo Switch shows promise for Nintendo

New Nintendo Switch shows promise for Nintendo

By For The Pitt News | Thomas Wick

October 23, 2016

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

MESS Movie Night offers a valuable alternative

MESS Movie Night offers a valuable alternative

By Maggie Koontz | For The Pitt News

October 21, 2016

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

Final debate shows mutual growth, persistent weaknesses

Final debate shows mutual growth, persistent weaknesses

By Matt Moret / Assistant Opinions Editor

October 20, 2016

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

Ignore the hate: All majors are created equal

Ignore the hate: All majors are created equal

By Emily Schoenberger / Columnist

October 20, 2016

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

Breast cancer donations need transparency

Breast cancer donations need transparency

By Julia Aldrich | Columnist

October 19, 2016

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

Trump loses to Clinton in any test of character

Trump loses to Clinton in any test of character

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

October 18, 2016

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

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

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

By Jaime Viens | Columnist

October 14, 2016

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

Give Pittsburgh’s infrastructure a makeover

Give Pittsburgh’s infrastructure a makeover

By Bayard Miller / For The Pitt News

October 13, 2016

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

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

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

By Jordan Drischler | Columnist

October 12, 2016

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

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

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

By Amber Montgomery | Columnist

October 12, 2016

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

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s reputation must remain intact

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s reputation must remain intact

By Mariam Shalaby / Columnist

October 11, 2016

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

Accessibility: a language we can all learn

Accessibility: a language we can all learn

By Isabelle Ouyang | Columnist

October 10, 2016

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

Make Pitt bright again

Make Pitt bright again

By Bayard Mille | For The Pitt News

October 6, 2016

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

Short-term binge drinking has long-term effects

Short-term binge drinking has long-term effects

By Amber Montgomery | Columnist

October 6, 2016

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

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

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

By Matt Moret / Assistant Opinions Editor

October 6, 2016

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

Take it from Michelle, vote for progress

Take it from Michelle, vote for progress

By Saket Rajprohat | Columnist

October 5, 2016

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

Libertarianism is coming to a movie theater near you

Libertarianism is coming to a movie theater near you

By Jordan Drischler / For The Pitt News

October 4, 2016

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

Voting: Don’t squander the privilege

Voting: Don’t squander the privilege

By Bethel Habte | Senior Columnist

October 2, 2016

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

Giving up smartphones saved my sanity

Giving up smartphones saved my sanity

By Bayard Miller / For The Pitt News

September 29, 2016

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

Arming Kurds in Syria will cause more violence

Arming Kurds in Syria will cause more violence

By Julia Aldrich | For The Pitt News

September 28, 2016

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

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

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

By Jamie Viens / Staff Writer

September 27, 2016

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

What you need to know about Debate Moderator Lester Holt

By Matt Moret / Assistant Opinions Editor

September 26, 2016

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

Daily activism can dismantle rape culture

Daily activism can dismantle rape culture

By Erica Brandbergh | For The Pitt News

September 25, 2016

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

Trump’s economic platform is a guise for the rich

Trump’s economic platform is a guise for the rich

By Saket Rajprohat | For The Pitt News

September 22, 2016

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

It’s time for employers to accommodate periods

It’s time for employers to accommodate periods

By Amber Montgomery / Columnist

September 22, 2016

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

Pipelines harm long-term jobs

Pipelines harm long-term jobs

By Isabelle Ouyang | Columnist

September 21, 2016

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

McGinty’s CMU rally creates hope for Democratic unity

McGinty’s CMU rally creates hope for Democratic unity

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

September 20, 2016

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

The Odyssey dilutes journalism

The Odyssey dilutes journalism

By Emily Schoenberger | Columnist

September 19, 2016

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

Jobs aren’t the only source of happiness

Jobs aren’t the only source of happiness

By Matt Moret | Assistant Opinions Editor

September 15, 2016

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

Hillary Clinton less transparent than Obama claims

Hillary Clinton less transparent than Obama claims

By Matt Moret / Assistant Opinions Editor

September 15, 2016

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

Music festival culture needs more music, less corporatization

Music festival culture needs more music, less corporatization

By Julia Aldrich | For The Pitt News

September 14, 2016

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

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

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

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 14, 2016

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

NCAA’s North Carolina protest an overdue sign of support

NCAA’s North Carolina protest an overdue sign of support

By Elizabeth Lepro / Editor-in-Chief

September 13, 2016

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

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

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

By Amber Montgomery | Columnist

September 11, 2016

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

Sandusky saga has no place in Pitt-Penn State rivalry

Sandusky saga has no place in Pitt-Penn State rivalry

By Dan Sostek / Senior Staff Writer

September 9, 2016

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

Harambe and Trump: partners in outrage fatigue

Harambe and Trump: partners in outrage fatigue

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

September 7, 2016

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

Drake redefines masculinity for young men

Drake redefines masculinity for young men

By Marlo Safi | Senior Columnist

September 6, 2016

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

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

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

By Jordan Drischler / Columnist

September 6, 2016

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

Underneath the Trump supporters’ veil

Underneath the Trump supporters’ veil

By Julia Aldrich / For The Pitt News

September 1, 2016

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

Uber’s self-driving cars leave drivers behind

Uber’s self-driving cars leave drivers behind

By Kirsten Wong / Opinions Editor

September 1, 2016

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

Trump’s campaign: a saga of backpedaling

Trump’s campaign: a saga of backpedaling

By For The Pitt News | Saket Rajprohat

August 31, 2016

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

Paul Ryan has a 21st century plan to end poverty

Paul Ryan has a 21st century plan to end poverty

By Matt Barnes / Senior Columnist

August 30, 2016

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

Gawker shouldn’t have died alone

Gawker shouldn’t have died alone

By Matt Moret | Assistant Opinions Editor

August 28, 2016

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

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

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

By Matt Moret | Assistant Opinions Editor

August 28, 2016

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

Affirmative action must remain

Affirmative action must remain

By Bethel Habte | Senior Columnist

August 22, 2016

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

It’s time to update Greek life policies

It’s time to update Greek life policies

By Jaime Viens | For The Pitt News

August 22, 2016

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

Forget debt, be a student scholar

Forget debt, be a student scholar

By Amber Montgomery | Columnist

August 20, 2016

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

Learn to love PAT buses

Learn to love PAT buses

By Marlo Safi | Senior Columnist

August 20, 2016

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

Take advantage of summer classes

Take advantage of summer classes

By Jordan Drischler | For The Pitt News

August 19, 2016

When you think of summer, you most likely envision days on the beach, Fourth of July picnics with your extended family and a general period of relaxation while you prepare for a new school year to start in the fall. The last thing you want to do is spend those warm, sunny days inside the classroom,...

How to write a summer article

How to write a summer article

By Mariam Shalaby | Columnist

August 19, 2016

How to write the single most amazing summer internet article of your life: Write a catchy headline Let’s be honest: Who has time to actually read articles anyway? People would rather spend their precious time browsing through their Facebook and Instagram feeds. If you want people to read your arti...

Be the elephant in the room

Be the elephant in the room

By Marlo Safi | Senior Columnist

July 19, 2016

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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