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Point-Counterpoint: Armed Oregon militia deserves terrorist label

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

January 8, 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 10, 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 9, 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 8, 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 8, 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 7, 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 4, 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 3, 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 3, 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 20, 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 17, 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 9, 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 6, 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 5, 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 29, 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 26, 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 23, 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 21, 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 ...

Recognize the bystander effect: Combating the bystander effect begins with conversation

Recognize the bystander effect: Combating the bystander effect begins with conversation

By Marlo Safi / Columnist

October 21, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Editor's note: This column complements a Q and A The Pitt News conducted with Jackie Fuchs, of "The Runaways." For the Q and A with Jackie Fuchs, see "Q and A: Jackie Fuchs of "The Runaways" talks about her experience with sexual assault." I have fallen prey to the bystander effect — and so have you. I have sat...

Whistleblowers provide service, deserve protection

Whistleblowers provide service, deserve protection

By Matt Moret / Columnist

October 20, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Last week’s Democratic debate contained few moments of total consensus. Of course, the exception was when moderator Anderson Cooper asked if former NSA contractor Edward Snowden should go to jail. All of the candidates wanted to throw the book at Snowden, mainly arguing that he fled from legal con...

Persevere to overcome rejection

Persevere to overcome rejection

By Ogechukwu Opaigbeogu / For The Pitt News

October 15, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“We regret to inform you that ... ” “Although your application was very strong ... ” “Regrettably, we had a limited amount of positions open and ... ” These all-too-familiar statements litter the emails and letters we receive at every stage of life. As novices in the arena of competit...

Art labor: It’s a hard knock life

Art labor: It’s a hard knock life

By Shengyu Wang / Columnist

October 15, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It has always been my dream to be a fashion designer or a painter, but the harsh reality is that if I stay in the arts, I’m most likely to stay in poverty. After coming to Pitt, although primarily majoring in economics, I decided to add history of art and architecture as my secondary major. I’ve s...

Don’t let the airstrike fall under the radar

Don’t let the airstrike fall under the radar

By Matthew Moret / Columnist

October 14, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“Mistake” and “airstrike” should never share a headline. But earlier this month, the biggest military error of the Obama administration brought them together. On Oct. 3, an American AC-130 gunship bombed a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. The attack killed 12 staff members and 10 patients and left 37 people wounded. Most of those killed were hospital workers, and three of t...

Gun-free zones leave Americans defenseless

Gun-free zones leave Americans defenseless

By Marlo Safi / Columnist

October 13, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It seems like every other week, a shooter walks into a public meeting space and opens fire. Just this Friday, Northern Arizona University and Texas Southern University had shootings that claimed the lives of one student from each university. The week before, in Roseburg, Oregon, Umpqua Community College lost nine of...

Britain’s got it in the bag: Plastic levy nothing to tut about

Britain’s got it in the bag: Plastic levy nothing to tut about

By Courtney Linder / Senior Columnist

October 11, 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 - Armored in mahogany and orange uniforms, workers at English supermarket Sainsbury’s recently became the gove...

Home is love, culture, belonging

Home is love, culture, belonging

By Mariam Shalaby / For The Pitt News

October 9, 2015


Filed under Columns, Homecoming 2015, Opinions, Specials

"What … are you?” Since I look so ethnically ambiguous — or for a lack of small talk — people often ask me where I’m from. I’m not sure whether my identity is tied to a single place, so I’ve always struggled to answer the question. I’d rather they ask me the meaning of life. “Well,...

Pitt anomaly: Urban campus pride

Pitt anomaly: Urban campus pride

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

October 9, 2015


Filed under Columns, Homecoming 2015, Opinions, Specials, Uncategorized

I know Oakland isn’t paradise, but I didn’t expect the disgusted look on my Penn State friend’s face as we walked down Forbes Avenue toward Essie’s Original Hot Dog Shop. “How can you live here?” The question caught me off guard. Having spent more than a year living on campus in Oakland,...

Media must inform voters, not just entertain

Media must inform voters, not just entertain

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

October 7, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Forget the Fairness Doctrine — the American media now follows a new policy: pump ratings and cover the outrageously entertaining. The Federal Communications Commission introduced the Fairness Doctrine as policy in 1949, and Congress reaffirmed the policy in 1954. The media identified the doctrine mainly...

College food insecurity demands action

College food insecurity demands action

By Kirsten Wong / For The Pitt News

October 5, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When a college student is food insecure, it undermines the education meant to someday put bread on their tables. The idea that most college students are privileged and wealthy enough to afford food is simply not the reality. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 1.82 million individuals in...

Church and state: Don’t let religion become policy

Church and state: Don’t let religion become policy

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

October 1, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Pope Francis may as well have walked on water from Cuba to the United States’ shores last week, rather than on the Boeing 777 decked out with Vatican flags. That’s the impression, anyway, that seemingly every pundit and politician along the spectrum gave off in anticipation of the pontiff’s Ame...

Dining Guide: Real food enhances student health, environment

Dining Guide: Real food enhances student health, environment

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

October 1, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

At any given time, students fill our on-campus dining hall, Market Central. After swiping in, the dining hall is packed with students crowding around the omelet station, deciding between a wrap and stir fry, or hovering around to find a booth. Many of these students couldn’t tell you what’s in the fo...

Planned Parenthood: Vital to Pittsburgh care

Planned Parenthood: Vital to Pittsburgh care

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

September 30, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Despite Tuesday’s heavy rain, nearly 200 pink-clad protesters wielding picket signs assembled Downtown in support of Planned Parenthood. Protesters chanted about women’s right to control their own fates, demanding justice for the agency that does so much for so many. While the defunding controvers...

Brian Williams won’t make MSNBC more objective

Brian Williams won’t make MSNBC more objective

By Matt Moret / Columnist

September 29, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When your sole job requirement is to deliver information to millions of people every night, the audience’s trust matters. In January, Brian Williams, then anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” lost that trust. After a very public fall from grace for sensationalizing reporting experiences, the network ...

Give third party politics a chance

Give third party politics a chance

By Andrew Boschert / Columnist

September 24, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

What do Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have in common? The obvious answer is very little — but they do share one important distinction. The media perceives both as being anti-establishment. One, a radical liberal idealist, the other, a wealthy faux-haired charlatan, these men could not be further ...

Higher education: Drug & alcohol problem requires treatment, not punishment

By Kirsten Wong / For The Pitt News

September 23, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

According to popular media, college life includes over-the-top parties, unlimited freedom, acceptance of drugs and alcohol and, occasionally, a class or two. This is best portrayed in movies like “22 Jump Street,” “Pitch Perfect” and “Accepted.” Such films tend to portray drugs and alcohol...

Anti-Muslim sentiment: Forgotten remnant of 9/11

Anti-Muslim sentiment: Forgotten remnant of 9/11

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

September 22, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Within a week of the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a homemade clock in Irving, Texas reminded us of the anti-Muslim sentiment piercing our country. On Sept. 16, 14-year-old Texan, Ahmed Mohamed, brought a clock he had built at home to MacArthur High School, where he is a freshman, to show to his engineering teacher. The device...

Facilitate innovation, offer computer science classes

Facilitate innovation, offer computer science classes

By Matt Moret / Columnist

September 21, 2015


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In many high school classes, there is always one kid who feels the need to raise a hand and ask the most frustrating question known to academia: “So when are we ever going to need this?” Perhaps these students feel as though their classes no longer prepare them for the shifting world they will ev...

Political outsiders can’t change the system

Political outsiders can’t change the system

By Henry Glitz / For The Pitt News

September 21, 2015


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To get to the White House in 2016, candidates need to exploit a nationwide anti-Washington sentiment. It’s at the core of campaigns for an unusually high number of political outsiders making noise in the primaries — Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson and Donald Trump. Association with the government gridlock ...

Empower women, close the gender gap

Empower women, close the gender gap

By Kirsten Wong / For The Pitt News

September 18, 2015


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If we can empower women to reach their fullest potential in the workplace, then we can work toward closing the disproportionate gap that keeps them from attaining wage equality. We can encourage achievement by motivating success. The fact that white women make 78 cents on every dollar a white man makes, b...

Grade on performance, not attendance

Grade on performance, not attendance

By Cecile Truong / Columnist

September 16, 2015


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After three weeks of class, you’re probably fairly acquainted with your new professors. Some do not care if you show up to class, but others require you to be there every time to earn an A. Both types of teachers may teach largely the same way, so my question is this: If I’m paying for college cre...

We deserve the Right to Know

We deserve the Right to Know

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

September 16, 2015


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Pitt students pay the highest in-state tuition for a four-year public university in the nation, yet we cannot hold our school accountable for how it spends our money. The Pennsylvania state legislature can possibly change that this fall, as it will review the state Right-to-Know Law Statute when it is back in session. The newly proposed amendments to the Right-to-Know legislation would...

Kim Davis is not worth the fight

Kim Davis is not worth the fight

By Henry Glitz / For The Pitt News

September 15, 2015


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Mike Huckabee calls it “the most important issue in the [2016] presidential election.” Ted Cruz thinks it’s an issue so important that it merits a radical reorganization of the judicial branch of the federal government. What issue could possibly be such a calamity that it merits the forceful rhetoric and campaign promises from such politicians? Hint: it’s n...

Investments in education can save Syrian futures

Investments in education can save Syrian futures

By Mariam Shalaby / For The Pitt News

September 14, 2015


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How does a Syrian child turn into a terrorist? When conflict ravages a region, children bear the consequences. Their families can no longer live in the country they love. They become refugees, and their primary concern becomes survival. Education takes a back seat and violence defines their lives. In...

Overtime reform will transform the workforce

Overtime reform will transform the workforce

By Matthew Moret / For The Pitt News

September 11, 2015


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Hourly pay is a simple concept — you work for an hour and your boss pays you a certain amount for that work. But sometimes, the number of hours worked have a detrimental impact on our health and happiness. Yet, legislators have allowed overtime pay — the intended counterbalancing force — to degrade over the p...

Gaza’s Economy: Still in conflict

Gaza’s Economy: Still in conflict

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

September 11, 2015


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Last week, more than 1,000 small white flags decorated Carnegie Library’s lawn — each one commemorating one of the many civilian lives lost in the Gaza-Israel conflict last summer. Students, professors and activists read only of a few of the names behind the white flags lining the sidewalk to ma...

GSWS major will make students more empathetic, tolerant

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

September 9, 2015


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On the first day of my Gender Studies class, my professor walked us through the standard introductions — what are our names, years, majors but also ­— what were our preferred gender pronouns? A teacher had never asked me whether or not I was a he, she or a they. However, classes within the gender,...

Privatization can end PA’s Prohibition

By Henry Glitz / For The Pitt News

September 9, 2015


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If you’ve hit that pivotal age of 21, you’ve probably raided the Fine Wine and Good Spirits liquor store on Atwood Street. Perhaps you’ve winced at their prices — a stretch for a college budget. Begrudgingly, you’ve dished out the dough — what other choice did you have? Imagine the same sce...

The ’90s are back, and so is non-conformist fashion

The ’90s are back, and so is non-conformist fashion

By Marlo Safi / Columnist

September 7, 2015


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The most flamboyantly awkward era of fashion has made a comeback. Yes, fashion retailers are recycling the whimsy of our beloved ’90s ­— the decade we spent in a hodgepodge of bold primary colors, eccentric patterns and a plethora of plaid and grunge galore — into our primitive modern style. Until...

Sanders: What kind of ‘socialist’ is he?

By Alyssa Lieberman / For The Pitt News

September 3, 2015


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A sea of Iowans greets an independent senator from Vermont. As he addresses issues like corporate dominance and media bias, the crowd erupts into cheers, waving signs that simply read “Bernie” — he likes to keep himself on a first-name basis with those who support him. After all, he is the candidate...

Nativism: Same old story

Nativism: Same old story

By Matthew Moret / For The Pitt News

September 2, 2015


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When it comes to their country, Americans never really embrace the “caring is sharing” mantra. The fact that xenophobia — the intense dislike of people from other countries — is now, once again, a regular feature of campaign coverage is unsurprising. Since xenophobia emerged in the late 1700s, it n...

Don’t let shootings become a norm, focus more on victims

Don’t let shootings become a norm, focus more on victims

By Mariam Shalaby / For The Pitt News

September 1, 2015


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“Shooting,” exclaims the headline, sprawled big and wide across the top of the page. I should be sad, but I feel nothing. Nothing but annoyed. I no longer get a wave of shock or a sense of fear, nor do I wonder how such a thing could happen so close to home. Shootings seem normal. In psychology, de...

Sanders, the true feminist choice

Sanders, the true feminist choice

By Matthew Moret / For The Pitt News

August 31, 2015


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The 2016 Democratic primary presents a difficult dilemma — a historic win with a vote for Hillary Clinton, and a legislative win with a vote for Bernie Sanders. If successful, Clinton would make history as the United States’ first female president, while her main competition, Sanders, would be...

Depression: Medical and mental

By Bridget Buckman / For The Pitt News

August 31, 2015


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How can you tell when someone has depression? How do you treat depression? Most people cannot answer these questions accurately. Assumptions about depression have dangerous consquences. Researchers found in a 2004 American Psychological Association study that people associate depression with psychiatric symptoms, social skill defi...

2016: The year of the outsiders

By Marlo Safi / Columnist

August 31, 2015


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It seems that in the 2016 presidential election, no political resume is the best kind of resume to have. This election hosts career politicians like Jeb Bush, who has been governor of Florida for nearly a decade, and Sen. Rand Paul, who has served in Kentucky since 2010. And then there’s Donald...

Lesser-known lessons from a year away

Lesser-known lessons from a year away

By Rebecca Tasker / For The Pitt News

August 30, 2015


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When I moved to Pitt freshman year, my parents literally ditched me on a street corner. Thinking back on that day, I hardly recognize the mildly terrified girl hugging both her parents and her brother outside of The Original Hot Dog Shop. I would never have thought I’d belong in a sorority, of all...

Late-night eats: Oakland’s culinary wonders

Late-night eats: Oakland’s culinary wonders

By Marlo Safi / Columnist

August 30, 2015


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Whether you just left Hillman after a grueling night of studying or you’re tired of having ramen for the umpteenth night in a row, you understand the frustration of being hungry at an inconvenient hour of the day. Fortunately for you, Oakland restaurants know that college students are hungry at un...

Non-conformist Sanders doomed to fail

By Nick Voutsinos / Assistant Opinions Editor

August 30, 2015


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Bernie Sanders won’t win the Democratic nomination in 2016. Now that I have your attention, I want to follow that up by asking you not to hate me just yet — I #FeelTheBernjust as much as the next twenty-something, so I really do hope to be eating those words by the time ElectionDay rolls arou...

The Great Trump-Fecta: Do not engage the xenophobes, for history proves them wrong

The Great Trump-Fecta: Do not engage the xenophobes, for history proves them wrong

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

August 30, 2015


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What's dominating today's politics? A billionaire, a border and the upcoming ballot. Donald Trump is a presidential candidate — let that thought sink in. Already, Trump has made his mark on the race, by denouncing an entire Mexican immigrant population in that belligerent manner that has come to mark...

What you can’t leave home without

By Cecile Truong / Columnist

August 30, 2015


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It’s finally here. After four months of living at home and actually having a curfew, it’s time to get back to school — aka freedom. But first comes the preparation. You’ve raided your local Target and bought the pencils, notebooks, non-perishable snacks and new laptop. And maybe you’ve h...

The Great Trump-Fecta: Immigrants can’t pop the nativist bubble

The Great Trump-Fecta: Immigrants can’t pop the nativist bubble

By Bethel Habte / Opinions Editor

August 30, 2015


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What's dominating today's politics? A billionaire, a border and the upcoming ballot. Donald Trump is a presidential candidate — let that thought sink in. Already, Trump has made his mark on the race, by denouncing an entire Mexican immigrant population in that belligerent manner that has come to mark...

Fight for 15: The good fight

Fight for 15: The good fight

By Alyssa Lieberman / For The Pitt News

August 30, 2015


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Pittsburgh is often championed as one of the most livable and affordable cities in the United States — but let’s unpack what this statement really means. Who exactly is Pittsburgh livable for? Though the Demographia International’s 2015 11th Annual Housing Affordability Survey determined P...

Cultural Appropriation: Know it to avoid it

By Ogechukwu Opaigbeogu / For The Pitt News

August 30, 2015


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You walk into a musty South Oakland basement. To your left and right you see your fellow classmates dressed up for Halloween. Amongst the princesses, soccer players and superheroes, you see a few people wearing Native American headdresses with red paint smeared on their faces. Some other students ar...

Bon voyage: Spend your summer living and learning across seas

Bon voyage: Spend your summer living and learning across seas

By Rebecca Peters / Columnist

August 30, 2015


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One of the best ways to spend your summer is to take classes — seriously, I mean it. Heck, go ahead and take two classes — an hour and a half each, Monday through Thursday. And while you're at it, do it in another country. That's right — study abroad.I did it — for six weeks in Nantes, France, with the P...

Rambling on: Three summer road trips for those who need a quick change of scene

Rambling on: Three summer road trips for those who need a quick change of scene

By Stephen Caruso / Columnist

August 30, 2015


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“Do you like Spoon?” It was a Thursday morning at roughly 9:30 when I groggily awoke to a text message staring at me from the glowing screen. I mean, I knew “The Underdog” but hardly any other songs. Still sleepy, I responded “not really, why,” and lied back down, content with my thoughts o...

The hipster summer bucket list

The hipster summer bucket list

By Marlo Safi / Columnist

August 30, 2015


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The scent of sunscreen fills the air. The neighborhood kids are trying to pass off lemonade they made with Kool-Aid powder as homemade in their first business endeavor. You are avoiding laying out in the sun with your friends at the beach to tan because it’s too bourgeois — pale skin is edgier. ...

Beyond jammin’: Summer music festivals offer perspective, growth

Beyond jammin’: Summer music festivals offer perspective, growth

By Courtney Linder / Opinions Editor

July 15, 2015


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Personal confessions in teepees, hippies begging me to register as a voter and free hula hoops hanging from trees — just a few of my favorite things about Electric Forest Festival. These seemingly unrelated, quirky components of my summer music festival experience made no sense to my family. From ...

Jill Stein, Green Party 2016 presidential candidate

Jill Stein, Green Party 2016 presidential candidate

By TNS

July 7, 2015


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Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein announces the formation of an exploratory committee to seek the Green Party's presidential nomination again in 2016 during an event at the National Press Club Feb. 6, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)...

Third party politics: Do you really know where you belong?

Third party politics: Do you really know where you belong?

By Rebecca Tasker / For The Pitt News

July 7, 2015


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I sat there, staring at my phone’s browser in shock. My results were in — and contrary to what I had strongly believed since I had first learned the definition of the term, I wasn’t a Democrat. According to a political alignment quiz, I was actually a member of the Green Party. My heart slumped to my stoma...

Momentous Supreme Court cases create policy, undermine Constitution

By Marlo Safi / Columnist

June 30, 2015


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The Supreme Court saved the best for last.The highest court in the land ruled two of the most controversial and momentous cases of its term within the last week. King v. Burwell and Obergefell v. Hodges — colloquially referred to as “the Obamacare case” and “the gay marriage case,” respectively ...

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