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America’s New Religion Problem

By Rebecca Peters / For The Pitt News

January 8, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The United States does not have a religion problem — our First Amendment proves that. However, it seems the United States has a people problem. Instead of tolerating diversity, we have adamantly worked against spiritual autonomy. The First Amendment protects our right to religious freedom —this is wid...

New education standards nothing more than ‘standard’

By Simon Brown / Columnist

January 7, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In the last two months since the midterm election, the Obama administration has taken one bold political step after another — from the executive order against deportation of undocumented immigrants to the deconstruction of Cold War-era restrictions against a thawing Cuba. In the wake of these enactments, th...

Opening the door: Making the case for renewed US-Cuban relations

Opening the door: Making the case for renewed US-Cuban relations

By Matt Barnes / Opinions Editor

January 6, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In February 1962, President John F. Kennedy gave clear orders to his press secretary, Pierre Salinger. Kennedy pleaded, “I need cigars.” By the following day, the President was in possession of more than 1,000 freshly hand-rolled Cubans.What else happened that day? American trade with Cuba ceased, as our 35th president banned the importation of all Cuban products into the United States — building upon the prohibition of U.S. exports to Cuba, which the Eisen...

“Serial” podcast: Where is the discrimination discourse?

By Adrianne Glenn / Columnist

January 5, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The tides are changing: America is fed up with the U.S. justice system after the courts’ refusal to indict Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo, coupled with authoritative responses to Ferguson protests. This unrest originates from the unreliability and inequality within the legal system, not just the no...

The seven wonders of winter

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

January 5, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

While school has just started back up again, we are already well into the middle of winter. The magic of Christmas is over, but here are some great, never-before-seen reasons to appreciate winter at Pitt.1. You no longer have any desire to go outside. One of the worst things in life is looking outside and seeing a beautiful day, while you ...

Viewing life unequally: Every death is a shame

By Stephen Caruso / Columnist

January 5, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

Any death is a shame.However, this simple truth is seemingly hard to accept, as evidenced by the events of the past few months. The deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu dominate the news. Media personalities have passed the blame around until it has no meaning, other than...

Focus on facts: The dangers of screaming ‘racism’

By Jess Craig / Columnist

January 5, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

Aug. 9, 2014. Ferguson, Mo. Police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Michael Brown was black. The police officer was white. Brown was unarmed. On Nov. 24, a grand jury in St. Louis County chose not to indict Darren Wilson for any criminal charges. In the days, weeks and m...

Too spoiled for Breaking Bad: The golden age of television

By Andrew Boschert / Columnist

January 5, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

I still haven’t watched all of “Breaking Bad.”It’s not that I don’t have time. Heck, even the boredom that saturated winter break didn’t push me over the edge.It’s not that I don’t have the means to watch it. These days, it only takes an Internet connection.It’s not that I can’t get over the ...

Immigration reform: Forever stuck in limbo

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

January 5, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015

Imagine this: In a land of 316.1 million Americans, you are one of 12 million undocumented immigrants. Why you came here, only you know. Maybe there’s another life to which you can return. Maybe this is the only life you know. You live in the shadows of American ideals, but you’re hopeful. Things w...

Unwrapping sexism: Gender roles in Holiday advertising are alive and well

Unwrapping sexism: Gender roles in Holiday advertising are alive and well

By Jess Craig / Columnist

December 8, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Fallfinals2014

Holiday commercials targeting women generally depict mothers in a frenzy to buy gifts, wrap presents, bake cookies, clean the guest bedroom for the in-laws or decorate the Christmas tree as perfectly as the one on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens. “Mom, you own this season,” says a Wal-Mart ...

Final Exams have us like…

Final Exams have us like…

By Dylan Fisher / Staff Cartoonist

December 8, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Fallfinals2014

High-pressure situations: What do finals really measure?

High-pressure situations: What do finals really measure?

By Adrianne Glenn / Columnist

December 8, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Fallfinals2014

Feel the cold in the air? The coffee pumping through your veins and that maddening pressure on your temples? Those are the telltale signs that finals week is upon you.Year after year, students meet finals week with crazy amounts of stress and emotional chaos, but to what gain?Final exams are meant to...

‘Merry Christmas’ vs. ‘Happy Holidays’: The war worth having

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

December 8, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Fallfinals2014

With finals upon on us, nothing seems more important than figuring out where to study or what exactly we need to score on a final to pass a class. Of course, this is not the only thing that matters in the month of December, compared to more pressing annual debates like whether or not we should say ...

Ferguson case: If we want change, we must recognize the past

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

December 4, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Ever since news broke of the grand jury’s decision to forego indicting Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown, I have been wrestling with my notions of “right” and “wrong.” Was the grand jury’s decision right? How could it be wrong? And if it’s right, why does what happened in Fer...

Public education is a right for all

By Ben Morgenstern / For The Pitt News

December 3, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Debating whether or not the U.S. government should educate illegal immigrants’ children is nothing new. After all, should the government spend time and money putting a non-citizen through public school? The simple answer is yes. Education is a basic human right, and there isn’t a single person who sh...

Follow the yellow brick…buildings? Pitt’s endowments yield lackluster structures

Follow the yellow brick…buildings? Pitt’s endowments yield lackluster structures

By Elias Economou / For The Pitt News

December 2, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

What do Lothrop Hall, Allen Hall, Alumni Hall, Amos Hall, Bellefield Hall, Brackenridge Hall and Bruce Hall have in common? All were built before 1925.Is it worth it for students to pay $3,250 a semester to live on campus in buildings that were built almost 100 years ago?Of course, some student housi...

OPEC: The crude, hard truth

OPEC: The crude, hard truth

By Thomas Helgerman / Columnist

December 1, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In the wake of the preponderance of fracking, a method of extracting crude oil from the ground by hydraulic means, there has been a large amount of criticism charging that the process has a serious environmental impact.The debate has particular significance in Pennsylvania, because much of the development of fracking has occurred throughout the state. While this issu...

AlcoholEdu: Let’s change the way we view drinking in college

By Bridget Buckman / For The Pitt News

November 30, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

So here it goes: I’m a freshman here at Pitt, and I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when coming into college. I’m not the most social person in the world, and I have never been interested in going to parties or drinking with strangers. It may be abnormal, but I have never condoned drinking ...

Let’s better understand diversity and its value at Pitt

By Simon Brown / Columnist

November 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Four years ago, I received my much-awaited acceptance to Pitt. With my ‘safety school’ secured, I prepared my calculus of college acceptance. I was expecting a painful decision among school choices in April. I never had to make that decision. I got rejected from my two other schools, both private, elite c...

TIME Magazine: Maybe we should ban words like ‘feminism’

By Jessica Craig / Columnist

November 23, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

On Nov. 13, TIME Magazine released its fourth annual “word banishment poll.” At the time of its initial publication, the article’s preface instructed, “If you hear that word one more time, you will definitely cringe. You may exhale pointedly ... What word is this? You tell us ... we’re asking reade...

Is Thanksgiving even a thing anymore?

Is Thanksgiving even a thing anymore?

By Aby Briner / Staff Illustrator

November 20, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Black Friday or Black Thursday? A Sales Façade

Black Friday or Black Thursday? A Sales Façade

By Courtney Linder / Columnist

November 20, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

They camp outside in tents, bundled up for the freezing temperatures outside. They wait, meticulously counting down the seconds until the doors open. And, finally, after hours of waiting, they bust through, pointing credit cards like weapons at the clerks.They’re Black Friday shoppers, and they’re an...

Be thankful for those who serve, even when they don’t have to

Be thankful for those who serve, even when they don’t have to

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

November 19, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Military service has, in a sense, been the bane of my existence. In Eritrea, where I was born, national service is mandatory for able-bodied men and women my age. Ultimately, if I wasn’t in the United States, I would most likely be in Sawa, a military training camp. My mother had been in Sawa, th...

Free speech: Censorship is preferable to conflict

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

November 19, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In the past couple of weeks, controversy over serving Palestinian food has embroiled Conflict Kitchen. Some pro-Israeli groups say the takeout restaurant in Schenley Plaza displays advocacy via food wrappers for the Palestinian side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.This debate culminated last week...

Could fantasy football make you the next ‘wolf’ of Wall Street?

By Elias Economou / For The Pitt News

November 17, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The New York Stock Exchange and fantasy sports. Upon first glance, similarities between these two activities do not pop into the average person’s head — stocks and fantasy sports seem inherently different.Yet, the idea and thought process behind any fantasy sport played on ESPN, Yahoo, etc., is equivalent...

Video games and art: Why gaming is the future of media

Video games and art: Why gaming is the future of media

By Andrew Boschert / Columnist

November 16, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As is the custom around this time of year, the annual cycle of new video games is hitting the market. Although they have become ubiquitous with the holiday season, video games still seem to be lacking mainstream acceptance.As one of the most recent developments in entertainment, video games have draw...

Don’t be scared to dumpster dive

Don’t be scared to dumpster dive

By Aby Briner / Staff Illustrator

November 14, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials / Rentalguide2015

In college, thrift like your wallet depends on it

In college, thrift like your wallet depends on it

By Courtney Linder / Columnist

November 14, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials / Rentalguide2015

What do you think of first when you hear the words “college apartment?” Front lawns, covered in beer bottles and debris?  A futon covered in stains of which you dare not question the origin? Perhaps the unfinished basement, reminiscent of Buffalo Bill’s kill room in TheSilence of the Lambs, complet...

Four ways to be the collegiate Iron Chef

By Stephen Caruso / Columnist

November 14, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials / Rentalguide2015

Cooking may seem intimidating, but you don’t have to be an Iron Chef to do it. Crafting decent meals just requires some creativity and knowing the flavors you like. Considering the average meal out for an American is $12.75, knowing how to cook at home can save you some money. The best part though i...

What failed in Oregon could succeed elsewhere

By Simon Brown / Columnist

November 12, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Last Tuesday, as each hour after 8 p.m. brought more Republican congressional victories and more disappointed Democratic sighs — at least, everywhere outside Pennsylvania — one vote went almost entirely unnoticed by the nation. Though it didn’t attract the hours of tedious statistical analysis or po...

Who’s soft? Social sciences are in fact scientific

By Thomas Helgerman / Columnist

November 11, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

One day last semester, I was sitting at Hillman Library with some friends, looking over the requirements to apply for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program through the National Science Foundation (NSF).While I was at the table, one of the people sitting with me asked me what I was working on. As an ecomomics major, I info...

Let’s have a true home game: Bring football back to Oakland

By Elias Economou / For The Pitt News

November 10, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Your print-at-home tickets have arrived!An e-mail that students should open with excitement has turned into another overlooked item in our inboxes.Football games at Pitt are different from stereotypical college football games. The lack of an on-campus stadium has tainted our college game day experience. ...

Talkin’ ’bout my generation: Why Independents should be the millennials’ choice

Talkin’ ’bout my generation: Why Independents should be the millennials’ choice

By Stephen Caruso / Columnist

November 10, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It’s morning in America.Well, not really. But anything, and I mean anything, is better than the cold, dark night of the last two years. If anything has made me see the wisdom of Winston Churchill’s oft-repeated quote, “democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others,” it is the 113th C...

‘Basic’ girls frequent Starbucks, apparently

‘Basic’ girls frequent Starbucks, apparently

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

November 6, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

‘Basic’ rights: Starbucks, Instagram and UGG boots do not define a person

‘Basic’ rights: Starbucks, Instagram and UGG boots do not define a person

By Channing Kaiser / Columnist

November 6, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

If you’ve ventured into a Starbucks in the past month, there’s a good chance you’ve heard the phrase “basic” thrown around.The term “basic” is used to describe a woman who wears skinny jeans tucked into mid-calf boots, paired with a North Face jacket. When you say “Tiffany Blue,” sh...

Sciences and humanities more similar than many think

By Jess Craig / Columnist

November 5, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

At first, it was hard to accept that I possessed two completely different passions —  it was as if I was diagnosing myself with split personality disorder. Throughout college, people have always responded to my microbiology and writing dual degree with something along the lines of: “Oh, what an ...

Check your wealth: Economics left out of discourse on privilege

By Simon Brown / Columnist

November 4, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In the past year or so, the term “privilege” has become common currency in social media outlets and online think pieces. The complex and readily misused term provokes passion from most who encounter it. The various bloggers and Tumblr users who invoke the term “privilege” do so to underline the dif...

Westboro Baptist Church not a threat to marriage equality

By Adrianne Glenn / For The Pitt News

November 3, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The Westboro Baptist Church has found a new arena to take its message — the federal courts. The church is working to defend Kansas’s same-sex marriage ban. It has asked to be a defendant in the case because it claimed that Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt could not adequately represent the ...

An appeal for volunteerism: If not for others, do it for you

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

November 2, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Telling people that they should volunteer is like telling them that they should donate a kidney. Both sentiments invoke an unnecessary moral burden. Don’t worry, I won’t tell you that you should volunteer. Rather, I’ll tell you how volunteering can actually benefit you. Let’s be honest, we’re a...

Behind the veil: Misconceptions and stereotypes that Muslim women face

Behind the veil: Misconceptions and stereotypes that Muslim women face

By Courtney Linder / Columnist

October 30, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The United States is a nation built upon ideals of religious freedom. But our notion of religious “freedom” is entirely western-centric, which leads to misunderstanding and, sometimes, hatred of religious practices we are not used to.Take the practices of Islam, for instance. Under-informed individu...

Women and minority inclusion: What the sciences can learn from the humanities

By Simon Brown / Columnist

October 29, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In a decade of declining enrollments in humanities classes with a limited attention to public discourse, the question of how the humanities can learn from the sciences has taken on a particular pertinence. It may be a bold claim, then, to assert that historians and literary scholars can teach biologists and p...

American media coverage of the Ebola crisis is alarmist, one-sided

By Thomas Helgerman / Columnist

October 28, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Since the Ebola outbreak began a couple of months ago, the mainstream media has made some facts about the virus abundantly clear.First, the virus poses a serious threat to several countries in West Africa, particularly Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Second, a more concerted international effort is needed to counter the spread of the disease both within and from affli...

Why the double standard? Violence and sex in pop culture

By Andrew Boschert / Columnist

October 27, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

If you’ve watched TV recently, you’ve probably seen a man’s skull being smashed with a hammer, people’s throats slit into a trough, a meat locker with people’s torsos and limbs hung by hooks and a man’s face being eaten off while he is still alive.More than 17 million American cable viewers ...

Against satire: Just get to the point already, dude

Against satire: Just get to the point already, dude

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

October 26, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The recent controversy over my last column titled “Why Condemning ISIS is Offensive,” which you can read on The Pitt News website, has caused a massive paradigm shift for me. The article, which was satirical, prompted substantial outrage by those who believed I thought that asking Muslims to condemn ISIS was...

Are homecoming candidates the faces of our University?

Are homecoming candidates the faces of our University?

By Courtney Linder & Nick Voutsinos / The Pitt News Staff

October 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Homecoming court traditionally selected students who represent a wide assortment of their university’s student body — or, at least, they did a few decades ago. Originally, homecoming candidates were meant to portray to the alumni what the university and its students were up to.Today though, the...

Your iPhone might be causing low football attendance

Your iPhone might be causing low football attendance

By Jessica Craig / Columnist

October 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Heinz Field, Aug. 30, 2014. A sea of navy blue and gold sloshes through the stadium’s gates — the smell of cheap alcohol and too much cologne colliding with the smell of greasy food. On the field, the marching band is already playing, but their music doesn’t reach the upper half of the student sect...

Nationality Rooms: What does politics have to do with culture?

Nationality Rooms: What does politics have to do with culture?

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

October 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Several weeks ago, Oakland celebrated its 175th Anniversary with a free community event called “Oakland Forever.” The schedule, meant to highlight Oakland’s vibrant legacy, included tours of the Cathedral and its Nationality Rooms.It was during one of these tours that a woman approached me — where ...

How college sports disadvantage athletes and students

By Andrew Boschert / For The Pitt News

October 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

I’ve been a lifelong football fan and, if you ask me, football — not baseball — is America’s pastime.Undeniably though, football has had a tough year.The NFL, for instance, has mishandled countless issues. They continue to dodge the emerging evidence of long-term brain damage. NFL cheerleading...

The significance of 125: Multiples of 5 are important

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

October 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

If you are reading this, you probably know that it’s the 125th year of Pitt football. The fact that we’ve dedicated an entire edition to the anniversary should showcase its importance. However, it’s all too easy to take this glorious accomplishment for granted. We should all take the time to re...

The annual world record: Not necessary for O-week

By Adrianne Glenn / For The Pitt News

October 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Among the bystander seminars, the Activities Fair, the building-wide meetings and the convocation is, perhaps, the most pointless orientation event — the world record.From the Class of 2015’s record for the most people waving glow sticks to form an image of the Cathedral of Learning to the Class of...

Blowing smoke: Campus smoking bans pointless

By Stephen Caruso / Columnist

October 22, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I am not trying to disprove the dangers of secondhand smoke. Facts are facts.I am not attempting to show that there is no connection between cancer and smoking or that secondhand smoke is harmless. It’s not the ‘60s — I’m not funded by the tobacco industry, and I have a soul [citation needed].However,...

Why condemning ISIS is offensive

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

October 21, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Trigger Warning: This is satiricalA disturbing trend has emerged out of radical Islam. No, I am not talking about ISIS itself — though that might also be a concern — I am referring to the assumption that moderate Muslims condemn groups like ISIS.Obama addressed the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. ...

Students partake in the annual Pitt Make a Difference Day

Students partake in the annual Pitt Make a Difference Day

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

October 21, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

PMADD: Let’s serve for more than one day

PMADD: Let’s serve for more than one day

By Simon Brown / Columnist

October 21, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

More than 3,000 highlighter yellow-emblazoned students embarked on buses Saturday to plant trees, clean trash and generally “make a difference” in the Pittsburgh area. Pitt Make a Difference Day demonstrates our campus’ admirable commitment to the community, but it also demonstrates everything lackin...

Obama: Why I’m betting on you to fix the economy

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

October 19, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Growing up as a millennial, it’s always seemed like the U.S. government approached economic reform like a never-ending game of peekaboo. “Where’s the money? There it is!” Someone claims to have found a solution, and then there begins another round of heated debates and lackluster suggestions — we h...

A timeline of Ebola in the U.S.

A timeline of Ebola in the U.S.

By MCT Campus

October 16, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

CDC unprepared for Ebola risks, must change protocol

CDC unprepared for Ebola risks, must change protocol

By Courtney Linder / For The Pitt News

October 16, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Don’t panic — according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we can only contract Ebola through contact with bodily fluids. Yet, considering recent events, maybe we should question the CDC’s reassurances. When Thomas Eric Duncan became the first person in the U.S. to have ...

Tinder not the best place to find your ‘match’

By Channing Kaiser / Columnist

October 15, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As generic relationship advice, your grandmother may have once told you that it’s what’s on the inside that counts. But in the jungle that is college dating, this statement often isn’t true. We care about our appearances and those of others a lot.Look at Tinder. Tinder is a smartphone app that...

Presidential economics: Causation is dead

By Thomas Helgerman / Columnist

October 15, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“Correlation does not imply causality,” has become a mantra of the statistics community and is often heard in economic and political discussions. This is undoubtedly a positive trend, as ignoring it can lead to ridiculous observations — like the claims that the divorce rate in Maine drives changes in pe...

Pride and prejudice: An atheist attends a seminar on Christian sexual ethics

By Andrew Boschert / For The Pitt News

October 13, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

First, I would like to betray my normal sensibilities and discuss my religious affiliation. It’s not something I do often, as private beliefs can often unfairly shape one’s reputation. But here goes: I’m an atheist. If I’m in a church, it’s definitely for a wedding or funeral. I’m staunch...

The people’s climate march

The people’s climate march

By Dale Shoemaker / For The Pitt News

October 9, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Hundreds of thousands of protestors met in New York to voice their concerns about the environment. 

Climate march reflects urgency, calls for immediate action

Climate march reflects urgency, calls for immediate action

By Channing Kaiser / Columnist

October 9, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Three weeks ago, I walked in the People’s Climate March in New York City along with more than 300,000 individuals. Yet in the weeks following the march, I’ve monitored the news coverage of it and have been slightly disappointed. There were many headlines during the days following the event boasting abo...

Banned books: Our best writing?

Banned books: Our best writing?

By Jess Craig / Columnist

October 8, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The recent coming and passing of Banned Books Week left an ongoing debate in its wake. Nationwide, conflict continues between librarians, academics, book-lovers, writers and school administrators. And don’t forget oversensitive parents: adults who prefer to have their children believing in talking, bo...

Discussion on Internet policy is stuck in neutral

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

October 7, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Until recently, the incident that provoked the most comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) website was Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” in 2004. But a new record of 3.7 million comments has nearly doubled that. What could possibly attract more attention than Jackson...

Look on the bright side, cynics: There’s reason for optimism

By Adrianne Glenn / For The Pitt News

October 6, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

At some point in the last week, you probably heard something like “What has the world come to?” There is disapproving commentary about everything from the value placed on social media, movements to legalize marijuana and the promotion of marriage equality.Commentary like this reflects ignorance about t...

Surviving partisan politics will take compromise

Surviving partisan politics will take compromise

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

October 5, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When children misbehave, you give them a time out. When Congress misbehaves, you strand its members on a remote island and allow the threat of imminent death to reconcile their differences. That’s exactly what the Discovery Channel plans on doing with its new show, “Rival Survival,” which premier...

PA Senate: New medical marijuana bill misses the point

PA Senate: New medical marijuana bill misses the point

By Courtney Linder / For The Pitt News

October 2, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

An amended bill legalizing several forms of medical marijuana passed 43-7 in the Pennsylvania State Senate last week. Don’t celebrate yet, though. As it turns out, the legislation is severely lacking.The new bill, sponsored by Sen. Mike Folmer (R-48) and Sen. Daylin Leach (D-149), requires a pati...

Celebrity activism: Examining its ethics and effects

By Simon Brown / Columnist

October 1, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Usually when I encounter trending articles, videos and stories on social media sites, I need not ponder long before I can take a stance on them. They either deserve attention or they do not. Similarly, the standard editorial thinkpiece takes definitive stances. It supports or it objects. It answers y...

Pumpkin spice craze an example of effective marketing

Pumpkin spice craze an example of effective marketing

By Thomas Helgerman / Columnist

September 30, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Autumn is a wonderful season — it’s undoubtedly the most colorful, and it offers a welcome change from the oppressive heat of August. But nothing is really quite as “fall” as the pumpkin spice latte (PSL). Since it first entered the market in 2003, the drink has become increasingly more popular...

Exposing exploitation: Making the case against unpaid internships

By Andrew Boschert / For The Pitt News

September 29, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

College students are aware that between all their classes and exams, they will be expected to work somewhere for free. Not volunteering, I might add, but the bottom of the barrel: unpaid intern.Gone are the days of making copies and coffee runs. Interns often have practical skills and technological know-how sough...

Tesla troubles: Progress demands an open marketplace

Tesla troubles: Progress demands an open marketplace

By Stephen Caruso / Columnist

September 28, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

America likes to pride itself on innovation. If you have a good, new idea, you have the right to try to realize it and profit from it — as demonstrated by the hit show “Shark Tank.” However, in reality, this idea is extremely complicated. Traditional business interests tend to obstruct these ideas, becaus...

Sweet smell of ‘swagger:’ gendered products are useless

By Channing Kaiser / Columnist

September 25, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

You are a man with a smelly apartment. Do you:A. Ignore it. This is college. Your mom’s not here. Who cares?B. Spray Febreze everywhere and light a vanilla-scented candle, letting your masculinity take a hit.C. Order a “mandle” with a scent like “kegger” or “stripper’s mouth,” and let ...

Police officers deserve more respect, appreciation

By Jess Craig / Columnist

September 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Cops: heartless, cold-blooded killers. Villainous racists who shoot unarmed, innocent bystanders. The hothead who gives you a speeding ticket for going 10 miles per hour over the speed limit when you were late for an important interview. Cops get a notoriously bad rap. But, following the Michael Br...

Having the right priorities: Football for the win

Having the right priorities: Football for the win

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

September 23, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Two weeks ago, the NCAA decided to lift the ban on Penn State’s bowl eligibility and restore the 10 scholarships it took away in 2011 because of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. But after the immediate riots at Penn State, no one seems to really care anymore. Nevertheless, that won’t sto...

Stop the war on drugs: It’s a waste

By Jess Craig / Columnist

September 22, 2014


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Our country’s obsession with drugs is a waste of time and money. Here are five reasons why what we’re doing now to fight against drugs isn’t working and why all drugs should be legalized in the United States.1. The argument that illicit drugs cause more deaths is invalid. A common counterpoint made in opp...

Violent acts by minors: Who should take the blame?

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

September 21, 2014


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Every time someone commits a heinous crime, we as a society search for answers. Is it simply a matter of mental health or upbringing, or is the root cause something deeper than that?It has long been determined that the individual who committed the violent act bears the consequences of said act. But,...

The Freshman 15

The Freshman 15

By Cartoon by Fatima Kizilkaya

September 19, 2014


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There's no way college makes you gain weight...

Pittsburgh’s only food co-op is facing legal troubles

Pittsburgh’s only food co-op is facing legal troubles

By Courtesy of Facebook

September 19, 2014


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Volunteers used to be able to work at the co-op in exchange for discounts on  food. 

Dining Guide: Disease pandemic at Pitt: The Freshman 15

Dining Guide: Disease pandemic at Pitt: The Freshman 15

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

September 18, 2014


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Why everyone keeps talking about Ebola is beyond me. The Freshman 15 is a far more infectious disease, making its rounds with an uncanny tendency to target the bright-eyed college novices that make up each incoming class. But there’s no need to worry, freshmen. Like any well-intentioned institution, ...

Dining Guide: The East End Co-op: The value in working for food

Dining Guide: The East End Co-op: The value in working for food

By Jessica Craig / Columnist

September 18, 2014


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The East End Food Co-op, 7516 Meade St. An industrial-looking yellow and sage painted building that tries to be a grocery store — wide sliding glass doors, posters of fruits and vegetables hanging in the ground-floor store windows, a metal-lined cart return aisle labeled “RETURN CARTS HERE.”Sunday, Se...

Dining Guide: Five tips for staying healthy at Pitt

By Stephen Caruso / Columnist

September 18, 2014


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Before you beat yourself up too much, remember that it make sense to gain weight in college.It really just comes down to opportunity costs. As decision makers, we need to ration our time to what matters most. The average college student’s top priorities are probably going to be studying, socializing an...

Use college to begin adulthood, not finish adolescence

By Simon Brown / Columnist

September 17, 2014


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In the opening of “Moby Dick,” the narrator, Ishmael, recounts how he spent the years from adolescence to adulthood: “A whale ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.” The reader knows, generally, what he means by this. The whale ship, its responsibilities and its crew defined young Ishmael’...

Not quite music to my ears: The problem with intellectual property laws

Not quite music to my ears: The problem with intellectual property laws

By Thomas Helgerman / Columnist

September 17, 2014


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Students and the technology sector alike have been abuzz with the announcement of the Apple Watch, which is already creating quite a buzz in the marketplace.Such excitement is certainly warranted. Not only is this the first Apple product without the “i” prefix, but through its music storage capabi...

Let them eat cake: The challenges of living on welfare

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

September 15, 2014


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It is well-known that liberals love big government because it hands them free stuff. Free stuff, like T-shirts during  O-week, the T Downtown or lunch at Pittsburgh Public Schools is always great, but living off free stuff is even better. Unfortunately, like in all occupations, living off welfare isn...

Letter from the Editor: Website Redesign

By Natalie Daher / Editor-in-Chief

September 14, 2014


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Daily print production, for many student newspapers, is a thing of the past. Over the past decade, student publications have cut some, or all, of their paper products in favor of the evolving journalistic practice that is the “digital-first” approach.We at The Pitt News are fortunate to retain o...

Sticks and stones: Don’t underestimate the power of words

By Channing Kaiser / Columnist

September 14, 2014


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“Don’t tell me white girls struggle in society.”“Sitting next to black people on the bus makes me nervous.”“I don’t understand why people dislike Justin Bieber.”We’ve all heard statements like this before — phrases that make our eyebrows shoot up and our faces grimace. Sometimes, p...

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