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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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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 ...

Advertisements can save public school programs from the axe

By Ben Morgenstern / Columnist

June 23, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I was in high school when I first realized that my school district, Pittsburgh Public Schools, was forced to pinch pennies. In response to reduced funding, Pittsburgh Public Schools enacted a variety of district-wide cuts — a move that resulted in laying off teachers and increasing class sizes.Unfortunately, pu...

Coffee by the numbers

Coffee by the numbers

By Alex Ryan / Art Director

June 16, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Coffee connoisseur confessional: Drink your cup of Joe, guilt free

Coffee connoisseur confessional: Drink your cup of Joe, guilt free

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

June 16, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I like my coffee like I like my coffee — black, about five times a day and accompanying most of my meals.There are no euphemisms to decode here. I just really like coffee.Coffee is as synonymous with college students as Netflix is with procrastination — both of which students indulge in to an ampl...

Takeout 101: The ins and outs of dining app, Tapingo

By Adrianne Glenn / Columnist

June 9, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When you were a prospective freshman, you might have tried the grilled cheese and stir fry at Market Central and thought it was edible enough to spend the vast majority of your meals there.Market is allright, but you’re going to crave some variety. You’ll find yourself eating out more than you ex...

Solving America’s infrastructure issue, one rail at a time

By Stephen Caruso / Columnist

June 2, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Infrastructure isn’t supposed to be sexy.But, ever since my first trip to New York City ended in the glory of Grand Central Terminal, I’ve thought otherwise — infrastructure is sexy.It’s expensive, long-term and so politically useless, but bridges, tunnels, highways, airports and rails are al...

Homes away from home: Pros and cons of freshman dorms

By Patricia Scott / For the Pitt News

May 28, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

There’s a stereotype for a college dorm — it’s tiny, sloppy and the walls are so thin that Mother Teresa would surely blush if she heard what was happening on the other side.But at Pitt, the dorms might just exceed your expectations.Every freshman, with the exception of commuters, has the privilege...

Fighting nostalgia: Experience East Asian cultures in Pittsburgh

By Shengyu Wang / Columnist

May 28, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

On my first day in Pittsburgh, I found myself struggling with two 28-inch suitcases in the summer heat and a sick stomach unadapted to Western meals only including salad and bread. Seeking reprieve, I dashed into Tong’s Cuisine on Semple Street to find comfort in sitting down and slurping up a bowl of...

How to immerse yourself in Panthers sports culture

By Rebecca Peters / Columnist

May 28, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

New students, welcome to the City of Champ-yinz. From the Immaculate Reception to Bill Mazeroski, Pittsburgh knows sports drama — and this fall, you’ll have a chance to join the tradition.There will be a full stadium of college students rallying for their team at Heinz Field. Clad in blue and gol...

The Panther Card: Your wingman and jovial friend

The Panther Card: Your wingman and jovial friend

By Anna Tomani / Columnist

May 28, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Tuition rates are rising. Everything comes with a fee. You’re paying far too much money for a cramped dorm room and potential roommate drama. As a student, it’s not hard to feel that your school is taking advantage of you.Except when it comes to your Pitt ID.  You already know that your Pitt ID, or Pa...

How to survive pre-med without compromising yourself

How to survive pre-med without compromising yourself

By Bethel Habte / Assistant Opinions Editor

May 28, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Pre-med. For some students, it was a lifelong dream. But for those like myself, it was acquired in a serendipitous stumble.I, being an extremely indecisive person, applied to 15 colleges, all strewn haphazardly across the nation. All had excellent psychology programs, which at the time I was sure I wanted ...

You make the call

You make the call

By Courtesy of CMU

May 26, 2015


Filed under Columns, Editorials, Opinions

Going the distance: Four ways tech is improving relationships

By Cecile Truong / Columnist

May 26, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Without FaceTime, there’s no way I would have been able to date my boyfriend for the past two years. He’s three time zones away at University of California, Berkeley, across the country from Pitt. If this were a few decades ago, my relationship would never last. Both in separate states, we would ...

Addicted to nicotine or tech? E-cigs an accessory, not a solution

Addicted to nicotine or tech? E-cigs an accessory, not a solution

By Courtney Linder / Opinions Editor

May 19, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

During my freshman year, I met most of my friends on “the patio.” While I didn’t smoke personally, a few of my friends did. The cement slab facing Forbes Avenue was quite the hotbed for other smokers — new friends to kick ideas around with while taking a cool, three minute break from the hust...

Five reasons to vote for Hillary in 2016

Five reasons to vote for Hillary in 2016

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

May 12, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

You’ve seen her on the news for her email scandal, listened to her Benghazi testimony and appreciated the colorful spread of Internet memes dedicated in her honor. Yet there is still some debate on why Hillary Clinton should win next year’s popularity contest — the 2016 Presidential Election. Belo...

King v. Burwell: Constitutionality and the will of the people

By Marlo Safi / Columnist

May 5, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Before you’re 26, you’re going to need to consider your own health care plan — without your parents. In two months, when the U.S. Supreme Court decides King v. Burwell, we’ll know just how costly your care could be.The Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, recommends states should set up the...

Varied marijuana slang terms

Varied marijuana slang terms

By Katelyn Binetti / Staff Illustrator

April 19, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Pot patois: A comprehensive etymology of marijuana

Pot patois: A comprehensive etymology of marijuana

By Courtney Linder / Assistant Opinions Editor

April 19, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I still cringe when I remember my high school health teacher rattling off street slang for marijuana in her shrill, overly enthusiastic voice.“Pot, weed, skunk, reefer, ganja!” she’d said with an undue smile, as if her life’s passion was to discuss slang for the Cannabis plant. As a class, we al...

No marijuana, no American: The ubiquity of marijuana in entertainment

By Shengyu Wang / For The Pitt News

April 19, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“Never think about smoking marijuana in America!” my dad warned me with a disapproving expression before I left for the United States. He told me, “It will make you addicted, then your whole life will be ruined.”  My father’s concerns reflect a common Chinese sentiment — because marijuana and its...

False representations: Media portrayal of marijuana

By Adrianne Glenn / Columnist

April 19, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

If your only introduction to marijuana is through an episode of “That ‘70s Show” or any comparable comedy featuring marijuana use, you probably think it’s nothing more than a dangerous drug impairing the minds of the impulsive teenagers who use it. The media consistently represents marijuana...

Passions vs. Paychecks: It’s a major decision

By Ben Morgenstern / Columnist

April 16, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Sometimes life feels like a BuzzFeed quiz. Are you more concerned with being passionate about your job, or are you a money monger?  While we are still busy studying Shakespeare and biology, it’s hard to say how we will feel in our future jobs.New York Times Best Seller “Do What You Love, the Money...

It’s time to rebrand the feminist movement

By Elizabeth Dusky / For The Pitt News

April 15, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I am a feminist. But that does not mean I am a brutish woman, rallying in the streets, shouting about how men are the oppressive pigs while setting my bra ablaze.So why is it that I am met with sighs and eye rolls when I tell people that I support feminism and consider myself to be a feminist?Modern...

Don’t succumb to finals blues

By Rebecca Peters / Columnist

April 15, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

With finals approaching, our columnist set out to put her end-of-year advice to poetic wisdom. Read on for helpful hints to overcoming your finals woes.For 15 weeks you’ve held on,to everything that seems of importance,but the weekend that falls before week 16amounts to little, if any, substance.Rathe...

The importance of the GOP: It’s for young people, too

By Marlo Safi / Columnist

April 14, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“Dad, I’m a Republican.”I could imagine what was racing through my liberal father’s mind — that his 18-year-old, first generation Syrian-American daughter was identifying with a party associated with old, rich and white bigots. It’s not just my father who holds this common misconstrued pe...

Freedom based on government stability, not ideology

By Shengyu Wang / For The Pitt News

April 13, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As a Chinese student studying in the United States, I felt conflicted when I read the news about Chinese police detaining anti-sexual harassment protesters on International Women’s Day last month. The Chinese government did not allot the protesters their fair share of freedom of speech, and I realized the situation...

Hillary Clinton: Don’t give her a free pass

By Patricia Scott / For the Pitt News

April 12, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Hillary Clinton, a well-educated and politically established woman, used her personal, private email account to conduct federal business within one of the highest offices held in the United States. This secrecy should have completely obliterated Clinton’s chances of running for president. However...

Enough about beer: Wine is just fine

By Sam McGinley / Assistant Copy Chief

April 9, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Don’t get me wrong, I can see the appeal of a nice, cold beer straight out of the cooler on a hot summer day. It’s refreshing — I get it. But at what cost? Beer isn’t particularly good for your health — it certainly isn’t good for your dignity — and when you deconstruct its qualities, the...

Quality over quantity: Craft beer and production quotas

Quality over quantity: Craft beer and production quotas

By Katie McGrath / Columnist

April 9, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

If you’re in The Original Hot Dog Shop on the corner of Forbes Avenue and Bouquet Street on a Friday night looking to buy beer, you’re probably not there to buy a case of Budweiser. You’re there for craft beer. You’re there because the all-American, old-school hot dog and fries shop focuses ...

Beer snob confessional

By Ellie Petrosky / Copy Chief

April 9, 2015


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I don’t bother watering it down — I’m a beer snob. I’ve checked in more than 400 distinct beers on Untappd, a social discovery and network app for beer lovers. I’ve completed two Beer Bibles at Fuel and Fuddle and am more than three-quarters of the way through my third. My ideal Saturday i...

Shopping: The ultimate antidote to finals stress

By Cecile Truong / Columnist

April 8, 2015


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We’re nearing finals week and the end of the school year, which means all students’ and professors’ stress levels are about to crest. To combat stress, some people work out at the Petersen Events Center, pig out at Market Central or sit in the massage chairs in the William Pitt Union. Personally,...

Enough special treatment: Churches should pay taxes, too

By Andrew Boschert / Columnist

April 7, 2015


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In the United States, many have debated the issue of government social programs. Charitable organizations, we feel, ought to alleviate the plight of helping the underprivileged.Yet there is a growing problem. Government programs like the recent Affordable Care Act insist that public assistance is in the ...

Facebook.gov: Legislating for the future

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

April 6, 2015


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There are few institutions that people hate more than Congress. Congress is a deadlocked mess, fighting over everything from nominations to budgets. According to an Economist/YouGov poll from March, 65 percent of Americans disapprove of Congress, while only 15 percent of Americans approve. It is time to modernize and reform our ruling body that’s been around ...

Religious freedom laws breed intolerance, discrimination

By Brianna Roser / For The Pitt News

April 5, 2015


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While America’s religious freedom once attracted millions of oppressed immigrants during the 19th and 20th centuries, the acceptance that once nourished our country’s diversity is now starving it. Recent religious freedom laws now protect the rights of companies instead of just individuals. The...

A fool-proof guide to studying for finals

By Anna Tomani / Columnist

April 2, 2015


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Bragging on Facebook about how you’re a procrastinator isn’t going to help you get an A on that statistics final in two weeks. Cut the jokes, and create a plan to get the grade you want.1) Consider where you’re going to study. The most common study destination is Hillman Library, which accommo...

Pitt Wi-Fi frustrating, but enjoy the perks of its inconvenience

By Cecile Truong / Columnist

April 1, 2015


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Nowadays, for college students, Internet access is practically as much a basic necessity as water or food. Many professors have shifted from lecturing via whiteboards and chalkboards to PowerPoints that they post online for students to review. Access to websites such as WebAssign, Purdue OWL, CourseWe...

Look past the number one hits and appreciate an artist’s progression

By Elias Economou / Columnist

March 31, 2015


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Listeners often critique musicians on their latest tracks instead of their growth and development. A major component of creating music lies in progression. Learning from older work and applying the knowledge to new tracks to continue to influence more people is integral to an artist’s musical output. ...

Fashionably late on the road to success

Fashionably late on the road to success

By Ben Morgenstern / Columnist

March 31, 2015


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Editor's Note: This is a satirical column.College is a time in every student’s life that calls for a lot of sleep. So why not get some?. Many students think they do not have the time to get a good night’s rest, complaining that they need to stay up late and wake up early to complete their homewo...

A ‘Mean Girls’ model for college success

A ‘Mean Girls’ model for college success

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

March 31, 2015


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Editor's Note: This is a satirical column.Who hasn’t seen “Mean Girls”? It’s the iconic coming of “b*tchiness” movie, providing inspiration for every sad, lonely person seeking a magical method for building self-esteem.  That magical method exists outside of the movies, and it’s called te...

Silenced voices: How media accusations perpetuate rape culture

By Adrianne Glenn / Columnist

March 30, 2015


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It isn’t easy for victims of sexual assault to tell their story. It isn’t any easier for victims who witness the media call other victims liars. Such is the case with Jackie, the woman who came forth as the University of Virginia gang rape victim and became the primary source for a controversial Ro...

Op-Ed: Educators: Understand the past and empower black students

By Jamil Alhassan / Op-Ed Contributor

March 26, 2015


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This February, students across the country celebrated Black History Month. They read books by black authors, wrote research papers on civil rights activists, memorized Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech and watched videos about the Underground Railroad. And as they learned about the s...

Gov. Wolf: Keep the progress alive on death penalty reform

By Alex Turner / For The Pitt News

March 25, 2015


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Gov. Wolf has cleared the path toward progressive death penalty reform. Pennsylvania has executed only three prisoners on death row since 1976, when the Supreme Court of the United States reinstated the death penalty. Yet, it was not until the middle of February this year that Wolf halted execution...

That’s right, it’s savvy to write: Trade your keyboard for a pen

By Courtney Linder / Assistant Opinions Editor

March 24, 2015


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I’m only 20 years old, and I’m already reminiscing about old times. Whatever happened to passing your friends folded notes with quirky messages scrawled on them? There’s something intimate about a handwritten letter with which no amount of emojis can compete.Last Tuesday, journalist Melissa Lud...

Social media: A quasi-addiction for attention-seekers

Social media: A quasi-addiction for attention-seekers

By Katie McGrath / For The Pitt News

March 23, 2015


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It’s 7 a.m., and that annoying cell phone tone you’ve set as your alarm urges you to wake up. You yawn and open your eyes, reaching instinctively for your phone and silencing it. But you don’t put it back down — you plug in. You mindlessly scroll through social media feeds such as Twitter, Fac...

Awareness is key to understanding clinical depression

By Marlo Safi / Columnist

March 22, 2015


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My best friend and I spent countless hours talking on the phone when she had depression. She described feeling like studying was futile — that she wouldn’t derive satisfaction from any grade. Life was a tunnel with no light at the end. The best I could do was comfort her and let her know that she...

A knack for Yik Yak: Why millennials turn to an online diary

By Courtney Linder / Assistant Opinions Editor

March 19, 2015


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I didn’t even have to go outside during midterms week to find out that the sidewalks were miniature ice rinks and students were slipping on the pavement and breaking limbs. I had Yik Yak.Although the anonymous social media app has drawn some furtive glances from the likes of concerned parents and ...

How to Hillman: A Study Guide

By Anna Tomani / For The Pitt News

March 18, 2015


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If you’ve ever studied at the Hillman Library, you know just how it got the nickname “Club Hillman.” Despite the library’s constant crowd of students, I still continue to meet students who proudly proclaim they’ve “never been to Hillman.” Well, kiddos, when you finally realize you’re ...

Everyone lies, so don’t trust the powers that be

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

March 17, 2015


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Climate change, the safety of vaccines, the roundness of the world — all of these issues have been contentious at one time or another and supported by various studies and facts reported in the mainstream media. However, when you think about it, how do you know that the mainstream media isn’t simpl...

Officer shooting in Ferguson: Black and blue lives both matter

By Adrianne Glenn / Columnist

March 16, 2015


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Last week, Twitter user @DanDevaneGOP, a proud conservative according to his Twitter bio, tweeted, “show your support by using the hashtag #BlueLivesMatter for the hero Cops shot at the #FergusonShooting.” @DanDevaneGOP is just one of a tidal wave of Twitter users who have turned to the hashtag to voice their suppor...

Are you ready to vote?

Are you ready to vote?

By Katelyn Binetti / For The Pitt News

March 15, 2015


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Five new reasons to vote in 2016

Five new reasons to vote in 2016

By Rebecca Peters / Columnist

March 15, 2015


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The 2016 presidential election will dramatically delight as the Bush and Clinton dynasties battle for the throne and attempt to socially and politically execute anyone who stands in the way. Despite efforts from the Bush and Clinton teams, other candidates do exist for your choosing, and looking past e...

Stolen hope in humanity: Why can’t I leave my things unattended?

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

March 5, 2015


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I stopped when I saw the shattered glass lying on the ground. Dark, gray pieces of glasses that, in the shadow of the darkness, glittered like the intricate jewelry I had tried on, admired and left in the shops we had wandered through. It seemed my father didn’t, or couldn’t, believe it had hap...

High drinking age stunts students’ maturity rate

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

March 4, 2015


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With spring break rapidly approaching, I’m going to tell you a little secret: College students drink. Oftentimes, a lot. What’s more, they do it illegally.The national drinking age is an interesting anomaly, something we’ve long accepted begrudgingly without a second thought. After all, it does give u...

Keystone XL: Obama’s veto contrary to people’s will and benefit

By Marlo Safi / For The Pitt News

March 3, 2015


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President Obama, as expected, vetoed the Keystone XL Pipeline bill last week despite overwhelming support from Americans. His veto appeased the left wing.Its pushback lies in climate concerns, and environmentalists have not failed to express their worries. The Natural Resources Defense Council argues that Keys...

Ending the standard: Why plus-size minimizes the average

By Stephen Caruso / Columnist

March 2, 2015


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I don’t know about you, but the phrase “plus-size” is really starting to piss me off.When you think about it, the term is completely useless. “Plus-size” compared to what? Compared to the average model or the average person? Because such a relative measure is a great way to show how messed up Am...

Ask Antonio: Spring Break Blues

By Antonio Blundo / For The Pitt News

March 1, 2015


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Dear Antonio,I am currently going through an issue with a girl from home. As you know, spring break is coming up, and my old flame from high school wants to hang out and “talk” over break. We dated for about eight months in high school until we broke up senior year, but continued to hook up until a f...

Sexism doesn’t sell: Integrate more meaningful female roles into film

By Adrianne Glenn / Columnist

February 26, 2015


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This year, not a single female director or screenwriter was nominated for an Oscar. Women’s underrepresentation in media is no new tale, though. Women accounted for 4.1 percent of directors, 12.2 percent of writers and 20 percent of producers in the top 100 grossing films of 2012, according to Stacy Smit...

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