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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 14, 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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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 18, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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 18, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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...

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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, ...

Use college to begin adulthood, not finish adolescence

By Simon Brown / Columnist

September 17, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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 16, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“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...

Employment Guide: The human element: What it takes to be a good doctor

Employment Guide: The human element: What it takes to be a good doctor

By Jessica Craig / Columnist

September 11, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It takes about 11 years to become a doctor – four years of undergraduate education, four years of medical school, one year as an intern and two years, minimum, of residency.As a freshman pre-medicine and neuroscience student, I spent a good deal of time making sure that, in four or five years, I would...

Employment Guide: The classroom is the best career service

By Simon Brown / Columnist

September 11, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

American colleges and their students find themselves in the peculiar state of perpetual “crisis.” At least that’s what magazine articles, scholarly books and political speeches from the postwar era to today consistently have us believe.Calls of crisis in the halls of higher education come at a d...

Wasting away in Margaritaville: Get real about the economy

By Stephen Caruso / Columnist

September 11, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014

It feels that, often, this country’s understanding of the economy is like an episode of “South Park.” Specifically, it’s like the one in which Randy Marsh convinces the entire eponymous town to spend money on nothing but “the bare essentials. Water and bread and margaritas,” to appease the e...

Employment Guide: On the fast track to employment: Stop and smell the Gen-Eds

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

September 11, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I always knew that my scholarship to Pitt would save me a great deal of money. What I didn’t know was that the value of the scholarship far exceeds its monetary merits.Too easily, I could have come to view my educational experience at Pitt solely in terms of employment potential — as a means of retu...

Employment Guide: Degree of difficulty

By Thomas Helgerman / Columnist

September 11, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In choosing a major to pursue, every college student faces a fundamental question: Should I study a field that I enjoy or should I study one in which I can get a job?Undoubtedly, many students are fortunate enough to enjoy a subject that has rosy employment numbers. But, in the aftermath of the 2008 re...

Female empowerment: It’s not for everyone

By Jess Craig / Columnist

September 10, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“Dear candidate, thank you for your application to our ballet academy. Unfortunately you have not been accepted. You lack the right feet, Achilles tendons, turnout, torso length and bust. You have the wrong body for ballet, and at 13 you are too old to be considered.”This plays in the background dur...

The power of friendship: Who needs a military?

The power of friendship: Who needs a military?

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

September 9, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

From an outside perspective, it seems as though the world is descending into chaos. With persistent headlines on the conflict in Ukraine and the unrest in the Middle East, the world may seem like a frightening place.While it is true that the world may “seem” frightening, that doesn’t necessarily warrant militar...

I don’t speak the language, but that culture don’t need explaining

By Simon Brown / Columnist

September 8, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

One wouldn’t expect to find much contemporary wisdom in any Jason Derulo song. But anyone who has endured hearing “Talk Dirty” can find in it a perspective toward global travel shared by too many study abroad programs. The somehow-popular song details Derulo’s international sexual exploits and...

Enough is enough: Treat abortion as a medical issue before discussing it

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

September 7, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I grew up in a Christian household and learned early on that abortion was a subject best treated matter-of-factly — it’s simply immoral. But skirting around talk about abortion obstructs the path to possible solutions. Still, politicians and preachers alike have traditionally treated abortion similarl...

Contrary to popular belief, here’s five things millennials should be proud of

By Danielle Dyal / Columnist

September 4, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Our generation does not have the best reputation. We constantly battle accusations of being unfocused — unless it’s on the latest trending hashtag — lazy, save for effort required to find the TV remote and ignorant, excluding the content of gossip-highlighted social media.What’s worse is that i...

Many reasons why listicles are nonsense

By Simon Brown / Columnist

September 3, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

There is a reason why the most profound writing in the English language cannot be sensibly expressed in BuzzFeed headlines. The list article — or “listicle” — as a genre cannot capture the irony and self-doubt that challenges readers’ sensibilities. Serious online news outlets and magazines ought...

Another student’s treasure: Why to buy used textbooks

By Thomas Helgerman / Columnist

September 2, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

With each new semester, students go textbook shopping — a fiscally painful experience that tends to start the year off on a sour note.A report this year by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund found that students spend, on average, $1,200 per year on textbooks and school supplies — this equates to just more than...

Skip the dates, find your mate

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

September 1, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

One of the most vivid memories I have from my first tour of Pitt is visiting Heinz Chapel, or rather, realizing what Heinz Chapel represented. As we made our way past the ornate building, my Pathfinder turned to face us and teased that it would be wise to register now for our eventual weddings because o...

Adulthood: Fifty shades of unoriginal

Adulthood: Fifty shades of unoriginal

By Channing Kaiser / Columnist

August 28, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Creativity and imagination in adults isn’t nurtured in the same way it is in young children. Young kids are encouraged to make Play-Doh sculptures, play make-believe and have tea parties with their stuffed animals. At some point, arguably around middle school, that changes. In middle school, creativ...

Hashtag Activism: There’s more to charity than ice buckets

Hashtag Activism: There’s more to charity than ice buckets

By Jessica Craig / For the Pitt News

August 27, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Charities and ice-cold water are no strangers to each other. The ALS Association — a nonprofit organization that raises money and promotes awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neurodegenerative disease —  adapted the Ice Bucket Challenge from a previous social media trend, the Cold Wat...

Mars One mission: Not the place for reality television

Mars One mission: Not the place for reality television

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

August 26, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

With an ambitious project aiming to create a permanent human settlement on Mars, the nonprofit foundation Mars One has given new meaning to the  “I don’t want to live on this planet anymore” internet meme.By 2023, the Dutch organization claims it will have established a permanent settlement on ...

Want to fix the Ivy League? Stop talking about them

By Simon Brown / Columnist

August 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Americans hold strong feelings about a whole range of athletic divisions, conferences and leagues. None of these sources, however, engender discussion quite as earnest as the Ivy League. This may be because most Americans don’t realize that their membership in this association is actually all the ...

Liberals continue to make everything about race

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

August 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The United States has a black Supreme Court justice, a half-black president and many successful black businessmen, but liberals are still constantly harping on race. Apparently, they are unaware that our modern society — where the black unemployment rate is twice as high as the white, and blacks are six...

Welcome Back: Rethinking the undergraduate economics curriculum

By Thomas Helgerman / Columnist

August 18, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Following the financial crisis in 2007 and subsequent recession of 2007-2009, the discipline of economics began a soul-searching process of questioning its very foundations. Far from the arrogance that characterized the field during the 1990s and 2000s, economist Paul Krugman tackled the question “How Di...

Welcome Back: Immigrants: They’re here, they’re coming, get used to it

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

August 18, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

There was a point in my childhood when I considered myself an illegal immigrant. I was too young then to understand what being an “asylee” — a permanent refugee — meant, but old enough to understand that immigration was a problem and that illegal “aliens” were stealing our jobs and our pr...

Welcome Back: Picking your major will ultimately determine your happiness

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

August 18, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Whether you know the minute you arrive on campus as a freshman or take a few semesters — or years — to figure it out, at some point in your college career, you will have to make the decision that will affect the rest of your life: your major. As soon as you choose the major that will be inscribe...

Welcome Back: Studying politics: It’s about real people, not abstract research

By Matt Barnes / Assistant Opinions Editor

August 18, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Each fall, college freshmen arrive on campus eager to begin the next chapter of their lives. During this time, choosing an undergraduate academic discipline will be one of the most important decisions they make.For those interested in law, government or politics, political science seems like an obvious choice....

Summer Guide: A Modern Day Horror Story

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

July 15, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials / Summerguide2014

Elliot Rodger’s autobiographical manifesto, “My Twisted World: The Story of Elliot Rodger,” is the modern-day “Frankenstein”. In a dramatic 137 pages, Rodger depicts a sad, confused “monster” unleashed into a culture and society that condemned him. Readers feel sorry for Frankenstein’s monster but...

Free speech: What is it good for anyway?

By Eli Talbert / For The Pitt News

July 8, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It’s official. The Supreme Court has sold out to the Christian right. In an unanimous decision in the case of McCullen v. Coakley, the court struck down a Massachusetts law that created a 35-foot buffer area around abortion zones. The court declared the law unconstitutional on the strange and alien c...

VA medical scandal presents opportunity to right a wrong

By Jessica Craig / For The Pitt News

June 10, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In response to the emerging evidence of falsified medical records and appointment times at the Phoenix VA Medical Center, President Obama took to his podium in Washington to call for nation-wide changes to veteran health care on May 21.Concerns about the quality of medical care at the veteran medical...

The best places to study on campus

The best places to study on campus

By Thomas Helgerman / Columnist

May 28, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

No matter where you turn, there are sure to be family, friends, teachers and others telling you the experiences you “have to have” in college. You’re probably looking online at all of the opportunities that the city of Pittsburgh has to offer.But often absent in the mounds of advice and laughabl...

10 ways college life can be like your favorite sitcom

By Bethel Habte / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Let’s face it, real life can be unpleasant, but life with a laugh track is exciting.Even though you’re probably not going to be besties with any of the random strangers you met on your class’s Facebook page, and you may end up hating the roommate you requested, but can’t complain because, after ...

Hop aboard the 54D: Leave Oakland & explore

Hop aboard the 54D: Leave Oakland & explore

By Simon Brown / Columnist

May 28, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

When you first visited Pitt during your college search, you were inevitably greeted with brochures and pamphlets promoting the University. These pamphlets displayed glossy photos of the Cathedral of Learning, the storied incline at Mount Washington and perhaps even PNC Park or Heinz Field along the shim...

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