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Editorial: Graham-Cassidy plan ruins progress and instills division

Editorial: Graham-Cassidy plan ruins progress and instills division

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 21, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

On one side of the aisle, U.S. lawmakers are tackling the issue of health care with the broadest strokes possible by introducing a constitutional amendment that affirms access to health care as a basic human right. On the other side of the aisle, Republicans are attempting to repeal and replace former ...

Editorial: Pitt must condemn professor’s threats

Editorial: Pitt must condemn professor’s threats

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 20, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

More than 200 students gathered at the base of Litchfield Towers Monday to protest a group that spewed homophobia, racism and sexism on our campus. Thankfully, no one was hurt — students drove the bigoted group across the street and off campus. But it seems that if it were up to State Rep. Aaro...

Pitt students’ protest represents model of free speech

Pitt students’ protest represents model of free speech

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 19, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

When protesters descended on campus yesterday afternoon to push a controversial message, they weren’t the only ones ready to exercise their freedom of speech. Members of Christian Interviews, an organization from the Philadelphia area, appeared on the Fifth Avenue-side patio of Towers around 1 p.m. ...

Editorial: Recognize the consequences of comedy

Editorial: Recognize the consequences of comedy

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 17, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

On the sidelines at the football game between Pitt and Oklahoma State this weekend, a female Pitt fan likely had little idea she would be one of the highlights from the game on social media. But that’s exactly what happened. A clip of Gianna Rockoff, a sophomore psychology major at Pitt, taking part in a ra...

Editorial: On union, University should stay on sidelines

Editorial: On union, University should stay on sidelines

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 14, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

The push to unionize grad students at the University, while in the works since the beginning of 2016, has heated up significantly in the past few months. When Pitt graduate students arrived in the common room of the Cathedral of Learning on Tuesday to deliver a list of demands, the police presence seemed ...

Editorial: Health care proposal detracts from urgent issues

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 14, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

The last health care bill Congress voted on would have left 22 million Americans without health care. Thankfully, it failed — but in its place are radical new suggestions. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) introduced a new bill in the Senate today that he’s calling Medicare for All, and for the first ti...

Editorial: House revenue plan threatens Pennsylvania

Editorial: House revenue plan threatens Pennsylvania

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 13, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

In an email sent to the student body Friday, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher warned Pitt students that if the state fails to pass appropriation bills that fund state-related universities, our school will face serious consequences. But this merely demonstrates the broader issue at hand. The state has y...

Editorial: Racism in humanities isn’t the problem

Editorial: Racism in humanities isn’t the problem

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 11, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

Race relations in the United States are rapidly returning to the foreground of the public’s consciousness. It seems nowhere is immune from the rising tensions — not even the study of classical antiquity. At Reed College in Portland, Oregon, student protesters are at the center of a controversy dealing with...

Editorial: Recognize student debt’s real toll on campus

Editorial: Recognize student debt’s real toll on campus

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 10, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

With grades, a fluctuating social life and life after graduation all weighing heavily on our collective conscience, any college student can tell you they’re no stranger to stress. And according to research released recently by collegiate contracting giant Sodexo, students in the United States ...

Editorial: Stand strong to protect DACA recipients

Editorial: Stand strong to protect DACA recipients

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 6, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials, Top Stories

Imagine living in the United States your entire life — from your earliest memories, you’ve been here. And in 2014, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protected your status, keeping you safe from the ever-looming threat of deportation.   But as of Tuesday, because your parents immigrated illegally sho...

Editorial: Elephant death is tragic, but zoo does more good than harm

Editorial: Elephant death is tragic, but zoo does more good than harm

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 5, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

With Labor Day signalling the end of the summer season for many Pittsburghers, a number chose to take the day off to visit the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. Most came to see the animals. But after the deaths of a three-month-old elephant calf and the zoo’s oldest male tiger in rapid succession la...

Editorial: Toomey isn’t listening to constituents

Editorial: Toomey isn’t listening to constituents

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 1, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

After months of relentless pressure from voters all across the state, Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey finally attended a town hall meeting last night to hear his constituents’ grievances — sort of. In a PBS-organized special, Toomey appeared for an hour on stage in front of an audience of about 50 c...

Editorial: Florida university should let professor speak

Editorial: Florida university should let professor speak

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 31, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

In the aftermath of last fall’s elections, many on Twitter who had opposed President Donald Trump’s campaign blamed Florida — one of the states that gave the Republican an electoral victory. But Floridians, it seems, are just as quick to condemn the residents of other states that voted red. Kenneth Stor...

Editorial: Don’t let presidency divide the same side

Editorial: Don’t let presidency divide the same side

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 29, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

Religion often claims to be the moral compass of a society. But when religious leaders take political sides, rather than moral, the people are left with a compass that points in two different directions. Leaders of multiple faiths convened on the 54th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “...

Editorial: Don’t equate Stephen Foster, Confederate statues

Editorial: Don’t equate Stephen Foster, Confederate statues

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

August 29, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

In southern cities, from New Orleans to Orlando to Baltimore, the only thing hotter than the record-breaking weather this summer was the heated debate surrounding the removal of Confederate statues. Minority residents of cities across the South have repeatedly expressed discomfort with these statues, and many are finally coming down. Controversy over the attempted remova...

Editorial: Safe roads require more than just bike lanes

Editorial: Safe roads require more than just bike lanes

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 28, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

From the lack of parking in front of the Cathedral, a safer Bigelow Boulevard crosswalk or the freshly painted white and yellow lines — the new bike lanes are pretty hard to miss. The City of Pittsburgh opened the lanes Aug. 15 on portions of Forbes Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard — a much-needed development as Oakland is the city’s second most-biked neighborhood, after Downtown. The lanes...

Editorial: Leaving Pittsburgh for the summer? Maybe think twice

Editorial: Leaving Pittsburgh for the summer? Maybe think twice

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

July 19, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

Since we still operate over the summer, many Pitt News editors and writers get the chance to spend their school-free months in Pittsburgh. And in our last print edition of the summer, we wanted to reflect on a trend we’ve noticed here year after year — we’re far lonelier in Oakland from May to...

Editorial: In age of ‘fake news’ we must hold the president accountable

Editorial: In age of ‘fake news’ we must hold the president accountable

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

July 12, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

Fake news is like a bad game of telephone — one source reports their truth, then everyone else runs with it, imparting their own spin upon it. Serious problems arise when people get their news from just one source, because that source could be the last person in the line. And when the presiden...

Editorial: Pitt’s new board shows that it recognizes the importance of diversity, but there’s a long way to go

Editorial: Pitt’s new board shows that it recognizes the importance of diversity, but there’s a long way to go

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

July 4, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials, Uncategorized

The Board of Trustees at Pitt has some serious power — by its own words, the Board “retains ultimate responsibility for all University affairs,” meaning its diversity is all the more important. Pitt appointed four new board members on June 30, three of whom are women. And while there’s st...

Editorial: Toomey is either lying or misinformed, and it will hurt Pennsylvanians

Editorial: Toomey is either lying or misinformed, and it will hurt Pennsylvanians

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 28, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

Regardless of what Sen. Pat Toomey may say, the new Senate health care bill does cut federal spending to Medicaid, and does so in a significant way. Medicaid is a federal program designed to provide health insurance to those who otherwise cannot afford it, and as of April 2017 nearly 75 million Ame...

Editorial: The Port Authority is ignoring important BRT stakeholders

Editorial: The Port Authority is ignoring important BRT stakeholders

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 20, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

The Port Authority has promised people that live on the lines of the proposed Bus Rapid Transit project faster commutes, new electric buses and safe bike lanes. But the proposal isn’t perfect, and the people that might be negatively impacted by the project are being ignored. Some 3,000 riders a...

Editorial: Pitt’s public funding should result in public accountability

Editorial: Pitt’s public funding should result in public accountability

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 14, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

“Tell your elected officials: With Pitt, PA Wins.” So begins the University’s recent plea for students to lobby on its behalf for state funding. And while the statement is true — many of the state’s greatest achievements have come from Pitt, such as the recent development of a new HIV detector or t...

Editorial: New UHC dean has opportunity to refocus college

Editorial: New UHC dean has opportunity to refocus college

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 7, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

If it weren’t on the 35th floor of the Cathedral of Learning, you might be able to hear the crickets from outside in the University Honors College lounge. But it wasn’t always this way. Founded in 1987 by Dean Alec Stewart, the UHC once was a place where true intellectualism fostered, a place where students with or without pre-professional majors could come debate, disc...

Editorial: PA moratorium doesn’t solve costly death penalty problem

Editorial: PA moratorium doesn’t solve costly death penalty problem

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

May 31, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials, Uncategorized

Execution proceedings happen in the state of Pennsylvania five times each year — yet the state hasn’t executed an inmate since 1999. Mock executions are routinely performed to ensure that in the event of an execution, the prison guards and doctors would be prepared. But right now the state isn’t ...

Editorial: PA still has room to grow with medicinal marijuana

Editorial: PA still has room to grow with medicinal marijuana

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

May 24, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

It’s impossible to get a majority of people to support anything it seems — except marijuana. Franklin & Marshall College recently found that 56 percent of registered Pennsylvania voters think the state should make recreational marijuana legal, mirroring a nationwide trend of increased support for the drug. ...

Editorial: Ransomware infects thousands using government tools

Editorial: Ransomware infects thousands using government tools

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

May 16, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials, Uncategorized

How much is all of the information stored on your computer worth? A ransomware that spread to more than 100 countries in just a few hours faced thousands with this very question. When infected users opened their computers on Monday, they were met with nothing. All of their files were encrypted by the WannaCry ran...

Editorial: Pitt listens, but only when it’s easy

Editorial: Pitt listens, but only when it’s easy

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

May 10, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

It was a sunny day in April, the grand opening of the University of Pittsburgh’s new sports dome. Pitt is rightly proud of this achievement that addresses a pressing need for a game and practice facility for club sports teams on campus. At the grand opening — and publicized in videos shown d...

Editorial: One final call for more transparency

Editorial: One final call for more transparency

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 24, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

As an editorial board, we publish our collective opinion on a relevant topic every day. It might seem like we’re bashing the government, administration and authority in general, but that’s not why we do it. We don’t publish editorials just to shout into the void or to place blame. We do it bec...

Top 10: Things We Learned This Year at Pitt

Top 10: Things We Learned This Year at Pitt

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

April 21, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials, Uncategorized

This year brought lessons for the Pitt community and the world as a whole. For this week’s Top 10, we could go over some of the biggest stories of the year and see how we’ve grown from them. Instead, we’d like to take a look at some things we’ve personally learned this year at Pitt. Think of thi...

Editorial: Tennessee Reconnect points way forward for higher ed

Editorial: Tennessee Reconnect points way forward for higher ed

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 20, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

The debate over college affordability tends to focus on traditional-age students in deep blue states. But a bill making waves in the Tennessee state legislature seems poised to upset both these preconceptions. The Tennessee Reconnect Act passed the Tennessee state house Monday with an impressive biparti...

Editorial: Student lobbying key to change among Board of Trustees

Editorial: Student lobbying key to change among Board of Trustees

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 19, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

National and sometimes international political movements often find homes on college campuses, but lately, students are aiming their protest signs at their own universities. Students at Davidson College, a private, liberal arts college in North Carolina, began circulating a digital petition late l...

Editorial: New gender rules move toward inclusivity

Editorial: New gender rules move toward inclusivity

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 18, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

When Harvard announced their decision to effectively outlaw single-gender organizations on campus last spring, reactions were mixed. The policy, which will be implemented starting with the class of 2021, will preclude members of unrecognized single-gender organizations from holding leadership posit...

Editorial: Hold police accountable with public body camera footage

Editorial: Hold police accountable with public body camera footage

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 17, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

In Pennsylvania, whether police officers will wear body cameras is, thankfully, no longer up for debate. They will, but the public viewing and obtaining of footage is turning into a contentious issue. The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania hosted a panel discussion in Lawrenceville Thurs...

Editorial: New York tuition bill lets down low-income students

Editorial: New York tuition bill lets down low-income students

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 13, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

For college students disappointed by the Democrats’ defeat last November, a bill passed last week in New York is a refreshing — but ultimately empty — development in the discussion surrounding free tuition. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., signed a bill as a part of the state’s budget last Wednesday...

Editorial: New business vital to revitalizing Braddock

Editorial: New business vital to revitalizing Braddock

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 11, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

If you drive 30 minutes outside of Oakland along I-376 and take a few strategic turns, you’ll find yourself on Braddock Avenue. The street is the main strip of the Braddock borough, a suburb east of Pittsburgh, and it consists of a line of old buildings and warehouses — many of which have been sit...

Editorial: Media reaction to Syria strike jumps to conclusions

Editorial: Media reaction to Syria strike jumps to conclusions

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 11, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

It would have been hard to guess that the one thing to unite the media and President Donald Trump’s administration would be a military strike. Nevertheless, that seemed to be exactly what happened as the nation’s press responded to Trump’s order Thursday night to bomb Assad regime military target...

Editorial: The Pitt News participates in Impact Day Journalism

Editorial: The Pitt News participates in Impact Day Journalism

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 9, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

Although they were initially intended to be beacons of scholarship and research, universities have also served as vessels for fostering social and political movements throughout history. The University of Michigan was one of the first to begin protesting the American intervention in Vietnam in 1965...

Top 10: Questions for the new host of ‘Pitt Tonight’

Top 10: Questions for the new host of ‘Pitt Tonight’

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

April 7, 2017


Filed under Opinions / Editorials

Pitt students were treated to an inevitable surprise this week: the announcement of the new face of “Pitt Tonight,” the campus variety show modeled after late-night talk shows. Current host and senior Jesse Irwin will give up his desk to first-year Andrew Dow starting next fall. You probably have questions concerning the new host, and so do we, the p...

Editorial: Pepsi ad trivializes, appropriates important social issues

Editorial: Pepsi ad trivializes, appropriates important social issues

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 6, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

When Pepsi released a new advertisement earlier this week, it probably wasn’t hoping for it to go viral in quite the way that it did. Pepsi’s ad, which starred model and member of the Kardashian family Kendall Jenner, appeared on YouTube Tuesday and almost immediately attracted massive amounts of ...

Editorial: Stricter Greek regulations combat dangerous drinking culture

Editorial: Stricter Greek regulations combat dangerous drinking culture

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 5, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

Following the death of Penn State student Timothy Piazza at a fraternity event last month, the University officially announced new regulations for its Greek life system last Thursday. Penn State students’ reactions are mixed thus far: Some praise the University’s decision, while many in Greek organizations are criticiz...

Editorial: Toomey’s rule change proposal threatens bipartisanship

Editorial: Toomey’s rule change proposal threatens bipartisanship

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 4, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials, Uncategorized

If Congressional Republicans thought they had gained the power to disregard the rules with their victories in last November’s elections, they couldn’t have been more wrong. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., just signed onto a rules change to the Supreme Court nomination process that might seem innocuous or n...

Editorial: Wagner’s words influence run for governor more than actions

Editorial: Wagner’s words influence run for governor more than actions

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 3, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

State senator, gubernatorial candidate and York, Pennsylvania, businessman Scott Wagner certainly had a colorful March. He spent the month promoting new legislation to seal criminal records and also causing a ruckus with some illogical comments about climate change. The stark contrast between th...

Top 10: Silhouettes We Should Have Written

Top 10: Silhouettes We Should Have Written

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

March 30, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

Our Silhouettes Preview came out this week, and if you picked one up, you got the chance to peek into the lives of ten members of the Pitt community. From Ricky Smith, the nighttime security guard in Holland with an uncanny ability to make anyone smile, to Sid “Frenchi” Ali and his iconic South ...

Editorial: Internet privacy bill puts consumers at risk

Editorial: Internet privacy bill puts consumers at risk

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 30, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

There’s little more central to modern life — especially for younger people — than the internet. But a federal bill about to land on President Donald Trump’s desk for his approval threatens to make this staple of contemporary life much riskier. In a party-line vote in the House of Representatives...

Editorial: Opportunities exists outside leadership roles

Editorial: Opportunities exists outside leadership roles

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 29, 2017


Filed under Opinions / Editorials

As the end of the academic year swiftly approaches, the season for college, grad school and job applications is upon us. From first-year students trying to find their first internship to anxious seniors procrastinating their final papers, we’re all wondering if the classes we’ve taken, grades we ...

Editorial: Don’t sleep on school board vote come Pittsburgh primary

Editorial: Don’t sleep on school board vote come Pittsburgh primary

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 27, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

Why should college students care about a local school board election? Because there are 42 schools in the Pittsburgh Public Schools system, educating more than 24,500 students every year — many of whom will go on to impact the city as leaders, educators, politicians and members of the workforce. ...

Top 10: Ways to dismantle the patriarchy

Top 10: Ways to dismantle the patriarchy

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

March 24, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

Student Government Board’s Women’s Empowerment Week was certainly a hit. Leslie Jones came to campus, followed by a very special women’s empowerment-themed episode of Pitt Tonight and, coincidentally, the hiring of the first female athletic director in Pitt history. We’ve been particularly inspi...

Editorial: Bail reform bill unfairly targets defendants

Editorial: Bail reform bill unfairly targets defendants

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 23, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

Defendants and victims have always had an adversarial relationship in the criminal justice system. But a new bill in the Pennsylvania state legislature has the potential to pit the two against each other even more. Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland, would change th...

Editorial: Hold Trump accountable to get public input on student loans

Editorial: Hold Trump accountable to get public input on student loans

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 22, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

In another startling blow to education under President Donald Trump, the administration rescinded a previous Obama-era regulation last week that prohibited student debt collection agencies from charging more than 16 percent interest on defaulted loans. The administration's new stance came in the form of a ...

Editorial: New Athletic Director should focus on funding for all sports

Editorial: New Athletic Director should focus on funding for all sports

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 20, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

For the first time in a several-weeks-long vacancy, Pitt’s athletic department will once again have an athletic director. And for the first time in history, the new AD won’t be a man. Pitt confirmed rumors that surfaced online Sunday night in an ESPN report at a press conference yesterday — the University chose former Eastern Michigan University Athletic Director Heather Lyke to fill the s...

Editorial: County council’s abstentions excuse lack of firm stances

Editorial: County council’s abstentions excuse lack of firm stances

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 20, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

As the Allegheny County Council is facing growing questions about its transparency over the past months, recent analysis of the council members’ tendencies to abstain from votes without providing proper explanation should be even more worrisome. Council members have abstained 29 times since the begi...

Top 10: St. Patrick’s Day Facts

Top 10: St. Patrick’s Day Facts

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

March 17, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

You probably think you know the gist of ole St. Patty’s Day — shamrocks, wearing green, Ireland, all that jazz. But there’s more to it than that, historically. We did our research this week and dug up a few lesser-known facts about St. Patrick’s Day, some also revolving around shamrocks, wea...

Editorial: Filing fee restricts mayoral candidate field

Editorial: Filing fee restricts mayoral candidate field

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 16, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

If this year’s bench for Democratic mayoral primary is looking a little thin, we might have the local party to blame. Last week, the Allegheny County Democratic Committee made the unsurprising announcement that it would endorse incumbent Mayor Bill Peduto for the 2017 Democratic primary for mayor. Two of the three candidates, Peduto and Councilwoman Darlene Harris, sought the committee’s endorsement, while the more anti-establishment Rev. John Welch has not. ...

Editorial: Gallagher unwilling to stand up to board on student issues

Editorial: Gallagher unwilling to stand up to board on student issues

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 14, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

When the Fossil Free Pitt Coalition attended a University Board of Trustees meeting in late February 2017, its leadership came only to speak with board members and have their voices heard about an important issue. The meeting was open for the public to attend and listen but not to speak, and the i...

Editorial: Wolf ignores DePasquale, writes off marijuana legalization

Editorial: Wolf ignores DePasquale, writes off marijuana legalization

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 13, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

Pennsylvania was hardly a leader in the push for medicinal marijuana — it was the 24th state to legalize the drug for medicinal purposes — but now some are pushing for the Keystone state to blaze the trail for recreational use. State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale encouraged the legalizat...

Top 10: Things to do over spring break

Top 10: Things to do over spring break

By Pitt Tonight and The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 3, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

Top 10 Things To Do Over Spring Break   To some, it feels like just a few days ago we were all migrating back to campus for the start of the new semester. Others are crawling toward Friday with the desperation of someone who hasn’t had a break in 10 years. Either way, spring break is fina...

Editorial: Reaffirmed commitments needed for success of Year of Diversity

Editorial: Reaffirmed commitments needed for success of Year of Diversity

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 2, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

With only a few months left in Pitt’s 2016-2017 Year of Diversity, it’s important to take a step back and reflect on how we’ve all contributed to making Pitt more diverse and inclusive this year. We, as an Editorial Board, discussed an incident in our editorial meeting this week that reminded us of how...

Editorial: Transparency needed in next Pitt Day of Giving

Editorial: Transparency needed in next Pitt Day of Giving

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 1, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

If you’re just now hearing about Tuesday’s Pitt Day of Giving, you probably haven’t checked your email in the past week. The Day is the first of its kind at Pitt, strategically placed to celebrate the 230th anniversary of the University’s founding. According to its website, the Day of G...

Editorial: Wolf’s budget benefits public, private university students

Editorial: Wolf’s budget benefits public, private university students

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 28, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

With last year’s state budget crisis still uncomfortably recent, it was already likely that higher education in Pennsylvania should expect more funding drama this year — but now there’s a twist. The budget released earlier this month from the office of Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pa., contained no surpr...

Editorial: DeVos disappoints on higher education, focuses on non-issues

Editorial: DeVos disappoints on higher education, focuses on non-issues

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 27, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

It took our new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos nearly two and a half weeks after her confirmation to address issues related to higher education. Her statement, a few lines in a brief speech, foreshadowed a rocky and highly politicized future to come for higher education in the next four years...

Top 10: Our favorite Pitt traditions

Top 10: Our favorite Pitt traditions

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

February 24, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

Everyone’s familiar with singing “Sweet Caroline,” walking over the old Forbes Field home plate in Posvar and getting a pair of horns at Peter’s Pub for your 21st birthday. This week, we thought we’d use the Top 10 to take a look at some lesser-known — or at least less discussed — Pitt t...

Editorial: Republicans ignore protesters, history at their own risk

Editorial: Republicans ignore protesters, history at their own risk

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 23, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

As the Donald Trump presidency continues along its rocky path, more and more Republicans in Congress seem to be fighting losing battles on their home field. Town hall meetings between Congressional Republicans and constituents in their districts over the past few weeks have been the stage for inc...

Editorial: Despite tuitions and student debt, colleges can still cut costs

Editorial: Despite tuitions and student debt, colleges can still cut costs

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 22, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

With the costs of college and student debt looming for many students, that some universities are helping make their degrees more affordable is a refreshing notion. New York University announced Friday that it will be instituting a new way to make its education more affordable. While the school already raised student wages to $15 an hour and froze costs for housing and meal...

Editorial: Forced rehab wrong for opioid crisis

Editorial: Forced rehab wrong for opioid crisis

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 21, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

Bipartisanship is finally catching on in the state Senate, but the most recent product of this cooperation isn’t a productive piece of legislation. In an act of desperation against Pennsylvania’s intensifying problems with opioid addiction, state Sen. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, introduced an amendment to the Mental Health Procedur...

Editorial: The Pitt News endorses Justin Horowitz for Student Government Board President

Editorial: The Pitt News endorses Justin Horowitz for Student Government Board President

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 20, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials, Top Stories

In brief, the points in Horowitz campaign that we liked the most included: Expanding the Assembly and instituting open forum meetings at least once a month An emphasis on reaching out to students and organizations to get them involved in SGB Utilizing RA’s, a monthly newsletter and CampusCo...

Top 10: Proposals missing from SGB platforms

Top 10: Proposals missing from SGB platforms

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

February 17, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

The Student Government Board candidates pitched their plans at the debate in Nordy’s Place last night, in preparation for the election on Tuesday. There were some pretty interesting ideas floating around, but none of the slates had platforms quite wide-ranging enough for us. Here’s a list of possible ad...

Editorial: Finding funds necessary for affordable housing improvements

Editorial: Finding funds necessary for affordable housing improvements

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 16, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

With the onslaught of President Donald Trump’s controversial executive orders during his first month in office, it may be easy to forget about local politicians who can likewise implement executive orders. Mayor Bill Peduto signed five into law Tuesday and Wednesday this week in order to take more im...

Editorial: No Mariner East II pipeline, period.

Editorial: No Mariner East II pipeline, period.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 15, 2017


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Keystone XL, Dakota Access, Sabah Trail — and now the Mariner East II. It seems there’s no shortage of pipelines popping up and swiftly garnering opposition throughout the United States. Yet another in the list, the ME2 pipeline is intended to expand upon the already-constructed Mariner East I line in Southern...

Editorial: County council should ban vaping, prioritize health

Editorial: County council should ban vaping, prioritize health

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 13, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

Smoking cigarettes represented a large part of American culture for much of the 20th century — but now we know better. As move into the depths of the 21st, and the harms of smoking become more difficult to ignore, a more modern form of smoking is taking over — the electronic cigarette. Just as J...

Top 10: Things To Do If You’re Single On Valentine’s Day

Top 10: Things To Do If You’re Single On Valentine’s Day

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

February 10, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

Stare out a rain-streaked window We recommend finding a large, spacious window. Maybe one in Cathy, if you can. Take out a faded Polaroid photo of an old flame, and sigh every once in awhile. When people ask if something’s wrong, just say “nothing, I’m fine” and go back to staring out th...

Editorial: On abortion, sanctuary cities, Wolf should stay strong

Editorial: On abortion, sanctuary cities, Wolf should stay strong

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 9, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

While political clashes in Washington, D.C., continue to grow more frequent and more intense, Republicans in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, are feeling little pushback against their agenda — and they’re making the most of it. The GOP majority in the state senate voted to consider a singularly restri...

Editorial: DeVos confirmed, but we can still work toward change

Editorial: DeVos confirmed, but we can still work toward change

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 8, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

After a valiant but ineffective 24-hour effort by Senate Democrats to sway one more Republican against Betsy DeVos, Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote on Tuesday to officially make DeVos our next secretary of education. While there’s been much criticism of her approach to K-1...

Editorial: Don’t overblow Super Bowl ad controversies

Editorial: Don’t overblow Super Bowl ad controversies

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 7, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

The first Super Bowl of the Trump era was, in some ways, less political than expected. The players on the field abstained from overt political statements. Lady Gaga’s halftime performance stayed surprisingly and decidedly apolitical. And few, if any, of the commercials that aired during the game’s T...

Editorial: Let Yiannopoulos speak, but don’t engage with him

Editorial: Let Yiannopoulos speak, but don’t engage with him

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 6, 2017


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Editor’s note: The Pitt News’ editorial board had an intense discussion about the effects of incendiary rhetoric, the intent of civil disobedience and the line between free and hate speech. Ultimately, the board was divided on many of these topics — and quick to admit that our positions as col...

Top 10: Pieces of Career Advice

Top 10: Pieces of Career Advice

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

February 3, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

Dress for the job you want, not the one you have. You’re an accountant right now, but that’s not the dream. If you really want to be Batman, you better start acting — and looking — the part. That means full cape, mask and aggressively musky voice required. Bring your own water ...

Editorial: PWSA needs to clean water, clean up its act

Editorial: PWSA needs to clean water, clean up its act

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 2, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

By now, everyone in Oakland knows we’re in hot water. But that doesn’t mean the city’s water problems are anything new. An advisory put out by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority Tuesday night urged residents of areas serviced by the water filtration plant in Highland Park, including Oakland, not to drink tap w...

Editorial: Toomey supporting Trump’s ban ignores voters

Editorial: Toomey supporting Trump’s ban ignores voters

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 1, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

As Pennsylvania residents across the state stood together to protest President Trump’s recent ban on immigrants and refugees this past weekend, Sen. Pat Toomey was busy schmoozing donors in Palm Springs. After arriving back in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Toomey issued a statement declaring his support for the president's executive order. But Toome...

Editorial: Pitt must commit to actions, not just words on sanctuary campus

Editorial: Pitt must commit to actions, not just words on sanctuary campus

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 31, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

As President Donald Trump’s executive order banning entry to the United States sunk in over the weekend, some groups responded with more defiance than others. Riots and rallies across the country and in Pittsburgh manifested widespread disapproval of the order. Private companies including Starbucks, Lyft and Airbnb, ...

Editorial: Schubert needs to balance commitment to community and department

Editorial: Schubert needs to balance commitment to community and department

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 30, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

After the resignation of Police Chief Cameron McLay in early November 2016, Mayor Bill Peduto gave the new acting police chief, Scott Schubert, 90 days to prove himself worthy of the position. As it turns out, Schubert didn’t need all that much time, evidenced by Peduto naming him to the position Frid...

Top 10: Trump executive orders and how they’ll affect Pittsburgh

Top 10: Trump executive orders and how they’ll affect Pittsburgh

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

January 27, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

Building the wall along the Mexican border will lead to reopening the steel mills What’s that you say? There’s no steel to mill? Well, we’ll worry about that later. We’ll probably steel it back from China or something. Every city in America will now start with the letter “T”...

Editorial: Trump’s EPA blackout proves we need to resist

Editorial: Trump’s EPA blackout proves we need to resist

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 26, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

For many federal agencies, the Trump era began in total darkness this week. White House staff shocked government employees Monday with a hiring freeze that came closely after the removal of official webpages for climate change issues, among others. The incoming administration’s tension with clim...

Editorial: States must be the ones to push for change in Trump’s America

Editorial: States must be the ones to push for change in Trump’s America

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 25, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

Before Donald Trump had even been sworn in as the next President of the United States, Pennsylvania Sen. Daylin Leach began a push to oppose the new administration's influence through the democratic channels of the state Senate. Sen. Leach released a memorandum just hours before then-President-elect Tru...

Editorial: Welch brings needed alternative to mayoral primary

Editorial: Welch brings needed alternative to mayoral primary

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 24, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

The field for Democratic nominee for mayor of Pittsburgh got a little wider this weekend. At a public library auditorium in Homewood Saturday, John Welch declared a “people’s campaign,” becoming incumbent Mayor Bill Peduto’s first declared opponent in the May 16 Democratic primary for the 2017 election. Welch, the dean of students at the Pittsbur...

Editorial: Trump’s first days foreshadow bleak future for the press

Editorial: Trump’s first days foreshadow bleak future for the press

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 23, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials, Uncategorized

The election is over, the delegates have voted and the oath has been taken — Donald Trump is the president of the United States. His very first day in office set an early precedent for the future of the administration’s interaction with the press and the people — and it’s not one that’s favorabl...

Top 10: Best of Oakland

Top 10: Best of Oakland

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

January 20, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

Now that we know the best burgers, apps and places to do yoga in the city, we’d like to offer our favorite non-existent Best Of categories and our picks for the winners. Best class to fall asleep in Anything containing the word “introduction,” “foundations,” “beginning” or “101...

Editorial: Chelsea Manning sentence commuted, a long overdue step

Editorial: Chelsea Manning sentence commuted, a long overdue step

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 19, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

The last days of President Barack Obama’s administration are shaping up to be some of its most important. Aside from the flood of executive orders leaving the president’s desk in the past weeks since the election, Obama marked his last few days in office with a series of pardons. Among the most controve...

Editorial: Pittsburgh says it’s committed to immigrants, it’s time to show it

Editorial: Pittsburgh says it’s committed to immigrants, it’s time to show it

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 18, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials, Uncategorized

In an effort to extend Pittsburgh’s commitment as a welcoming city for all, City Council member Dan Gilman proposed new legislation on Tuesday that will make the city a safer and more livable one for immigrants, refugees and the disabled. The bills have the potential to create real change but could ...

Editorial: Don’t just look at the comforting in MLK’s legacy

Editorial: Don’t just look at the comforting in MLK’s legacy

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 17, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

The last Martin Luther King Jr. Day of the Obama era couldn’t have better foreshadowed the changes coming in the next four years. As the outgoing president marked the day of remembrance for one civil rights icon with a visit to a Washington, D.C., homeless shelter, a feud festered between another hero of the civil rights movement and the incoming executi...

Top 10 Things You May Have Missed in Obama’s Farewell Address

Top 10 Things You May Have Missed in Obama’s Farewell Address

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

January 13, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

President Obama left us with a few final thoughts during his farewell address in Chicago Tuesday night. His iconic themes of hope and change were scattered among his warnings for the future. We’ve seen video clips and screenshots circulating social media of some of his greatest lines — praising ...

Editorial: Sessions, BuzzFeed controversy prove Trump dangerous to a free press

Editorial: Sessions, BuzzFeed controversy prove Trump dangerous to a free press

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 12, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

The past several days have been more than a little unnerving for many, but especially for American journalists. In Washington, D.C., Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., vehemently denied he would use the office of attorney general to remove the legal rights of...

Editorial: Wolf should rethink Pittsburgh prison closure, make cuts elsewhere

Editorial: Wolf should rethink Pittsburgh prison closure, make cuts elsewhere

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 11, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

In an effort to respond to both the looming state budget deficit and the falling inmate population in Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf’s office announced Jan. 6, they will be closing two state prisons, with one in northern Pittsburgh being heavily considered. But his ultimate decision must not prioritize fitting the bil...

Editorial: Peduto should live up to campaign finance promises

Editorial: Peduto should live up to campaign finance promises

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 10, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

When Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto first threw his support behind campaign finance reform, he was ahead of his time. Now the story’s a little different. Years before the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision and the campaigns of politicians such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) made it a...

Editorial: Pitt should offer more interdisciplinary studies for students

Editorial: Pitt should offer more interdisciplinary studies for students

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 9, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials, Uncategorized

The goal for any student after graduation is to get a job in his or her field and build a career. But for today’s students, expectations have risen and the labor force demands graduates who are able to easily adapt to our changing world. Many colleges and universities, including Carnegie Mellon, are r...

Top 10 Totally Achievable New Year Resolutions

Top 10 Totally Achievable New Year Resolutions

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

January 6, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

Read more… ...pamphlets Pamphlets: not as intimidating as 19th century English literature, more intellectually stimulating than children’s books or single-page flyers. Plus, they’re everywhere: doctor’s offices, dentist’s offices, stuffed in between bus seats. Reading at least five pamphl...

Editorial: State ethics reform ignores the real problems

Editorial: State ethics reform ignores the real problems

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 5, 2017


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

It looks like Republicans in Pennsylvania’s capital are following the Congressional GOP’s recent example when it comes to mishandling ethics reform. In one of the Pennsylvania State House’s first acts of the new legislative term, the House Ethics Committee, under the direction of Republican Scott Petri, pushed through a bundle of rule changes for the Committee’s operatio...

Top 10: study tips for finals week

Top 10: study tips for finals week

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

December 8, 2016


Filed under Opinions / Editorials

As finals week approaches, we are all figuring out ways to survive this dreadful time of year while also attempting to keep our fingers and toes from freezing in the first onslaught of winter’s fury. We’ve listed a few ways to cope with the inevitable process of emotional breakdowns, sleep deprivation a...

Editorial: Ohio’s restrictive abortion bill a preview of Trump’s America

Editorial: Ohio’s restrictive abortion bill a preview of Trump’s America

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 8, 2016


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

Abortion rights are once again under attack, and this time, there might not be a Supreme Court willing to stand up in defense. The Ohio General Assembly approved a bill Tuesday night which would ban abortions after the fetus heartbeat becomes detectable. This generally occurs six weeks after a woman first becomes pregnant. Unfortunately for ...

Editorial: Future of Democratic Party in need of change

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 7, 2016


Filed under Opinions / Editorials

Even after a blistering and highly emotional defeat last month, it appears the Democratic leadership has learned next-to-nothing. With the loss of the House, Senate and presidency in this year’s election with President-elect Donald Trump’s stunning victory, the future of the Democratic Party ...

Editorial: Trump selecting Carson disregards those who need HUD’s help

Editorial: Trump selecting Carson disregards those who need HUD’s help

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 6, 2016


Filed under Opinions / Editorials

Cuba Gooding Jr.’s fictionalized version of Ben Carson from TNT’s “Gifted Hands” movie would be a less surprising addition to the President-elect’s cabinet than Carson himself. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon from Detroit, ran against and lost — badly — to Donald Trump in this year’s Re...

Editorial: Standing Rock Sioux’s fight is not over

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 5, 2016


Filed under Opinions / Editorials

With only one day left before they would be told to evacuate the construction site, Native Americans and supporters of the No DAPL protest all around the country are celebrating. After months of protesting and demonstrations in support of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, the Army Corps of Engineer...

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