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Editorial: Penn State letter dismisses sexual assault victims

By The Pitt News Editorial Board / May 11, 2016

May 10, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Uncategorized

A university should never defend a legacy — no matter how famous the legacy — at the expense of its students’ well-being. New reports from Penn State University’s Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal surfaced May 5, revealing that Joe Paterno may have known about Sandusky’s abuse as far back as the 1...

Editorial: Casual Friday

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 22, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Snakes on a Desk An elementary school in Mississippi was rattled with surprise when a snake fell from a classroom ceiling during a lesson. The harmless, gray rat snake almost hit the teacher but landed on the desk instead.. Unfortunately, the snake was unable to slither its way out of this one. It was...

Editorial: Bipartisan energy bill is too ambiguous to be achievment

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 20, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

It appears Congress finally found something they can all get behind. But don’t let the newest piece of energy legislation fool you — they still haven’t. On Wednesday, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a broad energy bill that includes numerous initiatives that aim to encourage renewable energy and updated infrastructure, but regresses on many other issues. The bill, which is ...

Editorial: Sealing low-level offenses provides clean slate

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 20, 2016


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Not every mistake leads to a life of crime, but a single crime usually leads to a life of regret. Bipartisan bills introduced in the Pennsylvania legislature this week would automatically seal the criminal records of low-level offenders who don’t commit another offense within a set time period. If succes...

Editorial: Big business should dominate PA medical marijuana market

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 18, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Pennsylvanians won’t be seeing mom-and-pop shops selling weed anytime soon, but in the case of medical marijuana, big business may be the right spark for success. On Monday, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, making it the 24th state to do so. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, it’s going to take up to a year ...

Editorial: UC Davis cover-up antithetical to education

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 17, 2016


Filed under Editorials

At UC Davis, blinding students has surpassed the physical realm. During a 2011 Occupy protest at the University of California, Davis’ campus, police pepper-sprayed a row of sitting students at point blank. Pictures and videos of the incident quickly went viral, becoming embarrassing evidence of student mistr...

Editorial: Loan forgiveness for Americans with disabilities must continue progress

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 13, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The Obama administration is working to assure student debt doesn’t gridlock any person with a disability. On Tuesday, the president announced plans to forgive $7.7 billion in federal students loans for nearly 400,000 permanently disabled Americans. By law, Americans with permanent disabilities are eligib...

Editorial: While Trudeau apologizes, Kerry sidesteps

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 13, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Nobody can heal without first recognizing harm. During Monday’s Vaisakhi celebration, an event marking the Punjabi harvest festival, Justin Trudeau became the first Canadian prime minister to apologize for the 1914 Komagata Maru incident. Canada refused to allow immigrants from Punjab, India, to disembark from their ship, the Komagata Mar...

Editorial: Pitt must unite to stop Trump

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 12, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The political rallies and marches that take place on campus are usually comprised of the same crowd — progressives fighting for social justice. But Donald Trump, the antithesis of progressivism, has succeeded in involving members from every area of the political spectrum. Trump, the infamous Republican front-r...

Editorial: The next chapter for UNC

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 10, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Discrimination — state-mandated or otherwise — has no place on a college campus. President of the University of North Carolina Margaret Spellings announced Thursday that the university will enforce House Bill 2, a new North Carolina law limiting the rights of LGBTQ+ people in the state. The law s...

Editorial: Casual Friday

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 7, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Surprisingly good vibrations Authorities in Halberstadt, Germany, uncovered an especially illicit ring at a casino Wednesday. After receiving reports of a trash can making a humming noise and shaking, police and firefighters evacuated the casino and searched the building for potential bombs. Fortunat...

Editorial: Continue allowing trans students bathroom access

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 7, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

After the superintendent sent home a letter about an already-existing policy permitting transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice, dozens of parents came out for a school board meeting Monday at Pine-Richland High School in Pine Township, Pennsylvania. The letter’s purpose — to “introduce an emerging societal topic at the local, state and national levels re...

Editorial: Biden appearance the wrong place for pep

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 6, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Pep rallies are a lot more fun when you aren’t discussing sexual assault. Hundreds of people trudged up the hill Tuesday to the Petersen Events Center for Vice President Joe Biden’s speech about the It’s On Us awareness campaign. But what could have been a moment for a united campus to advance a somb...

Editorial: Abuse victims don’t deserve deadlines

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 5, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

After all they’ve been through, sexual assault victims shouldn’t have to worry about deadlines. With Vice President Joe Biden appearing at Pitt this morning to discuss the It’s On Us campaign, helping sexual assault victims should be at the forefront of our minds. Two hours away from where Biden...

Editorial: Firing Wendy Bell overlooks larger issue

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 3, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

WTAE anchorperson Wendy Bell’s problematic Facebook post last month warranted some kind of action, but her termination from the Hearst-owned media outlet won’t solve anything. On March 21, Bell posted her unsupported assumptions about the Wilkinsburg shooting on March 18, that resulted in the deat...

Editorial: Give election an Attitude Adjustment

Editorial: Give election an Attitude Adjustment

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 1, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

You’ve probably heard the yuge news by now, but Donald Trump’s campaign was a lie. The campaign of the Republican party’s frontrunner Donald J. Trump is the meticulous work of World Wrestling Entertainment Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, designed to appear as a legitimate race for the highest o...

Editorial: Casual Friday

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 1, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Uncategorized

Shotgun wedding Yesterday, a Kentucky couple visiting Louisville ran into some intimidating-looking dudes asking them what’s in their pockets. But instead of having her ring stolen, the man’s girlfriend received one. Set up entirely by her boyfriend, the men began to sing a capella and helped hi...

Editorial: Joe Biden’s ‘It’s On Us’ Pitt visit will prompt action

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 31, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

When thousands of Pitt students file into the Petersen Events Center next week to see Vice President Joe Biden speak, they’re subject to more than just his political views. They’ll be listening to him talk about sexual assault. Biden’s It’s On Us tour, a three-school trip that aims to bring ...

Editorial: TPN Takes: Stallings, Johnston and UPMC

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

March 30, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

So much was happening Tuesday that we couldn’t pick which issue was most worthy of an editorial. We decided to resolve this predicament by addressing all of them. The Kevin Stallings Conspiracy Since Pitt hired Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings to take over for Pitt men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon, ...

Editorial: GOP candidates should attack sexism, not wives

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 27, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Republican presidential candidates have decided to trade the debate stage for social media’s spotlight. Last week, an anti-Trump SuperPAC called Make America Awesome began circulating an ad featuring a nude photo of Melania Trump. The picture served as a cover for British GQ in 2000 and shows Melania Trump laying naked on a bed of furs, handcu...

Editorial: Casual Friday

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 24, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Look, daddy, I’m a criminal After police in North Carolina pulled a motorist over for driving with a broken taillight, they discovered a shocking history of crime. In 2002, authorities posted an arrest warrant for James Meyers after he never returned a rented VHS of the Tom Green film “Freddy G...

Editorial: Gov. Wolf must not repeat inactions next fiscal year

Editorial: Gov. Wolf must not repeat inactions next fiscal year

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 23, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Pennsylvania schools and social-service agencies can finally take a sigh of relief. After nine months of nonexistent cooperation among the Republican House, Senate and Gov. Tom Wolf, the Pennsylvania budget that has caused schools and clinics to shut down or rely on loans and reserve funds is finally se...

Editorial: Protecting student media protects students

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 22, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

School policy and newspapers shouldn’t mix. The Michigan state Senate’s Judiciary Committee passed a student press freedom bill Tuesday that aims to protect student media from school censorship. If passed, the state will join Maryland and Missouri, which last week passed student press freedom bil...

Editorial: Obama’s visit to Cuba sparks necessary discussion

Editorial: Obama’s visit to Cuba sparks necessary discussion

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 21, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

President Obama’s Cuba visit this week was met with cheers and jeers, but his trip makes room for a conversation all Americans should consider. After nearly six decades, an American president has ended the diplomatic isolation between the United States and Cuba. While opponents are labeling his t...

Editorial: Combat shortage of addiction counselors, raise pay

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 21, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The number of people who need healing is increasing, but the number of healers is not. Pennsylvania Certification Board spokesperson Terri Wray told the Pittsburgh Tribune Review that the number of certified addiction counselors in Pennsylvania has remained consistent despite the epidemic levels of heroin ...

Editorial: Casual Friday

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 17, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Gators gonna gate Celebrating St. Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland, authorities are trying to drive an alligator out of a woman’s house in Florida this week. Mary Thorn adopted the gator, named Rambo, 11 years ago, and has since become his closest ally. Thorn has made Rambo famous on soci...

Editorial: Congress must keep Supreme Court nominee out of political arena

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 16, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Who is Merrick Garland? Expectedly and unfortunately, our “public servants” have responded with “political piñata.” Yesterday, President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court of the United States. Despite this decision being a momentous one that could affect our generation m...

Editorial: Trans White House hire should inspire job protections

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 16, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The White House will soon host yet another “first.” President Obama’s administration announced Tuesday that it has hired its first openly transgender White House staffer. Raffi Freedman-Gurspan will work as an outreach and recruitment director for the White House Office of Presidential Personne...

Editorial: Masculinity Week brings everyone into gender conversation

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 15, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

As a society, we don’t discuss masculinity nearly as much as we enforce it. We tell boys not to cry. We label pink as “salmon” in menswear, and we call toy dolls “action figures” because it’s less maternal. But although gender expectations impact men’s everyday lives, men do not participate...

Editorial: Pitt drug center leading charge on heroin prevention

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 13, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Instead of making the nation’s heroin epidemic a conversation seemingly too improper for academia, Pitt went and created an entire center and study to advance the national dialogue. According to a study from Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health published Thursday, Allegheny County has Pennsylvania’s second highest number of heroin overdoses. Pitt’s study is the first to examine accidental overdose deaths in the state over time. But when the federal government allocated $1.8 m...

Editorial: Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 3, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Mad hair day A Japanese man who holds 3,300 patents has created something that easily trumps the rest of his work. Yoshiro Nakamatsu announced the “Guard Wig” during a press conference Saturday. The wigs are modeled after presidential candidate Donald Trump and features metal plating with a cord...

Editorial: ‘Muslims in a Global Context’ provides enlightenment, education

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 3, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

While many of us were arriving home from elementary school on Sept. 11, 2001, our parents were watching hours of non-stop, repetitive coverage of the Twin Towers collapsing. That day is not only a poignant reminder of the lives lost to the attacks, but of the widespread anti-Muslim sentiment that ...

Editorial: History months important, not enough for change

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 2, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

As our calendars flip from February to March, our country transitions from honoring one oppressed group to another. Most people probably realize that February was Black History Month — fewer may know that March is Women’s History Month. Both of these months are designed to provide recognition for the ...

Editorial: The Pitt News endorses Natalie Dall for Student Government Board President

Editorial: The Pitt News endorses Natalie Dall for Student Government Board President

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 1, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

For the first time in too long, endorsing a candidate for Student Government Board president presented a true debate. Every year, The Pitt News editors sit down with the presidential candidates before the SGB election and take a group vote to recommend a candidate. Last year, we chose Wasi Mohamed wit...

Editorial: What students should think of the Rust Belt’s romance

Editorial: What students should think of the Rust Belt’s romance

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 29, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Joining a long line of publications saying “Pittsburgh is it,” Vogue told the world Thursday about how Ace Hotel — a hyper-hipster boutique hotel chain — fell for our city. The writer and Pittsburgh transplant, Stephen Heyman, spoke to Matthew Ciccone, a developer who helped bring the hotel t...

Editorial: Casual Friday

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 25, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

A True Burger King Everyone wants to meat a British man who legally changed his name to Bacon Double Cheeseburger on Monday. After getting sufficiently sauced, friends of the man formerly known as Simon Smith convinced him to sign paperwork to officially change his name. The entire process was grease ...

To topple Trump, treat him as a contender, not a comedian

To topple Trump, treat him as a contender, not a comedian

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 24, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Last summer, Donald Trump was a practical joke in a toupee. The real estate mogul’s chances seemed slim enough that in June, he was accused of hiring actors — at $50 a head — to cheer for him at his campaign announcement. Now it’s February 2016, and stumping the Trump has proved a tougher...

Editorial: Stop stalling, we need to close Guantanamo

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 24, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

President Obama is finally preparing to fulfill an eight-year-old promise. Tuesday, the President announced his administration’s plan to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The President’s hopes of bringing congressional Republicans on board with his proposal in the middle of both a campaign season and a Supreme Court battle seem dismal. But closure of Guantanamo Bay’s military prison ...

Editorial: Involve all of Pittsburgh community in diversity efforts

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 23, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

If Pitt dedicates 2016-2017 to diversity and inclusion, the community should join in the celebration. Last Wednesday at the monthly Senate Council meeting, the Senate Council Group on Diversity and Inclusion proposed four potential courses of action to make Pitt more diverse and inclusive, including making 2016-2017 the Year of Diversity. While this effort will certainly advocate for diversity and inc...

Editorial: Increased NYFW diversity a positive model

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 21, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

At 2016’s New York Fashion Week, inclusion was en vogue. From Thursday, Feb. 11 to Thursday, Feb. 18, NYC runways featured models decked out in the fashion world’s latest creations. But more important than the accessories was what the extravagant clothing lacked: gendered distinctions and white...

Editorial: Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 18, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Sucker for a tasty gal You weren’t the only one alone on Valentine’s Day. The Seattle Aquarium canceled a scheduled mating session between its giant Pacific octopus, Kong, over concerns that he would eat his potential mates. The female octopuses the aquarium planned to impregnate were only around 30 to 40 pounds, compared to Kong, who weighs 70 pounds. K...

Editorial: Government oversteps boundaries in Apple case

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 18, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Invoking an 18th century law, the government is attempting to justify accessing our iPhones. But Apple is refusing to let that crumble the firewall protecting its customers. Using the All Writs Act — passed in 1789 — the FBI has requested Apple allow it to access the cellphone of San Bernardin...

Editorial: Kathleen Kane is wasting our time

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 17, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane doesn’t seem to value her constituents’ time. During a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Kane, who is currently facing criminal charges, announced she would not seek the Democratic nomination for re-election. The announcement arrived on the same day that candidates had to officially submit their nomination petitions before the state primary in April. If Kane wanted to launch a bid, as she had previously alluded, this would have been her last opportunity to earn a spot on the ballot. Productively, Kane’s announcement ends the speculation over whether she’ll seek re-electio...

Editorial: Grammys highlight success of diverse Hamilton cast

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 16, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

After stealing the spotlight on Broadway, the cast of “Hamilton” sold its way to Monday night’s Grammys ceremony. “Hamilton” — the hip-hop and R&B rendition of the life of Alexander Hamilton — is swimming in awards, acclaim and sold-out shows until January 2017 at the Richard Rodgers The...

Editorial: Surrounding the open seat: Scalia’s death a time to reflect on political priorities

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 15, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the most influential and divisive people to ever sit on the bench, died Saturday. True to form, his death has left a wave of controversy in its wake.       While Washington, D.C., begins to tie itself in knots over finding a replacement, Scalia’s death offer...

Editorial: Students must step up to improve housing conditions

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 11, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

By 2018, two upscale apartment buildings will stand in Oakland where two empty lots currently reside. One of those projects, from Texas developer Campus Advantage, will be a 197-unit apartment building at 3407 Forbes Ave. The other, SkyVue Apartments, is constructing their 389-unit complex at 3333 Forbes Ave. While both...

Editorial: Reconcile with PA Legislature, relieve Pennsylvanians

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 10, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Gov. Tom Wolf called the Pennsylvania budget deficit a “ticking time bomb,” but he isn’t treating it like one. Wolf spoke in front of lawmakers in Harrisburg on Tuesday about his new budget proposal for 2016-2017, despite never reaching a deal on the previous year’s budget. He blamed the rec...

Editorial: Assaults reinforce need for victim support

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 9, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

In the past week, four people have been physically or sexually assaulted on or near campus. While these students were brave enough to file reports, the sad fact is that many other victims stay silent. A lack of reports only gives us a glimpse into the larger problem. And, now more than ever, it is ...

Editorial: The Pitt News endorses Kenyon Bonner for Dean

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 8, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Pitt’s best option for the dean of students position has already filled the role for a year. With four seemingly qualified candidates, the University should select the one who best understands our student body. By that measure, Kenyon Bonner, Pitt’s interim vice provost and dean of students, is right ...

Editorial: Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 5, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

A Berning sensation Customers of the Aartistic Inc. tattoo shop are feeling more than one kind of Bern. The Vermont shop’s owner, Tyre Duvernay, is offering patrons a free tattoo of presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ head. Duvernay told his local ABC station that when he saw another shop offering free Donald Trump tat...

Encourage women to join STEM by training men

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 4, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

President Obama sees the urgency in encouraging women to pursue STEM fields, but money alone won’t accomplish that task. Last week, President Obama announced his initiative to increase computer science instruction in classrooms to get more women and minorities in science and technology fields. While t...

Editorial: Students wasted chance to address administrators

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 2, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Go to a Dean’s Hour and you’ll find students lined up across the Union lobby for free popcorn and nachos. But when the Dean’s job is on the line, only two students showed up. Interim Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner is one of four people under consideration for the full-time role, a position that would put...

World Hijab Day unites Muslims and non-Muslims

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 2, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

“Beautiful, confident and empowered” is the motto for World Hijab Day. Across the globe today, Muslim women in more than 140 countries are teaching others what beauty, confidence and empowerment mean to Muslim women who wear the hijab. Nazma Khan created World Hijab day in 2013 after she faced r...

Editorial: Obama’s mosque trip offers a chance to lead

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 1, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

President Obama is out to show that political gestures don’t have to be empty. The White House announced Saturday the president will speak at the Islamic Society of Baltimore this Wednesday. It will be President Obama’s first trip to an American mosque since taking office seven years ago, and ad...

Editorial: Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 28, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Hot potato An Irish photographer famous for taking portraits of celebrities like Yoko Ono and Malala Yousafzai just hit pay dirt. Kevin Abosch reportedly made bank off a picture of a mud-covered potato to a European businessman, who agreed that the spud looked too good to eat. It looked so good, in...

Continue passing mental health prison reform

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 28, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Small-scale offenders with mental health issues are finally getting the attention they deserve. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Sylvia Rambo approved a federal lawsuit accusing the state of Pennsylvania of violating the rights of defendants with mental health issues by subjecting them to unconstitu...

Editorial: Title IX transparency protects students

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 26, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Discrimination is best done in the light. The federal government will soon lift the shade on schools hoping to avoid accommodating their LGBTQ+ students. On Thursday, the Department of Education announced that it will launch a database of colleges and universities which have applied for exemptions to Title IX regulations on rel...

Make Narcan more available, save more lives

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 26, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Too often, addiction ends in fatality, but when administered quickly enough, there is a drug that can give those who suffer from opioid addiction a second chance.  Naloxone, or Narcan, is a life-saving drug capable of reversing opioid overdoses for drugs, such as heroin. While Narcan has become more...

Editorial: Macklemore song furthers necessary conversation

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 25, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Macklemore has left behind thrift stores and returned to the picket line. On Friday, the Seattle-based rapper released “White Privilege II,” the latest single off his forthcoming album. In the song, Macklemore, whose real name is Ben Haggerty, grapples with his place as a white artist in the hip...

Editorial: Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 22, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Locker room Stapples Carolina Panther fans are feeling alive for the very first time in a decade. Backup linebacker Ben Jacobs has made a habit of belting lyrics from the popular ’90s rock band Creed when his teammates least expect it. According to Jacobs, the key to proper Creedbombing is “to mak...

Editorial: Don’t only delay Keystone Exam, end it

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 21, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

High school students can take a sigh of relief — but only for the time being. Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously voted to postpone high school graduation exams, including the Keystone Exam, until the 2018-2019 school year. The exam — which tested high school sophomores, juniors and sen...

Editorial: Academy slow to respond to #OscarsSoWhite

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 20, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

This year’s Academy Award nominations heralded the return of a familiar pale face: #OscarsSoWhite. It’s a repeated racial injustice decried by us everyday people who will never be anywhere near one of those statues. But would the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have responded to the ...

Editorial: Preserve MLK’s legacy by promoting diversity

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 19, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

As students volunteered, politicians pontificated and we all honored the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. — things seemed a lot better Monday than they did in the ’60s. We have worked toward becoming a country and a city that embraces anyone and everyone. Forbes even ranked our city of Pittsburgh a...

Editorial: Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 15, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

A Family Yarn A Dutch family has given new meaning to the phrase “close knit.” Marieke Voorsluijs, a mother of two, found herself feeling lonely as her eldest son became a teen. According to Voorslujis, she had grown accustomed to regular cuddle sessions, but now that her son has entered puberty, all ...

Editorial: Police simulations should unite police and community

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 14, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

In an effort to rekindle the relationship between officers and their communities, Pittsburgh police gave several people from the community an opportunity to experience what it’s like to “serve and protect” last week. At the Pittsburgh Police and Fire Training Academy on Washington Boulevard, several invitees on behalf of the Pittsburgh Police Zone 5’s Commander’s Cabinet worked through scenarios ranging from routine traffic stops to active sh...

Editorial: State of the Union brings necessary optimism

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 13, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

After President Barack Obama declared he’d keep his State of the Union address short, he made sure the time was well spent. His speech highlighted two things that have been missing from American politics for far too long: hope and bipartisanship. In his 59-minute speech, the president harkened back to ...

Editorial: David Bowie’s legacy should inspire celebrity action

Editorial: David Bowie’s legacy should inspire celebrity action

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 12, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Top Stories

“Ground Control to Major Tom, commencing countdown, engines on.” David Bowie, the chameleonic glam rocker who transcended music with his cosmic imagination and multiple persona metamorphosis, passed away Monday at the age of 69. Hopefully, the musicians he influenced will carry on his ways of bucki...

Editorial: Mayor’s housing proposal a worthwhile experiment

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 11, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Needy families and empty homes are a perfect pair , and if a new proposal from Mayor Peduto is successful, the city will soon be playing matchmaker. The program, Bridges Beyond Blight, aims to fill vacant homes across the city by making them available to families applying for Section 8 housing assist...

Editorial: Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 8, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Dogging It On Wednesday morning, police in Florence, Alabama, responded to suspicious packages at the town post office. When X-ray scans of the packages showed odd results, authorities sent a bomb squad robot to investigate. The contents were potentially hazardous to the health of intended victims,...

Editorial: Allow non-violent offenders to hold office

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 7, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Corry J. Sanders fit the bill of an outstanding candidate for McKeesport councilman — a family man with four kids, an owner of a neighborhood barbershop and a deacon at a Pittsburgh church. But, after winning a seat on the McKeesport City Council, assistant district attorney Kevin McCarthy informed Sander...

Letter from the editor: Adopting gender-inclusive identifiers

By Danielle Fox / Editor in Chief

January 6, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Here at The Pitt News, words are important. If you didn’t already know that, either you or we are doing something wrong. That’s why starting with today’s issue, we will no longer use the term freshman to identify students at large. We will now refer to new students as being first-year. We will...

Editorial: Obama’s executive action on guns a good start

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 6, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Just days into 2016, a normally stoic President Obama delivered a teary-eyed address in front of the nation about his new gun-control efforts to reduce the gun violence that plagued 2015. Through executive order Tuesday, President Obama  proposed a new requirement that would expand background checks...

Editorial: Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 10, 2015


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Six feet deep like Moscow authorities are giving people an exclusive opportunity to take a Snapchat selfie with a ghost. Starting next year, free Wi-Fi will be available in the city’s three main cemeteries — a major plot twist in the city’s planning. If death stresses you out, you can unwind with Wi-Fi...

Editorial: Push for change: Don’t criticize police scrutiny

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 10, 2015


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Police chiefs are feeling a little camera shy these days. With the advent of video footage of fatal police shootings flashing before the public’s eyes, police chiefs have faced radical changes in their work. They consider their jobs more difficult, more political and less secure. A story published...

Editorial: Quit the shtick: Trump’s antics are a threat to national security

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 9, 2015


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Donald Trump is running a successful campaign of racist belligerence. He was never supposed to make it this far as a presidential candidate — yet here we are, reeling from his call on Monday for the United States to bar all Muslims from entering the country until national leaders can “figure out what is going on” following the Sa...

Editorial: Keep teachers where we need them most

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 7, 2015


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The gap in academic achievement is not necessarily a result of bad teachers, but a result of inconsistent teachers. According to a report from journalist Emma Brown of The Washington Post, low-income school districts are struggling to attract and retain quality, long-term teachers — forcing the schools to either use substitute teachers or to just not offer subjects at all. City schools have...

Obama’s address: Keep guns out of extremists’ hands

Obama’s address: Keep guns out of extremists’ hands

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 7, 2015


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Fighting terrorism has reached a “new phase” for the United States, President Obama said during his Oval Office address last night. As we have improved at gathering information on terrorist networks and at foiling their plots, the president said extremists have turned to “less complicated” m...

Editorial: Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 4, 2015


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Cellfie President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey just gave Bilgin Ciftci nearly three months to defend one of the world’s hardest legal claims: Is Gollum a bad character? The trial, which is adjourned until Feb. 23, began when Ciftci caught Erdogan on his bad side after juxtaposing pictures of Erdogan and...

Editorial: Affirmative action brings necessary minority voice

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 3, 2015


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As protests rage on college campuses across the nation, they force us all to confront the issues surrounding racial discrimination in academia. On Dec. 9, the discourse will make its way to the Supreme Court of the United States, where Abigail Fisher will challenge the ability of colleges to take race into consideration when admitting students. The University ...

Editorial: Build trust to rid culture of police brutality

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 2, 2015


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Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke has learned a lesson about community policing — enforcement requires trust, not bullets. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired Garry McCarthy, the city’s police superintendent, Tuesday following the release of a video depicting Van Dyke shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times. The f...

Editorial: Research should focus on utility, not profits

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 30, 2015


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Scientists and stock holders don’t seem like a natural pair, yet universities often bring the two together. Pitt has taken advantage of private money in the past through partnerships with corporations like Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi Pasteur, a pharmaceutical company. Now, Pitt is collaborating...

Editorial: Pittsburgh must denounce anti-Muslim sentiment

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 30, 2015


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If Pittsburgh does not adequately respond to this weekend’s attack on a Muslim man, we will have unravelled our efforts toward immigration reform and increasing the city’s diversity.  On Thanksgiving, a passenger shot an unidentified Muslim taxi driver when he dropped the man off at his home in Hazelwood. Prior to the shooting, the passenger asked the driver a number of questions about ISIS and whether or not he was a “Pakistani guy.” Th...

Editorial: In defense of yoga classes

Editorial: In defense of yoga classes

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 24, 2015


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Clear your mind, relax your muscles. Now breathe deeply — in through your nose, out through your mouth. We suggest the administration at Ottawa University try this, and then reconsider its stance on yoga. This school year, the Canadian university has decided not to continue offering its free, weekly yoga cl...

Editorial: Fight rhetoric with facts this Thanksgiving

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 22, 2015


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This Thanksgiving, don’t let a Donald Trump-inspired wall of rhetoric ruin your feasting. Last week, a Pew Research Center report found that more immigrants were leaving the United States than were entering the country. This is the first time that Mexican immigration has shifted this way since the ’70s when immig...

Editorial: Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 20, 2015


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Grand theft auto: elementary edition On Wednesday, two car thieves committed quite an elementary crime. The men got inside a car with keys in the ignition and got more than they bargained for when they discovered an eight-year-old boy in the backseat. They wanted to make sure that “baby got back” to school and dropped the ...

Editorial: City makes landlords accountable, renters more powerful

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 18, 2015


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In the housing market of South Oakland, basic supply and demand theory is somewhat in flux. Landlords are supplying a limited product, rentable houses and apartments, to a consistent and high demand, Pitt students. Of Pitt’s 19,000 undergraduate students, 57 percent live off campus, according to U....

Editorial: Decriminalize marijuana use, prioritize rehabilitation

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 18, 2015


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A puff of smoke trailing from the end of a joint should not leave a lingering cloud over someone’s life. But all too often, that’s the case and the verdict. Marijuana use is still criminalized in 30 states — including Pennsylvania— according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws....

Editorial: Improve day care, improve academic performance

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 17, 2015


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Seventy percent of parents in the United States work. Obviously then, most can’t spend every waking moment with their kid.  Working parents have to leave their child — or children — in someone else’s hands. In fact, 40 percent of children under five — about 8.2 million children in the Uni...

Editorial: Syrian refugees should not be feared following Paris attacks

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 15, 2015


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As Syrian refugees flee their war-torn communities, the ripples of terrorism abroad slams the exit door in their faces. On Friday, Islamic State terrorists attacked public spaces in Paris, killing at least 129 people. On Saturday, French officials determined that one of the attackers had been carrying a S...

Editorial: Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 13, 2015


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Sticky situation On Tuesday, Seattle began to remove a Hubba-Bubba lot of gum from a historic “gum wall” near Pike Place Market. Foregoing the peanut butter hack, the hired contractor, Cascadian Building Maintenance, used steam cleaners to melt the gum off the wall. Kelly Foster, the contractor...

Editorial: Rubio right on vo-tech, wrong on minimum wage

Editorial: Rubio right on vo-tech, wrong on minimum wage

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 12, 2015


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“Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers.” Sen. Marco Rubio made this assertion at Tuesday night’s Republican primary debate — it’s meant to illustrate his main gripe with the U.S. education system. While the first part of his quote is false — Americans wit...

Editorial: Starbucks cup should not ignite fiery, red outrage

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 11, 2015


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We’ve passed the torch of ideological outrage, and Starbucks is its latest bearer. This year’s release of Starbucks’ holiday-themed cup on Tuesday, Nov. 3, led to holy outcry in the following days when bewildered Christians couldn’t find the cheer on their coffee-filled canvases. There were no snowflakes, reindeer or other commercialized Christmas symbols adorning th...

Editorial: Police should focus on protecting students, not forcefully disciplining them

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 10, 2015


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In the post-Newtown era, public schools are seemingly a hotbed of violence, forcing policymakers to step in to ensure students’ safety and peace of mind. Increasing police presence in school is one strategy, but without tailored training in dealing with young students, officers can’t make students ...

Editorial: Mizzou football team right to reject ‘sorry’ university inaction

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 9, 2015


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A swastika drawn with human feces on a Missouri University dorm wall is a loud and clear message of heinous bigotry.  This hate act warrants a swift response of zero tolerance and outrage, not the vague acceptance Timothy Wolfe, the University of Missouri president, gave the campus. Rightfully, the s...

Editorial: Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 6, 2015


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Schoolhouse or bust On Thursday, broadcaster eNCA reported a South African high school student really went the distance for his grade. When the bus driver didn’t show up to take the students to their final year mathematics exam, Le-An Adonis pulled out all the stops and pulled up the emergency brea...

Editorial: PA universities stuck at the top of the tuition climb

Editorial: PA universities stuck at the top of the tuition climb

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 5, 2015


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Pennsylvania’s education system is in a state of disarray. The budget crisis is leaving primary schools without state funding, forcing many to rely on bank loans to pay the bills. Meanwhile, the situation for our state colleges is similarly dire, with students shouldering the weight of the problem....

Editorial: Transgender misconceptions cloud policy

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 4, 2015


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Federal education authorities have handed down their firmest stance on the rights of transgender students yet. On Monday, the U.S. Department of Education determined that an Illinois school district had violated anti-discrimination laws by preventing a transgender student, who identifies as a girl and plays on a girls’ sports team, from changing and showering openly in the girls’ locker room.  This overdue precedent will hopefully ...

Editorial: Candidates need to answer questions, not make excuses

Editorial: Candidates need to answer questions, not make excuses

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 2, 2015


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Dr. Ben Carson on his 10-year relationship with the controversial medical supplement company, Mannatech, “That is total propaganda, and this is what happens in our society. Total propaganda.” Donald Trump on his website’s attack on Mark Zuckerberg for his stance on immigration, “I don’t...

Editorial: We need to treat, not punish, heroin addiction

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 2, 2015


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In a turning point in the war against the heroin epidemic, our country has realized that treatment, not punishment, is the best defense against drug addiction. In a New York Times article on Saturday, writer Katharine Seelye said skyrocketing heroin use among whites — and the increasing number of people overdosing f...

Editorial: Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 29, 2015


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Nightmare on Market Street On Wednesday, a judge used the power of the law against a warlock and won. The Salem, Mass., judge granted witch-priestess Lori Sforza a protective order against self-proclaimed warlock Christian Day, in what was truly a legal horror story. The two used to work together un...

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