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Opioid task force overlooks some addiction complexities

Opioid task force overlooks some addiction complexities

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 6, 2016


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Pennsylvania finally has a plan to fight the opioid crisis, and Pitt has its fingerprints on it — for better or worse. A 64-page report on fighting the opioid crisis came out Wednesday after two years of work by a task force of legal and health care experts, including former Pitt chancellor Mark Nordenberg, who is currently the chair of Pitt’s Institute of Pol...

Editorial: Look past campaign spending in PA Senate race

Editorial: Look past campaign spending in PA Senate race

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 5, 2016


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In Pennsylvania’s contentious Senate battle this year, the race seems be about which candidate can outspend the other instead of the issues. On Tuesday, the Center for Responsive Politics disclosed that spending on Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race has amounted to $88.9 million thus far. The race is the...

Editorial: Pa.’s delayed medical marijuana research hinders rollout

Editorial: Pa.’s delayed medical marijuana research hinders rollout

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 3, 2016


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Pennsylvania’s legislature will soon deliver medical marijuana research opportunities, and Pitt has the munchies. Last week, Pitt’s School of Medicine sent out letters announcing its plan to search for research partnerships with companies to study the effects of marijuana on treating serious medical conditions. Gov....

Editorial: In light of Trump’s tax revelations, don’t forget about sexist comments

Editorial: In light of Trump’s tax revelations, don’t forget about sexist comments

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 2, 2016


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Like a scared dog cornered in an alley, Donald Trump furiously lashed out after Hillary Clinton mentioned Alicia Machado’s name. For Clinton, it was the perfect attack — all she had to do was bring up the former Miss Universe, who’s originally from Venezuela, at last week’s presidential debat...

Editorial: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s digital shift more than “tough” for 106 laid off

Editorial: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s digital shift more than “tough” for 106 laid off

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 28, 2016


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In most cases, reporters becoming the center of a story is a sign something's gone wrong. Sometimes, though, it’s worth acknowledging the people behind the curtain. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, one of the city’s flagship newspapers, announced Wednesday it would cease publication of a print ...

Editorial: Civic education requirements need reform and funding

Editorial: Civic education requirements need reform and funding

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 27, 2016


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Pennsylvania wants to promote civic education but apparently doesn’t want to invest the money to enforce it. This week, State Rep. Karen Boback, R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyo., and Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, called for better civic education by introducing House Bill 1858, which would require eve...

Editorial: First Clinton-Trump debate offers nothing new

Editorial: First Clinton-Trump debate offers nothing new

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 27, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Election Coverage 2016

After the first general election debate of 2016, most of The Pitt News’ office had nothing to say. There were shrugs and analogies to petulant children. Most brushed off the question of who won by giving a name followed by “I guess.” The general consensus was that Clinton won, just barely, but...

Editorial: Yahoo breach should lead to stronger regulations

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 25, 2016


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When a multinational company experiences a massive security breach that affects hundreds of millions of people, don’t its users deserve to know? Yahoo, the multinational digital company, announced last week that in 2014, a state-sponsored actor, or a hacker supported by a foreign government, hacked the accoun...

Editorial: Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 22, 2016


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RIP Brangelina Hollywood’s biggest heartthrob is back on the market — and so is Brad Pitt. On Tuesday, after two years of marriage, Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from husband Pitt, meaning our favorite power couple has officially shattered any hope we had left for the existence of true love. Fingers crossed th...

Editorial: Pennsylvania must remember students in fight against hunger

Editorial: Pennsylvania must remember students in fight against hunger

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 21, 2016


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Pennsylvania health officials are dedicating themselves to take a bite out of hunger — or so they say. On Wednesday, the state’s secretaries of Human Services, Agriculture and Aging announced a plan at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to expand public hunger relief programs. Included in the strategy is an increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,...

Editorial: Self-driving regulations provides little reassurance

Editorial: Self-driving regulations provides little reassurance

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 20, 2016


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As of Monday, the United States government is officially betting on self-driving cars to be a success. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Transportation released its first set of federal regulations on the autonomous vehicle industry. The 15-point guideline creates safety standards for driverless cars, such as uniform polic...

Editorial: Jeffrey Tambor’s Emmy speech shows need for transgender representation

Editorial: Jeffrey Tambor’s Emmy speech shows need for transgender representation

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 19, 2016


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While accepting his Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series Sunday night, Jeffrey Tambor — who plays a transgender woman in the Amazon series “Transparent” — decided to take a stand for the community he represents on television. "To you people out there, you producers and network owners, and agents and you creative sparks: please give transgender talent a chance," Tambor said. "G...

Editorial: Manhattan explosion coverage misleads readers

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 19, 2016


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When news breaks of a bombing or explosion in a U.S. city, one word stands out in Americans’ minds: Terrorism. So Saturday night, when 29 people were injured in an explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York, that one word quickly jumped into national headlines. Thankfully, the victims of the explosion Saturday are out of the hospital alr...

Editorial: University of Chicago’s faculty letter shows how to support free speech

Editorial: University of Chicago’s faculty letter shows how to support free speech

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 15, 2016


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On Aug. 25, the University of Chicago sent all incoming students a letter declaring the institution’s dedication to free thought — by telling them which thoughts aren’t acceptable. In the letter, the university claimed that by denouncing trigger warnings and safe spaces, it is offering a defense o...

Editorial: Officer fired for not shooting Pittsburgh man deserves better

Editorial: Officer fired for not shooting Pittsburgh man deserves better

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 13, 2016


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While no shooting is worthy of praise, some are unfortunately understandable given the circumstances. Even in such cases, there are often victims of injustice. On May 6 in Weirton, W. Va. police officer Stephen Mader — a former Marine — confronted a 23-year-old Pittsburgher named Ronald D. “R....

Editorial: 9/11 coverage fails to commemorate victims

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 11, 2016


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After 15 years, we still cannot escape the harrowing aftermath of 9/11. On September 11, 2001, the United States lost 2,977 men, women and children in the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The terrorist attack forever changed our country a...

Editorial: Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 8, 2016


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Extra Espresso, please A new heavy-duty coffee drink is making its (g)rounds in the caffeine world. Much to Starbucks’ dismay, Australian cafe owner Steve Benington crafted a new coffee which he claims to be 80 times stronger than espresso called “The A**kicker.” The Aussie barista says it ca...

Editorial: Zika victims lose in GOP war with Planned Parenthood

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 7, 2016


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For the third time, Congress has failed to approve funding for Zika virus research. And for the third time, the reason is a willful misunderstanding of how to effectively address women’s health. In May, the U.S. Senate approved a $1.1 billion compromise bill, which was later shot down once it reach...

Editorial: ITT closure undermines higher education

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 6, 2016


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ITT Technical Institute made millions selling overpriced training for skilled trade jobs and marketing it as the American Dream. Now, it’s paying the price for selling education for a profit — unfortunately, so are its students. This week, ITT Technical Institute announced that it will cease operations nationwi...

Editorial: Narduzzi’s media blackout is its own distraction

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 5, 2016


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Pitt vs. Penn State — arguably the biggest football event on Pitt’s 2016 calendar and the Panthers’ first game against the Nittany Lions since 2000 — is less than a week away. Yet, head coach Pat Narduzzi hardly wants to talk about it. At a Monday press conference, Narduzzi announced that th...

Editorial: Casual Friday

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 1, 2016


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“Handalism” Road rage made a different gesture in Houston as residents walked the streets this week. To their surprise, the red “Don’t Walk” sign at the crosswalk flipped them the bird, rather than the angry driver who usually almost runs them over. The vandal has yet to be found, but word has it they w...

Editorial: Citizen Advisory Panel worthy of a vote

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 31, 2016


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Cities should listen to their citizens. That idea is far from controversial — it’s how democratic governments function. What form the relationship between citizens and city officials should take is another question entirely, and Pittsburgh is currently struggling to define its answer. Today,...

Editorial: White Lives Matters threatens racial progress

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 30, 2016


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White nationalism has finally gotten the kind of attention it deserves. On Tuesday, the Southern Poverty Law Center declared White Lives Matter — a white nationalist group that calls itself the opponent of the Black Lives Matter movement — a hate group. According to its website, the group’s goal ...

Editorial: Pittsburgh should remain confident in Chief McLay

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 29, 2016


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In a guest piece for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last May, Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay addressed how to improve police-community relations, a dynamic that has long suffered a severe and sometimes violent disconnect. His solution? “... restoring the integrity of police leadership systems, r...

Editorial: Stanford alcohol ban is tone-deaf to sexual assault prevention

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 28, 2016


Filed under Editorials

After a tumultuous summer in the headlines, Stanford is making some changes on campus this year. On Aug. 23, Stanford announced an update to its student alcohol policy banning hard alcohol from all on-campus parties. With the exception of parties hosted by student organizations and residences of grad...

Editorial: Pokemon Go overreach should alert consumers

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

July 12, 2016


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Gotta catch ‘em all  — unless it’s in the terms and conditions. On July 6, the Nintendo release of “Pokemon Go” took the world by storm through its augmented reality features and interactive gaming components, leaving children and adults alike searching for Pokemon outdoors. The gaming s...

Editorial: Chesney fans should respect, not wreck city

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

July 5, 2016


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Kenny Chesney fans took the term “getting trashed” a bit too literally this weekend. On July 2, Kenny Chesney held a concert in Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field for his Spread The Love tour that attracted an estimated 55,000 people. Chesney concerts have become infamous in the city, due to a 2013 incident tha...

Editorial: Pilot education program essential to re-entry

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 28, 2016


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The path after incarceration can soon lead forward, rather than in a circle. Now, that opportunity is coming to Pennsylvania. Last year, the U.S. Department of Education launched the $30 million Pell pilot program in an attempt to give incarcerated Americans access to high quality education programs. Under the program, incarcerated Americans are eligible to receive Pell Gra...

Editorial: Bell Lawsuit confirms racial insensitivity

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 21, 2016


Filed under Editorials

From a mass shooting to a lawsuit, Wendy Bell’s responses to controversy have proven to be tone-deaf. On Monday, former WTAE news anchor Wendy Bell filed a federal lawsuit against Hearst Communications, the parent company of WTAE, for race discrimination in her March firing from the station. Bell’s dismissal...

Editorial: LGBTQ victims deserve recognition, not erasure

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 14, 2016


Filed under Editorials

We all may be Americans, but not all of us are targeted simply for whom we love. In the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 others during a shooting spree at the Orlando, Florida, gay nightclub Pulse early Sunday morning. Police shot and killed Mateen...

Editorial: Chatham’s union vote should push Pitt

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 7, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Pittsburgh is a union town. This week, Chatham University joined other Pittsburgh universities in voting to unionize their faculty. After organizing for over a year, Chatham faculty and administrators agreed to have an election beginning June 17, to vote on union representation. After ongoing disputes over the voting eligibility of full-time faculty due to their “managerial staff” status, the university will only include part...

Formula fixes funding

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

May 31, 2016


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After years of political disparaging over education funds, politicians will no longer control the board when it comes to fixing our school systems. Last week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted unanimously in favor of a bill that would set a formula for state education funding. Once Gov...

Editorial: Beyonce boycott draws unnecessary division

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

May 24, 2016


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From topping charts to breaking records, Beyoncé is under the spotlight for different reasons this week in Pittsburgh. Beyoncé will perform May 31, at Heinz Field as part of The Formation World Tour. The pop star announced the tour following her Super Bowl halftime performance, which came under sc...

Editorial: Pitt’s urban education certificate critical for education majors

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

May 17, 2016


Filed under Editorials

The most significant challenges to the American education system often go unaddressed or under-addressed in college curriculums. But on Tuesday, the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education announced a new certificate program that seeks to foster the cultural divide between teachers and students in urban ed...

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 19, 2016


Filed under Editorials

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 12, 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 11, 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 6, 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 4, 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 30, 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 20, 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 23, 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 22, 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 17, 2016


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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 16, 2016


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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


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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 14, 2016


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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


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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


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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


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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 7, 2016


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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 4, 2016


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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


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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


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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 1, 2016


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“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

January 31, 2016


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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


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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 27, 2016


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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


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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 25, 2016


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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


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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 21, 2016


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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


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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


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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 18, 2016


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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 14, 2016


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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


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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


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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 ...

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