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Editorial: Pitt should offer more interdisciplinary studies for students

Editorial: Pitt should offer more interdisciplinary studies for students

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 9, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Uncategorized

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

Top 10 Totally Achievable New Year Resolutions

Top 10 Totally Achievable New Year Resolutions

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

January 6, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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

Editorial: State ethics reform ignores the real problems

Editorial: State ethics reform ignores the real problems

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 5, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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

Top 10: study tips for finals week

Top 10: study tips for finals week

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

December 8, 2016


Filed under Editorials

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

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

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

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 8, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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

Editorial: Future of Democratic Party in need of change

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 7, 2016


Filed under Editorials

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

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

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

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 6, 2016


Filed under Editorials

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

Editorial: Standing Rock Sioux’s fight is not over

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 5, 2016


Filed under Editorials

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

Top 10: Trump Cabinet Picks

Top 10: Trump Cabinet Picks

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

December 1, 2016


Filed under Editorials

As President-elect Donald Trump’s picks for his cabinet become finalized, so has criticism for his choices. Even though he promised to #DrainTheSwamp, Trump instead dove right in, selecting a team of political insiders, millionaires and billionaires. Hoping to offer our 45th president some guidanc...

Editorial: Pittsburgh must protect LGBTQ children from conversion therapy

Editorial: Pittsburgh must protect LGBTQ children from conversion therapy

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 1, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Let’s just get this out of the way: Being gay, queer, trans or any other member of the LGBTQ+ community is not a choice. There’s no way to “fix” it. It’s disappointing that, on the precipice of 2017, people are still arguing about this. Moreover, it’s a tragic reality that some of tho...

Editorial: Pittsburgh should declare sanctuary status

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 30, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

As threats to undocumented immigrants being deported under Trump’s administration loom, Pittsburgh, it seems, is fighting back. Ever since President-elect Donald Trump vowed to deport up to 3 million undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes as well as threatened to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities, cities across the co...

Editorial: Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education puts private business before community improvement

Editorial: Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education puts private business before community improvement

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 29, 2016


Filed under Editorials

President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly promised to run the country like a business. If his early choices for key cabinet positions are any indication, he plans to make good on that claim — at least in regard to education. Trump announced last Wednesday that conservative billionaire and activist Be...

Editorial: Professor watchlist avoids academic dialogue

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 28, 2016


Filed under Columns, Editorials

Before you sign up for a class, you check the professor’s Rate My Professor and maybe his or her bio on Pitt’s site. Now, some students might also see if their professors “liberal biases” have landed them on a watchlist. With the launch of a new website last week, any of your professors who are “caugh...

Editorial: The Pitt News’ Thanksgiving survival guide

Editorial: The Pitt News’ Thanksgiving survival guide

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 22, 2016


Filed under Editorials

‘Tis the season for turkey, stuffing and unbearable small talk around the family dinner table. It’s Thanksgiving, and lucky for you, the country just completed its most contentious political contest in decades. While that means there will be plenty of fodder for banter, it also makes it like...

Criminal record could impact student protestor

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 21, 2016


Filed under Editorials

It’s difficult to imagine that participating in a protest in college could lead to limited job prospects for those involved, but this very well may be a reality for some student protesters at Pitt. A student protest turned violent last Thursday after the Pitt police forced students out of the Litchfield Towers lobby as they were occupying the space, despite police demands not to. One stud...

Top 10 Things First-Time Renters Should Look Out For

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 18, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Our weekly Top Ten is brought to you by the writers of Pitt Tonight and The Pitt News Editorial Board. Ghosts If ghosts don’t bother you, set up secret cameras to videotape your roommates while they sleep and you can make the 17th Paranormal Activity sequel. You’ll rake in millions, or ...

Local prison system in dire need of reform

Local prison system in dire need of reform

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 17, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Allegheny County’s prison system reflects the problems the American criminal justice system has faced for years. Pitt’s Institute of Politics released a report Wednesday titled “Criminal Justice in the 21st Century: Improving Incarceration Policies and Practices in Allegheny County,” that includes a list of suggestions to imp...

Editorial: Conscious conservatives must denounce Bannon appointment

Editorial: Conscious conservatives must denounce Bannon appointment

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 16, 2016


Filed under Editorials

By now, you’ve probably heard the name Steve Bannon floating around. If not, here’s a primer. As the former executive chairman of the self-described “Trump loudspeaker” site Breitbart.com, Bannon has promoted racist, sexist, transphobic and anti-Semitic writings. That seems like a long list, so...

Editorial: Revive Pitt’s journalism major

Editorial: Revive Pitt’s journalism major

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 15, 2016


Filed under Editorials

With a Donald Trump presidency just months away, the media world is fighting to win back the trust readers have abandoned. Which means that in a world full of fake news and unverified fluff masquerading as information, there has never been a larger need for young adults to learn how to most accurat...

Editorial: Fake news on Facebook hinders political discourse

Editorial: Fake news on Facebook hinders political discourse

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 13, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Although the election has passed, social media is still a haven for articles, thinkpieces and commentary on the presidential candidates — now focused more squarely on President-elect Donald Trump. In the oversaturated, under-moderated mess that is social media, it’s become increasingly difficult to tel...

Editorial: Pitt’s election day filled with community support

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 9, 2016


Filed under Editorials

With music playing outside the Union and Posvar, food trucks lining Fifth Avenue giving away free food to voters and students eagerly lining up at the polls, Oakland was vibrant on Election Day. After months of ruthless campaigning, rallies, speeches, debates and scandals, Americans finally had the...

Editorial: Pennsylvanians should reject judicial ballot question

Editorial: Pennsylvanians should reject judicial ballot question

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 8, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Today, the biggest decision facing most Americans will be who should lead the free world — no big deal. But Pennsylvanians will have to answer their own question this Election Day: Should state judges be able to serve until they are 75 years old? The Pennsylvania Judicial Retirement Age Ame...

McLay resigned, but his reforms should remain

McLay resigned, but his reforms should remain

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 7, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Just two years ago, Pittsburgh Chief of Police Cameron McLay came to the city as a reformer. His predecessor had just been sentenced to a term in prison. Relations between the police force and community had been fraying for years. He had a tough road ahead. But the former Madison, Wisconsin polic...

Top 10 things to do before the election on Tuesday

Top 10 things to do before the election on Tuesday

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

November 3, 2016


Filed under Editorials

We want everyone to be prepared to go out and vote this Nov. 8. No matter what, Nov. 9 is sure to go down in history. But don’t panic just yet, we’ve got your pre-voting plans covered. 1.Double-check your registration. The election is clearly rigged. You never know, your voter registration could ...

Editorial: Pittsburgh police should live in communities they serve

Editorial: Pittsburgh police should live in communities they serve

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 3, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Communities work best when residents have a vested interest in each others’ happiness and safety. Pittsburghers seemed to recognize that fact in 2013, when 80 percent of residents voted for a referendum to the Home Rule Charter that would require city employees to live within the city limits. A year later, an arbitration panel ruled that city police officers could live within 25 miles of Downtown,...

Editorial: Political discourse requires respect, not aggression

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 2, 2016


Filed under Editorials

With the election less than a week away, we realize tensions are high at Pitt. But none of the presidential candidates will benefit from violence among their supporters. And anti-Trump Pitt students who flipped over a Donald Trump campaigning table and ripped down a Trump banner outside Hillman Library this week made that very clear. While college is meant to be a place where young peopl...

Editorial: Pitt athletes can enroll early. They shouldn’t get the chance.

Editorial: Pitt athletes can enroll early. They shouldn’t get the chance.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 31, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Pitt’s student-athletes are getting a free head start, but instead of racing toward a trophy, they’re filling up classroom seats. According to an email from academic counselors within the athletic department, Pitt’s senior administrators have signed off on early class registration for athlete...

Editorial: PA doctors’ fracking ban a call for more research

Editorial: PA doctors’ fracking ban a call for more research

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 30, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Following the lead of New York, Maryland and Vermont, doctors in Pennsylvania want the state to be the next to initiate a ban on fracking. Last week, the Pennsylvania Medical Society called for a statewide moratorium on new shale gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing after a new Yale study found that ...

Top 10 last-minute Halloween costumes

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 27, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Our weekly Top Ten is brought to you by the writers of Pitt Tonight and The Pitt News Editorial Board. Ken Bone All you have to do is buy a red sweater and some glasses — but to really sell it, make sure everyone finds your creepy Reddit posts two weeks from now. The Verizon guy th...

Editorial: Proposed City Council rule punishes transparency

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 27, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Politicians have enough incentive to hide behind closed doors. They shouldn’t have to pay for offering a glimpse at the internal discussions that drive our city. Council President Bruce Kraus introduced legislation Tuesday that would penalize council members who publicly discuss closed-door executive sessions. Offenders would have to pay $500 if a ...

Editorial: Kane’s light sentence calls for more accountability

Editorial: Kane’s light sentence calls for more accountability

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 26, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania’s former Attorney General, committed a crime. She was arrested, tried before a jury of her peers and convicted. And this week, she was sentenced to prison. But justice was not served. On Monday, Kane was sentenced to 10 to 23 months in jail after she was convicted of...

Editorial: Trump’s response to Jessica Drake’s accusations devalues consent

Editorial: Trump’s response to Jessica Drake’s accusations devalues consent

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 25, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Another day, another woman coming forward with stories about Donald Trump’s sexual advances. But the response to this one came with an added dash of deplorability: slut-shaming. After videos of Trump referring to times he’s grabbed and kissed women without their consent because he was “a star” emerged earlier this month, scrutiny of his misogynistic language has intensified. During the ensuing weeks, 10 women have come forward to accuse...

Editorial: The Times should be more transparent about McGinty endorsement

Editorial: The Times should be more transparent about McGinty endorsement

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 23, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Around this time in a presidential election, readers begin turning to the opinion pages of their newspapers to see who the paper’s editorial board choose to endorse. While some publications choose to remain impartial, most begin handing down endorsements to one candidate or another. This year, thos...

Top 10 questions Chris Wallace should’ve asked at the debate

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 21, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Our weekly Top Ten is brought to you by the writers of Pitt Tonight and The Pitt News Editorial Board. In last night’s third and final presidential debate, we saw some interruptions and slight jabs, but overall, a strong and surprisingly composed performance from Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. ...

Editorial: Liberty University’s censorship betrays conservativism

Editorial: Liberty University’s censorship betrays conservativism

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 20, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Despite its name, Liberty University seems to think freedom of speech is only worth protecting when students aren’t being “redundant” in how they criticize his chosen presidential candidate. According to the school’s student-run newspaper, The Liberty Champion, an opinion column critical of Republi...

Editorial: Pa. state faculty strike highlights need for support

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 19, 2016


Filed under Editorials

After months of disagreement and failed negotiations, the faculty of Pennsylvania’s 14 state-supported universities will go on strike starting today. The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties President Kenneth Mash confirmed the unprecedented strike will likely go on afte...

Editorial: The Pitt News endorses Hillary Clinton for President

Editorial: The Pitt News endorses Hillary Clinton for President

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 18, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Top Stories

At the risk of accusations that we’ve misquoted him, we’ve let the candidate we’re not endorsing speak for himself. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best ... They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringin...

10 inventions that weren’t mentioned at The White House Frontiers Conference

10 inventions that weren’t mentioned at The White House Frontiers Conference

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 14, 2016


Filed under Editorials

In lieu of our Casual Fridays, The Pitt News Editorial Board is collaborating with Pitt Tonight host Jesse Irwin and Pitt Tonight writers to bring to you our very first Top 10 List. President Barack Obama and tech giants from around the country took Oakland by storm on Thursday for the White House...

Editorial: Costumed fun not an excuse for ignorance

Editorial: Costumed fun not an excuse for ignorance

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 13, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Halloween approaches, as does the inevitable flood of offensive, uninspired costumes that’ll fill house parties everywhere. While perusing thrift and novelty shops for a makeshift getup, it’s easy to fall into the trappings of ready-made costumes like Native American chiefs and drunk Mexican b...

Editorial: University of Maryland should fund sexual assault services, not students

Editorial: University of Maryland should fund sexual assault services, not students

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 12, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Sexual assault services are a necessary component to most colleges, but if you ask the University of Maryland, they’re a luxury. Since the university’s Title IX office — which provides the services — in underfunded and sexual assault reports have increased within recent years, Catherine C...

Editorial: Remember, today is your last chance for Pa. voter registration

Editorial: Remember, today is your last chance for Pa. voter registration

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 11, 2016


Filed under Editorials

In case you haven’t heard it enough times from the people lining just about every corner in Oakland: You have to vote for your opinion to matter on Election Day. And in order to do that, you have to register. Today, Oct. 11, is the final day for Pennsylvania residents to register to vote in the...

Pitch us an editorial topic about your student group

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 11, 2016


Filed under Editorials

We think the space typically reserved for cracking punny jokes in our Casual Fridays series can go to a better cause — so we’re offering it to you. Until now, The Pitt News has published daily editorials based on what we internally deem to be the most important story of the day. But a campus dialogue ...

Editorial: Trump’s video release fuels his public downfall

Editorial: Trump’s video release fuels his public downfall

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 10, 2016


Filed under Editorials

In case you haven’t heard, the Washington Post released a video from 2005 of behind-the-scenes footage of Donald Trump and Billy Bush on Access Hollywood. The audio — recorded while Trump and Bush were wearing mics — revealed a series of vile comments made by the Republican presidential candidate toward women. T...

Opioid task force overlooks some addiction complexities

Opioid task force overlooks some addiction complexities

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 6, 2016


Filed under Editorials

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


Filed under Editorials

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 4, 2016


Filed under Editorials

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


Filed under Editorials

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 29, 2016


Filed under Editorials

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 28, 2016


Filed under Editorials

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


Filed under Editorials

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


Filed under Editorials

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 22, 2016


Filed under Editorials

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 21, 2016


Filed under Editorials

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 20, 2016


Filed under Editorials

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


Filed under Editorials

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


Filed under Editorials

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


Filed under Editorials

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


Filed under Editorials

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


Filed under Editorials

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


Filed under Editorials

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


Filed under Editorials

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 6, 2016


Filed under Editorials

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


Filed under Editorials

“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

September 1, 2016


Filed under Editorials

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 31, 2016


Filed under Editorials

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 30, 2016


Filed under Editorials

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 13, 2016


Filed under Editorials

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


Filed under Editorials

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


Filed under Editorials

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


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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


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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

June 1, 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 25, 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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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...

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