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Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 11, 2015


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Language barriers A teller at a San Antonio Wells Fargo just discovered the benefits of sleeping through a Spanish class. Last week, the teller’s limited Spanish ended up preventing a bank robbery. The teller misread the robber’s note stating “Dame dinero” as “Damien,” and began looking up the account. When the teller asked the robber to con...

Editorial: Pitt, let’s be clear on mental health

Editorial: Pitt, let’s be clear on mental health

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 9, 2015


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In the wake of three student suicides in less than a year, Pitt is working to transform the way it combats the effects of mental illness. Here on campus, Student Government Board, along with other student organizations, has formed a coalition with the University administration and the Counseling Center...

Editorial: Student loans: Needlessly complex

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 9, 2015


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Do you know how much you owe on your student loans? If the question boggles you, you’re not alone. According to a 2014 survey conducted by the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings Institution, six out of 10 freshmen do not know how much debt they had taken on to pay for their first year ...

Editorial: Schools should address student trauma

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 7, 2015


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The reasons behind a student’s poor performance in school tend to extend far beyond the classroom — they are usually found in the home. Emotional trauma caused by a poor home life affects countless students across the country — something school districts in Allegheny County, like Mt. Lebanon...

Editorial: Classmates deserve proper pronouns

Editorial: Classmates deserve proper pronouns

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 3, 2015


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Conservative watchdog groups, like Campus Reform, a project of the conservative Leadership Institute, are accusing a Washington State University professor of violating students’ free speech rights after she banned “oppressive” language from her classroom this semester. Selena Lester Breikss,...

Editorial: Examining history’s place

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 2, 2015


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Historical icons of racism have a place in our nation — we call those places history museums, not university lawns or capitol flagpoles. Students at the University of Texas at Austin continued their fight to remove several statues depicting Jefferson Davis and Woodrow Wilson from the university’s ...

Editorial: GOP inconsistent with Pope, Christian ideals

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 1, 2015


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The pope has accepted the U.S. Congress’ cordial invitation to speak to the legislature on Sept. 24. Many of the politicians Pope Francis will address — particularly the Republicans — claim to be devout Christians. They’ve gone as far as to formulate their positions on certain political issues ...

Editorial: America’s sexual education deserves an ‘F’

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 31, 2015


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The rape trial involving a then 15-year-old girl and 18-year-old Owen Labrie at St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire has officially ended — what have we learned? We know that a predatory sexual culture persists amongst our nation’s youngest, most elite scholars who believe girls are animals to be o...

Editorial: Don’t mess with history, Texas: Textbook revisions whitewash U.S. history

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

July 8, 2015


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On Monday, 37 members of the South Carolina Senate voted to remove the Confederate flag from its capital, a landmark act in acknowledging that our history is scarred with racism and brutality. But next month, Texas seeks to re-hoist the controversial emblem — symbolically, at least. This August, t...

Editorial: Don’t mess with history, Texas: Textbook revisions whitewash U.S. history

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

July 7, 2015


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On Monday, 37 members of the South Carolina Senate voted to remove the Confederate flag from its capital, a landmark act in acknowledging that our history is scarred with racism and brutality.But next month, Texas seeks to re-hoist the controversial emblem — symbolically, at least.This August, the Lo...

Editorial:Requiem for social conservatism

Editorial:Requiem for social conservatism

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 30, 2015


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Don’t be surprised if your conservative friends call in sick this week — it’s been a rough few days for the GOP.Specifically, Friday’s 5:4 Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage in the United States hasn’t been sitting well with the red states.Texas and Alabama, two traditionally conservative...

Gov. Nikki Haley calls for removal of Confederate flag

Gov. Nikki Haley calls for removal of Confederate flag

By TNS

June 24, 2015


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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley hugs U.S. Congressman James Clyburn after she called for legislators to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the State House during a press conference on Monday, June 22, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. (Tim Dominick/The State/TNS)...

Editorial: Removal of Confederate flag not a cure-all for racism

Editorial: Removal of Confederate flag not a cure-all for racism

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 23, 2015


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

When we read about events like the recent massacre in Charleston, S.C., one question often dominates our thoughts — how do things like this keep happening?In the week or so that has followed Dylann Roof’s blatant terrorist attack and subsequent arrest, media outlets have pinned the cause on a col...

Editorial: Astros’ database hack demonstrates domestic corporate espionage

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 16, 2015


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What happens when you mix a sprinkle of America’s favorite pastime with a heaping teaspoon of corporate espionage?You create a recipe for domestic disaster.On Monday, The New York Times broke news that FBI and Justice Department prosecutors are investigating whether the St. Louis Cardinals officials hacked th...

Editorial: Apple Music will wipe out free streaming

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 9, 2015


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Remember MP3 players and music libraries? Neither do we — words like Spotify and Pandora are now practically ingrained into our everyday vernacular, replacing the language of the past.And after Monday’s Apple Music launch, we might not remember what free music streaming is, either.Apple Music, Apple’s n...

Editorial: Jenner and Gender: Don’t chastise — explain and educate

Editorial: Jenner and Gender: Don’t chastise — explain and educate

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 2, 2015


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It only took three words to electrify social media and news outlets with a red-hot buzz.“Call me Caitlyn.”Emblazoned with these three words, Vanity Fair’s July 2015 cover went viral on Monday after the magazine posted a photo of it on Twitter. The cover — featuring a dramatic shot of Caitlyn Jen...

You make the call

You make the call

By Courtesy of CMU

May 26, 2015


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Education on bystander intervention required to prevent sexual assault

Education on bystander intervention required to prevent sexual assault

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

May 26, 2015


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What does sexual assault look like? Does it have to be explicit physical contact, like groping, or can it be more subdued, like telling someone to smile? Last semester, a group of Carnegie Mellon University students developed “Decisions that Matter,” an interactive experience that illustrates forms of...

Editorial: Pittsburgh Pride would have one less problem without Iggy Azalea’s performance

Editorial: Pittsburgh Pride would have one less problem without Iggy Azalea’s performance

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

May 19, 2015


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Iggy Azalea might rap about being fancy, but shortly after the Delta Foundation announced she would be performing at Pittsburgh Pride in the Street on June 13, the LGBT community made it quite clear that they didn’t fancy the white cisgender performer headlining their fest.Azalea is most widely known ...

Editorial: Keep Big Brother out of the workplace

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

May 12, 2015


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The year 1984 and its namesake novel have had their times, but Big Brother still flourishes in today’s society — especially regarding employees whose bosses submit them to GPS-tracking apps in the workplace. On May 5, Myrna Arias, a former sales executive at Intermex, a wire-transfer company, filed a la...

Editorial: Content creators must embrace live video streaming apps

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

May 5, 2015


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Millions tuned in to watch the much-anticipated Mayweather v. Pacquiao fight on Saturday night. It turns out that Mayweather wasn’t the real winner, though — Periscope, a live video streaming app, took the medal.While Periscope, an app which Twitter owns, debuted in March 2015, the Mayweather  ...

Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 16, 2015


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

A late night stabLast month, an Ohio resident didn’t dance around a serious salsa issue with her husband. Phyllis Jefferson and her husband, Ronnie D. Buckner, did what any reasonable couple would do on a Sunday night — get into a red-hot debate over who finished the snack. Things took a dip for the w...

Editorial: Remember, don’t repurpose, the Holocaust

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 15, 2015


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Wednesday night marked the beginning of Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah, a period of mourning and reflection on the mass genocide of millions of Jews, Roma, Slavs, political dissidents, people with disabilities and gays victimized by the Nazis.A student organization at Pitt, Students for Justice in ...

Editorial: Give aid to students, not only schools

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 14, 2015


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Colleges should give needy students financial aid, but should they receive a financial award in return? A foundation in northern Virginia thinks so. This month, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awarded Vassar College a $1 million prize for supporting high-performing, low-income students. The Foundation will award the same sum annually to a college or university that consistently enrolls and graduates low-...

Don’t let the tuition freeze thaw: Legislate budget raise

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 13, 2015


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It’s uncomfortable to go shopping and find no tags on the items — that blouse might be $20, but it could also be $50. Either way, you don’t want to discover the price at the counter once you’ve already committed to the purchase. Similarly, state university tuition freezes don’t necessarily tel...

Editorial: Private gains and social returns not mutually exclusive

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 12, 2015


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The career that a student chooses to pursue following college should, of course, be a personal choice. However, economics professor Sendhil Mullainathan feels uncomfortable when his students choose to seek finance positions, according to a recent article in The New York Times’ “The Upshot.”We ag...

Editorial: How does emotional intelligence make you feel?

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 8, 2015


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From a young age, we’re taught math, science and English in the U.S. to bolster our intellectual and academic development. While these areas are essential to a quality education, we as a society must invest more in emotional learning as well.A recent article in The New York Times by Daniel Goleman, co...

Editorial: Let’s make a splash with a fishing team

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 7, 2015


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As the spring continues and the summer approaches, Pitt should consider reeling in an excellent opportunity for students — a club fishing team. Competitive fishing at the university level is growing across the country, with around 250 teams from California to New York. Locally, Slippery Rock, Penn Sta...

Editorial: Childbearing a personal choice, not a cultural obligation

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 6, 2015


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If you’re reading this, you should show gratitude — at least to some degree — to your parents for bringing you into this world. But how much does their care affect your future outcomes and successes?Devoting time to your children is not a waste of time in regard to their futures their future success, ac...

New Greek life policy helps, not hurts

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 5, 2015


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This fall, don’t expect to see new freshmen proudly displaying Greek letters on their dorm room doors.As of Friday, University officials confirmed that fall rush season will no longer include freshmen. The new policy defers students from pledging until they have completed 12 credits — the equival...

People and pronouns: Getting it right

People and pronouns: Getting it right

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 2, 2015


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Laverne Cox’s outspokenness for the transgender community has drawn celebration and insight from people of all sexual orientations.The Pitt News covered her talk with a story and photograph that filled the front page of Tuesday’s issue, and we had a video online of her visit. We hoped this coverage would make people more aware of her message.In the article on Cox, The Pitt News referre...

Editorial: Root to make Opening Day a national holiday

Editorial: Root to make Opening Day a national holiday

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 1, 2015


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Here at The Pitt News, we wave our No. 1 foam fingers in a proud salute to America’s pastime. So as opening day nears, let’s step out of the batter’s box and declare baseball’s opening day a national holiday, allowing citizens to embrace America’s favorite sport. Making Monday's opening day a n...

Editorial: Prepare students for college with real world simulations

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 31, 2015


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Our country’s K-12 school system is essential for providing young people with an adequate knowledge of the world around them. But how can we balance teaching students academic knowledge as well as tangible skills suitable for our country’s modern economy?An article in the Washington Post this week e...

Sex ed revamp: Transgender inclusion is vital for progress

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 30, 2015


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

It’s unsettling that the United States still doesn’t require sex education nationwide.In 2010, Pennsylvania passed the Healthy Youth Act, which requires sex ed in public schools. However, schools aren’t performing up to par — there is a demand for more inclusive, in-depth sex education. Last year, ...

Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 26, 2015


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Snapchat StoryThis week, a Maine citizen wanted for burglary proved to authorities that he really had the best Snapchat story. Christopher Wallace allegedly stole a propane cook stove and a cast iron wood stove from a nearby campsite in January. While on the run, Wallace posted on Snapchat that he wa...

Editorial: Less apathy, fewer Tweets without action toward peace

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 25, 2015


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Often, critics accuse millennials of being a “hashtag generation,” speaking out but doing little and existing in a state of apathy. Starting this week, the Genocide Relief and Awareness Club at Pitt will provide an outlet for students to go beyond Twitter, breach apathy and tangibly take steps agains...

#PearsonIsWatching: Think before you tweet about tests

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 24, 2015


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Cheating on exams used to be so easily detectable — a bit of ink on a student’s palm or a copy of a test crumpled on the floor. Like with most aspects of life, technology has complicated the act of cheating. Yet, what’s the difference between a tweet complaining about an exam and a suspect tweet cont...

Massive open online courses better depict student potential

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 23, 2015


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It’s concerning that the SAT — a test whose scores are known to vary according to relative wealth — dictates who gets into college and who doesn’t.In early March, the Washington Post found a steady trend illustrating that students from families earning more than $200,000 a year average a combi...

Editorial: Video applications show clearer picture of students

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 22, 2015


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You don’t need to pull an Elle Woods from “Legally Blonde” and create a larger than life production to get accepted into school — you just need to create a visual that shows — rather than tells — where your values lie.You can write to a college admissions board about your die-hard dedicatio...

Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 19, 2015


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Who let the dogs out?They say you have to walk a mile in someone’s shoes to understand — but what if you’re a dog? A man in China, identified as “Zhu,” trained his poodle to walk a mile on its hind legs — in women’s clothing. After being begged to stop, Zhu declared that these walks neve...

Editorial: Football risks warrant more open discussion

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 18, 2015


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San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland has tackled an issue more powerful than any NFL player. The 24-year-old up-and-coming star told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” on Monday that he is retiring from the NFL after just one year, citing concerns over possible brain damage, according to espn.com....

Editorial: The value of a woman on the $20 bill

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 17, 2015


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Take a look inside your wallet. You’ll notice one thing missing — the likeness of a woman on your dollar bills.It’s time for that to change. An online campaign is underway to replace President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with a woman who helped shaped the history of our nation. Womenon20s.org...

Editorial: Freedom of speech doesn’t imply immunity for racism

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 16, 2015


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On March 8, The Oklahoma Daily reported on an appalling incident of tasteless racism on a charter bus full of members of the University of Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon brothers. The men depicted in the video raise their fists and chant, “There will never be a n*gger in SAE.” The song also referenc...

Editorial: Learn from the flag, don’t hide it

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 15, 2015


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Over the past couple of weeks at University of California, Irvine, the U.S. flag has waved in much controversy.On March 5, six members of the Associated Students legislative council passed a ban on the posting of any flags in the University’s student government suite, including the U.S. flag. The move followed debate erupting from the removal of a U.S. flag from a wall in the suite’s...

Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 5, 2015


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One dope treatBen and Jerry might be high-jacking the ice cream business in the near future with their next greatest high-dea, according to a TIME Magazine article this week. Jerry Greenfield told The Huffington Post that pot-infused ice cream makes sense. “Ben and I have had previous experiences w...

Editorial: If you want it, ask for it

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 4, 2015


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The word “lobbyist” can carry a foul connotation. But how about when it’s applied to your own University?On Wednesday, Pitt students, staff and faculty visited Harrisburg, Pa., to lobby state legislators to increase funding and support for the University. Pitt currently has the unfortunate honor of ...

Editorial: Yoga regulations need relaxing

Editorial: Yoga regulations need relaxing

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 3, 2015


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A debate on whether or not state regulators should play a larger role in yoga teaching certification is stretching out across Colorado.A bill passed by a Colorado Senate committee last week mandated that the state must certify training programs for yoga teachers, according to The New York Times. The...

Eskrine College: When accepted isn’t acceptance

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 2, 2015


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As of last November, gay marriage is legal in South Carolina. However, the buzz surrounding two proud and openly gay NCAA volleyball players from Eskrine College has mobilized the school’s Board of Trustees into designating that their school doesn’t support such a lifestyle.A theoretical “position,” such as Erskine College’s “Statement on Human Sexuality,” isn’t benign simply because it is not explicit policy...

Open-source textbooks make the grade

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 1, 2015


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With the price of education rising, more students should acknowledge the benefits of open-source textbooks, especially for introductory courses. Open-source textbooks are written through a collaboration between professors and experts under an open license. Students can download them for free or pri...

Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 26, 2015


Filed under Opinions, Opinions / Editorials

Casket caseBack in December, Johnny Morgan Lowe III’s family was on the receiving end of a wrongly committed six-foot plunder. After a grave error by a crime lab, Lowe’s family mistakenly buried Louie Caldwell during their closed-casket service. On Sad-urday, after the mortifying situation was finall...

Editorial: Stay in school: Disciplinary suspensions fail students

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 25, 2015


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What do you do with a violent or tumultuous student who is clearly disrupting his or her peers’ learning environment? All too many schools have the wrong solution — out-of-school suspension.A report released this week by the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA redflags Pittsburgh’s suspension rates ...

Editorial: Twitter turns key to political office

Editorial: Twitter turns key to political office

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 25, 2015


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If your Twitter gets no buzz, consider our vote up in smoke.Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf took to his keyboard on Tuesday for an hourlong town hall, receiving and answering questions from Twitter users with hashtag #PAgov about topics like education funding and the future of coal. Though the talk produ...

Editorial: Racial understanding starts at an early age

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 23, 2015


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Yes, white privilege exists, and racial injustice continues. We, as a society, can combat this injustice by teaching young students to productively learn about each other’s own racial and class differences with an open mind. A growing number of New York City private schools emphasize inclusive raci...

Editorial: ‘The Hunting Ground’: Shooting to expose college rape culture

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 22, 2015


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While you may watch them as you curl up with popcorn and friends, documentaries can play a major role in shaping public opinion. Films such as “Super Size Me,” “An Inconvenient Truth” and “Miss Representation” have educated the public on the harmful effects of fast food, climate change and underrep...

Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 19, 2015


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CM-boo hooOn Monday, Carnegie Mellon University introduced a new degree to their program — computer lie-nce. CMU’s email system notified about 800 hopefuls that they had been accepted to the school’s master’s of computer science program, but it turned out to be a false positive. When Reuters a...

Editorial: Sobering effects of belittling DUI checkpoints

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 18, 2015


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You’re on your way to a movie or a sporting event, when you realize you must stop and allow a police officer to screen you at a DUI checkpoint. Most people roll down their windows and speak with the officer. A Florida attorney, however, thinks you can legally do otherwise.Warren Redlich created con...

Editorial: Admissions reversals reasonable when done responsibly

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 17, 2015


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College presidents are influential members of the academic institutions over which they preside. But should they have the power to overturn admissions decisions?The University of Texas recently brought this question to the front of college administrative debate. An investigation commissioned by the Boa...

Serial appeal illuminates need for post-conviction due process

By Adrianne Glenn / Columnist

February 16, 2015


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The popular crime podcast “Serial” is in the news once again — the Maryland Court of Special Appeals agreed to revisit Adnan Syed’s homicide case in June. This individual victory for due process is not rave-worthy, though. Syed was sentenced to life in prison 15 years ago for allegedly killing his ex-g...

Editorial: Oakland Zoo shows some class for UNC’s late Dean Smith

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 16, 2015


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Last Saturday, Pitt’s Oakland Zoo proved to possess just as much class as it does sting.Students don’t always realize that their actions brand their school. The Zoo is known to resort to “cheat sheets” about players on rival teams to distract players and get in their heads. The associated notor...

Bruce Jenner can play key role in transgender progress

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 15, 2015


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He’s an Olympic gold medalist, a Wheaties box athlete and a reality TV star — and, now, he may become a she. Bruce Jenner’s gender transformation has been ubiquitous among celebrity gossip in recent weeks. On Feb. 6, The New York Times reported that Jenner may have a reality show about his tran...

Editorial: Celebrate Jon Stewart, but continue his legacy

Editorial: Celebrate Jon Stewart, but continue his legacy

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 11, 2015


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After 16 years, Jon Stewart is stepping down as host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” the nightly program that uses satire to hold media and politicians accountable while entertaining the usually unconcerned citizen. As we say our goodbyes, we should celebrate duo comedians/newscasters such as S...

Editorial: More room for gender equality in college classrooms

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 10, 2015


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You walk into a lecture on the first day of classes. Hopefully, the professor will be intelligent, knowledgable and fair — but how about attractive? Many students use ratemyprofessors.com to decide which classes to enroll in, or which to avoid. Today, these student reviews of professors are giving us ins...

Editorial: Students: Consider value of internships before investing

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 9, 2015


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The excessive opportunity costs of interning — including time spent completing responsibilities, the risk of only performing grunt work and the expected lack of pay — already drive a wedge between high- and low-income students. This chasm grows deeper, though, when another variable is thrown into ...

Editorial: Syracuse’s self-imposed ban should not influence NCAA investigation

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 8, 2015


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After Syracuse’s loss to Pitt on Saturday, paired with its subpar play throughout the year, the prestigious basketball program’s chances of an NCAA Tournament bid would have been slim. But, this year, performance won’t affect outcome anyway. Syracuse University has implemented a self-imposed postsea...

Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 6, 2015


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Bullet-proof braA woman from Rio de Janeiro got the true value out of her Wonderbra this week. The underwire of Ivete Medeiros’ bra was the only thing standing between her chest and a bullet when she was shot outside a Belem market. A thief holding up a passerby on the street opened fire, and a bull...

Editorial: Cal U football making the right call

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 4, 2015


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Western Pennsylvania has a rich football history. In recent months, however, a Pennsylvania Division II program has made the headlines for the wrong reasons. Now, thankfully, it’s implementing measures to discourage criminal activity among athletes.The California University of Pennsylvania released a rep...

Editorial: Guns on public grounds a complex issue

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 3, 2015


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The right to bear arms isn’t a novel concept in American society. But today, citizens and legislatures continue to ponder: to what places does the Second Amendment extend? Do individuals have the right to bear arms wherever they’d like, or only in designated areas?On Monday, the Wyoming House of R...

Editorial: Lobbyists perpetuate skepticism over scientific findings

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 2, 2015


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In lieu of more than 102 cases of the measles sprouting in the U.S. last month, CDC director Tom Friedan said the best way to prevent spread of new cases was vaccination. However, a small but growing number of parents aren’t getting their children vaccinated. Are these parents paranoid of vaccines?...

Editorial: Prohibition-style mandates won’t curb excessive campus drinking

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 1, 2015


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Whether you participate in it or not, America’s college party scene is a longer-lasting establishment than some of the nation’s universities. It would be irresponsible not to acknowledge the historically unwaivering destructiveness of binge drinking on and off college campuses. Colleges must attend to...

Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 29, 2015


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The meowing deadA few weeks ago, one cat from Tampa, Fla., proved that it was truly bad to the bone. Owner Ellis Hutson discovered the ultimate cat-astrophe — his beloved cat, Bart, stiff and cold after being hit by a car, resting on the road in a pool of blood. Hutson buried the cat, assuming it was o...

Editorial: Tom Wolf: Playing politics?

Editorial: Tom Wolf: Playing politics?

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 29, 2015


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Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pa., has been in office for little more than a week, and already he’s facing controversy. The Pennsylvania Senate is suing Wolf over his decision to fire Office of Open Records Director, Erik Arneson. According to pennlive.com, the lawsuit seeks an injunction to restore Arneson to...

Editorial: More teacher training for teen suicide prevention

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 27, 2015


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Using the power of law to prevent tragedy should be every state legislature’s goal. New Jersey lawmakers are doing just that by working to better train school teachers in suicide prevention. Although work toward prevention is good news, it is the result of past sorrow — specifically, from an increase in teen suicide. The lawmakers believe that th...

Editorial: Redefining police presence in Pittsburgh

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 27, 2015


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After a controversial 2014, the New Year reminded us that good cops are on our side. This realization came in the form of a simple cardboard poster held by Pittsburgh police chief Cameron McLay during Pittsburgh’s First Night parade. The sign read, “I resolve to challenge racism @ work. #EndWhiteSilence....

Editorial: Evolving federal student loan policy prompts questions

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 25, 2015


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Between exams, papers and projects, college students must keep their eyes on the future, or, more specifically, their future college debt. In fact, student loan debt is at a record high of $1.1 trillion, while the average undergraduate borrower finishes school with almost $30,000 of debt.Now, however, ...

Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 22, 2015


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Dirty moneyOn Tuesday, a California man discovered what it meant to get trashed. While sifting through a garbage bin in hopes of finding his lost wallet, the man was scooped up by a waste truck and taken on an hour-long ride to a landfill. He survived, though a bit trucked up, and is currently being treated at UC Davis Medical Center for sever...

Editorial: Interactive lectures liven up undergraduate education

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 21, 2015


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Large lectures — they’re a part of almost every undergraduate student’s college career. Yet, their effectiveness is questionable, and some educators are adopting a new approach to the classic college lecture.Traditionally, large college lectures are comprised of a single lecturer communicating the day’s class materi...

Editorial: Small education measures go far

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 20, 2015


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Today, we have a difficult problem that we could solve with simple planning and programs. We need effective education measures that bridge the opportunity gap between low and high income students. Unfortunately, a poor child has a nine percent chance of getting a college degree, while a high-income child ha...

Editorial: Rachel Levine: Right woman for the job

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 20, 2015


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This weekend, one transgender woman made news in a positive splash and can continue to make history for our state.On Saturday, Governor-elect Tom Wolf announced several new members of his cabinet, including transgender woman Rachel Levine for physician general. As physician general, Levine would be res...

Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 16, 2015


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Glittersweet SymphonyIf you want to mess up someone’s day, Australian-based company Ship Your Enemies Glitter has the most sparkly weapon you’ve ever sheen. The company claims that, for $9.99 in Aussie dollars, it will ship your archnemesis an uncomfortable amount of glitter, along with a crude n...

Editorial: NCAA must keep Penn State sanctions

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 14, 2015


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Penn State just can’t stay out of the headlines. The prestigious football program still faces sanctions imposed on it by the NCAA, which stem from the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. But restrictions are easing up for the program. The NCAA dropped its postseason ban on Nittany Lion football in Septembe...

Editorial: Examining Obama’s free community college proposal

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 13, 2015


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Free things are great, right? Well, at least, they seem so at face value.President Obama’s recently announced “America’s College Promise” proposes two free years of community college for American students. It appears to be a step in the right direction of realizing greater higher education o...

Editorial: For-profit prison infirmaries require reform

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 12, 2015


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Clarence Jewett Jr.’s death in the Allegheny County Jail last December marked the seventh inmate death of 2014 at the county jail. The circumstances surrounding his death are still unclear. Jewett was taken into custody on the charge of “disorderly conduct” because of his profane language. However, a series...

Editorial: Abandoning tips not an industry-friendly move

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 11, 2015


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From the moment you sit down at a restaurant, you take mental notes on your server’s behavior. Is your server friendly? Does he or she refill your drink often? Did he or she give you the check in a reasonable amount of time?As a customer, you have the power to decide the answers to these questions...

Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 8, 2015


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Snake the drains“Harry Potter” fans, rejoice. A five-and-a-half-foot-long snake has re-opened the Chamber Pot of Secrets in a San Diego office building. Stephanie Lacsa plunged the office toilet last Tuesday after she noticed the water level was higher than usual. A slippery surprise appeared, as a snake slithered up t...

Editorial: Let’s channel students’ web skills to bolster local business

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 7, 2015


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When looking for something to buy, what do you do? Do you walk around every street and weigh your options, or do you take out your laptop or phone, visit Google and search for businesses around you? In 2015, businesses must weigh the importance of reaching potential customers online. Locally, some busin...

Editorial: Homeschooling still needs reasonable regulations

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 6, 2015


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Parents should have the right to choose homeschooling for their children. And, to many, it’s an attractive option. Homeschooled students often score above average on college admissions tests, such as the ACT, and often don’t have to comply with state education regulations.Although certain government mandates and programs concerning education, such as Common Core and standardized testing, are...

ENTER TV-EMMY 27 LA

ENTER TV-EMMY 27 LA

By TNS

January 6, 2015


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Laverne Cox arrives for the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.

Transgender identity: Let’s end the confusion

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 6, 2015


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Imagine coming across a very feminine person with long blond hair and a pencil skirt. Then, they introduce themselves as Larry. In many cases, there is some level of confusion associated with a gender identity that does not match the first name.Thankfully, more resources have become available in recent y...

Editorial 12-5-14

Editorial 12-5-14

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 4, 2014


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Let’s Topple The Injustice That Divides Us

Let’s Topple The Injustice That Divides Us

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 4, 2014


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Editorial: Science must maintain its freedom in the classroom

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 3, 2014


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Should high school students learn scientific facts about their own world? Some think not.According to The New York Times, Gilbert Public Schools, a school district in the suburbs of Phoenix, Ariz., recently voted to redact two pages in a high school biology textbook that discussed sexually transmitted diseases, contraception and abortio...

Editorial: The AIDS epidemic: Just as real in 2014

Editorial: The AIDS epidemic: Just as real in 2014

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 2, 2014


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How do you spell H-I-V? Are you positive?They say a problem shared is a problem halved, but not if it’s AIDS.Today, a handful of jokes surround the HIV virus and AIDS.  In retrospect, this wouldn’t have worked in the 1980s, when fear surrounding the new disease gripped the U.S. population.Although fea...

Editorial: Rhetoric on Ferguson undermines right to protest

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 1, 2014


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Ferguson. The emotions involved with this St. Louis suburb echo far outside of Missouri.Ever since the grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the killing of the unarmed, black teenager Michael Brown, everyone in the country suddenly became a lawyer, formulating opinions on the cas...

Editorial: Pumpkin pie with a side of political debate

Editorial: Pumpkin pie with a side of political debate

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 30, 2014


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Upon returning to Pitt after break, many students will be reeling from the post-Thanksgiving break hangover. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, weight gain, chronic sleep indulgence and partisan angst.Home-cooked meals and a lack of 8 a.m. classes cause the first two symptoms, discussing current events with ...

Editorial: Cosby’s allegations reflect reality of rape culture

Editorial: Cosby’s allegations reflect reality of rape culture

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 24, 2014


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We revered Bill Cosby. He was a father figure, a neighborhood hero and an icon in the mass consumption of black television. We associated his image with laughs, ornate sweaters and Pudding Pops. We admired his unwavering commitment to moral values. It turns out we were wrong.Darker shades of the ente...

Editorial: Sorry, your Facebook profile is on your resumé

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 23, 2014


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College admissions officers seek information on your race, date of birth, the clubs you’re involved in and your GPA. But should they also know your beer of choice, the movie you saw last Friday or your favorite swear words?With the increasing use of social media among millennials, college admissions...

Casual Fridays, 11/21/2014

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 20, 2014


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I’m made of plastic; it’s fantasticThe formerly blond, disproportionately thin Barbie has undergone a makeover. Er, well, let’s just say that there’s more realistic version of her now. The new dolls are known as “Normal Barbies,” or, “Lammily dolls,” named after their designer, Nickolay Lamm. She’s a brunette, has the body proport...

Editorial: Let’s talk about current events, kids

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 19, 2014


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Today, our world faces a paradoxical reality. While information is abundant and communication is instant, people actually know less about their world. A 2007 study showed that, generally, people know less about their leaders and current events than they did in the late 1980s.For instance, in 1989, 74 percent of people could name the vice president of the United States, compared to 69 percent in 2007. Additionally, 11 ...

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