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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 ...

Editorial: The ʻnormʼ of sexting and its real impacts

Editorial: The ʻnormʼ of sexting and its real impacts

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 19, 2014


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Texting, and its more suggestive counterpart “sexting,” are both associated with the millenial generation. Young people are both technologically savvy and sexually active. It was only a matter of time until the two merged.In fact, the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC conducted a new s...

Editorial: Let’s put the community back in community colleges

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 17, 2014


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In recent years, education has played a prominent role in public discourse. This fall’s gubernatorial election showcased the ongoing debate, and as the role of government in society continues to evolve, so too will education policy. But one aspect of higher education is too often neglected — the ...

Editorial: Pipeline undermines climate objectives

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 16, 2014


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This past Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 252 to 161 on a bill that would allow the government to move forward on the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.The oil pipeline would potentially  move oil from Canadian oil sands to refineries in the Gulf Coast — eliminating many tra...

Casual Fridays, 11/14/2014

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 14, 2014


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Dangerous cargoPolice arrested a Florida man (of all people) on Wednesday for shoplifting. The culprit was shopping at Treasure Coast Lawn in Port St. Lucie when an employee noticed him stuffing a tool down his shorts. Unfortunately, the thief chose the least subtle tool to steal — a chainsaw. Hen...

Editorial: Burdening schools does not equal good policy

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 12, 2014


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Sometimes, government can be a vehicle of positive change. Other times, it can be an obtrusive burden. Good policy should work to ensure the former and prevent the latter. Recent Obama administration education efforts have not accomplished this.According to The New York Times, the Obama administration is m...

Editorial: Conflict Kitchen will continue to dish out awareness

Editorial: Conflict Kitchen will continue to dish out awareness

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 11, 2014


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After four days of closure, Schenley Plaza’s Conflict Kitchen is set to re-open today. Conflict Kitchen is a permanent food stand that rotates a menu of food from nations with which the United States is in conflict — currently, it’s serving Palestinian food. The restaurant was forced to close l...

Editorial: The Pitt News endorses Wasi Mohamed for SGB President

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 10, 2014


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This Sunday, The Pitt News met with each presidential candidate for Student Government Board to ask them about pertinent issues facing the future of SGB. Candidates Andrew Stefanik, Wasi Mohamed and Graeme Meyer agreed on one thing: SGB needs restructuring. Over the past year, the Board has seen the r...

Editorial: Balancing the checks: SGB needs consistency

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 10, 2014


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With Student Government Board elections tomorrow night, the incumbents are set to leave behind a legacy mired with haste and confusion.Besides temporarily disposing of its Elections Committee chair two weeks before the election, a referendum passed on Oct. 12 which extended the incoming Board’s term o...

Casual Fridays, 11/7/2014

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 6, 2014


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William of YellowThe Dutch Royal family has a message for the people of Amsterdam: Stop peeing on our palace! Since a multimillion-euro renovation of the Royal Palace in late 2011, there has been an increase of urination on said palace. Apparently, the nightlife crowd has found the buildings’ dark arch...

Editorial: Mr. Webster: Don’t be a jagoff

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 5, 2014


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Whether you’ve heard Pittsburgh Dad say it or a passerby on the street, the term “jagoff” is a Pittsburgh tradition. If you haven’t heard this word, you may be soon reading it in the dictionary.According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the creator of the website yajagoff.com has started a p...

Editorial: Swift knew Spotify was trouble when she walked in

Editorial: Swift knew Spotify was trouble when she walked in

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 4, 2014


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To the dismay of many open and closeted Taylor Swift fans, the pop sensation removed her music from the popular music streaming service, Spotify.The sudden break-up came four days after the release of her much-anticipated album, 1989, when Swift and her record label Big Machine requested to leave the ...

Editorial: The Pitt News endorses Tom Wolf for governor

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 3, 2014


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Today, Pennsylvania voters will choose their next governor. Republican incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett faces Democratic challenger Tom Wolf for the state’s highest office. This decision shouldn’t be a difficult one.Under Tom Corbett’s watch, education has taken an inexcusable hit. His administration’s cuts to fu...

Editorial: Politics undermines responsibility of science education centers

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 2, 2014


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Sometimes it takes politics a long time to accept the science behind issues (e.g. the evolution debate). But what happens when science accepts the politics?There comes a point when issues become so politicized that it’s impossible to mention them without stirring passions, thus, many prefer not to me...

Casual Fridays, 10/31/2014

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 30, 2014


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General Po’s ChickenPolice in Bethlehem, Pa., arrested a home invader this past weekend, but this wasn’t your average home invader. Instead of donning a ski-mask to hide his identity, this burglar was in a yellow Teletubby costume — aka Laa-Laa — and he wasn’t looking for jewelry. In fact, ...

Editorial: Preparing for college too costly

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 29, 2014


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Tuition, housing, meals, books — we all know the steep expenses of college. But what about the costs of getting accepted?Preparation for the SAT and ACT, the country’s two primary college admissions tests, is too costly, as a recent article in The New York Times highlighted.Students have increasingly ...

Editorial: Get creative this Halloween, avoid tired stigmas

Editorial: Get creative this Halloween, avoid tired stigmas

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 28, 2014


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Halloween can be a stressful time of year —­ almost as stressful as Christmas, some would argue. Most of us will be rushing anxiously to Goodwill and rummaging through closets in the coming days to find the perfect costume — one that will make people laugh, blush or gasp.Of course, some of us ar...

Editorial: Universities must be held accountable for dishonesty

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 27, 2014


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How would you like to sign up for a fake class? If you were an athlete at the University of North Carolina in recent years, this might have been a possibility.On Wednesday, Oct. 22, a university report revealed a scheme during the decade prior to 2009 to keep athletes academically afloat. According to The New...

Editorial: The youth have more to bring to a city than gentrification

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 26, 2014


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A report published by the think tank “City Observatory,” on Oct. 19 illustrated the migration patterns of nature’s strangest animal — the young college graduate.According to the report, more and more college students are choosing to live in urban centers. What is compelling about the report is h...

Editorial: Pittsburghers, yinz should be prahd

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 22, 2014


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Have yinz heard? Pittsburghese has been voted the ugliest accent in America.In the final round of a Gawker.com online tournament, Pittsburgh defeated Scranton, Pa., taking the title with 54 percent of the vote. Although this seems like an insult, Pittsburghers should take pride in their dialect.Deriving from Scotch-Irish, German and central and easte...

Editorial: Disabled people deserve more on-screen

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 21, 2014


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Movies and television shows have a way of connecting the characters they portray with their audiences. The more relatable the characters, the more appealing the storyline — but what about characters with physical or mental disabilities? Can American audiences relate to them as easily?The short answ...

Editorial: Egg freezing reflects lack of parental leave

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 21, 2014


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Freezing eggs — could this be the solution to workplace equality?Companies from Facebook to Apple to Citigroup have begun to cover the cost of egg freezing. According to Time Magazine, this process would surgically “preserve healthy eggs on ice” until they’re ready to become parents, at which point they begin the process of in vitro f...

Editorial: #Gamergate exemplifies the issues within gaming culture

Editorial: #Gamergate exemplifies the issues within gaming culture

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 19, 2014


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The gamer culture has always been regarded as a sort of boys club. Most game developers and players are men, and the majority of female game characters are over-sexualized. Recently, the ‘boys club’ perception has been exacerbated by the #Gamergate movement. What originally started as a protest against ...

Casual Fridays, 10/17/2014

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 16, 2014


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¡Polly quiere un cracker!After going missing for four years, a pet parrot finally made its way home last Monday. When reunited with the parrot, Nigel, his owner, couldn’t believe his eyes — or his ears. In his absence, the formerly English-speaking bird apparently picked up Spanish, according to his owner. ...

Editorial: It’s time to suspend standardized testing

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 15, 2014


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We’ve all heard it before: “Is this going to be on the test?”   If the answer is yes, then cram away. If no, then pack up and relax.This type of apathy in the classroom is one check against standardized tests as the best way to educate students.According to the Washington Post, in 2012, Robert...

Editorial: Effective referenda requires energetic Board

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 15, 2014


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Student Government Board’s Constitution only requires three percent of the student body to vote in a referendum, and only half of those who vote need to approve a measure for it to pass. SGB recently passed two referenda that were open for students’ votes for three days. One referendum proposed t...

Editorial: Peace Corps still relevant to millennials

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 13, 2014


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Reforms can make a difference. The Peace Corps has realized this. This year, the nation’s signature volunteering service has received more than 17,000 applications —  a 70 percent increase from 2013. The soar can best be attributed to a significant removal of red tape. According to the Washington Post, last year more than 30,000 applicants dropped out before finishing the application. Now, the agency has made improvements to ensure applicants a l...

Casual Fridays, 10/10/2014

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 9, 2014


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Hyena equalityKeepers at the Maruyama Zoo in Japan finally figured out why their hyenas wouldn’t mate —  the two hyenas, Kami and Kamutori, are actually both male. Years of effort the zoo put into trying to get them to procreate were, naturally, futile. Thankfully, this discovery led them to solve...

Editorial: Conflict kitchen faces unnecessary backlash

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 8, 2014


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Conflict Kitchen, a restaurant that exclusively serves the food of countries with which the United States is in conflict, is experiencing some turmoil of its own. On Monday, the popular Schenley Plaza restaurant changed its menu from Venezuelan to Palestinian cuisine. Regardless of taste for Middle E...

Editorial: The College Board’s new SAT is a step in the right direction

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 7, 2014


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According to a report released Tuesday by the College Board, the average SAT scores this year showed little signs of improvement from years past.“Flat and stagnant would be the words that we would use,” said Cyndie Schmeiser, the College Board’s chief of assessment.Students averaged a 497 in r...

Editorial: We can do more: Greater federal protection needed for same-sex marriage rights

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 6, 2014


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The Supreme Court made headlines Monday in an implicit manner. The nation’s highest court refused to review lower-court rulings that struck down laws and statutes prohibiting same-sex marriage.The court’s ruling is seen as a victory for the pro same-sex marriage community. The decision to not overturn ...

Editorial: Plastic bags: It’s time to put up or shut up

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 5, 2014


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Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed a bill of global proportions, banning an item that has caused copious amounts of environmental degradation.The newly banned item is the dreaded plastic bag.California has officially become the first state in the nation to fully ban single-use plastic bags a...

Casual Fridays, 10/3/2014

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 2, 2014


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You’re going to need a bigger mouthAn 8 year old from Wakefield, Yorkshire, UK, has been given the nickname “Jaws” by his classmates. Zak Brown earned the title after he and his parents noticed something fishy about his teeth: there were two sets of them. Just like a shark, Brown has grown a second row of teeth behind his original set. Thankfully, Brown’s condition doesn’t cause him any s...

Editorial: American history: How should we teach it?

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 1, 2014


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This fall, the College Board introduced a new framework for its AP U.S. History course that has recently come under fire. According to the Washington Post, Ben Carson, a prominent pediatric neurosurgeon and potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate, said, “Most people, when they finish that course, they’d be ready to sign up for ISIS.”Of course, Carson was more...

Editorial: Auto lender tactics call for government action

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 30, 2014


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If you have a bad credit score, and you try to take out an auto loan, there’s a chance you’ll end up as a test subject for a new technology lenders are using — whether you like it or not.Auto lenders are outfitting vehicles they loan out to subprime borrowers with “starter interrupt devices....

Editorial: It’s time to ban smoking on campus

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 29, 2014


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On Wednesday, Oct. 1, the University of Georgia will start enforcing a campus-wide tobacco ban, joining a growing trend in higher education. In 2010, fewer than 450 colleges prohibited cigarettes, a number that has since grown to nearly 1,500. While questions remain about the use of smokeless tobacco and simulated tobac...

Editorial: Corporate model undermines goals of higher education

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 28, 2014


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Last week marked Frank Brogan’s one-year anniversary as chancellor of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education.On looking back on his first year in office, Brogan said, “We are not the same university system we used to be.”He’s spot on — we aren’t the same, and a lot of this change has to do with Brogan’s efforts in the past year. But that’s not what is at debate here. Rather, what is cont...

Casual Fridays, 9/26/2014

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 25, 2014


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Frogs are people tooIn Westworth Village, Texas, local firefighters pulled off a daring rescue while combatting a house fire. The life saved that from the blaze that day was a frog’s. The amphibian in distress was apparently very thankful for the firefighters’ bravery that day, as was his girlfriend, Miss Piggy.Prisoner:...

Editorial: Look past the ads in governor’s race, learn the issues

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 24, 2014


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On Monday, gubernatorial candidates Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf battled in the first of three debates. Currently, the Republican incumbent heavily trails the Democrat Wolf in the polls. Unsurprisingly, Corbett also trails Wolf in campaign ad spending. But Wolf is not the only candidate spending the big ...

Editorial: Unreported fracking spills call for higher fines

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 23, 2014


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Pennsylvania is far from a new player in the energy game. After all, the state was the site of the first oil boom in the United States — following the discovery at Oil Creek, Pa. in 1859 — and its rich coal deposits became a catalyst for the Industrial Revolution.Pennsylvania should be all too a...

Editorial: Are schools too reliant on technology?

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 22, 2014


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Education is not what it used to be. Modern technology has taken a prevalent role in today’s classrooms. But is our regional education system relying too heavily on advancement promised by iPads and laptops?Perhaps.According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, school districts in Upper St. Clair, Shaler Area, Hampton and ...

Editorial: In college, recreation should not undermine education

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 21, 2014


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When it comes to recreation, universities have been anything but “lazy,” as of late. The New York Times cited a study by Nirsa: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation that found 92 schools across the country have reported spending more than $1.7 billion on recreation centers as of 2013. But these recreation centers don’t just include weight sets or basketball courts. Many are taking a much more aquatic theme. Schools like Louisiana State University a...

Casual Fridays, 9/19/2014

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 18, 2014


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Cops: “Sesame Street”A street performer dressed as Elmo from “Sesame Street” was arrested Tuesday night in Times Square in New York City. Elmo, or the human in the costume, Rosa Sanchez, was arrested for aggressive solicitation after demanding cash from 10 tourists after taking a photo with them. Unfortun...

Editorial: School safety should be left to districts, not state

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 17, 2014


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The debate over whether everyday people should have more or fewer guns continues to ignite concerns on both sides of the argument. But, regardless of stance, when it comes to schools, it’s not the role of the state to mandate even a single policy about whether school districts have the right to se...

Editorial: Public emails warrant the ‘Right-to-know’

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 17, 2014


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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sued the state Monday over the executive branch’s current email retention policy.In Commonwealth Court, the newspaper asked a judge to end the current policy, in which public officials’ are allowed to permanently destroy their emails after only five days. Appealing to ...

Editorial: Academic freedom: What is it really?

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 15, 2014


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The power of the purse is a persuasive thing. Last week, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Pitt is requiring all faculty and non-clerical staff to “irrevocably assign and transfer to the university ... rights, title and interest to all intellectual property” developed while employed.According to Ken Service,...

Editorial: Best college rankings: Who really is the ‘best?’

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 14, 2014


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Groans inevitably followed the release of U.S. News & World Report’s annual “National Universities Rankings” last week.For example, upon learning Pitt’s ranking, a subsequent “Really?” may arise — we’re tied for 62nd with five other schools: BYU, Clemson, Purdue and the Universities of Ma...

Casual Fridays 9/12/14

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 12, 2014


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Human race comes to an endIn Rochester, N.H., the human race has officially come to an end. The race for state representative, that is. As it turns out, incumbent Democratic state Rep. Rose Marie Rogers defeated her opponent on Tuesday, a man named “human” — spelled with a lowercase “H” — by a count of 181-...

Editorial: Separation of church and state: Stop the pettiness

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 10, 2014


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Allegheny County Council struck down legislation that would have placed the words “In God We Trust” in the county’s courthouse Tuesday night. The national motto would have graced a three-foot-square plaque alongside the phrase “E Pluribus Unum” and the Pennsylvania motto “Virtue, liberty and independ...

Editorial: At its roots: Sexual violence stems from cultural norms

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 9, 2014


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An unfortunate reality in our culture has attracted the spotlight of many media outlets as of late, including The Pitt News.The hacking and releasing of the private photos of female celebrities, the video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee out cold, the persistent publication of studies and report...

Editorial: NFL must better tackle assault cases

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 8, 2014


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With week one over, football seems to be the last of the NFL’s problems.  Controversy has persisted since the February  release of footage showing now-former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice assaulting and dragging his then-fiancée and now-wife, Janay Rice, through an elevator. But what ignited...

Editorial: Universal preschool: Great idea, but who will teach it?

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 7, 2014


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This Sunday’s episode of NBC’s “Meet the Press” brought a little bit of Pittsburgh to its viewers.During a four-minute interview on the popular news program, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto brought his city’s ambitions to national attention. The main topic of discussion: education.In the intervi...

Casual Fridays 9/5/14

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 4, 2014


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Puppy loveIt’s a common goal to marry someone whom your mother will approve of. For Mangli Munda’s mother, she just hopes her new son-in-law doesn’t shed. Yes, Munda, an 18-year-old who lives in a small village in India, has recently married a stray dog. Why, you ask? Not for love unfortunately...

Editorial: City should work to save August Wilson Center

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 3, 2014


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Few local artists have achieved as much acclaim and significance in their field as playwright August Wilson. The Hill District native, who died in 2005, has had his plays performed in numerous communities across the country, Broadway and around the globe. But, currently, his hometown is struggling to...

Editorial: Student-voter rights challenged by photo ID laws

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 2, 2014


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As students at Pitt of the legal voting age, we experience a relative amount of convenience. All it takes is simply filling out a voter registration form — one you can easily receive from a member of a student political organization roaming around campus during election season.This convenience was ...

Editorial: Always use protection: Sharing digital information a risk

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

September 1, 2014


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This weekend, a large number of pictures showing nude celebrities were publicly leaked through 4chan. To many who saw the photos on the image-sharing site, it was a very good day. But to others, especially those targeted, it was a major breach of privacy.This controversy highlights our collective vul...

Casual Fridays 8/29/14

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 28, 2014


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Mr. Panda, you are not  the fatherAl Hin, a panda that lives in a breeding center in China’s Sichuan province allegedly faked pregnancy to “receive nicer food and round-the-clock care,” from her keepers. The 6-year-old panda started showing signs of pregnancy in July, with reduced appetite and mobility. The aspiring actress executed a stellar performance, prompting...

Editorial: Legalize medical marijuana statewide

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

August 27, 2014


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In recent years, the currents of social progress have swept through the country. Medical marijuana legalization has been a part of this change, as 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized or are in the process of legalizing it, including neighboring New York and New Jersey. It is time that Pennsylvania joins them. State senator...

Editorial: Excitement over airport drilling masks its viable harms

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 26, 2014


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Western Pennsylvania has always been a fracker’s paradise.Since the Corbett administration took office in Harrisburg, fracturing — or fracking — shale rocks to release the precious natural gas inside has been highly celebrated in Pennsylvania, as demonstrated by the Pennsylvania Department of En...

Editorial: With perseverance, student activism triggers results

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

August 25, 2014


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Students often do not realize the power they have to bring change to campus. Two student organizations at Pitt have shown that student activism can work when paired with perseverance. On Friday, Pitt signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. According to a release, the accord require...

Editorial: SGB: Overcoming resignations will require transparency, proactive board

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 24, 2014


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As summer vacation winds down and students look forward to a fresh lineup of classes, Pitt’s Student Government Board faces its own set of new beginnings, but perhaps not with the same amount of enthusiasm.On Thursday, SGB announced the resignations of Board member Ryan Orr, Allocations Committee member ...

Editorial: Do we judge athletes unfairly on sex appeal?

Editorial: Do we judge athletes unfairly on sex appeal?

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

July 15, 2014


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The World Cup has brought us a lot of fodder for discussion this summer: A bite from Luis Suarez that will live in infamy, a new U.S. Secretary of Defense in Tim Howard and a plethora of GIFs of Brazilian soccer fans sobbing.But Buzzfeed, along with the rest of the Internet, managed to capture the p...

Editorial: Decision on Uber & Lyft: A lesson on sharing

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

July 8, 2014


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Pennsylvania judges Mary D. Long and Jeffrey Watson issued a cease and desist order on Lyft and Uber operations last week but the demand for the ride-sharing companies in Pittsburgh remains substantial.“Having Uber around is crucial to helping me do my job and live my life more easily,” “Please don...

Editorial: SCOTUS favors ‘corporate rights’ over the individual

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

July 1, 2014


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The Supreme Court decided in favor of the “rights” for a subset of the population over that of a much larger majority in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby on Monday.The majority, in this case, are women and the subset of the population winning “rights” are corporations. The latest interpretation of cor...

Editorial: Summer country concert poses concerns for future

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

June 24, 2014


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Another year, another massive country concert — 50,000 people flocked to Heinz Field this past weekend to see country music superstar Luke Bryan perform fan favorites such as “Drink a Beer” and “Drunk on You.” Fans took the country star’s lyrics a little too literally — plenty of beer ...

Editorial: Starbucks provides private funds to fix a public issue

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

June 17, 2014


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Along with the skills to make an iced caramel macchiato, there’s now another benefit now to working for Starbucks — a free college education.The colossal coffee company recently announced that it will provide a free online college education to thousands of its workers through an online program w...

Editorial: O’Bannon v. NCAA: How much are athletes worth?

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

June 10, 2014


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In the world of college sports, we tend to idolize athletes. They give us a reason to get together with friends and tailgate for hours, to expose our painted torsos to the elements despite chilling temperatures and to celebrate our alma mater until our voices are hoarse.But on paper, these athletes aren...

Editorial: Obama’s stance on coal presents benefits for Pittsburgh

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

June 3, 2014


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Pittsburgh is becoming greener and greener everyday. With bike routes making increased appearances around the city — including a proposal for a bike path connecting North Oakland and the Strip District — and with some of the country’s most environmentally sustainable buildings dotting the skyline...

Editorial: Attention: Editorial contains critique on trigger warnings

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

May 27, 2014


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A contentious question has been spreading from campus to campus as of late: should college professors be required to forewarn students of the sensitive material they’ll discuss in class? Bailey Loverin, a second year literature major at the University of California-Santa Barbara, and co-author of a resolutio...

Editorial: Overdue ruling on marriage equality encourages tolerance in Pa

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

May 21, 2014


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A federal judge in Harrisburg historically struck down the law barring same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, launching the state away from prejudice and towards equality.  Provided that Governor Tom Corbett does not appeal the decision, same-sex couples in Pennsylvania may now seek marriage, and...

Editorial: Diversity class requirement has value in higher education

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

May 13, 2014


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While Pitt continues to drop courses that reflect the growing diversification of our society — including the elimination of four classes that focused solely on the Islamic religion for the upcoming fall semester — other universities embrace heterogeneity.UCLA is one of these schools. The univers...

Editorial: Recent PA court ruling will undermine police accountability

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

May 6, 2014


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Following a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision, car searches will now be much less arduous for police. Contrary to the diction found in the fourth amendment of the Constitution, the court ruled to remove the “legal burden” that requires police officers to obtain a warrant before searchin...

Casual Fridays 4/18/14

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

April 17, 2014


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Leave room for the Colonel A Louisville, Ky., florist has designed a special type of corsage for this prom season. For $20, customers can buy a kit to make a corsage featuring the Kentucky Fried Chicken drumstick of their choice — extra crispy, Kentucky grilled chicken or original recipe. The corsage kit ...

Editorial: Pitt must work to establish sustainability office

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

April 16, 2014


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Students and faculty members gathered Wednesday at the William Pitt Union to discuss the importance of environmental sustainability. Mark Dixon, producer of the documentary “YERT (Your Environmental Road Trip),”  headlined the symposium. Dixon passionately advocates the pursuit of “your environmenta...

Editorial: Republicans’ rhetoric must reflect reality in light of new report

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 15, 2014


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Forget the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, “Obamacare is the most dangerous piece of legislation passed in congress,” according to Republican Congressman John Fleming. This is the kind of rhetoric from the Republican Party that we have become accustomed to since the introduction of the Affordable Ca...

Editorial: Land bank initiative can revitalize cityscape

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 14, 2014


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Pittsburgh is ceaselessly touted as a vibrant, livable city. But for those who live and work in proximity to the city’s thousands of blighted properties, the question has long been: When will all this supposed vitality translate into actual revitalization? After weeks of heated debate, that moment may be...

Editorial: School and community must ally to curb delinquency

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

April 13, 2014


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The criminal justice framework that our local and federal authorities enforce has increasingly been focused strictly on punishment and penalizing offenders. For example, Senator Bob Casey, D-Pa., is pushing legislation that would limit the crimes for which minors could be incarcerated. He is seeking t...

Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

April 10, 2014


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Fear in fur A suspect was taken into custody by police in Seattle, Wash., after he threatened a doorman with a ferret. According to the police report, the doorman, who works for a neighborhood bar, had seen the suspect several weeks earlier walking down the street holding his pet ferret. On other occas...

Editorial: All talk: Brogan sidesteps key issues

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 9, 2014


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Six months after taking on the position of Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education chancellor, Frank Brogan was officially installed yesterday and delivered his first “State of the System” address at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, detailing his vision for the future of Pennsylvan...

Editorial: Colleges wrongfully spend more on athletics than academics

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 8, 2014


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The American Association of University Professors released a report Monday that outlines a concerning trend: Most colleges and universities across the nation are rapidly increasing their spending on athletics, while their spending on academics remains flat or is even declining.What’s most counterint...

Editorial: Digital age poses new concerns for academic, faculty freedom

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 7, 2014


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A number of U.S. universities, including Pitt, must update their seemingly antiquated speech policies to adapt to the digital age.Professors and students converse about course material via email, web-based course management systems and social media platforms. Although the Internet offers efficiency,...

Editorial: SAT inadequate representation of individual talent

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

April 6, 2014


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It’s unnerving to think that the four hours you spent filling in bubbles with a No. 2 pencil was a vital determining factor in where you are today. Whether you’re currently studying at a university or not, after graduating high school, the score you received on the SATs partially defined you as a...

Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

April 3, 2014


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Airing it outIn parts of China where pollution has become a problem, stores are beginning to sell fresh mountain air in a can. Residents in Luanchuan County in the Henan Province came up with the idea and are planning to sell the cans of air all over China. According to Duan Junwei, deputy director of Luanchuan’s tourism bure...

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