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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 11, 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


Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Specials / Summerguide2014

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 20, 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...

Editorial: Education requires innovation: Pittsburgh Public Schools must entertain variety of school-model options to compete in new age of education

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 2, 2014


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Pittsburgh public schools are in dire need of innovation. Luckily, a group of teachers, community leaders and officials have joined together to finally discover new models to enhance schools in Pittsburgh.The 30-person team, formulated by the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers and Great Public Schools, hopes to analyze a co...

Editorial: Bike lanes pose serious concerns for fluid Pittsburgh traffic flow

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 1, 2014


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Jeremy Waldrup, president and CEO of Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, said that Pittsburgh has a great bike trail network that works its way into Downtown but that “you can’t go through Downtown on your bike in a dedicated capacity.” As of yesterday, that might change.Mayor Bill Peduto announced on Tuesday th...

Editorial: Classroom recording should remain a privilege, not a right

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 31, 2014


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Recent events at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater have sprung controversy nationwide over the recording of lectures in college classrooms.Kyle Brooks, a freshman at Wisconsin-Whitewater, recorded a guest lecturer during class who communicated his distaste for many Republican legislators. Brooks later posted...

Editorial: Schools need parental involvement to better combat truancy

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

March 30, 2014


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For primary schools with a chronic truancy problem, getting to the root of the problem is the first step toward improvement.Public school districts, both with and without a truancy problem, should put a system into place that involves parents in their child’s education. Technology exists that allows sc...

Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

March 27, 2014


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Need for speedPolice in Wilmington Township, Pa., are searching for an Amish buggy that was involved in a hit-and-run accident with an SUV. Reports state that the buggy struck the SUV twice on the driver’s side before leaving the scene. The driver of the buggy has not been identified, and nobody w...

Editorial: Governor’s Schools enhance Pennsylvania’s agricultural strength

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 26, 2014


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The agriculture industry in Pennsylvania will soon see another benefit — albeit in the long term — that will assist it in securing a prominent role in the nation’s agricultural output.Gov. Tom Corbett announced the newest addition to the Pennsylvania Governor’s School of Excellence, a highly touted pr...

Editorial: State obligated to partner with private sector to replace budget cuts

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 25, 2014


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During Pitt’s American Experience Distinguished Lecture on Monday, Chancellor Nordenberg continued to warn the public of the adverse effects state funding cuts on higher education have on Pitt and the nation.“Unfortunately, we are heading in the direction of lasting losses to community, commonwealth and country,” Nordenberg said.The pr...

Editorial: Anti-Barbie doll furthers gendered cultural norms of society

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 24, 2014


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Mattel Inc.’s lucrative Barbie doll creation has a new competitor — what has been called the anti-Barbie, invented by Pitt graduate Nickolay Lamm.“Lammily,” as Lamm brands it, is intended to adequately portray a healthier version of dolls, combating the unrealistic representations exemplified by Barbi...

PDM requires more outreach for success

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 23, 2014


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In case you didn’t hear about it, which seems to be likely, Pitt’s Dance Marathon took place over the weekend.Although it is admirable that 385 students raised $81,000 — about $20,000 more than last year’s dance marathon — for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation this year, the committees involve...

Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

March 20, 2014


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Wicked witch of CornwallA man in Cornwall, England, was accused of locking his wife in a shed because she refused to stop singing “Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead” after his mother passed away. Andrew Salmon allegedly kicked his wife out of their house for singing the “Wizard of Oz” tune, refusing ...

Editorial: LinkedIn may limit prospects for new members of workforce

Editorial: LinkedIn may limit prospects for new members of workforce

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 19, 2014


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LinkedIn is planning to team up with employers in order to resolve issues regarding retaining qualified employees within companies that are losing their best and brightest to competitors.The proposal comes in light of a survey LinkedIn administered that studied why employees left their most recent jobs ...

Editorial: Diversified incentive programs produce promising results

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 18, 2014


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The Pittsburgh Public Schools have teamed with several organizations to boost attendance rates by providing both a better environment for kids and incentivizing them to go to school.The Be There campaign, along with the United Way of Allegheny County and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, are initiatives Pittsburgh s...

Editorial: NCAA wise to keep student in student-athlete

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 17, 2014


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The long standing conflict players, unions, fans and others have waged with the NCAA and its economic model has received its most recent challenge: an effort headed by Jeffrey Kessler, a high-profile sports attorney who filed an antitrust claim yesterday arguing the sports association committed anothe...

Editorial: Pitt must alter program suspension approach

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

March 16, 2014


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When it comes to suspending University academic programs, timing and transparency are everything.On Jan. 30, the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences terminated its graduate religious studies program and indefinitely suspended its German and classics programs after suspending admissions to the three...

Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

March 6, 2014


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404 errorAccording to a survey conducted by Vouchercloud.net, 11 percent of Americans think that HTML is an STD. The study was conducted in order to determine Americans’ familiarity with a collection of technical jargon. Among the other results of the study, 77 percent of those surveyed did not know SEO stood for “search engi...

Editorial: Renovations should extend to other campus buildings

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 5, 2014


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Pitt is moving forward with yet another improvement to campus buildings. This time, however, administrators aren’t building another residence hall, but improving the existing buildings on campus.The Cathedral of Learning, Clapp Hall, Chevron Science Center, the Network Operations Center at the Regional Industrial...

Editorial: Competency-based degrees foster necessary professional skills

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 4, 2014


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There has been a potential breakthrough in academic institutions’ ability to better prepare their students for the professional world.Institutions have begun to adopt the new concept of competency-based degrees to assist students in gaining the necessary tools within a specific major to make them competitive applicants when entering the workforce. These degrees allow students to “gain academic cre...

Editorial: Putin’s aggression requires US, EU condemnation to improve future global standing

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 3, 2014


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In September, Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote an op-ed in The New York Times calling upon the United States government to refrain from using military action in Syria. He warned that an American-led strike could “throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance.”This past w...

Editorial: Expanding pool of state-related universities would prove detrimental

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 2, 2014


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New legislation proposed by two state senators could give state-owned universities the choice to secede from the state system and become part of the state-related membership.After Friday’s Board of Trustees meeting, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Chancellor Mark Nordenberg said “a lot of th...

Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

February 27, 2014


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Yeah, b**** On Monday, police in La Grange, Ill., arrested an individual believed to be running a meth lab. Daniel Kowalski was already on electronic monitoring and restricted to home confinement for running a meth lab last summer. After entering Kowalski’s home, police found glass beakers, burners, chemicals and instructional informati...

Editorial: Outdated discriminatory laws lame, counterintuitive attempts to avoid embrace of widespread equality

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 26, 2014


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Arizona is now home to the latest legislative group attempting to thinly veil an effort to prevent the nation from fully reaching equality.The Arizona legislature passed a bill last week that would give business owners and individuals the authority to discriminate on the basis of religious beliefs. Wh...

Ride-share services provide more options, easier accessibility

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 25, 2014


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Have you seen those pink mustaches on cars around Oakland? They, along with other methods are signs of a ride-share vehicle, and they are taking Pittsburgh and the nation by storm.Lyft and Uber, two applications focused on revolutionizing the way people move around, have made waves in Pittsburgh. The firms, based in San Fran...

Editorial: SGB budget should be tied to each incoming Board

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 24, 2014


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Much like our Congressional Representatives, Student Government Board is currently undergoing a debate over deficit spending. On Monday, The Pitt News reported that SGB has only about $100,000, including overhead, which consists of unallocated funds from the previous fiscal year, to allocate toward student organizations after beginning the year with alm...

Editorial: Universal preschool would benefit city’s children

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

February 23, 2014


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Sending children to preschool is a primary step in preparing them for their academic careers, and members of the Pittsburgh municipal government have recognized this. Yesterday, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran an op-ed written by Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak regarding the creation of universal prekinde...

Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

February 20, 2014


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Mamma MiaA survey by Slate magazine has suggested that actress Meryl Streep has been thanked in Oscar acceptance speeches more than God in the past 12 years. Since 2002, Streep has been thanked by four out of 47 total individual Oscar winners, compared with three Oscar winners thanking God and two winn...

Chatham’s decision to go co-ed poses threat to diversity of US higher-education system

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 19, 2014


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“Founded to provide women an education comparable to other first-class institutions of the day, Chatham has advanced this cause to foster the qualities that make women natural leaders and provide opportunities for growth as leaders at every point possible.”This message, located on Chatham Univers...

Editorial: Adjunct professors deserve equal benefits, treatment

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 18, 2014


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Adjunct professors often get the short end of the stick when it comes to employment benefits. While they are neither tenured nor given any sense of job security, adjunct faculty have proven to work just as much, if not more, than their tenured, secured counterparts.Why is this the case? Why have adju...

Editorial: New evaluations should encourage collaboration

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 17, 2014


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Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane’s efforts to make teacher evaluations more rigorous have brought praise and criticism.Opponents, namely the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, note that the standards of these evaluations are significantly higher than anywhere in Pennsylvania. Prop...

Editorial: Research paper quality depends on professors

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

February 16, 2014


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Research papers are often assigned in college in order to gauge a student’s understanding of a particular topic or text. However, the papers students often submit contain poor examples of arguments and very little actual research.When research papers are assigned to undergraduate students, they are oft...

Editorial: Access to healthy foods first step of many to better health

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 12, 2014


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A nationwide effort has been in effect over the past decade to eradicate “food deserts” — rural and urban regions that lack access to fresh, nutritious food.Philadelphia, the flagship city of this movement, has invested millions of dollars in building grocery stores and implementing healthier food ...

Editorial: Pitt researchers should consult resources closer to home

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 11, 2014


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Research shows that African-American men who have sex with other men tend to take far fewer sexual risks than white men — and yet, they are more likely to contract HIV.In an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dr. Ron Stall, a professor at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, explained, “Generally, [African-American men] take far fewer risks than white guys. They are much more conservat...

Editorial: West Oakland renovation breeds community improvement

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 10, 2014


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The Allegheny County Health Department, located on Forbes Avenue, will soon be renovated. The West Oakland neighborhood is certainly in need of redevelopment, especially because it has taken a back seat to the infrastructural improvements to the portions of Oakland located on Pitt’s campus.MWK For...

Editorial: CVS becomes healthier, bans the sale of tobacco products

Editorial: CVS becomes healthier, bans the sale of tobacco products

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 5, 2014


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CVS Caremark, the popular drug store chain, has made headlines this week for taking steps to increase the health of its clientele. On Wednesday, CVS announced that it would be putting a stop to their sale of tobacco products by Oct. 1 of this year in an effort to focus more on promoting health to its cust...

Editorial: Will ConnectED catapult US toward higher educational standards?

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 4, 2014


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Public schools in America are about to become more technologically savvy as of yesterday. Major tech and telecommunications companies are answering President Barack Obama’s challenge to equip public schools across America with improved tech products and high-speed internet for educational advancem...

Editorial: Fixing minimum wage will not alleviate US economic burdens

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 29, 2014


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After delivering the State of the Union Address on Tuesday evening, President Barack Obama visited West Mifflin, Pa., yesterday to speak with locals about initiatives he proposed in his annual address to the nation.In particular, he pushed for an increase in the federal minimum wage.  Currently set at...

Editorial: Work on improving, not rejecting Affordable Care Act

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 28, 2014


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This past Monday, Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) introduced a bill that would allow children to stay under the state’s health insurance program instead of switching to Medicaid, a requirement outlined by the Affordable Care Act.CHIP, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, currently covers 190,00...

Editorial: Institutions should diversify general education requirements

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 26, 2014


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People often consider a bachelor’s degree as necessary to a student’s career — a stepping stone for future success and career paths. Through the past five decades, however, the degrees students have obtained have become increasingly polarized: Students are specializing, studying in particular sub...

Editorial: City to see variety of health service providers

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 22, 2014


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The Allegheny Health Network, primarily governed by Highmark — one of the two primary health care companies in Pittsburgh — has recently inked a partnership with the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center in Baltimore.Pittsburgh and Maryland need the memorandum, a five-year deal that w...

Editorial: Private sector to grow, be wary of inefficiency

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 21, 2014


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Pittsburgh, topping the list of cities around the world with the most bridges, has moved to rehabilitate and enhance at least 500 of its bridges in 2015.The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is asking the private sector to assist in replacing bridges across the state in an effort to diminish the large num...

Editorial: IOC should add social component to selection process

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 20, 2014


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As next month’s Sochi, Russia, Winter Olympics approach, many still question the looming structural completion deadline of many of the Olympic Games’ venues and final preparations, but few seem to be questioning Russia’s cultural development as the host country. In remarks Friday to those preparing t...

Editorial: High-achievers should get rewarded, low-achievers should get supported

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 15, 2014


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In October, the Pennsylvania Department of Education released an evaluation of every school district in the state, a report that has for the first time included a score that compared school districts with one another. Each school was evaluated under this building-level academic score on a scale of 100, giv...

Editorial: Rudiak, Peduto to bridge divide between public and government

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 14, 2014


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The division between the citizens of Pittsburgh and the municipal government of Pittsburgh has become less noticeable as of yesterday. Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak introduced a new piece of legislation aimed at increasing the amount of information to which the public has access.The Op...

Editorial: Brain Institute to attract researchers, medical advancement

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 13, 2014


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Yesterday, Pitt officially announced the creation of a new sector of the University: The Brain Institute.The announcement came at an opportune time, given President Obama’s recent initiation of the BRAIN Initiative, a program calling on the science community to “revolutionize our understanding of the hu...

Editorial: Zero-tolerance not a policy to pursue in schools

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 8, 2014


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Schools across the country have adopted and abided by “zero tolerance” disciplinary policies that grant students who commit anything from acts of bullying and insubordination to minor infractions of school behavior codes the maximum punishment of either suspension or expulsion.These wide-reaching polici...

Editorial: Marijuana legislation needs research, substance

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 7, 2014


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York has reignited the marijuana policy flame in the Empire State with a recent move to loosen the restrictions New York has on the drug. He is expected to endorse policies that will allow patrons to use the drug medicinally.Currently, 20 states and the District of Columbia all...

Editorial: Future success needs to be focus of reforming unemployment system

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 6, 2014


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Over winter break, while many enjoyed holiday festivities with family members and an egregious consumption of Netflix, Congress left many struggling to determine their financial stability in 2014. Last week, 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans lost their benefits.President George W. Bush’s fiv...

Editorial: Tread carefully: 3-D printers may breed stronger criminals

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 4, 2013


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Internet? Check. Cheap materials? Check. Access to a local 3-D printer? Check. Nowadays, that’s all you need to materialize any object you may desire. While this proposes the next step of future innovation, the ability to create formidable lethal weapons is feasible, as well. Somehow, Congress — D...

Editorial: Pennsylvania must take a stronger stance on texting and driving

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 3, 2013


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Texting and driving is an epidemic that has culminated in thousands of deaths annually, leaving more than 3,000 people dead and 421,000 injured just this past year, according to federal highway studies.For some states, such as New York, these demoralizing statistics have influenced lawmakers to tighte...

Editorial: Future of ‘free’ education lies within Oregon’s legislature

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 2, 2013


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In light of Congress’ failure to pass any legislation preventing the rise of interest rates on Stafford loans — money on which college students across the nation depend to subsidize their education — Oregon has implemented a plan that could make postsecondary education cost-efficient.State Sena...

Editorial: Athletics programs crucial in student education

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 25, 2013


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The Pennsylvania School Boards Association and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association have recently released a survey noting unwelcoming news for students and parents involved in athletic activities in Pennsylvania school districts.The survey, released on Nov. 20, cites that the percentage of ...

Editorial: Ann Dugan fosters future Pitt progress, economic development

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 19, 2013


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Ann Dugan founded the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence 20 years ago after an intense debate over whether or not self-employment was indeed a legitimate means to economic prosperity.“People were telling me that it couldn’t be done at the University of Pittsburgh,” Dugan said to the...

Editorial: Poor relief efforts in response to Typhoon Haiyan necessitate student support, commitment to humanitarian aid

Editorial: Poor relief efforts in response to Typhoon Haiyan necessitate student support, commitment to humanitarian aid

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 18, 2013


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The aftermath was abysmal. More than a week after Typhoon Haiyan made landfall, Filipinos still haven’t received aid from either the Filipino government or international forces.According to recent reports, the death toll is climbing: CNN reports 3,976 as the most accurate count. The United Nations app...

Editorial: International students integral to diversifying college communities

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 13, 2013


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In a survey released Tuesday, The Institute of International Education announced that in the 2012-2013 school year, the United States housed 819,644 international students. That’s a 7 percent increase from the previous school year, with a total of just more than 21 million students overall.Currently, Penns...

Editorial: UPMC’s duplicitous behavior is immoral

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 12, 2013


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The mega health care system, UPMC, is in the news again, not for any reason that touts its health services, but rather, for one that advances the narrative that the company pays no regard to its employees.Earlier this week, attorneys for UPMC continued their efforts to dismiss the city’s lawsuit against th...

Editorial: Peduto to focus on people’s voice

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 11, 2013


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Mayor-elect Bill Peduto is wasting no time: As of yesterday, he is fielding applications from residents of Pittsburgh to join eight transition teams that his administration has organized in an attempt to become more knowledgeable of what Pittsburghers want to see when the new mayor is sworn in come Januar...

Editorial: Peduto: Stand by promises and ensure success for Pittsburgh

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 6, 2013


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To no one’s surprise, William “Bill” Peduto will become the 67th mayor of Pittsburgh. Along with his landslide victory comes a sense of optimism and promise of bringing Pittsburgh into a new era.However, the job evidently becomes harder from here. Peduto’s agenda — which includes support for laws that combat under...

Editorial: Protection against workplace discrimination simply a no-brainer

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 4, 2013


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In the coming days, the U.S. Senate will vote on whether to pass a piece of legislation that would allow the LGBTQ community necessary protection in the workplace. In particular, the Senate will vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would extend employment discrimination protection to i...

Editorial: Historical landmarks in the Strip District must be preserved

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 29, 2013


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The Strip District, Pittsburgh’s historic shipping and import region, could potentially lose part of its rich legacy because of a comprehensive renovation initiative.Buncher Co. proposed plans to alter the Pennsylvania Fruit Auction and Sales Building, a 1,533-foot produce terminal in the Strip Di...

Editorial: Health care, don’t care: Will HealthCare.gov work?

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 28, 2013


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In a law that has little precedent, the rollout of the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplace was bound to have a few glitches. What we have now, however, is a website that embodies a concern a growing number of Americans exemplified in the original passage of the law: Is this thing really going ...

Editorial: One-party dominance hinders democracy of election process democracy

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 27, 2013


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What happened to democracy in Pittsburgh?On November 5th, the residents of Pittsburgh will decide their next mayor. On the one — and only — hand, Democratic candidate Bill Peduto has been named the unofficial mayor of Pittsburgh. But what happened to the opposition? Better yet, what happened to th...

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