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Editorial: More room for gender equality in college classrooms

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 10, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editorial: Science must maintain its freedom in the classroom

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 3, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

¡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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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