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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...

Editorial: SGB must establish concrete rules

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 23, 2013


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At the end of the last school year, the Student Government Board and the chairman of its Elections Committee made a vow to revise the Board’s Elections Code in order to increase accessibility and transparency.But a recent string of challenges to the revisions to the code made by Elections Committee Chairman Aaron Gish have exp...

Editorial: Christie sets precedent for future presidential candidates to follow

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 22, 2013


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The move finally happened: Gov. Chris Christie finally rescinded his appeal of a state court decision that allowed gay and lesbian couples to marry legally in New Jersey. Although Christie still stands for the traditional concept of nuptials as strictly between a man and woman, this move sheds light on the str...

Editorial: Inherent institutional flaws hollow U.N. Security Council agenda

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 21, 2013


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On Friday, Saudi Arabia denied its newly acquired seat on the U.N. Security Council, adding to its increased opposition to the international organization.Coupled with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal’s declination to address the U.N. General Assembly meeting last month, Saudi Arabia’s refusal to...

Editorial: Long-term benefit for clean energy investment cannot be overlooked

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 15, 2013


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This week, Bloomberg New Energy Finance released a study noting global clean energy investment diminished for a second straight year after investments reached $281 billion in 2012. Worldwide investment in wind power, solar power, energy efficiency and electric cars dropped 20 percent compared to the...

Editorial: Controversial call: Should immigrants be able to drive legally?

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 14, 2013


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This month, California joined the group of states that allow immigrants living in the United States without legal permission the ability to obtain a driver’s license. California, among a growing group of states, cites public safety as the premise for the initiative.“You either have a license or y...

Editorial: Root of the problem? House Republicans

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 9, 2013


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The inability of Washington to function for the past week has caused negative implications for not only national parks and government websites but also the status of the nation’s health standards, the future credibility of the United States and the overall stability of the global economy.The inactivity...

Editorial: Government furlough risks status of national public health

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 8, 2013


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The government shutdown, which is now a week in length, has affected more than congressmen and government workers, reaching new heights by threatening the lives of the American people nationwide. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service declared a national public health alert becau...

Editorial: Say yes to education, Pittsburgh

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 7, 2013


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Sending driven high school students to college is a conceptually lauded issue among many demographics. The various methods used to send these bright kids to post-secondary institutions, however, have met with less overarching agreement. Syracuse has proven to be an example Pittsburgh should embody in te...

Editorial: Pitt has the ability to curb gun violence

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

October 2, 2013


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This past week, the National Institutes of Health issued a press release calling for new initiatives to begin research on the causes and prevention of firearms violence.The move by the NIH is in response to President Barack Obama’s memorandum in January that called for the agencies of the Departme...

Editorial: Bard’s new admissions choice highlights ambiguity of assessing applicants

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 1, 2013


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Every high school student hoping to someday enroll in a college or institution of higher education must enter the somewhat dreadful and life-draining process of taking the SAT or other aptitude tests, filling out numerous supplements and bending over backwards for college application requirements. Bard ...

Editorial: University athletic departments cannot over-distinguish athletes

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 30, 2013


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The pending sanctions Oklahoma State will soon receive from the NCAA shed light on the continuing separation universities have with their athletic programs.Oklahoma State University’s Orange Pride, an organization dedicated to recruiting football prospects out of high school, is under scrutiny for ...

Editorial: Kenyatta’s Kenya

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 25, 2013


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After four days of fighting in the upscale Westgate shopping mall in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta declared Tuesday that his forces had “ashamed and defeated” the members of al-Qaida-linked militia al-Shabaab, who took hostages in the mall.According to Kenyatta’s ...

Editorial: State governments begin moving on education reform

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 24, 2013


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Delaware’s state education sector has found a new, effective way to combat income equality with regard to equal opportunities for high school students applying to college.In a new effort to ensure equal opportunity among students on an income-based level, Delaware has promised to supply information an...

Editorial: Pittsburgh parking authority to improve ticket citation procedure

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 23, 2013


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Students and motorists who have been recipients of parking citations need not dread the process as much as they have in the past. Starting on Oct. 1, the Pittsburgh Parking Authority will launch a website that will allow alleged miscreants to contest their traffic violations with the Pittsburgh Parking ...

Editorial: Colleges should take aggressive stance on sexual assault

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

September 18, 2013


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Occidental College has finally reached a settlement with a group of students and alumni who filed a federal complaint stating that officials from the school’s Eagle Rock, Calif., campus mishandled investigations involving multiple allegations of sexual assault. In April 2013, students and alumni fi...

Editorial: Nation should focus on change through local channels

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 17, 2013


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A nauseating feeling permeates the air today as news of Monday’s mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard reaches the victims’ families, bystanders and the nation. We can once again comment on the tragedy of this event, we can consider the manner by which we should extend our thoughts and condol...

Editorial: Do you want to be the next Bill Gates? Just do it

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

September 11, 2013


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When Matt Mullenweg and Sahil Lavingia decided it was the right decision to pursue their startup dreams instead of obtaining a degree, they inspired many others to follow this path to success.Mullenweg, the founder of Automattic, the company behind WordPress, dropped out of the University of Houston in...

Editorial: College Board must initiate relationship with high schools

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

September 10, 2013


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The College Board is at it again, announcing that the current version of the SAT will soon cease to exist. The SAT will be updated in ways not yet specified, instilling widespread fear and confusion in high school students nationwide.“We will develop an assessment that mirrors the work [the students] ne...

Editorial: Make the Faust-ian move: Support women in higher education

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

September 9, 2013


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Harvard Business School was in desperate need of help. As the premier business training ground for individuals pursuing employment in the finance and marketing sector, the business school found itself combatting an intractable problem: a female demographic exemplifying the same struggle witnessed dec...

Editorial: PA’s rights for same sex couples must follow federal change

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

September 4, 2013


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Under new rules that were announced Aug. 29, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Internal Revenue Service, along with the Treasury Department, have altered the benefits same-sex couples receive with regard to taxes and Medicare.The IRS now recognizes same-sex couples that are legall...

Editorial: Book prices put strain on students

By Pitt News Editorial Board

September 2, 2013


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Tuition and room and board are often cited as factors behind the enormous total nationwide student-loan debt, which recently surpassed $1 trillion. One cost that is often overlooked, however, is the ballooning price of textbooks. According to a report issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office,...

Casual Fridays 8/30/2013

By Editorial Staff

August 29, 2013


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Sharp shooterA New Hampshire man called police after he apparently shot himself in the knee while sleeping. The man, whose name has not been released, suffers from a condition called parasomnia, which causes him to perform unnatural behaviors in his sleep. We can’t help but wonder if the man was dreaming he was Plaxico Burress when the shot was fired.The hero France dese...

Editorial: Achieve the ‘Dream’: End racism

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 28, 2013


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Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Today, sadly, we still live in a society far removed from the goals King profoundly echoed to millions on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963.Fifty years ago, America witnessed mass racism and segreg...

Racial justice nowhere to be found in light of court verdict

Racial justice nowhere to be found in light of court verdict

By The Pitt News Staff

July 17, 2013


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Justice for some is not justice for all. Unfortunately, those looking for immediate racial justice in the outcome of the Trayvon Martin case will have to look elsewhere.Saturday night’s court decision, which found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting...

Editorial: DOMA hinders Pennsylvania’s progress

By Editorial Staff

July 10, 2013


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The United States is headed in the direction of marriage equality, and yesterday, Pennsylvania activists took the first steps toward making their state the next to join in line.Just weeks after the Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, which defined marriage as between...

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