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Editorial: Yahoo breach should lead to stronger regulations

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 25, 2016


Filed under Editorials

When a multinational company experiences a massive security breach that affects hundreds of millions of people, don’t its users deserve to know? Yahoo, the multinational digital company, announced last week that in 2014, a state-sponsored actor, or a hacker supported by a foreign government, hacked the accoun...

Trump’s economic platform is a guise for the rich

Trump’s economic platform is a guise for the rich

By Saket Rajprohat | For The Pitt News

September 22, 2016


Filed under Columns, Election Coverage 2016

“Trumponomics” sounds like a helping hand for the little guy but is actually a pedestal for the wealthy. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced his economic plan during a speech at the Economic Club of New York last Thursday, calling for 4 percent economic growth if he becomes president. The candidate plans to increase the ...

Editorial: Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 22, 2016


Filed under Editorials

RIP Brangelina Hollywood’s biggest heartthrob is back on the market — and so is Brad Pitt. On Tuesday, after two years of marriage, Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from husband Pitt, meaning our favorite power couple has officially shattered any hope we had left for the existence of true love. Fingers crossed th...

It’s time for employers to accommodate periods

It’s time for employers to accommodate periods

By Amber Montgomery / Columnist

September 22, 2016


Filed under Columns

You know it’s coming. Most of you never want it to be late, but a few days early can be a nasty surprise. If you hadn’t guessed it, I’m talking about the “special friends” that greet women in tampon commercials while real women are doubled over in pain. In other words, periods.  Hopefu...

Editorial: Pennsylvania must remember students in fight against hunger

Editorial: Pennsylvania must remember students in fight against hunger

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 22, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Pennsylvania health officials are dedicating themselves to take a bite out of hunger — or so they say. On Wednesday, the state’s secretaries of Human Services, Agriculture and Aging announced a plan at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to expand public hunger relief programs. Included in the strategy is an increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,...

Pipelines harm long-term jobs

Pipelines harm long-term jobs

By Isabelle Ouyang | Columnist

September 21, 2016


Filed under Columns

Whether workers support them or not, the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline are a rallying call not only for environmental justice, but for labor justice as well. The controversial $3.8 billion dollar pipeline, spearheaded by Energy Transfer Partners LP, will harm the environment and the Stan...

Editorial: Self-driving regulations provides little reassurance

Editorial: Self-driving regulations provides little reassurance

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 21, 2016


Filed under Editorials

As of Monday, the United States government is officially betting on self-driving cars to be a success. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Transportation released its first set of federal regulations on the autonomous vehicle industry. The 15-point guideline creates safety standards for driverless cars, such as uniform polic...

Letter to the Editor

By The Pitt Odyssey Team

September 20, 2016


Filed under Letters to the Editor

It hurt to read Emily Schoenberger’s column, The Odyssey dilutes journalism, on Monday. Yes, she’s not wrong — we cringe every time we see articles like “Why I’m Voting for Trump” or “Why I’m Not a Feminist” as much as you do. For every piece of fluff, however, there are three pieces ...

McGinty’s CMU rally creates hope for Democratic unity

McGinty’s CMU rally creates hope for Democratic unity

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

September 20, 2016


Filed under Columns, Election Coverage 2016

Three unlikely Democratic allies gathered together Friday afternoon in Carnegie Mellon University’s Wiegand Gymnasium to speak, one after another, despite the fact that they wouldn’t have dared standing shoulder to shoulder in April. The three politicians standing on stage were Pennsylvania Senate ...

Editorial: Jeffrey Tambor’s Emmy speech shows need for transgender representation

Editorial: Jeffrey Tambor’s Emmy speech shows need for transgender representation

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 20, 2016


Filed under Editorials

While accepting his Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series Sunday night, Jeffrey Tambor — who plays a transgender woman in the Amazon series “Transparent” — decided to take a stand for the community he represents on television. "To you people out there, you producers and network owners, and agents and you creative sparks: please give transgender talent a chance," Tambor said. "G...

The Odyssey dilutes journalism

The Odyssey dilutes journalism

By Emily Schoenberger | Columnist

September 19, 2016


Filed under Columns

When you see a popular article online titled “Why Girls Love the Dad Bod,” you have to read it. Or do you? This is the headline on the most shared article from the Odyssey Online, an online blog-style platform where about 14,000 college-aged writers publish stories and get paid based on the number of sh...

Editorial: Manhattan explosion coverage misleads readers

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 19, 2016


Filed under Editorials

When news breaks of a bombing or explosion in a U.S. city, one word stands out in Americans’ minds: Terrorism. So Saturday night, when 29 people were injured in an explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York, that one word quickly jumped into national headlines. Thankfully, the victims of the explosion Saturday are out of the hospital alr...

Jobs aren’t the only source of happiness

Jobs aren’t the only source of happiness

By Matt Moret | Assistant Opinions Editor

September 15, 2016


Filed under Columns

In high school, I spent four years working at a gas station and auto repair shop. I had to sell gas, wipe windshields and clean motor oil off of the floor. There was nothing glamorous about it. Most of the people I worked alongside were older than me — three of them were grown men with families, and...

Hillary Clinton less transparent than Obama claims

Hillary Clinton less transparent than Obama claims

By Matt Moret / Assistant Opinions Editor

September 15, 2016


Filed under Columns

Of all the negative assessments people have made about Hillary Clinton’s campaign this election season, one label holds up: secretive. During a campaign rally for Clinton Tuesday, President Barack Obama took the time to “vent” about the media’s presentation of Clinton and her Republican rival D...

Editorial: University of Chicago’s faculty letter shows how to support free speech

Editorial: University of Chicago’s faculty letter shows how to support free speech

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 15, 2016


Filed under Editorials

On Aug. 25, the University of Chicago sent all incoming students a letter declaring the institution’s dedication to free thought — by telling them which thoughts aren’t acceptable. In the letter, the university claimed that by denouncing trigger warnings and safe spaces, it is offering a defense o...

Music festival culture needs more music, less corporatization

Music festival culture needs more music, less corporatization

By Julia Aldrich | For The Pitt News

September 14, 2016


Filed under Columns

Whenever you hear about music festivals, an image of a beautiful sunset over a mountainous valley, a horizon speckled with lights, a ferris wheel and happy people dancing around to Daft Punk comes to mind. And to fulfill those visions, popular music festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo and Firefly ...

Editorial: Port Authority’s funding cuts emphasize need for alternatives

Editorial: Port Authority’s funding cuts emphasize need for alternatives

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 14, 2016


Filed under Columns

Our journeys on the Port Authority buses may soon come to a halt. In an audit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission last week, State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale noted that the Port Authority of Allegheny County could lose much of its funding in just six years because the Turnpike Commission...

NCAA’s North Carolina protest an overdue sign of support

NCAA’s North Carolina protest an overdue sign of support

By Elizabeth Lepro / Editor-in-Chief

September 13, 2016


Filed under Columns

As expected, North Carolina’s ludicrous anti-LGBTQ+ legislation has brought more negative consequences to the Republican-controlled state. The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced Monday night that it is relocating all seven championship games — some of which are the first few baske...

Editorial: Officer fired for not shooting Pittsburgh man deserves better

Editorial: Officer fired for not shooting Pittsburgh man deserves better

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 13, 2016


Filed under Editorials

While no shooting is worthy of praise, some are unfortunately understandable given the circumstances. Even in such cases, there are often victims of injustice. On May 6 in Weirton, W. Va. police officer Stephen Mader — a former Marine — confronted a 23-year-old Pittsburgher named Ronald D. “R....

Eid al-Adha highlights need for recognition of lesser known religious holidays

Eid al-Adha highlights need for recognition of lesser known religious holidays

By Amber Montgomery | Columnist

September 11, 2016


Filed under Columns

Today is not just another Monday. Today, I can’t wait to see pictures on Facebook, stories on Snapchat and to send WhatsApp messages to my friends celebrating the major Muslim holiday, Eid al-Adha, all around the world. Eid al-Adha, known as the Greater Eid, literally translates to “festival of the s...

Editorial: 9/11 coverage fails to commemorate victims

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 11, 2016


Filed under Editorials

After 15 years, we still cannot escape the harrowing aftermath of 9/11. On September 11, 2001, the United States lost 2,977 men, women and children in the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The terrorist attack forever changed our country a...

Sandusky saga has no place in Pitt-Penn State rivalry

Sandusky saga has no place in Pitt-Penn State rivalry

By Dan Sostek / Senior Staff Writer

September 9, 2016


Filed under Columns, Football, GameDay, Opinions

‘Ped State!’ ‘Joe Knew!’ “Hilarious. I’ve got to get that on a T-shirt. Or a sign. Or something.” This is the unhinged thought process that select members of the Pitt fan base will likely go through, or have already gone through, prior to the Panthers’ long-awaited clash with t...

Editorial: Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 8, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Extra Espresso, please A new heavy-duty coffee drink is making its (g)rounds in the caffeine world. Much to Starbucks’ dismay, Australian cafe owner Steve Benington crafted a new coffee which he claims to be 80 times stronger than espresso called “The A**kicker.” The Aussie barista says it ca...

Harambe and Trump: partners in outrage fatigue

Harambe and Trump: partners in outrage fatigue

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

September 7, 2016


Filed under Columns

Of all the stories shaping the cultural landscape this summer, two events from May have consistently broken the internet. One involves an unpredictable creature with primate ancestry — the other is Harambe. On May 26, reality TV personality Donald Trump received his 1,237th delegate to the Repub...

Editorial: Zika victims lose in GOP war with Planned Parenthood

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 7, 2016


Filed under Editorials

For the third time, Congress has failed to approve funding for Zika virus research. And for the third time, the reason is a willful misunderstanding of how to effectively address women’s health. In May, the U.S. Senate approved a $1.1 billion compromise bill, which was later shot down once it reach...

Drake redefines masculinity for young men

Drake redefines masculinity for young men

By Marlo Safi | Senior Columnist

September 6, 2016


Filed under Columns

Last week, Drake was the subject of the snub heard ‘round the Twittersphere. On Aug. 28, Drake presented Rihanna with the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, lauding her for her success as the presenter of her award should, but then unabashedly, in front of millions, profe...

Editorial: ITT closure undermines higher education

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 6, 2016


Filed under Editorials

ITT Technical Institute made millions selling overpriced training for skilled trade jobs and marketing it as the American Dream. Now, it’s paying the price for selling education for a profit — unfortunately, so are its students. This week, ITT Technical Institute announced that it will cease operations nationwi...

Self-identified socialists don’t know what they’re talking about

Self-identified socialists don’t know what they’re talking about

By Jordan Drischler / Columnist

September 6, 2016


Filed under Columns

Lost in the chants of “Make America great again!” and the “I’m with her” hashtags is a potentially more serious — and longer-lasting — effect of the 2016 presidential election: millennials’ acceptance of socialism. This election season, Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders’ primary perf...

Editorial: Narduzzi’s media blackout is its own distraction

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 6, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Pitt vs. Penn State — arguably the biggest football event on Pitt’s 2016 calendar and the Panthers’ first game against the Nittany Lions since 2000 — is less than a week away. Yet, head coach Pat Narduzzi hardly wants to talk about it. At a Monday press conference, Narduzzi announced that th...

Underneath the Trump supporters’ veil

Underneath the Trump supporters’ veil

By Julia Aldrich / For The Pitt News

September 1, 2016


Filed under Columns, Homecoming 2015

Fear is a dangerous notion, but hope could arguably be worse. Presidential candidate Donald Trump is notorious for utilizing bigotry and fear as a means of self-promotion. The billionaire businessman has been rising to the top and gaining supporters all while boasting his famous slogan “Make Am...

Editorial: Casual Friday

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 1, 2016


Filed under Editorials

“Handalism” Road rage made a different gesture in Houston as residents walked the streets this week. To their surprise, the red “Don’t Walk” sign at the crosswalk flipped them the bird, rather than the angry driver who usually almost runs them over. The vandal has yet to be found, but word has it they w...

Uber’s self-driving cars leave drivers behind

Uber’s self-driving cars leave drivers behind

By Kirsten Wong / Opinions Editor

September 1, 2016


Filed under Columns

Uber is about to become Pittsburgh’s next success story, but the drivers who made that success possible likely won’t be along for the ride. Uber’s first foray into Pittsburgh was in 2014 when it opened the first Uber Advanced Technologies Center. The company has rolled out a number of initiative...

Editorial: Citizen Advisory Panel worthy of a vote

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 1, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Cities should listen to their citizens. That idea is far from controversial — it’s how democratic governments function. What form the relationship between citizens and city officials should take is another question entirely, and Pittsburgh is currently struggling to define its answer. Today,...

Trump’s campaign: a saga of backpedaling

Trump’s campaign: a saga of backpedaling

By For The Pitt News | Saket Rajprohat

August 31, 2016


Filed under Columns

Has Donald Trump finally reached the turning point in his campaign? Over the course of the Republican nominee’s campaign, he’s made countless missteps and highly questionable policy decisions — whether it was announcing a ban on Muslim immigration, building a Mexico-funded wall along the United S...

Editorial: White Lives Matters threatens racial progress

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 31, 2016


Filed under Editorials

White nationalism has finally gotten the kind of attention it deserves. On Tuesday, the Southern Poverty Law Center declared White Lives Matter — a white nationalist group that calls itself the opponent of the Black Lives Matter movement — a hate group. According to its website, the group’s goal ...

Paul Ryan has a 21st century plan to end poverty

Paul Ryan has a 21st century plan to end poverty

By Matt Barnes / Senior Columnist

August 30, 2016


Filed under Columns

The only topic political people in 2016 seem interested in discussing is the presidential election. But while the decisions in November are of undeniable consequence, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s agendas shouldn’t be the only ones on display. Since taking the speakership last October, H...

Editorial: Pittsburgh should remain confident in Chief McLay

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 30, 2016


Filed under Editorials

In a guest piece for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last May, Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay addressed how to improve police-community relations, a dynamic that has long suffered a severe and sometimes violent disconnect. His solution? “... restoring the integrity of police leadership systems, r...

Gawker shouldn’t have died alone

Gawker shouldn’t have died alone

By Matt Moret | Assistant Opinions Editor

August 28, 2016


Filed under Columns

Following its closure last Monday, Gawker seems to have about as many friends in death as it did in life — close to zero. After publishing a clip from Terry Bollea’s — also know as Hulk Hogan’s — sex tape with his friend’s wife, Gawker became embroiled in the lawsuit that would eventually kil...

Editorial: Stanford alcohol ban is tone-deaf to sexual assault prevention

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 28, 2016


Filed under Editorials

After a tumultuous summer in the headlines, Stanford is making some changes on campus this year. On Aug. 23, Stanford announced an update to its student alcohol policy banning hard alcohol from all on-campus parties. With the exception of parties hosted by student organizations and residences of grad...

No, Kaepernick’s silent protest is not un-American

No, Kaepernick’s silent protest is not un-American

By Matt Moret | Assistant Opinions Editor

August 28, 2016


Filed under Columns

It may not be in the Bill of Rights, but last I checked people set their own terms for sitting and standing during the national anthem. Actually, strike that, it is in there — right around the whole “freedom of expression” thing. But don’t tell that to the patriots valiantly attacking San Fran...

Letter to the Editor

August 28, 2016


Filed under Letters to the Editor

You're moved into your dorm or apartment, and you just about have your class schedule nailed down, but there's one thing you haven't done yet: registered to vote near campus. Millennials are now the largest voting bloc. Think about that for a second. If we vote in the same proportions as older generat...

Affirmative action must remain

Affirmative action must remain

By Bethel Habte | Senior Columnist

August 22, 2016


Filed under Columns, Welcome Back 2016

I’m optimistic about Pitt declaring the coming year the “Year of Diversity,” but I can’t help wishing for more. I wish I didn’t feel the need to defend my own merits when affirmative action gets questioned. I wish minority voices didn’t have to spring to the offensive whenever the issue...

It’s time to update Greek life policies

It’s time to update Greek life policies

By Jaime Viens | For The Pitt News

August 22, 2016


Filed under Columns, Uncategorized, Welcome Back 2016

The premise of Greek life is brotherhood, sisterhood, integrity and equality — in theory. Given recent events, though, questioning these principles seems a less than ridiculous proposal. Greek life is meant to be a positive entity that encourages camaraderie and that is exactly what it does for...

Forget debt, be a student scholar

Forget debt, be a student scholar

By Amber Montgomery | Columnist

August 20, 2016


Filed under Columns, Welcome Back 2016

Pitt has many great opportunities it can offer to its students. I know this sounds like a line fed to you many times by information sessions, orientation brochures and Pathfinders, but it is true. I didn’t realize just how true this was until I applied for a grant to fund my three-week research...

Learn to love PAT buses

Learn to love PAT buses

By Marlo Safi | Senior Columnist

August 20, 2016


Filed under Columns, Welcome Back 2016

After being a Pitt student who relied entirely on the rarely punctual Port Authority, I was on cloud nine with Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority — the metro for short. I lived in Washington D.C. for 10 weeks during my internship with Campus Reform, a news organization headquartered...

Take advantage of summer classes

Take advantage of summer classes

By Jordan Drischler | For The Pitt News

August 19, 2016


Filed under Columns, Welcome Back 2016

When you think of summer, you most likely envision days on the beach, Fourth of July picnics with your extended family and a general period of relaxation while you prepare for a new school year to start in the fall. The last thing you want to do is spend those warm, sunny days inside the classroom,...

How to write a summer article

How to write a summer article

By Mariam Shalaby | Columnist

August 19, 2016


Filed under Columns, Welcome Back 2016

How to write the single most amazing summer internet article of your life: Write a catchy headline Let’s be honest: Who has time to actually read articles anyway? People would rather spend their precious time browsing through their Facebook and Instagram feeds. If you want people to read your arti...

Be the elephant in the room

Be the elephant in the room

By Marlo Safi | Senior Columnist

July 19, 2016


Filed under Columns, Summerguide2016

Being the elephant in the room used to bother me. As a conservative at Pitt, I assumed everyone was a liberal until proven otherwise so I could avoid the harassment, disciplinary action and discrimination by peers and campus administration that students around the country face when they don’t self-censor. ...

Letter to the Editor

By Andrew Zentgraf

July 19, 2016


Filed under Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: A recently published column asserted many inaccurate claims about Hillary Clinton and the status of her email scandal. First and foremost, let’s put to rest the erroneous notion that, “none of [the emails were] labeled classified at the time she sent [them],” as this is categ...

Close the gate on Clinton’s emailgate

Close the gate on Clinton’s emailgate

By For the Pitt News | Saket Rajprohat

July 13, 2016


Filed under Columns

When it comes to letting the past go, Hillary Clinton cannot seem to shake hers from the public long enough to make a difference. On July 7, James Comey, director of the FBI, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives. The topic was the former secretary of state and presumptive Democratic nominee’s use of a personal email server to carry out government business — a scandal that has earned t...

Editorial: Pokemon Go overreach should alert consumers

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

July 13, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Gotta catch ‘em all  — unless it’s in the terms and conditions. On July 6, the Nintendo release of “Pokemon Go” took the world by storm through its augmented reality features and interactive gaming components, leaving children and adults alike searching for Pokemon outdoors. The gaming s...

American pride is still alive

American pride is still alive

By Stephen Caruso | Contributing Editor

July 5, 2016


Filed under Columns

The America I love is one of baseball, hot dogs and apple pie. But the sad truth is that that America doesn’t really exist anymore. Instead of baseball, we soak in football, which, to paraphrase Washington Post columnist George Will, embodies the worst components of modern American life — violen...

Editorial: Chesney fans should respect, not wreck city

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

July 5, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Kenny Chesney fans took the term “getting trashed” a bit too literally this weekend. On July 2, Kenny Chesney held a concert in Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field for his Spread The Love tour that attracted an estimated 55,000 people. Chesney concerts have become infamous in the city, due to a 2013 incident tha...

Progressives must succeed Bernie’s movement

Progressives must succeed Bernie’s movement

By Alyssa Lieberman | Columnist

June 28, 2016


Filed under Columns

“What the hell do we do next?” The question of panelist Dominique Scott echoed at the People’s Summit Conference in Chicago last weekend, a gathering focused on what to do in the wake of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ likely loss of the Democratic presidential nomination.  As it stands right now, it is unrealistic to hold on...

Editorial: Pilot education program essential to re-entry

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 28, 2016


Filed under Editorials

The path after incarceration can soon lead forward, rather than in a circle. Now, that opportunity is coming to Pennsylvania. Last year, the U.S. Department of Education launched the $30 million Pell pilot program in an attempt to give incarcerated Americans access to high quality education programs. Under the program, incarcerated Americans are eligible to receive Pell Gra...

Refugees facing genocide deserve priority

Refugees facing genocide deserve priority

By Marlo Safi | Senior Columnist

June 21, 2016


Filed under Columns

The U.S. is going to be complicit in the world’s latest genocide, and we cannot let history repeat itself. On Monday, World Refugee Day prompted thousands of people to flock to social media and insist that the U.S. take in more refugees from the Middle East and Africa. We’ve seen the grim images ...

Editorial: Bell Lawsuit confirms racial insensitivity

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 21, 2016


Filed under Editorials

From a mass shooting to a lawsuit, Wendy Bell’s responses to controversy have proven to be tone-deaf. On Monday, former WTAE news anchor Wendy Bell filed a federal lawsuit against Hearst Communications, the parent company of WTAE, for race discrimination in her March firing from the station. Bell’s dismissal...

Eat smarter not harder: appreciate your food

Eat smarter not harder: appreciate your food

By Stephen Caruso | Contributing Editor

June 14, 2016


Filed under Columns

One of the first observations my friends and family made when I got off the plane from five months in Europe was unexpected, but flattering. “Stephen, you look great!” Why? How could anyone lose weight when spending four months in Italy — the home of pasta, pizza and parmesan? But a friend...

Editorial: LGBTQ victims deserve recognition, not erasure

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 14, 2016


Filed under Editorials

We all may be Americans, but not all of us are targeted simply for whom we love. In the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 others during a shooting spree at the Orlando, Florida, gay nightclub Pulse early Sunday morning. Police shot and killed Mateen...

Stanford rape case affirms legal bias

Stanford rape case affirms legal bias

By Opinions Editor | Kirsten Wong

June 7, 2016


Filed under Columns

Sexual assault is a crime that transcends race and class — unless it goes through the American legal system. On January 18, 2015, Brock Turner, a 19-year-old Stanford student athlete, sexually assaulted a young woman identified as “Emily Doe” behind a dumpster. The 23-year-old woman was unconscious when two bikers discovered the assault and pinned the perpetrator down af...

Editorial: Chatham’s union vote should push Pitt

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 7, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Pittsburgh is a union town. This week, Chatham University joined other Pittsburgh universities in voting to unionize their faculty. After organizing for over a year, Chatham faculty and administrators agreed to have an election beginning June 17, to vote on union representation. After ongoing disputes over the voting eligibility of full-time faculty due to their “managerial staff” status, the university will only include part...

Civics crucial to curriculum

Civics crucial to curriculum

By Marlo Safi | Senior Columnist

June 1, 2016


Filed under Columns

“We The People” are the beneficiaries of a constitution that protects our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — words that every American should have memorized. But millennial college students are approaching the frontline to guard those liberties with an artillery of ignorance, n...

Formula fixes funding

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 1, 2016


Filed under Editorials

After years of political disparaging over education funds, politicians will no longer control the board when it comes to fixing our school systems. Last week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted unanimously in favor of a bill that would set a formula for state education funding. Once Gov...

Work hard for more than the money

Work hard for more than the money

By Sierra Smith | Copy Chief

May 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

The last time I was jobless, I was 15 years old. Well, except the two-month period right after I moved to Pittsburgh and frantically searched Oakland to find a food service or retail job to save money and pay off my student loans — I like to plan ahead. From working long days at Subway, slinging fo...

Let’s talk politics

By Marlo Safi and Matt Moret | The Pitt News Staff

May 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

Some stereotypes are closer to reality than others. At Pitt, we embrace the perception that college students like to assert their opinions more than just about anything — anywhere from the classroom to a table at Hemingway’s Cafe. This is especially true during an election year, when the entire ...

Seek your perfect space

Seek your perfect space

By Amber Montgomery | Columnist

May 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

I’m a big advocate of sports loyalty points. It makes sense — rewarding students who support all of Pitt’s sports teams fosters a community with Pitt pride. Students at Pitt gain loyalty points with basketball tickets, an incentive for those who attend more games throughout the season. Somet...

Advice from a commuter

Advice from a commuter

By Jordan Drischler | For The Pitt News

May 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

College move-in day: a sense of apprehension about being dropped off mixed with the excitement of meeting your roommate and settling into your new home.  With a feeling of newfound independence, you quickly ease into the college atmosphere and cannot imagine living anywhere else. This was my story an...

Apps to keep you on track

Apps to keep you on track

By Isabelle Ouyang | For The Pitt News

May 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

Planners and desk calendars are nice in theory, but how often do we keep up with them? Mobile app technology makes organization much easier by syncing your class schedule with your Facebook events, setting reminders and sharing appointments with others. These free apps take organizing to a whole n...

Stepping out of your comfort zone: Isolate yourself

By Columnist | Mariam Shalaby

May 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

How you fare in your first year of college is pretty much a matter of life or death. As a seasoned junior, I have taken it upon myself to craft a flawless, three-part guide for your success as a Pitt student. You can thank me later. Part One: Academics When picking classes, keep your career plans — and only y...

Stepping out of your comfort zone: Find yourself

By Jaime Viens | For The Pitt News

May 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

Perhaps you were a sheltered adolescent like I was. Perhaps you were one of many teens who believed that, despite being supported by your parents in every way possible, teen angst and a resentment of your social, political and economic upbringing exempted you from the necessity of “finding yourse...

Develop your own curriculum

Develop your own curriculum

By Matt Moret | Contributing Editor

May 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

I once read this article about unpasteurized milk. This is going somewhere, I promise. The article was diagramming the link between illness outbreaks and raw, unpasteurized dairy. Lawmakers had begun to call for greater regulation of raw milk and insist that the health risks associated with the product...

I am more than my public speaking anxiety

By Lauren Long / For The Pitt News

May 31, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials / Newstudentguide2016

If I had to rank my fears, public speaking would outrank lying on my deathbed tomorrow, sharing a tiny tank with a tarantula, getting caught alone in a pitch black forest with no flashlight and tiptoeing the top of the Cathedral of Learning. I am part of the 75 percent of individuals who suffer from th...

Government waste should matter to students

Government waste should matter to students

By Jordan Drischler | For The Pitt News

May 25, 2016


Filed under Columns

What do the Alabama Watermelon Queen, the history of Russian smokers and the science behind your beer koozie all have in common?  They’ve all received funding from a federal government that has grown to an uncontrollable size. Amidst the 2015 holiday season, Kentucky senator and former GOP presidential candidate...

Editorial: Beyonce boycott draws unnecessary division

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

May 25, 2016


Filed under Editorials

From topping charts to breaking records, Beyoncé is under the spotlight for different reasons this week in Pittsburgh. Beyoncé will perform May 31, at Heinz Field as part of The Formation World Tour. The pop star announced the tour following her Super Bowl halftime performance, which came under sc...

Facebook’s news suppression misleads users

Facebook’s news suppression misleads users

By Marlo Safi | Senior Columnist

May 17, 2016


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Facebook is synonymous with nagging family, bragging friends and viral memes, but we rarely associate the social networking site with news. On an everyday basis, I log into Facebook and am immediately inundated: friends’ shameless selfies posted to fish Facebook’s superficial depths for validation, a...

Editorial: Pitt’s urban education certificate critical for education majors

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

May 17, 2016


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The most significant challenges to the American education system often go unaddressed or under-addressed in college curriculums. But on Tuesday, the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education announced a new certificate program that seeks to foster the cultural divide between teachers and students in urban ed...

Editorial: Penn State letter dismisses sexual assault victims

By The Pitt News Editorial Board / May 11, 2016

May 10, 2016


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A university should never defend a legacy — no matter how famous the legacy — at the expense of its students’ well-being. New reports from Penn State University’s Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal surfaced May 5, revealing that Joe Paterno may have known about Sandusky’s abuse as far back as the 1...

Voting is worth the inconvenience

Voting is worth the inconvenience

By Matt Moret / Opinions Editor / May 11, 2016

May 10, 2016


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I’m the political guy. I consume too much news, all day long. I get into arguments with my indifferent, uninformed roommates — not because our beliefs clash, but because they have no beliefs at all. Their total lack of engagement has always been an eye-roll-worthy sin in my eyes. Which is why i...

Guns on Pitt’s campus: Concealed danger?

Guns on Pitt’s campus: Concealed danger?

By Kirsten Wong / Columnist

April 25, 2016


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It only takes a matter of seconds for a gun and a dark moment of impulsivity to end a life. With media reports of mass shootings across America increasing, state legislators are re-examining gun laws and campus carry policies. In 2015, there were 23 campus shootings in the United States. Ten people died in October at Umpqua Community Colle...

Guns on Pitt’s campus: Concealed defense?

Guns on Pitt’s campus: Concealed defense?

By Marlo Safi / Assistant Opinions Editor

April 25, 2016


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In the event of a shooting, students in nine states can legally have more than just the books in their bags to protect themselves. But in the remaining 41 states, students who have concealed carry permits are either lucky enough to live in a state that lets schools decide, or unfortunate enough to liv...

Include neighbors in neighborhood redevelopment

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

April 25, 2016


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A company moves into a community, thousands of residents are forced out of it. Wash and repeat. Our city is currently facing a wave of gentrification, an urban trend in which middle-class or wealthy people move into previously low-income neighborhoods. Rent prices and cost of living skyrocket and as...

Letter from the Editor

By Danielle Fox / Editor-in-Chief

April 25, 2016


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If you haven’t already gathered this from the size 72 Bebas Neue text on the front page, we have devoted this academic year’s final issue to big issues — topics that are defining our generation, our city and our University. This means we’re telling you why your professors are fighting for...

French hijab ban a cover for prejudice

French hijab ban a cover for prejudice

By Kirsten Wong / Columnist

April 22, 2016


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When you deny a religious covering, you are also denying religious liberty. Student activists in France made a bold statement Wednesday by wearing headscarves and declaring it Hijab Day at one of France’s top universities, the Paris Institute of Political Studies. The social project was meant to s...

Letter to the Editor

April 22, 2016


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Dearest The Pitt News, This is my breakup letter. I know it’s tough to hear, but after five years, it’s time for me to graduate, move on to pastures bereft of my beloved daily school newspaper. I think back to the first time I picked you up — you helped me, day one, to learn about clubs and bus...

Editorial: Casual Friday

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 22, 2016


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Snakes on a Desk An elementary school in Mississippi was rattled with surprise when a snake fell from a classroom ceiling during a lesson. The harmless, gray rat snake almost hit the teacher but landed on the desk instead.. Unfortunately, the snake was unable to slither its way out of this one. It was...

Editorial: Bipartisan energy bill is too ambiguous to be achievment

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 20, 2016


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It appears Congress finally found something they can all get behind. But don’t let the newest piece of energy legislation fool you — they still haven’t. On Wednesday, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a broad energy bill that includes numerous initiatives that aim to encourage renewable energy and updated infrastructure, but regresses on many other issues. The bill, which is ...

Trump is detrimental to discourse

Trump is detrimental to discourse

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

April 20, 2016


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“I just don’t understand why these people are so angry,” a confused Donald Trump supporter behind me wondered aloud, as a sea of protesters flooded the entryway of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center last Wednesday. That confusion — especially at a rally for perhaps the most hated and divi...

Under the Covers: The orgasm imperative isn’t so imperative

Under the Covers: The orgasm imperative isn’t so imperative

By Bridget Montgomery / Columnist

April 20, 2016


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The scene: two bodies intertwined, arching in bliss to the tune of gasped moans and satisfied sighs, pleasure building higher and higher and higher. But then, nothing. It’s not exactly the ideal romantic ending, but it’s probably one you’ve experienced before. Whether you or your partner couldn...

Editorial: Sealing low-level offenses provides clean slate

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 20, 2016


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Not every mistake leads to a life of crime, but a single crime usually leads to a life of regret. Bipartisan bills introduced in the Pennsylvania legislature this week would automatically seal the criminal records of low-level offenders who don’t commit another offense within a set time period. If succes...

Editorial: Big business should dominate PA medical marijuana market

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 18, 2016


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Pennsylvanians won’t be seeing mom-and-pop shops selling weed anytime soon, but in the case of medical marijuana, big business may be the right spark for success. On Monday, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, making it the 24th state to do so. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, it’s going to take up to a year ...

Op-Ed: An American’s account of the Brussels attack

By Emily Bogen / Guest Columnist

April 18, 2016


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I’ve lived in Brussels for 3-and-a-half months — I’ve figured out how to jiggle the sticky lock on my apartment door, navigated through an ever-changing sidewalk maze of canine excrement and acquainted myself with a certain orange chair in a nearby coffee shop. My neighborhood is quaint and quiet. The str...

Gen-eds are more than fillers

By Amber Montgomery / Columnist

April 17, 2016


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My apartment is home to a mini copy of Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” and I owe it to a class I never wanted to take. As a History major, I’m the last person who wants to drag myself out of bed and across campus to listen to a lecture on triptych paintings when it’s 1...

Editorial: UC Davis cover-up antithetical to education

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 17, 2016


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At UC Davis, blinding students has surpassed the physical realm. During a 2011 Occupy protest at the University of California, Davis’ campus, police pepper-sprayed a row of sitting students at point blank. Pictures and videos of the incident quickly went viral, becoming embarrassing evidence of student mistr...

Gender stereotypes are a buzzkill

Gender stereotypes are a buzzkill

By Amber Montgomery / Columnist

April 15, 2016


Filed under Beer Edition 2016, Columns, Opinions

There should be no such thing as a girly drink — or a manly one for that matter. Drinking culture is a complex and almost omnipotent aspect of social life for collegiate co-eds — but it doesn’t escape the bounds of gender. On a Sunday morning in Hillman, a friend of mine told me about her pr...

Judge someone not by the color of their beer

Judge someone not by the color of their beer

By Matt Moret / Opinions Editor

April 15, 2016


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I hate Natty Light, but I’m not better than it. Beer doesn’t get tastier with age — it just goes bad. And a high price tag on a beer doesn’t immediately impress most people — something pretty remarkable in our culture. Drinking beer isn’t about affirming social status. It’s about drinking b...

Editorial: Loan forgiveness for Americans with disabilities must continue progress

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 13, 2016


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The Obama administration is working to assure student debt doesn’t gridlock any person with a disability. On Tuesday, the president announced plans to forgive $7.7 billion in federal students loans for nearly 400,000 permanently disabled Americans. By law, Americans with permanent disabilities are eligib...

Science and media must meet in the middle

Science and media must meet in the middle

By Mariam Shalaby / Columnist

April 13, 2016


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We’re fighting a terrible war, and right now, we’re losing. No, I’m not talking about the war on terrorism, the war on drugs or any human conflict. This enemy of ours isn’t even alive, but it’s ravaging an entire region, mercilessly hurting our children and spreading quickly. It’s making it...

Regulate the bureaucrats

Regulate the bureaucrats

By Arnaud Armstrong / Columnist

April 13, 2016


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Another day, another set of regulations hog-tying American businesses. Last week, the Obama administration unveiled a broad set of new regulations affecting everything from retirement advising and white-collar overtime to organic food labeling. From an administration squeezing as much bureaucratic intrusion out of its last few months...

Editorial: While Trudeau apologizes, Kerry sidesteps

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 13, 2016


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Nobody can heal without first recognizing harm. During Monday’s Vaisakhi celebration, an event marking the Punjabi harvest festival, Justin Trudeau became the first Canadian prime minister to apologize for the 1914 Komagata Maru incident. Canada refused to allow immigrants from Punjab, India, to disembark from their ship, the Komagata Mar...

Editorial: Pitt must unite to stop Trump

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 12, 2016


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The political rallies and marches that take place on campus are usually comprised of the same crowd — progressives fighting for social justice. But Donald Trump, the antithesis of progressivism, has succeeded in involving members from every area of the political spectrum. Trump, the infamous Republican front-r...

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