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Against satire: Just get to the point already, dude

Against satire: Just get to the point already, dude

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

October 26, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The recent controversy over my last column titled “Why Condemning ISIS is Offensive,” which you can read on The Pitt News website, has caused a massive paradigm shift for me. The article, which was satirical, prompted substantial outrage by those who believed I thought that asking Muslims to condemn ISIS was...

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

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 26, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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...

Letter to the editor: October 27th, 2014

By Taryn Hass

October 26, 2014


Filed under Letters To Editor, Opinions

Dear Editor,While I think the editorial on Gamergate makes some very valuable points, I think the editorial ignores more important and critical issues within the movement. As a girl gamer myself (I play mostly Dota 2), I experience sexism on a nearly daily basis. Thus, I felt the need to comment and ho...

Are homecoming candidates the faces of our University?

Are homecoming candidates the faces of our University?

By Courtney Linder & Nick Voutsinos / The Pitt News Staff

October 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Homecoming court traditionally selected students who represent a wide assortment of their university’s student body — or, at least, they did a few decades ago. Originally, homecoming candidates were meant to portray to the alumni what the university and its students were up to.Today though, the...

Your iPhone might be causing low football attendance

Your iPhone might be causing low football attendance

By Jessica Craig / Columnist

October 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Heinz Field, Aug. 30, 2014. A sea of navy blue and gold sloshes through the stadium’s gates — the smell of cheap alcohol and too much cologne colliding with the smell of greasy food. On the field, the marching band is already playing, but their music doesn’t reach the upper half of the student sect...

Nationality Rooms: What does politics have to do with culture?

Nationality Rooms: What does politics have to do with culture?

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

October 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Several weeks ago, Oakland celebrated its 175th Anniversary with a free community event called “Oakland Forever.” The schedule, meant to highlight Oakland’s vibrant legacy, included tours of the Cathedral and its Nationality Rooms.It was during one of these tours that a woman approached me — where ...

How college sports disadvantage athletes and students

By Andrew Boschert / For The Pitt News

October 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

I’ve been a lifelong football fan and, if you ask me, football — not baseball — is America’s pastime.Undeniably though, football has had a tough year.The NFL, for instance, has mishandled countless issues. They continue to dodge the emerging evidence of long-term brain damage. NFL cheerleading...

The significance of 125: Multiples of 5 are important

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

October 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

If you are reading this, you probably know that it’s the 125th year of Pitt football. The fact that we’ve dedicated an entire edition to the anniversary should showcase its importance. However, it’s all too easy to take this glorious accomplishment for granted. We should all take the time to re...

Homecoming Edition Cartoon: Sweet Caroline

Homecoming Edition Cartoon: Sweet Caroline

By Fatima Kizilkaya / Cartoonist

October 24, 2014


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The annual world record: Not necessary for O-week

By Adrianne Glenn / For The Pitt News

October 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Homecoming2014

Among the bystander seminars, the Activities Fair, the building-wide meetings and the convocation is, perhaps, the most pointless orientation event — the world record.From the Class of 2015’s record for the most people waving glow sticks to form an image of the Cathedral of Learning to the Class of...

Editorial: Pittsburghers, yinz should be prahd

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 22, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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...

Blowing smoke: Campus smoking bans pointless

By Stephen Caruso / Columnist

October 22, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I am not trying to disprove the dangers of secondhand smoke. Facts are facts.I am not attempting to show that there is no connection between cancer and smoking or that secondhand smoke is harmless. It’s not the ‘60s — I’m not funded by the tobacco industry, and I have a soul [citation needed].However,...

Editorial: Disabled people deserve more on-screen

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 21, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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...

Why condemning ISIS is offensive

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

October 21, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Trigger Warning: This is satiricalA disturbing trend has emerged out of radical Islam. No, I am not talking about ISIS itself — though that might also be a concern — I am referring to the assumption that moderate Muslims condemn groups like ISIS.Obama addressed the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. ...

Students partake in the annual Pitt Make a Difference Day

Students partake in the annual Pitt Make a Difference Day

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

October 21, 2014


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PMADD: Let’s serve for more than one day

PMADD: Let’s serve for more than one day

By Simon Brown / Columnist

October 21, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

More than 3,000 highlighter yellow-emblazoned students embarked on buses Saturday to plant trees, clean trash and generally “make a difference” in the Pittsburgh area. Pitt Make a Difference Day demonstrates our campus’ admirable commitment to the community, but it also demonstrates everything lackin...

Editorial: Egg freezing reflects lack of parental leave

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 21, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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 ...

Obama: Why I’m betting on you to fix the economy

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

October 19, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Growing up as a millennial, it’s always seemed like the U.S. government approached economic reform like a never-ending game of peekaboo. “Where’s the money? There it is!” Someone claims to have found a solution, and then there begins another round of heated debates and lackluster suggestions — we h...

A timeline of Ebola in the U.S.

A timeline of Ebola in the U.S.

By MCT Campus

October 16, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

CDC unprepared for Ebola risks, must change protocol

CDC unprepared for Ebola risks, must change protocol

By Courtney Linder / For The Pitt News

October 16, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Don’t panic — according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we can only contract Ebola through contact with bodily fluids. Yet, considering recent events, maybe we should question the CDC’s reassurances. When Thomas Eric Duncan became the first person in the U.S. to have ...

Cartoon, 10/17/2014

Cartoon, 10/17/2014

By Sam Lee / Cartoonist

October 16, 2014


Filed under Cartoons, Opinions

Casual Fridays, 10/17/2014

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 16, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

¡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. ...

Tinder not the best place to find your ‘match’

By Channing Kaiser / Columnist

October 15, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As generic relationship advice, your grandmother may have once told you that it’s what’s on the inside that counts. But in the jungle that is college dating, this statement often isn’t true. We care about our appearances and those of others a lot.Look at Tinder. Tinder is a smartphone app that...

Editorial: It’s time to suspend standardized testing

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 15, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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 Cartoon: October 16, 2014

Editorial Cartoon: October 16, 2014

By Cartoon by Dylan Fisher

October 15, 2014


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Editorial: Effective referenda requires energetic Board

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 15, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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...

Presidential economics: Causation is dead

By Thomas Helgerman / Columnist

October 15, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“Correlation does not imply causality,” has become a mantra of the statistics community and is often heard in economic and political discussions. This is undoubtedly a positive trend, as ignoring it can lead to ridiculous observations — like the claims that the divorce rate in Maine drives changes in pe...

Pride and prejudice: An atheist attends a seminar on Christian sexual ethics

By Andrew Boschert / For The Pitt News

October 13, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

First, I would like to betray my normal sensibilities and discuss my religious affiliation. It’s not something I do often, as private beliefs can often unfairly shape one’s reputation. But here goes: I’m an atheist. If I’m in a church, it’s definitely for a wedding or funeral. I’m staunch...

Editorial Cartoon: October 14, 2014

Editorial Cartoon: October 14, 2014

By Cartoon by Dylan Fisher

October 13, 2014


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Editorial: Peace Corps still relevant to millennials

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 13, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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...

The people’s climate march

The people’s climate march

By Dale Shoemaker / For The Pitt News

October 9, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Hundreds of thousands of protestors met in New York to voice their concerns about the environment. 

Climate march reflects urgency, calls for immediate action

Climate march reflects urgency, calls for immediate action

By Channing Kaiser / Columnist

October 9, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Three weeks ago, I walked in the People’s Climate March in New York City along with more than 300,000 individuals. Yet in the weeks following the march, I’ve monitored the news coverage of it and have been slightly disappointed. There were many headlines during the days following the event boasting abo...

Casual Fridays, 10/10/2014

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 9, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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...

Cartoon: 10/9/2014

Cartoon: 10/9/2014

By Fatima Kizilkaya / Cartoonist

October 9, 2014


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Editorial: Conflict kitchen faces unnecessary backlash

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 8, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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...

Banned books: Our best writing?

Banned books: Our best writing?

By Jess Craig / Columnist

October 8, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The recent coming and passing of Banned Books Week left an ongoing debate in its wake. Nationwide, conflict continues between librarians, academics, book-lovers, writers and school administrators. And don’t forget oversensitive parents: adults who prefer to have their children believing in talking, bo...

Editorial Cartoon: October 9, 2014

Editorial Cartoon: October 9, 2014

By Cartoon by Fatima Kizilkaya

October 8, 2014


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Discussion on Internet policy is stuck in neutral

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

October 7, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Until recently, the incident that provoked the most comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) website was Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” in 2004. But a new record of 3.7 million comments has nearly doubled that. What could possibly attract more attention than Jackson...

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

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 7, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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...

Look on the bright side, cynics: There’s reason for optimism

By Adrianne Glenn / For The Pitt News

October 6, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

At some point in the last week, you probably heard something like “What has the world come to?” There is disapproving commentary about everything from the value placed on social media, movements to legalize marijuana and the promotion of marriage equality.Commentary like this reflects ignorance about t...

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

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 6, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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 ...

Surviving partisan politics will take compromise

Surviving partisan politics will take compromise

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

October 5, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When children misbehave, you give them a time out. When Congress misbehaves, you strand its members on a remote island and allow the threat of imminent death to reconcile their differences. That’s exactly what the Discovery Channel plans on doing with its new show, “Rival Survival,” which premier...

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

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 5, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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...

PA Senate: New medical marijuana bill misses the point

PA Senate: New medical marijuana bill misses the point

By Courtney Linder / For The Pitt News

October 2, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

An amended bill legalizing several forms of medical marijuana passed 43-7 in the Pennsylvania State Senate last week. Don’t celebrate yet, though. As it turns out, the legislation is severely lacking.The new bill, sponsored by Sen. Mike Folmer (R-48) and Sen. Daylin Leach (D-149), requires a pati...

Casual Fridays, 10/3/2014

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 2, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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...

Celebrity activism: Examining its ethics and effects

By Simon Brown / Columnist

October 1, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Usually when I encounter trending articles, videos and stories on social media sites, I need not ponder long before I can take a stance on them. They either deserve attention or they do not. Similarly, the standard editorial thinkpiece takes definitive stances. It supports or it objects. It answers y...

Pumpkin spice craze an example of effective marketing

Pumpkin spice craze an example of effective marketing

By Thomas Helgerman / Columnist

September 30, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Autumn is a wonderful season — it’s undoubtedly the most colorful, and it offers a welcome change from the oppressive heat of August. But nothing is really quite as “fall” as the pumpkin spice latte (PSL). Since it first entered the market in 2003, the drink has become increasingly more popular...

Editorial: Auto lender tactics call for government action

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 30, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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...

Exposing exploitation: Making the case against unpaid internships

By Andrew Boschert / For The Pitt News

September 29, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

College students are aware that between all their classes and exams, they will be expected to work somewhere for free. Not volunteering, I might add, but the bottom of the barrel: unpaid intern.Gone are the days of making copies and coffee runs. Interns often have practical skills and technological know-how sough...

Tesla troubles: Progress demands an open marketplace

Tesla troubles: Progress demands an open marketplace

By Stephen Caruso / Columnist

September 28, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

America likes to pride itself on innovation. If you have a good, new idea, you have the right to try to realize it and profit from it — as demonstrated by the hit show “Shark Tank.” However, in reality, this idea is extremely complicated. Traditional business interests tend to obstruct these ideas, becaus...

Editorial: Corporate model undermines goals of higher education

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 28, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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...

Sweet smell of ‘swagger:’ gendered products are useless

By Channing Kaiser / Columnist

September 25, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

You are a man with a smelly apartment. Do you:A. Ignore it. This is college. Your mom’s not here. Who cares?B. Spray Febreze everywhere and light a vanilla-scented candle, letting your masculinity take a hit.C. Order a “mandle” with a scent like “kegger” or “stripper’s mouth,” and let ...

Casual Fridays, 9/26/2014

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 25, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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 ...

Police officers deserve more respect, appreciation

By Jess Craig / Columnist

September 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Cops: heartless, cold-blooded killers. Villainous racists who shoot unarmed, innocent bystanders. The hothead who gives you a speeding ticket for going 10 miles per hour over the speed limit when you were late for an important interview. Cops get a notoriously bad rap. But, following the Michael Br...

Having the right priorities: Football for the win

Having the right priorities: Football for the win

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

September 23, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Two weeks ago, the NCAA decided to lift the ban on Penn State’s bowl eligibility and restore the 10 scholarships it took away in 2011 because of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. But after the immediate riots at Penn State, no one seems to really care anymore. Nevertheless, that won’t sto...

Editorial: Unreported fracking spills call for higher fines

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 23, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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...

Keeping up with the times

Keeping up with the times

By Dylan Fisher / Cartoonist

September 23, 2014


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Stop the war on drugs: It’s a waste

By Jess Craig / Columnist

September 22, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Our country’s obsession with drugs is a waste of time and money. Here are five reasons why what we’re doing now to fight against drugs isn’t working and why all drugs should be legalized in the United States.1. The argument that illicit drugs cause more deaths is invalid. A common counterpoint made in opp...

Editorial: Are schools too reliant on technology?

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 22, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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...

Violent acts by minors: Who should take the blame?

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

September 21, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Every time someone commits a heinous crime, we as a society search for answers. Is it simply a matter of mental health or upbringing, or is the root cause something deeper than that?It has long been determined that the individual who committed the violent act bears the consequences of said act. But,...

The Freshman 15

The Freshman 15

By Cartoon by Fatima Kizilkaya

September 19, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

There's no way college makes you gain weight...

Pittsburgh’s only food co-op is facing legal troubles

Pittsburgh’s only food co-op is facing legal troubles

By Courtesy of Facebook

September 19, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Volunteers used to be able to work at the co-op in exchange for discounts on  food. 

Dining Guide: Disease pandemic at Pitt: The Freshman 15

Dining Guide: Disease pandemic at Pitt: The Freshman 15

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

September 18, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Why everyone keeps talking about Ebola is beyond me. The Freshman 15 is a far more infectious disease, making its rounds with an uncanny tendency to target the bright-eyed college novices that make up each incoming class. But there’s no need to worry, freshmen. Like any well-intentioned institution, ...

Dining Guide: The East End Co-op: The value in working for food

Dining Guide: The East End Co-op: The value in working for food

By Jessica Craig / Columnist

September 18, 2014


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The East End Food Co-op, 7516 Meade St. An industrial-looking yellow and sage painted building that tries to be a grocery store — wide sliding glass doors, posters of fruits and vegetables hanging in the ground-floor store windows, a metal-lined cart return aisle labeled “RETURN CARTS HERE.”Sunday, Se...

Casual Fridays, 9/19/2014

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 18, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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...

Dining Guide: Five tips for staying healthy at Pitt

By Stephen Caruso / Columnist

September 18, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Before you beat yourself up too much, remember that it make sense to gain weight in college.It really just comes down to opportunity costs. As decision makers, we need to ration our time to what matters most. The average college student’s top priorities are probably going to be studying, socializing an...

Use college to begin adulthood, not finish adolescence

By Simon Brown / Columnist

September 17, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In the opening of “Moby Dick,” the narrator, Ishmael, recounts how he spent the years from adolescence to adulthood: “A whale ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.” The reader knows, generally, what he means by this. The whale ship, its responsibilities and its crew defined young Ishmael’...

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

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 17, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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...

Not quite music to my ears: The problem with intellectual property laws

Not quite music to my ears: The problem with intellectual property laws

By Thomas Helgerman / Columnist

September 17, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Students and the technology sector alike have been abuzz with the announcement of the Apple Watch, which is already creating quite a buzz in the marketplace.Such excitement is certainly warranted. Not only is this the first Apple product without the “i” prefix, but through its music storage capabi...

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

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 17, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

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,...

Let them eat cake: The challenges of living on welfare

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

September 15, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It is well-known that liberals love big government because it hands them free stuff. Free stuff, like T-shirts during  O-week, the T Downtown or lunch at Pittsburgh Public Schools is always great, but living off free stuff is even better. Unfortunately, like in all occupations, living off welfare isn...

Letter from the Editor: Website Redesign

By Natalie Daher / Editor-in-Chief

September 14, 2014


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Daily print production, for many student newspapers, is a thing of the past. Over the past decade, student publications have cut some, or all, of their paper products in favor of the evolving journalistic practice that is the “digital-first” approach.We at The Pitt News are fortunate to retain o...

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

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 14, 2014


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

Sticks and stones: Don’t underestimate the power of words

By Channing Kaiser / Columnist

September 14, 2014


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“Don’t tell me white girls struggle in society.”“Sitting next to black people on the bus makes me nervous.”“I don’t understand why people dislike Justin Bieber.”We’ve all heard statements like this before — phrases that make our eyebrows shoot up and our faces grimace. Sometimes, p...

Employment Guide: The human element: What it takes to be a good doctor

Employment Guide: The human element: What it takes to be a good doctor

By Jessica Craig / Columnist

September 12, 2014


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It takes about 11 years to become a doctor – four years of undergraduate education, four years of medical school, one year as an intern and two years, minimum, of residency.As a freshman pre-medicine and neuroscience student, I spent a good deal of time making sure that, in four or five years, I would...

Employment Guide: The classroom is the best career service

By Simon Brown / Columnist

September 12, 2014


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American colleges and their students find themselves in the peculiar state of perpetual “crisis.” At least that’s what magazine articles, scholarly books and political speeches from the postwar era to today consistently have us believe.Calls of crisis in the halls of higher education come at a d...

Wasting away in Margaritaville: Get real about the economy

By Stephen Caruso / Columnist

September 12, 2014


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It feels that, often, this country’s understanding of the economy is like an episode of “South Park.” Specifically, it’s like the one in which Randy Marsh convinces the entire eponymous town to spend money on nothing but “the bare essentials. Water and bread and margaritas,” to appease the e...

Employment Guide: On the fast track to employment: Stop and smell the Gen-Eds

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

September 12, 2014


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I always knew that my scholarship to Pitt would save me a great deal of money. What I didn’t know was that the value of the scholarship far exceeds its monetary merits.Too easily, I could have come to view my educational experience at Pitt solely in terms of employment potential — as a means of retu...

Employment Guide: Degree of difficulty

By Thomas Helgerman / Columnist

September 12, 2014


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In choosing a major to pursue, every college student faces a fundamental question: Should I study a field that I enjoy or should I study one in which I can get a job?Undoubtedly, many students are fortunate enough to enjoy a subject that has rosy employment numbers. But, in the aftermath of the 2008 re...

Casual Fridays 9/12/14

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 12, 2014


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

Letter to the editor: September 11, 2014

By Matt Singer

September 10, 2014


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To the editorial staff of The Pitt News,I would like to commend the editorial staff of The Pitt News for using their platform to address an issue that’s incredibly pertinent to much of college-aged students’ social interactions: male entitlement. Unfortunately, 20-something-year-olds typically don’t r...

Female empowerment: It’s not for everyone

By Jess Craig / Columnist

September 10, 2014


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“Dear candidate, thank you for your application to our ballet academy. Unfortunately you have not been accepted. You lack the right feet, Achilles tendons, turnout, torso length and bust. You have the wrong body for ballet, and at 13 you are too old to be considered.”This plays in the background dur...

Editorial: Separation of church and state: Stop the pettiness

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 10, 2014


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

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