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Editorial: At its roots: Sexual violence stems from cultural norms

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 9, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

An unfortunate reality in our culture has attracted the spotlight of many media outlets as of late, including The Pitt News.The hacking and releasing of the private photos of female celebrities, the video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee out cold, the persistent publication of studies and report...

The power of friendship: Who needs a military?

The power of friendship: Who needs a military?

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

September 9, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

From an outside perspective, it seems as though the world is descending into chaos. With persistent headlines on the conflict in Ukraine and the unrest in the Middle East, the world may seem like a frightening place.While it is true that the world may “seem” frightening, that doesn’t necessarily warrant militar...

Ain’t no shame in your coffee game

Ain’t no shame in your coffee game

By Fatima Kizilkaya / Cartoonist

September 9, 2014


Filed under Cartoons, Opinions

I don’t speak the language, but that culture don’t need explaining

By Simon Brown / Columnist

September 8, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

One wouldn’t expect to find much contemporary wisdom in any Jason Derulo song. But anyone who has endured hearing “Talk Dirty” can find in it a perspective toward global travel shared by too many study abroad programs. The somehow-popular song details Derulo’s international sexual exploits and...

Editorial: NFL must better tackle assault cases

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 8, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

With week one over, football seems to be the last of the NFL’s problems.  Controversy has persisted since the February  release of footage showing now-former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice assaulting and dragging his then-fiancée and now-wife, Janay Rice, through an elevator. But what ignited...

Enough is enough: Treat abortion as a medical issue before discussing it

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

September 7, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I grew up in a Christian household and learned early on that abortion was a subject best treated matter-of-factly — it’s simply immoral. But skirting around talk about abortion obstructs the path to possible solutions. Still, politicians and preachers alike have traditionally treated abortion similarl...

Editorial: Universal preschool: Great idea, but who will teach it?

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 7, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

This Sunday’s episode of NBC’s “Meet the Press” brought a little bit of Pittsburgh to its viewers.During a four-minute interview on the popular news program, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto brought his city’s ambitions to national attention. The main topic of discussion: education.In the intervi...

Obama’s effort to demilitarize our police

Obama’s effort to demilitarize our police

By Dylan Fisher / Cartoonist

September 7, 2014


Filed under Cartoons, Opinions

Contrary to popular belief, here’s five things millennials should be proud of

By Danielle Dyal / Columnist

September 4, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Our generation does not have the best reputation. We constantly battle accusations of being unfocused — unless it’s on the latest trending hashtag — lazy, save for effort required to find the TV remote and ignorant, excluding the content of gossip-highlighted social media.What’s worse is that i...

Letter to the Editor: September 5, 2014

By Steven Finkel, Burcu Savun and Andrew Lotz / Pitt Political Science

September 4, 2014


Filed under Letters To Editor, Opinions

Dear Editor, The Department of Political Science wanted to write and thank you for your interest in covering the various majors including ours (“Welcome Back: Studying Politics ... ” by Matt Barnes, dated August 19). We were surprised, however, at The Pitt News’ decision to have the article a...

Casual Fridays 9/5/14

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 4, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Puppy loveIt’s a common goal to marry someone whom your mother will approve of. For Mangli Munda’s mother, she just hopes her new son-in-law doesn’t shed. Yes, Munda, an 18-year-old who lives in a small village in India, has recently married a stray dog. Why, you ask? Not for love unfortunately...

Many reasons why listicles are nonsense

By Simon Brown / Columnist

September 3, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

There is a reason why the most profound writing in the English language cannot be sensibly expressed in BuzzFeed headlines. The list article — or “listicle” — as a genre cannot capture the irony and self-doubt that challenges readers’ sensibilities. Serious online news outlets and magazines ought...

Editorial: City should work to save August Wilson Center

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 3, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Few local artists have achieved as much acclaim and significance in their field as playwright August Wilson. The Hill District native, who died in 2005, has had his plays performed in numerous communities across the country, Broadway and around the globe. But, currently, his hometown is struggling to...

Editorial: Student-voter rights challenged by photo ID laws

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 2, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

As students at Pitt of the legal voting age, we experience a relative amount of convenience. All it takes is simply filling out a voter registration form — one you can easily receive from a member of a student political organization roaming around campus during election season.This convenience was ...

Another student’s treasure: Why to buy used textbooks

By Thomas Helgerman / Columnist

September 2, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

With each new semester, students go textbook shopping — a fiscally painful experience that tends to start the year off on a sour note.A report this year by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund found that students spend, on average, $1,200 per year on textbooks and school supplies — this equates to just more than...

Editorial: Always use protection: Sharing digital information a risk

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

September 1, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

This weekend, a large number of pictures showing nude celebrities were publicly leaked through 4chan. To many who saw the photos on the image-sharing site, it was a very good day. But to others, especially those targeted, it was a major breach of privacy.This controversy highlights our collective vul...

Skip the dates, find your mate

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

September 1, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

One of the most vivid memories I have from my first tour of Pitt is visiting Heinz Chapel, or rather, realizing what Heinz Chapel represented. As we made our way past the ornate building, my Pathfinder turned to face us and teased that it would be wise to register now for our eventual weddings because o...

Adulthood: Fifty shades of unoriginal

Adulthood: Fifty shades of unoriginal

By Channing Kaiser / Columnist

August 28, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Creativity and imagination in adults isn’t nurtured in the same way it is in young children. Young kids are encouraged to make Play-Doh sculptures, play make-believe and have tea parties with their stuffed animals. At some point, arguably around middle school, that changes. In middle school, creativ...

Casual Fridays 8/29/14

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 28, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Mr. Panda, you are not  the fatherAl Hin, a panda that lives in a breeding center in China’s Sichuan province allegedly faked pregnancy to “receive nicer food and round-the-clock care,” from her keepers. The 6-year-old panda started showing signs of pregnancy in July, with reduced appetite and mobility. The aspiring actress executed a stellar performance, prompting...

Editorial: Legalize medical marijuana statewide

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

August 27, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

In recent years, the currents of social progress have swept through the country. Medical marijuana legalization has been a part of this change, as 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized or are in the process of legalizing it, including neighboring New York and New Jersey. It is time that Pennsylvania joins them. State senator...

Hashtag Activism: There’s more to charity than ice buckets

Hashtag Activism: There’s more to charity than ice buckets

By Jessica Craig / For the Pitt News

August 27, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Charities and ice-cold water are no strangers to each other. The ALS Association — a nonprofit organization that raises money and promotes awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neurodegenerative disease —  adapted the Ice Bucket Challenge from a previous social media trend, the Cold Wat...

Editorial: Excitement over airport drilling masks its viable harms

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 26, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Western Pennsylvania has always been a fracker’s paradise.Since the Corbett administration took office in Harrisburg, fracturing — or fracking — shale rocks to release the precious natural gas inside has been highly celebrated in Pennsylvania, as demonstrated by the Pennsylvania Department of En...

Mars One mission: Not the place for reality television

Mars One mission: Not the place for reality television

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

August 26, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

With an ambitious project aiming to create a permanent human settlement on Mars, the nonprofit foundation Mars One has given new meaning to the  “I don’t want to live on this planet anymore” internet meme.By 2023, the Dutch organization claims it will have established a permanent settlement on ...

Capitalism: The worst economic system, except for all the others

By Matt Barnes / Assistant Opinions Editor

August 26, 2014


Filed under Opinions

As the new year begins, students will again be exposed to minds that assert the dangers and evils of capitalism. These thinkers have every right to put forth such beliefs — that is what America is all about. But be weary of such cynicism. Instead, try thinking of the world’s predominant economic syst...

Editorial: With perseverance, student activism triggers results

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

August 25, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Students often do not realize the power they have to bring change to campus. Two student organizations at Pitt have shown that student activism can work when paired with perseverance. On Friday, Pitt signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. According to a release, the accord require...

Editorial: SGB: Overcoming resignations will require transparency, proactive board

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 24, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

As summer vacation winds down and students look forward to a fresh lineup of classes, Pitt’s Student Government Board faces its own set of new beginnings, but perhaps not with the same amount of enthusiasm.On Thursday, SGB announced the resignations of Board member Ryan Orr, Allocations Committee member ...

Want to fix the Ivy League? Stop talking about them

By Simon Brown / Columnist

August 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Americans hold strong feelings about a whole range of athletic divisions, conferences and leagues. None of these sources, however, engender discussion quite as earnest as the Ivy League. This may be because most Americans don’t realize that their membership in this association is actually all the ...

Liberals continue to make everything about race

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

August 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The United States has a black Supreme Court justice, a half-black president and many successful black businessmen, but liberals are still constantly harping on race. Apparently, they are unaware that our modern society — where the black unemployment rate is twice as high as the white, and blacks are six...

The price of a clean conscience: Why you should boycott the NFL

The price of a clean conscience: Why you should boycott the NFL

By Stephen Caruso / For The Pitt News

August 24, 2014


Filed under Opinions

Like most Americans who have realized they will someday die alone and cold in an unfeeling world, I like to watch sports. Singing along with a rare Buffalo Sabres goal horn or white knuckling through a save by David Robertson are irreplicable thrills. But, lately, the actions of players off the field o...

Welcome Back: Picking your major will ultimately determine your happiness

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

August 19, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Whether you know the minute you arrive on campus as a freshman or take a few semesters — or years — to figure it out, at some point in your college career, you will have to make the decision that will affect the rest of your life: your major. As soon as you choose the major that will be inscribe...

Welcome Back: Rethinking the undergraduate economics curriculum

By Thomas Helgerman / Columnist

August 19, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Following the financial crisis in 2007 and subsequent recession of 2007-2009, the discipline of economics began a soul-searching process of questioning its very foundations. Far from the arrogance that characterized the field during the 1990s and 2000s, economist Paul Krugman tackled the question “How Di...

Welcome Back: Pennsylvania’s Governor’s race: Tom Wolf or Tom Corbett?

Welcome Back: Pennsylvania’s Governor’s race: Tom Wolf or Tom Corbett?

By Jessica Craig for Tom Corbett and Simon Brown for Tom Wolf / The Pitt News Staff

August 19, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Corbett Intro: In politics, experience is essential. It is often an excellent predictor of a candidate’s prospective success in office. Unfortunately, the Democratic Party nominee, Tom Wolf, touts a resumé of bankrupt companies and enters the 2014 Election for the Governor of Pennsylvania under a v...

Welcome Back: Proposed 28th amendment: Corporations are not people

By Stephen Caruso / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

After the 1888 case of Pembina Consolidated Silver Mining and Milling Company vs. Pennsylvania, the United States legal system established that a corporation holds the status of a person. But in order for democracy to be effective, it must be flexible to change.It is time to take dramatic action aga...

Welcome Back: FIFA, the Evil Stepmom of Soccer

By Brian Kocak / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Imagine that a comically evil, diabolical organization has, unbeknownst to the general public, infiltrated society. The league has committed atrocities such as ignoring basic human rights, collecting millions of dollars in bribes, rigging votes and pushing its agenda on the unwilling.  Now what if ...

Welcome Back: Lost in translation: What we must do to combat poverty

Welcome Back: Lost in translation: What we must do to combat poverty

By Ankur Sakaria / Columnist

August 19, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

The apparent disparity of income inequality among low- and high-income families in the United States is at an all-time high. Income inequality, or poverty to be exact, is one of the most deprecating issues hindering society and, for decades now, little has been done to reverse the trend.Programs such...

Welcome Back: Syllabus week: Leave the F.O.M.O behind and get out of Oakland

By Channing Kaiser / Columnist

August 19, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Syllabus week — the first week of classes during which syllabi are disseminated and discussed — is generally the least stressful week of the semester. Going over the syllabus can take up the majority of class, meaning that professors can’t get into full lecture mode until later in the week and, b...

Welcome Back: Studying politics: It’s about real people, not abstract research

By Matt Barnes / Assistant Opinions Editor

August 19, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Each fall, college freshmen arrive on campus eager to begin the next chapter of their lives. During this time, choosing an undergraduate academic discipline will be one of the most important decisions they make.For those interested in law, government or politics, political science seems like an obvious choice....

Welcome Back: Immigrants: They’re here, they’re coming, get used to it

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

August 19, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

There was a point in my childhood when I considered myself an illegal immigrant. I was too young then to understand what being an “asylee” — a permanent refugee — meant, but old enough to understand that immigration was a problem and that illegal “aliens” were stealing our jobs and our pr...

Welcome Back: Midterms: GOP disunity may mean Democratic victory

By Nick Voutsinos / Opinions Editor

August 19, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

This November, the Republican Party will seek to take back the U.S. Senate after eight long years of being the frustrated — yet no less verbal — minority. It has been eight years highlighted by rhetoric, filibusters and gridlock.But, luckily for the Grand Old Party, they will no longer have to resort to ...

Welcome Back: Make time to enjoy Pittsburgh before it’s buried in snow

By Danielle Dyal / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

Arriving on campus for the fall semester officially signifies the end of summer vacation, but it doesn’t mark a conclusion to the sunny weather of the summer. Unfortunately, sunshine at Pitt is a lot like our excitement for the new semester: fleeting.Similar to the manner in which lectures, tests ...

Welcome Back: It’s time to slash the SWoRD program

By Thomas Helgerman / Columnist

August 19, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

There is very little that the entire incoming freshman class has in common with each other, let alone with the rest of the student body. But, at least in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, all students will at least form one type of symbiotic relationship in which all depend on each other. I le...

Welcome Back: Five ingenious ways to win an election

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

August 19, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014

It’s almost that time again: With November approaching, flocks of politicians of all stripes will be begging for your vote. Although millennials may not be known for voting, with a 41.2 percent election turnout for the 2012 election, some of us are bound to venture into politics. For the benefit o...

Editorial: Do we judge athletes unfairly on sex appeal?

Editorial: Do we judge athletes unfairly on sex appeal?

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

July 15, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Specials / Summerguide2014

The World Cup has brought us a lot of fodder for discussion this summer: A bite from Luis Suarez that will live in infamy, a new U.S. Secretary of Defense in Tim Howard and a plethora of GIFs of Brazilian soccer fans sobbing.But Buzzfeed, along with the rest of the Internet, managed to capture the p...

Summer Guide: The summer of love in PA: Let it spread

By Danielle Dyal / For The Pitt News

July 15, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials / Summerguide2014

The court ruling in Harrisburg on May 20, which struck down the law barring same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, marked this summer as the summer of undiscriminated love in Pennsylvania.Federal Judge John E. Jones declared Pennsylvania’s former same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. The exact ruling ...

Summer Guide: Israel’s anti-terrorism policies counterproductive

Summer Guide: Israel’s anti-terrorism policies counterproductive

By Nick Voutsinos / Opinions Editor

July 15, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials / Summerguide2014

It started with three missing Israeli boys: Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer — both 16 years old — and Eyal Yifrach, 19.It ended with their deaths — the young men were kidnapped and then spitefully murdered in the Gaza Strip simply for committing the crime of being Israeli.Eleven days later, more...

Summer Guide: Summer’s getting hotter, but there’s no need to freak out

By Eli Talbert / For The Pitt News

July 15, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials / Summerguide2014

Summer: a time of grilled meats, baseball and, of course, the heat. The Fourth of July wouldn’t be the same if it was 20 degrees outside with 30 mph winds. But as temperatures rise slowly and surely in the United States, those of us frolicking in the sun are left wondering how much time it will ta...

Summer Guide: New UPMC procedure doesn’t meet ethical standards

By Jessica Craig / Columnist

July 15, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials / Summerguide2014

In late March, doctors at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital began searching for a trauma patient to be the first human subject to be placed in what science fiction has, for years, called “suspended animation.”The perfect trauma patient is a gunshot or stab wound victim who had experienced 50 percent blood lo...

Summer Guide: A Modern Day Horror Story

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

July 15, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials / Summerguide2014

Elliot Rodger’s autobiographical manifesto, “My Twisted World: The Story of Elliot Rodger,” is the modern-day “Frankenstein”. In a dramatic 137 pages, Rodger depicts a sad, confused “monster” unleashed into a culture and society that condemned him. Readers feel sorry for Frankenstein’s monster but...

Editorial: Decision on Uber & Lyft: A lesson on sharing

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

July 8, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Pennsylvania judges Mary D. Long and Jeffrey Watson issued a cease and desist order on Lyft and Uber operations last week but the demand for the ride-sharing companies in Pittsburgh remains substantial.“Having Uber around is crucial to helping me do my job and live my life more easily,” “Please don...

Free speech: What is it good for anyway?

By Eli Talbert / For The Pitt News

July 8, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It’s official. The Supreme Court has sold out to the Christian right. In an unanimous decision in the case of McCullen v. Coakley, the court struck down a Massachusetts law that created a 35-foot buffer area around abortion zones. The court declared the law unconstitutional on the strange and alien c...

Religious freedom and freedom from religion

By Natalie Russell / Columnist

July 1, 2014


Filed under Opinions

Imagine what the United States might look like if 35 million women didn’t use any form of birth control. It would probably look something like Sub-Saharan Africa, where 1,006 women out of 100,000 die during childbirth. We would see disturbingly high rates of infant mortality, rampant poverty and significant pu...

Editorial: SCOTUS favors ‘corporate rights’ over the individual

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

July 1, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The Supreme Court decided in favor of the “rights” for a subset of the population over that of a much larger majority in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby on Monday.The majority, in this case, are women and the subset of the population winning “rights” are corporations. The latest interpretation of cor...

Editorial: Summer country concert poses concerns for future

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

June 24, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Another year, another massive country concert — 50,000 people flocked to Heinz Field this past weekend to see country music superstar Luke Bryan perform fan favorites such as “Drink a Beer” and “Drunk on You.” Fans took the country star’s lyrics a little too literally — plenty of beer ...

Tradition of violence undermines its real impacts

By Danielle Dyal / For The Pitt News

June 24, 2014


Filed under Opinions

The recent shooting at Reynolds High School in Oregon, in which 15-year-old Jared Padgett shot and killed another student before taking his own life, has been described as “yet another school shooting” — key phrase: “yet another” — as if the story of school shootings has become a terrible...

Parental negligence: Scarier than Slender Man

By Brian Kocak / For The Pitt News

June 17, 2014


Filed under Opinions

It sounds fictional. Two 12-year-old girls, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, lured their friend out into the woods one Saturday evening and stabbed her 19 times in homage to a dark figure they allegedly revere.Sends chills down the spine, doesn’t it? Though I would very much like to claim this as a ghost story passed between sm...

Editorial: Starbucks provides private funds to fix a public issue

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

June 17, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Along with the skills to make an iced caramel macchiato, there’s now another benefit now to working for Starbucks — a free college education.The colossal coffee company recently announced that it will provide a free online college education to thousands of its workers through an online program w...

Editorial: O’Bannon v. NCAA: How much are athletes worth?

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

June 10, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

In the world of college sports, we tend to idolize athletes. They give us a reason to get together with friends and tailgate for hours, to expose our painted torsos to the elements despite chilling temperatures and to celebrate our alma mater until our voices are hoarse.But on paper, these athletes aren...

VA medical scandal presents opportunity to right a wrong

By Jessica Craig / For The Pitt News

June 10, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In response to the emerging evidence of falsified medical records and appointment times at the Phoenix VA Medical Center, President Obama took to his podium in Washington to call for nation-wide changes to veteran health care on May 21.Concerns about the quality of medical care at the veteran medical...

Editorial: Obama’s stance on coal presents benefits for Pittsburgh

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

June 3, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Pittsburgh is becoming greener and greener everyday. With bike routes making increased appearances around the city — including a proposal for a bike path connecting North Oakland and the Strip District — and with some of the country’s most environmentally sustainable buildings dotting the skyline...

Hashtags: Activism of the future

By Eli Talbert / For The Pitt News

June 3, 2014


Filed under Opinions

This column is satirical.#Yolo is probably the most annoying hashtag ever, while #selfie is arguably the most cringeworthy. But, unless you live under a rock or are older than 70, this is hardly news.In contrast, new and more morally aware hashtags, such as #BringBackOurGirls and #YesAllWomen, have ...

O-Week: Love it or hate it, remember that it’s fleeting

By Brian Kocak / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Orientation week, O-week, best week of my life, worst week of my life — whatever you choose to call it — can be an intimidating and frightening experience. It’s the first week of college as an incoming freshman and you are most likely by yourself, lonely and unsure if you made the right decision to ...

Partying not for you? Don’t worry, there’s more

By Channing Kaiser / Columnist

May 28, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

As a freshman, I had high expectations for Pitt’s party scene. I entered with colossal  expectations about the sleepless weekends I was sure to have. I was never one for high school parties, but this would be different. I was different, or at least I thought I should be. There would be no more Friday...

Do not conform to the status quo, overcome it

By Nick Voutsinos / Opinions Editor

May 28, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Last summer, a couple of weeks after I returned home from my first year at Pitt, I had an existential moment. I remember it perfectly: I was on a break at my summer job discussing college experiences with my friends and coworkers. When it was my turn to tell my college story, I realized that mine didn’...

The best places to study on campus

The best places to study on campus

By Thomas Helgerman / Columnist

May 28, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

No matter where you turn, there are sure to be family, friends, teachers and others telling you the experiences you “have to have” in college. You’re probably looking online at all of the opportunities that the city of Pittsburgh has to offer.But often absent in the mounds of advice and laughabl...

10 ways college life can be like your favorite sitcom

By Bethel Habte / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Let’s face it, real life can be unpleasant, but life with a laugh track is exciting.Even though you’re probably not going to be besties with any of the random strangers you met on your class’s Facebook page, and you may end up hating the roommate you requested, but can’t complain because, after ...

Take advantage of Pitt’s opportunities, get involved

By Stephen Caruso / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

Those first few days as a college freshman — when the air is still warm as summer turns to autumn and all of Oakland brims with excitement for a new school year — have the most intoxicating feeling to them.Opportunities seem abundant. New people come into and out of your vision like brightly lit...

Living in Towers: The optimal freshman experience

By Matt Barnes / Assistant Opinions Editor

May 28, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

They are relatively old. They have pie-shaped rooms that are small in comparison to Nordenberg, Forbes and Sutherland Halls. They house roughly 1,868 students in tight quarters. But as a freshman, you shouldn’t want it any other way.Since their inception in 1963, the Towers — officially renamed th...

Hop aboard the 54D: Leave Oakland & explore

Hop aboard the 54D: Leave Oakland & explore

By Simon Brown / Columnist

May 28, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014

When you first visited Pitt during your college search, you were inevitably greeted with brochures and pamphlets promoting the University. These pamphlets displayed glossy photos of the Cathedral of Learning, the storied incline at Mount Washington and perhaps even PNC Park or Heinz Field along the shim...

Fighting racism first requires awareness

By Channing Kaiser / Columnist

May 27, 2014


Filed under Opinions

Princeton University is known for a lot of things, like its Halloween-themed school colors, its position in the Ivy League trifecta and its affiliation with Albert Einstein. Currently, the prestigious school is making headlines for publishing an article in a conservative and moderate student-run public...

Editorial: Attention: Editorial contains critique on trigger warnings

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

May 27, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

A contentious question has been spreading from campus to campus as of late: should college professors be required to forewarn students of the sensitive material they’ll discuss in class? Bailey Loverin, a second year literature major at the University of California-Santa Barbara, and co-author of a resolutio...

Letter to the Editor: May 28, 2014

By Adam Shear

May 27, 2014


Filed under Letters To Editor, Opinions

To the editor of The Pitt News:While I certainly agree that Pitt students should learn about cultures, races, genders and religions different from their own, I think your May 14 editorial “Diversity Class Requirement has value in higher education” could leave a misleading impression. A course on Muslims or African-Americans or Jews or women never focus...

Editorial: Overdue ruling on marriage equality encourages tolerance in Pa

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

May 21, 2014


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

A federal judge in Harrisburg historically struck down the law barring same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, launching the state away from prejudice and towards equality.  Provided that Governor Tom Corbett does not appeal the decision, same-sex couples in Pennsylvania may now seek marriage, and...

Traditional political discourse undermines scientific progress

By Jessica Craig / For The Pitt News

May 20, 2014


Filed under Opinions

Science and politics have been at war since their institutional origins. For centuries, each side has tried to carry on in isolation, but in the 20th and 21st centuries, politics seem to have taken science prisoner. Over the decades, science has been at the mercy of political discourse that has shap...

Editorial: Diversity class requirement has value in higher education

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

May 13, 2014


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While Pitt continues to drop courses that reflect the growing diversification of our society — including the elimination of four classes that focused solely on the Islamic religion for the upcoming fall semester — other universities embrace heterogeneity.UCLA is one of these schools. The univers...

Editorial: Recent PA court ruling will undermine police accountability

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

May 6, 2014


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Following a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision, car searches will now be much less arduous for police. Contrary to the diction found in the fourth amendment of the Constitution, the court ruled to remove the “legal burden” that requires police officers to obtain a warrant before searchin...

In defense of Rutgers University class of 2014

By Nick Voutsinos / Opinions Editor

May 6, 2014


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For this year’s graduating seniors, Rutgers University invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to deliver the commencement address. Rice, however, will not be present at the ceremony on May 18, as she announced on Saturday, following weeks of protests led primarily by her would-be audience...

It’s been real, it’s been fun: Saying goodbye to college life

By Julia Carpey / Columnist

April 20, 2014


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Amid the pictures of Bigelow Bash, when students started enjoying the first days of spring and began nearing graduation, my Facebook newsfeed became filled with nostalgic posts. I can smell the beer from the statuses screaming, “I’m drinking every night from now until graduation. Holla at me,” wh...

Tell the whole story: Quantitative evaluations lacking in academia

By Rohith Palli / Columnist

April 20, 2014


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Finals week has come. Evaluations are in the air. Perhaps some want their grades to be as objective as possible, to reflect the precise proportion of the course material that they acquired from their semester. On the other hand, many students probably mostly care about maximizing their GPA.Since the e...

Finding your place in college: Be your own Pathfinder

By Sophia Al Rasheed / Columnist

April 20, 2014


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Have you ever had those moments when, as they’re happening, you realize you will look back on them? That moment for me occurred during my PittStart while I waited for my first advising appointment. A recent graduate sat down next to me and said, “I would kill to be in your position right now.”Ju...

In defense of ‘you’topia: ‘Her’ reinvents loneliness, self-centeredness

By Natalie Russell / Columnist

April 17, 2014


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It’s not a story about love. It’s a story about loneliness. An inability to distinguish between the two implies a lack of acquaintance with either one.The film “Her” is a modern day “Pygmalion” — a story in which isolation begets self-centeredness, and the subsequent loneliness result...

Casual Fridays 4/18/14

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

April 17, 2014


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Leave room for the Colonel A Louisville, Ky., florist has designed a special type of corsage for this prom season. For $20, customers can buy a kit to make a corsage featuring the Kentucky Fried Chicken drumstick of their choice — extra crispy, Kentucky grilled chicken or original recipe. The corsage kit ...

Modern advertising: It’s not so bad

By Channing Kaiser

April 16, 2014


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Advertising is changing. Spelling out “bologna” and using a cuddly polar bear to sell soda doesn’t cut it anymore. Nowadays, if you really want to sell your product and attract a large audience, you have to get creative, and a lot of companies are doing this by jumping on the social justice band...

Editorial: Pitt must work to establish sustainability office

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

April 16, 2014


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Students and faculty members gathered Wednesday at the William Pitt Union to discuss the importance of environmental sustainability. Mark Dixon, producer of the documentary “YERT (Your Environmental Road Trip),”  headlined the symposium. Dixon passionately advocates the pursuit of “your environmenta...

Enough talk: national action must be taken to address mental illness

By Matt Barnes

April 15, 2014


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In recent years, the role of the federal government in Americans’ lives has expanded. This expansion has prompted a national dialogue on the role and size of the government in American society. And still, despite the government’s growing presence, little comprehensive action has been taken on a se...

Editorial: Republicans’ rhetoric must reflect reality in light of new report

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 15, 2014


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Forget the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, “Obamacare is the most dangerous piece of legislation passed in congress,” according to Republican Congressman John Fleming. This is the kind of rhetoric from the Republican Party that we have become accustomed to since the introduction of the Affordable Ca...

Editorial: Land bank initiative can revitalize cityscape

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 14, 2014


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Pittsburgh is ceaselessly touted as a vibrant, livable city. But for those who live and work in proximity to the city’s thousands of blighted properties, the question has long been: When will all this supposed vitality translate into actual revitalization? After weeks of heated debate, that moment may be...

Millennial stereotypes undermine solutions to generational problems

By Nick Voutsinos / Columnist

April 14, 2014


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As a 20-year-old working college student, it’s frustrating to know that I automatically belong to a category of Americans described as self-centered, shiftless freeloaders who physically cannot stop taking selfies.This caricature of the millennial generation — one the American media has painted time and time aga...

NRA is unfair in targeting surgeon-general nominee

By Rohith Palli

April 13, 2014


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It seems likely that the National Rifle Association will successfully destroy the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy, President Barack Obama’s nominee for surgeon general. Yet there is no opposition to Murthy on grounds of credentials: He is merely being punished for expressing common sense.In a series ...

Editorial: School and community must ally to curb delinquency

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

April 13, 2014


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The criminal justice framework that our local and federal authorities enforce has increasingly been focused strictly on punishment and penalizing offenders. For example, Senator Bob Casey, D-Pa., is pushing legislation that would limit the crimes for which minors could be incarcerated. He is seeking t...

Grow up! Why reckless behavior ruins the party for everyone

By Channing Kaiser Columnist

April 10, 2014


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The other week I received a text message from a friend asking me if I knew where her oven knobs were. She had hosted a party the previous weekend and had woken up to discover that her oven knobs were missing, so she was asking everyone who attended if they might know what had become of them.In case you ...

Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

April 10, 2014


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Fear in fur A suspect was taken into custody by police in Seattle, Wash., after he threatened a doorman with a ferret. According to the police report, the doorman, who works for a neighborhood bar, had seen the suspect several weeks earlier walking down the street holding his pet ferret. On other occas...

Physical punishment of children is a human-rights violation

By Natalie Russell

April 9, 2014


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It seems absurd that there is still debate over the barbaric abuse of parental authority that is corporal punishment.According to researchers at the University of Chicago, 77 percent of men and 65 percent of women believe it is sometimes necessary to discipline a child with “a good, hard spanking....

Editorial: All talk: Brogan sidesteps key issues

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 9, 2014


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Six months after taking on the position of Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education chancellor, Frank Brogan was officially installed yesterday and delivered his first “State of the System” address at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, detailing his vision for the future of Pennsylvan...

Letter To The Editor: April 10, 2014

By Jonathan Wyatt Koma

April 9, 2014


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To the Editor,While walking through Towers Lobby yesterday, I was caught off guard by a small, though alarming, flyer that was littering the ground. Delivering information regarding the Health Fair at the School of Pharmacy, this flyer had a great list of topics ranging from cancer to dementia to dia...

Film carefully: Hollywood’s religious-premised movies bring about conflict

By Sophia Al Rasheed / Columnist

April 8, 2014


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It’s hard to rid ourselves of panging religious biases when other religious beliefs are constantly pushed upon us with unnecessary force. It’s like Newton’s law: Strong actions produce equal, opposite reactions.I’m not saying that I condemn anyone for not sharing my religious beliefs, but one ...

Editorial: Colleges wrongfully spend more on athletics than academics

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 8, 2014


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The American Association of University Professors released a report Monday that outlines a concerning trend: Most colleges and universities across the nation are rapidly increasing their spending on athletics, while their spending on academics remains flat or is even declining.What’s most counterint...

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