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Rapid bus transit system would detract from more critical transit issues

By Rohith Palli / Columnist

February 23, 2014


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Mayor Bill Peduto and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald want to create a bus rapid transit system between Oakland and Downtown. This would be a definite improvement for students looking to go ice skating or to a theater downtown, but the investment might not be worth it for the city as a whole. Alleg...

Editorial: Universal preschool would benefit city’s children

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

February 23, 2014


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Sending children to preschool is a primary step in preparing them for their academic careers, and members of the Pittsburgh municipal government have recognized this. Yesterday, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran an op-ed written by Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak regarding the creation of universal prekinde...

Weighing in on Woody Allen: Gender roles shape judgement of victim

By Natalie Russell / Columnist

February 20, 2014


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If the recently resurrected Woody Allen sexual assault accusations have taught me anything, it’s that the American public is generally more willing to accept that two women are manipulative and delusional than to even fathom that a male celebrity with a questionable history might be lying to preserv...

Casual Fridays

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

February 20, 2014


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Mamma MiaA survey by Slate magazine has suggested that actress Meryl Streep has been thanked in Oscar acceptance speeches more than God in the past 12 years. Since 2002, Streep has been thanked by four out of 47 total individual Oscar winners, compared with three Oscar winners thanking God and two winn...

Reviewing Pitt’s decision: Gallagher mysterious choice until further notice

By Yusuf Dorner / For The Pitt News

February 19, 2014


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Not long ago, a secretive chancellor selection committee announced Patrick D. Gallagher as its choice to succeed the current University of Pittsburgh chancellor, Mark A. Nordenberg. On Aug. 1, Gallagher will accept the position of chancellor and chief executive officer of Pitt, thereby stepping down fr...

Chatham’s decision to go co-ed poses threat to diversity of US higher-education system

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 19, 2014


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“Founded to provide women an education comparable to other first-class institutions of the day, Chatham has advanced this cause to foster the qualities that make women natural leaders and provide opportunities for growth as leaders at every point possible.”This message, located on Chatham Univers...

Rethinking the Federal Reserve’s mandate: a global perspective

By Thomas Helgerman / For The Pitt News

February 18, 2014


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In November 2001, Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill released a report in which he coined the term “BRIC,” referring to the countries Brazil, Russia, India and China. O’Neill predicted that these emerging markets would drive global economic growth over the next decade.And he was right — for a couple of years at least. Unfortunately...

Editorial: Adjunct professors deserve equal benefits, treatment

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 18, 2014


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Adjunct professors often get the short end of the stick when it comes to employment benefits. While they are neither tenured nor given any sense of job security, adjunct faculty have proven to work just as much, if not more, than their tenured, secured counterparts.Why is this the case? Why have adju...

Immigration an inherent, economical component to American society

By Matt Barnes / Columnist

February 17, 2014


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By simply reflecting upon this country’s history, it is clear that it is one of immigrants — and it always has been.In the mid-19th century, the Irish came to America to flee a potato famine, while Germans sought to escape the failed revolution of 1848. Later, during the American industrial period ...

Editorial: New evaluations should encourage collaboration

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 17, 2014


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Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane’s efforts to make teacher evaluations more rigorous have brought praise and criticism.Opponents, namely the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, note that the standards of these evaluations are significantly higher than anywhere in Pennsylvania. Prop...

Proper bus etiquette is always necessary

By Sophia Al Rasheed / Columnist

February 16, 2014


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On the way back home from hot yoga, I found myself in about as much of a sitcom bus scene as realistically possible. I was holding a big yoga mat and was so drenched in sweat that, even among the packed crowd, people were giving me my own space. Usually I don’t make it an issue to find a seat on the bu...

Editorial: Research paper quality depends on professors

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

February 16, 2014


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Research papers are often assigned in college in order to gauge a student’s understanding of a particular topic or text. However, the papers students often submit contain poor examples of arguments and very little actual research.When research papers are assigned to undergraduate students, they are oft...

Female orgasms neglected by societal understanding of sex

By Natalie Russell / Columnist

February 13, 2014


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Patriarchy never sleeps — especially in the bedroom. Men’s rights activists — and other embarrassments to the male gender — will tell you that a man’s orgasm is naturally more important than a woman’s because it’s necessary for procreation. I wonder how much they would respect the “laws of n...

Female sexuality a complex spectrum not to be dichotomized

By Julia Carpey / Columnist

February 13, 2014


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As a self-proclaimed third-wave feminist, I often find myself caught between the two extremes of the feminist movement as it pertains to sex, not particularly fitting in either section.In the case of college campuses, I’m not the type of woman who feminists would peg as someone who is pining for a relati...

Success in market for fetish objects an elusive undertaking

By Ellie Petrosky / Assistant Opinions Editor

February 13, 2014


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The advent of the Internet has made sharing information infinitely easier. Among the information shared is knowledge of different fetishes and sexual preferences.With the increased knowledge of fetishes has come an online market for the buying and selling of fetish objects. Items such as used underwear, p...

Helicopter parents not conducive to growth of their children

By Channing Kaiser / Columnist

February 12, 2014


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Let’s talk about clinginess. No, not the “How dare you choose your friends over me?” kind of clinginess that sometimes accompanies romantic relationships or the “Why did you wait an hour to text me back?” kind of clinginess that goes with friendships. I’m talking about clingy parents, bet...

Editorial: Access to healthy foods first step of many to better health

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 12, 2014


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A nationwide effort has been in effect over the past decade to eradicate “food deserts” — rural and urban regions that lack access to fresh, nutritious food.Philadelphia, the flagship city of this movement, has invested millions of dollars in building grocery stores and implementing healthier food ...

Letter to the Editor: February 12, 2014

February 11, 2014


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To the Editor,This past Friday the Global Studies Center hosted a lecture titled, “The Settler Movement: History, Impacts, and Perceptions” by Luke Peterson. According to the announcement distributed from the Global Studies Center, “The lecture [examined]e the politics, history and impact of this mov...

Unionizing college football players blurs definition of a university

By Nick Voutsinos / Columnist

February 11, 2014


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Besides the fact that only one team showed up to the Super Bowl this year and that the Winter Olympics in Sochi were clouded with controversial conditions before they even began, I think one of the most pertinent issues emerging from the sports world right now is the unionization of college football players...

Editorial: Pitt researchers should consult resources closer to home

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 11, 2014


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Research shows that African-American men who have sex with other men tend to take far fewer sexual risks than white men — and yet, they are more likely to contract HIV.In an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dr. Ron Stall, a professor at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, explained, “Generally, [African-American men] take far fewer risks than white guys. They are much more conservat...

Re-evaluating the allure of STEM majors reveals core principles to be pursued by all

By Simon Brown

February 10, 2014


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As current college students, the prospects of our future job markets always appear hazy and daunting. Lucky for us, to figure out the correct course of study, we can rewatch President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, during which he prophetically announced the “skills for the new economy...

Editorial: West Oakland renovation breeds community improvement

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 10, 2014


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The Allegheny County Health Department, located on Forbes Avenue, will soon be renovated. The West Oakland neighborhood is certainly in need of redevelopment, especially because it has taken a back seat to the infrastructural improvements to the portions of Oakland located on Pitt’s campus.MWK For...

Confessions of a graduate: Spend university time outside of the classroom

By Sophia Al Rasheed / Columnist

February 9, 2014


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Hopefully this doesn’t come as a surprise, but a standard path that ensures a job right after undergrad does not exist. While there is obviously a general outline we can follow — the fact that you’re attending a university is proof that you’re following one — there is no checklist you can cr...

Editorial: CVS becomes healthier, bans the sale of tobacco products

Editorial: CVS becomes healthier, bans the sale of tobacco products

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 5, 2014


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CVS Caremark, the popular drug store chain, has made headlines this week for taking steps to increase the health of its clientele. On Wednesday, CVS announced that it would be putting a stop to their sale of tobacco products by Oct. 1 of this year in an effort to focus more on promoting health to its cust...

Digging a deeper hole: Don’t forget the unpleasant realities of the past

By Natalie Russell / Columnist

February 5, 2014


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My generation is blamed for the decline of morality and the tainting of “a simpler time.” We’ve seen the wholesome black-and-white footage of white college students doing the Jitterbug, read countless op-eds lamenting the trend of premarital cohabitation and have been brainwashed into believing ...

Human trafficking remains unrecognized, deserves consideration

By Julia Carpey / Columnist

February 4, 2014


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Each day one of the most underreported and hideous crimes go largely unpublicized . Human trafficking of girls is a tragic act that hardly receives publicity and what is more, not nearly enough has been done to curb it.Barbara Amaya, now a spokeswoman in the fight to make people aware of human traffic...

Editorial: Will ConnectED catapult US toward higher educational standards?

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 4, 2014


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Public schools in America are about to become more technologically savvy as of yesterday. Major tech and telecommunications companies are answering President Barack Obama’s challenge to equip public schools across America with improved tech products and high-speed internet for educational advancem...

Renaming women’s studies rightfully broadens program’s potential

By Simon Brown / Columnist

January 29, 2014


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Contrary to what some may think, the Women’s Studies Program at Pitt isn’t all about studying women — or women studying, for that matter. And by next semester, its new name, the “Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program,” will express its focus more accurately.This contentious renam...

Editorial: Fixing minimum wage will not alleviate US economic burdens

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 29, 2014


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After delivering the State of the Union Address on Tuesday evening, President Barack Obama visited West Mifflin, Pa., yesterday to speak with locals about initiatives he proposed in his annual address to the nation.In particular, he pushed for an increase in the federal minimum wage.  Currently set at...

Pennsylvania voter ID law should remain unconstitutional

By Matt Barnes / Columnist

January 28, 2014


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On Jan. 18, 2014, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley struck down Pennsylvania’s voter ID law, which mandates that constituents present a state-issued or state-recognized photo ID in order to vote.In today’s world, such a requirement seems completely reasonable. After all, photo identification is a means to verify legitimacy in countless situations, such as entering a Pitt dormitor...

Editorial: Work on improving, not rejecting Affordable Care Act

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 28, 2014


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This past Monday, Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) introduced a bill that would allow children to stay under the state’s health insurance program instead of switching to Medicaid, a requirement outlined by the Affordable Care Act.CHIP, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, currently covers 190,00...

Letter to the Editor: Monday, January 27, 2014

By Ben Koch

January 26, 2014


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To the Editor,As an early career teacher, collaboration with veteran educators is a key element in my work and a contributing factor to my students’ success.  As a result, reading Simon Brown’s recent column about Teach For America seemed like a great chance to address misconceptions. The mischar...

Reasons why you should stop sharing list articles

By Sophia Al Rasheed

January 26, 2014


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Spoiler alert: This is not a list.It’s nearly impossible to scroll through social media sites without finding a link concerning a list such as “25 things to do before you turn 25” or “best places to party before you die.” The Buzzfeed-inspired lists have hit popularity on many Internet new...

Editorial: Institutions should diversify general education requirements

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 26, 2014


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People often consider a bachelor’s degree as necessary to a student’s career — a stepping stone for future success and career paths. Through the past five decades, however, the degrees students have obtained have become increasingly polarized: Students are specializing, studying in particular sub...

Carnivore-dominant world imposes diverse palette of concerns

By Nick Voutsinos / Columnist

January 22, 2014


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Cuisine has a way of defining us. It helps us expound our cultural identity in the same way music or dialect might. As French philosopher and gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin put it, “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.”I think there’s a lot of truth to that. After al...

Editorial: City to see variety of health service providers

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 22, 2014


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The Allegheny Health Network, primarily governed by Highmark — one of the two primary health care companies in Pittsburgh — has recently inked a partnership with the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center in Baltimore.Pittsburgh and Maryland need the memorandum, a five-year deal that w...

Marijuana a legitimate commodity for federal government to protect, tax

By Rohith Palli / Columnist

January 21, 2014


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In the New York Times last week, journalist David Brooks described his experiences with recreational marijuana as a young man and lamented the loss of what he calls “higher pleasures” attendant to the legalization of the drug in Colorado and Washington this year. These higher pleasures, according to Brooks, derive largely from success or satisfaction ...

Editorial: Private sector to grow, be wary of inefficiency

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 21, 2014


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Pittsburgh, topping the list of cities around the world with the most bridges, has moved to rehabilitate and enhance at least 500 of its bridges in 2015.The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is asking the private sector to assist in replacing bridges across the state in an effort to diminish the large num...

Privatization of Pennsylvania’s liquor: The better alternative to a broken system

By Nick Voutsinos / Columnist

January 20, 2014


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As much as I dislike most of the policies Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has proposed and passed, there is one thing he has done that I do like a lot: He has revitalized the discussion on liquor privatization and has laid out a plan that could change the state for the better.I’m not a fan of this ju...

Editorial: IOC should add social component to selection process

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 20, 2014


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As next month’s Sochi, Russia, Winter Olympics approach, many still question the looming structural completion deadline of many of the Olympic Games’ venues and final preparations, but few seem to be questioning Russia’s cultural development as the host country. In remarks Friday to those preparing t...

Protestant work ethic leads to materialistic culture, bad health

By Natalie Russell / Columnist

January 15, 2014


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It’s a truism echoed across party lines: “Hard work builds character.” I beg to differ.Despite the nauseatingly self-righteous quotes of Ben Franklin, ambition can do more harm than good — not for society necessarily, but for the soul. As a result of the Protestant work ethic, Americans are was...

Editorial: High-achievers should get rewarded, low-achievers should get supported

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 15, 2014


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In October, the Pennsylvania Department of Education released an evaluation of every school district in the state, a report that has for the first time included a score that compared school districts with one another. Each school was evaluated under this building-level academic score on a scale of 100, giv...

A lesson for Teach For America

By Simon Brown / Columnist

January 14, 2014


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On the first Monday after finals week, the Pitt population experienced its first official day of winter break, and the first unofficial day of “application season,” when students frantically prepare for internship, fellowship and job hunting. No doubt, a considerable number joined the 50,000 students na...

Editorial: Rudiak, Peduto to bridge divide between public and government

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 14, 2014


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The division between the citizens of Pittsburgh and the municipal government of Pittsburgh has become less noticeable as of yesterday. Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak introduced a new piece of legislation aimed at increasing the amount of information to which the public has access.The Op...

Bridgegate: Political media spews news against Christie, protects Obama

By Matt Barnes / Columnist

January 13, 2014


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Saddened. Humiliated. Heartbroken. These descriptions would not usually describe an overwhelmingly re-elected governor, potential presidential nominee and immensely popular politician. Yet, on the morning of Jan. 9, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie felt these emotions.During a near two-hour ...

Editorial: Brain Institute to attract researchers, medical advancement

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 13, 2014


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Yesterday, Pitt officially announced the creation of a new sector of the University: The Brain Institute.The announcement came at an opportune time, given President Obama’s recent initiation of the BRAIN Initiative, a program calling on the science community to “revolutionize our understanding of the hu...

Editorial: Zero-tolerance not a policy to pursue in schools

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 8, 2014


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Schools across the country have adopted and abided by “zero tolerance” disciplinary policies that grant students who commit anything from acts of bullying and insubordination to minor infractions of school behavior codes the maximum punishment of either suspension or expulsion.These wide-reaching polici...

National health care advocates quantity, undermines quality

By Nick Voutsinos / Columnist

January 7, 2014


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When Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law July 30, 1965, skepticism was immediately omnipresent among the American public. Simply put, the bill was just too complicated for many people to comprehend.As a result, the public naturally clung to the talking points and rhetoric spewing from the media a...

Editorial: Marijuana legislation needs research, substance

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 7, 2014


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York has reignited the marijuana policy flame in the Empire State with a recent move to loosen the restrictions New York has on the drug. He is expected to endorse policies that will allow patrons to use the drug medicinally.Currently, 20 states and the District of Columbia all...

Tread carefully: Peduto’s progressive rhetoric optimistic, empty

By Matt Barnes / Columnist

January 6, 2014


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District 8 Councilman Bill Peduto is Pittsburgh’s mayor, and as profoundly stated on the night of his victory, we have ended “the era of Renaissance.”Instead, Peduto aims to change Pittsburgh through community cooperation, rather than “big thing” investments, in order to promote economic gro...

Editorial: Future success needs to be focus of reforming unemployment system

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 6, 2014


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Over winter break, while many enjoyed holiday festivities with family members and an egregious consumption of Netflix, Congress left many struggling to determine their financial stability in 2014. Last week, 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans lost their benefits.President George W. Bush’s fiv...

Keep the ‘work hard, play hard’ mentality out of finals

By Sophia Al Rasheed / Columnist

December 8, 2013


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As finals week approaches, I can’t help but carry an almost condescending senior attitude toward the noobs who allow stress to take over. This could partially be due to round two of senioritis, but I’d like to think that it has more to do with the refined approach I’ve learned to take toward fi...

Keep the ‘Christ’ in Christmas

By Nick Voutsinos / Columnist

December 8, 2013


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Well, it’s that time of year again. It’s time for us to build up our arms and fortify our defenses in preparation for the “war on Christmas.”But I should not have to tell you because you should already be aware of the perceived threat against Jesus and his pal Santa, as it has apparently been gain...

University needs to learn lesson in fiscal responsibility

By Rohith Palli / Columnist

December 4, 2013


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College is expensive. Pitt, compared to the average  public university, is particularly expensive. According to the College Board, the average tuition at public universities last year was $8,655. So why does Pitt charge almost double this, $16,240?One reason is almost certainly the stinginess of the Pe...

Editorial: Tread carefully: 3-D printers may breed stronger criminals

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 4, 2013


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Internet? Check. Cheap materials? Check. Access to a local 3-D printer? Check. Nowadays, that’s all you need to materialize any object you may desire. While this proposes the next step of future innovation, the ability to create formidable lethal weapons is feasible, as well. Somehow, Congress — D...

Obamacare: good intent, bad policy

By Matt Barnes / Columnist

December 3, 2013


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On March 23, 2010, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, was signed into law. The government overhaul of our nation’s health care system has proved controversial ever since. Upon the law’s enactment, many Americans lauded politicians such as President Barack O...

Editorial: Pennsylvania must take a stronger stance on texting and driving

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 3, 2013


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Texting and driving is an epidemic that has culminated in thousands of deaths annually, leaving more than 3,000 people dead and 421,000 injured just this past year, according to federal highway studies.For some states, such as New York, these demoralizing statistics have influenced lawmakers to tighte...

Hipster culture consumerism questions its individualistic tenets

By Nick Voutsinos / Columnist

December 2, 2013


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There has been a perceived dichotomy created between the alternative hipster lifestyle and mainstream consumer capitalism. I know what you’re thinking, and yes it’s true; I purposefully used the word “mainstream” there. We all know the hipster credo: Obscurity equates to individuality.The reason why I assum...

Editorial: Future of ‘free’ education lies within Oregon’s legislature

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 2, 2013


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In light of Congress’ failure to pass any legislation preventing the rise of interest rates on Stafford loans — money on which college students across the nation depend to subsidize their education — Oregon has implemented a plan that could make postsecondary education cost-efficient.State Sena...

The Bureaucratic States of America: A nation covered with red tape

By Matt Barnes / For The Pitt News

November 25, 2013


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In June 2013, Harvard economic and international historian Niall Ferguson wrote a column in the Wall Street Journal titled “The Regulated States of America.” The piece eloquently, yet frankly, described the growing gargantuan American bureaucracy. The piece used Alexis de Tocqueville’s classic s...

Editorial: Athletics programs crucial in student education

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 25, 2013


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The Pennsylvania School Boards Association and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association have recently released a survey noting unwelcoming news for students and parents involved in athletic activities in Pennsylvania school districts.The survey, released on Nov. 20, cites that the percentage of ...

Separation of church and state: Has the pendulum swung too far?

By Matt Barnes / For The Pitt News

November 19, 2013


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As the holiday season approaches, I am reminded of an event that took place two years ago in my hometown of Ellwood City, Pa.For more than 50 years during the Christmas season, a traditional nativity scene stood on the lawn of the borough’s downtown municipal building. In the past few years, a group...

Editorial: Ann Dugan fosters future Pitt progress, economic development

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 19, 2013


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Ann Dugan founded the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence 20 years ago after an intense debate over whether or not self-employment was indeed a legitimate means to economic prosperity.“People were telling me that it couldn’t be done at the University of Pittsburgh,” Dugan said to the...

American meritocratic behavior versus Wall Street

By Nick Voutsinos / Columnist

November 18, 2013


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One of the few things more American than apple pie and reality TV is our traditional faith in meritocracy.It is embedded in our country’s very foundation, and it continues to be the key ingredient in the American dream — it is the idea that one’s lot in life should be based solely on ability, not...

Editorial: Poor relief efforts in response to Typhoon Haiyan necessitate student support, commitment to humanitarian aid

Editorial: Poor relief efforts in response to Typhoon Haiyan necessitate student support, commitment to humanitarian aid

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 18, 2013


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The aftermath was abysmal. More than a week after Typhoon Haiyan made landfall, Filipinos still haven’t received aid from either the Filipino government or international forces.According to recent reports, the death toll is climbing: CNN reports 3,976 as the most accurate count. The United Nations app...

German, classics and religious studies deserve to stay here at Pitt

By Simon Brown / Columnist

November 13, 2013


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The Roman orator Cicero once cautioned, “He who does not know what happened before his birth will remain forever a child.”Now that the administration of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences has disregarded this advice by moving to suspend the graduate programs in classics, German and religio...

Editorial: International students integral to diversifying college communities

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 13, 2013


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In a survey released Tuesday, The Institute of International Education announced that in the 2012-2013 school year, the United States housed 819,644 international students. That’s a 7 percent increase from the previous school year, with a total of just more than 21 million students overall.Currently, Penns...

Editorial: UPMC’s duplicitous behavior is immoral

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 12, 2013


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The mega health care system, UPMC, is in the news again, not for any reason that touts its health services, but rather, for one that advances the narrative that the company pays no regard to its employees.Earlier this week, attorneys for UPMC continued their efforts to dismiss the city’s lawsuit against th...

US kills Taliban leader, undermines Pakistani stability in the process

By Nick Voutsinos / Columnist

November 12, 2013


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The United States successfully terminated another terrorist by drone strike last week, as it has done every week for the past decade, so this statement should not surprise you. However, this wasn’t just any terrorist, this just happened to be the head honcho of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud.Upon...

A return to moderacy: What politicians can learn from Chris Christie

By Matt Barnes / For The Pitt News

November 11, 2013


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On Nov. 5, Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was overwhelmingly re-elected as governor of a state that only a year ago re-elected a Democrat, President Barack Obama. How could this be?Since he took office in January 2010, Christie has balanced budgets while cutting taxes, reformed teacher tenure and adde...

Editorial: Peduto to focus on people’s voice

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 11, 2013


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Mayor-elect Bill Peduto is wasting no time: As of yesterday, he is fielding applications from residents of Pittsburgh to join eight transition teams that his administration has organized in an attempt to become more knowledgeable of what Pittsburghers want to see when the new mayor is sworn in come Januar...

US News & World Report rankings pose problems for students, colleges

By Simon Brown / Columnist

November 6, 2013


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Think back to junior year of high school. Your parents and guidance counselors had just begun asking you to consider where you might want to attend college.But this proved no easy task. The heaps of college brochures, all depicting gray-haired professors pontificating to a handful of students gathere...

Editorial: Peduto: Stand by promises and ensure success for Pittsburgh

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 6, 2013


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To no one’s surprise, William “Bill” Peduto will become the 67th mayor of Pittsburgh. Along with his landslide victory comes a sense of optimism and promise of bringing Pittsburgh into a new era.However, the job evidently becomes harder from here. Peduto’s agenda — which includes support for laws that combat under...

Letter to the Editor: November 6, 2013

November 6, 2013


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To the Editor, Thank you for your continued efforts with the chancellor search process. I agree that the student voice is important, and I am grateful for Pitt’s dedication in making sure that all faces of Pitt are represented on the Chancellor Search Committee. I have been at Pitt for seven yea...

NSA agenda oversteps boundaries of national security, questions US integrity

By Nick Voutsinos / Columnist

November 5, 2013


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Before Edward Snowden released the documents revealing the depth of the National Security Administration’s information-gathering operation — which we all know now as the PRISM program — there was a very different idea of what spying was.Spying was traditionally reserved for situations in which dip...

Limitations necessary for Room for Debate

By Naomi Borrebach / Columnist

November 4, 2013


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A Nov. 1 article in The New York Times’ Room for Debate series on the newspaper’s online opinions section asks the question, “Are spiky heels an appropriate fashion statement for the office?” The New York Times printed responses from a blogger, a style expert, two podiatrists, a chiropractor, a pe...

Editorial: Protection against workplace discrimination simply a no-brainer

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 4, 2013


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In the coming days, the U.S. Senate will vote on whether to pass a piece of legislation that would allow the LGBTQ community necessary protection in the workplace. In particular, the Senate will vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would extend employment discrimination protection to i...

Depression deserves a voice, especially on college campuses

By Nick Voutsinos / Columnist

October 29, 2013


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With national depression awareness month coming to a close, I think it’s important for us to acknowledge the Talk About It campaign, Pitt’s refreshingly honest response to such a growing and misunderstood dilemma.There is value in recognizing our University’s efforts to combat depression firstly because of the c...

Editorial: Historical landmarks in the Strip District must be preserved

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 29, 2013


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The Strip District, Pittsburgh’s historic shipping and import region, could potentially lose part of its rich legacy because of a comprehensive renovation initiative.Buncher Co. proposed plans to alter the Pennsylvania Fruit Auction and Sales Building, a 1,533-foot produce terminal in the Strip Di...

Enjoy Halloween while you can

By Sophia Al Rasheed / Columnist

October 28, 2013


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We’re two days from Halloween, which means we’re only two days from me ceasing to be excited about the holiday. In actuality, I spend more time talking up Halloween and trying to get everyone on board with an all-out costume showcase — involving listening to “Monster Mash” at least once ...

Editorial: Health care, don’t care: Will HealthCare.gov work?

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 28, 2013


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In a law that has little precedent, the rollout of the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplace was bound to have a few glitches. What we have now, however, is a website that embodies a concern a growing number of Americans exemplified in the original passage of the law: Is this thing really going ...

Turn your empathy outward: Global conflict warrants more attention

By Natalie Russell / Columnist

October 27, 2013


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Video footage of the conflict in Syria went viral this past year, providing a real-life complement to the inanimate statistics we read in print. Numbers turned into rows upon rows of child-sized body bags. The footage evoked a range of responses from active support for overseas intervention — human...

Editorial: One-party dominance hinders democracy of election process democracy

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 27, 2013


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What happened to democracy in Pittsburgh?On November 5th, the residents of Pittsburgh will decide their next mayor. On the one — and only — hand, Democratic candidate Bill Peduto has been named the unofficial mayor of Pittsburgh. But what happened to the opposition? Better yet, what happened to th...

Prescription drugs pose a serious epidemic on college campuses

By Brett Dresner / Columnist

October 23, 2013


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 Before I left for college, I sat down with both of my parents for the “be safe and responsible” chat. They warned me about three things: drinking, sex and studying. My father urged me to drink in moderation, while my mother politely explained to me that she would castrate me if I ever got a girl pregna...

Editorial: SGB must establish concrete rules

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 23, 2013


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

Conservative rhetoric hides facts and delays progress

By Nick Voutsinos / Columnist

October 22, 2013


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Throughout U.S. history, there has been only one rhetorical exhortation declared and consistently reiterated by the conservative elite in response to progressive social movements: “This [insert progressive policy here] will be the beginning of the end of American society as we know it.”In the mid-18...

Editorial: Christie sets precedent for future presidential candidates to follow

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 22, 2013


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

Corporatization of America’s universities kills intrinsic value of education

By Nick Voutsinos / Columnist

October 21, 2013


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The problem with American education decades ago was that it was not available to everyone. Legacies had a greater chance of getting into a school than non-legacies, and whites had a better chance than most racial minorities. Despite that, universities cost students much less than they do today.Nowada...

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

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 21, 2013


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

Change the rules Congress abides by to prevent future manufactured crises

By Rohith Palli / Columnist

October 15, 2013


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Recently, Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner, R-Ohio, let the government shut down in order to adhere to the informal “Hastert Rule,” where the Speaker of the House does not allow for a vote on a bill unless a majority of the congressmen in the majority party of the House of Rep...

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

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 15, 2013


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

Pittsburgh’s the most livable city? It’s time to follow through on what rankings claim

By Simon Brown / Columnist

October 14, 2013


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If you live in Pittsburgh and occasionally check Facebook, then you’ve surely seen every “Another Reason Why Pittsburgh is Awesome” link that surfaces on a weekly basis. The attractive image of the city found in these rankings, however, whitewashes over one ugly reality — the quality of life in ...

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

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 14, 2013


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

Winter Olympic games marred by Russia’s human-rights track record

By Nick Voutsinos / Columnist

October 9, 2013


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The Russian government struck yet another blow against freedom of expression last week when it charged Greenpeace activists with piracy because of their peaceful protest at a state-owned oil rig.Yes, piracy: “the practice of attacking and robbing ships,” according to the New Oxford Dictionary. It seems that Ru...

Letter to the Editor: October 10, 2013

October 9, 2013


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To the Editor,After reading Julia Carpey’s column on the Syrian crisis published on Monday, Oct. 7, I’m disappointed by the ahistorical viewpoint expressed by the columnist. The crisis in Syria has been going on for about two years now, yet it has only prompted military action when President Bashar...

Editorial: Root of the problem? House Republicans

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 9, 2013


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

Editorial: Government furlough risks status of national public health

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 8, 2013


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

13 going on 30: Professionalism encroaches on America’s youth

By Sophia Al Rasheed / Columnist

October 8, 2013


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The workaholic mentality isn’t something that Americans are surprised to hear themselves associated with. We work a lot. Because I’m a college student, this workaholic mentality causes me to go through an entire thought process before consuming my morning cup of coffee: How much coffee am I allowed t...

Letter to the Editor: October 9, 2013

October 8, 2013


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To the Editor, There is no doubt gun violence is a serious public-health problem impacting the health and well-being of men, women and children living in the United States. What we know less about is how to effectively prevent the increasing number of related deaths and injuries. Fortunately, the re...

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