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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stop the war on drugs: It’s a waste

By Jess Craig / Columnist

September 22, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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, ...

Use college to begin adulthood, not finish adolescence

By Simon Brown / Columnist

September 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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...

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

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 9, 2014

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

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

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

By Simon Brown / Columnist

September 8, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

By Danielle Dyal / Columnist

September 4, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Bethel Habte / Columnist

August 19, 2014

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: Cartoon: PA Turnpike procession to Pitt

Welcome Back: Cartoon: PA Turnpike procession to Pitt

By Emily Hower / Cartoonist

August 19, 2014

Welcome Back: Midterms: GOP disunity may mean Democratic victory

By Nick Voutsinos / Opinions Editor

August 19, 2014

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: Cartoon: Welcome back survival guide

Welcome Back: Cartoon: Welcome back survival guide

By Fatima Kizilkaya / Cartoonist

August 19, 2014

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

By Danielle Dyal / For The Pitt News

August 19, 2014

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

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

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...

Welcome Back: Picking your major will ultimately determine your happiness

By Eli Talbert / Columnist

August 19, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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....

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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