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Editorial: Book prices put strain on students

By Pitt News Editorial Board

September 2, 2013

Tuition and room and board are often cited as factors behind the enormous total nationwide student-loan debt, which recently surpassed $1 trillion. One cost that is often overlooked, however, is the ballooning price of textbooks. According to a report issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office,...

Casual Fridays 8/30/2013

By Editorial Staff

August 29, 2013

Sharp shooterA New Hampshire man called police after he apparently shot himself in the knee while sleeping. The man, whose name has not been released, suffers from a condition called parasomnia, which causes him to perform unnatural behaviors in his sleep. We can’t help but wonder if the man was dreaming he was Plaxico Burress when the shot was fired.The hero France dese...

Keep ‘high-order thinking’ without the high-stakes testing

By Simon Brown / Columnist

August 28, 2013

“The test was way too hard. Everyone I talked to totally failed it.” Unless you went to a very experimental school, you probably picked up this defense mechanism sometime in middle school to justify a particularly unimpressive grade. After the third or fourth time, however, your parents probabl...

Editorial: Achieve the ‘Dream’: End racism

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 28, 2013

Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Today, sadly, we still live in a society far removed from the goals King profoundly echoed to millions on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963.Fifty years ago, America witnessed mass racism and segreg...

PRISM oversteps boundaries, posing dark future for Americans

By Tiemoko Ballo / Columnist

August 27, 2013

This summer the world found out about the Planning Tool for Resource Integration, Synchronization and Management, or PRISM. This contrived acronym is the once-secret codename for an ominous and pervasive surveillance and data-mining program run by the National Security Agency.PRISM allows the NSA and the ...

Welcome Back: To Privatize or not to Privatize: Pennsylvania’s Dilemma

By Stephen Suss / Columnist

August 19, 2013

Nothing is more reminiscent of summer than the smell of barbeque while opening a cold beer with your friends. But Pennsylvania’s alcohol laws can make the price for beer painful, and locating it a difficult task. As an out-of-stater in Pennsylvania, it often feels like I’m stepping back into the Prohibition e...

Organized activities are needed to end “summer slide” for younger students

Organized activities are needed to end

By Simon Brown / For The Pitt News

July 17, 2013

If you were to ask any 12-year-old whether or not he’s excited for the onset of summer, his response wouldn’t be difficult to predict — that is, if he has the attention span to even provide one. Ask anyone whose school days are well behind him to recount some of his most cherished adolescent me...

Racial justice nowhere to be found in light of court verdict

Racial justice nowhere to be found in light of court verdict

By The Pitt News Staff

July 17, 2013

Justice for some is not justice for all. Unfortunately, those looking for immediate racial justice in the outcome of the Trayvon Martin case will have to look elsewhere.Saturday night’s court decision, which found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting...

Editorial: DOMA hinders Pennsylvania’s progress

By Editorial Staff

July 10, 2013

The United States is headed in the direction of marriage equality, and yesterday, Pennsylvania activists took the first steps toward making their state the next to join in line.Just weeks after the Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, which defined marriage as between...

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