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Exploitative capitalist system encompasses myth of ethical consumption

By Natalie Russell / Columnist September 9, 2013

I feel good about myself when I buy clothing from American Apparel. I feel nobler still when I choose cage-free eggs over the standard carton. I even, embarrassingly enough, feel a hint of self-righteousness...

Editorial: Make the Faust-ian move: Support women in higher education

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff September 9, 2013

Harvard Business School was in desperate need of help. As the premier business training ground for individuals pursuing employment in the finance and marketing sector, the business school found itself...

Government, colleges must prioritize careful cost-reduction

By Simon Brown / Columnist September 4, 2013

When Barack Obama enrolled for his first year at Occidental College in 1979, the average cost of a university education stood at roughly $8,700 per year. When he sends his daughter, Malia Obama, off to...

Editorial: PA’s rights for same sex couples must follow federal change

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff September 4, 2013

Under new rules that were announced Aug. 29, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Internal Revenue Service, along with the Treasury Department, have altered the benefits same-sex couples...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

By Stephen Suss / Columnist August 18, 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...

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