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Populism sparks high voter turnout

Populism sparks high voter turnout

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Writer

November 7, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Populist movements get people to the polls at home and abroad. This year’s historic midterm turnout is just one example of voters showing up to fight rhetoric they deem dangerous.

Editorial: Young people turn out: Pa. blue wave becomes tsunami

Editorial: Young people turn out: Pa. blue wave becomes tsunami

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 7, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Midterm elections are traditionally Republican dominated — but young people came out in full force this year, giving Democrats a badly needed win.

Bolsonaro: fascist dictator masquerading as president

Bolsonaro: fascist dictator masquerading as president

By Jason Henriquez, Staff Columnist

November 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Tolerating Bolsonaro's views isn’t just a controversial political stance — it actually enables atrocities.

Editorial: Why TPN didn’t endorse candidates for midterm elections

Editorial: Why TPN didn’t endorse candidates for midterm elections

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 6, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Here at The Pitt News, we don’t believe in endorsing electoral candidates — it’s wholly unnecessary and it tarnishes our image as an honest, objective newspaper.

Trump protests disrespectful to shooting victims

Trump protests disrespectful to shooting victims

By Josh Beylinson, For The Pitt News

November 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I was shocked to see so many protesters near where Trump paid his respects to the fallen. A memorial to the Tree of Life shooting victims is not the place to stage a political protest, and is downright disrespectful to Jews.

Op-ed: Former SGB Presidents voice support for Sodexo, Abdou Cole

November 5, 2018


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Abdou Cole is more than the food service manager to most students. He is a mentor, big brother, uncle and life coach. We are grateful for his encouragement and advice during our time with him on campus.

#CallItWhatItIs: An open letter from Jewish university students in Pittsburgh

November 5, 2018


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinions

The Pittsburgh and Jewish communities are hurting. But we are strong. In Pittsburgh, in Squirrel Hill, and in Judaism, we honor resilience and connection — we are the City of Bridges after all.

Editorial: Bolsonaro threatens democracy

Editorial: Bolsonaro threatens democracy

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 5, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Leaders and parties that exercise dictator-like control over the governments to which they were elected pose an intense, immediate threat to democracy worldwide. Civil liberties, freedom of the press and global security are at stake.

Cartoon: November 2, 2018

By Daniel Spack, Staff Illustrator

November 2, 2018


Filed under Cartoons, Opinions

Editorial: Executive order on birthright citizenship unconstitutional

Editorial: Executive order on birthright citizenship unconstitutional

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 2, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The president fueled his election campaign with fear and hatred toward immigrants, but his most recent attack on them could affect the way we interpret the Constitution itself — an overreach of executive power that would hurt the lives of hundreds of thousands of children born to noncitizen parents.

What a World

What a World

By Emily Pinigis, Staff Columnist

November 2, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

What a world we live in Where kindness is overshadowed by sin And inky skies are speckled with dying stars That light this dark world and all the souls’ scars

More tricks than treats: Halloween’s sexual assault problem

More tricks than treats: Halloween’s sexual assault problem

By Anne Marie Yurik, Staff Columnist

November 1, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Halloween is a scary time, but not because of cobwebs and skeletons — for women, the dangers of sexual assault are very real.

Editorial: Top 5 reasons to keep Halloween on Oct. 31

Editorial: Top 5 reasons to keep Halloween on Oct. 31

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 1, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Would Halloween be more fun if it were always on a Saturday? A recent petition which has now received more than 50,000 signatures think so. But the Pitt News Editorial Board disagrees.

Gab: a dangerous haven for white supremacists

Gab: a dangerous haven for white supremacists

By Neena Hagen, Assistant Opinions Editor

October 31, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Gab, a fringe social media site frequented by Tree of Life shooter Robert Bowers, was taken down on Saturday — a great first step towards eradicating hate on the internet.

Editorial: Trump’s divisiveness, insensitivity provokes protests in Pittsburgh

Editorial: Trump’s divisiveness, insensitivity provokes protests in Pittsburgh

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 31, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Trump’s arrived in Pittsburgh on Tuesday to console victims’ families in the Tree of Life shooting — but according to the Jewish community and many other people in Pittsburgh, he wasn’t welcome.

Spooky Sonnet

Spooky Sonnet

By Maggie Koontz, Senior Staff Columnist

October 31, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Obey the laws on Halloween, All Hallows’ Eve, because not everything is what it seems. That night the veil between the worlds becomes quite obsolete.

PERSEPECTIVE | How the Jewish community hopes to heal

PERSEPECTIVE | How the Jewish community hopes to heal

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

October 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The Jewish community has been strong in the face of such a horrific tragedy, a testament to its resilience and virtue. As community members mourn the loss of 11 of their family and friends, they look to heal their wounds.

Editorial: Pittsburgh doesn’t welcome Trump

Editorial: Pittsburgh doesn’t welcome Trump

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 30, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

If the president had any respect for the victims and their families, he would stay away and allow them time to mourn without his heavily politicizing presence.

Editorial: Pittsburgh will heal

Editorial: Pittsburgh will heal

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 28, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

We didn’t expect to be thrust into the national spotlight in this way. We didn’t expect we’d become another member of a long, growing list of cities that have been the victims of mass shootings. Squirrel Hill is a peaceful, historically Jewish neighborhood about a mile away from Pitt’s campus — too close to home for it to happen to us.

Community support necessary to recover

Community support necessary to recover

By Ana Altchek, Staff Columnist

October 28, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It is in bleak times like this that members of the community need to be proactive instead of reactive in order to bring comfort and safety to their fellow neighbors, and to prevent acts of violence like this from occurring in the future.

Editorial: Megyn Kelly reveals racist attitudes

Editorial: Megyn Kelly reveals racist attitudes

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 26, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Megyn Kelly received mountains of criticism for suggesting during her show Tuesday that there was nothing wrong with a white person doing blackface, so long as it’s for a Halloween costume.

The Artist Autumn

The Artist Autumn

By Emily Pinigis, For The Pitt News

October 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Auburn hair and auburn leaves The fragrance of peace surrounds her Spread across the land by her radiant smile And all is calm in the world

Point-Counterpoint: Wonderful Wawa

Point-Counterpoint: Wonderful Wawa

By Neena Hagen, Assistant Opinions Editor

October 25, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Wawa’s formula is simple — good food and good service makes for happy customers. And boy, am I one happy customer.

Point-Counterpoint: Splendid Sheetz

Point-Counterpoint: Splendid Sheetz

By Allison Dantinne, For The Pitt News

October 25, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Sheetz and Wawa, Pennsylvania’s Capulets and Montagues, have battled for supremacy in the Keystone State for decades — Sheetz dominates the western part of the state.

Where to eat in the wake of the Market health inspection

Where to eat in the wake of the Market health inspection

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Columnist

October 25, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When Market was cited for 14 health code violations by the Allegheny County Health Department on Oct. 10, many were — and still are — left wondering if they should start looking elsewhere for lukewarm pizza at 1 a.m. on a Thursday. Here are a few suggestions for those who feel like they have nowhere left to go.

North Carolina voting laws suppress minorities

North Carolina voting laws suppress minorities

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 24, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

North Carolina claims its new voting policies make it more convenient for voters to get to the polls — but really it’s an orchestrated attempt to prevent minorities from voting.

Pitt needs needle disposal containers

Pitt needs needle disposal containers

By Cammy Morsberger, For The Pitt News

October 24, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Needle use is on the rise — hundreds of thousands of young people use needles to treat illnesses — yet Pitt has no needle disposal boxes in public restrooms.

Editorial: HHS proposal threatens transgender rights

Editorial: HHS proposal threatens transgender rights

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 23, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

A new policy from the Department of Health and Human Services would eliminate federal recognition of more than a million Americans who choose to identify with a gender they weren’t born into, an alarming leap backward in the fight for transgender rights.

What readers need to understand about journalism

What readers need to understand about journalism

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

October 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Widespread distrust of the media poses a threat to the free flow and sharing of knowledge, and journalists need to work with the community they inform to rebuild their relationship.

Editorial: Leaving nuclear treaty is a mistake

Editorial: Leaving nuclear treaty is a mistake

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 21, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The president’s decision to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty not only further confirms the United States’ international reputation as a poor partner, but it also presents a real threat to nuclear disarmament and world security.

Stop colloquializing mental illness

Stop colloquializing mental illness

By Kelly Loftus, For The Pitt News

October 21, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Generalizations that trivialize the constant struggle that accompanies life with a mental illness, while also perpetuating stereotypes associated with certain conditions, jeopardize mental health treatment and the progress society has made in taking these issues seriously.

Phones are damaging our mental health

Phones are damaging our mental health

By Cammy Morsberger, For The Pitt News

October 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

October is Mental Health Awareness month, so it's imperative that we act to unplug our devices and not only enjoy the company of others, but also improve and support our mental well-being.

Trump administration: a worldwide embarrassment

Trump administration: a worldwide embarrassment

By Josh Gaylord, For The Pitt News

October 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Trump claims he’s “accomplished more than almost any administration” — but his “accomplishments” have hardly been good. The president has pushed archaic policies and eroded political alliances.

Editorial: Pa. response to church abuse insufficient

Editorial: Pa. response to church abuse insufficient

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 19, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The Pennsylvania Senate had a chance to show its support for victims in the form of a bill that would allow victims of church abuse to seek justice, but in an underwhelming display of concern it declined to vote on the bill on the last voting day in legislative season.

Editorial: Riding high: United States should follow Canada’s pot legalization

Editorial: Riding high: United States should follow Canada’s pot legalization

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 18, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Canada became the second country in the world to legalize cannabis on Wednesday. The United States should follow suit — and weed out oppressive drug policies.

Trump mocks Ford: a tragedy for #MeToo and the country

Trump mocks Ford: a tragedy for #MeToo and the country

By Kelly Loftus, For The Pitt News

October 17, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Trump mocked Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh — a harmful and disrespectful move. As the leader of the country, the president is responsible for emphasizing the legitimacy of important issues.

Pitt grad students deserve right to unionize

Pitt grad students deserve right to unionize

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Columnist

October 17, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Graduate students may be here for an education, but at universities, including Pitt, grad students don’t just function as scholars, but employees as well. They should have the right to unionize.

Editorial: Elizabeth Warren DNA test in poor taste

Editorial: Elizabeth Warren DNA test in poor taste

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 17, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Warren’s trace amounts of Native American DNA are laughable. Native Americans still face rampant discrimination in this country, and Warren likening her life experiences to theirs is insensitive.

Corporations need to step up to limit climate change

Corporations need to step up to limit climate change

By Sandy Fairclough, Staff Columnist

October 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The scientific panelists at the U.N. have proved that if we want to avoid detrimental changes to our planet’s climate, someone needs do something to address the major impact human activity is having on the planet, fast. This responsibility lands on the large corporations who have most contributed to this environmental damage.

Editorial: North Dakota law disenfranchises voters

Editorial: North Dakota law disenfranchises voters

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 15, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The Supreme Court decided last week to allow a voter ID law in North Dakota that could prohibit a sizable number of Native Americans from registering to vote — a breach in democracy that should not be allowed.

Editorial: Immediate action necessary to limit affects of climate change

Editorial: Immediate action necessary to limit affects of climate change

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 12, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The fate of our planet rests in the hands of about 100 corporations, which are moving further away from the economic revolution necessary to affect climate change in large part thanks to the rollback of important EPA measures. They should be moving in the opposite direction.

Don’t forget self-care during midterms

Don’t forget self-care during midterms

By Allison Dantinne, For The Pitt News

October 11, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

For many students, midterm season doesn’t end when tests are graded. The fear of failing or not doing as well as anticipated can loom over students and may contribute to problems later in the semester.

Editorial: Victory for Democrats: Racist committee member resigns

Editorial: Victory for Democrats: Racist committee member resigns

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 11, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Mark Salvas has made racist posts on Facebook for years. The senior members of the committee rightly encouraged him to resign — but they should screen their new hires more carefully in the future.

Op-Ed: Coming out can set you free

By Ravi Gandhi

October 11, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I’d like to discuss coming out as the lengthy process it is and give tips from some painfully awkward experiences I’ve had. It can be a nerve-wracking experience, but very freeing as well.

Kavanaugh FBI investigation inadequate

Kavanaugh FBI investigation inadequate

By Allison Dantinne, For The Pitt News

October 11, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The FBI investigation into Ford’s allegations initially seemed like a victory for those who opposed Kavanaugh, but from the start, it was clearly spun to favor Kavanaugh’s version of events.

Editorial: Taylor Swift: voting champion, politically ignorant

Editorial: Taylor Swift: voting champion, politically ignorant

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 10, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Taylor Swift took to Instagram Sunday to denounce Republican candidates and champion liberal causes. Encouraging voting is a good thing, but she’s hardly the progressive queen she paints herself as.

How Global Studies helped Martinec on the path to success

By Elise Lavallee, Digital Manager

October 10, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Columns, Opinions

This page was made possible in part by a grant from Year of Pitt Global. At the age of 21, Alyssa Martinec boarded a plane to Shanghai, embarking on her second trip to China. This time, she was going to conduct research about air quality and the system justification theory. “Environmental issues are extreme...

Bill Cosby gets away with a slap on the wrist

Bill Cosby gets away with a slap on the wrist

By Ana Altchek, Staff Columnist

October 10, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to ten years in prison for sexual assault. But that's not enough considering his horrific crimes.

Editorial: Trump’s tax fraud should concern Americans

Editorial: Trump’s tax fraud should concern Americans

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 9, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The New York Times' groundbreaking report deserves far more attention than it’s received, and it exposes the president for the hypocrite he is.

Amazon wage increase is not good enough

Amazon wage increase is not good enough

By Jason Henriquez, For The Pitt News

October 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Amazon recently announced an increase in the minimum wage for its hourly workers, but until the company enables unionization efforts, increases benefits to independent contractors and veteran workers and stops avoiding taxes, it shouldn’t receive any kudos.

Editorial: Kavanaugh hearings betrayed America’s trust

Editorial: Kavanaugh hearings betrayed America’s trust

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 8, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The Kavanaugh nomination hearings were the most partisan of any to date. This poses dire consequences for the future legitimacy of the Supreme Court.

Expand, don’t revise, Columbus’ history

Expand, don’t revise, Columbus’ history

By Kelly Loftus, For The Pitt News

October 8, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Current American history education is inadequate and neglects the negative consequences of the actions of historical figures. On Columbus Day, it's important to recognize that our teaching of Columbus' past needs to include a full description of his actions, both positive and negative.

Editorial: Stop treating politics like a game show

Editorial: Stop treating politics like a game show

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 5, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

For a man who asks questions for a living, Trebek should know how to phrase one without dwelling on information that has no bearing on how the people of Pennsylvania will vote this November.

Respect the pumpkin spice latte as a cultural icon

Respect the pumpkin spice latte as a cultural icon

By Delilah Bourque, Staff Columnist

October 4, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The haters need to back off. Pumpkin spice deserves a spot in our fall landscape. It doesn’t deserve to be loathed so strongly, and neither does the demographic that loves it so much.

Homecoming should build community, scrap outdated traditions

Homecoming should build community, scrap outdated traditions

By Angela Koontz, For The Pitt News

October 4, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Homecoming court and football games are fun traditions, but they don’t make the most of what homecoming has to offer. Smaller networking events are better to help students interact with alumni.

Down with the monarchy

Down with the monarchy

By Grace McGinness, Staff Columnist

October 4, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

There is no place for homecoming court in 2018. That may sound harsh, but after all it’s just a silly tradition for students who want to have fun.

Last-minute picks for homecoming court

Last-minute picks for homecoming court

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

October 4, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The nominees for homecoming court are decided, and it’s too late for any last-second additions. But there’s so many contestants who were disqualified just because they’re not students — and many would totally win if they could enter. If I could decide Pitt’s homecoming king and queen, these would be my choices.

Editorial: Amazon sets great example, raises minimum wage

Editorial: Amazon sets great example, raises minimum wage

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 3, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Amazon is known for treating its employees poorly — so raising its minimum wage is a welcome decision. It’ll help nearly a quarter million people financially.

Patience, not partisanship, required in Kavanaugh hearings

Patience, not partisanship, required in Kavanaugh hearings

By Hayden Timmins, Staff Columnist

October 3, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Senators attacked Kavanaugh and failed to ask Ford adequately probing questions — pointing to a hyper-partisan battle that hasn’t yet allowed room for a patient inquiry of the facts.

Editorial: Campus Master Plan requires strong community involvement

Editorial: Campus Master Plan requires strong community involvement

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 2, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The Campus Master Plan, which is projected to take 30 years to complete, is a massive undertaking that requires a continued dialogue between the University and both students and the Oakland community.

Communities play major role in solving environmental issues

Communities play major role in solving environmental issues

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

October 2, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As state and national governments fail to adequately protect residents from industrial emissions and a changing climate, local communities must step up to effect change on their own behalf.

Pay attention to all gun violence, not just mass shootings

Pay attention to all gun violence, not just mass shootings

By Neena Hagen, Assistant Opinions Editor

October 1, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

There are many different types of gun violence in America today, and calling for simple, blanket solutions to such a multifaceted issue won’t solve anything, just exacerbate existing problems.

Editorial: Kavanaugh disqualifies himself

Editorial: Kavanaugh disqualifies himself

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 1, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Kavanaugh’s combative, evasive behavior during Thursday’s testimony didn’t just bring his innocence into question, it suggests he’s not temperamentally fit to be a Supreme Court Justice.

Rowling’s retconning is unnecessary

Rowling’s retconning is unnecessary

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 28, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

In changing her own canon to presumably incorporate more diversity into her writing, she’s not adding meaningful content, nor is she being respectful in how she's introducing this supposed representation.

Eternal Evening

Eternal Evening

By Emily Pinigis, For The Pitt News

September 27, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As the sky is painted orange and pink, I catch you leaning as if to see it. But your eyes remain shut, and so I think, For however long it takes, I will sit By your side, holding your hand till it’s time For you to leave me. I’ll touch the darkness, Push it far away with all of it...

Blind Devotion

Blind Devotion

By Emily Pinigis, For The Pitt News

September 27, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

With a tongue like a silver blade, He effortlessly entrances and seduces That velvety voice beckons not to be afraid Always a gentleman I am none the wiser I am under his spell of nightshade His precious little puppet I’ll play my part in his charade Captivating sovereign   ...

Prisoners deserve to be evacuated too

Prisoners deserve to be evacuated too

By Delilah Bourque, Staff Columnist

September 27, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In past storms, prisoners have suffered when they haven’t been evacuated, and during Florence two people in custody died. The issue isn’t one of safety — it’s one of morality.

Editorial: Mattress Factory mishandles sexual assault allegations

Editorial: Mattress Factory mishandles sexual assault allegations

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 27, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The Mattress Factory’s been attracting attention for a recent sexual assault scandal — but the company has not handled it well. It’s just behaving like many other companies who don’t support women.

Voting’s not a pain, it’s a privilege

Voting’s not a pain, it’s a privilege

By Anne Marie Yurik, Staff Columnist

September 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Voting the core of America’s foundation. It’s how we distinguish ourselves from the idle subjects of a non-democratic ruler. Many modern Americans view voting as a hassle, but really it’s a privilege.

Editorial: Cosby conviction empowers sexual assault victims

Editorial: Cosby conviction empowers sexual assault victims

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 25, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Cosby’s conviction is huge for sexual assault victims — he’s the first public figure since the #MeToo movement began to be convicted — proving that victims’ accusations are valid in court.

Exploring the Boot with Grace:
Embrace your inner tourist

Exploring the Boot with Grace: <br> Embrace your inner tourist

By Grace McGinness, Columnist, Blogger

September 25, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Columns

Since I have arrived in Florence, the problem of tourists has been a main point of conversation with my professors. Tourists stand in the road and mess up traffic, they don’t know how to speak any Italian or adhere to any of the local customs, they don’t take the time to appreciate anything that they see here.

Editorial: Texas schools to erase important historical figures

Editorial: Texas schools to erase important historical figures

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 25, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The Texas Board of Education is denying students the opportunity to learn about individuals and events that have directly influenced their lives. This ignorance makes them less informed and less able to participate in current politics.

Integrate Haredi Jews with secular society

Integrate Haredi Jews with secular society

By Josh Beylinson, For The Pitt News

September 25, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The Haredim must integrate with mainstream Israeli society soon, or else Israel will become a country of two divided Jewish demographics unable to work together for the common good of the nation.

Kaepernick doesn’t give Nike the ethical high ground

Kaepernick doesn’t give Nike the ethical high ground

By Sandy Fairclough, For The Pitt News

September 24, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The only message that Nike is sending in partnering with Kaepernick is that the company is willing to capitalize on someone else’s humanitarian ideas while ignoring its own inhumane system.

Editorial: New immigration proposal is unnecessarily strict

Editorial: New immigration proposal is unnecessarily strict

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 23, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The new proposal is an unfair and inhumane way to weed out immigrants whom the Trump administration deems unsuitable candidates for American citizenship.

Latest textbook editions put an extra burden on students

Latest textbook editions put an extra burden on students

By Delilah Bourque, Staff Columnist

September 21, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Uncategorized

Being a college student is expensive. With average costs of books per academic year already soaring past the $1,000 mark, it only makes sense for professors to do everything they can to supplement information instead of mandating pricier new editions.

Editorial: ‘Sesame Street’ misses educational opportunity

Editorial: ‘Sesame Street’ misses educational opportunity

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 21, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Bert and Ernie — the beloved roommates of “Sesame Street” — aren't gay. For a show that has made concerted efforts to portray the kind of diversity that children experience in real life, this is a disappointing revelation.

Editorial: Kavanaugh sexual assault investigation necessary

Editorial: Kavanaugh sexual assault investigation necessary

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 20, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Although Ford’s sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh appear credible, Republicans have decided to forego an investigation — but they shouldn't be so dismissive of alleged victims.

Dear Pitt: without waterless urinals, urine trouble

Dear Pitt: without waterless urinals, urine trouble

By Joshua Jordan, Staff Columnist

September 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Installing waterless urinals is the perfect way to reduce water and energy consumption — which is a huge part of Pitt’s sustainability plan.

Emmys emulate Hollywood’s shortcomings

Emmys emulate Hollywood’s shortcomings

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 19, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Emmys ratings dropped dramatically this year — proving that Hollywood has lost touch with everyday Americans on all sides of the political spectrum. This becomes more clear with every passing awards season.

New Pa. prison policies only oppress prisoners

New Pa. prison policies only oppress prisoners

By Jason Henriquez, For The Pitt News

September 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

PA Department of Corrections unveiled a set of bureaucratic policies for prisons designed to prevent recent drug trafficking incidents. But these policies won't protect citizens or inmates.

Focus on science — not profit — when passing laws

Focus on science — not profit — when passing laws

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

September 18, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As temperatures rise and extreme weather events become increasingly common, we need to anticipate the expected changes in climate and modify our plans for public and private infrastructure accordingly.

Editorial: Boundaries necessary when billionaires buy newspapers

Editorial: Boundaries necessary when billionaires buy newspapers

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 18, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The trend of billionaires buying newspapers raises the ethical questions of how to prevent them from influencing the content published by their papers, and what kind of relationship the editorial section and the new owner should set up to ensure there is no such influence.

Editorial: Trump plays victim as Hurricane Florence hits Carolinas

Editorial: Trump plays victim as Hurricane Florence hits Carolinas

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 16, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

To argue over a death toll as a political tool is disrespectful and useless, but to do so in the midst of another deadly hurricane shows that Trump's priorities lie in defending himself and not the American people.

Beyond reform: Abolish ICE

Beyond reform: Abolish ICE

By Jason Henriquez, For The Pitt News

September 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Giving the power to deport naturalized citizens to ICE, an undemocratic organization dominated by the executive branch, opens the door to a multitude of injustices.

NRA goes off the rails on Thomas the Tank Engine

NRA goes off the rails on Thomas the Tank Engine

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 14, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Comparing “Thomas & Friends” characters to the KKK, as the NRA did, is neither a proper assessment of the TV show nor child-appropriate.

Harvard must end affirmative action policies

Harvard must end affirmative action policies

By Neena Hagen, Hayden Timmins, The Pitt News Staff

September 14, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Affirmative action programs had good intentions back in the 1960s — and good results for racial minorities — but today they’re just weapons against high-achieving minorities like Asian Americans.

Exploring the Boot with Grace

Exploring the Boot with Grace

By Grace McGinness, Blogger

September 14, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Columns, Opinions

During my orientation week as newly arrived first-year at Pitt, I picked up every study abroad flyer offered. I’d spent several years studying American history on U.S. soil already — I figured studying another country’s history on its soil would be a nice change of pace. Now, as a junior double...

Take a gap year before grad school

Take a gap year before grad school

By Rachel Boward, For The Pitt News

September 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Taking a gap year after graduation provides a break for students who’ve spent their lives in academia. It also allows students to discover a purpose outside of education and pursue job opportunities.

Get hired: a guide to your next job interview

Get hired: a guide to your next job interview

By Maggie Koontz, Senior Columnist

September 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Interviews aren’t difficult because of questions — but because you can only make one first impression on a potential employer. While resumes are important, so are your appearance and mannerisms.

To go to grad school or not to go to grad school… that is the question

By The Pitt News Staff

September 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Our staff weighs in on whether or not they're planning on going to grad school

First days in Florence

First days in Florence

By Grace McGinness, Staff Columnist

September 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I decided to study abroad when the Italian culture charmed me during mandatory language classes in high school. A land with more than 1,000 years of history and each corner with its own distinct culture, I wanted more than anything to live and learn in Italy.

Editorial: Trump disappoints as consoler-in-chief

Editorial: Trump disappoints as consoler-in-chief

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 12, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The 17th anniversary of 9/11 required a certain decorum and level of sobriety that were conspicuously absent in President Trump’s behavior outside of a prepared speech.

Op-ed: ’87 alumnus, former TPN editor says Pitt football is here to stay

Op-ed: ’87 alumnus, former TPN editor says Pitt football is here to stay

By James S. Urban

September 11, 2018


Filed under Football, Letters to the Editor, Opinions, Sports, Sports Columns

In a rebuttal to former TPN editor and New York Times writer Murray Chass' op-ed, Pitt alumnus and former TPN editor says Pitt football is just a small, but important, part of the school's success.

Editorial: Obama’s speech exposes divisive politics

Editorial: Obama’s speech exposes divisive politics

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 11, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Obama’s assessment of today’s polarized political climate in his speech is largely correct. Trump’s election reflects a recent exacerbation of the already vast political divides in our country.

Education, not cameras, will solve student safety issues

Education, not cameras, will solve student safety issues

By Sandy Fairclough, For The Pitt News

September 11, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Until Pitt starts informing students about general safety in Oakland, cameras, SafeRider and other safety features around campus won’t be effective — so they won’t protect Pitt students.

Serena Williams controversy mars U.S. Open

Serena Williams controversy mars U.S. Open

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 10, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Serena Williams was mistreated by the umpire during the U.S. Open final — but it’s not surprising. These calls are a blatant attempt to stifle Williams’ success in a sport dominated by white men.

Point-Counterpoint: Appoint Kavanaugh

Point-Counterpoint: Appoint Kavanaugh

By Hayden Timmins, Staff Columnist

September 10, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Judge Kavanaugh would make an excellent Supreme Court justice. In an era where the legislative branch delegates superfluous amounts of power to the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh strictly opposes this.

Point-Counterpoint: Don’t appoint Kavanaugh

Point-Counterpoint: Don’t appoint Kavanaugh

By Delilah Bourque, Staff Columnist

September 10, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Kavanaugh's record as a U.S. circuit judge and his behavior during his confirmation hearings show he is a liar who doesn't follow the precedent of courts before him — which will be disastrous for the American people, especially women.

Op-ed: Pitt alumnus, former New York Times sports writer says time’s up for Pitt football

Op-ed: Pitt alumnus, former New York Times sports writer says time’s up for Pitt football

By Murray Chass

September 9, 2018


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinions, Sports, Sports Columns

Former Pitt News editor Murray Chass — also known for contributing to The New York Times and Associated Press — doubles down on his 60-year old stance regarding Pitt football.

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