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‘Little House on the Prairie’ offers modern-day reflection

‘Little House on the Prairie’ offers modern-day reflection

By Mariam Shalaby | Senior Columnist

March 29, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Uncategorized

Seeking respite from a relentless flu last month, I took my childhood favorite “Little House on the Prairie” from my bookshelf. Curling up on the couch, I wondered what kept drawing me back to the story I’ve loved since I was a young girl. I chuckled. What could I, an Egyptian-Chinese daughter of Muslim...

Cartoon: March 30, 2018

Cartoon: March 30, 2018

By Daniel Spack | Staff Illustrator

March 29, 2018


Filed under Cartoons, Opinions

Scandals trump news that matters

Scandals trump news that matters

By Ana Altchek | Columnist

March 29, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

You may or may not have heard about the school shooting that took place last week at Great Mills High School in Maryland. Two students were shot, and the teenage murderer committed suicide briefly after. The day of the shooting, my friend in the area was shocked and feared for her community. But when s...

Editorial: Citizenship question on 2020 census could cut PA funding

Editorial: Citizenship question on 2020 census could cut PA funding

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 28, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

It’s no secret that for undocumented immigrants and other noncitizens, life can be rough under President Donald Trump’s administration. As of Monday, it just got significantly tougher. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced a new component of the 2020 census Monday night, requiring that Americ...

Women in STEM initiatives push flawed focus

Women in STEM initiatives push flawed focus

By Neena Hagen, Senior Columnist

March 27, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As a female actuarial mathematics student, I don't need anyone to tell me that my gender puts me in the minority in my academic field. That’s why I’m never surprised when feminist activists point out the gender gap in STEM — what really loses me is how they tell me I should feel about it. U...

Editorial: Biden Twitter bout promises more brash leadership

Editorial: Biden Twitter bout promises more brash leadership

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 27, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

For those who fear a woman would be too emotional to be president, last Thursday’s Twitter scrap between two men — one currently in that position, one potentially the next in line — might change their minds. Behaving characteristically like an upset toddler, President Donald Trump called out f...

What I learned from Chris Dayer

What I learned from Chris Dayer

By Henry Glitz | Opinions Editor

March 27, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The smile on my face didn’t wear off for at least half an hour after the last time I saw Chris Dayer, the week before spring break. Chris, his girlfriend Amanda and I had met for a late lunch after our classes had ended for the day. I hadn’t seen either in a few weeks, and despite having known h...

Editorial: Santorum surrenders to chaos on gun control

Editorial: Santorum surrenders to chaos on gun control

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 26, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

For most of the participants at anti-gun violence marches in cities across the country Saturday, there was a broad agreement: Gun laws are currently too lax, and we need to tighten them up to avoid future carnage. Some people, however, were busy proposing bizarre alternatives to gun control. ...

Cartoon: March 23rd, 2018

Cartoon: March 23rd, 2018

By Daniel Spack | Staff Illustrator

March 22, 2018


Filed under Cartoons, Opinions

‘Salam Neighbor’ affirms that personal relationships are gateway to change

‘Salam Neighbor’ affirms that personal relationships are gateway to change

By Julia Kadis | For The Pitt News

March 22, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Think back to your favorite memories of elementary school. Some of them probably have nothing to do with learning at all — recess, snow days, early releases. Many of us loved the breaks from working and would always be thinking about the next time we’d be able to relax. Most of us, however, also had the privilege ...

Editorial: PA GOP’s impeachment efforts threaten democracy

Editorial: PA GOP’s impeachment efforts threaten democracy

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 22, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Ever since they redistricted in 2013 after winning the state legislature, Pennsylvania Republicans have played ball by their own set of rules — and now that those rules are being threatened, they’re going after the refs. The Commonwealth’s GOP suffered a serious blow to its continued hold on ...

HACP listens to community housing concerns

HACP listens to community housing concerns

By Delilah Bourque | For The Pitt News

March 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

There are about 2,500 households in Pittsburgh right now that’ve been waiting — and waiting and waiting. These families are on a waiting list that closed in 2015 for rent subsidies in the form of a housing voucher. Housing Choice Vouchers are a hot commodity, and the City of Pittsburgh knows ...

Editorial: Union’s attack on Sonja Finn unnecessary, harms restaurant

Editorial: Union’s attack on Sonja Finn unnecessary, harms restaurant

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 20, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

When Sonja Finn makes her daily trip to open the doors of Dinette — the restaurant she opened in 2008 — she won’t be thinking about the special election race she lost to Erika Strassburger on March 6. She’s more concerned with the union that endorsed Strassburger’s campaign, which may be si...

Republicans: Step up to stop Haspel, Pompeo

Republicans: Step up to stop Haspel, Pompeo

By Henry Glitz | Opinions Editor

March 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Headlines flashing over cable news networks last week might have given you 2017 deja vu. Last January, it was President Donald Trump’s nomination of then-Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo for the position of CIA director. Eyeing Pompeo’s ambivalence on civil rights issues like the use of torture and dom...

Editorial: “No Irish” pub misses the point on St. Patrick’s Day

Editorial: “No Irish” pub misses the point on St. Patrick’s Day

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 19, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Pretending to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day is a time-honored American tradition. But at one pub this year, the luck of the Irish wasn’t on the side of drinkers who wanted in because of their Celtic heritage. To honor the holiday, Detroit resident Dan Margulis rented out a space over the weeken...

PA liquor laws leave students, citizens to dry

PA liquor laws leave students, citizens to dry

By Neena Hagen, Columnist

March 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and you’re struggling to maneuver around the sticky, crowded dance floor in a stranger’s cramped basement. Someone bumps into you, causing you to almost spill the beer in your right hand. But you don’t care — these kinds of party scenes in college are common. And desp...

Editorial: Pitt’s union lawsuit wastes time, tuition

Editorial: Pitt’s union lawsuit wastes time, tuition

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 18, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Top Stories

If insanity is doing the same thing twice and expecting a different result, then administrators at Pitt must not agree with that definition. Pitt graduate students engaged in unionization efforts said last week that the school’s administration will challenge a petition to hold an election to decide whether or not to unionize. According to a Facebook post from the group, th...

Editorial: Casual Friday — the Shamrock Shake debate

Editorial: Casual Friday — the Shamrock Shake debate

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 15, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

So, Shamrock Shakes — let’s get one thing straight. The Shamrock Shake is not a middle-of-the-road food group. One cannot simply “take it or leave it.” Whether you think the shake is a collision of toothpaste and green highlighter fluid with a milkshake base or a blended miracle sent from...

Letter to the Editor | Is Pitt practicing what it preaches?

Letter to the Editor | Is Pitt practicing what it preaches?

March 15, 2018


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Pitt’s investment in immunotherapy cancer treatment is clearly in line with the University’s mission. But a growing number of students and faculty are calling on Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and the Board of Trustees to address a number of glaring investments and disinvestments that stand i...

Arming teachers takes a step in the wrong direction

Arming teachers takes a step in the wrong direction

By Alexis Buncich | Columnist

March 14, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Teachers have a long list of supplies they absolutely need for their classrooms: poster boards, markers, textbooks, pencils and now — if President Donald Trump has his way — guns. With recent debates over the best way to approach mass shootings, some Americans believe the best way to protect against...

Editorial: Third parties show need for all candidates to step it up

Editorial: Third parties show need for all candidates to step it up

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 14, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

If any aspect of the massively hyped special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District went unnoticed, it was Libertarian Party candidate Drew Miller. After a preliminary count of the ballots cast Tuesday, Miller emerged with a paltry 1,379 votes — slightly more than half a percent of all votes cast in the election, which would usually relegate a ca...

Editorial: DeVos’ poor school choices affect PA public school success

Editorial: DeVos’ poor school choices affect PA public school success

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 13, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Betsy DeVos said it herself — “We should be funding and investing in students.” A student focus is certainly necessary, and the statement would have been fine on its own had she not followed it up with the ear-twinging modifier, “not in schools, school buildings, not in institutions, not in syste...

It’s Pi Day, again. And no one cares, again — except some.

It’s Pi Day, again. And no one cares, again — except some.

By Neena Hagen, Columnist

March 13, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

Growing up, every child has their favorite holiday. Maybe it’s Halloween — dressing up in frightening costumes, parading around the neighborhood to collect bite-sized goodies from generous neighbors. For many more, it’s Christmas, a day characterized by torn-apart, decorated wrapping paper and exciti...

Editorial: Keep a local focus on special election

Editorial: Keep a local focus on special election

By The Pitt News Staff

March 12, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

When President Donald Trump appeared at a Pittsburgh airplane hangar Saturday night, his role, ostensibly, was to pump up the assembled crowds to vote for Rick Saccone, the Republican running in today’s special election to fill the vacant seat in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District. Bu...

Special election signals shifting national politics

Special election signals shifting national politics

By Brian Gentry | Columnist

March 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, a slice of pro-President Donald Trump territory located just south of Pittsburgh, is poised to flip from Republican to Democratic in today’s special election. Democrat Conor Lamb, a 33-year-old former Marine, may snag the seat from Republican Rick Sacco...

Editorial: Unplugging from media ignores civic responsibilities

Editorial: Unplugging from media ignores civic responsibilities

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 11, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Uncategorized

Whether it’s reports of an adult film performer’s lawsuit against the president or the all-too-consistent drumbeat of mass shootings in the country, following the news is becoming more and more an exercise in mental strength. In an environment like this, it doesn’t seem far-fetched to react in mu...

Buffalo to Belize: Vignettes from spring break

Buffalo to Belize: Vignettes from spring break

By The Pitt News Staff

March 11, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Hot takes painting college students as overgrown babies aside, it’s hard work studying at a school like Pitt — and we all need a break every now and again. Whether we sought out our reprieves from schoolwork at home or abroad, we here on the Opinions section staff took full advantage of our week off to esc...

Cartoon: March 2, 2018

Cartoon: March 2, 2018

By Daniel Spack | Staff Illustrator

March 2, 2018


Filed under Cartoons, Opinions

Poetry: Rainy days

Poetry: Rainy days

By Maggie Koontz | Senior Columnist

March 2, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Rain runs down the misted windowpane, slide, slick, slip liquid lengthening, water accumulating from a drop to a drip, bumping together, absorbing one into the other. Pitter-patter against the glass. Dangerous clouds rumble in the distance. Lightning strikes, but only once...

Poetry: A game of snakes

Poetry: A game of snakes

By Maggie Koontz | Senior Columnist

March 2, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I slide my red and yellow headphones onto my head, the cushions covering my ears, and I plug myself in. I push play to begin the game. Music slips into my ears from both sides of my headphones, a literal earworm entering my brain. The notes caress my inner ear before sp...

Poetry: The fourth estate is media

Poetry: The fourth estate is media

By Maggie Koontz | Senior Columnist

March 2, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

  A heavy stack sits in my hands but the true burden is elsewhere. The thin paper is curled at the edges, a fresh, virgin-white newspaper not yet yellowed by time's cruel curse. It speaks of the future, of achieving an age of perfection, yet I know we will never reach such a time. It...

Focus on policy to fight climate change

Focus on policy to fight climate change

By Brian Gentry | Columnist

February 28, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Pitt students, alumni and environmental enthusiasts arrived at the William Pitt Union Assembly Room Monday to hear Steven Cohen give a lecture on climate change. Cohen is an unassuming New York City professional dressed in a black suit, black shoes and a striped tie. And behind his appearance are imm...

Editorial: Conservatives show hypocrisy on Delta tax

Editorial: Conservatives show hypocrisy on Delta tax

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 28, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The aftermath of the Parkland, Florida, high school massacre the past two weeks has been fraught with departures from long-standing political norms. Republican President Donald Trump called for comprehensive gun control measures at a televised White House meeting yesterday, suggesting the governmen...

Don’t pin blame on violent games

Don’t pin blame on violent games

By Thomas Wick | Columnist

February 28, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Imagine being able to punch a ninja through the chest, rip out their heart and then squeeze it to drink the remaining blood left for nourishment. All it takes is two fatal words — “finish him” — to violently kill an opponent this way while playing “Mortal Kombat.” In fact, the violence in t...

Editorial: 60 Minutes’ sexist interview with New Zealand PM

Editorial: 60 Minutes’ sexist interview with New Zealand PM

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 28, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

President Donald Trump is known for his off-the-cuff remarks in speeches and interviews, but it’s highly unlikely we’ll ever see the day when laundry or his baby’s birth is the topic up for discussion. When you sit down to watch an interview with a world leader, you expect to hear question...

How Trump uses language to divide

How Trump uses language to divide

By Maggie Durwald | Columnist

February 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

We are no longer a nation of immigrants. In fact, it seems we’d rather not entertain the tired, poor and huddled masses — or their better-off, more educated peers — at all. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said as much in an email sent out to staff Feb. 22, announcing that it would be ...

Editorial: CNN can step up its coverage

Editorial: CNN can step up its coverage

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 26, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Whether it’s TMZ, Buzzfeed or the National Inquirer, we Americans love celebrity gossip. And in the age of President Donald Trump’s tabloid presidency, it seems only natural that more mainstream news outlets — like CNN — would want in on the game. That’s why it came as little surprise yest...

Progressives: stick to debating issues, not insults

Progressives: stick to debating issues, not insults

By Neena Hagen, Columnist

February 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Across the country, from college campuses to TV stations to Washington, D.C., political tension has reached a fever pitch. Wednesday’s “Redistribution of Wealth” debate at the William Pitt Union aptly reflected the growing ideological divide in the United States today — in this case, economi...

Editorial: Trudeau demonstrates skin-deep commitment to diversity

Editorial: Trudeau demonstrates skin-deep commitment to diversity

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 26, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Travelers in a foreign country have two options — they can learn the culture and blend in, or they can fake it until they make it. And while it’s impossible to know which strategy Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took on his official visit to India, it’s clear he didn’t make it. Trudeau...

Friday Fly: The Pitt News

Friday Fly: The Pitt News

By Maggie Koontz | Senior Columnist

February 22, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“Friday Fly” is a recurring column dedicated to a fly on the wall’s perspective on campus spots and daily life here at Pitt. This is the fourth installment. The Pitt News is not a typical workplace. For most of the students who churn out the daily paper, there is no such thing as a short shi...

Cartoon: February 23, 2018

Cartoon: February 23, 2018

By Daniel Spack | Staff Illustrator

February 22, 2018


Filed under Cartoons, Opinions, Uncategorized

Lamb misses the mark on gun issues

Lamb misses the mark on gun issues

By Jeremy Wang | Senior Columnist

February 21, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Southwestern Pennsylvania loves its guns. And for many Democrats outside Pittsburgh’s City limits, that part of the region’s culture has become a stumbling block to winning public office. Throughout his campaign, Conor Lamb — the Democratic candidate for March’s special election in Pennsyl...

Editorial: After shooting, student walkouts lead the way

Editorial: After shooting, student walkouts lead the way

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 21, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Florida’s state legislature disappointed gun control advocates Monday when it declined to consider a ban on the assault weapon used in last week’s high school massacre in Parkland, Florida. But for students, both in the state and around the country, that wasn’t the end of the story. From Minnes...

#YouToo: Bosses, Take Action for Your Employees

#YouToo: Bosses, Take Action for Your Employees

By Alexis Buncich | Columnist

February 21, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

You’re a young person, freshly starting your career and beginning to make a name for yourself. You are entrusted with big tasks, like handling confidential material, managing the business’ account and leading the new public relations campaign. Now, imagine that, like an unfortunate mirror of your own accomp...

Editorial: Despite new district map, parties still responsible for success

Editorial: Despite new district map, parties still responsible for success

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 21, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The Supreme Court released a new Pennsylvania Congressional District map Monday, redrawn to correct the state’s 2011 Republican-drawn version of the map, which the Supreme Court ruled as being an “unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.” Democrats feel encouraged by the new map, while Republicans are understandably concerned this new congressional map...

Letter to the Editor: Student voters responsible for turnout rate

Letter to the Editor: Student voters responsible for turnout rate

By Student Government Board

February 21, 2018


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Dear Editor, As the current president and elections chairwoman of the Student Government Board, we feel compelled to respond to Tuesday’s opinion piece titled “Student election interest starts with SGB slates.” While we agree voter turnout should be significantly higher and more students should have their voices heard, the article inclu...

Student election interest starts with SGB slates

Student election interest starts with SGB slates

By Anne Marie Yurik | Columnist

February 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It wasn’t until Monday of last week that I realized it was election season for Student Government Board. I, along with all 19,325 of my peers, are responsible today for voting in a new student body president who will be a voice for all undergraduates on campus. Although I thought the reason I d...

Editorial: “Black Panther” sets standard for Hollywood inclusion

Editorial: “Black Panther” sets standard for Hollywood inclusion

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 20, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

If pop culture in the 2010s is remembered for anything, it’ll have to be superhero movies. Marvel, DC and smaller franchises have populated the silver screen with countless heroes over the past several years, almost all of them white — until last weekend, that is. “Black Panther,” a Marvel Studios produc...

Editorial: The Pitt News endorses Maggie Kennedy for Student Government Board President

Editorial: The Pitt News endorses Maggie Kennedy for Student Government Board President

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 19, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Top Stories

Candidates for the position of Student Government Board president run campaigns every year, requiring them to sit down with any number of student organizations, clubs and social groups and explain their case. With election day right around the corner, this year’s two candidates met with one more gr...

Florida shooting should be a wake up call

Florida shooting should be a wake up call

By Ana Altchek | Columnist

February 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Valentine’s Day is usually a holiday of showing care and appreciation for loved ones — but for many living in South Florida, it was a day of mourning and loss. February 14, 2018, just became a day marking one of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States. Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old who had previ...

Cartoon: February 16, 2018

Cartoon: February 16, 2018

By Daniel Spack | Staff Illustrator

February 16, 2018


Filed under Cartoons, Opinions

Biden begs the presidential question

Biden begs the presidential question

By Maggie Durwald | Columnist

February 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I settled into my seat at the Carnegie Music Hall Monday night, surrounded by cheering audience members, whose exclamations of “Run, Joe, run!” rang throughout the hall. Former Vice President Joe Biden had arrived in Pittsburgh. Biden’s 27th and final stop on his American Promise Tour took him to the Steel City Monday to talk about his ...

Vagina Monologues take on tired taboos

Vagina Monologues take on tired taboos

By Anne Marie Yurik | Columnist

February 15, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Mere feet in front of me, a confident, talented, inspiring woman stood on stage, moaning before the audience in the William Pitt Union. She was holding a flogger in her hands and wearing nothing but red underpants, a garter belt and a blue blazer. I saw this woman in front of an audience Saturday night, not jus...

Editorial: Presidential portrait captures Obama’s presidency

Editorial: Presidential portrait captures Obama’s presidency

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 14, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Among a sea of white faces belonging to former commanders in chief, Barack Obama marked a decisive change in  what an American president looked like 10 years ago when he won his first term. And with the unveiling of his official presidential portrait Monday, the nation’s first black president is continuing to affect the visual pr...

Single and ready to … stay that way

Single and ready to … stay that way

By Vaibhavi Patria | Columnist

February 14, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It took me until my sophomore year to finally give up my need to be in a relationship. In the past, I constantly felt an urgency to date or be in committed relationships rather than casual ones. When I was dating people, I never truly felt happy and secure. But during the times I wasn’t dating, I...

Climate lawsuits point way for greener future

Climate lawsuits point way for greener future

By Bryn Manion | For The Pitt News

February 13, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Massive storm clouds raining torrents of water down on lower Manhattan, completely submerging subway cars. Huge plumes of smoke and fire, turning the sky orange over the hills alarmingly close to Los Angeles. The scenes of towns ravaged by hurricanes are reminiscent of an apocalyptic world. Cities...

Editorial: Don’t take hugging controversies lightly

Editorial: Don’t take hugging controversies lightly

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 13, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

With Valentine’s Day being tomorrow, romantic gestures are rapidly proliferating across the country. One particular gesture, however, has been receiving unexpected new scrutiny: the hug. In a piece for The Washington Post this Sunday, reporter Lavanya Ramanathan asked whether some kinds of hugging — an ancient human behavior that’s seen an uptick over the past several decades — should be included in the growing conversation surrounding sexual abuse. Citing...

esports make natural addition to Olympics

esports make natural addition to Olympics

By Thomas Wick | Columnist

February 11, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It’s the 2026 Olympic Winter Games. Two combatants pick up pieces of plastic laced with electrical current and various input chambers. They do not face each other directly, but they fight on a screen — as Pikachu and Mario, respectively. This fight will decide who wins the 2026 Olympic Winter Ga...

Editorial: Credit Pence for stand on North Korea

Editorial: Credit Pence for stand on North Korea

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 11, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The last time Mike Pence made a political statement at a sporting event, he criticized pro football players for kneeling through the national anthem — but the vice president was the one sitting on his hands this weekend in Korea. Pence was in Pyeongchang, South Korea, at the end of last week, accompanying...

Columnists’ careers in a college cocoon: vignettes from the opinions section

Columnists’ careers in a college cocoon: vignettes from the opinions section

By The Pitt News Staff

February 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

We here at The Pitt News occupy a difficult space. For us, Pitt is both a presence in our classrooms as an educator and in our columns as an organization we have to keep accountable. We aren’t quite a club — TPN is independent from the University — and yet our location in the William Pitt Union keeps...

Seniors, take heart as graduation nears

Seniors, take heart as graduation nears

By Henry Glitz | Opinions Editor

February 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Waking up at 9 a.m., my mind immediately goes to the activities of the day. When am I going to fit in time for meals? What homework did I forget? What am I going to do for the rest of my life? As a senior, I’ve gotten used to the pace of life in college — including gratuitously late wake-up ti...

Saying #MeToo in the streets, not just the tweets

Saying #MeToo in the streets, not just the tweets

By Alexis Buncich | Columnist

February 8, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Me too. Me too. Me too. It’s been all over the news. It’s been all over your Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds. As sexual assault survivors of all identities continue to speak out about their stories, it’s easy to get caught up in the increasingly visible culture of feminism and girl pow...

Editorial: Military parade an exercise in wastefuleness

Editorial: Military parade an exercise in wastefuleness

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 8, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Though he was democratically elected, President Donald Trump seems to relish every opportunity to look like an autocrat. His first year in office has seen everything from attacks on the free press to a resilient personality cult — soon, he’ll even get a military parade. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis confirmed at a pre...

Opioid memorial etches abuse into public eye

Opioid memorial etches abuse into public eye

By Charlotte Couch | For The Pitt News

February 7, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

At “Prescribed to Death,” an opioid memorial in the William Pitt Union, a steady flow of people moved through the room in a respectful silence. People saw a large, black wall dotted with small white pills, and a screen with a number in the thousands growing higher by the second. The memorial ma...

Editorial: Wolf’s budget is progressive, but needs Democratic legislature to pass

Editorial: Wolf’s budget is progressive, but needs Democratic legislature to pass

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 6, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled the fourth yearly budget of his term Tuesday — and unlike his previous three, we might actually see it fully passed before the end of the year thanks to the 2018 midterm elections. The 2018-19 budget is notably progressive — Wolf is calling to raise both funding for publi...

Don’t paint Greek Life with single stroke

Don’t paint Greek Life with single stroke

By Ana Altchek | Columnist

February 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I distinctly remember my first night at college, standing awkwardly in the basement of an off-campus house packed with strangers. Lost in a trance, watching drunken mobs of people make fools of themselves, I was brought back to reality when I was aggressively shoved by an incoherent stranger who spil...

Editorial: Cynical Super Bowl ad shows superficial concern for civil rights

Editorial: Cynical Super Bowl ad shows superficial concern for civil rights

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 6, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

When he first delivered his “Drum Major Instinct” sermon Feb. 4, 1968, at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Martin Luther King Jr. had little way of knowing how his speech would come across in the moment — let alone 50 years in the future. The civil rights icon likely never foresaw a sound bite of the s...

Editorial: Peduto’s Amazon optimism dangerous for City

Editorial: Peduto’s Amazon optimism dangerous for City

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 5, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Mayor Bill Peduto is gazing into Pittsburgh’s future as a possible home for Amazon’s HQ2 wearing what appears to be a pair of rose-colored glasses. The proposition of a $5 billion economic bolster sits untouched in the distance, a prize Pittsburgh and 19 other cities are ruthlessly racing toward ...

State of the Union guests are people, not props

State of the Union guests are people, not props

By Maggie Durwald | Columnist

February 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

From war veterans to heroic police officers to victims of gang violence, President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address last week provided the kind of emotions and theatrics one would expect from a reality TV showman of his caliber. He introduced a lineup of tragic and inspiring stories from American ...

Shock over memes doesn’t mean much

Shock over memes doesn’t mean much

By Brian Gentry | Columnist

February 1, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When news broke last week that some members of Pitt College Republicans were participating in a private GroupMe that shared racist memes, headlines may as well have read, “College students say something racist — again.” A Twitter account called “Racists @ Pitt” published screenshots from the ...

Pitt: Then and Now (Part 4)

Pitt: Then and Now (Part 4)

By Liam McFadden | Staff Illustrator

February 1, 2018


Filed under Cartoons, Opinions

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Editorial: Cleveland mascot’s departure signals good first step

Editorial: Cleveland mascot’s departure signals good first step

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 1, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

With statues of Confederate generals removed across the South last summer and likenesses of Christopher Columbus vandalized across the North last October, it was only a matter of time before the next symbol of racism in America came down. This time, it was in our own backyard. The Cleveland India...

In Aziz Ansari’s wake, don’t get confused about consent

In Aziz Ansari’s wake, don’t get confused about consent

By Anne Marie Yurik | For The Pitt News

February 1, 2018


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“It was sexual harassment.” “It was just bad sex.” “She should share her experiences.” “She’s a weak woman.” “Speaking out about this was anti-feminist.” “Something like this shouldn’t ruin his career.” Reactions varied wildly after feminist website babe.net published a story in mid...

Editorial: Trump calls for unity, shows none

Editorial: Trump calls for unity, shows none

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 31, 2018


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President Donald Trump took a brief hiatus from Twitter Tuesday night to deliver his first State of the Union address, touting high hopes for unity across his audience — which seemed divided and stiff with discomfort. It took no more than a wide pan of the camera around the room for Nancy Pelosi...

NFL: heighten safety or hamper the game

NFL: heighten safety or hamper the game

By Will Schulman | Columnist

January 31, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Uncategorized

Getting into formation with teammates, you stare across the field at the quarterback's eyes and hear him shout “Green 18” and “54’s the mike,” signaling players to move around the field. A few seconds later, a crisp “set...hike!” cuts through the noise — the game has begun. Now you...

Hold Greek Life to a higher standard

Hold Greek Life to a higher standard

By Neena Hagen, Columnist

January 30, 2018


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From Penn State to Florida State, colleges across the country have been joining an ever-lengthening list of schools with recent high-profile fraternity fatalities tarnishing their records. And just last week, Pitt nearly joined that list, too. A member of the Sigma Chi fraternity chapter on campus was hospi...

Editorial: Supervised sites won’t solve PA’s heroin problem

Editorial: Supervised sites won’t solve PA’s heroin problem

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 30, 2018


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A proposal that would have been absurd only 10 years ago almost seemed to make sense this week when officials in Philadelphia suggested drastic measures to combat the growing opioid abuse epidemic afflicting the city — and the entire country. Philadelphia Public Health Commissioner Thomas Farley announced ...

Education can eradicate the health care gap

Education can eradicate the health care gap

By Brian Gentry | Columnist

January 28, 2018


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Americans of all walks of life held their breath last year as Republicans tried over and over again to ram bills through Congress to repeal Obamacare. Health care policy is notoriously difficult to pass — and not without reason. Not only does it impact every single American, regardless of age, soci...

Editorial: Trump, Conway misstate facts on feminism

Editorial: Trump, Conway misstate facts on feminism

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 28, 2018


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In an era of women’s marches, the #MeToo trend and fourth-wave feminism, it’s astonishing how frequently the movement for women’s rights is still widely misunderstood. And President Donald Trump took the opportunity this weekend to exemplify the intellectual disconnect. After an interview Saturday with the preside...

Cartoon: January 26, 2018

Cartoon: January 26, 2018

By Daniel Spack | Staff Illustrator

January 26, 2018


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Poetry: January 23-24

Poetry: January 23-24

By Alexis Buncich | For The Pitt News

January 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In spring, we walk to class in miniskirts; we’ve got our books in hand. Everything seems swell outside, the weather at our command. Runners jogging in the park, the warmth remains when it turns dark, and every decision appears to be a complete, brand-new start.   In spring, the l...

Poetry: RIP Merriam-Webster

Poetry: RIP Merriam-Webster

By Maggie Koontz | Columnist

January 26, 2018


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Our dusty dictionary sits unused on the bottom shelf of the five-level mahogany bookcase. Once important for teaching us children the words we didn't know yet, it filled our dirty hands, as we put pencil smudges on the page, but now we've got the internet.   Mom bought...

Poetry: Phipps Conservatory

Poetry: Phipps Conservatory

By Maggie Koontz | Columnist

January 26, 2018


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My lover is like a cactus. His prickly spines deter others. He lives in the dry desert room, surrounded by sand, under the hot sun. I wish I could visit him, but I am planted in a different room. I am a daisy in a garden, held captive in a conservatory, in humid tasteless air, surrounded by other flower...

‘Black Mirror’ reflects cruel U.S. crime system

‘Black Mirror’ reflects cruel U.S. crime system

By Will Schulman | Columnist

January 25, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Growing up was difficult enough with two living parents — I can’t imagine reaching adulthood with only one of them. What’s truly unimaginable, though, is growing up with your parent’s consciousness trapped inside a stuffed monkey. If this sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, you’re cl...

Editorial: Meehan confuses ‘soul mate’ and sexual assault

Editorial: Meehan confuses ‘soul mate’ and sexual assault

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 25, 2018


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U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan sat on the House Ethics Committee for three terms, investigating several representatives’ alleged violations of the law and ensuring members maintained proper conduct — until this past Saturday. Now, Meehan himself is under investigation by the committee in response to se...

HQ fad tires out trivia fans

HQ fad tires out trivia fans

By Brian Gentry | Columnist

January 24, 2018


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My friends and I sat around the one remaining phone, our palms sweaty from anxiety. We were playing “HQ,” a trivia app that features prizes ranging in value from $1,000 to $10,000 awarded to those who can correctly answer 12 trivia questions. Out of the four people who started the game, only one ...

Editorial: State gerrymandering decision needs action now

Editorial: State gerrymandering decision needs action now

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 24, 2018


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As midterm elections loom and Pennsylvanians prepare to deliver their opinion on President Donald Trump’s first two years in office, the Commonwealth’s Supreme Court added to the drama Monday when it ordered a change to the lines of battle themselves: Congressional district borders. In a long-...

Op-Ed: A conservative reflects on Trump’s first year

Op-Ed: A conservative reflects on Trump’s first year

By Marlo Safi | Op-Ed Contributor

January 22, 2018


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During my tenure as assistant opinions editor for The Pitt News in 2016, I wrote a scathing column about Milo Yiannopoulos’ visit to Pitt after the College Republicans hosted him. I was on the verge of apoplexy in this tirade — I was livid that this loud-mouthed charlatan who resembled Liberace in his bo...

Editorial: Pro-Trump ad shows lack of real concern for cops

Editorial: Pro-Trump ad shows lack of real concern for cops

January 22, 2018


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In a time when both ends of the political spectrum have sought to bring issues surrounding police to the forefront of public discussion, it’s hard to think the dialogue could get any more polarized. Of course, nothing is impossible in the age of President Donald Trump. The latest ad from the president’s 2020 re-ele...

Editorial: Second Women’s March goes beyond resistance

Editorial: Second Women’s March goes beyond resistance

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 21, 2018


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One day after the anniversary of Donald Trump’s tenure in the White House, downtown Pittsburgh looked a lot like it did a year ago — dense with the picket signs and pink hats common among the president’s opposition. According to organizers, nearly 30,000 people — including women and others who...

Republican debate should disappoint conservatives

Republican debate should disappoint conservatives

By Neena Hagen, Columnist

January 21, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

If the four Republicans running for governor of Pennsylvania want my vote, they'll have to work harder for it than they did Saturday at their first debate. Four Republican candidates — retired health care consultant Paul Mango, lawyer and Pitt Law alumna Laura Ellsworth, state senator Scott Wagner...

Top ten diets for a better you in 2018

Top ten diets for a better you in 2018

By Sarah Shearer | Assistant Opinions Editor

January 19, 2018


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Waist-deep in January, as we currently are, many students find themselves already sitting in the middle of a pile of empty chocolate chip bags and miserably shattered New Year’s resolutions. But kicking yourself over broken resolutions is the last thing you should be doing — we still have 49 week...

Top 10: Reasons Amazon should come to Pittsburgh

Top 10: Reasons Amazon should come to Pittsburgh

By Henry Glitz | Opinions Editor

January 19, 2018


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Picking a “best of” for any category is a difficult job for us Pittsburghers — our City is just a cut above the rest in general. How can we be so sure? Amazon told us. The latest dispatch from Jeff Bezos’ Seattle seat of power yesterday narrowed the race for the honor of hosting his company’s secondary headquarters from a crowded field of 200-some proposals to a field of 20,...

Editorial: PG publisher silences staffers, increases tension

Editorial: PG publisher silences staffers, increases tension

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 18, 2018


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One of our newspaper’s daily features is the editorial — a short piece briefly discussing an issue our community is facing and presenting the editorial staff’s collective point of view. Editorials are deliberately not credited to any specific author. This isn’t meant to be a way for the writer ...

Logan Paul leaves low-quality mark on Youtube

Logan Paul leaves low-quality mark on Youtube

By Thomas Wick | Columnist

January 18, 2018


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Since the beginning, the internet has been home to the most disgusting parts of pop culture. But recently, a crackdown on bad behavior on one of the internet’s biggest sites seems to be sparing its stars. Popular YouTube vlogger Logan Paul posted a video Dec. 31 of him and his friends exploring Aok...

Column: Pitt police, community get safety upgrade with Tasers, body cams

Column: Pitt police, community get safety upgrade with Tasers, body cams

By Jeremy Wang | Columnist

January 17, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Columns, Opinions

This isn’t the first time Chief James Loftus pushed to use technology to help his officers be more effective and better protect their communities. Prior to working with the University of Pittsburgh Police Department, Loftus held every sworn rank in the Miami-Dade Police Department between 1983 and ...

Editorial: Post-Gazette editorial not representative of newspaper or city

Editorial: Post-Gazette editorial not representative of newspaper or city

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 16, 2018


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If the Pittsburgh Post-Gazettes’ Monday editorial “Reason as racism” put a bad taste in your mouth, you’re not alone. The editorial defended President Donald Trump’s inflammatory statement he made in a meeting Thursday with lawmakers discussing immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and sev...

“Last Jedi” puts women in the lead

“Last Jedi” puts women in the lead

By Maggie Durwald | Columnist

January 16, 2018


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Not so long ago in a town not so far away, I ran around the house with a blanket for a cape and a blue plastic lightsaber, pretending to be Darth Vader. My twin brother favored Luke Skywalker. We spent hours clacking our lightsabers together and waving our hands wildly at each other in a frenetic dem...

Editorial: Nuclear scare proves unpreparedness

Editorial: Nuclear scare proves unpreparedness

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 16, 2018


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In less time than it takes to log into a two-factor authenticated Pitt email account, an employee of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency caused pandemonium in the state with the click of a mouse. During a routine checkup of the state’s nuclear response system Saturday, a worker responsible f...

Fraternities not lone sexual assault perpetrators

Fraternities not lone sexual assault perpetrators

By Charlotte Couch | For The Pitt News

January 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Imagine opening your email and seeing a new message — it contains a complex how-to guide for navigating parties and getting girls, and even a handy list of “the seven E’s of Hooking Up.” Though the message explicitly says “no raping” — thank goodness — the email’s subject line is d...

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