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Pittsburgh dodged a bullet with Amazon HQ2

Pittsburgh dodged a bullet with Amazon HQ2

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Columnist

November 27, 2018

The deals offered to Amazon in both New York and Virginia could spell disaster to some of the residents in Long Island City and Arlington — and in some cases it already has.

Editorial: Trump fundamentally misunderstands role of justice system

Editorial: Trump fundamentally misunderstands role of justice system

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 27, 2018

The Department of Justice asked the Supreme Court Friday to fast-track the case of the President Donald Trump’s military ban for transgender citizens, an obvious overstep by the executive branch — and it’s not the first time the Trump administration has crossed this line.

DeVos’ proposal hurts survivors of sexual assault

DeVos’ proposal hurts survivors of sexual assault

By Anne Marie Yurik, Senior Staff Columnist

November 26, 2018

Even though Title IX is usually meant to protect the victims of sexual assault, DeVos' new plan, which tries to protect those accused over the victims, is a step backward.

Editorial: Troops not necessary to welcome migrant caravan

Editorial: Troops not necessary to welcome migrant caravan

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 26, 2018

An order from the White House gives these troops permission to use lethal force against migrants to protect Customs and Border Protection personnel. This is yet another example of the Trump administration’s inability to humanely and intelligently deal with immigration.

Ben Shapiro brings much-needed political diversity to Pitt

Ben Shapiro brings much-needed political diversity to Pitt

By Neena Hagen, Assistant Opinions Editor

November 20, 2018

Shapiro may be forceful in his arguments, but he’s a principled conservative who shouldn’t whip up the left into throngs of anger.

Editorial: How to handle relatives at Thanksgiving

Editorial: How to handle relatives at Thanksgiving

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 20, 2018

While Thanksgiving dinner at your great-aunt’s house is not the ideal place to throw hands with your grandpa, there are ways of confronting loved ones without turning the conversation into a battleground whence your relationships may never recover.

Donate blood all year round

Donate blood all year round

By Mackenzie Oster, For The Pitt News

November 19, 2018

When mass tragedies strike, the prevalence of violence in our world resurfaces and the first impulse is to find a way to help. This is often why the influx of blood donations heighten around times that such unfortunate incidents occur.

Editorial: Trump wrongly blames forest management for fires

Editorial: Trump wrongly blames forest management for fires

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 19, 2018

Unsurprisingly, President Donald Trump has once again proven himself incapable of appropriately responding to tragedy, resorting to victim-blaming and threats rather than promising to help with disaster relief.

Op-ed: University must follow through with divestment

Op-ed: University must follow through with divestment

By Hannah Bailey

November 16, 2018

While the creation of a Socially Responsible Investing Committee and its holding of a public forum does show a step in the right direction, whether the University follows through in actually reassessing the ethics of its investments remains to be seen.

Trump’s inadequate response to the Tree of Life shooting

Trump’s inadequate response to the Tree of Life shooting

By Mackenzie Oster, For The Pitt News

November 16, 2018

Trump’s initial response to the Pittsburgh shooting was to suggest the addition of armed guards in places of worship and a stricter implementation of the death penalty. Both of Trump’s suggestions model the behavior that they seek to prevent — the addition of more violence and death to society.

Editorial: GQ’s “Woman” of the Year cover insensitive

Editorial: GQ’s “Woman” of the Year cover insensitive

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 16, 2018

The GQ magazine's "Woman" of the Year cover featuring Serena Williams has drawn the ire of fans on social media since its release. The stylistic choices completely ignore the important context of Williams’ history in the public eye.

Middle ground necessary for housing options

Middle ground necessary for housing options

By Mackenzie Oster, For The Pitt News

November 15, 2018

House and apartment hunting in Oakland leaves many students on the fence about where they’re going to reside the following school year — especially since the neighborhood has come to offer a narrow selection of decent student housing opportunities at this time of the year.

Editorial: Proposed YAF lawsuit against Pitt unnecessary, harmful

Editorial: Proposed YAF lawsuit against Pitt unnecessary, harmful

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 15, 2018

Pitt levied a $5,546 security fee against YAF for hosting Ben Shapiro — and YAF swiftly threatened to sue the university in response. But the lawsuit would be a completely unnecessary publicity stunt.

House Hunters: Oakland Edition

House Hunters: Oakland Edition

By Allison Dantinne, Staff Columnist

November 15, 2018

There comes a time in every Pitt student’s life when even grilled-cheese day at Market doesn’t make your on-campus living experience any less dismal. You’re ready to move on to bigger and better things. You’re an adult. You want to make grilled cheese yourself, whenever you want it.

Editorial: Peduto to release Amazon bid: too little, too late

Editorial: Peduto to release Amazon bid: too little, too late

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 14, 2018

Peduto will release Pittsburgh’s Amazon headquarters bid on Thursday, but he should have done that a lot earlier. Pittsburgers deserve to know about major, local economic developments.

Trump’s transgender policies disregard science, human rights

Trump’s transgender policies disregard science, human rights

By Sandy Fairclough, Staff Columnist

November 14, 2018

The transgender community won’t be silenced by the Trump administration's transphobic policies.

Eating to help the environment

Eating to help the environment

By Emily Pinigis, Staff Columnist

November 13, 2018

A recent U.N. report on climate change shows we have only a couple of decades before we feel the serious effects of global warming. It’s more crucial now than ever to make environmentally conscious decisions — and those start on your plate.

Editorial: Heed Macron’s warning about nationalism

Editorial: Heed Macron’s warning about nationalism

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 13, 2018

The centennial demonstrated that a century hasn’t made foreign relations any simpler — in fact, we may be sliding back into old habits. And French President Emmanuel Macron made a serious case for the collective good at a time when the forces of nationalism are dividing the world in the same way they did leading up to WWI.

Editorial: Remember mental health of shooting victims

Editorial: Remember mental health of shooting victims

By The Pitt News Editorial

November 12, 2018

Pittsburgh is still feeling the damage a mass shooting can have on a community. We’re tired of reading about it. We’re tired of writing about it. And we’re acutely aware, after having lived through it and after one person was a part of two of these events in the span of a year, that mass shootings have become a cultural problem that must be fixed.

The president who cried ‘fake news’

The president who cried ‘fake news’

By Kelly Loftus, Staff Columnist

November 12, 2018

Trump’s tumultuous relationship with the media has quickly become a defining characteristic of his presidency. But this war against the media not only signifies a lack of respect for both the Constitution and American history, it represents a threat to one of democracy’s most basic fundamentals rights — freedom of the press.

Editorial: Attack on Acosta is an attack on all media

Editorial: Attack on Acosta is an attack on all media

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 9, 2018

President Donald Trump’s administration has a history of attacking the press, but its most recent attack is alarmingly reminiscent of ways authoritarian countries like China treat the press.

Stigmatizing mental illness causes harm

Stigmatizing mental illness causes harm

By Emily Pinigis, Staff Columnist

November 9, 2018

Everyone has had days when it seems people are just hard to be around. But you should not make anyone — especially those with hidden mental illnesses — the victim of your grumpiness.

Poem: Ode to my Juul

Poem: Ode to my Juul

By Shahum Ajmal, Contributing Editor

November 9, 2018

USB they call you, To which I am left speechless. Yet, I persist to puff you.

The GOP’s white nationalism problem

The GOP’s white nationalism problem

By Aaron Lindstrom, For The Pitt News

November 8, 2018

One of the issues the Republican party focused on in these midterm elections was immigration — and Republican rhetoric on this issue continued to reveal how white nationalism is seeping into the party.

Editorial: Sessions’ resignation could curb Russia investigation

Editorial: Sessions’ resignation could curb Russia investigation

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 8, 2018

Wednesday's events showed a president who feels trapped by an FBI investigation that is slowly drawing to a close and a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives.

Populism sparks high voter turnout

Populism sparks high voter turnout

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Writer

November 7, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editorial: Executive order on birthright citizenship unconstitutional

Editorial: Executive order on birthright citizenship unconstitutional

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 2, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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