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Earthquakes in Pennsylvania prove need for more fracking regulations

Earthquakes in Pennsylvania prove need for more fracking regulations

By Nick Eustis | Columnist

March 1, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

About 50 miles north of Pittsburgh in Lawrence County, seismic detectors sensed a series of five small tremors last April. While the quakes were too small to be felt by people, they were unusual for other reasons. The seismographic anomalies didn’t emanate from an area with natural faults, or cracks...

Editorial: Transparency needed in next Pitt Day of Giving

Editorial: Transparency needed in next Pitt Day of Giving

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 1, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

If you’re just now hearing about Tuesday’s Pitt Day of Giving, you probably haven’t checked your email in the past week. The Day is the first of its kind at Pitt, strategically placed to celebrate the 230th anniversary of the University’s founding. According to its website, the Day of G...

Editorial: Wolf’s budget benefits public, private university students

Editorial: Wolf’s budget benefits public, private university students

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 28, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

With last year’s state budget crisis still uncomfortably recent, it was already likely that higher education in Pennsylvania should expect more funding drama this year — but now there’s a twist. The budget released earlier this month from the office of Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pa., contained no surpr...

Hate crime penalty protects a diverse society

Hate crime penalty protects a diverse society

By Rashi Seth | Columnist

February 28, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When the Honorable Jeffrey Manning sentenced a Pittsburgh resident three to six years in jail last week, the ruling was about more than serving justice to one victim. Ryan Kyle, 22, was the first person sentenced under the Hate Crimes Prevention Act in Western Pennsylvania. The law — passed in 2010 — provides for additiona...

Editorial: DeVos disappoints on higher education, focuses on non-issues

Editorial: DeVos disappoints on higher education, focuses on non-issues

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 27, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

It took our new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos nearly two and a half weeks after her confirmation to address issues related to higher education. Her statement, a few lines in a brief speech, foreshadowed a rocky and highly politicized future to come for higher education in the next four years...

Neanderthals highlight how we alienate through language

Neanderthals highlight how we alienate through language

By Jaime Viens | Columnist

February 27, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

You know those classic jokes rooted in misconceptions that are meant to mock a specific group's’ intelligence? Like jokes about blondes or frat boys, Neanderthal is a word often used as an insult, but with little truth to it. Superiority is a timeless punchline. Take, for example, this 2016 Salon article...

Senate’s repeal on gun regulations fights mental health stigma

Senate’s repeal on gun regulations fights mental health stigma

By Jeremy Wang | Columnist

February 24, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In the first of many steps to undo various firearm regulations implemented by the Obama administration, the Senate voted last week to repeal a provision that would prevent people with mental disorders from purchasing a firearm. The provision, found in the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007, ...

Top 10: Our favorite Pitt traditions

Top 10: Our favorite Pitt traditions

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

February 24, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Everyone’s familiar with singing “Sweet Caroline,” walking over the old Forbes Field home plate in Posvar and getting a pair of horns at Peter’s Pub for your 21st birthday. This week, we thought we’d use the Top 10 to take a look at some lesser-known — or at least less discussed — Pitt t...

Editorial: Republicans ignore protesters, history at their own risk

Editorial: Republicans ignore protesters, history at their own risk

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 23, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

As the Donald Trump presidency continues along its rocky path, more and more Republicans in Congress seem to be fighting losing battles on their home field. Town hall meetings between Congressional Republicans and constituents in their districts over the past few weeks have been the stage for inc...

Put an end to Grammys’ history of bias

Put an end to Grammys’ history of bias

By Christian Snyder | Columnist

February 23, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Who is “Becky with the good hair?” If you’ve been on the internet at any point in the past year, you’ve probably encountered her at one time or another in Instagram posts, music videos or selfie captions. Becky is a fictional character, one among many of countless elements in Beyoncé’s...

Editorial: Despite tuitions and student debt, colleges can still cut costs

Editorial: Despite tuitions and student debt, colleges can still cut costs

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 22, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

With the costs of college and student debt looming for many students, that some universities are helping make their degrees more affordable is a refreshing notion. New York University announced Friday that it will be instituting a new way to make its education more affordable. While the school already raised student wages to $15 an hour and froze costs for housing and meal...

Experiencing death in college: Grieving students need resources too

Experiencing death in college: Grieving students need resources too

By Amber Montgomery | Opinions Editor

February 22, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Many people woke up this past Nov. 9 feeling like they had entered an alternate reality — Donald Trump’s fresh presidential win elicited emotional responses in the form of shock and panic. But I woke up that morning at 6 a.m. to a ringing phone and a different kind of crisis. My mom’s unsteady...

Student voter participation will make SGB stronger

Student voter participation will make SGB stronger

By Rashi Seth | For The Pitt News

February 21, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It’s that time of year again: A high number of electable candidates running for Student Government Board contrasts with strikingly low interest in the race from Pitt students. When a student casts a vote in the SGB elections, they’re making an important choice: selecting the person who’s going...

Editorial: Forced rehab wrong for opioid crisis

Editorial: Forced rehab wrong for opioid crisis

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 21, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Bipartisanship is finally catching on in the state Senate, but the most recent product of this cooperation isn’t a productive piece of legislation. In an act of desperation against Pennsylvania’s intensifying problems with opioid addiction, state Sen. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, introduced an amendment to the Mental Health Procedur...

Editorial: The Pitt News endorses Justin Horowitz for Student Government Board President

Editorial: The Pitt News endorses Justin Horowitz for Student Government Board President

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 20, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Top Stories

In brief, the points in Horowitz campaign that we liked the most included: Expanding the Assembly and instituting open forum meetings at least once a month An emphasis on reaching out to students and organizations to get them involved in SGB Utilizing RA’s, a monthly newsletter and CampusCo...

Letter to the Editor: Hollywood hires on skill, not race

Letter to the Editor: Hollywood hires on skill, not race

By Oliver Jia | Sophomore

February 20, 2017


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Note: The author of this letter has written for The Pitt News in the past. I am writing this letter in response to Mr. Thomas Wick's recent opinion piece on the topic of whitewashing in Hollywood [Feb. 15]. I will preface my response by saying that I am a half-Chinese, half-Lebanese student at Pitt...

Vagina Monologues speaks to everyone

Vagina Monologues speaks to everyone

By Henry Glitz | Assistant Opinions Editor

February 17, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I hadn’t heard the word “clitoris” spoken out loud as many times in my entire life as I heard it last Saturday night. A friend brought me to see the Campus Women’s Organization’s annual production of the Vagina Monologues. As I sat in the darkened ballroom in the William Pitt Union, I watched...

Top 10: Proposals missing from SGB platforms

Top 10: Proposals missing from SGB platforms

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

February 17, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The Student Government Board candidates pitched their plans at the debate in Nordy’s Place last night, in preparation for the election on Tuesday. There were some pretty interesting ideas floating around, but none of the slates had platforms quite wide-ranging enough for us. Here’s a list of possible ad...

Editorial: Finding funds necessary for affordable housing improvements

Editorial: Finding funds necessary for affordable housing improvements

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 16, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

With the onslaught of President Donald Trump’s controversial executive orders during his first month in office, it may be easy to forget about local politicians who can likewise implement executive orders. Mayor Bill Peduto signed five into law Tuesday and Wednesday this week in order to take more im...

State abortion laws harm low-income women the most

State abortion laws harm low-income women the most

By Danielle Pierre | For The Pitt News

February 16, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Not long after the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide, a woman’s right to choose is under attack once again. Lawmakers in 19 states passed new laws on women’s reproductive rights in 2016. And Pennsylvania is, unfortunate...

Dear Hollywood, we’ve had enough with whitewashing.

Dear Hollywood, we’ve had enough with whitewashing.

By Thomas Wick | Columnist

February 15, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Imagine an incredible story of a heroic white male joined by a background cast of Asian actors in a film set in China. It might sound like a strange way to describe a film, and it should — that’s the point. This is a brief description of a new film called “The Great Wall,” and it’s one example...

Editorial: No Mariner East II pipeline, period.

Editorial: No Mariner East II pipeline, period.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 15, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Keystone XL, Dakota Access, Sabah Trail — and now the Mariner East II. It seems there’s no shortage of pipelines popping up and swiftly garnering opposition throughout the United States. Yet another in the list, the ME2 pipeline is intended to expand upon the already-constructed Mariner East I line in Southern...

Why wait? Practicing abstinence in college

Why wait? Practicing abstinence in college

By Julia Aldrich | Columnist

February 14, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Yvonne Orji, an actress in the award-winning HBO show “Insecure,” confidently smiled and laughed as she sat on the set of New York radio show “The Breakfast Club” last November. The show’s hosts — Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee and DJ Envy — questioned the charming actress on a subject...

The importance of consent: Let’s talk about yes, baby

The importance of consent: Let’s talk about yes, baby

By Elise Lavallee, Contributing Editor

February 14, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Almost everyone loves great sex, but we all have different opinions about what makes sex so great. Some find pleasure with kinks, others find it in physical attractiveness or mental chemistry. But all these things, as good as they may make having sex, mean nothing without consent. Federal law defi...

Make more room for queer representation this Valentine’s Day

Make more room for queer representation this Valentine’s Day

By Rashi Seth | For The Pitt News

February 14, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Nothing screams “I love you” like the Victorian ideals of strong, powerful men taking care of women. And this stereotypical love — with its origins in ancient fertility ceremonies — is bought and sold most prominently on one day every year: Valentine’s Day. Valentine's Day started o...

Infant circumcision disregards basic human rights

Infant circumcision disregards basic human rights

By Christian Snyder | Columnist

February 14, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It’s one of my hazy memories — the kind that doesn’t exist temporally, just as a snapshot. In the bathroom at after-school day care, around age five or six, I needed to replace the bandage on my penis from a surgical correction for phimosis — the result of a surgeon removing too little foreskin ...

Editorial: County council should ban vaping, prioritize health

Editorial: County council should ban vaping, prioritize health

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 13, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Smoking cigarettes represented a large part of American culture for much of the 20th century — but now we know better. As move into the depths of the 21st, and the harms of smoking become more difficult to ignore, a more modern form of smoking is taking over — the electronic cigarette. Just as J...

Sessions: Forgive the past, focus on qualifications for the future

Sessions: Forgive the past, focus on qualifications for the future

By Collin Crouse | For The Pitt News

February 13, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Like all of President Donald Trump’s nominations for his cabinet, Jeff Sessions was not exempt from harsh criticism and a grueling confirmation process. Rumors and hints of who President Trump would nominate for Attorney General became the subject of controversy between senate Democrats and Republi...

Esquivel-Hernandez deportation not the end on fight for immigration

Esquivel-Hernandez deportation not the end on fight for immigration

By Amber Montgomery | Opinions Editor

February 10, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As the national debate on immigration rages on, a case in Pittsburgh is highlighting a new way to tackle immigration rights. Martin Esquivel-Hernandez, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who became a familiar name in the Steel City, was detained in prisons in York, Pennsylvania, and Youngstown, O...

Top 10: Things To Do If You’re Single On Valentine’s Day

Top 10: Things To Do If You’re Single On Valentine’s Day

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

February 10, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Stare out a rain-streaked window We recommend finding a large, spacious window. Maybe one in Cathy, if you can. Take out a faded Polaroid photo of an old flame, and sigh every once in awhile. When people ask if something’s wrong, just say “nothing, I’m fine” and go back to staring out th...

Send tobacco ban up in smoke

Send tobacco ban up in smoke

By Christian Snyder | For The Pitt News

February 9, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Some evenings, as I’m walking home from class, I decide to take a shortcut up the stairs that wind through Carlow’s campus to shorten the trip home. There are a few noticeable differences between Carlow and Pitt: the size, the architecture, the religious imagery. But one of the most noteworth...

Editorial: On abortion, sanctuary cities, Wolf should stay strong

Editorial: On abortion, sanctuary cities, Wolf should stay strong

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 9, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

While political clashes in Washington, D.C., continue to grow more frequent and more intense, Republicans in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, are feeling little pushback against their agenda — and they’re making the most of it. The GOP majority in the state senate voted to consider a singularly restri...

When done right, the internet fosters community and engagement

When done right, the internet fosters community and engagement

By Julia Aldrich | Columnist

February 8, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Since the election, tensions online have increased and Facebook posts have become noticeably more political and way more opinionated. But if we can navigate these channels properly, maybe this isn’t a bad thing. Yes, the upswing in politically-charged posts can be about as irksome as it gets. I cou...

Editorial: DeVos confirmed, but we can still work toward change

Editorial: DeVos confirmed, but we can still work toward change

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 8, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

After a valiant but ineffective 24-hour effort by Senate Democrats to sway one more Republican against Betsy DeVos, Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote on Tuesday to officially make DeVos our next secretary of education. While there’s been much criticism of her approach to K-1...

President Trump’s war on media has historical similarities

President Trump’s war on media has historical similarities

By Nick Eustis | Columnist

February 8, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Like the price of coffee or the daily weather report, a free and fair press is such a consistent part of American society that most people don’t even think about its presence. At least not until it’s threatened to be taken away. It’s becoming very clear that our current president holds the ...

Editorial: Don’t overblow Super Bowl ad controversies

Editorial: Don’t overblow Super Bowl ad controversies

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 7, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The first Super Bowl of the Trump era was, in some ways, less political than expected. The players on the field abstained from overt political statements. Lady Gaga’s halftime performance stayed surprisingly and decidedly apolitical. And few, if any, of the commercials that aired during the game’s T...

Violent riots hurt minorities, progressive causes

Violent riots hurt minorities, progressive causes

By Jeremy Wang | For The Pitt News

February 7, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As rubber buckshot and molotov cocktails sailed through the air, a speaking event for alt-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos at the University of California, Berkeley, was shut down. Under the cover of a peaceful, student-led protest, a group of masked agitators — many of whom were not university students — smashed windows of u...

Letter to the Editor: Don’t just ignore Yiannopoulos

Letter to the Editor: Don’t just ignore Yiannopoulos

By John Kennick, Senior

February 7, 2017


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Dear Editor, Your editorial “Let Yiannopoulos speak, but don’t engage with him” is troubling. I'm puzzled that a group of journalists could think the way to beat Milo Yiannopoulos is to ignore him. Is that also how the editors recommend addressing systematic gender violence or racism in our co...

Editorial: Let Yiannopoulos speak, but don’t engage with him

Editorial: Let Yiannopoulos speak, but don’t engage with him

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 6, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Editor’s note: The Pitt News’ editorial board had an intense discussion about the effects of incendiary rhetoric, the intent of civil disobedience and the line between free and hate speech. Ultimately, the board was divided on many of these topics — and quick to admit that our positions as col...

Stallings is out of time, his sacking should come soon

Stallings is out of time, his sacking should come soon

By Matthew Sable | For The Pitt News

February 6, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When Kevin Stallings was first considered for the position of Pitt’s new men’s basketball head coach, many Pitt fans responded with concern and disapproval. Still, the fan base gave him a chance. Now, a year later and after eight losses in a row — most recently to Duke on Saturday — it’s clear the athl...

Top 10: Pieces of Career Advice

Top 10: Pieces of Career Advice

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

February 3, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Dress for the job you want, not the one you have. You’re an accountant right now, but that’s not the dream. If you really want to be Batman, you better start acting — and looking — the part. That means full cape, mask and aggressively musky voice required. Bring your own water ...

Trump’s freeze: Hold him accountable for campaign promises

Trump’s freeze: Hold him accountable for campaign promises

By Christian Snyder | For The Pitt News

February 3, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I remember waiting for the phone call last November, looking out of the window of the old Alcoa building in Downtown Pittsburgh. I was told that it would come around 2 p.m. and that I should be prepared to discuss intelligence, security, the Middle East and Russia. “Unknown,” read the caller ID when ...

Editorial: PWSA needs to clean water, clean up its act

Editorial: PWSA needs to clean water, clean up its act

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 2, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

By now, everyone in Oakland knows we’re in hot water. But that doesn’t mean the city’s water problems are anything new. An advisory put out by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority Tuesday night urged residents of areas serviced by the water filtration plant in Highland Park, including Oakland, not to drink tap w...

Let pro-life feminists have their place in the movement

Let pro-life feminists have their place in the movement

By Kirsten Wong | Senior Columnist

February 2, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In the current political climate, women’s health issues need all the defense they can get — and feuding between pro-choice and pro-life feminists can only hurt the cause. The Women’s March on Washington made history Jan. 21, when over 5 million women from around the world came out to protect ...

Editorial: Toomey supporting Trump’s ban ignores voters

Editorial: Toomey supporting Trump’s ban ignores voters

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 1, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

As Pennsylvania residents across the state stood together to protest President Trump’s recent ban on immigrants and refugees this past weekend, Sen. Pat Toomey was busy schmoozing donors in Palm Springs. After arriving back in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Toomey issued a statement declaring his support for the president's executive order. But Toome...

Reduce environmental impact by limiting meat intake

Reduce environmental impact by limiting meat intake

By Elise Lavallee, Contributing Editor

February 1, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When most people wonder why anyone would give up eating meat, they turn first to a love for animals combined with an opposition to animal cruelty. And they’re right, these are common reasons. But there’s another reason that we can all benefit from eating a more plant-based diet: the large environmental i...

Arctic apples: Give GMOs a chance

Arctic apples: Give GMOs a chance

By Jaime Viens | Columnist

January 31, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

When you’re perusing the produce aisle, your obvious choice is to reach for the shiny, red apple over the browning, shriveling one. But what if you discover the red one’s actually been on the shelf longer? With the rise of genetically engineered crops, it’s more likely than you might think —...

Editorial: Pitt must commit to actions, not just words on sanctuary campus

Editorial: Pitt must commit to actions, not just words on sanctuary campus

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 31, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

As President Donald Trump’s executive order banning entry to the United States sunk in over the weekend, some groups responded with more defiance than others. Riots and rallies across the country and in Pittsburgh manifested widespread disapproval of the order. Private companies including Starbucks, Lyft and Airbnb, ...

Point-Counterpoint: Focus on root causes, not guns, to eliminate suicide

Point-Counterpoint: Focus on root causes, not guns, to eliminate suicide

By Jeremy Wang | For The Pitt News

January 30, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Uncategorized

Guns don’t cause suicide. Just as we can’t blame all 15,000 murders per year on firearms, we can’t attribute the United States’ suicides, over 44,000 per year, entirely to its high rate of gun ownership and availability. While guns do play a part, it’s more important to consider the underlying ca...

Point-Counterpoint: Increasing gun control can reduce suicides

Point-Counterpoint: Increasing gun control can reduce suicides

By Erica Brandbergh | Columnist

January 30, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Mass shootings in America often get the most attention in debates on gun control. But there’s another big issue we don’t talk about enough: suicide. Data shows that suicide rates have reached an all-time high in the past three decades. There are 20,000 gun-related suicides in the United States every year, which accounts for more than half of...

Editorial: Schubert needs to balance commitment to community and department

Editorial: Schubert needs to balance commitment to community and department

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 30, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

After the resignation of Police Chief Cameron McLay in early November 2016, Mayor Bill Peduto gave the new acting police chief, Scott Schubert, 90 days to prove himself worthy of the position. As it turns out, Schubert didn’t need all that much time, evidenced by Peduto naming him to the position Frid...

Hold Bayer and pharmaceutical companies accountable

Hold Bayer and pharmaceutical companies accountable

By Christian Snyder | For The Pitt News

January 27, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Pitt announced a new contract with the pharmaceutical company Bayer on Jan. 11. The contract will unite Bayer and the School of Medicine to research early indications of heart, lung and blood disease. The cooperation has the potential to offer innovative advancements to medicine, as early warning sig...

Top 10: Trump executive orders and how they’ll affect Pittsburgh

Top 10: Trump executive orders and how they’ll affect Pittsburgh

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

January 27, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Building the wall along the Mexican border will lead to reopening the steel mills What’s that you say? There’s no steel to mill? Well, we’ll worry about that later. We’ll probably steel it back from China or something. Every city in America will now start with the letter “T”...

Editorial: Trump’s EPA blackout proves we need to resist

Editorial: Trump’s EPA blackout proves we need to resist

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 26, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

For many federal agencies, the Trump era began in total darkness this week. White House staff shocked government employees Monday with a hiring freeze that came closely after the removal of official webpages for climate change issues, among others. The incoming administration’s tension with clim...

Meet Florida’s DAPL: the Sabal Trail Pipeline

Meet Florida’s DAPL: the Sabal Trail Pipeline

By Savanna Melton | Op-ed Contributor

January 26, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

While the media and activists have concentrated their passions and attention on the Dakota Access Pipeline over the past few months, other pipelines have been getting a free pass. Since late November, my focus as an activist has been on the Sabal Trail Pipeline, a 515-mile-long channel that cuts th...

Letter to the Editor: Gilman, City welcoming to immigrants

Letter to the Editor: Gilman, City welcoming to immigrants

By Janice Vanderneck

January 26, 2017


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Dear Pitt News Editorial Board,   This past week, The Pitt News Editorial Board published an editorial titled “Pittsburgh says it’s committed to immigrants, it’s time to show it.” Such an article we feel unfairly represents the legislation put forth by Councilman Dan Gilman and inac...

Editorial: States must be the ones to push for change in Trump’s America

Editorial: States must be the ones to push for change in Trump’s America

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 25, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Before Donald Trump had even been sworn in as the next President of the United States, Pennsylvania Sen. Daylin Leach began a push to oppose the new administration's influence through the democratic channels of the state Senate. Sen. Leach released a memorandum just hours before then-President-elect Tru...

DeVos unqualified for Secretary of Education position

DeVos unqualified for Secretary of Education position

By Elise Lavallee | For The Pitt News

January 25, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The United States is in major need of an educational revamp. More than a few presidential administrations have come and gone without making significant or impactful changes in education reform. And if last week's Senate hearing is at all indicative, it doesn’t seem that the Trump administration ...

Nonbelievers just as qualified for politics as the religious

Nonbelievers just as qualified for politics as the religious

By Nick Eustis | Columnist

January 25, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Though the U.S. is a secular nation, if you want to be a politician in America, you have to believe in something. A full 51 percent of Americans say they would be less likely to support an openly atheist candidate for president, and 45 percent say that belief in God is necessary to have good values, ...

Editorial: Welch brings needed alternative to mayoral primary

Editorial: Welch brings needed alternative to mayoral primary

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 24, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The field for Democratic nominee for mayor of Pittsburgh got a little wider this weekend. At a public library auditorium in Homewood Saturday, John Welch declared a “people’s campaign,” becoming incumbent Mayor Bill Peduto’s first declared opponent in the May 16 Democratic primary for the 2017 election. Welch, the dean of students at the Pittsbur...

Pink Pistols prove concealed carry not just for conservatives

Pink Pistols prove concealed carry not just for conservatives

By Jeremy Wang | For The Pitt News

January 24, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Donald Trump’s endorsement by the National Rifle Association — and his son’s leadership of the Second Amendment Coalition — promises to bring concealed carry to the focus of the gun control debate. Various factions across the country will be squaring off for a clash over this central element...

Editorial: Trump’s first days foreshadow bleak future for the press

Editorial: Trump’s first days foreshadow bleak future for the press

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 23, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Uncategorized

The election is over, the delegates have voted and the oath has been taken — Donald Trump is the president of the United States. His very first day in office set an early precedent for the future of the administration’s interaction with the press and the people — and it’s not one that’s favorabl...

A reflection from inaugural weekend: Trump’s America still divided

A reflection from inaugural weekend: Trump’s America still divided

By Nick Eustis | Columnist

January 23, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Even before attending Donald Trump’s inauguration and the Women’s March on Washington, I knew this past weekend would be historic. Trump thought the same, for different reasons than I, promising an “unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout” for his inaugural ceremony.  Like so many of his promises, this was simply not meant to be. It’...

Diversify Pitt’s Nationality Rooms to include all communities

Diversify Pitt’s Nationality Rooms to include all communities

By Amber Montgomery | Opinions Editor

January 20, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Top Stories

Many of the Best Of winners weren’t big surprises to me. Peter’s Pub for the Place to Spend your 21st and James Conner as Best Athlete are pretty obvious. The category that threw me was the winner for Best Nationality Room. The distinction went to our boot-shaped friend, Italy. Recognizing the Italian Room...

Top 10: Best of Oakland

Top 10: Best of Oakland

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

January 20, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Now that we know the best burgers, apps and places to do yoga in the city, we’d like to offer our favorite non-existent Best Of categories and our picks for the winners. Best class to fall asleep in Anything containing the word “introduction,” “foundations,” “beginning” or “101...

Napping on campus a solution to all night studying

Napping on campus a solution to all night studying

By Rashi Seth | For The Pitt News

January 20, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way” – Donkey from “Shrek” I take these words a little too literally regarding my weekend homework management. Every Monday, I imagine that I will spread out my workflow over the week and have a free weekend — that never happens. The next idea is to st...

Q&A with Best SGB Member Everett Green

Q&A with Best SGB Member Everett Green

By Jaime Viens | Columnist

January 20, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

You may have passed by Everett Green walking through Sennott Square, known him as a prominent member of Pitt’s Greek life or just recognized him as a familiar face on an Oakland street. But as this year’s Best Of poll tells us, many students know him best for the work he’s done as a part of ...

Editorial: Chelsea Manning sentence commuted, a long overdue step

Editorial: Chelsea Manning sentence commuted, a long overdue step

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 19, 2017


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The last days of President Barack Obama’s administration are shaping up to be some of its most important. Aside from the flood of executive orders leaving the president’s desk in the past weeks since the election, Obama marked his last few days in office with a series of pardons. Among the most controve...

Obama: A presidency from the eyes of an immigrant’s son

Obama: A presidency from the eyes of an immigrant’s son

By Saket Rajprohat | Columnist

January 19, 2017


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So that’s it. After eight years, I’ll watch one of my greatest role models leave office this Friday. I remember watching President Barack Obama’s first inauguration in my sixth grade classroom. Our teacher told us it was a moment we would never forget. I can’t say that I knew it then, but...

From LGBTQ+ Americans: Thanks, Obama

From LGBTQ+ Americans: Thanks, Obama

By Jack Shelly | Op-ed Contributor

January 19, 2017


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I was probably 11 or 12 the first time I heard about Barack Obama. “Gilmore Girls” ended with Rory leaving Stars Hollow, Connecticut, to cover the primary bid of the charismatic senator from Illinois. He was a boyishly handsome, big-eared law professor who used eloquent, moving language when he spo...

Editorial: Pittsburgh says it’s committed to immigrants, it’s time to show it

Editorial: Pittsburgh says it’s committed to immigrants, it’s time to show it

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 18, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Uncategorized

In an effort to extend Pittsburgh’s commitment as a welcoming city for all, City Council member Dan Gilman proposed new legislation on Tuesday that will make the city a safer and more livable one for immigrants, refugees and the disabled. The bills have the potential to create real change but could ...

Owners should fit the bill for stadiums, not taxpayers

Owners should fit the bill for stadiums, not taxpayers

By Matthew Sable | For The Pitt News

January 18, 2017


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America is addicted to building sport stadiums. Almost every stadium America builds receives public funding, but these newly constructed stadiums often don’t make cities the money they are expected to. Cities build stadiums mainly in response to fan demands but often overlook the economic repercu...

For NFL MVP, give Le’Veon Bell a chance

For NFL MVP, give Le’Veon Bell a chance

By Kyle Morhardt | For The Pitt News

January 17, 2017


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If there were ever a time for a non-quarterback to break into the MVP club, it’s now. Since 2007, quarterbacks have dominated the NFL’s MVP award. Compared to the perception of quarterbacks in the modern game as the most important player on any team, running backs get little to no credit for t...

Editorial: Don’t just look at the comforting in MLK’s legacy

Editorial: Don’t just look at the comforting in MLK’s legacy

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 17, 2017


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The last Martin Luther King Jr. Day of the Obama era couldn’t have better foreshadowed the changes coming in the next four years. As the outgoing president marked the day of remembrance for one civil rights icon with a visit to a Washington, D.C., homeless shelter, a feud festered between another hero of the civil rights movement and the incoming executi...

Top 10 Things You May Have Missed in Obama’s Farewell Address

Top 10 Things You May Have Missed in Obama’s Farewell Address

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

January 13, 2017


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President Obama left us with a few final thoughts during his farewell address in Chicago Tuesday night. His iconic themes of hope and change were scattered among his warnings for the future. We’ve seen video clips and screenshots circulating social media of some of his greatest lines — praising ...

Judging steroid use in Major League Baseball in historical context

Judging steroid use in Major League Baseball in historical context

By Matthew Sable | For The Pitt News

January 13, 2017


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Has baseball ever been a “clean” sport? So many writers, fans and players consider the steroid era — spanning from the late 1980s until the mid 2000s — as the only time period that saw rampant cheating around the diamond. Baseball writers such as Wallace Matthews at ESPN, Peter Botte at th...

New Pitt Wi-Fi network gives gamers an upgrade

New Pitt Wi-Fi network gives gamers an upgrade

By Thomas Wick | Columnist

January 12, 2017


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Pitt’s new Wi-Fi network is a generous gift to gamers. Now that the holiday season has passed, most people who enjoy gaming have gotten the newest installments in venerated series like “Titanfall 2,” “Battlefield 1,” “Final Fantasy XV,” “The Last Guardian” or “Pokémon Sun” ...

Editorial: Sessions, BuzzFeed controversy prove Trump dangerous to a free press

Editorial: Sessions, BuzzFeed controversy prove Trump dangerous to a free press

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 12, 2017


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The past several days have been more than a little unnerving for many, but especially for American journalists. In Washington, D.C., Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., vehemently denied he would use the office of attorney general to remove the legal rights of...

Editorial: Wolf should rethink Pittsburgh prison closure, make cuts elsewhere

Editorial: Wolf should rethink Pittsburgh prison closure, make cuts elsewhere

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 11, 2017


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In an effort to respond to both the looming state budget deficit and the falling inmate population in Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf’s office announced Jan. 6, they will be closing two state prisons, with one in northern Pittsburgh being heavily considered. But his ultimate decision must not prioritize fitting the bil...

Let’s give Rex Tillerson a chance, what could possibly go wrong?

Let’s give Rex Tillerson a chance, what could possibly go wrong?

By Jaime Viens | Columnist

January 11, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Uncategorized

In a move that met much criticism early last month, President-elect Donald Trump nominated Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, to be our next Secretary of State. Since we obviously don’t need to speculate about Tillerson’s relationship with big oil executives — as we already know he is a big oil executi...

Editorial: Peduto should live up to campaign finance promises

Editorial: Peduto should live up to campaign finance promises

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 10, 2017


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When Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto first threw his support behind campaign finance reform, he was ahead of his time. Now the story’s a little different. Years before the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision and the campaigns of politicians such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) made it a...

Net neutrality must be defended over the next four years

Net neutrality must be defended over the next four years

By Nick Eustis | For the Pitt News

January 10, 2017


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With fewer than two weeks until Inauguration Day, President-elect Donald Trump has failed to calm the worries of his detractors about what the next four years will hold. His cabinet appointees certainly haven’t helped. Some of his selections are wholly opposed to the agency they’ve been appoint...

Up to students to pressure states for free college tuition

Up to students to pressure states for free college tuition

By Kirsten Wong | Senior Columnist

January 9, 2017


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In the midst of ever-increasing tuition and student debt at universities, New York has offered a bold solution. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, D-N.Y., announced his proposal on Jan. 3 to make state and city universities tuition-free for middle-class and low-income families making $125,000 or less a year. Under the program — the Excelsior Schol...

Editorial: Pitt should offer more interdisciplinary studies for students

Editorial: Pitt should offer more interdisciplinary studies for students

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 9, 2017


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The goal for any student after graduation is to get a job in his or her field and build a career. But for today’s students, expectations have risen and the labor force demands graduates who are able to easily adapt to our changing world. Many colleges and universities, including Carnegie Mellon, are r...

Current definition of terrorism needs a new update

Current definition of terrorism needs a new update

By Saket Rajprohat | Columnist

January 6, 2017


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Our current understanding of terrorism has strayed from its conventional definition. When terrorism is mentioned, the first things people think of are the likes of Omar Mateen and the 2016 mass murder at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the Tsarnaev brothers who executed the Boston bombing in 2013 or Osama Bin Laden and the others behind the attacks on...

Top 10 Totally Achievable New Year Resolutions

Top 10 Totally Achievable New Year Resolutions

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

January 6, 2017


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Read more… ...pamphlets Pamphlets: not as intimidating as 19th century English literature, more intellectually stimulating than children’s books or single-page flyers. Plus, they’re everywhere: doctor’s offices, dentist’s offices, stuffed in between bus seats. Reading at least five pamphl...

The Red Solo Cup should become a relic of the past

The Red Solo Cup should become a relic of the past

By Julia Aldrich | Columnist

January 6, 2017


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Robert L. Hulseman, the inventor of the Red Solo Cup, passed away on Dec. 21, 2016.   A little over a week later, on New Year's Eve, my friends and I attended a party at a bar in Philadelphia. The atmosphere was lively, the DJ was bumping and the open bar was a masterpiece, except for one aspect...

Editorial: State ethics reform ignores the real problems

Editorial: State ethics reform ignores the real problems

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 5, 2017


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It looks like Republicans in Pennsylvania’s capital are following the Congressional GOP’s recent example when it comes to mishandling ethics reform. In one of the Pennsylvania State House’s first acts of the new legislative term, the House Ethics Committee, under the direction of Republican Scott Petri, pushed through a bundle of rule changes for the Committee’s operatio...

Don’t let superstition rule your 2017

Don’t let superstition rule your 2017

By Henry Glitz | Assistant Opinions Editor

January 5, 2017


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The last day of last year was, without a doubt, one of the best. My friends who I hadn’t seen in weeks or months were gathered around me to celebrate the end of the year from hell. Yet, the jubilant cries of my friends at the stroke of midnight almost drowned out the mantra I was repeating over and...

Make realistic goals, not resolutions this New Year

Make realistic goals, not resolutions this New Year

By Maggie Koontz | For The Pitt News

January 3, 2017


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Last year, my New Year’s resolution was to cut back on my social media usage. I failed. As soon as the semester began and my professors started droning on, I was back scrolling through Facebook feeds and Instagram photos while my resolution fell to the misdirected wayside like many others before it. ...

Port Authority’s new fare policy deters cash, affecting lower income riders

Port Authority’s new fare policy deters cash, affecting lower income riders

By Amber Montgomery | Opinions Editor

January 3, 2017


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If you rode a Port Authority bus in the last two months of 2016, you probably noticed the scrolling banners or audible reminders promising that “change is coming.” The messages could have been intended to be comically ominous, but the larger objective was to alert riders to the coming changes in ...

On player discipline, NFL has a long way to go

On player discipline, NFL has a long way to go

By Jaime Viens | Columnist

January 3, 2017


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Few football fans entertain the illusion that the National Football League is flawless, but during the past few seasons, the league’s corruption may well have reached its peak. As the new year begins, the NFL regular season comes to a close and playoffs approach, the league has the opportunity to i...

Sleep attack: living with narcolepsy

Sleep attack: living with narcolepsy

By Maya Puskaric | For The Pitt News

December 12, 2016


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When I think back to high school, I mostly remember sleeping through more classes than I was awake for. I remember pushing myself out of bed in the morning with the mantra, “just get up and get dressed, and you can sleep through homeroom and first period.” Only after a chorus of three alarms and ...

Sleepless nights and pivotal moments

Sleepless nights and pivotal moments

By Dale Shoemaker | Managing Editor

December 12, 2016


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And here it is again, another sleepless night and my last at The Pitt News. These feelings are all too familiar: the dryness of my eyes, the vague throbbing in my head, the pain in my neck. Probably the biggest lie I’ve told myself over the past three and a half years is a recurring one: I’ll...

Meme culture: a barrier for online discussion

Meme culture: a barrier for online discussion

By Mariam Shalaby | Columnist

December 8, 2016


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Occasionally, as I scroll through my Instagram feed, I find a meme to show my mom. Yesterday, I texted her a photo of a cat poking its head comically through the crack of a door with the caption, “When I hear my parents talking about me in another room.” My go-to conversation starter when I text my...

Top 10: study tips for finals week

Top 10: study tips for finals week

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

December 8, 2016


Filed under Editorials

As finals week approaches, we are all figuring out ways to survive this dreadful time of year while also attempting to keep our fingers and toes from freezing in the first onslaught of winter’s fury. We’ve listed a few ways to cope with the inevitable process of emotional breakdowns, sleep deprivation a...

Real commentary requires facts, not just a platform

Real commentary requires facts, not just a platform

By Matt Moret | Assistant Opinions Editor

December 8, 2016


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This is my last week as an editor for The Pitt News opinions section. I’ve spent all of it thinking about thinkpieces. Since my first year at Pitt, I’ve been writing or editing commentary, both at this paper and for other campus publications. And though I can say these experiences have changed my l...

Editorial: Ohio’s restrictive abortion bill a preview of Trump’s America

Editorial: Ohio’s restrictive abortion bill a preview of Trump’s America

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 8, 2016


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Abortion rights are once again under attack, and this time, there might not be a Supreme Court willing to stand up in defense. The Ohio General Assembly approved a bill Tuesday night which would ban abortions after the fetus heartbeat becomes detectable. This generally occurs six weeks after a woman first becomes pregnant. Unfortunately for ...

Editorial: Future of Democratic Party in need of change

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 7, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Even after a blistering and highly emotional defeat last month, it appears the Democratic leadership has learned next-to-nothing. With the loss of the House, Senate and presidency in this year’s election with President-elect Donald Trump’s stunning victory, the future of the Democratic Party ...

OMETS give students voices for improvement

OMETS give students voices for improvement

By Amber Montgomery | Columnist

December 7, 2016


Filed under Columns

I’ve had a sticky note on my desktop all semester where I jot down little thoughts about my classes and professors — notes about covering material too fast or taking too long to hand back grades. To an outside observer, it may seem trivial or even bizarre, but to me, it’s helpful preparation for ...

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