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Clinton backers ignored Pennsylvania’s center, lost winnable votes

Clinton backers ignored Pennsylvania’s center, lost winnable votes

By Julia Aldrich | Columnist

December 6, 2016


Filed under Columns

The final months of 2016’s election season on Pitt’s campus were rather blue — and by blue, I mean pro-Clinton. As I made my way through campus, I’d see students sporting the Clinton campaign logo on stickers and buttons. I’d try my best to avoid eye contact with the tables of canvassers a...

Editorial: Trump selecting Carson disregards those who need HUD’s help

Editorial: Trump selecting Carson disregards those who need HUD’s help

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 6, 2016


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Cuba Gooding Jr.’s fictionalized version of Ben Carson from TNT’s “Gifted Hands” movie would be a less surprising addition to the President-elect’s cabinet than Carson himself. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon from Detroit, ran against and lost — badly — to Donald Trump in this year’s Re...

Editorial: Standing Rock Sioux’s fight is not over

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 5, 2016


Filed under Editorials

With only one day left before they would be told to evacuate the construction site, Native Americans and supporters of the No DAPL protest all around the country are celebrating. After months of protesting and demonstrations in support of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, the Army Corps of Engineer...

Op-Ed: Gun control will not solve gun violence

Op-Ed: Gun control will not solve gun violence

By Jeremy Wang | Op-Ed Contributor

December 5, 2016


Filed under Columns

Removing assault weapons from the market will do nothing to address the root causes of violence. Whenever there is a mass shooting or crime involving firearms — whether it be the Orlando nightclub shooting or the epidemic of inner-city violent crime — the phrase “gun violence” is immediat...

Dark Matter shines light on trans people of color

Dark Matter shines light on trans people of color

By Erica Brandbergh | For The Pitt News

December 1, 2016


Filed under Columns

As the music ceased, the audience hushed and New York-based artists Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian took the stage in boldly colored outfits and vibrant lipsticks. The pair didn’t waste time as they leapt into a passionate spoken-word poem. The audience was immediately captivated. The ...

Top 10: Trump Cabinet Picks

Top 10: Trump Cabinet Picks

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

December 1, 2016


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As President-elect Donald Trump’s picks for his cabinet become finalized, so has criticism for his choices. Even though he promised to #DrainTheSwamp, Trump instead dove right in, selecting a team of political insiders, millionaires and billionaires. Hoping to offer our 45th president some guidanc...

There’s no blueprint, choose passion over pressure

There’s no blueprint, choose passion over pressure

By Saket Rajprohat | Columnist

December 1, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I wake up with a jolt, worried I missed my alarm. The clock read 5:29 a.m., a minute before my alarm was supposed to ring. Turning off my tentative wake up call, I immediately began to panic, “How could I do this to myself! Without that extra minute of sleep, I might as well have not slept at all.” ...

Editorial: Pittsburgh must protect LGBTQ children from conversion therapy

Editorial: Pittsburgh must protect LGBTQ children from conversion therapy

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 1, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Let’s just get this out of the way: Being gay, queer, trans or any other member of the LGBTQ+ community is not a choice. There’s no way to “fix” it. It’s disappointing that, on the precipice of 2017, people are still arguing about this. Moreover, it’s a tragic reality that some of tho...

Editorial: Pittsburgh should declare sanctuary status

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 30, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

As threats to undocumented immigrants being deported under Trump’s administration loom, Pittsburgh, it seems, is fighting back. Ever since President-elect Donald Trump vowed to deport up to 3 million undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes as well as threatened to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities, cities across the co...

Recounts will strengthen our democracy

Recounts will strengthen our democracy

By Saket Rajprohat | Columnist

November 30, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Even though he won the election, don’t remind Donald Trump that he lost the popular vote. He gets testy. So testy, in fact, that he’s now lying about how he lost, just to save face. “I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” Trump said in a tweet on Su...

Students should focus less on resumes and embrace experiential learning

Students should focus less on resumes and embrace experiential learning

By Kirsten Wong | Opinions Editor

November 29, 2016


Filed under Columns

Researching, public speaking and being in charge of a dozen kids are all activities I’ve tried to avoid at any cost. Research is a bore, public speaking gives me anxiety and kids require too much energy to handle for more than 20 minutes. Yet here I am, in college, advocating for the very things ...

Editorial: Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education puts private business before community improvement

Editorial: Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education puts private business before community improvement

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 29, 2016


Filed under Editorials

President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly promised to run the country like a business. If his early choices for key cabinet positions are any indication, he plans to make good on that claim — at least in regard to education. Trump announced last Wednesday that conservative billionaire and activist Be...

Pitt’s Counseling Center needs to meet increasing demands

Pitt’s Counseling Center needs to meet increasing demands

By For The Pitt News | Erica Brandbergh

November 28, 2016


Filed under Columns

A few weeks ago, I tried to make an appointment at Pitt’s Counseling Center only to be told that the counselors were so busy that it could be over a month before I could get an appointment. I know Pitt is a large university with increasing mental health service demands, but I didn’t expect the wa...

Editorial: Professor watchlist avoids academic dialogue

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 28, 2016


Filed under Columns, Editorials

Before you sign up for a class, you check the professor’s Rate My Professor and maybe his or her bio on Pitt’s site. Now, some students might also see if their professors “liberal biases” have landed them on a watchlist. With the launch of a new website last week, any of your professors who are “caugh...

Trump’s ethical supporters must give back to communities he threatens

Trump’s ethical supporters must give back to communities he threatens

By Saket Rajprohat | Columnist

November 22, 2016


Filed under Columns

Because I spent the good part of my summer and fall semesters this year working for the Hillary Clinton campaign, watching the election results with my team on Nov. 8 was particularly devastating. When Trump was on the verge of winning Pennsylvania and I was on the verge of losing my mind, we shut...

Editorial: The Pitt News’ Thanksgiving survival guide

Editorial: The Pitt News’ Thanksgiving survival guide

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 22, 2016


Filed under Editorials

‘Tis the season for turkey, stuffing and unbearable small talk around the family dinner table. It’s Thanksgiving, and lucky for you, the country just completed its most contentious political contest in decades. While that means there will be plenty of fodder for banter, it also makes it like...

Criminal record could impact student protestor

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 21, 2016


Filed under Editorials

It’s difficult to imagine that participating in a protest in college could lead to limited job prospects for those involved, but this very well may be a reality for some student protesters at Pitt. A student protest turned violent last Thursday after the Pitt police forced students out of the Litchfield Towers lobby as they were occupying the space, despite police demands not to. One stud...

Letter to the editor

By The Pittsburgh Student Solidarity Coalition

November 20, 2016


Filed under Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: On the night of Nov. 17, at a non-violent anti-Trump protest, tuition-paying students at the University of Pittsburgh were forced out of the spaces that exist and are maintained solely for their use by brutal force wielded by police who are paid through these students’ tuition. T...

Top 10 Things First-Time Renters Should Look Out For

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 18, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Our weekly Top Ten is brought to you by the writers of Pitt Tonight and The Pitt News Editorial Board. Ghosts If ghosts don’t bother you, set up secret cameras to videotape your roommates while they sleep and you can make the 17th Paranormal Activity sequel. You’ll rake in millions, or ...

Privatization of public works poisoned city water

Privatization of public works poisoned city water

By Jaime Viens | Columnist

November 18, 2016


Filed under Columns

When two-year-old resident of Flint, Michigan, Sofia Waid had her blood tested, the results showed her blood had 14 micrograms of lead per deciliter, according to her father’s February statement to the Detroit Free Press. Currently, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention holds the “blood lead level of concern” at five mcg/dL. The child has since suffered skin rashes, diges...

Close the street parking loophole

Close the street parking loophole

By Bayard Miller | Columnist

November 18, 2016


Filed under Columns

It’s a story almost every resident of Central — often erroneously called South — Oakland is familiar with: the anxiety attack that is an inevitable part of trying to find street parking.    As the proud owner of a Ford Crown Victoria — which is notable for not only its prominent usage by po...

Off-campus living is worth the commute

Off-campus living is worth the commute

By Emily Schoenberger | Columnist

November 18, 2016


Filed under Columns

As I planned my move to Pitt, one of my and my parents’ main concerns was that Pitt only guarantees students three years of on-campus housing. I was sure that I wanted to live on campus for as long as possible, and the idea of having to move off campus at some point gave me anxiety. After one ...

Anti-Trump protests provide unity and comfort

Anti-Trump protests provide unity and comfort

By Julia Aldrich | Columnist

November 17, 2016


Filed under Columns

Before all final votes could be counted in last week’s election, thousands of people in cities across the country — including Pittsburgh — painted their signs, slipped on their shoes and gathered in the streets to protest. But as soon as people began protesting Trump’s presidency — and his...

Local prison system in dire need of reform

Local prison system in dire need of reform

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 17, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Allegheny County’s prison system reflects the problems the American criminal justice system has faced for years. Pitt’s Institute of Politics released a report Wednesday titled “Criminal Justice in the 21st Century: Improving Incarceration Policies and Practices in Allegheny County,” that includes a list of suggestions to imp...

Voter suppression helped decide presidential election

Voter suppression helped decide presidential election

By Henry Glitz | Columnist

November 16, 2016


Filed under Columns

Try as they might, most members of the media still have very little idea what exactly happened at the polls last Tuesday. Even pundits and pollsters as prophetic as FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver had consistently predicted upwards of a 70 percent chance for a Clinton victory in the general election. As we all know, that didn’t happen, and none of the mos...

Editorial: Conscious conservatives must denounce Bannon appointment

Editorial: Conscious conservatives must denounce Bannon appointment

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 16, 2016


Filed under Editorials

By now, you’ve probably heard the name Steve Bannon floating around. If not, here’s a primer. As the former executive chairman of the self-described “Trump loudspeaker” site Breitbart.com, Bannon has promoted racist, sexist, transphobic and anti-Semitic writings. That seems like a long list, so...

Gamers should pass on the season pass

Gamers should pass on the season pass

By Thomas Wick | For The Pitt News

November 15, 2016


Filed under Columns

As soon as I started playing “Battlefield 1,” I couldn’t stop. The World War I shooter that I and hundreds of others had been anticipating finally came out in late October and has quickly become one of the most immersive and exciting multiplayer games of the year. Still, “Battlefield ...

Editorial: Revive Pitt’s journalism major

Editorial: Revive Pitt’s journalism major

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 15, 2016


Filed under Editorials

With a Donald Trump presidency just months away, the media world is fighting to win back the trust readers have abandoned. Which means that in a world full of fake news and unverified fluff masquerading as information, there has never been a larger need for young adults to learn how to most accurat...

Trump presidency could hurt LGBTQ+ rights

Trump presidency could hurt LGBTQ+ rights

By Maggie Koontz | For The Pitt News

November 13, 2016


Filed under Columns

About six years ago, I began to identify privately as bisexual. I kept the revelation to myself because I’m from Kentucky, a state known for being quite conservative. And, as a Catholic, I constantly heard that I was going to hell for being attracted to the same gender. Since Donald Trump was...

Editorial: Fake news on Facebook hinders political discourse

Editorial: Fake news on Facebook hinders political discourse

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 13, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Although the election has passed, social media is still a haven for articles, thinkpieces and commentary on the presidential candidates — now focused more squarely on President-elect Donald Trump. In the oversaturated, under-moderated mess that is social media, it’s become increasingly difficult to tel...

Overcome hatred by fighting inequality

Overcome hatred by fighting inequality

By Kirsten Wong | Opinions Editor

November 11, 2016


Filed under Columns

Behind every vote, there’s a story. My story is filled with experiences, relationships, childhood memories, passions, mistakes and successes that shape who I am today — just like anybody else. But there’s two sides to every story: the intangible parts of our identity that define us and the phy...

Mourning in America

Mourning in America

By Matt Moret | Assistant Opinions Editor

November 11, 2016


Filed under Columns

It’s mourning again in America. Every generation has a moment defined by the pain left in its wake. Our parents survived the administrations of Richard Nixon and George W. Bush. Most of us grew up as our country went to war twice and went through the worst economic decline since the Great Depression...

Letter to the Editor: I am an immigrant and I am horrified

Letter to the Editor: I am an immigrant and I am horrified

By Apara Sharma, Sophomore

November 10, 2016


Filed under Letters to the Editor

I am an immigrant. I've lived in this country for 17 of my 19 years. I am a student, a friend, a daughter. I have faced racism, and I have had to work hard to build the small safety net I have, and because of the results of this election, I am horrified and fearful for the lives of people that aren't...

Letter to the Editor: As an LGBTQ+ student, I fear for progress

Letter to the Editor: As an LGBTQ+ student, I fear for progress

By Anonymous Pitt Sophomore

November 10, 2016


Filed under Letters to the Editor

For this letter, I would like to remain anonymous. But due to what happened in this country last night, I feel that I cannot remain silent. I try my hardest to stay away from politics, as everyone is entitled to their own opinion — something I must respect. I would not call myself either a liberal...

Letter to the Editor: “Never again means never again.”

Letter to the Editor: “Never again means never again.”

By Hannah Lynn, Senior

November 10, 2016


Filed under Letters to the Editor

My mom forwarded me an email today that my rabbi sent out to the congregation of my temple, reminding everyone that “Jews don’t despair,” that we should always stand up for oppressed people. I’ve never been religious, but I’ve always been Jewish, and I’ve been thinking about that a lot i...

Letter to the Editor: “On Tuesday night, I felt like I was in the wrong country.”

Letter to the Editor: “On Tuesday night, I felt like I was in the wrong country.”

By Jesse Irwin, Senior

November 10, 2016


Filed under Letters to the Editor

The past 36 hours have sucked. On Tuesday night, I felt like I was in the wrong country. My mom had called me earlier in the day, so excited that — according to the polls — she was finally going to see another mother lead this nation, and that she was going to get to live through it with her...

Editorial: Pitt’s election day filled with community support

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 9, 2016


Filed under Editorials

With music playing outside the Union and Posvar, food trucks lining Fifth Avenue giving away free food to voters and students eagerly lining up at the polls, Oakland was vibrant on Election Day. After months of ruthless campaigning, rallies, speeches, debates and scandals, Americans finally had the...

Misleading ballot questions hurt voter interests, confuse at polls

Misleading ballot questions hurt voter interests, confuse at polls

By Nick Eustis | For The Pitt News

November 8, 2016


Filed under Columns

When you vote today, there will be a question on your ballot about the retirement age of state judges. In full, it reads: “Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to require that justices of the Supreme Court, judges and magisterial district judges be retired on the last day of the calendar year ...

Editorial: Pennsylvanians should reject judicial ballot question

Editorial: Pennsylvanians should reject judicial ballot question

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 8, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Today, the biggest decision facing most Americans will be who should lead the free world — no big deal. But Pennsylvanians will have to answer their own question this Election Day: Should state judges be able to serve until they are 75 years old? The Pennsylvania Judicial Retirement Age Ame...

McLay resigned, but his reforms should remain

McLay resigned, but his reforms should remain

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 7, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Just two years ago, Pittsburgh Chief of Police Cameron McLay came to the city as a reformer. His predecessor had just been sentenced to a term in prison. Relations between the police force and community had been fraying for years. He had a tough road ahead. But the former Madison, Wisconsin polic...

Pittsburgh must accept more refugees

Pittsburgh must accept more refugees

By Colin Jones | For The Pitt News

November 7, 2016


Filed under Columns

While sitting in a white, under-inflated dinghy with eight other people, it seemed unlikely that up to 20 people could fit in the cramped space. I barely had any room when it was only the nine of us sitting in the boat. But every day, dozens of such boats cross the Mediterranean Sea, full of refu...

Q&A with Vijay Chokal-Ingam: Affirmative action is racist

Q&A with Vijay Chokal-Ingam: Affirmative action is racist

By Amber Montgomery | Columnist

November 4, 2016


Filed under Columns

Vijay Chokal-Ingam may not be as well-known as his famous sister, actress and comedian Mindy Kaling, but he’s generated a bit of chatter about his book, “Almost Black: The True Story of How I Got into Medical School by Pretending to be Black.” The book details Chokal-Ingam’s experiences as an Indian-Ameri...

Affirmative action: the key to equal opportunity

Affirmative action: the key to equal opportunity

By Amber Montgomery | Columnist

November 4, 2016


Filed under Columns

It’s a Monday afternoon, and I hustle home after my Democratic theory class. A few minutes past 7 p.m., I call his phone number and ask to speak with Mr. Chokal-Ingam, the man who changed his racial identity in order to go to medical school. A friendly voice answers me back, telling me to call him V...

Top 10 things to do before the election on Tuesday

Top 10 things to do before the election on Tuesday

By The Pitt News Editorial Board and Pitt Tonight

November 3, 2016


Filed under Editorials

We want everyone to be prepared to go out and vote this Nov. 8. No matter what, Nov. 9 is sure to go down in history. But don’t panic just yet, we’ve got your pre-voting plans covered. 1.Double-check your registration. The election is clearly rigged. You never know, your voter registration could ...

Editorial: Pittsburgh police should live in communities they serve

Editorial: Pittsburgh police should live in communities they serve

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 3, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Communities work best when residents have a vested interest in each others’ happiness and safety. Pittsburghers seemed to recognize that fact in 2013, when 80 percent of residents voted for a referendum to the Home Rule Charter that would require city employees to live within the city limits. A year later, an arbitration panel ruled that city police officers could live within 25 miles of Downtown,...

Two-party system inhibits third party candidates

Two-party system inhibits third party candidates

By Nick Eustis | For The Pitt News

November 2, 2016


Filed under Columns

With two of the most unfavorable presidential candidates in American history on the ballot, third party candidates have received more press than usual this election cycle. Unfortunately, that press doesn’t translate to the possibility for a third party president. Third party contenders hav...

Editorial: Political discourse requires respect, not aggression

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 2, 2016


Filed under Editorials

With the election less than a week away, we realize tensions are high at Pitt. But none of the presidential candidates will benefit from violence among their supporters. And anti-Trump Pitt students who flipped over a Donald Trump campaigning table and ripped down a Trump banner outside Hillman Library this week made that very clear. While college is meant to be a place where young peopl...

Editorial: Pitt athletes can enroll early. They shouldn’t get the chance.

Editorial: Pitt athletes can enroll early. They shouldn’t get the chance.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 31, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Pitt’s student-athletes are getting a free head start, but instead of racing toward a trophy, they’re filling up classroom seats. According to an email from academic counselors within the athletic department, Pitt’s senior administrators have signed off on early class registration for athlete...

Voice actors on strike deserve more compensation

Voice actors on strike deserve more compensation

By Thomas Wick | For The Pitt News

October 30, 2016


Filed under Columns

If it weren’t for voice actress Jennifer Hale and her performance in the Mass Effect video game series, the character of Commander Shepard wouldn’t have been as memorable. Hale, an esteemed voice actress, was responsible for bringing to life the iconic Commander Shepard in a game that has been praised for its strong story and powerful characters. Without her, the game would not have been as successful. But Hale...

Editorial: PA doctors’ fracking ban a call for more research

Editorial: PA doctors’ fracking ban a call for more research

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 30, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Following the lead of New York, Maryland and Vermont, doctors in Pennsylvania want the state to be the next to initiate a ban on fracking. Last week, the Pennsylvania Medical Society called for a statewide moratorium on new shale gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing after a new Yale study found that ...

Glitz: Give slashers a chance

Glitz: Give slashers a chance

By Henry Glitz | Columnist

October 27, 2016


Filed under Columns

It was 1 a.m., and my living room looked eerie and unfamiliar, lit only by the light from the television screen. Everyone else in the house was asleep, and after what felt like hours of tossing and turning, I had bleakly ventured downstairs to see if the tube could cure my insomnia. What I found on ...

Top 10 last-minute Halloween costumes

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 27, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Our weekly Top Ten is brought to you by the writers of Pitt Tonight and The Pitt News Editorial Board. Ken Bone All you have to do is buy a red sweater and some glasses — but to really sell it, make sure everyone finds your creepy Reddit posts two weeks from now. The Verizon guy th...

Jill Stein’s platform isn’t worth your vote

Jill Stein’s platform isn’t worth your vote

By Jaime Viens / Columnist

October 27, 2016


Filed under Columns

“Crooked.” “Idiot.” “Liar.” “Grab them by the pussy.” These compelling phrases have dominated the intellectual rhetoric of the 2016 election season. As profoundly as this debate eloquence and the ringing endorsements of the “lesser of two evils” may inspire you, we are not simply de...

Editorial: Proposed City Council rule punishes transparency

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 27, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Politicians have enough incentive to hide behind closed doors. They shouldn’t have to pay for offering a glimpse at the internal discussions that drive our city. Council President Bruce Kraus introduced legislation Tuesday that would penalize council members who publicly discuss closed-door executive sessions. Offenders would have to pay $500 if a ...

Opposing language should never be categorized as violence

Opposing language should never be categorized as violence

By Tim Nerozzi | Columnist

October 26, 2016


Filed under Columns

Words and swords are not the same weapon — at least they’re not supposed to be. But the rise of politically correct, sensitive policy-making in recent years has contributed to the decline of academic freedom and intellectual discourse. In the most extreme cases, this trend has led to violent co...

Editorial: Kane’s light sentence calls for more accountability

Editorial: Kane’s light sentence calls for more accountability

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 26, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania’s former Attorney General, committed a crime. She was arrested, tried before a jury of her peers and convicted. And this week, she was sentenced to prison. But justice was not served. On Monday, Kane was sentenced to 10 to 23 months in jail after she was convicted of...

NFL management is to blame for ratings drop

NFL management is to blame for ratings drop

By Bayard Miller / Columnist

October 25, 2016


Filed under Columns

The National Football League, long the juggernaut of the network television world, seems to have lost its ability to consume Americans’ weekends. The Super Bowl has had the highest Nielsen ratings of any TV program every year in recent memory. Last year’s viewership topped 110 million, making...

Editorial: Trump’s response to Jessica Drake’s accusations devalues consent

Editorial: Trump’s response to Jessica Drake’s accusations devalues consent

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 25, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Another day, another woman coming forward with stories about Donald Trump’s sexual advances. But the response to this one came with an added dash of deplorability: slut-shaming. After videos of Trump referring to times he’s grabbed and kissed women without their consent because he was “a star” emerged earlier this month, scrutiny of his misogynistic language has intensified. During the ensuing weeks, 10 women have come forward to accuse...

New Nintendo Switch shows promise for Nintendo

New Nintendo Switch shows promise for Nintendo

By For The Pitt News | Thomas Wick

October 23, 2016


Filed under Columns

After months of speculations, nonstop rumors and a couple of press conferences on the launch with barely any information, Nintendo has finally revealed its brand new console: The Nintendo Switch. Set to release in March 2017, the home-and-mobile console is Nintendo’s successor to its previous consol...

Editorial: The Times should be more transparent about McGinty endorsement

Editorial: The Times should be more transparent about McGinty endorsement

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 23, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Around this time in a presidential election, readers begin turning to the opinion pages of their newspapers to see who the paper’s editorial board choose to endorse. While some publications choose to remain impartial, most begin handing down endorsements to one candidate or another. This year, thos...

MESS Movie Night offers a valuable alternative

MESS Movie Night offers a valuable alternative

By Maggie Koontz | For The Pitt News

October 21, 2016


Filed under Columns

I was sitting next to a table full of snacks, hunkered down to watch a movie last Friday night, but I wasn’t necessarily relaxing. Instead, myself and a group of other students were gathered on the 35th floor of the Cathedral of Learning, our eyes fixated on the projector screen in front of us, ...

Top 10 questions Chris Wallace should’ve asked at the debate

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 21, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Our weekly Top Ten is brought to you by the writers of Pitt Tonight and The Pitt News Editorial Board. In last night’s third and final presidential debate, we saw some interruptions and slight jabs, but overall, a strong and surprisingly composed performance from Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. ...

Final debate shows mutual growth, persistent weaknesses

Final debate shows mutual growth, persistent weaknesses

By Matt Moret / Assistant Opinions Editor

October 20, 2016


Filed under Columns

Well, it’s over. While we haven’t heard the last of either candidate, the final presidential debate of 2016 is behind us. Here’s a breakdown of how we got here. Donald Trump learned the value of preparation. While the first debate was a perfect encapsulation of every argumentative, hostile...

Ignore the hate: All majors are created equal

Ignore the hate: All majors are created equal

By Emily Schoenberger / Columnist

October 20, 2016


Filed under Columns

Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by a Pitt engineering or pre-med major. It’s safe to assume most students pursuing liberal arts degrees have both hands and a leg in the air. Our students, like so many other college students across the nation, constantly argue with one another ...

Editorial: Liberty University’s censorship betrays conservativism

Editorial: Liberty University’s censorship betrays conservativism

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 20, 2016


Filed under Editorials

Despite its name, Liberty University seems to think freedom of speech is only worth protecting when students aren’t being “redundant” in how they criticize his chosen presidential candidate. According to the school’s student-run newspaper, The Liberty Champion, an opinion column critical of Republi...

Breast cancer donations need transparency

Breast cancer donations need transparency

By Julia Aldrich | Columnist

October 19, 2016


Filed under Columns

Growing up, I never thought too much about breast cancer. My classmates wore “I love boobies” bracelets that made me giggle, my sister dyed a strand of her hair pink one October and I owned one or two T-shirts with a pink ribbon on it. I was aware of the significance, but it felt like more o...

Editorial: Pa. state faculty strike highlights need for support

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 19, 2016


Filed under Editorials

After months of disagreement and failed negotiations, the faculty of Pennsylvania’s 14 state-supported universities will go on strike starting today. The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties President Kenneth Mash confirmed the unprecedented strike will likely go on afte...

Trump loses to Clinton in any test of character

Trump loses to Clinton in any test of character

By Henry Glitz / Columnist

October 18, 2016


Filed under Columns, Uncategorized

Words used in a decade-old audio recording have had a profound impact on the trajectory of the presidential race — so much so that without my even spelling them out, you probably already know what I’m referring to. The audio tape The Washington Post released on Oct. 8 revealed Republican presid...

Editorial: The Pitt News endorses Hillary Clinton for President

Editorial: The Pitt News endorses Hillary Clinton for President

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 18, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Top Stories

At the risk of accusations that we’ve misquoted him, we’ve let the candidate we’re not endorsing speak for himself. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best ... They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringin...

It’s time for the U.S. to pass a carbon tax

It’s time for the U.S. to pass a carbon tax

By Jaime Viens | Columnist

October 14, 2016


Filed under Columns

He may have missed out on the presidency, but when it comes to climate change, Sen. Bernie Sanders had it right. In a 2014 contributing piece to The Huffington Post, Sanders implored Congress to pursue a tax on carbon consumption, writing, “A carbon tax must be a central part of our strategy for dramatically reduci...

10 inventions that weren’t mentioned at The White House Frontiers Conference

10 inventions that weren’t mentioned at The White House Frontiers Conference

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 14, 2016


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In lieu of our Casual Fridays, The Pitt News Editorial Board is collaborating with Pitt Tonight host Jesse Irwin and Pitt Tonight writers to bring to you our very first Top 10 List. President Barack Obama and tech giants from around the country took Oakland by storm on Thursday for the White House...

Give Pittsburgh’s infrastructure a makeover

Give Pittsburgh’s infrastructure a makeover

By Bayard Miller / For The Pitt News

October 13, 2016


Filed under Columns

Along with countless others, I drove across the Liberty Bridge on the morning of Sept. 3. Beyond the construction covering the bridge, made of steel and concrete — not especially flammable building materials — it was a normal day. But later, a blowtorch-wielding-construction worker made a mista...

Editorial: Costumed fun not an excuse for ignorance

Editorial: Costumed fun not an excuse for ignorance

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 13, 2016


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Halloween approaches, as does the inevitable flood of offensive, uninspired costumes that’ll fill house parties everywhere. While perusing thrift and novelty shops for a makeshift getup, it’s easy to fall into the trappings of ready-made costumes like Native American chiefs and drunk Mexican b...

Point-Counterpoint: We should embrace gender differences, not deconstruct them

Point-Counterpoint: We should embrace gender differences, not deconstruct them

By Jordan Drischler | Columnist

October 12, 2016


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In September, Duke University’s Women’s Center began a nine-week program for men — called the Duke Men’s Project — to discuss masculinity, feminism and intersectionality. The program touches on several topics, including male privilege, sexuality, gender diversity, intersectional femini...

Point-Counterpoint: What does Duke’s masculinity program mean for gender roles?

Point-Counterpoint: What does Duke’s masculinity program mean for gender roles?

By Amber Montgomery | Columnist

October 12, 2016


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In September, Duke University’s Women’s Center began a nine-week program for men — called the Duke Men’s Project — to discuss masculinity, feminism and intersectionality. The program touches on several topics, including male privilege, sexuality, gender diversity, intersectional femini...

Editorial: University of Maryland should fund sexual assault services, not students

Editorial: University of Maryland should fund sexual assault services, not students

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 12, 2016


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Sexual assault services are a necessary component to most colleges, but if you ask the University of Maryland, they’re a luxury. Since the university’s Title IX office — which provides the services — in underfunded and sexual assault reports have increased within recent years, Catherine C...

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s reputation must remain intact

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s reputation must remain intact

By Mariam Shalaby / Columnist

October 11, 2016


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The lights dim inside the performance hall, and the orchestra members begin to softly tune their instruments. The musicians close their eyes, concentrating to match their tones with their colleagues seated around them. Finally, the conductor raises his arms and makes a quick motion. The 99 musicia...

Editorial: Remember, today is your last chance for Pa. voter registration

Editorial: Remember, today is your last chance for Pa. voter registration

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 11, 2016


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In case you haven’t heard it enough times from the people lining just about every corner in Oakland: You have to vote for your opinion to matter on Election Day. And in order to do that, you have to register. Today, Oct. 11, is the final day for Pennsylvania residents to register to vote in the...

Pitch us an editorial topic about your student group

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 11, 2016


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We think the space typically reserved for cracking punny jokes in our Casual Fridays series can go to a better cause — so we’re offering it to you. Until now, The Pitt News has published daily editorials based on what we internally deem to be the most important story of the day. But a campus dialogue ...

Accessibility: a language we can all learn

Accessibility: a language we can all learn

By Isabelle Ouyang | Columnist

October 10, 2016


Filed under Columns

Accessibility is a broad term that, societally, we aspire to cultivate, but rarely do we use the word as individuals when it doesn’t apply to us. University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson posted a video Sept. 27 in which he said he would refuse to accommodate students who wanted...

Editorial: Trump’s video release fuels his public downfall

Editorial: Trump’s video release fuels his public downfall

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 10, 2016


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In case you haven’t heard, the Washington Post released a video from 2005 of behind-the-scenes footage of Donald Trump and Billy Bush on Access Hollywood. The audio — recorded while Trump and Bush were wearing mics — revealed a series of vile comments made by the Republican presidential candidate toward women. T...

Make Pitt bright again

Make Pitt bright again

By Bayard Mille | For The Pitt News

October 6, 2016


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This Saturday, the Pitt Panthers will take the field with a new look that isn’t as new as you might think.   Just in time for Homecoming, the football team will sport the royal blue and mustard yellow throwback jerseys worn by some of Pitt’s greatest players from the later half of the last centur...

Short-term binge drinking has long-term effects

Short-term binge drinking has long-term effects

By Amber Montgomery | Columnist

October 6, 2016


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Beer pong, flip cup, shotgunning, house parties and bar crawls — all staples of college culture. When I first started college, I thought these were only movie tropes meant to perpetuate the theatrical idea of college as four years of non-stop partying. But then I actually got here and walked th...

Cable’s wrong, Mike Pence lost the vice presidential debate

Cable’s wrong, Mike Pence lost the vice presidential debate

By Matt Moret / Assistant Opinions Editor

October 6, 2016


Filed under Columns

Mike Pence lost Tuesday night’s debate. This shouldn’t even be a question. Since the end of the vice presidential debate, the internet’s political corner has grown bloated with articles about how Indiana Gov. Pence beat Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine — in terms of delivery and confidence — wh...

Opioid task force overlooks some addiction complexities

Opioid task force overlooks some addiction complexities

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 6, 2016


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Pennsylvania finally has a plan to fight the opioid crisis, and Pitt has its fingerprints on it — for better or worse. A 64-page report on fighting the opioid crisis came out Wednesday after two years of work by a task force of legal and health care experts, including former Pitt chancellor Mark Nordenberg, who is currently the chair of Pitt’s Institute of Pol...

Take it from Michelle, vote for progress

Take it from Michelle, vote for progress

By Saket Rajprohat | Columnist

October 5, 2016


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Looking at the television monitor of the crowd, I was nervous. A crowd of some 3,000 people awaited my less-than-important two minute speech. In a constant sequence of rehearsing my speech, pacing the floor and sitting down to catch my breath, she came backstage again. As my name was called, she ...

Editorial: Look past campaign spending in PA Senate race

Editorial: Look past campaign spending in PA Senate race

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 5, 2016


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In Pennsylvania’s contentious Senate battle this year, the race seems be about which candidate can outspend the other instead of the issues. On Tuesday, the Center for Responsive Politics disclosed that spending on Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race has amounted to $88.9 million thus far. The race is the...

Libertarianism is coming to a movie theater near you

Libertarianism is coming to a movie theater near you

By Jordan Drischler / For The Pitt News

October 4, 2016


Filed under Columns

The late blogger and media personality Andrew Breitbart once claimed that politics is downstream from culture.   A look at the current political climate on college campuses side-by-side with the latest round of Hollywood award shows indicates that this adage still holds true. Whether it’s Le...

Editorial: Pa.’s delayed medical marijuana research hinders rollout

Editorial: Pa.’s delayed medical marijuana research hinders rollout

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 4, 2016


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Pennsylvania’s legislature will soon deliver medical marijuana research opportunities, and Pitt has the munchies. Last week, Pitt’s School of Medicine sent out letters announcing its plan to search for research partnerships with companies to study the effects of marijuana on treating serious medical conditions. Gov....

Voting: Don’t squander the privilege

Voting: Don’t squander the privilege

By Bethel Habte | Senior Columnist

October 2, 2016


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An immigrant and a Puerto Rican watch the first presidential debate together and — actually, nevermind, that statement is enough of a joke on its own. Let me explain. Neither can vote in the election, although both belong to the United States. It’s funny, like the setup to a cheesy punchl...

Editorial: In light of Trump’s tax revelations, don’t forget about sexist comments

Editorial: In light of Trump’s tax revelations, don’t forget about sexist comments

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 2, 2016


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Like a scared dog cornered in an alley, Donald Trump furiously lashed out after Hillary Clinton mentioned Alicia Machado’s name. For Clinton, it was the perfect attack — all she had to do was bring up the former Miss Universe, who’s originally from Venezuela, at last week’s presidential debat...

Letter to the Editor: “Dear Mr. Ditka”

Letter to the Editor: “Dear Mr. Ditka”

By Ian Buggs

September 29, 2016


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Dear Mr. Ditka, You and I have one thing in common: we attended The University of Pittsburgh. That's where our similarities — for the most part — end. You are a heralded football player, coach and TV personality — well-respected for your exploits around the gridiron. I am a corporate guy who l...

Giving up smartphones saved my sanity

Giving up smartphones saved my sanity

By Bayard Miller / For The Pitt News

September 29, 2016


Filed under Columns

When I went to the Verizon store last August, the salesperson thought I was crazy.   “You know, you’re the first person I’ve ever seen do this. I’ve gotta tell you, I think you’re making a mistake.” My friends’ opinions were no different: “You’re just making your life more in...

Editorial: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s digital shift more than “tough” for 106 laid off

Editorial: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s digital shift more than “tough” for 106 laid off

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 29, 2016


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In most cases, reporters becoming the center of a story is a sign something's gone wrong. Sometimes, though, it’s worth acknowledging the people behind the curtain. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, one of the city’s flagship newspapers, announced Wednesday it would cease publication of a print ...

Arming Kurds in Syria will cause more violence

Arming Kurds in Syria will cause more violence

By Julia Aldrich | For The Pitt News

September 28, 2016


Filed under Columns

The civil war in Syria and occupation of Iraq seems to be never-ending as the Islamic State gains ranks in both areas and the number of civilian casualties increase. We often hear U.S. leaders — presidential candidates included — advocating their plans for combating the Islamic State since the r...

Editorial: Civic education requirements need reform and funding

Editorial: Civic education requirements need reform and funding

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 28, 2016


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Pennsylvania wants to promote civic education but apparently doesn’t want to invest the money to enforce it. This week, State Rep. Karen Boback, R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyo., and Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, called for better civic education by introducing House Bill 1858, which would require eve...

Michael Brown Sr.’s speech: A lesson on accountability

Michael Brown Sr.’s speech: A lesson on accountability

By Jamie Viens / Staff Writer

September 27, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Just before my first year of college, my biggest concern was that my classes would be too early in the morning. Aug. 9, 2014 — exactly one week before I left for school — I can’t recall what I was doing because it didn’t matter. I was in no immediate danger, had no target on my back and had no...

Editorial: First Clinton-Trump debate offers nothing new

Editorial: First Clinton-Trump debate offers nothing new

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 27, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Election Coverage 2016

After the first general election debate of 2016, most of The Pitt News’ office had nothing to say. There were shrugs and analogies to petulant children. Most brushed off the question of who won by giving a name followed by “I guess.” The general consensus was that Clinton won, just barely, but...

What you need to know about Debate Moderator Lester Holt

By Matt Moret / Assistant Opinions Editor

September 26, 2016


Filed under Columns, Election Coverage 2016, Top Stories

No matter who wins the first general election debate of 2016 tonight, one person’s face is certain to blanket news coverage roundups, and you may have never even heard of him before. He’s Lester Holt, and he will be your moderator. Holt has been the anchor of the NBC Nightly News since June 2015, when ...

Daily activism can dismantle rape culture

Daily activism can dismantle rape culture

By Erica Brandbergh | For The Pitt News

September 25, 2016


Filed under Columns

“May we have your attention please / We’re looking for the fun ones / And say f**k off to a tease.” Those were the words of OZ, an off-campus fraternity at the University of Pennsylvania, in an email in late August inviting women to a party at the beginning of the school year. The email contained numerous offensive remarks — including the e...

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