The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

Opinion | How to argue about cannibalism — and almost everything else

Opinion | How to argue about cannibalism — and almost everything else

By Thomas Riley, Opinions Editor September 17, 2023
The current goal of debate has defaulted to winning no matter what, which severely limits any productive discussion about literature and media.
Michael Knowles speaks in the O’Hara Student Center on Tuesday night.

Michael Knowles, Brad Polumbo debate transgender issues, government regulation at Pitt

By Punya Bhasin, News Editor April 19, 2023
Michael Knowles and Brad Polumbo debated the question “should transgenderism be regulated by law?” as chants from protestors outside the building echoed throughout the O’Hara Ballroom Tuesday evening.
Michael Knowles speaking with attendees at the 2022 AmericaFest at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Editorial | 3 candidates Michael Knowles wouldn’t debate

By The Pitt News Editorial Board April 17, 2023
After transgender scholar Deirdre McCloskey dropped out of an on-campus debate against Michael Knowles, a conservative political commentator who has received enough attention on campus for a lifetime in the past few weeks, organizers for the event scrambled to find a replacement. 
Two students from the College Democrats and College Republicans debate in the William Pitt Union Monday night.

College Democrats, Republicans debate abortion, drag bans and health care

By Alexandra Ross, Assistant News Editor March 21, 2023
One of the most contentious issues at a debate between Pitt’s College Republicans and College Democrats on Monday night came when College Republicans vice president Joshua Minsky and College Democrats president Amanda Thornton debated whether abortion is a human right.
The Student Government Board Presidential Debate on Thursday in the William Pitt Union.

Candidates for Student Government Board president discuss student representation, sexual misconduct on campus in public debate

By James Paul, Staff Writer February 24, 2023
In a debate Thursday evening with little back and forth, candidates Corbin Makar and Ryan Young agreed that ending discrimination and sexual misconduct on campus was integral to their platforms, though differed on how they would use the presidency to engage the student body.
Opinion | Democratic debate blurbs: the good, the bad and the Biden

Opinion | Democratic debate blurbs: the good, the bad and the Biden

By Julia Kreutzer, Senior Staff Columnist September 15, 2019
While less chaotic than the previous debates, Thursday night did not disappoint on delivering catchy one liners, cat fights and some extremely powerful statements.
Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) watches the confetti swirl around him Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Tuesday, January 4, 2011.

Agree to disagree: Should student athletes be paid?

By TPN Sports Staff September 12, 2019
Should there be a system in place for college athletes to earn a salary? Are they already compensated fairly by athletic scholarships? Two TPN sports staff members weigh in.
Pitt College Republicans Corey Barsky (far left) and Phil Saggese (center left) listen as Pitt College Democrats Mackenzie Coat (center right) and Maureen Hartwell (far right) speak during Monday evening’s health-care debate.

Democrats, Republicans face off on health care

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer February 5, 2019
Pitt College Republicans member Corey Barsky noted early in a Monday night debate against the College Democrats that health care is an issue that brings out passion from both ends of the political spectrum.
Kyle Guinness and Katherine Ranck, members of Pitt Libertarians, debate wealth redistribution Wednesday night in the William Pitt Union. (Photo by Issi Glatts | Assistant Visual Editor)

Progressives, libertarians debate wealth redistribution

By Madeline Gavatorta / Staff Writer February 22, 2018

The Pitt Progressives and the Students for Liberty met Wednesday night in the William Pitt Union Kurtzman Room to debate their views on the government and distribution of wealth. The Bully PulPitt and...

Republican candidates for Pennsylvania governor debate at Carnegie Mellon University Saturday. (Photo by Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer)

Republican debate should disappoint conservatives

By Neena Hagen, Columnist January 22, 2018

If the four Republicans running for governor of Pennsylvania want my vote, they'll have to work harder for it than they did Saturday at their first debate. Four Republican candidates — retired health...

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