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Arming teachers takes a step in the wrong direction

Arming teachers takes a step in the wrong direction

By Alexis Buncich | Columnist

March 14, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

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

Seeking out safe sex in the LGBTQ+ community

Seeking out safe sex in the LGBTQ+ community

By Shahum Ajmal and Abigail Tesfay | Pitt News Staff

February 14, 2018


Filed under Culture

The average human being can only be so comfortable with openly discussing how to insert an internal condom, which is why organizations like the Rainbow Alliance come prepared with a prosthetic vagina. “You have to overcome that hurdle of talking about it at all in order to talk about safe sex prac...

GOP tax plan threatens grad students the most

GOP tax plan threatens grad students the most

By Maggie Durwald | Columnist

December 7, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Uncategorized

The Republican Party has once again proven itself to be an enemy of science and higher education — this time in the form of its new tax plan, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. With a vote of 51-49 during the early hours of Dec. 1, the Senate passed the GOP’s latest plan — a draft riddled with last-minute revisions scribbled in its margins — just ho...

Student immerses in African cultures

Student immerses in African cultures

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

December 1, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, News

Speaking about his travels to Africa, Derric Heck described his experiences researching African cultures as “amazing.” “It was not only informative for me, it was transformative,” Heck said. About 20 students gathered in Posvar Hall Thursday afternoon to attend a discussion Heck led, titled ...

Editorial: Responding to sexual misconduct, NPR succeeds where Dartmouth fails

Editorial: Responding to sexual misconduct, NPR succeeds where Dartmouth fails

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 1, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Sprawled across Dartmouth College’s campus last week were posters that read “Where is Prof. Paul Whalen?” and “Where is Prof. Bill Kelley?” The signs refer to two of the three professors at Dartmouth who had been absent from campus for quite some time — as it turns out, the three profess...

Editorial: PA Republicans’ education bill offers little choice

Editorial: PA Republicans’ education bill offers little choice

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 23, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The first full school year under new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is well underway and, in a bill passed last week, Pennsylvania’s state legislators are mirroring the federal administration’s school policy. House Bill 178 is this year’s iteration of the state’s annual list of propose...

Native American author talks race, poverty, reading

Native American author talks race, poverty, reading

By Sid Lingala | For The Pitt News

October 15, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Sherman Alexie entertained an audience of fans Sunday as he talked about growing up with hydrocephalus, a condition where fluid builds up in the brain and swells the head. “My head is enormous and hypnotizing. I couldn’t wear a little league hat as a coach because my head's too big,” Alexie said. ...

DeVos takes backward step on sexual assault

DeVos takes backward step on sexual assault

By Erica Brandbergh | Columnist

September 11, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

For a cabinet member who’s already one of the most controversial in the Trump administration, it would have seemed difficult for U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to become even more divisive. Then she started to talk about rape on campus. DeVos gave a speech on Sept. 7 at George Mason University...

Public and professional writing program major-ly expands

Public and professional writing program major-ly expands

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

September 6, 2017


Filed under Campus, Top Stories

Jonathan Frye knew he wanted to write when he came to Pitt, but he also wanted to leave with skills to find a job. “I always wanted to be an English major, but the ones at Pitt seemed to be more education or storytelling focused,” he said. “I didn’t see how I could apply that to the career I want...

A final push for more journalism at Pitt

A final push for more journalism at Pitt

By Elizabeth Lepro | Editor in Chief

April 24, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In the late 1700s, Benjamin Franklin — at the behest of King Louis XIV — served on a French Royal Commission to investigate some rather absurd claims by a German scientist. The back story is unimportant, what is important is a line from Franklin’s official report, in which he wrote, “Truth ...

Editorial: Don’t sleep on school board vote come Pittsburgh primary

Editorial: Don’t sleep on school board vote come Pittsburgh primary

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 26, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Why should college students care about a local school board election? Because there are 42 schools in the Pittsburgh Public Schools system, educating more than 24,500 students every year — many of whom will go on to impact the city as leaders, educators, politicians and members of the workforce. ...

Editorial: Keep teachers where we need them most

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 7, 2015


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The gap in academic achievement is not necessarily a result of bad teachers, but a result of inconsistent teachers. According to a report from journalist Emma Brown of The Washington Post, low-income school districts are struggling to attract and retain quality, long-term teachers — forcing the schools to either use substitute teachers or to just not offer subjects at all. City schools have...

Free college education for all would ignore economics

Free college education for all would ignore economics

By Timothy Nerozzi / Columnist

November 16, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Free university education seems to be the latest demand in the realm of college liberalism, but as any economics major will tell you, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Last Thursday, student groups, such as Students for Bernie Sanders, organized a Million Student March across American univer...

Editorial: Improve day care, improve academic performance

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 16, 2015


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Seventy percent of parents in the United States work. Obviously then, most can’t spend every waking moment with their kid.  Working parents have to leave their child — or children — in someone else’s hands. In fact, 40 percent of children under five — about 8.2 million children in the Uni...

Editorial: Rubio right on vo-tech, wrong on minimum wage

Editorial: Rubio right on vo-tech, wrong on minimum wage

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 12, 2015


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

“Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers.” Sen. Marco Rubio made this assertion at Tuesday night’s Republican primary debate — it’s meant to illustrate his main gripe with the U.S. education system. While the first part of his quote is false — Americans wit...

Teach Consent: Better sexual education in high school will lead to safer college campuses

By Kirsten Wong / Columnist

November 12, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Do college students know the meaning of consent? Did they learn this vocabulary lesson in sexual conduct in high school? Studies have revealed that college students do not know what constitutes consent and what does not. According to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation survey on college students...

Editorial: Police should focus on protecting students, not forcefully disciplining them

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 10, 2015


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

In the post-Newtown era, public schools are seemingly a hotbed of violence, forcing policymakers to step in to ensure students’ safety and peace of mind. Increasing police presence in school is one strategy, but without tailored training in dealing with young students, officers can’t make students ...

Editorial: PA universities stuck at the top of the tuition climb

Editorial: PA universities stuck at the top of the tuition climb

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 4, 2015


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Pennsylvania’s education system is in a state of disarray. The budget crisis is leaving primary schools without state funding, forcing many to rely on bank loans to pay the bills. Meanwhile, the situation for our state colleges is similarly dire, with students shouldering the weight of the problem....

Facilitate innovation, offer computer science classes

Facilitate innovation, offer computer science classes

By Matt Moret / Columnist

September 21, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In many high school classes, there is always one kid who feels the need to raise a hand and ask the most frustrating question known to academia: “So when are we ever going to need this?” Perhaps these students feel as though their classes no longer prepare them for the shifting world they will ev...

Editorial: Schools should address student trauma

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 7, 2015


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The reasons behind a student’s poor performance in school tend to extend far beyond the classroom — they are usually found in the home. Emotional trauma caused by a poor home life affects countless students across the country — something school districts in Allegheny County, like Mt. Lebanon...

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