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Native American author talks race, poverty, reading

Native American author talks race, poverty, reading

By Sid Lingala | For The Pitt News

October 15, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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...

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