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GOP tax plan threatens grad students the most

(Illustration by Liam McFadden | Staff Illustrator)

By Maggie Durwald | Columnist

December 7, 2017

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...

Union organizers talk tax bill, moving forward

A panel composed of four Pitt graduate students and a United Steelworkers organizer sat on a panel for an event hosted by the Council of Graduate Students in Education Friday night. (Photo courtesy of Remy Samuels)

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

December 4, 2017

Graduate students sexually harassed or assaulted by a faculty member have the option to file a claim with the Title IX office.But Hillary Lazar said a graduate student union would help hold Title IX and the University accountable, pressing the office and the administration to investigate these types ...

Pitt faculty, grads present political support for unions

Union supporters deliver letters from elected officials supporting the union to Chancellor Patrick Gallagher Tuesday. (Photo by Janine Faust / Contributing Editor)

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

September 13, 2017

As grad students and faculty gathered outside Chancellor Patrick Gallagher’s door in the Cathedral of Learning Tuesday afternoon, a Pitt police officer cut a path to the front and addressed the crowd. “Who’s in charge here? Where’s your leader?” he asked the people clutching signs and came...

Letter to the Editor | Grad student: How can I produce my best work if I can hardly afford to eat?

Pitt's food pantry helped graduate student Andréa Hanna get by on a salary below living wage. (Photo by Kyleen Considine | Staff Photographer)

By Andréa Hanna, Graduate Student

July 29, 2017

Dear Editor, I read the message from the provost, Patricia Beeson, about the graduate student union yesterday with some interest and reservations. My first concern, and I quote the provost's message here, is when she says, it is "the education, not the financial support, is the goal of graduate study." It is indee...

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