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Pitt students and alumni run for state House

Pitt students and alumni run for state House

By Sophia Mastroianni | Staff Writer

March 23, 2018


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Jacob Pavlecic and his best friend Quin McLaughlin’s conversations were usually about local sports. But after the 2016 election, McLaughlin — now a student at Slippery Rock University —  surprised Pavlecic by switching their conversations to politics. He thought Pavlecic could run for office. ...

PA ‘Right to Try’ bill: who is it really helping?

PA ‘Right to Try’ bill: who is it really helping?

By Ana Altchek | For The Pitt News

October 11, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Several years ago, my next door neighbor was diagnosed with stage four cancer — within six months she tragically passed away. Not only was this an agonizing experience for her, but it was painful for her devoted husband, children and grandchildren. While she was too sick to consider any options, the...

Editorial: Trump’s contradictory contraceptive rollback

Editorial: Trump’s contradictory contraceptive rollback

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 10, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Touting the decision as a defense of religious liberty, President Donald Trump rolled back an Obama-era federal mandate Friday that required employers to provide contraception in their health care coverage. The decision might appease his voting base, but it is both a morally and constitutionally...

Pharmacy students told to the break rules

Pharmacy students told to the break rules

By Amanda Finney | For The Pitt News

October 2, 2017


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Students gathered in a lecture hall Monday night to hear a health care professional tell them to defy authority. Looking out at about 30 students assembled before her, Jesabel Rivera-Guerra summarized her entire talk in six words. “Life is short. Break the rules,” Rivera-Guerra said. Phi Lambda Sigma, Pitt...

Editorial: Health care proposal detracts from urgent issues

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 13, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The last health care bill Congress voted on would have left 22 million Americans without health care. Thankfully, it failed — but in its place are radical new suggestions. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) introduced a new bill in the Senate today that he’s calling Medicare for All, and for the first ti...

When representatives don’t represent, don’t reelect

When representatives don’t represent, don’t reelect

By Saket Rajprohat | Senior Columnist

August 27, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

How does something extremely unpopular become law in our democracy? Congress. Over the past few months I have attempted to keep up with fast-paced news like the GOP’s health care bill’s rapid push through Congress by Mitch McConnell or the votes on the Restoring Internet Freedom Act — two b...

Sanders criticizes GOP health care bill at Pittsburgh rally

Sanders criticizes GOP health care bill at Pittsburgh rally

By Lexi Kennell / Contributing Editor

June 25, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

If the 1,600 people at Saturday’s health care rally take Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ advice, Republican senators’ phone lines will be busy all week. The former presidential candidate, along with several other speakers, told the ralliers to urge senators — specifically Pennsylvania Sen. Pat T...

Editorial: Research should focus on utility, not profits

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 30, 2015


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Scientists and stock holders don’t seem like a natural pair, yet universities often bring the two together. Pitt has taken advantage of private money in the past through partnerships with corporations like Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi Pasteur, a pharmaceutical company. Now, Pitt is collaborating...

Editorial: Martin Shkreli personifies healthcare issues

Editorial: Martin Shkreli personifies healthcare issues

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 23, 2015


Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Uncategorized

There’s a reason why the United States spends more per capita on health care than any other developed nation in the world — and that reason is people like Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli. Shkreli is involved in quite the controversy. His company recently acquired the drug Daraprim, the st...

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