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Meet the Editors: Opinions

Paige Lawler and Leah Mensch are the opinions editors at The Pitt News.

By Leah Mensch and Paige Lawler

August 16, 2020

Leah Mensch and Paige Lawler, the opinions editors, can plank longer than any other editor in the office. Find out more about their desk here.

A Farewell to the Opinions Satirist, Allison Dantinne

A Farewell to the Opinions Satirist, Allison Dantinne

By Leah Mensch, Opinions Editor

April 19, 2020

If you don’t know Allison Dantinne, then that’s truly a shame. But, you still have about a week before virtual graduation to find her email at the bottom of one of her satire pieces, email her and arrange a Zoom meeting.

Meet the editors: Opinions

By The Pitt News Opinions Editors

August 25, 2019

We’re proud and excited to analyze local and world news in a way that stimulates conversation and debate on campus.

Surveying the semester with OMETs

Professors often have difficulty encouraging students to complete OMET surveys at the end of a semester. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor)

By Bailey Frisco | Staff Writer

January 10, 2018

As each semester winds down and students begin to prepare for finals, they are burdened with one more task to complete — OMETs. OMET — Office of Measurement and Evaluation of Teaching — is a department at Pitt that administers a survey of student opinion for professors. The main objective of the ...

Maduro vs the world: Venezuela’s hopeless crisis

Venezuela is in dire situation under President Nicolas Maduro. (Illustration by Liam McFadden | Staff Illustrator)

By Saket Rajprohat | Senior Columnist

September 20, 2017

The streets are filled with protesters. The shelves at grocery stores are empty, and pockets are even emptier. Right now, Venezuela looks bleak — and Veronica, a Venezuelan immigrant living in Pittsburgh who requested that her last name be withheld for her family’s safety, said the country is f...

To understand injustice, listen to the lawyers

(Illustration by Liam McFadden | Staff Illustrator)

By Henry Glitz | Opinions Editor

September 7, 2017

In most American courts of law, a raised voice or an opinion stated too aggressively will typically earn you the censure of the presiding judge. But that certainly wasn’t the case Tuesday night in the Teplitz Memorial Moot Courtroom, nestled deep within Pitt’s Law School. A panel of five memb...

Analysis: How a 1999 NATO operation turned Russia against the West

(Illustration by Elise Lavallee | Contributing Editor)

By Christian Snyder, Assistant Opinions Editor

September 7, 2017

The name Boris Yeltsin should ring a bell, whether it brings to mind images of him leaping upon a tank during a coup in 1991 Moscow or standing drunk in his underpants in Washington, D.C. in 1995. Yeltsin, the first president of the Russian Federation, may be remembered for his drinking habits, but...

Column: Poetry now: why today’s world makes poetics shine

In 1773, Phillis Wheatley became the first African-American poet ever to be published. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

By Christian Snyder, Assistant Opinions Editor

August 29, 2017

I remember the first time a line of poetry caught me by surprise. I was sitting in the Cathedral of Learning mouthing the words of Ross Gay’s poem “catalog of unabashed gratitude” to myself. The poem turns when he addresses the reader, and says thank you, “for moving your lips just so as I s...

Young voters: Lead by example to fight nationalsim

(Illustration by Jordan Mondell | Contributing Editor)

By Christin Snyder / Opinions Editor

June 27, 2017

“I mean, I voted, but why does it matter? London will never listen.” When I asked my new Scottish friend about the United Kingdom’s recent election, he responded with pure ambivalence. He truly cares about the issues at hand, but he, like many other Scots, has long struggled with misrepresent...

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