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A productive, yet misrepresentative three-way debate

A productive, yet misrepresentative three-way debate

By Neena Hagen, For The Pitt News

November 30, 2017

At colleges across the country — from California to the University of Connecticut — political events frequently turn violent. So when I got to room 324 of the Cathedral of Learning Tuesday evening for the Pitt Political Science Student Association's three-way debate between Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians, I braced myself for a ba...

Protestors silently disagree with media mogul

Protestors silently disagree with media mogul

By Sid Lingala | Staff Writer

November 9, 2017

Less than a few minutes into Christopher Ruddy’s presentation at the Pittsburgh Playhouse Wednesday night, about 30 Point Park University students stood up silently with their fists in the air, showing off shirts emblazoned with colorful messages such as “People not Profit” and “Love not Hate....

WBC message fails to divide Pitt protesters

WBC message fails to divide Pitt protesters

By Sarah Shearer | For The Pitt News

October 9, 2017

Donning a rainbow flag in the rain at a counter protest last Thursday on the corner of Forbes Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard, Hannah Riley said the Westboro Baptist Church’s planned visit to Pitt wasn’t shaping up to be violent. “I think this one, if it happens, will be more intense because WBC is [an...

Trump’s NFL comments ignore players’ real concerns

Trump’s NFL comments ignore players’ real concerns

By Will Schulman | For The Pitt News

October 5, 2017

After taking the gold and bronze medals in the 200-meter dash at the 1968 Olympics, Tommie Smith and John Carlos shocked the world — the two Olympians held up black gloved fists for the entire anthem. When Colin Kaepernick, then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback, decided last year to kneel for th...

Dear WBC: Hate doesn’t have a home here

Dear WBC: Hate doesn’t have a home here

By Sarah Shearer | For The Pitt News

October 4, 2017

It only takes reading a few sentences into the “about” page on the Westboro Baptist Church’s website to understand one thing: this is a group fueled by hate. The WBC is well known for its protesting tactics, picketing at events from military funerals, such as Sgt. Dillon Baldridge’s in No...

Editorial: St. Louis police endanger freedom of the press

Editorial: St. Louis police endanger freedom of the press

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 25, 2017

Conventional wisdom proposes that it’s difficult to truly care about an issue until that issue affects you personally. For journalists in St. Louis, the controversy surrounding police brutality in America is coming to that point. In the light of protests during the past week and a half, local, national...

Editorial: Critics of anthem protests aren’t patriotic

Editorial: Critics of anthem protests aren’t patriotic

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 24, 2017

When the Steelers walked onto the field before yesterday’s game against the Chicago Bears, the booing they received wasn’t just because they were the away team. Shortly before the game began, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told Jamie Erdahl of CBS Sports that Pittsburgh’s NFL team would rem...

Cato vs. Heritage: Policy analyst and legal fellow debate Trump’s immigration policy

Cato vs. Heritage: Policy analyst and legal fellow debate Trump’s immigration policy

By Nolan Roosa and Bailey Frisco | Staff Writers

September 21, 2017

Protesters held signs, made disruptive noises and yelled the names of people who lost their lives crossing the U.S.-Mexico border at the Cato vs. Heritage debate Wednesday evening. After some protesters left the debate and the Pitt police escorted others out, the Kurtzman room was no longer fille...

Editorial: Pitt must condemn professor’s threats

Editorial: Pitt must condemn professor’s threats

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 19, 2017

More than 200 students gathered at the base of Litchfield Towers Monday to protest a group that spewed homophobia, racism and sexism on our campus. Thankfully, no one was hurt — students drove the bigoted group across the street and off campus. But it seems that if it were up to State Rep. Aaro...

Pitt students’ protest represents model of free speech

Pitt students’ protest represents model of free speech

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 18, 2017

When protesters descended on campus yesterday afternoon to push a controversial message, they weren’t the only ones ready to exercise their freedom of speech. Members of Christian Interviews, an organization from the Philadelphia area, appeared on the Fifth Avenue-side patio of Towers around 1 p.m. ...

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