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Lawmakers propose more transparency at state-related universities

New legislation would expand transparency at Pennsylvania's state-related universities. (Photo via Kumar Appaiah / Flickr)

By Christian Snyder and John Hamilton / TPN Staff

April 10, 2018

State representatives unveiled legislation Tuesday that would expand transparency and public access to records at Pennsylvania’s state-related universities. Pitt, Penn State, Temple and Lincoln — Pennsylvania’s four state-related universities — are currently exempt from the Right-to-Know Law, whic...

JFK documents promise transparency, not conspiracy

John F. Kennedy speaks to crowd in front of Hotel Texas on the morning of November 22, 1963. (UTA Special Collections/Star-Telegram Collection/TNS)

By Ben Sheppard | Columnist

October 16, 2017

Three shots rang out from Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, the afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963. Those fatal shots killed President John F. Kennedy, wounded the American spirit and left many burning questions — some of which may soon find answers. The National Archives’ plan to declassify documents regarding ...

Auditor’s concerns with PSU partially apply to Pitt

Penn State's Old Main (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

By Janine Faust / Senior Staff Writer

June 28, 2017

The Pennsylvania auditor general harshly criticized Penn State after a recent audit, raising some concerns that apply to other state-related universities, including Pitt. In his 112-page audit report, Auditor General Eugene Depasquale cited several issues including skyrocketing tuition, a lack of transparency, a decrease in in-state enrollment and an...

Editorial: Pitt’s public funding should result in public accountability

(Photo by John Hamilton/Editor-in-Chief)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 14, 2017

“Tell your elected officials: With Pitt, PA Wins.” So begins the University’s recent plea for students to lobby on its behalf for state funding. And while the statement is true — many of the state’s greatest achievements have come from Pitt, such as the recent development of a new HIV detector or t...

Editorial: Pitt listens, but only when it’s easy

Students gather outside the $13.2 million Pitt Sports Dome for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

May 10, 2017

It was a sunny day in April, the grand opening of the University of Pittsburgh’s new sports dome. Pitt is rightly proud of this achievement that addresses a pressing need for a game and practice facility for club sports teams on campus. At the grand opening — and publicized in videos shown d...

Op-Ed: The Babcock Room symbolizes Pitt’s ivory tower

Raka Sarkar | Senior Staff Illustrator

By Sage Lincoln | Op-Ed Contributor

April 24, 2017

I first entered the Babcock Room in 2013. Guided by a friend of a friend, a few other Pitt students and I made our way to the back elevator on the 36th floor of the Cathedral at dusk. Two picked locks later we were there: the 40th floor, practically the top of the world. We didn’t pay much...

Editorial: One final call for more transparency

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By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 24, 2017

As an editorial board, we publish our collective opinion on a relevant topic every day. It might seem like we’re bashing the government, administration and authority in general, but that’s not why we do it. We don’t publish editorials just to shout into the void or to place blame. We do it bec...

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