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Pitt students walk in Relay for Life

By Tegan Hanlon
April 7, 2011
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Last June, the fight against cancer gained a lot more meaning for Elizabeth Joyce.After her... Last June, the fight against cancer gained a lot more meaning for Elizabeth Joyce.After her mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor, Joyce realized how important fundraising is to ending the disease, and sh...

Kozlowski: Sensationalize this — Nuclear fears overblown

By Mark Kozlowski
March 22, 2011
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When you choose to read a newspaper column, are you more likely to read one that says “the... When you choose to read a newspaper column, are you more likely to read one that says “the press has held a great deal of importance and blah blah blah”? Or would you rather read something that opened,...

More to trans than physical transformation

By Natalie Bell
February 15, 2011
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More than 20 years ago, a man went to Philadelphia and, after a lifelong struggle, “lost... More than 20 years ago, a man went to Philadelphia and, after a lifelong struggle, “lost it.” He shaved his beard, put on makeup, cross-dressed and went shopping.Later came the hormones, the name change a...

Employment Guide: Malecki a prime example of Pitt’s “Panther Game Plan” program

By Ben Livingston
January 31, 2011
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If you think your job search is hard, you probably haven’t met John Malecki.Malecki, the... If you think your job search is hard, you probably haven’t met John Malecki.Malecki, the former Pitt football defensive-tackle-turned-offensive-lineman, took home all-Big East honors in 2009. But he isn...

Rental Guide: Tips for finding an ideal kitchen

By Sarah Simkin
January 17, 2011
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A lot goes into crafting the ideal living situation: landlord, location, roommates, reasonable... A lot goes into crafting the ideal living situation: landlord, location, roommates, reasonable rent and utilities. But as your food columnist, I know of one room that deserves extra attention: the kitchen...

Drue Heinz winner examines strange behavior

By Ryan McGinnis
January 13, 2011
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Mother-daughter relationships, bisexuality, the intersection of drugs and parenting, road trips,... Mother-daughter relationships, bisexuality, the intersection of drugs and parenting, road trips, America — these are just a few of the things that fascinate Shannon Cain, this year’s winner of the pre...

Bateman: Even you can make a comeback

By Oliver Bateman
January 11, 2011
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If there’s one thing that the recent elevation of a homeless man to the position of radio... If there’s one thing that the recent elevation of a homeless man to the position of radio announcer for the Cleveland Cavaliers proves, it’s that the war against poverty has finally been won. If there’s ...

Trietley: Blue Devils will be tough team to beat this season

By Greg Trietley
December 8, 2010
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Undefeated and the reigning national champions, the No. 1 Duke Blue Devils are the gold standard... Undefeated and the reigning national champions, the No. 1 Duke Blue Devils are the gold standard of college basketball.Any team that wants to be No. 1 — namely No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Pitt and No. 4 Kansas — has to ...

Kozlowski: Everyone has weird relatives. Except for me.

By Mark Kozlowski
December 5, 2010
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The holiday season is prime time for socializing, counting one’s blessings and reflecting on... The holiday season is prime time for socializing, counting one’s blessings and reflecting on the past year. Unfortunately, some of that time is likely spent reflecting on the fact that some of your friends and fa...

‘127 Hours’ stays engaging

By Jeffrey Ihaza
November 18, 2010
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“127 Hours”James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber... “127 Hours”James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber TamblynDirected by Danny BoyleFox Searchlight PicturesAA gut-wrenching true story generally makes for inspiring cinema — especially if it’s about a man who saws his own arm off.Danny Boyle’s “127 H...

Tybout takes Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ to the next several levels

By Andy Tybout
November 10, 2010
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The Notorious B.I.G. once theorized an alarming correlation: With “mo’ money,” he... The Notorious B.I.G. once theorized an alarming correlation: With “mo’ money,” he postulated, comes “mo’ problems.”Clearly, James Cameron is not a Biggie fan.After making “Avatar,” the highest-grossing film in histor...

Editorial: The Moustache Staff Editorial

By Staff Editorial
November 9, 2010
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Rarely do we ponder the power invested in the human face. But this month, we should.And no,... Rarely do we ponder the power invested in the human face. But this month, we should.And no, we’re not talking about attaching weights to someone’s cheeks or President Barack Obama’s smiling with Indian...

Centennial Edition: 1950s

By Emily Marmion
October 28, 2010
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A decade that rocked the American social structure, the ’50s brought The Pitt News’ coverage... A decade that rocked the American social structure, the ’50s brought The Pitt News’ coverage to the forefront of previously unexplored social issues.The transition into a decade rife with political a...

Seeing through ‘Cuban Eyes’

By Ryan McGinnis
October 26, 2010
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Here’s a challenge: Name a Cuban film. Can’t do it? Try naming a Latin American movie that doesn’t involve Gael Garcia Bernal, Guillermo del Toro or Pedro Almodovar. Cuban Eyes/Cubanize: Fifty Years of Cuban Cinema Since the Cuban RevolutionFrick Fine Arts AuditoriumWednesdays and Thursdays at 6...

Kirschman: It’s time for college basketball, the fair college sport

By Lauren Kirschman
October 19, 2010
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With practice in session and the Blue-Gold Scrimmage on Friday night, college basketball season... With practice in session and the Blue-Gold Scrimmage on Friday night, college basketball season has arrived. With college football, the NFL and baseball playoffs in full swing, college basketball might g...

Trietley: What to “buy” and “sell” in sports right now

By Greg Trietley
October 13, 2010
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Are you laughing at the 49ers? Do you want Marc-Andre Fleury out of town? Well, hold your horses... Are you laughing at the 49ers? Do you want Marc-Andre Fleury out of town? Well, hold your horses — it’s time for a round of buy or sell.Buy: Marc-Andre Fleury, trading at $5.5 million.It took me fou...

‘Funny Story’ is half amusing

By Jeffrey Ihaza
October 7, 2010
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“It’s Kind of a Funny Story”Starring: Keir Gilchrist, Zach GalifianakisDirected... “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”Starring: Keir Gilchrist, Zach GalifianakisDirected by: Anna Boden, Ryan FleckFocus FeaturesGrade: BThe protagonist, Craig, in “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” can be found in just about every A...

Green: Political, acting dynasties fuse to create superthreat

By Molly Green
September 13, 2010
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Beginning with John Quincy Adams, whom I will always remember as the president who enjoyed... Beginning with John Quincy Adams, whom I will always remember as the president who enjoyed swimming nude in the Potomac River — thanks, “The American Pageant” — political dynasties have flourished in t...

Kirschman: BCS leaves no room for error

By Lauren Kirschman
September 7, 2010
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In 2005, the North Carolina men’s basketball team lost its first game of the season on the... In 2005, the North Carolina men’s basketball team lost its first game of the season on the road to Santa Clara, 77-66.This was the perfect cue for the cries of “overrated” and accusations that the Tar Heels were onl...

Kirschman: Surprisingly, there is hope for Pirates fans

By Lauren Kirschman
August 31, 2010
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Let’s just say this right away: I grew up a Pittsburgh Pirates fan.Yes, there’s a support group. We meet on Wednesdays.I blame my dad, but it’s not really his fault... Let’s just say this right away: I grew up a Pittsburgh Pirates fan.Yes, there’s a support group. We meet on Wednesdays.I blame ...

Waffle Shop in East Liberty offers syrup and sass

By Merritt Wuchina
June 2, 2010
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If “The Royal Tenenbaums” director Wes Anderson ever made a reality...If “The Royal Tenenbaums” director Wes Anderson ever made a reality show, it would look like the Waffle Shop. The word “Waffles” is lit up by round, yellow bulbs, shimmering behind a clean, wooden counter aligned with red bar...

Two Pitt students go for Glee

By Gwen Barney
April 26, 2010
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One in 533. Sue Sylvester would say the odds are of a Pitt student becoming a... One in 533. Sue Sylvester would say the odds are of a Pitt student becoming a “Glee” cast member look just about as good as Will Schuester’s hair. Despite these slim chances, sophomore Nina Starner and junior Dashann...

Jovenitti: Appreciating coyotes, snakes and Phoenix

By Tony Jovenitti
April 20, 2010
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The NHL playoffs are off to an intense start. The parity in this year’s postseason is... The NHL playoffs are off to an intense start. The parity in this year’s postseason is making the opening round one of the most exciting in recent memory.There will be no sweeps in any of the eight series, as...

Kozlowski: Return to the moon first

By Mark Kozlowski
April 19, 2010
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Saturday marked the fortieth anniversary of the end of the most suspenseful week in the... Saturday marked the fortieth anniversary of the end of the most suspenseful week in the history of spaceflight. On April 14, 1970 — ironically also the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic — the Apollo...

Stahl: Shopping always a gamble

By Samantha Stahl
April 14, 2010
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I’m standing in the three-way mirror of Banana Republic, and it is not my finest hour.... I’m standing in the three-way mirror of Banana Republic, and it is not my finest hour. My dressing room is a veritable graveyard of black-suiting separates. This room, my friends, is where pencil skirts and s...

Littman: Character most important judgment for athletes

By Adam Littman
April 14, 2010
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How are you feeling, America? Pretty good right now?Of course you are. This past weekend... How are you feeling, America? Pretty good right now?Of course you are. This past weekend was marvelous, just a wonderful display of why we love sports.Character.Yes, if there’s one aspect of sports that we fans...

Le Serpent Rouge puts on a sexy, entertaing variety show

By Sierra Starks
March 31, 2010
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Le Serpent RougeRex TheatreTonight, 7 p.m.$17/$20Ages 21... Le Serpent RougeRex TheatreTonight, 7 p.m.$17/$20Ages 21 and olderrextheatre.comLe Serpent Rouge is French for “the red snake.” But tonight, it will mean a hybrid of music and movement for the city of Pittsburgh.The Le Serpent Rouge Tour ...

Bateman: You can’t win if you don’t play

By Oliver Bateman
March 23, 2010
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Times are tough all over for you young folks. Word has it that there will be only one... Times are tough all over for you young folks. Word has it that there will be only one available job when you graduate from college, so working is out of the question. Sponging off Ma and Pa might be an option, bu...

Kozlowski: Find the eloquent speaker in you

By Mark Kozlowski
March 1, 2010
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Horror movies, for all the horror and revulsion they provoke, are seldom criticized for... Horror movies, for all the horror and revulsion they provoke, are seldom criticized for having plots that are too realistic. Indeed, part of the allure of a horror film is the opportunity to have the bejeezus scare...

Brown: Rockin’ in the dream world

By Jacob Brown
February 26, 2010
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If ever there were a social barometer for young people in the United States, it would be rock... If ever there were a social barometer for young people in the United States, it would be rock ‘n’ roll.As the music of youthful rebellion, rock has served to carry meaningful messages to different gener...

Self-proclaimed ‘greatest rock band’ comes to Pittsburgh

By Christina Ranalli
February 22, 2010
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SupersuckersAltar BarFeb. 23, 8 p.m.$15ticketmaster.comMost great bands come with a... SupersuckersAltar BarFeb. 23, 8 p.m.$15ticketmaster.comMost great bands come with a name that reflects its members.The Doors was named after the German Bauhaus art movement. Black Sabbath was named after a 1963 horror f...

Trietley: It’s time to split with NBC

By Greg Trietley
February 14, 2010
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NBC, we need to talk.Sometimes I like you. You give me “The Office” and... NBC, we need to talk.Sometimes I like you. You give me “The Office” and several kinds of “Law & Order.”But sometimes you infuriate me. You told the Penguins they couldn’t set up their big-screen party in the playoff...

Black Action Society holds annual fashion show this weekend

By Sierra Starks
February 4, 2010
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Trendy patterns and multiple personalities will rock the runway this Saturday at the 2010... Trendy patterns and multiple personalities will rock the runway this Saturday at the 2010 Annual Black Action Society Fashion Show.This year’s theme, Alter Ego, was inspired by Mississippi photographer Der...

Editorial: Academia claps for apps

By Staff Editorial
January 26, 2010
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The past decade has been the mobile phone’s. Sleek and shiny replaced clunky and cumbersome.... The past decade has been the mobile phone’s. Sleek and shiny replaced clunky and cumbersome. With that advancement came multiple capabilities. With those capabilities came restrictions.In days past, teach...

Stahl: How to throw a successful soiree

By Samantha Stahl
January 25, 2010
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So you’ve decided to welcome your fellow peersinto your home for a little soiree. Whether... So you’ve decided to welcome your fellow peersinto your home for a little soiree. Whether you’re shooting for a tame evening of wine and board games or an all-out night of mayhem, there are a few thing...

Campbell: Google’s Dilemma in China

By Donald Campbell
January 25, 2010
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A good number of people in the United States would say that Google is their search engine of... A good number of people in the United States would say that Google is their search engine of choice.This, of course, puts Google in a position to influence the shape of our Internet activities.It helps us ...

Kozlowski: Methane might mean we’re not alone in the universe

By Mark Kozlowski
November 13, 2009
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Ever since the first Australopithecine ape fell out of a tree and found he could stand upright,... Ever since the first Australopithecine ape fell out of a tree and found he could stand upright, hominids have looked upward with a sense of awe and wonder, and not without a sense of their own insignificanc...

Men’s Basketball: Freshman Taylor plans on doing a lot of running

By Randy Lieberman
November 6, 2009
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When watching Pitt’s next game, make sure you look closely.Pitt grabs a defensive rebound, rebounder turns, outlet pass, dribble drive and dish — and it’s an easy transition point in the ideal world.Odds are that freshman Dante Taylor will be the first one down the court — unless, of course, he’s the o...

Shea: Classic rock isn’t all that’s out there

By Kelsey Shea
October 29, 2009
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The Who obviously did not hesitate to talk about its generation, so let’s take a second here... The Who obviously did not hesitate to talk about its generation, so let’s take a second here and talk about ours.This is an issue I’ve had with our generation for quite some time — since, in fact, my 11th grade...

Herron: Protesters’ detachment muddle causes

By Mason Herron
September 25, 2009
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As the protesters began to assemble at Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville, it appeared they’d be... As the protesters began to assemble at Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville, it appeared they’d be outnumbered by media and curious onlookers. Then, the crowd of protesters grew. Their energy escalated.The pro...

Baseball: Panthers hold open tryouts, a dying trend in collegiate athletics

By Greg Trietley
September 16, 2009
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There are two roads to college sports.The first road takes a high school player through heavy recruiting, close examination and an athletic scholarship.The second road, though, takes a player through the challenge of walking on.Walk-ons — non-scholarship athletes who make the team through tryouts —...

Shea: Modest Mouse concert keeps Columbus waiting

By Kelsey Shea
September 3, 2009
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The timing between an opening band walking off stage and the headliner marching on is a delicate... The timing between an opening band walking off stage and the headliner marching on is a delicate balance.If there’s not enough time, a band sacrifices suspense and excitement, but, on the other hand, in...

Pa. Congressman ask for rejection of stimulus application

By Liz Navratil
July 15, 2009
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Fourteen of Pennsylvania’s 19 members of the U.S. House of Representatives requested Friday that the U.S. Department of Education reject the commonwealth’s application for stimulus funds because it does not include Pitt and the three other state-related universities.In their letter to U.S. Secre...

Pa. Congressmen ask for rejection of stimulus application

By Liz Navratil
July 15, 2009
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Fourteen of Pennsylvania’s 19 members of the U.S. House of Representatives requested Friday that the U.S. Department of Education reject the commonwealth’s application for stimulus funds because it does not include Pitt and the three other state-related universities.In their letter to U.S. Secre...

Herron: New Republicans need new ideas

By Mason Herron
July 15, 2009
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Long ago in the streets of Paris, the French radical Alexandre Ledru-Rollin saw a crowd march by... Long ago in the streets of Paris, the French radical Alexandre Ledru-Rollin saw a crowd march by and said, “There go my people. I must find out where they are going so I can lead them.” While the Repub...

Pa. Congressmen ask for rejection of stimulus application

By Liz Navratil
July 15, 2009
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Fourteen of Pennsylvania’s 19 members of the U.S. House of Representatives requested Friday that the U.S. Department of Education reject the commonwealth’s application for stimulus funds because it does not include Pitt and the three other state-related universities.In their letter to U.S. Secre...

Congress members protest Pitt-less stimulus package

By Liz Navratil
July 13, 2009
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Fourteen of Pennsylvania’s 19 members of the U.S. House of Representatives requested Friday that the U.S. Department of Education reject the commonwealth's application for stimulus funds because it does not include Pitt and the three other state-related universities.In their letter to U.S. Secretary of ...

Tuition hike likely as Rendell cuts Pitt’s funding

By Lindsay Carroll
June 27, 2009
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Pitt will not receive help from stimulus funds and could see its state funding decrease by as... Pitt will not receive help from stimulus funds and could see its state funding decrease by as much as 13 percent this year– a continuation of a trend that will likely result in another tuition increase for...

Another year would help Blair develop his game

By Zack Chakan
April 6, 2009
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You could see the complete devastation in DeJuan Blair's eyes.About 15 minutes after... You could see the complete devastation in DeJuan Blair's eyes.About 15 minutes after Pitt's excruciatingly painful last-second loss to Villanova in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, Pitt's sterling sophomore cent...

Another year would help Blair develop his game

By Zack Chakan
April 6, 2009
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You could see the complete devastation in DeJuan Blair's eyes.About 15 minutes after... You could see the complete devastation in DeJuan Blair's eyes.About 15 minutes after Pitt's excruciatingly painful last-second loss to Villanova in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, Pitt's sterling sophomore cent...

Draft quickly approaching for McCoy

By Eric Zilch
April 2, 2009
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As the Pitt campus focus is no longer on the men's basketball team, some football fans on... As the Pitt campus focus is no longer on the men's basketball team, some football fans on campus have been anxiously awaiting another important event: the 2009 NFL Draft.And with the April 25 Draft just weeks away, ...

Posvar room dedicated to first black 4-star general

By by Alex Russell
March 29, 2009
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Retired Maj. Gen. Edward Atkeson fought back tears as he reminisced war stories at a Posvar... Retired Maj. Gen. Edward Atkeson fought back tears as he reminisced war stories at a Posvar Hall room dedication ceremony last week.Atkeson described a time when Gen. Roscoe Robinson's helicopter landed directly...

Sudokus students’ favorite pastime

By Hayley Grgurich
February 26, 2009
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' ' ' There is a time and a place for Sudoku 'mdash; specifically, afternoon lecture classes in... ' ' ' There is a time and a place for Sudoku 'mdash; specifically, afternoon lecture classes in room 121 of David Lawrence. ' ' ' ' ' ' It seems in the world of ideal scenarios, taking into consideration...

Like Bettis, Ledger a deserving winner

By Tom VanBuren
January 13, 2009
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Like most good Pittsburghers, I spent Sunday night glued to the TV in anticipation, fingers... Like most good Pittsburghers, I spent Sunday night glued to the TV in anticipation, fingers crossed and heart a-flutter -- because the Golden Globes were on, of course.The first two months of the year are a sp...

Tabloid queen finally makes CD worth the hype

By By Kieran Layton
January 5, 2009
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Somebody go find Ashton Kutcher because Britney Spears just punk'd us all. With a title as... Somebody go find Ashton Kutcher because Britney Spears just punk'd us all. With a title as intriguingly suggestive as Circus, fans everywhere waited for a comeback album full of shocking insight and gossip-w...

Letter to the Editor 1, 12-8

By Pitt News Staff
December 8, 2008
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Dear editor, Erik Hinton's Dec. 5th column, 'Folk intellectualism is faux intellectualism,' is... Dear editor, Erik Hinton's Dec. 5th column, 'Folk intellectualism is faux intellectualism,' is a cogent, well-intentioned article; yet, its flaws are numerous and glaring. His opinion that the gift of intellect ...

Best Of 2008… The Best Partying

By Pitt News Staff
November 19, 2008
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Best Bar: Peter's Pub Loud music, beer and drunken students are a typical sight at Peter's Pub... Best Bar: Peter's Pub Loud music, beer and drunken students are a typical sight at Peter's Pub on a Friday night. Located at 116 Oakland Ave., it's a place to watch the game during the week or to get row...

‘Changeling’ focuses on chauvinism, not missing children

By By Andres Miguel
November 4, 2008
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'Changeling' Angelina Jolie, Jeffrey Donovan, John Malkovich Directed by Clint Eastwood A- '... 'Changeling' Angelina Jolie, Jeffrey Donovan, John Malkovich Directed by Clint Eastwood A- ' ' ' Fear is a function of doubt, illusion and uncertainty 'mdash; aspects that 'Changeling,' Clint Eastwood's di...

Teen sex no longer the shocker it once was

By Tom VanBuren
October 21, 2008
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After 'Beverly Hills Chihuahua' dominated the box office for two consecutive weeks, this weekend... After 'Beverly Hills Chihuahua' dominated the box office for two consecutive weeks, this weekend was the time to crown a new king of mediocrity. The contenders? 'Max Payne,' the video game adaptation st...

Illinois students, faculty hold rally amid controversy over political activity on campus

By Megan Twohey
October 3, 2008
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' ' ' ' ' ' CHICAGO -- Students and professors at the University of Illinois rallied for... ' ' ' ' ' ' CHICAGO -- Students and professors at the University of Illinois rallied for Barack Obama on the Urbana-Champaign campus Thursday -- holding signs, passing out fliers and registering people to vote -- to...

Pitt lab show performers offer variety and fun

By Sarah Simkin
September 30, 2008
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Indecisive in choosing your theatrical entertainment? Maximize your odds of enjoyment with Pitt... Indecisive in choosing your theatrical entertainment? Maximize your odds of enjoyment with Pitt Repertory Company's double-header lab production of 'Middle Aged White Guys' and 'The Complete Works of Willi...

House nays bailout, market plunges

By Richard Simon and James Gerstenzang
September 30, 2008
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WASHINGTON (LA Times-Washington Post) - The House yesterday rejected a $700-billion Wall Street... WASHINGTON (LA Times-Washington Post) - The House yesterday rejected a $700-billion Wall Street bailout that would have been the biggest government intervention in the financial system since the Great Dep...

It’s not too early to think about benefits

By Pitt News Staff
September 24, 2008
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At the ripe old age of, say, 22 or 23, it may seem a little macabre to think about things like... At the ripe old age of, say, 22 or 23, it may seem a little macabre to think about things like retirement funds and life insurance policies. But when you sign on to your first full-time job, odds are a few...

Palin best female VP candidate from Alaska

By Giles Howard
September 17, 2008
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' ' ' In these troubled times, when the United States must once again confront an autocratic... ' ' ' In these troubled times, when the United States must once again confront an autocratic Russia on the world stage, it gives me great comfort to know that if the Republicans win the White House this year, ...

Halting of 9-year-old’s pitching career ridiculous

By Pat Mitsch
August 27, 2008
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Anyone who has ever received a speeding ticket knows speed limits can irritate. Nevertheless,... Anyone who has ever received a speeding ticket knows speed limits can irritate. Nevertheless, for the most part, they're necessary. But the speed limit just issued in New Haven, Conn., isn't. It isn't fair, eit...

Fantasy football lesson: drafting the ultimate team

By Tony Ferraiolo
August 24, 2008
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At last, the fantasy football preseason is over. I can only hope that no ACLs were lost in the... At last, the fantasy football preseason is over. I can only hope that no ACLs were lost in the season's preparation. Happy drafting everyone, and here are a few tips and sleepers to aid your draft. 1. Shari...

Bush is America’s own “dark knight”

By Josh Green
August 20, 2008
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In case you hadn't heard, Oliver Stone will be releasing a film called 'W' in October.... In case you hadn't heard, Oliver Stone will be releasing a film called 'W' in October. Pronounced 'dubya,' this film will detail the events of our current president's life leading up to his eight-year stay in th...

‘Wall-E’ a robot with a heart made of metal

By Pitt News Staff
July 1, 2008
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Wall-E Starring Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin Directed by Andrew Stanton Walt... Wall-E Starring Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin Directed by Andrew Stanton Walt Disney Pictures B+Disney Pixar's newest movie, "Wall-E," opened in theaters last Friday to eager audiences of both kids and adults...

Weezer’s Red Album can’t sustain initial sizzle

By Pitt News Staff
June 10, 2008
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Weezer (Self-Titled) DGC/Interscope Sounds like: A weakened Beck, a much more polite... Weezer (Self-Titled) DGC/Interscope Sounds like: A weakened Beck, a much more polite The Vines.Weezer's third self-titled album and sixth overall has an opening triumvirate of songs as hot as the album's red cove...

the news in brief

By Pitt News Staff
April 16, 2008
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(MCT) WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - California has virtually no chance of escaping a major earthquake... (MCT) WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - California has virtually no chance of escaping a major earthquake during the next three decades, according to scientists.A new statewide forecast released Monday puts the probab...

Brackenridge Fellowship winners to be released this week

By Pitt News Staff
April 15, 2008
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Somebody needs to tell Alice Cooper that he doesn't speak for everyone. For a particularly... Somebody needs to tell Alice Cooper that he doesn't speak for everyone. For a particularly brainy set of Pitt undergrads, school's definitely "in" for the summer.These are the 127 students vying for 40 coveted s...

Making big bucks in the small music scene

By Pitt News Staff
April 3, 2008
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In February 2005, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review published a story about the arts in Pittsburgh... In February 2005, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review published a story about the arts in Pittsburgh titled "Music Scene on a Low Note.""Heading South?" asked City Paper a year earlier, when two South Side venu...

Stick to stats when you’re filling out your brackets

By Pitt News Staff
March 17, 2008
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It's that time of year when the likes of Joe Lunardi and Doug Gottlieb crawl out of... It's that time of year when the likes of Joe Lunardi and Doug Gottlieb crawl out of hibernation and enlighten viewers with their perfect predictions of Tournament outcomes.March Madness is the perfect passage from the ...

Protest The Hero’s latest power-metal chapter

By Pitt News Staff
March 5, 2008
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Fortress Protest The Hero Vagrant Records Rocks like: Avenged Sevenfold, Dragonforceout ofRock 'n' roll has always been at odds with itself. Traditional punk music has been on its way out the door, and with classic rock being gone for years, power metal bands seem more than willing to fill in the void left ...

Student group wants to pack heat on Pitt’s campus

By Pitt News Staff
March 2, 2008
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Students for Concealed Carry on Campus would like to see Pitt's policy changed so that if a... Students for Concealed Carry on Campus would like to see Pitt's policy changed so that if a person shows up to class intending to use a gun, others can pull theirs out and shoot him."If the situation [of a ...

Think security before you sign with landlord

By Pitt News Staff
January 18, 2008
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Room with a view. Check. Kitchen. Check.Safety. Wait, how do I check that?It may not... Room with a view. Check. Kitchen. Check.Safety. Wait, how do I check that?It may not be as difficult as you think.One of the first things you should do before you move into an apartment is check out your landlord.Accor...

America’s Hillary problem

By Pitt News Staff
January 14, 2008
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The debate over gender issues raised by Hillary Clinton's candidacy took a brutal turn last... The debate over gender issues raised by Hillary Clinton's candidacy took a brutal turn last week on The New York Times' op-ed page, fluctuating somewhere between flimsy argumentation and gross sexism. And the ...

EDITORIAL – New intelligence reveals disarming truth

By Pitt News Staff
December 3, 2007
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In 2005, the National Intelligence Estimate assessed "with [a] high level of confidence that... In 2005, the National Intelligence Estimate assessed "with [a] high level of confidence that Iran was determined to develop nuclear weapons."Turns out, they were wrong.Two years - and oh-so-many rhetoric-f...

The Best Shopping

By Pitt News Staff
November 9, 2007
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Best Clothing Store: American Apparel Located on Forbes Avenue just across the street from... Best Clothing Store: American Apparel Located on Forbes Avenue just across the street from Panera, American Apparel keeps Pitt students clothed and broke. American Apparel is great for basic solid-colored t-shir...

Filmmakers pass on Hollywood advice

By ELI DILE
September 27, 2007
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Hollywood is one of the hardest places to make a living but also one of the most rewarding... Hollywood is one of the hardest places to make a living but also one of the most rewarding places to do so, according to insiders Dana Jackson and Kurt Voelker.Yesterday, Jackson and Voelker, producer and di...

Madden Nation can populate the NFL sidelines

By ADAM LITTMAN
September 21, 2007
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Most people probably don't think playing Madden once a week could be a high-paying job. ... Most people probably don't think playing Madden once a week could be a high-paying job.And, as far as I know, it isn't. But there's something a bit more involved that could work for those searching for employm...

Oden’s ominous beginning

By TONY FERRAIOLO
September 21, 2007
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In my last column, I wrote about the Patriots and their head coach, Bill Belicheater, and... In my last column, I wrote about the Patriots and their head coach, Bill Belicheater, and referenced the events that unfolded at CameraGate 2007. What can I say? I love scandals and controversy.I'd like to use this ...

Library exhibition documents life of alumna Anne X. Alpern

By HENRY CLAY WEBSTER
September 3, 2007
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Along with new carpeting and a nearly finished, renovated plaza, returning students have... Along with new carpeting and a nearly finished, renovated plaza, returning students have likely noticed one other new feature of the Hillman Library.The Hillman's ground floor foyer houses a new exhibition of the pe...

How to rate same-gender attractiveness

By LEWIS LEHE
August 29, 2007
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I have a problem that a lot of other guys have. It's nothing to be ashamed of. I hope that... I have a problem that a lot of other guys have. It's nothing to be ashamed of. I hope that after this column, a lot of guys will send me e-mails saying, "Thanks so much, Lewis! I thought I was alone. I can't ...

Pitt men’s hoops to play every Big East opponent in ’07

By JEFF GREER
August 20, 2007
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Big East basketball forgives few. And with a reputation as one of the nation's toughest... Big East basketball forgives few. And with a reputation as one of the nation's toughest conferences to defend, Big East commissioner Michael Tranghese expanded the conference schedule to 18 games.A brutal, all...

Kraus likely heir to Dist. 3

By LAUREN MYLO
August 19, 2007
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Bruce Kraus has been an interior designer for 20 years, but this November he'll try his hand... Bruce Kraus has been an interior designer for 20 years, but this November he'll try his hand at designing a better future for Pittsburgh's third City Council district, which includes a large part of Centr...

Men’s hoops to play all of Big East

By JEFF GREER
July 18, 2007
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Big East basketball forgives few.And with a reputation as one of the nation's toughest... Big East basketball forgives few.And with a reputation as one of the nation's toughest conferences to defend, Big East commissioner Michael Tranghese expanded the conference schedule to 18 games.A brutal, all-cons...

Ravenstahl to face Socialist

By HENRY CLAY WEBSTER
July 18, 2007
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It turns out Luke Ravenstahl won't be the youngest candidate in Pittsburgh's fall election ... It turns out Luke Ravenstahl won't be the youngest candidate in Pittsburgh's fall election24-year old Ryan Scott announced his candidacy for the office of Pittsburgh mayor last week, running on the Socialist W...

Dist. 3 elect tags graffiti as top issue

By LAUREN MYLO
June 12, 2007
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Bruce Kraus has been an interior designer for 20 years, but this November he'll try his hand... Bruce Kraus has been an interior designer for 20 years, but this November he'll try his hand at designing a better future for Pittsburgh's third City Council district, which includes a large part of Centr...

How to really pick your bracket? Pete Tiernan knows

By JEFF GREER
March 12, 2007
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Peter Tiernan is a name most college basketball fans probably don't know. But if you don't... Peter Tiernan is a name most college basketball fans probably don't know. But if you don't recognize his name, you better get to know him.Tiernan, who spent four of his formative years living in nearby Mt. Leban...

Memorial service honors Hoover

By MARIA MASTERS
February 25, 2007
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When Benjamin Stoviak was a senior in high school, he had to write an essay about his hero.... When Benjamin Stoviak was a senior in high school, he had to write an essay about his hero. There was only one problem with the assignment: He had never had a hero in his life.Pressed for a subject, Stoviak f...

EDITORIAL – Gov’t tries to coin new dollar

By Pitt News Staff
February 12, 2007
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The United States Treasury Department will take another stab at circulating a dollar coin on... The United States Treasury Department will take another stab at circulating a dollar coin on Thursday. Past attempts have been less than successful, resulting in vaults full of unwanted dollar coins. So why...

Oscar nominations prove disappointing, surprising

By JESSICA BOPP
January 25, 2007
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The 79th Annual Academy Award nominations were announced on Tuesday, but surprisingly... The 79th Annual Academy Award nominations were announced on Tuesday, but surprisingly enough, "Dreamgirls" was robbed.As this year's Golden Globe winner for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, "Dreamgirls" will n...

WORLD IN BRIEF (1/24/07)

By Pitt News Staff
January 23, 2007
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Crackdown hasn't stopped illegal downloads By Eric Stern, McClatchy Newspapers... Crackdown hasn't stopped illegal downloads By Eric Stern, McClatchy NewspapersCollege students who illegally download music and movies have been sued. They've had Internet access shut off or threatened, and they've been warne...

EDITORIAL – Rendell’s new plan looks bright

By Pitt News Staff
January 16, 2007
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Four years ago, Gov. Ed Rendell entered his first term on a wave of optimism, a virtual... Four years ago, Gov. Ed Rendell entered his first term on a wave of optimism, a virtual superhero to Philadelphians who witnessed the former Philadelphia mayor oversee a major renaissance of their city.As gove...

Calling all bouncers: Boot habitual talkers

By MIKE SMITH
December 7, 2006
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During the past few years, movie theater chains have all but begged us to not see movies... During the past few years, movie theater chains have all but begged us to not see movies anymore. Between the constant price increases (remember when it was only $6!), expensive popcorn and drinks and packed ...

Politics, family time don’t mix

By SHANNON BLACK
November 30, 2006
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I am the only member of my immediate family to possess a Democrat voter card. And while I... I am the only member of my immediate family to possess a Democrat voter card. And while I love my family, sometimes I find myself puzzled about how I was raised by a conservative, Catholic family yet identif...

Skydiving students jumpstart club

By TIM STIENSTRAW
November 14, 2006
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There is a new and potentially dangerous activity gaining popularity with Pitt students, and... There is a new and potentially dangerous activity gaining popularity with Pitt students, and it could be addictive.Matt Rosemeier, a Pitt sophomore, began about seven months ago. Since starting, he has done it more t...

Next year the Madden Curse can be reversed

By GEOFF DUTELLE
October 26, 2006
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I believe in a lot of things, but few appear as truthful to me as the Madden Curse. You... I believe in a lot of things, but few appear as truthful to me as the Madden Curse. You know, he who graces the cover of the famous football game is destined to make fantasy owners across the land weep when he ...

Votes can head to the mall

By KEVIN SHARP
October 26, 2006
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You know what store I don't mind? Urban Outfitters. I know that I should hate it - duh - but... You know what store I don't mind? Urban Outfitters. I know that I should hate it - duh - but no matter what I do, I can never quite work up the bile to forever cross it off my Christmas card list of instit...

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